The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from November 10, 1998

[5] Midland Digest
Teenage roofer critical after 40ft plunge An 18-year-old roofer was critically injured when he plunged 40ft from a building at the Merry Hill Centre yesterday. mon The teenager was taken by ambulance to the intensive care unit at Dudley's Russells...
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A Bit of Horse Sense and You're Fine; CD-ROM Game Review - My Little Pony (Hasbro)
After the initial aggravation of actually loading the game - users be aware that it has to run in 256 colour, it fails to mention this in the instructions and without changing the settings the screen remains blank - both my daughters enjoyed My Little...
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Academic's Death Will Remain a Mystery
The partner of a Midland professor - who died after being sacked for plagiarising a student's work - said she would never know whether he intended to kill himself. Dr Ian Connell, aged 49, died within seconds when he hanged himself in the attic...
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A Helping Hand for Goalie Seaman
England's best known safe pair of hands are set to become even more secure with the help of scientists from a Midland university. Scientists at Warwick University have put David Seaman's hands under the same sort of technical analysis used by car...
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All Black Dons the Red Jersey
All Black Shane Howarth will make his Test debut for Wales in Saturday's Wembley clash against world champions South Africa. The 30-year-old Maori, capped four times by New Zealand in 1994, makes an immediate impression on new Wales coach Graham...
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Ambitious Lee Lifts Lid on Youthful Exuberance
Wolverhampton Wanderers are poised to pick two teenagers for tonight's First Division clash with Sheffield United tonight as caretaker-manager Colin Lee gives youth the chance Mark McGhee was reluctant to offer. Ryan Green, an 18-year-old right-back...
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Arts in Brief: Lord Dances Back to NIA
Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance returns to The Academy at The NIA, Birmingham for three shows on March 16 to 18, 1999. Lord of the Dance features more than 40 dancers, fusing intricate choreography and energetic dancing, together with hi-tech...
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Aspects: Youth and Other Old Fallacies; While Older People Are Being Forced out of the Job Market by Youthful Wannabes, Some Senior Citizens Are Getting Accolades. Women's Editor Ros Dodd Tries to Make Sense of the Mixed Messages Being Generated by the Age versus Youth Debate - and Finds the Millennium Is to Blame
The sales director was apologetic. "I'm sorry," he said, "but we're really looking for someone a bit younger." The man sitting before him, being interviewed for the job of sales executive, was a few months past his 40th birthday. Several days...
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Balti Capital Maintains Culinary Reputation
Winning consistency:Mr Rashid Mahmood, manager of the 22-year-old Adil restaurant in Sparkbrook. Birmingham has retained its title as the country's balti capital by taking the award for the Best Balti House in England. Sparkbrook restaurant Adil...
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Banger Brings Terror to School Bus
Fifteen terrified youngsters were taken to hospital when a firework was set off on a school bus in Birmingham. The teenagers all suffered minor ear injuries caused by the loud explosion on board the number 78 bus in the Hockley Hill area. It...
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Battling against the Ever Growing Tide of Refugees
The fate of hundreds of asylum seekers is sealed at the Immigration Appeals Authority in Birmingham, reports Boris Worrall. Every week the lives of up to 100 immigrants hoping to be allowed to stay in the UK are decided at a little-known court in...
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Brave New World on the Dinner Table
It is just after feeding time and two calves are contentedly drinking water from a trough in their non-descript pen, a few stray pieces of hay stuck to their wet, brown noses. The two four-month-olds - ES1 and ES2 - are the prototypes of a brave...
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Buck Stops at Blair, Hague Tells Motor Industry Chiefs
The Government must carry the can for the plight of the car industry and manufacturing, Opposition leader Mr William Hague said in the Midlands last night. It should stop seeking to blame industry for its productivity shortcomings and address the...
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Chancellor Stands Firm on Forecasts
Chancellor Mr Gordon Brown last night mounted a vigorous defence of his controversial forecasts for economic growth underpinning the Government's pounds 40billion spending plans for schools and hospitals. Mr Brown, giving evidence to the Commons...
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Charles Flies Back to Storm Still Raging over Royal Rift Claims
The Prince of Wales ended a successful tour of the Balkans yesterday, but flew back to the UK facing further controversy over allegations of leaks by his staff and claims of a royal rift. Charles' officials are said to feel irritation in their dealings...
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Choosing What We Eat Is a Basic Right
Sir, - Seemingly against Single Market rules, the United Kingdom successfully banned two types of hand-guns. The banning of hand-guns most likely came under Article 36 of the EC Treaty (regarding moral consideration or the need to protect public...
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City View: It's Not All Plain Sailing for BA
Reining in costs when everything seems to be going swimmingly takes guts but BA's chief executive Mr Bob Ayling timed it well. Just when the airline industry was enjoying high profits and good passenger yields, he decided to slash costs. It was...
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Coat Saves Woman from Knifeman in Toilet Attack
A mother attacked by a knife-wielding thug in a Midland toilet was saved from serious injury - because of her coat. The 35-year-old was stabbed by a tattooed man in the women's toilets of the Co-op store in Hawk's Green, Cannock, Staffs. But...
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Comment: Private Lives and Public Office; Finola Lynch Gives a Rundown on the Labour Cabinet's Marital Status
Agriculture Minister Nick Brown has revealed his embarrassment at being forced to come and out declare he is gay after a former lover approached a national newspaper about their two-year affair. But he is not the only politician in Prime Minister's...
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Comment: The Message of Winterval; Winterval? Bah Humbug Says Chief Feature Writer Dennis Ellam, Bemoaning the Fact That Once Again Birmingham Is about to Become a National Joke
The invention of the festival of Winterval ought to come as no surprise; after all, the city leaders in Birmingham have been striving before now to devise their own, more correct alternative to Christmas. It should bear no obvious religious association,...
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Comment: Why the Sun Is Afraid of Pink Shadows; Talk of a Gay Mafia Running the Country Threatens to Start a Sexual Witch Hunt, Says Political Correspondent Chris Gray
The growing schizophrenia of The Sun newspaper appeared again yesterday when it revealed its fear that Britain was being governed by a "gay mafia". Its worry was prompted by the outing as a homosexual of Agriculture Secretary Mr Nick Brown, who...
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Cracks Really Starting to Show in Pottery Industry
Stoke-on-Trent-based Churchill China heaped further misery on the pottery industry yesterday with its fourth profit warning this year and the threat of factory closures if things do not improve. Finance director Mr David Taylor said there were no...
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Crunch Time over Rover's Flexible Working
Rover Group management and unions are expected to put out a joint statement within the next few days framing the crucial question on flexible working. The unions have accepted the need in their private discussions for flexible working practices...
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Customers Warned as Viagra Clinic Is Shut Down
Trading standards officers have closed down a Midland health clinic after it was caught selling the male potency pill Viagra without medical supervision. The private clinic in Solihull was shut because it was suspected that no doctors were employed...
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Dallaglio's Injury Lets in Johnson
Martin Johnson will taste international captaincy once more on Saturday when he leads England into their World Cup qualifier against Holland in Huddersfield. The Leicester lock takes over from injured Lawrence Dallaglio as coach Clive Woodward seeks...
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David V Goliath Battles Have No Place in Game
It was a move that caused some surprise in Wales and a certain amount of mirth elsewhere: why, for goodness sake, would the Welsh Rugby Union take on a coach, Graham Henry, and pay him pounds 1.2million when there is next to nothing for him to coach?...
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Don't Judge Me without the Facts, Pleads Carling
Former England rugby captain Will Carling has asked people not to judge him over his personal life without knowing the facts. His popularity has plummeted following the furore over his decision to leave Ali Cockayne, the mother of his baby son Henry,...
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Drugs Suspect 'Tried to Shoot Police Officers'
A WPc and her male colleague narrowly escaped death when a suspect they were chasing turned and fired on them - sending bullets ricocheting off the ground, an Old Bailey jury was told yesterday. Mr Edward Brown, prosecuting, said: "You may think...
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Efficiency savings:Mr Bob Ayling.; British Airways `Well Ahead of the Game', Says Ayling Drop in Yields All Part of Schedule for British Airways
Analysts cut their fulear profit forecasts for British Airways after the seltyled world's favourite airline reported a drop in yields on its scheduled services. Pre-tax profits fell to pounds 385million in the six months to the end of September,...
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European Car Market Looks Set to Stall; EIU Survey Offers Mixed
The European car market is on the verge of three years of decline, a major survey warned yesterday. Total car registrations will fall from 14.1 million this year to 13.7 million in 1999, 13 million in 2000 and 12.7 million in 2001. The Economist...
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Father Fails in Appeal to Win Back Shotgun Certificate
A Warwickshire man has failed in his attempt to win back his shotgun certificate after a judge ruled it was not safe for him to be in possession of a firearm. Ronald Forster, of Burnthurst Lane, Princethorpe, appealed at Warwick Crown Court against...
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Female Soccer Agent Claims Sex Bias
Britain's only woman football agent yesterday attacked the "dinosaurs" of the Professional Footballers' Association as she began a legal battle against them for alleged sex discrimination. Mrs Rachel Anderson is seeking exemplary damages against the...
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Gay Minister Steers Clear of Press Row; Complaint Is Unlikely as MPs Slam Media
Agriculture Minister Mr Nick Brown last night completed a business-as-usual tour of the West Country as the spotlight turned to media coverage of the disclosure of his homosexuality. But despite the anger of some of his colleagues, led by Deputy...
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Grope Claims Are `Nonsense' - GP; Eight Patients Allege Indecent Assault
A doctor accused of indecently assaulting eight of his female patients over a 17-year period yesterday dismissed the allegations as "nonsense". Gerald Walmsley told Maidstone Crown Court he was just trying to preserve the image of an "old fashioned...
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Health Authority Prods Over-65s to Have Flu Jabs
A Midland health authority has encouraged over-65s to have flu vaccinations for added winter protection. The move by Worcestershire Health Authority coincided with a Government announcement that free flu vaccinations are to be made available this...
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High-Flying Falcons Still Floating on Air
The Atlanta Falcons tested their mettle against another National Football League top dog and beat the New England Patriots 41-10. The Falcons knocked the Patriots out of a first-place tie in the AFC East, sacking Drew Bledsoe four times as they built...
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Hope Springs Eternal as Wards Are Saved from Blueprint Axe
A Birmingham hospital's maternity wards have avoided closure. Health watchdogs had feared maternity and children's services were due to be run down at Good Hope Hospital and centralised at Birmingham's Maternity Hospital, and the city's children's...
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How DNA Has Become Key Weapon in War on Crime
Alistair Keely looks at the role of genetic science in the hunt for a serial rapist. Developments in DNA profiling have been hailed as the most dramatic advance in crimefighting since the introduction of fingerprints. A national database, set...
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How to Keep Pace with Leisure Culture
Birmingham can sustain the current explosion of leisure complexes albeit not all will succeed, a top company executive has warned. But Mr John Henley, chief executive of THI, will tell today's Breakfast Connection meeting at the International Convention...
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Jackson's Face-to-Face Victory
Superstar Michael Jackson yesterday settled his High Court action over articles published in the Daily Mirror alleging his face was hideously disfigured and visibly scarred as a result of cosmetic surgery. His solicitor, Mr Marcus Barclay, told...
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Johnson's Form Keeps Maguire off Zafarabad
It says a great deal for the ability of Richard Johnson that he should keep the ride on David Nicholson's Champion Hurdle hope Zafarabad when he makes his seasonal re-appearance at Newbury today. It could have been anticipated that stable jockey...
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Keeping a Weather Eye on Heart Attacks
People at risk of having a heart attack should pay close attention to weather forecasts, new research suggested yesterday. A cold front associated with a deep depression could mean their own outlook is far from sunny. The findings from France show...
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Keeping Our Literary Heritage Safe from Danger
The Alexandria Library was one of the wonders of the ancient world until it was destroyed by fire. Since then countless generations of librarians have had nightmares about matches, cigarette stubs and faulty electrical wiring. But Britain's literary...
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Keys Clue in Search for the Killer of Jenny King
Murder squad detectives were last night hoping a set of two keys may lead them to the killer of disco girl Jenny King. The Yale-type keys, one brass and the other silver-coloured and linked by two same-size key rings, were found in the copse "den"...
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Leaders Fly in to Feed the Thousands after Hurricane
As disease and starvation threatened to raise the death toll from Hurricane Mitch, Central American leaders flew to El Salvador yesterday to co-ordinate strategies for feeding tens of thousands of survivors and plan a regional recovery. The leaders...
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Lighten Their Darkness
Is it not extraordinary that Birmingham is so successful at shooting itself in the foot? The nationwide publicity given to the council's latest attempt to conceal Christmas leaves Birmingham at the cutting edge of political correctness. It seemed...
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Lily Gets So Savage with Bad Service
Blankety Blank host Lily Savage pretends to work for consumer TV shows to get a better deal when she complains about services. The star, played by comic actor Paul O'Grady, has admitted to passing herself off as a producer for BBC1's Watchdog after...
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Mega Byte: Speeding Up the Trade in Ideas
An international semi-conductor exchange system to help companies shorten design cycles for new products like digital cameras and mobile phones has been set up in Scotland. Scottish Enterprise has joined forces with leading international electronics...
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Memo Dictated from Taxi Goes Round the World
In the beginning was the word...and a computer company can make it go round the world from the back of a taxi. Speech Machines, based in Great Malvern, has come up with a computer voice recognition system which is offering to revolutionise the way...
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MEP Oddy Challenges Labour Selection Plan
Ousted Midland MEP Miss Christine Oddy has joined a protest by peers against Labour's system for choosing candidates for next year's Euro-elections. Miss Oddy, who represents Coventry and North Warwickshire, is mounting a legal challenge to her...
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Merger of Equals in Chemical Industry
Another giant global merger yesterday saw Swiss groups Ciba Specialty Chemicals and rival Clariant create a powerhouse in an industry under growing pressure to consolidate. The "merger of equals" would create the world's biggest specialty chemicals...
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Merson to Put Villa First over Euro 2000
Paul Merson is prepared to sacrifice his international career in exchange for his pursuit of a championship medal with Aston Villa. The 30-year-old England striker, who helped win two Premiership titles for Arsenal, says his days of wearing the...
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Midland Digest
Thieves attack man in raid on house Police are hunting a gang who burst into a man's house and threatened him with a snooker cue before stealing cash, jewellery and hi-fi equipment. A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said the 58-year-old...
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Midland Digest
Birmingham named third best place to shop Birmingham has been named as the best place to shop in the West Midlands - and third best in Britain. The city beat off competition from Merry Hill, Coventry, and Worcester in a national survey by information...
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Millennium Time Cheers Pubs
Pubs might be open all night on Millennium Eve - with open-all-hours licences extended to all subsequent New Year's Eves, it was disclosed yesterday. The Government favours letting licensed premises stay open until 11am on January 1, 2000, and is now...
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New Film Censor Pledges to Carry on the Controversy of Predecessor
The man chosen to head Britain's film censors yesterday said he will carry on where controversial predecessor Mr James Ferman leaves off. Television regulator Mr Robin Duval will succeed Mr Ferman, who has spent 24 years in the job, as director of...
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News Digest
Kray brother loses court battle for freedom Charlie Kray, elder brother of gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie, who is serving a 12-year jail sentence for masterminding a pounds 39million cocaine deal, yesterday failed in a court bid for freedom. ...
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NIA Rolls out Carpet for Cup Crunch; Skipper Lloyd Set to Confirm Davis Date in Next Week
The Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski show is booked for Birmingham next spring. The Lawn Tennis Association are set to confirm shortly that the National Indoor Arena has been chosen to stage Britain's Davis Cup World Group tie against the United States...
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'One in a Billion' Husband's Gift of Life to Internet Bride
An Englishman who proved to be a billion-to-one perfect match for his wife after meeting on the Internet is preparing for a kidney transplant that will allow her to lead a normal life. Mr Ian Fleming, aged 29, from Manchester, fell for 36-year-old...
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Online and Up to Date Skills
We live in an economy where life-long learning is becoming the norm. It is unusual for one set of skills to last us a lifetime. In IT the shelife of knowledge usually lasts about six years (if we allow for opposite exceptions of web skills where...
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On the House: The Lists That Let Blair Get His Way; Labour's Top Brass Are Doing Everything in Their Power to Keep Mr Livingstone out, and the Party List System May Give Them Just the Opportunity They Need
To those who believe the concept of fairness has any place in politics, proportional representation often seems an enticing prospect. What could be more fair than an electoral system that gives political parties representation on the basis of their...
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Pinochet's Arrest Threatens Stability in Chile, Lords Told
Former Chilean dictator General Pinochet's arrest and detention in London poses a threat to political stability in his homeland. His lawyers told the House of Lords a balance needed to be struck between the demands of justice and Chile's efforts...
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Police Reveal the Trail of 'Serial Knifepoint Rapist'
A serial rapist who attacks lone women in their homes at knifepoint is thought to have struck at least eight times, police revealed yesterday. The attacker, who last struck in Leamington, is being hunted by three police forces but details of the...
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Political Inertia Heightens Fears of Millennium Chaos; Neil Winton Looks at the Dangers of the Computer Timebomb
Failure by world governments to lead the fight against the millennium computer bomb heightens the possibility of economic and social catastrophe. Despite increasing awareness of the problem, experts say the chance of widespread computer failure...
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Refugees Taking Justice for a Ride
Asylum seekers in the Midlands are costing the taxpayer millions of pounds as they jump on a legal merry-go-round to fight deportation. Birmingham is one of four regional centres supporting the asylum appeals authority in London, at a total cost...
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Retrial of Paratrooper Clegg Opens in Belfast
Paratrooper Lee Clegg began his retrial for the murder of a Belfast joyrider in the Northern Ireland High Court yesterday. Clegg (30) sat in the dock between two guards to hear the Crown outline its case against him. Wearing a grey suit and blue shirt...
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Rice's Future Hangs in the Balance
The future of LucasVarity chief Mr Victor Rice still appeared to be in the balance last night after a day of demands for his resignation. Shares in the company lost almost five per cent of their value in early trading yesterday as US investors began...
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Roy of the Ravers Is Still Playing a Bit Offside; Maverick Singer-Songwriter Roy Harper Talks to Simon Evans
In the 60s he was the Sophisticated Beggar, newly signed by a Columbia label eager to appeal to the new rock generation. In the 70s Roy Harper was court jester to the emerging pop aristocracy, singing Have A Cigar on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here...
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Size Does Matter Says Viola Virtuoso; Christopher Morley Talks to a Norwegian Taking the Instrument to New Heights
Delius enthusiasts and connoisseurs of the viola will be making their way to Symphony Hall on Saturday for the first concert in the City of Birmingham Choir's new season. The main work is Sir Michael Tippett's moving wartime oratorio A Child of...
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Sports Digest
Brown's Parkhead departure cheers Celtic City watchers Celtic's share prices soared yesterday, 48 hours after the resignation of controversial general manager Jock Brown. Managing director Fergus McCann could afford a rueful smile as the club's...
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Theme for the Day
A journey into Central Wales on one of the rare sunny days last month was a satisfying, joyful experience. Nature was demonstrating to us again, in the glory of autumn colours, leaves and berries shining red in the hedgerows. It is always a question...
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The Post Files
Will Smith is taking on more challenging roles, such as Enemy of the State with Gene Hackman. Next year he will also portray Muhammad Ali. Smith will play Ali as a young man up through his later years. "I want to do the Raging Bull thing and gain...
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The Tomlinson View: Beware of Virtual VAT Evasion
Exchequers all over the world are very worried about the loss in tax collecting potential the Net represents It has been said that there are only three certainties in life: birth, death and taxation. Well perhaps not, or at least not yet as far...
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Tiny State Hits It Big with Internet Name; Internet Name Sale Turns Tiny Tuvalu into Cinderella by Lydia Zajc
The world's smallest country, the south Pacific island of Tuvalu, hopes to undergo a Cinderella-like transformation from one of the globe's poorest nations to one of the wealthiest after hanging a "for sale" sign on its Internet name. A privately...
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Toddlers Stricken by Deadly Meningitis
Three girls at a day nursery housing 50 children have been struck down by the most deadly form of meningitis, doctors said yesterday. The three youngsters, aged 15 months, two and three, are all said to be in a stable condition after contracting the...
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Tories Can't Wait to Accuse Dobson
Health Secretary Mr Frank Dobson has been accused of fiddling figures after announcing yesterday that waiting lists in Midland hospitals have fallen for the fifth consecutive month. The number of patients waiting to be admitted to NHS hospitals...
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Trio Press Court for Right to Have Sex-Change Ops
Three transsexuals challenged yesterday the legality of a health authority's refusal to fund sex change operations. In the first case of its kind, they are seeking to overturn North West Lancashire Health Authority's decision that it was entitled to...
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Vinnie Jones Angry after Court Bid Is Kicked into Touch
Footballer Vinnie Jones faces another 40 hours of community service after losing a bid yesterday to revoke an order imposed following a violent attack on a neighbour. The QPR player and assistant manager had completed just four hours of the original...
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West Indies Row over with Lara Restored to Helm
Brian Lara was last night reinstated as West Indies captain to tour South Africa as peace was declared to end cricket's big pay war. West Indies' five-Test tour to the Republic, apparently jeopardised at the 11th hour, was finally freed from its...
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We Will Rise for Ashes Vows Calm Graveney
David Graveney last night smoothed over England's worrying start to their Ashes tour and insisted: "We will be ready." The tourists went into the final day against South Australia today struggling to avoid a humiliating defeat after their top-order...
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What Happened to Pretty, QUIET, Fireworks?
Sir, - I make no apologies for writing to you on the subject of fireworks and the nuisance and upset that they cause. Year after year your columns are full of protest letters on this subject. Year after year you print what I suspect to be only...
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Whole World Is on Trial over Iraq Crisis, Says Robertson
Defence Secretary Mr George Robertson last night ended a day of shuttle diplomacy in the Gulf with a stark warning that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had triggered the worst crisis since the end of the Gulf War. The bluntness of Mr Robertson's comments...
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Woman Charged over Fireball Murder
A woman was charged last night with murdering a 63-year-old man who died after being found on fire in the street. Norma Yolando Holden (61), of Tonbridge House, Tonbridge Street, central London, will appear before Highbury Corner magistrates today....
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Yo-Yo Tram System Goes Steaming Ahead
A tram system has been invented by a Midland company - and it's driven by "yo-yo power". Cradley Heath-based Parry People Movers has built a light tram without expensive overhead wires, offering exhaust-free transport for small town centres, and...
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