The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from June 26, 1999

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3i Boss Chosen to Lead US Team
Venture capital outfit 3i yesterday announced that it is sending board member Mr Martin Gagen to the US to head up a new technology team that is starting work in Silicon Valley shortly. Mr Gagen, previously head of UK investment for 3i, will take...
A Brush with Fame
Spare a thought if you will for Jane Austen. If she had been a touch more hirsute, particularly on the upper lip, she might now be gracing the new pounds 20 note. Unfortunately, Britain's most enjoyable female author was insufficiently endowed with...
Airport Security Staff Agree Pay Deal
The threat of strike action at Birmingham International Airport faded yesterday after union leaders and bosses thrashed out a peace deal in the row over pay rates. Two days of intensive negotiations ended with both sides agreeing to a compromise...
An Alternative Wimbledon Diary
MONDAY Then, to sum up the problems the BBC have in trying to please everybody with their scheduling, comes the bad news. Due to the transmission running over time, Dad's Army is cancelled! 30-year-old repeat it might be, but I'm still more concerned...
Annie's Kitchen
The opening of the All England Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on Monday undoubtedly marked the unofficial start of the strawberry season. As with most seasonal fare, I prefer to eat strawberries in the simple traditional fashion with a little sugar...
A Reminder of an Ancient Tax Haven; RAMBLING with Richard Shurey
Map: 1:50,000 OS Landranger Series No. 138. Approach: B4194 from Bewdley. After three miles lane to car park. Parking: Car park (fee paying). Refreshments: Inn and Shop Upper Arley. The "large and commodious ferry-boat complete with cabin, fireplace...
Around the World in Seven Years by Horse-Drawn Caravan; Hannah Stephenson Talks to Traveller David Grant
It was a truly staggering challenge. But the dream of travelling around the world in a horse-drawn caravan which could do only ten miles a day became a reality for the Grant family. "Our friends thought we were quite mad," recalls ecologist David...
Asia Crisis Sends Shockwave to Brazil
Shortly after his re-election last year, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso took a moment to correct himself. "I once said it was easy to govern Brazil," he said in a televised speech. But that was before Asia's economic crisis. After the economies...
A TALE OF TWO CITIES; Lyon Comes to Birmingham Next Week with a Programme of Culinary and Cultural Events. Terry Grimley Took a Trip to Find out What's Cooking in Our French Twin City
In some respects Birmingham and its twin city of Lyon seem as different as chalk and fromage, yet they have one thing in common: most British people only see them from the motorway. Just as the north-south crawl on the M6 does Birmingham no favours,...
A Triumph, a Bit of a Flop and a Challenge; NIGHT OUT IN LONDON the Merchant of Venice. Cottesloe. Box Office. 0171 452 3000 Hay Fever. Savoy. Box Office: 0171 836 8888 Dreaming. Queens. Box Office: 0171 494 5040
Trevor Nunn and the NT Ensemble made complete sense of Troilus and Cressida and bring the same vision to their treatment of The Merchant of Venice. A 1930s setting drags the inter-racial tension into an accessible historical context with an unambiguous...
A Vine Romance with No Misses; Philippe Boucheron Has Not Looked Back on His Old Life since His Transformation into a Wine Expert, Ros Dodd Discovers
The wine waiter proffers the bottle of St-Joseph 1995 for Philippe Boucheron to taste, which he does with his indomitable style - swirling the flaxen-coloured liquid around his glass and taking a long sniff before swallowing a generous mouthful. ...
Bathing in Light from a Northern Island Sky; BOOKS Northern Lights. by George Mackay Brown (John Murray, Pounds 18.99). Reviewed by Richard Edmonds
When I reviewed the late George Mackay Brown's For the Islands I Sing two years ago, my spirits rose with the sheer joy of his writing. I became a devotee of George Mackay Brown from then on and so anything new is a red letter day, not only for...
BBC Comes out at Last
The appointment of Greg Dyke as director general of the BBC is a welcome move which at last openly acknowledges the fact that the organisation is biased towards the Labour Party. The balance of BBC news reporting and interviewing of politicians has...
Beat All in Fit Shape to Shrug off Epsom Woe
French trainer John Hammond will decide later today whether Montjeu will take his place in the Budweiser Irish Derby tomorrow. But with the ground at The Curragh unlikely to come up firm, it looks certain that he will take his chance, ensuring that...
Belgraders Laugh off Pounds 3.1m Bounty on Milosevic's Head
The few Belgraders who had heard of it yesterday ridiculed the pounds 3.1 million bounty on the head of Slobodan Milosevic and other alleged Yugoslav war criminals, and said they saw no likely takers. "Three million? That's tempting, but I don't...
Blair Pleads: Seize the Day
Mr Tony Blair insisted after his talks in Belfast last night that it was still possible to salvage a deal from the beleaguered Good Friday agreement. He said after meetings with all sides at Stormont: "It is clear that the party leaders are seized...
Bloc of Six Jockey for EU Membership
For Spain and Portugal the journey from dictatorship to European Union membership took little more than a decade, but for the nations of post-communist Europe it could last anything up to double that. Economists and academics from East and West...
BMW Scraps Platforms Plan amid Fears of British Blight
BMW has abandoned its long-cherished plans to build its cars and Rover's on the same platforms, fearing that association with the British cars will cause considerable damage to the BMW name. When BMW acquired Rover in 1994 the then chairman Mr Bernd...
Can Dyke Guard the Jewels?; Proving He Is Politically Impartial Will Be the Least of the Problems Facing the BBC's New Director General, Says Chief Feature Writer Jason Beattie
The first task facing Mr Greg Dyke, the new Director General of the BBC, is to refute claims that his appointment will jeopardise the organisation's reputation for impartiality. One suspects that this is one of the easier problems Mr Dyke will have...
Classical Cds
BRITTEN War Requiem (Decca): In the history of composers conducting recorded performances of their own works, Benjamin Britten and his War Requiem have achieved iconic status. Set down early in 1963, just a few months after the work's historic premiere...
Club of the Week; Club Guide
A toss up this week between Crunch's awesome drum and bass line-up when the Formation Records tour hits town on July 3. DJSS, Shy FX, JB & Ascend and John B are hallowed names for those in the know. This is bound to be packed so get there early....
Coach Dismisses Korbut Sex-Slave Claims
The former coach of Olympic gymnastic champion Olga Korbut yesterday denied her claims that he had turned her into a "sex-slave" and regularly beat her during the ten years they worked together. "It's all 100 per cent slander," said Mr Renald Knysh,...
Comic Capers as Superman Flies High; COLLECTING
If you were told Superman was taking time out to join the United Nations' battle against hunger, ignorance, oppression and ill-treatment of youngsters, you'd probably not believe it. Yet it is true. The American super-sleuth, real to his devotees...
Confusing Names That Fail to Ring Any Bells
The names of stock market quoted companies are getting too bizarre to be commercially sensible. And now we have reached the level of complete inanity with Carillion, the name for the construction arm which is splitting away from Tarmac. It is...
Council Job Stress Ruined My Life; Former Official Seeks Pounds 200,000 Damages
A Birmingham City Council worker who successfully sued her former employers for stress-related illness told yesterday how her life has been ruined. Mrs Beverley Lancaster, aged 43, who is seeking record damages of up to pounds 200,000 in a landmark...
Council to Pay Up for Failed Abuse Case
A council was yesterday ordered to pay pounds 1,000 compensation to the parents of a five-year-old girl after failing to act over allegations of sexual and physical abuse. The child was allegedly burned with cigarettes, bitten and molested by her...
Counting on Summer Misery; Birmingham Is One of the Worst Places for Hay Fever Sufferers and This Year Pollen Counts Have Reached Record Highs. Ros Dodd Reports
Steve Butler has grown a moustache. Not for vanity's sake, but because a cold sore on his upper lip has made it impossible for him to shave. The cold sore is the result of being struck down with a nasty bout of hay fever. "For the past couple...
Dance CD of the Week
SAVVAS YSATIS. Highrise (Tresor): One of the nicest things to have happened to me recently is being placed on the Tresor mailing list. Like Britain's late and much lamented Rising High label, Tresor - also the home of a club - offers the finest techno...
Dasa Looks to Stock Market
DaimlerChrysler Aerospace is thinking hard about floating on the stock market. And it says it would consider signing up new partners like France's Aerospatiale Matra. Dasa chief executive Mr Manfred Bischoff admitted it was considering a flotation...
Death of Man Behind Jaguar; Industry Goes into Mourning as Designer Dies, Aged 54
The Midland motor industry was in mourning yesterday following the death of Jaguar's chief car designer Mr Geoff Lawson. Mr Lawson, who was 54, died in hospital on Thursday following a stroke. He was hailed by industry experts as one of the greatest...
Devil's in the Detail for Period Living; Jo Ind Visits a Shop Which Sells New Things as Good as Old
Just suppose you lived in a Victorian house and had found an old enamel tub with feet for your bathroom, where would you get a period loo roll holder to go with it? Of if you had a Georgian study restored with a low dado rail and authentic powdery...
Dyke Resigns from Labour Party; New BBC Boss Vows to Be Independent
Special Correspondents Mr Greg Dyke resigned from the Labour Party yesterday and defended his fitness and political impartiality as the next Director General of the BBC. He will meet Conservative leader Mr William Hague "as soon as possible",...
Eagle Soars but It's a Black Day for Pub Grub
Licensees in Birmingham defended their reputation last night after the city was branded a wasteland for quality pub grub. The Black Eagle pub in Factory Road, Hockley, was the only one out of hundreds of pubs in the Birmingham area that was considered...
End Home Buyers' Insurance Rip-Off, Says Direct Line
More than 600,000 home buyers in the West Midlands are being ripped off by hidden insurance commission, according to Direct Line. The company, Britain's biggest direct insurer, wants the Government to outlaw the tying of insurance policies to mortgages....
End of Cheap Fixed Rate Home Loans; and CML Sends Mystery Shoppers to Investigate Sales
Britain's biggest lender, the Halifax, has signalled that the era of cut-price fixed-rate mortgages is about to end. The bank has raised the cost of its five-year home loans by 0.5 per cent to six per cent, even though many observers believe the...
EU Agrees Tough Controls over Frankenstein Foods
Tough new controls on genetically-modified foods were agreed by the European Union yesterday. New measures on the marketing and monitoring of genetically-modified organisms were settled after a marathon 20-hour negotiating session between EU Environment...
Euro Doubters Score an Own Goal
The logical extension of Mr Hague's Europe is Britain on the sidelines playing economic tiddlywinks when the rest of Europe is scoring in the Superleague. Imagine the scene. The Hawthorns - West Brom run out on to the pitch. Their opponents are...
Fencing Lesson; Nuts & Bolts
Is your fence about to take flight? Years of neglect may be about to result in it lifting off when the next high winds hit your home. One moment it will be marking the boundary of your home - the next it will be disappearing towards the horizon,...
F E Pardoe's Crime File
Compelling mystery A Place of Execution (Harper Collins pounds 16.99) by Val McDermid. This is an extraordinarily accomplished book. Val McDermid tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who goes missing. She lived in a small, isolated...
Finding Distant, Calmer Waters on the Other Side of the Lakes; Sharon Selway Wonders Why She Hasn't Found the Uncluttered Charms of Cockermouth Before
For those of you who think the beauty of the Lakes ends at Keswick, think again, because you are missing so much. On a typical weekend, we battled with the four-hour drive up to the Lake District. But, as we turned on to the A66 the view was magnificent...
Fletcher's Crew Signed Up for Testing Voyage; CRICKET
Duncan Fletcher has been tipped to bring the same success to England as Bob Woolmer brought to South Africa when he takes over as national coach this autumn. Zimbabwe coach David Houghton is better qualified than most to assess Fletcher's qualities...
Fortysomething McEnroe Just as Serious as Ever
John McEnroe made a winning return as a player to Wimbledon last night - at the grand old age of 40. The American, who last played in the main draw at SW19 when he won the doubles with Michael Stich in 1992, partnered Steffi Graf to a 6-2, 6-4 victory...
Fury as Motorist in Twins Death Crash Walks Free
A mother reacted with fury yesterday when a motorist walked free from court after admitting fleeing the scene of a crash that left her twin daughters dead. Anthony Barrs was ordered to do 240 hours community service in the wake of the accident in...
German Proves to Be a Man of Many Car Parts; under Pressure from Management and Struggling Automotive Sector Dr Thomas Borghoff PROFILE
A pounds 10 million production plant opened at Witton by VDO UK is what can happen when a management is told to improve its operation or face plant closure. A warning like that can make nerves jangle, but it does help if behind the threat is Mannesmann...
Global Jitters over Interest Rates
Worries about a hike in US interest rates continued to alarm global stock markets yesterday with London being no exception. Speculation as to the outcome of next week's Federal Reserve meeting dominated sentiment during the day, with the FTSE 100...
Grapes of Wrath Ban 'Affront to Common Sense'
A Midland couple were celebrating last night after winning a seven-year legal battle with planners and bureaucrats to make and sell wine at their award-winning vineyard. The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the right of David and Christine Millington...
GREAT EXCAVATIONS; Interview: Rachel Weisz Rachel Weisz Talks to Alison Jones about Luvvie Rats and Irate Scorpions
Rachel Weisz is the classic combination of both beauty and brains. Confirmation, if any were needed, of this came when she was invited to pose for Playboy after her recent starring role - as a librarian. The idea of displaying her considerable charms...
Gurkha's Widow Fears for Future after Pension Blow
Downing Street yesterday expressed sympathy for the plight of the widow of the Nepalese Gurkha killed while clearing unexploded bombs in Kosovo. However, the Ministry of Defence said it could do little about the pension paid to Asanta Rai, who will...
Hancock's Half-Hearted Fame; When the Wind Changed - the Life and Death of Tony Hancock by Cliff Goodwin (Century, Pounds 17.99), Reviewed by Ross Reyburn
Committing suicide in a garden flat in Sydney, Australia, at the age of 44 in 1968 was an inglorious death for the comedian from Birmingham. But despite his ultimate downfall brought about by manic depression and alcoholism, Tony Hancock lives in the...
Henman Guns for Courier Revenge
The Battle of Brum will be Wimbledon's war of attrition on Monday. Less than three months after he broke British hearts at the National Indoor Arena, Jim Courier will walk into Tim Henman's sights in the fourth round. Fate has offered the British...
Here Be Dragons - and Prizes for Design; Ross Reyburn Visits the Lair of a Water-Spouting Beast Which Took a National Garden Show by Storm
More Glastonbury than Solihull, it's not the sort of garden you will find the Range Rover set padding around in with their gin & tonics. But the Dragon Maker's Yard was the hit of BBC Gardeners' World Live at the National Exhibition Centre last...
High-Tech High Profit High Risk Investing
This week, I will examine the technology markets and the spectacular results that these funds have produced. In our practice, no two days are alike. We see clients from all walks of life, each with a different idea of what they want from their money....
Hughes' Hawthorns Pledge Lifts Hale Camp
Tony Hale has received a massive boost in his bid to remain as chairman of West Bromwich Albion. Hale, battling to ward off an attempt by former director Paul Thompson to remove him from The Hawthorns' board, has found a powerful ally in Lee Hughes,...
Hussain Makes Pledge to Stand by Ousted Stewart
Nasser Hussain took on the daunting role of restoring England's fortunes yesterday - but gave a firm indication that he wants Alec Stewart to play a key role in helping beat New Zealand this summer. Essex batsman Hussain was officially unveiled...
In a Bluebell Wood, the Crumbling Monument Lies
The name Gaveston means little to most people today. But his death in 1312 is commemorated by one of Warwickshire's more obscure monuments in a bluebell wood. The tall stone memorial stands at a spot today marked on maps as Gaveston's Cross on Blacklow...
Inquest Opens into Italian Crash Tragedy
An inquest was opened and adjourned yesterday into the death of a Birmingham-born man following a road accident in Italy. Divorcee Mr Richard Henry Helps, aged 49, died on June 10 in Canazei via Dolomiti. His sister, Mrs Caroline Baldwin, said...
Inquiry after Police Chase Ends in Crash
Warwickshire Police yesterday launched an investigation after one of its vehicles was involved in a high-speed chase which ended in a crash between an innocent motorist and a stolen car. A 19-year-old driver was taken to hospital with serious internal...
Inventions That Prove Size Doesn't Matter; Ross Reyburn Takes a Look at Some of the Little Things That Have Changed Lives in Big Ways over the Century
A disused aircraft hanger in Reading, Berkshire, sounds an unlikely location for the creation of one of the great inventions of the 20th century used by millions of people every day. However, in 1940 this setting saw the Miles Martin Pen Co manufacturing...
Irvine Aims to Tackle Divorce Cost and Delay
The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, yesterday announced a shake-up of divorce court proceedings to tackle the "twin evils" of cost and delay. The proposals are designed to speed the process of reaching a financial settlement by giving judges more...
Japanese Are Taking a Sporting Chance
With the nation battling the worst recession since World War II, most Japanese are worried about just keeping their heads above water. Others are going out and buying sports cars. Sports car sales are soaring - the solitary glimmer of hope in...
Jazz CD of the Week
EDDIE PALMIERI El Rumbero Del Piano (RMM, distrib Polygram): There is a rose in Spanish Harlem, and the veteran Latin pianist probably picked it on his way up, or at least tempted beautiful women to dance with it between their teeth. . . such is his...
Jordan Banking on Hill Lasting to Chequered Flag
Damon Hill will see out the season and inspire Jordan to their greatest Formula One success, his team chief said last night. Eddie Jordan made the confident prediction following speculation that Hill might quit after the British Grand Prix in two...
Just Browsing
Noel Edmonds - The Unauthorised Biography. By Alison Bowyer (Virgin, pounds 14.99): You don't get the word "unauthorised" above your book title if you're going to smooth egos and polish the reputations of society's icons. Subsequently, this is what...
Keeper of the Keys to Kingdom of Discovery; YOUR HONOUR Head of Birmingham Central Library John Dolan, Was Awarded an OBE for His Services to the Library Service
Birmingham Central Library is the biggest library in Europe with an average of more than 5,000 people using it a day. It plays an important role in the British Library Service as a place of innovation and forward thinking. On the Queen's birthday honours...
Kournikova Thrives Down in Bearpit; Moscow Minx Has Game to Keep Fans Right Behind Her
The Anna Kournikova circus, Wimbledon's biggest sideshow since Gussie Moran pranced around the court in frilly knickers, will roll on into a second week. And the bandwagon of demented followers will trundle in after her, not all of them especially...
LAND OF THE MASAI; Travel Editor Lisa Piddington Goes Back to Nature on a Visit to Kenya's Most Stunning Game Parks
It couldn't have been timed better, even by Sir David Attenborough himself. As our group's truck stopped, a wildebeest born just seconds before staggered on its spindly legs, its fur still wet. Its mother wasn't the cleverest Mother Nature had ever...
Lawrence Detective Quits Force before Disciplinary Hearing
The only policeman to face disciplinary proceedings over the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry is to retire in 28 days, the Metropolitan Police Federation said yesterday. Det Insp Ben Bullock handed in his notice yesterday morning as his tribunal...
Lesson in Faith for Our Teachers; Just the Job
Mind your own business! 'Education recruitment is now reaching crisis point', 'Schools are struggling to fill senior teaching posts', and 'Teachers leave the profession to pursue better paid jobs in industry'. The headlines say it all. It's tough...
Letter: Last Chance for the NHS
Sir, - The vast majority of health care is not provided in hospitals but in local GPs' surgeries, community clinics and patients' homes. When more specialised care is required it is vital that there is access to the most effective treatments available...
Lure of Seville Attracts Strong Line-Up to Alexander Stadium; ATHLETICS
The countdown to the AAA's Championships starts in Birmingham today as the Alexander Stadium hosts its annual Inter-Regional meeting. With the all-important Three 'A's just a month away, and selection for August's World Championships in Seville...
Make Your Child a Kitchen Kid
Not every parent has children who can whip up a timbale of saffron rice and pan-fried pigeon breast on Junior Masterchef, but that doesn't mean they can't do more than cooking oven chips. And children's cookery can mean much more than the greying...
Me and My Health: Ingrid Pitt
Ingrid Pitt achieved cult status when she became one of Hammer Films' leading actresses. But the 62-year-old's life story is even more dramatic and colourful than the characters she portrayed in her films. At the age of five, she was imprisoned in...
Meningitis Vaccine Rushed to School
Emergency supplies of a meningitis vaccine were rushed to a Birmingham school yesterday after a boy contracted to an infectious form of the disease. The child was the third from Dorrington Junior and Infants', Perry Barr, to need hospital treatment...
Miller Helps England Girls Emulate Men; ANGLING
At Rutland Water women trout anglers ended in the same order as the men in the Ladies' Home International FF Championship. England were the winners with 24 trout weighing 49lb 6oz, followed by Wales, ten fish for 20lb 5oz, Scotland, seven for 14lb...
MPs' Fury at School Funding 'Betrayal'
Ministers were yesterday accused of a huge betrayal of schools over the cash they need to cut class sizes and make improvements. Lichfield Tory MP Mr Michael Fabricant said the Government had gone back on its word over a schools funding crisis in...
My Biggins Night Out
Iattended a first night on Tuesday. You know it's a first night because Christopher Biggins is in the audience. I'm sure he doesn't ever have to stock up his fridge, just lives on the kind of canapes and strange things on sticks that they serve at...
New Faces Join Elite as Cricket Cream Rises to Heights of Excellence
A brilliant World Cup came to a disappointing end with Australia's victory over Wasim Akram's talented, but unpredictable, Pakistan. Australia showed professionalism mixed with brilliance, while Pakistan just had a bad day at the office in front...
New to Rent; Video View
RUSH HOUR (Cert 15, 93 mins). Action/comedy. Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Philip Baker Hall. On paper, another re-run of this tired old genre - mis-matched cops bicker then join forces to thwart terrorist threat - should achieve only...
No Place to Hide If Champion Is to Smash Lewis Barrier
Herbie Hide's dream showdown with Lennox Lewis may have come an important step closer during the past week. Lewis, after previously showing no interest in the WBO heavyweight crown, has now added Hide's title to his agenda, and an open-air fight...
Not Fat - Just Pregnant; SHOPPING You Should Look Blooming and Radiant in Pregnancy, but Flattering Clothes Are Hard to Find, Reports Alison Jones
From a fashion point of view becoming pregnant was once like going into purdah. As soon as the little line turned blue you were slipping into a smock large enough to double as a tent for the local scout troop. It wasn't so much dressing as upholstering....
Now Bording
Explore the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales with a short break at the Quality Hotel Kimberley in Harrogate. Throughout July and August rooms are priced from pounds 27.20 per person per night for B&B. Tel: Goldenrail on 0990 499...
Omagh Victim Walks to the Altar
A victim of the Omagh bombing walked unaided for the first time since the blast yesterday as she made her way down the aisle to marry the man who proposed at her bedside. Ms Sandy Smith, aged 23, badly hurt by shrapnel from the blast in August last...
Parents Value Their Win over Halifax
A couple from Solihull have won compensation of more than pounds 27,000 after a three-year legal battle with the Halifax. Peter and Eve Styles went to war with Britain's biggest mortgage lender over a house sale involving their son John. They've...
Partying in Park Gives Cause for Optimism
The celebrations must have been quite something at Slaley Hall last night. David Park's 25th birthday turned into a real swinging party at the Compaq European Grand Prix as the Hereford rookie continued his astonishing introduction to life on the...
Party Time for Fund-Raisers
This is Garden Party Weekend, main focus of the Greenfingers Appeal - the gardening equivalent of Comic Relief - when light-hearted events are taking place at garden centres all round Britain. There are wheelbarrow races, crazy plant container contests...
Pick of the Week
THE PLAY Les Miserables, the world's most popular musical, returns to Birmingham next week, literally smashing its way on to the stage of the Alexandra Theatre. The sheer scale of the production will necessitate some demolition and reconstruction...
PICTURE OF THE WEEK; EXHIBITIONS Works of Art in Public Collections in the Midlands
Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) Head of a Man with a Turban (1650s). Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. This is one of five paintings now on loan to Birmingham from the collection of Sir Denis Mahon, which he plans to bequeath to various public galleries....
Pledge by Nissan 'Cost Killer' 'I Will Get Us Back on the Road to Profit'
Nissan chief operating officer Carlos Ghosn, once dubbed "the cost-killer", yesterday vowed to steer the ailing car maker back to profitability. It follows Nissan's effective handover of control to Renault and moves to shake up the group. "I...
Pop CD of the Week
GAY DAD Leisure Noise (London): Such is the pace of instantly disposable 90s pop culture that the backlash against Gay Dad, January's next big thing, had begun before they had even released a record. The occasion of their debut album is a chance...
Pounds 50m Boss Back at Work on Monday
"Mr Megabyte" - the man who this week sold his Midland business in a pounds 73 million deal - says he won't be giving up the day job "because I get too much of a buzz out if it". Mr Iain Barker, who is staying with Team 121 despite personally scooping...
Powell's Aberystwyth Are out to Make the Maltese Cross
Ged Scott checks out unfancied Aber's chances in this afternoon's minor Eurovision football contest in Malta. There might only be an hour or so's air time as the crow flies between Aston Villa and Aberystwyth - but, in football terms, they're a...
Presidential Party Checks out Tesco
The president of Hungary, his wife and an entourage of about 20 people, dropped into a Tesco supermarket yesterday on their way back to the airport at the end of a four-day state visit. Military attaches in state uniforms and bodyguards wearing...
Pumping Up Pond Life for Crystal Clear Water
Lavatera Rosea, seen here, is one of those unsung heroes of the garden. It will flower without fuss throughout much of the summer and into autumn with flowers similar to hollyhocks. Lavateras have no real preference for soil type although they...
Rebate Dilemma for Would-Be Pensioners
More than 500,000 people who tried to contract out of the state pension scheme have been forced to wait over a year for their National Insurance rebates. The shocking admission came from the Inland Revenue this week. Given that the amounts are...
Reivers Seek Low Road to Euro Glory
Edinburgh Reivers are set to carry Scotland's most realistic hopes of a European Cup quarter-final berth following yesterday's 24-team draw. The Reivers have been paired with modest French team Grenoble, mid-ranking Welsh side Neath and Northampton....
Returning Refugees Face Nightmare Winter
The international community has handled the Kosovo refugee crisis so badly that a humanitarian catastrophe in the Serbian province is almost inevitable as winter sets in, a health expert warned yesterday. Prof Debarati Guha-Sapir, director of the...
Return of Dreaded Doris
The key defining moment of our recent criminal justice past was the murder of the toddler James Bulger in February 1993 by two ten-year-old boys. This horrific and atypical murder produced overnight a fundamental change in the politics of law and order....
Rising Cost of Health Means Prevention Is Now Cheaper Than Cure
Private healthcare is in urgent need of its own major surgery says Special Correspondent Peter Axon The future of private healthcare appears to be at the crossroads, as escalating claims continue to push up premiums for medical insurance to new...
Russian Roulette Killer Guilty of Manslaughter
A man who killed his friend when a game of Russian roulette went wrong has been convicted of manslaughter. A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court took almost five and a half hours to convict Stephen Cartwright of killing 30-year-old Mr William Burnsen-Hicks...
Ryder Pulse Beats in House of Payne; Pinehurst King Ready to Pump Up US Challenge
There was something fateful about the putt Payne Stewart stroked home to win the US Open on the 18th green at Pinehurst No 2 on Sunday evening. After all, if he had missed it and tied with Phil Mickelson, we still wouldn't have had a play-off. ...