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 January 15, 2005

200-Year-Old Home Has 12 Living There in True Harmony
With 12 people living there, there's never a dull moment at Monkseaton House, a 200-year-old Georgian property. The seven-bedroom home on Front Street, Monkseaton, near Whitley Bay, is home to Trevor and Judith Parkinson and daughter Jenny Young...
Adventurous Britons Have Libya in Sights
Although Tony Blair is famous for family holiday photocalls, his low-key meeting in a tent with Libya leader Colonel Gadaffi is reckoned to be behind one of the unlikeliest booms in travel. Gadaffi apparently wants to emulate Dubai, one of the United...
Aero Club Finds Break in Clouds
The future of a troubled North-East flying club looked brighter yesterday when receivers said they were "very hopeful" it could remain open. Administrators are negotiating the fate of Newcastle Aero Club which was forced to close in December with...
Aim Is to Pocket Snooker Conquest
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin The attempt to bring the World Snooker Championships to the region came a step closer last night. A combined bid from Newcastle and Gateshead has been put forward for the jewel in the crown of the sport's calendar. ...
Albany Northern League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Although they are the only unbeaten side and are 21 points better off than their opponents, Dunston Federation are wary of today's visitors to Federation Park. "Horden CW may have gone off the boil recently, but they...
Attractions Galore Offer Something to Suit All Ages and Tastes
Consett and the surrounding area have a great deal to offer residents and the occasional visitor. The rich heritage of the area, plus new activities, mean there is something for everyone. The following is just a selection: * Derwent Reservoir:...
Australian Adventure
Byline: By Leon Bowman It's good to be back. More than three-and-a-half years after I spent 12 months working here, I've finally returned to Australia. Perth, capital of Western Australia (WA to locals), was the starting point for our five-month...
Awards Are Building Up to Be Best Yet
The North-East's leading construction awards seem to be going from strength to strength. The Journal/Evening Gazette 21st Century Living Awards for 2005 were launched only a fortnight ago, but interest is already high. Organiser Michelle Reeve...
Bake Away the Blues
Byline: By Linda Collister As the Christmas and New Year festivities fade into a distant memory and cold weather tightens its icy grip, a great way to beat the January blues is by indulging in a spot of good old-fashioned home baking. Linda Collister,...
Beat the Bookie
Byline: By Neil Harnett A selective look at the sports bets on offer this weekend: One of the most passionate games of the season takes places at Anfield this lunchtime with Liverpool playing Manchester United. Despite Liverpool adding Fernando...
Bellway Bucks the Downward Trend
Byline: By Guy Anderson Builder Bellway is expecting to defy a flagging housing market by announcing record profits for the ninth year in succession. The Newcastle-based group announced at an annual meeting in the city yesterday that it has met...
Bring the Gym and Office Home with You
House designs have evolved enormously in recent years with demand for versatility being the driving force. The changing needs of buyers, as well as planning policy, have resulted in more three-storey properties and homes with living and sleeping accommodation...
Celebrity Big Bother
Fifteen protesters were being held yesterday after fathers' rights campaigners stormed the Celebrity Big Brother compound. The group Fathers 4 Justice said members who wanted to become "superhero housemates" entered the compound on three sides while...
Champion Hurdle Hopes Could Be on Line
Punters can look forward to a hectic next weekend with stacks of top-class racing either side of the Irish Sea to enjoy. Haydock host the Peter Marsh Chase on Saturday and the three-mile race is the pick of a competitive card which features four...
Charm and Character of a Country Cottage
A cottage in the countryside is the epitome of a dream home. Homemaker looks at four cottages for sale in the region. Bamburgh This deceptively spacious 17th Century Grade II-listed property enjoys an idyllic location in the coastal town of Bamburgh....
Chinese Hand over Ceremonial Arch
The ceremonial arch designed to boost Newcastle's Chinatown will be the centre of a hand-over ceremony on Monday. The company which designed the arch ( Changsu Classical Gardens Architectural Engineering Company of Shanghai ( is sending its general...
City Workers Say Good Riddance to an Eyesore
Plans to demolish one of the most hated buildings in Newcastle were received with delight by local workers yesterday ( but scepticism from one heritage watchdog. City workers who walked past ugly Westgate house everyday said they were happy about...
Concern over Drugs
Parish councillors at Seahouses, Northumberland, are concerned about a growing drugs problem in the village. A spokesman said it was becoming a worrying trend which needs to be addressed urgently. Police have confirmed they will increase surveillance...
Consett Steels Itself for a Popular New Image
Byline: By Karen Overbury The Journal The glorious County Durham countryside is a secret known to few outside the North-East. Of course, people know that Durham City is something special and they might even have heard of the magnificent Beamish...
Corbridge Hasn't Had Its Chips ( Ye
Byline: By Liz Hands A couple who remortgaged their home to buy a fish and chip van have taken a verbal battering from residents who say their business is lowering the tone of their affluent village. Margaret Wilkins and her husband Gary forked...
Councils to Pay the Price for Flooding
Byline: By Tony Henderson North councils will have to find more than pounds 1m to help fund defence works in the wake of the floods which hit the region at the weekend. The Environment Agency's Northumbria regional defence committee approved...
Designs That Respect Old Surroundings
A builder known for distinctive developments in Northumberland conservation areas has announced more developments for this year. County Life is now offering buyers a choice of luxury homes on our own Heritage Coast, in the city suburbs; in the centre...
Diesel's a Dream of a Beemer
Byline: By Steve Hughes Driving more than 1,500 miles in two days is no easy task, but it is helped when the car is a hugely powerful oil-burner. Executive diesels are on a roll right now and the latest from BMW is just about as good as it gets....
Drawing on New Inspiration
Byline: By David Whetstone Gerald Scarfe is one of our most famous political cartoonists. You probably wouldn't know him from Adam but the chances are you'd recognise his cartoons. He has caricatured countless politicians down the decades, mostly...
Driver Killed Top Athlete
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A speeding taxi driver who mowed down and killed a close friend of Olympic double gold medalist Kelly Holmes was jailed for three years yesterday. The star athlete dedicated her second gold in Athens to Edward Prickett,...
Eagles So Fortunate to Face Toothless Tigers
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Newcastle reminded the BBL's title contenders that this season's Championship battle remains a five horse race with a seventh league win in eight games against a toothless Thames Valley Tigers last night. But behind...
Expect Surge in Boro's Euro Mission ( Franck
Byline: By Jack Pickering Defender Franck Queudrue is convinced that Middlesbrough can relaunch their Champions League charge in the second half of the season. Boro headed into Christmas sitting fifth in the Premiership table and having secured...
Failure by the County Council
Is it any wonder that parents in Northumberland are deeply suspicious of the council's planned reorganisation of schools? Hard on the heels of a consultation document which fails to ask the relevant question ( "Do you want to see the county's three-tier...
Family Put Faith in Prolific Charollais
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie Easy lambing, easy finishing and good fleshing qualities have kept the Wales family loyal to the Charollais for two decades. All but 40 gimmers of their pedigree Thackwood flock were lost in 2001 to foot-and-mouth...
Fighting for a Dream
Byline: By Neil McKay Former model Gail Old has achieved her dream of setting up her own business after battling back from a mystery virus which left her paralysed and needing a wheelchair. The 43-year-old mother-of-two was struck down by a viral...
Flying Start for Housing Market
Byline: By Francesca Craggs Severe weather which recently lashed the North-East has failed to dampen the spirits of the region's property market. Housing experts in the area have reported a buoyant start to 2005, despite the cancellation of some...
Fury over Big Sam's Wind-Up
Byline: By Mark Bradley Arsene Wenger responded to Sam Allardyce's latest attempt to wind him up by calling on the Football Association to clamp down on managers who deliberately ignite tensions before games. Wenger, whose Arsenal side visit...
Gerrard Report `Rubbish' ( Benitez
Byline: By Paul Walker Rafael Benitez yesterday unveiled pounds 6.3m striker Fernando Morientes and insisted Steven Gerrard had not been used as a bargaining tool to land the Spanish international. The Liverpool chief will play Morientes today...
Gothenburg Revives the Past's Spirit of Goodwill
Byline: By Alastair Gilmour The Journal When Scottish & Newcastle Breweries took over the assets, brands and tied estate of the Federation Brewery, it signalled the end of an 85-year-old co-operative movement. The Northern Clubs' Federation...
Granted, We Live in Interesting Times
Byline: By Bill Weeks Having had a few days of enforced rest and relaxation amid the competent and caring staff at our magnificent Wansbeck hospital, I was able to catch up on many of the farming opinions, facts, surmises and conjectures provided...
Harrovian Aiming for Upper Classes
Byline: By Doug Moscrop He reminds the owner of his Scottish National hero Paris Pike and he could be going in that direction ( but one step at a time. Harrovian won the Bedmax Handicap Chase at Kelso yesterday, but he has some way to go before...
Health Centre Fight Steps Up
Byline: By Dave Black Angry families will lobby a council meeting next week in a last-ditch bid to block plans to convert a former care home into a centre for people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems. More than 800 people in Ashington,...
Henman Leaves a Davis Cup Void
Britain paid a heavy price for the best season of Tim Henman's career when the British number one announced his immediate retirement from Davis Cup tennis. Henman's runs to the semi-finals of the French and US Opens last year have convinced him...
Hodgson Plays It Cool on Big Match
Byline: By Luke Edwards Darlington manager David Hodgson has attempted to play down the importance of this afternoon match's at Northampton. Northampton are three points and one place above the Quakers in the play-off zone of Coca Cola League...
Husband Spared for Act of Mercy
Byline: By Shenai Raif A devoted husband was spared jail yesterday after he admitted killing his cancer-stricken wife in a final "act of love". Retired policeman Brian Blackburn and his wife Margaret had formed a suicide pact so they could be...
Hushed Court Hears of Loving Couples' Last Tender Moments
The Old Bailey was hushed yesterday as the last tender moments of a loving couple were described. Margaret and Brian Blackburn, both 62, had found love late in life ( and hoped to meet up again in heaven. Mrs Blackburn, in the final stages of...
In My View
Byline: By Sphen Mott One of the most frequent questions asked by students at the two Northumberland schools where I worked as a teacher was "Why did God let it happen?" Can we, then, make sense of the Indonesian tsunami? How can we reconcile...
I Share Blame, Says William
Prince William is understood to feel he shares some of the blame for Harry's decision to dress up as a Nazi soldier. William, 22, who was with Harry when he collected the controversial costume, is said to feel partly responsible for his brother....
It All Weighs Up for a Jungle Jinks Win
Byline: By Doug Moscrop George Moore took Jungle Jinks to Aintree in November expecting he would enjoy the unique fences having proved himself over the Haydock obstacles, which is usually a good guide. But it was not to be. He made a mistake...
It's the Art of Bureaucracy
Byline: By Neil Mckay Planning red tape may help to keep a valuable art collection in the region. Council bosses believe the Zurburan paintings at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, may have listed building protection. The Church...
Judge Hits out at `Mugging Trend'
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A judge yesterday called on the courts to get tough on muggers who he said were turning attacks on pensioners into a new trend. Judge Tony Lancaster made the call as he jailed a heroin addict for four years for robbing...
Kyle's Absence Keeps McCarthy on the Hunt
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Mick McCarthy is refusing to be beaten in his search for fresh goalscoring talent after seeing another of Sunderland's long-standing targets swap the Football League for the Premiership this week. Twelve months ago...
Lee Cook's Up a Special for QPR Challenge
A superb 18th-minute strike by Lee Cook was enough at Loftus Road last night for Queens Park Rangers to leapfrog visiting Stoke City and move to within five points of a play-off spot. The outcome was the first win of 2005 and the first double of...
Legal View
Byline: By Andrew Farquharson Granting farm business tenancy agreements or even leases of farm buildings for business use are both very common. The alternative route for allowing a third party to utilise land is the grant of a licence. Whereas...
Let Your Garden Become a Sanctuary
Byline: By Lorraine Weeks and Helen Wherrett All gardens are important for wildlife, especially when you consider that they account for around four million acres of land in the UK ( an area larger than London. There are several ways to encourage...
Live Royal Lifestyle in the Sandringham
The words striking and sophisticated embody Bett Homes' Sandringham show home at Westhouse in Potter's Bank, Durham. The stylish architectural features come to life with an inspiring interior design scheme. The Sandringham property is one of...
Living Legends ( Meet the First Judges
The increasing number of entries into the 21st Century Living Awards has meant a tough challenge for the expert judges and this year the panel is bigger than ever. Over the next few weeks, Homemaker will be introducing the members of the judging...
Lloyd Webber a Hit with Pupils
Byline: By Eleanor Gregson Aspiring musicians at a Tyneside school were treated to a master-class by an internationally-celebrated cellist yesterday. Julian Lloyd Webber joined a long line of famous musical names, including Sting, who have paid...
Marts
Tow Law January 10 Hexham and Northern Marts at their weekly primestock sale in their Tow Law centre had forward 532 head of prime lambs. Leading prices: Suffolk x pounds 61 & pounds 57 Friarside; pounds 51.20 Houselope Grange; pounds...
Metro Chiefs in Union Boss Row
Byline: By Ross Smith Metro chiefs last night accused a union boss, who is threatening to paralyse the system with strike action, of a U-turn over staff changes. Trade unions are warning they could call for industrial action after bosses told...
Mourinho Hits Back in Reds Debacle
Byline: By Adrian Curtis Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last night insisted that any punishment from the Football Association for his comments concerning Sir Alex Ferguson or the antics of his players would be unacceptable and unfair. Mourinho...
MP Questions Role of Rural Hospitals
Byline: By Robert Brooks The findings of an investigation by health chiefs into the treatment of a heart-attack victim seemed to suggest rural community hospitals were almost redundant, an MP said yesterday And Berwick MP Alan Beith said he would...
My Week
Byline: By Mansel Priestly Mansel Priestly has more than 30 years' experience in the motor and finance industries, and was appointed general manager of Benfield Contract Motoring ( the contract-hire division of Benfield Motor Group ( in the summer....
Now or Never for Cats ( Wright
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Stephen Wright last night took stock of a Sunderland side yet to fire on all cylinders this season and concluded the club will never be in a better position to seal promotion to the Premiership. The former Liverpool...
Parents Face Prison Threat
Byline: By David Barrett Parents who smack their children hard enough to leave a mark will face up to five years' imprisonment from today. New laws which came into force at midnight last night allow mild smacking. But they criminalise any...
Parents' Fury at Phone Poll
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Parents have raised new concerns over controversial school closure plans after learning they may have no input into a phone poll on the proposals. Northumberland County Council's cabinet member for education Jim Wright...
Phone Appeal
The Court of Appeal reserved judgment yesterday on the latest round of a legal battle by GP Christine Nunn to get rid of a phone mast near her home. Mother-of-three Dr Nunn, 45, believes the T-Mobile mast near The Old Vicarage in Bardsey, Leeds,...
Plants Fight Terror Threat
Byline: By Eleanor Gregson Armed police are being drafted in to tighten security at nuclear power plants after a Government report conceded they were vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Hartlepool Power Station will see the extra measures introduced...
Police Breath Tests Cutback
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Police have slashed the number of breath tests they conduct by up to two-thirds in some parts of the North as campaigners warn forces are being forced to divert vital resources to fight other crimes. Official figures have...
Pounds 10m Down the Drain
Byline: By Tony Henderson Millions of pounds have been wasted on drainage schemes in the North-East which may have actually increased the risk of flooding, it is claimed. The official policy of the last few decades, of encouraging the digging...
Prescott Staying Power Assured by Rivalry
Byline: By Paul Linford Last November, in the dark days following the spectacular demise of his regional government dream, there were many queuing up to write the political obituary of John Prescott. Now that his long-held ambition of establishing...
Production Halted at Mine as Water Reaches Coal Face
Coal production has been halted at the region's last deep pit as emergency work is carried out to tackle a severe flooding problem. About 500 gallons of water a minute are being pumped out of the only production face at 400-man Ellington Colliery...
Protecting Your Home against Elements
Byline: By Peter Fall What a seven days we've just had! The weather systems did their worst and our buildings suffered because of it. Not only our buildings but the infrastructure as well. High winds and heavy rainfall combined to rip bits...
Quick Bites
A night out with a difference is now possible thanks to a new bar in Newcastle city centre. Sanctuary Bar in Leazes Lane is proving popular because it offers three different nights out under one roof. Visitors can enjoy drinks in the bar then,...
Savings Help to Fuel Surge in Diesels
Byline: By Steve Hughes More than half of some of the UK's best-selling cars are now diesels, according to latest figures. Vauxhall experienced an increase of more than a third in diesel sales last year alone, with almost 85,000 more of its oil-burners...
Set for a Makeover
Byline: By Ross Smith A masterplan for the future of Gateshead has urged a massive revamp of the shopping centre to breathe new life into the town. The document calls for an overhaul of the imposing 1960s Trinity Square shopping centre to make...
Shorts
Voyana (0208 515-4608, www.voyana.com/caribbean) is highlighting reductions of pounds 85 per person at Anse Chastanet, a boutique-style tropical hideaway on the island of St Lucia. The revised price of pounds 1,309 per person (twin share) applies...
Smith Was the One That Got Away
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Tommy Smith is famed for his pace but even those who know the fleet-footed marksman best were unprepared for the speed with which the former Watford favourite quit Wearside last summer. Finally given the opportunity...
Souness Eyes Striker Double
Graeme Souness is ready to launch the toughest mission of his managerial career by keeping Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer at Newcastle United next season. The Magpies' manager has decided to embark on his difficult double header because he believes...
Souness Still Looking Hard into the Window
Byline: By Luke Edwards Grame Souness confirmed last night he still hopes to further strengthen his squad before the close of the January transfer window. Souness has already signed Celestine Babayaro and Jean-Alain Boumsong at a combined cost...
Space Probe Lands on an Alien Moon
Byline: By John von Radowitz Scientists were celebrating last night after a European spacecraft landed safely on Saturn's icy cloud-covered moon Titan after its seven- year journey. The Huygens probe parachuted through Titan's thick, smoggy atmosphere...
Suburban Living with Best of Both Worlds
Luxury apartments in the Gosforth suburb of Newcastle are proving to be a hit with buyers moving out of the city centre. It appears that suburban living is now an appealing option as homeowners begin to realise that they can benefit from the best...
Tenants in Demand
Newcastle people who bought their council homes in the 1980s are being asked to tell their stories to a Channel 4 documentary team. The programme will mark the 25th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's policy that gave tenants the `right-to-buy' their...
The Enduring Allure of Suburban Living
With pleasant residential streets, close to local amenities and schools, it's no surprise that homes in the suburbs are still a big hit with homebuyers. Despite the popularity of the countryside and the massive growth in city living, the draw of...
The Past Proves Perfect for Style
Byline: By Steve Hughes Jaguar is going back to the future with a transformation of the marque based on motoring icons from its illustrious sporting heritage. The company admits that a complete transformation is now needed to revitalise a brand...
There Is No Crime in Defending Oneself against Burglars
Last month Tony Blair appeared to be supporting the Private Member's Bill introduced by Tory MP Patrick Mercer, to change the law on tackling burglars. Now he says there is no need for change. In other words he was just playing cat-and-mouse with...
Thousands of Homes to Choose From
Approximately 4,000 new homes are being built in and around Consett. Developments include: Barratt Homes Berry Edge, Consett: Three and four-bedroom homes being built on the site of the former steelworks. The development has two four-bedroom...
Trips for Children Hit Rural Families
Byline: By Daniel Pimlott Parents in rural areas of the North are acting as virtual taxi drivers for their children as a result of poor local transport links. According to a new survey, the average British parent will drive their children 70,000...
Two Contrasting Developments Fall under Our Bright Spotlight
With the new year now well established, new developments are springing up across the North-East. Homemaker highlights two of the latest developments to be launched in the region. Linthorpe, Teesside On the southern outskirts of Middlesbrough...
Vatanen in for a Win
Rallying: Four-time Dakar Rally champion Ari Vatanen drove to his 51st special victory as he clocked the fastest time on stage 14. The Nissan driver beat Volkswagen's Bruno Saby by over nine minutes to take his first special win in 2005 across the...
Vaughan Grafts Way toward Winning Form
Byline: By Richard Gibson Michael Vaughan responded to another England crisis at the Wanderers to halt his personal torment and grasp back some initiative for his team. The captain hit an unbeaten 82 as the tourists closed the second day of the...
Victorian Park to Get a Spectacular Touch
Byline: By Dave Black A popular town park which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary is in line for a major facelift with exciting water features for children. Ridley Park, which first opened its gates in 1904, provides acres of green open...
Vipers in Bid to Ground Flyers
Byline: By Harry Black Newcastle Vipers are in Winter Cup action when they visit Fife Flyers in the first leg of the semi-final. It will be the second time that these teams have met in a week after Vipers defeated the Kirkcaldy side 11-2 before...
We Must Start Climbing the Table, Warns Jenas
Byline: By Luke Edwards The term under-achievement should, until Newcastle United end their 36-year trophy drought, be inscribed in large black-and-white letters above the player's entrance at St James's Park. Better still, while Liverpool have...
We Really Need You Andrew Tells Fans
Byline: By Alan Hedley Rob Andrew has named a Falcons side for tomorrow's crucial Heineken Cup match against Newport Gwent Dragons at Kingston Park without a recognised fly-half. The Newcastle boss said: "Under ERC regulations we have to name...
We've Got to Get Stuck in, Says Grimes
Byline: By Alan Hedley The Falcons may be rocked by injuries, but Scotland lock Stuart Grimes still believes Newcastle can make it through to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup. Grimes knows experienced players such as himself, Colin Charvis,...
Wine
Byline: By Helen Savage Marks & Spencer may have been through a rough old time recently but its wine selection goes from strength to strength. Its range is ever more impressive. Also, it's in the middle of a sale, which includes some whacking...
You'll Find Your Heart's Desire with This Budget
Whatever your idea of a dream home, with a budget of pounds 350,000 to play with you'll probably find it in the North-East. Some of the properties at that price include a barn conversion in an area of outstanding natural beauty, a four-bedroom detached...

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