The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from January 30, 2005

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29% and Business Is Brisk for Store Cards; Financial Mail
Byline: HELEN LOVELESS Store cards are under renewed fire from consumer groups, MPs and watchdogs. But the stinging criticism seems to have been ignored by shoppers, with more than five million new cards taken out over the Christmas period. Store...
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A Baltic Cruise in Heaven's Kitchen; TV Weathergirl Sian Lloyd Finds the Outlook on a Luxury Liner Is Much to Her Taste
Byline: SIAN LLOYD UNTIL my forward-thinking fiance, Lembit, talked me into it, I'd never considered taking a cruise before. I just didn't think it would be my kind of thing - being stuck on a boat for a week, rolling about on the ocean with a crowd...
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Absolutely Fabulous; Whether Talking about His Fiancee, His New Film or Even Food, Jeff Goldblum Exudes Enthusiasm. and, as Elaine Lipworth Discovers, the Life Aquatic Star Has a Lot to Be Happy about the Life Aquatic Special
Byline: ELAINE LIPWORTH Jeff Goldblum is enthusing about lunch. The remains of salmon, salad and corn on the cob are on a tray, pushed to the side of his New York hotel suite. We're meeting to talk about his role as an oceanographer in The Life...
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A CHARLES LOOKALIKE WHO CONVINCED BRITAIN THIS NAZI PHOTO WAS HOAX; Solved: Riddle That Mystified Thousands Who Saw This BBC Publicity Picture
Byline: MARTIN DELGADO IT IS a picture that told a grim story - and posed a question to Mail on Sunday readers that would lead to our telephones ringing non-stop for two days. How had Prince Charles ended up shaking hands with the monster of...
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A DASH ROUND DAS CAPITAL; Frank Barrett Takes a Whirlwind Tour of Berlin - and Revels in the City's Re-Emerging Glory, REVIEW
Byline: FRANK BARRETT MY FIRST visit to Berlin was in 1972, on an Inter-Rail ticket. Hard to imagine now, 15 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, how strange and worrying it was then to live in a divided Europe. For most people their only...
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Advertising Revival Could Boost Printer; Financial Mail,MIDAS
Byline: PATRICK TOOHER AN economic think-tank predicted last week that advertising is set for its best year since 1999. The forecasters reckon the improvement will be fuelled in part by the General Election, expected in May, and a continued rise...
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A&L Strongarms Cashback Clients
Byline: RICHARD DYSON ALLIANCE & Leicester has axed the cashback benefit it offered to thousands of customers with Moneyback credit cards. But the bank has told cardholders they can keep the perk if they apply - and are accepted - for one...
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A MOVING STORY; Fashion for Life
Byline: MIMI SPENCER There are strange things lurking in my drawers. I know this because I spent yesterday rooting around in them, and I came up with a single, quivering breast enhancer, a pink fur muff and a packet of Spanx (revolutionary pantyhose...
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An Articulate and Intelligent Rebel Who Gets Our Vote; FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE This will be a challenging week for Standard Life boss Sandy Crombie, who is intent on hurtling the mutually owned insurer into a new era as a stock market company. Having got off lightly last Thursday after the mutual...
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And Here Is My New Regal Look
Byline: GADFLY THOSE frightfully clever young types who beaver behind the scenes at the big City institutions crunching numbers and passing judgment on companies and governments, have often been accused of having ideas above their station. But...
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Another Riley Penalty Decides It and This Time Arsenal Are Happy
Byline: DANIEL KING ARSENAL 2 WOLVES 0 MIKE RILEY is hardly the first person Arsenal would look to for favours but Arsene Wenger's team will take any help going at the moment. The referee whose performance in the pivotal defeat against Manchester...
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A [Pounds Sterling]1.8bn Bill for Owners Who Risk It; FROM AIRGUN WOUNDS TO A MEAL OF TINSEL, SORTING OUT YOUR CAT OR DOG CAN COST THOUSANDS OF POUNDS IN VET'S FEES IF YOU HAVE NO INSURANCE
Byline: SALLY HAMILTON Nine out of ten cats and dogs are not insured - a gamble that some owners win while others lose dramatically. A spot survey showed uninsured owners borrowing [pounds sterling]1.8 billion to pay for their pets' emergency visits...
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A Quiet Word in Your Shell-Like. Forget the Snob Value of Lobster, Crab Is a Far Tastier Treat Food for Thought
Byline: TOM PARKER BOWLES I've never understood why the crab is so much less revered than the lobster. Sure, the latter is rarer and rather expensive, which certainly adds to its snob value, and the meat is undoubtedly easier to extract. But in...
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Are There Any Natural Treatments for Lupus?
Byline: DR ALI Q I have just been diagnosed with lupus. The treatment seems to be steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs, but the thought of having to take them fills me with horror because of the side effects. Are there any natural treatments that...
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Arnesen Agent Link Puts Spurs under a Cloud
TOTTENHAM fullback Erik Edman is not alone in wondering exactly what is going on with Spurs' transfer dealings. Following revelations from Edman's tribunal against his former club, Heerenveen, the representative of Spurs target Pius Ikedia, the...
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'Arrogant' Halifax under Fire over Payout Delay; Financial Mail
Byline: JO THORNHILL Halifax has been branded 'arrogant' and 'shameful' over massive delays in compensating victims of mortgage endowment mis-selling. Some customers have been waiting ten months to get their cash. The bank, expected to report...
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ASSAULT ON A CULT CLASSIC; Also Showing, REVIEW
Byline: JASON SOLOMONS Before making horror classic Halloween, director John Carpenter secured his place in the pantheon of cult with Assault On Precinct 13 (18) * in which a largely faceless group of punkish hoodlums surrounded a police station...
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At Last, I'm a Knight in Shining Armour (... Just So Long as No One Knocks Me over and I Have Two Men to Help Me Dress); Our Writer Discovers the Agonies Sir Lancelot Had to Endure - Even before He Drew His Sword
Byline: SEBASTIAN O'KELLY This is not going very well. I'm in the arena of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, armed with a 5ft sword and encased in a suit of 15th Century armour that weighs just over six stone. A large crowd, including about...
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A Triumph for Football or the Kickback for Pouring in a Mountain of Money?
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS 'BLUE is the colour, football is the game. We're all together and winning is our aim . . . ' IT'S a daft little ditty from a more innocent age; wide-eyed and relentlessly cheery, like a 1950s holiday camp. But they sing it...
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Axe for Ventures in Shake-Up at C4; FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: JON REES CHANNEL 4 chief executive Andy Duncan will announce the restructuring of the TV station's commercial activities this week in a move that will see its 4 Ventures arm virtually dismantled. Duncan is planning to bring most of the...
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Bad Enough to Make an Actor Blush
Byline: KENNETH SPEIRS A Sense Of Justice Perth Theatre ** Whose Life Is It Anyway? Comedy Theatre, London *** Perth found it had a problem when its planned first production of the year had to be cancelled. It appears the owners of the...
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Bankruptcy Cheats Face Government Crackdown; FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: DAN ATKINSON A MAJOR crackdown on people who use 'quickie' bankruptcies to shrug off their debts is being planned by the Government. Figures from the Department of Trade & Industry on Friday are expected to show a continuing surge...
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'Ban Surrogacy' Call after Mother Dies in Childbirth
Byline: RACHEL ELLIS CAMPAIGNERS yesterday called for surrogacy to be banned after a mother of two died giving birth for a couple who already have five children. Natasha Caltabiano, 29, who had developed high blood pressure, suffered a ruptured...
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Barnes Takes Swipe at Political Correctness as FA Re-Shoot Their DVD in Black and White
Byline: DANIEL KING JOHN BARNES has slammed the FA for having a promotional DVD rerecorded to include black England players. The former Liverpool and Watford player described as 'ridiculous' the FA's decision to withdraw the film after complaints...
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BATIGOL Is Back; Gabriel Vows to Return from Desert with the Gift of Goals for One Lucky Club
Byline: GRAHAM HUNTER YOU should just about be able to hear the sub-editors in sports papers around Europe slapping each other on the back and watering at the mouth by now. Why? Well, that hardworking band of men and women is the one which writes...
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BEST ON SHOW; Give Your Old Treasures a New Lease of Life, and Your Home a Fresh Look. Dig out Collectables Such as Shoes, Postcards, Handbags - Even Buttons - and Create Original Focal Points in Every Room
Byline: CLARE NOLAN Opposite page CHINA BRIGHT Table centrepieces can be as simple or as quirky as you choose. Cluster mismatched china cups and saucers and decorate with the heads and petals of flowers, such as roses and pansies. Teacups and saucers,...
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Big Clubs Keep Spying on Him, but Wilson Is Only Too Happy to Bide His Time at Tannadice
Byline: FRASER MACKIE IT'S always nice to see a familiar face in the crowd, but things are getting silly for Mark Wilson at Tannadice, where the scouting fraternity from England are turning up at every Dundee United home game to watch him. Everton...
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BILLIONAIRES IN SPACE; A New Global Race Has Begun, but This Time It's a Giant Leap for Branson or Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos - and a Small Step for Mankind, FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: GRAEME BEATON;TOM MCGHIE The egos have landed. After building impressive empires on Earth, two of the world's richest men are going head-to-head to bring capitalism to the final frontier by sending tourists into space. But unlike the space...
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Blair Must Ditch and Disown This Dirty Campaign
ELECTIONS bring out the worst in politicians, and they know it. Once the damage has been done and the Election won, they often at least pretend to regret the low blows they have struck. Even the rubber-toothed Advertising Standards Authority does...
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BLAIR'S [Pounds Sterling]23,000 JAUNT IN 'FLYING HOTEL'; ... to Speak to World Leaders on Poverty and Global Warming
Byline: ANDREW WILKS IT IS the type of transport Tony Blair must have hankered after for years - a presidential-style jet to use for Prime Ministerial business. And last week he finally got a taste of what it is like to travel in the luxurious...
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Board to Be Wild. 'Extreme Dad' John Wellington Cuts a Dash in the Alps on a Snowboarding Week with His Son
Byline: JOHN WELLINGTON THERE was an urge to panic when the car's wheels began spinning. Ninety minutes later we had advanced only a few snowy feet down the darkened Alpine track and the boys were asking if there were wolves in these parts. ...
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Book Idol; Just like the Wannabes on Pop Idol, Aspiring Writers Will Soon Be Able to Make It Big on a TV Show, but It's Raising Eyebrows in Literary Circles
Byline: ANDREW WILSON For thousands of eager wannabes it's a once-in a-lifetime opportunity. They have dreamed of seeing their name at number one, and now they have the chance to show the world what they can really do. Although this might sound...
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Books
Byline: JOHN KOSKI BOOK OF THE WEEK Boiling point THE PERFECTIONIST by Rudolph Chelminski (Michael Joseph, [pounds sterling]17.99) Last year, writer Jay Rayner published The Apologist, a tale of a food critic who goes on an apology spree after...
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Boss Claims McInnes Was Hurt
Byline: IAN BROADLEY MANAGER Ian McCall last night defended his decision to take off captain Derek McInnes - a move which cost Dundee United victory in the Dundee derby. Beleaguered McCall insisted that his influential midfielder had been injured,...
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Brunch With- BEVERLEY KNIGHT; the Award-Winning Soul Diva Chats about Shopping, Shoes and Sex over a Full English Breakfast and a Pot of Tea
Byline: NICOLA ELLIOTT SHE ARRIVES bang on time, 12.15pm, at London's trendy Charlotte Street Hotel in a black cab. She chose the venue because, 'It's cosy here. If my shoes were killing me I'd feel OK to flick them off. I don't like sterile...
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Butler Jumps to the Rescue as Scunthorpe Get Jitters Again
SCUNTHORPE'S promotion hopes stuttered again when they were held by neighbours Boston. The home side have managed only one win in their last seven games. Scunthorpe almost took an early lead when a shot from Steve Torpey was deflected against...
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By Gadd, Ruth Needs a Halo! BLACK DOG
IT CAN'T be long before devout Education Secretary Ruth Kelly is canonised. Although Kelly, a member of the hardline Opus Dei Catholic sect, dated husband Derek Gadd for several years before they married, friends say she 'made him wait' until their...
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Campaigning, Iraqi-Style; REVIEW
Byline: SARAH OLIVER In a makeshift studio at Saddam's former palace on the Shatt al-Arab river, Iraqi cop-show star Murtada Al Hiloo glides towards a camera and beseeches people to vote. His set is a dusty blue-and-green sheet and his only prop...
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Catholic Archbishop U-Turn Is New Blow to 'Euthanasia' Bill
Byline: JONATHAN OLIVER A LEADING Roman Catholic archbishop last night delivered a major blow to Labour's right-to-die legislation. In a U-turn on the Church's previous position, Archbishop Peter Smith expressed fear that the Mental Capacity...
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Celebrity PR Guru MAX CLIFFORD, 61, Lives in Weybridge and Marbella with His Daughter Louise, 33. His Wife Liz Died of Lung Cancer in April 2003; FROM THE HEART
Byline: MAUREEN PATON People like to create the stereotype of me as a Svengali. But so much of this business is common sense - and so few people seem to have it. Public relations is promotion and protection, particularly protecting celebrities...
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Chelsy the Dope Smoker; Chelsy the Dope Smoker Prince Harry's Girlfriend Seen Taking Cannabis with Friends on Holiday Island
Byline: BARBARA JONES CHELSY DAVY, Prince Harry's blonde Zimbabwean girlfriend, has been smoking cannabis at the island resort where they enjoyed a holiday together. Mail on Sunday journalists saw her in a huddle with three friends passing round...
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Chief Triumphs over Heavy Odds
Byline: JONATHAN POWELL PLUCKY Well Chief stole the show at Cheltenham with a weight-carrying performance in yesterday's Victor Chandler Chase that defied belief. It came only 26 days after a heavy fall at Wetherby which would have broken the...
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CHORUS OF APPROVAL; Wake Up and Smell le Cafe. Molly Watson Finds the Gallic Charms of the Chorus So Uplifting That She's Seriously Considering Moving to France
Byline: MOLLY WATSON Brace yourselves. A new standard in overemotional acceptance speeches could be reached this year if The Chorus triumphs at any awards ceremony. The French film is widely tipped to take a clutch of trophies, so I'm anticipating...
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Clarke 'Stole' Key Role in Holocaust Service
HOME Secretary Charles Clarke clashed with Speaker Michael Martin over claims that Labour tried to 'muscle in' on the Holocaust memorial service at Westminster, it was disclosed last night. Mr Martin was furious to learn that Mr Clarke, and not...
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Clothes Stores Feel Pinch as Prices Fall; FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: BEN LAURANCE CLOTHING prices are falling like never before - great news for shoppers, but a huge headache for fashion retailers. The cost of buying clothes and shoes fell by two per cent in the 12 months to December. And changes in...
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Connors Poised to Renew Rivalry with McEnroe
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY THE bitter rivalry between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe is poised to flare into life again - with British tennis as the battleground. Twenty one years after McEnroe won the last of their stormy showdowns at Wimbledon,...
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Conrad the Hunk Was Naked in My Shower. We Girls Didn't Mind All the Takes on That Scene
Byline: CHERYL MARKOSKY If you spend two-and-a-half years and several million pounds building a vast hightech mansion, much of which you have designed and decorated yourself, you would want your efforts to be appreciated. Neil and Danielle Miller...
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Cool Crouch Stoops to Conquer; Harry's Relief as Lanky Striker Keeps His Head for Last-Gasp Penalty Winner
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS SOUTHAMPTON 2 PORTSMOUTH 1 THE Cup-tie was in the third minute of added time when the Peter Crouch moved forward to take the crucial penalty. His manager was appalled. 'Oh my Gawd!,' said Harry Redknapp. 'Not Crouchy!...
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Curbishley Is Given a Scare as Bold Yeovil Just Fail to Grab Glory; Jevons Squanders His Chance to Claim a Cup Upset at the Valley
Byline: ALEX MONTGOMERY IT WAS close, desperately close, but by the end Yeovil had to concede that their FA Cup ambitions were over for another season. They gave everything and richly deserved the ovation that engulfed them at the end from a...
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Curse of the Dragons' Den; A LEGAL ROW AND BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT - AMBITIOUS BOSSES FIND IT HOT IN TV'S 'BUSINESS POP IDOL', FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: JENNY LITTLE IT has been labelled the Pop Idol of the business world, the BBC2 programme that gives entrepreneurs the chance to make it big. But far from bringing success and positive publicity, Dragons' Den has left some firms out of...
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Cut! Why the World's Top Movie Directors Weren't Good Enough for Scotland
Byline: GORDON CAIRNS THEY may have become big box office in Hollywood, but as fledgling moviemakers they weren't good enough for Edinburgh. A string of screen giants were given short shrift by the Edinburgh Film Festival, as recently rediscovered...
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DESPERATE BLAIRS TELL PUNKS: YOU CAN RENT OUR HOME AT HALF PRICE; . . . and without Wishing to Alarm the PM's Neighbours, They're Called Noise Next Door
Byline: KIKI KING TONY and Cherie Blair are so desperate to rent out their [pounds sterling]3.65 million London mansion that they are willing to lease it to a punk rock group. And, if that's not enough to worry their neighbours in Connaught Square,...
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Desperate Dons Sink to New Depths as Hearts Go Fourth and Conquer
Byline: JIM BLACK HEARTS 1 ABERDEEN 0 FORMER submariner Vladimir Romanov saw Hearts torpedo Aberdeen's bid to narrow the gap on Edinburgh rivals Hibs in the race to clinch third spot in the SPL. Aberdeen had hoped to deliver a depth charge...
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Divorced Fathers 'To Be Frozen out of Their Children's Education'
Byline: JONATHAN OLIVER MINISTERS are to exclude divorced fathers from their children's education in a move which would create 'second-class parents'. Education Secretary Ruth Kelly is overseeing rule changes for teachers governing how far they...
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England Are Still; Missing Man Tindall Tips Robinson's New Runners to Clear All the Hurdles
Byline: IAN STAFFORD IT IS a crisp winter's morning in the Cotswolds. Out on the gallops one of England's World Cup heroes is watching his own horse training for the first time. Cash Converter, a chestnut gelding, flashes past and a smiling Mike...
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Escape from the A-Day Sting; Top Earners Face a Tax Bombshell in Retirement If They Don't Plan for April 2006
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK HIGH-flyers risk being brought down to earth by the pensions revolution when eight sets of rules are scrapped and replaced by a single tax regime on what is officially called A-day - April 6, 2006. So in part three of our...
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Euronext Urged to Drop London Bid; Germans Could Hold Whip Hand in LSE Battle, FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: JACK GEE;TOM MCGHIE EURONEXT, the pan-European stock exchange, faces strong pressure from the French government to abandon the takeover battle for the London Stock Exchange. Shareholders and customers of the LSE hope that Paris-based...
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Extra Cleaners, No Red Signals, an Army of Engineers ... All aboard the 10.15 to Balmoral; Revealed: The Amazing Operation That Swings into Action When a Royal Takes a 'Normal' Train
Byline: BEN SHEPPARD THE astonishing measures rail firms take to keep members of the Royal Family happy when they travel by train were laid bare last night. Retired station manager Chris Hales told how a massive operation swings into effect whenever...
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Ferguson Could Yet Return While Shota Looks to Be on His Way out of Ibrox STILL ALIVE
Byline: FRASER MACKIE BARRY FERGUSON'S protracted transfer home to Rangers was back on last night - as Shota Arveladze's advisers plotted an exit route from Glasgow to Spain. The Georgian striker is being eased out of the Ibrox picture and one...
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Figures That Add Up to a Lacklustre Year; Financial Mail,TAKING STOCK
Byline: SIMON WATKINS WHERE January leads, so the rest of the year follows. This theory - that if the first month of the year is good for shares, so will be the rest (or vice versa) - is quite popular in some quarters and is borne out by statistics....
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FIRST STEP ON THE LADDER Our Essential Guide for First-Time Buyers
Byline: CHERYL MARKOSKY Rachel, Monica, Chandler and the gang had the right idea in Friends. Sharing with a pal keeps costs down and makes sense for cash-strapped first-time buyers. Alexander Muspratt-Williams, a 27-year-old industrial designer,...
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Fromdog's Dinners to a Breed Apart
Byline: FIONA FULLERTON London's Docklands still represents value for money by the sheer amount of space you can buy. The flat in Patent House, Morris Road E14, is spread over three floors and is quite vast, yet still manages to feel like home....
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Furious Whelan's Outburst Sure to Land Him in the Dock
Byline: JIM BLACK ABERDEEN striker Noel Whelan launched an astonishing verbal assault on Hearts captain Steven Pressley and match referee Mike McCurry after being substituted for fear that he would end up being sent off. Whelan said: 'It was...
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GAYS DRESSED IN RUBBER? I DON'T THINK SO, NOT IN THE REAL LLANDDEWI BREFI... Gareth Huw Davies Goes in Search of Outrageous Welsh Dressers in the Tiny Village Made Famous by TV's Little Britain, REVIEW
Byline: GARETH HUW DAVIES HIGH NOON in the third most inspirational place in Great Britain (after Old Trafford and Aberdeen's football ground, Pittodrie, according to a recent internet poll) and the streets are ominously empty. A cat slips down...
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GERRARD IN SECRET [Pounds sterling]30M DEAL TO JOIN CHELSEA; Frustrated England Star Turns His Back on Liverpool
Byline: BOB CASS STEVEN GERRARD will sign for Premiership leaders Chelsea this summer in the biggest deal in British football history. The England midfielder will agree to a [pounds sterling]30 million move from Liverpool. And with wages of around...
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Get Orf One's Land. Why the Queen's Laird Wants Us to Go
Byline: JANE SIMPSON SHE is one of the Queen's handpicked representatives, specially appointed to keep a watchful eye over the genteel proceedings in Scotland's countryside. As an esteemed Lord Lieutenant, Clare McPherson-Grant Russell is trusted...
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Giving It Some Shtick; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID BENNUN Who'd be a musical pioneer? You lay the groundwork. You struggle to win over a hesitant public. Then you look on as your acolytes glide past, accruing the glory and fortune that should have been yours. Assuming the now...
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Glazer Takes New [Pounds Sterling]800m Bid Straight to the Board
Byline: PATRICK TOOHER;LUCINDA KEMENY MALCOLM GLAZER plans to sidestep Manchester United's biggest shareholders by approaching the board direct with a renewed [pounds sterling]800 million offer for the world's richest football club. In a significant...
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Government Pays [Pounds Sterling]35,000a Day for Advice on ID Cards to Firm with Links to Labour Donor; Consultants Earn [Pounds Sterling]6.5m in Six Months - Yet Their Boss Insists He's against Fat Cat Pay
Byline: JASON LEWIS THE Home Office is paying [pounds sterling]35,500 a day to a consultancy firm with links to a major Labour Party donor. PA Consulting has 33 staff advising the Government on the controversial national identity card scheme...
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Guantanamo Briton's 'Confession' Fury
THE US Government was last night accused of deliberately violating a court order by leaking the discredited 'confession' of one of the four Britons sent home from Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers acting for Feroz Abbasi, 24, claimed a handwritten 'autobiography'...
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Harrison's Hopes of Big Time Hit by Shoddy Showing
Byline: JIM BLACK SCOTT HARRISON'S hopes of a 'super fight' in Las Vegas this summer have been dashed by his failure to send out a clear message of intent to American fight bosses. The WBO featherweight champion's latest world title defence against...
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Here's How to Find Room for Improvement; with More People Deciding to Stay Put, You Have to Choose the Right Projects to Give House Values a Boost
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON Do you want to see your house price rise by about [pounds sterling]25,000, even in today's uncertain property market? Then get to work on Britain's most effective home improvements. Internet bank Egg asked property valuers...
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Hi Honey, I'm Hungry; after a Long Day There Is Only So Much Room in Our Lives for Meals That Take Their (and Our) Time. So Often We Need a Quick Fix of Something Good to Eat: In through the Door, off with the Coats, Forks on the Table-
Byline: ANGELA MASON Recipes Lindsey Bareham Photographs Juliet Piddington Cocktail sausage and puy lentil stew SERVES 4 Preparation 15 minutes Cooking 30 minutes Peel and finely slice 2 garlic cloves in rounds. Heat 1 tbsp olive...
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Holiday Advice at a Price from a World of Fantasy; Readers' Champion, Financial Mail
Byline: TONY HETHERINGTON G. B. writes: I saw with interest the recent letter from the reader who was told by the Holiday Advice Bureau (HAB) that it had a buyer for his timeshare if he would pay a fee up front. I had a similar experience and...
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Home Truths
Byline: ROSS CLARK Home Truths email your queries to ross.clark mailonsunday.co.uk Battling over house prices in Hastings Prices in Hastings have fallen by five to ten per cent and I can't sell a property which I own there. Should I wait for...
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How Freddie Mercury's Death Drove Queen's 'Boring' Bassist into the Arms of a Lap Dancer; Review
Byline: WENDY LEIGH;ADAM LUCK The idea of legendary rock band Queen going on the road without Freddie Mercury, their flamboyant lead singer who died of AIDS, is inconceivable to many fans. But when the band announced they would embark on their first...
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How I Fell in Love with a Pasta Queen on the Road to Positano; Ruby Wax Savours Her Stay with a Goddess of Cuisine, before Being Lured by the Siren Call of Italy's Amalfi Coast, Review
Byline: RUBY WAX EVERYONE gets dewy-eyed when talking of the time they had in Italy. Whenever I've been, I'm always kicked firmly by that boot-shaped country. Ten years ago I went round and round Siena unable to find it because I kept following...
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How to Interview the Boss
Byline: KATIE TAYLOR JOB hunters may think they are the ones under scrutiny at interviews, but it seems that it is the bosses who should be feeling nervous. Experts suggest that instead of focusing on the job description, pay and benefits, candidates...
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HOW TO SAIL TO FRANCE THIS SUMMER FOR AS LITTLE AS [Pounds Sterling]50; THE CRAFTY TRAVELLER, REVIEW
Byline: FRED MAWER GOOD deals for day trips and short breaks on Channel crossings have always been easy to come by - but you often had to pay a small fortune for longer trips to the Continent in summer. That is finally changing. This year, you...
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How to Spare Your Blushes
Byline: NORMANDIE KEITH We all want a rosy glow. A just-came-in-from-a-day-ontheslopes zing. But what if those apple cheeks become flaming beacons and, all of a sudden, that healthy hue takes on the image of years of hard drinking? The winter...
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HOW TO SPEND [Pounds Sterling]100 IN HONG KONG; REVIEW
Byline: GARETH HUW DAVIES WHEN Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule in 1997, the fun didn't stop. If anything, this island city that was once part of the British Empire is now even more vibrant and dazzling than ever. GARETH HUW DAVIES selects...
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I Don't Care If I'm Captain or Not. I Just Want to Play for England
Byline: BILL DAY JONNY WILKINSON is prepared to give up the England captaincy when he returns from a series of career-threatening injuries that have sidelined him from the international game for 14 months. England's World Cup-winning hero thought...
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I Don't Care If Richey Walks Free. My Family Is Already Destroyed
Byline: MARK AITKEN;JANE SIMPSON THE grandfather of the toddler death row inmate Kenny Richey was convicted of murdering told yesterday how the tragedy destroyed his family and haunts them still. Nineteen years after two-year-old Cynthia Collins...
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If You Still Think Attraction Is All about Looks, It's Time to Wake Up and Smell the Pheromones; LET'S GET INTIMATE
Byline: ROWAN PELLING The chemistry of sexual attraction is a curious and much disputed grey area. We are variously told that we are drawn to people whose facial measurements resemble our own, or who look like our dads, or our mums, who have the...
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I'll Bounce Back Says Fund Boss; FORMER CHEMIST JAYESH MANEK VOWS TO RESCUE HIS UNIT TRUST AS INVESTORS CALL ON HIM TO QUIT, FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE Former pharmacist turned fund manager Jayesh Manek is more confident than ever that he can turn round his unit trust - despite fierce criticism as the fund's price plunged 65 per cent over the past five years Manek, whose...
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'I'll Sell My Soul to Get Justice I Deserve'
Byline: MARK AITKEN KENNY RICHEY has vowed to 'sell his soul' for a new trial to prove he did not kill Cynthia Collins. Last week his conviction for murdering the Ohio toddler in an arson attack was overturned, and Edinburgh-born Richey must...
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In a Taxi With- ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK; the Evergreen Crooner Still Has the Power to Make Grown Women Swoon
Byline: MAUREEN PATON As you might expect of the man who owns one of the hardest-working larynxes on the Las Vegas cabaret circuit, Engelbert Humperdinck is not a morning person. So when the denim-suited Hump emerges blinking into the daylight from...
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I Needed to Play for a Big Club, Says Henchoz, and Hoops Fitted the Bill
Byline: FRASER MACKIE STEPHANE HENCHOZ has revealed how an addiction to big-time football was the motivation behind his decision to sign for Celtic and reject longer deals elsewhere which would have made him a richer man. The giant defender sampled...
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I Smell Rats amid the Foul Stench of the Toxic Ships
Byline: HARRY BLACKWOOD A COUPLE of years ago, a rat got into our house through a hole the builders should have blocked up. I turned big game hunter but, after a week of setting traps, gave up and resorted to poison. The good news is the poison...
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IS THIS WHAT I FOUGHT FOR? This Is War Hero Colonel Tim Collins in Baghdad on the Eve of Today's Iraqi Election. He Dare Not Show His Face for Fear of Kidnappers, Gunmen and Suicide Bombers. So Much for the Freedom and Democracy That Blair and Bush Promised.REVIEW, IRAQ ELECTION SPECIAL
Byline: TIM COLLINS The announcement at Amman airport of the departure of flight RJ0816 to Baghdad was the signal for rows of burly men to don sunglasses and make their way to the departure gate. This was no ordinary route and no ordinary flight....
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It Hurts So Much to See My Beloved Newcastle in Turmoil, Says Gazza
Byline: JOE BERNSTEIN PAUL GASCOIGNE last night expressed his sadness over the bust-ups that are dividing his beloved Newcastle United. Gascoigne, who has been ordered to rest for three months after being hospitalised with pneumonia, is the only...
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It Might Pay If We Learned to Love Mr Brown; FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: DAN ATKINSON Everyone said they had seen it coming for months, if not years. In fact, the news that dank Thursday evening that the Chancellor could no longer work with the Prime Minister and had resigned, stunned the City and Westminster...
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ITV Hit by [Pounds Sterling]30m Soccer Bill; FINANCIAL MAIL
Byline: JON REES ITV chief executive Charles Allen will be forced to pay [pounds sterling]30 million for a stake in Arsenal football club - almost three times the value of the shares on the open market. He will have to hand over about a fifth...
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It Will Quickly Hit Home That Caley Thistle's Honeymoon Period Is Over
Byline: PAT NEVIN IT MAY be six months overdue, but it is fantastic to see SPL football being played in Inverness at last. The return to the Caledonian Stadium will be nothing short of a major fillip for a team already excelling itself this season....
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I Used to Drive around with the FA Cup in the Back of My Car; Now Brian Talbot'syoung Team Just Think He's a 50-Year-Old Who's Getting Fat and Grey
Byline: PETER HIGGS AS A footballer's boast, nothing beats it. 'I used to drive around with the FA Cup in the back of my car,' said Brian Talbot. But few football people have a greater affinity with the famous old trophy than the man who today sends...
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Just What Do Women Get out of Open Marriages?
Byline: TOBY YOUNG Just what do women get out of open marriages? I'm always astonished when I hear that a couple have an 'open' marriage. There's no mystery as to why the man would agree to this arrangement - men are naturally polygamous,...
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KEEPING THE FAITH; It's Your Funeral. Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey Is Looking Forward to Meeting God as a Loyal, Faithful Servant
Byline: DANAE BROOK My funeral is half-planned. I have a good idea of what I want, but I haven't written out instructions yet, although I know I should. I want to be buried, not cremated. It's nothing to do with any superstitious views - dust...
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Kenny Is Either Innocent ...or the World's Best Liar
Byline: ALAN FISHER KENNY RICHEY is an angry man, and has every right to be. For the past 18 years, he's been held on death row in the US, protesting his innocence. Thirteen times a date has been set for his execution. Once his head was shaved,...
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Killie's Kids out to Prove They Can Be the Real Deal
Byline: JIM BLACK HIBS' youngsters have been hogging the limelight so far this season but, come 2pm today, it will be the turn of Kilmarnock's young pretenders to reinforce their claims of being an emerging force in the SPL. Having been overshadowed...
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Kim Can Be Sexy from the Neck Up; Theatre, REVIEW
Byline: GEORGINA BROWN Whose Life Is It Anyway? Comedy Theatre, London 2hrs 15mins (including interval)*** The Anniversary Garrick Theatre, London 2hrs 5mins (including interval)*** A Minute Too Late Lyttelton, National Theatre, London...
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