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Articles from March 12, 2010

Action-Packed Thriller
Green Zone (15, 114 mins) Action/Thriller. Matt Damon, Khalid Abdalla, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Amy Ryan, Yigal Naor. Director: Paul Greengrass. Contains swearing and violence. WHEN American and British forces withdraw completely...
Affordable Homes at the Coast; Keeping an Eye on the Property Market Where You Are ... FOR Those Who like the Thrill of Sports Such as Sailing, Yachting or Windsurfing, and Are Looking for an Affordable Home, the Coastal Town of Blyth Has the Key. CHRISTOPHER KNOX Discovers More
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX FROM its early days, the economy of Blyth has been based around its expansive sea port which was well-known for the export of Northumberland coal. Shipbuilding, the salt trade, fishing and the railways also played an...
Also Released
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR - Operation: Penguin Takeover (Cert U, 127 mins, Paramount Home Entertainment, DVD pounds 12.99, Family/Comedy) Kamikaze penguins Private, Rico, Skipper and Kowalski embark on 10 hilarious missions destined to end in disaster...
Also Released
The Kreutzer Sonata (18, 99mins) After their collaboration on IvansXTC - a modern reworking of Tolstoy - director Bernard Rose and actor Danny Huston reunite for this low-budget tale of jealousy and obsession, told through the eyes of married man Edgar...
Back in War Zone; Matt Damon Stars in Green Zone, in Cinemas from Today
WHILE Matt Damon may not have won an Oscar, at least he got a night off from his typically breakneck schedule. The 39-year-old is more in demand than ever having just finished filming with Clint Eastwood for a second time, in London, and due to...
Bear We Go; Pupils Hold Teddy World Cup for Charity
Byline: SONIA SHARMA BEAR we go, bear we go, bear we go! Children have been getting into the World Cup spirit with a little help from their favourite furry friends. The big kick-off may still be three months away, but youngsters at St Mary's...
Bid Failure Gets Special Treatment; TONY HORNE THE PEOPLE'S VOICE
Byline: TONY HORNE A COUPLE of weeks back I reported on Durham's spectacularly pathetic attempt to make the last four to be the UK's City of Culture in 2013. If you read the article, you'll remember my first line ended with a call for council...
Bring Us Sunshine in Your Smile; COMIC'S FUNDRAISING HELPS YOUNGSTERS'LIVES
Byline: CLINDA.RICHARDS NORTH East comic Bobby Pattinson is used to bringing smiles to peoples' faces. And yesterday it was the turn of staff and children at Gateshead's Hill Top School when he presented them with a bus. The Sunshine Coach...
Burglar with a Fetish for Underwear; YOUNG COUPLE LEFT SHOCKED AFTER KNIFE RAIDER BREAKS IN
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A CREEPY burglar got more than he expected when he broke into a young couple's home to steal women's underwear. Raider Ian Burroughs was described by his own barrister as having a fetish for ladies underwear. Shocked victims...
Bus Crash Phone Test; POLICE TO SEE IF ACCIDENT DRIVERS' MOBILES WERE IN USE
Byline: ROB PATTINSON POLICE probing a deadly double bus crash are analysing the mobile phones of the two drivers involved. The handsets are being sent for testing to see if they were in use at the time of the crash, which claimed the life Gordon...
Can You Do Better?
1.The name of which horror character comes from the Romanian for son of the Devil or the son of the dragon? 2. What is the name given to the outer layer of the peel of a citrus fruit? 3. ZANU-PF were declared the winners of parliamentary elections...
Captain Borthwick Laughs off Robinson's Claims
ENGLAND rugby captain Steve Borthwick has dismissed complaints from Scotland coach Andy Robinson his side employ illegal American Football-style blocking tactics. Robinson this week urged referee Marius Jonker to keep a close eye on England's dummy...
Captain Cook Steers England Safely
ALASTAIR COOK became the fourth England captain to hit a century in his first Test innings in the job, with a commanding 136 not out against Bangladesh. Cook led the team out for the first Test and proceeded to ease his way to three figures, following...
Cinematic Violent Saga
Yakuza 3 Platform: PS3. Price: pounds 49.99 MODERN-DAY Japan once again proves to be an engrossing backdrop to the next cinematic chapter in this well-received gaming saga, which continues to offer players an authentic, gritty and often violent story...
City Can Upset United, Says Ord; UNIBOND NORTH
FORMER Sunderland and QPR star Richard Ord believes his Durham City side can produce the shock of the season in the Premier Division tomorrow. Without a point from 28 games, Ord takes his young guns into the lions' den which is Gigg Lane, the home...
Coach: Defeat Was a One-Off
TOM Rock will keep faith with his Blaydon side as he looks for them to put their Blackheath nightmare behind them. Blaydon's director of rugby was dismayed by his side's performance last weekend, but reckons it was a one-off. He expects them...
Deaths
ARMSTRONG (Kenton). Formerly Shieldfield. Peacefully in hospital on Monday 8th March 2010, in his 80th year, Billy (former Client Manager for 37 years Gosforth Council), beloved and devoted husband of Anne, a loving brother, brother-in-law and uncle...
'Derby' Just like Any Other Game
Byline: John Gibson IN THE yo-yo existence of relegated clubs propped up by parachute payments, rising from the ashes of despair and fear is supposedly a better than even bet. So it is proving with Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion. ...
Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (18, 152 mins) Thriller/Romance/Action. Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Peter Andersson. Director: Neils Arden Oplev. Contains swearing, sex and violence FOR the second time...
Driver Tells of Wedding Day Sham; CONWOMAN'S LIES REVEALED
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON DRESSED all in white, she looked like a fairytale bride. No expense had been spared for her big day at a top Newcastle hotel, and two chauffeur-driven Silver Shadow Rolls Royces were to take her, her bridesmaid and a pageboy...
Esh Know It Will Be Tough Winning at Newtowners; SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT ESH Winning manager Geoff Young admits tomorrow's clash with table-topping Spennymoor Town will be difficult, but is confident his side will avoid an immediate return to the Second Division. He said: "Not many teams go to...
Euro Hopeful Aims to Hit the High /Strong> KAREN'S REHEARSING HARD FOR TV EUROVISION SHOWDOWN
Byline: KATIE DAVIES REHEARSING around the clock, singing sensation Karen Harding is hoping to bag the top prize tonight and compete at this year's Eurovision. Karen, of Moorside, Consett, is among the final six contestants competing in Your...
Fab Keyn Not to Rest on Laurels
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS FAB Flournoy has demanded his Newcastle Eagles re-focus on their bid for silverware after noting a drop in intensity in training this week. Flournoy had to remind his players they have achieved nothing yet after he felt their...
Gate Opens for Fringe Players; BLUE SQUARE PREMIER
Byline: STEVE BROWN IAN BOGIE has challenged Gateshead's fringe stars to fill Kris Gate's boots and earn the right to stay at the International Stadium. The Tynesiders have been rocked this week by the news that inspirational captain Gate is...
Glad to Escape. Dull Yarn
Shutter Island (15, 138 mins) Thriller. Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley. Director: Martin Scorsese. Contains swearing and violence. THE lunatics...
Guthrie Ready for Scrap on Teesside
Byline: LEE RYDER DANNY GUTHRIE believes it will be tin hat time at the Riverside ahead of tomorrow's mammoth Coca-Cola Championship battle with Middlesbrough. The in-form midfielder is not expecting another free flowing display of attractive...
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (U, [...]
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (U, 93 mins) Drama. Richard Gere, Sarah Roemer, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jason Alexander, Erick Avari. Director: Lasse Hallstrom. HOLLYWOOD has enjoyed a long love affair with man's best friend. From 1943's Lassie...
Help to Nick a Crook; CCTV Plea for Info
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY DO YOU know any of the faces in this gallery of rouges? These thieves were all caught on camera stealing everything from a huge haul of air fresheners to beer and vacuum cleaners. And police and the independent charity...
Hitman's Chronicle Confession
Byline: ROB KENNEDY;SOPHIE DOUGHTY CAPTION: the area he was killed TORMENTED by more than a decade of guilt a hitman has finally admitted murder - after confessing to the Chronicle. An 11-year-old mystery was solved when Steven Hardy pleaded...
Howlin' like the Wolf; ALAN NICHOL Has the Latest Musings on the Roots Music Scene
AT THE Cluny tomorrow night, the Ouseburn will resound to the output from Ian Siegal and his band. Siegal is the current winner of Mojo magazine's Best Blues Album of the Year for his CD, Broadside, on Nugene Records. The record, produced by Siegal's...
I Feel So Guilty for What I've Done. I Can't Keep on Lying; the Phone Call from a Killer
THE killer's phone call to the Chronicle came in the early hours of Tuesday, November 10, last year when journalist Noreen Coltman was nearing the end of her shift. "The newsdesk phone rang shortly after midnight," recalls Noreen. "The caller said...
I Must Be Right on the Button
JENSON Button believes he will have to make another lightning start to the season if he is to retain his Formula One world title. Last season Button stunned the sport by winning six of the opening seven races, building a platform which enabled him...
In Memoriam
BROWN (Blyth). In loving memory of our mam Pauline. I'm still standing better than I ever did. Thanks in total to the love that you gave, the things that you said and the things that you did. Miss you always Mam, love Daniel and Louise.xx BROWN (Blyth)....
Jaimie: A Long Way Still to Go; Plenty at Stake as the Vipers Bid to Avoid Bottom Spot
Byline: NEIL FARRINGTON BIDDING to avoid the wooden spoon rather than chasing any silverware themselves, the Newcastle Vipers are set to have a say in the destiny of the Elite League title race. Tomorrow's visit of Edinburgh Capitals and Sunday's...
KEV: LET'S RAISE THE DERBY BAR; We Can Be Even Better, Says Nolan
Byline: LEE RYDER KEVIN NOLAN has called for Newcastle United to raise the bar even higher ahead of tomorrow's big clash with Middlesbrough. The Scouser admits that the Magpies have become accustomed to stepping up to the plate in every game...
Lessons in Fitness Bring Class Results; SCHOOL'S BODY SCANNER BENEFITS PUPILS' HEALTH
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR STUDENTS and staff have been reaping the benefits from a piece of cutting-edge technology which measures health and fitness levels. Monkseaton High in North Tyneside is thought to be one of the only schools in the country...
Lost Work Is Aired; MUSIC That's a Horn-Player's Dream Come True, and a Composer's Second Take on His Most Popular Symphony, Are among Next Week's Classical Treats. RICHARD YATES Has the Details
Byline: RICHARD YATES WHEN the Swiss maestro Heinz Holliger picks up the baton for a Northern Sinfonia concert, you know you're in for something out of the ordinary that's guaranteed to open your ears. The Hall One concert at The Sage Gateshead...
Making Waves on the Catwalk; HELLO Sailor! Fashion Has Gone Nautical This Season. LIZ LAMB Brings You Some Key Pieces
Byline: LIZ LAMB GET aboard and create waves this spring with a red, white and blue wardrobe. The nautical look was all over the catwalks and the high street is now awash with stripes on dresses, block colour blazers and shoes, bags and jewellery...
Man Died Trying to Save His Wife; TRAGIC HUSBAND HAD HEART ATTACK DURING DESPERATE 999 CALL
Byline: ROBERT WEATHERALL A HUSBAND died from a heart attack as he frantically tried to save his wife's life. Devoted Stewart Whitfield gave his life while performing CPR on wife Olga. The couple's relatives have described the pair as devoted...
Man Faces Suicide Bombings Charge; BA Worker in Court
Byline: ADAM JUPP THIS is a court artist's impression of the British Airways worker facing terrorism charges. BA computer expert Rajib Karim, from Newcastle, who allegedly planned to take advantage of a strike by cabin crew as part of a terror...
METRO CHAOS; System Is Halted by Thieves Again
Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON A pounds 1,000 reward has been offered today to catch crooks who stole copper causing commuter chaos. Fed-up Metro bosses said a bounty has been put on the heads of the culprits who have struck three times in as many days....
Millions Earmarked for Rescuers
PEOPLE affected by dust from the twin tower terrorist attacks have won the right to compensation. After years of fighting in court, lawyers representing New York City, construction companies and more than 10,000 Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers...
Mum's the Word; the Search Begins for Inspiring Stories
Byline: KATIE DAVIES THE search to find this year's Chronicle Mum of the Year is on. We are calling on our readers to find that mum who has gone the extra mile for her family. In the run-up to Mothering Sunday, we have teamed up Greggs to find...
No Fears of Mancs: Cats; Jones Is Raring to Take on City
Byline: JAMES HUNTER KENWYNE JONES says Sunderland need fear no-one at home as they prepare to take on Champions League hopefuls Manchester City this weekend. The Black Cats may have gone for four months without a league win before finally earning...
Nolan Wants to Join Heroes
Byline: LEE RYDER KEVIN NOLAN wants to join a long list of Liverpool legends - by winning the Coca-Cola Championship with Newcastle United. The Merseysider was left devastated by last season's relegation, but from the ashes of the footballing...
Pancrate Aims to Give Boss Headache
Byline: LEE RYDER FABRICE PANCRATE says he intends to give Chris Hughton a headache regardless of what role he is handed at the Riverside tomorrow. The French winger started his first game against Barnsley since the FA Cup tie at West Brom when...
Pride in His Sacrifice; Tears as Hero of Helmand Is Brought Back Home
Byline: ROB PATTINSON FIGHTING back tears, the heartbroken girlfriend of a soldier killed in Afghanistan spoke of her "pride and honour" as his body was brought home. Stephanie Orr, 23, from Newcastle, took her place among the crowds lining the...
Pub Quiz Uncovered
WOZ and Co were paying a second visit to the Chichester, though the first was some time ago, but little had changed in this venue or South Shields, come to that, and the popularity of quizzes in the town seems undiminished too. Pub: The Chichester...
Punters Panel
Our panel give their views on Sunday's game with Manchester City GORDON MABON OUR record in recent years against City has been poor to say the least. Although we have invariably lost by only the odd goal in these meetings, it is still with a slight...
Punters Panel
GRAHAM BREWIS HERE we are again - the game they think is a derby but we don't. It is a game we must not lose and on current form I would expect us to win. The team against Barnsley had a good balance about it and I hope Chris Hughton can maintain...
Qaspal Looks Mint in Imperial
QASPAL has everything going for him in the Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown on Saturday. The Philip Hobbs-trained six-yearold scraped into the valuable handicap - he needed the defection of six runners to guarantee a place in the line-up - but...
Quinn: Why We'll All Lose out If We Go Down
Byline: JAMES HUNTER NIALL QUINN has revealed every player at Sunderland has agreed to a 40% wage cut in the unlikely event the Black Cats are relegated. All the club's new signings - including star names such as Darren Bent, Lee Cattermole,...
Rail Link Hits the Breaks Be Extended Further. "The North; New Track Won't Reach North East
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON HIGH-SPEED trains will only be able to travel at normal speeds to Tyneside after the Government held back cash for new railway lines. Transport secretary Lord Adonis yesterday confirmed no new railway line will be built...
Raval's Leading Food Revolution; Raval Church Street, Gateshead Quays. Tel: 0191 477 1700 WWW.Ravalrestaurant.Com
I LIVED in Gateshead for a big chunk of my childhood. It's a proud town with a rich history. But let's be honest - it's never been that great for fine dining. The high point of my eating-out experience would have been meat and two veg with my...
Reader's Poems
THE SHIFTING CRUST Above this fault line where an island stood, Nature did what nature could. Way down below tectonic plates rose and fell, Inflicting, damaging, creating hell. The ground it shook and was much split, Above there was no way of...
Result Comes First, Says Lovenkrands
Byline: LEE RYDER PETER LOVENKRANDS says he would happily put aside personal glory if it means three points for Newcastle United against Boro tomorrow. The Dane is yet to score away from home this season but has started just two of the last 10...
Shop to Fight Ban on Booze; OWNER'S LICENCE BID
Byline: SONIA SHARMA A SHOP that was banned from selling booze is fighting to win back its alcohol licence. The store, in Rudyerd Street, North Shields, was stripped of its licence in January after being caught serving alcohol to underage children...
Society Aims to Get Back in the Black; BUSINESS HAS BOUNCED BACK FROM LOSSES
Byline: IAIN LAING NEWCASTLE Building Society says it hopes to get back in the black this year after bouncing back from a pounds 26m loss in 2008. The business, which has around 1,100 staff, broke even in 2009 after recovering from a pounds 43m...
Tait: We Have to Be Realistic; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans face a mid-table sixpointer in Derbyshire tomorrow when they take on Ilkeston Town for the third time this season. The Robins won 4-1 at Croft Park in the league, but Blyth gained revenge with a 2-0 FA Trophy...
The 100% Club; YOUNGSTERS' ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED AT CITY CEREMONY
NOT taking a day off school in a year is a fantastic achievement. But not missing a single lesson in 12 years is simply staggering. This feat by five Newcastle teenagers has been recognised at a ceremony. The students are Deborah Dawson, who...
The Karate Kid; Brave Katelan Battles Kidney Problem to Earn Black Belt
Byline: TOM MULLEN KARATE kid Katelan Foster battled through a debilitating kidney condition to gain her black belt - at just eight years old. The youngster, from North Shields, was diagnosed with kidney reflux when she was three. The painful...
Travel Adventure
FOLLOWING on from the success of Jewel Match, PurpleHills has now released Around the World in 80 Days. Prepare yourself for a spectacular puzzle adventure on land, on sea and in the air as the game takes you back to the exciting times of exploration...
Two of the Finest
Byline: ALAN NICHOL IF variety is the spice of life, as 18th Century poet William Cowper said, then there is a veritable vindaloo on the musical menu this week. Two courses of modern folk, a blues blow-out, bass-heavy reggae, guitar driven gypsy-jazz...
Victim Was Beaten Just Days before His Murder; NEW DETAILS EMERGE AS HUNT FOR THOSE BEHIND LONER'S SLAYING GOES ON
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY MURDER hunt police today revealed a new twist in the search for Andrew Smart's killers. The tragic dad-of-two had been badly beaten in the days before his murder and was sporting purple bruising to his eyes and face and...
Wear Chief Backs Bruce
Byline: JAMES HUNTER NIALL QUINN insists he and Sunderland owner Ellis Short never wavered in their support of Steve Bruce throughout the Black Cats' 14-game winless streak. After a magnificent start under new boss Bruce, Sunderland failed to...
Women Urged to Be on N Guard against Quiet Kille er; AS Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Gets under Way, Macmillan Cancer Support Is Urging Women to Be Aware of the Symptoms. FRANCESCA CRAGGS Meets Two Women Who Have Beaten the Disease
Byline: FRANCESCA CRAGGS SHIRLEY Taylor put her increasingly bloated stomach down to typical middle-age spread. Little did she know, however, that a cancerous tumour the size of a football was growing inside her abdomen. At the age of 57, Shirley,...
Wood Set to Carve a New Niche on the TN Bench
ALEX WOOD is expected to clarify her Super League future this weekend after the star shooter was dramatically withdrawn from Team Northumbria's netball roster last night. In a further twist, it has emerged the former England international will join...
Your Stars
SOMEONE, you thought you could not trust in business, is offering you the chance of a lifetime. However, just make sure you do things professionally, and don't cut corners. CALL MY ARIES LINE TO HEAR MORE 0904 470 0721 THE chance, for you to understand...
Youth Quizzed as Baited Man Dies; Victim Tormented to Death - Neighbours
POLICE are today quizzing a teenager arrested over the manslaughter of a man allegedly tormented to death by yobs. David Askew, 64, who had learning difficulties, was found dead outside his home in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, on Wednesday night....
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