The Mirror (London, England)

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Articles from September 16, 1997

A Chance to Give Wales Real Clout
I am coming to Wales again today because I want a strong YES vote for a Welsh Assembly. By voting Yes in the Referendum on Thursday the people of Wales will have the chance for a greater say in the bread and butter issues that matter to them. ...
Alan Digs the Blues
Alan Stubbs admits he was punching the air with delight when Celtic were drawn against Liverpool in the UEFA Cup. He is a lifelong Evertonian, and nothing would give him greater pleasure than to defeat the old enemy. He has done it once already....
AS YOU WERE; Mac's Plans Are Snubbed
Lord `Tesco', English cricket's new hard-hitting boss, was knocked for six at Lord's yesterday. The Counties threw out his bright and bold bid to shake up championship cricket with a two-division system. For Lord Ian MacLaurin, the England and...
Avoid Being a Schoolgirl Mum (but Here's What to Do If You Don't); DAY TWO OF Dr MIRIAM STOPPARD'S ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR YOUNGSTERS
Dr Miriam Stoppard's new book tackles the tricky issue of explaining the facts of life to children. Yesterday she warned youngsters against rushing into sex and the need to be mature enough to deal with a sexual relationship. In part two of the...
Beware Greeks Bearing Bricks
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger takes his side into tonight's UEFA Cup clash with PAOK Salonika fearing major crowd trouble. He recalls how the Monaco team bus had to be escorted to the game by tanks when he took the team to Greece in the European Cup...
Billion Dollar Band: The Wright Stuff
Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Phil Collins made up the most valuable pop group of all time last night. The four stars, who are collectively worth pounds 650 million, took the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall to help the victims...
Bin the Growlers
Uncle Gerry The Voice of a Football BIN this nonsense now. I don't know what it is but bin it. If it's binned, then it can't cause us any trouble and that's got to be good for football. Now, I am not a violent reactionary but did anyone see the...
Board with Maths; Game to Help Our Kids with Numbers
A new game could soon be helping thousands of primary schoolkids make sense of sums. The devisers of Snakes And Adders are hoping it will help drag Britain off the bottom rung of the world maths league table. Successive world studies have shown...
CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE; Riedle Can KO Scots Again
Karl-Heinz Riedle tonight finds himself caught in the middle as two soccer tribes go to war. The German striker hopes to celebrate his 32nd birthday by helping Liverpool to survive their Battle-of-Britain clash with Celtic. But he is well aware...
CONSUMER SPECIAL: Pounds 7BN DOWN THE HATCH; Britain Laps Up Lager
Never mind the lager louts ... the entire nation's gone lager mad. We splashed out a record pounds 7.2 billion on draught and bottled brands of lager last year and supped 5.6 billion pints of it. Around half of all the pints knocked back in pubs,...
Demands Too Great, Says Len
Tipperary boss Len Gaynor has expressed new fears about the game of hurling. As his Clare counterpart Ger Loughnane celebrated yet another epic in hurling's golden era, Gaynor wondered aloud if emphasis on fitness levels have gone too far. "Huge...
DIANA 1961-1997: Elton Tribute Song Sells 2m in Europe
Elton John's tribute song to Diana has sold two million copies across Europe. Candle in the Wind 1997 - Britain's fastest selling single ever - stormed to the UK No1 after 600,000 copies were snapped up within hours of its release. The pounds...
DIANA 1961-1997: PALACE ANGER: THE DIRECT OPPOSITE OF TRUTH; Queen Hits Back at TV Claims of Funeral Rows
The Queen launched an unprecedented attack on TV newsman Jon Snow yesterday over his claim that she tried to order a low-key private funeral for Princess Diana. Snow reported on Channel 4 last week that the royals and the Spencer family had clashed...
DON'T FORGET TO USE YOUR BREAKS; Other Half Adds Up to Big Savings
Thousands of people will be scratching around trying to cut their tax bills - when one of the biggest savings Is just a cuddle away. Spouses or partners and their allowances can be a godsend at tax-return time. Yet many self-employed and small...
Easy PC Way of Getting It Right; Boot Up Your Computer to Do the Work
Caught in a web of confusion by the new self-assessment forms? Then your computer could give you a net saving in time and effort. There is no shortage of computer programmes designed to help fill out your tax form. But it pays to do your homework...
FA Will Rule on Bung Report
THE FA will be handed the hottest potato in English football - whether or not to bring misconduct charges in the pounds 50,000 Teddy Sheringham "bung" case. I can reveal that the Premier League report will not clear or apportion guilt to any individual...
FOR PEACE SAKE LET'S TALK; Mother of IRA Victim Makes Personal Plea to McGuinness
The mother of an IRA victim bravely cut throught peace talks red tape and protocol yesterday to make a dramatic appeal to stalling politicians. Rita Restorick, whose British soldier son Stephen was shot dead by a Provo sniper, confronted Republican...
Fowler under Starter's Orders!
Liverpool manager Roy Evans is ready to unleash star striker Robbie Fowler on Celtic at Parkhead tonight. Fowler has not played since April 19, when Liverpool saw their Premiership hopes blown away by Manchester United. But Evans could be set...
FREE GLAM ROCK CD FOR EVERY Mirror READER
Be the leader of the pack with your rockin' rollin' Scottish Mirror! We've teamed up with K-Tel, the divas of dance, to give lucky readers the chance to pick up a Glam Rock CD - absolutely FREE! The tracks include I'm the leader of the Gang by...
GET ON TOP OF THE FORM; Follow Our Guide to Happy Returns
Don't panic if you haven't filled in your tax return yet. The new-style forms may seem daunting at first glance, especially as they now contain more pages than ever. But you might find the process less painful than you think. You should have...
Hegarty Backed His Omission
Ger Loughnane last night defended his decision to omit Fergal Hegarty from Clare's starting 15 for the All-Ireland hurling final. Hegarty was named on the team at right corner-forward. But Loughnane admitted that he knew he wouldn't be starting...
HITMAN KILLS MILLIONAIRE SCRAP KING AT HIS LOVE BUNGALOW; Playboy Shot in `Drugs War'
A Playboy millionaire was shot dead by a hitman at the bungalow he used as a secret love nest. Scrap metal tycoon Ray Clifford, who owned two Ferrari sports cars and two boats, was a suspected drugs smuggler. He was blasted in the head with a...
How We're Eating Our Way to an Early Grave: Family Health
The British diet is to get a Government health warning. A report due to be published next week will show we are eating ourselves into an early grave. Poor diets are increasing our risk of cancer - the second biggest killer in Britain after heart disease....
I Am Not Sad. with My New Legs I Am Free
Byline: GILL SWAIN in Huambo, Angola Carefully, awkwardly, the pretty young woman swings the contraption forward a few inches and plants it firmly on the ground. Gingerly, hesitantly, with anxious face and frightened eyes she shifts her weight...
I'LL SUE PUB THAT BARRED ME FROM THE LADIES' LOO; Sex-Swap Doc Beaten Up in the Gents
A doctor dressed in drag was beaten up in the gents toilets of a bar after he was banned from using the ladies'. Now Dr Derek Sloan - who prefers to be known as Mary Ann - is set to sue Alloa Pubs and Restaurants for sexual discrimination. The...
INCREDIBLY INSENSITIVE AND UNFAIR; Top Nurse Slams PM's 40 per Cent Pay Hike
Tony Blair faced the fury of nurses' leaders last night over his 40 per cent pay rise. Royal College of Nursing chief Christine Hancock declared: "It seems incredibly insensitive that the people at the top of the decision-making process are taking...
IT'S AN ALL-GIRL RACE FOR THE PRESIDENCY; `Angel' Is Favourite
The battle for the Presidency is shaping up as a three-horse race between Adi Roche, Mary Banotti and Dana. The tempo went into overdrive yesterday as charity crusader Adi joined the field and Eurovision winner Dana got a triple boost from councillors....
IT'S TIME TO GO FOR A RECORD; Hang on to All Your Documents
Taxpayers will soon have bulging record collections if they want to take full advantage of self-assessment. But the records they will be collecting have nothing to do with the pop charts - instead, they are to do with charting earnings and spending....
Juno: I'll Make Them Suffer
Juninho has vowed revenge on Leicester City for turning his English fairytale into a horror story. The tiny Brazilian is still haunted by the memory of Middlesbrough's defeat against Martin O'Neill's shock troops in the Coca-Cola Cup final in April....
Justin's Bagels Are on the Rise
Justin Hardy found a ready source of dough to help him open a bagel bar last year. He received a pounds 1,500 loan from the the Prince's Youth Business Trust. Within six months Just Bagels, which also delivers to local shops and offices, was...
My Pole-Vault Was a Knockout Blow!; Questions + Answers
STUART HALL Stuart Hall was a huge hit in the 70s as the laughing presenter of It's A Knockout. He now hosts Going Going Gone, the new antiques quiz show, on BBC2. Name: Stuart Hall. Age: 62. Car: Ford Probe 2.5 litre. It's the most under-rated...
New Pitch for Brittas; Telly Talk: Last Night's View
Gary Prince is Gordon Brittas with a perm. The irritating leisure centre boss has turned into an equally irritating soccer player turned entrepreneur. Chris Barrie is hoping the former England striker in A Prince Among Men (BBC1) will prove just...
Penman & Alford Sorted
You're backing train hero Ted THANKS to everyone who has written to us in support of sacked railman Ted Morgan. A month ago we revealed how security officer Mr Morgan had been fired by Railtrack after attempting to escort a drug-abusing professional...
People's Trust Rests with the Party Leaders
Each step forward in the peace process is a marvel in itself. A reply to the cynics who said it was not possible. Yesterday Sinn Fein sat down at the table for the first time. That in itself was historic. At the same time, the Ulster Unionists...
Politicians Must Get Their Priorities Right
One thing is clear no matter what section of the community young people belong to in Northern Ireland. They do not want their children growing up in the kind of Northern Ireland they did, a place where violent deaths are normalised. We, the young...
PRESIDENT FORD; Pounds 200m Fortune in the Bank; Pal of US Leader Bill Clinton; Bought Last Suit 12 Years Ago
He is President Ford of Hollywood - the most successful movie star in history. After defending the earth against Darth Vader, assorted Nazis and international terrorists, Harrison Ford is coming to the rescue again - this time as US President James...
REDS ARE DREAM TEAM; I've Already Scored Two Great Goals in My Head Says REGI BLINKER
Celtic wing-king Regi Blinker has already beaten Liverpool but, unfortunately for Bhoys fans, it was only in his dreams! The flying Dutchman is hoping to turn his fantasies into reality when the two giants of the game meet tonight in the first instalment...
ROB JOY; Fowler Boost for Reds
Liverpool boss Roy Evans could be set to unleash star striker Robbie Fowler on Celtic at Parkhead tonight. Fowler hasn't played since April 19, when the Anfield club saw their Premiership hopes blown away by Manchester United. But Evans could...
SAVED: National Park Status Is a Lifebelt for Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is to become Scotland's first National Park. The unique scheme was announced yesterday by Scots Secretary Donald Dewar. The mega bucks park plan will make the area the most protected in Scotland. A National Park...
SHARES: FTSE Up 54.7 at 4902.9
For Stock Exchange prices dial 0891 3452 then the two numbers to the left of each share. Calls cost 50p per minute. 03 Abbey Nat. 857.5 +16.0 98 Alliance & Leics 654.0 +4.0 05 Allied Dom. 471.0 +10.5 07 Anglian W 798.5 +2.5 59 Argos...
Sir John: The Final Chapter
THE shadow Kevin Keegan cast over St James' Park has contributed to another casualty at Newcastle. Sir John Hall has decided to walk out on the club just weeks before the publication of a Keegan book designed to lift the lid on what went on within...
SIR JOHN WALKS OUT ON KENNY; Newcastle Chief: I've Fulfilled All My Dreams
SIR John Hall rocked Newcastle United to its foundations by quitting the club just 48 hours ahead of their biggest-ever match. The multi-millionaire business tycoon yesterday announced that he will step down at the annual meeting in December after...
Song of Love for Lavinia
Singer Kieran Kennedy has written a song for tragic rape victim Lavinia Kerwick. On the track simply titled Lavinia, Kennedy sings: "Lavinia, you know we love you, shine until there's no tomorrow." Lavinia was the country's first rape victim...
Stars Shamed in Bar Brawl
PONTYPRIDD will know by the weekend if they are to be thrown out of the Heineken European Cup following the arrest of three players in a bar-room brawl. No.8 Dale McIntosh, hooker Phil John and centre Andre Barnard all appeared before French magistrates...
THE BABY OF MY DREAMS; Joy at Last for Sterilised Mum
Battling mum Julie Poole cuddled her new baby yesterday and said: "She's my miracle girl. I can't believe she has survived." Julie, 33, is suing doctors who sterilised her without realising she was pregnant. She gave birth to 7lb 5oz Charlotte...
The Party Has Just Started . . It'll Go on All Week or Maybe All Year; PUBS OPEN F0R 24 HOURS AND NO-ONE'S AT WORK AS CLARE CELEBRATE CUP TRIUMPH
They were singing in the rain in Clare last night. More than 25,000 turned out in the villages and towns of "Banner" county to welcome home the new All-Ireland hurling champions. For 88 years they waited to taste the day of glory. But now they've...
The Story So Far. England 17 Scotland 6
1960-61 European Cup-Winners' Cup semi-final Wolves v Rangers (Rangers won 3-1 on agg). 1962-63 European Cup-Winners' Cup 1st rd Spurs v Rangers (Spurs won 8-4 on agg). 1962-63 Fairs Cup 1st rd Everton v Dunfermline (Dunfermline won 2-1 on agg)....
Unionists Shun Historic Meeting
The "peace train" began moving yesterday as Sinn Fein joined in historic talks on the future of Ulster. The UUP stayed away, but vowed to hop on board "as soon as possible". Sinn Fein boss Gerry Adams, led his party's delegation to Stormont where...
Vid: Blame Whole Team
Tony Vidmar last night jumped to the defence of the under-fire Rangers backline. The Australian international, who along with the rest of the new Ibrox contingent has stuggled to combine into a reliable force, blasted the critics as the team arrived...
Where's Spock? Asks Hain
Labour yesterday challenged former Tory Welsh Secretary John Redwood to come to Wales. And he even offered to pay the pounds 34 train fare for the man dubbed Mr Spock by fellow Tories. The move by Welsh Office Minister Peter Hain highlighted...
WONDER WARLORDS; Battle over List of the World's 100 Top Generals
Britons rule the world on the battlefield. Nineteen of our commanders win places in the top 100 list of the globe's military leaders - more than any other country. Cromwell, Wellington, Nelson and Montgomery are among the 19, in a book by an American...
`YOU DON'T LIKE CLARE' Boss Ger in Amazing New Blast at Cregan
Clare boss Ger Loughnane last night launched another stinging attack on TV pundit Eamonn Cregan and claimed: "He doesn't like us in Clare." As the Clare team and supporters basked in the glory of a second All- Ireland success in three years, Loughnane...
Your Letters
HAVEN'T YOU A DAY JOB, KEN? IF KEN Clarke wants to earn pounds 1,300 a day as chairman of drugs giant UniChem, fine. But he should be docked a percentage of his pounds 43,860 MP's salary for the day and a half he is unavailable as an MP each...