The Mail on Sunday (London, England)

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Articles from July 13, 2008

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10 Classic Cottage Garden Perennials FREE* for Every Reader
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30 Stabbings in Just Seven Days; VICTIM: Martin Dinnegan, 14, Was Stabbed to Death in London
Byline: Jane Simpson MORE than 30 people have been stabbed or slashed on Scotland's streetsover the past week in a horrific illustration of the country's soaring knifeculture. Last weekend alone, 17 people were victims of blade crime in a spate...
A Factory Demolished for 'Brownfield' Homes Is Then Rebuilt - on a Nearby Greenfield Site; DEGENERATION: A Factory Made Way for Housing in Burwell, above FARCE: The Factory Has Now Been Resited on Greenfield Land, above. Left: Yvette Cooper
Byline: Ross Clark Last year while she was Housing Minister Yvette Cooper proudly said that74 per cent of new homes in 2005 had been built on brownfield sites, declaring:'More homes need not be at the expense of environmental protection.' This...
A FRESH START; BLAST FROM THE PAST: Rosa Scored against Hearts (Left) for Laszlo's Ferencvaros in the UEFA Cup Four Years Ago but He Is Eager to Leave Wolves Behind and Link Up Again with His Former Coach (Far Left)
Byline: Graeme Croser HUNGARIAN internationalist Denes Rosa last night urged mentor CsabaLaszlo to hand him the chance to play for Hearts. Rosa believes the Gorgieoutfit have pulled off a major coup in securing the services of the formerUgandan...
A Healthy Debate over Fat versus Fit
Byline: Simon Garfield The National Health Service has just turned 60, and Radio 4 - that othergreat British envy of the world - has been marking the anniversary withdebates, plays and personal histories considering the institution's past andfuture....
All Our Family Are Deaf ...but a [Pounds Sterling]70,000 Operation Will Make Our Son the Only One of Us Able to Hear ; FAMILY FAVOURITE: Eytan with Ravit, above, and Sister Chantelle, Left LISTENING IN: Eytan Has a Microphone Behind Each Ear
Byline: Hilary Freeman Last week my 18-month-old nephew Eytan said his very first word. He wassitting in the conservatory eating his lunch when, as a flock of seagullspassed overhead, he pointed up and said 'ird'. It was a moment of overwhelmingjoy...
All Sorts of Things You Need to Know about Liquorice
Byline: Caroline Bellamy Think of liquorice and images of brightly coloured chews or the black'shoelaces' you used to eat at school are likely to spring to mind. Butliquorice comes in all kinds of medicinal forms too - pills, powder, tincture,syrups...
Always on Sick Leave? Watch Out
Byline: DAN ATKINSON EMPLOYERS are likely to use the economic downturn as an excuse to clearout underperforming workers without fear of being taken to an employmenttribunal, experts have warned. 'Once a firm has decided on redundancies for economic...
Anne and Her Bid to 'Bag' All the Lighthouses in Scotland; OFF THE LIST: Princess Anne Pladda Light Last Week
Byline: Mike Merritt SHE has been obsessed with them ever since she was a little girl - andover the past few decades has managed to 'bag' more than 100. But with at least the same number left to go, Princess Anne seems to haveaccelerated her...
An Upsize for Lisa; MEMORIES: Lisa and Her Parsons Green Flat
Byline: Eve McGowan Former model Lisa Butcher has put her maisonette in Parsons Green, WestLondon, on the market for [pounds sterling]640,000. Lisa, who presents What Not To Wear onBBC1, has upsized to a bigger property nearby - she is renting it...
Anything but Safe; EARLY BLOW: Mathias Floren (No 2) Holds off Ian Murray's Challenge to Fire Elfsborg Ahead
Byline: Rob Robertson HIBERNIAN'S defensive frailties resurfaced here in Sweden as yet anothergoalkeeping error by Scotland Under-21 international Andy McNeil contributed totheir Intertoto Cup exit. In truth, even without McNeil's first-half...
As If by Magic, Potter Makes Schoolwork Fun; CASTING A SPELL: Harry Is Used as a Teaching Aid
Byline: Vic Rodrick JK ROWLING'S Harry Potter stories have proved to be so 'wizard' atencouraging schoolchildren to take an interest in lessons that they are nowofficially part of the Scottish curriculum. The goings-on at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft...
A Traveller's Guide to. Wizards, Lovers and Killer Dogs; LITERARY LANDMARKS: Clockwise, from Top Left: Meryl Streep in the French Lieutenant's Woman; Oscar Wilde, Who Languished in Reading Jail; Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes; and J.K. Rowling in Nicolson's Cafe in Edinburgh
Byline: Craig Brown The Oxford Guide To Literary Britain & Ireland edited by Daniel Hahn andNicholas Robins OUP [pounds sterling] 30 . [pounds sterling]27 inc p& p (0845 155 0713) Tourists arriving in London for the very first time sometimes...
Baby Penguins Are Freezing to Death; HUNGRY: An Adelie Chick Waits for Its Parents to Return DYING: A Chick Succumbs as Its Soaked Down Freezes in the Bitter Antarctic Winds SOAKED: This Adelie Chick Is Doomed to Die from Hypothermia
Byline: Sharon Churcher TENS of thousands of newly-born penguins are freezing to death asAntarctica is lashed by freak rain storms. Scientists believe the numbers of Adelie penguins may have fallen by as much as80 per cent - and, if the downpours...
Banks to Back Third B& B Bid for a Bail-Out
Byline: JEFF PRESTRIDGE BRADFORD & Bingley is confident of overwhelming shareholder approval atan extraordinary general meeting on Thursday to proceed with its [pounds sterling]400 millionrights issue. Major shareholders are backing the bank's...
Beijing Lifts Flagging Federer; STANDARD BEARER: Federer Has Been Invited to Carry Switzerland's Flag
Byline: Malcolm Folley ROGER FEDERER, removed from his Wimbledon throne by Rafael Nadal lastweekend, is likely to be honoured with the task of carrying Switzerland's flagat the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing next month. His...
Bitter Finale to Last Season Will Only Serve to Ensure We Don't End Up Losers Again
Byline: FRASER MACKIE THERE was just one acceptable way to break the sullen silence on theRangers team bus and, for once, a wisecrack from Ally McCoist or Ian Durranthad no place here. Devastation, disappointment and no small amount of anger...
Brown Fury as Former Minister Tells Him: You Are the Problem
Byline: Brendan Carlin LABOUR MPs told yesterday how Gordon Brown banged the table after anex-Minister confronted him over the party's plummeting ratings at DowningStreet and told him: 'It's your fault.' During a showdown between Mr Brown andMPs,...
By George ... It's Clark Clooney! LOOKALIKE: Clooney Mimics Gable, below, and Left, in the Martini Ad with Co-Star Shannyn Sossamon on the Right LEGEND: Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind
Byline: Liz Todd WITH his rakish good looks and Hollywood heart-throb status, it was onlya matter of time before George Clooney stepped on to our screens dressed asscreen legend Clark Gable. The Oscar-winning 47-year-old has adopted Gable's Gone...
Candid Pele Urges Fergie to Cash in on Ronaldo; FROM THE TOP: Pele Speaks His Mind
Byline: Joe Bernstein HE coined the phrase The Beautiful Game and as football's greatest-everplayer and best-loved ambassador, Pele has sometimes felt the need to tell hisadoring public what they want to hear, rather than how it really is. Not...
Casanova Is Stripped Bare
Byline: Lucy Moore Casanova: Actor, Spy, Lover, Priest by Ian Kelly Hodder & Stoughton [pounds sterling]20[pounds sterling]18 inc p&p (0845 155 0713) It may come as a surprise to learn that the celebrated lover Giacomo Casanovaembarked...
C.diff Death Hospital Had 'Appalling Conditions'; 'MISLEADING': Nicola Sturgeon
Byline: Michael Tait A SCATHING report has exposed the appalling conditions at a hospital hitby a superbug which would eventually kill 18 people. An infection control team sent into the Vale of Leven Hospital in the wake ofan outbreak of the...
CHAMBERS DEMANDS HIS PLACE IN BEIJING; WHAT NOW? Chambers Last Night FLAT OUT: Emotional Chambers Shows How Much Victory Means to Him
Byline: Rob Draper DWAIN CHAMBERS last night delivered an extraordinary sprint performanceunder immense pressure, setting the scene for what could be the mostcontroversial selection in British Olympic history this week. Chambers ran the 100 metres...
CHAMBERS LAYS DOWN THE LAW; JUDGMENT DAY: Dwain Chambers Dips at the Line to Win the 100m Final at the National Championships at the Alexander Stadium Then Celebrates His Controversial Victory Pictures: DARREN JACK
Byline: Patrick Collins DWAIN Anthony Chambers ran strongly, confidently and successfullythrough a raw and blustery Birmingham evening. And British athletics wasplunged into bitterness and chaos in the space of 10 seconds flat. By winning the...
Cherie Tried to Flog My Father Her Scruffy Desk, Chair and a Rug for Thousands. 'George Can Afford It,'she Said. 'He Has Got Pots of Money'; POLITICAL PARTNERS: Tony and Cherie in 1983, When He Became an MP LEGAL GIANT: George Carman QC Won a String of High-Profile Cases
Byline: Dominic Carman IN Cherie Blair's autobiography, he warrants only a brief mention. But'Gorgeous' George Carman, the rottweiler barrister who died aged 71 in 2001,was actually her head of chambers for nearly ten years. Here his son Dominicreveals...
Cholesterol
We all know that high cholesterol is undesirable, but did you know thattwo out of three adults in Britain have a higher than recommended level? That'saccording to the NHS, which warns that too much cholesterol - the fat made bythe liver - in the blood...
Combine Plans and Boost Your Pension
D. H. writes: I am 63 and have five private pension plans, two of whichoffer guaranteed annuities. When should I contact various pension providers toget annuity quotes? A. E. replies: Policies offering guaranteed annuitiesusually pay a predetermined...
Comment
Lady T, a legend who deserves the ultimate salute A STATE funeral is the greatest honour this country can bestow. Such ceremoniesare, rightly, rare. Millions are now far too young to remember the majesticspectacle that marked the passing of Sir...
Community Service for Burglars ... Murderers Will Be Next; NO JUSTICE: Rhiannon, Hit by a Cyclist Who Refused to Stop
Byline: Peter Hitchens HERE is the news, 20 years from now: 'Government experts are urging thatmurderers should be given community service where possible, rather than jailterms. 'The panel pointed out that there was little evidence that prison...
Confidence High at Telecom Plus; BUOYANT: Charles Wigoder Is Promising a 25 per Cent Increase in the Dividend for the Year to Next March
Byline: JOANNE HART LIFE has become much more costly in recent months and nowhere is thechange more pronounced than in basic household expenses. Bills have shotthrough the roof and most people are feeling the pinch. Against this backdrop, any...
Cook to Break the Mould at Shell; GROUND-BREAKER: American Linda Cook
Byline: FRANCO CAPALDO COMPETITION between BP and Shell is set to intensify next year if LindaCook, an American mother of three, is appointed to the top job at theAnglo-Dutch energy group. Cook, who earns nearly [pounds sterling]2 million a year...
Count on a Rise in Jobless
Byline: Dan Atkinson GORDON Brown is not the first leader in modern times to tell people tostop wasting food. His call last week echoed that of America's President Fordat the end of 1974, during the last explosion in agricultural prices. Like...
Crowds Looking for Reassurance from Big Hitters
Byline: Simon Fluendy CHIEF executives are skittish creatures. Not shy, for sure, but they areeasily startled. So moving from a tumultuous results season into the time of annual meetings,when the greyhaired chairmen take charge of a worried investor...
DAN'S THE MAN; MODEL PROFESSIONALS: Ibrox New Boy Kyle Lafferty and Lee McCulloch Parade Rangers' Latest Strip, Which Will Be Available from Tuesday, at Murray Park ON HIS WAY? Danny Shittu Is on Walter Smith's Transfer Radar
Byline: Fraser Mackie DANNY SHITTU is expected to be confirmed as Rangers' latest signingtomorrow in a deal that will take Walter Smith's summer spending through the[pounds sterling]8million barrier. If Watford and Rangers can fine-tune the details...
Dave's Big Idea for Schools
Byline: SAM FREEDMAN EVERY parent knows there aren't enough good State schools. Familiesacross the country are resorting to any means necessary to win one of the fewgood school places available for their children. They scrimp and save for aprivate...
Dealers in DISTRESS
Byline: HELIA EBRAHIMI, DAN ATKINSON ALL shoppers love a discount and traders in the Square Mile are noexception, which is why they are embarking on a huge spending spree, snappingup company debt at what they hope are bargain prices. With few...
'Delia Mugabe'; TARGETED: Norwich Chairman Delia with a Fan and, Left, Her Website
Byline: Daniel Boffey IT IS normally a place to swap recipes and discuss the perfect poachedegg, but TV cook Delia Smith's website has been hijacked by simmering soccersupporters. The veteran culinary writer has been forced to wipe clean the...
Did the Tale of the Owl and the Pussy Cat Have a Very Unhappy Ending? MISSING: Saskia Robertson Fears for Paddy Paws
Byline: Alastair Robertson WHEN the giant eagle owl paid a flying visit to their garden lastweekend, the Robertson family were amazed by its size and beauty. But the following day, the elegant predator had disappeared - and so had theirbeloved...
Don't Knife Gordon (Yet); LOOKS FAMILIAR: John Major and Gordon Brown Reacting to Very Similar Problems
Byline: NORMAN FOWLER The place was the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street. The date was June1993. John Major was Prime Minister and I was the Conservative Party chairman.Major leant back in his chair and told me: 'Your job is to advise me if theposition...
Don't Miss the Boat If You're on Holiday
Byline: Neil Simpson Taking a summer holiday could prove costly for hopeful first-time buyersor remortgage customers as dozens of good deals are withdrawn every week andreplaced by costlier options. 'A year ago the average mortgage deal was available...
ECB Boss Is Fighting for His Future; UNDER PRESSURE: Giles Clarke Is Facing Growing Opposition from the Bigger and Richer Counties
Byline: Peter Hayter GILES CLARKE could be ousted as chairman of the England and WalesCricket Board when his two-year term ends next spring. Just when English cricket is in need of clear leadership, with problems overthe growing influence of...
England Silence All the Talk; A FLYER: James Anderson (Far Left) Holds a Brilliant Catch to the Delight of Bowler Monty Panesar, Who Finished with Four Wickets, but Could Not Snare Centurion Ashwell Prince (Top)
Byline: Peter Hayter ENGLAND continued to force-feed South Africa an unpalatable menu oftheir own words in the first Test here yesterday. In the week leading up to the start of a fourmatch series Michael Vaughandescribed as almost on a par with...
Even Spies Are Afraid of Big Brother Now
Byline: WILLIAM REES-MOGG George Orwell's novel, 1984, forecast the birth of the Big BrotherState. In the mid-Eighties, when Margaret Thatcher was privatising Stateindustries and tearing up State regulations, we could breathe a sigh of relief;it...
Facespace; POP IDOL: The Look That Made Nicolas Fall for Me, I Think. Below: I Reveal Just How Tall My Darling Is
Byline: Sinclair McKay The pop-star wife of the French President demands to be judged on hertalent, not her looks - or so we'd like to believe . . Tuesday, 7.32am Quick, where is my guitar? Lyrics and melody are coupling in a fever! And Ising:...
Faulty Cleaning Equipment 'Put Patients at Risk'; PROBE: An Investigation Is under Way at NHS Highland
Byline: Jane Simpson SCOTS patients were put at risk when a steriliser used to clean invasive testing probes developed a fault. A health board has contacted people who recently underwent endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures after it emerged the...
Feeding Time at Tiger. but, Luckily, I Don't Think I'm on the Menu; POIGNANT: Tourists at the Bridge on the River Kwai and, below, a Monk Takes One of the Tiger Temple's Largest Animals for a Walk GNAW POWER: A Cub Chews Viv's Arm - Seconds before Lunging at Her Leg RAW POWER: Viv Gets Up Close to a Sleepy Adult Tiger at the Temple
Byline: VIV CREEGOR I CAN tell your holiday's not begun, said the man next to me in ThaiAirways' business class. He was on his fourth glass of champagne, I was sippingsparkling water. OK, it was a minor sacrifice but I knew some of theaccommodation...
Ferguson Snubs Showdown with Ronaldo; NO TALKS: Ronaldo after an Ankle Operation Last Week
Byline: Bob Cass MANCHESTER UNITED manager Sir Alex Ferguson has pulled out of a plannedshowdown with Cristiano Ronaldo in Lisbon tomorrow. Ferguson was angered and disappointed by Portuguese superstar Ronaldo'scomments on television when he...
Find Us an Ugly Home! ON THE LOOKOUT: The Petherbridges Seek out Homes with Hidden Potential TRANSFORMED: The Bungalow Has Become a 21st Century Home CINDERELLA: The Bungalow Was Hidden Behind the Foliage. Left: The House in Skopelos GOLDEN TOUCH: Tim and Kate Transformed the Bungalow by Opening Up the Interior but Kept the Conservatory, Left, with Pond
Byline: Duncan Farmer Running a thriving advertising agency and bringing up five daughtersshould leave a man with little time to himself. But Tim Petherbridge manages to combine the roles of father and businessmanwith a lucrative sideline as...
Fired-Up England Looking to Have the Final Say; JUMPING FOR JOY: Monty Panesar Took Four Wickets as England Forced South Africa to Follow on at Lord's
Byline: Peter Hayter ENGLAND continued to forcefeed South Africa an unpalatable menu of theirown words in the first Test here yesterday. In the week leading up to the start of a four-match series, which Englandcaptain Michael Vaughan described...
Forsyth at Wits End as Torment Saga Goes on; LOCH-OUT: Alastair Forsyth Just Can't Find the Key to Success
Byline: Jim Black ALASTAIR FORSYTH'S frustration threatened to boil over into a full-blownrant yesterday after the big Scot failed to put pressure on the leaders at LochLomond. Forsyth shed a shot in the third round to slip back to one under...
Free Barry Manilow CD
FREE with your Mail on Sunday today is the fantastic Barry Manilow CDCan't Smile Without You, a compilation of studio and live versions of hisclassic hits: Can't Smile Without You was released as a single in 1978, when it reached No1in the US. Taken...
From Romanian Defection to African Adventure
Byline: James Melville HAVING defected from communist Romania at the age of 20 to build a newlife in the west, Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo has been able to call many placeshome on his extensive travels. Now the 44-year-old is planning to add Scotland...
Give This Karate Kid the Chop
Byline: Jason Solomons Despite being the two most internationally famous movie martial artists,Jackie Chan and Jet Li have never starred in a picture together until TheForbidden Kingdom (12A) **. They team up to help out an American teenager...
Gloriously Ghoulish; FROCKY HORROR: Sim as Miss Fritton in the Belles of St Trinian's
Byline: Roger Lewis Alastair Sim: The Real Belle Of St Trinians by Mark Simpson HistoryPress [pounds sterling]18.99 [pounds sterling]17.10 inc p&p (0845 155 0713) There's a ghoulishness about Alastair Sim that's very Edinburgh. Born in...
He Can Only Go Down - but Tricky's Fighting All the Way; BOUNCY HASSLE: The Irritating Black Kids from Florida
Byline: David Bennun Tricky's first album was acclaimed, in an appraisal that time has borneout, as a masterpiece; a breathtaking reinvention of British hip-hop. Wannabessprung up out of nowhere in what seemed like a matter of days. Perhaps, undersuch...
Here's My CV in Sound and Vision; HIGH-TECH: Toby Treacher Used visualCV.com to Help Land a Job
Byline: HELEN LOVELESS IERCE competition in the job market means that making your CV stand outfrom the crowd is essential. It is no longer enough to type a one-page resume. Growing numbers of jobseekersare turning to the internet to build multimedia...
He Was Great at Art. It's No Surprise That He's Banksy; BYLN:CLAUDIA JOSEPH
Byline: CLAUDIA JOSEPH MYSTERY BOY: Robin Gunningham, circled, in 1989 he was a pupil at Bristol Cathedral School, above Banksy's sandwich board-wearing monkey sold for [pounds sterling]228,000 this year. He has also painted murals - a Mona Lisa...
HOSTAS to Fortune; GROUND CONTROL: Roger and Ann Bowden Know All There Is to Know about Protecting Hostas SLUGGING OUT: Not All the Hostas Escape the Pests, Left, Although Roger's Favourite, the Grey-Blue Halcyon, Can Handle Them
Byline: MARTYN COX Let me challenge you to a game of word association. If I were to sayhosta, what's the first thing that springs to mind? While there might be a fewunpredictable answers, most gardeners will immediately have thought of a majorpest...
How I Put My Stress to F Light with This Holiday Homeopathy
Byline: Carole Caplin Holiday time is an obstacle course for wellbeing. Take flying, for example. The average level of humidity in the UK is 65 percent while in the cabin of an airliner cruising at 35,000ft, it is just one percent. Then there's...
How My Little Natalya (and Her Peanut Butter-Sandwich-Flattening Fists) Conquered Marrakech; WINNING WAYS: Natalya, Pictured with Dad, Made Friends with All and Sundry in the Old Town, Which Is Towered over by the Katoubia Mosque PLEASURE PALACE: The Poolside Restaurant at the Es Saadi, Where the Allen Family Stayed WEAVING A SPELL: Rug Stalls in the Souk, Where Natalya and Benedict Also Found a Snake-Charmer
Byline: Benedict Allen RAGGED children fell back, the bearded soothsayers were silenced. Thesnakecharmers fell, too, under her spell and the flinty eyes of toothlesspedlars softened as she passed. She was curvaceous, she was leggy and her skin-...
How My Son Fled from His Billionaire Father; KEPT APART: The Fotheringhams Ten Years Ago - Neil, Sarra, Tariq and, in Front, Cameron and Baby Annabel REUNITED: Sarra and Tariq at Home in Surrey and, Right, Rashid Al Habtoor with Tariq in 2002
Byline: Antonia Hoyle WHEN Tariq Al Habtoor asked his father in February if he could go to arock festival with his friends, he already knew the answer. Deprived ofindependence throughout his adolescence, if he wasn't surrounded by four burlybodyguards...
Hull Driving Their Way Up Table as Manu Hits Top Gear; GIVEN THE SLIP: Danny Sculthorpe (above) Gets the Ball Away. Kirk Yeaman (Far Left) Celebrates a Try with Willie Manu Pictures: MAGI HAROUN and BEN DUFFY
Byline: Neil Barraclough HULL scored four second-half tries to claim a well-deserved victory atBelle Vue that puts them above Hudders-field and only two points away fromneighbours Hull KR despite a disastrous start to the season. Richard Agars...
Id Love to Recapture the Spirit of 98 and Hear That Roar on the 18th Again; FINEST HOUR: Rose Chips in at the 18th at the 1998 Open, Breaks Down in Tears as He Gets His Medal Then (Top) Buckles Down to Prove It Was No Fluke
Byline: Peter Higgs WHEN Justin Rose, then an unknown 17-year-old amateur, finished fourthin the 1998 Open Championship, the sport acclaimed the arrival of a star in themaking. The headlines were on the Laura Robson scale as the nation followed...
I'll Make It Plain to the Annuity Sellers
Byline: Jeff Prestridge TWO bits of good news - and how we need it - for those looking to turntheir pension funds into lifetime income. First, annuity rates are rising,which means those prepared to shop around can buy more annuity with theirpension...
Ill Prove the Doubters Wrong
Byline: PETER HIGGS ERNIE ELS knows just what Tiger Woodsisgoingthrough.Asthe world No1 rests at home in Florida with his left leg strapped, stiff andbeing supported through the early stages of recovery from cruciate ligamentsurgery the South African...
In Debt Because I Fled Ex-Husband's Violence; VICTIMS: No Clear Policy by Banks
Byline: Tony Hetherington Mrs C. M. F. writes: I bought a house for [pounds sterling]45,000 in 1997 with my thenhusband. His continual violence towards me led me to get a court injunctionagainst him and I left the property. The house was repossessed...
Inflation at Its Highest for 16 Years
Byline: DAN ATKINSON INFLATION is running at its highest rate for 16 years as a result ofsoaring food and fuel prices, official figures for June will show this week. Despite last week's decision by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committeenot...
Inside the Mail on Sunday 2
REVIEW Pages 1-10 Stalin turned to Sophia: We tortured you too much, he grinned The bizarre story of the night Stalin invited himself to dinner with thefriends he had imprisoned and sentenced to death Page 6 We faced the bile of sacked Ministers....
Insurers Said I'm Too Old to Go on a Cruise; TURNED DOWN: Kenneth Brown, 91, Has Sailed the Mediterranean but Was Told a Package Holiday Was Too Risky
Byline: TOBY WALNE WAR veteran Kenneth Brown was stunned when he was repeatedly refusedtravel insurance for a cruise to Spain - despite the fact that he pilots hisown cabin cruiser, Carlos III, on the Thames. Nowadays the 91-year-old widower...
Investors Must Get Ready for a Reality Check
Byline: Lisa Buckingham THE dividend yield on bank shares is looking so juicy that surely onlythe most ascetic could resist. HBoS, which is finalising a [pounds sterling]4 billionfundraising, is yielding in the high teens and the altogether more...
IT'S A KHAN DO CASE THIS TIME; KNEESY DOES IT: Simon Khan Weighs Up a Tricky Putt, Paul Lawrie (above) Finds It Far from Plain Sailing, Ross Fisher (Right) Likes His Chip Shot, While Graeme McDowell Takes His Hat off to a Birdie (Below)
Byline: Rob Draper ENGLISHMAN Simon Khan last night vowed not to crack under the strain ofjoint leadership of the Barclays Scottish Open. Khan and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell will go head to head in the finalround of the [pounds sterling]3million...
Its the Most Open of Opens You without Know Who ; SERGIO GARCIA (Spain) Age: 28 Major Championships: None Professional Wins: 17 Best Open: 2nd (2007) PHIL MICKELSON (US) Age: 38 Major Championships:3 Professional Wins: 34 Best Open: 3rd (2004) Lee Westwood (GB) Age: 35 Major Championships: None Professional Wins: 29 Best Open: 4th (2004)
Byline: Peter Higgs DURING the course of a career that has made him arguably the greatestsportsman of his era, Tiger Woods has provoked a multitude of reactions, mostlyconnected with awe and wonder. Yet rarely has the 32-year-old caused such...
I TURNED MY BACK ON OPEN RICHES ; COUNT ME OUT: Harrington Has Turned Down a Fortune in Invitations after His Open Win
Byline: Peter Higgs PADRAIG HARRINGTON has turned down a fortune and refused to cash in onlast years Open Championship triumph at Carnoustie because he does not want toruin his game and risk burn-out. Ive turned down some serious, serious money,...
Jack the at Return Donkey Happy of Post Office; CHALLENGE: Sara and Nigel Morris
Byline: STEPHEN WOMACK A VILLAGE in Herefordshire could become a symbol of hope for communitiesthreatened with the loss of their post office. Colwall, which sits in a spectacular position at the foot of the Malvern Hills,refused to accept the...
Just Pay Me in Camden [Pounds Sterling]ocks =; LABOUR OF LOVE: Nicole Newton-Schmidt Earns 'Locks' by Carrying out Dog Walking Duties
Byline: JO THORNHILL WOULDN'T it be great if you could get a leaky tap fixed for free by aplumber simply by looking after his children for an hour or weeding his garden?For members of local exchange trading systems - known as Lets - this type offormal...
Kim and His Fellow Young Guns Must Make Their Mark; ONE TO WATCH: Anthony Kim Has Made an Impressive Entry to Big-Time Golf
Byline: SAM TORRANCE ONE OF the reasons Im looking forward to what should be a memorable OpenChampionship at Royal Birkdale is the crop of talented twentysomethings who arethreatening to emerge as challengers to Tiger Woods when the great man returnsand...
Kirstie Wanted to Buy This [Pounds Sterling]1.5m Junkyard to Make a Reality Show; SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE: Kirstie Allsopp, and the Project She Gave Up on at Blackborough House
Byline: Duncan Farmer Welcome to the [pounds sterling]1.5 million tip Kirstie Allsopp tried to buy. LastAugust, the presenter of Channel4's Location, Location, Location came close tosigning contracts for Blackborough House, a derelict Georgian stately...
LATE DEALS OF THE WEEK; NILE HIGH: The Ancient Temple at Luxor
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Levein: SPL Is Stronger Now Than It Has Ever Been before; ENCOURAGED: Levein Sees Many Reasons to Look Forward to the New Season
Byline: Fraser Mackie DUNDEE UNITED boss Craig Levein expects the Scottish Premier League toserve up a more exciting product than much of what will be on offer in theEnglish top flight this season. Asserting that the standard of football in Scotland...
Lovenkrands Willing to Take a Fitness Gamble in Order to Face Former Side; BLUE PETER: Lovenkrands Is Gearing Up for Another Season at Schalke 04
Byline: Fraser Mackie PETER LOVENKRANDS had already seen his hopes of a transfer back toRangers fade in the last couple of months and now even the meagre consolationof playing against his former club next weekend hangs in the balance. The Danish...
Made in China: The Planes and Guns Slaughtering Darfur's Innocents; DEADLY: A Chinese-Made Gun Filmed by Panorama AIR RAIDERS: Chinese Fantan Jets Have Been Used in Darfur, Wher Two Million People Are Homeless
Byline: Simon McGee MILITARY equipment and weapons made in China are being used againstcivilians in Darfur in violation of a United Nations arms embargo in thetroubled region of Sudan. One Chinese-built army truck is understood to have taken...
Making His Case; UP TO SPEED: Chambers (Centre) Pulls Away from the Field to Win the 100m in a Time of 10.00 Sec in Birmingham
Byline: Rob Draper DWAIN CHAMBERS last night delivered an extraordinary sprint performanceunder immense pressure, setting the scene for what could be the mostcontroversial selection in British Olympic history this week. Chambers ran 10.00secs,...
MARK OF A CHAMPION; LEAD ROLE: Mark Cavendish Crosses the Finish Line to Become Only the Second Briton to Win Two Stages in the Same Tour Picture: LAURENT REBOURS
Byline: Stephen Davies BRITAIN'S Mark Cavendish underlined his status as the fastest finisherin world cycling by storming to a second stage victory in four days in the Tourde France yesterday. The Isle of Man rider became only the second Briton...
MCC Apologise to Tourists as Lord's Step Up Security; ON GUARD: Security Is Evident When Players Leave the Field
Byline: Bill Day SECURITY was stepped up at Lord's yesterday after the MCC apologised toSouth Africa for alleged abuse by club members on the second day of the Test. MCC chief executive Keith Bradshaw launched an inquiry and increased thenumbers...
McDowell Is off to a Head Start
Byline: JIM BLACK GRAEME McDOWELL and Simon Khan will go head to head in the final roundof the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond today. They are locked at 10-under-par after rounds of 66 and 68 respectively gavethem a two-shot lead over the...
McGeady's Got the McManus Sets the Talent but Example
Byline: Graeme Croser AS AUTOMATIC picks in a titlewinning team, Aiden McGeady and StephenMcManus represent two first-class adverts for Celtic's youth policy. Examinetheir careers in closer detail and you will see two individuals whose pathsveered...
MI6 'Bungled Mobile Phone Clue' in Iraq Hostages Hunt; INVOLVED: Security Consultant Natalie Hicks-Lobbecke
Byline: Jason Lewis MI6 HAS been accused of a blunder that might have cost the chance of anearly rescue for Britain's so-called forgotten hostages in Iraq. The Secret Intelligence Service failed to track a mobile phone carried by oneof the men...
Michelle Has Had Only One Steady Boyfriend - That Ended When He Told Her He Was Married; 'PLAYBOY MANSION': House Where Vince Acors Is Staying OUT: Michelle Palmer Drinking with a Friend in Dubai PARTY GIRL: Michelle Puts Her Mascara on in the Loo at the Party at the Playboy Mansion on May 31. Above: Vince Acors
Byline: Ian Gallagher THE first detailed account of businesswoman Michelle Palmer's night ofshame in Dubai was revealed yesterday, as she insisted she did not have sex ona beach. She told one of her closest friends she was simply 'messing around...
Minister Axes 40 Worshippers for Not Turning Up Often Enough at Sunday Services; OUTCAST: Ann Jones and the Letter Withdrawing Her from Her Church, Left
Byline: Nick Brownlee A CHURCH minister is at the centre of an unholy row after expelling 40people from her congregation for non-attendance. Rev Connie Bonner and her elders have sent letters to parishioners who have notturned up for worship...
Mixu Slates 'Non-Triers' and Promises Fresh Faces
Byline: Rob Robertson MIXU PAATELAINEN last night revealed he is actively seeking at leastfour new players to strengthen his Hibs squad for the start of the SPL season. The Easter Road manager was disappointed at the manner of their Intertoto...
More Hyacinth Bucket Than Lara Croft, but It Did for the Park Flasher
Byline: Lauren Booth SOME days ago, I was walking through Alexandra Park in North London at4.30pm. Suddenly, a man appeared holding something in his right hand. He wavedit at me, a mad gleam in his eye. The relief I felt that he wasn't holding...
MP Carpeted for Meeting Russian Spy Is Praised by the Kremlin
Byline: Will Stewart, Glen Owen A LABOUR MP who infuriated Downing Street by meeting a Russian spy fortea in the Commons has been praised by the Kremlin for attacking MI5. Andrew MacKinlay - who was carpeted by Labour Chief Whip Geoff Hoon for...
MSP in Call for Support to Ban Wendy; QUIT: Miss Alexander
Byline: Michael Tait AN MSP on the Holyrood committee calling for former Labour leader WendyAlexander to be banned from the Scottish parliament has warned fellowpoliticians to back the decision - or risk undermining future investigations. Liberal...
Munich: Where Herr Hitler Meets ein Stein; SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: Giles in the Beer Cellar Where Hitler Began His Ill-Fated Putsch in 1923 AWASH WITH NAZI CONNECTIONS: The Centre of Munich. Above: Hitler with Unity Mitford CHILLING: SS Troops Parade in Front of Munich's Feldherrnhalle in 1938
Byline: Giles Milton THE German tourist lady seemed irritated by the reason for my visit. 'Hitler's Munich?' she said. 'Can't you write about something else? There arelots of other things to see.' That's certainly true, but to see Munich throughthe...
My Boss Told Me Nobody Liked Me or Wanted to Work with Me. When I Walked in the Room, She'd say:'Here Comes Po-Face' My Boss Told Me Nobody Liked Me or Wanted to Work with Me. When I Walked in the Room, She'd say:'Here Comes Po-Face' My Boss Told Me Nobody Liked Me or Wanted to Work with Me. When I Walked in the Room, She'd say:'Here Comes Po-Face'
Byline: Polly Dunbar, Martin Delgado TAKING A STAND: Lilian Ladele hopes her tribunal victory will stop workers being bullied for their beliefs THE devout Christian registrar who won a landmark legal battle over her refusal to carry out gay 'weddings'...
Now Ofsted Tells Glaxo Executive to Quit Board; 'CONFLICT': The Mail on Sunday's Story about Paul Blackburn Last Week
Byline: Eileen Fairweather A SENIOR executive at Britain's biggest drug firm has resigned fromOfsted at the watchdog's request after The Mail on Sunday highlighted fears ofa potential conflict of interest. Paul Blackburn, senior vice-president...
Olympics Warning as Moses Sees No End to Drugs War; FOOL'S GOLD: Marion Jones Tainted the Name of Athletics
Byline: Malcolm Folley THE sight of Marion Jones walking free from prison in Fort Worth, Texas,in September will force the Olympic movement to face an uncomfortable question. For even the most optimistic observers are wondering how many of the...
On a Budget, Never Cheap; COLLECTION: China Is Displayed with Care to Keep the House Tidy Never Cheap MIX AND MATCH: Cerils Drapey Curtains, Left, from Ikea Give the Illusion of Luxury, While the Magnet Kitchen, above, Cost Less Than [Pounds Sterling]20,000
Byline: LOWRI TURNER Walk past the window of a top-end kitchen-design emporium, the kindwhere a kitchen can cost the price of a terrace house in a less chichi part ofthe country, and it is tempting to sigh and fantasise what your home would looklike...
Paula in Last-Ditch Attempt to Reach Beijing; RACE AGAINST TIME: A Scan Will Determine Paula Radcliffes Olympic Fate. Long Jumper Greg Rutherford (above) Cements His Place in Birmingham While Heptathlete KElly Sotherton Struggles. Dean Macey (Left) Labours through the Decathlon
Byline: Rob Draper PAULA RADCLIFFE flies into London today for a make-or-break scan todetermine whether she can continue with her unlikely bid to make the Olympicmarathon next month. The world record holder and 2005 world champion is battling...
Peter Picks Up a Prize to Cherish for Jumps Deeds
Byline: Ed Watson SCOTLAND'S top trainers are to have their achievements formallyrecognised after it was revealed last night that a tartan championship is beingresurrected. The initiative is being backed by Scotbet, the country's largest independentbookmaker,...