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 31, 2010

Agricultural Market Set to Be Buoyant in 2010
THE North East agricultural market was buoyant during 2010 and a recent surge of sales points towards more of the same for next year, according to land agency Strutt & Parker. The business has recently handled sales of pounds 27m for almost...
Anglers Look to Cash in on Thaw
WITH prospects looking the best in over a month, coarse anglers are expected to be out in numbers during the present thaw with more venues becoming fishable as the ice retreats. The Angel hopes to hold an Open on Sunday, and other commercial stillwaters...
Animal Welfare Issue Will Test Your Resolve
ANOTHER New Year's Eve and the pressure to make more resolutions. We've all made them. But how often do we keep them? There's absolutely no point in making resolutions as they only make you feel useless and a failure. Unless, that is, you find a resolution...
Aquarium Gets a Surprise Guest for Christmas
AQUARIUM staff were presented with an unexpected "gift" on Christmas Eve in the form of an unwanted turtle. A member of the public walked in to the reception area of Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium and dumped the 10cm-long creature. Named Noel...
Ashes Job Not over Just Yet; Ashes Triumph Will Be Complete with Series Victory
ENGLAND must cast aside any feelings of satisfaction at retaining the Ashes in Melbourne - as their urn will be empty if they do not clinch series victory in Sydney, writes DAVID CLOUGH. Coach Andy Flower insists the job is simply not yet finished,...
Awards for the Heroes of Literature and Journalism
WRITER Lady Antonia Fraser, pictured left, has been made a dame for services to literature. She was born into intellectual high society, one of eight children of campaigner and politician Lord Longford, and found herself at the centre of a scandal...
Carroll Is Terrifying Premier Defenders
ANDY Carroll has already got Premier League defenders running scared - and Alan Shearer is convinced Newcastle United's new number nine will soon be doing exactly the same to international ones. Carroll does not have a bigger fan than the man whose...
Deaths
ASHEN (Bedlington). Peacefully in Chester Court on 22nd December, aged 86 years, Hilda Jessie (nee Bostock), a dear mother and grandma to all the family. Will friends please meet for service and cremation at Cowpen Crematorium on Friday 7th January...
Dominoes Fall Victim to Vicious Tactics
IT was once a simple pastime played politely for pennies. Honour and honesty were bywords; old men sipping warm beer looked on approvingly. Alas, no longer: today it is a game of snide asides and sledging, of questionable results and heavy side...
Double Christmas Delight for Family; Man out of a Coma as His Daughter Born
Byline: Alastair Craig ACLIMBER who slipped into a coma after suffering a brain aneurysm regained consciousness for Christmas Day - as his baby daughter was born on the next ward. Andrew Earl should have been celebrating the birth of his first-born...
Eclectic Offerings Help Ward off Winter Chill; TABLE FOR 2 KATHARINE CAPOCCI Black Horse, West Boldon
FIRST things first - the Black Horse isn't exactly your typical pub offering. With its quirky, eclectic interiors, choc-a-block with 20th Century memorabilia, it's the sort of place that grows on you. From the outside it looks like a traditional...
Fears over New Control Costs Rallies Livestock Industry
LIVESTOCK groups have joined forces to oppose any plans to pass on the majority of the pounds 32m in costs for official controls in abattoirs and meat plants to the farming industry. They are demanding a full review of the Food Standard Agency's...
Feel-Good Factor Made Jake Kean to Stay On
THE Victoria Park "feel-good" factor has persuaded Jake Kean to stay at Hartlepool United, writes STUART RAYNER. The 19-year-old has been on loan from Blackburn Rovers since September, and will now stay for another month after being won over by...
Flexible Support for ME Sufferers
THIS may be one of the worst times of the year for people with ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), who are unable to cope on a regular daily basis, without additional levels of stress, expense, excitement and demands on energy levels that can leave them...
Foreign Drivers Flee without Paying Fine; Millions Owed but Councils Unable to Trace Them
Byline: Adrian Pearson THOUSANDS of foreign motorists have left city parking bosses with more funding problems after they fled without paying up. While UK drivers who get caught out in parking rules are easily traced through their licence plate,...
Golden Shots Train Sights; Premiership's In-Form Marksmen Go Head to Head
Byline: Mark Smith ADAMS Park hosts an Aviva Premiership battle of the boot on Sunday, as Newcastle Falcons travel to face Wasps. The encounter sees two of the league's in-form marksmen go head to head, with Newcastle's Jimmy Gopperth and Wasps'...
Hats off to Black Cats Boss Bruce
IT is painful for him to admit and he might have once choked on the words, but Alan Shearer is full of admiration for the way Sunderland have progressed under Steve Bruce. The Black Cats have thrived under the former Manchester United skipper (pictured...
Honours for Final Ref and Cup Hero; Whistler Leads New Year List
WORLD Cup final referee Howard Webb and Ryder Cup hero Graeme Mc-Dowell are among those receiving awards today in the New Year Honours List, writes MARTYN ZIEGLER. An MBE for Webb, 39, is the climax of a year in which the match official from Rotherham...
'I Was So Paranoid about Losing My Winning Lottery Ticket I Didn't Take My Trousers off for Five Days ... and I Even Slept in Them'
Byline: James Moore APLUMBER who has won pounds 3.5m on the lottery wore - and slept in - in the same pair of trousers for five days to keep his winning ticket safe. Paul Goldie won the life-changing sum in the Christmas Day draw and was so worried...
'I Would Still Love to Be a Manager' Alan Shearer Still Thinks He Will Become a Manager despite Thoroughly Enjoying Life as a Pundit, but He No Longer Dreams about a Return to Newcastle. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Reports
Byline: Alan Shearer ALAN Shearer does not have anything left to prove. The record books speak for him, his place in the history of English football is already assured, his status as a Newcastle United legend guaranteed. Shearer turned 40 this...
Landlord Is Held in Yeates Murder Case; Retired Public School Teacher Questioned
Byline: Rod Minchin DETECTIVES were last night questioning the landlord of Joanna Yeates on suspicion of her murder. Retired public school teacher Chris Jefferies, 65, was arrested at 7am today at his flat directly above the basement Victorian...
Les Verguettes Tipped for Lingfield
Byline: Saraband STEF Higgins' runners have been hitting the bar recently so Les Verguettes can provide some relief with victory at Lingfield today. The Lambourn trainer has sent out six placed runners in her last seven starters but Les Verguettes...
Magpies' Keane Pursuit in Doubt; Spurs Prefer to Sell Star: Gradel Is on United Manager's Wish-List
Byline: Luke Edwards NEWCASTLE United's second attempt to sign Robbie Keane this season is in doubt as Tottenham Hotspur would like to sell the striker rather than loan him to a Premier League rival. Keane turned down a move to St James' Park...
Margaret Provides a Vital Lifeline; Village Shop Owner Gets Award
Byline: Paul Tully FOR 40 years Margaret Ward and her stalwart husband Roy have kept their village shop at the hub of daily life. Delivering the goods in all weathers and providing a vital lifeline to the south Northumberland community of Slaley,...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia..............1.445 ............dollars Canada..............1.4771 ............dollars Egypt.................7.9803 ...........pounds Euro ..................1.1193 ...............euro Hong Kong...........11.46 ............dollars...
Memories of Water Torture Flood Back; Irish Crisis Mirrors One Faced in North
Byline: Sarah NEWS of the water crisis in Northern Ireland has brought back unpleasant memories for people in two Northumberland towns. As the New Year broke in 1996, the thawing of frozen pipes led to 50,000 people in Ashington and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea...
Miliband Rejects New Job Rumours; I'm Not in for US Role, Says MP
Byline: Andy Hughes DAVID Miliband has shrugged off rumours he could become Britain's next ambassador to the United States of America. There were suggestions earlier this week that the South Shields MP would quit his parliamentary role in favour...
North Is Meeting Target on Sites for Nature; Official Figures Show Region on Track to Meet Government Targets
Byline: Tony Henderson THE North East is on track to meet Government targets for improvements to its best nature sites. Official figures yesterday show that 98% of the region's acreage of sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) are meeting...
Plenty Events to Welcome in the New Year
REVELLERS are being promised a variety of celebrations to see in the New Year tonight. From an ancient village tradition to a city centre street carnival, a range of free family events have been planned for the special occasion. Hundreds of people...
Preparation the Key for Tim Success
TIM Anslow went well prepared for a short trip out in the freezing conditions on his kayak over the festive season - and was well rewarded for his efforts. Fishing just off St Mary's Island, his squid-baited hokai was hardly being touched when his...
Realt Checks D'haguenet at Leopardstown
MIKAEL D'Haguenet was a big disappointment as Realt Dubh came out on top in a dramatic race for the Bord na Mona With Nature Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Willie Mullins' charge was sent off the 4-7 favourite to make amends for his last-fence fall...
Red-Hot Iolith's Double Triumph; Novices' Joy at Taunton
CONNECTIONS of Iolith can dream of success at the big spring festivals after he made it two from two for the season in the toteexacta Flexi Betting Novices' Hurdle at Taunton. Like so many of Alan King's string, the German recruit looked off colour...
Santa Committee Was Spot on with Selection
Byline: BOB CUFFE CONGRATULATIONS on surviving your family. And commiserations if the grasping freeloaders are still with you. Thankfully I've been back at work. I told Cemento: "I'm needed." I'm not. I have no necessary skills. She knows that....
Scottish Connection Saves 300 Fashion Jobs
Byline: Peter McCusker SCOTTISH entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter has bought fashion chain Cruise and entered into a partnership with a premier North East retailer. Glasgow-based Cruise, was bought by business restructuring firm Hilco from HBOS earlier...
Stumped by All the Moaners
I HAVE loved watching the Ashes series and have also enjoyed reading some of the stories in The Journal with the relatives of both Graeme Swann and Paul Collingwood. Very amusing! They've provided a fresh, and light-hearted, view on the series....
Such a Heavenly Way to Celebrate the New Year
IF any Chilean winery can claim credit for showing that truly great wine can be made in Chile, it is surely Montes. It began with the release of the startlingly good Montes Alpha range almost 20 years ago and has continued ever since with a succession...
Sunderland Sweat on Skipper's Scan
Byline: Stuart Rayner SUNDERLAND will be anxiously awaiting the results of a scan on Lee Cattermole's back today, fearing another significant addition to their growing injury list. The 22-year-old captain has a back problem, and his club are...
Sweet Dreams for Pop Star Annie. as Others Are over the Moon; NEW YEAR HONOURS
Byline: Sam Marsden POP star Annie Lennox receives an OBE in the New Year Honours List today for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa. The former Eurythmics singer heads a host of entertainment and sport stars awarded honours, including...
Taking a Look at Our Changing Coastline; Schoolchildren to Explore the Landscape
Byline: Tony Henderson THE changing face of the North East's diverse coastline is to be recorded every day throughout 2011. Schools and individuals across the region are being invited to contribute to the project, which was launched yesterday...
Thoughts on 2010
Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive, Greggs, HRH Prince of Wales Ambassador for the North East, Chairman of CBI North East ALOT has happened in 2010 and there is no question it has been another tough year for businesses. Consumers have less disposable income...
Top 10 Films
OUR film reviewer DAMON SMITH rounds up his films of the year IN A summer cluttered with remakes and vacuous blockbusters, the mind-bending thriller Inception stood out from the crowd. But 2010 will be remembered as a vintage year for animated features,...
Town Joins Family in Show of Respect; Paratro Oper 'Died Doing a Job He Loved'
Byline: Dan Warburton UNITED in grief, a family wept as the Union Flag-draped coffin of a hero soldier was returned to British soil from Afghanistan yesterday. In a solemn tribute to a brave soldier, loved ones of Corporal Steven Dunn stood silently...
Tributes Paid to Fallen Hero with a Heart of Gold
THE WIDOW of a bomb disposal expert killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan paid tribute to her husband, saying he had a "heart of gold". Only a few days before his death, Warrant Officer Class 2 Charlie Wood, 34, from Middlesbrough, was...
Turbine Row Set for Whitehall Decision; Councillors Expected to Reject Plans
ABID to erect nine giant wind turbines in the heart of the Northumberland countryside is set to be formally rejected by county councillors - leaving a final decision in the hands of a Government planning inspector. Green energy company RES UK has...
Under-Fire Ponting Has Nielsen's Backing
RICKY Ponting has no intention of relinquishing the Australia captaincy and has the backing of coach Tim Nielsen. Ponting will miss the final Ashes test in Sydney with a broken finger after England retained the urn with a resounding innings victory...
United Turmoil as Cats Keep Purring; the North East's Biggest Two Football Clubs Have Made Steady Progress in 2010. Durham Were a Big Disappointment, but There Was Plenty to Celebrate in Basketball and Speedway. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Looks Back on the Year's Highs and Lows
CHRIS Hughton should have been reflecting with pride on what Newcastle United have achieved this year - instead he has returned to London to start the hunt for a new job. After 11 months of calm at St James' Park, where Hughton had been a reassuring...
Vipers on Fire as the Giants Are Slain; ICE HOCKEY
Belfast Giants............................... 2 Newcastle Vipers ......................... 3 WINGER Jaroslav Rzeszutko's late goal sensationally earned the bottom of the table Vipers a shock win over the table toppers. Just 42 seconds earlier the...
Warm Welcome for Walk-It-Off Visitors; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
AFAMILY-RUN cafe in Craster is urging the region's foodies to head up to the Northumberland coast for its 'walk-it-off-week', set to run after Christmas. The Shoreline Cafe will be encouraging everyone to walk-off some of the over-indulgence which...
Who Has Been Honoured
NORTHUMBERLAND OBE Robert Balmer For services to Maritime Heritage in the North East. (Blyth) MBE Mrs Patricia Selina Birley Co-Founder, Vindolanda Trust. For services to Roman Heritage in Northumberland. (Northumberland) Mrs Brenda York Hackett Marketing...
Win over Wolves a Must for Parker; Hammers Captain Targets Crunch Relegation Battle
MUST-WIN GAME Wolves as one which SCOTT Parker has refused to shy away from branding West Ham's relegation six-pointer against Wolves tomorrow as a must-win game. The Hammers have enjoyed a minirevival over the Festive period, taking four points...
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