Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from June 1, 2007

1947 Babies Back in the Spotlight
Byline: By Jane Picken Exactly 60 years on and these pioneering Red Spot babies are still learning about the impact of the tests they undertook as children. More than 1,400 babies took part in the medical study, launched in Newcastle in 1947....
207 GTi Brings a Touch of Class
Byline: By Malcolm Robertshaw For well over two decades, Peugeot has been big in the world of the hot hatchback, the French car maker having kick-started the trend back in the 80s with the 205 GTi. At the time, this pocket rocket swiftly proved...
A Big Blast of Blues
Byline: By Alan Nichol Three British blues-based acts capture the limelight this week. First up is the power-packed quartet Nine Below Zero. The band were formed by vocalist/guitarist Dennis Greaves and harmonica virtuoso Mark Feltham in the...
Advertisement Feature - Star Backs Green Week
Tv babe Denise Van Outen is putting the glamour into green this summer, by calling for a recycling revolution. The star of the smash BBC show Any Dream Will Do, is backing Recycle Now Week, an action-packed national week to encourage households...
A Film Unlikely to Win Your Heart
Wedding Daze (15, 91 mins) Comedy/romance. Jason Biggs, Isla Fisher, Michael Weston, Edward Herrmann, Margo Martindale, Joanna Gleason, Joe Pantoliano In keeping with tradition, Michael Ian Black's romantic comedy proffers something old (most...
Billionaire Visits Toon Chairman
Byline: By Nick Whitten Billionaire Mike Ashley flew into Toon and visited Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd in hospital. The 42-year-old was at Newcastle United yesterday for the first time yesterday since launching his pounds 133.1m...
Black Cats Need to Spend Pounds 25m and Bring in Six Players ( Beagrie
Byline: By Nick Purewal Niall Quinn's ardent passion for Sunderland will drive them on to Premiership survival and eventual success ( provided investment comes now. Peter Beagrie has backed Quinn and manager Roy Keane to keep the Black Cats in...
Boldon All Set for Acid Test Weekend
It's all to play for in the league as eight clubs head into June still with a realistic chance of being crowned champions come the end of the season. No team has managed to impose itself and establish any kind of rhythm after a combination of poor...
Burnmoor Are Tops but Lose Ground
Burnmoor emerged from last weekend's double bill still top of the table but frustrated they had to settle for two draws out of games they probably should have won. The result of this saw their lead trimmed to just three points over Whitburn. ...
Cars Go under the Microscope
Byline: By Steve Hughes One of the greatest trends in recent years has been the wholesale switch to four wheel drive vehicles, which offer a multitude of advantages over their conventional counterparts. In the case of cars there is the bonus...
Chasing Pair Set to Pounce
League leaders and reigning champions Tynedale are just three points clear of Swalwell, with Leadgate and Lintz poised to pounce if either side slips up. Swalwell were frustrated by the weather last week when their game at Shotley Bridge was abandoned,...
England Expects Tough Cup Clash
Byline: By Nick Purewal Phil Dowson is expecting his toughest test in an England Saxons shirt tomorrow. The Newcastle Falcons No 8 played a pivotal role in last week's 18-3 Churchill Cup win over Scotland A, leading the line with typically bruising...
Ensnared in Car's Web of Style
Byline: By Edward Stephens Whether it's in chic clothes or chic cars there is little to touch the flair of Italian design. And nowhere is that highlighted more aptly than in the latest Spider from Alfa Romeo. The Spider name is synonymous with...
Everyone Is Entitled to Have an Opinion
Life as a journo can sometimes be tough ( and as a reviewer can be even harder. Chronicle entertainments supremo Gordon Barr puts forward his views on all things musical on a regular basis. Many agree, but there are times when he is burnt by...
Everyone's Favourite
Byline: By Ian Johnson Never was a sports car more loved by the British public than the MGB ( a car that was later literally dumped by its manufacturer. The MGB was the true essence of British sporting excellence. It was totally practical to...
Family Car Has a Feel of Quality
It's radical and futuristic, with a huge, airy cabin ( and now this impressive five-star family car is in a head-on battle with several other compact MPVs. There are three Picassos now sold by Citroen ( the Xsara-based five-seat original, the C4-based...
Field Crash Helicopter Was Rebuilt
Byline: By Tom Mullen A helicopter that crashed, killing a Tyneside man, was stripped down and rebuilt just three months before the tragedy, an inquiry heard. The chopper, which crashed into the ground, killing its pilot and passenger, had recently...
Final Farewell to Tragic Teen
Byline: By Laura Caroe Hundreds of mourners pay tribute to boy Wiping away tears, Mark Smith's parents said a final goodbye to their beloved son. Margaret, 46, and Paul, 50, were joined by family and friends in Newcastle's packed West Road...
Flyboy Has Future Charted
James Franco stars in Flyboys, which opens in cinemas today He's just emerging as one of Hollywood's most in-demand actors but it's fair to say that James Franco is already flying high. The talented star became a qualified pilot as part of his...
Flyboys
(12a, 138 mins) Action/Drama/Romance. James Franco, Jean Reno, Martin Henderson, Christien Anholt, Philip Winchester, David Ellison, Abdul Salis, Tyler Labine, Jennifer Decker, Tim Pigott-Smith. Director: Tony Bill. The good die young in Tony Bill's...
For Great Food Make a Date for This Friday
Byline: By Liz Lamb I'm not really one for themed restaurants but after a hard slog doing late-night shopping in Newcastle, TGI Fridays seemed like an easy option where we could rest our weary feet. I'd been tempted to visit because of their...
Frankie Is Authorized
With Derby fever set to grip the nation tomorrow, the bookmaking contingent are growing increasingly anxious as cash continues to pile on hot favourite Authorized. Liabilities are already soaring and the support is certain to grow as the public...
Freddie Will Be Back to His Best after Ankle Op
Former England coach David Lloyd is backing Andrew Flintoff to overcome his latest ankle problem and return as a fully-fledged all-rounder later this summer. The 29-year-old Lancastrian's ability to perform with bat and ball at the highest level...
Go Behind That Badge
Byline: By Steve Hughes I wonder if the wheel of fortune may be finally turning for the cars with so-called designer badges. It seems that some people are prepared to pay just about anything to have them, often out of all proportion to reality....
Grand Plan for Future Revealed
Byline: By Peter Young A milestone in multi-million pound plans to transform one of Tyneside's most famous old neighbourhoods was reached today. A masterplan for Scotswood, including up to 1,800 new homes, will be submitted to Newcastle City...
Greed of the Banks Is Endless
Plans to charge bank customers pounds 20 a pop for underusing their credit cards surely goes against all common sense and decency. For donkeys' years now, the high street banks and building societies have been quick to point out that they believe...
Harry's Future Dunn and Dusted
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Blyth Spartans will offer manager Harry Dunn the security of a contract next week after the 53-year-old had been touted to join Scarborough, one of his former clubs, (writes Jeff Bowron). Dunn spent a successful period...
Help and Advice for Baby Heart Op Parents
Byline: By Jane Picken Parents with children facing life-saving heart surgery on Tyneside can turn to a new website for reassurance. The site offers information on a range of issues such as surgery survival rates and the number of heart operations...
High Cost of a Stop!
Byline: By Jackie Violet Driving to the Midlands the other day I found myself with some spare time, so I stopped off at the service station to powder my nose. Looking around the shop I suddenly felt a pang of hunger and asked the salesman if...
I Used to Look for the Good in People ( Now I Can't Trust Anyone
Byline: By Paul McMillan A young mother who bravely fought off a violent would-be robber has spoken of her ordeal. Rachel Dyer took pity on Dean McDonald after he claimed he was being chased. She allowed him into her home. But minutes later...
Makers Get It Right on Estate
Byline: By Malcolm Robertshaw It was back in January, 2005, that Daewoo's 10-year attempt to change the face of British car-buying ground to a halt. The Korean car maker's recycling of Vauxhall models of yesteryear without dealership sales support...
Man Is Slashed in the Neck in Latest Stabbing
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson Two held as number of knife attacks keeps growing A man was slashed across the neck with a kitchen knife today ( the latest in a spate of stabbings in the region. The 43-year-old was attacked in Kenton Road, Newcastle,...
Mining Chief's Reign Is Over
Byline: By Paul McMillan A mining executive who was blamed for effectively ending the industry in the North East has stepped down. UK Coal chief executive Gerry Spindler was the man who announced that Ellington Colliery in Northumberland was...
Monday Blues Rock Champs
Byline: By Lee Ryder Champions South North will be looking to get their season back on track this weekend when they travel to Durham Academy after watching Sunderland take control at the top of the Premier League. Skipper John Graham and his...
Movie That Fails to Pick Itself Up
The Hitcher (15, 84 mins) Horror/thriller. Zachary Knighton, Sophia Bush, Sean Bean, Neal McDonough. Director: Dave Meyers. The original 1986 version of The Hitcher, written by Eric Red, contrived a nerve-shredding game of cat and mouse between...
Mum Is Jailed for Pay Scam
Byline: By Garry Willey Clerk pocketed firm's pounds 72,035 A trusted payroll clerk pocketed more than pounds 70,000 from her bosses. Julie Simpson had only been working for Washington Secretarial Services a few weeks when she spotted a chance...
Mum's Joy at Love Tug Decision
Byline: By Peter Taylor Parents on amicable terms A mum-of-three today told of her joy after a love tug hearing put an end to her fears of being parted from her children. Lee Turpin, 37, of Blyth, feared her youngsters Ben, 12, Joe, 10, and...
New Ball Game for Thompson
Byline: By Nick Purewal Dave Thompson is the new chairman of Newcastle Blue Star, adding to his Newcastle Falcons supremo role. Blue Star will compete in the UniBond North league for the first time next year, and will play their home games at...
Paul's Looking for Veitch Party
Byline: By Nick Purewal Paul Veitch knows Chopwell will lose their unbeaten tag at some point this season ( but he is hoping they can sustain it as long as possible, starting at Corbridge tomorrow. Fresh from a fine win over champions Clara Vale...
Police Search School Pupils
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Weapons spot-checks before lessons Police stopped and searched pupils at a school in a security screening for knives and weapons. The operation, at Newcastle's West Gate Community College, was carried out with the...
Prius Is Eager to Please
Byline: By John Scantlebury Toyota, and its Lexus luxury arm, has led the way with its hybrid approach to environmentally-friendly motoring. And now the Prius family hatchback is now in its second generation. Combining a 77bhp petrol engine...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
Woz and Co unfortunately landed on another bought-in quiz in Newcastle's West End and although we were unhappy, the teams seemed reasonably content. Pub: The Chapel Park, Chapel Park Estate, Newcastle Question master: Dave Day and time of...
Reader's Poems
As busy as a bee As I fly way above the clouds That seem to softly drift in blue skies without a sound The warm sun shines so gently to light up all around With golden webs of laughter Yet still they can be found. As I fly down through...
Rescue Bid for Centre
Byline: By Peter Young A rescue plan to save an under-threat Tyneside community centre used by thousands of people was revealed today. Measures are being taken to keep the Fawdon Community Centre in Newcastle open until the end of July and then...
Seeing Red
Byline: By Tom Mullen Family's life made hell by bulliying over ginger hair A family of red-heads is being terrorised because of the colour of their hair. Kevin and Barbara Chapman say wherever they go their four children quickly become the...
Silent Witnesses to Bitter Betrayal
Notes on a scandal (Cert 15, 87 mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Thriller/Drama, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99) Starring: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Andrew Simpson, Bill Nighy BARBARA Covett (Dench) is an ageing...
Skates on for a Better Town
Byline: By Rob Kennedy It's been a long time coming but the regeneration of Whitley Bay has started. The first steps have been taken towards revamping the area, which has fallen into a poor state of disrepair after years of neglect. Work on...
Smith Hopes Friends Will Help Him Score
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Durham were looking to strengthen their glory bid in the Friends Provident Trophy at home to Worcestershire today with batsman Will Smith hoping to kick-start his Durham career, (writes Jeff Bowron) Apart from a century...
Tony Horne - the People's Voice
Byline: By Tony Horne Relief the BB twins are not Toon-bred Thursday morning. 4.35am. Metro Radio Newsroom, 55 degrees north Tension level: High. I sigh as I enter the Metro Radio newsroom and survey the prospects for the day. Around...
Too Much Too Soon
Byline: By Lee Ryder It was a moment when time stood still for all connected with Newcastle United and when many Geordies feared their season was in tatters ( two months before a ball was even kicked in the Premiership. They didn't know for sure...
Top Ticklers of the Ivories Grace Festival
Byline: By Richards Yates Top ticklers of the ivories grace festival Fans of classical music performed on the piano will be in their element at this year's Brinkburn Music Festival with two of the world's most highly-regarded young talents gracing...
United Striker in Goal Pledge
Michael Owen insists he is happy to be reduced to the rank of a foot soldier in Steve McClaren's England army. The Newcastle striker will play his first game under Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor tonight when the new Wembley plays host to five-time...
Value for Money
Byline: By Robin Roberts Those who remember how the Japanese came into the UK market must be very apprehensive about the arrival of Dodge from the US. Starting with just a very small model base, Dodge has designs on the lucrative UK market which...
Vent Your Spleen
My complaint is for my daughter. She has been on to BT for over a week now trying to get connected. They are always advertising about getting British Telecom on the phone but she has tried all week and it is costing her a fortune on her mobile phone....
Video Shown of BBC Kidnap Victim
Byline: By Nicola Boden Kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston appeared in a video posted on an Islamic militant website today, saying he had been treated well. He called for the lifting of international sanctions against the Palestinian government....
Viduka Set to Decide Future over Weekend
Byline: By Lee Ryder Mark Viduka will finalise plans for his future this weekend ( with Newcastle United still the overwhelming favourites to land his signature, (writes Lee Ryder). The Aussie striker is currently on holiday Down Under and was...
Watchdog Warning over Scam Bids by Model Agencies
Byline: By Adam Jupp Rogue trader watchdogs have produced a guide to warn people about potential scam model agencies. The move has been made after a probe was launched into a firm which staged a two-day photoshoot on Tyneside. Manchester-based...
We'll Never Forget Dark Days of War
Byline: By Liz Lamb It's 25 years since the Falklands conflict. Here, people from Tyneside recount their memories of the fighting to Liz Lamb. John Olley Merchant seaman John Olley was a chief petty officer on RFA Engadine, a helicopter support...
What a Choice
Byline: By Mike Torpey People looking for a compact MPV are spoiled for choice with terrific models like the Renault Scenic, seven-seat Vauxhall Zafira and VW's Touran. Ford, who already offered something for those needing seven seats ( the full-blown...
Will You Please Buzz Off?
Byline: By Tom Mullen They're the sound of the summer but bumblebees in Deborah Maitland's garden have forced her back inside. The bumblebees have nested in Deborah's back garden under her decking, leaving her five-year-old son Zac unable to...
Winners with Lotto Reasons to Be Cheerful
Byline: By Rob Pattinson Generous lotto millionaire Marion Richardson says her big win has been a mixed blessing. Champagne glasses were raised yesterday to toast North East and Cumbria's 100 National Lottery millionaires. Marion, 60, who...
Your Loss Is Our Gain
Byline: By Lee Ryder Newcastle United will be dealt a major blow if captain Scott Parker opts to rejoin one of his footballing mentors Alan Curbishley at West Ham. That is the view of pundit and Hammers legend Tony Gale today, speaking from the...
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