Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from January 2, 2015

30 Years of UK Mebile Phone Calls
Byline: Dave Morton Nostalgia Editor david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk I WONDER how many of us would fancy humping around Britain's first ever mobile phone in our back pocket or handbag? Well, there it is at the top of the page and it weighed...
Access Accessories
With that shiny new console in place and a pile of Christmas cash to hand, it's time to accessorise your gaming. PETER JENKINSON picks his top six console accessories THRUSTMASTER T300 GTE (PS3/4) - PS279.95 FROM OVERCLOCKERS.CO.UK EXPERIENCE driving...
An Extra Special New Year's Birth Was My Dad and Brother's Way of Telling Me They Were with Me
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk PROUD mum Becki Gibson has named her New Year's Day baby after the father and brother she lost in a tragic 2014. Little Brian John James' grandad Brian died on April 5 of a heart...
Beautiful Bouncing Babies Make Their Appearance in 2015
AS the New Year rang in, a baby bonanza was taking place across the region. A cluster of 2015 babies arrived just in time for the celebrations - and the first to be born at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary was little Isabella Robson. While...
Big Increase in the Number of Children at Risk in Newcastle
Byline: Ruth Lognonne Education Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com THE number of children on the books of social services in Newcastle is at its highest for 10 years, figures reveal. While the city has historically had higher than average...
Brave Fightback All in Vain as Lampard Sinks Black Cats; Manchester City ......................3 Sunderland ...............................2
Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON FRANK Lampard came off the bench to sink Sunderland and inspire Manchester City to a league double against the Black Cats. City won 4-1 on Wearside last month and looked on course for...
Carver Admits Magpies Were Lucky to Take a Point off Clarets in a Game of Two Halves
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder JOHN CARVER said his side probably did not deserve a point after their poor secondhalf performance against Burnley. The Magpies played out a 3-3 draw at St James' Park in Carver's first...
Charity Drive by Region's Cabbies
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com NORTH East taxi drivers dug deep to provide more than PS1,000 of gifts for needy children across the region - to prove they are a kind-hearted bunch. The two-week fundraising drive in aid...
Cheryl Shone Brightest in 2014; the Region's Famous Faces Had Their Fair Share of Column Inches over 2014. Simon Duke Takes a Look at 10 of the Most Memorable North East Celebrity Moments of Last Year
1. Cheryl got married again |There's whirlwind romances and then there are whirlwind romances like Cheryl's. Most of us had never heard of her new husband Jean-Barnard Fernandez-Versini when it was revealed she'd wed him in an intimate ceremony in...
Crouch: Pen Call Is Hard to Take
PETER Crouch admitted Stoke had to go "back to the old school" and could have been rewarded with three points against Manchester United. Ryan Shawcross turned in Crouch's header for an early opener but Radamel Falcao's goal earned Man United a 1-1...
Cruises aboard Mps Lady Anne
mps Lady Anne The mps Lady Anne has been the essence of our river cruise collection since we first set sail together over 12 years ago. Cruising from season to season exclusively for the River Cruise Line she has operated around 500 itineraries for...
Daphne's Feeling Blue with No Owner
Byline: Michael Brown Reporter m.brown@trinitymirror.com RESCUED by soldiers, Daphne the kitten's search for a new home has so far fallen on deaf ears. But you might forgive that of the young Russian Blue as, after all, she is more than a little...
Deaths
ATKINSON TOMMY (Ryton) and Seahouses. Peacefully on December 21st 2014, aged 82 years, John Thomas, dearly loved husband of the late Irene, much loved dad to Michelle and son-in-law Ron, loving grandad to Samantha and Donna and great grandad to newborn...
Deaths
MITCHELL SHEILA (Seaton Sluice). Suddenly in Hospital. on December 22nd, aged 82 years, SHEILA, she will be sadly missed by Alan, Ken, Pat, Tom, Jackie, Kath and the late Bobby, by, by mother-in-in-mother law to Marg, Pete, Deb, Garry and Ann, nanna...
Diamond Short Breaks
The Dawlish Railway & the Avocet Line 27 March 2015 4 days from PS249 Travel along the Riviera Line, a picturesque railway which hugs the coast on its way from Exeter to Paignton, before following the River Exe on the Avocet Line. In between,...
Dilemma for Carver over His Approach to Toon Job
Byline: Mark DOUGLAS JOHN Carver has a big question to answer in the next few days: stick or twist? As Newcastle ponder their next step, Carver has a big opportunity. He appears to be a contender for a redefined head coach role but he needs to decide...
Engineering FA Cup Win Is Sign of Star's Future Career
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com A PART-TIME footballer crowned a Blyth Spartans FA Cup hero last month is set to swap glory on the pitch for a life at sea. Stephen Turnbull, who scored in his side's second round win against...
Falcons Must Be More Clinical in Attack - Catt
Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@trinitymirror.com TOM CATTERICK says Newcastle Falcons must become more clinical if the improvement in their attacking game is to be sustained. The Kingston Park club travel to Northampton...
Fiat Panda Antarctica 4x4 1.3 MultiJet
Byline: Lee Gibson THE benefits of 4x4 ownership usually come sharply into focus at this time of year when, at some stage, those of us without one will be cursing our jalopy's inability to cope with a bit of mildly wintery weather. Still, it's only...
Ford Fiesta ST2
Byline: Jon Smith A FEW of us are old enough to recall the original Golf GTI back in the late 70s - a car that effectively made the hothatch sector its own. It stood out in the crowd and led the pack in a way that no rival quite managed. Today...
Geared Up for Global Success
WITH virtually half-a-million sold around the world since its launch in 2010, the ASX crossover is proving to be a global success on an unprecedented scale for Mitsubishi. The ASX incorporates Mitsubishi's so-called RISE safety technology, which...
Good Touring Good Touring Vietnam Vietnam Floating Markets and Talented Tailors Are among the Treats Here for TORI MAYO; Floating Markets and Talented Tailors Are among the Treats Here for TORI MAYO
Byline: TORI MAYO ABLOSSOMING peach tree, a doe-eyed baby peering over her mother's shoulder, an armchair and even a whole roasted pig -I see all sorts of curious cargo being carried on the back of mopeds as my rickshaw ambles through the backstreets....
Greyhounds
SUNDERLAND 7.25 (450m): Killiney Crash, Kilkenny Way, Pretty Jessie, Monroe Ace (M), Jogon Mark (M), Westoe Coors (W). 7.39 (450m): Elwick Chase, Ardera Carroll, Aintgotachance, Patchy Be Cool (M), Riu Sanchez (M), Rockybay Misty (W). 7.54 (450m):...
Heed Must Believe They Can Cause a Shock - Clark
Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@trinitymirror.com BEN CLARK says Gateshead must approach tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie at West Brom in the firm belief they can cause an upset. Though the Tynesiders captain has played...
Highways Disruption All Down to Race for Funding
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com A HIGHWAYS chief has admitted the "unfortunate" glut of North East roadworks in late 2014 has been caused by a race for Government funding. Dozens of improvement and maintenance schemes have...
Home Is Where the Hope Is for Stu
ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster is hoping the comforts of home might help to bring a little normality to his quest for World Cup glory in 2015. Lancaster is well aware of the pressure he and his players will be under as the hosts attempt to...
It's Music to Our Ears - Shows to Go Gaga about in 2015; What's on Editor GORDON BARR Takes a Look at Shows and Gigs to Look Forward to in 2015
WE'LL all be going Gaga in January at the Metro Radio Arena - but there won't be any Lady on the stage. Instead it will be Queen and Adam Lambert, who have the honour of being the first gig of 2015 at the venue (January 15). Stepping into shoes...
It's Time to Take out the Trash! Drugs Farm Cleared
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk THIS is the moment police cleared out a huge drugs farm that had been hidden away in a Tyneside home. Officers stormed the property in Heaton, Newcastle, on Wednesday afternoon...
Lass to Be Wolves Head
ROWLESTONE LASS has been in fine heart of late and she can keep up the good work in the 32Red Handicap at Wolverhampton. The daughter of Hernando doubtless has ability but she has struck gold just twice in 20 starts as she is perhaps not totally...
Match Stats
Jak ALNWICK ..............6 A real mixed bag with good saves to deny Ashley Barnes and George Boyd but could not keep out the ex-Peterborough man near the end on a day when he needed more protection. Daryl JANMAAT.......... 6 Some nervous moments...
Morpeth Race Hes Real Family Affair; ATHLETICS
Byline: Bill McGuirk TEAM Heslop celebrated the New Year with a family double in yesterday's Morpeth Harriers 11k road race. Justina led the women's race while husband Tadele Geremew took the main honours after a tremendous tussle with the host...
Musical Theatre Star at City Hall; GIG NEWS
Byline: Gordon Barr MICHAEL Ball, one of Britain's leading musical theatre stars, will play Newcastle City Hall on April 24. A double Olivier Award winner, multiplatinum recording artist and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter, a few weeks...
Neal Aims to Hook a Career High for Spartans in FA Cup
Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk NEAL HOOKS says Blyth Spartans' FA Cup third-round clash with Birmingham City tomorrow will be among his top three career highlights. Now, the classy midfielder wants his side...
Newcastle; Five Things Which Will Drive the Black & White Agenda This Week Five Things Which Will Drive the Black & White Agenda This Week
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder NEWCASTLE UNITED have plenty to ponder as we go into 2015. There is a question mark above the manager's office door, a need for new signings and still room for concern a big star might...
Nothing to about Situation for North Workers Nothing to about Situation For
Byline: Michael Brown Reporter m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk STAFF from City Link's Gateshead and Durham depots have been told to "go on Facebook" to find a new job. More than 2,350 workers were made redundant on New Year's Eve, including many of the...
Pang and Kelly Each Splash out on Championship Record Treble; SWIMMING
DECLAN PA|NG Pang and Alfie Kelly were the hat-trick heroes at Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club's annual championships. The pair, both students at the Sir Thomas More Roman Catholic Academy in North Shields, each celebrated creating three new club...
Pardew Prepares for His Date at the Palace as a Deal Is Near
ALAN Pardew will start work at Crystal Palace today - according to caretaker boss Keith Millen. Pardew watched from the stands as Palace drew with Aston Villa, a point which lifted the former Newcastle manager's new club out of the Premier League...
Police Call for Disorder Pub to Be Closed
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com A NORTHUMBERLAND pub could be set to lose its license after police called for an end to its "surge in crime and disorder". The future of The New Grand Street, in Ashington's North Seaton...
Region's Favourites Get a New Posting on Anniversary Stamps
Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk SOME of the North East's most iconic views have been showcased to the world - via the humble postage stamp. Royal Mail Special Stamps - celebrating their 50th anniversary this year - have commemorated...
Reuniting the Toon's Winning Team-Mates; A Young Man's Dream Turned into a Reality for Bill Gibbs When He Teamed Up with His Football Heroes. Reporter LISA HUTCHINSON Talks to the Fan Who Brought Newcastle United's Golden Boys Back Together to Celebrate Winning the Fairs Cup in 1969
DIE-HARD Newcastle United fan Bill Gibbs never thought his passion for his team as a young lad would lead him to bring his heroes back together again later in life. But Bill was the inspiration behind gathering the golden boys of the Magpies' Fairs...
Strictlyd a Show for TV Contest's Fans; What's on Editor GORDON BARR Has News of This Year's Strictly Live Tour Contestants and Jundges
THE final line-up for the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour has been unveiled and will include current champion Caroline Flack. There will also be a new live tour judging panel, featuring Craig Revel Horwood, who will be joined by the winners of...
Super Slimmer Sheds 7 Stone to Start New Year with New Look
Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk IF your New Resolution is to lose weight and you feel in need of a little encouragement, just take a look at Sheila Askew. The 59-year-old foster mum from Whitley Bay, North Tyneside,...
Swashbucklers in Prison Break; PICK OF THE DAY
THE MUSKETEERS (9pm BBC1) EASON two of the adventure series addresses the elephant in the room right from the word go. SIt opens with the funeral of Cardinal Richelieu, the show's baddie played by Peter Capaldi before he disappeared into another...
Sweet and Sour for Rodwell after Scoring on City Return
Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON JACK Rodwell is determined to justify his PS10m pricetag at Sunderland - but insists he felt no extra pressure to perform against his former club Manchester City. Rodwell has had a tough...
Test Your Knowledge of Magpies' Bosses
AS outgoing Toon boss Alan Pardew disappears into the London sunset, test your knowledge of managers who've held the reins at Newcastle United over the years. We have 10 questions with four possible answers. The best of Geordie luck - and howay...
The Best a Gamer Can Get
Byline: Cheryl Mullin Games reviewer HIS week, I continue my look at the top games from 2014. t I really have been spoilt for choice, and there are a few which narrowly missed out on making the top five. If you've still got Christmas vouchers...
Traffic & Travel Update
By Car There is one lane closed due to telecoms work on the A167 Stamfordham Road at Two Ball Lonnen in Newcastle. The A184 Askew Road Westbound in Gateshead is closed due to new road layout at A167 Tyne Bridge Approach. There are temporary traffic...
Try Our North East Nostalgia Quiz
WE'VE arrived in 2015, and we're back again with our weekly Chronicle nostalgia and history quiz. There are 10 questions, each with four possible answers. It's just for fun, so please don't contact us with your answers, but it's a chance for you...
Try to Look Both Ways
Byline: JANUARY 2, 2015 @EveningChron Church Matters FRANCIS WOOD BACKWARDS OR FORWARDS? The Roman god Janus was the guardian of the doorway and he had two heads. One looked backward into the past, the other forward into the future. No wonder Janus...
Unfair Dismissal Claim Is Upheld
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk THE CO-FOUNDER of a now defunct Tyneside web development firm has won an employment tribunal hearing over his unfair dismissal from the business. Forty-year-old Tony Olanipekun co-founded AYO Digital...
United Go Back on the Attack - but the Defending Needs Focus; BURNING QUESTION: Can Fans Accept Going for the Jugular If It Results in Dropping Points? There's Plenty of Excitement as Magpies Go for Goals
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder Newcastle United ...3 S Taylor 15, Colback 26 Sissoko 78 Burnley.................. 3 Dummett (og) 19, Ings 66 Boyd 86 Att: 51,761. HT: 2-1 Referee: Mike Dean SO NOW we see the other side...
WE ARE IN SAFE HANDS WITH JC Janmaat Backing Carver at United; Janmaat Backs Acting Boss to Keep Magpies on Course
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder Moussa Sissoko celebrates |what he hoped was United's winning goal against Burnley yesterday - only for the visitors to hit a late leveller. The Magpies were further rocked by the news that...
'Westminster Elite' Look Down on Those with Geordie Accents; MP Ian Lavery Says Politicians Look Down on People from Our Region Due to Their Accent
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk WESTMINSTER politicians look down on people with Northern accents, outspoken Labour MP Ian Lavery has claimed. The Wansbeck MP said that when some MPs hear his...
You're Smarter for10; Forget Panto Dames. MARION MCMULLEN Checks out What You Need to Be the Real Deal as the Latest New Year's Honours Are Announced
Byline: MARION MCMULLEN Do you need to be part of a Dynasty to be a dame? JOAN Collins, said she was "thrilled and truly grateful" to be honoured this week. The 81-year-old actress, best known for her portrayal of the bitchy Alexis in US soap Dynasty,...
Your Local Chemists
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