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Articles from March 2, 2004

1,000 Danger Criminals Who Gave Justice System the Slip
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT ALMOST 1,000 dangerous criminals including rapists, robbers and even a suspected murderer are on the run in London, the Evening Standard can reveal today. They are among more than 14,500 suspects at large in the capital...
1,000 Dangerous Criminals on the Run in London
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT ALMOST 1,000 dangerous criminals including rapists, robbers and even a suspected murderer are on the run in London, the Evening Standard can reveal today. They are among a total of more than 14,500 suspects at large in...
160 Killed as Bombers Target Pilgrims in Co-Ordinated Attacks; WORST SCENES SINCE IRAQ WAR AS EXPLOSIONS CAUSE CARNAGE DURING
Byline: VALENTINE LOW MORE than 160 Muslim pilgrims were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of co-ordinated blasts at Shia holy sites today. There were four explosions in Baghdad and six more in the city of Karbala which was packed...
...Ask a Nice Question and Win a T-Shirt. Welcome to an Audience with Alastair Campbell; Review
Byline: PETER OBORNE Alastair Campbell Royal Festival Hall TONY BLAIR'S former spin-doctor Alastair Campbell was given an easy ride at the Royal Festival Hall last night. A simpering audience wanted to know whether Campbell dyed his hair,...
Bailiffs Threaten GP's Wife over Congestion Charge; HUSBAND TO SUE TfL AFTER BRUSH WITH 'HEAVIES'
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THE wife of a GP has been threatened by bailiffs for failing to pay the congestion-charge - even though she never received a fine. Bailiffs arrived on her doorstep demanding [pounds sterling]361 - or goods worth more than...
B&B's Rodrigues Quits for Visa Super-Salary
THE architect of Bradford & Bingley's controversial strategy abruptly quit today for a job in California heading up the Visa International credit card network on a salary described as humungous. Chief executive Christopher Rodrigues, who masterminded...
Big Boi Raps Up a Classic Treat; POP
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Big Boi Electric Ballroom, NW1 PLAYING a rare live date without Andre Benjamin, his partner in groundbreaking Atlanta rap duo OutKast, Antwan "Big Boi" Patton made sure that he was not lonely. Upwards of 10 people were...
Blackened Reputation
A GENTLEMAN used to regard a club as a sanctuary from the cares of the world. So pity Lord Black of Crossharbour, the troubled .SIR JOHN Mortimer is outraged at the news of sudden tax law alterations by the Treasury that have triggered a major funding...
Blair May Have to Reveal Legal Advice on War
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR faced a fresh hazard over Iraq today as it was revealed that he may be forced to disclose the legal advice which took Britain to war. The Attorney-General, Lord Goldsmith, was reported to be facing a demand from...
Blasts at Shrines Raise Spectre of Civil War; COMMENTARY
Byline: SIMON HENDERSON AS SHOCKING as today's attacks on worshipping Iraqi Shia Muslims are, they were entirely predictable. For weeks the American and British occupation forces had been fearing violence during the festival of Ashura. I know. I...
Blues Snatch Robben from United's Grasp
Byline: MATT HUGHES CHELSEA have pulled off an audacious transfer coup by signing Arjen Robben for [pounds sterling]12million. The 20-year-old Dutch sensation had a medical in London yesterday and will join Chelsea at the end of June. Robben's...
BP Lights Up after [Pounds Sterling]160m Trade Remains a Mystery; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK HEAVY trading was recorded in oil giant BP today after a single line of stock worth almost [pounds sterling]160 million passed through the market. The 36 million shares went through on the ticker at 443p and the BP price...
BP Set Alight after [Pounds Sterling]160m Trade Remains a Mystery; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK HEAVY trading was recorded in oil giant BP today after a single line of stock worth almost [pounds sterling]160 million passed through the market. The 36 million shares went through on the ticker at 443p. BP responded with...
Charlize, the Shot That Killed Her Drunken Father and the Bitter Feud That Divides Her Family; AS SHE SCOOPS THE BEST ACTRESS OSCAR, THERON'S COUSIN TALKS OF THE CHILDHOOD TRAUMA THAT HAUNTS HOLLYWOOD'S
Byline: PAUL PALMER THE small oasis town of Kuruman, on the edge of South Africa's Kalahari desert, is a long way from the glitz and the glamour of an Oscars ceremony. But for one family in this remote huddle of palm trees and clapboard houses,...
Charlize, the Shot That Killed Her Drunken Father and the Bitter Feud That Divides Her Family; AS SHE SCOOPS THE BEST ACTRESS OSCAR, THERON'S COUSIN TALKS OF THE CHILDHOOD TRAUMA THAT HAUNTS HOLLYWOOD'S NEW STAR
Byline: PAUL PALMER THE small oasis town of Kuruman, on the edge of South Africa's Kalahari desert, is a long way from the glitz and the glamour of an Oscars ceremony. But for one family in this remote huddle of palm trees and clapboard houses,...
Clive Eyes Super-12 Matches for A Team
Byline: CHRIS JONES CLIVE WOODWARD today warned the cash-strapped Home Unions that he would create a new competition involving Super-12 teams unless the 'A' Six Nations Championship is reinstated next season. England A take on their French counterparts...
Coke's Eau De Sidcup Takes on the Rest; AS COCA-COLA SPARKS A ROW BY SELLING TAP WATER, WE PUT IT TO THE TASTE TEST
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN IT IS the great water-cooler debate to beat them all. Is expensive bottled water really worth paying over the odds for when a virtually identical drink is available from the tap - courtesy of Thames Water - for free? ...
Coleman Vows: I'll Be Up for the Cup
Byline: LEO SPALL CHRIS COLEMAN has told friends he is determined to be at Fulham's FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. The manager was taken into hospital last week and treated with an antibiotics drip...
Coleman Vows: I'll Be Up for the Cup
Byline: LEO SPALL TONY BLAIR has quizzed FIFA president Sepp Blatter on the prospect of a Great Britain football team making an historic appearance at the 2012 Olympics if London is awarded the Games. Blatter revealed that, during yesterday's...
Confusion over New Soft Drinks Prices Rule
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK VENUES that put a 1,000 per cent mark up on non-alcoholic drinks are the target of a crackdown launched by the Government today. New regulations now demand bars, pubs and restaurants tell you up-front exactly how much you...
Cooke Signs off His Last Letter from America; VETERAN BROADCASTER RETIRES AFTER 58 YEARS
Byline: ANDR PAINE ALISTAIR COOKE'S voice has become one of the most recognisable on the airwaves. But after 58 years, he has dispatched his last Letter From America. Cooke, acknowledged as one of the world's greatest broadcasters, has signed...
D-Day for Bates; Chairman Ken May Quit Chelsea Post at Last Supper Tonight
Byline: MATT HUGHES KEN BATES'S immediate future at Chelsea will be the central talking point when he speaks at the Chairman's Supper Club at Stamford Bridge tonight. Speculation has been mounting in recent weeks that Bates is on the verge of...
D-Day for Bates; Chairman Ken May Quit Chelsea Post at Last Supper Tonight
Byline: MATT HUGHES KEN BATES'S immediate future at Chelsea will be the central talking point when he speaks at the Chairman's Supper Club at Stamford Bridge tonight. Speculation has been mounting in recent weeks that Bates is on the verge of...
D-Day for BateS; Chairman Ken May Quit Chelsea Post at Last Supper Tonight
Byline: MATT HUGHES KEN BATES'S immediate future at Chelsea will be the central talking point when he speaks at the Chairman's Supper Club at Stamford Bridge tonight. Speculation has been mounting in recent weeks that Bates is on the verge of...
Designed and Built by Women ... for Women; VOLVO UNVEILS THE ULTIMATE FEMALE MOTOR - IT EVEN KNOWS HOW TO PARK
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS IT's the car designed for women - by women. Created by an all-female team of designers with a budget of [pounds sterling]2 million, this streamlined coupe - Your Concept Car - was unveiled by Volvo today. The car is...
D&G Finally Brings Its Wares to the Capital; STARS' LABEL OPENS ITS FIRST LONDON STORE
Byline: LAURA CRAIK PARIS HILTON wears its dresses, Brooklyn Beckham wears its jeans - and Liz Hurley slips into its skin-tight T-shirts. But until now, D&G has been a label without a store in London - strange, considering its popularity...
Eisner Revolt Could Wreck Comcast's Bid for Disney
Byline: RICHARD THOMSON THE Comcast bid for the Walt Disney company could be an unintended casualty of a coup planned for tomorrow's crucial annual shareholders' meeting, aimed at ending Michael Eisner's reign over the company. Analysts believe...
End for Leslie and Abi, the Angel with a Steamier Side; COUPLE SAY THEY WILL STAY GOOD FRIENDS AFTER ANNOUNCING THEIR SPLIT
Byline: VALENTINE LOW THEY went through the best of times and the worst of times - but chiefly the worst. For five years John Leslie and Abi Titmuss stayed together in an on-off relationship which saw sordid details of their private lives exposed,...
Enjoy a Free First Night at the West End's New Savoy Opera; STANDARD OFFERS A FANTASTIC CHANCE TO SEE OPENING PRODUCTIONS
Byline: LUKE LEITCH A FIRST NIGHT at the opera is one of the most glamorous events London has to offer; high culture, high society and a high consumption of champagne. Unfortunately, all this tends to come at a high price. Now, however, every...
Fat Cats - We Need Them; the HSBC Bank Is Reporting Huge Profits. If We Want Cash on Demand and Expect Our Savings to Prosper, That's Good News
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST HERE we go again. Big banks make big profits and consumer groups get on their high horses to moan about profiteering. It's a knee-jerk reaction to something that's not so simple, but in a country where envy courses...
FIFA Tell Blair: GB Team 'No Problem'
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER TONY BLAIR has quizzed FIFA president Sepp Blatter on the prospect of a Great Britain football team making an historic appearance at the 2012 Olympics if London is awarded the Games. Blatter revealed that during yesterday's...
Get Fit the Lazy Way; Health&Fitness
Byline: ANASTASIA STEPHENS YOU have had a frantic day and there's a party to rush to after work. The last thing you want is a session on the running machine. So how can you keep in tiptop shape with the least time and effort? Swap yoga for...
Great British Airways Flight Offers from [Pounds Sterling]49; SEE PAGE 45 FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO BOOK THIS AMAZING EVENING STANDARD OFFER
Terms and conditions - Applicants must be aged 18 or over and resident in the UK ("Applicants"). The Promoters reserve the right to verify the eligibility of any Applicant. If booking offline applicants must quote two passwords from the five printed...
Gwyneth Takes the Plunge and Opts for a Water Birth
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON GWYNETH PALTROW is well known for her holistic approach to life. She pursues a teetotal lifestyle and, together with her husband Chris Martin, sticks to a macrobiotic diet designed to boost her immune system and energy levels...
Gwyneth Takes the Plunge and Opts for a Water Birth; HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS HAS SPECIAL TANK INSTALLED AT HER BELGRAVIA HOME
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON GWYNETH PALTROW is well known for her holistic approach to life. She is teetotal and, together with her husband Chris Martin, sticks to a macrobiotic diet designed to boost her immune system and energy levels by balancing...
Gwynie Takes the Plunge and Opts to Have Her Baby in a Birthing Pool; HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS HAS SPECIAL TANK INSTALLED AT HER BELGRAVIA HOME
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON GWYNETH PALTROW is well known for her holistic approach to life. She pursues a teetotal lifestyle and, together with her husband Chris Martin, sticks to a macrobiotic diet designed to boost her immune system and energy levels...
Harley Has to Consider Wage Drop
Byline: KEN DYER JON HARLEY must be prepared to make a sizeable financial sacrifice if he wants to kick-start his career and become a permanent West Ham player before the end of the season. Harley, who is in the West Ham team who play at Burnley...
Hirst in Another Pickle at the Tate - and This Time It's a Calf with Six Legs; YOUNG BRITISH ARTISTS REGROUP FOR 'GARDEN OF EDEN' EXTRAVAGANZA
Byline: LUKE LEITCH Apickled mutant sixlegged calf entitled In His Infinite Wisdom, a startling new creation from Damien Hirst, is set to be the highlight of a major new show opening tomorrow at the Tate. Hirst, 39, has joined forces with Sarah...
HK Shows Appetite for Yet Another Chinese Takeaway; Market Report IN SYDNEY
Byline: BILL CONDIE HONG Kong investors once again demonstrated their apparently limitless appetite for public share offerings in mainland companies today, driving up China Oriental Group 30% on its market debut. The retail portion of the steelmaker's...
Hoggard Sparkles to Stake His Claim
Byline: DAVID LLOYD SIMON JONES was still in the air, approaching the scene of next week's First Test, when Matthew Hoggard reminded England there may be more than one way to ruffle West Indian batsmen. Jones, who flew in last night after finally...
ICI Sells Ingredients Arm of Struggling Quest; IN BRIEF
ICI today sold the food ingredients division of its troubled Quest flavours and fragrances business for [pounds sterling]238 million - raising funds for its [pounds sterling]200 million restructuring in one swoop. The sale to Irish foods group Kerry...
Iraqis Must Keep Their Nerve
TONY BLAIR has described the interim constitution for Iraq, due to be signed tomorrow, as a "significant foundation stone" for the emergent new nation. After today's carnage, that foundation stone is looking shaky. On this final day of a major religious...
Is This Our Waterloo? the Arts the Massive Skyscraper Proposed for the Riverside Will Be a Blight on Our City's Skyline
Byline: ROWAN MOORE A DELIGHTFUL maquette in black wax stands on a sculptor's turntable, its surfaces pleasingly textured by a human touch. Its form, a combination of shallow curves and sharp angles is, I am told, a tribute to early Barbara Hepworth....
IT Training Is Recovering Well
Byline: DANNY BRADBURY THE IT-training sector has taken a pummelling over the past few years. Market analyst IT Skills Research says it has lost 30 per cent of its revenue since 2000. Training companies have been either consolidating or going out...
John Leslie and Abi Announce Their Relationship Is over; COUPLE SAY THEY WILL REMAIN FRIENDS AFTER 'STRESSES AND STRAINS' FORCE SPLIT
Byline: VALENTINE LOW JOHN Leslie and Abi Titmuss today revealed that their five-year relationship is at an end. A spokesman for the couple said they separated before Christmas "due to the stresses and strains of recent months". He said they...
Lesbian to Fight Poll as Tories Break Mould; MY SEXUALITY IS INCIDENTAL, SAYS MILLIONAIRE
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN THE Tories have broken down a barrier at Westminster by selecting their first openly lesbian candidate to run for Parliament. Margot James, a millionaire businesswoman, was chosen to fight Holborn and St Pancras, held by Labour...
LogicaCMG Lifts IT Sector as Merger Brings Rewards
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER COMPUTER services giant LogicaCMG breathed some warmth into Britain's IT sector with its first set of annual results as a merged entity coming in at the top end of market expectations. The improving outlook for the firm...
Ministers Are on Such Shaky Ground; COMMENTARY
Byline: DAVID ROBERTSON WITH the Tories' withdrawal from the Butler inquiry, the Government's position on its decision making over war in Iraq has become even more untenable. The Conservatives' move not only discredits an already damaged effort...
Ministers Are on Such Shaky Ground over Intelligence and the Law; COMMENTARY
Byline: DAVID ROBERTSON WITH the Tories' withdrawal from the Butler inquiry, the Government's position on its decision making over war in Iraq has become even more untenable. The Conservatives' move not only discredits an already damaged effort...
Most Wanted: 1,000 Dangerous Criminals on the Run in London; TASKFORCE TO HUNT DOWN SUSPECTS WHO SLIP THE NET
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT ALMOST 1,000 dangerous criminals including rapists, robbers and even a suspected murderer are on the run in London, the Evening Standard can reveal today. They are among a total of more than 14,500 suspects at large in...
Mr Pizza Express Buys Camden Palace for [Pounds Sterling]4m; ENTREPRENEUR PLANS TO TURN ROCK VENUE INTO NIGHTCLUB
Byline: FINIAN DAVERN THE MAN who made his fortune from PizzaExpress and Punch Taverns has bought Camden Palace, intending to transform the rock venue into one of the capital's trendiest hot spots. Hugh Osmond's investment firm Sun Capital Partners...
Mr Pizza Express Buys Camden Palace for [Pounds Sterling]4m; ENTREPRENEUR PLANS TO TURN ROCK VENUE INTO TOP NIGHTCLUB
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE THE MAN who made his fortune from PizzaExpress and Punch Taverns has bought Camden Palace, intending to transform the rock venue into one of the capital's trendiest hot spots. Hugh Osmond's investment firm Sun Capital Partners...
New HRT Scare as Study Is Halted over Stroke Link
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT HORMONE replacement therapy was at the centre of a new scare today amid mounting evidence of a link with strokes. The latest major American study of oestrogen-only HRT has been halted a year early, after the government...
New Move May Force Blair to Reveal Legal Advice on Iraq War; ATTORNEY-GENERAL FACES DEMAND TO HAND OVER DOCUMENT
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR faced a fresh hazard over Iraq today as it was revealed that he may be forced to disclose the legal advice which took Britain to war. The Attorney-General, Lord Goldsmith, was reported to be facing a demand from...
Now That's What the Middle Ages Called Music; One Song 'Stayed at Number One for Almost a Century' (a Reference to Everything I Do by Bryan Adams?)
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH IN the world of musical instrument retail, there is no more frightening place to be than the section of the store devoted to electronic keyboards. Here, loitering juveniles with baked-bean faces produce neoteric squawks...
Obviously I'm Disappointed - but I'll Be Back
Byline: JASON LEONARD OF COURSE I am disappointed to miss out on the squad to face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday, but you are only ever one injury away from a recall - just ask Neil Back. There he was, in the team room yesterday at our Bagshot...
Old Guard Does Not Fit in with Russian Revolution
Byline: MICHAEL HART Is it goodbye to the Bridge for chairman Bates? BELLIGERENT, abrasive, impat ient, Ken Bates devoted enormous energy to his 40-year career in football-making friends and enemies in equal measure. You could love him or...
Our Doctor Comes by Royal Appointment; Health&Fitness This Family Swears by Dr Tim Evans and His Revolutionary Medical Centre - and Now the Queen Herself Has Snapped Him Up
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE EVERY weekday morning, Dr Tim Evans holds his surgery in Wandsworth, then leaves at lunchtime for Buckingham Palace, where he treats members of the royal family privately and the rest of the royal household on the NHS. ...
Paphitis Slams Campbell's 'Dodgy' Dossier
Byline: LEO SPALL MILLWALL chairman Theo Paphitis today launched an astonishing attack on Alastair Campbell, branding the former government spin doctor a boardroom prawn sandwich eater with a dubious record of achievement after they became embroiled...
[Pounds Sterling]50m Boss Forced to Admit Affair with Law Firm Woman; GOLDMAN SACHS EXECUTIVE GRILLED IN TRIAL OF SECRETARY 'WHO STOLE $3.5M'
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN A TOP banker today angrily denied being blackmailed during a major City takeover. Scott Mead, a multimillionaire former boss of Goldman Sachs, was forced to confess in court that he had been having an extramarital affair...
[Pounds Sterling]50m Boss Forced to Admit Affair with Law Firm Woman; GOLDMAN SACHS EXECUTIVE GRILLED IN TRIAL OF SECRETARY 'WHO STOLE [Pounds Sterling]3.5m'
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN A TOP banker today angrily denied being blackmailed during a major City takeover. Scott Mead, a multimillionaire former boss of Goldman Sachs, was forced to confess in court that he had been having an extramarital affair...
PS Diary; Top Trick
Today More than 200 delegates and an expert panel gather to discuss Women in Marketing this evening. The event has been organised by The Chartered Institute of Marketing and takes place at the Commonwealth Club, WC2 (6.30-10pm). Tickets cost [pounds...
Ranieri's Joy as 'Fantastic' Robben Signs
CHELSEA have pulled off an audacious transfer coup by signing Dutch sensation Arjen Robben for [pounds sterling]12million,writes Matt Hughes. The 20-year-old winger had a medical in London yesterday and will join Chelsea at the end of June. Chelsea...
Real Thing or Rip-Off? Demands for Inquiry as Coke Sells Tap Water STORM OVER PLAN TO RETAIL BOTTLES OF MAINS SUPPLY FROM SIDCUP AT 95P A TIME
Byline: VALENTINE LOW MINERAL water bosses today called for an investigation into Coca-Cola's plans to sell filtered tap water for 95p a bottle. The Natural Mineral Waters Association accused the soft drink giant of "pulling the wool over the...
Rio Tinto Digs Deep after Cyclone Shuts Downmines; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MINING giant Rio Tinto was one of the better blue-chip performers, rising 22p to 1490p despite its Australian interests being badly battered by Cyclone Monty. The tropical cyclone has lashed Australia's north-west coast,...
Roman Empire to Sacrifice Chelsea's Saviour; Is It Goodbye to the Bridge for Chairman Bates?
Byline: MICHAEL HART BELLIGERENT, abrasive, impat ient, Ken Bates devoted enormous energy to his 40-year career in football-making friends and enemies in equal measure. You could love him or hate him, but you couldn't ignore him. A Bill Sykes...
Schroders Loses More Big Clients but Earnings Soar
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING A LEAP in profits at fund management group Schroders was overshadowed today by the admission it continues to be plagued by rivals poaching its big pension fund clients. Institutional investors pulled a net [pounds sterling]4.3...
Schroders Loses More Big Clients but Earnings Soar
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING A LEAP in profits at fund management group Schroders was tempered today by the admission that it continues to be plagued by rivals poaching big pension fund clients. Institutional investors pulled a net [pounds sterling]4.3...
Scores Die as Bombers Hit Pilgrims; BLASTS IN HOLY CITY AND BAGHDAD IN CO-ORDINATED ATTACKS IN IRAQ
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS AT LEAST 60 pilgrims are feared dead and hundreds of others injured in central Iraq after a series of explosions hit Shi'ite religious festivals . Up to 10 co-ordinated bombs hit major shrines in Kerbala and Baghdad today...
Sex Shame for Collymore Could Cost Him Marriage; STAR FORCED TO CONFESS OVER OBSESSION WITH PRACTICE KNOWN AS 'DOGGING'
Byline: ED HARRIS STAN COLLYMORE today makes an astonishing admission that he has been having sex with strangers in public places for the past two years. The former footballer admits that he became obsessed with "dogging" - driving to countryside...
Sex Shame for Collymore Could Cost Him Marriage; STAR FORCED TO CONFESS OVER OBSESSION WITH PRACTICE KNOWN AS 'DOGGING'
Byline: ED HARRIS STAN COLLYMORE today makes an astonishing admission that he has been having sex with strangers in public places for the past two years. The former footballer admits that he became obsessed with "dogging" - driving to countryside...
Sex Shame for Collymore Could Cost Him Marriage; STAR FORCED TO CONFESS OVER OBSESSION WITH PRACTICE KNOWN AS 'DOGGING'
Byline: ED HARRIS STAN COLLYMORE today makes an astonishing admission that he has been having sex with strangers in public places for the past two years. The former footballer admits that he became obsessed with "dogging" - driving to countryside...
South-East Bearing the Brunt of Major Council Tax Increases; AVERAGE LONDON BILL TO GO UP [Pounds Sterling]62 - COMPARED WITH [Pounds Sterling]44 IN SCOTLAND
Byline: ROSS LYDALL NEW evidence emerged today of the way London and the South is bearing the brunt of council tax increases. Residents are being faced with rises of around twice the rate of inflation, while those in Scotland and Wales will pay...
South-East to Bear Brunt of Council Tax; AVERAGE BILL TO GO UP [Pounds Sterling]62 IN LONDON - BUT ONLY [Pounds Sterling]44 IN SCOTLAND
Byline: ROSS LYDALL NEW evidence emerged today of the way London and the South are bearing the brunt of council tax increases. Residents are being faced with rises of about twice the rate of inflation, while those in Scotland and Wales will pay...
Sowomen Drink. Sometimes We Drink toomuch.Get over It
Byline: AMANDA PLATELL WE drink to remember, we drink to forget. We drink to get ahead and we drink to help us forget we didn't get ahead. And most women would rather disclose their weight than the number of alcohol units they consume a week....
Spread-Bet Punters Fail to Win Any Oscars as Rings Film Lords It
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE THE Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood may have been a triumph for Britain's favourite work of fiction, The Lord of the Rings, but it delivered a panning to this country's spread betting gamblers. Spread punters managed...
Sweatshop for Londis Owners; City Insider
THE crying shame about the shenanigans over the proposed sale of Londis convenience stores to Costcutter is the blow it will deal to the Asian shopkeepers on the receiving end of the bid. This is a community that was financially savaged by the BCCI...
The Commuter Cook
Byline: LINDSEY BAREHAM TAGLIERINI WITH AVRUGA CAVIAR Preparation: 5 minutes. Cooking: 15 minutes. Serves 2-4 CAVIAR alternatives can never measure up to the real thing, but avruga, made in Spain from herring roe, is as good as it gets. It...
The Dangerous Thirst for Success; Health&Fitness Medical Notes Women in Highpowered Jobs Are Four Times More Likely to Develop a Drink Problem
Byline: DR MARK PORTER HIGHFLYING women are more likely than men to turn to the bottle, according to new research from University College London. The researchers questioned 8,000 government employees and found that one in seven senior female executives...
The Diet Delivered to Your Door; Health&Fitness It's Designed for the Time-Poor and Cash-Rich. for the Ultimate Effortless 'Energy Diet', This Writer Only Had to Reach for the Phone
Byline: GENEVIEVE FOX THERE'S nothing like the Oscars ceremony to make us mortals feel lacklustre, lardy and green with envy. I've long suspected that if I only had a personal trainer, nutritionist, my own chef, life coach and valet I could give...
The New Voice of Cool Shows His Staying Power; JAZZ
Byline: JACK MASSARIK Peter Cincotti Queen Elizabeth Hall NEW York's answer to Jamie Cullum made his British concert debut last night, charming a full house by more subtle means than his bouncier rival and proving himself the stronger all-round...
Tories Select First Openly Lesbian Poll Candidate
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN THE Tories have broken down a barrier at Westminster by selecting their first openly lesbian candidate to run for Parliament. Margot James, a millionaire businesswoman, was chosen to fight Holborn and St Pancras against sitting...
Tories Select First Openly Lesbian Poll Candidate; MILLIONAIRE BUSINESSWOMAN IS CHOSEN TO RUN FOR PARLIAMENT
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN THE Tories have broken down a barrier at Westminster by selecting their first openly lesbian candidate to run for Parliament. Margot James, a millionaire businesswoman, was chosen to fight Holborn and St Pancras, held by Labour...
Tube Strike to Halt Lines on Friday Week
Byline: DICK MURRAY A 24-HOUR Tube strike is to take place on Friday week - 12 March - in protest at the sacking of maintenance workers after empty cans of beer and lager were found in their messroom. Bob Crow, leader of the RMT union, warned...
Twickers Factor Is Boost for Woody
Byline: CHRIS JONES CLIVE WOODWARD is banking on the 'Twickenham Factor' to help his injury hit team maintain their remarkable 22 game unbeaten home record in Saturday's RBS Six Nations clash with Ireland. England were last beaten at Twickenham...
Warning Signs There but Expect Rates to Stay on Hold for Now
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE Bank of England's monetary policy committee kicks off its latest meeting tomorrow with alarm bells ringing over surging house prices and mounting consumer debt. Reports that the property market is in the grip of a new boom...
We Haven't Seen the Last of Ken - Easy Life Isn't for Him
Byline: KEN DYER IF I was 72 and worth millions, I would happily spend the majority of my days on a boat somewhere warm, perusing the weekend football results and sipping a glass of chablis. Ken Bates may indeed indulge in something similar on...
Why Gunners Are the 'Team of the Noughties'
Byline: ROBBIE EARLE ALITTLE over a year ago Arsene Wenger hinted that Arsenal were on the point of overtaking Manchester United and dominating the English game. Some 300 days since their last Premiership defeat, it seems Wenger's predictions...
Why Volunteers Are Good for Business; Releasing Staff to Work on Community Projects Can Boost Morale, Skills and Image
Byline: KAREN HAINSWORTH AS businesses search for new ways to improve their images and develop customer bases, many are recognising the benefits of contributing to local communities as a means of winning public approval. But allowing employees to...
With No Thought for the Future
Byline: AMANDA PLATELL IT is a rapidly dwindling band, but those who care about Clare Short should be standing close to her now. Her behaviour on the Jonathan Dimbleby show was worrying - wild eyes and even wilder accusations, an insistence she...
Woods Won't Join in Game of Bragging Rights
Byline: DAVID SMITH IF confirmation was needed that Tiger Woods has a focused approach to winning, it comes with his decision to turn down an invitation to play in the ultimate match for bragging rights between two of the world's most exclusive...