Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from February 3, 2009

Actor Bags Lucky Break; GOOD GOLLY MISS BOLLY! ODEON
Byline: Sonia Sharma NEW movie Luck By Chance gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Bollywood and filmmaking. It explores how being in the right place at the right time can change your life. Director turned actor Farhan Akhtar plays Vikram,...
Advice in Palm of Hand
HOMEOWNERS in the North East can get green advice at the touch of a button. Energy efficiency organisation GoWarm has invested a pot of cash to bring in handheld computers to do home energy assessments. The computers will replace the conventional...
An Amazing Journey; the Wildlife TRUSTS Northumberland Sponsored by Environment Agency
The amazing journeys of Northumberland's fish by Kevin O'Hara, conservation officer, Northumberland Wildlife Trust. ANIMALS migrate from one place to another for different environmental reasons. Swallows migrate to warmer climes to avoid a lack...
A Sad Farewell to Father Hugh; TOP CLERGYMEN TURN OUT FOR BISHOP'S FUNERAL
Byline: By LAURA CAROE THE COUNTRY'S leading Catholic clergyman led the tributes to a North East Bishop. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, led the requiem mass for Bishop Hugh Lindsay in St Mary's Cathedral, in Newcastle...
BAD NEWS Deadline Day Woe for Toon GOOD NEWS Trio to Return from Injury for West Brom Crunch
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOE KINNEAR will try to take solace from his transfer window deadline day disappointment by welcoming back three of his Toon stars for the trip to West Brom on Saturday. With United in dire need of a boost ahead of their...
Basketball: Beaten TN in a State of Collapse
DENISE EGAN admitted struggling Team Northumbria were destroyed by Leeds Carnegie goal attack Amanda Martin after yet another fourthquarter collapse. The North East's Netball Super League franchise is fast gaining a reputation for choking at the...
Basketball: Eagles Ponder Player Moves
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles are understood to be considering strengthening their ranks after the dates of five mouthwatering clashes against arch-rivals Everton Tigers were announced. With an intense rivalry developing and the Merseysiders...
Batty Prices? You Decide! Pay What You Want for Meal
Byline: By NEIL MCKAY A RESTAURANT boss is allowing customers to pay what they want for his food. Former Durham County Cricket captain Mike Roseberry is introducing the plan in his two restaurants. But the ex-England A-team batsman is confident...
BP Profits Up to Pounds 18 Billion; HIGH OIL PRICES BOOSTED RESULTS
BP TODAY said annual profits jumped 39% to pounds 18.1 billion as last year's soaring oil prices fuelled results. The performance came despite a profits blow in the final three months of the year, as prices retreated sharply from the record of almost...
Campaign to Urge Drivers to Change; Industry No Longer Leaves Our Air Thick with Smog. but Our Love of Cars Means Pollution Still Blights Our Atmosphere, as AMY HUNT Finds out Sponsored by Environment Agency Newcastle City Council
Byline: AMY HUNT DRIVERS will be challenged to think about how their motoring habits are affecting our environment. A campaign on Tyneside will aim to cut air pollution by encouraging people to use buses, bikes and other alternative forms of...
Charity in a Spin over Donation Drop; ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF MORE HELP Sponsored by Environment Agency
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A GREEN charity is celebrating 10 years of helping the environment. Renew North East helps prevent waste going to landfill and also provides engineering training for youngsters. The Gateshead-based...
Cricket: Is Freddie Ready for Windies?
ANDREW FLINTOFF was today hoping to prove he is fit to begin England's Test series against West Indies tomorrow. The 31-year-old needs to come through practice at Sabina Park unscathed before England decide on his participation following a side...
Down Your Way
RELIGIOUS TALKS AN INTERNATIONAL speaker will give two talks on how Christianity and science interlink. Daniel Scott, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will present two lectures God: Reality or Delusion?"and Moving Faith...
DOWN YOUR WAY... Sponsored by Environment Agency
BOXING CLEVER BIRD lovers can learn how to build perfect nest boxes for their gardens. The Northumberland Wildlife Trust will hold the three events, which will also give advice on where the boxes should be sited and which species of birds may...
Enjoy a Break in Many Green Havens in Heart of Our City; It May Be a City, but There Are Plenty of Places in Newcastle Where You Can Get out to Enjoy the Topnotch Environment. Read on for a Guide Sponsored by Environment Agency Newcastle City Council
GREEN spaces belong to everyone. They should be safe and clean, cherished, accessible, managed for the future and there for local people to enjoy. That is Newcastle City Council's vision. Newcastle has some superb green spaces and much to be proud...
Explore the Great Outdoors; Sponsored by Environment Agency NATURAL ENGLAND Not Far from Tyneside Is a Special Nature Reserve, Moor House - Upper Teesdale, Just Waiting to Be Discovered. Read on to Find out about Events at This Natural England Reserve Which Can Give You an Introduction This Year
Saturday April 18, 5am to 9am and Saturday April 25, 5am to 9am - Black grouse morning, a chance to see the rare black grouse lekking Observe the weird and wonderful behaviour of the rare black grouse during their courtship displays. The group will...
Facts Bring Us Down to Earth; It's All Too Easy to Get on a Plane without Thinking What We Are Doing to the Environment. STEVE EMSLEY Looks at the True Cost of Flying Sponsored by Environment Agency
Byline: STEVE EMSLEY SINCE the Government decided it wants a third runway at Heathrow, I have given a lot of thought to how we help to reduce carbon emissions if we keep on flying more and more. I am very concerned about the message that it is...
Fantasy Football a Thing of the Past for United; Says Bob Moncur
LEGENDARY former Newcastle United skipper Bob Moncur believes there was never any prospect of Fantasy Football returning to St James's Park during the transfer window. During the sparkling 90s Kevin Keegan era, United unveiled stars like Faustino...
Fenwick Set to Axe Jobs; 35 WORKERS MAY BE MADE REDUNDANT
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG FENWICK may lay off staff, it confirmed today. The department store giant old staff that workers could be shed in a reorganisation. The Northumberland Street retail giant will launch a 30-day consultation period with...
Fish Rescue Is Slippery Task; Sponsored by Environment Agency
ARESCUE effort of a different kind took place on a flooded river in Northumberland. The River Glen in Northumberland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of one of the best salmon rivers in the UK. Last November, staff from Natural...
Fitting Tribute to Disaster Victims; 100th ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGEDY MARKED
Byline: By KERRY WOOD LIVES lost in a pit disaster will be remembered by 168 peels from a town's church bells. Each chime on February 16 will represent a victim of the Burns Pit Disaster in Stanley, which happened exactly 100 years ago. Hearing...
Football: Gateshead's Delight as Hitman Novak Makes All the Huddlines
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD hot-shot Lee Novak joined Coca-Cola League One club Huddersfield Town ahead of the transfer deadline for a record fee for North East non-league football. Blue Square North promotion chasers Gateshead had already...
Football: Ricky We Pipped Toon to Ben-Haim
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER RICKY SBRAGIA says loan signings Calum Davenport and Tal Ben-Haim will give Sunderland the defensive strength in depth the Black Cats have been lacking. Black Cats boss Sbragia had been desperate to bolster his back line...
Football: Taylor Blast for le Sulk
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR has fired a parting shot at football's new Incredible Sulk, Charles N'Zogbia. Taylor insists the Frenchman "didn't fancy" the challenge of helping Newcastle beat relegation. N'Zogbia signed for Wigan on deadline...
Getting War Mer Thanks to Scheme; Eaga Want a Warmer, Greener House but Confused about Just What Cash Help Is out There for You and Where to Go for Advice? Go Green Helps You Understand the Government's Warm Front Scheme Sponsored by Environment Agency
IT is a sad reality that many people in our region struggle to heat their homes, living in draughty, inefficient houses. This is bad for their health and wellbeing, but also for the environment. Warm Front is the Government scheme designed to...
Grot Spots Are Now Hot Spots; Sponsored by Environment Agency Grot Spots Were Cleared as Part of a Green Campaign in North Tyneside
FROM librarians to leisure centre managers, North Tyneside council staff gave up their own time to help improve some of the area's worst grot spots. Dozens of workers from across the council were split into teams and set the challenge of cleaning...
Hannon's Aiming to Get Back in the Mix
MELLOW Mixture may have bumped into a useful individual when second at Lingfield a month ago, and is fancied to go one better as he returns to the track for the Galleons Lap Maiden Stakes. The Richard Hannon inmate had shown ability on four starts...
Horse Racing: Hannon's Aiming to Get Back in the Mix
MELLOW Mixture may have bumped into a useful individual when second at Lingfield a month ago, and is fancied to go one better as he returns to the track for the Galleons Lap Maiden Stakes. The Richard Hannon inmate had shown ability on four starts...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Duo Facing Hull of a Fight to Take to the Ice
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers are sweating on the fitness of Jeff Hutchins and Dean Holland ahead of this weekend's home games with Hull and Basingstoke. The pair were injured on Friday night in Belfast against the Giants and are doubtful...
In Small Steps, Green Way of Life Starts to Take Root; Sponsored by Environment Agency It's Been Another Good Few Months for Your Chronicle's Go Green Campaign and 2009 Looks Full of Promist Too
Byline: AMY HUNT reports YOU can't have sticks without carrots. Go Green believes that people should be rewarded for their efforts in helping the environment, not punished if they do something a little less green. Very soon we will be announcing...
In the News
SUE HASWELL is the headteacher at Ryton Junior School, in Ryton, Gateshead. Last week, she organised a charity event with the help of the school's support staff in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The lifelong Sunderland fan arranged a "black...
Jail Bars Beckon Cage Fight Superstar; Flashy Lifestyle Alerted Taxmen
Byline: By NEIL MCKAY SEDUCED by his cage fighting fame, he loved to live the high life. Ian "the Machine" Freeman raked in cash as a TV pundit and film star, splashing out on a luxury boat and huge houses. But his flashy lifestyle was funded...
Jet Operator Eases Strain; Sponsored by Environment Agency
THEY take thousands of Geordie jetsetters off on holiday every year. Now easyJet is going greener. The airline, which flies out of Newcastle International Airport, has invested more than pounds 7bn in the latest technology to make sure it operates...
Keep Your Diary Green for 2009; Sponsored by Environment Agency Make 2009 a Truly Green Year by Doing One Thing a Month to Help the Environment. AMY HUNT Brings You Our Guide
February Put up a box for nesting birds to use THIS month Northumberland Wildlife Trust is holding four nest box building events as part of its celebrations for National Nest Box Week. Visitors will be able to make their own nest box to put up...
Keep Your Woolies on - There's More; FORECASTERS PREDICTING THAT AFTER A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE THE SNOW WILL BE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG MORE snow was forecast for Thursday as today's expected blizzards failed to arrive. It was feared a second day of road chaos and school closures would hit the whole of the North East after yesterday's white-out. But...
Kicking off the Year in Style; the Year of the Ox Will Be Celebrated in Newcastle's Chinatown on Sunday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Lowdown
Byline: GORDON BARR FIRECRACKERS, dragon, lion and unicorn dancing, food, fun and entertainment for the whole family - Chinese New Year celebrations in Newcastle promise all that and more. This colourful event marks the most important celebration...
Killed by Own Flesh and Blood; DAUGHTER DELIVERED FATAL BLOW
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A CRUEL nurse who killed her frail and elderly mother with a pottery horse is today facing jail. Jennifer Shelton struck 85-year-old Bertha Martin over the head with the ornament at the home they shared in Cleadon, South...
Killed by ' Wicked' Daughter; WOMAN JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A NURSE who killed her elderly mother with a pottery horse was today branded "wicked" and jailed for four years. Frail Bertha Martin died on her 85th birthday, a week after daughter Jennifer Shelton smashed the ornament...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Children Need a Stable Home
Byline: TOM ADAMS VERY important report has recently been published by the Children's Society, entitled A Good Childhood. The report is the result of three years of deliberation by a panel of acknowledged leaders in the field of childcare. ...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - So Many Want to Grow Food
Byline: MIKE ARMSTRONG AFTER reading the article in Tuesday's Chronicle about the Edible Heaton project and as chair of Newcastle Allotments Working Group, I heartily endorse efforts to raise awareness of how our food is produced and to give everyone,...
Message in 1,500 Bottles; Sponsored by Environment Agency
ATRULY green house has been created by pupils in Northumberland. A group of 14 youngsters from the Community Space Challenge Programme in East Ashington worked at Seaton Hirst allotments to create a greenhouse from 1,500 plastic bottles given by Sita...
Metro Man on Track as TV Chef; DAD'S TEARS AS HE WINS MASTERCHEF SPOT
Byline: By LAURA CAROE A METRO worker cried over his food after winning his Masterchef heat. Graham Myers was overjoyed after reaching the quarter-finals of the TV cooking contest. But today he said he was nervous about going to work after...
Natural Warmth
NEW technology meets natural resources in a bid to heat homes and water in Northumberland. Community Energy Solutions (CES) North East aims to make a difference to people's lives with greener energy options. A remote farmhouse in the village...
Nature Is Our Greatest Asset; Land, Air and Water Are Our Natural Resources and It's Important to Take Care of Them. Introducing Our Go Green Supplement, SUE LONGSTONE, North East Area Manager for the Environment Agency, Tells You Why Sponsored by Environment Agency
Byline: SUE LONGSTONE OUR natural environment is one of our greatest assets with its wide variety of wildlife, landscapes, heritage and culture. It is very important for the region's economy and our quality of life, health and well-being. ...
New Entry at No 46 Proved to Be a Hit
IT WAS Patrick McGoohan in the TV cult classic The Prisoner who declared: "I am not a number, I am a free man." Well, Sebastien Bassong was only a number to United fans when first put on public display. No 46 to McGoohan's No 6! And he turned...
No Soft Option for Tissue Mill; Sponsored by Environment Agency Loo Roll Is Going Green! Paper Mill SCA Is on Target to Be a North East Ambassador for Ecofriendly Manufacturing, as AMY HUNT Found Out
Byline: AMY HUNT RECYCLING cardboard, cutting electricity use and transporting more loo roll at one time. It's all part of the plan for SCA Hygiene, in Prudhoe, to be as green as can be. The maker of the Velvet brand of tissue products is...
Our Blue Planet; Sponsored by Environment Agency NATURAL ENGLAND
WE notice the amazing wildlife all around our region. But what is lurking under the sea off our coast? Our coast has some of the finest undersea landscapes found anywhere in the world and there is as much variety underwater as there is on land....
Peace of Mind in Bag; Eaga Sponsored by Environment Agency
AN innovative way of helping families protect themselves against the elements is on the way to more people. Green support services provider eaga has been granted sole distribution rights for a gadget designed to help thousands of households at risk...
Pedigree Chums All Set for Their Big Day at Crufts; ANIMALS TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT PRESTIGIOUS DOG SHOW
Byline: By SARA NICHOL THEY may not look like your typical candidates for a prestigious canine competition. But Sophie, Loki and Storm will be flying the flag for Tyne-side at this year's Crufts. The animals beat off competition from hundreds...
Relegation Fight Holds No Fear for United's Bargain Bassong; Seba's Loving Life at St James's - and Is Ready for a Survival Scrap FACE TO FACE
Byline: JOHN GIBSON AMID the fall-out from football's nuclear bomb, Sebastien Bassong has stood defiant and erect. Newcastle United may have been hit by an explosion of epic proportions this season that has left rubble strewn across Tyneside,...
Reunited
I AM looking for Olive Hall, nee Goldsborough. Olive is about 56 and used to live in Walker, Newcastle, although she was last known to be living in Cramlington. If anyone knows her or if you are reading this Olive, can you get in touch? It's your...
Rugby Union: Bates Playing a Guessing Game; Falcons Boss Keeps Players on Toes in Association with Jolly Fitness
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES will keep his Newcastle Falcons guessing on this week's training plans as long as possible. Falcons rugby director Bates reckons the element of surprise will help freshen things up as the players returned to...
Rugby Union: Kids Are All Right for Boss Shotton
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN SHOTTON hailed Tynedale's young guns for turning the tide against Westcombe Park on Saturday. Ireland Under-20 cap Charlie Ingle winged in with a hat-trick, while 21-year-old hooker Joe Graham grabbed a brace, to...
Runaway Raider Back Behind Bars; Fugitive Caught after Two Years
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY FUGITIVE Wayne Layburn was finally behind bars today after two years on the run. Axe-raider Layburn fled to the Canary Islands after a robbery on a travel agent. He arrogantly thought he was untouchable and tried to...
Smugglers Smoked out; CROOKS WHO TRIED TO SNEAK IN 30 MILLION CIGARETTES IN SIX MONTHS ARE SNARED
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter MORE than 30 million smuggled cigarettes have been seized in six months on Tyneside. The huge haul was recovered from tobacco traffickers arriving at our ports and airports, as they attempt to flood the North...
Target Tough but Possible; North East Assembly
WE have some tough targets to meet, but we can do it. That is the message from North East leaders over the challenge of cutting our carbon footprints. The region's Climate Change Partnership says we are in a good position to understand how to build...
Test Drive for Cleaner Air; Sponsored by Environment Agency
SENSORS to monitor air pollution from traffic on our roads are being tested out in Gateshead. Scientists at Newcastle University came up with small scale sensors to carry out the biggest study into vehicle pollution anywhere in the world on some...
The Atmosphere Was So Dusty. We Had No Idea How Serious It Was. FATHER-OF-SIX DEMANDS COMPENSATION FOR EX-WORKERS GIVE THEM JUSTICE
Byline: By JOANNE BUTCHER A FAMILY man left without a penny in compensation is demanding justice for people with industrial diseases. A routine check-up revealed James Johnson, 71, from Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, had scarring on his lungs. He...
Toon Torment Hits the Stage; PLAY CHARTS CURRENT ANGUISH OF NEWCASTLE FANS
Byline: By ROB PATTINSON IT IS an all too familiar tale of the Toon in turmoil. Now Newcastle United's topsy-turvy season is being put under the spotlight on Tyneside - literally. A play charting the ups and downs of dedicated Toon fans as...
Treasure Underfoot; Sponsored by Environment Agency
DEEP below ground lie reserves of water which could see us through a drought. Rainwater seeps through rocks and layers of soil and collects underground. Filtered of contamination as it goes, the water which ends up as groundwater is usually of...
United Boost as Butt Signs New Contract
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United midfielder Nicky Butt has signed a new one-year deal at St James's Park. The former Manchester United man joins Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi as players who have committed their future to the Magpies. ...
Vent Your Spleen
I READ with interest the letter in Friday's Evening Chronicle about Newcastle City Council putting double yellow lines everywhere. I live in a street where there are double yellow lines. I believe this means no stopping at all, yet last night...
Village Bringing Power to Its People; with Fuel Prices on the Rise and Climate Change a Growing Concern, Some Think We Should Be Generating Our Own Energy. AMY HUNT Finds out How Householders Have the Potential to Power Britain Sponsored by Environment Agency Energy Saving Trust
Byline: AMY HUNT COAL, oil and gas have powered Britain for centuries, but since they won't be there forever experts think we should look to other elements for our energy. A new study by the Energy Saving Trust shows the huge potential for communities...
Vital Frontier; Graphite Resources
AWASTE recycling plant is on course to open this autumn. Tyneside waste management company Graphite Resources is nine months into building one of the world's largest steam autoclave recycling plants beside the River Tyne in Gateshead. Work is ahead...
Volunteer Opportunities; Sponsored by Environment Agency
Train to be a Green Guide - many walks are led or supported by people who are part of the volunteer Green Guide service. Green Guides are people with an interest in the reserve and surrounding area and now act as guides. If you enjoy being out in Teesdale,...
We Have Got Talent; Girl Band Vow to Carry on after TV Show Disappointment
Byline: By SAM WOOD and SARA NICOL BRITAIN'S Got Talent's Simon Cowell said they couldn't sing or dance and didn't look good. But this girl band have vowed to make it big, despite being rejected by the music supremo. The no-nonsense expert...
Worries over Freed Pervert; NEIGHBOURS' FEARS AS BROADMOOR PATIENT MOVES IN
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A PERVERT released from a high security hospital has been living on Tyneside. Sex fiend Mark Lunnon, 26, is believed to have been sharing a home with a single-mum in North Shields. But the Chronicle understands he...
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