The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 21, 2004

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Antiques/collecting: Face to Face with Ancient Artefacts; How Do You Train Your Eye to Recognise the Masks, Decorated Pots, Figurines and Carved Reliefs Now Most Sought after? Asks Richard Edmonds
Byline: Richard Edmonds Collecting artifacts from ancient cultures was always considered to be the province of the very wealthy and it is true to say that over the past 100 years great collections of native artifacts have been formed. But the...
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Antiques/collecting: New Stamp of Approval for Tolkien; Harry Hawkes Looks at the Bafta Awards and the Man Who Turned Middle England into Middle Earth
Byline: Harry Hawkes A mid all the euphoria, the glitz and glam of the latest Bafta Awards in London, I wonder how many fans gave a thought to the gifted, caring ex-Old Edwardian from Birmingham, the writer whose brilliance resulted in the outstanding...
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Appointments: Just the Job - Landmark Case May Threaten Personal Assets
Byline: Martin Coyne Entrepreneurs who have given personal guarantees to banks as security for their insolvent company's borrowings face having those guarantees called in, following a landmark ruling in the High Court. Last month's outcome of...
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Appointments: Valeo Adds European Flavour to UK Outfit
VALEO SERVICE UK has boosted its team at its Redditch head office with five new appointments -attracting staff from as far away as Portugal and France. Franck Jolly, aged 23, from France joins the marketing team where he will be dedicated to working...
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Archive: Pecking Order in Land of Kings; the Midlands Was Part of Mercia, and for a Century or So the Kings of Mercia Lauded It as If They Ruled the Roost from the Tyne to the Thames, Explains Chris Upton
Byline: Chris Upton 'W hat is a king?' asked a few of Shakespeare's heroes when they were at a low ebb. Our answer would probably include a crown, a palace, a belief in blue blood and some degree of protection. The ancient kings of the Midlands...
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Aston's Scientists Secure EU Money to Fund Battle against TB
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Health Correspondent Scientists in Birmingham have been awarded EU funding in a bid to develop a new vaccine in the battle against TB. A research team at Aston University has been given half a million euros (pounds 340,000)...
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Athletics: Hansen Makes Moore the Merrier after False Start
Byline: James Nursey at the National Indoor Arena Nearly all the crowd went home happy after an exhilarating evening of athletics last night but local coach Aston Moore must have wondered what to make of it. Moore would have been disappointed...
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Athletics: Holmes Keeps Her Feet to Set New Best
Britain's Kelly Holmes shrugged off a track clash with training partner Maria Mutola to shatter the European 1,000 metres record at the Norwich Union Grand Prix at the NIA in Birmingham last night. Holmes' victory atoned for a shock defeat for World...
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Athletics: Right Time in Wrong Race Putting Lewis-Francis on Track for Athens; Britain's Sprinters Disappoint, Writes James Nursey
Byline: James Nursey Mark Lewis-Francis left the NIA last night with a smile on his face, despite a disappointing showing in the men's 60 metres final. The 21-year-old Birmingham athlete thrilled the local crowd in the heats by recording the...
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A Wedding Day to Remember; Win an Pounds 8,000 Wedding Reception for Up to 100 Guests Courtesy of Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC
The Birmingham Post has teamed up with Crowne Plaza NEC to offer one lucky couple the ultimate wedding experience! From a dream venue, catering services to a luxury suite for the first night -everything is taken care of and all you will have to do...
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Back in the Groove; There Are More Than 50,000 Pages Dedicated to the Music of Birmingham's Duran Duran on the Internet, Such Is Their Superstar Status. but for Almost 20 Years Original Drummer Roger Taylor Has Had His Back Turned on Global Fame and Fortune. in a Rare Interview, Taylor Tells Campbell Docherty Why He Has Reunited with the Four Other Original Members for Their First Album and UK Tour in Two Decades
Byline: Campbell Docherty Twenty years ago Roger Taylor's pouting features -it's OK Rog, they all pouted back then -adorned the walls of teenage girls' bedrooms from Dudley to Kilmarnock, Chicago to Tokyo. He was the quiet one and a favourite...
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Bewildered by Confusing Mortgage Jargon? Let Us Help Clear It Up
Byline: Mike Meese Obtaining a mortgage and buying a house can be a bewildering experience for the uninitiated. With the help of Mike Meese, manager of the Birmingham branch of the Cheltenham & Gloucester, we are presenting a three-part 'back...
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BOOK REVIEW: Heroic Tales of a Very Fast Lady; 'The Bugatti Queen' by Miranda Seymour 4sportsbooks Price: Pounds 11.19 (Rrp Pounds 15.99)
Byline: Peter Sharkey Back in the 1960s when broadcasters realised that putting sport on the box was a dirt cheap production exercise, the majority of sports featured on what was then a small box in the corner of the living room could rightly claim...
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Books: Charm with Man Appeal; Cider with Roadies by Stuart Maconie, Ebury Press, Pounds 10.99
Byline: Paul Groves I'm a sucker for a bloke's book. A bit of laddishness never did any harm -in moderation obviously. And that is what I assumed I would get from this wittily entitled offering by a former writer for the New Musical Express....
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Books: Comic Trying to Rewrite History; Ex Python Terry Jones Tells Simon Evans Why We've Got the Middle Ages All Wrong
Byline: Simon Evans One of the functions of comedy is to alter, if only momentarily, our perspective on the world, to reveal the absurdities of everyday life. The Monty Python team were more successful than most at changing our view of the world...
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Books: Post Competition: Meet the Children's Laureate
The Federation of Children's Book groups is a national organisation which brings together book loving people, empowering parents and carers to become enthusiastic and excited about children's literature. It introduces them to all kinds of good books...
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Carlco Denies Plant Will Face Staff Losses
Carlco said its Staffordshire plant will not be threatened by plans to shed 140 jobs across the group. The company has blamed the shift of telecommunications manufacturers away from the UK for the decision to close three sites in its struggling...
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CD Reviews: Jazz CDs
Byline: Peter Bacon Jazz CD of the week Tomasz Stanko Quartet -Suspended Night (ECM 981 1244) From the quiet, achingly voiced, carefully placed opening three chords from pianist Marcin Wasilewski, the suggestion that this disc is going to match...
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CD Reviews: Out of the Blue and in the Pink
Byline: Richard Warburton ELO -The Early Years (EMI) In the days when the Electric Light Orchestra really was an orchestra, they were anything but light, and they could barely afford electric. We have to go back to 1971, to the days before Jeff...
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CD Reviews: Potty-Mouthed Prophecy Shows CBSO in Glowing Colours; Thomas Ades America: A Prophecy -CBSO and CBSC/Ades, Etc. (EMI Classics 7243 5 57610 2 6)
Byline: David Hart It can't be very often that you see a classical CD with a sticker on the front saying 'Parental Guidance -Explicit Lyrics', but this is what you see on EMI Classics' splendid new release of music by Thomas Ades. The warning is...
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Children's Hospital Facing Cash Crisis
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Health Correspondent Birmingham Children's Hospital faces financial crisis if the Government goes ahead with radical plans to impose set prices for NHS operations, it has been claimed. The Department of Health tariff...
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Commercial Property Fund Seeks Investors
Investors looking to cash in on commercial property are being targeted by a new fund being launched by property specialist Strutt & Parker. The fund provides access to an actively managed portfolio of UK commercial properties which aims to achieve...
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Council Is Hitting and Missing Its Targets
Byline: Paul Dale Chief Reporter The latest survey depicting progress by Birmingham City Council contains mixed messages for a local authority desperate to shed its reputation for under-performing. On the plus side the council is meeting 63 per...
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Cricket: Warne Takes New Turn in Race to Test Wicket Record
Byline: Ged White One year and ten days after being woken at 6.30am in his Johannesburg hotel room to be informed he had failed a random drugs test, Shane Warne was back in Australia's Test squad. The selection of the masterful leg-spinner in...
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Cricket: Windies Struggle to Adjust to Life in the Slow Lane; Unthinkable Though It May Have Seemed a Few Years Ago, England Can Prosper in the Caribbean, Writes Stephen Wright
Byline: Stephen Wright A s the England cricket squad pack their bags to jet off to the Caribbean, Michael Vaughan & Co might contemplate whether or not to include their chest guards as they prepare to face the tame West Indian bowling attack....
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Danger -People at Work; RSI Hits One in 50 of Us, Says Emma Pomfret Yet Many Are Still in the Dark about the Condition
Byline: Emma Pomfret Going to work every day might leave you feeling stressed and tired, but few people would expect their job to damage their physical health. But the issue of health in the workplace is back in the spotlight, with the news that...
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Eighties Revival: Enter the 80s through Pop's Revolving Door; Pomp and Glamour May Have Been the Cornerstones of 80s Teeny Pop, but Dig Deeper and You'll Find a Darker Underbelly, Says Andrew Cowen
Byline: Andrew Cowen It's been dubbed the decade that taste forgot, but look beyond the shoulder pads and Frankie Says . . . t-shirts and you'll find a wealth of music that refuses to be hoofed into a pigeonhole. And with a full-on 80s revival in...
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Eighties Revival: Ten Top 80s Singles
Frankie Goes to Hollywood -Relax Taking marketing to a whole new high, ZTT foisted Frankie Goes to Hollywood on a country that was reeling from Thatcher's iron fist. They hit the bullseye perfectly. This slow-burning single was around for a few...
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Failed Bids Push Footsie to Key High
London's leading shares fell back in late trading to end the week just short of an 18-month high. After hitting 4549 earlier, investors pulled in their horns to leave the FTSE 100 Index 0.6 points down at 4515, just below the key 4518 landmark....
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Family Life: Don't Leave Us out There in the Cold; Disabled People Have an Estimated Annual Spending Power of Pounds 5 Billion. So Why Can't They Get into Shops to Spend It, Asks Caroline Foulkes
Byline: Caroline Foulkes You used to see them everywhere. Three little girls, standing in the street. You'd see them outside paper shops, greengrocers, butchers. They particularly seemed to like hanging around outside of sweetshops. They never...
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Food: Help Your Children Eat Their Way to Health
The threat of child obesity is getting worse -the latest research shows it's on the rise, and one in three girls, and a fifth of boys are predicted to become clinically obese by 2020. But with a little creativity, every parent can make simple, nutritious...
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Food: Side Orders
Bread. Staff of life or social statement? In the days before cheap foreign travel, it was all so easy. It was white sliced or nowt, unless of course you happened to live near a baker's or were on a diet and ate slimming bread. If brown bread...
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Food: Simply Good Taste; Rick Stein's Name Has Become Synonymous with Fresh Fish and Cornwall. but It Was All by Accident, as Caroline Foulkes Finds Out
Byline: Caroline Foulkes IIf it weren't for a police raid, Rick Stein wouldn't be where he is today. There would be no Food Heroes on BBC 2, no 'books to accompany the series' and no fish restaurant. Padstow would be just another quiet corner...
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Football: Albion Told to Discard Baggage; FIRST DIVISION Sheffield United V West Bromwich Albion
Byline: James Nursey The message from the West Bromwich Albion camp this week ahead of today's trip into enemy territory has been abundantly clear: forget the past and concentrate on getting promotion back to the Premiership. Gary Megson's men...
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Football: Black Warnings over Battling Dons; Wimbledon V Coventry City
Coventry City manager Eric Black believes Wimbledon will be no pushovers in today's meeting, despite their lowly league position, writes Stephen Wright. Stuart Murdoch's Milton Keynes-based side have battled away gamely this season at the foot of...
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Football: Blues Primed for Their Biggest Derby Day Test
Byline: Ged Scott Steve Bruce takes his Birmingham City side back to Villa Park today knowing that Blues' unbeaten Premiership record against their Second City rivals faces its biggest test yet. After last season's two dramapacked derby victories,...
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Football: Cash Settlement Resolves Muscat Tackle on Holmes
Byline: David Instone Wolverhampton Wanderers were last night spared a timeconsuming legal case in London when former Charlton Athletic star Matt Holmes accepted pounds 250,000 as settlement following the tackle he says ended his career. Holmes...
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Football: Cort Motivated by His Desire to Show Value; THE PREMIERSHIP Wolverhampton Wanderers V Fulham
Byline: Ged Scott A s hungry footballers go, they don't come more aching with frustrated desire than Carl Cort. After three-and-a-half increasingly unwanted, injury-plagued years on the football scrapheap at Newcastle, Wolverhampton Wanderers'...
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Football: Glassboys Bank on Tranter Hit the Target; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
Stourbridge are looking for Carl Tranter to rediscover his record-making goal exploits to fire them to an end-ofseason surge. Tranter had been top scorer with Bridgnorth last season before moving with former boss Jimmy Mullen to Colwyn Bay but he...
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Football: Harriers Pair Give Stratford Wings; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
Stratford Town hope the arrival of Kidderminster Harriers youngsters Nick Heath and Chris McHale will ignite their title challenge. Town have slipped seven points behind leaders Rocester but manager Lennie Derby suggests they are in a transition...
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Football: Hednesford Waiting Game on Whittaker Move; Dr MARTENS PREMIER
Hednesford Town's uncertain league future has left their move for Nuneaton Borough winger Stuart Whittaker on hold. Boro's own website had announced Whittaker had been transferred to their Premier Division rivals but Pitmen manager Barry Powell...
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Football: Jones Is Still Keen to Prove Main Points
They have been written off that many times this season that the only surprise about Wolves boss Dave Jones being indignant about it all is that he bothers to waste his breath, writes Ged Scott. Sure enough, after the 4-1 defeat to relegation rivals...
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Football: Just Don't Get Silly, Robbie; O'Leary's Message to Linchpin Savage as Pressure Builds
Byline: Hyder Jawad Chief Football Writer I t came as a surprise to David O'Leary to discover that Robbie Savage has never been sent off. Less of a surprise to O'Leary will be Savage's all-action style that is sure to play a significant role when...
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Football: Kinsella Sets Focus on Keeping Position
Mark Kinsella wants to ruin Sheffield United's hopes of automatic promotion --but he is adamant it has nothing to do with what happened last time Albion visited Bramall Lane, writes James Nursey. Kinsella was a Charlton player when Albion won the infamous...
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Football: Murphy's Timely Comeback Adds to Johnson's Big Day; ZURICH PREMIERSHIP
Martin Johnson will break Leicester's captaincy record when he leads the Tigers out against London Irish today, skippering the side for the 164th time and eclipsing the record set by Percy Lawrie. But Solihull-born Johnson's achievement could be...
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Football: Rickards Views Training from All Perspectives; THIRD DIVISION
Byline: Colin Stoner There will be plenty of professional footballers whose idea of honing their talents is an afternoon round of golf or a few hours checking out the latest computer games. Not Scott Rickards. The Kidderminster Harriers striker...
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Football: Saddlers Look to Create Cushion; Walsall V Watford
Byline: Stephen Wright When Walsall manager Colin Lee first cut his teeth in football management at today's visitors Watford, it proved to be an ill-fated affair. Lee took charge at Vicarage Road in March 1990, and faced the onerous task of transforming...
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Football: Skirving in a Sterling Display for England; UNDER21 INTERNATIONALS
A try double from Saracens forward Ben Skirving set England up for a 27-9 win against their Scottish counterparts at Bridgehaugh, Stirling. However, despite a 4-0 try count in favour of the visitors, Scotland put up a spirited display. England,...
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Football: Sutton Just Start as Boss Busst Initiates Evesham Shake-Up; DR MARTENS WESTERN
Byline: Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent Dave Busst has signalled time for change at Evesham United. Back-to-back defeats have halted the Robins' charge and manager Busst has fired off approaches for Nuneaton Borough's young striker Danny...
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Football: Titterton Tells Swifts to Keep Flying High after Rugby Win
Dave Titterton has told Stourport Swifts they have set their own high standards after their two latest performances. The Swifts manager was delighted to see his players follow their Staffordshire Senior Cup draw with Stoke City by toppling second-placed...
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Football: Traille Determined to Make Up for Lost Time in Star Role
Byline: Cindy Garcia-Bennett France centre Damien Traille admits he has something to prove when he lines up in today's RBS Six Nations Championship match with Italy at the Stade de France in Paris. Traille was a mainstay of the 2002 Grand Slam-winning...
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Football: Wales Urged to Take Attacking Effort to the Irish
Steve Hansen has revealed Wales will go into their RBS Six Nations Championship against Ireland tomorrow, adopting the same expansive game plan which proved so successful in the opening win over Scotland. The Wales coach is eager to release the...
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Golf: Lee Hits Top Note to Stay in Tune
Byline: Alex Lowe in Kuala Lumpur Deaf South Korean Sung-man Lee claimed a share of the lead at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open before a spectacular tropical rain storm hit the Saujana Golf and Country Club and forced the suspension of play. Lee joined...
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Greys 'Hell Bent' on Spending Their Dosh
UK pensioners have amassed wealth estimated at pounds 500 billion -but they seem hell bent on spending it before they die instead of passing it on to their children. They are splashing out on holidays, hobbies and day-to-day living expenses, research...
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Halifax Encourages New Savers
Halifax has launched a new high-interest savings account in a bid to encourage people to put more money aside, writes John Cranage. The bank, the country's biggest savings account provider, said that while a lot of money had been transferred from the...
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Hockey: Bournville See Urgent Need to Set the League on Fire
Byline: Paul Raymer Bournville's big chance to stay in the National League promotion race comes tomorrow at home to Division One leaders Firebrands (12.30pm). Trailing by five points, the Birmingham club must win to also possibly capitalise on the...
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Home & Gardens: Nuts and Bolts: Get Your Plumbing to Pipe Down
When water is drawn from a system it can cause a noisy 'water-hammer' effect, which is a common problem but one that is easily fixed. Understanding why this occurs is important in sorting it out, so let's take a quick look at what goes on when you...
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Home & Gardens: Pave the Way to Your Door; If You Can't Spend the Time on Upkeep, It's Best to Have a Simple but Welcoming Front Garden, Says Hannah Stephenson
Byline: Hannah Stephenson You want your home to be an inviting place -and first impressions of how it is kept inside will always be made from the outside, namely the state of your front garden. Front gardens are so often neglected as many time-starved...
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Hoon Overturns Court Ruling on Service Pensions
An ex-Army private and his partner of 14 years were left 'angry and disappointed' last night after Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon won a legal challenge to limit the serviceman's pension. Mr Hoon overturned a tribunal decision that could have meant...
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Ice Hockey: Coventry Want Rejuvenation at Basingstoke
Byline: Antony Hopker Coventry Blaze continue their league odyssey tonight, travelling to Basingstoke for the final time in this campaign. After ending a run of losses in Nottingham during the week with an overtime win, Blaze need to keep their...
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Investors Disapprove of A&L Buyback Plan
Byline: Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor Shares in mortgage bank Alliance & Leicester fell yesterday despite a 12 per cent rise in annual profits to a record pounds 525 million. The figure, which was at the top end of market expectations,...
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Island Care Home Killer Jailed for Life
A jobless abattoir worker was jailed for life yesterday for the murder of two vulnerable teenagers at a care home. Peter Newbery (23) strangled and stabbed 16-year-old friends Samantha Barton and George Green at the Leece Lodge halfway care house...
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Missing UK Man's Fate Unknown
The family of a Briton who went missing after travelling to Pakistan with three of the Guantanamo Bay terror suspects yesterday welcomed news that the trio are to be released. Relatives of Munir Ali, who disappeared while with Tipton men Shafiq...
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MP Fears 'Kangaroo Court' for Detainee
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor The decision to keep a Birmingham man captive at Guantanamo Bay has been attacked by his MP. Roger Godsiff (Lab Sparkbrook) said he feared his constituent Moazzam Begg could face a 'kangaroo court'. ...
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New Law Will End Overseas Tax Breaks
As Boris Becker joins the long list of wealthy people moving to Zug in Switzerland to enjoy the low rates of tax, a Birmingham-based private client specialist is urging individuals to review their domicile status before the Government changes the rules....
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'One Size Fits All' Does Not Work with Youngsters
Birmingham Children's Hospital provides an integral part of the Midlands' -if not the nation's -health services. It treats thousands of patients each year who are admitted through its A&E department, day case units and via referrals to its highly...
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Opinion Divided on Fate of Tipton Three; There Was Little Sign of Hostility or Jubilation in Tipton Yesterday at the News That Three Local Men Had Been Released from Guantanamo Bay as Neil Connor Discovered
Byline: Neil Connor A part from the TV cameramen and the reporters, the streets of Tipton were as quiet as any town in the West Midlands yesterday, despite the fact this once-sleepy corner of Sandwell had again been pushed to the forefront of world...
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Owners to Face Tax Shock on Home 'Gift'
Byline: John Cranage Personal Finance Editor Government plans to wipe out the distinction between tax avoidance and tax evasion could result in West Midland homeowners unwittingly facing heavy fines and costs. The move would hit those who have...
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Pastimes: Rambling - Seven Routes to Stow
Byline: Richard Shurey Stow-on-the-Wold where this week's walk starts is unusual. Unlike most old settlements Stow stands on top of a high hill rather than nestling in a sheltered valley. Perched at 800 feet above sea level and the highest town...
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Perspective: Iron Angle - Still Waiting for That Failed Culture Bid Report
Byline: Paul Dale. Still no sign of the keenly-awaited scrutiny report into Birmingham's European Capital of Culture bid. More than two months after city councillors finished hearing evidence from individuals involved in the unsuccessful culture...
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Police to Ask All UK's Serial Killers for Help
Byline: Jon Harvey Police want to interview every serial killer in the UK in an attempt to better understand how they operated and identify how early arrests can be made in future cases. Scotland Yard said it ordered the research in response...
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Poodle with Tumour the Size of a Rugby Ball
Peppi the poodle was recovering yesterday after having a tumour the size of a rugby ball removed from her abdomen. The growth, weighing a third of the poodle's body weight at two kilogrammes (4.5 Ibs) was only discovered when Peppi's owner took...
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Portfolio Spring Clean Essential for Tax Savings
Investors who want to spring clean their portfolios need to move fast if they are to make changes without having to pay capital gains tax (CGT)bills, an investment firm has warned. The reluctance of many investors to put off getting to grips with...
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Property: Diverse Homes Chalk Up Success; Helen Macklin Takes a Look at Two New Developments in the Sought after Spa Town of Cheltenham and Nearby Gloucester
Byline: Helen Macklin Raise your glasses, ladies and gentlemen, to a new homes development near one of the most famous high streets in England. Thornton Baker Homes' Clarence Gate, in Monson Avenue, Cheltenham, is also believed to be one of their...
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Racing: Eider Chase a Tight Affair
Byline: Martin Kelly Leading bookmakers cannot split Fasgo, Harlov and Tipsy Mouse in today's Tote Eider Handicap Chase at Newcastle. Ladbrokes and the sponsors go 6-1 the trio after 20 horses were declared for the marathon contest over four...
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Racing: Falcon Is Primed to Swoop on Prize
Byline: Keith Hamer Jonjo O'Neill believes Intersky Falcon will be hard to beat in the pounds 60,000 Axminster Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton today. The seven-year-old, among a field of eight for the two-mile contest, is 9-2 second favourite for...
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Racing: Mercer on Betting Charges
Owner Darren Mercer has been charged by the Jockey Club with laying his horse Joss Naylor to lose on betting exchanges in the run-up to the Coral Welsh National. Mercer has been notified that he will be required to attend a disciplinary panel inquiry...
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Relatives' Dismay at Treason Trial Rumours
The family of one of the five Britons due to be returned to from Guantanamo Bay voiced dismay last night at calls for the men to face trial for treason. Relatives and friends of Ruhal Ahmed -one of three men from Tipton, Sandwell, being held at...
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Reviews: How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern; Delusions by Francis Wheen, Fourth Estate, Pounds 16.99
Byline: Katherine Haddon One of the most enjoyable passages in Francis Wheen's polemic on the fads, frauds and fundamentalism which he sees taking over the modern world describes the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. 'Overnight,...
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Reviews: Snowleg by Nicholas Shakespeare, the Harvill Press, Pounds 16.99
Byline: Tim Ross If you are a writer, having a name like Shakespeare could be something of a mixed blessing. The world will certainly sit up and listen but might also expect work of great drama, epic scope. Perhaps that is why Nicholas Shakespeare's...
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Risk of Conflict in MMR Studies
The scientist at the centre of the MMR controversy was carrying out studies both for a hospital and for the Legal Aid Board which created the risk of a conflict of interest, the journal which published his research said last night. Dr Andrew Wakefield...
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Ritz Admits to Re-Selling Customers' Spare Wine
The Ritz Hotel sells customers' leftover wine to other guests, an employment tribunal was told yesterday. Matthew Rivett, assistant restaurant manager at the exclusive central London venue, said opened bottles were taken from the Trafalgar Suite,...
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Rugby League: Vainikolo Rampages Past Wobbly Wigan; Bradford Bulls 34 Wigan 6
Byline: Ian Laybourn Lesley Vainikolo scored a sensational record-equalling five tries as world club champions Bradford Bulls hammered out another clearcut warning to their domestic rivals. The blockbusting Tongan winger grabbed the individual...
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Rugby Union: England Remaining Fearful of Threat Posed by Tartan Hosts; CALCUTTA CUP
Byline: Andrew Baldock England coach Sir Clive Woodward believes Scotland will have 'absolutely everything to gain and nothing to lose' in today's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield. Woodward's world champions are overwhelming favourites to complete...
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Rugby Union: Infamous Moment That Clouds a Famous Career; CALCUTTA CUP: As Scotland and England Prepare to Enter Battle for One of the Most Historic Trophies in Sport, a Moseley Legend Recalls Its Dark Side Jan Webster Tells Brian Dick of His Unwanted Bit of History
Byline: Brian Dick The 1974 Calcutta Cup MurrayfieldScotland 0 England 0the visitors have a lineout ten yards from their own line . . .the throw comes in . . .possession is tapped backthe ball hits the deck 'What happens next?' It took that week's...
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Rugby Union: Infamous Moment That Clouds a Famous Career Facing Up to a Long Trip Down Desolation Row; 1974 Scotland V England at Murrayfield Brian Dick Talks to Former Moseley Scrum-Half and Current Club President Jan Webster Who Has His Own Painful Memories of the Calcutta Cup
Byline: Brian Dick Jan Webster was playing for England in 1974 when they travelled up to Murrayfield looking to defend the trophy. An error close to his own line led to the opening try for Scotland, but it was the heroics of home full-back Andy...
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Scientist Admits Sale of Nuclear Equipment
Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan sold nuclear enrichment equipment to Iran, and Pakistani uranium was shipped to Libya for its nuclear programme, it was disclosed yesterday. Alleged middle man Buhary Syed Abu Tahir told Malaysian police that...
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Slowdown Fails to Stop L'Oreal Growth
Byline: John Revill Business Staff New product launches and expansion into emerging markets helped L'Oreal post a 13.5 per cent increase in profits last year -its 19th consecutive year of double digit growth. The French firm company, whose make-up...
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Successful Transplant Keeps It in the Family
A Midland mother who suffered from kidney problems for ten years has successfully received a replacement organ from her brother. David Garcia-Cote, 29, and his 38-year-old sister, Jane Turner, were last night recovering in Bristol's Southmead Hospital...
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Survey Gives out a Mixed Message
Byline: Paul Dale Chief Reporter The latest survey depicting progress by Birmingham City Council contains mixed messages for a local authority desperate to shed its reputation for under-performing. On the plus side the council is meeting 63 per...
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Ten Celebrities Tell How Their Jobs Affect Health
Fearne Cotton, 22, presenter of BBC 1's Top Of The Pops Saturday Sometimes if I'm working late, I do get really tired and a bit run down, and then I usually get a cold. Derren Brown, 32, magician and showman If I do a long run of shows my voice...
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Tennis: Henman Holds Court
Tim Henman extended his unbeaten record against Roger Federer when he knocked the world No 1 out of the ATP tournament in Rotterdam last night. The Wimbledon and Australian Open champion had not beaten Henman in five attempts, including at last season's...
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The Business Profile: Shortt En-Livened by Work; Martin Faint Meets Denys Shortt, Founder of DCS Europe, Whose Enprefixed Products (En-Liven, En-Etc) Spans Some 124 Products and Sells in 45 Countries
Byline: Martin Faint The clouds are low and a cold grey mist has enveloped the hills around Wellesbourne aerodrome. Damp tendrils work their way around trees as a thin splatter of rain marks the helicopter with tiny baubles. It is, says entrepreneur...
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The Week's Review
Monday London's leading shares managed to hold their own above the key 4400 support level today, despite closing in the red. The FTSE 100 Index see-sawed around its opening mark before ending the day 3.9 points down at 4408.1. Vodafone provided...
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Time to Put on the Hiking Boots
Byline: John Bright Here is my annual plug for the insane. Naturally, this has something to do with Nick Venning, fundraising chairman of St Basils, the Birmingham centre for homeless young people. It's one of his gentle summer walks again....
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Transport Demand in City Boosts Profits 43pc
Transport group Go-Ahead has posted better-than-expected profits as demand for bus and rail transport around London continued to grow. While the firm yesterday said it did not expect to maintain the rate of growth in the short term, it still encouraged...
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Travel: Bags More in Beautiful Boston; for Too Long New York Has Reigned as the Best Place to Go for Some Indulgent Retail Therapy. Shopaholics Looking for the Same Buzz in a Different Location Should Head North towards Boston, Argues Emma Brady, Who Stopped over at Iceland's Blue Lagoon on the Way Home
Byline: Emma Brady I If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, then surely the way to a woman's is through her wardrobe. While many women dream of Sex and the City-style sprees in stores like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Barney's...
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Travel: Now Boarding; (Package Prices per Person Sharing Double Room, Unless Indicated)
UK/IRELAND ISLE OF WIGHT: Wightlink (0870 582 0202) offers four nights' half-board for price of three - pounds 144 - at St Brelades Hotel in Shanklin, incl crossings ex-Portsmouth/Lymington, thro' March. SUFFOLK FOR COUNTRY MUSIC: Pontin's Pakefield...
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Travel: Switched on to Finland; the Javelin and Cross-Country Skiing Were the Two Images That Came to Mind When Chief Feature Writer Paul Groves Thought about Finland. but He Discovered There's a Lot More to the Country and Its Capital Helsinki Than Athletic Endeavour
Byline: Paul Groves Under-pavement heating. That's it. That is all you need to know to understand Finland, its people and its capital city. Creativity, lateral thinking, plenty of imagination and simply oodles of practicality all wrapped up in...
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Tumour Size of Rugby Ball in Poodle
Peppi the poodle was recovering yesterday after having a tumour the size of a rugby ball removed from her abdomen. The growth, weighing a third of the poodle's body weight at two kilogrammes (4.5 Ibs) was only discovered when Peppi's owner took...
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