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Articles from February 27, 2006

A Big Zzzzzzzz for the X-Factor
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD POP X-Factor Live Apollo THE subsequent career of barely remembered X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein and the downgrading of this year's finalists' tour to Hammersmith suggests that reality television's hold over British...
A Call for More Power to the People
IT HAS become a commonplace that public trust in politicians has been eroded. Certainly turnout at elections has fallen to low levels, and it was in order to consider ways of boosting participation in politics that the Power Commission was launched...
A Cracking Night for Jane and the Three Billys; OLIVIERS FOR ELLIOT BOYS AND GUYS AND DOLLS STARLET KRAKOWSKI
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK IT SHOULD have been a night of triumph for Guys And Dolls - but Billy Elliot stole the show, winning four honours at the Olivier Awards. Guys And Dolls star Ewan McGregor was beaten to the prize for best actor in a musical...
A Hip Hooray for the Hottest Pants; the Bottom's Falling out of the Market for G-Strings. Mimi Spencer Salutes Their Top-Selling Successor
Byline: MIMI SPENCER WHAT ON earth has happened to our pants? After almost a decade of being wedded to the fantastic flattery of the thong, women are at last changing their underwear. According to Mary Flack at Fenwick, just a year ago G-strings...
And Incidentally
Byline: RACHEL JOHNSON "NICE coat," said Anne Robinson, eyeing my pink, Nehru-collared number in the Green Room. "Where from?" "The Cross," I said, twirling. "It's lovely, isn't it?" Then my inner George Washington spoke. I couldn't let Annie...
A Punt on Tobacco Can Be Good for Your Wealth
Byline: SARAH MARKS MARKET REPORT WITH the Government deciding to ban smoking in offices pubs, clubs and just about every enclosed space outside the home, it is hard - no, impossible - to avoid the message that smoking is VERY BAD for you. ...
A Quick Fix for the Millions Who Don't Read; A New Campaign, Launching This Week, Aims to Encourage Some of Britain's Reluctant Readers with a Dozen Mini-Books, Including Some from Best-Selling Authors
Byline: DAVID SEXTON;DAVID SEXTON 'There is no reason why simplified stories cannot also be works of art' WORLD Book and Copyright Day, as it is properly called, is hardly an ancient festivity. It was invented by Unesco in 1995, purportedly "drawing...
Arsenal Aim for Cole to Face Fulham
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENAL will give Ashley Cole a lastminute fitness check before deciding if the England fullback can continue his comeback for the reserves at Barnet tonight against Tottenham. The need for an experienced head was never...
Asda V JJB Sports in First Match of the World Cup; England Replica Away Shirts Fall to [Pounds Sterling]22 as Shops Price War Rages
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN A CUT-THROAT price war has erupted over replica World Cup football strips. The price for an adult "away" shirt has already been cut from [pounds sterling]28 to [pounds sterling]22 as rival retailers battle for the lucrative...
A Second Chance for the Youngsters Who Hate School
Byline: RORY CLEMENTS There has never been a greater need for qualifications - yet some people leave school with virtually none. Rory Clements meets two inspiring young people who got a second chance Heidi Danaher, 25, from Bromley, says: ...
A Whole Lotta Latte ... Street That Hosted Lunchtime O'Booze Is Now Home to 19 Coffee Shops
Byline: VALENTINE LOW HERE it is - the proof that we really have turned into a coffee republic. This multitude of coffee bars - a dizzying array stretching from the San Carlo sandwich bar to the ubiquitous Starbucks - is to be found in Fleet Street....
Bad Career Advice Blamed for Women's Low Earnings
Byline: PAUL WAUGH POOR careers advice for girls is largely to blame for the gap between men's and women's pay, a report said today. The Women and Work Commission said that schools careers advisers who failed to tell girls of high-powered jobs...
Biggest Hoodie of Them All as Yamamoto Goes Large
Byline: DAVID HAYES IT MAY BE almost 25 years since Yohji Yamamoto first showed his uncompromising clothes in Paris, but the Japanese designer has lost none of his ability to amaze and inspire on the first day of the Paris collections. Staging...
Billions Are Wiped off the Value of Vodafone
Byline: NICK GOODWAY MOBILE phones giant Vodafone stunned the stock market today by saying it will make a massive writedown on the value of its business and warning that revenues and profit margins in the coming year will be at the bottom end of...
Blair Stands with Jowell after Italian 'Bribe' Claim
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL TONY BLAIR is today due to share a stage with Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, sending a strong signal of support to the beleaguered minister. The pair were jointly launching a report on women, work and the pay gap as a...
'BLING BLING' GANG'S [Pounds sterling]300M CRACK EMPIRE; Drug Ringleaders Who Spent Profits on Designer Labels Face Decades in Jail
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS FOURTEEN men and women behind a [pounds sterling]300 million crack cocaine operation in London are facing decades behind bars today. The "Bling Bling Gang" produced [pounds sterling]3million worth of crack every week for...
Blockbuster Author 'Stole Our Ideas' for Da Vinci Code
Byline: ED HARRIS DAN BROWN, the multimillionaire author of The Da Vinci Code, today faces a High Court challenge from two men who claim he stole their ideas. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh are suing Da Vinci Code publisher Random House, claiming...
Bogus Minicab Driver Jailed over Sex Attacks
Byline: ROB SINGH A BOGUS minicab driver who trapped young women in his car and sexually assaulted them has been jailed for five years. Abdul Jalal, 27, a bus driver by day, was caught after an undercover policewoman posed as a passenger. Today...
Can You Spot the Birdies? ...and We Don't Mean the Pair of Parakeets
Byline: MARK PRIGG AT first glance, it seems a straightforward picture of ring-necked parakeets noisily squawking in a London park - not an uncommon sight. But just metres away in the same tree, their older, wiser avian cousins look on, silently....
Chelsea Pitch in at Last as Players Get the Blues
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON CHELSEA today admitted they were forced to relay the pitch at Stamford Bridge after the players complained their bid for trophies could suffer on the terrible surface. The decision came just four days after their European...
Cityspy
email: cityspy standard.co.uk AS the BBC holds up grizzled Sir Alan Sugar as an example of modern British commerce, City Spy hears the corporation is desperate to persuade women to take part in its other reality-based business shows. But at least...
Couple Tell How Computer Game Company Crashed Owing [Pounds Sterling]50m
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ;JAMES ROSSITER IT was the British firm planning to beat the Japanese at their own games. Hi-tech console Gizmondo was launched at a Park Lane party attended by pop stars Sting, Jay Kay and Dannii Minogue and sold at...
Dallaglio and Corry Back on Collision Course after Scottish Flop; Battle between the Two No8s Is Back in the Spotlight Again with Cohen and Ellis Also in the Firing Line after New Murrayfield Misery
Byline: CHRIS JONES LAWRENCE Dallaglio today attempted to defuse the most explosive issue in English rugby by insisting his confrontation with Leicester captain Martin Corry at Murrayfield should not be "hyped up". Dallaglio is fighting a hopeless...
Dallaglio and Corry Set for New Collision
Byline: CHRIS JONES LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO today attempted to play down his "hyped up" battle with Leicester captain Martin Corry. But the rivalry between the No8s will dominate the week after England's Grand Slam hopes were ended by Scotland's 18-12...
Dan Brown in Court to Prove He Didn't Steal Da Vinci Code; Author in Copyright Battle
Byline: ED HARRIS DAN BROWN, the multimillionaire author of The Da Vinci Code, today faces a High Court challenge from two men who claim that he stole their ideas. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh are suing Da Vinci Code publisher Random House,...
DA VINCI CODE COURT BATTLE; Dan Brown's Anger as He Is Accused of 'Stealing' Plot
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE author of the [pounds sterling]200 million blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code "plundered" the plot from another book, the High Court heard today. Reclusive American writer Dan Brown was in court as two historians launched...
England Tour Chaos; Vaughan Flies Home and Jones Is Hurt but Flintoff Will Stay and Miss Birth of Child
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ANDREW FLINTOFF came to the rescue after England's tour of India was plunged into chaos here today. Flintoff will risk missing the birth of his second child to stay on tour and stand in for stricken leader Michael Vaughan....
England Tour Left in Chaos; Jones Collapses in the Nets and Vaughan Is Sent Home
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S tour of India lurched into crisis today as captain Michael Vaughan packed his bags for home moments after paceman Simon Jones collapsed with a twisted knee. Vaughan, 31, was ruled out of Wednesday's opening Test...
England Tour Left in Chaos; Simon Jones Collapses in the Nets and Vaughan Is Sent Home
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S tour of India lurched into chaos today as captain Michael Vaughan packed his bags for home moments after paceman Simon Jones collapsed with a twisted knee. Vaughan, 31, was ruled out of Wednesday's opening Test against...
Eriksson to Kick Benitez Player Plea into Touch
Byline: MICHAEL HART I KNOW we like to wrap our football megastars in cotton wool but for Rafael Benitez to suggest that burnout threatens Steven Gerrard if he plays for England on Wednesday is ludicrous. Gerrard may indeed have a busy schedule...
Five-Billion-Dollar Smiles Say ITN Will Clip a Path to Growth
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST *WHAT we want to do, said my university pal Jonathan Klein, is consolidate the world's photo libraries. "Our goal is to become the dominant player in the visual content industry." It was 1995 but I remember it like it was...
Football League
ANDY'S ENGLAND WORRY Andy Johnson fears his injury problems could cost him an England place at the World Cup, writes Simon Johnson. Johnson (right) made a scoring return for Palace following a thigh injury in the 4-1 thrashing of Norwich City, but...
Fury as Competition 'Is Stifled' by Energy Tie-Up
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE European energy industry was standing at a crossroads today after the French government's decision to order a e70 billion ([pounds sterling]48 billion) defensive merger between two of its big three power companies prompted...
George Michael Held after He Is Found 'Dazed' at Wheel of Car
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;LEE GLENDINNING FEARS are growing today for George Michael's wellbeing after the singer was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs when he was found slumped at the wheel of his car. Michael will have to wait one month...
George Michael Is Found 'Dazed' at Wheel of His Car
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;LEE GLENDINNING FEARS were growing today for George Michael's wellbeing after the star was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs when he was found slumped at the wheel of his car. Michael will have to wait one month...
Harrington at Home on Range after Extra Practice Sessions
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON PADRAIG HARRINGTON has sentenced himself to hard labour to find the game which made him a double winner on the US Tour last year. Harrington and David Howell were the only Europeans to reach the last eight at La Costa,...
Hat-Trick on Cards for Tallow Bay
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM PLUMPTON on Monday with ground like treacle featuring plenty of horses who struggle to run fast enough to keep warm. The menu in deepest Sussex hardly makes a mouthwatering start to a new week, but TALLOW BAY (nap) might...
Hat-Trick on Cards for Tallow Bay
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM PLUMPTON on a February Monday with ground like treacle and a cast list featuring plenty of horses who struggle to run fast enough to keep warm. The menu in deepest Sussex hardly makes a mouthwatering start to a new week,...
Health Fears after George Michael Is Arrested for Drugs
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;LEE GLENDINNING FEARS were growing for George Michael's wellbeing today after the star was arrested for suspected drug possession while slumped at the wheel of his car. Michael will have to wait a month before finding out...
How Did They All Eastend Up? the Queen Vic's Angie Is a West End Star. Now, 21 Years after the First Episode, Alistair Foster Discovers How 21 of the Original Cast Have Fared
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER 1. Anita Dobson (Angie Watts 1985-1988) Alcoholic landlady of the Queen Vic. After Den's (first) death she moved to America where she died of liver failure in 2002. Dobson, married to Queen guitarist Brian May, is starring...
I'm a Boy Shorts Convert
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH I USED to dither about what types of knickers to wear. In my vast knicker drawer I've found a set of very embarrassing frilly ones, some in pink and some in blue. They look like the ones children wear to ballet classes....
In Brief
Savings put Persimmon's bosses on track for bonanza BRITAIN'S biggest housebuilder, Persimmon, has cut 500 admin jobs since last month's [pounds sterling]643 million purchase of Southern rival Westbury. The cuts put chairman-elect John White and...
In Brief
Youth and beauty combine as Core heads for a listing A BEAUTY brands firm based in north London will boast probably the youngest executive on the board of a public company when it lists on AIM in the next few weeks. May Jennings, 23, pictured, will...
Injuries Leave Tour of; with Vaughan and Trescothick Leaving, Jones Hurt and a Reliance on Rookies England's Test Series Is Now in Disarray, Writes David Lloyd from Nagpur
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S tour of India started to go wrong even before Michael Vaughan and his team boarded the plane at Heathrow and set off for Mumbai. Now it looks close to ruin - and the First Test does not start until Wednesday. ...
Jowell: Yes, I Signed Mortgage Form for [Pounds Sterling]400,000 and Asked My Husband Nothing
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL TESSA Jowell today claimed she allowed her husband to borrow about [pounds sterling]400,000 on their home without asking when he could pay it back. The embattled Culture Secretary said she had not asked further questions...
Just Come Clean
Byline: PETER OBORNE EMBATTLED culture secretary Tessa Jowell claimed over the weekend that her husband, David Mills, who is under investigation for perverting the course of justice, is the victim of a "media plot". The Guardian newspaper, which...
Lampard Happy for New Foreign Coach to Replace Eriksson
Byline: KEN DYER FRANK LAMPARD today condemned as "one dimensional" those who believe the next national coach should be English. Speaking at the launch of the England team's new away kit in Manchester, the Chelsea midfielder also said he did...
Let Us off the Hookah, Say Smoking Bars; Shisha Pipes 'Should Be Exempt from Government's Tobacco Ban'
Byline: AMAR SINGH LONDON'S Middle Eastern community was today lobbying the Government to exclude hookah bars from the ban on smoking in enclosed public places. Restaurateurs, community leaders and smokers' rights campaigners argue that banning...
MAYOR BIDS TO CLEAR NAME; Ken's High Court Appeal to Avoid Ban from Office
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE today launches a legal attempt to clear his name and avoid being suspended from office. The Mayor is asking the High Court to put on hold his fourweek suspension which is due to come into force on Wednesday....
Mayor Fights for a 'Stay of Execution'; KEN IN HIGH COURT APPEAL TO PUT FOUR-WEEK SUSPENSION ON HOLD
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE today launches a legal attempt to clear his name and avoid being suspended from office. The Mayor is asking the High Court to put on hold his four-week suspension, which is due to come into force on Wednesday....
Murray Is Crowned New King of Brits
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY MURRAY is the least parochial tennis player to attain the status of British No1, an achievement he is celebrating in Las Vegas today having usurped Tim Henman way ahead of schedule. Murray was sent away at 15 to train...
Net Tightens on [Pounds Sterling]50m Gang as Informers Snitch for [Pounds Sterling]2m Reward
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;LEE GLENDINNING CRIMINALS on the fringes of the gang that committed Britain's biggest bank robbery have begun informing on the robbers in response to a [pounds sterling]2 million reward. A police hotline set up after...
Newquestions as Bush Agrees P&O Deal Review
Byline: BILL CONDIE PRESIDENT Bush has agreed to a proposal by P&O and Dubai Ports World for a 45-day review of the takeover of operations at six major US ports. DP World, owned by the government of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, is trying...
NHS in London Has [Pounds Sterling]180m Debt
Byline: REBECCA SMITH THE health service in London is facing record debts of more than [pounds sterling]180million, analysis by the Evening Standard has found. NHS trusts across the capital are dealing with massive overspends which threaten patient...
Nicholls Mystified after Latest Silver Birch Flop
SILVER BIRCH will be checked by a veterinary specialist this morning as connections remain mystified after the gelding was pulled up for the second time in a row at Chepstow on Saturday. The 2004 Coral Welsh National winner (above), was a leading...
Not Such Silly Billies ... Teenage Actors Celebrate Their Award Triumph
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK THIS is how to celebrate when you've beaten the biggest names in the West End to a prestigious award - and you haven't yet turned 16. While most theatre award winners sip a glass of champagne, the youngsters who play Billy...
[Pounds Sterling]1,000 Fines as Residents Are Ordered to Recycle
Byline: MARK PRIGG A LONDON council today made recycling compulsory for its residents. Hackney is threatening to impose [pounds sterling]1,000 fines on those who fail to recycle paper and tin cans. Deputy mayor Jessica Crowe said: "We decided...
[Pounds Sterling]300m Bling Bling Gang; Drug Runners Who Produced [Pounds Sterling]3m Worth of Crack Every Week from London Base
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS THE swaggering kingpins behind one of Britain's biggest ever crack cocaine gangs - worth up to [pounds sterling]300 million - are facing decades behind bars today. The "Bling Bling Gang" - so called because of their love...
RISE OF THE NEW PANTS(AND THE FALL OF G-STINGS); Hurrah - a New Knicker Has Taken the Underworld by Storm, Killing off the Thong at Last. the Cami-Short Is Soft, Feminine, Sophisticated and Oh So Comfortable to Wear
Byline: MIMI SPENCER WHAT ON earth has happened to our pants? After almost a decade of being wedded to the fantastic flattery of the thong, women are at last changing their underwear. According to Mary Flack at Fenwick, just a year ago G-strings...
Rooney Cup Salvo Is the Spark for United to Dream Big Again; Man United 4 Wigan 0 Carling Cup Final Rooney 33, 61 Saha 55 Ronaldo 59 Booked: Ronaldo Attendance: 66,866 Ref: A Wiley (Staffs) Booked: De Zeeuw
Byline: IAN CHADBAND WHAT a difference a piece of silverware makes. They may not so long ago have dismissed the very mention of it with a sneer when the League Cup was sponsored by another brewer but as Sir Alex Ferguson did some sort of highland...
Rooney Sparks Hope of New Glory Era at United; Talismanic Striker Claims Carling Cup Win Will Be the Springboard for Future Success. by Ian Chadband
Byline: IAN CHADBAND Carling Cup Final Man United 4 Rooney 33, 61 Saha 55 Ronaldo 59 Booked: Ronaldo Attendance: 66,866 Ref: A Wiley (Staffs) Booked: De Zeeuw Wigan 0 WHAT a difference a Cup makes. They may not so long ago have dismissed...
Saddled with a Great New Figure
Byline: HANNAH POOL IHAVE discovered the cure for cellulite. It doesn't come in a tube, it's not as glamorous as a celebrity diet and it takes much more effort than booking an appointment with a plastic surgeon, but boy does it work. Ladies (and...
Shock as Value of Vodafone Slashed
Byline: NICK GOODWAY MOBILE phones giant Vodafone stunned the stock market today by saying it will make a massive writedown on the value of its business and warning that revenues and profit margins in the coming year will be at the bottom end of...
Sorry Nicky ... This Man Will Be Ken's Real Deputy
Byline: ROSS LYDALL SHOULD Ken Livingstone's four-week suspension for his Nazi jibe begin this week, his loyal deputy is more than able to step into his shoes. No, not "quango queen" Nicky Gavron, the deputy mayor. Instead, operating off camera,...
Stand Up for Pushy Parents; as the Government Publishes Its Education Bill This Week, One London Parent Who Has Battled to Find a Decent Secondary School for Her Child Says Anything Has to Be Better Than the Present System
Byline: SANDRA BARWICK TWO events coincide this week. The results of the school-place allocations in the state sector are due to land on our doormats on Friday, telling us how many have won a place at our schools of first choice. That heralds celebrations...
Sven's Ideal Plan for His Successor
Byline: KEN DYER SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON has insisted his successor must be in place before the World Cup finals as his employers at the Football Association prepared to meet this morning to start discussions over who the new man should be. Eriksson...
Sven Tells FA to Move Quickly; England Boss Wants His Successor Named before World Cup Begins
Byline: KEN DYER SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON has insisted his successor must be in place before the World Cup finals as his employers at the Football Association today started discussions over who the new man should be. Eriksson met his players this...
Sweeteners Bid to Woo the Education Bill Rebels
Byline: JOE MURPHY THE Cabinet launched a last-ditch bid to rally MPs behind the education reforms today - with promises of a [pounds sterling]30million windfall for failing schools plus new moves on school meals and discipline. Tony Blair was...
Tax Threat to Chelsea Tractors; Ministers Want to Hit 'Polluting' 4x4s in Drive for Greener Cars
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL MOTORISTS who drive gas-guzzling four-wheel-drives may face increases in road tax to persuade them to buy greener vehicles. Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks today launched a scathing attack on many of the drivers of the large...
The 2012 Deadline to Beat the RMT; as Crisis Talks to Avert This Week's Tube Strike Begin, Plans Are Laid for an Even Fiercer Battle with the Union
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN IT'S become a transport ritual as familiar as autumn leaves on the line - except that, these days, it seems to last all year. Today, once again, is "crisis talks" day between London Underground and the RMT union, with a strike...
The Finale We've Been Waiting for; Life on Mars 9pm, BBC1
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY YES, I know - Life On Mars is the main pick of the night again. Like it has been for a few Mondays recently. But honestly, I did try not to pick it. This is the last episode of the series, so you're either hooked by now or...
The Mugging Hour; Worst Time for Attacks and Robberies Is from 11pm to Midnight
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM DEMANDS for round-theclock staffing of London's stations intensified today after figures showed that the peak time for violence is after 10pm, when many are unmanned. The British Transport Police figures show that the worst...
The Rise of Ray's Tough Little Cookie; with a Father Who's a Movie Hardman, It's No Real Surprise That Jaime Winstone, Currently Wowing the Critics in Kidulthood, Is a Chip off the Old Block
Byline: NICK CURTIS I WAS slightly scared of meeting Jaime Winstone after watching her standout performance as a debauched schoolgirl in this year's most controversial and talked-about film, Kidulthood. In Menaj Huda's tale of teenagers running...
The Secret Identity of the Lib-Dem Superman
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN CAN you bear the tension? Three days remain of what has (with apologies to Mrs Belinda Oaten and Simon Hughes's dear old mummy) been the most hilarious political election ever witnessed, and I for one am sleepless with excitement....
The Stars Come out; THEATRE
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Exonerated Riverside Studios, W6 ..... MISCARRIAGES of justice normally leave long trails and excruciating furrows in their wake. So there will be no surprise about what a big, star-studded splash The Exonerated...
Tills Ring for House of Fraser after Bid Move
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MARKET REPORT THERE WAS some catching-up to do in House of Fraser following Friday's news that it had received a takeover approach. Today, the price jumped 61/2p to 1241/2p, with a further four million shares changing hands....
Tills Ring for House of Fraser after Bid Move
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MARKET REPORT THERE was some catching-up to do in House of Fraser following Friday's news that it had received a takeover approach. The shares today jumped 63/4p to 1243/4p, with a further four million changing hands. ...
Tills Ring for House of Fraser after Bid Move
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MARKET REPORT THERE WAS some catching-up to do in House of Fraser following Friday's news that it had received a takeover approach. The shares today jumped 61/2p to 1241/2p, with a further four million changing hands. ...
Touch of Realism from Sarin Is the Right Call
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON SOMEONE once said that if the height of a man represented [pounds sterling]10 million, Canada Tower in Canary Wharf was the equivalent of [pounds sterling]1 billion. The billion figure gets bandied around so easily these...
Vaughan's Future in Doubt after Setback; England Skipper's Right Knee Gives Way Again Just Three Months after a Third Operation to Cure the Problem. by David Lloyd in Nagpur
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN is out of Wednesday's First Test against India and will fly home later this week with his whole future in doubt. England have not yet discounted the possibility that their captain could return here at some...
Vegas or Bust for Murray as He Ousts Henman as Britain's No1
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY MURRAY is the least parochial tennis player to attain the status of British No1, an achievement he is celebrating in Las Vegas today having usurped Tim Henman way ahead of schedule, writes Chris Jones. Murray was sent...
What a Load of Total Scrap
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Petrolheads BBC2 ACCORDING to my elders, if you drove along any B road towards the sea during the late 1950s, you were almost certain to overtake that postwar classic of British design, the motorcycle sidecar. Driven...
Why Turin Must Act as a Wakeup Call to 2012
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER THE next time British competitors step into an Olympic arena, there can be none of the rows about funding which has raged behind the scenes during the Turin Winter Games. In just two years at the end of the next Summer Olympics...
World at a Glance
Hong Kong bans French birds as flu fears spread . HONG KONG barred poultry imports from France yesterday over bird flu fears, while authorities in eastern China scrambled to contain an outbreak of the virus that has left two people critically ill....
Zero Rate These Fairytales from Fantasy Island
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST *SOME years ago I flew to the Isle of Man to conduct a company search. Admittedly, that's not the most exciting opening sentence I've ever written. But before you turn away, I should point out in my defence I was investigating...