Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 20, 2010

15 People Still Dying Every Day; A NEW Report out Today Shows That While More Folk in the Region Are Quitting the Habit, an Alarming Number Are Still Dying from Smoking. HELEN RAE Reports
Byline: HELEN RAE UP to 15 people a day die in the North East from smokingrelated conditions, new figures have shown. Statistics released by The NHS Information Centre have revealed 25,485 people successfully quit the habit with the six NHS Stop...
A Big Screen Makeover for Comic Strip Hero
BASED on the newspaper comic strip by Brand Anderson and Phil Leeming, Marmaduke is a mildly entertaining family comedy about the rites of passage of a dog who believes you have to wag your tail to someone else's beat to fit in. Of course, the lovable...
Action Galore Muscles In
BRAWN triumphs over brains in Sylvester Stallone's explosive adventure that shoe-horns some of the biggest names of the movie action genre into one preposterous, all-guns-blazing film. And shoe-horn is a good description because there is so much...
A Dangerous Double Act
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Platform: PS3. Price: pounds 49.99 This is certainly one shooter that's not for kids, but how those youngsters will be praying for their birthdays to fly past so that they can get their hands on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog...
A Fantastic Pounds 22,000 for Charity
IT was that time of the year - the bacon rolls were served, golf clubs brought out and the Pulman Volkswagen charity golf day began. Six hours later it was announced that a phenomenal pounds 22,000 was raised for the NSPCC and Freeman Hospital to share....
A Jolie Mediocre Thriller
Salt (12A, 100 mins) Action/Thriller. Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl and Andre Braugher. Director: Phillip Noyce. Contains swearing and violence. ANGELINA Jolie's first film for two years takes...
Album Reviews
Klaxons - Surfing the Void Fresh, exciting, innovative - Klaxons have come back with a stomping, vibrant and thrilling follow-up to their Mercury Music Prize-winning debut. The concept of the difficult second album has been thrown out of the window...
Another Dimension
Piranha 3D (18, 88 mins) Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, Jerry O'Connell, Kelly Brook, Eli Roth, Jessica Szhor, Richard Dreyfuss. Director: Alexandre Aja. Contains swearing, sex and violence. YOU already know what to expect from...
Appeal to Help the Victims of Floods; TYNESIDE'S FAITH COMMUNITY AIDS NEEDY
Byline: RUTH LAWSON TYNESIDE'S faith community is pulling together to lend a helping hand to those affected by the floods in Pakistan. The country's worst floods in recorded history struck at the beginning of the month in the mountainous north-west...
Athletic Looks and Sporty Ride
Byline: JON SMITH IT'S just a tad too easy to scribble a coupe designation after a car's name and expect buyers to think they're getting something special. Thankfully Renault hasn't gone this route with their latest Megane Coupe, which not only...
A Win Is Not in the Bag: Steed by JAMES HUNTER
Byline: JAMES HUNTER STEED MALBRANQUE has warned Sunderland must beware a West Brom backlash tomorrow. The newly-promoted Baggies were given a baptism of fire on the opening weekend of the season as they were mauled 6-0 by champions Chelsea at...
Birthday Honours for a Writing Dame; AUTHOR MAKES RETURN VISIT FOR SEVEN STORIES ANNIVERSARY
Byline: RUTH LAWSON FIVE was definitely the magic number as Dame Jacqueline Wilson helped staff at Seven Stories blow out their birthday candles. Hundreds of eager readers poured into the building in Ouseburn, Newcastle, to join in their fifth...
Bishop Prepares to Begin New Chapter; CLERGYMAN PACKS UP IN PREPARATION FOR WRITING CAREER
Byline: NEIL MCKAY THE Bishop of Durham has begun preparations for his retirement by packing thousands of his books into a removal van. Bishop Tom Wright, 62, will retire on August 31 to take up a job at St Andrew's University in Scotland. ...
Boss Bogie Hails His Great Brittain; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Byline: STEVE BROWN IAN BOGIE has welcomed Martin Brittain's return to form and fitness - insisting the Gateshead winger can be a real threat this season. The former Newcastle United starlet joined the Tynesiders last summer but suffered a double...
Bruce in Positive Mood Ahead of Trip
Byline: JAMES HUNTER STEVE BRUCE insists attack is the best form of defence as Sunderland head to West Brom tomorrow. After winning just two league games on the road last season, Bruce intends to set up more defensively away from home this term...
Bursary Key to Success
A NEWCASTLE lad has won a place at Oxford University after a unique partnership between two schools in the city. Ashley Clift from West Denton has secured his place to study medicine at Christ Church College after achieving an A* in chemistry and As...
Catwalk Princess; Meningitis Survivor Tilly Signs Up for Top Model Agency
Byline: LAURA CAROE MENINGITIS heroine Tilly Lockey is ready to parade down the catwalk after clinching a top modelling contract. At just 17 months old, the youngster contracted the deadly disease and, during a desperate fight for her life, lost...
Clegg Defends Cuts; DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SAYS TYNESIDE CAN EMERGE SUCCESSFUL
Byline: AMY HUNT ; TOM MULLEN DEPUTY prime minister Nick Clegg has defended massive spending cuts set to see thousands lose their jobs on Tyneside. The Lib Dem leader was in Newcastle to meet voters and drum-up support for the Coalition Government...
Coupe with Comfort
Byline: ENDA MULLEN WHEN Mercedes launched its CLS saloon-cum-coupe a few years back, some so-called experts scoffed at a car they thought was somewhat strange looking. The conclusion, in some quarters at least, was that it would never catch...
Dale Wins Place at Chosen University
STAR students at Newcastle's Kenton School proved they had what it took to achieve top grades. Dale Thompson, 18, of Kingston Park, achieved two As in maths and biology and an A* in chemistry, which secured his place at Aberdeen University to study...
Deaths
APPLEBY (Whickham). Late of. Peacefully in hospital on August 17th 2010, aged 80 years, Joseph, dearly loved husband of Molly, loving dad of Anne, John and Christine, loving father-in-law of Ricky and Richard, also the dearest granda and great granda...
Family Can't Bear Sight of Art Centre; CULTURAL ICON IS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF MAN'S DEATH
Byline: SARAH SCOTT DAUGHTERS of a man who died from asbestos exposure at work have told how they cannot bare to look at the building which they blame for killing their father. Veronica Bateman, Christine Bateman and Eunice Watson have been left...
Freed, and Living Next to a School; FEARS OVER SHAMED PAEDOPHILE PRIEST'S LOCATION
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER A FREED priest, who was jailed for child abuse, has set up home just yards from a school. Father David Taylor admitted indecently assaulting three lads aged between 12 and 15 at Durham Crown Court last year. He was jailed...
From Vienna to Newcastle; SINGER-Songwriter Midge Ure Will Be Slipping into a Comfy Old Pair of Slippers for a Gig in Newcastle Later This Month. He Explains All to Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR
Byline: GORDON BARR FOR many of us around to witness it, it seems incredible that a quarter of a century has passed since Live Aid. At its helm, of course, was Midge Ure, the lad from Cambuslang who found pop fame with Slik, The Rich Kids, Visage...
Gadget Corner
Moving Images - Eye-Fi Wi-Fi SD Cards - from pounds 49, www.jessops.com No need to remove your secure digital card and slot it into the card reader on your PC, nor use a USB cable for data transfer, the all new Eye-Fi card uses the magic of Wi-Fi to...
Get Square Sorted Out
I COULDN'T agree with readers more, regarding the state the beautifully revamped Eldon Square has been allowed to get in. We regularly see abuse, filthy language as well as fighting and even illegal drugs being smoked. Why aren't the police, cameras,...
Hopefuls Boldon Are Up for the Fight
3D Sports Durham Coast League BOLDON CA are aiming to take a giant stride towards their title dream tomorrow - as well as a possible promotion to the Warmseal Durham Senior League. With just three games of the season remaining, the South Tynesiders...
Hot Hatch on a Winner
Byline: MIKE TORPEY WHEN a SEAT model has the initials FR, for Formula Racing, after the name it can mean only one thing - a generous helping of that trademark auto emocion. Serve up some hot hatch performance with low emissions and outstanding...
Hughton Wary of Rival with Ambition
Byline: LEE RYDER probably write a book about what it takes to be a caretaker manager. But despite the uncertainty surrounding the role, he is refusing under-estimate Kevin MacDonald crisis club Aston Villa. From keeping heads up, making sure...
Hulme Is Sweating on Games Place
IAN HULME won the area's first medal at the ASA National Championships - being held for the first time in his native Sunderland. Hulme, swimming for Peterlee, although now based in Bath, held on in a tight final to take the bronze medal in the 100m...
Infinite Luxury and Style
Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW DESPITE the parlous state of the UK economy there never seems to be any shortage of luxury cars. The latest member of this particular motoring club is the Infiniti and while the name may be unfamiliar, this is not a new...
Irvine Looking to the Future
SG Wealth Management N'land League HIGH-FLYERS Bedlington are satisfied with their Premier Division effort this season - but Stuart Irvine believes his young side can mount a stronger title challenge next term. Mildly disappointed not to be in the...
It's Made for the City
Byline: PETER KEENAN THE Suzuki Alto comes equipped with everything you need to survive in the urban jungle. Drive it for five minutes in any busy town and there''s an immediate appreciation of its qualities. The engine may only have three cylinders...
Lad, 15: 'I Tried to Stop Attack' Youth Denies Assault
Byline: ROB KENNEDY rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk A TEENAGER accused of killing a man has told a court he didn't touch his alleged victim. The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he tried to stop his 17-year-old friend attacking...
Launderer Pays Back; Pounds 13,000 OF COCAINE CASH SEIZED
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A GANGLAND money launderer who went on the run in Thailand has been ordered to pay back cash he made from crime. Joseph Hyde went to a bolthole in the Far East while on bail for drugs and weapons offences. While there,...
Leaders Face Ell of an Important Match
Warmseal Durham Senior League BOLDON skipper Chris Ellison is taking nothing for granted ahead of his team''s crucial clash with Felling tomorrow - despite his side appearing to hold all the aces. He said: "This match is the crunch one - if we win,...
Lockerbie Killer Alive a Year on; FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF TERMINALLY-ILL PRISONER'S RELEASE
Byline: SARA NICHOL LIBYA was today urged not to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of the Lockerbie bomber. The UK Government warned any celebration of the freedom of Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi would be "tasteless, offensive and...
Make a Note of the Extra Kit
Byline: STEVE HUGHES CAR makers are introducing a range of deals to tempt buyers in the all-important run-up to the September plate change. Typical of what is on offer for the latest "60" registration is the North-East made Nissan Note, which gets...
Military Operation for Bobby Charity; TA SOLDIERS SWING INTO ACTION IN MEMORY OF SERGEANT'S WIFE
Byline: HELEN RAE WITH military precision, the Queens Own Yeomanry has raised almost pounds 6,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. D Squadron, based at Fenham Barracks in Newcastle, wanted to raise the money after Staff Sergeant Peter Smith...
Murano's Diesel Debut
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON DIESEL power is on the way for Nissan's luxury 4x4 as the company plays catch-up with its latest generation Murano SUV. Since its launch five years ago, the Murano's appeal has been limited by a thirsty V6 petrol engine. That's...
Neigh, This Here Is the Right Horse
Byline: MICK SMITH THAT looks like a nice little pub on the right, doesn't it. A proper country boozer, the type of place you could spend a pleasant hour or two. It's The Black Horse Inn at Beamish and, indeed, when we reviewed it last Friday,...
New Grounds for Optimism over Birtley''s Chances; SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT AFTER ending bottom of the Skilltrainingltd Northern League Second Division in May, Birtley Town made an inauspicious start to the season. However, victory over neighbours Washington at the weekend has raised manager Scott...
Noosh Eaterie Serves Up Good Nosh
FEW new restaurants dare open their doors during this age of austerity. I was therefore intrigued by the sight of a shiny new name above the door of the former Rockafella restaurant in Newcastle. Run by Hell's Kitchen winner Terry Miller, the restaurant...
Old Rivals Do Battle Again; CLASHES North of the Border Inspired Music by Two Baroque Brawlers. RICHARD YATES Outlines the Battle Plan for a Castle Concert of Their Works
Byline: RICHARD YATES SCOTLAND'S bloody battles during the Jacobite rebellions three centuries ago not only divided nations and family loyalties, but also sparked clashes on the cultural scene that were fought almost as fiercely - and a Northumberland...
One Hell of a Ride
Byline: PATRICK JAMES AT A planned trip across the Channel for a day or two, Peugeot's latest people carrier appeared to be a perfect combination. Seven seats, a frugal diesel engine, plenty of carrying space and all seemed set fair. But a...
PC's Brother Hits out at Lack of Respect
THE brother of David Rathband says Britain has lost its respect for the police. PC Rathband, 42, was blinded when Raoul Moat blasted him in the face with a shotgun as he sat in his patrol car in Newcastle. His twin brother, Darren, has now told...
Penny Is Hoping to Make His Mark
Byline: TIM TAYLOR FORMER Newcastle United Academy footballer Mark Penny has kick-started his bid to land The Journal Champion of Champions golf trophy. The 22-year-old will next month make his debut in the event representing the Morpeth club, but...
Pilgrim Hoping Progress Will Be Quick; Falcons Ace Looks to Get Up to Speed
Byline: NICK PUREWAL DRIVEN scrum-half Chris Pilgrim has jetted out to America to push his pace in his battle for first-team chances at Newcastle Falcons. The 24-year-old half-back joined Newcastle from Nottingham last summer, earning 10 appearances...
Pub Quiz Uncovered?
A FIRST visit for Woz and Co to this popular pub which is owned by a local group who are big supporters of pub quizzes. Pub: Hugos, Tynemouth Front Street, North Tyneside Question master: Geoff Day and time of quiz: Wednesday 8.30pm Price: 50p per...
Punterspanel
West Brom v Sunderland predictions GORDON MABON I WOULD have been a lot more confident of taking at least a point tomorrow had John Mensah not suffered his monthly injury! However, we will have to deal with it and, as always, predicting our back four...
Punters Panel
PLAYER-WISE, Villa are one of the top eight sides in the Premier League. On paper, the rest of us fall some way short. Do we stick with a respectful 4-5-1 or go for it with a 4-4-2 formation? Either way, we need the likes of Gutierrez and Routledge...
RAISE THE ROOF FOR US; Nolan in Plea to Toon Fans
Byline: LEE RYDER KEVIN NOLAN has urged the Geordie public to "raise the roof" at St James' Park when Aston Villa come to Tyneside on Sunday. The magnificent Toon Army backed their side to the hilt throughout the 3-0 reverse at Manchester United,...
Reader's Poems
IN A BOX Up the stairs, down the hallway, He stood in the doorway of his old room, That small place under the eaves, He'd loved so much, 'it's where I used to sleep', The small bed against the wall, Nights with thousands of dreams, of a child's imaginings,...
Revealing the Strange World of Jack's Room
Room by Emma Donoghue is published in hardback by Picador, priced pounds 12.99. Available now. WRITTEN entirely from the perspective of a fiveyear-old boy, Emma Donoghue's much-hyped novel Room, inspired by the Fritzl case, is rewarding and frustrating...
Road Trip Tale Offers More Than Its Premise
Byline: SARAH WARWICK Fear Of Hat Loss In Las Vegas by Brendon Burns is published in paperback by Bantam Press, priced pounds 10.99. Available now. AWARD-winning comedian Brendon Burns's debut is a road trip memoir, littered with tales of all-day...
Sheepish Swann Joins the 100 Club
GRAEME SWANN admitted his delight at claiming his 100th Test wicket following an up-anddown week for the England spinner. The 31-year-old started the week in court answering a drinkdriving charge, and after originally being omitted by the ICC for their...
Smart Car Proves Smart Car Proves to Be a Survivor to Be a Survivor
Byline: ENDA MULLEN PREDICTIONS can be notoriously wide of the mark. Just a decade or so ago some soothsayers said we would all be driving around in little smart fortwos as the world''s oil supplies started to dwindle. Mind you, go back a bit...
So Glad That She Gave Up Smoking
LOUISE Morris is reaping the benefits of giving up smoking. Before quitting the habit three years ago, the mum-of-one would wake up in the morning with a bad cough and feeling lethargic. Now she has more energy and is much healthier with her...
So Much on This Game for Shields
Byline: STEVE BROWN Dukes North East Premier League MATTY MUCHALL believes victory for South Shields against Tynemouth tomorrow could go a long way to preserving the team's league status. The Dean Road outfit stand 10th in the table, three points...
Spotlight on South Africa
AFTER last week's Caribbean focus, this week the spotlight moves to the south with three visiting acts from the Atlantic coast of Africa. All three appear on the same night - Saturday, September 11 - at the Sage's Hall 1 in the annual L'Afrique...
Still Showing
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (U) The animation sees Tinker Bell, voiced by Mae Whitman, and her fairy friends winging their way from Never Land to the lush meadows of the English countryside to bring summer to the mainland. Forever curious...
'Straightaway I Felt like I Wasn't on My Own Anymore' TYNESIDE Good Samaritans Are Giving a Lifeline to Families with a Dementia Sufferer. HANNAH DAVIES Finds out More
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES YOU can feel so alone when your partner has Alzheimer's, but we know now we've got a friend we can completely rely on. She's our guardian angel." June Coser's husband Bill has advanced Alzheimer's. It's an illness that can...
Striking Correct Balance Is Vital; GOLF TIPS
Byline: STEVE MCNALLY CONTINUING my theme of recent weeks, we move into a third session covering more details which relate importantly to the downswing. If you recall, the body has a key role to play in its rotation. In addition, good footwork...
Struggling Andy Feeling the Heat; Murray Labours to Victory in Masters
ANDY MURRAY was denied his wish for an evening quarter-final against Mardy Fish after he struggled in the sun before booking his place in the Cincinnati Masters last-eight yesterday. The world No 4 recovered from losing the opening set against Latvia's...
Students Prove They Are Stars; AS PASS RATES ACROSS THE REGION SOAR TO RECORD LEVELS,: THE SCRAMBLE FOR TOP UNIVERSITY PLACES GETS UNDER WAY
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR IT'S been an anxious wait - but well worth it. Throughout the summer, college and sixth form students from our region have anticipated their A-level results. But there was plenty to celebrate yesterday as schools revealed...
Tait Seeks a First Win; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans boss Mick Tait is hoping it is a case of third time lucky when his side take on Corby Town at Croft Park tomorrow. The Northamptonshire outfit are one of six Conference North sides with 100% records after the...
Take a Note for Extra Value
Byline: DAVID WHINYATES TAKE Note - Nissan is making its trendy, compact five-door model even more irresistible with a raft of improvements and extra kit at no extra cost. A range of enhancements for 2011 models have been announced, adding further...
The First West End Girls; Book Catches Tales from Past
Byline: LAURA CAROE THEY have lived through the best and the worst of times - now their memories will leave a lasting legacy Women from the Riverside Group, in Benwell, Newcastle, made it their mission to collect stories and photographs of the West...
Title Is Swal but Decided
We l l s t re a m N'land and Tyneside Senior League SWALWELL are closing in on a fourth successive Division A1 title - and can put one hand on the trophy this weekend. The Gateshead outfit are 21 points clear of secondplaced Shotley Bridge with...
United Must Learn from Defeat - Fast
Byline: John Gibson home with their wings clipped and smarting from a lesson they had better digest and pretty quickly. Having gone to Manchester United and defended with resilience of a chocolate fireguard, Newcastle have to make certain Aston...
Up There with Best
Byline: VAL JESSOP HONDA has a tall order trying to seduce BMW and Audi loyalists to switch their allegiance to the Japanese marque in the traditionally up-market executive sector. But the Honda Accord Tourer, more than its sister saloon, stands...
Useful Numbers; CHEMISTS
NEWCASTLE: Boots, 140 West Road, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Boots, Monument Mall, to 6pm; Eldon Square, 5.30pm; Superdrug, Northumberland Street, to 5.30pm, Boots Kingston Park shopping centre, 8am to midnight. Medicentre, 132 Elswick Road, Elswick, to 6.30pm;...
Victim Shot in Organised Fight; MAN, 25, WAS BLASTED IN LEG DURING SHOOTING
Byline: ADAM JUPP THE hunt was today on for those involved in a gunfight that left a Tyneside man in hospital. The 25-year-old, named locally as Paul Borg, was blasted during what police have described as an "organised fight," in Willington Quay,...
Villa Chief Hopes New Man Sticks with Youth
MacDonald is hoping a new manager will look favourably upon his youngsters - if he decides job is not for him. Even after a taster of heady European action last night, MacDonald remains undecided to whether he would like to make temporary role more...
We Must Not Give Up Hope!
Byline: STUART RAYNER PHIL Mustard called for the spirit of 2008 today after Durham's title chances were all but written off yesterday. A four-wicket defeat to titlechasing Yorkshire left the champions fourth in the LV County Championship. Lancashire...
Win over Villa Would Be Andy
Byline: LEE RYDER exorcise the ghosts Newcastle United's Villa Park nightmare on Sunday. The Geordie striker was forced out the Magpies' vital, but ultimately encounter with the Villans in May 2009 with an ankle injury. Carroll cut a despairing...
World War II Hero Mystery SOLVED; Author's Mission Complete
Byline: TOM MULLEN MISSING details about the life and times of a Second World War hero can finally be told. Nearly 70 years after RAF rear gunner Sgt Frederick 'Leonard' Molteni paid the ultimate sacrifice over occupied Belgium, his life story...
Your Stars
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