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 January 18, 2000

AER LINGUS JET IN HOAX BOMB ALERT; Pilot Forced to Abort Take Off
FORTY-FIVE terrified passengers were evacuated from an Aer Lingus jet yesterday after a hoax bomb threat was made minutes before it was due to take off. The security scare happened as the Boeing 737 taxied along the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle airport...
Big Issue Seller Is Killed for His Pounds 57k
A BIG Issue seller had a secret hoard of pounds 57,000 from selling the charity magazine - and it cost him his life, it was revealed yesterday. Jobless Tim Pincott would have to have sold at least 105 copies of the mag each day for the last three...
Boxing: BEHAVE OR ELSE; TYSON V FRANCIS: THE BIG-FIGHT COUNTDOWN We Are Watching Iron Mike Warn Vegas Money Men
THERE'S much more at stake for Mike Tyson in Britain than just getting the business done against Julius Francis. Tyson has been warned he must behave during his first fighting trip to Europe or forget all about a return to the mega-money fights...
Boxing: NOW I'M THE PEACEMAKER
MIKE TYSON held court for the first time in Britain yesterday and revealed he wants to be a peace envoy on the troubled streets of Brixton and Moss Side. Less than 24 hours after the chaotic scenes which greeted his touchdown at Heathrow, Iron Mike...
Boxing: Tyson: I Won't Be Visiting Reggie Kray, Even Though He Wrote to Me When I Was in Jail
MIKE TYSON last night announced he would cut his links with jailed East End gangster Reggie Kray to avoid tarnishing his image any further. It had been claimed Tyson would visit Kray in prison after he fights Julius Francis in Manchester on January...
Changing Hols
IMAGINE swapping your dream holiday for a surprise break arranged by complete strangers. That's what 16 sets of people did when they agreed to take part in Carol Smillie's hilarious BBC1 series, Holiday Swaps. Here, in a sneak preview, CHARLOTTE...
Charlie Catchpole's TV Column: Ali's Black Comedy Is All White
BIGGEST laugh of the week has been the "row" over Ali G. The self-styled "voice of youth" from Channel 4's 11 O'Clock Show has been accused of racism by a bunch of black comedians. Nobody can quite figure out Ali G. Is he supposed to be a white...
Charlie Catchpole's TV Column: A PAIN IN THE CLASS
SNOBS (Thursday, ITV) was made by September Films, the people who brought us Hollywood Wives, Pets, Lovers, Perversions, Sexually Transmitted Diseases etc, and was the sort of badly thought-out, hastily thrown-together mish-mash we've come to expect....
City Slickers : SHARES: The FTSE-100 Index Closed Up 11.3pts at 6669.5
FOR Stock Exchange prices dial 0906 360 92 then the two numbers to the LEFT of each share. Calls cost 60p per minute. Abbey Nat....799.0-35.0 98 All & Leics.....620.0-20.5 05 Allied Dom....296.0-6.0 07 Anglian W......537.0-1.0 69 ...
City Slickers : SUGAR TO JOIN NET GOLDRUSH; Viglen Web Spin-Off Will Send Shares Soaring
SIR Alan Sugar's Viglen Technology is launching a separate Internet division, which is expected to be spun-off and floated on the stock market. The news, confirmed to Slicker by Viglen chief executive Bordan Tkachuck last night, is expected to send...
Dear Jo: Readers' Letters
NHS is getting better IT'S not all bad news on the NHS front, as many of us who have Andy King as our Labour MP well know. He gained his seat in the last election at a time when Rugby's Hospital of St Cross was languishing after five years of...
DEATH ON THE NILE; Lover Accused of Poisoning Lawyer with Cyanide to Inherit Pounds 400,000
A LAWYER was poisoned by her lover in a Death on the Nile murder, a jury was told yesterday. John Frederick Allan allegedly hoped to inherit over pounds 400,000 from girlfriend Cheryl Lewis. And after changing her will, he poisoned her with cyanide...
DOCTOR STALKER; GP's Bizarre Hate War on a Neighbour
STALKING victim Debbie Holley has told of her 20 months of terror as the hate-target of a woman GP. Debbie, 43, was driven to the brink of a breakdown by a campaign of harassment, during which Christine Harris-Lloyd allegedly: PESTERED her by...
DRUGS BUST WHITNEY FLEES FROM AIRPORT; 'Marijuana Found in Singer's Bag'
SUPERSTAR Whitney Houston fled airport security guards after they allegedly found marijuana in her handbag. The singer refused to wait and left on a scheduled flight 45 minutes before police arrived to question her. Whitney, 36, who had been...
Earning Power: New Model Workforce; Not All Company Uniforms Feature Nylon Tabards. We Talk to Four Women Who Go to Work Dressed from Head to Toe in Designer Gear - Free, Gratis and for Nothing
COMPANY: VIRGIN ATLANTIC DESIGNER: JOHN ROCHA Clare Johnson, 28, has worked for Virgin Atlantic as an in-flight beauty therapist for five years. Unlike many of her colleagues, Clare does not wear the distinctive red Virgin suit, but goes to work...
Fight for Love Tug Boy Over
A TWO-YEAR custody battle for a young boy abducted in 1997 ended in Dublin's Four Courts yesterday. Judge Frederick Morris resolved the dispute by making a ruling on custody - but also introduced a block preventing newspapers from reporting the...
Follow in My Footsteps
FROM PERSONNEL OFFICER TO TV FITNESS GURU Diana Moran - the Green Goddess - is 60 and has two sons and four grandchildren. She is divorced and lives in Surrey. 1957 I grew up in Bristol and after school I won a scholarship to art college, but...
Food: Look out For
SIX WEEKS IN SEVILLE Seville oranges, first brought to Britain by Edward I's Spanish wife Queen Eleanor in the 13th century, are one of the few real seasonal fruits left, now that so many are available all year round. They're on sale for just six...
Football: BABBEL DEAL SPARKS Pounds 20M KOP SPREE
THE capture of Markus Babbel last night signalled the start of a second consecutive pounds 20 million-plus Liverpool summer spending spree. The German international defender yesterday signed a pre-contract with the Anfield club to begin the next...
Football: BABBEL STARTS KOP SPREE; Houllier Has Pounds 20m to Bring in New Talent
THE capture of Markus Babbel last night signalled the start of a second consecutive pounds 20 million-plus Liverpool summer spending spree. The German international defender yesterday signed a pre-contract with the Anfield club to begin the next...
Football: French Fancy Ouedec Wants Bhoys to Say 'Oui' to Deal
CELTIC target Nicolas Ouedec was bowled over by Parkhead yesterday as he started a three-day trial. The French striker took part in his first training session - and was delighted to hear so many familiar accents. He said: "I knew Eric Black when...
Football: HAMMER NAILED BY Pounds 6m TAG; Gers Price Albertz out of Transfer
RANGERS were last night accused of pricing wantaway star Jorg Albertz out of a move. The German has been valued at pounds 6million by the Ibrox club, scaring off potential bidders, including Borussia Dortmund and Albertz's former club Hamburg. ...
Football: NO KANU FOR MAN U; Nigeria Ban Striker from Old Trafford Showdown
NIGERIAN soccer bosses have told Arsenal there is no way they will let Kanu become a Premiership jet-setter. Coach Jo Bonfrere, fed-up with being pushed into a political corner, finally slammed the door yesterday and now insists the player will...
Football: Robinson Bids for SFA Post
THE Scottish Premier League have gone head to head with the SFA by nominating Chris Robinson for a top Park Gardens post. The Hearts chief will challenge Stenhousemuir director George Peat for his role as treasurer when the SFA Council meet next...
Football: ROBSON: I WILL WALK OUT; Bryan Says He'll Go If Boro Slump Continues
BRYAN ROBSON said last night that he will quit Middlesbrough at the end of the season if he fails guide them out of their crisis. The under-pressure Boro manager was reacting to savage criticism from fans. They called for him to quit during the...
Football: Sheffield MPs Said Judge Wilson on results.We See How They Are Doing in Their Own Jobs
IF Danny Wilson should be sacked for his record as manager of Sheffield Wednesday then maybe David Blunkett and Co. should get the boot as well. Because when the Sheffield "gang of four" started meddling in footballing matters, Mirror Sport decided...
Football: SORRY WENGER, NO KANU FOR MAN U
NIGERIAN soccer bosses have told Arsenal there is now way they will let Kanu become a Premiership jet-setter. Coach Jo Bonfrere, fed-up with being pushed into a political corner, finally slammed the door yesterday and now insists the player will...
Football: THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR STRUGGLERS
IT looks 99 per cent certain that Home Farm Fingal will make it third time lucky when they make the long, long trip to Ballybofey this afternoon to take on Finn Harps in the FAI Harp Lager Cup. This second round tie has been postponed twice because...
FOOTBALL: YOU'RE SHAUN YOUR WAY OUT TEALE; Raging Boyle Gives Stopper the Boot
OUTSPOKEN Motherwell defender Shaun Teale was last night kicked out of Fir Park. Teale, 36, accused chairman John Boyle and manager Billy Davies of going back on the promise of a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer. Boyle...
Free Maths Stuff for Schools: GET IN ON THE FRACTION; You Can Count on Us to Supply Children with the Very Best
THERE is now no need for your child to ever go short of maths equipment again. Thanks to our brilliant partnership with food giants McVitie's and KP Snacks, schools can now claim practically everything they want - for free! Our exciting Free...
Free Maths Stuff for Schools: Hever Such a Good Idea; YOUR HAS THE GREATEST GIVEAWAYS NUMBERS ARE GROWING!
OUR Maths Stuff for Schools scheme couldn't have come at a better time for these Kent pupils. For though the roll at Hever CE Aided Primary School hastrebled over the past few years, specialist teaching equipment is thin on the ground. So Hever...
Free Maths Stuff for Schools: Your Efforts Really Count
IRELAND'S maths teachers are always sure of their figures, and our Free Maths Stuff for Schools - Ireland's biggest ever nationwide schools promotion - certainly adds up for them! From Dublin to Donegal, Carlow to Cork, maths maestros think our...
GAA: Board to Blow the Final Whistle on Red Card Controversy
THE referee at the centre of the north Kerry card controversy is expected to make a statement to the District Board meeting in Listowel tomorrow night. Patsy Curtin has remained tightlipped since the whole controversy over the card he issued to...
GAA: MIDFIELD GENERAL'S BATTLE FOR FITNESS; Waterford Star Browne Fears Injury Will Finish His Career
TONY Browne will visit a surgeon in Waterford this week to find out more about the ankle injury that continues to plague him. Browne returned to Waterford training on December 27 after a six-month break with the troublesome ankle. But he suffered...
Garage Man in Kidnap Ordeal
MASKED raiders drove a petrol station attendant to a remote wood and beat him for over an hour with golf clubs after he refused to open a safe. Jamie O'Sullivan's own mother couldn't even recognise him after the two men hit him about the head and...
Golf: I've Beaten Cancer, Saw My Friend Payne Killed, Lost a Cousin. but Now I'm a Champion Again; AZINGER DEFIES ALL THE ODDS
PAUL Azinger, the American golfer who beat cancer, ended a six-year nightmare when he won the $2.9 million Sony Open in Hawaii by seven strokes on Sunday. Azinger - "I really was knocking on Heaven's Door" - shot a closing five-under-par 65 to finish...
Golf: Winner Is Zinging in the Reign
AMERICAN Paul Azinger, the golf star who beat cancer, ended a drought of more than six years when he won the pounds 1.8million Sony Open in Hawaii by seven strokes. Azinger, who once admitted: "I really was knocking on Heaven's Door", shot a closing...
HAUTE COUTURE SPRING-SUMMER COLLECTION: PARIS ALL OF A FLUTTER OVER BUTTERFLY DESIGNS; Ungaro Wows Catwalk Crowds
FRENCH designer Emmanuel Ungaro stole the show at Paris Fashion Week yesterday with his stunning collection for spring/summer 2000, based entirely on butterflies. As a main part of his funky feminine look he introduced the very latest craze to hit...
HAVE AN ABORTION IF THE DAD'S ASIAN; Tutor Sacked after Beauty School Dropout's Race Hell
A TUTOR who told a pupil to have an abortion because the baby's father was Asian has lost her claim for unfair dismissal. Pauline McNulty was sacked after 17-year-old Suzy Lamb's mum complained about the way the beauty school tutor spoke to her...
Health: Constant Craving; How Does It Feel to Be So Addicted to One Thing That Getting Your Next Fix Is All That Matters? We Spoke to Three Women Who've Been There, and Find out How They Kicked the Habit
The line between addiction and just having a bit too much is a fine one. You're addicted to something when the desire for it overtakes your life, when you plan your day around satisfying your habit and when you can't say no. An increasing number of...
Health: MOT Your Body; Fighting Fit or Losing the Battle? Each Week, We Ask the Health and Fitness Experts to Give One Reader a Total Medical Overhaul, and Offer Some Tips for Leading a Healthier Lifestyle
Name Lynsey Horsman Age 24 Weight 14st 2lb Height 5ft 5in Job Assistant shop manager Medical history Lynsey has had no serious illnesses or operations. Lifestyle notes Lynsey has put on weight since having a contraceptive injection 18 months...
HEALTH SERVICE IN CRISIS: NURSES' INFLATION BUSTER; We Deserve to Be Rewarded for What We Do Staff Nurse SHEILA HUTTON This Shows the Government Has Listened to Us Staff Nurse LIZ CORBETT the Pay Rise Is a Start but It Is Still Not Enough Nurse GAIL ADAMS
SENIOR nurses have been singled out for an inflation-busting pay rise by the Government. About 60,000 nurses and midwives at the top of grade E will get a 7.8 per cent increase - from pounds 17,830 to pounds 19,220. Ministers hope the rise will...
HE KILLED OUR ANN BUT WE STAND BY HIM; Teacher Pushed Wife off Clifftop and Blamed Their Dog but Family Say He Is Forgiven
A CHEATING wife plunged to her death from a clifftop after being pushed by her husband. Deputy head Ann Day, 47 - who had carried on a long- standing affair with another teacher - stumbled and fell 70- feet into the sea at a popular tourist spot, a...
How Well Do You Two Know Each Other?
Paul Spencer, 27, is a musician and Kath Boylan, 29, is a midwife. They've been together for seven and a half years, and share a house in Sandbach, Cheshire Where, when and how did you meet? Kath At a club in May 1992. I didn't notice him at...
Interiors: Q&A
Q I keep reading that fluorescent colours such as pink and orange will be the new interiors trend in 2000. If that's the case, where can I buy really bright wall paint? A Paint effects expert Annie Sloan has just launched a bright-as-you- like new...
Interview: Jamie Oliver - I'd like to Start a Family Soon ..and I Know Jules Wants Us to Get Cracking; THE NAKED CHEF'S RECIPE FOR JOY
HE'S the rock 'n' roll chef who brings a dash of spice to our TV screens. With his quick wit and trendy, pop star-looks, it would be easy to assume that Jamie Oliver is a party animal, out on the town with a different woman every night. But what...
Interview: Vanessa Feltz - I Cried Great Big Fat Tears through My First Workout. the Simplest Leg Stretch Was Agony; HOW VANESSA WON 12-WEEK CHALLENGE
VANESSA FELTZ looked her personal trainer Dennis Duhaney in the eye and felt the waves of nausea that had overwhelmed her in the past 48 hours passing over again. The challenge in front of her was daunting. At 37 she had never even attempted to...
IT'S A WACKY WORLD 1: LOO'S LAUGHING NOW; Pounds 4,000 for Sleepy Woman Forced to Spend Night in Pub after Being Locked in Toilet
A WOMAN who was locked overnight in a pub loo after falling asleep on the toilet has settled her claim against the brewery for pounds 4,000. Marian Gahan sued Guinness Ireland Group Ltd, trading as Searsons Pub, after she had to stay the night in...
JURY FURY BIGOT'S LETTER BOMBSHELL LANDS HIM IN DOCK; but He Was Too Old Anyway
A BIGOTED pensioner was asked to do his bit for justice by sitting on a jury - but wound up in the dock. Instead of writing to accept the call to perform his civic duty, Daniel Sneddon sent a letter full of anti- Catholic abuse. But the 67-year-old's...
LAST NIGHT'S VIEW : Horror Epic Is a Grim Fairytale
THE BBC has taken up a musical instrument. It is constantly blowing its own trumpet about its programmes. That long-winded commercial about its comedy output seems to go on longer than the average sitcom. And if all the hype is to be believed, the...
LAURENCE STITT's Column: Now It's Time to Give Trust a Fair Chance
MY club and the Irish League have agreed a vacant date to play our Premier League game against Linfield, after last week's postponement. The Irish League has claimed that the decision as to whether the game will be played or not, is now down to...
Male Shot: A Man's- Eye View, from the Editor-At- Large of Loaded
It was not an unreasonable request. Just a spot of bubble bath, something like Radox or Matey, to put in the water for the purpose of making bubbles. Not to induce sleep or reinvigorate or any of that carry- on, but, purely and simply, to put bubbles...
Men and Sex: I Confess: This Week Men Reveal All about the Day They Dumped a Girlfriend. Get Ready to Fume
`Back in my student days, I'd been seeing a girl for two and a half years - about a year and a half too long. Attraction had faded into tolerance, then annoyance, and finally utter loathing. I was in Manchester when I saw a road called Elbow Street....
MEN on What They Really Think of Us
Would you go out with a woman who was taller than you? It wouldn't affect me, but I'd have a limit - say 6ft 6in. That's reasonable. Yes. Unless she was ridiculously tall. I wouldn't want to see straight up her nostrils. Yes, but...
Millions for E.coli Boy
A BOY of six left brain damaged after catching the E.coli bug on a school trip to a farm will get several million pounds in damages, the High Court heard yesterday. Tom Dowling is now wheelchair-bound, cannot move his arms or legs and communicates...
Oh Oh Snog 'Em; BOND STAR PIERCE IS KING OF THE KISSERS
IRISH hunk Pierce Brosnan is the best snogger in the movie world, according to one of Hollywood's hottest leading ladies. Stunning Rene Russo has snogged some of the sexiest men in the movies. She has locked lips with everyone from tough guy...
Opening Shot; A Sharp Look at the World Today, from One of Britain's Top Writers
Has this ever happened to you? You're talking to some chap you don't know very well, and within ten minutes of the Nice To Meet Yous he's telling you that he knows the type of man you go for. And you think: `Really? I'm not sure that I know the type...
Profile: Van Morrison - Reluctant Hero Lets Music Do His Talking
VAN Morrison was born George Ivan Morrison in Belfast on August 31, 1945. He says he experienced spiritual ecstasy at the age of three while listening to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. He was influenced by his father's extensive blues record...
Racing: DINES' FRESH START; Hurdles Are Recipe for Success
DINES, the horse who has cost punters a packet without giving them a run for their money, gets another chance on Saturday. Fed-up trainer Paul Nicholls is putting Dines back over hurdles and hopes that will put an end to his mulish antics. Each...
Racing: FREE Ticket for Every Reader
WE'VE teamed up with Kelso racecourse to offer a day at the races absolutely free for all our readers. Kelso has it's first meeting of 2000 on Friday, January 21. And you can be there free with the Mirror - saving you an incredible pounds 7....
Racing: Ista Top Clash in Hurdle
ISTABRAQ and Limestone Lad are on-course for a fascinating head- to-head clash in Sunday's AIG Europe Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Ireland's leading hurdlers head the list of seven acceptors for the 'Irish Champion', which carries a winner's...
Racing: Win A RACEHORSE FOR A YEAR
WHEN it comes to racing, there's only one winner - Mirror Racing. And we've done it again with a fantastic competition exclusive to our readers. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a racehorse for a year in conjunction with one of Ireland's...
Rage at 'Pervert' Claim by Cardinal
CARDINAL Thomas Winning was slammed by gay groups yesterday after he compared homosexuals to criminals and branded them "perverted". The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland made his controversial comments as he backed tycoon Brian Souter's...
Real Lives: `I Was the Only Survivor of a Plane Crash' Julianne Koepcke Is One of the Luckiest Women Alive. at the Age of 17 She Was in a Crash That Killed Everyone Else on Board, Including Her Mother. She Then Had to Survive Ten Terrifying Days, Alone, in the Peruvian Rainforest
Julianne Koepcke was living in Peru with her zoologist parents when she joined her mother on a Christmas Eve flight from the capital, Lima, to a research station in the jungle. Just 30 minutes into the flight, the plane hit bad weather then exploded...
Relationships: The Datemaker; Take One Gorgeous Girl Looking for Love and Pounds 100 to Spend as She Will - What Man Could Resist This Winning Formula? Well, If a Bit of Subtle Encouragement Is Required, M's Own Matchmaker Is the Woman for the Job. Watch and Learn, Grace Dent Is on a Roll in Kilkenny
`Come to Kilkenny,' they said. `That's where it's all happening,' they said, `You'll have no problems there,' they said. `They' were all lying. It's Saturday night and I'm stranded in deepest darkest Eire. Kilkenny's biggest buzz this weekend is a...
Report: God's Child Prostitutes; They're Forced to Have Sex with Any Man Who Wants Them, Shunned by Everyone in Their Village and Destined for a Life of Poverty and Abuse. Brigid McConville Meets the Forgotten Victims of India's Cruellest Religious Tradition. Photographs by Liba Taylor
To young Lalava Rama it seemed like a dream come true. Decked out in a bright new sari and bangles, the 12-year-old sat under a canopy of flowers, surrounded by her family and village elders. The potraju (priest) drew patterns on the ground around...
Roseanna Cunningham's Column: Anti-Gay Brigade Use Law to Mask Prejudice
THERE is an unbelievable palaver over the possible repeal of section 28 - the bit of Tory legislation which banned 'the promotion of the acceptability of homosexuality' by councils. Please note the wording. Repealing the section cannot result...
Routledge's Verdict: We're Not Happy, Tony
FINALLY, Tony Blair is beginning to realise what it is like to get it wrong. His popularity ratings have crashed alongside a collapse of confidence in his promise to save the National Health Service. The voters put their faith in New Labour because...
Rugby Union: BEEFY JNR ON THE WELSH MENU; but Botham Warns Rising Son
ENGLAND cricket legend Ian Botham has advised rugby-playing son Liam to think long and hard before turning his back on the Red Rose. Cardiff wing Liam will today be selected for the Welsh international trial despite having won Under-21 honours for...
Rugby Union: Do You Really Want to Be Welsh, Son? Says IAN BOTHAM
LIAM BOTHAM will ask his famous father Ian about whether to wear the red shirt of Wales. And England cricket legend Botham said last night: "All I know, and what I'm telling him, is that it's a decision he's got to live with for the rest of his...
Rugby Union: LIAM HAS HIS DAD'S GUTS SAYS HOLMES; WALES RUGBY SPECIAL: WHICH WAY WILL HE JUMP?
LIAM BOTHAM has pushed his way to the head of the line for Welsh honours just two years after being on rugby's dole queue. Today's call-up to next week's Wales Six Nations trial caps an amazing comeback for 22-year-old Botham, who was kicked out...
Rugby Union: MURRAY WORRY FOR SCOTS' OPENER; Winger in a Sweat over Injury
SCOTLAND winger Cammy Murray will discover today if he'll miss next month's Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome. The Edinburgh Reivers star dislocated a shoulder during Sunday's Heineken European Cup defeat by Grenoble in France. But he...
Rugby Union: You Play for the Country Where Your Heart Really Belongs, Says Ian Botham; WALES RUGBY SPECIAL: WHICH WAY WILL HE JUMP?
THERE'S no way I'm going to tell my son Liam whether he should play rugby for England or Wales. I'm just delighted and very proud that two home international coaches, Graham Henry and Clive Woodward, are interested in him. I've spoken to him...
SCANDAL OF CARE HOME WORKERS; 85 per Cent in Charge of Children Not Qualified
EIGHTY-FIVE per cent of social workers dealing with youngsters in Welsh children's homes last year weren't properly qualified, according to a shock report. And now the country's scandal-hit social services have been ordered to come up with better...
Star Challenge: Hanging on the Telephone with. Jamie Theakston
TV presenter Jamie Theakston made his mark three years ago when he teamed up with Zoe Ball to present Live and Kicking on BBC1 on Saturday mornings. The pair have been reunited for The Priory, Channel 4's live entertainment show on Tuesdays at 6pm....
STATE SCHOOL'S BEATEN ETON; Head's Joy as Pupils Get Better GCSEs
PUPILS at a state secondary are out-performing Eton in exams, it was revealed yesterday. And it is partly due to super- efficient organisation in school and revolutionary ways of learning. Teenagers at the all-ability Brooke Weston City Technology...
SUICIDE DAD NEVER GOT OVER GRIEF; Ricky Was Heartbroken by Wife's Death
A DISTRAUGHT dad-of-three has killed himself after failing to get over his wife's death in a climbing accident. Heartbroken Ricky Murdoch, 38, hanged himself after eight months of struggling to come to terms with the loss of his beloved wife Carol....
Tennis: Tim Tames Jinx and Heads for Top
VICTORY over Jerome Golmard meant much more to Tim Henman than simply a place in the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. It enabled the 25-year-old newly-wed to bury unhappy memories and kick-start what he calls "stage two of my career"....
Then and Now: Remember When. Your Face Was Your Fortune; What's It like to Spend a Year Being Britain's Most Beautiful Woman, Cutest Child or Champion Slimmer? and How Do You Cope When It's All over? Here, Three Former Title Holders Reflect on Their Glory Days
MISS UK In 1987 Karen Mellor, a 24-year-old from Barnsley, was crowned Miss UK at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. What followed was a year-long whirlwind of champagne, chauffeur-driven cars and five-star hotels. Now 36, Karen, left, works with...
THE OUTCAST; Ron Davies Cold-Shouldered by Colleagues over Labour Attack
RON DAVIES was punished by silence and the cold-shoulder from senior colleagues yesterday after his astonishing attack on the Labour Party. The controversial former Welsh Secretary was dismissed as "yesterday's man" and an "irrelevance". Labour's...
This Is a Fight We Can't Lose. If We Do We'll Have to Give Up Everything We Ever Had; PROTEST FARMER JOHN BURKE WAS GETTING MORE FOR HIS BEEF IN 1986 THAN TODAY
FARMERS are squaring up to the beef barons in a struggle for survival not seen since the land wars of the last century. Away from the headlines of court injunctions and pounds 500,000-a-day fines, the small farmers of Ireland are left with two choices...
Travel: Fantasy Islands; Make Your Own Dreams Come True and Follow Gill Williams to the Caribbean Islands of Antigua and Barbuda. You Know You Deserve It
`How much for this bunch of bananas?' I ask the stallholder. `Those aren't bananas,' she replies. `They're figs.' I stroll down noisy Market Street, peeling my banana, which, thanks to a mix-up 300 years ago, is known to the Antiguans as a fig. Saturday...
Tyson in Britain: Circus Rolls on - Beauty Who Fell for Beast
OUTSIDE boxing circles Mike Tyson and his wife Monica are known as Beauty and the Beast. She is a gorgeous, well-educated doctor from a middle-class background while he is the convicted rapist who talks with his fists and who was brought up on some...
Tyson in Britain: Circus Rolls on - KICK HIM OUT? YOU TELL HIM; TYSON IN BRITAIN: CIRCUS ROLLS ON Star Beats Ban Bid
MIKE Tyson won his fight to stay in Britain yesterday and sent out the message: "Don't get in my way." A court bid to have him thrown out of the country because of his rape conviction failed. And the former world heavyweight boxing champion then...
VAN MY LOVING OLD MAN; the Quiet Man of Music's Life with Daughter Shana and Her Mother Janet. His Two Brown Eyed Girls
VAN Morrison has lived with beautiful women and enthralled millions of female fans with a voice honed from pure Irish rock. But there are only two Brown Eyed Girls in his life - his daughter Shana and her mother Janet. They married almost 30...
Views from the Queues
The girl Kathryn Wallbank, 19, above centre, a biomedical science student at Hallam University, is single and lives alone in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The time 8.30pm, Friday. The place The ticket queue, Sheffield station. The queue `We've come...
Voice of the Mirror: A Warning Blair Must Not Ignore
TONY Blair's popularity is waning. And waning fast. That is the only conclusion to be drawn from The Mirror's extraordinary ICM opinion poll results. There has been a dramatic 25 per cent drop in the Prime Minister's satisfaction rating with...
WARD HIT BY DOORS BLUNDER; Frame Fiasco at Hospital
A NEW pounds 8.5m hospital has been forced to keep its doors shut to the public - because they're four inches too small for beds. Builders have been called back to the state-of-the-art medical centre to widen the troublesome timbers not wide enough...
We're Not Happy, Tony
THEY were beginning to think they were untouchable...the most popular government in living memory. Tony Blair and his ministers even reckoned they would avoid the traditional fate of a mid-term drop in popularity. But now an exclusive Mirror/ICM...
`What I Earn, How I Spend It'
Tessa Gee, 21, has been working as a PR account executive for VF1 Publicity since June, after leaving Manchester University with a degree in Performing Arts and Business Management. She earns pounds 210 a week and lives with her boyfriend Russell...
Why Firms Are Superpowers of 21st Century; MERGER CRAZE GIVES BIG BUSINESS GLOBAL CONTROL
THE giant corporation controlling every aspect of our lives is a grim vision of the future much loved by writers. The 1982 movie, Blade Runner, depicted a nightmarish Los Angeles in which the Tyrell organisation is all-powerful. In best-selling...
Your Problems: Miriam Stoppard's Advice Column
Days of anguish after night of love Dear Miriam MY 17-year-old daughter got talking seriously to me the other day, which she'd never done before. Last year a boy she met gave her a drink and persuaded her to have sex with him. She went...
You Want.You Need.You Must Have; M's Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Crowd This Week
Today Start the week as you mean to go on - organised. Keep your desk in order with this understated paper clip magnet/paperweight from Scrivo, pounds 24.50. And get straight to the point with this matching pencil sharpener, pounds 14.50. Both will...