The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from November 11, 2001

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A Bone to Pickwith Banderas
Byline: JASON SOLOMONS Ever wondered what actors do between one award-winning performance and the next? They chalk up nice little earners like The Body and hope nobody notices. Actors used to have to spend weeks performing at provincial theatres...
A Family Shaken to Its Core
Byline: JO KNOWSLEY DERRY IRVINE has brought up four children - including Alastair, a son by a woman he famously 'stole' from close political colleague and champion of Scottish devolution, Donald Dewar. The couple also have a younger son, David....
A Firm Hand
Byline: FRASER MACKIE RANGERS chairman David Murray handed a stinging reprimand to Bayern Munich chief executive Karl Heinz Rummenigge as the row over the Old Firm's exclusion from G14 rumbled on last night. The German legend had claimed there...
After the Axe, Bank Offers Olive Branch
Byline: SALLY HAMILTON BARCLAYS is trying to make peace with the many communities it left without a bank after its massive branch closure programme. It is selling many empty branches at discount prices, or letting them at bargain rates to organisations...
America's Big Guns Are Moving in for the Kill
Byline: BOB GRAHAM THE PENTAGON has ordered another aircraft carrier to head for the Afghanistan war zone in the build-up to an all-out attack on the Taliban. The deployment of the nuclear powered USS John C Stennis follows yesterday's capture...
A Useful Exercise with Many Plus Points
Byline: IWAN TUKALO IN THE end, this proved a useful exercise for Scotland in the light of the more serious examinations which await them over the next two weeks. After a sticky and unimaginative start, they stuck to their guns admirably and eventually...
Big Banks Beware; despite Sky-High Overdraft Charges and Dismal Rates of Interest, the High Street Giants Still Control 70% of Accounts. but It Will Soon Be Easier Than Ever for Savers to Switch
Byline: TOBY WALNE UNHAPPY customers will soon have access to a fast-track service for switching banks without problems. A voluntary code that forces banks to pass account details to a new provider far quicker is being launched next week. ...
Big Players Cash Their Chips at Venture Capital Casino; 'People Made Lots of Money Last Year. Now They're Fearful'
Byline: TOBY WALNE VENTURE capital trusts have fallen out of fashion this year. Many in the pipeline are poised to cancel their launches and return early subscriptions to investors. Last year, these tax-friendly trusts raised more than [pound]430...
Bin Laden: I've Got and I'm Prepared
Byline: IAN GALLAGHER From Ian Gallagher IN PESHAWAR OSAMA Bin Laden dramatically raised the stakes in the war on terror yesterday by threatening to unleash nuclear and chemical weapons against the United States. He claimed his terror network...
Bonds Soothe the Soul in a Nervous Age
Byline: BEN LAURANCE SO you feel nervous. You don't want to risk losing your shirt by putting it into the stock market. You feel irritated. Leaving your money in a savings account - even one of the best-paying ones - gives you only a paltry rate...
Bonnie Greer; Two Minutes' Silence That Speaks Volumes
Byline: BONNIE GREER FOR MANY OF US, REMEMBRANCE Sunday is the day The Archers goes out early - at 9.15am instead of 10am, before we have had a chance to wake up properly. Or, it is the day of the two-minute silence when we have to endure the groan...
Borrowers, Don't Waste Your Riches; Interest Rates Bonanza Gives Homeowners a Golden Opportunity
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK HOMEOWNERS are being urged not to squander the money they will save on their mortgages after last week's interest rate cut. The half-point reduction means the base rate has fallen by two percentage points since January,...
Bring Me Sunshine
Byline: GEORGINA BROWN ***** Boy Gets Girl The Play What I Wrote Wyndham's Theatre, London Royal Court, London ***** Theatre The Play What I Wrote is the most glorious, affectionate homage to one of the greatest comedy duos of all time, Morecambe...
Brookside Boss: How I Trapped Fire Chief Rapist; in Her Own Words, the Courageous Story of the Channel 4 Executive Who Risked Her Own Safety by Giving Chase to the Pervert Who 'Flashed' at Her - Then Brought Him to Justice
Byline: JOANNE DUNLEAVY NELSON AS AN assistant director on TV soap Brookside, Joanne Dunleavy Nelson had tackled many dramatic storylines. But when a hooded man exposed himself at a remote beauty spot her reaction shocked even her. Instead of running...
Building Group's Broad Base Will Help It Ride Storm; MIDAS
Byline: ANDREW LEACH IT pays to be different in the construction sector, where too many companies enjoy big turnovers, but wafer-thin margins. That is why Morgan Sindall has taken a niche approach. The building group, chaired by founder John...
Butcher's Decision to Take a Step Back Helps Motherwell Progress
Byline: FRASER MACKIE TERRY BUTCHER was walking through the corridors of Fir Park carrying two plastic bags full of sweets. Motherwell's assistant head coach is of generous spirit and was in outrageously good form - so they were on offer to the...
Cheers, Big Ears; THE WEEK IN 30 SECONDS
Caught In The Act Guess which caption fits the picture So plaid to see you... My screen's frozen 1. A pretty skirt, eye-catching footwear and a dazzling smile...the girl's not bad either. 2. Marvin was tickled when Tracey told him where she'd...
Child Support Scandal; Mother Worked All Hours to Bring Up Her Baby as Agency Sat on [Pounds Sterling]16,000 Payments
Byline: TONY HETHERINGTON Ms D. J. writes. I was single when my daughter was born in 1991. At the start, I received income support and was asked for details of the father. In 1994, the Child Support Agency told me I would get [pound]99 a week...
Christine Savours Dramatic Triumph with a Guiding Hand from Her Partner and Caddie
CHRISTINE CLAYTON yet again showed her liking for the big occasion as she staged a dramatic recovery to clinch victory for Devon club Churston in the final of The Mail on Sunday Classic. It did not surprise her teammates. She had birdied the last...
Decision Time as Rangers Are Playing for Keeps
Byline: JAMES MELVILLE NEW Rangers vicechairman John McClelland has confirmed that the club will continue to lavish their players with some of the best wages the British game can offer after his appointment last week. Whether they are showering...
DEEP INSIDE THE TITANIC; These Incredible Pictures Reveal for the First Time the Amazing Scenes below Decks in the World's Most Famous Wreck - Where, Two Miles Down, Ghostly Bedsteads and Encrusted Chandeliers Still Resist the Ravages of the Deep
Byline: CAROLINE GRAHAM THESE are the first extraordinary, haunting images from inside the most famous shipwreck of all time - the Titanic. Film director James Cameron, whose 1997 blockbuster starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio is the...
Designer of the Nazis' Dream
Byline: MICHAEL BURLEIGH Designer of the Nazis'dream ***** Speer: The Final Verdict by Joachim Fest Weidenfeld & Nicolson [pound]20 [pound]16 (0870 165 0870) National Socialism was a pseudo-religious movement which appealed to the heart...
Did I Have to Win the National to Show I'm No Crook?; EXCLUSIVE: Richard Guest on the End of a Personal Crusade
Byline: JONATHAN POWELL CAMPAIGNS in sport are usually driven by a gale of self-interest. None in racing has been more compelling than the three-year struggle by Richard Guest to emerge victorious in a long-running battle with the Jockey Club that...
Don't Let a Landlord Put Your Life at Risk; Students Financialmail
Byline: JENNY LITTLE THE Young Ones played it for laughs in a chaotic student house. But there is a sinister side to shabby accommodation - at least 10 students have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the past nine years, according to the National...
Drug Ordeal of Derry Irvine's Son
Byline: PAUL HENDERSON;SIMON WALTERS;CAROLINE GRAHAM THE national debate over the liberalisation of the law on cannabis intensified last night after it was revealed that the son of the Cabinet Minister who heads Britain's legal system has been treated...
Dunkirk Mk II; Now It's the Afghans Hiding in Small Boats Who Are Fleeing to Britain for Benefits
Byline: JO KNOWSLEY ASYLUM seekers are now exploiting lax security at Britain's private marinas in their latest desperate attempts to get into the UK. Skippers of private yachts leaving the French ports of Dieppe, FEcamp, Boulogne and Calais...
Emergency Law to Lockup Bin Laden's Allies
Byline: SIMON WALTERS A STATE of national emergency will be declared in Britain tomorrow in order to rush through new laws to tackle the threat from Osama Bin Laden. The declaration will give Home Secretary David Blunkett special powers to detain...
England Give Late Cup Call to Casey
Byline: PETER HIGGS THE remarkable year of Paul Casey has been capped by a late call-up to the England team for the World Cup. On an unusual day in the golfing calendar when blustery winds swept through southern Spain and caused the suspension...
Eriksson's Fear over Owen
Byline: BOB CASS ENGLAND coach Sven Goran Eriksson admitted last night that he was concerned about the long-term fitness of Michael Owen. Eriksson took the surprising decision not to risk the Liverpool striker against Sweden yesterday in spite...
Euro Edges into the High Street
Byline: SARAH BRIDGE NEWSAGENT W. H. Smith and top pub group Laurel have joined a growing band of British companies that will accept the euro after it is introduced on January 1. Britain is not officially switching to the single currency, but...
Every Cloud's Silver Lining
Byline: BLACK DOG THE cavalry has ridden to the rescue of Charlotte Every - the secretary sacked by Speaker Michael Martin for being 'too posh' - in the shape of the Serjeant at Arms, Michael Cummins. Miss Every, who was dismissed by 'Gorbals...
Family's Fear over Thug Who Pushed Son off a Bridge
Byline: ANDREW CHAPMAN THE parents of an eight-year-old boy who narrowly escaped death when he was pushed off a road bridge by a thug aged just ten fear the culprit will get off lightly when he appears in court for sentencing tomorrow. Stephen...
Farewell Soda, the Dog Who Upstaged Me in Hong Kong
Byline: CHRIS PATTEN My dog Soda has died. After a long and debilitating illness, which reduced a once roly-poly Norfolk terrier to a sad little bundle of fur and bones, Hong Kong's canine first lady (1992-1997) finally gave up the struggle, a couple...
Fergie to Hit Scholes with Charm Offensive; the Word in Football
Byline: JOE MELLING PAUL SCHOLES will come face to face with Sir Alex Ferguson tomorrow for the first time since his extraordinary refusal to play for Manchester United in Monday's Worthington Cup defeat by Arsenal. Despite reports that Scholes...
Firm Is Sold and Axed in One Day
Byline: TOM MCGHIE WORKERS at a British company making car airbags were told they would lose their jobs - just one working day after it was bought by a US firm. Woodville Airbag Engineering was taken over a week ago last Friday - then on Monday...
Flowers for General Abdul and the Army Who Put the Taliban to Flight
Byline: BARBARA JONES;BOB GRAHAM From Barbara Jones IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN THE people of Mazar-i-Sharif celebrated their freedom yesterday by throwing sweets and flowers to Northern Alliance troops who liberated this strategically-important...
Freddie Ungagged; Freddie Starr Is Not Happy with His Image, His Children, but Especially His Career and Those He Believes Have Silenced Him - until Now
Byline: MARIANNE MACDONALD We are sitting in the spartan manager's office in the WH Smith in the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent - Freddie Starr, the comedian, his much younger wife, Donna, and I. Donna, frankly, scares me. Actually, Starr scares...
Friendship? It Has to Take a Back Seat; Burns and McRae Are Gearing Up for Title Showdown
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY COLIN McRAE and Richard Burns may not be averse to having the odd beer together but when the two British rivals for the world rally crown go head-to-head for the title in 11 days' time, do not expect relations to be entirely...
FULL DISCLOSURE: THE REAL STORY BEHIND OFFICEGATE; How Mail on Sunday Teamspent Months on Trail of Scandal That Brought Down First Minister
Byline: MATTHEW KNOWLES IT was the story that toppled Scotland's First Minister and plunged New Labour into a damaging political crisis north of the Border. Yet the scandal of MP Henry McLeish's illegal misuse of his parliamentary office was...
George Best; They'll Hate Me for This, but I Hope Man U Lose
Byline: GEORGE BEST ALL MY MATES AT MANCHESTER United are going to hate me for saying this, but I'd be surprised if the team win anything this season, including the Champion's League. A few losses should wake them up and make them a bit hungrier...
Getting to Gripswith Kung-Fu
Byline: MATTHEW BOND One day someone might make a kungfu film I actually like. But right now I'll settle for one that doesn't feature a plane either landing or taking off - the genre shorthand for 'right, this is where we are, now let's get on with...
Greggs the Bakers, a Bid That Never Was and the Impresario Who Claims King Arthur Was Actually an Essex Boy; REVEALED: The Mystery Man Linked to Takeover Rumours That Sent Shares Soaring
Byline: BEN LAURANCE;SIMON WATKINS THIS was the perfect story to lift a share price. Newcastle-based bakery chain Greggs had received a tempting behind-the-scenes takeover offer. But its management were insisting on more. Investors stood to...
Harris Is Humbled; Wales Flop and Pumas Maul New Hero Iestyn
Byline: BILL DAY Wales 16 Argentina 30 THE divine deliverance of Saint Iestyn Harris to the rugby union international faith was placed firmly on hold by Argentina in Cardiff yesterday. The eagerly anticipated conversion of a rugby league legend...
Hartson: I'll Stay and Fight for My Place at Celtic
Byline: FRASER MACKIE CELTIC'S [pound]6.5million striker John Hartson last night vowed not to walk out on the club, even if he is forced to settle for a supporting role in the squad behind strike rival Chris Sutton. Hartson, who scored his fifth...
HARTSON: THE WILD TIMES ARE BEHIND ME. I'M WILLING TO WAIT FOR MY CHANCE; I Find It Amazing I Have Cost [Pounds Sterling]25m in Transfers. It's Always Rubbed in Myface If I'm Not Doing Well
Byline: FRASER MACKIE THOSE football forecasters who on occasion choose to be psychology or medical experts, fully expected John Hartson to have by now walked up the steps to an SFA disciplinary inquiry, or for his troublesome knee to have buckled....
Healthy Future for Gyms; Clubs Are No Longer Seen as a Luxury
Byline: NATASHA MUKTARSINGH THE couch potatoes of Britain are slowly beginning to stir - and entrepreneurs have been quick off the mark spotting opportunities to make money. According to the Fitness Industry Association, memberships of health...
How Can I Ease My Mortgage Burden?; ASK THE EXPERTS
Byline: ABIGAIL MONTROSE FINANCIAL MAIL's experts answer queries on a range of topics. Today's team is RAY BOULGER at the London office of independent mortgage and financial adviser Charcol, PATRICK CONNOLLY of independent adviser Chartwell Investment...
How McClaren's Exit Threw United into Chaos
Byline: PETER FITTON AS the chairmen of Manchester United and Leeds waited for their teams to appear, they still found time for a little trans-Pennine jousting of their own. Peter Ridsdale, Leeds' famed cage-rattler, mischievously inquired of...
How Sooty Turned into Tony Blair
Byline: JACI STEPHEN How Sooty turned into Tony Blair Jaci Stephen Television The Sooty Show Night And Day Son My Beautiful ITV1, Monday to Friday ITV1, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ***** ITV1, Wednesday ***** The Farmer Wants A Wife ITV1, Thursday...
How Sophie Uses the Law to Escape Parking Fines; Residents' Fury at the Police Sign That Allows the Countess to Park on Double Yellow Lines
Byline: JO KNOWSLEY THE Countess of Wessex has made it repeatedly clear that she adores her VIP status. But these pictures reveal just how readily she uses her royal position to make life that little bit more convenient. In South Audley Street,...
How to Resign(an Urgent Message for You Mr Byers); the Former Minister Draws on the Experience of His Own Downfall to Offer a Plea to the Beleaguered Transport Secretary
Byline: JONATHAN AITKEN TO RESIGN or not to resign? That is the question for Stephen Byers this weekend, just as it was for Scotland's-First Minister earlier in the week. At least Henry McLeish departed office with some measure of salvaged honour,...
How We Forced Scottish Leader to Tell the Truth
Byline: MATTHEW KNOWLES IT WAS a story, first revealed by The Mail on Sunday, which brought down a First Minister. One which has shaken the Government and opened up a feud between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown over who would anoint a successor. ...
Hussain Will Be a Legend or a Flop
Byline: PETER HAYTER NASSER HUSSAIN has saved England's Test tour to India. Now he faces an infinitely greater challenge - finding a way to win it. One word from England's inspirational leader to his troops while they were making up their minds...
I'm Sure Sex with a Woman Is Nice, but It's Not as Good as the Real Thing
Byline: ROGER LEWIS Charles Hawtrey was a mesmerising character. Even when old, he had the air of a naughty schoolboy, a pluck and gaiety that made him a Carry On institution. He skims across the screen and you find yourself watching him because...
Inch by Inch, Blair Is Killing off Our Liberty
Byline: PETER HITCHENS THIS is the way freedom dies, inch by inch by inch. Almost every week since Anthony Blair appointed himself President in 1997, his little band of courtiers and commissars have been chipping away at your power to control...
It Ain't Half Awful Mum, but We like It
Byline: SIMON GARFIELD Rarely is a celebrity presenter suited to the programme they're chosen to host, but Barbara Windsor was ideal for this week's documentary Entertaining The Troops (Radio 4, Tuesday) **** (RECOMMENDED). 'World War Two broke...
I Was Wrong to Take Rahman So Lightly, Admits Lewis
Byline: IAN STAFFORD LENNOX LEWIS was never going to admit that he should have listened to Frank Maloney after all. But Britain's fallen world heavyweight champion implied as much when he insisted that this time there will be no mistakes in the...
King Close to Seizing the Crown from Sol
Byline: ROB DRAPER OF ALL the ironies football has to offer, none would be quite so sweet for Tottenham fans as to see their own Ledley King one day supplant Sol Campbell in the England team. It may seem an outlandish proposition but there is...
Knives out as Battle Begins
Byline: ALAN CROW;MATTHEW KNOWLES SCOTLAND'S trade union leaders have privately pledged support for Wendy Alexander as the bloody battle to choose the country's third First Minister turns into a Labour Party civil war. The Scottish Mail on Sunday...
Last Heroes:all the Vcs Still
Byline: JO KNOWSLEY;RANDIP PANESAR The words of the decree speak for themselves: 'It is ordained that the Cross shall only be awarded for the most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion...
Last Orders as Brewery Puts History Up for Sale
Byline: LORNE SPICER THOSE with a passion for beer may be tempted from the pub and into the auction house this week for several sales of brewing memorabilia. The biggest offering comes from Whitbread, which is selling most of the items from its...
Listen to Us Chelsea, We're a Free People
Byline: SUZANNE MOORE IT IS impossible not to feel sympathy for Chelsea Clinton. This 21-year-old may have had a privileged life in some respects but she has one of the most embarrassing dads in the world, apart, perhaps, from Mick Jagger. The...
Love and Sax; ROOTS
Byline: CELIA WALDEN Jazz musician Courtney Pine fell in love with the saxophone at 14, but he wasn't allowed to practise at home. He had to go to a nearby hill The first time I realised how powerful music was, I was aged three. Standing in front...
Lovell Hopes the Orient Express Will Make a Stop at Almondvale
Byline: SCOTT DAVIE STUART LOVELL is hoping that Livingston's incredible success story will have the surprise ending of helping the Australian international earn a place in next year's World Cup Finals. The midfielder is enjoying a rare weekend...
Man from the Flora Factory Who Tackled a Superwoman; HOW A GROUP OF 14 WORKERS' CHAMPIONS PURSUE CAROL GALLEY TO COURT
Byline: TEENA LYONS IT HAS been billed as the battle of the City superwomen. The High Court drama that has pitted the notoriously glacial Carol Galley of Merrill Lynch Asset Managers against Unilever's formidable pensions chief Wendy Mayall has...
Marconi Prophet Mayo Was Bang on Target
Byline: GADFLY JOHN Mayo, onetime deputy chief executive of troubled telecom group Marconi, has taken his fair share of flak since being ousted in July. It was his [pound]600,000 payoff that catapulted Mayo from the blessedly obscure ranks of...
McDermott Promises to Make It Tough for the Kangeroos
Byline: RICHARD BOTT BARRIE McDERMOTT, one of British rugby league's real iron men, renews a lovehate relationship with Australia today when the Guinness Ashes Test series gets under way at Huddersfield. No one in the red, white and blue wants...
Merger Hopes Boost the Battered Brokers
Byline: SIMON WATKINS THE market showed signs of renewed confidence last week, thanks in part to the Bank of England's dramatic cut of half-a-percentage point in the base rate. But among those at the sharp end of trading - the stockbrokers -...
MINISTRY OF SILLY LAWS; Metric Martyr Cases Are Straight out of Monty Python, Says John Cleese
Byline: JO KNOWSLEY JOHN CLEESE has joined the battle to defend 'metric martyr' Steve Thoburn, the Sunderland greengrocer prosecuted for selling bananas by the pound. The comic legend who made silly walks famous believes the Thoburn case is ludicrous...
Miss L.Criddle, Miss S. Kitson, Miss L. Gratton and the Vomit-Stained Lavatories of Cambridge; the Drunken Debauched Behaviour of the Students of St John's and the Dean Who Named and Shamed Them
Byline: KATHRYN KNIGHT HANDS clasped firmly in front of him, his surplice crisp and white against in the winter sunshine, the Reverend Dr Andrew Macintosh was yesterday in no mood for an argument. As Dean of St John's College, Cambridge, he had...
Mr Blunkett and the Cannabis Minefield
THERE is a strong case for an openminded debate about cannabis, a case which The Mail on Sunday has consistently supported. However, that debate has most certainly not yet reached a conclusion. This is why many are alarmed by the way in which the new...
MY BLUEPRINT FOR NHS; ByHRHThe PrinceofWales
'Humane in scale' The striking [pound]1.5million Hammersmith Bridge Road Surgery in West London - architect Guy Greenfield - has a curved, minimalist white exterior and opens into a courtyard. It was nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize for...
MY BLUEPRINT FOR NHS HOSPITALS; ByHRHThe PrinceofWales
There are no buildings more essential than hospitals, and none where the quality of design is more crucial. I am delighted, therefore, that my Foundation for Architecture and the Built Environment has been asked to become involved in the National...
New Hope over Annuities; Whitehall Meetings Signal Progress to End Retirement Fears
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK REFORM of the much hated pension annuity rules is at last edging on to the political agenda, bringing hope to thousands who fear being locked into low-paying schemes in retirement. Treasury Minister Ruth Kelly and senior...
Not a Penny Less; Taylor Tells the Clubs, It's [Pounds Sterling]27m or Else
Byline: JOE MELLING PLAYERS' union chief Gordon Taylor insists he will adopt a belligerent pose at a last-ditch meeting to avert a strike. With players threatening to black out TV coverage at the end of the month, Taylor and Premier League chief...
Our Prize Sets A40 Writer on Road to Glory
Byline: DOMINIC CONNOLLY THE unlikely subject of living next to one of London's busiest routes has won this year's Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Edward Platt's book Leadville - A Biography Of The A40, took the prestigious literary...
Out There; Counter Feat - Nothing Stirs the Soul More Than the Sound of a Countertenor. Andrew Preston Meets the Singer with a Magical Voice
Byline: ANDREW PRESTON Barely suppressed sniggers are still a common reaction on first hearing the high-pitched voice of a male countertenor. All the more so when the sound is coming from the mouth of a 6ft 4in German. But Andreas Scholl (pictured...
Out There; Crazy Golf - Today's Exotic Golf Destinations Mean Camels, Antelope, Even an Alligator Could Put You off Your Stroke
Byline: WENDY GOMERSALL bali nirwana golf course * what's crazy? Double-check the wind direction at the seventh hole as you have to play between clifftops across the Indian Ocean. And on this links course, surrounding by volcanic mountains...
Out There; Don't Call Me 'Lara'
Byline: MATTHEW SWEET Milla Jovovich plays the Lara Croft-style heroine in a new film based on one of the world's scariest video games, Resident Evil. Having a name like a macrobiotic shampoo must be tough, but that hasn't prevented Milla Jovovich...
Out There - DRINK; Sour Grapes - Has Britain Lost Its Taste for Chardonnay, the Best-Loved Tipple of the Bridget Jones Brigade
Byline: ALICE FOWLER When the history of the late 20th century is written, one name will come to symbolise the lifestyle and aspirations of a generation. It is, bizarrely, the name of a wine - one which, when we go out, we are most likely to ask...
Out There; Leap of Faith
Adrenaline junkies in their thousands are falling for skysurfing, says Jonathan Green - and they're even doing it in dinghies Mark Harris, a slightly built Cornishman, is, like so many skysurfers, addicted to the thrill of the fall. So, despite the...
Out There; New Ice Age - the Latest Fridge Can Send Emails, Play Music and Tell You When You Have Blown Your Diet. but, Says Rob Waugh, It Will Cost You a Cool [Pounds Sterling]8,000
Byline: ROB WAUGH A new era has dawned for the humble refrigerator. The Internet Fridge, available now from John Lewis and Harrods, isn't content just to hum quietly in the corner cooling your food and making the odd ice cube. It also performs the...
Patients 'Could Die' as Doctors Miss out on Vital Training
Byline: GERRY DUFFY PATIENTS could be dying because doctors are being denied proper training, Scottish Health Minister Susan Deacon was warned last night. A British Medical Association report has accused hospital chiefs of putting pressure on...
Pension Shortfall Fear for Troubled Marconi
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM FEARS are growing that the already delicate financial position of telecoms group Marconi could be seriously undermined by a fall in the value of its [pound]2.7 billion pension fund. The company is one of five major corporations...
Phillips Leads the Fretful Four in a Nervy Audition
Byline: MICHAEL CALVIN IF FOOTBALL really is the new rock 'n' roll, this was the game's equivalent of Popstars. Dreams distilled into mass entertainment which depends on a dash of cruelty to pull in the punters. The supporting act at Old Trafford,...
Pivotal Role Suits Young Playmaker in Hisdebut
Byline: GEORGE MACKAY Ross rises to the GORDON ROSS enjoyed a dream debut at Murrayfield, scoring 23 points with a display of immaculate marksmanship yesterday. He only missed one shot at goal and that was from the most awkward of angles. The...
Plan to Refloat Railtrack; Group Investors Battling to Recoup Losses on Suspended Shares
Byline: MATTHEW FLETCHER;ANDREW LEACH RAILTRACK Group shares could be relisted on the stock market early in the New Year in an attempt to help investors recoup some of their losses. Bosses at the group, the unregulated rump of the business left...
Poppies Are Still Flourishing
Byline: RACHEL UNSWORTH WHEN the controllers of the BBC World channel banned presenters from wearing poppies, they claimed that most of their viewers would not recognise them to be a symbol of remembrance of the war dead. Fortunately for our...
Ports Firm in Showdown over Top Pay
Byline: SIMON WATKINS INVESTORS in Simon Group are mustering to force through boardroom changes, or even a break-up of the ports operator. Board members, led by chairman Michael Davies and chief executive Maurice Dixson, have been under constant...
[Pounds Sterling]15a-Month Policy That Rises to [Pounds Sterling]421 Nightmare; and There's No Chance to Claim Compensation for Mis-Selling
Byline: SARAH PENNELLS A SIMPLE 10-year savings plan at [pound]15 a month is turning into a costly 35-year nightmare for Elizabeth Mailey. Elizabeth, now 39, faces premiums that will rise year-by-year until she is paying [pound]421 a month at...
Public Relations Crisis Engulfs the King of PR; from 'Dirty Tricks' to a Marriage Split, a Grim Week for the City's Top Spin Doctor
Byline: SIMON FLUENDY THE week started with accusations of dirty tricks by his company, the most powerful public relations operation in the City. It ended with news that he had lost a key client to one of his rivals. And this weekend it emerged...
Rebels Threaten Colt Rescue Plan; Investor Fury over [Pounds Sterling]500m Windfall Deal for Fidelity
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM TELECOMS group Colt faces a revolt by senior investors over a [pound]400 million bailout plan that would give control of the stricken company to the secretive Fidelity group of America. The deal, to be put to the vote...
Revealed: The Lazy New Labour Peers Who Don't Turn Up for Work; 'Tony's Cronies' Stay Away from the Lords despite Costing Taxpayers [Pounds Sterling]67,000 a Year
Byline: SIMON WALTERS TONY BLAIR'S plan to pack the Lords with more cronies came under fire last night after it was revealed that some of his favourite New Labour peers hardly ever bother go to the Upper House. Official attendance records published...
Robbie the Rascal
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS IF the footballers of Ireland can hold their nerve and keep their heads in Teheran's Azadi Stadium on Thursday evening, then a decent World Cup dream will become a dazzling reality. And if Mick McCarthy's honest men should...
Rugged Academy Offers Tudor a Regal Future
Byline: BILL DAY ALEX TUDOR, England's injury-prone fast bowler, believes his 'sicknote' days may be over after a punishing introduction to the new England Academy squad in Adelaide. The Surrey and England paceman completed his first fortnight...
Save Yourself from a Heavy Burden of Debt
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON THESE are strange days indeed for savers and borrowers. Last week's interest rate cut means it will be possible for mortgage customers to borrow money from Nationwide building society at 4.74 per cent and hand it straight back...
Send for a Homeopathist, the Dog Is Feeling Poorly; Policy Will Pay an Alternative Medicine Bill for Family Pet
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT SOPHIE the German Shepherd likes nothing better than relaxing in a hot Jacuzzi followed by a bracing swim. And it's all paid for by her owners' pet insurance. Hydrotherapy is just one of the alternative treatments being...
Shame of BBC Women Forced to Strip after Anthrax Scare
Byline: SIMON WALTERS THE BBC has issued new rules on how to deal with anthrax scares after male and female staff were stripped naked, hosed and scrubbed down in public when it was feared the deadly powder had been sent to the corporation. Union...
Shame on Sinclair but Sven Knows His Diplomatic Draw Was Right Result; England 1 Sweden 1
Byline: JOE MELLING IN his typically meticulous manner, Sven Goran Eriksson just about got the balance right at the beginning of his World Cup experimentation process. There was satisfaction, too, on the personal front for the Swedish coach of...
Shayler Claims Shelved by CPS; Two-Year Investigation 'Fails to Substantiate Allegations' of a Plot to Kill Gadaffi
Byline: JASON LEWIS THE Crown Prosecution Service has dropped the case against two British agents accused by former MI5 officer David Shayler of being involved in a plot to assassinate Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi. Detectives spent nearly two...