Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from January 20, 2015

Age Just an Irritating Number
MANY refer to them as Golden Oldies, not that Fab Flournoy takes it as a compliment if aimed at himself and Charles Smith. Age is just a number to him, and an irritating one at that. He prefers to talk about talent, experience, fitness and hunger....
A New Deal for Captain Welch Brings Major Boost; Falcons Welcome Will's Pledge to Club, Especially after Brookes' Switch
Byline: Mark Smith @markismith50 www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby NEWCASTLE Falcons have received a major boost with the news club captain Will Welch has pledged his future to the Kingston Park club. The Chronicle can reveal the 24-yearold has...
Another Fab Four Is on the Horizon ... and We Can Soar into Eagles History as One of Club's Best Sides; Newcastle Player-Coach Says Current Crop Can Match All-Conquering Kings of UK Basketball of 2005-06
sideboard. How many clubs can say that?" In an effort to match his superstar team of TJ Walker, Jeremy Hyatt, Andrew Bridge, Drew Sullivan et al, Fab had to bring in two new players last summer. And both could be considered gambles by those who are...
Brown Looks for Head Start at Southwell
THE APPLICATION of a hood worked the oracle for Zac Brown last time and the headgear will be in place again as he bids for a quick-fire double in the Daily Enhanced "Magic Multiples" At Unibet Handicap at Southwell. The four-year-old ran up against...
Call for North East Input to Festival of Light
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@ncjmedia.co.uk THE largest outdoor lighting festival is set to return to the North East and is appealing to people from the region to get involved. People living, or work-work ing, in the North East...
Carver Has Offered Little That Is New; NEIL CAMERON Answers Your Letters, Emails and Messages
JOHN Carver is an honest bloke, but one who is out of his depth as a prospective manager in the Premiership. He is tainted by his association with you know who and his tactics are really a continuation of the old regime. The 4-2-3-1 leads to...
Comedy News
Byline: Gordon Barr NEWS COMEDY Barr By Gordon THE breakout comedy star of the 2014 Edinburgh Festival is on his way to the North East - and he's bringing some of the world's best comedy talent with him. Alex Edelman's five-star stand-up show,...
Deaths
BLAKE OLGA (Gateshead). Peacefully on 12th January 2015, aged 85 years, Olga (nee Sams), beloved mother of Anne, Brian, Joyce and Eric, loving sister of Joyce and the late Nancy, Billy and Harry, devoted nana, grandma and great grandma and a special...
Doggie Health Food Store Opens Up in Metro Station
Byline: Tom Keighley Business writer tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk A NORTH Tyneside mum has opened a niche shop aimed at dog owners who want to take an alternative approach to caring for their canine friends. Joanne Miller started The Wandering...
England's Lions Up against It
ENGLAND Lions conceded a three-figure first-innings lead after centuries from South Africa A's Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma on a chastening second day of four for the tourists in Bloemfontein. De Bruyn (161) and Test batsman Bavuma (102) shared...
'Evil Robot' Telly 'Evil Robot' Telly Jibe at Cheryl Jibe at Cheryl
Byline: Simon Duke Reporter simon.duke@ncjmedia.co.uk GEORDIE princess Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was called an 'evil robot' by up-and-coming Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan. The comedian, from Ontario, launched a tongue-in-cheek attack on Cheryl...
Face to Face
Byline: John Gibson talks to FAB FLOURNOY FABULOUS Flournoy has twice assembled a Newcastle Eagles squad that has achieved a clean sweep, hoovering up all four trophies available in a British basketball season. However, his first all-conquering...
Families Facing Childcare Crisis; Rising Childcare Costs Are Preventing Parents Going Back to Work after Having Children - and the System to Help Ease the Financial Burden Is Set to Get Even More Complex, Reports LISA SALMON
Byline: LISA SALMON THE high cost of looking after children means many working parents take a temporary break from work to have a baby before returning through financial necessity. However, going back to work often means paying for childcare...
FREDDY; Do Not Blame Carver for the Current Problems I Have Not Ruled out a Return to St James' Park I Might Return to Toon One Day
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder FREDDY SHEPHERD believes that any criticism for Newcastle United's current plight should not be directed towards caretaker boss John Carver. The former Magpies supremo has opened upon...
Futures of Mavris and Cabral Is All Down to Them: Poyet
Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON CHARIS Mavrias and Cabral must consider taking a step down to kickstart their flagging careers, according to Gus Poyet. The duo - brought in under the previous regime when director of...
Genius Who Inspired a Whole Generation
JIMMY SMITH may be seen at footballing celeb do's as often as Lord Lucan or Howard Hughes, but he remains a legend to the Toon Army. One-time man about town, the Scot with a magic wand for his right foot was nicknamed Jinky because of his languid...
Greyhounds; Sport in Brief
NEWCASTLE 6.28 (480m): Target Jade, Lil Moyo, Bothal Ronnie, Ria, Eastcoast Dennis (W), Stay On Lass (W). 6.44 (480m): Arcade Flash, Blackhouse India, Ballycowen Jack, Cover Jenny, Target Harley, Queenies Hi (W). 7.01 (480m): Queenies Angey,...
Hunt for Missing Student Widened
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk POLICE probing the disappearance of student Euan Coulthard have widened their search as the investigation entered its sixth day. The 19-year-old was last seen leaving the Loveshack...
It's Hardly a Sweet 16 for Reyrolle; NBS NORTHERN ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION/NFA BENEVOLENT BOWL
HEBBURN Reyrolle face a battle to beat the drop after a strike from Northbank's Robbie Vallance strike sent them crashing to a 16th defeat of the season. The South Tynesiders are now six points adrift at the foot of the table - and they have played...
It's Snow Joke for Motorists; Warnings as Temperatures Set to Plummet
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com MOTORISTS in the North East have been warned to take extra care on the roads as icy conditions grip the region and snow fell on high ground in Northumberland and Durham. Temperatures...
Ladybird Books: 100 Years of Colour
Byline: Dave Morton Nostalgia Editor david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk IT'S 100 years ago this month since the first Ladybird book was published. For generations of British children they have been a source of education and enjoyment. And,...
Leading the Way in Adult Learning; FEEDBACK
I WAS delighted to see the Government's commitment to post 16 and adult learning, which Secretary of State Vince Cable outlined in his keynote address at a recent national education conference. In his speech, Mr Cable said colleges produce exceptional...
Leam Leave It Late to Secure a Vital Victory; WEARSIDE LEAGUE
GATESHEAD Leam Rangers moved out of the relegation zone with a crucial victory over Wolviston, who remain at the basement. Laurent Sanson volleyed into the net on 56 minutes but within three minutes Wolviston were level with an Andrew McGurr header....
'Machete Attack' Ex Denies Charge
Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk OBSESSED Gary Johnson broke into his former girlfriend's home and tried to kill her new boyfriend in a frenzied machete attack, a court heard. Victim Christopher Spinks had only being...
Most United Fans Are Not Bothered Who New Leader Is as Long as He Is a Born Winner; as the Debate over Who Replaces Alan Pardew Is Raging on, What Are Some of the Talking Points of a Very Dark 17 Days?
Byline: Lee RYDER Chronicle chief sports writer analyses life in black-and-white AS THE sound of silence rolled into day 17 from the Newcastle United boardroom, the debate raged on for supporters about who is the best man for the job. Go British?...
Newcastle and Tynedale; COURTS IN BRIEF
A selection of offences from the magistrates' courts Alan Walker, 37, of Warkworth Avenue, Newburn. Pleaded guilty to stealing headphones, worth PS79.99, from Sainsbury's on September 9. Discharged conditionally for six months and ordered to pay a...
New Quay Plan to Go before Experts
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com A CONTROVERSIAL regeneration project in Newcastle is to be showcased to a stellar list of international experts. The Ouseburn will be showcased as a world-class location to an international...
No Caution from Root over Cards
Byline: Rory Dollard ENGLAND batsman Joe Root would have no problem with the introduction of red and yellow cards as the sport continues to wrestle with the problem of on-field aggression. The frequency and tone of sledging and the apparently...
One Missing Toy Bunny and We're All Hopping Mad
Byline: reasons that his attempts play I'm top; such - and the Jane Costello I SOMETIMES wonder where exactly I rank in my youngest child's affections. He's two years old and reserves most of his admiration for our six-year-old, who in his eyes...
Party Leaders All out of Touch; FEEDBACK
CAN anyone in their right mind tell me why Cameron has started to notice that the North East exists? Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that there is an election in May? For the last four and a half years, he, along with all the other...
Put Your Money on No Rich Tycoon Riding to Rescue of United; Former Chairman Puts a Dampener on Hopes of Foreign Investment Many Feel the Club Needs Right Now
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder FREDDY SHEPHERD once told unsettled Newcastle United fans there was no "Geordie Abramovich" to save the muchmaligned Magpies and keep them in touch with the Premier League's top four. ...
Readers' Best Gags to Chase Away Those January Blues
Neil Newton of Hebburn: "An Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman, Norwegian, Dutchman, Dane, Italian, Hungarian, Russian, Indian, Australian, American, Phillipino and a Malayan walk into a bar. The doorman says: 'I'm sorry lads, I can't let you in without...
Record Counts for Nothing, Says Reds Boss as He Takes on Mentor Mourinho Again
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has faith his players can compete against Chelsea on the pitch irrespective of what gameplan Jose Mourinho employs. On their last two visits to Anfield the Stamford Bridge boss has comfortably won the tactical battle...
Sex Swap Will Let Us Start Our New Life; / Jay Proffitt and Donna Cummins /Hope to Marry and Become Parents after Jay's Sex Change
Byline: Jemma Crew Reporter jemma.crew@trinitymirror.com CUDDLING up together for a photo, Donna Cummins and her boyfriend look like any other lovedup couple. But incredibly her partner Jay Proffitt was born a girl. And now he is about to...
Swing in for Sixties Revisited; Step Back in Time at the Theatre Royal Newcastle This Week, Writes What's on Editor GORDON BARR
Byline: GORDON BARR THE Swinging Sixties are brought back to life in Newcastle this week. A new musical showcasing some of the biggest hits of the Sixties arrives at the Theatre Royal tonight. Dreamboats and Miniskirts, the sequel to smash...
That's Entertainment?
IT'S about time I let the inner radgie gadgie out and about again; it's great therapy to let vent at those irritating situations and numpties that modern life hoys our way. So let's begin with the telly; what's the story with the opening audition...
The Captain Has Left the Ship Again, but United Could Do with the Real Colo Making a Comeback; Analysing Life in Black-and-White
Byline: THE CHRONICLE TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015 Follow us on Twitter @EveningChron NEIL CAMERON FABRICIO Coloccini doesn't really do January. The first month of the year and Newcastle United's captain, for whatever reason, just don't go together....
The Positive Side of Being a Worrywart; We're a Nation of Worriers, but It's Not Such a Bad Thing. KATE WHITING Reveals Why Worrying Could Be Good for You
Byline: KATE WHITING HANDS up if it feels as though you spend a large chunk of your time fretting and worrying? When I was growing up, I used to lie awake at night worrying that a mad axeman was going to climb through my bedroom window and kill...
Top 10 Is Still Our Aim, Insists Daryl; Janmaat: Returning Stars to Make Us Stronger
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder DARYL JANMAAT has insisted Newcastle United players are still firmly focused on a top-10 finish this term. That was the minimum target for previous manager Alan Pardew from United's board...
Traffic & Travel Update
By Car The A1 will be closed in both directions due to roadworks during the night between A184 (Dunston Interchange) and Chowdene Bank/ Kingsway South (Coalhouse Roundabout) between 8pm and 6am until January 21. One lane closed due to telecoms work...
Trip to Skiing Camp for Transplant Youngsters
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk EXCITED Rachel Hooley will take to the snow as she joins a ski camp with other children who have received new organs from across the globe. The young heart transplant recipient has had...
TV Choice
WEIGHING UP THE ENEMY Channel 4, 8pm Minibus driver and single mother Deb meets Wendy, a registered carer for her sick husband who has been drawing benefits for the past seven years. Deb believes everyone should work to set an example for their children,...
Tweets & Posts; Feedback
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages... A LINGUISTIC EXPERT HAS REVEALED WHY THE GEORDIE ACCENT IS ABOUT THE MOST DIFFICULT DIALECT TO COPY IN THE COUNTRY - IT'S ALL TO DO WITH DIPHTHONGS, AND IS FEATURED...
Welcome. Extra Easy Is Better Than Ever!
to the new Extra Easy Slim for Life plan. This January Slimming World has made Food Optimising easier than ever with a streamlined Extra Easy plan and a NEW way to power up your weight loss. Dr Jacquie Lavin, Slimming World's head of nutrition...
We're Hall in This Together
Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com A COMMUNITY is planning to step in and run their historic village hall as council bosses face making PS100m cuts. Residents had been left concerned over the future of Emmaville...
Wolves Are Not a Bogey Team
SOME would suggest that Worcester Wolves are a jinx team to the Eagles, the club most likely to prevent a clean sweep of trophies by taking their championship crown. Why? Well, Worcester have inflicted the only two defeats Newcastle have suffered...
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