Self-testing kit gains support

  • NHS

Thanks to a tiny testing kit, medics are predicting a huge drop in deaths from bowel cancer.

Ace students play a blinder in county

PUPILS in Northumberland are believed to have scored the county’s best exam results yet.

Leader with a world of experience

The flying Scotsman has landed. Andrew Mernin meets Bill McPherson, the man behind the take-off of Newcastle’s new route to Dubai.

Newcastle snub was wrong

  • BBC

RACING is lucky to have two dedicated channels that enable all meetings in Britain and Ireland to be covered live, particularly as terrestrial TV, notably the BBC, seem intent on being even more selective in what they show.

Golf On The Dee

Every corner of Scotland has its hidden gems - and we've found four of the best in the majestic setting of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire that would make an excellent three or four day break.

Aircraft carrier plan brings bright future

THE recent announcement by the Ministry of Defence that construction of two new aircraft carriers is to go ahead is potentially very good news for hundreds of companies in the region who work in the marine, defence and engineering sectors.

O’Brien has the aces in a poor pack

THE Ascot executive plan to promote the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes more extensively in Europe next year after the latest renewal of their midsummer highlight failed to attract any runners from the current Classic generation.

Thursday's business news

Banking group Barclays to offer cash sweetener to ABN Amro; Sainsbury's eyes overseas expansion; Retailer Morrisons reports slowing sales; BT chairman makes final speech to shareholders.

Giant is again a takeover target

SAINSBURY’S became a takeover target for the second time this year today after revealing an approach from a fund backed by the Qatari royal family.

Tees companies pick up top Royal honours

TEES Valley companies and entrepreneurs were among those attending a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace today.

‘One option was my death at her hands’

A FRENCH woman accused of stalking a North academic threatened him with death and compared her relationship with him to the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, a jury heard yesterday.

Four brave officers in frame for award

FOUR police officers who made a courageous but vain attempt to save the life of a schoolboy on the North-East coastline are in the running to be named the bravest in Britain at a major awards ceremony next week.

Voices raised in song from the Sage to the MetroCentre

Newcastle Choral Society member Peter Nevin, who joined in 1986, here pays his own tribute to choirmaster Len Young.

Hardship inflicted by the Thatcher years

I was surprised that there was not a flood of letters replying to Tim Brown's letter (Voice of the North, June 18).

Barclays pledge over jobs cuts

Barclays pledged it would look to avoid compulsory job cuts "where possible" if its £45bn merger with Dutch bank ABN Amro goes ahead.

Real test for arts in next spending review

It is a credit to The Journal that its front page should be asking questions about the future commitment of Gordon Brown's Government to funding for the arts and museums.


Buckingham Palace accounts revealed; Consumer spending slows down; Investors set for £500m battle for Domestic & General.

Death toll mounts as more rain due

Weather forecasters last night warned that Britain could be hit by yet more heavy rain in the coming days.

War veteran's royal appointment nearly derailed

A falklands veteran from Northumberland yesterday told how he nearly missed a reception with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

The stars burn bright for Diana

  • BBC

The BBC is marking the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death with a star-studded memorial concert at the new Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Brave Soldier has a Golden day

Soldier's Tale foiled an Antipodean sprint whitewash and gave trainer Jeremy Noseda the proudest moment in his training career when producing a power-packed display in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Royal romance excites punters

Bookmakers William Hill have slashed the odds on Prince William and his former girlfriend Kate Middleton getting engaged following reports they have been seeing each other again.

Fab Five Secures Crown For Fortune

Jimmy Fortune was crowned leading jockey at Royal Ascot for the first time and walked away with the London Clubs International Trophy following five victories at the meeting.

Geordieland set to miss Plate

The weights for the John Smith's Northumberland Plate next Saturday are likely to be raised by 8lb with Geordieland, currently heading the entries on 9st 10lb, certain to miss the race after his gallant second to Yeats in the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday.

Student homes are good for business

Students are nice little earners, say property experts. Although parents usually expect to lose a small fortune when their children go to university, many have been doing rather nicely out of these years of study.

Darjina can see off a tricky challenger

French raider Darjina can floor her Coronation Stakes rivals at Royal Ascot today.

Heavenly harp joins the choir

A favourite of royalty and the aristocracy, harpist Janet Bennett is fast establishing herself as an international musician, as Richard Yates reports

Fabre thrilled by sixth Royal win

Manduro returned to Royal Ascot and built on his placed effort of 12 months ago to capture the Prince Of Wales' Stakes for France's champion trainer Andre Fabre and rookie jockey Stephane Pasquier.

Search for secrets of castle site

Archaeologists are hoping to reveal the next chapter in the fascinating history of a Northumberland castle as a 10-year-old excavation project gets under way again at the weekend.

Rod's a singer without match

Fresh from getting hitched again, Rod Stewart is in Newcastle next week for a gig at St James' Park, and you could get up close and personal with him.

Cockney caught by an Art attack

Aidan O'Brien dominated the feature race on the opening day of Royal Ascot as Excellent Art led home a remarkable one-two-three in the St James's Palace Stakes, writes Martin Kelly.

French threat looms large at Ascot

Manduro can make the trip across the Channel more than worthwhile by grabbing gold in a mouth-watering renewal of Royal Ascot's Prince Of Wales' Stakes.

Queen's artist dies at home aged 86

Artist James Alder, who was born into a Tyneside working class community and went on to paint for the Royal Family, has died.

Archaeologists back at Bamburgh

Archaeologists will return to Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland this weekend for their 11th season of excavations.

Italian import shows a lot of promise

Ramonti can spoil George Washington's much-anticipated return to the track by grabbing victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Washington on comeback trail

George Washington is as short as even-money to make a triumphant return to his racing career in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot today.

You're the Manduro

Tomorrow's Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot is shaping up to be the highlight of the week.

Disco diva back for girls' night

The temperature will be hot, hot, hot and notching up at least Three Degrees at the Theatre Royal this week, as Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr finds out

Sickening tittle tattle on royals

Won't be buying Tina Brown's The Diana Chronicles.

Arthritis is being missed in young

North doctors are aiming to speed up the time it takes for children with arthritis to be treated after a new study found "considerable delays" in diagnosis and then referral for specialist hospital care.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
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Business Editor
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Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer