Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)

A daily newspaper serving the city of Glasgow, Scotland. Stories cover current events, business, politics, entertainment, and sports at the local level, with select stories of national and international significance included as well. Sports stories report heavily on Celtic and Ranger football clubs.

Articles from May 8, 1998

33 YEARS FOR SCOT WHO PREYED ON BOYS; Aristocrat's Thai Beach Romps with Gypsies
A Scots teacher who preyed on young boys in Thailand was jailed for 33 years yesterday. James Fraser Darling lured his poverty-stricken victims by showering them with presents of clothes, food and bikes. He would then take them on sea trips to...
AA CHAIRMAN GETS Pounds 105,000 FROM RAC SALE; FAMILY AFFAIR: Sell-Off Windfall for Road Rival and Two of His Sons
The chairman of the AA, John Maxwell, could be en route to a pounds 35,000 windfall ... thanks to rivals the RAC. And two of his three sons are set to pocket similar pay-outs if the RAC are sold to US firm Cendant. The pounds 450million takeover...
A NEW LOVE; the Old Flame Has Been Rekindled for BRUCE BOOTH When He Takes a Spin in Mazda's New MX-5
Be careful as you cast your eyes along the subtle lines of Mazda's new MX-5, you could land up in a serious love affair. For the little roadster that has turned heads for the last eight years has blossomed - with all the curves in the right places....
Boks Facing Boycott Fear
Controversial South African rugby chief Louis Luyt refused to quit last night - and took his country closer to a renewed world boycott. Four black members of the South African RFU, including Springbok team boss Arthrob Peterson, immediately resigned...
Buzz WORD; Honda Are about to Put the Sting on Suzuki in the Middleweight Market, TREVOR WALLS Predicts
Right, let's get the pun out of the way first ... Honda's Hornet is one of THE buzz bikes at the moment. This aggressively-styled charger is on the wish list of any biker who still has a pulse - especially if it's a pulse that occasionally needs...
Choosing the Soft Option
Every year, high-profile murder cases are abandoned because of a plea bargain between the Crown and defence lawyers. In the last six months, the cases below have hit the headlines. All the accused were originally charged with murder. April 1998...
Church's Website Next to Net Porn
An Internet website set up by a church group is just two steps away from hardcore porn, it was revealed yesterday. And last night, red-faced ministers promised to carry out an urgent investigation. Christians accessing the Free Church of Scotland's...
Clays Dial Nein, Nein, Nein; UPDATE
The Scottish Claymores yesterday called in the fire brigade to help them put out a Fire, well German grid hotshots Rhein Fire to be exact. Strathclyde Fire Brigade were happy to man the pumps and lend a hand as the Clays put in an extra shift in...
CONFUSED BY CHANGE? SO JOIN THE CLUB; King of the Road
It seems that something strange has been happening at the RAC. I don't know if it's something in the water, or just an attempt to leapfrog other motoring organisations in a bid for supremacy in the next millennium. To begin with, there was the...
Crop Gun Demi's Navy Lark; GI JANE (15)
A cynic might suggest that the most remarkable aspect of this movie is that Demi Moore actually keeps her kit on - and lots of it - but this isn't true. That distinction probably goes to director Ridley Scott for a visual display bringing out the...
Cult Hero McClair Is Axed by United; HITMAN HANDED FREE
Brian McClair was yesterday handed a shock free transfer by Manchester United. The Premiership giants ended the striker's loyal 11-year spell at Old Trafford when they told him his contract would not be renewed. And McClair, 34, immediately fired...
Danny Plans a Happier Ending This Time Round
The last time Danny Boyle worked with Stuart Davids he ended up in a coffin after being killed off in Hamish Macbeth. Now the two have teamed up again for a production they hope will have a much happier ending for them both. Top TV writer Danny,...
DEWAR: I'D DO DEAL WITH TORIES TO STOP THE NATS; Labour Vow to Fight Salmond
Donald Dewar last night admitted he is ready to co-operate with the Tories to stop the SNP hijacking the Scottish Parliament. The Scots Secretary also claimed he is happy with recent poll figures that would leave Labour 10 seats short of a majority...
Don't Let My Son's Killers Get Away with Murder
The father of Mark Ayton has written to the judge who will sentence his son's killers demanding they be treated as murderers. Malcolm Ayton's call to Lord Eassie came as politicians and leading lawyers demanded a review of Scots law to scrap the...
Dressed to Thrill as Style Police Take off; LAST NIGHT TOUCHING EVIL
With more gritty moments than even Taggart could stomach, Touching Evil tried to reach the parts other police dramas miss. Robson Green gave a performance Mark McManus would have applauded - complete with gruff, one- word answers and tough man grunts....
Family Man Jeff Didn't Want His Kids to See Him as a Dope Head
Handsome Jeff Bridges almost turned down the role of a dope-smoking loafer in his new movie The Big Lebowski ... because he didn't want to set a bad example to his kids. In particular, he worried about scenes where his character, The Dude, is seen...
FASH'S SUICIDE NOTE; He Told of Blackmail Bid
Gay soccer star Justin Fashanu's suicide note claimed he was the victim of a teen blackmailer. He was found hanged in a shabby east London garage close to a three-page letter addressed to "anybody who finds this note". It came as police in Ellicott,...
FOOTBALL CRAZY; Hawks: Win Won't Stop the Traffic
There could be two pieces of silverware paraded in Glasgow tomorrow - but only one will stir the emotions of a city steeped in football passion. Either Celtic or Rangers will be hoisting the Premier League trophy about the same time as Glasgow Hawks...
Football? I Just Don't Get It Admits Gregory; Best Known as a Football-Daft Teenager and the Singer Who Told of His Dream of Scoring a World Cup Goal for Scotland, John Gordon Sinclair Admits He'd Rather Be Ruled Offside When It Comes to Soccer
He found fame as the hapless football-daft teenager whose dream girl played in the school team. He even sang his heart out on the Scottish World Cup anthem for Spain 1982 with I Had A Dream. But John Gordon Sinclair has a confession to make:...
Free Reg Kray or We'll Be Taking Action; 30 Years in Jail: Con's Lawyer Warns Straw
Reggie Kray's lawyer yesterday went on the attack over the release of the former gang chief. Trevor Linn hit out at Home Secretary Jack Straw for refusing to consider letting Kray go free. And he hinted that the convicted murderer may take legal...
Getting Away with Murder; Exclusive: Mps and Lawyers Demand Change in Law
The father of Mark Ayton has written to the judge who will sentence his son's killers demanding they be treated as murderers. Malcolm Ayton's call to Lord Eassie prompted demands for an end to the plea bargaining which lets killers escape life sentences....
GUEST FINED Pounds 1000
Jump jockey Richard Guest was fined pounds 1,000 and had his licence withdrawn by the Jockey Club yesterday. Guest was in trouble with the Perth stewards last month when deemed a non- tryer on Kate Milligan's This Is My Life. After the hearing...
HOW FLY MOVE CAN BEAT THE WEATHER; Always Be Prepared for Temperature Changes
One of the dilemmas facing salmon anglers at this time of year is whether or not to fish a floating line or a sinking line, and what size of fly to put on. As a general rule, when the river temperature is well below 50 deg.F the big fly and the...
Hunt as Second Brilliant Student Vanishes
A brilliant student, who's a member of high-IQ club Mensa, has disappeared without trace. Paul Christie, 27, was studying for a Masters degree at Glasgow's Strathclyde University. He went missing three months ago and there are fears he may have...
I Didn't Mislead E Coli Probe Team
The wife of butcher John Barr yesterday denied withholding information about outlets supplied by their shop. Elaine Barr, 52, said she compiled information for environmental health officials about the shop's outlets after news of the E Coli scare....
I Had That Queen Elizabeth in the Back of My Cab Once
First we had Cool Britannia, then it was Cool Caledonia. Now it's Cool Regalia. The Queen yesterday rode in a London taxi while Prince Charles tried to square up to Prince Naseem - before the boxer snubbed him. The showbiz-style photocalls were...
I Had That Queen Elizabeth in the Back of My Cab Once; So Cool as Royals Take a Lesson from Labour
First we had Cool Britannia, then it was Cool Caledonia. Now it's Cool Regalia. The Queen yesterday rode in a London taxi while Prince Charles tried to square up to Prince Naseem - before the boxer snubbed him. The showbiz-style photocalls were...
I'm Gagging on Old Firm Witch Hunt
His week, St Johnstone boss Paul Sturrock slapped a ban on his players talking to the Press. It has not gone down well with the majority of journalists, but I think Luggy is right. Why should the Saints squad be quizzed about which team they...
I Missed Heart Fault Too, Admits Probe Call Doc; HIDDEN KILLER: HOW RARE CONDITION FOOLED THE EXPERTS
A doctor who discovered that a schoolboy died of a rare heart disease has admitted that he, too, failed to spot the condition. Doctors at Falkirk Royal Infirmary had wrongly diagnosed Charles Comrie as an epileptic. But while looking into Charles's...
Italian ROMEO; after Just Minutes in the Alfa Romeo 156 BILL CAVEN Ditches His Aversion to Powder Blue to Soak Up the Car's Stunning Features
It was a conspiracy, nothing less. I was convinced prankster Jeremy Beadle was about to leap out at any moment. Don't get me wrong, I'm not getting fussy in my old age or, indeed, ungrateful. Who in their right mind would miss the chance to get...
I Used to Be a Bowling Ball .. So Things Could Only Get Better; JOHN MILLAR Finds That the Girl They're Calling the New Julia Roberts Is More Than Just Another Pretty Woman
Fame holds no terrors for Monica Potter, the girl Hollywood is hailing as the new Julia Roberts. Monica was Nicolas Cage's wife in Con Air and stars in Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel And Lawrence. She also has an uncanny resemblance to Pretty Woman...
Jag Hope in Battle to Beat Cot Death
A team of scientists believe they have found a way to prevent one form of cot death. The key is the common vaccine used to prevent whooping cough and other childhood diseases. Researchers believe DPT, the diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus...
Keep on RUNNING; CONRAD KING Catches Up with a Saab Fan Whose Mile-Munching Family Car Has Proved Itself over and over Again
When it comes to classic motoring, there is only one word Colin Wallace is interested in ... Saab. As well as his own Saab 96, his wife and son each have different models from the Scandinavian car maker. The blue 1975 Saab 96 has been a long-term...
Late Press Sweat for Tam
Steven Pressley could have played his last game for Dundee United. He looks set to miss tomorrow's title showdown with former club Rangers with a foot injury which has plagued him since March. And that could mean United fans miss out on a farewell...
Laudrup Can't Play for Us; Wacky Danish Popsters Aqua Say Rangers Star Brian Laudrup Is a Lovely Little Mover - but Only When He Is on the Football Pitch
Footballer Brian Laudrup might be one of the world's top footballers - but he'll never get a gig with Danish pop sensations Aqua. They reckon the Chelsea-bound Rangers ace can play a bit - but can't sing or dance. Much the same as some folk said...
Life after Roseanne Is Looking Up for Big John
He's 6ft 3ins tall and weighs in at about 20 stone, but heavyweight actor John Goodman is certainly no slouch. The 45-year-old American, best known as Dan Conner the king-sized husband in the TV sitcom Roseanne, stars in four different major films...
Lolita's Vile Turn-Off for Tale Is Us All; Illicit Love Story Too Shocking to Watch
LOLITA (18) Now that it has survived a storm over being released, uncut, the debate over Lolita rages on. So, is the film, based on Nabokov's controversial novel, a sad, sick charter for paedophiles or an accomplished work of cinematic art? ...
LURED BY LOLITA; What's a Nice Girl like Dominique Doing in a Movie like This?
Pretty Dominique Swain's first film is turning out to be memorable for all the wrong reasons. The Californian youngster plays a teenage girl bedded by her middle-aged stepfather in the controversial Lolita. While critics are queuing up to accuse...
McNEILL ON STAR TREK FOR HIBS
Billy McNeill is to scour Europe for new players to catapult Hibs back into the Premier League next season. The former Celtic legend's role has never been clearly defined since he moved to Easter Road to help former boss Jim Duffy. But yesterday...
MILLIONS TO HEAL THE WOUNDS OF ULSTER; Blair to Pour Cash into Province
Millions of pounds are to be spent helping the victims of Northern Ireland's Troubles rebuild their lives. PM Tony Blair wants it to recognise the innocent people killed or maimed in three decades of the bitter struggle. It will go to people...
MONEY; Pier Pressure Hits Company's Sales
Entertainment giants First Leisure, who own Blackpool Tower, warned yesterday that bad weather at Christmas and Easter had hit trading at their resorts. The group - who also own Trecco Bay leisure park, in South Wales, and Eastbourne Pier - suffered...
Mother's Wishes Count for More Than Baby's Life
A pregnant woman can refuse medical help even if it means sentencing her baby to death, a court ruled yesterday. In a landmark decision, three London appeal court judges cleared the way for a mother to sue a hospital where she was forced to give...
MUM'S WISHES COME BEFORE LIFE OF HER BABY; Judges' Ruling after Docs Force Woman into Caesarian Birth
A pregnant woman can refuse medical help even if she is sentencing her baby to death, a court ruled yesterday. In a landmark decision, three appeal court judges cleared the way for a mother to sue a hospital where she was forced to give birth by...
MURDER MUST MEAN MURDER; Demand to Stop the Plea Bargains
Two words can save convicted killers from a life sentence - culpable homicide. In 10 years, just five people convicted of culpable homicide have been put away for life. But over the same period, 462 killers have been given life for murder. ...
ONE 2 ONE; the Wedding Kiss That Broke a Million Hearts
Boyzone heart-throb Ronan Keating kisses new bride Yvonne Connolly. Just days after they were married on the 18th hole of a Caribbean golf course It was the smooch that broke a million teenage hearts. Last night, the magistrate who married...
PAPA'S New Baby; ENTENTE CORDIALE: French Car Giants Renault Turned to Ken Melville to Keep Their Best-Seller Way out in Front of the Competition
Sacre bleu, Papa ... have you seen the new Renault Clio? The lovely Nicole and her doting Papa are in for a rather pleasant shock. And its all thanks to a Scots designer. The "auld alliance" between France and Scotland is about to make its...
PARCEL B0MBER BLASTS EX-C0P; Nationwide Alert after Explosion
A former police detective and his wife were badly hurt yesterday by a parcel bomb at their home. Mike and Margaret Coyne were rushed to hospital with multiple injuries. The bomb was delivered to their house shortly before 5pm by a parcel courier...
Pounds 20,000 A MAN TO CLINCH TITLE; but Wim Might Not Stick around for Party
Celtic's stars are on a pounds 20,000-a-man bonus to clinch the Premier crown tomorrow. The cash package is up for grabs if Wim Jansen's troops can dump St Johnstone at Parkhead and take the title for the first time in 10 years. News of the deal...
PRIEST GAVE ME BOOT, SAYS MODEL MUM OF 4; Angry Housekeeper Launches Job Battle
A former model who claims a priest unfairly sacked her as his housekeeper launched a job fight yesterday. Maria McBride, 29, told a tribunal she was shocked when Father David Brown told her she was being made redundant as he was going away. She...
Priest Is Charged over His House Keeper
A priest has been charged in connection with an incident involving his housekeeper. Father David Brown was cautioned by police and a report has been sent to the fiscal. He is the former parish priest of St Thomas's in Riddrie, Glasgow. A police...
RECORD VIEW; It's a Cop-Out for Courts
A life for a life is now regarded as a barbaric demand. But society - and simple justice - demand that killing a fellow human being still merits the severest punishment. Yet, too often the courts appear to allow convenience to come before fairness...
Reel Lives Reel Lives
British writer and computer game designer DOUGLAS ADAMS is teaming up with ex-Monkee MICHAEL NESMITH to make a film based on Adams' popular novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. It will be the second of Adams' books to make it to the big...
Retire? but I've Just Turned 91; Raise the Titanic Made Dollars 8m
Lord Lew Grade lit up a cigar the size of a baseball bat, and sent smoke billowing round his wood-panelled office laughed at suggestions that he might be thinking about retiring. "Oh my God," he boomed. "I'm only 91. Me retire, not at all. I already...
Revenge Squad; JAMBO DAVE OUT TO AVOID FINAL FLOP
Dave McPherson is ready to take revenge on Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final. Hearts star McPherson vowed there would be no repeat of the 5-1 hammering he and his team-mates suffered as the Ibrox side steamrollered to the trophy two years ago. ...
ROLLERING IN IT!; Teacake Tycoon Gives Pounds 165,000 Car to Charity
Eccentric Scots tycoon Boyd Tunnock is giving away his brand new pounds 156,000 Rolls Royce for charity. Boyd, who made millions producing Caramel Wafers, Caramel Logs and Teacakes - is putting his Silver Seraph up for auction. He hopes to raise...
ROYAL MINISTER BLASTS Di OVER STRING OF LOVERS; Palace Chaplain's Shock Attack from the Pulpit
One of the Queen's chaplain's last night warned against "romanticising" the memory of Princess Di because of her "string of affairs". Canon Eric James admitted to a congregation at Westminster Abbey that she was an icon. But he added: "There...
SAVE MY HANDBAG; Driver's Plea as She's Pulled from Sinking Car
A woman refused to leave her car as it sank in icy water - because she didn't want to leave her handbag behind. Eileen Townsend, 53, plunged into the Forth and Clyde canal after her car stuck in reverse. Brave student Andrew Penman dived into...
Scots Were Guinea Pigs for Cancer Drug Tests
More than 90 Scots women were used as unwitting guinea pigs for an anti-cancer drug. The breast cancer patients at Perth Royal Infirmary were not asked for their consent or even told they were part of a trial of the drug Tamoxifen. Doctors in...
Shrink: I'd Have Made You Champs
Hypnotherapist Clive Wood last night insisted Celtic would have had the title in the bag already if they hadn't shunned him. Harrogate-based Wood, who works regularly in Scottish hospitals, had been contacted by several Parkhead stars seeking confidence-building...
SIMPLY THE STRESS; the End Is Nigh for the Rangers and Celtic Fans Who Have Been Living on the Edge All Season
In Glasgow's red, white and blue Bristol Bar, the tension is so tangible you could pour it in a glass and drink it. Ever since last weekend's results threw up the tightest league finish for years, its punters have been tanning pints of tangible...
Smoke Claim Nurse `Wanted Easy Life'
A nurse who claims working with chain- smoking pensioners caused her asthma was yesterday accused of exaggerating her claims to get an easier life. Sylvia Sparrow, 60, says she ended up with breathing problems because she cared for OAPs in the smoking...
Son Kills Mum and Rips out Her Lung
A crazed son beheaded his mum with a spade and ripped out part of her lung with his bare hands after a drugs spree. Chay Sibley, 26, took huge amounts of alcohol, cocaine and "skunk" - a super- strong type of cannabis - on a stag party weekend in...
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (18); Bad Daze Don't Get Any Better
Jeff Bridges sees his world turned upside down in The Big Lebowski (18) when he's mistaken for a millionaire who shares the same surname. It is a bizarre case of mistaken identity because Bridges's character - Dude Lebowski - doesn't have two cents...
THE FASHION OSCARS; and the Best High Street Stores Are
The rich and famous are drawn by the chic of the catwalks of Paris, London and New York. For the rest of us fashion means Saturday mornings shopping for off-the- peg bargains in the high street. But the distinction between both is becoming increasingly...
THE NET; Stalk's Cheap on the W W Web
Killer Net started on C4 this week and the hunt is now on to work out who's stalking who in cyberspace. Lynda La Plante's latest serial deals with how to outwit the law and commit the perfect murder using the Internet. That scenario is virtually...
THISTLE TAKE ME ALL NIGHT; Fan Volunteers to Cut Skint Club's Pitch
When you've got a big game coming up, you really want the pitch to look its best. So Partick Thistle jumped at the chance when a landscape gardener offered to do the business at Firhill before tomorrow's crucial relegation decider with Ayr. Thistle...
Three Lives Ruined by Madness of Ulster; DIVIDED: Mums Caught Up in Fight for Squaddies' Release
Jim Fisher was spending the 2072nd day of a life sentence behind bars at Maghaberry Prison, outside Belfast. He and fellow Scots Guardsman Mark Wright were convicted of the murder of 18-year-old Peter McBride in 1992. One young life ended and...
TIGRA'S TALE ROAD TEST; the Tigra Is Cute ... but Not Exactly the Cat's Pyjamas. BILL CAVEN Reports on How Vauxhall Are Fighting off New Challengers
I know a woman who stopped folding her pyjamas and bought herself a Vauxhall Tigra. She was absolutely smitten by this Apache-gold coloured hot hatch. And who could honestly blame her? The Tigra is definitely a great car for the girlies -...
Voice of Scotland; Blair and Major's Gamble Was Right
Tony Blair and John Major are to be commended for burying their political difficulties and unite for a Yes vote in Northern Ireland. Blair has been gracious enough to salute the part played by his predecessor in taking the first, brave steps to...
Walter: I'm Not Going to Boss Stiffs
Walter Smith reacted furiously last night to reports that he is staying on at Ibrox to look after the reserves. The Rangers manager was embarrassed as well as angry at radio reports which said he had agreed a new two-year contract to deal with the...
Walter: I Won't Boss the Stiffs; Staying Put: Ibrox Manager Plots New Role after He Leaves Hotseat
Walter Smith reacted furiously last night to reports that he is staying on at Ibrox to look after the reserves. The Rangers manager was embarrassed as well as angry at radio reports which said he had agreed a new two-year contract to deal with the...
We Can't Make Our Fans Watch Another Rangers Title Party!; BLUE DO: TANNADICE STARS PLAN TO MAKE SURE WALTER SMITH'S SIDE GOES HOME EMPTY-HANDED
Maurice Malpas admits that he doesn't care who wins the league title tomorrow. But the Dundee United skipper is adamant the last thing defending champions Rangers can expect at Tannadice is an easy ride. The Ibrox club have twice clinched the...
We Want to Be Free for the World Cup; PRISON WISH: MPs Visit Scots Squaddies Jailed for Ulster Killing
Their rooms measure 7ft by 12ft. They look just like student bedsits, but they're not - they're prison cells. This is Maghaberry jail in Antrim - home to Scots Guardsmen Jim Fisher and Mark Wright. On the 2072nd night of their life sentences,...
WE WON'T LET YOU ALL DOWN; Burley's Gong Just the Start Says Celts
Celtic's title pretenders last night insisted they won't put their fans through any more championship misery. While the tension builds to bursting point among supporters, the Parkhead players are trying to stay calm and focused just 24 hours from...
What's on Where
GIGS Today Academy Now Stevenson Hall, Renfrew Street, Glasgow (0141-332 5057) 1pm, pounds 2.50, concs pounds 1.50 Basic Collective Henry's Cellar Bar, Morrison Street, opposite ABC Cinema, Edinburgh (0131- 221 1288) 10pm, pounds 3, concs...
What Would You Do? Lorna Frame Puts Different Scenarios to 6 Women
Forget diamonds, dogs or even men - woman's best friend is her handbag. It's her lifeline. Men don't have an equivalent to the handbag, and they don't understand a woman's attachment to an inanimate object. Most women carry their lives around...
Yes, Minister ..That Was Some Hen Party
When I booked into my Belfast hotel, they asked me if I was here for the European Women Ministers' Conference. "Do I look to you," I asked them, "like the sort of a woman who carries a dog collar in her luggage?" But of course it wasn't quite...