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 May 10, 2013

5 Minutes With. Alison Moyet; Alison Moyet's New Album the Minutes Is out This Week and She Has a Gig at the Sage Gateshead on October 6. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Caught Up with Her
Byline: GORDON BARR WITH 20 million albums sales behind her, Alison Moyet is going back to the sound we first came to know her for. the minutes, on which Alison worked with producer Guy Sigsworth, was released this week and marks a return to...
A Bit on the Side
Byline: Jo Jo writes.. I''M gonna kick off with some sad news that I''m sure will upset and distress absolutely every member of the North East public. Next week, myself, Bodg and Matt are not on the Capital Breakfast Show. Yes that''s right,...
A Cause for Celebration
Byline: GARY BECKWITH PERCHED proudly overlooking beautiful rolling fields and the woods of Beckly, The Causey Arch Inn is set in the heart of Beamish, and, as we found out, perfect for a spot of late lunch on a lazy sunny Sunday afternoon. Just...
Alicia Gears Up to Set the Arena on Fire; Alicia Keys Is Set to Make Her Toon Debut on Her Set the World on Fire Tour. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Met Up with Her for This EXCLUSIVE Interview
Byline: GORDON BARR WHEN Alicia Keys arrives in Newcastle for the first time later this month, you might just spot her traipsing the Toon streets. The New York singer songwriter is taking two-year-old son Egypt on the road with her - giving her...
A Triumph for Voice of Abba
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013 IN 2004, when Agnetha Faltskog made her return to the music business with her covers album My Colouring Book, it became her most successful solo work here in the UK. Fans had waited 17 years to hear new material from the woman...
Best of the Rest
IRON MAN 3 (12A) ALTHOUGH the hot-weather Bank Holiday weekend sent the UK box office tumbling, Robert Downey Jnr's third Iron Man film still grossed almost 10 times the amount of its nearest challenger - the awful 21 And Over. It's not pleasing...
Big Earns Are Revealed; but Fewer Council Workers Paid PS100k
Byline: SARAH SCOTT George Garlick, chief executive of Durham County Council THE number of council workers in the North East earning more than PS100,000 has dropped in the past year, new figures reveal. In the latest edition of the Taxpayers'...
Bleak but Brilliant; This Week, the Walking Dead Lurches on to PS3 and Persona 4 Arena: Limited Edition Shines on Xbox 360. Meanwhile, the Horror Continues as the House of the Dead Livens Things Up on iOS. We Investigate
The Walking Dead Platform: PS3. Price: PS26.00 IT'S amazing to see the result when a cracking TV series is faithfully and fantastically transferred to video game format. Based on Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead plunges...
Book Reviews
NEW FICTION A Delicate Truth by John le Carre is published in hardback by Viking, priced PS18.99 (ebook PS9.99). Available now. As a former member of the British secret service and Oxford graduate, John le Carre always writes about what he knows...
Boss Smith Is Getting a Heed Start; Preparations for New Season Are Already Well under Way
Byline: STEVE BROWN ANTH SMITH insists there will be "no respite" at Gateshead as the Tynesiders plan for next season. The Heed retained their Blue Square Bet Premier status with a final-day 2-0 win over Ebbsfleet United at the Riverside three...
Brewing Up a Winner for Sir Bobby; Cash from Every Packet Goes to Charity
Byline: JANE HALL A COUPLE are hoping to brew up a winner while raising thousands for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Bill and Helen Logan are launching a new and unique tea which, it is hoped, will do for Northumberland what the beverage has...
Bright Spark Liam Helps His Company Go Greener; Apprentice Wins National Recognition
A YOUNG apprentice from our region has received national recognition for his commitment in helping a North East transport company reduce its carbon emissions. Liam Bates, an apprentice electrician at Arriva's Durham garage, came second in the Apprentice...
Buying the Best of British Would Be a Good Sign
Byline: Rob LEE I BELIEVE Newcastle will stay up. However, if they lose Fabricio Coloccini this summer they could have a big problem. United must make sure they do not find themselves in this position again and, in my opinion, the best way...
CABAYE; Cabaye: Is Fully Focused on Fight
Byline: LEE RYDER YOHAN CABAYE has reassured Newcastle United fans that he remains committed to the blackand-white cause. United fans have chanted "Don't sell Cabaye" all season during Toon matches and, while the French international will be...
Captain Kompany Insists City Will Be Up for the Cup
CAPTAIN Vincent Kompany insists the FA Cup has lost none of its magic for Manchester City. Two years ago, success in the competition heralded City's arrival among the elite of the English game. Their Wembley victory over Stoke ended a 35-year...
Check out an Original
IT''S fair to say that some people don''t ''get'' Alt-J. To an innocent bystander, they are just four lads from Leeds who have put a load of sounds together that just shouldn''t go together. However, when you look closer, you will see one of the...
College Link-Up to Boost Job Prospects; More Career Help for Students
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL TWO North East colleges have announced their plans to join forces to help young people on the career ladder. Gateshead and Middlesbrough Colleges aim to work more closely together to ensure their students have better...
DIY Skills Get Red Card
I HAD to assemble a goal. It is unclear why anybody thought this would end well. I am actually a dab hand at putting together flat-pack furniture, this talent being the shining light which illuminates my many other DIY failings. I am not afraid...
Don't Put Thieves." on the Right Track
Byline: Steve Hughes MOTORISTS are being warned of a new trend that is leading thieves right to their front door. The scam is affecting the millions of motorists who use satellite navigation devices, either factory fitted or portable ones that...
Durham Rocked by Stokes Blow; All-Rounder Carried off after Fall at the Oval
DURHAM'S washed-out Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B game against Surrey at the Oval was overshadowed by an injury to all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes, back-pedalling at long-off, took a superb overhead catch to account for centurion Jason Roy. However,...
Extra Roots
Byline: ALAN NICHOL ON Thursday night, Cluny 2 has a New Orleans band, Hurray For The Riff Raff, which was featured in the American HBO TV series, Treme. The band is fronted by singer/guitarist/songwriter, Alynda Lee Segarra, who spotted the...
Flare Fan Gets a Match Ban; Derby Day Yob's Three Year Ban
Byline: SARANICHOL SHAMED Sunderland fan Daniel Purvis is banned from matches for three years after hurling a flare at the Tyne-Wear derby. Purvis threw the flame in the away end when his team scored their first in the Toon's 3-0 defeat. The...
Flournoy Still Looks Fab at 40
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS NEWCASTLE Eagles'' chief Fab Flournoy will play into his 40th year next season. Flournoy confirmed to Eagles owner Paul Blake on Wednesday he wants to play on next term - again combining on-court duties with his role as head...
Ford B-Max Titanium 1.0t Ecoboost
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS FORD happily admits there is something missing in its new family friendly B-MAX - the intrusive central door pillar has gone. And that missing feature will prove to be a bonus for families struggling to load elderly, young...
Freerunners Go on a Visit to Hospital
FIRST we saw freerunners take on an iconic music venue, now we can watch them on a Tyneside hospital roof. After stunning onlookers at The Sage Gateshead, the athletes have taken to South Tyneside District Hospital. The performance will feature...
Gabor Scoops the Chef's Title; Salon Culinaire Festival a Great Success as Judges Choose Their Winning Menu in Cook-Off
KING of the kitchen Gabor Pustzai was named North East Chef of the Year last night following a Master-Chef-style cook-off showcasing the region's culinary skills to judges from across Britain. The 36-year-old, who works at The Duke of Wellington...
Gateshead Is Turning Heads; Here It Is - the New-Look Town Centre Which Opens in Days Creating Hundreds of New Jobs
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN HUNDREDS of new supermarket staff will today begin work to prepare Tyneside's Trinity Square Tesco for its opening. The countdown is on, as there are now less than 13 days to go before the PS150m town centre regeneration...
Girl Wins Payout for RVI Blunder; Trust Pays Millions over Brain Damage Horror
Byline: ANNABEL WALTON A HOSPITAL blunder left a girl with brain damage as she received cancer treatment, a court heard. Now the NHS is to pay millions in compensation to the child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. The court heard...
Golden Opportunity Must Not Be Wasted; Toon Must Take Chance to Secure Their Top-Flight Status
Byline: John GIBSON WHEN opportunity knocks the door must be answered. Swiftly, promptly. There must be no chance of generosity being allowed to leave. Thus come Sunday back in our capital city, Newcastle United simply MUST take advantage...
Government Is 'Out of Touch' and 'Does Not Care' about Communities; MP Burnham on the Attack in Visit to the North East
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN SHADOW Health Secretary Andy Burnham accused the Government of being "out of touch" with North East communities. Visiting Gateshead, the Labour front-bencher attacked the Tories and Lib Dems for failing to tackle the region's...
Graham Focused on Title Defence; Dukes North East Premier League
THE top two in the Premier Division go head to head tomorrow - with John Graham insistent reigning champions South North are as "focused and determined as ever" to hang on to their title. The Gosforth outfit won last year's championship on the final...
Helping Students Hit Goal; Course Could Create the Football Stars of the Future
Byline: KATIE DAVIES TALENTED young footballers could become the stars of the future - thanks to a new course. Framwellgate School, in Durham, in partnership with The Martin Gray Football Academy, is giving youngsters the chance to study for...
Helping with Hols from Hell; If Your Holiday in Corfu Turns into a Nightmare, It's a Geordie You'll Be Calling for Help. JOANNE BUTCHER Meets Sarah Ticherou, the British Vice Consul of the Island
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER Q. How did you get the job of British vice consul Corfu? A. I had just been made redundant from my operations manager role with a tour operator and was unsure what direction I wanted to take. When I saw the advert for this...
Hibbard Keen to Erase His Tour Nightmare
RICHARD HIBBARD will return to Australia with the British and Irish Lions desperate to make amends for the nightmare he endured Down Under last summer. The Wales hooker has enjoyed an outstanding campaign and has been deservedly rewarded with a...
I Didn't Know a Thing; Mum of Tot Murdered by Stepdad Speaks Out
A CHILLING insight into the mind of murdered baby Logan Ormston's mother can be revealed today - in her own words. As her former partner Karl Walker starts a life sentence for the horrifying killing of the two-month-old tot, we can finally publish...
Jamming Together; New Band Suntrapp Will Be Playing Their Stage Debut at Evolution Emerging, RUTH LAWSON Talks to the Man Behind the Collective
Byline: RUTH LAWSON SUNTRAPP were created by an accident, of sorts. Musician Jake Houlsby was doing his thing in the studio - with David Burn from Detroit Social Club no less - when the realisation that his songs were destined for a different...
Kia Carens Mpv
Byline: STEVE HUGHES KIA has introduced the third generation of its seven-seat Carens MPV range, with prices from PS17,895. It is slightly shorter and narrower and significantly lower than before yet gets an increased wheelbase, which is the...
Linsley Targets Lot Moor Success; Reader Durhan Cricket League
BURNMOOR signed off their 2012 season by being crowned champions of the last ever Durham Senior League campaign- and they are many people's tip for success in their new surroundings. Skipper Alec Linsley is keen to see continued success at the Moor...
Local Retailer Is Named Number One; DEALER TALK: Evans Halshaw
Byline: Evans Halshaw THE team at local dealer Evans Halshaw is celebrating this month after scooping the award for "Number One Manufacturer in the Market Area" for 2012. The retailer, with sites in Gateshead, Blaydon, Shiremoor and Cramlington,...
Mags Must Jump through Hoops!
WITH the end of the season near and the spectre of relegation looming large, it is time to make 90 minutes of football count. A trip to Loftus Road this Sunday could provide the ideal opportunity for Newcastle United. With Harry Houdini not living...
Man Took Pictures of Attack on Deer; Dogs Were Set on Animal
Byline: BRAIN DANIEL SICK Stephen Brown, who took mobile phone pictures of his dogs killing a deer, has been jailed. Brown, 29, of Blyth, was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison and given a seven-year ban from keeping animals after images were found...
Maurice Makes the Grade at Age of 79; Never Too Old to Learn New Things
Byline: GEOFFREY WATKINS THEY say you're never too old to learn something new. And pensioner Maurice Goodwin proved that was the case when he passed his literacy tests at the age of 79. Maurice, from Howdon, North Tyneside, has just won the...
Mcfly to Headline Open-Air Concert; Sound Waves Gig Line-Up Announced
Byline: HARRY PRESTON CHART-topping band McFly have been named as the headliner for a new open-air concert in the North East. Sound Waves 2013 will see a host of big names performing live at Bents Park, South Shields seafront, on Sunday, August...
Missing Moments Hold the Tragic Key; Appeal over Drowned Man
Byline: RUTH LAWSON MISSING final moments in the life of a man found dead in a river could hold the key to the tragedy. Police have identified the body found in the Wear at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday as Peter Mark Ellerington. The 45-year-old,...
Money Is the Right Man for Old Trafford, Says Charlton
NEW Manchester United manager David Moyes has been backed to uphold the greatest traditions of the Old Trafford outfit. While there are some fans who have reservations over whether the 50-year-old Scot has the necessary experience, especially in...
Newcastle
A selection of offences from the magistrates' ' courts Anthony Law, 20, of Raby Way, Byker. Pleaded guilty to stealing metal cable, valued PS110, from Newcastle City Council on March 1. Given a 12-month community order, with 40 hours' unpaid work....
Newcastle Is Looking Good This Week; the City's Must-See Fashion Week Starts Tomorrow
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL STYLISH students will strut their stuff on the catwalk to mark the launch of the region's biggest fashion event. The foundation degree fashion students at Newcastle College will be the first to see their creations modelled...
Oarsome Regatta Display by Mole
LOCAL Matthew Mole dug in to deliver the performance of his life at the 2013 BUCS rowing regatta. The Hexham star joined forces with Daniel Fisher in Northumbria University's men's double boat. The pair made it all the way to the final - finishing...
Old Pals United for New Album; ALAN NICHOL Brings You the Latest Roots Music News on Who's Coming to the Region
Byline: ALAN NICHOL PROLIFIC Emmylou FEW artists in popular music achieve the status and longevity - to say nothing of the grace and understated presence - of Emmylou Harris. For a musician who started in folk, playing coffee houses in New York's...
Paolo Proving a Positive Thinker
Byline: JAMES HUNTER PAOLO DI CANIO is determined to change the mentality on Wearside and turn Sunderland into a team which thinks like winners. The Black Cats' head coach is on a mission to transform Sunderland into a side which finishes in...
Police Are Turning over a New Leaf; Force Orders 30 Vehicles
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS IT'S the electric car which will soon help police give criminals a short sharp shock. The Washington-built Nissan Leaf has been ordered by police in the West Midlands after they made the UK's largest ever corporate order...
Raise a Glass to Revamp; New Bar Is the Latest Addition to Street
IT was once dubbed Newcastle's Carnaby Street and now another step has been taken to make High Bridge swing again. For many years the street in the centre of Newcastle was a hive of independent shops and a Mecca for the young and fashionable. ...
Relegation Comes with a Hefty Price; Another Drop through the Top-Flight Trapdoor Would Leave Magpies Counting the Cost
Byline: Lee Ryder THERE has been plenty of talk about the art of escapology this week for Newcastle United. But one thing that Mike Ashley can't escape is just how much relegation will cost the club if they fail to rise to the occasion against...
Richards Just Hoping for a Fan-Tastic Day
Byline: MARK SMITH HE might not agree with the format, but Dean Richards believes Newcastle Falcons' semifinal predicament could help pack out Kingston Park on Sunday. Despite winning the RFU Championship's regular season by 25 points, the Falcons...
Rose Urged to Blossom for One Final Time for Cats
Byline: JAMES HUNTER PAOLO DI CANIO wants Danny Rose to bow out on a high this weekend having helped keep Sunderland in the Premier League. On-loan Spurs defender Rose will play his final game for Sunderland against Southampton on Sunday. ...
Saved: Part of a Town's Hidden Past; Brass Band Hall Re-Built at Beamish Museum
Byline: TONY HENDERSON BANDING together, they saved a treasured part of community heritage. And now just over 100 years since it opened on its original site in Hetton-le-Hole, Hetton Silver Band Hall will re-open it tomorrow as part Beamish Museum's...
Seat Toledo Se 1.6 Tdi Ecomotive
SOMETIMES when looking for a new car it is easy to be carried away on a tide of badge aspiration and glitzy fittings. But when it is time to come a little bit more down to earth there are a number of cars out there which are in the fast lane of...
Six of the Best E-Readers
Forget lugging around paper books, dedicated devices are an easy way to satisfy those cravings for fact or fiction. PETER JENKINSON rounds up six of the best e-readers and accessories Nook Simple Touch GlowLight PS69 for a limited time only from http://uk.nook.com/An...
Smart Fortwo Mhd Passion Coupe
THE smart car may have been around for some 13 years now but hitting the road in one still elicits a double-take from passing pedestrians and drivers alike as it remains one of the most distinctive sights on our highways. The brainchild of Nicolas...
Sport in Brief
FOOTBALL Tonight's fixtures 7.45pm unless stated CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFFS SEMIFINAL FIRST LEG: Crystal Palace v Brighton. EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Marske United v Shildon (7.30pm). Last night's results NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL...
Starlets Sent into Exile! Gateshead Students Celebrate Call-Ups into National Squads
TALENTED young rugby players from Gateshead College are celebrating success after being selected for two of the British Exiles teams. Marc Cook, 18, from Forest Hall, and Ieuan Bodman, 17, from Benwell, were selected for the Irish RFU and Welsh...
Teen's Attacker Is Back on the Streetes; Assault Saw Youngster Punched, Kicked and Spat On
Byline: RUTH LAWSON A CONVICTED robber who subjected a teenage girl to a sickening attack has been released from prison. Mark Wharton is believed to be walking the streets near where he carried out the horrific assault with his partner Hayley...
This Week's DVDs
Les Miserables (12) CONVICT Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is granted parole and leaves behind his tormentor, Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), to reinvent himself as a factory owner in Montreuil-sur-Mer. One of Valjean's workers, Fantine (Anna Hathaway),...
Thug Rang His Ex to Boast about Killing
KILLER David Moore phoned his ex-partner moments after battering his former flat-mate to death to brag about the attack. In a chilling conversation to the woman he tormented for years the violent thug boasted about killing Paul McGeorge at a Tyneside...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages CRIPPLING benefit cuts are likely to drive families towards "crisis point" and trigger soaring numbers of children in care, city leaders have warned. We asked our readers...
Tyneside Holiday Firm Is the Best; Boss Wins 'Outstanding' Award in London
Byline: KATIE DAVIES A HOLIDAY company has picked up two prestigious awards at a national travel industry event. Newcastle-based Dawson and Sanderson has been crowned Travel Agent of the Year - North East and Yorkshire, at the Agent Achievement...
Undercover Squad Smash Drugs Gang
Byline: DAN WARBURTON A KEY member of a drugs gang is behind bars today after an undercover police operation smashed the major heroin racket. Officers raided heavily-convicted David Henderson's modest home and discovered a stash of PS4,000 in...
Unkindest Cut as Mementos Removed; Council Says They Make It Difficult to Mow Grass
BEREAVED families have accused a council of insensitivity after flower vases and commemorative urns were removed from a garden of remembrance. Mourners arrived to pay their respects only to find precious mementos had been removed by workmen. ...
Volvo V40 2.0 D3 Se Nav
Byline: JON SMITH EVEN in hard times we like to enjoy the finer things of life - perhaps even more so, because they occur less frequently, so have a greater worth. S That's one reason why high-quality products thS rive despite the economies...
When Toon Prices Were Just the Ticket
IT'S been an awful season for Newcastle United. But whichever division the Magpies find themselves in next season, every home game will doubtless see thousands of fans at St James' Park. Season ticket application packs for 2013-14 landed on fans'...
Worthwhile Enterprise
Byline: ....with Graham Young STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS 3D (12A) AFTER the wonderful cinematography of Oblivion and Robert Downey Jnr's irrepressible Iron Man performance, the new Star Trek movie will tempt many to go large with the popcorn again!...
You're Smarter for 10
Byline: MARION MCMULLEN Swedish pop group Abba now have their own museum. MARION MCMULLEN unleashes her inner Dancing Queen to find out what's on offer WANT to take a chance on a new museum? Abba The Museum opened in Stockholm this week and visitors...
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