Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 3, 2006

Academics Name School UK's Best
Byline: By Nicola Juncar A tyneside school has been named the best in the country in a study that has produced alternative league tables. Larkspur Community Primary School in Beacon Lough East, Gateshead, was held up as the best nationwide by...
A Grande Offering
Byline: By Edward Stephens Six million drivers own a Fiat Punto but now it has a big brother: the Grande Punto. The existing Punto is still being produced alongside the Grande, but here the plan is to limit it to entry level. As its name suggests,...
A Hair-Raising Performance
Byline: By Gordon Barr Ex-EastEnders actor, Shaun Williamson, plays Monty and just about does a full monty in Saturday Night Fever, as he reveals to Entertainment Editor, Gordon Barr No matter what he does, actor Shaun Williamson will probably...
Ahoy to Another Tall Ship Event?
Byline: By Adam Jupp The Tall Ships could be coming back to Toon. The glorious vessels graced the Tyne last summer, attracting millions of visitors and creating a giant boost to the economy. Now Newcastle-Gateshead has been invited by organisers...
An SUV Bringing X-Factor to Roads
Byline: By Peter Keenan Imagine for a moment that your company produces an excellent sports utility vehicle. It wins awards and is lauded by the motoring Press ( but there's a snag. How do you persuade the buyers of family estates and hatchbacks...
A Whole World of Laughter Opens Up
Laughs galore are promised in Newcastle, this weekend. Tonight, at the Funny Bones Comedy Club, at the Corner House, in Heaton, a diverse range of comedians will be taking the stage. Headlining the evening of laughter is the half Irish, half...
Ben to Paper in Woods Deal
Byline: By Duncan Madsen Falcons flanker Ben Woods has become the latest player to sign a new contract with the club, having today completed a two-year deal which will keep him at Kingston Park until the summer of 2008. The 23-year-old openside...
Caged in by Experience
Nicolas Cage stars in The Weather Man, in cinemas from today Nicolas Cage admits he drew on personal experience to play the troubled father at the heart of his new comedy/drama The Weather Man. "This is a coming-of-middle-age story about a guy...
Cats Aim to Claw Back Some Pride
Byline: By Lee Ryder Tommy Miller feels the heat will be off Sunderland when they make their first visit to the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday. The Easington-born midfield battler will return to the fray against Manchester City after missing...
Caught in Deadly Slick of Oil
Syriana (15, 127mins) Drama/Thriller. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Alexander Siddig, Amanda Peet, Max Minghella, Michelle Monaghan, Chris Cooper, Gina Gershon, Christopher McDonald, Tim Blake Nelson, Greta Scacchi, Mark Strong, Jeffrey Wright, Dagmara...
Check out the Czech
Byline: By Jonathan Smith I remember the first Skoda I ever saw. Still at junior school and still in short pants, one thing about it impressed me as I carefully inspected the cabin: it was the only car I'd been in that was fitted with reclining...
Claymore to Strike Gold at Newbury
Byline: By Anita Chambers Claymore can warm up for a possible Cheltenham Festival run with victory in tomorrow's Vodafone Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury. Oliver Sherwood's charge is entered in the Racing Post Plate at the Prestbury Park jamboree...
Clock on to Laptop Rogues
When Nissan introduced its latest vehicle, the excellent new Note, a couple of weeks ago, the company said it was aimed primarily at families with young children. Asked if it would come with the option of DVD screens in the backs of the head rests...
Council Seeing Red over Column
Toxic-tongued Kathy Secker had obviously dipped her nib in warm ricin when she penned her most recent column. Kathy, or should that be Catty, tore into one town hall worker employed by Newcastle City Council as its graffiti co-ordinator. "Now...
Doyle Continues on Up and Up
Byline: By William Hayler James Doyle continued to make a name for himself when getting Kindlelight Debut home in a tight finish for the Betdirect Free-phone 0800 211222 Fillies' Handicap at Lingfield yesterday. The young rider has been gaining...
Driver's Pounds 4,500 Payout after Smash
Byline: By Jane Picken Dad awarded cash for neck injuries A driver injured after his van was hit by a lorry has won a compensation battle four years on. Keith Lowes, from Greenside, near Ryton, Gateshead, was given pounds 4,500 after a hearing...
Elderly Woman Was Hit by Door
Byline: By Sarah Knapton Accident verdict Pensioners in a care home have been advised to take extra care after an elderly woman died when she was knocked to the ground by a heavy door. Mary Murphy, known as Edna, had gone to the door after...
Emre's Praise for Midfield Partner Parker
Byline: By Lee Ryder Turkish star Emre has revealed he is looking forward to dropping back into his usual midfield role with his stint in attack almost over, (writes Lee Ryder). United skipper Alan Shearer is close to returning following his...
Get a Bargain ( Not a Banger
Make sure you know what to check when buying a used car If you're buying a car from a dealer, second-hand or at an auction, most people know you should always check the car's log book or registration document to validate the ownership, accuracy...
Glitter Jailed for Sex Acts
A vietnamese court today convicted former British pop star Gary Glitter of molesting two Vietnamese girls and sentenced him to three years in prison. Glitter, 61, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was found guilty of committing obscene acts...
Good Food Spoiled by the Smoke
Byline: By Gordon Barr Entertainment Editor, Gordon Barr, was fuming at the fumes at a Tyneside restaurant ( but how did the food fare? Later this month a smoking ban starts in restaurants in Scotland. It will happen here next year. The good...
Hogg Roasts India Line-Up
Four Matthew Hoggard successes were integral to England stamping their authority on the first Test against India at Nagpur. Yorkshire swing bowler Hoggard struck three times in his opening three overs and grabbed another wicket early in the middle...
Honda Format Has Six Appeal
His view: Pound for pound, Honda probably makes the best cars in the world. They may not be the most exciting, apart from the scorching NSX, but who else can really stake a claim to such consistent engineering excellence, satisfying styling, reliability...
I'm in the Clear
Byline: By Jane Picken Burns victim's scars almost disappear with pioneering surgery Burns victim Abbie Beattie was facing a lifetime of severe scarring and cruel jibes from her young school-mates. But thanks to pioneering surgery at the closure-threatened...
Is It a Gamble?
Byline: By Peter Young Casinos are on the agenda A vital decision on plans for a controversial Las Vegas-style super casino in Newcastle is expected by the end of the month. The Government, which will be granting casino licenses, is asking...
It's Time to Act
Yobbish behaviour makes the lives of law abiding citizens a misery. And today we highlight two stories which show why there is a real need to continue to try and tackle them. In Wallsend, a doctor's surgery has had to temporarily close its doors...
Legacy Is a Gift from Subaru
Byline: By Stewart Smith Subaru is probably best known in the UK for its ultra-sporty Impreza WRX saloon which, with its mind-blowing performance and mean looks, is a boy racer's dream. However, the Japanese company's other saloon, the roomy...
Lewsey Desperate to Avoid More Pain
Leicester and Wasps will renew their fierce rivalry tomorrow ( with England star Josh Lewsey desperate to avoid the pain of defeat. Lewsey and several of his England colleagues will line up at the Millennium Stadium just a week after suffering their...
Man Held after Alleged Teen Rape
A man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender after a teenager was allegedly raped in a takeaway. Police stopped Harjinder Singh, 32, in Birmingham. The alleged attack on a 17-year-old happened at the Spice Mahal in Craghead,...
Man's Body Is Found in Street
Byline: By Brenda Hickman and Sarah Knapton A murder-style inquiry is underway after a man's body was found in a street by a dog walker. The young man was found collapsed and paramedics called to the scene tried in vain to revive him. He was...
New Arrest in Fixing Inquiry
Police have arrested another jockey as part of their investigations into allegations of race-fixing. The jockey was arrested in Cumbria on Thursday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, a statement from the City of London Police confirmed....
NSU That Dared Look Ahead
Byline: By Ian Johnson With its wedge-shaped profile and modern lines, the NSU Ro80, launched in 1967, would not look out of place today. This large saloon looked the model of German normality, until you drove it. Get in and you are faced...
Pet Ship Boys
Byline: By Paul McMillan Pop superstars the Pet Shop Boys will stage a special summer concert in front of thousands at a famous Tyneside shipyard. The duo, who have enjoyed a string of hits including West End Girls and It's a Sin, will be appearing...
Pit Closure Cost Pounds 3m in Payouts
Byline: By Paul McMillan Uk Coal lost pounds 62.2m by shutting mines Paying off 350 miners at the North East's last deep pit cost a struggling energy firm pounds 3m it was revealed. In its annual accounts, UK Coal posted a total loss of pounds...
Police Caution Car Chief's Son
Football fan Nicholas Hardie has accepted a police caution over a bust up with Sunderland chairman Bob Murray. The incident in top Tyneside Indian restaurant Vujon happened last year when Mr Murray and his wife, Sue, had been dining with Black Cats...
Pounds 1,000 Reward to Catch Arsonist
Byline: By Craig Hope Shocked neighbours have pulled together to offer a pounds 1,000 reward after a disabled man's car was set alight and the blaze spread to his house. Ellis Rawson, 55, was sleeping in his home on Ravenshill Hill Road in West...
Pressure? What Pressure?
Byline: By Alan Oliver Glenn Roeder insists his impromptu return to Premiership management has not been accompanied by a huge injection of pressure, (writes Alan Oliver). Newcastle's Academy chief has slipped easily into the role of caretaker...
Pub Quiz Uncovered ?
This venue was very busy on this occasion but it seems that the majority were not there for the quiz and, after what ensued, it was not surprising. Pub: The Gunner, Preston Road, North Shields. Question Master: Steve Day and Time of Quiz:...
Reunited
I am trying to trace the family of my late great-uncle John, also called Jack, Coulson. Jack was born in 1869 and in 1892 he married Emma, nee Nicholson. Jack worked as a waterman and lived all his married life in Bedford Place in All Saints, Newcastle,...
Robbie: Be Braced for Bolton Battering!
Robbie Elliott has warned Newcastle United to dust off their tin hats because they might be needed against his old club Bolton tomorrow. Wanderers have been attacked by certain sections of the media as well as rival Premiership managers Rafael Benitez...
Roeder Is Facing a Battle
Byline: By Alan Oliver Glenn roeder is fighting it out with Alan Pardew, his successor at West Ham, for the February Manager of the Month award, (writes Alan Oliver). That is the intriguing position the Newcastle United caretaker manager finds...
Savage Attack
Byline: By Vince Gledhill Man's ribs, jaw and cheekbone broken ( for cans of beer Vicious thugs caused this damage to Paul Wood for just four cans of lager. Thieves pounced as Mr Wood, 40, was walking through an alley in Bedlington Station,...
Scooter Is Hot Stuff for Young Guns
Byline: By Steve Hughes Unashamedly aiming to attract impressionable teenagers, Italian bike maker Aprilia has launched what it calls a "teen-dream" sports scooter which mimics the styling of the firm's high-powered racing machines. And to make...
Scores Join Our Call for Aaron Inquiry
Byline: By Adam Jupp Petitions supporting the Chronicle Answers for Aaron campaign are flooding in. Tragic Aaron O'Neil was brutally murdered by his evil dad ( and failed by the system that should have protected him from his unfit parents. ...
Snap Up a Piece of the Past
Byline: By Linda Richards History is going under the hammer. A stained glass window panel and a dinner service from a Tyneside landmark are to be sold at auction. Bidders will compete for the items from Saltwell Towers, one of Gateshead's...
Sort out Free Travel Fiasco, Demand MPs
Byline: By Bill Jacobs Transport chief under pressure over funding Two Labour MPs are putting pressure on their own Government over the old folk's free travel fiasco. Nick Brown and Dave Clelland have turned up the pressure over the pounds...
Star Tells of Her Byker Grove Teaching Lessons
Denise's class act Geordie glamourpuss Denise Welch has revealed the true reason behind Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec's success. When the three of them were kids on the set of Byker Grove, the former Soldier Soldier and Coronation Street actress...
Street Menace Hit with Second Asbo
Byline: By Louise Redvers A notorious Tyneside yob has become one of the first in Britain to be hit with a second Asbo. Anthony Richard Nichol, 20, has been a menace to people living in Cowgate and Blakelaw, Newcastle, for more than seven years....
Swede Dreams
Swedish car maker Saab is tripping the light fantastic with its flagship estate car in the 9-3 range. With headlamps so bright they scythe through darkness like a laser beam and rear lamp clusters which are a design feature in themselves, the Aero...
The Boys of '66 Are in Toon
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Members of the 1966 World Cup winning squad were reunited last night for a charity bash on Tyneside. Six players from the most famous England football team ever were at St James' Park to help raise cash for a new children's...
The Sounds of Freedom
Byline: By Alan Nichol Restless spirits could easily be the theme of this week's column, with visits from a clutch of artists who have wriggled free of any musical comfort zone. Spanish guitarist Eduardo Niebla illustrates the point perfectly...
Tiger Tames the Monster
Byline: By Mark Garrod The Blue Monster course at Doral in Florida appears to hold no fears for world No 1 Tiger Woods. After finishing last year's Ford Champion-ship with rounds of 63 and 66 to beat Phil Mickelson by one, Woods has started this...
Tony Horne - the People's Voice
Byline: By Tony Horne Back down to earth this week after a lightning trip last weekend to the Venice Carnival. It sounds outrageous, doesn't it, as though I have pots of money ( "Oh he's just flown off to Venice for the weekend" ( but as you...
Tributes to Leading Tyneside Politician
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Mourners gathered to pay tribute to a leading figure of Tyneside politics who brought the Metro to the region. Michael Campbell was the first leader of the Tyne and Wear Council when it was formed in 1973. During his...
Tyneside Is the Winner
Goal! (Cert 12, 114 mins, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Drama/Romance, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99) Starring: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Marcel Iures, Stephen Dillane, Kieran O'Brien, Sean Pertwee, Cassandra Bell, Greg...
United Wait on Alan
Byline: By Alan Oliver Glenn Roeder has pledged to go in with "all guns blazing" against Bolton Wanderers at St James' Park tomorrow if Alan Shearer is fit again after his hamstring injury. But Roeder's plans to take the bull by the horns and...
Vent Your Spleen
To the moron who scratched my car on Monday, February 27, at approximately 2.45pm at Salter's Road car park. I hope he rots in hell. DH, Gosforth The amount of sleaze and scandal in this Government is absolutely disgusting. They seem to be trying...
Versatile Enough for Seven
Byline: By Andy Richards The arrival of the multi-functional Mazda5 was timely. I was about to set off on a family holiday with my wife and our two children, who are 13 and 10 respectively. In addition, one of my son's school pals was also coming...
Volvo Reveals Cutting Edge
Byline: By Steve Hughes Steve Hughes looks at two new models from Volvo Looks matter and Volvo is on a mission to transform its image from worthy-but-dull to cutting-edge in the style stakes. Nowhere is the impending transformation of its...
We're under Siege
Byline: By Mitya Underwood Repeated vandal attacks force temporary closure of surgery Vandals have forced a busy Tyneside doctors' surgery to close after repeated attacks. Yobs have targeted the Priory Medical Group Surgery, in Addington Drive,...
Whose Dream Will Come True?
Byline: By Gordon Barr It's the final day of showcasing our Dream Date entries, all looking for that luxury trip away with the partner of their dreams. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr has the details Tomorrow we will be revealing our Dream Date...
Why Was Aaron Not Protected?
I, like so many other normal human beings, read the story of poor Aaron O'Neil's torture and subsequent murder by his father with disbelief and anger. I'm not ashamed to admit my eyes filled up with tears thinking of the pain that little boy must...
Why We Can Give City a Shock
Byline: By Lee Ryder Sunderland midfielder Rory Delap is confident his side can emerge from their trip to Eastlands with victory after insisting Manchester City can be beaten, (writes Lee Ryder). The ex-Southampton star has fond memories of visiting...
Williams Learns from Errors
The line-up for the Welsh Open quarter-finals is not so much a who's who of snooker as a who's that? The game's top eight ranked stars have all been eliminated in Newport and only four top-16 players have survived to the last-eight. But among...
Wonder Drug's Double Whammy
Byline: By Jane Picken Patients living for years rather than just months Cancer wonder drug Alimta is better than previously thought. The drug can keep people with asbestos-related lung cancer alive for up to five years rather than just months...
Wonderful Light and Shade
The Weather Man (15, 101 mins) Comedy/drama. Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Hope Davis, Nicholas Hoult. Director: Gore Verbinski. Released: Friday The Weather Man is a beautifully crafted character study of a middle-aged father-of-two desperate...
You'll Get the Right Result Glenn ( Positively
Byline: By John Gibson Now forgive me if I contemplate for a wee while. You see, I must be careful, we all must. Glenn Roeder is listening, watching and reading and he does not appreciate negativity. It sends him scatty, apparently. For example,...
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