Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from December 6, 2005

2-Wheel Terrors Warning
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Mini menaces and parents face courts Mini motorbike menaces are cutting up a storm of protest on estates. The problem has prompted a police warning to parents. Community beat managers (CBMs) in Newcastle are urging...
A Blooming Great Effort
Byline: By Gareth Deighan and Jamie Burn A new garden in the heart of Newcastle's West End is being enjoyed by residents, young and old, who helped create it. With a little help from Newcastle's New Deal in the Community, the community garden...
Advertising Feature - Causing a Buzz
Thinking of buying your mum, gran or uncle a mobile phone this Christmas? Worried they'll be baffled by the growing number of features associated with today's models? Then Vodafone's new Simply range may be the answer. With all the functions and...
Advertising Feature - I Do like to Buy beside the Seaside
Whitley Bay is well-known throughout the UK as Newcastle's most popular seaside resort. And its also great for Christmas shopping, so why not get out of the city and head for the fresh sea air. The multi-million pound regeneration of the Spanish...
Advertising Feature - Make Sure the Party Goes Well
Christmas meals out are now more popular than ever, with groups of friends, families and workmates gathering in hotels, restaurants and nightspots to eat, drink and be merry. As far as office parties go, it can be one of the few times the normal...
Advertising Feature - Market Has All Needs Covered
If you're after a friendly, personal service, cut-price bargains and a super atmosphere ( head to the Grainger Market in Newcastle for a real taste of festive cheer. The Grade I listed building has traditionally been more of a food market with an...
Advertising Feature - Putting on Happy Face
People are more concerned today about their physical appearance than ever. Where the gym or beauty parlour can't give the answer, more are turning to the plastic surgeon or the cosmetic dentist. Richard Milner, a consultant plastic surgeon at Newcastle...
Advertising Feature - Seasonal Delights
Whether you want to buy local produce, decorations and gifts or simply enjoy some mulled wine and carol singing, there will be plenty of family Christmas markets taking place throughout the region this December. North Shields Victorian Christmas...
A Hull of a Bad Day for Blaydon
Byline: By Duncan Madsen Blaydon travelled all the way to Hull Ionians only to fall foul of a Durham Society referee ( and lost lock forward David Whitehead as well as their national Division Three North clash 28-16. As a result, the Crow Trees...
A Monopoly on Fun
From the popular and predictable to the unique and unconventional ( shops at Gateshead's MetroCentre and Newcastle's Eldon Square have got your Christmas list covered. Keep the spirit of the family Christmas alive with the ever popular board game...
Arca's Chances Are Valley Good
Byline: By James Hunter Julio Arca is set to give Sunderland a boost by returning to action. The influential midfielder is fit again after recovering from a fractured toe and says he is ready to play against Charlton Athletic on Saturday. ...
A Saucy Cat-Fight Leaves Teenager in Court
Byline: By Sarah Knapton A teenager ended up in court following an argument over garlic sauce. Kerry Moore, 18, of Charlotte Street, Wallsend, accidentally smeared the sauce in the hair of Helen O'Brian when the pair were standing in a Wallsend...
Bank Raiders Drop in for a Huge Haul
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Reward offered to catch ceiling gang Bandits dropped in, literally, to terrorise city bank staff and grab tens of thousands of pounds. Details of the audacious raid at the HSBC branch, in Gosforth High Street, in...
Blame Skinflint Brown, Not OAPs
I wish all those senior citizens who are writing to apologise about their proposed free travel on the Metro would stop it. The apologies should be coming from Gordon Brown, the instigator of this debacle. I find this offer without apparent adequate...
Bruce Is Not Feeling at Home
Steve Bruce has branded Birmingham's home record as "horrific" after West Ham took advantage of more sloppy defending to inflict further Premiership misery on the Blues. City's 2-1 reversal against Alan Pardew's side means they have collected only...
Canoeist Rescued in River Trip Drama
Byline: By Vince Gledhill Quick-thinking firefighter Tony Carter threw a lifeline to save a canoeist from certain death. Spaniard Luis Sanchez Perales was thrown from his craft when swept over a weir into the raging River Wansbeck. The 29-year-old...
Cech Mates
Petr Cech does not believe there is any bad feeling between Chelsea and Liverpool as the two sides prepare to face each other for the eighth time since Jose Mourinho took control of the club last year. "We are approaching the game as one we want...
Deserving Fresh Hope
Byline: By Gayle Tomlinson Campaign for vital drug help Today the Chronicle launches a campaign to make a life extending cancer drug available on the NHS. These six men are all dying from the lung disease mesothelioma because of exposure to...
Eddery Set for Wolves Bow
Pat Eddery is set to saddle the first competitive entry of his new training career at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. Just two months after being granted his license, Eddery is hoping three-year-old maiden Perez, who has a choice of two engagements,...
Empire Strikes Back in Style
Byline: By John Gibson Blyth's premier boxing club is to hold a night of celebration after completing the pounds 45,000 purchase and renovation of their headquarters. The Empire School of Boxing will host a show against a squad of Irish boxers...
Family's Call at Death of Loved Father
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A family wants action against the person responsible for giving their father a larger than normal dose of sedative before his death. It was initially felt Fred Brown, 86, may have died after extra doses of clomethiazole...
From Africa to Antarctica
Byline: By Craig Hope Honorary village chief sets out for new trek An African chief from Tyneside will be swapping his tribal head-dress for a fur-lined hat on a trek across the Antarctic. Adventure-loving Chief Torgbui Mottey I, also known...
Gazza Ends Up in Cells over Dust-Up
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Sacked ex-star held after punch incident Tormented Paul Gascoigne spent the night in the cells after an alleged assault. The former England star was being questioned by police today following the dust-up near a Liverpool...
Getting in on a Great Panto Act
Byline: By Louisa Pilbeam The pantomime season kicks off tonight. Louisa Pilbeam goes behind the scene of the People's Theatre panto to find what makes it tick They are shop workers, engineers and students ( oh no they're not. They are Puss...
Gifts for Your Man
It can be a real challenge finding that perfect present for the man in your life. No matter how well you know your boyfriend, husband, brother, father or grandfather, it can be hard to steer yourself away from the unimaginative socks, ties or woolly...
Gutted When Move to United Failed
Byline: By John Gibson Michael Bridges' transfer to Newcastle United was the realisation of a dream for a Geordie but it was all too short and not too sweet. Looking back, Bridges admits: "It was a desperate disappointment but the move probably...
Highness to Reign
Byline: By Tom Peacock Siberian Highness can make it two wins from two starts in Britain with success at Leicester tomorrow. The Alan King-trained filly looks a typically astute French purchase by the Million In Mind Partnership and she impressed...
Huge Shortfall Hits Free OAP Travel Bid
Byline: By Peter Young Councils warn of cuts and tax rises Passengers face big cuts in public trans-port after the Govern-ment dealt the North East a multi-million pounds cash blow. Ministers are refusing to provide the Tyne & Wear Passenger...
In the News
Forget Eminem, 50 Cent and P Diddy, because there's a new rapping sensation in town ( and they're determined to make themselves heard. Joanne Carruthers talks to Bill Hall of over-50s group the Silver Wrappers about his `rapper's delight' If you...
Just Going in for Training Each Day Is a Huge Bonus
Byline: By John Gibson Only four short seasons ago Michael Bridges was strutting the Champions League boulevard, pitting his skills against the world's elite in the company of Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer at Leeds United. A young striker...
Leach Faces a Race to Be Fit for the Vipers' Weekend Double
Byline: By Lee Ryder Newcastle Vipers are sweating over the fitness of defenceman Simon Leach for their crucial double dose of Elite League action this weekend. Rob Wilson's side face table-toppers Belfast Giants and second-placed Nottingham...
Learning to Walk Yet Again
Byline: By Owen McAteer Add quotes from Liam to come Tuesday am This happy scene of Liam Richardson playing at his home is something his parents feared they might never see again. Liam's beaming smile hides the fact that he has spent months...
Let There Be Light
With the festive season now well and truly upon us, our towns and cities are in full sparkle. Here's a quick look at what's lighting up our lives this Christmas When it comes to the grand switch on, only the biggest names will do, and this year...
Light Up Their Faces
Buying pressies for the youngsters in your life can be hard work. And while toys and chocolates usually go down well, you might prefer to give them something with longer-lasting appeal, which won't rot their teeth and won't drive you up the wall...
Little Leonie Helping to Ease Mum's Pain
Byline: By Craig Thompson Tiny Leonie King is back home for the festive season just weeks after fighting for her life. Mum Karon gave her little angel a big kiss as they celebrated together. It was a special moment the 29-year-old thought...
London's Too Scary
Byline: By John Gibson When Peter Reid shunted Michael Bridges out of the Stadium of Light he might easily have signed for Spurs rather than Leeds United. Bridges was a Spurs supporter as an impressionable kid whose bedroom walls were plastered...
Lots to Fill a Day Out
Byline: By Andrew Hill When the children break up from school, it can be a headache. How do you keep them occupied? Andrew Hill offers some suggestions TheNorth East is one of the UK's most attractive regions boasting beaches, history, countryside...
Melt a Heart
Scented soaps and lace handkerchiefs may be fine for distant elderly relatives, but they lack that extra-special quality. And if you want to escape with your life, don't even think about a domestic appliance. Christmas is about pampering, so if...
Milner Is Key Man for Villa
Aston Villa boss David O'Leary has admitted the form of on-loan Newcastle United young gun James Milner is giving him a selection headache. England Under-21 international Milner joined his old Leeds United boss O'Leary at Villa Park just before...
Newcastle Fans Text Messages
What's going on? On paper we look like a brilliant team, but on the pitch we are a shambles. There are far too many mistakes being made. ( GAIL PAISLEY, Westerhope. WE'RE lucky that we saved a point. Bramble needs to be dropped on Saturday, so let's...
On Right Road
If you've got a would-be driver in the family, why not give them driving lessons? Learning to drive, like any new experience, can be nerve-racking. But with training from a reputable driving school, backed up with extra practise time with a friend...
Our Love
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Gay couple, who never dreamt the day would come, register for wedding A couple who were among the first on Tyneside to register for a same-sex civil ceremony, today told of their love and hope that more gay partners follow...
Party Time for Young to Aid Fund
Byline: By Owen McAteer A nightclub is holding an alcohol-free night to raise money for the Chronicle's children's charity. Three thousand youngsters will be able to attend the under 18s Christmas Party at Ikon in Newcastle to raise funds for...
Pompey Chief Still Seeking the Right Man!
Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric is approaching crunch time in his efforts to recruit a new manager. The problem is whether to meet Southampton's compensation demands for Harry Redknapp or begin the process of interviewing new candidates for the...
Pounds 25,000 - It's What a Council Is Paying to Fill a Job
Byline: By Peter Young A council is facing further criticism over the use of consultants ( this time to fill a senior management job. Liberal Democrat controlled Newcastle Council is using recruitment consultants to help find a new director of...
Pounds 88 a Month
Byline: By Louise Redvers A family-of-five have had to survive for almost a month with just pounds 88 because of benefits red tape. Julie Hutchinson, her partner Brian Ovington and their three children, of Bensham Crescent, Gateshead, have been...
Rangers Offer Souness Way out of Toon
Byline: By Alan Oliver Rangers will part company with their manager Alex McLeish tonight ( and the word from Scotland is that this will increase Graeme Souness' chances of returning to Ibrox. Rangers entertain Inter Milan in the Champions League,...
Reunited
I am trying to put my family tree together and am looking for members of the family of Elizabeth Greener. Elizabeth Greener was born in April, 1897, in the Gateshead area, and married Abraham Marshall. They lived at 3, Burn Street, Gateshead, until...
Ruud Is Backed as Real Chancer
Ruud Gullit has emerged as a surprise candidate for the vacant Real Madrid coaching job. The former Newcastle and Chelsea manager has been the subject of some hefty bets with Ladbrokes, who have halved his odds to 6-1. Gullit resigned as manager...
School Axeing Protest
Byline: By Peter Young Protesters are making a new bid to stop a council closing a school and replacing it with a controversial privately sponsored city academy. Members of Newcastle city council's controlling Liberal Democrat executive backed...
Searching for the Star of the West
Byline: By Gareth Deighan and Rob White Would-be performers have the chance to show off their skills in a North East talent show. If you think you were pipped at the post for Pop Idol or you have the elusive X-factor, judges at the Westgate Road...
Six Men Whose Futures Would Be Changed
Bill Short, 74, was left desperately ill after being diagnosed with the asbestos-related lung cancer mesothelioma. Doctors at North Tyneside Hospital advised he should receive Alimta. But after discovering the drug was not available on the NHS,...
Songbook Sensation
Byline: By Gordon Barr Still wearing it well, Rod Stewart is back at the Metro Radio Arena tomorrow. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr has the details He was one of the first acts to play Newcastle's Arena. And, 10 years on, Rod Stewart is back....
Take off to a Market
Shopping abroad is increasingly popular. Here Newcastle International Airport offers a guide to markets you can fly to directly from Newcastle There are many markets to choose from in Berlin at Christmas, but perhaps the most famous is the Kaiser Wilhelm...
Taking a Pot to Beat Jimmy
Byline: By Alex Adams Snooker legend, Jimmy White, put in some practice by taking on all-comers on an exhibition tour in Tyneside. Jimmy was at King Street Social Club, in North Shields. This was the final exhibition match of a three-match...
Taylor Test for Platt
Staffordshire qualifier David Platt has been given the unenviable task of being Phil 'The Power' Taylor's first-round opponent in the Ladbrokes.com World Championship, which starts on Monday, December 19. Platt, set to make his second appearance...
Tel's Kitchen
Byline: By Jane Picken Stars turn out for restaurant opening Munching on mini-Rockafella's and sipping champagne, celebrities gathered for the long-awaited opening of Hell's Kitchen winner Terry Miller's restaurant. Top chef Gary Rhodes, former...
Time Is Right at Last for Ali
Ali Carter feels the time has come for him to fulfil his abundant potential ( and that winning the Travis Perkins UK Championship in York would be the ideal way to start. The world number 19 from Essex has long been regarded as one of the brightest...
Tis the Season of Your TV Follies
Byline: By Carol Malia We have a tradition at the BBC of compiling a Christmas tape. It is a time of year to be nervous if you are on screen, as it's a collection of out-takes and sketches. A few days before the screening, colleagues can be seen...
Turn a Page, Dads Urged
Byline: By Gareth Deighan Dads in Newcastle rarely read to their children, according to new research. Hectic schedules and long working hours mean fewer than one in five Newcastle dads read to their children, the National Literacy Trust and the...
United Behind Boss: Big Al
Byline: By Alan Oliver Skipper Alan Shearer has insisted that the Newcastle United players are all behind manager Graeme Souness, (writes Alan Oliver). Shearer, who led from the front against Aston Villa on Saturday, said today: "We are all in...
Vaughan Facing England Lay-Off
England captain Michael Vaughan will miss this month's five-match limited-overs series in Pakistan in order to have surgery on his injured knee. Vaughan left the tour at the conclusion of England's 2-0 Test series defeat on Saturday in the hope...
Vent Your Spleen
I have ways been a big fan of Robbie Williams ( until the recent TV documentary about Take That. Robbie refused to turn up for the reunion. Robbie now thinks he's become a megastar yet he's not in the same league as the likes of the Rolling Stones...
Waking Up to Homeless Plight
Byline: By Craig Hope Mark sleeps rough for charity With London's five-star hotels just seconds away, Mark Everard could have been expected to book himself in for a night of luxury. Instead, he braved bitter winds and icy air on the streets...
Winter's Story Is All Set to Warm Hearts
Youngsters making their debut in a Shakespeare story Suited and booted in their 1950s Communist costumes, these youngsters are getting ready for their debut at The Sage Gateshead. More than 30 people from across the region will perform at the...
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