Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)

Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England) is a newspaper specializing in International News topics.

Articles from December 27, 1998

Actor Mark Revels in Broad Range of Off-Screen Roles
IT'S usual for out-of-work actors to wait at tables or pull pints while waiting for their big break. But Mark Hayford is the exception. He works in a bar on screen, but in real life his other jobs have been far more unusual. His varied list includes...
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Albion Must Beware of Super Stein
BOGEY-MAN Mark Stein has already accounted for Wolves this season. Now he is gunning for neighbours West Brom in the FA Cup. Prolific marksman Stein has banged in 16 goals - a tally which put him in with a shout of a Mazda sports car before Ginger...
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All Change for Popular Busy Lizzie
WE'VE had dozens of shades of flowers on Busy Lizzies but for 1999 all that is due to change. I am not saying there is anything wrong with the accent series, in fact I'd say that they will take an awful lot of beating. They are weather-resistant,...
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Aloisi Pounces to Repay Sky Blues' Faith; Coventry 1 Spurs 1
JOHN Aloisi made the first repayment on his recent pounds 650,000 move from Portsmouth as Coventry City grabbed a late and welcome point. The Australian International had managed to impress when given just five minutes on his debut against Derby...
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A Natural Alternative; Central TV's Our House Presenter Suzi Becker and Perfect Home Magazine Venture into Neutral Territory
THE love of all things natural means this look is always around and always evolving. It's continually popular because it's adaptable - with a basic, neutral room, you can always change the accessories and curtains to bring it up to date very quickly...
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An Easier Xmas in Prospect at Pines
TEA-TIME, Christmas Eve, 1997 and the vast majority of people were planning for Christmas Day and completing last minute preparations. Much as Alan Hobday and Alan Baker were doing with their families. Only they were planning for Boxing Day and...
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Anglers to Have Their Say on Canal Issue; Angling By
MIDLAND anglers will have their chance to stand up and be counted on the prickly issue of the canals, close-season, at a specially convened open meeting at Nottingham on January 25. The public forum, being staged by the Ministry of Agriculture and...
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Baby Talk Gets TV's Clive into Spirit of Things
THE festive season has taken on a whole new meaning for heart-throb Clive Owen. The actor didn't used to really bother with the celebrations. But then his daughter Hannah arrived. Coventry-born Clive is a changed man since he married Sarah Jane...
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Barbara Finds Heaven in East African Slums
BARBARA Tyack has seen more excitement than most during her life. She's one of the few women making wildlife films, living in the African bush and risking her life to get stunning footage. But the Midland graduate knew there was something missing...
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Battling Atherton Bravely Thwarts Donald and Co Again
IT was more of a bar-room brawl than cricket one day last July at Trent Bridge when Mike Atherton confronted Allan Donald. Like two High Noon gunfighters seeking a final showdown. Not cricket? No, not the kind normally seen. It was brutal, almost...
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Bill Newman's Diary
True Christmas spirit with Hurricane Jude SWASHBUCKLING... Tara Fitzgerald UNDER THREAT... William Hague may end up being called a buffoon Sunday SO Bill's been impeached. Funny old word. Sounds as if he's been pelted with soft fruit. ...
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Bilston Hit for Six as Rangers Go on Second-Half Goal Blitz; Stafford Rangers ... 6 Bilston Town ... 3
STAFFORD Rangers stunned rivals Bilston Town with a six-goal second-half blast to take the points in an incredible encounter. Bilston led 3-0 at the break and few could have foreseen what was in store for a sizeable Boxing Day crowd. Former Rangers...
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Blast from the Past
Clive Dunn THE ghost of comedies past has been haunting our television screens recently as two sitcom classics wipe the floor with the competition. Dad's Army and Are You Being Served? have attracted a cult following among young viewers enjoying...
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Bring the Highlands to the Midlands
IT'S always at this time of year that I wish I was Scottish or had married into a big hairy-kneed clan. If there was some sort of tartan connection I would have the excuse to keep partying long after the last cracker had been pulled. We Cowens...
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Callous Badger Baiters Target Top Beauty Spot
CALLOUS badger baiters are stepping up raids at a top beauty spot. Gangs are travelling from as far as Lancashire to target setts on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. The sprawling 11,000-acre site, classed an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty,...
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Chefs Dressed to Grill in Hot New Range
CHEFS are looking hot to trot... thanks to wacky workwear designed especially for them. The old, plain white outfits favoured for decades are set to be consigned to the bin as fashion finally moves in to the kitchen. Celebrity chefs, such as...
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Christmastime Opens Scars of Double Tragedy
TWO years ago - almost to the day - Michelle Bone-Knell and her 18-month-old son were killed in an arson attack on their home. Nobody has ever been brought to justice for the horrific crime. Helen Barklam discovers how the horrors of that tragic night...
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Civil Rights and Foreign Wrongs of LBJ's Rocky Reign; BOOK REVIEWS
HEY! Hey! LBJ! How many kids did you kill today? If you were around in the 1960s then that cruel student chant will still be echoing in your head. Lyndon Baines Johnson was the man we loved to hate, the president who escalated the Vietnam War...
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Consumers See Red over Cashpoint Offer
HIGH STREET banks were yesterday accused of luring customers into debt with a new breed of "intelligent" cashpoints. Some machines are now allowing certain cash-card holders to take their accounts into the red or exceed their overdraft limit if...
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Costner's Teen Love
THE hills are alive with the sound of gossiping with the rumour that super-actor Kevin Costner has found a new girlfriend. The 43-year-old actor, whose latest project The Postman flopped in a major way at the box office, is apparently seeing an 18-year-o...
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Cradley Win Thriller with Late Strike
CONFIDENT Cradley town chalked up their 17th win of the season to go a massive 14 points clear of closest rivals Smethwick Rangers. They won a hard fought 3-2 battle over rivals Lye Town in the only Banks Brewery League game to survive the wet weather....
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Deft Juggling Creates Perfect Fantasy Mix
HEARTWARMING, poignant and touching... a lot of movies claim to be all of those things but The Mighty actually delivers the goods. This is the story of two kids who are outsiders but who find the strength to overcome the trials and tribulations...
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Departing Mullen Backs New Reds Boss Lynch
PHIL Mullen bid farewell to Redditch United by giving a massive vote of confidence to his replacement. Mullen's shock decision to link up with Jim Conway as Kidderminster Harriers' caretaker team boss meant Pat Lynch, his right-hand man for the...
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Dig in to Work off Yule Blues
YET another day of the Christmas holiday and there will be many a Mercury reader relaxing back in the chair wondering what to do. If you haven't already done so you should be out in the garden preparing runner bean and sweet pea trenches and getting...
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Double Delight as Lambs New Boy Hallam Signs on; Tamworth ... 3 Halesowen Town ... 1
TAMWORTH'S new signing Mark Hallam scored two goals on his home league debut to the delight of the home fans. More than 600 people braved terrible weather conditions to enjoy a hard-fought battle between two old rivals. Tamworth soon built up...
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DTZ Set for Indoor Fireworks; Hockey By
THE DTZ Midland Indoor Tournament title is up for grabs. Title holders MIM are missing from the event, Scotland, under the guise of Capercailles have withdrawn and Old Loughtonians, East Grinstead and Doncaster will also not be entering citing the...
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Dull Day as Everton Turn on the Tedium; Everton 0 Derby Co 0
THIS was taking Christmas goodwill just too far. Everton produced their sixth home league goalless draw out of ten Premiership games at Goodison Park this season in a dreadful match. They had most of the play, Derby just sat back and defended,...
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Duo Get the Chop in Finger Shake-Up; Basketball By
PEUGEOT Bullets coach Mike Finger is hunting for new players to launch the club into the New Year after his Christmas Eve sacking of former England international Mark Considine and American Chuck Guittar. Bullets American coach is clearly taking...
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Engines Close to Philip's Art; A Midland Painter Combines His Love of Steam Trains and Drawing Skills to Capture the Machines on Canvas
PHILIP D. Hawkins was one of the original railway children. In the 1950s he watched steam trains like the Midlander, the Super D and the Royal Scot whistle past his back garden. But Philip, now aged 51, wasn't brought up in a picturesque part...
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English Chairmen Should Follow Italy
EX-VILLA man David Platt achieved a long-held ambition last week by taking over as manager at his old club Sampdoria. Yet he had barely got through customs at Genoa airport when there was an outcry from the Italian Coaches Association about Platt's...
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Eudipe Is Ready to Reach the Summit
THE main televised racing action of Bank Holiday Monday is the BBC2 coverage from Chepstow and the Channel 4 action at Kempton - and in the Welsh National at 2.15 (BBC2) Eudipe looks great each way value to deny last year's winner Earth Summit. ...
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First & Last
FIRST... Memory: Sheltering under the house in the garage in Sydney during a Japanese air raid alert - some time in 1943 or 1944. n Word: I was never told. I would like to think it was something like - "We won the Ashes again" but it was probably...
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Follow in the Footsteps of Scotland's Farming Poet
ROBERT Burns is a Scottish hero who has become all things to all people. As a radical, he was inspired by the revolutions of America and France but, as the toast of dinner-suited establishment figures at Burns Suppers far and wide every January,...
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Furlong Century Ensures Blades Pay the Penalty; Blues 1 Sheff Utd 0
BUBBLING Blues belatedly filled their Christmas stocking with three crucial promotion points at windswept and rain-lashed St Andrew's. Paul Furlong's 20th minute penalty - his 100th goal of his career - was sufficient to fire Blues back into fourth...
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George Tyndale Column
Virtual reality films for alternative fun SUPERB ACTOR... Peter Mandelson gives a dazzling performance in Home, A Loan POWER... Baroness Jay YOU'VE made it to halfway point in the great festive TV film extravaganza. So here's your terrific...
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Glenn in Battle to Free Precious from Prison
ACTRESS Glenn Close is crusading to free a mother convicted of battering her daughter to death. The 50-year-old star, mother of 10-year-old Annie Maud, says of baby-killer Precious Bedell: "I would not hesitate to leave my child in her care." ...
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Hidden Charms of France So Close to Home
NORMANDY is France's best kept secret - so close to home, yet often unexplored by Brits. Day-trippers venture no further than the Channel ports before stocking up on booze and turning back. Those staying a little longer frequently race through...
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Hinchcliffe Gifts Cool Cottee the Vital Strike; Sheff Weds 0 Leicester 1
ANDY Hinchcliffe got into the festive mood by handing Leicester a gift-wrapped three-point haul. The Wednesday left-back gave City the victory on a plate with an uncharacteristic 34th minute error. Hinchcliffe fluffed an attempted back header...
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Holiday Snaps
Alpine skiing FOUR and five-night skiing breaks in the French Alps are being offered throughout January by Chalet Hotel Alpage in La Clusaz (0171 583 5566). The traditional Savoyard farmhouse-style hotel - run by a friendly English family and...
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Hot Stuff for a Spice Grill
Spicy mackerel with sauted potato, spinach and sweet chilli dressing TERE'S a dish to leave you feeling far from chilli on these freezing winter days. What's more, it's cheap and cheerful and once you give this dish a grilling, it's sure to...
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Hot Tips to Keep Colds at Bay
SUFFERING from the common cold usually means a double dose of misery. If the throbbing head, runny nose and sore throat aren't enough you don't normally meet with much sympathy from others - because it's nothing serious. These are two very good...
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January Sales' Last Chance for PEPs
FEW things seem to galvanise people's interest more than a good old fashioned closing down sale or the signs stating "Final Offers". Traditional after-Christmas shopping activities generally centre around the "January" sales, albeit now starting...
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Keep Your Lawn Tidy with Regular Winter Mowings
WITH barmy temperatures so far this month I have had to cut the grass once in the past four weeks and my advice would be that it's better to trim or, as we say in the trade, "lightly top" the grass with a sharp mower. In everyday terms this means...
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Lewis Is Red Hot as Timbers Fell Sports
HOT-SHOT Hugh Lewis kept Handrahan Timbers on the top spot after notching a third minute strike for the Mile Flat side that proved enough for the league leaders to beat bottom side Dudley Sports. Lewis gave Handrahan the perfect opening after breaking...
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Life of Crime Puts Old Pals on Write Path; after Leading Parallel Lives Either Side of the Law, Young Friends Rekindle Their Old Friendship to Form `Cop and Robber' Writing Duo
BOB and John were two snotty-nosed kids who played together on the post-war streets of Birmingham - but their lives went in completely different directions. John Plimmer joined the police force, while pal Bob Long became a hardened armed robber....
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Manager Mullen Faces Fans' Fury as Cheltenham Trounce Telford; Telford ... 0 Cheltenham ... 3
CHELTENHAM rewarded their travelling army with their first away league victory for three months and left Telford fans booing their team off and calling for the head of manager Jimmy Mullen. The home side matched their high-flying visitors in the...
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Mandelson: Leave Me Alone
FORMER trade and industry secretary Peter Mandelson yesterday issued an impassioned plea to be left alone as speculation mounted about his future. It is understood he has ruled out standing for Mayor of London but is still considering a role in...
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Maureen Carter Prizewinner in Crime Writing Competition
FORMER radio journalist Maureen Carter says she's wanted to be an author for as long as she can remember. THE 45-year-old mum of one, who has previously worked for BRMB and the BBC, left her job to dedicate her time to fiction writing five years...
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Mercedes `Van' in A-Class of Its Own
"IT'S a van," declared one of my colleagues as he got into the Mercedes A-Class. Well if this is a van I'm the king of China. The new supermini SPV is a cross between family saloon and full-size minibus, but that's just about where the similarities...
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Midlanders' Vision Gives Precious Gifts of Sight
THE frail old man looks up hopefully - but the eyes cannot see, for he has been blinded by cataracts. The miracle of restored sight is only minutes away because the doctor in the bright red turban is part of an amazing link between the poverty-stricken...
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No.2 John Still Wants to Be Top Dog
HAVE boots will travel! Wolves coach John Ward likens football management to treading the boards. And the former Bristol City coach admits he could be managing another club "by the end of next week." Ward, sensationally shown the door at Ashton...
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No Easy Solution to Problem of Seedy Grapes
MR R. Johnson of Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, tells me he has a load of grapes, which nobody will eat except himself. The problem is that they are full of seeds. He would love to have a seedless variety to grow in his small greenhouse. Sadly, as far...
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Nurse Inman Brightens Dull Robin Hood
LINDA Lusardi can't sing, Sam Kane can't dance and the Grumbleweeds aren't funny - but the children seemed to like it. Christmas panto Robin Hood is the first show to hit the stage at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton since its multi-million pound...
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On This Day in History
December 27 (1951) US: Movie critics vote A Streetcar Named Desire the best film of the year. (1978) USA: In a test case, a man is cleared of raping his wife. (1979) Afghanistan: Soviet forces invade. December 28 (1923) France: Gustave...
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Pauline Gould Wins Crime Writing Competition
TEACHER Pauline Gould handed in her homework as an entry for the crime writing competition. The part-time primary school teacher from Bournville, Birmingham, was delighted when she was told she had won the crime story competition. She had written...
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Personal Finance Problems
Looking to invest for an income QI HAVE a variety of investments including PEPs and unit trusts and I am looking to invest a further amount from which I want to take an income. As the existing ones are more geared for growth, what sort of thing...
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Peter the Great Is Cut above Blades
NUDDY MARVELLOUS was the verdict of Blues manager Trevor Francis as his team stepped up their promotion bid with a turbo-charged 1-0 victory over Sheffield United. Blues battered the Blades into surrender on a wet and windy afternoon at St Andrew's....
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Poole Has Big Point to Prove at Leicester
KEVIN Poole is walking tall at Blues and proving that size really doesn't matter. Poole is a rare species in the ranks of professional goalkeepers - he's under six foot. And now the 5ft 10 ins Blues No 1 is hoping to remind Leicester City boss...
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Pounds 110 from H. Browne and Music Appreciation Group
THIS week we have received a donation of pounds 110 from H. Browne and his Music Appreciation Group. Also received is pounds 50 from R. Hatfield "in memory of a dear friend Jack Bartlett who befriended my wife on her arrival at Aldridge Nursing Home...
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Pupils Turn to PALS for Help on School Traumas
KATE Julian helps youngsters to fit in at school. She listens to their worries about bullying, health and making new friends. But Kate is only 13 herself. The children she advises may be older than herself. It's part of an innovative scheme at...
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Quiz of THE YEAR
POLITICS 1Who wore THAT dress in the White House scandal that led to Bill Clinton's impeachment? 2Name the special prosecutor who told the world about Clinton's cigars and other explicit details? 3Who made "an error of judgment" on Clapham...
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Recalled Gus out Ot Prove a Point
ANGUS Fraser yesterday welcomed his unexpected opportunity to prove the selectors wrong after his last-minute promotion into England's fourth Test line-up. The Middlesex seamer has not featured in either of the last two Tests despite taking 56 wickets...
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Record Fine for `Misleading' Mercedes Telephone Offer
A RECORD fine of pounds 100,000 has been imposed on the company behind a "free Mercedes" telephone competition. The watchdog Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS) meted out its toughest...
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Reluctant Boss Ray's Making It All Look So Easy in the Saddlers Hot-Seat
RAY Graydon may have converted Walsall from strugglers into promotion candidates - but he admits he never even wanted to be a manager. The former Aston Villa winger was always content to stay in the background and let others take charge. But...
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Richard Reflects on Mirror Career
EVERY day, all over the world, millions of people look at a product Richard Sullivan has helped to make. He works for a company which manufactures millions of car wing mirrors. Richard, a machine operator, works at Pilkington Technical Mirrors...
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Richard's Sneaky Joke at Baggies
DUTCH midfielder Richard Sneekes hailed an impressive Albion performance against Port Vale - and then joked Albion would get beat in their next match. The Baggies have made a habit of running hot one week then cold the next and at times their play...
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Sad Sandwell Get the Xmas Blues at Barwell
SUPER striker Neil Kitching dished up the Boxing Day blues at Oldbury Stadium when he grabbed the goal that handed Boldmere St Michaels a 1-0 victory over leaders Kings Norton Town. And his last-gasp winner was set up by King's old boy Steve Watson...
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Saints' Life Made Hell by Double Act at Dell; Southampton 0 Chelsea 2
CHELSEA'S Premiership bandwagon rolled on at the Dell with a comfortable Christmas win against struggling Saints, thanks to goals from Tore Andre Flo and Gustavo Poyet. It is the second time in a week the duo have sealed the points for the Blues....
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Schwimmer Crash Lands onto Small Screen; VIDEOSCENE
DRIPPY David Schwimmer - Ross from Friends - takes his latest tilt at movie stardom in Six Days Seven Nights, out on video in the New Year. But don't be put off by that - the film also stars the excellent Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. Ford plays...
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Sentencing Lottery for Drivers over the Limit
DRINK-DRIVERS face a sentencing lottery when they are hauled before the courts, figures obtained by the Sunday Mercury reveal. And campaigners said today the differences must end to ensure motorists who kill and maim while drunk behind the wheel...
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Share and Chair Alike. Helmut's G8 Demands
IT'S the biggest secret of the G8 summit. Giant German leader Helmut Kohl made world leaders play musical chairs - so he could save face. Mr Kohl, German Chancellor when the summit was held in May, weighs an enormous 23 stone. And this posed...
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Shopkeepers Caught in Pounds 50,000 Booze Blitz
CROOKED shopkeepers are facing jail after a customs blitz netted pounds 50,000 of bootleg booze. Dozens of corner stores, off-licences, and supermarkets were caught out in a three-day operation across Birmingham and the Black Country. Now cheating...
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Sports Files
Wolves on TV SOCCER: Black Country Cable and Birmingham L!ve TV are to show a new show dedicated to Wolverhampton Wanderers called Wolves TV. The programme features news and interviews from Molineux . In the Black Country, this will be shown...
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Spot-On Lee Seals Victory for Albion; Albion 3 Port Vale 2
LEE Hughes whacked in his 25th goal of the season from the spot as Albion sent their fans on a roller-coaster of emotion as they once again tried to almost throw away a game they had dominated. Manager Denis Smith celebrated 12 months into his reign...
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Sunday Roast with Roger Skidmore; It's Time to Put a Sock in It Strach
WHICH football manager annoys you most? Could it be Alex Ferguson for his whingeing, Glenn Hoddle for his faith healing, Ron Atkinson for his arrogance, Bobby Gould for his poverty of intellect, Kenny Dalglish for his irascibility, Ruud Gullit for...
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Sunday Special with Helen Barklam
NAME: Old Orleans. ADDRESS: Broad Street, Birmingham. Tel: 0121 633 0144. MENU RANGE: A choice of 15 starters ranging in price from pounds 3.25 to pounds 5.25. There is a vast array of main meals from burgers for pounds 7.95, Mexican favourites...
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Table-Topping Tigers Roar Past Bedford; Leicester 26 Bedford 0
LEICESTER disposed of lowly Bedford without any difficulty at Welford Road, taking points at will in appalling conditions which dictated the way the game was played. There was no happy return for former Leicester favourite Rory Underwood as his...
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TAKE TIME TO REFLECT... Mirror Maker Richard Sullivan at Work at Pilkington Technical Mirrors
WHEN Aussie drivers check their wing mirrors, the chances are they'll be looking into glass made thousands of miles away in the Midlands. Because Pilkington Technical Mirrors based in Smethwick, Birmingham, has the Australian automotive mirror market...
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Taking Pension Cash into Your Own Hands
IF you have to make your own provision for retirement, perhaps because your employer doesn't run a pension scheme or you are self employed, the most tax efficient vehicle is a Personal Pension plan. This is because you receive full tax relief on any...
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Talk About
We don't need to have these mobile phones SHAMELESS BEHAVIOUR... pop singer George Michael IAM astonished at the lemming-like rush of people to buy mobile phones, as reported in the Mercury last week. This is an industry that has grown up...
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Talk About
TRIM TO FIT BUT KEEP THE STATUS QUO LETTER Happy memory of friendship with Dimitris STILL ROCKING... Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo REMARKABLE MAN...avid bus fan Dimitris Alexiou IREAD with interest your article on Dimitris...
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The A-Z of Health
QTHIS year I have had three urine tests, all of which have shown a trace of blood. How serious can this be and should it be investigated? Mrs I.R., Solihull AYOU do not specify in your letter how old you are. It may sound obvious but in many...
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The A-Z of Health
Sinusitis: The infection of the sinuses - air cavities - in the front of the skull. Bacteria from the nose and throat can spread to the sinuses because they are linked. When the nasal passages block up due to a cold, infection builds up and the...
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The Day the World Woke Up to Wonderkid Owen
The Mercury's Roger Skidmore looks back on two of the sporting moments from 1998 which captured the attention of a nation as England took on the world's best ON TOP OF THE WORLD... Micheal Owen fires home the wonder-goal that guaranteed immediate...
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The Fresh Prince of the Big Screen
POP stars turned actors usually have a rough ride in the cross-over - witness Davie Bowie, Mick Jagger and Sting. But rap stars - like Ice Cube and the late Tupac Shakur - have enjoyed better luck when it comes to carving out a celluloid niche for...
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This One's IN the House! Dad Turns a Downstairs Room into His Very Own Pub
THE Fisher family will be celebrating the New Year in style... because they have built a miniature pub in their house. Daft dad-of-three Brian has turned a downstairs utility room in his three-bedroomed home into a tiny tavern - appropriately called...
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Time for Banks to Withdraw New Flexible Friends
IT'S bad enough when the inevitable blizzard of bills begins to pile up at this time of the year. So the last thing anyone needs is an accidental overdraft to add to the burden. But that is exactly what could happen thanks to a new breed of cashpoint...
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Twiston-Davies Ready to Party at Chepstow; Racing By
THE title National is now synonymous with the name Earth Summit - not surprising when he has the Grand National and the complete set of the Welsh and Scottish counterparts to his credit. Tomorrow, he can start a second round by lifting the Chepstow...
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UNCORKED: The Wines of the World That Will Go Down Well Next Year
HERE we are almost at the dawning of a New Year that will no doubt be another year of change and controversy for the world of wine. In 1998 alone we saw the arrival of the cross continent "super brand" wine and ever increasing "end primeur" prices...
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United Breeze Their Way Past Gloomy Forest; Manchester Utd 3 Nottm Forest 0
NOTTINGHAM Forest's visit to Old Trafford proved to be just the tonic Manchester United needed as they brushed the Premiership's weakest team aside to collect three vital points. United went into the game on the back of their worst defensive run...
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Villa's Cup Joy Marred by Vicious Hate Mail
IT has been an age since Aston Villa lifted the FA Cup. Petrol was two and six, space travel was still a distant dream and The Beatles were mere grubs. But if John Gregory's men repeat Villa's1957 success, it is unlikely their players will receive...
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Wallaby Test Pair Warne and Waugh May Face Life Ban
A call for life bans on Shane Warne and Mark Waugh is to be made by Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka when world cricket chiefs meet next month to discuss bribery and corruption in the sport. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Khalid Mahmood said...
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Walsall Denied Top Spot in End to End Thriller; Walsall 2 Wycombe 2
WALSALL came within one goal of taking over the leadership of the Nationwide Second Division after this thriller in mud, wind and rain at Bescot Stadium. They had to win 3-2 to replace Fulham in top spot and when veteran striker Andy Rammell smashed...
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Warwickshire Hunt Outfoxed by Planners
TOWN planners have succeeded where the saboteurs failed - ending a controversial Boxing Day fox hunt. Yesterday's Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt meet will be the last to start in Stratford-upon-Avon because the area has become so built-up. ...
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Where Price Is King, Small Is Beautiful; USED CARS
IN the used car market, price will always be king. That's why the Metro - long out of favour as a new car - will always be sought after and quickly snapped up. It's cheap and plentiful. The same is true of the Ford Fiesta and, to a slightly lesser...
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Why the Next Power Cut Could Kill My Domonic
A LITTLE boy's life is being put at risk... by power cuts at his home. Three-year-old Domonic Earles relies on electrically-operated machines to keep him alive. The youngster has a hole in his windpipe and needs the equipment to help him breathe....
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Wolves Miss a Target Man as They Let Slip in the Mud; Swindon 1 Wolves 0
AN injury time goal from big striker Iffy Onuora broke Wolves' resistance in a mudbath at Swindon Town's County Ground yesterday. The pounds 130,000 striker got his head to a free-kick from former Villa winger Mark Walters to land his 15th goal...
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You Cast Your X; Were They Angels or Demons?
DESPITE his drink problem, Michael McMorrow managed to hold down a job as an estate agent. But it was his fondness for booze and the company of fellow alcoholics that drew him to New York's Central Park on the night he was brutally murdered. ...
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