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 June 21, 2014

A Centenary Sausage Plea
Byline: Kate Proctor Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk APOPULAR Tyneside butchers is preparing to select the centenary sausage that will mark 100 years in business. Nicholson's Butchers, of Whitley Bay in North Tyneside, put the call out for...
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Agents Hit Back after Fees and Services Criticism
Byline: Karen Overbury PROPERTY agents in the North East have hit back at claims that home owners could save themselves more than PS7,400 in fees by cutting out estate agents and selling their property directly to buyers. A new website claimed...
A Great Place to Relax and Refuel
BARKER and Stonehouse has teamed up with Newcastle's Oak restaurant to launch its rst in-store cafe in the North. Oak at Social Fuel has opened this weekend in the Newcastle store, with menu highlights including super-food salads, open salmon and...
AIDEN HEADRIDGE Every Week I Award a Gold Star [...]
AIDEN HEADRIDGE Every week I award a gold star to a child of my choosing. The child in question may be real or fictional, historic or current, and the award may be for a specific act or a wider body of work. Basically they are my stars and I'll give...
All'sWell That ENDSWELL as Durham Outfoxed
LEICESTERSHIRE pulled off only their second NatWest T20 Blast North Group success after Tom Wells hit Paul Collingwood for three sixes in the 19th over to set up a four-wicket victory over Durham at Chester-leStreet. The former England Twenty20...
An Outcry That Will Not Go Away; SUSAN D'ARCY Looks at the Implications of the Latest Announcement on Business Rates
Byline: SUSAN D'ARCY THIS week's announcement by the Government that the business rates system will not be subject to review until after the 2017 rate revaluation is entirely consistent with the situation that we find ourselves in as a nation. ...
Apple's Soft Touch; Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference Recently Took Place, the Annual Event Where the Digital Giant Reveals New Features Coming Soon to iPhones, iPads and Macs. Katie Wright Takes a Look
Byline: Katie Wright THERE was no new iPhone or iPad to speak of, nor the rumoured iWatch, but Apple's annual developers conference last week still left techies with plenty to get excited about. The fact that software engineering head Craig Federighi...
At the Water's Edge; from Tranquil Riverside Settings, to Stunning Sea Views, Homes by Water Offer Something Special. Homemaker Looks at Four North East Properties Making a Splash
WITH views over the River Wansbeck, this conversion is in a stunning setting. East Mill, in Morpeth, is a stone-built cottage on the edge of the village. Features include a spacious hallway with cloakroom, and breakfasting kitchen with beamed ceiling....
Audi RS7 Sportback
Byline: Mike Torpey WE'RE all pretty fond of big numbers when it comes to cars - how much power, how much wallop and, well, how much? Audi performance agship the RS7 Sportback delivers in every department on that score, though at rst glance you...
Back on the Gold Standard; A Scheme to Provide North East Students with Vital Experience of Working in Shops Looked to Be in Trouble When Vital Funding Ran Dry. but Its Boss Found a Way to Renew It and Continue Its Vital Work. RUTH LOGNONNE Reports
She helped turn classrooms into boardrooms and teenagers into would-be tycoons. But Tracy Allison's business charity was last year faced with closure after funds dried up; another casualty of Government austerity cuts. The cash behind the Newcastle...
Barrow Sets Sights Higher Next Season
Byline: Mark Smith Sports writer mark.smith@ncjmedia.co.uk DOM Barrow is not a man to shirk a tackle, and the Newcastle Falcons lock is equally head-on when it comes to explaining the heightened ambitions of his club for the new season. "e top...
Bentley Mulsanne
Byline: Robin Roberts WITH sales up over 40 per cent in Britain in the rst ve months of 2014, Bentley can feel it has got things right and that the road out of recession and onto the motorway of recovery is beneath its wheels as it rolls onwards....
BMW 420d Convertible SE
Byline: Enda Mullen IN its many dierent guises BMW's 3-Series has to go down as one of the automotive world's most versatile and adaptable all-rounders. It's a car that has always come in multiple guises -as a saloon, an estate, a coupe and a...
Boateng Has Mixed Feelings over Clash
GERMANY defender Jerome Boateng admits to having a few mixed feelings ahead of today's World Cup clash with Ghana. After keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet as Germany cruised to a 4-0 win over Portugal, Boateng is once again set to start as right full-back...
Call Connection Plans to Double Headcount; TELECOMS
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE UK's foremost telephone lead generation company for the insurance sector is hoping to double its staff numbers in Newcastle, just six months after opening an office in the city. Since its...
Can Biomass Really Be a Sustainable Low-Carbon Energy Source? GMI ENERGY
WHAT makes biomass 'renewable'? Firstly you may be surprised to learn that burning biomass fuels such as wood, crop residues and forest residues often releases as much carbon dioxide as burning fossil fuels. e reason that biomass is considered to be...
Cheryl's Tat That Cost as Much as Car
Byline: Sarah Scott Reporter sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk POPSTAR Cheryl Cole has revealed her elaborate rose tattoo cost as much as a car. e X Factor judge, who is lming for the ITV show at the moment, said the tattoo which extends from her back...
Clams and Cheesecake in Cafe of Sweet Delights; E North East's Most Candid Food Critic - Now Writing Every Saturday in E Journal
THE rst thing that strikes you is the cake. A phalanx of creamy, evil seducers in a cabinet near the entrance stands waiting to trap unsuspecting secret diners. We were relieved we hadn't brought the children - we wouldn't have got them past the ve...
Complaints Champion Fights for Your Rights JAMES WALKER
THIS week I thought it would be good to update you on the new consumer regulations, which have just come into force. What does this mean for you as a consumer and how will the new regulations help you when trying to resolve issues with companies?...
Costel Is Clear That He Wants No1 Shirt; Black Cats Pre-Season in Portugal
NEW boy Costel Pantilimon has made it clear he intends to claim the number one shirt at Sunderland, writes JAMES HUNTER. Goalkeeper Pantilimon has agreed to join the Black Cats on a Bosman free transfer on July 1, when his contract at champions Manchester...
Council Hits Back in Row over Green Belt Housing
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional affairs correspondent Adrian.Pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk NORTHUMBERLAND'S green belt battle has seen the Government blamed for delays in plans for thousands of homes. County council bosses have hit out after Hexham...
Country House Has 'Wow' Factor
Byline: Vicky Robson ALONG and pretty tree-lined driveway gives an enchanting first impression of the deeply characterful period property Johnathon and Simone Haugh have called their home for six years. The private and picturesque approach to...
Country Living
With summertime ocially here, this is the season to inspire countrycottage interiors and quintessentially English style. It's the ideal backdrop for afternoon teas and long hot evenings, perhaps with a glass of Pimms? is look is simple to introduce...
Couple Who Murdered and Buried Parents Are Found Guilty
Byline: David Lucas AWOMAN who murdered her parents for their money with the help of her husband then buried them in their back garden where they lay undiscovered for 15 years is facing a life sentence. Susan Edwards, 56, and her husband Christopher,...
Delight as Third Pair of Ospreys Hatch a Family
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk ATHIRD pair of ospreys are bringing up a family in Northumberland, it was revealed last night. Hundreds of visitors to Kielder Forest and Water Park have been watching two...
Despite a Debacle, Ferdinand's Looking to a Brighter Future; WORLD CUP: Reaction to England's Failure to Get out of Their Group in Brazil
FORMER captain Rio Ferdinand accepts a "naive" England did not deserve to stay in the World Cup, but is confident the young squad will grow stronger from the disappointment of Brazil 2014. England's early exit was con-firmed after Costa Rica beat...
Diary
Keep in touch with North East gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. For future garden events, view the online diary - visit www.thejournal.co.uk/homemaker and click on gardening diary. Sunday, June 22 National Gardens Scheme,...
Durham Cricket League
THE pace intensifies in both divisions of the Durham Cricket League this weekend with clubs facing two games in two days. The double header signifies the start of a period of sustained action with six league matches scheduled over the next 22 days....
England Found out at Back - Scholes
ENGLAND'S suspect defensive line was always going to be "found out" and ultimately proved their undoing at the World Cup, says former midfielder Paul Scholes. The Three Lions will be on an early plane back from Brazil after a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay...
Expert Advice on New Greening Measures; FARMING
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk North East. experts have oered advice to those aected by Defra's recent announcement on greening measures. Introduced as part of CAP reform, the new rules mean all farmers with more than 15ha of...
Fiery Fiesta with Spirit and Style
T'S the crowned prince of hot hatches so far as British buyers are concerned. i And such has been the success of Ford's fiery supermini the Fiesta ST that the brand has added a third, more upmarket, trim grade to the line-up. Called ST-3, the...
Firm Ready to Fill in as Pothole Fund Revealed
Byline: Jonathan Wood Reporter THE Government has launched a new drive to fill in the nation's potholes - and a North East company is bidding to lead the effort. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says three million potholes will be filled...
Food, Glorious Food; Enjoy French Fancies? Gemma Jaleel Takes a Gastronomic Tour of the Haute Loire
I'M A self-confessed food addict so a gastronomic adventure in France set the mouth watering. But nothing prepared me for the culinary delights of the volcanic region of Auvergne in the Haute Loire. First stop on a short break was a three-star Michelin...
For Those with a Need for Speed
Byline: Steve Hughes Motoring Editor IF your 155mph BMW 3 Series is a tad too slow, fear not for help is at hand in the glorious guise of the latest Alpina versions, which go on sale today with prices starting at just under PS60,000. at will...
Garden Package on Park Home
NORTH EAST home buyers looking to put down roots icould make the most of this summer's sun at a new development overlooking an impressive park. Home builder Miller Homes is offering a range of additional extras to the buyers of plot 24 of their...
Gene Not Making Decision on Meads Debut Yet; RUGBY LEAGUE
STANLEY Gene will wait until after this afternoon's team run before deciding whether or not to hand new signing Jordan Meads his Gateshead "under debut against Oldham tomorrow. Meads lands in the North East today after spells in New Zealand and...
Good News for School as Latest Ofsted Reports More Improvements
A NORTH East has turned its fortunes around in the latest watchdog inspection. Walker Technology College in Newcastle has been highly rated in all four of the categories education watchdog Ofsted uses to grade schools. It comes after the college...
Hail the All-Whites and Reds; ANDREW CAMPBELL ON WINE ANDREW CAMPBELL ON WINE
FOR a country of less than five million people, New Zealand punches well above its weight. FOR a country of less than five million people, New Zealand punches well above its weight. And I'm not just talking about the All Blacks. There's also...
Hamilton Focused on Closing the Gap; MOTOR SPORT
LEWIS Hamilton knows he needs to "keep his head together" if he is to enjoy a successful debut week-weekend." in Austria and close the gap on team-mate Nico Rosberg in the hunt for the Formula One world title. Up until a fortnight ago Hamilton had...
Hat-Trick for Broad, High Five for Plunkett; THE MATCH: England V Sri Lanka, Second Test Match, Headingley, Day One
STUART Broad became the first Englishman to take two Test hat-tricks on day one of the second Investec Test against Sri Lanka, but admitted he was one of the last to realise his own achievement. The seamer had Kumar Sangakkara well caught by Ian...
Hawkeye's a Massive Price
I'VE yet to enjoy a trip up the famous Royal Ascot straight in one of Her Majesty's open-topped charabancs, and after Tuesday it's highly unlikely I ever will. Saddling up Jack Dexter before the King's Stand, I was, you'll realise, understandably...
Heritage, History and a Feeling of Space
FAMILIES looking for a home with a fdierence in an area with a dierence should look at the Heydon house type at a development within close reach of the attractive and historic town of Barnard Castle. Taylor Wimpey's Castle Vale development in Barnard...
Hitler and His Hatred of 'Degenerate' Art; under the Nazi Regime, Works from Many Artists of the Modern Era Were Publicly Derided. Richard Edmonds Reviews a New Book Highlighting This Art Attack
WHEN the Dada group was formed, it offered artistic radicalism in no uncertain terms. The Dadaists stood for nihilism, blasphemy, mass liberation and, above all else, for social non-conformity. It was the brand name for formlessness in art and life,...
Hodgson Is Given Backing of Dyke
ROY Hodgson will remain as England manager until the end of Euro 2016, FA chairman Greg Dyke has said. England's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay means they will exit the World Cup at the group stages for the first time since 1958. Hodgson, who has two...
If You Love Our Nissans So Much Why Not Buy One?
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk THERE will be few ministers who have turned up in the North East and not praised Nissan for its workforce, its export record or its electric cars. But it turns...
Index Finishes Week's Upward Trend on a High; FTSE 100
Byline: LOVENESS MILLER Brewin Dolphin THE FTSE 100 Index continued its week-long upward trend yesterday, nishing 17.1 points higher at 6825.2. SHARES in TSB Banking Group were also publicly launched yesterday with an issue price of 260p, giving...
In-Form Blaydon Race Up the Table; NORTH EAST PREMIER LEAGUE
BLAYDON have the chance to build on the positive run whch has seen them steadily climb the Premier Division table when they entertain a flagging Sunderland side today?. After two games of the season Blaydon were bottom of the table, both opening...
? It's a Knocking Bet That the England Team Will Be [...]
? It's a knocking bet that the England team will be watching the next stages of the World Cup in their respective local pubs after losing both of their first two matches. Funny thing football isn't it? I mean before the tournament started, everyone...
It's a Perfect Day for Golden Girl Charlotte
YOUNG show jumper Charlotte Ash helped Team GB secure gold at the Pony Nations Cup in Hagen, Germany, with a foot-perfect double clear round over a demanding course. The 15-year-old Ponteland High School pupil, from Dalton, and her 10-year-old bay...
It's So Good to Come to a Really Fair Solution
BY and large, me and Big Bro Fred have a harmonious relationship which I'm sure is the envy of our peers. He's the funniest, cleverest and most cuddly (not in a chubby way) big brother you could imagine, and always my rst port of call when I need...
I WAS Expecting a Gentle [...]
Byline: Karen Overbury I WAS expecting a gentle change, starting in another 20 years or so. But, no, my kids have obviously decided that I'm incapable of making decisions for myself and that I need to be told what to do. It's called role reversal....
Kew Up for a Natural Cure; A Summer-Long Festival at the Famous London Gardens Shows Plants Can Be a Real Tonic. Especially with Gin!
Byline: With Diarmuid Gavin ONE of the original concepts of gardening was for early man to grow plants that could be used for medicinal purposes. Any casual view of supermarket shelves indicates little has changed to this day. Camomile, fennel,...
Kitty the Squirrel and the 129 Other Species Being Cared For
Byline: TONY HENDERSON AS many young animals seek to make their way in the wild, some will inevitably fall by the wayside. For a few, there will be a second chance. That is the case with Kitty, a fiveweek old red squirrel which is being hand-reared...
Late Breaks Late Breaks
| HAVING failed to qualify themselves, Wales will be a much quieter place than England during the World Cup. HAVING failed to qualify themselves, Wales will be a much quieter place than England during the World Cup. Michelin-starred "Restaurant...
Legal Challenge Likely on Closure of Eating Unit
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk EXPERTS believe a legal case will be granted to challenge plans to close an eating disorder unit in the North East. Two sufferers of the condition have instructed lawyers to advice them...
Lily Is a Kid with Great Taste; as the Debate Rages on How to Get Kids Cooking in These Days of Ready Meals and Takeaways, JAne HAll Meets Nine-Year-Old Lily Hanson Whose Knowledge and Enjoyment of Good Food Would Shame Many an Adult
It's a choice few nine year olds would dither over: an afternoon at the circus or a family visit to a culinary showcase. It was the weekend of the third tynemouth Food Festival being held in its new location in the coastal village's historic priory...
Lowry First for Border Town
Byline: Brian Daniel North Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk DEPICTING a Northumberland border town with loving stokes, paintings by a famous artist are to be displayed there for the first time. Works by Laurence Stephen Lowry,...
Magnifique as Five-Star France Roll Swiss over in Salvador
SWITZERLAND 2 FRANCE 5 FRANCE continued their impressive start to the World Cup as another imperious display saw them comfortably beat Switzerland in Salvador to take control of Group E. Having already seen off Honduras in their opening game, three...
McDowell Is Hoping for Luck of the Irish; GOLF
GRAEME McDowell hopes it will be 13th time lucky in the Irish Open this weekend as Rory McIlroy made an early exit from the event for the second year in succession. McDowell carded a second round of 66 to lie just two shots off the halfway lead...
McGartland in Fight for a Public Court Appeal
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk THE case of an IRA mole who is suing the Home Office for compensation after MI5 withdrew medical support and benefits payments should be heard in secret, lawyers acting for the Government said....
MINI Cooper D
Byline: Enda Mullen EVOLUTION is often a byword for success in the automotive industry, perhaps the best example being the Volkswagen Golf which has now been around for 40 years. BMW's MINI would seem to be following a similar blueprint and though...
MP Should Look Closer to Home; Views of the North
IT was so nice of Guy Opperman, Hexham's Tory MP, to point out the failings of Northumberland's Local Development Framework working group, (Journal, June 19). Given this working group has overseen the LDF since it was formed in 2008, it would be...
Murray Defends Seeding Process for Wimbledon
ANDY Murray has defended Wimbledon's unique seeding system that will allow him to avoid top-seed Novak Djokovic until the semi-finals. Murray will start the defence of his Wimbledon title by facing 23-yearold Belgian David Goffin in the first round....
New Works for Berwick Festival
THE theme for this year's 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is Border Crossing, reecting the Scottish independence referendum which coincides with it. "As a town that passed between England and Scotland 13 times and with an identity neither...
Northumberland Leagues
ANNFIELD Plain's impressive victory over Shotley Bridge has reignited their NTSL championship ambitions. With a run of three consecutive matches against teams in the bottom half of the table to come before their July 12 meeting with league leaders...
Nothing Beats Beer in a Truly Great Pub; BEER RICHARD FLETCHER
THE enjoyment of drinking beer isn't just about what's in the glass - although that's obviously a major part of it. Plenty of other factors go into how we connect with our national drink. ere's the glass itself, of course; plenty has been said about...
Paul Linford Columnist
AFEW weeks back, the author and one-time New Labour supporter Robert Harris did an interview in which he lamented Tony Blair's loss to domestic politics and criticised the former Prime Minister for "turning his back" on parliament. Harris told Total...
Pay Day Lender Probe over Lack of Competition; YOUR MONEY Loans Industry Could Be Shaken Up in Wake of Watchdog's New Investigation, Writes Vicky Shaw
THE PS2.8billion payday loans industry is undergoing an investigation to discover what benefits consumers could gain if certain steps were taken to inject more competition into the market. While the full report won't be out until later this year,...
Pound Notes
FINANCIAL DICTIONARY: No claims bonus (for car insurance) THIS is a discount offered by car insurers if you don't make a claim within your policy. Generally speaking, the bonus grows for every year you don''t make a claim and it can reach more than...
Pregnant Women Are Refusing to Kick the Habit
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk WOMEN in parts of the North East are more likely to smoke during pregnancy than virtually anywhere else in the country. Despite strong health guidance urging women to quit while preparing...
Public Sector Finances Show Little Improvement; FINANCES
Byline: ANGELA UPEX angela.upex@ncjmedia.co.uk BRITAIN'S beleaguered public sector finances showed little sign of improvement in May as economists said the Coalition appeared to be struggling to meet its target for bringing down the deficit. ...
Push the Boat out for a Med Cruise; Want to Splash out on a Cruise? Edward Stephens Enjoys Six Star Service on Board the Silver Cloud
Marseilles harbour Marseilles harbour The Silver Cloud has recently undergone a complete refit The Silver Cloud has recently undergone a complete refit GGOOD morning ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the beautiful island of Sicily." The lilting Welsh...
Reviews
NEW FICTION NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Publisher: Cornerstone. Price: Hardback PS18.99, ebook PS6.99. JAMES PATTERSON and Marshall Karp return with a gripping second helping of the crime-fighting adventures of detectives Kylie...
Schools Can Be Comprehensively Better Than This; Comprehensive Education Is Still Associated with Mediocrity, Laxity and Failure, Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir MICHAEL WILSHAW Warned in a Speech Yesterday
NO one who cares about our country's future can afford not to have a view on a school model that still educates the overwhelming majority of our children and that is likely to do so for the foreseeable future. Many critics believe that comprehensive...
Sea Deaths Were 'Misadventure'
Byline: Kate Proctor Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk ASEA captain's toothache led to a carbon monoxide tragedy in which he and his crew mate died in their bunks, an inquest heard yesterday. One of the victims skipper Mark Arries, 26, lit...
Seawater Test Will Help Us Understand the Climate
Byline: Tony Henderson Reporter tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk RESEARCHERS will today join scientists from around the globe in the largest ocean sampling event to take place in one day. Tests taken at Cullercoats in North Tyneside will form part...
Secrets from Our Past Are Being Brought Back to Life
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE search is on for evidence of medieval life in Newcastle on a site earmarked for development. e land is the last vacant site on the city's East Quayside. Planning permission...
Special Discount in the Woods
BRAND-new affordable apartments have just been released on a development in Shotley Bridge, County Durham. The Hardwick apartments are part of the affordable housing scheme at Story Homes' The Woodlands development in Shotley Bridge and offer a 25%...
Sports Direct Will Open in Debenhams
DEBENHAMS is to house Mike Ashley's Sports Direct and Costa in some of its stores as part of a trial that could lead to the arrival of a number of other leading brands. The department store chain is keen to drive better returns from its shops after...
Students Get the Coffee Bug and Open Own Bar
STUDENTS from a North East school have opened their own sixth form coee bar with help from Newcastle-based Ringtons. e Sixth Form Business Studies students from St omas More School, Blaydon, researched and selected Ringtons' business-to-business...
Teams Get into Gear for a Big Weekend; SPEEDWAY
BERWICK Bandits get back on track for the first time in five weeks tonight, kick-starting their so-farsuccessful season again after unavoidable delays due to weather, and the big FIM GP Challenge event staged at their Shielfield Park stadium 12 days...
The Battle to Help out Is Not Over
Byline: Katie Davies Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk SECURITY worker Keith Bateman has raised more than PS50,000 for charity after completing a gruelling charity trek. Keith cycled 2,000 miles across the world to raise money for Help for...
The Confusing Question of Ownership; When You're Thinking of Buying a Property with Someone Else, It Is Important to Consider Exactly How the Joint Ownership Will Be Held. Property Law Expert Rukhsaroon Haroon Explains
WHEN buying a property jointly, whether as your home or as an investment, all parties need to form a Declaration of Trust, also known as a Trust Deed. This is a kind of statement that makes it clear how much property is owned by whom, and the contributions...
Tiptoeing to a Summer Exhibition; Chickens, Hares, Sheep and Hounds Have All Famously Appeared in Mary Ann Rogers'paintings. Now, Writes DAVID WHETSTONE, She Has Turned to the Tulip
THE tulips in Mary Ann Rogers' garden have blossomed and gone now but you will find plenty of them on the walls of her Northumberland gallery when her annual summer exhibition opens on Monday. Mary Ann is one of the most popular and successful artists...
To Live and to Visit Ponteland Village - a Popular Place; Friendly Village with Something; for Everyone
THE village of Ponteland, in Northumberland, with the desirable Darras Hall estate, has been a popular place to live, shop and enjoy leisure time for a long time. As the gateway to rural Northumberland, the village is surrounded by attractive greenbelt...
Trapped by a Forged Signature
Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk MURDERER Donald Graham was caught out when an alert bank clerk spotted a forged signature. Graham was yesterday told he will be at least 92 before he has any chance of release from...
TV Choice
A QUESTION OF SPORT: SUPER SATURDAY BBC1, 6.50pm Jason Manford presents this spin-off of the light-hearted quiz to coincide with the World Cup, with celebrity guests joining team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell for a show that promises all the...
TV Choice
FARGO Channel 4, 9pm As the critically acclaimed US drama concludes, Insurance Salesman of the Year Lester is once again trying to manipulate everyone around him, having already framed his own brother for the murders of his wife and Chief Thurman....
United Won't Sell Cast-Offs on the Cheap; Price Has to Be Right for United
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk MIKE Ashley will not permit any of Newcastle United's unwanted stars to leave on the cheap this summer - including Hatem Ben Arfa, who will have to be accommodated by Alan Pardew...
Ups and Downs of England's Cross-Code Switchers
ENGLAND enter today's final Test against New Zealand with the contrasting fortunes of their converted rugby league contingent demonstrating the uncertainty that comes with switching codes. Two days after Joel Tomkins con-firmed his return to Wigan,...
Vandal Condemned after Wall near Castle Attacked
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk AGRAFFITI vandal has been condemned for attacking walls close to a castle in the heart of a Northumberland town. The scrawl was spray painted onto a wall near Morpeth Castle,...
Venice Never Disappoints; It Is the Magical Place Where Memories Are Made. MARCUS QUEENSBOROUGH Enjoys a Return Visit
VENICE has to be one of my favourite places in the world. I have been a number of times over the years but each time the magic and wonder never fades or erodes. This truly is a place like no other. Last time my wife and I came, the kids were only...
Visit Firefighters Go on Strike Today; ...as Clear-Up Begins after Explosion
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk STAFF at the North East's three fire services will go on strike at 10am today. The industrial action, which will last for seven hours, is...
Volvo V60 D6 AWD Plug-In Hybrid
Byline: Edward Stephens IT'S not something I have ever thought of before, but driving a hybrid or electric car can be a real test of friendship. Call at a pal's house for a drink and then ask if you can plug your car into their electricity supply...
When Less Is Definitely More
THE Lotus Elise is well known for its minimalist ethos, its small engine and lightweight structure - the perfect combination for an agile ride which has always been popular with driving enthusiasts. And in its latest guise the featherweight of the...
World Cup Woe Is No Sudden Jolt, but a Death by a Thousand Cuts; THE AGENDA: What Can Be Done to Save English Football?
FIVE years ago, Steve Bruce took a phone call while he was getting his feet under the table at the Stadium of Light. It was another call congratulating him about the opportunity that he had just inherited but it included a kernel of advice for him...
World Cup Woes Sees Violence in the Home
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter Sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk ENGLAND'S World Cup troubles have sparked violence in the home in the North East. Police have been called to deal with scores of reports of domestic abuse before, during and after...
X-Tra Value for X-Trail Owners
Byline: Steve Hughes THE quality and durability of Nissan's vehicles has been rewarded with an exceptionally high prediction of their future values on the second-hand market. Following the trend set by the North East-made Qashqai and Juke models,...
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