Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from June 27, 2014

A Few Swift Improvements
Byline: Steve Hughes SUZUKI is making some minor but significant improvements to its bestselling Swift models this month Powered by the latest high-efficiency 1.2 litre engine that produces 94bhp with a torque figure of 118Nm, the Swift achieves...
A Paws for Thought as Zizi Keeps Hit Show All in the Family
SOME actors follow in their family footsteps, but in the case of Zizi Strallen it's more apt to say family pawprints. For she is starring in the latest touring version of Cats - a show in which her aunt, Bonnie Langford, parents Sandy Strallen and...
Approach to Druugs in Region Is Relentless as Cops Hit the Dealers
Byline: Katie Davies Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk BURSTING through the door, this is the moment suspected drug dealers got a dawn alarm call. A team of nearly 20 officers targeted houses to smash the supply of drugs and stolen property...
Arshad Has Recovered from His Horror Over
Byline: Neil Cameron Sports Writer neil.cameron@ncjmedia.co.uk USMAN ARSHAD had one of those days recently that more or less summed up English cricket of late. Everything that could do wrong did. And then some. In his last T20 match for Durham,...
A Top-10 Finish Is OK, but Fans Want to Be Entertained
IAN RUSH admits he does not blame Newcastle United fans who simply want to be entertained. The former Magpies striker may have only played for one season at St James' Park, but says Newcastle will always be a club close to his heart. United ended...
Best of the Rest
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS LIKE Walking on Sunshine, this is a film which boldly sets out to entertain - even though the subject is as potentially depressing as terminal cancer in teenagers. Adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber from John...
Bright Lights at Elton Gig
ELTON John is at the Metro Radio Arena on July 2, with support from Bright Light Bright Light. We caught up with Bright Light Bright Light, aka Rod Thomas, to find out what it is like to work with such a musical icon. I don't think it's really...
Brothers in Raid to Fund Dad's Funeral
Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk TWO brothers carried out a terrifying armed robbery at a bookies - to fund their father's funeral. Brian and Mark Lloyd burst into Ladbrokes, in Benwell, Newcastle, with scarves over...
Campus Is Given Official Backing; FOOTBALL
BRITISH University and Colleges Sport have offi-cially designated Newcastle University as the national university refereeing hub for the North East. The programme, which starts in October, will feature a minimum of 12 students officiating in the...
Cars of the 70s Facing Extinction
THE largest group of drivers on British roads are people born in the 60s and 70s - but the cars of their youth are almost extinct. That's the finding from the WELOVEANYCAR website which reveals that there are fewer than 22 Bond Bugs, 161 Austin...
Cats Was a Stroke of Luck for Actor Barry; Cats Comes to Theatre Royal in Newcastle with a Local Actor in Tow
TYNESIDE born actor Barry Haywood has something of a 'purrfect' life these days. It's a far cry from a few decades ago when he was holding down a dead-end job he hated and with little money and a wife and baby girl in tow. But by sheer luck,...
CD Reviews
ED SHEERAN - X Put aside his celebrity connections and romantic attachments, and Suffolk-raised Ed Sheeran is just a lad who's had his heart broken - albeit a talented one, who can hold a tune and play the guitar. The Brit-winning singer, who counts...
Cheers - Popolo's Back: Inspired by New York
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk MUCH.LOVED Tyneside cocktail bar Popolo is set to open on Newcastle's Quayside at the end of July. Styled around a New York cocktail bar and with drinks inspired by the Big Apple,...
Cheryl Back Home for Auditions
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk HOME?GROWN singer Cheryl Cole was back on Geordie soil when she turned up for the latest round of X Factor auditions. And even though she vowed not to sign autographs because her...
Chunky 4x4 Grows Up; Alistair Coull and Val Jessop
TWENTY years after launching the pioneering RAV4, the fourth generation of the highly successful model has lost the quirky lumps and bulges of the original bodywork in favour of a less distinct but more modern, angular profile. The 1994 model basically...
Consett Ready to Host Champions; N'LAND TYNSIDE SENIOR LEAGUE
CONSETT are confident they can give Swalwell a game tomorrow when they host the Division A1 champions. Swalwell are languishing in mid-table with three wins from nine, Consett a healthy fourth after an improved showing this term. Club secretary...
Daniel Is off on a Sunshine Holiday
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Reporter rachel.wearmouth@trinitymirror.com THANKS to the Go Bananas army, Blyth lad Daniel Voyce is off on the summer holiday he truly deserves. The 13-year-old, who has the muscle-wasting condition Duchenne Muscular...
De Jong's Back in Fold at Borussia; De Jong Set for a Return at Borussia
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk LUUK DE Jong is set to return to pre-season training on Monday with Borussia Monchengladbach. Newcastle United did not take up the offer to sign the Holland international on a permanent...
DVDs This Week's
NON-STOP (15) EMOTIONALLY scarred Federal Air Marshall Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) boards a transatlantic flight from New York to London where he receives a series of cryptic messages via a secure channel on his handheld device. "In exactly 20 minutes,...
EcoBoost Powers to Award Hat-Trick
A PETROL engine so small that it can stand on an A4-size piece of paper has triumphed at the engine 'Oscars' for a third consecutive year. Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, used in models varying in size from the Fiesta to Grand C-MAX people carrier,...
Fans Make a Bee Line to Back Band; Funk Band King Bee Chat to SARAH JEFFERY about the Success of Their Debut Album
Byline: SARAH JEFFERY NEWCASTLE funk band King Bee released their highly anticipated self-titled album last month e eight-piece outt played a special launch gig at Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle on May 23 and were overwhelmed by their fans' support....
Fever Pitch
While twigs and campfires are all well and good, there's nothing wrong with taking a few camping gadgets along to ease you into the wild. Here's our pick of the best MANUAL PROGRAM Scrubba Washbag - PS39.99 from firebox.com NO need to kneel down by...
FORD Edges into Britain
IT'S big, it's American and it's going to be over here very soon. The Edge SUV is the first of a new breed of transatlantic Ford that will be on sale in Britain next year. With the mighty Mustang arriving in right hand drive early in 2015 the...
GEORDIES ABROAD: A Glimpse of Other Lives
Retired Cliff Starkey, 63, from Gateshead, lives in Karsiyaka, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Left the UK: 2012 Family: Wife and two children; Kyle aged 30 and Alicia aged 26. Why I moved here: After falling in love with North Cyprus we...
Happy Chippy? Apparently Not
Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter dan.warburton@ncjmedia.co.uk A TAKEAWAY at the centre of a so-called legal high row could be stripped of its licence. The Happy Chippy on Waterloo Street in central Newcastle was at the centre of a probe in...
Heavenly O2 Gig; Heaven and Earth Chat to Us about Their Forthcoming O2 Academy Gig
Every single review has said it's my best record yet or it's album of the year. I was very surprised even though I thought it was a good album when we were doing it. I just wish it translated into sales. So much money was put into it by the record...
Holly Keeps a Musical Legacy Alive
FEW musicians, in any genre, manage to achieve the pre-eminent status that Hank Williams atW -tained in country music. Williams may have died over 60 years ago at W the tragically young age of 29 but he left an indelible mark on the musical map....
Husband Charged with Wife Murder
Byline: Sarah Scott Reporter sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk A HUSBAND is due to appear in court before a judge today charged with murdering his wife. John Crout, 63, of Lismore Place in Benwell, Newcastle, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates'...
Leave a Message
Byline: FRANCIS WOOD MANY churches and guest houses keep a visitors' book near the door. Guests, when they leave, may sign their names and addresses with, perhaps, a farewell message. These can be revealing. I found this entry in a B&B in...
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
WALKING ON SUNSHINE (12A) IT'S THE movie that our World Cup soccer boss Roy Hodgson will dare not watch - because even he would be photographed leaving the cinema with a profoundly silly smile on his face. Fresh from her exam finals, Taylor (Hannah...
Mullins Is Hoping to Strike Lucky
PIQUE Sous may not have been quite ready for the John Smith's Northumberland Plate but Lucky Bridle can prove an able deputy for Willie Mullins in the handicap feature at Newcastle. The five-year-old has had a very limited career for a horse of...
Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIGT Tekna
THE smart car people have always managed to keep a step ahead of the game. No sooner did certain manufacturers come up with SUVs bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Qashqai, than Nissan upped the ante with a new generation model. But...
Ossie and King Kevin
Byline: Dave Morton Remember When Editor david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk FOOTBALL fans may be bemoaning England's recent dismal showing and early exit from the Brazil 2014 World Cup, but things were even worse back in 1978. Following their...
RED ALERT OVER ALEX BID; Suarez Move May Hit Magpies Swoop
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk Newcastle United's bid to sign Alexandre Lacazette could hit trouble IF Luis Suarez quits Liverpool. The Kop star rocked the football world after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini...
Reliable, Luxurious and Packed with Technology
CHAUSSON is a trusted French brand in the world of leisure vehicles. A camper designer and manufacturer for more than 30 years, Chausson offers an accessible range that is reliable and filled with practical technology. Faced with the different...
Renault's Summer Special
RENAULTA today introduces its first special edition of the summer. Coming with several extras, including a panoramic sunroof and extra tinted windows and tailgate, the new Limited versions of the Megane and Scenic ranges are available from today for...
Savile's Links with Two Tyneside Hospitals Is Raised in Commons by WORRIEDLABOUR MP
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political reporter jon.walker@trinitymirror.com CALLS for an independent inquiry into whether immy Savile abused paients on Tyneside have been made in the Commons. NHS managers con-firmed Savile visited the Royal Victoria...
Sport in Brief
GREYHOUNDS SUNDERLAND 7.25 (450m): Beths Poppy, Tyson Flyer, Billtony Jynnket, Tullymurry Emily (M), Witton Estefan (W), Taylas Omen (W). 7.39 (450m): Witton Buble, Delphin Billy, What Will Be, Mill Genovese (M), Tornaroy Thrill (M), Ballymac Xavi...
Swoop for GB Star Is Just Champion for TN; BASKETBALL
NORTHUMBRIA University have overcome a Champion hurdle in the race to clinch BUCS basketball's biggest prize. Playcaller Marc Steutel has beaten off competition from a series of BBL big guns to clinch the signature of Lewis Champion. Northumbria...
Team's Desperate to Get Cash for New Kit
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk THIS small club are in desperate need of new kit and equipment. Burradon Juniors FC are now calling on their families and friends to help them out after they joined the Chronicle's Wish...
The Day David Did Something Really Batty
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk DAVID BATTY had a fearsome reputation for being one of football's hard men when he arrived at Newcastle United from Black-k burn in 1996. Howsever, with Luis Suarez banned for four...
Tribute to Get Carter
Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk GATESHEAD blasted back to the seventies with a special celebration to mark the town's part in the making of classic British film Get Carter, starring Michael Caine. A commemorative...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages... plans to build a new mcdonald's fast food outlet near kenton school have provoked a storm of protest. Sean Graham: "Being an architectural technician it's absolutely...
Tynemouth Set Their Sights Hy! NEPL PREMIER
Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk TYNEMOUTH are still aiming to finish the season top of the middle section of clubs in the league table. The Preston Avenue outfit hit the halfway mark at Sunderland tomorrow...
Vauhal Marks a Decade of Performace
THE high performance stable at Vauxhall has reached a milestone courtesy of the latest version of the potent VXR8 GTS. It marks ten years since the VXR brand made its debut on UK shores and with total sales now exceeding 20,000, the range has certainly...
Vauhxall Announces Pricing and Spec for Vivaro; Dealer Talk
BRISTOL Street Motors Vauxhall Newcastle - Vauxhall's Luton-built Vivaro is on sale now with list prices starting from PS17,995 excluding VAT - that's PS450 less than the outgoing model. With first deliveries expected in September, the lynch pin...
Winners and Boozers as Plate Meet Begins
Byline: Ruth Lognonne Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com HAMPAGNE and a little tter were the order of e day at one of the best cing events in Newcas-. Crowds travelled from and wide for the famous rthumberland Plate ce day in Newcastle...
York Insists Falcons Will Not Fade to Grey Again; New Head Coach John Wells Spells out the Task Ahead for His Squad
Byline: Mark Smith Sports writer mark.smith04@trinitymirror.com NEVER mind 50, there will be no shades of grey for Newcastle Falcons this season - according to back-row forward Chris York. The former Harlequin has revealed how head coach John...
You're Smarter for 10; as Brendan O'Carroll Brings His Comedy Creation Mrs Brown to the Big screenMARION MCMULLEN Looks at Other Stars Who Have Found Life a Drag
Byline: MARION MCMULLEN Who are you calling Tootsie? Dustin Hoffman scored a comedy hit when he transformed himself into a woman in 1982 movie Tootsie. He played a struggling actor who could only find work as a female. Is life a drag? Paul O'Grady...
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