The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from January 4, 2004

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A Goddess among the Geeks; You Magazine
Byline: LOUETTE HARDING She made her fortune in the telecoms industry when it was considered 'nerdy', becoming one of America's most powerful businesswomen. Now married to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and based in Britain, the formidable Lynn Forester...
A Gossip with Nothing to Tell
Byline: HUGH MASSINGBERD Put The Knife In Gently! Memoirs Of A Life With Legends by Donald Zec Robson Books [pounds sterling]16.95 ([pounds sterling]13.59 - 0870 165 0870) (3/5) The title of this very readable volume of memoirs by the veteran...
A Law Unto Ourselves
Byline: SIMON GARFIELD Today Radio 4, Monday to Friday (4/5) Surely it's more than coincidence: a couple of weeks before the Hutton inquiry is due to report on the Today programme's role in weapons expert Dr David Kelly's suicide, the show goes...
'As a Slave You Are a Non-Person. I Got Used to Being Invisible'; Special Report,you Magazine
Byline: CATHERINE O'BRIEN After armed raiders attacked her village in Sudan, teenager Mende Nazer was abducted and forced to work as a domestic slave. Now, having been granted asylum in the UK, she is publishing a harrowing memoir Mende Nazer...
A Share of the Urban Honeypot; PROFITS ARE THERE FOR THE PICKING AS TRADITIONAL RURAL BUSINESSES TURN TO THE CITIES ENTERPRISE
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON The countryside is coming to town as more rural businesses turn to the cities to make money. Nowhere is the change more evident than in farmers' markets, which are springing up in urban areas everywhere. Many have become...
A Silence That's Golden
Byline: GEORGINA BROWN Five Gold Rings Almeida Theatre, London 2hrs 20mins (including interval) (4/5) Play Without Words Lyttelton, National Theatre, London 1hr 20mins (including interval) (3/5) Play Without Words is a dance-drama for...
Assets Limit the Risks at Oil Explorer; Midas
Byline: ANDREW LEACH OIL exploration company shares rise and fall depending on each new drilling report, so they can be risky for investors. But Premier Oil has qualities that make it worth considering. Sentiment towards the company will be shaped...
AU REVOIR PET... More and More Britons in France Are Turning to Their Countrymen for Building Work, Says Jack Gee
Byline: JACK GEE The three builders at work on a Normandy farmhouse look like any other labourers you might find renovating a ruined home in France. But listen and you will spot a difference. They are speaking to each other in English. They are...
Banks Flout Ban in Call Centre Exodus; HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP HITS OUT AS LOOPHOLE ALLOWS CUSTOMERS' DETAILS TO BE EXPORTED
Byline: SIMON FLUENDY BANKS and other financial companies that move call centres to India are getting round a ban on exporting personal information from Britain. According to the Data Protection Act, such information should be used only in countries...
BBC Boss Who Enraged Colleagues Is Married to Blair Aide; Labour Links of Broadcasting Executive Who Suggested Heads Might Roll over Hutton
Byline: JONATHAN OLIVER THE BBC executive who implied heads should roll at the Corporation as a result of the Hutton Inquiry is married to one of Tony Blair's most senior aides. BBC public policy director Caroline Thomson infuriated colleagues...
Been There, Seen That, Bought the Apartment; Cheaper Flights, More Money and the Lure of an Idyll in the Sun Combine to Spark a Foreign Property Boom as Britons Rush to Leave Their Cold and Rainy Isle Behind
Byline: CATHERINE MOYE The British love of living anywhere but Britain is going from strength to strength. Ten years ago, only 250,000 Britons owned a home overseas. According to a survey by the British Market Research Bureau for Saga magazine,...
Bhoys Boss Believes Next Four Tests Will Be Vital
Byline: FRASER MACKIE MARTIN O'NEILL will let everyone in football, except those inside Celtic Park, decide that the championship is a foregone conclusion. The Parkhead manager insists he will only begin to look down at the gap between his side...
Bike Bride Is Back with Fiance as Friend Dies; Woman Who Lost Her Legs Devastated by Yet Another Tragedy. . . but Wedding Is on Again
Byline: KEITH BEABEY THE bride who lost her legs in a horrific wedding day accident has reunited with her fiance after her best friend's sudden death. Dawn Auty's legs were amputated after her wedding dress became entangled in the motorcycle...
Brave Jags Sting Hibs - but Still Have to Go Home Empty-Handed
Byline: MARCELLO MEGA Hibernian 3 Partick Th 2 A REMARKABLE second-half transformation by Partick Thistle turned what had looked like a nocontest into a thrilling battle at Easter Road. Hibernian were cruising at one point but, eventually,...
Brochures That Do the Business; Fred Mawer and a Panel of Experts Run the Rule over the Glossy Offerings Travel Agents Pin Their Hopes On
Byline: FRED MAWER THE first couple of weeks in the New Year are crucial for tour operators keen to attract a rush of early business. And in their battle for bookings, the key element in their armoury remains the holiday brochure. As we browse...
Bruce Joy over Surge of Power
Byline: LYN CALLAGHAN Birmingham 4 Blackburn 0 STEVE BRUCE has told his Birmingham players he wants to hold aloft the FA Cup one more time - and they provided the response he was looking for. Four classic strikes from Clinton Morrison, Stephen...
Calderwoodwarms to Pars' Spirit
Byline: NIALL MULLIGAN Dunfermline 2 Livingston 2 DUNFERMLINE and Livingston fought out a thoroughly entertaining draw on the East End plastic despite the freezing Fife backdrop, and, in doing so, both maintained their hopes of European football...
Can't Ride or Shoot, but at This Ranch Everyone Can Play the Dude; Tom Bower Turns Cowboy for a Week as He Saddles Up in the Rockies
Byline: TOM BOWER BOB Foster bellowed out the bad news. 'The bears have eaten the ice cream,' he roared. 'They've darned broken into the soda fountain shop.' Some 8,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains and 12 miles down a dirt track from the nearest...
CATCH OF THE DAY... as These Exclusive Pictures Show, Albert Finney's Role in Tim Burton's Critically Acclaimed Big Fish Is the Strangest of His 40-Year Career
Byline: DAVID EIMER Despite his status as one of Britain's best-loved and most accomplished actors, Albert Finney isn't one to stand on his dignity. Take his account of the moment when he realised that he was a star. 'It was after I had made Tom...
City with No Good Men to Come to Aid of the Party
Byline: GEORGE GALLOWAY SO, despite the famous Morningside fur coats, the weather put paid to Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations. You'll have had your New Year then if you live in the capital, so sad, too bad, never mind. Allowing itself a...
Coldfeet? No, We Aremoving Home Together; Why I Live Where I Live
People think Sam and I have broken up, but we couldn't be happier. We went through a rough patch last year but things are really good now and we have just celebrated our daughter's first birthday. I would hardly be buying a new house with someone...
Could the Bank of England Have Let This Man Unleash the World's Biggest Corporate Scandal Because It Was Afraid of Being Branded Racist? WATCHDOG DUBBED BCCI FOUNDER 'URIAH HEEP' - AND LICENSED HIM TO TRADE. NOW IT FACES A [Pounds sterling]1BN COURT FIGHT
Byline: DAN ATKINSON Just when you thought it was all over, history's biggest corporate scandal has resurfaced. Almost 13 years after the [pounds sterling]13 billion collapse of the Bank of Credit & Commerce International, the Bank of England...
Could This Be the Most Expensive Studio Flat in London? 'My Mother Cried When I Knocked Down the Walls of My Home. Now It's Worth [Pounds Sterling]1 Million'
Byline: MARY WILSON Studio flats conjure up the image of a poky pad with a sofa bed squeezed into a corner, a tiny kitchenette and four walls that you can practically touch from the middle of the room. But in Hampstead, North London, Michael Brauer...
Cover That Kept Family Afloat . . . INSURANCE POLICY PAYS UP AFTER BLAZE AT A YACHT CLUB LEAVES A YOUNG SAILOR'S [Pounds Sterling]1,200 DINGHY IN RUINS
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT The Tavinor family are boat mad. Mum and dad run a boat-building business and their three children each have their own dinghies. Not surprisingly, they will be making their annual pilgrimage to the London Boat Show, which...
Crack Marines Protect Gulf Fleet
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE CRACK Royal Marines have been sent to the Middle East to protect British embassies and warships from terrorist attacks. Thirty members of the secretive Fleet Standby Protection Group flew from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire,...
Derby Is Settled by Golabek Own Goal
Byline: ALASDAIR FRASER Ross Co 1 Inverness CT 0 WHAT on paper might look like a low-scoring battle finally won by an own goal was in fact one of the most thrilling Highland derbies witnessed. This match was a slowburner that exploded into...
DESERT STORM; (1) Dakar Rally Special (2) the Dakar Rally Is One of the Most Dangerous Races in the World, So Why Do Competitors Risk Death to Take Part? Dakar Veteran Jeremy Hart Reports
Byline: JEREMY HART The Dakar Rally is an event that takes no prisoners. In fact it kills, on average, two people every year. The race through the northernmost fringes of the Sahara Desert, a 6,000-mile journey through one of the most remote and...
Desperate Blair in Bid to Buyoff Top-Up Fee Rebels
Byline: JONATHAN OLIVER TONY BLAIR will this week signal a major U-turn on university fees to prevent a crushing defeat at the hands of Labour rebels. Ministers are poised to announce a doubling of the up-front hardship grants for students from...
Did Terrorists Bring Down a Holiday Jet Four Miles from the Blairs' Egypt Hotel? as 148 Die in Tourist Plane Horror, Safety Experts Are Baffled by How It Could Have Happened in Perfect Weather and Why No Distress Message Was Sent Out
Byline: JO KNOWSLEY;SAM GREENHILL THE plane which crashed moments after takeoff in Egypt yesterday, killing all 148 people on board, plunged into the sea just four miles from where Tony Blair and his family were staying on holiday. Flight 8604,...
Dog Black Dog in Holyrood
The top Brankin record requests WAS there a run on second-hand record shops this weekend? Dog only asks because the theme for Rhona Brankin's New Year party last night was to bring along the first record you ever bought. Are there enough phoneys...
Doubling Up with Laughter
Byline: MATTHEW BOND American Splendor Directors: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini Starring: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis Certificate: 15 Running time: 1hr 40mins (3/5) Stuck On You Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly Starring: Matt...
Duncan Makes It Cake by Flooring
Byline: PETER FITTON Everton 3 Norwich City 1 WHEN Duncan Ferguson is ready to rumble, he can be an ominous and forbidding presence even in the Premiership. So spare a merciful thought for those catchweight hopefuls from Norwich. For all...
Dvorak's Fairytale World
Byline: DAVID MELLOR Dvorak Centenary: Piano Quintets Vlach Quartet (Naxos) (4/5) The Golden Spinning Wheel and Piano Concerto Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec Classics) (3/5) The most important musical...
Eat Less? We Prefer the Doughnut Diet
Byline: SUZANNE MOORE NOW'S the time of year to re-enter the fried breakfast hell of the Atkins Diet, to divide the world into the good carbs and bad carbs of the South Beach Diet, and to attend WeightWatchersandhearoverweight people talk of nothing...
Emerging Markets Dwarf US Recovery
Byline: RICHARD DYSON WHILE global stock markets fell sharply in 2002, there was a dramatic turnaround in 2003. 'The first leg of the rally was in March,' says Nigel Richardson, senior strategist at fund manager Axa. 'It was a response to events...
Far from Run of the Mill; You Magazine
Byline: NORMANDIE KEITH There has been many a January when I have joined a gym, dreaming of perfect abs and a tight butt, only to wake on 31 December realising that I have not set foot inside the place all year. But this year is different (please...
Fiona Ask; Actress Fiona Fullerton Answers Readers' Queries to Help Make Your Buying, Selling or Letting Easier
Byline: FIONA FULLERTON Please help to save us from a divorce My husband and I need your help to save our marriage. We live in a two bedroom flat in London which he hates because of the area's constant crime, whereas I like living in the capital....
FirPark Hails Birth of Latest Young Star; Clarkson's Treble Sees off United
Byline: EWING GRAHAME Motherwell 3 Dundee United 1 A HAT-TRICK by David Clarkson halted Dundee United's minirevival in its tracks while simultaneously announcing the arrival of the next Motherwell superstar. With James McFadden having joined...
FIRST STEP ON THE LADDER; Our Essential Guide for First-Time Buyers
Byline: CHERYL MARKOSKY Last year was tough for first-time buyers. And FPD Savills' research guru Richard Donnell reckons it will be just as tough in 2004, with price rises of about four per cent. 'But the good news,' he adds, 'is that rents...
Fredi Shows What Spurs Will Miss
Byline: IAN STAFFORD Tottenham 3 Crystal Palace 0 IF Fredi Kanoute wanted to lessen the grievance at White Hart Lane over his impending month-long absence with Mali in the African Nations Cup, then scoring a hat-trick in Tottenham's Cup win over...
Friio Trio in Seven-Goal Thrashing
HAT-TRICK hero David Friio led the charge as Second Division leaders Plymouth hit Chesterfield with a sevengoal blitz. The home side - who raced into a 6-0 lead after just 36 minutes - opened the scoring after four minutes when Lee Hodges found...
From Germany by Airmail, the Heart That Gave Kirsten Her Best Christmas Ever; How a 600-Mile Mercy Mission Saved a Six-Year-Old Girl Desperate for a Transplant
Byline: ANDREW CHAPMAN A LITTLE girl facing a bleak future has been given a new life after a remarkable transplant using a heart flown 600 miles from Germany. And as six-year-old Kirsten Clayton made 'very good' progress last night, her mother...
FromGermany by Airmail, the Heart That Gave Kirsten Her Best Christmas Ever; How a 600-Mile Mercy Mission Saved a Six-Year-Old Girl Desperate for a Transplant
Byline: ANDREW CHAPMAN A LITTLE girl facing a bleak future has been given a new life after a remarkable transplant using a heart flown 600 miles from Germany. And as six-year-old Kirsten Clayton made 'very good' progress last night, her mother...
From the Heart; Interview,you Magazine
Byline: LEAH HARDY Lulu, 55, OBE, has been an international star for over 40 years. She is single and has a son, Jordan, 26, from her second marriage to hairdresser John Frieda Music is the love of my life. It's been the constant through all...
Future for With-Profits Is Bleak as Savers Face Bad News on Bonuses; WITH THE LIFE INSURANCE GIANTS STANDING BY TO UNVEIL CRUCIAL FIGURES, FEARS GROWTHAT LOW PAYMENTS COULD SPARKAN EXODUS OF DISILLUSIONED CLIENTS
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK The future of with-profits saving is in the balance. More than 30 insurers are to announce annual bonuses on millions of endowments, pensions and with-profit bonds in the next three months. There are two types of bonus...
Getting Our Gay History Straight
Byline: KATHYRN HUGHES Strangers: Homosexual Love In The 19th Century by Graham Robb Picador [pounds sterling]18.99 ([pounds sterling]15.19 - 0870 165 0870) (5/5) The way homosexual love has been written up over the past few decades, you'd think...
Hardy Annuals Fail to Blossom
Byline: DAVID BENNUN The Mayor Of Casterbridge ITV1, Sunday and Monday (3/5) The Brides In The Bath ITV1, Wednesday (2/5) The Return ITV1, Tuesday (1/5) The Story of Absolutely Fabulous BBC1, Friday (1/5) Arena: Alec Guinness, A Secret Man...
Head off January; Neil English Shows Where to Snap Up the New Year Ski Holiday Bargains
Byline: NEIL ENGLISH AMAZING, isn't it, that immediately after an exhausting bout of Christmas shopping so many people still have the appetite for the January sales. But for a real bargain - and one that will do you good after all the festive...
Head off Piste to the January Sales
Byline: NEIL ENGLISH Neil English shows where to snap up the New Year ski holiday bargains AMAZING, isn't it, that immediately after an exhausting bout of Christmas shopping so many people still have the appetite for the January sales. But...
Holyrood Probe to Turn Spotlight on Museum Contract; Top Civil Servants Face Fresh Grilling as Inquiry Is Widened
Byline: VIC RODRICK LORD FRASER'S Holyrood inquiry is to probe the role played by senior civil servants in a second major public contract. The widened investigation will include the relationship between contractors Bovis and Scottish Executive...
Homeless Paid to Loot Bins for Bank Secrets
Byline: MICHELE MARTIN CRIMINAL gangs are paying the homeless to search bin bags for personal documents that can be used to swindle millions of pounds from bank accounts. Council bosses uncovered the racket during a major investigation into the...
HORSING AROUND; Fancy a Flutter? Mike Pattenden Finds the World's Best Horse Racing - Including the Most Opulent Race in the World, Dubai's [Pounds Sterling]3.6 Million World Cup
Byline: MIKE PATTENDEN AMERICA Held in October at a different location each year, The Breeders' Cup comprises eight different races, culminating in the $4 million ([pounds sterling]2.3 million) Classic, in which Europe's top thoroughbreds take on...
Houllier's Counting on Owen
Byline: JOE BERNSTEIN GERARD HOULLIERis counting on victory at Yeovil and a selfimposed transfer embargo to reduce the risk of a stormy Liverpool annual meeting tomorrow night. Houllier believes the return of Michael Owen will help ensure that...
How to Be Safe and Savvy in the Gap Year Jungle; STUDENTS
Byline: JENNY LITTLE OUR series on gap years continues with a look at safety when travelling. TRAVELLING always carries risks. Ask Matthew Scott, the kidnapped gap year student who escaped from Colombian rebels in September. He was one of...
HOW TO DRESS A BIG BOTTOM; Our Essential Style clinic,YOU MAGAZINE
Byline: PAULA REED The balancing act for hips starts with the shoulders. If you are dressing the bodacious booty, you can try strapless or backless, but give shoulder pads the elbow A common mistake is to go for the big-shouldered look. Don't!...
Huntley Will Never Be Freed; Holly and Jessica's Killer to Spend His Days in Jail under New 'Life Means Life' Rules
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE IAN HUNTLEY will spend the rest of his life in jail and never become eligible for parole, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The killer of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman received two life sentences but could have been released...
I Always Wanted to Be a Property Millionaire. ...but I Never Thought It Would Be [Pounds Sterling]1m of Debt! TV Expert Tells Why He's Had His Fair Share of Woes with Homes
Byline: MARK ANSTEAD Taking pride of place in Martin Roberts's elegant home is a banknote-size wad of plain paper from Zimbabwe. It is a souvenir of when he was ripped off by a street-corner moneychanger who concealed the paper under a genuine note...
If Anyone Is Worried That Saffron Is Missing out on Fashion Tips, Just Look at Benidorm's Transvetites; Britain's First Gay Dads on the 25 Death Threats That Drove Them to Spain, Sharing Their Bed with Three Children ... and How They Are Trying for Baby No4
Byline: GILL MARTIN From Gill Martin IN ALICANTE WHEN multimillionaires Tony Drewitt and Barrie Barlow became the nation's first openly gay surrogate fathers four years ago, they knew their unconventional lifestyle choice would spark a heated...
I Handed the Police the Name and Address of a Thug Who Beat Me Unconscious and, Guess What, They Accused ME of Breaking the Law. as Yet Another Victim Is Treated like a Criminal, the Mail on Sunday Launches a Campaign for Those Who Are Let Down by the Law
Byline: JOHN BYNORTH;MATT NIXSON WHEN chemist Brian Conn was beaten unconscious in his shop, he naturally expected police to do everything in their power to track down and arrest his attacker. The father of two recognised the thug and provided...
I'm Staying at United to See in a New Generation; Forget Chelsea's Billions, We Are Building Onyouth Says Fergie as He Agrees New Deal
Byline: BOB CASS WHEN ARJEN Robben arrived in Manchester on Friday he was given a tour of United's state-of-the-art training facilities. The significance of the VIP treatment for the 19-year-old Dutchman is undeniable. Although competition...
Is This Game Even Sicker Than GrandTheftAuto? 'Horrific' PlayStation Video Banned by Overseas Censor Goes on Sale to British Teens
Byline: MATT NIXSON HOODED murderers decapitate victims with machetes in a horrifying new computer game branded sick by children's campaigners, politicians and psychologists. Players butcher opponents, suffocate them with plastic bags, strangle...
It's a GOSSIP Thing
Byline: CELIA WALDEN;JESSICA FELLOWES Jamie's gang go love-hungry Jamie Oliver is one of the world's wealthiest and most successful chefs, but the entourage that accompanied him on a recent trip to New York, was not quite as glamorous as you...
It's Time to Sex Up Your Home; What Top Interior Designers Want in Your House This Year
Walk into most houses and you can immediately date the decor. Zen-style candles and whitewashed walls smack of the minimalist Nineties while feminine pastels and satin cushions mark out the millennium. But whether you slavishly follow interior...
It's Tragic. but Dad Can't Remember That He Created the Thelwell Ponies; an Affectionate Tribute to Cartoonist Norman Thelwell by the Daughter Who Inspired So Much of His Work
Byline: PENNY JONES The famous Thelwell cartoons of all those fat little girls on fat little ponies really came about by accident. My father was never into horses in a big way. The only time I ever heard of him actually riding one was when he...
I Was Crying, I Was a Mess -I'd Just Won the Pulitzer; Jhumpa Lahiri Won Literature's Most Coveted Prize for Her First Book - Much to Her Surprise. but, She Tells Precious Williams, She Is Still Reluctant to Embrace Her Fame
Byline: PRECIOUS WILLIAMS Novelist Jhumpa Lahiri is the sort of woman who makes being brilliant and accomplished appear effortless. At 36, and with just two books behind her, Lahiri is already one of the most celebrated American authors of her generation....
Jobs in the Melting Pot; OPPORTUNITIES
Byline: ANDREW MOODY In the first of a series on new jobs for the New Year, we look at motivations for moving. Three quarters of City workers would change jobs tomorrow if they could, according to researchers. More than half believe their bosses...
Jono Grows Bigger, but Only on the Home Front; Hothouse
Byline: SARAH HARTLEY Jono Coleman, the slimmed down breakfast show DJ for Heart 106.2, will shed more than weight this year. He may have already lost five stone on ITV's Celebrity Fit Club and raised [pounds sterling]25,000 for charity, but now...
King Henry Reigns; Gloucester Star Gives England a New Option
Byline: PAUL MORGAN Leicester 18 Gloucester 28 HENRY PAUL made an irresistible case for inclusion in England's Six Nations squad by masterminding Gloucester's victory at Leicester. Former rugby league international Paul was unlucky not to...
Kiwi Fruits of the Earth; Charlie Dimmock Finds Inspiration among New Zealand's Staggering Variety of Exotic Plants and Trees
Byline: CHARLIE DIMMOCK WINTER in Britain means it's summer in New Zealand, which makes it an ideal place for escaping to the sun while offering loads of gardening interest. I lived out there for a couple of years when I was a student and I still...
Knickers to Thongs! NEW YORK CALLING,YOU MAGAZINE
Byline: ALICE SYKES For the past few years the thong has been the sexy staple of women's underwear, preferably poking out of a pair of fashionable low-rise Blue Cult or Juicy Couture jeans. I have never much liked thongs - I find them uncomfortable...
Labour Steps Up War on Drivers with an Army of 'Super Traffic Wardens'
Byline: JONATHAN OLIVER LABOUR was last night accused of a new stealth tax by planning 'super traffic wardens' who can tow away stranded cars - and charge drivers [pounds sterling]105 for the privilege. The Government was warned that far from...
Lampard Saves Day as Watford Threaten Huge Upset
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS Watford 2 Chelsea 2 ROMAN ABRAMOVICH jumped to his feet, clenched his fists and beamed his relief as a marvellously compelling cup-tie came to its close. Chelsea had survived, humiliation had been averted and his dream...
Last Tango in Parry's.The Story I'd Love to Write; ... and Here's What Else I've Put on My Wish List for 2004
Byline: FRANK BARRETT THERE are supposed to be just seven basic story plots, but when it comes to travel pieces they tend to follow one hackneyed format: 'Majorca (or wherever) is a place of fascinating contrasts ... where old meets new ... from...
Leeds Fear Expulsion from the Premiership
Byline: PETER FITTON LEEDS United are in increasing danger of expulsion from the Premiership even if they survive a winter of financial chaos and avoid relegation. Rival clubs are threatening the ultimate sanction if the Elland Road hierarchy...
Left in Limbo by a Limping Script
Byline: JASON SOLOMONS Kiss Of Life (15) (2/5) Kitchen Stories (PG) (3/5) Bartleby (15) (2/5) Emily Young's Kiss Of Life was one of the few British films at Cannes last year, earning a respectable slot in the Un Certain Regard sidebar....
Londis Is Buying Beans at Tesco; STRUGGLING FOOD CHAIN'S BOSS ADMITS THAT SUPPLIERS CAN'T MATCH THE PRICES ON GIANT'S SHELVES, SO .
Byline: TEENA LYONS SHOPKEEPERS in beleaguered store chain Londis find it cheaper to stock up with baked beans from Tesco than buy from the group's suppliers. The astonishing admission came from chief executive Graham White in an exclusive interview...
Long Neck of the Law; GADFLY
DISTURBING news reaches Gadfly from the US - a giraffe has been indicted for tax avoidance. Not any old giraffe either, but Geoffrey, lovable long-necked logo of Toys 'R' Us, the grammatically challenged toy shop chain. Just as the toy-buying...
Look What's Growing in the Garden of England; Better Rail Links Will Fast-Track Kent as a Winner for commutersCOMMUTING 2004
Byline: TOM ROWLAND Thinking of abandoning London for greener pastures in 2004? Then you may be in for a shock because it is becoming more expensive to pull off the transformation from urbanite to contented commuter. The tested formula was to...
Lord Sainsbury, Labour's Biggest Donor, Poised to Quit Government; Labour Faces Black Hole in Its Finances as Billionaire Minister Gets Ready to Retire
Byline: DOMINIC TURNBULL THE Labour Party faces a new cash crisis amid growing evidence that billionaire donor Lord Sainsbury is poised to quit the Government. The Science Minister has told colleagues he intends to leave his post after more than...
Lovely Jubbly, Rodders.It's Peckham's First [Pounds Sterling]1million Gaff! Stylish Regeneration Work by Top Artists and Designers Has Transformed del Boy Trotter's Rough-and-Ready Stomping Ground into a Desirable, Booming Area of South-East London
Byline: ANTHEA MASEY Who would have thought that downat-heel Peckham, home of Del Boy and Rodney, would now boast its first [pounds sterling]1million house? The idea that this corner of South-East London might be a hunting ground for upmarket housebuyers...
Mad World! You Bet It Was; Tears for Fears Star Reveals the 'Insane' Story of Christmas No1
Byline: CAROLINE GRAHAM TEARS For Fears star Curt Smith last night told of his joy at the cover version of his group's classic hit Mad World topping the New Year charts but admitted he won't make a penny from it. And he revealed how life with...
MAKE A DATE FOR INSPIRED PASSION; Relationships etc,YOU MAGAZINE
Byline: VAL SAMPSON When you've been together for years, monogamy can feel like monotony. But the deep emotional connection between you is the perfect basis for magical lovemaking, says Val Sampson. You just need to devote time to rediscovering...
Make a Home in the Newly Converted
As the trend for converting commercial and public properties into desirable contemporary homes continues, London is providing a wealth of unusual buildings to be transformed from their former use into your new residence. As homebuyers latch on to...
Married Life; One Mother Tackled Me, Much in the Manner of Martin Johnson, Shrieking, 'You Can't Go Up There, a Baby Is Sleeping!'
Byline: LIZ JONES So, the New Year's Eve party in the Cotswolds. Having left three A4 sheets of instructions for the cat sitter, we set off, me driving, him navigating, although he dropped off somewhere along the Marylebone Road. We arrived at a...
McLeish Runs out of Ideas as Lightweight Team Flops; 'On This Evidence, Rangers Could Finish a Lotfurther Adrift'
Byline: PAT NEVIN THE QUESTION before the game was, could Rangers keep interest going in the SPL by somehow figuring out how to end Celtic's incredible record at Parkhead? The man who had to come up with the ideas was Alex McLeish and, judging by...
Merman, the Sherman Tank of Broadway
Byline: RODERICK GILCHRIST Call Me Merman King's Head Theatre, Islington (3/5) The most disastrous showbiz marriage of all time, and boy have there been some stinkers, was perhaps the four-day union of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine. They...
Message from the Bottle Bank: You Can Stuff Your Prissy Do-Gooders
Byline: PETER DOBBIE THE post festivities are, as usual, accompanied by familiar feelings of personal loathing and thoughts of a more virtuous lifestyle. No more singing The Birdie Song dressed as a transvestite parrot while extolling the virtues...
Mills Strikes Early Blow as Telford Stun Crewe
Byline: CHRIS MOORE LEE MILLS headed non-league Telford into the fourth round of the FA Cup as the Conference club sprang a shock at Gresty Road. Mills rose to head home Fitzroy Simpson's corner at the near post after only 75 seconds - and Telford...
Miracle of Girl Who WAS THE Despairing Face of Live Aid; 20 Years after Famine That Horrified the World, a Brave Survivor Tells How She Has Rebuilt Her Life
Byline: ANGELLA JOHNSON SHE was a pitiful scrap of life, an emaciated toddler on the cusp of death, whom millions around the world saw being wrapped in a white cotton shroud by her grieving father and taken for burial. Birham Woldu was just three...
MoD IN 'DIRTY WAR'ON KELLY WIDOW
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE THE Ministry of Defence has ordered lawyers to 'fight dirty' against the widow of Dr David Kelly in any battle for compensation for her husband's death. The extraordinary tactics to be used should she seek damages from...
Montgomery Again the Scourge of Scots
Byline: GEORGE MACKAY PERCY MONTGOMERY knows what it takes to humiliate the Scots on their own turf, having spearheaded South Africa's record 68-10 triumph over Scotland at Murrayfield seven years ago. So dismantling the raw Borders pro outfit...
Moving Stories
A friendship which started five decades ago, and survived thousands of miles and years of separation, has brought Kathleen Hooper and Diana Cooke together as neighbours in the same retirement development in Tooting, South London Diana and I were...
My Bedtime Story at Horlick House; It Was Here That Two Brothers Invented the Drink That Has Been Putting Us to Sleep for Generations
Byline: EVE MCGOWAN When Louise Page Bailey discovered the unique background of her holiday home in rural Gloucestershire, she was unable to resist delving further into its curious past. The house, in the village of Ruardean in the Forest of...
NEW YEAR'S REVOLUTION; (1) Food for Thought (2) Resolve to Eat Fresh, Organic and British This Year
Byline: TOM PARKER BOWLES I don't think that I've ever kept a New Year's resolution for more than a few days. Childhood ones such as stopping biting my nails, being less horrid to my sister and eating fewer sweets always met with failure - and giving...
Nostalgia Is Back with a Splash; You Magazine
Byline: SASHA MILLER Memories of idyllic seaside holidays in Cornwall inspired Victoria Leach to create her classic childrenswear label. And now Hollywood stars are among those who've fallen for its old-style charm It's quite normal for designers...
One French Goose, Two Constipated Adults. and a Randy Grandad by the Christmas Tree; There Are No Crackers to Pull but Carols and a Family Visit Make It a Truly Joyeux Noel
Our first Christmas in the Dordogne is bright. It varies between mild spring weather and severe midwinter and now we have snow. We can't get Christmas crackers or mince pies over here, so, on a trip to the UK, Craig buys some crackers. Unfortunately,...
One Is a Murderer, the Other a Little Girl Fighting for Her Life. So Which One Do You Think Is Being Kicked out of Scotland?
Byline: ALLAN CALDWELL A YOUNG mother and her seriously ill daughter are to be deported under the Government's crackdown on asylum seekers who burden the NHS. Aisata Camara, 28, and her threeyearold daughter Vicky, who is blind and deaf and is...
Out of Our Depth
Byline: JIM BLACK Bhoys too strong but we're not giving up, says Berg HENNING BERG last night heaped praise on Old Firm rivals Celtic after admitting that it will require something bordering on a miracle for Rangers to catch the opposition in...
OUT OF SIGHT; McLeish Runs Up the White Flag as Celtic Move 11 Points Clear
Byline: FRASER MACKIE Thompson tightens Grip on a cap call McLeish runsup the white flag as Celtic move 11 points clear By Fraser Mackie ALEX McLEISH last night told victorious Old Firm rival Martin O'Neill that his Celtic league leaders can only...
Pain Far out Lives the Sympathy, but Barry Must Never Feel Guilty
Byline: PAT NEVIN NEW YEAR is traditionally the time for looking ahead with renewed hope - but there are those in football who will be finding it hard to be so positive this week. Sure, the transfer window is a window of opportunity for some,...