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Articles from February 18, 2006

Academics Attack Defra over Foot and Mouth
Byline: Margaret Beckett Government measures to help the rural economy recover from the foot-and-mouth epidemic of 2001 have failed, according to a scathing academic report released today. Prime Minister Tony Blair should consider stripping Margaret...
A Child for Our Times; There Have Been Massive Changes in the Adoption System, Not Least in the Number of Parents Looking Overseas for Children. Emma Pomfret Reports
Byline: Emma Pomfret Following in the footsteps of Hollywood A-listers Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan has become the newest member of the world's most fashionable mother's club after adopting a baby Chinese girl. The...
Amateurs Aided by Falling Cost of Pursuing the Unattainable; BUSINESS OF SPORT
Byline: By Peter Sharkey Over the past few weeks, as many of the world's leading golfers meandered through the Gulf via private jet, enveloped in sun and five-star luxury, filling their bank accounts with vast quantities of petro-dollars in the...
Analysing the Facts on High Mortgage Loans
Byline: By David Burrows Special Correspondent High mortgage loans for first-time buyers - offering up to six or seven times earnings - may not be quite as risky as they seem, according to one of the UK's largest independent mortgage brokers. ...
ANTIQUES & COLLECTING: Baubles, Bangles and Granny's Beads; Sally Hoban Goes Back to Her Childhood and Remembers the Magic of Discovering Granny's Jewellery Box. Now These Lost Trinkets Would Have Been Highly Collectable
Byline: Sally Hoban When I was a child (and we're talking mid 1970s here) we used to go and visit my mother's grandparents in Gloucester. They lived in a sparse house with tins of food still left over from the War in the cupboard, no telephone and...
ANTIQUES & COLLECTING: Supersize Stamps for Supersize Engineer; Harry Hawkes Reports on the Supersize Stamps Issued to Celebrate the Birth of Brunel 200 Years Ago
Byline: Harry Hawkes If it's true that the genius of great men lives on after them, there can be few who have left behind more than Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the remarkable Victorian engineer and designer whose birth 200 years ago we celebrate with...
ARCHIVE: Roman Secrets in Our Midst; Chris Upton Gets Dug in to Some of Birmingham's Roman Remains
Byline: Chris Upton Birmingham is not a place normally associated with the Romans. If we want to catch a glimpse of the age of Messrs Claudius, Nero and Hadrian, we head for Bath or Leicester or Housesteads. Or better still, since Britain's Roman...
A Recipe for Freedom from Debt; as Debt Levels Soar and Bankruptcies and Repossessions Rise, Jane Hall Speaks to a Woman with a Mission to Get Everyone Back in the Black
Byline: Jane Hall Seven years ago Diane Cossie's life was in financial turmoil. She owed a massive pounds 25,000 on five credit cards and wasn't even treading water as she struggled to keep up the crippling monthly re-payments. Yet the 43-year-old...
Athletics: Isinbayeva Staying One Jump Ahead; Athletics
Byline: By Hyder Jawad The temptation was too great for Yelena Isinbayeva. Just minutes after revealing how life had changed for her since she became famous, she quietly placed a chocolate biscuit into her mouth. Surprisingly for an athlete,...
A Useless Law
There were promises of devastation and warnings of mass unemployment but 12 months since a ban on hunting with hounds was introduced it is difficult to see what impact it has actually had on the countryside. The horns are still heard in the distance...
Be Safe and Belt Up Behind the Wheel in a Female-Friendly Fashion; Many Women Find Seat Belts Uncomfortable. but There's Good News on the Horizon, Says Phil Vaughan
Byline: Phil Vaughan Seat belts have come along way since the late, great, Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin invented the very first three-point car belt some 50 years ago. Even Bohlin could not have guessed back in the 1950s how many millions of lives...
Blair and Merkel Stand Firm over Iran
Tony Blair and German chanc ellor Angela Mer el yesterday restated their determination to take a firm stand against the development of nuclear weapons by Iran. Speaking after talks in Berlin, Mr Blair said both countries wanted to see the tension...
Bleak Day as Energy Costs Spiral
Byline: By Louise Barnett Millions of households were last night reeling from the "bleakest day yet" in more than two years of spiralling energy prices. Consumer groups warned thousands more people would be plunged into fuel poverty after the...
BOOK REVIEW: World Cup Tales Roll Back the Years; the Story of the World Cup
Byline: By Brian Glanville Faber & Faber, pounds 12.99 4sportsbooks.co.uk price: pounds 7.79 Most football fans can remember watching (or perhaps that should be absorbing?) their first World Cup for one simple reason. There is something magical...
BOOKS: Ice Cool Analysis of the Cold War Conundrum; the Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis, Pounds 20.00, Allen Lane. Reviewed by Neil Connor
Byline: by Neil Connor I recently visited the Polish city of Gdansk for a weekend break. Chilly, concrete and endlessly sprawling, it is not a winter retreat favoured by most. But the home of the Solidarity movement is fascinating, not only because...
BOOKS: Illumination on the Road to Nowhere; Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman, Faber & Faber, Pounds 12.99. Reviewed by Andrew Cowen
Byline: Andrew Cowen Lifting its title from a Black Sabbath song, this lovely little book far surpasses the subject blurb printed inside its dust cover. Chuck Klosterman is a writer for respected American rock magazine Spin. His premise was to...
BOOKS: Reviews; the Night Watch, by Sarah Waters, Virago Press, Pounds 16.99. Reviewed by Georgina Rodgers
Byline: Georgina Rodgers The Night Watch marks a dramatic change of tack for acclaimed novelist Sarah Waters. It features none of the excesses of her previous novels: sumptuous clothes and bouncing bosoms are replaced by threadbare grey darkness,...
BOOKS: What Katie Did Next - and Why; Jordan: A Whole New World by Katie Price, Century, Pounds 16.99. Reviewed by Caroline Foulkes
Byline: by Caroline Foulkes They were everywhere last summer. Kate 'n' Pete, Pete 'n' Kate. You couldn't open the paper for seeing them. And then there was the wedding. Hah. Caught you out. You thought I was on about Moss and Doherty, didn't...
Boxing: Burns Plays It Cool over Pre-Fight Hitch; BOXING
Byline: By Ronnie Esplin British, Commonwealth and European super-featherweight title challenger Ricky Burns has refuted claims by Alex Arthur that he backed out of their head-to-head on Thursday and vowed to knock out the champion at Meadowbank...
Brum's Partners Prove to Be Cold Comfort
Byline: By Paul Dale Recriminations over the supposedly high-powered summit that turned into a damp squib are continuing - and the outlook is not good for Birmingham Forward. Members of the professional services lobby group, who have always given...
Cricket: Flintoff Back Where It Began; CRICKET
Byline: By Richard Gibson in Mumbai When Andrew Flintoff looks back upon his rise to becoming the reigning world player of the year, he remembers the first steps being taken in India. England all-rounder Flintoff, aged 28, crowned as the International...
Despite the Gloom, Insolvent Businesses Are Being Turned Around
Byline: DAVID BUTLER The last decade. What do we remember it for? England's World Cup win, albeit at rugby? The arrival of iconic gadgets such as the iPod or the Blackberry? Or the growing number of personal bankruptcies and corporate insolvencies...
Diane Cossie's Words of Wisdom
"If you really want to be debt free in as little time as possible, the very first thing you need to do is stop adding more to the debt. Cut up all but one credit card and use it for emergencies only (a new pair of shoes never qualifies as an emergency!)."...
Does the Cold Make You Blue? What Can You Do When the Cold Leaves You in Absolute Agony? Gabrielle Fagan Investigates
Byline: Gabrielle Fagan Cold fingers and toes are a common symptom of the winter but for some people the pain caused by low temperatures can be unbearable. They are sufferers from Raynaud's, a condition which can be crippling and life limiting,...
Double Life Term for Brutal Killings
Byline: Gunman Gary Nelson A police killer - branded one of Britain's most dangerous criminals - is beginning a double life sentence for "brutal and senseless" murders. Gary Nelson executed a club doorman and gunned down Pc Patrick Dunne, who...
Flu Bug Closes Hospital Wards
Byline: By Emma Pinch Five wards at a Birmingham hospital were closed yesterday after an outbreak of a bug which resulted in 17 school closures across the city. Measures being brought in at the City Hospital, where 61 patients have contracted...
Football: Ashby Targets Ten Wins for Boro to Achieve Ambition; - NON-LEAGUE - NATIONWIDE NORTH
Roger Ashby has set Nuneaton Borough a challenge of winning ten matches from their remaining 15 to have any chance of being acclaimed champions. Boro's post-Middlesbrough slide in form has resulted in only one win in their last eight league matches,...
Football: Blues and Villa Favourites to Make Progress; ODDS AND EVENS
Given that the weekend kicks off with the intriguing prospect of one of the FA Cup's favourites knocking another one out when Liverpool play Manchester United, the 13-2 posted by online firm Gamebookers against the Cup's eventual winners coming from...
Football: Extended Deal Penn's Reward for Taking Harriers' Chance; - NON-LEAGUE - NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Byline: By Colin Stoner Kidderminster Harriers manager Mark Yates says the best is yet to come from young midfielder Russell Penn, Harriers' find of the season, who has signed a contract extension to the summer of 2008. The 20-year-old from Belbroughton,...
Football: Fans of a Mind to Chase Glory; FACUP Stoke City V Birmingham City
Byline: By Hyder Jawad Birmingham City's commitment to the FA Cup has been emphasised by how many of their supporters want to see the fifth-round tie away to Stoke City tomorrow afternoon. "We took only 1,000 fans to Liverpool for a Premier League...
Football: Ferguson Warns Referee to Ride Abuse towards Neville
Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United's manager, has warned referee Howard Webb not to let the abuse directed towards Gary Neville, his long-serving star, affect his handling of this afternoon's FA Cup tie between Liverpool and United. On his 31st...
Football: Finals Aplenty in Villa Future; FACUP Aston Villa V Manchester City
Byline: By Ged Scott Aston Villa's hopes of silverware this May depend entirely on it, but manager David O'Leary refuses to acknowledge that an exit from the FA Cup tomorrow evening will end his side's season. If Villa lose their fifth-round...
Football: Proud Oddy Looks to Lift Boro from Post-Riverside Slump; - NON-LEAGUE -
Rob Oddy is still wading through the bundles of newspaper cuttings which will provide a personal scrapbook reminder of Nuneaton Borough's FA Cup heroics. But the 20-year-old fullback is determined to create more headlines before the final ball of...
Football: Restored Williams Bringing Back Ricoh Feelgood Factor
Byline: By Ian Clarkson As Ady Williams beckoned in 2006 with a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne, it is doubtful whether his New Year's resolution involved playing a part in Coventry City's revival. The 34-year-old centre-half was far likelier...
Football: Vassell Lessons Learned by Villa; FACUP
Byline: By Ged Scott Thomas Sorensen was a frustrated spectator the night that Darius Vassell destroyed Aston Villa at Eastlands last October. Sorensen's late withdrawal from duty with a back injury suffered in the pre-match warm-up was just...
Football: Villainous' Markman Eyes Hero's Reprieve; - NON-LEAGUE - SOUTHERN ONE WEST
Damien Markman believed he was unfairly cast as a villain last season but he is relishing his chance to be a hero this term. Markman's contract wrangle cost him six months of football and left him watching Sutton Coldfield Town's campaign disintegrate....
Football: Walsall Spirit Can Save Us - Smith; LEAGUE ONE
Byline: By Ged Scott Managerless Walsall gave themselves a massive confidence boost by prising a draw from League One leaders Colchester United in midweek. On-loan midfielder Grant Smith sums up the determination to build on that when they play...
Football: Week-to-Week Consistency Cowley's Tried and Tested Promotion Formula; - NON-LEAGUE - SOUTHERN PREMIER
If there was a magic wand to turn promotion aspirations into reality Alex Cowley would surely be the conjuror-in-chief. The Halesowen Town winger has achieved promotion with three clubs in the last five years and is a key figure in the Yeltz push...
Football: Wiping the Slate Clean - Part 1
Byline: By Ged Scott Eric Djemba-Djemba has been told he still has an immediate future at Villa Park following the errant African's much-delayed return to the training ground. But, despite yesterday being fined pounds 30,000 following a showdown...
Football: Wiping the Slate Clean - Part 2
Byline: By Hyder Jawad In an ideal world, Birmingham City would have no need to make Nicky Butt such an integral part of the squad. But the world is not ideal and Butt, the disgraced midfield player, could even play against Stoke City in the FA...
Football: Wolves See Chance for Vital Boost; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Ged Scott Amid all the frustration of Glenn Hoddle's 14 months at Molineux, there stands out one obvious highlight - last season's visit of Ipswich Town. Hoddle's Wolves took on Joe Royle's promotion-chasing team on live Monday night...
Golf: Park Takes Advantage with Field Left to Kick Their Heels; GOLF
Byline: By Greg Love in Kuala Lumpur Hereford's David Park holds the clubhouse lead after lightning storms disrupted the Maybank Malaysian Open. The second day's play was abandoned early following the storm and heavy downpour, leaving 84 players...
Golf: Take the Post Golf Challenge
Business golfers are being challenged to put their corporate reputations on the line. The Birmingham Post Corporate Golf Challenge has been thrown down and battle will commence at Blackwell Golf Club, near Bromsgrove, on Wednesday, May 17. The event...
Golf: Triple Birdie Finish Allows Els to Scramble Back from Brink; GOLF
Byline: From Mark Garrod In Los Angeles Ernie Els may have just set a new European Tour record for successive cuts made - an incredible 70 going back to the start of the 2000 season - but he had a long wait to discover if he had made an early exit...
Hockey: University and Sutton Hard-Pressed to Retain Title Hopes; Hockey
Byline: By Paul Raymer The pace has hotted up in the women's national league Division One promotion stakes and the spotlight today will be on the two West Midland sides - Birmingham University and Sutton Coldfield - who are separated by only four...
HOMES & GARDENS: Garden Cuttings; Garden Chores
A Mum in a Million Birmingham Botanical Gardens has launched a search for 'A Mum in a Million'. It has invited anyone, not just sons and daughters, who knows a very remarkable lady who deserves special recognition as a very extraordinary Mum. It...
HOMES & GARDENS: Summer Bulb Bonanza; It's Time to Be Thinking of Your Summer Blooms. Hannah Stephenson Reports
Byline: Hannah Stephenson You may still be waiting for your spring bulbs to emerge, but now's the time to be thinking about what summer bulbs you need to add panache to your plot. According to gardening experts, the must-have bloom for the garden...
HOMES & GARDENS: Sweet Scented Joy for the Season of the Magnolia
Byline: JULIAN RANSON Wake up to the magic of magnolias this spring. They are among the most stunningly elegant of all flowering shrubs and the season is just about to kick off. The aptly named "Star Magnolia" (Magnolia stellata) is among the...
Hundreds Killed as Mud Buries Village
Byline: By Daisy Blanks Up to 200 people have died and 1,500 reported missing after a mudslide buried a village in the Philippines yesterday. A rain-soaked mountainside disintegrated in an unstoppable wall of mud burying hundreds of houses and...
It's All to Do with Strategy; John Marsden Talks to Glyn Jones, Managing Director of Haulage Company Palletline Distribution
Byline: John Marsden That Glyn Jones is an academic, very bright, a workaholic and some kind of all round trouble-shooting high-flier can be of little doubt. And the fact that he's been around the block - make that the world - a few times in...
Kiss for Arthur, from Dad Who Would Be King
Tory leader David Cameron said his son who was born on Valentine's Day is to be named Arthur Elwen. Mr Cameron and his wife, Samantha, revealed the name as they posed for pictures with their new baby looking exhausted but happy. Arthur Cameron...
LSE Talks Tough as Macquarie Closes In
Byline: By Louise Heavens The London Stock Exchange said it will more than double the cash it plans to return to shareholders to pounds 510 million as it defends itself from a bid by Macquarie Bank. The London exchange, the subject of a long-running...
Meadow Considers Future after Ruling; Jane Kirby Looks Back at the Career of Professor Sir Roy Meadow Who Yesterday Successfully Appealed against a Decision to Have Him Struck off the Medical Register
Byline: Jane Kirby Professor Sir Roy Meadow enjoyed a long and illustrious career as an expert trial witness and leader in paediatrics until his judgement was questioned and his name discredited. Concern over his evidence in the Sally Clark prosecution...
MIDLAND: Drug Gang Pair Jailed for Dealing in Scotland
Two members of a Midland-based crime gang which dealt in heroin and crack cocaine in Scotland have been jailed. Richard Brown (21) and Jason Zajaz (31) both worked for the Flava Gang, which sold drugs in Aberdeen. The gang was based in Wolverhampton...
MIDLAND: Lawyer Scared by Child Prisoner Restraints
Byline: By David Barrett A top lawyer and Liberal Democrat peer yesterday revealed he had been frightened by techniques used to subdue child prisoners. Lord Carlile of Berriew said he asked custody staff to use "control and restraint" methods...
MIDLAND: Ministers Vow to Keep Peugeot's Ryton Plant on Track
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Ministers have pledged to work closely with Peugeot to try to safeguard the future of the car manufacturer's Coventry plant. Trade Minister Alun Michael said officials from the Department of Trade and...
MIDLAND: MP Freebie Flights Omission
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor A senior Midland MP has admitted failing to tell an electoral watchdog about free long-distance flights donated by an offshore aviation company. Caroline Spelman (Con Meriden), a member of the shadow...
MIDLAND: Protesters Claim Hunts Are Breaking the Law
Byline: By Sarah Probert Rural Affairs Reporter Several West Midlands hunts have been hunting illegally since new legislation to ban the sport was brought in a year ago today, campaigners have claimed. The League Against Cruel Sports has written...
MIDLAND: Railway Station Revamp Approved
Byline: By Rhona Ganguly Plans for a major renovation at a Warwickshire railway station have been given the go ahead by council bosses. Rugby Borough Council has agreed to the proposals which it hopes will make a significant improvement to the...
MIDLAND: Stay Away If You Have No Cup Ticket
Byline: By Neil Connor Police have warned fans not to travel to Stoke City's Britannia Stadium if they do not have tickets for The Potters' FA Cup tie with Birmingham City tomorrow. Officers are also urging Blues fans not to travel to the ground...
Mining Deal Cuts Golden Seam as Footsie Maintains Surge; Market Report
Excitement over a potential takeover deal in the mining sector ensured London shares remained at their best level since the summer of 2001. The latest record for the FTSE 100 Index, which closed 17.3 points higher at 5846.2, followed hefty gains...
Moors Reassure Unlucky McPhee; - NON-LEAGUE - NATIONWIDE NORTH
Byline: By Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent Gary McPhee could be forgiven for ranting and raving against the injustices of the football world. The striker's dream move was wrecked by a bizarre accident which could have claimed his life and...
Nanjing Hoping to Revive Rover Name
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff Nanjing Automobile wants to revive the Rover name and is in talks with BMW to buy the rights to use the famous marque on its Birmingham-built models. The Chinese company is one of several firms which has...
Northcliffe Pulls Plug on Proposed Newspapers' Sale
Daily Mail & General Trust kept hold of its Northcliffe regional newspapers yesterday after abandoning plans for a sale worth up to a possible pounds 1.5 billion. The surprise move by the owner of the Daily Mail and London's Evening Standard...
Now I Work for the Children Who Watched Me as Dr Who; THE SATURDAY INTERVIEW with Tom Baker
Byline: By GRAHAM KIBBLE-WHITE You can't deny it's a neat idea. For the next three months, whenever you send a text to a landline number, thanks to computer technology and a mammoth stint in a recording studio, the recipient will hear former Doctor...
Poverty in the Paradise Isles; We Can Now Jet off to Just about Anywhere in the World. but the Birmingham Post's Photographer Simon Hadley Discovers on a Trip to the Caribbean That It Is Not All Good News, While Chief Feature Writer Paul Groves Looks at What the Future Holds for Tourism
Byline: Paul Groves It is a contradiction that can be seen all over the world. You find yourself sitting in paradise and all around you, alongside the unspoilt beaches, crystal-clear waters, lush vegetation and abundance of the finer things in...
Professor Will Not Be Struck Off
Byline: By Stephen Howard Professor Sir Roy Meadow has won his court battle over an order to have him struck off for giving mistaken evidence in the Sally Clark infant deaths murder case. A High Court judge yesterday ruled that not only was the...
Racing: McGoldrick Looks Good
Byline: By Keith Hamer and Nick Robson Sue Smith is looking forward to saddling Mister McGoldrick in the rearranged Levy Board Game Spirit Chase at Lingfield today. The Bingley trainer will be at the Surrey track to supervise the nine-year-old...
Racing: Nicholls Finds Golden Touch
Byline: By Stable Boy Eurotrek can maintain trainer Paul Nicholls' domination of the jumping season by landing the pounds 125,000 Red Square Vodka Gold Cup at Haydock today. The Ditcheat handler has carried all before him this season and this...
Rugby: Cohen Reaping Rewards after Summer Rest
Byline: By Alex Lowe Northampton coach Paul Grayson paid tribute to Ben Cohen after the England winger burst back onto the international scene with such success. Cohen took the summer off, removing himself from the standby list for the British...
Rugby: Coventry Tactic Aims to Keep Mehrtens Grounded
Byline: By Brian Dick Coventry will hope the wise old head of Andrew Mehrtens is still somewhere up in the clouds after the All Black legend this week returned from his wedding in New Zealand. According to reports in Christchurch, the Harlequins...
Rugby: Hines Primed for Scotland Comeback; SIX NATIONS
Byline: By Ian Rogers Nathan Hines is relishing his return to the Scotland squad after declaring his availability for the RBS Six Nations Championship game with England next weekend. The 29-year-old quit the Test arena early in 2005 after a reported...
Rugby: Macdonald 'Structured Back-Up' for Thomas; NATIONAL DIVISION TWO
Byline: By Brian Dick Ollie Thomas misses his first game of the season today as league leaders Moseley risk resting his nagging knee injury for the match at relegation-threatened Harrogate. Fifty-four points and 11 clubs separate this afternoon's...
Rugby: Reconstruction Industry; Hard Working Bees Loan Star Jason Hobson If Relishing the Chance to Play Again. Brian Dick Reports
Byline: Brian Dick Pertemps Bees v Exeter Chiefs Sharmans Cross Road, KO 2pm Pertemps Bees and Jason Hobson hope their marriage of convenience will prove mutually beneficial when Exeter come calling at Sharmans Cross Road this afternoon. ...
Rugby: SO WHO ARE YOU, THEN? Surprising Facts about This Weekend's Opposition
Byline: Martin Warrillow LEICESTER (v Worcester, last night) Leicester's first club match, a week after they were officially formed in 1880, was against Moseley Harriers, an early incarnation of the Birmingham club. The match ended in a draw...
Rugby: Stour Players Counting the Cost of Indiscretions; NATIONAL DIVISION TWO
Neil Mitchell has asked his Stourbridge players to not just put their bodies on the line at Waterloo today but to keep them on the pitch too, writes Brian Dick. The Stourton Park side travel to the National Two promotion challengers this afternoon...
Rugby: Tireless Drahm's Heroics in Vain; GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Brian Dick at Welford Road Leicester 28 Worcester 22 Worcester might have come away with a single point from last night's nail-biting encounter at Welford Road but they will feel the loss much more acutely after coming so close...
Shedding Light on Subject We Try to Ignore
The treatment of children in young offenders' institutions is an awkward subject. It is a natural reaction to object to any use of physical force against children. However, when anyone is held against their will, whether child or adult, physical...
Sick Student 'Thrown out by College'
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent A student claims she was expelled from a Birmingham college as she lay in hospital recovering from surgery. Sherelle Thomas said she was told her enrolment had been cancelled because of absence...
Solicitor Is Ready to Rock!
Byline: JOHN BRIGHT As we have discovered this week - there's another side to commercial property lawyer Adrian Watson. The very picture of dedication and propriety at Cobbetts in Birmingham, he has a musical secret. For, as revealed in this...
Stuart Leads the Division Launch
CAREER PROSPECTS SEARCH AND SELECTION has recruited Stuart Thomas, former HR director of Homeserve, to lead the launch of its new HR Executive Search and Selection division. Property adviser COLLIERS CRE in Birmingham has recruited Jeremy Boyers...
The Sport of Politics; THE SATURDAY FEATURE: How Complex World Issues Often Blur the Boundaries and Threaten to Cloud Olympic Dreams Chief Sports Writer Hyder Jawad Meets a Man Who Has to Keep His Eye on the Global Ball
Byline: Hyder Jawad Richard Caborn has the good fortune to be the government's Sports Minister at a time when the role actually carries some weight. Despite the beard that seems to be from another era, Caborn is a man for his times and conscious...
TRAVEL: ABTA Warns Holidaymakers over New Pay-Out Rules
Holidaymakers who use High Street travel agents to organise individual packages are facing a sharply increased risk of losing money when firms go bust after a change of rules by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). After some expensive...
TRAVEL: A Million Miles Away in Norfolk; for a Truly Great British Break, Hannah Stephenson Says We Should Head East
Byline: Hannah Stephenson The tide was in at Burnham Overy Staithe and several enthusiastic youngsters were demonstrating that it was the best time to go crabbing, as they pulled out the small crustaceans clinging on to the raw bacon bait and plopped...
TRAVEL: A Tour around Some of the Best Deals on the Market; GREAT ESCAPES
GOOD BUSINESS Specialist tour operator Tailor Made Travel is offering a good deal on Qantas' business class companion fare to Sydney or Melbourne. The rate is pounds 2,189pp (a saving of pounds 151) for return flights, based on two passengers travelling...
TRAVEL: Lowdown on Insurance; Is Snowboarding the Best Bet for Safety on the Slopes? Travel Editor Paul Groves Investigates
Byline: Paul Groves Snowboarding is a safer sport than skiing, with boarders less likely to crash as they hurtle down the slopes. That is according to new research from AA Travel Insurance and following recent studies showing medical claims by...
TRAVEL: Parlez-Vous Franiais? Holidays with a Theme Have Captured the Imagination of Travellers in Recent Years. Travel Editor Paul Groves Looks at One Local Company Mixing Lounging with Language
Byline: Paul Groves As ever with the best business ideas, HAlAne Brennan used her own experiences and frustrations as a launchpad to starting her company. Having worked as a teacher for several years, she knew first hand the difficulties of arranging...
TRAVEL: Sri Lanka Sojourn Saga-Style; Sri Lanka Lies like a Tear Drop at the Southern Tip of the Indian Subcontinent. Thanks to the Devastation Caused by Last Year's Tsunami, There Have Been Reasons Enough for Tears of Late - but This Alluring Island Is Making a Strong Recovery. Tim Ware Reports
Byline: Tim Ware As a place for a tropical holiday, Sri Lanka has few peers. If you're adventurous and love good beaches, history and scenery, there are few better places in which to while away a week or so in the middle of the British winter. ...
TRAVEL: Unlocking the Timeless Beauty of Blenheim Palace; There's Romance and Redcoats at One of the Most Historic Estates in the Country. Travel Editor Paul Groves Explains
Byline: Paul Groves The Palace and Pleasure Gardens open daily from 10.30am. The Park opens at 9am. Palace, Park and Gardens tickets cost pounds 14 for an adult, pounds 11.50 for seniors and students and pounds 8.50 for children. Park and Gardens...
When the Bubble Bursts .
Byline: PETER AXON Sir Isaac Newton once said: "I can calculate the motions of heavenly bodies ... but not the madness of people!" Not much has changed since Newton lost a fortune in the South Sea Bubble scandal of the early 1700s. The South...
When You Are Judged by Age - Not by Talent; Why Is There Still Much Ado about Age? Lisa Haynes Investigates
Byline: Lisa Haynes Dame Judi Dench is an Oscar winner, national treasure and has a career that her 20-year-old Pride and Prejudice co-star Keira Knightley can only dream about. With acting anecdotes dating back over 40 years, the first lady...
Winter Olympics: The Ecstasy and the Agony; Winter Olympics
Byline: By Mark Staniforth in Turin Two bad bends cost Great Britain's men's skeleton stars Olympic medals to match Shelley Rudman's silver in a disappointing end to an exciting night at Cesana Pariol. While his girlfriend was in the centre of...