The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from April 19, 2003

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20-Year-Old Pound Coin Now Small Change
The pounds 1 coin celebrates its 20th birthday on Monday - but the pound in your pocket on April 21 1983 has been eroded by inflation to the extent that is now worth about 45p. So it is little wonder that half the population of the West Midlands,...
28 Hurt as P&O Ferry Hits Wall of Harbour
Twenty-eight people were injured last night when a ferry hit a wall in Dover harbour. The 28,559 tonne Pride of Provence was arriving from Calais when it was in contact with the breakwater as it entered the harbour at Dover, said P&O Ferries...
Antiques and Collecting: Land-Locked Swiss Sailors Enjoy Stamp of Success; Harry Hawkes Reports on the Special Edition Stamps Produced to Celebrate the Swiss America's Cup Triumph
Byline: Harry Hawkes What, I wonder, would be the reaction of the star-studded international soccer hierarchy if some unfancied seemingly chanceless no-hoper were to spring out of nowhere, convincingly thrash the favourites and win the World Cup?...
Antiques and Collecting: Welcome to the Shady World of Watercolour Collectors; Owners of Watercolours, Expensive Posters or Other Works on Paper Should Beware the Main Enemy, Sunlight, Warns Richard Edmonds
Byline: Richard Edmonds Spring has arrived and summer's on the way, the time of year that is beloved of gardeners but treated with caution by antiques collectors. Sunlight is the main problem. It fades old cabinet work and watercolours to the...
Appeal for Calm over Second City Shooting
Byline: Emma Brady Police yesterday appealed for calm in a Birmingham community after a father-ofthree was gunned down yards from his home. Aga Khan Hussain, aged 28, was shot in the shoulder and leg outside his home in Bevington Road, Aston,...
Archive: Burden of History Lies on Bullring; Anything of Importance Which Happened to Birmingham Took Place in the Bull Ring, Finds Chris Upton
Byline: Chris Upton Medieval church, Market Hall, Onion Fair, Chartist Riots, manor house and moat, the Blitz. Of all Birmingham's current redevelopment projects none carries such a burden of history and expectation as the Bull Ring. From...
Archive: Landmark for the Future Down Eastside Way; Ross Reyburn Wonders What the Future Holds for a Generation Growing Up with the New Bullring
Byline: Ross Reyburn The 'Wow! Factor' has finally arrived in Birmingham. Enough of the new Selfridges in the Bullring Development is on view now to see why it could be hailed as Britain's most spectacular and baffling example of modern architecture....
Archive: On This Day
1896: Herzl's The Jewish State was published: The publication of the book was a call for a political solution to the Jewish problem - the creation of a Jewish State. The Austrian author had served as a Paris correspondent of the Neue Freie Presse and...
ATHLETICS: Dick Sure of Hyde Peters in Long Run
Byline: David Martin Europe's top coaching guru Frank Dick believes Zara Hyde Peters is capable of turning round the struggling fortunes of British distance running. There were disappointing performances last month from the British squad at the...
Baby Break Can Cost Women Dear
New legislation has improved maternity leave and pay for many of the 600,000-plus who will have babies this year. But taking a 'baby break' could end up costing working women dear when they come to draw their pensions, according to insurer Axa....
Birmingham Post Comment: The Gun Culture Is a National Crime Issue
The full glare of the national spotlight once more falls on Birmingham and yet again it misses the mark completely. The city has suffered anew following the fatal shootings of the last week and it is another depressingly familiar indication of the...
Books: Book Lines
Byline: Compiled by Ross Reyburn They would be born of strange stock who slept with this earth as a pillow, beneath this black sky. They would have something of the Devil left in them still. On wound the road across the dark and silent land,...
Books: May These Poets Finally Rest in Peace; A New Novel Portrays American Poet Sylvia Plath and the British Poet Ted Hughes's Ultimately Doomed Relationship. Marianne Nault Reviews the Book and a New Edition of Plath's Poems. Wintering. by Kate Moses (Sceptre, Pounds 16.99)
Byline: Marianne Nault Will Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes ever be left in peace? Biographies, films, poems and now, we have the first novel about what it was like to be the tormented poet who died by her own hand. Poetic prose is perhaps the most...
Books: The Great Rivalry That Had to End; Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens. by Jane Dunn (HarperCollins, Pounds 20). Reviewed by Zannah Lewis
Byline: Zannah Lewis The journey from historical figure to great female icon would seem necessarily to be a bloody and brutal one. In the recent television series, Great Britons, two women shared that path and that iconic status: the tragic 20th-century...
Business as Usual for Doug after Cancer Diagnosis
Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis is fighting cancer. The 79-year-old (left) is being treated for prostate cancer after learning he had the disease three months ago during routine medical checks. The illness is not believed to be immediately life-threatening...
Business Greggs Growth Bakes Up 750 Jobs
Byline: James O'Brien A pounds 7 million investment programme which will create 750 jobs was announced yesterdayGreggs. Work has already started on a major extension to Greggs' main production and administrative headquarters at Mainstream Way, Saltley,...
Buy-to-Let Properties Back to the Good Times
Investment returns on buy-tolet properties have increased for the first time since 2001. Solihull-based specialist lender Paragon Mortgages said average rental yields, which have been steadily falling since 2001, had risen slightly during the first...
CD Reviews: Bad in All the Right Ways; Martina Sorbara - the Cure for Bad Deeds (Nettwerk)
Byline: Mike Davies Recently seen supporting Bryan Ferry, the Canadian songstress not only writes, sings, plays piano and guitar but manages to make her own guitars and clothes in her spare time too. Originally released independently in 2000,...
CD Reviews: Exhilarating Ensemble Performance of the Highest Order
Byline: Christopher Morley Banks of Green Willow - Orchestra da Camera/ Kenneth Page (Meridian CDE84330) Though many fine chamber orchestras have sprung up all over the country in recent decades, we should not lose sight of the achievements of one...
CD Reviews: Jazz CDs
Byline: Peter Bacon Jazz CD of the week Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock - Bezique (Spartacus STS 007) It's magical duos week and topping the lot is the Scottish pairing of saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock. Both men have technique...
CD Reviews: Passion for the Joy of Music
Byline: Reviews by Andrew Cowen CD OF THE WEEK Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun (Matador) I love American art-rockers. Sonic Youth, Interpol, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Pavement - bring 'em on. Best of all, I love Yo La Tengo, the Hoboken three-piece now...
Comic Carrott Goes Radio Gaga
Good stuff from Geoff Bunch, the after dinner speaker, at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. If you weren't there then here is a sample of his humour: When you reach bottom there is only one way to go . . . into sales. You recruit people...
Comment: As Albion Battle to the End, Villa Slumber On
West Bromwich Albion's relegation was widely predicted on August 17 and seen as inevitable from February 23. Today, at 5pm, it will probably be confirmed. Interestingly, Albion could win away to Sunderland and still face the drop from the Premiership....
Cricket: Di Venuto to Rescue with Season's First Century; Derbyshire V Glamorgan
Michael Di Venuto handed out more punishment to Glamorgan's bowlers as he inspired a Derbyshire recovery with the first championship century of the new season. The Tasmanian left-hander followed innings of 98 and 62 against the Welshmen last summer...
Cricket: Essex in Control as Middlesex Wilt
Byline: Graham Winbury at Chelmsford The Essex attack hardly has a lethal look about it but it dealt a serious blow to Middlesex's hopes in this Frizzell County Championship Division One encounter. Essex's bowlers proved much too good for Middlesex...
Cricket: Gough Marks Comeback with Three Wicket Haul; Yorkshire V Northamptonshire
Whatever the result, it is unlikely that this encounter will be remembered for anything other than Darren Gough's comeback at Headingley. The pace bowler's eye-catching return from injury was arguably the highlight of a hugely promising day for...
Cricket: Johnson's Century Revives Somerset as Wickets Crash; Gloucestershire V Somerset
An amazing Richard Johnson century dug Somerset out of a deep hole after Jon Lewis had threatened to dominate an action-packed opening day. The visitors were 36 for six in reply to Gloucestershire's 203 in their Second Division game at Bristol,...
Cricket: Lara Positive on Windies Chances; WEST INDIES V AUSTRALIA
Byline: Brian Homewood West Indies captain Brian Lara is confident his young team can rebound from their crushing nine-wicket defeat in the opening Test against Australia to level the series in the Second Test starting today in Port of Spain. ...
Cricket: Law and Loye Hit Surrey's First Day
Byline: David Clough at The Oval Mal Loye marked his Lancashire debut with a century as his team subjected county champions Surrey to a chastening first day of the new season at The Oval. Ex-Northamptonshire batsman Loye (104 not out) shared...
Cricket: Smith Stamps on Wasim Threat; Worcestershire Have Scored 318 for Seven Wickets in Their First Innings against Hampshire
Byline: Mike Beddow at New Road Eight years ago Wasim Akram contributed to the fall of a Worcestershire captain when Tim Curtis resigned 48 hours after a Benson and Hedges Cup semifinal defeat by Lancashire. Wasim was in his prime as one of the...
Cricket: Wagh Game before Notts Check Bears; Nottinghamshire (188-5) Trail Warwickshire (222) by 34 Runs in Their First Innings
Warwickshire emerged slightly in debit at Trent Bridge last night from a helter-skelter start to their Frizzell County Championship season. Fifteen wickets - a figure that may interest the English Cricket Board's pitch inspectors - fell on a day...
Disaster Insurance? DIY and Get Yourself Covered
Byline: Peter Axon Though do-it-yourself home improvement schemes can reap satisfying rewards, unfortunately, this it not always the case. DIY does have its perils, and once damage is sustained it's often too late to gloss over the problem. ...
Easter Weekend Gets off to a Bright Start; Show Breaks with Tradition
Byline: Neil Connor Glorious sunshine and relatively quiet roads yesterday marked the beginning of the Easter break and the end of a recordbreaking week of weather. Predicted jams and road chaos failed to materialise across the West Midlands,...
Family Life: Army of Support in Action Behind Theatre of War; as Soldiers That Were Fighting in Iraq Begin to Arrive Home, Andrew Davies Looks at How the Army Looks after the Families of Its Fighting Force
Byline: Andrew Davies There was a time when soldiers going off to war would embark at the quayside to the sound of a communal sobbing and wailing from the women they left behind. Wives, fiances, girlfriends and mothers dabbed hankies at the corners...
Fears for Homes as Blazes Rage
The warm weather has unleashed a new menace - countryside fires. Blazes raged around the country yesterday, raising fears for homes, flora and fauna. In some areas, residents were faced with evacuating their homes as emergency crews battled to contain...
Film: Colin's Collecting on Good Calls; Mike Davies Gets Colin Farrell on the Phone
He speaks the f-word like a second language, has been dubbed the Lusty Leprechaun and makes no secret that one of the perks of the job is bedding a seemingly endless supply of willing females. He's soon to become an unplanned first-time father with...
Food: Home-Grown Veg Is an Organic Experience; It Need Not Be a Chore to Grow Your Own Food. and Fruit and Veg Can Be Picked from Even the Smallest Garden, Says Nick Foley
Byline: Nick Foley Organic fruit, vegetables and herbs lovingly grown in your own back garden always seem to taste better than the pre-packaged fare on offer at most supermarkets. But aspiring green-fingered cooks, who juggle the burdens of work...
Food: Try a Vegan Diet and Leave the Animals in Peace; You've Gone Vegetarian, but Still Don't Feel It's Enough. So Should You Go One Step Further and Go Vegan? Caroline Foulkes Finds out What Veganism Involves
Byline: Caroline Foulkes Inviting friends round to your house used to be a simple affair. You'd whip up your speciality, putting in a bit of extra effort, and they'd bring round dessert or a bottle or two of wine. Not anymore. Now you have...
Football: Apprenticeship for Premiership
Byline: James Nursey Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce thinks it could take three years to establish the club in the Premiership. Blues were promoted to the top flight for the first time in 16 years last season after they won the play-offs....
Football: Barry's Beating Drum for Taylor
Gareth Barry's reasons for wanting Graham Taylor to remain as manager of Aston Villa fit into two categories: selfish and altruistic. There is no suggestion that Taylor's days are numbered but his contract runs out at the end of next season and...
Football: Burton Bank on Cutting Down Poppies; NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Burton Albion will go from top to bottom in the space of 48 hours with their survival in the Conference at stake. Player-manager Nigel Clough (pictured) regards Easter Monday's home clash with relegated Kettering Town as their most important game...
Football: Causeway Show Their Mettle in Quest for More Silverware; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
They have accumulated more silverware than an antiques jeweller in the last six years but Causeway United will regard the chance to win a trophy in their first season in the Alliance as the gold standard. Manager Steve Derham saluted the Halesowen-based...
Football: Classy Ipswich Make Most of Lax Pompey
A magnificent first-half display moved Ipswich to within a point of the Nationwide Division One play-off zone after securing victory over promoted Portsmouth. Superbly executed goals by Martijn Reuser, Tommy Miller and the impressive Pablo Counago...
Football: Comis Revelling in His Own Mini Adventure
Alex Comis must, by his own admission, fall somewhere between Michael Caine and Michael Schumacher. The 25-year-old Birmingham racer spends his weekends throwing his Mini around the country's racetracks at breakneck speeds dreaming of life behind...
Football: Harriers Challenged to Prove the Doubters Wrong; Kidderminster Harriers V Wrexham
Byline: Colin Stoner Craig Hinton believes the fact that Kidderminster Harriers have been largely written off as promotion contenders can be the inspiration to revive their playoffs dream. Harriers' victory over Rochdale on Tuesday halted a dismal...
Football: Home Callinga Villa Hero
Six days after scoring the goal that will take him back to Villa Park, Shaun Teale was nursing a swollen ankle. 'I picked up the injury in a game this week but I won't miss the final,' he said. 'No way. They would have to shoot me to keep me from playing...
Football: Kenna: Staying Up Is Almost as Good as Winning the League; Charlton Athletic V Birmingham City
Nursey. Steve Bruce's side visit Charlton today in the Premiership and then entertain Southampton at home on Easter Monday. And with Blues 16th in the table on 38 points, Kenna believes victory in either game will ensure Birmingham's first spell back...
Football: Lambs' Desire Unbeatable for Gee
Even their closest rivals accept Tamworth have been by far the best team in the Premier Division this season but Darron Gee says it's the Lambs' unbeatable desire and will to win which has made them champions-elect. Quality throughout the team and...
Football: League Cup Final Return Lifts Stratford's Fading Challenge
Stratford Town will have no worries extending their season - providing they have some silverware to parade. Town booked their place in the Polymac Services League Cup final for the second time in three years and manager Lennie Derby hopes the chance...
Football: Montgomery Sees Plenty to Battle for in Late Campaign; Derby County V Coventry City
Byline: Scott Rogers Coventry City goalkeeper Gary Montgomery believes the side can build on recent improved performances and end the season on a high, starting with a victory at Derby today. The 20-year-old produced a heroic display on his return...
Football: Moors 'Must Leave Comfort Zone' DR MARTENS PREMIER
Moor Green's players have been warned not to slip into the 'comfort zone' - or they will find themselves looking for a new club, writes Colin Stoner. Manager Bob Faulkner accepts he has little room to manoeuvre in a depleted squad but, with the prospect...
Football: Saddlers Urged to Remain Focused in Survival Battle; Walsall V Norwich City
Byline: James Nursey Walsall goalkeeper James Walker is confident the club are on course to secure a historic third successive season in the First Division but he does not want to stop there. The Saddlers moved to 47 points with a draw against...
Football: Savage and Johnson Set Poser for Boss Bruce
Byline: James Nursey Birmingham City midfielders Robbie Savage and Damien Johnson are ready to return this afternoon at Charlton but manager Steve Bruce must decide whether to change a winning team first. Blues won their fourth match in six games...
Football: Shot-Shy Baggies Start to Regroup; THE PREMIERSHIP Sunderland V West Bromwich Albion
Byline: Hyder Jawad When relegation is confirmed at around 5pm today, Gary Megson will bemoan the lack of goals that will send West Bromwich Albion back to the Nationwide League. Given the chances created this season, it might be argued that relegation...
Football: Sky Knows the Limit in TV Football Battle Home Callinga Villa Hero
Byline: says Martyn Ziegler The uncertainty which surrounds the level of money the new Premier League and Football Association television deals will command shows no sign of coming to an end. The FA this week invited tenders for the broadcast...
Football Supporter MP Joins Inquiry into the Game
Byline: Jonathan Walker Midland MP and life-long football supporter Adrian Bailey has joined an inquiry into the future of the sport and it finances. The Parliamentary Football Group is to hold an official inquiry into the future of the game...
Football: Taylor's Improvers Fuel Hopes of Upsetting Chelsea Euro Plan; Aston Villa V Chelsea
Byline: Hyder Jawad Aston Villa might be on a run of seven games without a victory but Graham Taylor prefers to look upon form in a more positive light. Draws against Southampton, Arsenal and West Ham United mean that Villa have been unbeaten...
Football: Wolves Facing Huge Test of Nerve; FIRST DIVISION Wolverhampton Wanderers V Millwall
Byline: David Instone Dave Jones will today look into the eyes of his Wolverhampton Wanderers players and expect to see confirmation that they have learned from the harrowing events of last spring. There's still a reluctance at Molineux to give...
Football: Young City Star Barton Is Armed for Challenge of Top Flight; Tottenham Hotspur 0 Manchester City 2
Byline: Neil Silver Joey Barton is enjoying his run in the Manchester City first team - after scoring his first goal for the Maine Road team in yesterday's Barclaycard Premiership win at Tottenham. David Sommeil scored in the third minute before...
FORMULA ONE: SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX: Ferrari Fliers Leave Coulthard off Pace
Byline: Ian Gordon at Imola David Coulthard admits he faces a massive task trying to stop Michael Schumacher roaring to his first victory of the season in tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix. The 32-year-old Scot finished back in ninth place in...
Four Years to Get on First Rung of Property Ladder
Byline: John Cranage Today's young couples struggling to get a toehold on the housing ladder are now having to save up for more than four years to raise a deposit on their first home. More that three fifths (61 per cent) use their savings as...
FSA Claims People Are Confused about Pensions Advice
The majority of consumers still want help when taking out a pension but many are confused about what constitutes advice. That was the message this week from City watchdog the Financial Services Authority (FSA) following research designed to test...
Gardens: Give Your Soil a Treat; There's a Veritable Supermarket's Worth of Food out There for Plants, but the Rules Are Easy to Follow, Says Hannah Stephenson
Byline: Hannah Stephenson At a time when we all should be feeding, fertilising, mulching and adding organic matter to our soil and plants, it can be baffling when faced at the garden centre with row upon row of plant pep-me-ups, all promising the...
German Champions Retain Their Pub Crown
Too much beer was blamed for British teams 'losing their marbles' in the World Marbles Championships yesterday, as they were beaten by the Germans for the second year in a row. It was no child's play as 20 teams, including five from Germany, battled...
GOLF: Owen Fired Up in Search for Best Finish
Byline: Mark Garrod at Vale do Lobo After 19 top ten finishes and not a win or second place amongst them, English golfer Greg Owen is a man on a mission this weekend. The 31-year-old takes a three-stroke lead into the third round of the Algarve...
Grief and Anger after Gun Terror
Byline: Emma Brady Hundreds of people yesterday mourned a shooting victim and called for an end to gun crime which has left their Birmingham community in fear. The outpouring of grief for Mohammed Sabir, who was shot dead on Monday in Lozells,...
Home: Nuts and Bolts: The Gate Hangs Well
It is an open and shut case - you simply have to replace that creaking old gate. First impressions count for a lot and a ghastly gate sends a simple message: this house is a dump. Every time it squeaks, sags or jams it tells people that you do not...
Household Fraud Costs Pounds 20m in Premiums
Insurance fraud on motor and household cover costs honest policy holders pounds 20 million a week in higher premiums, an insurance trade group said this week. The Association of British Insurers said people making fraudulent claims on insurance...
Housing Developers Forced to Pay for Extra School Places
Housing developers in Worcestershire have been told they will have to contribute towards the cost of increasing the size of local schools to cope with the extra number of children they bring to an area. A fixed sum will be required for each house...
Interview: Keith Hangs Up His Mitre and Heads for the Beach
Byline: Jo Ind Retirement is an enormous life-change for anybody. When you are stepping down as Bishop of Lichfield, it is not just your job you are losing, it's your home as well. The Rt Revd Keith Sutton, who retires tomorrow, apologises for...
Iraq War: Blair Admits He Was Ready to Quit over Commons Vote
Tony Blair disclosed yesterday that he instructed officials to prepare for his resignation if he lost a crucial Commons vote on war with Iraq. The Prime Minister confirmed that he had been ready to quit if he was defeated in last month's vote authorising...
Iraq War: Plan to Celebrate Troops' Work Is Welcomed by Community
Plans suggested by Tony Blair for a 'major celebration' to mark the campaign to remove Saddam Hussein from power were yesterday welcomed by the Iraqi community. The Prime Minister has said he wants to mark the 'huge contribution' played by British...
Iraq War: Saddam or Double Mystery on Tape
Byline: Jeremy Laurence A rab television network Abu Dhabi TV broadcast footage yesterday of what it said was Saddam Hussein saluting a throng of chanting supporters in Baghdad on April 9, the day the capital fell to US forces. The state-run...
Jackson Keeps Up Pressure as Stour Chase Title Double; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
He might be labelled as a tough task-master but Joe Jackson insisted the hard work is not yet over for Stourbridge's championship challenge. Stourbridge's priceless win at second-placed Rushall Olympic on Tuesday left the Glassboys clear favourites...
Korea Reprocesses 8,000 Spent Fuel Rods
Byline: Paul Eckert Communist North Korea said yesterday it was 'successfully reprocessing' more than 8,000 spent fuel rods under its nuclear programme that will be the focus of talks with the US and China next week. Days before the first formal...
Mother Angry after Disabled Girl's Op Called 'Experimental'
Byline: Neil Connor The mother of a disabled Solihull girl who has had her operation put back twice has voiced her anger at being informed that the surgery is 'substantially experimental'. Karen Glenn was also told in a letter that the hip operation...
Motor Manufacturers Hoping Small Is Beautiful for US Market
the land of oversized sport utility vehicles, the next big thing may be small cars. General Motors's Saab division has announced it will offer a small car in North America next year, becoming the latest premium-priced automaker to go down-market...
Muslim Family's Horror at Bacon Desecration of Body
Byline: Stuart Coles Islamic organisations yesterday told of their horror over the discovery of the body of a Muslim woman in a hospital mortuary covered with rashers of bacon. The Metropolitan Police's racial crime task force is investigating...
New 40-Over Cup to Act as Curtain-Raiser
Byline: Ged Scott The Banks's Birmingham League does not start for another fortnight, but the Midlands' top club sides all return to serious competitive action in cup combat today. The inaugural staging of a new 40-over competition gets under...
Number's Up for Old Police Switchboard
West Midlands Police has urged the public to use its single non-emergency number before the old numbers are switched off. From May 1 all of the former switchboard numbers used to contact the force will no longer be valid and callers will be asked...
Passage to History: Polar Explorers Retracing Steps of Doomed Arctic Expedition
Eight explorers set off yesterday to retrace one of the most disastrous Arctic expeditions in history. The team plans to be the first to follow in the footsteps of Sir John Franklin, who set off in 1845 to discover the elusive North West Passage,...
Perspective: A Living Reality of the Present
In 1922, when an estimated 33 million people were in danger of starvation in Soviet Russia, Nikolai Bukharin - whom Lenin once called the 'darling' of the Bolshevik Party - was sent from Moscow to Kiev to address a vast anti-God rally in his role as...
Perspective: Final Irony That Disproved the Political Soothsayer
It was a speech that ensured Enoch Powell's lasting influence and infamy. After it was delivered in Birmingham in April 1968, a Gallup poll found that 96 per cent of people had heard about it. Powell's influence in the following years was so great...
Perspective: To Be or Not to Be, That Is the Gold-Plated Question
Byline: Paul Dale Breaking news from the Birmingham European Capital of Culture bid team, involving the 'be in Birmingham' lapel badges marking the city's bid for glory in 2008. It's already certain professional and social death in council circles...
Property: Tale of Two Cottages, Old and New
These two thatched, timberframed cottages may look as if they come from the same period but, in fact, they are centuries apart. Rosemary Cottage is a Grade II listed house dating back to 1620 - and Little Larfold was built 370 years later in 1990....
Racing: Captain Saif Ready to Provide Classic Hint
Byline: Stable Boy Richard Hannon has his team in good shape and is already looking forward to the first weekend in May and the Sagitta 2000 Guineas. The trainer secured the Craven Stakes with Hurricane Alan in midweek and can add another string...
Racing: David's Lad Back on Line
A field of 23, headed by Aintree absentee Davids Lad, will go to post for the Powers Gold Label Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday. Tony Martin's 2001 winner was forced to miss the Martell Cognac Grand National after being suspended for...
Rambling: Just Sailing Down the . . . Canal
Byline: Richard Shurey The barges on boats that took cargoes along the Oxford Canal must have thought that they would never reach their destinations. The waterway twists this way and that with (at the northern end) the windmill on top of the...
Report Delay Was to Avoid 'Uproar at Westminster'
Devastating findings of police and army collusion with loyalist killers in Northern Ireland were delayed to avoid uproar at Westminster, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams claimed last night. As pressure mounted for a public inquiry into the assassination...
RUGBY UNION: Worcester in No Man's Land
Byline: Michael Blair Rugby Correspondent The onfield saga of Worcester v Rotherham may have been concluded but the perceived antipathy between the clubs' owners, Cecil Duckworth and Mike Yarlett, remains an issue. Briefly, Duckworth instigated...
RUGBY UNION: Wounded Tigers Refocus in Hunt to Retain Crown; PREMIERSHIP FOCUS
Byline: Andrew Baldock Deposed European champions Leicester have a perfect opportunity to begin the recovery process today - by blitzing Harlequins and keeping alive their Zurich Premiership title hopes. The Tigers' dream of a Heineken Cup hat-trick...
SNOOKER: O'Sullivan Hopes Hard Work Will Reap Another World Title
Ronnie O'Sullivan, who once threatened to quit the sport when he was only 18, now insists he could be potting balls at the top level beyond his 40th birthday. And the unpredictable Essex star is determined to add to his solitary world title victory....
Speedy by Name and Speedy by Nature
Byline: Philip Williams John Brown is complaining about his share price. His company, the tool hire specialist Speedy Hire, has a five-year record many chief executives would sell their grannies for - an average 20 per cent turnover growth year...
Standard Life Faces New Call for Demutualisation
Europe's largest mutual life insurer Standard Life is facing a new threat from a member who wants the society to demutualise. David Stonebanks, a retired electrical engineering teacher, claimed last night he had enough backing from members to call...
TENNIS: Ferrero and Moya Closing in on Monte Carlo Repeat Show
Byline: Francois Thomazeau in Monte Carlo Spain's top two players, JuanCarlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya, stayed on course for a repeat of last year's final at the Monte Carlo Masters by achieving easy quarter-final victories yesterday. Defending...
There's No Business like Doh! Business; since the First Episode of the Simpsons Was Screened on December 17, 1989, the Family Has Become Not Only Hugely Popular, but a Genuine Cultural Phenomenon. with 18 Emmy Awards, the Series Reaches Its 300th Episode Tomorrow. Andrew Cowen and Cathy Mayer Look at the Past 14 Years of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie
Byline: Cathy Mayer Few could have predicted that a dysfunctional family of yellow animated characters would become a hit. But The Simpsons' central characters - hapless dad Homer, long-suffering, blue-haired mum Marge, bratty son Bart, brainy daughter...
Travel: A Tale of TWO CITIES; with Buda on One Side and Pest on the Other, the Hungarian Capital Is Not Necessarily at the Top of Most People's Must-See List. but It Should Be, Says Travel Editor Lisa Piddington
Byline: Lisa Piddington You have to feel sorry for a city like Budapest. While little has been done to push it as a tourist destination, neighbouring countries have been busy luring the traveller and their bulging wallets. So while the Hungarian...
Travel: Now Boarding
IRELAND: Cresta Holidays offers three nights' B&B for pounds 304 at five-star Dromoland Castle in Co Clare until April 31, include return car ferries on either Fishguard-Rosslare or Holyhead-Dublin. HEREFORDSHIRE: Wye Lea Country Manor (01989...
Travel: Where East Meets West; the Iraq War Has Taken Its Toll on the Travel Industry, with Destinations Such as Morocco Seeing a Downturn in Visitors. but Sarah Probert Discovers That Tourists Have Nothing to Fear When Visiting What Has Become One of the Most Liberal Muslim Countries in the World
Byline: Sarah Probert A magical oasis of colour and culture steeped in charm and beauty, Morocco provides the perfect getaway for those looking for a history lesson and sun-kissed scenery of dramatic proportions. At its cultural heart is Marrakech,...
Two Fat Ladies? Not in This Gym; Julie McCaffrey Finds Striptease, Karaoke and Even Bingo Are All Part of the Workout for Today's Keep-Fit Woman
Byline: Julie McCaffrey It's official. British women are a lazy bunch when it comes to exercise. Torn between a comfy couch and the gym, the couch wins almost every time. Four out of five British women do far less exercise than they should, according...