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 November 22, 2008

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2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Brown rules out poll PRIME Minister Gordon Brown yesterday tried to put a lid on speculation about a spring general election, insisting that reports he was considering going to the polls in June could be discounted. Mr Brown insisted that his full...
Accused Swotted Up - QC; Murder Trial Told of Books at Rampton
Byline: Sam Wood A MAN who killed his entire family swotted up on mental illness to learn how to fake being mad, a court heard. Neil Crampton is accused of murdering his two children, Abigail, 12, Steven, five, their mother and his ex-partner...
A Crunch for the Economy, a Divide in Politics; Column
Byline: PAUL LINFORD EVER since David Cameron became Tory leader nearly three years ago, the shape of British politics has been fixed in a fairly rigid mould. A Labour Party which had already shifted several degrees to the right under Tony Blair...
Add a Bit of Extra Polish
IT wasn't just the music making everyone go wild when stars flocked to the annual Mobo awards recently. Backstage in the Talent Retreat, celebrities were flocking for a speedy manicure makeover. The likes of Estelle, Jamelia and the Sugababes couldn't...
Agents Dispute 'Heads in Sand' Survey Findings
Byline: By Karen Wilson SELLERS in the North East are the worst in the country for burying their heads in the sand and refusing to drop the price of their home, according to a survey. But this is a view disputed by estate agents. The North -...
A Mark of Appreciation; Olympic Hero Leads Way at the Hancock
Byline: Sam Wood MUSEUM goers in the North East have a chance to leave a permanent mark on the region's newest attraction. An opportunity to get involved with the Great North Museum: Hancock, is launching today. "Be Part of It" is a campaign...
Asbestos Victims' Insurance Victory; Judge's Ruling Paves Way for Huge Pay-Outs
Byline: Chris Robinson THOUSANDS of North East families affected by deadly asbestos exposure could receive large compensation pay-outs following a landmark ruling. Insurers have been told they must now stump up for decade-old cases where people...
A Taste of Country near the City
FAMILIES with a taste for the countryside but who are looking for a home within easy reach of the city, may consider this development. Dunelm Homes's Orchard Meadows development at Kip Hill, Stanley has the best of both worlds. It has great countryside...
Audrey Comes through Testing Time at Age of 82; Disaster on Motorway Trip All Forgotten
Byline: Neil McKay GREAT grandmother Audrey Humble is celebrating passing her driving test at the age of 82 - a full 47 years after she passed her last one. Audrey passed with flying colours after being ordered to retake the test by a judge....
Awards for a Trio of Businesses Bright Sparks
THREE South Tyneside entrepreneurs have been given a chance to make their business ideas a reality at the first ever Spark Awards. The event, organised by Tedco (The Tyneside Economic Development Company Ltd) with the help of South Tyneside Means...
Bankers Abandon Battle for HBOS
TWO former Scottish bankers have conceded defeat in their battle to force a rethink on the Halifax Bank of Scotland takeover by Lloyds TSB. The former heads of Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland, Sir Peter Burt and Sir George Mathewson,...
Basketball: Revenge Is Sweet for Flournoy's Side; Eagles See off Bitter Rivals
Byline: JEFF KING Newcastle Eagles 90 Scottish Rocks 81 FAB Flournoy's Newcastle Eagles gained the revenge they wanted last night after a thrilling night's basketball at the Metro Radio Arena, writes JEFF KING. After going down badly in...
Beauty: DEAR CAROLINE; Life
Byline: CAROLINE Q. I have very dry blotchy skin in the winter which needs foundation. The problem is the dry patches just show up even more whenever I try and apply. Can you help? A. You're probably feeling the effects more now for sure as...
Beauty: Winter Wonders; Lisa Haynes Looks at How to Keep Your Skin Healthy during Winter
Byline: Lisa Haynes YOU may have the gloves, scarves and hats sussed for cold snaps, but there's not much of a winter warmer market for top-to-toe body stockings. With your skin inevitably exposed to the elements it's down to you - and your beauty...
Better Luck This Time for Abbie; Horsebox Place Sealed in Arena Final
Byline: NEIL B JONES MORPETH Pony Club member Abbie Curtis and her 14.2hh allround jumping pony Top Cat had more luck at this year's Richmond Equestrian Centrestaged Oliver Townend Eventers Challenge qualifiers, winning the 2ft 3in 14 years and...
Big Jack Kicks off Drive to Cheer Up His Home Town; A Week of Action in Community
Byline: Dave Black FOOTBALL legend Jack Charlton is returning to his roots to help launch a new campaign aimed at improving part of his Northumberland home town. Big Jack - who with brother Bobby was part of the England World Cup-winning team...
Bookies Raid Pair Jailed; Customers and Staff in Gun Ordeal
Byline: Dan Warburton TWO armed raiders who burst into a bookmakers and threatened staff with a handgun have each been given five-year prison sentences. Wearing hoods and scarves, Daniel McDowell and Sean Hall terrorised staff at the Coral Bookmakers,...
Boxing: Hatton to Put the Doubters to Shame
A REJUVENATED Ricky Hatton is aiming to put the record straight against Paulie Malignaggi in the early hours of tomorrow after admitting he looked like he was "past it" in his last fight. Hatton, 30, will climb into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden...
Brazilian Is Good Value to Score; BEAT THE BOOKIE
Byline: NEIL HARNETT MANCHESTER City welcome Arsenal to Eastlands this afternoon and their in-form striker Robinho looks excellent value at 5-2 to score against the Gunners. The Brazillian hitman has scored seven goals in seven home games for...
Bring on the Bungalows; Bungalows Are Popular with a Variety of Buyers, from Those Looking to Downsize to Professional Couples Seeking a Countryside Cottage
THIS three-bedroom bungalow is in a sought-after area and is located on a generous plot. The property, which would be ideal for families seeking space, is for sale on the outskirts of Rowlands Gill. There is an entrance hall, lounge, conservatory,...
Brown 'Looking at All Loans Options' Pressure on Banks to Help Businesses
Byline: Andrew Woodcock THE Government is looking at "all options" to try to ensure that loans become more easily available to businesses and families, Prime Minister Gordon Brown's spokesman said yesterday. Alistair Darling is known to be "exasperated"...
Business in Ruins after Fierce Fire; Seven Crews Tackle Blaze as Plant Staff Evacuate
Byline: Dave Black A FAMILY-RUN business was left in ruins last night after its warehouse containing about pounds 2m worth of goods was gutted in a massive fire. Seven fire crews - one using an aerial ladder platform - tackled the fierce blaze...
Car Blaze near BNP List Man's Home
POLICE were investigating yesterday after a car was set on fire near the house of a man whose details were published on a leaked BNP membership list. Firefighters and police officers were called to the blaze on Eighth Avenue, in Windy Bank, Liversedge,...
Closure Blow for Boxers; but Club Vows to Keep on Fighting
Byline: Dave Black A FLOURISHING boxing club has another fight on its hands after being told it must get out of its home of 21 years within weeks. Newbiggin-by-the-Sea boxing club in Northumberland has forged a national reputation for the quality...
Cool Way to Enjoy the Summer; Environment Editor Tony Henderson on a Greenland Summer
Byline: Tony Henderson CAMPING next to a glacier sounds a pretty cool way to spend a summer. Four Newcastle University students, who did just that in Greenland, predictably had the place to themselves - at least people-wise. But they had unwelcome...
Could Northern Rock Kick-Start the Economy? EXCLUSIVE Support Grows for 'Super State Bank'
Byline: William Green Political Editor NORTHERN Rock could be merged with Bradford & Bingley to form a "super" state bank. Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable has raised the prospect of the Newcastle-based institution playing a key...
Cricket: Collingwood May Pay Price for Flops
THERE could be joy and despair for Durham's England stars tomorrow with Steve Harmison expected to feature in the bowling attack while Paul Collingwood's position in the batting line-up is looking under threat. Another inquest will be held into...
Culture: Online for More Culture
THE Journal today launches a new Culture channel on our website, www.journallive.co.uk A fully-interactive affair, you can now send in your own reviews of events, your own work and even become a member of our new book club. All the regular features...
Darren Appeared like a Knight in Shining
Byline: Karen Overbury homemaker editor THIS column had the chance to be witty, pithy, perhaps controversial, but oh-sointeresting! For the first time in ages I had spare time this week - 40 long minutes in which to ponder, to write amazing words...
Do You Know These Derby Day Suspects? Police Appeal for Information in Hunt for Yobs
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter DOZENS of suspected football yobs are being hunted by police following the trouble at last month's Sunderland v Newcastle derby. Football intelligence officers yesterday released CCTV pictures of 41 people involved...
EXECUTIVE Motoring: Porsche Adds First Diesel
Byline: Steve Hughes PORSCHE is joining forces with one of its biggest historic rivals in a bid to make its vehicles more appropriate to the new world order. It means that for the first time in its history there is to be an oil-burning vehicle...
Experience Porsche in a Whole New Way
Byline: Barrie Mills FORGET traction control and anti-lock brakes - Porsche has come up with a driving aid that uses no electronics whatsoever. Step forward the Porsche driving consultant - an expert who comes specified as standard on all new...
Family Friendly Touch Down on the Farm
Byline: By Francesca Craggs WITH its idyllic rural location and convenient access to local amenities, Beckley Farm has provided the very best of both worlds for the Morton family. Angela and Neale bought the stunning Grade II Listed farmhouse...
Fares Unfair, Say Bosses; Outrage over Huge Hike by Rail Companies
Byline: William Green Political Editor ABASIC rail return to London will smash through the pounds 100 barrier in the New Year. Passengers turning up to Newcastle station to buy an off-peak ticket will have to fork out pounds 105 to go to the capital...
Farming: Beef and Sheep Efficiency Increasing despite Costs
BEEF and sheep enterprises are becoming more efficient, despite rising costs and last year's foot and mouth outbreak, according to the 2007/08 edition of Eblex Business Pointers. Nearly all livestock enterprises returned a negative net margin figure...
Farming: Can Jamie Perk Up Our Pork?
Byline: Anna Lognonne PIG farmers are hoping that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will save their bacon when he wages war on European pork in a new TV programme. The chef, who has previously filmed documentaries on battery-farmed chickens and the...
Farming: Mixed Reaction as Farm Ministers Agree Reform
Byline: Anna Lognonne EUROPEAN Union agriculture ministers have agreed to a new round of aid reforms in the region's shrinking farm sector. The ministers reached their agreement - meant to boost competition in global markets - after all-night...
Football: Attitude Must Improve If Chimbonda Is to Stay On
Byline: Mark Douglas ROY Keane insists that Pascal Chimbonda still has a future at Sunderland, but only if the defender shows a "good attitude" and maintains the improved commitment to the club that he has exhibited this week. Chimbonda joined...
Football: Dutchman Weighing Up His Options
Byline: STUART RAYNER HAVING seen the summer move he wanted cancelled by Dennis Wise, Tim Krul is determined to leave St James's Park at the end of this season if Steve Harper does not. And the Dutch Under-21 goalkeeper may go permanently as soon...
Football: FA TROPHY
DURHAM City have taken the Unibond League Division One North by storm during their first season but manager Lee Collings is looking for a vast improvement from his team when they travel to Solihull Moors in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy....
Football: Fringe Men Given a Little Motivation; Roy Keane Is Already Making Plans for the January Transfer Window - and His Out-of-Favour Squad Men Have Been Challenged to Prove Themselves Worthy of Retaining Their Place. Mark Douglas Reports
Byline: Mark Douglas THE re-opening of the transfer window might be five weeks away, but Roy Keane is already using the threat of a January departure to keep his Sunderland fringe men on their mettle. The warning was a suitably subtle and subliminal...
Football: Gomes Gets a Helping Hand; Parks Handed Task of Restoring Keeper's Confidence
TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp has backed new goalkeeping coach Tony Parks to bring the best out of Heurelho Gomes and return the Brazilian to top form. Gomes has been guilty of a series of errors and Parks has been brought in to replace Hans...
Football: I Never Liked to Kick Zola - Keane
Byline: Stuart Rayner ROY Keane has paid his opposite number tomorrow, Gianfranco Zola, perhaps the biggest compliment he knows - by saying he was always reluctant to kick the Italian. West Ham United's rookie manager is widely regarded, not...
Football: Joe Sends Shearer an Invite; United's Interim Boss Offers to Pass on His Experience
Byline: Luke Edwards and Stuart Rayner JOE Kinnear has become the latest Newcastle United manager to offer Alan Shearer a chance to learn the coaching trade under him. Ever since Shearer retired from professional football in 2006, he has constantly...
Football: Johnson Starts to Show Value; Striker's Form Suggests He Has Found His Feet after Pounds 8m Move
FULHAM manager Roy Hodgson is delighted Andrew Johnson is starting to live up to the expectations surrounding him as one of the club's most expensive buys. The England international, signed from Everton in the summer, has so far cost the Londoners...
Football: Keeper Still in Abbott's Plans; Krul Loan Signing Gives Breathing Space to Williams
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS CARLISLE United's caretaker manager Greg Abbott insists the signing of Newcastle prospect Tim Krul does not mean Ben Williams has no future at Brunton Park, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Cumbrians have taken the Dutch Under-20s...
Football: Megson Envious of Boro's Academy
Byline: Ross Heppenstall GARY Megson admits Bolton may never come close to the number of homegrown players produced by Middlesbrough's academy in recent seasons. Boro's academy has become famed for its success in nurturing youngsters and Gareth...
Football: RE/MAX NORTHERN ALLIANCE
Byline: BILL GARDNER WITH ties in the Longhorn Hardware League Cup dominating this weekend's programme, Gillford Park entertain Shankhouse in the only Premier Division league encounter. With games in hand and still unbeaten, Gillford are two...
Football: SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
A RICH vein of form has quickly lifted Chester-le-Street out of the relegation zone and into midtable but manager Stuart Sherwood predicts another difficult game at championship contenders Spennymoor Town. "Recently, we've beaten fancied sides Consett,...
Football: Southgate Prepared to Take Risks in Search of Victories
Byline: Jack Pickering GARETH Southgate insists his Middlesbrough side must not be afraid of losing when they take on Bolton in today's Premier League clash at the Riverside. Boro can go six top-flight games without defeat for the first time...
Football: Sunderland Boss Hits out at 'Unfit' Players
ROY Keane has warned Irish and Scottish footballers they must clean up their lives if they are ever to match their counterparts from other countries. The former Republic of Ireland skipper believes many Barclays Premier League footballers, and particularly...
Football: Surrendering Not an Option for Kinnear; Twenty-Two Years to the Day since They Last Won at Stamford Bridge, Damage Limitation Will Be the Last Thing on Newcastle United Minds, Writes Stuart Rayner
Byline: Stuart Rayner AS the Premier League's top four clubs have become increasingly isolated from the rest, so the dilemma facing managers when they travel to them grows. England's top-flight is, according to some, the best in the world because...
Football: UGLY WIN WOULD DO JUST FINE
Byline: STUART RAYNER HE might be a former player of Brian Clough's and an advocate of the beautiful game, but Danny Wilson will be delighted if his Hartlepool United side snatch an "ugly" win at Elland Road today. Since the teams have been League...
Helping to Make Dreams Come True
DEVELOPERS Yuill Homes are helping people looking to buy a new home on Tyneside to fulfil their dream. Yuill has a wide range of solutions to help them overcome the barriers that may prevent them from buying their dream home in the current marketplace....
Home Life; Debbie Dunthorne Loves Bold Colours and Mixing High Street Homewares with One-Off Finds
When and where did you buy your first home? I bought my first home back in 1987. It was a newbuild two-bedroom apartment in Stocksfield and, being close to Hexham, was incredibly handy for where I worked at the time. How much did you pay? ...
Honda to Shut Its UK Plant for Two Months
Byline: Iain Laing THE Japanese car giant Honda has said it will halt production at its UK plant for two months next year, while new figures showed a huge slump in vehicle building. The company's move follows news of thousands of job cuts at...
Horse Racing: Class Carries Youngster; Inexperienced Five-Year-Old 'Still Improving'
Byline: MARTIN KELLY NICK GIFFORD predicts a bright future for Dee Ee Williams after the youngster maintained his unbeaten record over timber in the Robert Giles Agencies Introductory Hurdle at Ascot yesterday, writes MARTIN KELLY. Although Gifford...
Horse Racing: Mr Pointment Is Primed for Victory; MOSCROP ON SATURDAY in Association with Pagebet
Byline: MOSCROP A YEAR ago Mr Pointment looked to have all the attributes of a potential Grand National winner after he had beaten the useful Aintree yardstick Bewleys Berry in the totesport.com Becher Chase. But the plan backfired when he finished...
Horse Racing: Second Bite for Ungaro Right on Time; in Association with Pagebet Reveley Yard Can Hit Form MOSCROP ON SATURDAY
Byline: MOSCROP UNGARO, who suffered some near misses in decent handicaps over fences last season, has a second bite at the cherry in the Betfair "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle at Haydock today. He finished sixth in the same event a year ago,...
House Made into Cannabis Nursery
DRUG dealers converted a suburban house into a pounds 100,000 cannabis farm. Walls were covered in foil and ventilation tubing and special lights were installed. The gang was also stealing electricity by bypassing the meter. Tim Gittins, prosecuting...
How Getting Wed Could Lead to a Fine; Pounds 1,000 Cost of Failing to Notify Name Change
Byline: Jack Doyle WOMEN who change their names after marriage could face fines of up to pounds 1,000 if they fail to tell the Government, it was revealed yesterday. Anyone holding a biometric passport or ID card will be required to notify the...
Huge Price Cuts Coming
SOME new cars could soon be sold at half price as manufacturers and dealers become increasingly desperate to shift stocks. This is the prediction of consumer motoring magazine What Car? following a survey of forecourt prices across the country....
Ice Hockey: Todd's Right at Home with Newcomer
Byline: STUART RAYNER HAVING seen one housemate leave Newcastle last week, Todd Griffith is hoping to strike up a good relationship with the next Vipers player to move in with him, writes STUART RAYNER. The Newcastle club replaced Tyler Willis...
Lettings: Be Patient and Do Your Research
Byline: By Michael O'Flynn AS the numbers of buy-to-let mortgage products decline, landlords looking to invest are having to make ever more careful property buying decisions. Here is a guide to making a wise investment decision in the current...
Lewis Shows World Surfers' Paradise; Secret's out about North East Breakers
Byline: Dan Warburton A NEW film showcases the region as a global surfing hotspot. Shot independently by The Journal photographer Lewis Arnold, the DVD, entitled Rise, highlights the North Sea breakers as some of the best on the planet. The coastlines...
Lexus Delivers Luxuriously Sleek Convertible
Byline: Jonathan Smith ALOT of us chaps might pretend we want a sports car. We even convince ourselves that we can hop in and out of one with the dexterity of a 20-year-old. Truth is that by the time we can afford a racy little number, we no...
Life: Helping Children Find a Voice; Liz Hands Speaks to a Mother about Her One-Woman Battle to Help Her Disabled Son, and Other Children like Him, Communicate with the outside World
Byline: Liz Hands DAWN Davies says she often feels more like a teacher than a mother. And her living room certainly bears that out. The walls are covered in letters, charts and words, all to help her five-year-old son Jake talk. Dawn, 44,...
Lift Maker Wants to Elevate Sales to Pounds 3m
A LIFT manufacturer expects to grow its turnover by over pounds 1m after developing new products and receiving a cash boost. County Durham-based DDA Lifts believes it can grow its sales from pounds 2.2m to pounds 3m by 2010 and then by 10% for each...
Log on to Find Your Perfect Location; Homemaker.Co.Uk/new Homes Map
LOCATION, location, location . . . said to be the three most vital things we look for when buying a home. There are many reasons why we want to buy in a certain area. It could be that we want the coast, the countryside or a suburb. We might want...
Luxury Super Home of Future Planned; Ultra-Modern House Built to Special Rules
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor PLANS have been tabled for a ground-breaking country house in Northumberland. The building, proposed for a lakeside setting near Longhorsley, is believed to be the first in the North East under planning...
MY LIFE; My Place
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD IF there's one thing you can learn from reading this column it is how little you can learn from newspaper columns. It's completely understandable that you might turn to this page expecting nuggets of great wisdom to be...
Never Been a Better Time to Move Home; Property Expert Richard Sayer Says That, despite the Economic Downturn, It's Time to Look Again at Property
Byline: Richard Sayer IN a whirlwind year for the UK economy, business and personal wealth, I think now is the time to look at the reality of the results. Mortgage rates are down 2% on a year ago, and the rate then was at one of the lower rates...
New Future Kicks off for Famous Football Club; Bishops Given Thumbs Up on Ground Plans
Byline: Neil McKay THEY were feted as the Kings of Amateur Football, helped Manchester United in their darkest hour, and even had a Subuteo team. Now a new dawn beckons for the two blues of Bishop Auckland Football Club. Councillors unanimously...
New Mitsubishi Has an Invincible Feel about It
Byline: Maxine Brown I HAVE just driven the Batmobile... or at least it felt that way! And to be fair, it attracted as much attention as a superhero's car would too, with passers-by stopping in their tracks and asking me about it. For the new...
Old Methods Are the Best; Innovation Does Not Necessarily Mean Progress, Believes House Doctor Peter Fall. House Doctor
Byline: Peter Fall of Clear Building Survey IT'S probably a sign of growing old or, as we more mature might say, increasing experience. But I find myself becoming sceptical when confronted by new ideas or products. Just last week I was chatting...
Peter on a Mission to Spread Word of God; MY PLACE PETER ADEGBIE
PETER Adegbie is a Nigerian-born missionary who now lives in Newcastle and is founder and pastor at the Sunderland Chapel of Light multi-cultural church. He created the Changing Perspectives African cultural project which worked with African people...
Planting a Seed for Big Apple Ambition; Billion Pound Scheme Will Transform Town
Byline: Neil McKay AONE billion pound scheme to turn Gateshead into a "Lower East Side New York" was unveiled by civic leaders yesterday. More than 3,000 new houses are to be built over the next 20 years in a project billed as the biggest and...
Popular with Families; in Association with Smartnewhomes.Com
VERSATILITY, space and practical design are top of the list for most new homebuyers. And the three-bedroom Siesta home at George Wimpey's Copperfields development in Boldon is proving a popular choice for family living. The ground floor of the Siesta...
Pots of Colour; despite the Winter, You Can Still Brighten Up Your Patio Areas with Colourful Containers, as Hannah Stephenson Explains
Byline: Hannah Stephenson EVERYTHING looks bleak at this time of year, but you can still brighten up your garden with a selection of containers to bring colour, texture and all-round interest to your patio or porch. If you want to put winter...
Pounds 700m Deal Will Turn County's Waste into Fuel; Environment
A COUNCIL has taken action to avoid being hit by millions of pounds in penalty charges if it misses waste targets. Under the scheme, almost half of Cumbria's waste will be turned into fuel for industry. UK and EU legislation requires councils to...
Property News
FIRST-TIME buyers are not receiving the full benefit from house price falls because of big rises in mortgage rates for people with small deposits, according to financial information group Moneyfacts.co.uk The best mortgage deal available for someone...
Range of Builders Incentives to Buy
THOSE looking to buy a new home for around pounds 200,000 will not only be spoiled for choice, they could also benefit from a great range of incentives. homemaker takes a look. Bowesfield near Stockton JUST one Dalton house type remains at David...
Reasons to Walk; Interview GETTING FIT
A FORTNIGHT ago we discussed the holistic merits of running as an activity. However, for some of us running is not an option so, today, we will discuss some interesting reasons why walking is also highly recommended for health and fitness gains. ...
RETAIL THERAPY; Interview
Red carpet fashion isn't all about evening gowns and glitzy Gina shoes. This season has seen celebrities stepping out in coveted boots to make an entrance. So, if you haven't bought your seasonal pair yet, it's time to hotfoot it to the shops and...
Rugby Union: Falcons Short on Inspiration; Latham's Creative Influence Punishes Bates' Side
Worcester Warriors 26 Newcastle Falcons 11 ACOMBATIVE Newcastle Falcons side were last night brushed aside 26-11 in a poor Guinness Premiership match which saw Worcester build on last week's impressive win at Sale. Chris Latham was the outstanding...
Rugby Union: JOHNSON'S HOPE
MARTIN Johnson believes victory over South Africa today would be a seminal moment in his quest to reestablish England as the dominant force in world rugby. Ten years ago, the Springboks arrived at Twickenham as world champions and one win away from...
Saving Energy Can Cut Bills by Pounds 340
WITH rises in energy prices becoming an increasing concern, homeowners need to be more savvy than ever when it comes to energy saving and cutting down on running costs. Builders George Wimpey have teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust to offer...
Scirocco: A Breath of Fresh Air
Byline: Edward Stephens LIKE the hot, dry desert wind it was named after the new Scirocco is a breath of fresh air from Volkswagen. Radical in appearance and acutely satisfying to drive it's a car which will appeal to all ages and both sexes....
Security Stepped Up for Miniature Angel; Pounds 1m Sculpture Valued on TV by Experts
Byline: Amy Gray THE valuation of the mini Angel of the North at pounds 1m has led to an increase in security around the sculpture. Viewers of the Antiques Roadshow last weekend watched as the miniature version of the iconic work of art became...
Shares Rise as Fears for Currys Allayed
SHARES in Currys owner DSG International leapt by more than a third yesterday after a City firm played down fears over the future of the retailer. Credit Suisse cut its pre-tax profits forecast on the firm by 63% but said the market had overreacted...
Shearer of Prose Strikes Unique Note; IN MY VIEW
Byline: MARK ROBINSON NEXT week The Sage Gateshead will become home to angels and visions as an opera of David Almond's Skellig has its world premiere. With music by American composer Tod Machover and libretto by David Almond himself, it's a phenomenally...
Something for Everyone; Travel Ian Winter and Family Experience Keycamping in Brittany
IT'S that time in every child's life that parents fear and dread. What or where do you take a lonesome teenager on holiday? Mind you, it's just as bad if, not worse for the teenagers, they think they are old enough to do their own thing, but parents...
Sound of the Suburbs; If You Want Choice, Value and Style - Head to the Well Connected Suburbs Where You Often Get More for Your Money. Homemaker Looks at Properties with Easy Access to the Main Centres
THIS extended three-bedroom property has an elevated location with far-reaching views across the Tyne Valley. Living accommodation includes an entrance lobby, entrance hall, lounge/dining room with a deep bay window and contemporary fireplace, kitchen...
SPREAD THE NEWS; Interview
DAWN is determined to raise awareness of Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC). It's a term used to describe types of communication when the usual methods of speech and writing are impaired. However, Dawn is concerned families with disabled...
Three of a Kind; Ever Dream of Moving to a Charming Cottage in a Village? Homemaker Picks Three for around Pounds 300,000
What? A stone-built bungalow with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Highlights: This deceptively spacious home is in Powburn at the foot of the Cheviots near Wooler and 10 miles from Alnwick. It has a spacious lounge with patio doors with access...
Top 10 Credit Crunch Cars
MOTORISTS can save about pounds 350 a year in running costs if they choose the right small car from the list of top 10 models costing under pounds 10,000. This is the finding of cost-analysis by environmental consumer website WhatGreenCar.com, which...
Toyota's Eco-Friendly Model
TOYOTA has become the latest company to introduce an eco-friendly option for its cars, starting with the Auris Stop&Start. This new model incorporates a range of technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, which is collectively...
Tread Carefully If You Find You Have a Footpath; Footpaths and Rights of Way Can Cause More Headaches for Homeowners Than Noisy Neighbours or Roaring Traffic, as Planning Expert Paul Courtine Explains. the Law Room
Byline: Paul Courtine of Ward Hadaway WHEN looking at properties to buy or rent, people often pay careful attention to how busy the road in the front is and often decline to go ahead if there is too much traffic. It is, though, often not traffic...
Trust Blames BBC Managers for Airing Offensive Radio Show
THE BBC's governing body strongly criticised the corporation yesterday for broadcasting "grossly offensive" phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs - but it said Jonathan Ross should keep his job. Repeated failures of editorial judgment allowed swearing...
'We'll Roll Our Sleeves Up and Get on with It'
Byline: Peter McCusker PROMINENT North East businessman John Elliott has come out fighting after seeing proposals which could have led to a pounds 7m new factory flounder. The founder and owner of Ebac, the Bishop Auckland-based manufacturer of...

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