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 October 10, 2008

Al Qaeda Targeted Me with Boiling Oil; ROBBER'S POWDER KEG PRISON ATTACK
Byline: By TOM MULLEN FLESH peels from the face of an armed robber caught up in a powder keg prison al Qaeda revenge attack. Malcolm Cruddas suffered horrifying injuries when terrorist Omar Khyam poured a pan of boiling chip fat over his head...
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HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE (15) The misadventures of a hapless British writer who unexpectedly finds himself at the centre of New York's social whirl. Simon Pegg is a most dislikable anti-hero - he grates from the very first smug...
A Spasmodic Will to Run. THE PEOPLE'S VOICE TONY HORNE IN THE MORNING Love Him? Hate Him? YOU DECIDE!
Byline: TONY HORNE THIS weekend I am doing nothing. I am still sore after the Bupa Great North Run, and the events of last weekend meant I didn't actually have one. I say still sore. Ironically, I wasn't on Monday or Tuesday. It just kicked in...
Bay Chief Is the Man with a Plan; Chandler Targets an Upset
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT MANAGER Ian Chandler, who has successfully guided Whitley Bay through four FA Cup ties so far this season, has a plan for Nantwich Town when they visit Hillheads tomorrow in the third qualifying round. "I watched them...
Bloodbath of World Shares; FTSE Slump Follows Heavy Losses in Asia
THE FTSE 100 Index slumped by as much as 10% today as global recession fears rocked world markets. London's slide below the 4000 barrier came after similar heavy losses for investors in Asia and on Wall Street last night. The Footsie later steadied,...
Bus Packed with Smiles; COMIC IS RAISING LAUGHS AND CASH
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON HE'S a North East legend with a big heart and comedian Bobby Pattinson is raising smiles among special needs youngsters at a school facing closure. Bobby has set his sights high as he raises pounds 23,000 to buy pupils...
Car Is Again Way to Travel; STEVE HUGHES Rounds Up the Week's Motoring News in a Nutshell
Byline: STEVE HUGHES MOTORISTS are using their cars more than ever before in a bid to save cash. Despite the credit crunch and soaring cost of fuel, the remarkable scale of Britain on the move is shown in the latest visitor attractions figures....
Casualties as Crunch Bites; THOUSANDS LOSE THEIR JOBS AS NORTH EAST COMPANIES ARE HIT BY FINANCIAL SQUEEZE
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor THOUSANDS of jobs have been lost in the North East as struggling companies are hit by the credit crunch, the Chronicle can reveal today. The main impact so far has been on the construction industry as house...
Clean Sweep for Car Buyers
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON A NEW breed of super-eco car is set to save motorists pounds at the pump. A credit-crunch-busting scenario, unveiled in Paris by the world's top auto-makers, will see those who opt for the latest green machines reap the...
Coach So Proud of Shay after Early-Season Blitz; with United Facing Four Penalties Already This We Take a Look at the Art of Saving Spot-Kicks How Given Has Been Spot On
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United goalkeeping coach Paul Barron has praised Shay Given for keeping his head up despite having to face a spate of early-season penalties. Given found himself on the spot for the fourth...
Councils Have Pounds 38m at Risk in Iceland
TAXPAYERS are facing potentially huge losses as a result of deposits totalling pounds 38m by North East councils in collapsed Icelandic banks. The scale of the problem was revealed today as the UK and Iceland governments argued about help for customers...
Danny Puts United before His Country
Byline: By LEE RYDER DANNY GUTHRIE has vowed to put Newcastle United first despite being under serious consideration for next summer's Under-21 European Championships. The Toon midfielder will not be part of Stuart Pearce's England squad to face...
Dirty Bomb Plotter First Victim
DIRTY bomb plotter Dhiren Barot was horribly burned in a boiling oil attack just months before Cruddas. Indian-born Barot was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 30 years, for planning to plant radioactive, chemical or toxic gas bombs and pack...
Fan Tastic Day; Poorly Youngsters Enjoy a Visit from the Fa Cup
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter A CHANCE to hold the FA Cup brought smiles to the faces of sick children at a Tyneside hospital. Newcastle Blue Star's Jamie McClen and Matt Thompson of Newcastle Falcons proudly took the Cup to the Royal...
Farman Set for Blyth Debut between Sticks; AS SIX TEAMS BID TO MAKE IT ONE STEP AWAY FROM FIRST ROUND
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans will hand a debut to former Newcastle United Academy goalkeeper Paul Farman in tomorrow's FA Cup third qualifying round tie at injury-hit Buxton. The youngster replaces stand-in shot-stopper Gareth Powell...
Fashion: Frocks for Festivities; It's the Run Up to the Festive Season and the Shops Are Starting to Stock Up on Party Wear. LIZ LAMB Brings You an Exclusive Peek at What Oasis Has to Offer
Byline: LIZ LAMB EVERY girl needs a new frock for Christmas. Think of all the socialising you have to do. There's the work Christmas party, nights out with the girls, family get-togethers and New Year's Eve celebrations. An outfit or two for...
Feel-Good Bunny Fun
THE HOUSE BUNNY (12A, 97 mins) Comedy. Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Lauren Hill, Kellan Rhude, Kiely Williams, Monet Mazur, Rumer Willis, Colin Hanks, Katharine McPhee, Beverly D'Angelo ***** BLESSED with a tour-de-force performance...
Fit for a Thai King
Byline: GORDON BARR JUST over two years ago we went on a memorable trip to Thailand. We enjoyed the fantastic Thai hospitality - it is the Land of Smiles, after all - the stupendous scenery and the country's famous cuisine. Since that visit,...
Football: Carr: Do Your Homework and You Can Become a Hero; with United Facing Four Penalties Already This We Take a Look at the Art of Saving Spot-Kicks How Given Has Been Spot On
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United's legendary shot-stopper Kevin Carr admits that keepers have nothing to lose when it comes to spot-kicks - but revealed only those who do their homework emerge as the heroes. Carr was renowned for his penalty...
Fortune Will Favour Brave; A Brave STEVE ORME Takes to the Road in the Funky Little Daihatsu Materia
Byline: STEVE ORME RUGBY legends recently gathered to raise pounds 1.1m for British service personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's difficult to imagine legends of Premiership soccer staging a similar benefit to the Help for Heroes match....
Gangster Took DC out - Claim; CHAUFFEUR TELLS COURT OF NIGHT SPENT AT LONDON HOTSPOTS
A HIGH-CLASS limousine chauffeur has told a court how he took two "well-dressed gentlemen" to Stringfellows and posh bars in London. Prosecutors claim these two men were gangster Allan Foster and police officer John Jones, who was allegedly being...
George Backing for Cats Forward
SUNDERLAND defender George McCartney McCartney has complete faith in his team-mate David Healy breaking his World Cup duck for Northern Ireland sooner rather than later. Healy is waiting to get off the mark after scoring a record 13 goals in the...
Giving Children a Better Future; RETIRED TEACHER SETS UP MOBILE SCHOOL
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter EDUCATION has been compulsory in this country for more than 140 years. But for millions of children around the world, it is still a luxury. In the Mae Sot region of Burma, there are more than 8,000...
Going Deeper Underground
CITY OF EMBER (PG, 94 mins) Family/Drama. Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, Toby Jones, Tim Robbins, Mackenzie Crook, Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Liz Smith, Amy & Catherine Quinn ***** AS THE spectre of nuclear war...
GYM'LL FIX IT; Youngsters Work out at First Mini Fitness Centre
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter CHILD obesity? It is hoped this gym'll fix it. A mini gym designed to get the region's youngsters in tip-top shape has opened its doors. The gym - the first of its kind in Newcastle - has been designed...
Hulk Crushes His Co-Stars
THE INCREDIBLE HULK (Cert 12, 107 mins, Universal Pictures UK, Action/Romance/Thriller, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/two-disc DVD pounds 24.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99) Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Ty Burrell...
I Have Learned Lesson: Lewis
LEWIS HAMILTON is confident he has learned from his mistakes of last year as the Briton looks to close in on a maiden world championship title with victory at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. The McLaren driver conquered the rain on the Fuji...
I'm Facing Five Months Out: Wilko
NEWCASTLE Falcons flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson has revealed he expects to be out of action for at least another five months. Wilkinson has undergone surgery after dislocating his knee last week, but there were reports suggesting he could be back in action...
I'm Only 13, Cannabis Grower Told Police; Man Faces Jail over Farm
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS THERE'S a big difference between a teenager and a twenty-something. But police were forced to call in medical help to determine the age of a cannabis grower. Hoang Van Minh, a Vietnamese national, tended a drug farm...
I'm Scarred by Tragedy; Oil Worker Reveals Last Moments with Dying Pal on Vessel
Byline: By DAVID OLD AN OIL worker from Tyneside injured in an accident which killed his workmate has welcomed a pounds 1.2m fine handed to company bosses. Norman Jackson, 59, of North Shields, was badly injured when he was struck by falling...
In a Spin after Two Years of Being Idle; WIND FARM READY TO POWER UP
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL IT'S been dead in the water for years, but Britain's first offshore wind turbine is expected to start working again today. The two giant turbines, a mile off the coast off Blyth, Northumberland, are about to be switched...
Jones in with Derby Chance
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER TALISMANIC targetman Kenwyne Jones could make his long-awaited comeback in the Wear- Tyne derby in a fortnight's time. The powerful striker has been out of action since June with a knee injury, but is on course to return...
Joy at U-Turn over Teen Unit; PLANS SCRAPPED FOLLOWING OPPOSITION
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA COUNCIL chiefs have binned plans to open a unit for troubled children in a residential area after strong opposition from families. People living in Hartley Avenue, Monkseaton, started a petition after hearing of proposals...
Local Designers Show off Their Stuff
BURGEONING designers from across the North East will be showcasing their work at the Baltic this month as part of Design Event 08. Everything from handbags, jewellery, wallpaper, furniture and fashion will be on sale to the public at the Design...
Mazda Secret out of the Bag; Iceland Jaunt Is Hot News BILL CAVEN Was Given Exclusive Access to the New Mazda3 Family Hatchback, Undergoing Secret Trials in Iceland
Byline: BILL CAVEN SOMETIMES even the best laid plans can go awry. Initially it was all going swimmingly for Mazda as it carried out secret road tests on the next generation 3 model. The two prototype cars costing upwards of pounds 100,000 had...
Missing from Court Yet Again; TRUANT MUM IN HOSPITAL
Byline: By KERRY WOOD HER daughter fails to go to school - now she's failed to turn up at court. Truant mum Linda Davison has evaded magistrates for a ninth time. On the occasions the 41-year-old has been due to appear at the Consett court,...
New Blend Worth Noting; ROBIN ROBERTS Drives the Nissan Note 1.6 Acenta. This Is His Verdict
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS HONESTY pays - and the Nissan Note gives you change as well. It is not the most inspiringly-named model, but the Note is a very practical and well made five-door hatchback. It is one of the first of the modern crossover...
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SUPERHERO MOVIE (Cert 12, 82 mins, Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD pounds 17.99, Comedy/Action) Craig Mazin's tongue-in-cheek romp of good versus evil is completely pointless. During a class trip, student Rick Riker (Drake Bell) is...
New Trike and Ready to Roll; JIM GETS OUT AND ABOUT THANKS TO THE SUNSHINE FUND
Byline: By SARA NICHOL KEEN cyclist Jim Stronach and his family love nothing more than jumping on their bikes and heading off to the coast and countryside. But teenager Jim, who suffers from autism, dyspraxia, hydrocephalus, asthma and learning...
Night Fever 'No' City Bar's 1am Bid Is Refused
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A CITY bar was refused permission to serve alcohol and play music until 1am, following complaints about noise. The bar, Fever, off Newcastle Quayside, is within a zone where there is a presumption against...
Old Foe Vince Aiming to Shoot Down Eagles Again
Byline: By LEE RYDER THE man who masterminded the surrender of Newcastle Eagles during the BBL Cup Final and the Play-offs is ready to strike again. For the Eagles travel to Bletchley tonight to face Milton Keynes Lions and the reigning BBL Coach...
Old Pal's Act as Dunlop Colt Triumphs
PALAVICINI gave Taameer a boost ahead of his Group outing at Ascot this weekend by breaking his duck in division one of the harino.com - Virtual Racing, Real Excitement Maiden Stakes at Newbury. Palavicini, a 5-6 favourite, had also been odds-on...
Orchestra's a Real Treat
A DOUBLE orchestral treat is in store when works by two composing greats are played out by one of the world's finest ensembles. The music by Tchaikovsky and Elgar will be on show when the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra comes to The Sage Gateshead...
Party City Is the Most Fun to Be Blunt; Singer Songwriter James Blunt Is at the Metro Radio Arena on Monday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chats with Him
Byline: GORDON BARR JAMES Blunt has been on tour since January - and he still has five months left on the road. He's travelled the world performing and been to places he could only previously have imagined. Despite all that, he holds one city...
Peugeot Looks to the Have Potential; BILL MCCARTHY Takes to the Road in the Newest Peugeot, the 308, and Found It a Fine Car to Drive
Byline: BILL MCCARTHY THEY say good things come in small packages and, when it comes to putting the X-factor into small cars, few do it better than Peugeot. Car buyers often pick their car primarily on looks and on that basis the 308 should be...
Police Errors Led to Days of Anguish; OFFICERS FAILED TO FIND BODY YARDS FROM HER HOME
Byline: By LIZ WALKER FOR nine agonizing days it seemed as if she had disappeared off the face of the earth. When a major police hunt failed to find any trace of missing great-gran Beatrice Johnson, her family were left hoping she might be found...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
THIS is a super pub with a large clientele and should be well supported on a quiz night, but the quality of the bought-in offering denies them large numbers because of the quality of the challenge. PUB: The Millstone, South Gos-forth, Newcastle QUESTION...
Regal Looking Just Dandy
DANDY NICHOLLS has plundered two valuable prizes with Regal Parade, and the four-year-old can complete a big-race hat-trick in the Willmott Dixon Bengough Memorial Stakes at Ascot. The son of Pivotal caused a surprise when finishing fast to take...
RELICS FIND REVIVES DAYS PAST; Hoarder Paula's Life in a Suitcase
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR CHERISHED treasures from a different age have provided an engrossing glimpse into our past. Hidden in dusty suitcases the find of everyday keepsakes reveal a more innocent era. They lay undiscovered for decades - the...
Rising above the Crunch; GREGGS TO CASH IN ON SQUEEZE BY CONTINUING TO EXPAND
Byline: By DAVID OLD BAKING giant Greggs is hoping to defy the credit crunch by continuing its expansion plans. Chief executive of the North East firm Ken McMeikan said the chain is even hoping to take advantage of the squeeze, preparing to cash...
Rooney Is Only Getting Started
ENGLAND striker Wayne Rooney has admitted he is disappointed not to have hit the 50-cap mark already. Rooney will win his 47th England cap tomorrow in the World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan. As he has not yet celebrated his 23rd birthday, it...
Save Cash with Better Driving
MOTORISTS could save up to pounds 7.7bn per year on fuel by learning to drive more efficiently, according to the AA. Latest findings show that economy-minded drivers can improve their fuel efficiency by up to 15%. Motorists are wasting as much...
Sleek and So Refined; MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW Drives the New Volkswagen Passat CC
Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW VOLKSWAGEN is rewriting some auto jargon with its sleek-looking Passat coupe. Throughout the motor industry the letters CC identify the folding tin tops favoured to be the crowning glory of some coupe convertibles....
Slippy Start Is Soon Forgotten; PETER KEENAN Takes to the Road in the Citroen C2 VTS 1.6 Diesel Three-Door
Byline: PETER KEENAN I DIDN'T have the best of starts with the Citroen C2 - more of a stop actually - but the cute supermini proved a superstar. It always takes a few minutes with any new car to familiarise yourself with the controls and then...
Spanning Centuries of Our History; UNIVERSITY HISTORIAN TAKES READERS ON A JOURNEY IN TIME TO EXPLORE THE BIRTH OF NORTHUMBRIA'S REGIONAL IDENTITY
Byline: By LIZ WALKER PAST lives and times have been brought into focus in a major new study which charts the region's historical landscape. Drawn together by exiled Tyneside academic Robert Colls, the history of the North East has been condensed...
Star Goalscorer Sounds Battle Cry; NORTH EAST SIDES GEAR UP FOR A BIG WEEKEND OF FA CUP ACTION
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD player-coach and all-time record goalscorer Paul Thompson has sounded the battle cry ahead of tomorrow's third qualifying round FA Cup tie at Conference North rivals Droylsden. Thommo, part of the last Gateshead...
Start Seeing Some Sense! Quarter of Short-Sighted Women Eschew Specs in Association with Chevrolet Are Women Drivers Blinded by Their Vanity? Asks JACKIE VIOLET
Byline: JACKIE VIOLET WOMEN are often accused of being vain. I take issue with that, citing the fact that most of us take pride in our appearance, even if it does take us four hours. We may be late for a date due to our inability to make any...
Still Delighting Us 40 Years on; ALAN NICHOL Rounds Up a Jam-Packed Roots Diary for the Coming Week
Byline: ALAN NICHOL THIS Monday The Sage's Hall One welcomes a man who must be a contender for the coolest 72-year-old on the planet! Glen Travis Campbell, originally from the small village of Delight, Arkansas, became a familiar name in the...
Superfast Rover Was a Wild Child; CLASSIC CARS with IAN JOHNSON This Week: Rover 220 Turbo Coupe
Byline: IAN JOHNSON THERE have been many notable Rover models, but one series, the 200, produced during the company's marriage to Honda really propped up the company's revival in the early 1990s. Based on the corresponding Honda Concerto, the...
Switch to the Future; Wraps off Renault Version of What We'll Soon Be Driving What's New!
Byline: By STEVE HUGHES RENAULT has revealed its vision of the sort of electric vehicles it will be mass-producing within three years. Based on the Kangoo be bop, the zero emissions model takes the name of Kangoo Z.E. and is powered by lithium-ion...
THERE WAS NO ROLE FOR ME; Uncertainty over Club's Future a Key Factor as Jimenez Quits St James's
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United's departed vice-president Tony Jimenez is understood to have quit his role on Tyneside because he did not see the point in continuing to scour the globe for talent while the club's future was in limbo. The...
Three Cheers for Star Guest; RENOWNED TRAVEL WRITER TO ATTEND PUB'S CHARITY NIGHT ANGEL EYES
Byline: By GORDON BARR Entertainment Editor HE'S travelled a bit, has author Bill Bryson. His jaunts around Britain and abroad have made the American, who resides in Britain, one of the most successful authors of recent years. Next week, he...
Top of the Scots; Brave Hotel Duo Set to Scale Ben Nevis
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY WHEN their friend told them she was battling breast cancer Leonie Morton and Kathryn Oliver knew they needed to help. But the hotel workers never imagined their simple fundraising idea would reach such heights. Now...
Vent Your Spleen
REGARDING the report in the Chronicle on Tuesday, October 7, about the new ale poking fun at the Toon. The beer advert would be more convincing if they got the phrase right. Oliver Hardy never said "Another fine mess," it has been a misquoted for years....
Weather a Slushy Storm of Romance
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (PG, 97 mins) Romance/Drama. Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni, Mae Whitman, Scott Glenn, James Franco. Director: George C Wolfe ***** TWO lost souls are gifted a second chance at love in George C Wolfe's slushy...
WIN YOUR GAS AND ELECTRICITY PAID FOR A YEAR; Evening Chronicle Competition
THE credit crunch has affected all of us, energy bills are rising, and mortgage payments and food costs are all on the up. Your Evening Chronicle, in association with SaveOnYourBills.co.uk, is here to help you in your time of need. We are going...
Woman Beaten to the Floor Forgives Partner; VIOLENT THUG BATTERED TEENAGE MUM
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS SHE was punched, kicked and bitten in a violent attack. But young mum Lauren Richardson is standing by the man she says "went absolutely mental" when she disturbed his liein. Stephen Bain's violent rage erupted when...