Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 9, 2008

A DAY IN THE LIFE; Working Life
Byline: David Old LISA Staples, 30, from Sunderland, works for tombola.co.uk, and deals with a range of duties including customer wins, queries and technical advice. 1pm: My working day is 4pm until 10pm and I work from my computer at home. ...
Agony as Girl, 10, Killed by Asthma; Tragedy of Popular Megan
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON SHE was a schoolgirl who touched so many hearts and today her family and friends are united in grief after she was so cruelly taken away. Ten-year-old Megan Wright died from asthma at the weekend. And now her devastated...
All You Need to Know Is Going Online; Region's Very Own Archive
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON A NEW website featuring every aspect of the North East has been launched and Chronicle readers can help develop its future. Wikinortheast.co.uk is a contemporary online archive about the North East of England, covering...
A New Life for Tribute to War Heroes; Stolen Plaques to Be Replaced
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A WAR memorial erected in honour of fallen heroes from Tyneside shipyards is being restored after it was targeted by thieves. The work will take place at the Grade II listed monument in Wallsend, North Tyneside, which...
Anger at Lack of Talks on Clinics; PUBLIC URGED TO OBJECT
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter SHADOW Health Minister Andrew Lansley visited the North East where he slammed plans to build polyclinics in the region. Mr Lansley was at Hexham General Hospital, in Northumberland, yesterday to address doctors...
Angling: Head North for Best Sea Sport; HOOKED SEA ANGLING
Byline: By SAM HARRIS NORTH of Newbiggin has been the best area over the last few days for fish. Paul Dixon used ragworm to take three fish from Lyneburn for a total of 14lb. His best weighed 10lb 4oz. Darren Smith of the Longbenton and Seaton...
Angling: Mystery Rod Lands a Massive Salmon; HOOKED FRESHWATER ANGLING
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK THE River Tyne has produced two huge salmon in the past week or so. A 33lb salmon was landed on the Bywell beat, but unfortunately I have no name for the captor. The second massive fish was a 30lb salmon caught by NERAC...
Athletics: A Great North Debut from Ace Rebecca; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK IT WAS Rebecca Robinson's first attempt at a half-marathon - and it turned out to be a very successful one. The 25-year-old Kendal athlete, now living on Tyneside, could not have picked a harder challenge than the Great...
Athletics: Harriers to Fore on Award Night; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: BY BILL McGUIRK A GOLDEN awards evening at Newcastle- Gateshead Hilton went off with lots of fizz, thanks to the input of sponsors Heidsieck Monopole champagne. It was the second such gettogether hosted by England Athletics North East...
Baby Died from Lack of Oxygen after Home Birth; PARENTS QUESTION WHY PARAMEDICS WEREN'T CALLED EARLIER
Byline: By LAURA CAROE A MUM wept as she relived the death of her newborn baby. Indah Lily Lomax Young died from lack of oxygen minutes after she was born in her parents' home, in Gosforth, Newcastle. Mum Samantha Lomax, who had an uncomplicated...
Bard's Tale Is Full of Dark Comedy; VICTORIA WATSON Reviews the Merchant of Venice, in Repertoire with the RSC at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle until October 25
IT'S a common belief that it's easy to perform Shakespeare's work badly. Once again though, the RSC have avoided that pitfall and their wonderful interpretation looks completely natural. With an accomplished cast, this dark comedy flourishes...
Bates Men in Euro Quest
NEWCASTLE Falcons have named a strong side for Saturday's European Challenge Cup opener against Spanish champions Cetransa El Salvador. All Black props Carl Hayman and Joe McDonnell both pack down for the match at Kingston Park (kick-off 6.30pm),...
Battle of Babes; WE'RE PUTTING YOUR BONNY BAIRNS IN THE FRAME Baby Idol 2008
Byline: By LIZ WALKER EVERY proud parent thinks their baby's the bonniest and now the Chronicle is giving you the chance to prove it. Our annual search for the cutest smile in the region is back with the launch of Baby Idol 2008. We've teamed...
Bleak Future for Music Festival Firm; CREDITORS AND CHARITIES LOSE OUT AS COMPANY GOES BUST
Byline: By KERRY WOOD THE company behind a city's massive music festival this summer has gone bust, owing thousands of pounds. Creditors currently left out of pocket by Future Perfect Festivals Ltd include Durham Police, Durham University and...
Bonfire Night Safety Award Winner; Working Life
Byline: David Old A CAMPAIGN to keep fireworks night safe has won a national award. Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service won best Integrated Campaign in the 2008 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence Awards for the campaign...
Brain Op Is My Last Hope for a Normal Life; WOMAN TO HAVE PIONEERING SURGERY TO CURE HEADACHES
Byline: By DAVID OLD A WOMAN is looking to pioneering brain surgery to ease her chronic headaches. Julia Marsh-Pitt has been to London to see specialists to discuss the operation which would involve surgeons inserting cables into her brain while...
Business Booms for Web Wizard; TEENAGE ENTREPRENEUR IN LINE FOR ACHIEVERS' AWARD
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter A TYNESIDE entrepreneur has been nominated for the Chronicle's Young Achiever Awards. Jonathan Grubin is one of the region's youngest businessmen, having set up the for Free 4U network in January 2005,...
Chandler Aims to Recreate Hillheads FA Cup Magic
Byline: By LEE RYDER WHITLEY Bay manager Ian Chandler feels the Seahorses' FA Cup adventure could still be in its infancy - if his exciting attacking threesome get their teeth sunk into UniBond Premier League outfit Nantwich Town on Saturday. ...
Day the North Stood Silent; How United Fans Were Left Devastated by the Sad Demise of a True Gentleman of the Game
Byline: JOHN GIBSON looks back to Wor Jackie on the 20th anniversary of the Toon legend's death REGIONAL SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR HE WAS Geordie royalty, a giant of a man so loved he was the very heartbeat of a city which was consumed by grief at...
Detective Was Drug Baron's Inside Man, Claims Henchman; MAN DENIES LYING IN A BID TO FRAME POLICEMAN
THE henchman of gangland killer Allan Foster has told a police corruption trial he is not lying to "bring a copper down". Steven Bevens is serving a life sentence for his role in Foster's murder of "lieutenant" David "Noddy" Rice. He has told...
Disco Has Residents Dancing with Anger; FEARS OVER NOISE LIMIT FOR VENUE
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG THEY'RE not exactly dancing in the street. Residents around the Mansion House in Jes-mond, Newcastle, are campaigning to block a bid to hold discos in the historic venue. Plans to extend dancing at the official residence...
Don't Ask Us to Sign Crime Policy Blind; ROW OVER CIVIC CENTRE STRATEGY
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL bosses are under fire over a delay in publishing a strategy document setting out plans to tackle crime and disorder. A row has blown up after members of the Liberal Democrat-run city council were...
Double Challenge in Tribute to Relatives; MAN TAKES ON COAST-TO-COAST TREK THEN GREAT NORTH RUN
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG HE TREKKED more than 80 miles just to make it to the start line of the Great North Run. Intrepid fundraiser Craig Thompson walked and ran more than 90 miles from the West to East coast in honour of two relatives stricken...
Exactly How Did She Get Drugs? QUESTIONS ABOUT GIRL'S DEATH REMAIN UNANSWERED
Byline: By LAURA CAROE MISSING moments in the life of a girl hold the secret of her death, an inquest heard. What happened in the time leading to Rochelle Rushford's end from drugs in a high-rise flat may never be known. But what is known,...
FAT'LL DO NICELY; Actor Piles on the Pounds to Play Film Great Fatty Arbuckle
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG HE'S just landed his biggest role yet - literally. Actor Steve Gladstone has always dreamed of starring on stage, and now he's doing it the 'Broadway'. He will play legendary Hollywood heavyweight Fatty Arbuckle in...
Football: DOWN UNDER AND OUT; Viduka Faces 6 Months on the Injured List If Op Fears Prove Correct
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE UNITED fear their Aussie striker Mark Viduka could be on the sidelines "for a minimum of six months" because of his problem Achilles tendon injury. That was the grim news from interim manager...
Football: Pascal Looks for Les Bleus Return; Cats Defender's International Hopes
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER PASCAL CHIMBONDA hopes his move to Sunderland will re-ignite his international career. The French defender has won one cap for his country - almost two-and-a-half years ago - but has not figured for Les Bleus since, although...
Football: The Feelgood Factor Is Back in Toon: Joe
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR believes there is now a "buzz" about Newcastle United after they way they came back from being two goals down to force a 2- 2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park last Sunday. Even though...
Football: United Will Fly the Flag Once Again; Howey: Toon Heroes Can Star for Three Lions
Byline: By LEE RYDER FORMER Newcastle United and England defender Steve Howey is confident his old side will have players in the England squad in the near future. While United fans certainly put club before country, most players are honoured...
Fortune Teller's Brighter Future; GYPSY CARAVAN DISAPPEARS FOR PAINT JOB
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THIS fortune teller baffled shoppers when her iconic traditional caravan was missing from Newcastle's Bigg Market. Angeline Lee's colourful horse drawn gypsy carriage has been a familiar site in the city centre for the...
Gem of a Cash Deal Is Agreed
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE Diamonds' sponsors Sapphire Engineering (NE) Limited have signed up for two more years with the Bykerbased club. Delighted Diamonds' bosses Darryl Illingworth and George English cannot wait to get started on...
Give It Some Welly; Kind-Hearted Pupils Wear Wellington Boots for a Day to Raise Cash for Children at Flood-Hit Nursery Top Class
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR CARING youngsters have been raising money to help tots whose North East nursery was devastated by flooding. Girls at Newcastle Church High, Jesmond, were inspired to help after discovering their facilities and equipment...
Great-Gran Lay Dead for Nine Days Just Yards from Home; Coroner Blasts Police Efforts
Byline: By LIZ WALKER CONFUSED, shivering and alone, great-gran Beatrice Johnson perished on a winter's night after wandering just yards from her home. Despite a major police search, her body was not found until nine days later by a neighbour...
Heart of Estate; Community Group Bids for Wish Tokens
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON IT has blossomed into a thriving social group at the heart of the community. Benton Estate Community Group has expanded from its base in one house, to take up five bungalows where residents meet every day. And now they...
Home Visits; Region's Tourist Attractions See a Boom in Numbers
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG NORTH East visitor attractions are booming. Cragside House and Gardens near Rothbury, Northumberland, saw an increase of 80% in visitor numbers in the last year. And the popularity of historic sites, galleries and...
How Can We Back a Crime Blueprint We Haven't Seen? Council in Row over Strategy
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL bosses are under fire over a delay in publishing a strategy document setting out plans to tackle crime and disorder. A row has blown up after members of the Liberal Democrat-run city council were...
Insight from an Author Who Was Born to Write; Former Children's Laureate Gives Pupils Tips on Writing
CHILDREN from across the North East have been given a masterclass in writing fiction from an awardwinning author. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo visited Seven Stories, the centre for children's books, in Newcastle, yesterday to share...
It's Torture Day after Day. Every Day I'm Just Willing Him, Please Get Better; Anguish of Attack Victim's Mum
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON HE cannot move or speak, but Karl Bulman's family know he is fighting to regain full consciousness. The 24-year-old was robbed of his bright future when he was left brain-damaged in a brutal early evening pub attack. ...
I Went Back to College for My Girl; Hard-of-Hearing Daughter Kick-Started Mum's Career
Byline: By DAVID OLD Industrial Reporter MUM-OF-SEVEN Amanda Thompson carved herself out a new career after discovering her daughter could become deaf. The 35-year-old decided to go back to college when she was told 10-year-old Imogen could lose...
Jefferson Charge Heads for Success on a Plate
MALCOLM JEFFERSON believes Cape Tribulation is a potential Northumberland Plate winner following his lastgasp victory at Nottingham. The four-year-old gelding got up in the shadow of the post to deny market leader Mubrook by a head in division two...
JIMENEZ LEAVES TOON; United Vice-President Exits St James's
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer CONTROVERSIAL vice-president Tony Jimenez has left Newcastle United. But the word from inside St James's Park is that this in no way means that Kevin Keegan will be returning as manager. But this...
JURY TOLD OF MANAGER'S HELL AS HE WAS TARGETED; Accused of Animal Rights Campaign
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A HATE campaign was waged against companies linked to animal testing, a court heard. Trevor Holmes is among five standing trial for allegedly blackmailing firms connected to Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridge. It is...
Kiwis to Face Roaring Lions
ENGLAND Lions will tour New Zealand in February and March next year as part of a reciprocal agreement which will see New Zealand A touring England in 2010. The tour includes two games against New Zealand Emerging Players as well as two four-day...
Last Farewell; CROWDS GATHER TO WAVE OFF FAMOUS QE2 LINER
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THOUSANDS of people gathered on the banks of the Tyne last night to wave farewell to a floating legend. Fireworks lit up the sky as the luxury liner QE2 embarked on her final voyage before she becomes a floating hotel in...
Mouse on His Marks; Success for Fun-Runner
Byline: By DAVID OLD Industrial Reporter AHUGE mouse was seen pounding the streets in a bid to raise cash for a children's charity. Super-fit Richard March, 40, business development manager at Kavli, the company behind Primula Cheese, had been...
Notes from a Chancellor; Praise for Durham in New Book
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter AUTHOR Bill Bryson is best known for writing about his globe-trotting adventures. But in his latest book, he is heaping praise on a world heritage site much closer to home - Durham. Published today,...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP TELL you what like, we don't 'arf take fings for graaanted. It is so easy to slip into a comfort zone, where your life becomes a routine and you simply get used to all the home comforts you have. Worse still, it seems human...
Oil Inquiry Draws Blank; INVESTIGATORS CAN'T PIN DOWN SOURCE OF DEADLY SLICK
Byline: By LAURA CAROE INVESTIGATORS have been unable to find the source of an oil slick that killed dozens of seabirds. The stricken birds were found on beaches stretching from Roker, in Sunderland, and Amble, Northumberland, after they became...
Parent to Parent
Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON AS SCHOOLCHILDREN count down to their halfterm break, it can be a difficult time for parents, particularly when bringing up children alone. Complicated childcare arrangements, financial pressures and trying to keep bored...
Professor Science
DEAR Professor Science, what does DNA do? Deoxyribonudeic acid, or DNA for short, is a chemical found inside the cells of living things. Strands of DNA are shaped like a twisted ladder that we call a double helix. Each strand is made up of smaller...
Raving Mad for Rant Job; Council Role Is Popular
Byline: By LIZ WALKER MORE than 100 people applied for a controversial council job that requires them to soak up angry abuse from the public several times a day. Recruiters at Newcastle City Council were left red-faced after the Chronicle highlighted...
Rio's on Hunt for England Honours
ENGLAND captain John ' Terry is a major doubt for England's World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan on Saturday - meaning Rio Ferdinand could get the chance to lead his country once again. Ferdinand, who admits he will consider his England career a...
Royalist Is Supreme
MICHAEL JARVIS can do little wrong at present and appears to have found Royalist a winning opportunity in the Kent Land Reclamation Handicap at Lingfield. The Newmarket handler has by some distance enjoyed his best season for a few years with winners...
Sentence Is like Another Knife in Our Hearts; KILLER'S JAIL TERM SLASHED
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG OUR family have been knifed through the heart again. Those are the heartbroken words of Alison Madgin today as she battles to accept the cut in sentence won by her daughter's murderer. As reported on the Chronicle's...
Sky's the Limit, Says Legend TJ
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN EAGLES icon TJ Walker has claimed the current crop of stars at Newcastle have the potential to be the greatest team ever assembled by the club. Speaking exclusively to the Chronicle, the legendary Walker, who captained...
Smacking Ban Gets No Votes; RELIGIOUS GROUP WELCOMES REJECTION
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter A BID to ban parents from smacking their children has failed to secure a vote in the House of Commons. Despite criticisms from children's charities, the rejection has been welcomed by a Tyneside religious...
Tackling the Deadly Threat of Fireworks; Bonfire Night Safety Drive
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY THEY are potentially deadly in the wrong hands. But in less than one week's time hundreds of shops across Tyneside will be selling fireworks. In the run-up to Bonfire Night, on November 5, police, firefighters and...
Thunder Double Signing Swoop
GATESHEAD Thunder have completed a double signing swoop in the southern hemisphere. The National League Two champions have landed Aussie half-back Luke Branighan and former Fiji Bati prop Puna Rasaubale. Branighan started his professional career...
Transplant Unit Will Cost Pounds 26m; FUNDS PLAN TO BE DRAWN UP
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON THE race is on to find funding for a pounds 26m transplant unit. Health bosses have given the green light to build a world-leading swap-op unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital. Surgeons are hoping to perform twice as...
Vent Your Spleen
THIS weekend it was reported that Gordon Brown was giving pounds 12bn for the EU. Why? Is it to save German and French savings? Why not guarantee the savings in Britain? He's also giving pounds 120m for prisons, plenty of money around. Why...
Viduka May Miss I Up to Six Months
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United fear their Aussie striker Mark Viduka could be on the sidelines "for a minimum of six months" because of his problem Achilles tendon injury. That was the grim news from interim manager...
Walking on the Toon; Sting Set for Return to North East to Unveil River Portrait
Byline: By SARA NICHOL GEORDIE superstar Sting is making a trip home to his native North East. The Wallsend-born musician is set to unveil a stunning new painting of the Tyne at Newcastle's Laing Art Gallery. Painted by one of America's top...
Wilson Hits out as Rival's Ban Is Reduced
Byline: By LEE RYDER ROB Wilson today vented his anger after Steve Thornton's suspension was reduced to just four games after his crazy stick attack on Andre Payette last month. The Belfast Giants player coach was initially banned for nine games...
Women Launch Magazine to Help Parents of Seriously-Ill Children; Mums Share the Burden
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter TWO mothers whose children suffer from heart defects have written a magazine to help others in a similar situation. Claire Mooney, 30, and Nicola Whinham, 34, know what it's like to watch their young child...
YOUR CASH AT RISK; North East Councils Wait to Find out about Millions of Pounds Invested in Failed Icelandic Banks
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor MILLIONS of North East council taxpayers' cash in Icelandic banks could be at risk. Among those exposed is Northumberland County Council which is understood to have around pounds 16m in two Icelandic banks,...
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