Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from April 20, 2012

6 of the Best. Tablet
FOR some users, tablet computers are more than adequate for their everyday computing/web tasks and many are ditching their clunky laptops in favour of these sleek devices. Is it time to say goodbye to your full QWERTY keyboard machine? Take a look...
A Garden Retreat
Byline: LIZ LAMB A PEACEFUL and stylish oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the shops is how I'd sum up the city centre's new offering, the Garden Kitchen. The cosy retreat is the latest venture by Fresh Element, the folk behind the successful...
Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 Tb Multiair Veloce
IF YOU ask a bunch of drivers why they might choose a diesel car rather than a petrol one, I reckon the most common reason, by far, would be economy. And, fair enough, in most cases they would be right. But new technology and a bit of clever mechanical...
Also Showing
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (15) Bookish college student Dana (Kristen Connolly) is looking forward to a jaunt into the great outdoors with blonde friend Jules (Anna Hutchison) and her jock boyfriend Curt (Chris Hemsworth), and bong-smoking slacker Marty...
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
HERE I am in Sicily, the southernmost tip of Italy, so close to Africa I'm practically there. In theory I should be toasty warm and enjoying the sunshine of a spring that's just around the corner, it is March after all. Except it's freezing cold and...
Artist Joe Helping to Raise Cash for Charity; Sir Bobby Foundation Boost
Byline: ANDREW GLOVER PAINTINGS of North East icons including Sir Bobby Robson will go on display at a Tyneside exhibition tonight. Portraits of Ant and Dec, Alan Shearer and the Hairy Bikers will also be on show in Newcastle. All of the work...
Baby Fears of Couple Saved as Smoke Fills Their Home; Pregnant Mother on Dialysis as Kidneys Fail during Fire Rescue Drama
Byline: KATIE DAVIES MUM-TO-BE Natasha Dent was plucked to safety in the nick of time from her blaze-hit home. Four-months' pregnant Ms Dent suffered smoke inhalation in the fire which swept through the property in the early hours of the morning....
Bmw X3 Xdrive 35d M Sport
PROPELLING nearly two tons of metal to more than 60mph in less than six seconds is no mean feat. So it is a testament to the pedigree of the theoretical horses, all 313 of them, powering this range-topping SUV that they do it with such consummate...
Book Reviews
Skagboys by Irvine Welsh is published in hardback by Jonathan Cape, pounds 12.99. Available April 19. Skagboys sounds like the title of an Irvine Welsh parody but it is the real thing, in which he revisits his Leith muses: Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie...
Brazilian Star; AL AN NICHOL Has the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL A BRAZILIAN roots singer - currently the most popular singer in that country - brings some samba sounds to the region this coming week. Her full birth-name is Maria do Cu Whitaker Poas but that has been neatly abridged to...
Bringing out the Bunting; Residents Vow to Mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Style
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER BUNTING, balloons and Union flags will fill our streets this summer for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. And singing star Joe McElderry is encouraging Tyneside folk to celebrate it. The X Factor winner hosted a street party...
Champions Head for Fell in Opener; Dukes North East Premier League
Byline: HAMISH BLACKSTOCK THIS weekend sees the beginning of the new cricket season as the Dukes North East Premier League starts tomorrow with all 12 teams in action. Defending champions South Northumberland will begin their title defence against...
Cheick: My Future Is Here
Byline: LEE RYDER CHEICK TIOTE is still dreaming of the Champions League next season - but hopes he can fulfil that ambition in a Newcastle United shirt. Tiote - who is back for the game with Stoke City tomorrow after hamstring trouble - has...
Chevrolet Cruze Vcdi Hatchback
CHEVROLET launched the Cruze as a saloon in the early part of last year and a hatchback arrived at the end of 2011 to strengthen the model range. Now purchasers can select from a choice of 14 variants in three trim levels with a choice of two petrol...
College Gets a Kick out of FA Accolade
BUDDING footballers are celebrating their college scoring national recognition from the FA for making significant strides in football development. Gateshead College has been awarded the prestigious Focus College status by the FA and British Colleges...
Conor's Big Breakthrough
Byline: GORDON BARR At 19, Conor Maynard looks set to top the UK singles charts this Sunday with his debut release. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR chats to him ahead of his gig at the O2 Academy Newcastle next week POP stars rarely emerge fully...
Creepy Characters Have Us Doubting Sanity
GONE (15, 94 mins) Thriller/Action. Amanda Seyfried, Emily Wickersham, Jennifer Carpenter, Daniel Sunjata, Katherine Moennig, Sebastian Stan, Wes Bentley, Michael Pare. Director: Heitor Dhalia. Contains swearing and violence. LITTERED with enough...
[c]TWEETS & POSTS
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages AFTER tanker drivers rejected a deal aimed at averting strike action, the Army is once again being trained to deliver fuel to petrol stations. We posted the story on our Facebook...
Deaths
AHERN Wallsend). On April 16th, aged 73 years, Margaret nee Urwin), wife of Maurice, mother of Helen, Jane and Kevin, motherinlaw of Mick, Russ and Shelagh, grandma of Helen, Lisa and Stuart, Thomas and Sarah, Sarah and Danny, Kate and Alan, Matthew...
Depressingly Dim-Witted Hokum
LOCKOUT (15, 95 mins) Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller. Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Lennie James, Vincent Regan, Joe Gilgun, Tim Plester, Jacky Ido, Peter Hudson. Directors: Stephen St Leger, James Mather. Contains swearing and violence. ONE...
Di Venuto Not Ready to Hang Up His Durham Bat Yet
REFRESHED by a winter of low-profile cricket, Michael Di Venuto is hoping to cram as much as possible into this season. The Tasmanian was frustrated by the weather yesterday, on-off rain causing the opening day of Durham's County Championship game...
Don't Slip-Up in Bath, Says Bogie; Blue Sq Bet Premier
Byline: STEVE BROWN IAN BOGIE has challenged his Gateshead play-off hopefuls to win at Bath City and set up an "exciting" end-of-season finale. The Tynesiders are eighth in Blue Square Bet Premier, six points off a play-off spot but with a game...
Driver Let Pals Cling to Bonnet as She Filmed; Motorist's Reckless Act Not Long after Passing Her Test
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY ROOKIE Katie Bough was today banned from the roads after driving with two friends clinging to her bonnet. In a stunt that could have cost her pals their lives, the teen even filmed it. She accelerated through Gateshead's...
DVD Reviews
The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo (Cert 18, 151 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Thriller/Action, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99). Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright,...
Europe Will Be Fun, but Will Drain United's Resources
WHATEVER European competition Newcastle United end up next season, they are going to have to accept that it will drain their resources. But for me it's all part and parcel when it comes to being successful - and Alan Pardew knows he will just have...
Fiat 500c Twinair Lounge
FIAT has put the fun back into small cars with the 500 TwinAir convertible. The 85bhp, 875cc twin-cylinder engine is not only the cleanest small petrol engine in the world but its performance is amongst the best for little cars and it comes in a...
From Close Shaves in Iraq to Shaving Heads in the North; You'd Come Back from a Shift and Feel Terrible about What Had Happened
Byline: OLIVER BERROW EX-PARATROOPER Thor McDougall has had a few close shaves in his time - but all his hair-raising nowadays is done in his barber shop. Thor has handed back his flak jacket and assault rifle and is busy shaping a new career...
Gig Review; Boy Jumps Ship, O2 Academy2, Sunday, April 15
" NORTH East band Boy Jumps Ship have spent the last three years developing their songwriting, polishing their performance and building a substantial fan base. It is a great achievement for a local band to sell out Newcastle's O2 Academy 2, easily...
Gold: Safety Won't Measure Success
Byline: MARK SMITH GARY GOLD insists that avoiding relegation will not be the measure of success or failure from his tenure at Newcastle Falcons. The director of rugby and his side play host to Aviva Premiership champions Saracens this evening...
Gosling Caught Doing 63mph in a 30 Zone; United Midfielder Faces Losing Licence over Offence
Byline: JOSHUA SHRIMPTON TOON star Dan Gosling faces losing his licence for being caught driving at more than twice the speed limit in a brand-new BMW. Magistrates heard on Tuesday how the 22-year-old midfielder was caught tearing down Barrack...
Gove 'Running Scared' of Our Teachers; Schools Secretary Is Accused of Using Bullyboy Tactics
Byline: WILL GREEN SCHOOLS Secretary Michael Gove has been accused of "running scared" after ducking a challenge to visit Newcastle. The city council leader Nick Forbes called on Mr Gove to speak to local teachers after the Tory Cabinet minister...
Homing in on Career in Finance; Expert Sets Up Mortgage Advisor Training School
Byline: ANDREW GLOVER A FINANCE expert is setting up a training school to help Tynesiders become mortgage advisors. Julie Croney from Wallsend has worked in financial services for more than a decade, and the 34-year-old is now launching the Mortgage...
It's Going to Be Tough., Says Fab
Byline: MATT LESLIE NEWCASTLE Eagles boss Fab Flournoy insists he doesn't care who his side get in the play-offs - because whoever they get, it's going to be tough. Having already wrapped up the BBL title, Newcastle are playing out the rest of...
KK Always Knew What He Was Doing
Byline: Rob Lee I DON'T think any Newcastle United fan will ever forget the day that Kevin Keegan sold Andy Cole. But for me it didn't come as a real surprise. And while Kevin was trying to explain why he had sold Cole to Manchester United,...
Liz Walker
[c] As a reporter it's part of my job to ask why? But I've discovered I am a complete amateur at interrogation compared to a three-year-old. I had been wondering when this toddler stage was going to start, looking forward to the time when I could answer...
Miners Drama Is Anything but the Pits; A Revamp of Close the Coalhouse Door Had Its World Premiere in Newcastle This Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Was There on Opening Night
Byline: GORDON BARR THEATRE in Education is a great thing ...but here you have education within theatre. Close The Coalhouse Door was a huge success when it first premiered in Newcastle back in 1968. Written by Alan Plater with songs by Alex...
Mixed Picture on Crime; Violent Offences Falling but Petty Theft Increases
Byline: SARAH SCOTT Partygoers' good time ruined by pickpockets ORGANISED gangs of pickpockets are targeting folk in Tyneside's pubs and clubs, it emerged today. Police have arrested 28 suspects, some of whom are known across the country, who...
'My Brother Calls It Crookhall Towers' myHome
Former social worker Pauline Thompson runs a salon in Shotley Bridge called Beauty and Holistics with her two daughters, Amy and Mindy. The 55-year-old mum of three shows us the new bathroom in her five-bedroom Consett bungalow where she loves to relax...
Newcastle; A Selection of Offences from the Magistrates'' Courts
Mark Tinline, 40, Hutton Street, Kenton, Newcastle. Breached a community order imposed for stealing items including mascara and Coco Chanel perfume. Given a conditional discharge for 12 months. Christopher Cragen, 26, Bentinck Terrace, Arthurs Hill,...
Now Your Phone Can Reveal How It App-Ened
Byline: TONY HENDERSON THERE was the man with a sideline in fishing bodies from the Tyne, the soldier who nailed a bogus witchfinder and the black cat boiler. Newcastle has never been short of characters who could have stepped straight out of...
Olly's New Arena Date; Roots Music
Byline: Alan Nichol DON''T forget Olly Murs has announced a series of UK arena dates for March 2013. He will play the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on March 23 next year, with tickets on general sale from today. Olly, whose current album In...
Pardew's Plan Is Coming Together in Winning Style
Byline: Lee Ryder IN A season when we've seen plenty of evidence of the "whining mentality" in the Premier League - it's great to see Alan Pardew instil the "winning mentality" with Newcastle United. United's resolve will be tested fully when...
Parents Protest over GCSE Plan; Head under Fire over Curriculum Changes
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL A TYNESIDE headteacher is under fire from parents over plans to overhaul the GCSE options pupils can take. Adam Chedburn took over the reins at Monkseaton High School in North Tyneside last term after its former head,...
Probe into A1 Debris; Car Damaged on Road While House Is Being Demolished
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY A SAFETY probe is today underway after debris from a house undergoing demolition plunged into the path of traffic on the A1. Just last week the Chronicle reported how the derelict eyesore known as Blyth Villa, in Dunston,...
Red Hot Home Fixture; They've Graced Many a Stadium Stage in Their 11 Years Together but the Futureheads' Latest Coup Alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers in Their Home Town Will Serve as a High Point in Their Lengthy Career. RUTH LAWSON Finds out More
Byline: RUTH LAWSON PLAYING with one of the greatest rock bands of modern times would get even the most discerning musicians hot under the collar. But Sunderland pop-rockers The Futureheads aren't even breaking a sweat, for fear and nerves are...
Ruling Due on Surgery; Date Set for Children's Heart Unit Fate
Byline: DAN WARBURTON THE FATE of a children's heart unit on Tyneside could be decided by July, health chiefs have revealed. A Court of Appeal ruling dismissed claims that the consultation process - which will decide the future of the unit at...
Salmon Tale a Real Catch
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (12A, 106 mins) Drama/Romance/Comedy. Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Tom Mison, Rachael Stirling, Conleth Hill. Director: Lasse Hallstrom. Contains swearing, sex and violence. A SOCIALLY...
Senators Upbeat despite a First Loss
GATESHEAD Senators opened their 2012 BAFL National League season at their new Monkton Stadium base in Jarrow with a 13-0 loss to the Lancashire Wolverines. In a double-headed matchup, the senior and junior squads provided two games and more than six...
Show Me Some Pride, Cassidy Tells Doomed Spartans; Blue Sq Bet North
Byline: HAMISH BLACKSTOCK BLYTH Spartans manager Tommy Cassidy is looking for his players to show some pride as they prepare for the long trip to Hinckley United for their penultimate Blue Square North game tomorrow. The already relegated Spartans...
Show Time
Warwick Castle too! 2 Day Special Dancing on Ice Live Spectacular Onlypounds 119 Saturday 28 April ..............only pounds 119 Torvill & Dean Live! See the spectacular Dancing on Ice Live Tour -packed with celebrities from TV''s top show....
Skipper Straker Leaves Champions for Alnmouth Role
Byline: MARK SMITH THE big news ahead of the new SG Wealth Management Northumberland Premier Division season is the decision of Bedlington captain Paul Straker to leave the champions. Straker has departed the Terriers to join Alnmouth and Lesbury,...
Smiling Face of Man Accused of Race Late; North Duo among Five People Arrested in Police Swoop
Byline: LISA HUTCHISON THIS is one of the men arrested in an anti-terror swoop over alleged online race hate posts. Officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit carried out synchronised raids at 7.45am yesterday at houses in North Tyneside...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL TONIGHT'S FIXTURES NPOWER LEAGUE 2: Southend v Barnet (7.45). BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER: Mansfield v Wrexham (7.30). FA YOUTH CUP FINAL FIRST LEG: Chelsea v Blackburn (7.00). STL NORTHERN LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE: Guisborough Town v Billingham...
Subaru Forester 2.0d Xs Navplus
THINK Subaru and searing pace with outlandish styling come to mind. However move away from the image of the red hot WRX STI Scooby worshipped by rally fans and we arrive at the recently revamped Forester. This is a far more sedate vehicle but infinitely...
Sunderland SEAT Retailer Named UK''s Best; DEALER TALK: Pulman SEAT
Sunderland car retailer Pulman SEAT has been named as the dynamic Spanish brand''s Dealer of the Year after just one full year of trading. The Southwick dealership won the accolade for its outstanding overall performance and was crowned by SEAT...
The Best Weapon Is You
Prototype 2 Platform: Xbox 360. Price: pounds 37.99 With most mature action adventure titles, you'll spend ages assembling an armoury that gives you the firepower to really send your enemies packing. But here, in Prototype 2's arresting environment...
Thief Even Demanded His Trousers; Shocking Theft on Metro
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A METRO passenger was robbed of virtually all his belongings ... including his glasses, belt, tie and coat. Victim Helmut Izak was travelling on the train when he was approached by thug Matthew Cox. Cox threatened to stab...
Three Lucky to Be Alive after Blaze
THREE people escaped from a burning flat after flames ripped through the roof of an adjoining disused business. Nearby residents were evacuated as 22 firefighters tackled a blaze in Newcastle's West End which broke out at around 3am yesterday. The...
Toon Boss Backs BA to Fire Again; Demba's Due Another Super Show like Stoke
Byline: LEE RYDER ALAN PARDEW has no concerns with the form of Demba Ba going into tomorrow's encounter with Stoke City at St James' Park - despite a run of nine Premier League games without a goal. Instead, Pardew praised the 16-goal top scorer's...
Toon Striker's a Crowd Puller Plea for Help after Attack on House
TOON number nine Papiss Cisse, pictured, shocked locals in Gateshead when he went for a pounds 6 haircut. The Newcastle United favourite, 26, who signed to the club in a pounds 10m transfer, was instantly recognised when he went for a trim. As...
Turner and Co Want to Make O'Neill a Winner at Villa
Byline: JAMES HUNTER MICHAEL TURNER says Sunderland are determined to make Martin O'Neill a winner on his return to Aston Villa. O'Neill will return to Villa Park tomorrow for the first time since he resigned as manager of the Midlands outfit...
United Have Game to Cope with the Giants
Byline: John GIBSON STOKE CITY are like an obstinate old cuss of an uncle who never admits he's beaten, who is awkward for the sake of it, and gets right up your nose. They play football that way - aggressive and in your face - which means United...
Vauxhall Astra Gtc Sport 2.0 Cdti Start/stop
PERFORMANCE versions of the threedoor take on the Vauxhall Astra have always been up there in desirable hot hatch territory from the days of the GTE to the more recent VXR. Though the five-door current Astra hatch has been around for a while, the...
We Need to Play on Villans' Fear of the Drop - Kilgallon
Byline: JAMES HUNTER MATT KILGALLON believes Sunderland can play on Aston Villa's fear of being sucked into the relegation battle. The Black Cats head to Villa Park tomorrow to take on a Villa side that has won just one of their last 11 Premier...
What Will You Do for Saint's Day?
Byline: VICKY ROBSON MONDAY marks a traditionally patriotic occasion in England as the anniversary of the death of our great saint George. From street parades and processions, to more contemporary family fun days and barbecues, St George's Day...
Yes, Your Kids Are Too Podgy; Statistics Back Up Councillor's Claim about Obese People
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON FIGURES show that children living in an area of Northumberland at the centre of an obesity row are more likely to be overweight. Health-conscious councillor Anita Romer was branded a big mouth after she said people in...
You Bet
WHETHER the 12 days of rest for Alan Pardew's side is beneficial or not remains to be seen, with the visit of Tony Pulis' Stoke City looming large. For once the Mags will not be in front of the Sky cameras, instead returning to the traditional 3pm...
Your're Smarter for 10; Threats of a Strike by Fuel Tanker Drivers Loom over the UK This Week after a Peace Deal Was Rejected. JOANNE BUTCHER Asks Whether We Should Be Queuing at the Pumps
1. What's it all about? Fuel tanker drivers have a long-running dispute with their bosses over pensions, terms and conditions and safety. Their trade union, Unite, insists it is not about pay. According to Unite, a fuel tanker driver earns about pounds...
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