Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from September 21, 2012

5 Minutes With. Harvieu Ren; Ren Harvieu Is One of the Most Talked about Singer Songwriters of the Year and She Is All Set to Come to Tyneside on Her First Major Tour
REN Harvieu is at The Sage Gateshead on October 8. IF YOU aren't familiar with her songs already, the title track from her album Through The Night and similar-sized ballad Open Up Your Arms were on constant rotation on Radio 2. Her jazzy, string-heavy...
AN Innovative Sporting Charity Founded to Boost [...]
AN innovative sporting charity founded to boost young people through sport is stepping up the pace after launching at this year's Great North Run. The Northumbria Sport Foundation was officially unveiled on Sunday. Ten members of Northumbria...
Army Vet's Anger over Badge Theft; Disabled Targeted by Criminals
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS AN army veteran left disabled after he was blown up and shot while serving in the forces has hit out at lowlife thieves who stole his disabled badge. Pensioner George Smith says both his car and that of a neighbour were...
Audi A3
ACCOUNTING for a fifth of all new Audis bought, the latest A3 is declaring war on its fellow German rivals, the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Initially available in three-door form only, and with just one diesel engine and a pair of petrol...
Bathtime Fun for Nieve; Hydrotherapy Bath Donation for Family
Byline: RUTH LAWSON LITTLE Nieve Flint has had a hard start to life but a Tyneside charity has helped her smile again. The four-year-old - who has Retts Syndrome, epilepsy, Severe Motor Delay and chronic lung disease - has received a boost thanks...
Beer You Go - Bandit Scarpers after Being Threatened with Lager; Hunt Is on after He Flees Empty-Handed in Confrontation
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime Reporter ARMED with nothing more menacing than a can of lager, this shopkeeper took on a raider threatening him with a syringe and a knife. Abdol Ehfani was behind the counter at the Tyneside off-licence where he...
Book Reviews
NEW FICTION Zoo by James Patterson is published in hardback by Century, priced PS18.99. Available September 27. A master of suspense, James Patterson times his novels down to the last beat. Zoo is no different. The standalone story follows Jackson...
Brothers' Mercury Awards Surprise
Byline: GORDON BARR NO ONE was more surprised to be in the nominations for the Mercury Music Prize than Field Music's Peter Brewis and his fellow band member and brother David. Plumb was the fourth album by Field Music, and was recorded in the...
Cinema Reviews
SAVAGES (15) Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and his buddy Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy Seal, make a small fortune by growing marijuana in their California town. Life is good and the two friends are obsessed with Ophelia (Blake Lively), who showers...
Country Mourns the Death of Duke's Mother; Tributes Are Paid to Duchess Elizabeth
Byline: BRAIN DANIEL A FORMER Duchess of Northumberland has died aged 90. Elizabeth, the Dowager Duchess of Northumberland and the mother of the current duke, died at her home on Wednesday. Lady Elizabeth Montagu Douglas Scott was born in...
Deaths
BANKS (Westerhope). Peacefully in hospital on 14th September, Jimmy, much loved husband of Anne, dearly loved dad of Jimmy and AnnMarie, fatherinlaw to Gill and Jimmy, loving grandad to Louise, Josh and Delta, a dear brother of Shirley, Gordon and...
Devil Is in the Detail for Deano
Byline: MARK SMITH JONNY GOLDING believes the devil is in the detail for Newcastle Falcons under director of rugby Dean Richards. The prop-forward was part of the Leicester Tigers academy during Richards' hugely successful stint in the East Midlands,...
Diamonds Are Hoping to Enjoy a Sparkling Celebration; Speedway
NEWCASTLE Diamonds could well be celebrating tonight as their bid to finish top of the table comes to a climax. The Diamonds travel to Plymouth, while Scunthorpe Scorpions are at home to Glasgow in their final matches of the regular Premier League...
Don't Let Canaries Get off the Ground
Byline: John GIBSON BESET by injuries, the charge of the light brigade was to telling effect. After a half-time shuffle of the pack by manager on high Alan Pardew, United's under-power side bravely slugged it out punch for punch with Everton...
Double Death Pile-Up Is Still a Riddle; What Caused Dreadful Tragedy That Took Two Young Lives?
Byline: RUTH LAWSON EXACTLY what happened in the moments leading up to the pile-up which claimed two young lives remains a riddle today. But as police continued their probe into the double fatality they confirmed the car had not been stolen....
Downed Vodka and Drove His Car Home; Ambulance Controller Jailed
AN ambulance control operator who downed almost a whole bottle of vodka before driving home after work has failed to convince judges he should have been spared jail. Jason Blenkiron, 42, had suffered a double bereavement and was in the throes of...
Down the River to the Cluny; Alan Nichol Brings You an Eclectic Mix as He Highlights What Is Coming Up on the Roots Music Scene in the Region over the Next Week
NORTH Carolina's backwoods savant, Malcolm Holcombe, is in town tomorrow night with a new album to showcase. It is his ninth album and it carries the usual Holcombe clout in terms of content and delivery. He knows all about Kipling's twin imposters...
Elliot Earns His Keep as Toon Make Point on Euro Return; No Stroll in the Sunshine as Pardew's Men Are Put under Real Pressure and Made to Work for a Share of the Spoils
Byline: LEE RYDER THE 79 Newcastle fans who made the expensive journey to Madeira will probably say that their trip to the sunshine isle was more enjoyable than the Magpies' performance at Estadio Dos Barreiros. But this was no stroll around...
Fiat Panda Easy 1.3 Multijet
WHEN I was a nipper I remember my mum - concerned that I was becoming something of a couch potato - warning me that if I sat on my backside in front of the TV for too long I would end up with square eyes. With just two channels to choose from showing...
Fun at Crucial Time of Their Lives; Cast of Dirty Dancing Show Visit Teenage Cancer Trust Ward to Show Youngsters Some Moves
Byline: MARK SUMMERS CAST members of the hit West End show Dirty Dancing visited the Teenage Cancer Trust ward at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. During their visit they spoke to the children and entertained them with an impromptu dance lesson....
Gavin Is a 'Virgin' in the Motor Trade; DEALER TALK: Hodgson Gateshead
GAVIN Lintem, 24, has joined the car sales team at Hodgson Gateshead from his former role at Virgin Media. "Working in car sales is something I had always wanted to do and when the opportunity came to join a company with the customer service reputation...
Geordie Boys and the Liverpool Beat Sound
Byline: SARAH JEFFERY TYNESIDE band The Delemeres dreamed of hitting the big time and in the early 1960s their dream came true. After relentlessly playing many workingmen's clubs and other venues across the region, the band's hard work and determination...
George Heads to Toon; George Michael Is Finally Set to Play His First Ever Solo Gig in the North East. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Takes a Look
WHEN the Evening Chronicle exclusively announced in May last year that George Michael was coming to Toon demand for tickets was sky-high. That gig, his first ever solo appearance in the region, was set to take place last December, but was postponed...
Get in Line or You Lose Your Home; Landlords Given Warning
Byline: DAN WARBURTON Chief Reporter ROGUE landlords flouting licensing laws on Tyneside have been targeted in a blitz. Council chiefs have launched a bid to crack down on those who flout the law and rent out homes without the proper paperwork....
Gold Cup Is Set for a Regal Parade
REGAL PARADE can create his own piece of racing history by reclaiming the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup four years after he last won it. With testing ground assured, a horse who stays further than the six furlongs of this race is likely to be on the...
Green Light for Town's Revamp; New Life to Be Breathed into Shops Centre
Byline: SONIA SHARMA PLANS to turn an ailing town centre into an attractive shopping hub have been given the go-ahead. The proposals, drawn up by New-River, aim to breathe new life into the Forum Shopping Centre in Wallsend. Under the scheme,...
Gun Row Landlord Not Sent to Jail; Judge Says Defendant 'Over-Reacted to Situation' at Pub
Byline: LISA HUTCHISON ORDER has been restored at a North Wales pub where the Geordie landlord brandished a gun after a row erupted with regulars who were told not to ask for drinks in Welsh. Landlord Gareth James Sale, 26, was handed a 32-week...
Here Is the Hip Hop Place to Be; Grand Plans to Challenge Peoples' Perceptions and Relay a Strong Political Message Have Seen Hip Hop Collective Verbal Terrorists' Music Reach Far and Wide. the Group Speak to RUTH LAWSON about Their Journey So Far
AN array of politically minded musicians have come through the ranks over the years. Bob Dylan and Patti Smith have used the medium of music to vent views and that attitude has now been adopted by a group of Tyneside MCs. Verbal Terrorists have...
In Memoriam
FINLEY (Blackhall Mill). In loving memory of my husband, Tom (Doc). Deep in my heart your memory is kept, to love, to cherish and never forget. From loving wife Mona. HARMER (Wrekenton). In loving memory of Ken, who passed one year ago today, sorely...
Islands for Park Swans; Floating Nests Aimed at Bringing Birds to City Centre Park
Byline: TONY HENDERSON Environment Editor FLOATING islands are the latest feature in a drive to turn a city centre boating lake into a wildlife haven. Ten islands will be installed on the lake in Exhibition Park in Newcastle to provide nesting...
It's Ale about the Taste! Beer Cupcakes Are a Recipe for Success
THESE cupcakes have an unusual ingredient - beer. Pet Lamb Patisserie, in Newcastle's Grainger Market, have been commissioned to make the sozzled sweet treats using Brewdog's 7.7 Lager and Alice Porter - with the results to be sold in the Scottish...
I Want to Make You Mine; Couple Go Back to Their Mining Roots for a Wedding to Remember
BRIDE-to-be Nicola Boak is going back to her mining roots when she gets married at a Northumberland pit. Her grandad George Phillips was the last horse keeper at Woodhorn Colliery before it closed in 1981, while her dad, Gordon Boak, was a miner...
I Was Sho Proud to Be the Captain; Skipper Ameobi Reveals His Honour in Leading out the Toon, While Boss Pards Is Confident of Progress
SHOLA AMEOBI has revealed his pride at leading Newcastle United into battle in Madeira and leaving the sun-kissed isle with something to show for their efforts in their Europa League group opener. Ameobi was starring in his first game of the season...
' I Will Decorate at the Drop of a Hat' Entertainer, Producer and Director Leah Bell Shows Us Her Home, in Bedlington. It Is the Heart of Her Business and the Place She Prepares for Pantomime Productions at the Empire Theatre in Consett myHome
Where is your home? My home is right in the centre of Bedlington. Every time I drive up to the house door, I find myself humming The Madness Song: Our House, in the middle of our street". How would you describe it? Quirky! I have always liked unusual...
Just One Day Left to Dream; Deadline for Entry into Our Fantastic Funding Campaign
Byline: KATE PROCTOR THERE is just one day to go to make sure your worthy cause sees its wishes come true. The Evening Chronicle's Wish Campaign is making its last call to charity and community champions to register to take a share of a PS35,000...
Liz Walker
WE may like the cards and presents, but a birthday is really all about the cake. So perhaps beginning my attempt for my daughter's second birthday party at 8pm the night before following a quick dash to the shops after work for flour and eggs was...
Llegal Stretch Limos Crushed to Get Safety Message Over
A CRACKDOWN has been launched against the sort of illegal stretch limos that an increasing number of people use for hen nights, stag parties and other riotous outings. In order to make the point that some of these vehicles are dangerous, the Vehicle...
Moors Will Be Pushed All the Way; FA Cup/ Ebac Northern League
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT SPENNYMOOR TOWN'S magnificent recordbreaking start to the season will surely be put to the test when they line up against Trafford in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup. Moors go into the game on the back of 10 consecutive...
New Releases
Borderlands 2 Platform: Xbox 360. Price: PS36.99 No one saw the original Borderlands coming. Blasting out of Pandora and into your living room like a rowdy gatecrasher at a Christmas party, this brash but beautiful action RPG quickly found its way...
Nissan Qashqai 1.6dci Tekna 4wd
Byline: PETER KEENAN THE Nissan Qashqai is the daddy of crossover models. A winning combination of sport utility vehicle practicality, 'king of the road' driving position, plus the running costs of a family hatchback have been responsible for more...
No Action after Arrests in Race Hate Probe; Men Told Prosecutors Are Dropping Case after Five Months
Byline: RUTH LAWSON A PAIR of North East race hate suspects have been told they will face no further action in relation to the allegations. As part of a nationwide operation, officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit carried out synchronised...
North Pair Tame the TV Dragons; Couple Win Investment for Hair Products
ENTREPRENEURS Geoff and Colette Bell faced the dragons and won. The Gateshead couple appeared on TV's Dragons' Den with their range of children's haircare products. And it's their own family who have inspired their business - with products named...
Nothing for Us to Fear - Odubade; Blue Sq Bet Premier
Byline: STEVE BROWN YEMI ODUBADE insists Gateshead have nothing to fear in this year's Conference - despite losing their unbeaten home run. The Tynesiders lost 2-0 to Tamworth at the International Stadium last Saturday. But they have enjoyed...
Nothing Wrong with Sam's Plan
Byline: JAMES HUNTER MARTIN O'NEILL insists Sam Allardyce's brand of direct football is justified by results. Sunderland are gearing themselves up for a physical test as they prepare to take on Allardyce's newly-promoted West Ham at Upton Park...
Oohs, Aahs- but No Goals; Fans Already Gripped as United's Latest European Adventure Gets under Way
Byline: COREENA FORD THEY may not have been able to make the journey to Madeira, but their strong support stretched across the miles. Hundreds of Newcastle United supporters converged on city bars to cheer on their team as they opened their Europa...
Pardew Seeking Home Comforts
ALAN PARDEW is hoping his troops can put one foot in the last 32 of the Europa League by winning their next two home games against Bordeaux and Brugge. The French side romped to a 4-0 win against the Belgians last night while United picked up a...
Parents Want an Early Red Card for New Sports Zone; Concerns over Foul Language at Proposed Football Pitch
Byline: RUTH LAWSON PARENTS have objected to a new outdoor sports facility near their home - because they fear rowdy footballers will expose their children to foul language. Concerned families from East Moor Village in Newcastle Great Park have...
Passion for Food at Asha
Byline: GORDON BARR JUST as Newcastle has its very own Chinatown, so South Shields has its Curry Mile. Ocean Road has been synonymous with Indian restaurants for decades now, and one of its stalwarts has been Asha. Recently, though, the restaurant...
Poem of the Day
Cover story Another, kinder universe is close, Only, for whatever reason, we long Ago lost contact with it, we think that We see what's what, but in some ways we're wrong. The other day I noticed a black cat Slinking along the pavement opposite, Getting...
Rapist Pc's Actions Spark Rule Changes; Stricter Vetting Procedures Are Called for after Review
A TYNESIDE PC's sex attacks will see changes in police vetting. A national police watchdog has called for changes after reviewing the case of rapist police officer Stephen Mitchell. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has called for...
Return of an Eighties Favourite; Nik Kershaw Is at the O2 Academy Newcastle on Sunday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Him
FOR two years in the mid-80s, few could come close to Nik Kershaw in terms of chart success. He enjoyed a string of hit singles, videos and a seemingly ever-growing hair-do. Now 54, and back on the road with his band, Nik admits he hardly remembers...
ROB: I CAN CHALLENGE FOR NO 1; Elliot Is Determined to Keep Pressing His Toon Claims
Byline: LEE RYDER ROB ELLIOT believes his superb performance against Maritimo shows he is ready to challenge both Tim Krul and Steve Harper for the No 1 spot at Newcastle United. Elliot is likely to return to the bench on Sunday against Norwich...
Rose Has Recovered and Is Ready to Bloom Once More
Byline: JAMES HUNTER DANNY ROSE is ready to return tomorrow after recovering from the injury which cut short his Sunderland debut. The on-loan Spurs man impressed at left-back against Liverpool last weekend on his first appearance in a red-andwhite...
Scoring without True Style
Byline: MICHEAL BROWN PRO Evolution Soccer is something of the Liverpool of sports gaming. Once top dog in a time before the latest, flashiest generation of competition, recent years have not been kind. But with such pedigree there's always...
Seaside Hol Sparks Row; Chalet Lines, Live Theatre Newcastle, until October 6
A GOOD old-fashioned seaside holiday has long been a Great British remedy for the quarrelsome family. Yet, when the women of the Walker family visit Butlins, underlying tensions never fail to resurface. The audience at Newcastle's Live Theatre...
Seat Exeo St 2.0 Tdi Se Tech
THE balance is a fine one for the driver with an eye on every angle. Family, work and leisure pursuits tend to be paramount, closely followed by factors like safety, value for money, quality, style, fuel economy and performance. Seeking out the...
Skoda Octavia Se Connect
KODA has introduced two limitededition versions of its award-winning Octavia, the Octavia SE Connect and Octavia vRS Blackline. The Octavia SE Connect is based on the popular SE model, but gains PS1,680 worth of additional equipment. Also, there...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL TONIGHT'S FIXTURES 7.45pm unless stated CHAMPIONSHIP: Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough. BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER: Grimsby Town v Luton Town. GREYHOUNDS PELAW GRANGE 7.30 (435m): Tsunami Mactop, Hard Nut, Rosmon Hillbilly (M), Hollygate...
Subaru Legacy Tourer 2.0 Se Nav Plus
HOLIDAY time, or the chance for a long weekend away - camping. This is when many of those models with the weird and wonderful descriptions like crossover, people carrier, SUV and SAV, for all their attributes, are eclipsed by that evergreen of the...
Suspected Dealers Arrested in Swoops; Nine More Arrests after Dawn Raids across the City
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER MORE suspected drug dealers have been arrested by police in a second day of raids across Tyneside. Yesterday we told how officers smashed their way into the homes of nine suspected "Mr Bigs" believed to be behind the supply...
TALK UP! as the Chronicle's Talk Up Campaign Arrives at the North Shields Fish Quay, We Got People to Sit in Our Blue Chair to Tell Us Why They Love the Area
RETIRED couple John, 66, and Margaret Street, 65, of Denton Burn, Newcastle, came down to North Shields to have a fish and chip lunch. John says: "I love the fish and chips the most about the Fish Quay. It's good, it's got character and it's a canny...
Tiny in Running for Our Award; Fun Run Organiser Has a Big Heart
Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH A VETERAN fundraiser and organiser of Tyneside's biggest fun run has been nominated for an Chronicle award. Retired civil servant Tony Gilroy took on the job of organising the North East Children's Cancer Run six years...
Travel Offers City Breaks by [.]
TRAVEL OFFERS CITY BREAKS BY AIR 3 nights from PS159pp 3 nights from PS199.00 Amsterdam City break by Air Selected departures December to March flying from Newcastle The elegant three-star Best Western Amsterdam Leidse Square will be your home for...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages Millions are to be spent and thousands of jobs created putting the new into Newcastle. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, pictured, signed off on a PS92m deal which allows...
TWO TyneMet College Students Hope to Achieve[.]
TWO TyneMet College students hope to achieve top basketball honours after being selected to play for the Newcastle Eagles. Theo Turner and Eddie Matthew, both studying on the level three Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence), will...
Upset as Runaway Bulls Shot in Street
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER RUNAWAY bulls had to be shot by police as they rampaged around a North East housing estate. The two animals had escaped from a local abattoir and were spotted running loose on the A189 near Cramlington. One made its...
Vauxhall Insignia Biturbo 2.0 Cdti Sri Vx-Line 4x4 Sports Tourer
VAUXHALL'S best-selling Insignia model has a proven track record in the fleet sales market, but the latest BiTurbo model with 4x4 capabilities really ups the ante. The Insignia is a business driver's dream with excellent fuel economy, first-class...
Visitors Will Be Ready to Rock Us: Fab; Flournoy Fires Warning to Eagles Ahead of Opener
NEWCASTLE Eagles chief Fab Flournoy has warned Glasgow Rocks will be gunning for their "auld enemy" in tonight's mouth-watering BBL opener. The Rocks endured a disappointing season last time out - thanks partly to injuries - but have recruited well...
Volkswagen Cc Tdi
Byline: BRUCE BOOTH JUST trying to keep abreast with all the comings and goings at Volkswagen over the last few months must have seriously tested the German marque's main dealers. The new Up! three-door compact city car started to make its presence...
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