The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from June 10, 2000

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[0] Star Chubby in Theatre Glass Storm Brown
Controversial comedian Chubby Brown was at the centre of a police investigation last night after smashing a glass during his outrageous show. Brown was alleged to have thrown a glass after members of the audience constantly barracked him and hurled...
Abortion Booklet for Girls 'Encourages Teenage Sex'
A row broke out yesterday over a new Family Planning Association booklet which offers teenage girls information about abortion. Anti-abortion campaigners said it was "an abuse of children" and would encourage under-age sex. The FPA booklet, called...
A Club That Knows No Shame
Let us talk of shame. Blush at the memory of your most embarrassing moment. Stifle giggles behind pillows as you recount that time you danced on a table in a Greek restaurant. Admit, outside a confession box, that boy or girl you once dated. And...
A Distant Boom but No Signs of a Bust
As the Halifax reported that average house prices have started to falter, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has published research concluding that a re-run of the boom and bust of the late 80s and early 90s is 'highly improbable'. Several key factors...
Adviser Goes over Wills Snaps Birthday Pictures Copyright Storm
The Prince of Wales's press secretary resigned last night amid a media row over pictures of Prince William taken to mark his 18th birthday. Miss Sandy Henney, the Prince's press adviser for seven years, tendered her resignation, which was accepted...
A Fitting Tribute to a Man Ahead of His Time
Lichfield's neglected genius, Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), finally has a fitting memorial in the city where he lived. The Erasmus Darwin Centre in Beacon Street opened last year and this marvellous Georgian house with its light, atmospheric rooms...
AFRICA'S SECRET GARDEN; Travel Editor Lisa Piddington Continues Her South African Journey along the Stunning Garden Route - with Its Lakes, Mountains, Forests and Golden Beaches
It's some journey - Cape Town to the Garden Route by car. Six hours on long, open roads with a few stops in between. But it is certainly worth it. It's a journey you don't want to rush, either. The views along the way are stunning: as you leave...
A Life Worth Bragging about; Sarah Westcott Meets Lord Bragg Who, despite Approaching 60, Is as Full of Life and Ideas as Ever
He may be part of the New Labour establishment but Lord Bragg of Wigton, award-winning author, broadcaster and arts supremo, is a huge fan of the very off-message Ali G. 'I love that man's show - he is just so funny and really makes me laugh. Ali...
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL; Enville Hall Is Re-Opening Its Magnificent Victorian Gardens for the First Time in a Century Next Weekend When the Staffordshire Village Stages a Gardens Open Day. Ross Reyburn Reports. Pictures by Kirsty Wigglesworth
Is there a larger tree in the West Midlands? In the grounds of Staffordshire's Enville Hall, near Stourbridge, is a vast purple beech that spreads more than 100ft. Walk underneath its leaf cover and it seems you are in a clump of eight-odd trees...
Annie's Kitchen
Many young people of my acquaintance are encouraged by their sports coaches to eat healthily. A diet including plenty of pasta and chicken is advised. Many of them are not very sophisticated eaters and were surprised to learn that these two foods...
Antiques & Collecting: Sheer Class on a Plate at the Dining Table; Richard Edmonds Looks at the History of the Tiffany Flatware Table Service, Made at a Time in America When Dining Was an Art
Summer is the time when you bring out the best porcelain and silver for those special candle-lit dinners which end, at this time of year, with strawberries and cream and a pudding wine. It all has something to do with warm weather and relaxation,...
ANTIQUES & COLLECTING Stamp of Disapproval
Harry Hawkes on a footballing tiff. This weekend, as the Euro 2000 soccer championship kicks off in Belgium and Holland, a little gamesmanship and political jockeying is never very far from the touchline. Note for instance the example of Gibraltar,...
At Home in the Great Outdoors
Classic conversion: Park House at Butterton near Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire, a listed building providing converted living space and stabling. The 19th century buildings with three acres are available for pounds 450,000. Warwickshire potential:...
Back the Pound, You Know It Makes Sense
This weekend, the Conservative Party will be stepping up its campaign to keep the pound. In the streets of Birmingham and elsewhere, we will be asking people to pledge to vote to keep the pound at the next election. You may wonder why politicians...
Beat Hollow Primed to Whip Derby Field
Henry Cecil must have a thing about Yarmouth. It was at the seaside track that he first introduced Beat Hollow to racing late last season and it was back to Norfolk again when the colt needed an edge put on his fitness. The folk who saw either or...
Belgium Happy with Label of Underdogs
Belgium kick off Euro 2000 tonight when they face Sweden in Brussels and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Gilles de Bilde is convinced the co-hosts can make an impact on the tournament. 'I think it's a big thing for the country - every country in...
Blair Has Thrown It All Away Says Hague
Mr Tony Blair's difficult first week back in the political frontline after taking paternity leave was capped yesterday with an accusation from Mr William Hague that he is the most 'out of touch' Prime Minister Britain has ever had. The Tory leader...
Booklines
'The brewers wanted not cask ale but a replacement for failed keg beers. It came in the form of nitro-keg, which was inspired by the success of 'Draught' Guinness in a can. Nitro-keg ('smooth flow' or 'cream flow' beer in marketing jargon) is a dead...
Boy Detained for Killing Best Friend in Car Crash
A schoolboy killed his best friend in a horrific crash after stealing his mother's car because she would not take him for a haircut. The 15-year-old boy sped off in a temper and smashed into a lamp-post before the car flipped over and killed his...
Bullets Point Way Forward with New Coach Lance as Spearhead
The 29-year-old has accepted a three-year deal to replace fellow American Mike Finger, who rejected a new contract at the end of last season, choosing to return to the States. Randall's appointment brings to a close weeks of waiting but general...
Business Week
From The Post Monday June 5 Birmingham International has broken into the top 120 airport list on the back of surging passenger figures. And that is despite more people from the region still travelling to Manchester and London to catch their planes....
Call Girls' Phone Box Cards to Be Banned
Plans to strip prostitutes' cards from phone boxes were unveiled by Home Office Minister Mr Charles Clarke yesterday. A new criminal offence will be created to trap those responsible for the estimated 13 million cards posted in boxes every year,...
Cecil Excels Again with First Leg of Classic Pair; by VERITAS at Epsom
Henry Cecil made it seven Oaks victories when Love Divine galloped away from her rivals at murky Epsom yesterday. The man who completed the Derby-Oaks double last season with Oath and Ramruma attempts a repeat with Beat Hollow today. Love Divine...
Cinema Dvd View
True Romance (Cert 18, 116 mins). This Tarantino-scripted high-octane thriller has many of its creator's hallmarks, namely extreme violence, numerous pop-culture references and a script with more absurd twists and turns than a Brian Rix farce. The...
Cinema New This Week
The Barber of Siberia (12) Criminally not screened for the press, the latest from Russian director Nikita Mikalkov (Burnt by the Sun) stars Julia Ormond and Richard Harris in an epic (177mins) period drama about a doomed romance between a Russian trainee...
Clubs Guide: Playing to the Gallery
It can be a weird moment when you discover a favourite haunt from your underage drinking days has been gutted and transformed to something unrecognisably swish. And so, I found myself standing in The Gallery, Smallbrook Queensway wondering where...
Coming Soon
Hip-swivelling, toe-tapping, voice-warbling comeback king Tom Jones plays tracks from his hugely successful Reload album, and the pick of the rest of his chart favourites, at the NEC Arena on December 1. For the younger knicker-throwing public,...
COMPETITION Be a Goddess for the Day
Britain's favourite hosiery and lingerie brand Pretty Polly and the world famous women only Day Spa - The Sanctuary - are giving you the chance to become a 'Sex Goddess'. One winner will enjoy a day of luxury and pampering in the tranquil atmosphere...
Confident Giddins Deserving of Big Test Welcome Home
Preparations at Edgbaston for next week's First Test against the West Indies are well under way. This season has seen a vast improvement in the marks for each wicket on the much-criticised Warwickshire square and given good weather over the next...
Coventry Prepare to Run Hard Behind Roberts' New Broom
Coventry gave themselves the immensely difficult task of changing their image more than halfway through the season just gone: from attritionists to free spirits and they met with occasional success. Enough, at least, to convince them that they were...
Dark Journeys into Spiritual Light; Emigre Journeys. by Abdullah Hussein (Serpent's Tail,pounds 10.) Reviewed by Charlie Hill
From a life of poverty in village India to one of purgatory in factory-strewn Birmingham comes Amir, educated, archly conservative, devoutly religious and desperately superstitious. Once here, he indulges the innate caution of his personality; without...
Ditherer Has a Brush with Law; Actor James Fleet Specialises in Men Who Wouldn't Say Boo to a Goose. New BBC1 Sitcom Chambers Has Him Looking Ruffled and Defenceless in a Court of Law, and It Suits Him. Graham Keal Reports
Playing a bumbling inadequate may not come easily to James Fleet, but he's very good at it. His latest sitcom casts him as a barrister working for John Bird, but he's not so much a legal eagle as bewigged budgerigar. James has cornered the market...
Doctor Suspended after Series of Blunders
A Midland hospital doctor whose blunders were the subject of three separate interventions by a nursing sister has been ordered to be suspended from practising for six months. Dr Fiabema Adda Oruwari (46) was found guilty of serious professional...
Dreams That Bring Waking Pain
The higher you rise, the harder you fall - even in cyberspace. Among the many British dot.coms being brought back to earth with a bump, Internet investment firms - the likes of Jellyworks, NewMedia Spark, Durlacher and Oxygen - are rivalling e-commerce...
Drugs Puzzle Leaves Tyson Bout in Doubt
Mike Tyson's bout against fellow American Lou Savarese at Hampden Park in Glasgow on June 24 could be cancelled following revelations that the former undisputed world heavyweight champion is on medication for manic depression. The prescription drugs...
Dual Strategy Could Pay Better Dividend; Peter Axon Takes a Ride on the Stock Market Rollercoaster
The recent performance of the stock market has meant a bumpy ride for investors, particularly those buying equities for the first time. Most independent financial advisors now recommend that shareholders, even those under the umbrella of unit or...
England's Difficult Path to Glory
England will fancy their chances of going all the way in Euro 2000 if they can first make it through to the knock-out stage of the tournament. But they must get past three tough opponents in the group stage in order to reach the sudden death matches....
Euro 2000 Breaks!
Not everyone is a soccer fan, so if the European Football Championships makes you want to switch off, why not be tempted by our superb travel breaks, all linked to Euro 2000. Today Belgium take on Sweden in Euro 2000, so we've come up with a superb...
Euro 2000: The Men Who May Make a Difference; RAUL (Spain)
There's more to Real Madrid than Steve McManaman, as the 22-year-old's strike rate of 16 goals in 31 starts for his country will testify - 11 came in the Group Six qualifying campaign. Looks the man to end Spain's reputation as perennial under-achievers...
European Invaders Will Carry off Amateur Crown
Mikko Ilonen, who starts a year's military service in the Finnish Army in October, and German law student Christian Reimbold will contest today's 36-hole final of the Amateur championship at Hoylake. It will be the first time two continental Europeans...
Europe's Best or the Worst of Times?; Players Could Reach New Heights, but Fans Could Plumb Old Depths Says Frank Malley
Police have polished their riot shields, primed their water cannons, checked their bullet-proof vests and tested their gas masks. Prisoners have been let out of jail to ensure there is no shortage of cell space and makeshift mortuaries have been...
Euro Tonic for Business Ills; Byers Tells of Clear Benefits for Firms Business Staff
The plight of West Midlands manufacturing companies plagued by the high pound and foreign competition has strengthened Trade and Industry Secretary Mr Stephen Byers' support for the single currency. Mr Byers talked up the virtues of single currency...
EXHIBITIONS PICTURE OF THE WEEK; Beach Babies (1933). by Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957). Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. (Copyright: Estate of Mrs G A Wyndham Lewis.)
Born in Nova Scotia of an American father and English mother, Wyndham Lewis was educated at Rugby School, winning a scholarship to the Slade School at the age of 16. He quickly established himself as a leading figure in the brief heyday of the British...
Fake Dollars Gang Smashed by Police; Police and US Agents Smash Forgery Gang
The fakes we have seized were really first-class copies and to the untrained eye could easily be mistaken for the real thing. Det Supt Bill Brown By JOHN REVILL An elite police squad teamed up with the American secret service to smash an international...
Father and Son Jailed for Attack on Police Officers after Pub Visit
An off-duty police inspector out with his family had his nose broken when he tried to help a teenage rally driver who had been knocked unconscious after his car hit a lamp-post. Mr Brett Stevenson, prosecuting at Stafford Crown Court, said Mark...
Father Killed Trying to Fix Washing Machine
A coroner yesterday warned people about the dangers of DIY after a Birmingham father of two died while trying to fix the family's washing machine . An inquest heard how Mr Joseph McKeever, aged 40, was electrocuted in front of his 11-year-old daughter....
Feathers Fly as Ruddy Ducks Face Mass Cull
A row has erupted between an animal group and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds after a Warwickshire nature reserve was chosen to be one of the sites for a mass culling of ruddy ducks. All 4,000 British ruddy ducks are to be culled because...
Finding Beauty in Everything; the Impressionists at Argenteuil by Paul Hayes Tucker (Yale, Pounds 30). Reviewed By
Only 15 minutes by train from Paris, Argenteuil was a paradise for the Impressionists. Monet had had a house there from 1871 to 1878 and drew and painted visionary landscapes suffused with light and atmosphere. And Monet was not alone in discovering...
Finding There Are 21 Steps to Heaven; Ross Reyburn Discovers the History Behind Hatton Locks in Warwickshire. Pictures by Kirsty Wigglesworth
Few English canalside scenes match the stunning vista at Warwickshire's Hatton Locks. At this intriguing setting, a seemingly never-ending sequence of locks majestically drops down through countryside towards the landmark tower of St Mary's Church...
Food & Drink: A Bite to Eat on the Information Superhighway; Alison Jones Looks a New Venture That Combines the Foodie Revolution with the Accessibility Offered by Internet Technology
Trying to open a restaurant is as tricky an art as making the perfect souffle. Get the mix of food ambience and location right and you are looking at rising customer numbers and profits. Get them wrong and all your hopes and dreams will be nothing...
Food & Drink: Veg out with Refuseniks
So how do you get your children to eat their greens? According to new research, the favourite ploy by Midland parents is making children stay at the table until they've eaten a few mouthfuls (at least). Second favourite is the 'no pudding' threat (this...
Food & Drink: Whip Up a Summer Treat
Summer just would not be summer without the great British strawberry. As British Strawberry day approaches on June 15, and with Wimbledon not far off, strawberry fans will be licking their lips in anticipation of their favourite dessert. Britain's...
Football; Duo Move to Signal Pitmen's Intentions; NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Hednesford Town completed the capture of Val Owen and Mark Cooper in the first influx of new players and promised: There's more to come. Having beaten off interest from Conference rivals to sign the midfield duo on two-year contracts as Bosman free...
Football; European Championship Top Ten goalsChosen by Marc Shaw
His finest hour? Paul Gascoigne scored a world-class goal which beat Scotland at Wembley four years ago. 1. Marco Van Basten: HOLLAND v Russia, Euro 88 final, June 25, Olympiastadion, Munich - 62,770. When Arnold Muhren's cross found Marco Van...
FOOTBALL Holdsworth Cuts Ipswich out of Premier Equation
David Holdsworth last night revealed his burning ambition to play in the Premiership - with Birmingham City. The Blues' vice-captain, hugely impressive in Trevor Francis's back line last season, has been pinpointed by Ipswich Town manager George...
Football Home Boy Shail Relishing Chance to Make History with Molby's Men
The opportunity to make history - and to work with Jan Molby - convinced Mark Shail to return to Worcestershire as one of Kidderminster Harriers' new boys. The defender agreed this week to join Harriers on a free transfer from Bristol City. Having...
Football; Lambs Waiting Game over Colley Wobbles; DR MARTENS PREMIER
Tamworth will draw up a possible list of replacements after tug-of-war winger Nick Colley postponed his decision on signing a new deal with the Lambs - or joining Hereford United. The Lambs believe the odds are still 70-30 in their favour that player-of-the-year...
Football; Shearer Plays Injury Time; Keegan Worry for Big Kick-Off
Kevin Keegan has revealed that Euro 2000 injury worry Alan Shearer played three warm-up games in eight days for England even though he had been experiencing problems with his knee for more than a month. Shearer is facing what could prove a make-or-break...
Former Boss Green Eyes Rovers Return; DR MARTENS LEAGUE
Former manager Bob Green has expressed his desire to return to Bromsgrove Rovers to 'finish the job I started.' Green quit Rovers 16 months ago after feeling frustrated by financial and contractual restrictions in his efforts to halt the club's...
GED Scott on Saturday: England Double Bill to Strain Sofa Test
This time next week it will all not only have started, it will be about to kick off big time. Yes, anyone - from Kevin Keegan to the sleep-deprived PM - suspecting that the imminent onset of Euro 2000 won't be the cause of major violence is simply...
GED Scott on Saturday: My Date with the Dame, and Lords of Varying Virtue; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - Better Known for Her Cords Than Her Course Knowledge but Still a Golfer of No Little Repute
While England's cricketers were busy almost careering out of control to defeat at Trent Bridge on Monday, I can exclusively report that English Cricket's top man was enjoying a far less nerve-racking assignment. Lord McLaurin might be the head honcho...
GED Scott's Sporting Week: Wright's Antics a Good Omen for Euro 2000 Campaign
Fresh from his penalty-saving heroics in the First Division play-off final at Wembley the previous week with Ipswich Town, Richard Wright is clearly a little too keen on getting the chance to repeat the experience, judging by the way he started hauling...
Getting Mobile in a Bid for Faster Banking
Abbey National, the British retail bank, has linked up with retailer Carphone Warehouse and cellphone group Orange to provide customers with mobile phone banking services. The UK mortgage bank announced these deals during an update report on its...
Getting That Alien Funny Feeling; Little Green Men. by Christopher Buckley(Allison and Busby, Pounds 9.99). Reviewed by Jayne Howarth
Imagine, if you will, turning on your television on a Sunday morning, expecting to find Sir David Frost interview another political heavyweight. Imagine your surprise, therefore, when instead of discussing the latest crisis at Westminster, he begins...
Global Firms Flock to Cement Deals in Booming Market
Global cement majors are flocking to India drawn by a large domestic market which is seen to be growing at eight to ten per cent annually. India's cement industry is fragmented, with more than 40 companies owning plants spread out all over the country....
GOLF Irish Monster at the Brown Trout Which Had Me Hooked
According to some maps and several of the road signs, between Coleraine and Kilrea in Northern Ireland (this could only be Ireland) is somewhere called Aghadowey. How to describe it? Town? No. Village? Where? 'Actually,' says Bill O'Hara, 'there's...
Great Music - It Was All in Their Jeans
With a title like that you are rather asking for it and 10cc, arguably one of the most inventive bands of the 1970s, have acquired more than their fair share of detractors over the years. Worst Band In The World (actually the title of one of the...
Hague Is Barred from Using City Council Building
Labour-run Birmingham City Council was accused of political bias yesterday after it banned Conservative Party leader Mr William Hague from a local authority building. Local Tories had arranged a room at The Clocktower, an adult education centre...
Hard-Boiled Attitude to Egg; Price Caution over On-Line Bank Float
Flotation of Egg as the UK first online bank could be scrambled if the price is pitched too high. The warning came yesterday on the closing day for institutional applications for the share offer. Egg is expected to be valued at more than pounds...
Head East If You Don't Want to Go West; Eastern 'Soft' Arts Offer a Holistic Approach to Looking after Our Bodies Which Westerners Are Finding Increasingly Attractive, Says Mel Hunter
The purple haze which has surrounded Eastern philosophies on health and well-being is beginning to lift. Practices like yoga and acupuncture are no longer the preserve of drop-outs and hippies. As our lives in the West become increasingly complex...
Help Call as Pensioners Live in Mining 'Disaster' Areas
Support is growing in Staffordshire for a campaign urging the Government to pump extra cash into former mining areas where some old people are said to be living 'on the edges of poverty'. Chancellor of the Exchequer Mr Gordon Brown and Trade and...
High Hopes for Britannic's Low-Pay Pensions Balloon
Birmingham-based Britannic, one of the UK's biggest financial services groups, is entering the stakeholder pensions market. The 134-year-old company is cashing in on its already close links with industrial and commercial workforces and is promising...
HOCKEY First-Touch Liddar's Winning Goal Lifts Cannock Title Hope
Cannock made a positive start last night in the European Club Championship in front of a partisan home crowd by beating the Polish champions KS Pocztowiec 1-0 with a first-touch goal by Kulraj Liddar. The 21-year-old forward, who has scored a number...
Home & Garden: Go to Pot with Your Plants; It's Time to Give Those Houseplants a Taste of the Great Outdoors, Says Roger Clarke
Pretty as a picture: A casually-arranged bouquet of spikes of foxtail lilies (Eremurus) contrasted with sprigs of lime yellow bupleurum, cream-edged dogwood leaves, and the bright yellow yarrow (Achillea) in this clear class vase show off the highlights...
How England's; Group a Rivals Shape Up
England kick-off their Euro 2000 campaign on Monday against Portugal with the nation praying Kevin Keegan and his players can go down in history. In 40 years of the competition, England have never reached the final. Ken Gaunt takes a look at...
Hunting for a Big Issue
'It's been a bad week for the Prime Minister.'Those were the exact words we used eleven months ago and how strange that events are following a similar course. In July of last year Mr Tony Blair had been savaged by the British Medical Association...
Ice-Cool Norman Ready to Take Heat; FRENCH OPEN
Magnus Norman will shoot down his doubters and become the first Swedish champion at Roland Garros since Mats Wilander in 1988 if he becomes French Open champion tomorrow. In the first of yesterday's semi-finals he tore into Argentinian Franco Squillari...
Initially, Fe3 Hopes to Offer Pounds 10m Windfall
A multi-million pound mortgage brokerage service has been launched to fund major investment in north Staffordshire and south Cheshire. The scheme, said to be the first of its kind in the country, has been set up by The Hanley Economic Building Society...
Interiors: A Ready-Made Lifestyle; in an Age of Instant Loans and Instant Mail, Jo Ind Finds How to Buy Instant Style in the City. Pictures by Edward Moss. You Not Only Buy a Penthouse Suite, You Buy Yourself Contemporary Chic with the Flash of a Chequebook
When we moved into our Grade II listed Georgian house which had no heating and no damp proofing and very little money, we devised what we called the ten-year plan. We worked out everything that we would like to do the house and then realistically...
Interiors: Nuts & Bolts: Brush Up Your Appearance
The way you dress says a lot about you and the same is true of your home. If the outside walls are the worse for wear, it can appear that you do not care for your property. The problem is easily solved, thanks to a few hours spent with a paint...
INTERVIEW Building for the Good Life
In many ways, the role of landlord suits Paul Bassi down to the ground. A naturally private, rather reticent man, he prefers to stay in the background rather than hog the limelight. Yet the 38-year-old Black Country property developer comes across...
INTERVIEW the Nicest Nutter You'd Ever Wish to Meet; as the Disturbing Star of 70s Cult Movie Turned Year 2000 Box Office Draw Clockwork Orange Turns Nasty Again in New Release Gangster No 1, Alison Jones Is Slightly Dubious about Interviewing Malcolm McDowell. She Needn't Have Worried
Malcolm McDowell may be best known for playing psychopaths but he never brings his roles off-set. It is a truth, universally acknowledged in showbusiness, that clowns are melancholy, troubled souls away from the screen. Whereas the actors who...
Investigation Fails to Find Evidence of Luther King Slaying Conspiracy
The US Justice Department has found no evidence of a conspiracy behind the 1968 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The 18-month investigation stemmed from a request by Dr King's family, which questioned whether the convicted...
Investors Plan to Get Busy
More than a third of the UK's private investors are planning to step up their share dealing activity in the next 12 months, a survey has shown. The survey also revealed that of those intending to increase their trading, 56 per cent said they would...
Investors Sit Tight as Surprise Bank Rise Dents Confidence
The stock market ended the week in negative territory as interest rate fears once again came to the fore. Yesterday's surprise half-point rise by the European Central Bank dented the market's confidence and nervous investors held off from buying...
Isas Get Folk into Savings Habit
Isa investors want to save more money and prize long-term growth over short-term financial gains, says a survey. IFA Network, a company that backs up more than 850 independent financial advisers, decided to carry out the poll to test the success...
It's a (Wo)man's Game; EURO 2000 Men Are Taking Up Their Favourite Positions on the Sofas of the Nation as the European Championships Start Today. but What's This? A Woman Has Infiltrated the Ranks of the ITV Coverage Team. Olivia Convey Meets Gabby Yorath
She may have a famous footballer father but that hasn't stopped sports presenter Gabby Yorath coming in for some stick from football fans who can't believe a woman knows anything about the game. The glamorous blonde is used to sexist remarks from...
Jazz Cds Jazz CD of the Week
IRAKERE The Legendary. . . /Felicidad (Ronnie Scott's Jazz House): A double CD reissue of two previously individually issued live dates by the spectacular Cuban big band at its ideal venue, Ronnie Scott's in London, where they would fill the club for...
Just Browsing: High-Flying Times of a War Ace
Dennis 'Hurricane' David. By Dennis David (Grub Street, pounds 18.99). Born in Surrey but of Welsh ancestry, Dennis David had a very distinguished war career record, both during the battle for France and the Battle of Britain, becoming an ace five...
Knight Can Enjoy the Comforts of Home
Nick Knight is likely to be the main beneficiary of a continuity policy by the England selectors when they announce their squad for the first Test against the West Indies, starting at Edgbaston on Thursday, with Glamorgan's Robert Croft the only new...
Laura, 16, Is UN Goodwill Ambassador
A 16-year-old schoolgirl yesterday became Britain's youngest Goodwill Ambassador for a United Nations organisation. Laura Sweeting was officially appointed at the launch of the Water4Life Appeal/Children Helping Children campaign at the Cafe Royal...
Learning to Live in a World That's Left You Behind; Andrew Evans Spent 25 Years in Prison for a Murder He Did Not Commit. He Tells Chief Feature Writer Ros Dodd How He Has Rebuilt His Life in the Two and a Half Years since His Release
Andrew Evans gazes adoringly at his new wife Sue and she looks back at him, her elfin-pretty features softened by love. Sue's 14-year-old daughter Lucy perches on the arm of her mother's armchair and banters with her new step-father. The couple...
Leave Me Alone, Says Mum Who Dumped Son
A young mother left behind her four-year-old son to start a new life, police said yesterday. Rachael Parker, aged 23, was reported missing a month ago and told police after being traced that she wanted to make a clean break and did not want anyone...
Loan Days Are over as Degas Dancer to Fetch Pounds 450,000
This Degas bronze sculpture, which has been on loan to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for 22 years, is expected to fetch up to pounds 450,000 in a sale at Christie's. The 16in-high figure of a dancer, Grande arabesque, deuxieme temps, was bought...
Lords Play Aunt Sally as Labour Stops Shying Away from Hunt Ban
Ministers were warned they face a fierce and long-running campaign against reported plans for a Government Bill banning fox-hunting. Home Secretary Mr Jack Straw is expected to announce next week that the Government will introduce a wide-ranging...
'Lumpy Benefits' to Be Sorted Out
The employment rights of the part-time worker are set to receive a major boost at the beginning of next month when the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations come into force on July 1. The new rules, which are part...
Massive Cost of Getting Pounds 2-Worth of Information on Your Credit Rating
Agencies that claim to be able to restore damaged credit ratings can damage your wealth. According to credit information agency Equifax, credit repair agencies can charge up to pounds 400 for accessing information available to the public for just...
Maynard's Glory Plan Shades out Emotions; B&H CUP
Matthew Maynard will be wearing his sun-glasses no matter what the weather in an attempt to shield the emotion of the occasion when he leads his Glamorgan side out at Lord's for today's Benson and Hedges Cup final. The Glamorgan captain is not known...
Mcdonald Praises Transport of Future
Transport Minister Lord Macdonald yesterday praised Birmingham's transport policy and pledged to back its bid to establish a transport system fit for the 21st Century. Lord Macdonald, speaking during a visit to the West Midlands to look at the region's...
MIDLANDS Archive the Genius That History Tends to Forget; Chris Upton Looks at the Contribution to Our Understanding of Evoluction from Lichfield's Neglected Genius, Erasmus Darwin and, below, Ross Reyburn Visits a Fitting Memorial
'Ihave lately travelled two days journey into the bowels of the earth, with three most able philosophers, and have seen the Goddess of Minerals naked, as she lay in her in moist bowers, and have made such drawings of her Divinity-ship as would much...