Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 31, 2007

A Swede Success
Byline: By STEVE ORME YOUR car may say a lot about you but so do the customer magazines that come with it. Renault, for instance, seldom publishes a customer quarterly without paying tribute to La Belle France's No 1 talent - cooking. This I...
Athletics: Golden Boys Go for Glory
OLYMPIC champion Mark Lewis-Francis insists Great Britain's 4x100 metre relay team at the World Championships in Osaka has the individual potential to be better than the one that stormed to gold in Athens three years ago. Lewis-Francis and Marlon...
Attack Witnesses Sought
DETECTIVES hope these images captured on security cameras may provide a breakthrough in their hunt for a shaven-headed sex attacker. The 19-year-old victim was targeted at 4.30am on Saturday, August 4, in the West Lane area of Chester-le-Street....
Avenger from the States; MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW Checks out the Latest Dodge Invader
Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW ALTHOUGH 1976 was legendary for the long periods of hot summer weather it brought to the UK, there were many other things for which this particular 12-month period entered the history books. It was the year in which...
A Welcome Change
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON AFA MILY-FRIENDLY estate car is being introduced by Kia which will signal more than a few changes. Not only is the stretched version of the cee'd Kia's first estate, it's also the first of its models to have the indicator...
Books: Tale of Love and Betrayal
BAD BEHAVIOUR, by Sheila O'Flanagan, is published in hardback by Headline Review, priced pounds 12.99. Available now. Available now. DARCEY McGonigle is a 30-something high-flying businesswoman, but is unsure how she got to be so powerful and respected....
Boozed-Up Man Drove after Row; Publican's Husband Fined after Being Found Asleep in Car
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A PUBLICAN'S husband evaded a driving ban after magistrates heard how his partner had called time on him. Joyce Turner gave her other half Graham his last orders after a drunken row. She told him to get out of the marital...
Carrying It off Well; Used Car Shootout
Byline: MIKE TORPEY MIKE TORPEY'S series spotlighting the best used cars on the market pits some of the most popular models in a head-to-head shoot-out aimed at finding the finest - and best-value - cars in each sector. This week sees a pair of...
Central Green to Improve Estate; Bulldozers to Move In
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A VILLAGE green will be created to help tackle problems with antisocial behaviour on an inner-city estate. The scheme, on the New Mills Estate in Newcastle, will involve some demolition and while this has...
Cinema: A Less-Than-Satisfying Creation
NO RESERVATIONS (PG, 104 mins) Drama/romance. Catherine Zeta Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Bob Balaban, Jenny Wade, Arija Bareikis. Director: Scott Hicks. ***** SCOTT Hicks's romantic drama serves up a tantalising...
Cinema: Obsession of a Voyeur
HALLAM FOE (18, 95 mins) Drama. Jamie Bell, Sophie Myles, Ciaran Hinds, Jamie Sives, Maurice Roeves, Claire Forlani, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Holt. Director: David Mackenzie. ***** THERE is a special bond between mothers and sons. In Hallam Foe, a...
Cinema: Savouring Chef Role
IMAGINE you're sitting in a restaurant, deliberating over the menu - then who should come and take your order but a beautiful, Oscarwinning actress? "People were saying to me 'You know, you look so much like Catherine Zeta Jones'," laughs the actress,...
Contest Plants Green Ideas in Minds; Species-Logging Day
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN A GREEN-THEMED challenge day has taken place involving teams from your Chronicle and department store John Lewis. The event, which took place at the Rising Sun Country Park in Benton yesterday, was organised by Tyne...
Council's Pounds 130,000 Job Gets Go-Ahead; Opposition Hit Out
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL bosses are pressing ahead with plans to create apounds 130,000-a-year job after a bid to block the controversial appointment failed. Liberal Democrat leaders say they need to strength en Newcastle...
Cricket: Cdlingwood Hails England Young Guns
PAUL Collingwood believes his young England side may have accelerated their development by emerging triumphant from another nail-biting encounter with India. Having lost narrowly by nine runs in the second match of the NatWest Series at Bristol,...
Cricket: Durham Battling to Keep Title Bid Alive
Byline: JEFF BOWRON THE Riverside reverted to type yesterday when 426 runs were scored in just over 100 overs as Worcestershire fought back from a 115-run first-innings deficit, (writes JEFF BOWRON). The visitors, bowled out for 182 first...
Cricket: Home Advantage Crucial in Dash for Honours; Foster's Durham Senior League
Byline: CHRIS WEST HITBURN gave themselves a great chance of overturning the season-long supremacy of Burnmoor when they clawed back a handful of points on Monday to reduce the deficit on the leaders to ust 14 with two games to play. Whitburn...
Cricket: No Hynd-Ing for Newcastle; Northern Rock North East Premier League
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE skipper Matt Hynd insists his side will give it their all in their final home game of the season against South Northumberland. The champions know that all they need to do is keep their cool in the last two games of...
Cricket: Title Race Set to Go Down to the Wire; 3D Sport Durham Coast League
THE title race is set to come to a thrilling end on the last day of the season when new leaders Murton take on season-long pace-setters Castle Eden in what will almost certainly be a play-off for the title. However, both have tricky fixtures to...
Cricket: Treble Chance for Chopwell; Three Counties N'land League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL CHOPWELL face three must-win end-of-season matches to have any chance of lifting the title. And the task could hardly be tougher, as they square up to runaway leaders Cowgate and third-placed Blue Flames hot on the heels...
Cricket: Tynedale Are in Pole Position; Foster's N'land and Tyneside Senior League
TYNEDALE'S thrilling win over Lintz last weekend could be the defining moment of the league season as the three teams left contesting the championship start the countdown to their final three matches. A massive 524 runs were scored with only four...
Crime Family Son Is Jailed; Total Convictions for Clan Hits 240
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter HIS mum led by example with her 15-year criminal record. Between them, his older brothers have more than 130 convictions, ranging from car crime and criminal damage to common assault. Now, Gary Shackleton,...
Dangerous Dilemma; GIRL TORQUE with Jackie Violet in Association with SAAB
Byline: Jackie Violet HERE it is - the burning question. Is it legal or illegal to pick you nose while driving? This is the huge dilemma facing the majority of motorists who are totally confused over what constitutes legal and illegal behaviour...
DIANA WAS ONE OF US; in the Final Part of Our Series to Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Diana, LIZ LAMB Talks to Readers about Coming Face-to-Face with the Queen of Hearts
Byline: LIZ LAMB MARGERY WELLS I WILL never forget them," says retired grandmother-of-two Margery Wells about the times she met the Princess. The 67-year-old twice came face-to-face with Diana and still recalls the moments vividly today. ...
Eating Out: This Pub Really Chimed with Us; THE BLUE BELL Mount Pleasant, Mickley, Stocksfield, (01661) 843 146 *****
Byline: GORDON BARR WE VENTURED to The Blue Bell on the recommendation of friends who had been boasting of a terrific meal there. Four of us arrived last Saturday with the intention of reviewing for this page, but all had the same meal (which...
Football: Blues Ready to Sell Glen
CHELSEA chief executive Peter Kenyon has admitted there could be transfer activity within the club before the summer window closes tonight - but it is likely to be an exit rather than the arrival of another big name. Speculation about a possible...
Football: CARDS HEADACHE; New System Causes Queues at St James'
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter TOON fans faced turnstile trouble at the Carling Cup match against Barnsley due to problems with new hi-tech swipe cards. Hundreds were left queuing outside St James' Park on Wednesday night after the...
Football: Hectic Week Ends with Keane's Old Boys Reunion
Byline: LEE RYDER ROY KEANE goes back to Old Trafford tomorrow tea-time after one of the toughest weeks of his short managerial career, (writes LEE RYDER). But Keane insists he will be fully focused on the job of getting a result for Sunderland...
Football: House about That as Owen Makes Move
Byline: ALAN OLIVER MICHAEL OWEN has moved permanently to Tyneside as the Newcastle United striker is hell-bent on having a successful season in a black-and-white shirt, (writes ALAN OLIVER). And Owen has the scent for more home goals, starting...
Football: I've Made Dwight Move Says Jones
Byline: By LEE RYDER SUNDERLAND new boy Kenwyne Jones is hoping he can emulate his mentor Dwight Yorke and become a big hit in the Premier League with the Black Cats - starting at Yorke's old stamping ground Old Trafford tomorrow. The 6ft 2in...
Football: Missing Duo Not an Issue; UNIBOND PREMIER
Byline: JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD return to Nottinghamshire for their second away game in the UniBond Premier Division looking for another three-point return, (writes JEFF BOWRON). The Tynesiders won 3-1 at newcomers Eastwood Town on the opening...
Football: No Repeat of Boro Slip-Ups; THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle Utd V Wigan Athletic St James' Park Saturday, Sept 1, 2007. Kick-Off: 3pm
Byline: ALAN OLIVER SAM ALLARDYCE has warned he does not want a repeat of Sunday's game at Middlesbrough when Newcastle United go in against Wigan Athletic at St James' Park tomorrow, (writes ALAN OLIVER). The United boss is determined to stamp...
Football: Sibi: I'm Still a United Fan; THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle Utd V Wigan Athletic St James' Park Saturday, Sept 1, 2007. Kick-Off: 3pm
Byline: By LEE RYDER ANTOINE SIBIERSKI today vowed he was out to get his old club Newcastle United - but insisted he would remain a Toon fan forever after an emotional season on Tyneside. The French striker arrived just minutes before the transfer...
Football: Snowdon Rallies Spartans Troops; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans skipper Peter Snowdon has rallied the troops ahead of tomorrow's Blue Square North match at home to Tamworth, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Blyth haven't won since the opening day of the season and back-to-back 2-0...
Football: United Simply Cannot Afford to Let Old Boy Titus Have the Last Laugh; THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle Utd V Wigan Athletic St James' Park Saturday, Sept 1, 2007. Kick-Off: 3pm
Byline: JOHN GIBSON IT'S there in black and white. The Magpies have been favoured by a gentle breeze upon taking to the wing this new Premiership season. United have faced two poor sides, Bolton and Middlesbrough, and an average one, Aston Villa...
Football: WAITING BEYE THE PHONE; Sam Sweats on Deadline Day Double Signing Bid
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM ALLARDYCE has until midnight to pull off the signings of Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye - and if he does the Newcastle United boss will let Nobby Solano go to West Ham. But if either of the Faye or...
Football: We Are Going for Goals, Says Skip; THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle Utd V Wigan Athletic St James' Park Saturday, Sept 1, 2007. Kick-Off: 3pm
Byline: By LEE RYDER GEREMI says Newcastle United will be pulling out all the stops to avoid another St James' Park stalemate against Wigan tomorrow. The United captain is aware of just how disappointed the home crowd were after the goalless...
Freed-Up Henman Revelling in Grand Farewell
TIM HENMAN believes his return to form at the US Open is partly down to the release he felt at announcing his retirement. Henman, 32, will quit tennis at the end of September following Great Britain's Davis Cup tie at Wimbledon against Croatia,...
FUTURE COOKING; Enjoy the Hidden Benefits of the Ambient Kitchen
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter LOOKS can be deceiving. This kitchen may look like any other, but it's what's underneath that counts. The Ambient Kitchen as it is called, is fitted with all sorts of hidden hi-tech gadgets and sensors...
Gear Stick-Free Driving
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON A CAR so advanced it has no gear lever has been developed by Boasting amazing and crammed innovation, the Jaguar XF is unlike anything Jaguar has produced before. It needs to be, for the reputation of this great British...
Girls' Fight Led to Mass Brawl; Father and Son among Those Involved in Bank Holiday Violence
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR FIGHTING females sparked a mass brawl in a country town on a bank holiday Monday, a court was told. A police officer was injured and 15 people were arrested in the early-hours disturbance in Haltwhistle, Northumberland,...
Guitar Greats Strum to Town; Jazz, Blues and Roots
Byline: ALAN NICHOL THE frenetic live music season that is autumn gets a kick-start next weekend, when there is a distinct emphasis on guitar-playing. In the hands of some dazzling exponents, almost a fret-board Olympics, there is a broad spectrum...
Horse Racing: Don't Pass Up on Raven
RAVEN'S PASS is taken to swoop in the Iveco Solario Stakes at Sandown tomorrow. John Gosden, who won this Group Three contest three years ago with Windsor Knot, thinks the world of this colt and he should justify his trainer's faith in him at the...
I Lost My Home but Feel Lucky; Family Escape House Fire
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY SITTING in the blackened shell that was once her family home Janet Cooper looks sadly at what is left of her possessions. The mum of five lost everything when flames ripped through the top floor of her house yesterday...
Launch with All to Gain; Firm to Open New Hyundai Showroom DEALER NEWS
GAINMANOR is driving ahead this month with the launch of its new Hyundai showroom, which will increase the firm's presence within the North East Car Sales market. The new showroom will be officially launched on October 1, however customers are welcome...
Man Dies after Jump into Tyne; Heroic Passer-By Tried to Pull Him out of Water
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A MAN has died after jumping into the Tyne, despite the heroic efforts of a passer-by. The stranger jumped in to try save a 56-year-old at South Shields yesterday. Police were initially called after concerns were raised...
Mondeo Really Is Moving on; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up the Week's Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES A GRAPHIC illustration of just how much cars have improved in recent years comes in the sleek shape of the model I have been driving this week, the latest Ford Mondeo. Remove the badges, and it could pass for an Audi, BMW...
Motor Racing: Diamonds in a Sweat over Henry; Christian's Season in Doubt
Byline: BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE'S hopes of getting revenge over Redcar in last night's Premier League match on Teesside were virtually killed off in only the fifth race, (writes BARRY WALLACE). Skipper Christian Henry suffered an injury to his...
Music: A Full Blast of Beethoven
Byline: RICHARD YATES DUAL ROLE - Imogen Cooper THE Sage Gateshead launches its third classical season next month, with an all-Beethoven concert. Thomas Zehetmair will conduct the Northern Sinfonia on Friday, September 28, opening with the Coriolan...
Music: The Guns Are Bloomin' Ace; A North East Band Will Be Helping Raise Funds for a Good Cause Next Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR BLOOMIN' champion!" That's how Dan Greener describes his band's biggest Tyneside gig to date. The Toy Guns frontman is talking about the band's appearance at The Sage Gateshead next month to help raise funds for the Teenage...
Needles Left in My Hedge; Fears Children's Lives at Risk
Byline: By TOM MULLEN FAMILIES fear junkies are putting their children's lives at risk by dumping syringes in a hedge. Karen Taylor-Steward, of Kenton, Newcastle, says drug-takers and underage drinkers continually dump broken bottles and used...
Packed with Luxury
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES A PREMIUM pack has been introduced for Land Rover's latest Freelander, which has attracted 11,000 buyers in the UK so far this year. Available for the flagship Freelander HSE models, it costs pounds 1,850 and includes...
Police Probe Far East Link to Cannabis Farm; Up to Pounds 500,000-Worth of Drugs Seized during Raid on House
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN A CANNABIS farm worth more than pounds 500,000 has been discovered. Northumbria Police swooped on an address in Bamburgh Close, Blyth, Northumberland, yesterday and found 620 illegal plants. The raid, part of Operation...
Pub Quiz; Uncovered
ANOTHER visit to Whitley Bay centre to find yet another well-supported, popular event in this surprising location. PUB: The Fat Ox, Whitley Bay. QUESTION MASTER: Margaret DAY AND TIME OF QUIZ: Tuesday, 9pm PRICE: Free PRIZEMONEY: First, second...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Home Opener against Villa
GRAHAM BREWIS AFTER the Barnsley victory, I'm ready for a convincing home win in the league. We need to take advantage of our favourable early fixtures. Until convinced otherwise, I still would like to see both Martins and Owen start together, especially...
Reader's Poems: The Bee in My Bonnet
Byline: MARY SYLVIA YOUNG I READ "Your Shout" regularly and what stands out to me Is the contributors are often critical, grumbling constantly. 'Spleeners' seem so angry, some are discontented with their lot Begrudging others what they...
Royals at Service for Princess; Hundreds Gather to Remember Diana
Byline: By JOHN BROPHY PRINCE William and Prince Harry were marking the 10th anniversary of their mother's death today with a poignant memorial service. Exactly a decade to the day that Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash, the...
Rugby Union: Fletcher Issues Target to Falcons
Byline: NICK PUREWAL JOHN FLETCHER has challenged his Newcastle Falcons to play their absent World Cup colleagues out of club jerseys - starting tonight at Glasgow, (writes NICK PUREWAL). Pre-season preparations come to a head at Partick Thistle's...
Rugby Union: Hyatt Is Ready to Soar for the Eagles; Shooting Star Raring to Start
Byline: PAUL NILSEN THE irrepressible Jeremy Hyatt is back for a seventh successive campaign with the Newcastle Eagles and is eager to produce his finest season yet, (writes PAUL NILSEN). After a series of unsavoury off-court incidents, bust-ups...
Simple Pleasures; CLASSIC CARS
Byline: IAN JOHNSON THE name might have been Bond, but this company's Minicar was no wheels of fire for a secret agent. Every time I look at this car I see a vehicle that really should not have happened. For instance, this three-wheeler had...
Tackling Teen Drink Drivers; One in Five over Limit; Chronicle THE ROAD RE5PEC7 CHARTER
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A FIFTH of North East teen drivers admit to having driven over the booze limit. And one in 14 say they have got behind the wheel high on drugs, a shock study has revealed. Road safety charity Brake has released...
The Day One Can't Forget; THE PEOPLE'S VOICE Tony Horne in the Morning Is Now on Air Weekdays from 5am on Metro Radio and Sundays from 10am
Byline: TONY HORNE INTERESTING day today, in many ways. Today is the tenth anniversary of my first breakfast show on Metro Radio, and I am bound to ask, where have the years gone? Part of the answer to that includes the fact that for four and...
The Team That Helped Make Jaguar's Dream Come True
Byline: By BILL McCARTHY THE designers who masterminded the new XF Jaguar are a reminder that Britain remains a hotbed of design and innovation. Wayne Burgess is the senior manager in the Jaguar Design Studio at Whitley in Coventry and he, together...
Tiger Roars Once Again; IN THE SWING OF IT - EA's Latest Golf Effort Is Another Winner
TIGER Woods is used to being top of the pile and this week his online persona sweeps all before it as the excellent PGA Tour 08 aces on Xbox 360. Stuntman Ignition proves to be an action-packed vehicle romp on PS2, and Boogie will put your eardrums...
TIME TRAVELLING; Readers Taken on a Journey through Public Transport History
Byline: By HELEN RAE THESE pictures show a golden era of transport on Tyneside. South Shields Transport, by John Carlson and Neil Mort-son, rediscovers the lost world of the horse-drawn and electric trams through to trolleybuses and motor buses....
Under the Weather; FEEDBACK
Byline: MICK SMITH IT'S something of a national obsession, so you think we'd get it right. The weather rules all our lives, so it must have come as a shock that on a bright Monday in August (amazingly, given the lack of sunshine this summer)...
Vent Your Spleen
"Teachers should realise that many pupils have other pastimes and interests outside school hours." I SEE in the Chronicle there's a picture of the Transport Minister using a Metro ticket machine and the report says they are going to transfer some...
Water Firms Were Put on Alert; Tribunal Told of National Terror Warning Last Year
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG WATER companies were put on alert last year following a terrorist threat. The Government acted after an "undisclosed and direct" threat was made to contaminate mains supplies. Officials from the Department for Environment,...
WIN A WEEKEND AT KIELDER WATER & FOREST PARK; Evening Chronicle Competition Berghaus
YOUR Chronicle is celebrating the North Eastbased outdoor clothing and equipment giant Berghaus opening its first flagship store tomorrow in the MetroCentre. We are giving lucky readers the chance to win a weekend at Northumbrian Water's lakeside...
You're Not Coming in Here Wearing That Toon Shirt; What a Club Doorman Told the UK's 25th Richest Man
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON NEWCASTLE United owner Mike Ashley was refused admission to a city nightclub - because he was wearing a black and white shirt. The supposedly reclusive billionaire went to Blu Bambu in the Bigg Market to celebrate the...
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