The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 23, 2006

13: It's a Lucky Age for Helen
Byline: By Samantha Parker As she launches her latest venture, My Mother is a Troll, Samantha Parker talks to Helen Limon about the relationship that inspired the book. Helen Limon exudes energy. She is chatty, witty and animates her speech with...
Alan Will Win Cup as a Boss
Byline: By Paul Gilder Alan Shearer will retire without a trophy to show for his ten years at St James's Park ( but Glenn Roeder believes the Gallowgate icon will return to win the FA Cup as a successful Newcastle boss. United crashed out of...
Alchemy Turns Parkdean Purchase into a Reality
Private equity company Alchemy Partners has gained a controlling share of holiday park operator Parkdean Holidays. Alchemy yesterday said it had received irrevocable undertakings and non-binding letters of intent in respect of 10% of Parkdean's...
Anger over Missed Opportunity to Reform Inheritance Tax
The news that the level at which inheritance tax (IHT) kicks in is to be increased by just pounds 50,000 over four years provoked an angry response. Chancellor Gordon Brown yesterday announced plans to raise the threshold at which the 40% tax starts...
Asda Fights Pay-Out
Supermarket giant Asda is appealing against a tribunal's decision that it must pay out pounds 850,000 to 340 North-East staff. A Newcastle Employment tribunal ruled that the company owed workers at its Washington Distribution Depot compensation...
Barely a Shrug from the City
The City reacted to Gordon Brown's 10th Budget with barely more than a shrug, the FTSE 100 Index closing up 16.2 at 6,007.5. With the Chancellor concentrating more on family-friendly policies and the environment, there was little for stockbrokers...
Basque Groups Says Violence Is Over
The Basque separatist group Eta announced a permanent ceasefire yesterday, bringing a dramatic end to a decades-long campaign of violence in Spain. In a video statement, the group said it "has decided to declare a permanent ceasefire as of March...
Bawdy Humour a Tale of Success
Byline: By Tamzin Lewis RSC's The Canterbury Tales, Part 1, Seaburn Centre, Sunderland Performing all of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a monumental task divided into two performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company. And although ambitious, the...
Beef Farmers Warn on Imports Shortfall
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Beef farmers have warned that meat supplies may be jeopardised if retailers insist on pulling down British production with the expectation that their demands can be met by imports from South America. The National Beef...
Brown Keeps an Eye on Cameron
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Gordon Brown billed it as a Budget for the future. His future to be exact. When the Chancellor stood up to make his 10th Budget address to the House of Commons yesterday everything was riding on his performance, and not just...
Brown Leaves Old in the Cold
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor Gordon Brown was accused of turning his back on thousands of pensioners in the North yesterday after he refused to repeat last year's pounds 200 council tax rebate for the elderly. With pensioners facing...
Bruce Safe ( for Now
Steve Bruce has been assured by Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan that his job is safe "for the foreseeable future" despite the humiliation of the club's worst defeat in 48 years. Blues were hammered 7-0 by Liverpool in Tuesday's FA Cup quarter-final...
Business Leaders Back the Campaign
Business leaders in County Durham have joined a growing number of organisations to throw their weight behind the Ashes bid. The North East Chamber of Commerce's Durham committee has encouraged its members to sign up and pledge their support. ...
Chip Shots
Byline: By Tim Taylor Pay up, pen men Secretaries from Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria clubs are reminded of an important date at Ponteland a week today ( the annual meeting of the Northern Region of the Association of Golf Club Secretaries...
City's a Player at the Only Game in Town
Byline: By Ross Smith Newcastle will be in the running for a licence to run a Las Vegas-style casino, the city council's ruling executive decided last night. But some leading Liberal Democrats were still sceptical and said they could pull out...
Come on, Let's Be 'Aving Yer!
Byline: By Tim Taylor The benefits of golf's youth system in the North-East are plain to see, which makes it a shame so many clubs have not as yet this year taken advantage of the grants system provided by the English Golf Union. Teeing off today...
Comet Fades
The owner of electricals retailer Comet yesterday blamed stiff competition and consumers spending less on white goods such as fridges for a fall in annual profits. Kesa Electricals, which also owns retail chains Darty and BUT in France, said pre-tax...
Cooking Up Perfection
Pearl Kitchens & Bedrooms is geared up for spring with a revamped showroom featuring a whole new range of kitchens, including bespoke solid wood doors. The showroom, on the Bell Close Industrial Estate, Newcastle, offers thousands of combinations...
Couple with Children
David and Jackie Erswell, who have two children, welcomed moves to increase investment in schools. "That's the main thing that could affect us," said David, 39, project services leader at Newcastle Building Society. He and Jackie, 38, who works...
Court Backs School over Islamic Dress
Byline: By Stephen Howard The Law Lords yesterday backed a school which banned a Muslim girl from wearing full-length Islamic dress. Teenager Shabina Begum had won a ruling at the Court of Appeal that her human rights had been violated when she...
Curbishley Desperate to Finish on a High
Byline: By Jim van Wijk Alan Curbishley has called on his Charlton squad to ensure their season does not go "flat" again by finishing the campaign in style ( starting with victory over Middlesbrough in tonight's FA Cup quarter-final. Since the...
Cyborg Can Make Mark
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Although he did win a race over fences at Perth in September, Cyborg de Sou hasn't quite lived up to trainer Geoff Harker's expectations as a chaser. A dual scorer over hurdles, the eight-year-old doesn't lack anything...
Davis Has Shown He's Top Class ( Miller
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Kelvin Davis has proven himself a Premiership-class goalkeeper a season, according to one of his team-mates when he was voted the best in the Football League last term. The 30-year-old was named in the PFA's Championship...
Easier to Step on Housing Ladder
Struggling first-time buyers were yesterday offered a boost by Gordon Brown. Another pounds 970m is to be made available for shared equity schemes announced in the Pre-Budget statement last autumn, to help 35,000 more buyers. A pilot scheme is...
Eco Chic
Byline: By Francesca Craggs Francesca Craggs checks out home accessories which won't cost the earth. With recent reports that greenhouse gases have reached their highest levels for millions of years, the strive to save our planet is high on the...
England Cash in on King of Spin Udal
Byline: By Richard Gibson England's own ring of fire burnt India on the final day at the Wankhede Stadium to seal a share of the Test series. Andrew Flintoff's patched-up side won by 212 runs after one-and-a-quarter hours of mayhem inspired by...
Extra Pounds 800m on Troops Is Slammed
Anti-war campaigners and Labour MPs attacked the Chancellor's announcement yesterday that an extra pounds 800m is to be spent supporting armed forces in countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. The Stop The War Coalition said the money would have...
Families Make Last-Ditch Bid to Save Homes
Byline: By Ross Smith Families fighting plans to knock down hundreds of homes on Tyneside made a last-ditch plea to councillors last night ahead of a crucial vote. Gateshead Council will decide today whether to endorse its cabinet's decision...
Finishing Flourish Hands Billions More to Schools
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield State schools in the North will get the same funding for educating their children as those in private schools, the Chancellor has pledged. Education professionals in the region last night welcomed Gordon Brown's announcement...
Foster Names New Legend
Nick McCormick can reinvigorate distance running in the North-East, according to former great Brendan Foster. Hebburn-born Foster won 10,000 metres bronze at the 1976 Olympics and broke the world record at 3,000m at a time when the region was one...
Golden Road to Olympics
Olympics: Britain will target fourth place in the London 2012 Olympics medals table after pounds 300m extra funding for elite athletes was announced in the Budget. Chancellor Gordon Brown announced an additional pounds 200m of public money over the...
Government Listens to Concerns on Property
Byline: By Nigel Stirling The property industry was struggling to find negatives from yesterday's Budget announcement on Real Estate Investment Trusts. The Chancellor used his tenth Budget to set out the restrictions the REIT tax-exempt vehicles...
Growing Your Own
Byline: By Hannah Stephenson Hannah Stephenson takes a look at a new book on allotments. Allotments used to be a haven for the older generation, the Arthur Fowler set who grew up in an age of austerity when growing your own produce meant the...
Homegrown Talent Is Lined Up for Quayside
Byline: By Daniel Thomson A star-studded line-up for the North's largest music festival was unveiled yesterday with the promise it will be the biggest yet. Some of the UK's hottest acts were announced as appearing at this year's Orange Evolution...
ID Cards Causing Major Concern
Byline: By Shiomi Isaacson "it has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important" said Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Case of Identity from 1892. Recent political events have thrust issues of...
If You Make It You Can Probably Export It
Byline: By Ross Cordiner I was delighted to see that last week, more than 400 delegates from businesses across the North-East took part in International Business Week and rose to my challenge to find out how they could go global. International...
I Got a Job Which Really Suited Me
Byline: By Hannah Davies He has seen fashions come and go ( drainpipes in and out again, ties skinny and kipper. Hannah Davies speaks to a former 60s shop boy. When David Spears got his first Saturday job at gentlemen's outfitters Marcus Price,...
Is Your Security Locked in Tight?
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips A Newcastle locksmith claims a common household lock could be broken with `frightening ease'. Rhodri Phillips investigates whether safety standards in the UK lock industry are high enough. Millions of doors in the UK...
It's a Substance-Free Brown Performance
Byline: By Howard Walker Gordon Brown's 10th Budget may be his last. Deputy Business Editor Howard Walker looks at how the region's business community fared from his swansong. Was that it? That is surely the only way to sum up this (perhaps)...
It's Plain Sailing for Annfield in Nap Awards
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Consistency was the key to Annfield Plain Democractic Club's success in the Pagebet-sponsored Journal Clubmans' Nap Award for the 2005-2006 National Hunt season. Despite the intervention of the weather which accounted...
Legend Sees a Dream Crushed
Byline: By Paul Gilder There will be no fairytale ending to Alan Shearer's distinguished playing career, as Chief Sports Writer Paul Gilder reports During a career of kicks and cuts, of blood and bruises and of scars and scratches, a resilient...
Man Stole Diana Link Laptop to Buy Drugs
Byline: By Alastair Smith A habitual drug user was jailed for eight months yesterday for stealing computer equipment linked to a former top policeman probing the death of Princess Diana. Heroin addict David Forster, 28, pleaded guilty at Newcastle...
Marts
Border Week ending March 17 Border Livestock Exchange Ltd marketed 2,110 sheep including 272 ewes and 219 cattle including 31 cast cows. Strong demand was realised with all classes enjoying significant rises. Standard weight hoggs (15-...
Michael Gets a Buzz from a Major Strike
The cold easterly winds made fishing changeable at Jubilee Lakes over the week but those anglers opting for sheltered areas found that buzzers and damsel patterns produced good results. With the rod average still a healthy 4.0, several double-figure...
`Missed Opportunity to Tackle Red Tape Burden'
Byline: By Iain Laing Business groups clearly tried hard to take comfort in one of Mr Brown's least specific and rhetorical Budget speeches. But most businesses were simply underwhelmed, uninterested and unsurprised and barely even registered...
More Losers Than Winners Yet Again
Dear Gordon, Is this it? Is it finally time to say goodbye? Have you stood at the dispatch box to deliver your final Budget? Next time will you be the one sitting in the Prime Minister's front row seat, arms folded, eyes hooded, as a new Chancellor...
Mr Punch Is Back in the Fray ( and Flip-Flops Reign in Glory
Gordon Brown yesterday passed a crucial test in his bid ( which at 12 years is probably the longest power bid in political history ( to take over as the next Labour Party leader, and become the next Prime Minister. His 10th Budget, which he said...
New Rules to Combat Cattle TB Spread
New measures to combat the spread of bovine tuberculosis will come into effect in England on Monday, March 27, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said yesterday. They concern cattle aged over 15 months moving out of a one to two...
North's Video Games Get Slice of US Action
Byline: By Howard Walker A quartet of video games developers from the region have headed to the US to take part in the world's premier computer and video game trade exhibition. As part of a delegation supported by Codeworks GameHorizon, Eutechnyx...
Northumbria Was Not a Little Kingdom
Newcastle City Council leader Peter Arnold is to be praised for having the courage to reveal his views on nationalism (The Journal, March 20). It is not so long ago that the English eyed any kind of nationalism, home grown or foreign, with suspicion....
Older Lives Are Better
People aged between about 60 and 75 have a better quality of life now than when they were younger, research published yesterday revealed. A study of more than 12,000 Britons aged between 50 and 89 found that those in the earlier years of retirement...
Pecking Order Is Led by Sparrows
Byline: By Tony Henderson The most common bird in North-East gardens is the house sparrow, a survey out today reveals. Results from the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch held in January showed that sparrows were top of the bird table in Northumber-land,...
Perfect Pastels
Byline: By Clare Jobson Clare Jobson explains how you can bring a little colour back to your home's wan cheeks. Introducing colours into the home can always be a little daunting but when the coming season is bursting with colourful interior trends...
Peter Jackson Column
Byline: By Peter Jackson Benjamin Franklin told us what to expect when he said: "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Nothing encapsulates this truth better than Inheritance Tax, IHT, levied on the wealth of the dead. ...
Police in Plea to Key Witness
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths Police want a key witness who may have seen the killers of suspected race-hate victim Lee Phipps to come forward. Officers leading the investigation into the murder of the devout Christian, 31, say there could be more...
Private Landlords and the New Laws
Byline: By Iain Laing Private landlords will be given the chance to learn about the implications of new housing legislation next week at the first North East Regional Landlords Conference. The day-long free event includes speakers from the Office...
Raise a Glass to Team of Heroes
When England sealed Ashes success on a heady September evening at The Oval the magnitude of the achievement was not expected to be matched for years to come. It took just six months. This latest achievement will never be remembered as fondly, but...
Region a Champion Venue for Games
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips Sports chiefs in the North-East last night welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to nurturing young talent and called for the region to be one of the host venues for the annual school Olympics, which were announced yesterday....
ReInnervate Wins Means to Advance
Byline: By Graeme King Stem cell research company ReInnervate has won nearly half a million pounds of funding to develop its work on diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The Durham University spin-out, formed by Dr Stefan Przyborski...
Research Move Greeted by Expanding Company
Byline: By Graeme King Gordon Brown's measures encouraging investment in science and research met with broad approval. The Chancellor announced a new single budget for medical research worth at least pounds 1bn a year. This will combine the...
Revamp for Church
A Tyneside church is to get a pounds 3m revamp to become a house of worship and community centre. The project at Trinity Church Gosforth, on Gosforth High Street, Newcastle, is set to be completed by Christmas 2007. There will be new facilities...
Right Turn at Last in Row over Bus Cash
Byline: By Ross Smith The funding crisis facing transport in the North as a result of free bus fares for pensioners looks set to be solved ( but not until 2008. Tyne and Wear faces a pounds 5.4m black hole after it was not given enough money...
Robson: O'Neill Is the Man
Byline: By Jon West Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson believes Martin O'Neill would make a high-calibre successor to Sven-Goran Eriksson. The search is on for the next England boss and the Football Association are keen to strike a deal...
Sage Makes a Pounds 334m Swoop at St James's
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Software giant Sage has agreed the biggest acquisition in its history ( to buy a Norwegian software and accounting firm for pounds 334m. The Newcastle-based group has made an offer to acquire Visma ASA, based in Oslo,...
Sheffield Steelers 2 Moblix Newcastle Vipers 3
Byline: Peter Adams The Vipers maintained their impressive play-off momentum with a win set up in the first period, writes Peter Adams. Rob Wilson's side took a stranglehold on the game early on but the Steelers fought back strongly in the third...
Some Style, but a Wait for the Substance
After 10 budgets, everyone should be used to Gordon Brown's "style" at the Despatch Box. And yesterday was no different. The presentation was slicker, but the underlying methodology remained: enough headline grabbing gems to catch the eye, but many...
Some You Win, Some You Lose
Byline: By Stuart Cotte For the owner managed business, the Budget was a case of you win some, you lose some. There is no change in the rate of income tax and the current capital gains taper relief regime was not affected. The turnover threshold...
Strangeworld
Artificial muscles Self-powered artificial muscles that make Arnie Schwarzenegger look puny are being developed by scientists. Work on the devices, which are 100 times stronger than ordinary muscles, is still at an early stage. But scientists...
Tech Notes
It's a fact ( the computer games industry is a serious global business, with the market value for Xbox 360, PlayStation and PC games expected to hit a staggering $28bn within two years. But, while that market is mainly entertainment-led by action-filled...
Test Team Confident after Opening Overs
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Senior figures behind a bid to bring an Ashes Test match to the North-East said last night they were confident of success. Durham's Riverside Ground at Chester-le-Street is battling four established venues to win the...
The Journey of Discovery Will Go On
Byline: By Joanne McGee As Joanne McGee's time as a volunteer in Sri Lanka draws to a close, the 23-year-old from Wallsend, North Tyneside, goes on a spiritual journey to two of the country's oldest and most cultural sites. My time in Sri Lanka...
There's a Few More Quid in Poorer Children's Pockets
Gordon Brown pledged yesterday to "do more for hard-working families". After raising the personal tax allowance from pounds 4,895 to pounds 5,035 he decided to also raise the child element of the child tax credit. He said this was in preference...
The Self-Employed Man
Retired teacher Phil Gamble has mixed feelings about Gordon Brown's 10th budget. The 57-year-old grandfather-of-two took early retirement from teaching and now works as a part-time self-employed IT support worker based in Rothbury. He was particularly...
The Single Mum
Trudi Keast, a single mother-of-two, yesterday applauded the Chancellor's commitment to education ( but was disappointed there was no mention of the NHS in his Budget speech. The part-time podiatrist, 40, from Tynemouth, North Tyneside, who works...
The Students
Medical student Hannah Kenny was left largely untouched by yesterday's Budget, but felt the Chancellor had failed to address key issues. The 20-year-old, who shares a house in Heaton, Newcastle, had hoped Gordon Brown would have spoken much more...
They Cheated Me Storms Bernard
Byline: By Phil Casey Kelly Sotherton grabbed England's fourth athletics gold in Melbourne in the heptathlon but high jumper Martyn Bernard complained he had been "cheated" out of a fifth. Sotherton was far from happy with her performance but...
Village Acts Quickly against Quarry Bid
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Families in a remote cluster of houses in Northumberland say they are furious at new plans to excavate 360,000 tonnes of gravel in the rural area. Homeowners living in Mouldshaugh Lane, on the outskirts of Felton, near...
Watch out for Hurdles in the Olympic Marketing Race
Businesses could face fines of up to pounds 20,000 if they infringe the rules in the wording of marketing materials using the Olympic Summer Games theme, warns Alex Craig associate in the technology and innovation unit at Robert Muckle LLP. The...
Welcome for Terrorism Victims' Fund
The mother of a young woman killed in a terrorist bomb blast gave a cautious welcome last night to Gordon Brown's charitable fund to support British citizens injured or affected by terrorist acts at home or abroad. Sharon Holden, whose daughter...
We Must Hold on to Boateng
Byline: By Ian Parkes Steve McClaren is adamant he will not lose George Boateng this summer as happened with Bolo Zenden last season, writes Ian Parkes. It is a remarkable case of deja vu for the Middlesbrough boss as he is again faced with the...
We're Keeping the Sparkle Alive
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Exclusive prizes will be up for grabs each week as the part of the celebrations for the Journal Culture Club's first birthday. Starting in tomorrow's paper, one member of the Culture Club will be selected each week...
Why These Tears Had Value in Copyright
Byline: By John Devine As the World Cup approaches, the development of advanced internet-based and mobile phone technology has fuelled unprecedented media interest in the tournament; each photographer perhaps hoping to capture an image as definitive...
Willy Poole Column
Byline: By Willy Poole I was lying in bed and thinking that it was gone 0800 and that I ought to get up, then I thought I'm retired, give it another 10 minutes or so. I had been thinking about the Cheviots and how I missed them and the people...
With Few Tax Changes to Handle, Business Can Be Content
It is anticipated that the larger companies in the region will be pleased by the low level of tax changes announced in the Budget. Most measures had been flagged in December's Pre-Budget Report and came as no surprise. However, the limited changes...
Works of Note Put Artist on the Map
Byline: By Tamzin Lewis Cash is converted into art by Justine Smith, who exchanges ideas with Tamzin Lewis. Justine Smith is so conscious of the puns associated with her work that she gets them out of the way right at the beginning of our conversation....
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