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 February 21, 2015

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30 Points to Drag Mills' Men into the Play-Offs; Tynesiders Boss Sets Ambitious Target for Side
Byline: Steve Brown MASSIVE, massive March is coming, says Gary Mills. By its end, he wants Gateshead to be in contention for promotion. For that, he has set his players - "every single one (of whom) was off their game" in defeat to Nuneaton...
5,800 Thank-Yous for Saving Me
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com AHEART attack survivor has raised PS5,800 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service in return for his "remarkable" care. Matt Robson, of Wark in Northumberland, was struck down at his home...
A Four Star Gem at the Cinema; the North East's Most Candid Food Critic - Now Writing Every Saturday in the Journal
THE Tyneside Cinema is one of Newcastle's success stories. Formerly a newsreel theatre, it became the headquarters of the Tyneside Film Society, then, later, the Tyneside Film Theatre, before its fi-nal transformation into a beautifully restored three-screen...
A Gold For[.]
Byline: CAIN TRAINOR 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...
A Kingston Park Special Ends with Honours Even; THE MATCH: Newcastle Falcons 23 Wasps 23 Falcons Provide Entertainment in Wasps Draw
Byline: Mark Smith at Kingston Park NEWCASTLE Falcons and Wasps shared the spoils in an entertaining Premiership encounter. Juan-Pablo Socino's second-half interception looked to have nicked it for the home side before replacement Guy Thompson...
Albums
Byline: ANDREW GREENHALGH THE UNTHANKS ? MOUNT THE AIR FOLK music is currently enjoying an enormous critical and commercial renaissance. It has its own annual awards broadcast on the nation's favourite radio station, a weekly show on the same station...
ATKINSON DOREEN (Morpeth). Deaths
ATKINSON DOREEN (Morpeth). peacefully in Hospital, with her loving family around her, on 16th February, aged 82 years, Doreen, beloved wife of the late David, devoted mother to Dawn, Denise and Diana. A cherished grandma and a friend to many. Please...
A World of Wine to Be Savoured; Newcastle Wine Fair Is Coming Up, Offering the Chance to Swirl, Sip and Sample More Than 100 Vintages. JANE HALL Talks to the Man Behind the Event, David Harker
Byline: David Harker If, 30-odd years ago, someone had suggested to David Harker that he would one day run his own wine school, he might have questioned their sanity. If they had predicted he would also run Tyneside's largest independent wine...
Be Lured by Charm of the Coast; Saturday, February 21, 2015
THE North East coast is glorious all-year round. And it's the dream of many to live beside the seaside. And a new development within easy reach of the beautifulk beaches is attracting a range of buyers. With a range of three and four-bedroom homes...
Biggest Game of the Cats' Season; THIS WEEK'S BETTING
ANOTHER tough day is on the cards for both Newcastle United and Sunderland. United travel to the Etihad to face a Manchester City side in the tea-time live match while Sunderland play host to West Bromwich Albion at 3pm. While Newcastle have the...
Bitter War of Words between Farah ANDVERNON Just Keeps on Running; ATHLETICS
THE feud between Mo Farah and his Great Britain team-mate Andy Vernon escalated when the double Olympic champion's claims his rival questioned his nationality were described as "complete lies". Farah, who beat Vernon to 10,000 metres gold at the...
Blue Badge Holders to Be Charged by Council
Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk BLUE badge holders will be charged to park in council multi-storeys and the profits ploughed into snaring fraudsters. From April, Newcastle City Council is to start charging...
Buyers Flocking to the Hills
THE launch of the second phase of a new homes development on a hillside overlooking Alnwick, Northumberland, last month was so successful that only three properties remain for sale out of this release of 20. Janet Hopkinson of selling agents Sanderson...
CALEY AREN'T MCKAY & DRY KAY & DRY K; Hughes Steadied the Ship after Billy Flit
Byline: MR FIXIT Paul Jain@mrfixitstips WHEN star striker Billy Mckay left Inverness and wasn't replaced there was a real fear the club's form would nosedive. The opposite's been the case and the Highlanders are pushing Aberdeen for second spot...
Can't Buy Me Love; Might There Be Some Secret "Money Baggage" Lurking in Your Relationship? Vicky Shaw Finds out Why People Hide Their Finances from Their Partners
MANY relationships have hidden secrets, but it's surprising how often money appears to be at the heart of them. Talking money 'often a New research from the Money Advice Service has found that nearly one in 10 (9%) people across the UK in a serious...
Carver: I Do Understand Anger of Fans
Byline: Neil Cameron neil.cameron@ncjmedia.co.uk JOHN Carver has admitted he understands the frustrations of Newcastle United supporters - because he would be one of the dissenting voices in the stands if he wasn't employed by the club. The head...
Ceremony to Mark End of Era for North Regiment
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@ncjmedia.co.uk IT was the end of an era as an Army regiment's flag was lowered for the final time at its North East base. 39 Regiment Royal Artillery - also known by its traditional name the Welsh Gunners...
Chat about Beer, Drink Some Beer, and It's for Charity
Byline: BREWING with Richard Fletcher THERE'S a great beer event that's well worth getting involved with, and best of all it's all in the name of charity. Is there be a better excuse for chatting about beer and having a pint? Jarrow Brewery, the...
Chimneys, Flues and Causes of Damp; Chartered Surveyor Peter Fall Looks at the Surprisingly Common Problem of Dampness on Chimney Breasts
Byline: Peter Fall THE power of the internet never fails to amaze me. I've had my own website for many years now and I've always considered it as being a bit of a "must have" add on to improve my corporate image. Over the past few years, however,...
Columnist
Byline: PAUL LINFORD FOR most of the past four decades, it has been one of the fundamental laws of British politics that you don't win elections by being perceived to be antibusiness or anti-aspiration. Labour's series of defeats between 1979 and...
Confidence Scheme Will Help Young People
AT a launch event held at IT and management consultancy company Accenture's base in North Tyneside on Friday, leader of Northumberland County Council Davey said he was confident this new scheme would be a significant help to young people struggling...
Convenience and the Art of Sandwich Making
Byline: JAMES CLOSE Michelin Starred Chef @ The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Summerhouse, Darlington LIKE most men, I love a sandwich. I like the immediacy and functionality of food shaped to post into the mouth. I love the convenience. I'm happy knocking...
Count on Reve to Deliver Wad; Lucy's Star Looks le Real Deal at Kempton Steph Has an Adonis Beltor
Byline: Garry Owen Le Reve can go through the gears for Leighton Aspell and burn off his rivals in the BetBright Chase at Kempton. Lucy Wadham's seven-year-old might not have been firing on all cylinders in the Hennessy when pulled up three out,...
County Plan Is Undemocratic
FOLLOWING the publication of the inspector's interim report it is very clear that Durham County Council leader Simon Henig, cabinet member Coun Neil Foster and head of planning Stuart Timmiss have been responsible for the wasting of millions of pounds...
Couple's Escape to the Country
Byline: Jo Blakemore More pictures www.thejournal.co.uk/homemaker UST perfect - that was what Karen and Chris Constable thought the first time they set eyes on their lovely country home. JThe Mill is one of a clutch of properties which make up...
Dennis Is Delighted to Be Back on Road to Success
TIM Dennis expressed his relief at saddling his first winner as a permit holder when It's A Long Road landed the Up The Villa Handicap Hurdle at Exeter. Dennis, the son of late trainer Walter, who saddled Coome Hill to win the Hennessy Gold Cup...
Double Handful
Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association with THIS afternoon I'll be doing my best to disprove the preposterous notion 'there's no such thing as a free lunch'. Try telling that to my five-year-old who sits down for one at school...
Do You Put the Art in Artisan? Foodie Farmer Jimmy Doherty Knows a Thing or Two about Traditionally-Made Food, but Now He Wants to Hear about Yours. He Tells Kate Whiting All about the Flavours of the Neighbourhood Competition
FARMER, entrepreneur and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty has proved himself to be far more than a one-trick pony, winning a well-deserved place in the nation's hearts since his trials and tribulations setting up Jimmy's Farm were first documented on screens...
Dust May Settle - but We Cannot Forget It Is There; GEORGE RODDAM CURRIE on Events That Must Be Marked, No Matter How Long Ago They Are
DURING the cyclic events of human history, there exists a situation in which the eyes of the world become positively fixated upon the individual and a time. In the historical context of our times, without doubt, this person is Adolf Hitler. This...
Eagles Win Again - but Leave It So Very Late to Tame Lions
Byline: Mike Fuller at Sport Central NEWCASTLE EAGLES 94 LONDON LIONS 87 ADRAMATIC late turnaround helped Newcastle Eagles stretch their winning streak to 10 and seal a thrilling victory over London Lions. Fab Flournoy's side came through when...
Ebac Northern League
IN recent seasons Whitley Bay might well have been involved in the FA Carlsberg Vase this afternoon - but things have changed at Hillheads. The four-time winners made an early exit and today it's the bread and butter of putting points on the board...
Efforts Continue to Find Solution to Greek Issue; FTSE 100
Byline: PETER DOUGLAS Brewin Dolphin THE FTSE 100 Index closed for the week up 26.3 points at 6915.2 as efforts continued in Brussels to find a solution to the Greek debt impasse. While a temporary resolution appeared to have been secured on Thursday,...
England Taken Apart by Swing
CAPTAIN Eoin Morgan admitted England were simply unable to cope with the swinging ball after New Zealand exposed grave fears over their World Cup hopes in Wellington. England were whipped out for 123 as Tim Southee produced a vintage display of...
Figures Put Chancellor on Track; ECONOMY
Byline: JOHN-PAUL FORD ROJAS business@ncjmedia.co.uk CHANCELLOR George Osborne said he is "on track" to meet his annual deficit target as public sector finance figures for January showed the biggest surplus since before the recession. The figures...
Final Few Homes Still for Sale at the Park
BUYERS are being urged to visit Taylor Wimpey's Brunton Village development in Newcastle Great Park, as the home-builder announces just three homes remain. Remaining homes at Brunton Village start at PS199,995 and are available in three and five...
Financial Help for Struggling Dairy Farmers
AGRICULTURAL experts at a high street bank are urging dairy farmers in the North East to approach them for support if they are facing financial pressures. The average milk price has fallen by 15% the past year, with favourable conditions in many...
Find the Facts on Planning Permission; Chartered Surveyor Chris Scott Explains Planning Permission in Layman's Terms
IfF you are looking to build a new house, extend or significantly alter an existing property, chances are you will need to apply to your local authority for planning permission. There are, not infrequently reports of home owners being forced to tear...
Free Ps3bet; at Newmarket Today! at Newcastle Today!
The Gazette 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 Newmarket today. The Journal has teamed up with Chisholm Bookmakers, the North-East's...
Gone for a Burton; Bees Face Being Stung over Boss Blow
RANGERS fans know what happens when their side is managed by someone who doesn't want to be there. First it was Ally McCoist and now Kenny McDowall is struggling as he keeps the seat warm for the new man. The situation at Brentford can't compare...
Great Designs for Inside and outside; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
LOOKING to make changes to your home this spring? Take a look at some of the great companies in the North East which offer inspriational ideas, expert advice and great prices. Here is a selection: INFERNO FIRES AND STOVES Inferno fires and stoves is...
Great Ideas for Inside and outside the Home Great Ideas for Inside and outside the Home Great Ideas for Inside and outside the Home Great Ideas for Inside and outside the Home
IF you're looking to make changes to your home or garden, then check out one of the North East independent retailers specialising in everything from flooring and fires to solar panels and stoves. Over the next eight pages, homemaker brings you a...
Grey Is Glorious; Grey May Be Turning Up the Heat in Bedrooms Right Now, but This Versatile Shade Can Seduce in Any Part of the Home. Sam Wylie-Harris Reveals All
First came the book, and now cinemas across the land are packing 'em in for those Fifty Shades. But, I bet you any money, the appeal of the colour grey can go on for much, much longer than the man himself... Indeed, this is a shade that can be dressed...
Gus Hopes for a Red Letter Day for Cats
Byline: Stuart Rayner stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk FROM BACK PAGE GUSTAVO Poyet has no regrets about his open letter to Sunderland's fans, but admits today's result against West Bromwich Albion will decide if it was the right move. Poyet took...
Have You Been Converted?
Byline: Andy Enright THE improved second generation BMW 6 Series Convertible offers tidier styling, more equipment, a few worthwhile efficiency tweaks and a boost to interior quality.There's even a switchable exhaust valve to make the petrol engines...
Hot Inside; Mercedes and AMG Bring Us the Sports Car We Knew They Were Capable of. Andy Enright Reports
Byline: Andy Enright WE'RE glad it's over. The tortuous teasers, stage-managed leaks of "spy" shots and so-called secret documents to the internet, along with countdowns, build-ups and every other press office trick to draw attention to the fact...
I'm Feeling the Love in North, Says Presenter OFTOP Gear
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com TOP Gear's Captain Slow is hoping to live fast in Newcastle this weekend. James May is in town hosting the popular motoring programme's live edition at the Metro Radio Arena....
Infiniti Centre Newcastle Drives Premium Used Car Sales; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
THE new Infiniti Centre Newcastle, based at Silverlink, not only offers the prestigious Infiniti models but a range of premium multi-brand used cars including Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover. To ensure the highest level of customer service,...
I Now Know
| There is going to be a one-way |mission to Mars before I reach my teens. Hundreds of thousands of crackerjacks apparently signed up to say they'd fancy being one of the final 24 who get picked for the mission to the red planet in 2024 - knowing they'll...
JAMES WALKER; Complaints Champion Fights for Your Rights
CUSTOMERS are paying up to 40p per minute for calls to businesses that should cost pennies, we have found here at resolver.co.uk. It's largely due to the rise of 'directory-style' websites that offer to link you up direct to the customer services...
Jones Has Yet to Prove He Can Fit the Bill with Cats; Billy Jones Was a Nailedon First Choice When He Joined Sunderland but, Writes Stuart Rayner, He Is Still to Establish Himself
Sunderland's Billy Jones in action during one of his somewhat rare outings earlier this season. But he is desperate for another today against former team West Brom. Right, Santiago Vergini Sunderland's Billy Jones in action during one of his somewhat...
Karen Overbury
I WANT to point out that if you saw me coming out of the cinema last night, I had not been to see Fifty Shades of Grey. I finally found time to go to see the exceptional film The Theory of Everything. And I recommend it. It's not that I've anything...
Keep Your Powder Dry for Festival of Colours Powder Dry
Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk ANYONE looking for a way to brighten up the dullest time of year can take matters into their own hands in Durham next month by playing a part in a Festival...
Killing off Dapper 'Wasn't Publicity Stunt'
THE comedian behind the controversial Dapper Laughs act who was heavily criticised for being sexist and offensive claims he was bullied into killing off the character. Daniel O'Reilly said he has had time to "calm down" following a storm of criticism...
Latest Round of Cuts Is Agreed
Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk THE latest round of multi-million budget cuts has been rubber stamped by a cashstrapped authority who will have less to spend on community events, services for under fives...
Lifesaving Charity Will Work with Community
Byline: Ian Robson Reporter ian.robson@ncjmedia.co.uk A LIFESAVING charity has launched a new initiative to raise awareness of drowning following a spate of student deaths including three in Durham. The Royal Lifesaving Society will send experts...
Local Knowledge Pays off for Open Pacesetters; GOLF
COURSE specialists SSP Chawrasia and Siddikur Rahman demonstrated the advantage of local knowledge to set the pace at the halfway stage of the Hero Indian Open. Chawrasia has won twice at Delhi Golf Club, including his maiden European Tour title...
Lovely Lilies Will Liven Up the Outlook; These Glorious Gems of the Plant World Will Add Excitement and Colour to Any Garden
Byline: gardening With Diarmuid Gavin IT may officially be spring in Ireland now St Brigid's Day has been and gone, but it doesn't really feel like that yet. As I peer out, the garden is covered in frost and the weather websites warn of -11C in...
MacLeod Sets the Tone for Scotland
Byline: Stuart Rayner stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk GAVIN Hamilton has urged Calum MacLeod to shrug off his World Cup disappointment and set the tone for Scotland against England. For the Three Lions, tomorrow night's match has taken on must-win...
MAIN DORIS; Deaths
MAIN DORIS (Brunton Park). Doris, dearly loved wife of the late Stan Main, died peacefully on Sunday 15th February 2015, aged 94 years. Friends please meet for Funeral service and cremation at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle on Monday March 9th at...
Marmalade - the Best of Spreads; QUICKBITE
ARECORD number of entries from across the globe has been received for this year's Marmalade Awards, as the event prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The Marmalade Festival takes place on February 28 and March 1 at the picturesque Dalemain...
Mickey Miller Can Shine at Mordon; POINT TO POINT
Byline: Peter Burgon THE inaugural South Durham Hunt Farmers Club meeting takes place tomorrow at Howe Hills, Mordon with 82 entries on a six-race card starting at 1pm. An intriguing two-and-a-half-mile Maiden Race can go the way of Mickey Miller...
Micro Machine
THE Porter has been around for a good few years and for much of its life it existed in the modest shadow of the Daihatsu Hijet. The Hijet was a rebadged version of the Porter built by Piaggio themselves in Italy and it always enjoyed a higher profile...
Mortgage Monitor; This Week's Best Buys Include
New buy fixed rate 2 years Rate: 4.64% (APR 4.2%) Variable rate for remaining term: 3.99% Arrangement fees: PS205 valuation fee Benefits: 95% LTV and low fees Early repayment charge: 2% if repaid with first year and 1% if repaid between years one and...
National Sailing Award for Talented Youngster
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk EENAGER Harry Myers is on the crest of a wave. The 13-year-old, from Hexham, Northumberland, has been crowned North East Regional Youth Champion by the Royal Yachting Association...
New to the Market
OFFERED with no forward chain, this end-link property would suit a range of buyers. It has a hallway with cloakroom, lounge and kitchen while upstairs are two double bedrooms, both with en-suite facilities. There is a back garden with allocated parking....
North East Bucks the Trend of a Sales Slowdown in New Year
Byline: Jo Blakemore HOUSE sales across the North East bucked the usual trend of a January slowdown, with an increase in new instructions. This was the finding from the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Residential Market Survey...
North East Needs Its Own Bank for Businesses: Balls; INVESTMENT
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk THE NORTH East economy needs its own regional version of Labour's proposed British Investment Bank, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has told an event in the region. Ed Balls told an audience at Newcastle's...
Open-Plan Living - the Modern Dilemma; Architect Neil Turner Looks at the Way We Live Our Lives Today and How Our Homes Should Reflect This
WHEN I'm designing a house or an extension I am often asked: "So how open-plan should we make it?" The answer, of course, is never straight forward as no two people are alike. However, notwithstanding that, our attitudes, aspirations and desire to...
People in the Give Housing, Homemaker; in Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets David Jones
Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry David Jones, associate director and valuation manager for Rook Matthews Sayer. I have worked in the industryfor more than 25 years and have worked in Gosforth for the last 16. Having...
Picture of Perfection; Capture Your Garden Favourites on Camera like a Professional. Hannah Stephenson Speaks to Flower and Plant Photographer Clive Nichols to Find out How
EVER thought about how to capture frost-covered holly, close-ups of pretty petals or swathes of woodland bulbs in fading light? If you've not had much success taking good pictures of your plants, eminent flower and plant photographer Clive Nichols...
Plans to Make RedTractor Assurance More Robust; as the Changes to the Red Tractor Scheme Come under the Spotlight, Incoming Northumberland NFU Chairman HANS PORKSEN Reports from a Meeting to Discuss the Future of the Scheme
THE Red Tractor farm assurance scheme was set up 20 years ago by the NFU who at the time received a PS1m grant from the NFU Mutual Insurance Society to start the scheme. The Red Tractor logo with the Union Jack, which is now on large numbers of...
PM's PS300m Pledge to Fight Dementia in UK
Byline: Jennifer Cockerell MORE than PS300 million is to be spent by the Government on research into dementia while all NHS staff will have to undergo training in the condition, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Outlining plans to tackle...
Possible Return Is Music to Ears of Festival-Goers
Byline: Jon Bennett Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk AS thousands of fans assemble for the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, the station's boss has raised the possibility that it could return to Tyneside. The three-day event, which started yesterday,...
Pound Notes
FINANCIAL FACT MORE people took their first step on the property ladder last year than at any other time since 2007, mortgage lenders have reported. Some 311,500 home loans collectively worth PS45 billion were handed out to first-time buyers in...
Practical Magic; the Beautifully Finished Audi A6 Avant Demonstrates That Practicality Needn't Be Prosaic. Andy Enright Reports on the Revised Version
OF late, the idea of the "one-size-fits-all" car seems to have rather fallen out of fashion. Such is the fervour at which car manufacturers attempt to develop niches within niches when it comes to specialist cars, it's hard to countenance that we could...
Prepare before You Paint; Newly-Plastered Walls and Ceilings Look Great, but Painting Them Can Throw Up Problems. Julia Gray Helps to Solve Them
EFORE painting newly plastered walls and ceilings, you first need to seal the plaster. BNew plaster is very absorbent and although there are paints and sealers designed for it, a common way to seal it is with watered-down emulsion, as the plaster...
Prince Squirrels Away Time to Visit Wildlife Scheme
Byline: Jamie Diffley Reporter jamie.diffley@ncjmedia.co.uk PRINCE Harry will take a trip to Northumberland to see how a wildlife scheme is helping save the squirrels. The prince will be at the Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Red Squirrels Northern...
Pulis: We Expect a Battle on Wearside
WEST Brom boss Tony Pulis expects Gus Poyet to send his Sunderland side out firing in today's vital clash against the Baggies. While West Brom's form has started to pick up since Pulis took charge in January, the Black Cats have hit a potentially...
Racecourse Picnic Ban Overturned
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk ACECOURSE chiefs have gone back on a picnic ban saying they have "listened" to punters. r Newcastle Racecourse said they were going to ditch picnics for health and safety reasons....
Ramsey's Deserving Chance at Rangers
HULL midfielder Tom Huddlestone believes Chris Ramsey will make the most of his chance at QPR and is only surprised it took so long for him to make the step into management. Ramsey stepped into the void left by Harry Redknapp's resignation at Loftus...
Rangers Meeting to Finally Go Ahead
DAVE King has thanked the Rangers fans backing his bid for power at Ibrox, after the club finally set a new date for the decisive general meeting which could oust the current board. King needs to win a majority vote if he is to sweep David Somers,...
Reaching for the Skies; from Helping to Establish Worldwide Routes to Rubbing Shoulders with Premier League Greats like Sir Bobby Robson, Alan Shearer and Brian Clough, Airport Boss Dave Laws Boasts a Top Flight Career of His Own. He Spoke to Mike Kelly about It
Byline: Dave Laws IF John Carver wants to get the full time job at Newcastle United he could do well to learn the lesson of Dave Laws. Mr Laws is boss at Newcastle International Airport and when I spoke to him Carver had just been installed in...
Real Life Is a Really Good Watch; A Film about a Tough North East Way of Life Had Its Premiere This Week. DAVID WHETSTONE Saw Addicted to Sheep
THE Oscars will be doled out in Hollywood this weekend, rewarding the best cinema releases of 2014, but it's a fair bet none of the judges will have seen a film like Addicted to Sheep. The feature-length documentary charting a year in the life of...
Red Devils Are the Best in the League, Says LvG
LOUIS van Gaal thinks Manchester United are finally starting to get their swagger back. United face Swansea today for the first time since they ruined Van Gaal's debut in the home dugout at Old Trafford six months ago. United went into the opening...
Relax with a Mokka
SMALL crossovers should be fun and fashionable, but that doesn't mean they can't also be versatile, capable and practical too. Like Vauxhall's little Mokka? Perhaps.Here's the new face of this changing brand and it's one you might very well find yourself...
Reviews
FICTION: A Spool Of Blue Threadby Anne Tyler Publisher: Chatto & Windus. Price: PS18.99 Hardback (ebook PS7.47) FAMILY life in Baltimore is the topic of this wonderful new novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler - her 20th, in fact, making Tyler...
Rowsell's Upbeat despite Missing out on a Medal; CYCLING
DEFENDING champion Joanna Rowsell finished fourth in the women's individual pursuit as Great Britain failed to win a medal on day three of the Track World Championships. Rowsell was part of the women's team pursuit squad which saw its four-year...
Scheme Is a Hero.Unless It Includes Some Zero; Job Creation Scheme Welcomed - but No Guarantee on Contracts
Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk AMULTI-MILLION pound scheme to get 2,000 youngsters into work received a cautious welcome after no guarantee could be made they would not be zero hour contracts. Over...
Settle Down in the City; Homes in Towns and Cities Are Both Convenient and Cosy, Highly Accessible and Close to Amenities. with Plenty to Do on Your Doorstep and Good Transport Links, It's No Surprise Properties Situated Centrally Are Popular with a Range of Buyers. Homemaker Picks Four
THIS city centre apartment would ideally suit a buyer seeking to live in a central location with excellent accessibility. The second floor property is for sale with no upper chain and features a communal entrance, with lift and stairs, a private...
Sharp Business; the Lexus NX 200t Isn't Backwards in Coming Forwards. Do the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 Need to Look over Their Shoulders for This Extrovert SUV? Andy Enright Reports
LEXUS has pitched the 235PS petrol-engined all-wheel drive NX200t X 200t SUV at a hard market. SU The likes of the BMW X3 xDrive20i and Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI aren't about to roll over anytime soon, so expect this one to be a rare sight. Still, with sharp...
So Spa So Good for a Healing Experience; A New Book Takes Richard Edmonds on a Tour of Some of Europe's Most Fabulous Health and Wellbeing Hotspots
Byline: Richard Edmonds PROFILE IN the late 19th century the great European spa towns of Bad Homburg, Baden or Bad Ischl were social centres for the rich and famous. Jewellers had branches of their Paris shops here, the famous confectioners filled...
Special Deal Helps North East Buyers
THANKS to a planning agreement between Northumberland County Council and Bellway Homes first-time buyers at Wheatridge Park at 80% of the market value. The discount market value scheme has enabled buyers at Wheatridge Park, off Astley Road in Seaton...
Special Guests Help Raise Curtain at Special Venue
Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk PARENTS and autistic children joined staff at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle on Friday to help it celebrate becoming the very first recipient of a special award. The venue is the...
Stamp Duty Is 'Extremely Damaging'
RISING house prices mean that young people are now far less likely to ever own their own home than their parents, a leading economic think-tank has warned. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the decline in the rate of home ownership and...
Suzuki Adds a Personal Touch
Byline: Steve Hughes SUZUKI has revealed full details of the latest incarnation of its iconic Vitara range, which arrives here in April with prices of up to PS21,300. The new five-door compact SUV will be offered with 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre...
Talking Shop at the Golf with the 10-Year-Old Tacticians; There Is No Shortage of People Willing to Tell John Carver How to Do His Job, and Many of Them Are Still at School. All in a Typical Day off for Newcastle United's Head Coach, as Neil Cameron Reports
Newcastle United head coach John Carver, seen with Steve Stone (right), found budding coaches happy to offer advice at his local golf club Newcastle United head coach John Carver, seen with Steve Stone (right), found budding coaches happy to offer...
Tap Can Waltz to Victory in Kempton Test
Byline: Lucinda Russell WE WERE delighted with Lie Forrit's tenacious victory in last Saturday's Betfred National Trial at Haydock. The evergreen 11-year-old is in great shape after his game success and has enjoyed a quiet week here on the farm....
Taste of Magnificent Marsala; Just like the Drink, the Colour Marsala Is Rich, Warming and Inviting. and It's a Must for Spring Selections, Says Claire Hornby
VERY year, Pantone - the leading authority on colours worldwide - picks out one shade to tip for the top. EAnd for 2015, just as we were putting Dry January behind us, it ironically settled on Marsala, named after the rich, fortified wine. Not...
Tenancy Deposit Schemes; TOM WILLS IN ASSOCIATION WITH SINTONS
MANY farms and estates include residential property let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies. As the churn rate of tenants in rural areas tends to be lower than elsewhere, many of these tenancies will have begun prior to April 2007. "Why mention April...
The Big Bobby Reveal. Was It Worth the Wait?
NO matter how much time passes, I always seem to return to my strongheld belief that grown ups are very strange. This week, millions of people have been utterly gripped - gripped I tell you - by the climax to a made up story they have been watching...
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