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Articles from February 20, 2015

A Bit on the Side
Think about the last break-up you had. I don't mean the Chinese takeaway you had to leave behind when you moved house, or the car you finally had to send off to scrap when its wheels literally fell off. I mean the last time you went through one...
A Decent Entry; the 1.6-Litre TDI Diesel Might Be the Entry-Level Engine in the Passat Range but It Doesn't Constantly Remind You of the Fact. ANDY ENRIGHT Reports
NO, the 120PS 1.6-litre diesel engine under the bonnet of this Volkswagen Passat isn't the most inspirational powerplant, but the car is smooth, refined, beautifully finished and sensibly priced. Fuel economy of 70.6mpg isn't going to put a big dent...
Air Is Turned Blue on the School Runs
Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com FOUL mouthed mums and dads on the school run have been turning the air blue. Neighbours in Westloch Road, Cramlington, say they have been sworn at and verbally attacked when they...
Anyone Thinking the Media Will Pick the Next United Manager Should Remember Kinnear; We Should Wait until the End of the Season to Assess Carver's Credentials for Permanent Job
Byline: Lee Ryder Alan YOU can only find one bookmaker, Betfair, who will give you odds on the next Newcastle United manager - and even they have John Carver as the 2/11 favourite to win the post. As the weeks rumble on, Carver's chances of getting...
Audi You Do to Affordable Quality
Byline: Steve Hughes IT has just become easier to get behind the wheel of a small car with a posh badge at a relatively affordable price, with the introduction of a new three-cylinder version of the Audi A1 for just over PS14,300. It means that...
Back to Where It All Began. and Back to School as Well for Collabro Star Jamie
What's On Editor GORDON BARR catches up with Jamie Lambert from Collabro ahead of the group's Newcastle City Hall show S a student at Dame Allan's School in Newcastle, Jamie Lambert could only dream of one day becoming a singing star. ADuring his...
Brothers Are Set to Top Cluny's Bill; ALAN NICHOL Has the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene
WITH the arrival of the weekendlong BBC Radio 6 Music festival on Friday, there is a plethora of gigs in venues on both sides of the Tyne. T In what is sure to be a very busy three days of live music ,there are other attractions too. On Friday,...
City Are No Slickers at Home So United May Have Chance to Shock
NORMALLY it is a game of football which would strike gripping fear into most hearts. However, whisper it, Manchester City do not currently carry the same health warning on home soil and, let us remember, United have already won at the Etihad this...
City Slicker
THE Citigo is Skoda's take on the most modern citycar design in the market. With the Czech brand on the bonnet, it makes value sense too. Jonathan Crouch reports. Skoda's first stab at citycar motoring is an impressive one, this Citigo borrowing...
Coach Delighted with His Squad's Good Win! VOLLEYBALL
TEAM Northumbria W1 defeated Premier North title rivals Durham University 3-0 at Sport Central as the best two teams in Britain locked horns. Head coach David Goodchild had chosen to rest key players in the lead-up to the game. The decision paid...
Deaths
ALLEN GLORIA (Seaton Delaval). Suddenly on February 15th, aged 76 years, Gloria, dearly loved mam of Andy and mother-inlaw of Karen. Friends please meet for Service at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Friday February 27th at 1.30pm. No flowers please, donations...
Deaths
ROBSON JOSEPH (Old Hartley). Suddenly at home on 13th February 2015, in his 83rd year, Joseph Scott better known as Ginger / Milky Joe, brother-in-law to Hilda, uncle to Diane, Christine and Sandra, very good friend of Ken and Kath. Will be sadly missed...
De Jong Is Backed to Come Back Stronger from Operation
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder JOHN CARVER has tipped Siem de Jong to come back fitter and stronger after an operation to repair a collapsed lung. De Jong's season at Newcastle United is as good as over as he joins...
Direct Approach Did Not Work at Bradford So Will It Succeed with the Fans?
Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON COMMENT AFTER a turbulent fortnight on Wearside, and with a crunch relegation clash loom ing on home soil, Gus Poyet's open letter to the fans is an attempt to pour oil on troubled waters....
Duster the Price Buster
THE improved Dacia Duster continues to offer a trendy compact 5-door SUV Crossover for supermini money. Jonathan Crouch tries it. A new car for the price of a secondhand one is always a tempting prospect and when it's as smartly styled and capable...
Fencers Put Cup Rivals to Sword; FENCING
TEAM Northumbria men's fencing firsts made it seven straight victories to progress into the semi-finals of the Conference Cup after a solid 135-106 victory against Liverpool at Sport Central. The first round saw two evenly-matched foil teams face-off...
Festival That's Got 6 Appeal; SIMON DUKE Previews the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
HE day is now upon us, the BBC 6 Music Festival is taking over Tyneside for three days and what a packed line-up there is in store. The news the event would be heading to Newcastle and Gateshead was revealed in January and ever since then excitement...
Glory-Hunting Vikings Are on Mersey Mission; UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL
THE Newcastle Knights are on the verge of adding major silverware to their fairytale season after qualifying for the National Shield final. At Leeds Beckett University tomorrow, the final sees Newcastle University's senior men's basketball side...
Go-Ahead Get Ahead as They Reveal PS190m Boost
Byline: Tom Keighley Business writer tom.keighley@ncjmedia NEWCASTLE?REGISTERED transport operator Go-Ahead Group plc has increased revenues by nearly PS190m in the first half of its current financial year. The firm behind several rail and bus...
Gus Poyet's Open Letter to Sunderland Fans
Here is the full text of Gus Poyet's open letter, which was posted on the club's official website: For the first time in my life I think is time for me to write this letter to you, the fans. When I had the opportunity to become the head coach of...
Hard to Mask How Good Zelda Is
LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA'S MASK (3DS) MAJORA'S MASK has been one of the most talked-about games in the history of The Legend Of Zelda series, and it's finally here. The title brings Link's engrossing, spooky quest through the mysterious world of...
Have We Seen the 'Ender the Gaffes? PICK OF THE DAY EastEnders (8Pm BBC1) and EastEnders Backstage Live (8.30Pm BBC1 and 9pm BBC3)
NO need to search at the top of your screen for the #EELIVE hash-tag tonight. It's all absolutely live as the truth about Lucy's killer, is now out. Unfortunately, at the time of going to press I still have no idea who it is. But after Jo Joyner's...
Heed Need 30 More Points from the 16 Finals - Mills; VANARAMA CONFERENCE
Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@trinitymirror.com GARY MILLS has challenged Gateshead to claim 30 points from their last "16 cup finals". The Tynesiders travel to third-bottom Dartford tomorrow 12th in Vanarama Premier, eight...
History Is in Spotlight as Plans Made
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com A HOTEL could be built in a historic city quarter - despite objections from conservationists. Developers are seeking permission for a part-conversion and part newbuild project...
Hopes That Life May Be Sweet Again
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com UNHAPPY workers at a Tyneside sweet factory are close to striking a deal with bosses. Staff at the Nestle factory in Fawdon, Newcastle have had "constructive" talks with management...
Infiniti Centre Newcastle Drives Premium Used Car Sales; Dealer Talk
THE new Infiniti Centre Newcastle, based at Silverlink, not only offers the prestigious Infiniti models but a range of premium multi-brand used cars including Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover. To ensure the highest level of customer service,...
It's a Dream Diesel at Last
Byline: Andy Enright HONDA hasn't exactly been at the forefront of diesel engine development. This time round the Civic gets a more advanced entry-level oil burner. Indeed, the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC might just be the Honda diesel you've been...
Jail Term Is Cut. Not by 24 Hours
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.douhty@ncjmedia.co.uk TIME has been kind for Jack Bauer. The knifeman who changed his name to that of his TV hero from the race against the clock drama 24, has had his sentence for an attack on a cabbie...
James Can't Wait for Big Vase Clash; EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE PREVIEW
Byline: Malcolm Pratt DUNSTON UTS chairman Malcolm James was "delighted" to come away from Glossop North End with a draw last week and, with the backing of a home crowd, he's confident the side can reach the quarter-finals of the FA Carlsberg Vase...
Join Growing Exodus to This Starry Island; It May Be a Popular Beach Destination, but Nature and Wildlife Are Also a Big Draw on This Canary Island, Says NICK MCAVANEY
IT SHOULD be easier than this, I think to myself as I collapse into the cool Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Fuerteventura, for what seems like the 10th time that afternoon. I'm learning to paddle-board, which should be relatively easy. Take a large...
Jones out to Make Up for Opening-Day Disappointment
Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer james.hunter@ncjmedia.co.uk BILLY Jones wants to make up for his opening-day disappointment when his old club West Brom arrives on Wearside. Jones joined Sunderland on a Bosman over the summer and, when the...
Junction Changes Are for the Worse
SINCE the demise of the roundabout at the junction of North Road, Hollywood Avenue and the Regent Centre, I have been tempted on many occasions to complain about the traffic chaos which this 'improvement' has caused. Each time I have refrained,...
Launch Will Be a Night to Remember; Ahead of Their New Single Launch, Elephant Memoirs Speak to SARAH JEFFERY
NDIE rock band Elephant Memoirs are celebrating their new single release with a special launch gig next week. IThe trio's single Mug will be launched at The Dog and Parrot in Newcastle on Saturday, February 28. The band, who hail from Gateshead,...
Lie Detector Plea in Ugly Family Row
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE United legend Jackie Milburn's widow has urged her daughters to take a lie detector test over the bitter family fall out around his international caps. As reported in the...
Male Suicide at a 25 Year High
MORE men in the North East are taking their lives than at any time in the past 25 years. The suicide rate for men rose to 22.1 per 100,000 men in 2013, from 18.9 in 2012, with 229 men killing themselves in 2013. This was the highest rate since 23.1...
Met Lads Play at Home of Falcons
COLLEGE RUGBY TYNEMET College Rugby Development Centre turned on the style in a colleges' 10-a-side tournament at Kingston Park. Playing on a 3G pitch at the home of the Newcastle Falcons, TyneMet's two teams finished first and second in their section....
Monster Smash; EVOLVE (XBOX ONE, PS4, PC)
Byline: CHERYL MULLIN Games reviewer Monster smash co-operative gameplay. biggest, baddest monster on the console planet. EVOLVE (XBOX ONE, PS4, PC) a tight team formation is the key to success in the lush, varied environments. Now, Turtle...
My Mum, the Child Star My Mum, the Child Star My Mum, the Child Star
Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk SHE was the forgotten child star of the 1930s who left Tyneside to find fame on the London stage. Singing sensation Little Mary Hagan, known as "nightingale of the north", was just...
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Milkman Alan Ankers, 33, and NHS Claims Assessor Michelle Ankers, 30, of Gateshead, married at Gibside Hotel Whickham. Best men: David Cooper and Kaine Ankers. Chief bridesmaids: Yvie Tracey and Lindsey Mcleod. How they met: We previously...
Our Priority, as Always, Is Ensuring Crime Victims Continue to Receive the Help They Need to Cope and Recover
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk FUNDING for a service that helps crime victims through their most difficult days is to be axed on Tyneside. The Chronicle can today reveal three of the four Victim Support offices...
Owzat!
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@ncjmedia.co.uk ENGLAND cricket ace Graham Onions is looking to crown his career with a charity drive. He made his debut for Durham County Cricket Club at 18 in a one-day match in Derby, and now the...
Plush in the Slush; It's Hard to Make a Sensible Case for Infiniti's QX70 but It's a Large, Luxury 4x4 That Most Would Love to Own. Jonathan Crouch Checks It Out
INFINITI'S QX70 is the model that must represent the brand in the large luxury SUV category, with the 3.7-litre petrol and 3.0-litre diesel versions taking on BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class sector rivals. Plus there's the larger-engined 5.0-litre petrol...
Poyet: Cats Must Hit the Ground Running
Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON GUS Poyet admits a good start is vital as Sunderland head into tomorrow's high-pressure clash against West Bromwich Albion. The Black Cats have conceded first in three of their last four...
Relax with a Mokka
Byline: Jonathan Crouch SMALL crossovers should be fun and fashionable but that doesn't mean they can't also be versatile, capable and practical too. Like Vauxhall's little Mokka? Perhaps. Here's the new face of this changing brand and it's one...
RESPECT; Working-Class Roots Means I Will Never Lose My Past - and Connection with Fans, Says Toon Coach I Sit Down with the Fans Every Day, Says Magpies' Chief
Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer @lee_ryder John Carver believes his workingclass roots will see him through a tough opening phase as Newcastle United head coach. Carver has endured stick from the terraces from some fans and also has critics...
Results Will Determine Carver's Future ... but Work in Training Will Determine the Results; Special Report into the Changes Going on Behind the Scenes at Newcastle United's Training Ground Complex
Much has changed at Newcastle's Benton base since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace. LEE RYDER takes a look at where United are heading under John Carver THERE IS a sign at Newcastle United's Benton base which reads: "It's not about blame, we are...
Richards Is Expecting a Response to Exeter Defeat
Byline: Mark Smith Twitter: @markismith50 Facebook: www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby DEAN Richards has changed six of his Newcastle Falcons side as they aim to recover from last weekend's hammering at Exeter - London Wasps their visitors on Friday....
Scamp Sniffs out a Huge Haul of Illegal Cigarettes
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk SNIFFER dogs discovered illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco worth thousands of pounds in a series of swoops on Tyneside. More than 10,000 black market cigarettes were found in...
Set to Rise Once Again
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com PLANNERS are set to give the go-ahead today for the development of the former Spillers Flour Mill on Tyneside. Developers BEL Valves are hoping to build a sub-sea engineering...
Sharper Focus
THE Ford Focus didn't feel as if it needed to much remedial work done, but the latest updates give it a better-looking face, a more userfriendly interior, more efficient engines and some suspension tweaks that aim to remind us what made the Focus great...
South East Northumberland
Nigel Gaffney, 47, of Front Street, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Pleaded guilty to producing cannabis on December 19. Given a two-month community order, with a two-month curfew from 10pm until 7am. Also ordered to pay a PS60 victim surcharge. Joseph Hickson,...
Stop! Think of the Children before Cutting Funding
Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk SCRAPPING school lollipop patrols is putting tiny lives at risk, a council behind the cutbacks was warned. Newcastle City Council has decided to plough on with its decision...
Stu Plays Down Sul Reunion
Byline: Ryan Carter STU Thomson insists his team are only focused on beating London Lions tonight and believes Drew Sullivan's return means more to the Lions' forward. Former fan favourite Sullivan, will return to face the side he enjoyed league...
Talented Nicholson Is Developing So Nicely! UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
A TOP-10 ranked athlete has been given an opportunity to take her sports career to a new level - thanks to a squad invitation from British Athletics. A Newcastle University student Anna Nicholson, 19, is joining the British Athletics A Talent Development...
Test Your Nostalgia Knowledge
WELCOME back to 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 to test your knowledge of North...
The I of the Beholder
Byline: June Neary HYUNDAI coming up with a genuinely competitive supermini is probably that last thing that most small car buyers need. Nobody wants to pay good money for the wrong car but there is such a thing as too much choice. The second generation...
Toon Injury Blow Leaves Magpies Short at the Back; Black White Scout &
JOHN Carver has been dealt another defensive blow after Paul Dummett was ruled out for around eight weeks with a knee injury. It means interim Magpies boss John Carver has just two fit senior centrebacks in Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson....
Tributes to a Shining Light of Tyneside
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk TRIBUTES have been paid to Tyneside academic who died aged 71 while snorkelling in Australia. Ian Lewin, originally from Gosforth, Newcastle, completed a PhD in Illuminating Engineering,...
TumTumGreat North It's All about Life's Bigger Questions
Byline: Michael Brown Reporter m.brown@trinitymirror.co.uk WHERE do you see your life going? How are you going to get there? And when you do, how will you feel? Yes, six weeks in and it seems, like many people who start out full of hope in January,...
TV Choice
EASTENDERS BBC1, 8pm Back in February 2010, the | tof EASTENDERS celebrated their 25th anniversary with a live episode in which Archie Mitchell's killer was revealed. Now, five years to the day, they're doing the same thing to celebrate their 30th...
Tweets & Posts
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages... NORTH EAST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS HAVE FALLEN TO A SEVEN YEAR LOW AT 8% "People like myself on six month work placements are included in that statistic, so it is technically...
Twins for Quin as She Defies the Odds
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter reporter@trinitymirror.com QUINTO the five-legged sheep has "defied the odds" to give birth to twins. The sheep made headlines as far afield as Canada, China and Australia when she arrived at Whitehouse Farm Centre...
UHD Delights GADGETS
is rewriting the rulebook on image delivery. PETER JENKINSON picks out the best in 4K tech SONY X1000V ACTIA ON CAMERA (PS359 from sony.co.uk) TAKING on the more established players in the action camera market is this super compact camera from Sony....
Way to Go with the Toyota Aygo
IN one audacious move, the Toyota Aygo has been transformed from ageing also-ran into bold contender for class honours. The oily bits aren't radically different, but the look and feel is a lot classier, there's a neat connected touchscreen system and...
We're Black & White
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk GERMAN right wingers behind next week's march on Tyneside were today told by Newcastle fans: 'We're black and white'. Pegida, a German-based anti-Islamic organisation, are planitning...
When North Rock Fans Called the Toon
Byline: Dave Morton Nostalgia Editor david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk FOR those about to rock, we salute you! This weekend sees the three-day BBC 6 Music Festival setting up shop here on Tyneside. Big name radio broadcasters like Mark...
You're Smarter for10; Adam Woodyatt (Ian /Beale) with Peter Dean as His Dad Pete Beale Would You Adam and Eve It? EastEnders Is 30 Years Old. MARION MCMULLEN Recalls Some Memorable Moments and Reveals Some Interesting Facts
Whose round is it? When Peggy Mitchell was squawking at love rival Pat Butcher, overworked bar maid Tracey was downstairs fetching the barrels. "Silent Trace" has grafted away at the Square's local since the late 1980s without a sniff of a promotion....
Your Pancake Day
Your pancake day You lot clearly had some Shrove Tuesday fun this week rustling up your pancakes. And looking at the tasty treats above, when it comes to the kitchen you've clearly got an awful lot of culinary talent. As for the | Rich Endean of Gateshead...
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