The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from December 12, 1998

A–T T–Y
A Dangerous Precedent
Although many will take satisfaction at his humiliation, and understandably so, the appearance of General Pinochet before a British magistrates' bench yesterday represents an act of monumental folly, mainly political but legal as well. This is,...
A GRAND RESTORATION; Arts Editor Terry Grimley Visits the New-Look Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton to See How Pounds 8 Million Has Been Spent
Wolverhampton can look forward to unwrapping an early Christmas present next week - a beautifully restored and substantially improved Grand Theatre. The 1894-vintage theatre, designed by noted Victorian theatre architect C J Phipps, has been closed...
Allner Ready to Tear Apart His Off-Target Strikeforce
Graham Allner is threatening a radical shake-up of his Kidderminster Harriers strike force at Woking today after losing patience with their poor marksmanship. Not satisfied with signing Clinton Thomas from Evesham United for a four-figure fee this...
Antiques & Collecting: COLLECTING DATES
Today and tomorrow: Bingley Hall, at the Staffordshire County Showround in Weston Road, Stone, near Stafford continues the antiques and collectables fair organised by Bowman Antiques Fairs of Otley, Leeds. It will open from 10am-5pm each day. ...
Antiques & Collecting: Throwing Light on Tiling as Artform; Richard Edmonds Suggests Perfect Presents for the Dedicated Collector of Antique Tiles
The collecting of antique tiles is a field that constantly grows in popularity. This is due to two main reasons. First of all, tiles lack the fragility of other areas of ceramics and are very pleasing both to look at, to frame and to clean. They...
Appointments: Investment Director Named for Lloyds Development
Mr Simon Dempsey has been appointed investment director at the Birmingham office of LLOYDS DEVELOPMENT CAPITAL. He formerly worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland for 12 years. LINFORD GROUP, the Lichfield-based construction specialist, has appointed...
Archive: A Career Going for a Song; Chris Upton Looks at the Life and Hard Times of Brum Singer-Songwiter James Dobbs
Pity the poor pop star. Not only has he a record company that refuses to give him more than a few million a year but he also has to cope with unscrupulous bootleggers who do a deal with the sound engineer and then sell the songs for their own profit....
Backslash Leads Steelers to Verge of Play-Off Abyss
Kordell Stewart's career in the NFL is in danger of going from the penthouse to the outhouse - and the Pittsburgh quarterback is threatening to take his team-mates with him. Stewart, who shot to fame as a rookie in 1995 playing three different positions...
Bears Herald New Millennium with Multi-Million Indoor Plan
Dennis Amiss last night heralded "a landmark building for Birmingham" as Warwickshire announced a new pounds 2.67 million indoor cricket centre. After two years in the negotiating stage, the lottery-funded project for the eight-lane indoor nets...
Best of British Christmas; Anne Walker Escapes the Festive Mayhem for a More Tranquil Celebration on the Isle of Wight
The ferry left the mainland, heading south. The wind was howling and we huddled inside and looked expectantly towards a distant speck on the horizon. The Isle of Wight is described in guide books as sleepy, charming and rustic, yet in the summer...
Blaze Ready to Stand Tall Once More
After going through a traumatic few weeks, Allsports Solihull Blaze coach Paul Thompson feels that stability is returning to his English League title-chasing squad. "We only have the single match at Invicta Dynamos this weekend," he said. "A trip...
Boland Braves the Weather to Land Top Trout
Overnight frost and iced-over waters didn't stop trout and match anglers finding sport. At Packington Fishery, near Meriden last week, 79 anglers caught 214 trout, the largest weighed 5lb 13oz and came from the Cocks Close water, tempted by a black...
Books: A Little Something to Fill the Children's Festive Stockings; Alison Davison Presents the Second Part of Her Round-Up of Seasonal Book Ideas for Children
Apart from the woman of the household turning grey and screaming for Prozac, another feature of the approaching festive season is the arrival of children's picture books with a grandparent theme. Perhaps with the diaspora of the modern family, it helps...
Books: Behind-the-Scenes Tragedies of the Divas Pressures of Life at the Top: Kiri Fights Her Way Past the Crowds into St Patrick's Cathedral for Her Wedding in 1967
Of all the musical art forms, probably the most taxing on the performer is opera. Great operatic singers do not possess their voices, so much as being possessed by them. The body is simply a casket for the jewel. Temperature, humidity, diet, exercise,...
Books: Just Browsing
Brutal, but nowhere to escape The Moon in the Gutter. By David Goodis (Serpents Tail, pounds 6.99) Reviewed by Charlie Hill. Despite his prodigious output, the reputation of pulp writer David Goodis resides almost solely in the impact of his...
Books: Never the Twain Shall Impart; Planet Ustinov. by Michael Wildman (Simon & Schuster, Pounds 20). Reviewed by Ross Reyburn
The idea seemed masterful enough on the drawing board. Send Sir Peter Ustinov, the master raconteur, with a television crew around the world following, a century later, in the footsteps of the great American writer and humorist Mark Twain. Unfortunately...
Books: Now It's the Full Croker; A Man in Full. by Tom Wolfe (Jonathan Cape, Pounds 20). Reviewed by Phil Brown
This was the long-awaited megabucks novel of the 90s. Eleven years in the making, they wanted a million dollars for magazine serial rights. But could the man in the white suit deliver? Sure as hell, he could. But whether Tom Wolfe will ever be welcome...
Books: Passion Turned Food into Poetry
In the homes of the English gentry during that socially scintillating period between the two World Wars, cook was the undoubted despot in the kitchen, while nanny ruled with the proverbial rod of iron in the upstairs nurseries. With child welfare...
Business Diary: A Naked Lady, Lots of Bubbly, and a Wander through the Desert .
Wragge & Co's Ian Metcalfe has been telling me of the temptation that once helped raise the heart beat - and perhaps not only that. The former rugby star had a year in the North West many moons ago during which he played for Sale. And one...
Business View: Bargains and Chaos on a Stress-Packed Shopping Trip
Went back for a three-day break at Mum's last week. Just me on my own, left the family in Birmingham. Well, this year she isn't coming down for Christmas and I was feeling guilty. She was going to be on her own on the 25th and the least I could...
Cadbury Pours Drinks into Pounds 1.2bn Coke Deal
Cadbury Schweppes is set to make major acquisitions in the global confectionery market after selling all its non-US soft drinks brands to Coca Cola yesterday. The pounds 1.12 billion deal, which is to include Schweppes, Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, Crush...
CD Reviews
POP REISSUES OF THE WEEK TYRANNOSAURUS REX/T.REX Assorted albums 1967-71 (A&M): What better gift for the ageing glam-rocker in your life than ten albums that capture the 20th Century Boy at his peak, before his music became as bloated and unwieldy...
Chechnya Deaths Investigator Seized by Gang
The man investigating the beheading of the four Chechnyan hostages has been kidnapped by unidentified assailants. Mr Mansur Tagirov, Chechnya's top prosecutor, vanished on Thursday night as he returned to the republic's capital city of Grozny from...
City of Gold Throbs with a Beat That Is Decidedly African
Long-established companies are deserting South Africa's commercial capital Johannesburg, complaining the streets built on the riches of mineral wealth are no longer the right place to do their kind of business. The City of Gold - E'goli in the Zulu...
Comment: Film-Making Citizens Caned; the News That Midland Writer Debbie Isitt Is Struggling Financially to Shoot Her First Feature Film in Birmingham Highlights the Plight of the City's Film-Makers. Ross Reyburn Reports
It would be sad if a Birmingham equivalent of The Full Monty failed to get off the starting blocks through lack of cash. But this is the scenario gifted Sutton Coldfield filmmaker Justin Edgar believes he faces for he is unable to find the finance...
Cruel Tests Still Go On
Sir, - I was shocked by the letter from E Wallace (Post, Dec 7) in which he or she defends the use of animals for cosmetics tests. Thankfully the Government has more sense and has banned the use of animals for testing cosmetics or their ingredients....
C&W Shares Hit by Loss of Brown at the Helm
Shares in Cable & Wireless fell four per cent yesterday, following news that Britain's second biggest telecoms company had lost its chief executive, Mr Dick Brown. Computer services giant Electronic Data Systems has secured Mr Brown's services...
Dennis Ellam on Saturday: On the 12th Mail-Order Day of Christmas
If there had been a Christmas spending boom this year, many retailers would have been unable to get supplies to meet it, thanks to the recession - news item. From: Truelove Festive Supplies Inc. Sir, - Thank you for your 12 esteemed orders. These...
Determined Villa's Guns Still Blazing
Aston Villa supporters have been promised an upbeat bid to keep their team top of the Premiership this weekend, despite their manager's uncharacteristically low-profile image of the past eight days. At a time when Villa's 13-week run at the summit...
Down Your Way: The Distant Days of the Donkeys; Ross Reyburn Visits the Hamlets Scattered in the Clent Hills and Meets Villagers
"Clent near Stourbridge is one of the prettiest and most characteristic of all old English villages, famed far and wide for its dry and bracing climate. "The climate has the advantage of an air, charged with purity, vigour and freshness, that braces...
Drink and Drugs Driver Jailed over Fatal Crash
A drink driver who was high on drugs when he ploughed into a postal worker's car, causing a fatal fireball, was jailed for five years yesterday. Andrew Lee James (24), had consumed "lots and lots" of beer and spirits, smoked cannabis and taken Ecstasy...
'Dripping in Gold' Conman Jailed for 38 Months over Bogus Contracts
A ruthless international conman who once helped British security services was jailed for 38 months at the Old Bailey yesterday for duping companies throughout the world with bogus multi-million contracts. Hashemi Naini won the confidence of the...
Dynamic Duo Claim High Ground in Style
Jonty Rhodes and Shaun Pollock restored South Africa's advantage at the end of a day of tumbling wickets on the second day of the second Test against the West Indies in Port Elizabeth. South Africa seemed to have a firm grip on the match when the...
Emblen Earmarked for Watching Brief as Lee Keeps His Options Open
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Colin Lee has but one main selection worry as he prepares to get back on the winning road against Norwich City today - the Neil Emblen equation. Despite last week's dramatic events against Bolton, supersub Emblen...
End of a Family Affair as South Korea Faces Up to a Future Minus the Chaebol
South Korean President Kim Dae-jung has declared the country's chaebol system dead, following broad reform plans laid out by the biggest family-owned conglomerates. "The chaebol system, which puts emphasis on outward expansion thus burdening the...
England Clinging on to Ashes of a Blazing Sun
England's Dean Headley and Peter Such were left wilting in the searing Adelaide heat after battling through an exhausting opening day of the third Test. Back-to-back Tests at the beginning and end of the five-Test series, to allow for a New Year...
Entertainment: It Will Be All White Noise on the Night; Saxophonist Evan Parker Talks to Martin Longley about Improvisation and Electronics
Saxophonist Evan Parker was a pivotal figure during the first improvisation jazz experiment of the late 60s. Over three decades, he has refined a totally unique approach to the soprano and tenor horns, remaining an important presence on the world's...
Food & Drink: ANNIE'S KITCHEN
Last week I gave recipes for fruity preserves to accompany the Christmas cold meats most of us will have in addition to the inevitable cold bird. There's usually a ham, and it's well worth boiling and making your own if you can find the time. ...
Food & Drink: Wicker World of Seasonal Luxury; Hampers Are the Ultmate Christmas Gift, Says Finola Lynch - Flexible, Affordable and Unique
Hampers are a popular Christmas present to friends and loved ones because they are a luxury item, bulging with extra treats we might not ordinarily give ourselves. Hampers make an ideal Christmas present and the habit of giving them to friends and...
Food & Drink: Wine Ideas for a Touch of Festive Cheer; Ros Dodd Checks out the Christmas Wine Tastings in the Region
Church centres, golf clubs and repertory theatres are not the sort of places you tend to gravitate towards if a liver-full of wine is what you're after. Yet these three different kinds of meeting-place provided the venues for a series of wine-tastings...
Gardening: The Bubble Wrap Route to Warmth; Keep Cool over Heating and You Can Beat Frost, Says Roger Clarke
Global warming has not yet extended to greenhouses which means the old heaters have had to earn their corn over the past few days as winter decided to have a warm up, or, I suppose, more of a cool down. I have two heaters which once belonged to...
GED Scott on Saturday: An Aged Auntie Invites Us to Witness Her Slow, Painful Death
For decades now, the BBC have traditionally spent the second Sunday night in December preening themselves with corporate pride at their annual Sports Personality of the Year awards bash. Personally speaking, as a northern exile, I gave up watching...
GED Scott on Saturday: Gregory Let Down by Mistimed Own Goal
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, they say. Not that his admirers - from Doug Ellis downwards, there are an awful lot of them - think he needs to have done it, but John Gregory, the Premiership's hot managerial property after...
Glider Pilot's Conviction over Death Upheld
A French court of appeal has upheld a conviction against a Midland glider pilot found guilty of causing the death of a skydiver. Judges ruled that Mr Jonathon May, from Monkspath, Solihull, was guilty of involuntary killing during an accident in...
Government Urged to Keep Its Side of Rover Bargain
The Government was last night put on the spot to complete the salvage of Birmingham's giant Longbridge complex. It will be asked to find at least pounds 150 million of public money to ensure BMW brings the new Mini to the Midlands, even though doubts...
Hard Landing for Aerospatiale in Euro Air Merger
A merger of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace and British Aerospace, expected to be announced soon, would effectively shut out France's Aerospatiale from the broader consolidation of Europe's defence and aerospace industry, according to analysts. Experts...
Health Chiefs Seek Cure for Shortage of Doctors
Health chiefs have launched an urgent campaign to recruit more doctors to areas of Staffordshire, including Tamworth, Burntwood and Cannock Chase. But there was a warning that any GPs moving into the area would expect flexible working patterns and...
Inside Out: There's No Hiding Place
There are plenty of tyrants and despots from the past currently living in exile believing that international law cannot touch them. Three cheers for Jack Straw! Can there be any better Christmas present than his decision to allow the extradition...
Interview: Jeremy Beadle - the Serious Ambition Behind Beadle the Joker
Jeremy Beadle is undeniably popular. His practical jokes programme Beadle's About received 30,000 letters a year, ran for 11 series, was watched by 17 million viewers and sold around the world. That track record speaks for itself. He's also undeniably...
Israel Is Heading for Showdown with US
Israel affirmed yesterday that it will not withdraw troops in the West Bank unless the top Palestinian decision-making body holds a vote to annul clauses of the PLO charter calling for Israel's destruction. Just a day before President Bill Clinton's...
It's a Dog's Life on the Piste; Dogs May Be Man's Best Friend - but That's Not Always True When You're in the Snow-Capped Alps, Writes Mike Harrison
Imagine the scene. You are standing on the back of a sledge, holding on for dear life as you are pulled along a winding, Alpine forest path at what seems like the speed of sound. And then, without warning, your team of huskies - those fearless,...
Jail for Drug Smugglers Who Posed as Diana Mourners
A gang of heroin smugglers, who posed as mourners en route for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, were jailed for a total of 55 years yesterday. They were caught with pounds 8.4 million worth of the drug during the two-minute silence held for...
Keep the Pound Pleads Widney Chief Cassidy
The chairman of struggling engineering group Widney has made an impassioned plea for the pound to be retained as the UK's national currency, claiming that the abandonment of another slice of sovereignty would have only dubious benefits. Mr David...
Let's Do Lunch: Picture This, PR Firms Understanding the Achievable
When will PR firms start standing up to their clients? Recently, I received a phone call from a major Birmingham PR outfit asking what had happened to the vital press release they had put through from the blueblood professional services outfit they...
Let's End Feud with Pounds 1m Duet for Comic Relief, DJ Evans Tells Sir Cliff
Broadcaster Chris Evans is offering to bury the hatchet with Sir Cliff Richard - by singing a duet with him for charity. The Virgin Radio boss suggested the idea on his breakfast show on the station yesterday morning if the public would donate pounds...
Life for Killer Who Cut Up Girl's Body
A killer who strangled and battered a teenage girl before dismembering her body in the bath and hiding it in his backyard was jailed for life yesterday. Paul Stowers (29), exploded with rage at 18-year-old Liane Singleton, strangling her then beating...
Life for Little Lauren's Brutal Killer; `Mistakes Were Made - and That Could Happen Again' Says Social Services Chief
A merchant seaman was jailed for life yesterday for the brutal murder of tragic five-year-old Lauren Creed - and a judge recommended he should serve at least 25 years. The tragic case last night prompted police and child protection agencies to admit...
Low-Paid Nurses Quit Wards to Go on Buses
A moonlight flight of staff is pushing the NHS to crisis point, Midland nurses have warned the region's senior health official. Nurses are swapping the wards for supermarket cash tills, buses, and any jobs they can get. Staff gave first-hand...
Lung Cancer Victim in Court Battle against Cigarette Firms
A Birmingham cancer victim spearheading a landmark fight for damages against two of the world's largest tobacco companies has told of the devastating impact smoking had on his life. Mr Anthony Bywater, aged 58, of Lazy Hill, Kings Norton, Birmingham,...
Managers Facing Century of Change
If we look back at the last 20 years, so much has changed in the way we live our lives, and nowhere is this more evident than at work. Where previously a job for life was the order of the day, nowadays many people have a number of different jobs...
Maresca on Red Alert as Injury Blues Hurt Albion
Stricken by illness on the eve of the match, West Bromwich Albion are poised to make history by fielding two Italians at Huddersfield today. Midfield teenager Enzo Maresca, captain of his national under-18 side, is primed to make his full debut...
Market Reports: Seasonal Cheer Is Quickly Forgotten; MARKET REPORTS
The stock market closed the week well into the red after the seasonal cheer of yesterday's interest rate cut was swamped by poor performances on overseas markets. Wall Street fell sharply overnight as corporate earnings warnings and the possible...
Media Post: BRMB Signals Its Intention to Go Digital and Blaze a Trail
The owner of BRMB has thrown his hat into the ring for Britain's first local digital radio licence. And the joint venture which Capital Radio has drawn up with rival Emap could see the latter getting its first radio stations in the Midlands. ...
Media Post: Information Boom, but Have You Got Time?
The "Information Age" may herald huge choice in the supply of media but it is far from a boon for consumers who lack time or money to enjoy them. UK consumers devoted nearly a third of their non-working time to media, or 61 hours a week. But they...
Media Post: Top Job for Blunt-Speaking Bron; Agency's Search for New MD Is Over
Haslimann Taylor's long search for a successor to run the PR business has ended with the head-hunting of one the best-known PR names in the region. This week the Sutton Coldfield-based agency revealed that it had recruited Ms Bronwen Eames - currently...
Men Cleared of Chip Shop Murder; Judge Rules Friends to Be Tried for Manslaughter
Three friends accused of killing a father-of-three during a late-night brawl in a Midland fish and chip shop have been cleared of murder on the direction of a judge. Mr Justice Sachs made the decision yesterday on the fifth day of a trial at Stafford...
More Scorn for Herr Oscar over Interest Tax Plan
A virulent tabloid campaign has already made German Finance Minister Mr Oscar Lafontaine the bete noire for millions of Britons. Now, his proposals to impose a European Union-wide tax on earnings from interest has earned him the opprobrium of the...
Moseley Prepare for Progress on Solid Foundation
Starting from scratch, Moseley have built a squad and in a relatively short space of time, developed a method. The time has arrived for the members of the squad to make that method work. "We've laid the foundations," said director of rugby John...
Newcastle Title Defence Missing Captain Ryan; PREMIERSHIP ONE FOCUS
Newcastle are resigned to being without captain Dean Ryan for the rest of the season as the champions snap back into Premiership action at leaders Leicester today. The domestic season stirs into life after the Test matches and most clubs have an...
News Digest
Taxi driver jailed for raping sex slave, aged 13 A minicab driver was jailed for 13 years for regularly abusing a 13-year-old girl he kept as a sex slave after she was smuggled into Britain to work as a nanny. The Old Bailey heard how the girl...
Not Looking for That Hidden Talent
Ihave never considered myself to be a particularly competitive parent. My little darlings have never been in clubs for swimming, gymming or Early Trombone Basics. Perhaps it was less the fact that I didn't want my children to feel pressurised to...
Now Boarding
More people this Christmas are leaving their local high street behind to take advantage of cheap beer, wine and other bargains across the Channel. However motor assistance provider, Green Flag, warns bargain hunters not to overload their cars and...
Omnicom Sold on Pounds 346m Deal for Abbot Mead Vickers
Abbot Mead Vickers, the advertising agency behind campaigns for Yellow Pages, Volvo and J Sainsbury yesterday announced it had accepted a pounds 346 million offer from US group Omnicom. The deal, which could net co-founder Mr Peter Mead around pounds...
Only a Cash Injection Will Bail out Air Maybe
It is past 2am and Air Afrique Flight 553 destined for Accra - six hours behind schedule - warms up on the tarmac at Abidjan's international airport. Bleary-eyed and frustrated, waiting passengers vent their anger at Air Afrique and its all-too-common...
Only Chilean Courts Can Try Me, Warns Pinochet
Former Chilean dictator General Pinochet dramatically denounced the allegations of human rights crimes against him as he appeared in court for the first time since his arrest. He told the hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates Court, London, that he did...
OUT OF AFRICA; Long-Held Dreams of Wandering in the Namib Desert Became a Spellbinding Reality for John Butcher
Twenty years ago, I was given a coffee table book about Namibia. The photographs of the desert and mountain landscapes portrayed stunning scenery which looked savage and surreal, almost Martian. But unlike Mars, the landscapes contained rare and elusive...
Peace Setback as New IRA Leaders Block Arms Move
The faltering Ulster peace process suffered a major blow last night when the IRA again ruled out arms decommissioning and revealed it had elected a new leadership. Senior republican sources said the meeting, believed to have been in the border county...
Peach of a Film Needs City's Cash Support
A film production company has set up an office in a Birmingham suburb where it plans to shoot a feature film next month - if it can raise pounds 500,000. Actors Ricky Tomlinson, Pauline Collins and Phil Daniels are due to star in the black comedy...
Pendragon Admits to Evans Halshaw Bid
Midland car dealer Pendragon admitted yesterday that it was the mystery bidder in takeover talks with its local rival Evans Halshaw. Evans Halshaw shares surged on Monday after it admitted that it was engaged in discussions. The stock, which...
Personal Finance: Europe's Financial Stars of the East; Goodbye to the Tiger in Your Bank
Emerging markets were all the rage for much of the 1990s. Many people's pension funds are likely to contain a small slice of shares from Tiger economies, the Pacific Rim or Latin America. Such areas were seen as the El Dorado of investors who were...
Personal Finance: Giving a Share of Christmas Spirit
Christmas is a time for giving, but this year why not look beyond the traditional presents of chocolates, perfume and after-shave. Buying shares in a listed company would help give youngsters an insight into the workings of the City which shapes...
Personal Finance: Honest Firm Told People Not to Buy Its Shares
Stock market companies are regularly accused of "talking up" their prospects to boost their share price. Some leak optimistic forecasts to analysts. Others issue fictitious sales projections before a product is even ready for launch. A few appear,...
Personal Finance: It's Sweet Christmas All the Year Round
Queueing at Thorntons is a Christmas tradition. Something expensive for the love of your life, chocolate brazils for an uncle or two, a box of chocs for mum, assorted bits and pieces for the rest. The massive seasonal surge in demand traditionally...
Personal Finance: Long Wait for Pensions Justice; New 'Mistake' in Mis-Selling Scandal
The pounds 11 billion pensions' mis-selling scandal has become a textbook example of how quickly people can be ripped off - and how long it takes them to receive compensation. Some of the victims are dead. Thousands have retired and are struggling...
Personal Finance: Motorists Face Bumper Hike in Their Premiums
Motorists are likely to see hefty increases in their insurance premiums again next year, according to an influential study of the industry. Bacon & Woodrow's researchers calculate that the top fifty UK motor insurers will rattle up underwriting...
Personal Finance: Out Go IT Companies, While Digital Television Promotes Dixons into Footsie 100
Information technology companies were the City's go-go stocks earlier this year. In May, Misys became the first computer software business to gain entry to the Footsie 100. Three months ago, Sema powered its way into the prestigious index. ...
Personal Finance: Winter Woderworld
Winter woderworld: But what are the hidden costs for the family going on holiday to Lapland? Time to see Santa if you have money to burn Families with money to burn might be tempted to take their youngsters on a magical mystery tour of Lapland...
Rail Safety Warning on Clapham Anniversary
On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Clapham rail disaster, a union chief warned yesterday that key safety lessons of the crash have not been learned. A memorial service will be held today at the site of the crash, which claimed 35 lives when...
Rambling: It's High Time We Walkers Put Our Foot Down
Many of us are prone to put off until tomorrow what we should do today and we ramblers are no exception. So many times on a walk, we come across paths that are blocked by wretched barbed wire that would have tested a prisoner of war or we have to fight...
RC Priest `Was Just a Friend'
A former primary school head teacher, who is suing The Sun after it printed a story about her friendship with a priest, said yesterday they had been "good friends", but no more than that. Miss Annie Clinton, aged 51, told a court she had spent 30 years...
Republicans Gun for President; Historic Preparations for Clinton Impeachment
On a pivotal day reached only twice before in US history, Republicans yesterday prepared to muscle through the House Judiciary Committee an impeachment resolution that advocates removal of President Bill Clinton from office. Saving his opening statement...
Respectable Brass Plaque Hid Greedy Solicitor's Attempts to Defraud the Taxman; Martin Stote Reports on How Solicitor John Roberts Was Driven to International Subterfuge in His Attempts to Escape a Tax Investigation
The men from the Inland Revenue's investigation branch must have smiled quietly to themselves as they watched dapper solicitor John Roberts come and go from his offices in Edmund Street, Birmingham. Their Inquiry Branch offices were right opposite...
Saturday Business Week
From The Post Monday December 7 Trade Secretary Mr Peter Mandelson was kept away from the production line when he visited Rover's Longbridge plant. He wanted to talk to workers during a recent fact-finding trip but there were fears his visit...
Shooting Spree on Cards for Cannock
Cannock entertain Bournville Birmingham University in a fitting local derby ending to the first half of the Men's English Hockey League Season tomorrow (1pm). There is enough incentive in the match for Cannock to register a high score as they need...
Shop Raider Gets Record 16 Life Sentences for Gun Terror
A corner shop raider is believed to have made legal history after receiving a total of 16 life sentences for a three-month campaign of terror at gunpoint Matthew Missenden (35), and his accomplice left one storekeeper after another trembling in fear...
Solicitor Jailed for Fiddling Taxman
A millionaire solicitor paid the price of his greed yesterday when he was jailed for a pounds 550,000 tax fiddle. John Roberts dodged paying taxes he owed on profitable property deals for twelve years by diverting the cash into a Guernsey firm under...
Sports Digest
Shrews miss target again Goal-shy Third Division Shrewsbury Town drew yet another blank as they slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Mansfield last night. Despite a typically hard-working performance from Jake King's side, they were ultimately...
Sweet Music with Parrott Right on Cue
John Parrott stormed into the final of the German Masters in Bingen last night and promptly declared: "This is the best I've struck the ball since I won the world championship." The Liverpudlian powered past Dublin's former world champion Ken Doherty...
Swimming: GB Get Golden Start in Chase for Valuable European Haul
Sue Rolph and James Hickman scored a golden double to give Britain's European Short-Course Championships campaign the perfect start. Rolph shattered the five-year-old Commonwealth 100 metres freestyle record as she added two more notable scalps...
Tamarindo Win Is No Sweat
Tony McCoy's strenuous efforts to hone his frame to 10st proved more than worthwhile as Tamarindo laid down his claims for the Coral Welsh National at Cheltenham yesterday. The champion was riding at the minimum for only the second time this season...