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 30, 2009

Adult Film Bill Piles Pressure on Smith; Husband Left Red-Faced after Expenses Gaffe
Byline: Gavin Cordon DOWNING Street last night moved to defend under fire Home Secretary Jacqui Smith after she was was forced to apologise for "mistakenly" claiming the cost of watching a pair of adult movies on Commons expenses. No 10 insisted...
ANYONE FOR HIGH TEA - VERY HIGH TEA? the Journal Taste North East England
THIS unique dining experience is set to bring a whole new meaning to the phrase 'top table'. Tickets have gone on sale for EAT! Carter - part of the EAT! Newcastle Gateshead food festival - which will see diners suspended 50m high from a crane....
Basketball: Eagles Edging Closer to the Title; Newcastle Tame Tigers to Emphasise Their Quality
Byline: JEFF KING Everton Tigers 79 Newcastle Eagles 90 LEAGUE titles are not won in March but yesterday at the Liverpool Echo Arena Newcastle Eagles took a huge step towards retaining theirs, writes JEFF KING. A great defensive performance...
Battling Runner Is Up for Award
Byline: Paul Loraine FOR George Nicholson, missing a Great North Run is unthinkable. The 61-year-old has taken part in every single run since the event was launched in 1981 - even after suffering serious complications to an operation and contracting...
Betrayed Wife Tells of Her 'Living Hell' Ex-Husband Stole Pounds 18,500
Byline: Joanne Butcher and Chris Robinson ABETRAYED ex-wife spoke of her anger last night after her former husband was convicted of forging her signature to pay legal fees in a bitter divorce case. Ian Suffield was spared jail despite stealing...
BHP Is a Safer Choice in Uncertain Times; SHARE WATCH Taking Stock
Byline: ANDREW MILLER BHP Billiton: We continue to see BHP as the safer choice in mining in uncertain times, thanks to its very strong balance sheet, ongoing progressive dividend Policy and high-quality assets. Further production cuts are still...
Bring Gospels Back to Their Natural Home, Says Bishop; Commitment to Campaign Is Renewed
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent THE Bishop of Durham has backed calls for the Lindisfarne Gospels to be permanently moved back to their "natural home". Campaigners are to meet in the next few weeks to go over plans to house...
Calls to Postpone Wind Farm Inquiry; Time Needed to Gather Evidence on New Proposal
Byline: Brian Daniel OPPONENTS of three proposed wind farms in Northumberland last night called for a public inquiry to be postponed, after plans for a new scheme were submitted. Plans for turbines at Moorsyde, Toft Hill and Barmoor, all near...
Chat over Coffee Turned into a Lucrative Business
Byline: Karen Dent NEIGHBOURS who came up with their business idea while chatting over coffee have taken the plunge into the property lettings market. Michelle Bewick and Keri McMullen have combined their respective experience in property maintenance...
Cricket: Strauss Sets-Up a Series Decider; England Skipper Reigns Supreme in Rain-Hit Victory
ENGLAND beat the Barbados showers to level the one-day series against West Indies after a back injury to key batsman Kevin Pietersen threatened their victory hopes. Facing a Duckworth/Lewis target of 135 from 20 overs after steady rain had delayed...
Culture: 30 Years of High Quality Theatre on Shoestring; Paul Clifford Turns the Spotlight on Northumberland Theatre Company, Which Has Brought Value-for-Money Theatre to Rural Communities for 30 Years
WITH credit crunching its way through spring, one theatre company is intent on giving people an affordable night out. NTC, the Alnwick-based touring theatre company, has traditionally given people the chance to take in a play on a budget. And...
Culture: Our Love for Lionel Is Truly Endless; Lionel Richie, Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
Byline: Sam Wonfor WRITING a review of a Lionel Richie concert is akin to falling headfirst into a pun-filled saucepan. With no obvious way out. Taking inspiration from the common sense way to remove an Elastoplast I've decided the best way to...
Everybody's Catered for; Gavin Webster, Live Theatre, Newcastle
Byline: Sam Wonfor WHEN I spoke to Gavin Webster last week about his then upcoming three-night residency at Live Theatre, he was at pains to point out that he wanted all, sundry and sundry's best mate to feel welcome. Comedy snobbery of any kind...
Family Got out of Their Home Just in Time
PARENTS Claire and Peter Young thought they had found their dream family home when they struck a deal with North East Property Buyers. The couple, who have three children, began renting the new build home in Hadston, Northumberland, in the hope...
Football: Abbott - We Can Stay Up
Carlisle United 1 Northampton Town 1 JUST one point from two home games against fellow strugglers Hereford and Northampton last week dumped Carlisle United well and truly in to the relegation mire. But manager Greg Abbott insisted that his...
Football: Battling Quakers Deserve Victory
Barnet 0 Darlington 1 ANOTHER battling display by Darlington gave them their first win at Underhill in 15 years - but there are severe problems brewing off the field. Pawel Abbott hit a 67th-minute goal to keep Quakers' very slim play-off...
Football: Berra Expects Axe as Dutch Triumph
Holland 3 Scotland 0 CHRISTOPHE Berra considers his first start for Scotland in the Amsterdam ArenA on Saturday night to have been a success - but expects to be dropped for Stephen McManus against Iceland on Wednesday, writes RONNIE ESPLIN. ...
Football: Dream Start for Durham; UNIBOND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT Mossley 1 Durham City 3 THE destination of the championship is back in Durham City's hands following an impressive performance in difficult conditions, writes MALCOLM PRATT. Manager Lee Collings hoped for a good start...
Football: Hughes Likes His Home Comforts
Byline: KEN GAUNT Northern Ireland 3 Poland 2 AARON Hughes believes the homespun surroundings of Windsor Park give Northern Ireland a big advantage going into crucial games,writes KEN GAUNT. The province head into the World Cup qualifier against...
Football: Impact Role Suits Gifted Beckham
Byline: SIMON STONE England 4 Slovakia 0 IT was somehow fitting that Umbro should choose the day David Beckham earned his record 109th cap to bring out their new England shirt, writes SIMON STONE. Rather like Andre Agassi, who teased the...
Football: Keane 'Will Take' Second
Byline: DAMIAN SPELLMAN Republic of Ireland 1 Bulgaria 1 ROBBIE Keane has admitted the Republic of Ireland would happily have settled for being seven points clear in second place in World Cup Group Eight at the halfway stage, writes DAMIAN...
Football: NORTHERN ALLIANCE
Byline: BILL GARDNER PETERLEE Town's last league win was way back in October but they ended the miserable sequence by beating Saturday's hosts Ponteland United 1-0. Jonathan Monaghan ended an hour of stalemate with his winner. Cramlington...
Football: Revenge Is 90 Minutes Away
Byline: STEVE BROWN Whitley Bay 2 Lowestoft Town 1 ONE year ago Whitley Bay were staring down the barrel of a gun. On Saturday they will look to shoot their way to Wembley, writes STEVE BROWN. What a difference 12 months makes. Then,...
Football: SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT THERE were further twists and turns in the race for the championship with two of the top-five sides losing. Spennymoor Town are still favourites despite suffering an unexpected defeat at home to Ryton for whom Ryan Bell...
Football: Spartans Squander Valuable Points; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT Hucknall Town 1 Blyth Spartans 1 IT was a case of two points lost rather than one gained when Blyth Spartans could only draw at bottom-of-the-table Hucknall Town who look doomed in Blue Square North, writes MALCOLM PRATT....
Football: Wales Not Ready for Finals - Toshack
Byline: PAUL WALKER Wales 0 Finland 2 A stunned John Toshack admitted that his current Welsh squad is not up to the task of qualifying for the World Cup Finals, writes PAUL WALKER. The 2-0 home defeat by Finland on Saturday all but ended any...
Fraud Probe Firm Boss's Life of Luxury; Customers Fear They Will Lose Homes
Byline: Sophie Doughty HER thousands of customers face losing the modest homes they have worked their whole lives to pay for. But today The Journal can expose the luxurious lifestyle of the boss of a company at the centre of one of the biggest...
Golf: Lee Lands Biggest Prize of His Career
Byline: Tim Taylor SIMON Lee ended last golf season with his chin on his boots after a poor summer which finished in him blaming himself for Northumberland failing to win the Big Six, the round-robin strokeplay tournament contested by the Northern...
Golf: WILD CARD GROBBELAAR PRAISES TOURNAMENT
BRUCE Grobbelaar never threatened the leaders on his Slaley Hall debut, but that did not stop him heaping praise on the Champions set up. The former Liverpool goalkeeper, a member of the Oulton Hall Club in Leeds, was named by host club Slaley Hall...
Hi-Tech Screen Producer Aiming to Buck the Trend
Byline: Christopher Knox AMANUFACTURER of touch screen sensors believes it can remain immune from the recession and grow its turnover by 15% after developing a smaller version of its microchips. Gateshead-based Zytronic expects to increase its...
Horse Racing: Expresso Is the Star in Lincoln
Byline: Martin Kelly BARRY Hills was left dreaming of plundering the summer's top staying handicaps with Tastahil following his victory in the williamhill.com - Play Roulette Doncaster Shield on Town Moor. Hills has made a bright start to the...
Horse Racing: Trend Looks Smart Enough to Win; Saraband
SET The Trend landed a gamble on his debut at Lingfield and he can deliver once again in the HBLB Handicap back at the Surrey venue. Andrew Balding's runner was backed down from 20-1 to 4s and duly delivered over seven furlongs, although he did...
Ice Hockey: Vipers' Future Now in Doubt; Next Fortnight Is Crucial for Franchise
Newcastle Vipers 2 Coventry Blaze 4 THE next two weeks could decide the future of the Newcastle Vipers franchise, according to deflated playercoach Rob Wilson, writes PETER ADAMS. Speaking after last night's loss which ended the Vipers' season...
'In 1974 It Was Painless, but This Time It's Mayhem' on Wednesday, the Biggest Local Government Shake-Up for Decades Comes into Force in Northumberland and Durham When the Current Councils Merge into Two Unitary Authorities. in the First of a Three-Day Series, Dave Black Talks to One Man Braced for His Second Council Reorganisation
FORMER miner John Devon has been through the two biggest town hall reorganisations in Northumberland's history - but he describes the current shake-up as 'mayhem' compared to the last one. Coun Devon, now 75, had only been an elected councillor...
'Inadequate' School Ordered to Improve; Criticisms of Coquet from Inspectors
Byline: Nicola Juncar A SCHOOL in Northumberland has been issued with a "notice to improve" following a poor Ofsted inspection. Coquet High School, in Amble, near Morpeth, was visited by Ofsted last month and a report of their findings has just...
It's a Wonderful Life for Revived Cinema with Rare History; the Tyneside Cinema Has Become of the Region's Best Cultural Venues, Providing Access to Films and Documentaries from across the Globe. Christopher Knox Talks to the Man Behind Its Recent Transformation, Chief Executive Mark Dobson. the Monday Interview
ON meeting Mark Dobson, it's hard not to notice the enormous sense of pride and affection he has for the Tyneside. As both a fan of film and someone who is clearly passionate about the North East, he finds it hard to stop smiling as he looks back on...
Keeping Up to Date with Changes
Byline: COLIN GRIMSTON FOR convenience, any changes in Government regulation affecting businesses across a number of key departments, are communicated twice a year, on April 6 and October 1. These are called common commencement dates (CCDs)....
Keep Thinking of North East Ideas; Campaigners Look for New Ways to Help
Byline: Paul Loraine THE Journal is calling on its readers to suggest 50 more ways to support the Think North East First campaign. Following the launch of the campaign earlier this year, we printed 50 ways you can make a difference to the region's...
Magpies Praying Bassong Returns
Byline: Stuart Rayner IT speaks volumes for the progress he has made that less than 12 months after arriving at Newcastle United in the hope of winning a professional contract, that the Magpies are sweating on the fitness of Sebastien Bassong ahead...
Motor Racing: 'Fairytale' Start to Button's Season
IT was an obvious comment to make, but a wholly appropriate one, as Jenson Button hailed his historic Australian Grand Prix victory as a "fairytale". Up until a few weeks ago Brawn GP did not exist, but around Albert Park in Melbourne they scored...
Murray a Stand-Out as Run Is Extended; NORTH RUGBY UNION REVIEW
TYNEDALE stretched their home league winning streak to 37 matches on Saturday, seeing off National Two leaders Redruth thanks to three late tries. Charlie Ingall's early score and Rob Miller's penalty had Tynedale 10-0 to the good, but the visitors...
New Ice Cream Flavour Can't Be Licked
COOL schoolgirls had the opposition licked when they scooped first prize in a competition to invent a new ice-cream flavour. Delaval Ices in Whitley Bay invited youngsters aged four to 12 to send in their creamy creations and received over 500 entries...
Opera Bow Makes Our Sparkie Talk of the Town; Champion Wows the Berlin Crowd
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor SPARKIE the budgie was back in his native North East last night after bringing the house down in Berlin. The Journal revealed on Thursday how champion talker Sparkie, who was owned by Mrs Mattie Williams...
Parents Battle for Children's Futures; Concern as School Opens New Campus
Byline: Neil McKay PARENTS from three villages have vowed to fight to keep their children at a popular school after its new pounds 25m campus opens next month. They say education bosses would be discriminating against their children if they stopped...
Point to Point Round-Up
Byline: PETER BURGON TWENTY-ONE year old Catherine Walton is only six points behind Kelly Bryson in the Northern Area Ladies' Championship following a first career double on the Sheena Walston-trained geldings, Clintburn and Dr Hellier, in Saturday's...
Public to Vote on Penalties; Community Work Ideas Sought
Byline: Laura Caroe AWEBSITE will allow the North East public to vote on community service schemes for criminals from today. Users will be able to suggest what work they want offenders to carry out in their area. The most popular will be adopted...
Regional Athletics Round-Up
THE Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League held its final fixture of the season at Temple Park on Saturday with team and individual titles being decided. Wallsend Harriers, third on the day, ended Sunderland's 10-year reign as Division One champions,...
Review Begins as Lloyds Look for Cost Savings
Byline: Andrew Mernin LLOYDS Banking Group is understood to be carrying out a review of its insurance businesses in a move that could see it put some of its famous names up for sale. The group, which was created earlier this year through the...
Rose Faces Tough Week as M&S Reveals Figures; Taking Stock
Byline: Peter McCusker MARKS & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose is likely to face more awkward questions from investors this week when he reports sales figures for the past three months. Embattled Marks & Spencer, which is due to post fourth...
Society Boss Hits out at Treasury; Dunfermline Faces Being Broken Up
Byline: Joe Quinn AFURIOUS building society chief last night launched a withering attack on the Treasury as he accused it of "sacrificing" his institution. The attack by Jim Faulds came as work continued to a plan to break up and sell Scotland's...
Something Worth Protesting About
Byline: TOM GUTTERIDGE I DO like a good demonstration. It's fun to walk down a road with a banner and a few thousand companions, chanting at empty buildings. The French are very good at protesting. Just about anything gets them marching: too...
Special Skills Boosting Exports
AN engineering firm's specialist skills are helping it to break into lucrative new export markets and a pounds 150,000 cash boost should help achieve that growth. Consett-based KC Engineering is a market leader in manufacturing and repairing white...
Speedway: Diamonds Punished for Slow Starts
Byline: LAWRENCE HEPPELL Newcastle Diamonds 44 Redcar Bears 49 NEWCASTLE'S sluggish gating skills again put them at a distinct disadvantage at the Newcastle Stadium last night against the somewhat faster-starting Redcar Bears in a challenge fixture,...
Teenager Left Fighting for Life after Fall from Taxi
A TEENAGER was last fighting for life after falling from a moving taxi. The 18-year-old was among a group of four or five teens who jumped from the black cab as it slowed to take a bend. It is believed he may have fractured his skull in the fall...
The Sunshine Selection; Fashion Escape This Summer in Bright Floral Prints or Hit the Hippy Trail in Embroidered Tunic Tops and Tasselled Bags. Liz Lamb Takes a Look at Next's HiSummer Collection
Byline: Liz Lamb WARM summer evenings and hot holidays abroad require a whole new wardrobe. Think maxi dresses for evening, cotton tunics for day and the all-important swimwear for when you hit the beach. High street store Next has just launched...
Trials to Round Up Young Dog Handlers; Farming
Byline: Karen Dent YOUNG and novice sheepdog handlers are being urged to have a crack at a series of trials being run specially for newcomers. The Northumberland League Sheepdog Trials is organising the programme for a third year, with the David...
Wearside Fans Can Just Relax - Grant
Byline: STUART RAYNER SUNDERLAND supporters have been asked to relax and allow the team to flourish under pressure by someone who has swapped the Stadium of Light terraces for its pitch, writes STUART RAYNER. Grant Leadbitter is unique among...
Wisdom on Spending Is Essential
Byline: KEVIN ROWAN THE CBI-Tory focus on a potential difference between the Prime Minister and the Governor of the Bank of England is sadly concerned with politics rather than a serious economic argument about further fiscal stimuli. One of...
Women Lead Way in Fight to Beat Slump; Diane's Challenge
Byline: Andrew Mernin FEMALE entrepreneurs in the region have shown their defiance in the face of the stormy economic climate, as new figures reveal soaring numbers of women going it alone in business. New research has recorded a 17% increase...
Worry at Divide in Arts Funding
ARTS bosses are spending more than twice as much money per head in London than they are in the North East. With around pounds 20m a year to spend in the region the Arts Council North East can claim to spend pounds 8.29 per person. But in London...
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