Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from July 30, 2010

A Fatal Mistake; PHARMACIST APOLOGISES AFTER INMATE'S DEADLY DRUGS DOSE
Byline: ADAM JUPP A SENIOR pharmacist has apologised for the errors that saw a cancer-suffering prisoner given a deadly dose of chemotherapy drugs. Robert Lapham was the man responsible for checking the prescription given to convicted armed robber...
A Gamble That Paid off in Style
I OFTEN take a gamble for the purpose of these pages. Whether it's a place recommended to me or somewhere I have just stopped off at on spec, you just never know what to expect. Going to the casino is probably not what springs to mind when thinking...
A Look into Future Shows Up Errors
THE Feedback office fields many an accusation from our eagle-eyed readers. You regularly spot the errors of our ways, but the idea we can predict the future is surely fanciful. If only it were true, I could finally make a bid for freedom and spend...
Also Released
Gainsbourg (15, 122 mins) JOANN Sfar's imaginative biopic charts the tumultuous life of singer Serge Gainsbourg. The film begins with Serge as a precocious child in Nazi-occupied Paris where he struggles to live up to the expectations of his Russian-Jewish...
An Hour without Power
YOUNG people in Newcastle have teamed up to help promote greener living among the city's schoolchildren. The group of 12 from v, the National Youth Volunteers Service, have been visiting schools over the last month as part of npower's No Power Hour...
Armband Not Top Priority Says Kev; (but It Would Be Nice!)
Byline: LEE RYDER KEVIN NOLAN says that first-team football is an overriding priority ahead of being made skipper of Newcastle United this season. The Toon star may well lead United out against PSV Eindhoven tomorrow at St James' Park but, as...
Arsonists Destroy Community Lifeline; Workers Sickened by Attack
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER MINDLESS vandals have caused misery by destroying this community centre. Yobs set fire to the Chapel House and District Community Association (CHADCA) building yesterday. The fire caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage...
Best Way We Can Honour Bobby Is to Bring Back Nights like These; Robson Set Benchmark for Us: Andy: Robson Spirit Is Still with Us
Byline: LEE RYDER ANDY CARROLL says that the Sir Bobby Robson factor at St James' Park remains alive and kicking. And the England Under-21 striker - who arrived at the club's Academy as a 10-year-old after being plucked out by Robson's scouting...
Bird-Brained Burglar Billy; SERIAL THIEF IS CAUGHT STEALING FRIDGE FROM CENTRE
Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL HEAVING a fridge down a flight of stairs, serial thief Billy the Pigeon was caught cold-handed. The persistent pest, dubbed Tyneside's most prolific criminal, targeted a Newcastle community centre in the latest leg of his...
Boy of 10 Robbed in Street for His Phone; CCTV Images Show Adult Suspect Who Followed Child
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY A LAD of 10 was mugged for his mobile phone. Police have released CCTV images of the robber they are hunting after the schoolboy was attacked in Newcastle's West End. The mugger followed the boy after he got off a bus...
Cats' Waghorn Eyes the Foxes; Striker Relishing Return to Walkers Stadium
Byline: JAMES HUNTER MARTYN WAGHORN is relishing a return to the Walkers Stadium as Sunderland step up their pre-season programme. The young Black Cats striker spent last season on loan with the Foxes and finished the campaign as their 12-goal...
Chris: Spirit of Former Boss Is Still with Us; Benchmark Set: Andy
Byline: LEE RYDER CHRIS HUGHTON has vowed that Newcastle United will continue "doing it for Bobby" this season. The Magpies boss has revealed he was fittingly handed his UEFA Pro-Licence by Robson before he arrived at United two years ago. ...
Courageous, Caring and a Gentleman - That''s Bobby
Byline: MIKE KELLY OVER the recent World Cup in South Africa a well-known brand of lager ran an advert with the tagline 'If Carlsberg did team talks'. It involved much high energy rock music and cameos from a host of sports stars like Olympic...
Darkness Behind a World of Glamour
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis, is published in hardback by Picador, priced pounds 16.99. Available now. IT was 25 years ago when American novelist Bret Easton Ellis made his debut with Less Than Zero, a story of apathetic 20 somethings...
Deaths
BENNETT (Haydon Bridge). Suddenly in Hexham General Hospital on July 26th 2010, Molly, beloved sister of Bryan and Cathie and life time best friend of Irene. Would friends please meet for service and cremation at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle on...
Ennis Begins Bid for Glory
JESSICA ENNIS today finally began her bid for heptathlon glory in the European Championships - but for once could find herself upstaged on a frantic Friday in Barcelona. The evening session in the Olympic Stadium will feature 10 finals, with Britain...
Falcons Luke to Play the Field
Byline: NICK PUREWAL STRIKE-RUNNING full-back Luke Fielden cannot wait to get to grips with Newcastle Falcons' new attacking gameplan. Northumbria University graduate Fielden is delighted to be back in the North East, after stepping up to the...
Family Touched by Proposed Garden for Sir Bobby Robson
Byline: SARA NICHOL ONE of Sir Bobby Robson's sons has described how plans to create a memorial garden celebrating his dad's life have touched the entire family. Mark Robson said the garden, on its planned site near St James's Park in Newcastle,...
Feeling Festive? Advertisement Feature
YOU may still have a tan from your summer holidays, but it's not too early to start planning your Christmas p a rt y. Many North East venues are taking bookings for parties and Christmas meals now so don't miss out. Here's our guide to the pick of...
Filmakers Move in the Right Direction
Byline: IAN JOHNSON BUDDING filmmakers honed their skills at a summer workshop on Tyneside. Children aged between eight and 12 have been attending the groups throughout the week at Newcastle's Apple store. Staff at the Eldon Square centre have...
Fitness Runs in Our Family Now; DAUGHTERS JOIN MUM AND DAD BY GETTING ON RIGHT TRACK
Byline: LAURA CAROE A ONCE chubby lad turned proud dad after he and his wife shed 10st between them to inspire their children. Rod and Julie Richardson decided to turn their lives around after piling on the pounds when they started their family....
Flames Focus on Quickfire Clash; SG Wealth Management N/land League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL KEITH BROWN hopes a second quickfire cup and league double-header for Blue Flames will not now go the way of the first. Flames bombed out to Stocksfield in the Thomas Wilson Memorial Cup final on Tuesday night - and now have...
Friends Pay Tribute to 'Suicide Pact' Pair; COMMUNITY IN SHOCK AS INQUEST OPENS INTO DOUBLE TRAGEDY
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON AS the inquest was opened into a suspected suicide pact of two best friends, tributes continued to flood in. Christopher Harrington, 20, and 19-year-old Kieran Kenny, were found hanging in a wood near the Brockwell Centre,...
From a Miner to an Artist
NEARLY 60 years have passed since miner and artist Tom Lamb worked at Busty Colliery, Co Durham. Tom, now 88, remembers working life in the mines as "a mixture of tragedy and comedy". Using the white walls at the bottom of the shaft, Tom captured...
Hair'some of Mine; GIRL TAKES THE BIG CHOP TO HELP YOUNG CANCER VICTIMS
Byline: RUTH LAWSON HAIR today, gone tomorrow is a sentiment close to this girl's heart. The brave youngster had her waist-length hair chopped off after being so moved by a TV show about children who lost their hair to cancer.Abigail Howard,...
Homecoming Is So Special; TWO Classical Musicians Will Be Back on Familiar Ground Next Week. RICHARD YATES Finds out More
Byline: RICHARD YATES THEIR careers take them across continents, but musicians Lucy Gould and Robert Plane make time each summer for a return to the Northumberland village that was once their home. Violinist Lucy, of the Gould Piano Trio, and...
In Memoriam
CAMPBELL (Wallsend). Hannah, the memories of you will live in my heart and thoughts forever, remembered always Andy. DIXON (Bedlington). Treasured memories of a dearly loved son and brother, Alan, died 31st July 2006. Our minds are full of memories,...
Island Tale Is Left Wanting
US Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and partner Chuck Aule (Ruffalo) make the stomach-churning journey by water to Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane with a hurricane closing in on the island. Dr Cawley (Kingsley), who oversees the facility,...
Joe Stands Up for the Family; FORMER King of the Jungle Joe Pasquale Is Back on Tyneside This Weekend. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Him
Byline: GORDON BARR "IF YOU look like your passport photo then you're too ill to travel." That's the message from comedian Joe Pasquale to his North East followers, whom he hopes will forgo flying to sunnier climes to see him perform his solo...
Krul Hoping for Real Dutch Treat
Byline: LEE RYDER TIM KRUL has more reason than most for wanting to shine for Newcastle United in tomorrow's home clash with PSV Eindhoven. The Dutchman is aiming to celebrate signing his new fouryear deal on Tyneside by catching the eye against...
Legacy Will Save Lives
Byline: HELEN RAE SIR Bobby's work off the pitch is as impressive as his footballing career. Thanks to him, there is now a cancer centre to help patients across the North East in their fight against the disease. As the former Newcastle United...
Little Taste of Italy; EX-CHIP SHOP OWNER RETURNS NORTH WITH HIS HOMEMADE WINE
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS A FORMER chip shop owner is renewing his links with Tyneside for the Gateshead Flower Show. Domenico Pelmi retired to his idyllic Italian homeland to run a small vineyard and has now entered his own delicious red wine in...
Memories of Pit Ponies
AFTER almost 50 years Andy Wallace still remembers the names of all the hardworking pit ponies that followed him and the other miners down the shafts at Bates Colliery in Blyth. "There were Captain, Boots, Pat, Maxi, Royal, Jock and Tom," he says....
Memories of Sir Bobby Will Tug at Heart Strings on a Poignant Day
Byline: JOHN GIBSON WE'RE all invited to Newcastle United's house-warming party tomorrow prior to them moving lock, stock and hopefully smokin' barrel into the Premier League. United will wish for initial success against PSV because this is their...
Moat Family Planning for Quiet Funeral; GUNMAN'S RELATIVES MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRIVATE CREMATION
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY GUNMAN Raoul Moat's family are starting to make plans for his funeral. But relatives of the former bouncer, who four weeks ago became one of the country's most notorious murderers, say the service will be a private affair....
Morgan Is Making a Ton of Progress
EOIN MORGAN is confident he has already answered those who have doubted his Test match potential - but is hungry for many more runs to make the point properly. The Irishman went into day two of the first npower Test against Pakistan at Trent Bridge...
Necklace, Pounds 12 All Hands on Deck; Get Your Wardrobe Ship-Shape for Summer with All Things Nautical. FRANCESCA CRAGGS Reports
Byline: FRANCESCA CRAGGS IF there's one trend that is a steadfast anchor of summer style, it's nautical. No matter that the designers opted to showcase sorbet pastels, military khakis and bright global prints for spring/summer 2010 - the season...
No Geordie Will Ever Forget You. May the New Newcastle Do Your Memory Proud
Byline: JOHN GIBSON WOR Bobby departed our world exactly a year ago having said his formal farewells to all Geordies days before from a wheelchair being pushed round St James's Park where as a boy he had stood proudly with dad by his side to marvel...
Phillips in 2012 Victory Pledge
BRITAIN'S Phillips Idowu is determined not to rest on his laurels as he targets Olympic glory on home soil in two years' time. Idowu set a new personal best of 17.81 metres to win the triple jump title in the European Championships in Barcelona...
PLEURAL PLAQUES UNIONS DEALT A BLOW; Campaigners Left out of Talks
Byline: LINDA RICHARDS CAMPAIGNERS battling for compensation for people with pleural plaques have suffered a serious setback. Union leaders fighting for a better deal for thousands of asbestos cancer victims have been left out of top-level talks....
POLICE CRACKDOWN TO TACKLE NUISANCE; Week of Action to Combat Anti-Social Behaviour
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY TEEN yobs, menace motorists and mindless vandals are being targeted in a week-long blitz on a Tyneside estate. Police have vowed to clean-up Newcastle's Pendower estate after residents told them about the issues that can...
Ponder a Puzzler
SCHOOL'S out and the gaming world is slowing down in terms of big new releases. But if you're looking for games to keep you buzzing during the summer holidays, don't worry, there's plenty on offer online, whatever your hardware of choice. Check...
PSV All Set for the Big Kick-Off
NEWCASTLE United will face a PSV Eindhoven side that are ready to step "into the zone" with the Dutch side kicking off their Eredivisie campaign just seven days after their visit to St James' Park. Fred Rutten's side face United's former UEFA Cup...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
Woz and Co quickly realised that this pub needed a boost and they were hoping to do it with a quiz on Thursdays, we wish them well. Pub: The Phoenix, Cramlington, Northumberland Question Master: Ryan Day and Time of Quiz: Thursday, 8.30pm Price:...
Readers' Poems
LOST TOOTH At six years old if you're lucky You still have your baby teeth, But there comes a time and there is a sign When the first one starts to wobble. It's usually the one bang in the middle Where everyone can see when you smile. That little gap...
Real Pedal Power for Campaign; CYCLISTS TO TAKE TO THE STREETS
Byline: AMY HUNT CYCLISTS are to take to the streets en masse for a twowheeled demo. Newcastle's first "Critical Mass" bike rally was due to take place in Newcastle this evening. Organisers expect 200 people to turn out to show their support for...
Remake Hits the Right Spot
DIRECTOR Harald Zwart is a brave man, attempting a remake of one of the most fondly cherished films of the 1980s. For an entire generation who still view the original through rose-tinted spectacles, The Karate Kid is a classic, feel-good parable...
Shipyard Deal in Pieces; Critics Pleased at Bid Fail
Byline: ADAM JUPP A DEAL to bring shipbreaking work to Tyneside has fallen through. We told how North Tyneside Council was in negotiations over a contract that would see an ex-military vessel dismantled at the former Swan Hunter shipyard, in...
Sir Bobby Remembered
"Bobby was just a great person to be around. He used to make you smile, it didn't matter what mood you were in, you couldn't help but cheer up and be carried along by his great enthusiasm. Bobby just loved sport, not just football. he really reminded...
SIR BObby Robinson
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG AYEAR ago tomorrow the death of Sir Bobby Robson after a brave battle with cancer broke North East hearts. Unprecedented scenes of mourning met the passing of the much-loved former Newcastle United and England manager on...
Sir Bobby Was Simply the Best
Byline: TONY HORNE SIR Bobby died a year ago tomorrow. You probably know that. As I pen my last words for the summer, I can't think of a better way to go out than to remember the greatest man I have ever met, more impressive than any individual...
Smiles of Children Said It All
Byline: SARA NICHOL FOOTBALL shirts, scarves and flags left in tribute to Sir Bobby Robson after he passed away are helping impoverished children in Africa. Two of the local legend's sons Paul and Mark made the emotional trips to the continent...
Stars of Future Turn out to Back the Bid; YOUNGSTERS JOIN THE FUN AT A GLOBAL FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL FUN AND GAMES
Byline: ADAM JUPP To find out how you can back the bid to bring the World Cup here, log on to: www.chroniclelive.co.uk SOCCER stars of the future lined up for a global festival of football on Tyneside. The North Tyneside Youth Football Tournament...
Starting as You Mean to Go on; GOLF TIPS
EVEN with a good backswing, if a golfer does not start the downswing with the correct sequence it can result in wayward shots. So, as this subject is much debated, how or what is the best process? To help this discussion I start with another question...
Struggling Marsden Seeking to Strengthen; Warmseal Durham Senior League
WITH Marsden's plight at the foot of the table worsening over the last fortnight, the club have been urgently looking to strengthen their squad. Saturday's heavy defeat at Norton left the South Tynesiders 44 points behind second-bottom Castle Eden...
Team Fail to Score a Hit
IT has been more than 25 years since George Peppard chewed on a cigar and uttered the immortal line: "I love it when a plan comes together!" Joe Carnahan's big-screen revamp of The A-Team doesn't quite come together, lacking the low-rent charm of the...
Thanks a Lot; Cash Continues to Roll in from Readers to Help Maggies
Byline: HELEN RAE CASH continues to roll in as generous Tynesiders dig deep to help the Maggie's charity reach a whopping pounds 300,000. In January 2008 the Chronicle teamed up with the cancer charity to launch one of our biggest ever appeals,...
The End of the Asbo? FUTURE OF CRIME-FIGHTING TOOL IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Byline: ADAM JUPP SOME say they're a badge of honour for teen tearaways, while others view them as a valuable crime-fighting tool. Opinions have been divided since anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) were introduced by the last Labour Government....
The Valley of the Dolls; NEW YORK PUNK LEGENDS TO PLAY INTIMATE GIG
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE THE band that launched punk rock and paved the way for the likes of Blondie are set for a special intimate gig on Tyneside. The New York Dolls will play at the Cluny in Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley. Only 300 tickets - at...
This Is North's Golden Chance; Blake Urges Public to Support Big GB Match
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS NEWCASTLE Eagles chief Paul Blake reckons the North East can strike Olympic gold if the Geordie public gets behind next month's Great Britain international. Team GB take on Macedonia in a Eurobasket qualifier at Northumbria...
Three Accused of Dad's Murder; MEN CHARGED AND IN COURT AFTER VIOLENT DEATH
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY THREE men have been charged with the murder of Andrew Smart. An 18-year-old and two 20-year-olds were today due to appear in court accused of beating the 47-year-old to death at his North Shields home. They are also...
Title Race Can Still End Well; Dukes North East Premier League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL JOHN GRAHAM reckons South North can have no complaints about missing a chance to top the table. Frustrated Graham admits North were outplayed by Benwell Hill last weekend, but he still believes his side can affect the title...
Toon Old Boy Kris Relishing Reunion
GATESHEAD captain Kris Gate admits he is looking forward to tonight's attractive pre-season friendly against a Newcastle X1 at the International Stadium. The Magpies squad make the short trip over the Tyne to face their near neighbours in a 7.30...
Tough Life Being a Worried Wife
BEING a miner's wife was a constant worry for Mary Nightingale Bell whose late husband Jim worked at Easington Colliery for almost 30 years. Both were from a long line of mining stock. The 79-year-old, who now lives in Horden, Co Durham, says: "If...
Union Bosses Slam Move to Cut Back Beds; COST-CUTTING MOVE COULD SEE NUMBERS SLASHED
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON UNION bosses have hit out over fears Tyneside's leading hospitals are set to slash hundreds of beds. A restructuring care provision could see more than 451 beds cut and the health workforce shrink by around 166 posts by...
Vow to Reform Benefit System; Proposals 'To Be Radical'
THE Government today unveiled proposals to reform benefits after ministers described the system as broken. options aimed at ensuring that people would see the value of moving from benefit to work. The minister said: "After years of piecemeal...
We Were All Proud of Dad When He Was Alive but, since He's Passed, We're Even More Proud
Byline: SARA NICHOL PROUD son Mark TOMORROW marks the first anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson finally losing his brave battle against the cancer he fought five times. And as the region mourned the loss of a footballing hero, his family have spent...
Your Stars
Byline: Claire Petulengro YOU are the one who must live your life, not your friends or family. The sooner you set and keep to your own standards instead of others, the sooner you will find happiness. CALL MY ARIES LINE TO HEAR MORE 0904 470 0721...
Your Web Tributes
Sherpa: A truly remarkable man who gave his life for the benefit of others. His footballing prowess does not cover half what we owe this man. Pickmag: The man was an icon in every respect and having travelled the world myself it never ceased to...