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 February 4, 2012

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A5 Has Style at the Double
Byline: Steve Hughes AUDI is claiming to offer the best of both worlds with its latest A5 Coupe and Sportback ranges, which should appeal to those in search of fun and frugality in equal measure. The stylish pair share a new two-litre turbodiesel...
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Academy Status for Leading Schools; Just 10 Weeks for One Project
Byline: Nicola Weatherall THE North East is leading the way with "outstanding" schools being transformed into academies. A school in Newcastle has become one of the fastest in the UK to convert to academy status, while the conversion of three...
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A Lingering Smell under the Floor; with Peter Fall
Copper and cement together can cause problems, warns Peter Fall. THEY arrived before the removal van and their hearts sank. The warm comforting home they had seen during the viewings was now a stripped-down shell of a house. The walls and carpets...
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A Murky, Violent Side to Beautiful Game; Tyneside Writer Ian Lennox Rides a Wave of Topicality with a New Novel about Football Corruption. He Tells DAVID WHETSTONE Why It's Not Too Implausible
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE ARECENT play about Newcastle United was called You Couldn't Make It Up and perhaps that does explain why there aren't more novels about football. The real-life stories it spawns - and we're talking here largely about Premiership...
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AS I Write This, There's [...]
AS I write this, there's a definite chill in the air. At this moment, there's not a flake of snow here in Newcastle. But the prediction from everyone - from the TV weather girl to my greengrocer mate on the Grainger Market in Newcastle, who's generally...
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Avid Readers Celebrate National Libraries' Day
TODAY is National Libraries' Day, inviting us to celebrate a fantastic resource which has been and remains under threat. Many are the celebrated authors, artists and academics who, in times of past hardship, supplemented a meagre education in their...
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Bar's Ad Damaged Historic Stonework; Owners Claim Promoters Were to Blame
Byline: Dan Warburton DAMAGE totalling more than pounds 1,0 was carried out by club promoters who inscribed an advert on a Grade II listed building, a court was told. Council chiefs discovered adverts "chiseled" into stonework at three locations...
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Biker Si Faces a Hairy Moment at Hospital
HAIRY biker Si King proved his bedside manner is as good as his cooking as he opened a new medical training facility in the region. The star got more than he bargained for when he officially launched Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital's new Clinical...
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Branching out to Help Save a Piece of Ancient Woodland
Byline: Tony Henderson MANY a happy childhood hour was spent by Noelle Wright in the woods near her home. She grew up at Hartford Bridge next to Plessey Woods in Northumberland. So when the chance came up to buy a small wood near her present...
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Cassidy Is Delighted to Stay at Spartans; BLUE SQUARE BET NORTH
TOMMY Cassidy is to stay at Blyth Spartans next season - come what may, writes STEVE BROWN. The former Newcastle United star replaced Steve Cuggy as manager of the Croft Park club in December, signing a deal to the end of the current campaign with...
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Chilly Air Perfect for Title-Chasing Warriors; ICE HOCKEY
WHTLEY Warriors boss Garry Dowd is hoping that the big freeze can draw in some extra support tomorrow afternoon as his side continue their push for the English National Ice Hockey League title. The second-placed Warriors face off against midtable...
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Chinese Top the Table in Savings
UK FAMILIES are saving a proportion of their income that is around nine times lower than those in China, a study has found. Typical UK households manage to save around 5% of their take-home pay, but in China, the savings ratio has soared, from 27%...
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Classy Look for New Showhome
MANY developers in the North East have incentives to help buyers of all types of property. Builder Keepmoat Homes believes it should have full marks for the packages available at its new Scholar's Way development on the site of former Kramel School...
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Common Pension Fears: Do You Recognise Yours? as Many of Us Struggle to Cope Financially in These Increasingly Challenging Times, It Is Tempting to Put off Worrying about the Problems We May Face When We Are Too Old to Work. GARETH DAVIES Says We Must Face Up to Them Now
LOOKING forward to a long, comfortable and healthy retirement should be a pleasure, but it is becoming increasingly challenging to make financial plans for the third age. Careful financial planning could ensure that you retire with a smile rather...
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Copycat Rioters Are Branded a Disgrace; Town Police Station Came under Attack
Byline: Tom Mullen TEENAGERS who torched a patrol car and stormed a police station in a copycat attack during the London riots have been branded a disgrace to the North East as they appeared in court. Jamie Nolan, 19, Jordan Dixon, 17, and Nikkie...
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Deaths
DAVIS (Haltwhistle). Peacefully on Wednesday 1st February 2012, aged 81 years, Elsie (nee Watkins), dearly loved mam to Kevin, Russell and the late Michael, dear motherinlaw, nana, great nana, sister and auntie who will be sadly missed. Funeral Service...
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Departure Gives Healy a Chance
DAVID Healy is ready for the challenge of filling the void left by the departure of top goalscorer Nikica Jelavic. The former Sunderland striker is Rangers' only fit and available striker ahead of tomorrow's William Hill Scottish Cup tie against...
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Engineering Conference Is First of Kind in UK
ENGINEERING academics and business leaders from across the world are heading to Sunderland this year for a specialist maintenance conference held in the UK for the first time. Taking place at the University of Sunderland, the two-day Maintenance...
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England Holding the Upper Hand
ENGLAND were relieved to emerge from a "nervewracking" and barely fathomable first day of the final Test with the edge over Pakistan. The tourists must win at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to be sure of retaining their world number one status...
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Enjoy the Light Fantastic
NATURAL light can transform a property. That might seem hard to imagine at this time of year with dull days and long nights. But without even a good supply of this light the ambience of a home is quite different. It's crucial that the design of...
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Evo-Stik First Division North
Byline: JAMES HUNTER DICKIE Ord believes Durham City have the Indian sign over Mossley - and long may it continue, writes JAMES HUNTER. City came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 against the Lilywhites earlier this season, in a game that was just...
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Falcons' State of Mind Improving; Newcastle Falcons Travel to Leicester Tigers This Afternoon Surfing a Wave of Optimism despite Their Survival Struggle, Says Mark Smith
Byline: Mark Smith A WISE man once said that things in professional sport are never as good or bad as they seem at the time. Try telling that to Newcastle Falcons supporters. Just four weeks ago they were nine points adrift at the bottom of the...
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Farms Are under Attack as Never before from Thieves; Rural Crime Is on the Rise and Farmers Are Being Urged to Ensure Their Property Is Better Secured against Gangs of Thieves Stealing to Order. the Size of the Problem Came under the Spotlight in Gateshead Last Week at an Event Focusing on Crimes against Businesses. KAREN DENT Reports
Byline: KAREN DENT CITY dwellers may believe the countryside is a crime-free oasis of calm but the latest figures on rural crime show that sadly that's not the case. A combination of factors, including the unrelenting economic gloom and higher livestock,...
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Farm Site Is Transformed
FOR buyers who want to escape the madding crowd and set up home in the countryside, this development could be the key. The Scripton Farm site in Brancepeth, County Durham, combines the quintessential character of a traditional farm steading, centred...
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Few Benefits to Changes in Welfare; Opinion
Byline: Jere my Beecham THE first leaflet I distributed as a young candidate for Benwell in the lead-up to the council elections of 1967 was about rate rebates recently introduced by the then Labour government. Fast-forward 45 years and we are...
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Final Was a Great Experience to Be a Part of - Fitzpatrick
Byline: Mark Smith JAMES Fitzpatrick still holds fond memories of the LV= Cup despite his Newcastle Falcons team losing in last year's final. They travel to Leicester Tigers today in the last of their four group outings, still in with a mathematical...
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First Steps on to the Property Ladder
MUCH is written of the plight of first-time buyers. But purchase schemes through the Government and through developers are helping young people in the North East to buy a home of their own. One example of a couple helped to get on to the property...
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Fitness Club Giant in Loans Crisis
THE largest health club group in the world, Fitness First, is facing tough discussions with its lenders as it moves close to breaching bank loan terms. The gym chain, which employs 13,000 people and has 1.2 million members worldwide, is understood...
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Ford Focus on Savings Boost with Engine
THE LATEST Ford Focus will be given a massive boost later this month with the arrival of a brand new engine which promises big savings on fuel and tax. On the face of it, buyers opting for the new, one-litre, EcoBoost petrol engines will be paying...
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For Your Valentine
THIS Valentine's Day, instead of buying an expensive and generic card and a box of chocolates, why not make one tailored for your loved one? This week we have two lovely ideas sure to please your lover - male or female. VALENTINE'S JOURNAL Our Valentine's...
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Fresh Start for England Crop Overlooked by the Old Regime
CHRIS Robshaw vowed England's young guns will be undaunted by the history and hostility of Murrayfield as they head into today's Calcutta Cup showdown with "a point to prove". Robshaw, England's most inexperienced captain since Nigel Melville in...
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GNR Deadline Looming; Runners Must Make Haste to Enter Ballot
Byline: Kim Carmichael RUNNERS who want to take part in the North East's most famous sporting event have just two more days to enter. The entry ballot for the 32nd Bupa Great North Run closes at midday on Monday. Nearly 100,000 people have already...
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Government under Fire over Closure of Smelter
THE Government yesterday came under fresh fire over the imminent closure of Northumberland's biggest private sector employer. Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery said in Parliament that bosses at Rio Tinto Alcan had blamed the decision to shut the smelter at...
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Group BEGs for Help to Put on Attraction; Last Year's Market May Be the Last
Byline: Brian Daniel AN event which draws thousands of people to a Northumberland town is under threat as its organisers are on the verge of folding. The Dickensian Market at Berwick could have been held for the final time last Christmas with the...
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Hamleys Is Looking to More Global Expansion
HAMLEYS is eyeing further overseas expansion today after strong demand for toys based on Harry Potter and other films over Christmas left it on track for a record year. The 250-year-old store chain said its eight outlets in the UK and Ireland saw...
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Honda Cr-V 2.2 I-Dtec Ex
Byline: Enda Mullen THE quest to create the SUV that handles like a conventional car might not be the automotive equivalent of the search for the Holy Grail but it isn't far off. More than ever there's a clamour for SUV styling but people also...
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Housing Schemes to Train Apprentices; Region Has the Highest Jobless Figures in UK
Byline: Stephen Cape SOCIAL housing associations across the North East have pledged to train more than 100 apprentices by the end of the year. The region has the highest jobless figures in the UK and with nearly one in four young people out of work,...
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Huhne Quits Post as Charges Pressed; Lib Dem Vows to Clear Name over Speeding
Byline: Rob Phillips CHRIS Huhne yesterday quit his job as Energy and Climate Change Secretary in David Cameron's Cabinet to fight a criminal charge of perverting the course of justice. Huhne and ex-wife Vicky Pryce, who faces the same charge,...
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Ideal Time to Get a Low-Rate Fixed Deal
Byline: Vicky Robson BUYERS are being encouraged to strike while the iron is hot and take advantage of "historically low" fixed-rate mortgage deals on offer in the North East. Financial advisers in the region say the market is more fruitful then...
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Into the Light Is Ready to Shine Now; POINT TO POINT
THE Old Raby Hunt Club fixture takes centre stage tomorrow at Witton Castle, just off the A68 at Witton-le-Wear, writes PETER BURGON. It has attracted 102 entries on a sixrace card starting at noon. Into The Light looks to have found the perfect...
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It's Game on Once Again; Court Rules on Use of Foreign Decoder Boxes
Byline: Michael Brown LANDLORDS can continue to show Newcastle and Sunderland matches in pubs using foreign satellite TV, it was claimed last night. And the North East firm that imports and sells the decoder boxes and cards needed to watch European...
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Crd Limited
THE Jeep has a long-established history of producing rugged off-roading vehicles capable of tackling any terrain, but these days they have become extremely refined. Offering the very best of both worlds, the Jeep Grand Cherokee can take on anything...
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Judge's Jail Threat to OAP Pervert
PERVERTED pensioner Gordon Catchpole was warned by a judge he faced a life sentence if he appeared before him again. Catchpole, 73, of Beach Road, South Shields, appeared before judge Christopher Prince for sentencing at Durham Crown Court after...
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KEEP in Touch with North [...]
KEEP in touch with North East gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. For future garden events, view the online diary - visit www.homemaker.co.uk and click on gardening diary. Today Durham Organic Gardeners Association, Potato...
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Lee's Duo May Add to Tally
SIX winners from only 17 runners is the impressive tally of Richard Lee at Ffos Las - and there is a good chance that he will improve on that record at the Carmarthenshire track today. Lee, who trains at Byton on the Welsh border, is doubly represented...
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Lib Dem Gives Up Growth Fund Role; Sir Ian Criticised Partnership
Byline: Adrian Pearson MORE than pounds 1bn of regional growth fund cash will be handed out without senior North East oversight as Sir Ian Wrigglesworth steps down from his position as the panel's deputy chairman. Port of Tyne chairman Sir Ian...
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Liddle: It Is Another Difficult Match-Up; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Byline: Steve Brown AFTER a whirlwind week of withdrawals and awards, and the possibility of supporters seizing control of their stricken club, mercifully, miraculously even, comes some football. Darlington are at Mansfield Town today. So while...
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Look to Move Down Town; Homes in Towns Offer Many Advantages, with Locations Close to Facilities but Away from the Busy Hustle and Bustle of the City. Homemaker Picks Four Now on the Market
THIS traditional-style three-bedroomed home has been extended and is immaculately presented. Located in a sought-after part of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, the property has a host of original features such as an original hardwood door, panelled...
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Mancini: It's Tough at the Top; City Feeling the Pressure
MANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini admits his team are finding life tough at the top - but would not expect anything different. City have led the Barclays Premier League since October but have lost their thrilling autumn momentum and been unable...
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Market Update
Tourist rates Australia .............1.402 ...........dollars Canada ...............1.506 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.4594 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1492 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.65 ...........dollars...
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Masters Fails to Fight off the Wind
GUSTS of 35mph meant less than three hours' play was possible on the second day of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters in Doha - and the second leg of the European Tour's Middle East swing has now been cut to 54 holes. American John Daly was among...
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Metro Repairs Set to Shut Line for 23 Days; Travellers Will Be Disrupted during Work
Byline: Andrew Glover PASSENGERS on the Tyne and Wear Metro face disruption this summer after a 23-day line closure was confirmed. The line will be closed between Hadrian Road and North Shields in North Tyneside after the Olympic Games come to an...
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Mike Is in from Cold; No Move to Magpies for Williamson's Pal, Leaving Way Clear Newcastle United Came Up Short in Their Bid to Bring in an Extra Defender before Tuesday's Deadline. You'd Expect Mike Williamson to Be Happy, but Not a Bit of It - as Mark Douglas Reports
MIKE Williamson must have been the only professional footballer who spent deadline day willing his club to strike a deal for some direct competition. But then the affable defender also happens to be close friends with Adrian Mariappa, the man at...
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Miliband Warns of 'Two-Nation' Britain; Labour Leader on Attack over Bankers' Pay
Byline: Daniel Bentley ED Miliband has warned bankers they must wave goodbye to their culture of "excessive" bonuses and reconnect with the rest of the country. In a speech in London's Canary Wharf financial district, the Labour leader urged a return...
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Mini
Byline: Steve Hughes THE MINI has been one of the greatest automotive success stories of the decade - and this looks set to continue. The range includes the Mini One, Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper S Works Clubman, Countryman, Convertible and Coupe....
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Minister Faces Bin Challenge; War of Words Erupts over Collections
Byline: Adrian Pearson ERIC Pickles has been told to come clean and admit the real pressure forcing councils to move to fortnightly bin collections. Council leaders say the money Mr Pickles yesterday offered them to save weekly bin rounds was...
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Ministers Set to Reject Equal Access Right for Dads
THE chairman of an independent review of the family justice system has voiced his "regret" after the Government signalled it will reject his recommendations and give stronger rights for divorced and separated fathers to see their children. Former...
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Mowbray Looks to the Loan Market; Boro's Injuries Worry Manager
Byline: Matt Leslie M IDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray admits he did not buy into the transfer deadline hype but concedes he may dabble in the loan market to aid his injury-stricken squad. The Teessiders entertain Crystal Palace at the Riverside...
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Mumpreneur
Name: Cheryl Wilson Name of Business: The Cake Warehouse Describe your business: The Cake Warehouse is a place to buy sugarcraft supplies and cake decorating equipment in Stocktonon-Tees and online. I go the extra mile to get products in stock for...
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Mussels' Love Life Boost; Experts to Try and Revive Sex Life of Species
Byline: Tony Henderson ATRUST has been given a grant to help a project which aims to improve river habitats for threatened freshwater pearl mussels. Welcoming beds are to be prepared for the baby pearl mussels in the North Tyne and Rede river...
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Name: Marie Cochrane Family[.]; in Our Series Talking to Estate Agents across the North East, Homemaker Meets Marie Cochrane
Name: Marie Cochrane Family: I have three amazing children. Amy is 22, Stephanie is 20 and Jack is 14. I am also very lucky to have two adorable grandsons, Jayden and Beau. I have a wonderful partner, Frank, who totally spoils me. We have been together...
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New Year Boost to New Home Sales
NEW homes developers report a healthy start to 2012, with one North East developer announcing that sales in January were up 50% on January 2011. Persimmon Homes is attributing a surge in deals to its FirstBuy scheme, which is helping first-time...
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No More Jekyll and Hyde, Says McLeish
ALEX McLeish has demanded an end to Aston Villa's Jekyll and Hyde performances and wants 90 minutes of quality every game as he prepares for tomorrow's visit to Newcastle. The midlands club's yo-yo form has been evident in recent weeks with the...
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Northern Alliance
Byline: JON TAIT THE bottom two sides in Division One meet at Recreation Park this afternoon in a relegation showdown. Both hosts Murton and visitors Ponteland United have been on a miserable run of form with neither side taking even a point...
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North MPs Call for Help from New Man Davey
NEW Energy Secretary Ed Davey has been urged to make resolving the row over cuts to solar power subsidies his priority. Labour Shadow Business Minister Chi Onwurah, who represents Newcastle Central, is writing to him to ask him to urgently look at...
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Now Showing
CARNAGE (15) Alan Cowan (Christoph Waltz) and his wife Nancy (Kate Winslet) visit Michael and Penelope Longstreet (John C Reilly, Jodie Foster) to apologise for their son Zachary, who has hit the Longstreets' son Ethan in the face with a stick. The...
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O'Neill Has the Ability to Get More out of Black Cats' Hidden Treasures; in a Couple of Months as Sunderland Manager, Martin O'Neill Has Made a Cottage Industry of Turning Good Players into Better Ones. the Secret, Says STUART RAYNER, Is Trust
Byline: STUART RAYNER IN his short time at Sunderland, Martin O'Neill has made a habit of finding discarded treasures and restoring them to their former glory. After just a few weeks working with the Ulsterman, Craig Gardner and Matt Kilgallon...
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One Property Left at Popular Site
ONLY one property remains for sale at a landmark North East development which has transformed an area of Newcastle. A three-bedroom Linden home is the last property at Yuill Homes' Queensbury development in Longbenton, Newcastle. Queensbury has...
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Opening Curtain on Story of Theatre in the Region; Marking 175th Anniversary of the Royal
Byline: David Whetstone THE mighty document issued more than 200 years ago by George III goes on public display in Newcastle today, possibly for the first time. Dating from 1787, it is the 'letter patent' which allowed the city to call its new...
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Our Inspiring Pavilion; Workshop Aim Is to Develop Young People
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ALISTED landmark in County Durham is being used to inspire young people to discover the culture and heritage of their local area. Victor Pasmore's award-winning Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee is to become the location for...
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Outsourcing Giant Buys North Consultancy Firm
Byline: Iain Laing OUTSOURCING giant Capita has bought Newcastle firm Smiths Consulting in a pounds 10m deal which will boost its computer consultancy services. The London company is hoping to grow the Tyneside firm, which also has offices in...
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Patience Is Necessary with Long Run
LONG Run's return to action at Newbury next week is the highlight on what could prove a make-or-break weekend for Cheltenham Festival aspirants. Nicky Henderson's seven-year-old is due to take his chance in the Denman Chase, formerly known as the...
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Poignant Drama Poses Important Questions; A Play Inspired by 155 Older Women and Carers Is All Set to Tour the Region and, as BARBARA HODGSON Discovers, It Poses Questions for Us All
Byline: BARBARA HODGSON WHEN ladies of a certain age were invited to take part in a community theatre project last April, the idea was to pull together personal story strands of life in care. And the response saw 155 women from the North East...
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Police Cut to Pensions Unlawful; Officer Retired on Medical Grounds Wins Court Fight
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson FORMER inspector Edward Crudace today hails victory over Northumbria Police after winning a pensions' row that could affect hundreds of fellow injured retired officers. His important test case has left chief constables...
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Police Headquarters to Be Demolished; Pounds 14m Replacement a 'Greener' Building
Byline: Neil McKay ACRUMBLING police headquarters is to be demolished after more than 40 years, with executive housing expected to be built on the site. And Durham Police Authority is now seeking planning permission for a smaller, "greener" replacement...
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Porsche Adds S Factor to New 911
Byline: Chris Russon IT'S an icon of modern motoring and the arrival of a completely new Porsche 911 is a rare event. Since the original was launched back in 1963 the car which has become a benchmark for driving purists has been changed on only...
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Pounds 100,000 Pay-Out for Pilot Involved in Crash; Quick Thinking Saved Lives
Byline: Tom Mullen APILOT involved in a flying accident which saw him cheat death for the third time has won more than pounds 100,000 in compensation. Jim Martin amazed medics when he survived a 1,000ft plunge from the sky in his microlight and...
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Q&A; Your Money Queries Are Answered by TREVOR CLARK, Director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners
QI have recently received a sizeable bonus and I am considering investing it into a Stocks & Shares ISA. I plan to invest the maximum amount this tax year and the balance in April, once the new tax year commences. Do you think it is a good time...
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Racing Suffering during Cold Snap
TODAY'S fixture at Sandown, set to feature the Grade One Scilly Isles Novices' Chase, has become the highest-profile casualty of the recent freeze. Former champion hurdler Binocular was also due to appear at the Esher venue, but despite the course...
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Rampant Eagles Romp to Big Win; Chapman Shines as Side Puts One Foot in Trophy Final
Sheffield Eagles 84 Newcastle Eagles 116 HAVING already won the BBL Cup last month, a rampant Newcastle Eagles now have one foot firmly in the BBL Trophy final after storming to a sensational 116-84 semi-final first-leg victory at Sheffield Sharks...
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Range Rover Sport Autobiography
Byline: Peter Keenan THERE'S something delightfully decadent about driving a Range Rover Sport. Beloved of Premier League footballers, its sumptuous interior and impossible-to-miss exterior make it an intensely pleasurable motor to be behind...
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Returning Given Is Set for a Warm Welcome
THREE years after he left, Shay Given will finally return to St James' Park for the first time as a player. Alan Pardew will be joining what seems certain to be a very warm reception tomorrow, writes STUART RAYNER. The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper...
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Sat Navs Have Fun Factor
AS virtually every driver now uses some form of satellite navigation, the flood gates are about to open to give the devices the fun factor with a capital F. Drivers have been quizzed for years about who their favourite passenger would be and now those...
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Saturday Short Story
Byline: Gillian Jackson AN OCCASIONAL night of luxury is the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern living and, as I soaked in the Jacuzzi bath trying all those little bottles of shampoo and body wash they give you, I resolved to do it more...
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'Second-Class Treatment for Bus Users'
BUS users in a Northumberland market town are being treated as second-class citizens, it is claimed. Hexham's dilapidated central bus station fails to provide basic facilities for travellers such as decent shelter, toilets and waiting rooms. ...
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Seeds of Romance; Show Your Gardening Loved One That You Care on Valentine's Day by Checking out These Heart-Warming Gardening Gifts
NOT flowers and chocolates again! Surely the way to a green-fingered person's heart on Valentine's Day is to make the most of the great outdoors, do some spectacular planting and wallow in luxury at the end of a hard day's digging. There's an abundance...
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Shared Ownership Helps Buyers
GETTING a mortgage on the open market can be difficult unless buyers have a substantial deposit already saved, especially for first-time buyers. Shared ownership is an affordable housing scheme which allows purchasers to buy a share of a property...
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Sheer Luxury at Sheraton; GORDON BARR Heads off to London on Some Entertainment Business and Stops the Night at One of the City's Most Luxurious Hotels in the Heart of Thriving Knighstbridge. with Cityscape Views to Die for, the Sheraton Park Tower Is a Big Hit All the Way
Byline: GORDON BARR WHEN Strictly Come Dancing, The Live Tour, arrives in the North East next week, it will be glitz and glam all the way. So it seemed fitting that on a trip to London to interview the celebrities taking part, I found myself...
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Skoda Octavia 1.6 Tdi Greenline
THE potential to comfortably return an average 75 miles per gallon from a family-sized car is something not to be sniffed at in these days of rip-off prices at the pumps. But then that's the benefit of car companies having super frugal eco models...
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Snow and Ice on Way, Says the Met Office; Temperature Will Fall as Low as -8
Byline: Tom McDermott FORECASTERS are predicting up to 10cm of snow as the North East faces the coldest weekend of the winter so far. After issuing a severe weather warning for the region, Met Office officials are predicting temperatures around...
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Space for Every One
WHEN Terry Spearman was a young lad he always dreamed of living in a grand period house. "Whenever you watched TV or films you would see these beautiful Victorian houses with bay windows and that was always my dream," said Terry, 73, a retired pharmacist....
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Spireites Wait in Wings but Game Is 50-50
CARLISLE United's clash with in-form Chesterfield hangs in the balance after another night of freezing temperatures in Cumbria, writes JAMES HUNTER. The mercury plunged to minus 9C at Brunton Park on Thursday night, prompting Carlisle officials...
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Sport on TV
A SELECTIVE guide to the weekend coverage: TODAY FOOTBALL: Barclays Premier League, Manchester City v Fulham - ESPN 1630, npower Championship, West Ham United v Millwall - Sky Sports 2 1225; Birmingham v Southampton - Sky Sports 2 1700; Scottish Cup...
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Stl Northern League
IT'S not far from St James' Park to the Sam Smiths ground in Walkergate, but former Newcastle United favourite Nolberto Solano has taken a giant leap by becoming Newcastle Benfield first-team coach. Benfield chairman Jimmy Rowe said: "I am delighted...
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Telecoms Giant Steps Up Pace on Better Broadband
Byline: Iain Laing TELECOMS firm BT has stepped up the pace of its broadband expansion by promising "ultra-fast" speeds of up to 300Mb by next spring. Its current broadband speeds are closer to 40Mb (megabits per second), with most of the country...
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Tempting Turquoise; Cool, Contemporary or Cosy, Teal Can Look Very Different Depending on Your Home and Accessories, Says Claire Hornby
Byline: Claire Hornby TRADITIONAL winter colours tend to be either festive - think reds, golds and greens - or cool tones such as iced whites and silvers or hot berry shades. But turquoise spans the seasons and the colour wheel. A mixture...
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Terry Stripped of England Role; Capello Not Consulted over Decision
THE Football Association have stripped John Terry of the England captaincy due to his racism court trial - and revealed the decision had been taken without Fabio Capello's involvement. The England manager has always insisted he should have control...
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Tories May Find the Brakes Slamming on Their Celebrations; Columnist
Byline: Paul Linford SO farewell then, Chris Huhne - well for the time being at any rate, as the erstwhile Energy Secretary quits in order to fight charges of perverting the course of justice in relation to a driving offence committed in 2003. ...
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Trials Day Is Well Worth Taking Part In
IT may not have any bearing on Cheltenham in terms of Festival winners, but the John Smith's Trials Day at Musselburgh tomorrow is the track's most valuable jumps card of the season. With pounds 80,000 in prize money and five of the seven races...
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United New Boy Strikes Right Note; Ciss a Big Hit on First Day at Club
PAPISS Ciss is in line for his Newcastle United debut tomorrow - but the pounds 7.5m Senegalese striker took minutes to have an impact on his new club, writes STUART RAYNER. The 26-year-old joined in training for the first time yesterday as the...
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