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Articles from March 7, 2003

Art by Artists Who Don't Believe in Art
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL The Tate's latest bombastic survey of the state of contemporary British art is full of artists who haven't created anything more exciting than a paper bag Out of the loop: a video projection of the subterranean world of men's...
'Babies for Sale' Racket Is Exposed by Senior Judge; DPP Checks Case of Social Worker with Kilshaw Link
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR THE "evil and exploitative" trade in selling babies for adoption was exposed today at the High Court in London. A senior judge took the rare step of lifting reporting restrictions surrounding child welfare cases to demand...
BBC Denied Interview as RFU Exploit Loophole in Contract; in Short
RUGBY: BBC plans to interview an England player on the Twickenham pitch after the final whistle against Italy on Sunday have been blocked, writes Chris Jones. The Rugby Football Union agreed to let Will Greenwood (above) speak after the win over...
Becks Nets More Millions without Kicking a Ball; ACCOUNTS REVEAL STAR'S U3.5m INCOME FROM ROYALTIES AND SPONSORSHIP
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN HIS WIFE'S recording career may be faltering, but the finances of David Beckham plc are surging from strength to strength. The Manchester United and England midfielder, who has just filed his personal company accounts,...
Beggars to Get Criminal Records in New Blitz on Anti-Social Behaviour
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY BEGGARS in London and across the country are to be handed criminal records as part of a massive government clampdown on anti-social behaviour to be unveiled next week. They are to be targeted in a major new drive which...
BIN LADEN'S SONS SEIZED; 'Successor' Captured in Afghan Shootout: 7 Al Qaeda Are Killed
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR;FOREIGN AGENCIES TWO of Osama bin Laden's sons have been arrested in south-east Afghanistan, in an operation involving US forces which left seven more al Qaeda members dead. News of the dramatic arrests in the Rabat area,...
Boyfriend Tells of the Brilliant Girl He Lost in the Snow; LONDONER LEAVES HOSPITAL IN A WHEELCHAIR AFTER ORDEAL IN UTAH WILDERNESS
Byline: JAMES LANGTON LONDONER George Metcalfe today spoke of the "devastating" moment he discovered that his American girlfriend had frozen to death in the wilderness. Mr Metcalfe, 27, trekked through chesthigh snowdrifts in a desperate attempt...
BURNED ALIVE; Horrific Murder of Woman in Her Flat Just Hours after She Took Grandchildren to School
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU;ALEXIS AKWAGYRIAM A WOMAN of 82 has been burned alive in her flat by an intruder. It happened hours after she had taken her two grandchildren to school. The devastated family of the woman were in shock today at the...
Bursting of the Jollies Bubble; Cheltenham, Ascot and Other Away Days Are off Limits in These Inhospitable Times
Byline: JONATHAN COOPER THERE were some very disturbing advertisements in the Racing Post last weekend. With just days to go to the Cheltenham Festival, the horseracing extravaganza that is the opening gambit on the annual corporate hospitality...
Bush Puts the World on Notice for War with Iraq
Byline: JEREMY CAMPBELL;CHARLES REISS GEORGE BUSH today readied his people for imminent war on Iraq and confronted the UN, telling his critics it was time to "show their cards". The President promised he would try one more time to win backing...
Bush Puts World on Notice for War; War on Terror: PRESIDENT PLEDGES TO TRY ONCE MORE FOR UN RESOLUTION BUT THE MESSAGE IS CONFLICT IS INEVITABLE AND DAYS AWAY
Byline: JEREMY CAMPBELL;CHARLES REISS GEORGE BUSH today readied his people for imminent war on Iraq and confronted the UN, telling his critics it was time to "show their cards". The President promised he would try one more time to win backing...
Chance to Start Big Bang No 2
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON AT the annual meeting of the National Association of Pension Funds in Edinburgh next Wednesday, the Treasury's Financial Secretary Ruth Kelly has the opportunity to launch the City's second Big Bang. The first, 18 years...
Charles Clarke's Son Suspended for Swearing at School Official
Byline: ROSS LYDALL THE SON of Education Secretary Charles Clarke has been suspended from school after swearing at a member of staff. The teenager was excluded today from his school in Norwich after a fracas during a game of football. A statement...
Charlize's Monster Challenge; ACTRESS PILES ON THE POUNDS AND WEARS FALSE TEETH TO PLAY SERIAL KILLER
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON ACTRESS Charlize Theron is unrecognisable in her latest role as a serial killer. Theron, 27, gorged on fatty food and pasta to gain 30lbs to play the lead in The Monster, currently being filmed in Florida. The star,...
Cheers as Wetherspoon Puts the Sparkle Back in Its Sales
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE SALES at cheap-and-cheerful pubs chain JD Wetherspoon looked to be back on the march again today after last year's shock profit warning. February's like-for-like sales at the group, run by founder Tim Martin, were running...
CITY Insider; Green Wise to Be a Non-Runner
PHILIP Green used to own a decent racehorse, Bonanza Boy, which won a number of big races. And those Irish "best friends" of his, such as Dermot Desmond and JP McManus, are among the most senior figures in the racing world. Yet somehow I feel confident...
City Pubs Get Court Go-Ahead to Serve Alcohol from 10am
Byline: ROSS LYDALL;JIM ARMITAGE CENTRAL London pubs have been given the go-ahead to start serving alcohol from 10am. Magistrates have approved an application by pub chain J D Wetherspoon in the south Westminster and City areas. The ruling also...
Clown Prince of Paris; BRITISH DESIGNER GALLIANO'S CREATIVE CATWALK LEADS TO BIG PROFITS AT DIOR
Byline: DAVID HAYES IF YOU were trying to dream up the perfect recipe for success for an international luxury goods brand, lace-up rubber leggings, pantomime frilled jackets and lashings of circus-style makeup would not be the first things to come...
Confident Wenger Shows Fergie and Ranieri the Way
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENE WENGER, plotting the latest stage in Arsenal's defence of the Double, has rejected accusations of arrogance from his great rival at Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson. The French coach confessed that he was confused...
FA Investigates Bellamy's Outburst at Referee
NEWCASTLE'S Craig Bellamy is facing more trouble after being reported for a four-letter outburst in the 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough. The Football Association today confirmed that referee Andy D'Urso has mentioned the Wales striker's furious protests...
Firefighters' Union Is Poised to Reject Offer and Plan New Walkouts
Byline: DICK MURRAY THE FIREFIGHTERS' union today looks certain to reject the latest pay offer from the employers. Fire Brigades Union chiefs from around the UK will now call for more strike dates to be set. Activists are meeting at the TUC in...
Footsie Giants Face the Drop
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK WEST HAM, West Brom, Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers are not alone in fighting relegation from the Premier League. British Airways, engineers Invensys and GKN and insurer Royal & SunAlliance are battling to retain their...
Found: The Only Chelsea Player Who Knows What It Takes to Beat Arsenal in the Cup; (but Sorry Claudio, You Can't Pick Him . . . He's 78 and Lives in Switzerland)
Byline: MATT HUGHES IF CLAUDIO RANIERI wants a few last-minute tips on how to knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup tomorrow, he could do worse than make a quick phone call to Switzerland. Chelsea have not beaten their London rivals in the grand old competition...
Foxy Jeffers on the Scent of Greatness at Highbury; FOOTBALL Arsenal V Chelsea, FA Cup Quarterfinal, Highbury 5.15pm Tomorrow (Live on BBC1)
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS FRANCIS JEFFERS doesn't hide when he evaluates the problems of his first year at Highbury. Now getting his chance to shine - "I am fit and it is like a jigsaw that is all coming together" - he admits he had a miserable start...
Gary of India; Lineker Goes Bollywood in His Latest Crisps Advert
Byline: ED HARRIS THE groom sits astride a distinctly skittish horse, clinging fiercely to the reins with a look of fear in his face. Behind him, wearing ceremonial dress, wedding dancers sing and sway. The air is filled with confetti and in the...
Give It Up, for God's Sake
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH BACK in the days before all-night television, when post-pub viewers faced a sobering choice between The Epilogue and bed, my favourite pastime was collecting the most outlandish "... and you know, God's rather like that,...
Grand Prix's New Rules Fail First Road Test; FORMULA ONE Gearing Up for Sunday's First Race of the Season in Melbourne
Byline: KATE BATTERSBY SO much for fears of confusion in the brave new world of Formula One. After the strange sight of Friday qualifying at the Australian grand prix in Melbourne today, it became clear that experts in quantum physics and applied...
Head Jailed for Forging Exam Papers; PRISON FOR 'FRUSTRATED' PRIMARY TEACHER WHO FAKED TEST ANSWERS
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN A FORMER primary school headmaster was today jailed for three months after he admitted forging dozens of exam papers. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Alan Mercer, 46, pleaded guilty at an earlier court...
Hearts of Darkness
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON John Gabriel Borkman Greenwich THE two sisters stand like refined Gorgons in black velvet, trapped in old age with little to show but hatred and regret. The snowy vista outside seems a haven of warmth compared with...
Henderson Has Non So Ready to Foil Pipe's Big Bonus Plan
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM WHAT could be more straightforward on a Saturday afternoon than a u50,000 handicap hurdle with a massive field and a multiple entry from the Martin Pipe stable? The final weekend before Cheltenham doesn't offer too many...
I Love Dressing Up U That Doesn't Make Me Gay; Life & Style
Byline: SIMON MILLS Yes, he wears designer clothes and, yes, he loves Abba. But, as Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg reveals in this exclusive interview, he takes the speculation about his sexuality as a compliment FOR a little guy, Freddie Ljungberg...
In Love with Loss
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER A Love Story remake is the latest in a spate of movies that focus on grief. Is it a sign of our times? A FRIEND in America called me the other day: she was shocked. High school kids had been asked to vote for their...
Insider City
Insider City Green wise to be a non-runner [ordinal indicator, feminine] PHILIP Green used to own a decent racehorse, Bonanza Boy, which won a number of big races. And those Irish "best friends" of his, such as Dermot Desmond and JP McManus, are among...
International Power at All-Time Low after Alert
Byline: ROBERT LEA SHARES in International Power plunged more than 10% to an alltime low today as it warned of "severe dislocation" in the UK electricity market and wrote down the value of its major power station bought less than two years ago....
Kirwan's Boys Must Be Given Short Shrift at HQ
Byline: DICK BEST ITALIAN hopes of a dream Six Nations Championship were quashed a fortnight ago in Rome, when a repeat performance of their opening game in the tournament against Wales was not only beyond them, it was seriously unrealistic. ...
Last Post for an Era of Elegance; Life&Style
Byline: ROY STRONG Royal couturier Hardy Amies died this week, aged 93. A close friend pays tribute by Sir Roy Strong WITH the passing of Hardy Amies we witness the end of an era. He was the grand old man of British couture, the man who dressed...
Like Father like Son as War Looms; War on Terror: WAR BRIEFING
Byline: ROBERT FOX PRESIDENT Bush has now put the American people and the world on notice to get ready for war, and soon, whatever the European allies and the UN may say. The words he used were remarkably like his father's as the sands of diplomacy...
Look before You Ski
LAST Sunday, Robert Wills, a 31-year-old scaffolder from Plymouth, collided with Richard Henrichs, a 56-year-old advertising salesman from Illinois, on a nursery slope in Breckenridge, Colorado. After catapulting into a tree, Mr Henrichs was taken...
No Job's Too Big for Wilkinson
Byline: CHRIS JONES THE young shoulders of Jonny Wilkinson already carry a ludicrous weight of expectation and the load he takes into the RBS Six Nations clash with Italy would crush a lesser man. Given that Wilkinson's frame has been subjected...
'Now Our Joyful Marsha Can Rest in Peace Forever'; FUNERAL OF TEENAGER BEATEN TO DEATH AS POLICE MAKE NEW ARREST
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON THE HAUNTING strains of her favourite folk group echoed through a packed church today at the funeral of murdered teenager Marsha McDonnell. Hundreds of mourners attended the service for the 19-year-old student who was killed...
One of Posh's Favourite Shopping Haunts Is Set for a Makeover; DESIGNS UNVEILED TO RID SLOANE SQUARE OF ITS 'DULL' IMAGE
Byline: ROSS LYDALL SLOANE SQUARE is set to follow Trafalgar Square with a major transformation to boost its "dull" image. Lord Rogers, the Mayor's architectual adviser and designer of the Millennium Dome, is working with council planners and...
Palace Gifts Inquiry Clears Charles and Staff of Blame; NEW ROLE LOOKING AFTER PRIVATE PROJECTS FOR FORMER VALET TRUSTED BY PRINCE
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON PRINCE Charles and his staff will be cleared of any "deliberate wrong doing" in the St James's Palace inquiry. But the detailed report into the collapse of the Paul Burrell trial, claims of a cover-up of a gay rape and the...
Police Seize Man Carrying Hammer near Marsha Road; 38-Year-Old Questioned over Killing of Student
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;GEORGE RICHARDS A MAN armed with a hammer has been seized yards from the scene of student Marsha McDonnell's murder. He was arrested after acting suspiciously in a street close to the road where the 19-year-old student...
Police: We Have No Evidence of Deepcut Murder; but Inquiry Hears Claim of Male Rape
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY POLICE investigating the deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut barracks today said they had found no evidence of murder but uncovered another case of male rape. Detectives said there was no evidence so far that any third party...
Power Play Disturbs Woosie
Byline: DAVID SMITH IAN WOOSNAM today admitted for the first time that advancing old age and new technology are combining to rob him of the enjoyment of playing top tournament golf. Since turning professional 27 years ago Woosnam has been recognised...
Promise of a Better Spring Is Fading for Our Economy; FEARS OVER WAR AND HOUSING SLUMP ARE REFLECTED IN HIGH STREET INDICATORS
Byline: RICHARD ALLEN A SPRING revival in the economy looks increasingly unlikely as the latest figures show consumer spending is running out of steam. Retail sales were down by one per cent in January and business investment fell by 1.1 per...
Quick-Fire Aussies in the Semis
Byline: DAVID LLOYD DAVID LLOYD AT CENTURION PARK REUTERS AUSTRALIA produced a dynamic all-round performance here today to crush Sri Lanka and clinch a World Cup semi-final spot two matches ahead of schedule. Skipper Ricky Ponting made a wonderful...
Ricky Leads from Front for Aussies
Byline: DAVID LLOYD RICKY PONTING made a wonderful century and Adam Gilchrist missed out on another by the narrowest of margins as Australia's mission to sweep all before them in the World Cup gathered yet more momentum here today. Starting the...
Sail of the Century
Byline: MARIA HARDING ONE of the great legends of travel, Cunard Line's classic transatlantic liner QE2, will quit the Southampton-New York route next year to make way for the company ' s new 150,000-ton superliner, QM2. We look back on her 35 years...
Six Continents Takes a Swipe Back at Osmond
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN;JIM ARMITAGE HUGH Osmond, the entrepreneur who branded managers of the Six Continents leisure empire "poor operators", has a long track record of working closely with the company's pubs team and, it is claimed, once tried...
Slow Thinking That Finally Makes Sense
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS I'VE heard it all now. My colleagues over at the Slower Speeds Initiative have a novel way of calming the wicked motorist down. This radical organisation is calling on Gordon Brown, in his forthcoming Budget, to send "clearer...
Soldiers Always Moan but This Time They Have a Point; War on Terror: WAR BRIEFING
Byline: ROBERT FOX THE first thing armies do when they go to war is moan, and British soldiers over the centuries have turned moaning into an art form. Twelve years ago in the Gulf the black humour was based on Blackadder, and the patron saint of...
Spacecraft's Pictures of Jupiter Reveal Planet's Lighter Side
Byline: GERAINT SMITH BREATHTAKING images of Jupiter captured by a Nasa spacecraft on its way to Saturn were made public for the first time today. The pictures, beamed 400 million to Earth from the American space agency's Cassini spacecraft,...
Spurs Respond in 'Yid Army' Debate
Byline: MATT HUGHES TOTTENHAM have admitted that many supporters who call themselves the "Yid Army" do not recognise the racist connotations behind the phrase. But the club did concede that while chairman Daniel Levy was "sensitive to the issue"...
Sri Lanka Must Put Pressure on Aussies
Byline: DAVID LLOYD SRI LANKA were under pressure today to prove that the eighth World Cup is not a one-horse race already. Sanath Jayasuriya's unpredictable team looked anything but champion material when they lost to Kenya last week, yet they...
Staggering! Blackpool Is the Place for Pre-Wedding Bash
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN DUBLIN and Amsterdam have already barred them, and Prague may soon follow suit. Now London's notorious stag night revellers are set to make Blackpool - the brashest, wildest and most vulgar destination of them all - the...
Stop Your Whingeing, Lads; the Food Is Poor, There's a Shortage of Goggles and Masks ... Complaints Are Pouring in from British Servicemen in the Gulf. but It's All Part of a Rich Military Tradition
Byline: ROBERT FOX THE first thing armies do when they go to war is moan - and British soldiers over the centuries, as we are reminded today, have turned moaning into an art form. Twelve years ago in the Gulf the black humour was all based on Blackadder,...
Suspect in Knife Attacks Is Arrested over Garage Murder
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A MAN who allegedly went on a knife rampage attacking three people has now been arrested for the murder of a motorist. The 33- year- old Albanian national, who was originally held in connection with attacks yesterday...
Tell Brussels to Stop Their TV Meddling
Byline: DAVID MELLOR ENGLISH football is in danger from Europe. This has nothing to do with the Champions League and everything to do with attempts by bureaucrats to interfere with the right of the Premier League to sell its TV rights collectively....
The Acting Chairman; (1)FOOTBALL Countdown to the FA Cup Quarterfinals (2)Watford's Chief Plays His Hardest Role to Date
Byline: KEN DYER GRAHAM SIMPSON has tried his hand at many diverse occupations over the years, from driving a minicab, to owning a travel company and, wait for it, training dolphins in Oxford Street. The job which has probably helped most to...
The Artist, His Muse and His Muse's Lover (Not to Mention an U11 Million Legacy, a Famous Lesbian Dominatrix and a Mysterious Shooting); with the Death of Francis Bacon's Close Friend Who Had Inherited His Fortune, We Can Tell an Amazing Story That Begins with an East End Burglary
Byline: JONATHAN COOPER WITH a suicide, some petty criminals, a brilliant artist, his homosexual lover and a mysterious shooting, the only element missing seems to be murder. It is the story of the legacy of Francis Bacon and it all begins with...
The Endgame for Iraq
MR HANS BLIX, the UN weapons inspector, delivers his latest report to the Security Council today on Iraq's progress - such as it is - towards disposing of weapons of mass destruction. But it was anticipated before its delivery by President Bush, who...
The Return of a Real Hero; Yesterday His Team Arrived Back in Britain in near Disgrace. but We Should Applaud the Truth Behind England's Decision Not to Play in Zimbabwe
Byline: PETER OBORNE NASSER HUSSAIN and his shattered and beleaguered English cricket team arrived back from South Africa yesterday close to disgrace. By all conventional measures they have had a catastrophic winter: trounced by Australia followed...
The Secret of Happiness for a Sad Single Lass; (1)THIS GIRL'S LIFE (2)Life & Style
Byline: KATE SPICER I AM depressed. My council tax is going up by more than 22 per cent. The man I had made my project has turned out to be the worst kind of confirmed bachelor. I cannot find the energy to put the laundry mountain into the washing...
Time to Invest; If You Buy One Thing This Spring, Make Sure It's a Vest. They Are Back and They Go with Everything
Byline: MOLLY GUNN HOW do you know what is going to be "in" this season? Forget swotting up on trend reports, all you have to do is take a trip to the Topshop megastore and check out what is occupying the most coveted retail space. Walk in there...
Trials Exposed Practice of Passing on Unwanted Gifts
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON THE PALACE culture of royals passing on gifts to servants was revealed in the trials of former butlers Paul Burrell and Harold Brown. The cases were brought by the Crown Prosecution Service on the basis of the "implausibility"...
UNFIT FOR WAR; Troops Complain about Hunger and Lack of Protection
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS;CHARLES REISS;COLIN FREEMAN BRITISH soldiers preparing for war in the Gulf say they are underfed and ill-equipped. The Americans have derisively labelled them "The Borrowers" and "The Flintstones" because of their lack...
United Mystery; US Man Linked to Irish Interest
Byline: PAUL THOMSON A MYSTERY American businessman has emerged as another key player in the potential takeover at Manchester United. Richard Post, based in Washington, bought nearly two per cent of United through an Irish stockbroking company...
Universities to Get Extra U48m to Attract More Poor Students
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY UNIVERSITY chiefs are to get u48 million of extra cash to help attract more students from less well-off families and with lower than average qualifications. Both Tony Blair and Education Secretary Charles Clarke have...
Vivendi Hawks Its US Assets as Losses Mount
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN DEBT-laden media giant Vivendi Universal says it has been approached by several potential partners for its US entertainment businesses and is examining all possible options. The urgency of those moves was underlined yesterday...
We'll All Be Dying to Save the NHS
Byline: WILL SELF APPARENTLY, for every four ministerial opponents of Alan Milburn's proposed revamping of the NHS there are as many different interpretations. I have no idea whether the opting-out of individual hospitals may, in and of itself,...
Why the Yanks Call Us the Flintstones; War on Terror: MESSAGES HOME TELL HOW OUR TROOPS ARE MOCKED BY THE AMERICAN FORCES FOR LACK OF WATER, FOOD AND EQUIPMENT
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN ANGRY relatives of British soldiers serving in the Gulf are complaining that their loved ones do not have the food, equipment or weaponry to fight a successful war. These are some of the emails sent today to BBC Breakfast News,...
Women Voice Fears on Night Transport; 80% WANT TO SEE MORE POLICE ON 'UNSAFE' TUBE SYSTEM
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY MOST women believe travelling at night in London on public transport is dangerous, a survey reveals today. The poll also found more than a third of men think the Tube, buses or trains are "fairly or very unsafe". The survey...
WPP Shares Slide by 4% as the Alarm Bells Ring
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK SIR Martin Sorrell's comments on prospects for the ailing advertising industry are already well chronicled. But now there are new concerns about the trading outlook for his company WPP Group, which was one of the biggest fallers...