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 November 12, 2011

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Act Fast If You Miss a Payment; Finance Expert David Wilson Answers Some of the Most Frequently-Asked Mortgage Questions
I'VE missed a mortgage payment and I'm worried about my next payment already; what can I do? IT'S important that from as early as possible you review your financial position. You should firstly make a list of all your debts then complete a budget...
Alcaraz Issues Spitting Apology
WIGAN captain Antolin Alcaraz has issued an apology on the club's website for the spitting incident that has landed him a threematch ban. The Paraguay international was caught by television cameras spitting at Wolves defender Richard Stearman towards...
BA Group Profits Set to Soar
THE owner of British Airways has said it expects profits to soar over the next four years as it benefits from its merger with Iberia. International Airlines Group (IAG), which was formed through the merger in January, expects operating profits of...
Bets Are on Chase Being the Best Yet
CHRISTMAS does look like coming early for jumping fans at Haydock next weekend. Since its inception in 2005, the Betfair Chase has been a regular serious starting point to the season for Kauto Star and other potential Gold Cup horses. Conceived...
Big Cat Roaring Louder
Byline: Steve Hughes IF YOUR 155mph Jaguar XJ saloon is a tad too slow, fear not for it can now be transformed into a 175mph speedster. The best of British is preparing for a cat fight with its German rivals Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW,...
Branch out with Family Tree History; Genealogy System Unveiled on Tyne
Byline: Dan Warburton LONG-LOST family members can be traced for the first time in the North East as a new genealogy system is unveiled. The city is to become one of only seven sites across England and Wales to offer a full set of records from...
Buyers for Under-Age Drinkers Are Targeted
POLICE and their partners are targeting people who buy booze on behalf of under-age drinkers in North West Durham. Over the coming months they will focus on individuals who are legally entitled to buy alcohol but break the law by making proxy purchases...
Cameron: I Cannot Rule out Double-Dip; Further Fears Voiced over Euro Crisis
Byline: Joe Churcher AWARNING of difficult times ahead for the UK economy was issued by David Cameron yesterday amid mounting international pressure for action by the eurozone to resolve its debt crisis. The Prime Minister said there was "a big...
Capello Is Seeking Fringe Benefits as His Key Men Sit out Wembley Clash
was being coy FABIO Capello has admitted he is taking a risk by leaving some of his key men out of tonight's friendly with Spain - but believes it is vital to learn how his fringe players cope against such high-class opposition. Already without...
Cash Prize on Offer for Enterprising Youngsters
YOUNG Tyneside entrepreneurs have the chance to compete for a share of a pounds 100,000 prize. A competition has been launched to find the best business brains in the region, and is offering financial backing and expert advice to bring young people's...
Changing Things for the Sake of It; Why Change Things Just for the Sake of It, Asks Peter Fall
I'VE used this expression a few times before, but it bears repetition: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." It was driven into me on many occasions by my engineer father whenever I tried to modify or improve something. Not that he was a Luddite, but...
Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 Vcdi Lt Auto
Byline: Ian Johnson CHEVROLET'S Captiva SUV crossover has been refreshed in both looks and power and now has much more of what it takes to carve a larger slice of this highly competitive market. The original was hardly the best looking model...
Comic in Conversation at Intimate City Venue; KAREN WILSON Talks to Comedian Mark Watson, Who's Performing in Newcastle on Monday, about TV Panel Shows, Being Slated for Doing Cider Ads and Having a Dull Name
MARK Watson fans can expect lots of new material and a fair amount of off-the-cuff improvisation during his forthcoming gig at Newcastle's newest comedy club The Stand. Part of his Request Stops tour, where fans dictate where he performs, it's exactly...
Concern of 'Booze-Runs' over Border; Expert Denies Drinkers Will Head South
Byline: Helen Rae AN alcohol expert has insisted that Northumberland will not become a haven for Scots seeking cut-price booze after their Government announced it was to reintroduce its plan for minimum alcohol pricing. Earlier this month, the...
Council Rejects Plan to Turn Hostel into Apartments
PLANS to turn a city youth hostel into apartments have been thrown out by councillors. The conversion of the Youth Hostel Association premises on Jesmond Road in Newcastle was discussed by the City Council planning committee on Friday. But instead...
Deaths
BENNETT (North Seaton). Peacefully in hospital on 8th November, aged 73 years, Jane Isabel (nee Shortt), beloved wife of the late Derek, cherished mam of Carren and Tracy and motherinlaw of Gordon and Paul and a devoted grandma of Emma, Louise, Graham...
Denmark's Capital of Cool; ADAM Aspinall Finds the European Jewel That Is Copenhagen, a City That Is Also Super Cool
TO paraphrase the Bard, there is something special in the state of Denmark. And that something without doubt is its super-cool capital city Copenhagen. It seems like the major cities in Scandinavia have been duelling for the title of best in show...
Diary
KEEP in touch with North East gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. Today Darlington Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, late show, Bondgate Church Hall, noon-4pm. Monday, November 14 Brampton and District Flower Club,...
Don't Miss out on the Mayfair
ONLY one home is left for sale at a development of spacious stone-built properties in the popular town of Morpeth, Northumberland. The remaining house at Shepherd Homes' Southgate Wood development is a four-bedroom Mayfair, priced at pounds 299,995....
Eagles Celebrate Narrow Victory; Flournoy's Men Scrape Past Rocks in Nervy Cup Clash
Byline: PAUL NILSEN SPORT Central was bouncing last night as Newcastle Eagles fans celebrated a barely believable and nerve-jangling BBL Cup quarter-final success against Glasgow Rocks, writes PAUL NILSEN. Quite how the Eagles managed to emerge...
Euro Debate Has Plenty of Food for Thought; It's an Old Chestnut and the Food Production versus Environmental Improvement Debate Is Only Set to Intensify as the World Population Hits Seven Billion and the Wrangles Continue over CAP Reform. Northumberland Farming Consultant BRUCE JOBSON, Pictured, Considers the Issues
Byline: BRUCE JOBSON FRANCE'S President Charles De Gaulle is famous for his refusal to allow Britain entry into an exclusive post-war European Club. Standing at the doorway to economic prosperity; he announced, "non." A somewhat mystified Britain...
Evo-Stik First Division North
Byline: JAMES HUNTER DICKIE ORD will consider anything less than a play-off place a failure this season after seeing his Durham City side prove they can compete with higher-grade opposition. City were knocked out of the FA Trophy in midweek,...
Expert Claims Decision May Be a Winner; Sponsors Will Not Mind the Controversy
Byline: Kim Carmichael AN expert in brands and advertising believes potential sponsors will be lining up to re-name St James' Park. Despite the controversy, the club's reputation and the loyalty of fans will make it an attractive prospect for...
Find out How to Make the Most of Investments; as the Cost of Living Rises and Interest Rates Stay at a Record Low, Financial Adviser IAN LOWES, Pictured, Takes a Look at How to Make Your Investments Grow
IN this article I want to highlight several items of news that are inextricably linked and affect the amount we can save and the return we get on those savings. The first item of news concerns inflation. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) last...
First Occupants for Homes in Historic Setting
ANEW housing development in the heart of historic Alnwick, in north Northumberland, has welcomed its first occupants. The Towergate development, created by Gentoo, offers a mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments available for social rent and sale....
Formula One Star Still Living His Dream
SEBASTIAN Vettel is relishing living the moment as he appreciates just how quickly the bubble can burst in Formula One. Exactly a year ago yesterday, three days ahead of the final race of a down-to-the-wire campaign in Abu Dhabi, Vettel was still...
Foyle's War on Damage That Destroys Our Homes
FILMING BBC2's hit Climbing Great Buildings TV series gave presenter Jonathan Foyle a bird's-eye view of some of the UK's most iconic structures - including the state of their roofs and gutters! So it's no surprise that he's a passionate and informed...
Frank Talking over Poppy Ban Rumpus
STAND-in skipper Frank Lampard admitted the England team may have been forced to discuss the possibility of taking a stand over the poppy row had no agreement been reached with Fifa about wearing the remembrance emblem. Lampard believes England...
Furniture like No Other; Karen Wilson Speaks to Newcastle Furniture Designer Dan Rose Whose Iconic Pieces Are Gaining Quite a Following
WITH a successful business creating highend bespoke furniture, Dan Rose has done remarkably for someone who left school at 18, skipped university and is entirely self-taught. With ambitions to break into the music industry, the former Dame Allan's...
Greg Wants No Cup Surprises
Byline: JAMES HUNTER CARLISLE United have been warned they must avoid coming an FA Cup cropper at Alfreton Town, writes JAMES HUNTER. It will be Blues versus Reds this afternoon as Carlisle head to the Impact Arena for their first round tie against...
Groups Join Together for Tenant Farms
THE NFU and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) are joining forces in an effort to improve the situation for the tenant farming sector. The two groups aim to develop and promote more flexible business structures and arrangements to give...
Have You Got a Patchwork Quilt of Pensions?
Byline: Stephen Sumner SADLY, the days have probably long since disappeared where you worked for the same employer all your life, never having to worry about the effect of unpredictable stock markets on your retirement and obtained a guaranteed...
HYUNDAI I40 ACTIVE 1.7 CRDi 115PS BLUE DRIVE
Byline: Maxine Ashford IT SEEMS pretty rare these days for a car to come along that possesses great looks, excellent performance, plenty of on-board wizardry and a price tag less than pounds 20,000. But that's exactly what the latest stylish...
In-Form Warriors Reaching for the Stars; ICE HOCKEY
Byline: MATT LESLIE WHITLEY Warriors head in to this weekend's round of English National League North fixtures knowing tomorrow they could edge even closer to pace-setters Billingham Stars, writes MATT LESLIE. The Hillheads side lie second after...
Ireland All but through after Estonia Rout; Estonia. 0 Republic of Ireland. 4
SKIPPER Robbie Keane claimed a double in Tallinn as the Republic of Ireland routed nine-man Estonia to take an iron grip on their Euro 2012 play-off. Ireland were already leading through Keith Andrews' 13th-minute header when central defender Andrei...
Is Your House in Order?
Byline: Roger Versteeg LOTS and lots has been spoken and written about in relation to the state of our economy. We're in a mess and need to cut back on spending. Mr Osborne has not got an easy task and the figures are mind blowing. The...
I Won't Waste Time Fighting Audley - Fury; British Champion Sets His Sights on World Title Shot
BRITISH and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has dismissed Audley Harrison's desire for a domestic showdown and insists his sights are trained on the division's leading lights. Earlier this week, former Olympic gold medalist Harrison...
Jeremy the Mann at No 10 for Falcons
Byline: Mark Smith JEREMY Manning assumes the Newcastle Falcons No 10 shirt for this afternoon's Amlin Challenge Cup opener against French visitors Lyon. The New Zealander replaces countryman Jimmy Gopperth in one of seven personnel changes made...
Kia Picanto 1.25
Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw GROWING up makes its presence felt in varying degrees and the motor world is by no means an exception to the rule. Currently, the Korean car maker Kia continues to show that small is both beautiful and practical and,...
League Boosts Spanish Game
VICENTE Del Bosque believes the exposure of Spanish players to the Barclays Premier League has helped the national team become the dominant force in world football. Spain meet England in a friendly at Wembley tonight grateful for the experience...
Life of Magrs; Author, Professional Fantasist and Doctor Who Fan Paul Magrs Tells David Whetstone about His Latest Publishing Venture
Byline: David Whetstone PAUL Magrs (pronounce it like the planet or the chocolate bar, with a silent 'g') was born in Jarrow in 1969 ... 42 years ago today, as it happens. Happy birthday, Paul. Even if you didn't know how to pronounce the surname,...
Life with Cabaye Is Very Easy; Guthrie Delighted with Yohan Guthrie Hopes Cabaye's Back for City Clash
Byline: STUART RAYNER DANNY Guthrie has found it difficult playing "catch-up" on his Newcastle United team-mates this season, but working alongside Yohan Cabaye has been extremely easy, writes STUART RAYNER. The Liverpool product was made to...
Low-Cost Locomotive Puts Hornby on Track
THE era of budget travel has stretched as far as model railways firm Hornby, which said a new "lower-spec" locomotive had proved a hit with customers. Reporting a 4% rise in half-year UK sales, the Airfix and Corgi firm said its new Tornado loco...
Manford Is Back to His Likeable Best
Byline: Jason Manford A YEAR since the infamous Twitter scandal that cost him his reputation, Jason Manford, pictured above, returned to Tyneside to try and regain hearts and minds. In November 2010, the comedian quit his new role as co-presenter...
Markets Close Up as Italy Approves Reform
Byline: Brewin Dolphin THE FTSE 100 Index gained 100 points to close at 5545.4. Markets ended the week on a high as investors welcomed the Italian Senate approval of reforms aimed at cutting the country's budget deficit. Italian prime minister...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4884 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5467 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.4183 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1143 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.74 ...........dollars...
Memo Evokes Memories; University Building Was War Hospital
Byline: Tony Henderson EVIDENCE of the use of a city centre university building as a First World War hospital has emerged on the eve of Remembrance Day. During renovation work on the Armstrong Building at Newcastle University, an Army memorandum...
Merger to Herald a New Era at College; Investment Plans to Be Worth Pounds 25m
Byline: Graeme Whitfield MORE than pounds 25m will be invested in education facilities if a college merger goes through, it was said last night. Plans to merge Northumberland College with NCG, the parent group of Newcastle College, are currently...
Minnows Reward Their Fans for Support
THEY don't turn up in their thousands for matches, season tickets cost less than a Premiership star would spend on a bottle of bubbly and following their favourite team doesn't involve travelling all over England and into Europe. But loyal fans...
Mortgage Market Stable but Fears Growing over Eurozone
Byline: Iain Laing LENDERS have reported another stable month for mortgage approvals but warned the eurozone crisis made the market "difficult to call". The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said there were 48,200 loans taken out for house purchase...
MP Accuses Mine Firm of 'Bullying' 25-Year Fight to Protect Valley Goes On
Byline: Neil McKay AN MP made an impassioned plea at a public inquiry to save a much-loved valley from opencast mining yesterday, accusing the company which wants to mine of "commercial bullying". Pat Glass, MP for North West Durham, was speaking...
Murray's Run Ends with a Loss in Paris
ANDY Murray's 18-match winning run came to an end in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters as Tomas Berdych came from behind to secure a thrilling win over the world number three. With Murray's form so imperious going into the match - he had won...
Name: Victoria Linsley Family: I Have a Partner[.]; Homemaker Meets Victoria Linsley, a Valuer Based in Rural County Durham
Name: Victoria Linsley Family: I have a partner, Luke, who is 27, although I remind him frequently he's nearly 28. Job: I have responsibility for the residential valuations for sale or let at the Wolsingham office of George F White. We specialise...
Nicky Cup Victory Would Be a Dream
Byline: Saraband DAVE'S Dream looks a solid each-way selection for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham. Still relatively lightly raced for his age, the Nicky Henderson-trained eight-yearold has been the subject of positive work bulletins this...
No Politics in Poppy Appeal Tribute; Opinion
Byline: Chris Lines I'VE never been a fan of a phenomenon that has emerged in recent years - the collective baring of the soul or mourning by society. The first time I remember being particularly uncomfortable with it was in 1997 when Princess...
Now Showing
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (U) SANTA (voiced by Jim Broadbent) has been the figurehead of the Yuletide season for decades, and he proudly oversees this year's delivery of presents in his hi-tech spacecraft, masterminded with military precision by eldest son...
Old Meets New in Family Home
Byline: Nicola Hall THE expansive lush green countryside at Bamburgh House was just one of the reasons it was snapped up four years ago by Paul and Lisa Wilkinson. Now, having to leave behind their four-bedroom family home in Northumberland to...
Past Can Spur on Spartans to Glory; Gateshead Are Firm Favourites to See off Local Rivals Blyth Spartans in Today's FA Cup First-Round Tie. but Blyth Boss Steve Cuggy Sees Things a Little Differently, He Tells Steve Brown
Byline: Steve Brown THE past weighs heavily on Blyth Spartans, but it is not always a bad thing. The past, Steve Cuggy believes, shows what is possible in the future. The Croft Park club entertains timeserved rivals Gateshead in the first...
Peugeot 207 Oxygo+
Byline: Lee Gibson IF YOU think, like me, that the Government squeezes way too much money out of our already empty household coffers then the idea of not having to cough up for the privilege of driving on our crumbling roads surely appeals. The...
Pipe's Winner Is in Crus Control
DAVID Pipe's great grey hope Grands Crus gave every impression he could be as capable over fences as he was over hurdles with an almost flawless debut in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at Cheltenham yesterday , writes TOM PEACOCK. The...
Positive Response to FirstBuy Initiative
Byline: Vicky Robson AGOVERNMENT scheme to help first-time buyers get on to the property ladder is proving to be a hit in the North East. But regional property experts say more needs to be done to make potential new homeowners aware of the FirstBuy...
Proteas' Skipper Bowled over by Side's Stunning Win over Aussies; Cricket
SOUTH Africa captain Graeme Smith credited his bowlers after the Proteas claimed an eight-wicket win in a remarkable opening Test against Australia in Cape Town. Smith (101 not out) and Hashim Amla (112) both scored centuries and shared in a second-wicket...
Q&a
Your money queries are answered by PETER RUTHERFORD, senior director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, chartered financial planners Q I am a Brit but have been working in America for a few years. It looks as though my future is there and I intend to become...
Rally Title Number Eight for Super Seb; RALLYING
SEBASTIEN Loeb has claimed his eighth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title to become the most successful motorsport driver of all time after his closest rival Mikko Hirvonen retired from the Wales Rally GB. Hirvonen was forced to stop...
Renault Laguna Hatch Dynamique Tomtom Dci 150
Byline: Ian Johnson BACK In 1994 it all changed for Renault with the first generation Laguna. Replacing the old 21 model, the Laguna provided Renault with a car that gave the company something it could market aggressively in the segment dominated...
Scottish League Third Division
Byline: MATT LESLIE FORMER Middlesbrough and Darlington manager Colin Todd has moved to cool speculation linking him to the vacant managerial position at Berwick. Todd, who also has had spells in charge at Bolton, Swindon, Bradford, Danish side...
Shamed Doctor Put Patients at Risk - Watchdog; Pornography and Violent Images Were Watched between Appointments
Byline: Dan Warburton CONFIDENTIAL patient records could have been accessed after a shamed doctor watched pornography and images of beheading between appointments, watchdogs have ruled. Dr Michael Reynolds Foden accessed internet pages to look at...
Showing Homes' Full Potential
WITH bright, bold and welcoming interior design schemes, two new showhomes in County Durham are attracting a good deal of praise from viewers. The four-bedroom Lydford and Petford showhomes are at Taylor Wimpey's Springwell Mews development. ...
Sister Devastated over Inquest Ruling; Cyclist Killed When She Was Hit by Truck
Byline: Brian Daniel THE sister of a Northumberland cyclist killed by a heavy goods vehicle has spoken of her anger at a judge's refusal for a fresh inquest. Eilidh Cairns, 30, from the Alnwick area, died after being knocked off her bike by a...
Snap Up One of the Final Few; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
HOMES on a semi-rural development within easy reach of both Newcastle and Gateshead are selling well. And North East homebuilders Dunelm Homes have only six homes remaining for sale at their Mill Vale development in Walbottle, offering attractive,...
Solano Is Still Up for FA Cup at a Young 36
Byline: Stuart Rayner NOLBERTO Solano is one foreign footballer you will not hear reminiscing about watching FA Cup finals on grainy television sets in his homeland. A late convert to the world's most famous domestic cup competition, the Peruvian...
Stl Northern League
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT MANAGER Ian Chandler, who steered Whitley Bay to three consecutive FA Carlsberg Vase victories, is confident the Seahorses will soon return to winning form. Although still third-top in the STL Northern League first division,...
Strong Balance Sheet Puts Carr's on the Acquisitions Trail
Byline: Karen Dent AGRICULTURE, food and engineering business Carr's Milling is on the lookout for acquisitions after reporting a set of strong annual results. The Carlisle-based business benefited from robust agricultural and heating oil prices,...
Suzuki Launches Cut-Price Deals
Byline: Steve Hughes SUZUKI is offering customers an early Christmas present with what it calls its VAT Parked deal. Running until the end of the year, this means a new Alto is available from just pounds 6,665 and Swift three-door from pounds...
Taking the Stress out of Moving On
MOVING home and having a new baby are recognised as two of the most stressful events people can experience. But one Northumberland family are still smiling after having a new baby and getting the keys to their new home. Linzi Smith, 29, and her...
Teenagers Step Back in Time for a New Film; Group's Big Brother-Style History Project
Byline: Dave Black AFILM made by teenagers who took part in a Big Brother-style time travel experiment at a North East castle has gone on show to visitors at a heritage museum. Three months ago, 35 young volunteers spent five days locked away...
Tenant Demand Drives Buy-to-Let
THE buy-to-let market has continued its recovery to reach its busiest levels since 2008 as landlords expand their property empires due to strong tenant demand. The number of buy-to-let loans increased by 16% over the three months to the end of September,...
The End? Film-Makers Have Flocked to the North East in 2011, Resulting in Some Exciting Projects. but Will the Good Times Continue to Roll? DAVID WHETSTONE Investigates
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE AFEATURE film shot in the North East could be an Oscar winner in 2013. Stars such as Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp and David Tennant have been working in the region and joining their number soon will be Tim Roth. All...
The Ethical Choice; Sustainably-Sourced Wood Furniture Needn't Cost the Earth, Says Claire Hornby
WE all like to be kept cosy during the colder months, but in the true festive spirit of giving, Barker and Stonehouse are offering you the chance to help those less fortunate feel cosy too. Trees4trees, Barker and Stonehouse's fair trade initiative,...
The Journal North Index
VARIATION HIGH DATE LOW DATE STOCK ............................... SECTOR PRICE DAY 5 Dy P/E Y''LD 1251 0102 74012 0410 Amec .................... Oil Equipment & Services 934 +3212 +33 13.68 3.30 119 1205 6712 1908 Barratt ................................
THE List of Words Used to Describe the Property [...]
THE list of words used to describe the property market is very long - challenging, interesting, slow, seasonal, patchy, subdued, gloomy, quiet, realistic, testing, uncertain. And it would be easy to think that no homes have been bought or sold in...
The People and Places That Make Our Region; Awards Bring out the Best in Photographers
Byline: Michael Wood PHOTOGRAPHS showing the North East in its full glory have been named winners in the fifth annual Reflect Awards. The awards, which are run by the Port of Tyne to celebrate the people, places and environment of the region, attracted...
The Region Remembers; across the North a Tribute to War Dead
Byline: Ruth Lawson THEY gave their lives for freedom, and yesterday the North East came together in dignified silence to honour them. Poignant scenes were witnessed across the region as tributes were paid to the thousands who served and are...
Tory Admits He Did Know of Turbine Bid; Neighbours' Fury at Denial by Councillor
Byline: Brian Daniel A LEADING Northumberland Tory at the centre of a row over a wind farm bid on his land has admitted he was wrong to deny knowledge of the proposal. But Peter Jackson, leader of the Conservative opposition group on Northumberland...
Tough Guy Graham Is More Than Happy to Go in Where It Hurts; the Deep Dark Recesses of a Rugby Union Scrum Are a Chamber of Horrors Shrouded in Myth and Secrecy, but Newcastle Falcons Hooker Joe Graham Explains to MARK SMITH Why This Pile of 16 Heaving Bodies Remains Such an Integral Part of the Game
Byline: MARK SMITH THERE can be few sporting contests where collective brute strength and physical confrontation are fought out in more raw and unashamed fashion than a rugby union scrum. Tug-of-war is about as close as you will come, but minor...
Travellers Set Up Home at Picturesque Park
FEARS were voiced last night after a group of travellers were given a temporary home on land in an attractive riverside park and nature reserve. County council bosses allowed a small number of travellers living in about six caravans to set up an...
Tripping the Light Fantastic
A NORTHUMBERLAND eventer who won her first three events of the season but then missed much of the summer after her horse was injured has come back in style to win a major qualifier. Alnwick-based Jill Blackshaw and her 16.1hh Irish Sport Horse Hugo...
Trivial Pursuits
Byline: Gillian Garnham APPINESS. Happiness. The greatest gift that I possess...," Celia sang. "Ken Dodd," the two women opposite her shouted in unison. H " "You can have one point each. It was an easy one." "You need hands...." "Max Bygraves!"...
TV Star's Big Pedal Push; Cyclist Matt's Children in Need Effort
Byline: George Collins TV host Matt Baker is due to set off through Northumberland today on day two of his tough charity cycle challenge. The One Show presenter has swapped the comfort of the BBC studio for a three-wheeled rickshaw to raise money...
VAUXHALL ASTRA SPORTS TOURER SE Nav 1.7 CDTi
Byline: Enda Mullen THOUGH I've not compared figures, I'd bet my bottom dollar an awful lot more Vauxhall Astra hatchbacks get sold than estate versions. Maybe it's down to the fact the whole business of buying an estate is equated with size...
Villagers Gearing Up for Crucial Inquiry
A BATTLE over opencasting in a remote Northumberland village is to begin. The company bidding to dig 140,000 tonnes of coal at Halton Lea Gate has submitted an appeal against the refusal of planning permission - after a five-month wait. HM Project...
Wearside League
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT WILLINGTON, who finished bottom in two of the last three seasons, will move into pole position if they beat Darlington Cleveland Bridge this afternoon. There has been an amazing transformation at Hall Lane, which was a hotbed...
We Won't Pressure Duo, Says Wales Boss
MANAGER Gary Speed rejected suggestions that he or the Football Association of Wales could attempt to "intimidate" Gareth Bale and captain Aaron Ramsey into making themselves unavailable for Team GB at next year's Olympics - but also curiously stated...
Why Mrs May Could Be Next to Experience the Home Office Curse; Columnist
Byline: Paul Linford TO kick off this week's column, here are a couple of questions for political anoraks with long memories or people who were paying attention in school history lessons. One: Who was the last British politician to move directly...
Wickham Injury Relief; Ji Dong-Won in Line to Make First Cats Start
Byline: STUART RAYNER SUNDERLAND have been spared a difficult decision in January after it was revealed Connor Wickham's knee injury is not as bad as at first feared, but it still leaves them a problem for the visit of Fulham next week, writes STUART...
Wildlife Photographers Join Protest over New Homes Site
Byline: Tony Henderson WILDLIFE photographers in the North East have a new focus - preventing the building of 600 homes next to a top nature reserve. Kaleel Zibe and Alan Hewitt are backing the campaign, led by the Natural History Society of...
Women Winning in Business
THE winners of the North East's biggest awards for women in business were announced last night. They celebrated along with hundreds of business executives from across the region at the 12th annual North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards dinner...
Wonder Goals Do It for Scots; Miller and Mackie Turn on the Style to Seal Victory Cyprus 1 Scotland 2
Byline: Gavin McCafferty KENNY Miller and Jamie Mackie each struck a glorious goal to give Scotland a friendly victory in Larnaca. Miller fired a stunning dipping volley midway through the first half after a shaky start from the visitors. ...
Woods Back in the Swing to Lead Open; GOLF
CLUBHOUSE leader Tiger Woods fired an ominous warning to the chasing pack at the Australian Open, saying he has played far better than his 36-hole score suggests. The former world number one, who has not won a tournament since the 2009 Australian...
'Working with Pennies' Funding Cuts Threaten to Make Region a Bit-Part Player Again
Byline: David Whetstone ARENAISSANCE in film making in the North East could come to a shuddering halt because of cuts to public funding, it has been warned. A number of feature films and network television programmes have been made in the region...
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