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Articles from September 23, 2007

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5 Ways to Tackle Your Cholesterol (without Giving Up a Thing)
Byline: SALLY MORRIS Cholesterol is the soft waxy fat found in the bloodstream that isproduced naturally by the liver and required for cell membranes, hormones andother vital functions. However, it cannot dissolve in the blood and has to be carried...
6 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN...ATHENS; ATHENS ACROPOLIS WOW: Athens' Most Stunning Site Has a New Museum to Reveal More of Its secrets6THINGS
Byline: GARETH HUW DAVIES MARVEL AT THE MARBLES THE fabulous finds from the Acropolis, at theheart of the city, are crammed into a museum almost as old as the artefactsthemselves. But from early 2008 - though there is no firm date yet - thesewonders...
Abramovich Needs a Dose of Reality
Byline: IAN RIDLEY WE ALL remember our first time. The atmosphere, the sights, sounds andsmells. That outstanding player who will play forever in our mind's eye. Andthe result, usually a thriller with plenty of goals. Actually, the memory oftenplays...
'Abused' Asian Women Behind Soaring Toll of Track Suicides; TRAGEDY: Navjeet Sidhu Jumped in Front of a Train at Southall, West London, Clutching Her Children in 2005
Byline: Glen Owen, Oliver Wadeson RAIL suicides are soaring because of a dramatic rise in Asian womenkilling themselves on just one stretch of track, a train company's internalreport has revealed. An incredible one third of the total for England...
A Change of Power; in Order: Edwin Thorman Has Set Up an EPA
Byline: JO THORNHILL A shake-up of the rules that allow someone to look after your financialaffairs if you become mentally incapacitated is on the way in October. The popular enduring power of attorney (EPA) arrangement will be replaced bylasting...
A Classic Day out for Lester; RACING LEGENDS: Sir Peter O'Sullevan with Lester Piggott
Byline: Jonathan Powell RACING legend Lester Piggott took centre stage once more yesterday atthe course where he won seven Classics in his matchless career. On an afternoon of high emotion at Newmarket, the greatest jockey of them allwas feted...
Actually, You May Have a Point Mr King
Byline: William Rees-Mogg Ihave long been fascinated by the history of financial bubbles andpanics; they are human, dramatic and often very important. I once plantedvariegated tulips in our garden to remind me of the Dutch tulip mania of the1630s,...
After Being Hit by Shrapnel, Doing Up Our Family House Was like the Front Line All over Again
Byline: EVE MCGOWAN There must have been times during the radical renovation of her Grade IIlisted Georgian house in West London when former war reporter-turned-TVpresenter Andrea Catherwood felt she was back on the front line. 'The houselooked...
After Two Years Away, Paula Can Forget about Olympic Gold; LONG ROAD BACK: Paula Took Time out for Daughter Isla but Regaining Olympic Form Could Be beyond Her
Byline: Rob Draper PAULA RADCLIFFE may be fit enough to win next weekend's BUPA Great NorthRun but she will never return to her world-record breaking form and is unlikelyto win the Olympic gold she craves in Beijing next year. That is the fear ofDave...
A la Kart
Byline: SIMON LEWIS The fat class: that's where I fit in. No, it's not aTuesdaynightgym workoutwithRik Waller. It's the weight grade I'm supposed to be in at the kart track. Aguy informed me of this as I came into the pits after my first trip out...
A Little Bit of Devon, a Little Bit of Heaven; HARBOUR HIDEAWAY: The Pretty Port of Lynmouth in Exmoor National Park. Left: A Scene from a BBC Production of Lorna Doone, Which Is Set on the Moor
Byline: Ray Connolly YOU won't find a place called the North Devon Riviera on any map or in aguidebook because it doesn't actually exist. I made the name up to describe abeautiful stretch of the coast for a novel I've written called Love Out OfSeason....
All Black 'Rock' out to Put the Squeeze on Scots; KIWI KINGS: New Zealand Coach Henry (Right) with Skipper McCaw
Byline: DAVID BARNES IT IS hard not to feel fretful for Alasdair Dickinson ahead of hisScotland debut against the All Blacks this afternoon. The 24-year-old looseheadprop has the unenviable task of packing down against the massive, bearded frameof...
...And Half the Firm's Bosses Don't Have Mortgages at All! (1) FAMILY SEAT: Chairman Lord Ridley's Mansion (2) PALATIAL: Chief Executive Applegarth's [Pounds Sterling]2.5 M Home
Byline: Daniel Boffey AS NORTHERN ROCK'S 800,000 home loan customers anxiously await adecision on the future of their mortgage lender, the company's wealthydirectors face no such uncertainty. Land Registry documents obtained by this newspaper...
Annie's Sad - I'm Delighted; Bleeding Heart ... but Annie Lennox Is Redeemed by Her Soaring Voice
Byline: Tim de Lisle Rock music, usually so good at bringing people together, still hasn'treached the point of treating male and female performers alike. Boys form bandswhile girls go it alone - often with a team behind them of mostly malemusicians,...
Another Special One ...or the New Nancy? (1) NEW MAN IN TOWN: Avram Grant (2) GLAMOUR: Tzofit Hopes to Continue Her Acting Career in the UK (3) BACK SEAT: Jose and Tami Mourinho
Byline: Ben Lyttleton, Polly Dunbar STEPPING in to replace Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant declared: 'I'm notspecial, just normal.' But in one respect the new Chelsea manager looks set toput the self-proclaimed 'Special One' in the shade. For while...
Apologies from Henman as Retirement - Starts a Day Early; HOME SUPPORT: Lucy Henman and Olivia
Byline: Malcolm Folley TIM HENMAN last night said sorry to those who had paid [pounds sterling]40 to watch himat Wimbledon todaybut he declared he had retired from the moment he struck the shot thatmasterminded Britains return to the World Group...
A [Pounds Sterling]1m Mortgage? Sorry, but That's History Now, Sir; HARD PLACE:Duncan Farmer,inset,drew a Blank as Queues Formed outside Northern Rock IAN McILGORM
Byline: DUNCAN FARMER Three years ago I showed in an article for this section how I could havebeen a millionaire, as specialist mortgage brokers andlendersbentover backwards to give me money to buy a house they knew I could not afford. Using...
A Rebel at School ... and Parents'evening
Byline: Suzanne Moore ONE of the very worst things about having children is not simply thatthey have to go to school, but you have to go to school, too. Even when theycan get there by themselves you still have to go. Parents' evenings, inductions...
A Safari? Mine's a Double; LOLL OF THE WILD: Lions on the Savanna Game Reserve Doze on despite the Attentions of a Safari partyA Safari? HEAVENLY SPOT: The Pool at the Royal Malewane Lodge, in Leopard Country HORN OF AFRICA: A Kruger Impala
Byline: Derek Laud 'D BEEN visiting Africa for 15 years yet, somehow, never managed to goon safari. Now, though, the opportunity was there and I intended to seize itwith both hands. At the occasional smart dinner party or drinks party, I kept...
A Safer Bet in Risky Markets; Secure: Roger Bedford, with Wife Yvonne, Has a Bond That Guarantees a Return of at Least Ten per Cent
Byline: RICHARD DYSON Thestockmarketmayhave clawed back some of its losses, but it remains extremely jittery. Fundmanagers and other stock-pickingprofessionals claim they can spot areas of value. Shares in some businesseshave been oversold in the...
At the Schoolgates
Byline: LISA FREEDMAN Eleanor Palmer Primary You don't have to be politically correct to livein Kentish Town,but it certainly helps. This ladder of Victorian streets, running off a traffic-clogged artery in theNorth London borough of Camden,has...
BAA's Daredevil Boss Dives into a Fierce Dogfight; Terminal Boredom: Passengers Fall Asleep after Many Hours of Enforced Delays at Stansted Nerves of Steel: Stephen Nelson, Left, Pictured with BA Boss Willie Walsh, Did a Bungee Jump at Bloukrans Bridge, Above
Byline: TOM MCGHIE He has taken part in the world's highest bungeejump-a708ftplungeat Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa. He has cycled 508 miles non-stop on aroute crossing Death Valley in America. But now Stephen Nelson, whose companyruns Heathrow,...
Baltic Waves of Pleasure. NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS: Soaking Up the Sun on a Cruise. Left: A Liner Sails Up the Fjords in Norway
IT'S not surprising that the Baltic has become one of the most populardestinations for cruise companies. On a relatively short voyage you candiscover an array of fascinating cities and view some wonderful scenery. An added bonus is that it can all...
Barbarians Besieged
Byline: HELIA EBRAHIMI Gordon Gekko, the infamous investment bankerinthe Eighties blockbuster film Wall Street, declared: 'I am not a destroyer ofcompanies. I am a liberator of them.' Twenty years on, it is private equitythat is being forced to...
Barclays Debut Test of Nerves; CHALLENGE: Flanker Barclay
Byline: Sean Vincent JOHN BARCLAY admits it is a dizzying experience just thinking aboutmaking his Scotland debut against World Cup favourites New Zealand. But the20-year-old is determined not to let nerves get the better of him after beinghanded...
Being a WPC Is Part Orwell, Part Kafka. and Part Trisha
I have always felt the need to speak up when I saw wrongdoing. Which is why, after my A-levels, I wanted to do a job that made a difference.At the time the police seemed to offer that opportunity. I now work shifts on'response' for the Blandshire...
Bethany, 15 ...Beaten and Kicked beyond Recognition by Teenage Girls; (1) BATTERED AND BRUISED: Bethany in Hospital in a Photo Taken by Her Mother (2) PICKED ON: Bethany Was Buliled for Four Years
Byline: Patrick Sawer HER face bloodied and battered, this is Bethany James, the latest victimof the pupil-on-pupil violence blighting Britain's schools. The appallinginjuries inflicted on the 15-year-old are shocking enough. But what is morehorrifying...
Between a Rockand a Very Smart Place!
Byline: Tom Worden, STEVE MYALL SENIOR managers at Northern Rock went on a luxury corporate junket toSpain on the day tens of thousands of their customers formed huge queues towithdraw their money. As the bank hovered close to collapse, a dozen...
Between a Rock and a Very Smart Place! (1) on the Very Day That Northern Rock Customers Had to Queue like This. Misery: Hundreds Queued at Branches throughout the UK (2) ...the Bank's Top Salesmen Partied at Marbella's Luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel SPLENDOUR: The Hotel's Restaurant Is Famed for Its Fine Food
Byline: Tim Worden, Steve Myall SENIOR managers at Northern Rock went on a luxury corporate junket toSpain on the day tens of thousands of their customers formed huge queues towithdraw their money. As the bank hovered close to collapse, a dozen...
Billie De Jour; True Confessions ... the Original Diary of the Anonymous Call Girl That Became a Bestseller You Called ... Billie Piper, Far Left, as Belle De Jour and, above, Filming a Scene with a 'Client'. above Right: Billie as Rose in the BBC's Doctor Who
Billie looked as nervous as I felt. 'What happens in a GFE?' she asked.Wow, I thought. She'd clearly been doing her research. GFE is short for girlfriend experience.It's popular with men who don't like to feel they're paying someone for sex. ...
BoS Targeting Firms in Bid to Rival Big Four
Byline: ANDREW FOXWELL BANK of Scotland will this week launch a fresh attempt to capture alarger slice of the small business banking marketplace in an effort to overturnthe dominance of its 'Big Four' rivals. Just weeks after the Competition...
Brewster Keeps Best for Last; POPULAR BOSS: A Delighted Barry Wilson Congratulates Inverness Player-Manager Craig Brewster after the Substitute's Brilliant Later Winner Beat Hearts Goalkeeper Steve Banks (Left) to Give the Highland Club Their First League Victory of the Season in Dramatic Style
Byline: IAN BROADLEY INVERNESS CT HEARTSTIMING is everything for a striker but even Craig Brewster almost left it toolate before securing Caley Thistle's first league win of the season. Given their plight, it was curious that Brewster, their...
BRITNEY: THE BODYGUARD SPEAKS - - ; (1) A TOWER OF STRENGTH: Tony Barretto with Britney Spears and Her Assistant Alli Sims, Left (2)LOST LOVE: Britney with Federline before They Split (3) MELTDOWN: Shaving Her Head and, below, Almost Dropping Son Preston (4) EMOTIONAL: Britney Breaks Down Inn Tears after a Visit to Her Lawyer's Office on Friday in Los Angeles
Byline: Peter Sheridan STANDING 6ft 7in tall and weighing more than 32 stone, Tony Barretto isa born bodyguard. His strength, his power and his intimidating physique have never beenquestioned - and neither has his loyalty. He would, as he...
Brown Calls Time on the Embassies' Pink Gin Set
Byline: Jason Lewis THE days of lavish entertaining in palatial embassies abroad arenumbered - as Britain prepares to sell off its prime locations around theworld. Washington and Paris are among the prestigious embassies that face being soldby...
Brown Is on the Brinkof Calling Autumn Election
Byline: Simon Walters A GENERAL Election could be held in four weeks after Gordon Brown wastold by aides he will never have a better chance of winningand senior Tories admitted they feared defeat. The Prime Minister is under huge pressure from...
Brown Is on the Brink of Calling Autumn Election; DEFEATED: Tory Lisa Ventura
Byline: Simon Walters A GENERAL Election could be held in four weeks after Gordon Brown wastold by aides he will never have a better chance of winning - and senior Toriesadmitted they feared defeat. The Prime Minister is under huge pressure from...
Burns: Celtic Ethos Key to Collins Winning with Style
Byline: FRASER MACKIE TOMMY BURNS believes that being a Celtic old boy has helped John Collinsmaintain Hibernian's reputation as one of the most entertaining sides in theScottish Premier League. The Celtic assistant coach has watched with interest...
Can You Trust the High St? Money Mission: Stephen Womack Checked out the Quality of Financial Advice from Banks and Building Societies Top Marks: Stephen Womack Was Impressed by David Allen's Advice on Mortgages Going It Alone: William Burton Is Wary of Investment Advice
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK For millions of people who want help with savings and investments, thebanks and building societies that line our High Streets are still the firstports of call. But how good is the advice they give? In the past, some of themhave...
Carlisle over the Moon
Byline: DAVID FOOT BRISTOL CITY 2 BURNLEY 2A STUNNING overhead kick in injury time by Clarke Carlisle earned Burnley theequaliser in a pulsating finish. Promoted City, the only Championship team with an unbeaten record, hadthemselves pulled back...
Carole Confidential
Byline: CAROLE CAPLIN After ten years of marriage and three children I no longer fancy mywife. She has let herself go with her weight, hair, nails and clothes, and I amtoo embarrassed to go out with her. I'm completely fed up with her total lackof...
Craig Halts Accies' Run
Byline: SCOTT CRAWFORD HAMILTON 1 LIVINGSTON 1THE green, green grass of home may be made of plastic for Hamilton but Acciesdefender Mark McLaughlin insists it should always mean three points for histeam. However, he was left disappointed yesterday...
Creditors' Cold Comfort over Fate of Foster Farm ; Down on the Farm: Kevin Foster, Left, and Wife Elaine Keep Llamas and Other Animals at Their 14-Acre Property in Kent
Byline: TONY HETHERINGTON Mrs P. D. writes: I am sending you my receipt for the [pounds sterling]5,000 I entrustedto KF Concept. I am a pensioner and this was three-quarters of my savings. Ihave applied to the bankruptcy people but have heard nothing....
Dens Terrier McKenzie Will Snap Away at Celtic Heels; NO LETUP: Dundee's Gary McKenzie
Byline: ROBERT THOMSON BEING a rugged, six-foot-plus centre-half, it is unlikely that GaryMcKenzie would recommend anything other than getting 'in the faces' of Celticwhen they visit Dundee for Wednesday's CIS Cup third round. But the defender,...
Depravity: One Thing Our Children Are Being Taught
Byline: PETER HITCHENS IF STATE schools were training nine-year-olds to fire handguns, or11-year-olds to ride motorbikes, you might possibly protest. Why, after all, would children need to learn at such young ages to do dangerousthings that only...
Diallo's Late Show Hands Darlington First Defeat; SOLID SUPPORT: Steve Fletcher and Aaron Downes Defend for Chesterfield. Peter Leven's Free Kick (Top) Beats the Wall but Misses the Target Pictures: BRIAN WILLIAMSON
Byline: MALCOLM BROWN MK DONS 1 DARLINGTON 0DRISSA DIALLO scored his first goal for the Dons with a minute to go to endDarlington's unbeaten start to the League Two season. The former Sheffield Wednesday defender rose to head in Jude Stirling's...
DISMISSED Effenberg: Rangers Are out of Their Depth on the Euro Stage; LUCKY: Effenberg Says Rangers Lack Quality
Byline: FRASER MACKIE RANGERS have been branded lucky nohopers and had their Champions Leagueclaims laughed off - despite starting with a win over Stuttgart. Old Ibrox foe Stefan Effenberg dismissed the stirring 2-1 comeback successagainst the...
Downfall of the It-Gay
Byline: IVAN MASSOW Friends in high places ... Ivan Massow with pop star Geri Halliwell and, left, escorting Lady Thatcher to the 1999 Tory conferenceSwitching sides ... Property empire ... As his insurance business grew, Ivan swapped his North...
Down the Garden Path to a New Career; PASTURES NEW: Cut-Flower Harvesting,top, and, above, National Trust Gardeners at Knightshayes Court, Devon
Byline: Charlie Dimmock PEOPLE are always saying to me what a wonderful job I must have - andit's not just since I started presenting gardening programmes on TV. It was thesame when I used to work at a water garden centre, and many other people...
Dr Feelgood and the City Junkies
Byline: DAN ATKINSON WELL, the whining junkies of Wall Street got what they wanted - a bumperfix of their favourite narcotic, low interest rates. Their City counterparts are salivating at the prospect of something similarfrom the Bank of England....
Drooling Idiots in Need of the Chop; Disaster Chefs ... Guy Grieve and Thomasina Miers in the Wild Gourmets
Byline: Jaci Stephen Reality television was, and continues to be, a very packed bandwagonthat everyone still wants to jump on. Now, there is another that is filling upfaster than you can say 'save the planet': programmes about the environment. ...
ENGLAND RIDE OUT STORM; Winning Feeling JONNY WILKINSON (Far Left) Lands Drop-Goal Martin Ccrry (Left) Resists the Samoan Tackles to Go over for a Try Then Celebrates with Ben Kay (Right) Paul Sacket (above) Scores a Try Close to the Corner as Defenders Pile in Trying to Stop Him. Corry (Far Right) Applauds England Fans in Nantes
Byline: Ian Stafford AS THIS bruising encounter reached the hour mark and Samoa launched awave of attacks, even the most stoic of England followers must have feared theworst. But with captain Martin Corry and Paul Sackey scoring two tries each...
FACING DOWN THE BOO BOYS ; HIGHS AND LOWS: Adam Celebrates after Scoring His Superb Equaliser against Stuttgart (above), the Perfect Antidote to His Miserable Display against Zeta (Left), Which Culminated in His Halftime Substitution
Byline: FRASER MACKIE IBROX can be an unforgiving arena.It would be a waste of time discussingthat with VfB Stuttgart - they knew it from four years ago but had a memorylapse on Wednesday and were caught out by a home crowd assisting their heroesto...
Fans in Rush to Back Hadden's Shadow Squad; READY FOR BATTLE: Scotland Captain Scott Murray (Centre) and His Team Make Their Final Preparations at Murrayfield Yesterday
Byline: DAVID BARNES SCOTLAND may be fielding a weakened team against the All Blacks, butFrank Hadden's selection policy has done nothing to dampen the Scottishpublic's enthusiasm for the contest. Murrayfield officials last night revealed the...
Fashioning Our World; Glamour Girl ... Barbara Goalen - the British Supermodel of the Fifties - Photographed by John French
Byline: Philip Hensher Of course, these are just frocks, and therefore not necessarily the mostimportant things in the world. But the Victoria & Albert's wonderful show ofthis decade of Paris and London couture is elevated beyond commerce into...
Flintoff May Have Played His Last Test; FRAUSTRATION:ANDREW FLINTOFF
Byline: Peter Hayter THE dismal prospect of Andrew Flintoff 's premature retirement from Testcricket seems a degree or two closer today with the news that England arealready planning for life without him. Paul Collingwood and his one-day squad...
From Sulk to Silk; (1)ECLECTIC: The Victorian Conservatory, above, and Collection of Plants in Pots, Left, Set off against the Painted House Walls (2) FRUITFUL: Susan in Her Garden, Which She Turned from an Uninspiring Space to One of London's Finest
Byline: MARTYN COX When Susan Collier moved into her Victorian townhouse in Clapham,SouthWestLondon,in 1999, she spent a long time regretting the decision. Not because she didn'tget on with her new neighbours or that the house was in bad shape,...
Georg Was All Fire and Smoking; Boundless Energy ... Georg Solti Was Still Conducting Only Weeks before He Died
Byline: David Mellor When Sir Georg Solti died ten years ago this month, it was a tribute tohis amazing energy and full engagement book that, although he was 85, his deathcame as a surprise. Just how focused and alert he was to the very end is...
Go Crazy for NUTS!
Byline: FIONA HUNTER Nuts and seeds are nutritional powerhouses. And whether you sprinklethem on cereal and salads or use them as a snack, they provide an almostcomplete package of high-quality protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins,minerals and...
Green Shoots for Brussels; REJUVENATED: Historic Brussels Doesn't Deserve Its Dull Image, as Lee Copson, Inset, Has Found
Byline: Cheryl Markosky BRUSSELS is bouncing back. The picturesque Belgian capital, synonymousfor many with faceless bureaucracy, has had a less than scintillating imageover the past 30 years. Since the boom years of the Sixties and Seventies, whenmost...
Handtastic
Byline: ANGELA EPSTEIN It doesn't matter how hard we work to maintain our shape and preserveour face neglected hands quickly give our age away. 'Hands are difficult tohide and easy to neglect, which is why they can age so rapidly,'says plasticsurgeon...
Happy Fergie in Mood to Outlast Grant
Byline: BOB CASS SIR ALEX FERGUSON will face his 10th Chelsea manager this afternoon.And, if the Manchester United bosss demeanour as he relaxed in the afternoonsunshine on the terrace at Lisbons Pestana Palace Hotel last week was anythingto go...
Harper's Heroics Take the Points but It's Cruel on Wigan; JUST IN TIME: Reading Scorer James Harper Celebrates with Bobby Convey
Byline: PETER HIGGS READING 2 WIGAN 1JAMES HARPER'S first goal of the season in the final minute lifted Reading outof the bottom three to end a run of three successive defeats. Never will Steve Coppell's side have been more grateful for a change...
Hart Is Adamant He Was Victim of Spin as He Braces Himself for Another Barrage of Ibrox Fans' Abuse; EASY TARGET: Hart Received a Roasting on His Last Visit to Ibrox (Inset), as Boyd Hit a Hat-Trick and Cited the Dons Star's Remarks as His Inspiration
Byline: IAN BROADLEY SIX managers have come and gone over the last 16 years without any ofthem masterminding an Aberdeen league victory at Ibrox. The combined talents ofWillie Miller, Roy Aitken, Alex Miller, Paul Hegarty, Ebbe Skovdahl and StevePaterson...
'Hide a Child' Warning; Wise Buy: Holly Winston Saved on Her Motor Insurance Premium the Legal Way by Shopping Around
Byline: JO THORNHILL Six in ten parents admit they would consider insuring their child's carin their own name, adding the child as a secondary driver, to bring insurancecosts down. But the practice, known as 'fronting', is against the law andparents...
High Street Trend Has a Retro Look
Byline: NEIL CRAVEN PRIVATE equity's obsession with the High Street came to an abrupt haltthis summer and now acquisitions by trade buyers may be set to return. The retail sector found itself at the centre of the buyout frenzy in Februaryand...
Hi, We're the Blairs. the Neighbours from Hell
Byline: DYLAN JONES Forthepastsixmonths TonyBlairhasbeenmy neighbour, and if I'm brutally frank about it, I'm not sure I like it. Sincehe moved in, a few days after leaving Downing Street,theroadshavebeenfullofarmed police, there are sentries patrolling...
Holy Waters; Timeless Beauty ... Sunset over the Thames and Tower Bridge
Byline: Peter Ackroyd There was a man called Douglas Chellow, born in 1790, who lived all hislife beside the Thames, from Chelsea to Southend. He devoted his days tobuttonholing passers-by and trying to make them share his obsessive love of theriver....
Homeserve Plans for US Excite City
Byline: JOANNE HART THIS is the time of year that many homeowners dread - summer is over,the nights are drawing in and there is a distinct chill in the air. All round the country, people are turning on their heating to discover that,yet again,...
Home Truths
Byline: ROSS CLARK Getting sniffy over a home-alone son I have had problems with my 20-year-old neighbour ever since his parents'marriage broke down and they moved out, leaving him alone in the property. Hemakes a lot of noise and smokes drugs,...
Hothouse; SCORE DRAW: Spurs'Paul Robinson Is the Face of the Resort's Soccer School AP / LAWRENCE LUSTIG
A safe pair of hands on the Costa del Sol? When you're trying to flog apartments on a sporting development in a toughmarket on Spain's Costa del Sol, it helps if you can get a celebrity to promoteit. Pity the poor developers of The Village, at...
Hot Lips Healy, the Fun-Loving Student Party Girl; UNIVERSITY DAYS: Kate McCann as a Student in Dundee
Byline: Stephen Houston DESPITE the grainy black-and-white image, her glossy blonde,shoulder-length hair and distinctive features give a clue to her identity asone of the most photographed women of 2007. Taken 15 years ago in the final days of...
How Archie Andrews Wrecked My Life; (1) RADIO SHOW: Peter Brough Found Fame with Archie (2) OUR WOODEN 'BROTHER': Romey and Christopher as Children with Dummy Archie (3) CONFRONTING HER PAST:Romney with Archie after 50 Years Apart
Byline: Ian Gallagher IN HIS heyday in the Fifties, his cheeky schoolboy humour attracted16million radio listeners every week. Archie Andrews, the dummy operated by ventriloquist Peter Brough, was afavourite of Royalty and had pride of place...
How Can I Get My Man on a Rodeo Drive? ROAD TRIP: Motorhoming in the Canadian Rockies. Right: A Cowboy at the Calgary Stampede
Byline: Frank Barrett MY COUSINS in Canada have suggested we visit them next year. Their planis that we all travel from Winnipeg in their motorhome so we can visit theCalgary Stampede. My husband isn't keen: he says the idea of staying in aDormobile...
How the EU Aims to Kill off MacAdam, Colossus of Roads
Byline: Vic Rodrick HE was the Scottish engineer whose invention put the world on the roadto better transport. But the memory of John Loudon MacAdam, the Colossus of Roads after whom tarmacis named, seems on the road to nowhere. Brussels bureaucrats...
How to Be Fit like Me ; Engaged: Carly and Joe Cole Are Getting Married, but They Keep Their Fitness Regimes Separate
Byline: EVE MCGOWAN Ask personal trainer Carly Zucker her ambitions for the future and theanswer is unequivocal. 'I'd like to open my own lifestyle fitness boutiques inLondon and the Home Counties,' says the 23-year-old. But before she can build...
How to Pack a Child off to School with a Healthy Lunch; Kitchen Assistant: Annabel and Her Daughter Scarlett Make Gingerbread Men as a Special Treat
Byline: LISA FREEDMAN Annabel Karmel may look like the fairy on top of the Christmas tree -fine-boned and fragile - but she has a mind as sharp as a Sabatier knife. And,fortunately for desperate mothers everywhere, she's chosen to use this incisiveinstrument...
How TV Antiques Expert David Has Got Us All out on a Bargain Hunt; BOBBY-DAZZLER: Antiques Expert David Dickinson
Byline: kurt bayer THEY were once seen as confusing places where the unwary couldaccidentally bid for an antique vase or a grand piano by simply scratchingtheir nose. But now Scotlands auction houses are enjoying an unprecedented boomafter being...
I Battled Breast Cancer-So Did My Dad; Close Bond: John and Gina, above on Her Wedding Day, Have Always Had a Good Relationship but It's Even Stronger Now
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE When Gina Symmons makes her welcome speech to the guests at the Pink IceBall next month it will be with a much lighter heart than at last year's event.As organiser of the ball - which last year raised [pounds sterling]100,000...
I'd Be Angry about Your Empty Gesture on Zimbabwe, Mr Brown -- If I Wasn't Too Busy Trying to Find Some Bread
GORDON BROWN has threatened to boycott December's Europe-Africa summitin Portugal if Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe is given a place at the table.In Europe he has been congratulated for challenging the tyranny of Mugabe'sZanu PF party but here one...
IL WHINGO; Fixed Grins ... Il Divo, from Left, Urs, David, Carlos and Sebastien with Anna Van Praagh. Below: Their Creator, Simon Cowell
Byline: Anna van Praagh Four slick-haired, sharp-suited Mediterranean hunks saunter into thecrowded book shop to gasps, cheers, even sobs. Il Divo, the world's mostsuccessful classical group, are here at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kentto sign...
I'm Not Just Mrs Bitter of Cowes; ON THE ROCKS: Shirley Robertson (above, and Far Left) Feels the Selectors Could Have Delayed Olympic Selection So That the Winning Team of 2004 (Left) Could Compete Again
Byline: Peter Higgs SHIRLEY ROBERTSON, who catapulted to fame as one of the Three Blondes ina Boat, has criticised the selection process which means Britain's sailing teamwill head for Beijing next year without the double Olympic gold medallist...
In Demand; See Text
THE GADGET With 50 per cent of UK households set to own a digital radio by 2010, it seemsthe Buggles were a little premature in mourning the fact that Video Killed TheRadio Starback in 1979. Fittingly, Vita Audio's new luxury digital radio goeson...
Interpreting Your Dreams
Byline: DR CHRIS IDZIKOWSKI Dreaming occurs during a sleep stage called Rapid Eye Movement sleep, orREM - if you look at someone's eyes when they are in this stage, their eyesdart around as if they are looking at something. It's a sleep stage, but...
Irish Publican Orders Doubles Allround at Ayr; GOLDEN MOMENT: Owner Tommy Docherty (Left) and Trainer Kevin Ryan Celebrate the Thrilling Victory of 20-1 Outsider Advance in Yesterdays Nailbiting Ayr Gold Cup
Byline: Ed Watson CALL it the luck of the Irish. Tommy Docherty, a pub landlord fromCounty Donegal, was preparing for a knees-up to bring any house down afterlifting the [pounds sterling]121,000 Ayr Gold Cup for the second time as an owner yesterday19...
Irn Bru Ad Was Exploitation Says Snowman Author Briggs; ANGER: Illustrator Raymond Briggs
Byline: Stephen Houston HIS universal charm and smiley, feel-good glow melted the hearts ofchildren and adults alike. Yet a not-quite-so enchanting take on the festive tale by the makers ofScotlands other national drink has left the creator of...
Irons: Skipper Switch Was My Idea
Byline: FRASER MACKIE DAVIE IRONS last night insisted that it was he who took the decision tostrip Chris Innes of the club captaincy as new skipper Paul Murray led Gretnato their first SPL win. Innes played in the 3-2 victory over Dundee United...
I So Love Pink, I Was Married Wearing Fuchsia; (1) BIG INVESTMENT: The Huge Fulham House (2) COLOUR SCHEME: The Kitchen ,above, Has Been Left Pale Blue, While Ann Has Added Vivid Tones in Other Rooms throughout the House, below (3)SPLASHING OUT: Ann Hand's Vivid Colour Schemes Are Either Liked or Loathed by Potential Buyers
Byline: FIONA FULLERTON The Peterborough Estate in Fulham is extremely popular with youngfamilies, and I can see why. The houses there are enormous and if you find onethat hasn't already been converted, you could be on to a little goldmine. Most...
I Swim for My Life All the Time; Early Starts: Swimming Helps Kate to Cope (2) Water Therapy: Doing 50 Lengths a Time Means That Kate Always Feels Rejuvenated Afterwards
Byline: KATE SILVERTON Swimming is hard to beat when it comes to a sport that does it all. Itbuilds and sculpts the body, soothes the mind, regulates breathing, stimulatescirculation and is the best form of stress relief I know. Swimming is my...
IT Has Put Us on the Map
Byline: KATIE TAYLOR What sets growing businesses apart from those that are stagnating istheir attitude to IT, how much they spend on it and the way they use it,according to a report by Microsoft and Durham Business School. The study of 400 businesses...
It's a Man's World
Apple MacBook I wrote Pump It on the Tokyo to Osaka bullet train using this. apple.com They keep my hair up otherwise it falls all over the place. I have half a dozen patterned straw ones. Hats Cazal sunglasses My current favourites, they're just so...
It's Payback Time ; REUNION: East Fife's Kevin Fotheringham, Pictured at East End Park, Will Face McCoist and Rangers on Tuesday Night
Byline: EWING GRAHAME EAST FIFE midfielder Kevin Fotheringham picked up more in bonus moneyfrom Ally McCoist for cleaning the Rangers legend's boots - whilst an Ibroxapprentice - than he does in most seasons at New Bayview. However, he's hoping...
Jimmy Cottons on to a Winner; Little Star ... Flora Spencer-Longhurst in the Member of the Wedding Eloquent Anguish ... Emma Jay Thomas in Jimmy McGovern's King Cotton
Byline: Georgina Brown Should there be a referendum for the most stirring and soulful sound onthis Earth, I'd be hard-pushed to choose between the mournful might of a brassband from the industrial North in full flow and a choir singing spirituals...
JOLIE ACTS FROM THE HEART; Crude Awakening ... Kevin Adams, Left, and Adam Sandler Discover It's Not Easy Being a Gay Couple in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Terrible Truth ... Angelina Jolie, Right, and Archie Panjabi Search for Answers in A Mighty Heart. Inset Left: Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl
Byline: Matthew Bond There is a temptation to dismiss A Mighty Heart as nothing more than avanity project for Angelina Jolie. After all, partner Brad Pitt bought therights to Mariane Pearl's book, he co-produces the subsequent film and she, ofcourse,...
Juninho's HOW-TO GUIDE; TOUCH OF CLASS: Juninho Unleashes One of His Trademark Free-Kicks
Byline: GRAHAM HUNTER BY the time Walter Smith's scouting teamcompletetheirreportson Rangers' next two Champions League opponents, the fat folders will bebulging with information on two special, but apparently 'declining',footballers who share a...
Latapy Has Lady Luck on His Side as Falkirk End 12-Year Famine ; BAIRN WINNER: Latapy Is Congratulated by His Team-Mates after Scoring the Only Goal
Byline: JONATHAN COATES FALKIRK 1 MOTHERWELL 0YOU wait 12 years for a win over Motherwell and it arrives by accident. Falkirkhadn't beaten the Steelmen since 1995 and, typically, it took a late,speculative free-kick that crept in at the back post...
Law Student Cleared of Rape Faces Fresh Quiz over Alleged Sex Attack
Byline: Marcello Mega A FORMER law student who was controversially acquitted of rape has beenquestioned over a second sex attack allegation. Edward Watt was cleared of raping a fellow student at Aberdeen University in1999 in a case that led to...
LEGEND LIVES ON; CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Caley Thistle Player Manager Craig Brewster Enhanced His Cult Hero Status in the Highlands Yesterday IN A HURRY: Frail Throws the Ball Back into Play
Byline: IAN BROADLEY CRAIG BREWSTER enhanced his iconic status in the Highlands by steppingfrom the bench to score a dramatic last-minute winner which gave Invernesstheir first success of the season. The veteran player-manager, who was making...
Leith Boss Argues Gordon's Bhoys Are Stronger Than Ever
Byline: JAMES MELVILLE JOHN COLLINS last night insisted Celtic are a better side this term thanthe one which swept all before them on the way to the SPL title last season -and he expects his former player Scott Brown to drive them on to anothertrophy-laden...
Lifesaving jabs:A Cutout-and-Keep Guide for Parents
Byline: DR MARK PORTER The current immunisation schedule starts eight weeks after a baby isborn - whether or not they were born prematurely - and ends with a boosterbefore leaving school. No further boosters are required except in specialcircumstances,...
Like a CAT out of Hell Built Using F1 Technology, There's No Faster Sailboat Than a 50mph Extreme 40 Catamaran. Piers Hernu Leaves His Stomach Ashore; Piers Hernu (Centre) Keeps His Head Down as Bowman Justin Slattery Takes Control
Byline: PIERS HERNU With 16 seconds to go until the startinggunisfired, skipper Robert Greenhalgh yells, 'Now!' On the black nylon netting thatstretches the 29ft between the catamaran's two 40ft hulls, four of Britain'sfinest sailors - and one of...