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 6, 2010

Abbott Call for Side to Rise to Occasion
Byline: Mark Douglas GREG Abbott has called on Carlisle United's big game specialists to rise to the occasion again as they take on in-form Southampton. The Cumbrians have a happy knack of winning against the division's leading lights during...
A Busy Weekend for Budding Writers
EVERYONE'S got one book inside them, apparently. Some people even have it written and nestling in a bottom drawer. So how to get it published and into the hands of readers? Four people who have the answer will be at Newcastle City Library (Bewick...
Alhambra Gets to the Point
Byline: Steve Hughes SEAT is introducing its largest and most technologically advanced vehicle ever this week in the guise of the latest seven-seat Alhambra people-carrier. At more than 4.8 metres long, it looks striking with SEAT's new arrow design...
A Lucky Break into Acting; WHEN Ella McCourt-Cox Broke Her Fingers Playing Football over the Summer Holidays Her Parents Wondered What They Could Do to Keep the Active Youngster Occupied. However It Turned out to Be a Lucky Break as to Pass the Time She Auditioned for a Part in an Award Winning Play - and Got the Role. MIKE KELLY
Byline: MIKE KELLY THE traditional good luck message for actors going on stage is 'break a leg'. Going by the experiences of Ella McCourt-Cox, those going for an audition should be told to 'break a finger'. This happened to her when she was playing...
Angeleri Still Has a Future at Stadium of Light
STEVE Bruce is adamant Marcos Angeleri still has a Sunderland future, writes MARK DOUGLAS The Argentinian right-back (left) has failed to make a single appearance for the Black Cats since a pounds 1.5million summer move from Estudiantes, and there...
Ark Royal Tributes Led by the Queen; Navy Flagship to Be Taken out of Service
Byline: Tom Mullen THE Queen led final tributes to the North East-built Royal Navy flagship HMS Ark Royal in a poignant ceremony yesterday. The aircraft carrier, built at the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend, North Tyneside, is to be taken out of...
A Very Worm Welcome
THE chorus to the Lambton Worm may be instantly familiar to most people in this region, but it is probably gobbledegook to the south of England, never mind mainland Europe, writes NEIL McKAY. Now children from a primary school in Durham are exporting...
Back Bolton to Upset Odds at Spurs
TOTTENHAM Hotspur are the 6-4 best-price favourites to win this afternoon's Premier League early kick-off at the Reebok Stadium. Harry Redknapp's side travel north having just beaten the European Champions, yet I'm backing Bolton to upset the odds...
Banks in Focus as FTSE Gains Level Out
Byline: Steven Keppie FOLLOWING on from the stellar gains made on Thursday, the FTSE 100 Index lacked direction on Friday. The Index closed up 12.6 points at 5875.4. US figures showed that non-farm payrolls rose by 151,000 last month, better...
Black Pack Gives a Personal Touch
Byline: Steve Hughes JAGUAR has introduced the ultimate Black Cat, but Magpie fans need not be miffed because it will be possible to net an alternative with a distinctly Tyne and Wear derby theme. The company has unveiled a unique version of...
Blake's Confident Fab Will Be Back
Byline: Mark Douglas FAB Flournoy is facing a race against time to be ready for the Newcastle Eagles' crucial run of November games. The Eagles' talismanic player-coach suffered torn knee ligaments at Sheffield Sharks and is currently on crutches,...
Bogie Is Hoping to Beat Ince This Time; FA CUP FIRST ROUND
Byline: STEVE BROWN TWO months short of a dozen years ago, Ian Bogie lined up against Paul Ince as Liverpool won 3-0 at Port Vale in the FA Cup third round. Ince even scored, writes STEVE BROWN. The pair cross paths for only the second time today,...
Bruce Has No Jones Fear; BRUCE HAS NO JONES FEARS
STEVE Bruce says he has no fears about Kenwyne Jones returning to pile more misery on him - as he prepares to finally unleash the Stoke striker's pounds 13m replacement Asamoah Gyan, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Sunderland begin their mission to salvage...
Bye Bye Blackbirds; MORE PICTURES Visit Our Gallery at WWW.Homemaker.Co.UK
Byline: Olivia Swash THE phrase flying the nest has great meaning to one homeowner who is giving readers a bird's-eye view of his home. Set in picturesque gardens in Whickham, the detached family abode was fondly named Blackbirds after a nest...
'Cavalier' Ministers Silence North Voice; Costs Weren't Considered as Office Closed
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE Government's "cavalier" attitude towards the North East saw it scrap a regional voice without any consideration of the cost, it has been claimed. Questions asked by Newcastle's Lord Beecham show ministers decided to scrap...
Chef Has Another Fight on His Plate; Rapper Appeals in Naming Row
Byline: Alastair Craig CELEBRITY chef Terry Miller faces a fresh legal battle against an American rap star over naming rights to their two companies. In January, The Journal revealed how Mr Miller, who won the Hell's Kitchen competition on ITV...
Chips Went Everywhere with Me, So Most Games Included Him - Even Turning Him into a Gymkhana Dog with Jumps in the Garden!
ZOE Bottrell is project manager of Northumberland Lights - the popular winter outdoor festival, which is set to thrill audiences this winter with a stunning interactive illumination, entitled The Electric Estate at Cragside - marking the 200th birthday...
Chronic Infection Threat to Sheep
Byline: IAIN CA RRINGTON CASEOUS Lymphadenitis (CLA) is a significant cause of loss to the sheep industry worldwide. In Australia it is the most economically important sheep disease. Since 1987 when it was first reported in goats in Great Britain,...
Citroen DS3 Is Packing a Punch
Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw THE world of the small car continues to go from strength to strength as manufacturers vie for position, adding further style and individuality. Citroen has always boasted a reputation for introducing quirky little cars...
...Classic Tracks
Honey Honey (ABBA) A song all about my favourite breakfast condiment, and one that always makes me picture Annie and my four aunties manically dancing around the kitchen in the vain hope that I would eat some baby food between chuckles. An all time...
CLS Blends Style with Attitude
Byline: Chris Russon SWISH, suave and sophisticated were the standards set by Mercedes when it created the CLS super coupe. With four doors, four seats and the sleekest of bodies, the CLS carved out a new niche for the fashion conscious. Here...
Common as Muck? Not This Sharan
Byline: Edward Stephens WHEN it was launched 15 years ago Volkswagen's people carrier took some stick because it's name sounded so much like that of a typical Essex girl. But the Sharan - pronounced with heavy emphasis on the final "a", and definitely...
CONTINUED My Ongoing Musical Statues [...]
CONTINUED my ongoing musical statues training programme. I haven't yet had the pleasure of playing the game competitively... up until the age of three, you're apparently more likely to excel at musical bumps, musical chairs and other party games which...
Cooper Knows about the Upsets; FA CUP FIRST ROUND
Byline: STEVE BROWN UPSETS happen in the FA Cup, and few know that better than Mark Cooper, writes STEVE BROWN. The Darlington boss (pictured below) led Kettering Town to the fourth round in 2009, having previously taken Tamworth to consecutive...
Criminal Concerns on the Rural Beat; COUNTRYSIDE Crime Issues in Northumberland Are Coming under the Spotlight Later This Month at the County's First Ever Rural Policing Forum. KAREN DENT Finds out What the Event at County Hall Is Aiming to Achieve
Byline: KAREN DENT ASPATE of barn and stack fires in Northumberland at harvest time and thefts of farm machinery and scrap metal are among the concerns that have provoked the county's first ever rural policing forum. Feedback from farmers and...
David's Foolproof Fat Attack; FITNESS Expert David Fairlamb Continues His Fat Attack Circuit
NUTRITION CORNER Steam your vegetables rather than boil. This way food never comes into contact with the water so vital nutrients are not lost in the cooking process. DAVID'S WEIGHT LOSS TIP Add seasonings or hot spices to your food, this will enhance...
Deaths
BLACKWOOD (Stakeford). Suddenly at home on 3rd November, aged 88 years, Mary (nee Miller), beloved wife of the late Peter, much loved mam of Michael, Sheila and Margaret, also a loving mother in law, grandma and great grandma. Will friends please meet...
Debussy Set to Strike Turf Gold; Gosden's Horse Is Top Performer
C ALIFORNIA-BASED at one time, Newmarket trainer John Gosden loves a Breeders' Cup winner more than most and can strike with Debussy in the Turf, a race that has been a European benefit over the years. It is hard to see where any serious pace is...
Diary
KEEP in touch with North East gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. Monday, November 8 Hexham and District Flower Club, demonstration, Today I went Shopping, by Christine Ogle, Torch Centre, Corbridge Road, 2pm. Brampton...
Final Piece of the Jigsaw; Niall Quinn Is Newest Patron for Charity
Byline: Kim Carmichael THE son of Sir Bobby Robson told how "the final piece of the jigsaw" had been added to his father's cancer charity yesterday when Niall Quinn became the newest patron. Andrew Robson was joined by his mother Lady Robson...
Flat Season Aiming to Go out with a Fizz
IT'S mission impossible at Doncaster today in the turf season's final day. Huge fields and easy ground combine to make it a minefield for punters. Most interest will focus on the thrilling climax to the jockeys' championship. Just when we thought...
Former Car Dealer Drawn into Business
A FORMER car dealership executive who was made redundant has tapped into his creative side by launching a portrait and keepsake business. Spennymoor-based Paul Abley has set up Ably Kreations after 12 years in the motor trade as aftersales manager...
Former Viper Expecting a Tough Test; ICE HOCKEY
FORMER Newcastle Vipers favourite Derek Campbell is expecting a tough test when he comes face to face with his old team on Sunday night in the colours of Sheffield Steelers, writes LEE RYDER. Vipers take on Cardiff Devils tonight t Whitley Bay Ice...
Gill's Joy on Trail of the Wild Geese; ENVIRONMENT Editor TONY HENDERSON on an Ecologist 'S Wild Goose Chase
Byline: TONY HENDERSON ALMOST 3,000 of one of the world's rarest birds have settled into their winter quarters on the Northumberland coast. Light bellied brent geese are attracted by the marshes of the Arctic tundra of Svalbard, near the North...
Hankies Required for Affecting Tale of a Family in Crisis over Debt; Inheritance at Live Theatre, Newcastle, until November 27
WHILE the Enron scandal played out this week up at Theatre Royal, this world premiere draws our attention to an everyman financial mess. If we needed another reminder to tighten our belts, Mike Packer's play about debt is it. And the ordinary family...
Hatchback Meets SUV with Korando; RECORD BREAKER New Crossover Korando
Byline: Steve Hughes KOREAN marque SsangYong is banking on a helping of special K to bring a fresh approach to the competitive crossover scene. It comes in the shape of a new Korando model, back after a five-year absence with the promise to blend...
Highlights of Our Decade; BRITISH Hairdresser of the Year Nominees Hooker and Young Are Celebrating 10 Years in Their Newcastle Salon. Michael Young Chats to LIZ LAMB about the Key Styles of the Decade and We Give 200 Readers the Chance to Win a Free Haircut
HAIR, like fashion, changes through the seasons and the last 10 years has seen an array of styles come and go. Hooker &Young, who are nominated for the British Hairdresser of the Year gong this month, are celebrating 10 years in their Jesmond...
Homelessness Fear for 12,000; Warning over Government's Benefit Cuts
Byline: William Green THOUSANDS of North East families could become homeless because of Government cuts, a new report says. The research from Cambridge University warns between 6,000 and 12,000 households in the North East alone that rent from...
HSBC Growth Pegged as It Prepares for Overhaul
Byline: Iain Laing BANKING giant HSBC has reported lower profit growth in the third quarter and falling revenues in a further sign of a slowdown in the sector's bounceback. HSBC also warned of easing growth in emerging markets, where the group...
Hughton Keeping Minds on the Job
Byline: Matt Leslie IT has certainly been a good week to be a Newcastle United supporter - but boss Chris Hughton has had the unenviable task of bringing everyone back from cloud nine. Thrashing your nearest and dearest 5-1 doesn't happen too...
Hughton Still Seeks Assistant; Magpies Manager Dismisses Speculation Kerr Will Be Appointed: Boss Dismisses Kerr Rumour
CHRIS Hughton has dismissed claims former Republic of Ireland boss Brain Kerr is set to become his assistant manager at Newcastle United as he continues to search for a new number two, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Hughton has already hit one brick wall...
I'd like to Be Steve's Manager; IMPRESSIVE Steven Gerrard after One of His Three Goals against Napoli
CHELSEA coach Carlo Ancelotti admits he would love to manage Liverpool's Steven Gerrard in the future as he prepares to face the Reds at Anfield tomorrow. Gerrard smashed a hat-trick against Napoli in the Europa Cup this week and was the catalyst for...
I HAVEN'T Been in the [...]
I HAVEN'T been in the office this week. Instead, the other half and I are off on our holidays, a staycation in a cottage in Suffolk. We'll be meeting some old friends, popping to see family we've ignored for too long and sitting with our feet up doing...
In Keeping with Tradition; Homes in Keeping with Tradition
ASMALL development of traditional stone-built properties in a countryside setting is attracting interest. Millhouse Developments' new homes at Burgham Park offer the benefits of panoramic views of Simonside Hills to the west and the coast to the east,...
In Memoriam
(ALLISON (Leam Lane ) In loving memory of our dear wife/mam/nanna Lily who died 7th November 2009. They say memories are golden, well, maybe that is true, but we never wanted memories, we only wanted you. Loved and remembered always, husband Jimmy,...
'I Thought It Was a Terrorist Attack' Passenger's Fear as Lorry Falls on to Train
Byline: Richard Sutton APASSENGER last night described the moment a concrete mixer lorry smashed on to the roof of a train after it had fallen from a bridge. Footballer Timi Raji heard desperate cries from a trapped passenger after the lorry...
I Wasn't Found but There Was Still Plenty to Cheer
MY ability to count to 15 has found yet another avenue of usefulness. Aside from being able to take a 75% accurate inventory of my extremities, and get through three-quarters of my favourite counting book without assistance, Hide and Seek is now firmly...
Johnson Admits England Must Be at Their Best to Beat All Blacks
MARTIN Johnson insisted the time has come for England to end seven years of hurt against New Zealand. Johnson was captain the last time England downed the All Blacks - 15-13 in Wellington on the pre-World Cup tour of 2003 - since when they have...
Juro Lives Up to the Image
Byline: Steve Orme IHAVE a theory, more a conviction really, that sometime in the last decade 4x4s started to head west. Well west London, actually. Off roaders became a popular alternative to the Volvo estate, an essential sluice for bonus disposal...
Keeping the Garden Ever Green; Hannah Stephenson Looks at How We Can Use Evergreens in Our Garden to Perk Up Borders during Winter Months
BORDERS can look so lifeless at this time of year as perennials have died down while deciduous trees have shed their leaves, which is where evergreens come into their own. Of course, some might just associate evergreens with the columnar conifers...
Late Husband Will Be Hard to Follow; Respected Councillor's Widow Voted In
Byline: Dave Black THE widow of a respected Northumberland councillor is preparing to start a new role in public life after winning an election to follow in his footsteps on the county council. Eileen Armstrong, 54, will succeed her late husband...
Lee's in Control of a Hectic Work Life; LEE Mack Is Winding Down after a Very Busy Year. but He's Still Got Enough Jokes to Fill the City Hall Three Nights Running. SAM WONFOR Talks to Him
I'M GOING to lay myself on the line and assert that Lee Mack has a touch of the control freak about him. Not only does he write and star in his own sitcom - Not Going Out will begin its fourth series on BBC1 in the new year - and write and perform...
Lights Fantastic; the Days Are Getting Shorter, So It's Important to Make Sure Your Lights Don't Let You Down, Says Claire Hornby
SINCE the clocks went back an hour it's been getting dark before 5pm. If you're like me, your instincts will be to run straight home each evening and shut the door. Keeping warm, wearing extra cosy clothes, lighting the fire and making things as...
Massive Fire Breaks out after Explosion; Smoke and Flames Visible for Miles
Byline: Neil McKay ADEAFENING explosion sparked a full-scale emergency as a huge fire broke out at a North East industrial estate yesterday. The blast ripped through the Stiller warehousing and distribution factory at Newton Aycliffe, County...
Mini BMW Has X Factor
Byline: Maxine Ashford THE X1 may be the smallest of the BMW X family, but believe me, it's very big on performance and quality. BMW modelled the X1 on the mighty X5 but scaled everything down to produce the very first compact sports activity vehicle...
More Discover Benefits of Consett; There Are Homes to Suit Everyone's Taste in Consett. Homemaker Takes a Look
THE County Durham town of Consett boasts a heady mix of old and new properties. From traditional terraces and large, stone-built homes to modern family properties, there is something to suit every buyer. Proud of its industrial heritage, the...
Mortgage Monitor Source - Neil [...]
Mortgage monitor This week's best buys include... Source - Neil Henderson at The Mortgage Line at Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Blezard Business Park, Newcastle, NE13 6DS, tel: 0191 217 3340 First-time buyer 2-year fixed rate Rate: 5.99% (APR 6.3%) Variable...
My Life
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD LET me make it clear that I am not one of those Geordies who detests people living 10 miles away because they support a different football team. There is something odd about people who claim kinship with others Northerners,...
National Hunt Hits Top Gear Next Week
WHILE some will grow decidedly weary of endless Cheltenham chatter by the time we get to March, there's no reason to be glum next week as the National Hunt season really hits top gear. For the Open meeting has gained in stature over recent years...
Now Showing
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE (PG) Young barn owl Soren (Jim Sturgess) and his sister Eglantine (Adrienne DeFaria) are told about the legendary guardians who have protected their feathered kind for generations. Soren is captured by...
Pause for Thought on BBC's Tough Day; Happiness Is the Theme of Sage Festival
Byline: David Whetstone IT was "frankly, a difficult day for the BBC", said Roger Wright, controller of BBC Radio 3, at The Sage Gateshead last night. But he was happy to launch the station's fifth annual Free Thinking Festival at the "beautiful...
Pedigree and Punch in One Car; THOROUGHBRED Expect No More Than a Dozen MPG from the Maserati Gran Turismo
Byline: Mike Torpey WHEN you enter the realms of superpowered performance exotica, there are two distinct types of car. There's the flash category inhabited by Ferrari and Lamborghini and the classic, more restrained appeal of marques like Aston...
Pensions Strike Hits Output
DISRUPTION to BBC radio and TV news programmes will continue over the weekend because of a "solidly supported" strike by thousands of journalists, including newsreaders and presenters, in a bitter row over pensions, union leaders predicted last night....
Pilgrim Is Wary of Strength in Depth
Byline: Matt Leslie WHILE Ospreys' international stars are slugging it out against the Aussies and Springboks, Falcons scrum-half Chris Pilgrim insists their back-up squad will be no easy picnic ahead of tonight's clash. Newcastle entertain the...
Preacher Keeps British Passport
HATE preacher Abu Hamza has won his appeal against the Government's attempts to strip him of his British passport, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) has said. Having already been stripped of his Egyptian citizenship, Hamza's lawyers...
Q&A; YOUR Money Queries Are Answered by PETER RUTHERFORD, Senior Director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners
Byline: PETER RUTHERFORD QI have some money that I want to reinvest. It has just come out of a one-year fixed-rate bond with Barclays. Where can I find independent information about competitive deals? Walking around the high street seems to be a...
Quinn Is Helping Keep the Cats on Even Keel; Niall Quinn Has Become the New Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, and He Accepted the Honour by Reminding Everyone How the Great Man Himself Would Have Coped with a Disappointment like Last Weekend's Demolition Derby. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Reports
Byline: Luke Edwards S UNDERLAND's humiliating Tyne-Wear derby defeat by Newcastle United last weekend has hit Steve Bruce and his players like a tsunami crashing into the shoreline, and it is threatening to drown them. Bruised, battered and...
Red Bull Drivers Are Flying in Brazil
RED Bull's drivers may be raging, but they scored another one-two in first practice yesterday ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix. Mark Webber's remarks yesterday that his championship charge this season has been "inconvenient" to the team he...
Rentokil to Recruit Hundreds of Drivers
SUPPORT services firm Rentokil Initial is to recruit hundreds of drivers for its struggling City Link delivery arm after admitting that previous job cuts had gone too far. Chief executive Alan Brown will launch a national recruitment campaign in...
Retro Romance; THE Swinging Sixties Are All the Rage Again, as Evidenced by the Popularity of BBC Four's Mad Men and a New BBC One Series Called Rewind the Sixties. KAREN WILSON Explains Why There's No Need to Let the Style Stay on Screen
for pounds 729, currently reduced to pounds 599. If you've got more cash to splash, Nathan Furniture's long, low teak sideboard, pounds 1,175 from the Citadel 21 collection, is a stunner and would be well matched by its Soft Monty sofa and footstool,...
Rose's Yard Is Set to Bloom; Dobbin Now Boasts First-Class Facilities
Byline: MOSCROP ON SATURDAY THE clock overlooking the impressive stabling block had stopped. The electrician was coming the next day to fix it. But time doesn't stand still at South Hazelrigg. It's all about the future. The farm has been transformed...
Sats Shake-Up Can Lead to a Better Result
Byline: Ruth Lawson ALEADING education expert from the North East has backed a shake-up of controversial tests for 11-year-olds. Peter Tymms, Durham University's head of education, said that the current Sats system wasn't working and there needed...
Secret Sale of Paintings Will Not Go Ahead
Byline: Rob Pattinson LEAKED confidential documents show the Church of England was preparing the secret sale of a collection of precious paintings. The series of 12 paintings, known as the Zurbaran paintings, are by Francisco de Zurbaran and...
Showbiz News
CELINE DION has revealed she was initially pregnant with triplets after undergoing IVF earlier this year, but tragically lost one. The 42-year-old singer and husband RENE ANGELIL were celebrating the birth of twin sons EDDY and NELSON last weekend...
Simply Marpleous; ESHOTT Hall Is a Magical Wedding Venue but It Offers Just as Much as a Hotel for a Weekend Getaway in Northumberland. LUKE EDWARDS Reports
ASHARP turn off the main road takes you suddenly, and unexpectedly into, the heart of the North East countryside. A winding, narrow country road leading you gradually deeper into a beautiful and wild enclave of Northumberland. Arriving at night,...
Star's Rib Injury Is No Worry
JAMES Anderson is confident his rib injury will be no bar to Ashes success this winter. The Lancashire paceman last night confirmed he broke a rib in his infamous boxing bout with Chris Tremlett during England's pre-Ashes bonding trip to Germany. But...
Stl Northern League
CONSETT aim to keep the pressure on leaders Spennymoor Town when they line up against out-of-sorts Jarrow Roofing at Belle Vue Park this afternoon. Manager Kenny Lindoe, who steered Brandon United to the championship in 2003, is delighted that his...
Supermarket Effect Puts the Squeeze on Off-Licences
A YEAR after Threshers went bust, less than a third of its 1,400 stores have been reopened as off-licences. Administrators KPMG said only 400 of the stores were sold, with the majority being bought by small off-licence chains, and the other 1,000...
Talks Set Up as Cuts Threaten Tourism; Industry Vital to the Region's Prosperity
Byline: Brian Daniel TOURISM chiefs in Northumberland are to meet next week to discuss the future of the industry amid fears over the impact of funding cuts. Businesses involved in the industry are to gather to discuss how it moves forward at...
Tall Ships Race May Be Coming Back to Tyneside
Byline: Adrian Pearson ABID is being made to bring the famous Tall Ships Race back to Tyneside. City leaders in Newcastle have confirmed they want the race to return to the Tyne in 2015 in a bid to bring in millions of pounds of tourism revenue....
Tea, but No Sympathy; Twinings Uses Euro Cash to Move Our Jobs
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE European Commission has been told it should claw back pounds 10m handed to a Tyneside tea firm which used the money to move jobs to Poland. Twinings, based in Earl Grey Way, North Shields, said last year it would make...
Teesside Throws Hat into Ring to Host Government's Green Bank
Byline: Peter McCusker TEESSIDE is placing itself in the frame for a substantial jobs and investment boost after unveiling ambitions to be the home of the Coalition Government's new low-carbon initiative. One of the first acts of the newly created...
Thanks but No Thanks; Northern Rock Boss Turns Down Pounds 500,000 Pay Deal
Byline: Iain Laing THE high-flying banker who this week quit as chief executive of Northern Rock has given up his right to be paid pounds 500,000 by the state-owned bank before he takes up his new job. Gary Hoffman yesterday told the Newcastle-based...
The Benefits of Timber Frame; House Doctor Peter Fall Explains a Cause for Concern with Timber-Framed Homes
BACK in the 1980s, one section of the house-building industry launched into timber-frame construction with great enthusiasm. It was new, quick to erect the outside shell, had great thermal insulation and could give a better quality of internal finish....
The Joy and the Pain of a Very Special Relationship; VETERAN Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford Is Known for Her Passionate Views about Being a Grandparent, and Now She's Put Them Down in a Book. LISA SALMON Talks to Her
Byline: LISA SALMON WITH her soft Irish brogue, twinkly eyes and friendly, fun-loving nature, Gloria Hunniford has many of the attributes kids would love in a grandma. And after reading her new book, Glorious Grandparenting, espousing the joys...
Things Are Looking Up, Says Simpson
IT'S all about being positive, is Danny Simpson's message to his team-mates ahead of today's Premiership clash at the Emirates Stadium, writes MATT LESLIE. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal are a tough prospect on their own turf and given it wasn't that long...
This Promise Wasn't Worth Breaking
Byline: PAUL LINFORD THE cry of "betrayal" is one of the most oft-heard in politics. Labour faced it on numerous issues between 1997 and 2010, not least when it introduced university tuition fees despite a manifesto pledge not to. "We have no...
Time to Consider Alternative Savings Choices
Byline: Alok Dhanda FOLLOWING the recent news about the Government's restrictions on pension tax relief for higher earners, many higher rate taxpayers will now be looking for alternative ways to save. The Government has slashed the amount of...
Van Package That Will Keep Your Firm on the Move; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
OWN a Vito for just pounds 60 a week* including Service Package Plus and enjoy a package of extra benefits that'll really keep you moving Mercedes-Benz design all their commercial vehicles with the needs of business users firmly in mind. The running...
Wadsworth Not Expecting Easy Task
HARTLEPOOL boss Mick Wadsworth has warned his troops not to expect an easy ride ahead of today's FA Cup clash with Vauxhall Motors, writes MATT LESLIE. The Blue Square North league side visit Victoria Park hoping to cause a shock to pave their way...
Westwood on Course to Cement Top Spot; GOLF
LEE Westwood will resist the temptation to tinker with his game as he heads into the weekend at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai with an excellent chance to cement his position as world number one. Westwood, who dislodged Tiger Woods at the top of...
We Won't Be Struggling at Bottom End When It Really Counts
M IDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray has dismissed talk of a relegation fight at the Riverside. Second bottom Boro take on the only club below them in the Championship this afternoon when Crystal Palace arrive on Teesside. And while Mowbray was not...
What a Shower! Pensioner Kept Waiting While Pounds 80,000 Spent at County Hall
Byline: Dave Black PROTESTS have been raised after a disabled pensioner was kept waiting a year for a walk-in shower while her council spent thousands on new shower facilities for staff at its own office HQ. The 79-year-old Northumberland woman...
WHAT''S HOT Liz Lamb
Byline: liz.lamb LEGENDARY fashion designer Jeff Banks will be in Newcastle next week. The former British Fashion Designer of the Year is holding a gentlemen's grooming evening at Debenhams, Eldon Square, on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm. The designer,...
Williams Ready for Smiling Assassins
WALES star Shane Williams' face lights up at the prospect of a Millennium Stadium appointment with Australia's smiling assassins. The Wallabies' all-singing, all-dancing production is currently captivating the rugby world. After taking Hong Kong...
Winners and Losers in the Rise of Green Investments
Byline: Ian Lowes NEXT week is National Ethical Investment Week (November 7-13). Ethical, environmental and socially-responsible funds are not for everyone, but there are elements of these investments of which all investors should be aware. There...
Woolas Suspended over Election Lies; Labour Will Not Support Ex-Minister
Byline: Joe Churcher FORMER immigration minister Phil Woolas was suspended from the Labour Party last night after an election court found he made false statements about an opponent in May's General Election. Deputy leader Harriet Harman said...
You're So Well-Spoken; 180 Want Geordie Translator Job
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson IF ya divvent na ya clarts from ya clags and hinnies from ya hadaways then this job isn't for you. But it seems a Geordie translator is the perfect role for scores of Northerners who applied for the unusual position. A...

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