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 December 13, 2014

A Gold For
Byline: RYAN APREA 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...
Albums Andrew Greenhalgh
SMASHING PUMPKINS, Monuments To An Elegy THE portents were not good. A part of a trilogy worryingly entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Smashing Pumpkins' ninth album is basically a Billy Corgan solo effort, with all other original members having...
All That Glitters; 'Tis the Season to Be Cheerful, with Bright, Beautiful and Bold Ideas for Ourselves and Our Homes. Claire Hornby Opts for the Glittering Look
Byline: Claire Hornby CREATING a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your home this Christmas means more than putting up the tree and decking the halls. Add style and glamour to your home with glittering gold and silver accessories for plenty of festive...
And the Nominations Are
T'S awards time again. IThis week, with the Golden Globes kicking off the Hollywood nomination glamfest, a rather less glitzy, but, to many of us, equally important awards season is also launching. These are the nominations for the 2014 Secret...
Arts Project Puts Families in the Picture
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com CREATIVE families from a Northumberland town showcased their sense of community through art when they launched a unique exhibition. Since September, enthusiastic children, parents and carers...
A Time to Reflect on Year Gone by and Look to Future; TOM WILLS
WELL, Christmas is fast approaching, with the pace of life seemingly accelerating to Mach 1, only to come to an abrupt halt on the 25th, when, with a couple of burps and a touch of indigestion, it is all over for another year. Then, with a week...
Bamford Banging Them in after Boss Showdown
Byline: Nick Mashiter PATRICK Bamford has revealed showdown talks with Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka have inspired his hot streak. The striker has scored five goals in his last six games and is poised to extend his stay at the Riverside. ...
Barra to Deliver a Killa Punch
Byline: Tanya Stevenson Channel 4's Betfair lady CAID DU BERLAIS faces a fresh set of rivals to those he conquered in the Paddy Power, a few of which are less exposed and possibly have the potential to usurp him. Not a race to appease all punters...
Beer-Food Combos Are Mixing Things Up across Publand
Byline: Brewing with Richard Fletcher BEER and food-matching can sometimes seem like a daunting affair; beer's huge range of flavours and styles can be its undoing as people search for a beer equivalent of the basic red/white rules of wine and food....
Bellway Building on Positive Housing Market to Deliver Growth
RESIDENTIAL property developer Bellway says it is well placed to deliver further growth and increased profitability in the current financial year. In an interim management statement, covering the 18-week period from August 1 to November 30, the Newcastle-headquartered...
Blanc Looks a Thing of the Past; Oz Clarke Is One of the Nation's Best-Loved Wine Experts. JANE HALL Joined the World Wine-Tasting Champion for a 'Swirl, Sniff and Slurp' While He Was on a Visit to the North East
HE interview had been arranged for 12pm. TBut it's nearer 12.45pm before wine expert and television personality Oz Clarke finally sits down for a chat - not in a posh restaurant or city centre bar, but the manager's office at Waitrose in Newcastle's...
Brace Yourself for the Mayhem Monday Frenzy
BLACK Friday, Cyber Monday and Manic Monday are over, but shoppers are set to storm the supermarkets on the inaugural Mayhem Monday. Supermarket aisles will be at peak congestion on December 22, according to a survey by BBC Good Food, with 36% of...
Bungalows Sure to Be Popular
HOME buyers in County Durham have the rare opportunity to buy a new-build bungalow after a developer released two for sale. The Bede, a two-bedroom bungalow, at Miller Homes' The Meadowsdevelopment in County Durham could offer an ideal home for...
Butterflies Are Spreading Their Wings Far and Wide in Region
Byline: TONY HENDERSON FOR many people, the appearance of the fragile, delicate butterfly is a precious addition to spring and summer. But familiar species such as the red admiral and painted lady are tougher than they look. Each spring, red...
Cockerill: Toulon to Be out for Revenge
LEICESTER boss Richard Cockerill believes the Tigers will find themselves facing a "really cheesed off" Toulon team in today's European Champions Cup clash at Stade Felix Mayol. The clubs' quickfire return meeting comes just six days after Leicester...
Complaints Champion Fights for Your Rights
Byline: JAMES WALKER THIS week I've decided to share my 12 shopping tips of Christmas that should prevent you from needing to complain if your gifts don't deliver the smiles you'd hoped for... 1 Pay attention to returns policies WHEN you buy...
Complex and Vital Issue of Property Conveyancing; Rukhsanah Haroon Explains the House-Buying Process and What Conveyancing Involves
AS you read this, you may have made an offer on a new home. You might even have agreed your new mortgage "in principal". You will have to employ the services of a solicitor or licensed conveyancer to assist you in the purchase. Conveyancing is the...
Conscience Not Clear Here; Views of the North
IT may seem that the revelations coming out from America about the state-sanctioned use of torture are a long way away from the often local concerns raised in our local news media. We do, I'm afraid, though share some responsibility for what went on....
Design Team Is Named for Town Re-Vamp
Byline: DEVELOPMENT GRAEME WHITFIELD graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk THE design team that will head up a PS74m investment plan for a Northumberland town has now been appointed. Arch, the Northumberland Development Company, has appointed a consortium...
Devon Knows There'll Pretty Much Be Only One Man on Amir Khan's Mind Tonight; Bolton Boy Has Eyes on Bigger Prize
AMIR Khan has conceded that the spectre of Floyd Mayweather will never be far from his mind when he steps in the ring for his welterweight showdown with Devon Alexander in Las Vegas in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Khan has spent the majority...
Disputes over Wills Rise
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk LEGAL disputes over wills made by dementia sufferers have risen by more than 50%, according to law experts. Specialist lawyers from Newcastle's Irwin Mitchell yesterday issued a...
Don't Write Me off Yet, Says Dutch Master RVP
ROBIN van Persie insists he is back to his best and has denied suggestions he is over the hill. Van Persie will look to continue his recent good form tomorrow when Manchester United host bitter rivals Liverpool. The arrival of Radamel Falcao, and...
Double Standards; Views of the North
THERE are more than 5,000 people on North Tyneside Council's (NTC) waiting list for a house in the borough. These are older people wanting to downsize, growing families needing more space, single adults including where family relationships have broken...
Eagles See off Sharks to Secure a Place in the Cup Final
NEWCASTLE EAGLES 85 SHEFFIELD SHARKS 76 NEWCASTLE Eagles will appear in their seventh BBL Cup Final after defeating the Shef-field Sharks in last night's semi-final second leg, writes MICHAEL RACE. Fab Flournoy's side will face either the Bristol...
Eau Thanks - Relief for Families as Rises Are Turned Off
Byline: Hannah Flint Reporter hannah.flint@trinitymirror.com HOMES in the North East will receive some of the lowest water bills in the country in a move that has been hailed as a 'victory for the consumer.'. North East-based company Northumbrian...
Ebac Northern League
NORTH Shields, who have set the First Division alight since returning in August following a 25-year absence, have been dealt a major blow with the news that leading scorer Gareth Bainbridge will be sidelined for a number of weeks. He limped off...
Ex-Minister Suggests the UK Knew of US Torture
Byline: Justin Rodgers Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk THERE may have been the "odd case" where British agents were aware of torture being carried out by the CIA, a former security minister said. Admiral Lord West said torture was "abhorrent"...
Express in the Fast Lane as Expansion Continues
Byline: ENGINEERING TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk AFAST-GROWING precision engineering firm has taken on more floor space to accommodate welding operations. Express Engineering has taken on a 24,000 sq ft unit at Team Valley - the company's...
Falcons Ready to Bounce Back from Paris Defeat
Byline: Mark Smith Sports writer @markismith50 THE famously furrowed brow of Dean Richards was in no great evidence despite the disappearance of Newcastle Falcons' unbeaten record in Europe, the director of rugby taking plenty of heart from Thursday's...
Family Home Is Strictly Stylish; Front Page Property Francesca Craggs
OR almost 80 years, aspiring dance stars waltzed their way through this imposing Victorian property in North Shields. FAnd when the stunning mid-terrace came on to the market 11 years ago, Shameem and Marianne Ibrahim jumped at the chance to buy...
Festive Special Ends Successful Year for Saltburn Market
SALTBURN farmers' market is set to round the year off in style today with a bumper festive special. It's the final event of 2014 in what has been an incredible year for the popular monthly market. Highlights have included being short-listed as...
Fish Are Released in Their Thousands into Rivers
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk ROUND 10,000 fish will be released into North East rivers to boost stocks. ADace, chub, roach, crucian carp and rudd will be freed as part of the Environment Agency's ongoing...
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The Journal has teamed up with Chisholm Bookmakers, the North-East's leading independent betting company, to offer readers a FREE 20p Lucky 15 bet, worth PS3.00, at Cheltenham today. The Gazette has teamed up with Chisholm Bookmakers, the North-East's...
General Election Could Spark Influx of Sellers in New Year
Byline: Vicky Robson WITH a General Election just around the corner, North East property experts are predicting a flurry of activity in the months ahead. Regional estate agents say a possible change of government could spell a period of uncertainty...
Get to Grips with Cheaper 4x4
Byline: Steve Hughes THERE is something pretty reassuring about driving a 4x4 in winter, or at least a vehicle with the sort of enhanced grip that makes the difference between becoming stranded by the roadside or reaching your destination with minimum...
Give Us a Referendum; Views of the North
IN his letter entitled "An expensive 'No' vote" (Views of the North, Monday, December 1), Robin Thompson correctly identified those responsible for the post-Scottish Independence referendum constitutional mess the UK currently finds itself in as "Dave/Ed...
Global Economy Jitters Wipe PS110bn off Shares
Byline: STOCK EXCHANGE JOHN-PAUL FORD ROJAS business@ncjmedia.co.uk THE FTSE 100 Index ended its worst week in more than three years, with more than PS110bn wiped off the value of blue-chip shares as jitters over the world economy spooked investors....
Gomez Is at Home on Wearside - but No Tapas Is a Torture; THE PREVIEW: Sunderland V West Ham United Stadium of Light, Today, 3pm
HE hasn't discovered a decent tapas bar yet, nor taken to fish and chips, writes STEVE BROWN. But Jordi Gomez has settled on Wearside and despite having spent his first few months in and out of the team, settled into Sunderland Football Club. ...
Great Time to Make Plans to Improve Your Home
CHRISTMAS is creeping ever closer but there's still time to make those muchneeded improvements to your home in time for all that festive entertaining. Whether you're looking to freshen up your bathroom with some new tiles, or in need of a new TV,...
Have a Merry Medieval Christmas Experience
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk HISTORIC landmarks will turn the clock back to recreate a medieval-style Christmas this weekend. A fair featuring craft and food producers, plus entertainers, continues today...
Heed Hoping to 'Hale'Trophy Win
Byline: Steve Brown steve.sports-brown@trinitymirror.com IN 2011, Gateshead got agonisingly close to the FA Trophy Final. Phil Turnbull wants to go one better, at least. The Tynesiders begin their assault on the competition with a first-round...
Helping the Elderly to Paint Brighter Future
Byline: Kate Proctor Local government reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk THE charity that put the curious combination of hens and pensioners in the spotlight is back with a new innovative plan to tackle loneliness. Staff at Equal Arts, which...
How Berry Beautiful; Garden inG with Diarmuid Gavin Extend the Life of Your Garden with These Winter Warmers
Byline: Diarmuid Gavin GARDEN centres are jam packed with singing Santas and prancing deer, so it was a great relief to escape back outside in my local one and look for some plants with winter interest. And what I found was as joyous as the glittering...
Hyundai Ix35 1.7 CRDI Premium 2WD
Byline: Mike Torpey THERE'S plenty of competition at the lower end of the SUV scene - models starting at around the PS18,000 mark. Stuff like the Kia Sportage, latest Nissan Qashqai and new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross residing above that threshold and...
I'd like the Minister for Housing to See How He Neglects Us
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk COME and see the region's housing crisis for yourself and loosen Whitehall's grip on control - that is the message a North East housing chief sends today to a Government...
If You Have a Song People Love, Play It; Lionel Richie Very Nearly Gave Up Singing after Leaving the Commodores, but 30 Years on, He's Playing One of the Most Famous Festivals and Going on Tour. Andy Welch Catches Up with a Legend
Byline: Andy Welch LIONEL RICHIE loves being in the UK. He says he's seen our capital city change dramatically since he first came here with his band The Commodores around 1973; the architecture, mainly, the cultural diversity, the food and so on....
I Now Know
What's |guaranteed to make my Mum say a collection of naughty words in quick succession? Just send her - in the black of the morning - to a four-hour lecture on why you shouldn't drive too fast in the car, while ensuring there is a big pile of doggie...
I See Far Too Many Barriers to Fair Farming; with the Milk Price Crisis, the Six-Day Movement Rule and the Threat of TB, These Are Testing Times for Farming. Here, in the Second Part of a Two-Part Series, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick JULIE PORKSEN, below, Looks Further at What She Believes Needs to Change
Byline: JULIE PORKSEN THE future of British agriculture will only be viable in the long term if, along with greater investment in the industry, there is a free and fair market accessible to farmers. Without the Single Farm Payment, no beef or...
It's Friday Nights for Football in Top Flight
PREMIER League matches will be screened live on Friday nights from the start of the 2016-17 season, it can be revealed. Up to 10 games will be shown live on Friday evenings under the terms of the new broadcasting rights agreement. The Premier League...
It's Quality and Not Quantity Now - Gus; Quality Not Quantity for Poyet Quality Not Quantity for Poyet
Byline: Steve Brown steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk GUS POYET insists the challenge to establish Sunderland's "identity" means the days of signing quantity rather than quality are behind them. The Black Cats head coach admits his team is not...
'It's Time for Action over A&E Waits'
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk MINISTERS have been warned that the NHS needs urgent action to help it cope over the winter after A&E waiting times hit record levels. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said figures...
I've Got to Hand It to You - What a Brilliant Design
Byline: Myriah Towner Reporter myriah.towner@trinitymirror.com SCHOOLBOY artist who won a national competition AAAwon a national competition to design a memorial to commemorate the Christmas truce football game of December 1914 met the Duke of Cambridge...
Jaguar F-Type Convertible
Byline: Val Jessop HALF a century ago, Jaguar captivated the motoring world with its stunning E-Type, immediately securing the supercar a place of honour in the Motoring Hall of Fame. A little over a year ago, a modernday equivalent, the F-Type,...
Joy of Six Is Not Enough for Woakes' World Cup Ambitions
Byline: David Clough CHRIS Woakes has banked the "surreal" experience of twice taking six wickets in a one-day international, but knows only continued improvement will keep him at the centre of England's World Cup plans. At 25 years old and with...
Keeper Rule Is Senseless, Says Pardew; Ruling on Keepers Is Senseless, Says Alan
Byline: Neil Cameron neil.cameron@ncjmedia.co.uk ALAN PARDEW has hit out at the rule that has prevented him from signing an experienced goalkeeper on an emergency loan. Injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot mean 21-year-old Jak Alnwick will make...
Kings the Ruler and Tipped for the RSA
KINGS Palace leapt to the head of the betting for the RSA Chase in March with a stylish victory in the Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices' Chase at Cheltenham yesterday. David Pipe's six-year-old tasted success on his chasing debut...
Knowledge Is Key to Problem Solving; in the Second of a Short Series of Columns for Homemaker, Our Former House Doctor Peter Fall Goes Back to Basics
IT arrived today! It is book, a text book on traditional building construction. I feel like the old guy in the Yellow Pages advert who searched all over for his book on angling. No I haven't written a book. But as a trainee building surveyor many...
LEAGUE 2 GET AWAY FOR XMAS; after 5 Homes Can We Have None?
EVERY Tuesday I buy the RFO and spend the rest of the week studying form and stats. I don't pay too much attention to their tips in case they conflict with my own thoughts. However, something caught my attention this week in their list of aways....
Let's Not Accept 'Black Eye Friday' as Tradition
ACOUPLE of weeks ago I became aware of (and more than a little confused at) a load of talk regarding the very bleak sounding Black Friday. After further investigation (aka a chat with Big Bro Fred) I discovered that this wasn't a day to be afraid...
LET'S SLAM IN THE HAM; Sam's Surprise Stars Can Win Again
WEST HAM have been the story of the season in the Premier League. Sure, Southampton have surprised most and Newcastle have recovered superbly from a poor start - but did anyone really believe the Hammers would be sitting in a Champions League spot...
Looking to Make Changes?
From page 25 REARO LAMINATES Rearo Laminates is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of wet wall and worktop surfaces, boasting an impressive product range and some exclusive finishes in style, pattern and colour. While in the past...
Make a Point of Getting in for Free; POINT TO POINT
FREE admission is on offer to all racegoers attending tomorrow's Ratcheugh Racing Club fixture at the Ratcheugh Farm course near Alnwick, which kicks off a new Northern Area season. It has attracted a total of 99 entries on a six-race card starting...
Make Mine a Muscadet
Byline: andrew campbell ON WINE TRADITIONALLY no day is muscadet in my world... until now. The famous and popular Loire Valley white wine is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape that was deliberately destroyed in its home region of Burgundy...
Oz Clarke's Christmas Wine Selections
Sparkling Christmas is all about fizz. It's a fun, party drink that adds extra sparkle to the day. Oz is a fan of sparkling wines - and especially English ones, which he believes are among the best out there. "This year why not spend a little...
Page-Turners That Are a Festive Feast for the Eyes; If You Are Planning to Give the Gift of a Book This Christmas, Richard Edmonds Has Some Charming Ideas
The Magi: Legend, Art and Cult edited by Moritz Woelk (Hirmer, PS45) THIS fascinating book arrived on my desk at exactly the right time of year. Moritz Woelk takes us back in time to a period a thousand years ago, when simple folk reverenced what...
Pardew's Men Can Lay Down Marker against a Team No Longer Invincible; THE PREVIEW: Arsenal V Newcastle United Emirates Stadium, Today, 5.30pm, Live on Sky Sports 1
EVERYTHING about Arsenal has a touch of class about it, writes NEIL CAMERON. The club has always prided itself in doing things the right way. It's a reputation that's well deserved. Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane might not be at the gift-exchanging...
Paul Linford Columnist
THE world of politics is full of lost leaders, men and women who, while they ultimately failed to climb to the top of the greasy pole, might easily have done so had circumstances been slightly different. In recent years, there have been two MPs...
Petr Checks in for Hull Match Courtesy of Courtois
PETR Cech will start in goal for Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League for the first time this season after Thibaut Courtois sustained a minor injury in training. The Czech Republic international has been displaced as the Blues' firstchoice goalkeeper...
Pools Check
(3.00 unless stated) BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE 1 Arsenal v Newcastle......................... 5.30 2 Burnley v Southampton ......................... 3 Chelsea v Hull ............................................ 4 Crystal Palace v Stoke ................................
Pound Notes
FINANCIAL FACT: THE number of homes sold in England and Wales for more than PS1m has increased by 15 per cent year-on-year, according to data from the Land Registry. There were 1,363 such sales in August 2014, compared with 1,185 in August 2013....
PS1bn Offer Fails to Bring Agreement at Stormont
Byline: Grant Richardson Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk NORTHERN Ireland's political leaders have heavily criticised the terms of a financial package offered to the devolved Executive by the Prime Minister. David Cameron left Belfast yesterday...
PS3.5m Funding to Develop STEM Facilities in Region
Byline: Ruth Lognonne Education Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com NORTHUMBRIA University has been awarded Government funding to drive STEM excellence in the region. The Newcastle-based university will use the PS3.5million fund to create...
Ready, Steady, Cook Ahead This Christmas; Heading for Another Christmas Day Kitchen Nightmare? Never Fear, Says Kate Whiting - All You Have to Do Is Follow James Ramsden's Recipe for Fluster-Free Festivities
Byline: Kate Whiting FOOD writer and cook James Ramsden may have an extra special guest at Christmas this year, as his first baby with wife Rosie is due on December 20. "We're going to play it by ear - if he happens to be early, then we might...
Reviews
BOOK OF THE WEEK The American Lover by Rose Tremain Publisher: Chatto & Windus Price: Hardback PS16.99, ebook PS5.69. ENGLISH author Rose Tremain, writer of the award-winning The Road Home and Music & Silence, returns with this book of short...
Roe in with Caid to Devour Caviar; Toast Another Nicholls Win with Berlais; Volnay Is Reel Deal in Relkeel
Garry Owen CAID DU BERLAIS will join a select club today if he delivers in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham. He'll become only the fourth horse and the first since Exotic Dancer (2006) to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup and this race in the...
Rugby Stars Fall Foul of UK Airspace Meltdown
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE Falcons players were among thousands of passengers affected by air traffic chaos. Half of the team and coaching staff were on their return home from playing Stade Francais...
Scrapping Homes Bonus 'Would Save Region PS25m'
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk ED Miliband's pledge to slash a new-build incentive payment and slow down council cuts would save North East local authorities PS25m, it was claimed last night. ...
Share Prices Are like China in Hands of Investors; FTSE 100 TOM SOLLY Brewin Dolphin
Byline: Brewin Dolphin GROWING fears about the state of the eurozone and Chinese economy, as well as the oil price, led to the FTSE 100 Index recording it worst week of losses for more than two years. London's main market fell 161.1 points yesterday,...
Six-Shooters Back with Guns Blazing
Byline: Mike Torpey BMW will launch an entire new model series in one fell swoop at next month's Detroit Auto Show. It means the trio of 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe will be unveiled together on January 9 before taking centre stage...
Sport on Tv
A selective guide to the weekend's coverage: TODAY FOOTBALL: Championship, Middlesbrough v Derby - Sky Sports 1 1200; Premier League, Arsenal v Newcastle - Sky Sports 1 1645; Primera Division, Valencia v Rayo Vallecano, followed by Cordoba v Levante...
Star Hurdler Looks One to Remember
Byline: Lucinda Russell OUR STRING has been out of sorts for the last few weeks after a fantastic run for the past couple of years. A few of our horses have run fairly well recently but I know that they are definitely capable of much better form....
Students Sold on Trading
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com ENTERPRISING youngsters from across Northumberland got a taste for business when they sold hand-crafted gifts from their own market stall. At the end of an eightweek project led by Skills...
Terry's Shoes Still CUTTINGWEDGE; Terry De Havilland's Flamboyant Shoe Designs Made Him the Rock'n'roll Cobbler of the 1970s. He's Designed Shoes for Cheryl Cole and Counts Kate Moss as One of His Friends. Chief Reporter Katie Davies Chats to Him Following the Opening of His Newcastle-Based Store
LAST year, Terry de Havilland's signature Margaux shoe - a five-inch wedge - turned 40. It was the shoe he designed in 1973 using his dad's 1940s lasts, and a shoe that's been worn by stars from Marianne Faithfull to Kate Moss. The 76-year-old...
The Bookies' View
NEWCASTLE return to action this evening with an away trip to Arsenal in a match covered live on Sky Sports at 5.30pm. Despite a stirring victory over Chelsea last weekend, we quote United at 6/1 to come away from the Emirates with all three points,...
THIS Weekend Will See
THIS weekend will see changes at Chateau Overbury - the decorations will be going up. There was a time when pressure from little ones meant that trinkets, baubles and balloons slowly started to appear from the start of December. So by the time the...
This Week's Betting
Byline: STEPHEN RAMSEY CHRISTMAS arrived early on Tyneside last weekend in the form of an unexpected win over Chelsea. We hinted at the Magpies being a value for money bet at 5/1 - how many of you were brave enough to stake your money on them?...
Too Early to Say How Long Ramsey Will Be out -Wenger
MANAGER Arsene Wenger says it is too early to suggest how long Arsenal will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey because of a hamstring problem. The Wales international netted with a superb 30-yard strike in the 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray...
TV Choice
THE X FACTOR ITV, 8.30pm This is it then - the first stage of the 2014 sing-off when we see who has the right stuff to walk away with the prize money. Not that winning the show matters that much of course; even getting through to this stage of the...
TV Choice
SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2014 BBC1, 8pm Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan and Clare Balding present this year's ceremony live from the Hydro Arena in Glasgow. The contenders for the main prize include Rory McIlroy, who dominated the golfing scene and...
Twisted Take on Beer Lip-Smackingly Original
LANDLORDS of an unusual Victorian bar have joined forces with two artisan drinks businesses to create Teesside's own craft beer - Mocha Chocca Porter. The idea came about when The Twisted Lip's owners Erica and Matthew Saul were chatting about wanting...
Unheard Material Written by Alan Hull to Be Performed Live Unheard Material Written by Alan Hull to Be Performed Live
Byline: Sam Wonfor Culture Writer sam.wonfor@ncjmedia.co.uk Sam Wonfor Culture Writer sam.wonfor@ncjmedia.co.uk NEVER?BEFORE heard songs, written by the late Lindisfarne lead singer Alan Hull, will be performed live for the first time early next...
Walker's Comeback Highlight for Spurs
TOTTENHAM head coach Mauricio Pochettino was impressed by the way Kyle Walker performed on his comeback from a nine-month injury lay-off. The 24-year-old had been laid low since March with a pelvic complaint which caused the rightback to miss the...
Warner Hits Second Hundred as Aussies Push On
DAVID Warner scored his second century of the match as Australia set the platform for a final-day push for victory in the first Test against India in Adelaide. On a day when the umpires were forced to intervene on several occasions as tempers flared...
Wearside League
CRAIG Lynch, building up to match fitness, is included in the Spennymoor Town Reserves side for this afternoon's Wearside League Cup first-round tie at home to Prudhoe Town. Manager Carl Beasley also names academy players Chris Foster and Mitchell...
We Deserve Our Place - Downing
STEWART Downing insists West Ham are loving upsetting the odds after they gatecrashed the top four. The Hammers are fourth in the Barclays Premier League ahead of today's trip to Sunderland. Boss Sam Allardyce spent a reported PS31m in the summer,...
Whatcanyasay except Doofer's Not a Duffer; Rewards for Ex-Racehorses
BRITISH Showjumping has announced it is to continue to reward successful thoroughbreds who make the switch from the race track to the show jumping arena, writes ANNA HARRIS. It is to continue with its Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Recognition Awards...
Whitley Bay Plan Unveiled to Public
Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk MULTI-MILLION pound coastal regeneration plans for a North Tyneside town go on display on Monday. Visions for the Spanish City Dome and a new PS1m St Mary's Island visitor...
Why Not Swap Cards This Christmas? Are You Happy with Your Current Account? If the Answer Is No, Then Vicky Shaw Asks What Is Stopping You from Switching
CURRENT accounts are a vital part of our everyday finances and there are plenty of deals to choose from. Some will offer us money to switch our banking to them, cash back when we make payments, or attractive rates of interest on balances. Some providers...
Woman-Hating Killer of 16-Year-Old Girl Is Jailed
Byline: Hannah Davenport Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk A"PREDATORY armed killer" has been jailed for life for murdering schoolgirl Claire Tiltman in a "frenzied and remorseless" attack in 1993. Knife-obsessed loner Colin AshSmith, 46,...
XE Rated Best in Class for Value
Byline: Steve Hughes JAGUAR is preparing to upset the junior executive sector of the new car market with its forthcoming XE range, which independent experts predict will be the least expensive model of its type to own. Muscling in on the lucrative...
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