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Articles from November 23, 2012

All Good Sports. Celebs Help Raise Cash for Sunshine Fund
SPORTING caps at the ready, these stars put their knowledge to the test to help raise thousands for a special charity. For the 17th year running, a whole host of North East faces joined forces with generous businesses to take part in Celebrity Question...
Also Showing
November 23-29 CUSTOMS HOUSE, SOUTH SHIELDS Mill Dam (0191 454 1234) Anna Karenina (12A): Mon-Wed 1.30pm Madagascar 3: Europe''s Most Wanted (PG): Sat/Sun 2pm Skyfall (12A): Fri/Sat 1.30pm (Fri), 7pm, Wed/Thu 1.30pm (Thu), 7.30pm EMPIRE THEATRE, CONSETT...
A Marv-Allous Goal, but It's the Sole High Spot for Toon; Magpies' Poor Form Continues against Minnows Maritimo in Euro Clash as Ben Arfa and Cisse Join Growing Injury List
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United may well be through to the last 32 of the Europa League. However, they were far from convincing against Portuguese League minnows Maritimo. Confidence appears to be lackis ng and so does a bit in the final...
A Perfect Time for a Walk on Weird Side
WEIRD AL is a credible eachway solution for the Betfair Chase at Haydock tomorrow. This is usually the time of the year to catch the Donald McCain-trained nine-yearold, who nearly always does his best work as a fresh horse. That was certainly...
At Least le Tissier Isn't Playing for Saints Any More!
GOING back to Southampton on Sunday is certainly a game that Alan Pardew won't want to lose against his old club - especially after the two Premier League results we've had at home. Losing two in a row at St James' Park is always disappointing because...
Band of Skulls Hit the Road Again
Byline: RUTH LAWSON THEY'VE played alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers but Band of Skulls are far more excited about their latest UK tour. The alternative rock band have been teetering on the edge of mainstream success for a few years now. ...
Best of the Blues; ALAN NICHOL Brings Us the Latest News from the Roots Music Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL TONIGHT, two top-class though quite contrasting acts get the weekend off to a flying start. There are similarly attractive shows to close-out the coming week, too. The Cluny provides the setting for the UK''s multi-award-winning...
Bogie Is Backing Ryan to Shine
Byline: STEVE BROWN IAN BOGIE believes Gateshead are beginning to see the best of Ryan Donaldson - and could yet see better still. The 21-year-old was released by Newcastle United in the summer. He initially joined the Tynesiders on a contract...
Bonus Riches Not Important - Dean; Falcons Coach Focused on Winning, Not Points
Byline: MARK SMITH DEAN RICHARDS is refusing to become obsessed by bonus points as Newcastle Falcons' Championship bandwagon rolls on at pace. Going into tomorrow's trip to Jersey the league leaders have racked up maximum points in all but two...
'Brawl Broke out as I Left the Scene' Footballer Denies He Was Arrogant outside Club
Byline: GARRY WILLEY FORMER Toon player Kazenga Lua Lua told a jury he was already "walking away" when a group of black men attacked white revellers outside a Quayside club. Prosecutors claim the former Newcastle United winger triggered and took...
Caught Up in Spiraling Level of Debt
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN VOLUNTEERS have for the first time revealed the level of problems being faced by Tyneside's poverty-hit families. Speaking anonymously as part of a new report from the Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service, members of...
CHAMPION Child of Courage
WINNERS ARCHIE ANDERSON YOUR Evening Chronicle has followed the story of Archie Anderson over the last year. The six-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy, but hundreds got behind a massive fundraising effort to help pay for life-changing surgery...
Champion Fundraiser
WINNER: ANGELINA BENNETT THE striking thing about our Champion Fundraiser Angelina Bennett is that she is only seven years old. But this determined schoolgirl took it upon herself to spearhead a campaign at Newburn Manor Primary School to raise...
'Chapel Ticked All the Right Boxes' MYHOME Textile Designer Jane Smallcombe Has Her Own Website WWW.Appliqueoriginals.Co.UK and Holds a Small Crochet Group at the Settle Down Cafe in Newcastle Every Thursday Morning. the 40-Year-Old Mum Shows Us Her Converted Chapel in Jarrow
My five favourite things 1) Painting: My dad painted this picture for us in 2000 - the year we were married. Both my parents were art teachers so we have lots of their work at home but this is an extra special piece. 2) Rug: I think this is one...
Classrooms Will Boldly Travel into the Future
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL IT may look like a prop from Star Trek, but this futuristic classroom could boost pupils' maths skills. Researchers from our region have been working on a three-year project with more than 400 pupils, assessing the effects...
Cuts Are Just Vote Catchers
HERE we go again! Party politics interfering with common sense, sensible budgeting and public welfare. We all know cuts have to be made somewhere, but the latest, such as closing libraries, leisure/ sporting centres, care homes, bin collections...
Deaths
BENNETT (Consett). On November 20th, aged 80 years, John Arthur, beloved husband of Joan, dear dad of Karen and Michael, much loved grandad of Amy, Stephen, Dean and Lainey, also great grandad. Friends please meet for service in Consett Parish Church...
Devious Thief's PS100k Crime Spree
Byline: GARRY WILLEY A THIEF who fleeced her multi-millionaire boss out of almost PS100,000 has been branded devious and jailed in disgrace. Jacqueline Hayes was the trusted finance chief for Jeremy Middleton - one of the region's most prominent...
Dig in to Help Finish Garden; Wish Cash Would Help Pay for Plants
Byline: KATE PROCTOR COME rain or shine, green-fingered youngsters are working hard to improve their school garden - and now they need your help to finish the project. Pupils at Cheviot Primary School in Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, are asking...
Europa Mission Is Accomplished
Byline: LEE RYDER ALAN PARDEW believes it was a case of "job done" in the Europa League - despite a disappointing draw with Maritimo. However, even though there were pockets of boos last night, United are still unbeaten in European competition...
Euro Passion Is Posted Missing
Byline: John GIBSON IS Europe a curse or a godsend? The question is an intriguing one given that Newcastle's listing ship last night struggled through distinctly choppy waters into the last 32 of the Europa League. Like it or not Mr P, there's...
Ex-DJ Nearly Killed Both of Us, Cops Claim; Former Presenter Denies Dangerous Driving
Byline: ROB KENNEDY TWO police officers feared for their lives when former Radio Newcastle DJ Paul Wappat drove his van at them as they rode their bicycles, a court heard. Ronnie Lowes and fellow off-duty policeman David Slade were riding along...
Fans Are Furious at Police 'Bullying' Belgian Cops under Fire
ANGRY Toon fans have sparked an international probe after claiming Belgian police were aggressive at the Europa League match against Brugge. Fans returned to Geordie soil and said the foreign officers were aggressive and unfriendly as well as being...
Fare-Dodger System Not Fair, Claims Critic; Discretion Open to Abuse Says Passenger
Byline: MICHAEL OWENS FARE-DODGERS on the Metro are taking advantage of a controversial policy that helps them to avoid paying fines. Most passengers caught riding the Metro without a valid ticket are charged a PS20 on-the-spot fine. However,...
Fast Fun and Quirkiness
MAKING Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and co into cartoon karting characters could have been a stroke of genius. And indeed for a sport where many of the participants seem to have all the charisma of a tyre, Codemasters have done...
Ferguson Is Ready "Go to War" and Bow out in Style
DAVID FERGUSON has vowed to bow out of professional boxing in style by "going to war" in his farewell fight tomorrow. The 36-year-old heavyweight is due to bring the curtain down on his five-year pro career against Hungarian Sandor Balogh (thought...
Festive Tale Lacks Sparkle
NATIVITY 2: DANGER IN THE MANGER! (U, 105 min) Family/Comedy/Romance. David Tennant, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Jessica Hynes, Pam Ferris, Joanna Page. Contains: No swearing, no sex and no violence himself on the road with Mr WRITER-DIRECTOR Debbie...
Film Reviews
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 (12A) THE second installment begins with Bella (Kristen Stewart) re-awakening as a vampire. She sees and hears everything, contentedly falling back into the arms of lover Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). ...
Focus on Cooling Those Jets," S; Fab's Message to Eagles after Two-Week Lay-Off
FAB FLOURNOY has warned his Newcastle Eagles stars they must pay Cheshire the respect they warrant tonight - when the Jets come to Sport Central "all guns blazing". The Eagles - second in the table to Leicester Riders, their only victors this season...
Give the Grainger Market a Go; Advertisement Feature
Chairman of the Grainger Market Traders Association John Philips talks about why we should all be shopping locally. WE need a fanfare, a call to action, a shout out to encourage more people to ditch the supermarket for all but the essentials and...
Home Comforts Not Guaranteed to Be in the Bag: Boss
MARTIN O'NEILL has warned Sunderland cannot take anything for granted just because four of their next five games are on home soil. The Black Cats begin that sequence against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow lunchtime, with QPR visiting the Stadium...
In Memoriam
DAWSON (Stocksfield). Ernie, died November 24th 2011. No longer with us, but loved, missed and remembered always by Doreen and family. DONNELLY (Forest Hall). In loving memory of Joe, who fell asleep two years ago today. Sadly missed by his loving...
'I Wouldn't Be a Writer without Library Access'
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL A CHILDREN'S author who is backing our campaign to save Newcastle's libraries believes he wouldn't have become a successful writer if it wasn't for his community branch. David Almond, who penned the award-winning novel...
Jits a Three-Mendous Effort by Floor Squad!
NORTHUMBRIA Jitsu goes from strength to strength after the Sport Central-based club brought another three national titles back to Tyneside. A haul of 26 gold medals in eight years has established the club as the North East's biggest martial arts success...
Knifeman Scarred Innocent for Life; Thug Did Not Know Teen He Attacked in Home
Byline: ROB KENNEDY A TEENAGER was slashed across the face in his own living room because Joseph Rickman burst into the wrong house. Rickman was looking for his ex-partner and her new lover when he let himself into the home of the teenager's...
Life Ban for Woman on Dog Charge; Animals Were Neglected
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS A WOMAN has been banned from keeping animals for life after a court heard how her dogs' coats were in such an appalling condition that they could hardly walk or see. Pauline Kinghorn, 63, neglected her three shih-tzus so...
Liz Walker
Just when I was thinking it had been pretty quiet this week and I had nothing much to write about, in the space of a few hours I fell victim to identity fraud, my Despite the initial stress of the first two, which were all thankfully quickly resolved...
Magical Fun for Young Wizards
WITH Christmas just around the corner it seems Sony are looking to inject a little JK Rowling magic into children's lives. The author's first post-Potter novel is undoubtedly a little too adult for most kids' stockings so to fill the gap comes Book...
More of the Same Is a Wearying Tale; END OF WATCH (15, 108 Mins) Action/Thriller/Romance. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez. Contains Swearing, No Sex and Violence
WRITER-DIRECTOR David Ayer evidently believes that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Since his 2001 script for Training Day, which landed Denzel Washington a longoverdue Oscar as Best Actor, the Illinois-born film-maker has been fascinated by camaraderie...
No Rush on Injured Teen Star Adam, Say United; Youngster Has Plenty of Time to Recover from Knee Injury
Byline: LEE RYDER ADAM CAMPBELL will not be rushed back from the knee injury that has ruled him out until January. The 17-year-old is understandably gutted at his stint on the sidelines after he was injured in the friendly victory over Sunderland...
Only 3% Prime Minister, That's Not Exactly Generous; Cash-Crisis Council to Get Tiny Fraction of Money Needed for Flood Repairs
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON FLOODED folk will be handed just 3% of the money they need - despite a David Cameron promise he would be "generous" with his help. The Prime Minister issued his pledge as Tyneside struggled to emerge from the second flood...
Our Young Lions Can Be Pass Masters, Says Hodgson
ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson claims the new generation of young players can fill the gap in technique that the national side has been lacking. Hodgson admits that England's passing and possession at Euro 2012 were sub-standard and that improvements...
Panto Will Be Magic; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Goes Behind the Scenes of Aladdin, Which Opens at the Theatre Royal Next Week
Byline: GORDON BARR PANTO producer Michael Harrison was walking through the streets of the Toon one day when a woman stopped him in his tracks. She said to him: "Are you anything to do with the pantomime at the Theatre Royal?." Michael said...
Pardew Pinning Hopes on Cisse
Byline: LEE RYDER ALAN PARDEW is hoping to have Papiss Cisse available for Sunday's trip to Southampton despite the player hobbling off with a thigh injury last night. But playmaker and Newcastle's star player so far this season Hatem Ben Arfa...
Pick of the Big Christmas Shows for Young and Old; Pantomime Season Is Almost upon Us. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Guides You through a Selection of Festive Delights to Thrill the Family ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Byline: GORDON BARR SNOW WHITE AND THE 37 DWARVES, People's Theatre, Newcastle, December 8-16 The traditional tale of Snow White is brought to the People's Theatre stage this Christmas for the very first time. In Cannyville, Queen Lilith reigns...
Poems of the Day
Mod cons A GRANDCHILD asked me, 'Did you have a shower or a bath?' I explained we had neither, just a sink - did she laugh! But on Friday nights a tin bath was used for all, It stood in front of the fire, as I do recall. The eldest child went...
Police." Cheif in Early Warning about Cuts; New Commissioner Says Youth Services Have Vital Role in Tackling Crime
Byline: KATE PROCTOR COUNCIL cuts to youth services could lead to a rise in teen crime, warns Northumbria's first Police and Crime Commissioner. Vera Baird spoke out against Newcastle City Council's latest budget cut of PS90m and its potentially...
Pulis Is Stoked for Toon Home Tie
STOKE boss Tony Pulis has stressed the need for his team to make the most of back-to-back home games over the next few days as they look to kick-start their season. And feels the support they receive from the stands will be vital. Stoke take...
Referee Cleared after Racism Inquiry; Chelsea Player's Allegation Is Dismissed by FA's Bosses
Byline: THEO MERZ REFEREE Mark Clattenburg has told of his relief after racism allegations against him were dropped. He was accused of telling Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel to "shut up you monkey" during a match between the London team and...
Reserves Gather Food to Power People's Kitchen
Byline: JAMES AL-MUDALLAL GRATEFUL charity chiefs on Tyneside called in the military when an army of little "food raisers" left them with a big problem. Schoolchildren across the region had been tasked to help the homeless as part of Harvest...
Residents Upset by Rat Infestation; Street Plagued by Vermin after Church Demolition Work
Byline: KIM SWAN RESIDENTS are being plagued by vermin after a church demolition resulted in rats descending on their homes. The church building, home to the Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church, was cleared to make way for a new structure....
Retro Is All the Rage
Byline: VICKY ROBSON VINTAGE toys are back in vogue this Christmas. From Hasbro's Furby to the resurgence of Barbie, it seems retro is in fashion. According to the Toy Retailers' Association (TRA), the official top toy list for the festive season...
Return of the Razmataz; He's Been Away for a Year but the Man Behind Razmataz Lorry Excitement Is Back. RUTH LAWSON Finds out What He's Been Up To
Byline: RUTH LAWSON IT'D be misleading to say this one-man dance outfit had been taking a "break". That implies brainchild Kev Dosdale was just sat in his Wallsend home with his feet up drinking cups of tea and reevaluating his musical stance....
Schoolgirl Storms into Contest Final; Rachel Could Name New Lifeboat
Byline: SOPHIE BRO'S ON INSPIRED by seeing lifesavers at sea, Rachel Fairhurst entered a competition to name a new lifeboat. And the Gateshead schoolgirl is now one of the finalists in a RNLI competition to name one of the charity's newest and...
Shotgun Threat Sees Viv Junior Flee Dust-Up; Slain Hardman's Son, 23, 'Set for Fight to Settle Score with Gangland Figures'
Byline: DAN WARBURTON THE son of murdered bouncer Viv Graham was allegedly threatened with a sawn-off shotgun during a pre-arranged fight, the Chronicle can reveal. Viv Graham Jnr is thought to have organised a "straightener" after gangland figures...
SIMMO:FANS STUCK BY NE; Simmo Is Delighted to Be Focusing on Football" Again
Byline: LEE RYDER DANNY SIMPSON has thanked the Toon Army for sticking by him during some testing times after the Newcastle United star's personal life was thrust into the public eye. In his first interview since his relationship with The X-Factor...
Spartans Snap Up Toon Young Guns in Double Loan Deal
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United have loaned out promising youngsters Marcus Maddison and Michael Riley to Evo Stik League outfit Blyth Spartans. The deal is being viewed as a "win, win" by both the Magpies and the Croft Park club as the young...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL Tonight's fixtures 7.45pm unless stated SCOTTISH THIRD DIVISION: Queen's Park v Stirling (7.30pm). THE FA CARLSBERG TROPHY FIRST ROUND: Gateshead v Macclesfield. SKY SPORTS VICTORY SHIELD: N Ireland U16 v Wales U16 (7.35pm) GREYHOUNDS SUNDERLAND...
Stalwart Just Wants Robins to Be Chirpy
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT DAVID THOMPSON, who has just returned as secretary of North Shields, is hoping more than anything else the glory days soon return to the Daren Persson Stadium. A Robin through and through, he watched his first game in 1966...
Stories Have Lit Up Our Lives; COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS 2012
IT is a wonderful privilege to once again be part of the Community Champions Awards. The stories of the entrants make all involved in this annual event feel very humble. And we are sure that you will feel the same way too. It is not possible...
Suspect: I Tried to Save Baby Boy; 13-Month-Old Infant Was Brought Lifeless into Hospital
THE man accused of killing infant Slater Sharkey told medics he had fought to save him. Richard Morgan and Slater's mum Rachel Peacock rushed into Shotley Bridge Hospital with the 13-month-old already lifeless in their arms. Doctors, nurses,...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages Benton mum, Nicola Smith, has vowed to take a stand over the possible closure of a local disability centre. Her son Lewis has respite care at the Cheviot View Centre in Longbenton,...
TyneMet Land a Knockout Cup Blow
TYNE Met Titans progressed in the British Colleges Sports Knockout Cup with an 88-42 victory over local rivals Newcastle College. They were able to start an experienced line-up in this local college game with second-year players Spencer Hind, Connor...
Unlikely Alliance against Cheap Booze
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN AN UNLIKELY alliance of pub landlords and anti-alcoholism campaigners has today called for a minimum price to crack down on cheap supermarket booze. Echoing the thoughts of 21 North East doctors, who last month wrote an...
Weekend Non-League Football Fixtures
TONIGHT FA CARLSBERG TROPHY, FIRST ROUND (7.45pm): Gateshead v Macclesfield Town TOMORROW EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE, PREMIER DIVISION (3pm): Blyth Spartans v Nantwich Town. EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (3pm): Bedlington Terriers v Celtic...
We Know What to Expect , Says Sk
LEE CATTERMOLE insists Sunderland will not be caught out by the Premier League's surprise-package West Brom this weekend. The Baggies arrive at the Stadium of Light tomorrow lunchtime sitting in a Champions League spot, and fresh from their excellent...
Wild West End Night; West End Men, the Sage Gateshead
Byline: GEMMA HIRST THE West End Men live in concert had me on the edge of my seat and that was even before they had started performing. One by one we were introduced to the musicians, and then all of a sudden I heard off stage the voices of...
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You're All Just Champion! So Many Nominations, So Tough to Choose the Winners in Our First Community Awards
THE people who make Tyneside great have been recognised at your Chronicle's first ever Community Champions Awards. We were proud to honour our extraordinary winners at a glittering ceremony at Newcastle's County Thistle Hotel yesterday. We were...
You're Smarter for 10; Dorctor Who Graced Our TV Screens for the Very First Time 49 Years Ago Today. COREENA FORD Explores the World of the TV Favourite
Byline: COREENA FORD Has it really been nearly five decades of Doctor Who? Yes - BBC One showed the first ever episode on this day in 1963. We've had 798 episodes since then. Who's played him over the years? Commit this list to memory pub-quizzers:...
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