The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from December 2, 2001

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11,000 Join Protest at Straw's Gibraltar Talks; Readers Back Colony That Wants to Stay British and Rejects the Spanish Flag
THOUSANDS of Mail on Sunday readers have told Foreign Secretary Jack Straw that Gibraltar must remain British, and that the Spanish flag must never be allowed to fly over the Rock. By last night almost 11,000 letters, faxes and emails had been received...
Alexander Was 'Victim of Smear Campaign'
Byline: MATTHEW KNOWLES SUPPORTERS of Jack McConnell launched an astonishing smear campaign against potential rival Wendy Alexander in the run-up to the elections for First Minister, it was claimed last night. Rumours were circulated to senior...
All Change as the Euro Era Dawns; [Pounds Sterling]100 Million Worth of Redundant Currency Is Gathering Dust in Our Homes
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK ONLY four weeks remain before more than 300 million Europeans ditch their currencies for the euro. Euro notes and coins will start to circulate from January 1, and the national currencies of the 12 euro countries - Austria,...
...And Is Lastminute's Revival All It Seems?
Byline: JEREMY SKIDMORE AT long last, there is the prospect of Lastminute.com making some money. That is the impression given by last week's coverage of the results from the internet retailer run by onetime media darlings Martha Lane Fox and...
AN EVERGREEN SAGA OF CRUISING FOLK; John Craven Has the Time of His Life with the Golden Oldies
Byline: JOHN CRAVEN MONG my table companions every evening was a man who had recently cycled round the UK for the seventh time. His lady friend was a ballroom dancer who walked for a mile before breakfast every day. He was 79, she was 78! Another...
ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING FOR 'BILLY ELLIOT'; Jamie Bell's Movie Glory Inspires His Long-Lost Dad to Contact Family for First Time in 10 Years
Byline: SUZANNA CHAMBERS THE estranged father of Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell has renewed contact with the family after ten years - prompted by the moving experience of seeing his son dance on screen. John Bell, 46, whose relationship with his...
Are These the WORST CARS Ever Sold in Britain?
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY THE longer your motoring career the greater the chance you've owned a truly awful car that made your life a misery, threatened your sanity or had the garage receptionist reaching for the smelling salts after you'd seen the repair...
A Salute to the British Renaissance; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID MELLOR The British Music Collection Decca/Universal (out now) The remarkable renaissance in British music since the end of the 19th Century is comprehensively charted in EMI's British Music Series, which now runs to 117 CDs....
Bank's Safety Pledge as It Is Put Up for Sale
Byline: RICHARD DYSON THOUSANDS of savers with American-owned Providian bank have been told that its British banking arm - which includes 500,000 credit card customers - has shut its doors to new business and is for sale. Warning letters to all...
Barry the Target for Liverpool
Byline: PETER FITTON LIVERPOOL could now invest the [pound]11 million reward from Robbie Fowler's departure in Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson. Anfield's recuperating manager Gerard Houllier has already declared his interest as part of a three-club...
Before My Journey to This Vile Place, the Holocaust Was a Piece of History- Now I Know It Will Never Be over; the Mail on Sunday's Rock Writer Traced His Family's Wartime Roots - but Was Unprepared
Byline: DAVID BENNUN FROM David Bennun IN WILKOMIR, LITHUANIA You wouldn't guess that it's the worst place in the world. Some forests have a dark, forbidding air. This one is bucolic charm itself. The woodland is airy and dappled with light....
Black Following Every Lead to Ensure He Finds Well's Mr Right
Byline: JAMES MELVILLE MOTHERWELL manager Eric Black is personally sifting through every fax that floods Fir Park offering foreign players to the club because he fears missing out on the next David Fernandez. Yesterday's opponents Livingston...
Blair Babes Win Fight to Breast-Feed in Commons Chamber; Labour Women Set to Overturn Ban . . . but It's 'Politically Correct Claptrap' Say Tories
Byline: SIMON WALTERS WOMEN MPs last night claimed victory in their fight to win the right to breast-feed babies in the Commons. The revolutionary change in the once male-dominated backbenches follows a campaign by 'Blair Babe' MPs to overturn...
Bonnie Greer; You Are Old Enough to Know Better, Cilla
ANOTHER WEEK AND ANOTHER batch of photos of famous middle-aged women strutting their stuff in outfits that would give pop starlet Christina Aguilera pause for thought. This week's Divas Who Should Know Better twinkled onstage in the Royal Variety Performance....
Boo on the Brink (Part 2); BRAVE FACES, BUT ALL THE EVIDENCE SAYS GLORY DAYS REALLY ARE OVER FOR DOTCOMS
Byline: GRAEME BEATON BOO.COM, the most spectacular of British dotcom failures, is poised to crash into oblivion for a second time. Fashionmall.com, the American e-commerce company that rescued the Boo.com website from liquidation for a mere...
Boss Puts Spice in Party; Internet Chief Cooks Staff a Curry as Firms Trim Festivities
Byline: NIC PATON TRAVEL agency boss Tariq Malik won't let the shadow of recession stop his staff having fun this Christmas - he's cooking them all a curry. Thousands of firms have slashed their Christmas party budgets as they prepare for bad...
Brave CJD Test Girl Loses Her Fight for Life
Byline: ANDREW CHAPMAN RACHEL Forber, the British woman who became the world's first human guinea pig in pioneering drug trials to find a cure for variant CJD, has lost her fight for life. She died peacefully at her mother Jayne's home with her...
Brothers Threaten Court Fight over Legacy for Widow; [Pounds Sterling]egal Matters
Byline: FENTON BRESLER C. P. writes: My mother's husband died on March 25. They had married on March 12 after living together as man and wife for 16 years. He made his will on March 5, at home, witnessed by his brothers. The will split the estate...
Brown's Credit Crusade and the Battle to Claim Benefits; Key Questions on Brown's Latest Pension Changes
IF nothing else, Gordon Brown's statement proved that fiendishly complicated tax credits are not going away. Instead they are multiplying, with several new or renamed credits being introduced. Here are the key questions: Q Brown thinks tax...
Brown's Orbit around This Dismal World
Byline: DAN ATKINSON MR SPOCK had one important duty to perform. Whenever The Enterprise approached a new planet, he would peer into a viewing device and reel off facts and figures about the sphere in question, usually quite dismal ones. No intelligent...
By George, He Was Quite Something
Byline: TIM DE LISLE Some people come up with famous last words. George Harrison, who died on Thursday, opted to leave a last song. Horse To The Water, sung by George and co-written with his son Dhani, came out only two weeks ago on the new CD...
Cash Lifeline for a Family in Anguish; Add-On Benefit Means Distraught Parents Can Claim for Sick Son on Their Health Insurance
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT LIFE has been tough for Iqrar Hussain in the past year. He has been working hard to establish his business while coping with the consequences of his son being taken seriously ill. Doctors discovered six months ago that...
Caught in an Isa Trap?; the Message from Elvis on Poor Products
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON ELVIS Presley is the unlikely star of a new promotion for a unique stock market-linked cash Isa being launched by Bristol & West. Adverts and sales literature in branches carry pictures of the rock and roll legend in...
Chancellor Can Take Full Credit for Confusion; Rules for Pensions, Isas and Tax Are a Nightmare
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE THE keys to making the personal finance world a better place for consumers are education and simplification. Last week, the industry moved two steps forward and three steps back. On the positive side, the muchawaited...
Charles's Selfless Gesture Shows He's Fit to Be King; COLUMNS
Byline: PETER DOBBIE THE guns of St James's Palace, I gather, are shortly to be silenced. If not decommissioned, then placed out of use for one year commencing January 1. I do not mean the Purdeys that will blast game from the mournful skies...
Cocktails,cleavage,catfights ...My Cattle Market Night Out
Byline: CLARE DE VRIES Clare de Vries finds that the most famous haunt for our binge drinkers is alive and kicking - but now girls call all the shots A study by Newcastle University suggests the famous city tradition of awesome weekend drinking...
Crime Lord of the Isles; Thefts Stun Trouble-Free Community
Byline: NEIL MACPHAIL THE sleepy village on a picturesque island had been untouched by crime for decades. Residents in Lochboisdale, on South Uist, were used to leaving their doors unlocked and could sleep undisturbed in their beds. Police...
Crunchtime
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY INSIDE Oxford's greyhound stadium, people were shuffling among the buffet and Scalextric and PlayStation games when a voice demanded silence. 'Now, the man you've been waiting for . . .' And in strode Jenson Button. ...
Customers Rap Banks' Branch Share Scheme
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE CUSTOMER groups have slammed a pilot scheme by High Street banks to share branches as 'seriously flawed'. On Friday, the British Bankers' Association announced 10 locations in England and Wales where shared branches will...
DIY GENE TEST PROVES I'M NOT BOY'S FATHER, BUT I'VE HAD TO PAY [Pounds Sterling]60,000; Court Rules That Man Cannot Reclaim Money He Spent on 'Son'
Byline: LOUISA PRITCHARD A BUSINESSMAN who spent [pound]60,000 raising a boy he thought was his son has discovered he is not the father - thanks to a do-it-yourself DNA test. Rick Gaskell, whose marriage broke down four months after the child's...
Douglas Ready to Put Himself on Their Line
Byline: JIM BLACK ROBERT DOUGLAS kept Celtic in the UEFA Cup with a string of outstanding saves against Valencia in Spain last month. Now the goalkeeper is ready to take his cue from former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and turn...
Dream May Turn into a Nightmare
Byline: FRASER MACKIE ALEX FERGUSON, Arsene Wenger and David O'Leary, the three most revered managers in English football, all failed the same European football examination within seven months of last season. Their lavishly-funded squads at Manchester...
Floating Beauty of the Orient; REVIEW
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER The Dawn Of The Floating World Royal Academy, London until February 17 **** This gem of an exhibition is guaranteed to take you into a very unfamiliar world - an art of exquisite refinement, wit and brilliance, devoted...
Flynn Flies Home; but Paul Is Last to Realise He'swon the Hennessy
Byline: JONATHAN POWELL THE MEMORY of What's Up Boys' alarming early excursions over fences as a bungling novice was finally erased by his last-gasp triumph in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury yesterday at 14-1. This time, his jumping...
FOR SKIERS WHO LIKE IT THREE AND EASY; Neil English Joins the New Craze for Multi-Centre Breaks in North America
Byline: NEIL ENGLISH BRITISH skiers are increasingly choosing two or three-centre holidays instead of the traditional break in just one resort. Whether they opt for North America or the Alps, this provides skiers with greater variety - both on the...
For the Working Mother, All Manor of Delights; the Broadcaster Visits a Stately Hotel That Young Children Will Love
Byline: PAMELA ARMSTRONG THERE are a number of enchanting things about Moonfleet. One of them is the long drive towards the hotel through rural Dorset to the coast. As you skirt Weymouth to the east and get closer to the hotel, the roads get...
Fowler Cannot Afford to Look Back in Anger
Byline: MICHAEL CALVIN ROBBIE FOWLER left Liverpool in such haste he did not have time to collect his boots. His locker, plastered with personal photographs spanning 15 years at Anfield, is a shrine to the dangers of sentimentality. He cannot...
From Landscape to Pencil People Lowry Leads the Way at Auction; COLLECTING 'When the Right Paintings Come Up, Collectors
Byline: LORNE SPICER THEY may be only matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs, but L. S. Lowry's paintings fetch fat prices. On Tuesday, examples of his work, from simple pencil sketches to fullblown oils, will be on offer at Bonhams'...
Gadget That Says: I'm a Thief; Bright Ideas
Byline: DONALD MACGILLIVRAY CARS now bristle with alarms and immobilisers to deter thieves, but more than 300,000 vehicles are stolen each year. Like most of us who fall victim to the car snatchers, Iain Harrison vowed to get revenge. Unlike...
George Best; When I Die, I Want Alex to Marry Again
THE PAST TEN DAYS HAVE BEEN pretty dramatic for me, as I'm sure some of you will have read in the newspapers. I was over in Cyprus with Alex, discussing a business project; the first day went well, but when I woke up on the Thursday, I had a very...
GEORGE: THE LAST PICTURE; EXCLUSIVE: The Final Days of the Ex-Beatle Were as Mystical, Desperate and Dramatic as the Rest of His life,SECRET INDIAN TRIP TO PREPARE TO DIE
Byline: CAROLINE GRAHAM;FIONA BARTON IT WAS, perhaps, George Harrison's final, mordant joke about celebrity, and his place in the universe. The famously spiritual musician, who was attended on his deathbed by softly chanting Krishna devotees,...
George Was My First Love. and I Never Stopped Loving Him; Patti Boyd, Ex-Wife of the Beatle, Talks of the Passion That Never Died EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Byline: DANAE BROOK ON THE DAY the second Beatle died, Patti Boyd was woken by a telephone call. She had a sudden feeling of foreboding and didn't want to answer it. It was 8.30am and George Harrison, her first husband, was already dead, thousands...
Go on, Make My Day. I'm the Man Who Bought Three Mile Island; Nuclear Power Chief Despised by the Green Lobby Sends out a Tough Message
Byline: HAMIDA GHAFOUR THE Greens hate him, but Robin Jeffrey manages to joke about it. The executive chairman of British Energy confesses that he once walked into a party and introduced himself as the man who bought Three Mile Island. The nuclear...
Gordon Brown's 'Stinking Trick'; Chancellor 'Deceived Blair in Row over NHS Rescue Cash'
Byline: SIMON WALTERS CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown was accused by Cabinet enemies last night of playing a 'stinking trick' on Tony Blair in the storm over how to pay for a multibillion-pound package to rescue the Health Service. The row between the...
Government in U-Turn to Scupper Mail on Sunday Bid to Reveal HIV Threat; as Judge Prepares to Rule on Gagging Order, Guidelines on Health Threats Are Changed
Byline: RACHEL ELLIS THOUSANDS of patients treated by a health worker with HIV may never know they have been put at risk of infection after the Government tried to forestall a Mail on Sunday bid to expose the case. A High Court judge will rule...
GROW YOUR OWN INDOOR FOREST; Charlie Dimmock Reveals the Art of Bonsai Trees for Your Home
Byline: CHARLIE DIMMOCK AS a fashion craze, I always thought that bonsai trees were a bit of a disaster. The trouble was, everyone assumed they were indoor plants, even though the ones you usually saw on sale were outdoor trees such as Japanese...
Happy Chukkamas; Polo-Playing Princes Team Up for Charles's Christmas Card
Byline: FIONA BARTON WITH their beaming smiles, they look more like the Three Amigos than a middle-aged father and his two teenage sons. But Prince Charles has instilled in William and Harry his passion for polo - and he is mighty proud of the...
Haul of the Wild Every Winter Weekend, 300 Teams Compete in Husky Races All over the Country. Jonathan Green Joins the Mushers and Watches the Fur Fly
Byline: JONATHAN GREEN The snarls become deafening. Six husky dogs strain at the ropes with such ferocity that I'm convinced they'll snap. I am terrified. They are harnessed to a 'rig' - which looks like a cross between a BMX bike and a Roman chariot....
Hawick Triumph with Late Decider
Byline: SEAN VINCENT CHAMPIONS Hawick kept up their impressive run and put pressure on leaders Boroughmuir by outgunning Heriot's 19-6 at muddy Mansfield Park. The contest was in the balance until substitute Cameron Bruce made sure of glory for...
Henrik Supplies Edge to the Graft and Grit
Byline: STEPHEN DAVIES IF there is one match in the first phase that has all the makings of a draw, it is when England entertain Sweden - although the word 'entertain' is used advisedly. Six of the last nine meetings between these countries have...
Her Husband Was Beheaded by a Terrorist Gang. Now a Cash Crisis Engulfing His Ex-Employer Could Cheat This Widow of Compensation; Telecoms Firm at the Centre of Chechnya Kidnapping Horror in Fight for Survival
Byline: ANDREW LEACH SHE suffered the anguish of knowing that her husband had been kidnapped in a foreign country. She endured the horror of hearing that he had been savagely murdered, his severed head found by the roadside on the outskirts of Grozny,...
High-Yield Deal Is for None but Brave Investors
Byline: ALICIA WYLLIE COURAGE is the watchword with high-yield bond funds. But investors willing to take a risk are being tempted by the prospect of returns of up to 20 per cent a year. The funds invest in bonds issued by companies that want...
Hindley Fury as Killer Moves into Her 'Suite'; Moors Murderer's Life of Luxury Ruined as She Is Ordered to Give Cell to Child Torturer
Byline: MARTIN SMITH MOORS murderer Myra Hindley's unparalleled life of luxury and privacy in prison has come to a sudden end after another notorious child killer was sent to her jail. The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Tracey Wright, jailed...
Hobbit of a Lifetime; LORD OF THE RINGS
Byline: JO WILTSHIRE Elijah Wood talks to Jo Wiltshire about his role as Frodo Baggins, the heroic hobbit at the heart of the classic trilogy On meeting Elijah Wood, it is obvious why there was little surprise among industry insiders when he...
Humiliation for DFS over Shares Handout; Tory Peer Facing Pressure to Scrap Huge Increases in Options for Board
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM TYCOON Lord Kirkham, the saviour of the Conservative party, faces a humiliating and unprecedented climbdown this week over a plan to give a huge increase in share option windfalls to executives at his furniture group, DFS....
I'll Boost Our Elite Forces, Says Hoon
Byline: BOB GRAHAM BRITAIN is to train thousands more elite rapid-reaction troops to fight terrorism on a global scale. Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon will outline this week how a number of British infantry regiments will be 'retrained and re-equipped'...
Insurers Put Pressure on Drugs Firms; WARINESS OVER LAWSUITS PUSHES UP PREMIUMS
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM DRUGS companies can expect rises of up to 800 per cent in the cost of insurance after high-profile lawsuits and the tougher line being taken by underwriters in the aftermath of September 11. This follows Financial Mail's...
Is It Safe to Go Back in the Water?; John Bantin on the Reality Behind the Big Shark Scare
Byline: JOHN BANTIN AUTHOR Peter Benchley seems regretful that he wrote the book Jaws: 'I could never have written it today - 25 years on we know a lot more about sharks. 'A shark is nature at its most perfect. It governs the rest of the food...
Is It the Time Your Windfall
Byline: RICHARD DYSON MILLIONS of us have benefited from privatisation and windfall shares, but it may be time to be brutal and ditch them. Financial advisers say too many new recruits to the army of shareholders have just sat on their assets....
I Spy the Seventies
Byline: CHRISTOPHER BRAY Remember the Seventies?For a long time, that grim yet gaudy decade looked as if it had been incinerated in the cultural dustbin. But recently it has made a comeback: when set against our own shallow times, it now looks...
It's All Comingup Roses for Lawyer Who Fiddled [Pounds Sterling]17,000; New Love for Flower Picking Fugitive
Byline: PETER JONES WHEN lawyer Alistair Liddle disappeared after taking [pound]5,000 from his firm's client account, the 20-stone Scot sparked a nationwide hunt. A year later, police traced him to St Ives in Cornwall, where he had lost six stones,...
It's Your Funeral. Broadcaster Henry Kelly Wants His Wake Held at a Racecourse, Where a 'Very Small, Bad Race' Should Be Named after Him
Byline: SUE CORRIGAN Like most people, I would like a pleasant, peaceful death. As another Irish fella once said, 'I just hope that when I go, I go to bed one night and wake up dead.' That's my view, too. The Irish love the contemplation of death....
It Will Be Sheer Hell Trying to Cope with Argentina
Byline: MARK RYAN IF ENGLAND needed any confirmation that their task in Japan next year will be nigh on impossible, it came from Colombia's coach. Francisco Maturana was asked: 'What is it like playing against Argentina?' He replied: 'It's...
I WAS SEDUCED BY MY GAMES MASTER BUT TWO YEARS WITH HIM NEARLY DESTROYED ME; 17-Year-Old in School Affair Scandal Tells How Jealous Older Lover Turned Her Life into Sheer Hell
Byline: RACHEL KAUFMAN By WHEN 17-year-old schoolgirl Hannah Duke declared her love for the 33-year-old married sports master at her exclusive school two years ago, she insisted that it would last forever. 'I love him and no one will split us...
Jack the Knife Could Die by a Sword of His Own Making
Byline: GEORGE GALLOWAY To the victor the spoils. Thus might Jack McConnell brush aside the protesting squeaks of his crushed Cabinet opponents after the First Minister's night of the polystyrene knives. McConnell could have opted, like John...
JUST SAY MO; Kacey Ainsworth Plays EastEnders' Little Mo, a Battered and Downtrodden Wife. but, in Dramatic New Episodes, Mo Is about to Fight Back - and to Make Kacey the Biggest Star of the New Year
Byline: JO WILTSHIRE There are several ways in which an aspiring actress can boost her career. Boring the internationally acclaimed director, Mike Leigh, to sleep isn't one of them. Fortunately, Kacey Ainsworth, who plays Maureen 'Little Mo' Morgan...
Kate's Ex Is Left Holding the Baby; 'Life Was Rough Living with the Titanic Star. I Am Much Happier Now' Says Devoted Father Jim
Byline: SHARON CHURCHER HE WAS grief-stricken in September when the beautiful actress who is the mother of his 13-month-old daughter told him she wanted a divorce. But last week, Kate Winslet's estranged husband Jim Threapleton confessed: 'Life...
Klos Be Thedeal That Reignis Almost Over?
Byline: FRASER MACKIE IF YOU believe Rangers are a force in freefall, then you must be wondering just how big a bump Stefan Klos sustained to the head during his bruising encounters with Ross County's forwards on Wednesday night. Did it interfere...
Labour's Disgraced Spin Doctor 'To Quit'; Byers' Aide Is 'Depressed and Ready to Go' after Latest Row over Her 'Burying' Bad News
Byline: SIMON WALTERS DISGRACED Labour spin doctor Jo Moore is preparing to quit her job, friends revealed last night. Ms Moore, who has caused outrage twice in the last two months by trying to 'bury' bad news announcements concerning her troubled...
Left out of the Glory
Byline: ROY HATTERSLEY Can it really be less than ten years since Neil Kinnock led Labour to its fourth consecutive defeat and then passed on to life after political death with the European Commission in Brussels? Reading the account of his turbulent...
Let's Play It Tough,but Stay Cool
Byline: PETER HAYTER NASSER HUSSAIN will lead England into the first Test against his homeland tomorrow knowing that the tension over the Virender Sehwag affair could turn their three games against India into a powderkeg series. But England's...
Limping from the Cradle to Its Own Grave
Byline: STEWART STEVEN And now for the really bad news. The idea that a choice exists between a National Health Service funded by taxation and one paid for out of private insurance is utterly false. We have a health service which once we thought...
Live an Author's Life, but Don't Give Up the Day Job
Byline: RACHEL BRIDGE FEW writers will hit the big time like Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling - but if you are prepared to churn out a book every couple of years and don't mind a variable income, it is possible to earn a living from satisfying...
Lives of Faith, Hope - and Little Clarity; REVIEW
Byline: GEORGINA BROWN FAITH HEALER ALMEIDA AT KING'S CROSS LONDON **** HOCK AND SODA WATER MINERVA THEATRE,CHICHESTER *** A fellow critic once told me of a redletter night in the theatre. It was Faith Healer, written in 1979 by...
Looking on the Bright Side of a World Crisis
Byline: FRANK BARRETT YOU really have to hand it to the travel industry for its ability to remain optimistic in the most daunting of circumstances. Nothing, apparently, can dent its eternal belief that good times are just around the corner. ...
Lovell's Journey West Is a Step in Right Direction
Byline: JAMES MELVILLE STUART LOVELL'S summer switch from Leith to Livingston was considered a step backward greater in length than simply the 16 miles that the midfielder covered to complete the deal. So it's little surprise that Lovell had cause...
Major Finds a Coat of Arms to Suit Him; BLACK DOG
MENTION the name John Major and a number of less than heraldic images spring to mind. They range from his love of peas, Black Wednesday, his habit of tucking his shirt inside his underpants and Ministers caught with their pants down. Thankfully,...
McCarthy Enjoys Luck of the Irish
Byline: JOE MELLING MICK McCARTHY found it easy to laugh when Sven Goran Eriksson offered to swap World Cup groups at the end of yesterday's draw in Korea. 'You could say that his suggestion was not the best offer I have had lately,' said McCarthy,...
Means-Test Barrier for Pensioners; Chancellor's Income Boosting Plan Is Well-Intentioned but Flawed, Says Charity
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON TODAY'S pensioners are likely to benefit from plans outlined last week by Gordon Brown - if they enjoy filling in forms and have a fair grip of basic maths. And if the Chancellor follows through with proposed changes to the...
Me, My Elf and I - THE LORD OF THE RINGS; from Rock Star Daughter to Elven Princess Wasn't Such a Big Leap for Liv Tyler
Byline: TIM HUNT Every child goes through a rebellious time, because they don't want to have to tell their parents everything, even though their parents already know. But I don't really think of it as rebellious - I try to be free.' So says model-turned-actress...
Mischievous Sting That Hurt the City
Byline: BEN LAURANCE THIS was the perfect story. It seemed plausible. There was a fair degree of commercial logic in it. And what journalist can fail to be excited by receiving what are obviously leaked documents? Hence last Wednesday, a handful...
Mista: All Ourworries Will Be over Once We Win
Byline: SCOTT DAVIE VALENCIA midfielder Mista insists his club will put their dressing-room unrest behind them and sweep Celtic out of the UEFA Cup in a make-or-break week for the troubled Spanish club. The team that lost the last two Champions...
More Nukes; How Tony Blair Is Quietly Planning to Defy All the Warnings and Build New Reactors
By Zac Goldsmith EDITOR OF THE ECOLOGIST When Jo Moore, Stephen Byers's Press secretary, suggested that the terrorist attacks on America presented ideal conditions for the 'burial' of bad stories, New Labour bent over backwards to distance itself...
MP's Son 'Stole Cheques fromLabour Colleague'; and Called Himself Dr Mustafa, Spent [Pounds Sterling]1,850 on Egyptian Art and Had It Delivered to the Commons
Byline: MARK AITKEN THE son of a senior Labour politician has been arrested on suspicion of stealing from the office of one of his father's parliamentary colleagues. Malcolm Bell, 19, son of Middlesbrough MP Stuart Bell, allegedly used cheques...
My Lover Charles
Byline: CHRIS HUTCHINS THE MOST SENSATIONAL ROYAL STORY OF THE YEAR Over many intimate conversations Lady 'Kanga' Tryon told writer Chris Hutchins the secrets of her affair with the Prince of Wales - to be revealed only after her death. Now he...
New Row over Equitable's Former Chief
Byline: SIMON FLUENDY;TOBY WALNE A NEW row has erupted over the conduct of Christopher Headdon, former chief actuary to Equitable Life. The Financial Services Authority last week said that the value of cover in a [pound]700 million reinsurance...
Out There - as Every Celebrity Knows, to Get Ahead You Have to Be Wearing the Right Trousers; Enter the Dragon
Byline: LINA DAS Maharishi trousers, or 'Snopants' as those in the know call them, are the celebrity trouser. No self-respecting star worth his Met Bar membership would be without them, and everyone these days, from the good, the bad, to former...
Out There - Gadgets; Watch This Space They Aren't Just Pretty Faces Any More
Byline: MICHAEL BROOK suuntos metron WHAT DOES IT DO??hould you find yourself in an inhospitable environment, you'd want this clamped tightly around your wrist. Incorporating a compass, an altimeter and a barometer, as well as a heart-rate monitor...
OUT THERE - Jumpin' Cat Flash; Trends
Byline: CELIA WALDEN Tom Cat, the dancing, womanising feline star of the cult television commercial is 'in talks' about releasing a pop single. Is he just too cool for cats, asks Celia Walden Tom Cat, the late night clubbing feline from the Bacardi...
Out There - Tanks for the Memory
Byline: WENDY GOMERSALL Ask your beloved for an experience gift for Christmas and you could have an unforgettable day as Bond or Biggles. Circle the one you want and leave it lying around, says Wendy Gomersall MAVERICK Pretend you're Tom Cruise...
Overdrawn, Overcharged . . . but Overjoyed That the Banks Must Finally Slash Their Fees
Byline: TOBY WALNE BULLYBOY banks that charge customers huge amounts for slipping into the red are to be given a taste of their own medicine if they do not scrap unfair penalties. This should mean the end of high fees for unauthorised overdrafts,...
Overseas Investors Shunning Britain
Byline: TOM MCGHIE BRITAIN is facing a sharp fall in inward investment as overseas companies turn their backs on the UK, new figures show. A study will reveal that Britain's dominance as the most powerful magnet in Europe for inward investment...
Painful News for Patients as Waiting Times Grow
Byline: MARK AITKEN LABOUR was accused last night of failing NHS patients after an official report highlighted significant increases in waiting times for consultant appointments. Scottish patients face having to wait up to two months longer to...
Painless Path to a Grasp of Finance; LOGGING ON
Byline: STEPHEN MCDOWELL YEARS ago at school, I regularly placed the skin of my knuckles in jeopardy while I vainly tried to put together a correctly constructed sentence in Latin. But what I could not grasp - even after having been assured by...
Pay Up for School Extras, MoD Tells Forces Families; Services Association Blasts Cost-Cutting Action against Troops Facing Conflict Overseas
Byline: ROSS SLATER AS SERVICEMEN overseas stand by for action, their children have been made the object of a Ministry of Defence cost cutting exercise. Forces' families have been told that from now on they will have to pay for educational extras...
Perfect Timing; Nick Foulkes Explains Why Owning the Right Wristwatch Says Far More about You Than Just Having the Correct Time
Byline: NICK FOULKES The last thing you need a watch for these days is to tell the time: the hour of the day blinks out at you from every major, and several minor, appliances, from the cooker to the video recorder. The 21st-century wristwatch...
Pick of the Plums for the Young; REVIEW
Byline: RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN This is the time of year when the thoughts of little girls turn to pink, pretty things and the fairy at the top of the Christmas tree. There's nothing for it: the only honourable course for parents is to make for the...
Police Quiz Daughter of Suspected Baby Killer
Byline: STEPHEN RAFFERTY THE grownup daughter of a woman suspected of killing or harming up to eight of her babies is to be questioned by police. Officers fear the 20-year-old suffered horrific abuse at her mother's hands in childhood and may...
[Pounds Sterling]1.2 Billion Scramble for Wessex; Water Firm for Sale after Enron Crash
Byline: GRAEME BEATON;ANDREW LEACH FINANCIAL companies headed by West LB and Royal Bank of Scotland have emerged as front runners in the [pound]1.2 billion race for Wessex Water. The timetable for a sale has been accelerated by the collapse of its...
[Pounds Sterling]16m Sacking Writ; Executive to Sue UBS in Biggest Claim of Its Kind
Byline: DAN ATKINSON;SARAH LIMBRICK A FORMER executive at investment bank UBS is claiming more than [pound]16 million in a High Court battle over his alleged sacking earlier this year. The claim is thought to be one of the biggest of its kind...