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 December 6, 2004

Accountant Greg Has Future All Figured Out
Byline: By Iain Laing An accountant and insolvency practitioner who has worked for global firms KMPG and Deloitte has set up his own firm focused on small and medium-sized businesses in the North-East. Greg Whitehead, 35, from Whitley Bay, has...
Action Call by Mirren
Actress Dame Helen Mirren has urged the British Government to do more to push for peace in war-torn Uganda. The Prime Suspect star, 59, has just returned from a visit with international aid agency Oxfam to the north of the country, where she met...
Addicks' Dane Is Starting to Look Great
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley believes Dennis Rommedahl's sparkling winner will provide the platform for the Dane to recapture the form that made him one of Europe's most feared wingers. Rommedahl has rarely been impressive since joining the...
Aid Team Withdraw
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society withdrew from the battleground city of Fallujah yesterday amid concerns over continuing insecurity, the organisation's chief said. US-led forces later detained eight men unaffiliated with the aid group who had sought...
A Memorial to Crashed Airmen
Deeper into the College Valley is a memorial to the Allied airmen who lost their lives in plane crashes in the Cheviot Hills during the Second World War. And, last month in London, Princess Anne unveiled the Animals in War memorial. Among those...
Borders Have It All to Do at Home
Byline: By Andrew Innes Four pushover tries left The Borders with a huge task to overcome if they are to progress in Europe. They battled bravely and produced some entertaining play during the match but could not combat the robust challenge posed...
Chelsea Deliver a Chilling Message
Byline: By Simon Rushworth As a crestfallen Kieron Dyer sought sanctuary on Newcastle's team coach it was unclear which hurt most ( the bombardment of cruel text messages from Chelsea's crowing players or the London club's explosive statement of...
Diamond Proves to Be a Gem
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Having a winner for a worthy cause, especially when you are a sufferer, is stuff that dreams are made of, but it happened at Kelso on Saturday when Diamond Mick landed the second division of the Michael Wares Cater Hire Maiden...
Dragons Roar out Europe Warning
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Newport Gwent Dragons coach Chris Anderson believes his team are "masters of their own destiny" after Saturday's pulsating Heineken Cup victory over French Championship leaders Perpignan at Rodney Parade. The Dragons...
Elliott in Line for Some Time Out
Mick McCarthy fears Stephen Elliott is starting to feel the effects of his maiden season of regular first-team football after admitting Sunderland's leading scorer has struggled to maintain the high standards he has set himself. The 20-year-old...
Falcons' Win Sets Up Quarters Spot
Byline: By Alan Hedley The Falcons moved a step closer to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals with a win over Edinburgh at Kingston Park. But they made hard work of it until a three-try burst in second half sank the Gunners. The victory against a...
Family's Shock at Knife Horror
Byline: By Sam Wonfor A grandad killed his wife in a frenzied knife attack before taking his own life. Last night the grieving family of Margaret and Derek Wood were struggling to come to terms with their shocking deaths. A murder inquiry...
Fancy Pants
Byline: By Vicky Pepys Vicky Pepys observes the annual bra and pants giving ceremony. Things happen in the lingerie business every day, new developments of fibres, feats of engineering with new support systems, the acceptance that cups are full...
Five-Star Wigan Blast Back to Top of the Table
Wigan manager Paul Jewell played down his side's recent slump following this hammering of local rivals Preston. Wigan are now a point clear of Ipswich at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship after their first win in five matches. The swagger...
Flournoy Hints at Return to Basics
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Fabulous Flournoy will go back to basics in a bid to rediscover Newcastle's defensive backbone after threatening wholesale changes within the Eagles camp. Saturday's defeat at the hands of BBL strugglers Leicester followed...
Flyer Wins a Thriller for Double Honours
Byline: By William Hayler Geraghty takes victory for the second year Moscow Flyer sent a record crowd wild with a sensational performance to settle an old score in the William Hill Tingle Creek Trophy at Sandown on Saturday. The acoustics...
Gisbergen Fails to Save Wasps
Warren Gatland last night warned Wasps will not relinquish their European title without a fight after arch-rivals Leicester nudged them towards a possible early exit. Wasps came off second-best in the so-called Battle of Britain, but not before...
Henry Firing Back at His Detractors
Byline: By Mark Bradley Thierry Henry vowed to lead Arsenal into the knock-out stages of the Champions League as he rounded on his critics and insisted: "I am not a machine." Henry will captain Arsenal in the absence of Patrick Vieira through...
Home Truths
Byline: By Martin Wells It's no surprise that the obituaries of Top of the Pops are already being written, despite the decision to "relocate" it from BBC1 to BBC2. Like John Lennon's devastating comment on hearing about the death of Elvis ( "he...
Hotel Books in Years Late
Byline: By Neil McKay Work has finally started on the building of a pounds 25m hotel and leisure complex intended to transform Durham City centre ( two years late. Completion of the ambitious Walkergate scheme is now not expected until summer...
Huw Lewis
Byline: By Huw Lewis As the gleaming palace of Sage concert hall opens on the Tyne, it is time to ask ourselves if we do enough to develop and celebrate our own culture ( the works of art that come with the words "Made In The North" stamped through...
In-Form City Casting Eyes Further Afield
Byline: By Simon Stone Kevin Keegan does not want Manchester City to get carried away by their recent form ( but another decent month and the Blues boss will spy an unlikely European berth. City head into tonight's game with Middlesbrough on...
Infuriating to Tax Payers
It is worrying enough that there is a billion-pound hole in the North's public sector pension fund. The Journal was the first to warn of the crisis opening in pension liabilities, but even we could not have predicted the huge size of the deficit....
In Quiet Footsteps of Our Ancestors
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor Tony Henderson on learning to love the College Valley. Once I had a conversation with a historian who had written a book on life in England a thousand years ago. It revolved around what the reaction...
Kevin Rowan
Byline: By Kevin Rowan It's that time in the electoral cycle when statements from senior politicians like the Chancellor become less about what they and their departments are doing now and more about what they'll do if they enjoy electoral success...
Kovalainen Targets F1 after Beating Schumacher
Heikki Kovalainen has beaten Michael Schumacher on his way to a stunning Race of Champions triumph ( but now the promising youngster must get back to the task of reaching Formula One Kovalainen, 23, beat Schumacher en route to taking the Race of...
League's Magic Spell
Byline: By Ben Parkes Susan Sulley of the Human League spares a few minutes to talk to Ben Parkes about turning down Band Aid, 24 years of touring and that advert. FOR the fourth time in four years the Human League are heading to Newcastle, this...
Lee's Collapse Hands the Crown to Goosen
Byline: By David Lucas Lee Westwood's bid for a pounds 650,000 pay day came undone in the thick rough and tricky bunkers of Sun City as he carded a disastrous 80 to hand Retief Goosen the Nedbank Challenge title. The Worksop-based Ryder Cup hero...
McClaren Looks to Beat Euro Rigours
Byline: By Damian Spellman Players expected to bounce back Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren admits the demands of European football have affected his players this season. However, heading into tonight's Barclays Premiership clash with Manchester...
Mind the Gap!
Byline: By Ross Smith A new fleet of trains, a new local track for commuters, a new tram system to serve the city ( things are looking up for public transport. But sadly, not in the North-East. Despite all these things being on this region's...
More Rail Inquiries
Councillors in Castle Morpeth have written to the four train companies bidding for the East Coast Main Line franchise to ask what they would do to improve services at Morpeth Station. The renewed franchise, currently held by GNER, is expected to...
Motor Chain Back at the Top
Carshock has emerged as Britain's fastest growing motor chain for the third year running after sales soared more than 93pc. The Gosforth-based group ( which sells new vehicles through a website and a chain of no-frills outlets ( secured 13th place...
Motor Chain Geared Up for Big Sales Drive
Byline: By Guy Anderson Fast-growing motor chain Patterson Ford expects to push sales beyond pounds 200m for the first time this year and create 20 jobs following a pounds 3m investment. A new accident repair centre ( costing pounds 2.8m ( and...
Moya Leads Spain to Davis Cup Victory
Spain won the Davis Cup for the second time yesterday as Carlos Moya wrapped up victory over the United States by beating Andy Roddick. Playing on a red clay surface in Seville chosen by Spain, Roddick showed commendable resilience in the second...
MP Demands Action on Dairy Farmers' Wages
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Anorthumberland mp is so concerned that dairy farmers are earning less than pounds 3 an hour that he has called on the Government to take action. Hexham MP Peter Atkinson has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament...
Pensions Blow for Council Taxpayers
Byline: By Ross Smith Council taxpayers in the North face 25 years of huge bill rises to plug a pounds 1bn public sector pensions black hole, The Journal can reveal. A new valuation of local government pension funds in the region has revealed...
Plucky Carlisle Go Down Battling as FA Cup Hopes End
Carlisle's fa Cup dream is over for another season but they can take heart from a performance against one of League One's high fliers that was lacking only one thing. That elusive ingredient was the difference between the sides as Bournemouth had...
Pool End Hopes of Born-Again Rivals
Byline: By Luke Edwards No Freddy Shepherd and the rest of the Premiership, English football does not start and finish with the hype and hyperbole of its top flight. It was poignant that Aldershot should visit the North-East just days after Newcastle...
Prepare for the Party Season
Byline: By Shereen Low Your party clothes have been picked out, you've chosen your date and your invite is in the bag. Now all you have to do is to prepare yourself. Shereen Low keeps you up-to-date with the season's hottest hair and make-up looks,...
Pritchard Charge Flows Away with Win
Follow The Flow defied the handicapper again as he made it five wins on the bounce in the Kebrell Nuts And Bolts Handicap Chase at Warwick yesterday. The Peter Pritchard-trained eight-year-old has gone up 30lb in the ratings in the last four weeks...
Red Card Could Hit Us Hard ( Myhre
Byline: By Paul Gilder Thomas Myhre last night admitted that the controversial suspension which will sideline Steve Caldwell for the next three weeks could have a major impact on Sunderland's push for promotion. The Scottish international was...
Regional Rugby Round-Up
Not much has been going right for Blaydon and in their National Division Three North match against Kendal at Crow Trees, things were running true to form. Power problems meant their floodlights were out of action and with the kick-off delayed for...
Regulator Opens the Floodgates on Prices
Byline: By Louisa Nesbitt Water companies will be in the spotlight yet again this week as they continue to digest Ofwat's announcement on price increases. Pubs operator Greene King and transport group Stagecoach will also give investors food...
Retail Therapy
Dominic Jackson's newish hairdressers in Bath Lane, Newcastle, has a very large window with lots of good, strong daylight, which is the reason he loved the site for this, his first salon. "It's so important to work in natural light when doing colour...
Santa for Grotto Visit
Santa Claus will be arriving at a North hospice on Saturday. A children's Christmas grotto is being held from 2pm-5pm at St Cuthbert's Hospice, in Park House Road, Merryoaks, Durham. The event will feature a treasure trail, an entertainer and...
School Journey Runs into Danger
Byline: By Peter Woodman Reducing trips `could prevent deaths' Hundreds of people are being killed and injured by the growing numbers of cars carrying out the school run, research out yesterday showed. School runs have increased by 20pc in...
School Report
Name of school: Churchill Community College. Headteacher: David Baldwin. Chairman of governors: Alison Miers. Main findings of most recent Ofsted report: Churchill Community College is an effective and improving school with many outstanding...
Second Best for Padraig Again
Byline: By Mark Garrod Padraig Harrington was left with yet another runner-up finish to his name yesterday as Ryder Cup team-mate Miguel Angel Jimenez pipped him to the Omega Hong Kong Open title. The 40-year-old Spaniard's fifth victory of 2004...
Sex Symbol? Are Women Really Saying That about Me?
Byline: By Jane Hall Type Richard Armitage's name into any internet search engine and you will come up with hundreds of hits. Unfortunately, few of them will have anything to do with Richard Armitage the actor. Most refer to a senior US politician...
Shamed Clerk in New Cash Claim
Byline: By Jamie Renwick A shamed council clerk jailed for plundering thousands of pounds of taxpayers' cash is being taken to court again over claims she swindled more than pounds 75,000 from a union that helps dying and sick miners. Disgraced...
Share Watch
After several years of economic downturn around the world where companies have focused on reducing costs, there is growing evidence that conditions are improving and one of the first signals is an increase in advertising and marketing spend. WPP...
Shopping Centre Revamp in Doubt
Byline: By Ross Smith Plans for a pounds 170m redevelopment of the Eldon Square Shopping Centre in Newcastle could be shelved after a bid for Government cash was refused. Newcastle transport chiefs had made a bid for an pounds 11m slice of cash...
Signs of Anger as Black Cats Crash
Byline: By Paul Gilder There have been some shrewd signings at the Stadium of Light this season, yet when Graham Salisbury sought to persuade a player to put pen to paper just before a critical fixture at the weekend, it wasn't the campaign's canniest...
Silver Giraffe Set to Shine
Byline: By Howard Walker Aleisure group has unveiled plans for a restaurant chain which will create at least 150 jobs in the next year. Newcastle-based Silver Service Leisure has just opened its second branded Silver Giraffe restaurant in Low...
Size Is No Odds for Quazar
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Against all odds, the diminutive Quazar rose to the occasion in the One Man Novices' Chase at Wetherby on Saturday. The six-year-old isn't built like a chaser but his lack in size is more than compensated for by his big...
Souness: Buck Stops with Me
Byline: By Simon Rushworth United boss won't be forced into panic buying GraemeSouness is determined to halt the downward spiral of defensive ineptitude which has dogged Newcastle managers for a decade and now threatens to undermine an increasingly...
Sport Shorts
Speedway: Long serving Reading Racers captain Phil Morris signed for Newcastle last night for the 2005 season in a move that will include a 600-mile round trip for him every week for the Diamonds' home meetings. Newcastle co-promoter Darryl Illingworth...
Sunderland Told They Can't Get Carter
Byline: By Paul Gilder Sunderland's hopes of keeping Darren Carter at the Stadium of Light for the remainder of the season were dashed last night as Steve Bruce blocked a bid to extend the midfielder's loan spell on Wearside. The talented 20-year-old...
Taylor: I Can Take the Pressure
Steven Taylor brushed aside the disappointment of Saturday's humbling defeat by Chelsea and insisted Graeme Souness need not worry where his teenage temperament is concerned. Newcastle's manager kept faith with the former Monkseaton High School...
Teenager Hit by Bottle
A teenage girl, walking home from a night out, was knocked to the ground by a bottle thrown from a car on Potters Bank, on the outskirts of Durham city, shortly after 1am on Saturday. The girl, who was struck on the neck and knocked to the ground,...
The Deadly Toll of Passive Smoking
Byline: By Paul James Health bosses call for tougher controls Passive smoking is killing 200 people a year in the North-East before they reach 65, shocking new figures reveal today. It is estimated that as many as 35 of these die from exposure...
Thousands Gather to Remember Loved Ones
Thousands of people gathered last night to remember loved ones who have died at the annual Light up a Life Service of St Oswald's Hospice. Families holding lanterns braved the freezing cold at Newcastle Central Station to watch 12-year-old Jamie...
Tories Push for Intruder Law
Byline: By John Deane Protection for people tackling burglars The Tories are challenging the Government to support proposals to give householders greater protection from prosecution when they use force against intruders who invade their homes....
Trained Owners Tackle Pet Hate
Byline: By Tony Henderson The North-East is one of the best regions in tackling the nation's biggest pet hate ( dog poo. In six months, almost 170 dog owners in the region were fined pounds 50 on the spot for not cleaning up after their pet....
Tycoon Listens to Young Pilot's Plea
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Hope on the horizon for struggling club A chance meeting between a teenager and an international entrepreneur could save Newcastle's ailing Aero Club. The 79-year-old club, the oldest in the country, was plunged into...
Tynedale Will Enjoy Distance
Byline: By Doug Moscrop The step up to three miles should play to Tynedale's strengths as he attempts to repeat a recent course success in the Ramside Event Catering National Hunt Novices Hurdle at Newcastle today. Ann Hamilton's five-year-old...
United Face Cup Minnows
Byline: Luke Edwards Less than a week after Freddie Shepherd suggested he would do nothing to help lower league clubs out of their financial malaise Newcastle United drew non-league Yeading in the Third Round of the FA Cup, writes Luke Edwards....
Vaughan Mourns Hollow Victories
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Zimbabwe protest spoiled the series England captain Michael Vaughan last night expressed his concern about the standard of Zimbabwean cricket in its current state after the tourists completed a 4-0 series whitewash. ...
Veteran White in Sands Victory
Byline: By Les Venmore Elswick veteran Steve White overcame the difficult conditions to win yesterday's 45th Blyth Sands Race for the third time. The mild weather meant the sand was softer than usual. White, in the over-55 category, was off a...
Vipers Survive a Final Stars Burst
Byline: By Peter Adams After surviving a late scare the Vipers won for the sixth time in succession in front of a good Sunday night crowd at the Metro Radio Arena. The victory followed Saturday night's 3-0 road win against the Milton Keynes Lightning...
Wade Associates Alliance
Paul Bennett's reshaped Seaton Delaval should soon be climbing out of the Premier Division basement. A week after restricting Shankhouse to a 3-3 draw Delaval gave unbeaten league leaders Ryton a run for their money. Only 11 minutes into the game...
Wearside League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Birtley Town could not prevent Darlington RA from consolidating their position at the top of the table. Tony Thirkell gave the home side the lead and after Warren Byrne headed in the equaliser the game appeared to be...
We Can't Afford to Play Russian Roulette with Children's Futures
Iam a parent who has children in first school and in middle school in Northumberland and I am in favour of the proposed switch from the existing three-tier to a two-tier education system. The majority of children in Northumberland enter first school...
Welcome to Yeading FC
Byline: By Paul James Two worlds of football will collide in the New Year when Newcastle United's multimillionaires take on a team of plasterers and delivery men. The Premiership prima donnas were last night handed the daunting task of facing...
Wenger Facing Keeper Decision
Arsene Wenger stressed the importance of Arsenal's title experience as he looked ahead to a crucial week in which his side will try to undermine Chelsea's bid for a first league triumph in 50 years. However, Wenger has a more pressing problem to...
We're Living in `Trash Triangle'
Byline: By Julia Kennard Families in protest at new tip plans Families in three suburban villages say they are being engulfed by landfill sites which are turning their communities into a "triangle of trash". People living in the affluent Gateshead...
Whitehall Helps Get the Vole out a Hole
Byline: By Tony Henderson The tide will begin to turn this week for one of the North's most endangered animals. A Government announcement is expected to increase the legal protection for water voles. Surveys show water voles have disappeared...
Why Ford Model T Is Truly Special
Byline: Guy Anderson Ashley Winter sold 10,000 Fords last year as the managing director and chairman of Newcastle-based Patterson Ford. But there is one car which he will never sell, writes Guy Anderson. The vintage Model T parked in a corner...
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