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Articles from November 27, 2003

125 Rebel MPs Ready to Oppose Tuition Fees
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN THE LABOUR revolt on university tuition fees was gathering pace today as around 125 MPs prepared to come out in public opposition to the Government. Their campaign was set to be boosted by the support of five former Cabinet...
AIRLINES IN NEW FARES WAR; New York and Sydney Tickets Set to Tumble
Byline: ROBERT LEA;JONATHAN PRYNN A NEW airline price war was signalled today, with fares set to tumble on flights from Heathrow to New York and Sydney. British Airways will face new competition which is likely to result in far cheaper seats...
An Overdose of Drug-Porn; the Latest Movie Attempting to Emulate the Success of Trainspotting Fails to Score FILM OF THE WEEK
Byline: WILL SELF SPUN . Cert 18, 100 mins ABOUT 20 minutes into this season's drug-porn offering our hero, Ross (Jason Schwartzman), visits a pole-dancing club where his current sex partner, April, is performing contortions that place her...
Art
Byline: ROWAN MOORE Foreign Office Architects: Breeding Architecture ICA The Mall, SW1 (020-7930 2647) Sat 29 Nov-Sun 29 Feb London, as everyone from the Mayor to in-flight magazines keeps telling us, is about diversity. It is the city of umpteen...
A Song and a Smile as Gay Chases Her 'Little List' of Rogues
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING GOT a little list, I've got a little list," chants Gay Huey Evans, echoing the Lord High Executioner in The Mikado. With dazzling smile and animated gestures, you can see how in her youth she must have jollied up the chorus...
Austin Reed Trading Alert Knocks 9% off Its Shares
Byline: FIONA WALSH SHARES in classic clothing retailer Austin Reed slumped today as it warned that poor trading in recent weeks will leave full-year profits significantly lower than market expectations. The group, which recently completed an...
Blarney Meets Brutality; ALSO SHOWING
Byline: NEIL NORMAN INTERMISSION * Cert 18, 106 mins THIS rambunctious Irish movie has a Dickensian sprawl of characters, all vying for attention in a multi-stranded plot that links Colin Farrell's putative bank robber with Kelly MacDonald's...
Blind Date; Every Week We Give a Singleton the Chance to Pick a Date and Then Send the Couple out. Then We Invite Them Back to Tell Us How They Got On
Byline: AMELIA PINSENT Kyri, 38, finance manager from Crouch End Star sign: Scorpio I've lived in North London all my life. It is part of my identity. Recently I've got into travelling and have been to Barcelona, Venice and Berlin. I'm off to...
BLIND DATE; Last Week's Date
Byline: ALEX MATTIS Aziz, 24-32 Vanston Place, SW6 Last week Clare, 29, a handbag designer from Ealing, chose Stephen, 34, an IT contractor from Battersea WHY? It was a tossup between Mike and Stephen. Once I saw their pictures, I decided...
Blunkett Unveils Plan to Tag Asylum Seekers
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY DAVID BLUNKETT today unveiled plans for the electronic tagging of asylum seekers. The Home Secretary revealed the latest in a series of draconian measures as he hailed figures proving he has met a Government target - on...
Books
Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL Event of the week Doris Lessing She's one of the 20th century's greatest storytellers, and is still going strong in her eighties. Doris Lessing's new book, The Grandmothers, consists of four novellas. The title story...
Brooking Is Named as England Supremo
Byline: MICHAEL HART EXCLUSIVE By Paul Thomson TREVOR BROOKING was today made the supremo of English football in a revolutionary move by the Football Association. In the new role created specifically for him, Brooking will be given total control...
Brooking Is the Man; Trevor Holds Traditional Values but Is Ideal to Lead FA Revolution
Byline: MICHAEL HART AS A PLAYER Trevor Brooking was never quick, but he always got there. He might fall along the way, but he'd always get up. People up north thought he was a soft touch but those at Upton Park knew otherwise. In his early...
Carr: How Huntley Panicked at Being Last to See Girls; MAXINE TOLD POLICE OF FEARS SHE WILL NEVER RETURN TO SOHAM, COURT HEARS
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;PATRICK MCGOWAN IAN HUNTLEY was gripped by panic when he realised people knew he was the last person to see Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman alive, the Old Bailey heard today. His girlfriend Maxine Carr told police Huntley...
Changing the Old Order in Europe
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT IS tempting, but surely superficial, to see the decision to ignore the Stability Pact in the eurozone as yet another example of France and Germany doing what they want and expecting the rest of the European Union to fall...
Children; TOP 5 Things to Do This Week
Byline: DAMIAN KELLEHER NUTCRACKER! It is back. Matthew Bourne's production (with Lisa Probert, right) was a box-office-busting hit last year and, though it may not be your traditional Nutcracker( don't expect an appearance from King Rat) it...
City Insider
Insider -with a very well directed appetite Hunting trouper is in the pink Warm bubbly, cool reception Spinning a grave undertaking One to kick into touch * AT THE Countryside Alliance's City dinner and wine auction this week I bumped into John Jackson,...
Classical; Stephen Pettitt Recommends
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT FRANCOIS-FREDERIC GUY The personable young French pianist gives a programme that includes two of the greatest achievements of the piano literature, Schubert's late A major Sonata, D959, and Liszt's B minor Sonata, a revolutionary...
Clubbing; NIGHTLIFE
Byline: LOTTIE Underwater Sat 29 Nov, 11pm-7am The End, 18 West Central Street, WC1 (020-7419 9199) Avery special night coming our way on Saturday, featuring one of Liverpool's finest exports, Yousef (left), making a rare trip down south for...
Cole Wants to Put Things Right If He Gets Chance against United
Byline: MATT HUGHES JOE COLE said today that Chelsea must learn from their failure to prise open Sparta Prague. The England midfielder, who was making his first Champions League start, said: "We're a young team and will learn from yesterday's...
Cost of Trust Gem Rockets to [Pounds Sterling]37m; HOW TAXPAYERS COULD PICK UP [Pounds Sterling]20m BILL ON HOME LINKED WITH KYLIE
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;ELIZABETH HOPKIRK IT IS a piece of living history, a magnificent Victorian house that was until recently a private home but is now the National Trust's pride and joy. Ever since the Trust bought Tyntesfield in Somerset for...
Daminola Taylor Trust; Scene&Heard
Byline: DAVID SMYTH ALONGSIDE enough music awards to fill the pockets of several of her characteristic tracksuits, R&B star Ms Dynamite - real name Niomi McLean-Daley - also picked up a Women Of The Year award last month, in recognition of her...
Diageo in Firing Line as Germany Goes to War on Alcopops
Byline: ALLAN HALL DIAGEO, currently defending a class action lawsuit in America alleging it marketed alcopops to underage drinkers, is now also under attack in Germany where lawmakers want to slap a so-called "sin tax" on the drinks. Berlin's...
Dining; RESTAURANTS & BARS
Byline: FAY MASCHLER TOP restaurants for office parties Imperial China White Bear Yard, 25A Lisle Street, WC2 (020-7734 3388). Mon-Sun [pounds sterling]25 .. Crossing a Willow Pattern bridge over a carp pool on your way into this huge...
DMGT Sets Ball Rolling in Telegraph Bid Race
Byline: NICK GOODWAY DAILY Mail and General Trust declared itself in the running to buy the Telegraph Group as it announced its annual results today. It marks the first declaration of interest by a national newspaper group in what is likely to...
Don't Punish Us; Leeds Head Clubs Fighting Nine-Point Sanction over Debts
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS LEEDS UNITED are at the forefront of a campaign to stop Premiership clubs being docked points if they go into administration. Standard Sport understands the idea of a ninepoint deduc t ion was discussed at a recent Premier...
drinks,Dusk,sw11
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN I was recently being interviewed on the wireless on the subject of bars and booze and stuff when the host asked me the predictable question, 'What makes a good pub or bar?' I don't know what came over me (lethargy perhaps,...
Drinks; RESTAURANTS & BARS
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN Dion, EC3 52-56 Leadenhall Street, EC3 (020-7702 9111) Mon-Fri noon-11pm Iwas recently being interviewed on the wireless on the subject of bars and booze and stuff when the host asked me the predictable question, 'What...
Dr.london; Got a Problem with Your Life in London? Never Fear, the Doctor Is on Hand to Cure All Your Social Ills
the doctor replies I can't bear the thought of another Christmas in the kitchen. Are there any restaurants or hotels that will be open for business? After 2002's epic battle of the bird, you vowed that turkey would only pass your lips this year...
Duff: We Must Lift Ourselves for United
Byline: MATT HUGHES DAMIEN DUFF today admitted that Chelsea will need to lift themselves for their huge clash against Manchester United on Sunday after a disappointing Champions League display against Sparta Prague. The goalless draw at Stamford...
Fans Told to Be Patient with Didi
GERARD HOULLIER warned Liverpool fans today not to expect too much from Dietmar Hamann when he eventually returns to first-team action. The German midfielder could be involved at Anfield tonight when Liverpool face Steaua Bucharest in the second...
Fans Won't Fall for Tired Excuses Now
Byline: CLARE BALDING WHAT was the secret to England and Clive Woodward's success? What can we learn from the greatest sporting triumph that anyone under 40 can remember? The elation and enthusiasm of the fans tells you two things: how much they...
Fewer Train Seats but More People on SWT; [Pounds Sterling]60m REFURBISHMENT TO MAKE CARRIAGES EVEN MORE CROWDED
Byline: DICK MURRAY THOUSANDS of seats are to be ripped out from some of London's most crowded mainline commuter trains to allow even more passengers to pack on. More than 6,500 seats are to be removed from the 20-year-old fleet of sliding door...
Film; OPENING THIS WEEK
Byline: ANTONIA QUIRKE The Shape Of Things (15) Gretchen Mol, Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz Dir: Neil LaBute US/Fr/UK, 96min This started life on stage, and writer-director Neil LaBute liked his cast so much he insisted on keeping it when the play...
FSA Poised to Act over Huge AIM Short-Selling
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING THE Financial Services Authority is re-examining whether it needs to clamp down on extreme forms of short-selling after being alerted to a gigantic position taken by one marketmaker in a single AIM stock. The marketmaker...
Fund Managers Stake Their Claim in Singapore Revival; Market Report
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH AS the yearend approaches, many fund managers in Asia are starting to look in earnest to see where gains might be had in 2004. Even with a lack of direction with US markets closed for Thanksgiving, Singapore shares made...
Gastropubs; Restaurants & Bars
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION Coach and Horses, EC1 26 Ray Street, EC1 (020-7278 8990) Dinner for two with wine, [pounds sterling]50 The inn sign for the Coach And Horses features a large orange pumpkin and four mice (geddit?) which sets the tone...
Gay; NIGHTLIFE
Byline: NIGEL WILSON In The Parlour With The Ladies In The Parlour With The Ladies, Fri 12 Dec-Sat 10 Jan In The Bunker With The Ladies, Fri 28 Nov-Sat 10 Jan Drill Hall, Chenies Street, WC1 (020-7307 5060) Anyone who had the pleasure of seeing...
Get More Sun to Fight Tuberculosis
NEITHER Rowan Moore (No one is safe from the spread of tuberculosis, 24 November) nor your health experts offer enlightenment on the issue of tuberculosis. While touching briefly on the issue of poverty, no one identified the key facts of why sunshine...
Hardy Perennial; despite a Shaky Start Involving Gun Possession and Being Thrown out of Two Drama Schools, Tom Hardy's Career Has Blossomed. Now, the Young Actor Voted Best Newcomer at This Week's Evening Standard Theatre Awards Is Becoming a Hollywood Action Hero
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON At the age of 26, he has already been a super-villain in Star Trek, performed his own stunt in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and received ecstatic reviews for his appearances on stage at the Hampstead and Royal Court...
How Ballerinas Show 'Lads' a Taste of Culture; NATIONAL BALLET STARS STRIP AWAY FORMALITY
Byline: LUKE LEITCH Arts Reporter IT is not the kind of performance one expects from the English National Ballet. FHM, the pneumatic, glossy magazine beloved of teenage boys across the nation, normally chooses soap starlets and models to pose...
How Jools Stays Such a Cool Cat; He Plays the Albert Hall Tomorrow, but Jools Holland Is Just as Happy Jamming with His Megastar Mates Down a Muddy Track in Greenwich
Byline: PAUL PALMER A WINTRY morning in Greenwich, south London, and Jools Holland is feeling the pressure. It's at times like these - burdened with frantic rehearsals for his Royal Albert Hall shows this weekend, Radio 2 demanding a live performance...
Huntley Said Child Killers Should Be Shot, Says Maxine; GIRLFRIEND TOLD POLICE SHE WAS CONVINCED HE COULD NOT HAVE HARMED GIRLS
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;PATRICK MCGOWAN IAN HUNTLEY believes that people who abuse or kill children should be castrated or shot, the Old Bailey heard today. Huntley's girlfriend Maxine Carr told police that both of them believed drastic action should...
Icy and Cerebral, but the Fans Still Hail Radiohead; Radiohead Earls Court
Byline: DAVID SMYTH THE band first appeared in the half light and played an otherworldly electronic oddity with hardly a hint of a melody, entitled The Gloaming. They should have been performing to 30 or 40 intellectuals in some east London arts...
I May Have Been Born a Woman, but at Last the Law Says I Can Be 'Dad'
Byline: DAVID COHEN;DAVID COHEN WITHINGTON Girl s School, an exclusive public school in Manchester, would have had high hopes for their petite deputy head girl, Miss Whittle. She was an impressive all-rounder: academically bright, popular with...
IOC Chief Offers Chambers Plea Bargain to Reduce Ban; in Short
Gillespie back for Aussies Chadwick joins Millwall DWAIN CHAMBERS was today offered the chance of a reduced drugs ban by the president of the International Olympic Committee. Britain's European champion sprinter (above) faces a two-year suspension...
It's Panto Time! Pantoland Is Gearing Up for Another Sell-Out Season with Funky Takes on Traditional Tales and Soap Star-Studded Favourites to Draw in the Crowds. Damian Kelleher Rounds Up the Best
Byline: DAMIAN KELLEHER It must have been a perverse adult mind that invented pantomime. Having pleaded with the kids all year to keep the noise down, we have to sit and watch as they are encouraged to cheer the heroes, hiss the villains, and...
Johnson Wants Lion Woodward
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY MARTIN JOHNSON today announced he will not play for the British Lions again - but called on Clive Woodward to coach them in 2005. The England rugby captain, 33, said he will be too old and "even slower and more decrepit than...
Jonny's Class of '94
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON;REBECCA SMITH;MATHEUS SANCHEZ THEY were all members of the under-15 rugby team at Lord Wandsworth College in Hook, Hampshire, nine years ago. Pictured holding the ball is captain Jonny Wilkinson, whose drop-goal last Saturday...
Left Right, Left Right; Henry and Wilko Show the Way for a New Breed of Sports Star
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY Five of the best FROM Sydney to the San Siro we have seen the future of sport this week. It thrills spectators, spans continents and codes and is resoundingly two-footed. First there was Jonny Wilkinson, striking penalties...
LOCAL EATS; RESTAURANTS & Bars
Byline: KATE SPICER Donna Margherita, SW11 183 Lavender Hill, SW11 (020-7228 2660) Dinner for two, [pounds sterling]50 The tomato is a recent addition to Europe. When it arrived from South America 500 years ago, it was regarded as a strange...
Lord and Lady Becks (... Not Quite, It's Just OBE); THE ASCOT LOOK AS ENGLAND CAPTAIN PICKS UP HIS MEDAL AND PRAISE FROM QUEEN
Byline: DAVID HAYES;ROBERT JOBSON IT WAS Posh and Becks as we have never seen them before. And don't they scrub up well? Today the Beckhams showed that when the occasion calls for it - and what could be more of an occasion than receiving an OBE...
Max Impact; the Arts Newly Honoured in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for 40 Years of Innovation, and with a New Production Opening Tonight, Director Max Stafford-Clark Retains a Drive Few Can Emulate
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH THEATRE directors often grow weary of seeking out new drama. They become disheartened by the lack of attention paid to their own role in bringing a play from page to stage. As Max Stafford-Clark puts it, "If you do a Shakespeare...
Miners Put Up a Polished Show after UBS Upgrade
Byline: MICKEY CLARK A TWO-WAY pull has developed between leading City houses over the outlook for mining. Today, UBS took an upbeat view, reflecting the recent strong rise in the price of gold, platinum and copper. It says the weak dollar remains...
Moore Votes Needed to Block Nat's Net Bid
Byline: JOE BERNSTEIN A FIERCE campaign is threatening to stop Bobby Moore being voted into European football's official Hall of Fame. On their website, the Football Association are allowing fans to choose England's representative for the honour,...
Morality Play That Has Not Aged Well; THEATRE
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Secret Rapture Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue AT its National Theatre premiere in 1988, David Hare's The Secret Rapture was hailed as an eloquent reproof to the prevailing spirit of Thatcherite materialism and as a...
Mr Masterful; Russell Crowe Is Back at the Helm as a Swashbuckling Hero after a Two-Year Absence. and He's Tipped to Win Another Oscar. but Privately, He Tells Grace Marks, He's Left His Drunken Brawling Days Behind for the Joys of Fatherhood. Just Don't Ask Him the Wrong Questions
Byline: GRACE MARKS - You can smell the fear among the journalists waiting to interview Russell Crowe this smoggy morning in downtown Los Angeles. The 39-yearold actor has loathed the media since achieving stardom in 1997's LA Confidential - 'Journalists...
Negative Equity Looms; More Than 300,000 Households Are Facing New Mortgage Crisis
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL MORE THAN 300,000 households will be in negative equity by 2007, a report warns today. Most of them are expected to be in London (137,000 homes) and the rest of the South-East (85,900). The problem will not be as serious...
New Blair Health Scare over Severe Stomach Pains; HOSPITAL PUT ON STANDBY AFTER PM IS SUDDENLY TAKEN ILL
Byline: JOE MURPHY NEW concern was growing over Tony Blair's health today after he was suddenly taken ill with agonising stomach pains. Details were emerging of a full-scale alert at Downing Street last night in which a hospital was put on standby...
New Hope in Yard's Hunt for Damilola Killers; HI-TECH PROBE WILL EXAMINE EXHIBITS FROM ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION INTO MURDER
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SCOTLAND YARD has ordered a new investigation into the Damilola Taylor murder. Scientists will use new forensic techniques to scrutinise items found at the scene of the killing, raising fresh hopes of a breakthrough in...
News in Brief
And another thing... Gang robs schoolchildren on bus stuck at roadworks A GANG of youths stormed a bus stuck in traffic and robbed the 30 public school pupils on board. Four or five youths ran through the bus demanding money and mobile phones as...
News in Brief
And another thing... Boy, 12, convicted of rape Gang robs schoolchildren on bus stuck at roadworks Braced for a wet weekend River ferry collision kills 160 equipment to detect track faults made these unnecessary, but the RMT disputes this. The...
OBE Me? Stick It; Poet Rejects Honour in a Protest at the 'Brutality' of Empire
Byline: ALEXIS AKWAGYIRAM RASTAFARIAN poet Benjamin Zephaniah today publicly rejected an invitation to accept a New Year honour. He said he was protesting at "years of brutality" under the British Empire and the war in Iraq. He refused to...
Opening This Week
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON Illuminating The Renaissance The exquisitely hand-painted prayer books on show here were created for Europe's elite, for whom a well-stocked library was the ultimate status symbol. Between their covers lie stunning,...
Pressure on West Ham Board Grows
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY REBEL West Ham shareholders have proposed a three-point plan to wrest control of the club away from Terry Brown and the current board, writes Wayne Veysey. The group, known as Whistle, have called for [pounds sterling]20.25million...
Previewing This Week
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON Dinner Harriet Walter excelled herself last year at the National Theatre Loft as an acidtongued hostess holding a hellish dinner party in honour of the publication of her husband's bestseller. The play quickly became...
Queen's Speech Does Not Add Up
Damilola Taylor ALL GOVERNMENTS tend to lose momentum over time. The Queen's speech yesterday outlining Tony Blair's legislative programme for the coming parliament illustrates just how difficult it is for a government after six years of office...
Return of the Epics? Scene&Heard the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Has Failed to Spark a New Sense of Adventure in Hollywood
Byline: EDWARD HELMORE FOR the past two years, the approach to Christmas comes as much with the expectations of hobbits and orcs as reindeer. This year will be no different; with the final instalment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's...
Rock & Pop
Byline: DAVID SMYTH The Dandy Warhols Mon 1 Dec The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 (08704 000 700) The Dandy Warhols were playing to a slightly different audience than they are used to when they came to Brixton Academy in May. Long-term fans...
Sarries Chief: Get Ready for the Big Boom
Byline: MARK BALDWIN MARK SINDERBERRY knows how the England World Cup win will affect his club Saracens as he experienced the feel-good factor first hand when Australia were champions four years ago. Sinderberry witnessed the explosion in general...
Sol: Inter Win Was Best I've Played in; Plaudits Keep Coming for San Siro Sensation
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS SOL CAMPBELL, not normally noted for exaggerating, today described Arsenal's astonishing demolition of Internazionale in the San Siro as the most complete team performance he had been involved with. As plaudits continued...
Sorry Mr Norris - You've Gone Too Far This Time; the New Chairman of Jarvis Cannot Remain Tory Candidate for Mayor
Byline: SIMON JENKINS WHAT a pity. I was looking forward to london's mayoral elect ions. The cast was lining up to be pure soap opera. The cockney jokester, Ken Livingstone, was up against the suburbanite Tory, Steve Norris. Mr Livingstone,...
Spain Takes over from France as Top Holiday Spot
Byline: ALEXIS AKWAGYIRAM THE lure of sunshine, sandy beaches and tapas is becoming increasingly hard to resist for Britons leaving these shores for a well-earned break. Spain has overtaken France as the most popular holiday destination for UK...
Talk Posh or Stay on Life's Sidelines
Byline: TIM LOTT IT would take a heart of stone not to giggle at the story of Tiffany Roberts, the American woman who found herself ostracised by friends and neighbours when she woke up after a stroke with an estuarine drawl like Denise Van Outen...
Television; PICK OF THE WEEK
Byline: PETE CLARK Little Britain Monday 10pm BBC2 It's been a while since there was a decent comedy series around, a reason to break the speed limit to get home in time for, and the natives of this gag-driven isle are getting distinctly restless....
Terror Suspect Linked to Shoe Bomber Is Held
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;HUGH DOUGHERTY;REBECCA MOWLING SCOTLAND YARD believe they have arrested a key player in the al Qaeda terrorist network. The 24-year-old man was held under the Terrorism Act after a dramatic dawn raid at his terraced home...
Theatre; FIRST NIGHT REVIEWS
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Jumpers Piccadilly Theatre 16 Denman Street, W1 (08700 606630) Tom Stoppard's dreamlike comic fantasia involves two professors, two adulterers, one corpse, a moon landing, a troupe of acrobats, a slaughtered hare and...
The 'Health' Foods That Are as Bad as Chips and Sweets
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT THEY are packaged to give the impression that they are healthy choices. But some products with the most wholesome- looking appearances on our supermarket shelves may be no better than calorie-laden treats such as chips...
The Sky's the Limit; NIGHTLIFE
Byline: JOHN LYTTLE Caroline Reid's air hostess from hell, Pam Ann, terrorised Posh, squared up to Anne Robinson and numbers Elton John among her fans. John Lyttle meets a comedian who's about to take off The publicity material for Caroline Reid's...
The Talk in FOOTBALL
Roman scoffs at chance to pitch in for big dinner Blues are going green Spurs are talking Italian Spurred on by hate mail Hughes a busy manager School's out for Magyars month we've set high standards and we didn't meet them last night," he said. "We'll...
The Truth about Fur and Loathing; Love It or Hate It, Fur Is Back on the Streets with a Vengeance. Kate Moss Might Go for the Real Thing but You Can Still Fake It
Byline: LAURA CRAIK THANKS to the Herculean efforts of Fendi, Cavalli, Dolce and most of the big Italian design houses, fur is the trend that just won't go away. The happier news is that this has made fake fur a huge trend, too - there's a synthetic...
Timing Is Perfect as Butcher Hits Form
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MARK BUTCHER put himself in good heart for the next Test challenge of the winter while making an increasingly fluent century today. The Surrey lefthander had a thin time of it in Bangladesh, failing on three occasions in a...
Tony, Me and Donut Street
Byline: NICK CURTIS FORGET the Oscar. Forget the knighthood. The ultimate accolade for those engaged in all fields of human endeavour these days is an appearance on The Simpsons. A cameo in Matt Groening's world-beating animated satire bestows cool...
Torturing the Brains of Britain; 'The Responses Were Far More Peculiar, with the First Woman Wanting to Land on the Bridge of the Titanic in April 1912'
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH A FEW years ago, a brewery offered me a vast fee (almost equal to the national debt of Brazil) to promote their beer in a series of radio commercials. Being a principled broadcaster, I'd happily advertise napalm (or even...
TUBE GO-SLOW; Union 25mph Limit Will Cripple Network in Row over Safety
Byline: DICK MURRAY UNION leaders today ordered a 48-hour " goslow" across the whole Tube network in a dispute over safety. Drivers will be ordered to do a maximum speed of 25mph throughout Monday, 8 December and Tuesday, 9 December. The move...
United Stars Will Return at Bridge
Byline: PAUL THOMSON SIR ALEX FERGUSON says he is confident Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Ruud Van Nistelrooy will be fit for Sunday's crunch Premiership clash at title rivals Chelsea despite all missing last night's 1-0 win over Panathinaikos. ...
Unlucky Break Has Hussain All at Sea
Byline: DAVID LLOYD NASSER HUSSAIN'S return to action lasted just two balls here today. England's former captain finished the Test tour of Bangladesh a month ago in limpetlike mood, batting for nearly nine hours in Chittagong while scoring 76...
WAR ON THE MINICAB SEX ATTACKERS; Drivers to Have DNA Tests in Bid to Catch Rapists
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY ILLEGAL minicab drivers are to have their fingerprints and DNA taken in a clampdown on sex assaults on passengers. Hundreds of drivers will undergo DNA swabs from next Monday - a move which police believe could catch dozens...
Where to See the England Rugby Heroes
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS THE full details of the England rugby team's victory parade are revealed today. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to descend on London on Monday week to see captain Martin Johnson and his triumphant squad...
Why Your Text Life Is the Key to a New Etiquette; HOW MOBILE GENERATION HAS DEVELOPED ITS OWN MODE OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK;PAUL SIMS NEW research has shown that people with a video calling facility on their mobile phone are too vain to use it. The survey, carried out by youth culture researchers Roar, also found that of the 96 per cent of...
Wilson Slams Exchange 'Cheats'; Former BBC Pundit Hits out at Betfair
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM FORMER BBC racing correspondent Julian Wilson turned up the heat in the ongoing debate over betting exchanges today by arguing that organisations like Betfair "should be blown out of the water". Wilson used a guest column...
Wine Battle Brews over US Taste for Europe Titles
Byline: MELANIE MORNINGSTAR A TRADE war is looming over America's insistence in using European names such as Champagne and Chianti to describe its wines. Washington is already under fire from major trading partners over tariffs protecting its...
With Music I'll Make a Better Life for My Son and This Generation; Scene&Heard as the Standard Launches Its Christmas Appeal in Aid of the Damilola Trust, Campaigning Pop Diva Ms Dynamite Talks Music, Guns and Politics
'BLAMING music like hip hop for gun crime is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Do I think that people who listen to negative music all day stagnate their growth in terms of self-confidence and how they perceive themselves? Yes. Do I think...
Yes Please; Beckham Arrives (in Earrings) to Collect His OBE
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON WHEN one goes to the Palace it is normally the Queen who wears the biggest diamonds. However today David Beckham, style guru, gay icon and football hero, was not to be outshone and sported two diamond stud earrings as he...
Yes, Yes ... Don't Fake It Sally, Just Have an Implant; U.S. DOCTOR INVENTS FEMALE 'ORGASMATRON'
Byline: MARK PRIGG MEG RYAN was famously able to fake it When Harry Met Sally but scientists now claim they have invented an "orgasmatron". The electronic implant, said to be able to cause instant sexual arousal in women at the flick of a switch,...