The Mirror (London, England)

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Articles from April 18, 2000

BABY GETS SIX OF BEST; (Fingers and Toes Just like His Dad)
BABY Matthew Thomas is all fingers, thumbs and toes - just like his dad. Little Matthew has followed in dad Adrian's footsteps by being born with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Doctors and nurses were amazed at the incredible...
BIDDY BURIED BY RTE; after 16 Yrs Mary Bows out of Top Soap
IRELAND'S favourite soap queen Biddy Byrne from Glenroe is to be killed off in a car crash, the Irish Mirror can reveal today. RTE insiders said she will feature in a dramatic episode next month which will end the present series. Biddy, played...
BLACK MONDAY; Irish Punters Are Hit for a Billion as High Tech Stock Crashes around Globe
A BILLION pounds was wiped off the value of Irish shares yesterday as prices on the Dublin Stock Exchange crashed. In what is being described as another Black Monday, dozens of Irish companies, including the banks and Eircom, saw their shares drop...
BLAIR JETS IN FOR NEW PEACE DRIVE; PM to Meet Trimble, Mallon and Adams
TONY Blair will today make a new attempt to kickstart the stalled peace process. He will fly first to Belfast for intensive meetings with Northern Ireland's main political parties. He will then dash to Dublin for talks with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern....
Boys Killed by Their Dad
AN anguished father killed his two sons before hanging himself at the home he built and named in their honour. Frank Fairless murdered Christopher, nine, and Oliver, six, in their beds as they spent their first night with him since his marriage...
Caring Thaw Too Good to Resist; LAST NIGHT'S VIEW
JOHN Thaw climbed into the pulpit in the title role of a Catholic priest in Monsignor Renard (ITV) and wished the parishioners of St Josse-des-Bois a better New Year. But we'll never know what 1941 held for the people of the German occupied French...
Charlie Catchpole Television Column: Och Aye the Snooze, Jock
TRISH, who sits next to me in the office, was raving on yesterday about a four-poster bed she'd spotted in the Glenbogle mansion in Monarch Of The Glen (Sunday, BBC1). She'd also just realised that Hamish Clark, who plays resident bit-of-rough-in-a-kilt...
Cloud with a Silver Lining; by HOWARD DAVIES Chairman of the Financial Services Authority
SHARE prices are down all over the world from New York through London to Hong Kong. The new titans of the stock market, Microsoft and Vodafone, have had particularly sharp falls. People with large portfolios of shares, especially those who only...
Cricket: Lewis Faces 'Fix' Inquiry
CHRIS LEWIS has been summoned to Lord's today to explain his lurid revelations that three England stars took bungs for fixing matches. When the England and Wales Cricket Board have finished grilling him, it will be the turn of Scotland Yard. The...
Cricket: Lewis Will Finish Up an Outcast If He Refuses to Name the Guilty Players; SAYS IAN BOTHAM
IAN BOTHAM gave supergrass Chris Lewis a blunt ultimatum in the England bungs storm last night: "Name names or get out of cricket." And Botham warned his former Test colleague he would become an outcast unless he could substantiate his story. ...
Dad Waited Four Years to Grieve
IT was four years before doting dad Michael O'Doibhilin was able to cry over the loss of his baby daughter Aoife Cleir. The eight-week-old died suddenly in her sleep. Michael, 48, said: "We couldn't cope. I was no help to my wife. Her friends...
Dear Jo: Readers' Letters: True Spirit of Charity
I WAS lost for words when I read how millionaire Paul Davies had given pounds 100,000 to The Mirror/Christian Aid Ethiopia appeal (April 13). What a fantastic gesture. And Paul made his generous donation without thinking of himself. Here is a man...
DOCTOR JUST DIDN'T SEEM INTERESTED IN MY DYING DAUGHTER; Mum Told E-Coli Tot 'Had Flu'
A TODDLER with the deadly E-coli infection was sent home by a GP without any treatment shortly before she died, an inquiry was told yesterday. Tragic Rose Lindsay's mum said the doctor "didn't seem to be interested at all". Karen Lindsay, 30,...
Does Taking a Punt Cross the Line?
EXTRACTS from Neil Boobyer's interview with BBC Radio Wales reporter John Manel: JM: Just tell me about you and betting. I mean, what did you do in terms of gambling? NB: I would bet on the rugby matches at the weekend - on the English Premiership...
Dr Miriam Stoppard's Advice Column: His Son Resents Me Moving In
I'M 40 years old and have a son. I've been with my single boyfriend now for eight months and he also has a son. We're falling in love and the other day he asked if I'd like to think about moving in. But the other day my son got talking to his...
Fat and Sugar 'Pushed' at Kids
FOOD firms were last night accused of trying to persuade children to eat a diet of junk. A Food Commission investigation revealed only one product in 10 is likely to be healthy for youngsters. The rest were condemned as "nutritional disasters" with...
Financial Mirror: Dublin Prices
ABBEY...........................................3.5.+0.42 ALLIED IRISH BANKS.................10.6..-0.59 AMINEX........................................0.4...0.00 ANGLO IRISH BK CP...................2.3..-0.04 ARCON INTL RES.........................0.2...0.00...
FOOTBALL: A BRIDGE TOO FAR, CRAIG; Brown in a Sweat over His Arnhem Selections
SCOTLAND boss Craig Brown fears a fixture pile-up this weekend could damage his World Cup qualifying preparations. The national coach yesterday revealed he is facing four-day sweat - and won't know who he will have available to face Frank Rijkaard's...
FOOTBALL: ANNAND DROPS DONS BOMBSHELL; Aberdeen V Dundee
DUNDEE striker Eddie Annand has enraged Aberdeen on the eve of tonight's clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie. The Dens hitman infuriated Ebbe Skovdahl's side by claiming that whoever finishes bottom of the SPL deserves to go down. Skovdahl's side...
Football: Another Wild Card Stops Stil
STILIAN PETROV will miss Celtic's SPL match against Motherwell on Saturday week. The pounds 2.8 million Bulgarian collected his sixth yellow card of the season during the 2-2 weekend draw against Dundee at Parkhead. Petrov's caution took him...
Football: Big Ben Clocks in after Dream Baptism; ROVER'S LEAP; REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U18 V FRANCE U18
BEN Burgess was walking tall in Dublin Airport on Saturday night ahead of Wednesday's clash with France in the vital U-18 European Championship intermediary round second leg. The Buxton-born 18-year-old, who capably led the line in the scoreless...
Football: Chamions League: Barcelona or Bust as European Trapdoor Swings Open for Gianluca
GIANLUCA VIALLI'S fate as Chelsea manager rests on tonight's performance against Barcelona here in the Nou Camp. With fifth-placed Chelsea slipping in the race for an automatic spot from the Premier League, the pressure on perfectionist Vialli to...
Football: Chamions League: ZOLA: WE'D BE BARC-ING MAD TO DEFEND
THERE'S not much that can knock that perpetual smile from the face of Gianfranco Zola. But when he turned up at Heathrow Airport yesterday with his wife and two little children, the Italian bristled with indignation when it was suggested that he...
Football: Dundalk Legal Bid Is Halted
DUNDALK'S threat to seek a high Court injunction was withdrawn last night as the eircom League made the eleventh hour decision to postpone tonight's re-match between Limerick and Kilkenny City. Last week FAI Vice President Milo Corcoran incensed...
Football: Fans Can Have Say in Destiny
THE result of Glentoran and Crusaders' match at the weekend meant nothing to the fight between ourselves, Ballymena and Distillery to stay in the Premier League. But in the cold light of day, Crusaders beating Glens may prove a great help to our...
Football: Guus Not Keen on Being One of the Boys Says Former Star Player
GUUS Hiddink last night came under scathing attack from his former star player who warned Celtic of the dangers of appointing the Dutchman. Istanbulspor boss Auket Kocaman played under the current Real Betis boss during the Celtic target's unsuccessful...
FOOTBALL: HIDDINK TO PARKHEAD; Betis Boss Guus Says Celtic Post Is Dream Ticket
CELTIC target Guus Hiddink last night gave the clearest indication yet that he's ready to swap Seville for Glasgow and take over at Parkhead. The Real Betis boss told Dutch radio that he regards the Hoops' hot-seat as one of the great posts in European...
Football: I'm Better Than Wise ..and I Want His Place in the England Team; SAYS PAUL INCE
PAUL INCE has thrown down the gauntlet to Dennis Wise ahead of Euro 2000 by insisting: "I'm a better England midfielder than you are." Ince was in the England side which lost on penalties in the semi-finals of Euro 96 and again in the last 16 of...
Football: LEEDS WILL SPLASH OUT Pounds 20M
DAVID O'LEARY has a simple solution to the crumbling of the Leeds United empire . . . spend, spend and spend again. The Leeds boss has already been around long enough to know this was a crisis waiting to happen. However, no-one could have legislated...
FOOTBALL: MOODY BLUES IN FOR RIGHT ROLLICKING FROM BOSS and We Deserve It Says Club Skipper; Coleraine V Linfield
NOEL Bailie departed from his place of work last night, expecting a roasting on arrival at Windsor Park. The Linfield captain has pointed one finger of blame at himself for the team's recent inept form, and believes manager David Jeffrey held back...
Football: REAL'S NEED FOR SPEED; Nic's Waiting for Fergie
NICOLAS Anelka, Europe's most petulant striker, is on stand-by to spearhead Real Madrid's strike-force against Manchester United tomorrow. Real banned Anelka for 45 days and fined him a staggering pounds 250,000 for refusing to train, but now he...
Football: The Critics Crucified Us but I Never Doubted We'd Be Back on Top; HOULLIER'S PROUD OF HIS ANFIELD BATTLERS
GERARD HOULLIER stands within a stride of the Champions League, with a tilt at Manchester United's domestic dominance to follow. Yet only a few months ago the French coach was being tipped to be chopped by Christmas. Such past pressure makes...
Football: THE GUMMERS; the Tooth, the Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth about Tony Adams' Back Injury
ARSENAL skipper Tony Adams has had two wisdom teeth removed - after being told it could cure his long running back and groin injuries! Adams, 33, now has less bite in the Arsenal defence - but his French medical guru believes it could spell the...
Football: WE HAVE TO SPLASH OUT TO END SLUMP; O'Leary's Pounds 20M Spree
DAVID O'LEARY has a simple solution to the crumbling of the Leeds United empire...spend, spend and spend again. The Leeds boss has already been around long enough to know this was a crisis waiting to happen. However, no-one could have legislated...
GAA: Darren's in a Battle to Take Royal Trip to Tipp; MEATH WAIT ON FAY
MEATH are hoping that Darren Fay makes a full recovery from a back injury in time for their Church and General NFL semi-final with Kerry on Sunday. Fay was forced off after only seven minutes of the match against Kildare, his first start for the...
GAA: McCAGUE TO RULE IN PAL BRIAN'S FAVOUR; Former Donegal Boss Tipped for Irish International Job
BRIAN McENIFF is a firm favourite to succeed Colm O'Rourke as Irish International Rules manager when the series with Australia comes to Dublin in the autumn. With O'Rourke stepping down after a successful two-year stint in which he spearheaded victories...
Give Mums a Fair Deal; WE'RE THE WORST COUNTRY IN EUROPE AT HELPING FAMILIES
WORKING mums in Britain get the worst deal in Europe when it comes to time off and maternity pay. And today The Mirror is launching a campaign to win fairer treatment for them. Our shocking investigation found that we are neglecting our most...
Give Our New Mums a Fair Deal; HELP FOR FAMILIES IS THE WORST IN EUROPE
WORKING mums in Britain get the worst deal in Europe when it comes to time off and maternity pay. And today The Mirror is launching a campaign to win fairer treatment for them. Our shocking investigation found that we are neglecting our most...
GOODBYE MY DARLING FAREWELL; Family's Anguish as Brave Tace Loses Battle for Life
DEVASTATED parents Kirsti and Derek Corcoran-Rees said a final goodbye to baby Tace last night. The couple, who have prayed for more than a week for a donor heart, finally made the agonising decision that there was no hope for their daughter. ...
HATE WON'T WIN; Justice Call by Wife of Murdered Farmer
WHITE farmer's wife Maria Stevens, whose husband David was murdered by supporters of President Mugabe, yesterday cried out for justice and change in her crisis-ridden country. The mum-of-four said: "Feeling hate for David's killers will not solve...
HATE WON'T WIN: TERROR IN ZIMBABWE; Justice Call by Wife of Murdered Farmer
WHITE farmer's wife Maria Stevens, whose husband David was murdered by supporters of President Mugabe, yesterday cried out for justice and change in her crisis-ridden country. The mum-of-four said: "Feeling hate for David's killers will not solve...
HEART SWAP SALLY'S FIRST WORD: ORANGE; Delight as She Asks for Drink
HEART transplant girl Sally Slater spoke yesterday for the first time since her operation. Asked if she would like a drink, Sally replied: "Yes...orange." She was then asked if she remembered she needed a new heart, and replied: "Yes." It was...
HEART SWAP SALLY'S FIRST WORD: ORANGE; Parents' Joy as Sally Has Drink
TWO words gave new hope to the parents of heart swap girl Sally Slater yesterday. Asked if she would like a drink, Sally replied: "Yes...orange." She was then asked if she remembered she needed a new heart, and replied: "Yes." It was the first...
I'M ON SHOP FORM; Bestie Steps out on Road to Recovery
GEORGE Best shows he's back on form after his battle with the bottle by going shopping with wife Alex. The 53-year-old soccer legend looked leaner and healthier than he has for years when he popped out for a few groceries yesterday. He admitted...
It's Poutsy Kensit; STAR IS BACK AT WORK WITH LUSCIOUS LIPS
WHEN it comes to lip, Patsy Kensit can amaze every bit as much as hubby Liam Gallagher. Only in a much nicer way. As Patsy emerges from a leading London restaurant her famous rosebud smile has blossomed into a luscious full pout, topped off with...
It's Poutsy Kensit; STAR'S BACK TO WORK WITH LUSCIOUS LIPS
WHEN it comes to lip, Patsy Kensit can amaze every bit as much as hubby Liam Gallagher. Only in a much nicer way. As Patsy emerges from a top London restaurant her famous rosebud smile has blossomed into a luscious full pout, topped off with a slick...
Kelly's I; KEEPING YOU UP TO SPEED ON THE NET
AND then there were six. The Government's auction of third-generation mobile licences needs just one more bidder to bow out before sealing the fate of the five licences. Spain's Telefonica gave up yesterday leaving the total bids at pounds 21.2...
KIDDIES' TORMENT; Cruel Nursery Boss Hit and Force-Fed Toddlers, Court Is Told
A "TYRANT" nursery boss force-fed reluctant toddlers until they were sick, a court heard yesterday. Margaret Price, 58, hit, humiliated and frightened kiddies as young as four months old. She was described as a "tyrant" by her staff, whom she...
KILLED BY DAD BOYS KILLED BY THEIR DAD; Boys Dead in Bed and Father Found Hanged
AN anguished father killed his two sons before hanging himself at the home he built and named in their honour. Frank Fairless murdered Christopher, nine, and Oliver, six, in their beds as they spent their first night with him since his marriage...
KILLED BY DAD HORROR HOUSE; Boys Dead in Bed and Father Found Hanged
THESE two bright-eyed boys were killed by their father at the home he built and named in their honour. Frank Fairless murdered Christopher, nine, and Oliver, six, in their beds - then hanged himself. His sports-mad sons were spending their first...
Lineker.1 Lynam. 0; NOW, THE HALF TIME SCORES IN THE REAL MATCH OF THE DAY
IT WAS a crunching tackle that would have made even hardman Alan Hansen wince. Des "TV's Mr Football" Lynam was, said his old boss, rubbish. And before the housewives' heart-throb could cry foul, the boot went in again. His army of once-loyal...
Motor Racing: EDDIE IS READY TO POINT WAY HOME; Kevin Garside
THREE races in the livery of British Racing Green have reunited Eddie Irvine with his sporting soul. One weekend on British soil might re-acquaint him with his sporting goal. Though winning is not everything, a victory at Silverstone on Sunday in...
Moving to Scotland Is Bright Idea
SCOTLAND is the top place to live and work in the new Millennium. Gone are the days of the brightest brains heading south to London, a new survey revealed yesterday. Thousands of graduates are now looking north to pursue their chosen career,...
NURSERY BOSS ABUSED TOTS FOR BEING POOR; Jury Hears Cruelty Allegations
A CRUEL nursery school owner hated children from poor families and subjected them to a three-year reign of terror, a court heard yesterday. Gloria Price, 58, allegedly tied a three-year-old boy to a chair, picked a youngster up by the hair and punished...
OMAGH BOMBERS TO BE NAMED ON THE NET; Website Bid to Catch Killers
CAMPAIGNERS for the victims of the Omagh bombing are set to use the Internet to name the people they claim were responsible for the atrocity, it was learned yesterday. Members of the Real IRA and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and could be named...
On How Deal Has the Smell of a Shabby, Self-Serving Compromise
TWO cheers, not three, for the government's pounds 100million lifeline for the coal industry. The money is a big boost for miners, their families and their privatised employer, RJB Mining. It will safeguard 3,000 jobs for the next two years. ...
PHEW; Dotcom Shares Fall but It's No Black Monday
SHARES in London took a pounds 42billion battering yesterday - but the markets escaped the feared Black Monday wipe-out. The London stock market was nearly 260 points down at one stage before New York's Wall Street came to the rescue. The Dow...
PHEW; Dot Com Shares Fall but It's No Black Monday
SHARES in London took a pounds 42billion battering yesterday - but the markets escaped the feared Black Monday wipe-out. The London stock market was nearly 260 points down at one stage before New York's Wall Street came to the rescue. The Dow...
PIT'S A RESULT; Miners Celebrate Pounds 100m Rescue Package
BRITAIN'S blighted coal mining communities were given a multi- million pound lifeline by the Government yesterday. Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers unveiled a rescue package for Britain's struggling pits. And, at Scotland's last working...
POKEROBBERS; Boys of 13 Charged with Knife Snatch of Pounds 200 Cards
TWO schoolboys were charged yesterday with the knifepoint robbery of pounds 200 Pokemon cards from two youngsters. The 13-year-olds were arrested after two 10-year-old boys were ambushed as they crossed a footbridge. The younger lads were asked...
Poutsy Kensit's Sexy New Look
WHEN it comes to lip, Patsy Kensit can amaze every bit as much as hubby Liam Gallagher. Only in a much nicer way. As Patsy emerges from a top London restaurant her famous rosebud smile has blossomed into a luscious full pout, topped off with a slick...
PUTIN ON A SHOW; but Protest Slams Russia War Crimes
TONY Blair rolled out the red carpet for Russian leader Vladimir Putin yesterday as demonstrators protested outside Downing Street. Mr Putin's limo swept past dozens of protesters who accuse his soldiers of torture and war crimes in Chechnya. ...
Ring: 'I Was Offered Pounds 30k to Throw Game'
EX-WELSH rugby star Mark Ring was offered a pounds 30,000 bung to throw a Five Nations clash against Ireland, we can reveal. The elusive centre got a phone call from a man he knew, representing London backers, just days before the 1990 match in...
RUGBY BETTING SCANDAL; Boobyer: 'I Backed Wales. to Lose'
A TOP rugby star yesterday admitted betting against Wales in international matches. Wales and Llanelli centre Neil Boobyer, 27, put money on England and France beating Wales in the Six Nations championship. Boobyer did not play in either match,...
Rugby League: Harris in Field of Dreams
IESTYN HARRIS hopes the success of the Silk Cut Challenge Cup final at Murrayfield will help see the launch of Scotland's first Super League team. Rugby League's 13-man code is gaining ground north of the border, and the final between holders Leeds...
Rugby Union: Lions Dream Down the Tube for Boobs
NEIL BOOBYER - known to his mates as "Boobs" - enjoys a flutter. The Llanelli centre is known to bet on most sports and was one of the keenest members of the regular card school within the Welsh squad. But he has also been one of the most influential...
Rugby Union: Llanelli Coach's Warning ALL BETS ARE OFF; Wales Stars Facing New Code of Conduct
WALES rugby stars found guilty of betting on matches stand to lose more than just their stake. The Welsh team management are drawing up a tough new code of conduct which will include heavy fines for any player who steps out of line. Any squad...
Rugby Union: SCARLETS WON'T TAKE IT EASY PLEDGES JENKINS
LLANELLI coach Gareth Jenkins vowed last night that his players will not ease up on the home front. Reaching the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup has put the Scarlets in reach of European glory - and guarantees them _ a place in the tournament next...
SILENT KILLER; Cot Death Is the Biggest Cause of Irish Children under Two Losing Their Lives
A NEW report released yesterday shows cot deaths are the biggest killer in Ireland of children under the age of two. The National Sudden Infant Death Register said 40 children died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1998. But that's a decrease...
Snooker: IT'S RONNIE WOE SULLIVAN; Another World Shocker as Rookie Brings Down Rocket
RONNIE SULLIVAN'S shock exit from the Embassy world snooker championship yesterday had BBC TV bosses crossing their fingers. They feared a big switch-off after his 10-9 defeat by 200-1 outsider David Gray, from Surrey. This followed hard on the...
STUC CONGRESS 2000: DON'T RULE OUT Pounds 1bn FERRY WIN; New Hope for Shipyard
UNION bosses have been told the Government will stretch the rules to breaking point to ensure Govan lands a pounds 1billion defence contract. Hopes of a lifeline for 3,000 Clyde shipbuilders rose after union leaders confronted Scots Secretary John...
'SUNSHINE' SON'S FIRE TRAGEDY; Teenager Chokes to Death on Toxic Fumes after Playing with Matches
PERFECT son Andrew Phillips died after playing with matches in the cab of an abandoned lorry, it was revealed yesterday. The 13-year-old, on the first day of his Easter holidays, choked to death on toxic fumes when foam packaging in the lorry caught...
TERROR IN ZIMBABWE : HATE WON'T WIN; Murdered Farmer's Wife Calls for Justice
FEAR: Mugabe man with machete outside the farm yesterday WHITE farmer's wife Maria Stevens, whose husband David was murdered by supporters of President Mugabe, yesterday cried out for justice and change in her crisis-ridden country. The mum-of-four...
Tesco Diesel Shame; THEY BUY CHEAP FUEL IN REPUBLIC
TESCO bosses are telling their delivery drivers to fill up with cheap diesel in the Republic, the Mirror can reveal. The supermarket, whose slogan is 'Every little helps', is saving hundreds of thousand of pounds a year by cashing in on the cheap...
THE MILKED MAN; Woman Must Pay Back Neighbour's Pounds 40k Loan
A POLICEMAN'S wife was yesterday ordered to give back more than pounds 40,000 loaned to her by a former milkman who fell for her charms. Debbie Rymer, 38, will now have to remortgage the dream cottage she bought with the help of besotted David Longbottom,...
THUGS SET FIRE TO DISABLED JOHN, 15; Brother Puts out Flames
A 12-YEAR-OLD boy told last night of the terrifying moment thugs tried to set his disabled brother on fire. John Doherty, 15, who is autistic, was saved when younger brother Declan tore off the burning coat and put the blaze out. Last night Declan...
WHO ARE THEY TRYING TO KID?; MSPs CLAIM TO BE TOO STRESSED BUT PROF SAYS:
THEY reckon they're suffering stress from their "gruelling" workload, but our MSPs don't know the meaning of the word, it was claimed last night. The new report revealing almost half of our representatives in the Scottish Parliament are feeling...
YES..ORANGE; Heart Transplant Girl Sally's First Words
TWO words gave new hope to the parents of heart swap girl Sally Slater yesterday. Asked if she would like a drink, Sally replied: "Yes...orange." She was then asked if she remembered she needed a new heart, and replied: "Yes." It was the first...
You See a Lot of Less Intelligent Women in Racing. Luckily I Am with an Intelligent One; JOHNNY HERBERT ON THE GRAND PRIX GIRLS
SHE'S the sister of race ace Eddie Irvine and worked for four years in the exciting world of Formula One. Now Sonia Irvine (left) has joined The Mirror with a new series of interviews with the sport's top drivers and their families. Here, she meets...
YOUTH IS QUIZZED OVER MUM OF THREE'S MURDER; Gardai Find Body in Bedroom after Tip-Off
AN 18-YEAR-OLD man was being questioned last night following the murder of a 42-year-old separated mother of three. Gardai found Jennifer Donnan's body in her home after receiving a telephoned tip-off. She is believed to have been strangled and...