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Articles from February 13, 2001

2000 to Go as the Man from the Pru Gets a Desk Job
Byline: JOANNE HART PRUDENTIAL is axeing the oldfashioned Man from the Pru after almost 150 years. The move is part of a radical restructuring of the insurer's British business in which 2000 people will lose their jobs. Prudential is removing...
Abbey Choir School 'Must Deal with Staff Bullies'
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER WESTMINSTER Abbey Choir School has been criticised in a draft social services report following an investigation into claims of "psychological bullying" of boys by staff. The report on the school, which has supplied choristers...
A New-Born Baby Lies Dead in the Gutter, Ignored by Passers-By. It Is an Image That Will Shock the World; Today's Daily Mail Picture Is a Ghastly Reminder of the Chinese Government's 'One Child' Policy. GEORGE WALDEN, Who Served as Diplomat in China, Says This Is What Can Happen When State Power Invades Private Lives
Byline: GEORGE WALDEN TODAY the Daily Mail carries a heart-stopping picture. It is rare that one photo can sum up a country, but this one tells you everything about contemporary China. It shows two children of about 12 stepping off the pavement...
A One Bedroom Flat in This Block Costs; (1)THIS IS A TALE OF TWO CITIES AND THE AMAZING DIFFERENCES IN THEIR PROPERTY PRICES (2) WHY? BECAUSE THIS BLOCK IS IN PARIS . . . . . . AND THIS BLOCK IS IN LONDON
Byline: ANTHEA MASEY Young teachers, nurses and doctors are being driven out of London by soaring rents and property prices. Yet, only a three-hour journey away by Eurostar, key workers in Paris can easily find their way on to the property ladder....
A Serving of Fast Food That Even America Can't Stomach
Byline: MOLLY WATSON IF YOUR biggest worry about eating at a fast food restaurant is whether to order a burger and fries or barbecue grilled nuggets and a strawberry milkshake, then swallow hard and think again. According to Fast Food Nation:...
A Taste of Success as the World Goes Crazy for Samosas
Byline: JOHN SWINFIELD WHEN I CAUGHT up with estate agent turned samosa maker Jake Karia he was busy instructing a builder about work on the factory in Leicester being built to cope with the burgeoning demand for his spicy delicacies. The little...
Bawdy All the Way
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON 666 H Riverside Studios WHEN the four men strut onto the stage in their bright orange outfits, they look as if they have just been Tangoed - but this miserable fate is nothing compared with the botched executions, penile...
Blair Could Still Do Better on Comprehensives; as the Government Pledges to Transform Secondary Schools, Education Correspondent TIM MILES Looks at Its Record and Prospects
Byline: TIM MILES EDUCATION SECRETARY David Blunkett yesterday announced plans for the demise of what the Prime Minister's official spokesman described as the "bog-standard comprehensive". The monolithic comprehensive does make an inviting target....
Boots Bosses to Face Tough Tests to Keep Their Jobs
Byline: JOANNE HART THE 50 most senior directors at Boots, including chief executive Steve Russell, are being interviewed for their jobs as part of the retailer's change of strategic direction. Assessments are being carried out by external management...
Boots Top Brass Face Tough Tests for Their Jobs in Big Revamp
Byline: JOANNE HART THE 50 most senior directors at Boots, including chief executive Steve Russell, are being interviewed for their jobs as part of the retailer's change of strategic direction. Assessments are being carried out by external management...
BP Making [Pound]350 Profit Every Second
OIL giant BP Amoco is expected to announce soaring profits of up to [pound]11.5 billion today - the equivalent of [pound]350 a second, writes David Williams. The announcement comes only days after motoring groups denounced the record profits of...
BRITAIN'S NEW ASYLUM FIASCO; Only a Dozen Rejected Migrants Are Deported Each Month Says Union
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN ONLY a dozen people each month are deported from Britain after being refused asylum, immigration officers said today. The Immigration Service Union said that the asylum system had "collapsed" and there was no process in place...
Calm Woods Rises above Slump Jibes Golf
Byline: DAVID SMITH FOR the majority of professional golfers, going seven, 17 or even 70 tournaments without a victory is hardly a cause for serious concern. The reality of the game is there can be few winners around the globe, so the accepted...
Cat Numbers out of Control, Says RSPCA
Byline: MARTIN MCGLOWN BRITAIN'S spiralling cat population is today being targeted by RSPCA chiefs eager to reduce the number of pets being abandoned. The domestic cat population is thought to be around 6 million and is growing at an alarming...
Cost of Rail Chaos 'Will Reach [Pound]5bn by Easter'
Byline: JO THORNHILL RAIL chaos will have cost British businesses [pound]5 billion by Easter - a devastating statistic for the nation's small- business community. Economists at the London Chamber of Commerce (LCC) have calculated that firms nationwide...
C&W Sends the Right Signals Via Nomura; MARKET REPORT
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK TELECOMS giant Cable & Wireless is continuing to attract the support of big City institutions, today climbing 14p to 833p in heavy turnover of more than 15 million shares - stretching its advance to 31p over the past two...
Dismaying Figures on Asylum
MOST PEOPLE will be shocked, but not surprised, by the latest figures on bogus asylum seekers. In short, only a handful of those who are ordered to leave the country are made to do so. Only a dozen people a month are deported from Britain, even...
Don't Panic, It's Only a Cold Sore; the Only Way to Be Sure You'll Never Get Herpes Is Not to Kiss Anyone Ever Again. If That's Not an Option, Says RUTH GRAHAM, Don't Worry - the Worst Side Effect of This Viral Infection Is Embarrassment
Byline: RUTH GRAHAM IMAGINE the scene. You feel flu-like and weak, and a small patch of skin on your body is very tender. There may be some slight blistering, and possibly itching. Your doctor examines you and informs you that it's a primary...
Fears for Children 'Dumped' at Diana Playground
Byline: PETER GRUNER SECURITY is being stepped up at the Princess Diana Memorial playground in Kensington Gardens amid concern over vandalism and parents "dumping" their children while they go shopping. A new CCTV monitoring system is to be installed...
Garde Tells Both Sides of the Story
THE FIRST player Arsene Wenger signed for Arsenal may have slipped in and then out at Highbury without much fuss, but Remi Garde will have his say when the Gunners face Lyon tonight. Garde, who spent three years at Arsenal before retiring from the...
Germans Line Up Their Sights on Tinsel Town
Byline: ALLAN HALL THE BATTLE of Stalingrad cost Germany the war but it might yet win it Hollywood. Europe's most expensive film ever debuted at the Berlinale film festival this week with high-hopes of Teutonic cinema riding on its lavish shirt...
Gibson Leads Big-Screen A-Team
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON IN 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit now the A-Team has escaped once again from their maximum-security stockade for a big-screen remake of the classic Eighties...
Gladiator in for the Kill
THIS YEAR'S Oscar nominations invite a contest of David and Goliath proportions. The Big G comes in the form of Gladiator. Ridley Scott's hugely successful, large-scale entertainment set in ancient Rome brought back a sense of epic scale to the...
Going Weak at the Knees; Princess Caroline's Injuries in a Crash with a Snow Plough in the Alps Yesterday Might Once Have Ended Her Active Life. but Modern Surgical Techniques for Sports Injuries Bring about Amazing Recoveries, Says GITA MENDIS
Byline: GITA MENDIS TWENTY years ago Princess Caroline of Monaco would never have skied again - and she might have limped for the rest of her life. Ten years ago she would probably be lame for about a year, and the operation to replace damaged tendons...
Good to Hear the Voice of Football
Byline: DAVID BOND NO fuss, no fanfare. With 20 minutes of West Ham's Pre-miership game with Coventry gone, there he was, filling the airwaves with the enthusiasm of a schoolboy attending his first match. For John Motson, of course it was anything...
Grimandi Backing Wiltord to Prove His Worth
Byline: DAVID BOND GILLES GRIMANDI has backed French teammate Sylvain Wiltord to win over his Highbury doubters provided he is given a chance to prove himself in the Arsenal lineup. With Dennis Bergkamp grounded at home and Kanu struggling for...
Hague Banks on Europe to Swing Undecided Voters; the Row over the Euro and an Uncommitted Electorate Give the Tories a Glimmer of Election Hope, Says PETER KELLNER
Byline: PETER KELLNER WILLIAM HAGUE believes he has two big assets as the General Election draws near: his stance on Europe, and the fact that millions of voters have yet to decide firmly which party to support. New polling evidence shows that both...
Hair Dye Linked to Cancer; Permanent Hair Dye Can Increase Your Risk of Cancer, Reports RAJ PERSAUD
Byline: RAJ PERSAUD RESEARCHERS at the University of Southern California have announced a startling result from research into 1,500 victims of bladder cancer - namely, that women who use permanent hair dyes at least once a month are more than doubling...
Heal Yourself with a Curry; Ayurveda Is More Than Just Beauty Treatments - Its Principles Apply to Food, Too, Reports GITA MENDIS
Byline: GITA MENDIS CHEFS Kuldeep Singh and Raminder Malhotra are on a mission: they want the British public to appreciate how much more there is to Indian food than chicken vindaloo. According to Ayurvedic food traditions, every spice has a potent...
He Came, He Saw, I Wept
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH THERE are three intractable philosophical problems that keep me awake at night. How can we be certain that detergent manufacturers aren't mixing a little dirt in with the soap powder to make sure we keep buying the stuff?...
Her Name Is Stuck, Upside Down (She Is Australian), on the Door of a Dressing Room Barely Big Enough for Boris Becker to Father a Child in; Soap Star, Disco Diva and Now Star of a West-End Musical? NICK FOULKES Discovers What a Nice Girl like Dannii Minogue Is Doing in a Place like This
Byline: NICK FOULKES WALKING across the grey, rain-soaked, wind tunnel known as Tottenham Court Road, past a small pizza kiosk and into the Dominion theatre, it is difficult not to feel sorry for Dannii Minogue. Until recently she had been sharing...
Hoey Supports FA Move on Passports
SPORTS MINISTER Kate Hoey has backed the Football Association's decision to get tough on possible passport violations. The FA have handed clubs a two-week deadline in which to clear up any problems regarding the documents of non-European Union players....
Hong Kong Property Boosted by Sales Cuts; MARKET REPORT
Byline: RAY HEATH HONG Kong property stocks were boosted today by government moves to limit the amount of land to be sold this year, but as Tokyo reopened after yesterday's holiday an attempt to continue Friday's weak rally fizzled out and the Nikkei...
How White Shed His Bit-Part Tag to Take Top Billing
Byline: DAVID LLOYD CRAIG WHITE has become such a crucial figure in England's Test team that it's hard to credit he was nothing more than a one-day fill-in player 12 months ago. Apart from wicketkeeper-batsman Alec Stewart, there is now no one...
'I Don't Run from Controversy, I Run towards It'
Byline: JACK MASSARIK TO get right to the top, a 21st century jazz superstar needs to demonstrate several important qualities apart from the ability to write, play and direct top-class music. He must have the persuasiveness of a diplomat, the shrewdness...
'I Feared for My Life as I Fled from Soccer Stars'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A YOUNG Asian student told today how he ran for his life to escape a drunken group of Leeds United footballers and their friends. Sarfraz Najeib, 20, told the jury how he was knocked to the ground and then fled from the group...
It's Botox Party Night: Tupperware for the Cosmetic Generation; It's Friday Night, the Girls Are around, but They're Not Here for Drinks ... They Are Here for the Doctor's Surgery in the Kitchen. ALASDAIR FLIND Swings an Invite
Byline: ALASDAIR FLIND ON FRIDAY night, in an affluent west London house, five glamorous women plus one husband gathered together for a very strange party. The familiar vegetable dips and houmus were provided, along with herbal tea, but the guest...
Just as It Seemed That Mandelson Had No Way Back
Byline: PETER KELLNER DURING the first 72 hours after Peter Mandelson's resignation, the Press was unanimous. He had to go because he had told lies about a phone call to the Home Office. However, since Mr Man-delson told his side of the story in...
Leeds Need Viduka and Smith to Find Goal Touch
LEEDS manager David O'Leary is looking to Mark Viduka and Alan Smith to recapture their goalscoring form against Anderlecht in the Champions League at Elland Road tonight. O'Leary is without Robbie Keane because the Republic of Ireland striker is...
Life in the Palm of Your Hand
Byline: CHRIS PARTRIDGE It can be your secretary and your other brain, but it can also be your navigator, your stereo, your library ... CHRIS PARTRIDGE on the wonders of a personal digital assistant Where am I? Download Street Planner Millennium...
Looking out for Long Tail Down Is Far from Plain Sailing
Byline: MARC RIVALLAND ONE OF the more masterful decisions made by Kingfisher was to sponsor Ellen MacArthur on her round-the-world race which ended last weekend. I hope Kingfisher made clear to their French shoppers in Castorama and Darty their...
Mrs Robinson III Shows off Acting Credentials
SHE is the third leading lady to bare all in The Graduate, but at least the latest Mrs Robinson had the credentials of an actress. Amanda Donohoe, former star of LA Law and The Madness of King George, stepped into Jerry Hall's stockings last night...
Net Gain on the Phone
Byline: RICHARD LONGHURST ANY service that can save you money on phone calls has to be worth investigating. Go2Call (at www.go2call. co.uk) lets you use your PC to call normal phones and mobiles - provided you've got a microphone and headphones,...
NET PORN PERVERTS GO FREE IN MONTHS; Sentencing Row over Massive Paedophile Ring
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON SEVEN British paedophiles jailed today for their part in the world's biggest child sex ring could be free in 18 months or less. Outrage greeted the short sentences after the seven men admitted being members of the "Wonderland...
Notting Hill Carnival May Head for Park
Byline: DEEPA SHAH A ROW has erupted over proposals to re-route the Notting Hill carnival procession through Hyde Park to avoid a repeat of the violence that marred last year's event and left two dead. Hyde Park is the favourite alternative open...
Orange Gets the Blues as Share Deals Kick Off
Byline: ROBERT LINDSAY FRANCE T?l?com's float of its mobile phones subsidiary Orange was beginning to look like a damp squib today even before the shares began trading as its price in the grey market sank below the issue price. It was trading...
Outrage as BP's [Pound]9.7bn Profit Makes UK Corporate History
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS BP AMOCO faced angry condemnation from drivers today as it reported huge profits of [pound]9.7 billion. Although short of the [pound]11.5 billion forecast by City analysts, it is still the largest profit in British corporate...
Pork Pie Hat Talk a Load of Tripe, Luvvie; MARTIN CHILTON'S NOTEBOOK
Byline: MARTIN CHILTON IT'S hard for any true football fan not to reach for the sick bag every time a luvvie starts spouting about the beautiful game so it is with a heavy heart that Notebook returns to the subject of Kenneth Branagh. Branagh...
[Pound]1m for 'Super Wardens' on Worst Estates
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR A NEW breed of "super caretakers" will patrol some of London's most troubled estates as part of a [pound]1 million windfall for the capital to be announced today. Four areas - in Islington, Havering, Sutton and Tower Hamlets...
[Pound]2.8m for Dome's Sponsor Consultants Who Raised No Cash
Byline: JO REVILL MANAGEMENT consultants hired to raise sponsorship cash for the Dome were paid nearly [pound]3million by the company running the attraction, despite not raising a penny themselves, it was revealed today. International Management...
[Pound]5m Hammer Blow for Dome as No One Wants to Buy the Zones
Byline: STEWART PAYNE NO ONE wants to buy the Millennium Dome's exhibition zones when they come up for sale later this month. The Evening Standard has discovered that the Dome's operating company has not had a single expression of interest for...
Princess Caroline Is Hit by Snowplough
Byline: ALLAN HALL PRINCESS CAROLINE of Monaco has been seriously injured after being hit by a snow plough in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps. The 44-year-old royal was taken by helicopter to a private clinic nine miles away after crashing...
Princess Caroline Is Injured in Ski Collision
Byline: ALLAN HALL;COLIN ADAMSON PRINCESS CAROLINE of Monaco has been injured in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps. The 44-year-old daughter of Prince Rainier was taken by helicopter to a private clinic nine miles away after attempting to...
Probe into How a Satanist Was Free to Kill Young Diego
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI THE police and Crown Prosecution Service are today investigating how a satanist was freed from jail to murder a 12-year-old boy. Devil worshipper Edward Crowley, 52, was yesterday jailed for life at the Old Bailey for...
Puff Daddy Rapped over Fur Show
Byline: LUKE LEITCH THE millionaire rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs - on trial in the US on bribery and firearms charges has infuriated animal rights groups for using fur in his fashion show after promising it would be a "fur-free" zone. Officials...
Quiet Trond Is Now a Big Hit for the Dons Seriously
Byline: LEO SPALL T ROND ANDERSEN is probably the least likely of Wimbledon's players to start a Crazy Gang revival. The shy Norwegian has made it his mission to keep his head down and get on with his football since he joined from Molde for [pound]2.5...
Reuters' Online Costs Offset Instinet Boom
Byline: ROBERT LINDSAY FINANCIAL information services giant Reuters unveiled soaring full-year revenue today, offset by the heavy cost of putting its services on the internet which pushed operating profit down 25% to [pound]411 million. Revenue...
Rising Cost of True Love; Valentines Face [Pound]75 Bill for a Dozen Red Roses
Byline: JASON CORCORAN IF YOU'RE saying it with flowers on Valentine's Day you'll have to reach deep into your pockets as florists across London raise their prices. The cost of wooing your loved one with roses has never been more expensive with...
Rogues' Gallery
Byline: PATRICK MARMION SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK AND ROLL H Camden People's Theatre SEX, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the holy trinity of modern youth culture, are the objects of satire in Eric Bogosian's pitiless survey of the twisted American male psyche....
Secret CCTV Sparks Row over Spying at Town Hall
Byline: MARK BENHAM UNION officials at a London council claim they are being spied on by managers after hidden cameras were discovered in a conference room. Two miniature cameras were found concealed behind smoke alarm boxes at Newham town hall....
Shame of Brothers in Arms
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL THE earthquake in western India has slipped, not only from the headlines of our newspapers, but from their inner pages. No longer do we see pictures of tip-tilted apartment blocks torn asunder or reduced to rubble, no longer...
Surf the World; Feel the Urge to Travel but Can't Be Bothered Leaving Home? DEBBIE BARHAM Reports on How You Can Still Join the Adventurers
Byline: DEBBIE BARHAM SUPER-yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur crossed the world single-handedly and came second in the Vend"e Globe race. Big deal: her real achievement was that throughout the gruelling 94 solitary days at sea, battling hurricanes, sleep...
Taxpayers' [Pound]250m Stake in Rolls Sales
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS THE British taxpayer will have a stake in the development of the latest series of Rolls-Royce's famous Trent aero engines that are intended for the next generation of world airliners. The Government is contributing [pound]250...
The Bizarre Mix of Curry and Wine; How Well Does Wine Go with Indian Food? Maybe Sometimes, but Wine Has Nothing Much Left to Say to Peacock Flavouring of This Order. Beer Is Best
Byline: ANDREW JEFFORD BIZARRE is a memorable word, as anyone who has ever seen Renoir's droll film Boudu sauv" des eaux will remember. It's also useful in our "fusion" world, as the incoming tide of globalisation muddies once-neat cultural divides....
The Miracle of Being Ordinary
Byline: LESLEY GARNER Now that science has proved the rich and famous are exactly like us, we - inspired by new author Sylvia Smith - should celebrate the richness of our banal and humdrum lives, says LESLEY GARNER IS the revelation of the human...
The New King Cole; Rising Star Tipped for Eriksson's First Squad
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger today claimed that Ashley Cole is worth a place in Sven-Goran Eriksson's first England squad. A shortage of suitably experienced left-backs means the emerging young Arsenal defender could be one...
The [Pound]135m Question of Universal Banking the [Pound]135m Question of Universal Banking
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON AS THE bank results season kicks in, observers are betting that one thing that will not be prominent in the eulogistic reporting of their bumper profits is the Government's plan for universal banking. As Sherlock Holmes...
The Shape of Schools to Come; Will the Biggest School-Building Programme for a Generation Bring Us Inspired Centres of Learning ... or More Monuments to Mediocrity?
Byline: ROWAN MOORE KIDS. We all love kids. They're our future, aren't they? This simple four-letter word will always bring a tremulous catch to Tony Blair's voice as if, on its way to being uttered, it habitually transforms itself into a chilli-coated...
The Three That Found a Home; They Were Battersea's 12 Dogs of Christmas, but Now We Present
Byline: PETER GRUNER JUST two months ago the prospects for 12 mongrels rescued by Battersea Dogs Home seemed, at best, bleak. They were not the pick of the pack - the line-up comprising animals of unpredictable temperament and a few who were clearly...
The Woman Who Put Rock into Harpers & Queen; There's No Such Thing as Society for New H&Q Editor Judy Yeomans - She Wants the Glossy Magazine to Reflect the New Establishment Instead. She Explains Why to SHANE WATSON
Byline: SHANE WATSON THIS Sunday, the first day of London Fashion Week, Harpers & Queen is throwing a party to launch the magazine under the editorship of Lucy Yeomans. Up until this moment Harpers & Queen has been the low-key, polite...
This Is the Picture Downing Street Did Not Want Us to See
Byline: VALENTINE LOW THIS will probably bring the Government down. It shows Tony Blair in front of an Old Master - a picture that Downing Street went to great lengths to ensure was never taken. Why? Because the painting - a work by Annibale...
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I'll Wear Yah Tomorrow
Byline: LAURA CRAIK EVERYBODY loves Marc Jacobs. The doe-eyed, dark-haired American can do no wrong. As well as putting the "ooh" into Louis Vuitton, the designer somehow managed to find time to launch a new line, Marc, this spring - a cheaper,...
Top Seed Henman Is in Confident Mood Tennis
TIM HENMAN, the top seed at the Copenhagen Open, said today he was in a confident frame of mind as he prepared to face Slava Dosedel of the Czech Republic in his opening match tonight. "I'm looking forward to the match and believe I am mentally...
Warm Welcome for the Man Twickenham Loved to Hate
Byline: CHRIS JONES CATT-BAITING used to be an English rugby pastime, practised by the Barbour brigade at Twickenham on a defenceless creature standing alone on a large patch of well-tended grass. The participants in this unseemly 'sport' would...
When Boy Meets Net Meets Girl; Love's Young Dream, Den of Sleaze or Somewhere to Make a Friend? as Valentine's Day Looms Online, MARK HUGHES-MORGAN and JENNIFER RODGER Investigate
Byline: MARK HUGHES-MORGAN;JENNIFER RODGER TOMORROW, as if you didn't know, is the nation's official day of love. It commemorates the day thesaint @Valentine.com first logged on to Lovechat and emailed "U n Me? (Heart)" - or at least you would...
Workers May Not Have to Retire at 65 in War on Ageism
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN RETIREMENT at 65 could become a thing of the past under government proposals to be unveiled tomorrow. Ministers are expected to rule that companies who force workers to retire at a fixed age are guilty of "ageism". They...
'Zero Tolerance' as Drivers Face M-Way Fines for 75mph
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS A TOUGH new regime which would see drivers fined and hit by penalty points for driving at 75mph on motorways is being considered by the Home Office. The move, which experts say would see tens of thousands more drivers being...
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