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 April 1, 2015

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Ahmed Hopes to Put Ashes Rivals in a Spin
PAKISTAN-BORN bowler Fawad Ahmed has been tipped to give England a stern examination this summer after being called into Australia's Ashes squad yesterday. The 33-year-old, who sought asylum in Australia in 2010 before securing residency two years...
Aiming for a Real Sense of Worth; the Saviour of Auckland Castle, Jonathan Ruffer, Talks about His Ambitions for the County Durham Attraction and What He Thinks Success Will Look Like
Jonathan Ruffer was born in Stokesley, near Middlesbrough, and as the founder and chairman of Ruffer LLP, is one of the City's most successful fund managers. In 2011, he donated PS15m to save the Zurbaran paintings from being bought and removed...
Alan Barnes Fundraiser Aiming to Help Others
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk AFTER her selfless fundraising went viral, Gateshead beautician Katie Cutler has gone a step further. The young mum who raised more than PS300,000 for disabled attack victim...
Alice's Story Is Just Tip of the Iceberg; Catherine Bailey, Senior Research Fellow in Public Health and Wellbeing at Northumbria University Is an Expert in Dementia and the Arts, So Is Well Placed to Offer a View on Oscar Winning Film, Still Alice
Following the release of Still Alice, the Oscar-winning film about early onset Alzheimer's, the disease has recently made headlines again with the story of Chris Graham, a former soldier diagnosed at 34 who is already showing symptoms at 39. He...
Allan's Goal Earns Point as Depleted Gateshead Battle Back
DARTFORD 1 GATESHEAD 1 RECALLED defender Tom Allan's second goal for the club in his first start of the year was not enough to earn Gateshead victory at second-bottom Dartford. The former York City man's header cancelled out Jordan Chiedozie's early...
ARE You Old Enough to [...]
Byline: COLUMNIST KEITH HANN ARE you old enough to remember the Moorgate tube crash of 1975? Driver Leslie Newson killed himself and 42 passengers on a packed morning rush hour train when he drove it into a wall at the end of the tunnel, having...
BE Group Lands South East Deal; GROWTH
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTH East business services group has been chosen to deliver a growth programme for a local enterprise partnership in the south east. Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership - which...
Between the Lines of Life in Helmand; an Extended Exhibition, a New Arrival and an Art Trolley Adventure for All the Family Make April a Great Month to Visit Mima
Derek Eland's Diary Rooms exhibition at mima has been extended until the end of April due to popular demand. Offering a raw and poignant insight into military life, much of the exhibition's content was created on location in some of the most high-risk...
Black Cats Keeping Their Feet on Ground
Byline: Jeff Bowron SUNDERLAND Ladies will top the Women's Super League One table if they avoid defeat against Manchester City in their home opener at the Hetton Centre tonight. The lady Black Cats stunned champions Liverpool last week in the...
Blair Calls Time on His Stay at Kingston Park
NEWCASTLE Falcons scrum-half Mike Blair will return north of the border this summer after agreeing a twoyear deal with Glasgow. The 33-year-old former Scotland captain and British and Irish Lion spent 10 years with Edinburgh, but after stints with...
Blogging at Beamish
While Beamish is well known for bringing the North East's history to life, the museum is firmly in the 21st century when it comes to sharing the secrets of its award-winning work. The County Durham attraction has three blogs - for transport, collections...
Boy's Find Sparks a Security Scare
Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter craig.thompson01@ncjmedia.co.uk ACRAMLINGTON youngster sparked a security scare when he found a live wartime hand grenade on a Tyneside beach. grenade on a Tyneside beach. Alexander Rinup Alexander Rintoul was...
B&Q Store Closures to Affect 3,000 Jobs
DIY chain B&Q is to close as many as 60 stores over the next two years in a shake-up set to impact on 3,000 jobs in the UK and Ireland. Parent company Kingsher, which also owns Screwx, wants to cut about 15% of surplus space through the review...
Brook Battle Will Happen - One Day; Khan Keen to Face Rival in Winner Takes All Clash
AMIR Khan wants a "winner takes all" showdown with British rival Kell Brook - but has told the IBF welterweight champion he will have to wait. Khan, who has fought just twice in the last two years, is set to name his next opponent in the coming...
Campaigners in Druridge Protest Video
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com CAMPAIGNERS against an opencast coal mine near a Northumberland beauty spot are now the stars of a protest video. Last weekend, Amble singer songwriter Brian English enlisted the help of...
Cancer Ordeal Opens New Doors; Stephanie Butland Always Dreamt of Writing a Novel. the Northumberland Writer Tells Laura Fraine How a Brush with Cancer Helped to Make That Dream Come True
When Mike drowns in a tragic accident, his widow Elizabeth fears the grief will swallow her too. But soon all sorts of questions are being raised about Mike's life and Elizabeth begins to wonder how much she knew her husband at all. Set in a very...
Changing Lives across the World
Byline: BRENDA MCLEISH in association with Learning Curve THERE'S a whole new world of learning that's at people's ngertips - wherever they are. As with trade, education and training now extend across borders and into nations through the PC and...
Clearly One to Be Seen
An exploration of work in glass by British artists is the tagline for a new exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland. Clarity, which will run until the autumn, presents the work of six of the UK's leading artists: Matt Durran, Jerome Harrington,...
Cold Brew Coffee Hits Shelves - Thanks to Entrepreneur; RETAIL
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk coffee. entrepreneur Joshompson will launch his "cold brew" coee product in Fenwick Food Hall this week. e Canadian businessman, who runs Ponteland-based e Speciality Coee Company and is one half...
Companies Today
MERGER PLAN The founder of upmarket fashion website Net-A-Porter is set for a reported PS70m payout after the firm she launched 15 years ago announced a merger with an Italian rival. Former fashion journalist Natalie Massenet, who founded the business...
Constituency Profile
Sitting MP: Dave Anderson (Lab) 2010 result: Anderson (Lab) 22,297 (50%), Bradbury (Lib Dem) 13,180 (29%), Hall (Con) 7,159 (16%), McFarlane (BNP) 2,277 (5%). Majority 9,117 Declared candidates: Dave Anderson (Lab), Mark Bell (Ukip), Alison Griffiths...
Country Rhodes Right Way to Go as Girlhood Dream's Realised; Crissie Rhodes Didn't Get Very Far on the X Factor and Doesn't Care a Jot. DAVID WHETSTONE Finds out Why
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE COUNTRY music is often regarded as having niche appeal, but nobody told The Shires. Their recent debut album, Brave, became the first in that genre ever to reach the UK's official top 10. Decca, according to Crissie Rhodes,...
Cream of the Crop; Doddington Dairy Is a North East Success Story That's Set to Make Its Mark Nationally after Reaching the Final of a Prestigious UK-Wide Award. Jane Hall Reports
Byline: Jane Hall reports Somewhere out there is a massive fan of Doddington Dairy, one individual among the thousands who have, over the last 20-or-so years, fallen in love with its award-winning cheeses and ice creams. The Maxwells, who run...
Crisis Warning as Young Teachers Leave Profession
Byline: Alison Kershaw Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk ALMOST two-fifths of teachers are not in the classroom a year after finishing their training, sparking fresh fears about a "crisis" in the profession. Thousands of recruits never take...
Deaths
BROOME ANN (Shotley Bridge). On March 26th suddenly at home Ann aged 86 years, dear wife of Gordon, mother to Jonathan and Louise, grandmother to Mark, Angus, Ben and Josie. Friends please meet for service in St. Johns Church, Snods Edge on Friday...
Delivering Our Message to Westminster
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER OVER the past few weeks at NECC members have been coming together to celebrate a year of business success at their local AGMs. These events gave us an opportunity to reflect on what firms have achieved in the past 12 months,...
Devolution's Top Priority, Survey Shows
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk THE vast majority of voters want more powers to be held in the region, our North East Manifesto survey has shown. Just 12% of you are happy with the status quo...
Dismantling of Old Oilfields Offers Region Huge Opportunities; the Falling Oil Price, Rising Costs and Ageing Infrastructure Means the Massive Exercise of Removing Redundant Facilities from the North Sea Is Gathering Momentum. PETER MCCUSKER Reports
Byline: PETER MCCUSKER LAST year was not only a record one for capital and operational expenditure, it was also the rst time decommissioning spend on the UKCS (United Kingdom Continental Shelf) topped PS1bn. Oil & gasuk's 2014 activity report...
DNV Moving into Larger Premises at Cobalt Park
A GLOBAL player in the marine, oil and gas and energy industries has become the seventh business to expand its operations at Cobalt Park in North Tyneside. T DNV GL, a leading classication society and a recognised advisor for the maritime industry,...
Doctors' Letter Urges MPs to Bin the Rhetoric
Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com PLUMMETING numbers of doctors going into general practice across the region combined with a failure to attract new recruits is posing a threat to the region's health care...
Dylan Moran 43, Comedian; FINAL SAY
Technology is a thing we just have to deal with, but part of the problem it's created is that we have to be more discriminating in what we choose to spend our time on and to think about and talk about. You can only really find out what you think...
Easter Fun for All the Family
Easter means most of us are set to enjoy a long weekend full of food and drink, from the traditional fish on Good Friday to roast lamb on Easter Sunday with lots of chocolate in between. It's also the perfect weekend to get out and about and enjoy...
Eclectic Mix of Jazz TALENTT; If You're Not Already a Fan, Why Not Make April the Month You Get into Jazz? David Whetstone Looks at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival Line-Up
THESE pages normally celebrate classical music but this month, in acknowledgement of its sheer brilliance, Gateshead International Jazz Festival takes centre stage. If further justification were needed, this is in the spirit of music being a broad...
Economy's Growth Saw Fastest Rise since 2006; ECONOMY
JOHN?PAUL FORD ROJAS business@ncjmedia.co.uk THE economy grew at its fastest pace since 2006 last year according to revised ocial gures that showed growing exports helped boost performance in the -nal quarter. But gures from the Oce for National...
England Win Sets Stage for Euros, Says Gibson; Boro's Ben Hails Germany Result
MIDDLESBROUGH defender Ben Gibson is hoping England Under-21s' 3-2 friendly victory over Germany was a dress rehearsal for a European Championship finals showdown. Both sides will head for the Czech Republic during the summer as manager Gareth Southgate...
Every Durham Player Challenged to Have Their Best Year
Byline: Stuart Rayner DURHAM may not see very much of Mark Wood in 2015. Coach Jon Lewis is determined to turn that into a good thing. Tomorrow Wood flies to the West Indies determined to make his England debut. "I'm not going over there to...
Family Tradition Beckons for Teen Bursary Recipient; RURAL
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk ATEENAGER from Northumberland has received a prestigious award that will help him follow a family tradition. Ryan Taylor, a 17-year-old from Northumberland, has been chosen to receive e...
First Say
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE The evenings have brightened, the bulbs have burst forth and the lambs are frolicking in the fields. Even with politicians getting frisky at the prospect of an impending general election, it's hard to get downcast. Seriously,...
Fodder for a Cultured Mind; the Life of Angelica Kauffman Was on the Agenda When David Whetstone Joined the Culture Vultures of Tydfas
EVERY second Monday of each month, cultured and curious folk - or maybe that should be curious folk who aspire to be a bit more cultured - gather at Trinity Church on Gosforth High Street. All are members of Tyneside Decorative and Fine Arts Society...
Friends with 'Benefits Street' in the Running for Britain's Best Folk Group, the Young'uns Album Launch Gig at Sage Gateshead Could Be Quite a Celebration for the Popular Stockton Band. Mike Kelly Spoke to Them
Folk group The Young'uns have come a long way since 2004 when they took their first tentative steps into folk singing - and got their name - at the Stockton Folk Club. Members David Eagle, Michael Hughes and Sean Cooney were regulars at The Sun...
Funding Will Help Protect the Most Vulnerable; VERA BAIRD
I'M delighted with the news that five of the bids I made to the Police Innovation Fund have been successful. This means these excellent projects, all of which aim to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, will benefit from the PS2.7m total...
Greek Prince in Town and I Have to Find Him; Former Chronicle Journalist Olga Franklin's Jesmond Encounter with the Man Who Would Marry the Queen among the Tales Recounted in a New Book as Barbara Hodgson Reports
Byline: Barbara Hodgson MORE than 60 years ago a Newcastle reporter was waiting to castle reporter was waiting to meet Prince Philip in the meet Prince Philip in the lounge of the Jesmond Hotel. lounge of the Jesmond Hotel. At the time little...
Hat-Trick Hero Goes into Derby on a High; Fletcher Hasn't Suffered for Drought
Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk STEVEN Fletcher has not "suffered" for a disappointing run of personal form in front of goal that ended at the weekend, says his international team-mate Steven Naismith. And...
Heady Mix on Offer at Book Festival
THEY promise to inspire us, intrigue us and even, er, insult us... but as Hexham Book Festival has reached its 10th anniversary, after making its debut as a one-day literary blast back in 2006, we guess directors Gil Pugh and Susie Troup feel they're...
Homecoming Has Zoe So Emotional; There Aren't Many Jobs That Would Have Convinced Zoe Birkett to Trade in Her Tickets to New York but, as the Singer Tells Sam Wonfor, There Aren't Many Jobs Guaranteed to Have You Crying Daily Tears of Joy
Having been anecdotally warned not to get her hopes up, when Zoe Birkett got the news her Green Card application had been rubber-stamped, she couldn't have felt luckier. Within weeks she'd found a tenant for her London home and made plans to leave...
I Believed I Was the Only Person Who Could Tell This Story in the Way It Needed to Be Told; Russell Crowe Tells Alison Jones He Was So Drawn to the Story of a Father Searching for His Soldier Sons in the Wake of the Battle of Gallipoli That He Had to Make TheWater Diviner His Directorial Debut BIG SCREEN
Byline: Alison Jones ALITTLE over a decade ago, Russell Crowe - his stock riding high after three years of back-to-back Oscar nominations and one win for Gladiator - was oered a chance to direct a lm e nancing was all in place. Everyone was happy...
Innovation Expert Peering into the Future
THE North East Chamber of Commerce recently invited their partner members to discuss 'innovation' at an event hosted by BT at their South Shield's premises. Representatives from organisations including Virgin Money, Northumbrian Water Ltd and Durham...
It's Time to Remember That BEGGARTOMMY Provides a Bridge to Our Region's Past; Heritage
Byline: TONY HENDERSON CHARTERED surveyor John Bynon weighed in with some time detective work when a Victorian photograph was oered for auction. e picture of a grimy street scene in Newcastle, complete with barefoot children, was taken by North...
'I Want to Do Well in the Caribbean, and the Long-Term Goal Is the Ashes' THE INTERVIEW: Mark Wood Even at Less Than Six Foot Tall, Mark Wood Has Always Looked More like an England Bowler Than a Durham One, Writes Stuart Rayner
IT'S only tonight that Mark Wood puts on his Three Lions suit to meet up with his new international team-mates. Already, though, the 25-year-old understands what it means to be an England player, rather than just a Durham one. "I've never had this...
Keep Looking to a Bright Future as Election Looms; Nigel Mills, Chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Forum, Argues There Is Plenty of Reason for Optimism in the North East as We Approach the General Election
EVEN at times traditionally associated with economic uncertainty, such as in the build-up to a General Election, it is important to remain positive, especially when there is tangible evidence to back up that optimism. It was fantastic to read in...
Lee's the Laughing Wrestler; Comedy Wrestler-Turned-Comedian Lee Kyle Makes His First Full-Length Debut in Newcastle This April. Sam Wonfor Looks Forward to the Show. and Strongly Hopes He's a Better Comic Than He Was a Wrestler
He may have spent a long while doing it, but Lee Kyle sounds like he was the worst wrestler ever. Granted, I know very little about the sport, but my understanding (based on the loop of WWF which was on at my boyfriend's house in the nineties) was...
Life Imitating Art as David Is Kept on Edge; SMALL SCREEN as He Helps Bring the Story of DNA Crime-Solving to TV, David Threlfall Tells Keeley Bolger Why Acting Is a Bit like Detective Work
Byline: David Threlfall SOME actors might line up job after job, keen to avoid any time 'resting' between roles, but David relfall is quite the opposite. "I don't sit around thinking, 'Ooh, it would be good to do...'," explains the screen and...
Link-Up Goes on despite Killings
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com ANORTH East university will continue its work placement programme despite the killings of two students in Malaysia. Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were stabbed to death in the...
Makers on Your Marks; Preparations Are Being Inventively Made for the Arrival of Maker Faire UK
Maker Faire UK is an event which regularly attracts thousands of visitors from the North East, and way beyond, to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle. Proving that science and engineering can be fun, useful, creative, and even beautiful, the two-day...
Man Behind Expansion of Property Business in City Retires; RETIREMENT
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk THE partner who spearheaded Knight Frank's rapid expansion in the North East has spoken of his pride at driving the business forward as he retires from the rm. Tim Evans has been at Knight Frank...
Mining a Rich Seam of Academic Research; Academics and Theatre-Makers Meet in the Middle for a New Production Coming to the Region This Spring
Aplay set in a fictional town is one of the more unusual ways Newcastle University academics are sharing their research with the public. The innovative idea to put on a production was borne out of an on-going collaboration between researchers and...
MP Bows out with Thanks to Supporters
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk ARETIRING MP has thanked voters for giving him the opportunity to represent them for longer than any of his predecessors. e dissolution of parliament ahead of the general...
Nadine Not Content Nadine Not Content to Just Stand Still to Just Stand Still
Don't worry about it. Just write that it's the best thing you've ever heard." "" That's the kind of understanding response you want from a music maker who has just been told that due to an outrageous lack of ability when it comes to any kind of...
NECC Mission to Forge Links with South Africa
THE North East Chamber of Commerce is known for its determination to boost international trade, and recently chief executive James Ramsbotham had the opportunity to explore a valuable overseas market - South Africa. With exports to South Africa...
Newcastle Still a Prime Destination; We Have Pulling Power - De Jong
Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor @msidouglas SIEM de Jong believes that good players will still want to come to Newcastle United this summer - despite the club's struggles in 2015. With fans frustrated over a perceived lack of ambition,...
Newmarket Aim for Star Consort
CONNECTIONS of Consort have high hopes for the threeyear-old colt, winner of his only start as a juvenile and a possible for the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 16. The son of Lope De Vega has been pleasing trainer...
Non-League Round-Up
A CROWD of 407 braved the elements to see Blyth Spartans share the points with Ashton United in last night's Evo-Stik League Premier Division 1-1 draw at Croft Park. Spartans were inches away from taking the lead in the second minute. Robbie Dale...
North Politician's Push for Apprentices Backed
Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com ATYNESIDE politician has been handed a major boost in her campaign for more apprenticeships. Newcastle North parliamentary Labour candidate Catherine McKinnell has welcomed Labour...
Office Spaces Could Be Turned into New Homes; PROPERTY
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk APRIME o'ce complex in Newcastle could be converted into 400 homes as part of plans being explored by developers. e Regent Centre in Gosforth, built in the 1970s by North British Properties, was...
Open and Shut Case at Auction as Artefact Remains in North East
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk SPENDING the rst ve years of his working life on the spot where George and Robert Stephenson manufactured locomotives for the world left its mark on Walter Brydon. Walter...
Past Remains a Passion; READERS' LIVESThe Torquil MacLeod Was Born in Edinburgh, Brought Up in Durham and Now Lives in Cumbria. He Wrote Much of Meet Me in Malmo, the First in a Series Featuring Swedish Detective Anita Sundstrom, in Newcastle, Where He Worked in Advertising and Where the Novel Is Set
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (Oxford University Press, 1954) The books of Rosemary Sutcliff fired my youthful imagination. None more so than The Eagle of the Ninth, which follows the fortunes of Marcus Aquila as he tries to clear his...
People on the Move
This is a free service. Send good-quality colour photographs and particulars to Business Desk, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED or contact jo.blakemore@ncjmedia.co.uk HENDERSON Insurance Brokers on Teesside has appointed a specialist in...
Performance Simply Un-Mis-Able for Fans of Musical Theatre
The Best of British Musicals, Hall One, Sage Gateshead FANS of musical theatre know that Sunday is the day for listening to four hours of your favourite music on the radio - Alex Hall's Songs from the Shows on BBC Radio Newcastle, and Elaine Paige...
Physics of Richard III
ENGLAND'S most controversial king, Richard III was re-interred in a unique, glittering ceremony in Leicester Cathedral last Thursday, over 500 years after his death in battle. Was he a good king or a bad king? Was he a good man or a bad man? The...
Pietersen Still in Line for CPL Campaign
KEVIN Pietersen is still on track to play in this summer's Caribbean Premier League for the St Lucia Zouks. Organisers confirmed the schedule yesterday, in a press release which lists Pietersen as one of its stars - alongside West Indies big-hitter...
Progress Accelerates at Drug Discovery Firm
Byline: DEVELOPMENTS COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk DIRECTORS at North East drug development company e-erapeutics expect to make major advancements in the coming 12 months after beeng up research and development spend to more than PS8m...
Proud to Sponsor Supporting Export Award
ESTABLISHED in 2010, Evolution E LLP's intention has always been to create a dynamic accountancy practice for the future; a practice that leads from the front and which is designed to meet the challenging commercial imperatives of today's business...
Quirky and Cool Eatery; Tempted in by an Eye-Catching Mural, Michael Telfer Packed Up the Family Collection of Light Sabers and Took His Brood out for Tea
There are many ways you can find out about a new eatery: a friend's recommendation, a review or, as happened to me with the Ernest cafe bar, you could have your head turned by a six-metre tall painting of Darth Vader on the gable wall as you drive...
Rayburn Lake Wind Farm Plug Is Pulled
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm in the Northumberland countryside have been seen o for the time being, after the developers chose not to appeal its refusal. RES and joint...
Real Nose for Challenge; THEATRE A Man with a Big Nose - and It's Not Pinocchio - Will Be in the Thick of the Action in Northern Stage's Big New Production. David Whetstone Talks to Cyrano De Bergerac's Director and Leading Man
BEFORE me I see a trampoline, a vaulting horse, several crash test dummies... oh, and some actors. To the casual intruder, a rehearsal room - like this one in North Shields - can indeed be a mysterious and beguiling place. But what I do know is...
Region Lags Behind on Pre-School Attainment
Byline: Ruth Lognonne Education Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com MORE children in the North East than anywhere else in the country are not school-ready by the age of five, a study says. The Early Intervention Foundation's (EIF) analysis...
Rewarding Companies Which Back Exporters; AWARDS
Byline: KELLEY PRICE kelley.price@trinitymirror.com THE companies working behind the scenes in boosting the North East's exporting gures will get a rare moment in the spotlight at the North East Exporters Awards. e Supporting Export Award is...
Rhone Growers Branching Out
Byline: ON THE BOTTLE HELEN SAVAGE The Rhone Valley is producing better wines than ever before, but the winegrowers aren't resting on the laurels, as I discovered when I was invited to the region's biennial trade fair last month. The Rhone is...
Risky Bypass Manoeuvre; as Newcastle Production Company Third Films Release Their Latest Feature - an Exploration of 'Broken Britain' - This Month, JON BENNETT Talks to Its Producer Samm Haillay and Star George MacKay
Byline: George MacKay Film producer Samm Haillay laughs when i ask what he actually does. "No one ever knows what producers do. most people get that directors are in charge of the filming and editing but that's about it. Basically what i do is...
Robi Glad to Be Back in the Field of Conflict
AKEEN rugby player who took a break from the game to pursue other interests is making a comeback - by targeting a return to the club he once played for. Robi Ham, who recently joined chartered surveying rm Bradley Hall in Gosforth, Newcastle, scrummed...
Rush to Put on Easter Spectacular; A Dance Spectacular Planned for Easter Sunday Will Show That Protest Can Be a Force for Good. David Whetstone Gets the Lowdown on Rush
IF you were involved in last Easter's Great North Passion, an ambitious collaboration between South Tyneside and Sunderland arts initiative The Cultural Spring and the BBC, you might have asked yourself the question: how do you follow that? The answer...
Second Election Possible If There's Stalemate - Lord Shipley
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com THERE'S more than 30 days of campaigning to go before the general election on May 7 but that may not be the end of it - because a senior North East peer is warning a second election...
Simply Gorgeous Food on Trip Down Memory Lane; Charles Evans Heads for Alnwick and Is Lost in a Nostalgic Wallow with Judy Tzuke and Lucio Battisti - and Then He Paints the Castle
This month I've travelled to our gorgeous county town of Alnwick and Caffe Tirreno, which is directly opposite the Playhouse. Very well situated for theatre-goers! It's a traditional-style bistro with wooden floors - wood and whitewashed walls and...
Social Ventures Share PS125k; FINANCE
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk SEVERAL North East social enterprises have secured a near-PS125,000 share of the Government's Impact Readiness Fund. DEALMAKERS at Newcastle-based business advisory rm UNW helped Sunderland Association...
Southbay Set to Double Workforce; ENGINEERING
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTH East civil engineering specialist is doubling its workforce after securing A workforce after securing A contract wins at two landmark industrial sites in the region. Southbay Civil...
Spurs Spirit Earns England Draw as Townsend Steals Kane's Limelight; Substitute Rescues England with Impressive Strike
Byline: Paul Hirst in Turin ANDROS Townsend came off the bench to rescue England from defeat with a stunning strike in Turin. Harry Kane made a big impact after his introduction from the bench against Lithuania, but last night it was his Tottenham...
State of the Nation Assessed; THEATRE as the General Election Approaches, a Labour Candidate Has Some Hard Thinking to Do. and a North East Playwright Makes His Debut on Home Turf. David Whetstone Talks to Torben Betts and Max Roberts about What Falls Apart
AS the real-life political drama builds ahead of the General Election, what better time for a political drama? Enter Live Theatre, which loves a play about politics (remember A Walk On Part: The Fall of New Labour, adapted by Michael Chaplin from Chris...
Stepdad Inspires Marathon Effort
Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk NORTHUMBERLAND mum who was inspired by her AAAwho was inspired by her "fantastic" stepdad to take up running 20 years ago has signed up to her rst marathon in aid of Alzheimer's research....
Strong Interest in Scheme
PROPERTY agents have reported strong uptake at a North Shields industrial and warehouse scheme. Bilnger GVA and their joint agents Naylors, acting on behalf of Hellens Group at Larch Court, West Chirton, North Shields, said they have seen a strong...
Teacher's at Union Helm
Byline: Ruth Lognonne Education Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com ATYNESIDE teacher will be named national president of the country's largest teachers' union this week. Graham Dawson, 60, will ocially take over from current president Geo...
The Real Northern Powerhouse; TECHNOLOGY
TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk SAGE chief executive Stephen Kelly says the real "Northern Powerhouse" is in the North East, and not just the M62 corridor. Speaking at an event on Tyneside, he called on North East small businesses to "knock...
To Do in the Easter Holidays; 10 THINGS
Cinderella Ball, April 7, 11am and 2pm, Discovery Museum, Newcastle 0191 232 6789 or www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery Easter holiday visitors are invited to join Cinderella, Prince Charming and her Fairy Godmother as they bring to life the magical fairy...
Treat the NHS Responsibly
NO More Games is a campaign launched by the British Medical Association calling on all political parties to treat the NHS in a responsible way for the benefit of all. It means exactly what it says - that we need sound policies not sound bites -...
Tributes Paid after Death of Councillor
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com ALONG-STANDING Northumberland county councillor who "did everything he could to help his community" has died. Ashington's Jimmy Sawyer lost his seven-year battle with lung condition pulmonary...
TV Choice
OAPS BEHAVING BADLY Channel 5, 9pm Sixtysomething Barnsley residents Christine, June and Sheila go on a four-day trip to hit the bars and clubs of Tenerife to celebrate one of them retiring, while 73-year-old Londoner Sheila has found her calling as...
Two More Devolution Breakfast Panellists Confirmed; EVENT
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk TWO more panel members for the Journal's devolution breakfast can be announced. Fergus Trim, director of Broadoak Asset Management, which runs the Quorum Business Park, and Luke Raikes,...
United Windfall If Rangers Promoted
NEWCASTLE United will receive a PS500,000 payment should Rangers by promoted to the Scottish Premiership, according to an interim report in which the Glasgow club set a target of 2022 to progress to the "very top". The Scottish Championship club...
Virgin Boss Harbours Farnes Hideaway Hopes
Byline: Jo King Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk VIRGIN billionaire Richard Branson has sensationally revealed he is adding to his island portfolio as he plans to purchase a retreat o the Northumberland coastline. Branson fell in love with...
Vogt to Unveil New Programme
CELEBRATED German pianist Lars Vogt, incoming music director of Royal Northern Sinfonia, will be at Sage Gateshead on April 16 with twin missions. First of all, in discussion with compatriot Thorben Dittes, director of the venue's classical music...
Ward: Froch Rematch Must Be on Neutral Ground
ANDRE Ward has revealed he would be happy to give Carl Froch a rematch in the United Kingdom - but said he will not face the Nottingham fighter in his hometown. The prospect of a second bout between the pair has been raised by the WBA ordering its...
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