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Articles from March 22, 2002

Around-World Sailor Dies; Heart Attack as He Plans Yacht Race
AN amateur sailor who was planning to take part in a prestigious round-the-world yacht race has died after collapsing at work. Martin Campbell was found slumped at his desk from a suspected heart attack yesterday, moments after cycling from his home...
BRUM IS TOP FOR SCHOOLS; Inspectors Give Full Marks for Quality
Byline: TONY COLLINS BIRMINGHAM is the first city in Britain to be awarded a top grade for the quality of its schools, the Evening Mail can reveal today. A rigorous inspection by Ofsted, the education watchdog, has resulted in the city's schools...
BRUM TOP OF CLASS!; Schools Best in Britain
Byline: TONY COLLINS BIRMINGHAM is the first city in Britain to be awarded a top grade for the quality of its schools, the Evening Mail can reveal today. A rigorous inspection by Ofsted, the education watchdog, has resulted in the city's schools...
CHAMBER MADE: More Bank Holidays. Now This Is Getting Silly
Byline: JOHN LAMB Chamber of Commerce PREPARE for the silly season next weekend - even though an old editor of mine always claimed there was no such thing. This, traditionally, is when newspapers are supposed to come up with stories that are...
CHEMIST IN BOOZE RAP; 'Reeked' of Alcohol
A TOP chemist at a city hospital who went to work 'reeking' of alcohol and in a 'confrontational' manner has vowed not to return until he sorts out his drink problem. Alexander Harper, 45, was told to return to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society next...
City Mail: AGA COOKING UP A STORM
Byline: JON GRIFFIN MIDLAND-based Aga Foodservice Group is set to cook up a storm in the US following its pounds 17.6 million swoop for an East Coast retailer. The Sheldon group predicted trading would come to the boil Stateside after its acquisition...
City Mail: CHAMBER MADE - More Bank Holidays. Now This Is Getting Silly
Byline: JOHN LAMB Chamber of Commerce PREPARE for the silly season next weekend - even though an old editor of mine always claimed there was no such thing. This, traditionally, is when newspapers are supposed to come up with stories that are...
Cricket: BUTCHER DIGGING IN FOR DURATION
Byline: MYLES HODGSON MARK Butcher repaid England's gamble in selecting him for the Second Test with a determined innings to prevent New Zealand making further inroads at the Basin Reserve. The Surrey left-hander's participation had been in doubt...
DEATH RIDDLE; Open Verdict on Patient Found in Abandoned Shed
Byline: GURDIP THANDI THE death of a Walsall man found dead in an abandoned shed after going missing from a psychiatric hospital remains shrouded in doubt. Gary Smith, 24, was discovered by a 15-year-old boy in the shed at allotments off Hucker...
FAMINE IN MALAWI MAIL CAMPAIGN: Every Penny Will Buy Food for the Dying; CHURCH LEADERS' PLEDGE ON MALAWI FAMINE AID
Byline: PAULA MARSH EVERY penny raised to stop the famine in the African state of Malawi will be used to buy food for starving people, church leaders pledged today. Canon Dr David Lee made the pledge after the Evening Mail teamed up with the...
Football: Benitez Cannot Explain Defeat; UEFA CUP REVIEW
VALENCIA coach Rafael Benitez was at a loss to explain how his side had slipped out of the UEFA Cup after dominating their quarter-final second leg against Inter Milan last night. The Spanish side lost 1-0 to a second-minute Nicola Ventola goal to...
Football: BRAVE BUTLER IGNORES PAIN
Byline: IAN WILLARS PAUL Butler is ready to play through the pain barrier to lead Wolves to promotion. The 29-year-old captain and centre-half has been struggling with sciatica for the last few games. But he returned to training yesterday after...
Football: Bruce: It Will Go to the Wire; Blues Boss Assesses Play-Off Climax
Byline: COLIN TATTUM STEVE Bruce is convinced that play-off issues will not be decided until the last day of the season on April 21. And the Blues manager's prediction looks correct - everything points to a nail-biting finale. His own team...
Football: CHARLTON EYE PURSE; Defender Could Be on Way
Byline: COLIN TATTUM CHARLTON Athletic are considering a move for Blues contract rebel Darren Purse. Addicks manager Alan Curbishley watched Purse for the second time in three weeks at Norwich City last Friday. Curbishley has also been monitoring...
Football: CHARLTON IN PURSE MOVE
Byline: IAN WILLARS CHARLTON are considering a move for Blues contract rebel Darren Purse. Addicks manager Alan Curbishley watched Purse for the second time in three weeks at Norwich City last Friday. Curbishley has also been monitoring Coventry...
Football: It'll Go to the Wire - Bruce; Blues Boss Assesses Play-Off Climax
Byline: COLIN TATTUM STEVE Bruce is sure that play-off issues will not be decided until the last day of the season on April 21. And the Blues manager's prediction looks correct - everything points to a nailbiting finale. His own team did themselves...
Football: League Issues Warning over Crisis at ITV Digital
FOOTBALL League chairman Keith Harris warned of 'widespread bankruptcies' if ITV Digital back out of their television deal. The warning comes after the League yesterday threw out proposals from ITV Digital and parent companies Carlton and Granada...
Football: Lee Happy to Weigh Up Options
Byline: PAUL BERRY WALSALL boss Colin Lee is relishing his selection dilemma as the Saddlers look to improve on their best run of the season at Crystal Palace. Two wins and two draws from the last four games have raised hopes at Bescot of escape...
Football: Mboma Pledge to Beat the Drop
PATRICK Mboma is desperate to play his part in helping Sunderland to stave off relegation from the Premiership. The Cameroon international signed on loan last month from Italian club Parma until the end of the season and will renew his partnership...
Football: MOORE: I WON'T HOLD A GRUDGE
Byline: CHRIS LEPKOWSKI DARREN Moore insisted Albion will hold no grudges against Sheffield United should the two clubs meet next season. The Baggies defender also moved to clear his name after being accused by United manager Neil Warnock of throwing...
Football: Road Blues Tire Boss
Byline: BILL HOWELL GRAHAM Taylor has warned Villa: 'Start producing on your travels'. Villa go in search of only their second away win since September, a depressing sequence of one win at Charlton, four draws and six defeats. Taylor wants...
Football: ROAD BLUES TIRE TAYLOR
Byline: BILL HOWELL GRAHAM Taylor has warned Villa: 'Start producing on your travels'. Villa go in search of only their second away win since September, a depressing sequence of one win at Charlton, four draws and six defeats. Taylor wants...
Football: TAYLOR: IT'S UP TO BOSKO
Byline: BILL HOWELL GRAHAM Taylor has thrown down a challenge to Croatian international Bosko Balaban. The Villa manager has told him: 'We've done all we can, the rest is up to you.' The former Dinamo Zagreb striker has been dropped for next...
Football: Walsall Will Survive ITV Digital Crisis - Whalley
Byline: PAUL BERRY WALSALL chief executive Roy Whalley pledged Saddlers would survive whatever the outcome of the ITV Digital controversy. And work on replacing the Gilbert Alsop Stand, for which Walsall have netted a grant of pounds 2m from...
Golf: FALDO IN FAST START
Byline: MARK GARROD WHEN Nick Faldo said two months ago he thought a win might be just around the corner it is a safe bet that the Players' Championship was not what he had in mind. The Sawgrass course in Florida is one of the toughest in the...
Golf: FALDO QUICK OUT OF BLOCKS
Byline: MARK GARROD in Sawgrass WHEN Nick Faldo said two months ago he thought a win might be just around the corner it is a safe bet that the Players' Championship was not what he had in mind. The Sawgrass course in Florida is one of the toughest...
GUN ROBBER GETS LIFE; Guard Had a Loaded Pistol Held to Head
Byline: JANE TYLER A MAN has been given a life sentence for his part in a bungled robbery on a van carrying gold during which the guard had a gun held to his head. Steven Hart had a loaded pistol pushed to his neck by robbers who tried to hold...
Lights out on Profits
Byline: JON GRIFFIN MIDLAND-based lighting specialists FW Thorpe said the shadow cast by events on September 11 had left the group struggling to recover lost ground. The Redditch-based company said it would be difficult to recover before the...
M2: Aamir Gunning for Oscar Glory
Byline: OMAR AHMED BOLLYWOOD AN icon in Indian cinema, and renowned for his prolific talent, Aamir Khan's all-powerful performances in Bollywood have catapulted him to mega stardom. This sublime performer, often cast as the boy next door,...
M2: Angel Star Flying Solo
Byline: ANDY COLEMAN FROM touring with the likes of Bon Jovi and Van Halen to being actor Christopher Lambert's stand-in for a Highlander film, you can't say singer Toby Jepson has had a dull life. As frontman with rockers Little Angels he enjoyed...
M2: Biscuit Boys in Tubbyland
Byline: ANDY COLEMAN MIDLAND jive band King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys are being discovered by a whole new generation of young fans -thanks to the Teletubbies. The popular group appeared on the kids' show when it was first launched five years...
M2: Blank Holiday!; the Show Goes on - but Only at the Hippo
Byline: FRED NORRIS HERE we go again. The first Bank Holiday of the year is just around the corner. Time to get out and about, enjoy yourself. So what about a trip to the theatre? Great idea. But don't bank on it. Not in Birmingham. Nor, if it...
M2: Blue Are in the Pink
Byline: LISA SMITH THEIR name might be Blue but there is anything but an air of depression over Britain's newest and, some may say, best boy band. A hectic few months has seen them with a top five hit, a number one record and a Brit award for...
M2: Freeze! It's the Toon Invaders
Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG HOW many animations can you take during Easter? If you and your children can manage this weekend's THREE new releases on top of the smash hit Monsters, Inc then the distributors will be laughing all the way to the bank. Their...
M2: Hayley's Coming Home!
Byline: ANDY COLEMAN BIRMINGHAM Pop Idol Hayley Evetts is revelling in her time in the spotlight. Not so long ago the 26-year-old from Quinton simply enjoyed being part of the audience for concerts at the NEC Arena. But this weekend she's the...
M2: India in Step for Captivating Mix
Byline: DIANE PARKES NORTH and South India come together for a dance performance featuring two of the country's finest Asian dancers. Nahid Siddiqui fuses the Kathak tradition of dance with Chitraleka Bolar's Southern Indian Bharatanatyam tradition...
M2: Monkee MAGIC!; ROCK AND POP GIG OF THE WEEK
HEY, hey, we're the Monkees - well, half of them anyway! Those goofy Saturday afternoon TV characters, who provided the American alternative to the Beatles back in the 60s are back on the road again with a new live show. Long before the likes...
M2: RESTAURANT SPY - Buffet Treat Is Thai High; Paul Fulford Visits Lemongrass, Birmingham
Byline: Paul Fulford AMID the bizarreness of the Wing Yip Centre, that flamboyant explosion of Oriental architecture in downtown Nechells, is Lemongrass. If its sharply-pitched roof highlighted by mauve neon looks a touch out-of-place in inner...
M2: Soul Boys Are Indestructible
Byline: DAVID YEATS WHEN Motown's legendary Four Tops come to town next Tuesday there will be a couple of fresh faces in the line-up. The famous Detroit soul group, responsible for classics like Reach Out I'll Be There, It's The Same Old Song,...
M2: Take 5
SINGLES 1 GEORGE MICHAEL 'Freeek!' Now, here's a real Pop Idol. George's first self penned single for three years has an incessant R'n'B beat and will prove a winner on the dance floor as well as the radio. HHHH 2 GARETH GATES 'Unchained Melody'...
M2: Take 5 Videos
Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG 1 MIKE BASSETT: ENGLAND MANAGER (Cert 15, 90 mins) FLY-on-the-wall mockumentarystyle feature with Norwich City's manager (ex-Brooksider turned Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson) asked to become national soccer boss when the...
Motoring: Sturdy Forester
Byline: ANDY RICHARDS DESPITE its sleek, though workman-like looks, the ride delivered by the Subaru Forester S Turbo has a smoothness to match a top of the range Rover 75. And while it is built for all terrains, there is an impressive quietness...
PHONE BLOW FOR DRIVERS; Talk Worse Than Drink
DRIVERSwho talk on their mobile phone behind the wheel are more dangerous than drink drivers, a new study warns. Aston University-backed research by scientists at the widely-respected Transport Research Laboratory also found hands-free sets were...
Racing: Adiemus Carries a Lucky Charm
Byline: BOB DOWNING HE got in by the skin of his teeth, he had the fortune to get the draw and if luck comes in threes then Adiemus is already home and hosed for the randombet.com Lincoln handicap at Doncaster tomorrow (3.35). Adiemus needed four...
Racing: Anxious Looks Part at Newbury
Byline: BOB DOWNING FLAT racing may rule at the moment but the jumps teams still hold sway with punters and Over Anxious looks the one to be on at Newbury today. Over Anxious runs in the Sabin Du Loir maiden Hurdle (3.10) and Robert Alner's charge,...
Racing: Plum Draw for Lincoln Favourite Adiemus
'BAD Girls' actress Claire King proved a good girl for ante-post punters yesterday as she handed hot favourite Adiemus an apparently plum stalls position in the randombet.com Lincoln. Low numbers proved overwhelmingly popular as the former amateur...
Racing: Seven Up as Eddery Gets Flyer
EVERGREEN Pat Eddery made a flying start to his 36th season by landing a 22-1 feature-race double as the Flat turf campaign got under way at Doncaster yesterday. The 11-time champion jockey, who has been riding professionally since 1967, turned...
Reaping Harvest of Woolly-Minded Liberalism; A No-Nonsense Reflection on the Week's Events by the Mail's Straight-Talking Writer
Byline: Maureen Messent TEENAGE pregnancies reach a new youthblighting level, a couple of teenagers terrorising Westonsuper-Mare are banned from their homes and an 11year-old girl, it transpires, has been arrested 30 times for lawless behaviour....
Round World Sailor Dies of Heart Attack
AN amateur sailor who was planning to take part in a prestigious round-the-world yacht race has died after collapsing at work. Martin Campbell was found slumped at his desk from a suspected heart attack yesterday, moments after cycling from his...
RUGBY UNION: Brothers United Again for Scots
THE Leslie brothers make their international return together at Murrayfield tomorrow - and remain united in their belief that Scotland will need to be at their best to beat France. Northampton centre John and Edinburgh back-row Martin are both recalled...
Rugby Union: Welsh in Line for Backlash
Byline: ANDREW BALDOCK ENGLAND are potentially two weeks away from losing their Lloyds TSB Six Nations title and that huge sense of frustration could flatten underdogs Wales tomorrow. 'Tomorrow cannot come quickly enough for me,' said England boss...
Rugby Union: WHITE'S ORDER: CUT OUT ERRORS
Byline: RICHARD JACKSON MOSELEY coach John White hopes his Henley horror show was a one-off as he looks forward to tomorrow's clash with Rugby Lions. White thought his side had at least 80 per cent of the game last weekend, and is still unhappy...
Rugby Union: White: Stamp out the Errors
Byline: RICHARD JACKSON JOHN WHITE MOSELEY coach John White hopes his Henley horror show was a one-off as he looks forward to tomorrow's clash with Rugby Lions. White thought his side had at least 80 per cent of the game last weekend, and is...
SECOND NURSE IS SUSPENDED; Spot Check Plan as Hospital Find Man Unregistered
A NURSE has been suspended after it emerged he had worked with mentally ill patients for nearly four years without being on the national nursing register, it was revealed today. He is employed by Northern Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust, where...
Skiing: BAXTER LONGS TO RETURN
Byline: MIKE SINCLAIR ALAIN Baxter will return home to Aviemore from his Olympic nightmare today with one thought uppermost in his mind. He wants to get back on skis. After being stripped of the slalom bronze medal he won in Salt Lake City by...
SNOOKER: Jury out with Irish Eyes on Ronnie
THE game's most enigmatic character will be centre stage in Dublin tonight - and nobody can predict which of the two Ronnies will turn up. A large crowd is guaranteed at the Citywest Hotel for Ronnie O'Sullivan's Irish Masters quarter-final against...
SPEEDWAY: Wolves off to a Winning Start; IPSWICH 41 WOLVES 49
Byline: Nigel Pearson WOLVES survived a late scare to start their Sky Sports Elite League schedule with a superb win at Ipswich. The Monmore men produced a magnificent team effort to underline why they have been installed as title favourites....
THE BITTER END; after More Than 100 Years of Brewing in Brum It's Finally
Byline: CHRIS MORLEY THE decision by US bosses to axe the famous Cape Hill brewery was today condemned as a 'devastating blow' to one of the worst unemployment blackspots in the Midlands. American beer firm Coors announced yesterday that up to 320...
THUMBS UP FOR ROVER!; Workers Backing China Link-Up Deal
JUBILANT workers and union leaders gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to MG Rover's ground breaking tie-up with the Chinese group Brilliance, saying it clinched the future for Longbridge. Vital new models are now due to flow from the unique collaboration...
TRIAL BLITZ 0N THUGS; Fixed Fines to Tackle Street Crime
HOOLIGANS who cause trouble on the streets of Birmingham and the Black Country will face fixed penalty fines as part of a new police crackdown. West Midlands Police will be the only force in Britain to pilot a project across its entire area when...
Woman Wins Right to Die
AWOMAN paralysed from the neck down for more than a year today won an historic High Court battle which will give her the right to die. The woman, referred to in court as Miss B, learned she had won her case via a three-way video link from Birmingham...
WOMAN WINS RIGHT TO DIE; Landmark Ruling in Court Fight
A WOMAN paralysed from the neck down for more than a year today won an historic High Court battle which will give her the right to die. The woman, referred to in court as Miss B, learned she had won her case via a three-way video link from Birmingham...