The Mirror (London, England)

A daily newspaper based in London, England. Stories cover current events, culture, sports, and entertainment of local, national, and international significance. Special attention is given to celebrity news.

Articles from February 5, 2003

1,000 JOBS GET THE BOOTS; Town of Tears as High Street Chemist Shuts Factory
Byline: RICHARD GRAY HIGH Street chemist Boots yesterday announced they will axe 1,000 Scots jobs. The firm will shut its 50-acre cosmetics plant in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, over the next two years in the latest jobs blow to Scotland. Last night...
32p 12,000 UDA MEN TO STORM SHANKILL; EXCLUSIVE March on Adair's Turf
Byline: JON KELLY UP to 12,000 loyalists will hold Johnny Adair's Shankill stronghold under siege on Saturday in a bid to drive out his supporters. UDA members from across Northern Ireland will stage the assault in retaliation for the murder...
3am: NO FUN ALOUD; Cheryl in Water Pistol Row at Club
Byline: JESSICA CALLAN, EVA SIMPSON AND NIKI WALDEGRAVE GIRLS Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy and Newcastle United defender Titus Bramble were thrown out of a nightclub at the weekend, after revellers complained about their "high jinks with water pistols"....
48 HOURS UDA Give Adair's Gang Deadline to Quit
Byline: ALAN ERWIN UDA leaders yesterday set a 48-hour deadline for Johnny Adair's men to quit his notorious C Company. All members of Adair's rogue unit in West Belfast were given until noon on Thursday to switch sides. The timing of the...
At Least One of Us Knows Rules of the Road. and It's Not You; BUSTED 8mph BIKER GRAN TELLS TRAFFIC COPS
Byline: CAITLIN MACKAY A REBEL granny yesterday blasted the traffic cops who ordered her 8mph electric scooter off the road. Ex-biker Betty Dow, 73, was pulled over while returning home on a 10-mile trip to feed the ducks. The former biker...
BANNED; but Hamza May Defy Gag on Preaching
Byline: NATHAN YATES CONTROVERSIAL Muslim cleric Abu Hamza was banned from preaching at his mosque yesterday but immediately threatened to carry on. The Charity Commission watchdog barred him because of his extremist anti-Western outbursts. A...
Cricket: Lord's Back NAS at Last over Boycott; CRICKET WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN ..AND ENGLAND WON TOO!
Byline: Mike WALTERS Cricket Correspondent ENGLAND finally called the bluff of World Cup organisers last night by lodging an official request to switch their powderkeg game against Zimbabwe to South Africa. Lord's godfather David Morgan believes...
Cryin' McFadden; EXCLUSIVE WESTLIFE SINGER WEPT FOR JOY WHEN KERRY GAVE BIRTH TO LILLY SUE
Byline: PAUL MARTIN BRYAN McFadden told yesterday how he wept tears of joy at his daughter's birth. The star said he was choking back the tears when his 22-year-old wife Kerry brought 7lb 7oz baby Lilly Sue into the world on Monday night. ...
DRUG DEALING VISA GROOMJAILED; Crook Faces Deportation
Byline: GORDON CURRIE A PAKISTANI granted a visa to wed a British girl became an armed drug dealer within weeks of arriving in the UK. Former soldier Mohammed Awan claimed he turned to drugs because of problems in his arranged marriage. He...
EXPLOITERS; the Douglases Chose to Turn Their Wedding into an International Media Event. They Chose to Exploit It for Commercial Gain and Substantial Publicity to Further Their Careers as Film Stars
Byline: ADRIAN SHAW CATHERINE Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were accused yesterday of exploiting their wedding. The multi-millionaire stars are suing Hello! for scuppering a pounds 1million deal with rival magazine OK! by taking sneak pictures...
Facts Behind the Fantasy; WE COMPARE JACKSON'S DISTURBING WORDS WITH THE EVIDENCE
Byline: JO MERRETT DURING the interview it quickly became clear Jackson has no grasp of reality. We take a look at his statements... and the evidence. CHILD ABUSE What he said: "When people say the abused abuse, that's not true. That's not...
FEUD FUNERAL A NO-GO ZONE; Elite Garda Unit to Patrol Church
Byline: KATHRYN HAYES GARDAI will mount a massive security operation to prevent violence at the church removal of executed drug dealer Kieran Keane tonight. Hundreds of officers, backed up by armed officers of the elite Emergency Response Unit,...
F*** off and Die!; Ms Showbiz EXCLUSIVE: What Air Rage Courtney Shouted at Cabin Staff
Byline: FIONA CUMMINS ROCK star Courtney Love was arrested yesterday after screaming "F*** off, I hope you die!" at air crew on a drunken flight from the US. Swigging free champagne and spirits in first class, the 38-year-old singer was said...
Football: Barry and Keano Would Rule World; BERTI: PUT BOTH THESE TWO TOGETHER AND THEY WOULD BE UNBEATABLE INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL: Scotland Boss Names Squad for Friendly with Ireland
Byline: Iain CAMPBELL Chief Sportswriter BERTI Vogts last night paid an amazing compliment to man of the moment Barry Ferguson when he insisted that if he teamed up with Roy Keane it would produce the "strongest midfield in the world". The Scotland...
Football: BUNG SQUAD PROBE SUNDERLAND AND SPURS DEALS; EXCLUSIVE Beefed-Up FA Investigation Team Set Sights on Controversial Bunjevcevic and Varga Transfers
Byline: John CROSS FA CHIEFS are to expand their "bung buster" squad as they prepare to launch full investigations into transfers involving Spurs and Sunderland. Football Association compliance officers Graham Bean and Steven Barrow have been...
Football: Fans Vote with Their Feet as Ridsdale Avoids the Flak .. until the End
Byline: David Anderson AS SOON as he appeared at Elland Road, he was booed mercilessly by the Leeds fans. They have not forgiven him for the crime he had committed against their club just a few days ago. They had fumed since then and now was...
Football: FINAL SAY FOR THE HEAD BOER; CIS CUP SEMI-FINAL: HEARTS 0 RANGERS 1 Ronald Adds Dutch of Class on Big Fight Night
Byline: IAIN CAMPBELL A FIRST-HALF goal from Ronald de Boer was enough to give Rangers the chance to defend the CIS Insurance Cup in the final. Alex McLeish's side will take on either Celtic or Dundee United in next month's final, with the second...
Football: HART IN THE MOUTH TIME; SEMI-FINAL COUNTDOWN: CELTIC V DUNDEE UTD Rapaic Is So Relieved to Have Big Bad John's Backing at Parkhead
Byline: ROBERT MARTIN CELTIC trialist Milan Rapaic last night admitted he's glad John Hartson is finally on his side after describing the Welshman as one of his toughest opponents. The Croatian came up against the Hoops powerhouse during an international...
Football: Hessenthaler Claims Venables Gave Him the Elbow
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON ANDY HESSENTHALER took one last swipe at Terry Venables last night when he accused the Leeds boss of being "too big" to shake hands after their FA Cup replay. The two managers have traded insults since Venables accused...
Football: Houllier in a Hurry to Begin Ban on Gerrard
Byline: DAVID MADDOCK GERARD Houllier flatly refused an outrageous FA bid to free Steven Gerrard for international duty. The Liverpool manager experienced a massive sense of humour bypass, when Gerrard was banned for three games, but was then...
Football: I KENNY WAIT FOR HOME RUN; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: ROBERT MARTIN KENNY Miller last night set his sights on his first Hampden bow after being recalled to Berti Vogts squad for next week's friendly with the Republic of Ireland. As Mirror Sport revealed yesterday morning both he and Wolves...
Football: I Love It . . Just Love It!; Birmingham 0 Man Utd 1 FERGIE IS RELISHING ARSENAL TITLE DUEL
Byline: DAVID MOORE RUUD VAN NISTELROOY grabbed his 26th goal of the season and sent a shiver of excitement through United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. After the Dutch striker's 56th- minute winner beat battling Birmingham last night, Fergie threw...
Football: IT'S EARNIE TO RESCUE; Northampton 0 Cardiff 1 Little Goal Ace Gives Cardiff New Heart
Byline: TONY REES POCKET-SIZED Robert Earnshaw was again the hero as the Bluebirds stepped up the heat in the Second Division promotion race last night. The Welsh cap struck his 27th goal of the season in the 59th minute. But battling Cardiff...
Football: KEIGAN GETS SAINTS OUT OF BAD SPOT; St Johnstone 1 Airdrie United 1 (Aet Saints Win 4-2 on Penalties)
Byline: TIM GORDON PENALTY king Keigan Parker booked Saints a bumper pounds 150,000 Celtic Park pay-day after last night's dramatic third round replay went to spot kicks. Parker slotted home the decisive strike to secure a fourth round trip to...
Football: KERR GETS HIS RIGHT HAND MAN; Hughton Brian's Spur-Fect Choice
Byline: JOHN MORGAN TOTTENHAM first-team coach Chris Hughton has been confirmed as the new part-time assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland. Hughton, who won 53 caps for the Republic during his playing days, was Brian Kerr's first choice...
Football: King Christophe Bows to Beckham
Byline: David Moore CHRISTOPHE DUGARRY may have World Cup and European Championship medals, but the elegant Frenchman is experiencing the other side of football life. At Birmingham, where his new team-mates are in awe of his skills, blood and...
Football: Lomas Seeks Finnish to Bad Performances
Byline: GORDON HANNA STEPHEN Lomas came out fighting for Northern Ireland yesterday and demanded a new beginning, starting with next week's showdown with Finland. Sammy McIlroy's international skipper wants maximum effort and a rub of the green...
Football: New Cap Jim-Bhoy Hoping for Good Night
Byline: TIM GORDON SCOTLAND manager Berti Vogts has revealed that Celtic's UEFA Cup run has propelled Jamie Smith into the national squad ahead of schedule. The 22-year-old has been unveiled as one of two newcomers to the squad to face the Republic...
Football: NEW SWANS VISTA THANKS TO NUGENT; Swansea 1 Darlington 0 Goal Hero Kev Firing Up Revival
Byline: KEN GORMAN KEVIN NUGENT continued his one man rescue act as Swansea clawed their way closer to survival. The veteran striker struck his third goal in three games to earn them three precious points - and haul the Swans level with Boston...
Football: PARKER ON THE SPOT FOR SAINTS; St Johnstone 1 Airdrie United 1 (Aet Saints Win 4-2 on Penalties)
Byline: TIM GORDON ICE cool Saints striker Keigan Parker set-up a pounds 150,000 Celtic Park pay day after a titanic Scottish Cup third round replay was settled on penalty kicks. But the First Division favourites lived on their nerves as the...
Football: Rapaic Takes Hart as He Faces Hoops Trial; OLD FIRM LATEST: BHOYS KEEN TO SIGN SLOVAKIAN MILAN: JOHN'S THE TOUGHEST I'VE PLAYED
Byline: ROBERT MARTIN CELTIC trialist Milan Rapaic last night claimed he's happy John Hartson is finally on his side after describing the Welshman as one of the toughest players he has ever faced. The Croatian and the Hoops striker came up against...
Football: RON GIVES GERS TREBLE CHANCE; SEMI-FINAL ACTION SPECIAL FROM HAMPDEN: HEARTS 0 RANGERS 1 Gers Can Go All the Way Again Thanks to Dutchman
Byline: Iain Campbell CHIEF SPORTS WRITER A SOLITARY Ronald de Boer goal was enough to earn Alex McLeish his third Hampden final as Rangers manager. The CIS Cup holders looked good enough to sweep past a Hearts side which was outclassed for most...
Football: Sammy: I'm Gutted That I Have to Leave Hughes out Again; MAC ON ATTACK OVER MISSING MICHAEL
Byline: Orla BANNON SAMMY McIlroy has revealed his anguish at being forced to leave Michael Hughes out of his Northern Ireland squad for next week's friendly against Finland. Hughes has gone through nine months of hell waiting on the FA to resolve...
Football: Special Brew Too Hot for Calamity Keeper; DUNFERMLINE 2 LIVINGSTON 0
Byline: Robert MARTIN Two dreadful blunders by 20-year-old keeper David McEwan handed Dunfermline a pounds 165,000 cash bonanza as Craig Brewster dumped Livingston out of the Scottish Cup. McEwan, in the side after the sale of Javier Broto to...
Football: STILL RON TRACK; Hearts 0 Rangers 1 De Boer: But Now We Want Celts
Byline: IAIN CAMPBELL RONALD de Boer headed Rangers into their first final of the season then admitted he's desperate to face Celtic. was enough to earn the holders a place in the CIS Cup Final and now they await the winners of tomorrow's other...
Football: TEL'S GAME FOR A LAUGH; FA CUP 4TH ROUND REPLAY: LEEDS UNITED 2 GILLINGHAM 1 Viduka on the Mark to Cheer Up Leeds
Byline: Simon BIRD TERRY Venables flashed a rare smile and in the directors' box, even Peter Ridsdale chuckled. With their side cruising into the fifth round, there was finally a precious moment of light relief at Elland Road - thanks to humour...
Football: UNITED STAY ON RUUD TO TITLE RICHES; PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL SPECIAL: BIRMINGHAM 0 MAN UTD 1
Byline: David MCDONNELL THERE is a truly ominous look about Manchester United right now. Like an irritating fly, they simply won't go away, much to the annoyance of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Sir Alex Ferguson's side fought their way to their...
Football: Viduka on Mark to Cheer Venners; Leeds 2 Gillingham 1
Byline: SIMON BIRD TERRY Venables flashed a rare smile and in the directors' box even Peter Ridsdale chuckled. With their side cruising into the fifth round, a precious moment of light relief - provided thanks to humour from a crowd that was...
Football: WINNING UGLY BUT LOOKING SO GOOD; PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL SPECIAL: BIRMINGHAM 0 MAN UTD 1 Fergie's Troops on Ruud to Glory
Byline: David MCDONNELL THERE is an ominous look about Manchester United right now. Like an irritating fly, they simply won't go away, much to the annoyance of Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side. If the hallmark of champions is the ability to...
Football: WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT!; EXCLUSIVE: Sir Bobby Faces Row over Shock Moves to Reunite Bowyer and Woodgate at Newcastle
Byline: SIMON BIRD SIR BOBBY ROBSON wants to hand Lee Bowyer a Premiership lifeline next season and reunite him with Jonathan Woodgate. The Newcastle manager has asked to be given first refusal on Bowyer if West Ham are relegated, a move that...
Formula One: JORDAN BANKS ON FIRM INVESTMENT; Rookie Ralph Buys in with Pounds 2m Ticket to Ride
Byline: Ted MACAULEY JUST like he did 10 years ago when he lured Eddie Irvine from the Far East, Grand Prix boss Eddie Jordan has raided Japan again for a Formula One newcomer. Only this time his latest signing, Ralph Firman, comes with a pounds...
Fox Said He'd Die Happy as Long as He Had His Kayak and His Wetsuit; WHITEWATER ACE MOURNED
Byline: HEATHER RAMSAY A WORLD-CLASS Scots kayaker has drowned after being dragged underwater by a freak rapid on one of Chile's most dangerous rivers. Professional kayaker Dugald "Fox" Wilson, 32, of Portobello, Edinburgh, was paddling down...
Friendly Fire; FALLING MARKET HITS 'LOW-RISK' SAVINGS
Byline: JOHN HUSBAND A MILLION British families invest in tax-free friendly societies, which they see as a "negligible-risk" home for their savings. But thousands of them are now in danger of becoming unwitting victims of the shares crash. That's...
Gaa: Lights Not So Bright
Byline: JACKIE CAHILL TO get to where Cork are, we have a bit to go. Those were the words of Ulster Council secretary Danny Murphy as GAA fans up and down the country called for more floodlit fixtures. Saturday night's Cork-Kerry clash was...
GAA: No Matter How Bad Things Get, I Will Not Call for My Errigal Stars SAYS MICKEY HARTE
Byline: Orla BANNON MICKEY HARTE, not surprisingly, didn't enjoy his first defeat as Tyrone manager on Sunday. But he insists he won't be recalling his Errigal Ciaran contingent before their All-Ireland club semi-final against Nemo Rangers in...
Gallery Nets Top Prize
THE winners of our Who Wants To Be Self Employed competition are Peter and Valerie Puddiphatt from Penzance, Cornwall. They will use their pounds 5,000 top prize from Abbey National to back their idea of selling the work of local Cornish artists...
Green House Effect; HOMEOWNERS ARE FINDING IT PAYS TO HELP SAVE THE PLANET
Byline: ANNA DAY WORRIED about the environment but don't know where to start doing your bit? Well, just imagine that each time you flush your loo, you could be helping to save the planet - simply by switching to a "green" toilet. You could...
High Noon; TROOPS TO DEFEND SHANNON FROM WAR PROTESTERS
Byline: NIALL MOONAN SHANNON Airport will have a high security cordon thrown around it from noon today when 120 armed troops are drafted in to protect US warplanes. The soldiers will carry out 24-hour patrols around the airport following attacks...
Hurling: WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE; County Board Looks Set to Meet Players' Demands
Byline: Colm KEYS Chief Sports Writer A STAND-OFF between the Waterford hurlers and their County Board appears to be settled. The hurlers stayed away from a presentation in Dungarvan on Friday night last where they were due to receive their Munster...
Iain Campbell Column: Fergie Won't Shirk National Service. and Berti Knows It
Byline: IAIN CAMPBELL SO the nation will not be treated to a contest between Barry Ferguson and Roy Keane next Wednesday and more's the pity. Berti Vogts' lavish praise of the Rangers skipper yesterday was not only unprecedented, it was perhaps...
ICE HOCKEY: All Right on the Knight for Giants; Giants 4 Knights 2
Byline: NIGEL RINGLAND THE Belfast Giants are top of the Superleague - and that means they're still in with a chance of retaining their title. In a thrilling finish to a terrific game of hockey they held on despite a gallant effort from London...
I Hunted for Love on the Net.I Was Sure I'd Be Alone for Ever; EXCLUSIVE PART TWO: HOW FAT JIBES DROVE LISA TO EDGE OF DESPAIR
Byline: JENNY JOHNSTON and NICK WEBSTER IT'S hard to know whether to laugh or cry. Lisa Riley is telling the story of how she used to turn to the internet to find love - posing as a Lisa Riley lookalike. "I'd always go under a false name and...
IS YOUR WEALTH IN GOOD HEALTH?; Here's the Truth about Top Firms
Byline: JOHN HUSBAND THE biggest shares crash for a generation is biting deep - and it's not just the direct investor who is suffering. Millions more are affected because of the heavy losses being nursed by the life assurance and pension companies...
Jacko: Our Panel Delivers Verdict
Byline: SUE CARROLL / MIRIAM STOPPARD IT was the topic that dominated the nation's conversation last night - the bizarre world of Michael Jackson. In the most extraordinary TV interview of the year, Jacko made a series of startling revelations....
JACKO: OUR PANEL DELIVERS VERDICT; BAD Just Call Inthe Child Protection Agencies MAD He Treats His Own Children like Toys SAD He Needs to Escape Abuse of His Dad
IT was the topic that dominated the nation's conversation last night - the bizarre world of Michael Jackson. In the most extraordinary TV interview of the year, Jacko made a series of startling revelations. He admitted sharing his bedroom with...
KEEPING THE FAITH; Catholic Schools Appoint Tsar
Byline: RICHARD GRAY THE Catholic Church is to appoint an Tsar to champion its schools after being blamed for inflaming sectarian divisions in Scotland. The post of Catholic education service director follows criticism of catholic schools by...
Liz's Legover; HURLEY SHOWS SEX & THE CITY STAR HOW TO FLASH SOME FLESH IN STYLE
Byline: AMBER GRAAFLAND, Fashion Editor HERE'S Liz Hurley showing Kim Cattrall there are more stylish ways of attracting attention at celebrity events than that old flashing your boobs routine. While the Sex and the City star opted for the top...
MIRROR on the CITY: LATEST NEWS FROM DUBLIN: Save Your Staff; MINISTER'S SAFETY CALL TO BUILDING CHIEFS
THE government has sent a wake up call on workers' safety measures to the building industry. The move, initiated by Labour Affairs Minister Frank Fahey, follows a particularly unhappy period on the safety front for the construction sector. Mr...
NON!; Chirac Rebuffs Blair on Iraq. Then His Own MPs Snub Him over Lords Yes There Are Differences, but Iraq Has to Be Disarmed BLAIR YESTERDAY We Must Give the Inspectors More Time to Do Their Job CHIRAC YESTERDAY
Byline: JAMES HARDY, Political Editor, in Le Touquet FRENCH president Jacques Chirac yesterday delivered an embarrassing public rebuff to Tony Blair over plans for a military strike on Iraq. He bluntly told the PM: "War is always the worst possible...
Oliver Holt Column: War, Famine, Disease? Just Blame Venables; I Don't Think Admiring Tel and Admiring Ridsdale Are Mutually Exclusive
Byline: Oliver Holt I HAVE a membership application form for you to fill in. So take a little time, sit down and ask yourself a few questions. Did you slag off Gary Naysmith when Steven Gerrard nearly cut him in half with that double-footed tackle...
Our Class Acts '' EXCLUSIVE: SCHOOLGIRLS WHO ARE TOPS IN THEIR FIELDS
Byline: GILLIAN HYLAND THEY are still at school but each of these girls has already excelled in areas where many adults have failed. By the tender age of 15 these young starlets were well on their way to making their dreams come true. But...
Paul Martin Column: Eminem's Pounds 1.4M Freebie; IRISH GIG PAY DAY
Byline: Paul Martin SUPERSTAR rapper EMINEM is about to increase his huge bank balance by pounds 1.4million in just one night - thanks to his Irish fans. The 30-year-old is already one of the richest men in the music business and now Slim Shady...
Pippa Sibley Column: He's Bad. So Take His Kids
Byline: Pippa Sibley MOST of us who decided to watch the Michael Jackson interview on Monday night expected a sort of freak show. We know so much about the rather pathetic Peter Pan figure with the distorted face and high-pitched voice that we...
Powell Is Showing His Hand over Iraq; CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS ON AMERICA'S U-TURN IN DISCLOSING ITS 'EVIDENCE'
Byline: CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS THERE was a suggestive moment during President Bush's State of the Union address last week. He announced from the podium that on February 5 the United Nations would be addressed by Secretary of State Colin Powell,...
Racing: NATIONAL TAKEOVER; Irish Hold Massive 33 Aintree Entries
Byline: Peter O'HEHIR Racing Correspondent FLORIDA Pearl and Marlborough have been allotted joint top-weight of 11-12 for the pounds 600,000 Martell Cognac Grand National, to be run at Aintree on April 5. Willie Mullins' gelding is one of 33...
Racing: NATIONAL TAKEOVER; Pipe in Control with 19 Aintree Entries
Byline: David YATES MARTIN PIPE named Take Control as the pick of his entries in the Martell Cognac Grand National when the weights were published yesterday. The champion trainer, who won the world's most famous horse race with Miinnehoma in...
ROUTLEDGE: Benn Played into Tyrant's Hands
Byline: Paul Routledge IF I were Tony Benn, I would not be in a hurry to apply for a job on the Daily Mirror. His much-hyped interview with Saddam Hussein, broadcast at great expense on Channel Four last night, was not exactly ground-breaking...
Rugby League: Kav's Cup Dream Set to Take-Off
Byline: DAVID BURKE KIERON KAVANAGH could miss the biggest rugby match of his life this weekend if war on Iraq is declared. RAF engineer Kavanagh should be facing mighty Wigan Warriors in the Powergen Challenge Cup fourth round - George Bush...
Rugby Union: CROCKED PROPS; England Fears for Vickery and White
Byline: ALEX SPINK CLIVE WOODWARD broke his silence last night and admitted to an injury crisis just 10 days before England's Six Nations showdown against France. Having hinted at a problem by his refusal to say who took part in Monday's training...
Rugby Union: HEADACHES HIT HANSEN; Llanelli 39 Cardiff 26 Robinson and Madden Injured
Byline: HUGH STEPHENS MARK JONES had the first and last word as Llanelli came out growling in defence of their championship title. The pacy Wales wing scored two of the Scarlets'' five tries, but any pleasure Wales coach Steve Hansen may have...
Rugby Union: IT'S A TYKE AWAY; Mayer Tops Warriors' Target List
Byline: KEVIN BOYD GLASGOW are poised to move for Scotland centre Jamie Mayer after his contract with Leeds was terminated. Mayer is recovering after a long injury lay-off and had been sent back to former club Watsonians to get match practice...
Rugby Union: Woodward: Injury Crisis Could Hand England a Nations KO; WOODY LOSES WHITE AND VICKERY FOR LE CRUNCH
Byline: Alex SPINK Rugby Correspondent CLIVE WOODWARD broke his silence last night and admitted to an injury crisis just 10 days before England's Six Nations showdown against France. Having hinted at a major problem by his refusal to say who...
SADDAM: THE INTERVIEW; Weapons of Mass Destruction Cannot Hide in Your Pocket. It's Easy to Work out If Iraq Has Them We Would Not Be Ashamed to Admit a Relationship with Al-Qaeda. but We Do Not Have One
Byline: PAUL GILFEATHER in Baghdad and GARY JONES SADDAM Hussein has told Tony Benn in an extraordinary face-to-face TV interview that Iraq has NO weapons of mass destruction and NO links to al-Qaeda. Looking clearly edgy the tyrant denied hindering...
Shelly on the Telly: Posh Nosh Is a Load of Tosh
IT is a testament to his sheer talent as an actor that, even in a programme as fleeting as Posh Nosh (BBC2), Richard E Grant still managed to be just as irritating and supercilious as he was in, say, The Scarlet Pimpernel or The Hound Of The Baskervilles....
Shopping for a Loan?; CHECK OUT SUPERMARKETS
Byline: ANNA DAY IF YOU'RE looking for a good deal on a personal loan, home contents cover or even car insurance, check out the checkouts. The major supermarkets are offering some super deals on financial products that regularly beat the banks...
SHOT 3 TIMES; Murder Victim Found at Spector's Mansion Was Bit-Part Actress Lana
Byline: RICHARD WALLACE, US Editor, in Los Angeles THIS is bit-part actress Lana Clarkson, the blonde shot to death at music legend Phil Spector's home. Police revealed yesterday that 41-year-old Lana had been shot at least three times. The...
Snooker: Curtain Falls on Davis the Past Master
Byline: TONY STENSON STEVE DAVIS locked himself away yesterday for a moment's quiet reflection after the curtain fell on an era. The six-time world champion wanted time to think, recall moments high and low and congratulate himself on still being...
Snooker: Higgins Is Master of the Nugget
Byline: TONY STENSON THE OMENS are good for John Higgins after knocking out Steve Davis to book his place in the Benson and Hedges Masters quarter finals. The last time he won a match at Wembley he went on to lift the trophy. That was in 1999,...
The Scurra
THE Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, is fast earning the nickname Pelvic Motion. Just a few weeks after he left his wife Jan following rumours (denied by him) of a dalliance with one of his students, I can reveal he had an affair with Daisy Goodwin....
They Fulfilled an Ancient Dream.For All Mankind; BUSH GRIEVES FOR SHUTTLE CREW
Byline: ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS in Houston IT was meant to be a cele-bration of a triumphant return for the Columbia space mission. But yesterday four jets screeched over Nasa' s mission control in the `missing man' formation as a poignant farewell...
They Fulfilled an Ancient Dream for All mankind.We Are Forever in Their Debt; COLUMBIA SHUTTLE DISASTER
Byline: ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS in Houston IT was meant to be a celebration of a triumphant return for the Columbia space mission. But yesterday four jets screeched over Nasa' s mission control in the 'missing man' formation as a poignant farewell...
Tommy Sheridan Column: I'm Proud to Fight Asylum Witchhunt
Byline: Tommy Sheridan I GET lots of letters and emails, most sympathetic - but not all. Last week, "Pollok Punter" said that because of my support for asylum seekers, he won't be voting for me ever again. Personally, I've no intention of...
ULSTER'S Pounds 400,000 ROADS SNOWFIGHT; Cash Spent to Battle Blizzards
Byline: MAURICE FITZMAURICE and DAN MCGINN ROADS Service bosses have spent pounds 400,000 trying to keep Northern Ireland's highways opened. After two days of snow which has closed dozens of schools and made many roads impassable, 10 per cent...
VICTIMS OF THE KILLER WINDS; SNOWDRIFTS AND BLIZZARDS BRING DEATH Hundreds Frozen as Power Cuts Bite
Byline: WENDY MILLER TWO motorists died in horrific head-on road smashes as gales swept the north of Scotland. One man was killed when powerful winds pushed an articulated lorry across a busy dual carriageway and into his car. Another man...
WANTED 29 Fellas to Take All-Ireland Ladies Champs Mayo on a Date!; EXCLUSIVE GAA GIRLS JUDGE THE TALENT
Byline: NIALL MOONAN FOOTBALL'S All-Ireland winning ladies are playing the field again - and want to team up with some men. The Mayo girls, who won the senior final in September, are launching a Popstars-style "talent search" to find 29 lucky...
WAR IS THE WORST POSSIBLE SOLUTION; Chirac Rejects PM Pleas to Back Military Strikes on Iraq Yes There Are Differences, but Iraq Has to Be Disarmed BLAIR YESTERDAY We Must Give the Inspectors More Time to Do Their Job CHIRAC YESTERDAY
Byline: JAMES HARDY Political Editor, in Le Touquet PRESIDENT Jacques Chirac yesterday publicly snubbed Tony Blair's appeals for French support on attacking Iraq. He bluntly told the PM: "War is always the worst possible solution." Mr Chirac...
WAR ON CRONIES; MPs Snub Blair's Lords Plea
Byline: BOB ROBERTS TONY Blair was humiliated last night as MPs snubbed his plans for an unelected House of Lords. The PM wanted an all-appointed chamber - dubbed Tony's Cronies - which would not obstruct the Commons. But the move was rejected...
Why Every Woman Needs Her Manual
Byline: JAN DISLEY 25% of women admitted to owning a sex manual - as opposed to just 15.6% of men Against a UK average of 21%, the West Country has one of the highest percentages of owners of sex manuals (36%) 80% of women think that sex was very...
WIN A Pounds 3,000 SUREFIRE BET; Fund Will Guarantee Your Investment
Byline: JOHN HUSBAND IT'S many happy returns for one of Britain's most successful unit trusts and the savers who have backed it. To celebrate its seventh birthday the Close Escalator 100 Fund is offering one lucky reader a chance to win pounds...
YOUR PROBLEMS: Is Liposuction a Sucker's Choice?; LETTER OF THE DAY
Byline: Miriam Stoppard I WOULD like to have a small amount of liposuction done on the outside of my thighs as they're very fatty and I hate them. Can you tell me about liposuction and what it involves to help me decide whether it is worth having...