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 May 21, 2004

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[0] Sport Shorts
Darlington's future will not be resolved for at least another week. The bankruptcy order brought by finance group Sterling against former owner George Reynolds was adjourned on Tuesday afternoon, which means that any outcome will have to wait until...
Abuse Counsellor Denies Violence
Byline: By Karon Kelly A domestic violence counsellor attacked a single mum with whom he began an affair after she turned to him for advice. Melanie Lumsden, 28, was referred to Paul Geldart, 46, through the women's refuge after her stormy 13-year...
Alkaadhem's Payback Time
Byline: By William Hayler Alkaadhem earned a promotion to racing's premiership as he found a rise in class and trip the key to success at Goodwood yesterday. Punters prepared to forgive Marcus Tregoning's charge a couple of unlucky reverses earlier...
Asbestos Protection
New rules to protect building and maintenance workers from the fatal diseases caused by asbestos come into force today. Anyone responsible for the maintenance of commercial, industrial or public properties will have to check for the asbestos and...
Award Is in Cannes
Byline: By David Whetstone Arts & Entertainment Editor A young North-East film-maker has seen off rivals from across Europe to be the first winner of a new prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Duane Hopkins was presented with the inaugural...
Award Is in Cannes, So Let's Do Our Things
Byline: By David Whetstone Arts & Entertainment Editor A young North-East film-maker has seen off rivals from across Europe to be the first winner of a new prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Duane Hopkins was presented with the inaugural...
Bad Education
Pedro Almodovar's stylish, gay-centric spin on Double Indemnity was awarded the prestigious opening night gala at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Bad Education is another incredibly accomplished work from the Spanish maestro, with strong echoes...
Bad Education Proves a Lesson in Style
Pedro Almodovar's stylish, gay-centric spin on Double Indemnity was awarded the prestigious opening night gala at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Bad Education is another incredibly accomplished work from the Spanish maestro, with strong echoes...
Becks End's Real Doubts
Byline: By Mark Bradley David Beckham last night moved to end growing doubts over his playing future and his marriage ahead of the Euro 2004 finals by pledging to stay at Real Madrid. Beckham has been linked with a potential move back to London...
Becks in Moves to End Real Doubts
Byline: By Mark Bradley David Beckham last night moved to end growing doubts over his playing future and his marriage ahead of the Euro 2004 finals by pledging to stay at Real Madrid. Beckham has been linked with a potential move back to London...
Bees Buzz Off
Byline: By Donald Foster Their buzz is the sound of summer ( but as more of our countryside disappears there are fears for the future of the furry insects. The bumble bees' plummeting population has worried Durham Wildlife Trust, which has blamed...
Berghaus Equipped for Worldwide Expansion
Byline: By Graeme King By Graeme King WORLDWIDE expansion is on the agenda for outdoor clothing specialists Berghaus after sales broke through the pounds 30m barrier for the first time. Managing director Tony Wood said yesterday he was determined...
Bernie Helps to Take Stress out of Dentist Visits
For most people, visiting the dentist is something they do only every six months, but for Bernie Matthews it is an everyday occurrence. Bernie works full time at the Shieldfield Dental Practice, based on Wretham Place in Shieldfield, Newcastle....
Big Boys' Toys
Byline: David Williamson, he was talking about one of these gadgets. Somerset Maughan said: "The only thing that matters is the everlasting present." Perhaps, writes David Williamson, he was talking about one of these gadgets. Night Vision Glasses...
Blair Fails on Drinks Issue
Too little and far too late. That just about sums up Prime Minister Tony Blair's contribution to the fact that drink is turning many of our town and city centres into no-go areas for large sections of the community at weekends. Mr Blair said yesterday...
Blair Fails on Drinks Issue
Blair fails on drinks issue - Too little and far too late. That just about sums up Prime Minister Tony Blair's contribution to the fact that drink is turning many of our town and city centres into no-go areas for large sections of the community at...
Button's Monaco Warning to Schumacher
Jenson Button has warned Michael Schumacher not to read too much into yesterday's dominant Ferrari display in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix. Schumacher was almost half a second faster than his nearest challenger after setting the pace in both...
Cameras Are about Saving Lives ( Not Making Money
Iwould like to put the record straight following an article in The Journal (May 18). It appears that some strange maths has been applied to the safety camera partnership's predicted income for 2004/05 which resulted in claims that each safety camera...
Cool Cat Pull-Out Shocks Punters
Byline: By Robert Pratt Azamour and Grey Swallow are disputing favouritism for Saturday's Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas following the shock withdrawal of One Cool Cat. Aidan O'Brien's colt, who has been ruled out of the Curragh Classic with...
Councillors Face a Watchdog's Probe
Byline: By Beverley Addy Four members of a North-East council are at the centre of a probe by a national watchdog into their conduct. Allegations being investigated by the Standards Board for England range from not declaring an interest during...
Down and Trout
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Fish thieves have left the operator of a Northumberland lake gutted. When Bill Smith took over Farnley Estate Lake, between Corbridge and Riding Mill, it had been providing anglers with sport for 40 years. Mr Smith...
Driving Ahead in a Tough Market
Peugeot is one of the UK's top-five car companies, along with Ford, Vauxhall, Renault and Volkswagen, and this is reflected in the figures for our region, too. The Peugeot 206 is the sixth most popular model here, and there is also a strong performance...
Energy Crisis Solution Is `Staring Us in the Face'
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie Farming industry leaders are urging the Government to act over increases in fuel prices. Crude oil prices have risen to the same levels that sparked the September 2000 fuel protests, adding to the agricultural and...
Esh Group Earn Top Honours
Byline: By Howard Walker The Esh Group was last night crowned North-East Company of the Year at the star-studded final of The Journal and Evening Gazette North-East Business Awards 2003. The Bowburn-based construction group fought off strong...
F1: Button's Monaco Warning
Jenson Button has warned Michael Schumacher not to read too much into yesterday's dominant Ferrari display in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix. Schumacher was almost half a second faster than his nearest challenger after setting the pace in both...
Fears over Killer Bug
Two North-East leisure centres were closed on Wednesday after the potentially deadly legionnaire's bug was found in the hot water systems. The bacteria was discovered at Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre, Bishop Auckland, and the Spectrum, Willington,...
Fiesta a True Party Animal
Ford's Fiesta is the North-East's favourite new car by a healthy margin, and is one of three of the company's models in the regional top 10. The Fiesta has been a favourite here for many years, despite growing competition from cheaper rivals. However,...
Ford Turns Up Heat with Deals
Ford is determined to maintain its position as the region's top seller, with a range of deals throughout the summer representing savings of more than pounds 1,200 on some models. Despite being the biggest-selling car company here by a considerable...
Friday Forum
Byline: By Paul Benneworth I have just returned from holiday in Malta, my second visit to the island. On my last visit, in 1999, the Maltese Labour government had just announced that it was withdrawing its application to join the European Union....
Harrison Hammers Durham
Byline: By Jack Pickering David Harrison's career-best five for 75 helped Glamorgan into a commanding position against Durham at Chester-le-Street. The 6ft 4in seamer's second five-wicket haul in successive matches saw Durham dismissed for 220,...
Harrison Hammers Durham's Chances
Byline: By Jack Pickering David Harrison's career-best five for 75 helped Glamorgan into a commanding position against Durham at Chester-le-Street. The 6ft 4in seamer's second five-wicket haul in successive matches saw Durham dismissed for 220,...
Homer Loses out in the Bid to Win War of the Blockbusters
War looms large for two mighty civilisations on opposite sides of the Aegean. Paris, the handsome and impetuous Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom), falls in love with Helen, Queen of Sparta (Diane Kruger), and steals her away from her husband King Menelaus...
Home Truths
Byline: By Anna Morrell Darhlings ( have you heard? Simply super news this week ( the PM has only gone and offered to pay the bill for a nanny for us. He's such a jolly decent chap ( I knew things could only get better! Well, of course, I just...
Howard Makes His Play
Byline: By Graeme King Conservative leader Michael Howard tried to reclaim the world of business as Conservative territory when he spoke in the Prime Minister's constituency last night. Mr Howard was the keynote speaker at the North East Business...
Howard Supports the `No' Campaign
Byline: By Paul Linford & Graeme King Michael Howard took the fight over the future of the region to Tony Blair in his own backyard last night as he told business leaders the North-East does not need regional rule. The Tory leader came to...
Howard Supports the 'No' Campaign
Byline: By Paul Linford & Graeme King Michael Howard took the fight over the future of the region to Tony Blair in his own backyard last night as he told business leaders the North-East does not need regional rule. The Tory leader came to...
Howard's Way into the Jet Set Lifestyle
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Crook trainer Howard Johnson joined the jet set this week for a brief break in Monaco courtesy of his principal owner Graham Wylie. It was a thank you from Wylie for the excellent first season he has had for his big-spending...
IT Group Goes on Growing
Byline: By Iain Laing Sage founder Graham Wylie's fast growing IT services group yesterday made its second Scottish acquisition in a week. Technology Services Group has bought Glasgow-based ISI Systems for an undisclosed sum, seven days after...
It's a Funny Old World Wide Web
The Peter Kay piece we featured recently on life's great imponderables generated a few responses from readers. Brian Archer of Killingworth has come up with a few imponderables of his own. * If a mute person swears does his mother wash his hands?...
I Want to Finish the Job
Byline: By Paul Gilder Mick McCarthy has underlined his determination to lead Sunderland to championship glory next season and dismissed suggestions that he could be on the verge of quitting the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats boss is still...
I Want to Finish the Job, Says McCarthy
Byline: By Paul Gilder Mick McCarthy has underlined his determination to lead Sunderland to championship glory next season and dismissed suggestions that he could be on the verge of quitting the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats boss is still...
Journeyman Jockey Dale Steals Show
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Journeyman jockey Dale Gibson stole the show at Newcastle yesterday with a 314-1 double on Ego Trip and Lady Protector. Gibson does his homework in every sense of the word. He is an astute student of form, an excellent...
King Neptune
Byline: By Geoff Laws King Neptune 34-36 Stowell Street Newcastle Tel: 0191 261 6657 Open every day 12pm-1.45pm; Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10.30pm; Friday 6pm-11pm; Saturday 6pm-11.30pm. It was clear from the full tables when we arrived at the King...
Kiwis Give England Sharp Reality Check
Byline: By Richard Gibson England's Caribbean conquerors were given a stark reality check as they opened the npower Test series against a stubborn New Zealand at Lord's. The four-pronged pace attack, which decimated the West Indies, took more...
Learning Spanish Pays off in the Main for MD
Byline: By Graeme King Learning Spanish has taken a Hartlepool company executive to new heights in his export business. Paul Abbott, managing director of construction company G Abbott & Co, has taken a GCSE course to help cement the company's...
Lions to Leave Past Behind
Theo Paphitis insists this tomorrow's FA Cup Final is a chance for Millwall to reinvent themselves in a new image and leave the dark days of football violence well and truly behind. The Lions head into English football's showpiece event for the...
Lisa's Prowess Has Tim Turning Green
Byline: By Tim Taylor What's it like for a fat 50-something golf club hacker to caddie for one of the country's leading women amateurs? Tim Taylor finds out. If you are wondering why a slip of a lass is waving a golf club in the face of the incredible...
Lisa's Prowess on the Green
Byline: By Tim Taylor If you are wondering why a slip of a lass is waving a golf club in the face of the incredible bulk, then you've never met Lisa Ball. Lisa had invited The Journal to caddie for her at the practice day of the English Ladies...
Liverpool Fans in the Dark on Boss
Liverpool supporters are calling on the board to make a statement of intent about the future of manager Gerard Houllier. There is growing speculation that the Frenchman is on the verge of losing his job despite steering the club to fourth spot and...
Long Putt Ban Call
Byline: By Mark Garrod Ernie Els yesterday called for a ban on long putters so that golf becomes more of a test of "bottle." And he is far from alone in his view. The world number three spoke out after fellow South African Trevor Immelman's switch...
Massive Rise in Entries County Show
Livestock entries for the Northumberland County Show have received a massive boost for this year's event on Monday, May 31. Entry numbers have more than doubled since last year in most classes in the cattle lines ( but it is the sheep section which...
Massive Rise in Entries for Northumberland County Show
Livestock entries for the Northumberland County Show have received a massive boost for this year's event on Monday, May 31. Entry numbers have more than doubled since last year in most classes in the cattle lines ( but it is the sheep section which...
Misery of Boozy Night Out
Byline: By Alison Dargie Greedy pub landlords are fuelling a binge drinking epidemic which is turning the North's town centres into no-go zones on Friday and Saturday nights. Deals encouraging people to drink for free after paying an admission...
More Take off on Time
Air passengers endured fewer delays last year than they did in 2002, official figures reveal today. The Civil Aviation Authority said punctuality of scheduled and charter flights leaving and arriving at the UK's major airports improved ( 76pc of...
Move to Stop Brain Drain in Engineering
Engineering company Advanced Engineering Solutions has found help in its bid to stop the brain drain. The Cramlington-based pipeline inspection and management technology business, plans to stay ahead of the field worldwide by growing its own talent...
My Epic Adventure
Byline: By Eileen Condon Actress Saffron Burrows is famously level-headed but appearing in Troy was an adventure, she tells Eileen Condon. Just how lucky can a girl get? Actress Saffron Burrows is stunningly beautiful, has a figure to die for...
New Initiative Set to Boost Sector in North
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The cream of the North-East's construction industry will gather on Tyneside next week to officially launch the new Constructing Excellence initiative. More than 400 leaders of the sector will gather at the Marriott Gosforth...
New Wave Technology Rings in Success for BT
Byline: By Howard Walker Telecoms giant BT has seen profits rise 10pc thanks to an acceleration in revenues from "new wave" technology offsetting the impact of a decline in its traditional fixed-line business. Turnover from services such as high-speed...
Nicholas Craig Column
Byline: By Nicholas Craig We take for granted the sudden explosion of colourful planting in neatly manicured beds, but without the spur of the Britain and Northumbria in Bloom titles our cities, towns and villages would look far less festive than...
Northern 3's Income Rises
Byline: By Guy anderson Northern 3 Venture Capital Trust saw its income rise in the past six months, despite complaining of a slowdown in the flow of potential new deals. The Trust, managed by Newcastle-based Northern Venture Managers, pushed...
Northern Marts
Wigton May 13 Hopes Auction Co Ltd, held their annual May prize show and sale of continental cross store cattle when there was a catalogued entry of 925. A good show of cattle met a good trade but following the national trend being slightly easier....
North's Drink `No Go' Zones
Byline: By Alison Dargie Greedy pub landlords are fuelling a binge drinking epidemic which is turning the North's town centres into no-go zones on Friday and Saturday nights. Deals encouraging people to drink for free after paying an admission...
Of Corsa, There's Lots More
Few model ranges are as comprehensive as Vauxhall's Corsa, with more than 30 versions. Little wonder that it is one of the region's best sellers, with almost 15,000 buyers putting it into second place behind the rival Ford Fiesta last year. Vauxhall...
On the Up from Zero
Cumbria County Council is improving its children's services after receiving a zero rating for performance last November. Coun John Mallinson told fellow councillors he had received a letter from the Commission for Social Care Improvement stating...
Peace Moves in Fire Dispute
Byline: By Alan Jones Fire authority employers last night made new moves to end the outbreak of unofficial industrial action which has threatened a new national strike by firefighters. The employers wrote to the Fire Brigades Union with a new...
People on the Move
Robert Muckle has appointed JOHN HAMMILL as an assistant in the corporate finance unit. Mr Hammill, who was previously from the North-East, trained and qualified with London firm Travers Smith Braithwaite. He will be assisting the corporate finance...
Picnic for Teddy Bears
A teddy bears' picnic is taking place at a Sunderland tourist attraction tomorrow. The event, at Fulwell Windmill, is taking place from 1pm-3pm. Normal admission prices to the windmill apply, and there will be entertainment, including a ventriloquist....
PM Warns Cabinet
Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday warned Cabinet colleagues against expressing open disagreement with the US over Iraq in case it damaged British troops' morale. He spoke out at a regular weekly meeting of ministers and his comments were echoed...
Polo Holds Its Value for Longer
Volkswagen pioneered the concept of endowing small cars with the same levels of build quality as larger models, and has reaped the rewards ever since. It may seem strange now, but there was a time when we accepted the fact that small cars were necessarily...
Pool Striker Forced out of International
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Hartlepool's Welsh striker Eifion Williams was last night coming to terms with double disappointment after it became clear he would be forced to pull out of next week's international friendlies. Only last week the United...
Prickly Issue of Organic Rose
Byline: By Amanda Brown Gardeners are being urged to find out whether the nation's favourite flower, the rose, can ever truly be "green". The first Organic Rose Watch takes place at next week's Chelsea Flower Show, aimed at helping gardeners...
Prickly Issue of the Truly Organic Rose
Byline: By Amanda Brown Gardeners are being urged to find out whether the nation's favourite flower, the rose, can ever truly be "green". The first Organic Rose Watch takes place at next week's Chelsea Flower Show, aimed at helping gardeners...
Promotion Can Really Ad to Life
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Exploitation, pester power, indecency, money-grabbing ( all criticisms of an industry constantly under the spotlight of watchdogs. But as business development manager for Robson Brown advertising agency, Brian Adcock...
Quick Bites
The bride may not be in white and she may not be in church, but it has become cool to have Bollywood-themed weddings. With all things Bollywood being a popular choice for films (Bend It Like Beckham The Guru) and West End shows (Andrew Lloyd Webber's...
Region Is in Top Gear
This is one of the strongest regions in the UK for new car sales, possibly because we have greater disposable incomes than those struggling to live in areas with exorbitant living costs. We tend to buy our new cars on finance, pay it back over two...
Region Is in Top Gear for Sales of New Cars
This is one of the strongest regions in the UK for new car sales, possibly because we have greater disposable incomes than those struggling to live in areas with exorbitant living costs. We tend to buy our new cars on finance, pay it back over two...
Region Is Top of Britain's Booze-Up League
Britain's binge drinking culture is costing the country pounds 20 billion a year. And latest figures show that people in the North-East are drinking more than anyone else. Men in the region drink an average of 21.5 units per week, compared to...
Restaurant Fails to Meet Expectations
Byline: By Geoff Laws Geoff Laws and the Chinese curate's egg. It was clear from the full tables when we arrived at the King Neptune in Newcastle's Stowell Street that lots of people were still going by Egon Ronay's 1997 recommendation. The...
Revealed: `Mata Hari' Warning from MI5
Byline: By Gavin Cordon The alluring female spy who uses her charms to extract information from unsuspecting men may be a staple of espionage fiction, but MI5, it seems, had a horror of women agents with an "overdose of sex". The latest files...
Revealed: 'Mata Hari' Warning from MI5
Byline: By Gavin Cordon The alluring female spy who uses her charms to extract information from unsuspecting men may be a staple of espionage fiction, but MI5, it seems, had a horror of women agents with an "overdose of sex". The latest files...
Robbery in Street
A young woman had her handbag snatched by another woman as she walked along a road in broad daylight. The 23-year-old was robbed in Egerton Road, South Shields, at 11.30am on Wednesday. The thief was 5ft 3in with brown shoulder-length hair tied...
Safety Is Darren's Priority
Darren Hall is a Project Manager with Newcastle-based construction contractor, Kendall Cross Holdings. He is currently based at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland where he is in charge of the pounds 4.2m refurbishment of the Devonshire and Eglington Tower...
Shelters Help Avert Trouble
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Communities ravaged by unruly teenagers have been given a helping hand from a new Government scheme. South Tyneside youngsters are to be offered safe places to meet away from spots where they could otherwise be a nuisance...
Solution Is 'Staring Us in the Face'
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie Farming industry leaders are urging the Government to act over increases in fuel prices. Crude oil prices have risen to the same levels that sparked the September 2000 fuel protests, adding to the agricultural and...
Space in Demand as IT Showcase Gathers Speed
Byline: By Howard Walker Blue-chip, big name companies are coming to the North-East to showcase their products and services this summer with space at the region's biggest IT event rapidly filling up. IT Works 2004, which takes place at Newcastle's...
Speed Goes on Back Burner for Slow Food
Byline: By Joanna Peart Slow Food, a movement founded to appreciate the art of cooking and good wholesome ingredients, is to open the doors of its first university. Joanna Peart reports on an association that believes in supporting the slow life...
Sport Shorts
Rugby union: Lawrence Dallaglio has urged his Wasps team-mates to seize their place in history by defeating Toulouse in Sunday's Heineken Cup showdown. The England skipper ( who realises Sunday could be his last opportunity to taste Heineken Cup glory...
Sticking to the Point
Byline: By Bob Cuffe I have the Big Idea. Because there's so few of you out there, I feel able to tell you my little secret. This time next year, I'll be on the cusp of power. Currently I'm just on the edge overlooking wishful thinking, so the Cusp...
Striker Forced out of International
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Hartlepool's Welsh striker Eifion Williams was last night coming to terms with double disappointment after it became clear he would be forced to pull out of next week's international friendlies. Only last week the United...
Sunken Car Search Alert
A major police operation was launched after a car was found partly submerged in a stream near Cornhill, west of Berwick. Northumbria Police's fixed wing aircraft, dog handlers and search teams were called out. But it was later discovered the driver...
Super Samo Signs for Falcons
Newcastle have announced the signing of ACT Brumbies Super 12 star Radike Samo. Fiji-born Samo, who has agreed a two-year contract, is one of the most versatile players in world rugby, displaying equal prowess at lock, flanker or wing. The 27-year-old...
`There Are Actually Fewer Houses Available, People Are Displaced, and Those Who Remain Are Forced to Live in Newcastle's Version of Sarajevo'
Byline: By Ross Smith Tory Party chairman Liam Fox strode deep into Labour territory yesterday to savage a council for spending pounds 5m refurbishing homes which are set to be bulldozed. Dr Fox compared parts of Scotswood to Sarajevo, after...
Toffees Enter Race for Smith
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Everton threw down the gauntlet to Newcastle last night by joining the race for long-term United target Alan Smith. It had been widely expected that the Leeds striker would move to Old Trafford within the next week...
Tolent in Running for Quayside Job
Byline: By Ron Taylor I've sweated over this column, week in and week out, for 10 years and bored innumerable construction colleagues by repeated requests for quotes and info. It's time to give them (and me) a rest. Ten years x 52 weeks x 24...
Tory Chairman Savages 'Going for Growth'
Byline: By Ross Smith Tory Party chairman Liam Fox strode deep into Labour territory yesterday to savage a council for spending pounds 5m refurbishing homes which are set to be bulldozed. Dr Fox compared parts of Scotswood to Sarajevo, after...
Trip Down Memory Lane's Superhighway
Byline: By Daniel Thomson Website of the week with Daniel Thomson www.letsgoretro.com www.pop-boutique.com www.retrorebels.co.uk www.kitschshop.co.uk THE internet is the future. But it's also the place to be for everything retro. Let's...
Troy
War looms large for two mighty civilisations on opposite sides of the Aegean. Paris, the handsome and impetuous Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom), falls in love with Helen, Queen of Sparta (Diane Kruger), and steals her away from her husband King Menelaus...
UK Trade & Investment
Byline: By Jeff Sanders Slovenia can be used as an excellent pub quiz question. What is its capital city and how do you spell it? The answer, of course, being Ljubljana. Slovenia is a small, predominantly Roman Catholic country with a population...
Ultra Frugal ( to a Real Flyer
Renault is on a roll in the UK, with sales at an all-time high, helped to a significant degree by the huge popularity of the Clio supermini. The Clio is the fourth best selling car in our region, with 11,700 buyers here last year, and predictions...
Vaccine Snub Will Risk Lives
Byline: By Alison Dargie A North health chief last night revealed that more children are receiving the controversial MMR vaccine ( but claimed the numbers were still so low that lives could be put at risk. Many parents have been put off giving...
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