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 March 20, 2006

3 Years of War
Byline: By Mitya Underwood Bring our boys back, say relatives of fallen Three years to the day, hundreds of North East soldiers left their friends and families behind and headed off to fight the biggest war of their lives in Iraq. Now, after...
Active Pensioner Is Determined to Make Every Day a Bonus
He may have prostate cancer but pensioner Harry Yansley is determined to get the most out of life. The 72-year-old retired bingo caller, from Bensham, Gateshead, was diagnosed with the cancer in 2001 after he became concerned about his bladder problems....
Agony for False Starter Lewis-Francis
England's Mark Lewis-Francis was disqualified from today's 100 metres semi-final of the Commonwealth Games. Lewis-Francis was punished for a false start after Jamaica's Michael Frater had already been disqualified for jumping the gun. The 23-year-old...
Andrew: England Job's Not for Me
Newcastle rugby director Rob Andrew has insisted he would not take up a senior coaching post with the national side. Current head coach Andy Robinson has come under fire following England's disappointing RBS 6 Nations Championship. Andrew, a...
Be Aware of Killer!
Byline: By Jane Picken To coincide with prostrate cancer awareness week, work is under way to teach men about the disease. Jane Picken finds out more When you walk into a bar for a pint or visit your local gym for a workout you may come across...
Be Prepared to Lie for Me, Pleaded Scout Pack Leader
Byline: By Owen McAteer Woman may be jailed after asking boys to hush up crash A scout leader is facing jail after asking her teenage troop to lie about a minor car accident. Rachael Phillips was giving three scouts a lift home when she hit...
Cabbie Faces Prison over Death Smash
Byline: By Garry Willey Taxi driver Shiraj Miah is facing jail for killing a family man celebrating Christmas on Newcastle Quayside. While the cabbie was convicted of causing Edward Carr's death by dangerous driving, a second Newcastle Crown...
Call for More Street Wardens
Byline: By Peter Young Council chiefs are being urged to deploy more street wardens to tackle anti-social behaviour. Newcastle has 54 wardens patrolling several inner city neighbourhoods and Liberal Democrat council leaders said extra money is...
Carr Is Set to Solve Toon's Cup Crisis
Byline: By Alan Oliver Forgotten man Stephen Carr holds the key to Newcastle United's FA Cup hopes, (writes Alan Oliver). The right-back has not played since the defeat at Fulham on January 14, but Glenn Roeder is desperate to have him available...
Car-Sharers Given Priority
Byline: By John Brophy Britain's first car-share lane has been given the green light by the Government and will open next year, it was confirmed today. The one-mile (1.6km) lane will open in 2007 at the junction of the M606 and M62 in West Yorkshire,...
Chelsea Game May Be in Our Favour
Byline: By Alan Oliver Scott Parker believes that Newcastle United only have themselves to blame after Liverpool's 3-1 victory over them at St James' Park. Defensively United were found wanting over Liverpool's first two goals and the third was...
Complacency in Relationships
Byline: By Jayne Goldsmith My husband (or my latest husband as I call him) and I have both been married twice before, so we consider ourselves old hats at this marriage thing and believe we have found the winning formula. It helps when you know...
Dad's Bid to Give Daughter a Future
Little Charlotte Abercrombie, pictured, knows all about the importance of organ donations as the brave seven-year-old has spent nearly three years on the kidney transplant list. Life has not been easy for the Abercrombie family who travel three...
Diamonds Fight Back to Scrape Win
Byline: By Barry Wallace Newcastle Diamonds got their Premier Trophy pro-gramme off to a winning start ( but only just ( when they defeated Workington Comets 47-46 at Brough Park last night. Newcastle's hopes of a healthy lead to take to Workington...
Diary of a New Mum
Shhhh! Morgan's taking a nap, something that only happens once in a blue moon. Morgan is a baby who wants to be involved in everything, at all times, regardless of how tired or over-stimulated he is. Some babies fall asleep in their mum's arms or...
Dispensing Top Advice on Drugs
Name: Sonia Burns Age: 27 Job Title: Senior Pharmacy Technician: Antibiotic Project Manager Where do you work? North Tyneside General Hospital, Pharmacy Department What does your job involve? My job is split into two roles. I have...
Don't Blame Boum: Nobby
Byline: By Alan Oliver Nobby Solano jumped to the defence of Jean Alain Boumsong after the French international's clangers helped Liverpool wrap up their 3-1 victory over Newcastle United, at St James' Park, (writes Alan Oliver). Indeed, while...
Dr Scott's Surgery
Byline: By Dr Mike Scott Future healthcare has unwelcome trend It has been a week of unfortunate news, nothing serious just a series of reports about general practice. Firstly, the Government is keen to open up the provision of medical services...
Eagles Are Backing Major Campaign
Basketball stars on Tyneside are aiming to make sure the National Blood Service's Easter donor campaign is a slam dunking success. The Newcastle Eagles have thrown their support behind the appeal and invited the Service's mascot Billy Blood Drop...
England Make More Headway
Byline: By Richard Gibson The goldenm arm of James Anderson put England firmly in control at the Wankhede Stadium in the must-win final Test. After ruining Sachin Tendulkar's record-breaking appearance yesterday, Anderson claimed two wickets...
Fighting Fit
Byline: By Helen Cox Pilates based exercises Pilates incorporates both relaxation and strength exercises based on working the core muscles of the body. Every exercise is controlled by the contraction of the abdominal and lower back muscles. Pilates...
Given Thanks Fans for Sticking with Side
Byline: By Lee Ryder Shay Given saluted the Toon Army today after they stuck with their side during Newcastle United's abject 3-1 home defeat against Liverpool, (writes Lee Ryder). The Irish No 1 was delighted with the response of the Geordie...
Golden Boy Cook Triumphant Again
Byline: By Craig Hope Tyneside's Chris Cook struck gold again at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne today with a sensational victory in the 50m breaststroke final. Cook followed up Saturday's gold in the 100m breaststroke with another superb...
Hair They Come Again
Byline: By Beth Neil He's hairy. He's a biker. And he loves his food. Chief Features Writer Beth Neil catches up with Si King as he prepares to launch his second hit TV series Just a few weeks ago, Simon King was fruit and veg shopping in Prudhoe....
Heart Boy Harve on the Mend
With just a few corridors separating them, baby Harve Jones and grandmother Lesley Emms are both recovering from the same life-saving surgery. But surgeons at the Freeman Hospital are more likely to operate on one-year-old Harve than Lesley, despite...
He Just Doesn't Give a Damn about Anything but His Bloody Drugs
Byline: By Amy Hunt Jailed yob Steven Lindsay has been disowned by members of his own family. His stepmum has told the violent drug addict who battered Eva Huddart, 96, as he tried to snatch her handbag, she doesn't want to see him again. ...
It Robbed Me of All My Energy for Life
Byline: By Jennifer Bradbury Grace Bowman from Durham City was a perfectly ordinary teenager. That was until she went on a diet ( that never stopped. The recovered anorexic has now written a book about her experience. Jennifer Bradbury has the details...
It's a Joke but No One Is Laughing
Byline: By Alan Oliver Newcastle United central defender Jean Alain Boumsong is now the biggest joke in football. And not far behind the fumbling Frenchman is Graeme Souness who, in his wisdom, paid his former club Rangers pounds 8.5m to bring...
It Was No Wander We Were Given Rollocking Admits Stunned Miller
Byline: By James Hunter Tommy Miller reckons the Black Cats deserved their Reebok Stadium earbashing from Kevin Ball. Sunderland were poor in their 2-0 defeat and caretaker-boss Ball made sure his players knew their performances were not acceptable....
Keeping Fit While Pregnant
It's important to stay fit during pregnancy. It helps during labour and can mean you get your figure back quicker after birth During pregnancy some celebrities take amazing steps to maintain their well-being and keep up their fitness levels. ...
Kenya Supply Us with a United Kit?
Byline: By Adam Jupp Magpie strips appeal to help orphans in Africa Soccer starlet Lindsay McCubbin is taking the Toon to Africa. The Newcastle United Women's striker plans to spread the Magpies message when she jets out to build an orphanage...
Mark Stancer - Talks Everyday Sport
Golf operations manager Mark Stancer, from De Vere Slaley Hall Hotel, in Northumberland. 1. What's the last thing you did before going to bed last night? Clean my teeth. 2. How much sleep did you have? Eight hours. 3. What did you have...
Miners' Compensation Nears Pounds 400m
Thousands of former North East miners have received more than pounds 396m from the Government in compensation payments. Figures released by the Department of Trade and Industry reveal a total of 112,709 claims for respiratory complaints and vibration...
Mum's Life Ruined by a Forgery
Byline: By Owen McAteer and Amy Hunt Worker got drug for addict pal A medical receptionist who forged a prescription for a drug-addicted pal says the decision has cost her dearly. Mum-of-two Kay Brewis, of East Parade, Consett, County Durham,...
My Only Chance to Live
Byline: By Jane Picken Against all the odds grandmother Lesley Emms is smiling again after heart surgery usually only performed on babies. The 61-year-old was critically ill when experts at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital decided to undertake the...
Nice Prospect at Exeter
Byline: By Anita Chambers Nice try's jumping has let him down in the past but, after gaining a confidence-boosting win last time, he is fancied to follow up at Exeter. Venetia Williams' charge was a fair hurdler earlier in the season and looked...
North East Athletes to Carry the English Flag Down Under
The North East is helping carry the English flag Down Under at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, as 10 athletes from the region train to compete at the historical sporting event. Competing in a variety of sports ( cyclist Chris Newton, boxer...
Not Insulting
Byline: By Peter Young Official escapes censure over `hideously white' comment A government official who caused uproar when he described Newcastle as hideously white has escaped censure. A complaint was made to the Commission for Racial Equality...
Nursing a Role Full of Laughs
Byline: By Gordon Barr Wartime farce, See How They Run, is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal from tomorrow. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr talks to cast member Julie Legrand To millions of TV viewers she is the notorious Nurse Dunkley in Footballers'...
Outlook Is Good for Young CF Patients
Byline: By Jane Picken Around 40 years ago a child with cystic fibrosis was unlikely to survive past the age of 10, but today the outlook is far more promising. With a national awareness week starting today, Jane Picken talks to people living with...
Pet Watch
Byline: By Sharon Newman Luckily the bad weather does not seemed to have put people off from calling in at our shelters. We have had a lot of interest in the kittens that were mentioned last week. However, they are still not ready for homes just...
Picture Post
Byline: By Vince Gledhill Postie takes snaps of his working day Postie John Scott turned photographer to capture images of his working day. And now the snaps of his colleagues, the Ponteland sorting room where he works and the view from his...
Police Staff Face Action over Photos
Byline: By Gareth Deighan Two civilian police workers will be suspended after allegations illicit pictures of Spencer Tunick's mass naked art shoot may have been sold in pubs across Tyneside. The still pictures are thought to have been taken...
Prepare for the Blues!
Byline: By John Gibson Now we're ready to march upon Stamford Bridge, drums rolling and trumpets blaring, to deprive champions Chelsea of the double, aren't we? Physically and mentally attuned to shock The Special One just as Barcelona did and...
Quick, Simple and So Satisfying to Give Blood
Lucky mum Claire Lawson and her daughter Alice can tell you all about the importance of giving blood as it makes all the difference in life and death emergencies. During July 1998, Claire suffered a severe haemorrhage during labour, and just two...
Red and Buried
Byline: By Alan Oliver Alan Shearer has slammed the mistakes which enabled Liverpool to stroll to yesterday's 3-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park. But Shearer pledged that United will come out fighting in Wednesday night's FA...
Rescue Heroes Pluck Casualties to Safety
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Three saved from hills over busy weekend Mountain rescuers helped three stricken North East walkers who got into difficulties at the weekend. A 21-year-old climber had to be saved after falling almost 300 metres. ...
Robbie in Line for New Partner
Byline: By Alan Oliver Robbie Elliott admitted he would not have been in the Newcastle United team against Liverpool yesterday had Titus Bramble not broken down in training on Friday, (writes Alan Oliver). Caretaker manager Glenn Roeder had planned...
Shola: We Gave Reds the Game
Byline: By Lee Ryder Shola Ameobi felt that Newcastle United were guilty of handing Liverpool a gift-wrapped three points as Glenn Roeder's side crashed to their second consecutive defeat, (writes Lee Ryder). The 3-1 loss against the Champions...
Space Race
Byline: By Linda Richards Scores bounce along to raise cash for charity These lot put the fun into fund-raising as they bounced along for charity. Around 100 turned up at Gateshead International Stadium to try out a Space Hopper for themselves....
Thunder Get Back Winning Habit
Byline: JEFF BOWRON Gateshead Thunder finally acquired the winning habit with a seven try 40-26 Northern Rail Cup win at Barrow Raiders yesterday, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Thunder bounced back from four NRC northern group defeats and the Powergen...
Title Race Is Not Dunn Yet - Harry
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Blyth Spartans boss Harry Dunn believes his in-form side can win the Premier Division for the first time, (writes Jeff Bowron). Spartans' crucial 1-0 win at fellow title chasers Marine, coupled with Gateshead's shock win...
Vent Your Spleen
Here we go again. I see the politically-correct brigade is ever eager to jump on the bandwagon of someone making an innocent remark. Reading the councillors words I cannot find anything to make me complain. Have these people nothing better to...
Vipers Are on Course for Play-Off Glory
Byline: By Lee Ryder Newcastle Vipers assistant coach Glenn Mulvenna says that his side will be on course for Elite League play-off glory if they can build on their cracking start to their post-season campaign, (writes Lee Ryder). Vipers triumphed...
We Must Have Truth about Aaron
Byline: By Adam Jupp Cabinet member demands answers over baby tragedy Cabinet minister David Miliband today demanded answers over the death of tragic baby Aaron O'Neil. Speaking exclusively to the Chronicle, the South Shields Labour MP backed...
We Struggled with Families
I feel very deeply for DE of North Shields, Vent Your Spleen March 15th. But does she not realise that those people who are now pensioners struggled to bring up their families just as she is now. We couldn't afford bus fares either, we walked. We...
Whole New Ball Game for Furious Acting Boss
Byline: By James Hunter Kevin Ball the player was a hero to the Sunderland fans for his wholehearted approach to every game. Now Ball the fledgling manager demands exactly the same degree of commitment he used to give from his players. He...
Your Questions Amswered?
Last week was a bumper in terms of questions... but not answers. So, you can imagine my delight when good old N Willis, of Cramlington, came up trumps twice in one letter. I had asked where the phrase `A stitch in time saves nine' had come from....
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