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Articles from April 16, 2003

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90% Resident Discounts at Risk When TfL Widens Congestion Charge Zone
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS PEOPLE living inside London's congestion charging zone are likely to be stripped of their 90 per cent discount if the scheme is expanded. Although the scheme is still in its early days, Ken Livingstone has said he wants...
Advantest Leads Way as Chips Come to the Boil; Market Report
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH JAPAN'S Advantest and a swathe of its hitech peers made the running in Asian trade today as investors were buoyed by solid US corporate earnings. The company, which makes equipment for testing computer memory chips, surged...
A Framework for Life; More Business People Are Buying Live/work Shells and Fitting Them out to Suit Their Needs. David Spittles Explains How to Go about It
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES BUYING a live/work shell to fit out according to the needs and image of your business can be convenient and cost-effective. There are enormous design possibilities when you buy a shell but, as with more adventurous self-build...
A Haven in Hampstead; Homes & Property
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES Leafy NW3 is getting a raft of new schemes, from the conversion of Jack Straw's Castle to funky Circa in Chalk Farm. David Spittles reports PERCHED ON top of the highest point in London, Jack Straw's Castle, the famous...
A Job Well Done; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CONVENTIONAL wisdom driving businesses such as Unilever and WPP is that the world's biggest brands will increase their market share at the expense of smaller and weaker ones. ABF, which today announced double-digit growth...
All the Bright Moves; Homes & Property
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER Easter weekend may be a time for DIY chores, but with the new batch of laboursaving paints on the market you can transform your home with the minimum of fuss, says Barbara Chandler TRADITIONALLY, Easter weekend is the...
America Would Cross the Syrian Border to Capture or Kill Saddam
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY AMERICAN soldiers may enter Syria in "hot pursuit" of Saddam Hussein. The US will allow its forces to cross the border, risking an international incident, if they find their most-wanted man trying to flee to safety in Syria....
Antiwar Riot Greets Blair at EU Summit; 7,000 PROTEST AS POLITICAL LEADERS DEBATE IRAQ IN ATHENS
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN TONY BLAIR today faced riots and petrol bombs as he met European leaders in Athens for talks on the future of Iraq. About 7,000 antiwar protesters vented their fury outside the summit in the Greek capital. Smoke and teargas...
Anything for a Quiet Life; Homes & Property Lawyer Henry Stuart Answers Londoners' Queries
Byline: HENRY STUART Q Recently I bought a second-floor flat. The flat above was being altered and I put up with the noise from the works for a couple of months. However, now they have installed wooden floors. I hear them walking around and...
Arbs Perform a Clever Balancing Act but the Pickings Can Be Slim; City Trader
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE THERE are two opinions about arbitrageurs. The unflattering one is that they are the ticket touts of the financial markets - shadowy and publicity-shy people contributing nothing to the wider economy. The kinder one is...
Arsenal Nil, Man Utd One; Delay for [Pounds Sterling]400m Stadium Is Blow for Champions' Bid to Challenge United's Financial Dominance
Byline: GEORGE RICHARDS;ADAM BLENFORD ARSENAL'S masterplan to challenge Manchester United's financial dominance in English football was thrown into jeopardy today when it was announced that the club's pound sterling400 million new stadium at Ashburton...
A Sale at First Sight; HOUSING
Byline: ANTHEA MASEY Easter is when the property market traditionally kicks off. For your home to stand out in a crowd, give it the wow factor, says Anthea Masey MOST people make up their minds about a house in the first 12 seconds of viewing,...
Bid for Freedom; for the First Time a Parcel of Spanish Homes and Land Is Going under the Hammer in Britain. David Spittles Reveals the Fast Way to a Life in the Sun
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES Properties in Spain have been conveniently packaged up for auction buyers in England for the first time. The homes and plots for sale, with guide prices ranging from pound sterling30,000 to pound sterling300,000, are inland...
Blair Seeks to Heal Iraq Rift at Euro Summit
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN TONY BLAIR today set out to heal the rift in Europe left by a bruising row over the war in Iraq. He hoped to use a European Union summit in Athens to repair relations with French president Jacques Chirac and other opponents...
Blanc's Brasseries Throw in the Towel as Losses Mount
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE savage downturn in the posh-restaurant industry has claimed the chain of upmarket brasseries run by the legendary super-chef Raymond Blanc. The four restaurants, all operating under Le Petit Blanc brand, have been placed...
Brown 'Strikes Deal with Blair over Euro Vote'
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY GORDON BROWN looks to have won his battle with Tony Blair effectively to rule out British membership of the euro before the next general election. The Chancellor's long-awaited statement on the currency, expected next...
Brown 'Wins a Deal with Blair over Euro Vote'; CHANCELLOR EXPECTED TO CONFIRM THERE WILL BE NO REFERENDUM BEFORE THE NEXT ELECTION
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY GORDON BROWN looks to have won his battle with Tony Blair effectively to rule out British membership of the euro before the next general election. The Chancellor's long-awaited statement on the currency, expected next...
Bruno Is Returning to Boxing Ring to Pay [Pounds Sterling]5m Divorce Bill
Byline: RICHARD ALLEN FORMER boxing champion Frank Bruno made a shock decision to return to the ring in order to pay a pound sterling5 million divorce bill, it emerged today. Lawyers acting for his ex-wife Laura have secured the huge settlement...
Burley: I'm Qualified to Take over Teachings of Tigana
Byline: LEO SPALL GEORGE BURLEY today confirmed his interest in replacing Jean Tigana as Fulham manager. He is desperate to manage in the Premiership again and is favourite to take over at Fulham, even though he is presently in charge at Derby....
Buyers Get Cracking; HOMES & PROPERTY
Byline: LORNA BOURKE With prices steadying and more homes on the market, this bank holiday is a great time to house-hunt. Before you set off, check out Lorna Bourke's essential financial guide THE property market is beginning to turn in favour...
Charles Saatchi's Great Bodies of Work; NIGELLA JOINS POP STARS AND FASHION ICONS PLUS SCORES OF NAKED VOLUNTEERS TO LAUNCH A NEW BRITISH ART INSTITUTION
Byline: LUKE LEITCH POP STARS, fashion icons, film stars, soap stars, scores of naked members of the public - and just a bit of art on the side. Charles Saatchi's collection of works by the infamous Young British Artists was comprehensively outshone...
Childminder Who Bit Boy in Her Care Escapes Jail
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN A CHILDMINDER who bit a 10-month-old baby in what a judge described as a "disgusting" attack escaped jail today despite suspicions that she had also inflicted much more serious injuries. Geraldine Rama, 37, left teeth...
Computers and TV Lead to Soaring Child Obesity; ONE THIRD OF GIRLS AND A QUARTER OF BOYS AGED 11 AND 12 ARE NOW OVERWEIGHT
Byline: VICTORIA FLETCHER THE number of overweight girls in Britain has tripled in 20 years while the number of overweight boys has doubled. New research has added to fears that, as these children get older, Britain will face an epidemic of obesity...
Conspiracy to Kill
THE STEVENS REPORT, which is published tomorrow, is an exhaustive account of the collusion between British security forces and Loyalist paramilitaries which resulted in the assassination, or attempted murder, of a number of nationalists, some of whom...
Contain Yourself; GARDENING NEWS HOMES & PROERTY
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Garden by numbers Creative container gardeners make plant compositions that put plain potfuls of busy Lizzies in the shade (which is where they belong, after all). It is not an easy art to master, which is why a new book, Container...
Cruise Hijack Terrorist Seized by US Troops; PALESTINIAN WHO MASTERMINDED RAID ON LINER ACHILLE LAURO IS CAPTURED IN HIS HIDEOUT IN BAGHDAD
AMERICAN special forces have seized one of the world's most wanted terrorists in a dramatic raid on his house in Baghdad. Abu Abbas is wanted in Italy and America for his part in the notorious hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship 18 years ago....
Denise Leaves Chicago Behind; HOMES GOSSIP
Byline: COMPTON MILLER Denise Van Outen (right), star of musicals Chicago - which she appeared in on Broadway - and Tell Me on a Sunday, now on in the West End, seems keen to settle down in London with her new love, Richard Traviss. She owns a small...
Diamond Geezer Who Won't Give Up on Grove
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS DANNY FISZMAN is a realist rather than a dreamer. It is impossible to accumulate his sizeable wealth without a ruthless business streak in a competitive and volatile market like the diamond industry. But if he has a weak spot,...
Diary of an Estate Agent
Byline: MICHAEL LOWDON Long-distance vendors drop their price in the night and a long-gone tenant leaves a trace of something very fishy Monday Opened a hand-delivered letter from a buyer withdrawing his offer on a pound sterling480,000 twobedroom...
Downbeat Lloyds TSB Rocks Financial Sector; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK LLOYDS TSB left the financial sector friendless after it warned that falling house prices and a setback to the consumer boom were having their effect. Rumours of a gloomy Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors house price...
Dramatic Arrest Is a Huge Coup for Washington; WAR BRIEFING
Byline: ROBERT FOX THE arrest of Abu Abbas in Baghdad is a coup for Washington by any standards - and a boost for President Bush in his "war against terrorism". It proves, too, that Saddam Hussein was continuing to harbour international terrorists,...
Eggs-Tra Special; DESIGN NEWS Homes & Property
Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL Easter treats Painting by numbers: If you are in London over Easter and stuck for ideas for what to do with the nippers, you could take them to Pottery Cafe for a morning's eggcup decorating, and present the finished product...
End of a Dream?; Arsenal Defiant as Club Call off Move to [Pounds Sterling]400m Stadium in 2005
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENAL were forced to admit today that major problems with Ashburton Grove have delayed their move from Highbury. Just hours before their biggest match of the season against Manchester United at Highbury tonight, the Double...
Even Faster Than Pasta; the River Cafe's Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers Taught Jamie to Cook, and Their New Recipes Are Just as Quick and Easy as His
Byline: MICHELLE PAMMENT IF you wanted to work in a kitchen (not sure why you would - the pay is bad, the hours long and the customers complain), you would want to work in Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers's kitchen. Jamie Oliver says he wouldn't be doing...
Even President George W Bush Was Behind Alastair Campbell All the Way with Sponsorship Money . . . the London Marathon 2003
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER Television BBC Sport chiefs were just as relieved as the competitors to see blue skies on Sunday morning while they prepared for one of the biggest TV challenges of the sporting year. The corporation needs helicopters...
Face of Suffering
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH EXHIBITION Peter Howson Flowers East, E2 PETER HOWSON is one of today's most interesting and powerful figurative painters. Unfortunately that's not quite the accolade it used to be. Now 45, he is the most successful...
Fat-Cats Still Lapping It Up in America's Boardrooms
Byline: RICHARD THOMSON AFTER three years of slumping share prices, after Enron, Tyco and a clutch of other corporate scandals, and after a storm of complaints about executive greed, many shareholders hoped that the overblown pay of American executives...
FirstGroup Mulls Court Move on Franchise Snub
Byline: ROBERT LEA TRANSPORT Secretary Alistair Darling is being asked to intervene in an escalating row on the railways that has seen FirstGroup effectively sacked from the Liverpool Street-East Anglia train-operating franchise. It is understood...
Friend Jools Holland Tries to Cheer Broken-Hearted Robbie; LATE NIGHT ON THE TOWN FOR COMEDIAN COLTRANE AFTER SPLIT WITH WIFE
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON HE made his name as a largerthan-life actor, famous for playing boisterous characters who devour life, culminating in the hairy figure of Hagrid, the gentle giant in the Harry Potter films. But today Robbie Coltrane is...
Furnish What's Required; Homes & Property
Byline: NICOLA VENNING Whether you have a furnished or unfurnished flat makes no difference to the rent, but it could influence the tenants you get, says Nicola Venning TO furnish or not to furnish, that is the question. Most agents advise...
Fusion, Diffusion, Suffusion, Confusion and Infusion
Byline: FAY MASCHLER PROVIDORES, 109 Marylebone High Street, W1 (020 7935 6175), pound sterling45. About the pick 'n' mix approach to ingredient combining, chef Peter Gordon has said: "It works or it doesn't." The talent lies in knowing which is...
Gardening without the Spadework; HOMES & PROEPRTY
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Some put up a pergola before teatime while others struggle with trellis. But even the least nimble-fingered can add their own DIY touches, says Pattie Barron Nine quick ways to create impact Use trellis as a visual feature:...
Graduate Key Seeks England Opening
Byline: PAUL THOMSON FEW players emerged from England's winter Ashes tour with more credit than Kent's openingbatsman Robert Key. He and Kent start their firstclass season against Cambridge University at tranquil Fenner's on Friday. It will be...
Handle with Care; If You Have a Period Home, Removing Original Features Could Lower Its Value. Jane Barry Offers Some Advice
Byline: JANE BARRY KNOCK out your bay window or trade your traditional front door for DIY-store Georgian and you could be slashing the value of your home. "Houses that retain their original features achieve 10 to 15 per cent more on the open market,"...
Here's One Charm Offensive That Doesn't Convince Me; Media
Byline: ANDREW NEIL THE City loves the idea of merging Carlton and Granada into a single ITV but it's not keen on Carlton's Michael Green or Granada's Charles Allen running the combined new show. The merger plan involves Green becoming chairman,...
How ABF Is Delivering the Goods; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CONVENTIONAL wisdom driving businesses such as Unilever and WPP is that the world's biggest brands will increase their market share at the expense of smaller and weaker brands. ABF, which this morning announced double-digit...
How Doctors Will Bring Brave Boy Back from Brink
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON AS DOCTORS prepare to treat Ali Ismaeel Abbas's horrific injuries, the burns specialist at the head of the team trying to save the boy's life outlined the plans for his treatment. Dr Imad Najada, at the Al-Babtain Burns...
How Sister Nicole Takes Stock of the Ethical Position
Byline: ALLAN HALL THERE is one adviser that Sister Nicole Rielle has that other stock market players do not have. He is called God and, so far, has shown himself to be on the side of piety and Mammon at the same time. Sister Nicole, 73, is the...
Huge Antiwar Protest Greets Blair at Summit
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN TONY BLAIR today set out to heal the rift in Europe left by a bruising row over the war in Iraq. He hoped to use a European Union summit in Athens to repair relations with French President Jacques Chirac and other opponents...
I DENY KILLING SOHAM GIRLS; Caretaker at Old Bailey on Murder Charge
Byline: PAUL CHESTON IAN HUNTLEY, the man accused of killing schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, today denied their murder. However, the 28-year-old school caretaker admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice. His ex-girlfriend,...
In a Glass of Its Own; Forget Dull Conservatories and Ramshackle Sheds. Paul Hyett, RIBA President and Chairman of Architecture Firm Ryder, Reveals How You Can Create Stylish Extensions That Will Add Value to Your Home
Byline: PAUL HYETT TRAVEL out of London - or indeed any UK city - by train and you will see unrelenting evidence of the insatiable appetite the British have for home alterations and extensions. Indeed, the back garden is surely a fertile ground...
In the Air
. NEWSCASTER Sophie Raworth (right) was beautifully modest on Susannah and Trinny's BBC1 fashion-makeover show on Monday night. Raworth (an old family friend of her director-general Greg Dyke) kept insisting that she was uninterested in image and glammed-up...
Is 'Bruiser' Moore's Job Really in Danger?; Media
Byline: ANDREW NEIL TELEGRAPH editor Charles Moore cherishes his image as the cultivated gentleman journalist so his bareknuckled attack on Robert Thomson's Times - "bland as an airline meal" - was all the more shocking to those of us of a gentle...
It's Behind You, Frank
Byline: DAVID SMITH Frank Bruno is eyeing up a comeback against Audley Harrison, a bout he believes could earn each boxer pound sterling5 million. But given his medical history it could cost Bruno his sight, warns David Smith JUST when you...
It's the Game of the Decade; Bosses Play It Ice Cool but Cole's Ready for the Highbury Heat
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS HOWEVER much Arsene Wenger chooses to soft- shoe shuff le around the hype surroundingtonight's visit of the Premiershipleaders, Ashley Cole today leaves no one in any doubt as to what his players think: it's the game of the...
'I've Bought a Home and Would Love Some Sprogs'
Byline: ANDR PAINE DENISE VAN OUTEN received a standing ovation at the opening of her new solo show. Andrew Lloyd Webber led the applause for Van Outen, 28, for whom the new version of the show was written after he saw her perform at the Royal...
I Want a Real Test; Chelsea Star Cole Wants to Play the World's Best
Byline: MATT HUGHES CARLTON COLE today revealed his dream of playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League next season. The 19-year-old striker has kept Chelsea on course for the competition by scoring the winning goals against Sunderland...
Keeping Up Appearances Khew
Byline: FAY MASCHLER KINDLY offers to explain the menu were also made at KHEW, but the sort of pan- oriental food featured at this new bar and restaurant in South Molton Street has become fairly commonplace in London. Edamame are the new Twiglets....
KIDS HOLIDAY WEEK; WIN a Family Pass to Thorpe Park or Chessington World of Adventures
10 of each must be won by 9pm tonight Here's another great prize draw from the Evening Standard to keep the whole family happy. We've got 10 annual family passes to Chessington World of Adventures and another 10 to Thorpe Park* to be won by 9pm...
Kuwait Doctors 100% Sure Ali Will Make It; Money Pours in for War's Innocent Victims 6SURGEONS OPTIMISTIC AS INJURED CHILDREN ARE FLOWN FROM STRICKEN BAGHDAD TO GET SPECIALIST HOSPITAL TREATMENT
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON THE plastic surgeon fighting to save 12-yearold Ali Ismaeel Abbas, who lost his arms and his family in a bomb blast, said today: "I'm 100 per cent certain he's going to make it. He's a brave, strong boy. He's stable." The...
Lame Academy Is Short on Talent
Byline: DAVID SMYTH POP Fame Academy Wembley Arena WHERE'S the fun in a television game show that everybody wins? The BBC series Fame Academy was the corporation's answer to ITV's hugely lucrative Popstars and Pop Idol, a musical talent...
Ms Dynamite Shows She's an Even Bigger Star
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON;JESSICA HODGSON MS DYNAMITE is the hottest talent to emerge on the London music scene for many years - and today she won another award to add to her bulging trophy cabinet. The heavily pregnant rapper wowed the Capital...
My Son's a Safe Bet to Get Rich; THREE'S A CROWD
Byline: MELANIE CABLE-ALEXANDER MY son is going to be rich when he grows up. I know that because he told me so a couple of Sundays ago, after he placed his first bet, aged four, and won. We had put pound sterling2 (of mine) on a horse of his choice...
Noades Is Ready to Take Plunge Again; for over 25 Years, Ron Noades Has Been a Big Noise in London Football. Now He's on the outside Looking in . . . and a Return to Crystal Palace Appeals. Raoul Simons Reports
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS FOR the first time since the 1970s Ron Noades is not chairman of a London football club, but the 65-yearold millionaire has no plans to retire to his Spanish villa just yet. Less than a month after quitting Brentford, Noades...
Parents See Soham Pair in the Dock; FAMILIES OF HOLLY AND JESSICA IN COURT AS HUNTLEY DENIES MURDERING GIRLS
Byline: PAUL CHESTON IT WAS never going to be easy to come to court to see for the first time the man accused of murdering their daughters. The parents of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells were brought 75 miles from Soham to central London by police...
Playboy Faces Jail for Sex Assault on 15-Year-Old Girl
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE PLAYBOY son of a property tycoon faced the threat of prison today even though he was cleared of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl. Baron Bloom, 28, of Mayfair, once considered one of London's most eligible bachelors, was...
[Pounds Sterling]1m in Fake [Pounds Sterling]50 Notes; Undercover Sting Brings Down Counterfeit Gang
A GANG of counterfeiters who plotted to flood Britain with enough topquality banknotes to damage the economy have been locked up. The hi-tech operation distributed hundreds of the convincing pound sterling50 fakes, and had run off thousands more...
[Pounds Sterling]950,000 for Family at Stately Home Blighted by RAF Jets
Byline: ALEXIS AKWAGYIRAM A FAMILY whose lives were made a misery by RAF jets flying over their stately home have been awarded pound sterling950,000 in a landmark ruling against the Ministry of Defence. The final damages, however, fall far short...
Power Firms Are Accused of Bully Tactics over Bills
POWER companies are today accused of treating customers like criminals for simply disputing a gas or electricity bill. British Gas and Npower are among those who use "bully boy" tactics, it is claimed. The consumer body Energywatch criticises...
Pressure on Ferguson to Show He Still Has It
Byline: MICHAEL HART BARREN years are rare at Old Trafford and successive seasons without silverware are, in the exalted context of Sir Alex Ferguson's career, absolutely unthinkable. But that is the prospect facing the Scot, whose managerial...
Quins Finally Enjoy Home Comforts after Fixture Farce
Byline: CHRIS JONES ENGLAND have completed an entire Six Nations Grand Slam campaign while Harlequins have been waiting to play a home match at the Stoop. It is 72 days since Quins last ran out on their own pitch and they finally return on Saturday...
Racing Could Be on a Loser; Inside Racing
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP RACING is guilty. We know this because the Office of Fair Trading has spent almost three years casting its commercial eye over the sport and concluded that, in many instances, racing practises anti-competitive behaviour. ...
'Schooling Is Turning 4-Year-Olds to Violence'
Byline: TIM MILES CHILDREN as young as four who are forced into formal lessons too soon are responding with disruptive behaviour and even violence, teachers will warn today. The pressure of primary school tests at seven has seen even younger...
She Enjoys a Beautiful Life in France, He Commutes Daily Back to England. Is This Family Showing Us the Way to Solve Our Chronic Housing Shortage?; HOUSING,BRITISH ABROAD,FRANCE
Byline: PAUL PALMER FOR Ken Pearce, a daily commute to work involves the usual bores: an early start, scraping the frost from the windscreen in winter, traffic jams and the knowledge he will have to repeat the trudge all over again later that day....
Sheer Exhibitionism; after Bilbao, Cities from Munich to Turin Are out to Improve Their Image with Dynamic New Art Galleries
Byline: CLAIRE WRATHALL ART, or, more specifically, architecture, put the Basque port of Bilbao on the tourist map when Frank Gehry's Guggenheim opened in 1997. Hoping to cash in on "the Bilbao effect", towns from Turin to Fort Worth are opening...
Shrinking the Score; Did Psychotherapy Change Rachmaninov from a Serious Composer to a Popular One?
Byline: NORMAN LEBRECHT IN the unending debate about the effectiveness of psychotherapy, the creativity question remains unresolved. What happens to art when medicine meddles with an artist's mind? There are two known instances of composers who...
SOHAM ACCUSED DENIES MURDER; Caretaker Admits Perverting Course of Justice
Byline: PAUL CHESTON IAN HUNTLEY, the man accused of killing schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, today denied their murder. However, the 28-year-old school caretaker admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice. His girlfriend,...
Surgeons Certain Ali Will Make It
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON THE PLASTIC surgeon fighting to save 12-year-old Ali Ismaeel Abbas, who lost his arms and his family in a bomb blast, said today: "I'm 100 per cent certain he's going to make it. He's a brave, strong boy." The words of hope...
Taut Drama on the Perils of Parenting
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THEATRE The Nest Arcola, E8 IT'S now two years since Mehmet Ergen founded the Arcola Theatre in a disused textile warehouse, and the biggest compliment that one can pay is to point out how hard it is to remember a time...
The Best of Both Worlds; Londoners Yearning for the Country Life Are Heading West to Wargrave in Oxfordshire. Janet Hanton Reveals How to Enjoy Beautiful Countryside, Community Spirit and Great Schools and Still Be within Reach of the Capital
Byline: JANET HANTON SIX years ago my husband Steve landed a new job in London. It meant more money, great career prospects and plenty of travel thrown in. The trouble was we lived in Swindon, and the commute was of the distinctly undesirable kind:...
The Last Word in Haydn; CLASSICAL
Byline: BRIAN HUNT OAE/Harding Queen Elizabeth Hall "IF I were you, I wouldn't start from here," runs the punchline of the oldest joke in the world. (In the unlikely event that anyone under six is reading this, it's the country bumpkin's reply...
The Man Who Always Put Others' Safety First; Family of Briton Shot in Gaza Tell of Brave Student with a Passion for Peace
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI FROM childhood, student activist Tom Hurndall has never been afraid to speak his mind. He stood up to school bullies who threatened his friends, for which his headmaster called him "courageous". Mr Hurndall, 21, chased...
The Matt Finish Adds to Paula's Gloss
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IT was approaching 7.30pm on Sunday evening and the 23rd London Marathon was being quietly put to bed. The finish line had been dismantled and now the Mall resembled a sprawling building site as the JCBs and removal men moved...
The Matt Finish Adds to Paula's Gloss; the London Marathon 2003
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IT was approaching 7.30pm on Sunday evening and the 23rd London Marathon was being quietly put to bed. The finish line had been dismantled and now the Mall resembled a sprawling building site as the JCBs and removal men moved...
The Media Man Who's Got It All Buttoned Down; AFTER SCALING THE HEIGHTS IN 21 YEARS AT EMAP, DIRECT-TALKING TOM MOLONEY HAS GOT HIS BIG CHANCE AT LAST
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST IT WAS the PR woman who afforded the first warning of what was to come. She seemed surprised to see me, even though the meeting with her boss, Tom Moloney, the new chief executive of Emap, had been in the diary for a while....
The New Halle Berry on the Terrifying Night That Changed Her Life; Gabrielle Union, Who in Her Latest Film Stars Opposite George Clooney, Talks for the First Time about Being Brutally Raped at Gunpoint
Byline: PRECIOUS WILLIAMS NEXT week, I'll be walking down the red carpet of Leicester Square at the premiere of my new movie on the arm of my co-star, George Clooney. I've always had a thing for George, ever since I had a small part in ER. ...
The Only Cherie Story I Do Want to Read
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH YOU have to feel for Cherie Blair. At the age of 48, when most people have sorted out how many blood relatives they've got, she's in Australia, meeting up with an umpteenth half-sister for the first time. The sibling in...
The Really Useful Column; Homes & Property
Byline: ALISON CORK Alison Cork finds Gallic furniture at great prices, sofas delivered in days and tools to make life easier for lefthanders Bargain of the week We have all dreamed of getting gorgeous, painted, wooden furniture for a snip...
The Talk in BOXING
Hide & shriek for Fitch THERE will be a touch of Tyson about the comeback of enigmatic British heavyweight Herbie Hide in Nottingham tonight. The former two-times world champion, out of the sport for 17 months, has hired Iron Mike's former cheerleader,...
This Was the Right War to Fight; War Supporters Are Accused of Triumphalism. but the World Has a Chance to Be a Better Place Because of the Coalition's Actions
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY FROM the moment that statue came reluctantly toppling down in Baghdad last week, the likes of me, who have always believed that this war in Iraq was both morally and practically right, have been told by those who opposed it...
To Iraq, Happily, by DHL; City Insider
HEYRICK Bond-Gunning, former Grenadier Guards officer turned customer relations manager for M&A website mergermarket.com, has sent the following email to clients: "After two fantastic years, I am leaving mergermarket, having accepted the offer...
Tough for Reuters as Revenues Plunge 10%
Byline: NICK GOODWAY CORE revenues at financial information group Reuters dived by 10% in the first three months of this year, and it now expects them to drop by between 10% and 12% for the year as whole. But chief executive Tom Glocer said today...
'Tragic Accident' as Girl Aged 13 Is Hit by Model Aeroplane and Killed
Byline: GEORGE RICHARDS;ADAM BLENFORD A 13-YEAR-OLD girl has died after being hit by a model aeroplane while out walking with her mother and two school friends. The girl, from Dartford, was struck on the head by the model plane on Dartford Heath....
Truth and Treason; in His First Interview, Peter Moffat Defends the Controversial New BBC Drama Based on the Cambridge Spies
Byline: JAMES HANNING IT takes a brave writer to suggest that the Cambridge spies, the handful of 1930s undergraduates who threw in their lot with the Soviet Union to become possibly the most successful double-agent ring in history, were anything...
Valentine's Day Speeds PizzaExpress Sales Slide
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN A NEW excuse has been added to the already-lengthy menu of explanations for the disastrous and accelerating slide in sales at PizzaExpress - Valentine's Day fell on a Friday this year. That meant couples chose to share...
We Have No Fear; Arsenal Can Deal with the United Threat, Says Wenger
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENE WENGER today admitted his team have no fear of losing their Premiership crown as Arsenal clash with Manchester United at Highbury in what could be the title decider. United's sensational run of results has seen an...
Welcome Return of One Man and His Yamaha
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU COMEDY John Shuttleworth Brighton Corn Exchange YOU can't keep a funny man down. Seminal character comedian Graham Fellows had been talking of retiring MOR maestro John Shuttleworth, but he is back. If Paul McCartney...
Wembley Should Be Answer for Arsenal; New Cash Blow Is a Pointer to Shared Solution for the Gunners
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