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Articles from August 10, 2004

August Monsoon (Part Two); after the Hottest Night in History, It's Back to Downpour in This Month of Tropical Weather
Byline: PATRICK SAWER FIRST we basked under summer sunshine as temperatures as high as 31C sent us flocking to pub gardens, parks and beaches. Then on Sunday we sweated uncomfortably in our beds as we endured the hottest night on record. But...
Barclays Has Last Laugh as Citigroup Derides Bid Talk; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TALK of a bid for Barclays got the biggest laugh of the day down at Citigroup's Canary Wharf headquarters today. Citigroup executive vice-president and chief financial officer Todd S Thomson was posed the question as he gave...
Blair Will Stay beyond Election, Says Prescott; DEPUTY PM INTERVENES AS REVOLT LOOMS OVER IRAQ WAR
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT TONY Blair has left it too late to stand down before the next general election, John Prescott has claimed. The Deputy Prime Minister has told Labour activists there is now no question of Mr Blair stepping aside before...
'Brains' under Bonnet to Put an End to Speeding
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS PLANS to stop motorists speeding by installing an electronic "brain" under the bonnet of every car in Britain came closer today. Government experts want the device introduced to prevent drivers going too fast at accident...
British Guards to Carry Guns at Games; GREEKS STRIKE PRIVATE DEAL OVER SECURITY AS BOMBS IN TURKEY RAISE TENSION
Byline: PATRICK SAWER ARMED British and US security guards will be deployed at the Olympics despite a Greek ban on foreign agents carrying weapons. Officials are reported to have privately allowed police to carry guns, though the arrangement...
British Officials in Backlash at BBC
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER BRITISH Olympic chiefs were today heading for a major row with the BBC over last week's Panorama programme which made allegations of 'cash-for-votes' deals in the bidding campaign for the 2012 games. Craig Reedie, chairman...
Briton Braves 46C Heat to Lead Mega-Marathon; 600 Miles Left to Run for Charity
Byline: JAMES LANGTON IT'S a race so tough that it makes the Olympic marathon look like a stroll to the shops. And - with 600 miles to go and 57 of the 70 stages behind him - Londoner Bob Brown has opened an astonishing one-and-a-half-day lead...
Britons Don't Need a Code of Conduct
Byline: IAN CHADBAND BRITAIN'S athletes raised their flag at the Olympic Village here today with officials confident the team will behave in a manner befitting the spirit of the Games. Because of fears over security issues and anti-US feeling,...
Callaway Star Big Bertha Takes Clubbing from Rival
Byline: JOHN STERLICCHI IT'S A BATTLE Big Bertha is struggling to win, and it has already cost the boss of Callaway, the golf club's maker, his job. Just four small metal attachments to a new metal driver offered by Callaway's rival TaylorMade are...
Carrick Deal off; Arsenal Pull out of [Pounds Sterling]3m Bid for Hammer
Byline: KEN DYER ARSENAL today pulled out of the race to sign West Ham midfield player Michael Carrick. Instead, the 23-year-old Wallsend-born Carrick, who has been at Upton Park all his career, looked to be heading for Portsmouth to link up...
Carrick's Test of Class; Arsenal Pull out of Transfer Race So Portsmouth Is Stage for Michael to Prove Himself
Byline: KEN DYER MICHAEL CARRICK is the kind of midfielder who will always provoke disparate opinions and the 23-yearold knows he has a lot to prove in the coming season - one in which he now seems likely to be wearing the colours of Portsmouth....
Charlton Victory; Murphy Snub for Spurs as He Signs at Valley
Byline: LEO SPALL DANNY MURPHY today signed for Charlton in a [pounds sterling]2.5million deal after turning down Tottenham. And Charlton could make it two signings in a week as they are also close to buying Francis Jeffers from Arsenal. Murphy...
City Accountant 'Sacked While on Maternity Leave'; Firm Broke Part-Time Pledge, Says Highflier
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ A HIGHFLYING City accountant has told how bosses fired her during maternity leave after breaking their promise to let her work parttime on her return. Diane Winship, 35, told of her joy when trading house Goldenberg Hehmeyer...
City Spy
IT HAS long been supposed that BAE Systems' fate lies across the Atlantic, that at some stage the firm will fall into the hands of one of the American giants of the defence industry. But could its future lie closer to home? Industry watchers have been...
Counting Cost of Buying Back Faith in Blue-Chips; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK RELATIONS between the City and blue-chip companies have reached a low point. After seeing share values slide for the best part of four years, investors are starting to demand a money-back guarantee. No longer are they prepared...
Couple Shot Dead at Seaside May Have Been Victims of Revenge Hit; DOUBLE MURDER COULD BE LINKED TO PUB KILLING VENDETTA
Byline: PATRICK SAWER A COUPLE shot dead in their seaside bungalow may have been targeted in revenge for a murder committed by their son, it was revealed today. The man and woman, both in their fifties, were believed to have left the Nottingham...
Echoes of a Young Rattle
BBC Scottish SO/Volkov London Winds/Collins Albert Hall Stephen Pettitt ILAN VOLKOV, chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, is 28 this year. For one in his branch of the profession, that's young. But he possesses charismatic self-confidence...
Experts' Verdict on Faria's TV Tears; PR CONSULTANTS PRAISE 'POLISHED' PERFORMANCE AS FA SECRETARY TELLS OF HER LOVE FOR 'COOL AND CHARMING' SVEN AND THEIR PASSIONATE AFFAIR
Byline: ED HARRIS IT WAS the night when Faria Alam was given the chance to tell her side of the story about her affair with Sven-Goran Eriksson to millions of TV viewers. And PR consultants decided the former Football Association secretary did...
Falconio Murder Suspect: I Was Man on CCTV
Byline: FRANK THORNE THE MAN accused of murdering British backpacker Peter Falconio admitted he was the man captured on security video at a petrol station hours after the shooting in the Australian outback, a court heard today. Mechanic Bradley...
Fall in Number of Seats as Bendy Buses Take over; Thousands Will Have to Stand for Journeys SAVE OUR ROUTEMASTER
Byline: ROSS LYDALL THOUSANDS of commuters on London's busiest bus route are to be forced to stand. Transport for London is to nearly halve the number of seats on route 73 when bendy buses take over from Routemasters. A total of 55 Routemasters,...
Fathers Deserve a Second Chance
Byline: AMANDA PLATELL MAN and Boy: well, it worked for Tony Parsons, so perhaps the theme will work for Michael Howard, too. The Tory leader spoke today of his vision for cutting crime in our time. It was good old Tory fare - personal responsibility,...
Fickle Footsie Continues to Confound the Punters; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE performance of the London stock market defies logic these days. When investors expect it to go higher, it falls - and when they brace themselves for losses, it contrives to go up. Today was no exception. A disappointing...
Glazer Lines Up [Pounds Sterling]380m More for Shot at Man U
Byline: JOHN STERLICCHI;JIM ARMITAGE AMERICAN entrepreneur Malcolm Glazer has put $700 million ([pounds sterling]380 million) of property on the market to help fund a possible tilt at Manchester United. Glazer is due to meet the club's largest...
Glazer to Add [Pounds Sterling]380mto His Man Utd War Chest
Byline: JOHN STERLICCHI;JIM ARMITAGE AMERICAN entrepreneur Malcolm Glazer has put $700 million ([pounds sterling]380 million) of property on the market to help fund a possible tilt at Manchester United. Glazer's representatives are ready to meet...
Greeks Bearing Grudges Hit out at Their Critics
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER THE cocktails and canapes were plentiful, the notes of the choir and orchestra were sweet but the Greeks finished their first high-profile occasion of the Athens Olympics on an astonishingly sour note, writes Adrian Warner....
HMS Belfast
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Howard in Race Row over Vow to Scrap Stop and Search Rule
Byline: PAUL WAUGH MICHAEL HOWARD triggered a race row today after he vowed that police under a Tory government would not record the ethnic background of people stopped and searched. Black groups said the Conservative leader risked putting race...
Howard Triggers Race Row with New Pledge on Street Policing
Byline: PAUL WAUGH MICHAEL HOWARD unleashed a race row today after he vowed police under a Tory government would not record the ethnic background of people stopped in the street. Black groups said the Conservative leader risked putting race relations...
How the Savings Gap Is Closing in London
Byline: JANE PADGHAM SKY-high property prices are redrawing the map of Londoners' savings habits, new research shows. With many young professionals forced into the capital's traditionally poorer areas to buy a home, savings patterns across boroughs...
Huge Increase in Use of Anti-Yob Measures; ASBOs NOW DIRECTED AGAINST DRUG ADDICTS, AGGRESSIVE BEGGARS AND PROSTITUTES
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN;PAUL SIMS THE war on antisocial behaviour led by Tony Blair and David Blunkett has escalated dramatically, figures obtained by the Evening Standard show today. In London, more court orders have been handed out to offenders...
In London Tonight
Byline: JULIA SLAY Plan your evening's entertainment with our guide to the best films, shows, gigs and one-off events that are still taking bookings (at the time of going to press). PICK OF THE NIGHT 8.30pm, Ronnie Scott's, Frith Street, W1....
I Still Do Not Believe Gays Should Wed; Richmond Is the New Gretna Green for Same-Sex Couples like the One Celebrated in a Recent TV Drama. but a Controversial Voice Says Such Political Correctness Is a Step Too Far
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL LONG before we could see it for ourselves, television critics were saying that When I'm Sixty-Four would be "the one to watch". On the day that it was broadcast, reviewers praised it for tackling one of the last inviolate taboos...
'I Was Fired by Virgin for Failing to Get Rid of My Beard'; NO ONE TELLS BRANSON TO SHAVE, SAYS MUSLIM WORKER CLAIMING DISCRIMINATION
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ A MUSLIM is demanding [pounds sterling]20,000 for religious discrimination after a boss at Virgin Trains allegedly ordered him to shave off his beard. Mohsin Mohmed, 22, claims he was sacked from his job as customer...
Liverpool Face Fight to Hold on to Owen
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS MICHAEL OWEN is being lined up for a [pounds sterling]20 million switch to Real Madrid following the breakdown of his contract negotiations with Liverpool. The 24-year-old only has a year remaining on his Anfield deal and...
Log on for Cyber Diets
Byline: KATE CHURCH IF you're fed up trying to lose those extra holiday pounds through diet books or gym sessions, you might find salvation on your computer. A raft of cyberslimming websites is set to transform the weight-loss industry. This...
Market Report; Barclays Has Last Laugh as Citigroup Derides Bid Talk
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TALK of a bid for Barclays got the biggest laugh of the day down at Citigroup's Canary Wharf headquarters today. Citigroup executive vice-president and chief financial officer Todd S Thomson was posed the question as he gave...
... Meanwhile Sven Gets a Postcard from Nancy's Holiday Yacht in the Med
Byline: NICK CURTIS Dear Sven, SO you a-done the a-dirty on me again. Ulrika I could comprende but this puttana look like that boy-girl who won Big-a Brother! What you athinking, stupido? You better just shaddap you face about everything she...
Millionaires Eager to Play Football's Board Games; World's Top Investors Are Filling Gap Left by the City
Byline: SIMON BANKS THEY are the millionaires who treat the Premiership as their plaything. From the vast riches of Roman Abramovich to the more modest empire of celebrity cook, Delia Smith, there is one common factor - the desire to own a stake...
Mr Howard Meets Robocop
MICHAEL HOWARD clearly believes that crime is fertile electoral ground: his speech in Middlesbrough today, alongside "Robocop" Ray Mallon, signals a new Tory focus on law and order. Despite the fact that overall rates of crime have fallen under the...
MUM'S NOT THE WORD; What [Pounds Sterling]70,000a-Year City Woman Was Told to Delete from Her CV
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN A WOMAN was told to delete any mention of her child from her CV if she wanted to get a City job, a tribunal heard today. Accountant Diane Winship, 35, came close to tears as she described how advisers at a jobcentre said...
Otto's a Guiding Light; Greece's Footballers Play Their First Game against Korea Tomorrow Hoping They Will Carry on the Success of Euro 2004. It Will Be a Day to Remember, Reports Ian Chadband
Byline: IAN CHADBAND ON SUNDAY night in Athens, tens of thousands went mad with happiness. Again. It was only a 67-year-old bloke carrying a torch across a bridge but to Greece, it meant everything. This short ceremony was more proof to a nation...
Ouija Board Sends Clear Message for Oaks Treble; Dunlop Set to Strike Again
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM NEWMARKET trainer Ed Dunlop feels that Ouija Board is giving off all the right vibes as he prepares his stable star for a third consecutive Group One success at York next week. The Cape Cross filly turned the Vodafone...
Paula's Solo Run; Radcliffe Given the All-Clear to Prepare Away from the Team
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER BRITAIN'S athletics team chief Max Jones said today Paula Radcliffe is on course to win gold in Athens after deciding to prepare for the Olympics away from the team's main training base in Cyprus. Marathon world record holder...
Places Cut at Hospital Left Waiting for Patients
Byline: REBECCA SMITH MORE THAN 100 beds are to close at a London hospital and thousands of patients kept off waiting lists because of NHS red tape, the Evening Standard has learned. Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust say the beds will be closed,...
Poorer Students to Get Medical Tuition Fees Paid
Byline: PAUL WAUGH MEDICAL students are to get some tuition fees paid by the Government as part of a new drive to persuade more working class children to become doctors. Ministers are determined to tackle the "gin and golf" image of most consultants...
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RA 'Fraud' Professor: I'm a Fraud Buster
Byline: CLAIR WEAVER THE Royal Academy professor who disappeared amid allegations of fraud is claiming it was he who raised the alarm after finding money was missing from the art school. Brendan Neiland resigned after it emerged [pounds sterling]80,000...
Razor-Sharp Webber Has the Fizz
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY Watford 3 QPR 0 RAY LEWINGTON today insisted that Danny Webber is capable of taking the Coca-Cola Championship by storm this season. The Watford striker tore Queens Park Rangers apart last night in a deserved 3-0 win at...
Revealed: Drastic Fall in Nhs Beds; New Questions over How Health Cash Is Being Spent
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT A DRAMATIC fall in the number of hospital beds is revealed today. New figures show swingeing cuts in the number of patients who can be accommodated on wards. London hospitals have been particularly hard hit - shedding...
Self-Doubts Behind the Fighting Talk
Byline: PETE CLARK FOR reasons that need not detain us here - not least because I can't remember them - I was once engaged to look after a blind wrestler called the Polish Eagle. That was not, of course, the name on his birth certificate, but...
Sent Up on the Stage - Now I'm Really a Z-List Celebrity
Move over Alastair Campbell, it's time for Andrew Gilligan to tread the boards - as portrayed by a plane-spotting childhood friend ONE OF the burdens of being an involuntary Z-list celebrity is that you are, to some extent, public property. Japanese...
So, Are Intelligent Trainers All That Bright?
EVEN for a shoe fetishist, the MBT trainer does not, at first, hold much allure. On the style spectrum, it lies somewhere between Spice Girl platform and something out of a Californian retirement home. Yet it is being hailed as the biggest thing...
Stack Steps Back in Fight to Get Ahead
Byline: LEO SPALL GRAHAM STACK says it is time for him to impress "the important people". The Arsenal goalkeeper is spending this season on loan at Millwall and is determined to make his mark. He has been at Highbury since he was a schoolboy...
The Obsession That Almost Ruined Me
Byline: TIM COOPER IT'S something of a minor miracle that Gabrielle, one of Britain's biggest and wealthiest singing stars, is in the midst of a comeback few could have predicted. She may have sold almost seven million albums and be listed in the...
Tips from the Top
Byline: JACKY HYAMS How to learn from your boss - and help your career BY JACKY HYAMS IN an ideal world, your boss or line manager is a mentor, someone with more handson experience than you who can help you develop your career. In reality, it doesn't...
TRAGEDY OF SHOT SOLDIER; Iraq Victim Was Due Back Home in London Next Week Aged 20, He Had Only Been in the Army a Year
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS A BRITISH soldier killed in the latest violence in Iraq was due to return home to his family in London in days. Private Lee O'Callaghan, 20, from Walworth, had phoned his mother on Sunday to tell her how thrilled he was....
Trump Sacks Himself in [Pounds Sterling]980m Casino Debt Deal
Byline: BILL CONDIE FLAMBOYANT property developer Donald Trump has agreed to fire himself as chief executive of his gambling empire and cut his controlling stake to 25% in a deal with creditors that will put the company into bankruptcy. Under...
WE (LOVE) LONDON; the Buzz of Life in the Capital Is Still a Major Draw despite the Irritations, Our Survey Shows
Byline: ROSS LYDALL LONDONERS may work long hours, complain about the Tube and be concerned about crime but they still believe they live in the best city in the country. A new survey shows how the capital's residents rank it way ahead of Bristol,...
We're Not Just Foul Mouthed Buffoons
Byline: SIMON BROOKE Kishanda Fulford and her family, stars of tonight's The F***ing Fulfords, have been pilloried in the press for everything from bad language to appalling table manners. Here she defends her boisterous brood WITH the children...
Who Are You Laughing At?
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Bad taste is big at Edinburgh this year, and the Fringe is awash with sexist, racist and homophobic jokes. Our comedy critic is not amused PUNCHLINES are as prone to the vagaries of fashion as hemlines. If the Eighties were...
Will Alan Clark Biography Show He Was a Spy? LONDONER'S DIARY
WAS ALAN Clark a spy? Just when the establishment thought it had nothing more to fear from the legendary lothario's pen, the late Tory MP is to cause more trouble from beyond the grave. Ion Trewin, who edited Clark's Diaries, is to write his authorised...
Wright-Phillips Attracting Spurs
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS;RAOUL SIMONS TOTTENHAM were today considering a fresh approach for Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips following the collapse of their deal to sign Danny Murphy. The club were also linked with a move for Juventus defender...