The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from August 3, 2002

Appointments: Advice on Housing and Benefits
Chris Talby from Birmingham has been appointed on a three year contract as the new director of tax practice for CUSTOMS & EXCISE. His responsibilities are leading and directing the work of Customs, developing and maintaining a team of tax...
Arts: Video View
THE SHIPPING NEWS (Cert 15, 111 mins). Drama. Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Rhys Ifans, Pete Postlethwaite, Gordon Pinsent. Quoyle (Spacey) is devastated by the death of his wife Petal (Blanchett) in a car accident....
Birmingham Post Comment: Flying in the Face of Openness
The feeling of uncertainty is always the worst. If you know what your fate is then you usually have time to come to terms with it and prepare. In outlining its various proposals for expanding the nation's capacity for aviation traffic in the...
Children of 12 Arrested Playing Gun Game in Street
Three 12-year-old children were arrested by five officers who took them to a police station, fingerprinted them and took DNA samples, all because they were playing with a plastic toy gun. Northumbria Police said new Government guidelines on recording...
Chip Away at Children's Couch Potato Culture
The typical toddler is a whirlwind of noise and mess, leaving a trail of mayhem in their wake, getting surfaces sticky with dirty hands or putting every object in their mouths to meet the milk teeth challenge. But it would seem times have changed....
Commonwealth Games 2002: Badminton: Archer's Dream Still Alive
Reigning Commonwealth Games champions Simon Archer and Jo Goode took another step towards retaining their mixed doubles title after easing into the semi-finals. Worcester-based Archer and Goode, from Hertfordshire, are guaranteed a bronze medal...
Commonwealth Games 2002: GAMES DIARY
A giant squirrel caused chaos at the badminton yesterday when it was caught advertising a bank. Rather than munching nuts, this Scottish squirrel was wandering around the Bolton Arena emblazoned with the Bank of Scotland's logo. Organisers...
Football: Collymore Sees Wise Axe as Smart Decision by Foxes
Former Leicester striker Stan Collymore believes the incident which resulted in Dennis Wise's sacking by the club was 'a good opportunity' for them to get him off their wage bill. Wise's contract was terminated yesterday after an incident on ...
Football: Football League Eye Transfer Window of Opportunity; National Round-Up
The Football League believe they are closing in on an exemption to the transfer window system to give their clubs a much-needed boost amid their current financial plight. The 72 Football League clubs have already suffered the loss of their lucrative...
Football: Studley to Benefit from Matt Finish; Midland Alliance
The capture of Matt Coppin can turn the Midland Alliance's top scorer Craig Pountney into a better player, according to Studley boss Mark Chambers. Coppin, part of Bromsgrove Rovers' promotion-winning side last term, has made the short switch...
Football: Sutton Consider McKenna Plan; Dr Martens Western
Sutton Coldfield Town are ready to do Tamworth - and more importantly themselves - a favour after running the rule over Ian McKenna. The teenage striker, who missed all of Tamworth's campaign last term after breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly,...
Football: Tamworth See Sale Raid as Bargain from Top Tier; NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL Dr Martens Premier
The Nationwide Conference remains the goal for Tamworth and in new signing Mark Sale they believe they have got a quality striker from non-League's top tier. The Lambs have snapped up the 6ft 5in former Birmingham City and Rushden & Diamonds...
Mabel Fought Back as Crazed Killer Attacked
Frail pensioner Mabel Leyshon died in a brutal and bizarre attack which bore all the signs of a grotesque black magic ritual. Vampire-obsessed Mathew Hardman stabbed the 90-year-old widow more than 20 times in the back and chest - cuts on her...
Market Report: Big Boys Are Back on the Rollercoaster
Britain's biggest companies recovered some of their poise yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index ended another rollercoaster week on the front foot. The Footsie closed up 31.0 points at 4075.5 after Thursday's heavy falls, leaving it ahead 58.9 points...
'More Sex' GP Struck off for Misconduct
A Midland doctor who told a woman patient that 'more sex' would cure her stomach ache and who caused 'mayhem' when he temporarily took charge at a surgery was last night struck off by the General Medical Council. Dr Ram Vir Kapur, of Englesteve...
Motorcycling: Win Heaps Work on Edwards
Colin Edwards' reward for victory at the World Superbike Championship round at Brands Hatch last weekend is not a Sunday off, unlike title rival Troy Bayliss. Castrol Honda rider Edwards won both races at the Kent circuit to close the gap on...
Parents Sue to Clear Name of Diana Chauffeur
The parents of Henri Paul, the chauffeur blamed for the car crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, yesterday said they were taking legal action in a bid to clear their son's name. Jean and Gisele Paul, who have always rejected the idea that...
Personal Finance: Annuity Deal That Continues after Death
A leading insurer has an idea for improving the deal on annuities - but it depends on a change of heart on the part of the Inland Revenue. Prudential wants to sell a money-back guarantee annuity that would pay out a cash lump sum to relatives...
Personal Finance: Bumper Damage on Car Costs
Not everyone has a lump sum at their disposal to buy a new car. But if owning a Ferrari is your dream or if you want to buy your teenager his or her first car it could pay to think ahead and invest, rather than opting for credit. Says Philippa...
Personal Finance: Mortgage Fears by Lenders
Not everyone has a lump sum at their disposal to buy a new car. But if owning a Ferrari is your dream or if you want to buy your teenager his or her first car it could pay to think ahead and invest, rather than opting for credit. Says Philippa...
Personal Finance: The Cost of Living over 50; Age Related: Life Gets More Expensive the Older You Get
People aged over 50 are facing higher price rises than other age groups. A study carried out by Saga, which provides services for the over-50s, found that while the official headline rate of inflation fell to one per cent for the 12 months to...
Racing: Punch Fit to Stay on for One Final Bout
David Elsworth last night played down speculation that retirement is beckoning for his veteran stayer Persian Punch. He believes the strong early pace Richard Hughes set on his nine-year-old may well have contributed to the gelding's finishing...
Rallying: Higgins Slips Field after Second Leg of Manx Test
Mark Higgins continues to lead the Manx International Rally at the end of the second day of three. Torrential rain and misty conditions made for difficult driving as the crews completed 100 stage miles on closed public roads. Higgins, with...
Showbiz News: Departure Leaves Sheen Distraught
Actor Martin Sheen says he is heartbroken over the impending departure of West Wing co-star Rob Lowe who is quitting the Emmy-winning NBC series over a pay dispute. He says: 'I was shocked and dismayed, frankly. And disappointed, but for selfish...
Travel: Passport to Travel
The cruise industry is claimed to be the fastest-growing sector of the UK holiday market - expanding at more than 15 per cent per year and with an estimated one million people cruising in 2002. But prices are falling, with so many new ships and...
US Slowdown Pushes Publishing Giant into the Red
Publishing group United Business Media showed it was still feeling the impact of the slowdown in its key US high-tech market as it fell into the red for the first half of the year. Chief executive Lord Hollick said there had been 'no let-up in...