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 December 21, 2005

12-YEAR-OLD SMOKERS GIVEN NICOTINE PATCHES; New Bid to Help Kids Beat Their Addiction
Byline: By JEREMY ARMSTRONG CHILDREN as young as 12 are being prescribed nicotine patches to help them quit smoking. School nurses can now offer treatment to pupils who show signs of cigarette addiction. Health bosses believe the patches will...
3AM: TOM'STAX RETURN; VAT's the Way Big-Spender Hanks Saves Pounds 250
Byline: KIKI KING, EVA SIMPSON AND CAROLINE HEDLEY HE commands pounds 12 million a movie, so you wouldn't have Tom Hanks down as a penny-pincher... But that's what he was like on a recent shopping spree in London. The 49-year-old Hollywood A-lister...
700 Will Party in Garden
Byline: By FIONA CUMMINS and CAROLINE HEDLEY SIR ELTON John and David Furnish will marry today in a low-key register office ceremony followed by a pounds 750,000 celebrity reception. They will tie the knot on the first day that civil partnerships...
700 Will Party in Garden; EXCLUSIVE AT ELTON'S HEN NIGHT
Byline: By FIONA CUMMINS and CAROLINE HEDLEY SIR ELTON John and David Furnish will marry today in a low-key register office ceremony followed by a pounds 500,000 celebrity reception. They will tie the knot on the first day that civil partnerships...
BINGE SHAME; Girls, Aged 13, Found Unconscious in Snow
Byline: By RON MOORE A GIRL of 13 lies out cold in the back of a police van - another shocking example of the state of Scotland's booze binge culture. Dressed in just a short skirt, cropped top and high heels, she was found unconscious on a snowy...
BRI'S @1M GAMBLE; EXCLUSIVE Singer to Pay for Album Blitz in Bid to Save Career
Byline: by PAUL MARTIN BRIAN McFadden is spending pounds 1million on his next album in a bid to return to the top of the music business. The former Westlife star, left, will make the investment to kick-start sales of his untitled album, which...
CANCER MUM'S 2500K COMPO; Disease Undetected after Smear Blunder
Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER A YOUNG mother whose cancer went undetected for eight months received damages of almost EUR500,000 yesterday. Janet Donnelly, who is now gravely ill, confined to bed and on a morphine drip, made the settlement at the...
CONMEN COPPERS; Scumbags Posed as Police to Steal Pounds 60,000 from Elderly
Byline: By LUCY THORNTON A GANG of conmen who posed as police to trick their way into old people's homes and steal their life savings were jailed yesterday. Father and son William Cawley snr, 43, and William Cawley jnr, 22, plus accomplice Luke...
CRICKET: KP NUTS! CRICKET: ANOTHER STAR WRITES HIS WAY INTO TROUBLE Pietersen Faces Lord's Rap for Urging Selectors to Pick Gough
Byline: Mike WALTERS reports from Islamabad KEVIN PIETERSEN could be in trouble with Lord's for telling the selectors that dance king Darren Gough should "waltz" back into England's one-day side. As England were preparing for the final instalment...
DR MIRIAM: Tongue-Tied at My Dream Boy; LETTER OF THE DAY
Byline: MIRIAM STOPPARD DEAR MIRIAM, I'M 15 and I only have one friend to hang out with at school. She's shy like me. I'm always picked on and teased because I'm quiet. They say I'm stuck-up but I'm not. I want to be more talkative but...
ERNIE GUN KILLER IS BACK ON THE STREET; New Year Shock for Widow Emily
Byline: By BRIAN ROBERTS THE killer of Ernie Bishop is to return to Coronation Street - 28 years after he gunned him down. The dramatic New Year plot will see Ernie's murderer released from jail and tracking down his victim's widow, Emily Bishop,...
FIREBALL; 20 Dead as Seaplane Plunges into Ocean
Byline: By JESSICA GRESKO INVESTIGATORS hoped to raise the fuselage of a seaplane yesterday to find out why it plunged into the ocean killing 20 people - including three children. In the US, Mark Rosenker, acting chairman of the National Transportation...
Football: A Red Alert at Institute; Institute 2 Cliftonville 3
Byline: By ARTHUR DUFFY TWO goals to the good at half-time, many felt Cliftonville were home and dry in Drumahoe last night. However, after conceding a penalty during the early stages of the second-half, the men from Solitude were forced to battle...
FOOTBALL: BATTERED & BRUCED; Birmingham 1 Manchester Utd 3 It's a Nightmare before Xmas for Steve's Sad Blues as United Turn on the Style
Byline: David McDonnell THEY may be out of Europe and their manager's future is far from secure - but Manchester United last night kept alive a faint hope of their first-ever domestic treble. Sir Alex Ferguson has reassessed his side's priorities...
Football: BATTERED & BRUCED; QUARTER-FINAL ACTION Birmingham 1 Manchester Utd 3 Nightmare before Christmas for Sad Blues as Saha's Double Boosts United Cup Bid
Byline: David McDonnell LOUIS SAHA last night provided ample proof of his determination not to go down as one of the most expensive transfer flops in Manchester United history. As the crisis deepened for Birmingham and their beleaguered boss...
Football: IRELAND'S RETURN FROM EXILE IS A GIVEN; Don Keen for Stephen to Get a Slice of Madeira Action
Byline: By IAN PARKES MANCHESTER City midfielder Stephen Ireland has insisted he is no bad boy as he sets his sights on reviving his Ireland career. Ireland suffered a bitter bust-up with Brian Kerr when the former Republic boss was coaching...
Football: JI-NGLE ALL THE WAY; QUARTER-FINAL ACTION Birmingham 1 Manchester Utd 3 Park Is Riding High for United as His First Goal Slays Blues to Boost Fergie's Cup Bid
Byline: David McDonnell LOUIS SAHA last night provided ample proof of his determination not to go down as one of the most expensive transfer flops in Manchester United history. As the crisis deepened for Birmingham and their beleaguered boss...
Football: LIFE OF BRIAN A COMEDY OF ERRORS; It Was a Year Best Forgotten for the Boys in Green
Byline: Garry DOYLE IN the final analysis Brian Kerr managed to sum up Ireland's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup in six words. "We just were not good enough," he said. And of course he is right. No other words would stand up in...
Football: ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE; McFall Insists Gary Will Not Leave Ports in January Window
Byline: Orla BANNON RONNIE McFall insists Gary Hamilton won't be sold on the cheap when the transfer window opens next month. The Portadown striker has been linked with more clubs than Tiger Woods since the end of last season and with less than...
FOOTBALL: Roberts Has Tonic to Lift Sick Jewell; WIGAN 2 BOLTON 0
Byline: By ALAN NIXON JASON ROBERTS gave Wigan a case of Carling Cup fever last night and handed out-of-sorts boss Paul Jewell the perfect tonic. Roberts's quick-fire double put The Latics in their first major semi-final and confirmed the Premiership...
Football: Sahappy Christmas, Fergie! Birmingham 1 Manchester Utd 3 QUARTER-FINALS ...BUT BRUCE IS BOOED BY ANGRY BLUES FANS
Byline: By DAVID McDONNELL LOUIS SAHA put his injury nightmare behind him last night with two goals to end Birmingham's Carling Cup hopes. The Manchester United forward - plagued by fitness problems for almost 18 months - added to the pressure...
Football: SHAME ON ARSENAL; Lamps: Gunners Have Made Meal of Essien Tackles. They Were Looking for Trouble
Byline: By MARTIN LIPTON Chief Football Writer FRANK LAMPARD last night claimed Arsenal should feel "shame" over their treatment of Michael Essien as he accused the Gunners of deliberately over-reacting to the midfielder's clash with Lauren. ...
Football: SHAME ON ARSENAL; Lamps: Gunners Players Have Made Meal of Essien Tackles. They Were Looking for Trouble
Byline: By MARTIN LIPTON Chief Football Writer FRANK LAMPARD last night claimed Arsenal should feel ashamed over their treatment of Michael Essien as he accused the Gunners of deliberately overreacting to the midfielder's clash with Lauren. As...
FOOTBALL: SHAME ON ARSENAL; New Blast as Highbury Row Rumbles on Lamps: Gunners Players Have Made Meal of Essien Tackles. They Were Looking for Trouble
Byline: By MARTIN LIPTON Chief Football Writer FRANK LAMPARD last night claimed Arsenal should feel ashamed over their treatment of Michael Essien as he accused the Gunners of deliberately overreacting to the midfielder's clash with Lauren. As...
Football: Sven: I'll Always Be England's Quiet Man. like It or Lump It; EXCLUSIVE SWEDE REFUSES TO CHANGE HIS STYLE WHY ERIKSSON WON'T BE RANTING AND RAVING IN THE WORLD CUP
Byline: Neil McLEMAN SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON insists he won't change his laid-back management style in Germany next summer - but says players who lack passion should not be at the World Cup. The cool Swede was lambasted for his hands-off approach...
FOOTBALL: Sven: I'll Always Be England's Quiet Man. like It or Lump It; WHY ERIKSSON WON'T BE RANTING AND RAVING IN THE WORLD CUP SWEDE REFUSES TO CHANGE HIS STYLE
Byline: Neil McLEMAN CAPTION:xxxxxxxxxSVEN GORAN ERIKSSON insists he won't change his laid-back management style in Germany next summer - but says players who lack passion should not be at the World Cup. The cool Swede was lambasted for his hands-off...
Football: Toure: Our Spirit Is Gunner Save Us
Byline: By DAVID ANDERSON KOLO TOURE insisted Arsenal's strong team spirit could save their season as he revealed his on-pitch bust-up with Freddie Ljungberg at St James' Park was nothing more than a 'brotherly' row. Arsenal's three consecutive...
FOOTBALL: WHY WOULD HE STAY? THIERRY AT THE CROSSROADS: GUNNERS FIGHT TO KEEP THEIR MAIN MAN DONCASTER V ARSENAL, CARLING CUP QUARTER-FINAL, TONIGHT, 7.45 with Arsenal Joining the Premiership Also-Rans and a Wafer-Thin Squad Full of Unproven Kids. Now's the Right Time for Henry to Cash in and Move On
Byline: Martin Lipton HE HAS played a massive part in making Arsenal what they are. But now Arsenal need Thierry Henry to put himself last and help save everything he has enabled Arsene Wenger to construct. As Henry weighs up his future, he...
FOOTBALL: Yakubu to Snub Nigeria for Boro; CARLING CUP QUARTER-FINAL MIDDLESBRO V BLACKBURN,TONIGHT, KICK-OFF 7.45PM
Byline: By SIMON BIRD YAKUBU will retire from international football if Nigeria play hardball over his decision to shun their African Nations' Cup campaign. The Boro striker gave Steve McClaren a boost yesterday by announcing that he will stay...
GAA: Mac the Strife as Meath Suffer Yet Another Blow; BARRY'S BACKROOM IS LEFT IN DISARRAY
Byline: By PAUL KEANE MEATH football has been dealt yet another setback with confirmation that selector Andy McEntee has quit. McEntee made the decision public yesterday after weeks of speculation that he stood down. The Dunboyne clubman,...
HAPPY IRISH ARE TOP O' THE WORLD; Survey Shows 92pc Thrilled with Life
Byline: By ELEANOR BURNHILL IRISH eyes really are smiling - we are the happiest people in Europe. A new survey stated 92 per cent of us are thrilled with our lives, compared to a European average of 80 per cent. And there's more good news...
HEARTBROKEN; Dad Kills Himself after His Son and Daughter Commit Suicide
Byline: By VICTORIA BONE A GRIEF-stricken father whose son and daughter both committed suicide has killed himself. Ray Gomersal was devastated when Matthew, 22, stabbed himself through the heart in January 2003. Then this July he found Yvonne,...
HELP THE AGED: ALONE Rangers
Byline: By NICK WEBSTER IT'S meant to be a season for celebrating with family and friends. Yet for many elderly people, Christmas is far from merry - it is a time of loneliness and despair. That's why Help The Aged - one of the two charities...
HITS CHRISTMAS; All You Need to Know about the Festive Fight for 50th Number 1
Byline: By FIONA CUMMINS, Showbiz Reporter IT'S the hottest chart battle in Yuletide history. This year's frontrunners for the coveted Christmas No1 slot are Shayne Ward's debut That's My Goal and current chart-topper The JCB Song. The X Factor...
How Suspects Would Be Classed under Shake-Up
SCENARIO ONE A FATHER has been caring for his terminally-ill son for years. The boy is in great pain and begs to be put out of his misery. At the end of his tether, the father agrees. He smothers him with a blanket as he sleeps. NOW: There is...
How We Saved Boy Who Talked & Ate like a CHICKEN; EXCLUSIVE IRISH BEAUTY ON HER AFRICAN MISSION
Byline: By FIONA WYNNE A FORMER Rose of Tralee has told how she fell in love with a tragic boy who was reared by chickens. Tamara Gervasoni met Kiringue, who ate and made noises like a chicken, during a visit to Kenya and Sudan with Irish charity...
I Believe There May STILLbe Evidence to Convict Stephen's Killers; DAD BATTLES FOR COURT FILES
Byline: By GRAHAM BROUGH WEARY Neville Lawrence told last night how he refuses to give up hope of nailing his son's killers. The 62-year-old lecturer on race issues and his estranged wife Doreen have suffered 12 years of torment since their eldest...
I Believe There May STILLbe Evidence to Convict Stephen's Killers; EXCLUSIVE DAD BATTLES FOR COURT FILES
Byline: By GRAHAM BROUGH DETERMINED Neville Lawrence told last night how he refuses to give up hope of nailing his son's killers. Neville and his estranged wife Doreen have suffered 12 years of torment since their eldest boy Stephen was stabbed...
I LOVE YOU ALL; EXCLUSIVE 3am AT ELTON'S HEN NIGHT (except Madonna Who's 'A Miserable Cow' for Not Coming)
Byline: By CAROLINE HEDLEY ELTON John gushed thanks for the "fantastic" stars at his cabaret hen night - then sensationally branded Madonna a "miserable cow" for not turning up to sing. The high camp bash glittered with A-listers happy to wish...
I WILL NEVER FORGIVE HIM; Sister's Fury at Joyrider Who Mowed Down Man
Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER A HAVE-a-go hero's sister yesterday declared that she will "never forgive" the joyrider who left her brother brain-damaged. Speaking outside Belfast Crown Court after Stephen O'Hagan had been jailed, Patricia Lowry...
I Won't Give Up until I've Forced Kirsty's Killer to Tell Truth; EXCLUSIVE FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK SINGER'S MUM
Byline: By ROS WYNNE- JONES W ITH Kirsty MacColl's lilting vocals and Shane MacGowan's low growl, Fairytale Of New York has been one of Britain's best-loved Christmas songs for 18 years. When Kirsty's mother Jean hears it, it brings her lost...
KEVIN MAGUIRE: PM Hits Barmy EU Army for Six
Byline: KEVIN MAGUIRE T ONY Blair showed England's cricketers how to do it yesterday, by whacking his opponents round the park. Our batsmen might be struggling in Pakistan but not the Premier in Brussels. He cut and hooked the bouncers all...
MURDER: END OF LIFE SENTENCES; US-Style Legal Shake-Up Is Blasted as 'Licence to Kill'
Byline: By ROSA PRINCE Political Correspondent MURDERERS will no longer receive an automatic life sentence under plans revealed yesterday. In a radical and controversial shake-up, lawyers want to split their crime into new US-style offences of...
OLIVER HOLT: About Time We Got Rid of the Travesty That Is Ref Justice OLIVER HOLT
Byline: OLIVER HOLT THE last time England toured Pakistan, I went to Shakoor Rana's house in a run-down quarter of Lahore. The old rogue offered me a cup of tea and asked me for money. I fumbled around in my pockets for a few withered notes...
OLIVER HOLT: Joanna's Tayl Is So Insightful
Byline: OLIVER HOLT I BOUGHT Heat magazine for the first time in my life this week to get a peek at the real lives of Stevie G and his missus and read about the bliss of Harry Kewell and Sheree. I wished I'd saved my money. Not because Heat disappointed....
OUT IN A YEAR; Al-Qaeda Terror Chief Given 6yrs ..Free in Months
Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER AN al-Qaeda terrorist branded a dangerous instructor of suicide bombers could be freed within a year. Abbas Boutrab was jailed yesterday for six years after he downloaded internet instructions on how to blow up a passenger...
POLICE PROBE NET CLUE TO LISA'S BODY; EXCLUSIVE New Hope as Information Is Placed Online within Minutes
Byline: By JILLY BEATTIE CONFIDENTIAL information about Lisa Dorrian's murder was posted to a website within minutes of it launching, it emerged yesterday. The site was designed to help investigators track down the Bangor girl's body 10 months...
Racing: JIM LEWIS
JIM LEWIS made a rare trip south to Fontwell yesterday to see aptly-named gelding Wenceslas give the crowd some much-needed Christmas cheer on a freezing afternoon. Trainer Henrietta Knight completed a double as the winner appreciated a change of...
Racing: OWNER LEADS TRIBUTES FOR POPULAR GREY; NATIONAL HUNT LOSES ANOTHER CHELTENHAM HERO Brave Booster Dies on Gallops
Byline: By PETER O'HEHIR OWNER Terry Warner paid tribute to Rooster Booster, the talented grey who collapsed and died on the gallops yesterday. The 11-year-old, who carried Warner's yellow and black colours to victory in the 2003 Champion Hurdle,...
RIVER TRAGEDY WOMAN THREW HER RING AWAY; 2nd Body Found after Row in Bar
Byline: By PAT FLANAGAN and TOM GILLESPIE A WOMAN tossed her engagement ring away just minutes before she and a male friend plunged to their deaths in a swollen river. Kiera Henry, 27, threw the gold band during a blazing row in a pub with her...
SHAYNE DAD'S TEARS SEEING SON ON JAIL TV; Inmate's Joy at X Factor Win
Byline: By STEPHEN ADAMS X FACTOR winner Shayne Ward's rapist father was allowed to watch his son's victory on TV in jail, it was revealed yesterday. Prison sources said Martin Ward, 50, was close to tears as Shayne, pictured right, clinched...
She Screamed at Me. butI Couldn't Get near Enough, the Fire Was Just Too Bad; MAN TRIES TO SAVE WIFE FROM HOUSE BLAZE
Byline: By NEIL COTTER A DISTRAUGHT husband yesterday told how he desperately tried to save his wife from a house fire. Mum-of-three Mary Cameron died in the early hours yesterday when a blaze ripped through her home in Drumcondra, Dublin. ...
SOHAM SICKO; Pervert Jailed for Vile Pics of Girls Could Be out in 12 Weeks
Byline: By MARTIN FRICKER A PERVERT who made child porn magazines featuring murdered Soham girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman may be freed from jail in just three months. Duncan Bullivant was yesterday locked up for one year for possessing...
Sue Carroll: Don't Let PC Killjoys Make Us Lose Faith
Byline: Sue Carroll FINALLY the Church has decided to take a stand on behalf of British Christians. That's the majority of us - though occasionally this is something it's easy to forget. Not just the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan...
WE'RE HOMELESS THIS CHRISTMAS; Family Flee House after Thugs' Terror Campaign
Byline: By JOANNE McELGUNN A DEVASTATED mum and her seven children will be homeless this Christmas after thugs forced them to flee their home. Helen Gallagher, 37, had to abandon her house in Tallaght, Dublin, when drunken teens kicked in the...
We Will. but Very Quietly
Byline: By FIONA CUMMINS and CAROLINE HEDLEY THOSE expecting one of Sir Elton John's normally extravagant affairs will be in for a disappointment when he marries David Furnish today. The couple will tie the knot in a low-key register office ceremony...
YOU MONEY: UN-EMPLOYED; 1,400 Jobs Go in Unwins Collapse
Byline: By STEVE HAWKES UNWINS is to disappear from the High Street after bankers last night called time on the off-licence and axed 1,400 staff. Hundreds of full-time workers will miss out on their December pay packet - due just four days after...
YOU RATS! 'Vermin' Jibe as Rentokil Chiefs Move to Scrap Staff's Final Salary Pensions
Byline: By CLINTON MANNING, Business Editor BOSSES of one of Britain's biggest firms were branded "vermin" yesterday after moving to scrap the pension rights of 3,000 workers. Rentokil Initial - best known for catching rats at Buckingham Palace...
YOUR LIFE: PLUS : AGE against the MACHINE; JUST BECAUSE YOU DRAW A PENSION DOESN'T MEAN YOUR REBELLIOUS SPIRIT HAS WITHERED AWAY. HERE WE PAY TRIBUTE TO SOME OLDER HEROES WHOSE ACTIONS HAVE INSPIRED US ALL IN 2005
Byline: BY KATY WEITZ SYLVIA HARDY DEFIANT Sylvia Hardy this year became the first woman in the country to be jailed for the non-payment of council tax. The 73-year-old spinster - prisoner number HT9564 - served only 30 hours of her seven-day...
Your Life: Real Stories: Body Confidential
Byline: Claire Sweeney TV presenter Claire, 34, lives in London with partner Tony Hibberd, 40 Any health vices, Claire? Just eating and the urge to binge. I love food generally. Indian, Chinese, pizzas, I love them all! Have you ever dieted?...
Your Life: Real Stories: Second Chance; I Feel like I've Been Given A
Byline: BY KAREN ARMSTRONG AND KATY WEITZ JANINE Aldridge woke from a deep sleep, to a horrific sight she'll never forget. Her baby daughter was lying limp and bleeding in her partner's arms. Panicking, Janine rushed five-week-old Leah to hospital,...
YOUR LIFE: SHOPPING: GET UP AND Glow! GLAMOUR ON A BUDGET
Byline: With beauty expert Madeline Crisp IF you're waiting for your moment under the mistletoe with a handsome stranger, you'll need make-up to match your fabulous frock. But before you start, here are some tips. Forget bold trends - scary,...
Your Money: Cash in on Classic Christmas Cards; Old-Fashioned Seasonal Greetings Cards Still Deliver Joy to Modern-Day Collectors
Byline: By OLIVER SCOTT ACARD is not just for Christmas - it could bring you a profitable New Year, too. Those old Christmas cards in the attic you couldn't bear to throw away could be worth up to pounds 20,000 each. Collectors will pay a great...
Your Money: FESTIVE FALLOUT
MAKE sure the lure of last-minute gifts and January bargains don't leave you with a nasty New Year hangover of unmanageable debt. Sainsbury's Bank says we will splurge nearly pounds 10billion this week, much of it on our cards. We risk repeating...
Your Money: THE GIFT OF XMAS FUTURE
Byline: By JOHN HUSBAND LITTLE Grace Costley is just five months old - and too young to ask Santa for lots of toys this Christmas. So her parents Kate and Matt are asking her grandparents and aunts and uncles to give her money instead. They...