Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)

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Articles from December 31, 2000

ALBION TURN UP THE HEAT; BOLTON 0 ALBION 1 - Jason Responds in Style to Boss Megson's Blast
Byline: Roger Skidmore BOLTON'S promotion juggernaut was brought to a shuddering halt at the icy Reebok by red-hot Jason Roberts. The Albion sharpshooter netted his 12th goal of the season - capitalising on a shocking back-pass gaffe from Robbie...
Army Snub for Korean War Vets
Byline: GERRI PEEV Political correspondent MIDLAND veterans of the 'Glorious Glosters' have been snubbed by the Government on the eve of the 50th anniversary of their greatest battle. Britain's armed forces have been BANNED from attending a ceremony...
Barnt Green Set to Cheer on New Star Gus
Byline: Paul Bolton MEMBERS of Birmingham League club Barnt Green will be taking an unusually keen interest in Zimbabwe's one-day international series in New Zealand next week. The Worcestershire village club have always enjoyed close links with...
Bateman Defies Age Barrier
Byline: Rob Owen NORTHAMPTON and Wales three-quarter Allan Bateman has discovered the secret of eternal youth. He is gunning for a British Lions place and chasing a new three-year Saints contract - despite approaching his 36th birthday. At...
BEER BOYCOTT; Rover Workers Tell Moulton: 'Buy Banks's and You're Barred'
Byline: CAMPBELL DOCHERTY BITTER Rover workers will boycott one of their favourite beers if the man who once threatened their livelihoods buys a Midland brewery. Members of the famous Longbridge Austin Club say they have not forgotten how Jon...
Bell Eyes Warks Top Spot
Byline: Paul Bolton IAN Bell will end a three-year association with the England Under-19 side this winter with his sights already set on establishing himself as a Warwickshire first team regular. The 18-year-old batting prodigy from Rugby first...
Big Pay Day for Small Fry
Byline: Graham Hill FORMER Blues boss Barry Fry will put his pounds 250-a-week players up against Chelsea's mega-money superstars at Stamford Bridge next week. But he reckons the most glamorous cup-tie of his career will net Peterborough United...
Bleu Is in Pink for Festival
Byline: Roger Skidmore IT'S all systems are go for Edredon Bleu - who runs in the colours of Aston Villa - to defend his Queen Mother Chase crown at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The gutsy eight-year-old stepped up to three miles for the...
Boateng - We Should Have Kept Carbone
Byline: Graham Hill GEORGE Boateng surveyed the wreckage of Villa's behind the scenes battles and admitted: 'You'd never have been in this mess if you'd signed Beni Carbone'. The Dutch midfielder, one of Villa's best performers this season, insists...
Boca Put Serna Deal in Limbo
Byline: Graham Hill VILLA'S bid to sign Colombia international midfielder Mauricio Serna could be scuppered by his Argentinian club Boca Juniors. Boss John Gregory had been hoping to follow up the pounds 9.5 million club record signing of striker...
Bright Times Ahead for Dark Victor
Byline: Ted Richardson WITH the severe weather threatening further havoc to fixtures, the best approach to tomorrow's New Year opening would appear to be to rely on the far more favourable prospects on the all-weather at Southwell. And it should...
Brum May Lose Killer Bug Research
Byline: PAUL MALLEY PIONEERING work by Birmingham scientists to find a cure for the killer MRSA hospital superbug could be transferred to Poland - because it has failed to win Government cash. The Sunday Mercury revealed last month how the Vaccine...
Caro's Down but Not Out
Byline: TONY LARNER Chief reporter BIG Brother star Caroline O'Shea has revealed how she has been suffering bouts of depression - after failing to cash in on her TV fame. The blonde Brummie was one of 10 members of the public who shot to fame...
Chilling Message
Byline: Vince Ellis ROBERT McCracken has warned Howard Eastman he will pay for his 'lack of respect' with pain when the two men meet for the European middleweight title in March. And even though the 32-year-old Brummie knows Eastman will be in...
Dear Wendy: Wendy Nicholson Is Here to Help with Your Problems
Byline: Wendy Nicholson My dream wedding was a disaster Q IT'S BEEN a dreadful six months, despite our getting married, because our wedding day was something of a disaster. My granny died two days beforehand, three of my husband's family...
Discipline? They Do It Ray's Way
Byline: Rob Owen RAY Graydon wants to lose his tag as a strict disciplinarian. But the Saddlers supremo admits he won't tolerate rule-breakers at his club - both on and off the pitch. Graydon is known throughout the game for his exacting standards....
DOCTORS FACE ANNUAL 'MOT' Blunders Spark NHS Shake-Up
Byline: LUCY MILES DOCTORS are to face annual appraisals to prove their continuing fitness to practise - and will have to earn the right to carry on treating patients. The shake-up follows a series of high-profile blunders and will be the first...
Fan-Atical about David
Byline: Vince Ellis CHARISMATIC Frenchman David Ginola pays a heavy price for the silky soccer skills and film star good looks which have made him a sensation both on and off the pitch. The 33-year-old is stalked by obsessive fans who travel...
Forest Run out of Ideas; FOREST...0 NORWICH...0
FOREST fought out an icy stalemate at the City Ground and had to settle for a point in their battle to make an impact in the First Division's top six. David Platt's side dominated for long periods, particularly in the first half, but just could...
FOUR IN ROW FOR BULLETS; Pertemps Bullets 78 M'chester Giants 73
Byline: Richard Taylor THE Bullets won their fourth game in a row - their best winning sequence of the season - by seeing off the Giants with a fighting fourth quarter comeback at Aston Villa last night. Bullets were 59-43 down in the third quarter...
Francis Cash Question to Rich Fulham
Byline: Rob Owen TREVOR Francis last night slammed Fulham for failing to ensure their pitch was playable for Blues' top-of-the-table clash at Craven Cottage. The St Andrew's supremo described referee Graham Poll's decision to postpone the match...
George Tyndale: Our Prisons Shouldn't Be Child's Play
Byline: George Tyndale THEY'RE queuing up to keep crooks out of prison. First the Lord Chief Justice Lord Wolfe began whining about politicians playing something called 'the prison card'. This apparently means actually demanding that criminals...
GHOSTS GALORE!; Psychic Finds THREE Spooks Haunting Station
Byline: PAUL MALLEY A LEADING psychic called in to investigate the haunting of a Midland ambulance station has found not one, not two but THREE ghosts. Earlier this year, the Sunday Mercury revealed how staff at Solihull Ambulance Station had...
Girl's Relief as Court Tells Father to Pay School Fees
Byline: MARTYN LEEK THE 16-year-old Midland girl who took her father to court to pay for her school fees spoke last night of her relief that the case was over. Nicole Lavelle, a pupil at Kings School in Worcester, took her father Callum to court...
Give a Child Health Fund: Total Tops Pounds 51,000
THIS is the last column of 2000 and with pounds 176 donated this week the total raised this year is pounds 51,171.07. I would like to thank all those people who have donated this year and hopefully we can count on your support for 2001. Mr &...
Gold Is Forced to Ban Mam
Byline: Graham Hill BLUES chairman David Gold will BAN his own mother from going to next week's FA Cup clash at Manchester City after yobs ruined her trip to Maine Road last season. Gold will not risk taking 86-year-old mum Rose to the third...
Greg: 'I'll Shake Bates' Hand'
Byline: Graham Hill VILLA boss John Gregory is ready to defuse his war of words with Chelsea chairman Ken Bates tomorrow - but only for 24 hours. Even so, he could still find himself the unique position of being in BOTH chairman's bad books when...
Harriers Hit the Heights at Last; Teresa Phillips Looks Back on a Momentous 12 Months for Non-League in the Midlands
Byline: TERESA PHILLIPS KIDDERMINSTER Harriers' long-overdue elevation to the Football League was the undoubted Midlands' non-League highlight this year. But it hasn't been all good news for our clubs - and their under pressure managers. Several...
Holiday: Double Russian - Double Russian; from Lada to Prada in Nation of Contrasts
Byline: CATE WILSON IT may lack the quaint eccentricity of London or the stateliness of Paris, but Moscow has a charm and flamboyance unrivalled by other city destinations. There has been a marked decrease in the numbers of British visitors venturing...
Holiday: Have a Capital Time in Washington DC
Byline: JAMES LYONS THE political heart of America moves to the resounding beat of power. From the museums that line the central Mall to the numerous monuments built in honour of the White House's most famous inhabitants, planners and architects...
Holiday: ISLAND PARADISE
Byline: SINEAD MCINTYRE THE author Mark Twain once wrote: 'You gather that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.' Mauritius makes most people think of a type of heaven - an island paradise of dazzling...
Holiday: Ulster Welcome - Take a Step Back in Time
Byline: KEN BENNETT KAREN Houlahan's deep blue eyes misted as her soft, lilting voice tumbled lovingly over descriptions of her homeland. 'Our hills and fields really are painted in 40 different glorious shades of green,' she mused. But I...
Homes: Gardening Extra - S-No-W Excuse to Stop Work
Byline: HOWARD DRURY NEVER mind the snow! It won't last forever. In the meantime, here are the jobs you need to be carrying out in and around the garden as we move into the New Year. WHITE OUT... snowy gardens need to be prepared for spring flowers...
Homes: Hall You Need Is Colour
RHONDA Nardini had just about given up on brightening up the awkwardly shaped hallway of her home. First impressions count and, when it comes to your home, guests won't always get the right idea if the first thing they see is a hideous hallway....
Ian's Up and at It for Wenger's Top Gun Challenge
Byline: Neil Moxley BRUMMIE Ian Atkins is a one-man A-team. If struggling football club chairman all over the country have a problem, then it is him they usually call. The 43-year-old has visited more troublespots than a UN peacekeeping force...
I Didn't Even Know My Pop Star Son Was Getting Wed; DAD'S DON'T SNUB ME PLEA TO TRAVIS STAR
Byline: MARTYN LEEK POP star Fran Healy has snubbed his dad AGAIN - by refusing to invite him to his wedding. The millionaire Travis frontman has ignored repeated pleas from his father Frank to get in touch after a family rift. Frank, 57,...
It's the Big Quiz
Byline: RICHARD WILLIAMSON Should auld acquaintance be forgot, here's your chance to look back over the year by answering the posers set by Mercury Chief Feature Writer RICHARD WILLIAMSON. SHOWBUSINESS 1 ARISE, Sir Maurice Micklewhite. By...
IT'S TIME TO MAKE CITY PAY- BROWN; Blues Backed to Wipe out Trautmann Final Memories
Byline: Roger Skidmore IN Wembley folklore it was the year Bert Trautmann, a German ex-paratrooper and prisoner of war played the last 17 minutes with a broken neck. For Birmingham City though, May 5, 1956 will always be remembered as a day of...
I Wouldn't Miss This Special Date; He's the Heart-Throb of Gentle TV Hit Monarch of the Glen, but on New Year's Eve Alastair Mackenzie Has a Very Special Date to Keep. GRAHAM KEAL Reports
Byline: Graham Keal MONARCH of the Glen heart-throb star Alastair Mackenzie will be celebrating his baby daughter's birthday tonight - and praying that success won't make him a stranger to her. Little Martha, born on New Year's Eve 1999, is the...
James Takes Rams Apart; SOT'ON...1 DERBY CO...0
IN-FORM James Beattie made it a perfect 10 out of 10 as Southampton climbed to the dizzy heights of mid-table with their second win in four days. Beattie headed home Marian Pahars' 74th-minute cross for his 10th goal in as many games to leave Derby...
Job Search: ONE JUMP AHEAD; Nigel's New Business Takes Wing
Byline: CAMPBELL DOCHERTY NIGEL Underwood's engineering firm has taken quite a leap in the last two years - in more ways than one. Not so long ago, the people at Worcestershire-based Jump For Joy were reconditioning sausage-makers and other food...
Last-Gasp King Ends Saints Run; North'ton 18 Wasps 21
FLY-HALF Alex King dropped an injury-time goal as Wasps ended Northampton's six-match unbeaten league run and moved ahead of them to second place in the Premiership. The game had seemed destined for a draw when fly-half Paul Grayson banged over...
Lions Hoping to Follow English Lead
THE best of British against rugby union's reigning world champions is a certainty to capture sporting headlines in 2001. Australia's World Cup triumph last year means that for a second successive tour, the British Lions will tackle the sport's top...
Living: 2001 Predictions - Ulrika Will Be in a Punch-Up, Kylie Finds True Love but Scandal Rocks Robbie.; You Read It Here First! Mercury Mystic PHILIP SOLOMON Makes His Uncannily Accurate Predictions for the Year Ahead
Byline: PHILIP SOLOMON TELLY ADDICTS WATCH out for David Jason taking on Shakespeare and making a big success of it. Jerome Flynn will enjoy a hit duet with a sultry songbird, possibly one of The Spice Girls. Dr Vernon Coleman will spark controversy...
Living: 2001 Predictions - Wills and the Older Woman.; You Read It Here First! Mercury Mystic PHILIP SOLOMON Makes His Uncannily Accurate Predictions for the Year Ahead
Byline: Philip Solomon RIGHT ROYALS PRINCE William will shock the nation as an older woman - a very beautiful one at that - catches his eye. He will also surprise his father when he tells him: 'Dad, I'm going to do it my way!' Princess...
Living: Book Reviews - Bookends
A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly (Orion, pounds 16.99) HERE'S a criminally clever combination. After establishing characters Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb in separate series of thrillers, award-winner Connelly goes for the jugular...
Living: Book Reviews - Harmless Portrayal of British Humour
Byline: RICHARD WILLIAMSON I GUESS you either love Beryl Cook or you loathe her - but as she is frequently described as Britain's most popular artist it must be her fans who are in the majority. Her idiosyncratic paintings tend to feature large...
Living: Book Reviews - How Hellfire Jack Made Europe Shake
Byline: RICHARD WILLIAMSON AN hour before dawn on June 7, 1917, the Earth convulsed under the hammer blow of one of the greatest man-made explosions of all time. The blast was the work of a stupendous 933,200lbs of explosives - and it was 'the...
Living: Film Reviews - at the Flicks; THIS Week Our Reader Reviewers Check out FAMILY MAN at the Odeon, Coventry
Byline: CHALLUM NAGRA / SONIA LAL Comic turn from Cage ALTHOUGH Family Man is classed as a family film, there is strong language and some nudity. It begins 13 years in the past when Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) goes off to London for a...
Living: Film Reviews - Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width
Byline: Richard Williamson NEW FILM Unbreakable makes a good end to a year that brought quantity if not always quality. But the industry has an insatiable appetite for product, especially since Birmingham alone acquired more than 40 new screens...
Living: Looking to the Future - WHAT LIES AHEAD IN THE NEW YEAR?; Mystic Mercury Stargazer PATRICK ARUNDELL Reveals What the Heavens Have in Store for YOU over the Next 12 Months
Byline: Patrick Arundell ARIES Mar 21st - Apr 20th MARIAH CAREY...March 27 TONY BLAIR ...May 6 LINKS with people far away, perhaps with those you see as having something very special to say, continue to be important - as does your involvement...
Living: New Year Resolutions - GOLDEN AGE OF THE ALL ACTION HERO!; Action Man Hero Harrison Ford Has Already Made His New Year Resolution - to Get Back into the Saddle for a Fourth Indiana Jones Adventure. CONRAD COX Catches Up with the Veteran Superstar
Byline: CONRAD COX INDIANA Jones is hungry for another adventure. It's been more than a decade since he single-handedly took on the Nazis in a race to save the Holy Grail. That's in the official files as Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. Before...
Living: New Year Resolutions - Simple Stages to Find Success
IF YOU'RE planning a New Year's resolution, chances are you will break it long before the year is out. But perhaps not if you follow these 10 simple tips. 1 TIMING IS IMPORTANT. Don't worry if you don't start on January 1. If you've just lost...
Living: New Year Special - FOOD and FADS: Out with the Hype
Byline: CLARE McVEY WE ARE now acknowledged as a nation of foodies - reading books, watching TV shows and going to exhibitions about food in such great numbers that the industry has spawned a whole new breed of celebrities ... famous chefs. But...
Living: New Year Special - HOMES and LIVING: City Living Still Booming While Riverside Demand Sinks in Floods
Byline: CLARE McVEY FOR THOSE unlucky home owners living near rivers and in flood hotspots, 2000 will have been the year they would rather forget. But even after the clean up, the severe flooding that affected some areas of the Midlands several...
Living: New Year Special - the Fashion: Oh No, the 80's Are Back Again; from Butlers to Batwings and Home Offices to Home Cooking, Mercury Lifestyle Editor CLARE McVEY Looks at the Trends in Food, Fashion and Living for the Year Ahead
Byline: CLARE McVEY FOR anyone hoping the 1980s revival would be a short-lived moment of fashion madness, the outlook is not good. The look for 2001 has been described confusingly as 'Aphrodite meets Cyndi Lauper at an S&M club in 1950s Paris'....
Living: Review of the Year - MILLENNIUM MAYHEM; from the Millennium Dome to Madonna, and from Big Brother to the Weakest Link, It's Been a Year That's Hardly Been a Fine Vintage. Chief Feature Writer RICHARD WILLIAMSON Looks Back on the Year That Was 2000. - No Bug but New Age of Hope Kicks off with a Dome Fiasco
Byline: Richard Williamson IT all began with the Queen singing Auld Lang Syne and trying not to look as if she feared catching the Millennium Bug as she held hands with Tony Blair. Then a million stars filled the sky as a worldwide fireworks...
Living: Review of the Year - PEOPLE POWER; the Day an Army of Brummies Marched for Rover
Byline: RICHARD WILLIAMSON THERE was a cold wind blowing on April 1 as an army of 80,000 marched to prove that Brummies are nobody's fools. If there is one image that sums up the year 2000 in the Midlands then it is the memory of that extraordinary...
Living: The Old Sow and Sow - GUILTY; Why Trendy TV Is Killing Gardening
Byline: HOWARD DRURY THE charge is murder most foul. How do you plead, Charlie Dimmock & Co? Guilty, I would suggest, members of the jury. In the first degree! Our trendy TV gardening programmes are killing gardening. It's not just my opinion....
Living: The Old Sow and Sow - MY TOP FIVE SEED TIPS
Byline: HOWARD DRURY 1 IT'S taken more than 10 years for Thompson & Morgan to breed rudbeckia Chim Chiminee. It's got almost a double collar around the quilled petals circling each bloom and is a unique form never seen before. There's a striking...
Living: Time Warp. December 31
1960 Headline News: Eight chimps were being trained for a rocket flight in New Mexico. Their flight would pave the way for manned space flight. A toddler was run over in Lozells, bringing the number of casualties on Birmingham roads this year...
Motoring: A REAL CLASSIC; Golden Oldie Keeps Its Shine
Byline: BERNARD COLE AMERICANS really have no idea of history. That's why so many of them come over here and gawp at ours. But despite this, Yanks are keen to trumpet whatever heritage they have. For example, on a recent trip to Las Vegas,...
MUTTI JOINS THE 300 CLUB; Mura in a Spin to Make History
SRI Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan enlivened the final day of the drawn first test against South Africa by becoming the 17th player to take 300 test wickets. Muralitharan became the first Sri Lankan to join the '300 club' by dismissing South...
Northern Softies No Longer
Byline: Adrian Warner ALTHOUGH Australia and New Zealand produced one of the most exciting matches in rugby union history, the year 2000 showed the southern hemisphere nations grip on the world game may be loosening. The All Blacks' breathtaking...
Pithie: Pride Is at Stake - I'll Carry On
Byline: Robin Marshall COVENTRY'S Dean Pithie has decided not to retire and will return to the ring in Manchester in February in an attempt to kick-start his career. Pithie, who has been boxing as an amateur and a professional for the last 17...
SADDLERS IN FREEZE FALL; OLDHAM 0 WALSALL - Graydon's Men Stem Tide but It's Not Enough 0
Byline: Paul Marston WALSALL ended their run of two successive away defeats with a brave point at icy Boundary Park where conditions bordered on treacherous for both sides. Ground staff who had cleared snow from the tarpaulin covers during the...
SCHOOLS FACE FOUR DAY WEEK; Shortage of Teachers Is Leading to a Crisis
Byline: MARTYN LEEK THOUSANDS of pupils across the Midlands are being taught by unqualified staff as the region's acute teacher crisis worsens. Classroom assistants and trainees are being used in hundreds of primary schools because there are...
Sneekes: Glad I Got the Boot; Dutch Master Rich Is Now a Happy Baggie
Byline: Rob Owen RICHARD Sneekes has Colin Todd to thank for the best years of his career - after the Derby legend told him he wasn't good enough. Todd, who is now assistant boss at County, sold Sneekes to Albion in a pounds 400,000 deal after...
Snow Play Today; Big Freeze Wipes out Major Sport
THE big freeze gripping the country forced most of Britain's football and rugby union fixtures to be called off yesterday and also wiped out the entire race programme. Very few matches survived the cold snap, with Premiership leaders Manchester...
Sunday Mercury Tracks Down Trustee in America
A FORMER Cheney pension scheme administrator and trustee last night dismissed claims that he had 'gone missing'. Kevin Sykes' whereabouts were said to be unknown during insolvency proceedings in respect of C.W. Cheney & Son at the High Court...
Sunday Roast: Question of Who Actually Said What?
Byline: Roger Skidmore STRUGGLED TACTICALLY? ... former England coach Kevin Keegan JOHN Gregory's 'time warp' comments about Villa chairman Doug Ellis came too late to be included in the Sunday Roast's sporting quotes of 2000. But can you...
The Big Freeze: ...AND IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE
Byline: LUCY MILES AND CAMPBELL DOCHERTY WEATHERMEN have warned that heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain will sweep into the Midlands from 5pm tonight. And the region's ambulance service is pleading with revellers to take precautions and dress...
The Big Freeze: CRISIS FEARS
Byline: LUCY MILES AND CAMPBELL DOCHERTY AS the Midlands braces itself for heavy snow tonight, health bosses face an anxious wait to see how they will cope with the full effects of the freezing weather across the region. So far admissions to...
The Big Freeze: WE ARE NOT AMUSED
Byline: CAMPBELL DOCHERTY NEW YEAR revellers hoping to see in 2001 at street parties are being urged to wrap up against the Arctic conditions which will sweep into the Midlands tonight. 'At this time of year, people tend to assume that it is...
Tiger Burns Brightly.; Wonder Woods on Course to Make History in 2001
Byline: Mark Garrod TIGER Woods has the chance to go where no golfer has gone before in 2001. When the US Masters starts on April 5 amid the azaleas and magnolias of the exclusive Augusta National club in Georgia, all eyes will be on the world...
TRUST FACES SUSPENSION; New Probe into Down's Syndrome Charity
Byline: TONY LARNER A CONTROVERSIAL Down's Syndrome charity could be suspended after a fresh investigation into its finances. The Charity Commission has begun a probe into the Martin Foundation Trust after the Sunday Mercury revealed it had been...
Villa Fan Close to Clearing His Name
Byline: MARTYN LEEK THE case against a Midland man convicted of football violence at Euro 2000 looks set to be thrown out at a retrial next year. Aston Villa fan Mark Forrester served just a month of a one-year prison sentence after he was convicted...
VILLA ROW SET TO RUMBLE ON; Says Ex- Holte End Hero
Byline: ALAN McINALLY But I think that if you had a competition among the fans to find out who is the more popular, John would win out every time. And despite Gregory's climbdown on Friday night, I honestly don't think we've heard the last of...
WARD: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT!; WOLVES 3 STOCKPORT 2 - John Proves a Point to Wolves
Byline: Graham Hill JOHN Ward showed the Wolves board that winning matches was kids' stuff at Molineux. And if the caretaker-boss wanted to prove that he was good enough to secure the manager's job on a permanent basis, he succeeded in staking...
WELCOME TO SLEUTH SCHOOL; Students Follow in the Footsteps of Famous Detectives
Byline: MERCURY REPORTER MIDLAND students are to be given the chance to become super-sleuths by studying one of the first-ever crimebusting college courses in Britain. Scholars will follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes by studying the art...
WHELAN GIFT TO SKY BLUES; MIDDLESBRO' 1 COVENTRY 1 - Old Boy Noel's Own-Goal Lifts Strachan Men
Byline: Teresa Phillips GENEROUS birthday boy Noel Whelan handed his old club a precious gift at the Riverside. Whelan, who turned 26 yesterday, lifted the Sky Blues out of the bottom three just in time for the New Year with a bizarre own-goal....
WHERE IS OUR PENSION MONEY?; Ex Workers Left to Agonise as Payout Fails to Turn Up in Bank Accounts on Time
Byline: PAUL MALLEY FEARS were growing last night that payments to former Birmingham factory workers caught up in a pounds 2.9 million pension fraud have been stopped. A number of pensioners contacted by the Sunday Mercury last night said they...
Williamson: Welcome to the Royal Soap Opera
Byline: Richard Williamson GORBLIMEY guvnor! Did you catch the holiday episode of WestEnders wiv Annie being well rude to that poor old duck wiv the flowers? Wot abaht the way they let the kids run around wiv shooters killing birds? And that...