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Articles from June 28, 2004

12-Week Foetus Makes First Kick; Series of Reflex Actions in the Womb Are Captured by Professor's Remarkable Pictures
Byline: REBECCA SMITH THESE are the first amazing pictures showing a baby "walking" in the womb. The photographs show a foetus clearly moving its developing limbs at only 12 weeks old. Taken during an ultrasound scan, they reveal the foetus is...
A Flightless Turkey
Byline: KATE CHISHOLM Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres (Secker, [pounds sterling]17.99) IT IS 10 years since Captain Corelli's Mandolin crept its way into the nation's imagination. Louis de Bernieres's tale of love in a time...
A Good Old Lock-In
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Al Murray: Pub Landlord Cambridge Theatre HE certainly doesn't serve short measures. Al Murray has been taking his Pub Landlord's Giving It Both Barrels tour across the country and following a digression inside Hell's...
Basic Fast Jet Training Hit as the RAF Prepares for Massive Cuts in Its Budget
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN THE RAF has confirmed to the Evening Standard that it is cutting the numbers of officers it puts through basic fast jet training by almost half as it prepares for massive cuts which will see the scrapping of Jaguar and Tornado...
BID NOW FOR THIS AMAZING [Pounds Sterling]110,000; THOUSANDS OF UNIQUE PRICES NOT YET TAKEN
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Blunkett Goes to High Court on Police Chief
Byline: JASON BEATTIE DAVID BLUNKETT began legal action today to drive Humberside police chief David Westwood from his job. Home Office lawyers lodged papers with the High Court this afternoon. The move marks a dramatic escalation of the dispute...
Britain's Largest Organ Is Roaring Once Again
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Organ Concert, RPO/Hickox Albert Hall THE mighty monster that is the Royal Albert Hall organ has not roared for two-and-a half-years. So noisy and cumbersome had the mechanism become that the organ has been out of commission....
Brown Locked in Bitter Battle with No 10 'Liars'
Byline: JOE MURPHY RELATIONS between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown sank to a bitter new low today after the Chancellor virtually accused 10 Downing Street of a smear campaign against him. In an extraordinary statement, Mr Brown alleged an "orchestrated"...
Brown Locked in Bitter Battle with No10 'Liars'
Byline: JOE MURPHY Brown locked in bitter battle with No10 'liars' RELATIONS between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown sank to a bitter new low today after the Chancellor virtually accused 10 Downing Street of a smear campaign against him. In an extraordinary...
Chelsea Ready to Step Up Their Interest in Gerrard
Byline: MATT HUGHES CHELSEA will this week intensify their efforts to sign Steven Gerrard. Now that England's participation in Euro 2004 is over, the unhappy Liverpool star is in a position to finally sort out his future. Chief executive Peter...
City Spy
SPOT the connection. The mighty American finance house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts spent a lot of time and some money stalking Safeway, where former Williams Holdings chief executive Roger Carr was a nonexecutive director. KKR also shadowed Six Continents...
City Spy
AS Stuart Rose goes on the attack and Marks & Spencer leaps to the defence of its new chief executive over his sharebuying ahead of Philip Green's move, here are some questions for them to consider: The shares purchase Why did Rose use a...
Crack Addict Burglar Gets Life for Attacking Couple as They Slept
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A CRACK addict with a [pounds sterling]1,000-a day habit was jailed for life today after stabbing an American banker and his fashion designer wife as they slept. Moussin Boujjettif, 25, also carjacked a young mother and her...
Curse of the Bragg Factor
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Not Just on Sundays ITV1 ACCORDING to Loelia, Duchess of Westminster, "anybody seen in an omnibus over the age of 30 has been a failure in life," but she didn't have to fill five pages of columnar journalism each week....
Doctors' Chief Demands a Speedy Smoking Ban
Byline: REBECCA SMITH THE head of the British Medical Association today attacked the Government's failure to ban smoking in public places and its record on sexual health. James Johnson, chairman of the BMA Council, used his speech at the start...
Family First as Kate Backs out of Woody Film
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA KATE WINSLET has pulled out of her starring role in Woody Allen's first London-based film - insisting she wants to spend more time with her children. Her abrupt decision to withdraw from the so-far untitled [pounds sterling]8.5...
Footsie in Retreat on Fears of Bigger Rise in US Rates; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK IT LOOKS like being a rough ride for City investors this week, faced with the first rise in US interest rates for more than four years. The Federal Reserve meets on Wednesday to decide by how much it needs to push up rates...
Glaxo Hits Back in Legal Battle over Anti-Flu Drug
Byline: BILL CONDIE DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline spent more than [pounds sterling]300 million to develop and market an Australian anti-flu drug before it abandoned the product. The revelation comes in a document lodged with an Australian court...
Go Easy with the Chorizo
Byline: CARINA COOPER Chorizo baked with apple, rosemary, red onions and potatoes Preparation: 15 minutes. Cooking: 40 minutes. Serves 1-2 1 chorizo sausage, cut into discs 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1 medium red onion, roughly...
Half Nurse Half Social Worker; in a Revolutionary Move, Social Workers and District Nurses in Kingston Are Doing Each Other's Work. Jane Willett, the Woman in Charge of the Newly Merged Service, Reports on an Experiment Fraught with Risks
Byline: JANE WILLETT THIS is the only way to go and Kingston is the first to make the change. But we are sailing into uncharted territory. We have aligned the borough's health teams with our social care teams to deal with older people. Next,...
Henman in Need of Lift as He Tackles the Scud
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER APOLOGIES for being a messenger of gloom but Tim Henman's Wimbledon-campaign is starting to have Beckhamesque characteristics about it. Every time he moved a muscle successfully on Centre Court during his victory on "People's...
High-Flyers Are Running into a 'Quarter-Life Crisis' at Thirty
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK EIGHT out of 10 young high-flyers are suffering a "quarter-life crisis", a study shows today. They feel disillusioned by their jobs and are re-evaluating what they want from life. But more than half complain that they...
High Hopes for Somerfield as the Retail Picture Clears
Byline: MICKEY CLARK CITY investors can look forward to a leisurely stroll down the High Street this week with results from a number of retailers that should throw fresh light on the state of Britain's consumer-led economy. Results published...
How I Escaped from a Brutal Honour Killing; as the Met Reopens the Files on 117 Unexplained Deaths, a Young Wife Risks Her Life to Reveal the Brutality Inflicted upon Women Who Dare to Challenge Their Husbands ... and the Law of Islam
Byline: DAVID COHEN TARA sits in a corner booth of a central London cafe and gingerly rolls up her jeans to reveal her thigh. There was a time when she was proud of her slim, shapely legs, but that was before her husband stabbed her with a steak...
How We Fought Discrimination
Byline: COLIN COTTELL A raft of new laws has been brought in to protect workers against discrimination. But what is it like when you feel yourself being victimised because of your sex, race or age? Colin Cottell met three victims of the "isms"...
I Felt So Alone and Low after Our Loss to Greece
Byline: ROBERT PIRES THE next time I see Jacques Santini he will be in the opposition dugout on the touchline as the new manager of Tottenham. It will seem strange because for the last two years he has been my coach with France - encouraging, advising...
In Brief
Chinese sports retailer sprints ahead on HK float SHARES in Chinese sports goods retailer Li Ning bucked the market trend to rise more than 11% on their Hong Kong debut today as investors raced to buy into China's consumption boom. The company raised...
Iraq Handover Brought Forward by 48 Hours to Outwit Terrorists
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE US and Britain today prepared to hand over power in Iraq to its fledgling government in a dramatic bid to outflank terrorists and insurgents. The bold move to bring forward the transfer of sovereignty by two days from Wednesday...
Iraq: The Moment of Truth
PRESIDENT BUSH will brief a sigh of relief today when, two days ahead of schedule, the US-led coalition in Iraq hands over to the interim Iraqi government. The recent upsurge in violence, with a series of car bombings and kidnappings including that...
Lacking Self-Belief Killed off England
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN KARL MARX was a long term forecaster of genius, but his grasp of football was weak. So when he made his much quoted remark about history, his powers of punditry betrayed him. With the England team, history certainly repeats...
Last-Ditch Talks to Halt 24-Hour Tube Walkout; Concessions from LU Could Help Stop Strike
Byline: DICK MURRAY LAST-MINUTE talks to avert tomorrow's Tube strike were due to get under way today. Members of the RMT union are scheduled to walk out at 6.30pm tomorrow, crippling Underground services for 24 hours. The strike is expected...
London Shares Facing Nervy Time as US Rate Rise Seems a Certainty
Byline: JANE PADGHAM STOCK market investors are looking towards this week's widely expected rise in US interest rates with trepidation. After a promising start to the year, London shares have recently endured a bumpy ride and it is feared higher...
London's Olympic Party Gets Started; Rod, Ozzy and Emma Set the Crowd Alight
Byline: PAUL SIMS MORE than 70,000 fans partied in The Mall as the Olympic torch returned to Britain for the first time in over 50 years. Pop, rock and soul legends Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne and James Brown were the stars of the show as the...
Material and Immaterial Worlds
Byline: CHARLOTTE MOORE Descartes' Baby by Paul Bloom (Heinemann, [pounds sterling]20) THE story goes that Rene Descartes created a life-size mechanical female doll, named Francine, after his daughter, who died aged five. The philosopher slept...
Monty Hopes to Open the Door
Byline: DAVID SMITH COLIN MONTGOMERIE was today facing one of the longest days of his career as he headed a remarkable chase for places in the Open Championship involving some of the top names in world golf. A revamp of the qualifying system...
Monty's Jekyll and Hyde Show
Byline: DAVID SMITH FLASHES of genius negated by putting blunders today left Colin Montgomerie struggling in his attempt to secure a 15th successive start in the Open Championship. Montgomerie, beset by personal problems away from the golf course...
M&S Board Backs Boss in Share-Buying Rumpus
Byline: FIONA WALSH THE board of Marks & Spencer today issued a robust defence of its chief executive Stuart Rose, as the controversy deepens over a series of share purchases in the retail group ahead of Philip Green's [pounds sterling]8.4 billion...
NHS Spends [Pounds Sterling]600m on Agency Nurses to Cover Staff Shortage
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT THE SOARING bill for plugging nursing shortages in hospitals is exposed today. New figures reveal the army of freelance nurses needed to keep wards going cost almost [pounds sterling]600 million last year. This has...
Ofgem Dims Price-Rise Hopes of Power Firms
Byline: ROBERT LEA ENERGY regulator Ofgem is doing its bit to keep a lid on rising household electricity bills by telling power distributors they must cut charges. Ofgem said today it expects the electricity distributors - regional monopolies...
People Say I Put Beckham off but I Don't Feel Guilty; Speaking for the First Time after the Euro 2004 Disaster, Rebecca Loos Says She Doesn't Feel Sorry for David and Didn't Even Bother to Watch the Crunch Match
Byline: LIZ JONES I AM window shopping in New Bond Street with Rebecca Loos, whose affair with David Beckham was revealed for several pieces of silver (though not even half, she says, of the reported [pounds sterling]800,000) via The News of the...
Police Clampdown on Street Drinking Leads to 10% Drop in Crime
Byline: ROB MCNEIL LATE-NIGHT street crime has been cut by a trial drinking ban in one of London's most notoriously violent suburbs. Incidents are down 10.5 per cent in only four weeks since the ban on street drinking. It allows police to...
[Pounds Sterling]30m Gerrard: I'm Staying at Liverpool; England Star's U-Turn over Chelsea Transfer
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS STEVEN GERRARD today sensationally announced he is staying at Liverpool. The England star's decision comes after weeks of speculation that he was on the verge of a [pounds sterling]30million move to Chelsea. But it emerged...
Pray for Our Son, Marine Family Urge
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ THE family of a US marine held hostage in Iraq today begged for the world to pray his captors will drop their threat to behead him. Militants who abducted Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun - a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese...
Premiership Misfits in League of Their Own
Byline: IAN CHADBAND ENGLAND may be gone but the Premiership marches on. From Spurs misfit Helder Postiga to Liverpool letdown Milan Baros, from Fulham goalie Edwin Van der Sar to Arjen Robben, a kid who is surely going to wow them down the road...
Property Prices Stall as Market Gets the Jitters; Fresh Evidence That Capital Faces a Slowdown
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL HOUSE prices have completely stalled in almost a quarter of London's boroughs as jitters about the state of the property market heighten. Figures released today provide fresh evidence that the capital is possibly teetering...
Raise the Roof; Wimbledon Get OK for [Pounds Sterling]40m Cover Plan
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS RAIN-HIT Wimbledon has been boosted by the receipt of planning permission for its controversial retractable roof for Centre Court. Although the Championships are now expecting a fairly rain-free week, this has been the second...
Refuse to Bend Enters the Fray
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM RAKTI will face a potent new rival at Sandown this weekend after Godolphin forked out [pounds sterling]20,000 to supplement Refuse to Bend for the Coral-Eclipse Stakes today. The Michael Jarvis-trained Rakti is currently...
Rock, Pop, Opera. but Glastonbury's Still Good for Soul
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Glastonbury Festival "QUEUE here to complain the festival is not as good as it used to be," read a sign in the Field of Avalon. It may have been put up as a joke, but the fact that it was just about the only deserted area...
Rossini's Teenage Gender-Bender
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS L'Equivoco Stavagante Garsington ROSSINI was a teenager when he wrote his first comic opera, the frivolous and frothy L'Equivoco Stravagante, in 1811. It was promptly banned for its risky exploration of transvestism...
Saatchi Float on Course and Smooth Ride at WPP
Byline: NICK GOODWAY M&C Saatchi confirmed today it will float on the stock market in the next fortnight, while rival WPP said the global outlook for advertisers was improving, writes Nick Goodway. Investment bank Lehman Brothers plans to...
Sale Prices You Cannot Refuse
Byline: LAURA CRAIK YOU don't want to piss of f the Italians - you'll end up with a horse's head in your bed." So quoth a certain PR friend, speaking of a certain London department store which this year took to discounting its designer merchandise...
Serena Insists Hopes Are Still Going to Script
Byline: MATT HUGHES SERENA WILLIAMS may be tiring of tennis, but not as half as much as her opponents are tiring of her. There was a certain inevitability about the defending Champion's serene progress to the fourth round, courtesy of a straight...
Smoke but No Fire in M&S Deals
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IF there is one thing bigger than Marks & Spencer, it is the egos of the men battling for control of the company together with their associates, rivals and friends. These are people who have got to the top in various branches...
So Explosive, Book May Be Censored
Byline: JOE MURPHY;JASON BEATTIE THE man at the centre of the Downing Street row spoke out for the first time today and confirmed the Government was trying to cut "great chunks" from his book. In an exclusive interview, former No 10 economist...
Suits You, Madam; the Perfect Pair of Black Trousers from Marks and Spencer Limited
Byline: LAURA CRAIK LAST month, it tried to seduce us with the nine-inch mini skirt: today Marks & Spencer is focusing on a far less frightening prospect for autumn. Ladies, it is all about the perfect pair of black trousers. It is little...
Sven Nearly out of Time; Michael Hart Says That the 2006 World Cup Offers the England Coach One Last Campaign to Justify His Enormous Salary after a Finals of Flops All Round
Byline: MICHAEL HART THE bigger they are the harder they fall and the sound of crashing egos is still reverberating through the football capitals of Europe. Beckham, Zidane, Henry, Raul, Morientes, Kahn, Totti, Vieri . . . just a few of the big...
Swiss Ref Snubbed for Euro 2004 Final
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS CONTROVERSIAL Swiss referee Urs Meier was today denied the chance to referee the final of Euro 2004. The 45- year- old, who became a hate figure after England's quarterfinal exit, had been favourite to referee Sunday's showpiece...
The First King of Spin; How Palmerston Used Patriotism to Deflect Criticism of His Foreign Policy
Byline: SARAH BRADFORD Palmerston: The People's Darling by James Chambers (John Murray, [pounds sterling]25) PALMERSTON was the antithesis of today's mealymouthed foreign secretaries. Born in 1784, the late evening of The Age of Enlightenment,...
The Hardest Part of Going Blind Is Losing the Ability to Read; When Adrian Mole Creator Sue Townsend Suddenly Found She Was Losing Her Sight, It Changed Her Life Profoundly
Byline: ANDREA KON A FEW weeks ago I had a cataract operation and it's given me back some precious sight. Before that I could make out shapes and bright colours. But sitting here at my desk I can now distinguish the knobs on my little radio....
The New Forest Is Preserved as a Park for Nation
Byline: PAUL SIMS WITH its wild ponies and acres of unspoilt heathland, the New Forest is one of Britain's greatest national treasures. And from today its natural beauty will be preserved with the announcement that it is to become the newest...
Throw a Veil over Filming; LEONIE FRIEDA'S GUIDE TO LIFE
Byline: LEONIE FRIEDA Q. I have enjoyed a long relationship with a Muslim man. We love each other and want to marry. Both our families are worried that the cultural divide is too great and that, as his father's business is in Syria, I might find...
Too Soon to Judge Blair; Anthony Sheldon's Doorstopper Is Unlikely to Prove Popular at No 10
Byline: ANTHONY HOWARD Blair: The Biography by Anthony Seldon (Free Press, [pounds sterling]20) THIS is the third biography of Tony Blair to be published, the fourth if you count the passionate philippic written by the ex-Labour MP, Leo Abse....
Tories Promise to Create 30 New Schools in Capital
Byline: JOE MURPHY PLANS for up to 30 new schools in London will be unveiled by the Tories this week. They will pledge to create up to 20,000 new places at top quality secondary schools, free to parents and pupils but run independently of the...
Tube Strike Is on, Says Union as Talks Collapse
Byline: DICK MURRAY TOMORROW'S Tube strike due to start at 6.30pm is on, union leaders said today. Last-ditch peace talks aimed at trying to avert the disruption broke up at London Underground headquarters after only 20 minutes. RMT negotiators...
US Hands Power to Iraq Early to Outwit Terrorists
Byline: PAUL WAUGH AMERICA today handed over power in Iraq two days early in a bid to pre-empt terrorists plotting a spectacular attack. The bold move to bring forward the transfer of sovereignty from Wednesday was revealed by the country's foreign...
Vaughan Is Backing His Troubled Rookies
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY ENGLAND'S Test team may have matured into a mighty beast capable of devouring opponents but the one-day side remain a timid, inoffensive relation. While it would be premature to be too critical of Michael Vaughan's team on...
Voice to Command the World; WORLD
Byline: SIMON BROUGHTON Abida Parveen Barbican IT took just three notes for the singer Abida Parveen to capture the hall, particularly as the third note seemed to last about a minute. I understood why people feel her low, rough-edged voice...
Wanted: A Big Hitter to Save the Olympics
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST WHEN Greg Dyke read out the results, nobody in the room was surprised. At my table, there were nods of agreement that a lunch of the City's great and good had just put running London's Olympics bid as the job they would...
Wedging Open the Leadership Window; ANALYSIS
Byline: JOE MURPHY MOST stories about Gordon Brown's views come from murky anonymous sources. This one, however, was from the man himself. The Chancellor's statement alleging an "orchestrated" campaign of lies against him is breathtaking stuff....
We Were All the London Diaspora
Byline: SUE STEWARD Diaspora Music Village Festival Regent's Park "IF you want to find out about diasporas, just look at yourselves," advised the Diaspora Festival director, Prakash Daswani, from a stage in Regent's Park under the mosque's...
What a Swell Party This Was
Byline: JACK MASSARIK Hugh Masekela and the Jazz Jamaica Allstars Barbican THOUGH born in the United States, jazz now has relatives all over the world and two of them, representing major strands of the great black diaspora, threw a memorable...
Who Can We Trust When Innocent Parents Have Their Children Taken Away on the Word of Doctors?
Byline: ANASTASIA STEPHENS Paediatricians - doctors who deal specifically with children - are under extreme pressure following criticism of evidence given by Professor David Southall and Sir Roy Meadow in high-profile "abuse" cases. We asked Dr...
Who Cares about Monica? Bill Clinton's Affair with Monica Lewinsky Was Torn to Shreds by His Political Enemies but the Successes of His Presidency Surmount the 'Contrition Thing' of His Autobiography
Byline: PETER JAY AMERICAN democracy is on trial today as much as it has been at any time throughout its turbulent history. The simplicities, stupidities and villainies of the present Bush administration illustrate yet again the ugly underside of...
Why Does Tony Blair Refuse to Fight for Our Forces?
Byline: PETER OBORNE THE past 10 years have seen the humiliation, sidelining and, in some cases, the near destruction of some of our greatest national institutions. The monarchy, our ancient universities, parliament, the BBC, even the NHS have...
Will Gordon Be an Assassin or Thwarted Leader? COMMENTARY
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY THE LATEST hostilities between No10 and Gordon Brown may have been unleashed by the planned memoirs of cerebral and low-key economic adviser Derek Scott. But anyone who has charted the floods and rapids of the most volatile...
Wimbledon Is Hell; as the Tennis-Loving Crowds Descend on London's Most Famous Suburb, Our Columnist and Irate SW19 Resident Is in the Midst of the Worst Fortnight of His Year
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL WIMBLEDON Common I have known since early childhood, when long grasses seeding seemed things of extraordinary beauty - indeed, if asked when, untutored, I first became aware of beauty for myself, the answer is that it was there,...
Woodward: We Won't Press the Panic Button Yet
Byline: CHRIS JONES CLIVE WOODWARD will only press the panic button if his World Cup winning rugby players fail to triumph in three autumn internationals at Twickenham. While many England fans will feel heavy defeats in two Tests with New Zealand...