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Articles from January 12, 2004

A Fat Lot of Wood; 'She Blithely Talked about Body Weight as Though It Was a Lifestyle Choice'
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH AS A longstanding fan of magic tricks (well, why pay extra for a seat?), I've seem some jawdropping feats of jiggerypokery in my time. Penn and Teller once taught me how to fold a [pounds sterling]10 note so that the...
A Tryst in Time
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger (Cape, [pounds sterling]12.99) SO here's the next The Lovely Bones. In time, as word of mouth kicks in, maybe The Time Traveler's Wife will even outsell it. It's a debut and...
Black Arts, Incest and a Poisoning or Two
Byline: SARAH BRADFORD CATHERINE DE MEDICI by Leonie Frieda (Weidenfeld, [pounds sterling]20) SHAKESPEARE should have included the life of Catherine de Medici in his repertoire. Lady Macbeth was a pussycat in comparison with the Queen Mother...
Blow for Blair as Bush Aide Claims Iraq War Aim Was Not WMD
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR today suffered a fresh blow over Iraq - hours after he admitted that weapons of mass destruction might never be found there. A senior figure in the Bush administration during the war, former Treasury Secretary...
'Bogus MI5 Agent Stole [Pounds Sterling]600,000 after Putting Students in Fear of IRA'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A CAR salesman posed as an undercover MI5 agent to con more than [pounds sterling]600,000 from victims who thought they were under threat from the IRA, a court heard today. He spun a web of deceit, mixing charm and sexuality...
Boozers with the Blues; THEATRE
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON Christmas Bush, W12 MICHAEL'S pub isn't so much the last-chance saloon as the place that hope forgot - a desolate drinking hole dominated by flock wallpaper and an assortment of local failures who come to prop up...
Burning Questions: How the Drug Affects Your Health
Is cannabis bad for you? Yes, but how bad depends how much you take. Because it has a heavy tar content, and users tend to inhale heavily, smoking cannabis is at least as unhealthy as smoking cigarettes. The British Lung Foundation believes...
CABBAGE WITH BACON Preparation: 10 Minutes. Cooking: 10 Minutes. Serves 4
Byline: LINDSEY BAREHAM VIVE La France, a French lifestyle and property exhibition, is returning to Olympia this weekend and the highlights, as far as I'm concerned, are the traditional French market stalls, laid out with an appetising array of...
Captaincy Battle Hill Is Shock Contender in the Race to Replace Johnson
Byline: CHRIS JONES RICHARD HILL has emerged as a surprise contender to replace Martin Johnson as England captain for the Six Nations. The World Cup winning skipper is expected to confirm his retirement from international rugby next weekend,...
Cash in on the Sipp Revolution
GORDON Brown's surprise announcement that from 2005 residential property will qualify for inclusion in a selfinvested personal pension (Sipp) has had accountants working overtime. Full details will not be published by the Government until April, but...
Charlton Open Talks to Keep Curbishley Long-Term
Byline: LEO SPALL CHARLTON have started negotiations with Alan Curbishley about a new long-term contract. The club are keen to extend the manager's commitment to them after he was linked with the Tottenham job. Talk of Curbishley, or any other...
CHELSEA STAR IN RAID TERROR; Veron and Family Attacked at Home by Machete Intruder
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT CHELSEA star Juan Sebastian Veron and his girlfriend were threatened by a man with a machete who burst into their bedroom. The couple woke to find the man standing over them at their home in Barnes, it was revealed this...
City Firms Pledge Vital Cash towards Crossrail
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A MAJOR breakthrough is on the verge of being secured for Crossrail, the long-awaited new trainline linking east and west London. Large City firms have indicated they are willing to pay their share to make the [pounds sterling]10...
City Insider
Dana's Dynamic departure LESS than six months after completing Financial Dynamics' management buyout from troubled old Cordiant, the PR firm's finance director Dana Mulvihill is leaving. A little unusual, surely? "It may look unusual," concedes...
Clark: We Just Keep Laughing through Saha Saga
Byline: LEO SPALL LEE CLARK said today that Louis Saha's Fulham team-mates have no doubts about his commitment and admitted that they have been taking the mickey out of him over his blocked move to Manchester United. French striker Saha said...
Conflicting Messages Are a Lesson in Muddled Thinking, Say Students
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA CANNABIS The pupils STUDENTS across the capital have revealed the extent of their confusion about the impending changes to the law on cannabis. Many believe the drug is already legal to possess in small quantities, while...
Council Tax
THERE IS nothing stealthy about council tax. In encouraging council tax rises to make up for gaps in revenue elsewhere, and, according to our report today, potentially shaking up the whole local taxation system, this Government has completely forgotten...
Couple Who Left Baby in Car Tell of Court Ordeal; LONDON PARENTS' ANGER AT THEIR TREATMENT BY NEW YORK POLICE
Byline: JAMES LANGTON;RICHARD EDWARDS A LONDON couple today spoke for the first time about their ordeal after being arrested in New York for leaving their baby alone in a car. Yisroel and Goldie Singer, from Stamford Hill, faced jail after they...
Dallaglio's Warning after Shock Loss
LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO, the Wasps captain, gave his players a stark warning in the aftermath of their 14-9 Heineken Cup home defeat by the Celtic Warriors, writes Chris Jones. He told them: "We cannot afford to lose another game in this competition."...
Dollar-Earners Bear Brunt as Sterling Surges Again
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SOME of Britain's big overseas earners were today counting the cost as the dollar slid to a new 11-year low against sterling. With the exchange rate at 1.85 and nudging ever closer to two dollars to the pound, share prices...
Drastic Plastic Bailout Brings Roller-Coaster Ride in Korea
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH A KEY problem troubling South Korea's teetering credit-card industry - the fate of LG Card - has been resolved with a costly bailout. But investors in the country's largest issuer of plastic were today treated to a roller-coaster...
Extra Fines to Help the Victims of Crime; . [Pounds Sterling]5 FOR BEING DRUNK . [Pounds Sterling]5 FOR FALSE 999 CALLS . [Pounds Sterling]30 IF SENT TO JAIL
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY PLANS for a massive shake-up of the criminal compensation system will lead to widespread levies of up to [pounds sterling]30 on fines. The plans are almost certain to increase insurance premiums for employers at large firms,...
Falbrav Wins the Plaudits; but Hawk Wing Is Also Awarded a Star Rating
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM A DURABLE long player beat a flashy one-hit wonder hands down today when Falbrav eclipsed Hawk Wing to win British racing's first ever Horse of the Year award, writes Graham Cunningham. Few would deny the right decision...
Fergie to Face Quiz on Signing
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY SIR ALEX FERGUSON will be questioned by Roy Gardner, Manchester United's plc chairman, over allegations that a business partner of the Old Trafford manager's son, Jason, profited from the signing of goalkeeper Tim Howard. ...
Fulham's No1 Target Hartson Wants to Stay a Celt
Byline: LEO SPALL JOHN HARTSON wants to sign a new contract with Celtic, according to his agent. The former Arsenal and West Ham striker has been linked with a [pounds sterling]4million move to Fulham and has only 18 months left on his contract...
Girl's [Pounds Sterling]400,000 Deal for Book Started at School
Byline: ANDR PAINE AN 18-year-old author has signed a [pounds sterling]400,000 deal after publishers accepted her first novel while she was still at school. Helen Oyeyemi, a first-year student at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, signed the...
Go-Ahead for Block to Dwarf Tower of London; 50-Storey Minerva to Win Approval Tomorrow
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL A FIFTY-STOREY building that would be clearly visible in important views of the Tower of London is set to be approved tomorrow. The recommendation to the City Corporation comes in spite of strong objections that the Minerva...
Grimes Is Powerful Start to the LSO's Centenary; OPERA
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT Peter Grimes Barbican THIS concert signalled the beginning of the London Symphony Orchestra's centenary year celebrations. Not for them, however, a vacuous, self-congratulatory fanfaring or black-tied gala. Instead,...
HOW THE LAW WILL CHANGE Cannabis Will Become a Class C Drug on 29 January - the First Change in the Drug's Status in a Generation
What is the law now? Cannabis is currently a class B drug. You can be arrested for possession wherever you are. The maximum sentence for possession is five years, and dealers can face life. But most users escape with a fine and most dealers with...
How to Be a Publisher (by the Man Who Rejected This Year's Booker Winner); Publishing Is Notoriously Poorly Paid with Long Hours and Big Responsibility, Yet It Is One of the Most Desirable Careers around. Bonnie Estridge Finds out What It Takes to Spot a Bestseller
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE WE'VE all heard of publishers who turned down authors such as JK Rowling and Frederick Forsyth before they became worldwide bestsellers. Publisher Andrew Kidd didn't do that but he did reject the 2003 Booker Prize winner,...
How to Ruin a Girl's Night out; CHARLOTTE CHURCH'S EX PARADES HIS NEW LOVE AT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE PARTY
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON IT'S the ultimate social humiliation - your ex turning up at the same party with a new partner. Charlotte Church had to cope with the presence of her former boyfriend Steven Johnson and his new girlfriend, Tamzin Proctor,...
'I'd like to Get on with My New Book but I Can't'; Mark Haddon's Novel about Autism Was Everyone's Book of Last Year. but Winning the Whitbread, He Says, Has Proved to Be a Bit of a Nuisance
Byline: ALISON ROBERTS FOR a novel about the murder of a poodle in suburban Swindon, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has generated an awful lot of controversy. First came the literary fuss (why on earth wasn't he...
I Have Seen the Future of the Family. It Comes in a Flat-Pack; Modern Families
Byline: YVONNE ROBERTS YOUNG women turning their backs on childbearing; twentysomething men rendered infertile; marriages short circuiting after a handful of years and everybody claiming they love being single. But, hey, why feel depressed about...
In Brief
Photo-Me back in the black with [pounds sterling]15 million PHOTOBOOTHS operator Photo-Me International has delivered pre-tax profits for the half-year to October 2003 of [pounds sterling]15.1 million. Turnover was up 22.7% at [pounds sterling]117.2...
Instructors Go Back to School as Learners Fail Written Exams; GOVERNMENT CLAMPDOWN AS MORE THAN A THIRD OF DRIVERS STUMBLE ON THEORY
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THEY'RE the sort of multiple-choice questions any self-respecting driver should have no difficulty answering. "A driver's behaviour has upset you. It may help if you: a) Stop and take a break; b) Shout abusive language;...
Insults? We Ought to Defend Our Patch
Byline: PETER OBORNE PICK up a Guardian most days and you can read the most hate-filled material about America. One of its journalists will be ranting about how it is an enemy of world peace, the ally of genocide and the cause of most of the world's...
Internet Shoppers Cash in on Weakened US Dollar; E-TRADE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC BRINGS 40% SAVINGS FOR BRITONS
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE internet is opening up bargains for British shoppers on a scale never seen before. The sudden collapse in the value of the American dollar means the possibility of huge savings for consumers buying on US websites. ...
Is Your Boss a Psycho? Personality Test Can Weed out the Charmers Who Are Actually Cruel and Reckless
Byline: ALEX BARACAIA IS YOUR boss a psychopathic controlfreak with an over-inflated ego and a penchant for high drama? On a bad day, you might answer with a resounding yes - but never in earshot. Until now. Because, finally, there could be...
Labels for Much Less
Byline: LAURA CRAIK Laura THE sales have been on for approximately 17 days, so why am I bothering to write about them? Ach, because there's nothing else to write about. Only joking. Truly, I am a cornucopia of inspiration. I'm writing about the...
Lampard: We Can Still Be Champions
Byline: MATT HUGHES Leicester 0 Chelsea 4 FRANK LAMPARD today insisted that Chelsea can still win the Premiership this season. Although manager Claudio Ranieri's side have faltered in recent weeks, yesterday's 4-0 win at Leicester leaves them...
Life's Sweet for Chocolate; Thornton Finds a New Hunger after Sticky Spell
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM MACHO monickers are par for the course when you earn your living in a game that involves being followed by an ambulance and having half a ton of horse roll over you on a regular basis. Norman Williamson became known...
Mali to Say No over Kanoute's Liverpool Date
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS MALI will refuse Freddie Kanoute permission to quit their training camp and play for Tottenham-against Liverpool on Saturday. Kanoute left England yesterday to linkup for the first time with his new Mali team-mates at their...
Match of Today
Geoff Hoon v the Army Ground: the MoD Kick-off: dawn FASHIONABLE London will no doubt flock to the unlikely setting of Customs House in South Shields on 30 January for what must be the theatrical event of the year. An Audience With Alastair Campbell...
Mr Blunkett's U-Turn
"THE DAY may come when Mr Blunkett wishes he had left well alone." This was our warning to the Home Secretary 15 months ago over his proposed cannabis legislation - and that day has now come. Later this month, as part of the Government's Criminal...
My Journey of Faith; Diversity: The Compelling Story of a Christian Who Spurned the Chance to Be an Army Officer- for Islam and an Arranged Marriage: In a World of Religious Tension, 38-Year-Old Muhammad Imran Has an Abiding Belief in Peace. an English Muslim Convert, He Visits Schools on Behalf of the Charity Islamic Relief, to Dispel Prejudices Surrounding His Religion
Byline: YVONNE SINGH AT 18, I was sure what my destiny was going to be. My birth name is Philip Greenwood and I was born in Chelmsford, Essex, and raised in Lancashire to middleclass Protestant parents. I would describe my background as Rightwing...
Paperbacks
Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD SEEK MY FACE by John Updike (Penguin, [pounds sterling]7.99) JOHN Updike's 20th novel is a roman c clef set in the boozy world of postwar American art. Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and others roll up,...
'Police Fail to Act over [Pounds Sterling]300,000 Vandals at My School'
Byline: PAUL SIMS A HEADTEACHER who says vandals have caused [pounds sterling]300,000 of damage to her school today criticised police who she claims have failed to act and have merely sent leaflets on how to deal with crime. Ann Staunton, the...
[Pounds Sterling]5m Yardie Dealer Jailed for 16 Years; BOROUGH'S CRIME FELL BY HALF AFTER ARREST OF BARON WHO RAN 24/7 DRUGS FACTORY
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A YARDIE gangster who led a champagne lifestyle from the proceeds of a [pounds sterling]5 million drugs empire was jailed for 16 years today. Delroy "the King" Lewis was caught trying to f lee to Jamaica with [pounds...
Retiring Julia Still Leads Field as People's Choice
Byline: JAMES LANGTON SHE has spent most of the year away from Hollywood enjoying married life - but nothing, it seems, can dim America's love affair with Julia Roberts. The star of Erin Brockovich and America's Sweethearts last night picked...
Rusedski: Support of Players Inspired Me
Byline: CHRIS JONES GREG RUSEDSKI today paid tribute to the "wall of strength" he has gained from family and friends after victory in his first match since admitting his positive drugs test. The British No 2 beat Argentinian Juan Ignacio Chela...
Sainsbury's Sales Pick Up but Still a Long Way to Go
Byline: FIONA WALSH SUPERMARKETS group J Sainsbury managed to get its sales moving again over Christmas, after calling a temporary halt to its costly and disruptive investment programme. Like-for-like sales in the core UK chain over the four...
Schools Told to Focus on Core Subjects for GCSE League Tables
Byline: TIM MILES SCHOOLS should be set a tough new target for success at GCSE, according to the man overhauling secondary school qualifications. Former chief schools inspector Mike Tomlinson believes that the criteria used by headteachers to...
Send Me a Picture of You Wearing a Man Utd Shirt; Huntley Letters from Prison to Girl Penpal
Byline: PATRICK SAWER IAN HUNTLEY wrote a string of self-pitying letters to a pen-pal from prison in which he said he feared Maxine Carr had been unfaithful to him and complained at the conditions he was being kept in, it was revealed today. ...
So, It's Graham Norton; SURVEY TO FIND 50 MOST POWERFUL IN BRITISH COMEDY KNOCKS GERVAIS OFF TOP
Byline: NDR PAINE GRAHAM NORTON has been crowned the new king of TV comedy. The camp comedian and presenter deposed Ricky Gervais as number one on the list of the 50 most powerful people in UK television comedy. It follows Irish-born Norton's...
Standard Life Bonds Are Frozen as FSA Talks Go On
Byline: STEVE HAWKES TRADING in [pounds sterling]1 billion of bonds issued by mutual insurer Standard Life was suspended today as the group thrashed out its future with the Financial Services Authority. Amid frenzied speculation over Standard...
Talk about Double Standards; the Kilroy Row Shows How Hypocritical We Are about Racism
Byline: STEPHEN POLLARD IT'S DIFFICULT thinking of Robert Kilroy-Silk as a victim. Perma-tanned, rich and as smooth as they come, he is about as far from defenceless as it is possible to imagine. But he has moved beyond mere victimhood. The...
The Angry Boss Survival Guide; Psychology: We All Make Mistakes at Work, but Don't Despair. Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud, of London's Maudsley Hospital, Explains How You Can Get off the Hook
Byline: RAJ PERSAUD SO, the worst has happened and you find yourself being "carpeted" by the boss. Something has gone dreadfully wrong at work and the buck stops with you. It's a nightmare scenario, but the odds are it will happen to you at some...
The Billy Wannabes; Hundreds of Boys Audition for Elliot Musical
Byline: NILUFER ATIK BILLY ELLIOT is one of the most successful British films of all time and made its teenage star a household name. Now it is being made into a stage musical, written by Elton John, and the opportunity to play the title role...
The Killer Gene That Haunts My Family
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH BEFORE Jenny Agutter gets her photograph taken, when she prunes and preens and fusses a bit, she tells me she doesn't mind ageing. "I am what I am," she says, sipping a cup of tea and looking prim but relaxed in the empty...
The Nurse on [Pounds Sterling]75,000; Health: How Can a Nurse Earn as Much as a GP? by Becoming a Partner in a New-Style Practice, That's How. Anne Montague Meets a New Breed of Nurse Earning a Hefty Salary of [Pounds Sterling]75,000
Byline: ANNE MONTAGUE TWO years ago Brenda Donnelly was ready to leave nursing. Today, she is in the enviable position of being among the profession's top earners, doing a job she loves at the cutting edge of nursing development. Brenda is one...
The Talk in FOOTBALL
Moscow bankers like to say 'nyet' to Ashburton *SPECULATION about Russian involvement in the financing of Arsenal's new stadium at Ashburton Grove shows no sign of dying down. Eyebrows were raised when it emerged that the Moscow Narodny Bank hired...
This Season's Malaga
Byline: NORMAN MILLER PICASSO, M*laga's most famous son, was inspired by its light. Mid-century, a bucolic Hemingway hung out in a Fifties hotel now long gone, before the Costa hordes began to flock. More than 14 million a year fly in, but...
This Sylvia Offers a Tough Act for Gwyneth to Follow; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Edge New End, NW3 ALONG with Diana, Princess of Wales, one of the most raked-over women of the 20th century is Sylvia Plath. We'll certainly be hearing a lot about the late Mrs Ted Hughes in the next couple of weeks,...
Time for Standard Life to Float
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON FRIENDS Provident was a mutual assurance society that a few years back saw a potential solvency problem coming because it had given some policyholders annuity rate guarantees similar to those that sank Equitable Life, though...
Trade Alert as US Passport Rules Seen as Travel Barrier
Byline: PETE WARREN THE CBI in Washington has warned that new passport requirements for entering the US and other travel restrictions may harm trade between the two countries, with British travellers facing disruption for at least two years. ...
True Blue Colonel Tim
IRAQ WAR hero Tim Collins, who is leaving the army in despair over bureaucracy, political correctness and equipment shortages, could have a new career in politics. "His speech before hostilities started was Churchillian, far better than the oratory...
True Great Johno Calls It Right One More Time
Byline: CHRIS JONES AS a self-confessed sporting anorak, Martin Johnson knows this is the time to end his international rugby career. Leicester legend Johnson - specialist subject American Football - could produce an entire book of trivia questions...
Warm to This Winter Idea; Forget the Weeklong Package - Head for the Med for a Weekend of Cheap Sun, Sea and Sand
Byline: CHRIS MUGAN WEEKEND breaks used to mean Paris or Prague. Then the no- frills airlines opened up the Med's sunspots - easyJet to Majorca among the pioneers - to anyone who fancied packing a bag and heading for a short dose of sun, sea and...
Wealthy South-East to Foot Bill for North in Council Tax Reform
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY BETTER-OFF residents in London and the South-East face being penalised by a major council tax shake-up being prepared by ministers, it emerged today. The Government is likely to target more expensive homes in the capital...
We're Happy House Husbands; Modern Families: The Idea of Men Staying at Home to Look after the Children While Their Wives Go off to Work Isn't New. but Does It Work? Ruth Ling Met the Partners of Highfliers to Find out Who Really Wears the Trousers
Byline: RUTH LING LAWYER'S HUSBAND By day, John Kazantzis, 35, of Streatham, is a fulltime father to Chloe, nine, and Michael, two. In the evening, his duties as a local councillor take over. His wife, Katherine, also 35, is a senior lawyer for...
Who's Top of the Pile? Starting Today, We Reveal the Definitive 2004 List of the Capital's 100 Wealthiest Individuals
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST THERE are two economies in Britain: London and the Rest. Mindful of this, the Evening Standard set out to analyse the real movers and shakers in the capital, to discover the 100 wealthiest individuals in London. The results,...
Why I Had to Stop Eating All Those Endangered Species; Charity: A Report Last Week Said Global Warming Could Kill a Million Species. Here David Bellamy Explains Why Saving the Environment Is Our Biggest Challenge
Byline: BARNEY CALMAN MY family hails from Hoxton in the East End and, although I grew up in Surrey, I consider myself a cockney by default. Eating jellied eels is part of my heritage, and something I enjoy immensely. Sadly, I have decided to stop...
Why Tim Can Win at Last from Greg's Guilt
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN IN ALL the excitement over Greg Rusedski, one thrilling possibility is somehow overlooked. If Rusedski's claim that 47 of the world's top players have also tested for nandrolone is correct, the squeaky clean Tim Henman - ironically,...
Why Were We Targeted by Bombers in Iraq? Maybe the Red Cross Emblem Has Lost Some of Its Power; Talking Point: These Are Tough Times for the Red Cross - Bombed in Iraq, under Fire for Banning Nativity Scenes in Its Shops and at the Frontline of the Earthquake Disaster in Iran. Here Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, Answers the Difficult Questions
Byline: YVONNE SINGH Q: Why does the Red Cross ban symbols of Christmas in its outlets? Does the Red Crescent ban the celebration of Eid? A: It is vital that the Red Cross is seen as neutral - lives depend on it. Our staff are working in...
Worry over New Cannabis Laws; Heads Fear Teenagers Believe Users Are Safe from Arrest
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY HEADTEACHERS and lawyers today united to issue a high-profile warning over the Government's changes to the law on cannabis. They joined forces to highlight their fears that there is widespread confusion over the effect...