The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from June 26, 2004

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999 Fears of M42 Hard Shoulder Plan
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor Emergency services could be blocked from delivering vital help to accident victims under plans to allow cars to use the hard shoulder of a West Midlands motorway, a senior MP has warned. Gwyneth Dunwoody,...
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Americans' Third Strike at Alleged Terror Nest
The US military struck a suspected terror network for a third time in a week in Iraq yesterday, firing precision weapons at an alleged safehouse of the group believed to be behind coordinated attacks that killed more than 100 people this week. The...
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A New Leaf to Cherish
Byline: Andrew Cowen Patty Scialfa - 23rd Street Lullaby (Columbia) It's been over a decade since Mrs Springsteen released her excellent but underestimated debut album Rumble Doll, immediately attracting speculation that hubbie had anonymously...
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Antiques/collecting: Elton's the Maltese Post Man; Harry Hawkes Reports on Malta's Unusual Way of Honouring a Visit by Rocket Man Elton John
Byline: Harry Hawkes Pop fans in the Midlands are looking forward to enjoying a knight of music on Monday and Tuesday when millionaire superstar Sir Elton John arrives in Birmingham for concerts at the national Exhibition Centre's Arena Theatre....
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Anyone for Take That? Weather or Not, Wimbledon Is a Fact of British Summer. but What Does It All Mean? Literally. Alexander Tulloch Has Some Answers
Byline: Alexander Tulloch A t the mere mention of summer most of us think only of one thing: Wimbledon. And at the mere mention of Wimbledon everybody thinks of tennis. A summer without a Wimbledon tennis tournament is just about as unthinkable...
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Appointments: Construction Department Expansion
Leamington law firm WRIGHT HASSALL is continuing to expand its rapidly growing construction department. Barrister Robert Sliwinski has left construction, contracts and commercial consultants Alway Associates in Banbury where he was in charge of...
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Appointments: How to Get Your Team Onside -and Winning
Byline: Anne Corstorphine How well is your team performing? With Euro 2004 so prominent, like so many I have been engrossed in watching football at its highest level. Even as an 'honorary' Scot I have cheered, shouted and screamed encouragement...
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ATHLETICS: Radcliffe Eyes Target Time
Paula Radcliffe insists she will be running flat out and not just trying to achieve the Olympic 10,000metres qualifying standard when she competes in Gateshead on Sunday. The reigning European champion and record-holder with a time of 30 minutes...
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Bankers' Mixed Housing Message
The latest housing market data from the British Bankers Association has delivered a mixed message, with a drop in mortgage lending tempered by a rise in the level of approvals. Mortgage lending by major UK banks in May was the slowest since November,...
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Berkeley Chief's Pounds 24m Bonanza
Byline: John Cranage Business Staff Tony Pidgley, chief executive of urban regeneration group Berkeley, stands to bank about pounds 24 million as the company returns more than pounds 1.4 billion to shareholders. They will get pounds 12 per share...
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Blessed Are the Cheese Makers; Nick Birchill Tells Caroline Foulkes That He Tried to Keep Away, but the Lure of Cheese Was Just Too Much
Byline: Caroline Foulkes When you've spent most of your early life surrounded by something, you want to escape from it at the earliest opportunity. That's why people who grew up in the country move to the city and vice versa. It's why people...
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Blunkett Gets Tough over Chief Constable
Legal action will be launched against Humberside Police Authority if it fails to suspend beleaguered chief constable David Westwood, Home Secretary David Blunkett said yesterday. Mr Blunkett insisted he would begin the legal action 'at the earliest...
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BOOK REVIEW: Colour Too Rare in This Footballing Odyssey; You Come with Me -I Get Tickets by Andrew Gummer Parrs Wood Press 4sportsbooks.Co.UK Price: Pounds 6.96 (Rrp Pounds 9.95)
Byline: Peter Sharkey Major sporting championships, especially those of the quadrennial variety, are renowned for providing a platform for consistently superb athletic performance. Equally consistent is the manner in which they spawn a whole range...
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Books: A Poignant Tribute to All the War's Tommy Atkins; Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front, 1914-1918, by Richard Holmes, Harper Collins, Pounds 20
Byline: Richard McComb The life and death experiences of frontline soldiers during the First World War have been the subject of poetry, novels and drama. The verse of Wilfred Owen, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and R C...
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Books: Mike Ripley's Crime File
Written from three separate viewpoints (one of them the killer) and set in 1940 during the London Blitz, Laura Wilson's The Lover (Orion, pounds 9.99) is quite simply superb: not only the best thing she has written to date, but certainly one of the...
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Books: Moore the Merrier; the Friendship of Rena Fruchter and Her Family Helped Dudley Moore Achieve a Certain Peace in His Last Years, despite Being Seriously Ill with a Rare Brain Disease. Simon Evans Met Her
Byline: Simon Evans Many people will remember Dudley Moore as the diminutive star of the hit films10 and Arthur, and as the long-time comedy partner of Peter Cook, both in the timeless Sixties TV series Not Only But Also, and on the expletive-ridden...
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Books: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Sarah Churchwell, Granta Books, Pounds 18.99
Byline: Anthony Looch Marilyn Monroe shares with Diana, Princess of Wales, a potent combination of photogenic beauty and private tragedy which has made them both into secular icons, whose memories are likely to be raked over for many decades to...
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BUSINESS OF SPORT: Uefa Making a Massive Impression with Cash-Cow Website
Byline: Peter Sharkey It may sound peculiar, but following the unprecedented broadcast success of Euro 2000 and prior to the current European Championships, terrestrial television executives were concerned that viewing figures may fall as Europe's...
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By-Election Sparring Opens with a Taunt
Byline: Shahid Naqvi The by-election battle for a key Birmingham constituency descended into a war of words yesterday after the Labour Party questioned the suitability of the Liberal Democrat candidate. Labour MP Tom Watson (West Bromwich East)...
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Centrica AA Talks on Road Next Week
Centrica will examine offers for roadside-rescue service the Automobile Association - worth about pounds 1.5 billion - next week. As yesterday's deadline for bids passed it was thought that US buyout giant Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts and a consortium...
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Cricket: Ban May Be More for Singh; BANKS'S BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE
Former Warwickshire and Worcestershire opener Anurag Singh is waiting to see whether any further punishment comes his way as the result of an ugly onfield incident in the Birmingham League, writes Ged Scott. Singh, who was immediately suspended...
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Cricket: Fletcher Rues Wash-Out as Fleming Repeats Break Call; NATWEST SERIES
Byline: David Clough England and New Zealand had to regroup yesterday after the Manchester rain robbed both sides of the opportunity to grasp the initiative at the start of the NatWest one-day series. Home coach Duncan Fletcher bemoaned Thursday's...
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Cricket: Good News for Knight on Injury; TOTESPORTLEAGUE
Byline: George Dobell Warwickshire breathed a sigh of relief last night after Nick Knight's injury proved to be less serious than had been feared. Knight was struck on the hand by a delivery from Nantie Hayward at the start of June, but scans...
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Cricket: Hogg Finds Form with the Ball as Bears Sight Unlikely Win; Kent Trail Warwickshire by 253 Runs with Two First Innings Wickets Intact
Byline: George Dobell At Beckenham It may have been something that Warwickshire supporters thought they would never see, but Brad Hogg bowled the Bears within sight of an improbable victory yesterday at Beckenham. Hogg has cut a beleaguered figure...
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Cricket: Life Still a Blast for the Master; as England and the West Indies Prepare to Do Battle in the NatWest Series as a Prelude to This Summer's Test Series, Chris Pryke Spoke to One of the Best Players the Caribbean, and the World, Has Ever Seen --Sir Viv Richards
Byline: Chris Pryke Genius. It's an over-used word in sporting circles these days, blithely bandied about whenever the latest five-second wonder achieves some feat of note. But Sir Viv Richards is one of that select group of sportsmen for whom...
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Cricket: Not before Time Lara Calls for Windies to Deliver Early
Byline: Richard Gibson West Indies captain Brian Lara wants his young side to buck their trend of lateness and get a flying start when their NatWest tri-nation one-day series campaign gets under way today. Lara was not talking about the tourists'...
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Cricket: Smith Is Left to Rue Late Verdict; FRIZZELLCOUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP Surrey Need Another 78 Runs with Four Wickets in Hand to Avoid an Innings Defeat
Byline: Ged Scott at New Road Controversy reigned as Worcestershire were last night denied the chance to tie up their third County Championship win of the season. With bad weather forecast for today, home captain Ben Smith was keen to take the...
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Cycling: PURSUIT OF GLORY; Motivation Is No Problem for the Midlander Working Hard for Another Olympic Medal on the Hard Road to Athens, Paul Mannings Has Already Made Plenty of Sacrifices, Reports James Nursey
Byline: James Nursey Cyclist Paul Manning will spend this weekend doing a series of gruelling runs and climbing drills in the Pyrenees in southern France, as his preparations for the Olympic Games in Athens this summer gather momentum. But if...
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Devastating Effect of the 'Wonder Drug' Campaigners Have Welcomed News That There Is to Be an Inquiry into Influence of Drug Companies on Health Policy. Chief Feature Writer Paul Groves Talks to One Woman Who Claims Such a Move Is Long Overdue
Byline: Paul Groves Rebecca Wilkins is still waiting, albeit not so patiently nowadays, for some satisfactory answers. She wants to know, for example, why she felt pressurised into taking certain drugs to combat depression despite continually...
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Disgraced Shell Boss Walked with More Than Pounds 1m
Troubled oil group Shell has given former chairman Sir Philip Watts a pay-off of more than pounds 1 million after quitting over the company's reserves crisis. Shell said yesterday that Sir Philip received a pounds 1,057,971 lump sum after resigning...
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Euro 2004: Brum Fans Praised after England Defeat
Byline: Emma Brady Police across the Midlands made only a handful of footballrelated arrests after England's Euro 2004 defeat in Lisbon on Thursday night. But police and community leaders in Norfolk met yesterday in the aftermath of a violent...
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Family Life: How to Mind Your P's and Q's; the Rules about Manners Are Simple, Discovers Lisa Salmon -Do as You Would Be Done By
Byline: Lisa Salmon A ll parents have experienced that cringeworthy moment, usually in public, when their children's manners desert them completely. But now help is at hand for parents wanting to teach their children the importance of being polite...
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Finger of Fate Points to Bucknall
The wettest week of the summer plus England's Euro 2004 match with Portugal meant the cancellation of the three fixtures in this week's round of the John Bright Trophy cricket tournament at Britannic Park. Which Birmingham business will win the...
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Football: Anthrobus Picks Himself Up after Pitmen Rejection; NON-LEAGUE
Byline: COLIN STONER Hero one moment, zero the next. Such is the unpredictable fate of a footballer --as Steve Anthrobus knows only too well. The veteran striker's final task of the 2004 season was to raise the FA Trophy to the sundrenched skies...
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Football: Danks' European Dreams Halted by Uefa Regulations
Mark Danks' hopes of European football have been scuppered by red tape but it could be next stop Kettering Town for the Hednesford Town top scorer. The out-of-contract striker had been recruited as a 'guest' player for Aberystwyth Town in the InterToto...
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Football: Euro 2004: Beckham Accuses Uefa of Inaction
England captain David Beckham believes Uefa did not act on Sven-Goran Eriksson's warning to replace areas of turf around the penalty spot before his Euro 2004 shoot-out miss against Portugal on Thursday night. The Real Madrid star sent the first...
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Football: Euro 2004: Captain Defiant; Beckham Refuses to Quit His Passion EURO 2004
Byline: Frank Malley In Lisbon I f David Beckham had performed at Euro 2004 with as much fire and defiance as he did yesterday afternoon then England would almost certainly be preparing for a glorious semi-final instead of flying home after another...
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Football: Euro 2004: Defensive Policy Did for England -James
Byline: John Curtis in Lisbon David James says England's defensive-minded approach eventually took its toll physically during Euro 2004. Sven-Goran Eriksson's side were guilty of adopting a policy of 'what we have we hold' against France and...
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Football: Euro 2004: France Humiliated by Hard-Running Greeks; France 0 Greece 1
Byline: Martin Ziegler in Lisbon France suffered another disastrous exit from a major competition at the hands of unfancied opponents as Greece achieved a sensational victory in the Jose Alvalade stadium. Jacques Santini's France may have gone...
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Football: Euro 2004: Holland Tipped to Hold the Edge
Tonight's Euro 2004 quarter-final between Holland and Sweden in Faro should provide one of the most colourful occasions of Euro 2004. And although Sweden go into the last-eight clash having topped their group ahead of Denmark and Italy, the bookmakers...
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Football: Euro 2004: Injuries Put Danes on Edge against Attacking Czechs; Czech Republic V Denmark
Denmark have several injury worries while preparing for their Euro 2004 quarter-final with the Czech Republic in Oporto tomorrow. They finished the last group match with Sweden with several walking wounded and their principal concern is Schalke...
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Football: PRIME MOVER; His Switch to the Hawthorns Has Given New Life to Darren Purse, Reports James Nursey
Byline: James Nursey Darren Purse's pounds 500,000 switch to newlypromoted West Bromwich Albion may have taken some Birmingham City supporters by surprise, but Purse knew he would have to leave Blues to revive his career as long ago as last August....
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Football: Safri Takes His Premier Chance; MIDLAND ROUND-UP
Byline: James Nursey Coventry City sold Moroccan international midfield player Youssef Safri to Premiership new boys Norwich City yesterday in a deal which could be worth up to pounds 1 million. The 27-year-old has signed a two-year contract...
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Football: Yates Grabs Opportunity for Idol Chat
It was the stuff of childhood dreams when Mark Yates found himself putting former England skipper Bryan Robson though his paces. Former Kidderminster Harriers and Cheltenham Town favourite Yates (right) had grown up as a West Bromwich Albion fan...
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Golf: Pressure Tells on Woosie
Byline: Mark Garrod in Paris I an Woosnam, seeking his first European Tour victory in 146 starts going back seven years, saw a three-stroke lead disappear over the closing stretch of the French Open here yesterday. While Colin Montgomerie squeezed...
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Grounded: Airport Protesters Suspend Website
Byline: Campbell Docherty Transport Reporter Campaigners against the expansion of Coventry Airport have pulled the plug on their campaign website, blaming 'unacceptable harassment and intimidation'. Lia Border, aged 36, of the Campaign Against...
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Home & Gardens: Garden Diary
Sunday, June 27 Birmingham Geranium Society, Annual Show, Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, 11.30am to 4pm. Secret Garden open day. Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, 106, Bristol Road, Birmingham. 2-6pm. Bouncy castle, face painting, teas, fairtrade produce....
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Home & Gardens: Let Fish See the Light; Garden Ponds Might Look Nice, but over the Summer Months There Are a Few Housekeeping Rules to Ensure That the Fish Stay Healthy and That Blooming Algae Is Kept under Control, Writes Rupert Bridges
Byline: Rupert Bridges While increasing numbers of people enjoy their stainless steel column water features, bubbling stones and trickling rills, for many, the only water feature they want in their garden is a pond, complete with fish. Ponds...
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Home & Gardens: Summertime and the Living Is Easy in the Garden
Byline: Pauline Pears HDRA's easy gardening for the lazy, hazy days of summer It's not often that I get excited about car parks, but as you arrive at Ryton Organic Gardens, you are greeted with the swaying stems of the giant golden oat grass, Stipa...
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Home & Gardens: What Goes around Comes around; Using Recycled Materials in Gardens Is De Rigeur, but, as Chris Beardshaw Tells Jayne Howarth, You Can't Do Better Than Create a Good Home-Made Compost
Byline: Chris Beardshaw One of the dominant themes at this year's Gardeners'World Live event at the NEC was recycling. Almost all the show gardens displayed at least one piece of reclaimed material or wood from sustainable sources. From reclaimed...
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Hooligans Jailed after Invading Rival Stand
Twelve football hooligans who terrorised rival fans with mob 'mayhem' at a Midland non-league game were each jailed yesterday for up to two years. The drink-fuelled thugs were caught on police video during the Nationwide Conference match last September...
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How Media Access Shed Light on World of the Orthodox Jew
The case provided a unique and fascinating insight into the usually intensely private world of orthodox Jews. Maccaba v Lichtenstein threw the spotlight on a way of life most people know very little about and created sensational headlines worldwide....
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How to Make Ends Meet in This Changing World
Byline: PETER AXON The upheavals in the pension industry over the past three years have shattered the retirement dreams of millions. In the first of two articles, Peter Axon looks at how to make ends meet in a changing world Without doubt, the...
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'Indecent Proposal' Tycoon Loses High Court Sex Case
Byline: Cathy Gordon and Jan Colley Multi-millionaire Brian Maccaba yesterday lost his High Court slander action against a senior rabbi over alleged sexual slurs. The businessman at the centre of the 'Indecent Proposal' action before a jury in...
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Iraqis Will Take over Security in Many Parts
Iraqis will be able to take over responsibility for security in large parts of the country following the hand-over of power on June 30, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said yesterday. Despite the wave of terror attacks across the country which left...
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It's Time to Take a Look Inside Yourself
If you think only your waistline suffers when you indulge in junk food or that quick chocolate fix, think again. Tough-talking nutritionist, Dr Gillian McKeith believes that the wrong diet causes not only ill health but can also ruin our sex lives...
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Jazz CD of the Week
Byline: Peter Bacon Django Bates - You Live And Learn . . . (apparently) (Lost Marble, distrib New Note LM 001) Norwegian drummer Jarle Vespestad describes British keyboard player Django Bates as 'the finest improviser in Europe' and you get...
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Learn to Trust, and Open Your Eyes to Blindness; the Much-Used Farewell 'See You Tomorrow' Takes on a New Meaning When You Are Robbed of Your Sight, as Health Correspondent Sophie Blakemore Discovered
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Picture in your mind's eye your morning routine. It probably goes something like this: turn off the alarm, get out of bed, walk downstairs to make a cup of tea, shower, dress, do hair, make-up (optional for men), grab a...
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Living on a Prayer; the Only Image Most of Us Have of Nuns Is from the Sound of Music. but What Is Real Life like in a Nunnery, and Why Do Some Women Choose to Devote Their Lives to God? Caroline Foulkes Finds Out
Byline: Caroline Foulkes Some things you do because your daddy did. Supporting Villa or Blues. Working in a garage or for a firm of lawyers. Drinking scotch or drinking brandy. Some things you do because they're expected of you. University. Marriage....
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Many Save before They Buy
Despite soaring personal debt levels a sizeable minority of people are prepared to save up to buy what they want rather than pile the cost on to a credit card. That emerged from the latest Wealth Tracker survey by Alliance & Leicester which...
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Million Dollar Bid for Wife 'Ridiculous'
Wealthy businessman Brian Maccaba dismissed the allegation that he had offered a husband one million dollars for his wife as 'ridiculous'. There had been no 'Indecent Proposal' for teacher Alain Attar's wife Nathalie, he told the High Court. ...
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MOTORCYCLING: Rossi Produces Record-Breaking Ride in the Nick of Time
Byline: Alastair Moffitt Valentino Rossi took pole position with a record lap in the final seconds of qualifying for the Dutch TT at Assen yesterday. The three-time world champion left it late to produce the fastest-ever pole position time around...
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MRSA 'Cure' Worth a Fortune
Byline: Emma Pinch A former truck driver who invented a wonder cream which could spell the end of hospital superbugs is set to make a fortune after a company stepped in with the money to mass-produce it. Brian Bennett, aged 65, invented the cream,...
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Oakland Pushes the Boat out to Dunkirk
Byline: John Duckers Business Editor Oakland pushes the boat out to Dunkirk Redditch-based Oakland International has opened a pounds 2.7 million export-import distribution depot in Dunkirk. It is claimed to be the first independent UK contract...
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Paedophile Convicted of Flying to States for Sex with Internet Woman's Niece
Paedophile John Brewer was found guilty last night of flying to the US to have sex with a six-year-old girl. Brewer, from Plymouth, went to Minnesota before Christmas last year after hatching a sick internet plot with a woman who said he could abuse...
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Pastimes: Chess
Byline: with Peter Gibbs Each season there is a close fight for the championship of the Coventry and District League between Whoberley and Nuneaton. This year it was Whoberley's turn to triumph, their team in board order being Andy Baruch, Dr Mike...
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Pastimes: Rambling - Joys of the Country Pub
Byline: Richard Shurey One of the joys of going for a country walk is to visit those unique features of the English village -the village pub. There really is nothing like it in the world. One of the lovely things is that there are no two alike;...
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Power Cut Watchdog Branded Toothless
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor Electricity watchdogs were condemned as 'toothless' yesterday after ruling that nobody was to be penalised for a power cut which left 220,000 people without electricity in Birmingham. The 42-minute blackout...
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Pressure Mounts on Blair to Push US over Tribunals
Pressure was mounting on the Government last night to challenge US plans for military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay after the British Attorney General said the measures were 'unacceptable'. Lord Goldsmith QC in a speech to a group of London lawyers...
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Pressure Mounts on Labour over Tribunals
Pressure was mounting on the Government last night to challenge US plans for military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay after the British Attorney General said the measures were 'unacceptable'. Lord Goldsmith QC in a speech to a group of London lawyers...
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Racing: Anak Peaking Ahead of Plate Showdown
Byline: Stable Boy Punters hammered the old enemy when Anak Pekan sluiced up in the Chester Cup and he can repeat the dose for his supporters at Newcastle today. Trainer Michael Jarvis enjoyed a marvellous Royal Ascot and looks to have a great...
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Racing: Going Gives North Light Grounds for Joy; IRISH DERBY
Vodafone Derby winner North Light goes into tomorrow's Irish equivalent with connections expressing themselves happy with the state of the ground at the Curragh. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt will meet the Epsom second Rule Of Law, third Let...
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RALLYING: Gronholm Responds Decisively to Loeb's Start
Byline: Alastair Moffitt Marcus Gronholm turned up the heat on Rally of Turkey leader Sebastien Loeb with a decisive win on the last long stage of the day. Gronholm slashed Loeb's overall lead to only 6.5 seconds with a win on stage six. After...
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Redcap Inquiry Plea as Tribute Unveiled
Byline: Neil Connor By Neil Connor The father of a Solihull military policeman killed by a mob in Iraq yesterday renewed calls for an independent inquiry to be carried out into his son's death. Reg Keys, whose son Thomas was killed along with...
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Respect for Old Mutuals from Society Champion
Byline: John Cranage Personal Finance Editor There can be few more stalwart champions of building societies than Sir James Birrell - the man who famously said no to demutualisation when he was chief executive of The Halifax. Circumstances, of...
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Review: Welsh National Opera Superb; Katya Kabanova and Carmen Welsh National Opera at Birmingham Hippodrome
Byline: Christopher Morley Cast indisposition meant a delayed start to Thursday's Welsh National Opera presentation of Katya Kabanova. While the audience waited patiently, some orchestra members indulged themselves in mildly irritating 'why are...
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Rugby Union: Gomarsall Aiming for New High
A ndy Gomarsall will officially consign his World Cup frustration to the history books today when he runs out against Australia at Suncorp Stadium. The Gloucester scrum-half missed out on a place in England's World Cup final 22 last November behind...
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Rugby Union: Gregan Rejects Talk of Revenge
Byline: Alex Lowe In Brisbane Australia captain George Gregan yesterday admitted victory over England in Brisbane today's would go nowhere near erasing the pain of last November's World Cup final defeat. The clash at Suncorp Stadium --the 18th...
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Rugby Union: Wales Urged to Step Up a Gear
Byline: Brendan Nel In Pretoria Wales captain Colin Charvis has warned his team they will need to toughen up their act to meet the challenge of South Africa today. Charvis and his team-mates face the Springboks in a one-off Test at Loftus Versfeld...
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SAILING: Pair Set Course for Adventure
Byline: Chris Foster Two Birmingham students will set sail for a once in a lifetime opportunity this weekend under the guidance of Emma Richards, the youngest-ever person to complete Around Alone --the solo round-theworld yacht race. Joanna Coleman...
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Saxman Roaring Back to 40s
Byline: John Bright Leading care industry businessman and veteran jazz saxophonist Tony Billingham will be taking a group of Black Country old folk on a trip down memory lane to the 1940s today. Mr Billingham will be joined by fellow musicians...
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So I Said to This Horse: Why the Long Face?
Scientists have finally discovered why horses have such long faces. Researchers found that the animals get the winter blues and could suffer from some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder or Sad. The condition, which is caused by lack of sunlight,...
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So Who Needs Life Insurance?
An estimated three million families would be left facing financial difficulties if their main earner died because they do not have any life insurance, research has found. Despite two-thirds of people saying an insurance policy which provided financial...
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Teacher Was Rapist -and Police Knew
Byline: Melvyn Howe A senior judge yesterday called for a toplevel inquiry into 'very worrying' police inaction that allowed a convicted rapist to work as an English teacher. Mark Bradshaw, jailed for 11 years for two brutal sex attacks, told...
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Tennis: Wimbledon 2004: Baltacha out as Capriati Defends Women's Depth
Byline: Duncan Bech Big-hitting American Jennifer Capriati extinguished British hopes in the Wimbledon ladies' singles with a routine 6-4, 6-4 victory over Elena Baltacha and then poured scorn on claims that the women's game lacks depth. Capriati...
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Tennis: Wimbledon 2004: Henman Proud to Carry Torch; WIMBLEDON: Familiar Look as Tiger Tim Is the Last Brit Standing
Byline: Hyder Jawad At Wimbledon The contrasts could hardly be greater. While the remodelled, relaxed Tim Henman was making light work of Ivo Heuberger in three sets on Centre Court yesterday, Greg Rusedski was self-destructing in five against Rainer...
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Tennis: Wimbledon 2004: Ivanisevic Ends a Loser but Crowd-Winner
Byline: Phil Casey At Wimbledon Goran Ivanisevic received a standing ovation from the Centre Court crowd as he fittingly ended his career at the scene of his greatest triumph. The 32-year-old lost 6-2, 6-3 ,6-4 in the third round to Lleyton Hewitt,...
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Tennis: Wimbledon 2004: KID FROM THE WEST; WIMBLEDON: Men's No 2 Seed Is Enjoying Life on the Fringe Courts He's No Good at Quizzes, but Andy Roddick Can Certainly Serve, Reports Hyder Jawad
Byline: Hyder Jawad Given the aura that surrounds Andy Rod-dick, it was a surprise to find him playing on the semi-obscurity of Court No 2 here at Wimbledon yesterday morning. There, beneath the players' restaurant and near to where ice-cream kiosks...
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Tennis: Wimbledon 2004: Paris Win Catches Up with Myskina as Mauresmo Marches On
A 'tired' French Open champion Anastasia Myskina could not hide her disappointment after this afternoon bowing out of Wimbledon on Court Two, the 'graveyard of the seeds'. The Russian, winner of a first Grand Slam triumph at Roland Garros, was not...
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The Business Profile - Suzanne Boardman: Suzanne Hooked on All Creatures Great and Small; the New Director of Twycross Zoo Has Taken Her Place in the Front Line of Animal Conservation and Also Pioneered the Treatment of Aardvarks with Dental Problems, as John Revill Discovered When He Spoke to Suzanne Boardman
Byline: John Revill Creeping around the gypsy encampment as dawn neared, Suzanne Boardman knew exactly what she was looking for. Shadowed by a crack team of armed police and kitted out in a flakjacket, Suzanne was on a mission to rescue dancing...
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The Iron Angle - Local Government under Scrutiny with a Slant: An Alliance of Dear Old Pals to Take the Reins
Byline: Paul Dale Mike Whitby, in line to become the first Conservative leader of Birmingham City Council since God was a boy, has been displaying statesman-like powers. Asked how he regarded Liberal Democrat leader John Hemming, whose group...
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The Jo Ind Interview: The Saturday Interview Dutiful Lady Who Is Not for Turning
Byline: Jo Ind I am already afraid of Mrs Clare Throckmorton and I haven't even met her. The reputation of the womanwho is the owner of Coughton Court, the magnificent stately home and gardens near Alcester, has gone before her. I have been told...
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The King Who Overruled; A Last Minute Decision by Referee King Richard in Coventry Was to Have Disastrous Consequences for His Reign, Reveals Chris Upton
Byline: Chris Upton I f Richard II had been an album, and not a king, he would probably have merited only two stars in the reviews. Arrogant and incompetent, Richard handled the country's taxes so badly that he provoked one of the first popular...
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Tories Real Challengers Insists Candidate
The Birmingham lawyer hoping to win Hodge Hill for the Conservatives last night insisted his party was the real challenger to Labour in next month's by-election. The Tories have been stung by suggestions they are planning a deliberately lacklustre...
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Train Companies Back on Track as Times Get Better
Byline: Campbell Docherty Transport Reporter Train companies in the West Midlands have posted dramatically improved performance results, with Central Trains recording its best figures for four years. The company, which operates all commuter services...
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Train Times Getting on the Right Lines at Last
It's all smiles in the rail industry with a generally healthy improvement in performance across the UK's train operators. The West Midlands, in particular, saw both Central Train's local commuter services and the Virgin CrossCountry network post...
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Travel: Discover the Quieter Side of Island Life; the Brash Bucket and Spade, Pack 'Em in and Pile 'Em High Face of Mallorca Is Well Known to Millions of Britain's Package Holiday Makers. Emma Pinch Went to Get to Know Its Quieter Side
Byline: Emma Pinch I t is a well-known fact among Mallorcans that Solla produces the sweetest, most flavoursome, orange juice in the world. I am happy to agree. Sipping a glass of freshly squeezed juice, gazing out at the dense green groves below...
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Travel: Tata a Bit, We're off; Steve Bird Gets Behind the Wheel of the Four-Wheel Drive TATA Safari EX to Take the Men in His Family on a Walking and Fishing Holiday to the Highlands
Byline: Steve Bird Problem: it's your father's 70th birthday and you plan to take him on a week's walking and fishing holiday to Fort William in Scotland. Included in the party are your own two sons, a brother and his lad too. How do you get...
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Travel: The Concierge
The magic of Disney, the majesty of the Grand Canyon and the madness of Los Angeles will once again attract millions of British tourists this summer. But many unsuspecting travellers could be in for a nasty shock once their trans-Atlantic flight...
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Travel: The Great Escape Enjoy Just a Week in Provence If You Can't Do a Whole Year
This week's choice of the best late deals and unusual breaks: Provencal retreat Provence continues to capture the imagination of British travellers and Serendipity Rentals has cut the price of all its luxury properties in the popular French region...
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