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Articles from November 1, 2002

23 KILLED BY SCHOOL QUAKE; All-Night Vigil by Parents as Search Goes on but Hope Fades for Children
Byline: JEREMY CHARLES;VALENTINE LOW;HARRIET ARKELL HOPES of finding survivors of the Italian earthquake faded today as authorities confirmed that at least 23 people, most of them schoolchildren, were dead. As rescuers worked through the night,...
999 Havoc as Halloween 'Monsters' Target Buses
Byline: ELAINE GALLOWAY TRICK or treaters bombarding buses and householders with eggs and flour kept police busy and caused misery for thousands. Police across the South-East reported a 66 per cent increase in 999 calls from people abused by...
A Day in the Life of ... a Parking Space; Wheels: You Only Ever Spend 50 to 60 Minutes at a London Parking Meter. So Who's Putting in the Coins for the Other Nine Hours in the Day? Giles Chapman Stakes out a Mayfair Bay to Find Out
Byline: GILES CHAPMAN HERE'S some intriguing news for London drivers fed up with the cost and hassle of parking in the West End. Westminster City Council raises almost pound sterling63 million from parking meters, pay-and-display and residents'...
A Fab Saab; Wheels: Business Motoring: On First Impressions, the New Saab 9-3 Seems Remarkably Similar to Its Predecessor but, Says Mike Stone, It Looks and Drives Miles Better
Byline: MIKE STONE REVISED versions of familiar cars give you a double-take when you first see them. They look the same, but different - and, in the case of Saab's new 9-3, better. Despite its familiar but more rounded front end, this is a brand...
All Smiles for Hill as He Defies Head Cut
Byline: CHRIS JONES RICHARD Hill is wearing the kind of smile England coach Clive Woodward hopes the rest of his international squad avoids during the final weekend of Zurich Premiership matches before the Autumn Tests. "My smile is in the middle...
A Marriage of Humour and Pathos
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON Eden Arts Theatre, WC1 ALCOHOL holds the puppet strings in this devastating, heartbreakingly humorous portrayal of a marriage where sexual desire is nothing but an unhappy ghost. A man with burning eyes stands swaying...
Angry Commuter Who Thought He Was Indiana Jones; Clinging to outside of Train at Speeds of 60mph, He Passes through Two Tunnels and Four Stations in Seven-Mile Epic
Byline: DICK MURRAY;HUMFREY HUNTER AN ENRAGED commuter climbed onto the outside of a morning peak-hour train and hung on as it reached speeds of up to 60mph - because there was not enough room inside the carriage. The man held on to the back...
Archaeology Rocks
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH I'M pretty wised up when it comes to collective nouns, so much so that I even know that the collective noun for a group of collective nouns is "a peculiar". I'm naturally au fait with all the animal ones (a blessing of...
Arena Diva Relights Her Old Flames
Byline: PAUL CLARK Lisa Stansfield Ronnie Scott's, W1 A LONDON jazz club is not the sort of place you'd expect to find Rochdale's most famous export and even Lisa Stansfield herself seemed slightly bewildered by the whole experience. "It's so...
A Sidecar Named Desire; Wheels: Motorcycling: Rod Ker Meets a Man Whose Motorbike Passion Has Been Kept Alive Thanks to a Classic Combo
Byline: ROD KER MONTHS after a Watsonian GP Manx sidecar was fitted to his BMW R1200C, Derek Banks is still so pleased with his new motorcycle combination that he admits wheeling it out of the garage occasionally just to have a look at it. Banks,...
Ask the Experts; Linda Whitney Tracks Down the People with All the Answers
Byline: LINDA WHITNEY Q MY financial adviser said I should transfer from an occupational pension to a personal scheme. The scheme's illustrations predicted a retirement cash-free lump sum of 25 per cent of the fund value. The adviser confirmed this...
Bank Seeks Telewest Windup Order
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN HEAVILY- INDEBTED Telewest's problems deepened today when one of its creditors finally ran out of patience with the stricken cable TV operator and sought to have it wound up. The High Court move came as another deadline...
Big Is Beautiful; Wheels: New Car Test: The Arnage R Bentley Roars to 60mph in Just 5.9 Seconds, but Purrs like a Pussycat When Touring, Says Robert Coucher
Byline: ROBERT COUCHER DRIVING a Bentley is always special, and with the new Bentley Arnage R, the Crewe engineers have surpassed themselves. This is the most comfortable and cosseting Bentley ever made. The Arnage R is the latest addition to...
Brighten Up Your Wardrobe ... Thanks to Nuclear Physics
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU A NEW fabric that emits light is destined to add sparks to any romantic interlude. Clothes, underwear, tablecloths and - if the romance really blossoms - wedding dresses can be created from the pioneering material unveiled...
Brown Sends in Detector Vans to Find the Workshy
Byline: CHARLES REISS THE GOVERNMENT is to go after the workshy as never before - by sending detector vans into housing estates and other pockets of high unemployment. The mobile job-centres will go into blackspots in London and elsewhere where...
Chairmen Do a Disservice to Football
Standard Sport comment AS certain football individuals pick up their papers today, they may feel pleased with their work of yesterday. After all, they succeeded in their objective of forcing Adam Crozier, the talented chief executive of the Football...
Conversation That Led Charles to Intervene; Butler Trial
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;ROBERT JOBSON THE collapse of the trial of Paul Burrell started in a royal limousine as the Queen and the Prince of Wales chatted on the way to the memorial service for victims of the Bali bomb last Friday. En route to St...
Cracking the Dress Code
Byline: LAURA CRAIK GOOD parties are like buses: they tend to come in threes. But even with a chauffeur at their disposal, London celebrities still had a few difficulties navigating the party circuit - and for once, the traffic wasn't the only thing...
Crozier Has Only Himself to Blame
Byline: DAVID MELLOR ALAS poor Adam, I knew him well. Too well to be surprised about his sudden departure yesterday, or to overly regret it. But there will be no unseemly dancing on graves here, not least because it's almost impossible to imagine...
Deadly Measles Warning as Parents Shun MMR
Byline: MAXINE FRITH THE real threat of a potentially fatal measles outbreak in London is revealed today. Experts have identified seven danger spots where the risk of the disease is highest because of the low uptake of the MMR vaccination. ...
Deayton's Sacking Was All about Money
Byline: WILL SELF SOME people's lives present peculiar ironies and mine is one of them. In 1997, when I was informed on by a fellow journalist for using drugs on the then Prime Minister's press plane, I had enough nous to move speedily towards...
Deutsche Bodyblow to Harvey Nicks Bid
Byline: FIONA WALSH BILLIONAIRE Dickson Poon's bid to take Harvey Nichols private suffered a major setback today as the upmarket department store group's biggest institutional shareholder, Deutsche Asset Management, said it would reject the terms....
Economists Put Their Money on Rate Cut Next Week
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE deteriorating global economic outlook and persistently low inflation will force the Bank of England to cut interest rates when its monetary policy committee meets next week, the majority of City economists believe. An...
End of the Eventer Era; Wheels
Byline: MARTIN BUCKLEY LYNX Motors of Hastings, Sussex, is putting the finishing touches to its last-ever Jaguar XJ-S Eventer, the handsome hand-built estate version of Jaguar's oddly styled coupe. The first Eventer was built in 1982 as a one-off...
Enron's Finance Chief Faces 78 Charges over Collapsed Firm
Byline: JAMES LANGTON THE MOST senior figure so far to be involved in the scandal of collapsed energy giant Enron has been charged with 78 counts of fraud and money-laundering. Former finance chief Andrew Fastow, 40, was the number three at the...
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Family Secrets Only Add to Royal Mysteries; Butler Trial
Byline: HUGH MUIR SHE WAS one of the best known people on the planet. After millions of words had been written and countless photographs published, it was possible to assume that we knew everything there was to know about the Princess of Wales....
First Drive: BMW Z4; Wheels
Byline: MICHAEL SCARLETT WHEN the BMW Z3 appeared seven years ago, it had too small a four-cylinder engine for its weight or its flashy styling. BMW has not made the same mistake with the Z4, due on sale next June. The new sports car comes with...
Fulham's Former Gunners Fired Up
Byline: LEO SPALL By Leo Spall in Zagreb LUIS BOA MORTE and Junichi Inamoto could return to haunt Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Sunday. Halloween may have passed but the champions meet Jean Tigana's side at Loftus Road after four consecutive...
Full of Civic Pride; Wheels: There Are More Than 14,000 Cars for Sale Every Week in ESwheels and on Our Website, but What Are They like? Each Friday, Our Experts Put the Spotlight on a Prime Example. Today, We Look at a Honda Civic Coupe 1.6
Byline: ALAN ANDERSON I BUY every Motability car I can. They are expensive but good." So says Peter Murphy, sales manager of Browns Honda of Loughton. Motability is the Government's car-purchasing scheme for disabled drivers and Murphy says that...
Get Crozier; Celtic Target FA Chief for Top Job
Byline: PAUL THOMSON;MICHAEL HART ADAM CROZIER is a target for Celtic to become their chief executive. The 38-year-old Scot sensationally quit the Football Association yesterday after a power battle with the professional game led by the Premiership...
Getting on (and off) Your Bike; Are You Up to Frisco's Urban Cycling Challenge?
Byline: NIGEL SUMMERLEY APART from being the repository for Tony Bennett's heart, San Francisco is best known for one thing: hills. It's the last place you might think of to cycle. But if you accept this ultimate urban biking challenge, you'll be...
Gilchrist upon Thames; Richmond Helped to Turn Adam from Teen Talent into World Star
Byline: IAN CHADBAND CHRIS GOLDIE protests that they tried, they really did. "Oh yes, we did our best to turn him into a drinker but, er, as you can see, we failed dismally," grins the chairman of Richmond Cricket Club. Instead, what the sociable...
Gough's Race to Make First Test Is Over
Byline: DAVID LLOYD By David Lloyd in Brisbane DARREN GOUGH'S faint hopes of playing in the first Ashes Test have been dashed. England's No 1 bowler was today confirmed as a non-starter for Thursday's series opener with Australia at The Gabba,...
Gough to Miss First Test as England Play Safe
Byline: DAVID LLOYD By David Lloyd in Brisbane DARREN GOUGH'S faint hopes of playing in next week's first Ashes Test have been dashed. England's No 1 bowler was today confirmed as a nonstarter for Thursday's series opener with Australia at...
Grip: Future with Sven Is Uncertain
Byline: LEO SPALL SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON'S future as England coach was the subject of speculation again today following the resignation of his closest FA ally, chief executive Adam Crozier. The Swede was said to have been "devastated" when he heard...
Half Britain's Warships Would Be out of Operation for Gulf
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY MINISTERS faced claims of negligence today as it emerged almost half Britain's 36 warships would be unavailable for operations in the Gulf in the event of military action against Iraq. The ships are out of action for...
Halloween Hit Mixes Horrors with Hilarity
Byline: PETE CLARK Simon Drake Simon Drake's House of Magic, SE1 THERE are two things you need to know about Simon Drake's place: you have to wear a blindfold to get there; it's not the Tommy Cooper school of magic. You go to this place, which...
Has the Bad Boy Sold out?; He Was the Enfant Terrible of Fashion and Once Designed a Collection Titled Highland Rape. Now, Alexander McQueen Is Dressing Ulrika
Byline: KAREN KAY WHEN Ulrika Jonsson arrived at the launch party for her autobiography last week, she was wearing a pretty auberginecoloured dress which gave her plenty of cleavage and lots of glamour. But Ulrika, normally loyal to the likes of...
He Swore He Would Never Betray Diana; Butler Trail: Now Burrell May Earn [Pounds Sterling]1million from His Memoirs: Prosecution of Man Who Claimed to Be Princess's 'Rock' Lifted the Lid on Her Turbulent Relationships
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON PAUL BURRELL was once asked: "What makes a good butler?" He paused a second or two before giving his forthright response: " Honesty, trust and loyalty, these are the three main qualities which money cannot buy." The butler,...
Hit the I-Mob Panic Button; Wheels: Innovations
Byline: IVAN BERG THERE'S a new car security device that promises to turn the tables on thieves who defeat the modern motor's sophisticated anti-theft systems by carjacking or stealing the key from the hall table. The device is called "i-mob"...
Hosting a London Olympic Games
AT THEIR best, the Olympic Games are a magnificent meeting of nations to compete at the highest levels of sporting endeavour. It is natural that a city of London's stature should wish to host them once more. The Mayor is in favour of a London bid for...
How Did the Case Ever Get to Court?; Butler Trial: Questions for CPS and Police over Royal Trial That Cost Taxpayers [Pounds Sterling]1.5m: Days of Revelations Brought Huge Embarrassment for the Queen, Charles, Princes and Diana's Family
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS;PAUL CHESTON;JUSTIN DAVENPORT ON 3 AUGUST last year, a stocky, middle-aged man and a smartly -dressed young woman were ushered into the drawing room at Highgrove. They were introduced to Prince Charles, his sons William and...
Inside the Secret Raves; Revealed for the First Time, What Really Happened at the Illegal 'MTV Party' That Trashed a Camden Office Block - and How These So-Called Squat Parties Are Seducing a New Generation of Clubbers
Byline: KATE ASTER BEADS OF sweat bulge on his brow and his voice, which has reached fever pitch, cracks occasionally. "Get out of here," yells the man in his thirties. "You lot are spoiling it for everyone else. Take your drugs and clear...
It's Art, Brian, but Not as You Know It
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL;NICK HACKWORTH Brian Sewell has occasionally refused to review Tate Britain's annual Turner Prize exhibition on the grounds that in its blind pursuit of change and innovation, the award has driven itself into a corner so tight...
Jeweller to the Queen Is Ordered to Withdraw 'Royal' Ads
Byline: MARK WILKINSON IT BEGAN as an attempt by Crown jeweller Garrard to swap its stuffy image for a more fashionable profile. Advertisements, launched in a blaze of publicity earlier this year, showed actor Rupert Everett, rap artist Missy...
Jimmy: I Was Let Down by Ranieri
Byline: MATT HUGHES JIMMY FLOYD Hasselbaink today revealed that his relationship with Claudio Ranieri came close to breaking point during his difficult start to the season. The Chelsea striker failed to score in the first seven league matches...
Key Players in Drama That Unfolded at the Old Bailey; Butler Trial
The detective Det Chief Insp Maxine de Brunner was criticised for allowing Charles and William to be "grossly misled" about Burrell's alleged activities. Police had told them they had seen photos of staff wearing Diana's clothes and also had information...
Leave Your Troubles Behind; If Your Family Are Getting on Your Nerves, Then Why Not Run Away?
Byline: OLIVIA LICHTENSTEIN IT'S all very well for men, isn't it? They have garden sheds; little havens all to themselves right on their doorstep. Recently, I went to a male friend's celebratory shed party. He had spent the summer tidying...
London's Money-Spinning Bid to Host 2012 Olympics
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY LONDON could make a "world-beating" bid to stage the 2012 Olympic Games - and return a profit on the pound sterling1.8billion project, an official report said today. The long-awaited cost-and-benefits study into staging...
Lord Noelie's a Class Act; Knight Puts Star Chaser on Cup Trail
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM BIG time jump racing returns to Britain for the first time this season at Wetherby tomorrow, when Lord Noelie can cause the first of what will be hundreds of ripples in the Gold Cup ante-post market by winning the pound...
Los Angeles Cleans Up Its Act; A Million-Dollar Revamp Is Making the Theatre District a Hot Destination
Byline: PETER HUCK MOST people don't realise it, but there's another Broadway theatre district - in downtown Los Angeles - and it's undergoing a revival. Until the 1950s, Broadway West was LA's Great White Way, with 17 theatres that presented...
Madonna's [Pounds Sterling]36m Puts Her at No1 in Music Rich List
Byline: JOHN BYNORTH MADONNA is Britain's highest-earning musician, a survey reveals today. The pop star's pound sterling36 million this year saw her beat Sir Paul McCartney (pound sterling35 million), Mick Jagger (pound sterling24.4 million)...
McClaren Quits; New England Blow for Sven
Byline: KEN DYER THE Football Association were thrown into more disarray today when Steve McClaren resigned from his post as assistant England coach. McClaren's decision to quit and concentrate on his fulltime job as Middlesbrough manager will...
Merciless Merton and Ian Hislop Pile on the Agony for Angus Deayton
Byline: ED HARRIS SACKED television presenter Angus Deayton suffers fresh humiliation tonight as his former colleagues on Have I Got News For You give him a public mauling. Regular panellists Paul Merton and Ian Hislop last night recorded the...
Nationwide League
Brentford THE club received a boost today with the news that planning permission has been granted to build on on Griffin Park. Brentford are pound sterling6 million in debt and directors believe the only way to stave off the liquidators is to...
New Move on Killer Drivers; Wheels: Proposals for a Law to Plug a Loophole Allowing Crash-Death Drivers to 'Get Away with It' Has Been Welcomed by Victims' Relatives and Safety Campaigners, Says Paul Johnson
Byline: PAUL JOHNSON FAMILIES of road crash victims have welcomed Government proposals to end the scandal of killer drivers walking free from court. A new offence of "negligent driving" would plug a legal loophole that allows drivers who cause...
No More Lomu the Legend; Kate Battersby on Why Rugby Union's Only True Superstar Is a Shadow of the Player He Was and Is Lucky to Be in the New Zealand Squad for the Test Match against England at Twickenham
Byline: KATE BATTERSBY TRUE sporting legends are created only rarely. At the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, Jack Rowell's England played an unfortunate supporting role in the creation of the legend called Jonah Lomu. Seven years on, the 19-stone...
Plays to Book If You're New York Bound
Byline: CLAIRE WRATHALL WHILE screen actors Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close, Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan (not to mention sons and brothers Colin Hanks and Kieran Culkin) are appearing on stage - or about to - in the West End, compared with...
Police Probe Blunders of Racist Murder Case
Byline: PATRICK SAWER A POTENTIALLY embarrassing disciplinary inquiry has been launched into a catalogue of blunders by police officers investigating the racist murder of a City highflier. Avon and Somerset police will shortly begin interviewing...
[Pounds Sterling]59,000 Pay Average for City Workers
Byline: LAURA SMITH CITY workers earn pound sterling59,000 a year - almost double the London average. Figures released today show an average of pound sterling971 a week. This compares with an average salary of pound sterling34,762 in London and...
Quake Death Toll Is 28; Second Tremor as Hope Fades for Victims
Byline: JEREMY CHARLES;VALENTINE LOW THE death toll from the earthquake that flattened an Italian school reached 28 today - 23 of them children. As another strong quake rocked the area this afternoon, one person is still missing, believed to...
Resilient Wenger Refuses to Panic Buy
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS GIVEN what's happened over the last two weeks, Arsene Wenger is surprisingly bullish about predicting what he will do when the transfer market reopens in January: nothing at all. Wenger was critical of the introduction...
Roeder: Anfield Doesn't Scare Me
Byline: KEN DYER WEST HAM manager Glenn Roeder has urged his team not to be scared about the trip to Anfield tomorrow to face Premiership leaders Liverpool. The Merseysiders are the only unbeaten club in the league but Roeder is not daunted by...
Running Rings around UK
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THE portrait painted in black and white is alluring. Of half a million spectators trekking each day for 16 days to a rejuvenated outpost in the east of their city to watch homegrown athletes, nurtured by a pound sterling167...
Selling Up? Don't Disturb the Agent; Estate Agents Will Get More Than [Pounds Sterling]800 Million This Year for Putting Londoners' Homes Up for Sale. Do It Yourself
Byline: ANDREW OXLADE LONDON house prices have soared 20 per cent in the past year, according to the Nationwide Building Society. But homeowners are not the only winners. Estate agents are also cashing in on this year's pound sterling36 billion...
Shame on the BBC's Killjoys; Angus Deayton's Sacking Is a Symptom of Moral Prurience and Panic, Not High Ethical Standards
Byline: GEORGE WALDEN IT is a Friday night, it's been a long week, you have got the builders in, the economy looks dicey, and the news from Bali, Moscow and the Middle East is disastrous. You scan the screen for a spot of what TV does best - comedy...
Snorting Stars; First Angus Deayton, Then John Leslie - If You Fired Every Celebrity Who Took Cocaine, There Would Be Nothing on TV but Cartoons
Byline: VICTORIA COREN A LITTLE while ago, I went to see a Harley Street surgeon about a breathing disorder (mine, not his.) "I see," breathed the surgeon in his special calm voice, as he scanned the notes which had been sent on from my GP, "that...
Soaking the Public; in 1997 a Fine Plan Was Hatched to Restore the Ailing British Film Industry with a Lottery Handout. Where Did All That Money Go?
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER CAMELOT isn't proving a magical kingdom after all. Like other financial havens, it's distinctly nervous. The number of people betting on their number coming up is falling. One way of reversing the trend, suggests the National...
Standard Life Savages Marconi over Manor
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG ONE OF the City's biggest institutions, Standard Life, today attacked Marconi over its pound sterling1.75 million manor house affair, demanding to know how the purchase came about and whether it had done similar deals on more...
Stranded Eurostar Passengers Get a Treat, after Another Wait
Byline: DICK MURRAY EUROSTAR passengers forced to sleep on stations and carriage floors were today offered compensation and a chance to ride on the fastest trains in Britain - but will have to wait a year to do so. The company, which operates...
Take Centre Stage at Highbury
ARSENAL continue their UEFA Champions League campaign on Tuesday 12 November when they take on PSV Eindhoven at Highbury. Standard Sport has teamed up with Ford in a fantastic-competition to offer your son or daughter (12 to 16 years of age inclusive)...
The 82-Year-Old Looking for a Break in the Movies
Byline: NICK GOODWAY AT THE ripe old age of 82, legendary film producer Harry Alan Towers admits he is somewhat nervous about launching his first attempt to raise public money to fund his films. Over the next month, Towers, who has made almost...
The Arts Minister Says Turner Word-Picture Is 'Bullshit' ... but Look What's on His Office Wall
Byline: LUKE LEITCH THE minister who condemned the Turner Prize exhibition as "conceptual bullshit" might, one would assume, have more traditional aesthetic tastes - especially when it comes to decorating his own office. But far from it. The...
The Impossible Job; Adam Crozier Resigned Yesterday as the FA's Chief Executive but, as Paul Thomson Reports, No One Is Safe in a Sport Where Emotions Often Overrule the Head
Byline: PAUL THOMSON ON the surface, being chief executive of the Football Association would appear to be the best job in Britain. It comes with a salary of several hundred thousand pounds a year, firstclass flights, chauffeur-driven car and free...
THE QUEEN'S EVIDENCE FREES BUTLER; Butler Trial: Burrell Theft Trial Collapses: 'She Knew He Was Looking after Diana's Property'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;ROBERT JOBSON THE theft case against royal butler Paul Burrell collapsed today after new information from the Queen. The prosecution's claim that he had not told anyone he had hundreds of Princess Diana's possessions folded...
The Wheel Thing; Wheels: It's Rough, Tough and Gives Youngsters the Opportunity to Compete in Full-Sized Cars. Andrew Charman on the Growth of Grasstrack Racing
Byline: ANDREW CHARMAN TRADITIONALLY, young wannabe racers seeking to emulate the Michael Schumachers of the world are pointed towards kart racing, where the great one and most of his Formula One rivals learned their craft. But there is an alternative...
Traffic Chaos as 3,000 Protest over War on Iraq
Byline: ROB MCNEIL TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill in central London as 3,000 protesters against a war on Iraq marched on Parliament. They paralysed a large area around Trafalgar Square during the rush hour by sitting in front of traffic....
Trial 'No Longer Viable'; Butler Trial
Byline: STANDARD REPORTER THIS IS the statement read to the court by prosecuting counsel, Mr William Boyce QC: "It has been an important part of the prosecution case that there was no evidence that Mr Burrell informed anyone he was holding any property...
Unions' Double Blow to Bank's Mayor Bid
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN TONY BANKS today has a mountain to climb to save his hopes of becoming Mayor after he suffered two more defeats in the contest to choose a Labour candidate. The former sports minister was rejected by members of two big trade...
Why I Prefer to Date White Women; about Half of Black Men in Britain Are in Interracial Relationships. One Writer Explores the Reasons - Which Run Deeper Than Skin Colour
Byline: DAVID MATTHEWS BBC2's new series of Babyfather spells bad news for black men. Apart from rehashing the same old racial stereotypes (we're still flaky, can't commit, etc), the show's subplot about a relationship between one of the protagonists...
Why We'll Lose Our Raphael; More Than a [Pounds Sterling]29m Madonna, We Need a New Museums' Policy
SO here we go again: Nation Threatened with loss of Masterpiece. Appeal for pound sterling30 million - or 20 or 10 or five million. It doesn't matter how much - the museums haven't got it. The Duke of Northumberland's Raphael has been bought by...
Why We Love to Hate the French
Byline: WILL SELF THE news this week that, according to forensic scientists, the arsenic levels found in Napoleon Bonaparte's hair are the result of the gunk he bunged on it, rather than his British captors poisoning him, should be welcomed by us...
Why We're All Mad for Minis; Wheels: Used Cars
Byline: ALAN ANDERSON YOU would think that to beat depreciation's killer punch (the one that hits your new car's value as soon as it leaves the showroom), only a Rolls-Royce will do. But it's the new style Mini that simply refuses to lose money....
Will Warrants Keep You Covered?
Byline: STEVE MCDOWELL;ANDREW OXLADE INVESTORS may welcome this week the appearance of a sophisticated type of vehicle with which they can trade in the stock market without having all the money to buy shares, say Steve McDowell and Andrew Oxlade....
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Worthless Wooer Seduces Everyone
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON The Merry Wives of Windsor The Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon IT IS difficult to upstage the wine-glugging, woman-groping, purse-stealing, downright Dionysiac antics of Sir John Falstaff, yet Greg Hicks's Dr Caius does just...
You Can't Get Money for Nothing; Aspiring Pop Stars Such as Tom Mapes Should Still Consider Saving - Just in Case They Don't Get That Massive Number One Hit
Byline: ALICIA WYLLIE TELEVISION programmes such as Popstars and Pop Idol have brought overnight fame to the likes of Gareth Gates and Will Young. For most other aspiring rock stars, the road to fame is far longer and harder. Tom Mapes, who lives...