The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal is a regional newspaper from Newcastle, England. The Journal publishes the latest business, sports, and politics news.

Articles from March 8, 2008

2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Landlord fined pounds 12,000 A LANDLORD convicted of breaching antismoking laws vowed to appeal against his sentence last night after being ordered to pay almost pounds 12,000 in fines and costs. Tony Blows, who runs The Dog Inn in Ewyas Harold,...
All-New BMW Is Just Great
Byline: By Steve Hughes BMW has introduced a new version of its 3 Series costing pounds 8,000 more than the model it replaces at a whopping pounds 50,000 and to anyone who loves cars and driving, it is worth every penny. It is the latest incarnation...
All Style Climbers Find Roses Grow on Them; Lisa Haynes Looks towards Summer Styles. Fashion
Byline: Lisa Haynes NOW'S the time to free ourselves from winter woollies and embrace some long-awaited summertime chic. Sunbeams may still be in hiding, but the high street has stepped into spring and summer fashions, leaving jumper dresses...
Arrest as Police Probe Milly Link; Red Car of Killer Bellfield's Girlfriend Implicated
Byline: By John Bingham and Nathan Rees DETECTIVES questioned a man yesterday over the possible disposal of a car at the centre of investigations into the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler. The 34-year-old from Hounslow, west London, was taken...
Athletics: Dwain Eyes Up Beijing Battle; Chambers Takes Silver - and Keeps Options Open
Byline: DAVID MARTIN DWAIN Chambers savoured his 60metres silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia last night and will now "hope and pray" it does not mark the end of his season, writes DAVID MARTIN. Chambers, reluctantly selected...
Audi S8 Is Quick off the Mark
Byline: By John Scantlebury IT was late and 140 motorway miles from home, I was wishing we were playing by German rules. Enveloped by Audi's flagship A8 saloon, autobahn driving would mean I could be in bed in about half the time it was going to...
Basketball: Memories of Trophy Banished with Win
Newcastle Eagles 79 Scottish Rocks 75 NEWCASTLE Eagles edged past the Scottish Rocks last night to bounce-back from their nightmare BBL Trophy final weekend. Fabulous Flournoy's men narrowly beat their border rivals in front of a home-court...
Beauty Queens Join Parade of Mining History; Gran Linda Recalls Happy Days of Her Reign
Byline: By Chris Robinson COAL Queen Linda Findlay remembers when she was crowned the mining beauty of Northumberland. Back then she was 16-year-old Linda Todd, a miner's daughter from Blyth whose father worked at Bates Colliery. Now a 56-year-old...
Bio-Boxes So Much Batter for the Planet; Environment Today Environment Editor Tony Henderson on a Company Which Is Chipping in to Help Create a Greener Lifestyle
Byline: Tony Henderson A TYNESIDE-BASED company which supplies 2,500 fish and chip shops is taking measures to ensure that the environment doesn't get a battering. Henry Colbeck Ltd, which operates from the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead,...
Booze Ban for Shop Owner; Alcohol Licence Revoked for Under-Age Sales
Byline: By Neil McKay THE boss of two North offlicences who faces a ban on selling booze from one of his stores yesterday admitted serving an under-age teenager in another. Tajinder Singh, 27, appeared before magistrates at Consett, Co Durham...
Boxing: Haye: I'll Win and Sleep Well; Training in Early Hours Sets David Up for Success
Byline: MARK STANIFORTH DAVID Haye and Enzo Mac-carinelli will finally put all talk of disturbed sleeping patterns to bed shortly after 2.30am tomorrow morning when they come face to face in the biggest all-British world title fight for 15 years,...
Cancer Mother Loses Drug Fight; Trust Turns Down Dying Woman's Appeal
Byline: By Audrey Barton Health correspondent A MOTHER has lost her fight to get bowel cancer drugs on the NHS as an "exceptional case". Karen Gault, 43, is taking a course of the anti-cancer drug Avastin to give her precious extra time with...
Champagne Celebrations as Our Lucky Lot Celebrate; Journal Contest Winners Delighted at Top Prizes
Byline: By Paul Loraine THREE competition winners with The Journal have spoken of their delight on receiving their prizes. Sarah Thompson, of North Shields, Caroline Watson of Ovingham, Northumberland, and Dawn Young, of Blyth, Northumberland,...
Chrysler's Ultimate Limousine
Byline: By John Connor CHRYSLER'S 300C is possibly the ultimate limousine, reminiscent of the luxury saloons government ministers were once seen riding around in. This Chrysler, which is also available in estate form, challenges BMW, Audi, Mercedes,...
Councillor Accused of Leak over Blunder; Member Reported to the Standards Board
Byline: By Ben Guy AN ANGRY councillor is being threatened with an investigation over claims he leaked confidential information about a concrete bungle which saw his authority build a skateboard park in the wrong place. Coun Lawrence Best has...
Cricket: FAMILY IS MOST IMPORTANT THING IN MY LIFE, INSISTS HARMISON
STEVE Harmison says he stands by his decision to join England's tour late so that he could attend the birth of his fourth child - even though it affected his readiness for the on-going first Test in New Zealand. The Durham star, who battled back...
Culture: Different Aspects of Love; Tonight Sees the Premiere of a Tantalizing Dance Double Bill. Barbara Hodgson Meets a Dance Company Which Is Pushing Back Boundaries
Byline: Barbara Hodgson ADANCE collective better known for improvising and mixing movement, music, theatre and film has worked with an award-winning choreographer to produce a love-themed double-bill. The FATHoM Project, based at Dance City,...
Culture: Listen to the Chatter of the Skies
Byline: David Whetstone BETWEEN the soil at our feet and the stars above, the sky can seem a big empty place. But there's stuff out there, as artist Marko Peljhan and friends will demonstrate as part of the closing event of the AV Festival 08. ...
Cut a Dash in Classy Romeo
Byline: By Ian Johnson IF you really want to cut a dash in the driveway style stakes, then an Alfa Romeo 159 will knock them dead. Once something of an acquired taste, the Italian marque went through some tough times over reliability but has...
DEAR CAROLINE; Fashion
Byline: CAROLINE AS you are reading this a new collection has just gone out on the Mac counters which has been designed in collaboration with an artist named Fafi. I'm so excited by this I've been buying items for myself, and believe me, I really...
Drugs Firm Jobs Hang in Balance; in Association with RBS
Byline: Andrew Mernin THE jobs of 65 workers at a drugs company are hanging in the balance after its Danish owner put its North East operation up for sale. Staff at Lundbeck's Seal Sands site on Teesside have been told they could face redundancy...
DUO GO HEAD TO HEAD IN THE BEST CONTEST SINCE ARKLE AND MILL HOUSE; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: MOSCROP WE have to go back to the days of Arkle and Mill House to find a sporting confrontation comparable to the one we are about to witness at the home of steeplechasing next week when Kauto Star and Denman clash in the Totesport Cheltenham...
Eco-Friendly Showcase
Byline: By Steve Hughes THE Government may stand accused of abandoning green issues on the grounds of cost, but that can't be said for the auto industry. Billions of pounds is being poured into research to create the eco-friendly cars of the...
Europe - the Issue That Won't Go Away
Byline: Paul Linford THERE was a time when Britain's relationship with Europe seemed to be a defining issue in domestic politics, one of the crucial dividing lines that differentiated the two main parties from each other. In the early 1970s,...
Farming: Mandelson Won't like Polish Move; EURO VIEW
Byline: HUME HARGREAVE THE EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, who is seeking to persuade recalcitrant members states, such as Austria and Hungary, to toe the EU line on GM crops and stave off enforcement proceedings by the World Trade Organisation...
Farming: Rumen-Protect Diets for Better Lambing Results
Byline: Jennifer MacKenzie FEEDING diets with rumenprotected fat to in-lamb ewes will help to plug the natural energy deficit during late pregnancy and early lactation, according to established trial work at ADAS Rosemaund. One hundred ewes were...
Farming: Signing Up to Stabiliser Made Sense for Family
Byline: Jennifer MacKenzie BEEF producers throughout the North West have pledged unprecedented support in the Northwest Stabiliser Project. The three-year pounds 375,000 Foodnorthwest initiative is funded by the Northwest Regional Development...
Favourite Place? I like Them All; MY PLACE ANH MAO
Byline: Interview by Kate Moran ANH Mao, 38, moved from China to the North East 28 years ago. She has worked in the fashion and textiles industry for the last 20 years. Along with her career, Anh also manages her time to be a dedicated mother...
Football: ARNGROVE NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT IT will take a major upset to prevent Durham City being crowned First Division champions, and they should take another step towards their goal when they line up against bottom of the table Jarrow Roofing at the Archibalds Stadium....
Football: Busy Toffees Can Be Beaten
Byline: Stuart Rayner SUNDERLAND have to cash in on Everton's schedule to maximise their chances of a fifth consecutive Premier League home win. The Black Cats' form at the Stadium of Light, where they are unbeaten since Boxing Day, is keeping...
Football: 'Gordon on Course to Be Best in World'
Byline: Luke Edwards ROY Keane has backed Craig Gordon to become one of the world's best goalkeepers just three months after he dropped him as first choice at Sunderland. Gordon was in goal when Everton smashed seven past the beleaguered Black...
Football: Grant 'Won't Fight Jose'
Byline: MIKE MCGRATH CHELSEA manager Avram Grant has refused to get drawn into a war of words with Jose Mourinho, insisting he is only concentrating on moving the club forward from the era of the 'Special One', writes MIKE MCGRATH. Mourinho,...
Football: Jimmy's Got to Be Watched - Gareth; Southgate out to Upset Striker
Byline: Jack Pickering GARETH Southgate will be hoping to send Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink sulking all the way home to Cardiff from Middlesbrough this weekend. Boro boss Southgate is looking forward to tomorrow's reunion with his former team-mate...
Football: Keane Takes Hope from Huge Setback; When Sunderland Were Thrashed 7-1 by Everton at Goodison Park in November It Was a Painful Lesson for Roy Keane as a Manager, but It Was Also One That Gave Him Hope for the Future
Byline: Chief sports writer Luke Edwards reports FOR a league which likes to promote itself as the most exciting in world football, the Premier League has become worryingly monotonous in recent years. As the same four teams finish in the top...
Football: Keegan's Missing a Muse for Dogfight; United Boss out for Inspiration
Byline: Stuart Rayner KEVIN Keegan cites Bill Shankly as the inspiration behind his positive approach to management but does not know what the legendary Scot would have done in his situation because the pair never experienced a relegation battle...
Football: Pompey Look Good on Asian Handicap; BEAT THE BOOKIE
Byline: NEIL HARNETT WE have four FA Cup quarter-finals to look forward to this weekend and the first one to grace our screens takes place early this afternoon when Manchester United welcome Portsmouth to Old Trafford. Pompey have an awful record...
Football: Safety First for Kevin ... Then Expect Excitement; Kevin Keegan's Triumphant Return to Newcastle United Has Not Gone According to Plan but Terry McDermott Is Adamant It Is Only a Matter of Time before It Does
Byline: Chief sports writer Luke Edwards reports AFTER the excitement and expectation which greeted his return as manager, all Kevin Keegan has managed to do so far is lead the club to yet another crossroads in its history. In one direction there...
Football: Sir Alex Won't Be Going Yet - Giggs
Byline: Ken Gaunt RYAN Giggs believes talk of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as manager of Manchester United is premature - and the club's longest serving player insisted the 66-year-old Scot "is enjoying it more than ever". Ferguson indicated...
Football: Spirit Is the Key to Form of Foxes; LEAGUE ONE
DANNY Livesey says the team spirit which has taken Carlisle United to second in League One was forged in adversity in the Conference. The Cumbrians entertain Brighton and Hove Albion three years after being left in disarray by the floods which threatened...
Football: Take Heart from Loss - Shay
Byline: Stuart Rayner THEY have not won a league game since December 15, but Shay Given believes his Newcastle United team should travel to Champions League-chasing Liverpool today full of confidence after their performance at the weekend. The...
Football: UNIBOND LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT NEWCASTLE Blue Star's prepara tions for today's UniBond League Division One North game against Harrogate RA at Kingston Park have taken second place to the news the club has applied to be relegated back to the Arngrove Northern...
Gadget-Bonkers but What I Want Doesn't Exist Yet
Byline: Judith Holder HAVE spent much of the week researching a project about gadgets, which has turned out to be a great deal more fun than I had envisaged. The word gadget to me conjured up geeks, anorak techies, and hideously unreadable manuals...
Gambler Jailed for Pillaging Pounds 38,500; Granddaughter Abused Power of Attorney
Byline: By Sam Wood A MOTHER-OF-SIX was jailed yesterday after "pillaging" tens of thousands of pounds from her grandparents' bank account to fund her gambling addiction. Susan Metcalfe, of Burnt House Road, Whitley Bay, had pleaded guilty at...
Golf Sale Drives Ahead; Members Vote to Buy Club despite Road Threat
Byline: By Dave Black MEMBERS of a Northumberland golf club are pressing ahead with a pounds 400,000 deal to buy their course and clubhouse - despite the threat of a major new road being built through part of the land. Shareholders at Blyth Golf...
Horsebox: Beamish Special Gets Back on Track
Byline: NEIL B JONES BEAMISH Horse Trials - sited at Hedley West Farm, Marley Hill - makes a welcome return this season after a two-year absence and will be run on Sunday, October 12. "It takes a huge amount of time and effort to make a British...
Horse Racing: Bookmakers Fear Fit-Again McCoy; Punters Rush to Back Hero
Byline: Thomas Deane FESTIVAL fever seems to have gripped Tony McCoy's legion of loyal fans as the countdown to Cheltenham swiftly gathers pace. The 12-times champion jockey has been out of action since fracturing two vertebrae in a fall on January...
Horse Racing: POINT TO POINT
Byline: PETER BURGON THE spotlight focuses on Dalston today for the popular Cumberland Farmers fixture at the Holme Hill Park course which has 197 entries on a nine-race card starting at 1pm. It offers good value for money with admission costing...
Hyundai Sets New Standards
Byline: By Edward Stephens IF you want a budget priced car you have to be prepared to go without the luxuries of more expensive cars - or at least you had to. Now Hyundai has torn up the rule book and introduced a new city car with all the bells...
Ice Hockey: Let's Keep It Tight at the Back, Says Colin
Byline: STUART RAYNER COLIN Shields has told his fellow Vipers forwards it is time they gave goaltender Ryan MacDonald a break - starting with tonight's trip to Sheffield Steelers, writes STUART RAYNER. In their last four games, all lost, a team...
It's a Dirty Job - but Someone's Got to Do It; Who Ya Gonna Call When Teeth Flush Down Drain?
Byline: By Beth Henzell MOST people would turn their noses up at a job that involves spending every day underground in a city's drains. But Ralph Sidney has been handed an Unsung Hero award after doing the job with distinction for 39 years. ...
Jill's Mother of Tasty Invention; Simple Idea Attracts Droves of Buyers the Journal Taste North East England
Byline: By Ben Guy A BUSINESS that provides healthy soup from local ingredients was created out of necessity by a Northumberland mother. Jill Self's Simple Soup business, launched this week, was inspired by her attempts to alleviate her youngest...
Jonathan on Marks for Marathon Year; Nine Events in Just 10 Months
MANY people would consider running a halfmarathon one of the biggest challenges of their life. But one Newcastle man who was touched by cancer as a child is to tackle nine athletic events in just 10 months - even though he hates running. Jonathan...
Keeper Scores for Cancer Patients; Flash Back Fashion Kicks Charity Event Is the New Black and White
IT'S not every day you see Kevin Keegan on the fashion catwalk, especially not with half of the Newcastle United team. But this week brought United's latest Fashion Kicks event, which in the past few years has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds...
Let's Bang the Drum for Our Cities
Byline: ANDREW DIXON THERE are many reasons why we have to be active in promoting our cities. We are competing with the rest of the United Kingdom to attract people to live, work and learn in our region. Our universities operate in an increasingly...
Letter: Sweeping Statement about Scottish Folk; VOICE OF THE NORTH
Byline: JOHN ROBINSON YOUR columnist Willy Poole makes a couple of reasonable points, such as "has Scotland ever existed" (The Journal, February 21)? For quite a long while most residents of Eastern 'Scotland' were part of the Kingdom of Northumbria,...
Life: Misery of Life Trapped in a Loveless Forced Marriage; with a Forced Marriages Act about to Be Put into Place Hannah Davies Speaks to a Newcastle Mother-of-Two on Her Forced Marriage and Finds out What Is Being Done in the Region to Combat the Problem
SHAZ is a Newcastle-born woman, with a Geordie accent, who grew up in the West End. Yet this intelligent, professional woman, now in her mid-40s, was forced into an abusive marriage with her cousin at the age of 19. For 13 years she was trapped...
London Can Fill Us with Pride; Travel London Is Perhaps at Its Best outside the Summer Months, and a Top-End Hotel Adds to the Experience. Graeme King Spent a Weekend in the Capital
WHILE I bow to nobody in my derision for the parochial, 'London is the centre of the universe' attitude of many of our capital's residents, it is nice to have a weekend down there now and again. You speed into King's Cross feeling that there are...
Murderer Captured Victim on Phone
A KILLER who photographed his victim on his mobile phone after stabbing and bludgeoning him to death, was jailed for life yesterday. David Proctor used two hammers and an eight-inch bladed kitchen knife to inflict dozens of injuries to former engineer...
My Life: Graeme Whitfield
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD THOUGH the Archbishop of Canterbury might possibly disagree, I reckon there's something to be said for setting yourself against the whole of society once in a while. Even though this column is chock full of some of the...
NUTRITION WHY FIVE A DAY? Inter View
Byline: Katherine Neal WHILE we seem to be bombarded with contradictory advice about what we should and shouldn't eat to improve our health, one message has remained constant throughout, eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day! But why...
O'Dwyer Allowance a Boost to Albinus; Balding Eyeing Up the Big Prize in Association with Pagebet
Byline: MOSCROP THE first obstacle ahead of today's big Sandown prize has been safely negotiated by trainer Andrew Balding who breathed a sigh of relief when Albinus crept into the Sunderlands Imperial Cup as the last but one in a maximum field....
Picanto Is Kia to Stay!
Byline: By Tony Larner IT was the car aimed at the Sex and the City and Friends generation. The Kia Picanto was targeted at singles and happening young couples when it was launched in 2004. And the clever marketing of this budget motor really...
Police Have Eyes on Criminals Once Again; CCTV System Back in Action after Upgrade
Byline: By Dave Black TROUBLEMAKERS and vandals have been warned they are under close surveillance again following a major upgrade of an anti-crime spy camera system which was hit by an embarrassing blackout last year. Town hall bosses in Wansbeck...
Police Target Their Top 100 Criminals; New Approach to Safer Communities
Byline: By Paul James Chief reporter POLICE chiefs are drawing up a hit list of the top 100 criminals in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear in a bid to end the misery they inflict on their communiti es. Northumbria's Chief Constable Mike Craik...
Poor Conduct 'Bad News for Pubs' in Association with RBS
Byline: Iain Laing THE boss of pubs chain JD Wetherspoon has hit out at the drunken antics of sports stars and celebrities for fuelling binge drinking. Chairman Tim Martin said there was "rightly considerable concern" over yobbish behaviour from...
Pounds 68,000 Shortfall on Town Project
Byline: By Brian Daniel COUNCILLORS are being asked to commit more than pounds 30,000 to help bail out a Northumberland town business project which has overshot its budget by over pounds 400,000 following delays. The Berwick WorkSpace project...
Proceeds of Crime Confiscated by Courts
KNOWN criminals in the North East, ranging from major drug dealers to lowerlevel offenders, have already been targeted by Northumbria Police's Operation Payback. Led by financial investigators, officers are using the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize...
Return of the Family Estate
Byline: By John Connor IN some parts of Europe estate cars account for the majority of sales. I find this surprising as I have always considered the hatchback as the vehicle of choice in a world bewitched by multi-role compacts. But the estate...
Rugby Union: I'll Do It My Way - Ashton; England Coach Standing Firm in 'Dannygate' Row
Byline: ANDREW BALDOCK BRIAN Ashton has defended his decision to ditch Danny Cipriani for today's Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland - but revealed he will be back on England duty within 72 hours, writes ANDREW BALDOCK. While England concentrate...
Rugby Union: Records Do Not Matter for Wilkinson
Byline: Frank Malley WHEN Jonny Wilkinson scores his first points against Scotland at Murrayfield today, as surely he must, he will set a world record and complete an historic circle. And you will not see him smile. Wilkinson equalled the 1,090...
Rugby Union: Top Side Bath Do Not Scare Us - Phil; Defiant Skipper Looks for a Win
Byline: Alan Hedley SKIPPER Phil Dowson has dismissed any suggestion that Newcastle Falcons will be adopting a damage limitation approach when they take on third-top Bath at The Rec today. "There's been no talk of that at all," said the England...
Shopping and Sights Make Girly Weekend Ultimate Capital Idea; Travel Sarah Mullaney Spends a Fabulous Girls' Weekend in Central London
GETTING away for a short break is fabulous, and as my friend Helen, amazingly, had never been to the capital before, she was giddy with excitement. Armed with a rolled-up magazine in one hand and an oversized bag in the other, we boarded the train...
So Civilised It Will Even Park Itself for You
Byline: By Edward Stephens AS the temperature outside dropped below freezing, I switched on the heated steering wheel and turned up the temperature on my heated leather seat. A passenger in the rear pushed the appropriate button to recline her seat...
Speedway: Chance Meeting Led to King Contract
Byline: Luke Edwards JASON King will begin his Newcastle Diamonds career against Berwick Bandits tonight in the Tweed-Tyne Trophy thanks to a chance conversation with promoter George English last season. King was the youngest captain in the Premier...
Stock Watch; Stocks and Shares
Byline: Michelle Stansby THE FTSE 100 followed steep falls in Asia and the US and after a highly volatile day of trading eventually closed at 5699.9, 66.5 points down. The main driver of the day's losses was surprisingly poor jobs data emerging...
Taxi Protesters Head to Court; Council Challenged over out of Town Licences
Byline: By Brian Daniel TAXI drivers in a Northumberland town have backed a protest by city counterparts against their local licensing authority and are vowing to do so in court. Berwick Borough Council has come under fire for handing out licences...
Teenage Death Crash Driver Is Facing Jail; Majority Verdict after High Speed Tragedy
Byline: By HIlary Clixby A TEENAGER who was driving at dangerously high speed when he crashed his car killing a 16-year-old friend has been warned he faces jail. Drew Dodd lost control of his Vauxhall Corsa SRi on a blind crest of a hill on the...
Tesco at Heart of New Town Centre; Homes Demolished in Pounds 40m Redevelopment
Byline: By Tony Henderson A CONSORTIUM led by Tesco has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the pounds 40m reshaping of a Tyneside town centre. The consortium of Tesco, Bellway Homes and Sunderland-based Gentoo was one of four developers...
Top Companies Back Youngsters; in Association with RBS
THE desire to encourage enterprise among the young has prompted two prominent North East companies to support an annual award. The final of the Young Enterprise Awards takes place on June 17 and The Journal and our sister paper the Middlesbrough...
Wear Your Uniforms with Pride - Brown; Premier Backs Troops over Abuse from Yobs
Byline: By James Tapsfield and Brian Farmer GORDON Brown led a chorus of condemnation yesterday after British troops were banned from wearing uniform in a Cambridgeshire town for fear of attracting abuse. The Prime Minister spoke out angrily...
Why Do We Send These Cards? in Association with RBS
Byline: NICHOLAS CRAIG WHY is the UK the world's biggest buyer of greetings cards? The ever-vigilant manufacturers invent new niche markets that we help along by rushing to buy cards for pets, stepmothers, divorcing couples, and now even adulterous...
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