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 January 16, 2016

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20 Years of Expertise and Innovation
NEWCASTLE Kitchen and Bedroom Company has grown from a small workshop established in 1996 into a spacious 4,000sq ft showroom with inspirational room settings revealing the true meaning of bespoke, hand-crafted furniture. Whether you are looking...
ACKLINGTON JANUARY 14north East Livestock Sales
sold 46 prime cattle, including 11 cast cows and 1840 sheep comprising 1280 hoggs and 560 cast ewes. Fewer cattle about due to adverse weather conditions with sheep numbers slightly up on the previous week. Cattle In spec butchers cattle selling...
Albums
a tribute to the genius of David Bowie who died week, a look back at some of his milestone LPs Hunky Dory (1971) AFTER the false start of 1970's The Man Sold The World (worth having but bit stodgy), Bowie began his imperial phase with his first true...
Along Came a Spyder; Porsche Have Created the Most Desirable Boxster Yet in the Shape of Their Sleek Spyder Roadster. like the Standard Boxster, the Spyder Is a Mid-Engined Two-Seat Sports Car, but Here, There's a Greater Emphasis on Driver Involvement, along with Extra Performance. JONATHAN CROUCH Takes a Look
ORSCHE are the masters of charging more for less. PLess, that is, in terms of weight. The Boxster Spyder may be the lightest model in its current generation but costs around PS8,000 more than the fantastic GTS variant. So where does the money go?...
ANOTHER CRACKER IS ON CARDS; Sides Tough to Split but Can Thrill
ARMCHAIR footie fans have been treated to three classic English matches in the past week. Too often big games south of the border are more Snooze Factor than X Factor but that all changed with Spurs-Leicester's 2-2 FA Cup thriller. That was followed...
Are You a Victim of Financial Abuse? Money Is Often Used as a Weapon in Abusive Relationships, According to New Research. Vicky Shaw Reports
Byline: Vicky Shaw MONEY might not be the first word that springs to mind when we think about domestic violence, but a new report, compiled jointly by the Co-operative Bank and charity Refuge, shows that money is often used as a weapon when abuse...
A Row That Will Run and Run; It's an Issue That Is Drawing Dividing Lines across Northumberland. RORY TINGLE Reports on the Latest Developments in the Row over the County Council's HQ
Byline: RORY TINGLE ACASH?STRAPPED council's plans to build a new multimillion pound headquarters are to go under the microscope. Northumberland County Council will bring in an external auditor to scrutinise its plans for a new base in Ashington....
A Year in Your Garden; Gardening
Byline: With Diarmuid Gavin aS our climate warms up (evident by the daffodils now in bloom and last year's roses which haven't faded), we're looking forward to another adventurous year in the garden. I have loads of plans I'm excited about -...
Battered Can Be Beautiful Once Again; Hotelier and Interior Design Expert Janet Stansfield, with Her Eye on Saving You Money as Usual, Gives You Some Great Tips for Brightening Up Your Home in 2016 and for Upcycling, Rather Than Throwing Out
IT seems a long time ago already, but I hope you had a wonderful time over Christmas and if your decorations were inspired by my last article, I hope you got lots of lovely compliments! You more than likely are still recovering from all of the festive...
Big Plans for Little Town; EXPANSION
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk ACHILDREN'S play centre based around role play for youngsters has opened its doors in Newcastle and has already set its sights on expansion throughout the UK and Europe. Little Town has opened in...
Big Sam Stands Up for English Bosses despite Poch's Success; THE MATCH: Tottenham Hotspur V Sunderland White Hart Lane, Today, 12.45pm
Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer @StuRayner MAURICIO Pochettino could be the best thing which has happened to English football for a long time. Sam Allardyce, though, is not convinced. The Argentinian has been crucial to the development of...
Black Cats' Dutchman Happy with Double Win
PATRICK van Aanholt says backto-back wins against relegation rivals Aston Villa and Swansea City have transformed Sunderland's situation in the league table. After five successive defeats in December, the Black Cats were seven points adrift of safety...
'Brexit' Would Force Up Costs, Says Pro-EU Camp
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com QUITTING the EU would cost the average North East household PS20 - by pushing up the cost of home insurance. The claim was made by campaigners calling for the UK to remain...
BT's PS12.5bn Buyout of EE Triggers Concerns; TELECOMS
Byline: ROGER BAIRD AND RYAN HOOPER business@ncjmedia.co.uk business@ncjmedia.co.uk THE clearance of BT's PS12.5bn buyout of mobile phone firm EE by the competition watchdog has sparked a wave of industry concern about what the mega-merger will...
Buyers like to Be beside the Lakeside
PROVIDING an escape from the hustle and bustle yet set close to commuter links, Lakeside View has been popular since its launch. The development, set on the natural beauty spot that is Killingworth Lake, North Tyneside, is on the main route into Killingworth...
Capturing Our Coast Survey Led by North East Academics
Byline: TONY HENDERSON ENVIRONMENT APROJECT pioneered in the North East in which hundreds of volunteers monitored wildlife and habitats on the region's coastline has now gone national. Newcastle University's Big Sea Survey, conducted from its...
Carlisle January 13 Calves
On January 13, Harrison & Hetherington Limited held its weekly sale of calves with a smaller show of 316 forward. Stronger, smarter calves noticeably dearer on the week. However, younger plainer calves were harder to cash. Top price was PS465 for...
Celebrating 30 Years of Dance Group Success; 30 Years of Dance City Was Celebrated This Week. DAVID WHETSTONE Was There to Share in a Good News Story for the Region
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE Dance City'ses and cus t -tomers past and present gathered on Thursday for a gala celebrating its 30 successful years in the North East. There was much to enjoy - not least a lightbulb moment for Anthony Baker, Dance City's...
China Crisis Proves Difficult to Bear for Investors; FTSE 100
Byline: TOM SOLLY Brewin Dolphin FOR the second time in the past seven months, China's largest stock market, the Shanghai Composite Index, entered official bear market territory. Bear market territory occurs when share prices fall by 20% or more...
Coaches Step Up to the Plate for Falcons' Latest Euro Trip; THE PREVIEW: Enisei-STM V Newcastle Falcons
Byline: Mark Smith @markismith50 www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby SKILLS coach Mark Laycock and academy coach James Ponton take charge of the senior side as Newcastle rotate their management and players for the penultimate match of the group phase,...
College Student Set to Appear on TheVoice Blind Audition
A FORMER Newcastle College student is hoping to graduate with flying colours on The Voice tonight when she steps into the spotlight for the second Blind Auditions. Melissa Cavanagh, 25, spent five years in Newcastle training in acting and music,...
Cost-Cutting Proposal Could Hit Terminally Ill
Byline: Will Metcalfe Local Government reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com TERMINALLY ill residents, dementia sufferers and people with degenerative diseases could be hit by proposals to privatise home care in Gateshead. Gateshead Council's...
Court Hears of 'It's like a Murder Scene' Text
Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk AWOMAN accused over the death of Lee Irving allegedly sent a text message to her friend saying "It's like a murder scene in here", a court heard. Prosecutors allege James Wheatley,...
Create a Sleep Sanctuary; A Surprising Number of People Have Problems Getting a Good Night's Sleep. Claire Hornby Offers Some Tips on Ways to Ensure Your Bedroom Is Restful and Relaxing
Weekends are made for long, lazy lie-ins - the chance to grab a few precious moments tucked away from the cold and rain outside ... bliss. Taking refuge from the winter is all about nesting, of course, so create a sleep sanctuary that you won't...
DameTanni Leads Sport Safety Review
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor jon.walker@Trinitymirror.com PARALYMPIC gold medallist Tanni Grey-Thompson is to look into the case of a former Durham student who lost the use of his limbs after suffering "catastrophic" injuries in a rugby...
Darlington January 14
Darlington Auction Mart had forward 220 Prime Cattle - including 26 Steers, 82 Heifers & 112 Bulls. 2648 Hoggs. 1030 Cast Ewes & Tups. Bulls - A plainer show of bulls on show today. Trade, however, would be very similar on the week. Top...
Demand 'High' as More Family Homes Released for Sale
ANOTHER phase of family homes has been released for sale at a development which has been popular with buyers wanting to commute. The development, The Maples, is in Hebburn, South Tyneside, handy for the A1 and the A19 and within easy reach of local...
Dream Opportunity as RSC Link Up with City School Pupils
THE Royal Shakespeare Company has been to Newcastle many times but never has it worked on a co-production with city schoolchildren. It's a new experience for them - and not a wholly unpleasant one judging by a rehearsal this week. It wasn't only...
Education of the Future Is Here Now ONTYNESIDE
Byline: Hannah Graham Reporter hannah.graham@trinitymirror.com AS T A T E - O F - T H E - A R T 'STEM' building has been unveiled at a Tyneside school as part of a PS14.5m redevelopment. Pupils at Thorp Academy in Ryton, Gateshead, will be taught...
Fa Vase / Ebac Northern League
"WEMBLEY here we come," was the clarion call from manager Billy Irwin when Dunston UTS set off yesterday for their FA Carlsberg Vase Fourth Round tie against Coleshill Town in Birmingham. The Tynesiders lifted the trophy when they defeated West...
Filling in the Sauvignon Blancs
Byline: ANDREW CAMPBELL ON WINE SAUVIGNON blanc's star has risen in recent years making it one of the world's most popular grapes. The green-skinned variety is grown in virtually every major wine-making region and a poll conducted last year listed...
Finding a Perfect Spot for City Office; LETTINGS
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk CHARTERED surveyor and property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has helped Rettie & Co Estate Agency expand its business into the North East. The agency - which has offices throughout Scotland,...
Find Your Way to a Santa Fe; the Latest Hyundai Santa Fe Now Has That 'Want One' Feeling Fitted as Standard. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH WITH far sharper styling, some fantastic equipment on offer and a punchy 200PS 2.2-litre diesel engine, the latest Hyundai Santa Fe punches its way upmarket on merit. Customers choose between five and seven seats, manual...
Fixture to Showcase Palypso De Creek; POINT TO POINT
The spotlight falls on SheriffHutton for tomorrow's re-scheduled Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Club fixture, run in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. It has 148 entries on a seven-race card starting at noon. Prolific winner Palypso De Creek is...
Forget the Performance Victory against the Mmers Is Only Thing at Matters for United; THE PREVIEW: Newcastle United V West Ham St James' Park, Today 3pm
Byline: CHRIS WAUGH. Sports Writer Twitter: @ChrisDHWaugh "W McClaren believes the displayed the y to succeed in ted: "It was a ro." mire his courage ake the penalty he grabbed the -one's taking this f character I like, nsibility. ayer who's...
Former Magpie Helps out Big Sam; Sir Les Helps Black Cats
Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer @brownygingerowl SAM Allardyce has revealed how a Newcastle United legend has leant a helping hand to Sunderland's bid to stay in the Premier League. Yet, while eager to build on back-to-back wins when the Black...
GERS RIVALS TO FAL AWAY; Six-Point Gap Could Be Crucial in Title Race
Byline: MR FIXIT PAUL JAIN @MRFIXITSTIPS some style and would love another IT'S developed into a terrific three-way title race but today Rangers can move six points clear of rivals Falkirk and Hibs. Mark Warburton's rejuvenated side should see...
Great Pages of Food and Drink 7
If anyone had told Sally Craigen that six years after taking early retirement her passion for North East food and drink, coupled with her own undoubted skills in the kitchen, would see her poised to fly the regional tourism flag on the national stage,...
Greyhounds
NEWCASTLE BAGS 2.24 (480m): Effernogue Andy, Slaneyside Lynch, Steel Bolt, Elwick Harrier, Our Boy Vic, Canny Winnie. 2.42 (480m H/c): Elwick Candy (9), Goldrush Mazie (W) (8), Challenger (6), Romeo Big Fun (4), Some Edition (2), Nyla Riddick (scr)....
Haye Is Changing Tack for Comeback; BOXING
DAVID Haye has revealed he is taking a less confrontational approach to his career as he prepares to make his comeback against Mark de Mori at London's O2 Arena tomorrow night. The former WBA heavyweight champion returns to the ring for the first...
Hero Root Has a Ton to Celebrate as England Recover Well
JOE Root defied a fiery South Africa attack, a lively Johannesburg pitch and a tricky match situation to record arguably his finest Test hundred for England. Root's unbeaten 106, his ninth century and second overseas, was a gem of an innings in...
Hexham January 15
STORE CATTLE Hexham & Northern Marts at their weekly sale of store cattle saw a catalogued entry of 540 head including over 100 native breed cattle for the special monthly sale of such types. The early part of the sale comprised of a strong...
Iconic Diesel Engine Set to Join Flying Scotsman
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Flying Scotsman has once again been in the limelight after its return to steam on test runs following the locomotive's PS4.2m restoration. But yesterday, the spotlight...
Impress Me or You'll Be Replaced, Warns Aspin; FA TROPHY
Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer @StuRayner NEIL Aspin has warned his Gateshead squad they are playing for their futures in the second half of the season. The Tynesiders' manager has tweaked his squad this week, releasing River Allen and signing...
In or out - Either Way, This EU Vote Is a Very Big Deal; It Will Soon Be Decision Time for the UK on the European Union. MICHAEL LLOYD Says There Is a Great Deal at Stake
Byline: MICHAEL LLOYD DAVID Cameron's four areas on which he is attempting to negotiate a reformed UK relationship with the EU are: ? Economic governance: Securing an explicit recognition that the euro is not the only currency of the European Union,...
Invitation to View Style and Luxury
ET in the heart of Gosforth, Newcastle, two brand new five-bedrooms homes are attracting a great deal of attention. SAnd an open weekend being held today and tomorrow will allow would-be buyers to tour the houses and see the high specification and...
IT'S Been Tough Times [...]
Byline: JAMES WALKER Complaints champion fights for your rights IT'S been tough times for TalkTalk of late. A few months ago there was the revelation that tens of thousands of personal details had been hacked into, and since then the company has...
It's Net Gain as Monk Fisheries Land Deli Next Door
ANORTH Tyneside couple are serving up expansion plans for 2016 after investing more than PS100,000 in the North East's food scene over the past 12 months. Chris and Katie Stuart, both 44, from Holyfield, have launched their second business venture...
It's Safety First for Infiniti
Byline: Steve Hughes Motoring editor THE final phase in the launch of one of the most important new cars of recent years is now complete, with the Infiniti Q30 receiving the highest-possible award for safety. Results announced this week by independent...
Jaguar Talk the Torque with XF
Byline: Steve Hughes JAGUAR is taking a leap forward with its XF range, which is about to come with the reassurance of four-wheel drive and an economical new diesel engine. It will be the first time that the luxury saloon is offered with the...
Janner's Alleged Victims Devastated as Case Ends
Byline: Emily Pennink Reporter ALLEGED victims of the late Lord Janner have been left "devastated" after his criminal case was dropped, decades after they first accused him of child sex abuse. Greville Janner had been charged with 22 sexual offences...
Joining Magpies Was a 'No Brainer'
JONJO Shelvey claims it was a "no-brainer" to join Newcastle United despite their perilous Premier League position because he needs to play football - and he intends to help keep them up, writes CHRIS WAUGH. H The 23-year-old midfielder became the...
Karen Overbury
THOSE in the business of selling us properties are keen to point out the limited time in which people looking to buy a second or even third home have before the stamp duty increase in April. It's a not-inconsiderable increase of 3% and will certainly...
King's Sego the ClassiC banKer; Success the Order of the Day for Barbury; Isaac New Turn the Clever Punt
Byline: GARRY OWEN Wayne HutcHinson seldom gets it wrong and i'm sure seGo success (3.35) will vindicate his decision to partner the top-weight in the classic chase at Warwick. Hutch, one of my go-to jockeys, has been in great form and said:...
Lose Your 'Mindless' Habits and Take Up Ones That Make Life Better. Have Those New Year Resolutions Already Gone to Pot? Nora Rosendahl, Co-Author of the Book of You, Tells Hannah Stephenson How Tiny Steps Add Up to Lasting Change PROFILE
STILL eating to excess, when you resolved to cut down after New Year's Day? Still drinking, when you vowed you'd get on the wagon on January 1? Each year, millions of us make New Year resolutions to quit alcohol, carbs, smoking and a plethora of other...
Lost in Translation? A Japanese Start-Up Has Created a Portable Device That Translates Whatever You Say into Another Language. It's Just a Shame the Company Decided to Unveil Its Product with a Very Creepy Video, Says Katie Wright
'I'M gonna try and kiss girls I've never met before using this translation device," a blond, blue-eyed Brit announces cheerfully while pressing a button on the little white rectangle that hangs from a chain around his neck. He releases the button...
Man, 21, Stabbed in His Own Home
MASKED men stabbed a 21-yearold in his own home before making off with his BMW car. The terrifying raid on a flat on Abington in Ouston, Chester-leStreet, took place in the early hours of Wednesday, police said. The victim was in bed with his...
Meeting about Future of Meat as Groups Bring Back Conference; FARMING
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk IT had been a decade since a conference specifically for Northern beef and sheep farmers had been held. But, against a backdrop of retail price wars, difficult trade conditions and a cash flow...
Metro Trains Get Back on Track at Last
Byline: Kathryn Riddell Reporter kathryn.riddell@ncjmedia.co.uk AFTER three days of disruption, Metro passengers were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief yesterday as normal service resumed. Since Tuesday morning, the line had been closed...
Misfit Buckley Winging His Way to the Blues on a Loan Deal
SUNDERLAND winger Will Buckley has joined Birmingham City on a month's loan. Then-coach Gustavo Poyet was dogged in his pursuit of the rightwinger, who he worked with at Brighton and Hove Albion but he has since fallen out of favour. A PS2.5m...
Moat Incident a First for Force, Says Police Chief
Byline: Laura Hill Reporter Laura.Hill@trinitymirror.com ATOP Northumbria Police of-ficer told a court the force had never dealt with an incident like the Raoul Moat case before. Jim Campbell was acting Deputy Chief Constable on the night Moat...
More Than Just a Sink and Loo! A Modern Bathroom Should Be a Sanctuary, but It's Also a Highly Practical Room So It's Vital to Get the Lighting - and Everything Else Electrical - Right
THE key to good bathroom lighting is flexibility, because the bright light required for shaving or applying make-up is not the soft, relaxing light you need to enjoy a soak in the tub. As long as they're suitable for the zone they're in, recessed...
Multiple Changes as Falcons Rotate Players for Cup Game
Byline: Mark Smith @markismith50 NEWCASTLE Falcons have made 13 changes for Saturday's European Challenge Cup trip to Russian champions Enisei-STM. Centre Juan Pablo Socino and prop Paddy Ryan are the only survivors from the team which started...
New BMW 3's a Tour De Force
THE improved sixthgeneration of BMW's 3 Series Touring holds no great surprises to those who understand the narrative of this model. It's not the most accomplished load lugger in its class but it's the best drive and offers the most efficiency....
Newcastle MP Demands Action to Close Pay Gap
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com ANORTH East MP has urged the Government to get a move on over plans to stop women getting paid less than men. And Chi Onwurah warned that the region had one of the highest...
Newcomer's Award for Stallion Balou Star; Show-Jumping Sire Shares Prize at Inaugural Honours
Byline: Anna Harris annaharris@gmail.com NORTH?BASED stallion Balou Star is not only enjoying success in the showjumping arena with Cleveland rider Millie Allen, his offspring are also catching the eye of the equestrian world. And this success...
New Food Book's One to Relish
ANEW book celebrating the best in fine dining in the North East has been launched. Released by Relish Publications, Relish North East and Yorkshire Second Helping, revisits the region where the national collection - which now boasts 24 volumes -...
New Hodgson Logo Just Taylor Made!
TWO years ago, Hodgson Newcastle introduced a new slogan to its business, the Hug of Reassurance, to help describe the care the company put into its used car processes - both before the sale and, most importantly, after. It is a saying with a lot...
New Lidl Stores Set to Create around 50 Jobs
Byline: Rory Tingle Reporter rory.tingle@trinitymirror.com DOZENS of jobs are expected to be created after a cutprice supermarket got the green light to build two stores. Lidl intends to open new "state of the art" shops in Blyth and Bedlington...
New Sales Head for Law Firm after 21% Drop-Off; LAW
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE law firm Watson Burton has appointed a new sales director following a "disappointing" 21% drop in annual sales. The company's latest accounts show turnover dropped from PS10.7m to PS8.8m...
NHS Fined and Criticised after Scooter Fall Death
Byline: Ben Mitchell Reporter THE NHS has been fined PS40,000 after an 82-year-old man who was riding a mobility scooter fell 12ft to his death when a barrier on an elevated walkway collapsed. Benjamin Withers was visiting Fareham Health Centre,...
Not a Lot of Snow, but It Will Stay Cold, Say Experts
Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com FORECASTERS predict that the North East will remain cold over the next few days, after the region awoke to iced-up cars and slippery footpaths yesterday. Overnight frosts are likely...
Paul Benneworth [.]
Byline: POLITICS PAUL BENNEWORTH IT was fantastic to be back home this Christmas for an extended break with my nearest and dearest. The terrible weather was a great opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere and catch up with friends new and old....
People. in the Give Housing, Homemaker; in Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets Amy Gray
Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry I am Amy Gray, sales and marketing graduate with Linden Homes. I have been in the industry five years, including my time at university. What sparked your interest in the property...
Perfect Place to Enjoy Family Life
Byline: Vicky Robson HIS beautiful home has been "the perfect place" for David and Emma Frame to put down roots and raise their children. The house was one of six imposing properties in a plot in South Tyneside. And David, 39, and Emma, 38, knew...
Planners and Architects Must Learn Lessons from the Floods; in the Wake of the Recent Flooding, Architect Neil Turner Looks at Ways of Designing and Protecting New and Existing Homes
OVER the past couple of months we have experienced unseasonably warm weather for the time of year, with many parts of the country, including Corbridge, Carlisle and other parts of Cumbria plus York and Tadcaster suffering from huge amounts of rainfall...
Pound Notes
FINANCIAL FACT THE final bill for the flood damage caused by this winter's storms is likely to reach PS1.3bn, according to calculations from the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The total figure is made up of flooding damage caused by storms...
Probe into Arson Attack on Stately Home Intensified
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk THE search for firestarters who caused millions of pounds of damage to a historic stately home has been stepped up. Police have appealed for help to find the arsonists who they...
Pushing the Boundaries
INNOVATIVE design, flexible open-plan living space and a superior specification fitted as standard are just some of the features buyers can expect in a property by Avant Homes, according to the company. The North East housebuilder says it prides...
Ratings Reveal the Best of Our Region's Schools
Byline: Claire Miller Reporter jnl.news@ncjmedia.co.uk NEW Seaham Primary School, in Durham, is the best state-funded primary school in the Newcastle Chronicle area, according to a comprehensive new guide. The Real Schools Guide 2015, compiled...
Regulator Bans Former Co-Op Bank Executives
THE Bank of England has banned two former Co-operative Bank bosses from holding senior roles in the financial services industry for life. The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the Bank's supervisory arm, brought the actions against Barry Tootell,...
Resurgent McGowan Delighted to Be Back in the Swing
ARESURGENT Ross McGowan carded a sparkling 62 to claim the halfway lead in the Joburg Open as he looked to claim an overdue second European Tour title. McGowan fired six birdies, two eagles and just one bogey on the West Course at Royal Johannesburg...
Reviews
BOOK OF THE WEEK The Widow by Fiona Barton Publisher: Bantam Press. Price: Hardback PS12.99, ebook PS5.99. Available: January 14. HOTLY tipped as 2016's The Girl On The Train, The Widow certainly comes with great expectations as this year's unputdownable...
Shop around for Deals on Energy
ENERGY firms are overcharging customers and bills should come down, the boss of regulator Ofgem has said. Chief executive, Dermot Nolan, said "we really should be seeing bigger retail cuts" due to falling wholesale energy prices. The absence...
Special Style and Facilities for Retired
THE refurbishment of a former school in the heart of Gosforth, Newcastle, has been attracting a great deal of interest. Specialist retirement builders McCarthy and Stone say that the building, Kenton Lodge, is being transformed into 53 one and two...
SpORt ON tV
TODAY FOOTBALL: Premier League, Tottenham v Sunderland -BT Sport 1 1200; Aston Villa v Leicester -Sky Sports 1 1700; Championship, Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds -Sky Sports 5 1200; La Liga, Celta Vigo v Levante -Sky Sports 5 1710; Las Palmas v Atletico...
Spurs Are Wary of In-Form Ace Defoe
MAURICIO Pochettino will be wary of a familiar foe when his Tottenham Hotspur side face Sunderland and in-form striker Jermain Defoe. Defoe, who has had two spells at Spurs, has scored five times in his last two games for the Black Cats, including...
Step It Up ... the Second-Generation Volvo XC90 Aims to Make the Most of Its Sleek Swedish Design Values. ANDY ENRIGHT Takes a Look
LESS is most definitely not more when it comes to the secondgeneration Volvo XC90. Bigger, bolder and more technologically advanced than ever, it's a long way removed from its low-key predecessor. The interior's beautifully finished and the focus...
Stokes' Influence Helped to Relax Joe
JOE Root compiled a brilliant hundred to haul England back into contention on day two of the third Test against South Africa, but admitted he felt lucky to survive his first 12 balls. Root has had plenty of red letter days for his country, including...
Strong Start to the Sales Year; Builder Reports Strong Start to Year
ANORTHUMBERLAND house builder is reporting a strong start to 2016, with further reservations and interest from home buyers across all of its new developments. Cussins, a family builder, launched two new sites at the end of 2015, in Warkworth and...
Swaggering Shelvey Is Exactly What United Need Right Now
Byline: FOOTBALL DON HUTCHISON @donhutch4 IWATCHED Jonjo Shelvey walk onto the pitch before Newcastle United's game against Manchester United and I thought 'You cocky so-and-so'. That's not an insult, by the way. I thought he looked like a man...
Swiftly Does It; Suzuki's Swift Supermini Has Been Improved. but Not beyond Recognition. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports
Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH WITH the current generation version of their Swift supermini, Suzuki have stayed true to the design principles which have long served them in the small car sector; low running costs, high quality and a spacious cabin being...
The an Way to Luxurious JONATHAN at the THP 165 the Green Pump Goddess; the Improved DS4 Offers an Appealingly Different Way to Own a Sporting Yet Luxurious Focus-Class Car. JONATHAN CROUCH Looks at the Petrol-Powered THP 165 Version
THE DS4 offers a stylish twist on the family hatch theme and in improved THP 165 guise it offers a tempting alternative to the more pragmatic diesel-engined versions. With its winning blend of extrovert styling and a competitive petrol powerplant,...
The Bookies' View
With superb results in midweek both Newcastle and Sunderland should go into today's games full of confidence. Both were involved in six-goal thrillers in midweek, Newcastle managing a well-deserved draw with Manchester United while Sunderland beat...
The Powerful Leon; SEAT's Third-Generation Leon Is Also Offered as an ST Estate. It Might Be the Best Car You'd Never Heard of. ANDY ENRIGHT Reports
Byline: ANDY ENRIGHT WITH 587 litres of luggage space and riding on the same MQB chassis as the Volkswagen Golf Mk 7, the SEAT Leon ST estate offers sharp handling, excellent build quality, solid practicality and some great toys at prices around...
There Could Be a Lot More Winter to Come
IT'S been a wet winter so far, but it's been a mild one. However, this week's frosty nights and chilly days have been a reminder that it's only January and a long spell of bad weather could still be on the cards. As the temperature dropped, British...
The Style of Things to Come in the Home; We're Already Half Way through January, So It's Time to Get to Work on Those Plans to Update Your Home. Gabrielle Fagan Offers Some Ideas Popular in 2015 and Set to Stay Popular This Year
label on metallics as overdosing on them can tip into tacky. >Who can resist something shiny and glittery? Last year's copper craze continues, along with a love of glorious gold injecting glamour and interest. But there should be a "handle with...
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Time to Take Stock as Deadline for Stamp Duty Increase Looms
Byline: Anne Southby Fletcher GEORGE Osborne's impending 3% stamp duty increase for owners of second homes has taxed the minds of many in the housing market. And it isn't just landlords and second home owners who will bear the full force of April's...
Tragedy Led to Creation of Sea Heroes Group
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk IT was 150 years ago that, appalled by two horrific shipwrecks in the Tyne, a meeting was called to set up a lifesaving response. In a storm on November 24 1864, the wrecking...
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