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 June 15, 2012

85 Years of Our City Hall; ALAN NICHOL Brings You the Latest Roots Music News Including a Visit from Leicester-Born Sitar-Player, Roopa Panesar
Byline: ALAN NICHOL 2012 is an anniversary year at Newcastle's venerable City Hall as the venue clocks up 85 years. It is entirely appropriate, then, that tonight's guests in that hallowed hall happen to be the Irish band, The Chieftains, who...
Adventures in Arctic Circle; North Student Researching Melting Ice
Byline: TONY HENDERSON ADVENTUROUS university student Matthew Ayre is taking to the ocean in the hope he will unlock vital information about the Arctic's melting ice. The 25-year-old will be using log books from whaling expeditions more than...
Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1750tbi Cloverleaf
Byline: PETER KEEMAN THE Alfa Romeo Giulietta benefits from something called DNA which helps drivers adjust the car to their specific requirements. The system acts on key components such as the engine, steering and brakes allowing the person...
Also Showing
ILL MANORS (18) It's a hard-knock life for six godforsaken denizens of London in the gritty directorial debut of Ben Drew aka Plan B. Drug dealer Ed (Ed Skrein) is caught in a police sting and he quickly offloads incriminating evidence to associate...
Amazing Scenes. and They're Coming to Toon; Iconic Flame Reaches the North East and Is Welcomed by Thousands as Olympic Fever Hits Our Region
THE wait is over - the Olympic Torch finally reaches Tyneside today. The iconic flame, which is touring Great Britain ahead of the London 2012 games, arrives on North Tyneside this afternoon before moving to Newcastle. The torch relay hit the...
Art & Exhibitions
BALMAN GALLERY, CORBRIDGE Town Hall Buildings, Princes Street (01434 634629) Pablo Picasso: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, ends Jun 30 Russian Artists Summer Show: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, ends Aug 31 BALTIC 39, NEWCASTLE High Bridge ( ) SWITCH: Wed, Fri-Sun noon-6pm,...
Ashbrooke's Set for a Top Tussle
SUNDERLAND and Blaydon will face each other tomorrow with top spot on offer to the victor. Blaydon travel to Ashbrooke just two points behind the Wearsiders in the table. With Chester-le-Street and champions South Northumberland breathing down...
A Tale of Toon Cities All Aceoss the World; Delegates from Newcastles around the Globe Plan to Get Together in the Geordie 'Original'
NEWCASTLES from across the globe are coming together in one city. From Newcastle, Australia, and Neuchatel, Switzerland, to Shinshiro City, Japan, cities who share the Newcastle name will unite for the largest-ever gathering of its kind. And where...
A Volley Good Effort by TN's Beach Belles
A VINTAGE year for North East volleyball was capped by a brilliant win in the 2012 Beach Student Cup. Again it was Team Northumbria who took the honours after an incredible 12 months for the Sport Central club. Earlier this year the women's squad...
Birthday Bash with the Boss; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Are at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland Next Thursday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Meets Group Member Nils Lofgren and Also Gives You the Lowdown on All You Need to Know for the Wrecking Ball Gig
Byline: GORDON BARR EVERY show is different on a Bruce Springsteen tour. But when The Boss and The E Street Band arrive at the Stadium of Light next Thursday for the first of three UK dates it will be a gig like no other. For June 21 is E...
BMW R12OOGS and GS Adventure
BMW is giving away pounds 1,700 of goodies to anyone buying a new R1200 GS and GS Adventure from its dealers. So there's never been a better time to pack those panniers and plan that romantic adventure to faraway places ... or simply to get to work...
[C] A Show of Epic Proportions
TICKET holders for The Boss are set to be treated to a marathon performance after it was announced the singer will be on the Stadium of Light stage for more than three music-filled hours. Bruce and The E Street Band gave British fans a tantalising...
Citroen Ds5 Dsport Hybrid4 200 Airdream
WITH all the wow factor ingredients you could wish for, the stunning Citroen DS5 is crammed with technical wizardry, offers amazing driving dynamics and won't break the bank. This space-age-style car boasts sweeping lines with snazzy 19-inch black...
[c]TWEETS & POSTS; A Selection of Your Comments Left on Our Website, Twitter and Facebook Pages
BIN wars have broken out between residents and Gateshead council as families are being forced to leave their rubbish in the street when their wheelie bins go missing. The council is issuing warning stickers on bin bags, stating fines will be issued...
Deaths
BOULDING (Marley Hill). Peacefully in hospital on 12th June 2012, aged 89 years, John Lang (Jack), beloved husband of Marlene, loving dad of John, Fiona, Keith and the late Peter, fatherinlaw of Ann, much loved grandpa of Victoria, Carolyn, Helen and...
DVD Reviews
The Woman In Black (Cert 12, 91 mins, Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment, Horror/Thriller, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99). Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Misha Handley, Roger Allam, Shaun Dooley,...
Fancy a Pounds 125 Nip of Whisky? Exclusive Bottle of Spirits Is on Sale in Metrocentre Store
Byline: KATIE DAVIES ONE of the oldest and rarest bottles of whisky worth around pounds 125,000 is set to go under the hammer at the Metrocentre. The bottle of Dalmore Zenith has been created exclusively for The Whisky Shop, and is on display...
Fire-Hit Hostel Back in Business; Lifeline for Vulnerable Young People Re-Opens 18 Months after Arson Attack Which Caused Pounds 4.5m Worth of Damage
A FIRE-HIT hostel and training complex for vulnerable young people has officially re-opened - 18 months after the devastating blaze. The Tyneside Foyer has been the lifeline to hundreds of North East young adults who would otherwise be homeless....
France and Italy Await Newcastle
Byline: MARK SMITH NEWCASTLE Falcons have been drawn against French and Italian opposition in next season''s Amlin Challenge Cup. Italian outfit C+avalieri Prato and French pair Grenoble and Stade Francais will be Newcastle''s opponents during...
Gem of a Summer Show at Boulevard; Newcastle's Boulevard Cabaret Venue Opens Its Summer Show Tonight. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR A COUPLE of years after opening their doors some venues begin to lose their sparkle, but Newcastle's cabaret club Boulevard is bucking the trend with the launch of its most opulent and entertaining show ever tonight. With...
Golden BMWs Brighten Up Newcastle; DEALER TALK: BMW Snap the Golden BMW as It Comes through Newcastle to Win London 2012 Olympic Games Tickets
NEWCASTLE was brightened up as a dazzling array of Golden BMWs arrived in town celebrating the greatest show on earth, the London 2012 Olympic Games. As Britain prepares for a gold rush of medals this summer the Golden BMW convoy gave the people of...
Great Call: Email: Web: Open: Meal at Martino's
IT MAY not feel like summer is just around the corner, but come next week it will be officially here! If we do actually get a summer, I have discovered this gem of a place where you can spend the day at the seaside and then top it off with a cracking...
He Left His Friend for Dead in Wreck of Water-Filled Car; Parents Listen in Horror as They Discover How Their Boy Was Killed in Booze-Fuelled Horror Smash
Byline: COREENA FORD THEY were meant to be pals - but killer drink-driver Anthony Grant left John Quinnin for dead in his water-filled car. Rescuers who arrived soon after the speeding Vauxhall Vectra somersaulted off the road and landed in a marsh,...
Hit-Laden Set without Glitz; NOFX and Less Than Jake, O2 Academy Newcastle
Byline: CHAD WELCH SOME bands feel the need for elaborate theatrics at their shows. Well, as the crowd entered Newcastle's O2 Academy this week, faces smirked as they glimpsed a pathetic yellow NOFX backdrop, no bigger than a towel, hanging in the...
Hybrid for the Executive Set
Byline: STEWART SMITH WHEN Toyota launched its Lexus in 1993 it made other luxury car-makers look at the high quality, some even used the Japanese product as their benchmark. Lexus has continued to introduce some of the best quality products...
Infiniti M30d S
Byline: MIKE TORPEY THE executive traveller who dares to be different isn't exactly spoilt for choice. Of course there's the Jaguar XF, heavy duty Chrysler 300C and Lexus GS in addition to the big three German brands. Beyond those we're edging...
'It's Nice and Spacious and Has a Garden' Caroline Greener Shows Us the Flat in Jesmond That She Shares with Fiance Darren Hall. the 36-Year-Old Is Editor of WWW.Whatsonnortheast.Com and Also Works in the Cultural and Digital Sector
Where is your home? On Clayton Road in the centre of Jesmond. How would you describe it? We were looking for a two bedroom top floor flat to rent but ended up with a one bedroom lower ground floor flat. As soon as we saw it we just loved it. It's...
It Would Be a Big Mistake to Write off the Swedes Says Gareth
FORMER England defender Gareth Southgate feels it would be a "big mistake" were Roy Hodgson's squad to underestimate the challenge posed by Sweden tonight. England produced a composed tactical display as they held France to a 1-1 draw in Monday's...
! Jubilee Clashes
ONE man has been charged and another arrested after firecrackers were allegedly thrown when a protest ended in clashes. Police launched a probe when EDL and National Front members stormed Grey's Monument in Newcastle city centre during an anti-jubilee...
Liz Walker
[c] AS I have written in a previous column, I have a reputation for losing things... keys, my mobile, purse, passport, tickets, even my marbles. But this week I was left feeling a little bit smug. At least, unlike my Prime Minister, pictured, I...
Magpies' Target Plea to Celtic
Byline: STEVE BROWN VICTOR WANYAMA - a reported target for Newcastle - has urged Celtic to consider any significant offers they receive for the Kenyan midfielder. Wanyama only joined the Old Firm giants 12 months ago, signing a four-year contract...
Mercedes-Benz B180 Cdi Blueefficiency Sport
WHEN the Mercedes-Benz B-Class made its debut in 2005 it was the first compact people carrier to be built by a prestige motor manufacturer. With that market now well established the Germans have raised the bar producing a new generation of what...
Motoring Offences Are 'Falling in UK'
Byline: STEVE HUGHES THE number of drivers accused of committing motoring offences is falling dramatically, according to latest official statistics. It is not known whether driving standards are suddenly improving or if the cost of dealing with...
MP Keven Tells of His Battle with Depression; Debate in Commons
Byline: WILLIAM GREEN NORTH Durham MP Kevan Jones has won widespread support after publicly talking about his battle against depression. The former defence minister appeared close to tears when he spoke in Parliament yesterday about his breakdown...
Murder Accused Seen Staring at Victim's Flat; Court Hears Jarman Spoke of Police 'Setting People Up'
Byline: ROB KENNEDY HAMMER murder accused Graeme Jarman was spotted loitering across the road from his alleged victim's home on the day she was killed, a court heard. Jarman is on trial accused of bludgeoning 77-year-old Judith Richardson to...
New Boy Mac Fails to Regin agains"Spain; Cats Winger Gets First Taste of Euros in Side's 4-0 Thrashing
Byline: JAMES HUNTER JAMES McCLEAN finally had his first taste of Euro 2012 action - but could do nothing to stop the Republic of Ireland crashing out of the competition after a 4-0 drubbing by Spain. Sunderland defender John O'Shea started the...
New Releases
DIRECTOR Regan Hall puts cinema audiences under starter's orders for the 2012 Olympic Games with this unashamedly feel-good drama of sporting ambition against the odds. We're jogging in familiar territory here, following a talented 200m sprinter...
North East's Oldest Motor Dealer Group Celebrates 100 Years of Business; DEALER TALK: S Jennings Ltd
INDEPENDENT and privately owned, S Jennings Ltd, is celebrating 100 years of successful business in the North East. The group's board of directors including managing director, Nas Khan, finance director and company secretary, Graeme Armstrong and...
Parents Call for Ban to Be Lifted; Pupils Can't Have Phones
Byline: NEIL McKAY PARENTS are protesting against a ban on students taking their mobile phones into school. Consett Academy in County Durham has banned all students from taking phones on to the premises over fears of cyber-bullying . But some...
Pearl Looks like a Gem for Glory at Sandown
ALL eyes will be on Pearl Secret as he takes the next step up the ladder in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Scurry Stakes at Sandown. The three-year-old will be trying to keep his 100% record intact as he has a first crack at Listed company in this...
Peugeot Rcz Gt Thp 200
Byline: PATRICK JAMES MAINSTREAM car manufacturers are well-known for their, well, mainstream cars. They are usually affordable, practical and have ever-reducing running costs. But sometimes they come up from left field with a bit of gem -...
Positive Thinking Can Get Durham Going; New Boy Herschelle Aims to Fire Cook's Men to T20 Glory
Byline: STUART RAYNER HERSCHELLE GIBBS will be positive on and off the pitch as Durham look to transfer their promising early-season one-day form to the Twenty20 arena. Gibbs will be making his debut as the Riversiders start their 20-over programme...
Pounds 25,000 to Help Victims of Tsunami; X Factor Joe Helps the Japanese
X FACTOR winner Joe McElderry has helped to raise pounds 25,000 for Japanese people worst hit by the 2011 tsunami. The South Shields crooner took to the stage to join acts including Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall for an evening of "Japanoise"...
Pupils Travel Back to Medievel Times; Youngsters Get to Bake Bread and Fire Arrows
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN PUPILS plucked, baked and fought as they stepped back in time to discover what life was like as a medieval Geordie monk. Eighty 11 and 12-year-old children visited Blackfriars Restaurant and Banquet Hall, in Newcastle, where...
Range Rover Evoque Sd4 Dynamic Coupe
TO MANY owning a Range Rover is a dream. After all, before the Evoque burst on to the scene, prices started at nearly pounds 50,000. Now that dream is achievable for around half the price, the cost of an executive saloon, with the baby Range Rover...
Ravi and Ottis Look to Profit from Pietersen Absence
RAVI BOPARA and Ottis Gibson may both be about to profit from Kevin Pietersen's absence - even if they do remain baffled by the limitedovers retirement of England's most gifted batsman. Bopara can look forward to a clear run at the No 4 position...
RED LIGHTS (15, 113 Mins)
SEEING is deceiving. Look beyond the obvious and you might glimpse writer-director Rodrigo Cortes's sleights of hand in this intriguing thriller, which follows two paranormal investigators as they debunk fraudulent mediums, mind readers and ghost hunters...
Rush-Hour Crashes Bring Traffic to Halt; Closures on Bridge Add to Huge Queues for Motorists
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN MOTORISTS faced traffic chaos as a trio of rush-hour accidents brought Tyneside roads to a standstill. At the same time as many drivers faced long queues trying to cross the Tyne Bridge - which had lane closures in preparation...
Sport in Brief
PELAW GRANGE 7.30 (435m): Ron's Lad (10), Loosedog Roberts (6), Brocken Lance (6), Petite Fromage (scr), Molly''s So Kewell (M) (scr). 7.50 (435m): Derryhogan Abbie, Absolutely Boy, Tiger Express, Movealong Mel, Hollygate Sonic (M), Nama (W). ...
Spurs Would Have to Fork out the Cash If They Want Pardew; Bumper Contract Given to United Boss Alan When Signed by Ashley Should Ward off Any Interest from Tottenham
THE moment I heard Harry Redknapp had been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur I was worried. Alan Pardew has done a magnificent job at Newcastle United and it immediately crossed my mind that Spurs might consider him as Harry's replacement. What more...
'Staff Were One Big Happy Family -
PETER Dennison has had a long and illustrious career at Bainbridge and told us of his memories of joining the store in 1960 in an apprenticeship scheme straight from school. His dreams of becoming a hairdresser were now closer, having secured a...
Street Traders Fired Up by Council Request to Close Up for the Day as Olympic Torch Arrives
MARKET sellers will be stopped from trading today as the Olympic Torch makes it way through Newcastle. Street traders in Northumberland Street and Blackett Street are being forced to shut their stalls for the whole day, despite the Olympic flame...
Subaru XV 2.0d Se Lux Premium
Byline: LEE GIBSON SUBARU has high expectations for its new compact SUV the XV - hoping it will be the vehicle to bring the brand to a whole new audience. The company's United Kingdom managing director Darren James has already described it as...
Tesco Coul D Close Us. Again! Worry for the Future as Giant Moves In
Byline: KATIE DAVIES CORNER shopkeepers driven out by Tesco fear the same thing is about to happen again. Mark and Sue Davison, who own a fruit and veg shop on Coatsworth Road, Gateshead, were forced to close their shop in Market Square, Bedlington,...
Tiger Is Roaring Back to His Best
TOUGH DAY Andy Zhang TIGER WOODS made his best start to a US Open for a decade - and playing partner Phil Mickelson his joint worst in 22 appearances at the championship. Woods, his confidence back after victory in the Memorial tournament two weeks...
Volkswagen Scirocco R
Byline: STEVE ORME WE are staying younger longer, 60 is the new 50, and 40 is barely out of short trousers. So, just when a chap may be expecting to covet his neighbour's gardening tools he has the will and hopefully the funds to drive something...
Wonderful Town; Theatre Royal Newcastle, until Saturday
Byline: JOSH McLEAN LEONARD Bernstein's Tony award-winning musical Wonderful Town has made a dazzling start to its week-long run. It stars Connie Fisher as Ruth Sherwood, an aspiring writer trying to make success in the Big Apple along with her...
Wor Archie's Leap Forward; He Jets off to America for Pioneering Surgery to Walk
Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH A DREAM came a step closer today as Archie Anderson jetted to America. It comes after a huge fundraising effort in the North East which has raised pounds 80,000 for the six-year-old. At the moment Cerebral Palsy sufferer...

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