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 June 5, 2010

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A China Crisis for Beaten Les Bleus
France .............................................0 China................................................1 FRANCE'S World Cup preparations went from bad to worse last night as they suffered a shock defeat to China. Deng Zhuoxiang's 68th-minute...
A Grey Day at County Show
Byline: NEIL B JONES M ARTIN Surtees' ridden hunter, the Louella Stud bred seven-yearold 17.1 grey gelding Autumn Fox by Primitive Rising, won the Northumberland County Show champions A C Silver sponsored Light Horse Championship on a very competitive...
A Nervous Encounter at Bottom of Table; DUKES NORTH EAST PREMIER LEAGUE
NERVES will be jangling at Preston Avenue this morning as the two sides propping up the rest in the Dukes NEPL meet in a game that neither can afford to lose, as both battle to try and shake off relegation concerns, writes CHRIS WEST. Tynemouth...
Are You in the Running? Last Few Places for World-Class Event
Byline: Kim Carmichael ENTRIES are pouring in for The Journal's last 100 Great North Run places, but there's still time to apply. We're offering readers the final chance to get involved in the famous half-marathon's 30th birthday. With plenty...
Aussies Are the Perfect Warm-Up
UNITED States goalkeeper Tom Howard views today's friendly with Australia as an ideal tune-up for the World Cup opener against England. Both Everton stopper Howard and USA head coach Bob Bradley see the Australians, whom the Americans will face...
BANK Holiday Weekend Is Usually [...]
BANK holiday weekend is usually a time to unwind and relax away from work - but in our house, the work is never done. Last weekend I had to trail reluctantly around the DIY stores with my handyman husband, trying to show enthusiasm for everything...
Beaten to Death on Night out in North; Soldier Killed in Savage Attack in City
Byline: Sophie Doughty THIS is the first picture of a soldier beaten to death on a night out in the North East. Staff Sgt Chris Chacksfield passed away in hospital three days after he was savagely attacked outside a Newcastle nightclub. The...
Bell Surprised by Tricky Surface
IAN Bell admitted England were made to work hard by Bangladesh after being surprised by the Old Trafford pitch at the start of the second npower Test. Bell held England's innings together with a patient and chanceless 87 not out as the hosts reached...
BMW Is Still in Front of Its Many Rivals
Byline: Patrick James THE world of the BMW driver, particularly those in the bigger cars, is a cocooned and privileged place to be. The firm has rightly gained a reputation for delivering the highest quality and the brand is synonymous with prestige....
BP Says Cost of Crisis Will Rise; Impact Will Be 'Severe' Says Boss Hayward
Byline: Holly Williams OIL giant BP yesterday warned the financial impact on the group of the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil leak would be "severe". But embattled BP bosses told investors and pension savers they would "meet our obligations" amid...
BSkyB's Pounds 160m Deal for Virgin Media Television
Byline: Iain Laing SATELLITE broadcaster BSkyB has acquired television channels Living and Bravo as part of a pounds 160m deal with rival Virgin Media. The purchase of Virgin Media Television (VMtv) also involves Challenge, Challenge Jackpot...
Cameron: 'We May Never Understand' PM in Tribute to Survivors
Byline: David Lucas PRIME Minister David Cameron visited Cumbria yesterday and described local people coping with the aftermath of Derrick Bird's shooting rampage as "incredibly brave". Mr Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May visited West Cumberland...
Catalans Are Hoping for a Fab Deal; Barca Still in Fabregas Hunt
BARCELONA president Joan Laporta is still hopeful of persuading Arsenal to part with Cesc Fabregas despite having a EUR35million offer for the Spain international rejected this week. Fabregas has long been linked with a return to Barca, the club...
Chef Dumped Dead Wife in Wheelie Bin; Husband Told Family She Had Died Naturally
Byline: Shenai Raif ACHEF was given a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years for killing his wife with a griddle pan and hiding her body in a freezer for three years. Peter Wallner thought wife Melanie stood in the way of his womanising. ...
Chevy Brand Still Tuneful
Byline: Enda Mullen NOT many car makers are immortalised in song - indeed some have never been sung about by anyone - but Chevrolet probably tops the league when it comes to being name-checked in the musical world. First up was probably the country...
Chuter Answers England SOS Call; but Tour Trip Ruins Family Break
Byline: Alex Lowe GEORGE Chuter knew it would cause domestic problems when he accepted a late invitation to join the senior England tour - but he could not turn down his country's call. The Leicester hooker had planned a family holiday and time...
County Durham Leagues
AFTER frustrating leaders Boldon last Monday in the Durham Senior League, Marsden are set to tackle the other prime contenders for championship honours today, Burnmoor. Marsden held out comfortably on 200-6 after being set a challenging 240 to win,...
Curry at the Bubble; Shoppers Get Chance to Taste Fundraising Dish
Byline: Tom Mullen SHOPPERS in Newcastle will today have their first chance to try a new curry invented to raise money for a sick children's charity. Samples of the Newcastle Curry will be handed out in the city's Northumberland Street and Fenwick...
Curse of the World Cup Captains
CAPTAINING England at the World Cup finals has always been a huge honour for any player but the history books suggest the privilege comes at a price. Since Rio Ferdinand replaced John Terry as the national team's leader back in February, he has...
Dawson Answers Capello's SOS Call; Swift Selection after Injury to Lions Skipper
MICHAEL Dawson was just starting to arrange his holidays when he took the "crazy" call that has changed his entire summer, writes SIMON STONE. Ditched from Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional World Cup squad by phone on Tuesday, if Northallerton-born...
Deaths
BARCLAY (Amble). Peacefully on 2nd June 2010, aged 76 years, Elsie (nee Grey), beloved wife of David, loving mam of Elsie, Eunice, Lovaine, Helen, David and the late Viviene and Terry, also a loving nana and great nana. Elsie will be greatly missed...
Diamonds Can Sparkle Again
Byline: LAWRENCE HEPPELL N EWCASTLE Diamonds visit Workington Comets tonight keen to continue their excellent away record with another pointswinning performance - but face a lingering dilemma. Adam McKinna, out with a broken bone in his neck...
Diary
KEEP in touch with North East gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. Today National Gardens Scheme, garden open at Ochrelands House, Hexham, 2-5pm. Sunday, June 6 National Gardens Scheme, gardens open at Woodland Cottage,...
End of the Line for Plans? Doubt over Moves for New Rail Carriages
Byline: William Green HOPES the region could get new trains have been thrown into doubt after the coalition Government ordered a halt to any further purchases. Commuters across the country were promised new carriages by the previous Labour Government....
Engineering Firm Set to Axe 90 Staff in Downturn
Byline: Iain Laing ENGINEERING firm Cleveland Bridge UK (CBUK) which erected the steel arch at the Wembley Stadium is set to shed around 90 staff after seeing a downturn in its business. The Darlington company, which employs over 500 staff, has...
Exclusion May Bring Benefits - Hulme; SWIMMING
NORTH East swimmer Ian Hulme insists his failure to qualify for the European Championships could prove a blessing in disguise after setting his sights on an Indian summer at the Commonwealth Games, writes RYAN BANGS. Hulme narrowly missed out on...
Experts Cheer HIPs Demise; the Government Has Sounded the Death Knell for Home Information Packs (HIPs). Property Law Expert Claire Simmons Looks at What This Means for Home Buyers and Sellers and the Industry at Large
Byline: Claire Simmons THE Government has wasted very little time in announcing the end of Home Information Packs (HIPs). From May 21 2010, anyone selling their home was no longer obliged to supply a HIP outlining details about their property, including...
Families Demand Action after Boy Is Killed; Nine-Year-Old Hit by Motorbike
Byline: Sonia Sharma TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular schoolboy who was tragically killed in a road accident. The nine-year-old, officially named by police yesterday as Jordan Summerson, was hit by a Honda motorbike on Devon Road, in Chirton...
Ferdinand's World Cup Is over Already; Knee Injury for Captain England Skipper Rio out Injured
ONE day after his arrival in South Africa, England skipper Rio Ferdinand must prepare to fly home after he was ruled out of the World Cup. Ferdinand suffered a knee injury in training yesterday morning and was sent straight to the local Netcare...
Five Key Men Miss Jesmond Opener; MINOR COUNTIES' CHAMPIONSHIP
A depleted Northumberland side gets its Minor Counties' Championship campaign under way against Hertfordshire at Jesmond tomorrow (11am), writes JAMES HUNTER. Northumberland are without five first-teamers, with Chester-le-Street's Richard Waite...
Foreman Waits for End of Sabbath
FIGHT fans eager for boxing's return to Yankee Stadium will have to wait a little longer tonight as Israeli world champion Yuri Foreman puts the Sabbath top of his priority list. New York-based Foreman, 29, is set to make the first defence of his...
FTSE Dips with Disappointing US Numbers
Byline: Brewin Dolphin AFTER a positive start to the day, the FTSE 100 Index dropped into the red prior to the announcement of non farm payroll figures from the US. Despite recording the fastest growth in jobs in a decade, the data fell short...
Gang on Fraud Charges; 'Shares Scam Netted Millions'
Byline: Sara Nichol AGANG of suspected fraudsters allegedly sold worthless shares to trusting customers as part of a pounds 13m scam. Eight men and women, six of whom are from the North East, are alleged to have targeted middle-aged and elderly...
Gardening on the Go; Hannah Stephenson Takes a Look at How to Make the Front of House More Appealing
FRONT gardens are often an afterthought for homeowners, who see the front of their house only as a point of access and as a place to park their car. However, there is so much you can do with a front garden to make the house welcoming and increase...
Georgian Style and Elegance
SYLVIA and Neville Bearpark's stunning Georgian farmhouse has provided the perfect environment in which to raise their four children. The couple bought North Grange Farm in Ponteland 15 years ago after falling in love with its rich 200-year history...
Giving Children Experience of a Lifetime; EFFORTS Are Being Made to Address Frightening Statistics That Show One in Five Children Never Visit the Countryside and Almost 20% of 21st Century Kids Have Only Been "Once or Twice". KAREN DENT Finds out How Next Week's Annual Children's Countryside Day in Northumberland Is Aiming to Redress the Balance
Byline: KAREN DENT DISCOVERING the countryside and how the North East landscape is changing will be the central theme of this year's Children's Countryside Day, which is organised annually by the Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS). The event,...
Grounds for Optimism as New Name Revealed
Byline: Vicky Robson DURHAM County Cricket Club's ground was officially renamed yesterday to reinforce the popular venue on "the international sporting scene". The Test match arena in Chester-le-Street was unveiled as the Emirates Durham International...
Hansen Fears That Life after Benitez Will Be Tough at Liverpool
LIVERPOOL could face several years of toil following Rafael Benitez's departure as manager, according to club legend Alan Hansen. Benitez's six-year stay at Anfield ended by mutual consent on Thursday, with managing director Christian Purslow and...
Help Me to Seize My Great Chance; Actress Awarded Place at Academy
Byline: Brian Daniel ANORTH EAST actress is pleading for the region's help to allow her to fulfil the chance of a lifetime. Georgia Nicholson, 22, of Prudhoe, Northumberland, is one of around 40 people out of thousands of hopefuls to have won...
Homes That Are Extra Special; Larger Homes Often Feature Flexible Layouts with Garden Rooms, Studies, En Suites or Even an Extra Floor. Homemaker Brings Together a Selection on the Market
HAVING been extensively improved in recent years, this extended range of converted farm buildings now offers a beautiful home ready for a family to move into. The four-bedroom village property in Great Whittington, near Hexham and Corbridge, has...
How Can I Save for My Child's Future? ALOK Dhanda of Dhanda F Inancial Explains the Choices for Parents Who Want to Save for Their Children''s Future, Now That the Government Has Abolished Child Trust Funds
WITH the recent news that our new Government has scrapped Child Trust Funds (CTFs), parents will now be wondering where else they can turn to if they want to start saving for their children's future. Chancellor George Osborne has announced that...
Hughton Will Still Bide Time over Deals; Hughton to Bide His Time over Deals
Byline: STUART RAYNER CHRIS Hughton will be back behind his desk at Newcastle United next week but his return is unlikely to prompt a flurry of transfer market activity, writes STUART RAYNER. Some managers are optimistically hoping to get as...
I Answered That When I Grew Up I Wanted to Be Sausage and Beans. It Made Them Laugh and I Secured 3rd Prize. Result!
Byline: Karen Wilson JOHN Smith, 37, runs the Grinning Idiot Comedy Club and lives in Newcastle. After working in business to business sales for many years, John decided to venture into the world of stand-up and is now a busy comedy professional...
In Memoriam
LEE (Belmont). Formerly of Whickham. Valerie, died 5th June 2005. You are forever in our hearts and thoughts, we miss you every waking hour and will cherish your memory always. All our love, husband Alex and daughter Sarah. XXX. STEPHENS (Blyth)....
Ivory Coast Not Giving Up Hope of Fielding Drogba
THE Ivory Coast Football Federation have confirmed captain Didier Drogba has broken his arm but are still not ruling him out of the World Cup. Drogba was forced out of the Ivorians' 2-0 World Cup warm-up win over Japan in Sion, Switzerland yesterday...
Labour's Top Job Is David's to Lose
Byline: PAUL LINFORD THE Con-Lib coalition overcame its first major crisis over the past week with the resignation of the Treasury Chief Secretary David Laws after what must be the shortest Cabinet career on record. Doubtless it is a huge loss...
Lawrie Has a Horror Show; Scot Has a Hole to Forget While Wood Wilts in Wales
EIGHT putts on one hole is the sort of thing even a beginner at golf would hope never to do - but it happened to Britain's last winner of a major title. Paul Lawrie was two strokes off the lead in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor when he ran up an...
Lexus Continues to Satisfy
Byline: Steve Hughes LEXUS has swept the board in this year's JD Power customer satisfaction ratings yet again - for the 10th consecutive year. This remarkable achievement means that owners of Lexus cars are more satisfied with their purchase...
Litter Free Is the Way to Be for Local Community
VILLAGERS will begin painting a graffiti-covered bridge today as part of a drive to improve their community. They are members of the We Are Langley Park group, set up by resident Cameron Gordon to tackle tasks in the former County Durham pit village....
Lv County Championship Review
LV COUNTY Championship Division One leaders Nottinghamshire continued their impressive season by reaching 393 for eight on day one against Kent. Opener Alex Hales smashed 95 from just 121 balls but missed out on a century when he offered a return...
Making It Easy (and Fun) to Be Green; THE Newcastle Green Festival Is Back ... with Myriad Sustainable Bells on. SAM WONFOR Takes a Preview
Byline: SAM WONFOR HAVING enjoyed a three-day run of good weather, many people will be scanning the region's collection of events diaries for opportunities to bask in a combination of sunshine, entertainment and endless foodie treat possibilities....
Mensah: I Want to Earn Cats Return
Byline: Nick Purewal FIT-AGAIN John Mensah aims to use the World Cup to dispel any injury doubts and secure himself a permanent move to Sunderland. The powerful Ghanaian centre-back returned to international action on Tuesday night when the Black...
Mignolet May Soon Get Dream Cats Move; Mignolet Wants a Dream Transfer
Byline: NICK PUREWAL LONG-TERM Sunderland target Simon Mignolet could complete his 'dream move' to the Black Cats as early as next week, writes NICK PUREWAL. The highly-rated Belgian Under-21 shot-stopper met manager Steve Bruce and Sunderland goalkeeping...
Mills' Nanny Loses Constructive Dismissal Claim
HEATHER Mills's former nanny has lost her claim of sexual discrimination and constructive dismissal against her, her solicitor said yesterday. Sara Trumble, 26, claimed Washington-born Mills reduced her to tears and forced her to work long hours...
Model Pupil Was Picked for the Catwalk; Teen in Running to Scoop Beauty Contest Title
Byline: Joanne Butcher WHEN Chloe Butler took a school trip to a fashion show, she never dreamed she could end up on the catwalk herself. But after being spotted by a scout, the stunning teenager is now in the running for a top beauty competition....
Moore's Triumph Is a Real Fairytale
CHAMPION jockey Ryan Moore grabbed a first Classic success in fairytale circumstances as he swept from last to first aboard supplementary entry Snow Fairy in the Investec Oaks at Epsom yesterday, writes MARTIN KELLY. Trainer Ed Dunlop, who captured...
Move Up in Life to New Townhouse; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
FOR families who are looking for the dream home in Murton with more space, then Taylor Wimpey has a collection of four-bedroom townhouses at its fantastically located Fairfield Park development. Currently available at Fairfield Park are the three-storey...
Much More Than Waters to Sample; ANDREW HEBDEN Travels to Kent to Visit a Spa Town Synonymous with Middle England
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN AQUIET air of contentment probably always surrounds the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Despite being just a 40-minute train journey from central London, its pretty streets, where independent traders sit cheek by...
Music Festival Celebrates Sunderland's Creativity
THE first weekend of Sunderland Live music festival gets underway today. The two-week-long celebration of music on Wearside began on Bank Holiday Monday and is offering a varied programme, incorporating live performances, workshops and special events...
My Life
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD MY LIFE GRAEME WHITFIELD I WAS very pleased to learn this week that the head of communications at the Tynesidebased Christian Institute is Mike Judge. To him I say: "Mike, judge not lest ye be judged." I have no idea...
Name Is New but Story Is the Same
Byline: Nick Purewal DRESS it up any which way, the game itself does not change - and neither do the rudimentary routes to victory. Some 8,000 fans packed the ground formerly known as the Riverside to witness a firework-fuelled name-changing ceremony...
New Model Leads North Cycle Race
HONDA is hoping that the wheel of fortune will turn full circle for its striking new CR-Z hybrid car, helped by North East dealer group Springfield. The company pulled out all the stops to promote the low-emissions newcomer by promoting the Tour...
New Offering Is Simply Superb
Byline: Edward Stephens WHEN Skoda launched its Superb model in 2008 it won itself a lot of friends. By any standards the legroom for rear seat passengers in this huge hatchback was enormous, making it feel more like a limousine. It meant adults...
Northumberland Leagues
Byline: CHRIS WEST LEADGATE hope the infusion of new blood into their team will herald a change in fortunes as they strive to get out of the Wellstream NTSL bottom two. It's pretty tight in the basement with just ten points separating four clubs,...
Owner Desperate to Recover Final Puppy; Five Stolen, Four Returned
Byline: Neil McKay GAMEKEEPER John Allinson is appealing for the return of a stolen seven-week-old puppy. The chocolate coloured pointer/labrador cross bitch was one of a litter of five stolen from a kennel at John's remote cottage next to Smiddy...
Panamera Will Win Fans
Byline: Lee Gibson THE Panamera is a true tour de force of a motor which should, like the 4x4 Cayenne before it, open up Porsche to a whole new - although equally wealthy - customer base. It just oozes style and luxury and whips you along the...
Pastel Perfection; This Week Claire Hornby Expels Another Decorating Myth - That Pastels Are Past It
THE word 'pastel' conjures up images of bland and boring sitting rooms or worse still those tedious moments spent in waiting rooms, but I prefer the term candy colours. Muted tones are great for relaxing and you can always add a little 'pizazz'...
Property Bound to Prove a Major Draw
DUE to popular demand, UK house builder Miller Homes is launching its four-bedroom detached 'Scott' showhome in the region. The first Scott showhome is now ready for people to look around at its popular Meadows development in Framwellgate Moor,...
Qashqai Ticks All Boxes
Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw WHILE the hugely popular hatchback has been leading the way in the family car sector for some decades now, the old adage tells us that all good things eventually come to an end. Although this is not the last farewell...
Q&A; YOUR Money Queries Are Answered by Peter Rutherford, Senior Director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners
QI AM just at the point of retiring and have received a quotation from my AVC (additional voluntary contributions) company. They are offering me an income that is guaranteed for five years, but I am not sure what this means. Can you explain? AThe pension...
Race against Time to Get Anne to the Palace; Environment Editor TONY HENDERSON Reports on an Environmental Path Which Led to the Palace
Byline: TONY HENDERSON WHEN Anne Lewis received an MBE at Buckingham Palace recently, it was just reward for 30 years of working for the environment in the North East. But earning the accolade was perhaps easier than actually turning up for the...
Rafa's Not out for Revenge; Nadal Insists French Final Will Not Be Grudge Match
RAFAEL Nadal last night insisted tomorrow's French Open final against Robin Soderling would not be a grudge match, because the Swede had become a better person in the past y ear. The only player ever to beat Nadal at Roland Garros is now all that stands...
Romance Isn't Dead - It's Been Left on the Shelf; Newcastle City Library's First-Year Story Makes Impressive Reading, Writes ALASTAIR GILMOUR
Byline: ALASTAIR GILMOUR IF statistics are to be believed, Newcastle is not a romantic city. Paris it is not. Apparently, books of an amorous nature come far down the list of the most-borrowed titles from Newcastle City Library, with more people...
Schiavone in Love with the Surface
FRANCESCA Schiavone yesterday claimed she would try taking all the clay on Philippe Chatrier Court home with her if she becomes the first Italian woman to win a grand slam today. Schiavone has already made history at this year's French Open by becoming...
Score with All-Inclusive Offer
AHOUSEBUILDER is kicking off the World Cup in style with an all-inclusive package for homebuyers which includes a 42in flat-screen television. Everyone reserving a new home during June at Barratt North East's developments in the area will qualify...
Scott Will Finally Be Starting Loan Spell; RUGBY LEAGUE
Byline: NICK PUREWAL FIT-AGAIN half-back Nigel Scott will finally start his month-long Gateshead Thunder loan tomorrow - seven weeks after joining the club, writes NICK PUREWAL. Thunder entertain Swinton Lions at Gateshead Stadium (kick-off 3pm),...
Shell-Shocked Town Mourns Once More; Service for Teenager near Shooting Site
Byline: Rod Minchin HUNDREDS of people gathered yesterday to pay their respects to a teenager killed in a school bus crash - just yards from where Derrick Bird shot dead one of his 12 victims. Family, friends and school pals were at St James'...
Shopping Complex to Go in Revamp; Planners Give Green Light to Pounds 100m Scheme
Byline: Amy Hunt A MULTI-MILLION pound scheme to replace an eyesore shopping centre has been given the green light. Newgate Street in Newcastle is set for an pounds 100m revamp which will see the 1960s shopping centre demolished and replaced...
Showbiz News
SHOWBIZ NEWS JESSICA BIEL says making The A-Team movie made her feel "powerful". The actress told reporters at the film's big Hollywood premiere that she'd relished throwing herself into the action-packed big screen revival of the 1980s TV hit. "I...
Store Is Rescued from the Axe Again; Buyout Saves 76 Workers' Jobs
Byline: Christopher Knox A HISTORIC Northumberland department store has survived a three-year battle for survival after being bought by a retail group in a deal which saves the jobs of its 76 staff. Robbs department store in Hexham has been bought...
Style and Seclusion in the Park
THE upturn in the market coupled with a great location and a value-formoney specification has seen swift sales at The Gardens, Axwell Park, home to developer DARE's fabulous three-level townhouses. Only four townhouses remain for sale here, just...
Success in France Remains Elusive; CHANTILLY
JOHN Dunlop is keeping his fingers crossed Elusive Pimpernel's season will not be held up too much after he was forced to miss an intended engagement in tomorrow's Prix du Jockey Club due to injury. The three-year-old was due to tackle 10 furlongs...
Super Green Supermini
Byline: Ian Johnson WHEN it comes to superminis drivers are no longer concerned about power and performance but how economical their car is going to be. Most manufacturers are fielding a low-emissions, planet-friendly option but one of the hottest...
Tackle Footie like a WAG; TAKE Time out from the World Cup and Pamper Yourself like a WAG. LIZ LAMB Brings You Beauty Treats for Football Widows and Gives You the Chance to Win a Pamper Session
Byline: LIZ LAMB WORLD Cup fever is almost upon us but if you want to get away from the hype then you need to pamper yourself like a true WAG. Queen of the WAGs Victoria Beckham is well-known for her polished appearance and Steven Gerrard's partner...
Take a Peek Behind Closed Doors; MARY and Alan Hayward's Home Has Been an Agricultural Building, a Pub and Even a Fake Workhouse. KAREN WILSON Meets the Couple Who Are Opening Up Their Home to the Public as Part of the Art Tour
Byline: KAREN WILSON WHEN artists Mary and Alan Hayward began searching for the perfect live/work space, they soon found what they were looking for in the town of Alston in the North Pennines. "It's an unusual house that confuses people when...
Take Tough Decisions Now
Byline: Ian H Lowes THE Emergency Budget is looming and with it the realisation that some tough decisions will have to be made by the coalition Government which, being out of our hands, many of us may find uncomfortable. Within financial planning...
Tangled Finances and the Threat of Prison May Have Driven Killer Bird to Launch His Rampage; TERROR IN THE LAKES: Police Probe Motives for Massacre
Byline: Michael Wood CRAZED killer Derrick Bird's murky finances last night appeared to hold the key to why he launched a massacre that left 12 people dead. He was apparently resentful about his twin brother's inheritance and feared being jailed...
Tears Shed for Victims; Families Pay Tribute to Their Loved Ones: TERROR IN THE LAKES
Byline: Margaret Davies THE families of loved ones gunned down by Derrick Bird paid tribute to them yesterday as they struggled to come to terms with their losses. Fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers all struggled to find...
The End of an Era; Last Yard Cranes Are Brought Down
Byline: Richard Fletcher THE last visible reminder of Newcastle's once-proud shipbuilding heritage disappeared in a cloud of dust when the final two Swan Hunter cranes were blown up yesterday. Former workers watched the end of an era as Freddy...
The Latest Laguna Is a Prime Choice
Byline: Robin Roberts WE all know that your first choice is not always your best choice. Decide in haste and repent at leisure is a well used but nevertheless true phrase. So when it comes to a new car, do you make a quick decision, or meander...
There Is Another Way to Save the Economy
IN the run-up to the election, all three main parties agreed that the United Kingdom's unprecedented debt must be tackled either by raising taxes, cutting spending or a combination of both. There was no other way out of the present financial impasse....
Time to Start Training for GNR; TAKING Part in the Great North Run? Fitness Expert DAVID FAIRLAMB Has Some Top Tips for Competitors
Byline: DAVID FAIRLAMB WOULD you believe the Great North Run is 15 weeks tomorrow? For those of you who are lucky enough to have a number for the iconic run you need to start your training. Too many people leave it too late and end up suffering...
Training Firm Forg Es Ahead
A NORTH Tyneside training provider has landed a seven-figure contract after only two years in business and now expect its sales to grow from pounds 1.2m to over pounds 2m by next year. Trade Training Associates (TTA) was set up in 2008 to provide...
View from a Complicated Life; HANNAH DAVIES Speaks to a Woman Whose Life Has Taken Her from Homeless on a Stranger's Couch to Director of Her Own Company
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES PENNI Blythe-Jones is a gently-spoken woman with flickers of a quick intelligence behind her eyes. "I inspire people," she smiles, "I have a conversation with them that they never would with other people." Penni, 59,...
Village Plea over Jobs; Petition Backing for Expansion
Byline: Neil McKay RESIDENTS of a village decimated by pit closures almost 20 years ago issued an impassioned plea to planners to give the green light to hundreds of jobs yesterday. People living in Murton, County Durham, handed in a petition to...
VW's Newest Polo Stands Test of Time
Byline: Writer name WITH prices and values shifting all over the place, consistency pays and models such as the Volkswagen Polo have proved they stand the test of time. It has been a staple of the VW range for over 30 years and its quality city...
Weddings on Again as Hall Wins Approval; Tycoon's Plans Were Opposed
Byline: Dave Black A MILLIONAIRE businessman has been allowed to continue running a Northumberland country mansion as an upmarket wedding venue - despite already having done so for more than a year without the required permission. Entrepreneur...
Week of Lull before Ascot Storm
AS we approach the midway point of the Flat campaign, racing steps down a gear next week as the build-up to Royal Ascot begins. With the five-day extravaganza now just a few days away, most of the powerhouse yards will be focused on preparing their...
What''s Hot
Byline: Liz Lamb HOT DRESS: There is nothing like florals for getting us in the mood for summer and Van Mildert has a fabulous range to choose from. The fashion chain has a collection on offer from high-end designers including Dolce & Gabbana,...
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