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Articles from January 3, 2000

All We Need Is Love; Millennium Baby's Parents Reject Pounds 1m Deals
The parents of Britain's first baby of the millennium have snubbed the chance to cash in on their fame and pocket pounds 1 million - for the love of their daughter. Miss Alison Webb and her partner Mr Mark Heafield ripped up a pounds 100,000 newspaper...
An Exciting New Century in Cyberspace
Along with many computer programmers I am on duty waiting to find out what, if anything, has gone wrong as a result of it now being the year 2000. Furthermore it will be at the end of this year that, along with many pedants, I will be celebrating...
Arts & Entertainment: A Life That's a Little More Upstairs Than Downstairs; Britain's Best Known TV 'Housemaid' Jean Marsh Has Many Other Strings to Her Pinny Including Script Writing for Hollywood and Penning Novels, Finds Phil Gould
Strait-laced housemaid Rose would have been horrified, but actress Jean Marsh is enjoying a thoroughly Hollywood lifestyle. The 65-year-old actress, who is still best known for her Upstairs Downstairs role 25 years ago, is writing a script for film...
Arts & Entertainment: Revolution for the Fun of It; Terry Grimley Joined the Crowds at the First Day of Revolution, the Multi-Media Event at the International Convention Centre Yesterday
Fearing that only the proverbial two men and a dog would find their way to Revolution at the ICC yesterday afternoon, I was a little surprised to find myself at the back of a queue waiting to enter the building. People queuing to see a contemporary...
Aspects: Slip of the Tights Fantastic; Carole Ann Rice Says Legs Have Been Sadly Neglected by the Fashion World This Season
You may not have lost sleep over it, but fashion editors worth their weight in Prada have been gnashing teeth and rending flesh from dusk to dawn. It's just too distressing. We're practically into the next season and yet there has been a major omission...
Athletics: Hard Victory at Morpeth for Hudspith
Mark Hudspith, the 1994 Commonwealth marathon bronze medallist, admitted that winning the 85th Morpeth to Newcastle road race on New Year's Day was the hardest of his three successes. Now after a battle along the 14.1-mile course with Salford's...
Birmingham Post Comment: Lessons for a New Century
The sermon from the Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday was an interesting reflection on today's society but was in stark contrast to the actions of new mother Alison Webb and her partner Mark Heafield. Dr George Carey was right when he berated modern...
Brother's Terrifying Days on Hijack Jet
The sister of one of the hostages on an hijacked Air India jet yesterday described his "terrifying" ordeal and her relief at his release. The 31-year-old brother of Birmingham woman Kamaljeet Rehal was one of 155 passengers taken hostage by armed...
Business View: World No Better for the Internet
So what did you do for the Millennium, Grandad? Well, when and if that question gets asked - the children are 15 and 12 - I shall say: "Actually, it was really rather inspiring." I must admit that I had not been expecting too much. I lost a fair...
Carole Ann Rice Column - the Stars Don't Twinkle as Brightly as They Should
The trailers promised a star-studded line-up. Carol Vorderman, Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock, Noel Edmonds, Carol Smillie. Stars? I've seen brighter constellations when I've stubbed my toe. It must be that TV executives think familiarity breeds...
Chemical Attack Leaves Green Cloud over Grozny
A senior Tory ignited anger yesterday when he called for a speedy Russian victory in Chechnya amid reports of the conflict intensifying and chemical weapons leaving a green cloud over the capital Grozny. Shadow Foreign Secretary Mr John Maples said...
Children Flee as Arsonists Attack Terraced Mosque
A group of children fled a burning mosque in Birmingham after arsonists set fire to the rear of the building. Two police officers discovered the fire in the extension to a mosque in a terraced house in Sparkbrook and helped to lead eight children...
Cricket: Astle Returns to Scene of Prime to See off Windies
Man-of-the-match Nathan Astle produced another special innings at Eden Park, Auckland, yesterday to guide New Zealand to a three-wicket win in the first of the five-match one-day series against the West Indies. Astle scored 77 on the ground he has...
Cricket: Atherton Counts On
Michael Atherton admitted England ended the day slightly disappointed despite batting themselves into a position to take control of the fourth Test. Lancashire stalwart Atherton was the star of England's first-day performance with a superb 71. ...
Cricket: Back to Business as Lee Inspires Waugh's Men
Australia began the new millennium where they finished the last on Sunday by reducing India to 121 for eight on the opening day of the third and final Test in Sydney. Already 2-0 up in the series, the Australians signalled their intentions to complete...
Cricket: Donald Hooks England; Hussain's Men Throw It Away in Cape Town (First Day of Five): England Are 215-5 in Their First Innings
England lost their marbles in the second half of the first day of the fourth Test and, in doing so, sacrificed five good wickets to give the honours to Allan Donald and South Africa. After showing such application and improved concentration in the...
Cricket: Review of the Year - Sad Year of Confusion for Bears and Lions; Both England and Warwickshire Will Be More Than Happy to See the Back of 1999 Argues Jack Bannister
The final year of the 20th century was a bad one for England and Warwickshire. The national team again failed to regain the Ashes; they played an embarrassingly insignificant part as host nation in the World Cup before they lost a four-match series...
Cricket Talk: Woolmer on Technological Front Foot
"Nobody has ever given me a satisfactory reason for banning on-field technology." So says Bob Woolmer whose innovation of using ear-pieces for Hansie Cronje and Allan Donald in the World Cup match at Hove against India last summer was stamped upon...
Dome Generators Come to Aid of Storm-Battered French
Generators used to power the Millennium Dome and New Year parties around London and the South-east were yesterday being shipped to France to provide emergency power to storm-battered homes. London Electricity has also asked the Ministry of Defence...
Extra Pounds 6.5m Earmarked for Special Schooling
Children with special educational needs in the Midlands are to receive a welcome boost of more than pounds 6.5 million of much-needed extra funding. The Government is giving local education authorities the money to improve facilities for pupils...
Football: Bassett's Flying Tykes Threatening Winged Albion
West Bromwich Albion's unhappy year might be over at last, but not without leaving a massive hangover with which to bring in the new millennium. Albion's first game of the year 2000 sees them take on high-flying Barnsley at The Hawthorns this afternoon...
Football: Blues Take Fresh Look at Opening of Century
Birmingham City manager Trevor Francis faces the unenviable task of breathing new confidence into his battle-weary players for today's meeting with high-flying Huddersfield Town at St Andrew's. Blues go into the game against opponents managed by...
Football: Ferguson Puts Worries Behind Him as United Contemplate New Challenge
Sir Alex Ferguson flew to Brazil last night after giving his full backing to the much-derided World Club Championship. FIFA's new tournament has come under heavy fire from the critics, especially after United withdrew from the FA Cup to take part....
Football: Graydon to Set Mission Impossible for Walsall
Walsall manager Ray Graydon has set his team what many people would regard as Mission Impossible as they strive for First Division survival. Graydon believes the Saddlers, second from bottom and four points adrift of the safety mark, require ten...
Football: Harriers Gather Forces for Assault on Conference Summit; NON-LEAGUE FOCUS
Kidderminster Harriers have lofty ambitions in wanting to help themselves to all three points against Hereford United today . . . the leadership of the Nationwide Conference, writes GED SCOTT. It might only be for a couple of hours - if either table-topping...
Football: I Was There . . . When the Yeltz Were Kings of Wembley; Football Correspondent Rob Bishop Recounts His Millennium Magic Moment When Halesowen Town Won the FA Vase Final in 1985
Sporting highlights are usually confined to a matter of hours. Mine lasted the best part of four years. At a time when Midland football was enduring one of the most depressing periods of its history, I had the pleasure of reporting on some of the...
Football: Of Trebles, Twin Towers and Tickets; Rob Bishop Offers His Alphabetical Review of Football in 1999
Ais for attendances. Despite intensive TV coverage, crowd figures have risen in recent years to the point where full houses have become the norm at Premiership grounds. This season, though, the trend has gone into reverse as prices have escalated to...
Football: Spent Force Wolves Will Let Branch Return North
Michael Branch has the chance to bow out in style at Ewood Park this afternoon as he makes what looks like being his last appearance in Wolverhampton Wanderers' colours, writes GED SCOTT. With Everton insisting his month's loan arrangement at Molineux...
Football: Stone Eyes Opportunity to Prove He's a Villa Gem
Steve Stone will today be handed the chance to prove he is Aston Villa's latest reformed misfit as John Gregory's side bid to topple Premiership leaders Leeds United. The 28-year-old midfielder has failed to justify his pounds 5.5 million price...
Gay Couple's Adoption Fight to Win Citizenship for Twins
Two gay men who won a landmark legal victory to father surrogate twins in America could now be forced to go through a lengthy adoption process in this country, the Government said yesterday. Mr Barrie Drewitt and Mr Tony Barlow arrived back in Britain...
Golf: Review of the Year - Brookline: Has There Ever Been Such Outrage?; Michael Blair Tees off His Round-Up by Going Back to Massachusetts
A grumpy year for golf but a great year for the chroniclers. So much to notice. So much to disapprove of. The happening that was disapproved of most, of course, was the Ryder Cup, that faintly absurd anachronism: an amateur event contested by professionals....
Hague Warned over Move to Right for 'Cheap Cheers'
Mr William Hague's hopes for a peaceful new year in his party were shattered yesterday as another senior Tory warned him against moving too far to the right. Conservative London mayoral hopeful Mr Steven Norris attacked those who wanted to go for...
Horror Story for Traditionalists as New Authors Top Youngsters' Poll
A prolific American horror writer is the most popular author among British teenagers as they spurn more traditional names, a survey claims. Youngsters have a seemingly unquenchable thirst for literary gore with New York-based RL Stine, the creator...
Investment Body-Blow as Whitehall Redraws Cash Aid Map
Birmingham Council has confirmed that the city is to lose its full assisted-area status in a move which threatens inward investment. And critics are calling the move as little short of a body blow for manufacturing industry already reeling under...
Kalejs Could Slip through the Net
An alleged Nazi death squad leader in hiding in the Midlands is set to flee Britain because police have insufficient evidence to arrest him and put him on trial. Konrad Kalejs, aged 86, has vowed to quit the country rather than face an investigation...
Letters: What Is the Future for Our Britain?
Sir, - The 20th century has ended. After building up tremendous wealth and influence during the 19th Century, Great Britain virtually bankrupted itself in the 20th fighting two wars to stop Germany taking over the world. We then experimented with...
Man Is Held after Battered Body Found
Murder squad detectives were last night continuing their investigation into the death of a 32-year-old Black Country woman. Police arrested a man after discovering the woman's battered body at a house in Spring Vale Close, Coseley, at 10.15am on...
Media Post: Crystal Clear as I Have a Ball in the Year Ahead; Leading Broadcast PR Consultant Mike Owen, of Mike Owen Media, Gives His View of What the Coming Year Holds for Radio and Television
Crystal ball gazing is one of my favourite habits. I do it constantly and this is a marvellous opportunity for me to share with you my vision of the media in 2000 and beyond - and Wales winning the first ever Six Nations Championship. I can fantasise...
Media Post: Former PR Manager Faces New Challenge as Allen Stanley Branches Out
Barry Green, former group PR manager for Midland engineering group Glynwed, is to join Solihull-based agency Allen Stanley Marketing and Advertising. A separate arm of the agency, to be known as Allen Stanley Public Relations, is being launched...
Media Post: Lets Do Lunch - Back to the Future for a Good
So did you go out and dance until dawn to see in the Year 2000 or stay in and raise a quiet glass of champers? Whatever the celebrations, chances are our Millennium revellries will be duly noted for posterity by some survey or another. I refused...
Media Post: New Radio Licences Are Delayed; Authority Blames High Workload
The Radio Authority has had to postpone the process of awarding the new West Midlands commercial radio licence by three months. Adverts inviting applications for the hotly-awaited analogue licence will now not be released until March or April. The...
Metals Report: Speculators and Funds See out the Year in Style
Any notion that the metal contracts traded on the London Metal Exchange were going to lie down peaceably in the run up to the year end were proved to be quite wrong. The funds and speculators were clearly not going to wait for the New Year to begin...
Millennium Celebrations: A (Peaceful) Night to Remember; Police Praise for Friendly Start to New Year
Police across the Midlands yesterday praised the behaviour of millennium party-goers who helped to bring in a friendly and remarkably trouble-free New Year. Towns and cities across the region had their own parties and celebrations and all went without...
Millennium Celebrations: Art of Pounds 3m Cezanne Museum Raider
Police yesterday were hunting a professional art thief who stole a pounds 3 million Cezanne masterpiece from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford at the height of the city's celebrations. The thief, who broke in through the roof of the historic museum,...
Millennium Celebrations: Bug's Big Test as the Nation Goes Back to Work
Technology experts were last night checking computer systems for the Millennium Bug as Britain geared up for this week's return to work. The Government declared it was "so far, so good" for the nation's microchip infrastructure after tests were...
Millennium Celebrations: Couples Claim the Honours as First to Say 'I Do' with 8am Ceremonies
Two brides and two grooms are claiming the honour of being England's first Millennium couples. David Hollingdrake, aged 47, and Alison Bully, aged 31, tied the knot at 8am on Saturday, the earliest they were allowed to marry by law, at Liverpool...
Millennium Celebrations: Dome Delay Fiasco Brings Criticism and an Apology
The Minister responsible for the Millennium Dome yesterday apologised for the administrative fiasco that kept revellers waiting for their tickets on New Year's Eve. Lord Falconer issued the apology after guests to the Dome's opening night were forced...
Millennium Celebrations: First Millennium Baby Ill in Special Unit
The first-born of the Millennium, a baby boy, is unwell and has been transferred to a special hospital unit. The boy was born at 12.01am local time on January 1, in Auckland's Waitakere Hospital. "The mother is well but soon after the delivery...
Millennium Celebrations: Hospitals Braced for the Rush That Never Came
Extra hospital beds, Millennium control rooms and so-called drunks' wards stood empty across Birmingham on New Year's Eve. Defying their worst fears of a cocktail of wild parties, the Millennium Bug, flu and freezing conditions, hospitals and ambulance...
Millennium Celebrations: How We Broke Baby News First
On Saturday morning, The Post broke the news of Britain's first Millennium baby to the world. While other newspapers were forced to follow a day later, The Post led the way with its photograph of delighted mother Alison Webb and her new-born daughter....
Millennium Celebrations: Modern Princes Rap Up in Wales Royals
The Prince of Wales and his sons William and Harry received a rapturous welcome yesterday at one of a series of special Millennium services attended by members of the Royal Family. On their first collective visit to Wales, the three Princes attended...
Millennium Celebrations: The Party's over - and We Would Do It All Again
As Birmingham recovered from its biggest party weekend, city council officials hailed the festivities a soaraway success. More than 100,000 revellers flocked to the city centre to welcome in the third Millennium. And local people and holiday-makers...
MP's New Bid to Cut Leylandii Problems
The battle to end the garden menace of giant leylandii hedges will receive a boost this month when a Midland MP unveils a Bill aiming to cut them down to size. Mr Jim Cunningham (Lab Coventry South) is calling for laws to give council environmental...
Not the Resolutions of the Rich and Famous; after the New Year's Day Festivities, Hangovers and Rejoicing It Is Time to Put Those Resolutions for the Coming 12 Months into Practice. Jason Beattie Suggests What the Great, Good and Not So Good Should Have Pledged
Tony Blair Gee, what an exciting year. I promise not to say the word "beacon" in any of my speeches. To refrain from smirking when a camera is near. Also to answer questions in the Commons without saying the word "actually" and to make no political...
Phoenix Rises to Be UK's Third-Fastest Growing Engineering Firm
A Midlands manufacturer has entered the new Millennium as the third fastest growing engineering company in the UK. Phoenix Manufacturing, which has its group headquarters in Tamworth, is listed in an influential survey aimed at identifying the 500...
Racing: Review of the Year - Daylami the Wonder Horse . . . Fallon the Wandering Rider; from Bobbyjo to Jenny Pitman, Veritas Runs Though His ABC of the Racing World over the Last 12 Months
April 22: Racing mourns the loss of two great characters as Tim Forster and Paul Kelleway lose battles against long illness. Forster trained three National winners, as well as producing the training feat of the 1997 season when Martha's Son won the...
Racing: Review of the Year - I Was There. When a Grey Day Finally Turned to Gold; ...at Cheltenham in 1989 When Desert Orchid at Last Won the Gold Cup. Adrian Milledge Recalls His Millennium Magic Moment
"No bet" advised the lap top computer after it had digested all the facts I had fed it. Reassuringly, though, the machine was adamant which horse would win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. "Desert Orchid," it predicted. That forecast was based on the...
Red Baron Ken's Crash Means No Flying for Three Years Broomfierld
Self-styled Red Baron Ken Broomfield has been grounded for three years by his doctor and bank manager in the wake of an air crash. The daredevil flying ace from Charity Farm, Baxterley, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, is a familiar site in nearby...
Review of the Year: Boxing Still in Distracted State as It Struggles to Go the Distance; GED Scott Takes a Look at the Midland Scene as Britain Gets Ready to Welcome Tyson
It took almost all of 1999 to decide who was 'undisputed' world heavyweight champion. But after all the hype surrounding two mega-million dollar Stateside showdowns, just how well did boxing come out of it? Given the excitement that surrounds...
Review: Viennese Night of Fun and Chocolate; Johann Strauss Gala Symphony Hall
A little bit of Strauss oompah-pah, with chocolates and liqueurs courtesy of Drucker's Cake shop is just the thing to usher in a Viennese night for the new century. And who better than the Johann Strauss Orchestra under its conductor Christopher Warren-Green...
Robinson May Lose His Pounds 2m Mansion
Millionaire MP Mr Geoffrey Robinson could lose one of his mansions in the fall-out from the collapse of the TransTec engineering business. The former Paymaster General's pounds 2 million home in Godalming, Surrey, has been linked to Birmingham-based...
Rugby Union: Best Knows What to Expect
London Irish boss Dick Best believes Worcester will be "rubbing their hands" at the prospect of causing an upset in the Tetley's Bitter Cup. The Exiles, probably without injured playmaker Stephen Bachop, go to Sixways knowing the Premiership Two...
Rugby Union: Glackin Decision Crucial for BS; Birmingham Solihull 22 New Brighton 14
The full significance of this victory will probably not sink in for Birmingham Solihull until the draw for the fifth round of the Tetley's Bitter Cup is made this evening. The Jewson One promotion-chasers booked their place in the last 16 of the...
Rugby Union: Moseley Plan Open Route North
The trite observation may well apply -- knock-out rugby is a great leveller and all that - but John White has a fairly blunt view of Moseley's task in the fourth round of the Tetley's Bitter Cup at Newcastle today. "Our objective," he said, veering...
Rugby Union: Nuneaton No Match to Saints Alive Show; CUP REVIEW
Jon Sleightholme and Federico Mendez scored four tries apiece as 18-try Northampton overwhelmed Jewson Two North minnows Nuneaton 118-3 at Franklin's Gardens. Northampton led 57-3 at half-time, Marc Thomas kicking Nuneaton's penalty just before...
Rugby Union: Review of the Year - A Dire Tournament Kicked to Death; the World Cup Should Have Been the Year's Highlight, but Was Far from It, Says Rugby Correspondent Michael Blair
The 1999 World Cup left a memory that lasted for nearly a fortnight and now, two months on, in the toils of recall, we applaud it for only one match: France v New Zealand. That wonderful semi-final at Twickenham goes down for some as the greatest...
Rugby Union: Tetley's on Offer, but New Year's Eves Party Goes Flat; Coventry 33 Bracknell 10
Bracknell's dogged performance meant this was never going to be a Tetley's Bitter Cup classic. The five tries were shared among the forwards and for the rest it was a scrappy and sometimes ill-tempered match. There was a cheer from the Coventry...
School-Row Mother Vows to Fight On
A Birmingham mother has vowed to continue to fight for her son's place in a popular secondary school despite losing an appeal at the High Court. Mrs Alvina Lazara took legal action against Birmingham education department after it claimed its initial...
Shoddy Treatment Is the Tip of the Eating out Iceberg; Gail Appleson on a Report Which Reveals That American Women Are Getting Second-Rate Service in Restaurants
Afemale executive who has risen through the ranks of corporate America may have an impressive title and a six-figure salary, but the trappings of success are irrelevant the minute she enters a restaurant or liquor store. Indeed, even with a Harvard...
Software Boss May Land Pounds 15m in Flotation
One of the best-known businessmen in the Midlands is in line for a pounds 15 million payout if the planned flotation of Britain's leading hospital software group goes ahead. Mr Roger Dickens, former Midland head of accountants KPMG, is now chairman...
Speedway: Correy Set to Return as Captain of Wolves
Popular Californian Ronnie Correy has revealed how he only ever had one choice when it came to a decision on where to race next season. As soon as it became obvious that parent club Wolverhampton would want him back, he was always likely to agree...
Sports Digest
Coetzer and Ferreira clean up Belgium South Africa were 3-0 winners over Belgium in the Hopman Cup, the international mixed team tennis tournament, in Perth, Australia. Amanda Coetzer, sporting a dramatic new braided hairstyle - like the Williams...
Sports Talk: Happy New Millennium - except at the Hawthorns
Either West Bromwich Albion's computers were the only ones invaded bythe millennium bug, or confused Baggies fans are going to have to arrive for today's home game via a time capsule. On the back of the programme for Albion's Boxing Day date with...
Tennis: Review of the Year - I Was There . . . Day McEnroe Put Connors to the Sword; . . . at Wimbledon, in 1984, When John McEnroe Played the Perfect Match against Jimmy Connors. Tennis Correspondent Michael Ward Recounts His Millennium Magic Moment
There was never any love lost between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, on or off the court. As the enfants terribles of American tennis in their different ways, they should have been compatible enough as rogues. But McEnroe resented the strutting...
Tennis: Review of the Year - When Sport Came Home and Tears of Joy Spilled over Cup; Michael Ward on a Year Packed with Exquisite Action
It was the year when tennis came home to Birmingham's National Indoor Arena not once but twice, and Britain's's Davis Cup of woe finally spilled over with tears of joy. It was the year when Serena Williams elevated herself to the same planet as...
Theme for the Day
I'm writing this in the 1900s for you to read in the 2000s. As I write there are people who are not expecting 2000 to come: they believe that this change of date has some special significance in God's plan. I am sure they are wrong: for one thing the...
This Year in Sport: The Birmingham Post 2000 Sporting Calendar
JANUARY RUGBY LEAGUE Dec 26-Jul 2 - Northern Ford Premiership season. DARTS Dec 28-Jan 4 - Purfleet, Essex: WDC World Ch'ships. ATHLETICS 1 - Morpeth-Newcastle Road Race. CRICKET 2-6 - Fourth Test, Cape Town: South Africa v England. ...
Thomson-CSF 'Poised for Pounds 2bn Racal Bid'
French defence electronics group Thomson-CSF is poised to launch a pounds 2 billion takeover bid for Racal Electronics, it was claimed yesterday. Thomson-CSF could move to launch a bid as early as this week, it was suggested, although it is thought...
Vatican Picnic and Prayers for 30,000 Children
The Pope spent yesterday indulging in one of his favourite activities - spending time with children. Tens of thousands young people from all over the world prayed and picnicked with the Pope in St Peter's Square. Stressing the importance he places...
Widow, 87 May Have Died in Burglary
A retired schoolteacher found lying in a pool of blood may have been bludgeoned to death in a bungled burglary. The body of widow Mrs Marjorie Keating, aged 87, was discovered by neighbours in her semi-detached home in the Bootle area of Merseyside....