The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from May 18, 2003

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2 Fantastic Meals for the Price of 1; Buy One Main Meal and You Get Another Absolutely Free
THE Mail on Sunday is serving up a fantastic two-for-one meal deal for every reader at Caffe Uno, Est Est Est and Garfunkel's restaurants across the country. This unmissable offer, exclusive to readers of The Mail on Sunday, will allow you to dine...
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A Bitter Pill to Swallow
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS THE late Arthur Ashe was a very good judge of a tennis player. So when he remarked of Pete Sampras that 'this guy could just be the best there ever was', we duly took notice. Sampras went on to win 14 Grand Slam titles, including...
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A Grander Canal .
Byline: DYMPHNA BYRNE Dymphna Byrne witnesses the end of 40 years of painstaking restoration on the Kennet and Avon waterway OUR arrival in Devizes in 1990 coincided with a Royal visit - and a crucial stage in the 40-year restoration of one of...
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All's Fair in Love and Law; These Exclusive Photographs from Her New Film, Legally Blonde 2, Reveal Why Reese Witherspoon Is Set to Overtake Julia Roberts as America's Biggest Female Star
Byline: CAROLINE GRAHAM At first glance it's an odd comparison: Reese Witherspoon, 5ft 2in, being hailed as the new Julia Roberts, 5ft 9in. But the feeling in Hollywood is that it's true. The star's current price tag is [pounds sterling]9.2 million...
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America's New Sweetheart; in an Exclusive Interview for Night & Day, Reese Witherspoon Talks to Sheryl Berk about Marriage to Film Star Ryan Phillippe and Juggling Her Family and Her Career
Byline: SHERYL BERK Everything's happening at once for Reese Witherspoon, America's favourite girl-next-door. On returning from a second honeymoon with husband Ryan Phillippe in the Caribbean, the actress discovered that she was pregnant with her...
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Andrew Defies Bombers to Go out Partying; Duke Presses on with Morocco Trip after Casablanca Outrage
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE THE Duke of York carried on partying in Morocco last night - ignoring the risk of further Al Qaeda suicide bomb attacks. Prince Andrew, 43, arrived on Friday just hours before the terrorist atrocity in Casablanca which...
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A New Twist to Memory Lane; REVIEW
Byline: PHILIP MARSDEN Then Again: Travels In Search Of My Younger Self by Irma Kurtz Fourth Estate [pounds sterling]16.99 .[pounds sterling]13.59 (0870 165 0870)*** Rummaging through some old papers, Irma Kurtz has one of those private...
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An Internet Gamble That Really Paidoff; Anti-Betting Campaigner's Grandson Becomes a [Pounds Sterling]2.6 Billion-a-Year bookieFinancial Mail on Sunday
Byline: ANDREW LEACH BRITAIN is leading the world in a new type of gambling that is giving traditional bookmakers a real run for their money. Internet betting exchanges, where punters set their own odds and bet against one another, is enjoying...
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Arsenal Do the Conga but It's a Dance of Pure Relief; Southampton Fans Brave in Defeat and a Credit to the Game
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS THEY sauntered up to receive the Cup with the air of men who know the protocol of presentation ceremonies. A wave to their fans, a convivial handshake with Sir Bobby Robson and a little dance on the dais, to demonstrate their...
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Arsenal Reign as Pires Raises Roof; Saints Give It Their All but There's No Answer to French Flair
Byline: JOE MELLING IN THE first-ever indoor FA Cup Final, staged beneath the closed roof of the Millennium Stadium, gallant Southampton simply could not keep the lid on the outstanding quality of Arsenal. The Saints offered stout hearts, incredible...
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Art of Living in Constable Country
Byline: JANE HUGHES The fortunes of Ipswich have traditionally followed that of its port on the River Orwell. So, it's not surprising that the [pounds sterling]350million transformation of the rundown dock area into two marinas, overlooked by waterfront...
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Ask Fiona; Actress Fiona Fullerton Has Spent Years Buying, Renovating and Renting Property - and Is Now the Author of a Brilliant Book on the Subject. Here She Answers Queries on a Range of Issues to Help Make Your Buying, Selling or Letting Easier
Byline: FIONA FULLERTON Smooth your way to the best deal I am in the process of selling my flat and have a buyer. I have tracked down the freeholder who is living in India and my solicitor has sent details via his son, who lives in the UK. The...
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At [Pounds Sterling]520,000. the Cameo That Cost Only [Pounds Sterling]750; PERSONAL FINANCEFINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY
Byline: LORNE SPICER DEALERS and auction houses are on the alert for artefacts looted from Iraq's museums. Islamic art can command staggering prices and some collectors may not be choosy about where pieces come from. So far the top auction houses...
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Audi's Magic Carpet; from Shagpile Soft to Lino Smooth, the a8's Ride Is Amazing Financial Mail on Sunday
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY AUDI UK hasn't just taken the wraps off its new luxury A8 saloon in righthand drive form, it has wrapped 80 landmark buildings with vast posters of the car. Some of them, such as the 436ft image on the front of Fort Dunlop...
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A Warning for Pop's Wannabes; New Fiction,REVIEW
Byline: SIMON HUMPHREYS Personality, by Andrew O'Hagan Faber [pounds sterling]16.99 . [pounds sterling]13.59 (0870 165 0870)***** This is a familiar tale: Maria Tambini, a 13-year-old girl with a golden voice, soars from television talent show...
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Babbel Still Reeling over Houllier's Hurtful Slur
Byline: BOB CASS MARKUS BABBEL admits he is devastated and mystified that he has fallen out of favour with Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier. Despite having recovered from a life-threatening illness which kept him out of football for more than...
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Bad Old Days Help Fund Guru Rise and Shine; PERSONAL Financefinancial Mail on Sunday
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE EXPERIENCE counts. And those who have emerged from some of the great money crises of recent decades are probably best placed to cope with today's volatile markets. Take Bill Mott, for example. In October 1987, he was managing...
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BBC Line Up McEnroe to Have a Rant at Umpires
Byline: BILL DAY JOHN McENROE will once more be able to yell: 'You cannot be serious,' at Wimbledon officials after the BBC won the battle to introduce new technology at this year's tournament. The All England Club have given the broadcaster...
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Beer This Strong Is a Danger to Us All
Byline: GEORGE BEST I read recently that a beer called Dogfish Head WorldWide Stout is to be launched in Britain. In fact, it should be banned. It is ridiculously strong - 23 per cent alcohol, which is stronger than most fortified wines. Its...
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Blair's Secret Deal to 'Appease 'Mugabe; Tory Fury at Premier's New 'Softly, Softly' Approach to Zimbabwe
Byline: SIMON WALTERS TONY BLAIR was at the centre of a political storm last night when it was revealed that he has made a secret deal to stop attacking Robert Mugabe. The Prime Minister was accused of appeasing the dictator, who has been condemned...
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BLOATED,PIMPLY,FILTHY HAIR,DIRTY CLOTHES - BUT NOTHING WOULD EVER STOP FRANK MAKING LOVE WITH MARILYN; in the Second Part of His Candid Biography, Sinatra's Valet George Jacobs Reveals the Squalid Truth about the World's Sexiest woman,REVIEW
Byline: GEORGE JACOBS Wearing a black wig and glasses, Marilyn Monroe spent countless evenings in bars on Santa Monica Boulevard waiting to get picked up. On the rare occasions that she failed, she would return home to drown her sorrows with alcohol...
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Brown: I'll Quit If Blair Pushes Euro; Exclusive
Byline: SIMON WALTERS GORDON BROWN sensationally threatened to resign in a row with Tony Blair over joining the euro, it was revealed last night. The Chancellor told the Prime Minister that if he overruled him on the historic decision, he would...
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BT Pension Move Could Save [Pounds Sterling]30m; Companies & Marketsfinancial Mail on Sunday
Byline: SIMON FLUENDY TELECOMS giant BT Group is planning a major charm offensive this week to persuade credit agency Moody's to improve its rating, which would save it a fortune in interest payments. The company hopes to use an actuary's report...
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Built for Bond; Keep an Eye on Your Enemies with the Latest Spy Gadgets
Byline: ROB WAUGH Keep an eye on your enemies with the latest spy gadgets Panasonic Authenticam This security webcam scans your retina to identify you, so that no one else can access your PC. Authenticam uses a camera lens, not a laser, so...
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Butcherwaiting for Champagne or Razor Blades
Byline: NIALL MULLIGAN Motherwell 2 Aberdeen 3 MOTHERWELL ensured that they will finish bottom of the SPL as they capitulated to a mediocre Aberdeen team at Fir Park - and left boss Terry Butcher facing a tensionfilled few days. On Friday,...
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Caine's Comedy Is beyond a Joke; Films of the Week
Byline: MATTHEW BOND The Actors Director: Conor McPherson Starring: Michael Caine, Dylan Moran, Michael Gambon, Lena Headey Certificate: 15 Running time: 1hr 35mins * To Kill A King Director: Mike Barker Starring: Dougray Scott, Rupert Everett,...
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Calls of the Wild . . . Day in the Life of One Insurance Rep Who Still Makes Home Visits - in a Smart Car with Personalised Plates Instead of by Traditional bicycleFinancial Mail on Sunday
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE THERE was a time, not so long ago, when all insurance companies visited customers at home. Insurance agents would arrive on their latest flashy bicycle, have a chat and collect the premium. Now, The Man From The Pru and the...
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Carry on Keeping, Wilson Tells Safe Hands
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY DAVID SEAMAN, in fluorescent orange jersey, and Patrick Vieira in Hugo Boss suit, took joint possession of the FA Cup in the centre of the Millennium Stadium yesterday afternoon. Seaman, as goalkeeper for the past 13 years...
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Cars at Risk by Hook and by Crook . . . Personal Financefinancial Mail on Sunday
Byline: SALLY HAMILTON CAR thieves are nothing if not resourceful. Sophisticated security systems now make hotwiring or smashing a window a waste of time, so crooks are resorting to simpler methods - including fishing rods. Thieves are breaking...
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Celtic Needn't Rely on Divine Intervention to Stun Porto
Byline: PAT NEVIN IT'S nearly here, the biggest game any Scottish domestic side has played since Dundee United faced Gothenburg in the UEFA Cup Final back in 1987. It has been an even longer wait for the Celtic fans, more than 30 years since...
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Channon Tasting the Good Life Once Again
Byline: JONATHAN POWELL SECOND careers in sport all too often involve nostalgic nights replaying past glories through the bottom of a glass. Mick Channon is a startling exception. His place in football history as a fleet-footed striker for England...
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Check for the Cheats; Financial Mail on Sunday
Byline: ABIGAIL MONTROSE ASK THE EXPERTS Edited by Abigail Montrose TODAY'S experts are BRIAN CAPON of the British Bankers' Association; ANNA BOWES of adviser firm Chase de Vere in Bath, Somerset; SAMANTHA BENNETT of National Savings; MIKE WARBURTON...
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Child's Play: The Way to Earn a Grownup Wage; Combining Work with Raising a Family Can Be Difficult, but There Is a Solution . . .FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY
Byline: ALISON COLEMAN KEEPING an eye on the children while running a business would normally be a major challenge. But it is proving to be a winning combination in franchising. Childcare and child education franchises, which include theatre...
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Chrysalis Shines as a Radio Star; MidasFinancial Mail on Sunday
Byline: ANDREW LEACH FOR many years, radio and music group Chrysalis lived up to its name, with the prospect of any profits ever emerging a distant one. But times are changing. Heavy investment in its businesses, including buying radio licences,...
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Clare Wasn't Spurned,just Betrayed.Like Us
Byline: SUZANNE MOORE SHE chose a messy way to go all right, but then Clare Short has never exactly been smooth. She should, of course, have gone before. She should not have wrestled with her ego in public. She should not have given in to Tony's...
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Clarke Cuts Losses with a Slice of Luck; Padraig Leads Irish Charge on Woods' Title
Byline: PETER HIGGS ON THE day Tiger Woods ruled himself out of winning the tournament he has dominated for the past two years, his long-time rival Darren Clarke was putting on a brave face after a bizarre incident which severely damaged his hopes....
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Corrie's Curly to Go Straight; THE WEEK IN 90 SECONDS,REVIEW
Grandmother Marion Fahnestock revealed that she was John F. Kennedy's 'Monica Lewinsky'. Author Robert Dalleck's book, An Unfinished Life, details Mrs Fahnestock's relationship with the president when she was a 19-year-old intern at the White House....
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CROCODILES, POVERTY AND DISEASE...IS THIS REALLY BARONESS AMOS'S IDEA OF PARADISE? Britain's First Black Woman Cabinet Minister Is Accused of Hypocrisy by the Guyanese Family That She Left Behind
Byline: SHARON CHURCHER BARONESS AMOS recalls it as an idyllic childhood in a tropical paradise. Clare Short's successor as International Development Secretary speaks fondly of a 'rural lifestyle' in Guyana, a former British colony from which her...
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Curtain Comes Down on Rebellion; Financial Mail on Sunday
Byline: GADFLY HENNY de Ruiter, chairman of Dutch supermarket chain Ahold, struggled last week to explain to shareholders a gigantic accounting scandal, including falsified results. To take one example, profits in the main American operation...
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David'sTitanic Task; Coulthard's Chances Sink with Error at Final Corner
Byline: DEREK HUNTER DAVID COULTHARD faces a massive salvage operation in this afternoon's Austrian Grand Prix. The Scot was able to muster some gallows humour even in his despair over a qualifying gaffe that leaves him down among Formula One's...
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Deadly Gas Fear over MRI Scans
Byline: RACHEL ELLIS HOSPITALS across Britain have been ordered to carry out urgent safety checks on all their MRI scanners after it emerged they could release supercooled helium gas that could freeze patients to death. Two serious incidents...
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Dictator Mugabe and Blair the Secret Appeaser
THE emergence of a letter from the Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, describing how the British Government has agreed to cool criticism of Robert Mugabe, throws a disturbing light on the double standards of Tony Blair's foreign policy. All...
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Don't Get Taken for a Price Ride; FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY
Byline: ALISON COLEMAN KEEPING customers happy can be tough, especially for a small business. In the case of Farmer Studios, which designs and builds rides and animated attractions for theme parks, zoos and other tourist venues, keeping up with...
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Drugs Giant Faces Fat Cat Pay Defeat; Shareholders Plan Revolt at Glaxo's AGM FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM;SARAH BRIDGE DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline will tomorrow become the first company to have its policy on boardroom pay voted down by shareholders at an AGM. Despite frantic last-minute negotiations and the offer of substantial...
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Evans Has One Eye on the Final
Byline: PAUL MORGAN HARLEQUINS must overcome an horrendous record at Leicester if they are going to be in the Heineken Cup next season. Quins travel to Leicester today for the Zurich Wildcard semi-final second leg defending a 26-23 lead. The...
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Express Owner 'Inflated Profits'; FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY
Byline: SIMON FLUENDY;MARTIN TOMKINSON EXPRESS Newspapers boss Richard Desmond gave the prestigious Wall Street Journal financial figures that hugely exaggerated profits for his publishing empire, Financial Mail can reveal. Desmond told reporters...
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Falling in Love with Berlioz Country
Byline: GARETH HUW DAVIES Gareth Huw Davies arvels at the home of the passionate French composer HECTOR BERLIOZ'S house in the village of La Cote Saint Andre was in turmoil, just like the frantic closing moments of one of the great composer's...
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Flaw of the Jungle; REVIEW
Byline: JACI STEPHEN I'm A Celebrity...Get me Out Of Here! ITV1, ITV2, daily *** I'm A Celebrity...Get me Out Of Here! USA ITV2, daily **** The Trouble With Reality TV Sky One, Wednesday* Your Face Or Mine? Channel 4, Tuesday *...
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Food for Thought
Byline: TOM PARKER BOWLES The clear winners Forget all the marketing spin, the best thing about bottled waters is the taste I spent a couple of hours last week at a water tasting. I slurped and gulped my way through nearly 20 different brands...
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Frightening Legacy of a Horrorfilm Double Bill
Byline: GEORGE GALLOWAY LAST week I witnessed two pieces of filmmaking that have haunted me to the point of sleeplessness ever since. The first was Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore's superb documentary examination of U.S. gun culture. ...
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Good Evans, Coleman Wants Roy by His Side; Word Warnock's a Windup Sales Pitch for Phillips Tigana a Surprise for Villa to Consider Canny Newcastle Can Get Brett on the Cheap
Byline: JOE MELLING CHRIS COLEMAN is ready to make his first and potentially most vital signing as new manager at Fulham. Coleman, 32, is already in discussion with Roy Evans about the feasibility of the former Liverpool manager working alongside...
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Go West for Your Pot of Portuguese Silver; Why Jostle with Crowds on the Algarve When There's a Lush, Unspoiled Coast for You to Enjoy
Byline: MARY WILSON When you talk of beachside living in Portugal, most people think of the Algarve. But the west coast, just north of Lisbon, is gaining popularity. Homes are half the price of property in the south and the beaches are soft,...
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Great Job, Top Pay, Get Me out of Here; Financial Mail on Sunday
Byline: ANDREW MOODY MONEY tempted John Brown into a new job with an American bank in London. But despite the 'terrific salary package', he knew he just didn't fit in. He left his post as a recruitment executive officer after just three months...
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Growing Up in South Africa Was Great ... but Then Again I Am White; Ernie Els on Apartheid, Tiger and the Open
Byline: IAN STAFFORD OPEN champion Ernie Els has revealed for the first time the history of his sheltered upbringing in South Africa's apartheid era, his shock when he learned the truth about his country and how he kept his love of golf secret from...
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Hand ON the Run; Stella McCartney and the Bizarre Vocabulary She's Learned from Sir Paul
Byline: JO WILTSHIRE Whenever Stella McCartney finds herself in the public eye, she can't resist letting her hands do the talking. Clearly a believer in the dictum that actions speak louder than words, she is a master of the hand gesture. From...
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Hard Graft Brings Just Reward for Henderson
Byline: GEORGE MACKAY SHEER hard work earned Andy Henderson his place in Scotland's South African touring squad, insists coach Ian McGeechan. The Glasgow centre, dropped midway through last season's Six Nations campaign, forced his way back into...
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HARTSON'S AGONY AS HE MISSES CUPFINAL; Injury Rules out Seville Role
Byline: FRASER MACKIE DEVASTATED John Hartson last night spoke of his 'heartbreak' after it was confirmed that the Celtic striker would definitely miss the UEFA Cup Final against Porto onWednesday. The powerful forward finally succumbed to the...
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Has the Queen of the City Lost Her Crown? Robin Saunders Has Bankrolled Two Billionaires, Saved Wembley Stadium and Even Tried to Buy Railtrack. but Her Latest Deal, Worth [Pounds Sterling]750 Million, Is Being Investigated and Another Is in Jeopardy. She's Losing Friends Fast ...FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY
Byline: SIMON WATKINS SHE makes her living from lending money, but banking superwoman Robin Saunders appears to be living on borrowed time. She masterminded a string of headlinemaking deals for German bank WestLB that are now under investigation...
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Henry Gets a Few Tips from Blair; Theatre
Byline: GEORGINA BROWN Henry V Olivier, National Theatre, London 3hrs (including interval) **** Sexual Perversity In Chicago Comedy Theatre, London 1hr 15mins (no interval) ** The Lady From The Sea Almeida Theatre, London 2hrs 30mins (including...
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Henry's a Rolls-Royce and When He Hits the Throttle, No One Can Catch Him
Byline: SIR BOBBY ROBSON WHEN I presented the FA Cup to David Seaman, I said to him: 'Great day for you son, you deserved it. Enjoy what you've achieved.' Seaman may be 40 on his next birthday - but age is just a number. He did not look out of place...
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Hewitt's Ex Goes Full Steam Ahead with [Pounds Sterling]2m Sell-Off; BLACK DOG
INDUSTRY Secretary Patricia Hewitt's ex-husband, Tory peer's son Julian Gibson-Watt, has pocketed [pounds sterling]2million by flogging a chunk of Britain's industrial heritage. The landowner has sold heirlooms - some to foreign buyers - of ancestor...
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History at the Touch of a Switch as Sussex See Light
Byline: DANIEL KING THE FA CUP Final was not the only sporting event to create history yesterday. While Arsenal and Southampton played under a closed roof in Cardiff, first-class cricket was played under lights for the first time in nearly 200...
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Hothouse
Byline: SARAH HARTLEY A Fiennes mess you have left us in, Joseph Exasperation is mounting in the saga of Joseph Fiennes's attempts to renovate his ruinous house in Notting Hill. 'Environmental officers have been called to inspect the site...
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How Bhoys' Choir --andChalmers' Goal -Sank Might of Inter; ITALIAN FAVOURITES FLUMMOXED BY CELTIC'S TUNNEL VISION
Byline: JIM BLACK THE record books show that Stevie Chalmers scored the goal that resulted in Celtic being proclaimed European champions 36 years ago. Chalmers' 85th-minute strike, which secured a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in Lisbon, is arguably...
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How Britain's Biggest Pub Boss Became Intoxicated by This Blonde Banker. and Called Time on a 23-Year Marriage; They're an Item but We All Get on Really Well, Says His Former Wife
Byline: AMANDA PERTHEN AS a keen racing driver and multimillionaire pub landlord, Ted Tuppen is accustomed to living life in the fast lane and taking risks. When his company Enterprise Inns paid [pounds sterling]2 billion for a chain of pubs...
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How Do You Impress the Ice Cool Boss of a [Pounds Sterling]100bn Oil Empire? Start with a Hoyo De Monterey Epicure No.2; BP's John Browne Reveals the Drive That Took Him from Trainee to the Topfinancial Mail on Sunday
Byline: BEN LAURANCE ASK John Browne any question about BP and he gives an answer that is careful, thoughtful and precise. He articulates the oil giant's line and divulges not one iota more. His chief executive's office, overlooking St James's...
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How Tara Brought Her Lofty Ideas to Lewes; When a Remarkable House on Stiltswas Created in the Sussex Town, They Called in Theultra-Chic Interior Designer from London
Byline: SEBASTIAN O'KELLY Tara Bernerd could be described as the building trade's pinup girl. Blonde, slim, beautiful with a kind of Spanish hauteur and rich dark eyes that tend not to blink first, she smiles coming down the ultra cool stairs...
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How to Create a Show Garden That Could Win at Chelsea; Leading Designer Fiona Lawrenson Reveals How She Prepares for Her Biggest Challenge
Byline: SUE PHILLIPS Glamorous ecological is the mood and biodiversity the buzz word at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Packed with 67 designer gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society's flagship show is a walk-in catalogue of new trends and...
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I Am Sorry, but I Cannot Stay in a Tory Party Led by a Man Who Thinks That Charisma Is December 25,REVIEW; Former Minister David Mellor Reveals Why He's Had Enough of IDS
Byline: DAVID MELLOR Sad to admit, but as a kid I was a bit of a political anorak. I couldn't have been more than 15 when I first joined the Conservative Party, so it's a wrench to admit that I let my membership lapse some time ago, after more than...
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I Found out about Lorna's Baby the Day after She Was Killed. I Don't Believe She Wanted It, but If She Had, I'd Never Have Let Her See Our Children Again; EXCLUSIVE: THE HUSBAND OF THE MOTHER MURDERED BY RENA SALMON SPEAKS OF THEIR LOVE,HER AFFAIR-AND HIS SIMMERING HATRED FOR THOSE HE HOLDS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER DEATH
Byline: FIDELMA COOK THE photograph Keith Rodrigues clutches in his hands shows a glowing, handsome young couple with their two beautiful daughters. It's a painful reminder of how idyllic life once was before his family was first sullied by his...
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If You Reject Europe, You Betray Britain; REVIEW
Byline: STEWART STEVEN The Daily Mail says the proposed new European Union Constitution is 'the most serious assault on our freedom in 1,000 years'. They want a referendum which, in a headline, they call: 'A Vote To Save Your Country.' The Sun...
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I'm No Crook, Says Russian Who Aims to Revive Corus; EXCLUSIVE: Tycoon Once Jailed for Extortion Tells of His Plans for British Steel Giant
Byline: WILL STEWART;TOM MCGHIE THE Russian tycoon who has emerged as the third-largest shareholder in ailing British steel giant Corus has angrily denied ever having links with suspected organised crime figures. Alisher Usmanov, who spent six...
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I'm Sick and Tired of Reading about Archer's Cushy Life; How Blunkett Urged Officials to Give Peer a Tougher Time in Jail
Byline: MARTIN DELGADO THE extraordinary level of David Blunkett's interference to make sure Jeffrey Archer had a hard time in jail has been revealed in Home Office documents. They show how prison officials ignored medical advice and moved the...
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Iraq's Year Zero; Review, Peter Hitchens Visits Liberated Iraq and Finds No Law, No Security, No Electricity, No Gas, No Medicine, No Jobs, No Telephones, No TV, No Viable Currency. the Only Things There's No Shortage of Are Looters, Mullahs ... and Corpses
Byline: PETER HITCHENS Each evening, as night falls on Baghdad, the Middle Ages return. This great modern city has been stripped of almost all the essentials of civilisation. By day it is not quite so obvious. But when the electricity shuts down...
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Is It Time for Buyers to Fall off the Fence? While 'In-Betweeners' Sellup and Rent, Families May Have It Right
Byline: SEBASTIAN O'KELLY Anybody lucky enough to have sold their house in the past six months might be forgiven for hesitating before plunging their money back into property again - especially as almost all forecasts have the market heading south...
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It's My Longest Love Affair but a New Baby Comes First; with a Fourth Child on Theway, BillWyman and Wife Suzanne Tell Why They Are Selling Their [Pounds Sterling]1.5mvilla in the South of France
Byline: CHERYL MARKOSKY Just three months after he left the Rolling Stones in 1993, Bill Wyman married his third wife, Suzanne Accosta, a beautiful blonde from California, in St Paul de Vence in the South of France. A glamorous, star-studded reception...
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It's Your Funeral. Ozwald Boateng Wants the Men at His Funeral to Wear His Couture Range, but He'll Be in a Traditional Ashanti Robe
Byline: CELIA WALDEN I don't want people to wear black at my funeral. Everyone should look smart, and all the men should be dressed in Ozwald Boateng Couture, so that the ceremony will have the feel of a retrospective. I'm hoping, of course, that...
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Joining the Chelsea Set
Byline: CHARLIE DIMMOCK Charlie Dimmock on how anyone can now design a display for the big show TRENDY display gardens are the heart of the Chelsea Flower Show and people can't get enough of them. So nowadays, besides the really large gardens...
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Jonathan's Found His Feet Again. Dance
Byline: RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN Last autumn, everything was looking rosy for Royal Ballet star Jonathan Cope. At the age of 40, when most dancers are succumbing to the creaks of middle age, he was enjoying one of the great triumphs of his career, as...
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Justin's Such a Scream; Pop,REVIEW
Byline: TIM DE LISLE Justin Timberlake Wembley Arena, London *** On a dull, grey evening, a sound rings out that hasn't been heard in these parts since The Beatles played the Empire Pool. Thousands of teenage girls who seemed quite sophisticated...
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Killie Dream Dies
Byline: IAN BROADLEY Dunfermline 2 Kilmarnock 2 JIM JEFFERIES last night conceded defeat in the race for a European place after Kilmarnock became their own worst enemies at East End Park. Kris Boyd snatched a dramatic injury-time goal to snatch...
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Labour Doesn't Give a Hoot on Pensions Crisis; Financial Mail on Sunday
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE BLUNT-talking Scot Ian McCartney was promoted from Pensions Minister to chairman of the Labour Party almost six weeks ago. Though the robust McCartney has made an instant impact in his new Cabinet role, it seems that Tony...
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Lambie Still on Songashetakes Final Jags' Bow
Byline: JIM BLACK Partick 0 Dundee Utd 1 PARTICK THISTLE manager John Lambie took his final bow at Firhill yesterday with a song in his heart as he led 6,000 fans in a rendition of the club's anthem. Lambie's efforts may not have matched those...
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Leo Mystery as Cherie Rushes Him to Hospital; Blairs' Son in Health Scare after Incident at Chequers
Byline: RACHEL ELLIS;JONATHAN OLIVER THE Prime Minister's youngest son was at the centre of a health scare last night after being rushed to the casualty department of Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Two-year-old Leo Blair was taken by his mother Cherie...
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London's Most Glorious Secrets; Sir Roy Strong Previews Next Month's London Garden Squares Day When Scores of Exclusive Private Gardens Open Their Gates to the Public
Byline: SIR ROY STRONG;NIKKI MURFITT London's squares are the city's lungs. I've always loved them, as refreshing to me in winter, when they are little more than grass, evergreens and a pattern of branches against the sky, as when they are at their...
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Love That Split the Empire; REVIEW
Byline: KATHRYN HUGHES Kitty And The Prince by Ben Shephard Profile Books [pounds sterling]14.99 .[pounds sterling]11.99 (0870 165 0870)**** During the late summer of 1899, British newspaper readers were rocked by a story halfway between scandal...
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Magic of Mozart on the Moon
Byline: KENNETH SPEIRS The Magic Flute Theatre Theatre Royal, Glasgow **** The Magic Flute is perhaps the most beloved of Mozart's operas. The tunes are enchanting, the plot is a highly appealing mix of the highminded and the comic and...
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Mandela Keeps Stars Up with Late-Night Phone Chats
Byline: JOE BERNSTEIN DAVID BECKHAM should be careful not to give his home phone number out to Nelson Mandela when he meets the former South African President on Wednesday. Sports-mad Mandela loves boxing, football and rugby in particular and...
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Marks Ready to Unveil Its Loyalty Points Credit Card
Byline: TEENA LYONS MARKS & Spencer will join the ranks of the credit card giants this week when it unveils details of its nationwide loyalty scheme. The High Street chain will announce the launch alongside its full-year results, which are...
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Matrix Is a Real Screen Saver; CANNES DIARY
Byline: MATTHEW BOND Rarely have I been so pleased to see a film by the Wachowski brothers, and I'm sure the organisers of the Cannes Film Festival feel exactly the same. Andy and Larry Wachowski's Matrix Reloaded may not be the greatest work of...
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Mcleish: Next Two Games Are Most Vital I've Ever Faced
GORDON STRACHAN cursed Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman for extending his career long enough to deny the Scotsman a giantkilling act in yesterday's 1-0 FA Cup Final defeat for Southampton. 'I wish he'd retired last week,' quipped Strachan, who went...
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Minister's Stark Warning on Vote Rigging Scandals; Whip Calls for Major Reform in Law as Police Probe New Allegations in His Home Town
Byline: JONATHAN OLIVER THE scandal over postal ballot rigging took a twist last night after a Government Minister broke ranks to warn that trust in the electoral system was close to collapse. The warning came from Labour Whip Phil Woolas, who...
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Mixed Signals Emerge as Investors Test Water; TAKING STOCK Financial Mail on Sunday
Byline: SIMON WATKINS INVESTORS could be forgiven a moment of jubilation. Last week the FTSE 100 closed above 4,000 for the first time since the start of the year and a few brave souls even said that the bear market was over. Coupled with this,...
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Moilanen More Than Happy to Stay Exactly Where He Is
Byline: JAMES MELVILLE TEPI MOILANEN'S giant reach has helped Hearts place two hands on the coveted SPL passport to the UEFA Cup next season. Now the Finnish goalkeeper wants to sign the contract that ensures he's around to take part in the action....
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Moving Stories; TV Presenter Clare Beckwith, 30, Is Soon to Host Her Own Property Show. the Daughter of Peter Beckwith, a Prominent Landowner and Property Developer in London, and Sister of Tamara, Clare Is Also an Ambassador for the British Luxury Council
We had been going to the South of France as a family since I was about six years old. Our place there was small, so when I was about 19 we decided to buy somewhere bigger - in the area around Nice. I went with my mother to help her househunt...
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MSP Kept Her Lesbian Lover Secret to Win Seat
Byline: JANE SIMPSON THE married MSP who admitted a lesbian relationship with the wife of a top civil servant chose to keep her affair a closely guarded secret from voters. Mother-of-two Margaret Smith made a calculated decision to keep quiet...
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MSP's Gay Secret Which Nobody Wanted to Know; BLACK DOG in Holyrood
IN HOLYROOD THE words 'I told you so' have been echoing around the corridors of the Scottish Parliament since Lib Dem Margaret Smith outed herself as gay - if you can consider jumping before the tabloids push you as outing yourself. Now the eagleeyed...
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Mum Is the Word; Whether or Not You Are a Parent, Everyone Has a Responsibility to Make Children Healthy and Happy
Byline: CAROLE CAPLIN Last year, in the gym where I work, I saw two pregnant women spending two to three hours each day in aerobic classes, followed by heavy weight training. Apparently, both were concerned about the impact of pregnancy on their...
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New Girl in Life of Salon Murder Husband; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: DOMINIC TURNBULL;ALISTAIR SELF THIS is the secret lover who has helped the husband of beauty salon killer Rena Salmon through his court ordeal. The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Paul Salmon, 42, is enjoying an intimate relationship with...
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Now Marina's Father Faces a [Pounds Sterling]1.8m Crisis; Big Losses Threaten Ogilvy Insurance Company
Byline: RACHEL OLDROYD;LOUISA PRITCHARD THE father of Marina Mowatt, the Queen's cousin living on state handouts, is facing a financial crisis too. Sir Angus Ogilvy stands to lose [pounds sterling]1.82 million after his underwriting company said...
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