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 January 13, 2006

A Beaming Baby Born
Byline: By Robin Roberts To BMW a baby, set to follow in its parents' footsteps and complete with rear wheel drive and potent engine. The latest addition also comes with luxurious appointments, handles like a dream and averages around 50 miles...
Advertising Feature - Is Luck in Store?
The more superstitious among us will be treading extra carefully on this most inauspicious day ( Friday the 13th. One of the more commonly-held superstitions in our society is that today is the most unlucky day of the year. Studies show millions...
All Change for Borders Clash
Byline: By Duncan Madsen The Falcons have made no fewer than eight changes and two positional switches for Sunday's European Challenge Cup clash against Border Reivers at Kingston Park. There are two changes in the front row as Matt Thompson...
A New Target for Demon
Connections of Racing Demon are mulling over their options after withdrawing the highly-rated six-year-old from his intended engagement at Ludlow yesterday. His absence cast a shadow over the Concha Y Toro Wines Novices' Chase, which went to odds-on...
Back Me in Bungs Row: Boss
Luton Town boss Mike Newell has challenged fellow managers to follow him in denouncing the murkier side of football transfer dealings. Newell claimed he had been offered transfer bungs by club officials and agents and insisted other managers shared...
Birthday Cake Sent 4,000 Miles to Iraq
Byline: By Owen McAteer Mum makes sure soldier son gets his chocolate treat Mum Annette Patterson used the Boys in Blue to make sure her soldier son was hand-delivered a birthday cake ( 4,000 miles away. Lance Corporal Alan Brooks received...
Bruised Vipers Face Ice Battle
Byline: By Lee Ryder Rob Wilson has pinpointed Sunday night's personal battles on the ice as the key to success in the massive Elite League clash against Belfast Giants. The biggest match of the season so far takes place at the Newcastle Arena...
Cash Aid for Pair in Licence Battle
Byline: By Peter Young Councillors left to foot pounds 2,100 legal bill after bar objections A fund has been set up to help two city councillors who were landed with a pounds 2,100 bill following a legal battle over a bar licence. The move...
Cats Underdogs
Byline: By James Hunter McCarthy's men out to cause shock of season Tommy Miller says Sunderland will have gone from favourites to underdogs in the space of seven days when they take on Chelsea this weekend. The Black Cats successfully avoided...
Chelsea's Man on a Mission
Chelsea's new loan signing Maniche is banking on a starring role for the champions to ensure he maintains his place in Portugal's squad for the World Cup finals this summer. Maniche, rescued from an unhappy spell with Dynamo Moscow in a loan deal...
Clark Will Be Ful of Confidence!
Byline: By Lee Ryder Paul Bracewell is expecting Lee Clark to pass his Craven Cottage return with flying colours as the Geordie makes his first return to Fulham tomorrow since leaving last summer. Former Newcastle midfielder Bracewell knows only...
Colourful Tale of Oddball Lives Is a Success
Breakfast on pluto (15, 129 mins) Comedy/drama. Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Gavin Friday, Brendan Gleeson. Unlike so many film-makers, director Neil Jordan has never followed the path of least critical or commercial resistance. He has steadfastly...
Crunch Time for Benitez
Liverpool face Tottenham at Anfield tomorrow for the start of a series of fixtures which could determine where they finish this season. Rafael Benitez's side are 10 points and three places better off this term than they were at the same stage last...
Death Fall in Bid to Escape Police
Byline: By Mitya Underwwod A father died after plunging more than 50ft from a roof to escape from the police, an inquest heard. Mike Ross Kubie climbed out of his kitchen window to avoid talking to officers about an alleged assault on his estranged...
Doing Your Civic Duty
Byline: By Robin Roberts Make it a New Year resolution to try the new Honda Civic if you love to drive something different. One of the most radical family cars for years hit the road this month and it's flying the Honda badge. The new Civic...
Driving Pain Away
Are you sitting comfortably? It may not be something you think about when getting into your car but picking the wrong driving position can lead to a life of back pain. According to the Osteopathic Information Service, one out of five drivers regularly...
Drunk Mum Crashed Car
Byline: By Peter Taylor Child passengers in tears ( court A drunken mother crashed a car carrying seven children after downing a pint of wine. The distraught youngsters were in tears after the smash as Victoria Jefferson drove home from a...
Eagles Star Lays Down the Law
Byline: By Paul Nilsen Whatever the result against the table-topping Scottish Rocks tonight, Newcastle can still make history and go on to lift their first ever BBL title ( according to Eagles young gun Perry Lawson, (writes Paul Nilsen). The...
Emre's Still Not Back In
Byline: By Alan Oliver Newcastle United will again be without their Turkish midfielder Emre when they go in against Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow, (writes Alan Oliver). The former Inter Milan midfielder, who has missed the last seven games...
Families' Fury at Rapist Next Door
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson and Mitya Underwwod Furious villagers today told of their anger after discovering Lotto Rapist Iorworth Hoare was living among them. Hoare has set up home on Tyneside just around the corner from Alan Shearer on Ponteland's...
Film's Over-the-Top and Underwhelming
Cry(wolf (12a, 90 mins) Horror/Thriller. Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Jon Bon Jovi, Gary Cole, Kristy Wu, Jesse Janzen, Paul James, Sandra McCoy, Ethan Cohn. Cry(Wolf, a teen horror-thriller riddled with hairpin twists, was the winning...
Focus on Estates and MPVs
Bmw 3 Max: You will not be able to take delivery in 2006 but can see it in concept form and place your order for 2007. It is intended to be a roomy rival to the Mercedes B-Class. Citroen Picasso: The current work of art is staying but late in the...
Go for It Big Al
Byline: By Alan Oliver Peter Beardsley is backing Alan Shearer to become the outright greatest goalscorer in Newcastle United's history in tomorrow's game at his former Craven Cottage stamping ground. Beardsley, Lee Clark and Paul Bracewell are...
Halt Is Called to Image Makers
Byline: By Peter Taylor A tyneside council under fire over the use of private consultants is to stop recruiting outsiders to promote its image. Newcastle's ruling Liberal Democrats have been criticised by Labour for using taxpayers' money to...
Homes Axe Bid Restarts
Byline: By Peter Young Tenants' fury at plan Council chiefs are under fire today over plans to pull down homes in a Tyneside neighbourhood despite protests. Tenants thought they'd been spared from the bulldozers when councillors shelved plans...
It Is Still Beating the Rest
Byline: By Andy Feeley An all-rounder that is neither staid nor dull The Ducati Multistrada was re-leased in 2003 as a niche machine capable of covering the whole spectrum of motorcycling. Sports riders could utilise the traditional Ducati...
I've Not Done Stand-Up for a While So It Will Be Fun
Byline: By Louise Redvers Funnyman Ben Elton heads North Funnyman Ben Elton is coming to Newcastle as part of his first stand-up tour in nearly a decade. The bespectacled comedian-cum-novelist-cum-playwright is at the City Hall on February...
King's Highway
Byline: By Simon Armstrong Hairy Bikers travel globe in search of food treats We've had Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey ( now Simon King is hoping to become the latest celebrity TV chef. The bearded food fanatic is one half of...
Latest Flight Prizeworthy
Natural flights of the human mind, by Clare Morrall, hardback by Sceptre, pounds 14.99. With her debut novel, Astonishing Splashes Of Colour, Clare Morrall picked up a Booker shortlisting. Her new offering proves this was no flash in the pan. ...
Memoirs Lacking Substance
Memoirs of a geisha (12a, 145 mins) Drama. Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Koji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Kaori Momoi. On the surface at least, Rob Marshall's lavish adaptation of Arthur Golden's intoxicating bestseller could not be...
Mick Searching for Improvement
Byline: By James Hunter Mick McCarthy insists his side have made progress in recent weeks ( even if it hasn't yet started to show in the league table, (writes James Hunter). Sunderland take on Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on Sunday in a bottom-versus-top...
More Delays Hit Spanish City Site
Byline: By Sarah Knapton Work to demolish an eyesore as the first part of a town's regeneration has been delayed. North Tyneside Council said Duncan's Amusements, on the Spanish City site at Whitley Bay, would be pulled down this month. It...
Murder Rips Families Apart ( but We're Here for Them
Byline: By Beth Neil When David Hines' daughter was murdered, he became committed to fighting for the rights of the families left behind. But despite his steely determination, the future of the organisation he set up hangs in the balance, as Chief...
My Boy Has to Wait Months for Speech Aid
Byline: By Sonia Sharma Child hit by shortage of therapists A little boy is having to wait months for an appointment with a speech therapist. Adam Gilchrist was referred for therapy after it was found he was unable to pronounce certain words...
New Boys Are Part of Family
Byline: By Steve Hughes The family car is dead. Long live the MPV! Given the plethora of new multi-purpose vehicles, or people carriers as they are often oddly referred to, you could be forgiven for thinking the conventional large family hatchback,...
Nol: We Have to Be Strong
Byline: By Alan Oliver Nobby Solano heads for West London tomorrow looking for his 50th goal in English football and claiming the match with Fulham is a game Newcastle United "must win." The popular little Peruvian's goal against Middlesbrough...
North Teacher Was Sex Pest
Byline: By Nicola Juncar A North East sex offender with convictions of indecently assaulting a child was allowed to work in schools in the region as a supply teacher. William Gibson, 59, was employed by schools in County Durham and South Tyneside...
Nuclear Bid Tender Is Withdrawn
Byline: By Louise Redvers Possible plans to build a nuclear power station in the North East have been scrapped after being blasted by all sides. The Chronicle revealed on Monday how regional development agency One NorthEast was offering pounds...
Outback Trip of Terror
Wolf Creek (Cert 18, 94 mins, Optimum Releasing, Horror/Thriller, also available to buy DVD pounds 17.99/UMD pounds 17.99) Starring: John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips. GREG Mclean's low budget horror thriller...
Paul Exchanges the Fringe for a Night on Tyneside
A new monthly comedy night starts on Tyneside next week. The Saville Exchange in North Shields will play host to Funny Bones Comedy and promises to bring the funniest performers from the UK circuit. The first comedy night is on January 21 and...
Piece by Piece: What Katie's Doing Next
Brit Award nominee Katie Melua makes her debut in Newcastle later this month. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr caught up with her There's something very beguiling about Katie Melua. Possibly the prettiest pop princess of the moment, she talks...
Police Seek New Insight
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Experts have been consulted by police trying to gain an insight into the mind of the bath-snatch man. Det Chief Insp Jim Napier, heading the hunt for the paedophile who grabbed a six-year-old from her bath, today confirmed...
Prescott Sorry for Tax Blunder
The Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, has apologised after admitting the council tax on his grace-and-favour home was mistakenly paid out of the public purse. Mr Prescott, who is in charge of the tax, said the public had footed the pounds 3,830.52...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
Woz and the gang travelled to Cramlington on recommendation, to find the praise allotted to this pub was more than justified. Pub: The Plough, Cramlington, Northumberland. Question master: Trevor Day and time of quiz: Wednesday 8.45pm Price:...
Quirk That Works
Byline: By Jon Smith Jon Smith drives the hatchback version of the Citroen C4 Almost every nation has its own traits when it comes to car making. German motors are robust, Italian cars are the sexiest, British ones ( the few left ( major on tradition...
Really Penalise These Yob Gangs
Regarding thugs beating up a young lady at Tynemouth Metro Station. The 15 attackers seem to say loud and clear to all law-abiding people that yob culture rules our streets. I can just see these morons grinning and smirking in the knowledge that...
Rembrandt to Paint a Classic Picture
Byline: By Nick Middleton Robert Alner's giant chaser Sir Rembrandt can bounce back to winning ways in the totesport Classic Chase at Warwick tomorrow. The former Gold Cup runner-up has been disappointing so far this campaign, but an improved...
Reunited
I am writing in the hope that, through your paper, you could help me find an old RAF friend of mine from some 50 years ago. We served together at RAF Wildenrath, Germany, and I knew he lived in the Fenham area of Newcastle. I wrote some months...
Rosecliff Now Festival-Bound
Byline: By William Hayler Andrew Balding is much better known as a trainer of high-class Flat performers than for his exploits with his small team of jumpers. But he can do the business when he gets the right sort of horse for the winter game,...
Sage Puts Women in Spotlight
Byline: By Alan Nichol In the next couple of weeks The Sage Gateshead has a string of shows which put women firmly in the spotlight. No doubt this is simply a programming quirk but it provides the perfect opportunity to show the breadth of talent...
Sex Pictures Warden Quits
Byline: By Vince Gledhill A lollipop man suspended after he denied courtroom claims he took photographs up women's skirts has resigned. The charge that Maurice Threadgold caused a public nuisance by snapping women without them knowing was thrown...
Shamed Solicitor Declared Bankrupt
Byline: By Louise Redvers A solicitor struck off for raiding the estates of dead clients has been declared bankrupt. Peter Shipston was a partner in the firm of Pawson and Murray, in Stanley, County Durham, but was struck off at a Solicitors'...
Sights Set Higher for Prince
Byline: By Robert Pratt Prince of Slane put up a sound staying performance to win the catterickbridge.co.uk Handicap Chase yesterday and earn a possible tilt at some decent prizes this spring. A few jumping errors saw the 4-1 shot get well behind...
Site Swamped by Rail Trip Offer
Thousands of you are letting the train take the strain to enjoy cut-price rail trips. Our brilliant promotion with GNER means you can travel to London for just pounds 15 return, and York or Edinburgh for pounds 10 return. We have more than 70,000...
Smoke on the Water
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson Shocked workmen discovered a clutch of cannabis plants washed up on the banks of the Tyne. The Newcastle City Council workers were painting railings at the bottom of Pottery Bank when they went to wash their brushes...
Spanish Splendour
Byline: By Gordon Barr La Vina 42-50 Grey Street, Newcastle. Tel: (0191) 260 3533 Email: newcastle@lavina.co.uk A tapas restaurant in Blighty must be doing something right if Spaniards themselves choose to eat there. Such is the case...
Staff Stopped Worse Attack
Byline: By Rob Kennedy Metro operator Nexus has praised its security guards who intervened in a brutal attack. Heather Peacock told the Chronicle how she was left black and blue by a gang of 15 yobs after she asked them to stop harassing her...
Stars' Battle with Bulge
Celebrities bid to shed pounds on TV show Geordies aren't exactly renowned for their love of healthy eating. But now two North East celebrity salad dodgers are determined to do their bit to put things right. Sunday Mirror columnist and West Allotment...
Star Spot
They might not be quite so swish on the pitch these days, but off it those Newcastle United boys certainly know how to dine in style. French defender JEAN ALAIN BOUMSONG was spotted with a gang of youngsters at Japanese restaurant Hanahana in Newcastle's...
Star Who Acts and Sounds the Part
You often hear about actors suffering for their art ( but for once you really have to have some sympathy for Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang. The House Of Flying Daggers star seemed to have hit the jackpot when she scooped the main role in Memoirs Of...
Swish Italian Job from Kia
Byline: By Bill McCarthy The Sorento is named after the swish Italian resort of Sorrento and is just as stylish ( if, strangely, not spelt in the same way. Strip off the badges, take away the radio and swap the indicator and wiper stalks and...
Teenager Denies Any Part in Death
Byline: By Garry Willey A teenager told a jury how he watched but never joined in as a friend launched a kicking attack on murdered down-and-out Trevor Yallop. Prosecutors claim Stephen Wright followed up Hugh Lambert's "merciless" assault on...
Testing Our Patience
Byline: By Steve Hughes I was reading some police detection and conviction statistics the other day which reveal crime does pay. If you break a house, snatch a handbag or spray graffiti on to a wall, your chances of being caught and convicted...
The Nature of Music
Byline: By Richard Yates There will be new insights into music that describes the natural world and its changing seasons, thanks to two linked concerts on Tyneside next week. One of Europe's leading interpreters of the Baroque repertoire, Nicholas...
Time Warp Time Again
Byline: By Gordon Barr Ballet and a sweet transvestite are heading for the region's premier theatre this month. Entertainment Editor, Gordon Barr, has the details You maybe wouldn't normally associate Newcastle's Theatre Royal Newcastle with...
Tony Horne - the People's Voice
Byline: By Tony Horne This morning on Metro Radio, Friday the 13th, became lucky for me as one of my all-time heroes bounced into my studio, promoting books, plays, TV shows, musicals and a stand up comedy tour. `Yes, indeed, a little bit of...
Toon Are Craven Cottage Cheers
Byline: By John Gibson If you are poorly a weekend at the cottage can do wonders for your health. So Newcastle United hope for such bracing air tomorrow to lift and invigorate spirits laid low of recent times. United head to Craven Cottage...
Traffic Jam Images Up for Sale
Highways Agency officials who have refused to widen North East roads to beat jams plan to sell images of congestion to motorists. CCTV images will be beamed to mobile phones to help drivers plan journeys that will avoid heavy congestion. But...
Tynesider Didn't Have Feet of Clay
Byline: By Rob Kennedy It spawned Wallace and Gromit, Morph and The Chicken Run, and has been a children's favourite for decades. Throughout generations of children there has hardly been a youngster in the land who hasn't got themselves up to...
Vent Your Spleen
Tony Blair is a lucky boy. His lies and deception over Iraq haven't apparently dented his image, but haven't we all been hoodwinked in the process? His main Labour opponents like Mo Mowlem and Robin Cook have been silenced forever and chief opposition...
Vitara's a High Flier
Byline: By Bill McCarthy You might have seen the TV programme Extreme Makeover, where a home is literally ripped apart and put together as something altogether more superior. Well, over the years, Suzuki has been doing this with the Vitara, trying...
War's Ravages
Jarhead (15, 123 mins) Drama/comedy/action. Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Chris Cooper. A man goes to war. Afterwards he comes home and he sees that whatever he does with his life, he will always remain in the desert....
We Need a Voice
Byline: By Victoria MacMillan Bell In her Lady Driver column, Victoria MacMillan Bell takes issue with the macho mani-festations of who says what about new cars Have you ever wondered how the Car of the Year judges arrive with their top pick...
Wobbly Arch to Reflect River's History
Byline: By Linda Richards A wobbling archway could become a major landmark on Tyneside. Artist Lulu Quinn has been commissioned to create the dynamic glass artwork on an illuminated piazza on the banks of the Tyne in Gateshead. The pounds...
Woman on Stab Charge
Byline: By Brenda Hickman A woman has been charged with wounding after Lee Brown was left with a blade buried in his back. The carving knife was in so deep it punctured his lung, causing it to collapse. As the Chronicle revealed in September,...
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