The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from January 20, 2001

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Abandoned Estrada Stays to Face Coup
Beleaguered Philippines president Joseph Estrada refused to step down yesterday, even as his vice president declared herself commander in chief of the armed forces and military and political allies abandoned him amid fears of an impending coup. ...
All Surface and No Substance; Surface Tension. by Russell Celyn Jones (Abacus, Pounds 10.99). Reviewed by Charlie Hill
Byline: Charlie Hill In this, Celyn Jones' fifth novel, a family is torn apart by a revelation and carried piecemeal to the other side of the globe and a seemingly hapless shot at redemption. Now it goes without saying that if you're looking...
Angel's Land of Opportunity
Byline: Rob Bishop Juan Pablo Angel steps into the Theatre of Dreams today, with manager John Gregory predicting there will be no stage fright from Aston Villa's pounds 9.5 million record signing. The 25-year-old Colombian striker is poised for...
Antiques and Collecting: Lending Colour to the Bookshelves; Ardent Collectors of Published Matter, Victorians Valued Quality Printing and Lavish Illustration, Explains Richard Edmonds
Byline: Richard Edmonds For the Victorians reading was an act of wit. They thought deeply as they read, grappled with the new ideas found in religious, scientific and philosophical thought. They collected all kinds of things from oriental artefacts...
Antiques and Collecting: Shabby Treatment of Centenary Monarch; Royal Mail Is Issuing No Stamp to Mark the Centenary of Queen Victoria's Death. Harry Hawkes Asks Why?
Byline: Harry Hawkes Arguably the greatest monarch this country has ever had, Queen Victoria might well be turning in her century old grave this weekend. Her memory has been effectively snubbed by the people who owe their very livelihoods to her...
Appleton Switch Sees Boot on Right Foot for Albion
Byline: Michael Ward Just two months after kicking lumps out of West Bromwich Albion players, Michael Appleton becomes a Baggie himself today when he lines up for his debut against Sheffield United at The Hawthorns. One of the quirks of footballing...
Appointments - Just the Job: Breath Tests Could Be Legal Minefield
Byline: Fergal Dowling Recent news that prison staff may not be allowed to drink alcohol eight hours before going on duty heralds Government plans for stringent new drug and alcohol tests on its 45,000 employees in the prison service. In a broader...
Appointments: Recruiting for Financial Sectors the Coventry Office of Financial Recruitment Firm NICHOLAS ANDREWS & TEMPS FINANCIAL Has Appointed Pinder Virk and Michelle Stephenson as Senior Consultants
Stuart Handley and Mick Bates are new site managers for Birmingham building company BUXTON. Birmingham lawyers DLA have recruited Helen Miles to its pensions team in Birmingham. She joins from Eversheds in the East Midlands. WEST BROMWICH BUILDING...
Assets Record a Suitable Way to Celebrate
Byline: Steve Pain Business Staff The tiny Tipton & Coseley Building Society - formed 100 years ago this year - saw assets rise to a record pounds 180.4 million in 2000, it was revealed yesterday. The society, which has branches in Dudley,...
At the Movies: Actress at the Crossroads; ALISON JONES Talks to Catherine Zeta-Jones about Her Journey from the Darling Buds Ghetto to the Hollywood A-List
Byline: Alison Jones Starring in one of the best and most affectionately remembered television series ever produced might seem a lofty enough ambition for the average British actress. But even as she basked in the rose-tinted glow of public admiration...
At the Movies: Take That to the Bank
Bruce Willis is the world's top film star, according to a newly-created index which could affect actors' salaries and roles. The index, castmaker.com, tracks the top 100 male and female stars based on box office performances of their films. Willis...
Australia Train Sights on Indian Tour Power Play; Cricket Round-Up
Australia might have three weeks of a limited-overs series to negotiate but their focus was already on next month's Indian tour, vice-captain Ricky Ponting said at a fitness training session in Melbourne yesterday. Fresh from a 5-0 sweep of the...
A Wife, a Widow a Queen; Victoria: A Celebration. by Deborah Jaffe (Carlton Books, Pounds 17.99). Reviewed by Chris Upton
Top, the Queen on horseback with her ghillie John Brown. His straight talking and support helped the reclusive widow to face her public after the death of Prince Albert in 1861; Left, Felix Mendelssohn playing for the Queen and Prince Albert on his...
Blair Boys' Former Schoolmate Shot in Ecuador
A British teenager who went seeking adventure in South America was yesterday recovering in hospital with a bandit's bullet lodged in his shoulder. Cliff Andrade, an 18-year-old former head boy of the London Oratory School which is attended by Tony...
Bleak Mid-Winter for Finance
Byline: John Duckers Business Editor Shoppers kept the plastic in their pockets at Christmas. They refrained from splashing out to finance purchases, with credit-card borrowing in December showing the weakest rise for months, according to data...
Book Lines
At times, however, Victoria's sympathetic nature could cause her to act naively and outrageously. In the mid-1840s, cotton manufacturing was in great difficulty, demand had fallen and established British companies were suffering from stiff foreign...
Boom-Time Bill Leaves Centre Stage
Bill Clinton, the most controversial President since Richard Nixon, leaves office this weekend. Many will be in mourning. Despite his obvious and very public failings, Mr Clinton departs the White House with a 66 per cent approval rating - higher than...
Boro List Francis in Major Shake-Up; NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Byline: Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent Delton Francis will be the first casualty of Steve Burr's shape-up-or-else shake-up at Nuneaton Borough. Burr has placed the striker, one of the heroes in Nuneaton's FA Cup run just six weeks ago,...
Bryant Tells Taylor Woodrow to Raise Offer
Byline: Richard Tyler City Staff Solihull-based housebuilder Bryant has demanded that suitor Taylor Woodrow improve its takeover offer over the weekend or step aside to let its pounds 870 million merger with Beazer go ahead smoothly. Bryant's...
Budweiser Head Premiership Chase after Pounds 39m Carling Deal Falls Flat
Byline: Martyn Ziegler The Premier League will have a new sponsor for next season after Carling last night pulled out of the bidding. Carling have sponsored the Premiership almost since its inception, and the Premier League expressed regret at...
Bullets Duo Strut Stuff in All-Star Showpiece
Byline: Alf Thomas Two members of the Birmingham Bullets squad will travel to Newcastle today to make their All-Stars debuts in the annual South v North showpiece. Centre Antonio Garcia and forward Brant Bailey will be among the 12-strong Southern...
Bush Telegraph
Byline: Patricia Wilson in Washington As George W Bush is inaugurated as the 43rd President of the US today, he is promising to get to work quickly on his policy agenda and uniting the country following the divisive election. On the eve of his...
CA$H Flow; in a Society Where Mamon Rules, Is It Any Wonder That Cities Once Famous for Their Museums and Art Galleries Are Now Peddling Themselves as a Purchaser's Paradise? Chris Higham Suggests Four European City Break Destinations for Shopaholics Where the Bargains Come Thick and Fast
Byline: Chris Higham When short break holidaymakers were asked, just a decade ago, how they filled a two day breakaway in a European city, the consensus was sightseeing, sightseeing and more sightseeing. Palaces and cathedrals still have their...
CD Reviews: Classical
Byline: Christopher Morley HAYDN AND HIS ENGLISH FRIENDS (Hyperion): This is an absolutely fascinating release, helping to fill out our still scanty knowledge of an exciting period in English musical life. Haydn's two visits to this country in the...
CD Reviews: Jazz/world
Byline: Peter Bacon JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK KIEDAISCH/SVOBODA/HAHN: Water Mirror (November): Ever wondered what effect sound has on water? This Stuttgart-based trio work with inventor Alexander Lauterwasser who devised a sound transformer which turns...
CD Reviews - off the Record: Rising from the Continent
Byline: Andrew Cowen If ever an album was designed as the perfect soundtrack for a sunny day, then Phoenix's United is it. Slipping out to great reviews but minimal public impact, this slow-burning, stunning slice of Gallic post-house cool had critics...
CD Reviews; Rock and Pop
Byline: Andew Cowen BROADWAY PROJECT: Compassion (Memphis Industries): There's a lot of twaddle written about artists suffering in the name of creation, but in this instance, it's actually true. Dan Berridge is Broadway Project and this is his debut...
Clinton Bows out with Challenge to Keep Books in Order
President Clinton, in a televised farewell from the Oval Office, told the American people the nation had 'done well' during his Presidency, with record-breaking prosperity and a cleaner environment. He said President-elect George W Bush would inherit...
Confidence in the Technology Market That the Worst Is over; Technology Correspondent Steve Pain Examines the State of the Art of Technology Bill Gates of Microsoft Looks to the Big Picture
Byline: Steve Pain European technology stocks began their long climb out of the doldrums yesterday as a heavy week of results from across the Atlantic drew to a close without any major upsets. Software giant Microsoft, which makes the dominant...
Couch Potato: TV Film of the Week
Byline: Lisa Piddington, Andrew Cowen The Patriot: You would be forgiven in thinking that Mel Gibson has developed a taste for a bit of Brit bashing (see Braveheart) as he takes the starring role in yet another tale of country folk seeking independence...
Countryside Setting for Election Challenge; 'Ello, 'Ello, 'Ello: Widdecombe Steps out on the Rural Beat
Byline: John Revill Crime Reporter Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe attacked the Government yesterday for isolating rural areas from the rest of the country and failing to tackle countryside crime. Miss Widdecombe identified rural issues...
Credibility Test for Eager Blues
Byline: Brian Halford Birmingham City must wait until tomorrow for their action this weekend but, when it arrives, their home tussle with Blackburn Rovers will be arguably their most important match of the season so far. Plenty of column inches...
Donald Taking the Strain but Sri Lanka Lose Murali
Byline: Grant Shimmin In Johannesburg South Africa's leading wicket-taker Allan Donald returns for the third and final Test match against Sri Lanka at Centurion today as the tourists top bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan, is forced out with a groin injury....
Double Looking Good
Byline: William Barber Hopes are high that today's two remaining turf meetings will beat the threat from frost. However, the jumps fixtures at Catterick and Stratford are subject to 7.30am inspections. A spokesman for Catterick said: 'At the...
Drakeford Takes Chair to Manage Bridgnorth's Way Forward; Midland Alliance
Byline: Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent Ken Drakeford has reversed the trend for chairmen to become managers by moving from the dug-out into the boardroom. Drakeford has stepped in as the new chairman of Bridgnorth Town after Simon Bromley...
Exhibitions Listings
Two pieces on display at the British Art Show 5 until January 28 at the Gas Hall, Ikon Gallery and B16 - above, Glass House 1999, thread on canvas by Monte Clark and right, No!, 1999, ceramic, by Grayson Perry Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery...
Expensive Alzheimer Drugs Given Approval for NHS Use
Controversial new drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease should be more widely available on the NHS, a Government body ruled yesterday. People with mild to moderate forms of the disease - the most common cause of dementia - should be given Aricept,...
Experienced Holmes Still Keen to Show What He Can Do for Romans; Dr Martens Western
Rocester's new boss Martyn Smith has completed his backroom team by recruiting former team-mate and mentor Andy Holmes. Holmes, manager of Unibond Premier side Leek Town until October, joins the Romans as player-assistant manager. Smith played...
Faldo Hits Rich Seam to Mount Challenge; Dunhill Cup
Byline: Phil Casey In Johannesburg Nick Faldo stormed into contention for his first European Tour victory in more than six years with a vintage display in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Armed with a new easy-going outlook, the six-times major...
Family in Plea over Arson Death
The family of a 47-year-old man who died of burns after what police believe may have been a racially-motivated arson attack yesterday appealed for information about his killers. Colin Salt lost his fight for life last Monday, nearly three weeks...
Faulkner Targets Midfield in Moors Quest for the Top
Bob Faulkner has challenged Moor Green's midfielders to start putting their names on the goalcharts to ease the pressure on their forwards. The Birmingham side were lying in the top three before today's match at Cambridge City was called off when...
February Talks on Ryder Decision; Round-Up
The Ryder Cup Board has announced that the issue of the host nation and venue for the 2009 match between Europe and the United States will be discussed next month. Courses in the north-east of England, Scotland and Wales are among the bidders. ...
Food & Drink - the Victorians : A Time of Taste and Wealth; Nowhere Was the Gap between Rich and Poor in Victorian Times More Evident Than at the Dinner Table. Alison Jones Looks at the Food Our Forefathers Ate
Byline: Alison Jones There is a scene in Martin Scorcese's exquisitely-shot film The Age of Innocence when newlyweds Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder host a dinner party. They are an affluent young couple, a fact which is reflected in the banquet...
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass; Reissue of the Week
GEORGE HARRISON: All Things Must Pass (Parlophone): Thirty years on and this triple album is still acknowledged as George Harrison's masterpiece. The Beatles' mercurial guitarist has taken the album's anniversary as the cue to remaster the collection...
Gin and Tonic but Not on the Rocks, Revellers Told
Byline: Neil Connor Revellers drinking in Birmingham's popular Broad Street bar and club district have been urged to steer clear of the frozen canals this weekend as temperatures look set to remain around freezing point. The Birmingham-based...
Graydon Fearful of Freeze on Benefits
Byline: Rob Bishop Walsall manager Ray Graydon is keeping his fingers crossed that today's Second Division match against Swansea City will go ahead - to see just how much his players have benefited from this week's extra labours. An 8am inspection...
Grobbelaar Hints at Further Action against Newspaper
Disgraced goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar yesterday hinted he might serve another libel writ on The Sun for its coverage of his dramatic court defeat. The former Liverpool goalkeeper said 'they might be getting another piece of paper' after reading...
Hair Dye Inquiry after Woman Dies
Byline: Jenny Hudson Health Correspondent A major investigation is being carried out into the death of a Birmingham mother-of-three who died after using a popular hair dye. A post mortem examination has revealed that Narinder Devi, the wife of...
Hatfield Track-Repair Firm Sacked
The rail maintenance company that was working at Hatfield before the train crash has lost the contract to continue operating on the line. Rather than renew Balfour Beatty's contract, Railtrack has named rival company Jarvis Facilities as the preferred...
Headteachers on the March to Protest at Funding Sums
Byline: Jason Beattie The Government's education crisis deepened yesterday when hundreds of headteachers from a cash-strapped Midland authority announced they are to march on Westminster. Up to 200 primary and secondary heads from across Worcestershire...
Henman Has Wake-Up Call; Repeat Is Ruled out as Rafter Threatens
Byline: Mark Garrod In Melbourne With Pete Sampras having dropped four sets in three matches, it might seem harsh to dwell on the one and only lapse Tim Henman has had on his way to the last 16 in the Australian Open here. But the word 'lapse'...
I'll Prove Molby Wrong Promises Webb after Kidderminster Shock
Byline: Colin Stoner Paul Webb intends to prove his future still lies at Kidderminster Paul Webb remains 100 per cent determined to fulfil his professional football dream, despite admitting his heart-break at being transfer-listed by Kidderminster...
Insurance Firm 'Cautiously Confident' despite Claims
Byline: Richard Tyler City Staff Telford-based Claims Direct is hopeful the feared collapse in public confidence in the company's personal injury claims handling services had not materialised. Chief executive Colin Poole said he was 'cautiously...
Internet Twins Pair Plan 'David and Goliath' Fight
Byline: Harriet Tolputt The couple at the centre of a transatlantic adoption row were last night planning a High Court battle to keep the twin baby girls in Britain. Solicitor Alan Kilshaw, aged 45, and his wife Judith, aged 47, of Buckley, North...
Jackerin Primed for Long-Awaited Victory; by Veritas Racing Correspondent
It has been more than two years since Jackerin went past the post first - but he can finally end that losing streak at Lingfield today. He has not been so much knocking on the door as kicking it down in all of his runs, but has always found one...
Johnson Dismissing Greene Dream Sprint Showdown
Olympic legend Michael Johnson's last year on the track will not feature the showdown that every fan wants to see- a head-to-head with bitter rival Maurice Greene. The 33-year-old, who recently confirmed he would not be taking part in the world...
Just Browsing
Dr Simon Forman. By Judith Cook (Chatto and Windu) pounds 18.99. Elizabethan London, with its bawdiness, violence and ghastly practices which passed for medical care, comes vividly to life in this biography. Self-made doctor, Simon Forman, rose...
Legacy of More Power but Less Influence in the Globalised World
President Clinton, elected on the strength of his domestic programme, emerged as the pre-eminent leader of the globalised world, but the verdict is still out on some of his bolder foreign policy initiatives. After entering the White House in 1993...
Limbering Up for a Long Haul Journey; Reports of Travellers Suffering Fatal Blood Clots after Long Journeys Has Sparked Widespread Concern. Already British Airways Is Offering Advice to Passengers about Deep Vein Thrombosis or So-Called Economy Class Syndrome. A Few Simple Exercises to Boost Your Circulation Could Save Your Life as Jackie Brown Explains
Byline: Jackie Brown Once the easiest way to get through the boredom of a long flight was to flop on to a plane, accept all the free drinks that came your way and settle down for a sleep. That is all in the past in the wake of reports of some...
Luck of the Irish Secures First Final Appearance
Irish eyes were smiling after Ken Doherty, Fergal O'Brien and Michael Judge upset the form book to qualify for their first ever Nations Cup final appearance. The Dublin trio, pushed to a deciding frame in all three of their group games, overwhelmed...
Magnetic Power; Shahid Naqvi Meets a Former Solihull School Pupil Who Turned His Back on the Stage to Make Tracks for America at the Tender Age of 19
Byline: Shahid Naqvi What made the West Midlands man leave his Solihull home and end up in charge of an international magnetics company in America? He was drawn to it. It's the kind of gag Chris Tyler, president and chief executive officer...
McRae Set to Hit Belated Monte Carlo Jackpot
Byline: Ian Gordon in Monte Carlo Colin McRae is on course to end the 33-year wait for a British triumph in the Monte Carlo Rally. The Scot finished an opening day filled with retirements with a lead of more than 30 seconds from Finland's Tommi...
Moore Bids Farewell to Town's Absent Friends
Halesowen Town will continue their fight for Dr Martens Premier survival without the services of Craig Mansell and Stuart Corns. Summer signing Mansell has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent after problems with availability for training...
New Boss Mills Eyes Stairway to Heaven; DR MARTENS PREMIER
Byline: Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent Failure and success might separated by a thin line but for new Tamworth player-boss Gary Mills, that line will be drawn between 18th and 19th places in the Dr Martens Premier Division. Mills, officially...
New Hope of Cash for Girl in Machete Attack
A girl who was injured when a man went berserk with a machete at a Midland school will find out next week whether she will receive pounds 80,000 compensation. Francesca Quintyne, now aged eight, suffered a completely shattered jaw and was left with...
Old Model Army Expected to Raise Pounds 55,000 at Auction; Soldiering On: 4,000 Pieces to Be Sold
Byline: Neil Connor A collection of 4,000 rare British lead soldiers brought together by a Midland man over half a century could fetch up to pounds 55,000 when it is auctioned later this year. Thousands of models ranging from regimental officers...
Olympic Appeal Tempts Mansell to Join Challenge
Rushall Olympic aim to prove Halesowen Town's loss is very much their gain after snapping up Craig Mansell. Mansell, who had returned to the Midlands from Weymouth in the summer, has had his contract cancelled by Halesowen after work commitments...
Opportunity Knocks at Highfield Road Door
Byline: Michael Ward Coventry City go in search of their first season's double today, encouraged by news from Merseyside that Everton have just 11 senior players fit for the relegation dogfight at Highfield Road, writes Michael Ward. Gordon Strachan's...
Outrage at More Power for Police
Byline: David Barrett Police will be given significant new powers to store DNA profiles and fingerprints of people who have never been found guilty of a crime under new legislation which has caused outrage amoung civil liberty groups. The Criminal...
Overdoing Purple Prose; Girl in Hyacinth Blue. by Susan Vreeland (Review, Pounds 10). Reviewed by Stephen Harrison
Byline: Stephen Harrison One of the oddities of recent fiction is the publication of novels by women writers inspired by paintings of the Dutch masters. The mini-trend was started by Deborah Moggach's Tulip Fever an ingeniously plotted tale of...
Passport to Travel: News from the Industry Conquer Cut-Price Confusion
The Christmas-New Year advertising blitz of 'half-price holidays' may have left you too exhausted and bewildered to book anything. If so, you are in the majority. Around 22 million summer holidays are likely to be sold by travel agents this summer...
Pastimes: Putting Disaffected Pupils Back on Track; Chris Traxson Talks to Peter Rasmussen
Byline: Peter Rasmussen 'Instead of getting angry with school children who are behaving badly, you have to focus on what they can actually do. It is a depressing enough world for these children as it is,' says Chris Traxson. She believes that a...
Personal Finance: Calls for Pension Rules to Be Tightened
Byline: John Cranage Personal Finance Editor A Birmingham pensions expert this week called for the introduction of an special insurance scheme to protect company pension scheme members. Terry Simmons, a partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC),...
Personal Finance: High School Picks Its Way to Top of the Stocks
Stock-pickers at a West Midland school are through to the quarter finals of a national shares competition. The team from Coppice High School, Wolverhampton, was among the top five best performers out of 290 quarter finalists from schools and colleges...
Personal Finance: Houses Likely to Become a Safe Bet in Coming Year; Financial Expert Peter Axon Continues His Series on Home Ownership by Looking at the Factors Most Likely to Shape the Housing Market during 2001
Byline: Peter Axon The housing market is geared for further price rises throughout the year. However, although homebuyers enjoyed average gains of eight per cent during 2000, the major mortgage lenders do not predict a repeat of the residential...
Personal Finance: Post Reader Will Be Equitable Test Case
Byline: John Cranage Personal Finance Editor A West Midland law firm is trawling through responses from more than 300 readers of The Birmingham Post to find a suitable candidate to sue directors of Equitable Life. Halesowen-based Armstrong Neal...
Personal Finance: Your Last Wishes Could Be Made Now; A Long-Term Undertaking: Making Sure You Don't Mourn the Cost of Saying Goodbye
The new year is a traditional time for sitting down to make financial plans for the 12 months ahead. But how many people will take the ultimate decision of their lives and make provision for their own funeral? According to the charity Age Concern,...
Perspective: Are You Being Served?
Many visitors to Birmingham are left with the impression that the city's shop assistants offer a friendly service. Comsumer Affairs reporter Emma Brady put this to the test - and, on the whole, discovered this reputation to be true Like many shopaholics...
Perspective: Safety for Judges and Magistrates at Court Must Be a Priority
Byline: David Wilson I gave up on making public comment about the reporting of the new 'crime figures' long ago. Despite the best efforts of some rather harassed researchers from various programmes - including the Nicky Campbell Show - I refused...
Peter Gibbs on Chess
Byline: Peter Gibbs Warwickshire's Organiser for Junior Chess, Bob Wildig, has kindly sent me details of the recent two-day congress held at Blue Coat C of E School, Coventry. Many thanks to the controllers Dave Thomas, Bruce Holland, Sara Hughes,...
Ploughing Furrows We Still Follow; the Huge Debt Today's Gardens Owe to the Victorians, in Design and New Plants, Is Investigated by Roger Clarke
Byline: Roger Clarke The Victorians gave us an age of invention, exotic introductions and an explosion of ideas in almost every walk of life, including the garden. Many of the inventions failed to catch on, such as the doctor's cane introduced...
Porsche Hits the Gas to Buck Market Trend
Byline: John Duckers Business Editor Luxury car maker Porsche stayed in the fast lane yesterday as it forecast first-half pre-tax profits would rise sharply despite a likely downturn in the US car market. The German car maker said pre-tax profit...
Proudlock Is Left to Chew over His Dressing-Down from Jones
Byline: Rob Bishop Teenage striker Adam Proudlock has been given a dressing-down by Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Dave Jones after admitting he bit Portsmouth's Darren Moore on the shoulder in last week's 1-1 Molineux draw. The Pompey defender...
Quartet Are Certainly Looking Forward to a Better Year by Far
I can reveal that four of Birmingham's most prominent businessmen are embroiled in a controversial series of New Year bets. Notably a morbid and throughly treasonous one on the death of the Queen Mother. Shame on them. Still, it also involves...
Rambling: The Most Beautiful Village Street Now Left in the Island; Unearth Scandal and Legend in Chipping Campden Says Richard Shurey
Byline: Richard Shurey This is the time of year when events secretaries are racking their brains to think of interesting spring and summer outings for their members. Could I suggest the walk around the lovely Cotswold town of Chipping Campden....
Residential Property: Home from Home Down on the Farm; Helen Macklin Looks at a Rambling Family House on the Shropshire Borders
Byline: Helen Macklin John Beavan has had a passion for wood since he was a child. He still has the first chair he made at the age of seven and, by the time he was 19, he'd already set himself up in the furniture business. Now, aged 35, he is one...
Rivals Patch Up Differences
Byline: Martyn Ziegler Talks to usher in changes to football's transfer system are back on track after a peace accord was agreed between FIFA and UEFA yesterday. The governing bodies, who are meant to be allies in the talks with the European...
Rivals to Indulge in Old Habits
Byline: Michael Blair The traditional rugby fixture was swamped when the commercial floodgates opened, even one of the most traditional of them all: Coventry v Moseley, which goes back 120-odd years. You don't play who you want to play any longer,...
Saint-Andre Keeps Troops on Guard for Key Battle in Rome; HEINEKEN CUP PREVIEW
Gloucester coach Philippe Saint-Andre has warned his players against complacency when they target a Heineken Cup quarter-final place in Rome today. The Cherry-and-Whites can mark their first season in top-flight European rugby by following Leicester...
Schoolboy Faces Life for Reign of Sex Terror
A 14-year-old schoolboy who sexually assaulted a teacher at his school, went on to attack five other women before he was caught, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Adewale Odubawo attempted to rape two other women while he was still a pupil at the...
Seven Decades of Cinema Success; at the Movies: A New Book That Looks at Success of the Blockbuster Blockbusters! by Robert Tanitch (Pounds 14.99). Reviewed by Ross Reyburn
Byline: Ross Reyburn 'I wish it well. As long, that is, I don't have to see it again' said The Sunday Times. 'Pure unadulterated kitsch, not a false note, not a whiff of reality,' said Esquire magazine. The dismissive comments were directed at...
Sheringham Is Role Model for Young Hendrie; Rob Bishop Casts His Eye over Two Key Players Who Are Sure to Fall under the Gaze of England Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson This Afternoon
Byline: Rob Bishop The age gap is more than 11 years, but Teddy Sheringham and Lee Hendrie are both men with a mission at Old Trafford this afternoon. At 34, Sheringham may be in the twilight of his career, but he is still proving good enough...
Smith Scouts around as Redditch Plan for Promotion Impetus; Dr Martens Western
Redditch United have targeted four possible recruits to ensure they can maintain their promotion momentum. Manager Rob Smith is determined to ensure the Reds, who have rattled up 16 points out of 18, are fully equipped to cope with forthcoming suspensions,...
Solitary Master of Pulp Fiction; the Raymond Chandler Papers - Selected Letters and Non-Fiction 1909-1959. Edited by Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane (Hamish Hamilton, Pounds 20). Reviewed by Michael Emery
Byline: Michael Emery Raymond Chandler, the poet laureate of the lonely and dispossessed, was not an admirer of anthologies nor of the people who compiled them. 'In a general way I am completely disgusted with the anthology racket. People who...
Sporting Chance of Success for New Pubs
High-street pub operator Old Monk showed it had developed a winning habit yesterday with a 20 per cent hike in pre-tax profits for the half year and plans for expansion in the Midlands. The company behind the Old Monk and Springbok pub brands saw...
Stage Set for Istabraq
Istabraq will bid for his fourth consecutive victory in the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown tomorrow, when the Aidan O'Brien-trained gelding will attempt to put an end to speculation over his well being. He was at the centre of a burst...
Stourport Up for Big Time
Byline: Paul Raymer Stourport are well on course for promotion to the Premier Division of the National Indoor League next season. They are the only club unbeaten in the new Men's League and by tonight, could be certain of being Division One champions....
Table Talk: Fight Rough with Smooth; When All around Are Coming Down with Flu, Get out the Juicer and Build Up Your Defences Naturally, Says Cathy Mayer
Byline: Cathy Mayer Outside it's cold and rainy, inside everyone around you is coughing and sneezing - but it's easy to fight off the flu and add some zest to the miserable month of January with delicious smoothies. Simple orange juice is becoming...
Table Talk: Idle Home Exhibition; Mo Smith's No-Nonsense Approach to Cookery Is Proving a Winning Recipe for a Glittering Career. Alison Jones Reports
Byline: Alison Jones I spent a week's wages on this gratin dish. It was worth it though because mine looked the best in class and I still use it to this day. Quick to make canapes are one of the favourite dishes of Lazy Cook, Mo Smith Everyone...
Table Talk: Local Heroes; Alison Davison Suggests Some Local Restaurants for Local People with a Selection of Favourites from the Post's Eating-Out Guide - Which Appears in Full in the PS Supplement on Wednesdays
Byline: Alison Davison As we give thanks for the boom in new restaurants opening in central Birmingham, it's also a good time of the year to consider the benefits of the neighbourhood eaterie. How nice to have a decent place practically on our doorstep...