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 January 30, 2000

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A Guide to Going Green for Friends of the Earth
IN green circles, travel hasn't always been kosher, but as both travellers and the tourism industry grow more ecologically aware, ecotourism is becoming an increasingly easy and popular way to travel. Here we get you up to speed with a selection of...
A King's Messenger, a Mysterious Arab and a Worried Pilot.The Fatal Last Flight of Stardust
Byline: SEBASTIAN O'KELLY The discovery of the wreckage of a British aircraft at 18,000ft in the Andes last week, 53 years after it crashed, raised intriguing questions about what really happened to the doomed plane. SEBASTIAN O'KELLY spoke to former...
A Lay in the Life of ... Sex
Byline: HELEN CHISLETT a receptionist Polly Grahame, 20, boyfriend I had been going out with David for several months and thought he was the one for me. He was 26, good-looking and considerate. Not only that, but he had a lovely family. Everything...
All This and an Opera on Top? You're in Lucca
Byline: FRANK BARRETT COTTAGES to Castles sounds like the title of a new BBC2 makeover series in which Carol Smillie and a team of floppy haired interior designers convert your three-bedroom suburban semi into a Gothic fortress ('Frankly, Carol,...
Anything Henman Can Do
Byline: LINA DAS Tennis ace Greg Rusedski is not what you would call camera-shy. When the photographer on our shoot jokingly suggests he remove his shirt, it's off before you know it. None of us is complaining, mind you. But forget his mesmerising...
A Petty Approach to Digby's Passport; Travel Log
Byline: FRANK BARRETT FERRY companies are expecting a rush of customers this summer wanting to take their dogs on holiday abroad. Brittany Ferries is convinced that the new pilot Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) will have a profound effect on business...
Are We to Blame for the Sins of Saddam? Review Books
Byline: DOUGLAS HURD Saddam Hussein: The Politics Of Revenge by Said K. Aburish Bloomsbury [pounds sterling]20 % [pounds sterling]16 *** No one defends Saddam Hussein. Outside Iraq, he is detested; inside Iraq, when he is finally removed,...
A Talent to a Muse
Byline: ANGELA MOLLARD The models have been booked, diaries of the rich and famous have been cleared, and all the best - and quirkiest - locations in town have been set aside for the biggest names in couture to show off their latest designer wares....
At Last,this Is the Meddling We Really Need
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE THIS government has an awful habit of meddling in personal finance affairs, usually out of political spite. When Geoffrey Robinson, now embroiled in a few local difficulties over his company TransTec, stalked the Treasury...
Ban May Have Saved Me from Dole Queue; Joe Melling on a Boss Rebounding from a Petrifying Bungee Jump
Byline: JOE MELLING JOHN GREGORY confesses that he is terrified at the thought of being sacked by Aston Villa. And he acknowledges how perilously close he came to realising his worst fear as his side tumbled down the Premiership. 'One, possibly...
Barefoot Boss to Rock the Internet; EMI CHIEF REVEALS HOW ONLINE MUSIC SALES WILL BE READY IN WEEKS
Byline: TOM MCGHIE NEWLY merged [pounds sterling]12 billion giant Warner EMI Music is to start selling music over the internet next month in a move that will rock the industry. When co-chairman Eric Nicoli announced the creation of the world's...
Barnes Draws on Second-Half Comfort
Byline: JIM BLACK JOHN BARNES managed to sound almost at odds with himself when he was asked to assess Celtic's prospects of denying Rangers their 11th championship in 12 years. Barnes says he won't even attempt to try to convince his players...
Basking in the Glow of the Northern Delights; Treasures of the North Christie's to February 13 Then the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, February 25 to April 9 *****
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER The nice thing about this exhibition is that it reminds you that Mr Michael Tyson, who ran up a shopping bill of several million quid in Bond Street in a matter of days, is an utter amateur when it comes to the art of conspicuous...
Beauty in the Eye of a Deceiver; Art
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER Cornelius Gijsbrechts National Gallery **** The art of deception is as old as the art of painting itself. History is full of tales of Ancient Greek painters who could paint grapes so well that birds pecked at them....
Beckham Keeps the Customers Satisfied
Byline: MICHAEL CALVIN A SELF-SATISFIED shudder convulsed a record Premiership crowd, and signalled one of the inescapable truths of modern sport. The public limited company which trades as Manchester United is bigger than the FA Cup. Much...
Best of Britain's Cottage Industry
Byline: SIMON HEPTINSTALL MORE than 50,000 self-catering properties will be available for rent in the UK this year, yet choosing one can be harder than picking the right hotel on the other side of the world. Finding the perfect country cottage...
Best Targets 'English' Kiwis; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: BILL DAY DICK BEST flies to New Zealand today on a mission which could have huge consequences for England's next World Cup campaign and shape his own destiny. The public reason for Best's flight is to sign two Super 12 Kiwis to strengthen...
Bloody Nigerians Remark Sparks New Row at Hospital; Colleague Who Made a Stand Is Sent Home
Byline: LORRAINE FRASER AN NHS hospital - already under investigation over waiting lists - is at the centre of a new row over racism. A black junior surgeon who made a minor mistake was allegedly told by a senior consultant: 'You are not operating...
Book Early and Catch the Channel Bargains
Byline: WENDY DRIVER THE opening of the Channel Tunnel six years ago ushered in a golden age for travellers to the Continent. Fares became highly competitive as the ferry operators vied with each other and the new Eurostar rail service in a cut-throat...
Breath of Fresh Air; Emmanuel Pahud Mozart's Flute Concerto No 1 Royal Festival Hall *****
Byline: BRIAN HUNT Like the exotic butterfly that his lavish scarlet bow-tie resembled, Emmanuel Pahud swooped and dipped as he fluttered through the elegant phrases of Mozart's Flute Concerto No 1. He's one of those musicians who can't keep...
Brown Warned on Stamp Duty
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER LEADING American investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter has warned Chancellor Gordon Brown that unless he takes steps to abolish stamp duty in the Budget, he risks driving share trading to Europe or the US. In the letter,...
Building Bill for Holyrood Hits [Pounds Sterling]200m
Byline: HAMISH MACDONELL THE cost of the new Scottish parliament building at Holy-rood is expected to soar to [pounds sterling]200million - more than five times the original estimate. Although First Minister Donald Dewar has pledged to have the...
Call for U-Turn as Widows Suffer in Serps Shake-Up
Byline: SALLY HAMILTON ROY Walsh is among thousands of pensioners growing increasingly angry at the government's failure to spell out the future of Serps benefits for widows. The benefit, which gives widows the full State Earnings Related Pension...
Camera Is Too Candid for Celtic
Byline: FRASER MACKIE TELEVISION cameras at Parkhead have been of little educational value in recent years. Paul Gascoigne was caught playing the flute for a split second in front of a 60,000 crowd and that told us he was an idiot in boots. ...
Campaigners Go to Law in Fight to Halt Section 28 Repeal
Byline: HAMISH MACDONELL MINISTERS are to face a legal challenge in their controversial bid to lift the ban on the promotion of homosexuality in the classroom. Campaigners claimed that it was not within the power of the Scottish parliament to...
Can I Trust the Signs of Japan's Recovery? ASK THE EXPERTS
Byline: ABIGAIL MONTROSE D. D. writes: In 1996 I started investing in Edinburgh Fund Managers' US tracker fund for my grandson. So far I have invested [pounds sterling]800. Now that Far Eastern markets appear to be recovering, I am considering changing...
Casting Caravaggio as a Gay Dirty Den; M by Peter Robb Bloomsbury [Pounds Sterling]25 % [Pounds Sterling]20 *****
Byline: CRAIG BROWN We prefer our artists mad, bad and dangerous to know. Disappointment pulsed through the art world at the end of last year when the Turner Prize was awarded to a mild-mannered family man rather than to the drunken superslut...
Caught in the Act; Guess Which Caption Fits the Picture
Wright, Ricky, who's the bigger star? 1. Models launching Marks and Spencer's spring underwear collection toss a coin to see who'll be doing the snowscene shoot. 2. Volunteers await a scientific ruling on that old stereotyped belief about size...
Clough Was Expelled as Accountant; Finance Director in SFO Probe Had Skeletons in His Cupboard
Byline: NICK MATHIASON INVESTIGATORS from the Serious Fraud Office are asking how a man with such a controversial past as Frederick Clough, the former finance director of the collapsed Versailles Group, was allowed to take responsibility for a public...
Cold Comfort
Byline: DERMOT PURGAVIE In Minnesota, where global warming is just a rumour, it's 15*C below at the moment and the ice is three feet thick, so the jubilant citizens have wrapped up warm and gone fishing. Over there, happiness is sitting around a...
Concorde,s New Seats Will Save [Pounds Sterling]1m a Year in Fuel
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE CONCORDE is to get a 'makeover' from design guru Sir Terence Conran. As the the British Airways flagship jet prepares for another 20 years' service, it will receive its first major internal facelift since it came into...
Crowded House? There'll Always Be Room for More; Pop
Byline: TIM DE LISLE Crowded House After Glow (Capitol, out tomorrow) *** Matthew Jay Four Songs (Food Records, EP out tomorrow) **** Crowded House were the best pop group ever to come out of Australasia. This may not be...
Crowning Glory of Tycoon; HERON BOSS RONSON PLANS TOWERING MONUMENT TO HIS COLOURFUL CAREER
Byline: NICK MATHIASON HERON International boss Gerald Ronson is planning to crown his colourful property career by building a massive skyscraper in the heart of the City. The tycoon, who spent six months in Ford open prison in 1990 for his part...
Darwin: The Next Step
Byline: ANDREW PRESTON Human evolution used to be seen as a simple march of progress, from the time when the apes came out of the trees, on to modern homo sapiens, with a bunch of club-wielding apemen somewhere in between. Now a major new book,...
Deadlock in Cash Fee Battle; Rivals Defy Barclays Demand for [Pounds Sterling]1 Charge to Use Some Machines
Byline: ANGHARAD LYNN BANK wars over charges for customers using rival cash machines hotted up last week after a meeting called to thrash out differences ended in deadlock. And rumours are growing that a Treasury report will demand reform of...
Defeated Hingis Is All Grace This Time
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY MARTINA HINGIS exhibited grace under extreme fire here yesterday, as Lindsay Davenport wrenched the Australian Open championship from her possession. Unlike her previous appearance in a Grand Slam final, in Paris last summer,...
Dewar's Lot Dragging Us Down before the Election
Byline: GEORGE GALLOWAY I WASN'T best pleased to discover that Donald Dewar's right hand man was driving drunk around my constituency with a drug addled prostitute in the back of his people carrier - one of the streetwalkers described it as 'a big...
Does Tyson Prefer Shopping to Fighting? Iron Mike Gets a Blast from the Girlfriend of His British Opponent
Byline: ADAM LUCK;FIONA BARTON IT WILL be business as usual for Julius Francis today. No, not sweating it out in a gym, but tenderly caring for his two-month-old daughter, Jade-Kai. The British heavyweight champion's girlfriend Carole Roycroft,...
Drive Is the Sure Sign of a Rising Star; A Diploma Is Not Enough for Recruiters
A GOOD degree is not enough for graduates aiming for a successful career. They also need personality, drive, flair and business initiative. That is the view of James Flew, director of Metzger Recruitment Consultants, which has been recruiting graduates...
Enjoy Our Primitive Passions until They Offer Something Better; Patrick Collins
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS THE trouble with sports fans is that we don't know what's good for us. After 128 years, we were getting quite fond of the FA Cup. Then we learned that it was a greatly overrated tournament, so unimportant that the best...
Faith in the Euro Pays Dividends
Byline: MARK COLEGATE AN investment strategy based on the euro eventually succeeding lies behind the strong returns from AIB Govett European Strategy investment fund. Manager Peter Kysel is a strong believer in the euro and thinks it provides...
Fast Forward for Banks; Vision of the Future Includes High-Tech Wizardry and Cafes
Byline: CLARE HALL HIGH Street banks will soon be offering everything from cappuccino to video links as they battle against increasing competition. Virtual banking 'agents' and computerised phone systems that recognise customers' voices are two...
Fatal Moment 'A Respectable Man Snapped'; as MP Pays Tribute to His Slaughtered Colleague, Parents Speak of a Son under Pressure
Byline: THOMAS PENNY;PRAVINA PATEL THIS is the respectable middle-aged man who first came to fame as a local hero after he tackled a burglar who tried to rob his home. But yesterday those who once knew him as an upstanding citizen were in shock...
Feeney's Battle to Prove Glitter Not Fool's Gold; FOOTBALL SPECIAL
Byline: FRASER MACKIE ITALIAN teenager Renzo Nonis was pictured pushing Ibrox-tagged luggage on a trolley through the arrivals hall of Glasgow Airport last week, carrying a hope that he can impress within a fortnight and earn a lucrative contract...
Final Humiliation for Archer: Tories to Throw Him Out
Byline: SIMON WALTERS JEFFREY ARCHER is to be expelled from the Tory Party over the libel trial scandal that led to his political downfall. An inquiry ordered by leader William Hague will announce the decision next week, The Mail on Sunday has...
Flight Plan for a Management Job; AIRCRAFT PARTS FIRM ENCOURAGES APPRENTICES TO REACH FOR THE SKY
Byline: ALAN PLEWS A LAW passed in the reign of Elizabeth I is proving as relevant today as it was more than four centuries ago. The 1563 Statute of Apprenticeships forbade anyone who had not received proper job training from entering a trade....
Forget All the Spin, Give Us Straight Talk
Byline: STEWART STEVEN Once established, it's very hard to shift a political myth. During John Major's administration I tried to point out, unavailingly, that his Government was actually not all that sleaze-ridden. The big scandal - cash for questions...
Free Spirits Caged by a Brutal Age; Theatre
Byline: GEORGINA BROWN The Island Lyttelton ***** Krapp's Last Tape New Ambassadors **** There are rare and remarkable occasions when a play becomes something much bigger than the thing itself. It becomes an event at which the...
Frozen Eggs and Steamy Hot Archers; THE WEEK IN 90 Seconds
The go-ahead was given to women to freeze their eggs and conceive babies at their own convenience. At the same time they were warned not to drink alcohol at all during pregnancy, as scientists found that even a tiny amount could affect an unborn...
Garage Open on Sundays; Radio
Byline: SIMON GARFIELD The Breakfast Club Radio 1, Sunday ** The Dreem Teem Radio 1, Sunday *** The House That Birt Built Radio 4, Wednesday *** Trying to inject 'even more of Saturday night into Sunday mornings', Radio 1 has created two...
Genius Madly in Love with a Ten-Year-Old
Byline: CHRIS WOODHEAD John Ruskin: No Wealth But Life by John Batchelor Chatto [pounds sterling]25 % [pounds sterling]20 **** The Later Years by Tim Hilton Yale [pounds sterling]20 % [pounds sterling]17 *** Chris Woodhead Chief Inspector of...
Get Online and Enjoy a Share of the Action; Thousands Join Rush to Invest Via the Internet
Byline: CLAIRE BURSTON BUSINESS is booming for online share brokers as investors flock to the internet to make instant deals in the comfort of their living rooms. As price competition between dealing companies becomes keener, some are offering...
Government Pleads Not Guilty over Red Tape
Byline: TOM MCGHIE DISGRUNTLED small businesses have taken to the internet in their battle against government-our inspired red tape. A website set up by the British Chambers of Commerce has received more than 2,000 hits from companies voicing...
Heres to You Mr Robinson, Seducer of Labour Virgins; He Must Feel Betrayed by His Former Party Friends
Byline: PETER DOBBIE TAKE some of Mr Blair's Ministers down memory lane and ask what they thought of Mrs Robinson and they would reminisce about hazy days when their few waking thoughts emerged after a carefully rolled Rizla. They would recall...
High Stakes in Store; Pension Seekers Can Find Top Value at Supermarkets
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON TAKING out a pension where you shop for groceries may seem an unlikely investment strategy. But some financial products sold by supermarkets are among the best buys, say experts. Earlier this month, Tesco's personal pension...
Hoddle's Mission for Matt
Byline: JOE MELLING GLENN HODDLE believes with a passion that he is exactly the right manager to resurrect the faltering career of Southampton idol Matthew Le Tissier. Hoddle was appointed on Friday as a 12-month replacement for Dave Jones while...
Hopes Are Dashed in Bank Closure Battle
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE NOTHING can stop the continuing shutdown of local bank branches. That is the conclusion of a major independent report out this week. It will propose alternatives, including more cash machines in remote areas and a bigger...
Hotel Plans Leave Such a Bitter Taste
Byline: IAN ARCHER IN most places of worship, it is usual to talk in whispers. The faithful, having been called to prayer, are not expected to bounce around as if they were at a rock concert. Their great temples are lovingly tended and treasured...
How Spanish Fishermen Illegally Prowling the Antarctic for 'White Gold' Are Driving a Majestic Seabird to Extinction; WHO WILL STOP PIRATES WIPING OUT THE MIGHTY ALBATROSS?
Byline: SEBASTIAN O'KELLY When it first showed up as a blip on the radar no one paid the unknown ship much attention. Only 45 miles off the coast of the French sub-Antarctic island of Kerguelen, none of the crew of the Greenpeace search vessel suspected...
Hussain in Rush to Unearth Diamonds; CRICKET SPECIAL
Byline: ANGUS FRASER AS ENGLAND flew into diamond centre Kimberley, home to the world's biggest manmade excavation, it was impossible not to think about the huge hole in which Nasser Hussain's men find themselves this morning. If the humiliating...
I'll Have No Part of This Ignorant Gay Witch-Hunt
Byline: SUZANNE MOORE GIRL in my daughter's class was crying at school last week because a boy had told her you shouldn't even talk to homosexuals. She was upset as her mother is a lesbian. His measured opinion when challenged was that 'homosexuality...
In Complete Confidence
Byline: NICK FOULKES Lulu's career on red alert Dear Nick, My Saturday night Lottery show, Red Alert, has pulled in the lowest number of viewers since the draw began being televised back in 1994. I do not blame myself in any way, and instead...
Italians Will Be a Team to Fear, but Not This Season
Byline: GEORGE MACKAY NAIRN McEWAN will settle down before the television screen in his remote island home on Saturday, whisky at one hand, vino at the other, ready to toast the fortunes of his two rugby loves. 'As a patriot I want to see Scotland...
It's Crunch Day for Car Prices
Byline: MATTHEW FLETCHER THE motor industry could face its biggest shake-up since the mid-Eighties after a damning report is delivered to Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers tomorrow. The report from Competition Commission...
It's High Time We Enjoyed the Odd Date with Destiny
Byline: RICHARD HELLER I HAVE had sleepless nights about next Wednesday, February 2. A date of singular portent. What is so special about it? Write it in conventional calendar numbers. 2-2-2000. They are all even. And what are the odds...
Its Time to Share Again as Touts Are Sent Packing
Byline: STEPHEN KILLICK TIMESHARE firms are shaking off their troubled image as new laws force out the worst sales touts. EC rules on timeshare selling, long adopted by most of the 15 member countries, have at last been put into effect by Spain,...
It's Your Funeral
Byline: JANE SHILLING Having survived serious illness, novelist Angela Lambert lives for the moment and wants others to choose if she's 'burned or buried' Although I became preoccupied with death for a while as a moody teenager in the late Fifties,...
I Want to Become Jewish, Catherine Reveals; Actress to Take Douglas's Faith before Marrying
Byline: CAROLINE GRAHAM FILM star Catherine Zeta Jones is considering converting to Judaism before her wedding to film star Michael Douglas, friends have revealed. The Welsh-born actress, who is three months' pregnant, has become 'fascinated'...
Joke Mail
How many pointed ears does Mr Spock have? Three: a left ear, a right ear and a final frontier. There was a monastery perched high on a cliff where the monks and tourists could only get in and out by being pulled up and down in a basket suspended...
Kelly Targeted in Leeds Backlash; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: DAVID WALKER GARY KELLY'S home in Leeds has been vandalised in the wake of the Lee Bowyer-Jonathon Woodgate case. The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international was horrified to discover his home in east Leeds had been singled out...
Lawyers Are Driving Our Hogan Hotel out of Bounds
Byline: JAMES ROUGVIE THROUGHOUT the sporting world, the name of Ben Hogan has long been linked to the famous golf course at Carnoustie. Ever since the legendary American professional threaded a series of perfect drives through the bunkers to...
L-Drivers on Spain's Winter Greens. . . Brian James Joins a School in the Sun to Iron out His Golf Game
Byline: BRIAN JAMES NOW is the time of year when that common British species, the Greater Crestfallen Golfer, wishes he had flown south with the migratory birds. That north wind makes the eyes water until it is like trying to strike a ball at...
Learn the Lessons and Its Your Title, England; England S Former Grand Slam Captain on Why He Hopes That History Can Repeat Itself
Byline: WILL CARLING CLIVE WOODWARD knows I think he is the wrong man to be coaching England but I'll tell him this - there's no reason why his side cannot become the first Six Nations champions. The tournament promises to be as open as a I can...
Let Me Back into Britain Pleads Child Killer Doctor
Byline: JASON LEWIS A JORDANIAN-born doctor who was deported from Britain after murdering three children in a frenzied knife attack at the hospital where he worked has applied to be allowed back into the UK. Schizophrenic Ahmad Alami's initial...
Lewis Set for $50M Farewell Pay-Day
Byline: KEVIN BRENNAN LENNOX Lewis could be set to earn $50million from just three fights in the next 12 months. By far the biggest pay-day would be a projected clash with Mike Tyson which could earn Britain's undisputed world heavyweight champion...
Location, Location; Toy Story 2
THE SCENE In this sequence, Buzz Lightyear leads the other characters from the original Toy Story_ Mr Potato Head, Hamm, Rex and Slinky Dog - in a bid to rescue Woody from a toy collector who has stolen him. Later, they come to his aid again to...
Make a New Piece; Scots Must Try to Reach the Heights Now There Are
Byline: IWAN TUKALO THE launch of a new championship campaign is always special; the blood races and the imagination is set soaring by the possibilities, the uncertainties, the hopes of great deeds and the chance to make a bit of history. International...
Mandelson's Peace Blast at Adams
Byline: SIMON WALTERS ULSTER Secretary Peter Mandelson has blamed Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for bringing the peace process to the brink of collapse. Mr Mandelson is on the brink of suspending the Northern Ireland Executive after just two months...
MIND GAMES; Celtic Place Dallas under Microscope
Byline: FRASER MACKIE RELATIONS between Celtic and Scottish fooball's refereeing fraternity sunk to all-time low last night as the club's chief executive, Allan Mac-Donald, made a series of astonishing allegations against Hugh Dallas. MacDonald...
Multi-Fund Isas Spread the Risks; but Double Charges Take Shine off Schemes That Let Investors Switch Plans
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT AFTER years of providing strong returns on tax-free equity plans, fund managers Perpetual, M&G and Schroder are among the big names delivering patchy performance. But the complicated rules for Isas, the successor to...
My Day as a Castaway
Byline: FIDELMA COOK BLASTED by 100mph winds and horizontal rain, the volunteers of the BBC's fly-on-the-wall series Castaway 2000 tried to put on a brave face as we met them on the storm-lashed Scottish island they intend to call home for a year....
My Life Changed When I Saw That Sea of Red; Wales' Own All Black Reveals Why He Views the Six Nations Opener as Any Other Game
Byline: IAN STAFFORD ONE year on, Shane Howarth still shakes his head at the memory of his first taste of Five Nations rugby. 'I got too caught up in the passion, pride and fervour,' he admitted. 'It resulted in my worst game in a Welsh jersey....
Neeeyaoow.!
MY EYES are bleary, the curtains are still drawn, telephone messages go unanswered, I need a shave and milk bottles are accumulating on the doorstep. In reality, I haven't left the house for days. But in virtual reality I have been racing and...
Neeeyaoow.! Russell Bray Revs Up 600 of the Worlds Fastest Cars ...in His Own Living Room
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY MY EYES are bleary, the curtains are still drawn, telephone messages go unanswered, I need a shave and milk bottles are accumulating on the doorstep. In reality, I haven't left the house for days. But in virtual reality...
New Blair Cronyism Row as Peers Fail to Turn Up to Vote
Byline: SIMON WALTERS LABOUR faced a new row over 'Tony's cronies' last night after it was revealed that several Party supporters given peerages are not bothering to turn up for House of Lords votes. Angry Party chiefs are now demanding guarantees...
New Labels Boost for Crisis-Hit Pig Farms; British Farmers Lose around [Pounds Sterling]16 on Each Pig
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE;THOMAS PENNY AGRICULTURE Minister Nick Brown will give a boost to Britain's beleaguered pig farmers this week by announcing more accurate labelling on pork in shops and supermarkets. The move follows intense pressure...
No More Cash Help, Blair Tells Farmers
Byline: SIMON WALTERS PRIME Minister Tony Blair will spark off a rerun of the North-South divide row this week when he tells country folk they have never had it so good. He is set to enrage farmers when he addresses them at the National Farmers'...
Old Plot Gets a New Twist and Suspense in Spades
Byline: SIMON BRETT Void Moon by Michael Connelly Orion [pounds sterling]16.99 % [pounds sterling]12.99 **** Void Moon is a variation of an old plot - a small-time thief mistakenly steals Mafia millions - but it is a beautifully engineered variation....
Only Way Was Up for Agassi
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY ON Christmas Eve, Andre Agassi could be found assaulting a sandhill on the edge of the Las Vegas desert. Agassi calls it Magic Mountain. But, in truth, there is no magic to the renaissance of a man who has put the romance...
On the Trail of Butch and Sundance; Victoria Hislop Saddles Up to Explore the Wilds of Chilean Patagonia Where the Legendary Outlaws Tried to Go Straight
Byline: VICTORIA HISLOP THEY were the quintessential outlaws - cowboys and bank robbers who journeyed thousands of miles on horseback to stay one step ahead of the law. But for a brief period in their lives, as I discovered, Butch Cassidy and...
Paperbacks
Byline: SIMON SHAW The Trouble With Tigers, by Victor Mallet Harper Collins [pounds sterling]8.99 % [pounds sterling]5.99 **** A fascinating account of the circumstances which led to the collapse of the so-called tiger economies of South-East...
Passion Flowers for a Valentine; Charlie Dimmock Shows How to Turn a Humble Pot Plant into a Romantic Gift
Byline: CHARLIE DIMMOCK ROMANTIC, girlie stuff is not usually my thing, but Valentine's Day is different. Winter is almost over, things are starting to look up and you know that spring is not far away. Everyone is ready for a treat and Valentine's...
Pay Care Costs and Keep the House; Letting Can Avoid the Anguish of Selling Up
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT SELLING the house to pay nursing home fees often seems the only choice when an elderly homeowner has to go into long-term care. But letting the property is also an option. The rent pays the care costs, or it can buy an...
Perry Pinning His Hopes on the Brat Pack
Byline: IAN STAFFORD THE whistle had blown to end the quarterfinal - and England's World Cup dreams. A shattered squad sat silently in the bowels of the Stade de France in Paris before a lone voice piped up. 'Just remember what this feels like,'...
Pinky and Perky Are Back to Hog the Limelight
Byline: MICHELE MARTIN THEIR television shows ended in 1973 and, last heard of, they were enjoying a well-earned retirement in the Bahamas. But in a world where virtually everything comes back into fashion, the lovable pink piglets Pinky and...
[Pounds Sterling]2,000 Awards for Student High-Flyers
AT each of the Your Future in Business, Information Technology and Science and Technology seminars, Springboard Student Services will present a highflying student with a special High Flyers Award. It consists of [pounds sterling]2,000 to put towards...
[Pounds Sterling]400m Last Minute Goal
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER THE formidable strikeforce of Old Etonian Brent Hoberman, 31, and Martha Lane Fox, 26, of lastminute.com, is set to join the big league of internet players with a flotation this spring on the London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq...
Questions of Cash
Byline: TONY HETHERINGTON This week, Tony Hetherington looks at two firms facing big questions over their franchise operations J. W. writes: I am an avid reader of your column. I am sending you details of two business opportunities I have received...
Rates Head Up as Euro Slips to 60p
Byline: MATTHEW FLETCHER FINANCIAL markets are braced for a triple whammy of interest rate rises in the US, Europe and Britain over the next fortnight. The US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank meet this week to decide how far to raise...
Real Dark Forces Behind Section 28
THE campaign against those fighting to retain Section 28 as the best protection for their children at school is beginning to take on a pernicious tone. The supporters of repealing the law that prevents the promotion of homosexuality in the classroom...