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Articles from September 5, 2001

2,000 Pupils to Perform Shakespeare
Byline: LUKE LEITCH MORE than 2,000 London children are set to take to the stage and grapple with Shakespeare in dozens of schools next month. Launched today, the 2001 Shakespeare Schools Drama Festival, London, will see 63 schools across the...
A Blue and White World; Filippa Naess's Passion for Gustavian Furniture Is Not Just Confined to Her Home (See Pages 38 and 39). She Also Has a Shop Full of Antiques. Both Provide Plenty of Ideas on How to Capture the Swedish Look, Says Pattie Barron
Byline: PATTIE BARRON In her romantic bathroom, Filippa Naess sunk a basin into an old mahogany chest that she painted white, and gave the basin a marble surround. Her version of strip lighting around a mirror: French crystal wall sconces draped...
A Daring Lament Marred by Gay High Jinks
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Mother Clap's Molly House Lyttelton Theatre THE boundaries of traditional good taste were dramatically breached last night in an outburst of simulated gay sex. Mother Clap's Molly House, Mark Ravenhill's ambitious comedy...
After 38 Years, 'Marriage' at Last for Gay Couple
Byline: RICHARD ALLEN TWO gay couples made history in London today with an official ceremony to recognise their permanent relationships. The event, at the Greater London Authority HQ in Victoria, marked the fulfilment of an election pledge by...
Airlines Go Flat out in Battle for Business Travel
Byline: RICHARD ALLEN A PILLOW fight has broken out between airlines over who can provide the sweetest dreams on long-haul flights. As corporate customers tighten their belts and cut down on travel, three leading carriers are vying to provide...
Almeida's Artistic Directors to Resign Next Year
Byline: LUKE LEITCH THE Almeida Theatre Company's highly-rated artistic directors, Jonathan Kent and Ian McDiarmid, today made the surprise announcement that they are to resign their posts next summer after an exciting and innovative reign of more...
Bag a Loan Bargain
Byline: LORNA BOURKE You don't have to stay faithful to your bank when it comes to borrowing money: shop around and you can find much better deals, says Lorna Bourke NEVER before has it been more important to shop around for a personal loan....
Barclays Move HQ to New Canary Wharf Site
Byline: JOANNE HART THOUSANDS of Barclays employees are to be moved to Canary Wharf following the bank's decision to move into a new building there of a million square feet. The move means the original Canary Wharf site, once on the verge of...
Beckett Row over Holiday during New Farm Crisis
Byline: JO REVILL RURAL Affairs Secretary Margaret Beckett came under attack today for not cutting short a five-week holiday in France while Britain underwent a resurgence of foot-and-mouth disease. As Farming Minister Lord Whitty signalled that...
Black Man's New Burden
Byline: PETE CLARK OVER the years, television cameras have taken us all over the known world. We know more about the flora and fauna of this planet than any previous generation. We have eavesdropped on hidden civilisations and lost empires. It used...
Blueprint Offers Schools 'Freedom' to Succeed
Byline: TIM MILES THE Government today announced its big new idea for improving education standards - asking schools to come up with the ideas to improve themselves. Successful schools are to be offered the "freedom, capability and incentives...
BOMB ATTACK ON SCHOOL RUN; Children Come under Hail of Stones as RUC Man Is Hurt in Blast
Byline: TED OLIVER;KEITH POOLE A BLAST bomb exploded today as terrified Catholic girls made their way to a Belfast school on the third day of sectarian clashes. One police officer was injured in the blast. He was reportedly guarding the entrance...
Bridging the Style Gap; Rubber Tiles, Leather Beds, Flowers with Attitude: The Interiors Shops in Wandsworth Bridge Road Keep Fulham Residents in Door-to-Door Chic
Byline: KATRINA BURROUGHS The Linen Mill and The Leather Bed Company 103 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 (020 7731 3263; www.theleatherbedcompany.com) As the name suggests, leather-clad, British-made beds with sleigh-bed style smoothly curved headboards...
Clarke on Course to Win Leadership, Claim Supporters
Byline: CHARLES REISS;JO REVILL THE backers of Kenneth Clarke today maintained that their candidate is on course for victory in the Tory leadership, claiming he enjoys a strong lead among more than 2,000 Conservative councillors. With just one...
Colour-Coded for Spring
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Arm yourself with a bag of bulbs and a bucketful of grit and you'll reap the rewards come spring, says Pattie Barron THE way to guarantee masses of colour and non-stop excitement next spring and summer is to plant bulbs....
Coquelles Centre Is Not Full - Even I Was Offered a Bed
Byline: MAXINE FRITH CLAIMS that the controversial Red Cross refugee centre near the Channel Tunnel terminal in France is full to crisis point appear to have been exaggerated, writes Maxine Frith. The huge centre - a Eurotunnel warehouse requisitioned...
Crisis, What Crisis at Refugee Centre
Byline: MAXINE FRITH CLAIMS that the controversial Red Cross refugee centre near the Channel Tunnel terminal in France is full to crisis point appear to have been exaggerated, writes Maxine Frith. The huge centre - a Eurotunnel warehouse requisitioned...
Curbishley Has No Funds to Cover Crisis
Byline: LEO SPALL;ADRIAN CURTIS CHARLTON chairman Richard Murray today said that there are no funds available for manager Alan Curbishley to buy his way out of his team's injury crisis. Defender Richard Rufus has been confirmed as the sixth key...
Diary of an Estate Agent
Breaking up a marital home is all in a day's work in Crystal Palace ... and cats inherit a [pound]3 million saucer of cream Monday I got to the office early this morning to get some work done but, as usual, was sabotaged by the phone: it's these...
Digging a Big Hole in His Pocket; HOMES & PROPERTY
Byline: JANE BARRY Historian Norman Davies has had little time over the past year to devote to his bestselling books. Instead he has been battling with builders NORMAN Davies is the historian whose bestsellers Europe: A History, and The Isles...
Doctors of Mercy Are Just the Tonic for Sven
Byline: KEN DYER THERE was an occasion, so the story goes, when an England international defender lay prostrate on a foreign field, in agony following a tackle.The trainer,as they were called in those days, duly scurried on in his flat cap and brogues,...
Don't Fence Me In
Byline: JEAN VERNON YOU don't have to surround your garden with a boring fence or a solid wall. Sometimes a softer approach is more effective and will blend with plants and climbers more attractively. Visit craftsmen for ideas and consider this...
Driver Is Cleared of Helping Car Gunman Escape
Byline: PATRICK SAWER A MAN was cleared today of helping a friend who shot a pregnant mother in front of her children escape. Trainee solicitor Fiona McNamee, 28, was shot in the knee by Colin Grant after she came to an agreement with Michael...
Drug Gangs Use Courier Firms to Do Their Dirty Work
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON CRIMINAL gangs are smuggling large quantities of drugs and contraband into Britain by exploiting the advanced technology of legitimate courier firms, police said today. Internet "track and trace" services, offered to...
Dubious Things in the Cupboard
Byline: JEREMY CAMPBELL IT'S a relief for Americans to spot a chink in the flamboyantly polished moral armour of the English. Tired of being lectured by ineffably superior intellects with British accents on their insularity, insolence, naivete...
Dutch on the High Road to Drive-Through Joint Venture
Byline: ALLAN HALL DRIVE up, dictate your order into a microphone, move on to the next window, pay and collect. All standard procedure for a drive-through burger joint. But two drive-throughs being built in Venlo, in the Netherlands,are causing...
Dwell in Marble Hols
Homes & Property lawyer Fenton Bresler answers Londoners' queries Q We live in a house that we bought last December from a couple of ex-council tenants, who had bought it some 10 years earlier under the "right to buy" scheme. Every summer...
Engineers Get Cash Boost to Stem Jobs Flow
Byline: ROSS DAVIES ENGINEERING firms in the South-East, where 50,000 jobs in the sector are at risk, are now able to spend rather than sack their way out of recession. For the first time, small-to medium sized firms in the region qualify for...
England Men Must Wait for Bonus News
Byline: KEN DYER ENGLAND'S players go into tonight's World Cup clash against Albania still not knowing how much they will earn in bonuses if they qualify for next summer's finals. V ictory at New castle would put England on top of their qualification...
Fergie's New Swiss Home Ravaged by Dawn Blaze
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL FIRE swept through the Duchess of York's Swiss manor house today causing damage estimated at several hundred thousand pounds. The blaze began before dawn at Chateau Fazy in Russin, east of Geneva, and raged for two hours...
'Freedom' for State Schools Is Boost for Privatisation
Byline: TIM MILES THE DOOR is open to further privatisation of schools with a White Paper published today, and a private company providing the model with two schools in Surrey. 3Es, the commercial offshoot of a city technology college in Solihull,...
GUNPOINT RAPE IN CHURCHYARD; Woman Is Snatched from Chiswick Street in Morning Daylight
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON A WOMAN was raped at gunpoint in a churchyard this morning by a man who is believed to have carried out another sex attack hours before. The rapist was armed with a silver handgun when he forced the 22-year-old woman...
GUNPOINT RAPE ON WAY TO WORK; Churchyard Assault in Chiswick Linked to Attack 6 Hours Earlier
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON A WOMAN walking to work through a London churchyard was raped at gunpoint today by a man police believe is responsible for two other attacks. The rapist was armed with a silver-coloured pistol when he pounced at just...
Hogging the Limelight; Pig Brother Contest Has a Dig at the Politicians
Byline: RICHARD HOLLIDAY ALREADY they are making the antics of Big Brother contestants - kissing, fondling and peeling off in front of the cameras - seem tame. These contestants think nothing of parading without a stitch on all the time, rolling...
House Price and Spending Booms End Rate Cut Hope
Byline: JANE PADGHAM ANY lingering hopes of a September cut in interest rates evaporated today with news that the High Street is still booming, house prices continue to soar and service sector growth accelerated last month. While manufacturing...
Hunt for Bogus Pizza Duo Who Stole [Pound]750,000
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON ARMED robbers who stole [pound]750,000 during a raid on a Securicor van are being hunted by police today. One of the two thieves, posing as a Pizza Hut delivery man, attacked a security guard when he stopped to use a...
Hutchison: I'm a Better Player Now
DON HUTCHISON has returned to West Ham promising fans: "I've grown up." The former Hammers midfielder has rejoined the club in a record [pound]5million m ove from Sunderland and is looking forward to making his debut at Derby on Saturday. The...
If Small-Caps Fit Then Size Doesn'tmatter for an Alternative Strategy
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE LONG seen as predominantly a male preserve, spread betting is beginning to attract women. Bookmaker Financial Spreads said this week thatfour of the 15 largest bets it took on Monday were from women. Perhaps significantly,thefour...
Illicit Lovers Fail to Ignite
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON COUNT BASILIO Greenwich Playhouse THE decadent world of 19th century Portugal has arrived in Greenwich, lit fro m contrasting angles by the satirical fire of a writer who both flirted with and deplored his society's...
Interbrew Reaps the Benefits of Big Buys
Byline: ROBERT LEA GLOBAL brewing giant Interbrew, the people behind Stella Artois, enjoyed its best first-half year in a decade, powered by its continued cleaning-up of European beer makers, including Bass Brewery and the Whitbread beer company...
In the Air
The latest feverish speculation by media analysts about the financial health of Conrad Black has cast Canary Wharf into deep gloom. Many Telegraph hacks are convinced they will wake up one morning soon to discover the papers owned by someone else,...
It Can't Get Any Lower Than This, Says Mother
Byline: KEITH POOLE;TED OLIVER SCHOOLCHILDREN fled screaming from a bomb explosion today as they tried to get to their primary school in Belfast. Four police officers were injured, two seriously, as the blast bomb exploded on the third day of...
It's Only a Volcano, Ingrid; Lovers - Want to Feel the Earth Move? the Volcanic Island of Stromboli Fitted the Bill for Ingrid Bergman
Byline: NEIL NORMAN AS dawn comes up and the black volcanic sand sucks down the solar heat onto the island, you can smell the smoke. Three thousand metres above us, the volcano spits and puffs, coughing up black plumes which hang above the peak...
It's the Hot Favourite; Cheap Airfares to Spain, Low Mortgage Rates and New Luxury Developments Will Please Buyers Wanting Some Winter Sun
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES THE holidays may be nearly over but the dream lives on, with thousands of discontented Britons returning from holidays abroad already plotting their next escape route. And many, having seen and liked the area they visited,...
Jarvis Tripped Up by Cup Change
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP MICHAEL JARVIS has been forced to change yearlong plans for globetrotting mare Ela Athena after it emerged that next month's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf will be staged over a furlong shorter than expected. The news...
Josie Spared Court Ordeal in Second Murder Trial
Byline: PAUL CHESTON HAMMER attack victim Josie Russell will be spared the ordeal of appearing in court to give evidence against the man accused of murdering her mother and sister. Instead the jury will see a video of her being interviewed by...
Judgement Day for Healey over Newspaper Outburst
Byline: BARRY NEWCOMBE AUSTIN HEALEY will find out his punishment tomorrow for his controversial newspaper column during the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. Healey, the most unpredictable player of the England backline, attends a Lions...
Kate Winslet's Husband May Get [Pound]2 Million Divorce Deal
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL KATE Winslet and her husband Jim Threapleton are consulting divorce lawyers in the wake of their marriage breakdown, it was revealed today. The couple are believed to have married without a prenuptial agreement, leaving the...
Keep It Short; the Pretty Dwarf Tulip Proves That When It Comes to Hardiness in the Garden, Tall and Slender Is Not Always Best, Says Graham Rice
Byline: GRAHAM RICE TULIPS can be difficult plants in small gardens. They look great in the expansive bedding schemes in Kensington Gardens and Kew; with an undercarpet of wallflowers or tall forget-menots they make an elegant show. But so often...
Lauren Doctor Could Not Explain Why She Was Ill
A GIRL of six allegedly neglected and killed by her stepmother and father was examined by a doctor three months before she died, a court heard today. GP Dr Eamon Clarke was told that Lauren Wright was suffering from headaches, tiredness, dizziness,...
Living in the Loop; HOMES & PROPERTY
Byline: SARA MCCONNELL The new London Outer Orbital Path is the walkers' equivalent of the M25, covering 140 miles. In the first of a series of four articles, Sara McConnell sets off on the south-east section DURING the next few weeks, Homes...
Logica Defies Tech Gloom with Leap to [Pound]136 Million
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG LOGICA has shaken off the gloom surrounding the technology sector with an upbeat profit result and trading forecast that reflects its success in cashing in on the deregulation of the world energy industry. The software...
London's Jews in Anguish over Israel; Almost Every Day Israel Is Shaken by New Violence. the Bloodshed Is Causing Agony among London's Jews. Andrew Gimson Sampled a Wide Spectrum of Views and Found Deep Pessimism
Byline: ANDREW GIMSON THE escalating conflict in Israel is an almost unbearably emotional subject for the Jews of London. Beloved family and friends in Israel are under attack, and so is any hope of peace. The situation is in some ways particularly...
Make No Mistake, Says Sven; He Warns: It Takes More Than One Win to Be a Great Team
Byline: IAN CHADBAND ASKED how he had found the people's reaction in England towards him since he had fashioned the miracle of Munich, Sven-Goran Eriksson said he had not bumped into many of his adoring public but added that he hoped to find out...
Marconi Leads Dive on Black Day for Telecoms; MARKET REPORT
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK TELECOM shares had all the intrinsic value of a used betting slip today with investors in both London and Paris subjected to another bout of bearish news that must have left them nursing sizeable losses on their already depleted...
Marconi Plumbs Fresh Depths as Market Gets Jitters
Byline: ROBERT LEA MARCONI shares dived to their lowest level since Jim Callaghan was in Downing Street as the market delivered its verdict on yesterday's management clearout, the new chief executive's strategy and further sector bad news, this...
Measure Up the Deal; HOMES & PROPERTY
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES There is an easy way to estimate a property's true value that has long been the secret of estate agents, builders and speculators, says David Spittles. All you need is a tape measure and basic skills in simple multiplication...
Memphis on Our Minds
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER Barbara Chandler looks at an exhibition of striking work by the group of designers who paved the way for Philippe Starck THERE was life before minimalism and, if you're too young to remember it, the Memphis Remembered exhibition,...
Money Shorts
Byline: LORNA BOURKE Young people today are more likely to receive parental help when they buy a home of their own than earlier generations, according to research carried out by mortgage lender Abbey National. More than 33 per cent of 18 to 24...
MPC Has Little Room to Move on Interest Rates
Byline: JANE PADGHAM LAST month's cut in interest rates was a bolt from the blue. The Bank of England's decision to trim the base rate a quarterpoint to 5% came against a background of surging consumer spending, a booming housing market and an increasingly...
Must Fly. Must Buy; Global Guide to What's New
THE "One" spa (0131 221 7777) opens at Edinburgh's Sheraton Grand Hotel in Conference Square in two weeks' time. But it's not the Balinese salt-and-oil scrubs everyone's most excited about - it's the warming linguini treatment. Gino Santin, restaurateur...
New York's Headhunters Tap Up Traders in the Pub
Byline: PATRICK SAWER DRINKERS at the Mint pub near Tower Bridge tend to take more notice of the trading screen above the door - its green figures marking the fluctuation of the crude oil and gas market - than the giant TV over the bar, except perhaps...
Nicole Rang and Said: 'There Are Helicopters around the House and Tom Has Left Me'; Moulin Rouge Is Set to Be the Latest Hit for Aussie Uber Talent Baz Luhrmann - and, like Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet and His Inspirational Trips into the Wilderness, It's Just a Small Part of the Ever-Growing Legend of Baz
THE antic genius behind the audacious new movie, Moulin Rouge, is looking good. Baz Luhrmann's unruly hair may have turned monochrome since we met four years ago and is now, stylishly, one swatch lighter than his grey suit. His face may be sagging...
Nurse Crisis Costs London [Pound]500m in Agency Staff
Byline: ZOE MORRIS LONDON hospitals are being forced to spend almost half a billion pounds a year just to keep the service going because of the severe shortage of NHS nurses. The cost to the health service of relying on unregulated agencies to...
Oh No, Jamie, Not Another Cookbook; as the Naked Chef Publishes Yet Another Collection of Recipes, David Sexton Warns That We Are Becoming a Nation of Over-Consumers - Both of Cookery and of Food Itself
Byline: DAVID SEXTON FORGET the Booker. Tomorrow sees the publication of the really important new title for the book trade this autumn. It's not a thrilling novel or a revelatory biography, nor even Posh's photoalbum. It's a cookbook. Yet another...
Our Old Man in Ibiza; the Music Is Loud Enough to Make Your Eyeballs Bulge, and Dancing Partners Are a Thing of the Past. Pete Clark, a Sixties Rock Man to the Core, Samples the Ibiza Rave Scene
Byline: PETE CLARK TO be perfectly frank, Ibiza has never seemed like a good idea to me. Each year, the press reports of the proceedings become more lurid. Ever larger clubs play host to thousands and thousands of young ravers who are only...
Out of House and Home; If You Find Yourself Having to Be Relocated for Building Work, Don't Settle for Less Than You're Entitled to, Says Liz Hodgkinson
Byline: LIZ HODGKINSON IT COULD happen to anyone: your home has suffered extensive damage, for whatever reason, and as a result you have to move into rented accommodation until the house becomes habitable again. How do you find suitable temporary...
Perfume Doc Defies Snakes and Coral to Capture Scent
Byline: NICK AMES DR ROBIN CLERY is the Indiana Jones of the perfume world - braving boa constrictors, straddling swinging bridges and bartering in distant markets to bring the next generation of scents to bodies across the world. Accompanied...
Playing It Cool as Hype Engulfs the Nation
Byline: GARETH SOUTHGATE THE euphoria that has followed our outstanding win in Munich has engulfed the country. It is always amazing to see the effect the England team can have on the mood of the nation and it makes you appreciate how privileged...
Polls' Double Blow for Duncan Smith
Byline: PETER KELLNER IAIN DUNCAN SMITH today faces a double whammy, as new polling evidence shows he has little support among two groups whose respect he needs if he were ever to be a serious challenger for prime minister. According to the surveys...
Poll Tax Returns to Haunt Tenant; Lambeth Has Threatened to Send in the Bailiffs over a [Pound]170 Bill It Claims Wasn't Paid in 1992,
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL SARAH Pigden has become the latest victim of Lambeth Council's notoriously eccentric accounting procedures: she has been told to expect bailiffs to call after borough clerks decided she owed poll tax of [pound]170 from 1992,...
Potty about Stripes; DESIGN NEWS
Byline: NICOLE SWENGLEY Light lines Switched on: If you're looking for stylish but practical lighting at reasonable prices you'll find plenty of illuminating ideas at Geoffrey Harris in Battersea. We liked the elegant free-standing Rumba P...
Ride into Sunset Beckons for Great God Greenspan
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON BY one of those tricks of fate, just as supporters of the European Central Bank are hoping to bolster its credibility by ousting its leader, W im Duisenberg, the US is heading the other way. It is worried how it can escape...
Ruthie Takes It a Stage at a Time; HOMES GOSSIP
Byline: ROSALIND RUSSELL;COMPTON MILLER West End star Ruthie Henshall (right) has rented a twobedroom apartment in Park Lane for an estimated [pound]900 a week while starring in the musical Peggy Sue Got Married. "It's got great views over Hyde...
Security Shambles on Channel Tunnel Run
Byline: MAXINE FRITH THE NIGHTLY game of cat and mouse between hundreds of would-be asylum seekers and Channel Tunnel security has been played out again, with the refugees easily outwitting police and the supposedly impenetrable fencing around the...
Sellers Make Feelings Known on Marconi
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK HEAVY selling of shares in troubled telecoms equipment supplier Marconi sent it diving below 50p to its lowest since 1974. Marconi was the biggest faller among the top 100 companies today, falling 5p, or almost 9.5%, to...
Serena Finally Puts Life into the Open
Byline: CHRIS JONES SERENA WILLIAMS battered Lindsay Davenport into submission today as the US Open women's tournament burst into life with a thunderous quarterfinal clash that highlighted how boring the early rounds have been here at Flushing Meadow....
Seven Refugees Jailed after Chunnel Break-In
Byline: MAXINE FRITH SEVEN refugees have each been jailed for a month for trying to get through the Channel Tunnel in an apparent change in policy by France, it emerged today. The two Afghans and five Iraqis were arrested after a highlypublicised...
Sprinting Superstars Get Back to Nature
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP KIM BASINGER will only wash her hair in Evian water, Jennifer Lopez insists on seven backstage suites crammed with white flow ers. Sprinters are the starry equivalent in the equine world and 23 of the prima donnas could converge...
Star Chef Aims to Stir a Revolution in Curry
Byline: ED HARRIS HE HAS cooked for the Queen, John F Kennedy, Tito and the Shah of Iran. Now Bangladeshi master chef Haji Subrat Ali Mia could be adding spice to your dinner. Mr Mia, 60, whose father and grandfather were master chefs before...
St David's Day
Byline: MICK DENNIS WE all know that,at the end of the day, football is a funny old game, so it is entirely possible that England will mess things up tonight and make us all look daft for getting excited at the weekend. Except that would not...
Suite Dreams; Chelsea FC Unveils Its Swanky New US-Style Business Suites, the First in the UK, This Saturday, and It's a Trend That's Gathering Pace among Other Clubs
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES CORPORATE hospitality reaches a new height on Saturday at Chelsea's ground, Stamford Bridge, when US-style business suites make their debut in the UK. It is also the first clash this season between Chelsea and Arsenal. ...
Swedish Splendour; A Interior Designer Filippa Naess Has Filled Her Home with Antiques from Her Native Sweden. but Far from Treating Them with Kid Gloves, She Adapts Them to Suit Her Own Taste. Pattie Barron Visited Her and Found Swedish Style Is Not All Pared-Down Simplicity
Byline: PATTIE BARRON AT HER Knightsbridge cottage next to the shop that bears her first name, the charismatic Filippa Naess conducts a giant love affair with deliciously distressed antiques, mostly from her native Sweden. Make no mistake, though:...
Tech Mega-Merger Euphoria Crashes
Byline: RAY HEATH THE dead cat failed to hold its bounce in Asia today as yesterday's gains turned to heavy losses after the Hewlett-Packard and Compaq merger got the Bronx cheer from US analysts and investors. Technology stocks turned tail,...
That's Rich. Top of Wealth List and Still under 40
Byline: JAMES LANGTON THEY are young, gifted and very rich; a new generation of celebrity multimillionaires who are threatening to overturn the rule of the computer geeks and internet barons in America's wealth league. The latest list of the wealthiest...
The Bands Are Hot, the Mercury Music Prize Is the Most Important in British Music. Basement Jaxx Are Favourite to Scoop This Year's [Pound]20,000 Award When the Winner Is Announced Next Week but the Same Bookies Weren't Backing England to Trounce the Germans. Rebecca Seal and Siobhan Grogan Meet the Outsiders
Byline: REBECCA SEAL;SIOBHAN GROGAN THE most startling thing about Alison Goldfrapp, spooky lead singer of Goldfrapp the band, is that she sounds quite ordinary. Her haunting voice, by turns husky or operatic, is nowhere to be heard. Just a very...
The Bands Are Hot, the Mercury's Rising; the Mercury Music Prize Is the Most Important in British Music. Basement Jaxx Are Favourite to Scoop This Year's [Pound]20,000 Award When the Winner Is Announced Next Week but the Same Bookies Weren't Backing England to Trounce the Germans. Rebecca Seal and Siobhan Grogan Meet the Outsiders
Byline: REBECCA SEAL;SIOBHAN GROGAN THE most startling thing about Alison Goldfrapp, spooky lead singer of Goldfrapp the band, is that she sounds quite ordinary. Her haunting voice, by turns husky or operatic, is nowhere to be heard. Just a very...
The Buck Shop's Here
Byline: ANNABEL FREYBERG TINWARE fanciers rejoice. This summer sees the unveiling of some of the grandest designs ever consigned to base metal, courtesy of Buckingham Palace's gift shop (open eight weeks a year, closing this year on 30 September)....
'The First Half Is Mostly about My Breasts, the Second, My Hairy Legs'
Byline: JAMES LANGTON This is how media doyenne Tina Brown describes an unofficial and highly damaging biography of herself and her husband Harry Evans. James Langton analyses a bitter feud and a vehement counterattack HELL hath no fury like...
The Offer's on Hold; the Government Is Rethinking Its Proposal to Regenerate Rundown Areas of London with Tax Cuts
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES THE Government is reconsidering planned tax giveaways aimed at regenerating rundown pockets of London because it has acknowledged a weak link in the policy, highlighted by Homes & Property. This is that wealthy, middle-class...
There's No Such Thing as Too Much Celebrity
Byline: CLAUDIA PATTISON Posh and Becks, Kate and Jim, Nicole and Tom ... who cares? Everyone, says novelist and former showbiz hackette Claudia Pattison - we're all celebrity junkies now EVEN by 007 standards, the level of security at Pierce...
There's Rich and There's SUPER-RICH; the Beckhams Are Worth [Pound]32 Million but, as Posh Spice's Autobiography Reveals, That's Nothing Compared with the Wealth She Saw When Visiting Donatella Versace. Syrie Johnson Reports on the Genuine Life of Luxury
WHAT'S the difference between the rich, and the superrich - the really obscenely, extravagantly, heinously rich? Victoria Beckham found out recently, as her autobiography explains. While everyone else who'read those extracts talks about the romance...
The Tail of Foot and Mouth
CASES of foot-and-mouth are now registering upwards of 2,000, and the epidemic is now statistically the worst recorded in the world with 3,801,517 livestock slaughtered this year. The Government continues blithely to argue that it had always expected...
Velvet Czechs
Byline: RICK JONES PROM 60 Royal Albert Hall A FEW years ago, one or two members of this former communist orchestra might have applied for political asylum following a London date such as last night's. Not any more. Artistic dissidence...
Warning: Diets Kill Marriages
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH ISN'T it just too awful about the break-up of the famously blissful union of Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton? It seems only last week - why, it was only last week - that Hello! magazine concluded its moving report on the...
War of Words
Byline: SAM KILEY What does a journalist do when the English language is hijacked by warring nations? Sam Kiley reports on the row between veteran correspondents John Simpson and Robert Fisk IT all seems a bit silly, at first - two foreign-reporting...
Weekend Home Buyers on Exmoor Face Curbs
Byline: DAN BRIDGETT AFFLUENT Londoners who dream of owning a weekend cottage on Exmoor could have their plans thwarted after the National Park announced proposals to discourage outsiders from buying second homes. The move is designed to protect...
What Ken Can (and Can't) Be Proud of So Far; Mr Livingstone Has Been Mayor for 15 Months after Being Swept into Office on a Wave of Optimism. but How Is He Doing? Hugh Muir Audits His Performance
Byline: HUGH MUIR THE MAYOR promised to make policing a priority. In his first budget, billed as one for policing, he increased the precept - the amount councils pay the GLA for essential services - by 22.6 per cent. The Met says the need for new...
What Now for the Almeida?; They Made It the Most Daring and Exciting Theatre in London. Now Jonathan Kent and Ian McDiarmid Are Leaving, Nicholas De Jongh Casts His Vote on the Future of the Almeida
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH NO theatre in the past 11 years has blazed a trail of such theatrical excitement and daring, of such discovery and recovery, as the Almeida Theatre. Jonathan Kent and Ian McDiarmid, who will sadly vacate their positions...
YARD BLITZ ON 24-HOUR YOBS; Curb on West End 'Ibiza Culture' of Drugs and Drink
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SCOTLAND YARD is declaring war on the West End's "Ibiza culture" of petty crime, drunkenness and violence. Police and council officials are this month launching a blitz on low-level offences such as drunkenness, begging...
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