The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from October 10, 1999

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27 Trains Jump Red in Six Months
Byline: FIDELMA COOK TWENTY seven trains have jumped red lights in the past six months on Scotland's railways. The number of incidents was admitted as it was revealed that in one near miss in August, two ScotRail trains carrying 700 passengers...
Acid Test in the Battle against Heart Disease
Byline: BRYAN CHRISTIE DOCTORS want to use Scotland as the testing ground for a simple and cheap treatment for heart disease that could help save thousands of lives. The vitamin folic acid, which is recommended for pregnant women to prevent birth...
After His Death, Film Director Michael Winner Would like a Hitman to 'Knock Off' Those People Who Have Annoyed Him in Life
Byline: HELEN CHISLETT MY our own death starts to cross your mind when a great many of your friends start dying. Sadly, at 63, I have reached that stage. I actually find it slightly funny when any celebrity dies - which I shouldn't - because the...
A Fun and GAMES Revolution ON SKIS; Neil English Launches the New Season with a Look at the Toys That Will 'Out-Trick' Snowboarders
Byline: NEIL ENGLISH FUN with a capital F is the buzz word on the slopes this coming winter. New toys called 'twin-tips', 'fun carvers' and 'short skis' have sparked yet another revolution in the snow thrills department. Snowboarders, it seems,...
A Goodman and True, but Not to Women; Review
Byline: JOHN MORTIMER Lord Goodman by Brian Brivati Richard Cohen [pounds sterling]20 / [pounds sterling]17 ***** When he wrote Bleak House, Dickens created Mr Tulkinghorn, the discreet old lawyer who crept round stately homes. He knew...
A Lay in the Life of *; an Office Worker
Byline: HELEN CHISLETT Daniel Bristowe, 18, living with his girlfriend My girlfriend Kimberley and I had our first holiday together last summer. The two of us went to my parents' timeshare apartment in Lanzarote. As this is the first serious sexual...
Ali's Girl Shames the Greatest Ali's Girl Shames the Greatest; AS THE DAUGHTER OF THE MOST FAMOUS HEAVYWEIGHT MAKES HER BOXING DEBUT
Byline: CAROLINE GRAHAM HIS face an expressionless mask, Muhammad Ali stared silently ahead as the noble sport he once dominated plunged to new depths of mockery. Ali, 57, the greatest boxer ever, took a ringside seat in the early hours of yesterday...
All Blacks Leave Johnsonmen with Mountain to Climb
Byline: IAN STAFFORD England 16 New Zealand 30 FOR an hour we dreamed that this time it would be different. England had the mighty All Blacks in all sorts of trouble and revenge for previous World Cup defeats looked on the cards. Then Jonah...
All Blacks Leave Johnson Men with Mountain to Climb
Byline: IAN STAFFORD England 16 New Zealand 30 By IanStafford The nightmare returns: FOR an hour we dreamed that this time it would be different. England had the mighty All Blacks in all sorts of trouble and revenge for previous World Cup defeats...
Almost like Mother Used to Make; Family Recipes Help an Expert on Trail of Taste
BUY a ham wrapped in tasty cheese pastry from your local supermarket and the chances are that George Ban had something to do with it. Every day in the village of Waterfoot, at the edge of the Pennines in East Lancashire, George, 65, looks for new...
A Marriage That Works Second Time around; REVIEW
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY The Marriage Of Figaro ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA THE COLISEUM, LONDON **** English National Opera is rightly proud of the ten new productions it will mount this season, but the health of an opera company can often be best judged...
A Mouthwatering Move; French Chef Finds an Appetite for Gourmet Britain
THERE was only one worthwhile choice on the menu when chef Thierry Billot was looking for an exciting new challenge. Like many top chefs from around the world, the 36-year-old from Paris was drawn to Britain by its growing reputation for fine food...
Annie's Mirabilis Annie's Mirabilis; REVIEW
Byline: TIM DE LISLE Eurythmics Peace (RCA, out October 18) ***** James Millionaires (Mercury, out tomorrow) ***** Four years ago Annie Lennox set out on what may have been the shortest world tour in history: one concert in Gdansk, three in New...
Are Any Directors Good in Bed? REVIEW
Byline: JASON SOLOMONS Romance ** American Pie ** Felicia's Journey *** The Last Days **** Sex is a serious subject but cinema rarely gets it right. It's Woody Allen dressed as a sperm or Marlon Brando with a knob of butter; it's the Porky's...
A Twist of Fate Ruined My Friendship with Hoddle; the Truth about Uri Geller's 'Mystic' Meeting with Glenn Hoddle Review
Byline: URI GELLER Glenn Hoddle was sacked as England football manager after making disparaging comments about the disabled earlier this year but the seeds of his downfall were sown well before. A combination of indifferent performances on the pitch...
BBC Dinosaur Team Poised to Take on Disney
Byline: MICHELE MARTIN THE makers of the BBC's [pounds sterling]6 million animation hit Walking With Dinosaurs are heading for Hollywood, hungry for another monster project. Encouraged by the enormous success of the six-part series which started...
Be Wary of Low-Cost Life Cover Offers; Direct Insurers Policies Can Be Poor Value for the Healthy
Byline: EDMUND TIRBUTT THE smiling face of June Whitfield looks out from a leaflet accompanied by 12 reassuring words: 'You cannot be turned down for this low-cost life insurance cover.' The actress is promoting Axa Sun Life Direct's Guaranteed...
Blair Blew It with Those Fiery Words, Says Mandy
Byline: SIMON WALTERS;VINCENT MOSS TONY BLAIR'S controversial speech at the Labour conference has come under fire from his closest friend and adviser Peter Mandelson. Labour sources said former Trade Secretary Mr Mandelson was among a growing...
Blair to Rush in New Safety Laws; THE PADDINGTON DISASTER
Byline: VINCENT MOSS;NICK PRYER TONY BLAIR laid the law down to the rail chiefs yesterday and told them he was ready to bring in emergency legislation to prevent a repeat of the Paddington rail disaster. The Prime Minister took personal charge...
Brown Welcomes Back the Outcast
Byline: JAMES ROBB CRAIG BROWN was for turning last night, all the way round to opening the comeback door to the man he blamed for Scotland's shameful draw in the Faroe Islands in June Matt Elliott. The Leicester City defender has been serving...
Buyers Box for Packer
Byline: IAN KING;IAN KING [pounds sterling]350m price ta g is put on Wadding ton A [pounds sterling]350 million bidding war is set to erupt for Waddington, the packaging group that last month admitted it had received a takeover approach from...
Can Cook but Won't Cook for a Boss like You. Gordon Ramsay-Style Outbursts in the Kitchen Forced Us to Walk out Say Chefs
Byline: SIMON WILSON BRUISED egos and fiery temperaments are part and parcel of running a top restaurant these days. But three chefs decided enough was enough when they got fed up with their boss's Gordon Ramsay-style outbursts. The trio walked...
Card Tricks Worth Watching; Competition Is Spoiling Customers for Choice
Byline: CLARE HALL THERE may never be a better time to apply for a credit card. In the past 10 days three new cards have arrived in the marketplace following earlier launches from three US banks Providian, Bank One and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter....
Caring for the Key To
Byline: GAYNOR PENGELLY YOUR company could be honoured as one of the elite businesses powering the UK economy into the new millennium. Financial Mail's annual Enterprise 2000 awards are a magnet for Britain's best small businesses. The overall...
Carriages Were Salvaged from Southall Crash
Byline: NICK PRYER MANY passengers who survived the Paddington rail disaster were sitting in the same coaches that were involved in the Southall crash, it emerged yesterday. Three carriages at the rear of the First Great Western train were put...
Check out the Pros and Cons of Flexibility
Byline: JOHN WRIGLESWORTH FOR most borrowers taking out a new mortgage there is a straight choice between which type of homeloan to choose - flexible or fixed rate. Deciding which one is right for you depends on your circumstances. Fixed-rate...
Children Allowed to See Questions before Exams; Education Chiefs' Controversial Plan to Improve Motivation in the Classroom
Byline: ANDREW BEAVEN PUPILS are to be shown Standard Grade questions four months before sitting the examination. From next year, pupils sitting modern languages papers will be told in January exactly what questions they will face when they sit...
Cocky Keegan Targets a Back Door Tilt at the Title; Sweden 2 Poland 0
Byline: ROB DRAPER A JUBILANT Kevin Keegan last night predicted that lucky England will emerge as European champions next summer after Sweden handed his side qualification to the Euro 2000 finals. Keegan said: 'We may have got in the back door...
Countdown to a Better Deal from Banks
Byline: ANGHARAD LYNN BANKING customers have something to smile about at last. More services are being made available on the internet and switching from one bank to another is to be made easier. The growth of internet banking is bringing better...
Criminal Past of Militant Leader Who Has Declared War on Abortion
Byline: NICHOLAS RUTHERFORD THE founder of a militant antiabortion group is a maverick Orangeman with a criminal past, the Scottish Mail on Sunday can reveal. Extremist Jim Dowson started the Scottish branch of Precious Life after being impressed...
Day of Destiny at Telecoms Show; City Waits for Global Verdict on New Chip
Byline: TONY GLOVER TODAY is judgment day for BATM Advanced Communications, the investors' latest high-tech darling whose share price has risen more than 18-fold this year. This is the day the massive trade show Telecom 99 opens in Geneva, when...
Denis Stirs the Pot; Black Dog
THROUGHOUT Margaret Thatcher's 11 1/2 years in power, Denis Thatcher never had much time for MPs. He regarded Labour members as a bunch of dangerous Lefties who would hand the nation over to the Soviet Union given half a chance. And he thought...
Distinct Delight from All Angles; REVIEWS
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER Gino Severini Estorick Collection of Modern Art, Islington, London (until January 9) ***** Some painters are admirable; others can only be described as adorable. The early 20th-century Italian painter Gino Severini,...
Don't Trip in the Gold Rush; Price Is Soaring but Lustre Can Soon Fade
Byline: CLAIRE BURSTON PATIENT investors whose money has languished in poor-performing gold and commodity funds for years have something to smile about at last - an unexpected gold rush. Shares of gold mining companies, in which several specialist...
Dorothy's Dress Is Wizard; Judy Garland's Costume Gets Top Sale Billing
Byline: LORNE SPICER THE blue and white checked dress worn by Judy Garland 60 years ago in The Wizard of Oz is being sold - and the price could end up somewhere over the rainbow. The dress will feature in Christie's film and entertainment sale...
Eales, the Aussie Lineout King, Warns Irish: We're Better Than Ever Ready for Lift-Off
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS IN A snugly secluded corner of the Portmarnock Hotel in County Dublin, two elderly ladies are sipping tea and accepting greetings from passing strangers in tracksuits. All the strangers are young men; some of them monstrously...
ENGLAND FORCED TO DO IT THE HARD WAY; No Losers on a Truly Awesome Day at HQ
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS IF the fourth Rugby World Cup is remarkably lucky, it may produce a match to rival yesterday's Twickenham epic. It will not give us a game to surpass it. For this was an authentic classic. This was the kind of confrontation...
England Still in a Right Old Mess; Don't Dodge the Tough Decisions, Says Charlton
Byline: JOE MELLING THE day Jack Charlton wanted the job as England manager he was not even afforded the courtesy of an interview. The FA didn't want to speak to him then. But 20 years on, surely Lancaster Gate must listen to him now. Big Jack,...
Escape TO GERI'S Ocean HIDEWAY; When Ginger Spice Left the Girls She Fled to a Hotel in Mauritius. I Find out Why
Byline: GERALDINE MCKEOWN GERI HALLIWELL and I have more in common, it appears, than simply a name and red hair. When the going gets tough, we get going . . . preferably to somewhere with long, wide beaches of white sand shaded with palm trees....
Evidence to 'End Sale of GM Food' Is Kept Secret
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE Government-backed institute is refusing to release crucial laboratory samples which could stop genetically modified crops ever being sold in Britain. World-renowned GM food scientist Dr Arpad Pusztai is due to publish...
Flu Drug Ban Has Glaxo in a Sweat; Industry Chiefs Take Stock as Treatment Fails Cost-Effectiveness Test
Byline: NEIL THAPAR Dismayed: Sir R ichar d Sykes h ad big hopes f or Relenza FOR a wonder drug that is supposed to treat flu, Relenza has given its creator Glaxo Wellcome a thumping headache. On Friday the worst fears of Glaxo chairman Sir Richard...
Flu Drug Row Hits Downing Street
DRUGS companies are demanding an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister in protest at the Government's decision to advise doctors not to offer National Health Service patients a revolutionary new flu remedy this winter. Pharmaceutical industry chiefs...
Fundraiser Firm Quits 'Unrealistic' Tory Crusade
Byline: VINCENT MOSS THE company spearheading William Hague's drive to double the number of Tory Party members has quit after branding his crusade 'totally unrealistic'. Following a string of revelations about the Conservatives' reliance on a...
Fuse Is Lit ...but Real Fireworks Are Yet to Come
Byline: TUKALO IWAN THEY lit the blue touch paper but the Rugby World Cup didn't quite explode into fireworks; in fact it has been a bit of a damp squib. The reason is quite simple; with the honourable exception of Scotland against South Africa,...
Get It Right in a Correction
Byline: ADAM SHAW OCTOBER is an ominous month for share prices. The stock market crashed in October 1929 and in the same month in 1987. Last year the decline that began in July hit its low point in October. Now there are signs that prices could...
Give Me Five! Now Mazda Heads Down the Scenic Route with Its New Shrunken People Carrier
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY DEAR old John Prescott sitting fuming in one of his two Jags in a traffic jam might have reason to grow even hotter under the collar if he sees an MPV alongside him. The chances are the seven-seater will have only one person...
Good Reading Pays Dividends
THE thousands of readers who have bought from the Financial Mail Bookshop over the past year have shown the most interest guides that promise to make or save them money. This week we serve up five books that do just that. To get off on the right...
Green House Built to Last for 500 Years
Byline: STEPHEN KILLICK GREEN pioneers Rob and Alida Roy wanted a home that would last 500 years - whatever happens to the world in the meantime. In a trend increasingly being explored by developers and mortgage lenders, the tax consultant and...
Griffiths Drives Team to Grand Finals
DAVID GRIFFITHS played one of the greatest rounds ever seen in The Mail on Sunday Classic to inspire his West Herts team to a place in the Grand Finals in Fregate next month. His match against Nuremore captain Jimmy McCarthy ended 5 & 3 at the...
Handy Way to Make Phone Data Mobile
ONE of the deterrents to switching to a new mobile phone is the time it takes to enter hundreds of phone numbers into its database. The solution is software that enables users instantly to beam the contents of a handheld computer's database straight...
Helenas Scoop: PM Turns Down the England Job
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS TONY BLAIR sank into the depths of the sofa and said, in quietly urgent voice: 'Right, who's going to tell me what's going on?' All right, I know that sounds like J Archer at his most turgid, but that's just about how it...
High-Flying Reid Sure of a Soft Landing
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY JOHN Reid is in the market for a new aircraft, to make commuting easier for the challenging job he will formally accept this week. Reid sold his last plane not long after a horse trampled him underfoot at Kempton on Easter...
Holt Not So Apathetic When It Comes to Cup; KILLIE ACE LOOKS TO LEAD RUGBY PARK REVIVAL IN CIS INSURANCE CUP
Byline: SCOTT DAVIE GARY HOLT could see his face in the shiny CIS Insurance Cup last week when the two met for publicity pictures ahead of Kilmarnock's third-round tie with Hibernian. But there have been times this season when Holt struggled to...
HOPKIN MAD; Scotland Happy but Leeds Star in Revolt
Byline: FRASER MACKIE DAVID HOPKIN is ready to quit international football because he is deeply unhappy at being played out of position. The Leeds midfielder is on a collision course with Scotland manager Craig Brown over his use as a right back....
Horrific Task in the First Carriage
Byline: MICHELE MARTIN THE FIRST thing that hit them was the smell. Having been undisturbed since Tuesday's terrible crash, carriage H was still filled with the smell of smoke when the first investigators went early yesterday morning. As they...
How Dare These Labour Ladies Patronise Women
Byline: SUZANNE MOORE JUST imagine if a couple of Ministers - say for example Stephen Byers and Gordon Brown - went around the country 'listening to men' to find out what Britain's males really want. Imagine if, after many road shows and discussion...
How the Miners of Leadhills Were Brought to Book; Experts Hope to Find Fortune in 18th Century Library Founded to Educate Pit Workers
Byline: SALLY ROSE VILLAGERS in a tiny mountain hamlet are poised to discover the true value of its hidden treasures. For 258 years the local library has housed a secret stock of historical books now thought to be worth hundreds of thousands...
I Don't Want People Saying 'She Was Once a Beauty'. I Have Too Much Pride for That .. Tina Turner Talks to Robin Eggar about Cabbage Soup, Staying Young and Life at 60
Byline: ROBIN EGGAR Tina Turner glides across her London hotel suite, offers both cheeks to be kissed, and announces: 'You're sitting in my chair.' Hastily, I vacate my hard seat and plonk myself in the much grander armchair opposite. Dressed in...
If the Tories Want a Future They Must Forget Portillos Past
Byline: PETER DOBBIE THE other evening in Blackpool, I was privy to a bit of verbal queer bashing. 'Portillo's a screaming poof,' observed a delegate who, until the last Election, represented a shire county. 'Yep, and a lying poof,' added...
If the Tories Want a Future They Must Forget Portillo's Past
Byline: PETER DOBBIE THE other evening in Blackpool, I was privy to a bit of verbal queer bashing. 'Portillo's a screaming poof,' observed a delegate who, until the last Election, represented a shire county. 'Yep, and a lying poof,' added...
If This Is Biography, I'm Ronald Reagan; Book of the Week
Byline: CRAIG BROWN Dutch: A Memoir Of Ronald Reagan by Edmund Morris HarperCollins [pounds sterling]24.99 / [pounds sterling]20.99 ***** Back in 1985, a historian called Edmund Morris was paid three million dollars to write the authorised...
I Gambled [Pounds Sterling]750,000 ...Andlost It in a Day; Review (2) City Trader STEPHEN HUMPHRIES Had It All -Fast Cars, Expensive Clothes, Caribbean Holidays. So How Did He Throw It Away in One Dreadful Day at the Office? Here He Tells for the First Time of His Astonishing Rise and Fall
Byline: SIMON GARFIELD You could say my story is a classic tale of riches to rags. But I don't suppose that many people lose three-quarters of a million pounds in a day. I used to think I had everything I could ever want: a nice house in Surrey,...
In Complete Confidence
Byline: NICK FOULKES A Booker dressing-down Dear Nick, For some reason, I seem to have been left off the Booker Prize shortlist. What can I do to bring my work to the attention of the august judges? Yours, Kathy Lette Dear Kathy,...
Investors Stick to the Web; TRUST WATCH
Byline: MARK COLEGATE THE rapid growth in the use of computers and the world wide web has left many wondering about the best way to profit from such expansion. For private investors there are several technology unit trusts to choose from. One...
In Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, on the Trail of a Rather Fine Wine. . . Ivor Herbert Finds the Taste of France in America's Cradle of Freedom
Byline: IVOR HERBERT NO ONE in the vineyard knew where George Washington was born. This was odd, because the Prince Michel Vineyard is in Virginia and this December marks the bicentenary of the great man's death. Surely Washington, resistance...
Is There No One We Can Trust to Care?
Byline: NORMAN TEBBIT YET again a local council has been exposed for its bungling indifference to the fate of a vulnerable child in its care. Aliyah Ismail was only 13 when she died of a drugs overdose. More than 230 different care officers...
Jordan's $3M Round; Frentzen Golf Coup May Yet Bunker Rivals
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY WHEN Eddie Jordan signed the son of an undertaker on the third hole at Sunningdale Golf Course, he was reacting to being stymied by the Schumacher family. With Michael Schumacher manoeuvring silently in the background to...
Julia Finds Gere in; Film of the Week REVIEW
Byline: SEBASTIAN FAULKS Runaway Bride (Cert PG) Director: Garry Marshall Starring: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere Running time: 1hr 56mins ***** When you look back to Pretty Woman, the film that ten years ago introduced Julia Roberts to a large...
Keyhole Surgery Cures Jemma's Spot of Trouble
Byline: RICHARD WARBURTON JEMMA the dalmatian has a new lease of life after successfully undergoing Britain's first keyhole surgery on a dog. The four-year-old had suffered from a bladder condition for more than a year and faced drug treatment...
Labour Launches Blitz on Red Ken
Byline: SIMON WALTERS LABOUR leaders launched a series of personal attacks on Ken Livingstone last night in an attempt to stop his bid to become Mayor of London. Mr Livingstone accused his opponents of launching a dirty tricks operation after...
Labour's Battle as Membership Drops
Byline: WILLIAM CLARK SCOTTISH Labour is fighting a desperate battle to stem a massive slide in membership in recent months. Still reeling from the disastrous near loss of their heartland Hamilton South seat at last month's by-election, the leadership...
La W Aimed a T Helping Disabled Is Ignored; CO M PANIES ARE NOT EVEN AW ARE OF ACT THAT DEMANDS A FAIRER DEAL
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK DISABLED consumers are being denied their rights by financial institutions that are ignorant of their responsibilities under By Stephen Womack D of their responsibilities under new legislation. The second phase of the...
League Table Needs to Shoot for Goal
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON FOOTBALL league tables wouldn't have quite the same fascination if newspapers listed teams in alphabetical order. If they ignored figures showing how many games teams had won or lost each season and concentrated instead on...
Let's Stay in a League of Our Own Making
Byline: IAN ARCHER MR WILLIAM HAGUE seems quite an agreeable fellow, even if he was only half out the cradle before deciding that he wanted to be a politician when he grew up. It was probably the fault of a doting mother. He spent last week...
Location, Location
Byline: SUSAN BROOM Runaway Bride The film This romantic comedy reunites Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and director Garry Marshall for the first time since the 1990 blockbuster Pretty Woman. Roberts plays Maggie, a store owner who has left three...
MacDonald Refuses to Be Left Behind
Byline: FRASER MACKIE ALLAN MACDONALD, Celtic's chief executive, will lead the way this week in ensuring Scottish football is not left trailing while the middle-market nations of Europe conspire to form a money-spinning Champions League-style competition....
MacDonald Refuses to Be Left Behind Lambert's Last
Byline: FRASER MACKIE PAUL LAMBERT will sign away the last days of his playing career to Celtic within the next 48 hours. The Scotland skipper, set to extend his current Parkhead deal to 2003, has disclosed to Sportsmail on Sunday that he will quit...
Maggie's Back for Her Billy the Kid
Byline: GEORGE GALLOWAY BONKERS in Blackpool. Its the only way to describe last week's Tory conference when mad Maggie was unleashed from her cage and ran amok. Although she never really went away, at least the Major years saw her perform walk-on...
Major Rounds on 'Unfair' Thatcher
Byline: SIMON WALTERS JOHN MAJOR will hit back today at the Tories' attempt to denigrate his seven-and-half-year spell as Prime Minister. The ex-Premier, who it emerged yesterday plans to step down as MP for Huntingdon at the next election, will...
Millennium Maiden; Virgins Are Back in Fashion in Hollywood. as Joan of Arc Leads the Way in a Host of New Films, Julie Burchill Examines Her Curious Appeal
Byline: JULIE BURCHILL Hear the words 'teenage boy' and all sorts of life-affirming bad behaviour comes to mind - drinking, drugging, racing in the streets and anything that whitens Mother's hair. Hear the words 'teenage girl', though, and only...
Monty, It Was Worse for Old Tom Morris
Byline: MICHAEL CALVIN NEWSFLASH: Golf was plunged into a far-reaching crisis today, when abusive, drunken crowds forced Colin Montgomerie to flee midway through his million-dollar challenge match against Tiger Woods at Augusta. Spectators uttered...
Moving for the Millennium; Sellers Pack Aims to Ease the Pain of House Buying
Byline: SALLY HAMILTON BUYERS eager to celebrate the arrival of the next millennium in a new home had better get their skates on. With just over 10 weeks to go until the partying begins, they will have to move fast to find a property, have an...
Murder Most Fowl; Feathers Fly as Sid the Swan Seeks Guilty Golfer Who Killed His Mate
Byline: FIONA BARTON THE members of Kilworth Springs golf club are maintaining an embarrassed silence about a mysterious death on the fairway. The victim, Sarah the swan, was felled by a golf ball as she wandered across the course. Her lifeless...
My Sunshine Boys Are Ready, Says Coach
Byline: JOE MELLING KEVIN KEEGAN pledged last night to bring the sunshine flooding back into the England international arena at Sunderland's aptly named Stadium of Light this afternoon. 'It's a different ball game for us now that Sweden have...
My Wife Lena Made Millions but Then Died Penniless. Who Took All Her Money? Ex-Husband Tells How Tormented Star Lost a Fortune as Well as Her Will to Live
Byline: ELIZABETH SANDERSON PETER WILTSHIRE was washing his VW Golf when the news crackled through the car stereo. As he half-listened to the headlines, one item caught his attention - news of Lena Zavaroni's death, at the age of 35, from anorexia...
New Caps Impress to Give Brown a Playoff Problem; Scotland 3 Lithuania 0
Byline: FRASER MACKIE SCOTLAND'S international novices earned their stripes against lowly Lithuania yesterday to drive home an emphatic message to coach Craig Brown that they deserve to be decorated further in playoff battle next month. For once,...
Nice Speech, Shame about the Dinosaurs; REVIEW
Byline: STEWART STEVEN Walking With Dinosaurs was every bit as impressive as the TV critics said it was. What they can do these days with computer graphics is amazing. The animatronic of Thatcher-saurus Regina was particularly brilliant - as...
Nightmare of Jonah Lives Up Tothelegend
Byline: MICHAEL CALVIN THERE was blood on his lip, fire his eyes. Jonah Lomu was a nightmare vision, dredged from darkest corner of the subconscious of every England player. His legend has grown in the four years since he inflicted untold indignities...
Noel's House Party
Byline: CHRIS SALEWICZ Noel Coward's Jamaican retreat was more than just a home. As Chris Salewicz reveals in a new book of rare photographs, it was also a discreet playground for the rich and famous Noel Coward, born in the last days of the 19th...
Online Oldies H a Ve the Edge over Whizkids
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND YOUNG internet entrepreneurs who have made millions - at least on paper with little more than a PC and a bright idea are hitting the headlines. And casual observers could be forgiven for believing that when it comes...
Our Fawlty Service; When Torquay Was Set against Salzburg, the Austrians Cleaned Up
Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE EARLIER in the year on these pages readers engaged in a heated debate on the quality of British seaside resorts - especially Torquay - compared with Continental holiday places. Mail on Sunday reporter Christopher Leake...
Pele and Cruyff on a Crusade
Byline: DAVID WALKER PELE and Johan Cruyff share an apocalyptic vision that commercial exploitation may destroy professional football as we know it. The duo revealed their fears in Amsterdam after being acclaimed as the greatest footballers of...
Pensions: Into; the Financial Dilemma That Could Sentence the Nations Work Force to a Life Time a T the Grind Stone
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND RETIREMENT experts are creating a furore by demanding that the government raises the state pension age to 70. It is a proposal that conjures up a demoralising vision of sixtysome-things poring over the situations vacant...
Pet Lovers Have Pick of Pack; New Breed of Animal Insurers Is Making Cover More Affordable
Byline: CLARE HALL PET insurance, once a specialist product, is now being offered by all sorts of companies. Tesco launched a low-cost pet policy last week, snapping at the heels of other big players such as the Nationwide and Woolwich financial...
Picking the Under-Tens Isnt Such Childs Play
Byline: RICHARD HELLER A YOUNG cricketer I know recently received a tempting offer to change clubs. Delivered to his agent, it promised him a more prominent role in a better team, superior facilities, improved coaching, personal transport, career...
Pitfalls and Perks of a Net Share Deal
Byline: ANGHARAD LYNN HIGH-tech tactics are sweeping away the stuffy image of stockbrokers as they battle to win clients. Halifax's internet dealing service went live last week and stockbroker Killik & Co is phasing in an online operation....
Plea to Bank on Storehouse Bills
Byline: IAN KING SUPPLIERS to Storehouse, the struggling retailer that owns Bhs and Mothercare, are understood to have pleaded with HSBC, the company's banker, to intervene on their behalf. Many of the suppliers, some of which are said to be...
Posh without the Dosh; She's Been Dubbed the Dumb Aristo Blonde Who Has to Work for a Living. She Lasted Half a Date with Prince Andrew. Now Victoria Hervey Is Ready to Prove Her Critics Wrong
Byline: MARIANNE MACDONALD Lady Victoria Hervey radiates distrust, which predominates over a nature that may naturally be very sweet. She was warier than the Hollywood stars I have met, even though she has not actually been badly burned by journalists...
Prop Performer; George Mackay on a Scot Who Is Not Prepared to Settle for Second Best
Byline: GEORGE MACKAY TOM SMITH looks anything but a hard man - so self-effacing he seems not merely to blend into the background but to disappear behind the furniture. Yet, like mild-mannered Clark Kent after he has nipped into a convenient...
Put the Lights out; Neighbours Say Grotto Will Spoil Their Christmas
AN amazing battle is hotting up over the last Christmas of the Millennium as any festive spirit all but disappears from a quiet residential street. Grandparents David and Emma Rowlands have turned their home into Santa's grotto for the past three...