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Articles from May 20, 2005

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The Geri Halliwell Show
Powered by self-help and a wheat-free diet, Geri Halliwell's latest image is sane, happy and healthy. But with a dog called Daddy and a new album obsessing about past boyfriends, Lydia Slater asks if this reinvention is more than skin deep Geri...
The Man Who Dared to Ask: Could You Turn off Your Mobile? RESULTS OF OUR SURVEY INTO COMMUTERS' MANNERS WILL ASTONISH YOU
Byline: PATRICK SAWER " . . . love you loads, bye, yeah, bye." "I'm on the train." "Honestly, the meeting ran late. I'll be back soon." Calls to girlfriends, to the office, to wives and lovers, the chatter of what should be private conversations...
The Nick of Tyne; SUNDAY CHOICE
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY SUNDAY CHOICE 55 Degrees North 8pm, BBC1 BY THEIR very nature, all fish-out-of-water police shows start well. A combination of the star detective (who's something of a maverick, natch) interacting with a new and probably...
The Secret Life of Italian Gangster on the Run over Here and Working for the Big Issue
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER THE astonishing secret life of a Mafia gangster who spent years on the run in London is revealed today. Francesco Tonicello was one of Italy's most wanted men. A master forger, he worked under 11 aliases and fenced priceless...
The Tooth Fairies
Byline: OLIVIA STEWART-LIBERTY Last year we spent [pounds sterling]1.2 billion on our teeth - a 20 per cent rise from the year before. No wonder there's a new breed of dentist operating in London: he's a Porsche-driving millionaire in his mid-thirties...
The Top Ten.Tiny Tearaways; It's Always the Way: Firstborns Play by the Rules, While the Younger Ones Run Riot. as Prince Harry Loves to Remind Us, Little Terrors Love to Cause Big Trouble
While Prince William gets on with winning the nation's hearts, little brother Prince Harry is ticking all the right boxes to be crowned our very own Prince of Darkness. So far, he's faced allegations of drug-taking and cheating at exams, had drunken...
The Tsunami Village That Will Forever Be a Corner of London; 'TWIN' RESIDENTS RAISE [Pounds Sterling]200,000 FOR NEW SRI LANKA SETTLEMENT
Byline: ROB SINGH THOUSANDS were killed and hundreds of thousands more made homeless when the Boxing Day tsunami hit the east coast of Sri Lanka. Entire villages were wiped out - but now residents from a London suburb are paying for a new one...
Thinner Takes All; (1 American Band of Telly Tubbies Suffer to Win $250,000 - and It's Coming to Our Screens Next (2 PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE CRUELLEST REALITY TV SHOW OF THEM ALL
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA A CONTROVERSIAL "weight loss" reality show, which taunts its contestants with fattening treats and forces them to exercise in chain gangs, is coming to British TV this autumn. The Biggest Loser is a surprise hit in the...
This Bloody Rubbish Needs a Transfusion; CAMP HORROR SPOOF IS HUMOURLESS, BORING AND A LOST OPPORTUNITY
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH FIRST NIGHT Theatre of Blood Lyttelton ISTRUGGLE to remember when I last urged you to avoid the National Theatre like the plague. It is now my sad, amazing duty to do just that. I must warn you about the hefty load...
This Van Is So Tame
Byline: PETE CLARK POP Van Morrison Shepherds Bush Empire VAN Morrison is one of the great alchemists of music. As proof of this, he is the only man to have made that old God-botherer Cliff Richard sound halfway cool by doing a duet with...
Top 5 Book Events
GOLDIE HAWN The most successful celebmemoiristes these days must tell their story with humility. And so, declares Goldie Hawn (left) in A Lotus Grows In The Mud, 'I'm still on my own road to discovery.' She's over here to sell it. Hatchards, 187 Piccadilly,...
Top Dollar! Although She's Best Known as Elaine, the Manhungry Secretary in Ally McBeal, Jane Krakowski Has Had a Prestigious Career in Musical Theatre. Sheryl Garratt Meets Her as She Makes Her West End Debut Opposite Ewan McGregor inGuys and Dolls
Byline: SHERYL GARRATT Jane Krakowski loves her job. Right now she's rehearsing for her London stage debut in Guys And Dolls, which means she gets a kiss every morning from fellow cast member Ewan McGregor. 'Only the cheek,' she says in mock regret,...
United Clash Will Hold No Fears for Nerveless
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS PHILIPPE SENDEROS has enjoyed a sensational three months and given Arsene Wenger a defensive selection problem for tomorrow's final. But one man, who will watch the match against Manchester United with immense pride, is...
Vacant Van Puts in the Minimum; Irish Legend Pushes Right Buttons but Sadly It"s All Too Predictable
Byline: PETE CLARK Van Morrison Shepherds Bush Empire VAN Morrison is one of the great alchemists of music. As proof of this, he is the only man to have made that old God-botherer Cliff Richard sound halfway cool by doing a duet with him....
Want the Londongrad LIFESTYLES; as Forbes Magazine Dubs London the City of Choice for the Superrich, We Talk to Marina Starkova, the Russian Fixer Who Can Acquire Anything - at a Price
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS MARINA Starkova is looking for a Scottish castle. It has to be privately owned (preferably by the family that built it), extremely old and, if possible, haunted. It will also need to offer an exceptionally high level of luxury...
Who Needs the Police When We Have Nick and Fiona?
Byline: A.N. WILSON Why I love all this pomp and ritual BENOIT Witchalls has been on the front pages of all the newspapers showing a remarkable resilience in the face of the calamity that has befallen him. Abigail, his wife, was stabbed in the neck...
WILLIAM SITWELL IS THE Food Spy; Restaurant Bites
Byline: WILLIAM SITWELL Come 24 May and the big culinary question is: 'How the heck are we going to celebrate National Escargot Day?' Well, thankfully, Food Spy can pass on the news that for a limited period every Cafe Rouge in London will be serving...
Wonders of the Ancients; Invited by the King of Jordan to Tour His Country, Novelist Simon Scarrow Marvels at the Ancient Glories of a Past Civilisation
Byline: SIMON SCARROW THE call came on a wet October morning. "Hello," I mumbled. "Good morning, Mr Scarrow. This is Timoor Daghistani, the Jordanian ambassador in London. How are you?" "Er, fine." "I would like to congratulate you on your...