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 July 25, 2015

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500 an Achievable Target, Says Crook
STAND by for an assault on the record books in this summer's Royal London Cup as batsmen try to follow England's lead in a brave new world. That at least, is the advice from contenders hoping to be part of something special in the 50-over competition...
A4 Effort; Audi's A4 Needed to Up Its Game in the Face of Tough Competition in the Image-Conscious Compact Executive Sector. It Has. JONATHAN CROUCH Takes a Look
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH THIS fifth-generation Audi A4 is very much a thorough evolution of its predecessor and now claims to be class-leading in nearly all the areas that really matter to business buyers in the compact executive segment. That...
Academy to Open in the 'Home of Football'
IT is the birthplace of some of the world's greatest-ever footballers and now Ashington will be home to an academy for players of the future and those who want to work in the sport. The former mining town is renowned for producing 1966 England World...
Advocaat 'Building Team for Europe' Ukraine Winger's 'Dream'
Byline: Craig Johns Reporter craig.johns@ncjmedia.co.uk DICK Advocaat is building a Sunderland team capable of challenging for Europe after capturing Jeremain Lens, according to former Arsenal full-back Oleg Luzhny. Dynamo Kiev head coach Sergei...
Affordable Way to Home of Your Own; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
OVERLOOKING the River Tyne, The Rise has a growing reputation for quality and stylish homes that are also eco friendly. But what many buyers don't know is that they can purchase from as little as PS22,500 with shared ownership. The Rise, in Scotswood,...
A Fruitful New Way to Pay? It Promises the Ease of Contactless Payment with the Added Benefit of Fingerprint Security, but Can Apple Pay, the Tech Giant's New 'Digital Wallet', Really Rival Credit and Debit Cards? Katie Wright Finds Out
WITH that little contactless payment icon now ubiquitous in shops, bars and eateries all over the UK, cash is on the way to becoming obsolete, and our flexible friends could be too with the arrival of Apple Pay. The so-called digital wallet launched...
Ahead of the Field; Range Rover's Evoque Has Demolished All Sales Records for SUVs in This Class. ANDY ENRIGHT Reports on How the Latest Version Aims to Stay in the Top Spot
Byline: ANDY ENRIGHT THE Range Rover Evoque has been given a thorough once-over. It still looks much as before with only a few nips and tucks, but almost all the money has been spent under that very pretty skin. Efficiency improves with a new...
Albums ANDREW GREENHALGH
SLEAFORD MODS - KEY MARKETS SLEAFORD MODS swear. A lot. I mention this from the outset because if your ears are remotely sensitive to four letter words then you will find Key Markets almost impossible to listen to. Their swearing goes from the semi-acceptable...
And in the Red Corner [...]; COLUMNIST
Byline: JONATHAN ARNOTT " ... and in the red corner, weighing in at eight stone exactly ..." There's a reason that the ring announcer in boxing gives the weight - and possibly height and reach - of both competitors. The numbers are part of understanding...
Appeal on Social Media Helped to Find Loved Giraffe
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com ATODDLER can now sleep soundly afte being reunited with his favourite toy thanks a social media appeal that helped trace the giraffe to a Newcastle store. Katie Robson's one-year-old...
A Touch of Hollywood
Byline: It's easy to bring a feeling of glamour and style to your home, says Claire Hornby HEN it comes to the comfort of our own homes, we all like to think of ourselves as style superstars. WAnd one of the strongest trends this season is exactly...
Balustrades Petition Handed In
Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com A PETITION with 3,200 names has been handed in to council chiefs by campaigners fighting to keep a town's seaside balustrades. North Tyneside Council plans to remove the sculpted balustrades...
Beats Edition Hits Right Note
Byline: Steve Hughes THE fortunes of the car company that encompasses Fiat and Jeep are buoyant, with sales of Fiat in the UK up slightly last month, while those of Jeep soared by 230%. I tried two of the group's offerings recently on a return...
Bill Quay Feel the Heat in Relegation Battle; DURHAM CRICKET LEAGUE
BILL Quay's hopes of avoiding relegation took a knock last week when they were well beaten at Durham. That defeat coincided with a surprise win at Castle Eden for second-bottom Hylton, a result which opened up an escape route for the Wearsiders. ...
BOLD SPICE; Marion McMullen Discovers How to Spice Up Summer with Some Sizzling Recipes from Top Indian Chef Atul Kochhar
Byline: Marion McMullen ATUL KOCHHAR has cooked for Prince Charles at St James's Palace and has the distinction of being the very first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star. He was awarded his second when he opened Benares Restaurant &...
Boyhood Love Affair with the Rose Can Finally Blossom
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk HERE'S a sneak peak at the new PS5.3m development at a historic stately home and hotel. The Journal was given access to Wynyard Hall following the multimillion pound investment to...
Buchanan to Take on O'Neil in Gateshead; BOXING
Byline: Craig Johns ANDREW Buchanan will box Horden's Greg O'Neil for the Northern Area super-middleweight title on August 21 at the Academy For Sport, Gateshead International Stadium. The bout will take place on Steve Wraith's Summer Showdown...
Bulls Set Sights on Charge to the Title; NORTH EAST PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: Chris West WITH the door to national glory now slammed firmly shut in South North's face they will be fully focused on winning a tenth Premier title in 13 seasons. When arch rivals Chester-le-Street tipped them out of last Sunday's T20...
Cheese Wheel Turns Full Circle; the Northumberland Cheese Company Is among Those Hoping for Honours at the International Cheese Awards. but How Important Are Such Accolades? JANE HALL Reports
Remember when british cheeses came in just a handful of usually mass-produced varieties and Cheddar had the same rubbery taste and texture whether it was mild or extra strong? We also had Cheshire, Wensleydale (which seemed to go mouldy before you...
Chilling Note by Bomb Plot Accused Uncovered
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter Sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk ATEENAGER accused of planning a mass murder at his former college wrote a chilling note saying it was "beautiful" people were still walking around not realising they were going to die, a court...
Coach Urges Cats to Guard against Complacency
Byline: Jeff Bowron SUNDERLAND Ladies head coach Carlton Fairweather has urged his high-flying side to avoid another banana skin when they take on WSL1 bottom club Bristol Academy tonight. The Black Cats head for the west country on the back...
Coastal Run Tops Best-Ever Race List
Byline: IN THE RUNNING with Mark Douglas I RAN the best 14 or so miles of my life on Sunday - and that's no idle boast. Not the quickest, most punishing or most impressive half marathon I've ever done. I was happy enough with 1hr 45minutes for...
Coffee Shops Are for Sale; LEISURE
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk THE chance to grow two leisure businesses are on offer after coffee shops in Sunderland and North Shields were placed on the market. In North Shields, Caffe Barista takes sales of around PS2,200...
Consett Firm Found Guilty after Death of Worker
Byline: Jamie Diffley Content Editor jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk ACOUNTY Durham firm involved in the manufacture of aeroplane parts is facing an unlimited fine after being found guilty over the death of a worker who was crushed by a "dangerously...
Controlling Airport Levy Could Leave Region Poorer
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk HANDING control of an air levy to the North East could leave a PS45m black hole in its councils' finances as the government stands accused of "centralising power...
Couple's Escape to the Country
Byline: Jo Blakemore AN escape to the country has resulted in Thomas and Margaret Barnett living the rural dream, surrounded by a variety of wildlife and an atmosphere of deep tranquillity. The couple moved from Newcastle more than 40 years ago...
Crumbs, Biscuits Are Helping Nature Establish Itself Again
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com BISCUIT makers are helping to power work at a North East nature reserve - with complimentary chocolate bars. Nestle's Fawdon factory, in Newcastle, has been donating Rolos, Yorkies...
Dairy
Keep in touch with North East gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. Today Cleveland Show, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough. Rosecarpe Horticultural Society North East England, Summer show, Gateshead Leisure Centre, 10am....
Death
BURROWS ELIZABETH BEATRICE (Carlisle). Pennine Lodge. Formerly of Silloth. Died aged 92, on 22nd July 2015, in hospital with her family around her, Betty, much loved wife of the late Bob, loving mother of Bernard, Maureen, Catherine and Celeste, mother-in-law...
Delight as Cleminson Takes Title in His Class
Byline: Anna Harris CHEERS and whoops of joy greeted the success of Morpeth-based rider Derek Cleminson when he won his class at the Riding for the Disabled Association National Championships. Derek was one of a group of four riders from the Morpeth...
Details of Rail Works Problems to Stay Secret
Byline: David Hughes Reporter ADOCUMENT detailing the scale of problems affecting rail upgrade programmes will remain secret after the Department for Transport (DfT) refused to release it. The Government shelved plans for major improvements in...
Di Maria Remains a Red Devil, despite PSG Link
ANGEL di Maria has agreed to join Manchester United's preseason tour of the United States even though he appears to be edging closer to a move to Paris St Germain. PSG are interested in signing Di Maria, who endured a difficult first season at Old...
Divine Intervention
Byline: Steve Hughes Motoring Editor CITROEN is hoping to finally crack the highly-lucrative executive sector of the soaring UK car market, by Divine intervention. This is the name of a stunning new model that is the latest addition to its successful...
Dorset Ewes Flourish on North Farm; Dorset Might Be a Long Way from the North East but the Sheep Which Take the Name from the South-West County Are Fitting in Well on the Northumberland Coast, as JENNIFER MCKENZIE Reports
Byline: JENNIFER MCKENZIE DORSET ewes which lamb out of season fit in well on a Northumberland farm which runs a herd of traditional beef cattle and also capitalises on the tourist trade with a small camp site. Christina Johnson shares the passion...
Durham PC Was Convicted over Indecent Images
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com APOLICEMAN who was found with indecent images and a PCSO who assaulted a member of the public are among the Durham officers convicted while serving for the force. Forces across the...
England and Wales among the Top Seeds; Home Nations in World Cup Draw
Byline: Martyn Ziegler ENGLAND and Wales will be among the top seeds for today's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw but they could still both face group opponents that would pose a serious threat to their hopes of making it to Russia. The seeding...
Excitement at Lord's Is Why We All Play, It's So Magnificent; THE PREVIEW: Northamptonshire V Durham Royal London Cup Paul Collingwood Has Achieved Most Things in His Cricketing Career but Playing in a Lord's Final Still Gets His Juices Flowing. Stuart Rayner Reports
PAUL Collingwood has won the Ashes three times, and played for England 300 times. He is the only man to have captained the Three Lions to a World Cup win. So when the Durham all-rounder gets excited about playing a game of cricket, it must be something...
Falling under the Spell of a Cast of Young Opera Singers; Some of the Region's Best Young Singers Are Starring in an Opera, and It Looks and Sounds Great. DAVID WHETSTONE Attended a Rehearsal and Met Some of the Cast
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE YOUNG people don't do opera, do they? Well, yes they do and here, on the south bank of the Tyne, a busy technical rehearsal for an opera about a naughty boy is in full swing. It's all about getting the lights and sound...
Fall in Number of Library Visits by Young Children
THE number of young children visiting libraries has plummeted over the past five years, government figures show. The findings, part of a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) report into children's activities, reveal a 26% decline in the...
Family Fight School Plan
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland Reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk THE fight to save a tiny Northumberland school is proving a real family affair for one Northumberland clan. It's a case of the "Generation Game" for the Telford and Oates...
Family Pays Tribute to 'Free Spirit'
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk SHE had a zest for living, a sense of adventure and a natural knack to help others. But Lesley Symons' life was cruelly cut short after she died in Kenya - the country she fell in...
Fears over Loss of Flood Refuge Base
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk CAMPAIGNERS say the potential relocation of a council's headquarters will result in the loss of a vital refuge from flooding. Northumberland County Council is considering...
Firms to Go to When Planning Improvements
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 conservatories and garden rooms to new windows and doors. The summer is a great time to make those...
Froome Rages at Rival on Eve of FATEFULTOUR Finale
Byline: Matt McGeehan CHRIS Froome was seething with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali as the Tour de France leader set up a duel for overall victory up Alpe-d'Huez with Nairo Quintana. Nibali (Astana) was determined to rescue some consolation...
Gambling Giant Has Been Created; GAMBLING
Byline: JOHN-PAUL FORD ROJAS business@ncjmedia.co.uk Betting firms Ladbrokes and Gala Coral have agreed a merger to create a PS2.3bn gambling giant. The new firm is expected to overtake William Hill as the biggest bookmaker in the UK, although...
Gene Questions Team Spirit in His Thunder Squad
Byline: Mark Smith Sports writer @markismith50 FEW coaches in sport will publicly doubt the team spirit of their charges, but Stanley Gene is asking some pretty searching questions of Newcastle Thunder right now. The head coach is one of rugby...
Get the Kids out in the Garden; Hannah Stephenson Looks at Some Green-Fingered Fun for Kids and Chooses Some Accessories to Help to Occupy Them in the School Holidays
Byline: Hannah Stephenson SCHOOL'S out for summer - but while some parents have every day meticulously planned with activities and time away, others are having 'staycations' and trying to coax their children into the garden. Your outside space...
Grand Lady of Morpeth Turns 100
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk IT'S 100 not out for a Northumberland charity stalwart who has helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the fight against cancer over almost 50 years. Dorothy McBryde,...
Great North Companies with Great Ideas for the Home
LOOKING to make changes to your home now that summer is here? Take a look at some of the great companies in the North East which offer inspirational ideas, expert advice and great prices. Here is a selection. DECOR CLADDING CENTRE The Decor Cladding...
Great Whites to Savour; Sam Wylie-Harris Pulls out Some Bright Whites to Lighten Up Summer Spreads
AMONG the great line-up of white grape varieties, some are simply fun to drink, while others set the standard for quality and are so well polished they deserve a little more attention. Whether you're fond of an elegant white wine, a casual neutral...
Gunman Opens Fire and Kills Two in US Cinema
A GUNMAN sitting in a packed cinema stood up about 20 minutes into the film and began firing into the crowd, killing two and wounding at least nine others before fatally shooting himself. The gunman initially tried escaping by blending into the...
Hamilton Says He Will Dress for the Occasion Next Time
LEWIS Hamilton has promised to adhere to the Wimbledon dress code on his next visit to the All England Club. A mix-up over clothing left Hamilton, the Formula One world champion, red-faced after he was refused entry to the Royal Box for the men's...
Hauliers Warn over Cost of Calais Channel 'Chaos'
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter BRITAIN'S freight industry is losing PS750,000 a day because of the huge problems lorry drivers have faced this summer trying to cross the Channel, freight transport chiefs have said. The migrant crisis in Calais,...
Hawk Takes on the World
Byline: Jim Goldie IT'S been very wet in Scotland over the past couple of days and it's not exactly summery down at Ascot either. Hawkeyethenoo (3.15) takes his chance in the competitive International Handicap. Hawkeye loves Ascot having won...
Helping Your Children on to Property Ladder
Byline: LEGALLY SPEAKING in association with Sintons FINDING a way on to the property ladder remains a difficult feat to achieve. For young people, raising the funds for their deposit can often be quite a challenge. In many instances, parents...
Hodgson's Mind Is Focused on Euros
Byline: Martyn Ziegler in St Petersburg ROY Hodgson says he will not focus on his own future as England manager ahead of today's 2018 World Cup draw. Hodgson is in the position of representing England and the Football Association in St Petersburg...
Homes in Suburbs Selling Fast
MORE than half of the homes at a Newcastle development have been sold since the homes were first launched on the market only two months ago. Developers Barratt Homes say they are delighted by the response to the development at Coppice Walk, in Kenton,...
Homes with Style and Space; Older Homes Hold Huge Attraction for Many Buyers, Who Love the Period Features They Usually Contain, Coupled with the Leisured Elegance of a Less Frenetic Age. Homemaker Previews Four Such Properties Now for on the Market in the North East
BUILT in the 1920s, this family home is in the centre of a popular village yet enjoys a secluded position in the midst of mature gardens and woodland and reached by way of a private driveway. The house has an entrance porch leading to a reception...
Improvements Must Be Made at GP Practices
Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com TWO GP practices in the North East have been placed in Special Measures after they were branded "inadequate" by inspectors. The Old Forge Surgery and Hylton Medical Group,...
'It's a Very Sad Day but We Have to Be Realistic.We Are Not the First That This Has Happened to, and We Won't Be the Last' Words of Warning as Charity That Has Helped Thousands Is Forced to Close
Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com APOPULAR charity that has supported thousands of people from disadvantaged communities across the North East is to close after 36 years due to funding shortages. For more...
It Was Scary, Says Perez as He Walks Away from Crash Horror
Byline: Philip Duncan SERGIO Perez has revealed he was "scared" following his dramatic crash during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Perez was left a passenger in his Force India after he suffered a rightrear suspension failure on the exit...
Karen Overbury
Byline: Karen Overbury FASHIONS come and go ... then generally come back again, whether you're talking about clothes, plants or homes. Hand-knitted jumpers were things only grandmas sitting in rocking chairs wore, but now people pay a fortune...
Local Mixed with Global at Berwick Beer Festival
Byline: Brewing with Richard Fletcher THE huge rise in beer's fortunes has, as we know, created a vast number of new breweries. The result has been a brilliant juxtaposition of global and hyperlocal markets. While it's now possible to try highquality...
Make or Break Cup Clash for Bandits as Rockets Head North; SPEEDWAY
Byline: Lawrence Heppell BERWICK Bandits face a make-orbreak match Knockout Cup match tonight at Shielfield Park. "We aren't going to finish top of the Premier League table," admitted club boss John Anderson. "No shame in that, each year there...
Man Lost 18 Stone after Cruel Jibes
Byline: Jamie Diffley Content Editor ANORTH East charity worker lost nearly 18st after being called a "salad-dodger" in the streets by youths. David Avery, 54, who weighed almost 32st, was diagnosed with diabetes the same day he found out he...
Me, Damien and Rebuilding; ALASTAIR Balls Talks about His Time Heading Some of the Best Known Organisations in the North East and Why He Had to Tell a Dirty Joke to Artist Damien Hirst. Mike Kelly Reports
Byline: Mike Kelly If Alastair Balls could tell a better dirty joke, on top of the Newcastle Centre for Life there might now be a 60ft high model created by the celebrated artist Damien Hirst. In the late 1990s he was Chief Executive of the celebrated...
Modern Living in Ancient Town
SET in a truly superb location overlooking the historic ramparts of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Governor's Gardens is an outstanding collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes perfectly positioned to enjoy Northumberland's and the Scottish Borders unspoilt...
More Homes for Sale in Village
ARANGE of threebedroom ghomes have been released for sale at a new homes development close to a popular Northumberland village. The new three-bedroom detached homes at Bellway's Jameson Fields development, on the outskirts of Ponteland, are priced...
Name Czech; the Skoda Superb Arrives in Third-Generation Guise, Looking Sharp and Tilting at Some Big Names. ANDY ENRIGHT Reports
Byline: ANDY ENRIGHT SKODA'S Superb gets a smart new suit, a slicker chassis and better engines. The weird twin-opening hatch is replaced by a more conventional rear aperture, but there's still more space inside than in some London starter homes...
No Bidders for Magpies' Fringe Men; No Bids for Fringe Players
Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor @MsiDouglas NEWCASTLE United are struggling to shift some of their fringe men - with no interest shown in a crop of players who have been made available this summer. The club are pressing on with plans...
No Coasting for Falcons in Beach Training Stint
Byline: Mark Smith Twitter: @markismith50 www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby IT was no beach holiday for Newcastle Falcons at Tynemouth as the Premiership rugby team were put through their paces. Enduring a punishing beach training session on King...
No Doubts about Speculative; Horn to Have Gosden Singing in the Rain Speculate to Accumulate in Ascot Test
Byline: Garry Owen GOLDEN HORN can prove the famous old adage that 'a good horse goes on any ground' in the King George at Ascot. Johnny Gosden's colt is racing's new poster boy having taken the Epsom Derby and Eclipse Stakes in tremendous style...
Olympic Heroes Are Heading to Burgham
BURGHAM International Horse Trials is welcoming a host of top names to its event next week. Olympic gold medal winner Blyth Tait, Andrew Hoy, Oliver Townend, Ludwig Svennerstal and Nicola Wilson have all confirmed their entries at the Northumberland...
Outlook Is 'Bleak' after Further Cut to Milk Price
FARMERS leaders have reacted with dismay after the UK's biggest milk co-operative announced another cut to the price it pays its UK members. Arla has reduced its payment by 0.80ppl taking it to 23.01ppl. NFU dairy board chairman Rob Harrison...
Pass Master; the Eighth-Generation Volkswagen Passat Dials Up the Finesse Still Further and Looks to Build on Its Predecessor's Phenomenal Success. ANDY ENRIGHT Reports
Byline: ANDY ENRIGHT THE Volkswagen Passat really hits the ground running in version eight. More spacious and stylish with a range of economical diesel engines and an all-wheeldrive 240PS flagship, the Passat builds in a host of hi-tech features...
Paying Homage to Classic Era with Slovakian Twist
Bratislava Hot Serenaders, Sage Gateshead THE hot jazz and dance band music of the 1920s and '30s is a relatively untapped seam but the 14-strong Bratislava Hot Serenaders, from Slovakia, have been among its champions for over 20 years. Regular...
Pellegrini Waits to Learn Extent of Delph Injury
MANCHESTER City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects to know the severity of Fabian Delph's hamstring injury today after the midfielder left the field on a stretcher during the 4-1 pre-season defeat to Real Madrid. Delph, who signed from Aston Villa...
Pool Continues to Make Quite a Splash after 10 Great Years
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter Will.metcalfe@ncjmedia.co.uk TIME was it was facing a bleak future - just 12 years ago Fenham Community Pool in Newcastle was facing closure after more than 65 years in service. But this weekend it celebrates a...
Pound Notes
FINANCIAL FACT: More than 1.1 million UK current account customers have ditched their old bank or building society and moved to a new one over the last year, according to payments body Bacs. This marks a 4 per cent increase compared with switching...
PS3.7bn in Pensioners' Benefits Going Unclaimed
AROUND PS3.7 billion worth of vital benefits intended to help low-income pensioners is going unclaimed each year, according to analysis by Age UK. Official figures show that around 1.3 million people entitled to Pension Credit - which tops up the...
Putting on Show for Ladies' Day
Byline: Sarah Jeffery Reporter Sarah.jeffery@ncjmedia.co.uk HATS and frocks at the ready - Ladies' Day is here! One of the biggest and most colourful sporting and social events in the North East, today will see 20,000 sharp-dressed folk heading...
Q and A PROPERTY; 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 Colin Willetts
Byline: Colin Willetts Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry I am Colin Willetts, sales and marketing director of Homes By Esh and Trivselhus By Esh. I have been in the property industry for more than 20 years. What...
Quality Homes in Quiet Surroundings; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
BEAUTIFUL three and four-bedroom family homes at The Chase, near Blyth, Northumberland, are proving so popular that homes due to be announced in the autumn have been released to the market early. The latest phase of building in this secluded development...
Reflections on the Past at a Time of a Royal Success
AT a time when her Majesty the Queen has just undertaken what appears to have been a very successful visit to Germany, it's perhaps appropriate to reflect on the Anglo/Prussian partnership of 1815, and the Waterloo campaign. The relationship between...
Reviews
BOOK OF THE WEEK The Watchmaker Of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus. Price: Hardback PS12.99, ebook PS7.47. THE fictitious plot of this Victorian-era novel is rooted in history: specifically, an Irish nationalist bomb...
Scout Group Heading to Japan on Jamboree Trip
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com ATROOP of scouts from Newcastle are Japan-bound for the world's biggest ever Jamboree. The group, aged between 14 and 17, were chosen from almost 100 applicants and have spent two...
SecretDiner; the North East's Most Candid Food Critic - Now Writing Every Saturday in the Journal
ILOVE that bit in Masterchef when the most nervous chef-victim gets flung into service at a top London gastro-temple for a day. "You'll be cooking the quail, with 17 components including three sauces and the quail brain mousse - it's our signature...
Sharif Helps Transform Leadgate's Fortunes; NORTHUMBERLAND LEAGUES
THE significant improvement in form shown by Leadgate in the NTSL recently coincided with their acquisition of Bangladeshi international Mo Sharif who, in just three games, has claimed 17 wickets for his new club. Their resurgence has seen them...
Small Wonder; the MK2 Model Hyundai I20 Is Bigger, Slicker and a Good Deal Better Equipped to Take the Fight to the Top Contenders in the Supermini Sector. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH THE second-generation Hyundai i20 is bigger, slicker and a good deal better equipped to take the fight to the top contenders in the supermini sector. Its predecessor won sales by playing the value card. This time round,...
Socket to 'Em; with Its V60 D6 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid, Volvo Shows the Way Forward to a 281bhp, 155mpg Car. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH HOW much would you pay for an estate that had four-wheel-drive, prodigious torque, the ability to hit 60mph from rest in under six seconds and the option of running on electric power alone over normal daily commuting distances?...
Speaker's Car Journey of Less Than a Mile Cost PS172
Byline: James Tapsfield Reporter JOHN Bercow has been rebuked by a Treasury minister after racking up a PS172 bill being chauffeur-driven to a conference just 0.7 miles (1.1km) from Parliament. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands suggested...
Sport on Tv
TODAY FOOTBALL: International Champions Cup, AC Milan v Inter Milan - Sky Sports 3 1250, Paris St Germain v Chelsea - Sky Sports 1 2250; Emirates Cup, Wolfsburg v Villarreal - BT Sport 1 1330, Arsenal v Lyon - BT Sport 1 1600; Pre-season friendly,...
Sports Wholesaler Lands Funding for Expansion; SMALL BUSINESS
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk ASPORTS equipment wholesaler based out of railway arches in Newcastle city centre has secured PS20,000 funding. GAC Sports, which specialises in mixed martial arts and combat sports, is the counterpart...
Staith House Restaurateur Brushes Up on His Knowledge of Wine; QUICKBITE
SAY it quietly, but Masterchef finalist and restaurateur John Calton is developing a taste for wine! But there's no need to worry. The BBC Masterchef The Professionals 2010 finalist, who now runs The Staith House on North Shields Fish Quay with wife...
Stunning Performance Earns Weightman Title
Byline: James Toney at the Olympic Stadium LAURA Weightman produced a star performance under the Friday night lights of London's Olympic Stadium. The 24-year old Morpeth Harrier was the only British women's winner on the opening night of the...
Summer Is the Time to Make Changes Inside and Out
IF you're planning repairs to the outside of your home or you feel that the interior needs to be freshened up, look no further for help and advice than from one of the North East's skilled and approachable independent retailers. THE SOLAR GROUP...
Summer Still a Good Time to Sell but Autumn Could Be Better
Byline: Vicky Robson HE traditional "seasonality" of selling homes is disappearing according to North East estate agents. TRegional experts say there used to be a lull in activity during the school holidays but house-hunters are much more savvy...
Teamwork Pays off at Top Hotel
Great Fosters, a splendid country house close to the M25. Hopefully he brings to a close the rather confused period in Seaham's culinary history after Kenny Atkinson left the Michelin-starred White Room in 2009. Mrs Diner and I were certainly confused...
'Technical Issues' Delay Talks on Greek Bailout
Byline: Catherine Wylie Reporter HIGH-LEVEL talks between Greece and its European creditors on a third bailout for the cash-strapped country have been delayed until logistical matters are sorted out, officials said. Greek government spokeswoman...
Tha'ir Is Ready to Cash in on Form
THA'IR can strike Group Two gold for in-form trainer Saeed bin Suroor in the Sky Bet York Stakes on the Knavesmire. This mile-and-a-quarter affair is a race Bin Suroor knows well after having claimed top spot with Kirklees and Stage Gift in recent...
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