The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 9, 2002

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Alleged 20th Hijacker's Dream to Fly 'Big Bird'
Alleged 20th hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui wrote that he wanted to 'pilot one of those big birds' as he tried to get into a flight school. The French-Moroccan, who faces the death penalty over charges that he conspired to hijack planes and crash them...
Antiques and Collecting: Drawn to the Bookshop; Richard Edmonds on How Illustrated Works Can Command High Prices - If You Find the Right Ones
Byline: Richard Edmonds It does sometimes occur to me that book collecting remains one of the last areas where great finds can still be made. For example, it was reported recently in the national press that an original book hand drawn by William...
Antiques and Collecting: Year of the Horse Gets Set for the Off
Byline: Harry Hawkes On Tuesday the firecrackers will explode and rockets will light up the night sky as millions of people around the world begin to welcome in their new year. For six weeks after we in the West linked hands to the strains of...
Appointments: Bulmers' Cork Pops for New-Boy Jamet
Frenchman Jean Francois Jamet is to be the new managing director of Bulmers' drinks distribution business BEER SELLER. For the last four years he has been managing director of Guinness Northern Ireland. He also worked for Pernod in Ireland and the...
Appointments: Just the Job: Give Yourself a Leg Up Ladder with an MBA
Byline: Stephen Ward If you have ever harboured a secret desire to do an MBA, this may well be the time to get on with it. You would certainly not be alone. In these difficult economic times, business schools seem to be experiencing no shortage...
A Quick Fix for Speed Freaks
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (Cert 15, 102 mins). Action/Thriller. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Rick Yune, Ja Rule. Undercover FBI agent Brian O'Connor (Walker) infiltrates the illegal street-racing scene to get close...
Archive: Appeal of Romantic Guy; Guy's Cliffe May Have Dropped off the Tourist Trail, but Chris Upton Discovers Centuries of Myths and Legends Attached to the House and Its Grounds
Byline: Chris Upton If you have ever dipped into Nikolaus Pevsner's Buildings of England, you will know that their scholarly author rarely allowed himself to get too upset about the state of the buildings he described. One spot in the Midlands,...
Archive: Bustling Life Hidden Behind Majestic Ruins
Byline: Ross Reyburn Is there a more picturesque ruin in the West Midlands? Architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner may have lamented the 'ruinous state' of Guy's Cliffe but the fallen walls and broken masonry of the majestic mansion serenely...
ATHLETICS: GB Duo on Trial with Dublin Top of Agenda
Nottingham plays host to the Inter-Counties Championships today, a meeting which doubles as the official trials for next month's World Cross Country long course races. The selectors have already pre-selected Paula Radcliffe - training at altitude...
ATHLETICS: Memory Can Be Making of Gardener
Byline: David Martin Jason Gardener returns to Ghent tomorrow still savouring his last visit two years ago. Gardener claimed the European Indoor 60 metres title in the Belgian town and has high hopes of further success as he travels there for...
ATHLETICS: Old Wounds Re-Opened as Christie and Coe Clash in Radio Debate
British greats Sebastian Coe and Linford Christie yesterday re-opened their year-long war of words with a furious clash on live radio. As Coe was being interviewed by Simon Mayo on BBC Radio Five Live, Christie personally telephoned in to launch...
Birmingham Post Comment: Time for Midlands to Be on the Move
It is understandable that West Midlands council and business leaders should feel dismayed, betrayed even, by the Strategic Rail Authority's refusal to find more than a pittance to modernise our third-world train services. Promises of an integrated...
Blair Repeats MMR Backing 'To Ensure Children's Health'
Tony Blair yesterday repeated his personal backing for MMR as it emerged that demand for the single measles vaccine has rocketed nine-fold in a year. His support was backed up by new evidence published by the British Medical Journal which found...
BMW on Target as Minis Roll off Line
Byline: James O'Brien BMW is now building 500 Minis a day and is well on course to build 100,000 in its first fullyear of operating at Oxford. Group sales in the UK during January showed a huge increase of 52.9 per cent to 10,277 vehicles including...
Books: Book Lines
'Do you think,' Henry said, 'that we're all hopeless at deciding anything?' William took a swallow of beer. 'No, I think we've just all got too much to decide, too much freedom.' 'Oh?' 'I mean,' Williams said, 'my grandfather was in the...
Books: Exile's Poignant Search for Lost Roots; Austerlitz. by W G Sebald (Hamish Hamilton, Pounds 16.99). Reviewed by Keith Brace
Byline: Keith Brace The author of this remarkable novel about the long term and long-distance effects of the Holocaust was a German academic who settled in England in 1970, and became a professor of European Literature at the University of East...
Books: Silent Witness; Royal - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Robert Lacey (Little,Brown, Pounds 20) Reviewed by Ross Reyburn
Byline: Ross Reyburn Thinking back over the 50 years of her reign, it is difficult to remember a single remark made by Elizabeth II aside from the words 'My husband and I', hailed as her catchphrase. However her value as a promoter of Britain has...
BSkyB Cheers a Dull Session
A positive opening on Wall Street failed to inspire the London market yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index ended the session marginally above its opening mark. Buoyant trading on the Dow Jones Industrial Average index failed to stimulate a lacklustre...
Cancelled Operations Are at 'Unacceptable' Levels
Byline: Jonathan Walker The number of cancelled hospital operations has risen to 'unacceptable' levels, the Government admitted yesterday. It also announced it was sending troubleshooters into under-performing hospitals, including the Walsgrave...
Child of Achievement Award for Girl Who Found Her Voice; Brave Face: 'Sunny' Helen among Five to Be Honoured
Byline: Jenny Hudson A seven-year-old girl who needed complex surgery in order to be able to speak will tomorrow receive a prestigious Child of Achievement Award. Despite spending most of her life breathing through a tube in her neck, Helen Lloyd...
City NHS Trust Has Worst 'Superbug' Rate in UK
Byline: Jenny Hudson Health Correspondent jenny_hudson@mrn.co.uk - A Birmingham NHS trust was yesterday named as having the worst rate of the hospital superbug MRSA in the country. The University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Selly...
Commons Was Misled over Financial Affairs
The Parliamentary sleaze watchdog's call for Labour MP Keith Vaz to be suspended from the Commons follows a second lengthy probe into his financial affairs. Standards Commissioner Elizabeth Filkin examined complaints dating back to the beginning...
Coors May Shut Down Ex-Bass Brewery
Peter Kendall, the new chief executive of Coors Brewers, is likely to shut one of the four former Bass breweries as the US group gets to grip with its largest ever overseas venture. While Bass's original base in Burton - the largest single site...
Crash Pilots Failed to De-Ice Jet, Says Report
Byline: Sophie Blakemore A private jet which crashed at Birmingham International Airport last month, killing five people, had not been de-iced before take-off despite below-freezing temperatures the night before, air accident investigators said...
Cricket: England's Bitter Doull Pill
Byline: Myles Hodgson in Hamilton England's tired and jaded cricketers were punished once again by an explosive opening batsman as they suffered a moraledamaging defeat in the build-up to their one-day series with New Zealand. During their 3-3...
Cricket: Proteas in Their Element as Kiwis Self-Destruct
South Africa beat New Zealand by six wickets yesterday to win the triangular oneday series. Shaun Pollock's Proteas followed up their eight-wicket win in Wednesday's first final in Melbourne with another convincing victory in Sydney to win the series...
Equitable Package Approved by Court
Byline: John Cranage The plan to salvage the 240-year-old mutual assurer Equitable Life cleared its final hurdle yesterday when it was ratified by the High Court. But the controversy over Equitable's ill-fated guaranteed annuity rate (GAR) scheme...
Family Life: Helping Children under Pressure; Youngsters Face More Stress Than Ever before.Andy Davies Investigates What Can Be Done to Help
Byline: Andy Davies These days, few would refuse to accept that stress is an increasingly common symptom of our age. Just 30 years ago, stress hardly figured in the national consciousness, as the laid-back 60s gave way to the psychedelic 70s....
Family Life: On the Pulse
The biggest investment in cancer research in Britain for 50 years was announced this week at the launch of a new charity set up to fight the disease. Cancer Research UK, formed by the merger of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the Cancer Research...
FBI Believes AIB's Rogue Trader Is Not a Fraudster
Rogue trader John Rusnak has told the FBI he lost pounds 540 million from Allied Irish Bank's American subsidiary as he tried to make up for his losses. The Allfirst foreign exchange dealer shocked the banking world by losing the cash and was suspended...
Food: Chips: St Valentine's Day This Year Coincides with National Chip Week - Surely an Impossible Match? or Is It? Nadine Stavonina-De Montagnac Reports
Byline: Nadine Stavonina-de Montagnac Have you ever heard the name Savvas Iezekil? No? Well maybe you should. He's one of the men given the unenviable task in St Valentine's week of making chips sexy. Let me explain. St Valentine's Day 2002...
Food: Fish: Tickled Pink by Salmon; Nicky Lewis Reports on TV Chef Nick Nairn's Tips for Cooking Salmon, Now the Bestselling Supermarket Fish
Byline: Nicky Lewis Salmon has become the most popular fish on sale in our supermarkets and it is not difficult to understand why. It is described by TV chef Nick Nairn as, 'the ultimate fast food' as it can be bought ready skinned and boned...
Football: Albion Progress the Sole Benchmark for an Unwanted Dobie; West Bromwich Albion V Norwich City
Byline: Michael Ward Scott Dobie will be content to bide his time on the bench for West Bromwich Albion's crunch game with Norwich City at The Hawthorns tomorrow, ready for the call to come on and save or win the day. Still Albion's top scorer...
Football: Bruce Keen to Get Cracking and Turn Up the Heat; Bradford City V Birmingham City
Byline: Brian Halford The construction of any decent omelette, experts agree, requires the breaking of a few eggs. The first wave of casualties of Steve Bruce's occupation of the Birmingham City kitchen arrived this week and it will be a rapidly...
Football: FA Extend Charity to Unheralded Volunteers; National Round-Up
The Charity Shield is to be renamed the Community Shield next season by the Football Association amid a plan to reward the work of the unsung volunteer 'heroes' in the game. The change will effectively prevent any interference by the Charity Commission...
Football: Ginola's Ego Is No Site for Sore Eyes; Jury Will Deliver Damning Verdict on Great Pretender Says Chief Football Writer Hyder Jawad
Byline: Hyder Jawad It was once famously said that to best judge a man you have to look at his enemies. These days, however, you have to look at his website. David Ginola - also known as 'www.ginola14.com' - is a man with many facets and one...
Football: Ginola Snatches Chance for New Lease of Life in Everton's Colours
Byline: Hyder Jawad Graham Taylor last night expressed his regret that he will never get the chance to work with David Ginola at Aston Villa. Taylor, the Villa manager, allowed the former France international to leave Villa Park for Everton on...
Football: Larkin around to Help Harriers End Sorry Run; Kidderminster Harriers V Carlisle
Colin Larkin and Mark Blake will end their injury absences as promotion-chasing Kidderminster Harriers attempt to end their Carlisle United bogey this afternoon. On-loan striker Larkin, ruled out of Harriers' last outing with Mansfield Town with...
Football: Priceless Moments to Treasure in a Happy Footballing Odyssey That's Come Full Circle; Keith Bertschin Heads an Exclusive List in the Annals of Birmingham City. Now He's Back Doing What He Loves, Reports Brian Halford
Byline: Brian Halford The name of Keith Bertschin dwells upon one of Birmingham City's most prestigious lists. Bertschin is among the esteemed handful of players to have scored the most cherished of all Blues goals - a victory-clincher in a league...
Football: Sky Blues Boss Likely to Baldly Go with Hughes Return; Crewe Alexandra V Coventry City
Carsley has gone, but Coventry City should have the one remaining smoothheaded performer by the name of Lee back in their ranks at Crewe today. Having been surprisingly dropped, Lee Hughes' introduction for the final half-hour on Wednesday night...
Football: Taylor Works on Flighty Angel; Aston Villa V Chelsea
Byline: Hyder Jawad The battle to keep Juan Pablo Angel happy at Aston Villa will become a priority for Graham Taylor. The new Villa manager has emphasised that he is happy with his squad but, having lost David Ginola to Everton yesterday, he...
Football: Web of Intrigue Offers Lee Breathing Space; Walsall V Sheffield Wednesday
Byline: Brian Halford Nowhere around the tangled and volatile arena which is the First Division will there be a more intense atmosphere this weekend than at the Bescot Stadium where Walsall take on Sheffield Wednesday. With the two teams straddling...
Football: Wolves Ahead of Game with a Watching Brief
Byline: Ged Scott Wolverhampton Wanderers did all that was asked of them by winning at Crystal Palace on Thursday night. Now, Dave Jones' men must sit back and watch this weekend to see if any of their nearest rivals can close the gap in the...
Gardening: Gardening Diary
Keep in touch with West Midlands gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. 'Do you think,' Henry said, 'that we're all hopeless at deciding anything?' William took a swallow of beer. 'No, I think we've just all got too...
Gardening: Sow Now If You Want to Reap Later; Hannah Stephenson Finds Growing from Seed Doesn't Cost a Packet and Offers a Lot More Variety
Byline: Hannah Stephenson A nyone who ever grew mustard and cress as a child should get a spring in their step from sowing seeds - and now is the time to start doing it. If you're a beginner, you should start out with a few varieties of your...
GED Scott on Saturday: Like Moths to a Flame
Byline: Ged Scott Even by their own outspoken standards, this has been a bit of a week for football managers. Then again, what do you expect in this suddenly new golden age for bosses - a week when Graham Taylor returned to Aston Villa, Sir Alex...
GED Scott on Saturday: Screens Test the Patience of Fans
Byline: Ged Scott Speaking as a football fan who was brought up simply to stand dutifully for 90 minutes, watch the game, moan to my neighbour, read the programme if the game's really bad, then go home again, I'm no big fan of matchday fripperies....
Golf: South African Reveals Secret of His Success
Byline: Mark Garrod in Sydney South African golfer Trevor Immelman never stopped enjoying himself in Sydney yesterday - from 8.25am to 10.10 at night. First the 22-year-old went round The Lakes in a nineunder-par 64 to move into second place in...
Go Tim, Scream the Davis Cup Fans
Byline: Helen Bruce Tennis fans from across the country converged on Birmingham yesterday for the first day of Great Britain's Davis Cup tie with Sweden. England manager Sven Goran Eriksson was among the spectators who packed into the National...
Health: Curse of False Attractiveness Syndrome
Byline: Caren Davies Whilst Joanna Trollope and her 50-plus counterparts shake off the shackles of marriage and unleash their new sexy selves on the world, I think: 'Oh God, I haven't got to wait until I'm 50 to become a woman behaving badly have...
Health: Footloose, Fancy-Free and 50 +; Women Have Never Had It So Good in Terms of Health, Wealth and Choice of Relationships, Say Experts. and Many Are Going out There to Grab What Life Can Offer in a Way That Has Never Been Experienced by Previous Generations. Bestselling Author Joanna Trollope Has Hit the News with Her New, Racier Lifestyle and Younger Boyfriends - but She Is Not the Only One. So Just What Are Women Up To?
Byline: Sally Ballard And so in a blaze of publicity, Aga saga queen Joanna Trollope's latest book was launched this week. But the interest seemed only to briefly dwell on her book Girl from the South, in which Trollope has turned her back on genteel,...
Help Us to Get Mobile Hospitals on the Road
Byline: Sarah Probert The Midland business community is being urged to help save the lives of children in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan by raising more than pounds 50,000 for mobile health clinics. Meriden MP Caroline Spelman told how she...
Hockey: Midland Duo Put Relegation Fears Aside for Chance of Cup Bonuses
Byline: Paul Raymer Three West Midland teams, including last year's finalists Olton, compete for a place in the quarter-finals of the Women's Cup tomorrow. With two of the trio fighting against relegation in the National League, however, defeat...
Interview Leslie Phillips: Why Life Is Still a Lark for Leslie
Byline: Terry Grimley If success can be measured by fan mail, veteran British actor Leslie Phillips has recently reached the peak of his career in the role of a talking hat. Starting out in the 1930s, Phillips performed alongside the likes of...
I Wouldn't Take Reward Money, I Don't Need It, Says Damilola Witness
The key witness in the Damilola Taylor murder trial yesterday denied she had contacted police for a pounds 50,000 reward. She told the Old Bailey she would not accept the reward for finding the killers of the ten-year-old schoolboy. The 14-year-old...
Jammed: Pounds 7bn Plan for Transport
Byline: Paul Dale A mbitious plans for thebiggest cash injection to ease Birmingham and the West Midlands' congested roads and railways have won the backing of local authority and business leaders But scepticism over whether more than a fraction...
Jazz CD of the Week
Byline: Peter Bacon THE JOHN SCOFIELD BAND Uberjam (Verve): One of the finest guitarists of his genereation, John Scofield alternates straighter jazz discs with ones that appeal to a new, younger audience - and then there are those of us who like...
John Bright: 'Ugly Sisters' at the IMAX Theatre and Not a Mr Whippy in Sight
Get along to the Daffodil Ball next month because there is a great offer coming up at the auction. Birmingham businessman Richard Graves is up for sale as part of an Aston Villa box. Well, it's probably about time that the moth-eaten chappie got...
Kidnap Suspect Had E-Mails about Pearl
Byline: Renee Reidmayer in Islamabad Police hunting a former English public schoolboy suspected of kidnapping an American reporter have recovered e-mails from a suspect's computer. Investigators had hoped to rescue Wall Street Journal reporter...
Letter: Pensioners' Passes
Byline: Coun R V WORRALL Sir, - May I amplify or correct a number of statements made in your January 25 report on pensioners' free travel? As your pensioner readers will tell you, the current free travel facility is valid not only on buses but...
Lockerbie Break-In Revealed
Byline: Gordon Darroch Judges at the appeal of the Lockerbie bomber yesterday ruled that fresh evidence of a break-in at Heathrow Airport should be heard. Lord Cullen, chairing a panel of five judges at the Scottish Court in Holland, said they...
MP Vaz Kicked out over Conduct
Byline: John Deane Former Minister for Europe Keith Vaz was yesterday facing a month-long suspension from the Commons after he was found to have committed 'serious breaches' of the MPs' code of conduct. The Standards and Privileges Committee...
Non-League Football: Delight for Beckett as Bears Swoop to Pick Up Duo
Manager Dave Beckett will relish the fight for places at Paget Rangers after completing a double deal to sign Greg Walters and Simon Black. Midfielder Walters, who has joined from Bilston Town, and front-runner Black, who has moved from Stourbridge,...
Non-League Football: Depleted Worcester Face Test of Recovery; DR MARTENS PREMIER
Byline: Colin Stoner Worcester City's never-ending casualty list has again left manager John Barton to juggle his playing resources. Despite the recent additions of Mark Shail, Stewart Hadley, Adam Webster and Leon Jackson, Barton fears City...
Non-League Football: Goal-Shy Racing Club Hail Eden Coup as Turning Point
Racing Club Warwick have welcomed back last season's top scorer Paul Eden to provide the cutting edge in their fight for survival. Warwick's shortage of goals - they have suffered ten blank sheets in their last 12 league and cup games and have the...
Non-League Football: Impressive Stone Gets Yeltz Seal of Approval
Halesowen Town are keeping tabs on Bilston Town's newlyappointed skipper Gavin Stone. Though the Western Division table-toppers are not about to make a bid for one of only three contract players left at Bilston following their cut-backs, they have...
Non-League Football: King Scornful of Chester Bentley Claim; Nationwide Conference
Telford United boss Jake King has rubbished suggestions that defender Jim Bentley is poised for a move to Conference rivals Chester City. In the latest twist in the saga of Chester's interest in half-a-dozen Bucks players, the Deva chairman Steven...
Non-League Football: Langford Patience Is Key to Cottrill; DR MARTENS WESTERN
Byline: Colin Stoner A month of perseverance for playermanager Tim Langford has finally been rewarded with the on-loan addition of Ian Cottrill to Stourport Swifts' ranks. The experienced midfielder yesterday joined from Worcester City on an...
Non-League Football: Middle Man Kavanagh on Right Road for Town Boss; Midland Alliance
Stratford Town intend to prove title rivals Bromsgrove Rovers' loss is their gain after moving for midfielder Richard Kavanagh. The former Studley BKL utility man decided to leave Rovers because of travel problems, but Stratford boss Lennie Derby...
Non-League Football: Osborne Comeback Gives Jackson Extra Experience
'Nothing beats experience' is the motto for manager Joe Jackson after bringing Gary Osborne to title-chasing Stourbridge. Osborne, a key player for Jackson at Bilston Town, ends a three-month break from football to bring the former Bilston contingent...
Non-League Football: Painter Reserving Judgment on Rangers Revival
Ian Painter insists the next two matches will prove whether Stafford Rangers have turned the corner or are facing a dead end. Rangers have shrugged off a dismal December to rattle up three successive wins but manager Painter says the acid test of...
Non-League Football: Triple Signing Puts Olympic in Bullish Mood
Kevin Hadley continued his Rushall Olympic revamp with a triple swoop to sign Steve McCartan, Danny Coates and Clint Hughes and vowed: We've got a squad capable of winning the league. New manager Hadley, appointed when John Allen moved upstairs,...
Non-League Football: Williams Clears Lee Hit-List to Lift Bilston despite Budget Cuts
Chairman Roger Williams has told new manager Shaun Lee there will be money available to bolster Bilston Town's squad, despite recent budget cuts. The Steelmen's youngsters, thrust into the Dr Martens level from reserve-team football in the exodus...
Personal Finance: Advice Is Poor When the Stakes Are Low
Employees are being given poor quality advice on stakeholder pensions, according to the Consumers' Association. Which? magazine found that while many financial services groups claimed to offer advice the level varied greatly. The magazine blamed...
Personal Finance: Annuities Report Fails to Tackle Pension Problems
Byline: John Cranage The Government this week showed itself to be oblivious to the financial plight of millions of pensioners by ruling out a wholesale modernisation of the annuities market. It turned a deaf ear to cross-party calls to scrap the...
Personal Finance: Customers Prefer a Face-to-Face Service
Consumers want a choice in the way they bank and are not prepared to desert their local branches for telephone or Internet banking. The savings that banks and building societies had hoped to make through consumers banking remotely, by phone or Internet,...
Personal Finance: If You've Got the Energy, Look out for Better Bills
Byline: Peter Axon Though energy costs play an important part in household budgets, many people have been reluctant to scour the gas and electricity markets in order to make substantial savings. Yet the opportunity to tap into cheaper fuel supplies...
Personal Finance: Long-Term Care Need Not Be Financial Nightmare; Iris, the New Award-Winning Film about Novelist Iris Murdoch's Decline from Alzheimer's Disease Has Helped Bring the Issue into Sharp Focus. Rob Anglin, Financial Planning Manager at Grant Thornton, Birmingham, Explains How Families Can Cope with the Cash Burdens
Byline: Rob Angli Despite the recent introduction of free nursing care for the elderly living in care homes, many thousands of pensioners face the burden of funding personal care in their own homes from nursing and healthcare assistants. At the...
Perspective: Weekend Prison and the Worst of Both Worlds
Byline: David Wilson My week has been 'top and tailed' by a couple of mistaken identities. It all started when I agreed to be interviewed on my local BBC radio station about the Home Secretary's proposals for weekend imprisonment. I'd been interviewed...
Perspective: When a Chain Reaction Leads to a Spectacular Collapse; A Global Watchdog Might Have Helped to Foresee the Potential Collapse of a Company like Enron, but as a Specialist in Businesses Competence Explains to Chief Feature Writer Paul Groves, the World's Financial Centres Would Never Accept Such Bureaucracy
Byline: Paul Groves The Maxwell scandal and the Nick Leeson affair were regarded as watersheds in the business and financial communities and prompted tougher regulations to ensure fraud on such a massive scale could never happen again. So the...
Peter Sturrindge Gardening Club: Height of Fashion for Your Borders
However stylish a garden bed or border appears, it looks even better once height is introduced. That can mean planting a small tree, though of course trees often grow taller than required. Our offer today solves the problem at a stroke - a set of...
Pregnant Again Using Dead Partner's Sperm
Byline: Sam Greenhill Diane Blood is pregnant for a second time using the sperm of her dead husband, she said yesterday. Mrs Blood said she was expecting her second baby in July following a repeat of the medical treatment that allowed her to...
Punk: A Very British Affair; It's 25 Years since the Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK Single Sparked Outrage across Britain. Andrew Cowen Looks at Why Punk Remains the Most Important Youth Movementof the Past Three Decades
Byline: Andrew Cowen In many ways it's hard to imagine what life was like before punk. Certainly Britain was a very different place than it is today. Caught in the dying gasps of an old Labour Government and before the radical all-consuming greed...
Racing: Bacchanal Happy in Newbury Mud
Byline: Veritas Don't be fooled by the Aon Chase at Newbury today or tomorrow's Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown. It will, no doubt turn what has been a ripple of activity in the ante post market into a wave - but it will really bear no...
Racing: Catterick off and Haydock in Doubt
Catterick has become the latest victim of the recent spell of wet weather as they have been forced to abandon today's meeting due to a waterlogged course. Track officials originally viewed the course at 2pm yesterday and judged it to be raceable...
Racing: Hescondido Heeds Writing on Wall after Box Switch
Byline: William Hayler Hescondido took a leaf out of the book of another galloping grey when landing an easy success at Kempton yesterday afternoon. The ex-French seven-year-old struggled for form last year but a switch of stable box by trainer...
Rambling: Well Is Sight for Sore Eyes
Byline: Richard Shurey On this walk from the south Warwickshire town of Southam we pass what is marked on the map as Holy Well. Such map names abound throughout the kingdom; they may well have been so-called in pagan times. In those far off days...
Regeneration Fuels Housing Boom
The average cost of a house in the West Midlands was nearly 12 per cent higher in the last quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2000. Experts said a series of multi-million pound regeneration and retail projects had helped push the...
Residential Property: Splendour through the Centuries; This 17th Century Gentry House Is Packed with Charm, Discovers Helen Macklin
Byline: Helen Macklin This superb example of a period family home sits in mature gardens and grounds of more than four acres, and is Grade II-listed with a delightful blend of eras. Culmington House is essentially a late 17th century gentry house,...
Ronnie Scott Club Gives Way to Lap Dancers
Birmingham's landmark Ronnie Scott's jazz venue is to close - and reopen as a lap dancing and cabaret club. The Broad Street nightspot was sold to a mystery company this week which will ditch the club's famous name, scrap the jazz and relaunch as...
Rugby Union: Azam Vows to Turn Other Cheek in Gloucester's Bid to Cement Status; Premiership Preview
Gloucester's volatile French international forward Olivier Azam is ready to return from a fiveweek ban today and admits: 'My discipline must improve.' Azam was sent off for fighting during a brutal Zurich Premiership encounter against Newcastle...
Rugby Union: Comedy of Errors Focuses the Mind
Byline: Michael Blair Rugby Correspondent - The playing fields of England may be revered in literature but they are going to be in a right old mess today. The whole country, it seems, is covered in mud. Thus, unless you play for Exeter, where...
Shares Sale for 100 New Ryanair Aircraft
Low air fare sector specialists Ryanair yesterday detailed plans for a shares sale aimed at raising cash for new aircraft, just three days after unveiling record profits and passenger numbers. The Irish airline, which flies from Birmingham to Dublin,...
Shelf Life: Poignant Lessons for Lonely Bully in the Classroom; Jayne Howarth Reviews Recent Publications for Children
Byline: Jayne Howarth There's usually one child in every school year - the one who's branded plain naughty, a low achiever who will amount to nothing. The loner who enjoys having no friends and loves the fact that no-one will sit next to him in...
Strangers in Odd Exchanges; Jemma Redgrave Tells Phil Gould about the Real Life Fears Behind Her Latest Fictional Role
Byline: Phil Goulda At first it appears to have all the makings of a perfect holiday. Two families - one in this country, the other in Australia - decide to swap homes for a vacation. Tom and Jen Forrester - played by actors Michael Maloney and...
Tennis: All to Play for; Rusedski Stutters after Henman Revenge Show
Byline: Michael Ward at the NIA A revenge win for Tim Henman followed by a crushing defeat for Greg Rusedski left Great Britain's Davis Cuptie with Sweden finely poised at 1-1 last night, and this two-man team could stand or fall on the outcome...
Tennis: El Aynaoui Rocks Corretja after Ferrero's Breezy Start for Spain; Davis Cup Review
Moroccan No 1 Younes El Aynaoui sent Spain's Alex Corretja crashing to a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to level their Davis Cup world group first-round tie at 1-1 after yesterday's opening singles in Zaragoza. Spain, winners in 2000 but beaten in the first...
Tennis: Power-Play Lacks Old-Time Grand Masters of Disguise; Advantage Technology: Davis Cup Veteran Sees Strength Take over from Thought A Winner for Great Britain over Sweden in 1963 Laments to Fraser Thomson
Byline: Fraser Thomson Remember the days of wooden racquets, whites (make that all-whites, usually those bearing the Fred Perry laurel), Dunlop Green Flash shoes and, most of all, white balls? Bobby Wilson does. And it's a much-lamented bygone era...
Tennis: THE SATURDAY INTERVIEW: Thomas Johansson: Swede Shuns Name Game; Australian Open Hero Suggests Success Is Only a Matter of Time for Henman Shy and Retiring Superstar Tells Michael Ward That Life in the Fastest of Lanes Is Not for Him
Byline: Michael Ward If it is any comfort to Tim Henman in the aftermath of his ante-climactic defeat in Melbourne, Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson would wager his pounds 400,000 prize cheque on the British No 1 winning at least one Grand...
Tennis: Tim Pumps Up the Volume; Fraser Thomson Finds Hen-Mania Raising the Decibels at the NIA
Byline: Fraser Thomson I t's rock and roll tennis and Tim Henman is the new pop idol. When he walked out on to court yesterday heralded by Robbie Williams' Let Me Entertain You, it was difficult to tell who was the bigger star. Britain's top-ranked...