The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from December 19, 1998

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2001- a Spam Odyssey, Me Old Flower; Dennis Ellam on Saturday
Spam. Where does one find the Spam, in a hurry? And the powdered milk, of course, or should that be powdered egg? Or egg extract? Or should that be beef extract? One wasn't around during the Last Lot, one isn't as old as one looks, and so now that...
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Air-Rage Passenger Brought Down to Earth by Member of the SAS
A man who went berserk with "air-rage" on a flight to London from South Africa did not bargain for one of his fellow passengers being an SAS man, a court heard yesterday. The highly-trained soldier flattened the drunken and raving Kazimierz Pasierbek...
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Aloisi Waits His Turn as Strachan Keeps Faith
Coventry City's latest signing John Aloisi will not be given the chance to provide an instant miracle and cure his new club's goalscoring ills in today's home against Derby County. The 22-year-old Australian international striker will be asked to...
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Annies Kitchen
Much is written about cooking for the family at Christmas and catering for large numbers at this time of year but few ideas are offered for couples and singles. To stay fairly traditional, you could buy a boned and stuffed turkey breast which would...
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An Outsider but Platt Has More to Offer in His Role as Sampdorian 'Supervisor'
David Platt must have thought Christmas had come early when he landed the job of coach at Sampdoria this week. Even if he's far from certain what footballing happiness his New Year back in Italy will bring. Only six weeks ago, the 32-year-old former...
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A Nut Roast and All the Trimmings; VEGETARIAN IDEAS
There is a veggie alternative for practically everything you need to celebrate a traditional Christmas. Labour MP Tony Benn, GMTV's Fiona Philips and Uri Geller will all be doing the same thing at Christmas - not eating turkey. There was a time...
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A Really Ice Time in Austria; Malcolm Bassett-Smith Finds Superb All-Season Skiing and Wonderful Wine Up on the Glaciers
For world travellers, we still have funny ideas about Austria. It is not the same as Germany but smaller. It is not the same as Switzerland but without the cuckoo clocks. It is a country with its own traditions and culture and a sense of humour...
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Assembly Deal Gives Hope as Terrorists Hand in Arms
The Northern Ireland peace process was yesterday given a massive pre- Christmas boost with agreement on the structures of Government for the province and a start to arms decommissioning by a hardline loyalist terror group. Hours after politicians reached...
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Atherton Does Job for Stewart and Hussain
Michael Atherton was due to return to the England captaincy today for the four-day match against a strong Australian XI in Hobart after the selectors rested skipper Alec Stewart and next-in-command Nasser Hussain. The pair have played virtually...
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Atlantic Battleships in Port; Eye-Witness Stories of Hood and Bismarck Nazis Thought Luftwaffe Would Save Them
May 29 Eye-witness stories of the sinking of HMS Hood and the German battleship Bismarck were told yesterday when ships which had taken part in the Atlantic battle returned to port. Officers and men of the Navy and Pressmen aboard some of our ships...
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Back Aims for First among Equals
Leicester and England star Neil Back believes that this season's Premiership title race will go to the wire. The Tigers and their juggernaut pack roll into Gloucester for another bone-crunching confrontation today, having emerged as clear championship...
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Battle of Church School Governors as Teachers Quit
Parents of pupils at a church school are at war with governors and want to curb their powers in the wake of a series of controversies. More than 100 parents at Deanery CE Primary in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, have signed a petition calling for change...
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Battleship Torpedoed off Norway; Coventry Pilot's Story
June 14 Torpedo-carrying aircraft of Coastal Command yesterday attacked and damaged one of Germany's "pocket" battleships. Screened by five destroyers, she was heading north, off the southern coast of Norway, when first spotted by the pilot of a...
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BBC Christmas Again
Cut the dross and catch the hidden treasures in the TV schedules over Christmas with Graham Keal's pointers to the finest festive fare. You could call it a totally traditional TV Christmas. The BBC has put in pounds 49 m and pulled out all the stops...
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Beckham's Learning Curve in Question as Simeone Lurks
He might be booked for the happiest day of his life next summer but David Beckham has now ringed an even more important date in his calendar - 3/3/99, the night when Manchester United meet Inter Milan and English football's golden blunderer will get...
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Bismarck Sunk after 1,750-Mile Chase; Admiralty Tells How She Was Brought to Action Frantic Efforts to Shake off Shadowers
May 28 After a three-day chase, extending over more than 1,750 miles of the Atlantic, the 35,000-ton German battleship Bismarck was sunk yesterday morning. She had been shadowed throughout by cruisers, destroyers and aircraft, and several torpedo...
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Bitter Debate Rages over Clinton Impeachment
A bitterly divided House of Representatives was last night debating impeaching a president for only the second time in history as Republicans argued President Clinton should be ousted for betraying the people's trust. "No man or woman, no matter...
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Bombs Will Not Make Us Back Down, Saddam Tells the Nation
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said last night he would not "compromise or kneel" in the current showdown with US and British military strikes. Addressing the nation on television for the first time since the air strikes began, Saddam told Iraqis:...
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Bonus as Wesleyan Shows Way Ahead; A Pounds 12m Windfall for Policyholders
Birmingham-based Wesleyan Assurance Society has had a remarkable year, picking up a string of national awards for its products and generating well over pounds 12 million in extra bonuses for its policyholders. Now the organisation has achieved another...
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Bosnich Shoulders More Woe for Villa
Aston Villa are intensifying their search for a new goalkeeper after learning that Mark Bosnich will be sidelined for another two months. The 26-year-old Australian will undergo surgery during the next few days on the shoulder ligament damage which...
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Branson and Crew Up, Up and Away in Balloon Challenge
Flying high: The ICO Challenger balloon sets off alongside the Atlas Mountains in Morocco yesterday to circumnavigate the globe, with British tycoon Mr Richard Branson (inset) on board. Mr Richard Branson's latest round-the-world balloon bid was...
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Bristol Hit Knox with Pounds 5,000 Fine and 30-Day Ban
Bristol have banned their Australian international David Knox for 30 days and fined him pounds 5,000 following his sending off against Second Division title rivals Worcester last weekend. It means that the 13 times-capped former Wallaby Test fly-half...
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British Forces May Have Destroyed Fleet of Robotic Chemical-Carrying Planes
Saddam Hussein was on the verge of perfecting robot aircraft to unleash devastating chemical and biological attacks, it emerged yesterday. Military chiefs were so concerned about the Iraqi technology that the remote airbase where the unmanned planes...
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Business Week
From The Post Monday December 14 The former boss of Birmingham Midshires could make a comeback as Barclays' new chief executive. Mr Mike Jackson left the Wolverhampton-based building society in August after he and fellow directors recommended...
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Candid Francis Looks Forward to Obvious Option
Birmingham City will be told attack is the best form of defence when they take on runaway Nationwide League leaders Sunderland at St Andrew's today. Manager Trevor Francis believes the visitors' 10-point lead and season's record of one defeat in...
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Cash Nightmare of 'Unlocked' Home; Money-Raising Scheme Turned into a Noose
The lure of a new monthly income led an elderly couple on a trail of financial misery, reports Philip Williams. They saw an advertisement which apparently offered them a way out of a tight financial corner. Mr Smith, who asked that his real name...
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Caution in Store at Littlewoods; One Set of Optimistic Retail Statistics Do Not Mean End of Downturn, Warns Group
Pools to home-shopping concern Littlewoods struck a cautious note over its retailing business yesterday and warned that this week's optimistic retail sales figures did not mean the downturn was over. The Office for National Statistics said on Thursday...
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Changes Should Mean Job and Profits
Little Luxembourg, with a population the size of Dudley, has exactly the same veto as Germany. "Only two things in life are certain - death and taxes." So moaned a car window sticker seen recently in Wolverhampton. Now death is outside the remit...
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Chess
The national Ladies and Mens Teams Congresses were held at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry on the 4-6th December. The Warwickshire team of John Collings, Martin Jones, Steven Green and Graham Link had won the Mens event on both occasions since its inception...
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Chilcott Adds Weight to Bath Title Argument
Former Bath favourite Gareth Chilcott believes that the struggling European champions face a mammoth task in trying to turn around their season. Defeat against Recreation Ground visitors Saracens today would see Bath suffer an unprecedented fifth...
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Christmas in Shakespeare's England; the Festivities Would Certainly Be Merry for the Bard. after All, He Enjoyed the Good Favour of Elizabeth I Herself, Says Richard Edmonds
Elizabeth I loved dancing and dicing - her luck at the latter being constantly assured by the use of loaded dice! Whatever happened in the Commonwealth - floods, fire, famine or plague - nothing was ever sufficient reason enough to prevent the Queen...
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Claim Your Allowances to Avoid a Taxing Life
This week, I'd like to see how you can get the maximum tax-free interest from your investments. Whatever your needs, you should always consider the likely tax implications of your investments, along with such things as performance and suitability....
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Clothing the World of Dickens
Richard Edmonds goes all Dickensian over a new book which gives insights into a whole range of artefacts - from wallpaper to breadknives to jelly moulds - of the day. Victorian values: Mr Fezziwig's Ball - exemplifying the boundless amplitude of...
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Comeback Man Palmer Clinches Hong Kong Slot; SWIMMING
Paul Palmer announced his return in emphatic style at the British Short Course Championships in Glasgow last night. Palmer, who last competed in July, marked his comeback with victory in the 400m freestyle. The Olympic silver medallist had been...
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Couple Arrested over Gun Raids on Pensioners
A married couple were being quizzed by detectives about a string of gunpoint raids at pensioners' homes in Birmingham. The couple, who have three children, were arrested in a police swoop at a house in Sparkbrook on Thursday. The man (33) and...
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Critics Quick to Swoop on New Stakeholder Promises
Labour finally unveiled its stakeholder pension this week, but the scheme had barely seen daylight before the critics were out in force. The government aims to persuade those earning between pounds 9,000 and pounds 18,500 to opt-out of the state...
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Dad Wasn't Santa after All; CHRISTMAS STORY
If Dad turned into Father Christmas he might never see him again. He would be living far away, too busy wrapping presents to ever visit. He would have all those reindeer to look after. And he would be looking after loads of other boys and girls at...
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Death-Crash Driver Jailed for Drinks Night Before
A middle-aged motorcyclist was killed instantly when a truck driven by a landscape gardener who was still over the limit the morning after a long drinking session turned into his path. Daniel Hall (33), of Church Farm, Maxstoke, near Coleshill,...
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Devil's Own Way to Treat a Client Can Mean PR Hell; Let's Do Christmas Lunch
Once upon a time, there was a public relations man who actually treated his clients like human beings. One Christmas he had too many liquid lunches, too much turkey, and suddenly pegged out. When he arrived at the pearly gates he was met by St Peter....
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Double Blow for Brintons as Fires Hit Factory
Bosses at a Kidderminster carpet firm were left reeling from a double whammy yesterday when they were hit by a pounds 100,000 court fine and fire ripped through one of their factories. Brintons suffered two blazes within the space of a couple of...
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Eastern Banking on a Wing and a Prayer
Agreeing codes of practice for finance organisations in the Western world is tough enough, with the interests of consumers balanced against commercial freedom. But at least religion is not involved. However, in countries such as Pakistan, the...
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Elegant Elgar's Legacy Revived for Posterity with Panache; Christopher Morley on a Good Year for the Classics CLASSICAL CDS OF THE YEAR
1 ELGAR/ PAYNE Symphony no.3 (NMC D053): In a sense we have been awaiting this record since 1934, the year Elgar died leaving behind a mass of sketches for his unfinished BBC-commissioned Third Symphony. Having won round the composer's doubting family,...
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Elton John's Ex-Manager Sells His 'Clutter' for Pounds 2.7m
Sir Elton John's multi-millionaire former manager became pounds 2.7 million richer yesterday at the end of a two-day auction of his personal treasures. Music impresario John Reid was selling lavish possessions from three luxury homes in London,...
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Engineering a Change to a Life of Danger
Mr David John O'Dwyer, Chief Fire Officer of Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in the Birthday Honours List. In 1974 Mr David John O'Dwyer was working in engineering, and severely fed up with it. As a...
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Evaluating the Boss as Well; Just the Job
In a recent survey, almost 42 per cent of companies in the UK said that they have a formal chief executive evaluation programme in place. The growing use of CE evaluations can be linked to pressure from both within the company and outside it. ...
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Evans Joy Tempered as Torquay Grab Spoils with Late Winner; Shrewsbury Town 1 Torquay United 2
Shrewsbury Town were made to look like ten-man Christmas turkeys at the Gay Meadow last night as Torquay gratefully tucked into a brace of Partridge's. Scott Partridge's last-minute winner - his second of the night - finished off Town after home...
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Farewell from Some Old Friends; FICTION
The year 1998 was a rather indifferent one for fiction but certain novels have shone like beacons. John Updike's supposed farewell to writing, Towards the End of Time (Hamish Hamilton pounds 16.99), illuminates the myriad paths he has strode during...
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Farmer Fined Pounds 1,500 over Unfit Sheep at Market
A farmer has been fined pounds 1,500 by magistrates for transporting unfit sheep to market. Aubrey Booton (54), of Lower Snead, Pensax, Abberley, admitted four offences relating to the transportation and exposure for sale of three ewes which were...
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F E Pardoe's Crime File
Outrageous, witty and so well written Mrs Pargeter's Point of Honour. By Simon Brett (Macmillan pounds 16.99). Simon Brett is unquestionably the wittiest crime-writer currently operating. His series about Mrs Pargeter are ingenious, outrageous...
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Fire on Ice
Fire on ice: A volcano erupts under the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland yesterday, spewing smoke and ash miles into the sky. The eruption was 155 miles from the capital Reykjavik and scientists said it was unlikely to melt Europe's biggest glacier....
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Forget a Partridge, but a Pear Tree's Fine; Plants Make Great Presents. Roger Clarke Offers Advice That Goes beyond Unopened Aftershave and Unused Wallets
With Santa already greasing the runners on his sleigh we are down to shopping hours rather than days to Christmas. If you still have to buy gifts for gardeners then life is that bit easier. One elderly gardener I knew was delighted when his daughter,...
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From Sublime to Ridiculous; CLASSICAL MUSIC
Opera-lovers might need an extra large stocking this Christmas if Santa is going to bring them the undoubted pick of this year's crop of classical music books. The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, four fat paperback volumes handsomely presented in...
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Germans Attack Crete
May 21 German troops, clothed in New Zealand battle dress, yesterday began an invasion of Crete. They were transported by air, some landing by parachute and some by glider. Mr Churchill said: "In the last few days our reconnoitring aeroplanes...
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Germans Claim Fall of Athens Report of British Evacuation
April 28 Hoisting of the Swastika flag on the Acropolis, symbol of Athenian greatness and culture, was announced in a special communique issued in Berlin yesterday morning. It said: "After ceaseless attacks and pursuit fighting, the advance guard...
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Hard Line over China's Tax Cheats: Execution
Britain's tax collectors are variously accused of being hard-hearted, incompetent and even mean-spirited. But alongside their equivalents in China, the Inland Revenue is staffed by a host of angels. This week, that country's vice-premier Mr Li...
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Having a Share in DIY Internet Deals
Charles Schwab won the race to offer British investors share-dealing via the Internet this week - by a neck. Four organisations were in the running for the honour, and it seemed until the last few hours that Stocktrade was going to come out on top....
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Heath Has Fur Flying despite Sunken Gate; ANGLING
Paul Heath of the Astwood Bank Angling Club, won the Alcester AA Fur & Feather Christmas Open in fine style despite competing along a rising River Avon. He was staked at Hillborough at permanent peg 20, a well-known swim noted for holding big...
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Henderson Is Hidebound for Ascot Win
Twelve months ago, Nicky Henderson was on a roll. He finished December 1997 with 16 winners from 56 races, his best-ever monthly return and has started the season in cracking form. Considering he had a good campaign, it was disappointing that he...
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HMS Hood Sunk in Atlantic Battle; Germans Race for Home with British in Pursuit Aircraft Join in Efforts to Bring Them to Action
May 26 British warships and aircraft last night were continuing operations with the object of bringing to close action German naval forces which, operating off Greenland on Saturday, sank HMS Hood. After the initial action, in which the German...
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Home Sweet Home, but It's a Bit like Using Chopsticks in the Dark
Finding the right home loan is like using chopsticks in the dark. Mortgage Link reckons there are now almost 1,700 different products available from more than 140 lenders. But Legal & General believes it has developed the UK's first integrated...
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Iain's Always Dame for a Laugh; Iain Lauchlan INTERVIEW
If there's nobody like a dame then there's no dame quite like Iain Lauchlan. Iain Lauchlan is not just the dame inSleeping Beauty pantomime at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre. He is the writer, director, saviour of the theatre, Christmas celebrity and...
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Ilmington's Cheerful Bells and Byways; Rambling with Richard Shurey
'I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar carols play And wild and sweet The woods repeat Of peace on earth, goodwill to men'. These are the words of Longfellow in his Christmas Bells. The tower of Ilmington Church was raised...
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Irish Eyes Smiling at Daly Entry; GOLF
John Daly, one of golf's biggest attractions, has entered the Murphy's Irish Open at Druids Glen on July 1-4 next year. It will be the 1995 Open champion's second appearance in the event. Four years ago he finished runner-up to Bernhard Langer...
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IT'S BEHIND YOU!; Arts Editor Terry Grimley Looks at the Festive Productions Staged across the Midlands
It's time once again to don the wigs, tights and giant bloomers and head for that strange parallel theatrical universe known as the Pantomime Season. True, this is a loose term nowadays, when musicals old and new and Dickens adaptations with and...
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It's Business as Usual as Clinton 'In Total Denial'
White House aides said President Clinton was dealing with the gravest moment of his presidency - his all-but-certain impeachment - with near total denial. As the House of Representatives began its debate, they described him as almost too busy with...
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It's Your Turn Now
Well, you've seen our critics' choice of the albums of the year but what was your particular favourite. Was it the latest Daniel O'Donnell, Manic Street Preachers or the Wombles compilation? Were you bewitched by B*Witched, entranced by Embrace or...
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Jingling Tills This Holiday Will Be Key to Rate Cut
Hopes of another interest rate cut in January look to be receding. New figures suggested spending in the shops is better than some have suggested although trading over Christmas will be the key indicator. That could mean the Bank of England Monetary...
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Jugo-Slav Resistance
In addition to their reported success in Albania, the Jugo-Slavs are counter-attacking north of Nish. They are stiffening their resistance by offensive action, and are displaying great courage. The Germans are understood to have retaken Kragujevac....
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Labour Supporter Wins Dome Catering Deal
A lucrative Millennium Dome catering contract has gone to a company chaired by a prominent Labour supporter, it was disclosed yesterday in a move that has sparked Conservative fury. Granada, headed by Mr Gerry Robinson, who campaigned strongly for...
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Last Chance for Blaze to Shock; ICE HOCKEY
Allsports Solihull Blaze have been bedevilled by inconsistency in the recent stages of the season and their biggest failing so far has been their seeming inability to raise themselves for the big occasion. The Christmas Cup offered Blaze the chance...
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Lead Fear Halts Sale of Cheap China Ornaments
A chain of bargain shops has pulled hundreds of painted china ornaments from its shelves after investigators found massive levels of lead in them. The eight-inch high ornaments, sold for pounds 1 each in a shop in Worcester, contained more than...
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Lee Warns Wolves to Beware of Mills-Stone Round Their Necks
Colin Lee has Wolverhampton Wanderers strikers on his mind as he takes his side to promotion rivals Bradford City today - an old one, a new one and an ex-one. While the Wolves manager is planning to inject new life into 306-goal warhorse Steve Bull,...
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Lillee's Conscience Clear with 1981 in Mind
Legendary fast bowler Dennis Lillee has published a detailed account of a controversial betting incident during a Test match in England - saying he never lost any sleep over it. In a column in The West Australian, Lillee said people still pointed...
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Man from the Pru Hits the Road Again
The Men from the Pru have finally been allowed to recruit staff for its direct-selling team. The Securities and Investments Board put a freeze on 18 months ago, after uncovering some dubious sales' tactics. Some Prudential staff were selling...
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Midlands Night Raids
On Thursday night, the third in succession, enemy raiders concentrated their main attacks on the West Midlands. Coventry and Birmingham were singled out for special attention, but other towns and villages in the area suffered. The raid on Birmingham...
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Mini Hits the World Stage Again; BMW U-Turn in Bid for Global Market
Rover Group's new Mini, which goes into production in the year 2000 at Longbridge, will be sold worldwide through BMW dealers in an apparent major U-turn. The decision is a departure from BMW's statement when it took over Rover in 1994 that the...
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Modern Jazz in the Rudest of Health; Peter Bacon Says the Year Went with a Swing
GERI ALLEN The Gathering (Verve): A leap forward for the pianist who gives her music greater emotion and accessibility without sacrificing her sometimes complex approach. Instrumentation varies from piano trio to sextet with Teo Macero's warm, enveloping...
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More Sense from Mr Benn
Speaking his mind: Mr Tony Benn during the Commons debate on the Iraq crisis. See More sense from Mr Benn. Sir, - I sympathise with Labour MPs like Tony Benn and Tam Dalyell who complain about Mr Tony Blair's assistance to the United States in the...
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More Soap Opera Than Justice System; Inside Out
Just when you thought that it was safe to rely on British justice again, up pop the law Lords to set aside an earlier Lord's ruling that General Augusto Pinochet was not immune from prosecution for crimes against humanity. Lord Hoffman, one of the...
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Most Irritating Ad Is Nothing to Shout about for Cleese
A television advert for Sainsbury's featuring comedy star John Cleese as a garishly-clad loudmouth has been voted the most irritating of the year. The ad featured the comic actor instructing staff to shout about the supermarket chain's value for...
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New Kid on Block Is the Talk of Home Loan Market
Britain's traditional mortgage lenders are facing a new kid on the block. Phone-based loan operators are already winning lots of business from their more established competitors. Their combination of lower costs and slick marketing techniques...
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'No to Euro' Campaign Will Be Backed by 50 Groups
Campaigners against the single currency have agreed to form a united front to persuade people to vote against the euro in a referendum. West Worcestershire Tory MP Sir Michael Spicer brought together nearly 50 organisations opposed to the euro at...
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Now Boarding
Discover the spirit of Australia on a fantastic, 22-day adventure with Explore Worldwide. Driving from Perth to Darwin, you will tackle outback roads, set up bushcamps in the wilderness, soak in hot springs and see some of Australia's most spectacular...
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Oil Shares Gush Is Capped; MARKET REPORTS
The December expiry of the FTSE-100 futures and options provided the only spark to an otherwise lacklustre day on the London market - it closed at 5741.9, up 56.7. The rise in oil prices prompted by the air strikes against in Iraq went into sharp...
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One of War's Best-Kept Secrets; Radiolocation a Success
June 18 Lord Beaverbrook, broadcasting to the Empire and to the United States, has appealed for 10,000 men to aid in operating a scientific device - radiolocation - which has played an important part in the air war. One of the war's best-kept secrets,...
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Peace in Our Time, If You Please .
Better qualified social commentators than me can more easily explain why Christmas is now just one big commercial nightmare, with the real reason why we celebrate it each year seemingly long forgotten by the vast majority of drunken revellers. However,...
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Pick of the Crop from a Vintage Year; FICTION
The gods of fiction have been kind to us this year with a quiverful of goodies to tempt the reading palate and hone the imagination. We have been regaled with warm stories of star-crossed lovers; a fistful of excellent whodunnits; one or two genuinely...
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PICK OF THE YEAR ON CD; Hurray for Mr Tambourine Man the Post's Esteemed Music Critics Round Up Their Favourite Releases of 1998. . . Simon Evans on the Highlights in the World of Rock and Pop
1: BOB DYLAN Bootleg Series Vol 4&5 The Royal Albert Hall Concert (Columbia). In a year lacking "event albums" (in other words no new music from Oasis or Radiohead), this recording of the mythical 1966 Albert Hall concert (in reality it was Manchester's...
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Points the Bottom Line in Coundon Road Power Play; RUGBY UNION
It was one of English rugby's great traditional fixtures: Coventry v Moseley, Boxing Day. Year after year. If there was today such as thing as a club world cup, and tomorrow's meeting at Coundon Road was the final, or if the two were meeting for...
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Police Drama Star Weeps in Dock as He Tells of Daughter's Drug Use
Actor William Murray - star of the ITV police drama, The Bill - yesterday broke down in tears as he told a jury of his teenage daughter's drug problems. Murray (57), of Brentwood, Essex, is accused of beating up two heroin users he believed were supplying...
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Pot Holes, Friars and a Speaking Gravestone; Historic Associations Abound in the Village of Astley, from a Famous Prime Minister to a Hymn Writer - and a Famous Tippler. Not Forgetting the Monastery. Ross Reyburn Reports
Worcestershire can probably lay claim to two of the worst roads in England. They are not that far apart so why not spend an afternoon trying both and wrecking your car suspension? The old pot-holed lane that was the main route to the magnificent...
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Pot of Gold Turned into a Financial Disaster
It was a loan that promised a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for thousands of pensioners. For people who were "asset rich but cash poor", the chance to unlock capital from the value of their home, thanks to the West Bromwich's Rainbow Equity...
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Pounds 250m Legacy Left to the Insurance
About pounds 250 million is languishing in insurance companies' coffers because customers whose life policies have matured have not picked up their money. One of the few firms to go public with its concerns about the scale of the problem is Cornhill...
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Pounds 2m Fine over Carlton Connection; Watchdog Blasts 'Faked' Drugs Programme
Television company Carlton has been fined a record pounds 2 million over a "faked" drugs documentary commissioned by Birmingham-based Central TV. The watchdog Independent Television Commission said the programme, called The Connection, which claimed...
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Pounds 37m Home Loan Victory
Hundreds of Midland pensioners were jubilant yesterday after winning a bitter fight over a mis-selling scandal which is set to cost the West Bromwich Building Society pounds 37 million. Mr Justice Evans-Lombe, at the High Court in London, found...
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Press Club Back with a Vengeance; Saved from Extinction as Deal Is Struck with the Three Main Creditors
Birmingham Press Club has been saved from extinction after its board struck a deal with its three main creditors. But the move has been made with the press club - at 133 years, the world's oldest - accepting that it will no longer have a permanent...
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Pride and Prejudice Brings Bescot Expectations to Boil; Michael Ward Sets the Scene as Friendship Takes a Back Seat
They were back-thumping team-mates on Aston Villa's night of glory at Old Trafford in 1977, but today Ray Graydon and Brian Little become arch-adversaries in the cut-throat business of winning promotion. Little embraced Graydon warmly for helping...
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Protesters Grapple with Police at Door of No 10
Three demonstrators grappled with armed police on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street last night - seconds after they were led there by MP Mr George Galloway. The three Middle-Eastern looking men were wrestled to the ground as the Labour MP and another...
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Putting the Sour Grapes out to Dry; NON-FICTION
With political debate all but stifled in the House of Commons, there have been some refreshingly frank exchange of views conducted within the covers of several political books this year. Edward Heath is politely scathing of his successor in his...
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RAF Launches Probe after Fatal Harrier Crash
Air force investigators were last night trying to establish what caused a Harrier jump jet to crash into a field killing its pilot. Teams were due to sift through the charred wreckage in the field near Barnard Castle, County Durham, after the crash...
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