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Articles from November 18, 2004

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1,000 a Week Join the Long-Term Sick
Byline: DAVID HUGHES MORE than 1,000 people joined the ranks of the longterm sick living on benefit every week for the last year, latest figures reveal. The surge in numbers by 60,000 in just 12 months means that 2.19million are now on long-term...
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Accused in Kriss Case 'Shares in the Guilt'
Byline: ARNOT MCWHINNIE THE man accused of murdering teenager Kriss Donald was just as responsible for his 'callous execution' as the individuals who inflicted the fatal wounds, a court heard yesterday. The jury was told that Daanish Zahid should...
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Alison Boshoff; His Film Alfie Is the Third Flop in a Row.his New Girlfriend Is Learning Just How Brusque He Can Be.is Britain(and Hollywood) Falling out of Love with Jude
CAN it really be true? Is it possible that Jude Law's reign as the golden boy of British cinema is already over before it had even really begun? Certainly, his new film Alfie has proved a woeful flop in America, and it is also failing to set the...
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Allback Batters Scots
Byline: GEORGE GRANT Scotland . . . . .1 Sweden . . . . . . . .4 FORMER Aston Villa striker Marcus Allback fired in the goals which ruined Tommy Burns' first - and possibly last - game in charge of Scotland. Scotland, struggling with injuries,...
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Animal Extremists 'Sabotaging Britain'
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER ANIMAL rights activists are committing 'economic sabotage' and will be brought to justice, Trade Secretary Patricia Hewitt said yesterday. In some of the strongest words yet from a Minister, she accused extremists of waging...
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Another Farewell for Black Watch
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT STANDING side-by- side and struggling to hold back their tears, they came together to pay tribute to a 'magnificent' young man. An entire town came to a standstill yesterday as hundreds attended the funeral of Private Paul...
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A Right Royal Investment; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
QUESTION If I had collected all the commemorative stamps issued by the Post Office during the Queen's reign, how many would I have, and how much would they be worth? DURING the reign of Elizabeth II, there have been 371 commemorative stamp issues...
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A Sorry Lament on Burns Night
Byline: PETER JARDINE HENRIK LARSSON squeezed Marcus Allback out of the Euro 2004 limelight - but last night the Swedish striker and his team-mates all but elbowed Tommy Burns out of the Scotland dugout. The caretaker manager's Easter Road friendly...
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Boy, 11, Shot Dead by Friend as They Played with Air Pistol in Bedroom
Byline: GORDON TAIT AN 11-year- old boy has died after being accidentally shot in the eye with an air pistol. Scott Heap and a school friend were playing with a pistol they believed to be empty. Scott had the gun put to his eye by his friend...
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Brave New World for the DTI
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER FAREWELL to the Department of Timidity and Inaction and welcome to the new whizzbang Department of Technology and Innovation. As one of the longest- serving Trade Secretaries of recent times, Patricia Hewitt is determined...
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Brocade: Your Guide to This Season's Must-Have Look
Burgundy and gold jacket [pounds sterling]995, Caroline Charles, 020 7225 3197. Pink necklace [pounds sterling]298, Butler & Wilson, 020 7409 2955 Gold brocade crop jacket [pounds sterling]135, Malene Birger, purple dress [pounds sterling]135,...
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BUT WILL GLEN JOHNSON EVER LEARN TO KEEP COOL? DESPITE Glen Johnson's Second Dismissal on England Duty, STEVE CURRY Finds That Those Who Know the Player Best Still Believe He Is Heading for a Bright Future
Byline: STEVE CURRY AS Glen Johnson sat in the solitude of the dressing-room after being sent off as England Under 21 captain against Spain on Tuesday, he might have been reflecting on football's vagaries and what direction his career was taking....
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Child Support Chief Quits as 1m Fathers Get Away Scot-Free; You Are to Blame for Multimillion-Pound CSA Shambles, Howard Tells Blair
Byline: JANE MERRICK THE head of the Child Support Agency was forced out yesterday over the comprehensive failure to make absent fathers pay maintenance for their children. Doug Smith fell on his sword after it was revealed that one million 'deadbeat'...
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Controversy as Boks Are Told to Drop White Player
Byline: PETER JACKSON JAQUE FOURIE has lost his place in the Springbok team against England at Twickenham on Saturday - because of the colour of his skin. The extraordinary circumstances behind the removal of the 21-yearold white wing from the...
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Dixons Boss Braced for a Christmas Carve-Up
Byline: LUCY FARNDON A CHILL wind is blowing through the retail sector as the recent flurry of interest rates begins to bite, warns High Street barometer Dixons. Rampant discounting means that shoppers can look forward to a bargain Christmas,...
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DNA Tests on Mutilated Body 'Of British Hostage'
DNA tests are being carried out on the mutilated body of a Western woman found in Iraq to establish whether the remains are of murdered British aid worker Margaret Hassan. Pentagon sources confirmed last night that the body, found in the flashpoint...
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Donnie Sees Scotland No7 Shirt as a Gift-Not a Curse
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON THE curse of Scotland's No 7 shirt may be hanging over his head like the proverbial executioner's axe, but you won't find Donnie Macfadyen losing any sleep in the run-up to Saturday's showdown with Australia. Just as football...
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DON'T GET ABOVE YOURSELF; Charles's Astonishing Memo on a Secretary Who Wanted Promotion at the Palace
Byline: REBECCA ENGLISH AN extraordinary memo from Prince Charles emerged yesterday at a tribunal involving a former member of his staff. Personal assistant Elaine Day had complained to him about promotion prospects in his household. He responded...
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Down Come Those Citadels of Smoke
Byline: KEITH WATERHOUSE PERSONALLY, I blame the Irish. Of all the joints in all the world, I would have laid bets that the reeking pubs of Dublin would be the last to fall victim to the Smoke Police and come out with their nicotine-stained hands...
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Duffy Glad to Be Back in Scotland Reckoning
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS FOR a young man steadfastly reared on a diet of success and expectation, Darryl Duffy's first cap for Scotland Under-21s against Sweden was precious proof that his career was finally moving in the right direction again....
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EUREKA! How Heavy Is Your Soul? Can Lightning Be Bottled? Does Viagra Revive Wilting Flowers? Presenting the World's Wackiest Experiments
THE world of science is littered with strange experiments. And for each successful one that revolutionises our lives, there are hundreds of others that turn out to have been staggeringly pointless. Here, Len Fisher, author of How To Dunk A Doughnut:...
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Exam Chief Quits in Marking Fiasco; National Curriculum Tests 'Were Plagued with Errors'
Byline: LAURA CLARK THE shocking scale of chaos in the secondary school exam system was laid bare yesterday. An official report revealed up to 150,000 teenagers received late or incorrect marks in key tests this year due to a catalogue of blunders....
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Executive Warned That Ban on Smoking 'Will Cost 2,000 Jobs'
Byline: ALAN SIMPSON CONTROVERSIAL plans to ban smoking in public places will cost almost 2,000 Scottish jobs, it was claimed last night. Research published yesterday showed the devastating impact the ban could have on the licensed trade with...
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Family Outrage at Freedom for Killer Who's Spent Just 30 Months in Jail
Byline: GRACE MCLEAN A KILLER who beat his elderly neighbour to death is to be freed after just two-anda-half years in jail. James Drummond was given an eight-year sentence after the vicious attack on 72-year- old James Mitchell, but this was...
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Fighting Chance; Masters Format Gives Tim Room to Rebound from Roddick Blow
Byline: IVAN SPECK FOR the first time in his professional tennis life, Tim Henman woke up as a loser yesterday morning and discovered he was still in a tournament. Such are the vagaries of the Tennis Masters Cup and its roundrobin format that...
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Fond Farewell for Kop Legend; (1) EMLYN HUGHES (1947-2004) (2) He Was the Spirit of Liverpool, He Never Gave Up
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS FULL HOUSES used to follow Emlyn Hughes everywhere he went during his playing days with Liverpool and England. The swashbuckling style and boundless enthusiasm that set him aside from the rest kept the 'sold out' signs in...
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Footballers 'Cheered as They Gang-Raped Girl, 15'
Byline: MATTHEW BAYLEY SIX cheering footballers took it in turns to rape and humiliate a 15-year-old schoolgirl after she was offered up as 'dessert', a court heard yesterday. The group, which included former Queens Park Rangers player Terrell...
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Footsie Could Breach 5000 If RSA Bid Hopes Materialise; MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER IF red-hot gossip in the market is anything to go by, the Footsie could soon be trading above 5000. Informed sources suggest that a megabid in the heavyweight financial sector will soon be splashed across dealers' trading screens....
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Forgotten Man Miller Is Dons' Strike Target
ABERDEEN have made a move to sign Bristol City striker Lee Miller on loan. Dons manager Jimmy Calderwood is keen to strengthen his attack in January and has targeted the former Falkirk and Scotland Under-21 striker, who has fallen out of favour...
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Former Patient 'Stalked GP and His Wife' at Work and Home
Byline: GORDON LYON A FORMER patient's unhealthy fascination with her doctor led the GP and his wife to consider moving home, a court heard yesterday. Dr Stephen Wedderburn, 48, says he suffered stress and found it hard to concentrate on his...
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Forsyth Is Desperate to Avoid More Pain in Spain
Byline: BRYAN CAMERON SPARE a thought for Alastair Forsyth when he tees up alongside Scott Drummond in golf's World Cup this morning at the Real Club de Golf in Seville. The 28-year-old from Paisley would be forgiven an attack of the jitters...
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Girl Graduate Missing for Eight Years Is Declared Dead
A YOUNG woman who vanished after a night out eight years ago was officially declared dead yesterday. Melanie Hall, a hospital worker, has not been seen since visiting a nightclub with her doctor boyfriend and another couple in June 1996. A massive...
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Girl Who Had Surgery to Stop Playground Taunts over Her Ears
A SCHOOLGIRL who was taunted about her large ears has had plastic surgery on the health service. Brooke Wright, 13, had her ears pinned back after her GP became concerned that she may be a suicide risk. Now Brooke is back in class and, although...
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Go Back Home If You Don't like It, Casey; Verplank Hits Back after Brit Launches Tirade against U.S
Byline: DEREK LAWRENSON AS withering putdowns go, American Scott Verplank's masterly dismissal of some ill-considered comments from Paul Casey would be hard to beat. Casey had sounded off about Americans - claiming the vast majority of them do...
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Going Cap in Hand for a Petty Offence; PETERBOROUGH
Byline: PETERBOROUGH RECENTLY, after nearly 40 years, I returned to the Royal Naval Barracks in Portsmouth and was surprised to find that much of the parade ground, once a hallowed domain, had been built on. The remainder of it was being used as...
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Going Gets Tough but O2 Scores with [Pounds Sterling]239m
Byline: JAMES ASHTON MMO2 is exuding confidence by ramping up investment in its German phone network and paying a maiden dividend next summer. Three years after it demerged from BT, analysts expect a 2p payout from the telecoms operator. The...
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Gorbals Cast Rheumy Eyes and a Purple Nose at Him
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS WE HAVE reached death row time for hunting. It's the parliamentary equivalent of one of those American films when the defence lawyer, probably played by Tim Robbins, stays up all night drinking muddy coffee from polystyrene...
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Happy Now, Luis? (1) ENGLAND IN SPAIN (2) Spanish Jibes Are a Throwback to the Sad, Bad Old Days
Byline: STEVE CURRY THE sickening and pernicious racial abuse aimed at England's black footballers, notably the young and impressionable Shaun Wright-Phillips, here was an insult not just to both countries' players but to the Spanish nation. ...
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Harding a Target as Rangers Eye Talent
Byline: PETER JARDINE RANGERS have identified promising young Brighton left-back Daniel Harding as a potential signing target. Sportsmail understands that Alex McLeish has been monitoring the form and development of the England Under- 21 international....
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How You Can Look Blooming Beautiful; Lifelines
DON'T think about getting pregnant without ordering a Bump Box first. A cute pink and black box contains four essential items of maternity wear in comfy black stretch jersey.The fab four (an Aline skirt, slimline trousers and two tops - one with...
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If America Can Cut Teenage Pregnancy, Why the Hell Can't We?
Byline: MELANIE PHILLIPS THERE is a grotesque and poignant inevitability to the fact that Melissa Smith, the 15-yearold whose school helped her to have an abortion earlier this year without her mother's consent, is now pregnant for the second time....
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I'm Pregnant Again and This Time I'll Keep the Baby, Says Girl, 15, in Secret Abortion Row
Byline: MICHAEL SEAMARK;ANDY DOLAN SHE was the subject of a national outcry after having a secret abortion at the age of 14. Now Melissa Smith has revealed that she is pregnant again and insisted last night: 'This time I'm keeping my baby.' School...
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Inquiry Demand into Death of Girl after a 12-Hour Ambulance Wait
Byline: LUCY CHRISTIE THE family of a schoolgirl who died of meningitis after being made to wait 12 hours for hospital treatment are calling for a fatal accident inquiry. Shomi Miah's relatives said they pleaded with operators on the NHS 24 phoneline...
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Is This the World's Deadliest Burger?
Byline: DAVID GARDNER THE very sight of it is enough to make dieters dive for cover. Dripping with cheese, stuffed with bacon, lavished with mayonnaise, the Monster Thickburger has been launched. It's standing tall - and very wide - against...
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I Was Jumping for Joy but My Mentor's Jibe Left Me in Tears; ATHLETICS
Byline: NEIL WILSON KELLY Sotherton, the first British athlete to win an Olympic medal in Athens, has returned to training with a new coach. Herself. Hardly surprising, you might think. This is the lovely lady reduced to tears within minutes...
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Jobless Fall Sees Salaries Soar as Firms Battle to Hire Quality Staff
Byline: IAN SMITH;ALAN SIMPSON AVERAGE wages in Scotland have rocketed to almost [pounds sterling]2,000 a month as companies are increasingly forced to compete for staff. Firms are having to push up pay rates to attract workers because unemployment...
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King Tries to Ward off the Vultures at Sick Sainsbury
Byline: LUCY FARNDON SAINSBURY said it is working closely with Morgan Stanley on a defence strategy as the retailer sank into the red for the first time in its history. Chief executive Justin King is well aware that the vultures are circling,...
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Loony Rooney Lets the Country Down; (1) THUGGERY AND PETULANCE FROM STRIKER ON THE PITCH, PLUS RACIST CHANTS BY FANS, PLUNGE FOOTBALL BACK INTO THE DARK AGES (2) ENGLAND IN SPAIN
Byline: MATT LAWTON SPAIN . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ENGLAND . . . . . . . . 0 A MATCH that Sven Goran Eriksson had described as a ' luxury friendly' proved quite the opposite for England last night, a distinctly uncomfortable evening at the Bernabeu...
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Mourinho Is Going Dutch to Get It Right
Byline: IAN MCGARRY;IAN GIBB CHELSEA have gone double Dutch in their attempt to find a right-sided player in the Arjen Robben mould. They have already had talks with Feyenoord about signing striker Solomon Kalou and right winger Romeo Castelen....
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MY MARTIAN LOVE AFFAIR; Volcanoes the Size of France. Canyons 2,000 Miles Long and, Yes, Quite Possibly Alien Life. in an Enthralling New Book, the Mail's Science Editor Shares His Passion for the Red Planet
Byline: MICHAEL HANLON WHEN I was a small boy, I assumed that one day I would voyage to Mars. This was the great age of astronautics, when chisel-jawed, American heroes were blasting off to the Moon atop rocketships the size of skyscrapers. From...
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No One Is to Blame; Families' Fury as Army Report on Six Military Police Murdered by Mob in Iraq Fails to Pin Down Who Was in the Wrong Redcaps Had Just 50 Rounds of Ammo Radios Were Dire HQ Lost Track of Them, But
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS;SAM GREENHILL THE families of six military policemen murdered in Iraq launched a bitter attack on the Army yesterday after a report highlighted a series of blunders. The Redcaps were killed by a baying mob of 400 after...
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No One Is to Blame ! Redcaps Had Just 50 Rounds of Ammo *Radios Were Dire *HQ Lost Track of Them, But
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS;SAM GREENHILL THE families of six military policemen murdered in Iraq launched a bitter attack on the Army yesterday after a report highlighted a series of blunders. The Redcaps were killed by a baying mob of 400 after...
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PC Penpusher on the Beat; Every Time They Stop Someone in the Street, Officers Will Have to Fill out a Form That Takes Up to Ten Minutes
MICHAEL HOWARD yesterday demanded the scrapping of plans for police to fill out a 40-question form every time they stop someone in the street. From next spring the documents, which are a foot long, will have to be carried by all beat bobbies. ...
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Pick of the Day
Byline: YVETTE HUDDLESTON;NICK GRIFFITHS FILM: The Family Man, Five, 8pm THIS modern-day, Capraesque love story stars Nicolas Cage (pictured left with Makenzie Vega) as high-powered Wall Street executive Jack Campbell, who enjoys a financially...
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Police Chief Faces Jail after Child Porn Raid
Byline: CHARLIE BAIN A SENIOR police officer who downloaded child pornography from the Internet was told by a judge yesterday that he was a 'racing certainty' to be jailed. Chief Superintendent David Bruce, 44, had been tipped as a future chief...
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Prior Leads Trio Back to Home Front; (1) ENGLAND ON TOUR (2) England Tap into African Talent
Byline: MIKE DICKSON IF there is more than a hint of the Red Dragon about the England party in Africa, there is also very much a touch of the Springbok as well. While five members of the group have affiliations to Glamorgan, three were born in...
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Purly Queens! or Why the Stars Are Going Nits for Knitting
Byline: CHOLE BRYAN-BROWN SO CATHERINE ZETA-JONES can really do it all. Nothing seems to faze her: comedy, action, drama, musicals, marriage, motherhood. And now knitting. Apparently, the 35-year-old Welsh actress is spending downtime between...
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Rebel Who Burned Out
Byline: PETER PATERSON Egypt Detectives: Mystery Of The Rebel Pharoah (Five); Full On Food (BBC2) WHO could fail last night to be intrigued by a programme called Mystery Of The Rebel Pharoah, the second in Five's Egypt Detectives series. Only...
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Reckless Night of the Men in White; ENGLAND IN SPAIN
Byline: JEFF POWELL AFTER preaching all week to the Spaniards about civilised behaviour, England footballers squandered the moral high ground last night in a manner just as disgraceful as the hooligans who came to one corner of the Bernabeu looking...
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RETURN OF THE WHITE LIONS; but Will Their Release Back into the Wild Be a Roaring Success?
Byline: BILL MOULAND TENTATIVELY, they padded to freedom, unaware of the challenges that face them, or the experiment that is banking on their survival. First through the gate of the enclosure came Queen, a seven-year-old white lioness, with...
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Reyes Reminder; Neville Lets Old Foe Know He's around in Bernabeu Battle
Byline: STEVE CURRY GARY Neville and Jose Antonio Reyes carried their hostilities on to Spanish soil last night. Yet they behaved like twin brothers compared to the havoc going on all around. The antagonism detonated by Luis Aragones' provocative...
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Riding Roughshod over the Lords
SO now the bludgeon comes out. With the House of Lords defiant to the end in its opposition to a total ban on foxhunting, nothing can prevent the Government using the Parliament Act to force this measure onto the Statute Books anyway. And you don't...
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Ruud and Baros Are Struck by Injury Jinx
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS RUUD Van Nistelrooy and Milan Baros both limped off with injuries while on international duty last night, which could have a major impact on Manchester United and Liverpool's quest for honours this season. Van Nistelrooy...
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Send a Memo to Yourself: The Sky's the Limit; Career Mail
Byline: LUCIE CARRINGTON OFFICE work was once something girls turned to in between school and motherhood. But it's time to do away with that old-fashioned image: the modern personal assistant is skilled, talented, influential - and on a career ladder....
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Shamed! Rooney Disgrace as He Throws Away His Black Armband Spanish Fans Cause Outrage with Their Sick Racist Taunts Hopeless England Fail to Get a Single Shot on Target
Byline: IAN MCGARRY WAYNE ROONEY turned England's friendly against Spain into a bad-tempered battle last night as Sven Goran Eriksson's side lost a match marred by racist abuse. Rooney was substituted after 41 minutes following three incidents...
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Shane Hopes to Conjure Up Repeat of His Sydney Magic
Byline: CHRIS FOY SHANE WILLIAMS will confront the All Blacks on Saturday determined to provide Welsh fans with a repeat of the dazzling World Cup performance which rescued his international career. Ospreys wing Williams was at his wits' end...
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So Could You Spell; Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
Byline: TARA CONLAN IT'S a disease caused by inhaling fine particles such as volcano dust. It's also 45 letters long and one of the most difficult words to spell. But for the youngsters taking part in a television quiz, spelling pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis...
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So Do Frownies Work?
ON THE face of it, they appear to be little more than expensive plasters. But ever since the actress Rene Russo declared they had given her flawless skin, Frownies have been flying off the shelves in America, where women have been wearing the DIY patches...
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Sorry, but Today's Band Aid Stars Are Mere Pygmies Compared to the Real Rock Gods
Byline: ANNABELLE THORPE JOHN TAYLOR. Now there was a man. How my 14-year- old heart lurched whenever his highlighted, bouffant hair bounced on to the TV screen. Bass guitarist with Duran Duran, he of the blond fringe, leather trousers and naughty...
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So, Why DON'T Those Spanish Superstars Ever Win Anything Big? (1) ENGLAND IN SPAIN
Byline: SIMON CASS SPANISH football last night celebrated its 500th international match in a half-empty Bernabeu stadium. Even the chance to see Spain take on England for a mere [pounds sterling]4 was not enough to fill the famous old arena....
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Stewart Is Given New Hope of a Jumpstart at Hearts
Byline: PETER JARDINE HEARTS manager John Robertson has challenged Michael Stewart to prove he is worthy of a first-team place at Tynecastle. The Manchester United player's loan deal in Gorgie has not unfolded as he expected. After being rejected...
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Students and Career Women Flock to Join 'Cash for Babies' Plan
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT;MIKE MERRITT HUNDREDS of students and career women are taking part in a 'cash for babies ' scheme that encourages mothers-to-be to give birth instead of having an abortion. The project, operated by the Catholic Church in...
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Students Are the Key to Porter Millions; the CITY Interview
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND IF the contestants in this week's Enterprising Young Brits awards are in need of inspiration, they could do worse than look to Nick Porter. At the tender age of 35, he is the multimillionaire founder and chief executive...
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Sunday Lunch Special; (1) RACEMAIL (2) A King George Feast on Menu for Christmas
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE THE first King George VI Chase to be run on a Sunday in 54 renewals could see the mouthwatering prospect of last year's winner Edredon Bleu taking on champion two-mile chasers Moscow Flyer and Azertyuiop. They are among...
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Sutton to Make All the Difference in Rematch at Ibrox Claims Collins
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN JOHN COLLINS has backed Chris Sutton to wipe the Old Firm slate clean for Celtic in Saturday's Ibrox revenge mission. The powerful Englishman was missing as Martin O'Neill's team succumbed to an extra-time defeat which...
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Tests Show Low Risk of Richards Tumour; Snapshots
TOTTENHAM defender Dean Richards has been told that a scan shows there is a very low probability that he has a tumour. Previous tests had indicated an ' abnormality of the brain'. He said yesterday: 'I remain very positive and will continue to...
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The 10 Deadly Blunders over Girl Who Died of Meningitis
Byline: CHRIS BROOKE A YOUNG woman died of meningitis after a catalogue of blunders by doctors, an inquest heard yesterday. Misdiagnosis, delays and other failures meant Jennifer Ofori, 22, did not receive the antibiotics and care that could...
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The Agency for Poverty, Misery and Heartbreak
Byline: EDWARD HEATHCOAT AMORY THE figures speak for themselves: The average single mother has to wait six months for her maintenance claim to be processed; [pounds sterling]720million is outstanding in unpaid maintenance; another [pounds sterling]1billion...
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The Bravest Smiles
SHE is in constant pain, but Paige Burgess never lets it get her down. In fact, the four-year-old has a smile to melt the coldest heart. Whatever the occasion, her face positively sparkles with joy and no one would ever guess the pain she endures...
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The Bravest Smiles; Awards for the Children Who Happily Hide Their Pain and Troubles
SHE is in constant pain, but Paige Burgess never lets it get her down. In fact, the four-year-old has a smile to melt the coldest heart. Whatever the occasion, her face positively sparkles with joy and no one would ever guess the pain she endures...
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The Bullet That Ruined Our Lives; When a Man Carrying a Table Leg Was Shot Dead by Police,his Family's Agony Filled the Headlines. but What of the Ordeal of the Marksman-And His Family? Here His Wife Breaks Her Five Year-Year Silence
Byline: HELEN WEATHERS HER HUSBAND'S voice was deceptively calm, matter-of-fact even. 'There's been a shooting,' he told Alison when he phoned home at 8.30pm to let her know he would be back late from work. As his wife went to make a joke about...
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The 'Happy Pill' Kids; Children's Prescriptions for Antidepressants Soar by 68pc
Byline: JENNY HOPE SOARING numbers of British children are being prescribed antidepressants and other mind-altering drugs, research reveals today. The UK has seen the biggest rise in the world in the prescribing of antidepressants, say doctors....
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The Jungle Catfight; Tara and Sophie Bare Their Claws in Feud over Playboy Tycoon. . . and the Cameras Aren't Even Running Yet!
Byline: NICOLE LAMPERT THE contestants have yet to don their jungle fatigues and the creepy crawlies which will feature on the menu are still in their cages. But the sniping has already started behind the scenes on the latest series of I'm A...
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The Key Fob That Was Really a Loaded Gun
IT looks like a simple key fob. In fact, it is a deadly weapon. This miniature gun was found by police who searched a motorist after a car chase. The three-inch weapon, loaded with two live 6.35mm rounds, was attached to driver Junior Collins's...
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The Parent Trap; They're the Women Who Left Motherhood until the Last Minute. Now They Face an Agonising Dilema How Can They Care for Children and Their Ageing Parents
Byline: NATASHA COURTENAY-SMITH CAROLYN DAVIS has lost count of the number of times during the past year when, overwhelmed by the conflicting demands of caring for her elderly mother and five-year-old daughter, she has sat at her kitchen table,...
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The [Pounds Sterling]100,000 Divide; Avenue at War over Cash Offer to One Side
Byline: BILL MOULAND PROPERTY prices have always been subject to a North-South divide. But not usually in the same street. After years of peaceful coexistence, the owners of the 1930s houses and bungalows in leafy Chantry Avenue have suddenly...
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The Truth Behind Full Employment
LIES, damn lies and statistics. That was the phrase used to discredit the science that informs us of national and global trends in every area of human activity. The latest Scottish employment figures show every sign of belonging to this category. ...
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They're Well-Educated, Naturally Beautiful and Not Even 25. Yet They Treat Cosmetic Surgery as Casually as a New Lipstick. the Plastic Generation
Byline: MORAG MCKINNON FOR the past two months, it has become a daily ritual for law student Sian Mansell. Every morning, before the pretty 22-year-old gets dressed, she stands naked in front of a full-length mirror, twisting and turning as she...
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THIS WEEK'S TOP TEN Welcome Back Bridget; Femail Trend
Byline: DEBORAH ARTHURS IN THE first of our new series, we reveal the top treats to get you through this week. Pink Bijou Portobello Smythson Diary, [pounds sterling]139 (08705 211 311). You may not have a Mr Darcy to write about, but at least...
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Tindall Steps out of the Shadows to Face Cameras
Byline: PETER JACKSON ENGLAND filled the deafening silence from Jason Robinson's protest boycott over intrusion into his private life yesterday by sending for the paparazzi's favourite player. Mike Tindall's appearance in the spotlight provided...
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Tinkerman Claudio Must Ring Changes; ENGLAND IN SPAIN
Byline: IAN MCGARRY A RECURRING theme for Claudio Ranieri is that the sudden appearance of Sven Goran Eriksson on his patch spells nothing but trouble. When the England coach popped in to have tea with Roman Abramovich some 15 months ago, it...
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Tommy Is in Twilight Zone but Fansblame Taylor for a Gloomy Horizon
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN THE one-man fan club didn' t seem in the slightest bit bothered by the fact that no one was joining in. On he went, chanting ' Tommy Burns' Tartan Army' with the fervour of a true believer. This was an hour before kick-off,...
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Tommy's Gone, Long Live the Revolution! Rumours Abound as Scottish Socialists Battle for Leadership
Byline: IAN SMITH SCOTTISH Socialist MSP Carolyn Leckie and policy c h i e f Alan McCombes emerged last night as favourites to seize control of the party. The move to become joint leaders in the wake of Tommy Sheridan's resignation sparked a...
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Tommy's Torment; Hurt for Burns as Supporters Turn on Taylor
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN THE Tartan Army last night turned their fury on SFA chief executive David Taylor as caretaker boss Tommy Burns saw his hopes of clinching the Scotland job turn to dust - after an embarrassing defeat to Sweden. A double...
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Ton of Patience by Record-Breaking Watts Gives Scots Underdogs a Sniff
Byline: ALAN DOUGLAS FRASER WATTS blazed his way into the record books as Scotland grabbed the initiative against Kenya in the desert heat yesterday. The Scots went into their Intercontinental Cup semi-final clash at Abu Dhabi's spaceage Zayed...
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Tragic Student Who Logged on to Death; Medical Undergraduate Was Found Hanged after Visiting Suicide Website
Byline: CHRIS MARRITT;JAMES TOZER A MEDICAL student was found hanged after visiting a website which encourages people to commit suicide. Arwel Davies, 22, was suspended from a hook on the back of his bedroom door, apparently following instructions...
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TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN SCOTLAND FOR [Pounds Sterling]5 RETURN WITH SCOTTISH CITYLINK
IMAGINE Christmas shopping without the hassle of driving through packed city streets desperately searching for a parking space. With our great coach travel offer you can do just that - for only [pounds sterling]5 return. That's the fantastic...
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We're Determined to End with a Win, Says Kiwi Coach; RUGBY LEAGUE
Byline: RICHARD BOTT NEW ZEALAND have promised Great Britain a punishing 80 minutes at Hull on Saturday, despite having no chance of reaching the Gillette Tri-Nations final. Kiwis coach Daniel Anderson insisted his side are keen to end their...
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Where's the Beef? Bovril Fans in a Stew as Meat Recipe Is Replaced by Yeast after BSE Scares
Byline: SEAN POULTER ITS meaty goodness helped sustain polar explorers and made it a staple of Army rations - not to mention family stews - for generations. Even its name was from the Latin for ox, because that was the main ingredient. So...
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WHITE VICTIM OF A Bok Colour Code; (1) RUGBY UNION (2) Coach Is Forced to Change His Line-Up So at Least Two Black Players Will Be Facing England
Byline: PETER JACKSON JACQUE FOURIE has lost his place in the Springbok team against England at Twickenham on Saturday - because of the colour of his skin. The extraordinary circumstances behind the removal of the 21-year- old white wing from...
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