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 May 18, 2006

A Home of His Own
Byline: By Francesca Craggs Francesca Craggs joins Galaxy Radio DJ Steve Furnell in his very first home of his own. Galaxy DJ Steve Furnell is finally the king of his own castle. Having rented homes for over 10 years, which he now bitterly...
'Alternative' Guru to Speak at Forum
Byline: By Iain Laing Top business coach Geoff Burch will be joining big name entrepreneurs as headline speakers at a high profile business conference being held today (Thursday) in Gateshead. Mr Burch has worked with some of the world's biggest...
Anger at End of Ambulances
Byline: By Hayley Beattie Rural communities across Northumberland were last night coming to terms with the news they will have no ambulances based in their area in six weeks. From July 3, ambulances will be removed from Rothbury, Wooler, Bellingham...
Anna Fashions a Tribute to Her Father
A group of girls are swapping their school uniforms for catwalk chic to raise money for a children's charity which helped one of them after her father's death. The fashion show, to be staged at Gosforth High School, Newcastle, will raise cash for...
Axe Falls on 900 Car Job
Union leaders last night warned that manufacturing was being "massacred" after car giant Vauxhall announced plans to axe 900 jobs and the UK's unemployment rate rose to its highest level for four years. Vauxhall told workers at its Ellesmere Port...
Biofuels Seeks Funds to Create 45-Job Plant
Byline: By Howard Walker Progress is continuing on a pounds 47m biofuel plant billed as the first of its kind in the North-East and which will create 45 jobs. Tees Valley Biofuels wants to build an oilseed rape processing factory on Teesside...
Bright Ideas
Byline: By Clare Jobson Make your home bright and beautiful says Clare Jobson Bright colours aren't something you can always justify in the winter months, but come the first signs of summer, we always seem to yearn for a bit of fun in our homes....
Call for Road Review
Campaigners in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, have launched a petition calling for a review of a road junction after three accidents earlier this year. Liberal Democrats are asking Gateshead Council to look at the junction of Station Road and Burnopfield...
Conversion Triumph Is Outstanding
With 21 years' experience in the restoration and conversion of historic properties, Millhouse Developments is very proud of the reputation for first class design and high quality that was symbolised by winning the Judges' Special Award at the recent...
Copyright Does Not Protect Ideas - Just Ask Da Vinci Code's Court Opponents
Byline: By Mark Evans If you've been in a bookshop recently, turned on the TV, or even read a newspaper, you will have heard of The Da Vinci Code ( a very successful work of fiction by Dan Brown. From tomorrow you won't be able to avoid it by going...
Core Business Is Threatened by a Musical Attack on Two Fronts
Byline: By Tonia Simpson Apple Computer may have just won their battle with Apple Corps, but they're still finding themselves under attack on another two fronts. On one side, Microsoft has announced it's teaming up with MTV to launch a new music...
Crunch Time in a Battle of the Apples
Byline: By Shlomi Isaacson The recently concluded court case fought between Apple Corps and Apple Computer related to a 15-year-old agreement between the two high profile companies. Its origins however, actually date back a decade earlier than...
Dr John's Golf Clinic
Byline: By Tim Taylor Anthony Swan of Bracken Close, Newcastle, is this week's winner in terms of the most interesting ailment for Dr John to cure. Anthony says: "I'm a high handicapper with a familiar problem off the tee. I can normally hit...
Durham Senior League
Following their comprehensive defeat last week, Philadelphia have gone for experience rather than youth for today's game with Burnmoor at Bunker Hill in the Foster's Durham Senior League. Ben Raine, 14, and Jon Grant revert to the second XI and...
Esh Wheeling out a Fun New Classic
Byline: By Tim Taylor The Business Classic is back ( with new major sponsors in the Esh Group, the big four golf clubs of the North-East staging the three heats and the final and a move on the fixture list to the warmest summer months. The changes...
Experts to Reveal Beef Export News
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The reopening of the export market will provide some positive news for delegates at the National Beef Association's annual meeting, which is being held at Hexham next Wednesday. The main speakers are the Meat and Livestock...
Gay Study into Forces
A former soldier who was dismissed from the Army for being gay is researching the role of lesbians in the Armed Forces at a North university. Dr Joan Heggie, who left the military police after admitting being a lesbian, is seeking volunteers for...
Hanks & Co Set a Cracking Pace
Byline: By Damon Smith The da vinci code (12a, 148mins) Thriller/Drama. Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany, Etienne Chicot, Jurgen Prochnow, Jean-Pierre Marielle. Director: Ron Howard. Released: May 19...
I'm Ready for Action
Byline: By Luke Edwards The World Cup may still be more than three weeks away but Michael Owen has already declared himself fit for England's first group game against Trinidad and Tobago. Given Newcastle United's pounds 16.5m record signing has...
It's a Different Class of Drama
Byline: By Hannah Davies Hannah Davies speaks to a young woman whose childhood ambitions have led her to set up her own theatre company. Erika Tanith was four when she realised what she wanted to do in life. Her epiphany came when she accompanied...
Joe Is Still Very Ill
A man remains in a critical condition after a gas explosion which killed his partner. Joe Cairns, 63, is being treated in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after the explosion threw him from his kitchen on Grey Street, North Shields. Moira...
Johnson Raises Cash to Build New Company
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Entrepreneur Peter Johnson, who founded award-winning software company Techtonik, has raised pounds 530,000 to build a new company he expects will have pounds 5m revenues in two years. Sunderland-based Johnson has sold...
Khan Ducking Clear of Boxers' Pitfalls
Byline: By Carl Markham Amir Khan will draw strength from the problems of former featherweight world champion Naseem Hamed and current WBO title holder Scott Harrison in order to become a better boxer. Hamed was jailed for 15 months last week...
Late Surge Crushes Arsenal's Dream
Byline: By Matt Barlow Arsene Wenger's brave Arsenal saw their European dream shattered by two late Barcelona goals, writes Matt Barlow. The Gunners, who played for 72 minutes with 10 men after Jens Lehmann was sent off, led last night's Champions...
Leningrad Looks to Copy Motivator
York's totesport Dante Stakes was won in superb style by Motivator 12 months ago, and Michael Bell's charge went on to win the Derby at Epsom on his next start. The trainer has high hopes of repeating that feat today with Leningrad. Having cost...
Life in the Atomic Age
Byline: By Hannah Davies Sixty years after the US ushered in the modern atomic age, Hannah Davies finds out how nuclear paranoia gripped the world. Who of a certain age doesn't have vivid memories of when the world lived under the threat of a...
London Prices Take Pounding
Share prices in London took another hammering as the FTSE 100 Index tumbled 2.92% ( its biggest fall for more than three years. The Footsie plunged 170.7 points lower to 5675.5 as the threat of rising inflation and higher interest rates spooked...
Love Is Not All You Need
Byline: By Simon Baker Sir Paul McCartney made a public show of support for his wife last night, hours after the couple confirmed they were "going their separate ways". The former Beatle and second wife Heather ( who was born in Washington, Tyne...
Marts
St Boswells May 15 Primestock report John Swan Limited sold 367 clean cattle, 58 cows, 1,798 hoggs, 333 spring lambs and 522 ewes. 145 bullocks averaged 125.7p per kg, +0.2p on the week, and sold to 141p The 188 heifers averaged 124.3p...
Miller Has a Home for Everyone
Miller Homes has confirmed its place as one of the North- East's leading homebuilders, recently winning the award for Best Starter House at the 2006 21st Century Living Awards. Following its success with the two-bedroom Yare at its Beachcroft development...
Night for the Stars
Byline: By David Whetstone Stars of the art world gathered to preview two big new attractions at Baltic, as David Whetstone reports. Baltic's big day turned into Baltic's big night as some of the art world's hottest stars toasted the opening...
No Record for Gatlin
Athletics: Justin Gatlin has been denied the world 100m record he claimed at the Doha Super Grand Prix meeting in Qatar after a mistake. The American world and Olympic champion clocked a time of 9.76sec in Doha which lowered the previous best, set...
North-East Premier League
Tynemouth are confident they have a much stronger squad this season and will improve on last year's fifth from bottom rating. "We have a young side which is gaining in ability and experience all the time. We are fourth from top ahead of today's...
'Nothing Can Describe Feeling of Saving a Life'
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A North student who saved a life on the other side of the world is spearheading a campaign to get more young people to donate bone marrow. Newcastle University biochemistry student Mark Pearson, who comes from Consett,...
Online Boost for Tourist Industry
Byline: By Howard Walker The North-East's tourist industry is being given a major online boost. Regional development agency One NorthEast is developing a new system allowing visitors to book online and find out about the region's attractions, places...
Peter Jackson Column
Byline: By Peter Jackson My son saw it first as we were walking the dog over Tow Law Moor on Saturday. I turned at his shout and saw, coming low over the hilltop, an aircraft, prop driven, its four engines made a great rumbling roar. Then...
Pinta-Men Pull in Cash
Thirteen milkmen who deliver pints in the Bedlington area of Northumberland are to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. They will use their milk rounds to deliver and collect 6,000 donation envelopes so families can contribute to a fundraising...
Pires Moves to Spain
Villiarreal president Fernando Roig claims Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires will join the club in the coming week. Roig told Spanish TV station Canal Nou that the 32-year-old Arsenal winger would be his side's second close-season capture, following...
Residents Escape Fire
Firefighters battled a blaze at a ground floor flat where people were believed to be trapped yesterday. Crews from Durham were called to the fire at Ramsey Close, Sherburn Village, just after 4pm. When firefighters arrived they found all the...
Revolution in 21st Century Design
Developers George Wimpey took a great gamble when responding to designer Wayne Hemingway's criticism of the "Wimpeyfication" of Britain by builders. The construction company invited Mr Hemingway and his wife Gerardine to help to change the face...
Rock on with Youngsters' Competition
Byline: By Tim Taylor If you will be aged 16 or under on Sunday August 6, this is your chance to play for free alongside a PGA professional. That is the date of The Rock Junior Pro-Am at Matfen Hall, near Hexham. Normally, entry is by invitation....
Rural Housing in Capital Crisis
Byline: By Zoe Hughes & Ross Smith More rural homes must be built across the North, a report said yesterday ( revealing that it was almost as hard for people in parts of Northumberland to buy a house as it was for low-income workers in London....
Searching for Hidden Surprises
Northumbrian Water Property Solutions is the North-East's leading provider of conveyancing searches, providing over 85,000 searches a year to the region's leading legal professionals. Our service supplies homebuyers with greater information while...
'Series 7 in the Big Brother House'
Byline: By Jane Hall Jane Hall tracks down Marcus Bentley, the voice of Big Brother, as the seventh series of Britain's top fly-on-the-wall TV show prepares for lift-off. Doing an interview face-to-face is always preferable to over the phone....
Shepherd Hits Back at Barnwell
Byline: By Damian Spellman The war of words between Newcastle chairman Freddie Shepherd and managers' chief John Barnwell shows no sign of abating after another frank exchange of views. Shepherd hit out after unveiling Glenn Roeder as the Magpies'...
Show Time for Ailis
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths The young daughter of a dedicated horsewoman who lost her life to cancer is helping host a horse show in memory of her mother. Wendy Blacklock was 37 when she lost her fight against the disease just before Christmas...
Sir Peter Pops in for Opus Exhibition
Famous British pop artist Sir Peter Blake was on Tyneside the other day to open a new exhibition of his work at the Opus Gallery on Newcastle's Shakespeare Street, opposite the Theatre Royal. The artist, with his distinctive goatee beard, said he...
Spoilt for Choice at Murray Park
Would-be home buyers are being given a helping hand to choose their new home, with a variety of styles available to view at Dunelm Castle Homes's showhome complex at the Murray Park development in Stanley, County Durham. Two showhomes ( a three-storey,...
Spurs Turning into a Special Club ( Berbatov
Byline: By Bill Pierce Tottenham's new pounds 10.9m signing Dimitar Berbatov believes he has joined a club on the "up and up" after moving from Bayer Leverkusen. Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Voller, the former Germany striker, advised...
Staying Small Is Our Strong Point
Everyone at McCarrick Homes is proud of our success in these awards. This is our third win and our fourth time as "runner up". As always, it was a team effort, with office and site staff offering suggestions and practical help throughout. We...
Steenberg on Target at Last
Byline: By Robert Pratt It was a case of glory at last for Steenberg, who made it fourth time lucky in the Duke Of York Hearthstead Homes Stakes with a battling victory over a high-class field. Mark Tompkins' tough sprinter had previously finished...
Strangeworld
A grand mystery on a mountain top A musical mystery surrounds Britain's highest mountain after a piano was discovered near its summit. Volunteers clearing stones from the 4,418ft peak were astonished when they discovered the instrument on Ben...
Strategy Strangles Countryside
Byline: By Zoe Hughes It was supposed to provide a strategic view of the region's housing needs over the next 20 years. But yesterday the North-East's regional spatial strategy was condemned for helping to fuel the housing crisis in rural communities...
Students' Unions Condemn Lecturers' Pay Action
Students caught up in the university pay dispute have hit out at lecturers for putting their futures at risk. Undergraduates in the North-East have been supportive of lecturers' pay claims in the past, but are criticising the AUT and Natfhe unions...
Tech Notes
Byline: By Matt Falcus E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is held each May in Los Angeles and celebrated its 12th anniversary this year. It is the premier show of the games industry and is unmatched by any other event in terms...
Teenagers Held in Dawn Raid on Homes
Byline: By Dave Black Parents and their teenagers got an unwanted wake-up call from police yesterday after a violent incident which has appalled residents in a Northumberland village. Northumbria Police carried out early morning raids on a number...
Tests for Pounds 10m Project under Way
Specialist drilling contractors are due to move into a Northumberland bay today <c Thurs> to carry out tests to pave the way for a long-awaited, pounds 10m coast protection scheme. A large drilling rig will be anchored in the centre of Newbiggin...
Three Schools Facing Closure
Byline: By Graeme Whitiield Three primary schools are facing closure to reduce the number of empty desks. Despite strong opposition from pupils' parents, Gateshead Council's cabinet is being recommended to start the procedure to close Lindisfarne,...
Top Topiary Tips
Byline: By Hannah Stephenson Hannah Stephenson explains how you can cut it in the stylish topiary stakes. If you want to add formality to your patio this summer as a backdrop to pots full of colourful annuals, then topiary may be the answer....
Trainers, Triumphs and Fond Farewells
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Doug Moscrop, who retired last week after more than four decades as The Journal's racing editor, concludes his racing memoirs. Today, he remembers his favourite trainers. While Tim Easterby is in charge at Great Habton...
Tremendous Sport at Caistron Lakes
There has been tremendous sport this week at Caistron Lakes where the rod average peaked at 7.2 with good numbers of fish in the 3lb to 7lb range reported. The best bag again went to brothers D and G Maddison who safely returned 60 fish up to the...
United Star Escapes Fireball Car Crash
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Newcastle United winger Nolberto Solano was last night recovering after walking away from the wreckage of his burning car. The 31-year-old's BMW 646 flipped over twice, smashed into a tree and landed on its roof, but...
Venables Is Still in the Frame
Middlesbrough have played down reports that Terry Venables could be unveiled as their new manager at the weekend. The Teessiders have been speaking to the 63-year-old over the vacant job at the Riverside but, with chairman Steve Gibson and chief...
Versatile Bellway Doubly Successful
North-East-based national homebuilder Bellway scooped two awards at the 21st Century Living Awards for two very different properties ( best family home and best luxury apartment. Demonstrating Bellway's strengths across the broad range of properties...
Waiting Game for Cats over Futures
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sunderland do not know who their new manager is going to be, but the club have already made several important decisions about who he will be working with next season. With takeover talks continuing between Niall Quinn's...
Wasted Day Is No Help to Harmison
England fast bowler Steve Harmison's bid to prove his fitness ahead of the second Test was frustrated by rain as the first day's play between Durham and Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge was badly disrupted. The 27-year-old had played in Durham's...
Wayne's Squad Hopes Rest on Scan
Byline: By John Curtis Wayne Rooney's hopes of playing in the World Cup finals could be decided by May 25 when he undergoes another scan on his broken metatarsal. England coach Sven-GUran Eriksson will then have a better idea of whether the 20-year-old...
We Cost Too Much ( except Directors
I was struck by the juxtaposition of two stories in Monday's Business Today. The average pay for executives in large United Kingdom companies is stated to be pounds 3.3m and a brakes factory is moving production to eastern Europe, at a cost of 400...
Wenger and Henry Lash out at Officials
Byline: By Matt Barlow Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry last night took their disappointment out on the referee and linesman. Arsenal captain Henry hit out at Norwegian referee Terje Hauge, who sent off Gunners' keeper Jens Lehmann for a professional...
When It's Time to Turn off TV
While most parents will admit that the TV is often a useful 'babysitter' for kids, the debate still rages as to whether it's good for them or not. Numerous studies have linked TV watching to all manner of evils, from obesity and diabetes to behavioural...
Willy Poole Column
Byline: By Willy Poole C'est la guerre! We are being invaded! The enemy is "la taupe", oh all right, the mole. In French all moles are feminine, although even the meanest intellect must realise that this cannot be true. In French every noun is...
With the Will, This Circle Can Be Broken
Problems rarely come more vexing than those posed by the rising cost of houses in rural areas favoured by retired people and second home buyers. Vendors everywhere want the best price they can get for the houses they are trying to sell. Those who...
Workforce Boosted as Jobs Gloom Eases
Byline: By Zoe Hughes The number of people in work in the North-East has hit a year-long high ( just as national figures warned unemployment had risen to its highest level since 2002. As ministers reel from mass redundancies at Vauxhall and in...
You Can't Beat This!
Byline: By Tim Taylor We asked last week if anybody could beat Keith McAllister's South Shields record of entering his 30th consecutive season as a league golfer and we are confident we have settled this debate in one fell swoop. McAllister is only...
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