Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from September 2, 2005

A New Slant on Driving
Byline: By Chris Russon Warnings about objects in mirrors being closer than you think are common these days on many a car from the Far East. Normally they are on the concave glass of the door mirrors, just as an added alert. In the case of...
A Webb of Intrigue at the Theatre
Byline: By Gordon Barr Heading the bill takes on a whole new meaning at the Theatre Royal from tonight, as Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr finds out I've already gone quackers!" laughs actor Sean Foley as he psyches himself up to saw a woman...
Bell Sounds on Very Bright Cricket Future
Ian bell views England's Oval showdown for the Ashes as a match which can inspire a glut of potential future stars. Warwickshire batsman Bell, England's youngest player at 23, can understand the draw of Premiership football to Britain's schoolchildren...
Big Clean-Up
Byline: By Sarah Knapton Businesses and homeowners were today counting the cost of the latest flooding to hit the region. Insurers predict claims will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds after Wednesday's downpour, which wrecked carpets,...
Bowyer Case Delay
Soccer ace Lee Bowyer will not now face a court hearing next week over his pitch bust-up with team mate Kieron Dyer. His lawyer Steven Barker, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Northumbria Police and court officials have all been informed that...
Boy Racers Are Caught on Camera
Byline: By Sarah Knapton Dangerous off-road bikers have been caught on camera under a new scheme by Northumbria police. These pictures are of bikes seized from riders who had used them to race on waste land in the North Shields area. Police...
Brown Seeks Loan Star Role
Byline: By James Hunter Chris brown is preparing to go out on loan with a clutch of Championship sides interested in taking the Sunderland front man. The arrival of strikers Jon Stead, Andy Gray and Anthony Le Tallec over the summer means Brown's...
Bundle of Fun
Byline: By Maxine Ashford Big may be beautiful, but when it comes to a nippy little hatchback that has bundles of room, the Citroen C3 model has plenty of appeal. The French giant recently introduced a sporty version of its C3 hatchback model...
Burglar Stumbled on Dead Widow
Byline: By Garry Willey A raider fled with a widow's possessions even after finding her dead in the shower. Alice Hutchinson, 94, had already died of natural causes when Gavin Gage smashed his way into her home last month. The 22-year-old,...
Carlos Is a Survivor
Byline: By Alan Nichol Tales of excess among some members of the music fraternity are legion, but one of this week's visitors gets straight-A marks in every applicable subject. The core curriculum of drink, drugs, divorce and despair are all...
Change Has Made a World of Difference
Byline: By Beth Neil G'day! Do you have a loved one over in Australia? Would you like to be reunited? The Chronicle has teamed up with Telewest Broadband for a very special competition. Chief Features Writer Beth Neil has the details and speaks...
Clark Buring to Prove Point
Byline: By Alan Oliver Newcastle United midfielder Lee Clark is ready to toil in the heat of Malaga tonight ( to put himself in line for an ever hotter occasion. For Clark has his eyes set on United's match with his former club Fulham a week...
Clearly Very Entertaining
On a clear day (12a, 98mins) Drama. Peter Mullan, Brenda Blethyn, Billy Boyd, Ron Cook, Sean McGinley, Benedict Wong, Jamie Sives. Released: September 2 Life begins at 40, or so the saying goes... except in the ultra-competitive employment market....
Close to Perfection
Byline: By Val Jessop Her view: If the roll of the electronic dice proves lucky this week, I'm on my way to Mercedes' factory in Sindelfingen. But even if the ping pong balls don't emerge with the right numbers, there's always my handful of...
Confessions of Lisa Marshall
Tuesday While most people are distressed at the thought of going back to work after a long bank holiday weekend, I am thoroughly mortified because I also had the whole of last week off and it's time to get back to the grindstone. The alarm goes...
Diamond Has Cut for Down Under
Brian ellison hopes to run Carte Diamond in both the Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup and the Emirates Melbourne Cup. Ellison's charge finished an excellent runner-up behind Sergeant Cecil in the totesport Ebor and will bid for glory on two fronts...
Don't Cruise for Gay Sex
Byline: By Peter Young Gay men cruising for sex have been warned to stay away from a popular beauty spot during a top level summit of European ministers. Northumbria Police are throwing a security blanket around Gosforth Park in Newcastle during...
Double Signing Puts a Pair of Aces in Our Pack
It's fantastic to have Owen but even better to have Nobby back as he should never been sold in the first place. ( BILLY, Blaydon FINALLY we've got someone with pace up front. Before Owen, we didn't have anyone with pace that could overtake a caravan...
Drive Taxis out of Pedestrian Zone
Is there a pedestrian zone in Newcastle or not? The area around the monument has signs displayed stating no access to cars as the area is a pedestrian zone. This is continually ignored by ignorant and annoying taxi drivers. They see the monument...
Early Welsh Fire Must Be Doused
Byline: By John Gibson There are but four games left as we count down to the World Cup finals in Germany. Wales won't be there ( they never are ( but will England? Despite a friendly poke in the eye from the Danes, the answer must surely be...
Estate's Pioneer Leaving Her Role
Byline: By Louise Redvers For 20 years she has given her all to a troubled Tyneside estate. But now, at 57, Carole Bell is taking a step back and standing down from her role at the Meadow Well Community Centre in North Shields. A life-long...
Factory Is Up for Sale
Byline: By Paul McMillan After axing more than 760 workers an electronics giant is set to rake in pounds 5m from its former factory. LG Philips has now officially put its 490,000 sq ft site in Belmont Industrial Park, Durham, on the market. ...
Falcons to Enter the Sharks' Den
Byline: By Duncan Madsen The talking will stop and the action begin when the Falcons open the new 2005/06 Guinness Premiership campaign against their old rivals Sale Sharks at Edgeley Park, Stockport tonight. Both clubs have recruited heavily...
Family Favourites
Byline: By Matt Casey Meet the model family. These three sisters have all been snapped up by a modelling agency and are hoping to hit the big time. Pretty teenagers Danielle and Christina Chin and 10-year-old Vikky are real head turners. ...
Fly a Friend Back Home
Someone special moved Down Under? Love to see them at home again? Enter our fantastic competition from Telewest Broadband and you could soon be reunited in the airport arrivals lounge. `Togetherness' gives you one of the best feelings in life;...
Ford's Starring Role
Byline: By Malcolm Robertshaw Seven years ago, Ford took centre stage at the Geneva Show with the world premier of the Ford Focus, a new creation making an extraordinary leap forward for the family hatchback. It was a car which would change for...
Foster's Durham Senior League
Byline: JEFF BOWRON Durham produced a fine comeback against bottom club Derbyshire to put their championship bid back on track and set up an intriguing final day, (writes JEFF BOWRON). The Riversiders, already trailing by 96 runs after the first...
Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League
Byline: By James Hunter Leaders Ashington can turn the four-horse race for the NTSL title into a three-horse race if they beat Swalwell tomorrow. Victory for the Colliers would end Swalwell's title hopes and put Ashington, who lost by a solitary...
Fury at Tunnel Delays
Byline: By Sarah Knapton Industry bosses and residents living in streets earmarked for demolition today criticised a legal challenge expected to bring further delays to a second Tyne Tunnel. The pounds 185 million scheme was given the green light...
Go Forth for Indian Jewel
Byline: By Anthony Hendon Sachins, Forth Banks, Newcastle (0191) 261 9035 Location, location, location goes the property speculator's mantra. But if it also applies to the success of a restaurant, you might think Sachins has a bit of a mountain...
Gutsy Pathfinder
Byline: By Stewart Smith The new Nissan Pathfinder will have the tree-huggers weeping into their muesli, but then who really cares about them except themselves? I for one don't take too much notice of them. They keep banging on about cars destroying...
Honoured for Capturing Killer
Byline: By Linda Richards A grieving mum flew to Jersey for a ceremony to honour the man who caught her daughter's killer. Marjorie Burns was on the holiday island yesterday to see Felipe Henriques receive a bravery award from Chief of Police,...
Houston, He Has a Problem Playing the Waiting Game
Welshman Garry Houston had a long time to wait for his second round in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland today. After the lowest round of his European tour career, a six-under-par 65, had given him a share of the lead with David Carter and...
Impressive Nidhaal Raises Her Sights
Nidhaal will have her sights raised to Group One company after an impressive victory in the Listed EBF Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury. The daughter of Observatory was sent off the 5-4 favourite on the strength...
Is It a New Mondeo?
Byline: By Chris Russon With a design that is almost off the scale in terms of "wow factor", Ford is planning to take Europe's biggest motor show by storm. The Iosis concept car not only shows how Ford is viewing its future ( it is also a broad...
It Gets Better the Further You Go
Byline: By Robin Roberts A manufacturer which has made a success out of the world's only rotary engined coupAs and one of the best selling sports cars ever to drop its top must be on to something when it turns its attention to a small car. You...
It's a Voyager of Discovery
Byline: By Peter Keenan There are two things about the Chrysler Grand Voyager that defy the look and image of this genial giant. The first is a plus point. Despite its bulk this people carrier handles exceptionally well, is easy to park, and...
Jeremy Hart Looks at an Affordable Rally Car from Ford
Byline: By Jeremy Hart Af-Ford-able road to rallying Ford has taken rallying back to the future by launching an affordable competition car that gives WRC thrills at road car money. The Fiesta ST Group N is a showroom specification version...
Jocelyn Belts Back
Soul legend Jocelyn Brown returns to the Apartment Luxebar in Newcastle on Sunday. A capacity crowd last enjoyed Brown perform her biggest gig there last October, when she proved such a hit she stayed on stage to belt out extra numbers. "I was...
Kangoo Trekka Takes a Hike
Byline: By Steve Hughes Renault has axed the four wheel drive Trekka version of the Kangoo in a rationalisation of the range. Poor sales of the pounds 12,600 so-called lifestyle vehicle have resulted in its premature demise together with the...
Keeping Eye on Tailgaters
Byline: By Steve Hughes Surveys reveal tailgating is every motorist's worst nightmare. It occurs when all you want to do is drive along a motorway at 70mph, keeping a safe distance from the car in front. You look in your mirror and see the vehicle...
Latest Jetta Looms Large
Byline: By David Whinyates Don't let the marketing hype fool you ( Volkswagen's latest, so-called 'compact' sports saloon is, in fact, far from being compact. At 4.55 metres long, the new VW Jetta is more than 18cms longer than the outgoing Bora...
Lock Him Away for What He Did
Byline: By Amanda Crook Crash victim Patrick Wallace today urged magistrates to jail the drink-driver who wrecked his life. He spoke out as Edward Parkin, known as Gary, admitted he was almost twice the legal limit when he crashed through a central...
Making a Splash to Reach the Big Time
If ever an actor deserved to put his feet up and take things easy, it's Peter Mullan. The 45-year-old has made a huge splash with his latest film On A Clear Day, opening today, by portraying a man who attempts to swim the Channel. And although...
Memorable Classic
Byline: By Ian Johnson One of my earliest `company cars' was a rattly and very basic Austin A35 van. Well it wasn't quite a company car, but a newspaper delivery van that was handed to me to do my rural calls as a young weekly newspaper reporter....
Mum Charged with Murdering Baby
Byline: By Brenda Hickman The mother of a baby boy who died in a house fire was appearing in court today accused of his murder. Danielle Wails, 21, was charged last night with killing her four-month-old son who perished in a blaze at their home...
My Hurricane Shelter Hell
Byline: By Matt Casey A North East student caught up in the horror of Hurricane Katrina phoned his parents to tell them he is safe. Jamie Trout told them of his four days of "hell" at the New Orleans Superdome shelter. The 22-year-old economics...
Owen Inspiring the Gamblers
Byline: By Paul McMillan City money men today labelled Newcastle's record signing of Michael Owen a gamble which could turn out to be a cash winner. The Toon broke the bank to land the pounds 17m striker and are thought to have spent a total...
Owen Mania Hits United Squad
Byline: By Alan Oliver Lee clark has revealed that the Newcastle United players in Spain for tonight's friendly with Malaga have gone Michael Owen crazy. Geordie boy Clark told me today there is only one topic of conversation among the United...
Power Behind Wheels
Byline: By Steve Hughes Volvo has made massive improvements to the diesel engines of its vehicles, including the XC90 model, which are the preferred choice of more than 60% of its buyers. The D5 engine's power output increases from 163bhp to...
Red Eye Has a Real Air of Suspense
Red eye (12a, 85mins) Thriller. Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays, Jack Scalia, Beth Toussaint. Released: September 2 (UK & Ireland) EVERY time you board an airplane, you unknowingly take part in a lottery. The first...
Region Used by Crime's Mr Bigs
Byline: By Adam Jupp Crime syndicates are targeting the North East to smuggle drugs and phoney designer goods into Britain. Posing as holidaymakers, gangs of crooks are filling suitcases with cigarettes and drugs to flood the region's pubs and...
Results
Durham Deerness Valley School No. of A* to G passes Tony Arrowsmith 6, Ben Ather 10, Christine Atkinson 10, Simon Bainbridge 5, Christopher Barton 6.5, Kirsty Barwick 6.5, Laura Bayles 11.5, Claire Bell 10, Melissa Bloomfield 7.5, John Bolton...
Results
Gateshead Whickham School No. of Passes (A*-G) Ahmed Shauna, 12, Airey Michael, 9, Alderson Jamie, 13, Ali Hassan, 12, Almond Hayley, 12, Anderson Claire, 14, Archbold Gary, 12, Archer Callum, 11, Aydon,Adam, 13, Bairstow Andrew, 13, Batcheler...
Results
Sunderland Houghton Kepier School, Sunderland No. of A* to G passes Adamson, Lisa 10.5, Allen, Paul 10.5, Allison, David 11.5, Andrews Jack, 11, Ashman, Ian 10, Avery, Nathan, 1, Ayre, David 8, Bainbridge, Michaela 8.5, Baines, Laura, 12.5,...
Results
Newcastle Royal Grammar School No. of A*, A, B, C, total. Akehurst, Thomas M 4 3 2 1 10, Akhtar, Naveed 7 3 0 0 10, Andrews, Christopher A R 0 8 3 0 11, Appleby, John-David 3 5 2 0 10, Baek, Ji Un U 1 3 6 0 10, Banerji, Christopher 9 0 1 0...
Reunited
Could anyone please help? I am trying to find my brother. We were split up in 1960 when our mother died. He may be living or lived in the Sunderland area. His name was Colin Stewart Hosking (although he will not have the same surname now)....
Riding into the Sunset!
Byline: By Simon Johnston A top secret new transport policy could see motor bikes driven off the road in the next 15 years, according to Britain's leading motor cyclists' magazine, which says that the Government has even commissioned a report into...
Scarface Robber Still on Run
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Fugitive George Skelton could be recognised not only by his scarred face, but his big ears. As the police hunt for the on-the run convict continued today, it emerged Skelton, nicknamed Wing-nut for his jug ears, now...
Shorter Race No Bother for Class Act
Last time out Proclamation announced his arrival on the Group One stage in spectacular fashion and he looks very difficult to oppose in the William Hill Sprint Cup at Haydock tomorrow. The Jeremy Noseda-trained colt is likely to be a warm order...
Soldier Needed Op after Street Attack
Byline: By Garry Willey A soldier's face has been rebuilt by surgeons after he suffered five fractures in a street clash. Victim Paul McKenna was making his way home from a Gateshead nightclub in the early hours when violence erupted. He became...
Sonata's Frank in Its Boast
Byline: By Jonathan Smith The Hyundai slogan "A car first. A badge second" is a pretty brave stance in status-conscious Britain where designer labels reign supreme. But the Korean giant is nailing its colours to the mast and going out to attract...
Striker Has the X Factor
Byline: By Tony Horne There is only one story on Tyneside this week. There is only one issue at the heartbeat of North East conversation. There is only one person dominating the region. You know who I am talking about... That short, little guy...
Sven Takes a Luke at Young
Sven-goran eriksson is weighing up a first international start for Luke Young in England's World Cup qualifier against Wales tomorrow. The England coach had been expected to turn to the experience of Phil Neville to replace his injured brother Gary...
Testing Times Ahead
The MoT scheme is a safety measure to ensure all vehicles older than three years are properly maintained and comply with the law's requirements. A vehicle without a valid MoT cannot be driven on public roads and if you have to drive to the MoT test...
The Drug War
Byline: By Charles Clarke Europe's justice ministers meet in Newcastle next week for a summit to tackle organised crime, including drug trafficking. Today, Britain's Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, pictured, writes exclusively for the Chronicle...
Three Counties Northumbrland Leagaue
Byline: By Duncan Madsen It will be a case of Catch 22 when Kirkley travel to Premier Division leaders and title favourites Cowgate tomorrow. For if Cowgate are to be denied the title, they must be beaten by either Kirkley or Chopwell in their...
Thrilling Gig for Opening
The North East's newest music venue will be launched by one of the region's biggest bands, Angel Eyes can exclusively reveal. Wearside quartet The Futureheads will open the 2,000-capacity Newcastle Carling Academy next month in what is set to be...
Toon Moor Revamp Moves Closer
Arena Leisure's plans to develop Doncaster racecourse have taken a significant step forward following the submission of a detailed planning application. The proposals for revamping Doncaster's Town Moor facilities include a brand new state-of-the-art...
Treasure Trove
Byline: By Linda Richards History buffs are in for a treat when scores of buildings throw open their doors for a look at every nook and cranny. There are 182 buildings to visit, tours to go on and activities to take part in across the region...
Vent Your Spleen
Regarding this wonderful news concerning Newcastle United, now they've sold Jenas to the best team in the country, Tottenham, he can look forward to European football next season while Newcastle struggle yet again against relegation. Best news in the...
Worry over Injured Players
Byline: By Alan Oliver Newcastle United fear that key midfielders Kieron Dyer and Emre could be out of action for around a month with the injuries which saw them both limp off in Sunday's match with Manchester United, writes Alan Oliver. And...
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