The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from June 4, 2006

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300 More Brittle Bone Families Accusedof Child Abuse Bone Families Accusedof Child Abuse
A SUPPORT group for parents accused of abusing children with brittle bones says it knows of more than 300 families like the Hardinghams and is confident Nicky and Mark are innocent. The Eaton Foundation was set up in 1994 by Maggie Eaton and Rosemary...
ABS FAB; Tone Your Tummy with This Simple Five-Minute Routine - and Prepare to Wear Your Bikini with Pride BIKINI BEAUTY WEEK 2
An over-curvaceous tum is mainly due to loose muscles and poor digestion. These simple yoga exercises, devised by Iyengar yoga teachers Hannah and Rachel Lovegrove, will help tone the corset of muscles round your abdomen and let your digestive organs...
A Giant Problem for T&T; the Czech 'Crouch' Scores a Double to Leave Our Cup Rivals Feeling Low
Byline: DEREK HUNTER GIANT Czech striker Jan Koller gave Trinidad and Tobago a glimpse of what they can expect from Peter Crouch with a towering performance that frequently left their bewildered defence in tatters. At 6ft 8in, the experienced...
Americans to Make [Pounds Sterling]10.2bn Move for BAA; ADVISERS WEIGH UP BID COSTS AS DEADLINE LOOMS FOR FERROVIAL
Byline: TOM MCGHIE AIRPORTS operator BAA is this weekend considering a new takeover approach from giant US investment bank Goldman Sachs. It is understood the cash offer is worth about 950p a share, valuing BAA at more than [pounds sterling]10.2...
A Mini Marvel; ...or How the Magicians at Cooper Turned a Cute Little Car with a 1.6-Litre Engine into a 143mph Monster Capable of Mauling a Porsche
Byline: RUSSELL BRAY To keen owners of the original Mini 40-odd years ago, Sussex garage owner John Cooper was a superhero. Racing drivers Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Mike Hawthorn and Juan-Manuel Fangio had all successfully competed in single-seater...
Andy's Wealth for Health Challenge; BLACK DOG IN HOLYROOD
WOULD Health Minister Andy Kerr be willing to have his salary based on his job performance? Unlikely - but that's what some of Scotland's doctors are proposing. A motion to go before the BMA's annual conference later this month calls for Mr Kerr...
Are England Heading for More Penalty Heartbreak? I Fear We Are, Because We Don't Practise Them Enough, Says One Man Who HAS Won a World Cup
Byline: BILL DAY PETER CROUCH missed a penalty for England in yesterday's friendly against Jamaica, four days after Frank Lampard had a spotkick saved against Hungary. Those misses had no bearing on the final results but, as England head for...
Are HIPs Already on Their Last Legs? MARKET WATCH Information Packs Find Few Friends as Fears Grow They Will Kill the Market
Byline: DUNCAN FARMER I am so glad I am selling my house this summer and not next, when the Government's much-hyped Home Information Packs ( HIPs) will become compulsory. From June 1, 2007, anyone hoping to move must spend about [pounds sterling]1,000...
Around the World in 80 Days; A STAR-STUDDED CAST IN A COMPLETE ADAPTATION OF JULES VERNE'S CLASSIC ADVENTURE
It's one of the most famous adventure stories ever filmed - and it's yours free with the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday next weekend. Pierce Brosnan heads an all-star cast as Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg in a fabulous four-hour version of Jules...
Ashley Given All-Clear after Thigh Injuryscan
Byline: ROB DRAPER ASHLEY COLE has been cleared to play in England's opening World Cup game against Paraguay on Saturday despite the recurrence of a thigh injury which contributed to his six-month layoff this season. The Arsenal left-back limped...
A Star-Studded Cast in a Complete Adaptation of Jules Verne's Classic Adventure
It's one of the most famous adventure stories ever filmed - and it's yours free with the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday next weekend. Pierce Brosnan heads an all-star cast as Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg in a fabulous four-hour version of Jules...
A Tick in the Wrong Box Is a Costly Error; ASK THE EXPERTS Abigail Montrose
Byline: ABIGAIL MONTROSE TODAY'S experts are: JAMES WELCH at the London office of accountancy and business adviser PKF; ROBERT CLIFFORD of national mortgage broker Mortgageforce; and PATRICK CONNOLLY of adviser JS&P in Marlow, Buckinghamshire....
At Last, There Are Benefits in Sight at Standard Life
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE Though it is six years late and members might be getting considerably less of a windfall as a result, Standard Life's decision last week to go full steam ahead for a [pounds sterling]5.5 billion flotation this summer makes...
A Trifling Matter of the Sherry; GADFLY
GADFLY has a soft spot for Finland. After all, this is the land of Sibelius, reindeer and the craziest of the Harry Palmer movies, the over-the-top production of Billion Dollar Brain. Even the country's Eurovision 'Song' Contest winners, heavy...
A Voyage with the Damned
Byline: KATHARINE HOURELD Off the west coast of Africa, a ghostly armada of gutted, death-trap trawlers rides at anchor. Marooned by their callous owners, Chinese crews slave to keep it afloat while fishing illegally for the UK market. Katharine...
A Water Meter Can Save [Pounds Sterling]125; Bills Have Been Rising Steadily but Taking Control May Ease the Pain
Byline: SALLY HAMILTON We use an average of nearly 55,000 litres of tap water a year for drinking and washing - enough to fill a private swimming pool. If we had to use bottled mineral water at roughly 36p a litre instead, that would cost us...
Back to Nature; Lowri Turner's Home Improvements It's Warm, Cheap and Extremely Comfortable - No Wonder Natural Flooring Is Making a Comeback
Byline: LOWRI TURNER It's tough, practical and it gives your home a clean, contemporary look. Plus, you won't be deafened if someone drops cutlery on it. 'Natural' flooring, such as coir, sisal, jute and seagrass, first appeared in the UK 20...
Baldrick's Cunning Plan ...Dig Up Holyroodhouse; Time Team in Search of Royal Artefacts
Byline: VIC RODRICK THE Queen has granted Tony Robinson's television Time Team permission to dig up the grounds of Holyrood Palace. She has agreed to a proposal by the former Blackadder star to search for ancient royal treasures in the gardens...
Believe in Marriage? No, but We Love a Party
Byline: SUZANNE MOORE THERE is a lot I don't understand about marriage - and I understand even less about 'civil partnerships'. Now the Law Commission's Consultation Paper, which could become a draft Bill in 2007, says cohabiting couples will...
Be Prepared for a Crash in Slow-Motion; PROPERTY EXPERTS SOUND A WARNING AS INVESTORS CONTINUE TO SNAP UP FACTORIES, SHOPS AND OFFICES PROPERTY EXPERTS SOUND A WARNING AS INVESTORS CONTINUE TO SNAP UP FACTORIES, SHOPS AND OFFICES
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK Our love of bricks and mortar has helped to rekindle an interest in investing in commercial property such as shops, offices, factories and warehouses. The rewards can be attractive and renegotiating a lease, getting the right...
Bid for Pfizer's Arm Is Sensible Move for GSK; TAKING STOCK
Byline: SIMON WATKINS BRITAIN'S leading pharmaceutical group, GlaxoSmithKline, is poised to become the world's biggest seller of non-prescription drugs. The group is understood to be about to bid [pounds sterling]8 billion for the consumer healthcare...
Big Firms Ready to Flee over Tax War; Brown Is Told 'We Will Move HQs Abroad'
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM;SIMON WATKINS DOZENS of major British companies are working on plans to move their headquarters overseas in an effort to escape Chancellor Gordon Brown's war on tax avoidance. Senior partners from all the 'big four' accountancy...
Blair Faces a 'Tartan Plot' by His Scottish MPs
TONY Blair faces a 'Tartan plot' as disgruntled Labour Scots draw up plans to force him to quit Downing Street within months. Senior party sources have told The Mail on Sunday that growing discontent north of the Border could prompt a no-confidence...
Bloodshed Set to Continue at Vinci; CONSTRUCTION GIANT MAY OUST A SECOND MEMBER OF THE BOARD IN AS MANY WEEKS
Byline: JACK GEE MORE heads could roll at French building giant Vinci after the spectacular boardroom revolution that toppled cash-hungry chief executive Antoine Zacharias last week. The board position of Alain Minc, author of 28 bestselling...
Brighter Side of the Moon; Parts of the Song Are like a Pleasant Stroll through Familiar Scenery; Other Parts Are like a Slog in the Drizzle
Byline: DAVID BENNUN David Gilmour Royal Albert Hall, London *** Scritti Politti White Bread, Black Beer Rough Trade, out tomorrow *** Pink Floyd have acted out, at a grander level, the kind of dispute over their name and legacy that once...
Buying Yourself a Slice of the Other World Cup; in the Run-Up to Nextyear's Cricket Fiesta, Barbados Is Now Affordable
Byline: ZOE DARE HALL Builders in Barbados are rushing to get work finished before the Cricket World Cup visits the West Indies next March. The sporting spotlight on the Caribbean island is expected to attract more visitors than ever and send...
Catt's Underdogs; England Can Beat Aussies the Saleway, Says Veteran
Byline: PAUL MORGAN MIKE CATT, back in the England squad for the first time in two years, believes that Andy Robinson's side should take a leaf out of Sale's book and play 'underdog rugby' on their two-Test tour of Australia. The London Irish...
Childhood Trauma Turns into Triumph
Byline: EDWARD LAWRENSON Over the past few years, Richard E. Grant has seemed a little predictable. A regular in period pictures such as Gosford Park, he exudes a quintessentially English charm that adds class to the most lacklustre of films. ...
Coal Lights Up the Market Again
Byline: SIMON WATKINS OLD King Coal is back. The onetime dinosaur industry will return to the top flight of British business this week when power station owner Drax joins the FTSE 100 index of Britain's biggest companies. The quarterly review...
Constable's Big Secret
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER Constable: The Great Landscapes Tate Britain until August 28 ***** Constable is so much the best-loved of English artists that we easily forget how very difficult his career was. In many ways his contemporaries, who were...
Cook's Confidential
Byline: ANGELA MASON The newest adult party fountain, as encountered at the Dorchester's events, doesn't gush with chocolate; it cascades fruit coulis " a choice of strawberry, raspberry and mango " down a one-metre drop, into which to dip Pimm's...
Could a Single Call from the Foreign Office Have Saved Margaret Hassan? Kidnappers Repeatedly Demanded Talks with British Government - but Our Officials Refused
Byline: BARBARA JONES THE kidnappers of murdered aid worker Margaret Hassan demanded talks with the British Government several times while holding her hostage - but the Foreign Office refused to contact them. The FO last night admitted that a...
Could You Live in Dracula's Hidden World? Close to Transylvania's Vampire Trail Are Saxon Villages Offering a Traditional Way of Life Property ON SUNDAY
Byline: JESSICA DOUGLAS-HOME The founder of the Mihai Eminescu Trust dedicated to preserving cultural treasures in Romania, reveals how Britons are moving in to restore ancient village homes there. Romania for many is Gothic Transylvania, the...
CROUCH CRASHES THE PARTY; England's Giant Striker Grabs a Hat-Trickto Bookplace in Sven's Starting Line-Upfor theWorld Cup
Byline: BOB CASS CROUCH CRASHES THE PARTY England's giant striker grabs a hat-trickto bookplace in Sven's starting line-upfor theWorld Cup By Bob Cass A MERRY DANCE: Peter Crouch draws admiring glances with his robotic celebration after his first...
Crouch Makes Sven's Party Swing
Byline: IAN RIDLEY 6 ENGLAND JAMAICA 0 AT OLD TRAFFORD Lampard (11), Taylor (og 17), Crouch (29, 67, 89), Owen 32 THE ENGLAND fan planted a kiss on the cheek of a smiling Jamaican woman, turned to a police officer and said: 'I wish it could...
Daisy the Blonde Assassin ... and Her May Day Baby
Byline: JO KNOWSLEY It's exhausting being a mother, says TV girl who exposed Kennedy GLAMOROUS ITV journalist Daisy McAndrew has a new and even more taxing role these days - caring for her baby daughter. Indeed the channel's chief political...
David Baddiel's Fantasy Makeover
Byline: DAVID BADDIEL We challenged David Baddiel to undergo a gruelling threemonth fitness and fashion makeover. The price of failure? o5,000. This week, he crashes off the wagon and succumbs to celebrity peer pressure at The Ivy This...
Daydream Believer; Amanda Woodard Is Enchanted by Mermaids on the Whitsunday Isles
Byline: AMANDA WOODWARD AS THE ferry curved around the tip of Daydream Island and steered towards the jetty, several male passengers, drinking coffee and staring at the beautiful view, froze in mid-sip. I followed their gaze to the rocks at the...
DAY OF TRAGEDY FOR FALLON; Kieren's Horse Dies in Derby Disaster
Byline: JONATHAN POWELL SIR PERCY, a 6-1 chance, snatched victory by a nostril from the 66-1 outsider Dragon Dancer in the final strides of the most dramatic Derby finish for years at Epsom. Barely 12 inches separated the first three home and...
Dummying Down; Sucking on Pacifiers - the Bizarre New Fad for Teenagers Who Neverwant to Grow Up
Byline: ELEANOR MAYNE IF YOU think only suckers follow teenage fashion, this could be just the proof you need. The latest bizarre fad among Britain's adolescents is to chomp on a baby's plastic dummy. The origins of the new trend are hazy,...
England Are Flying High as 'Pride of the Nation' Prepare for Their Summer Adventure
Byline: IAN RIDLEY A BRITISH AIRWAYS Airbus bearing the Three Lions legend and named 'Pride of the Nation' will leave Luton Airport tomorrow, carrying the England squad to Germany. After nine goals and two wins inside a week and the news of Wayne...
England Should Be Worried about Us; Paraguay Can Shock Group B, Says Captain
Byline: DANIEL KING THE burly men in lederhosen who formed part of the pre-match entertainment broke more of a sweat than Paraguay managed in their final game before facing England. Only four players likely to be first choices for Saturday's...
Every Scots Policeman 'Should Get a Taser Gun'
Byline: MARK AITKEN POLICE in Scotland have called for every officer to be issued with Taser 'stun guns' after it emerged most of the country's firearms units were now trained in their use. Around 500 specialised officers have received instruction...
Exploring Isambard's Kingdom; Dymphna Byrne Celebrates the Bicentenary of Britain's Greatest Engineer with a Tour of His Most Spectacular Works
Byline: DYMPHNA BYRNE BRUNEL - clever, ambitious and, when time allowed, fun to be with - would have loved it when his pioneering, massive iron ship, the SS Great Britain, clinched Britain's most lucrative arts gong this year, the [pounds sterling]100,000...
Eye-Openers
Byline: JEMMA KIDD If you have deep-set eyes you don't just have to wear light colours. You can also go for darker shades - grey, brown, even purple - as long as you know how to apply them MY TIPS . Apply a light shade of eyeshadow over the eye...
Family Courts Are More Secret Than Our Prisons. That Must Change; as a Distraught Couple Wait to See If Their Baby Will Be Taken from Them .
Byline: HARRIET HARMAN IT'S HARD to overstate the importance of the work of the family courts, or the difficulty of making judgments that affect people's lives for ever. Over the more than two decades during which I have been an MP, my advice 'surgery'...
Fashion Fixer
Byline: SARA BUYS Q I have to be smart for work and often go out straight from the office without time for a complete change. In winter this is fine, as I wear a lot of black and just slip on a pair of jeans. But in summer that strategy doesn't...
Fast Track to a Cheap Mortgage; SAVERS AND BORROWERS MUST FACE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS
Byline: JO THORNHILL LOANS and savings linked to the Bank of England base rate have become increasingly popular. With the next move in rates likely to be up, do these products make sense? When interest rates are set to rise, homeowners usually...
Ferguson's Ready to Swoop for [Pounds Sterling]8m Star Gudjohnsen; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: JOE BERNSTEIN SIR ALEX FERGUSON will make his first major summer signing this week, paying [pounds sterling]8 million for Chelsea's Eidur Gudjohnsen. The Manchester United manager last night ambushed Gudjohnsen's proposed move to Spanish...
Festival Tickets Sell out in Ten Minutes
Byline: MARK AITKEN THE final 12,000 tickets for Scotland's biggest music festival sold out in record time when they went on sale yesterday morning. Organisers of T in the Park said the final day tickets, 6,000 for each day of the event, were...
FINISHING TOUCHES; You've Got the Flat Stomach, the Hot Bikini and the Latest Accessories, but before You Hit the Sand, Make Sure You've Sorted out Your Summer Beauty Kit, Says Sarah Barclay
Byline: SARAH BARCLAY COMPLEXION PROTECTION Make sure you cover up with a reliable sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and top up the protection with the latest products . Lancaster is always one step ahead of the game, and their Tan Maximizer tan-extending...
Flintoff on Course to beWorld Cup's Leading Man
Byline: PETER HAYTER ANDREW FLINTOFF is likely to take the next step to becoming England's World Cup captain when the squad for the one-day series against Sri Lanka is announced on Wednesday. Michael Vaughan's continuing recovery means Flintoffmay...
Fury at Lombard's Surprise Rate Cut
Byline: HELEN LOVELESS THOUSANDS of customers with Lombard Direct have had savings rates slashed without warning as the company concentrates on its loans business. The reductions took effect from May 10, but customers have yet to be told. ...
Headmaster Seizes TVs and Computer Games. from Pupils' Homes
Byline: GLEN OWEN TEACHERS are always saying pupils would do better in their schoolwork if they spent less time playing computer games and watching television. Now, one headmaster has proved it - by going to the homes of errant pupils and confiscating...
Health Notes
Byline: SARAH STACEY HIGHLY DESIRABLE Men seeking help for impotence or lack of libido may find help from a South American plant extract called muira puama, or 'potency wood'. Discovered in the jungle at the end of the last century by Dr Jacques...
HENMAN: I'm Not Good Enough to Be Seeded at Wimbledon
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY TIM HENMAN has admitted that he is not good enough to be seeded at Wimbledon this summer. 'I don't deserve it,' he said. 'The rankings don't lie.' As the search to find a successor to Fred Perry, the last British man to be...
Heroes Have Never Been So Real; Even Though You Are Fully Aware How It Will End, You Watch in the Hope That It Might All Turn out Differently
Byline: JASON SOLOMONS United 93 Director: Paul Greengrass Starring: Ben Sliney, Cheyenne Jackson, Khalid Abdallah Cert: 15, 1hr 35mins ***** Poseidon Director: Wolfgang Petersen Starring: Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Mia Maestro, Emmy Rossum,...
Hi-De-Hoe; Weed and Prune Regularly, Says Charlie Dimmock, Then Sit Back for a Summer Holiday in Your Garden
Byline: CHARLIE DIMMOCK Weed and prune regularly, says Charlie Dimmock, then sit back for a summer holiday in your garden YOU can be quite laidback about gardening but when you take on too much you'll just get swamped - with weeds, worry and...
High (Paid) Society; Bosses of Our Few Remaining Mutuals Enjoy Eye-Watering Wage Increases
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE The number of building societies is shrinking as merger mania grips the sector, but it is not stopping the pay of chief executives from continuing to go through the roof. Nationwide, the largest building society, and West...
High-Taxing Tories.Is Anything So Pointless?
Byline: PETER HITCHENS HE teenage toffs who have taken over the Tories do not grasp how much high taxes hurt the poor. They think it is somehow cruel to cut taxes, that taxcutters are nasty creatures who want to turn unmarried mothers out into...
Home Swede Home
A forest clearing above a lake is the setting for a fairytale cottage that serves as a summerhouse to a creative Swedish family Interiors Editor CLARE NOLAN Report ABIGAIL EDWARDS Photographs ALUN CALLENDER Stene and Ulrika's summerhouse is an idyllic...
Home Truths; Ross Clark Answers Readers' Queries to Help Make Your Buying, Selling or Letting Easier Property on Sunday
Byline: ROSS CLARK Tread with care over Pole position I am attracted to the idea of buying property in Poland but am unsure of the rules and the prospects for property investment. Do you think it is the next hotspot in Europe? Should I use...
HOTSPOT WEBSITES; EVE McGOWAN on How to Find the Best Property Advice at Exhibitions, Online and on TV
Byline: EVE MCGOWAN www.metroshed.com A swanky shed in your garden could add five per cent to the value of your property. MetroShed, makers of 'designer garden studios', right, claims that its products are the'Sienna Miller of the garden world'....
How Miss Middleton Got Her Glossy Makeover
Byline: KAREN KAY JUST three years ago she was no more remarkable than any other pretty, pleasant student. At St Andrews University, Kate Middleton's clothes were dark and understated, she had rosy cheeks and tumbling brown curls. But now,...
How Prince Charles Was Almost Crowned in a Scots Bathroom
Byline: MIKE MERRITT FOR years, it was his beloved grandmother's private bathroom in her Scottish retreat at the Castle of Mey. But when it, along with the rest of the property, became Prince Charles's on the death of the Queen Mother, no one...
I Am a Totally Different Person from the Woman Who Went into the Convent; What Is It like to Live in an Enclosed Convent, Where Life Is Devoted to Prayer and You Have Only Minimal Contact with the outside World? the BBC Found Four Very Different Volunteers Prepared to Live like Nuns for Six Weeks, and Later This Month Their Experiences Will Be Shown on the Convent. Here, Two of Them Tell Us How Their Lives Were Changed
Byline: CATHERINE O'BRIEN Angela Dickson, 43, gave up a lucrative job as a recruitment consultant to take part in The Convent. She is single and has homes in Nottingham and Tuscany I have always been ambitious, energetic and good with people,...
I Can See It Now: Her Maj Doing the Crouch While Prescott Waltzes On
Byline: PETER DOBBIE SO THE summer of 2006 is set to be dominated by a dance performed by a 6ft 7in England footballer and a game meant to be played on the lawn that was hijacked by a man playing away. The first is, of course, the victory jig...
Ignore Brown - Cutting Tax Is Good for Us
Byline: WILLIAM REES-MOGG The late Sir Keith Joseph made a speech on September 5, 1974, at Preston, in which he argued that the Government should give absolute priority to conquering inflation by controlling the Budget deficit and the money supply....
I KNOW DIANA WAS NOT PREGNANT -AND HIS LORDSHIP WILL SOON PROVE IT; A Compelling Analysis of What Lord Stevens's Inquiry into the Cause of Diana's Death Will Soon Reveal . . . by a Close Friend Whose Wife Has Given Evidence
Byline: DOMINIC LAWSON ON JUNE 1, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, was taking part in the second birthday celebrations of our daughter Domenica, who was born with Down's syndrome. Diana was her godmother, and in those two years she had often shown...
Inform Myskina Is Creme De la Kremlin
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY ANASTASIA Myskina received a bear hug from former Russian president Boris Yeltsin after she booked a fourth-round match with defending French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne. Myskina, who was showered with plaudits...
Integrated Health
Byline: DR ALI Q I get sebaceous cysts around my jaw, throat and the back of my neck. They rarely come to a head, remaining inflamed for weeks. My skin never has a chance to heal before new spots erupt. My hair is constantly greasy. I am also...
I OWE HIBS A [Pounds sterling]1OM DEBT; as O'Connor Settles into Russian Football and a Life of Opulence, He Hails His Old Boss for the Patience That Made It All Possible
Byline: GRAEME CROSER GARRY O'CONNOR is on his way to amassing a prospective [pounds sterling]10million personal fortune but knows that he could just as easily be headed for the football gutter. The striker's [pounds sterling]1.6m transfer to...
'It's Crazy,' Says Sister. 'They Won't Find a Thing'
FROM a distance it seemed a perfectly normal scene. Just after 9am yesterday and a family - a husband, wife and their grownup children - are languidly scanning the morning papers over coffee and croissants in a hotel dining room. But this is...
It's Footballers' Wives Country. Posh and Becks Had Their First Date Here; Property ON SUNDAY A Star of the Hit Show on How He Has Built a Property Empire at 24 Andwhy He's Now Leaving Essex Cover Story
Byline: EVE MCGOWAN At the tender age of 24, actor Gary Lucy has already starred in three major television hits. And although he may be ten years younger than the average British first-time buyer, he is overtaking many thirtysomethings on the...
'It's the Kind of Colour That Is Not Only Capable of Stopping Traffic but Could Blind the Drivers and Land Them with a Three-Day Migraine'
Byline: MIMI SPENCER Absolutely brilliant! There's a particular Chloe dress that has caught my eye this season. Actually, it hasn't so much caught my eye as punctured it with a searing flash of supercharged protons. This dress - a plisse A-line...
I've Escaped Ken's Congestion Charge ... ( All Thanks to the Citizen's Rights That Have Been Enshrined in the British Constitution since 1689 )
Byline: MARTIN DELGADO FOR most Londoners, the congestion charge is an inescapable fact of life: Pay up on time or risk ever-rising penalty payments and a visit from the bailiffs. But one motorist appears to have found an extraordinary way to...
I Was Britain's Very First Surrogate Baby - Now I'm Going to Be a Father Myself. Naturally
Byline: ANDREA KON John Dodd reveals for the first time the torment he endured as a trailblazer for childless couples - and his joy at his fiancee's pregnancy It all started with just six words and a box number, picked out in the smudgy grey...
I Will Make My Home Growin Kew; Why I Live Where I Live
Byline: MARK ANSTEAD TV sports presenter Gabby Logan, 33, has been dropped as the main anchor for ITV during the World Cup after poor reviews, but she is still playing a key role in its coverage. With her husband, Scottish rugby international...
Johnson Smart with Uniforms
SUPPLYING and cleaning overalls, staff uniforms and the like is scarcely the most glamorous of businesses. But for Johnson Service Group, such work is the company's bread and butter. Johnson is not a high-profile company. Until now it has perhaps...
King of the Zombies; Two Entrepreneurs Are Furiously Buying Up Closed With-Profits Funds in a Race to See Just Who Is .
Byline: LUCINDA KEMENY They are two of Britain's most astute entrepreneurs. Between them they control assets worth an incredible [pounds sterling]90 billion and can afford the best that life can offer. So it seems a little strange that they are...
Knife Crime Anger as Just One in Four Caught with a Weapon Is Sent to Prison
Byline: MARK AITKEN THREE out of every four people caught with knives on Scotland's streets walk free from court - despite ministers' pledge to crack down on the country's knife culture. Despite yet another stabbing death in Glasgow on Friday,...
KT Tunstall's Top MP3 Tracks; DESERT ISLAND DOWNLANDS
The past 12 months have been such a trip. My mum keeps an eye on weekly album sales - when I get 150,000 people buying my album she says, 'Who are all these people?' My father is a physicist and it meant that I grew up in awe of science. I didn't get...
Let's Hear It for the Racy Ladies
Byline: NORMANDIE KEITH As you open this magazine, I want everyone to be aware of what an auspicious and momentous Sunday this is. Today, 24 Races for Life are being held simultaneously to raise money for the treatment of cancer. It is a day on...
Liberty Aims to Release Equity; Hothouse SARAH HARTLEY'S PROPERTY GOSSIP
Byline: SARAH HARTLEY Super-smart Burberry model Liberty Ross and her film director husband Rupert Sanders are selling Bassetts, the funkiest of country homes in the North Hampshire hamlet of Burkham, just two years after they had finally got rid...
Life Is Short - Wear Your Party Pants; the Convicted Fraudster, the Toplessmodel and the 'Humorist' Sharing Cherie Blair's Next Money-Spinning Venture
Byline: SHARON CHURCHER;JONATHAN OLIVER CHERIE BLAIR has been hired by a convicted fraudster to join a former topless model and a pop singer at a 'motivational' seminar for women. The Prime Minister's wife will also appear on the same platform...
LIZ JONES'S DIARY in Which I See Myself in a New Light; as a Child of Primary School Age I Remember Being Horrified at My Profile in My Mum's Dressing Table Mirrors
Byline: LIZ JONES Oh, dear. I am falling apart at the seams. Having just moved into the new house - it is lovely, in an old-fashioned London square; though the cats are all a bit stir-crazy at the moment due to being confined to barracks - I have...
Long Wait to Join Celts Was Sheer Agony for Caldwell
Byline: EWING GRAHAME GARY CALDWELL has had quite a life for one so young. At the age of 24, his move to Celtic means he had had six clubs in as many years. Starting with Newcastle, he had loan spells at Darlington, Derby, Coventry and Hibs,...
Mandarins in Immigration Fiasco Set for [Pounds Sterling]15k Bonuses
Byline: DOMINIC TURNBULL SENIOR civil servants who presided over the immigration fiasco are in line for bonuses that could total [pounds sterling]500,000, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Just days after John Reid branded the Immigration and Nationality...
MCFREEBIE; Outrage after MPs Scrounge [Pounds Sterling]1,000 World Cup Tickets from That Temple of Health, McDonald's
Byline: DENNIS RICE;GLEN OWEN;MARK AITKEN MPs have been given free World Cup tickets by fast-food giant McDonald's - provoking a storm of protest from health campaigners and football supporters. The MPs from the Parliamentary Football Club will...
Midlife Crisis Finally Hits Def Leppard
Byline: FREDDIE WINDSOR Abetter name for Def Leppard's covers album Yeah! (Mercury, out now) ** might have been Metal Midlife Crisis. Certainly they are entitled to one, after a phenomenally successful career in which they have sold more than...
MOURINHO MARK II; with le Guen on Board Rangers Now Have Their Very Own 'Special One' Says Chelsea and Ghana Midfield Maestro Essien
Byline: GRAEME CROSER MICHAEL ESSIEN flew into Scotland last night and insisted Rangers have landed their own 'Special One' in Paul le Guen, a manager he rates in the same class as his boss at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho. The midfielder (right) worked...
MPC's Role Could Be History
Byline: DAN ATKINSON DEBIT card firm Maestro is blitzing Britain with billboards declaring that 'cash stinks', presumably to persuade us to pay for everything via plastic. Quite how this is playing at the Bank of England is anybody's guess. This...
MR SPECTACULAR; A Friend of Princes Harry and William, He Started Glasses Direct with His Student Loan. Now Jamie Murray Wells Has a Bigger Vision: I'll Have My Own Island before I'm 30, and Then I'll Knock the Bottom out of Another Industry . . . THE INTERVIEW
Byline: HELIA EBRAHIMI Jamie Murray Wells sells a pair of specs every eight minutes over the internet and has netted sales of [pounds sterling]2.5 million in less than two years. Now, aged just 23, he declares that he soon expects to be a billionaire...
Murali Throws KP into Reverse; Kevin Falls for the Same Wily Trap as Tourists Rally
Byline: PETER HAYTER KEVIN PIETERSEN will no doubt regard the nature of two of his last three Test dismissals as no more than an unfortunate coincidence. But many more sequences of the six and out variety that did for him in the second Test against...
Mustn't Crumple; STYLE ICONS THE CLASSIC LINEN SUIT
Byline: JAMES DELINGPOLE The ultimate in summer elegance is a light linen suit - but get it wrong and you'll look like Johnny Vegas at a toga party. James Delingpole investigates the bespoke way to beat the heat Every man wants to own a linen...
My, but What Big Teeth You Have Gordon
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM So much for the prawn cocktail offensive designed to woo big business. Ten years after Gordon Brown first tried to convince corporate Britain that he was not a wolf in business-friendly sheep's clothing, many top bosses...
My Confrontation with the TALIBAN TEACHERS
Byline: PETER HITCHENS In a remote cornerof Indiaisan Islamic 'houseof knowledge' whose teachingshelpedshape theTaliban's fanatical policies. Few Westerners have ventured there - until our columnist entered its medieval world and challenged its...
Nadal Goes Distance and Hewitt Is Next
Byline: MALCOLM FOLLEY RAFAEL NADAL spent his 20th birthday yesterday dramatically defending the fortress he has built on clay. The muscular Spaniard will meet Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round of the French Open tomorrow after refusing to yield...
Nancy's Great Escapes. as Sven Struggles to Select a Winning Team, His Girlfriend Has a Much Easier Time Picking Her Own Worldbeaters
Byline: NANCY DELL'OLIO RELAXING in a wonderful hotel spa, like the one at Four Seasons Hampshire, is something I love to do. It's part of the culture of the modern age and I firmly believe in the importance of finding space to reflect and detox...
New Nurses Face Summer Struggle
Byline: NIC PATON Student nurses will have to tackle two big challenges this summer - getting proof of their qualification while lecturers are on strike, and then finding one of the few jobs in the cashstrapped NHS. An estimated 200,000 students...