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 September 3, 2005

A Big Let-Down for Village's Motorists
Byline: By Dave Black Car owners in a Northumberland village are "deflated" and angry following a spate of punctures which they blame on a window company carrying out improvement work in the area. Financial adviser Russell Pickering, 43, says...
Aim for Each Way Value at Haydock
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Orientor has his fourth crack at the William Hill Sprint Cup at Haydock today and looks the each way value bet at 50-1. His best effort was his fourth in 2002 and last year he performed respectably, beaten about four lengths...
Alan Closes in on Haul
Byline: By Alan Charlton Most anglers think that the further out you go, the bigger the fish. Alan McLardy made a mockery of this theory when taking one of the biggest cod this season ( weighing in at 24lb ( from a wreck just three miles off Seaham...
Ameobi Hails Arrival of New Striking Rival
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Despite being pushed down the St James's Park pecking order, Shola Ameobi has welcomed the arrival of Michael Owen. "It's a massive boost for us, the whole club and the city to have a player of Michael's calibre," said...
Andrew `Pretty Pleased' with Result
Byline: By Alan Hedley Rob Andrew watched his Newcastle side come within seconds of snatching a Premiership win at one of the championship favourites, Sale, last night. "We scored three tries to two away from home against one of the sides tipped...
Anger and Pity in a Community Betrayed by Dishonesty
People in Allenheads last night gave a mixed reaction to the news that their former postmistress had been jailed for six months. Some voiced anger at the length of the prison sentence, claming Shaftoe had dealt the remote 200-resident village a...
Anger as Professor Denies Dyslexia
Byline: By Liz Hands Sufferers refute claims condition does not exist A North-East professor sparked anger among dyslexia sufferers and support groups in the region last night after claiming the condition did not exist. Julian Elliott, professor...
Arngrove Northern League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Newcastle Blue Star, boasting a 100% record, will hand a debut to David Southern at Esh Winning this afternoon. "We are delighted to have signed David from Dunston Federation on a two-year contract. He is a quality player...
Aussies Geared Up for the Rumble at the Oval
Byline: By Richard Gibson Australia fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz admits England are in an enviable position ( but insists the Aussies could still imitate "The Rumble in The Jungle." The tourists have one final two-day game against Essex at...
Battling Falcons Just Fail to Overtake Sale
Newcastle came within a whisker of a dramatic injury time win at Sale in their opening Premiership match of the season. The Falcons clawed their way back from 26-17 down to have a chance to win it in injury time when winger Anthony Elliott scored...
Beat the Bookie
Byline: By Neil Harnett A selective look at the sports bets on offer this weekend: After only three weeks of football, the domestic top-flight has to make way for five days of World Cup qualifiers. All eyes will be on Cardiff today as England...
Bob and Nikki Leave Dream Home for New Life in Spain
After 30 years living in one of the most distinctive homes in the North East, Bob and Nikki Bowden are leaving for a new life in Spain A well-known face among the regional racing fraternity, Bob, 63, owned an industrial video company supplying TV...
Bookshop Has Chapter and Verse on Rail Tales
Byline: By Robert Brookes Tales of robberies, royal visits, cattle rescues, accidents and practical jokes have been recorded for posterity by one of the UK's biggest second-hand bookshops. A double CD of railway reminiscences features in a new...
Brave Durham Thrill Crowds
Byline: By Luke Edwards Victory push questioned Positive, attacking cricket and thrilling final day run chases have been a feature of this golden summer as England finally threaten to wrestle the Ashes from the iron grip of those stubborn Australians....
Builder Adds Extras to a Family Favourite
The best way to find out whether a property is right for you and your family is to walk around it. And a showhome is the definitive way of looking at a new home. The finishing touches are being added to Bellway's latest showhome, the Melbury 2 at...
Bus Users Celebrate Saving Service
Byline: By Tony Henderson And Rhodri Phillips Popular route will be kept running ( for now Bus passengers have won their battle to keep their popular route running. Services 34 and 35 between Newcastle city centre and Wallsend were facing...
Cats Ace Stead Breaks His Duck
Byline: By Mike McGrath Sunderland striker Jon Stead broke his goalscoring duck for the season by grabbing England U-21s opening goal in their 4-0 triumph over Wales U-21s last night in Wrexham. Mick McCarthy's summer signing from Blackburn went...
Celebrity Portraits
Artists from the television series Star Portraits, along with Rolf Harris, will be painting North-East celebrities on Friday. Those sitting for portraits will be agony aunt and The Journal columnist Denise Robertson, Olympic triple-jump champion...
Cheers to Happy Couple!
Byline: By Alastair Gilmour They used to say The Mountie always gets his man: that'll have to be changed to The Shepherd. This week's signing of Michael Owen by Newcastle United has been compared to Alan Shearer's arrival and the two comings...
Children's Home Protest
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Furious families start petition Angry families are campaigning to stop a home for children with behavioural problems being set up on their doorstep. People in the High View area of Wallsend, North Tyneside, believe...
Classy Decorating Is Easy and Cheap
Byline: By Gabrielle Fagan Gabrielle Fagan looks at thrifty decorating ideas for those on a limited budget. Even if buying your dream home has drained your piggy bank, it's still perfectly possible to inject personality into your home without...
Classy Phaeton Raises Image
Byline: By Steve Hughes Volkswagen has very modest sales plans for its executive saloon, the Phaeton, and it is just as well. Diving headlong into the upper echelons of the luxury limousine market is no easy task, especially when your reputation...
Cruelty Farmer `Too Kind to His Cattle'
Byline: By Dave Black pounds 5,000 fine after cows had to be destroyed A farmer fined pounds 5,000 for cruelty to his animals was prosecuted after feeding his cattle too well, a court was told yesterday. Three cows belonging to Richard Taylor...
Don't Be Duped
A booklet has been launched to prevent people falling victim to shoddy work from dodgy doorstep traders. North Tyneside's Trading Standards Service has joined forced with Northumbria Police, Age Concern and the Citizen's Advice Bureau to help combat...
Driver Fights for Life
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A driver was fighting for his life yesterday after a holiday car smash which killed two of his friends and devastated the Jewish community. The 21-year-old Gateshead man, who is believed to be an Orthodox Jew, was on...
Durham Leagues
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Hetton Lyons can take another step towards the Fosters Durham Senior League championship and promotion to the Fosters ECB North East Regional Premier League if they defeat South Shields in the penultimate game of the season....
Electronics Firm Set to Get Pounds 5m for Plant
Byline: By Neil Mckay Closed site put up for sale by LG Philips Electronics giant LG Philips is set to make pounds 5m for a plant it closed with the loss of 760 jobs. The company has put its 490,000sqft site at Belmont Industrial Park, Durham,...
England Put the Heat on Chris
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Tremlett's nerve war England will carefully monitor Chris Tremlett's reaction to the big occasion today as they consider their bowling options for next week's Ashes decider against Australia at the Oval. The selectors,...
Forced to Live as a Vagrant
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A businessman who drove a vulnerable pensioner from his home with a prolonged and sadistic campaign of violence and intimidation was jailed yesterday. CafA owner Brandon di Caprio subjected part-time employee Leslie Kingston,...
Foster's North-East Premier
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Despite being 16 points ahead with two games to play, South Northumberland captain John Graham insists the title race is far from over. The Gosforth side extended their lead over Chester-le-Street following the Bank Holiday...
Fruits of Your Labour
Byline: By Ron McParlin If you have a new garden to plant up it is a good idea to choose some of your plants with a definite purpose in mind for them (rather than planting purely for fashion or from a vague whim). A long time ago I came to the...
Garcia's Scare for `Cappy' Woosie
Of all the things Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam does not want to see or hear next year, one is certainly Sergio Garcia coming up to him and saying: "Don't pick me." But Europe's top player in the world yesterday painted a picture of him doing precisely...
Ginger Snaps
It has always been Ginger Snaps' motto that when we find a half-decent joke, we will flog it to death. So we come to the third and final week of extracts from various youngsters' GCSE English exams which have kept us in a state of at least semi-amusement...
Green Renaissance
Byline: By Neil Mckay Village focal point restored to its glory With its immaculate village green, a pub called The Plough, and St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Shadforth in County Durham is a picture-postcard village. But it was not always so....
Honours Shared in Top-of-Table Clash
A bumper crowd enjoyed an enthralling top-of-the-table battle. League Two leaders Notts County were resilient enough to protect their three-point lead over Darlington. Quakers appeared to have snatched victory when substitute Guy Ndumbu-Nsugu...
How High Do Your Hedges Grow ( and Are They Still Legal?
Rumours and myths are rife concerning the new leylandii legislation. Planning manager Jan Bessell explains the new rules. New legislation aimed at ending disputes over leylandii hedges has been hitting the headlines. Last week a council in Gloucestershire...
In My View
Byline: By Alan Savage It was an extraordinary act of humility that a husband of a teacher convicted of having sex with a teenage pupil recently stood by his wife on the grounds of his marriage vows; in sickness and in health ( he told waiting reporters...
`It Was like Something out of Lord of the Flies'
The ordeal of a North-East graduate trapped inside the Superdome shelter emerged yesterday. Jamie Trout of Newlands Avenue, Sunderland, fled to the dome as Hurricane Katrina screamed in but life inside the refuge quickly descended to savagery. ...
Left to Die in the Street
Byline: By Victoria Ward The mayor of New Orleans launched a devastating attack on President George Bush yesterday, demanding to know why he had failed to co-ordinate a successful relief operation. Law and order have completely broken down in...
Living on One Level Is Safe and Popular with All Ages
Single-storey homes offer lots of benefits and are popular with a huge range of buyers from families, to retired couples and young professionals. Popular with younger buyers, flats and apartments provide that ideal first step on the property ladder....
Lyons Roars Back to Defend His Title
Byline: By Andrew Dalby Last season's Newcastle hero Jason Lyons returns to Brough Park tomorrow (5.30pm start) to defend his title in the George English (Senior) Memorial Trophy against the top four of this year's Diamonds, who also have their...
Man Found Hanged
A man in his thirties has been found hanged at his home in Wooler, north Northumberland. Police believed there were no suspicious circumstances. The man's name had not been released last night. The death was reported to north Northumberland coroner...
Mercy Killing Husband Freed
Byline: By Nick Foley And David Hughes Grandfather weeps as he's spared prison A devoted husband who admitted carrying out a mercy killing on his terminally ill wife in an "act of love" dramatically walked free from court. Donald Mawditt,...
Mercy Men in Training
A group of volunteers on the world's largest charity hospital ship received some unusual training in Seaham, County Durham, this month when they learned how to operate a forklift truck. The four men ( Russ Holmes, Andy Cowie, Alfred Apoflo and Laurence...
Mike Played on despite Heart Attack
Byline: By Hazel Mollison Lack of training thought to blame Committed goalkeeper Mike Kennedy was so determined not to let his team down he played on through the pain of a heart attack. Halfway through the first half of a pub league Sunday...
Minister's Film Is the Star Attraction
Byline: By Robert Brooks Social history is caught on camera Lifelong film-maker John Jackson has combined cinema and the church since childhood. Now, the results of the semi-retired minister's work are to be one of the main attractions at...
Mixed Views on Market Trends
Byline: By Karen Wilson Buyers and sellers are scratching their heads at a plethora of contradictory property surveys, which paint a confusing picture of the current market. While Nationwide says prices are rising slowly, the Royal Institute...
More Are Moving out of the City Centres
Forming neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city, suburban living offers everything for the modern family. As city centre prices continue to rise, and with the associated parking and congestion issues which plague many of those living in the...
Mother in Court for Baby Murder
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips Woman kept in custody for her safety A woman appeared in court yesterday charged with murdering her four-month-old son in a house fire. Danielle Wails, 21, of Link Road, Cowgate, Newcastle, was formally charged on...
Murray's Fightback Ends in Heartbreak
Andy Murray's US Open heroics eventually turned into heartbreak as he went out in the second round against Frenchman Arnaud Clement. The 18-year-old Scot, who came through an epic tussle with Romanian Andrei Pavel in his opening clash, again showed...
Navara Picks Up on Trend
Byline: By Stewart Smith In the USA more than half of new motors bought are in what is labelled the truck sector. They include any 4x4, pick-up or SUV, and it looks as though buyers in the UK are latching on to this trend. Although I can't see...
New Era at Inn for Ex-Coffee Shop Pair
Byline: By Julia Kennard Couple say quitting proved to be a blessing in disguise A couple who were forced to quit their dream business say they now see it as a "blessing in disguise" after starting afresh. Duncan and Diane Davis ploughed their...
New York Trip Just Apple Pie
Byline: By Julia Kennard When Jim Robson called his wife to tell her that they had won a trip to New York with The Journal she dropped the phone in disbelief. The 53-year-old assistant building site manager rang his wife, Wendy, 48, straight...
No Compromise on Space and Design
Opting for a semi-detached home doesn't have to mean compromising on space or design. Many designs now incorporate three storeys and most include all you would expect in a detached home including garage, gardens and en-suite facilities. We seek out...
No Panic over Tactics Switch
Byline: By Mark Bradley Danish drubbing not behind changes ( Sven Sve-Goran Eriksson insists he has not been panicked into a gamble on his tactics and team selection for the World Cup qualifier against Wales by England's embarrassing defeat in...
Northumberland Leagues
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Ashington, with a 19-point lead at the top of the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, play the first of three games which will decide the destination of the championship. Following today's fixture against...
Now Let's Go out and Stump the Welsh
Byline: By John Curtis Beckham driven on by Ashes charge David Beckham has admitted England are taking inspiration from the nation's cricketers as he set his sights on completing a sporting treble by lifting the World Cup next summer. Beckham...
Order Book Boosts Fortunes at Chieftain
Byline: By Iain Laing Shares in Tyneside engineering group Chieftain shot up yesterday after it revealed a big rise in orders. The Newcastle-based company, which specialises in fitting out warships and merchant vessels, cheered investors with...
Please Say a Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Katrina's Aftermath: To put things in perspective for you: England, Scotland and Wales encompass a total of 88,745 square miles. The area of total devastation along America's Gulf Coast exceeds 90,000 square miles. As I write, CNN News crews...
Pointers to New Look for Ford
Byline: By David Whinyates What a difference a couple of years and a pay increase makes. Almost exactly 24 months ago I watched and listened as car designer Martin Smith extolled the virtues of his latest creation. That car was the latest Vauxhall...
Police Issue Photo of Escaped Convict
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths Fugitive's former haunts checked out An escaped convict who has been on the run since Saturday was still on the loose last night. George Skelton, 29, of Meadow Well Estate, North Shields, broke out of Haverigg Prison...
Postmistress Who Faked Raid Jailed
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A village postmistress faked an armed robbery after plundering thousands of pounds from her employer, a court heard. Carole Shaftoe sparked a major police investigation after pretending she had been held at gunpoint at...
Pounds 5.1m Development Will Help Create 200 Jobs
More than 200 jobs could be created in a Northumberland town through a pounds 5.1m investment in new factories and offices, it was claimed yesterday. Work will start soon on the first of two Berwick developments to help push forward business regeneration...
Practical and Attractive Kitchens in Best Possible Taste
The kitchen is an integral part of every home. Buyers of new- build properties benefit from brand new kitchen designs combined with the latest appliances. And those who reserve early enough can often put their own personal stamp on their kitchen....
Private on Parade as Ian Confesses All
Byline: By David Whetstone As Ian Lavender prepares to confess all in a Durham premiere, David Whetstone talks to the former Private Pike. There's a tremulous edge to Ian Lavender's voice and it has nothing to do with the fact that, as an avid...
`Pubs Will Beat Smoking Ban'
Pubs will stop serving food to get round no-smoking laws, campaigners predicted last night. Under legislation due to come into force in the next three years, smoking will be banned in restaurants, pubs serving food and other enclosed public spaces....
Quality Counts for Texels
Byline: By Jennifer MacKenzie Border Texel Group members who are selling their rams at the annual Kelso Ram Sale next Friday, September 9, have been proving that quality pays. Group members Ronnie Symm and Donald MacPherson will be selling shearling...
Regiment on Parade to Celebrate Its Freedom
Byline: By Hayley Beattie Soldiers from the 39th Regiment Royal Artillery will receive a special Freedom of Northumberland award in Hexham today. It will be a double celebration for the Regiment based at Albemarle Barracks, near Harlow Hill,...
Reivers Fall to Boot of Teenager
Munster had to rely on a teenage number 10 to rescue them in their Celtic League opener at Thomond Park as they pinched a 9-7 win over Border Reivers. In what was billed as returning coach Declan Kidney's homecoming, try-less Munster failed to fire,...
Rolling out New Homes in a Prime Location
The many attractions of a brand new home in an established area within easy access to Durham City and the Derwent Valley are drawing buyers to Consett. Bowey Homes' development at Rolling Mill occupies a prime location close to the hustle of Consett...
Sadie Lands Salmon on First Outing
Sadie Day will never have to exaggerate her prowess as an angler after catching a salmon almost as tall as she is the first time she went fishing. Sadie, who turned four last Saturday, went fishing for the first time with her father, Colin, to get...
Saint Is Restored to Rightful Home
Byline: By Neil Mckay Four centuries of history overturned A simple ceremony was all it took to reverse 464 years of history yesterday. When the Dean of Durham Cathedral, the Very Rev Michael Sadgrove, unveiled a notice board at the entrance...
Schumacher on the Slide Again
Byline: By Ian Parkes Practice shunt brings more gloom for Ferrari David Coulthard refuses to believe Formula One will be witnessing the end of an era this weekend ( despite Michael Schumacher suffering further ignominy. The demise of the...
Scorpion Fancied to Sting St Leger Field
Byline: By Anita Chambers Classic action abounds on all sides this week, with top-class racing not only in Britain but also in Ireland and France. Although the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster will sadly not feature Derby winner Motivator, the...
Smith Craves Famous Victory
Byline: By Jon West Scotland manager Walter Smith knows the Tartan Army have been brought up on highs and lows, but is desperate to supply some of the former against Italy today. Victory against Marcello Lippi's team at Hampden Park would rank...
Solid Cumbrians Take the Points
Carlisle extended their unbeaten away run to four games. They ran out more comfortable winners than the one-goal scoreline suggests at troubled Bury. A first goal for the club from Raphael Nade lifted the Cumbrians up to the edge of the play-off...
Somerfield Told to Cut a Deal
Byline: By Iain Laing Supermarket chain Somerfield has been told it must sell 12 stores, including three in the North-East, to prevent a "substantial lessening" of competition in the local area. The ruling follows an investigation by the Competition...
Sport Shorts
King of the Mountains Cycling: Julian Winn ensured the Tour of Britain's King of the Mountains title stayed in British hands after securing the polka-dot jersey with two stages to go. The Welshman won all four of Thursday's climbs to move top of...
Spotlight on Rough Fell Sheep Country
Byline: By Jennifer MacKenzie The Rough Fell Breeders Association has got its breed promotion mapped out ( French style. The new Rough Fell Country map ( based on the French EcomusAe concept ( will be launched at the Westmorland County Show on...
Stars Cry out for City's Pain
The suffering of New Orleans, long a culturally rich city, is being felt across the entertainment world. Many celebrities with relatives or other ties to the city and the Gulf Coast have spoken out for those hit by Hurricane Katrina; some have been...
Still Good Value for Money Properties for Sale in North
House price rises may have slowed and are even falling in some areas, but prices have still soared, making many homes out of the reach of many prospective buyers. However, the North-East still has a wealth of desirable homes for sale that are within...
Stunning Debut from Merveilles
Byline: By Tom Peacock Mouchier off mark Merveilles created a big impression on his racecourse debut with an impressive victory in the first division of the Telindus Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Haydock Park. John Gosden's juvenile carried...
Surtees Takes Honours in Spectacular at Glendale
Byline: By Neil B Jones Martin Surtees' Lightweight and Heavyweight chestnut hunters, Fred and Tom, swept up the major Glendale Show trophies on Bank holiday Monday. With a third Working Hunter class in the bag both turned out for the Overall...
Suspended Jail Term
A stepfather who killed his teenage stepson in a night-time "lamping" fox-hunt, escaped jail yesterday. Byron Evans, 13, was shot while taking part in the expedition at Lower Cholwell Farm, Harberton, South Devon, on September 11 last year. His...
The Sea Gives Up Its Ghosts
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor Divers seek a single storm's 46 wrecks From Hurricane Katrina to the thunderous deluge which hit the North-East in midweek, the storms which dominated the news struck a chord with diver Ian Spokes....
The Sunny Side of Ireland
Byline: By Peter Woodman Peter Woodman enjoys a holiday under the smiling eyes of the Irish sun. It is a sad fact that some of the most glorious parts of the British Isles are also the wettest. So to say that we set off for six nights in Ireland...
Things Can Only Get Feta
What price a cup of tea? How about pounds 8? That was the price my wife and I were nearly charged in a London hotel this last weekend. Only nearly, mind you, because after suggesting to the manager that the cost of her tea for two would buy a...
Thunder Given a Lift to London
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead Thunder must complete their second double as a re-formed club if they're to take the play-off race to the final game of the season. The Tynesiders travelled down to the capital yesterday to prepare for their match...
Toshack Wary of Rooney's Skill
Byline: By Paul Walker John Toshack knows all about player power ( he has been through it a million times. And he knows all about 4-5-1, or whatever label is put on a supposed new idea. But the Wales manager has survived it all in nearly 30 years...
Tragedy Grandma Says `Thank You'
Byline: By Julia Kennard Hospice care prompts bid to raise cash for charity A grandmother is raising money for charity in memory of her 11-year-old granddaughter who lost her long battle against illness in July. Adelle (corr) Storey, of Newton...
Travel Shorts
The Imaginative Traveller (01473 667337, www.imaginative-traveller.com) has launched Imaginative Volunteers, a new programme for 2006 combining volunteer work with an adventure holiday in developing countries. Prices start at pounds 425 for a construction...
Undercover Operation Foils Scam
Byline: By Hilary Clixby An undercover police operation foiled a professionally- organised scam in which thousands of pounds worth of wheels were stolen to order from high-value cars. Officers posing as customers were deployed to crack the racket...
Vet's View
Byline: By Iain Carrington Once again summer is progressing and we are seeing mineral deficiencies. Trace element deficiency can be a major cause of production loss, but even a small loss spread over a large number of animals can be of great...
Vipers Boss Believes He's Pipped His Rivals
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Newcastle Vipers player- coach Rob Wilson believes he has stolen a march on his rivals before the Elite League season has even begun. Wilson's approach to player recruitment this summer has mirrored that of Sunderland...
Wade Associates Northe Alliance
Only two Premier Division fixtures survived the midweek storms and freshly promoted Blyth Town beat their fellow newcomers Alnmouth 6-0 at Morpeth to become the latest holders of pole position. Blyth were four goals clear at the interval thanks...
Watermelon, Feta and Olive Salad
This week's recipe is for a salad to go with these final days of summer. The quantities of the ingredients are really up to you. It's not critical and depends on how big a dish you want and how much you like olives and feta cheese. Also, we often...
Wearside League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Top-of-the table Cleadon SC, with four wins and a draw out of five, visit Jarrow at Perth Green in the South Tyneside derby. Manager Doug Key reports that he will have a full squad available and is looking forward to...
Wild Shots Prove to Be Winners
Byline: By Tony Henderson There was good news waiting when two sets of holidaymakers arrived back in the North-East this week. Les Jamieson returned from the Dolomites in Italy with wife Margaret to find that he had landed first prize in the...
Wine
Byline: By Helen Savage A few years ago I visited the cellars of Campo Viejo, one of the best producers of Rioja in Logro-o in Northern Spain. I had never seen so many barrels and wondered how on earth they found the time to fill and then maintain...
Young Magpies Impress in Spain
Byline: By Stuart Rayner The reserves of Malaga proved stronger than Newcastle's as a young United side held out impressively for 45 minutes against a near-full strength La Liga team, then wilted in the second half as the Spaniards made their fresh...
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