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 October 15, 2011

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A Bad Time to Crack the Whip; Event May Be Overshadowed
DESIGNED to showcase British racing, Champions Day at Ascot is now vulnerable to the great whip debate and the fallout from the new draconian rules implemented this week. What timing by the British Horseracing Authority. Wouldn't you have thought...
Acknowledgements
MILBURN (Flotterton). Ivan, Vicky and Joanne are most grateful to all relatives, friends and neighbours for the many expressions of kindness and support, including cards, letters and flowers received following the sad loss of Kathleen. Thanks to Harbottle...
A Mighty Fight for Pool Places
HARTLEPOOL United's impressive start to the season has left a number of players champing at the bit. Now Mick Wadsworth is hoping some can take their chance at home to Wycombe Wanderers today, writes STUART RAYNER. The Teessiders trimmed their squad...
Audi a6 Avant
Byline: John Connor BESPOKE motoring aptly describes Audi's new A6 Avant range which is tailored to suit customer tastes. Yet matching individual needs is not its only asset. In addition to having class-leading technology on board, the estates...
BA Owner's Talks to Buy BMI Get off the Ground
Byline: Iain Laing THE owner of British Airways is believed to have tabled a proposal to buy airline BMI British Midland - a major user of Heathrow Airport. BA parent International Airlines Group (IAG) is understood to be interested in acquiring...
Beach That Sagged in the Middle Is Brought Back to Its Level Best; COASTAL EROSION
Byline: Dave Black AMASSIVE sand shifting operation has been carried out to cure problems at a storm-lashed Northumberland beach which was restored four years ago as part of a pounds 10m maritime engineering scheme. Specialist contractors have...
Bendtner Could Still Play for Arsenal
ARSENE Wenger has refused to rule out Nicklas Bendtner, currently on loan with Sunderland and ineligible to play against the Gunners at the Emirates tomorrow, from playing for Arsenal again. "In our job, you never say never," said the Arsenal manager....
Benfield Snaps Up Major Audi Dealership
Byline: Iain Laing THE North East's biggest motor group Benfield has made its biggest ever acquisition in a deal that will increase its sales by a third to pounds 500m. The Newcastle-based company has bought successful Audi dealer Colebrook and...
Big Day for Proud Welsh Legend; Paul Moriarty Talks to Mark Smith about Welsh Rugby's Day in the Sun, as the National Side Go for World Cup Glory and Cardiff Blues Visit Newcastle Falcons
Byline: Paul Moriarty A WORLD Cup semi-finalist himself with Wales in 1987, the imposing former flanker is the current assistant coach at Kingston Park. Despite an early-morning date with his TV to take in the action from Auckland as Wales meet...
Boro Move in for Big-Name Stars' Shirts
M IDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray has secured the signatures of Lionel Messi, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. But before Boro fans break out the bunting at capturing three of the world's finest talents, it is the shirts off their back that he's...
Boss Tells Spartans to Be on Cup Alert
STEVE Cuggy has warned his Blyth Spartans side to be wary of Whitby's underdogs, and use today's FA Cup clash at the Turnbull Ground to kick-start their season, writes STEVE BROWN. The Croft Park club lie third-bottom of Blue Square Bet North, but...
Bright Future Ahead for Fort's Museum; Big Redevelopment Project Set to Start
Byline: Tony Henderson THE museum at one of the top visitor attractions on Hadrian's Wall will close tomorrow for six months. It marks the start of a redevelopment project by English Heritage, the National Trust and Northumberland National Park...
Bruce Needs Wins despite Chairman'support; Sunderland Insist Niall Quinn's Departure as Chairman Will Have No Bearing on Steve Bruce's Future but the Experienced Manager Knows Results Will. Stuart Rayner Reports
Byline: Stuart Rayner BUSINESS as usual was the message Sunderland tried to hammer home at yesterday's pre-match Press conference. In essence, they insist, nothing has changed at the Stadium of Light these past two weeks. Therein lies the problem....
Button Will Not Push Vettel for Revenge; MOTOR RACING
JENSON Button has promised Sebastian Vettel he will not go gunning for the newly-crowned two-time Formula One world champion if there is a repeat of their Suzuka showdown. Button was initially angered by Vettel's aggressive tactics at the start...
Caravan Firm Falls Victim to Slump
ONE of the UK's leading caravan retailers has gone into administration after failing to secure the financial backing needed to continue trading. Discover Leisure, which employs 250 staff in five branches across the north of England, is expected...
Carlisle Boss Abbott Brings in Man City Youngster Helan
Byline: Stuart Rayner MANCHESTER City youngster Jeremy Helan is in line to make his Carlisle United debut at Huish Park today. The 19-year-old Frenchman has joined on a month's loan, and is set to feature against Yeovil in League One this afternoon....
Chance to Try before You Buy
WOULD-BE buyers, concerned they will not be able to buy a home of their own because of the difficulty saving up for a deposit, should look at a scheme which allows them to try before buying. The developers of Friars Wharf, on the southern bank of...
Charlie's Devil of a Promise
L IVERPOOL midfielder Charlie Adam believes his team have yet to play to their true potential but is confident they are more than a match for Manchester United. The Reds' arch-rivals visit this lunchtime looking to end a run of three successive...
Chemical, Oil and Gas Sectors Perform Well
Byline: Beth Pearson THE FTSE 100 Index ended the week on a positive note, rising 62.98 points to close at 5,466.36. Both the chemical and oil and gas sectors were among the better performing. However, Elementis - the global specialty chemicals...
Chevrolet Orlando Ltz 2.0 Vcdi Auto
Byline: Patrick James SOME cars take you by surprise and the Chevrolet Orlando is one of them. The current Chevrolet range offers some worthy small cars, but this new MPV/crossover exceeded expectations and proved a hit with the entire family. ...
Colours of Change; Autumn Is the Season of Mists, Mellow Fruitfulness and Spectacular Colours in Many of Our Trees, Says David Howard
Byline: David Howard FOR me, October is the most colourful month in the calendar. Our deciduous trees start to colour up prior to shedding their leaves before entering their dormant winter phase. We often admire trees along the roadsides and...
Consider Junior ISA
Byline: Alok Dhanda FROM November 1, tax-free accounts for children, called Junior ISAs, will become available in the UK. Investors will be able to make an annual contribution of up to pounds 3,600 into these accounts, either in cash or in stocks...
Cooper Urges His Troops to Improve; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
HAVING thanked his chairman for his backing, Mark Cooper has warned his Darlington players it will count for nothing unless they improve their form over a more sustained period, writes STEVE BROWN. The Quakers bounced back from defeat at bottom...
Cruden Ready for the Biggest Stage
AARON Cruden is ready to step on to the biggest stage of his rugby life this weekend when New Zealand target a World Cup final place at Australia's expense. Fly-half Cruden, drafted into the All Blacks' World Cup squad less than a fortnight ago...
Deaths
AUNGIERS (NewbigginbytheSea). Peacefully on 13th October, aged 87 years, James (Jim), beloved husband of Jean (nee McCormick), much loved dad of Janice, Derek and Valerie and a loving grandad, great grandad and great great grandad. Private Cremation...
Dees in Line for National Diversity Award
LAW firm Dickinson Dees has become one of only seven law firms in the country to be shortlisted for a national award by The Law Society for its excellence in equality and diversity. The shortlisted firms, which include some of the country's top 10...
Designs on Success; Artworks Are to Be Sold This Weekend
Byline: Sara Nichol B URGEONING designers have taken central stage at a special exhibition showcasing some of the region's top creative talent. Lighting, jewellery, soft furnishings and print went on sale to the public at this year's Design Mart...
Detail on Plans for Scotswood
THE ongoing rejuvenation of Scotswood, Newcastle, took a significant step forward as the New Tyne West Development Company, the private/public venture leading the transformation of the area, submitted detailed plans for the first phase of construction...
Diary
KEEP in touch with North East gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. Tuesday, October 18 Sunderland Floral Art Club, demonstration, The Studio, Royalty Theatre, 2pm. Cleadon Flower Arrangement Society, demonstration,...
Dickens of a Tale to Be Staged at Theatre by Amateur Actors; the People's Theatre Continues Its Eventful Centenary Year with One of Its Most Ambitious Undertakings, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
PEOPLE who have been watching the Royal Shakespeare Company in Newcastle for many years are likely to have fond memories of Nicholas Nickleby. David Edgar's two-play adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous tale was staged - as The Life and Adventures...
Difficult Opening for Shaky Diamonds; SPEEDWAY
Plymouth Devils ..............................50 Newcastle Diamonds .......................45 NEWCASTLE Diamonds were hoping to improve on their six-point defeat on their last visit to the St Boniface Arena, but a shaky start hindered their cause last...
Doing Their Bit Edit for Equine Career
ACOUNTY Durham riding school is holding a careers open day to introduce schools in the area to the range of options available in the horse industry. The event, which will be held at South Causey Equestrian Centre at Stanley on Wednesday (October...
Down Town! Homes in Towns and Cities Offer Convenience and Easy Access to Everything from Shops to Bus Links. Homemaker Looks at Four Now on the Market
WITH six bedrooms, this substantial family home offers spacious accommodation. The extended property is in a quiet cul de sac in Cramlington, Northumberland. It has an entrance hall, lounge, conservatory with access to a rear decked area, dining...
Driver's Trip Home Went Downhill Fast; Woman's Car Left Wedged on Golf Club Wall
Byline: Brian Daniel MEMBERS of Morpeth Golf Club may endure the odd bad drive - but this one is in a different class. An elderly woman mistakenly drove across the club's putting green before abandoning her car overhanging a wall. The woman,...
Easy Win for Strong Leeds; Yorkshire Side Climb into Championship's Top Six
Doncaster Rovers 0 Leeds United 3 LEEDS swept into the top six in the npower Championship with their first away win of the season as Doncaster suffered their first defeat under Dean Saunders. Danny Pugh volleyed home his second goal in successive...
Energy Firms Make Pounds 125 per Customer; Row over Size of Supplier's Profit Margins
Byline: Philip Whiterow ENERGY companies were hit by a new storm over prices yesterday after it was claimed their average profit per customer had jumped to pounds 125 a year. Ofgem's latest price report indicated profits on a standard dual fuel...
England Crash to Dhoni Brilliance
ENGLAND had no response to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's powerful hitting on the way to a 126-run defeat against India in yesterday's first one-day international at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. Dhoni (87 not out) and Suresh Raina (55) transformed India's...
Expect to See Academies Grow in Region; Headteachers Told to Prepare for Change
Byline: Nicola Weatherall HEADTEACHERS in the North East have been told to expect an expansion of the Government's unpopular academy programme. More than 250 headteachers and school business managers gathered at St James' Park in Newcastle yesterday...
Fans Take First Bite of Apple iPhone 4S; Crowds Queue for Latest Gadget
Byline: Joshua Shrimpton Dean HUNDREDS of technology fans queued around the block in the hope of grabbing the latest iPhone 4S on its launch day. A crowd of more than 200 gathered outside Apple's Eldon Square store in Newcastle yesterday as lines...
Farming Minister to See Cream of North Livestock; It Started off Five Years Ago with 200 Entries but Has Massively Grown in That Time to Be Billed the Leading Livestock Event of Its Kind in the North. KAREN DENT Discovers What's in Store at Borderway Agri-Expo 2011, Which Will This Year Be Attended by Jim Paice
Byline: KAREN DENT AGRICULTURE minister Jim Paice will see the cream of the North's livestock industry when he travels to Carlisle later this month. The minister will meeting exhibitors at the Borderway Agri-Expo, and will present prizes and...
Fine Wine - the Appreciating Vintage Investment You Can Drink; THE INDEPENDENT VIEW
Byline: Colin Heseltine IN these current unsettling investment conditions, are you turning to drink? No, not to calm your nerves (though you could be forgiven for doing so in this period of unprecedented volatility), but to seek alternative investment...
Gateshead Showing Proof of Progress; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
IAN Bogie believes Gateshead's unfailing ability this season to bounce back from defeat is further proof of the club's progress, writes STEVE BROWN. And the Tynesiders boss has challenged his side to prove their top-of-thetable credentials at Luton...
Gearing Up for the Winter
Byline: Steve Hughes MOTORISTS are being urged to adopt a more European approach to surviving winter ahead of warnings that yet another severe one is on its way. Current predictions are that a winter to rival last year's could be just around...
Get Moving in Time for the Festive Season
Byline: Vicky Robson BUYERS and sellers still have time to exchange keys and move into their dream home before the festive season starts. Tomorrow marks the 10-week countdown to Christmas, but regional estate agents and builders say there's still...
Girls 'Covered in Blood' after Street Killing; Witness Says Suspects Were 'Hysterical'
Byline: Rob Kennedy AMURDER trial witness told a court how a teenage girl was covered in blood and "hysterical" after allegedly killing a man outside his home. Robert Charlton had been with the 16-year-old murder suspect and her co-accused, Megan...
Graeme Is Forced to Leave Masters
GRAEME Storm was forced to withdraw midway through the opening round of the Portugal Masters due to illness, the European Tour have confirmed. Hartlepool-born Storm, who was suffering from swollen glands and general nausea, was three over par after...
Helping Hand to Take That First Step
BUYING a home of your own is more affordable that many first-time buyers imagine, a North East developer is stressing. Miller Homes is keen that would-be buyers learn more about the Government-backed FirstBuy scheme, which is being offered by a...
HMRC Sets Its Sights on Swiss Account Suspect Tax Evaders
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officials are targeting some 6,000 UK-based Swiss bank account holders in a clampdown on customers who may have failed to report all their income and gains. The department has announced plans to write to residents and...
Hospice Unveils New Pampering Products
A NORTH East hospice which is to move into a new pounds 5.7m state-of-the art building has unveiled a range of spa and pampering products. The range, which features products ranging from scented candles to luxurious gels and moisturisers, is available...
HOW Long Did It Take [...]
HOW long did it take you to decide to buy your home? How many visits did you make? Did you view it at various times of the day? Did you research the local schools and shops? Probably not - if you're like most folk. So is it any wonder that a quarter...
How to Improve Your Taxable Position
Byline: John Bruce RIGHT now, governments all around the world need to generate more taxable revenues. We all know that we need to pay our fair share in order for our country to operate effectively and to support our infrastructure. But what...
If We're Smug We'll Lose, Warns Pardew
Byline: Steve Brown ALAN Pardew insists Newcastle United must guard against complacency amid their fine start to the season, while admitting he has yet to fully win over the club's fans. The Magpies go into their eighth Premier League game of...
In Memoriam
CLAYFORTH (North Shields). In memory of Bridget Winifred Clayforth, wife, mother and grandmother, died 15th October 2007. Remembered with love. Love from Frank, Rosalind and Ian, Ray and Jody. COOPER (Seaton Sluice). In loving memory of Kenneth...
In the City with the Stars; JAMES MOORE and His Partner Spent Two Days and Nights in Scotland's Biggest City, Glasgow, and Found Themselves in the Midst of Celebrities
SCREAMING fans at the hotel entrance wasn't quite what I had expected but it was certainly a warm welcome. A friendly member of staff soon informed me they hadn't come to see me, as I'd claimed to my other half, but were there to see popular boy band...
I Want Wildcats to Be Feared - Elderkin; BASKETBALL
DURHAM Wildcats coach Dave Elderkin says his BBL new boys would rather inspire fear than make friends in their debut season in top flight basketball. The Wildcats have collected plenty of plaudits for their performances in a trio of Trophy defeats...
Jones Wishes He Could Be Home
ADAM Jones will be a pivotal part of Wales' bid to make history today by reaching their first Rugby World Cup final. But the Ospreys prop also wishes he could go home "for an hour or so" just to witness the huge outpouring of support as Wales build...
Kiev Choir to Hit Top Notes at Church
SACRED chants and songs from Eastern Europe will reverberate around a County Durham village church next month. The Boyan Ensemble from Kiev, Ukraine, is due to perform at St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, on November 11 at 7.30pm. To mark the...
Let's Get Cosy! with the Weather Turning Decidedly Chilly, It's Time to Make Sure Our Homes Are as Warm and Welcoming as Possible, Says Claire Hornby
Byline: Claire Hornby AS winter approaches it's time to get your house ready for the colder months. This winter is all about warm natural colours, soft fabrics and big comfy seating - in other words, it's time to cosy up. The Tompkins range of beanbag...
Let's Pop to the Pub for a Bit of a Reviver; Medical Gear Available for Emergencies
Byline: Paul Tully GOING to the pub could be a lifesaving experience for Northumberland villagers. Heart defibrillators are to be fixed to the outer walls of pubs in Glanton and Powburn near Alnwick in north Northumberland, while at nearby Whittingham,...
Make Moving Dream Come True
THE advertisements for Christmas parties seem to be everywhere. But there's nothing like hosting your own Christmas party in your own home. But if you still haven't found that special somewhere to live, North East developer Yuill Homes has one remaining...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4649 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5314 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.3433 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.0924 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.64 ...........dollars...
Meet the Agent; in the First of a New Series Introducing Some of the North East Property Experts, Homemaker Talks to Chartered Surveyor Tim Hawe
Name Tim Hawe. Family Beautiful wife Rebecca with two adorable but very talkative little girls, Ciara and Izzy, with a third child due in November. Hoping for a boy to even up the numbers as I am slowly learning the old rule that you spend the first...
New Book to Tweet about; Some People See Digital Technology as an Enemy of Books. DAVID WHETSTONE Talks to a Writer Who Thinks Otherwise
NEW ground is there to be broken and Monday will deliver what Northumberland author Rosalind Kerven believes to be the first Twitter book. In what might be termed a Twitterisation - as opposed to a serialisation - the last in Rosalind's quartet...
New Homes on FirstBuy Scheme
THE latest Governmentbacked scheme to give a helping hand to first-time buyers is proving popular in the North East. Developers Taylor Wimpey have announced a new range of properties available through the scheme. FirstBuy, unveiled in the Chancellor's...
Nissan Leaf
IT MAY still be early days, but zero emission motoring has started to show the way we might be hitting the road in the not too distant future. While hybrid technology has been around for some years, it's only in recent times with the introduction...
Northern Alliance
LEADERS Heaton Stannington take on second-placed Carlisle City in the match of the day, writes JON TAIT. Heaton are missing Kye Waters due to suspension, while City have injury doubts over Stuart Kilgour, Brandon Longcake and Martin Shepherd. ...
Note Helps Settle the Difference; Peter Fall Explains the Subtle Distinction between Subsidence and Settlement
Byline: Peter Fall A COUPLE of weeks ago, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters and the Subsidence Forum, issued a guidance note on subsidence in relation to insurance claims....
Now Showing
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (12A) Hollywood screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) is contemplating giving up his life behind the film cameras to pen his first novel, after jetting out to Paris on holiday with fiancee Inez (Rachel McAdams). The couple have a random...
Order Book Opens Up for Volkswagen
THE order book has opened for the new Volkswagen up! city car ahead of its launch next spring. Prices will range from pounds 7,995 to pounds 11,180 for the four-seater shown in production form at last month''s Frankfurt Motor Show. A five-door version...
Passing in, Pasties out - for Now; Yohan Cabaye Makes Things Tick in Midfield with His Cultured Passing but He Has Still to Sample the Culture of the North East, Steve Brown Found Out
Byline: Steve Brown A TRIP to Greggs - even with its French fancy of a new Northumberland Street caf - has yet to be chanced, he hasn't sampled poisson et frites and, lingually, Geordie remains beyond him. But Yohan Cabaye insists he has made...
Play Tribute to Local Soldier, Only Under-Age Volunteer to Be Shot
A PLAY is to be written on the First World War execution of a Tyneside soldier who was under age when he signed up for the conflict. The case of William Hunter, who lived in Coronation Street, North Shields, has emerged from research carried out...
Plenty of Opportunities to Run Your Own Business
AN extensive sports and function facility covering just over five acres is for sale. The site, at Filtrona Park, is currently home to South Shields FC who play in football''s Northern League and enjoy the ground at a subsidised rent. It is situated...
Police Find Porsche Stolen in Farm Raid; Search Still on after Thieves Go on the Run
Byline: Brian Daniel APORSCHE stolen in a raid on a farm in Northumberland has been recovered by police. The Porsche, worth pounds 45,000 to pounds 50,000 and taken from a farm owned by the creator of the Barn at Beal visitor attraction near...
Pressure Is off, Says Lee
THE pressure will be off for Sunderland at the Emirates tomorrow - according to Lee Cattermole, writes STUART RAYNER. With just one win and a League Cup exit to their name this season, things have been fairly fraught for the Black Cats in 2010-11....
Pressure Proves Too Much for Fox; Minister Quits over Best Man Allegations
Byline: Gavin Cordon LIAM Fox last night resigned as Defence Secretary in the face of intense pressure over his links with his close friend, the lobbyist Adam Werritty. In a letter to David Cameron, Dr Fox accepted that he had allowed the distinction...
Prince's Pledge to Back North Industry; Duke of York Listens to Concerns from Region's Manufacturing Companies
Byline: Katie Davies and Stephen Cape PRINCE Andrew has pledged to back North East industry after a series of top level meetings with business leaders. The Duke of York flew to the region to hear a range of concerns from manufacturing companies,...
Q&A; Your Money Queries Are Answered by Peter Rutherford, Senior Director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners
Q My employer runs a pension scheme but they are now saying it is going to be closed to future accruals. I am not sure what they mean, can you explain? A This is an option that is being considered by more and more employers who are sponsoring final...
Reluctant Reshuffler May Get Some More Unwanted Practice; Columnist
Byline: Paul Linford ACOUPLE of months back, I wrote a column highlighting the absence this year of one of the hitherto regular features of the political scene - the summer Cabinet reshuffle. Partly this could be attributed to David Cameron's...
Residents Vow to Fight Duke's Plans; Objectors Hope for U-Turn on Development
Byline: Paul Tully OBJECTORS to the Duke of Northumberland's large-scale redevelopment proposals for Prudhoe town centre have pledged to fight to the last - even if a planning decision goes against them this week. After a five-year planning battle...
Right Time to Climb the Risk Ladder; with Interest Rates Likely to Stay at a Record Low for Many Months to Come, Investment Specialist GEORGE SLACK Looks at How to Make the Most of Your Savings
Byline: GEORGE SLACK IT'S borrowers 32, savers 0. That's how millions of beleaguered savers will feel after the Bank of England kept the Bank Rate on hold at 0.5% this month, given it is now 32 months and counting since the Monetary Policy Committee...
Running Man Has New Trek; but Details Top Secret for Now
Byline: Andy Hughes MARATHON man Mark Allison has announced he will embark on yet another cross-continental run - but his next destination remains a secret. The "Run Geordie Run" hero, who ran 3,100 miles in 100 days across America, said on Twitter...
Saddle Up for a Full Range of Equestrian Services; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
THE North East has a fantastic range of equestrian facilities and services to cater for every horse riding need. From specialist breeders and vets, to expert saddlers and trainers, the region is home to some of the finest services to suit riders of...
Sales Growth Slows for Online Fashion Store
ONLINE fashion retailer ASOS has started to feel the economic slowdown and revealed that its UK sales showed almost no growth over the past three months. Rapid expansion overseas enabled the firm to post revenues growth of 49% overall, though analysts...
Scottish League Third Division
BERWICK Rangers boss Jimmy Crease has warned his troops to keep their cool ahead of today's trip to Alloa Athletic, writes MATT LESLIE. The Shielfield side travel to Clackmannanshire hoping to get their bid to make the end of season playoffs back...
Set-Aside Returns by the Back Door?
Byline: LOUIS FELL THE European Commission's draft proposals for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy have drawn fire from farmers, environmnentalists and government. Farm businesses need to be in a position to mitigate against any loss...
'She Gave Me My Life Back. It Was the Best Gift a Daughter Could Give Her Mother' Daughter's Kidney Saves Dying Mum
Byline: Emma King A DAUGHTER has handed her mother the gift of life after agreeing to donate a kidney for a transplant. Anne Rigg had a kidney removed when she was 25 after suffering kidney stones. She had two operations over the years to...
Showbiz News
HUGH Jackman has revealed Robert Pattinson has a hidden gift - for belting out karaoke hits. The pair partied together after meeting in Japan, and the Twilight heartthrob seized the opportunity to show off his vocal talents. "We went out to this Japanese...
Sir Henry Can Keep Eye on His Lesser Light
WHILE Sir Henry Cecil will be focusing on his star performers at Ascot, he will have time to watch one of his lesser lights in action on television from Catterick. His only runner at the North Yorkshire venue is Feelthedifference in the totepool...
Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 1.2 Tsi
Byline: Robin Roberts SKODA has always enjoyed a favourable reputation in rallying circles and now it's piling up points among enthusiastic road drivers. To celebrate is achievements in rallying and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Monte...
Speed Cameras Are Turned off; Lives at Risk - Safety Groups
Byline: Adrian Pearson SAFETY campaigners have hit out after it emerged none of the speed cameras in Newcastle or along the A1 are switched on. Speed camera bosses have left 14 roadside boxes without film after deciding they would rather not...
Sport on TV
A SELECTIVE guide to the weekend: TODAY RUGBY UNION: World Cup semifinal, Wales v France - ITV1 & S4C 0800; Currie Cup, Free State Cheetahs v Griquas & Western Province v Pumas - Sky Sports 4 1355 & 1600; Championship, Bedford v Doncaster...
Stl Northern League
THREE STL Northern League sides will be flying the flag in the FA Cup this afternoon and all face difficult third qualifying round ties, writes MALCOLM PRATT. Second Division side Hebburn Town, one of the lowest ranked teams left in the competition,...
Theatre's Centenary Refurbishment Plan; Pounds 4m Appeal for People's Funding
Byline: David Whetstone ATHEATRE company celebrating its centenary is looking ahead to the next 100 years with ambitious refurbishment plans. The management committee of the People's Theatre has launched a pounds 4m centenary appeal aimed at...
The Exchanging of Contracts Is a Complete Mystery to Me ... Property Lawyer Terry Saffin Answers More Questions from Home Owners and Would-Be Owners
I HAVE paid for all the searches to be completed on a house I was wanting to buy together with legal costs but haven't exchanged contracts yet. The seller has now pulled out. Where do I stand in getting my money back? Because contracts have not been...
The Start of Flat Season's Goodbye
THE Flat campaign begins its long goodbye next week as the final Group One event of the year takes place at Doncaster. With a further two weeks of the season still to go, the Racing Post Trophy on Town Moor generally signals the beginning of the switch...
Tooth Behind Moroccan Trip; Dentist's Visit to Treat Young
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth ADENTIST from the North East has returned from a mercy mission to treat children in a remote Moroccan mountain village. Michael Oliver, of Olivers Dental Surgery in Sunderland, took on the challenge as part of a national...
Top Tourist Centre Axed Due to Cuts
Byline: Neil McKay THE death knell is about to sound for a tourist information centre in a World Heritage Site which attracts 18 million visitors a year. Durham County Council has confirmed that the centre, in Millennium Place, will close on...
Traders Driven to Despair by Changes; Residents and Businesses in Parking Clash
Byline: Francesca Infante PARKING wars have hit Tynemouth as residents and business owners clash over who has the right to use the village's limited spaces. After years of campaigning from residents, North Tyneside Council introduced a tiered...
Transform Your Home with the Help of Local Experts; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
IF you're looking to spruce up your home in time for Christmas, one simple purchase could do the trick. Whether it's a comfy settee or a flatscreen TV, your home could be completely transformed by replacing the old and bringing in the new. And there's...
Village Home So Family Friendly
Byline: Vicky Robson DRAWN to its peaceful location and idyllic views, Daniel and Rachel Storey would take their country home away with them if they could. Built in 2005, the design and layout were instantly appealing to the couple, who needed...
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