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Articles from October 21, 2002

A Day in the Life of ...... a Samaritan; Just the Job
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON THE peak time is between 10pm and 3am. The 10 volunteers doing the night watch shift this evening in the Samaritans' Central London Branch will each receive around 20 calls. "Some callers basically want to die," explains...
All in a Day's Work; Just the Job
Byline: TOM BARLOW Stephen Moir Housing-aid case worker FOR the past two years, Stephen Moir, 30, has worked for Shelter at its Piccadilly Advice Centre (PAC) in the West End. Shelter estimates that 48,230 households are in hostels or bed...
All in a Day's Work; Just the Job
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON Juliet Hunter Custody visitor EACH week, volunteer Juliet Hunter makes two or three unannounced visits to police custodies in North Westminster to check that detainees are being held in accordance with their rights. ...
Asian Investors Take Step Back after Rally
Byline: RAY HEATH TOO far, too fast was Asian investors' verdict on last week's tearaway stocks rally. There was little follow-through from Friday's gains in New York, which put the Dow Jones Industrial Average 6% up on the week and the Nasdaq...
A TALE OF DOOMED LOVE across the Raj Divide
Byline: EDWARD MARRIOTT WHITE MUGHALS: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India by William Dalrymple (HarperCollins, pound sterling20) A tale of doomed love IN 1841, a 44-year-old "strangely complexioned" Englishwoman sat down in her villa...
A 'Yes' to the People's Europe
THE ROUSING REVERSAL of last year's 'No' vote in the Irish referendum at the weekend signals both the strengths and the weaknesses of institutional Europe. The project of enlargement is essential to the restructuring of the continent's trade and security...
Back to the Old Slappers Book Casts a Blight on Enid
Byline: A.N. WILSON IN days of old, the sex stories in the Sunday newspapers used to be restricted very largely to matters that had been aired in court, usually the divorce courts. The advent of the quickie or the no-blame-attached divorce was...
Battersea Powers Ahead
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL WITH its sleek glass facade and rooftop gardens, it is a vast, stylish and futuristic complex - one of London's most familiar landmarks as never seen before. A massive regeneration project is poised to transform the 38...
Becks Sparkles at Jewel Party ... for 10 Minutes
Byline: ROBERT JOHNSTON DAVID and Victoria Beckham paid a fleeting visit to a party in the West End - leaving after only 10 minutes. The couple were on one of their first nights out since the birth of Romeo when they popped into the 40th birthday...
Blair Pledges More Cash for EU Expansion
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR will this week promise British aid to ease the European Union's expansion plans following Ireland's historic Yes vote to the Nice treaty. The biggest hurdle to 10 new countries joining the EU, including Poland and...
Brain Drain as Price of Homes Deters Academics
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN UNIVERSITIES in London are suffering a brain drain as the crisis in affordable housing forces academics out of the capital. Professors and lecturers are leaving in growing numbers to work at provincial universities, the Government...
'Call Us' Plea to Sniper after 12th Victim Is Hit
Byline: JAMES LANGTON POLICE have made a desperate appeal to the sniper who is terrorising Washington to contact them. They revealed that a message believed to be from the gunman had been found after the 12th shooting outside a steak restaurant...
Case Notes; Just the Job
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD Gordon Caris Hospital visitor GORDON Caris, 55, is a recovering alcoholic but has found solace in the volunteering department of his local hospital, Whipps Cross in east London. EU-funded, the initiative helps the retired,...
Consortium Crisis Is New Blow for PPP
THE Government's part-privatisation of the Tube suffered a new blow today as concern mounted over one of the principal private-sector contractors taking over part of the network. There is a deepening crisis at Amey, the engineering company, where...
Corporate Volunteers; JUST THE JOB
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD Putting something back into the community offers a raft of benefits for big business and the underprivileged, says Alex Hannaford MORE and more companies are creating "social responsibility" departments, giving their staff...
Dame Diana Is off to Secret French Retreat
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY WITH a population of only 86 it is the perfect place for one of Britain's finest actresses to avoid the limelight. Houses remain shuttered all day and the only hint of activity is the occasional dog wandering the medieval...
Day Top Policeman Told Charles and William of the Case against Burrell
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;ROBERT JOBSON PRINCE CHARLES and Prince William were briefed by senior Scotland Yard police about the Burrell investigation, the Old Bailey heard today. One of the highest-ranking officers at Scotland Yard, Commander John...
Deayton's BBC Career in the Balance after More Sex Revelations
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;ADAM BLENFORD BBC CHIEFS are to hold toplevel discussions on the future of Angus Deayton after his exlover told how he repeatedly took cocaine and slept with prostitutes. Television scriptwriter Stacy Herbert, 34, told...
Diana and Mystery of James Hewitt's Missing Signet Ring
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;ROBERT JOBSON THE "sensitive" item of jewellery which was kept secret at the trial of royal butler Paul Burrell was revealed today as the signet ring of Princess Diana's former lover, Major James Hewitt. The Old Bailey heard...
Diana and Riddle of Hewitt's Ring
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;ROBERT JOBSON Hewitt with Diana in 1989: she kept his signet ring in locked box THE "sensitive" item of jewellery which was kept secret at the trial of royal butler Paul Burrell was revealed today as the signet ring of Princess...
Discovering Dresden
Byline: PAUL MANSFIELD IN the Kreuzkirche, the oldest church in Dresden, there's a cross of silver nails, donated by the people of Coventry, another city which suffered badly in the Second World War. The cross stands just above a photographic exhibition,...
Doctor 'Ran Down Former Wife on Her Way to Work'
Byline: ANDREW CUNNINGHAM A DOCTOR repeatedly drove over his ex-wife and pulled clumps of her hair out in a terrifying bid to kill her, the Old Bailey heard today. Freddrick Parkins, 47, deliberately mounted the pavement to run down his former...
Donate as You Earn; JUST THE JOB
Byline: KATE CROCKETT Payroll giving means money goes straight out of your salary to a charity of your choice. Kate Crockett explains how FOR those people who would like to give more to charitable causes, but just don' t get around to it -...
Donna Tartt Pays Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson
Byline: FRANCIS SPUFFORD THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tartt (Bloomsbury, pound sterling16.99) AMERE pinpoint in his face, but gleaming like a crumb of glass." That's Long John Silver's eye, in Treasure Island, just before the smiling pirate suddenly...
Electric Duo Prove That Sparks Still Fly
Byline: DAVID SMYTH WITH Queen already established in the West End, and efforts by Madness and Rod Stewart soon to come, it is surely only a matter of time before someone comes up with a musical based on the songs of Sparks. The music of the electro-pop...
England Hopeful Parker Returns to Boost Charlton
Byline: JIM FOULERTON SCOTT PARKER is clearly a man in a hurry. Not content with helping fire Charlton to their first home Premiership win since March on his return from injury yesterday, the midfielder later revealed a burning desire to play for...
England Launch Radical Cup Bid
Byline: CHRIS JONES EXCLUSIVE By Chris Jones ENGLISH rugby chiefs today unveiled revolutionary plans to stage the 2007 Rugby World Cup that would generate a staggering pound sterling 140million - double the expected income of next year's tournament...
Everyone on Board for a Tour of the Capital
Byline: MELANIE MCGRATH DO NOT PASS GO: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair by Tim Moore (Yellow Jersey Press, pound sterling12) SAMUEL Johnson wrote: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can...
Film with 9-Minute Rape Scene Cleared for UK with 18 Certificate
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR A FILM containing a nine-minute rape scene was today given an 18 certificate for screening in Britain without any cuts. When the movie, Irreversible, was screened in Cannes this year 250 people walked out and 20 people fainted....
Fine Forecast for Light Rain Fine Forecast for Light Rain
Byline: SARAH FRATER DANCE Potent: Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker's choreography Rain Sadler's Wells, EC1 THERE aren't many modern dance-makers who can get an audience on its feet. Most choreograph long dark nights of the soul, sending you out...
Firefighter Strikes Could Close Entire Rail and Tube Network
Byline: DICK MURRAY TUBE and mainline rail services face a shutdown because of the series of strikes by firefighters, it was revealed today. Services could be crippled up until Christmas and possibly further if the firefighter strikes continue....
First-Time Winner Burns Holds off Late Tiger Charge
Byline: PAUL THOMSON BOB BURNS shot a seven-under-par 65 to win the Disney Golf Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, despite a spirited late charge by world No 1 Tiger Woods. Burns, 34, finished at 25-under par, one shot better than third-round...
Francis Fury as Palace Let It Slip Away
Byline: MATT HUGHES CRYSTAL PALACE manag er T r evo r Francis rounded on his players following the 2-2 draw with Wimbledon. Palace have drawn their past five league games and on Saturday conceded two goals in the last 15 minutes to throw away...
Further Education the Key to Graduate Success; Financial Executive
Byline: WENDY LEDGER With less opportunities and more competition, graduates are turning to extended study to help them land the perfect jobs. Wendy Ledger reports EVEN the best graduates are finding it difficult to come by suitable work. According...
Gaby Gets Lean and Mean for Chicago Lesbian Role
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON WE know her best as the host of Big Breakfast and Children In Need, who for years has been a muchloved celebrity and is now the golden girl of the BBC. But all that is about to change for Gaby Roslin, who is soon to make...
Good,but This Ring's Not All There Yet
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON CLASSICAL THE RHINEGOLD ENO/DANIEL BARBICAN FOR Sadler's Wells, when it became the English National Opera in 1974, the Ring under Reginald Goodall was perhaps its defining production. With it the company came of age,...
High Earners May Face [Pounds Sterling]100a-Month Stealth Tax on Pension Savings
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN HIGHER earners could face tough curbs on their pension tax breaks under government plans to boost savings among the low-paid. A proposal being examined by Downing Street would end the right of 2.8 million top-rate tax payers...
How a Step Too Far with a Ladder Cost Kidde [Pounds Sterling]11m
Byline: LAUREN CHAMBLISS From Lauren Chambliss in New York THREE years ago, Aldo Di Belardino and Andrew Ive - youthful inventors and Harvard Business School chums - were proudly exhibiting their range of home escape ladders at a Chicago trade...
I'll Have One Just like Hers, Please
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS THEY used to be the clients that hairdressers dread. The ones who turn up with a picture of their favourite celeb - airbrushed and styled to perfection - and demand to be made to look "Just the same as her, please". But...
In Search of the Real Proust
Byline: DAVID SEXTON ALa Recherche du Temps Perdu, the greatest novel of the last century, has had three substantially different incarnations in French, so far. It was first published in 16 volumes over the years 1913-1927 by the Nouvelle Revue...
Irish Show Scots How It Should Be Done
Byline: CHRIS JONES Where England would welcome the world ponement of the Tri-Nations tournament involving South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, which takes place in July and August. The RFU suggests the Tri-Nations in 2007 runs in parallel with...
Jumping off the Treadmill; Just the Job
Byline: FIONA MCNEILL Working in the charity sector can be a challenging alternative to the corporate world, says Fiona McNeill IF you have ever considered breaking away from the corporate treadmill but can't bear the idea of starting a new career...
Just When the Living Was Easy
Byline: T J BINYON IT looks as though Easy Rawlins, Walter Mosley's series hero, might at last have settled down. He's got a good job as senior custodian at Sojourner Truth junior high; Bonnie, a beautiful Air France stewardess, has moved in with...
Kanoute Injury Worries Continue
Byline: KEN DYER WEST HAM manager Glenn Roeder was today anxiously waiting for the result of a scan on Frederic Kanoute. The French striker had been pencilled in to make a comeback from a groin injury in the bottomofthe-table clash at Sunderland...
Kay Takes the Biscuit
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU PETER KAY BRIGHTON DOME A PARKINSON appearance, an opening London show and a closing Brighton Comedy Festival performance made it a busy weekend for Peter Kay. As the star of Channel 4's Phoenix Nights joked, all that graft...
Legal Eagle; JUST THE JOB
Byline: EDWARD MARTINEAU IF you are thinking of setting up a charity, first consider approaching an existing one to see if you can pursue your idea under its umbrella. For instance, a fund might be set up in memory of an individual who has died...
Lineker Bids to Take over His First Love Leicester City
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN HE WAS one of the finest footballers this country has ever produced. Then, when he turned his hand to television, he achieved the seemingly impossible, and superseded Des Lynam as the " housewives' favourite". Now Gary...
Lineker City; Former England Star Is Planning to Buy Leicester
Byline: MATT HUGHES GARY LINEKER is leading a consortium to buy Leicester City. The First Division club today became the latest victims of football's recession by applying for administration, and Lineker has come forward in an attempt to secure...
Macmillan Owner Looks into Nazi Links
Byline: CHARLES MIRANDA THE GERMAN owner of one of Britain's largest publishing companies is investigating its links with the Nazis. The von Holtzbrinck Group, which bought Macmillan publishing in 1995, is researching its history from 1933 to...
Man Walks into Class and Shoots Dead Two Students
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY TWO students were killed and eight more injured when a gunman opened fire during a university tutorial today. The man walked into the class and shot from a number of handguns he was carrying at Monash University in Melbourne,...
Meeting Brings FA Split Closer
Byline: PAUL THOMSON A CRUCIAL meeting today could begin the process of a major breakaway of England's top clubs from the Football Association. Many Premiership clubs are furious over FA proposals to use their players to promote the England team...
New Blow for Rag Lady of Chiswick as Her Car Park Garden Is Destroyed
Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER A WOMAN who spent more than 25 years living in a car parked in a Chiswick street until the council towed it away has seen her latest shelter destroyed by the same authority. Anne Naysmith, 65, known as the Rag Lady of Chiswick,...
No Letup for Flying Fallon; A Relentless Pursuit for Glory Sees Kieren Chase His American Dream
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM Graham Cunningham Racing Correspondent LOOK at Kieren Fallon and you see one of the last in a dying breed. More and more nowadays, the jockeys who roam the motorways seeking every winner possible and those who ration...
Oasis Blame Tour for Triple Snub at Q Music Awards
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON OASIS failed to win a single prize at today's Q awards despite being nominated in three categories, more than any other band. Best Act in the World award went to Radiohead who also beat Coldplay, Stereophonics and U2....
On the Up
Byline: SARAH TURNER OUR more sophisticated clients," says Ted Wake, of city-break specialists Kirker Holidays, "love going to the cities of the former Eastern bloc, especially those who enjoy having the best seats at the Prague State Opera. At...
Powergen Snaps upTXUfor [Pounds Sterling]2bn
CONTROL of TXU Europe's 5.3 million household customers and the beleaguered power company's three Midlands power stations will pass to Powergen today in a deal worth up to pound sterling2 billion. The deal makes German-owned Powergen, led by chairman...
Property Surge Fuels Crash Fear
Byline: JANE PADGHAM FEARS that the runaway housing boom will end in tears were heightened today by new figures showing property prices are surging at the fastest pace for almost 30 years. The report from property website Rightmove showed prices...
Pubs Over-Egging Their Menus; Hyped-Up Descriptions under Attack
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY FOR YEARS they served up little more than ploughman's lunches and side orders of chips. Now pubs seduce customers with more sophisticated fare, such as navarin of lamb and red Thai curry. But a new phenomenon has emerged...
Quinn Plans Quick Return to the Saddle; Jockey Recovers from Horror Fall
JIMMY QUINN, the country's leading lightweight jockey, has vowed to be back in the saddle in double quick time after surviving an horrific racecourse accident, writes Colin Fleetwood Jones. The 35-year-old Irish-born rider was fired into the ground...
Rag Lady of Chiswick Loses Her Car Home and Her Garden
A WOMAN who spent more than 25 years living in a car parked in a Chiswick street until the council towed it away has seen her latest shelter destroyed by the same authority. Anne Naysmith, 65, right, the Rag Lady of Chiswick, had a garden in a corner...
Rolling out the Sixties
Byline: PETE CLARK 2STONED by Andrew Loog Oldham (Secker, pound sterling17.99) THERE is a saying which has gained some currency: anyone who says they remember the Sixties couldn't have been there. I dare say this is true, given the heady nature...
Rooney Will Not Be Sold, Says Moyes
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS DAVID MOYES has warned off any Premiership clubs who may have their sights on prodigious Everton talent Wayne Rooney. The 16-year-old became the youngest scorer in Premiership history when he slammed a lastminute winner...
Scorned Wife of Internet Tycoon Gets Five Years for Plotting to Murder Him
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE SCORNED wife of an internet millionaire who offered a hitman pound sterling20,000 to kill her husband collapsed in the dock as she was jailed for five years at the Old Bailey today. The sentence was despite a mercy plea...
Security Scandal at Top Hospital
Byline: MAXINE FRITH SHOCKING lapses in security at one of London's biggest hospitals are revealed in an Evening Standard investigation today. The findings come only months after two women were raped on the wards of hospitals in the capital -...
Security Stepped Up for England Opener
Byline: JAMES PRICE By James Price in Perth AUSTRALIA'S cricket officials announced today they have increased security for England's opening match of the Ashes tour tomorrow following the Bali bombings earlier this month. Nasser Hussain's...
Seven Years on, Inquiry Links Iraqis to Oklahoma Atrocity
Byline: JAMES LANGTON THE FBI is under pressure from the highest political levels in Washington to investigate suspected links between Iraq and the Oklahoma bombing. Senior aides to US Attorney-General John Ashcroft have been given compelling...
SFI Stuns City with Long List of Troubles
Byline: SARAH MARKS SLUG and Lettuce pubs chain owner SFI stunned the City today with a devastating profit warning and a long list of woes including the breaching of its banking covenants and the shock suspension of the 1.87p dividend previously...
Single White Female Seeks Housemate
Byline: MARIA MCERLANE Life&Style Unattached women are opting to live together rather than alone. One writer tells how she has swapped a husband for all-girl heaven HAVING relieved myself of a longterm partner and all the trappings that...
Soccer Racism Isn't All Black and White
Byline: TIM PARKS As football's antiracism week begins, a writer based in Italy says the European authorities have the power to stamp out the chanting - but are unlikely to do so by Tim Parks HOW serious is a racist chant in a football stadium?...
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
Byline: LESLEY GARNER THINGS MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME by Blake Morrison (Chatto, pound sterling16.99) YOU would never base a novel on a character like Blake Morrison's mother. Imagine the difficulties you would create for yourself by inventing...
Standard Chartered Plans a Fresh Focus after Its HK Listing
Byline: RAY HEATH From Ray Heath in Hong Kong THE Hong Kong listing of Standard Chartered Bank, which got under way today, will raise about pound sterling264 million for the group - but chief executive Mervyn Davies says that is not what it's...
Still a Coded Message
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH THEATRE Saint's Day Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond IT is easy to understand the sense of bewilderment and fascination that greeted John Whiting's Saint's Day in 1951. For this play, harbinger of the New Wave although indebted...
Sugababes Triumph but Oasis Miss out Again at Q Awards
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON OASIS failed to win a single prize at today's Q awards despite being nominated in three categories, more than any other band. Best Act in the World award went to Radiohead, who also beat Coldplay, Stereophonics and U2. ...
Swat Team Swoop on 'The Sniper'
Byline: JAMES LANGTON ARMED police swooped on a petrol station today and arrested a man they suspect could be the "Beltway Sniper", who has killed nine people in the Washington area. Swat officers in camouflage uniform surrounded a white Plymouth...
Taking Care of Business; Just the Job
Byline: PENNY COTTEE Londoners have been moaning about it for months, but how will the congestion charges be collected, asks Penny Cottee FOUR months and counting to the arrival of the hotly debated Congestion Charging in the capital. On Monday,...
Taking Care of Business; Just the Job
Byline: JUSTINE SPELLER Justine Speller reveals how small charities can find an effective way to get their message to the masses AS charities and voluntary organisations strive for money, attention and influence, efficient and effective marketing...
The Battles of John Birt; How the Boy from Bootle Became Head of the BBC
Byline: JEREMY ISAACS THE HARDER PATH: The Autobiography of John Birt (Time Warner, pound sterling20) (Time Warner, pound sterling20) JOHN Birt's mum has a lot to answer for. Every day when he was two, he would climb on a chair to reach the top...
The Way We Were. Celebrities Choose Favourite Childhood Photographs for Charity
Byline: VALENTINE LOW A VAN crashes and eggs spill out on to the road. A little girl boards a liner to sail to South America. A young boy is humiliated at school because he cannot keep up with his classmates. These are the recollections that...
Too Cute to Be Straight Up about Prejudice
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON THEATRE Glory Box Drill Hall, WC1 IT says a lot about Tim Miller's forceful personality that leading playwright Tony Kushner proudly sat naked while typing the foreword to Miller's Body Blows, a collection of six performance...
Tottenham Pair Turn Back Clocks
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS Tottenham 3 Bolton 1 ROBBIE KEANE and Simon Davies are becoming quite a double act at White Hart Lane, where a handsome win against Bolton yesterday saw them leapfrog Manchester United and go third. Keane's well-taken...
Turning Compassion into High-Street Fashion; Just the Job
Byline: ANDREW EAMES Competition from cut-price fashion outlets has led charity shop Traid to cherry-pick vintage items to sell in specialist retailers, says Andrew Eames THE past couple of years, which are generally acknowledged as having been...
Vote Proves the Value of Making Case for Reform
Byline: PETER KELLNER HERE is some good news for people who fear that Brussels will dragoon them into a European superstate. The people won't let it. To be more precise, the people of Ireland won't let it. That is the lesson from their two...
Waste Not, Want Not: Such a Simple Solution to Hunger; Just the Job
Byline: CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON The need to feed the hungry isn't restricted to famine-torn areas of the world. Christopher Middleton reports on a team dedicated to feeding the capital's homeless IT'S an idea which is as satisfying as it is...
When Inside Knowledge Helps; JUST THE JOB
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON Sarah Richardson discovers that being a PA can give you a head start when it comes to working for a charity PLUM roles in high-profile charities are like gold dust and breaking into the sector can be as competitive as...
When the Bug Takes Over
Byline: PETE CLARK IT was the noted philosopher and song-and-dance man Frederick Mercury who first drew the phenomenon to my attention. He called it a crazy little thing called love, and how right he was. To think that such a small and unobtrusive...
Why Should I Feel Sorry for Her?
Byline: RACHEL COOKE In a highly revealing interview, Ulrika Jonsson says she refuses to feel guilty about sleeping with Sven and defends her decision to write a kiss 'n' tell book ULRIKA Jonsson's autobiography, Honest, is dedicated to her children,...
Yet Again, Porn on Screen Is Dressed Up as Art
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER IRREVERSIBLE features nine minutes of anal rape of a woman in a Paris underpass by a bisexual male pimp, whom we've just seen beaten to death in an S& M bondage club called The Rectum. In this film, things happen...
Zola Has Appetite to Stay for More
Byline: JOE BERNSTEIN THE hottest scoring streak of Gianfranco Zola's career is making the Italian consider staying at Chelsea beyond this season. Zola, 36, had intended to retire when his contract runs out in the summer. But his double at...