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 12, 2012

101 Police Number Launch Is Hailed a Success
THE roll-out of the new 101 number for people to ring police in non-emergency situations has been a success but some misconceptions about it from members of the public need to be addressed, a report has found. It is estimated that police in England...
A Drop in Degrees, but Not in Catches
THE first frosts of the season have seen fish put off the feed in the early hours, but later the sport continues to be upbeat. At perhaps the most improved fishery for silver fish in the region, Leazes Park Lake, excellent perch and roach catches...
All the Fun of the Fair Brings Foodies in Force
Byline: FOOD JANE LOVETT IT was all go in Alnwick a few weeks ago when the eighth annual food and beer festival took place. The town was buzzing on what was luckily a beautiful weekend weather-wise. Crisp blue skies and no rain attracted thousands...
Amazing by Farmer's Fitness Regime Based on the Humble Potato; Columnist
Byline: David Banks MY mate the 'orrible arable farmer is beginning to show his age. For starters, his 50th birthday bash wasn't the usual thrash with the boys down the Red Lion but a cultured invitation to champagne and canapes chez Morebottle....
Anorexia Rise Linked to the Obesity Crisis
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter ? 0191 201 6269 ? helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk HIGH obesity levels are contributing to the rise in the number of people needing hospital treatment for eating disorders, a health expert warned. New provisional statistics...
Astonishment at 80; Born in America but Long Based in Durham, Celebrated Poet Anne Stevenson Is Approaching Her 80th Birthday with Her 16th Collection, Astonishment. DAVID WHETSTONE Posed Some Questions
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE D. Are you more or less astonished as you grow older ... or is it that the things you are astonished by change? A. Both, really. Some time ago I dreamed I was writing a poem called Astonishment, though when I woke I couldn't...
Atkinson Takes the Reins at Spartans; EVO-STIK LEAGUE
Byline: Steve Brown ? (0191) 201-6386 ? steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk BLYTH Spartans have appointed Paddy Atkinson as caretaker manager, with Tom Wade arriving at Croft Park as his assistant. Spartans parted company with former Newcastle...
BAE Seeks to Reassure over Failed Merge Bid with EADS
BRUISED BAE Systems stepped up efforts to reassure staff, customers and investors yesterday in the wake of its abandoned attempt to merge with EADS. In a letter published in national newspapers, BAE chairman Dick Olver and chief executive Ian King...
Bizarre, Irrelevant, Witless and Crass; Nile Ranger's Online Outpourings Have Generated More Ill Will
Byline: Nile Ranger IT pinged onto our collective Twitter feeds just as Newcastle United conceded a third goal in Sunday's dispiriting defeat at St James' Park. "Theses r the times i would come on and cause #HAVOCKKK #NUFC Ill be fit soon," wrote...
Brewery's Very Impressive Plans
Byline: BEER RICHARD FLETCHER THEIR brewery might be young, as are they, but the two Phils have plans and know where they want to go. VIP Brewery, a five-barrel plant sitting in the attractive countryside around Alnwick, Northumberland, has only...
British Gas Set to Raise Prices; Utility Giant to Spark Fury with Decision
Byline: Jamie Grierson MILLIONS of families are facing another jump in household bills after it was reported that the UK's largest energy supplier plans to hike its tariffs. Centrica-owned British Gas, which serves about 12 million homes, is...
Bus Service Talks Spark Dispute over Cost of Fares; Short Journeys on Public Transport Could Be More Expensive
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk BUS fares in Tyne and Wear could rise by 20% if councils take control, critics have warned. Local authorities are set to consider introducing...
Cash Sweetener for LBA Competition Entrants
Byline: COMPETITION Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk SMALL firms entering this year's Local Business Accelerators (LBA) competition now have the added incentive of a PS10,000 cash prize added to the overall winners' package....
Councillor Bullied and Humiliated Colleague; Tory Resigns as Planning Chairman
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk ASENIOR Conservative councillor has been found guilty of bullying a female party colleague and launching an "unreasonable and excessive personal" attack on her at a public meeting. ...
Cup Clash Fitz in Nicely for Flying Falcons; Team Taking Competition Seriously, Insists James
Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ? mark.smith@ncjmedia.co.uk JAMES Fitzpatrick is backing Newcastle Falcons to put their best foot forward in tomorrow''s British and Irish Cup opener against Welsh visitors Cross Keys. The centre is expected...
Deaths
ARMSTRONG (Consett). Peacefully at home on 10th October 2012, aged 87 years, Derek, beloved husband of the late Audrey and much loved dad of the late Geoffrey. Funeral Service at Mountsett Crematorium on Tuesday 16th October at 11.00am. Would friends...
Derby Defeat Still Hurts Colback; Derby Defeat Still Hurts Cats Star
Byline: Neil Cameron JACK Colback last night admitted the hurt from his last derby-day experience has yet to relent as he prepared to gain revenge for March's memorable Tyne-Wear clash at St James' Park. The Sunderland star (pictured left) would...
Direct Line Is Largest Flotation of the Year
Byline: INSURANCE Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk SMALL investors secured a PS125m slice of Direct Line Group as the insurer made its stock market debut in London's biggest flotation of the year. The Churchill and Direct...
Dynamic Duo Cook Up a Storm; Dynamic Duo Judy Walker and Christine Pike Are Cooking Up a Storm with Their Cookery Demos and Lunches. KATHARINE CAPOCCI Catches Up with the Pair on Their Fabulous Fish Course
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI Ashiny, iridescent blue and green striped mackerel has just been produced from a bag, and placed on the butcher's block trolley, ready for filleting and skinning. In the capable hands of cookery demonstrator Christine...
Eleven Thugs Hunted by Railway Police
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter ? 0191 201 6138 ? sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk THESE football louts were caught on camera as they caused havoc at a train station on their way home from a match. Police are today still hunting the 11 thugs...
Especially for the Young
? HOW do you get children interested in history with its dusty dates and dead kings? Cressida Cowell has found a way with her internationally successful series How To Train Your Dragon. She calls them fantasy books pretending to be history books...
Former Cop Campaigns for Nurses' Long-Service Medal
A RETIRED police officer is stepping up his personal campaign for official recognition to be given to Britain's dedicated and high-quality nurses. Former Northumberland councillor Arnold Baker is trying to persuade the Government to award a long-service...
Froch Knows He Has to Box Clever to See off Mack's Threat; Boxing
CARL Froch admits he has "everything to lose" when he defends his IBF super-middleweight title against unfancied American Yusaf Mack next month. The Nottingham veteran defends his belt for the first time on November 17 after becoming a three-time...
Greggs Outlines Plans for Bakery in South; RETAIL
Byline: Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk BAKERY giant Greggs is to open an average of two shops a week for the rest of the year and is planning to build a second savouries bakery to keep pace with demand. The Newcastle-based...
Halloween Horrors at Brocksbushes Farm; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
DO you dare to visit Brocksbushes at Halloween? From Saturday, October 27 until Wednesday, October 31, you'll encounter witches, werewolves and all kinds of ghostly spectres. Take a scary Halloween trailer ride and woodland walk with a whole lot...
Heritage in Decline; the North East's Heritage Is Crucial to the Region's Identity and Economy. TONY HENDERSON Reports on the Threat It Faces
Byline: TONY HENDERSON THOUSANDS of years of history underpins the North East. The region's heritage is what creates its character and makes it a very special place. It is a major revenue earner and jobs provider. But, as the publication yesterday...
Hospitals 'Shocked' at Claims of Abuse; Savile 'Preyed on Victims on Ward Visits'
Byline: Rob Phillips FRESH claims of sexual abuse have been made against late TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile, after allegations he preyed on children during hospital visits. A string of police forces said members of the public have come forward...
Ikhimnwin Set to Sign for the Eagles; Teenager Joins Roster as Turner Exits
NEWCASTLE Eagles are set to sign forward Joe Ikhimnwin to plug the gap left by young gun Theo Turner, who has departed before making a competitive appearance, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Eighteen-year-old Turner, who stands at 6ft 11ins, has joined the...
Keepin Ahad O Wor Tung; Town Set to Mark National Dialect Day
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk ENGLAND'S rich and rolling regional dialects will be celebrated in style by writers and performers from all over the country in a North East market town later this month. Poets, story...
Keeping the Old Varieties Alive
Byline: WINE HELEN SAVAGE In 1863 a patch of vines in the Rhone Valley died. Nobody knew why. The disease spread and became an epidemic that threatened to wipe out the wine industries of Europe. After several years of panic, the cause of the...
Leaders Fight to Shape Our Perceptions; Opinion
Byline: Dr Ron Beadle AS the party conference season closes, what have we learned? The parties have wanted us to learn that Ed went to a comprehensive school, that Dave will do the right thing in hard times and that Nick is going nowhere. What...
Levein: My Squad Can Cope with the Pressure
SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein has backed his players to handle the pressure as they bid to deliver their first win of the World Cup qualifying campaign. The Scots head into tonight's qualifier against Wales well aware of the expectations to produce...
Life Is a Beach as Welsh Reels in the Codling
THE recent conditions have made life difficult for shore anglers. The best venue has been Lynemouth Beach. Mick Welsh had two sessions, the first producing three codling for 6lb 7oz. The next night, Welsh took 10 codling for 19lb 9oz. Ivan...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4765 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4944 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.6318 .......... pounds Euro ....................1.188 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.77 ...........dollars...
Meeting the Challenge of Green Plans; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE Catriona Lingwood
AT present, one of the biggest discussion points in the construction industry is how we measure the efficiency of sustainable buildings and materials in contributing to the reduction of the UK''s carbon emissions levels. In 2008, the Climate Change...
Metal Thieves Feel Pressure of the Law; Changes Help Police in Their Clampdown
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter ? 0191 201 6138 ? sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk CABLE thieves who target the region's rail network for valuable scrap metal are losing their war with police. Thefts of cable from train tracks in the North East...
Murder on the Menu at Lunch
MURDER might not be everyone's favourite subject for lunch-time conversation but a talk by Wire in the Blood author Val McDermid during Durham Book Festival is guaranteed to whet the appetite for thrill-seekers. The best-selling writer, who divides...
Old 'Class Mates' Are Back for a Reunion; All Ready for Reunion That Fans Dream Of
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor ? 0191 201 6224 ? tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE transatlantic sisters of a world famous locomotive went on show to the public yesterday at a former North East railway town. Dominion of Canada and...
Older Drinkers Drain NHS Cash; Those 55 to 74 Need More Care Than Youngsters
Byline: Katie Davies ? 0191 201 6346 ? katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk OLDER drinkers in the North East are costing the NHS the most money when compared with any other age group, new figures show. Alcohol-related health costs show 55 to 74-year-olds...
Our Life Up North; Chris Meads Explains to LAURA FRAINE Why the North Is Truly A Wondrous Place
Byline: LAURA FRAINE ANEW show is being created in four cities to offer a fresh perspective on the contemporary northern landscape. A Wondrous Place is the work of Chris Meads and his Northern Spirit collective. In 2010, Chris was commissioned...
Pacific Is Quite Simply Terrific! TABLE FOR 2 ARANDA RAHBARKOUHI Pacific House, Northumberland Road, Newcastle
HAVING spent the best part of the morning working up a sweat in the gym, a trip to Pacific House was just the tonic. The modern bar/restaurant is just off bustling Northumberland Street, so it's the perfect retreat for shoppers wanting an escape...
Planners Are out of Control; Views of the North
AT a planning meeting on October 4, approval was sought for a new build on the Links House site between Beadnell and Seahouses. In opposing this development first Christine Williamson, on behalf of Beadnell Parish Council, and then Pat Scott, our...
Planting New Seeds of Poetry; Poet Linda France Tells BARBARA HODGSON about Her "Grand Tour" of Botanical Gardens
Byline: BARBARA HODGSON LINDA France has an enviable three years coming up, with a new project which will find her immersing herself in the colours and scents of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. By the time you read this, the Northumberland...
Poetry in Motion
ANEW dance work with words by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and choreography by Newcastle-based BalletLORENT is to be premiered at Durham Book Festival. It's a must-see for several reasons. As well as being a first foray into contemporary dance...
Powerful Stories Create Impression
PPt OLITICIANS and political commentators have their place at Durham Book Festival and are guaranteed a big and attentive audience. Fiction is one thing but what about the real stories? In the real world, the matter of who said what to whom and...
PS50m Plan to Make Sure Sacrifices of Great War Are Not Forgotten
DAVID Cameron last night promised a "truly national commemoration" to mark the centenary of the First World War. The Prime Minister said 2014 would see events to mark 100 years since the outbreak of war, 2018 will have events for Armistice Day, and...
Public Inquiry to Settle Plan for Homes; Objectors Have Sent 1,000 Letters
Byline: Sonia Sharma ? 0776 807 0489 ? sonia.sharma@ncjmedia.co.uk APUBLIC inquiry will take place next week over plans to build more than 350 executive homes on land near a nature reserve. Bellway Homes want to construct the 366 houses at Whitehouse...
Put More Money into Homes, Tories Urged
Byline: HOUSING CRISIS Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk THE lack of finance needed to build homes and buy homes is at the heart of the housing crisis, Conservatives have been told by the construction industry. Two leading...
Quickbites
Email your food and drink news to katharine. ncapocci@ncjmedia.co.uk TOP North East chef Kenny Atkinson is calling for more young people to consider a career in the hospitality and catering industry after finding it increasingly difficult to recruit...
Ras Looks Good Bet to End Bad Run
Byline: Saraband MONT Ras is a good shout to end a long losing streak when he contests the Acorn Web Offset Handicap at York today. The five-year-old has not tasted victory since completing a hattrick at Haydock last June but has hardly been...
Reality of Raj Teenagers' Passage to India; the "Fishing Fleet" Had More to Do with Marriage Than Mackerel in the Days of the Raj, as DAVID WHETSTONE Learns from Anne De Courcy
ANNE de Courcy says the first time she heard the phrase "the fishing fleet" she assumed it was "something to do with fishing". Understandable. But there's nothing nautical or even fishy about her latest book, which uses the phrase as its title. ...
Record Year of Profits for H&H
Byline: LIVESTOCK Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk HIGHER livestock prices coupled with company acquisitions have ensured a record year of profits for Carlisle-based H&H Group. The group, which operates across...
Rooney's Aim Is to Become a Top-Five Hit with England; Scoring Landmark in Skipper's Sights
Byline: John Curtis STAND-IN captain Wayne Rooney has his sights on becoming one of England's top five goalscorers when Roy Hodgson's side tackle minnows San Marino in tonight's World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Rooney is on 29 goals for his country...
She Thought That Finns Could Learn a Lot about Sociability and Courtesy from the British
Byline: KATE FOX I'VE just come back from doing a few gigs in Finland where I kept having Back to the Future alternative-reality moments. I looked up at a digger cab and did a double take - the driver was a woman. A fellow poet on the tour I was...
Shock as Man Dies in Tree Fall Tragedy; Young Victim Was Working near Chalets
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk AMAN died when the tree he was helping to cut down suddenly split and toppled over on to him. The young victim was working near one of several holiday-let chalets in secluded woodland...
Sparks Fly in Engaging Rom-Com
COMEDY RUBY SPARKS (1hr 44mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris Star rating: ART imitates life imitates art in this delightfully offbeat romantic comedy, which ponders if the man...
Stars Offer Insight into Work
THIS year's Durham Book Festival Laureate is award-winning Lorna Goodison who was commissioned to write a poem for the event The Jamaican poet, one of the most distinguished writers of her generation, will be at Durham Town Hall on October 26 where...
Stars to Come out for Sir Bobby's 80th; Plans for Gala Charity Night Are Revealed
Byline: Coreena Ford ? 0191 201-6331 ? coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk FORMER England captain Alan Shearer has revealed details of a gala night to celebrate the life of Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby started to plan an event bringing together stars of...
'This Was Real Life, Not a Movie Scene' the Bravery of Man Who Saved Driver from Fireball
Byline: Neil McKay ? 0191 201 6007 ? neil.mckay@ncjmedia.co.uk HERO Colin Wales risked his life to haul a stricken motorist from a blazing car - then rang his wife Susan to say he would be late home for tea. Grandfather Colin, 66, originally...
THIS Year's Durham Book [...]
THIS year's Durham Book Festival is big on stories, from the world premiere of a new version of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale Rapunzel, by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, turned into stunning dance theatre by balletLORENT, to gripping historical...
Time for Disgraced Armstrong to Face Up to Truth
IT did not take long for Lance Armstrong's apologists to mount a case for why he remains a "legend" despite the doping allegations lev lled at him. British rider Alex Dowsett will not be the only person in cycling who believes Armstrong retains...
Today We Find out Who's Fastest
TODAY is the day when the winners of the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 for 2012 are revealed. Around 200 guests, including representatives of this year's Fastest 50 companies, key members of the region's business community and guest of honour Bernie Callaghan,...
Top Talent Steps into Limelight
Byline: BERNIE CALLAGHAN WATCHING new talent emerge and succeed is the greatest motivator there is to local businesses, however well-established they are. Cultivating and keeping these entrepreneurs in the North East is key to our future economic...
Turkish Delight for World Finalists; GOLF
LEE Westwood and Justin Rose are guaranteed USD 1million each after making it an all-English final of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. Rory McIlroy, though, had to settle for 'just' USD 300,000 after finishing last in the eight-man exhibition....
TV Choice
BEING LIVERPOOL Channel 5, 10pm After spending the past few weeks watching new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and his staff as they geared up for the new season, this edition of the fascinating documentary series sees the Premier League finally...
United's Colour Coding Explains Transfer Policy; Llambias Defends Transfer Strategy
Byline: Mark Douglas ? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE United have defended their decision not to bring in centre-back cover over the summer transfer window, with Derek Llambais insisting that the club must be "realistic"...
Warm Welcome for Our Heroes; Proud Families Reunited with Loved Ones
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk PROUD families welcomed home their loved ones returning from duty in Afghanistan in emotional scenes yesterday. The soldiers returning from duty in Afghanistan told of the improving situation...
Warning as Wheelie Bins Stolen and Set Ablaze
RESIDENTS are being urged to bring their bins in during the run-up to Bonfire Night to prevent arson attacks. In previous years people living in the Denton and Westerhope areas of Newcastle have had their wheelie bins stolen and set fire to, during...
We Need a Better Balance, Argues Brooking
Asport, Sir Trevor Brooking admits the first day of the Premier League season left him with a familiar sinking feeling. Not, you understand, because the national game fails to measure up to the adrenaline-fuelled excitement provided by the events...
Westoe Close to Agreeing Deal for Samoan International Fa'atau; Regional Preview
WESTOE look to have pulled off the transfer coup of the season as they close in on a move for Samoan international winger Lome Fa''atau, writes MARK SMITH. Capped 35 times by his country and a further five by the Pacific Islanders, the famously...
What Was It like to Hug Kate? It Was Really Soft Because of Her Coat; 10-Year-Old Boy Tells of Moment That Was Seen by Millions
Byline: Kerry Wood ? 0191 201 6040 ? kerry.wood@ncjmedia.co.uk HE'S been catapulted into the spotlight, known across the world as "the boy who hugged the Duchess". With his bright green sports jumper and red gloves, the image of 10-year-old Terry...
Why a Punk Is Rocking along to a Choir; Pauline Helps Her Community
Byline: Sam Wonfor ? 0191 201 6348 ? sam.wonfor@ncjmedia.co.uk ONE of the punk movement's most prominent musicians has taken a turn in her musical career to launch a community choir on Tyneside. County Durham-born Pauline Murray, who was the frontwoman...
Williams Shocked to Be Named as Wales Captain
WALES captain Ashley Williams admits he was surprised to be asked to lead the side again and has revealed he received congratulations from his predecessor Aaron Ramsey. Dragons boss Chris Coleman opted to switch the armband from Arsenal midfielder...
WIN Concert Tickets and a Meal
THE celebrated Chetham's School of Music in Manchester - fondly known as "Chets" - turns out some of the best young musicians in the world. Founded in 1969, Chetham's is the biggest specialist music school in the UK with 290 talented pupils aged...
Winter Wheat Yields in the Sights of Task Force
Byline: ECONOMY Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk PLANT SCIENCE company NIAB TAG has set up a task force to investigate why yields were down for the 2012 winter wheat harvest. It aims to find out why much of the UK suffered...
Youngsters Want to Play with Flair like Spanish Sides
Byline: Mark Dougla? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk SIR Trevor Brooking believes young footballers are sick of the long-ball game and want to emulate Barcelona. The FA's head of development is trying to encourage a new philosophy...
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