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 October 31, 1999

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A Breed of Robot Perfect for Blair
Byline: NORMAN TEBBIT ACCORDING to the papers, electronic pet dogs will soon be on sale here in Britain. We are told they are smart dogs which can be programmed to roll on their backs and put their legs in the air, or follow their master wherever...
A Crisis of Confidence as Worker Falls Apart; HOME ALONE
Byline: SIMON FREEMAN HARASSED house renovator Simon Freeman believes he can start to relax. Work on his home at Notting Hill, west London, is at last coming to an end and his thinning chequebook will no longer be at the mercy of dubious builders,...
A Drop of Passion; Cheeky Larkham Turns Tables on the Springboks
Byline: IAN STAFFORD Australia 27 S Africa 21 (aet) STEPHEN LARKHAM'S drop of impudence in extra-time enabled Australia to emerge triumphant in the most dramatic game of this World Cup by some distance. The Wallabies, with Matt Burke firing...
Airport Terror as Radio Pest Targets Pilots
Byline: NICK PRYER A DERANGED radio ham is risking the lives of thousands of aircraft passengers and crew by transmitting bogus control tower instructions to pilots flying in and out of a major British airport. Airline chiefs say the hoaxer,...
A Lay in the Life of*; a Props Consultant
Byline: JESSICA FELLOWES Corina Burrough, 27, single A few years ago, when I was 19, a school friend, Louise, and I went to Corfu for a week. We were booked on a late-night flight, so we waited at the bar at Gatwick airport. As we were both single...
A Lay in the Life of; a Props Consultant
Byline: JESSICA FELLOWES Corina Burrough, 27, single ... A few years ago, when I was 19, a school friend, Louise, and I went to Corfu for a week. We were booked on a late-night flight, so we waited at the bar at Gatwick airport. As we were both...
Alert over Bears as Share Cash Dries Up
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND A 'STASH of cash' that has bolstered stock markets in Britain and the US is drying up, threatening to hit share prices, according to an influential team of economists. Until recently some big investors such as pension...
And the Commentators Are Going Inane
Byline: SIMON GARFIELD Not long ago, Radio 5 Live had its pick of the big sporting events, and it was the obvious place to turn for heavyweight boxing and football. Not any more. Talk Radio has paid serious money for the right to exclusive...
Another Huge Slice of Fortune
Byline: BRUCE ANDERSON HE HAS always been a lucky Prime Minister, and there is still no sign that Tony Blair's luck is running out. As a result of Friday's findings, Mr Blair is able to claim that his strategy in the beef dispute has been vindicated....
A Passport to Excess.
Byline: FRANK BARRETT MY local petrol station is selling golf umbrellas at [pounds sterling]4 each. I don't play golf and I haven't much call for umbrellas, but [pounds sterling]4 strikes me as the right sort of price. Yet when the Government...
A Plague on Both of These Houses
Byline: GEORGE GALLOWAY TWO parliaments were desecrated last week, though one was wreathed in tragedy while the other merely doubled up in farce. In Armenia, in the ultimate in Cabinet reshuffles, the Prime Minister, his deputy and seven ministers...
A Plot Flying out of Control
Byline: SEBASTIAN FAULKS Pushing Tin (Cert 15) Director: Mike Newell. Starring: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie Running time: 2hrs 4mins ***** Film of the week Sebastian Faulks This film is worth going to see for...
A Scroe That Draws Us into Dracula's Lair
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY Philip Glass's Dracula Royal Festival Hall, London ***** A scorethat draws us into Dracula's lair Nick Kimberley Classical Although no law states that movies must have music, it is hard to imagine film without music. Even...
As Good as Her Words; as a Girl, Barbara Taylor Bradford Didn't Have Time for the Opposite Sex - She Was Too Busy Writing Stories
Byline: LINA DAS I was born in Upper Armley, Yorkshire, in 1933. Growing up during the Second World War was, if not frightening, certainly unusual. I was seven when war broke out and, whenever the sirens sounded, we would all hide in our shelter...
A Surgeon's Blunder Left Me with One lung.Yet He's Still Not Been Struck Off
Byline: LORRAINE FRASER PETER WEEKS had every reason to have faith in the NHS and his surgeon the day he went for surgery. Now he has every reason to regret that day and to despair at a system which has yet to call to account the doctor who ruined...
At Last, M&S Takes Credit Cards
Byline: TEENA LYONS MARKS & Spencer will this week make an historic break with tradition by announcing that it will accept payment by credit card in its 700 stores. The ailing giant has been forced into the move after a devastating collapse...
Aussie Ranch Where Wills Plans to Become a Jackaroo; Revealed: Secret of the Desert Cattle Station That Will Turn the Prince from Boy to Man
Byline: RICHARD SHEARS TO an elite group of young Britons, it is the sprawling outpost in the Australian desert where boys are turned into men as the merciless sun beats down on a bleak, forbidding terrain. Delmore Downs is an isolated cattle...
A Windfall Hope That Is Likely to Blow Away
Byline: CLAIRE BURSTON ANYONE buying a second-hand endowment policy in the expectation that demutualisation will bring a windfall could be disappointed. Scottish Widows, the insurer being sold to Lloyds TSB, has dealt a blow to the carpetbaggers...
Banks Count on Candida to Foil Net Fraud
Byline: MARCUS GIBSON A LIFE spent honing negotiating skills in the Foreign Office is paying off in business for Candida Slater. She is still helping to bring communities together, but now it is over the internet. Her company, ProTx, based...
Banks Defence Doesn't Add Up
Byline: WILLIAM KAY NATWEST Group shareholders are nowhere near the moment when they have to make up their minds about Bank of Scotland's or anyone else's bid, but the frontline trenches have been dug in the battlefield. Any bidder will say they...
Bargains with Wealth of Detail
MAKING and keeping money is about attention to detail - the detail of minimising your tax bill, of valuing a share, of keeping proper records. We have chosen books and software this week that make it easier and more interesting for you to organise...
Beef Wars, Lords A-Leaping and a Tale of Two Czars THE WEEK IN90 Seconds
The trade war with France went Britain's way after European scientific experts declared British beef safe. The French ban had led to a boycott of their goods in the UK and in return triggered a campaign of harassment against cross-Channel drivers by...
Betrayed by Our EU Partners
IT'S NOT over yet. Friday's favourable verdict from EU scientists was a major battle won in the beef war, but it has not brought ultimate victory. That will come only when the French government lifts its preposterous ban. And the signs are not...
BG Buyback Hit by Bond Boycott
Byline: NEIL THAPAR GAS pipeline monopoly BG has sparked an unexpected boycott among City institutions over its complex [pounds sterling]2 billion share buyback programme because it is running too close to Christmas. The scheme is intended to...
Big Muddy Wagon; Yes, Its a [Pounds Sterling]46,700 BMW Off-Roader - but It Does 144mph and Handles Just like a Sports Car. So What Exactly Is the X5 For?
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY WHEN BMW invited me to drive their new X5 model I fretted over whether this would be just another big, unnecessary off-roader. So what if their marketing speak called it a sports activity vehicle rather than a sports utility...
Bitter Flavour at Whitbread; SHARE WEEK
Byline: IAN KING WHITBREAD's lacklustre results on Wednesday have convinced some market followers that the hotel and pubs group plans an acquisition to restore some sparkle. Chief executive David Thomas, who made a U-turn by confirming that Whitbread...
Brand It the Bad Way; United's Decision So Wrong
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY MANCHESTER UNITED will not play in this season's FA Cup, which was bad news yesterday as Stalybridge played Altrin-cham in the fourth qualifying round of the competition. The winners of that tie were hoping to play the European...
Brown to Act over Bank Rift; Power Feud Threatens Future of Monetary Policy Committee
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND;WILLIAM KAY CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown was holding urgent talks with advisers this weekend in an attempt to defuse a bitter row among Bank of England economists in charge of setting interest rates. Sources say the dispute...
Buffett Makes Wires Hum - MIDAS COLUMN; Gurus First Power Play in 30 Years
Byline: NEIL THAPAR FEW people have lost money copying billionaire US investor Warren Buffett. Last week he backed the $9 billion ([pounds sterling]5.4 billion) buyout of US gas and electricity utility Mid American Energy Holdings. It is the...
Celtic Must Be More Positive; Viduka: Get over Henrik
Byline: FRASER MACKIE MARK VIDUKA has implored his Celtic team-mates to stop wallowing in the mood of sympathy over Henrik Larsson's leg break and give the injured Swede a performance to be proud of in Thursday's UEFA Cup tie against Lyon. The...
Charity Begins at Home; Architects Plan Help S to Swell Shelters Funds
Byline: ANGHARAD LYNN ARCHITECTS have again teamed up with charity Shelter to help homeless people at Christmas. Anyone who donates between November 5 and 14 will receive a free consultation with an architect - perfect if a house needs sprucing...
Childhood Ends at 8 Years Says Teletubbies Creator
Byline: PETER DAY THE woman who gave the world the Teletubbies believes contemporary culture is set to destroy childhood as we know it. Anne Wood, the former English teacher who is now Britain's foremost creator of children's television, fears...
Cider with a Whole Bunch of Rosies .
Byline: CRAIG BROWN Book of the week Laurie Lee: The Well-Loved Stranger by Valerie Grove Viking [pounds sterling]20 - [pounds sterling]16 ***** For a time in the late Seventies, when I was in my early twenties, I was a regular at The Queen's...
Combe Faces Some Close Attention
Byline: SCOTT DAVIE DUNDEE UNITED and Hibs meet in the live Sky TV match at Easter Road tonight but the Tannadice team's goalkeeper, Alan Combe, knows no-one will be watching him more closely than Paul Sturrock. The United manager finally completed...
Cool Riders Scoot off for Less
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON MOTOR scooters all but vanished from the streets after the Mods rode into decline in the Sixties. So investment manager Bruno Roos was almost too embarrassed to ride the one that he brought to Britain from his native Switzerland...
Cost-Cut War Hits Tesco Refunds
Byline: TEENA LYONS TESCO is scaling down its no-quibble refund policy as part of a cost-cutting initiative to fund its campaign in the increasingly bitter supermarket price war. Like other stores, Tesco was offering cash refunds on food and...
Credit Repair Can Damage Your Wealth; Agencies Charge High Fees for Help That Costs Little
Byline: ANGHARAD LYNN THEY are found in the small adverts at the back of newspapers, among offers of home study courses and jobs on cruise liners. Credit repair companies offer hope to those who find themselves unable to borrow. They claim...
Crime Pays as Jeweller Serves Time; JAILED CONMAN CAN KEEP PROCEEDS FROM SALE OF GOODS SEIZED BY POLICE
Byline: ANDREW BEAVEN A JEWELLER who stole from his clients to finance his jet-set lifestyle is to profit from his crimes even while still behind bars. Smooth-talking conman Andrew Batchelor tricked hundreds of customers into handing him valuables...
Crofter Is Forced out of Business by the New Clearances
Byline: HAMISH BURNS CROFTER Donald McGillivray cuts a forlorn figure as he looks around the glen which has been his home for the past nine years. The cows and sheep which have been his livelihood were being auctioned yesterday before he and...
Cup Fans May Suffer for United No-Show
Byline: ANDREW WARSHAW FOOTBALL fans look set to bear the cost of Manchester United pulling out of this season's FA Cup. The Mail on Sunday has learned that tournament sponsor AXA is to consider demanding scores of extra tickets for key matches,...
Dark Star; at 22, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Has Overcome His Poor Childhood to Become Big in Hollywood, So Why Is He Tortured by His Success?
Byline: MARIANNE MACDONALD Jonathan Rhys Meyers is being touted as Hollywood's next big star and, even having met him, I can believe it. Apart from anything else, he is just so beautiful. 'The curves of your lips rewrite history,' Ewan McGregor...
Death of a Racial Dream
Byline: SHARON CHURCHER;JASON KERRIGAN The temperature had hit 30C in the Deep South city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the temper of the crowd of parents - both black and white- was running considerably higher as police officers kept them back...
Desist, John, This Is One Battle That You Re Not Going to Win
Byline: MICHAEL CALVIN THE spirit of Monty Python is alive and well at Villa Park, where John Gregory increasingly resembles the insanely irate character who stole their Holy Grail film. The Black Knight, who goaded King Arthur into chopping...
Dilemma of the Lonely Parents; EDUCATION & CAREERS SPECIAL REPORT: LOOKING AT THE CHALLENGES FACING THE NEW BOYS AND GIRLS ON CAMPUS
PARENTS sending a son or daughter off to university usually feel pride and joy. However, once a child has left home, these emotions can be overtaken by loneliness and even guilt. Relate counsellor Lucy Selleck says that these feelings are often...
Displaying Flair for Repair; US Expansion for Firm That Shows Vision
Byline: ANDREW MOODY ENTRIES are flooding in for Enterprise 2000, the UK's premier competition for fast-growing firms. Financial Mail's annual award is already proving to be a magnet for Britain's best and brightest small firms. The competition...
Donald: My Rebel Past Was Wrong
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY TEN years ago Allan Donald played against Mike Gatting's infamous rebel team as South Africa stood on the brink of tumultuous change. MALCOLM FOLLEY, who witnessed the protests and the violence, returned last week to find...
Drowning in Paper Work; A Noteworthy Guide to Just What Mail It Is Safe to Scrap
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK MILLIONS of people are becoming lost in a tide of paperwork as bills, letters, statements and advertising leaflets flood into their homes. Some internet businesses such as Smile, the Co-operative web bank that opened last...
East Is East; Location, Location
Byline: SUSAN BROOM East is East The film Hailed as the funniest British film since The Full Monty, this low-budget comedy follows George Khan (Om Puri), a Pakistani chip-shop owner living in Seventies Salford, as he tries to instill his family...
Elber the Danger to Rangers
Byline: FRASER MACKIE BAYERN MUNICH coach Ottmar Hitzfeld says striker Giovane Elber is ready to play the game of his life to knock Rangers out of the Champions League on Wednesday. The Brazilian scored a brilliant hat-trick against Wolfsburg...
Elderly Feel Pinch as Incomes Drop
Byline: ANGHARAD LYNN MILLIONS of pensioners are adapting to a poorer way of life as low interest rates cut returns on savings. One in five of 12.5 million pensioners have already cut back their standard of living because of falling interest...
England's Lion Is Game for a Laugh; CAREERS
Byline: ALAN PLEWS ENTERTAINER Chris Warne gave up trying to make a living as a club singer and became a roaring success. Within weeks of changing jobs, he was helping to lead the cheers at England's Rugby Union World Cup games - wearing an 8ft...
Extra Muscle Eases Pain of Becoming Homebuyer
Byline: SMITA TALATI SOARING house prices in some parts of Britain are making it increasingly difficult for many people to afford their own home. Gym manager Matt Burgess feared he would never get on the housing ladder. But he found the extra...
Flower Power Rebels Fade Away; Education & Careers Special Report
UNIVERSITY life isn't what it was. The walkouts, sit-ins and boycotts of the Sixties and Seventies have been replaced by a world of mobile phones, part-time jobs, student loans and tuition fees. Because there are many more students at university...
From Scrooge to Spendthrift
Byline: RACHEL UNSWORTH BRITAIN is a curious mixture of spendthrift pools-winner Viv Nicholson and penny-pinching Scrooge when managing its money. With the exception of the Spanish, we are the least thrifty individuals. In 1998, the average...
From the World to the End of the Earth; Dunvant 24 Glasgow Caley 28
Byline: GEORGE MACKAY THE STAGE could have been Twickenham today, at the eye of the rugby world's attention. Instead, it was an obscure Welsh suburb yesterday, a place they would find hard to pick out on the map. And it was wet and windy. That...
Giggs Refuses to Rule out Italy Move
Byline: PETER FITTON RYAN GIGGS relishes the idea of dodging, weaving and body-swerving past the next fearsome tackle. But ask him a challenging question and he deals with it only one way: dead straight. Raise the subject of whether he might...
GOUGH IS NOT; Brown Scuttles Comeback Hope
Byline: FRASER MACKIE CRAIG BROWN stopped the Richard Gough bandwagon in its tracks last night as a growing campaign to make the Everton defender a dramatic inclusion in the Scotland squad for the England clash threatened to run out of control....
Guiding Hand for Pension Plan Guardians
Byline: ANDY MICHAEL COMPANIES want more employees to become worker-trustees to help oversee their pension schemes. But how much responsibility does the job carry? And how much do they need to know about pensions? Trustees are the guardians of...
Has Andrew Fallen in Love with America's 'Queen of Blind Dates'? How Millionaire Author's Daughter Alexandra Styron Captured the Heart of the Duke of York
Byline: TOBY YOUNG NO ONE could look at the family photographs of the Duke and Duchess of York taken to celebrate Fergie's 40th birthday and not be moved by the image of a loving couple with their arms happily wrapped around their two daughters....
Headley Has Faith in England
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY DEAN HEADLEY has brought with him to South Africa a new digital camera to take his own film archive of what might be called The Armageddon Tour. But he vows that by mid-February it will not have to be classified as a video...
Headley on a Crusade to Resurrect English Pride
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY DEAN HEADLEY has brought with him to South Africa a new digital camera to take his own film archive of what might be called The Armageddon Tour. But he vows that by mid-February it will not have to be classified as a video...
Helping Freshers to Find Their Feet; University Is Daunting at First, but Support Is at Hand - University Is Daunting at First, but Support Is at Hand
FRESHERS' Week is a time most students dread but one they never forget. In the past few weeks more than 330,000 new students have been through a hectic introduction to university life. During the first few days, students can expect to let their...
How the Shadowlands Author Made His Parents Divorce into a Shock New Play
Byline: DANAE BROOK Playwright William Nicholson was 28 by the time his parents' marriage finally fell apart. It has taken more than 20 years absorbing and observing its effects on his life to write about it. Now, at the age of 51, the author of...
Hunt Fans Bid to 'Infiltrate' Trust
Byline: KIM WILLSHER BLOODSPORT supporters have been accused of trying to infiltrate the National Trust and subvert its policy on hunting. Animal rights campaigners say the pro-hunt lobby's attempt to get its members elected to the Trust's ruling...
If My Son Can Try to Balloon around the World Then I'll Walk across Spain's Highest Mountain Range If My Son Can Try to Balloon around the World Then I'll Walk across Spain's Highest Mountain Range
Byline: EVE BRANSON THE telephone pealed on my 75th birthday. A friend was ringing to invite me on a walking holiday. 'Me, walk?' I exploded. 'Where?' 'The Picos de Europa,' she replied, 'a long rugged range of mountains in northern Spain.' These...
Ignorance No Bliss for Rangers' International Rejects
Byline: FRASER MACKIE LORENZO AMORUSO and Michael Mols challenged the ignorance of their national coaches last night as they prepared to show the whole of Europe that their moves to Scotland have made them a better class of footballer. With the...
In Complete Confidence
Byline: NICK FOULKES Hit the road, Jack Dear Nick, I no longer find myself employed as Tony Blair's 'Cabinet enforcer', and therefore have a considerable amount of time on my hands. How do you think I ought to fill my days? Yours, Jack...
Indian Jail Hell of the Don's Daughter in Drug Frame-Up
Byline: ADAM LUCK DRUGS bust Britons Alexia Stewart and Gary Carter told yesterday how they were abused and assaulted by guards during their incarceration in an Indian jail. The couple revealed a catalogue of beatings and depravation as a warning...
Inside Hitler's Concrete Tomb Inside Hitler's Concrete Tomb
Byline: ANTHONY BEEVOR On the vast building site which is the new, self-confident Berlin of today, a mechanical digger has accidentally unearthed the most symbolic grave from Germany's past. It has exposed, to the embarrassment of the city authorities,...
Is This Really What the Man in the Street Expected from Devolution?
Byline: ALAN COCHRANE As the Scottish parliament continues its moral crusade with plans to allow the promotion of homosexuality in our schools... WITH Scotland's new parliament preparing to celebrate its first six months this coming Saturday,...
It's the Most Eagerly Awaited Opening of the Year, but Does Ikea Offer Value for Money
Byline: BRYAN CHRISTIE SHOPPERS flocking to Scotland's first Ikea furniture superstore this week will have to pay up to twice as much for their goods as consumers on the Continent. After years of planning wrangles and breathless anticipation,...
It's Your Funeral .... with Help from Sue Townsend, Minor Celebrity Chef Adrian Mole (Aged 301/4) Explains Why He Is Resigned to an Untimely Death
Byline: JANE SHILLING A sense of mortality is something of which I am often acutely aware. In younger days, I occasionally entertained thoughts of self-harm, when the twin burdens of unrecognised genius and unrequited love for Pandora Braithwaite...
Johnny Has Found the Fame He Craved in Coronation Street.But He's Driven Our Daughter to a Life of Drugs and Crime
Byline: GILL MARTIN CAROLINE Sinclair flicks through her photograph albums, searching for pictures of her ex-husband with their children, Mark and Karen. She may live in a council flat, but around her the beige carpet, the paintings, the sofa...
Johnson: It's Not the End of the World
Byline: IAN STAFFORD MARTIN JOHNSON admits he has not exactly been good company this past week. 'Depressed, grumpy, near-suicidal' are just three ways he describes his state of mind following England's World Cup quarterfinal defeat by South Africa....
Labour Brightens a Gloomy Knight; EVEN A PASSION FOR THATCHERISM CANT STOP CONVERSION OF CBI BOSS
Byline: WILLIAM KAY SIR Clive Thompson is a changed man - at least when it comes to the Labour Party. When he took the job of president of the Confederation of British Industry, Thompson was billed as the man who would end the big business love-in...
Lack of Flair Keeps Us Behind Big Shots
Byline: IWAN TUKALO WHEN Rugby World Cup came to the big crunch where were the Brits? New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and France (by default) were in the last four, as the home nations made their worst-ever showing. Before it began, we...
Lady with the Million Dollar Legs; Jean Butler Felt Stranded When Her Co-Star Michael Flatley Stormed out of Riverdance in 1995. but Now the Girl with the Most Coveted Legs in Showbusiness Is Back with Her Own West End Show
Byline: LINA DAS On meeting Jean Butler for the first time, your eyes are irresistibly drawn to her legs. They are the long, slim, muscular limbs of a woman who held audiences entranced with those strange, kicky steps in Riverdance. What's more,...
Lenders Take Softer Line on Firms in Crisis
Byline: TOM MCGHIE HIGH Street banks have learned the grim lessons of the last recession and no longer rush to force ailing firms into receivership. New figures out at the end of the year are expected to show a record low in the number of companies...
Leroy Swaps Strips and Rocky York Are Laid Bare
Byline: STEPHEN DAVIES FORMER male stripper Leroy May had HEREFORD ogling at a dream Cup run as the Conference club dumped York City out of the competition. May was the Full Monty for Hereford when he latched on to a ball from midfielder Mark...
Lessons in Taste from Thieves with Manners
Byline: RICHARD HELLER A HEALTH-CONSCIOUS thief in Sussex who steals milk from doorsteps has left his victims a note that he prefers semi-skimmed. Cheeky monkey? No, it is civil of him to give his victims a choice. It is a bit like trick or treat....
Liberty. . . the TV Starlet Being Stalked on the Internet; the Beautiful Young Actress Who Finds Herself a Victim of Email
Byline: DANAE BROOK A BEAUTIFUL young British television actress has fallen victim to the latest menace from celebrity stalkers - the Internet. Liberty Mosse, 18, is caught up in a nightmare following the discovery of her email address by a fanatical...
Life's Wild on Cannery Row; the Call of the Sea Still Echoes Loud in the Old Sardine Capital of Monterey
Byline: MARK CARWARDINE BROWN pelicans are on the menu in many of the restaurants in Monterey, central California. So are harbour seals, sea lions and even endangered species such as northern elephant seals and sea otters. They're not actually...
Long Genesis of a Tortured Genius
Byline: DEBORAH MOGGACH This profound and scintillating book, 20 years in the making, shows us that even geniuses are in thrall to others. In his previous book about the Dutch Republic, The Embarrassment Of Riches, Simon Schama explored the tension...
Lost Found
1. England to South Africa, 21-41, in the quarterfinals of the Rugby Union World Cup in Paris. 2. The end of the pier at Bognor Regis. It was washed away in storms which battered the South Coast. 3. A 17-year-old boy's place at Eton after he...
Lucan Is Alive and One Day We Will Catch Him; Days after the Fugitive Earl Was Declared Dead, the Former Yard Detective Who Spent Years on His Trail Visits the Tropical Hideaway Which He Believes Holds Vital Clues to Solving a 25-Year Mystery
Byline: CHESTER STERN IT WAS one of those elegant Knightsbridge occasions for ladies who lunch. Tattinger champagne fizzed in crystal glasses as a cabal of eight stylish and wealthy women traded gossip about young royals and society figures....
Luck Leans towards Bayern
Byline: FRASER MACKIE VALENCIA'S president Pedro Cortes was greeted with a few sniggers in Glasgow last week when he suggested a UEFA conspiracy was contriving to rob them of a place in the Champions League last 16. No-one who is a friend of...
Medics Find Millionaire Remedy for NHS Blues; Disenchanted Doctors and Nurses Thrive as Entrepreneurs
Byline: GAYNOR PENGELLY DOCTORS and nurses are raising the pulses of City investors by setting up innovative businesses in the healthcare sector. While many medical staff believe that working in the National Health Service is a lifelong vocation,...
Millennium Bug Could Wipe out 1000 Firms; FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY
Byline: ANDREW MOODY MORE than 1,000 small firms face financial collapse because of the millennium computer bug, a leading business support organisation warns. The forecast by the Federation of Small Businesses is the first to estimate the number...
Morning Karate Challenge Gives Pessimism the Chop; CAREERS
Byline: ALAN PLEWS STAFF at recruitment consultancy Jefferson Maguire do not break bread with each other every morning - they break wood. During daily hour-long motivational sessions each member of staff breaks a one inch thick piece of pine...
Much Less to Mariah Than Meets the Eye
Byline: TIM DE LISLE Mariah Carey is the sort of singer whose albums come garlanded with statistics. She has sold 120 million records, which apparently makes her the biggest-selling female artist of the Nineties. She must have a big house, because...
My Undercover Search for the Dealers in the Shawls of Shame; How the Ban on the Shahtoosh, Made from a Rare Antelope's Wool, Is Being Flouted
Byline: DANAE BROOK When multi-mil-lionairess model Christie Brinkley and other celebrities received hand-delivered FBI subpoenas for wearing illegal shahtoosh shawls, there was an immediate clampdown on the exclusive shops selling them in London....
New Labour Must Not Be Allowed to Silence the Speaker; Why Blair's Spin Doctors Have Launched a 'Dirty-Tricks' Campaign to Replace Betty Boothroyd and Get Their Own Way in the Commons
Byline: PETER DOBBIE THE demonisation of an elderly woman with a shock of greying hair who chooses to speak her mind is normally the stuff of righteous indignation. Which Minister of the Crown would not queue up to tell BBC Radio 4's Today programme...
Nightmarelife of the Genius Created from a Nobel Prize Winner's Sperm; Vikki Kowalski Was the Very First Designer Baby. Her Life Should Have Been Perfect
Byline: SHARON CHURCHER;PETER SHERIDAN But only now is she escaping from her dark childhood ... WHEN Joyce and Jack Kowalski read that a laboratory bank of Nobel Prize winners' sperm was being set up to create a master race of super-intelligent...
NO KEEPING KEANE NOW; Italians on Alert as United Skipper Launches Race to Sign Him
Byline: PETER FITTON ROY KEANE will open talks in January over the move to Italy that will make him a fortune. And Manchester United will not brandish the cheque book to stop him. Keane has rejected a [pounds sterling]35,000a-week offer to stay...
Not Worth Turning out of Bed for This
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER The Turner Prize Tate Gallery * **** Yes, folks, it's that time of year again. The Turner Prize has rolled round, with the usual got-up outrage, the usual crowd-pulling displays of conceptual art. And, as far as anyone can...
Off to Seize a Wizard in the Trick or Treat Shop; COLLECTING
Byline: LORNE SPICER HALLOWE'EN has cast its spell on limited-edition collectors. Prices are leaping even for commemorative items first sold only a year ago. Darren Wetherby-Blythe, who runs Castle China and Galleries in Warwick, was one of...
Open Champion's Charge Up Leaderboard Stalled by Costly Mistake Lawrie's Double Setback
Byline: PETER HIGGS PAUL LAWRIE was furious last night after being handed a two-shot penalty which could cost him the chance of winning the Volvo Masters. The 30-year-old Open champion had played himself into contention for one of the biggest...
Passion Play for Clough Family
Byline: BILL DAY TRY telling the Clough family that the oldest competition in the world doesn't matter any more. Nigel Clough and father Brian turned back the clock to go trailblazing in tandem down the long road to Wembley. And they did it...
Penalties Finally Shown Red Card; Net Offer Is Gross
Byline: NEIL SIMPSON WANT to repay your [pounds sterling]60,000 mortgage early by switching to a new lender? No problem, but there will be a [pounds sterling]41,000 redemption penalty to pay as well as the outstanding loan. That extraordinary...
Pilot Beware! Tortoise Blocking the Runway
Byline: JAMES FAWCETT James Fawcett witnesses an extraordinary wildlife sideshow on the Indian Ocean island of his dreams IT was always the same whenever Bernard Jachnik cut the island's grass airstrip. Give it maybe two or three hours and everyone...