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Articles from September 14, 2008

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12 05PM Labour Elects a New Leader. 12.45PM the First Split Appears in the Ranks. Didn't Take Them Long, Did It? FORMER LEADERS: Henry McLeish, Jack McConnell, Donald Dewar and Wendy Alexander VICTORIOUS: Iain Gray Yesterday after Winning the Leadership
Byline: Michael Tait FORMER teacher Iain Gray became Scottish Labour's fifth Holyrood leader in eight years yesterday - and within minutes walked straight into a power struggle with Westminster. He defeated rival candidates Cathy Jamieson and...
17 Dead in Los Angeles Commuter Train Horror; DISASTER: An Injured Woman Is Pulled from the Wreckage of the Commuter Train
RESCUERS were yesterday combing the wreckage of a train crash that left at least 17 people dead and 135 injured. A commuter train with up to 222 passengers on board hit a freight train head on. As the death toll continued to rise, at least 250...
(1) HOLD ON CITY (2) Scolari Is Set to Appeal against Terrys Red Card as City Are Put in Their Place; (1) MAD MOMENT: Terry Grabs Jo Round the Waist to Earn a Red Card, While City Fans (above) Support Their New Owners (2) WERE GOING THIS WAY: Luiz Felipe Scolari Is Delighted with Chelsea
Byline: Daniel King ROBINHO made a small repayment on his British record transfer fee, but it was Chelseas old money which deservedly prevailed in The Clash of the Cash, despite a late red card for England captain John Terry. Citys ?32.5million...
(1) I Hate My Huge Breasts. They Have to Go (2) Trying on a Bikini Left Me Sobbing; FAMILY FIRST: Ulrika, Photographed by Husband Brian Monet after She Came Back from Hospital in June with Baby Malcolm, His Brother Cameron and Sisters Bo and Martha. Below: With Her Mother, Gun, and Stepfather Michael Brodie in 1984
Byline: Ulrika Jonsson Living as we do in an age where breast enlargements are more common than visits to the dentist, it seems almost violently ungrateful that I, having been endowed with a large bosom, would want to have it reduced. While every...
(1) I've Beaten the UK Slump (2) the Other Gurus Said I Was Mad; (1) LAST LAUGH: Naomi Is Sharing Her Time between This Four-Bedroom Home in Nevis and a Rented House in Mayfair (2) SMART MOVE: Oliver and Naomi outside the Georgian Terrace in Clerkenwell They Sold Last Year for ?1.6Million and, above, Nevis
Byline: Mark Anstead Investors who have seen their properties lose value in the credit crunch may console themselves that the price crash was hard to predict. Yet in spring last year, Mail on Sunday Property featured a couple acting on a gut feeling...
(1) WALTERS RELIEF (2) Walter Admits He Took a Gamble with His American Players; STRAIGHT DOWN TO BUSINESS: Goal Hero Boyd Is Grabbed by Miller While Rangers Newcomer Edu Doesnt Waste Much Time on His Debut as He Gets to Grips with Killies Bryson PROVING GROUND: Jefferies Claims Killie Are Good Value WRIGHT STUFF: Frazer Wright Celebrates Putting Kilmarnock Ahead
Byline: Graeme Croser WALTER SMITH last night admitted it had been unfair to ask Maurice Edu to make his Rangers debut in yesterdays top-of-the-table SPL clash against Kilmarnock at Ibrox. The young American was a surprise inclusion in the starting...
2014 Commonwealth Games Are a Target for Terrorists, Warn Police; TERROR TARGET: Armed Police Will Work to Ensure the Games Are Protected from Attacks Such as the One at Glasgow Airport, Left
Byline: Toby McDonald POLICE have warned senior government ministers that terrorists could target Scotland's Commonwealth Games. In a report to the Scottish Executive, senior police officers warn about the 'radicalisation' of young ethnic minorities...
Accies End 77 Years Ofhurt with Famous Triumph at Pittodrie to Rewrite Those History Books; SUPER SUB: James McCarthy (Second Left) Is Congratulated after Scoring
Byline: Ian Broadley ABERDEEN 1 McDonald (7) HAMILTON 2 Graham (34), McCarthy (58) THERE are few, if any, still living who can recall Hamiltons last win at Pittodrie all of 77 years ago but this long-awaited triumph will live long in the memory...
Adebayor Adds a of Class to Arsenal Romp; PINPOINT FINISH: Emmanuel Adebayor Steers Home Arsenals Second Goal
Byline: Ian Ridley BLACKBURN 0 ARSENAL Van Persie (8), Adebayor (45, 81pen, 90) IT WAS a thing of beauty and well worth anyones journey and admission money. Long-range shots and crashing volleys are usually more the flavour for goal-of-the-month...
Adebayor Adds a Touch of Class to an Arsenal Romp; PINPOINT FINISH: Emmanuel Adebayor Steers Home Arsenal's Second Goal Picture: MARK LEECH
Byline: Ian Ridley BLACKBURN 0 ARSENAL 4 IT WAS a thing of beauty and well worth anyone's journey and admission money. Long-range shots and crashing volleys are usually more the flavour for goal of the month competitions but Arsenal's second,...
Advanced Is Set to Go and Course for; GOLDEN TOUCH: Jamie Spence Guides Advanced Home Last Year to Bring Delight (below) to Owner Tommy Docherty (Left) and Trainer Kevin Ryan
Byline: Ed Watson TO Kevin Ryan, the 2006 Ayr Gold Cup will always be the day he won an argument yet still ended up a loser. By the time Advanced had returned to the unsaddling enclosure after finishing a close third to Fonthill Road, the usually...
Afraid of Risk? Try a Multi-Asset Fund
I. W. writes: I took early retirement last December and received redundancy of ?30,000 tax-free plus ?25,000 which was taxed at 40 per cent. I was told if I did not work in the same tax year I could reclaim the ?10,000 tax. Is this correct? J. W. replies:...
A Gamble Pays off for Neil
Byline: Jim Black NEIL McCann revealed that he took a last-minute decision to play his first competitive match for Falkirk and helped lift the Bairns off the bottom of the SPL. The veteran winger, who scored after only three minutes, said: Its...
Alternative Fuel Market Hots Up; WARM GLOW: Stove Maker AJ Wells & Sons Has Seen a Huge Rise in Sales in the Past Year
Byline: FRANCO CAPALDO SCORES of small companies from chimney sweeps to solar panel installers are seeing a boom in business as people faced with soaring fuel bills look for cheaper energy deals. With the average household's annual energy bill...
America's Epidemic of Ignorance
Byline: RAYMOND SEITZ The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby Royal ?18.99 ?17.10 inc p&p (0845 155 0713) ***** Can it be true that nearly half the American population believes God created all living things in their present form in the...
A Minor Miracle; TEA GARDEN: Grenville, Right, and Alan Have Italian Sculptures, Left, and Even a Tiny Lawn in a Pot, Top Left 1. Roman Doorway 2. Italian Style Arches 3.topiary Spheres 4. Balustrade Dividing Decking Areas 5. Statue of the Piper 6. Pergola 7. Pond & Water Cascade 8. Rocky Outcrop 9.temple Ruin Folly 10. Dry Riverbed Pathway
Byline: MARTYN COX Ask large garden owners if they'd swap their plot for one a fraction of the size and the offer is unlikely to be met with an enthusiastic 'yes'. The thought of trading in sweeping lawn, substantial borders and generous water...
An Absolute Juggling Act
FUNDS that try to deliver profits no matter how stock markets perform are not surprisingly a big hit with many investors. So it is no surprise that the ranks of these so-called absolute return funds have grown, with launches over the summer from...
...And Here's How a Surgeon Will Create Perfect Breasts
Byline: RAJIV GROVER Last year, 3,402 women in the UK had breast reductions, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). By contrast 6,479 had breast enlargements. But what exactly can Ulrika expect to go through...
A Rae of Sunshine despite Luck Deserting Dark Blues; NO WAY PAST: Pars Keeper Paul Gallacher Blocks a Close-Range Effort from Dundee's David OBrien as Graham Bayne Challenges
Byline: Robert Thomson DUNDEE 0 DUNFERMLINE 0 DUNDEE will play much worse than they did in this encounter and still win something that gave manager Alex Rae solace after watching his team held by Dunfermline. The Dark Blues have been more...
Are You a Real Fidget in Bed? This Is How to Cure Restless Legs
Byline: Ursula Hirschkorn If your legs burn and you can't keep them still at night you may have a condition that is easily treated with over-the-counter medicine - or perhaps an iron or magnesium supplement. What is Restless Legs Syndrome? It...
ASHLEY PUTS DESPERATE NEWCASTLE UP FOR SALE; BOARD GAME: Anger from a Toon Supporter GRAVE CONCERN: Ashley Gets a Final Message from a United Fan
Byline: DANIEL KING MIKE ASHLEY will put Newcastle United officially up for sale after the most tumultuous fortnight in the club's history ended yesterday in fan protests and a dismal home defeat. While the decision will prove popular with the...
At Two-Hourly Intervals.Plotters Send out Their Amazon Warriors; RADIO CRITIC: Labour Party Vice-Chairman Joan Ryan Led the Demands for a Leadership Election SECOND WAVE: Former Culture Minister Janet Anderson, Left, and Fiona Mactaggart, the Former Home Office Minister, Both Joined the Fray
Byline: Jason Lewis ONE by one, Labour's battlehardened Amazonian warriors stepped forward to undermine Gordon Brown's leadership yesterday. Nine years ago Tony Blair's so-called 'babes' helped sweep Labour to power. Now the disaffected remnants...
A Week That Will Decide Brown's Place in History
THE last thing Gordon Brown needs is to mislay more voters but the thousands of tourists stranded by the collapse of XL Leisure Group will not be hurrying back into Labour's arms. He spent ten years as Chancellor reciting his hubristic boast that...
A Woman Who Cannot Make Soup Should Not Be Allowed to Marry. Vegetarianism Is the Diet of a Eunuch; (1) FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Writer P. Morton Shand, Pictured in 1928, Married Four Times (2) HAPPY FAMILY: Tom and His Sister Laura with Their Grandfather, Bruce, in 1998. Top Left: Tom and His Mother, the Duchess of Cornwall. Right: The Shand Family Tree
Byline: Tom Parker Bowles My grandfather gave me a book on Christmas Day, 2000. Nothing unusual about that as Boppa - my grandfather's nickname - was a passionate bibliophile, but this book was written by his father, Philip Morton Shand, a man I...
Axe-Wielding Villagers Hold Britons in Peru
Byline: Sabi Phagura FOURTEEN British holidaymakers on the trip of a lifetime to Peru were taken captive and held for nearly five hours by angry villagers who mistook them for surveyors from a mining company. The tourists were visiting a remote...
A Year after Meltdown, Rock Rolls on; LOYAL: Bernard Weiner Did Not Withdraw His Cash PANIC: Customers Queue at the Branch in Golders Green, London, in September 2007
Byline: TOBY WALNE REMEMBER the pictures? One year ago tomorrow, Northern Rock was in the grip of a full-scale run, with anxious customers queuing outside its branches to withdraw their cash. One of those branches was in north-west London, but when...
Bacon's Lost His Sizzle; LOST LOVE: Bacon's 1971 Triptych - in Memory of George Dyer
Byline: Philip Hensher ?Francis Bacon Tate Britain, London Until January 4, 2009 *** Surprisingly, this is the first exhibition of Francis Bacon in Britain since his death in 1992. So, 16 years later, how do his paintings look? Do the repetitions...
Bank Boss Admits Bonuses Helped Cause Slump
Byline: Amanda Perthen HUGE bonuses paid to City bankers have contributed to the credit crunch, the chairman of HSBC admitted yesterday. Stephen Green said he 'quite agreed' that the rewards of ?14billion in 2006/07 for London's financial institutions...
Bar Owner Sues Foxy Knoxy for ?1.2M over Meredith Murder Claim; SUSPECT: Student Amanda Knox
Byline: Nick Pisa A MAN wrongly named as the murderer of a British student is to sue prime suspect Amanda Knox for ?500,000 after the negative publicity led to his bar closing. Diya Patrick Lumumba, pictured, is seeking damages after being named...
B& B Falls Behind on Isa Transfers
Mrs C. H. L. writes: Bradford & Bingley is flouting the Banking Code by delaying Isa transfers beyond the 30-day limit. It also kept my capital in a low-interest account beyond the maximum period allowed, stopping me from investing in a higher-yielding...
Betas Highlight Uncertainty at Battered Banks
Byline: Simon Watkins THOSE of us recently back from our summer holidays may mourn their brevity and mull on the old adage of how time flies when you are having fun. But for bank bosses this weekend it may well feel as if time also flies when...
Blood Clot Fears on UK's 'Cattle Truck' Railways
Byline: Martin Delgado SCIENTISTS are investigating the possibility that rail passengers could be struck down by deep vein thrombosis, the potentially fatal condition that has killed dozens of long-haul airline passengers travelling in cramped conditions....
BLUE ECLIPSE FOR ROBINHO; (1) TOP CLASS: Robinho's Free-Kick Goes in but Carvalho (Right) Soon Equalises for Chelsea (2) BY THE LEFT: Frank Lampard's Angled Shot Catches the City Defence off Guard to Give Chelsea the Lead Pictures: MARK PAIN and LEE SANDERS
Byline: Patrick Collins MAN CITY 1 ?Robinho (13) CHELSEA 3 Carvalho (16), Lampard (53), Anelka (69) THE evening which saw a rare and wonderful talent introduced to the English game was also the evening which witnessed the captain of England...
Brady Provides Punch to Give Saints Lift-Off; LEVEL BEST: Billy Mehmet Bursts Clear to Fire Home Saints Equaliser beyond Michael Fraser
Byline: Alasdair Fraser ST MIRREN dont know whether to call Caley Thistle their bogey team or their lucky opposition. Statistics, as ever, can be twisted either way. This was only Saints sixth win in 29 meetings with the Highlanders yet, for...
Brown Up to His Neck in Sleaze. Just as Blair Was
The slimy Ivan Lewis should already have been removed from office by the time that this grotesque story was published. But neither his immediate boss, Secretary of State for Health Alan Johnson, nor Gordon Brown have the honour or bottle to sack...
BRUCE ALMIGHTY; GENTLE INSTRUCTION: Rioch, Who Was Given His First Taste of Danish Football at Odense (Far Right), Is a Less Aggressive Manager Than the One Who Forged His Reputation in England at the Likes of (Clockwise from Top Right) Arsenal, Wigan and Bolton. after the Champions League Campaign, He Is Looking Forward to Either a Fresh Challenge or Retirement
Byline: Graeme Croser THERE'S a glint in Bruce Rioch's eye as he suggests that he might end his managerial career by lighting a cigar and quaffing champagne in the Old Trafford dugout this December. The truth is that even if the 61-year-old does...
Buoyant Danes Stand between Bhoys and Ending Day-One Jinx; DANISH TASTY: Gordon Strachan Is Relishing Taking on Aalborg on Wednesday Night
Byline: Fraser Mackie CELTIC'S abject away form is the biggest stick with which to beat them around Champions League time, but what of the other statistic that the club has made a losing start to every group campaign? Given that previous openers...
...But Iron Maiden Flies to the Rescue; HIGH NOTES: Captain Bruce Dickinson with His Crew and, Inset, Belting out the Vocals with Heavy Metal Band Iron Maiden
Byline: Richard Creasy ROCK star Bruce Dickinson flew to the rescue of 221 stranded XL clients yesterday, piloting a Boeing 757 to Sharm-el-Sheik in Egypt. The singer with heavy-metal band Iron Maiden stepped into his other role as a captain...
Can This Post Office Halt the Great Cull? EXCITED: Praful Chavda Will Still Run the Branch but Will Be Paid by the Council WONDERFUL SURPRISE: Regular Users Claudia Goldstein and, Inset, Anita Feldman Back at the Branch with Its Now Blacked-Out Logo Pictures: CHRISTOPHER COX
Byline: TOBY WALNE A POST office in Essex is the first to reopen during the present cull thanks to a groundbreaking rescue plan by the local council that could lead to the salvation of hundreds of other axed branches across the country. The Buckhurst...
Cavalier Hammers Leave Zola with Much Food for Thought; (1) THERES WORK TO DO: Zola Knows Tough Times Lie Ahead as He Sees Chris Brunt Score West Bromwichs Winner (2) SHIRT-CHANGED: West Ham and West Brom Go without Sponsors
Byline: Peter Higgs WEST BROM 3 WEST HAM 2 GIANFRANCO ZOLA has promised exciting football and that is just what he got before he even delivered his first team talk. At the end of a frantic, exciting, crazy afternoon, the little Italian walked...
Chaos Fears over Home Rescue Plan
Byline: DAN ATKINSON ANOTHER crack has emerged in Gordon Brown's flagship plan to kick-start the housing market. A ?200 million fund to rescue those facing repossession is to be dished out by local 'money advisers' as they see fit. While they...
Chaplin the Child Pauper: Proof on the Web; WORKHOUSE: Chaplin's Entry in the Institution's Book in 1896, When He Was Seven LEGEND: Chaplin Based the Tramp on His Poverty-Stricken Time in London
Byline: Daniel Cochlin FASCINATING details of Charlie Chaplin's early years growing up in a grim Victorian workhouse can today be revealed for the first time. Fans of the legendary silent film star can now simply visit The Mail on Sunday's website...
Chelsea in Hurry to Find a Fill-In as Essien Faces Season on Sidelines; DEVASTATED: Michael Essien Will Be out for the Rest of the Season
Byline: Joe Bernstein MICHAEL ESSIEN is unlikely to play for Chelsea again this season, explaining Luiz Felipe Scolari's insistence that a replacement is found immediately rather than waiting for the January transfer window. Although Essien was...
Chocolate Box Home with Our Pub in the Cellar; (1) DOWN THE LOCAL: Craig Barnshaw, with Karen and Daughter Arabella, Had the Pub Built by a Specialist Company (2) INN KEEPING: The Ultra Modern Makeover, with Rooms like the Kitchen above, Blended Easily with the Olde Worlde Charm of the Shropshire House
Byline: Fred Redwood From the outside, Timbers is exactly the kind of tasteful home you would expect a successful young businessman to own, with its crisscross of lovely period beams and leaded windows. Yet step inside and you are in for a surprise,...
Church Makes 'Ludicrous' Apology to CharlesDarwin -126 Years after His Death; A MEETING OF MINDS: Charles Darwin and, above, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams
Byline: Jonathan Petre THE CHURCH of England will tomorrow officially apologise to Charles Darwin for misunderstanding his theory of evolution. In a bizarre step, the Church will address its contrition directly to the Victorian scientist himself,...
Civil War
Byline: Glen Owen, Michael Tait ENEMIES of Gordon Brown sprang a devastating ambush on the embattled Prime Minister yesterday. Factions of the Labour Party broke cover and, in a highly orchestrated assault, demanded that their leader face a reelection...
CPS Is Badly Managed and Failing.Say Its Own Staff
Byline: Daniel Boffey THE Crown Prosecution Service is a badly managed and failing organisation that cannot keep pace with bringing criminals to justice, according to its own survey of staff. Only one in four believes there are enough people...
Croat Corluka Puts Defeat Behind Him; TEASER: Jenas and Corluka Were on Opposite Sides in Zagreb Last Week
Byline: Alex Montgomery VEDRAN CORLUKA will not carry the humiliation of Croatia's World Cup defeat into his ?8.5million debut for Tottenham tomorrow. The 22-year-old defender, whose favoured position is central midfield, should make his first...
Croatia's Racist Fans Must Be Banned from Wembley
Byline: PATRICK COLLINS AMID the euphoria of England's splendidly improbable triumph in Zagreb, a sombre voice cut through the merry madness. It was the voice of Emile Heskey. And he was hurt and embarrassed. Earlier that evening, he had been...
Cutting Back, but We'll Still Keep the Dog in Fur Coats; ONLY THE BEST: Pets at Home Director Catriona Marshall
Byline: HELIA EBRAHIMI WE may cut down on our insurance in tough economic times, trade down at the supermarket and spurn the High Street, but Flopsy, Fido and Fifi have never had it so good. While the credit crunch has squeezed our appetite for...
Danes Always Felt Destined for Glasgow ... but Never Parkhead; TURN UP FOR THE BOOKS: Augustinussen Was Amazed and Relieved When Kaunas Beat Rangers (Inset)
Byline: Graeme Croser AALBORG were preparing to play Champions League football in Glasgow long before UEFA's drawmasters threw them into a section including Celtic. The Danish champions spent a chunk of the summer swotting up on Rangers, whom...
Derek Did the Trick, Says Mixu; IMPACT: Derek Riordan Made a Big Impression When He Came on as Sub
Byline: James Melville HIBERNIAN manager Mixu Paatelainen last night confessed the second-half introduction of new signing Derek Riordan helped spur his players on to victory against Dundee United. The former Celtic misfit sparked the move which...
Dettori Finally Breaks Stoute Leger Duck; TAKING THE APPLAUSE: Frankie Dettori Leads in St Leger Winner Conduit
Byline: Jonathan Powell FRANKIE DETTORI ended Sir Michael Stoute's 34-year wait for the St Leger yesterday on 8-1 shot Conduit, who was snubbed by his stable jockey Ryan Moore. Stoute, the multiple champion trainer, ran three to give himself...
Doctors Told Me to Give Up the Drink ... or Die! PARTY TIME: Sir Dai with Former Game-Show Hostess Carole Ashby at a Fancy Dress Do in the Nineties When He 'Did Literally Drink Gallons a Day' GOOD HEALTH: Dai Llewellyn in His Drinking Heyday and Main Picture, Recovering from Losing Five Stone
Byline: Sir Dai Llewellyn THREE months ago, I was visiting friends in Kent when my body gave up on me. I had received warning signs that my health was shaky for some months; however, this was different. I was in pain so acute that I could not get...
Edinburgh Is Just Capital for Business
Byline: Jane Simpson IT is one of the most influential lists in the world, ranking cities in order of power and attractiveness to investors. Now, for the first time, Scotland has been included. The Mastercard Worldwide Centres for Commerce...
Facespace ; HAUGHTY BOY: As You Can See, My Partner Kristina Is Impressed by My Natural Poise and Aloofness
Byline: SINCLAIR McKAY John Sergeant is a broadcasting heavyweight, but Strictly Come Dancing has turned him into a bouffant-haired revenge maniac - or so we'd like to believe ... Tuesday, 9.57am Slow, slow, quick, quick - aagh! Is it twisted?...
Faldo's 'Ex' Wins Ryder Cup Battle of the WAGS; FRUMPY FASHION: The American Wives and Girlfriends Went for the Uniform Look at the Belfry in 2002 Picture: DAVE SHOPLAND CUT ABOVE: How the European Ladies, Styled by Valerie Faldo (Top), Will Turn Out
Byline: Peter Higgs NICK FALDO'S European team land at Valhalla this week for the Ryder Cup already anticipating victory in the Battle of the WAGs, thanks to his former wife's fashion designs which should make their American counterparts look 'frumpy'....
FA Must Act to Curb Tide of Foreign Cash before It's Too Late
Byline: Ian Ridley ON THE march in Liverpool; demonstrations of discontent in Newcastle. Was yesterday the day the worm turned when it came to ownership issues in the Premier League, with supporters showing their contempt for what is happening to...
FANS Have Your SAY
Byline: PIERS MORGAN SEND in your thoughts good, bad, ugly and abusive to the email address below. I won't have time to reply to them all, but I will read every single one and the best will be posted on our website at mailonsunday.co.uk/morganonsport...
Feuding Murray Brothers Kiss and Make Up; WHERE'S JAMIE? Big Brother Is Missing as Family, Friends and Coaching Team Watch Andy Murray's US Open Final in New York on Monday
Byline: Malcolm Folley ANDY MURRAY and his older brother Jamie have patched up a feud that threatened to derail Britain's crucial Davis Cup relegation match against Austria, which begins at Wimbledon on Friday. Britain's captain John Lloyd, who...
Fletcher the Main Man but Riordan Has His Say; THAT WINNING FEELING: Hibs Two-Goal Hero Steven Fletcher Celebrates at Easter Road Yesterday
Byline: James Melville HIBERNIAN 2 ?Fletcher (22, 63) DUNDEE UTD 1 Wilkie (45) THEY CAME in larger numbers than usual to hail the return of their prodigal son but a niggling groin injury forced the Hibs faithful to wait until the 62nd minute...
FOOTBALL CLUB FOR SALE: ONLY THE VERY, VERY RICH NEED APPLY; BEAT THAT: Robinho's Record Signing Sets the Premier League Benchmark
Byline: Daniel King THE richest men in the Premier League locked horns yesterday as the Chelsea of Russian oligarch and multi-billionaire Roman Abramovich took on Manchester City, the soon-to-be-acquired plaything of Abu Dhabi's trillionaire oil...
French Wary of Battling Well's Spirit
Byline: Ewan Smith GENNARO BRACIGLIANO watched his Nancy team-mates coolly dispose of Dutch cracks Feyenoord and German giants FC Schalke en route to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup two years ago. But the Nancy skipper believes his side's toughest...
From Mills & Boon to Trouble & Strife? SILENT PARTNERS: Emilia and Jared Harris Seem Distant TOGETHERNESS: In Images That Could Easily Grace the Cover of a Romantic Novel, Emilia Fox, Minus Her Wedding Ring, in Notting Hill Last Week with Actor O.T. Fagbenle, Who at 28 Is Six Years Her Junior
Byline: Elizabeth Sanderson PERHAPS they were rehearsing scenes from their latest drama, Consuming Passion, 100 Years Of Mills & Boon. Certainly in these pictures, taken last week, Emilia Fox seemed utterly absorbed by her new co-star, O.T....
Fuel-Saving Money Will Be Too Late; LEFT IN THE COLD: Insulation Grants Will Take Too Long, Says Gordon Lishman
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK MOST British homes face higher energy bills this winter, despite Gordon Brown's announcement last week of ?1 billion to help struggling householders. The money will go to energy-saving initiatives, such as providing free...
Fury as BBC Boss 'Tells Staff to Lay off Labour'
Byline: Simon Walters THE BBC was at the centre of a political bias row last night over claims a senior executive told reporters to 'go easy' on the Labour Government now it is lagging behind the Tories in the polls. According to a well-placed...
Gerrard the Odd Man out as Lampard Makes Case; ODD MAN OUT: Gerrard Doesn't Fit the New Game Plan
Byline: Joe Bernstein, Daniel King STEVEN GERRARD is set to become the highest-profile casualty of England's unexpectedly thrilling 4-1 win in Croatia. Fabio Capello plans to persevere with Frank Lampard in the attacking midfield role when England...
Good Goal but Dont Overdo It, Warns Hodgson after Zamora Hits Bolton with a Touch ofCruyff; (1) FULL BLAST: Bobby Zamora Scores for Fulham (2) CROSSED LINES: Gary Megson Tries to Get His Messsage Over
Byline: Leo Spall BOBBY ZAMORA may have been the junior Fulham striker in terms of transfer fees yesterday but his first competitive goal for the club was priceless. On the day ?10.5 million signing Andrew Johnson made his debut, the former West...
Hamilton's Slip Sliding Away. . . . DAMP START: Hamilton Turns Up at the Pits as the Rain Sets in and Puts the Skids under His Qualifying Time
Byline: Malcolm Folley JUST a week after losing the Belgian Grand Prix in a committee room, Lewis Hamilton somehow succeeded in undermining his challenge for the World Championship here yesterday. There was no need for a stewards' inquiry on...
Hats off to Zaki as the Hot Streak Continues; THE LEAP OF JOY: Amr Zaki Rescues Wigan by Scoring Late in the Match
Byline: Mark Ryan WIGAN 1Zaki (78) SUNDERLAND 1 Bramble (15 og) EGYPTIAN sensation Amr Zaki last night predicted that he would continue to score goals when winter sets in even if he has to wear a woolly hat. And although Sunderland were denied...
Heaven from Heller; STREETWISE: Zoe Hellers Latest Novel Is Sharp, Deft and Ruthless
Byline: Craig Brown The Believers by Zoe Heller Penguin/Fig Tree ?16.99 ?15.30 inc p&p (0845 155 0713) ***** Back in 1970, Tom Wolfe coined the phrase radical chic. He first applied it to a party thrown by the wealthy conductor/composer Leonard...
Hidden Costs of the 'Free' Power Brokers; SHOCK: B& B Owners Corinna and Martin Perry Had No Idea That Energy Brokers Received Commission from Firms Such as Npower
Byline: LISA BUCKINGHAM, HELEN LOVELESS POLITICIANS and energy executives proudly boast that Britain has one of freest energy markets in the world. Competition in the UK is the gold standard to which the Continent and eastern Europe should aspire,...
Hold on City
Byline: Daniel King 1 3 MAN CITY CHELSEA ROBINHO made a small repayment on his British record transfer fee, but it was Chelsea's 'old money' which deservedly prevailed in The Clash of the Cash, despite a late red card for England captain John...
Hosts Feared an Almighty Drubbing
Byline: Fraser Mackie MARK McGHEE claimed no team in the country could have coped with Celtics first-half display yesterday while his captain Paul Quinn feared Motherwell were set to lose six or seven goals. The Motherwell boss said: They were...
HOT CELTS SHOW NO MERCY; WELL OUT OF SIGHT: Samaras Nudges the Ball Past Smith for His First and Celtics Second, While (above) McDonald Is Mobbed after Getting on the Scoresheet for the First Time This Season and (Right) Maloney Celebrates Scoring His First Counter since Coming Back from Aston Villa
Byline: Fraser Mackie CELTIC conducted perhaps the most brutal 45-minute destruction of a top-flight team since the inception of the SPL as the champions powered to a four-goal half-time lead only to be forced to hold a threatening rally at bay...
Houses of God for Buyers Struggling with Credit Crunch
Byline: Kurt Bayer THEY were built as houses of God, but underused kirks are now being transformed into affordable accommodation for househunters struggling to get on to the property ladder. Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA) has highlighted...
How Andrew Won the Battle of the Broadcasters to Buy His Castle; (1) FAMILY MAN: Andrew with Daughters Georgina and Claudia, and Wife Sophia (2) OPEN HOUSE: Andrew Demolished 'Virtually Every Internal Wall' to Make His Victorian Property Ultra Modern (3) HIGH LIFE: The Back of the House Was Replaced with a Glass Extension (4) HOT MOVES: Andrew with His Strictly Come Dancing Partner Ola
Byline: Stephanie Smith Taking on a Victorian wreck and turning it into an ultra-modern family home was as big a challenge for Andrew Castle as signing up for the sixth series of BBC1's hit show Strictly Come Dancing, which starts on Saturday. ...
How I Drove the Senoritas Wild in My Talking Car; (1) TEST DRIVE: Simon and Barcelona GoCar Boss Damien Harris Turn a Few Heads While Driving along the Ramblas (2) VOICE TRAIL: A Stop at Gaudi's Unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral (3) POPULARITY DRIVE: Simon Heptinstall at a Beach in Barcelona, Where His Talking GoCar Brought Him Plenty of Attention from Women
Byline: Simon Heptinstall BARCELONA'S colourful streets overflow with so many exuberant characters that you have to do something exceptional to turn heads. Yet here I was, an ordinary middle-aged British visitor, the centre of attention wherever...
How Thor the Viking and Father Risked Their Personal Fortunes to Save Iceland from the XL Whirlwind ... BIG NOISE: Bjorgolfsson Is Known by His Middle Name Thor, after the God of Thunder
Byline: SIMON WATKINS THE Icelandic financial miracle faced its first major challenge last week as the collapse of UK holiday firm XL threatened Reykjavik's banks with meltdown. But rather than allow their companies to face the embarrassment...
Hulse Strikes to Lift Cloud over Jewell
Byline: Derek Hunter DERBY 2 SHEFF UNITED 1 Green (24), Hulse (71) Henderson (26) PAUL Jewell's long wait for his first league victory as Derby manager finally came to an end as Rob Hulse came back to haunt Sheffield United. Jewell has endured...
Iceland's Chilling Secrets
Byline: Angie Errigo Jar City ( 15) **** is a chilling murder mystery from Iceland, adapted from Arnaldur Indridason's bestseller. When Reykjavik Detective Inspector Erlendur (Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson) investigates the murder of an old man, unnerving...
If Andrew the Maltese Can Do It, So Can America's Other Great Underdog
Byline: Liz Jones I REALISED America had changed as soon as I landed in New York last week. I told the taxi driver the name and address of my hotel but received no response as he drove off. When we got to Manhattan, he kept asking for the name of...
Ike Strikes; TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION: Debris Litters a Texas Highway in the Wake of Hurricane Ike
Byline: Polly Dunbar A HUGE search and rescue operation was under way yesterday after Hurricane Ike smashed into the coast of Texas, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. As the 600-mile-wide hurricane powered through the state, thousands...
I'm in Love with a Very Special Man and I Want to Have a Baby; THE ONE? Naomi Last Month with Billionaire Boyfriend Vladislav Doronin TIME TO MOVE ON: I Have Traditional Dreams - like Any Other Girl, Says Naomi
Byline: Chrissy Iley NAOMI CAMPBELL rummages agitatedly in her soft purple leather bag for a lighter. 'You don't still smoke?' I say disapprovingly. 'I don't drink. I don't do drugs. I'm in The Programme. So I'm going to have a cigarette,' she replies...
Insure to Rise from the Ashes; UP IN SMOKE: Mike Kimpton's Warehouse Was Hit by Fumes from a Blaze in a Nextdoor Unit at the Start of the Year
Byline: HELEN LOVELESS WHEN fire raged through the warehouse next to Mike Kimpton's business on New Year's Day, he had little idea how extensive the damage to his company would be. Nine months on, the fall-out is still affecting the daily running....
Italian Food Is Bella for Tragus Restaurant Group; PASTA PROFITS: Bella Italia Is Bucking the Downturn
Byline: HELIA EBRAHIMI TRAGUS, owner of the Cafe Rouge and Strada restaurant chains, is expected to unveil a 60 per cent leap in profits tomorrow, helped by customers trading down in the tough economic climate, as well as acquisitions and new openings....
It Is Time to Say What Most MPs Think -- We Must Now Have a Leadership Election; CHALLENGE: Graham Stringer Says Enough Is Enough
Byline: GRAHAM STRINGER N THE months to come, Friday, September 12 will be viewed as the beginning of the end for Gordon Brown's premiership. Certainly, it was the day I knew beyond doubt that the change I have long believed vital for the future...
It's 14 Months since the F Loods Struck and We're Stilllivinginacaravan. Our Son Even Had to Revise for His GCSEs in the Loo; HIGH AND DRY: Jan and Dave Tanton Lived on the Upstairs Landing of Their Flood-Damaged Home in Hull before Being Given This Caravan to Live in NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Andrew and Sue Moysey and Children Nadia, Kian and Yann Have Been in a Caravan since the Floods in Tewkesbury, Left
Byline: Alistair Self THEY are the forgotten victims of last summer's great flood - forced to live in cramped caravans for 14 months waiting for their homes to be repaired. In one of the worst affected towns, the Moysey family are still crammed...
It's Just like Old Times as West Are Too Strong
Byline: David Barnes IT HAS been nine years since these two famous sides last crossed swords and it was just like old times yesterday as they slugged it out in a typically tight encounter which hung in the balance until the final minutes. Thirty-five...
'It's the Beginning of the End for Gordon'
Byline: Simon Walters, Glen Owen GORDON BROWN was last night fighting for his political life after a group of rebel Labour MPs known as the 'Lancashire mafia' launched an attempted coup. The 'mafia' of veteran MPs hailing from the county is headed...
It's the Creepy Plotters Who Rule Us We Should Really Be Scared of; PARIAH: Kim Jong Il Needs a Way for North Korea to Rejoin the Rest of the World
Byline: PETER HITCHENS THERE is no such organisation as 'Al Qaeda'. The spooks know this, Cabinet Ministers know this and so do the 'security correspondents' who so readily trot out the spooks' point of view on our broadcasting networks. Of course,...
It's the Worst Horror Movie Ever Made - and I Was the Star; NAKED AMBITION: JoAnne in the Seventies, and above, the Film's Video Cover
Byline: JoAnne Good Darling. How are you?' The rasping tones of my agent crackled down the phone line. 'I've just heard of a fabulous casting. It's a feature film and there's a part that would be absolutely perfect for you.' 'W-wow,' I stammered....
I've Suffered Abuse over Beijing but I'd Do the Same Again; NO REGRETS: Reade Recovers Back Home in Crewe
Byline: Ian Stafford HER left leg is still bruised from thigh to ankle. The little and ring fingers of her right hand are powerless, victims of a damaged nerve, and could take until Christmas to recover. She has had to cope with callous messages...
' I Was Raped by a Senior Police Officer and as a Result I Am a Wreck. I Won't Be the Person I Was Ever Again'; GUILTY: Carruthers Was Convicted by a Jury of Rape MODEL OFFICER: Jane Dearie with Then Dumfries and Galloway Chief Constable David Strang
Byline: MARCELLO MEGA AFTER serving seven years and four months in prison for raping two women, Adam Carruthers was freed last Friday. The once respected and trusted former police inspector had caused widespread revulsion when the extent of his...
Jailed Mercenary Tells Yard Detectives of 'Coup Meetings' at Calil's London Home; NEW ALLEGATIONS: Ely Calil, Top, and Sir Mark Thatcher Could Be Arrested in Scotland Yard's Coup Investigation PLOTTER: Simon Mann during His Trial in July
Byline: Ian Gallagher MERCENARY Simon Mann has been interviewed in prison in Equatorial Guinea by Scotland Yard detectives investigating the failed attempt to overthrow the oil-rich country's government. The former SAS officer is understood to...
Jewells Joy at Last; WEVE WON: Paul Jewell Applauds the Fans after Rob Hulse Scores Derbys Winner
Byline: Derek Hunter DERBY 2 Green (24), Hulse (71) SHEFF UNITED 1 Henderson (26) IT has taken almost a year, but Derby are finally able to celebrate a league victory. After a run of 36 matches dating back to September 17, 2007, the drought...
Jobless Totals May Hit One Million by Winter
Byline: DAN ATKINSON UNEMPLOYMENT is set to top one million this winter, shattering one of Labour's most loudly trumpeted economic achievements. Figures this week are expected to show the jobless total in August climbing inexorably back towards...
JOIN THE CUE; RISING STAR: Daniel Wells at the WSA and, below, Ronnie O'Sullivan Winning This Year's World Title
Byline: Rob Davies IT IS an accepted piece of pub folklore that one's proficiency at pool improves dramatically with a spot of hops-based lubrication. But for pool's more sophisticated cousin, nothing could be further from the truth. Snooker...
Killie Left to Reflect What Might Have Been Afterold Boy Boyd Strikes Again; KNOCKING SPOTS OFF THEM: Recalled Striker Boyd Despatches His Penalty to Draw Rangers Level but Team-Mate Papac (Far Left) Is Left Feeling Blue after His Late Red-Card Dismissal
Byline: Graeme Croser THIS always had the look of the sort of game Kris Boyd would enjoy and, after 45 uncomfortable minutes, the Rangers striker sprang to life with the two goals which fired his team three points clear at the top of the SPL table....
Killing My Hero with Kindness; MAGIC MOMENT: Miah Persson and Robert Gleadow in Don Giovanni
Byline: David Mellor Prom 68: Kashchey The Immortal London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski Royal Albert Hall, London ** Mozart: Don Giovanni Royal Opera House, London *** The road to hell is paved with good intentions,...