The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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

Articles from June 23, 1996

1–T T–W
17,000-Page Bill of Sale
Byline: Alistair Self HEALTH service bosses have drawn up a contract almost as long as the Encyclopaedia Britannica for the sale of an NHS hospital. The cost of preparing the 17,000-page contract and administering the sale is estimated at an...
ABLE SEAMAN IS ENGLAND's HERO; EURO SPECIAL
Byline: JOE MELLING FOOTBALL is coming home with the anthem which reverberated around the ancient Wembley last night. And the entire nation is holding open the door to welcome it. Exhausted England staggered over the threshold into the semi-finals...
Ancient Egypt, a Bargain Cruise and a Billionairess Straight out of Agatha Christie
Byline: JOHN CRAVEN YOU never know who'll be sitting next to you on a holiday flight. Winging back to Gatwick after revelling in the riches of ancient Egypt, I discovered that the lady asleep just across the aisle could probably have given the pharaohs...
Arabian Charmer Who Had Last Laugh at His Own Derby Joke
Byline: Ivor Herbert THE happy Arab, who won who the Derby, turned out just as jovial, just as charming when I talked to him in his hotel. The almost unknown Mr Khalifa Dasmal had delighted everyone at Epsom with his spontaneous show of joy and...
Are Cut-Price Flights Heading for Disaster? Travel Log
Byline: FRANK BARRETT AFTER a ValuJet DC-9 crashed five weeks ago in the Florida Everglades with the deaths of all 110 people on board, the America Federal Aviation Administration launched a major investigation into the airline's safety procedures....
A Roar of Relief
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS ON A COOL midsummer evening at Wembley, the footballers of England answered the demands of a nation. A mild and unassuming man named David Seaman flung himself to his left and knocked aside a fiercely driven penalty from...
Back to Basics for Short-Haul Appeal; BUSINESS TRAVEL
Byline: AMON COHEN TWO new British airlines have chosen Amsterdam as their first overseas destination - but there the similarity between easyJet and World Airlines ends. On easyJet from Luton, catering is strictly snacks from a trolley, railway-style....
Back to the Grotto for a Cockle Shell Heroine
Byline: RODDY LLEWELLYN TO the ancient Greeks, they were shady caves where offerings were made to the nymphs. To the Romans - and the equally imperious 18th Century English aristocracy - they were amusing architectural follies. Now grottos are...
Becker Booming Now with a New Generation
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY HIS enthusiasm is delivered forcibly, like one of his 125mph serves that looks unlikely to be stopped short of Wimbledon Village. `It's very exciting again at the top of the tennis profession,' suggests Boris Becker. His...
Beef Fiasco Could Leave [Pounds Sterling]5bn Legacy; TAX FEAR AS TREASURY TOTS UP TRUE COST OF MAD COW CRISIS
Byline: Joe Murphy;Chris McLaughlin THE final bill for the beef disaster could be [pounds sterling]5 billion - three times more than the Government has told Parliament - according to Treasury calculations. Most of the impact will be staved off...
Beware the Pitfalls of That Place in the Sun; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON MANY people dream of owning a home in the sunshine - and end up badly burned when it turns to a nightmare. The recession forced many British owners to sell cottages and villas abroad for as little as a third of what they...
Bidders Rule the Waves; COLLECTING
Byline: LORNE SPICER BOATING enthusiasts can dip a toe in the auction waters at Phillips' annual riverboat sale next month. A week after the Henley regatta, the auction world picks over memorabilia from the golden age of the Thames, which lasted...
Britain Leads Fight to Keep Whale Ban
BRITAIN will lead international demands tomorrow for a permanent ban on commercial whaling. Despite evidence that whaling stocks are healthy, Fisheries Minister Tony Baldry will insist that Britain stands Firm -and he will call for a ban on the use...
BT Calls for a New Chief on the Quiet
Byline: PATIENCE WHEATCROFT DELICATELY, and oh so discreetly, headhunters are sounding out potential successors to Sir Iain Vallance. If British Telecom's explanation for this exercise is to be believed, the company deserves the Nostradamus award...
Burger Empire of a King
TEN years ago this month, McDonald's opened its first franchised restaurant in the UK. The owner was John King, a former international marketing manager of Schweppes, who now has his own little empire of three of the fast-food restaurants. King...
Camilla Bids Farewell to Her Childhood Haven; for Sale: The Family Home She Fled to after Charles Admitted Their Affair
Byline: Sarah Oliver THIS IS the house which for almost half a century has been the sanctuary of Camilla Parker Bowles. It is, in the words of her father Major Bruce Shand, `the anchor' in the life of Prince Charles's mistress. As a child...
CAN CAMERON MACKINTOSH WORK HIS MUSICAL MAGIC AGAIN? ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL,ON MARTIN GUERRE, THE WEST END'S NEW [Pounds sterling]4M
Byline: Catherine Ostler NO ONE paid any attention to the man in the baggy beige linen jacket as he passed among the audience at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End on Friday night. He had one of the best seats in the house, but throughout...
Capital Gains; Art
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER Leon Kossoff, Tate Gallery, Millbank, London SW1. Until September 1. [pounds sterling]4 Leon Kossoff has been one of the most individual and striking stylists in British art for over four decades; his instantly recognisable,...
Caring Ways That Lock in Key Workers; CAREERS
Byline: ELAINE CAVANAGH WHEN talented staff leave, their experience and skill go with them. So how do companies that ask for voluntary redundancies hold on to their best people? Many employers have learned that the promise of career development...
Courage of a Lady Who Could Only Say Thanks
IN the pockets of Ireland where the men of violence live in narrow ghettos of hate, the bombers make no distinction. Last Saturday the plight of an elderly bomb victim touched the hearts of millions in a photograph that went around the world. ...
Diamonds ARE Forever; Sparkle Back in Gems Business as Famous Names Help Put a Shine on Sales
Byline: ALLAN PIPER ACTRESS Liz Hurley may be undecided about men, but diamonds certainly seem to be her best friend. In Cannes last month, her escort was Hugh Grant. Then she had seriously wealthy bachelor Henry Dent-Brocklehurst for company...
Dock Company Sues Union
Byline: RUSSELL HOTTEN A BITTER dock workers' dispute that has divided Liverpool took a new turn this weekend when Mersey Docks and Harbour Company began a legal action in the United States. It is suing American dockers and their leader, claiming...
Do Company Trips Put You in Jeopardy? BUSINESS TRAVEL
Byline: JOHN LAW THE next time you are sent abroad on business, don't get carried away with the euphoria of being out of the office for a few days. First check you are properly insured. Insurers claim that countless business travellers are taking...
Doctor Death
Byline: BRIAN MASTERS You know Paul Knapman better that you think. The name may not immediately snap into view, but anyone who remembers the Marchioness disaster on the Thames in 1988, the Clapham rail crash of 1988, the murder of WPC Yvonne...
Don't Suffer at the Hands of Burglars and Insurers; Spare a Thought for Safety
Byline: JILL INSLEY PROTECTING your home against burglary not only brings peace of mind but can also save money. Some insurers will cut home contents policies by 20% if a householder takes a few anti-theft precautions. Ian Crowder, a spokesman...
Eurotunnel Nears Banks Deal
Byline: RUSSELL HOTTEN EUROTUNNEL will try to stave off a shareholder revolt this week with a promise that [pounds sterling]8.4 billion refinancing talks are close to being agreed with its 225 banks. Sources on both sides of the Channel have...
Eyesores Unlock a [Pounds Sterling]1bn Gas Fortune
Byline: MATTHEW WALL MILLENNIUM celebrations may unlock a [pounds sterling]1 billion fortune for British Gas. The key is the Millennium Exhibition in Greenwich, which has won Government backing after a shaky start. The transformation of the...
Fitness Guru Found Dead; RAILWAY TRACK RIDDLE OF EX-ENGLAND TEST TEAM TRAINER
Byline: Daniel Foggo A TOP fitness coach who once trained the England cricket team has been found dead by a railway track. Colin Tomlin, 56, whose sport techniques were world-famous, was discovered beside a level crossing. He had been struck...
FOILED IN THE NAME OF THE TRUTH; Piers Paul Read on Why Guildford Four Man Paul Hill's Vindictive Court Action Was Halted
Byline: Piers Paul Read A MAN who served 15 years in a British prison for a crime he did not commit brought a million-pound compensation claim against the police force that prepared the evidence against him. He claimed damages for `personal injuries,...
Ganguly Glory as Debut Ton Foils England
Byline: PETER HAYTER JUST when we were beginning to think India were a one-man batting team, Saurav Ganguly emerged from the shadow of Sachin Tendulkar. A century secured safety for his side and a place in history for himself. When Ganguly...
GAZETTE; the Week in Reviews
WOMAN WE LOVE Tamara Beckwith Tamara Beckwith is the 26-year-old socialite daughter of a multi-millionaire property tycoon. She has tried her hand at modelling (naked, with a handbag across her bottom), acting, and TV presenting, but doesn't think...
Glitzy Venetia the Fake Deb Is Michael's Winner; MY FIRST JOB/CAREERS
Byline: JOHN KERCHER FILM director Michael Winner's job as a show business writer started when his father suggested that he should describe an encounter with a famous actor. Winner recalls: `At 14 years old I submitted the piece on John Howard...
GOLDEN PATH TO A FORTUNE; You Could Dig out [Pounds Sterling]50,000 in an Instant
WILL you strike gold this week in our terrific, ever-popular Instant Cash game? Readers galore have already scooped prizes ranging from [pounds sterling]1 to the fabulous [pounds sterling]50,000 jackpot. So turn to today's Night & Day magazine,...
Go with the Floe; Books
Byline: D J TAYLOR I MAY BE SOME TIME: Ice And The English Imagination by Francis Spufford, Faber, [pounds sterling]15.99, history `Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray . . . ' These are the opening words of what must be one...
Grammar Schools for All; Shephard Clears Way for the End of Comprehensives Grammar Schools
Byline: Alison Brace RADICAL plans to establish hundreds of new grammar schools and reintroduce nationwide selection are at the centre of the most wide-ranging education reforms for 30 years. Education Secretary Gillian Shephard will this week...
Hands off Our Iestyn; ON WELSH SPORT EVERY WEEK
Byline: Peter Jackson WALES' most valuable rugby player will be on show against England at Cardiff Arms Park this week with his club insisting: `He's not for sale, at any price.' Scott Quinnell may be back and Scott Gibbs on his way by September...
Has Anyone Here Seen a Very Big Black Bear? on a Camping Holiday in Canada, a Breathtaking Chance to Get Close to Nature
Byline: GARETH HUW DAVIES WHEN Tracker Two returned to base saying he'd seen a bear, we were very understanding. And why not? It's every 10-year-old's ambition on a campsite holiday in Canada. `Of course you saw a bear.' `But I did!' ...
High-Risk Betting Is Just for Good Sports; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: LIAM ROBB BOOKMAKERS are offering 11-8 on Pete Sampras winning the men's singles championship at Wimbledon, where the annual tennis fortnight begins tomorrow. Although a more attractive 8-1 price can be obtained on the American heart-throb...
Hogg the Loser as Ministry Faces the Axe; Whitehall Chief Hints at Huge Shake-Up
Byline: Christopher Leake THE Ministry of Agriculture may be scrapped in the wake of the beef fiasco. Cabinet Secretary Sir Robin Butler says in confidential Whitehall minutes that the public thinks that the Government handled the crisis badly...
Holiday Loves That Send Senses Astray
Byline: BEVERLEY CUDDY MOST of us will have shared our supper with a stray dog on holiday. And every year countless holidaymakers spend thousands of pounds bringing home ones they've adopted. Only last week the Greek Animal Welfare Fund airlifted...
Holiday Safeguard One Day at a Time
Byline: CLAIRE BURSTON HOLIDAYMAKERS will soon be able to buy travel insurance covering precisely the number of days they are away and priced for the country they are visiting. This radical move will cut the cost of travel insurance for thousands...
Home Loans That Give Hangovers
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE YET another example of the competitive advantage building societies have over their struggling banking counterparts landed on my desk last week. It came in the form of a letter from Martin Ritchley, Coventry building...
How the Drama Unfolded; EURO SPECIAL
Byline: Paul Morgan Penalty One: ALAN SHEARER strode up confidently and, with his right foot, blasted the ball to Andoni Zubizarreta's right, in the same place he had beaten Holland's Van Der Sar four days before. The Spanish goalkeeper moved early,...
Huge Pay-Offs in Pipeline for Water Bosses
Byline: MATTHEW WALL DIRECTORS at Southern Water stand to make almost [pounds sterling]2.4 million from severance pay and share options if Scottish Power's [pounds sterling]1.67 billion takeover offer is accepted. Chairman Bill Courtney, managing...
I Ask the Questions; (Such As: Why Do You Always Think It's Going to Rain?)
Byline: TOM HIBBERT Whenever we saw him on the telly umpiring a test match, left hand in coat pocket, white flat-cap on head, we thought, `Gosh, Dickie Bird must be the grumpiest man in all of England!' There he would stand, glancing up to the skies,...
I Need Sleep, Not Duty-Free; BUSINESS TRAVEL
MARK Carbery, 34, is public affairs manager for Daewoo Cars, a subsidiary of the Daewoo Group, which makes everything from sportswear to space rockets. His life of travel is fast and furious - but he finds a tot of whisky helps keep him going. ...
Investors' Fury over [Pounds Sterling]5m Settlement Deal
MORE than 3,000 investors have missed a settlement worth [pounds sterling]5 million from City merchant bank Guinness Mahon. It covers three failed Business Expansion Schemes the bank sponsored in the late Eighties, but which eventually lost [pounds...
IRA Doesn't Want Truce, Says Adams; AS MANCHESTER UNITES IN A SHOW OF STRENGTH
Byline: William Lowther;Lorna Duckworth GERRY ADAMS has given President Clinton the chilling warning: `Don't ask me to push the IRA over a ceasefire - because I cannot deliver.' The Sinn Fein leader claimed to White House aides that he cannot...
Is Bruton Big Enough to Act?
Byline: JOHN JUNOR THERE is one man who could end IRA terrorism tomorrow. That man is the well-meaning Republic of Ireland Prime Minister Mr John Bruton. The names of the hard core of IRA terrorists are known to him. His intelligence services...
It's So Xciting off the Beaten Track; MOPTORING
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY ONE route to financial success for a car maker is to find a niche and exploit it before others catch on. Renault mined the MPV market for years with the Espace, but these days the sector is overcrowded. Now Japanese car...
Jacklin Staying Away from the Scene of His Geatest Triumph
Byline: PETER HIGGS NOT so long ago he was among the most high-profile figures in British sport. A man who put golf on the front pages. Now Tony Jacklin says: `I'm a private person and I'm happy to stay that way. One day I'll move to the middle...
Jazz
Byline: ADAM LIVELY I could not let the death last weekend of Ella Fitzgerald go unmarked in this column. There have been a handful of performers in the history of jazz whose popular appeal has carried a music way beyond its usual audience. Like...
JOIN THE JORDAN STARS AT THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX AT SILVERSTONE; Win the Motor Racing Day out of a Lifetime
BRITAIN'S Damon Hill continues his quest for the Formula One World Drivers' Championship on home ground next month when Silverstone hosts the British Grand Prix. And The Mail on Sunday is offering motor-racing fans the chance to win the day of a...
Labour Alert on Driver Testing
Byline: RUSSELL HOTTEN LABOUR'S transport spokeswoman Clare Short is demanding an urgent investigation into why London bus com-panies are abandoning random drink and drug testing on drivers. Critics say the move is a result of the drive to cut...
Ladejo Calls Relay Truce
Byline: Simon Greenberg DU'AINE LADEJO extended the hand of friendship to Roger Black last night following their post-race confrontation at the Olympic trials. The 400 metres stars will have to patch up their differences as partners in the British...
Lamb's Book Launch Blocked
Byline: BILL DAY ALLAN LAMB was last night reeling from the backlash of the English cricket authorities over his decision to publish a controversial autobiography without Test and County Cricket Board approval. The 42-year-old former England...
LOTTERY WINNERS HIT JACKPOT; EURO 96 SPECIAL,Just the Ticket as Wembley Fantasy Rolls On
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS THE dream survives, the adventure continues, the beguiling fantasy still clutches the heart of a nation. If football were a coldly rational game, in which skill was always rewarded and the better teams always came out...
Major's `Old Milker'; BLACK DOG
THANK heavens John Major does not pick the England team. For Black Dog can reveal that the Prime Minister has just chosen another Third Division player for a key role in his Downing Street side. Soon to be shuffling out of St James's Palace and...
Men Behaving Sadly; FEMAIL ON SUNDAY,Jane Gordon on the Decline of the Male
Byline: Jane Gordon FOR the past few weeks, seven or so burly, tattooed men have been transforming the house next door into a dream home. They have aroused a variety of emotions in our household, from the adoration of my four-year-old son...
Mind Field; Books
Byline: RAY MONK Carl Gustav Jung: A Biography by Frank McLynn, Bantam, [pounds sterling]25 Carl Jung (left) is rivalled among psychologists only by Freud, and his work has provided the theoretical foundation for many forms of therapy practised...
Mix-Up Made My Boy a Girl; MOTHER SUES HOSPITAL OVER BABY BLUNDER
Byline: Lorraine Fraser THE parents of a baby boy are suing a hospital for declaring their new-born son was a girl. Adele Jaques and her boyfriend claim midwives, doctors and nurses insisted the child was female. And they say the medical staff...
More Thrills for Wills and Friends; Travel Log
Byline: FRANK BARRETT AS those of us who have one will tell you, 14-year-old boys are a breed apart. They are arguably the missing link between civilised man and the ape. Their main activity is eating, their favourite form of recreation is...
Nissan Faces Shake-Up
Byline: RUSSELL HOTTEN TROUBLED Japanese car-maker Nissan could be facing a huge shake-up of its UK sales and marketing operation. Since the company severed its links with fugitive tycoon Octav Botnar in 1991 it has seen its market share fall...
No Strawberries and Cream This Year; INSIDE STORY,As Steffi Graf Defends Her Wimbledon Title, Her Father Will Be Watching on TV from His Prison Cell
Byline: Malcolm Folley BEHIND the towering wall crowned with barbed wire the small, desolate man runs each day with the dedication of an Olympic athlete. His gaunt features, once olive-coloured from endless hours spent following the sun, now...
Novels
THE LAST OF THE SAVAGES by Jay McInerney, Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]16.99 After its exhilarating, dangerous youth, the fiction of Jay McInerney (right) is easing its way into comfortable maturity. His last novel, Brightness Falls, represented the...
Novels
THE LAST OF THE SAVAGES by Jay McInerney, Bloomsbury, #16.99 After its exhilarating, dangerous youth, the fiction of Jay McInerney (right) is easing its way into comfortable maturity. His last novel, Brightness Falls, represented the acquisition...
Oil Tip That Earned a Celebratory Drink; PERSONAL FINANCE
Tuesday,June 4 6.15pm I AM just about to nip out to the library when my stockbroker friend phones. He recommended British Borneo Petroleum in February and I bought 1,200 at 425p, so I'm keen to hear his views. He thinks I should take profits...
On the Ball; Television
Byline: Brian Viner At the end of the day, I'm not sure whether the BBC's flat back four has been a success. On the left, Gullit keeps getting nutmegged by tricky English phrase constructions, confusing `a deep midfield role' with `in at the deep...
Our Mail on Sunday; Night & Day
A WORD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH: A SATISFIED PUNTER WRITES My faith in constructive music journalism has been kick-started again thanks to David Thomas' excellent article about Bush (June 2). He's done his homework. The whole piece is full...
Outside Edge
Byline: DAVID HUGHES The distant traffic is a summer murmur, the declining sun spotlights the bushes, the warm dusk encloses you - and suddenly there's Shakespeare. In an access of pleasure, ice-cold Pimm's in hand, I'm sitting in the Open Air Theatre...
Paradise Could Have Been Hell for Buyers; QUESTIONS OF CASH
Byline: TONY HETHERINGTON J. H. H. writes: I thought you might be interested in looking into Buyer's Paradise, whose advertising circular has come through my door. I don't see how this can possibly work, but perhaps I am too cynical. DO NOT...
Parcels Package Failed to Deliver; FRANCHISING
Byline: HUGH SEBAG-MONTEFIORE FRANCHISING can offer golden opportunities to people who want to start their own businesses. And the British Franchise Association's annual Franchisor of the Year lunch, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last...
[Pounds Sterling]5bn Oil Bonanza for the Falklands
Byline: NEIL THAPAR THE Falkland Islands could be heading for a [pounds sterling]5 billion oil jackpot. The cash, amounting to about [pounds sterling]2 million for each of the 2,200 islanders, will flow in as tax after oil companies take up exploration...
Profits with a Clear Conscience
Byline: CLAIRE BURSTON MAKING a profit out of doing good is not a glaring contradiction. Many of the 24 ethical unit and investment trusts provide top returns and allow investors to avoid companies involved in human rights abuses or harming the...
Radio
Byline: JENNY DISKI Now that Matthew Bannister has become the Head of Everything as well as Lord of Radio 1 FM, it's worth wondering if the cause is his Great Idea of having Chris Evans wake everybody up from Monday to Friday. If I was inclined...
Rail Union Rejects NUM Merger Bid
Byline: Christopher Leake A RAIL union has secretly rejected a merger with Arthur Scargill's National Union of Mineworkers. The executive of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union, led by Jimmy Knapp - a one-time Scargill ally - threw out the...
Revenue Heat on the Sweatshops
Byline: MATTHEW WALL THE Inland Revenue says `classy' High Street fashion chains are selling expensive clothes made by tax-evading back-street sweatshops. A recent probe into the rag trade found that 40% of the textile firms investigated were...
ROBSON LINES UP [Pounds Sterling]12m BID FOR SHEARER; EURO 96 SPECIAL
Byline: Joe Melling ALAN SHEARER, scorer of England's first spot-kick in yesterday's penalty shoot-out with Spain, is the prime target of Bobby Robson's Barcelona. The Spanish giants, with former England manager Robson in charge, will offer [pounds...
Rose Sends States Packing
BRITAIN and Ireland's women amateurs retained the Curtis Cup against the United States at Killarney yesterday. Needing just one point from the six concluding singles after going 8-4 up in the morning foursomes, Ita Butler's side did not have to...
Savings Tied Up with Misleading Promises
Byline: CLAIRE BURSTON SO-CALLED `guaranteed' stock market bonds are being churned out by insurers, but concern is growing over the promises being made. Experts and regulators alike are questioning whether savers are clear on what these bonds...
Scots Learn Lesson from All Blacks
Byline: ALAN LORIMER THAT first win over New Zealand eluded Scotland again as they were given a lesson in scrummaging by the mighty All Blacks in yesterday's second Test. The Scots scored two tries but conceded five as they lost the series 2-0...
SELES SUPREME; Victory Boosts Wimbledon Bid
Byline: Peter Higgs THE PROSPECT of Monica Seles completing a storybook comeback by claiming the Wimbledon crown increased dramatically yesterday. By winning her first grass court title with a brilliant 45-minute, 6-0, 6-2 destruction of Mary...
Shoot-Out Joy for England; Pearce Ends Turin Nightmare in Penalty Thriller
Byline: Bob Cass STUART PEARCE was the toast of England last night after his courageous shoot-out penalty helped take the host nation into the European Championship semi-final. Pearce, who missed from the spot when England were knocked out of...
Shoot to Thrill
NICOLAS CAGE STEPS INTO THE FIRING LINE, WHILE SALLY FIELD TARGETS A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE *** and a half THE ROCK (15) Director: Michael Bay. Starring: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, Michael Biehn. 135 mins *** EYE FOR AN EYE (18) Director:...
Society Has Right to Refuse Your `Hot' Money; QUESTIONS OF CASH
Byline: TONY HETHERINGTON J. C. M.writes: I have received a letter from the National Counties building society, saying that it intends to close the account I opened in March. It claims that `notice of closure is being issued to other investors...
Speaking Volumes
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER Death in the Andes and Making Waves by Mario Vargas Llosa, Faber, [pounds sterling]15.99 and [pounds sterling]20 Novelist, cultural commentator, and recently a candidate for the Peruvian presidency, Mario Vargas Llosa is...
SPONSORED BY COKE; and We Don't Mean the Fizzy Drink
Byline: SIMON STRONG As he sat perched beneath a rack of tyres in a support lorry at the Oulton Park race circuit near Crewe, 24-year-old Colombian racing driver Andre Rodriguez may not yet have known of the shooting, less than 48 hours earlier,...
Summit of Nothing from the Claret and Blue
Byline: STEWART STEVEN FLORENCE is far too beautiful a city to have permitted itself to be degraded as a venue for a Summit of the European Union. What is it about our politicians that they find the need to treat each other so royally? In...
SUN, SEA . . . AND HEDONISM TOO; Alice De Smith at a Jamaican Resort That Is Strictly for Adults Only
Byline: ALICE DE SMITH DUNCAN, my driving instructor, groaned. `You're too prim and proper. There's no need to go to pieces just because you're at a mini-roundabout.' That was the least of my problems. I was terrified at the prospect of a trip...
Symonds' Heroics in Vain
Byline: Paul Morgan GLOUCESTERSHIRE'S Andrew Symonds completed a heroic century at Trent Bridge but could not stop his county going down by an innings and three runs to Nottinghamshire in the Britannic Assurance County Championship. Symonds,...
Testing Time for the Faces Destined to Find Success; FRANCHISING
Byline: ELAINE JACK A FACE that fits is the key to success in the franchise world. Would-be buyers of franchises face a growing battery of tests to make sure they suit the business they choose. John Sheppard, manager of NatWest bank's franchise...
The Art of Being Anneka; FEMAIL ON SUNDAY,EXCLUSIVE,How the Action Girl Has Put Her Career on Hold to Study Painting
Byline: DANAE BROOK;MICHAEL BURKE THE four small oil paintings of seascapes,together with the work of 16 other students, are on display at the end-of-year show of the Chelsea College of Art. The canvasses depict sunny Mediterranean-style scenes,...
The Elusive Alchemy That Spells Profit; FRANCHISING
Byline: PATIENCE WHEATCROFT AT ITS best, franchising can conjure up the perfect business relationship. Everyone from entrepreneur to client enjoys the benefits. The customer, whether buying a hamburger or tracking down a tradesman to unblock...
The End of Nige
Byline: DAVID THOMAS Obviously, he was a great musician. No doubt about that (his extraordinary, precocious gifts had been apparent when he was still a little boy). But the question that people asked was: why did he have to behave like such an idiot?...
The Grammar School Test Blair Can't Pass; LEADER
AT LAST Education Secretary Gillian Shephard has answered the call of hundreds of thousands of parents throughout Britain. She is going to bring back the grammar schools, and her White Paper on Tuesday will sound the death knell of the iniquitous...
The Guides to Check before You Check In
Byline: PADDY BURT HOTEL reviewing is a peculiar occupation. You love being a weekend super sleuth, slithering into this or that hotel. But you have to put up with so-called friends fantasising about the fabulous free meals and four-poster beds...
The Joy of Sects; Books
Byline: WILLIAM SHAW Feet of Clay: A Study Of Gurus by Anthony Storr, HarperCollins, [pounds sterling]18 A few weeks ago I met a shining-eyed woman from Albuquerque who told me that although her name was Paula, she was in fact an 18-million-year-old...
The King of Clubs
Byline: BRIAN VINER He was my partner in a celebrity golf tournament and then invited me to play with him again, this time at Wisley, his super-plush club in Surrey, where seven-figure bank accounts and Rolls-Royces are par for the course. Bruce...
The Poisoner Who Dishes Up Food to Elderly; CHARITY LAUNCHES INQUIRY AS MURDERER IS LEFT IN CHARGE OF PENSIONERS
Byline: Barbara Jones A MURDERER who poisoned her husband now serves food in a care home for the elderly. Sue Barber, 43, travels to work at the home each day from a prison in Kent as part of her `rehabilitation programme' before her release...
THE RACY LADY OF GOODWOOD SUBHEAD!FEMAIL ON SUNDAY,Astor Girl's Family Loswhy She's Determined to Make Her New Home Glorious All over Again
Byline: Kim Willsher THE Countess of March and Kinrara knows all about ancestral homes. As Janet Astor, grand-daughter of the first woman MP, Nancy Astor, she grew up in one of Britain's magnificent stately piles, Cliveden, the Buckinghamshire...