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Articles from October 14, 2003

A Bit of a Clanger
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH WALKING recently through the dead centre of Nottingham (the cemetery), I noticed the gravestone of a Ms Elizabeth Onions (died 1932). Like her more famous namesake, the lexicographer Charles Talbut Onions (died 1965),...
Artists in Glass Houses; the Hayward Gallery's New Entrance Is Visually Enticing - until You Trip over the Starbucks
Byline: ROWAN MOORE Architecture STAND on the concrete decks outside the Hayward Gallery and you are in a place haunted by the weighty ghosts of unbuilt megastructures, the restless spirits of abandoned architects' visions for the South Bank arts...
A Widow's Agony; Plea to Find Killer of Refugee Stabbed on His Way to Buy Milk
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE distraught widow of a Kurdish refugee murdered as he went to buy milk for his children made an emotional plea to catch his killer today. Father-of-two Imam Ortac, 30, who fled to London to escape persecution in Turkey,...
Blaine Wave; Flash Mob Descends on Illusionist
Byline: EDWARD ROBERTSON IN his 38 days fasting in a box suspended near Tower Bridge he has endured mini-helicopters bringing cheeseburgers, volleys of pink paint and laser pens shone in his eyes. Now David Blaine, 30, has faced a different type...
Blair Bids to Wipe out Neighbourhood Yobs; NEW STEPS TO CURB THE LOUTS WHO BRING FEAR TO COMMUNITIES
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY TONY BLAIR today announces a new blitz on "yob crime" which will see dedicated prosecutors tackling antisocial behaviour in Britain's worst neighbourhoods. Dozens of crown prosecutors will be told to deal with persistent...
Children Have to Travel to Secure Better Education; REPORT REVEALS ONE IN SEVEN PUPILS ATTEND SCHOOL IN ANOTHER BOROUGH
Byline: TIM MILES THE full extent of parents' dissatisfaction with poor-performing schools is revealed today. New figures show that tens of thousands are sending their children to schools outside their local borough in an attempt to give them...
City Insider
Cruickshank's face-saving secret THREE months after he retired as chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Don Cruickshank's complexion is smooth and healthy-looking. Is the absence of stock market politics keeping the 61-year-old cherubic, or is...
Crime Rate Falls as Gang Are Named and Shamed
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;TARIQ TAHIR IN A small, rundown corner of north-west London, fear has disappeared - seemingly overnight. Vince Cunningham's wife is no longer afraid to step out of her front door after dark, and the old woman in the flat...
Day Houllier Cut Razor to the Quick; Martin Chilton's Football Notebook
Byline: MARTIN CHILTON NEIL RUDDOCK can always be relied on for a few sparky comments and he tells Ex (the West Ham Retro Magazine) about how he fell out with Gerard Houllier at Liverpool. Ruddock recalled: "I had some problems with Houllier. ...
Derelict Terrace Gets TV-Style Makeover . . . from Squatters; Community Spirit Raised to an Art Form
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK IT LOOKS like the ultimate TV house makeover by the likes of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. But this transformation is the work of squatters. They claim to have transformed a former industrial unit in Leytonstone into a magnificent...
Don't Mess with the Wife of the Quiet Man
Byline: AMANDA PLATELL NEVER underestimate the determination of a quiet Tory wife. And they don't come more quietly formidable than Betsy Duncan Smith, the latest target of the so-called modernisers determined to destroy her husband's leadership....
Drugs Giants on Sick List as US Looks to 'Copycat' Rivals; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE threat of cheap generic drugs flooding the world's most lucrative market today cast a shadow over the performance of Britain's two biggest pharmaceuticals outfits. The US Food and Drug Administration is thinking of ways...
England Let-Off; UEFA Likely to Take No Action on Brawl
Byline: PAUL THOMSON ENGLAND players are involved in another major row today after it emerged they are likely to go unpunished for a tunnel brawl in Turkey. Television footage showed England stars lunging at opponents at halftime during Saturday's...
England's Ex-Boks Expect a Fightback
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THEY are not expecting to get the call but if a World Cup emergency does crop up this week, Stuart Abbott and Mike Catt won't exactly be unprepared if they are asked to discover how feisty a cornered, wounded Springbok can be....
Exercise, Not Prozac, Beat My Depression; Two Years Ago Sheryl Crow Was Poleaxed by Doubts and Fears. Now, Having Turned 40, She Tells How She Escaped the Horrors of Her Darkest Days
Byline: DAMON SYSON BY rights, the 42-year-old woman sitting opposite me should feel on top of the world. She's beautiful, sexy, and has a figure most women would kill for. Her talent as a singer-songwriter is beyond doubt: since her breakthrough...
Face Yoga - It's the New Botox
Byline: JACQUI RIPLEY YOGA is not just for the shoulders downwards, it can also double up as a DIY facelift. A few simple exercises can banish facial tension and help ease wrinkles. "Like muscles in other parts of your body, the face absorbs...
Gray Days at Palace Are Over
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS JULIAN GRAY appears to have no future at Crystal Palace. The former Arsenal winger today joined Cardiff City on a month's loan, only a fortnight after he returned to Selhurst Park following unsuccessful attempts to persuade...
Higher Bid in Store as Debenhams Hits Target
Byline: FIONA WALSH SHAREHOLDERS in bid target Debenhams are standing by for a higher offer as the department stores group today reported continued growth in sales and profits and said it had made "an encouraging start" to the new financial year....
IDS Is Facing Growing Mutiny over Wife's Pay
Byline: CHARLES REISS IAIN DUNCAN SMITH today faces a growing Tory mutiny at his party's central office headquarters as well as from the grass roots as he fights to clear his name of financial misconduct. The party's deputy director, Vanessa...
Is Sven the No1 Coach in the World? Eriksson Turns the Tables on Critics with Record That Few Managers Can Match
Byline: MICHAEL HART WHEN skill and physical prowess are present in equal measure, it is often dressing-room camaraderie that separates the winners from the also-rans. You can ask the World Cup winners of 1966 the truth of that. They will tell...
I Was in Love but He Played a Game with Me. Now My Sentence Has Just Begun; VICTIM SPEAKS OUT AFTER SOMALIAN IS CONVICTED OF INFECTING HER WITH HIV
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI WHEN Deborah Manning's relationship with her long-term partner ended she turned to 37-year-old Mohammed Dica, seeking "love and hope for the future". Yet all the while they were together, Dica was betraying her trust...
Jarvis Issues Warning over Sabbeeh; Fast Going May Rule out Colt's Dewhurst Bid
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM NEWMARKET trainer Michael Jarvis has warned that due to the continuing dry spell, his highly-regarded twoyearold Sabbeeh may well miss a clash with Three Valleys, Snow Ridge and Lucky Story in Saturday's Darley Dewhurst...
Johnson: This Is Our Biggest Test for Years
Byline: CHRIS JONES MARTIN JOHNSON today underlined the enormity of the challenge England face in their World Cup pool clash with South Africa in Perth on Saturday, stating: "It will be pretty difficult for the losers to win the World Cup." Johnson...
Leave Our Best Museums Alone; Arts Minister Estelle Morris Says Our Provincial Museums Deserve Better Funding - but Her Solution Is Damaging and Ill-Considered
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL CHELTENHAM, a town that, almost as much as Tunbridge Wells, stands for the respectability of Englishmen, is a rum place for the Arts Minister, Estelle Morris, to announce that our museums and art galleries are too middleclass....
LET-OFF; England Stars in Punch-Up Spared Punishment
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER ENGLAND stars who brawled with Turkish players are set to escape punishment. TV film appeared to show Emile Heskey, Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell and David James lunging at Turkish players and backroom staff in the tunnel at...
Match of Today
Blunkett v Straw Ground: Downing St Kick-off: 8.20am CABINET hard man David Blunkett wants revenge after a professional foul. Someone leaked a letter by Jack Straw savaging his plans for compulsory ID cards. "I'll deal with that internally,"...
McDonald's Will Be in Baghdad 'Within a Year'
Byline: TOM MCBRIDE THIS time next year the familiar logo of McDonald's could be popping up on the streets of Baghdad, well-placed commercial and banking sources say. Among the leading contenders for a franchise of the US hamburger chain is the...
Measles Epidemic Would Boost MMR; Medical Notes
Byline: DR MARK PORTER PUBLIC- health experts are misguided in their belief that Leo Blair could be the key to getting the ailing MMR campaign back on track. Professor Brent Taylor, one of the Government's top advisers on vaccination, has renewed...
Millennium City; with Major Development of Its Bay Area, Cardiff Is Emerging as One of Europe's Most Exciting Business Destinations, Writes Gillian Upton Professional Secretary Incorporating Office Appointments
Byline: GILLIAN UPTON CARDIFF - Europe's youngest capital - has swiftly grown into its new status and is continuing to push the boat out on all fronts. Next year the city's most recognisable landmark, the Millennium Stadium, is likely to be overshadowed...
My Most Beautiful Women, by Guru Armani; AS THE ROYAL ACADEMY CELEBRATES HIS 30-YEAR CAREER, A FASHION ICON SPEAKS OUT
Byline: LUKE LEITCH HE has dressed some of the most beautiful women in the world and has supermodels queuing up to wear his outfits. Rosamund Pike is only one of the many international film stars who have paraded his creations on the red carpet...
My Palace Night with the Queen (and Cliff and Delia); MAN WHO STARTED BRITAIN'S FIRST HOMELESS MAGAZINE JOINS PIONEERS AT PALACE
Byline: JOHN BIRD Britain's trailblazers joined the Queen as she opened her doors to hundreds of people who have played a major part in the nation's life during her reign. Here a guest describes the occasion. LAST NIGHT I joined 400 pioneers...
Nayef Fits the Bill on a Day of Champions; Stage Is Set for Tregoning's Star Colt to Go out on a High
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM SAY what you like about Marcus Tregoning but you cannot fault his work rate or strike rate over the last few weeks. On day one of the Festival of British Racing at Ascot two weeks ago, he saddled the exciting Snow Ridge...
New Peace Plan Calls for Israel to Hand over Most of West Bank and Gaza
Byline: ADAM BLENFORD NEW proposals to end years of bloodshed in the Middle East have been drawn up. The plan, created during secret meetings between Israeli opposition politicians, intellectuals and Palestinian politicians, would see Israel...
Pardew Takes a Back Seat for Hammers
Byline: MICHAEL HART ALAN PARDEW accepts that he will have no part to play in West Ham's home game against Burnley on Saturday - unless asked to contribute by caretaker manager Trevor Brooking. The new West Ham manager is due to take over at...
Red Mist Clears over Boston
BOSTON RED SOX and New York Yankees managed to concentrate on the baseball rather than the fisticuffs when they resumed their American League Championship Series playoff in Boston. The bitter rivals were involved in a couple of melees during Saturday's...
Rio's Alarm Call; Ferdinand May Have to Show FA His Phone Records
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER RIO FERDINAND may be asked to provide records of his mobile phone calls to back up his claim that he did not wilfully miss a drugs test last month, sources close to the case revealed today. Standard Sport understands that...
Sea Change Ahead on Buyout Scene; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON ONE of the wonderful things about the mass availability of information is the opportunity it gives us to accumulate fascinating but totally useless facts - a bit like running amok in a speciality store in New York, or with...
Southcorp in Spotlight as Domecq Hunts New Target; Market Report
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH THE dust has settled on the colourful tussle for Australian wine producer Peter Lehmann Wines, with Switzerland's Hess Group stealing the prize from under the nose of Britain's Allied Domecq. But what of the other muchrumoured...
Sparkling in Barrymore's Footsteps; COMEDY
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Bill Bailey: Part Troll Wyndham's Theatre THERE'S clearly nothing wrong with the Wyndham's that a great gig cannot fix. Following Michael Barrymore's curtailed fiasco, Bill Bailey made comedy look like a doddle there...
Spinners on Top but England Are Denied
Byline: MYLES HODGSON ENGLAND enjoyed an encouraging workout in the first of two warm-up matches prior to the opening Test against Bangladesh with their pair of spinners bowling them to within a hair's breadth of an unlikely victory. Left-arm...
Stunning Hoggard in Line for Test Call
Byline: MYLES HODGSON MATTHEW HOGGARD continued his successful comeback to international cricket today by claiming a six-wicket haul in Dhaka. Hodgson finished with outstanding figures of six for 13 off 9.3 overs as the President's line-up were...
Terry: I Have So Much to Learn
Byline: MATT HUGHES JOHN TERRY returns to club action for Chelsea against Birmingham tonight determined to maintain the form he showed in England's 0-0 draw with Turkey. Terry was one of England's outstanding performersin Istanbul, showing great...
THE HIV ATTACKER; This Man Deliberately Infected Two Lovers Who May Now Die. Today He Finally Faces Years in Jail
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;RICHARD EDWARDS A MAN who knowingly infected two women with the Aids virus was today convicted of grievous bodily harm. Mohammed Dica, 37, callously tricked his lovers into unprotected sex even though he had been HIV positive...
The Importance of Producing the Write Stuff; Professional Secretary Incorporating Office Appointments
Byline: KATE CROCKETT WE may be used to a daily flood of emails peppered with poor grammar and spelling errors, but sloppy correspondence doesn't go unnoticed - least of all by potential employers. While the days of ultra-formal business letters...
The Spiralling Cost of a Meal out at the Local; Landlords 'Jack Up' Food Prices, Says Guide
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN SOARING pub food prices are threatening the cherished status of lunch in the local as the ultimate "cheap and cheerful" meal out. The cost of traditional bar meals - from the humble cheese and pickle sandwich up to Sunday...
The Tories Have a Dossier Too
UNDER NORMAL circumstances, Tory MPs would be taking a crumb of comfort from the latest poll which indicates that the party has taken a five-point lead over Labour. Allied to the figures indicating that 31 per cent of voters believe Iain Duncan Smith...
Today at the Rugby World Cup
South Africa shaken by drugs scandal ahead of England date SOUTH AFRICAN rugby, desperate to avoid controversy in the build-up to Saturday's crucial World Cup clash with England in Perth, has been shaken by a drugs scandal, writes Chris Jones. Natal...
Tough Man Is Tamed; THEATRE
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Taming of the Shrew Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford CONTEMPORARY audiences are understandably repelled by the brutal sexual politics of The Taming of the Shrew. But Mark Rosenblatt's oldfashioned, unilluminating...
United Defiant on Rio
Byline: MICHAEL HART;ADRIAN WARNER MANCHESTER UNITED today insisted they will continue to pick Rio Ferdinand while the Football Association consider his failure to take a drugs test. The FA are expected to charge the England defender in the next...
Waiter's Wine Advice Gives Diners an [Pounds Sterling]800 Surprise; TRY THE 1966 MARGAUX, HE SAID, BUT FORGOT TO MENTION THE PRICE
Byline: ED HARRIS SANDRA and Colin Mitchell thought nothing of ordering a [pounds sterling]160 bottle of Chateau Margaux at Petrus, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Knightsbridge. After all, they were celebrating their anniversary. But when...
'We Are Still Able to Laugh but It's OK, Milly Would Have Wanted That'; HOW THE FAMILY OF MURDERED TEENAGER MILLY DOWLER HAVE REBUILT THEIR LIVES AND HONOURED HER MEMORY
Byline: EMINE SANER IT is a morning routine beloved of teenage girls, if not their mothers. Every day before Sally Dowler was allowed to leave home to go to the comprehensive school where she taught maths - and where her daughters Milly and Gemma...
Whistleblowing Laws 'Being Undermined'
Byline: NEIL THAPAR THE Government does not do enough to encourage whistleblowers, a leading charity that helps employees to raise the alarm over business misconduct said today. The row erupted as Public Concern at Work revealed that about 30%...
Why the St Mary's Staff Are My Heroes
Byline: BARNEY CALMAN Our NHS Champions campaign is offering prizes totalling [pounds sterling]30,000 for those health workers you think deserve recognition. You can nominate workers in six categories and the winners will be chosen by a panel that...
Witty, Ditzy, Bawdy - and Brilliant; POP
Byline: SALLY CHATTERTON Rufus Wainwright Lyric Hammersmith GIVEN his extraordinary talents, it is a mystery that the flamboyant Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is not yet a household name. Despite a cameo on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack,...
Woodward Takes Heat out of Key Showdown
Byline: CHRIS JONES CLIVE WOODWARD today admitted that England had played a part in the mayhem that marred their record 53-3 victory over South Africa at Twickenham in November. There are concerns that another outbreak of foul play - South Africa...
Would You Fail a Drugs Test? How the Excesses of Friday Night Could Get You the Sack on Monday Morning
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE THE drugs test has become as important a facet of the job market as a good CV - fail it and you could be sacked. Even forgetting to take one, as England football star Rio Ferdinand found to his cost last week, can have...