Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 8, 2013

13 New Reg Special Value Is the Big Deal for Spring
SPRING may be in the air but the economic outlook remains challenging - making it all the more vital for new car buyers to secure the best possible deals. Sounds like the perfect climate for Renault offshoot Dacia to wade in with the UK's most affordable...
A Bit on the Side
YAY! Happy wedding day to me! If you've been listening to the show the past few weeks, you'll know today is the day I finally get taken up the aisle. It's widely reported that this wedding is going to be the wedding of the year (so far) and of course,...
Acrobats of Audio
RAGTAG post-punkers Acrobatic Society are celebrating their new EP with a launch show tonight The band will welcome the record, called Kick Me, I'm Down and released through Tiny Lights Recordings, at The NewBridge Project; an artist-led studio and...
A Ray of Sunshine for Aiden; Charity Helps Disabled Boy
OUTDOOR-loving toddler Aiden Leach can continue on his adventures thanks to a grant from the Chronicle's Sunshine Fund. The four-year-old, from Gateshead, is able to explore the world with his family in his new terrain-tackling buggy. As Aiden,...
Avenue Could Power to Victory
FIRST Avenue can cause an almighty stir at Sandown tomorrow by winning the Paddy Power Imperial Cup. Laura Mongan's eightyear-old will be available at big odds for the esteemed Listed handicap hurdle, as the betting predictably revolves around entries...
A Waiting Game and a Chance to Meet the Stars
Byline: sarah.jeffery IN its heyday The Royal Turks Head on Newcastle's Grey Street was a thriving city centre hotel. It has featured several times on these pages, but we decided to revisit it again after another former employee, Alan Wright,...
Book Reviews
The Devil Is White by William Palmer is published in hardback by Jonathan Cape, priced PS16.99 (ebook PS9.49). Available now. William Palmer's stories and poetry have been broadcast on radio, and he also teaches creative writing. The Devil Is White...
Carver Not Arf Glad to Have Hatem Back in the Ranks
NEWCASTLE United assistant manager John Carver has hailed the return of "maverick" Hatem Ben Arfa. The French star is back from a hamstring injury and is hoping to play a part in Sunday's Premier League home encounter with Stoke City. Ben Arfa's...
Catt Is Purring at the Thought of Top Clash; Tom Expecting Points Galore as Falcons Face Nearest Rivals
Byline: MAR K SMITH TOM CATTERICK is predicting a points-fest at Kingston Park tonight when the Championship's most prolific two clubs lock horns. League leaders Newcastle Falcons play host to a Bedford Blues side second in the standings, although...
CD Reviews
David Bowie - The Next Day DAVID Bowie's 25th album is like so much of his greatest work in that it's impossible to separate it from the story behind its creation. If he's become a character, as he did with Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke,...
Celebrating Women's Science Contribution; Exhibition Marks Value Made by Females over the Past 250 Years
REMARKABLE women scientists are being celebrated in an exhibition that starts at a Tyneside museum today. The launch of Trailblazers - at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle's Blandford Square - coincides with International Women's Day. It will...
Children Go Mad for Books; to Celebrate World Book Day, Kids Dress as Their Favourite Literary Characters
Byline: FAYE GREENWELL YOUNG bookworms from our region dressed up as their favourite literary characters to bring stories to life. Yesterday marked World Book Day and children across the North East took part in a variety of fun activities to...
Citroen: An Offer for Every Occasion
CITROEN has announced a new arrival and host of spring offers for the new March registration. The latest arrival is the stylish new DS3 Cabrio, which can be ordered now from PS15,045 including a three-year/35,000-mile servicing and three-year assistance...
College Is Given Best Ever Report; Improvements Praised
STAFF and students at a North East college are celebrating its best ever report from Government inspectors. Education watchdog Ofsted praised Northumberland College in its latest report, published today. The inspectors noted a number of improvements...
Cool Gadgets for a Kitchen; We Round Up a Selection of Cool and Clever Gizmos for the Kitchen
Spiderpodium Tablet PS24.99 from www.firebox.com Load your iPad in this arachnid-style gadget so you can lean it on any work surface or wrap it around a cabinet handle for the perfect view. Its non-slip legs and durable form make it a must-have - it's...
Country Project Is Abandoned; Scheme to Be Closed in May
A LONG-RUNNING project that takes inner city residents to the countryside has been scrapped by the National Trust. Based at the organisation's Holy Jesus Hospital site in Newcastle, the Inner City Project (ICP) will close in May. For the past 25...
Courts IN BRIEF
A selection of offences from the magistrates' ' courts Peter May, 25, of Hadstone Place, Fenham Pleaded guilty to assault by beating in Newcastle on December 30. Discharged conditionally for 12 months and ordered to pay PS150 compensation, PS85 costs...
Cracking Food at the Castle
Byline: ANGELA UPEX BAMBURGH is world-famous for its castle, but do the pubs match up? The Castle Inn is positioned mid-way up Bamburgh's Front Street and has the stunning Bamburgh Castle as a unique backdrop. It's also known as 'the Middle' pub,...
Cuellar: Black Cats Will Not Underestimate QPR's Quality Players
Byline: JAMES HUNTER CARLOS CUELLAR has warned that Sunderland cannot take anything for granted against basement battlers QPR this weekend. Harry Redknapp's side is propping up the Premier League, but last weekend's win over fellow strugglers...
'Cut Boss Role and Fix Roads' Put Wage to Repairs - MP
Byline: PAUL TULLY AN MP has sparked a new row after claiming that a PS175,000-a-year council chief executive should be axed - to pay for pothole repairs. Hexham Conservative Guy Opperman pointed the finger at Northumberland County Council for...
DVD Reviews S; the Master (Cert 15, 141 [...]
The Master (Cert 15, 141 mins, Entertainment In Video, Drama, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray PS24.99) Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Ambyr Childers, Laura Dern. Lancasters Dodd (Philip Seymour...
Elliot's Fears Are Unfounded; No Need to Worry for Toon Ace Rob
ROB ELLIOT admits he endured a sleepless night in Moscow on the eve of Newcastle United's excellent first-leg draw against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League. But the man of the match was delighted to keep superstar Samuel Eto'o and PS30m Brazilian...
Fab: My Eagles Are Flying Again; Flournoy Happy with His Side's Form for Run-In
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS FAB FLOURNOY thinks his Newcastle Eagles are back on song - and just in time for the most important weeks of the season. The injury-hit Eagles were misfiring in February. They followed up their heartbreaking BBL Cup defeat...
Families' Shock at Ruling for Unity; Campaign Group Wins Court Appeal as Judge Says Children's Surgery Review Flawed
PARENTS of heart-op kids have reacted with disbelief to a High Court ruling that has gone against the region's children's heart unit. A Yorkshire campaign group has won its legal challenge over proposed changes to children's heart surgery services...
Family and Friends in Mourning; Big-Hearted Family Man's Jokes and Kindness Brought Happiness into People's Lives
THE sound of bagpipes filled the air as a sombre crowd of mourners gathered for the funeral of Sergeant Kyle Stobbart. A former Scots Guards soldier, husband, son and father, the 27-year-old appears to have taken his own life after struggling to...
Fan's Obession a Boon for Theatre; Cash Raised by United Treasures Will Help the Arts
A FAN'S dedication to Newcastle United has provided a birthday gift to a theatre facing funding cuts. Live Theatre on Newcastle Quayside, which is marking its 40th anniversary this year, has been given a collection of football memorabilia with United's...
Fiat: Fun in Lots More Ways
FIAT'S hugely successful Fiat 500 range has been enhanced and extended for 2013, and there is even a stretched version too. The city car recently smashed through the 100,000 sales mark in the UK and gets a range of bold new colours and upgraded...
Fiat: Little Fiats Getting Bigger
TWO of Fiat's popular small cars are moving up in the world with the arrival of a 4x4 version of the Panda and a mini-MPV based on the trendy 500 supermini. The all-wheel-drive version of the Panda has just gone on sale priced from PS13,950 for...
Film Reviews
PARKER (15) Parker (Jason Statham) accepts a job from his mentor Hurley (Nick Nolte) to steal a cool 1.5 million dollars from the Ohio State Fair, aided by an untested four-strong crew: Melander (Michael Chiklis), Carlson (Wendell Pierce), Hardwicke...
Funds Bring DRY BAR a Step Closer; 'Now People Know We Are Serious and They Want to Be Part of It'
THE North East's first ever "dry" bar is a step closer to opening in Newcastle after securing more than PS100,000 worth of funding. The bar will offer non-alcoholic drinks and food, without the booze-fuelled antics associated with other pubs in...
Gateshead Vauxhall Boosts Business with New Sales Team; DEALER TALK: Evans Halshaw
Byline: Evans Halshaw LOCAL Vauxhall dealership, Evans Halshaw, is welcoming new additions to the team in Gateshead. Strengthening the sales team at the dealership on St James' Square is 42-yearold Karl Arrel, from Blyth, who swapped shops for...
Ghost Set for Festive Appearance; Sunderland Theatre Dates Set
A STAGE musical based on a film which touched countless hearts is coming to the North East as a pre-Christmas treat. Ghost the Musical had its world premiere in Manchester two years ago and then transferred to London's West End. It embarks on its...
Hairspray, Sunderland Empire, Unitil March 9
Byline: Paul Wallace STEP back in time to the big hair of 1962 in Hairspray, a musical that shines with dreams, dances, spectacular songs and outstanding performances, all culminating in a story that transports and yet also keeps you ever aware...
Harry's Far from over the Hill. Harry Hill Is on His First Stand-Up Tour in Six Years and Is at the Theatre Royal Newcastle on March 15 and 16. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Caught Up with Him for an EXCLUSIVE Interview
Byline: GORDON BARR I FIRST met Harry Hill 18 years ago. We were standing atop Castle Keep in Newcastle and he had a sword in his hand. His mission? To start a campaign to get our very own king of Geordie comedy, Dave Johns, a knighthood. ...
Hyundai I30 Tourer Active 1.6 Crdi Blue Drive
YOU can't help but be impressed with the giant strides Hyundai has taken in the motoring world. The i30 Tourer was the Korean company's fifth model launch for 2012 in what proved to be a hyperactive year. With increasingly successful, keenly-priced...
I Can't Sleep Easy Ove'bedroom Tax
A FEW months ago I had the sleep-deprived brainwave of moving my daughters, four and two, into the same room. Perhaps my two-year-old was refusing to go to sleep or even stay in her bedroom because she didn't like being on her own and so moving...
Interview: Jennifer Lopez; as Superstar Jennifer Lopez Returns to the Big Screen in a Slick Action Thriller, She Talks to SUSAN GRIFFIN about Focusing on Film and Her Surprise at Being Picked for the Down-to-Earth Role
Byline: SUSAN GRIFFIN AS THE queen of bling, Jennifer Lopez's reputation for diva-like behaviour is legendary, so on meeting the megastar you'd expect a cool, aloof ice queen. The reality is a woman who talks fast, laughs a lot and gestures wildly....
Interview: Stereophonics; after Their Longest Break, Stereophonics Are Back with Their Eighth Album. Frontman Kelly Jones Tells ANDY WELCH about the Inspiration Behind Graffiti on the Train and Their Forthcoming UK Tour
IT IS 16 years now since Stereophonics burst out of their South Wales hometown with their debut album Word Gets Around. Performance And Cocktails, their follow-up released two years later in 1999, kick-started a run of five chart-topping albums....
Kia Picanto 1.0 City 3dr
THE second-generation Kia Picanto city car runs to 12 models in a choice of three or five doors and five trim levels, 68bhp 1.0 or 84bhp 1.25 petrol engines and fivespeed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions from PS8,045 to PS12,350. Not...
King of the Castle
Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate Platform: Nintendo 3DS. Price: PS32.99 Castlevania is all about whip-wielding action, with a host of undead enemies foolishly standing in your way as you stride through all manner of gloomy gothic environments....
Landmark Building Set to Be Flattened; Demolition Would See Site Used for Housing Development
A LANDMARK building designed by top Tyneside architects could be knocked down and replaced by houses. Stephenson House, on the Stephenson Industrial Estate in Killingworth, was built around 1965 by Gordon Ryder and Peter Yates. The two-storey...
Land Rover Freelander 2 Sd4 Hse
THE huge success of the Evoque has resulted in the Freelander being pushed into the background for the past 12 months - so Land Rover decided to give its older star a makeover. And the changes certainly give the Freelander a more premium feel with...
Lazio's Penalty Will Make Racists Think
LAZIO being forced to play a game behind closed doors is a good start when it comes to dealing with racist behaviour in Europe. It's harsh on the club, but when the fans do that people need to understand that racism just isn't acceptable. As...
Lib Dems Show True Colours
ON Wednesday Newcastle witnessed the latest show-stopping play, the 2013 Lib Dem farce, Innumeracy and Hypocrisy. At a time when so many are concerned at the cuts to the arts and culture organisations in our great city, we saw the breathtaking performance...
Lifeboat Guild Calls Time after 90 Years of Supporting Vital Service; 'The Group Did Wonderful Work, It's Been a Big Part of My Life and I Feel a Sadness for Its Loss'
A FUNDRAISING group that has raised thousands of pounds to help save lives at sea is disbanding. The Tynemouth Ladies' Lifeboat Guild has been running for more than 90 years and collected an estimated PS76,500 for the Tynemouth RNLI between 2000...
Lotus: If You're an F1 Racer on Day Off
VARIOUSLY described as the best Lotus sports car ever made and possibly the best sports car in the world, the new Exige S raises the bar even higher for the Britishbased car company. Powered by a 3.5-litre V6 Toyota engine with a power output of...
Marquis MY13WOW 40th Anniversary Celebration; AUTOSLEEPERS
MARQUIS Motorhomes, the UK's largest dealer network, is pleased to announce that they will be holding their first ever North East Leisure Show between March 15-17 at their new acquired branch at Birtley, County Durham. Celebrating 40 years in business,...
Murder of Carefree Man Stuns Friend; "He Wasn't Malicious or Violent ... He Wasn't a Fighter'
FUN-LOVING, quick-witted and friendly, is how pals will remember murder victim David Kochs. The 43-year-old's friends are today still stunned by his death. And as police continue to probe David's killing, the people that knew him have told of their...
No Place to Hyde for Heed Strikers; Blue Sq Bet Prem
Byline: STEVE BROWN ANTH SMITH has praised the "other sides" to his strikers - but called on them to start hitting the back of the net more regularly. Gateshead host Hyde at Blyth Spartans' Croft Park tomorrow, the first of three Blue Square...
Order of the Cray; ALAN NICHOL Has the Latest Round-Up of News from the Roots Music Scene
Byline: ALAN NICHOL THOUGHTS of becoming an architect may have been left back in his teens but Robert Cray certainly knows how to build a solid career. The evergreen soul-blues musician arrives at The Sage with his band on Monday in probably...
Orders Open for New Lexus Is
LEXUS has opened the order book for its new IS range to be launched in the UK this summer. The line-up includes the first full-hybrid IS, the IS 300h, together with the 2.5-litre petrol-powered IS 250. Both versions feature rear-wheel drive and will...
Oz Fails to Cast Much of a Spell
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG, 130 mins) Family/Action/Adventure/ Romance. James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Abigail Spencer, Joey King, Bill Cobbs. Director: Sam Raimi. Contains violence. MADE in 1939 for the...
Pards' Tribute to United Discipline; Magpies' Trophy Hopes Still Very Much Alive
ALAN PARDEW says his side "got what they deserved" in the Europa League last-16 tie in Moscow against Anzhi Makhachkala. The United boss was delighted to hold the bigspending Russians and keep Newcastle's hopes of glory in the competition alive....
Parling Takes Break from England's Set-Piece Struggles
GEOFF PARLING may not get up at 4.30am to study lineout tapes, as Steve Borthwick used to, but the issue of England's misfiring set-piece is never far from his mind. England's lineout general spent yesterday with his family in the hope of enjoying...
Patched-Up Toon Put on an Excellent Show
A PATCHWORK quilt might look garish but it can still be reassuringly comforting. So it was for United in the freezing temperatures of Moscow last night. A 0-0 draw was a magnificent achievement given Newcastle threw their back five together -...
Perverted Old Scout Master Lured Kids to House; Trusted Member of Community a Serial Paedophile
A RESPECTED Scout master is today revealed as a serial paedophile who would abuse youngsters after luring them to his allotment. Ronald Curran was a trusted member of the community and would often be seen wearing his Scout uniform. But behind...
Pistol Hidden to Clear Debt; Favour to Gangsters Ends with Jail
A PISTOL hidden in his house for gangsters landed a man with a five-year jail term. When Paul Duffy racked up drug debts, he was told the slate would be wiped clean if he looked after the firearm and ammunition. But when police acting on a tip-off...
Rejuvenated Rose Is Ready for Cats Return; On-Loan Defender Danny Back in Contention for QPR Trip
Byline: JAMES HUNTER DANNY ROSE could rejoin Sunderland's Premier League campaign this weekend after a month on the sidelines. Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill says the on-loan Spurs defender has recovered from a hamstring problem and is in contention...
Salmonella to Blame at Festival; 200 People Struck Down
VISITORS to an Indian street food festival were struck down with salmonella, council tests have confirmed. Up to 200 people reported sickness symptoms after eating at the Street Spice event at Centre for Life in Newcastle. Four preliminary tests...
Stanley Is Hoping for Double Net Gain despite Schedule; Netball
LISA STANLEY is confident a squad sapped of confidence can cope with two huge games in three days. Team Northumbria travel to Bath tonight for one of the toughest clashes in the NSL calendar. After returning to Tyneside at tea-time tomorrow,...
Star's Arfa Chance of a Forward Role
ALAN PARDEW insists Hatem Ben Arfa can handle the responsibility of playing in a "No 9" role for Newcastle. The Frenchman led the line for the Magpies in Moscow and could have snatched the winner at the Luzhniki Stadium. Ben Arfa made his return...
Still Going Strong. Stiff Little Fingers Are at the O2 Academy Newcastle on March 15. MICK BURGESS Catches Up with Band Member Jake Burns
Byline: MICK BURGESS ON March 15 you play the O2 Academy in Newcastle. You've got some strong links with the area and worked for BBC Radio Newcastle at one point. How did you get involved in that? I worked at Radio 1 in London for about a year when...
Students Make a Sporting - An-D! University Sport
TENSIONS are running high just 48 hours before Britain's biggest inter-city university clash takes centre stage on Tyneside. Sunday will see this year's Stan Calvert Cup decided - with Northumbria University on a mission to snap Newcastle University's...
Suzuki: Keeping the Offers Rolling
SUZUKI is on a roll in the world of small cars and is fuelling its sales successes with a further extension of its VAT-free offer for three of its stylish small car models - Alto, Splash and Swift. This latest offer helps customers take advantage...
Toon Troops Unscathed after March on Moscow; United Give Themselves an Excellent Chance of Europa League Progress with Goalless Draw in Russia
THE Kremlin may have been closed for the day - but Newcastle United's path to glory in Europe remains very much open as Anzhi were tamed in Moscow. The 70-odd Geordies who made the 2,000-mile trek to the Russian capital and spent the day swanning...
Toyota
TOYOTA'S commitment to achieving the highest safety standards is yielding excellent results with both the new Auris and RAV4 being awarded the top five-star rating by the independent testing organisation Euro NCAP. They are among the first models to...
Tribute to Naval Hero Is Unveiled; Lord Collingwood Bust Takes Its Place in Town He Loved
ONE of a Northumberland town's most famous sons has been honoured with a life-size bronze bust. The statue of North East naval hero Admiral Lord Collingwood, was unveiled yesterday in Morpeth, once his home town. Newcastle-born Lord Collingwood,...
Tyneside Spitfire Ace Dies at Age of 95; Sir Alan Smith Went on to Have Successful Career in Business
A TYNESIDE-born Spitfire hero has died aged 95. Sir Alan Smith made his name as a legendary wingman to Second World War flying ace Douglas Bader. Born in South Shields in March 1917 and the youngest of four sons, he dropped out of school at 14...
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
VAUXHALL is planning to introduce the ultimate contradiction in terms - in the unlikely guise of an enormously powerful seven-seater people-carrier. Not normally noted for their performance prowess, people-carriers are traditionally bought primarily...
Volvo: New Generation Is Safer Than Ever
VOLVO is gearing up for a record-breaking 2013, thanks to a significantly updated range of models, including the new V40. Whether it's the comfort of the V40, the sportiness of a V40 R- Design or the rugged personality of a V40 Cross Country, all...
Vulnerable Jobseekers Duped by Fake Vicar; Fraudster Promised Apprenticeships to Mentally Disabled
A BOGUS vicar who bought a clerical title from Canada offered dozens of vulnerable Tyneside adults jobs before being arrested for a PS30,000 charity scam, the Chronicle can reveal. An employment agency on Tyneside claim on-the-run George Gordon...
Washinton's Efforts Earn Rich Praise; Northern League
WASHINGTON manager Richie Latimer is "very pleased" with his team's recent performances which have lifted them to within a point of mid-table. Ahead of tomorrow's game against promotion challengers Morpeth Town at the Nissan Sports Complex he said...
WE'RE IN POLE POSITION NOW; Ben Arfa: Next Time I Will Score Too
HATEM BEN ARFA believes Newcastle United are now in pole position to book their place in the last eight of the Europa League after leaving big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala frustrated in Moscow last night. The French playmaker felt that only a little...
Youngster Penned Emotional Plea in Bid to Save Scheme
THE Inner City Project has helped hundreds of people over 25 years. That was evident when upset members gathered at the National Trust's Gibside estate after news of the possible closure came out. Youngsters went armed with banners and placards...
Youngsters Educated on Racism Fight; Football Stars Quizzed by Children on Their Experiences
Byline: SONIA SHARMA FOOTBALL stars have been helping to educate schoolchildren against racism. Youngsters from Westoe Primary School, in South Shields, took part in an anti-racism workshop organised by the Show Racism the Red Card charity at...
You're Smarter for 10
Crufts will run in Birmingham until Sunday. THEO MERZ looks at the history and impact of the event, and discovers how dog shows have their roots here in Newcastle A dog show? Sounds like a barking idea! Sorry, the canine puns must end now. Anyway,...
You've Got the Best of Both Worlds; Cinzia Hardy Is Creative Producer for November Club, a Performing Arts Company Based in Morpeth. the 50-Year-Old Shows Us the Living Room of Her Village Home near Morpeth MYHOME
Where is your home? Whalton, a small village three miles from Morpeth. How long have you lived there? 15 years. Who lives there? My partner Fiona Ellis. She used to run the Northern Rock Foundation and is now a consultant in the philanthropic...
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