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 November 2, 2007

Abortion Law Change Fears; Medic Calls for More Research into Long-Term Impact on Mums' Health
Byline: By SUNDARI SANKAR A SENIOR Tyneside doctor has condemned a parliamentary report on the future of the UK abortion law. Chris Richards, consultant pediatrician at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, said he is disappointed with its...
Also Showing; Cinema
THE LOOKOUT (15) Award-winning screenwriter Scott Frank makes a seamless transition to director with his own ingenious creation. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is mesmerising as the hero haunted by misdeeds of the past, and he shares great rapport with Jeff...
An Individual Take; the Volkwagon Eos Cabriolet 'S First Aniversary
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES VOLKSWAGEN'S Eos coupe cabriolet marked its first anniversary in the UK with the introduction of a new range-topping trim level, the Eos Individual. Based on the Sport version, it gets new interior and exterior styling...
A Pioneer of Reggae Revolution; Jazz, Blues and Roots/classical
Byline: ALAN NICHOL THE run-up to this month's Boss Sounds Reggae Festival allows a little time to focus on some of the key performers in this, the third internationally-renowned gathering in Newcastle. The genesis of the Caribbean music, from...
AT A HAPPY ENDING; Chronicle Appeal Helps Far-Flung Family Find Resting Place for Mother
Byline: By LIZ WALKER WINNIFRED Rogerson's dying wish was to be laid to rest in her home town of Newcastle. And now not only is her last request to be fulfilled, she will also be buried alongside her long-lost late mother. Finding a suitable...
Audi Reveals Metro
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES AUDI has revealed a new sub-compact car that is destined to become its new entry-level model within a couple of years . Currently code-named Metro but likely to be known as the Audi A1, it will be a rival for the BMW 1...
BMW Is All Set to Unveil Coupe; ROBIN ROBERTS Assesses the BMW-1 Series Coupe. This Is His Verdict
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS A SUBTLE reshaping of the compact premium market will begin at the end of this month when the BMW 1-Series Coupe goes on sale in Britain. The latest "halo" version of the 1 - Series, so successful for BMW and which will...
Call a Halt to This Nonsense on Haltwhistle! THE PEOPLE'S VOICE Airwaves
Byline: TONY HORNE Events move at such a pace that my original plan to spill the backstage beans from my interview with Mick Hucknall on Monday seems old news now. If you missed it, there's an issue between him and Jonathan Ross. Fast-forward...
Drive Home Safety Advice; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up the Week's Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES WHEN I was a lad did about a dozen different jobs in order to earn money to save up to buy a car when I was old enough to drive. I did a paper round in the morning and evening and washed cars at weekends. On Saturdays...
Farewell to Italia and Viva Espagne; PEPITO 32 Pudding Chare, Newcastle Tel: 0191 230 0821 *** Eating Out
Byline: GORDON BARR I HAVE dined at these premises for more years than I should probably admit. Over that time, though, the venue has changed hands and names on several occasions. First it was Sole Mio, then The Italian Job, then Casa Italia...
Football: Big Jack Marks End of an Era; Club Bids Farewell to Ground
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR SOCCER legend Jack Charlton is to pull down the final curtain on a nonleague football club's 100-year association with its beloved turf. Big Jack has been lined up as guest speaker at a sportsman's dinner at Ashington...
Honda Jazz Is Just Music to the Ears; Supermini That Took the British Small Car Market by Storm MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW Takes to the Road in the Jazz, Honda's Little Big Car. This Is His Verdict
Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW TRADITIONALLY, small cars make up the busiest part of the new car market. While many makes and models compete in the competitive city car and supermini sector, it usually takes something really special to make the top...
I Spy Perfect 10; Hyundai Confident New Car Will Increase Its Market Share
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON THE second wave of Hyundai's long-term assault on the new car market is underway - and the Korean producer believes it will result in a sales bonanza. Hot on the heels of Ford Focus rival the i30 hatchback comes the Hyundai...
Italian Stallion Is a Knockout
Byline: By HARRIET RIDLEY FIRST Ferrari lands the Formula One championship, then Ducati wins MotoGP. Next, Aprilia launches a groundbreaking motorcycle-come-scooter. Is there any stopping these Italians? Aprilia's Mana 850 was first unveiled...
It's Gray, but Far from Dull; Pop David Gray Is in Newcastle Next Week, Ahead of a Greatest Hits CD. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Takes a Look at His Career
Byline: GORDON BARR SINGER songwriter David Gray starts a UK tour in Newcastle next week. The gig - at the Carling Academy on Tuesday - comes the day after the release of his latest single, The World To Me, taken from his forthcoming Greatest Hits...
I Was Told My Lovely Husband Had Been Poisoned; Russian Claim Briton Was Killed Added to Heartache
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON IT could be the plot from a spy film. Grieving wife Beryl Nattrass found herself in a Russian wrangle triggered by a mystery murder investigation into her husband's death. When foreign authorities said Charles Allen...
Love-Split Man's Fury; Firefighter Harassed Estranged Wife and Damaged Property
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A LONG-SERVING firefighter subjected his estranged wife to a campaign of harassment. Paul Thompson was arrested in July following a final bust-up with his wife of five years Paula Thompson. The 43-year-old crew manager...
Man, 75, Groped Teen in Centre's Toilets; Male Metro Worker Also Targeted
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A SLEAZY pensioner who groped a teenager and propositioned a male Metro official has been sent for sex offender treatment. Robert Taylor, who is hard of hearing and walks with a stick, staged the first attack at the Gateshead...
Minx Lost Its Magic; CLASSIC CARS
Byline: IAN JOHNSON Hillman Minx THERE are some great British marques missing in today's car market and many include the conglomeration of brands under the Rootes Group banner. These included Singer, Sunbeam, Humber and that other great name,...
Modern Take on 1940s Farce Is a Let-Down; DEATH AT A FUNERAL (15, 90 Mins) Comedy/Drama. Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Graves, Jane Asher, Keeley Hawes, Daisy Donovan, Alan Tudyk, Ewen Bremner, Kris Marshall, Andy Nyman, Peter Vaughan, Peter Dinklage, Peter Egan. Director: Frank Oz. *** Cinema
FRANK Oz's very British black comedy of secrets from beyond the grave harks back to glorious farces of the 1940s and 50s, with a distinctly modern sensibility: narcotic-fuelled hallucinations, gratuitous nudity and illicit sexual dalliances. Upper...
On the Way out, but Still a Bargain; STEVE HUGHES Drives the Renault Laguna 175 GT and Found It Boasts an Unusual Combination of Outstanding Economy and Performance
Byline: STEVE HUGHES FOR those in search of the car with everything there is one in Renault's former Laguna lineup that is hard to beat. It is the Laguna 175 GT, which is included in the previous-generation hatchback and Sport Tourer body styles...
Powerful Portraval; Cinema ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE (12A, 114 Mins) Drama. Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Samantha Morton, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Hollander, Abbie Cornish, Eddie Redmayne, Jordi Molla, Adam Godley. Director: Shekhar Kapur. ****
WHEN Gwyneth Paltrow sobbed her little heart out as she accepted the 1999 Academy Award for Best Actress In A Leading Role, a more deserving winner sat serenely in the audience, smiling politely for the cameras. Cate Blanchett should have been standing...
Sex Attacker May Escape Deportation; Court Told of Asylum Bid
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A CHILD molester facing deportation could yet stay on Tyneside after a court heard he was previously granted asylum in the UK. Stefan Terkely fled the Czech Republic after being convicted of sexual assaulting a 10-year-old...
SHAMELESS FLY-TIPPING PAIR NOW FACE JAIL SENTENCES; Men Who Pocketed Thousands from a Major Dumping Racket Caught on Camera
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter LOBBING waste from their wagon, this is the moment a pair of roguerag and bone men were caught in the act. John McLaughin and Ian Dixon are today facing jail for running a regionwide flytipping racket which...
Take the Course for Great Comedy; Theatre Brendan O'Carroll Is Famed for Playing Mrs Brown. before Her, Though, There Was the Course, Which Is at the Journal Tyne Theatre Next Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Gets the Low-Down
Byline: GORDON BARR PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude, and there's little doubting audiences at the Journal Tyne Theatre will be leaving the venue with just that next week. The Course - centred on PMA - is there from Monday and it was Brendan...
Time Zone Switch Vital; Campaign Calls for Move That Would Save Lives on the Road
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES NATIONAL road safety charity Brake is calling on the Government to abolish the UK's "archaic" time zone system and adopt Central European Time to save lives on the roads. Brake says that by switching to Central European...
Tonka Toy Is a Real Bargain; EDWARD STEPEHENS Finds the Kia Sorento to Be a Big, Chunky Off-Roader with All the Bells and Whistles You Will Ever Need
Byline: EDWARD STEPEHENS THERE'S a lot of competition when it comes to large 4x4s, but far too many are out of most people's price range. Examine the market carefully and you will find off-roaders that are positively bargains compared to some...
Top Bravery Award for Rescue Pair; Firefighters Who Plunged into Tyne to Save Drowning Man Are Honoured
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor TWO firefighters who plunged into the Tyne to save a man from drowning are to receive top bravery awards. The man had fallen into the river when firefighters Kyle Jacobson and Stephen Jackson risked their...
Vampire Movie Has an Ice Twist; Cinema 30 DAYS OF NIGHT (15,113 Mins) Horror/thriller. Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Mark Rendall, Ben Foster, Manu Bennett, Mark Boone Junior, Joel Tobeck, Elizabeth McRae, Megan Franich, Andrew Stehlin. Director: David Slade. ***
SPARE a thought for the lonely plight of vampires. These tormented souls are cursed to loiter in shadows, walking the earth for all eternity while the people they love grow old and die. Persecuted and misunderstood, these creatures of the night...
VW Joins Space Race; STEVE HUGHES Looks at a New City-Car-Cum-Supermini
Byline: STEVE HUGHES VOLKSWAGEN has revealed another version of its next generation of city-car-cum-supermini, which will be on sale within a couple of years. Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, its spacious interior features four individual seats,...
We've Seen It All before; Cinema SAW IV (18, 92 Mins) Horror/Thriller. Lyriq Bent, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Athena Karkanis, Tobin Bell, Betsy Russell, Donnie Wahlberg, Dina Meyer, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen. Director: Darren Lynn Bousman. **
FROM the moment a digital clock ominously begins to tick down the seconds, it's clear that Saw IV, the latest viscera-drenched puzzle in the series, is a film concerned with time. There is the shortness of time (90 minutes) for a detective to play...
Where to Enjoy Safe Fireworks
Byline: By LAURA CAROE IN THE coming days thousands of people will attend bonfire night displays. Safety is the key at all parties and, as every year, everyone is being urged to follow the Firework Code and make sure the night passes without...
You've Got to Love This Crazy Game; DVDs/games
Byline: GARY BECKWITH TITLE: King of Clubs FORMAT: PS2 PUBLISHER: Oxygen Games PRICE: pounds 24.99 IF like me, after a while of playing Tiger Woods golf games, you start to wish you could have a bit more fun and not get punished for...
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