The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from July 15, 2001

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A Bit of Respect, Tony, Then They'll Bow and Scrape
Byline: PETER DOBBIE I RELATE the story of a businessman who was invited to a lunch and found himself seated next to the Aga Khan. This gentleman is an ebullient sort, neither short of opinions nor easily daunted. But he described how, at first,...
A Breath of Fresh Eire Helps Mickelson Relax as 'Nearly Man' Bids to Clear His Major Hurdle
Byline: PETER HIGGS PHIL MICKELSON smiled but politely declined the caddiemaster's offer of a free shot after sending his opening drive spiralling into the rough at Ballybunion's testing first hole. Mickelson's response to the courteous 'will...
A Comedy with One Problem - It's Not Funny
Byline: SIMON GARFIELD I Think I've Got A Problem Radio 4, Wednesday ** Linda Smith's A Brief History Of Timewasting Radio 4, Thursday Radio **** I Think I've Got A Problem was more than just a new late-night comedy with Suggs and Bob Monkhouse...
A Comedy with One Problem - It's Not Funny; REVIEW
Byline: SIMON GARFIELD I Think I've Got A Problem Radio 4, Wednesday** Linda Smith's A Brief History Of Timewasting Radio 4, Thursday **** I Think I've Got A Problem was more than just a new late-night comedy with Suggs and Bob Monkhouse...
Advocaat Envious of Madrid's Millions but Happy to Succeed on the Rangers 'Shoestring'
Byline: FRASER MACKIE IF DICK ADVOCAAT'S mind were controlled by his wallet, he could have been sharing a city with Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo by now. Atletico Madrid would probably not have suffered relegation either had the Dutchman been...
A Failure but the Captain Is Still in Credit
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS A failure but the captain is still in credit IN weeks to come, when his wounds have healed and his sense of devastation has abated, Martin Johnson will realise just what he achieved in Stadium Australia last night. By...
Agony of the Lions
Byline: IAN STAFFORD LIONS captain Martin Johnson, dejected and close to tears, surveyed the wreckage of defeat in the third and deciding Test against Australia here and admitted: 'It's our fault. It's as simple as that.' While a storm broke over...
All That Jazz; ROOTS
Byline: ROSE SHEPHERD JACQUELINE DANKWORTH's childhood was steeped in the music of her famous mother, Cleo Laine. Now the pair sing together on stage My mum, the singer Cleo Laine, was working on stage during the time she was expecting me, so...
A Majority Verdict on CANNABIS AND THE LAW; Policy Shift Leaving Dealers Free to Trade, Says Former Customs Chief
Byline: MARCELLO MEGA MAJOR drugs smugglers are escaping justice because of a softening of the Government's policy on cannabis, senior customs and excise investigators claimed last night. Customs officers claim they are being starved of the cash...
And the Cow Jumped over the Cliff (or How the Navy Rescued Daisy in a Moo-Ving Cliffhanger)
Byline: INDIRA DAS-GUPTA IF SHE'D paid more attention to the date, she might not have walked off the edge of a cliff. But then, the lady in question is a half-ton heifer, so perhaps one can forgive her for not realising the significance of Friday...
Angry Duke Tells Andrew 'You're Lazy and Selfish'
THE Duke of Edinburgh has finally lost patience with Prince Andrew's playboy lifestyle. In an astonishing outburst Prince Philip branded his son 'lazy and selfish' and accused him of 'lounging around'. The dressing-down came during a week in...
Asterix, the Gauls' Favourite Day out; TRAVEL MAIL
Byline: GILES MILTON MY family was keen on a trip to Parc Asterix - the 100 per cent French theme park where all self-respecting Parisians take their children in the school holidays. I had niggling doubts. Wasn't Asterix a bit dated? This comic...
A Tragedy- and Macbeth; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID MELLOR Kirov Opera Royal Opera House, London Un Ballo In Maschera** Macbeth**** After last summer's triumphant season of epic Russian operas, it was perhaps too much to expect that the Kirov's ambitious Verdi fortnight...
Barrister Falls for Father Who Hired a 'Wife' to Take on Holiday; We Had a Fling at the Resort in Turkey and Now My Marriage Is over, Says Lawyer
Byline: JO KNOWSLEY THE father who advertised for a woman to go away with him and his three boys on a holiday to Turkey has set up home with a barrister he met on the trip. Terry Holt has fallen in love with Deborah Morris, 46, a criminal defence...
Battered Limbs and Bruised Hearts as Patched-Up Lions Fall at the Last
Byline: IAN STAFFORD IN the end, when the Lions had given their all to no avail, they sank to their knees in despair and exhaustion. Some cried openly, others just stared down at the turf. And captain Martin Johnson, who had stood so tall throughout...
Better by Smiles. It Suffered Untold Misery in the Vietnam War, but Now Laos and Its Ever-Cheerful People Are Bracing Themselves for a Tourist Bombardment Should I Eat the Live Frogs or Ant's Eggs?
Byline: JOSCELINE DIMBLEBY HAVE travelled all my life but never before have I been in a country where the principal characteristic of the people seems to be their smile. This is Laos, a land of ethnically diverse inhabitants but where gentle,...
Blast from the Past for Twiggy's Ex
Byline: NIGEL DEMPSTER HE was the man who created Twiggy - and was her lover and manager for years. But the Swinging Sixties icon has banned the once-philandering Justin de Villeneuve from taking part in a TV programme on her life. Next month,...
Bob Can Sink like a Rolling Stone. Review
Byline: DAVID BENNUN BOB DYLAN Liverpool Summer Pops Festival **** David Axelrod David Axelrod MoWax *** As lotteries go, the Bob Dylan Sweepstake demands high prices for its tickets, but offers pretty good odds on a win: one chance...
Bosman's Legacy Leaves Kerr on the Breadline
Byline: JIM BLACK IN THE week that Zinedine Zidane moved from Juventus to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of [pound]46million, Dylan Kerr feels he is a prime example of football's new age, where the rich become considerably richer and...
Bosses Still Lagging over Stakeholder; Survey Shock as Deadline Nears for Firms to Start New Pension Scheme
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK TIME is running out for bosses who are slacking over stakeholder pensions. They have less than three months to comply with new rules on helping workers to start retirement plans. By October 8, tens of thousands of firms...
Bowled over; He Is as Famed for His Arrogance and Aggression as for His Cricket. but, in a Rare Interview, Dominic Cork Tells Andrew Preston That He's a Changed Man, and It's Thanks to His New Wife
Byline: ANDREW PRESTON If you believe what you read about cricketer Dominic Cork, then he is a surly, aggressive, petulant, egotistical troublemaker. He is also, according to that famous shrinking violet Geoffrey Boycott, a prima donna. Cork...
Byers Fudges Big Chance to Rebuild Rail
Byline: MATTHEW FLETCHER TRANSPORT Secretary Stephen Byers is poised to sideline ambitious plans to revamp the creaking railway system because of a lack of Government money. Financial pressures mean he is preparing to extend train operators'...
Caught on Film: Revenge of a Speed Camera Gang
Byline: CHESTER STERN IN the dead of night, a torch-wielding masked man prepares to take revenge on the motorist's new object of hate . . . the speed camera. And the dramatic pictures show just how far the vandals are prepared to go to halt their...
Chambers Sees off the Wonder Boy in Sprint Showdown
Byline: ROB DRAPER DWAIN CHAMBERS stormed to a sensational 100metres win at the World Championship trials yesterday, running the fastest time ever by Briton in this country. Chambers, who had earlier had to endure a farcical semi-final, saw off...
Cheapest Deal Is Rarely the Best
CRITICAL illness cover has been one of the big growth areas in insurance over the past decade. It is the insurance salesman's 'new' life insurance. It is sold heavily on the strength of statistics that show that people are five times more likely...
Child Death Toll in Heart Scandal 'Is Really 150'; Official Inquiry to Reveal Full Extent of Tragedy
Byline: RACHEL ELLIS ONE hundred and fifty children died at the hands of doctors involved in the Bristol heart surgery scandal, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. A damning Government report will show this week that the total number of children to...
Children Aged 11 to Choose Own Teachers
CHILDREN as young as 11 are to take part in selecting a new secondary school's teaching staff. But the scheme has been condemned by the National Union of Teachers as 'inappropriate and degrading'. The selection of the entire staff, from the deputy...
Clearly Inspired; REVIEW
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER Rachel Whiteread Serpentine Picture Gallery, London **** Trafalgar Square, London ***** Rachel Whiteread has slowly amassed a reputation as the most serious and ambitious of young British artists while doing, seemingly,...
Community Thieving, a New Weapon for the Police
Byline: RICHARD HELLER 'I CARRY a flask of alcohol,' said the late, great WC Fields, 'in case I see a snake. I also carry a snake.' With the same faultlessly circular logic, West Midlands police are financing a local project in Sandwell to put more...
Counting on the Banks - MIDAS; after Lloyds-Abbey Flop, Deals outside the Big Four Could Open Way to Profits
Byline: ANDREW LEACH THE Government's decision to block Lloyds TSB's planned takeover of Abbey National has extinguished hopes of a major shake-up in the banking sector, but there are still opportunities for investors. Trade Secretary Patricia...
Daddy Dearest; Television Presenter Ivana Horvat Has a Very Personal Reason for Wanting to Succeed - to Show Her Abusive Father That He Failed to Ruin Her Life
Byline: LINA DAS With Ivana Horvat's impeccable grade-A babe credentials, it is no surprise that she finds herself presenting the Channel 5 show business gossip show Exclusive. It is her first experience of talking to camera and, in the manner of...
Delays You Can Predict
DELAYS are a hazard of holiday charter flights - but are they a built-in factor? It's a question reader Brian Stansfield has reason to ask. For some weeks before his trip with Panorama to Tunisia he checked on Ceefax the performance of his Sunday...
'Designer' Baby to Save Boy with Blood Disorder
Byline: RACHEL ELLIS A BRITISH fertility doctor has stepped in to help a couple create a specially designed baby who could save the life of their two year-old son. Zain Hashmi was born with a rare genetic blood disorder called beta thalassaemia...
Downhill to Happiness; Executives Seek the Rewards of Work Satisfaction
Byline: ANDREW MOODY HIGH-flying professionals are walking out on six-figure salaries and 'downsizing' to new careers that reward them with happiness rather than riches. Top executives following the trend include fund manager Nicola Ralston and...
Duke Turned Air Blue with Blazing Attack on Andrew as Queen Sipped Tea
Byline: MARK AITKEN THE Duke of Edinburgh has finally lost patience with Prince Andrew's playboy lifestyle. In an astonishing outburst Prince Philip branded his son 'lazy and selfish' and accused him of 'lounging around'. The dressing-down...
Economy Faces a Double Threat; 'Stagflation' Scourge of the Seventies Could Return
Byline: DAN ATKINSON KEY economic figures due this week will raise the 20-year-old spectre of 'stagflation' - rising prices combined with lengthening dole queues. Inflation statistics on Tuesday will underline recent upward pressure on the cost...
Feeding Cash to the Stock Market Wolves; THE PUBGOERS' PORTFOLIO
Byline: TOBY WALNE Financial Mail's Toby Walne set up an investment club in his local pub with three former university friends in May. Last week, the Bradford Old Boys In Vestments Club looked back in sadness at how poorly its investments in the...
Finance Watchdog Draws Blood - and That's No Joke; LOGGING ON
Byline: STEPHEN MCDOWELL AS most people know, the financial services industry is watched over by a regulator called, oddly, the Financial Services Authority. Its remit is to protect the consumer by overseeing financial companies that try to sell...
Flooded with Cash; Record Year for British Waterways as Income Hits [Pound]200m
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM A DRAMATIC rise in commercial revenues means that British Waterways is less reliant on Government funds than at any time since the Second World War, Parliament will be told this week. Dr Dave Fletcher, chief executive...
Frail Snowdon Forced to Take to a Wheelchair; Princess Margaret's Ex-Husband Has to Be Pushed around Museum by His Young Companion
Byline: FIONA BARTON THE growing frailty of Lord Snowdon was revealed yesterday as he appeared for the first time in a wheelchair. Princess Margaret's former husband, now 71, has walked with the aid of a stick for many years - the legacy of boyhood...
Fraud Team to Quiz Son of Independent Boss Bright; Probe into Why This Man Was Given Key Post Weeks before Insurer's Crash
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK INVESTIGATORS from the Serious Fraud Office are to question the son of Independent Insurance founder and chief executive Michael Bright over the circumstances surrounding the company's collapse. Just weeks before the company...
Frozen Keanu Fails to Warm Up November; REVIEW
Byline: MATTHEW BOND Sweet November Director: Pat O'Connor Starring: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron Cert: 12 Running time: 2hrs ** The Ladies Man Director: Reginald Hudlin Starring: Tim Meadows Cert: 15 Running time: 1hr 26mins * Possible Worlds...
Fury at Clawback Fiasco; Computer Blunder Leaves Canada Life Customers in Dark over Investments
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK A HUGE computer blunder by insurer Canada Life has left 3,000 customers confused about how much their investments are worth. After six months' uncertainty, the company is clawing back overpayments - wiping hundreds of pounds...
Gene Discovery Hope for Breast Cancer Victims
SCIENTISTS have made a breakthrough in the fight against breast cancer which could revolutionise the way women with the disease are treated. Using genetic technology, they have pinpointed four types of breast cancer previously undetectable under...
Gio Backs Old Boss to Answer His Critics
Byline: FRASER MACKIE ARSENAL new boy Giovanni van Bronckhorst has backed the man who made him a winner and an [pound]8.5million player to answer his critics in style this season. The Dutch midfielder admits he is indebted to Dick Advocaat for...
Give Me the Right Horse and I'll Rule the World
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY EMILE FAURIE is Britain's best dressage horseman and highly respected on the Continent. With good fortune and the right horse, he could rule the world. Yet, he admits that outside the dressage world he is viewed with a...
Golden Goosen Egged on by Rivals
Byline: PETER HIGGS THE praise for Retief Goosen could come no higher last night as the newly crowned US Open champion prepared to walk off with his second title in three events. Describing the 32-year-old South African as 'unstoppable', Colin...
Grade Wants Top BBC Job
Byline: MICHELE MARTIN MEDIA impresario Michael Grade, the man once dubbed Channel 4's 'Pornographer-in-Chief', has applied to become the new chairman of the BBC. Mr Grade has written to Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell asking to be considered...
Gun Laws 'Fail to Protect the Public'
Byline: CHESTER STERN;MARK AITKEN BRITAIN is in the grip of a terrifying gun culture which is spiralling out of control - in spite of new laws designed to crackdown on criminal shootings since the Dunblane tragedy. Handguns were banned three...
GUN POLICE ON STRIKE; Elite Unit Refuses to Use Weapons for Four Months
Byline: CHESTER STERN SIX of Scotland Yard's top police marksmen are refusing to carry their guns because of a bitter dispute over the way the law and their bosses are failing to protect them. All 40 of their colleagues are threatening to join...
Henrik's First of Many
Byline: RODDY THOMSON QPR 0 Celtic 2 HENRIK LARSSON took his goal tally for the season to one yesterday, with his first touch in open play as the Swedish superstar celebrated his new [pound]35,000-per-week deal in time-honoured fashion. It...
Hey!that Mekon Is No Alien-He's Just Differently-Worlded
Byline: DAVID THOMAS Millions of schoolboys grew up on Dan Dare, the legendary British spaceman. Devised as the star of Eagle comic by vicar Marcus Morris, he made his public debut on April 14, 1950. He was an overnight sensation and stayed at the...
How a Stand-In Lawyer Left Me a Loser in Court; [Pound]egal Matters
Byline: FENTON BRESLER A weekly column on the legal aspects of money and problems you can have with it, by FENTON BRESLER K. N. writes: During my recent divorce, my wife and her solicitor were slow in meeting court deadlines, which meant that...
How the Smartest Holiday Money Abroad Is on Plastic; Use Credit Cards to Win in the Great Currency Exchange Game
Byline: FRED MAWER YOU may be able to make your holiday spending money go much further this summer if you use your credit or debit cards. But, as FRED MAWER explains, it depends on what cards you have in your wallet, as some companies impose higher...
How They Lynched the Truth about the 'Telfordtwo'
Byline: SARAH OLIVER Sarah Oliver reveals how a tragic tale of depression and suicide was twisted into a campaign that claimed racist killers were on the rampage in a small town - and the police were doing nothing The truth, when it came, was...
How to Make With-Profits a Real Winner
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE EVERYONE in the life insurance industry and in the murky world of financial advice should read the results of our reader survey on with-profits investments in our four-page special this week. Some have accused Financial...
I Believed in Polygamy until the Day That My Husband Said God Wanted Him to Have Sex with My 13-Year-Old Daughter
Byline: SUSAN HEMMINGS Somewhere along the dusty road from eastern Utah to Salt Lake City, Beth Cook began to feel nervous. It was a long drive, almost four hours in the 100F heat from her trailer home in the red rock desert to the city of gleaming...
I Felt There Was No Greater Duty Than to End My Alison's Agony
Byline: DEREK BATEMAN FROM diagnosis to death took 15 months. I will always remember our millennium New Year party only a month before Alison's cancer was confirmed. December 31, 1999, was a wild night, filled with music and wine, and destined...
If the Smug Elite Won't Fight for Our Poor, Then Evil Forces Will
Byline: PETER HITCHENS BRITAIN is starting to look unpleasantly like pre-Hitler Germany, but the elite - like Germany's then - does not care and has no clue about what to do when trouble comes. Dismal Home Secretary David Blunkett responds to...
I KNOW I'VE SPLIT WITH CJ BUT IN MY EYES HE IS INNOCENT; Sprint Queen Marion Jones Sticks by Her Husband over Drugs charge,EXCLUSIVE
Byline: ROB DRAPER MARION JONES beamed her familiar winning smile throughout the Olympic Games in Sydney last year. She had every right, having entered the annals of Olympic history with three gold and two bronze medals. It should have been...
I'll Never Forgive West Ham for the Callous Way They Dumped My Dad
Byline: ALEX MONTGOMERY THE anger is no longer as intense as it was but Frank Lampard is not about to make his peace with West Ham. Lampard can remember every excruciating detail of the moment he was told his dad, Frank Snr, and uncle, Harry...
In a Table Relationship; REVIEW
Byline: JACI STEPHEN Table 12 Settling Up, BBC2, Thursday *** Magdalena, BBC2, Friday ***** The Office BBC2, Monday ** McCready And Daughter BBC1, Thursday *** Real Crime: Who Killed The Pageant Queen? ITV, Wednesday ** Many relationships...
It's Formula Fun. the Ultimate White Knuckle Ride - a Grand Prix Car with Passenger seats,TRAVEL MAIL
Byline: SIMON HEPTINSTALL AS the Formula One cars screech around Silverstone in the British Grand Prix this afternoon, millions of armchair fans will be cheering them on - and trying to imagine what it's like behind the wheel. Several organisations...
It's like Viduka All over Again as Balde Fails to Turn Up
Byline: RODDY THOMSON;FRASER MACKIE BOBO BALDE brought back echoes of Mark Viduka yesterday as he failed to make an unheralded appearance in London, where Martin O'Neill had planned he would watch his new Celtic team-mates for the first time. ...
It's Your Funeral. No Expense Will Be Spared for Novelist Frank Delaney's Funeral. He Wants the Biggest Sendoff Ireland Has Ever Seen
Byline: SUE CORRIGAN I've seen a lot of death because I used to be a BBC reporter in Northern Ireland. Walking into the aftermath of a bomb explosion showed me how expendable we all are. I think many of us have a tendency to think we're immortal...
Jeans Makers Start to Patch Up Sales
Byline: RACHEL UNSWORTH AFTER a serious shrinkage problem in the Nineties, the jeans market has started to pull itself up. Between 1995 and 1999, the number of pairs sold in Britain fell from 47 million to 33 million. Some analysts blamed the...
Jennifer Said: 'I Have Something to Tell You. I've Found Someone Else.It's My Brother'; EXCLUSIVES
Byline: ANDREW CHAPMAN WERE there ever any doubt why mother-of-two Jennifer Grant fell so hopelessly in love with her long-lost adopted brother John Shannon, then the two pictures here must surely provide the biggest clue of all. One shows a...
Levy's out of the Shadows; BLACK DOG
JACK Straw's promotion to Foreign Secretary in the post-election reshuffle was the crowning point of his political career. But less than six weeks later, a politician with far more intimate links with Tony Blair has moved into the Foreign Office....
Listening to My Accountant Cost Me Half of My Money; ASK THE EXPERTS
Byline: ABIGAIL MONTROSE A. P. writes: My accountant advised me to invest in an Isa last year. After I said my attitude to risk was low, he recommended Invesco's GT European Growth and European Smaller Companies funds. These have nearly halved...
Lockerbie Orphan's Legacy of Love
Byline: MATTHEW KNOWLES Man who lost both his parents and sister in bombing wills [pound]1.5m to his son, 3 WITH his hazel eyes, cheeky smile and mop of ginger hair, Luke Flannigan is like any other toddler. Devoted to his mother, he enjoys nothing...
LS Lowry's Matchstick Men Redraw the Records; COLLECTING
Byline: LORNE SPICER WITH the march of L. S.Lowry's celebrated matchstick men showing no sign of faltering, bidding is expected to be fierce at a sale of the artist's work on Tuesday. The auction offers Lowry fans a rare double opportunity. As...
Man in Driving Test Scam Is Employed by Home Office
Byline: JASON LEWIS THE mysterious Arab behind the sale of driving test pass certificates to asylum-seekers and foreign students is an official translator working for the police and the Home Office. 'Rajab', who, we revealed last week, was selling...
Marconi Is Circled by $350-an-Hour US Legal 'Vultures'
Byline: GRAEME BEATON THE Fourth of July was a wonderful day for the American lawyers who like to portray themselves as Robin Hoods, but are widely despised as vultures. They had the day off to enjoy the traditional Independence Day barbecue...
Marconi's Board and Weinstock Set for War
Byline: RUSSELL HOTTEN;TOM MCGHIE LORD Weinstock, former boss of Marconi, will this week step up his campaign to oust the board of the crisis-hit telecoms company. The move comes amid disclosures that Marconi has formally begun the search to...
Mickelson Mission; the Nearly Man Knows It's Time to Get Serious in Quest for His First Major
Byline: PETER HIGGS PHIL MICKELSON smiled but politely declined the caddiemaster's offer of a free shot after sending his drive spiralling into the rough at Ballybunion's testing first hole. Mickelson's response to the courteous 'will you be...
Milton's Golden Age; Old-Timer Sets the Pace with No-Hopers
Byline: JONATHAN POWELL THE clock on the ancient blue horsebox registers in excess of 930,000 miles and is increasing at the rate of 2,000 most weeks. Soon, the genial old man behind the wheel will take delivery of a new lorry. 'I try to make...
Minority of Scots in Favour of Drug Being Legalised
Byline: MATTHEW KNOWLES THE majority of Scots are firmly against cannabis being legalised, a poll conducted for TheScottish MailonSundayhas revealed. Only a third of people questioned in our Scotland-wide survey said that they would like to see...
MoD Plans to Block Wind Farm Projects
Byline: TOM MCGHIE THE Government's plans to develop a [pound]1.6 billion wind energy industry may be frustrated by the Ministry of Defence, Financial Mail can reveal. The MoD is expected to object to almost half the 18 offshore wind farms that...
Mols' Misery Stirs; Ibrox Striker's Long Journey Back Reminds Overmars of His Own Pain
Byline: FRASER MACKIE Michael Mols was playing the game of his life for Rangers when, in avoiding trampling on Oliver Kahn with his studs, his left leg landed awkwardly on the ground. His knee ligaments were ruptured and, while no-one in Munich...
Monty in Bid to Beat the Clock
Byline: PETER HIGGS COLIN MONTGOMERIE may not be ready to concede his chances of ever winning a major championship, but he knows that the clock is ticking. By his own admission he has no more than six years left to chase the elusive prize, which...
Mutiny on Flight XN9169; Hold Tight! This Is Your Captain Speaking: I've Made Three Unsuccessful Attempts to Land at Newcastle, So Now I Am Going to Try My Luck at Manchester
Byline: IAN CROSS TERRIFIED passengers told last night of their ordeal when the pilot of their holiday flight was forced to abort three attempted landings. The incident, at Newcastle Airport, hit the headlines last week but only last night was...
My Affair with Billie, and How I Know She Can't Handle the Chris Evans Booze Sessions; the Actor Ex-Boyfriend of Teen Pop Bride Billie Piper Tells of Their Fling and His Fears over Her New Wild Lifestyle
Byline: SHARON FEINSTEIN AT THAT moment Danny Dyer knew Billie Piper was lost to him. The two had enjoyed a brief but passionate affair last year until Danny, fast building a reputation as one of the country's most talented young actors, had...
Nasser: One More Break and I'm Out
Byline: PETER HAYTER ENGLAND captain Nasser Hussain fears his playing career could soon be over if he suffers a repetition of the finger injuries that have dogged him for the past three seasons. Hussain, ruled out of the second Ashes Test this...
No Hiding Place for Lord of the Bootlegged Booze; Court Thanks Mail on Sunday as Top Smuggler Is Tracked Down
Byline: ALUN REES BRITAIN'S most audacious smuggler is behind bars - after The Mail on Sunday found his hideaway and tipped off the authorities. For more than two months Samuel Lord had been one of the most wanted men on the lists of Customs...
No Kidding, It's Brilliant
Byline: KENNETH SPEIRS Market Forces/Oliver's Army Theatre Royal, Glasgow **** Alice in Wonderland Theatre MacRobert Art Center, Stirling ***** HOW clever of Scottish Opera to offer young people an antidote to our soaking summers. For the...
Not a ...V but a W; MOTORING
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY A revolutionary new engine has transformed Volkswagen's prim and proper Passat into the W8, a rip-roaring rival to the Jag A revolutionary new engine has transformed Volkswagen's prim and proper Passat into the W8, a rip-roaring...
Now Beijing Has Seven Years to Build a Society Fit for the Games
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS AFTER years of threats and arm-twisting, Juan Antonio Samaranch has delivered the Olympics to Beijing. This time there was no mistake, unlike the miscalculation which saw them misrouted to Sydney. Samaranch now believes...
Now It's Fight for Survival, Says Thorpe
Byline: PETER HAYTER GRAHAM THORPE admitted yesterday that he would be relying on 'survival instincts' to get him through the second Ashes Test at Lord's this week. England's best batsman was a reluctant spectator at Surrey's 47-run victory over...
Now Two Jags Has Got a Butler,too; Sanjay the Suite-Wallah Attended to the Deputy PM's Every Request - Including a Massage Chair and a Cointreau before Bed,if SHAUN WOODWARD HAS ONE,WHY SHOULDN'T THE CHAMPION OF THE WORKING CLASSES?
Byline: JONATHAN OLIVER;HELEN ROWE IT began with the millionaire Tory defector Shaun Woodward. Now the appeal of the services of a butler has spread to that stalwart of traditional Labour values, John Prescott. The Deputy Prime Minister, and...
Obedient Servants? Yes, but Not Ours
WE LIKE to imagine our MPs are at Westminster to represent our views to the Government. We like to believe they are independent spirits who think constantly of the country and its welfare. This may once have been so, but it is now a sad illusion. ...
PC Sell-Off Makes Compel Worth a Look for the Brave
Byline: MIDAS INFORMATION technology services company Compel Group has had a chequered recent history, but the worst seems to be behind it and it could prove attractive to speculative investors. A couple of profits warnings last year culminated...
Playing at Hippy Families; ALSO SHOWING,REVIEW
Byline: JASON SOLOMONS Which would you have gone for: Marxist-Leninist discourse or sexual intercourse? That was the choice in Stockholm in 1975, the setting for Lukas Moodysson's lovely film Together (15) **** (subtitles). In the genteel...
Pole Position for Preece in No.1 Slot Race
Byline: SCOTT DAVIE DAVID PREECE is determined to end Aberdeen's three-game tour to Denmark as Ebbe Skovdahl's first-choice goalkeeper for the season opener at home to Rangers to end a frustrating first two years at Pittodrie. The Englishman...
Poor, Proud - and Beautiful with It; Nicholas Parsons Finds a Wealth of Treasures amid Cuba's Poverty
HAVANA is unforgettable, from the fading grandeur of its magnificent colonial build-to the absence of traffic. ings In a city of two and a half million inhabitants, the largest in the Caribbean, there is not a traffic jam in sight. What traffic...
Portillo Admits: I Might Not Make Final Round
Byline: SIMON WALTERS MICHAEL Portillo last night admitted that his dream of becoming Tory leader may be over in two days. He conceded for the first time that he may not make it to the final round of the battle to succeed William Hague He forecast...
[Pound]1/4mspent on Inquiry into Punch by Prescott
Byline: ANDREW CHAPMAN DETECTIVES investigating the politically embarrassing brawl between Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and a protester have been accused of wasting hundreds of manhours and an estimated [pound]250,000 on the inquiry. Two...
[Pound]1.8bn Fortune for the Pet Food Fat Cats
Byline: SIMON WATKINS JUST when we thought Britain could not get any crazier about animals, it has. Pets are now fashion accessories for celebrities such as former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, who is rarely seen without her beloved shih-tzu dog,...
Pull Up an Armchair If You're Looking for Work
Byline: NATASHA MUKTARSINGH INTERACTIVE television is becoming a popular way to find work. With almost one in three households now using digital TV, many are discovering that it offers a quick and comfortable way to go job-hunting. Marcia Roberts,...
Racing towards 70, the Grandfather in Lotus's Driving Seat; from Polo to Opera, Terry Playle Has Done It All. Now He Faces His Biggest Challenge
Byline: MATTHEW FLETCHER WHILE most men aged 69 are enjoying a leisurely retirement, new Group Lotus chief executive Terry Playle is immersed in one of the toughest challenges of his long career - steering the sports car company out of the doldrums....
Recovery Programme; Investor Hit by Slump Tunes in to TV Experts
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON THE stock market has failed to deliver for former Post Office worker Ranjiv Kad. He took a payoff from his computing job last year and decided to try life as a fulltime investor. He says: 'Day trading was all the rage then,...