The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal is a regional newspaper from Newcastle, England. The Journal publishes the latest business, sports, and politics news.

Articles from November 27, 2010

Acknowledgements
DOHERTY High Heworth). Formerly of North Shields. The family of the late Rosella wish to express their sincere thanks to all family and friends for all of the love and support shown to us during the very sad loss of Roz. She will always be in our hearts...
Act Now to Retire in Lap of Luxury
Byline: George Slack MANY people dream of living a life of bliss once they retire - endless holidays, spoiling the grandchildren, long lazy lunches with friends and perhaps that golf club membership you never had time for. The reality is many...
Aiming High for Charity; Councillor at Peak of Fitness for Everest
Byline: Nicola Juncar ATYNESIDE councillor has a mountain to climb in his bid to raise thousands of pounds for a North East cancer charity. Next month, Dipu Ahad from Elswick, Newcastle, will be taking on the world's highest peak for the Sir...
An Avalanche of Goodwill for Musical
White Christmas at Sunderland Empire until January 1 THE snow machine whipping up a festive setting outside the theatre earlier this week might have been made redundant with the arrival of the real deal but, then, it was the icing on the cake of a...
Andy's Favourite to Reach Final - Rafa
RAFAEL NADAL played Andy Murray at his own game last night by insisting the British number one will go into today's semi-final clash at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as the favourite. After booking his place in the last four at London's O2...
Anger over 90% Wage Increase for Health Boss; Hundreds of Staff Losing Their Jobs
Byline: Helen Rae AHEALTH boss has been awarded a 90% pay rise while hundreds of staff at his trust are set to be made redundant. Jules Preston has been reappointed as chairman of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust for a further...
Artists Are Throwing Open Their Doors; ARTISTS Are Inviting Us into Their Studios Today with the Promise of a Wide Range of Unique and Unusual Christmas Gifts Made in the North East. DAVID WHETSTONE Offers a Preview
From the allegedly frozen wastes of Northumberland comes an email from artist Mary Ann Rogers: "Only about two inches of snow, clear roads, mulled wine, mince pies, good cheer." Among the people browsing in her studio and gallery on the outskirts...
Ashes a Learning Process for Finn; CRICKET
STEVEN Finn continued his steep learning curve in front of 35,000 partisan supporters as England and Australia cranked up their Ashes battle on day two at the Gabba. England's 21-year-old international novice fast bowler was in the thick of the...
A Time for Giving
THE season of goodwill has come early. A North East builder is planning a special Christmas present for a charity, good cause or individual with a competition at its showhomes. Ben Bailey Homes' Christmas Competition invites anyone living or working...
Balfour Deal to Plug Hole in Pensions
Byline: Iain Laing BUILDING giant Balfour Beatty has said it has agreed a deal to plug a pounds 375m hole in its pension fund. The group has reached an eight-year funding agreement with trustees of the pension scheme to pay a one-off pounds 40m...
Boosts Interest in 4x4s Winter Weather
Byline: Steve Hughes ASHIFT in our attitude towards the sort of vehicles we buy during the next few years could be the outcome of one of the worst starts to winter in living memory. As millions of motorists feared to venture on to snow-covered...
Boro Are in for a Tough Winter; Mowbray Has Work to Do to Restore Club's Fortunes
Byline: Stuart Rayner AFTER a summer of hope, Tony Mowbray believes that Middlesbrough are struggling to cope with the harsh realities of winter. The Teessiders entertain Hull City in today's Championship three points adrift of safety. It is...
Boss Hails Forgotten Defender; Hughton Is Backing Taylor: BOSS HUGHTON BACKS FORGOTTEN MAN TAYLOR AHEAD OF RETURN AGAINST CHELSEA
CHRIS Hughton has no doubts about Steven Taylor's commitment to Newcastle United - even though he remains on the transfer list after rejecting a new contract offer over the summer. Given Hughton is in a similar situation to the centre-back - both...
Boss Looks to Add to Chelsea's Blues
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS CHRIS Hughton knows Chelsea will be the overwhelming favourites to win tomorrow, but that has not stopped the Newcastle United manager believing his side are capable of pulling off another shock result, writes LUKE EDWARDS....
Branching out and Buying Real? Hannah Stephenson Checks out the Best Varieties of Christmas Tree to Suit Your Style and Budget
FAMILIES are going to have to dig deep into their pockets if they want a Nordmann fir non-drop Christmas tree this year, say industry experts. While it is the most popular tree because of its deep green colour and reliability that it won't drop...
'Brian Young Kissed Me on the Cheek. I Was about 11. It Was a Few Years before I Got the Next One'
but I liked the mince beef and potatoes. Something like apricot jelly made with evaporated milk was lovely. Were you ever bullied? I was never bullied and I don't remember anyone being bullied. What were your favourite TV progra mmes? Z Cars - Brian...
Bruce Fears Hard Winter; Bruce Fears New Winter of Discontent
STEVE Bruce has had an uncomfortable feeling of dj vu this week, but Sunderland's manager consoled himself with the thought they are better prepared to beat their "winter jinx" than last year, writes STUART RAYNER.. Twelve months ago tomorrow, the...
Chaos - and It Is Now Official; Scots Fixture Confusion as Stand-In Refs Head Home
FURTHER chaos struck Scotland's fixture list last night after Portuguese referees brought in to cover for striking Scottish officials returned home. The Portuguese FA confirmed two officials had set off yesterday, but it is understood they left...
City Are out to Make a Citizens' Arrest; EVO-STIK FIRST DIVISION NORTH
Byline: MATTHEW HUFFORD DURHAM City face a tough task tomorrow as they battle both the elements and top-of-the-table Chester City at the Diva Stadium. City currently reside in mid-table after two victories on the bounce against Ossett Albion...
Concerns Growing as Flood Work Hit; Key Schemes Facing Cash Cuts
Byline: Dave Black FEARS are growing for Morpeth's vital pounds 17m flood defence scheme, after a senior Environment Agency figure warned that national spending cuts will mean projects being delayed. Local campaigners yesterday admitted to increasing...
Deaths
ASPIN (Newbiggin by the Sea). Late of Windy Nook. On November 23rd, aged 79 years, Leslie, dearly beloved son of the late Annie and James, dearly loved brother of Ronnie. Was much loved by all family and friends. Friends please meet for service at...
Diamond's All Set to Sparkle; MOSCROP ON SATURDAY
JUMPING is the name of the game, and a race as competitive as the Hennessy Gold Cup leaves little margin for error in that department. In taking sides with Diamond Harry I am relying on him having learned from his mistakes as a novice - and if he...
Do Your Homework before Letting; with an Increasing Demand for Rental Properties and Rents Increasing, You May Be Thinking about Entering the Lettings Market. Claire Milburn Offers Some Expert Advice
Byline: Claire Milburn UNCERTAINTY in the property market and poor mortgage availability means that more and more people are looking to rent. More than 60,000 new tenants entered the rental market in the last three months, according to a report...
Ed Needs His Clause Four Moment
Byline: PAUL LINFORD WITH his leadership of the Labour Party still barely two months old, it did not take long for talk of plots against Ed Miliband to start crawling out of the Westminster woodwork. One national daily informed us that David...
Elegance and Beauty Stands the Test of Time; JULIA and Jeremy Freedman's Edwardian Home in Gosforth Is a Masterclass in Understated Style. KAREN WILSON Gets the Tour
BOARD game inventor Julia Freedman has a canny approach to decorating - she knows what she likes and sticks to a simple universal look throughout the house. "I've kept to a theme, which is burgundy and beigey-gold, so I can move things from room...
Exchange Deal Makes Moving Easier
ARANGE of home builders offer part-exchange schemes aimed to help to get people moving. One fear buyers have, however, is that they feel they could receive a low offer for their existing property when part-exchanging. But developers Shepherd Homes...
Experts Predicting a Quiet 2011 for Market
WITH the plunge in mortgage lending unlikely to be reversed in 2011, experts predict a largely quiet housing market next year and the probable return of buy-to-let investors. Many asking prices seem certain to fall where vendors are under pressure,...
Family Life
AUDREY Fitzsimmons is the "temporary" organist at St Aidan's Church in Bamburgh, a post she has held for more than 30 years. Audrey is one of the villagers involved in the Bamburgh Winter Wonderland, a day of festive activities taking place today....
Farming Giant Dies; Tributes Are Paid to Turkey Entrepreneur
Byline: Katie Hodge BERNARD Matthews has died at the age of 80 on Thanksgiving - often dubbed "Turkey Day" in the US. The farmer and businessman became a household name after he amassed a multimillion-pound fortune through his vast poultry empire...
Farming 'Needs to Have Better PR'
Byline: John Alvis WEST Country farmhouse cheese maker John Alvis MBE delivered the keynote conference presentation. The renowned farming and food entrepreneur is managing director of the family business operating a 1,000 cow herd, a cheese facility...
Graeme Whitfield
AND so the country grinds to a shuddering halt. I, for one, am secretly rather pleased. There is something endearingly rubbish about the way Britain, a Northern European country, is unable to cope with the onset of winter each year. We can clone...
Gridlocked by Big White-Out; Forecasters Warning of More to Come
Byline: Ruth Lawson ASECOND day of severe snow caused chaos on North East roads yesterday - as forecasters warned of more wintry weather to come this weekend. Commuters faced treacherous conditions as the first blast of winter hit the North East...
Grounds for Hope over Pool Cup Clash
Byline: Matthew Hufford HARTLEPOOL manager Mick Wadsworth is still in the dark about whether the game at Victoria Park will go ahead this afternoon. Pool are expected to entertain League One side Yeovil Town in the second round of the FA Cup...
Guesswork Is Not the Answer; 'Unless the Source Is Obvious You Will Need Patience and Perseverance to Get to the Bottom of a Leak.'
Byline: Peter Fall House doctor Peter Fall looks at the problems of chasing leaks. I HAVE a confession! Don't get excited - it's about buildings and leaks! For more than 12 months we've been chasing the source of a series of leaks into two...
Gunners Are Not a Fab Bet at Villa; BEAT THE BOOKIE NEIL HARNETT
ARSENAL will be desperate to rekindle their title hopes this afternoon, but I am not as sure as the bookies they will win at Villa Park. The Gunners are priced up at a best price 5-4 even though they have not beaten the Villains on home soil since...
Harry Is Targeting European Success
HARRY Redknapp yesterday declared Tottenham can win the Champions League - despite being the only rookies through to the last 16. The Spurs boss insisted it was "not impossible" for his side to go all the way to Wembley, but admitted it was "unlikely"...
Hat-Trick of Awards for Hair Extension Business
Byline: Iain Laing A YOUNG entrepreneur has showed his star potential after winning two national business awards and a personal accolade in one night. Darren Williams, who owns County Durham firm Hair X-Tensions won his hat trick of awards at...
Hero Finds a Place in the City's Heart; Plaque Marks Industralist's 200th Birthday
Byline: Tony Henderson ASUITABLE present was provided yesterday on what was the 200th birthday of North East inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong. Lord Mayor of Newcastle Brenda Hindmarsh unveiled an official commemorative a plaque to Lord...
Homem a Ke R.Co.UK
WITH interest rates on savings showing no sign of rising to even half-decent levels, those with a few spare pounds are looking far and wide to boost their income. And, with poor mortgage availability for many, especially first-time buyers, plus...
Huntsman Cleared of Firearms Offence; Rifle Was Left on Back Seat of Parked Car
Byline: Kim Carmichael AJUDGE has told a Northumberland hunt master to consider himself "fortunate" after he was cleared of a firearms offence. Frank Houghton-Brown, joint master of the Tynedale Hunt, found himself in trouble with police during...
Inspired by Eastern Myths; IMAGINATIVE New Family Show Silk Is Textured with Aerial Dance, Puppets and Live Music, as TAMZIN LEWIS Discovers
IHAVE rarely met anyone as excited about a new production as Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh. "This show was dying to be born," the artistic director says. "Silk came about as an idea when I was going back and forth to the Middle East and I was reminded...
It's a Horse Lover's Delight; EQUESTRIAN REVIEW: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
If you're looking for Christmas gifts for horse lovers, there are many festive shopping evenings and offers at shops throughout the region. Houghton Equestrian is the place for all your Christmas shopping needs. There are presents for all the family,...
Kaymer's No 1 Priority Now Westwood; GOLF
MARTIN KAYMER looks set to be crowned Europe's new number one on Sunday, but his bid to become world number one as well is heading for a thrilling climax. With Graeme McDowell dropping from 25th to 42nd with a second-round 73 at the Dubai World...
Kettering Will Be a Real Test for Heed; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER DIVISION
Byline: MATTHEW HUFFORD GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie expects a tough challenge in today's game against Kettering, writes MATTHEW HUFFORD. However, his team will be trying to build on a unbeaten record which has now stretched to three games after...
Knifeman Is Jailed for Fatal 'Ceremony' Man Locked Up after Bizarre Stab Tragedy
Byline: Garry Willey AWEAPON collector who killed a teenage neighbour when an "initiation ceremony" went tragically wrong is today beginning a two-and-a-half year sentence behind bars. David Baxter had carried out the bizarre stab ritual, with...
Life''s a Funny Business; FROM Comedian to Dentist and Back Again. HANNAH DAVIES Meets Ray Lowry
RAY Lowry has a twinkle in his eye and smile which flashes a smart set of teeth. To be expected from a dentist/doctor/comedian. Ray's career has taken two very separate paths, on the one hand he has written gags for some of the country's leading...
Meehan: Bath out to Make a Splash; THE AVIVA PREMIERSHIP
STEVE MEEHAN is unfazed by Bath's form as they seek to revive their push for a top-four finish in the Aviva Premiership against Wasps this afternoon. The west country club have not won in the league since defeating Sale in September, a draw against...
MINI Piles on the Inches
Byline: Edward Stephens IF you ever fancied a MINI but decided against it because it just wasn't large enough to meet your needs it's time to think again. There's now a supersized MINI that's longer, wider, taller and - for the first time ever...
MORE PICTURES Everyone; Family Home with Something For
THE perfect house in the perfect location - that's what Michelle and Darren Hilling wanted when they set out to build the home of their dreams 10 years ago. The result was Medburn Lodge, a spacious six-bedroom property with many extras in a third of...
Motoring Costs Hit New High
Byline: Chris Russon RECORD fuel prices have helped push up the cost of motoring by almost twice the rate of inflation in the past 12 months, according to the latest study by the RAC. Since 2009 the cost of driving a new car has jumped by 6.3%...
New Era of Profiling in Sire Selection; THE Future of the Dairy Industry Came under the Spotlight at a Massive Conference in the North This Week. BRUCE JOBSON Reports
HARRISON & Hetherington's inaugural dairy industry conference featured an impressive speaker line-up at Carlisle Racecourse. The sell-out event billed as The Road to Success conference was chaired by renowned Scottish agri-businessman, media...
New UK Boss for HSBC
BANKING giant HSBC has announced a new UK boss as part of a management reshuffle by incoming chief executive Stuart Gulliver. Joe Garner, formerly group general manager of UK personal financial services, will take charge of the UK retail and business...
Nicholls Sees His Halo Slip
PAUL Nicholls called time on Celestial Halo's novice chasing adventure after the top-class hurdler again proved a disappointment over fences at Newbury. Nicholls maintains the 2009 Champion Hurdle runner-up jumps soundly home and wrote off his fall...
Northern Alliance
WITH forecasts indicating no early easing of the North East freeze, things were looking bleak for the weekend's Northern Alliance programme. Two early casualties last night were Gateshead Rutherford's home league game against Killingworth Sporting...
North Trainers in Fight for Victory
TWO Northumberland trainers who live within two miles of each other are competing against the cream of the jump racing world in today's Fighting Fifth Hurdle. Karen McClintock, based at Ingoe, is fielding Bygones of Bryd and Michael Smith, from...
Nothing Less Than Best Will Do for Scots
ANDY ROBINSON is aware Scotland must be at their very best to emerge from today's match against Samoa in Aberdeen unscathed and with a fifth win from six Tests. Scotland play Samoa in the third autumn Test at Pittodrie, where snow has provided a...
Now Showing
UNSTOPPABLE (12A) In a Pennsylvania railyard, Dewey (Ethan Suplee) foolishly jumps off a slow moving freight train to race ahead and change a set of points. Unfortunately, the throttle jars forward and the carriages speed down the line without a driver......
Old Pro Zenden's Not Retiring Type; His Birth Certificate Might Say Otherwise, but Boudewijn Zenden Has Been Showing the Energy of a Youngster Recently. the Dutchman Explains Why to Stuart Rayner
BOUDEWIJN Zenden is the old man of a young squad, four years senior to his most experienced Sunderland teammates. When he celebrated an Asamoah Gyan goal recently, his colleagues gleefully told the world he dances like "a dad". While his age might...
Our Christmas Show Is Anything but Child's Play
REHEARSALS have cranked up a gear for the Christmas show at nursery and I don't mind admitting I'm starting to feel the pressure. I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I'm playing the pivotal part of Joseph, so I've had to take things rather more...
Pampered like a Princess; SPA Days Make a Great Christmas Present for Someone Special. KAREN WILSON Checks out One of the North East's Best
WITH torrential rain lashing down outside and gale force winds making the North Sea look like a scene from The Perfect Storm, it was bliss to be enveloped in a mini cocoon at Seaham's Hall's Serenity Spa. I'd been invited to try out one of their...
Pleas to Finalise Plan for Economy; MP's Fears over Future of Partnership
Byline: William Green FEARS have been raised that the North East could be left behind unless it finalises plans for a new body designed to boost economic growth. Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods expressed concern that proposals for a new...
Police Caution for Putting Bat on eBay; Mummified Creature Was for Sale on Site
ANORTHUMBERLAND woman has been cautioned by police after putting a mummified bat for sale on the internet. Conservation groups have hit out after the 39-year-old admitted she had offered the dead animal to the highest bidder on popular online auction...
Premier League Preview
Aston Villa (13) v Arsenal (3) Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is battling to be fit, having missed training for the past two days through illness. John Carew is available after a fourgame absence due to a calf problem. Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) will...
Probe into Surge in Energy Firm Profits; Watchdog to Launch Inquiry as Bills Rise
Byline: Jamie Grierson BRITAIN'S energy giants are to be investigated by the industry watchdog after it emerged that recent price hikes have seen suppliers' profit margins soar by 38%. Ofgem announced the probe after discovering average margins...
Q&A; YOUR Money Queries Are Answered by PETER RUTHERFORD, Senior Director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners
QI have a with profits investment bond and I have just received a statement from the insurance company. It gives me two valuations, one of which is what it is worth now and the other is if I want to encash it. They are different. Why is this? AThe...
Quakers Boss Is Prepared for Battle; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER DIVISION
DARLINGTON manager Mark Cooper believes his side will have to overcome one of the best sides in the Conference if it is to have a shot at one of the big boys in the third round of the FA Cup, writes LUKE EDWARDS. The Quakers have been drawn against...
Realism Is Key If You Want to Sell
DON'T be flattered into putting your house on the market with a particular estate agent, some property experts are warning. Owners wanting to sell should not simply sign up with the agent who gives the highest valuation - because the chances are...
Routledge in Need of a Top United Show; Wayne Routledge Is in Danger of Becoming a Spare Part at Yet Another Premier League Club and the Winger Is Determined to Stop That Happening at Newcastle United. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Reports
Byline: Luke Edwards THERE is a rather cruel joke about Wayne Routledge suggesting he has had as many clubs as the world's number one golfer Lee Westwood and just as many Premier League goals as well. Newcastle United are Routledge's sixth top-flight...
Sardine Train Will Stay Packed for Now; ... but No Services Will Face the Axe
Byline: Neil McKay COMMUTERS on Britain's "sardine train" were told it would remain standing room only last night - but at least they would not be losing any more trains. North Durham MP Kevan Jones organised three public meetings for passengers...
Scandal of Airport Bosses' Bonuses Revealed; Decision on Massive Payments Taken by Five People in Secret
Byline: Andy Hughes NORTH East taxpayers could bear the brunt of a huge debt worth hundreds of millions of pounds after two airport bosses were paid sky-high bonuses for simply taking out a loan, The Journal can reveal. Newcastle International...
Showbiz News
MICHAEL DOUGLAS is feeling "very good"according to his father Kirk Douglas. The 93-year-old discussed Michael's treatment for throat cancer before serving up Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless in Downtown Los Angeles. "Michael is very good, I spoke...
Showhome Style Brings a Light and Airy Feel
SHOWHOME chic has become something of a style wave in its own right over the past few years, and it's a style we can all reproduce, even if we don't get to buy the showhome. Whatever its individual character, a well-designed showhome should illustrate...
Spartans Boss Has Feet on Ground; BLUE SQUARE BET NORTH
Byline: Matthew Hufford BLYTH Spartans manager Mick Tait is not getting carried away with his team's blistering run of form as they go to struggling Gainsborough Trinity this afternoon. The Spartans are unbeaten in six and have taken 16 points...
Special Place to Work, Rest and Play
HOMEBUYERS will soon be seeing stars, thanks to astronomical sculptures set in an open space at the heart of a new development. People will be able to view the exact centre of the galaxy and the North Pole star at the sculptures - the Centre of...
Sport Feels Chill in More Ways Than One
TIMES are hard, so I have been trimming my Christmas card list. The season of peace and goodwill seems over before it has arrived. Thankfully, the Prime Minister was never on it. His bizarre decision to ask the Office for National Statistics to...
Stewart Is Getting Back to the Day Job; ICE HOCKEY
Byline: Stuart Rayner DANNY Stewart is looking forward to finally getting back to the day job after another eventful week at Hillheads. The Vipers have no game this weekend and are in the middle of a three-day break - but that does not mean nothing...
Stl Northern League
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT WITH a potentially lucrative FA Carlsberg Vase tie with AFC Liverpool on the horizon, Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler is hoping for a good performance and three points in this afternoon's game at rejuvenated Sunderland RCA....
Student's 21st Will Be a Real High Point; ENVIRONMENT Editor TONY HENDERSON Talks to a Student for Whom the Big Freeze Rather Than Fees Is the Main Issue
WHILE many commuters will have been cursing the snow, student Bryony Balen can't get enough. It fits in perfectly with her training schedule to be the youngest Briton to reach the South Pole from Hercules Inlet on the edge of Antarctica. Bryony,...
Stylish and Genial Break; A STYLISH and Genial Weekend Break Just on Her Doorstep Was the Order of the Day for ANGELA UPEX as She Travelled to an Enchanting Getaway
STEEPED in history and proud to maintain its heritage, the Borders is indeed a very special place. It's a fantastic journey from Newcastle. Driving through the many picturesque towns and villages set in a landscape of rolling hills, wild moorland...
Suburban Style
THIS week's snow has shown one of the many advantages of living in the suburbs, with good public transport and easy access to main roads. Families looking for a new home with space and style in a semi-rural environment within a few miles of the...
Tait Targeting Shock Victory against Tigers; Falcons Seek to Capitalise on Leicester Absentees
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons will be hoping to catch Leicester Tigers cold this afternoon as the two teams meet in subzero temperatures in the East Midlands. The sides are all set to battle it out at Welford Road, with Newcastle looking...
Tamworth Are Not Lambs to Slaughter
Byline: James Hunter CARLISLE boss Greg Abbott insists he will afford today's non-league FA Cup opponents Tamworth exactly the same respect as any of the Blues' League One promotion rivals. The Cumbrians take a break from their league campaign...
They Don't Come Any Better Than Springboks - Johnson
MARTIN JOHNSON was barely able to contain his excitement on the eve of England's showdown with South Africa as he told his men: "This is what you play for." Johnson's mantra since the day he took charge of England was that rugby, despite all the...
This Well
WAS very proud of myself (and my mum, by the way) when we braved the icy conditions to make our weekly date with the Piccolo Music club. By my reckoning turnout was approximately (I didn't have my abacus) 83% down on your average week, but what...
Thunder Rumbled by Fab's Eagles
Byline: JEFF KING Newcastle Eagles 88 Worthing Thunder 87 THE hangover from Wednesday's devastating BBL Cup semi-final exit at Mersey Tigers was still being felt by a disappointing Newcastle Eagles as they somehow snatched a dramatic win against...
Tips to Warm Up and Work out; DAVID Fairlamb Has More Fitness Tips
THIS week's Fat Attack Circuit mainly focuses on lower body exercises. The first five exercises all work your legs and bum. As usual the circuit can be as hard as you make it with easy and more advanced exercises shown. With the correct technique...
Top Tips for Making Budget Cuts without Too Much Pain
Byline: Steve Urwin MANY families are looking at tightening their purse strings and there are many ways in which savings can be made and our homes ran smarter, without wholesale changes. Monitor your mortgage: This is no doubt the most expensive...
Town Centre Plan Gets the Go-Ahead; Tesco's Ambitious Scheme Will Help to Create a New Heart for Gateshead
Byline: Kim Carmichael PLANS to redevelop Gateshead town centre - with the creation of more than 1,000 jobs - have been given the go-ahead. Gateshead councillors yesterday gave the green light to proposals by SpenHill Developments, the commercial...
Triumph of Clever Engineering
Byline: Robin Roberts CUTTING edge coupe styling blended with useful practicality is part of the success story of the VW Scirocco. The range runs to 13 models based on six petrol and diesel engines and priced between pounds 18,860 and pounds...
Wales Are Looking to Defy the Odds
LEE BYRNE insists Wales have the ability to tear up Test rugby's formbook today and inflict a rare defeat on world leaders New Zealand. It is an interesting theory given the fact Wales make their Millennium Stadium return just eight days after failing...
Warm and Welcoming; What Better Way to Escape the Chill Winds of Winter Than to Cosy Up beside the Fire, Asks Claire Hornby
Byline: Claire Hornby CURLING up in front of an open fire is one of life's great pleasures. There's nothing quite like walking in from the cold outside to find a warm fire roaring inside. Fireplaces form the focus of any room - whether it's in...
Watchdog Too Tame for Wind Protesters; Complaints as Work Launched
Byline: Paul Tully ANTI-WIND farm campaigners claim they have been dealt an unfair hand on a special watchdog group set up to oversee a long turbine project. RWE npower renewables has started work on the site at Kiln Pit Hill on the Northumberland-Durham...
WHAT''S HOT Liz Lamb; Liz.Lamb@ncjmedia.Co.UK
LEGENDARY fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, pictured below, is heading to the North East to showcase her new handbag collection. The designer, whose clothes have been worn by Princess Diane, Elizabeth Taylor, Kylie, Kate Moss and Debbie Harry, will be...
Your Chance to See Inside a Warship
Byline: Dave Black LANDLUBBERS will get the chance to find out more about life on the ocean wave today when a Royal Navy warship opens up her gangway to people in Northumberland. Families will be able to have a first hand look around the facilities...