Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 3, 2012

100 Greatest Geodies
WE are continuing our countdown with the 100 Greatest Geordies to have ever lived. We've taken on the task of naming them with a little help from our readers and our countdown continues. It's sure to be controversial as historical figures clash...
Art & Exhibitions
ARTS CENTRE WASHINGTON Biddick Lane (0191 219 3455) Sea The See: Mon 9am-5pm, Tue-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-9pm, ends Sep 1 BALMAN GALLERY, CORBRIDGE Town Hall Buildings, Princes Street (01434 634629) Russian Artists Summer Show: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, ends...
Arts Centre in Good Nick; Youngsters Transform Former Police House into a Creative Venue
Byline: RUTH LAWSON FROM a cop shop to a top art spot, this former police station has had a much-needed makeover. The once-derelict old police house on Gateshead's Swinburne Street has been transformed into an edgy art venue, thanks to a team of...
Body Found in City; Family of Missing Kelvin, 18, Waiting for News after Police Discovery
Byline: KATE PROCTOR DESPERATE family of Kelvin Bradley are today reeling after police informed them a body had been found in a search for the missing teenager. The grim discovery comes after the 18-year-old went missing after a day out in Newcastle...
Book Reviews; New Fiction
Per fect Strangers by Tasmina Perry is published in hardback by Headline, priced pounds 12.99. Available now. Sophie Ellis is mourning the sudden demise of her father. She finds employment as a personal trainer and is swept off her feet in a whirlwind...
Charity. Trekkers Hitting the Heights; Pacific Adventure in Aid of Tyneside Homeless Group
CROSSING paths with rattlesnakes, coyotes and black bears, Alasdair and Sarah Fowler are trekking over mountains, deserts and volcanic craters to raise money for charity. The couple have given up their jobs, and their home in Ouseburn, Newcastle, to...
City Searches for Residents in Emergency; Winter Maintenance Help Sought
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN FAMILIES are once again being asked to pull together and help clean up Newcastle's streets and parks. After June's torrential rain and flash flooding, many residents helped each other out. But now the city council is hoping...
Contortionist Ready to Change Tyson
BOXING legend Mike Tyson is being challenged to a contest of strength when he visits Tyneside. Contortionist Chris Cross is all in a twist over his latest dare having thrown down the gauntlet to the ex-world heavyweight boxing champ. Mike made global...
COURTS IN BRIEF; A Selection of Offences from the Magistrates'' Courts Information Supplied by the Courts Service
Kyle Vincent, 20, Whickham Gardens, Byker. Admitted failing to attend unpaid work in May and July after being convicted of attempting to steal from Walker Technology College in February. Placed under a 12-week curfew. Richard Banister, 39, Mundella...
[c]POEM OF THE DAY
ALL WE ARE Go out and meet nature, tune in your senses, To the sights and sounds around you, Those things unnoticed, close at hand, And beyond you, in the distance, Soak up the eclectic shades of green, the Creeping browns overpowering the deepness...
[C] Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages YESTERDAY, we reported that a bailiff warning has gone out as city leaders say they will be forced to chase every penny owed. Government council tax benefit changes will...
Cuellar Can Be a Top Cat-Gardner
Byline: JAMES HUNTER CRAIG GARDNER is backing new boy Carlos Cuellar to become a hit at Sunderland after being reunited with his old boss Martin O'Neill. Centre-back Cuellar is expected to feature in the Black Cats' friendly against Swedish champions...
'Cuts Will Hir Region' "Save Our Fusiliers" Campaign Gathers Momentum with Backing from MP David Miliband
Byline: SARA NICHOL SUPPORT for our "Save our Fusiliers" campaign is continuing to swell with former Foreign Secretary David Milliband giving his backing. The South Shields MP told the Chronicle he "fully supports" our bid to save the 2nd Battalion,...
Dancer's Chance; Sponsorship Needed for US
A DANCER has won a scholarship at one the world's most prestigious dance schools. Eliot Smith is one big step closer to his dream of becoming a famous dancer after he amazed tutors at the Martha Graham School of Dance in New York. And now the...
Deaths
BAMFORD (Pendower). Peacefully after a long illness, surrounded by his family, on 30th July, aged 76 years, John, beloved husband of Mary, much loved dad of Judy and step dad of Kay and Lyn, devoted grandad to Marcus, Sarah, Louise, KellyAnn, EmmaJo...
De Lyphar Is Coming Back into Good Form
KIEREN FALLON and David Nicholls looks a potent combination as they team up with Victoire De Lyphar in the Blue Square Bet Stewards' Cup at Goodwood. Both rider and trainer know the time of day when it comes to this heat as each has two victories...
Dining Deals Return; Newcastle's Restaurant Week Goes from Strength to Strength, as Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Finds Out
Byline: GORDON BARR IT'S back and this time there's even more choice. NE1's fourth Restaurant Week will be staged from August 20 to 26 - offering fine dining at great value prices. Forty venues have confirmed their involvement in the week,...
DVD Reviews
Comes A Bright Day (Cert 15, 87 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Drama/Romance, DVD pounds 15.99) Starring: Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Timothy Spall, Kevin McKidd, Josef Altin, Anthony Welsh. 20-YEAR-OLD Sam Smith (Craig Roberts) works...
Fashion Focuses on Racist Issues; T-Shirts Are Created to Raise Awareness
Byline: RUTH LAWSON FASHIONISTAS helped raise awareness of racism at the launch of a new T-shirt range inspired by murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence. The tops were paraded in front of a VIP crowd at Newcastle's Tup Tup Palace, which included...
Film Reviews
l TED (15) [c] "HERE is the story of a little boy and his magical wish that changed his life forever," intones the droll Narrator (Patrick Stewart), who transports us back to Christmas 1985 when a boy called John Bennett (Bretton Manley) stares adoringly...
Ford Focus St
Byline: STEWART SMITH COMPETITION in the hot-hatch sector has never been higher with new or improved offerings from Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Renault. But Ford is confident its third-generation Focus ST is the real deal with more power, more space...
Gang Up on Orcs; ORCS MUST DIE! 2 Developer: Robot Entertainment Format: PC
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN IF YOU'VE got something good, then milk it for all it's worth. The adage seems as true for the decades-old platforming of Mario as for relative newcomers such as Angry Birds, though even they may struggle to be back after...
Golden Wonder on Day of Glory for Team GB
For pictures of the fans and a guide to the Olympics, visit: www.chroniclelive.co.uk SIR Chris Hoy rode to glory as he took an historic fifth Olympic title on a golden day for Britain yesterday. Sir Chris equalled Sir Steve Redgrave's record haul...
Green Revolution Is on a Roll
Byline: MIKE TORPEY THE clean, green revolution is on a roll - and smaller cars are leading the way. As the major car manufacturers produce more fuel efficient and lower polluting vehicles, customers are responding in droves, and saving on road...
Group's Used Car Trade Centre Moves to Larger Premises in South Tyneside; DEALER TALK: Jennings Motor Group
JENNINGS Motor Group has announced its Deals on Wheels Used Car Trade Centre, has relocated to larger premises in South Shields. Originally based on Parsons Road in Washington, the group's Deals on Wheels operation has relocated to new, bigger premises...
Happy Houghton Hoping to Get Four in a Row
DURHAM footballer Stephanie Houghton hopes her goal-scoring touch hasn't deserted her when it really matters ahead of Great Britain's women's quarter-final clash with Canada. You will be hard-tasked to find someone who is having a better London...
Honda Jazz Up the Jazz
Byline: DAVID WHINYATES IT USED to be the case the mere act of driving a Volvo could age you in the eyes of other drivers ... now, it seems, Honda has a similar concern. In spite of producing the Civic Type R and CRZ Coupe as well as competing...
How Wor White Lady Rocked the Tyne"
SHE left a legacy on Tyneside no other nightspot has been able to match. When the Tuxedo Princess first laid down her gangplank almost 30 years ago, she quickly became one of the hottest clubs in Newcastle. Word of a new "floating" disco boat...
Huffman Signing Proving a Point; Eagles Solve Guard Problem with Damon Deal
PAUL Blake feels Newcastle Eagles have solved a five-year problem in snapping up Damon Huffman to play point guard next season. 6ft 2ins American Huffman has joined from Dutch side Landstede Zwolle after impressing the Eagles during the Basketball...
Hyundai I10
KOREAN brand Hyundai is continuing to make a strong impression with British car buyers and has picked up another top industry award. The company was voted Best Car Manufacturer in the 2012 Car Dealer Power Awards, an honour coming hot on the heels...
Hyundai I40 Saloon Style 1.7 Crdi
Byline: ENDA MULLEN HYUNDAI has come a long way in a relatively short space of time and though it might not launch quite as many cuttingedge designs as sister company Kia it is still making great strides. The i40 is a case in point, with a string...
I Cost Toon Pounds 10and Was Paid Pounds 4 a Week ....We Weren't like the Players of Today; Oldest Living Player Tells His Story
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON MEET Jack Shiel, he's the oldest Newcastle United player still alive today. And, despite walking with a Zimmer frame, the 95-year-old reckons he still has good footballer's legs. But the plucky pensioner, named John...
I'm Happy with What I Saw, Says Reds Boss
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers praised the "desire and commitment" of his side following their 1-0 Europa League third qualifying round first leg win over Gomel. Stewart Downing's second half strike ensured Rodgers' first competitive match in...
In Memoriam
CLARKSON (High Howdon). Kenneth, 9th October 1952 3rd August 2011, aged 58 years. It's one year since you left us, suddenly and unexpectedly God took you away. The pain still hurts the memories still clear, we wish in our hearts that you were still...
It's Going to Be Magical; the Latest Disney Show Is about to Arrive in the Toon for Children and the Young-at-Heart. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR ABRACADABRA! Mickey's Magic Show is set to leave audiences spellbound when it arrives in Newcastle this month. The Disney Live production takes over the Metro Radio Arena from August 17 to 19. In a captivating combination,...
Lad,11,is Impaled on Handlebar S; Boy Treated in Bike Horror
Byline: RUTH LAWSON A YOUNG boy became impaled on his BMX handlebar after an unlucky fall. The 11-year-old is believed to have been riding his bike in the Holley Park area, near Helvellyn Avenue in Washington, shortly before 10am yesterday when...
Let's Get Back on Track- Shurben; Skipper Wants a Win to Reignite Title Charge Dukes North East Premier League
Byline: NIALL PLUNKETT SUNDERLAND will be looking to put their recent defeats behind them as they target victory at Stockton tomorrow. The Ashbrooke-based team have only been beaten twice this season with both defeats coming in the last two weeks,...
Liz Walker
[c] I THOUGHT my children, aged three-and-a-half and nearly two, would be too young to enjoy the Olympics, but as usual they have proved me wrong. When the Olympic torch relay passed near our house I didn't think it was worth braving the pouring...
Local Music CD
Byline: RUTH LAWSON So What Robot - Work & Play THIS second single from So What Robot has unmistakable hints of 1970s jerky punk-pop with equally jaunty vocals that invite you to sing along. Although it is quite obviously inspired the punk-era...
Local Music; They May Look Young and Inoffensive but Street Party in Soho Are Definitely Not a Group to Underestimate. They Tell RUTH LAWSON Why Age Shouldn't Be a Defining Character in a Band
Byline: RUTH LAWSON MUSIC is a passion that evolves from an early age, so they say. It seems this sentiment has been taken to heart by Tyneside's Street Party In Soho - whose youngest member is 14 - and the self-proclaimed energetic rockers have...
Lover Lost the Plot, Fears Victim's Son; 'She's My Soulmate, My Life Is Turned Upside Down'
Byline: ROB KENNEDY STRANGLED Jacqueline Grant's son believes his mum was murdered by her lover after telling him she was going back to her family. Robert Grant said he thinks Stephen Streener "lost the plot" after Mrs Grant told him she was...
Magpies 'No 1 Is Assured of a Warm Welcome as Krul Prepares to Make a Sentimental Return to Hometown Club; Emotional Night Looks in Store for Goalkeeper Tim as Toon Face Den Haag in Friendly Fixture
Byline: LEE RYDER TIM KRUL will return to a standing ovation in his home town tomorrow night as Newcastle United take on Den Haag at the Kyocera Stadion. It will be an emotional night for the boy who left the Dutch city as a raw 16-year-old in...
Monsters Rise for Battle
Risen 2: Dark Waters Platform: Xbox 360. Price: pounds 34.99 SET several years after the end of the original Risen, raging titans have devastated the world and pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Monstrous creatures have risen from the depths...
myHome A Special Place with a Sense of Community; Sarah Holmes, 32, Is Head of E-Commerce at Ringtons Ltd in the North East and Manages Its New Victory Tea Brand. She's the Fifth Generation in the Family Business and the First Female to Work in a Senior Role There
Where is your home? Lindisfarne Road, Jesmond. How would you describe it? It's a mansion house that was converted into four flats. A top-floor apartment was added on some years ago. All residents share the fantastic garden, which has a lovely summer...
O'Neill Is Keen to Ease the Burden on Sess
Byline: JAMES HUNTER MARTIN O'NEILL is determined to end Sunderland's reliance on Stephane Sessegnon to provide a creative spark. The Black Cats boss is conscious Sessegnon shoulders the bulk of the responsibility to provide attacking flair and...
One Punch Can Kill; Mum Urges Revellers to Think Twice before Drinking Too Much
JUST one punch can ruin lives forever. Every year revellers at nightspots up and down the country are killed or seriously injured by a single blow from a drunken attacker. Tanked-up and out of control, the assailants are sometimes otherwise law-abiding...
Pedal Power for My Baby; Mum Takes to Her Bike to Raise Awareness of Hospital's Heart Unit
Byline: KATE PROCTOR A MUM facing an agonising wait for a new heart for her poorly baby daughter is using pedal power to bring attention to her cause. Ashleigh Leybourne and 20 of her friends are cycling through North Tyneside tomorrow to raise...
Perfect Pizza and Pasta
Byline: JAMES MOORE THROUGH an anonymous door and up a flight of stairs in the heart of Low Fell lies a hidden gem of the Tyneside restaurant world. Piazza Latina Restaurant, well-known and well-used by locals, isn't flash and the decor isn't...
Price Lessons in Hunt for Uniforms; Here's What You Can Expect to Pay for Back-to-School Outfits in Our Region
CHILDREN may be enjoying the long summer break, but for their parents the six-week holiday is a time for juggling finances. With many families already watching the pennies, shopping around for the best value school uniform before the start of the...
Proud Just Not Close Enough to Make Final
STEPH Proud admitted mixed emotions as her Olympics dreams were ended last night. Durham-born Proud agonisingly missed qualifying for tonight's 200m backstroke final at London 2012 by just over a quarter of a second. Her semi-final time of 2:09.04...
Pub's Regulars Are Cheering for Track Ace Ross; Geordie Lad Is Taking Part in Olympic Heats
Byline: SONIA SHARMA FRIENDS and family of Tyneside athlete Ross Murray are keeping their fingers crossed as he takes on the challenge of his life. The 21-year-old, from Wallsend, North Tyneside, will be running in the 1500m heats at the Olympics...
Reap a Harvest of Roots Music; ALAN NICHOL Looks at What's Coming Up on the Local Music Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL MOST of the autumn schedules are now pretty well confirmed and the busiest season of the year is packed with interesting music of every genre. August offers the chance to scan the websites and brochures - and the time to save...
Renault Clio
Byline: MIKE TROPEY IT'S the only model to have been awarded Car of the Year twice and has racked up 11.5 million sales in a career that spans 22 years. The Papa and Nicole, not to forget Thierry Henry, adverts may have long been consigned to...
Sir John's Grandsons Launch New Retail Firm; New Urban Fashion Store in Town
Byline: IAIN LAING THEIR grandad was the brainchild behind the Metrocentre and made Newcastle United a force around the world. Now Sir John Hall has passed on his decades of know-how to his grandsons as they make their own foray into the retail...
Skilful Chinese Team Stand in Kat's Way
GREAT Britain trampolinist Kat Driscoll is not intimidated by the high-flying opposition as she prepares to make her Olympic debut tomorrow. The 26-year-old, who trains at Washington's Apollo trampolining club, is set to battle with China's Huang...
There Arrested after Police Target Homes; 'It Was a Shock to Wake Up to That on a Lovely Little Street like This'
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY THIS was the dramatic scene as police swooped on Tyneside streets in a major crackdown on suspected drug dealers. Riot shields in hands, officers targeted four homes in a series of simultaneous dawn raids. People living...
THE World-Famous Cityscape of NewcastleGateshead, [...]
THE world-famous cityscape of NewcastleGateshead, recognised all over the globe by its iconic seven bridges, hosts a free, family-friendly festival on Saturday and Sunday. It celebrates riverside icons and the biggest sporting event in the world...
TOON MAY TURN TO WIEL; Ajax Full-Back on Radar as Debuchy Pursuit Falters United May Turn to Ajax Full-Back Instead of Debuchy
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United could turn to Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel - if they can't get their bid for Mathieu Debuchy back on track. Lille president Michel Seydoux showed a dangerous level of brinksmanship yesterday by claiming...
Troublemakers on Film; 'We Are Putting Additional Officers out on Patrol over the Summer'
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY POLICE are taking to the streets with special cameras in a bid to catch young yobs in the act. Police in Gateshead have launched an operation to crackdown on anti-social behaviour after a teenage girl had her jaw broken...
Tyre Experts Ready to Help; Advertisement Feature
CALLING all ladies. Do you know your tread depth from your tyre pressure? If not, don't fear. Tyre experts Tyrespot are here to help. Established for more than 30 years - with nine autocentres in the North East - Tyrespot really are experts when...
You're Smarter for 10; Peeking out through the Straps of His Cycling Helmet, Bradley Wiggin's Sideburns Have Become Almost as Famous as the Man Himself. SARAH SCOTT Runs a Comb through Their Hairy History
Byline: SARAH SCOTT So I hear facial fuzz is back in fashion, what's brought this on? Well you can thank cycling ace Bradley Wiggins for the sudden craze for mutton chops and sideburn mania which seems to be gripping the men of our nation at the...
Your Memories
LAST week, we asked for your memories about the Tuxedo Princess and were inundated with comments on the Evening Chronicle's Facebook page. Here's a few: LEANNE OVENDEN: "Totally loved The Boat, it was by far my favourite club in town. "So many memories...