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 August 16, 1998

A–T T–Y
A-Levels Are the Gold Standard of Our Schools. Yet Now New Labour Wants to Change Them for Ever
Byline: ROSIE WATERHOUSE THIS week a quarter of a million teenagers and their equally expectant parents are on tenterhooks, waiting to receive their A-level results. As they all know, the right grades will give the pupils entry to university...
A New Code to Break the Old Boy Network
Byline: STUART BELL AS Tony Blair moves from Italy to France in the second phase of his holiday and Gordon Brown catches up with his reading in Cape Cod, a familiar problem is simmering back home. That problem is pay. Incomes policies - the idea...
A Package to India That Will Dazzle the Senses; Travel Selection
INDIA is a country of many wonders - ancient temples, opulent palaces, fabulous game reserves and ever-changing vistas, where each turn of the road brings a new experience. And our superb 14-day holiday will show you the best of this ancient land...
A Return to Victorian Values; Films of the Week
Byline: ANTHONY QUINN Firelight (15) Director: William Nicholson Starring: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane Running time: 1 hr 48 mins ** Gang Related (15) Director: Jim Kouf Starring: James Belushi, Tupac Shakur Running time:...
A Surprise Package; LEGAL OPINION How the Law Affects What You Earn and Spend
Byline: FENTON BRESLER A READER has written to tell me about a surprising discovery relating to her travel insurance. Shortly before she and her family were due to go on a package holiday abroad, for which they had paid in full, the tour organiser,...
Austin Fits the England Bill at Last
Byline: PETER HAYTER ENGLAND last night sent for the man who put the round in the term all-rounder by calling up Lancashire's Ian Austin for the Triangular Tournament match against Sri Lanka at Lord's today. Austin, 32, was withdrawn from the...
Award for a School That Came Back from the Brink; Business ENTERPRISE 2000
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND;HENRIETTA LAKE TEN years ago, the Garibaldi School was in deep trouble. The comprehensive that serves a huge council estate in a coal mining area at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was ravaged by vandalism and truancy. ...
Backley, Jackson in Chase for Triple Glory
Byline: ROB DRAPER JONATHAN EDWARDS, Colin Jackson and Steve Backley lead Britain's challenge in this week's European Championships in Budapest. The experienced trio are not only Britain's best hopes of gold medals in their respective events...
BLOODY SATURDAY; IRA Splinter Group Kill 21 and Maim over 100 Shoppers in Bomb Blast
Byline: TED OLIVER THE HARD and evil men of Northern Ireland could not have chosen a softer target. It was carnival day in Omagh. The floats were about to set off through the packed streets festooned with bunting. The town was thronged with children,...
Boks Roar Back to Edge All Blacks for Tri-Nations Title
Byline: DANIEL HART South Africa 24 N Zealand 23 SOUTH AFRICA staged a dramatic comeback to win their first Tri-Nations championship with a victory over New Zealand. Trailing by 18 points with 10 minutes left, the Springboks scored three sensational...
Brown's Goose Cooked; BLACK DOG
AS HE packs his shorts and knotted hankie this weekend, Robin Cook can be forgiven for chuckling gleefully. But not just at the thought of going on self-catering holiday in Europe with wife Gaynor. The laughing gnome has had a very satisfying...
Burning the Candle at Both Ends; It's 10pm in Valencia, and the Feasting and Fireworks Are Only Just Beginning
Byline: ROGER BRAY CHILDBIRTH being a fraught affair, the women of Valencia are naturally anxious to stack the odds in favour of a trouble-free delivery. Ancient custom takes them to the cathedral, where they pray to the Virgin, then waddle nine...
Calculated and Bloody Murder; 'A Girl in a Wheelchair Screamed for Help.A Boy's Leg Was Blown Off'
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE THE most evil aspect of the atrocity was the cruel deception played on the security forces. A coded telephone warning from the terrorists at 2.30pm said a device had been left near the courthouse at one end of town....
Calculated and Bloody Murder; Ruthless Dissidents Who Say No to Peace
Byline: JOE MURPHY;CHRISTOPHER LEAKE LAST night no one had admitted planting the devastating bomb which wrecked the centre of Omagh, but suspicions were growing that it was the work of a breakaway IRA group who reject the entire peace process. ...
Capped-Rate Deals Are an Each-Way Win; EXPERTS HAIL 'THE BEST MORTGAGE BUY'
Byline: GAYNOR PENGELLY STOCKBROKER Alison Lane's new mortgage has ended her worries over interest rate movements. She will save money if they drop, and will not have to pay a penny more if they rise, because she has a capped-rate mortgage on...
CBI Faces New Anguish on Euro
Byline: MATTHEW FLETCHER THE Confederation of British Industry's annual conference will become a battleground for the hearts and minds of business people over the euro. Two powerful lobby groups representing the pro and anti-European wings have...
Chart a Career with Designs on the Future; Civil Engineering
Byline: SARAH SNYDER THE Egyptian pyramids may look crude to our modern architectural taste, but they are constructed along exact geometrical measurements. They were designed by the civil engineers of their day, ancestors of one of the most creative...
Clintons Home Alone on Eve of Crisis Day
Byline: WILLIAM LOWTHER PRESIDENT Clinton is closeted in the White House this weekend with his wife, daughter and lawyer as he prepares to answer questions tomorrow about his alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky. In what may be the most embarrassing...
Commuters Send out Health Signals; EDUCATION
Byline: SARAH SNYDER TRAVELLERS sitting opposite Georgie Lakatos on the train must feel uncomfortable under her inquisitive gaze. She is giving them a Chinese-style health check. Georgie explains: 'Travelling is a good time to look for symptoms...
Don't Let Science Scare You off Your Food
Byline: RICHARD NORTH ONCE, not so long ago, we were told to drink a pint of milk a day. It was healthy, clean and wholesome. So much for that. Now it seems our friendly milkman is the bringer of anything we dread. Last week a top-level...
DTI Makes [Pounds Sterling]90,000 Loan to Ex-Bankrupt
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE A FORMER bankrupt with a string of bad debts and failed businesses has been given nearly [pounds sterling]90,000 of public money. An inquiry was under way last night into why the Department of Trade and Industry handed...
Easy Solutions for A-Levels Don't Add Up
WITH less than a week to go before the publication of this year's A-level results we can safely make three predictions. The first is that it will be yet another record-breaking year - the 18th in succession. If past performance is anything to go...
Elf and CONOCO Set for [Pounds Sterling]35bn Merger; Just One Week after BP and Amoco Merge, Two More Oil Giants Consider a Tie-Up
Byline: NEIL THAPAR THE oil industry is on course for another mega-merger after last week's [pounds sterling]68 billion deal between BP and Amoco. French group Elf is considering a [pounds sterling]35 billion tie-up with Conoco, the oil company...
Few Saving Graces with These Banks
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON ARE you lucky enough to have spare money left in your current account at the end of the month? If so, your bank will probably be keen to persuade you to sweep it into a special savings account. Most will set up one of...
Find a Fair Hearing When Complaints Fall on Deaf Ears
Byline: STEPHANIE HAWTHORNE KNOWING who to complain to is half the battle when problems arise with financial products. But the route to compensation can be tortuous. The first step is to contact the firm that sold the product and ask to go...
Find Some Energy to Help Save the Planet; Streetwise
Byline: JUDITH GUBBAY LABELS that spell out how much energy is used by washing machines, tumble driers, fridges and freezers are being widely ignored. By law, domestic appliances must carry official EU energy tags when they go on sale in the...
From Here to Maturity; Comedy
Byline: MARK WAREHAM Stewart Lee's Stand-Up Show Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh *** The League Against Tedium Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh **** Phil Kay Gilded Ballroom, Edinburgh *** There comes a point in every young comic's...
Furore in the Footsie Is No Reason for Us Everyday Folk to Panic
Byline: RUSSELL HOTTEN CRASH. Freefall. Meltdown. The hysteria grows as the month moves on. If this is what is happening in the UK stock market, how does one describe the markets in the Far East or Russia? Cataclysmic or apocalyptic, perhaps?...
Gun Guard on Family Nutkin; 100 Mink Killed to Save Baby Red Squirrel Project
Byline: LESLEY YARRANTON THE new-born red squirrels were destined to regain English land from the American greys which led to their breed's downfall. But their greatest peril was to come from another animal that is oversized, over-savage and...
Hardbacks; Non-Fiction
Life's Other Secret by Ian Stewart Allen Lane [pounds sterling]20 ([pounds sterling]18) **** Have you ever looked at the current of a river and wondered if there might be some complex pattern associated with it? The Mexican wave is familiar...
Here Comes the Bride, So Clear the Pool Please; the Couples Who Fly out to Jamaica to Take the Plunge at Luxury Resorts
Byline: FLORA DAVIES CHRIS and Jane are about to get married. The palm trees are getting a lashing, the sea is as murky as dishwater and the hotel guests have retreated to the games room. Jane is nursing bruises after tripping over a glass...
Here They Eat Grass to Stay Alive; Indoctrinated from Cradle to Grave, No One Believes They Are Living in the Misery Which Is North Korea
Byline: KIM WILLSHER THE Chinese, in imperial days, had their Forbidden City where foreigners were not allowed on pain of death. The late 20th Century equivalent is where I now stand. North Korea. The Forbidden Country. And I am frightened....
He-Women? 'More Sensitive' Style of Female High-Flyers Is a Myth Say Experts
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND;ANDREW MOODY WHY CAN'T a woman be more like a man? If the woman is a top manager, the answer to Professor Higgins's age-old masculine lament is that she probably is. Females who win in business, it appears, are he-women...
High Price Everyone Pays for Bad Choice
Byline: ALAN PLEWS MISTAKES in recruitment are leaving too many employees feeling like square pegs forced into round holes. The worst errors usually happen because graduates have too little knowledge of what to expect when they are taken on,...
Hoddle Sell-Out Leaves Him with No Defence
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS THIS evening, in a private room of a Buckinghamshire hotel, Glenn Hoddle will reacquaint himself with the finest footballers in England. The coach will deliver a placatory address and the older, bolder players will ask...
Holiday Take-Away; Paperbacks Fiction
Travelman Short Stories Travelman [pounds sterling]1 (95p) *** Its publishers claim that the new Travelman series is `the most revolutionary concept in book publishing since the invention of the paperback'. Only these aren't books exactly,...
How Dare This 'Traitor' Tell Me How to Be a Feminist?
Byline: BEL MOONEY TOMORROW Tatler magazine prints a tirade by controversial American media feminist Camille Paglia about her encounter June with British broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby. Paglia was at first flattered be asked to be interviewed...
How Diana Fund Millions Could Back Weapon Makers
Byline: JASON LEWIS THE Memorial Fund for Princess Diana could invest the [pounds sterling]60 million donated by the public in companies making weapons of destruction, The Mail On Sunday can reveal. The news will astonish the millions of people...
How They Revived the Cult of Honour
Byline: IAN STAFFORD A YEAR on from the humiliation of defeat by the Lions, South African rugby has bounced back even stronger than before. Never mind the All Blacks. Never mind even the resurgent Australians. The Springboks are in pole position...
Is This British Justice; an Astonishing Error Let a Rapist Walk Free . . . but His Victim Will Never Be Able to Sue
Byline: CHESTER STERN ULIE Martin is a victim. Not just of the man she accused of raping her but of British justice. She now finds herself helpless in her search for justice against the man who raped her or the system which let her down. The...
It's Time to Check the Charge of the Fast-Buck Brigade; Personal Finance
Byline: MARTIN RITCHLEY NEXT time they hold a referendum in Wales, I think I should be allowed a vote. I am not Welsh, I have never lived in Wales and I am ashamed to say I have rarely visited the principality. And I am sure the result of...
Keeping Tabs with a Chip in the Shoulder
Byline: BEVERLEY CUDDY THE Queen may have had two of her dogs electronically tagged with microchips so they can be traced if they stray, but I had my doubts about this relatively new technology. What disturbed me most was that the microchip,...
Keeping Up with the Joneses in Tuscany; Griff Rhys Jones Takes His Family for a Ride in Hilly Italy
Byline: GRIFF RHYS JONES MY FRIENDS never tired of pointing out that Tuscany is hilly. 'There are a lot of hills in Tuscany,' they would say. I knew this. 'When are you going?' 'Um, July.' They smiled a knowing smile and headed for their beach...
Last Fight for Hero Joe
Byline: SIMON TRUMP THE bravery of ordinary seaman Joseph Trewavas helped to turn the tide for the British in the Crimean War. He was just 20, but his actions in the Siege of Sebastopol in 1855 earned him the Victoria Cross, presented to him...
Learning to Love Oxford by Degrees
Byline: JAMES GILLESPIE DON'T touch!' the woman barked. We all froze. My hand was just inches from the stonework. My three children had each placed a sticky palm on the object in front of them and my wife had, miraculously, disappeared. Slowly,...
Lucan Is Dead, but Cads Are Never Extinct
Byline: PETER DOBBIE TWO unrelated news items lead me to question whether the British cad is now extinct. The first is the declaration by the son of the notorious society gambler Lord Lucan that he believes his father is dead. In 1974 the...
Managing Is for Bravehearts
Byline: ALAN PLEWS LOOKING after other people's investments is not a career for the fainthearted. It is intellectually demanding and highly competitive, the hours are long and the pressure can be intense. Fund managers have to be mentally...
Man Meets Mouse to Browse over a Whopper; THE AMERICAN WAY
Byline: ANNA STEWART A MOUSE in a burger restaurant? Sure. The World Wide Web is being brought to diners by Burger King in Manhattan. Now they can surf the Internet as they devour their Whoppers. Franchisee Peter Abram-son has lined a 40-foot...
Med Hot Spots Have to Cool It
Byline: FRANK BARRETT LIFE on Planet Tour Operator is often strange and incredible. But, by the curious standards of the holiday industry, things last week reached a new plateau of strangeness. Holiday destinations in the Mediterranean proved...
Meet Mickey on a Mini-Break to Paris
ENJOY a three-night stay at Disneyland Paris for the price of two nights, with this week's offer from AIR MILES. You can take advantage of this bargain mini-break when you arrive between Sunday and Wednesday, any week from September 13 to October...
Monty and Nick Put Back on Right Track
Byline: PETER HIGGS IT WAS hard to know who was feeling better as they set out on the third round of the US PGA Championship yesterday - Colin Montgomerie or Nick Faldo. The two biggest names in British golf were both in euphoric mood after making...
MPs Call for Drugs Industry Regulator
Byline: RICHARD HALSTEAD A GROUP of MPs will tomorrow call for the appointment of an independent regulator for the pharmaceutical industry. Their aim is to prevent a recurrence of the events that have rocked British Biotech. The parliamentary...
Mr Big Cheese of Gouda Is Wanted by the Fraud Squad; Questions of Cash
Byline: TONY HETHERINGTON A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of Raymond Grant, named as the 'Mr Big' ringleader behind the Big International illegal lottery and investment company. The warrant was issued after Grant, who also calls himself...
Nervous Moodie on Course to Make Her Big Breakthrough
Byline: LIZ KAHN JANICE MOODIE goes into the final round of the Weetabix British Women's Open at Royal Lytham and St Anne's today with the chance of recording the greatest win of her career. The Scot is a shot clear of American Betsy King after...
Net Is Closing on the Forgotten Fortunes
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT;GAYNOR PENGELLY A NEW Internet site could unlock millions of pounds in unclaimed Premium Bond prizes. More than [pounds sterling]16 million lies unclaimed, largely because bondholders failed to tell National Savings that...
New Golden Age Shines on the Poor Man's Silver; Collecting
Byline: LORNE SPICER PEWTER has always suffered the reputation of being poor man's silver. While it may be a non-precious metal with no intrinsic value, a rare pewter flagon was sold by Sotheby's in America in June for a world record [pounds...
No Surrender over Hoddle
Byline: JOE MELLING ENGLAND football chief Keith Wiseman last night brushed aside the rising clamour over Glenn Hoddle's World Cup diary - and promised the coach his job is safe. Wiseman, the FA chairman, revealed that he is anxious to arrange...
NOTES FROM A BIG COUNTRY; Americans Spend over $550 Billion a Year on Legalised Gambling. Has It Become the Country's Favourite Pastime? You Bet
Byline: BILL BRYSON When I was growing up in the Fifties, Iowa was not a particularly easy place to have fun. Bars, for instance, were forbidden to serve anything stronger than beer, and on Sundays it was not possible to get a drink at all. Supermarkets...
Now for the Real
Byline: NASSER HUSSAIN YOU know the party's over when your wife tells you to mow the lawn. After all the tension, relief and sheer joy we experienced at contributing to England's first major series win for 12 years, the journey back down to Earth...
Now That's What I Call Country; Pop
Byline: GILES SMITH There's nothing like a good ban for boosting a pop single. Banned from the shelves of a major retailer? Good news! Banned by Radio 1? Excellent! This law was happily established in the Seventies and Eighties. If you had on...
Opera Finds Digital Voice
Byline: RACHEL OLDROYD OPERA meets the digital age at this season's Glyndebourne. Advances in digital recording technology allow TV viewers to appreciate the high-quality of productions from the glamorous Sussex venue almost as much as well-heeled...
Paperbacks; Non-Fiction
Requiem ed by Brian MacArthur Pavilion [pounds sterling]6.99 ([pounds sterling]6.49) **** This collection of articles and essays, complemented by elegies from Ted Hughes and other poets and by the personal memoirs of friends, is an eloquent...
Personal Space; Alan Ayckbourn
Byline: HELEN PICKLES Despite offers from London and Hollywood, Britain's most performed living playwright prefers a former Odeon cinema in Scarborough as his base. `It's where my heart is. It's where I start and finish,' he says`. Ha! a-Ha!'...
Postal Ardour; Non Fiction Choice
Byline: BRIAN MASTERS Beloved Chicago Man by Simone de Beauvoir Gollancz [pounds sterling]25 Night&Day Bookstore price: [pounds sterling]20 *** Simone de Beauvoir, who lived from 1908 to 1986, was the daughter of a lawyer. After...
[Pounds Sterling]150,000 Jackpot for Rebel Pierre
Byline: JOE MELLING REBEL striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk pocketed a [pounds sterling]150,000 signing-on fee for the new season with Nottingham Forest just days before vowing never to play again for the club. The Holland international has since...
[Pounds Sterling]60m Super League Bait
Byline: ROB DRAPER THE new European Super League is prepared to pay [pounds sterling]60million a year to nurture youth football across the continent in a bid to win over wavering Premiership clubs and national associations. Super League organisers,...
Power Station Deal May Save Coal Jobs
Byline: OLIVER MORGAN COAL mining companies are planning a move into electricity generating to stave off pit closures. They are considering bidding for power stations to be sold off by PowerGen and National Power. The move is being spearheaded...
Property Boss Set to Transform NCP Sites
Byline: MARC LOPATIN BRITAIN'S city centres may be transformed as up to 520 NCP sites are redeveloped with shops, offices or cinemas. Property entrepreneur Elliot Bernerd has won the race against his friend and business rival John Ritblat for...
Quotes of the Week
Let's see him try to shoot swallows Sir Paul McCartney on the Duke of Edinburgh, president of the World Wide Fund for Nature, shooting slow-flying pheasants. 'We were not brought up to throw in the towel. We were brought up to bite bullets and...
Radio !
Byline: TRACEY MACLEOD The Very World of Milton Jones Radio 4, Thursday *** Dan and Nick: The Wildebeest Years Radio 4, Wednesday *** The Nualas Radio 4, Tuesday ** King of the Road Radio 2, Thursday * As I...
RBS Woos Fee-Payers with Account Benefits
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON ROYAL Bank of Scotland is expanding its range of current accounts in an attempt to draw customers away from fee-free rivals. It has launched a new account, Royalties Gold, a step up from the Royalties account it introduced...
Rhythm and Hues the Key to Perfection
Byline: NORI POPE TO DEVELOP a coloured theme garden is like composing a tune. The piece must have a key, a rhythm and a melody. It is a principle we used when planning the planting of the garden at Hadspen, our home near Castle Cary in Somerset....
Ringmaster Hill Ready as Jordan Come Roaring Back
Byline: PETER HARRIS DAMON HILL set the scene for some more magic of 'The Ring' by muscling his way up among the title contenders in this afternoon's Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest's Hungaroring has proved a profitable hunting ground for the...
Rogue Brokers Flout New Rules; (1) Spot the Mortgage Cowboys (2) Vulnerable Borrowers Still Face Rip-Off Fees for Home Loans
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK TIGHTER mortgage regulations have failed to stop many sharp-talking brokers raking in excessive fees for arranging loans. Operating on the fringes of the mortgage market, these unscrupulous brokers are pocketing as much...
Row over Bid to Revive Regions; Business & Management
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND;ANDREW MOODY SMALL business leaders have criticised government plans to set up powerful new regional development agencies in England. The nine super-bodies, known as RDAs, are intended to foster economic growth. But...
Ruth Would Still Have Been Guilty of Murder Today
Byline: NORMAN TEBBIT LAST week on BBC Radio 4's Today programme I heard a lawyer acting for the family of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder in Britain, telling why he wants to reopen her trial. He said there was no doubt she...
Sacked ... a Rail Man Who Dared to Tell the Truth
JONATHAN James was one of the most popular and loyal managers at his rail depot. He was always in the front line of his company's efforts to boost customer confidence. But after two years trying to raise the profile of Great Western Railways,...
Safety Net for Keen Anglers; Insurers Tackle Gap in Equipment Cover
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT SPECIALIST insurers are luring anglers with policies that give full cover on valuable equipment. Many anglers rely on household contents policies with sports extensions that give basic cover against theft and certain types...
Scandal of the 'Lost' Endowment Policy; HOMEBUYER FIGHTS TO REINSTATE PLAN
Byline: GAYNOR PENGELLY A HUGE shock awaited Steve McClure when he phoned to check the value of an endowment policy he was counting on to pay off his mortgage. His lender, Northern Rock, falsely accused him of cashing it in 12 years ago. Steve,...
Secret Push for Lockerbie Trial
Byline: JOE MURPHY A SECRET delegation has flown to Libya to try to bring to trial the two men accused of the Lockerbie bombing. The group from the Arab League is meeting ruler Colonel Gadaffi in Tripoli this weekend to seek his support for an...
Shares That Can Ride out a Shaky Market
Byline: NEIL THAPAR REVIEWING the Midas 1998 share portfolio in the midst of a wobbly stock market is asking for trouble. But fate has smiled on the six-pack recommended in January. The portfolio has surged by 15%, comfortably beating the...
Shares That Can Ride out a Shaky Market
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SPIDER WEAVES MAGIC; MOTORING;Renault Goes Back to Basics
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY THERE is no radio to distract the enthusiastic driver of the rare Renault Sport Spider. Nor is there a heater. Or a roof, side windows, exterior door handles, carpets or power steering. The [pounds sterling]26,625 two-seater...
Stars Learn Putting at Pelz's Science Academy
Byline: PETER HIGGS A 20-STONE former space researcher is the man behind Colin Montgomerie's dramatic return to form in the US PGA Championship. Dave Pelz, a man whose positive extrovert attitude matches his 6ft 6in frame, is recognised as golf's...
Sunday Steps Up as the Main Event
Byline: IVOR HERBERT SURPRISING and greatly pleasing news comes in from the Racecourse Association about Sunday racing. Attendances so far this season have leapt 25 per cent on last year. And this despite our abominable summer. Some courses...
Television; Delicate Operations
Byline: BRIAN VINER Coronation Street ITV, Friday **** More Tales of the City Channel 4, Saturday **** Scene by Scene with Jack Lemmon BBC2, Saturday **** How must an actress feel on being invited to play a male-to-female...
Theatre
Byline: GEORGINA BROWN Art Wyndham's Theatre, London **** The buzz surrounding a hit drama in the West End usually fades after it's been recast and the audience starts to fizzle out. Yasmina Reza's Art, however, after nearly two years and...
The British Landladies Who Put le B&B in France
Byline: GARETH HUW DAVIES MY HOSTESS greeted me with the warmest of smiles. 'You're just in time for a nice cup of tea,' she said. Her surname was Italian, the location was the South of France, but her voice instantly whisked me back to my student...
The Fat Cat Phenomenon; (1) Boardroom Secrecy at the Heart of Problems (2) WHY ACTION MUST BE TAKEN TO HALT THE RISING TIDE OF ANGER OVER MASSIVE PAY RISES FOR TOP EXECUTIVES
Byline: KEITH BRADLEY THERE is something that grates against the British sense of fairness when a few senior executives receive massive pay rises on telephone number salaries, while the rest of us are urged to cap wage demands. Chief Secretary...
The Long View of Brief Encounters; Short Stories
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER The short story problem is, surely, one of the most baffling in the contemporary market for literature. Every reader loves a good short story; almost every writer loves the challenges of writing one. Yet they don't sell. There...
The Man Who Deserted and Betrayed His Paralysed, Pregnant Lover
Byline: DANIEL FOGGO THEY look a happy couple enjoying an evening out together. But smiling Andrew Mitchell is nursing a secret that he has kept from his girlfriend. Unsuspecting Teresa Bush does not know that the 34-year-old charmer is already...
The New Golden Boy Is Ready for His Final Exam
Byline: ROB DRAPER COME Friday night, Doug Walker should be European 200metres champion. The fastest man in Europe this year, he has been a stride ahead of the Continent's finest all season. But for a man facing the biggest week of his competitive...
The Plays Performing to Wave Reviews
Byline: RICHARD HELLER PLAYWRIGHT John Godber, who finds the theatre so boring he would rather stay home with a video, believes attending a performance should be as easy as going to a swimming pool. As Mr Godber's plays are performed more often...
The Queen Acts to Defend Monarchy
Byline: JOE MURPHY THE Queen is preparing an unprecedented public relations campaign to re-educate the nation about the role of the Monarchy. She aims to underline the importance of the Crown as an institution and put an end to the present cult...
The Ritz Fits the Bill for Breakfast
Byline: FRANK BARRETT THE hotel is the very definition of luxury and style. For there can be nothing ritzier than the Ritz itself. Work on the magnificent building in Piccadilly started 100 years ago this year and it quickly became the London...
The 'Safety' Zealots Poisoning Our Outlook on Plants
Byline: RODDY LLEWELLYN RECENTLY bought an iris tuber for a special spot in my garden. A warning on the packet said: 'Harmful if eaten.' As it happened, I had bought the tuber to plant and admire its beautiful flowers the following June. It did...
These Sordid Men Who Ambushed Our Enid Blyton Picnic
Byline: JANE GORDON THE idea came to me out of the blue sky last Monday. Instead of taking my son and two of his friends on an outing to Chessington World of Adventures, we would travel back in time to an Enid Blyton world where adventures happened...
The State They're In
Byline: RUSSELL MILLER There is talk of a bloody civil war in Israel and, for once, the Arabs are not the enemy: Jew has turned against Jew in a battle between the religious and secular. At stake is the future of the country as a fundamentalist...
The Supporters' Club
Byline: SIMON GARFIELD Next Saturday, Charlton Athletic plays its first ever home game in the Premiership. This marks an extraordinary victory for its fans who have fought tooth and nail for the survival of both the club and its ground. But can...