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 27, 2003

Action Women Recruited to the Front Line of Engineering
Byline: By Emily Atwood Making tanks is arguably one of the more macho engineering jobs. However, the workforce at defence company Alvis Vickers's Newcastle factory has an increasingly female face, as Emily Attwood discovers. ASK most people...
Addicks Go Fourth and Multiply Blues' Woe
Byline: By Frank Malley Alan Curbishley played down Charlton's chances of plundering a Champions League place this season, despite his team giving Chelsea the run-around at The Valley. A headed goal from Hermann Hreidarsson after just 42 seconds...
A la Carte for Cats and Dogs
Byline: By Avril Deane I was wondering what sort of take-up there had been for the special adoption scheme launched by a Bristol charity called Adoptwildlife. For pounds 25 it is apparently possible to adopt anything from a badger to a bear,...
Albany Northern League
Bedlington Terriers are convinced they can close in on Durham City's six-point lead in Division One. "I thought we gave our best performance of the season last week and everybody is up for a second half of the season challenge," enthused spokesman...
Attractive Plants Will Give Lasting Pleasure
The Christmas cactus, with its prolific blooms, is one of our best-loved house plants and one of the easiest to grow. Each fleshy, oak-shaped leaf - segments of stem, to be precise - produces one or more new leaves at its tip, eventually creating...
Beat the Bookie
A selective look at the sports bets on offer this weekend Football punters are always faced with a dilemma at this time of year - just how much do you read into a side's last result when their next game follows just two days later? It's a difficult...
Beauties and the Beasts of the Year
Peter Surridge surveys the year's events around Britain and names his award-winners. CLIMATE, compost, chemicals and crime have dominated the year's horticultural scene, with compost being the rose among thorns. Landfill tax has convinced local...
Beer Stories That Will Tickle Your Taste Buds
Byline: By Alastair Gilmour Traditionally at this time of year we look back, look forward and, in pubs, look around for turned-up carpets, dogs' tails and slippery steps. We beer writers don't want to be accused of taking the job too seriously...
Boro Blow Chance for Festive Party
Byline: By Jack Pickering German defender Markus Babbel grabbed the second of his two goals in injury time to scupper Boro's hopes of starting their festive programme on a high. The Blackburn full-back rose unopposed to power home a header from...
Brave Bleu Turns Back Years for Shock Win
Byline: By William Hayler Edredon Bleu earned every possible plaudit with a brave display of fighting spirit and fluent jumping as he defied his advancing years to win the Pertemps King George VI Chase at Kempton today. In a fairytale result,...
British Rescuers Ready to Fly Out
British rescue experts were last night gearing up to fly to Iran to help search for survivors of the terrible earthquake. Disaster specialists were mobilising equipment and waiting to hear if they would form part of an official response team. ...
`Buy Pension before Drink'
Byline: By Andrew Woodcock Workers may be forced to contribute to occupational pensions, a minister says. Pensions Minister Malcolm Wicks said yesterday the Government would prefer saving for old age to remain a matter of individual choice. ...
Central House Homes Right in on a Big Race Triumph
Ireland's champion jockey Paul Carberry enjoyed a big-race success as Central House landed the featured Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase at Leopardstown yesterday. In a race in which only four of the eight starters survived, Central House was virtually...
City Crumbles as Its People Sleep
Byline: By Michael Wood The world was responding to Iran's plea for help last night after an earthquake devastated an historic city, killing up to 20,000 people as they slept. Survivors and rescue teams were struggling in sub zero temperatures...
Coarse Angling
The recent frosts have once again marred coarse sport, although fishing for the winter species such as chub, grayling and roach has produced encouraging results on several stretches of rivers. Surprisingly, some stillwaters are producing the goods....
Collonges Can Live Up to His Promise
Byline: By Doug Moscrop It's fair to say a few disappointments have come the way of Hussard Collonges since his victory in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the 2002 Cheltenham Festival. He looked a credible Gold Cup contender in March and...
Concern as Partridge Numbers Swoop
The wild grey partridge, immortalised in the Christmas carol, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, has seen an 85pc decline nationally in its population over the past 30 years. But new figures released by the BTO show the species may at last be turning...
Court Case Does Not Reveal Barracks Bomb Truth
A North widow who lost her soldier husband in a barracks bomb attack said last night she was no closer to learning the truth about his death after one of the suspects was jailed yesterday for another bombing in Germany. Michael Dickson, a former...
Defenders Run Short as Ferguson's Men Stay on Top
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is facing a defensive crisis ahead of tomorrow's Premiership match with Middlesbrough. John O'Shea has already been ruled out of the trip to Teesside after limping out of yesterday's win over Everton with...
Getting Away from It All for a Few Days
Keith Allan and Lynne Gray sample a weekend in Cumbria - celebrity style. YOU put your left leg in and then let the rest of your body fold into the seat. As you sit behind the wheel of one of the world's greatest super cars the Targa's panoramic...
Ginger Snaps
Eaten too much turkey? Drunk too much and slapped your boss at the Christmas party? If so, come on in! You sound like a Ginger Snaps kinda' guy. Loosen your belt, kick back and enjoy our last trawl of 2003 through the flim-flam, jibber-jabber...
Gloom Is Lifting as Liverpool Rise Up
Liverpool could lose goalkeeper Chris Kirkland for almost a month after the England prospect fractured a finger during yesterday's win over Bolton. Kirkland received treatment from physio Dave Galley during the second half and then an X-ray after...
Good to Be Home
Actress Jane Arnfield first came to the North-East in 1996 to work with theatre company Northern Stage. She remembers walking into Newcastle Playhouse and finding the foyer full of Russians. "I discovered it was the Mali Theatre Company from St...
Halt to Pool's Home Record
The best home record in the country came to an end as Hartlepool stumbled to their first Victoria Park defeat in 15 months. But after 28 matches unbeaten, Pool feel they should have had at least a draw, after Premiership referee Mark Halsey turned...
Happy Ending for Troubled Trainer
Ulverston trainer Roger Fisher saw one of his runners withdrawn at the start and then had to find a replacement rider for another at Sedgefield yesterday. But all's well that ends well and Fisher was able to greet a winner after Lazy But Lively...
Hectic 24 Hours in Run-Up to Cup Final
A findus British National league game 24 hours prior to a Findus Cup Final is not ideal preparation but that is what Newcastle Vipers have tomorrow. Vipers make the trek north of the border to meet Edinburgh Capitals (face-off 6pm). Provided Newcastle...
Help to Build Partridge Families
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie A survey has shown the grey partridges of Wark Farm near Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, are on the increase as a result of a range of conservation techniques. Farmer Jennifer Lovett has joined the Department...
Highflier Chris Is Ringed with Success
Byline: By Tony Henderson Lecturer Dr Chris Redfern is celebrating what is a ringing endorsement of his passion of the last 30 years. Chris, 48, is senior lecturer in molecular biology at the Northern Institute of Cancer Research at Newcastle University....
Highland Flings and a Kiss with Zeta-Jones
Byline: By Jane Kirby Lloyd Owen has only been back in Monarch Of The Glen for a few months but he's already made his mark. As Archie's handsome half brother Paul, the actor has settled into Scottish life with ease. He made a brief appearance...
Horse Passports Can Be Galloping Success
Byline: By Neil B. Jones The Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2003 which came into effect on November 30 will eventually change the whole Equestrian Industry face as it gathers momentum towards the deadline of June 30, 2004, when all equines...
How You Will Be Lured on to a Train
The company which will take over the North's transpennine rail services next year has pledged pounds 260m of investment to get people out of their cars and on to the trains. FGK, a consortium made up of First Group and French company Keolis, is...
Hunters Reject Child Fear
Byline: By David Higgerson Political Correspondent Hunt leaders yesterday laughed off claims that they were damaging children by allowing youngsters to take part in the traditional Boxing Day fox hunts. Anti-hunt protesters turned their attention...
If 2003 Was Bad, Prepare for More to Come
Byline: By Paul Linford When the history of Tony Blair's government finally comes to be written, the year 2003 could well go down as the year which, one way or another, settled the Prime Minister's destiny. Will he ultimately be remembered as...
Injury-Hit Eagles Facing Cup Test
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Injury ravaged Newcastle must win twice in 48 hours if the Eagles are to avoid a second domestic cup exit of the season this weekend. Fabulous Flournoy's men host local rivals Teesside at the Telewest Arena tonight...
In Search of Those Delicious Childhood Memories
Byline: By Will Mapplebeck It is a Saturday night in the early 1980s and the family has our twice monthly eating-out ritual. Where do we go? Marco Polo in the centre of Newcastle, of course. My brother Ed and I have fish and chips - obviously...
It's All Rebounding on Unlucky Keegan
Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce praised the fighting qualities of his team as late goals from Jeff Kenna and Mikael Forssell earned them victory over Manchester City - their first at St Andrew's for three months. Kevin Keegan's side had led...
Life in Fast Lane for Pin-Up Town
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Calendar pin-ups Kylie Minogue and Jonny Wilkinson could see their place on the nation's walls usurped next year by an unlikely successor: the roundabouts of Gateshead. The Australian songstress and the Rugby World...
Little Wonder Council Taxes Are So High
Part of the reason for the current local government funding fiasco is the fact that they have done away with the committee system and replaced it with a "cabinet" of a few councillors. In practice this gives dictatorial powers to local government...
Making a Hash of Things
It has been another busy festive season and as is tradition, I worked Christmas Day at my restaurant before going home to cook Christmas dinner. It wasn't long before I was asleep on the sofa, but I think I deserved to be. I did make it easy for...
McCarthy Buoyed by Smith's Strike
Byline: By Luke Edwards Tommy Smith may well have spent his Christmas more concerned about losing his place in the Sunderland side than what lay at the bottom of the tree for him. But he ended Boxing Day with a first goal of the season and three...
McClaren Rues Late Lapse at Ewood
Byline: By Jack Pickering Frustrated Boro boss Steve McClaren last night bemoaned the loss of two points at Ewood Park by insisting: "Games last for 93 minutes and we have to see them through." Boro led for 40 minutes in the second half and McClaren...
Much Catching Up to Do
Catching a train across the North of England is a depressing experience. Sunderland and Newcastle are linked to Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool by the Trans-Pennine rail link - a railway that is an insult to the people who live in those...
Nationwide Review
There were celebrations before kick-off and after the final whistle as Norwich recorded a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest to move three points clear at the top of Division One. Before the match, Norwich fans were informed that on-loan former...
No Room at the Inn for Our Meal
Byline: By Megan Bolam Angry families were forced to go hungry on Christmas Day when they found there was no turkey dinner for them at a Gateshead restaurant. Diners expecting lunch at the Ravensdene Lodge, in Lobley Hill, claim they were forced...
Northern Marts
Tow Law December 22 A lighter show of lambs forward met a considerably dearer trade on the week. SuffX, pounds 51 Friarside, 113.3p Friarside. Tex, pounds 60 & pounds 52 Friarside, pounds 51.50 Blackburn Farm, pounds 48 (2x) Broom House....
Old Rivals Go Head to Head in Cracking Contest
Byline: By Robert Pratt Best Mate and Beef Or Salmon go head to head in a cracking renewal of the Ericsson Chase at Leopardstown tomorrow. Beef Or Salmon, Ireland's leading Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup hope, beat another of tomorrow's rivals, Colonel...
O'Leary Cheered by Fans at Leeds
Aston Villa boss David O'Leary last night hailed the Leeds fans after being given a warm reception on his return to Elland Road. It was expected O'Leary would be criticised following a near four-year reign as Leeds boss during which time his spent...
Our Heroes and Villains of 2003
Byline: By Avril Deane Well, the New Year honours list won't be quite the same this time round, will it? The recent revelations about the suitability of certain candidates and, of course, the list of well-known people who have turned down honours...
Paradise Islanders in Jarrow
Byline: By Alison Dargie Put most four-year-olds in front of a pile of presents and they'll reduce it to a mountain of wrapping paper in seconds. But for little Epi - enjoying his first Christmas in Jarrow, miles from home in Fiji - the heap...
Part Prepared to Win It All over Again
John Part will put last year's stunning victory out of his mind when he bids to retain the Ladbrokes.com World Championship at Purfleet's Circus Tavern. The Canadian ended Phil Taylor's eight-year unbeaten run at the Essex venue 12 months ago in...
Report Rules Suicide Out
Byline: By Sam Wonfor The father of a North-East soldier who died at Deepcut barracks has welcomed an expert report which concluded that his son could not have committed suicide. Geoff Gray, from Seaham, has fought relentlessly for two years...
Sad Quakers Go from Bad to Worse
There seems to be no end to the misery for Darlington, as the problems continue to pile up. They lost to a soft goal and moved closer to relegation, while the move into administration two days before Christmas has put the future of the club in doubt....
Saha Will Have to Dream on - Boss
Chris Coleman insisted Louis Saha will be at Fulham until at least the end of the season after watching him advertise his talents to Manchester United with a match-winning two-goal haul against Southampton. Saha is a pounds 7m target for the champions...
Same Old Failings Dash United Hopes
Byline: By Paul Gilder Les Ferdinand will study to become a helicopter pilot when he retires at the end of this season; if his former team-mates are to stand any chance of flying high in Europe, though, they have many lessons to learn. Sir Bobby...
Second Win Great Gift for Cumbrians
Byline: By Mike Corry A second holiday period win for Carlisle puts a different complexion on their perilous league position following three hard-fought points at Gigg Lane. Andy Preece, sacked by Bury, before signing for Carlisle, was due to...
Smith Singled out for Praise
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Mick McCarthy praised the performance of former Watford favourite Tommy Smith last night after the England Under-21 international grabbed his first goal in a red-and-white shirt. Sunderland surged into fifth place in...
Son's Health Is Best Gift
Byline: By Amanda Crook Health Correspondent Little Bailey Roche's life-saving heart operation has been the best Christmas present his family could have wished for. The nine-month-old fighter has spent more than three months of his short life...
Sport Shorts
Athletics: iaaf World Cross Country long course champion Worknesh Kidane will take part in next week's Great North Cross Country. Defending champion Edith Masai has pulled out injured. Race director Peter Elliott said: "I couldn't have wished for anyone...
Stable Conversion Was Labour of Love
Converting The Stable House was a labour of love for builder Alistair Carr. He bought the then-derelict former byre and stable block in 1997 and spent five months transforming the property into a stunning family home. The Stable House enjoys a wonderful...
That Was the Year That Was - 2003
Byline: By Jane Hall January Getting it TOGETHER With a none too impressive track record in the "men" department, Ulrika Jonsson finally found her perfect boyfriend when she began stepping out with Lance Gerrard-Wright, who she had ironically...
The North Today
Berwick: An elderly couple were taken to hospital yesterday following a fire in their residential caravan on the outskirts of Berwick. Florence Thompson, aged 79, of Ord House Country Park, is understood to have been reading when a bedside lamp toppled...
The Pros and Cons for Festive Workers
Should we be returning to work between Christmas and New Year? If we have, we are all too aware of colleagues snugly enjoying post-Christmas dozes, or nabbing the best bargains in the sales. If we don't, we have almost two weeks of work to catch...
The Year We Found That He Who Laughs Last
Byline: By David Whetstone It has been an eventful year on the arts and culture scene in the North-East. David Whetstone casts his mind back to some notable highlights - and the odd lowlight. DOMAIN FIELD The volunteers were slow in appearing...
They're on to Us, You Know
Byline: By David Whetstone In Liverpool they will recall 2003 as the year they won the race to be European Capital of Culture 2008. But as the year ends, it is harder than ever to think of Newcastle, Gateshead and the region as losers in that...
Think of Your Table as a Blank Canvas
So the halls are still decked and the tree is twinkling but with presents unwrapped and Christmas officially over we turn our attentions to New Year, the party season. And, with house parties growing in popularity, how can we impress our guests as...
Thin Pickings for Early Birds
Byline: By Sam Wonfor The hustle and bustle of the sales came to Newcastle's Northumberland Street yesterday - with only one problem. Most shutters leading to the bargain mountains inside some of the city's biggest stores remained firmly shut....
Thrill to the Chill
Byline: By Alison Dargie While sensible people were tucked up in bed yesterday sleeping off Christmas excesses, scores of hardier folks lined up for a lemming-like leap into the North Sea. For the Boxing Day dippers, the bone-chilling dash into...
Top Quality Products, Competitive Prices
At Factory Direct Kitchens, Conservatories and Bathrooms, you can buy a huge range of top quality products at very competitive prices. The brand new showroom on Whickham Industrial Estate offers customers a fresh approach to improving their home....
Travel Shorts
Italian villa specialist, Parker Villas, (0800 032 1704; www.parkervillas.co.uk) has added the Stella del Chianti, a farming estate 10 minutes drive from Castellina in Chianti, to its portfolio of villas available for 2004. The estate features two...
Varga's Playing It Cool on New Deal
Byline: By Chris Roberts Celtic star Stanislav Varga is refusing to celebrate a new contract just yet even though he stands just four games short of triggering one. Manager Martin O'Neill set Varga a target of 30 matches to win a one-year deal,...
Website Opens Up New Deals in Organic Sector
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie A free internet service to help UK organic farmers to buy or sell livestock, grazing and forage is being launched by the Soil Association, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Food & Drink Organic...
Wilkinson Is Back as Falcons Fly High
Byline: By Alan Hedley Newcastle have been handed a major boost on the eve of their Premiership clash with Northampton with World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson and Hall Charlton both passing fitness tests. It means the Falcons will field their first...
Wine
Byline: By Mark Savage "French country wine" used to conjure up an image of relaxed holiday picnics with crusty bread and ripe Camembert. Now "vin de pays" (French for country wine), especially "vin de pays d'Oc" from anywhere in the southern...
Wise Move to the Sage
Joan-Albert Serra is experiencing his first North-East winter with wife Pilar and children Sergio, 13, and Clara, nine. Yet he has no regrets about leaving Spain, where he spent the last 20 years in Madrid - most of them as director of a music school...
Wolves Make Life So Easy for Wenger's Side
Arsene Wenger watched Thierry Henry deposit another double in his goals account then insisted the Frenchman's Premiership scoring problems had never been a cause for concern. Before yesterday's brace in a 3-0 success against basement side Wolves...
Woodgate SOS
Byline: By Paul Gilder Sir Bobby Robson is considering handing Jonathan Woodgate an unexpected return to first team action tomorrow after admitting defensive failings had again cost his side valuable points. But the Newcastle boss could be forced...
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