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Articles from April 4, 2005

12lb Baby Dies and Mother's Life Put in Danger as Scans Fail to Detect Her Size; 'Unusually Large' Amy Is Starved of Oxygen at Birth
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK A COUPLE are demanding a new inquiry into the death of their 12lb baby after a catastrophic delivery. Hospital staff failed to detect baby Amy Pattison was unusually large and did not offer her mother Sally a Caesarean....
All Blacks Start War of Words; RUGBY UNION
Byline: CHRIS JONES ALL BLACK coach Graham Henry has started cranking up the hype as Sir Clive Woodward prepares to name the 44 players he believes can win this summer's Test series in New Zealand. Woodward's announcement of the Lions rugby squad...
'All London Roads Should Have Toll'
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS A LEADING government adviser is calling for congestion charging to be introduced on every road within the M25. Professor David Begg says drivers should pay up to 10p per kilometre, with every journey tracked by satellite,...
Amelia, Scared to Her Death at the Age of 105
Byline: JO PEARSON THIS IS the 105-year-old woman who died after being targeted repeatedly by burglars. Amelia Whale, shown here celebrating her 100th birthday, refused to move from the home she shared with her younger brother Leonard in Islington,...
A Rip-Roaring People's Band; POP
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD Feeder Brixton Academy FOR SUCH a noisy band, Feeder have risen quietly and the usually allseeingeye of celebrity has turned its gaze elsewhere. Already, though, in 2005 they have had a Number 2 album and sold out Brixton...
Asians 'Bullied by Law Society Racists'
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER A POLICY adviser at the Law Society today described how senior managers referred to Asian staff as "reliable little workers". Simrit Parmar, 36, of Ilford, also claimed Afro-Caribbeans were labelled "lazy" and having "attitude...
Battered to Death for Saying Hello in Queue at the Shop
Byline: ROB SINGH A MAN was battered to death for simply saying "how are you" to a fellow customer at a shop counter. Witnesses told today that as Daniel Pater, 29, lay dying from his injuries, his killer stole his watch off his wrist and walked...
Battle to Keep China's MG Rover Deal on Road
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH THE fate of MG Rover, the UK's last volume carmaker, hangs in the balance this week amid makeor-break talks in Shanghai between its would-be Chinese saviour and British Government representatives. Officials from the Department...
Beds, Bungs and Brutal Honesty; AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Byline: DOMINIC CARMAN For Better For Worse Christine Hamilton ON THE cover of For Better For Worse, a celestial white figure emerges from the gloom ascending a black spiral staircase. Leaving her demons in the darkness below and smiling towards...
Big Struggle in London for the Home-Grown Talent to Thrive; Exclusive Report on the Crisis for England's Youngsters Trying to Get a Big Break
Byline: STUART JAMES THINKING of becoming a professional footballer? Think again. Kicking a ball for a living might be one of the most glamorous occupations but according to research carried out by Standard Sport it has never been more difficult...
'Bionic Eye' That Will Let Blind See; Camera and Computer Chip Could Change Lives
Byline: MARK PRIGG A REVOLUTIONARY artificial eye that could allow the blind to see is being unveiled at a London conference today, and human trials will begin within a year. Described as "the ultimate tool for blindness", the new system tricks...
Blair Takes Gamble; GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCH HALTED UNTIL TOMORROW BUT PARTIES BEGIN Casino Law at Risk as PM Postpones Naming Poll Day
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY Blair's decision to postpone the election announcement has put at risk key legislation, including the controversial Gambling Bill. The Prime Minister was today running out of time to pass a series of new laws as all three...
Britons in Jet Panic as Fuel Pours from Wing
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER HUNDREDS of British passengers forced their flight to be grounded after they spotted fuel pouring from a wing during takeoff. Holidaymakers screamed, refused to sit down and demanded the pilot stop the flight as the aircraft...
Bumper Year at BP to Bring New Investor Joy
Byline: STEVE HAWKES BRITAIN'S biggest company, BP, is on course for another year of bumper profits after signalling today that soaring oil and gas prices are more than compensating for slower growth in parts of the business. Investors are likely...
Bumper Year at BP to Bring New Investor Joy; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: STEVE HAWKES BRITAIN'S biggest company, BP, is on course for another year of bumper profits after signalling today that soaring oil and gas prices are more than compensating for slower growth in parts of the business. Investors are also...
Campbell Eyes Cup Comeback
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS SOL CAMPBELL will tonight launch his bid to play a part in the remainder of Arsenal's season. Campbell, who watched from the sidelines on Saturday as Arsenal regained second spot with a 4-1 win against Norwich, has started...
CHARLES PUTS OFF WEDDING FOR A DAY; Camilla Agrees to Delay as Blair and Archbishop Join Mourners in Rome Prince Will Attend Pope's Funeral on Friday
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;JOE MURPHY PRINCE CHARLES this afternoon postponed his wedding because it clashes with the Pope's funeral on Friday. Charles will now marry Camilla Parker Bowles on Saturday after flying back from Rome where he will attend...
Chevron Texaco Takes over Unocal for [Pounds Sterling]8.7bn
Byline: STEVE HAWKES CHEVRON Texaco has agreed a blockbuster $16.4 billion ([pounds sterling]8.7 billion) takeover of sought-after Californian oil independent Unocal in a deal set to spark a series of copycat, super-sized acquisitions in the industry....
City Spy
A COLLISION of ideologies has emerged with Apax's proposed [pounds sterling]489 million purchase of Thomas the Tank Engine owner HIT Entertainment. Britt Allcroft, the California-based but London-born deviser of the Thomas & Friends TV series,...
Diary
.AMONG the Pope's many achievements was spawning a heretical quote from the BBC press office. In September 1980, Radio 3 broadcast a play by John Paul II called Outside the Jeweller's, which he wrote in 1960 while an auxiliary bishop in his native...
Don't Let the Teens Have All the Fun
Byline: LAURA CRAIK TOPSHOP might be all the rage nowadays, but it is no big news to me: I've been shopping there since I was 14. Although the fact that I use phrases like "all the rage" possibly indicates that I was 14 a very long time ago. Oh...
Education Notes
WHERE TO STUDY... African Studies RSA joins forces with Creative THE Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce has joined forces with Creative Partnerships (a government-funded organisation to promote creativity in schools)...
Elvis at Sadie 'Wedding' but Is It Heartbreak Hotel for Jude and Sienna? MOCK NUPTIALS FOR FROST AMID RUMOURS THAT EX-HUSBAND'S MARRIAGE IS IN DOUBT
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA THIS may be the closest Sadie Frost ever comes to marrying her toyboy lover. Frost, 37, and 24-yearold Jackson Scott pose for a mockup wedding photograph to celebrate the centenary of Las Vegas in the magazine Harpers&...
Everything You Need for a Great Night in on the Sofa
Byline: STEVE MORRISSEY;KATIE LAW;RACHEL BELTON;NIGEL PIZEY THE MUST-SEE DVD The Manchurian Candidate Paramount, [pounds sterling]15.99 From low culture to high, the Sixties was obsessed with brainwashing. Every week in The Avengers, some...
French Flotations Set to Line Pockets in London and Paris
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN BANKERS and lawyers in London and Paris are looking to a e19 billion ([pounds sterling]13 billion) privatisation programme by the French government to save their bonuses in a tough year for earning fees. The sale of minority...
Funeral Must Be Priority, Says Queen; Pope Will Be Buried under the Basilica
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ THE POPE'S funeral is to be held on Friday, it was confirmed today. More than 100 heads of state are expected at the funeral in St Peter's Square in Rome in a service to be led by the dean of the college of cardinals,...
Gambling Shake-Up in Chaos after Poll Delay
Byline: JOE MURPHY PM runs out of time to push through key reforms TONY Blair's decision to postpone the election announcement has put at risk key legislation, including the controversial Gambling Bill. The Prime Minister was today running out...
Goldman Puts Its Weight Behind Oil and Gas Shares; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK US securities house Goldman Sachs, which last week warned the oil price could spike up to $105 a barrel short term, has upgraded the European oil and gas sector from underweight to neutral. Goldman has made the move to reflect...
Grieving for a Man We Hardly Knew
Byline: PETER OBORNE AM I alone in thinking that our reaction to the Pope's death has been overblown? Of course it is right that Catholic countries such as France and Spain, where tens of millions of people give their spiritual allegiance to the...
Guilty, Strangler Who Preyed on Fulham Women; LONER WHO TRIED TO RAPE AND MURDER FACING LIFE IN JAIL AFTER HORRIFIC SERIES OF ATTACKS
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS A SERIAL stalker who tried to rape and murder young women walking alone in London is facing life behind bars today. Lee Kilty, a 21-year-old youth worker, was dubbed the "Fulham sex-strangler" after a series of terrifying...
Haggle over Fares? You Must Be Joking, Say Most Cabbies; TAXI DRIVERS CRITICISE NEW GUIDELINES THAT ENCOURAGE PASSENGERS TO NEGOTIATE
Byline: ROB SINGH;BO WILSON TAXI drivers have criticised new guidelines encouraging passengers to haggle rather than pay the amount on the meter. They came into force on Saturday to offset a 53p rise per journey in fares, the sixth time the fares...
Holiday Has Left My Face Feeling Dry; LEONIE FRIEDA'S GUIDE TO LIFE
Byline: LEONIE FRIEDA Q My boss has handed me the responsibility of sorting out a 40th birthday present for his wife. They are rich, so I haven't got the option of just going for a designer bag or something equally obvious. Help! A A friend of...
I Have Been in Tears Here Every Single Day; the Standard Joins Chat-Show Host June Sarpong as She Returns to Her African Roots as Part of the Make Poverty History Crusade .
Byline: EMINE SANER IF JUNE Sarpong had been to Ghana before she interviewed Tony Blair she would have been much tougher on him when she asked him about Africa. "I wish I'd come here first," she says. "When I get back, I'll be writing to him....
In Brief
Japan plans to sell off postal savings scheme THE Japanese government will sell its holdings in the savings and insurance operations of the country's postal system in a 10-year privatisation process to begin in 2007, according to media reports in...
In Short
Federer fights back to sink rising star Nadal ROGER FEDERER battled back from two sets down to win the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami. The world No1 defeated Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal (above) 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1 but admitted: "It was extremely...
IN THE HOT SEAT; Just the Job
Byline: DAVID GREEN After 70 years of promoting Britain overseas, does the British Council help or harm the country's image? The organisation's director-general, David Green, takes the hot seat QYou recently attempted to promote us overseas with...
'It Means Huge Rise in Running Costs'
Byline: FLORA STUBBS Small business HABERDASHER Annabel Lewis, 44, says she will get up in the middle of the night to avoid the C-charge while making deliveries. The owner of specialist shop VV Rouleaux, in Marylebone High Street, is "absolutely...
Jose Crisis Talks; Banned Blues Boss Demands Showdown and Threatens to Quit
Byline: MATT HUGHES JOSE MOURINHO has demanded crisis talks with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon and chairman Bruce Buck as his relationship with the club's senior executives edged closer to breaking point today. The Chelsea manager is furious...
Jose Showdown Crisis Talks with Blues Chiefs over His Future
Byline: MATT HUGHES JOSE MOURINHO has demanded crisis talks with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon and chairman Bruce Buck as his relationship with the club's senior executives edged closer to breaking point today. The Chelsea manager is furious...
Jose's Still on His Feet as Feelings Run High
Byline: MATT HUGHES HE may not have been moved to tears but Jose Mourinho certainly showed his emotions in the final meeting with his players before his touchline ban. Running from the bench and clapping his hands above his head to celebrate...
Just the Latest in Series of Setbacks That Have Dogged the Royal Marriage
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE clash with the Pope's funeral is the latest in a series of catastrophes to beset the royal wedding. It would be understandable if Charles were feeling that he was jinxed over his second marriage which has been beset...
Key Royal Guests Heading for Rome; Blair and Archbishop of Canterbury Will Attend Pope's Service, Causing a Dilemma for charlesFuneral Is Set for 9am Friday Start
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ THE POPE'S funeral will be held on Friday, it was confirmed today. More than 100 heads of state are expected at the funeral in St Peter's Square in Rome, which is set to be led by the dean of the College of Cardinals,...
Kids' Stuff as McBride Arrives in Good Time
Byline: STUART JAMES BRIAN McBRIDE looked at his daughter's crestfallen face as she left the pitch after a post-match kickabout and asked, "Why the pout? Did you want to play 90 minutes?" Fulham manager Chris Coleman must be thankful that the...
Lee's Record Fine; Brawler Must Pay [Pounds Sterling]200,000 but Toon to Appeal over Dyer Red Card
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS LEE BOWYER and Kieron Dyer today shook hands in a public show of reconciliation following their shameful brawl. The feuding Newcastle pair settled their differences in private over the weekend and are now even joking with...
Leo Nanny Rushes to Help Battered Burglary Victim; She Dials 999 after Violent Robbery
Byline: SARAH HUGHES AN ARTIST has thanked the nanny who works for Tony and Cherie Blair after she helped him following a violent assault by two burglars. Alastair Lawrie, 30, was beaten up when he challenged two men at his Battersea home. The...
Londoners Face [Pounds Sterling]1bn Water Pressure Bill; Thames Water Leaks Plan Threatens High-Rise Users
Byline: ROSS LYDALL LONDONERS are facing a [pounds sterling]1billion bill to safeguard their water supplies, a report warns. Thames Water is proposing to reduce water pressure across the capital in a bid to stem leakages of almost one billion...
Make the Most of That Country Cottage; Es Commercial Property
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES SPRING has sprung and the powerful urge to escape the rat race is fuelling demand for retail businesses outside the capital. Small country hotels, B&Bs, village pubs, post offices and convenience stores in picturesque...
Marshall Twins Put It Together; in Brief
TWINS Hamish and James Marshall joined forces as New Zealand reached 267 for three on the opening day of the First Test against Sri Lanka in Napier. Hamish was 133 not out at the close. His 172-ball century included 12 fours and one six. He shared...
McBride and Joy as Fulham near Safety
Byline: STUART JAMES BRIAN McBRIDE looked at his daughter's crestfallen face as she left the pitch after a post-match kickabout and asked, "Why the pout? Did you want to play 90 minutes?" Fulham boss Chris Coleman must be thankful the striker...
Millions Heading for Rome to Mourn Pope
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;JEREMY CHARLES THE BODY of Pope John Paul II was being moved to St Peter's today for public viewing as Rome prepared itself for the greatest tide of pilgrims in the city's history. Up to two million people are expected to...
Mourinho's Still Standing Tall as Feelings Run High
Byline: MATT HUGHES HE may not have been moved to tears but Jose Mourinho certainly showed his emotions in the final meeting with his players before his touchline ban. Running from the bench and clapping his hands above his head to celebrate...
Music, Art, Dance, Video - Plus a Guest Appearance from Dubya; WORLD
Byline: SIMON BROUGHTON Baaba Maal Festival Hall IT WAS a busy night on the Festival Hall stage with 20 drummers, a large band, backing singers, dancers, video artists and more. Working hardest was the bald, bear-like stage manager who...
My 12lb Baby Died after Doctors Failed to Offer Me a Caesarean; IT WAS LIKE ER ON ACID, SAYS GRIEVING FATHER AFTER BOTCHED BIRTH
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK A COUPLE are demanding a new inquiry into the death of their 12lb baby after a catastrophic delivery. Hospital staff failed to detect Amy Pattison was unusually large and did not offer her mother Sally a Caesarean. After...
Near-Death Experience
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Songs of Praise BBC1 OF ALL the pronouncements made about Pope John Paul II this weekend, the oddest was surely the widely quoted observation that "he was a Pope without a sense of humour". Not so, if the late Sir Harry...
New Kids on the High St Chase the 14 Going on 40 Generation; Incomers Aiming for Stylish Teens
Byline: LAURA CRAIK TOPSHOP might be all the rage nowadays but it is no big news to me: I've been shopping there since I was 14. Although the fact that I use phrases like "all the rage" possibly indicates that I was 14 a very long time ago. Oh dear....
News in Brief
Four Weddings star Kristin set for West End comeback OSCAR-nominated actress Kristin Scott Thomas is to return to the West End to play the heroine in Luigi Pirandello's rarelyperformed tragedy As You Desire Me. Scott Thomas, 44, the star of films...
New Slump Hits ITV; Ailing Channel Is Abandoned by One in Five Younger Viewers
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA ITV1 is failing to win back its younger viewers, new audience figures reveal today. Ratings for last month show that 13 per cent fewer 16- to 34-year-olds watched the channel than in March last year. This comes after disastrous...
Nicole's Spirit Lives on in a Web of Friendship; Friends Still Bombard Eight-Year-Old's Site a Year after Her Death
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA WHEN Nicole Favre was dying from cancer, her parents set up a website so she could stay in touch with friends while in hospital. The eight-year-old used it to write poems, tell jokes and keep up with school gossip. Now,...
Now Jose Can Plan for Big Job in Rome
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN PLANS for a Mourinho-free column disintegrate again, this time due to his Portuguese web site ramblings . . . ramblings so gnomic as make Cantona's stuff about sardines and seagulls look like the Highway Code. "The moral...
Now the Real Election Battle Begins
THE DEATH of the Pope may have forced Tony Blair to postpone calling the general election by a day, but that will make little difference: this week the speed of the election battle will change as the campaign begins in earnest. The focus remains on...
Now the Real Election Battle Begins
THE DEATH of the Pope has forced Tony Blair to postpone calling the election by a day, cutting a precious 24 hours from the time remaining for the Government to get its legislative programme through Parliament. But ultimately the delay will make little...
Now We Will See the Real Charles
Byline: PETER OBORNE TAKING everything into account, I am inclining towards the view that this week will be the finest and most splendid in Prince Charles's life. It is the week that he comes of age. Poor Charles has spent his life doing things...
Och, Aye Got News for You - It's Angus
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Heartless 9pm, ITV1 OKAY, let's be honest: Angus Deayton is not everybody's idea of a romantic lead. (In fact, you might wonder if he is anybody's idea of a romantic lead.) So it was a brave decision to cast him as...
Pardew: Talk Won't Hurt Me; in Brief
ALAN PARDEW today brushed aside speculation about his West Ham future, preferring instead to concentrate on planning a second successive away win. Glenn Hoddle and Gordon Strachan have been linked with the job but Pardew said: "The speculation has...
Pay 16pa Mile to Drive Inside the M25
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THE congestion charge zone could be massively extended to include every road within the M25. A leading government adviser wants drivers to be charged up to 16p a mile. Professor David Begg's plans were revealed as Ken...
Pick of the Night
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Heartless 9pm, ITV1 OKAY, let's be honest: Angus Deayton (right) is not everybody's idea of a romantic lead. In fact, you might wonder, if he is anybody's idea of a romantic lead. So, it was a brave decision to cast him as...
Playing Primo; Antony Sher's Memoir of His Travails in Producing a One-Man Show about Primo Levi Is in a Class All Its Own
Byline: DAVID SEXTON SOMETIMES a single book seems to complete a whole genre, rendering any subsequent addition to the form redundant. One such culminating classic was Nicholas Craig: I, An Actor by Christopher Douglas and Nigel Planer, first published...
Police to Get 'Softer' Bullets
POLICE are to be issued with "softer" plastic bullets, the Home Office announced today. The new bullets are designed to be less dangerous if they hit a sensitive area of the body such as the head. Plastic bullets were issued to armed patrols...
POPE FUNERAL ON CHARLES WEDDING DAY; Royals Consider 24-Hour Delay to Avoid Clash
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;JOE MURPHY PRINCE CHARLES is considering postponing his wedding because it clashes with the Pope's funeral. The Vatican announced today the funeral of John Paul II will be held at 9am London time on Friday - four hours before...
[Pounds Sterling]10 Million Splurge to Make It Bookies' Busiest-Ever Election
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE CITY gamblers are poised to risk more than [pounds sterling]10 million by polling day on the result, voter turnout and seat tallies of the main parties at the coming general election. With the official contest likely to...
Power Cut Hits Faldo; Nick Faldo Can't Match His Rivals for Distance with His Drives, Which Is Why He Fears He Won't Win a Fourth Masters Title This Week. David Smith Reports from Augusta
Byline: DAVID SMITH WHEN Nick Faldo arrives at Augusta National today, he will make the short walk from the car park to the Champions' Locker Room where his personal cubby hole is just inside the door on the left, next to that of Larry Mize. ...
Power with Restraint; CLASSICAL
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Chicago SO/ Barenboim Festival Hall THE Chicago Symphony is in town, and with its rip-roaring tuttis last night it made sure everyone knew about it. Its pair of concerts at the Festival Hall feature the music director...
Prayers amid Blazing Candles
Byline: FLORA STUBBS THEY came to grieve for the man who for 27 years had given spiritual inspiration to millions. Amid prayers, votive candles and a mood of intense sadness, Catholics across London gathered to pay their respects to Pope John...
Return of the Blair BASHERS ( THEY'VE BOTH PROSPERED UNDER TONY BUT, YES, THEY STILL HATE HIM ... ); GILLIGAN ON MONDAY Why John Prescott's Nemesis Is Ready to Let Him Have Another Egg
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN THIS, as New Labour keeps telling us, is going to be a "real people" election. Tony Blair is turning his back on London press conferences and all those nasty, Westminster based journalists. Instead, he's meeting and being...
REVOLT OVER [Pounds Sterling]8 C-CHARGE; Tesco and BT Lead Business Campaign against Mayor's Rise
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE is facing massive opposition from big business to his increase in the congestion charge. Companies such as Boots, Tesco, BT and the Hilton and Marriott hotel groups are protesting at the 60 per cent rise from...
Rip It Up and Start Again; Love to Live in West London? Think Again. One Inhabitant Says Its Peace Has Been Shattered by the JCBs of Bored, Rich Makeover Vandals
Byline: HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR I ARRIVED home this morning to find a crane occupying the whole of the parking bay outside my house. This isn't Canary Wharf we're talking about here. I live on what was once a quiet residential street in Notting Hill,...
Royal Wedding Goes Ahead 'Even If It Clashes with the Funeral'
PRINCE CHARLES'S wedding will definitely go ahead despite a possible clash with the funeral of the Pope, Clarence House aides said today. The Vatican says Pope John Paul II will lie in state for four to six days as thousands flock to Rome to pay...
Short of Cash
IT'S A double whammy against Sir Mark Thatcher. Not only has he been banned from visiting America, where his wife and children live, he is also absent from the Sunday Times Rich List 2005. Last year the baronet, estimated to be the 666th wealthiest...
Sound and Fury; OPERA
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS Twilight of the Gods/English National Opera Coliseum FOUR years in the making, ENO's Ring cycle has been, in Phyllida Lloyd's staging, a bumpy affair. Rheingold flopped, Valkyrie won converts, Siegfried worked...
Strong Support for Russell Hope
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM CARRIE FORD continues to dominate the headlines as she prepares to partner the heavily-backed Forest Gunner in the John Smith's Grand National. But her friend and lookalike Lucinda Russell could yet steal her thunder...
Thames Water Wants to Turn off Taps to Flats
Byline: ROSS LYDALL Top floor homes will need [pounds sterling]11,000 pumps Thames Water is proposing to reduce water pressure across the capital in a bid to stem leakages of almost one billion litres each day - enough to fill 17 Olympic swimming...
The Bad News Is Behind but Boots Still Faces Stiff Climb; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TROUBLED stores group Boots still has some way to go before it shares make up the ground lost in the wake of last month's shock profits warning. So there are likely to be a few sweaty palms around on Thursday, when the group...
The Bionic Eye That Lets the Blind See; VIDEO CAMERA AND MICROCHIP COMBINE TO CHANGE PEOPLE'S LIVES
Byline: MARK PRIGG A REVOLUTIONARY artificial eye that could allow the blind to see is being unveiled at a London conference today and will begin human trials within a year. Described as "the ultimate tool for blindness", the new system tricks...
The Drug Dealer Who Became a Budding Entrepreneur. Thanks to Prince Charles's Charity; Just the Job
Byline: JACKY HYAMS Nearly 30 years ago, Prince Charles founded the Prince's Trust, a charity devoted to giving young people a start in life. This week, on the eve of Charles's wedding, Jacky Hyams talks to a former drug dealer, Shabazz Khan, 27,...
The First Picture of 105-Year-Old Woman Terrorised by Burglars; NEIGHBOURS' FURY AT RAIDERS AFTER VICTIM OF FOUR BREAK-INS IN 18 MONTHS DIES
Byline: JO PEARSON THIS IS the 105-year-old woman who died after being targeted repeatedly by burglars. Amelia Whale, shown here celebrating her 100th birthday, refused to move from the home she shared with her younger brother Leonard in Islington,...
The Website That Keeps Brave Nicole's Memory Alive; EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CANCER VICTIM'S LEGACY WAS WEB OF FRIENDSHIP THAT LIVES ON
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA WHEN Nicole Favre was dying from cancer, her parents set up a website so she could stay in touch with friends while in hospital. The eight-year-old used it to write poems, tell jokes and keep up with school gossip. Now,...
They're Laughing at Jester Parnevik
Byline: DAVID SMITH JESPER PARNEVIK'S replacement golf clubs will have arrived by jet from Atlanta by the time he starts his quest to win the US Masters, but the fact that he forgot to bring them caused hilarity among his rivals. As the players...
Touts Are a Market Force
THE outrage at internet ticket touts is entirely misplaced (Rocked by the web touts, 31 March). Tickets are changing hands at the eye-watering prices you report only because enough people are prepared to part with that kind of money. Many touts are...
Triumph of the Tennessee Two
Byline: JACK MASSARIK Ardent Studios Night Barbican AN EVENING of vintage Americana like this seemed an ideal way to mark the start of the new major-league baseball season, but as fans of the New York Mets will understand, that pleasurable...
Tudor's Debt to Super Doc Who Saved His Career
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY WHEN Alex Tudor was released by Surrey last September, his career appeared to have reached a dead end. A back injury which doctors could not diagnose had limited him to eight first-class appearances in two years and there were...
Vatican Opens the Pope's Last Wishes; Q&A
Cardinals to discover John Paul II's final resting place as two million pilgrims descend on Rome THE body of Pope John Paul II was being moved to St Peter's today for the public viewing as Rome prepared itself for the greatest tide of pilgrims in the...
We Need a Pope for the 21st Century
Byline: CATHERINE PEPINSTER THERE can be few Catholics who did not shed a tear yesterday as they watched the live television coverage of the Requiem Mass for Pope John Paul II which was being celebrated at Westminster Cathedral. A sense of an...
When an Injury-Time Substitute Dances His Socks off; DANCE
Byline: SARAH FRATER Royal Ballet Mixed Bill Royal Opera House ABT Studio Company Mixed Bill Linbury Studio Theatre IF PEOPLE buy tickets to see Carlos Acosta dance the lead role in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody, they'll expect a...
When I Told Dad about My Breast Cancer Test He Started Sobbing; Olympic Athlete Diane Modahl Explains Why the Breast Cancer Charity Genesis Is So Important to Her
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE MY involvement with Genesis came as a result of a scare that I had just over 10 years ago, when I discovered a lump in my breast. It was the size of a pea and towards the centre of my chest, just under the underwiring of...
Why Our Diet Goes to Pot as Week Goes on; WE START WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, BUT ARE TUCKING INTO TAKEAWAYS BY FRIDAY NIGHT
Byline: NEALE ADAMS WE START the week full of good dietary intentions - eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and hearty homemade dishes. But by Friday we slip up and are tucking in to takeaways and ready meals with abandon. A study of the eating...
With a Little Help We Can Forge Ahead; Just the Job
Byline: HILARY WHITNEY LIVING IN Many disabled people have brilliant brains but need practical help to manage their high-powered careers. Hilary Whitney meets three successful working partnerships JONATHAN BAILEY, 31, is PA to Max Burt, an advertising...
Would You Dare Haggle with a Hackney Driver? WE PUT KEN'S TAXI-BARGAIN SCHEME TO THE TEST... AND HAD A THIRD OF OUR FARES CUT
Byline: ROB SINGH;BO WILSON TAXI drivers have criticised new guidelines encouraging passengers to haggle rather than pay the fare on the meter. The rules allowing negotiation came into force on Saturday to offset an average 53p rise per journey,...