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 October 17, 2015

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A4 Effort
Byline: Andy Enright 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 means...
A Helping Hand for Home Buyers; MORTGAGE MATTERS in Partnership with Newcastle Building Society
ACCORDING to research* last year , the current low interest rate environment has led many lenders to increase their fees considerably, with average arrangement fees almost doubling in the past five years. Hidden fees and low interest rates can make...
Albums
ANDREW GREENHALGH JOHN NEWMAN, REVOLVE FOR a man whose debut album was entitled Tribute and owed much to classic soul, John Newman's sound is very much rooted in the present. Sure, his influences are easy to identify: even if he hadn't talked about...
A Little More Refined Mazda6; the Tourer Estate Version of the Third Generation Mazda6 May Be Shorter Than the Saloon on Which It's Based, but It's Still a Very Practical Choice. JONATHAN CROUCH Checks It Out
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH THE third generation Mazda6 is built on the success of its predecessor with sharper styling, better attention to quality and some very economical engines. Many wanted it in stylish Tourer estate guise, popularity likely...
Allardyce Is out to Sicken an Old Friend; Allardyce out to Sicken Old Friend
Byline: Spencer Brown @spencer_brown1 SAM Allardyce will be desperate for a morale-boosting win in his first Sunderland game at West Brom today, but to do so he will have to out-think a man he respects greatly - Tony Pulis. The new Sunderland...
An Eventful Autumn for Developer
ASERIES of special autumn events and launches are being held by a home builder at developments throughout the North East. The three-bedroomed PAD showhome opens its doors at Linden Homes' Trilogy I development in Saltwell next weekend. It is one...
Are You Chasing a New Home?
ANEWLY-opened showhome is proving popular as home buyers flock to view the new selection of family homes available on the third phase of a development in Northumberland. Prices at The Chase, being created by Homes by Esh start from PS199,995 for...
Are You Turning Up the Heat? It's Beginning to Get Colder and That Means the Time to Whack on the Heating Again Is Looming. but How Do You Keep the Bills under Control and Your System Energy Efficient?
THE chilly evenings and mornings mean that more and more central heating systems are being turned on, with the worry that energy bills will inevitably rise. Many older radiators can't be adjusted, so they're either on or off, which isn't flexible...
Autumn Is Time for Extra Care; Give Your Greenhouse a Spruce before the Winter Sets in. Hannah Stephenson Finds out How to Keep It at Its Best
THE first frosts have already arrived in parts of the UK, which is your sign to get tender plants under cover before they succumb to the ravages of winter. If you haven't already done so, check your greenhouse heater's working, that automatic vent...
Barn Offers Best of Both Worlds
Byline: Francesca Craggs S an interior designer, Brigid Sarnaik knows the importance of giving a property your own personal stamp. ASo after buying The Old Barn in Prestwick, Newcastle, seven years ago, she and husband Yash set about transforming...
Battle Most Significant Naval Engagement of War
The Battle of Jutland was fought |between the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet on May 31-June 1 1916. The battle was the most |significant naval engagement of the First World War. More than 100,000 sailors took part on both...
Become an Armchair Traveller; Claire Hornby Takes a Journey in Style to Bring Interiors Ideas from across the Globe
TRAVELLING to far-flung destinations has never been easier and more accessible, and many of us have developed a taste for the exotic - which translates well to the interior design of our homes. With this new trend, the rich surfaces of carved wood...
Blatter on PS1.35m Payment to Platini
SEPP Blatter has claimed a PS1.35milion payment to Michel Platini which has seen the pair provisionally suspended by Fifa's ethics committee was part of a "gentleman's agreement" between the two of them. The lack of a written contract for the payment...
Business Park Take-Up in Region Highest for Six Years; TONY WORDSWORTH
THE recent Business Parks Review confirms a total of 2.3m sqft of office take-up was recorded on UK business parks during the first half of 2015. This was 6% above the five-year six-monthly average of 2.2m sqft. The Midlands performed well, recording...
Business the Key to the Region's Devolved Future
Byline: Graeme Whitfield Business editor graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk LEADERS in the North East will not get a devolution deal from Government without engaging with the business community, the Northern Powerhouse Minister has warned. James...
Butterflies Thrive in Wet, Survey Suggests
BUTTERFLIES did better than feared in the wet and miserable weather across much of the UK in July and August, experts have said. More than half of the 20 species counted by the public in the Big Butterfly Count recorded better numbers than they...
Call for Tax Cuts to Help North Sea Oil and Gas Firms
Byline: Katrine Bussey Reporter THE North Sea oil sector may need a further reduction in its tax bill if prices remain low, the head of an industry body has said. The UK government acted earlier this year to cut the supplementary charge paid...
'Candy Floss' Tree Is Real Treat for Hall's Visitors
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk ATASTE of autumn is on offer at a Northumberland visitor destination - thanks to its "candy floss" trees. English Heritage's Belsay Hall, castle and gardens is home to three...
Caravan Business Helps Hambleton's Recovery; RESULTS
Byline: tom keighley tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk WIDE-RANGING company the Hambleton Group traded back into profit last year thanks in part to the success of its caravan business. The Teesside-based firm, which also counts cash loans, vinyl record...
City Set for Another Sporting Spectacular
Byline: Michael Brown Reporter m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk TENS of thousands of rugby fans will again descend on Newcastle as the Super League Magic Weekend returns to St James' Park. The annual two-day sporting spectacular drew record crowds and...
Coach of THEYEAR Title for North East's Sarah
Byline: Anna Harris jnl.sport@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTH East riding instructor has gained national recognition for the work she has done nurturing the region's show jumping talent. Sarah Tubbs, from Marwood Equestrian Centre near Barnard Castle in...
Cobalt Office Building Sold in Deal Worth PS5m; PROPERTY
Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD business@ncjmedia.co.uk ABLOCK on one of the North East's most popular office parks has been sold in a deal worth nearly PS5m. The Castel Commercial Property Fund - acting on advice of Aston Property Ventures Limited...
Conservatories and Cinemas High on 'Most Wanted' Lists
Byline: Vicky Robson SUN rooms and separate dining rooms are among the most desirable features to have in a home according to a new study. Modern spaces such as home cinemas and wet rooms also rank high on homeowners' wish-lists, according to...
Crafting a Celebration of Beers to Remember
Byline: BREWING with Richard Fletcher GREAT beer, nice music, a good range of tasty food and even a selection of gin; when Craft Beer Calling arrives next week, there should be plenty to like. Craft Beer Calling returns to Newcastle next week...
Davidsons of Morpeth Offers New Box of Tricks for Flirty 50s; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
LOCAL Vauxhall retailer, Davidsons of Morpeth, is encouraging flirty 50s to rediscover the feeling they had from their early 20s, following the launch of the all-new VIVA model. The 'This Gran Can' study, commissioned by Vauxhall Motors found the...
Deaths
ALLEN DAVID (Blyth). Peacefully after a long illness on Monday 12th October, aged 65 years, David, beloved husband of Janet, much loved dad of David, Mandy and Mark and father-inlaw of Tracy and Shona, a loving grandad of Aaron, Naomi, James, Anthony,...
Delving below the Waves to Uncover Traces of Humanity
Byline: TONY HENDERSON ENVIRONMENT TYNESIDE-RAISED archaeologist Vincent Gaffney has been busy mapping rivers, estuaries, lakes and hills. Only this particular landscape is under the North Sea and was home to prehistoric people when Britain was...
Demand High for Builder's Family-Friendly Homes
FAMILY-run house builder is experiencing an "exceptional" response to its latest developments. Alnwick-headquartered Cussins officially launched Fenwick Park, in Longframlington, and Morwick Gardens, in Warkworth, both in Northumberland, in September,...
Developers Head to the Future
NORTH EAST developer Gentoo is preparing for a busy 2016 with the launch of a number of new developments in the region early in the New Year. The company says it firmly believes that everyone has different priorities - whether it's the perfect location,...
Dixon Is Back - and out to Impress; BOXING
Byline: Craig Johns POPULAR Tyneside boxer Craig Dixon returns to the ring tonight for the first time in almost a year, and is hoping to impress and earn a rematch with regional rival Lee Mould. Last November Mould inflicted a first professional...
Double Handful
Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association with ARECENT study found that numerous types of head lice have mutated and now become resistant to over-thecounter treatments. The problem has scientists scratching their heads. GAMBLING...
Downsizing Done Right; Can Mercedes More Efficient Biturbo Engine Provide the Same Thrills as the Old 6.2-Litre V8? ANDY ENRIGHT Check's out the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
THE C63 coupe is Mercedes' flagship small coupe offering and this generation ushers in the first ever turbocharged engine in a C63 as well as a more cosseting ride and suave, sophisticated styling. Despite being the most sporting variant in the...
Dual Use - Defra Boldly Goes Where Others Fear to Tread
Byline: TOM WILLS in association with Sintons WELL, what a wait! The determination of whether or not Dual Use was to be permitted in England under the "new" CAP regime was one of the key decisions that needed to be made to allow farmers and owners...
Ebac Northern League
IT'S not getting any easier for Newcastle Benfield boss Steve Bowey, who faces another potentially difficult game at Newton Aycliffe this afternoon with at least seven players out. He said: "I've got six players either away at stag parties or weddings...
Enjoy the Acer of Glades; Gardening There Is a Huge Variety of Maples to Choose from - They Have Year-Round Appeal with Dramatic Changes of Colour, Says Diamuid Gavin
Byline: With Diarmuid Gavin wHEN it comes to stunning autumn foliage, no tree does it better than the maple. And while the most common maple, the sycamore, is very big, there's a great selection of acers, as they are also known, just right for average...
Expansion and Name Change for Popular Deli
THE team at a popular Morpeth deli and coffee shop have unveiled plans to rename the town centre business - and no prizes for guessing what it might be. The Corbridge Larder, which is due to be remodelled and expanded as part of new town centre...
Fall into a Season of Home Changes
IF you're looking to spruce up your home or garden this season, then there are plenty of home improvement and DIY businesses based right here in the North East ready to offer some inspiration. Here's a few: ALL SEASONS GARDEN ROOMS If you are thinking...
Father Wins Holiday Fine Court Battle
Byline: Ben Mitchell Reporter AFATHER has won a court battle to avoid a criminal conviction after he refused to pay a PS120 fine for taking his six-year-old daughter out of school to go on holiday to Florida. Jon Platt, 44, was issued with the...
Finn Aims to Lead Ireland to Big Prize; RUGBY LEAGUE
Byline: Ian Laybourn LIAM Finn is hoping to lead Ireland to glory after experiencing a unique bitter-sweet memory of their 2014 European Championship campaign. The Castleford scrum-half missed Ireland's opening two games against France and Scotland...
Flexible Option for Families; Four-Bedroom Homes Offer Space and Versatility and Are the Perfect Option for Families. Homemaker Takes a Look at What's Available across the Region
THIS modern detached bungalow offers impressive accommodation for a range of buyers. In the centre of Longhoughton village near Alnwick, the property offers quality family-sized accommodation. This includes a modern kitchen with breakfasting island...
Get Your House in Order as You Approach Retirement; in the Second of a Two-Part Article Surveyor Chris Scott, Provides Practical Advice on What to Consider to Ensure That When You Retire You Are Spending Your Well-Earned Rrelaxation Time and Money Enjoying Yourself , Not Doing Repairs and Maintenance to Your Property
IF you have chosen to live in an older property it is likely that it will require more repairs and maintenance than a modern house. While modern properties aren't everyone's cup of tea, they come with benefits such as better insulation qualities, modern...
Great North Firms with Great Ideas for the Home
WHATEVER home improvement you're looking to make, there's a whole host of reputable businesses based in the North East that you can turn to for help. Whether it's a simple DIY job or a huge investment such as a new extension, the region's independent...
Grip and Rip; Purists Demand That Porsche 911s Drive Their Rear Wheels. JONATHAN CROUCH Checks out the Latest 4WD Models and Wonders Whether the Purists Might Have This One Wrong
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH IT'S a staple cliche for car journalists. The best Porsche 911 is an entry-level, normally-aspirated Carrera 2. Purity of essence etc. If you can look beyond that hackneyed view, you'll find a hugely attractive model in the...
Has to Be Q? Although You Might Think This Is a Crossover, Infiniti Is Calling Its New Q30 a 'Premium Active Compact'. Regardless of the Name, It's the Smallest Model from Nissan's Luxury Brand and Arguably the Most Attractive Too. ANDY ENRIGHT Reports
THE Infiniti Q30 is an upmarket five-door hatchback that's just enough on tippy toes to get classified as a crossover. Competing against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1 in that class, it breaks new ground for the Japanese firm. Despite...
High Court Judgment on App Hailed by Uber
Byline: John Aston Reporter UBER has welcomed a ruling that its minicab-hailing app is lawful, saying the decision is "great news for Londoners and a victory for common sense". A High Court judge rejected accusations from the black cab trade...
Honesty Is Best Policy for Right Cover - at Right Price; MONEY MATTERS PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Great Financial Information for Newcastle Journal Readers
David Carey couldn't believe the amount he was quoted for travel insurance so he went in person to the office of the firm to check it really was less than PS250. "The wife and I are planning a month long trip to Australia but the prices I got quoted...
Honeyman Could Spark Tynesiders Back to Life, Says Crosby
Byline: Rory Mitchinson GATESHEAD manager Malcolm Crosby hopes the loan capture of Sunderland mid-fielder George Honeyman can breathe new life into his side's promotion push. The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a 28-day deal with the Tynesiders...
Honouring Tyneside's Key Role in Great WW1 Naval Battle
Byline: Luke Barnes Reporter luke.barnes@ncjmedia.co.uk TYNESIDE'S part in Britain's greatest Naval battle will be remembered in a series of events to commemorate the Battle of Jutland. The battle, fought between May 31 and June 1 1916, was one...
How to Defeat the Pension Scammers; New Rules Have Added Flexibility for Retirees but Also Created Confusion, Something Fraudsters Are Looking to Exploit Warns Tricia Phillips
Byline: JAMES WALKER Complaints champion fights for your rights YET more changes to pensions have kicked in this week as the Government has launched its controversial State Pension top-up scheme. But with the seemingly endless stream of changes...
I Buried Myself in Music; Foxes, Real Name Louisa Rose Allen, Tells Us about Having to Sit on Her Second Album, Touring and Having Her Cake and Eating It!
You are a big fan of cakes. have you been eating many lately? WELL, I should never have said I liked cake because fans started baking them for me all the time and I couldn't stop eating. Me and cake have had a falling out, it got too much, so I've...
If Sexton Is Fit, This Is No Risk - Schmidt
JOE Schmidt has insisted there is no risk in throwing Johnny Sexton into Ireland's World Cup quarter-final with Argentina despite the fly-half's lingering groin injury. Ireland have opted to gamble on throwing in their linchpin flyhalf from the...
Isaac Walton Tailoring Est 1887 - Newcastle upon Tyne
Isaac Walton Tailoring was founded 128 years ago and many customers remember the big department store on Grainger Street in Newcastle where they were taken to be kitted out for school, casual or formal wear. From the feedback they give us it was a...
IWONDER If David Cameron and George [...]
Byline: COLUMNIST RACHEL WEARMOUTH IWONDER if David Cameron and George Osborne tuned in for Question Time this week. If so, you can bet the two most powerful men in Britain had a restless night after watching the BBC's flagship panel show. A...
Jones: New Manager Has Told Us How We Can Turn This around; THE PREVIEW: West Bromwich V Sunderland the Hawthorns, Today, 3pm
Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer @JHUNTERCHRON BILLY Jones says Sam Allardyce has already laid out his blueprint for success to Sunderland's players. Allardyce will take charge of his first game as Black Cats manager today at West Bromwich...
Karen Overury
I LOVE to get out and about - the haunting and moving Weeping Window of poppies at wonderful Woodhorn was last weekend's expedition. And it's not like me to turn down an invitation. But a chum's suggestion for an afternoon out would have involved...
Kia's Upwardly Mobile SUV
Byline: Steve Hughes Motoring Editor KIA is to drive its forthcoming new Sportage SUV model even more upmarket, with a range of sophisticated high-tech features and a price hike to take it above PS30,000 for the first time. The company says that...
Klopp Turning the Screw at Reds to Plug the Leaks
LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp identified defence as his priority but the injury to striker Danny Ings has emphasised how much of a necessity it has become. The German's attacking options have been reduced to Daniel Sturridge and the raw Divock Origi,...
Knowing Mary Berry Is like Having the Queen as a Mate; Great British Bake off Presenter Sue Perkins Talks to Hannah Stephenson about Fertility Challenges, the Pros of Counselling and Why She Thinks There's More to Life Than Simply Being on TV Profile
Byline: Hannah Stephenson BEING the famously private person she is, it's surprising that Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins should decide to write a memoir. Meeting her today, Perkins, 46, dressed in jeans, black V-neck jumper, beetle-patterned...
Laidlaw's Focus Will Not Be Diverted by Dual Ban; Scotland Have Sights Firmly on Australia Test
Byline: Andy Newport SCOTLAND skipper Greig Laidlaw admits he has been too busy trying to plot how to down Australia to comfort banned duo Ross Ford and Jonny Gray. The Scots will battle the Wallabies for a place in the World Cup semi-finals...
Landlord to Offer Vacant Tyneside Homes to Refugees
Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com VACANT homes in Newcastle will be offered to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria under new plans by a Tyneside housing provider. Rather than having their properties standing...
Leaders Agree Terms on PS1.5bn Devolution Deal
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk NORTH East leaders have agreed the terms of an historic PS1.5bn devolution deal with the region now certain to have a mayor. Chancellor George Osborne is expected...
Let Everyone Feel like a VIP; after Landing Six Awards in a Year for House of Tides, Kenny Atkinson Is the Culinary Flavour of the Moment. JANE HALL Caught Up with Him
Byline: JANE HALL It's 10am and already the House of tides is a hive of activity with the sounds of chopping, mincing, mixing and blitzing coming from the North East's newest Michelin star kitchen. Front-of-house staffare busy preparing for the...
Let in the Sunshine!
AS the warm sunny days gradually give way to shorter daylight hours and mornings with a real nip in the North East air, my thoughts eagerly turn to reminders of summer. The sight of sunflowers can lift your spirits as part of your gardens late autumn...
Lettuce Get Together for 'Swap a Lot' Event
Byline: Emmie Harrison Reporter emmie.harrison@ncjmedia.co.uk KEEN gardeners are swapping all things green today to celebrate International World Food Day. Home growers and allotment fanatics are invited to trade home-grown produce as part of a...
McClaren: Now It's All about Survival; McClaren: It's All about Survival
Byline: Chris Waugh Sports Writer @CHRISDHWAUGH STEVE McClaren admits Newcastle United are now "miles away" from a top-eight finish - and says the club is going to "have a massive party" should they reach the 40-point mark this season. Upon taking...
McClaren Wants Delay on His Judgement Day
Byline: Chris Waugh Sports Writer CHRISDHWAUGH STEVE McClaren says his Newcastle United side can no longer be assessed after 10 or 12 games - instead he has now pleaded: "Judge me at the end of the season." The United head coach is now eight...
MESSAGE TO RUDY; Special One Could Suffer More Pain If Specials One Uses Head
WHATEVER you think about Jose Mourinho he's always worth listening Rueing the fact Branislav Ivanovic has been ruled out of today's Premier League clash with Aston Villa the Chelsea boss insisted "that leaves us with three players who are good in the...
Net Gain in the Goals and Girls' Festival
Byline: Michael Brown Reporter m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk HUNDREDS of girls trained with top North East football stars in an effort to encourage more of them to take up the women's game. More than 270 seven to 11-year-olds descended on East Durham...
New Bosses Same Story; McGhee and Mixu Back to Face Tough Starts
Byline: MR FIXIT PAUL JAIN @MRFIXITSTIPS IT'S all change in the Motherwell and Dundee Utd dugouts this weekend but will there be an upturn in results? New managers usually provide clubs with an early bounce as players try to impress but Mark McGhee...
North Campaigners Set off on Calais Trip
UNITED Newcastle campaigners will show their solidarity with migrants in Calais' infamous 'Jungle' by driving to the camp to raise money and awareness. Today pressure group Stand Up to Racism will lead a delegation of local councillors, union representatives...
North Companies with Great Ideas, Whatever Your Needs
WITH the dark nights creeping in, its time to think about those jobs you will be tackling before Christmas comes around. The region is home to a host of independent retailers and DIY specialists who can offer inspiration and quality products to help...
North East High Streets See Lowest Closure Rates
THE North East has seen the lowest number of shop closures in the first half of 2015, according to a survey by PwC and The Local Data Company. For the period of January to the end of June, 104 shops closed on the region's high streets, a rate of...
North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets Simra Kaleem
Byline: Simra Kaleem Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry My name is Simra Kaleem. I have recently joined First Choice Estates, in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, as a sales apprentice. I began my apprenticeship at the...
On Course for a Successful Run...
Byline: Hugh MacKnight Content Editor hugh.macknight@ncjmedia.co.uk DETAILS of next year's Run Sunderland Festival have been revealed, including a new base for the two races. A partnership between organiser Events of the North, Sunderland City...
One Close Call but an Open Win
THERE was a thrilling finish to the feature October Handicap Chase at Fakenham with Open Hearted seeing off the well-backed Knock House. Formerly with Nicky Henderson and owned by the Queen, the 9-2 winner was having just his second run for Dan...
Outcry over Home Care Adaptations Refusal
Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter craig.thompson@ncjmedia.co.uk PRESSURE is today mounting on a planning committee after it blocked plans to adapt a home for a little girl diagnosed with a debilitating disease. Neil and Donna Scott saved up and...
PARTY LINE; SEAT's Recently Made-Over Ibiza Is Available in Three Body Styles but the Three-Door Models Are the Most Affordable and, Arguably, the Most Fun. JONATHAN CROUCH Takes a Look at the Improved Ibiza SC Range
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH THE cheekiest and most transparently youth-orientated of the VW Group's superminisized offerings, the Ibiza was about due for a refresh to consolidate its position as SEAT's best seller. The revised model gets slightly...
Pinot at the Right Price
Byline: ANDREW CAMPBELL ON WINE PINOT Noir is a true star. But like many stars, the red pinot grape is temperamental and difficult to please. That's why for decades a cheap, high-quality pinot was hard to find and the grape's spiritual home,...
Pools Check
(3.00 unless stated) BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE 1 Chelsea v Aston Villa................................ 2 Crystal Palace v West Ham..................... 3 Everton v Man Utd ................................... 4 Man City v Bournemouth .........................
Poor Start Leaves Falcons with Mountain to Climb; THE MATCH: Newcastle Falcons 27 Gloucester 39 Mistakes and Indiscipline Prove Costly
Byline: Mark Smith at Kingston Park DESPITE managing a late flurry of tries Falcons began the Aviva Premiership season in disappointing fashion, failing to fire early on as Gloucester's simple formula produced a convincing Kingston Park triumph....
Pound Notes
FINANCIAL FACT: HOUSE prices in the North West of England and Yorkshire and the Humber have increased at a faster pace than those in London in the 12 months to August, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures. In London, prices...
Prison for Shamed Former Police Protection Officer in Benefit Swindle
Byline: Tom White Reporter jnl.news@ncjmedia.co.uk AFORMER police protection officer has been jailed after he swindled more than PS50,000 in benefits to help fund holidays abroad and send his children to private school. Vaughan Dodds, 45, a former...
Protect with Style to Beat British Winter
IF you've been up and about reasonably early over the past week will have noticed a considerable drop in the temperature. Next weekend, the clocks go back and all of this means one thing - winter is on the way. But, while you reach for an extra...
Public and Private Bodies Come Together to Sell Region
A DELEGATION of seven North East local authorities and its private sector partners are leading the drive to attract more major investors to the region. Invest North East England - combining Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland,...
Quakers Pose Greatest Threat, Says Blyth Boss; EVO-STIK PREMIER
Byline: Jeff Bowron jnl.sport@ncjmedia.co.uk BLYTH Spartans manager Tom Wade believes North East rivals Darlington are his side's biggest rivals for promotion, the Quakers having already beaten Blyth this season. Darlington replaced Blyth at...
Rare Bird Thrives at North East Wetland Centre
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE avocet, a bird once declared extinct in the UK and the emblem of the RSPB, has enjoyed a record-breaking year - and the North East has shared in the comeback. Avocets...
Redcar May Be Just the Start as the UK's Steel Industry Battles to Stay Alive
Byline: Alan Jones Reporter THE steel industry is braced for fresh job losses amid a continuing crisis in the sector which has already led to the closure of a giant plant. Tata is rumoured to be preparing to announce cuts at its sites in Scunthorpe...
Relegation Would Be Financially Crippling
Byline: Spencer Brown @spencer_brown1 SAM Allardyce believes Sunderland must stay up this season to avoid the "financial devastation" relegation would bring. A TV rights deal worth more than PS5billion for Premier League games starts next year,...
Reviews
BOOK OF THE WEEK The Railways: Nation, Network And People by Simon Bradley Publisher: Profile Books. Price: Hardback PS25, ebook PS12.23. A TRAINSPOTTER and proud, Simon Bradley loves his subject, yet this is far from a hagiographic retelling of familiar...
Roberts Anticipates a Bruising Encounter
Byline: Andrew Baldock JAMIE Roberts has braced Wales for "physical warfare" in today's World Cup quarter-final clash against South Africa at Twickenham. Roberts knows from vivid personal memory just how punishing an appointment with the Springboks...
RPA Commons Appeals; Simple Form - Complex Process
COMMONS have always been the Rural Payments Agency's (RPA) nemesis. With a remit of distributing subsidy from Europe, the RPA sought to simplify their payment policy allocating Single Payment Scheme (SPS) monies on common land and shared grazing based...
Running All over the World? One Day
Byline: IN THE RUNNING with Mark Douglas A half marathon is never a stroll in the park - except when you're running the Royal Parks Half, one of London's best kept running secrets. Along with 16,000 others I stepped up to the starting line last...
Sales Success as Stylish Showhome Is Launched
WITH two confirmed sales on a new development of impressive and spacious home, the developers are confident that this will prove to be their most successful projects yet. The showhome opening last weekend attracted more than 50 visitor groups eager...
Sam Can Put Cats on a Firmer Footing; Sunderland Supporter Phil Smith Believes Sam Allardyce Is the Right Man for the Black Cats - and the Black Cats Are the Right Club for Him
RIGHT man. Right time. Four words that sum up the mood on the Sunderland terraces after Big Sam's appointment. Allardyce and the Black Cats have now spent the best part of a decade crossing paths on a journey around the bottom half of the Premier...
School Set to Become Academy
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk AFAILING North East school looks set to become an academy, with a potential sponsor having been lined up. Haydon Bridge High School was placed in special measures having...
See You INTUCSON? Hyundai Are Aiming High with the Stylish Tucson, a Sharp-Suited Family Crossover Aimed at the Nissan Qashqai. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH UNTIL the arrival of this Tucson model, Hyundai's idea of a Qashqai-style family Crossover model was encapsulated by its ix35. That car sold quite well but somehow, never quite captured the imagination of the buying public....
Seventh Heaven
Byline: Andy Enright LONGER, taller and better equipped yet up to 130kg lighter than before, the MK6 model BMW 7 Series has had to get clever to keep up with the demands of the marketplace. With a frugal diesel and a plug-in hybrid available,...
Seven-Year Court Case Unravels the PS300m Property Scandal That Put Four People in Jail
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk AGANG of fraudsters has been jailed for masterminding one of Britain's biggest property scandals, worth up to PS300m. During the 'truly massive' scam, ringleader David Purdie used companies...
Some Peeple. A Person-Rating App Has Abruptly Shuttered Its Social Media Sites after Being Met with a Wave of Negative Reaction, but the Creators Say They're Undeterred. So What, Asks Katie Wright, Made Peeple So Unpopular?
Byline: Katie Wright WHEN Julia Cordray gave an interview to the Washington Post hoping to drum up some publicity for her new app, she probably didn't imagine she would become the target of death threats and mass of online abuse - not least because...
Spaces and Style Are Going on Show
THREE showhomes will be opened by house builder Taylor Wimpey at its popular St Andrew's Gardens development, in Morpeth, next Saturday. The three-bedroom Aldenham and five-bedroom Troon and Lavenham style homes will be unveiled at the launch, with...
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