The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from October 26, 2002

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Antiques and Collecting: A New World's First Ready to Rock Collecting World; C Discovers There's Still Imagination Left in the Stamp World to Produce Something Unique
Byline: Richard Edmonds In the near century and a half that postage stamps have been produced, just about everything has been used in their printing. Apart from paper and printers' ink - the basic raw materials used in printing them are, one...
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Antiques and Collecting: Potter around to Find a Poole Piece; Richard Edmonds Gets Excited at the Prices of British Ceramics
Byline: Richard Edmonds Some very exciting prices have arisen over the last 12 months for British ceramics, so if you happen to own good quality Poole, Moorcroft or Ruskin pottery handle it with great care. And in terms of Ruskin - if you want...
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Appointments: Ageism Turning into a Very Costly Complaint
Byline: Fergal Dowling A geist bosses should sit up and take note of the case of Sharon Haugh, a 56-year-old American high-flier who is suing her employers for alleged age discrimination. A senior executive at the UK fund manager Schroders,...
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Appointments: Aktrion Automotive's New Regional Director
Telford-based AKTRION AUTOMOTIVE, a provider of outsourced services and strategic support to the automotive industry, has taken on Steve Lait as regional director of the Midlands. Mr Lait joins Aktrion after spending four years with sunroof and...
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Archer to Pursue Her Aide in High Court
Lady Archer last night promised to pursue High Court action against a former aide after emerging victorious from an employment tribunal battle. Jane Williams, aged 49, Lady Archer's personal assistant for 13 years until a year ago, had claimed...
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Archive: City's Part in Abolishing Slavery; Abolitionist Campaigners Lived Cheek by Jowl with Those Whose Livelihoods Depended on the Slave Trade in the 18th Century. Ross Reyburn Reports
Byline: Ross Reyburn His elaborate statue stands at Five Ways in front of the Marriott Hotel and his portrait can be found in the Round Room at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. But how many people today know the name of the anti-slavery...
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Archive: Tracing the History of Our Rainbow Nation; Birmingham Was Multi-Cultural Long before 1947 Thanks to International Trade, but How Much Longer Will We Sustain the Myth That the History of the British Isles Is Purely Caucasian? Chris Upton Reports
Byline: Chris Upton Much has changed in historical thinking over the past 20 years or so. No longer is it necessary to be a prime minister, a general or a man to feature in the National Curriculum or in history books. History has slid down...
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ATHLETICS: Road Relay Back in Sutton
Byline: Tom McCook Sutton Park once again becomes the focal point for athletics action when it hosts the Nike Mens National Six Stage and Womens Four Stage Road Relay Championships this afternoon. Birchfield Harriers go into the men's race...
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Birmingham Post Comment: Tories Are Busy Doing Nothing to Win Votes
Michael Howard, memorably described by Anne Widdecombe as having something of the night about him, remains one of the few Tory survivors from the Thatcher years still to seek high office. But if Mr Howard's remarks yesterday to Birmingham Future...
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BMW Hits the Right Notes with Choral Link-Up
Byline: James O'Brien Music may be the food of love but car maker BMW is also aware it can raise the public's awareness of the brand. Assisting BMW is choral ensemble Ex Cathedra which has performed in the company's impressive vestibule area...
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Books: A Man of Too Many Parts; A Secret History of the IRA. by Ed Moloney (Penguin, Pounds 20). Reviewed by Simon Evans
Byline: Simon Evans With the Northern Ireland powersharing government back in deep freeze, and the allegations of an IRA spy ring bringing centuries-old suspicions and distrust bubbling back to the surface, the future of the Northern Ireland...
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Books: Awesome Quest from the Master; Vagabond. by Bernard Cornwell. (Harper Collins, Pounds 17.99). Reviewed by Christine Barker
Byline: Christine Barker As a chronicler of battles, Bernard Cornwell has few equals. In his turbulent adventure stories you can hear the ear-shattering crack of the cannons, smell the fires from burning villages, detect the dying screams of...
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Books: Crime File
Byline: Mike Ripley Martin Cruz Smith (above) is American, not Japanese, and he was not born until 1942, which makes his portrait of Japan on the eve of Pearl Harbour, Tokyo Station (Macmillan, pounds 16.99), even more remarkable. The novel...
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Books: Guide to Neglected Art of Urban Architecture; the Good Place Guide - Urban Design in Britain & Ireland. by John Billingham & Richard Cole (Batsford, Pounds 12.99). Reviewed by Ross Reyburn
Byline: Ross Reyburn Britain generally in the past 50 years has a dismal record recognising the importance of decent architecture and the vital part it plays in our lives. Now the London-based Urban Design Group founded in 1989 has made a ...
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Business Profile: Keith Price: When Life Is a Race against the Clock
Byline: Steve Pain Midland accountant Keith Price is racing against the clock - and appears to be loving every minute of it. Following a pounds 9.3 million management buyout earlier this summer, Bromsgrove-born Mr Price is the new managing director...
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CD Reviews: A Fine Portion of Jelly and Other Tasty Party Treats
Byline: Reviewed by Andrew Cowen CD OF THE WEEK Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons (XL Recordings) Everything about this album screams class. Screams quietly and charismatically maybe, but it certainly demands your attention. The oddball duo of Fred...
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CD Reviews: Classical
Byline: Reviewed by Christopher Morley Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht & Pelleas und Melisande (Telarc) Anyone to whom the name of Schoenberg still, after all this time, means a dash under the bedclothes to hide from the ogre should take courage...
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CD Reviews: Jazz CDs
Byline: Reviewed by Peter Bacon JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK Tim Garland's Dean Street Orchestra - Soho Story (Dean Street Records) The saxophonist Tim Garland has a long and honourable association with Soho jazz haunts. I remember seeing him back in...
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Competition Commisioner Wrong Again
European Competition Commisioner Mario Monti set out yesterday to restore his credibility after a court threw out a ban on Tetra Laval's bid for French bottle maker Sidel. It was the second crushing reversal this week for Mr Monti and the third...
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CRICKET: Bangladesh Falter after Bright Start
Byline: Marcus Prior in Potchefstroom South Africa recovered from an embarrassing start to claim the upper hand by the close on day one of the second Test against Bangladesh. The hosts were 61 for one wicket in reply to Bangladesh's first-innings...
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CRICKET: Coming Apart at the Seams
Byline: Myles Hodgson in Perth - Nasser Hussain has delivered a damaging report on England's first week of the the Ashes tour as another injury scare added to their worries with less than a fortnight left before the opening Test in Brisbane....
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CRICKET: Sheriyar Shock for Pears
Byline: Ged Scott Worcestershire's winter rebuilding plans have received an unexpected extra facet following the sudden departure of Alamgir Sheriyar - and there could be more to follow. Left-arm paceman Sheriyar has asked to be released from...
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CRICKET: Waugh Wary of Changing Australian Team
Steve Waugh has urged the Australian selectors to resist the temptation to change the Test side for the Ashes series, saying the move would play into England's hands. The Australian captain also brushed off suggestions his all-conquering team...
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Cutting Edge of Hair Fashions; Corn-Rowing, Plaiting, Afros . . . Black Hair Has Undergone Many Different Styles over the Years, as the Politics and Aesthetics of Black Hairstyling Exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Shows. Caroline Foulkes Looks at the History of Black Hairstyling
Byline: Caroline Foulkes 'I stood in front of the mirror and looked at myself and laughed. My hair was one of those odd, amazing, unbelievable, stop-you-in-your-tracks creations - not unlike a zebra's stripes, an armadillo's ears, or the feet...
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Danger Sign Calls after Girl's Tragic Drowning
A beach where a five-year-old girl drowned after becoming trapped in mudflats should have had better warning signs to alert people to the dangers of walking on the soft sands, a coroner said yesterday. Lelaina Hall, from Worcester, died on June...
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Disabled Waiting for Help
People with disabilities are waiting for up to three years before having a stairlift fitted, Birmingham Social Services has admitted. The impact of an ageing population against a limited city council budget has resulted in a backlog of 1,300 requests...
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Dr Martens Puts Boot into Britain by Axing 1,000 Jobs in China Move
Byline: James O'Brien Business Staff Footwear firm Dr Martens is closing its British factories and walking away from the UK with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs as production is moved to China. The company announced yesterday that the jobs...
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FBI Draws Up New List of Al-Qaida Possibilities
The FBI has warned that alQaida's next attack in the US could be against a railway. Officials said terrorists may attempt to take out bridges, key sections of track or train engines to try to cause massive crashes. They said the warning came...
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Fire Chief Tells Why He Dreads Strike
Byline: Richard Warburton One of the Midlands' top fire officers yesterday conceded that lives were likely to be lost if a proposed strike by firefighters went ahead next week. Alan Doig, Staffordshire's chief fire officer, said the public...
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Food & Drink: Alan's Mission to Put Faggots on the Map; TV Chef Alan Coxon Has Worked All over the World during His Career and Cooked for Everyone from Gloria Hunniford to a Saudi Prince. but His Real Passion Is Trying to Encourage Us Kitchen-Shy Brits That Our Own Local Dishes Are Worth Savouring, as Caroline Foulkes Found Out
Byline: Caroline Foulkes In the 22 years that Alan Coxon has been a chef, he's had to cope with some odd situations. He's had a baked Alaska collapse on him, live on TV. He's had to hold forth on the virtues of eggs and sugar while a TV...
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Food & Drink: Side Orders
The first ever Black Country Food and Drink Fair starts today at the Black Country Living Museum. The event, which has been organised by Black Country Toruism and the Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) is being held as a celebration of the region's...
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Food & Drink: Stratford Foodies in for a Real Treat
The region's newest food festival kicks off next weekend with a mix of locally-produced and international fare, demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs, competitions and sampling stalls. Stratford's Festival of Food and Drink kicks off on...
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Football: BIRMINGHAM CITY V MANCHESTER CITY: Devlin Vows Full Compensation for Hawthorns Dip
Paul Devlin last night pledged that Blues' return to St Andrew's today, following a three-week absence, would also see him back to his sharpest form on the right wing against Manchester City, writes Brian Halford. Devlin has thrown off the virus...
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Football: BIRMINGHAM CITY V MANCHESTER CITY: Gold Moves to Dampen Hopes of January Spree
David Gold has warned Birmingham City's supporters not to expect a spending spree when the transfer window reopens in the New Year, writes Brian Halford. Injuries and suspensions have pared Blues to the bone for today's tussle with Manchester City...
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Football: BIRMINGHAM CITY V MANCHESTER CITY: The Virtues of the Quiet Man; John Benson Is Having a Big Impact at Blues, Says Brian Halford
Byline: Brian Halford It is one of the most famous clips in the history of televised football. Think David Pleat and you think May 1983. The last day of the season at Manchester City. There is Pleat, charging euphorically across the Maine Road...
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Football: BIRMINGHAM CITY V MANCHESTER CITY: Upbeat Bruce Keen to Gauge Blues' Progress
Byline: Brian Halford Steve Bruce expects to learn today exactly how far his Birmingham City squad has advanced in the last seven historic months. Back at the start of March, Blues, in the 12th league game under Bruce's supervision and hanging...
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Football: Burton Enjoy Welcome Break from Long Haul; FA CUP
The league might be the bread and butter dish for Burton Albion this season but the FA Cup will continue to whet the appetite for success, according to striker Christian Moore. It was mission accomplished last season for the Brewers when they...
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Football: CHELSEA V WEST BROMWICH ALBION: An Italian Master Who Taught Clement His Art; Neil Clement Did Not Make It at Chelsea but His Time Was Far from Wasted, Reports Chief Football Writer Hyder Jawad
Byline: Neil Clement The simplest things often have the most profound effect. For Neil Clement, lessons were learnt when he watched Gianfranco Zola train at Chelsea six years ago. 'When I was at Chelsea, everyone looked up to Franco,' Clement...
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Football: CHELSEA V WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Coach Zola Can Help Blues' Stars for the Future; THE CHELSEA VIEW
Byline: Richard Lewis Claudio Ranieri is ready to guide Gianfranco Zola into the world of coaching - but only when the Italian forward is ready. For now, the Chelsea manager knows he cannot be without the little Sardinian leading his strike force....
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Football: CHELSEA V WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Megson Concern over Net Effect of Too Few Goals
Byline: Hyder Jawad Gary Megson has urged West Bromwich Albion to score the goals befitting of a Premiership team. Just like Aston Villa, Albion are lamenting a failure to turn chances into goals and excuses are wearing thin. Megson takes his...
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Football: Coventry City V Walsall
Byline: Brian Halford Colin Lee was at Highfield Road on Wednesday to check out his next opposition and came away reassured about both the challenge his Walsall team faces today and the standard of this season's First Division in general. ...
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Football: Emotional Homecoming for Blues' Brave Hero
Byline: Vince Ellis Aliou Cisse will today face one of the most emotional afternoons since the sketchy details of his personal tragedy filtered through to Birmingham three weeks ago. When the grief-stricken midfielder, who lost 11 members of...
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Football: FA CUP FOURTH QUALIFYING ROUND: Boro Bank on Quayle's Match-Turning Exploits
Byline: COLIN STONE Mark Quayle's name is etched into Morecambe's folklore. How the 24-year-old striker would love to repeat the exploits as an FA Cup hero with Nuneaton Borough. Quayle became a giant-killer with Morecambe when his match-winner...
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Football: FA CUP FOURTH QUALIFYING ROUND: Gillard's Last Piece in Noble Career Jigsaw
Byline: COLIN STONE Chris Gillard has enjoyed plenty of memorable moments in a decade at Moor Green. The unflappable centre-back, the Moors' longest-serving player, has had promotion, cup successes, player-of-the-year awards and a single goal...
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Football: FA CUP FOURTH QUALIFYING ROUND: Tamworth Cup Run Could Help a Lamb Come under the Knife
Byline: COLIN STONE Darren Grocutt is resigned to a substitute's role as Tamworth seek to secure a fourth appearance in the FA Cup first round proper in the last five years. But victory at Yorkshire side Guiseley today and further Cup heroics...
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Football: Harriers Need to Lace Up Their Shooting Boots
Kidderminster Harriers manager Ian Britton has backed striker Drewe Broughton to end his goal drought 'sooner rather than later'. But the Aggborough boss also warned his team that a continuing failure to take their chances will hurt their prospects...
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Football: MANCHESTER UNITED V ASTON VILLA: Past Records Do Little to Shorten Odds for Taylor's Outsiders; Old Trafford Has Been a Nightmare Haunt Rather Than the Theatre of Dreams for Aston Villa, Writes GED Scott
Byline: Ged Scott There won't be many longer prices at the bookies for an away win in English League football than the 15/2 being offered against Aston Villa today at Old Trafford. As if it were not a hard enough task in any season, Villa go...
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Football: MANCHESTER UNITED V ASTON VILLA: Positive Taylor Vows to Prove Critics Wrong; Graham Taylor Intends to Turn the Negatives into the Positives, Reports Chief Football Writer Hyder Jawad
Byline: Hyder Jawad Graham Taylor had a message for those sages who believe that the last thing Aston Villa need at the moment is a game away to Manchester United. That is exactly what Villa need, according to the manager. And he should know....
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Football: MANCHESTER UNITED V ASTON VILLA: SIX OF THE BEST: CLASSIC VILLA V UNITED MATCHES DOWN THE YEARS
Villa 2 United 1FA Cup Final May 4, 1957 It has been classed as one of Wembley's worst fouls. But no sooner had Northern Ireland international Peter McParland got away with his sixth minute collision with United keeper Ray Wood than Villa were...
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Football: MANCHESTER UNITED V ASTON VILLA: THE MANCHESTER VIEW: Ferguson Not Ready to Strike in New Year Market
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will not be rushed into buying a new striker in the January sales. The Old Trafford club's official website had indicated Ferguson had requested the funds to reinforce his attacking options when the transfer...
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Football: McKenna Loan Deal Tied Up by Red Tape; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
Pelsall Villa's bid to bring Tamworth striker Ian McKenna to the club on loan has been scuppered by red tape. The two clubs had agreed to the switch to allow young hot-shot McKenna much-needed match action in his comeback from a broken leg, but...
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Football: Midland Duo on Quality Street; Coventry City V Walsall
Byline: Ged Scott Coventry City manager Gary McAllister has reminded his highriding players not to switch off and forget about the threat of lowly Walsall today. The Sky Blues take on Colin Lee's men in their first West Midland derby of the...
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Football: Mullen Backs Double Swoop to Lift Robins; DR MARTENS WESTERN
Phil Mullen hopes the double capture of Wesley Joyce and Paul Hunter can provide the spark to allow Evesham United to explode back into the form which made them earlyseason promotion challengers. The Evesham manager yesterday snapped up former...
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Football: Price Sets His Sights on Another FA Cup Upset; FA CUP FOURTH QUALIFYING ROUND
Byline: COLIN STONER Goalkeeper Ryan Price will provide a link with the past as Stafford Rangers plan to rewrite their record books today. Price wore the No 1 jersey the last time Rangers played in the FA Cup first round ten years ago, and...
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Football: Relaxed Bucks Look to Give Season a Spark
Struggling Telford United can kick-start their season by enjoying a good FA Cup, according to midfielder Steve Palmer. The Bucks have slipped into the bottom two in the Conference but the chance to put on a show to upset Doncaster Rovers tomorrow...
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Football: Revenge Mission Adds Spice to Meal as Hungry Wolves Stalk Mariners; Wolverhampton Wanderers V Grimsby Town
They surely haven't forgotten the name of Grimsby Town at Molineux, writes Ged Scott. But, when Paul Groves' Mariners return this afternoon to the ground where they derailed Wolverhampton Wanderers' promotion hopes seven months ago, they should...
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Football: Robson Wants Newcastle to Follow Lead of European Big Boys; PREMIERSHIP ROUND-UP
Byline: Richard Lewis & Mark Bradley Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson will send out his troops against Charlton today under orders to follow the lead of the Barclaycard Premiership's big European hopefuls. United raised spirits on Tyneside...
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Football: Thompson Shuts Albion File
Byline: Hyder Jawad Chief Football Writer Paul Thompson has admitted that West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa are just two of 25 football clubs in which he owns shares. The Yorkshire steel magnate yesterday put his pounds 3 million stake in...
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Football: Worcester in Bid for Wilde as Jenkins Puts Move on Hold; Dr MARTENS PREMIER
Cambridge City have reportedly turned down a bid form table-toppers Worcester City for winger Adam Wilde. Worcester boss John Barton is anxious to strengthen his depleted squad which has lost seven senior players to longterm injuries. Former...
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GOLF: Veterans Smyth and Torrance Enter Madrid Shake-Up
Byline: Mark Garrod in Madrid Des Smyth and Sam Torrance, who between them have walked something like 30,000 miles on the European tour, looked as fresh as daisies here yesterday. Smyth had a 63, the secondlowest round of his 29-year career,...
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Harrison Gets That Sinking Feeling; the Cold War Worried Harrison Ford about as Much as Growing Old - Hardly at All, He Tells Alison Jones
Fifty years ago to admit being a Russian-sympathising American was a social folly greater than admitting to being a practising satanist who regularly sacrificed animals. To be suspected of being (or ever have been) a member of the Communist Party...
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Health: Bending over Backwards to Help; Princess Eugenie Has Recently Undergone Surgery to Correct a Spinal Defect - but How Many Other Youngsters Are Suffering from Back Problems That Are Never Spotted? Caroline Foulkes Reports
Byline: Caroline Foulkes Back problems aren't something you associate with young girls. OK, so they slouch a bit, they don't sit up straight, but that doesn't mean they've got a problem - or does it? If you took a sample of about 1,000 average...
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Health: New Drug Brings Fresh Hope for Dementia Sufferers
The torment of knowing your partner or parent is unable to recognise you or care for themselves must be immense. Yet it happens every day in hundreds of thousands of UK homes where people live with Alzheimer's disease. There is no cure for...
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HOCKEY: Whalley Recovery Boosts Goal-Shy Sutton for Olton Derby Clash
Byline: Paul Raymer One of the season's most competitive Midland derbys, between Sutton Coldfield and Olton, promises to be a tight affair. With the two clubs in similar positions in the women's English Hockey League Premier Division as they...
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Home & Gardens: DIY Column: Locking Up with Rigour and Mortise
Making your home secure is high on everyone's list of priorities, particularly during the long winter evenings when your home feels more vulnerable. With burglaries taking place every few minutes you do not want to be another statistic. One...
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Home & Gardens: Garden Diary
Sunday, October 27 Autumn Orchid Show, Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 11am-4.15pm. Monday, October 28 Tamworth Flower Club, Touch of Inspiration, Margaret Ecclestone, competition: a foliage exhibit,...
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Home & Gardens: Plants That Reign in the Rain; Not All Plants Need Hot, Dry Weather to Flourish. Some Live for the Kind of Soaking October Has Brought. Hannah Stephenson Reports
Byline: Hannah Stephenson A bone dry September is all but forgotten now the rain has arrived - along with the cold and shortening days. But as I look out on to my soggy garden, it makes me wonder which plants love these sort of conditions and...
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Howard Insists Euro Not a Quick Fix to Problems
Byline: John Duckers Business Editor Shadow Chancellor Michael Howard yesterday rebuffed motor industry bosses demanding that something must be done about the strong pound. He insisted that 'tinkering' with exchange rates was not the answer and...
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Howard Points out Tory Path to Power
Byline: John Duckers Business Editor The Conservative Party is pinning its fortunes on a further collapse in public services if it is to regain power, Shadow Chancellor Michael Howard revealed yesterday. He predicted the Government's decision...
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ICE HOCKEY: Blaze Aid League Merger Talks
Byline: Antony Hopker Coventry Blaze's involvement in this year's Superleague Challenge Cup could lead to a period of glasnost between the two leagues. Acrimony over the Superleague's split with British National League has soured relations...
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John Bright: Mr Howard, Friends of Shootin' and Turf Ride off for the Weekend
Conservative shadow Chancellor Michael Howard was the world's best-protected politician yesterday. Thanks to being driven down to an engagement in Saffron Walden by Ben Browning, of Tilney Investment Management in Birmingham. He was getting...
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Lecturer Denies Web Anti-Semitism Claims
Byline: Paul Dale Chief Reporter A Birmingham University lecturer who runs a website supporting Palestinian human rights has denied allegations of anti-Semitism and support for terrorism. Sue Blackwell hit back after being severely criticised...
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Letter: Grave Dangers of Intolerance
Byline: GREVILLE WARWICK Sir, - The letter (Post, Oct 19) from Sofia Bashir is puzzling in that it claims to refute mine. She states that countries do not represent religions. This is true for secular, democratic states, but it is not true...
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Long-Lasting Love Affair Sweeps the Stylish Show; Neil Connor Tried to Maintain a Steady Pace on the Opening Day of the British International Motor Show at the National Exhibition Centre Yesterday, but Was Soon in Top Gear as He Got Caught Up in the Public's Passion for Cars
Byline: Neil Connor Anyone who thought Britain's fascination with cars had diminished because of the Government's efforts to improve public transport and fierce anti-car tax initiatives would have had to eat their words if they had taken a stroll...
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Market Report: Industrial Data Depressing
A modestly upbeat start on Wall Street failed to lift trading in the City yesterday and the FTSE 100 Index ended the week on a downbeat note, adrift 52.6 points at 4051.1. Although Wall Street was trading slightly higher, a downbeat economic...
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Midlands Is Poised to Lose MEP after Treaty
The West Midlands is set to lose an MEP after plans to cut Britain's contingent on the European Parliament were bought forward to 2004. The region will have only seven MEPs rather than eight as now, thanks to Ireland's endorsement of the Nice...
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Neeson Acknowledges the 'Former Enemy'
It was touch and go for a while whether actor Liam Neeson would be able to take on the physically-demanding role of the popular Captain Polenin in K19 as he was still recovering from injuries he received in a near fatal bike crash. The strapping...
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New Bid Will Sail P&O out of Battle
Byline: Cheryl Cole The world's largest cruise line operator, Carnival, has launched a pounds 3.5 billion takeover bid for P&O Princess, a move that is likely to end a year-long battle with Royal Caribbean. The Florida-based bidder yesterday...
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North Korea Claims Nuclear Bombs Right
North Korea said yesterday it wanted a 'non-aggression treaty' with the United States, but warned it was entitled to possess nuclear weapons as long as it felt threatened by the US nuclear arsenal. The major policy statement came as the United...
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On the outside Looking In
Byline: Dagmar Winther When I have visited England in the past, I always go through the same routine: I stop at a petrol station and buy my long-drive-ahead stock of chocolate/biscuits/chips and my personal UK favourite - Lilt. I am a big fan...
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Pair Face Six Counts of Murder
Byline: Tom Kelly Maryland prosecutors last night said they will bring six counts of first-degree murder against two sniper suspects and seek the death penalty against army veteran John Allen Muhammad. State Attorney Douglas Gansler indicated...
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Part-Timers' Fire Strike Fear
Byline: Campbell Docherty Retained firefighters in the Midlands have expressed concerns about intimidation by their full-time colleagues because they are refusing to strike. The bitter war of words surrounding next week's industrial action...
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Personal Finance: Beware Dreaded Sinking Feeling; in the First of a Series on Insurance Issues, Peter Axon Looks at the Problems Faced by Owners of Houses Affected by Subsidence and Discovers the Blight Which It Can Bring to a Properties, Both Old and New
Byline: Peter Axon Subsidence is the word most likely to strike fear into the hearts of most property owners. It causes palpitations among insurers, too. Autumn is the peak period for subsidence claims. But this year's mixed weather may restrict...
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Personal Finance: Britons Are Feeling Better off Says Axa
Falling stock markets and the growing pensions crisis do not seem to have affected our view of how well off we are. In fact, Britons feel better off than they did a year ago, according to research published by the insurance group, Axa, this week....
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Personal Finance: How Barry's School Fee Plans Went into Disarray
Barry Exton's plans for his sons' education are in disarray after a special investment trust he was using to finance their school fees collapsed last month. The 55-year-old former banker has lost thousands of pounds from the trust's crash and...
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Personal Finance: Many People Have Ostrich Attitude to Money Troubles
Most people who owe money do not start worrying about debt until it has spiralled out of control, research has shown. Such a blas attitude affects nearly two out of three of the UK population, according to lending group Kensington Mortgages. ...
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Personal Finance: NHS Queues a Reason for Paying
Nearly six out of ten people would be prepared to pay for medical treatment to avoid NHS waiting lists. Around 59 per cent of those questioned by insurer Standard Life Healthcare said they would be happy to foot the bill for medical treatment...
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Personal Finance: Pensions Affected by Poor Stock Markets
Some UK company pension funds suffered their worst performance for nearly 15 years during the third quarter of the year as falling stock markets continued to hit the value of their assets. A survey of pooled pension funds, which manage schemes...
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Personal Finance: Savings Account Is a Child's Present for Life
Byline: John Cranage The Christmas shopping frenzy is on the horizon - but mothers, fathers and grandparents are being urged to look beyond the marketing hype when it comes to buying gifts for children. Harry Potter, Spiderman, Beyblades and...
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Perspective: Ready to Dispel the Dirty Image of the Car Industry; Working for Jaguar Is More of an Exciting Prospect Than Many Youngsters Realise Finds Motoring Editor Chris Russon
Byline: Chris Russon 'Welcome to Coventry - Home of Jaguar' read the signs on the way into the city. Undoubtedly the two are inextricably linked. Coventry was the birthplace of the motor car and Jaguar is one of its largest employers. As...
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Perspective: The Iron Angle: Committee Denied Devilish Details of Devolution; Birmingham City Council under Scrutiny with a Slant
Byline: Paul Dale Sir Albert Bore, whose reputation for not suffering fools gladly is legendary, had his work cut out when he came face to face with a Birmingham council scrutiny committee. For a man so keen on modernisation the City Council...
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Racing: Tacitus Can Make Up for Milan Misfortune
Tacitus can make amends for an unlucky run last time out by landing the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster today, writes Stable Boy. The Richard Hannon-trained colt could have bagged his first success at the highest level last weekend in...
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Racing: Ultimate Challenge for Rock of Gibraltar
Byline: William Hayler in Chicago A ll eyes will be on Rock of Gibraltar today as he bids to end his racing career on the biggest high in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington. But he may end up being upstaged by stablemate High Chaparral, who...
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Rambling: Haven of Peace and Quiet
Byline: Richard Shurey We start this week's walk at the large village of Blockley. It has an interesting history as it used to be quite an industrial centre, though now it is a pretty place of weathered Cotswold stone buildings to which tourists...
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Residential Property: Family Home with a Stunning Outlook; Helen Macklin Enjoys a Combination of Tradition and Convenience at the Fold in Burrington
Byline: Helen Macklin A family home, together with a substantial stone barn and paddock, have come up for sale in one of the country's most beautiful areas. The Fold is a traditionally-styled country house in the tiny hamlet of Burrington on...
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RUGBY UNION: Bees out to Match Premier Aspirants
Byline: Paul Bolton The new season is barely two months old but the National One title has already developed into the familiar two-horse race between Rotherham and Worcester. It is safe to assume that whichever of them is runners-up this season...
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RUGBY UNION: Gloucester Fear Threat of Howley; ZURICH PREMIERSHIP
Byline: Mike Sinclair Nigel Melville has pinpointed former Wales scrum-half Rob Howley, Wasps' one big signing since he left last season, as the main danger to Gloucester's dominance at the top of the Zurich Premiership. 'Howley is a big threat...
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RUGBY UNION: Moseley Face Daunting Challenge
Byline: Paul Bolton When Moseley gave Richard Protherough the thankless task of captaining them in this, the most difficult season in their 129-year history, they were attracted by his leadership skills and boundless optimism, writes Paul Bolton....
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Saturday Interview Dan Reddington: Reddingtons'. . . the Vinyl Frontier
Byline: Caroline Foulkes 'E r, what it is, like, I'm after this record. It's not for me, oh no, it's. . . er. . . for my girlfriend, yeah? Yeah, well, it. . . er. . . it goes. . . er. . . (cue tuneless singing) 'Yooooooooou think that I'm strong,...
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SCOTT on SATURDAY: Spare Some Sympathy for Our Poor Footballers - It's a Big Minefield out There
Byline: Ged Scott Footballers have always been more liable to attract strange injuries than most . . . usually off the field. Take Barnsley defender Darren Barnard, who slipped in a puddle of his new puppy's pee on the kitchen floor and put...
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