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Articles from May 22, 2003

5 TOP Restaurants for the Chelsea Flower Show; Dining
Byline: FAY MASCHLER 5 TOP restaurants for the Chelsea Flower Show Foxtrot Oscar 79 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 (020-7352 7179). Mon-Sun [pounds sterling]65 . This Chelsea stalwart usually gets dismissive treatment in the gastronomic press, but...
A Great Game, Beating Paris; to Defeat the French in the Race for the 2012 Olympics We Should Sell London as the Hipper City
Byline: SIMON JENKINS AT last the swords are drawn. Paris is in the circle. If London is to plunge into the 2012 Olympics contest, at least its foe is worthy. With yesterday's declaration of Paris's bid, we can bring on Napoleon, Henry V, Les Mis?rables...
All Eyes Focus on Hussain and Co
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S cricketers will be under closer scrutiny than ever before at Lord's this week. Their safety is the prime concern of security officials who have been put on full alert for possible pitch invasions during the First npower...
Are We All Now Burberried out? Sales Rise of 46% but Now Fears That Checks Are Losing Their Cachet
Byline: LAURA CRAIK IT seemed that Burberry, with its famous beige-and-red house check, could do no wrong. Its fast-talking chief executive Rose Marie Bravo rebranded the company using supermodel Kate Moss, and made it a must-have for everyone from...
Art
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON Lichfield: The Early Years 1962-1982 Like a school photograph, 'Swinging London', one of the images with which Patrick Lichfield made his name, has an in-built nostalgia. At its centre sits a bearded Nubar Gulbenkian,...
Asylum Figures Show Significant Fall after Change in Entry Rules; GOVERNMENT CLAIMS SUCCESS IN ITS BATTLE TO CUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT NUMBERS
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY THE Government was today hailing a fall in the number of asylum seekers trying to enter Britain. Figures for the first three months of the year are expected to show that "significantly" fewer people applied for refugee...
Asylum Success Is Less Than It Seems
TODAY THE Prime Minister will proclaim that the government is on track to achieve its target of halving asylum applications by September. Mr Blair deserves some credit: his personal intervention has cut through the excuses and shoulder-shrugging of...
At Least 500 Die as Huge Quake Strikes Algeria
Byline: NILUFER ATIK;TIM RIDER MORE than 500 people are thought to have been killed and almost 5,000 injured in a devastating earthquake in Algeria. The tremor, measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale, was followed by at least three serious aftershocks...
A Triumph of Trickery
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER THE MATRIX RELOADED (RATING - VERY GOOD) Cert 15, 138 mins IF you believed all the hype about The Matrix Reloaded, you would think that its makers, the Wachowski brothers, had rewritten the laws of physics, the life...
Becks Gives Hosts Hope for a World Cup Party
Byline: MICHAEL HART This prestigious friendly kicks off a campaign to bring the tournament to South Africa, which is regarded as the favourite to stage the finals in 2010. WHILE England's controversial end-of-season trip here will generate around...
Benfield Poised to List with [Pounds Sterling]650 Million Tag
Byline: STEVE HAWKES BENFIELD, the reinsurance broker built up by the late Chelsea FC director Matthew Harding, is preparing to float in three weeks in a [pounds sterling]650 million listing that will trigger a windfall for its directors. The...
Blair Signals: No Euro until after the Election
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY TONY BLAIR today sent out his strongest signal yet that the Government will reject plans to join the euro before the next election - but will publish a "road map" setting out the path to future membership. The Prime Minister...
Blair: There's No Deal with Gordon on Euro
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR today demolished claims that he has a secret deal with Gordon Brown over who should inherit No 10. The Prime Minister - questioned directly - moved to quash the speculation and rumour that has invaded Westminster...
Blast at Yale Adds to US Worries as Country Goes on Al Qaeda Alert
Byline: JAMES LANGTON;JEREMY CAMPBELL A BOMB blast has torn through the American university where one of President Bush's twin daughters is a student. Members of an FBI antiterrorist squad rushed to the scene of the blast at Yale University yesterday....
Branson Set to Tie the Knot with Bmi in Airline Shake-Up
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE BMI British Midland and Virgin Atlantic are in advanced merger talks that would herald the biggest shake-up in the UK aviation industry for decades, the Evening Standard reveals today. Talks have been progressing for some...
BT Reveals Huge Pension Gap as Profits Hit [Pounds Sterling]1.8bn
Byline: NICK GOODWAY BT today revealed one of the largest holes in a British pension fund, but the [pounds sterling]2.1 billion deficit - equivalent to [pounds sterling]5737 for each of the 366,000 members - was less than many commentators feared....
Butler: My Suspicions over Death of Diana; BURRELL SPEAKS OUT ON FATAL CRASH AND RUMOURS THAT PRINCESS WAS PREGNANT
Byline: JESSICA HODGSON PRINCESS DIANA's former butler, Paul Burrell, said today he believed her death could not have been a simple accident. Interviewed for a TV programme next week, Mr Burrell says the fatal car crash in a Paris road tunnel...
Clubbing Pete Tong
Byline: PETE TONG Chew The Fat Fri 23 May, 8pm-3am The Bug Bar, St Matthew's Church, SW2 (020-7738 3366) clubbing Bank holiday weekend feels that much better for the return of the Psychonauts to the capital's clubs. Chew The Fat has been chosen...
County Cricket
DIVISION ONE Essex v Surrey MARTIN Bicknell was the star of the show with both bat and ball as Surrey took command of their clash with Essex at Chelmsford today. The former England man added 24 runs to his overnight score to record a career-best...
Cover Star; Art Director Peter Saville Is the Talent Behind Dozens of Classic Record Covers. as a Retrospective of His Work Opens at the Design Museum, Johnny Davis Meets a True Nonconformist
Byline: JOHNNY DAVIS Peter Saville knows why his career went wrong. 'When I started out I was spoilt,' he says. 'Absolutely spoilt.' Saville is the art director best known for the record sleeves he designed in the late Seventies and Eighties - particularly...
Darren Day's Comeback in a Pub Theatre
Byline: GRAEME CULLIFORD HE WAS once talked about as the next big star and seemed to be developing a lifestyle to match as he dated a string of TV starlets. But only 12 months after his appearance in front of millions on the first series of I'm...
Day Goes from Joseph to Rapist; THEATRE
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON Extremities Old Red Lion, EC1 CASTRATING Darren Day has probably not occurred even to his worst detractors, yet, as his character smashes a woman to the floor and puts her through cruelly intimate humiliations, he certainly...
Drinks Edward Sullivan
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN Yatra and Bar Bollywood, W1 34 Dover Street, W1 (020-7493 0200) Thur-Sat 5pm-1am, Sun-Wed 5pm-11.30pm Bar Bollywood, Thur-Sat 7.30pm-1.30am If I were to be born again, I'd happily relinquish this pasty pork, untroubled-by-the-sun...
Dr.london; Got a Problem with Your Life in London? Never Fear, the Doctor Is on Hand to Cure All Your Social Ills
Help! My impoverished student sister is coming shopping in London for designer clothes. Where are the bargains? the doctor replies Jennifer is not the sort of girl to let a student budget interfere with her champagne taste. She can spot a Prada...
Film; the Matrix Reloaded
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER The Matrix Reloaded (15) Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss Dir: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski US, 138min If you believe all the experiences promised in The Matrix Reloaded, you would...
Flash Paris to Splash Cash; A Glitzy Launch Ensured France's Plan to Host the 2012 Olympics Got off to a Promising Start. A Big Bid Budget, Support from Stars and Key Appointments Have Given London's Rivals an Early Lead in the Race. Adrian Warner Reports
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER PARIS will throw more money at its bid than fellow frontrunners London in the race for the 2012 Olympics and will use footballer Zinedine Zidane to promote the campaign, it was revealed today. In an interview with French...
Flurry in BP Keeps the Exchange on Its Toes; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK BUSINESS on the London Stock Exchange was booming today. The total number of bargains notched up by the world's most sophisticated market place soared following some unusual transactions in shares of BP, Britain's biggest quoted...
Gastropubs
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION Pan Asian Restaurant, SW1 The contrast is awesome. Downstairs, the Paxton's Head is a scruffy, busy, old fashioned-looking pub. Beer has been spilt, the walls are dark, the decibel level is high, and everything looks...
Gay Nigel Wilson
Byline: NIGEL WILSON My Robot Friend Fri 23 May The Cock, The Ghetto, Falconberg Court, W1 (020-7287 3726) Sat 24 May Duckie, Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 (020-7582 0833) Wed 28 May Nag Nag Nag, The Ghetto, as before New York's...
Girl Who Is Barred from Seeing Photo of Doting Father
Byline: PATRICK SAWER A DISTRAUGHT father whose partner hates him so much she even prevented their daughter looking at his photograph today lost his appeal to have any contact with the four-year-old. Lord Justice Thorpe told him he had "every...
Golden Oldie
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER The Paleface Sun 25 May, NFT, South Bank, SE1 (020-7928 3232) Bob Hope should hit the centenary line on Thur 29 May. The boy from Eltham, Kent, now an honorary 'Sir Bob Hope', had 13 gagmen writing his lines when he made...
Hold the Front Page!
Zo? Wanamaker returns to the stage this week in His Girl Friday, a revival of quick-witted newspaper comedy The Front Page. And, she tells David Benedict, she takes her comedy seriously The one thing Zo? Wanamaker is certain of is that she doesn't...
It's True: Gazza Really Did Wear This as He Flew Back from Drying Out
Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER PAUL GASCOIGNE flew home from an American drying-out clinic today - wearing a jacket advertising a rather famous US beer. The former England midfielder arrived at Heathrow airport after five weeks in an Arizona rehabilitation...
It Was Not a Snub to Mandela . . . I Had to Focus on My Game; Inside the England Camp
Byline: GARETH SOUTHGATE DAVID BECKHAM and some of the boys took the opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela yesterday, which was obviously a great thrill for them. He is without question one of the most important figures in the modern world and an inspiration...
'I've Left My Ego Behind'; How Will Tate Modern's New Catalan Boss Fit in with Team Serota?
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS VICENTE Todol?? You will hear more of the new Tate Modern boss once he establishes himself in his bare, Bankside office which he plans to keep that way - without a scrap of art on the walls. This is his first British interview....
I Want My Kids to Be Winners
Byline: TIM LOTT THE decision to downgrade the importance of Sats for primary-school children comes too late for my two eldest daughters. At the ages of seven and nine respectively, they have been taught, for good or ill, and like no generation...
Join in the Rush to See Geoffrey's Best Sellers; Neil Norman in Cannes
Byline: NEIL NORMAN WE GOT behind this movie because Peter Sellers is an important part of our cultural heritage," says David Thompson, head of BBC Films at its party in Cannes. The film, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, directed by Stephen...
Just Keep It Simple, Peter; POP
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD Peter Gabriel Wembley Arena TO be admired is a desirable thing. To be loved is another matter entirely. There was much to admire about Peter Gabriel and his 160-minute Growing Up extravaganza, but, alas, rather less...
Keanu - the Enigma; A Few Years Ago Keanu Reeves's Career Appeared to Have Stalled in a Mire of Box Office Flops. Then Came the Matrix. Now One of Hollywood's Most Bankable Stars, He's Still the Most Elusive
Byline: CHRISTOPHER GOODWIN A few years ago Keanu Reeves crashed his 1974 850cc Norton Combat Commando motorcycle. The crash was bad. Photos appeared on the internet purporting to show the actor's spleen, apparently removed in an emergency operation....
LOCAL EATS; Kate Spicer in Putney
Byline: KATE SPICER Rocket Riverside, SW15 Brewhouse Street, SW15 (020-8789 7875) Lunch for two, [pounds sterling]42 No rating There is something privileged and exciting about dawdling by the Thames. Our river is the one snaking evidence of nature...
Macho Deal Puts Heat on De Goey
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS CHELSEA today agreed a deal for Sunderland goalkeeper Jurgen Macho in a move which raises questions over the future of Ed De Goey. The 25-year-old Austrian will join Chelsea when his Stadium of Light contract expires at the...
Match of Today
David Blunkett v John Wadham Ground: Radio 4's Today studio Kick-off: 8am THE Home Secretary went on air today to announce he is determined to press on with plans for identity cards, putting detailed proposals to Cabinet this summer. Cue John...
Matrix Overload; after Six Gruelling Weeks Promoting the [Pounds Sterling]84m Film, Is a Wet Night in London the Last Straw?
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON IT may have been the energy-sapping worldwide promotional tour, or it may have been the British weather, but whatever the reason the cast of The Matrix Reloaded looked distinctly glum at the blockbuster's British premiere...
Mixed Reaction as Court Lets BAT off [Pounds Sterling]90bn Hook; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK BRITISH American Tobacco became the subject of a two-way pull in its shares today after being let off a [pounds sterling]90 billion hook by a US court overnight. The court in Florida has overturned the judgment of the Engle...
Modern Day Costume Drama; Ditch the Bikini, Girls - Right Now, One-Piece Swimsuits Have the Edge on Sex Appeal
Byline: LAURA CRAIK TO anyone jetting off this bank holiday weekend, congratulations. Think of me as I'm stripping woodchip. I don't mind spending the weekend doing a spot of DIY, though, because in two weeks' time I'll be jetting off myself....
More Schools Set to Send Children Home as Cash Crisis Grows; HEAD TEACHER WHO BROKE RANKS OVER BUDGET CUTS SAYS OTHERS WILL FOLLOW
Byline: TIM MILES THE SCALE of the funding crisis in schools looked set to escalate today as more teachers prepared to send pupils home. The warning came from the Croydon head teacher who sent children home yesterday as a result of budget cuts....
New Legal Questions over Allies' Running of Iraq
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY TONY BLAIR is facing fresh trouble over the war with Iraq today with a leaked memo suggesting allied operations in the country are illegal. The memo is from the Government's senior law officer, the Attorney General, to...
NEW [Pounds Sterling]10bn BLACK HOLE IN PENSIONS
Byline: NICK GOODWAY;ROBERT LEA BRITAIN'S pension crisis deepened today as two major companies revealed massive black holes in their pension funds. Telecoms giant BT revealed a pension fund deficit of [pounds sterling]6.3 billion, while the Royal...
No Mandela Snub; Southgate Slams Row over Missing Eight as 'Pathetic'
Byline: KEN DYER GARETH SOUTHGATE today described as "pathetic" claims that eight England players snubbed Nelson Mandela. The Standard Sport columnist was among the group who decided not to make yesterday's early morning trip from Durban to Johannesburg...
NO, NO, NO; Mother Breaks Down as She Denies Killing Three of Her Babies
Byline: NILUFER ATIK A WOMAN wept today as she denied murdering three of her babies within weeks of them being born. Trupti Patel, 35, a pharmacist, was asked in court if she was responsible for their deaths. She replied: "No, no, no." Patel,...
No Weaving, No Spin and Definitely No Referendum, Says Defiant Hain; BLAIR'S KEY ALLY ATTACKS 'OPPORTUNIST' CAMPAIGN ON EU CONSTITUTION
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY PETER HAIN, the Cabinet minister negotiating the new European constitution, today firmly ruled out any prospect of a referendum. A defiant Mr Hain denied he had been arrogant in dismissing calls for a poll and said: "I won't...
Oh Brother, We're Rich! as the Latest Series of Big Brother Starts, We Reveal the Real Winners and Losers from the Past Shows
Byline: NICK CURTIS WHEN the fourth series of Big Brother begins tomorrow night, the dozen housemates will not be thinking of the [pounds sterling]70,000 cash prize, but of the chance to turn their 15 minutes of BB infamy into something slightly...
O'Neill's Men Fall Short as Class Tells
Byline: LEO SPALL Celtic 2 Porto 3 AET: 90mins 2-2 IF SIZE and volume of support had a direct correlation with a team's success, Celtic would give anyone a run for their money. But manager Martin O'Neill and his club's hungover following are...
Para Hogg in the Mire; Insider City
GLAXOSMITHKLINE'S embattled chairman, Sir Christopher Hogg, was interviewed a few years ago in a television documentary on the Suez invasion of 1956. Hogg, who was a young officer (National Service 1955-57) in the Parachute Regiment at the time...
Ports Put on Alert for Robber in [Pounds Sterling]6m West End Gems Raid
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SCOTLAND Yard has launched a nationwide hunt for an armed robber who escaped with more than [pounds sterling]6million in jewels from one of the world's most exclusive stores. Police have issued an all-ports alert for...
Previewing This Week
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON Elmina's Kitchen Hackney's notorious Murder Mile provides a bloodcurdling backdrop to a new drama by Casualty star Kwame Kwei-Armah, directed by up-and-coming young director Angus Jackson. The play looks at what happens...
Prince Made Me Call Him Messiah; Former Girlfriend Files Court Papers Claiming That She Was Physically and Mentally Abused
Byline: NILUFER ATIK THE ARTIST formerly known as Prince has never been far from controversy. He was one of the biggest selling pop stars of his day, making his name - then changing it to a squiggle - with his high-energy fusion of rock and funk,...
Rain but No Storm at Civilised Protest
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IT ALL seemed a very British protest. The best of order in the drizzle, polite interac t ion between demonstrators and police and a stream of egg-andbacon-tied individuals wandering through the Grace Gates quite ignoring the...
Rebel Voice; When Algerian Singing Sensation Souad Massi Performs at This Week's London African Music Festival, She Will Do So without Fear. but, She Tells Jane Cornwell, the Death Threats and Censorship She Faced at Home Almost Made Her Quit
Byline: JANE CORNWELL To look at Souad Massi or to hear her carillon-like voice, it's hard to believe she poses any kind of threat to Algeria, her native country, but the fact that she's in self-imposed exile in Paris says otherwise. Massi is one...
Robbers Flee [Pounds Sterling]6m Heist at West End Celebrity Jewellers
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SCOTLAND Yard has launched a nationwide hunt for an armed robber who escaped with more than [pounds sterling]6million in jewels from one of the world's most exclusive stores. Police have issued an all-ports alert for...
Rock & Pop
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Lou Reed While Radiohead (see opposite) have pulled off the remarkable trick of being headspinningly weird and still selling millions of records, the cash registers have been predictably silent for Lou Reed's latest opus....
Rules of War and Its Aftermath
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S legal advice, given during the war, on the legal status of the coalition forces following victory has appeared in the New Statesman under the heading: "Blair was told it would be illegal to occupy Iraq". Anyone reading this might...
Seve Awaits Fate for Pulling Out
Byline: DAVID SMITH SEVE BALLESTEROS today fuelled a growing reputation for erratic behaviour when he suddenly withdrew from the [pounds sterling]2.5million Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth. The golf legend did not phone officials to tell...
Sex, Lies and Celluloid; Matthew Sweet Looks beyond the In-Jokes That Litter Stephen Soderbergh's New Film, to Find the Point of the Movie
Byline: MATTHEW SWEET FULL FRONTAL (RATING - ADEQUATE) Cert 18, 101 mins FOR the past five years, Stephen Soderbergh has been bashing out pictures at a furious speed. And despite his amazing hit-rate - Out of Sight, Erin Brokovich, The Limey,...
Sinclair Wins the Vote on England's Left; BOOST FOR HAMMER
Byline: KEN DYER TREVOR SINCLAIR looks likely to be the surprise inclusion in England's team to meet South Africa in tonight's friendly in the Absa Stadium, writes Ken Dyer. Despite being a member of the West Ham team relegated from the Premiership,...
Singapore Airlines Rides out Earnings Turbulence; Market Report
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH THERE are few companies that can tell investors the near-term outlook is "dismal", throw in a profits warning and not see its shares tumble. State-linked Singapore Airlines is one that can. The region's premier carrier...
So Have We Passed Brown's Five Vital Tests? SQUARE MILE GURUS AIR THEIR VIEWS AHEAD OF CHANCELLOR'S EURO VERDICT
Byline: JANE PADGHAM IT MAY have taken Gordon Brown 2500 pages and 1.5 million words to argue the case for and against British membership of the single currency. But for some of the City's leading economists, it took just minutes to reach an overwhelming...
So Unlucky but at Least I'm in Love, Says Kylie; POP IDOL LOSERS ARE THE WINNERS AT IVOR NOVELLO SONGWRITERS' AWARDS
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON KYLIE MINOGUE put on a brave face today after flying in for an awards ceremony in London and coming away empty-handed. The star had two of her songs nominated in one category at today's Ivor Novello Awards, but was beaten...
Stan's All White Now; and the Loftus Road Legend Will Sink a Pint or Three If Rangers Are Promoted on Sunday Countdown to the Second Division Playoff Cardiff V QPR
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THE arrangement is to meet Stan Bowles in the New Inn. When I arrive, the bar staff say he's nipped down the road. "Yeah, to the Royal Oak I think," says one customer. In the Royal Oak, they reckon he's gone to the Bricklayers...
Sublime to Ridiculous for Davis
Byline: DAVID SMITH BRIAN DAVIS was today enduring one of the most bizarre rounds of golf ever witnessed in a Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth. Davis is currently soaring in 12th place in the European Order or Merit after back-to-back runner-up...
Sympathy Vote Saves Seve
Byline: DAVID SMITH SEVE BALLESTEROS was today competing in the first round of the [pounds sterling]2.5million Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth having won a sympathy vote that saved him from the humiliation of being banned from European golf...
Taken to the Cleaners
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH TO me, the phrase "mod cons" refers not to domestic appliances, but to the con men at the MOD. Even though the war is over, and Saddam's weapons of mass deception are no longer a threat, the Ministry of Defence is still...
Television Pete Clark
Byline: PETE CLARK The Forsyte Saga The reappearance of Galsworthy's old chestnut on TV after all these years gives those of us of a certain age a chance to luxuriate in the past. Strange to relate, however, that when I came to do my luxuriating...
Theatre
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Henry V Is Henry V a hymn to England's heroic warrior king and a famous victory abroad, or a dark satire on warfare and a hypocritical monarch? Director Nicholas Hytner takes the latter view, turning the play into a...
The Family Heartache Behind Tara's Split; Tara Fitzgerald Reveals How a Bohemian Upbringing Affected Her Marriage and Role in Her New Film
Byline: RICHARD BARBER IT has been a momentous two weeks for Tara Fitzgerald. First, it began with a high as the 35-year-old received rave reviews for her long-awaited return to the big screen in I Capture the Castle. Now, as revealed in yesterday's...
The Issue That Still Makes MPs Nervous; ANALYSIS
Byline: JOE MURPHY TODAY'S welcome fall in the asylum figures is hardly a surprise. When Downing Street announced a few days ago that the Prime Minister's monthly press conference would be held today - within an hour of the latest statistics coming...
The [Pounds Sterling]18m Lottery Winner; Forget Rooney, This Boy Is What You Really Call a Teen Sensation
Byline: IAN WHITTELL THE coronation of "King James" as the crown prince of American sports will move a step closer tonight as one lucky basketball team prepares to win a multimillion-dollar lottery for his services. LeBron James is the teenage...
The Seasons Rejoice
Byline: SARAH FRATER DANCE Royal Ballet: Mixed Bill Royal Opera House IN recent years David Bintley has choreographed more story ballets than pure dance works, with modern-looking steps rather than traditional ones. He has also kept to...
The Talk in Football
Big fight at box office *WITH the return of hooliganism now a fact of football life, the race is on to get the first major feature film for many years about thugs on to the big screen. Two books on the subject, the novel The Football Factory about...
Third Heathrow Runway Would Boost Economy by [Pounds Sterling]37million, Says BA
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A THIRD runway should be built at Heathrow to cope with a trebling of demand for air travel in the South-East, British Airways says today. In its first official submission to the Government's review of UK airport capacity,...
Today's Racing Results
ALDORA continued her progression through the ranks with a battling victory in the opening contest at Goodwood this afternoon. The Mick Ryan-trained filly put her experience in big-field handicaps last season to good use as she landed some valuable...
TOP 5 Things to Do This Week
Go Wild Celebrate Britain's biodiversity in this new exhibition at Kew. Walk through a canopy of oaks, 30 feet above the ground, learn how to encourage the birds, bees and butterflies to your garden, and explore a human-sized badger set. Kew...
Vaughan Is Second Best Just for Once
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN and Marcus Trescothick swopped roles for a few hours at Lord's today when a new international season finally spluttered into life. Vaughan, England's player of the year and officially rated the world's best...
Vaughan Thankful to Survive Hard Spell; ENGLAND ARE PUT INTO BAT AS, YES, IT RAINS AT LORD'S
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN had to fight hard for survival when a new international season finally began at a damp Lord's today. England's player of the year and the world's best Test batsman after scoring seven centuries in the space...
Victims of Mugabe Bring Their Protest to Home of Cricket; WOMAN ACTIVIST INVADES PITCH AS CONTROVERSIAL TEST SERIES GETS UNDER WAY
Byline: ROB MCNEIL MEN and women tortured, raped and abused under Robert Mugabe's regime today took their protest to Lord's, the home of cricket, as England prepared to open their controversial Test series against Zimbabwe. Spectators were greeted...
WAS BRIAN JONES MURDERED? A New Screenplay Being Shown at Cannes Seems to Suggest So, and Could Lift the Lid on the Rolling Stones' Darkest Hour
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS FEW tears were shed for Brian Jones. He was, according to a contemporary, a "nasty little shit" and although he had started the Rolling Stones, his musicmaking genius burned out in a fever of drink and drugs. When he was found...
Why a Boycott Would Be Bad for Zimbabwe
Byline: JONATHAN AGNEW EVERYONE agrees that the brutality, starvation and rape orchestrated by the tyrannical rule of President Robert Mugabe needs publicising. But what the protesters gathered outside the Grace Gates at Lord's today need to ask...
Why Independence Is Overrated; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON WHEN the Bank of England was given its independence by Chancellor Gordon Brown six years ago I was one of only two commentators (The Observer's Bill Keegan being the other) who opposed the decision on the grounds that monetary...
Young Muslims Get Up to Speed in the Dating Game; the Pair Who Are Helping Single Asians to Find Their Own Partners
Byline: TIM RIDER ARRANGED marriages, strictly-controlled family introductions and chaperones are familiar territory for some young Muslims. But all that could be about to change. A new approach to dating has been launched by a couple of young...
You Wouldn't Meet Your Mother in the Same Place as a Lover - So Each Week We Round Up the Right Places for the Right Person
Where to take a Eurovision Song Contest fan Kazbar .. 50 Clapham High Street, SW4 (020-7622 0070). Support the home-grown talent This is a disco queen heaven attracting a following of princely preened Eurotrash fans. And Sat 24 May will be no...