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Articles from April 17, 2002

40 Children Abused by Staff at Care Centre
Byline: MARTIN DELGADO AT LEAST 40 children were sexually abused by staff at a centre for young people with learning disabilities. The extent of the abuse, and fears of a cover-up over it, are revealed for the first time today in a report obtained...
Alight on the Night
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH STAND aside Sammy Peckinpah. For real horror in the Seventies, we had no need of your Straw Dogs or your Head of Alfredo Garcia, for we had public information films to petrify us. Made by the Central Office of Information,...
And the Perfect Drink
Byline: ANTHONY JEFFORD THE very idea that choosing a drink to accompany caviar might be traumatic is laughable. These fresh, silky, softly explosive and tantalisingly savoury fish eggs are such a delicacy, and the eating of them such a privilege,...
Apologies for Absence (Again) from Prescott, the Minister for Globetrotting
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN IT is Budget day. British troops are fighting in Afghanistan. The Middle East is in turmoil. Tough times for the Government. So where is the Deputy Prime Minister? Boa vinda, Senhor Prescott. Welcome to Brazil. It is day...
Arafat Demands Help as Basilica Siege Continues
Byline: SAM KILEY A BITTER Yasser Arafat wound up more than two hours of talks with US Secretary of State Colin Powell today by demanding that the Bush administration and the international community act together to break Israel's siege of his headquarters....
A Touching Moment for Madonna Fuels Baby Rumours
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON IF THESE new pictures of Madonna are anything to go by, it looks like the 43-year-old may well be expecting her third child - and that son Rocco is in on the secret. Rumours that the pop icon is again pregnant by film...
Blair Is Shown Mountain to Climb on NHS; Budget 2002
Byline: JO REVILL THE DAUNTING scale of the problems facing the health service over the next 20 years - and the colossal sums needed to fix it - is being spelled out this morning in a report forming Gordon Brown's basis for the biggest investment...
Bond Star's Play Forces an Energis Bid by Csfb
Byline: JAMES MCLEAN CREDIT Suisse First Boston has been forced to unveil its presence as a potential bidder for debt-crippled telecoms company Energis to help underwrite potential losses from its holding in the group's bonds, City sources say....
Boss of BA Says Eu Should Control Air
Byline: ROBERT LEA TONY Blair and his Government must give up powers to regulate and control the UK aviation industry if global airlines are to pull out of a "time warp of protectionism", British Airways chief executive Rod Eddington said today....
Breaking World Bank Bond
Byline: RICHARD MORRISSEY IN THE bond popularity stakes, few borrowers are more sought after by global investors than the AAA-rated World Bank, which borrows between $20 billion and $30 billion ([pound]14 billion and [pound]21 billion) a year in...
Bring on the Summer
Byline: ANNABEL FREYBERG That's a good guide Get planning: Fay Sweet's snazzy ringbound book, The Kitchen Design Planner, just out from Ryland Peters and Small, is clever enough to put paid to the "how shall we design the kitchen" question. For...
Brown Is Still Driving for the Top Job
Byline: NICHOLAS KOCHAN A MAN who has experienced the loss of his first and only child might be expected to show at least some of the scars of his personal strain. He might also ask for an extended period of solitude and detachment from affairs...
Brown Lifts Taxes for the Nhs
Byline: CHARLES REISS Help for families Extra [pound]2.5billion for families. Working single parents guaranteed [pound]179 a week, working families [pound]237 a week. Working families tax credit extended to single parents. New child tax credit,...
Brown's [Pounds Sterling]7billion Tax Rise Budget
Byline: CHARLES REISS GORDON BROWN today set out to deliver a measured dose of pain to Middle England in his Budget, with a promise that it will produce better health in years to come. Tax rises predicted at about [pound]7 billion were top of...
Brown's [Pounds Sterling]7 Billion Tax Rise Budget
Byline: CHARLES REISS GORDON BROWN today set out to deliver a measured dose of pain to Middle England in his Budget, with a promise that it will produce better health in years to come. Tax rises predicted at about [pound]7 billion were top of...
Budget That Could Herald a Vital Funding Debate
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON SAYING that today's Budget marks a return to the old Labour policies of tax and spend misses a fundamental point. Few would question Chancellor Gordon Brown's awesome ability to raise tax - we are today paying [pound]60 billion...
'Bus Thugs Gouged My Eye out in Row over Rubbish'
A BUS passenger had his eye gouged out by a gang of "savage and brutal" thugs after he asked them not to throw rubbish, a court heard today. Security manager Kenneth Kingsford, 24, was left with his eyeball hanging on his cheek after he reprimanded...
But Did the Chancellor's Injection Last Year Make a Real Difference?; 8 London Hospitals Still Suffer
Byline: ZOE MORRIS;MAXINE FRITH GORDON BROWN is setting out in the Budget today what he has promised will be unprecedented investment in the National Health Service, write Zoe Morris and Maxine Frith. Health Secretary Alan Milburn will tomorrow...
Central Station Key to Success for Eriksson; Rio and Sol Lead Way, Says Butcher
Byline: MICHAEL HART THE domestic season hasn't been kind to Sven-Goran Eriksson and as the World Cup draws close it's clear that he will have to use England's training base in South Korea as a last resort for finetuning preparations. Injuries...
Chitty Kitty Is Tempting
IT COULD be the end of a beautiful friendship between the Royal Shakespeare Company and its beleaguered Artistic Director, Adrian Noble. Rumours abound that Noble stands to make enough money to be able to cut his RSC ties after the suc- cess...
Contraceptive Pill Promises Not to Put on Extra Weight
Byline: DAN BRIDGETT A NEW contraceptive pill which does not cause weight gain will be available in Britain from tomorrow. Yasmin has fewer side effects than other low-dose contraceptive pills, according to its makers Schering Health Care. ...
Crisis in the Middle East
A.N. WILSON asks why there were no Jews joining last Saturday's demonstration in London in support of the Palestinians (A demo we can't afford to ignore, 15 April). Actually, there were, although the experience of those who went whom I have spoken...
Darling,it's the Only Way to Eat Caviar
Byline: FAY MASCHLER THE best way to taste caviar is, using an implement made of horn or mother-of-pearl, to ladle a small amount onto the indentation on the back of one hand between thumb and forefinger and then lick it off. This particular part...
Day Diego's Dream Died
DIEGO MARADONA, the star of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, finished the 1990 tournament in Italy in floods of tears after Argentina self-destructed in the final. The rematch between West Germany and Argentina in Rome's Stadio Olympico was one of...
Diary of an Estate Agent; an Amorous Tennis Coach Makes a Hasty Retreat, While Our Agent's Labrador Puppy Makes Its Mark in the Office Homes & Property
Byline: ALASTAIR HANCOCK Monday A great start to the week: four offers have been received on properties viewed over the weekend, including a very optimistic one of [pound]495,000 on a modern, four-bed [pound]650,000 house in one of Sevenoaks's...
Elvis at the Last
Byline: PETE CLARK I'M SURE you know the feeling. On the way to a concert, or gig as it is sometimes termed, by one of your favourite artists, you are desperately hoping that it's going to be great, and you secretly fear that it's going to be crap....
EMBUREY CALLS UP THE NEW McGRATH
Byline: BRIAN SCOVELL MIDDLESEX may have found another Glenn McGrath as the short - term stand-in for the retiring Angus Fraser. Top TV commentator and former Australian captain Richie Benaud believes that 24-year-old, 6ft 5in Australian Ashley...
England Lifted by Beckham's Visit
Byline: KEN DYER DAVID BECKHAM has made a morale-boosting visit to the England team and congratulated Michael Owen, his replacement as captain for tonight's friendly against Paraguay. Manchester United star Beckham took several hours out of his...
Ex Banker Picks Up the Pieces of Ailing Nhs
Byline: JOANNE HART DEREK Wanless is a nice man. That is what everyone says about him. The person chosen by Chancellor Gordon Brown to conduct the most important piece of policy research commissioned by this Government - a report into the National...
Express Delivery
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES BUYING a home can be one of the most emotionally draining experiences in life. Apart from the legwork of finding a suitable property, purchasers have to contend with a system that seems calculated to trigger delays and upsets....
Face of Briton Killed in Borneo Crocodile Attack
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN THIS IS the first published picture of Richard Shadwell, killed by a crocodile while swimming in a river in Borneo. The 35-year-old from Sutton in Surrey, described as a "free spirit" by neighbours, is thought to have...
Fast and Fantastic; This Four-Storey Home Refurbishment Was Finished in Just Five Weeks. Jane Barry Finds out How Homes & Property
Byline: JANE BARRY THE day Nigel and Katrina Burroughs completed on their [pound]430,000 West Kensington terraced house last November they knew exactly what they wanted to do with it. The only problem was that it had to be done in five weeks flat....
Finesse in a Flash; THE LOWDOWN: All You Need to Know about Creating an Instant Lived-In Look. by Barbara Chandler Homes & Property
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER YOU have moved into your dream home but the excitement begins to evaporate as you realise that furnishing it could take weeks, if not months. If you're not prepared to hang around that long, here's our rundown on products...
FURY AS TOWN'S [Pounds sterling]6M PLOT IS SOLD CHEAP
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL A DISTRICT Auditor has been asked to examine why council land in the centre of Twickenham valued at up [pound]6 million has been sold to a developer for just [pound]750,000. The council has now given the developer permission...
Give Me Back My Deposit
Byline: LISA FREEDMAN I'M NOT the sort of person to examine the fine print of a contract or to become overly exercised about interest on money owed. But when, two months after moving out of a flat I rented, I still hadn't received my deposit back,...
Gunfire and Rock Music as Basilica Siege Grinds On
Byline: SAM KILEY ROCK music and nerve jangling sirens are played from two vast speakers hung from a crane at the Basilica of the Nativity. Palestinian gunmen inside respond by ringing church bells. The scene would cause peals of laughter. But inside...
Healthy Appetite of Family Firms Adds a Twist to Pasta Tale
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN SCARCELY a decade ago, spaghetti Bolognese was an exotic foreign dish that graced the average English dinner table about twice a month as a way of using up the leftovers from the Sunday roast. But today, pasta, in myriad varieties...
Help My Daughter Has Turned into a Tweenager
Byline: RACHEL JOHNSON THE hours of planning, the agonies over the guest list, the rehearsals for the day itself, the pomp, the pageantry. This is the sort of thing at which our nation undoubtedly excels, as reaffirmed this week by the meticulous,...
Hoddle's Grand Plan to Rescue Redknapp
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS GLENN HODDLE revealed today that Tottenham have an injury management plan for new signing Jamie Redknapp. Liverpool's former captain joined Spurs on a free transfer, four-year deal last night after passing two stringent...
Honor Bound
Byline: ALISON GUNN TELL a fellow Londoner that you're moving to Honor Oak Park, and the most likely response you'll get is, "Where on earth is that?" followed swiftly by "Why?" Sandwiched between Brockley, East Dulwich and the South Circular,...
Ignore Defendants' Loutish behaviour,Damilola Jury Is Told
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE Damilola Taylor murder trial jury was told today to ignore the fact the two defendants were "deeply unattractive" because this had no relevance to the case. Mr Justice Hooper opened his summing up in the 13th week of...
I Love Upstairs and Downstairs
Byline: COMPTON MILLER _Matt Damon (left), the latest Hollywood actor to hit London, is moving into a rented West End apartment close to such distractions as Chinawhite, the Met Bar and the Ivy. It will happen after the premiere of This Is Our Youth...
In a Race for the Title; How Fast Can a Conveyancing Solicitor Exchange Contracts on Your Home? Surf the Internet and You Could Find One to Do It in Just over a Week, Says Lorna Bourke Homes & Property
Byline: LORNA BOURKE EVEN in the 21st century, there is no such thing as "instant " conveyancing because however good your solicitor is, he or she is dependent on how fast the other side's solicitor is in dealing with the paperwork. When I bought...
Increase in Number of Race Attacks on Jews in Britain
Byline: KEITH POOLE RACIST attacks on Britain's Jewish community have shown a disturbing rise in the wake of the deepening violence in the Middle East, it emerged today. The increase in anti-semitic assaults comes as Jewish leaders become increasingly...
In the Air
_ The long-running saga of New Statesman editor Peter Wilby's attempt to find a political editor to replace the departing Jackie Ashley gets curiouser and curiouser. Various candidates report holding strange conversations with Wilby, in which he has...
Iranians Seek a Voice
Byline: PATRICK MARMION IRANIAN cinema is as fashionable over here as a Prada veil might be in downtown Tehran, but it's doubtful that this visiting performance from Theatre Bazi will make their theatre so modish. Not that this strangely absorbing,...
Is It Payback Time?; Homes & Property Lawyer Henry Stuart Answers Londoners' Queries Homes & Property
Byline: HENRY STUART Q I own a leasehold flat in a Victorian house that has been converted into four flats. The freeholder proposed some repairs to the building some time ago, submitted two quotes, as required by law, and my neighbours and I submitted...
Is Kensal Rise the New Hoxton ?; Now That Yuppies Have Invaded the East End,the Fashion Set Is Flocking to Nw10- It's Cheap and Chic
Byline: SYRIE JOHNSON SINCE Hoxton is now filled with yuppies happy to fork out half a million for a desolate loft, and Notting Hill only houses millionaire moguls, the cutting-edge crowd has been sniffing around for somewhere new to claim as its...
It's as Good as Sold
Byline: ANTHEA MASEY IT TAKES an average of three months to sell a house, which everyone agrees leaves too much scope for the deal to go sour. But it doesn't need to be like that. There are a number of things that you can do to put your property...
It's Tax Rises for All
Byline: CHARLES REISS FOR ALL GORDON BROWN today embarked on a tax raising Budget which hit employers and employees alike to fund the NHS. From April there will be an additional one per cent National Insurance contribution from employers, employees...
IT'S TAX RISE WEDNESDAY; _ Brown's Budget Hits Middle England _ Some Increases Delayed until 2003 _ Big Funding Boost for the Ailing NHS
Byline: CHARLES REISS GORDON BROWN today set out to deliver a measured dose of pain to Middle England in his Budget, with a promise that it will produce better health in years to come. Tax rises predicted at about [pound]7billion were top of...
It's Wrong Cure,mr Brown; the Nhs Needs More Doctors and Funding,but from Private Insurence,throwing Taxpayers Money Won't Rescue a System That's 30 Years out of Date
Byline: STEPHEN POLLARD JUST over two years ago, I was at a party stuffed full of New Labour types. One of Tony Blair's most t rusted advisers sidled up to me and asked me a question. "How about this for an idea: do you think we should pledge to...
King of the Jungle; A Passion for Palms and Inspiration from Rousseau Led Bruce Fursman to Turn His Queens Park Garden into a Tropical Paradise. Pattie Barron Meets himHOMES & PROPERTY
Byline: PATTIE BARRON SOME urban gardens are meticulously planned, down to the last speck of gravel. Others, such as Bruce Fursman's jungly paradise in leafy Queens Park, casually evolve. "I just started digging into the lawn and the flowerbeds,"...
Labour Luck Holds on Jobs and Loan Rate
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE GOLDEN economic backdrop against which Gordon Brown is delivering his sixth Budget today was highlighted by new figures showing unemployment at its lowest for more than 25 years, the public finances in good shape and no...
Let's Get Our Skates on; Just How Quickly Can You Move into a Rental Property? It Could Be a Matter of Hours, Finds Rosalind Russell Homes & Property
Byline: ROSALIND RUSSELL HOW speedily you can find yourself a new home to rent is generally down to how fast your employers and your bank will turn round references. And, of course, how quickly you can come up with the deposit. There are many...
Lost Contracts 'Make Dome Fraud Impossible to Prove'
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY DETAILS of contracts worth millions of pounds to supply the Millennium Dome have gone missing, making it impossible to pin down cases of potential fraud, it is claimed today. In fresh evidence of failures and mismanagement...
Marathon Race That's Hard to Fathom Out
Byline: KEITH POOLE MOST participants may be slumped exhausted in their armchairs nursing aching limbs but for one runner - and his 120lb diving suit - the London Marathon goes on. Three days after the race started, Lloyd Scott, from Rainham,...
Marines Facing Al Qaeda Force of Up to 20,000
Byline: ROBERT FOX THE al Qaeda terrorist network has been rebuilt in Pakistan, Western strategists fear, and up to 20,000 fighters are about to mount a new summer offensive across southern Afghanistan. This is the main reason that 300 troops...
Marines Facing Al Qaeda Force of Up to 20,000; CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERROR
Byline: ROBERT FOX THE al Qaeda terrorist network has been rebuilt in Pakistan, western strategists fear, and up to 20,000 fighters are about to mount a new summer offensive across southern Afghanistan. This is the main reason that some 300 troops...
Marines Target Mortars at the Al Qaeda 'Rat Line'
Byline: HUGH MUIR ROYAL Marines today stepped up their mission in eastern Afghanistan, firing mortars at mountain hideouts used by al Qaeda to make them inaccessible. As part of the initial operation to seize complete control of the dangerous...
Michael Has All the Right Credtials
Byline: GARETH SOUTHGATE THE announcement that Michael Owen will be our captain against Paraguay took everyone by surprise - his England team-mates included. Speculation had been rife in recent days but the coach, as always, kept things close...
MUGGINGS UP TO 190 A DAY; Alarm for the Yard as Figures Show Big Increases All Round
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON;DAVID TAYLOR THE true scale of London's street robbery epidemic is laid bare today as official figures reveal an astonishing 38 per cent leap in muggings. There are more than 190 robberies every day - and the unprecedented...
Must Fly Must Buy
IT'S not often Birmingham gets a look-in on this page, but it is home to Master of Wine Gerard Basset's Ecole du Vin, launching this weekend at Hotel du Vin (0121 236 0559). The hotel - which opened last year with champagne bar, cigar divan and 7,000-strong...
New Breast Cancer Link to Obesity in Over-50s
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL POSTMENOPAUSAL women run a greater risk of breast cancer if they are overweight, according to new research published today. Older women with high levels of oestrogen and testosterone are twice as likely to develop the disease...
News in Brief; Deep-Sea Diver Is out of His Depth in Marathon Plod
MOST participants have been nursing aching limbs for three days but Lloyd Scott is at the half way mark in his 120lb diving suit. Mr Scott, right, from Rainham, crossed Tower Bridge last night and is expected to finish the race by Friday. The...
New Stamping Grounds; One Lewisham Developer Is Offering Homes under the [Pounds Sterling]150,000 Stamp-Duty Threshold, Says David Spittles Homes & Property
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES STAMP-DUTY reforms are expected to be announced in today's budget, with Chancellor Gordon Brown sweeping away the tax in urban areas deemed deprived. The aim is to encourage business and to revive residential neighbourhoods....
No Stopping Vieira
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ZINEDINE ZIDANE may be the world's most expensive player but the World Cup and Euro 2000 winner today insisted his teammate Patrick Vieira was "the most complete player that you could find". Real Madrid thought they'd bought...
One Cup of Coffee before Gordon Spills the Beans; Budget 2002
Byline: VALENTINE LOW BEHIND every great Chancellor ... there's a loyal wife bringing him a cup of coffee. This was Gordon Brown today, taking a nice hot drink from the supportive Sarah as he puts the finishing touches to his sixth Budget. ...
Phone Text Alerts Help to Combat Credit Card Fraudsters
Byline: VICTORIA FLETCHER TEXT message warnings could soon be sent to consumers who have had their credit cards stolen. If any unusual transactions are made from an account, customers would immediately be sent the text alert by their credit card...
Plug and Go Offices
YOU have an idea and a laptop, but no office and no secretarial help. Space at home is limited, and besides, you want to get out and mix with like-minded self-starters in a trendy environment. Oh, and you can only afford a cheap commercial rent....
Primark Provides the Cheer for Ab Foods
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE ASSOCIATED British Foods' pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap Primark clothes chain put in a stellar performance in the last half-year despite the economic slowdown. Profits at Primark, Britain's second biggest lingerie retailer...
Rabbit Set to Be Pulled from Hat
Byline: IAN CHADBAND ACOUPLE of years ago at his Buenos Aires home, 18-year-old Javier Saviola, just crowned South America's footballer of the year, told me how he hated the suffocating tag of the "new Maradona" and preferred the idea that soon,...
Road Cameras to Target 60,000 Extra Motorists; DOUBLE HAZARD FOR LONDON'S DRIVERS: NEW MET SPEED TRAP BLITZ ...AND CAMPAIGN TO SLOW MOTORISTS RIGHT DOWN TO CRAWLING PACE
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS AN intensive new speed camera blitz is being mounted against lawbreaking drivers in London. The Met is joining the "cash for cameras" incentive scheme which allows the police, for the first time, to spend fines revenue...
Runner- Up May Take the Big Prize
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT LAST night's Grand Final of the London International Piano Competition was sensibly restricted to three pianists. Even with such a small field, however, it had only one possible result. The wrong one. Because juries are...
Scents and Sensibilty
Byline: PATTIE BARRON PERFUMING a room can lift the spirits, soothe the work-weary soul or set the scene for seduction. It can create a welcoming ambience, stimulate the appetite or evoke treasured memories. The feel-good factor of this most simple...
Songs from Mali with Knobs On
Byline: MARK ESPINER LONDON'S having a love affair with Mali at the moment. What with the Damon Albarn project, Salif Keita and Angelique Kidjo all playing within weeks of each other. Last night Mamani Keita and Marc Minelli - with their fresh take...
Spurs Make Me See Red
Byline: CHARLIE WHELAN TOTTENHAM may have capitulated to Arsenal on the pitch but why should they give in off it too? The new Kappa shirt will be resplendent with the red logo of the club's new sponsor which I saw of the first time in the programme...
Superior Climbers; GARDENING NEWS Homes & Property
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Plants of the week Life is a Roka Kolla: If you're a fool for a gorgeous clematis, you'll want this rarity: cool beauty Roka Kolla (right), has palest green-tinged buds that open to pure white, and is happiest languishing...
Surprise Start for Vasssell
Byline: KEN DYER DARIUS VASSELL will be the surprise inclusion in England's starting line-up for the World Cup warm-up game against Paraguay tonight, With normal striking partner Emile Heskey injured, England's new captain, Michael Owen, was...
Taking a (Tax-Free) Gamble on the Big Speech; Budget 2002
Byline: VALENTINE LOW WHEN the Chancellor rises to his feet today, millions of people will hang anxiously on his every word as they wait to discover whether he is going to put up tax. But there are others who are rather more interested in how...
Tax Bill for Our Sick NHS Needs to Triple; Wanless Report Backs Public Funding but Outlines [Pounds Sterling]184bn Cost to Nation
Byline: JO REVILL THE SHEER scale of the sums needed to improve Britain's ailing health service were revealed today, with a grim warning that as much as [pound]116 billion a year, on top of present levels, will have to be found by taxpayers within...
Tax-Funded NHS Needs Billions More to Work
Byline: JO REVILL THE SHEER scale of the extra money needed to transform Britain's ailing health services was spelt out to Tony Blair today. Spending needs to rise from [pound] 68billion a year to up to [pound]184 billion a year within the next...
Telecoms Fans Can Beat Wireless Worries
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE IT HAS been a gruelling two years for people owning telecoms shares. If they have seen the paper value of their holdings fall a mere 75%, they can count themselves fortunate. Just how bad can it get? Late last week, the...
The Crime Wave
TODAY WE REVEAL the latest alarming crime figures produced by Scotland Yard. Even after entering the usual caveats about official statistics on crime - they can often be unreliable and notoriously open to conflicting interpretations - these make shocking...
This Magical Chitty Chitty Hits the Ground Running; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The London Palladium CHITTY Chitty Bang Bang hit the West End last night with an outburst of sheer theatrical magic. Not many stage vehicles land so smoothly as this account of Michael Ball's...
Too Much Ducking and Diving by Diva
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON YOU can understand why a diva in the twilight of her career might be tempted by a programme of superficially less-demanding Lieder. But should she be allowed to wreak havoc on such innocent specimens? The Bulgarian soprano...
Traffic Calming Madness; DOUBLE HAZARD FOR LONDON'S DRIVERS; NEW MET SPEED TRAP BLITZ ...AND CAMPAIGN TO SLOW MOTORISTS RIGHT DOWN TO CRAWLING PACE
Byline: DICK MURRAY THEY call it traffic calming - but it leaves motorists anything but calm. Cars jammed into a single lanes where once there were two. Cyclists forced on to the pavement just to keep safe. And everywhere traffic reduced to a...
Tycoon 'Ordered Killing after Deal Soured'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON PROPERTY developer Nicholas van Hoogstraten ordered the contract killing of his onetime business friend after he threatened him with a fraud trial, the Old Bailey was told today. As he was attacked by two gunmen, murder victim...
Ultimate Fighting Battles Its Way Here
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY THEY have been described as modernday gladiators who beat the living daylights out of each other. Opponents have described their "sport" as the human equivalent of cock fighting. But the craze of Ultimate Fighting, which...
War Casulties; a Leading Commentator Has Accused Some British Journalists of Anti Israeli Bias,but Can an Armchair Crtic Ever Know How Hard Reporters Try to Be Balanced
Byline: PHILLIP KNIGHTLEY THE messengers are being shot again. The Daily Telegraph columnist, Barbara Amiel, has opened fire on war correspondents reporting from Israel, accusing them of bringing bad news. She says they have "abandoned balanced...
What a Storm in a Cup Cake
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH IT was distressing to read the very uncharitable allegations being made about Miss Nigella Lawson, the celebrity telly cook and, be it remembered, a predecessor in this very column, to the effect that she sometimes pinches...
Why Becks and a Baby Won't Change Henman
Byline: CHRIS JONES TIM HENMAN has been as intrigued by the David Beckham foot saga as he has been by his own form. Britain's No1 tennis player, who is expecting his first child with wife Lucy in October, is a huge football fan and has been following...
Yard Blames Terror Duties for Massive Rise in Crime
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON;DAVID TAYLOR SCOTLAND YARD has vowed to fight back against soaring street crime after new figures today reveal a huge annual rise. The Met says its responsibilities to protect London from terrorism after 11 September...
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