The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

The Sunday edition of the London-based The Mail newspaper. Articles cover current events, news, business, politics, sports, arts, and entertainment around the UK and the rest of the world.

Articles from October 15, 2000

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Action-Packed Plans; Film Deals at Winchester Point to Blockbuster Year MIDAS
FILMS are a famine-and-feast business. For every blockbuster, there is a long trail of turkeys. So making money out of movies is not easy, but children's television-to-film funding group Winchester Entertainment thinks it has solved the problem....
And Now for Some Completely Different Ways to Get Rich. High Risks and Rewards for the Growing Band of Gamblers with Moneyto Spare
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK OLD favourites of the investment world are being challenged by new ways to play the stock market. Exchange traded funds, for example, are now rivalling more familiar collective investments such as unit trusts and investment...
An Enigmatic Delight
Byline: CHAUNCEY CRICHTON Elgar Caroline Dale, London Philharmonic Orchestra Barbican Hall **** The passionate cello playing in two watershed movies of the Nineties, Truly, Madly, Deeply and Hilary And Jackie, defined much of the brilliance of those...
Anger over Bank's 'Lame Excuse' for Moving Out
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE DESPITE Financial Mail's campaign to slow the tide of branch closures, some banks are hiding behind a variety of excuses. As we report below, security is the reason given by Lloyds TSB to explain the closure of one of its...
Answer to a Boss S Prayer-A Free Guru; Mentors Who Inspire Owners to Get Ahead
Byline: DAVID WHITE MANY bosses pray daily for a fairy godmother to help them through the trials of running a small business. For some, those prayers have been answered. Their godmother is the Business Mentoring Project, a long-term problem-solving...
A [Pounds Sterling]3m Sex Road Show to Advise Young Girls
Byline: ALAN CROW;MARK AITKEN UNDERAGE girls are to be given talks on contraception and abortion in a controversial Government plan to spend [pounds sterling]3million on sex advice roadshows. The project, to be announced next month, will put...
A Step Up in the World - Roots; with a Poverty-Stricken Childhood and Warring Parents, Josephine Cox Was Determined to Better Herself as a Bestselling Author
Byline: LINA DAS I was born near the cotton mills of Lancashire just before the end of the Second World War, and my earliest memories are of sitting on the front doorstep, watching the world go by. I would see men fighting in the streets, couples...
Aussies No Tall Order for Beattie
THE TALL, imposing figure of Ross Beattie -6ft 5in, 17st 2lb - is in the front rank of the wave of exciting talent breaking onto the Scottish international scene. The 22-year-old Newcastle-based forward, who won his first full cap on tour in New Zealand...
Axa Tooling Up for Smash and Grab Operation
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE TOMORROW is deadline day for the with-profits policyholders at the mighty Axa. Unless they have completed their forms accepting Axa's proposals on the controversial payment of orphan assets, they will lose out on the limited...
Azinger Comforts Mark
Byline: PETER HIGGS PAUL AZINGER, the American Ryder Cup star who fought and beat cancer, has offered to be a friend and counsellor to Mark James in his battle against the disease. The former US PGA champion has a reputation as one of the fiercest...
BA Accused of Cover-U P in New Drunken Crew Claim
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE BRITISH Airways faces damaging new revelations over heavy drinking by its flight crew this week, only days after suspending 14 staff for consuming excessive alcohol hours before takeoff. Former purser Julian Henry, 49,...
Babes in Battle to Grab the Mike; Happy to Be Mrs B
TONY BLAIR'S choice to replace Betty Boothroyd as Speaker, dull-as-ditchwater Labour MP Mike Martin, appears to think he has got one leg in her elegant stockings already. Martin, Boothroyd's deputy, has spent most of the past two years writing toadyish...
Banks Dish Up a Silver Service for Newly Rich
Byline: CLARE HALL BANKS and investment houses are scrambling to sign up 'new affluent' clients who earn at least [pounds sterling]50,000 a year and have [pounds sterling]100,000 or more to invest. People are getting richer younger and they want...
Barak and Arafat Agree to Summit
Byline: PHILIP JACOBSON HOPES of an end to the Middle East crisis have risen with Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreeing to meet in Egypt tomorrow. After an intensive bout of shuttle diplomacy, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced the...
Bosses to Earn a Safety Bonus; Gas Giant Takes the Lead in Linking Directors Earnings to Protection of Employees
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM BG GROUP, the former British Gas now splitting in two, is set to become the first big UK company to link directors' earnings to their success in meeting health, safety and environmental standards. Lattice, which is being...
Boy, Six, to Sue Childminder Accused of Battering Him; Lawyers Seek [Pounds Sterling]50,000 Damages for Terrible Injuries Which Left Child in a Wheelchair
Byline: NICOLA WOOLCOCK A CHILDMINDER accused of battering a nine-month-old baby, causing him serious brain damage, is being sued by the child. The boy, now six, is wheelchair-bound, epileptic, virtually blind, suffers from severe learning difficulties...
Breakdown Services in Top Gear
THE population is ageing, according to the experts, and this will put an ever-increasing burden on our health services. During the Nineties, it seems, a similar state of affairs afflicted the UK's car parc, the technical term for our four-wheeled population....
Brilliant Savings on Winter Holidays; Escape the Gloom and Enjoy a Week in the Spanish Sun for Just [Pounds Sterling]99 PLUS Great-Value Deals on Ski Breaks in Europe and North America
A WEEK in Spain from [pounds sterling]99 and great savings on ski holidays are just two of the wonderful winter holiday deals The Mail on Sunday is offering with Thomas Cook. Imagine waking up under clear blue skies and listening to the waves on...
Britain's Best School; Quality of Lessons Earns Full Marks for Island Primary
Byline: BILL RANKINE A TINY island school has been named top performer in Britain after being given unprecedented top marks for its lessons by a Government inspector. Knockbreck Primary and Nursery has just 23 pupils and two teachers, but the...
Britons Safe in Baghdad after Jet Hijack
Byline: JASON LEWIS FORTY Britons and a Saudi prince were last night among 105 hostages dramatically freed in Iraq after hijack terrorists had threatened to blow up their jet on the runway at Baghdad. The sudden end to their hours of terror came...
Camelot to Ditch GTech in New Bid for Lottery
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE CAMELOT is to sever links with US computer giant GTech and offer to give millions of pounds extra to good causes in a desperate bid to win the new National Lottery licence. The bold plans, revealed last night, will form...
Canary Wharf to Swoop for Dome; Reichmann Poised as Legacy Bid Faces Crisis
Byline: ANITA HOWARTH THE owner of London's Canary Wharf is emerging as a new frontrunner in the battle to buy the Millennium Dome. Talks between the Government and property developer Robert Bourne's Legacy consortium for the 17-acre site are...
CAPITAL IDEAS FOR HALF-TERM; Giles Milton and Family Sample London's Leading Attractions in Search of the Perfect Day Out
Byline: GILES MILTON ALF-TERM, two young children, and a weekend outing to London. It had all the makings of a nightmare - one that thousands of other families will be facing in the coming weeks. Mrs Milton wanted to go on the London Eye....
Clash of the Giants; Hollywood's Sylvester Stallone Is Taking on Tycoon Bernie Eccelstone in a Race to Make ChampCars More Popular Than Formula 1. Jeremy Hart Heralds the Arrival of the Sport in Britain
Byline: JEREMY HART Beneath the glare of the lights, across the rubber-streaked starting grid of Toronto's downtown racetrack, strides a stocky figure. In his red-and-white flameproof overalls, standing by his 245mph terrestrial rocket, he looks...
Collared, with No Ties; When Designer Amanda Wakeley Split from Her Husband, He Kept the Yacht, She Got the Dog. Now She's Had to Sell Her Label. So Why Is She Smiling?
Byline: MARIANNE MACDONALD It is two years since the designer Amanda Wakeley left Neil Gillon, her husband of a decade, and, until now, she has not spoken about a break-up that was particularly acrimonious. She not only lived with Gillon but worked...
Companies Face Fraud Quiz by MPs
Byline: DAN ATKINSON BRITISH companies are to be summoned before MPs next month to answer accusations that they paid bribes or committed fraud to secure business overseas. Britain tops a World Bank table of firms blacklisted for allegedly having...
Confusing Picture for Backers of Music Film; Questions of Cash
Byline: TONY HETHERINGTON Newcomers miss the Skipton boat L. K. writes: Can anything be done to change Skipton building society's mind regarding the recent share-out of excess profits? LET me say right away that I am a member of the Skipton...
Cottage Is a Dreamcome True
MAIL on Sunday reader Rachel Watson had expected to spend today cooking a traditional Sunday roast and playing with her young grandchildren on her family's Derbyshire farm. Instead Mrs Watson, 57, and her husband Terence, 58, were making an unscheduled...
Deals That Beat the Ban; Cover Pays Travel Costs If You Cannot Drive Your Car
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT AN injury or a driving ban can bring punishing bills for anyone who depends on a car to get to work. Travelling 10 miles and back each day by taxi could cost [pounds sterling]100 a week, and the bill for hiring a driver...
Don't Mention the Whingers! Why Blaming the Customer Is in the Finest Traditions of Basil Fawlty
Byline: FRANK BARRETT TWO years ago, this column brought you tidings of great joy from a senior executive of one of Britain's largest tour operators: 'The travel trade must adapt to the needs of its customers and stop trying to rip them off.' The...
Dounreay Crisis over German Plutonium
Byline: ANDREW BEAVEN A CONTROVERSIAL Government plan to ship a dangerous cargo of nuclear fuel from Dounreay to Germany has started an international row. The UK nuclear authorities - as part of their scheme to decommission the nuclear plant...
East Fife Four, Forfar Five. (or Why a List of Place Names Used to Bring the Nation to a Standstill); the Second in Our Series on Britain's Beloved Institutions Recalls the Saturday Football Results
Byline: MICHAEL PALIN One of my earliest memories of shared family activity is of clustering round the radio with my father and mother to listen to the classified football results at five o'clock on Saturday afternoon. Tea would have been prepared...
Employers Cant Dismiss Rights of the Redundant; [Pounds sterling]EGAL MATTERS
Byline: FENTON BRESLER A weekly column on the legal aspects of money and what you can buy with it, by FENTON BRESLER A. S. writes: I recently read that the workers at a Coats Viyella factory near Leicester first heard over the local radio that...
Endowment Crisis Is More like a Scandal; PERSONAL VIEW
Byline: JOHN CHAPMAN JOHN CHAPMAN Former assistant director of consumer affairs at the Office of Fair Trading, he is now a freelance consultant FIVE years of fantastic stock market growth and we have a national crisis over endowments. What...
EU Funds Teacher to Say: Its OK to Be Gay
A GAY British teacher has been given a [pounds sterling]50,000 EU grant to run a project to combat 'homophobia and heterosexism' in schools, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Tim Bedford, who runs the Brussels-backed Gay and Lesbian Educational Equity...
Ex-Budgens Boss Is Safeway Bidder
Byline: TEENA LYONS FORMER Asda and Budgens boss John Fletcher is playing a leading role in the consortium planning to make [pounds sterling]4 billion break-up bid for Safeway, say rival retailers. The consortium has approached a number of retailers...
Final Flight for Airship Shares; Ask the Experts
Byline: ABIGAIL MONTROSE ASK THE EXPERTS READERS' questions on a wide range of topics are answered every week by Financial Mail's team of independent experts. We welcome questions on all personal finance issues. Today's letters are dealt with...
Five Arrows Aims for Top Targets; TRUST WATCH
Byline: MARK COLEGATE A FUND of funds can be the answer for investors daunted by the task of picking the right unit trust from the 1,800 on the market. These funds invest in a range of other groups' unit trusts. Rothschild Asset Management's...
Forget Flash, Just Get to the Point; LOGGING ON NEIL SIMPSON WWW.Thisismoney.Co.UK
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON LESS looks like it could be more on the net, according to Norwich & Peterborough building society. The East Anglian society has taken on the big boys in the online savings world and won, coming first out of 137 financial...
GILLIAN LACKS THAT X FACTOR; Film of the Week
Byline: SEBASTIAN FAULKS The House Of Mirth Director: Terence Davies Starring: Gillian Anderson, Eric Stoltz Certificate: PG Running time: 2hrs 20mins ***** Edith Wharton's novel The House Of Mirth is not everyone's idea of cracking cinematic material....
Goal Will Kickstart Our Cole
Byline: PETER FITTON MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson leapt to the defence of Andy Cole last night after a week when his England striker's critics had a field day. 'Strikers just want to score and he's no different from the rest,'...
Has the Boom Finally Gone Bust? as the 'Golden Economic Scenario' as Assailed by Middle East Violence, Plungin Shares and Currency Crises
Byline: DAN ATKINSON;SIMON WATKINS THE roaring economic boom of the past five years has often been compared to a long-distance train, with the US economy providing the sleek, powerful locomotive and the rest of us occupying the carriages at the...
Heads You Win with Knowledge; Masterclass
Byline: DANNY MCLAUGHLIN Each week a leading executive gives advice on the business principles at the heart of building a company - and how to ensure the best practice. Today: Maintaining a competitive edge in the new information age. VALUES...
Hero Gallacher Considered Quitting
Byline: FRASER MACKIE SCOTLAND'S midweek hero, Kevin Gallacher, considered quitting international football just a few days before his glory goal in Zagreb. It is understood Gallacher felt humiliated by his withdrawal against San Marino eight...
HE'S CHEESY, BLAND AND HASN'T HAD A REAL JOB FOR EIGHT YEARS-NO WONDER AL GORE IS POISED TO BE PRESIDENT... but the Election Hopes of Bill Clinton's Deputy Could Yet Be Undone by Such Thorny Issues as Keeping His Audience Awake and Whether He Prefers to Wear Boxer Shorts or Briefs
Byline: RUSSELL MILLER Before dawn on a rainy Monday morning, a motorcade forms up outside the official residence of the Vice President of the United States, in the grounds of the Naval Observatory in Washington DC. First there is a platoon of...
High-Speed Crash for Monty and His Mates
Byline: PETER HIGGS COLIN MONTGOMERIE took advantage of being in the first group of the day to race round the Old Course in three hours, five minutes yesterday in an example of how quickly modern professional golf should be played. But that was...
HOW MONEY ADDS UP FOR CHILDREN; Finance for Five-Year-Olds on Time Table
Byline: TOBY WALNE THEY know money does not grow on trees, but the children at Downsell Infants' school have no worries about pensions - 'old people', they tell you, retire at 15, or maybe 100, and they don't need money anyway. But the youngsters...
How [Pounds Sterling]2000 Can Slip through Your Fingers; THE PRICE of APATHY CAMPAIGN
Byline: SALLY HAMILTON A LEAKED internal report into Barclays' negative public image concluded that the bank's name had become a byword for greed and confirmed that through customers' apathy it had been able to get away with selling expensive and...
HOW TO BE THE LEADER OF THE PACK; Dog Listener Jan Fennel L - Whose Revolutionary Training Method Is Based on the Horse Whisperer - Explains the Basics of Bonding with Your Dog Pet of the Year
Byline: JAN FENNELL Cleaning up the mess at 'poo corner' I WAS in the Yorkshire Television studios doing a spot when Georgie Spanswick, the presenter, told me she wished her dog Derek would not mess everywhere. She called her North Yorkshire...
If Venus Beat Me, Id Move to Tanzania , Says McEnroe; TENNIS SPECIAL: SuperMac One Step Closer to a Rerun of the Battle of the Sexes
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY JOHN McENROE says he is prepared to defend tennis mankind against the raging claims of the Williams sisters by reenacting the Battle of the Sexes. His change of position is not motivated by the possibility of making a fast...
I'll Put My Job on the Line for Players, Says Graveney
Byline: PETER HAYTER DAVID GRAVENEY insists he will stand firmly behind England's cricketers in their pay row with the England and Wales Cricket Board, even if it costs him his job as chairman of selectors. In his capacity as chief executive...
I'M A GODDESS AT LAST...THANKS TO A BLOWTORCH; A Top Writer Is Left with Only a Little Egg on Her Face as Two Experts Try to Show Her How to Prepare the Perfect Dinner Party
Byline: PETRONELLA WYATT Not even my best friends would call me a domestic goddess - no, strike that, especially my best friends. They know that at the altar of home and hearth I stumble and fall. No Delia I, or even a Nigella: the simplest cooking...
I'm Glad I Gave El Salvador's Peace a Chance; A VOLCANIC OASIS WHERE THE TROPICS MEET MARS
Best-selling author Amanda Foreman visits the Central American jewel hit by a hurricane and war - but now poised for a tourist boom MY happiest memories from my graduate-student days are of spending time with Marisol, my Salvadorian flat-mate. ...
In Complete Confidence
Byline: NICK FOULKES Hugh and cry over outfit Dear Nick The other day, I found myself out on the town with my sister's ex, the lovely Hugh Grant. We had a good time, and he is such a gentleman, but I can't help feeling that I was a little...
Inside Story of Winter Salad Days
Byline: CHARLIE DIMMOCK Charlie Dimmock shows how to grow tasty veg and herbs on your windowsill HERE'S one sad thing about the start of winter - it's the end of all those yummy lettuces, herbs, edible flowers and salad leaves from the garden....
Issue Hagi Not Keeen to Tackle; He May Be a Maestro on the Ball, but He Doesn't like Making a Challenge
Byline: FRASER MACKIE JORG ALBERTZ will stare across the halfway line before kick-off on Tuesday and see an outrageously talented midfield player, with a brilliant left foot, a rasping shot and the vision of a football prophet. In his pomp, he...
It 'S del L a's Revenge. in Tacky Anthea's Own Words
Byline: SUZANNE MOORE THERE are clearly many things in life that pass me by, and Anthea Turner's massive fame and talent must now be added to the list. Until now she had impinged upon my consciousness merely as a rather dim TV presenter with...
It's Your Funeral .. Historian Lucinda Lambton Wants a Joint English-American Funeral, Which Would Unite the Two Branches of Her Family
Byline: SUE CORRIGAN A lot of my life has been spent delving into death and graves and monuments to the dead. It's all part and parcel of my work photographing and writing about Britain's historic architectural landscape. I'm passionately interested...
Jardine Will Seize Chance to Atone for Reds Blackest Hour
Byline: GEORGE MACKAY WHEN Ian Jardine faces the might of English champions Leicester in the Heineken Cup at McDair-mid Park, Perth, this afternoon he will be out to exorcise the ghost of one of the blackest days of a long career which has seen...
Julia Gets It off Her Chest
Byline: JASON SOLOMONS TO RENT Erin Brockovich (15) **** Since Julia Roberts worked out she was a comedienne rather than the serious actress she was trying to be, her star has risen to where it was when she broke through with Pretty Woman ten...
Kane Is Desperate to See Some Perth Passion
Byline: FRASER MACKIE PAUL KANE is desperate to defeat Celtic at McDiarmid Park on Tuesday night to prove to the dwindling band of St Johnstone fans that they have a team worthy of their support. The Fair City has never been a hotbed of passionate...
Key First Step to Put Failure out of the Question; WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS MUST MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE WELL TRAINED FOR SUCCESS
Byline: ALISON COLEMAN THE crucial question that people hoping to buy a franchise most often fail to ask is: What kind of training will I be given? For many, a franchise will be their first experience of running a business. They have to learn...
Labour in Left-Wing Leadership Split Storm
Byline: LORNA HILL LABOUR could face a damaging split as Left-wingers prepare to step in to the race to succeed Donald Dewar as First Minister. The succession row took a surprising twist last night with calls for Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm to...
Ladies Who Always Look on the Light Side of Life
Byline: JACI STEPHEN Fat Friends ITV, Thursday ***** The Sopranos C4, Thursday ***** Inspector Wexford ITV, Wednesday ***** Ally McBeal C4, Wednesday ***** Hidden Love C4, Monday ***** The National Television Awards ITV, Tuesday *****...
Letter from America
Byline: LAURA SPENCE I used to consider myself fairly tall, with a muscular build. Although I didn't play competitive sports back home, I was a keen jogger and swimmer. So, when I joined the Harvard women's rowing crew three weeks ago, I found...
Lucie Suspect Filmed Sex Attackson 40 Western Girls
Byline: PAUL HENDERSON THE Japanese tycoon being questioned over the disappearance of Lucie Blackman filmed himself sexually attacking more than 40 Western girls. Police fear the pretty blonde, who would have been 22 last month, was taken to...
Maestro King Who's Rich in Music; Fame & Fortune
Byline: VICTOR DAVIS JONATHAN KING is 55 going on 13, still as enthusiastic, pop-orientated and, in his words, 'provoking success every day', as he was when he wrote and recorded his first hit, Everyone's Gone To The Moon, while a student at Cambridge....
Mandelson: I Did Not Ask for That Loan
Byline: SIMON WALTERS PETER MANDELSON has denied new claims that he asked former Treasury Minister Geoffrey Robinson for the [pounds sterling]373,000 home loan that led to both of them being forced to resign from the Government two years ago. ...
Move Abroad Maybe Hendrys Last Chance; World Cup Hopes Hang on an Offer to Play from Anywhere
Byline: FRASER MACKIE LAST Wednesday night, he dug deep into his reserves of fitness and fight to produce a heroic performance on foreign soil for Scotland. Now Colin Hendry admits he may be faced with the prospect of throwing himself into tackles...
MP Admits: I Was 17 When I Conceived My Love-Child
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL A LABOUR MP has told for the first time of the heartbreak of having to give away the baby she conceived on the night she lost her virginity. Jackie Lawrence was just 17 and living in a rural village in County Durham when...
Murtagh Adds Champion to His Glittering Season's Haul
Byline: LAURIE BRANNAN JOHNNY MURTAGH crowned a magnificent season when winning the Dubai Champion Stakes on Kalanisi after a stirring final furlong battle with French ace Montjeu at Newmarket yesterday. It was the Irish rider's ninth Group One...
My Life Went Up in Smoke; as the Cannabis Debate Rages, an Ex-User Warns of the Perils of the 'Recreational' Drug
Byline: JULIAN GILMORE AT FIRST glance, Julian Gilmore looks like any fortysomething businessman. He wears a suit, has a weakness for colourful ties and loves to play golf. But a 15-year dependency on cannabis reduced him from being a clever...
New Flood Alerts as Mopping Up Begins
Byline: LOUISA PRITCHARD THOUSANDS of people in the south of England remained on flood alert last night despite falling water levels. As clear-up operations began across Sussex and Kent, 12 severe flood warnings remained in force. Hundreds of...
New Suspect Identified in the Hunt for Serial Killer Bible John
Byline: ANDREW BEAVEN POLICE are investigating a new lead in the hunt for Bible John, the serial killer whose crimes remain unsolved after more than 30 years. Leading criminal psychologist Professor Ian Stephen - who was the inspiration for TV's...
NO ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW OF VENABLES; Have I Lost My Hunger for a Job of This Size? No I'm Starving
Byline: STEPHEN DAVIES TERRY VENABLES, still the bookies' favourite to be the next England coach, insisted yesterday there is no lingering rift with the Football Association which could prevent him from taking the job. Venables, who guided England...
Not a Penny for Keegan ,Plenty for the Right Man
Byline: JOE MELLING KEVIN KEEGAN cannot expect to receive a penny in compensation for the [pounds sterling]2million in wages left behind when he walked out on England after last weekend's World Cup defeat by Germany. Faced with the question of...
No W Another Lender Sho W S Some Mercy; but Compromise over Forgotten Mortgage Debts Is No T Enough
Byline: CLARE HALL THERE was encouraging news for Financial Mail's Call Off The Mortgage Hounds Campaign last week. Bristol & West became the second lender to compromise on mortgage debts now haunting home owners caught up in the negative equity...
Now Even Lingerie Sales Are Slipping at M &S
Byline: TEENA LYONS MARKS & Spencer underwear, once a mainstay of every British woman's wardrobe, is finally falling victim to the slump that has afflicted the rest of the company's clothes ranges. Confidential figures reveal an alarming...
Now You Can Read Your Cats Bumps. How to Get in Touch with Your Feline's Feelings
Byline: KEN RING;PAUL ROMHANY A CAT'S head is the most sensitive part of the body. Skullistry divides it into 29 areas in order to study the bumps that decide how loving your pet is. Below is a quick guide to what each bump means. For instance,...
Oil Is Not the Only Warning Light to Flash
Byline: BEN LAURANCE THE point cannot be repeated too often: every sustained economic boom in the developed world has been fed by cheap energy; and every spike in the oil price has brought growth juddering to a halt. If the price of crude remains...
Oil Share Worth Exploring
OIL company shares are attracting investment attention on the back of the soaring value of crude, but there are plenty of interesting situations beyond a straight play on volatile oil prices. Irish group Tullow Oil has a good story and a likely...
Once More, with Genius
Byline: DAVID MELLOR Classical BBC Legends Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Dennis Brain ***** The BBC has perhaps the finest music archive in the world and, at long last, the public is being allowed into this treasure house with the BBC Legends...
Only a Brave Man or a Fool Would Cross Craig
ECCENTRIC referee Gilles Veissiere was fortunate he had a freshly-buffed FIFA badge and other tools of authority on his side when he chose to pick on Craig Brown. Even former Everton rebel Don Hutchison would think twice about verbally crossing...
Ono, It's Yet More Lennon
Byline: KIRSTY MACCOLL Lennon In America by Geoffrey Giuliano Robson Books [pounds sterling]16.95 % [pounds sterling]13.95 (0870 165 0870) ***** There have been at least 15 biographies about John Lennon in the two decades since his murder. ...
Paperbacks
Byline: SIMON SHAW Closure, by Sarah Harris HarperCollins [pounds sterling]5.99 % [pounds sterling]3.99 (0870 165 0870) *** Anna is a single young woman leading an emotionally bereft existence in London and looking with mounting desperation for...
Pet of the Year
Already entries are arriving by the sackload; each week we are publishing a selection of the best pictures. Each wins a [pounds sterling]25 Sainsbury's voucher and, of course, a fun rosette. Today's entries qualified with last week's token and another...
Phone Home. Cheaply
Byline: FRED MAWER SHORT phone call from your holiday hotel room can cost as much as the bill for the room itself. John Wood discovered this while staying with his family in Las Vegas. He recalls: 'My son made two calls to England on his room...
Price You May Pay for a Rate Holiday; Cardholders Are Hit with High Interest When Free Offers End
Byline: ANGHARAD LYNN THE credit card is no longer a flexible friend for life. Five years ago most people were happy sticking with their old High Street bank offers. These days, thanks to new deals and increased competition from abroad, many...
Prize That Spots Talent for Future; Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Winner Is in Illustrious Company
Byline: NICOLA GRAYDON The contenders for The Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for writers under 35 were last week compared to Britain's young footballers. Announcing the winners of the prestigious competition at London's Reform Club,...
Rail Firm Accused of Blocking Rivals; FREIGHT GIANT MAY BE PROBED OVER CANNIBALISING LOCOMOTIVES IT WAS TOLD TO SELL
Byline: MATTHEW FLETCHER BRITAIN'S biggest rail freight company, English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS), faces embarrassing questions from the industry regulator over claims that it is cannibalising locomotives that could be used to ease congestion...
Requiem for a True Political Heavyweight
Byline: GEORGE GALLOWAY NEXT Friday, at the Glasgow University Union, I was to perform in front of Donald Dewar, a former President of the Union, in the John Smith Memorial debate. I t has been cancelled. Baroness Smith would have been too...
ROBSON TO THE RESCUE; EXCLUSIVE: England Will Ask 67-Year-Old to Take Control
Byline: JOE MELLING BOBBY ROBSON will be invited tomorrow to turn the clock back 10 years and bid to revive England's flagging World Cup hopes. And the 67-year-old Newcastle manager will rush proudly to the aid of his country, despite his shabby...
Rural Families Sue over Illegal Rise in Fuel Taxes
Byline: CHESTER STERN SIX families who live in the countryside have turned to the new Human Rights Act in a bid to bring down the price of fuel. They are to sue the Government, arguing that petrol is an essential of life and that Ministers have...
Shak Back to Stir Up the Old Feud
Byline: PETER HAYTER WHEN England arrive in Pakistan tomorrow morning, they will walk straight into the shadow of the umpiring crisis that all but destroyed cricketing relations between the two countries. The appointment of Shakeel Khan to officiate...
Shock Poll: Public Say Legalise
Byline: SIMON WALTERS POT IN AN historic shift in public opinion, Britain is ready to scrap laws which make it a criminal offence to smoke pot. An overwhelming majority now accepts that cannabis should be decriminalised, which will put enormous...
Slater Ousted in Fund Shake-Up
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE MARK Slater, 30-year-old son of controversial former financier Jim Slater, has been removed as manager of the [pounds sterling]184 million LeggMason Slater Growth investment fund in a move described by experts as 'akin to...
Steve Takes a Bow; Thousands Turn out to Witness Redgrave's 'Final' Fling
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY STEVE REDGRAVE'S presence on a strip of water beneath the Heathrow flightpath created motorway traffic congestion yesterday as more than 10,000 people congregated to pay homage to the greatest Olympian in British history....
Store in TV Switch
Byline: ANDREW LEACH DEBENHAMS plans to become a major electrical retailer after a successful trial in a handful of its outlets selling goods including televisions and hi-fi equipment. The department stores group has enjoyed strong sales of products...
STRUCK OUT; McLean Resigns at United after Attack on Reporter
Byline: JIM BLACK;STEPHEN SMITH DUNDEE UNITED'S chairman Jim McLean resigned last night i n the most controversial circumstances after punching a BBC reporter in the face. McLean had just started an after-match interview with BBC man John Barnes...
Sturmey-Archers Owner Adds to Its Record of Failures
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM THE men running Lenark, the company behind the collapse of famous cycling name Sturmey-Archer, are within days of allowing another firm to be pushed to the brink of collapse. Lenark bought vehicle body maker Hawson Garner...