Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from June 27, 2008

Adding Style to Popular Carrier
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON THE functional family's favourite budget-priced MPV is being spruced up with all mod cons. Citroen has taken its vanbased Berlingo Multispace people carrier to the style council - and the result is impressive . The...
Alex Wants to Leave with Win; Three Counties N'land League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL ALEX BROWN reckons Stocksfield can still challenge for the league title - even in his absence. Last season's league bowler of the year, skipper Brown leads Stocksfield into a mirror image re-run of last week's washed-out...
Arsonist Faces Jail after Blaze at Hospital; FIRE FORCED A&E DEPARTMENT TO BE EVACUATED
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A FIREBUG whose arson attack forced the evacuation of a hospital's accident and emergency unit is facing an indefinite jail sentence. Justin Clayton was drunk and depressed when he set fire to a toilet at Newcastle General....
A SURPRISE VISITOR; Readers' Poems
Byline: D WILLIAMSON A HUGE surprise, I guess this may be To some of the folks of North Seaton Colliery On a dark February night in '66 A true football great came up to the sticks Sir Stanley Mathews was boss of Port Vale And wanted to talk about...
A True Life Royal Raid; Also Released
THE BANK JOB (Cert 15, 107mins, Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd, Drama/Thriller, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99) Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Keeley Hawes, David Suchet, Peter De Jersey, Alki David,...
British Car Bought US Flavour to Our Roads; CLASSIC CARS This week:Ford Consul
Byline: IAN JOHNSON AFTER a week at the wheel of one of the latest Ford Mondeos, a showcase of this company's latest technology, my mind was cast back to an earlier Ford which thrilled the motoring public in 1956 with its American way of offering...
Burnmoor Are Confident Even without Daley; Warmseal Durham Senior League
Byline: CHRIS WEST CHAMPIONS and current leaders Burnmoor travel with confidence tomorrow to face a Felling side with only two wins to its name. Burnmoor secretary Ian Linsley is quietly pleased with the progress of his team so far this year....
Cricket: Durham Hoping for Big Turnout; Riversiders Targeting Home Quarter-Final Tie
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON DURHAM are hoping to attract a 6,000-crowd at the Riverside tonight when they will attempt to clinch a Twenty20 Cup home quarter-final by beating Lancashire Lightning in their final group game. The game, which starts half...
Dramatic Secrets and Tudor Fun; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has Details of the Forthcoming Season at Northern Stage in Newcastle
Byline: GORDON BARR NORTHERN Stage's call for the people of the North East to "switch on to theatre" seems to be working. This week the Newcastle based theatre company announced its autumn line-up, as well as some of the highlights from the spring...
Dutch Giants Lined Up for Toon Friendly
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED have added another friendly to their preseason programme with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven lined up to visit St James's Park on August 6. As revealed first on Chroniclelive last night, the champions of Holland...
Ex-Toon Ace Tino on Gun Charges; COLOMBIAN STAR IS PUT UNDER HOUSE ARREST
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter EX-Toon ace Faustino Asprilla has been placed under house arrest on gun charges. Colombian Asprilla, known as Tino, has denied the charges, which relate to 29 bullets being fired at a security checkpoint in...
Football: Cesc Ready to Answer SOS after Fab Display
CESC FABREGAS has declared himself ready if Spain need him for the Euro 2008 final against Germany on Sunday. Arsenal midfielder Fabregas came off the bench in last night's semi-final win against Russia when David Villa, the tournament's top scorer,...
Football: Killer Instinct Paid off Big Time for Kevin; Coventry's FA Cup-Winning Captain Arrived at United to Steady a Ship Which Was in Danger of Sinking Keegan's Best United Signings
Byline: By LEE RYDER BRIAN KILCLINE'S place on the list of Kevin Keegan's best signings could not have a better endorsement. After all, the Messiah always refers to Coventry City's FA Cup-winning captain as one of his most important signings...
Football: New Boys Stoke Line Up Cats Keeper
SUNDERLAND keeper Marton Fulop could be on his way to Stoke after the Premier League new boys made a firm bid for the player. Potters manager Tony Pulis is a keen admirer of the wantaway Hungarian international, and has made him a key target this...
FREE Pounds 2 SCORECAST BET ON THE EURO 2008 FINAL; Evening Chronicle Competition
THE Final of Euro 2008 takes place in Vienna at 7.45pm on Sunday, between Germany and Spain. To whet your appetite on this grand occasion, and to make the final even more exciting, we've teamed up with Chisholm Bookmakers, the area's leading independent...
Haunting Film Full of Emotion; THE EDGE OF LOVE (15, 110 Mins) Romance/Drama. Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, Cillian Murphy. Director: John Maybury. *****
OPENING in the confines of a crowded London Underground shelter during the Blitz, The Edge Of Love recounts an inglorious incident in the topsy-turvy life of Dylan Thomas. The garrulous and occasionally inebriated Welsh poet may be the soul of John...
HEAVENLY VOICES; Tyneside Youth Choir in Finals of National Competition
Byline: By AMY HUNT WHAT do the Ghostbusters theme tune, Madonna's Like A Prayer and 16th Century church music have in common? This eclectic mix of songs is part of the repertoire of a Tyneside youth choir set to represent the region at a national...
Hitting the Right Notes
Byline: RICHARD YATES A DURHAM City choir has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery to finance a concert featuring some of the most dramatic and exciting music of the English Baroque. The grant has enabled Durham Singers to join forces...
Horse Racing: San Up for the Plate; Halla in Tip-Top Shape for Pitmen's Derby
HALLA SAN is the pick of Richard Fahey's pair of runners in tomorrow's John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle. Fahey, who also saddles Greenwich Meantime in the valuable two-mile handicap, reports Halla San to be in tip-top shape. "I've...
Humiliation for Labour; Party's By-Election Candidate Trails in Fifth
GORDON Brown today marked his first anniversary in No 10 with the humiliation of seeing Labour beaten into fifth place in the Henley-on-Thames by-election. Labour candidate Richard McKenzie lost his deposit as he trailed in behind the Greens and...
Ice Hockey: Jack Is Not the Lad for Vipers; Blow as Fans Favourite Todd Looks Set to Leave EXCLUSIVE
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS favourite Todd Jackson is unlikely to return to Tyneside next season. The New Yorker proved to be a real hit with supporters at the Metro Radio Arena and shone as the club reached the Elite League play-off...
Iconic 911 Is Better Than Ever
Byline: By BILL McCARTHY CITIUS, Altius, Fortius, and faster, higher, stronger, are the Latin and English words to describe the noble tradition of the Olympic Games. They could be paraphrased to describe the latest version of one of the most...
IT ALL ADDS UP TO GREAT FUN; Sunshine RUN 08
Byline: By VICKY ROBSON A TEAM of accountants will put on their running shoes to help raise money for seriously ill children. The 12-strong group from KPMG on the Quayside in Newcastle will take part in a 5km run along Newcastle's Quayside. ...
It's a Good Sport
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES ALFA Romeo considered calling the latest additions to its Alfa GT range by their Latin name of Trifolium Pratense, but has decided to settle for the more recognisable Cloverleaf moniker instead. Whether using flowery language...
It's Those Magnificent Men Their Flying Machines; RECORDS DETAILING GOLDEN AGE IN AVIATION HISTORY ARE PUT ONLINE
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter RECORDS of Tyneside's flying finest from the golden age of aviation have been made available. The Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates are online for the first time and show the licences and pictures...
Knife Raid at Store; Woman Threatened by Pair
Byline: By DAVID OLD A TERRIFIED shop assistant was threatened at knife point by two armed raiders. A 26-year-old woman was working in Singh's Premier Food and Wine store in Rokeby Street, Lemington, Newcastle, when the pair burst into the shop...
Lawn Tennis: Beaten Sharapova Vows to Come Back Stronger
FORMER champion Maria Sharapova has vowed to regain the Wimbledon title after suffering a shock second-round exit at the hands of fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva. Sharapova, the third seed, was beaten 6-2 6-4 on Court One by a player ranked 154th...
Lawn Tennis: Murray Knows Value of Service
ANDY MURRAY believes the key to Wimbledon glory lies in the numbers his increasingly powerful serve is recording on the Centre Court radar gun. The British No 1 hit 136mph in his straight-sets victory over Belgium's Xavier Malisse, 6-4 6-2 6-2,...
Learn to Get Most out of Fuel
Byline: By DAVID WHINYATES WANT to get more from every precious gallon of fuel? If so, you might want to join the drivers from all over Britain who are queuing to join a novel event which aims to help limit the impact of rising fuel prices. The...
Little Saigon's a Big Success
Byline: GORDON BARR Little Saigon 6 Big Market, Newcastle. Tel: (0191) 233 0766 OVER the years these premises have been Simply Greek, given us some Miami Blues and are now offering us a taste of Little Saigon. The Bigg Market's newest...
Lucky. There Are a Lot Are Worse off Than Me; United Legend Free of Cancer
Byline: By LIZ LAMB FOOTBALL favourite Bobby Moncur is today celebrating the greatest win of his life. The 63-year-old former Newcastle United captain has won his a nine-month battle against cancer of the colon. Following a meeting with his...
Motor Racing: Diamonds Duo Up for Title Quest
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE "WRITE us off at your peril" - that was the warning from Newcastle Diamonds ahead of the Pairs Championship at Somerset tonight. Josef Franc and Christian Henry represent the club in one of the league's showpiece events...
Motor Racing: Geordie Biker Burns Is Facing Park Strife
Byline: By ZOE BURN NEWCASTLE race ace Chris Burns is back in the saddle this weekend as the British Superbike Championship heads to Mallory Park. Burns, forced to miss the last round of the Superbike Cup when his team withdrew at the last moment...
Mum Battles for Life after Brutal Beating; WOMAN FOUND WITH SEVERE HEAD INJURIES BY HER DAUGHTER
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A 10-year-old girl came home from school to find her mother unconscious after being beaten. Kathryn Cook is today battling for life while her daughter Rebecca is being looked after by her granparents. The 44-year-old...
Murder Suspect Is Found in Tent; MAN BEING QUESTIONED OVER FATAL STABBING OF HIS WIFE
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A SUSPECT being quizzed by detectives today over the murder of his estranged wife was found semi-conscious in a make-shift teepee in woodlands. It emerged today Jimmy Taylor, 42, was arrested lying in...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
WOZ and Co had been told that there was a new man at the helm in this vast emporium and went along to see the results. PUB: Newton Park Hotel, Heaton, Newcastle QUESTION MASTER: Stewart DAY AND TIME OF QUIZ: Wednesday, 9pm PRIZE: pounds...
Putting the Brakes on; High Fuel Costs Are Putting the Brakes on Many People's Motoring, Says ROGER MILLS
Byline: ROGER MILLS THE soaring fuel prices are causing drivers to slow down, stay at home, or switch to bikes and buses, the RAC said today. Motorists are responding to the record-high costs of petrol and diesel by sticking to speed limits,...
Rating Value of Mileage Expense; Europcar
Byline: By Ralph Morton WILL the Government put up approved mileage rates for private cars on business? I wrote about the increase in Approved Fuel Rates for company car drivers in my last column. These are the tax-free amounts that can be used...
Rest Is Best Says Milner
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED winger James Milner is hoping to come back with a bang for the new season, after a quieter than usual summer. Just 12 months ago Milner was recovering from the England Under-21's European Championship campaign...
Romp Is Low on Emotion
THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL (Cert 15, 90mins, Universal Pictures (UK), Drama/romance, also available to buy DVD on, pounds 19.99) Starring: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, David Morrissey, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jim Sturgess,...
ROYAL VISIT; Region's Youngsters Give Prince a Flag-Waving Reception
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A ROYAL visitor was shown ancient and modern attractions before being given a pitman's memory of a chip shop. Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, spent a morning on Holy Island, visiting its castle, priory and mead winery...
Rugby Union: McDonnell Ready for Double Mission
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL NEW Blyth head coach Joe McDonnell is fighting fit for Newcastle Falcons pre-season training. Laid low by a torn pectoral muscle, All Black prop McDonnell had to watch in frustration as the Falcons limped to the end of last...
Seeing Is Believing! Vauxhall's New Model Could Prove Life-Saving on Roads
Byline: By DAVID WHINYATES THE car that sees for itself will be here next year - thanks to a hi-tech camera system developed by General Motors Europe and autoelectrical giant Hella. The forthcoming new Vauxhall Insignia will be the first car...
Sequel Brings All the Thrills; THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN (PG, 144 Mins) Family/Action/Drama/Comedy/Romance. William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Hensley, Ben Barnes, Sergio Castellitto, Peter Dinklage, and the Voices of Eddie Izzard, Liam Neeson. Director: Andrew Adamson. *****
THE second book of CS Lewis's epic fantasy series reunites the creative talents of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe for a titanic battle between the gentle Narnians and race of human usurpers called the Telmarines. In every respect, Prince...
Showdown for Run Masters; Wellstream N'land and Tyneside Senior League
Byline: CHRIS WEST TWO of the league's top players face a showdown tomorrow - with the outcome likely to go a long way to deciding whether anyone can halt Swalwell's relentless march to a second successive title. Ryton, enjoying a splendid first...
Simple Steps to Cut Your Fuel Bill; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up the Week's Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES MOTORISTS are paying a hefty price for agreeing to switch from petrol to diesel in a bid to save the planet and now the AA is urging drastic action to minimise the impact. Up to half the vehicles on the roads of the UK are...
Standing Out
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES FUN, funky and affordable is the publicity blurb from Citroen describing their striking city runabout. Funky? There is no doubt the C1 delivers on this score. Despite being essentially the same car as the Peugeot 107 and...
Tale Is for Young Gamers
Byline: GARY BECKWITH THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN Format: Xbox360, PS2/3, Wii, PC Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios Price: pounds 49.99 THE Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian game takes players beyond the locations from the...
Tal Order to Aid United Defence; You're the BOSS
SEAN WILSON, of Deckham, Gateshead WHICH PLAYER WOULD YOU SIGN THIS SUMMER? I WOULD sign a centre-half, someone like Tel Ben Haim (pictured below) who is experienced and can organise the back four. Someone who can give Steven Taylor a bit of...
Taste the Very Best of Reggae; ALAN NICHOL Takes a Look at What's Happening on the Jazz, Blues and Roots Scene in the Region
Byline: ALAN NICHOL THERE'S a chance to catch a backing band to the incomparable James Brown next week. The Pietasters are among the stars of a reggae night - billed as Reggae for the People - taking place at the Carling Academy in Westgate Road...
The True Brains Behind the Skull; FEED BACK
Byline: MICK SMITH USUALLY I try to protect the anonymity of whichever doofus of ours makes a mistake. Gawd bless 'em, most are retiring little flowers who may well break down and bawl should they be named and shamed in print. I'd have a newsroom...
The Writing's on the Wall; Graffiti Yobs Targeted a Newcastle Metro Station This Week and Escaped despite the Train Network's CCTV. Reporter TOM MULLEN Finds out More about This Scourge of Our Streets and What's Being Done about It
Byline: TOM MULLEN IT IS ugly urban scrawl which saps thousands of pounds of taxpayers' cash each year. But the problem of graffiti across our region is showing no signs of abating. The latest attack left Monument Metro station covered in...
THEY'RE OFFSIDE; Thieves Target School's Goalposts
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON BOOZY bandits netted an own goal when they pinched a children's football net. The two trouble-makers lifted the 5ft by 6ft frame out of it's store at Whickham Front Street Primary School, Gateshead. But they were spotted...
This Ship Should Be Saved as a Tribute to All Those Who Fought; FALKLANDS VETERAN WANTS VESSEL TO BECOME A MUSEUM
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON FALKLANDS hero George Heron is battling to give the doomed warship HMS Intrepid a fighting chance. The Ministry of Defence wants to scrap it, but former radio operator George is campaigning for the vessel he lived and...
Thousands Waiting for a New Home; FAMILIES HIT BY A SHORTAGE OF CHEAP HOUSES TO RENT
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A CRITICAL shortage of new affordable homes for rent in the North East has been highlighted in Parliament. Government figures show only around 1,000 social homes a year are being built by local authorities...
Turning Heads on Catwalk; A Fashion Show Will Be Held in Newcastle on Monday to Raise Vital Funds for the Charlie Bear for Cancer Care Appeal. Here, a Cancer Survivor, Who Will Be Hitting the Catwalk, Models Some of the Latest Designs for Summer
MOTHER-OF-FIVE Jaqi Stephenson is remarkably upbeat. Despite suffering from colorectal cancer, the 52-year-old has a positive outlook on life and is determined to fight the disease all the way. The grandmother-of-two was diagnosed 18 months ago...
Vent Your Spleen
Byline: DJ IN REPLY to MS, of Gosforth, obviously you don't realise that before taxi drivers like me see a penny, we have to make pounds 300, which is more than most people earn in a week. Fuel is about pounds 150, radio is about pounds 90 and...
Worker Crushed; MAN DIED UNDER TRACTOR AFTER 50FT PLUNGE INTO RAVINE
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A HIGHLY-experienced forestry worker died when his tractor plunged 50ft into a ravine on the Duke of Northumberland's estate. John Stewart was pinned under the tractor's rear wheel after being thrown from his cab. ...
Worthy Wants Surge to Go on; Northern Rock North East Premier League
Byline: LEE RYDER BLAYDON player-coach Allan Worthy wants his side to reach the halfway stage of the Premier League season with their top-four place still intact after a dramatic surge up the table in recent weeks. Worthy's side were well beaten...
YOU MAST BE JOKING; Drunken Man's High Jinks Ends in Prison Sentence
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS SOZZLED Keith Kent scaled this 160ft mast before showering police with lager. But today he was brought down to earth with a bump after being jailed for his high jinks. Tagged Kent was supposed to be at home observing...
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