Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from March 28, 2008

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FIRST SUNDAY (12A, 98 mins) Released: Today (UK & Ireland, selected cinemas) When his sex-girlfriend threatens to move their young son halfway across the country from Baltimore to Atlanta, witless robber Durell (Ice Cube) hatches a hare-brained...
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THE Nines (Cert 15, 95 mins, Optimum, DVD pounds 17.99, Drama) Fantasy and reality collide in John August's cinematic conundrum, which ponders the bonds between a writer and his creations, and the perils of 'virtual life', by intertwining three narratives...
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Architect Is Pleading to Save Rocket; ANGER OVER PLANS TO DEMOLISH TYNESIDE'S FAMOUS TOWER
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG ROCKET man Owen Luder is planning a trip North in a last-ditch bid to save his beloved skyscraper. The London-based architect is incensed that his iconic Derwent Tower flats are facing the bulldozers. Remaining residents...
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Artwork Defined; Rock/pop
Byline: ROB EVANS THIS book offers a glorious and comprehensive resume of the artwork that, as much as the music itself, defined the creed of Factory Records, one of the most important British record labels of the last three decades. From the...
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A Slippery Slope
TEENAGER Marcus Rankin was excluded from school when he was just 13 years old. He began selling drugs and running riot and his family had had enough. After sleeping at countless friends' houses, Marcus started to feel like a burden and began to...
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Basketball: Elissa Ready for Big Crunch
ELISSA MacLEOD proved her fitness ahead of Team Northumbria's crunch Super League playoff clash tomorrow - on the streets of Paris. The Aussie centre is back to face Mavericks in Sheffield with a place in netball's 2008 Grand Final at stake. ...
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Basketball: Fireworks Alert from Old Foes; Coach Who Wound Up Eagles Set for Repeat
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN CONTROVERSIAL Lions coach Vince Macaulay is planning on riling Newcastle Eagles supporters once again when he brings his Milton Keynes side to Tyneside tonight. Macaulay is the veteran play caller who led the Lions to their...
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BATTLE OF THE BANDS; Music
UNSIGNED bands and artists from the North East are being given the chance to win a week of studio recording time with the Evening Chronicle's Battle of the Bands 2008! The event is open to bands and artists from across the region and the winner...
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Big Names Backing Bay's Vase Final Bid
STEVEN Taylor says it isn't all over for Whitley Bay in their quest for Wembley. The United Academy product was schooled in the shadow of the coast club's Hillheads Park at nearby Monkseaton Community High School where he was coached by former Bay...
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Bordering on the Fantastic; Jazz, Blues and Roots/the Locals ALAN NICHOL Takes a Look at What's Happening on the North East Roots Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL IN FOLK music terms, few areas of the UK can claim a richer heritage than that of the Anglo-Scottish border region. The area on both sides of the border - Reiver country - was a lawless terrain between the 13th and 16th centuries...
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Budget Brings Good News; Europcar
Byline: By Ralph Morton Editor of Business Car Manager I KNOW the Budget headlines were all about increases in Vehicle Excise Duty - road tax to you and me - and a new "showroom tax", but hidden behind all the headline hysteria was the real news....
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Care Home Patients Lived in Filth; Former Boss Admits Neglect
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG COVERED in filth, with patients sleeping on the floor, this care home was branded "horrific" by health inspectors. Dementia patients at Bamburgh Court Care Centre, in South Shields, were forced to sleep on dirty mattresses...
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Changing a Flat Tyre; Chris Denning, of Benfield Renault in Benfield Road, Looks at Changing a Flat Tyre and Replacing It with the Spare
CHRIS Denning says: "Firstly, assess the area to ensure a safe spot to change your tyre . "If you get a flat on the motorway, you must not attempt to change the flat yourself as this is too dangerous. Instead, call the emergency services. "On...
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CHAOS; Newcastle Flights Are Cancelled as Passengers Suffer Heathrow Farce
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG HUNDREDS of North East air passengers face more travel misery today as chaos at Heathrow continues. Three British Airways flights between Newcastle and Heathrow were cancelled as the London airport's new Terminal 5 reached...
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Citroen Look to German's Rival Design
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON THE French are taking on the Germans at their own game by producing a large family car with a Teutonic overtone. Citroen has conceded Germanic quality is what the public wants and decided if you can't beat them, join them....
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Classical: Pitmen's Anthems Still So Popular
Byline: RICHARD YATES IN 1936, musician Robert Saint, of Hebburn, com-posed the miners' hymn, Gresford. It commemorates the 266 pitmen who died in a disaster at Gresford Colliery, near Wrexham, North Wales, two years before. Gresford became...
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Club Can Stay Open Longer; Lap Dancing Venue Wins 4am Licence
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A CITY lap dancing bar can stay open later - despite protests by church leaders. The go-ahead means the Navy Bar and Officers' Deck in Newcastle city centre can lay on entertainment and serve alcohol for...
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Diamond to Sparkle
DIAMOND TYCOON can sparkle in the intercasino.co.uk Magnolia Stakes at Kempton tomorrow. Brian Meehan's four-year-old is comfortably the class horse in this Listed heat and should be champing at the bit on his first start since the 2,000 Guineas....
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Doing Their Duty to Entertain. KELLY HUSCROFT Reviews Scouting for Girls at the Carling Academy Newcastle Music
Byline: KELLY HUSCROFT ONCE the lights go down at any gig, you expect to hear the opening song from the band you are there to see... but not tonight. As the crowd cheered in anticipation of seeing their favourite performers, Elvis Presley's Wonder...
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Do They Hold the Key to Slaying? Bus Passengers May Have Vital Clues
Byline: BY BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THREE bus passengers could hold the key to the street murder of a young dad-to-be. Paul Gilbert was assaulted and died of organ failure following the attack in Welbeck Road, Walker, last month. He was...
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Drivers Get Better Deal Says Expert; THE Car Supermarket Is Playing a Vital Role in UK Buyers, Says CHRIS RUSSON
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON CAR supermarkets have changed the face of the motoring market and helped motorists beat 'Rip-off Britain', according to one of the country's leading automotive commentators. Prof Garel Rhys, president of Cardiff Business...
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Eating Out: Making Room for Great Food
Byline: GORDON BARR IT WAS my birthday this week so I decided to treat myself to an evening at one of my favourite Newcastle restaurants. The Living Room holds gourmet nights once a month and it just seemed apt, considering March's actually fell...
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Fighting Finish in Thriller
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE Diamonds produced a brilliant fight-back in the closing stages at Redcar last night to grab a well-earned 45-45 draw in a Premier Trophy match. Trailing 34-26, every Newcastle rider played his part in the dramatic...
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Final Farewell to Respected Politician
MOURNERS from across the North East turned out to say their last farewell to a highly-respected politician. Friends, family and political colleagues paid their respects to John Herron, former leader of Tynedale District Council, who died at the...
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Football: ALL TOE PLAY FOR; Hit Man Ready for His Return Trip to White Hurt Lane
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MICHAEL OWEN makes his first return to White Hart Lane since he suffered his bad metatarsal injury when he leads Newcastle United out against Spurs on Sunday. But United's in-form leading goalscorer...
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Football: Baker's Focusing on the Job in Hand Now; UNIBOND LEAGUE DIV ONE
PAUL BAKER is "over the moon" following his permanent appointment as Newcastle Blue Star boss earlier this week. And after four games in temporary charge, he now aims to get to grips with the task of leading the club back into the Arngrove Northern...
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Football: Blyth in Double Signing Swoop; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
BLYTH Spartans hope to have two new faces in their squad to face top dogs and title favourites Kettering Town at Croft Park tomorrow. The Spartans, desperate for a lift after recent defeats at home to relegation rivals Hucknall Town and Hinckley...
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Football: Cats Setting the Standard
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER PHIL BARDSLEY insists Sunderland cannot afford to let their standards drop in the run-in. The Black Cats have set the benchmark for their performances in the last two games, giving Chelsea a run for their money at the...
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Football: It's Time to Repay Fans: Keane
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE says Sunderland must break the habit of a lifetime - and not let down the fans! Keane is aware that over the years Sunderland have regularly raised fans' hopes only to dash them again just as rapidly, and that...
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Football: Keane's High Hopes for Future
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND manager Roy Keane is under no illusions as he attempts to build for lasting success on Wearside. The Irishman was bullish as he prepared for the club's first season back in the Premier League, insisting he would...
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Football: Kev Backs His Stoppers to Shackle Spurs
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN is confident his central defenders Steven Taylor and Abdoulaye Faye can handle Tottenham's dangerous strikers in Sunday's game at White Hart Lane. United's much maligned defence have only...
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Football: KK: Geremi's a Real Good Guy; THE FRIDAY FILE Tottenham V Newcastle White Hart Lane Sunday, March 30, 2008. Kick-Off: 3pm
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN is looking for a leader's role from Geremi against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday - even though Michael Owen will be wearing the captain's armband. Geremi was Sam Allardyce's choice...
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Football: Mussel-Ing in on a Top Three Spot; UNIBOND PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie praised goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite ahead of Gateshead's home game with Matlock Town tomorrow. Musselwhite, 39, has been an ever-present since he joined Gateshead on a permanent deal from Blue Square...
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Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Game with West Ham
GORDON MABON ALL things being well, we will have a fully-fit squad available. And with the confidence gained from last week's victory, I am fairly confident of us getting the three points that will see us virtually safe for this season, which...
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Football: Spurs May Not Be Jolly Boys Now, but United Can Still Stage a Ram Raid at the Lane; THE FRIDAY FILE
Byline: JOHN GIBSON THE Jolly days when confronting Spurs guaranteed maximum points swiftly disappeared along with the portly figure of Martin earlier this campaign. Since those unexpectedly dark days, Tottenham have earned their spurs under...
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Funeral Thief Made to Pay Back Just Pounds 1; Undertaker Locked Up
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY AN undertaker who stole more than pounds 18,000 from customers planning funerals has been ordered to pay back just pounds 1. Stephen Summerscales pinched the money while working at the South Shields branch of funeral directors...
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Get a Handle on Carrier Bags Problem; Call for Action as Plastic Blights the Region's Beauty Spots
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter PICTURES sent in by a Chronicle reader show the shocking mess caused by carrier bags. Escaping from tips and shops, blowing across fields and snagging in hedgerows, plastic bags are blighting the beauty...
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Girl We'll All Fall in Love with; 27 DRESSES (12A, 110 Mins) Comedy/Romance. Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Edward Burns, Judy Greer, Brian Kerwin. Director: Anne Fletcher.****
GREY'S Anatomy surgical resident Katherine Heigl continues her makeover into leading lady with 27 Dresses, a romantic comedy penned by Aline Brosh McKenna, screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada. Anne Fletcher's film waltzes down the aisle of predictability...
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He Will Never Be Replaced, nor Will He Be Forgotten; Workmates Pay Tribute to Popular Colleague
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON GRIEVING workmates of murdered teenager Ross Davidson have paid tribute to their fun-loving colleague. Ross had worked for building and maintenance company Gun- Point for 17 months when he was beaten to death in his Newcastle...
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Hit Him, Dump Him and Then Drive off; Lad Picked Up and Then Put on Path
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A HIT and run driver mowed down a lad - then dumped him on the roadside. Jimmy Simpson, 13, was flung from his bike as a car struck him at a crossing. But as he was left in agony with a fractured elbow...
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Hitman Misses the Target; Dvds Hitman (Cert 15, 90 Mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Action/Thriller, Also Available to Buy DVD Pounds 19.99/blu-Ray Pounds 24.99) Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko, Ulrich Thomsen. **
NAMED after the numerical barcode on his head, Agent 47 (Olyphant) is one of the most revered assassins for hire in the business. Years of training prove invaluable when Agent 47 agrees to assassinate moderate Russian president Belicoff (Thomsen)...
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Horse Racing: Soapy Danger Can Clean Up for In-Form Johnston
MARK JOHNSTON'S winter squad have been in fine fettle and Soapy Danger can transfer that good form across to the grass at Doncaster. Although there is a question mark over his fitness - he has not run since October 2007 - the five-year-old is a...
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Ice Hockey: I Don't Want My Career to End Yet
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS legend Shaun Johnson is hoping that his career will be extended by at least another fortnight. It's all or nothing for the Great Britain international Johnson, who knows knowing that elimination against Belfast...
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It's Time to Sort out the Clocks; This Week Co-Host Dogsbody Is Standing in for Tony TONY HORNE THE PEOPLE'S VOICE
Byline: TONY HORNE THE idea of a four day week seems great, doesn't it? Working 20% less of the week. Brilliant idea. But why is it that four-day weeks seem to drag on longer than a five-day one? I don't know what it is, but the four-day weekend...
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Legion of Plus Fans Is Growing; MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW Drives the Volkswagen Golf Plus 1.4 Sport. This Is His Verdict
Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW AT THE launch of the VW Golf Plus in the early days of June 2005, many a Doubting Thomas was asking "what's this all about?" This new addition to the already pretty spacious Mark V Golf range is actually built on the...
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Letter: YOUR SHOUT - We've Huge Plans for the Metro
NEXUS has an ambitious set of plans to completely reinvigorate the Tyne and Wear Metro system. We need a total of pounds 600m to secure Metro's long-term future and are confident that the Government understands the importance of our bid. Smart...
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Life Is Hard, You Have to Rely on Others for Food and a Floor; A Trio of Lads Who Have Experienced Homelessness Are Organising a Gig with Newcastle Band Maximo Park to Raise Awareness. LAURA CAROE Speaks to Them about How They Ended Up on the Streets
Byline: LAURA CAROE FROM the age of 13, Stephen Lawson was crashing on friends' floors and anywhere he could find. His life spiraled out of control when his relationship with his family fell apart, and he left his home in Walker, Newcastle. ...
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Limo That's Long Gone; CLASSIC CARS This Week: Daimler DR450
Byline: IAN JOHNSON FANS of the modern stretch limo eat your hearts out. While lusting over favourites such as the Lincoln Town Car and even Hummer versions, it has to be remembered that Britain had its own classy stretchie in the 1960s. We may...
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Man Fell to Death from Third Floor; 19 Ribs Broken in Fatal Plunge
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A MAN who plunged to his death from a third-floor window was trying to escape imaginary intruders. Former merchant seaman Patrick Bonnar was paranoid that someone was trying to break into his flat. In the weeks before...
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Memorial Bench Taken by Thieves; Airwaves Sister Disgusted by Cruel, Heartless Act
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON A GRIEVING family has been targeted by brazen thieves who stole a bolted down memorial seat at a coastal beauty spot. Angela Monaghan, with her mother Etta Nicholls, went to visit the seat on the Grand Parade at Tynemouth...
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MICHELIN MAN; No, He's Not Round - He's Got a Star for His Talent as a Chef
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON GROWING up he liked nothing better than his mam's egg and chips. Now culinary master Kenny Atkinson is one of the top chefs around after the 31-year-old was awarded a coveted Michelin star. And to sweeten the taste...
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Miss Chip Shop - She's Batter Than All the Rest! Tyneside Lass Nets Top Prize
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A NEWCASTLE beauty has battered her rivals to be crowned Britain's Miss Fit 'n' Chips. Sheree Pearson from Blakelaw has been voted Britain's sexiest chip shop worker. And now the 19-year-old with looks to fry-for is hoping...
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Motor Racing: Fighting Finish in Thriller
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE Diamonds produced a brilliant fight-back in the closing stages at Redcar last night to grab a well-earned 45-45 draw in a Premier Trophy match. Trailing 34-26, every Newcastle rider played his part in the dramatic...
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Mum's Job Humiliation Claim
A FORMER housing worker claims she was forced out of her job after bosses verbally attacked her partner in front of hundreds of her colleagues. Susan Parry's partner Michael Tansey had been heavily critical of her employer - housing association...
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New Heart for Town Centre; a Run-Down Area with Modern Shopping and Leisure Facilities for Residents
Byline: By ADAM JUPP MULTI-million-pound plans to create a new Tyne side town centre have been unveiled. Fresh life is being breathed into the run-down suburb of Walker, in Newcastle's East End, as part of a 15-year regeneration project. A...
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North East Couples Face Baby Lottery; LOVING Partners Seeking Fertility Treatment Face Huge Disparities in Their Care. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at the Rules around the Region
Byline: HELEN RAE YOU'VE heard of the baby boom but it seems for many couples using fertility treatment in the North East it is a baby lottery. As reported in last night's Chronicle, at just 20 Catherine Storey said her chance of motherhood had...
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On the Button
Byline: ByMAXINEASHFORD IT'S a habit I really need to get out of, but just can't: Every time I get in a new car I can't resist pressing the buttons and dials out of curiosity. And that curiosity caused much hilarity after a brief drive in a Suzuki...
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Parents Vent Fury at Nuns over Closure
Byline: By LIZ WALKER CATHOLIC nuns came under fire from angry parents last night as their exorbitant financial demands on a top private school were revealed. It would have needed a billionaire like Bill Gates to save Newcastle school La Sagesse...
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Pay as You Go Is a No No; ROAD CHARGING TO BEAT CONGESTION RULED OUT BY COUNCILLORS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor ROAD charging looks certain to be ruled out on North East for at least five years. The move follows a study into ways of tackling congestion. One of the main conclusions is there is no immediate case...
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Peugeot Adds an Extra Eight Models to Its Hatchback Range
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES PEUGEOT has expanded the 308 hatchback range with the introduction of eight new models. The range now benefits from the introduction of a new six-speed manual gearbox on the S, Sport and SE HDi 1 10 models. When shod with...
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Prices Have Got to Be Right; OUR Car-Buying Habits Are under Scrutiny
Byline: STEVE HUGHES reports THE car-buying habits of the nation are under scrutiny with a survey revealing that price is now the single most important factor in choosing one vehicle in preference to another. Whether it is a new car for an individual...
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Pub Quiz Uncovered
This was Woz and Co's first visit into the famous North East's social clubs for an undercover visit to a quiz. PUB: Forest Hall CIU Club QUESTION MASTER: Tony DAY AND TIME OF QUIZ: Wednesday, 9pm PRICE: 50p per person PRIZE MONEY: All...
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PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on Sunday's Game at Tottenham
GRAHAM BREWIS HERE we go, here we go, here we go, up the Football League we go. Yes I know, stupid boy, as Captain Mainwaring would say, but leave me alone, I'm harmless. I hope it's Martins, Owen and Viduka again - they are quite a handful....
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Quo Rock Up to Start the Celebration; Rock/pop Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has Some News That Should Appeal to Headbangers in the Region
Byline: GORDON BARR VETERAN rockers Status Quo are to kick off their 40th anniversary tour in Newcastle, it was revealed today. The band will play Newcastle City Hall on September 27, with tickets on sale from today. Status Quo will visit...
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Raider Is Detained; MAN ATTACKED BARTON ASSISTANT
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A RAIDER who attacked Joey Barton's personal assistant has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. Adrian Hudson tried to attack the Newcastle footballer's assistant in a plush Tyneside hotel. Now mentally-ill...
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Return of Dante the Assassin; What's On
TOTALLY lost, that's where I was after watching the opening cutscene to Devil May Cry 4. Having never played any of the previous titles, I have to say I knew nothing of what was happening at the start of this game. Sure the graphics were mind-blowing,...
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Road Toll Ruled out for Now; Council Chiefs to Press for Investment in Public Transport
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor ROAD charging looks certain to be ruled out in Tyne & Wear for at least five years. However, the idea has not been rejected completely and authors of a study into ways of tackling traffic congestion...
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Rugby Union: New Boy Rob Thrilled to Keep Place
YOU wait 18 months and then two come along at once - but Rob Vickers is not complaining. The Newcastle Falcons hooker has been quietly biding his time for Guinness Premiership action and, after a decent debut in defeat at Leeds last week, he is...
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Rugby Union: Old Heads Can Lead Way for Thunder
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS has called on his Gateshead Thunder big guns to keep setting the tone for his developing side. Thunder head coach Woods was pleased with the late fightback that saw his men edge out Workington Town 28-26 on...
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Rugby Union: Perry Faces Up to Falcons' Test; Andy Aims to Wipe out the Bad Memories
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL ANDY PERRY is hoping to help give Newcastle Falcons a shot in the arm at Harlequins tomorrow - and not another smack in the face. Engine-room enforcer Perry suffered a fractured cheek at The Stoop last season as the Falcons...
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Script Is More Not Than Hot; THE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE ** (12A, 91 Mins) Comedy/Romance. Joel David Moore, Paris Hilton, Christine Lakin, Adam Kulbersh, Johann Urb, the Greg Wilson
THERE'S a rather sweet romantic comedy buried deep within The Hottie & The Nottie, a modern-day fairytale about an ugly duckling who emerges from her shell and turns out to be a swan. Unfortunately, you have to wade through wooden performances,...
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Service Promises to Be as Good as Gold; Luxury Bus Scheme Will Link North and South Tyneside
Byline: By TOM MULLEN IT'S a golden ticket to freedom. A new gold-standard luxury bus service will take to the roads this weekend. Girls dressed in gold evening wear were on hand at Grey's Monument to introduce shoppers to Go North East's...
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Shop Worker Sold Booze to Boy, 16; I Was Conned by Fake ID, Assistant Claims in Court
Byline: BY MATT CASEY A SHOP assistant who sold alcohol to an underage drinker claimed he was conned by the youngster's fake ID. Paramreer Singh Bhamjah, 19, sold eight cans of lager to a 16-year-old at Khera Wine Store, on Wear Road, Stanley,...
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Starting Afresh
RYAN Mallaburn, from Four Lane Ends, Newcastle, fell out with his family after he struggled to control his temper. After months of lashing out and exploding into a rage, the then 16-year-old moved out of his family home. Ryan had planned to move...
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Streets Ahead of the or Iginal Model; Robin Roberts Drives the New and Stylish Vauxhall Agila
Byline: Robin Roberts SHARING only its name with the original model, the new Vauxhall Agila will be sold on its style, simplicity, practicality and low running costs. For the first time it gets the option of a diesel engine and automatic transmission...
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Stylish and Sexy Too
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES FEW motor manufacturers have managed to reinvent themselves so successfully in such a short time as Volvo. The Swedish car company, which is owned by Ford, is suddenly stylish and sexy. Having established a reputation...
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Superb Choice for Value Motoring; JONATHAN SMITH Drives the Skoda Superb Elegance 2.0 TDI PD4 Door. This Is His Verdict
Byline: JONATHAN SMITH IT'S not the newest kid on the block but the biggest Skoda with limo-like proportions and an elegant profile continues to defy the onset of old age . You might raise an eyebrow over a manufacturer naming its brainchild...
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Supercar Sound You Will Love! STEVE HUGHES Drives the BMW M3 Supercar Saloon and Found It Not Only Looked the Part but Sounded It Too
Byline: STEVE HUGHES THE sound of the latest BMW M3 saloon has been transformed from a rasp to a growl, which to buyers of such cars is music to the ears. It is the first M3 to use the grunt of a V8 engine rather than the straight sixes that...
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The Locals; Jazz, Blues and Roots/the Locals the North East Local Music Scene
THIS Monday is the deadline to enter our Battle of the Bands competition, with the online voting beginning next week. Over the past few weeks we've had a great response and a wide variety of entries including: Seven Heroes, from Sherburn, voted...
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This Is One for Empty Nesters; EDWARD STEPHENS Drives the Kia Pro-Cee'd and Finds It to Be the Most Stunning Model Yet from the Korean Car Maker
Byline: EDWARD STEPHENS THE cee'd is growing - and a different group of people will soon be able to reap the harvest. Kia has just launched the latest version of the cee'd family aimed at 20 to 30-year-old singles and couples and socalled empty...
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Vent Your Spleen
I WOULD just like to say that I am so glad that people are fighting back at the small-minded, cruel and heartless individuals who believe that people who are on any type of benefit, including disability and incapacity, should feel ashamed for claiming...
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Virtual Pub in TV Spotlight
FANS of Al Murray are in for a treat tonight when the UK's first virtual pub, headquartered in Newcastle, stars as Pub of the Week on the funnyman's Happy Hour TV show. Co-founders of Newcastle-based www.realalepub.co.uk, Tony Appleton and Ben...
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Vision of Future; University Sets out Plans for Pounds 200m Revamp of Campus
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter A UNIVERSITY has revealed plans of a pounds 200m investment programme to revamp its campus and facilities. Newcastle University published a 14-page brochure, called Creating a Campus for the Future,...
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Walk-Out Protest at Call to Resign; Council Man Made Gaffe
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA COUNCILLORS walked out of a meeting after calls were made for the resignation of a colleague who suggested euthanasia should be used to cut the number of children in care. Coun Hugh Jackson, who represents Monkseaton North...
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We're Forced to Eat Humble Pie; FEEDBACK
Byline: MICK SMITH STICKY buns, sausage rolls, mmm...as my widening waistline bears belt-slackening testament, over the years I've munched through my fair number of Greggs delicacies. Crumbs can often be found brushed under my desk, a secret...
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Whitley Delight at Toon Gesture
Byline: By LEE RYDER KEVIN KEEGAN has thrown his weight behind Whitley Bay's FA Vase campaign by opening the gates of the Magpies' Benton HQ for Ian Chandler's side ahead of their clash with Lowestoft Town. The Newcastle boss invited Bay to use...
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WIN FLIGHTS WITH FLYBE; Evening Chronicle Competition Two Days to Go
YOUR Evening Chronicle and Flybe have teamed up to give you the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets, as every day this week we will be giving five pairs of flights away to Cardiff, London or Aberdeen, which all start flying on Sunday! In two...
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Wise Up to the Dangers of Drugs; Youngsters Spreading the Message over Substance Abuse
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter MESSAGES about the dangers of drink and drugs have been given to hundreds of Tyneside schoolchildren by a special scheme. More than 200 youngsters in Newcastle's West End have been visited by members of the...
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