Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from September 14, 2007

A Costly Contender; STEVES HUGHES Drives the Toyata Auris T180 3-Door This Is His Verdict
TOYOTA'S Auris T180 is a hugely impressive car but my word it is expensive. It seems pounds 18,395 is a massive amount to pay for a three-door compact although perhaps there is a degree of bias here. It is less expensive than the equivalent Audi...
A Lasting Legacy
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THEIR smiles touched so many hearts. Now, tragic Steven and Abigail Crampton are set to leave a legacy to benefit children of future generations. A special trust has been set up in the name of the youngsters,...
All aboard for a Classic Western
3:10 TO YUMA (15, 122 mins) Western/Drama/Action. Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda, Alan Tudyk, Vinessa Shaw, Gretchen Mol, Kevin Durand, Luce Rains, Benjamin Petry. Director: James Mangold. ****...
A Load of Bollards! Century-Old Covenant Stops Council Putting Up Barrier
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A CENTURY-old deal could wreck plans to keep travellers and yobs off a beauty spot. The large Briardene car park on The Links at Whitley Bay has been beset with problems at night when it has become a magnet for young drivers...
A Magical World Awaits; Games
TITLE: Two Worlds FORMAT: PC PUBLISHER: Southpeak Interactive PRICE: pounds 34.99 TWO Worlds is an openworld RPG that delivers a grand adventure. Awash with secret tombs to explore, ancient temples to raid and plenty of evil orcs to...
Ask Harps - United Keeper Steve Harper Answers Your Questions on His Future and England
AS I'm sick of the sight of Celtic, who would you have as opponents for your well-deserved testimonial? ROBBO, Dumpling Hall. I SUPPOSE Rangers would be the obvious choice for me, Robbo, if it wasn't Celtic. Both teams are fantastically well...
At Last I Know What My Dad Was like; Chance Meeting Ends 50-Year Hunt for Information
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR WHEN Barry Addis's dad died suddenly at the age of just 45, he was a three-month-old baby blissfully unaware of the family tragedy. But the loss of the father he never knew left a gap in his life which he was unable to...
BANK HIT BY; Lender Bids to Ease Jobs Fears
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN Industrial Reporter NORTHERN Rock is today in turmoil. The Geordie mortgage lender has been forced to go cap-in-hand to the Bank of England for an emergency loan to save the business after being hit by the worldwide credit...
BANK HIT BY ROCKY TIMES; Lender Bids to Ease Jobs Fears
Byline: By NICK WHITTEN and PAUL McMILLAN NORTHERN Rock is today in turmoil. The Geordie mortgage lender has been forced to go cap-in-hand to the Bank of England for an emergency loan to save the business after being hit by the worldwide credit...
BANNED FOR LIFE; Cruel Owner Neglected Pets
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY CRUEL Anne Hays' six cats were found cowering in a pool of dirt and riddled with infections. She had neglected the cats so badly their litter trays were overflowing and there was excrement on the walls. All six cats...
Basketball: Eagles Take Flight for Friendlies
NEWCASTLE Eagles are in Norway this weekend to play back-to-back games against Gimle Basket as part of their intensive preseason preparations. Gimle were promoted at the end of the season to the top Norwegian division and are an ambitious club looking...
Black Market Ciggies Seized; Seven Are Held in Customs Swoop
Byline: By ADAM JUPP MORE than 150,000 black market cigarettes were seized from suspected smugglers arriving on Tyneside. Seven people were arrested after customs officers intercepted the haul at Newcastle International Airport. It came off...
BRIDGING THE GENERATIONS; Sting and Maximo Park Gig Together
THIRTY years ago, a band led by a lad from the North East was making waves on the music scene. That band was The Police. Fast-forward to 2007 and another band with North East links, Maximo Park, is creating similar waves. There was a meeting...
Bush Pulls Troops out of Iraq
PRESIDENT George Bush today announced a limited withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Mr Bush said the more successful US troops were in Iraq, the more could return home. The President's prime-time TV address came after General David Petraeus, the...
But Is It Smart Enough? STEVE HUGHES Drives the Latest Smart City Car, the Fortwo. Here He Gives His Verdict on It
Byline: STEVE HUGHES IF any car is ever going to earn acceptance from the politically correct lobbyists it will be the latest smart city model, but the question is whether people will be prepared to buy it. Sales of the last little smart fell...
Cats Need to Make Home Comfort Count
Byline: JOHN GIBSON IT IS the match that dare not be lost. Oh, I know the season is hardly into its stride and therefore relegation is a word not yet in the vocabulary - but neither Sunderland nor Reading dare make the ultimate sacrifice at the...
Clever Little Home! CLASSIC CARS This Week: VW Camper Van
Byline: IAN JOHNSON SOME vehicles live a long and happy life through several model changes before chugging off into the history books. But some are for ever. One such is the Volkswagen Camper Van which has ascended beyond cult status to be almost...
Cricket: Cowgate Ready to Home in on Title after Hiccup; Three Counties N'land League
Byline: NICK PUREWAL A WEEK later than expected, Cowgate should make good their late-season stranglehold on the Three Counties Northumberland League and lift the title. When everyone thought they would do the business at Chopwell last week and...
Cricket: Final Reckoning! Durham Win Sets Up Title Grand Finale
Byline: JEFF BOWRON DURHAM'S LV County Championship title bid will go down to the wire after they crushed reigning champions and title rivals Sussex by nine wickets at the Riverside, (writes JEFF BOWRON). A keenly-fought game against the Hove-based...
Cricket: Swal to Play for in Big Finale; Foster's N'land and Tyneside Senior League
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SWALWELL will be crowned champions tomorrow - if they take eight points from their trip to Ashington on the final day of the season. Tynedale and Leadgate are waiting in the wings but both know they are relying on a Swalwell...
Curtain-Twitching Thriller Full of Tension; Cinema
DISTURBIA (15, 104 mins) Thriller. Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse, Aaron Yoo, Cathy Immordino, Matt Craven. Director: DJ Caruso.***** IN OUR hectic lives, we rarely get to know the people who live around us. Even in...
Diesel Is So Slick in a MINI
Byline: By ROGER MILLS THEY are two words that you wouldn't expect to sit very comfortably together. Cooper and diesel, a bit like chalk and cheese perhaps. That would be to do the MINI Cooper Dagreat disservice however, because this is an...
DVD S: Film Has No New Tricks
Magicians (Cert 15, 86 mins, Universal Pictures, Comedy, also available to buy DVD pounds 17.99) Starring: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Darren Boyd, Jessica Stevenson, Steve Edge, Andrea Riseborough,. IN THEIR heyday, Harry Kane (Mitchell) and Karl...
England Victory Would Put Catt among the Pigeons!
MIKE CATT admits it will be "a massive ask" for England to upset the World Cup form book and defeat South Africa at the Stade de France tonight. Catt, 36 next Sunday, wears England's No 10 shirt for the first time since their 1999 Five Nations loss...
Ex-Head's Sex Acts in Front of His Pupils; Teacher Spared Jail
Byline: By MATT CASEY A FORMER headteacher who admitted performing sex acts in front of pupils has been spared jail. Patrick Nethercot exposed himself on school orienteering trips between 1978 and 1980. But his past came back to haunt him...
Father Slams Latest Claims over Maddy; Dad Says Accusations Are Ludicrous
Byline: By JOHN BROPHY GERRY McCann hit out today at "ludicrous accusations" he and his wife were involved in their daughter Maddy's death. The latest unconfirmed allegation is that tests on a liquid found in the family's hire car suggest she...
Football: BOBBY DAZZLER; Hundreds Queue to Meet the Football Legend during Rare Visit Home
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY NOT too many Manchester United stars could attract a queue on Tyneside. But then Sir Bobby Charlton is not just any Manchester United player. The Ashington-born football legend was on Tyneside yesterday to sign copies...
Football: Cards Are Just Super - Mac; United Legend Backs Chronicle's Superb New Toon Heroes Collection
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN FORMER Newcastle United striker Malcolm Macdonald says seeing your face on a football card gives players a special buzz. Supermac, who signed for Newcastle for pounds 180,000 in 1971 and who featured on our original...
Football: Emre Says Sorry after Press Attack
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE star Emre was today forced to make a public apology after losing his temper in Turkey's 3-0 win over Hungary in Istanbul, (writes LEE RYDER). The Toon midfielder - whose country's participation at Euro 2008 is far...
Football: Losing Not an Option
Byline: JAMES HUNTER DANNY COLLINS says Sunderland have to look at tomorrow's clash with Reading as an early 'must-win' game, (writes JAMES HUNTER). The Black Cats are fourthbottom and aiming to end a run of three Premiership defeats as they...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Reading Game
GORDON MABON MANY fans are saying our season starts here, with the next three matches being games where we will be looking to pick up at least five points. Some of our injured players may have recovered after the international break and those...
Football: Quinn: Our Debt to Hero Lan
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND chairman Niall Quinn believes Sunderland have Ian Porterfield and the rest of the class of 1973 to thank for sustaining the club through 34 barren years, (writes JAMES HUNTER). Porterfield, who died this week aged...
Football: Regrets? I Don't Have Any; Magpies Keeper Steve Harper Looks Back at the Highs and Lows of 14 Years in Toon
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE HARPER joined Newcastle United as a rookie kid during the halcyon Kevin Keegan era. But back in 1993 the Easington-born favourite - who started his footballing life as a striker could not have realised that 14 years...
Football: TAYLS OFFERED FAIR DEAL SAYS BIG SAM; We Won't Pay over the Odds - but I'm Still Hoping That We Can Agree Terms
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE UNITED boss Sam Allardyce has insisted he offered Steven Taylor a fair deal in the aftermath of the England Under-21 international's contract snub. Big Sam says he wants to keep the Toon defender on Tyneside -but...
Ford Unveils New Focus
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES FORD has lifted the lid on the new Ford Focus, which is set to arrive here from the beginning of next year. Initially there will be a choice of hatchback and estate body styles, with the coupe-cabriolet and ST models following...
Go Green and Save Your Cash
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON MOTORISTS are set to enjoy huge savings in the cost of keeping their cars on the road . New engines being developed to slash CO2 emissions will see huge improvements in fuel economy as well as lower tax charges. In...
Grief Goes on for Family; Murder Victim's Relatives' Sadness at Death of His Girlfriend
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON MURDERED Sean Ridley's grieving family have relived their nightmare after being told his partner has also died. Four years after Sean's killing outside his girlfriend's home in Sovereign Court, Elswick, Newcastle, Donna...
He Was a Little Battler and Didn't Want to Go; Premature Baby Loses Fight to Live
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON HE WAS the son of a soldier and battled for survival. But brave Jack Morgan Smith died only 12 days old after being born weighing barely a bag of sugar. He arrived 14 weeks premature and fought from the minute he...
Home Win Crucial for Black Cats
ROY KEANE says Sunderland's home form will be crucial to their Premiership prospects as the Black Cats prepare to take on Reading (writes JAMES HUNTER). The Black Cats are aiming to end a run of four straight defeats - three in the league and one...
How Geordie Street Humour Became a National Phenomenon
A new television series celebrating the history of British comics features the work of Viz, the million-selling comic started in a Newcastle bedroom. LIZ LAMB chats to its creators, Simon and Chris Donald, about its success RUDE, lewd and crude. That's...
How Will It Affect You?
WHY does the bank need the emergency cash? Northern Rock needs access to a greater flow of cash so that it can continue its business which is built around mortgages rather than customers savings. It raises most of the cash for its mortgages through...
Hyundai Ready to Battle the Big Boys; JOHN MURDOCH Drives the Hyundai I30. This Is His Verdict
Byline: JOHN MURDOCH IF you want to succeed, you have to think big. And this is the criteria being followed by Hyundai as it attempts to join the big boys. In a short time, the Korean car manufacturer has seen its fortunes transformed. Hyundai...
It's a Part of the Fabric of North East Life, Touching Thousands
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON NORTHERN Rock is no ordinary bank but part of the fabric of thousands of lives. Whether you do business with it or not, it touches most lives in the North East It not only is a massive employer but it sponsors almost...
I Would Never Do That to Him; Bigamy Accused Says She Didn't Trick Her Partner
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN A WOMAN accused of bigamy has told a jury she would never have staged a lavish wedding in her home town if she believed she was still married. Mother-of-three Angela Kelly and Gary Stockdale tied the knot in a glittering...
JUNK ROCK; Pupils Make Musical Instruments from Rubbish for Show
Byline: BY AMY HUNT Environnment reporter CHILDREN made music from waste to highlight how littering blights green spaces. Pupils from four Tyneside schools used rubbish to create their own instruments and compose a piece of music for a performance....
Killer Driver in Prison Warning; Man Who Wiped out Family of Four in Smash Faces Lengthy Sentence
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A DRIVER is facing jail after he admitted killing a Tyneside family of four in a horror smash. Scott Easton pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving in the crash which left...
LEST WE FORGET; War Veterans Make an Emotional Ferry Trip to Battle Site
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG IT is an emotional journey to a war reunion which almost never happened. But a party of Tyneside veterans and their families are on their way to Arnhem, in Holland, to commemorate the Second World War battle. We reported...
Life Story in Pictures
NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE photographs by tragic Yemi Sobo will be among thousands on show at a special exhibition. More than 5,000 pictures by the former photographer, along with others taken of him, will be showcased at the Smile event, being staged at...
Lift Lid on New Sporty Spider
Byline: By BILL McCARTHY IT'S Italian, has an historic sporting pedigree and is dropdead gorgeous. No, it's not a Ferrari, the Spider is a much better looking car. Not only are the looks stunning, it looks like Alfa Romeo has tackled build quality...
Long-Running Leek Show Gets the Chop; Contest Ditched Due to Lack of Interest
Byline: BY PETTER TAYLOR A MINING village's famous 80-year-old leek show has folded. Once the biggest show in the North East, the Cramlington Village leek show attracted entrants from far and wide. But organisers have decided to ditch the...
Love or Loathe It; Quality Car Oozes Power, Performance, Comfort and Luxury
IT may be true that the Range Rover Sport makes a few enemies along the way, but it's made a lifelong friend out of me! Fact, I can guarantee none of the anti-Heathrow- Airport-expansion protesters arrived in a Range Rover, and fact, if you turn up...
Making a New Friend; Airwaves THE PEOPLE'S VOICE Tony Horne in the Morning Is Now on Air Weekdays from 5am on Metro Radio and Sundays from 10am Metroradio
Byline: TONY HORNE IT'S always tricky in this job when you come face-to-face with people whom you have previously had a pop at on the radio. I learned this lesson almost a decade ago on Metro Radio when a frosty Jane McDonald arrived in Swalwell...
Music: Singer Makes a Splash; Fish Is Going Back to the Old Days When He Plays Newcastle Tonight. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR IT'S been two decades since Fish was a regular in the charts as frontman of rock band Marillion. Since then he's carved out a successful solo career as a singer songwriter, but it's the old stuff fans will be hearing most...
On the Mend; HORSE BLOOD HELPS TEENAGER RECOVERING FROM ILLNESS
Byline: By JANE PICKEN SLOWLY but surely, teenager Cara Heaney is recovering after doctors used products from animal blood to keep her alive. The 14-year-old, from Killingworth, was given antibodies drawn from animal's blood to kick-start her...
Part of the Fabric of North East Life
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON NORTHERN Rock is no ordinary bank but part of the fabric of thousands of lives. Whether you do business with it or not, it touches most lives in the North East It not only is a massive employer but it sponsors almost...
Party's over as Lads Pack Their Bags
IT'S the end of an era. Yes, the Carling Lads are packing away their tents after finishing their tour of the UK festivals circuit. They have kept us entertained over the summer with tales of hanging out with celebs and non-stop partying at festivals...
Plug It in and Go
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES VOLVO has developed a version of its C30 coupe with economy equivalent to virtually 125mpg. It uses individual electric wheel motors and batteries that can be charged via a standard household mains outlet. When fully charged...
Potty Driver Walks Free a Second Time; Dad Who Crashed in a Plaster Cast Breached Order
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY HE hit the headlines - and another car - when he tried to drive with his broken leg in plaster. Now harebrained Graeme Hampton has put himself back in the dock after breaching the community sentence which kept him out...
QE2 Doc Sails into Familiar Territory; North East Medic Serves Ship on Farewell Voyage
Byline: By LAURA CAROE AFTER securing a job aboard the world's most glamorous cruise ship, Beth Gregory-Smith thought she would travel the world in style. But Beth's maiden voyage in the luxury liner will take her only to the Tyne, just a few...
Rugby Union: Ward You Believe It's 200; Falcons Prop Micky Hits a Key Milestone
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL MICKY WARD cannot find anything run of the mill about settling into the old routine - even 200 games after he started. Wallsend-born Newcastle Falcons prop Ward is itching to take to the field for the start of the season...
Set Up with an Enjoyable Lunch; Eating out THE BADGER Street House, Ponteland, Newcastle. Tel: (01661) 867 931 ****
Byline: ANGELA UPEX WHENEVER I've visited Dobbies Garden Centre, I've always thought how quaint and inviting its neighbouring pub The Badger appears. So we decided to try it for Sunday lunch with the kids. On booking we were politely told reservations...
SHOULD DANGER DOG BREEDS BE BANNED? A SAVAGE Dog Attack on 11-Year-Old Elizabeth Sharp, Pictured Left, This Week Reopened the Debate on Whether More Dangerous Breeds Should Be Banned. ALASTAIR CRAIG Heard Both Sides of the Argument
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG FOR HELEN Sharp, mother of Elizabeth who was mauled by a Staffordshire bull terrier as she played near her Gateshead home. These dogs should not be allowed. You just have to look at my Elizabeth to see that. She's lucky...
Sky-High Salary for Airport Boss; Hunt Is on for Pounds 160,000 Chief Executive
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN A SKY-HIGH wage packet awaits the new boss of Newcastle Airport. The search for a new chief executive is on after the last one left under a cloud of controversy. And applicants are now being sought for the pounds 160,000-a-year...
SPOT WHICH ONE IS A WITCH! Pupils Turn Spy for Dahl Day
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter LESSONS in witch spotting are being taught at Seven Stories. Youngsters from Goathland Primary School, in Longbenton, were at Newcastle's Centre for Children's Books to celebrate the second annual Roald...
Stretched Limo to Thrill
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON IT'S 23-feet long, has a top speed of 170mph and is the only car of its kind in the world. The first stretched Ferrari will be making its public debut at the European Limousine and Chauffeur Show at Birmingham's NEC . ...
Swede Dreams at Only Pounds 529k
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON SWEDISH, sexy and one of only two models currently roaming the roads of Britain, a Koenigsegg CCX super car is up for sale on the online motoring site fish4cars.co.uk with a pounds 529,800 price tag. Topping the previous...
Swindler Hoarded Pounds 300,000 Nestegg; Benefits Cheat Was Sitting at Home with a Fortune
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA SHE had a nestegg of more than pounds 300,000 tucked away. But money grabbing Suzanne Lindsey was caught claiming thousands of pounds in benefit. Lindsey, 64, of North Shields, received an overpayment of council tax...
The Fastest Draw on the Film Set
AT TIMES, controversy used to follow Russell Crowe around like a bad smell. Be it in a New York hotel, where he was accused of assaulting an employee with a telephone back in 2005, or his infamous row with producer Malcolm Gerrie at the 2002 Bafta...
The Moment I Was Swept off My Feet; Ex-Fiancee of Murdered Photographer Remembers
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter FOURTEEN years ago, Heidi McGhie was looking to the future with her new fiance. Heidi was swept off her feet by Yemi Sobo when he staged an elaborate surprise proposal. Today, she looks back fondly to September...
Villian Interview Was Rare Insight; FEEDBACK
REMEMBER the 70s movie Westworld and the way Yul Bryner's deranged android Gunslinger was always one step ahead of his victim? Wherever the hapless Martin turns, Bryner's there waiting. I know just how he felt. This week, you lot have been my...
VW Jetta Makes a Come Back; MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW Drives the Volkswagen Jetta Sport 1.4 TSI Auto
EVER since the early 1970s, Volkswagen has enjoyed a love affair with the big-booted, Golfbased saloon car, the whole business being kick started by the VW Jetta. First introduced in Germany in 1979, the Jetta sold pretty well in Britain between...
We Are Rooting for Stars; Jazz, Blues and Roots
Byline: ALAN NICHOL THE success of the last two summer Americana festivals, promoted by The Sage Gateshead and the Jumpin' Hot Club, confirms just how strong the region's support for US roots-based music is. A whole range of acts, some familiar...
White Vans Going Green; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up the Week's Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES IT SOUNDS too daft to be true, but apparently the Government has sanctioned more than pounds 1 m of our money to train experienced van drivers in how to drive properly. Not surprisingly, the drivers are signing up in droves...
Woman Denies Court Bigamy Claims; Ex-Partner Set Me Up
Byline: By PAUL MCMILLAN A WOMAN accused of bigamy has told a jury she would never have staged a lavish wedding in her home town if she believed she was still married. Mother-of-three Angela Kelly and Gary Stockdale tied the knot in a glittering...
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