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 July 23, 2011

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FAIRBAIRN (Alnmouth). Waterside House. Mollie and the family are most greatful to all friends, relations and neighbours for the many expressions of kindness, sympathy and support, including cards and letters of condolence received following the recent...
Airbourne Are Hoping to Hit New Heights on Tour with Rock Heroes; Iron Maiden Are in Newcastle Tonight but the Old Stagers Have Some Young Blood to Get the Party Started. SIMON RUSHWORTH Talks to Airbourne's Ryan O'Keeffe
Byline: SIMON RUSHWORTH WHEN British heavy metal titans Iron Maiden do finally call it a day and retire to enjoy a fortune amassed over four decades, the need for arena-ready replacements will be felt keenly across the world. Of the many bands...
A Lesson in Style
Byline: Lyndsey Fineran THIS converted Victorian school has proved to be a great escape from city life and a perfect place to raise a family for Paul and Katie Skinner. Having previously lived in Gosforth, Newcastle, Paul and Katie decided to stay...
Ann's 'Hands Off' Parking Dream
Byline: Chris Russon IT'S a manoeuvre feared by many a driver, but former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe discovered there's now an easier way to park your car. The popular contestant in the recent Strictly Come Dancing series took up a Strictly Come...
A Place of My Own
WHEN lighting designer Kristina Simpson had her first child, the "nesting instinct" spurred her on to finish refurbishing the threebedroom home in Low Fell she shares with partner Richard, 39. Now baby Annabel is one, Kristina is back at work and...
Ascot Glory for Sooraah; William Haggas-Trained Filly Bows out in Style
SOORAAH gained a welcome Listed success in gutsy style at Ascot yesterday, ahead of her retirement to the paddocks at the end of the campaign, writes KEITH HAMER. The William Haggas-trained filly wore down long-time leader Primevere in the dying...
A Sizzling T20 Finals Day in Prospect; DUKES NORTH EAST PREMIER LEAGUE
THEY'RE firing up the famous Benwell Barbie in readiness for one of the biggest days on the NEPL calendar. Denton Bank provides the ideal venue for tomorrow's NEPL T20 finals day with a cracking programme of cricket in store for local supporters. The...
Bedoya Can Bring Quality and Excitement to Rangers, Insists Edu
MAURICE Edu has told Rangers fans they can expect quality and excitement from new recruit Alejandro Bedoya when he arrives at Ibrox in January. The United States international has agreed a pre-contract with the Scottish champions and will make the...
Ben Arfa Flies Back to France for Treatment; Specialist Care for Hatem
Byline: Lee Ryder HATEM Ben Arfa has travelled back to France for further treatment on his ankle. The Newcastle United playmaker was hurt in the opening game of the Magpies' US tour and jetted back to Tyneside on Thursday, accompanied by long-serving...
Branch out - Move to a Sycamore Home
FAMILIES wanting a swift move to enjoy the summer in a new home may look at a four-bedroom Sycamore property style for sale at pounds 185,000. The house type, with integral garage, is available at Miller Homes' Beaumont Court development in Pegswood,...
Businessman Dies of 'Mad Cow Disease' Inspirational Leader Was a Role Model
Byline: Alastair Craig ANORTH East business executive has died just weeks after being diagnosed with the rare Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of mad cow disease. Bob Wall, a married father-of-one, was managing director of a division...
Business Travellers Help Easyjet Profits Take Off
Byline: Peter McCusker BUDGET airline easyJet said its profits were set to beat expectations after its new strategy, which includes appealing to more business passengers, started to bear fruit. The airline said it has now sold 75% of its seats...
Cameron Has Fought Back Well - but He Is Not out of the Woods; Columnist Paul Linford on Monday: Tom Gutteridge
Byline: Tom Gutteridge EVER since the start of the crisis over phone hacking that has engulfed the worlds of politics, journalism and the police over the past three weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron had appeared to be stuck on the back foot. ...
Capital's Hidden Highlights; from Salt Beef Bagels to Street Art, Via Up-and-Coming Fashion Designers and a Bit of Grisly History, EMILY POTTS Discovers a Corner of East London That Has It All
Byline: EMILY POTTS THE street is packed and there is far too much to take in. On the left, a group of men are playing carrom - an Asian game best described as a hybrid of draughts and billiards - on the right, market stalls sell handmade and bang-on-trend...
Cats Boss Says No to Signing a Striker
Byline: Mark Douglas STEVE Bruce has shelved plans to bring in another striker as he predicts fit-again Asamoah Gyan will improve on last season's 11 top-flight goals. Although Bruce retains an interest in brokering an unlikely deal for Charles...
Chairman's Farm Plan Thrown Out
Byline: Paul Tully THE chairman of the Northumberland National Park has been told he cannot upgrade "heritage assets" on his 19th-Century farm. John Riddle may now take his own county council to appeal over its refusal of permission to convert...
Change on Its Way to One of County's Most Remote Farms
Byline: Tony Henderson NOT a lot has changed landscape-wise over the centuries around one of Northumberland's most remote farms. An indication is that on the farm at Blindburn at the head of the Coquet Valley, run by Matt Ridley and his mother...
Claydon Gives Durham Boss Some Food for Thought
Byline: Stuart Rayner WITH 40 overs lost to frustrating showers, the outcome of Durham's County Championship match with Somerset is no clearer than 24 hours earlier. But Mitchell Claydon took the opportunity to muddy the waters ahead of the selection...
County Durham Leagues
THERE'S a pretty impressive six-pack waiting to muscle in on Kimblesworth's Durham Senior League title ambitions if the leaders should slip up at Philadelphia this afternoon. Just six points separate Horden in second place from Norton in seventh,...
Creative Companies Have Designs on New Studios
Byline: Peter McCusker CREATIVE businesses are expected to be vying for a place in a pounds 10m design centre after Gateshead Council announced it was accepting applications for the studios. The brand new Northern Design Centre, under construction...
Cruze Is a Real Delight
Byline: Maxine Ashford WITH distinctive sporty lines, a choice of engines and three trim levels, the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback looks set to pick up where the saloon left off - as an award-winner. Motorists these days want a lot from their cars and...
Deaths
BROWN (Widdrington). The Gables. Peacefully at home on 19th July, aged 76 years, Margaret Shirley, wife of the late Jimmy, mother of Kathleen, granmother of Lance and sister of Jack. Friends please meet for service at Widdrington United Reformed Church...
Deli Has Plenty of Potential; Kiosk at Metro Station by the Coast
THIS business is leasehold and occupies a fantastic location within a parade of other commercial properties. Sassy Deli and General Dealers, in Sunderland, is within walking distance of Roker Park and in the heart of a large residential area, giving...
Dentist's Downward Spiral Ends in Prison; Drunken Threat Made to Man, Aged 84, in Pub
Byline: Neil McKay A"FALL from grace" for a struck-off dentist took another downward spiral when he began a jail sentence last night. Leslie Smith once had 12 dental practices and was also well known as a flamboyant businessman who established...
Derby Winner Works His Way into King George Contention
EVERY horse has an off-day, even the 2010 Derby winner Workforce. He turned up at Ascot a year ago on the back of his Epsom heroics and ran a stinker. Beaten out of sight by stable companion Harbinger in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes...
Diamonds Are Still in It despite Rebels Victory; SPEEDWAY
Somerset Rebels................................. 46 Newcastle Diamonds .......................... 44 NEWCASTLE Diamonds went into last night's Premier Knockout Cup quarter-final first leg knowing that a top performance was needed as Somerset lost by...
Double Ton Seemed like Hard Work for Batsman
KEVIN Pietersen admitted he had never worked harder for England after his unbeaten 202 put the hosts in charge of the first Test against India, writes RORY DOLLARD. Pietersen showed the kind of patience not often associated with him to provide the...
'Europe Will Not Upset Us' Hughes Backs Fulham to Cope
Byline: Simon Peach FULHAM defender Aaron Hughes insists the Europa League will not upset the Cottagers' pre-season preparations and that every game is being approached as if it was against Manchester United. The west Londoners secured safe passage...
Eurotunnel Is in the Fast Lane
CHANNEL Tunnel operator Eurotunnel said the number of cars using its service rose 5% as it won market share from rival ferry companies. The lift in car volumes in the first six months of 2011 came despite a 2% decline in the cross-channel car market...
Facebook Family's Burglary Torment; Thieves Stole Pounds 64,000 Worth of Goods While Owners Holidayed
Byline: Sonia Sharma AFAMILY who announced on Facebook that they were going on holiday were shocked to discover on their return that they had been burgled. The family from Wallsend, North Tyneside, had pounds 64,700 worth of goods stolen from...
Flaws in the Funding of Later Life Care Costs
Byline: Ian Lowes WHEN it comes down to it few of us want to envisage a time when we might become infirm and need to go into long-term care. Yet changing UK demographics are driving up the percentage of elderly people in the population and so proportionately...
Get to Grips with the Latest Legacy Tourer
Byline: Steve Hughes WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get going - mainly in fourwheel-drive vehicles! However, whilst Subaru may have grabbed the headlines during winter when its vehicles were loaned to Northumbrian Ambulance Service, the advantages...
Girl's Memory Lives on in New Garden; Katie Would Have Loved It, Says Teacher
Byline: Michael Brown FAMILY, friends and teachers yesterday paid tribute to a "kind spirited, hard working and gentle natured" girl as they opened a memorial garden in her honour. Katie Washington, 16, and her mother Susan, 47, were killed in a...
Glorious Few Days of Racing in Store
GLORIOUS Goodwood happily amounts to a great deal more than bad cliches about Panama hats and jugs of Pimm's. Although it remains rather selfgratuitous to have labelled their fiveday meeting next week as 'glorious', few places in Britain can draw...
Golf Club Plan Left Hanging on the Lip; Request for More Information
Byline: Neil McKay ADECISION on whether to grant planning permission for a pounds 32m golf course development to include a new four-star hotel and executive homes has been put on hold. Durham County Council's planning committee was expected to...
Graham's Side Will Be Missing Some Big Players
Byline: Matt Leslie NORTHUMBERLAND manager Bill Graham will be looking to call on his reserves ahead of tomorrow's match against Suffolk. A number of key players will be unavailable to Graham ahead of the Eastern Division match at Jesmond due...
Great Deal of Quality on Show
WITH three showhomes offering prospective buyers a taste of what life could be like at Teal Park Farm, the development is attracting a good number of visitors. And a special deal on one of the properties available is expected to prove popular, according...
Great Outdoors the; Summer Is the Season for Dining Outdoors and Making the Most of the Warmer Weather. Homemaker Looks at Four Homes for Sale with Fantastic Gardens, All Perfect for Entertaining Family and Friends
OCCUPYING an impressive garden site with magnificent and private grounds, Rocklyn Lodge is ideal for those looking for luxurious living in a convenient location. The four-bedroom property in Darras Hall, near Ponteland, has several stunning features,...
Guidance for First-Time Buyers; Buying a Home Can Be Time-Consuming, Stressful and Complex. David Wilson Explains the Process
Byline: David Wilson THE process for first-time buyers looking to take their first steps onto the property ladder is a daunting and often confusing one with the array of lenders, technical terms and requirements imposed upon them. With official...
Hammer Attack Suspect in Court
Byline: Rob Kennedy THIS is the man who is alleged to have attacked a nursery teacher with a hammer outside a Tyneside school. The 21-year-old victim was taken to hospital with head injuries after an assault in North Tyneside earlier this month....
Heard the One about the Council Car Parking Strategy? Thought You Hadn't. Joke Falls Flat as Row Breaks Out
Byline: Adrian Pearson AJOKE emailed by the leader of Northumberland Council has led to calls for his resignation. Conservatives on the council have been accused of lacking a sense of humour after Liberal Democrat council boss Jeff Reid sent...
Hymn Sheet Hits a Note with United
Byline: LEE RYDER ALAN Pardew is adamant Newcastle United are singing from the same hymn sheet in Orlando. The Magpies manager has no qualms about team spirit in his ranks, despite external murmurs that the club's preseason trip to the United States...
Hyundai Hails Sales Surge
Byline: Steve Hughes KOREAN car company Hyundai is emerging as one of the strongest new contenders in the expanding executive car market, having reached some important milestones amid soaring sales. The company has just clinched the coveted title...
Justice to Prevail, Says Bin Hammam
MOHAMED bin Hammam issued a statement maintaining his innocence on the first day of Fifa's ethics committee hearing into bribery allegations against him and insisted that justice will prevail. The Asian Football Confederation president (above) began...
Karen Overbury
ONE of my mates has moved down south - after months of planning, false alarms then a last-minute panic. The family, thinking their home could take months to sell, put it on the market early - and sold it in three weeks! So they lived in rented accommodation...
Keep the Colour! as the Best of the Early Summer Blooms Start to Fade, Hannah Stephenson Picks Some Late Scorchers to Turn Up the Heat in Your Borders
THE soft pink peonies, deep blue delphiniums and purple cranesbill geraniums may have faded from my borders, but there are some sizzling oranges and reds in their place, bursting into bloom. Spikes of vibrant red Crocosmia 'Lucifer' rub shoulders...
Khan Feels More Appreciated in the Usa; Boxing
AMIR Khan feels more appreciated in the United States than Britain but is determined to win the hearts and minds of his own public. An opportunity to boost his popularity comes in the early hours of tomorrow morning when he faces Zab Judah in a...
Lovebirds by Paul O'Neill; SATURDAY SHORT STORY
AFTER almost three years of quite happily sharing a cage together, the male pecked the female to death. This type of occurrence could not be described as completely uncommon but the circumstances around it almost certainly could. The beak of the lovebird,...
Lovely Homes at Affordable Prices
AFFORDABILITY is a key consideration for many buyers. A new showhome recently opened by developers Dunelm Homes is attracting a range of visitors from first-time buyers to young families and people looking to downsize. The three-bedroom Ripon is...
Luxury Home in a Popular Seaside Town
WITH four bedrooms, a separate study and dining room and all set in a seaside location, the Kentmere house type is proving popular. This property, on Taylor Wimpey's Crofton Grange development, has good space for a large or growing family, especially...
Make Sure Your Special Day Goes without a Hitch; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
PLANNING your wedding? There are plenty of prestigious venues and specialist companies in the region which are perfect for the occasion. Here's a handy guide of some of the best marital services in the North East. HORTON GRANGE Nestled in the countryside...
Make the Most of Your Retirement
ONE of the best-known retirement specialist builders in Britain is McCarthy & Stone, which is building several developments in the North East. And one of these, the Robert Adam Court development in Alnwick, has become the best-selling site among...
Man Cleared of Fatal Hammer Attack; Victim Was Battered to Death in Home
Byline: Rob Kennedy ASALES worker has been cleared of battering a man to death in his County Durham home. Prosecutors claimed Andrew Johnson shattered 59-year-old's Fred Shipley's skull with a hammer and left him dead in his home. But yesterday...
March of the Greys; Our Population Is Getting Older, but There Is No-One in Parliament Who Specifically Represents the Views of Pensioners. JOANNE BUTCHER Explores Why the North East Is Calling for Grey Pride
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER SILENCED, ignored and patronised by a society so often obsessed with youth, many older people can be forgiven for feeling as if their interests are constantly sidelined. Over-65s make up more than 17% of the North East's...
McLaren Go for Extra Mile; Button Has Full Confidence in Team for a Comeback
JENSON Button has no doubts McLaren are going the extra mile in a bid to rekindle hopes of a comeback this season. In the wake of a bitterly disappointing British Grand Prix 12 days ago, the McLaren garage was a solemn, sombre place. Despite Lewis...
Micra Takes a Dig at Diesel
Byline: Chris Russon NISSAN is taking a swipe at diesel by launching a supereconomical petrol version of the latest Micra city car. Using a supercharger to boost power and by tweaking the car's three-cylinder engine for more efficiency, Nissan claims...
More Buyers Look to Live the Green Dream
Byline: Karen Wilson AT A time when energy prices are rising significantly - with the average dual fuel annual bill due to increase by pounds 171 - more and more buyers are turning to eco-friendly measures. But which green improvements will save...
Murdoch Jnr 'Knew of Scale of Hacking' New Claims Are Handed to Detectives
Byline: Gavin Cordon CLAIMS that James Murdoch knew three years ago that phone hacking at the News of the World was not confined to a single "rogue" reporter have been referred to the police. Labour MP Tom Watson said he was contacting Scotland...
Murray Is a 'Huge' Influence on Wells
Byline: Mark Smith ASHLEY Wells has revealed that the prospect of learning from Euan Murray was among the main reasons for choosing to join Newcastle Falcons. The South African tight-head is in his second week on Tyneside, with the Vodacom Cup...
New Events Add to Usual Mix at Kelso; the Rings Are Ready and the Marquees Are Going Up for the Border Union Show in Kelso. the Two-Day Event, Which Starts on Friday, Has Attracted Record Entries This Year. KAREN DENT Reports
Byline: KAREN DENT THE usual mix of farming, fun, equestrian and education is being lined up for this year's Border Union Show in Kelso. Donkey classes are returning to the event for the first time in more than three decades and those classes have...
New Mercedes Is a Class Act - Virtually
The simulator at Sindelfingen is the most advanced of its kind in the auto industry. Its primary use is to shorten prototype development costs and time - which are significant for any model. With the 3D-surround graphics - they are even reproduced...
No Charges for Householder Who Killed Burglar
A MAN who stabbed a burglar to death has been released without charge after a prosecutor ruled he acted in self-defence in "frightening circumstances". Peter Flanagan, 59, was arrested on suspicion of murder after he confronted John Bennell, 27, who...
No Rat-Trap Bond in the North East; Peter Fall Looks at Brickwork, Bonds and Possible Problems with Ageing Walls
Byline: Peter Fall A QUERY came through the other day about the stability of a brick wall that had previously been a farm building but was now part of a smart barn conversion into a house. The client had heard about walls built with a "rat trap"...
Northumberland Leagues
THE two teams at the bottom of the NTSL hog the limelight today as Ashington lock horns with Newcastle City in a game that will provide hope for the winner and despair for the loser. The cellar-dwellers are well adrift of the teams above them in...
Performance Is Electrifying
Byline: Maxine Ashford THERE'S one word that perfectly sums up the Vauxhall Ampera, Europe's first extended range electric vehicle - electrifying. For this five-door four-seater promises electric-powered motoring in all driving conditions and...
Pietersen the Swordsman for England; Hosts Grasp the Initiative Thanks to Double Century
A MIGHTY double hundred from Kevin Pietersen, his first century at home for nearly three years, put England in charge on day two of the first npower Test against India at Lord's. Having last reached three figures in this country in August 2008,...
Pounds 35million for Modric Is Not Enough
TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp insists a bid of pounds 35million would not meet his valuation of wantaway midfielder Luka Modric. The Croatia international (pictured right) has been the subject of two unsuccessful bids from Chelsea this summer...
Pounds 40m Quiz Question Is Answered as Black Cats' Acquisitions Add a Sense of Freshness A Pounds 40m Quiz Question Is Answered as Black Cats' Acquisitions Add a Sense of Freshness; Signings Have Given Sunderland a Huge Boost Steve Bruce Is Bubbling as Sunderland Step Up Their Premier League Preparations Some Three Weeks before the Season Kicks off. Mark Douglas Spoke to the Black Cats Manager at the Club's German Training Base
A HUSH descends over the dining room at Sunderland's Barsinghausen training base. On one table, Keiren Westwood, Sunderland's skipper Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley. On the other, Steve Bruce, assistant Eric Black and goalkeeping coach Nigel Spink...
Pounds 450 in Prizes for Best Osprey Flight Photos
VISITORS to Northumberland's new osprey stronghold are being challenged to capture images of the birds in flight. With four adult and three newly fledged youngsters set to be on the wing hunting in Kielder Water & Forest Park next month, Kielder...
Power Surge at 300 Homes Blamed on Dam Generator
THE cause of a power surge in a Northumberland village has been put down to a fault in a generator at Kielder Dam. Scores of families throughout Kielder and Falstone were left with thousands of pounds worth of damage to electrical appliances after...
Price Deals Specially for Summer
SUZUKI has introduced some summer sizzlers to shift its Alto and Swift SZ2 models before the end of September. It means that the Alto SZ2 is up for grabs at just pounds 6,495 and the Swift SZ2 three-door at pounds 8,495, amounting to savings of pounds...
Properties under the Hammer
AN auction of licensed properties will be held on August 31 through Sidney Phillips' Hexham office, in Northumberland. In conjunction with the York branch, about 20 freehold properties from private and pub company vendors will be offered for sale...
Pub Marquee Can Stay for a Little Longer; but Owners Must Come Up with a Plan
Byline: Paul Tully LOCALS inn-tent on supporting their village local are taking on planners in a bid to keep open a vital rural service. Hilda Wright, licensee and tenant at the listed 18th-Century Bay Horse Inn at West Woodburn in Northumberland,...
Q&A; Your Money Queries Are Answered by PETER RUTHERFORD, Senior Director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners
Q I am taking my retirement income through a pension drawdown arrangement. I have recently been told that my income is about to fall quite considerably. Why is this? A When you first entered a pension drawdown arrangement the limits for the amount...
Rainbow Ready to Show True Colours; Swinbank Is Set to Strike at Newcastle
MELSONBY trainer Alan Swinbank is hoping for a decent pot of gold at the end of a rainbow at Newcastle today. His five-year-old Mr Rainbow can continue the resurgence of the stable in the Pimms Beeswing Handicap in which he was a disappointing sixth...
Recycling Facility for Wood Is Opened
A NEW pounds 2m wood recycling facility, which is the most advanced of its kind in the region has been officially opened. The Timberpak site on Pattinson Industrial Estate, Washington, will process pallets, old furniture and other waste wood, which...
Relax with a Good Book; Summer Time Means Books Time, Whether It's in a Hammock, on a Lounger or Sitting on the Floor at the Airport Gate. Here Some Best-Selling Authors Give HANNAH STEPHENSON a Look at What They Are Packing
Byline: HANNAH STEPHENSON Peter James "When we go on holiday I pack a book a day, plus another five in case we are hijacked. I like to read crime thrillers, particularly new authors. I'm always looking for that book I put down and go, 'Wow, wish...
Reliable Mazda Gets a Stylish New Look
Byline: Patrick James THERE aren't many, if any, car makers who build more reliable vehicles than Mazda. But they used to be a bit a staid with, at best, average styling. That changed a few years ago when the Mazda6 broke new ground and it...
Right Balance on Renewables
Byline: JAYNE CARRICK THE introduction of the Government's Feed in Tariff (FITs) scheme last year has successfully motivated many landowners in the region to consider renewable energy developments. Now, as planning applications are submitted...
Schleck Makes His Move as Tour Approaches Its Climax; Tour De France
ANDY Schleck is confident he can secure a first Tour de France title today after moving into pole position on yesterday's epic final Alpine stage. As Pierre Rolland (Europcar) celebrated a first Tour success on the 109.5-kilometre 19th stage from...
Simpson Closes out in Fine Style
Byline: Tim Taylor W HICKHAM'S James Simpson closed out the England Boys Under-18 Open with a four-under round of 66 at Broadstone in Dorset yesterday, when the door opened on his international career. His reward was to be picked for his England...
Skits Hit the Spot - Mostly
Byline: Karen Wilson The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek, Live Theatre, Newcastle IF A comedy sketch show can muster a three-out-of-four hit rate, then they're on to a winner. My laugh-o-meter measured 80% for this trio, who are heading for the...
Sport on TV
A SELECTIVE guide to the weekend: TODAY FOOTBALL: Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Glasgow Rangers v Hearts - Sky Sports 2 1200; pre-season friendlies, Cologne v Arsenal - ESPN 1630, DC United v Everton - ESPN 0030 (Sun); Under-19s European Championship,...
Students Win Contest to Find Next Big Idea
A TEAM of young entrepreneurs from St Aidan's School, Sunderland, have won over dragons from North East industry and commerce with their idea for a new smart phone application. Out of five teams from across the region which made it to the final,...
Stunning Simplicity; Minimal and Simple, Wabi Sabi Also Has a Timeless Elegance, Says Claire Hornby
Byline: Claire Hornby ESTABLISHED by Japanese designer Kuniko Kataoka in 1998, Wabi Sabi is loosely based on the material representation of Zen Buddhism. Wabi, stemming from the root word of "wa" has come to mean unmaterialistic and in tune with...
Tenants Vote for Housing Trust to Run Their Estate
A NORTH East housing estate has been handed over to a community trust after tenants voted on its future. People living in Byker, Newcastle, voted in favour of setting up the Community Housing Trust. Four tenants will now be voted on to a board of...
That's What Friends Are for; Trainers Make Long Trip to Boost Runner
Byline: Robert Weatherall TWO fitness gurus have made a last minute trans-Atlantic trip to help their friend complete a gruelling challenge. Fitness trainers Dave Fairlamb and Mark Fleming had spent a week out in the USA helping friend Mark Allison...
The Attraction of Magnette
Byline: Steve Hughes FOR a new generation of motorists the MG Magnette is a new car that sets new standards in terms of value for money. The fact that the name harks back to an iconic British brand of more than half a century ago is of little...
'The First Thing I Will Probably Do Is Have a Nice Hot Shower, Stick My Feet in Some Iced Water, Have Something Nice to Eat with Some Red Wine'
Byline: Linda Richards TORRENTIAL rain has failed to dampen the spirits of charity champion Neil Hymas. Over the past week, the 47-year-old soldier has battled the elements on a 240-mile trek around the old boundary of Durham County. But today...
The Key to Your Home Security; with the Holiday Season upon Us, It Is Important That Our Homes Are as Secure as Possible. Steffan George Offers His Expert Advice
Byline: Steffan George HOMEOWNERS often mistakenly believe that if they buy a new lock, it will improve the security of their home. But upgrading or replacing a lock is not as black and white as it may seem. While it's fair to say that any...
The Nine New Men at Sunderland
WITH the pounds 40million generated by the sale of Jordan Henderson and Darren Bent, Steve Bruce has refreshed his squad with nine acquisitions he believes offer big-game experience in defence, creativity in midfield and huge potential in attack. Here,...
The Power of Flowers; Special Spaces Need Perfect Posies. Florist Jane Packer Shares Her Design Tips with Karen Wilson
Byline: Karen Wilson FLOWERS are now considered just as much an essential accessory as cushions, throws or bric-a-brac, and certainly aren't confined to a show-off bouquet in the living room. Jane Packer, a renowned floral artist, says: "At home...
There's No Rush with Sammy
SHOLA Ameobi feels that younger brother Sammy does not need to rushed through the ranks with Newcastle United, writes LEE RYDER. But the Nigerian-born striker believes the excellent attributes of his sibling are already putting him in with a shout...
The Silver Lining That Rescued a Lead Mine; Historic Basket Is Sold for Pounds 5,000
Byline: Tony Henderson WHEN North miners struck it rich, they thought up a smashing way to announce the news to the mine owner. Workers from the Hudgill lead mine on Alston Moor in the North Pennines marched to the owner's house and threw a lump...
Time to Gear Up for a Green Revolution; Budget Bicycle Hire Scheme Is Launched
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth CITY dwellers will be using pedal power to boost their fitness as a budget bike hire scheme is extended throughout Newcastle. A fleet of 150 bikes will be available to pick up and drop off at hire stations in a Paris-style...
Travel Trips for Drivers
STAYCATION holidaymakers planning to take their summer break in Britain are being warned to make sure their car is up for the job before setting off. The Guild of Experienced Motorists has put together a checklist to help drivers have a trouble-free...
Trio Fly Flag for Region; North East Riders among Best
THREE North East endurance riders did the region proud after taking three of the top four places in 50 mile competitive ride in South Yorkshire. The Northumberland & Tyneside Endurance GB (EGB) group members, along with horses and crews, travelled...
Twin Norway Terror Attack Kills Dozens; 'Youngsters Shot as They Swam Away'
Byline: Michael Black ABOMB ripped open buildings in the heart of Norway's government yesterday before a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at an island youth camp connected to the ruling party, leaving at least 17 dead in the attacks....
Vegas Is a Winner as Offers Flood in; Dog Lacked Bite for Police Work
Byline: Andrew Glover VEGAS the cowardly police dog's luck is in at last. The German Shepherd did not cut the mustard as a crime fighter and Northumbria Police decided to let her go. And while lacking bite for the job, she is set to enjoy retirement...
Views Sought on Future of Forests; Workshop Will Enable People to Voice Concerns
Byline: Tony Henderson APANEL which will advise the Government on the future of forests and woods in England will arrive in Northumberland next week. In February, the Government rapidly climbed down on the proposed sale of 85% of Forestry Commission...

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