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Articles from September 7, 2001

Alchemynear To[pound]100m Williams De Broe Deal
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE VENTURE capital company Alchemy is close to sealing its long-awaited [pound]100 million takeover of stockbroker Williams de Broe. The broker was inherited by Dutch banking group ING Barings when it bought Belgium [degree...
And the Oscar for Best Nutter. Anne Heche Admits She's Bonkers in Her New Autobiography. She's in Good Company in Hollywood, Says James Langton
Byline: JAMES LANGTON CALL Me Crazy is the title of the new biography from the Hollywood star Anne Heche. Sounds fine to me. After all, this is a woman who admits to changing her name to Celestia and believing that two Los Angeles cops were really...
A Safe Bet?; ES Wheels: Do You Have to Go to a Franchised Dealer with Your Car - or Should You Seek out an "Independent"? Nick Gibbs Finds Out
Byline: NICK GIBBS FROM the moment you hear that knocking from the engine, you know your wallet is about to take a battering. If the car's half-decent, it's back to the main dealer for repairs that will produce a bill swelled by an hourly rate lawyers...
Atlantic Telecom Puts Itself on the Market
Byline: JOANNE HART BRITAIN'S beleaguered telecoms sector suffered fresh humiliation today as communications provider Atlantic Telecom put itself up for sale and said its shares could be worthless. The stock, which reached a high of 1190p early...
Baywatch Comes to Dulwich; ES Wheels:Motorists Continue to Use Bays Reserved for the Disabled. Nick Gibbs Went to a London Supermarket Car Park to Ask Them Why
Byline: NICK GIBBS WHEN John Prescott parked his Jaguar in a disabled bay outside his favourite Chinese restaurant recently, he united himself with a type of motorist for whom the guilt of inconveniencing the handicapped is clouded by the urge to...
BBC Brings Turtles out of Their Shells; after 5 Years of Filming and [Pound]7 Million, Spectacular View of Ocean Life Hits the Screen
Byline: MATTHEW BRACE WE waited. Three hot days and three sleepless nights and still no sign. We had all manner of wildlife visit us on our Costa Rican beach. Dogs lolloped out of the trees, sniffed at us and lolloped off again upwind, in search...
Bennett Turns Tide to Keep World Cup Hopes on Course
GOLF: Warren Bennett survived a bad start in the second round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland to keep alive his hopes of qualifying for two key events. The Kent man bogeyed three of the first five holes but fought...
Breaking the Unsound Barrier
Byline: PETE CLARK HINDSIGHT, it is true, is an infallible guide to otherwise unfathomable human affairs, but it is a lazy codebreaker and I swear I did not use it on this occasion. When I heard the phrase "special Anglo-French treaty" at the...
BREAST CANCER TESTS SCANDAL; Women 'Cleared' 11 Months Ago Told They Have Disease
Byline: ZOE MORRIS ELEVEN women have been told they have breast cancer months after being given the all-clear because of a series of blunders at a west London screening centre. There was a delay of 21 months for one of the patients who was incorrectly...
Britain to Stop Short of Complete Smacking Ban
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR PLANS to tighten the law on smacking children are to be announced by the Government before the end of the year, the Department of Health confirmed today. But the change to bring Britain into line with European law is expected...
Building Cheap Homes
THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY the Transport and Local Government Secretary, Stephen Byers, that the Government is considering using the planning system to encourage developers to include affordable homes in their projects will be welcomed by Londoners, whether...
But One-Match Ban Puts Vieira out of Head-to-Head Clash
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS EMMANUEL PETIT is an emotional character and makes no apology for that. He cried, for instance, when he went into the Arsenal dressing room at the Ajax tournament a month after his transfer from Highbury to Barcelona. ...
Buy-a-Bike Bonanza; ES Wheels: Going to Auction to Acquire a Motorcycle Might Be the Best Deal You Make, Says Simon De Burton
Byline: SIMON DE BURTON BUYING a secondhand car at auction is an excellent way to drive off with a bargain, but when it comes to motorcycles most buyers choose the more traditional routes via dealers or classified advertisements. Which is a shame...
'Car Charge Will Turn Hyde Park into Rat Run'
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN THE ROW over Ken Livingstone's secret scenarios for coping with the impact of his congestion charge grew today amid fears it could create a rat-run through London's most prestigious royal park. Documents leaked to the Evening...
Couple and Chauffeur Robbed in Their Home
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON AN elderly millionaire couple and their chauffeur were subjected to a terrifying attack in their home by two armed robbers, Scotland Yard said today. The thieves attacked the 57-year-old driver as he parked the car in...
Dealing with Mugabe
ON THE face of it, yesterday's deal between Britain and President Mugabe to protect the interests of white farmers in Zimbabwe looks reasonable enough. It represents a victory for the new Foreign Secretary's quiet, diplomatic approach to dealing with...
Diesel Wins the Galaxy Star Prize; ES Wheels: Business Motoring: Powerful Engines and People-Carriers May Not Be the Best Mix When a Diesel Does the Job Better, Says David Williams
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THERE were only a couple of things wrong with the imposing V6-engined Ford Galaxy; it was too thirsty, and the power take-up from the automatic gearbox was ferocious. What you expect from a people-carrier is a sense of...
Driver Charged over Death of Lake Children
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER THE driver of a car which plunged into a gravel pit known as the " Blue Lagoon", killing three children after the adult occupants struggled to safety, was today charged with their manslaughter. Courtney Barker 22, the boyfriend...
Elderly Kept in Hospital as Council Cash Runs Out
Byline: EVE MCGOWAN;COLIN FREEMAN A LOCAL authority that charges one of the highest council taxes in Britain is having to keep about 30 elderly people in hospital beds because it has run out of funds for nursing home places. Richmond council...
Elderly 'To Be Sent Abroad' as Care Places Dwindle
Byline: KEITH POOLE ELDERLY people in the South-East could be sent to nursing homes in France and Belgium to ease a shortage of places, it emerged today. Kent County Council is considering the unprecedented option after the closure of nearly...
Essex Turn to Saviour Gooch
Byline: DAVID LLOYD GRAHAM GOOCH is poised for a high profile return to Essex. The former England captain should be appointed head coach by his old county within the next few days following a successful outcome to lengthy discussions. Gooch's...
Fans in Fight for the Future of Broncos
Byline: WILLIAM KINGS LONDON BRONCOS stage their own version of Custer's Last Stand tomorrow night when they face Halifax in the Tetley's Super League in their final match at The Valley. With options for a new venue in London running out, the...
Father and Son Die Surfing in Cornwall Rip Tide
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER A FATHER and son have drowned off the coast of Cornwall during a surfing trip. They were washed out to sea in a rip tide after becoming separated from their boards. The men, who were understood to have been staying in...
First Drive: Audi A4 Avant; ES Wheels
Byline: DAVID THOMAS FOR many years estate cars were considered to be utility vehicles but today these cars are more about lifestyle than carrying a load to do a job of work. No estate epitomises this change more than the Audi A4 Avant, its sleek...
Fitness Freaks Are Lapping Up Pole Dancing
Byline: LAURA SMITH BRACE yourself girls. Pole dancing is apparently the latest fitness craze. At one health club in Soho, demand for classes in "exotic dancing" has so outstripped supply it looks set to become the new aerobics. Given a daytime...
Footballer Guilty of Punching Woman in Face
Byline: PATRICK SAWER AN ENGLAND under-21 player once regarded as a potential golden boy of football was today found guilty of assaulting a young woman in a city-centre street. Everton star Danny Cadamarteri had denied punching Joeline Joel,...
Foster Will Be Keeping His Fingers Crossed
Byline: ALEXANDER CLYDE JAMES FOSTER'S head will be at Chelmsford on Sunday when he keeps wicket in Essex's National League match against Derbyshire, but his heart will be 40 miles away at The Oval. Wanstead, the east London club that produced...
Fruit Cocktail That May Ruin Your Health; Increasing Concern about Pesticide Residues in Food Has Prompted the Government to Order New Research. the Results, Expected Early Next Year, Will Widen the Food Safety Debate. but for the Consumer Only One Question Matters: Is Our Food Dangerous? Keith Dovkants Reports
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS BURIED in a long and complex paper issued by the World Health Organisation is a reference to an insecticide called Monocrotophos. According to this document the chemical has a "high acute oral toxicity" for humans and, in...
Gamble That May Kill Marconi Must Be Given Short Shrift
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON MASSIVE short-selling by hedge funds is believed to lie behind the collapse of Marconi's shares from 50p at the beginning of this week to less that 30p today. More than 160 million shares went through the market yesterday,...
Get Real, Superwoman; Shirley Conran Is Advising Women to Avoid Having Babies for the Next 10 Years until Working Mothers Get a Better Deal. Joan Smith Says Conran Is Woefully out of Touch
Byline: JOAN SMITH WOMEN should stop having babies for 10 years, until the world becomes a more friendly place for mothers of small children. So says Shirley Conran, who proposed the idea on yesterday's Woman's Hour when she appeared to talk about...
Haunting Strains of Religion; CLOUDSTREET __ Olivier Theatre, SE1
Byline: PATRICK MARMION THIS enchanting performance from Sydney, Australia, was first seen here at the Riverside Studios in 1999, and is an Aussie mix of The Waltons meets the Royle Family - with some Outback mysticism thrown in. Adapted from Tim...
Hughes in Plea to Burton
WIMBLEDON'S Michael Hughes has urged manager Terry Burton to stop leaving him on the sidelines and play him at Watford on Sunday. Hughes has yet to make the bench this season, but proved he is in top formby helping Northern Ireland to a 3-0 win...
'I Dialled 999 but I Wish I Hadn't'; after Being Woken by a Smash at 5am, James Hughes Onslow Confronted a Gang of Car Thieves Dressed Only in a Towel. He Expected at Least to Raise a Laugh from the Police. Not So, and Here He Tells How Their Lack of Curiosity and Enthusiasm Has Left Him Wondering Why He Bothered to Get Involved at All
Byline: JAMES HUGHES ONSLOW IT WAS 5am when the stillness of the dawn was shattered by screeching tyres and metallic thumps, followed by a massive crash of masonry. Jumping out of bed, I looked out of the front door which is in Knatchbull Road,...
I Don't Think There Will Ever Be Peace Here. I Really Don't; What Kind of Parent Insists on Walking Her Child to School through a Screaming Mob, or Has Taken the Time Every Day of This Week to Join That Mob Herself? Sam Kiley in Belfast Talks to Two Mothers on Either Side of the Ardoyne Divide
Byline: SAM KILEY SHARON Quail is a little embarrassed. The shell of her nephew's car has been parked in her back garden since it was stolen and torched by joyriders last week. But the front of the house and its interior is spotless. She's taken...
ILLEGAL TO DETAIN ASYLUM SEEKERS; Shock Ruling Is Massive Blow to Britain's Policy
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR THE GOVERNMENT suffered a damaging legal defeat today when its flagship immigration detention centre was declared unlawful. In a decision which heaps further pressure on Home Secretary David Blunkett over the asylum issue,...
In Short
Woods races into lead to squash the ghost of 1997 GOLF: Tiger Woods returned to the course, where four years ago he missed his first cut as a professional, to shoot a five-under-par 65 and secure a share of the lead at the Canadian Open in Montreal....
In Thrall to the Camera and the Flash
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL IN the annals of photography and the political cartoon, Linley Sambourne is not a name with which to conjure and, were he not the great-grandfather of Lord Snowdon, might perhaps have been left in the decent obscurity deserved...
Invest Now, Today, This Week
Byline: BRUCE WILLIAMS BEFORE dipping my quill to ink today's column, I had a quick look over my personal portfolio's performance. I invest in 13 different funds. Compared with a year ago, they are down. More than likely, your fund investments...
It All Adds Up to Andy Warhol; PROM 62 _ Royal Albert Hall
Byline: RICK JONES DAY 50. Summit in sight. The host orchestra gave itself up to the conducting and music of John Adams at last night's Prom. Back on Day one they opened the festival with his Harmonium, a choral setting of the poem Negative Love...
'It's like Putting a Tower Block in the British Museum'; Tate Chief Slams Plan for 32-Storey Block of Flats near Gallery
Byline: ROWAN MOORE IT TAKES a lot to make Sir Nicholas Serota angry in public. Usually the Tate's director leaves it to others to scream and shout for or against the art shown in his museums. But the developers London Town plc have provoked...
Keeper Clarke to Be Thrown at the Lions
CRYSTAL PALACE'S new signing Matt Clarke will be thrown straight into the south London derby against Millwall tomorrow - with manager Steve Bruce insisting there are more new faces on the way. Goalkeeper Clarke, 27, completed a [pound]1.35 million...
Late-Train Payouts Cut Just [Pound]40 off [Pound]3,000 Annual Pass
Byline: MARK BENHAM RAIL companies which are still running late trains a year after Hatfield have been told to cut fares. But the amounts are so miserly few commuters are likely to notice. The Strategic Rail Authority has ordered that fares...
Liz's Fall from Grace; but Axed Hurley Says She Couldn't Be Happier
Byline: RICHARD HOLLIDAY "THE ONLY comment we're prepared to make is that Elizabeth Hurley is still the face of Estee Lauder. Everything else is rumour and we don't comment on rumours." So said the US cosmetic giant two weeks ago. But today the...
Loser Roddick's 'Moron' Insult
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY RODDICK branded top umpire Jorge Dias "a liar" after crashing out of the US Open at Flushing Meadow today. Aussie Lleyton Hewitt booked his semi-final place with a controversial 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over the...
Loyalists Stage Silent Protest in Memory of Hit-and-Run Teenager
Byline: MAXINE FRITH LOYALIST families in the Ardoyne Road in Belfast today stood in silent protest as Catholic parents walked their children to the Holy Cross Primary School. The silent demonstration was seen as a mark of respect for the 16-year-old...
Maybe It's Because He's a Londoner; ES Wheels: The Car-Buying Habits of Motorists Living in London Are Very Different to the Rest of the UK, According to a New Survey. Nick Gibbs Reports on Its Findings
Byline: NICK GIBBS SEE that guy ordering now at the bar? He's a typical car owner in London. He doesn't think anyone would be that interested in his car-buying habits, but he's wrong. We know quite a lot about him (and that woman he's none too...
'Mesmerising' Book about Dust Isn't to Be Sneezed At
Byline: INDIRA DAS-GUPTA DUST. It makes you sneeze. It gathers on shelves. It is in your vacuum cleaner. Interesting? Very, says "dust scholar" Hannah Holmes, who has written a 204-page book in praise of the minute particles and their mite-filled,...
MP: I CAUSED HOLIDAY DEATH; Tory Tells of Hitting Motorcycle While on Wrong Side of Road
Byline: STANDARD REPORTER TORY MP Julian Brazier told today how he was driving on the wrong side of the road on holiday in Italy when he hit a motorcyclist who later died from head injuries. He said he gave the man first aid by the roadside and...
Police Hunt 'City Gent' over Station Sex Attack
Byline: BOB GRAHAM THIS smartly-dressed man is being hunted by police after a "grotesque" sex attack on an invalid woman in a wheelchair. The man, who police believe is in his late twenties and who "looks like a City gent", is being sought after...
[Pound]15m Boost to Help Police Buy Homes in London; PRICED OUT OF TOWN
Byline: JOHN OAKES;PHILIP NETTLETON LONDON'S police officers received a [pound]15 million boost today to help them buy homes in the capital. Following a campaign by the Evening Standard demanding affordable housing for key workers, Scotland Yard...
[Pound]5m Repka Is Close to Hammersmove
Byline: KEN DYER WEST HAM manager Glenn Roeder is hoping to sign Czech Republic defender Tomas Repka in time for the Premiership match at Middlesbrough tomorrow week. The club have agreed a [pound]5million fee with Repka's Italian club, Fiorentina,...
Pounding for Anglo Fuels Economy Fears
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG MINING giant Anglo American today stoked fears about the parlous state of the world economy, revealing heavy profit downturns in some of its key divisions and warning that there was no respite in sight for beleaguered commodity...
Russian Bear Comes out of Hibernation
Byline: JAMES HANSAM RUSSIA is defying the US-led economic gloom with some unusually impressive statistics. In August, the Kremlin announced zero monthly inflation in an economy only recently ridiculed by Western pundits as a basket case. Real...
Scepticism as Mugabe Agrees to End Farm Occupation for [Pound]36m
Byline: ALLAN RAMSAY AN agreement by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to stop the violent occupation of white-owned farms was greeted with scepticism today. The unexpected deal, under which Britain will pay [pound] 36million towards compensation...
School War Looms over 'Selection by Back Door'
Byline: TIM MILES OPEN warfare is set to break out between some of the most successful state schools and others which accuse them of "creaming off" the brightest pupils. Ministers are proposing to give comprehensives the right to object to the admissions...
Sheasby's Final Fling
Byline: BARRY NEWCOMBE CHRIS SHEASBY, in his 17th season at the top level, believes he can go out on a high note with London Irish and then try to earn an England shirt for the last time in next year's Commonwealth Games. Sheasby's honours list...
Show Us How, Sven
Byline: DAVID BOND SPORTS MINISTER Richard Caborn today invited England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson to dinner at the House of Commons so he can pick his brains about the way Swedish sport is run. Caborn flew back to London with the England team...
Snake, Rattle and Roll as Six Awards Go to Fatboy
Byline: JAMES LANGTON DJ NORMAN Cook, otherwise known as Fatboy Slim, saw his Weapon of Choice video take six awards at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York last night in an evening that is more likely to be remembered for the sight of Britney...
So, This Is Christmas; and What Have You Booked? from South Africa to Sydney, the Most Popular Spots Have Long Sold out. Nigel Tisdall Reports
Byline: NIGEL TISDALL FANCY going somewhere warm and sunny this Christmas? Well hard luck - you've probably left it too late. Yes, I know we've only just had summer, but it's a sad truth of modern travel that if you don't book ahead for this peak...
Specialist of the Week: Classic Vauxhall Services; ES Wheels
Byline: DAVE SELBY IF your Cresta's lost its tinsel or your Wyvern's wilting, in fact if you've got just about any classic post-war Vauxhall at all, sooner or later you will come into contact with the bequiffed and Levi 501-wearing Errol Friend....
Stripping Bare Our Obedient Ways; I SAID I/Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker _ Barbican
Byline: LUKE JENNINGS THERE is a moment two-thirds of the way through De Keersmaeker's I Said I when one of the performers makes her way to the front of the stage and starts screaming a phrase in a language that may or may not be Japanese. As she...
Sven's Super but Macca's Just Another John Barnes
Byline: DAVID MELLOR THE triumphalism of the red-top tabloids after England's demolition of Germany might lead you to think Saturday night was a victory for jingoism. It wasn't. In fact, it marked the final defeat, nay total humiliation, of those...
Swaggering Morrison Is Walking Tall
Byline: LEO SPALL WHEN Clinton Morrison leaves the training pitch he does so with the type of lazy walking style which often gives people the impression of a man with attitude. The 22-year-old Crystal Palace striker has the demeanour of a confident...
That Condor Moment; Big Birds and Blinding Glaciers ... Patagonia Is Pure Perfection, Seen from the Saddle, Says Jasper Winn
Byline: JASPER WINN BLOODY hell! The double take is a bit of an overused slapstick device, but in the glacier lands of Chilean Patagonia, I was doing the full neck-snapping, jaw-dropping and exploding-eyebrows pantomime-dame package. For real....
The Jam Buster; ES Wheels: One Man Could Turn around London's Chronic Transport Problems, Says Nick Gibbs
Byline: NICK GIBBS THE next time Mayor Ken Livingstone hunts around for a London transport tsar, he could do worse than pick Tom Karen. More famous for designing Reliant's three most iconic cars - the Scimitar GTE, Bond Bug and Robin - Karen has...
The Mother of All Bores
Byline: ZOE WILLIAMS I HAVE about as much interest in babies as I have in cavity-wall insulation, and yet I know the following things; although they are very small, they are nevertheless too large to pop comfortably out of the body. In consequence,...
The Playground They Want to Shut Because It's Too Much Fun
Byline: DEEPA SHAH FEARS are growing that a west London adventure playground will fall victim to an increasing national trend towards "sanitised" play areas that mollycoddle children. Kensington and Chelsea council has refused to continue funding...
The Standard Bearer; ES Wheels: It Took Six Years, but Tony Devey's Standard Vanguard Is a Customised Classic to Cherish, Says Dave Selby
Byline: DAVE SELBY TONY Devey's Standard Vanguard estate is a picture of primrose yellow perfection. In 1990, Devey bought, for [pound]100, a 1950 Phase 1A Standard Vanguard saloon from a Walthamstow breakers' yard. Six years of hard work later...
Think Turbo, Think Electric; ES Wheels: Innovations
Byline: IVAN BERG IT is like a turbocharger for electric cars; it can reduce petrol and diesel fuel consumption by as much as 50 per cent; it can boost acceleration and capture braking energy; it is the size of a can of Coke; and it is cheap to...
This Week's Best Deals; ES Wheels
Best manufacturer reductions VAUXHALL Upgrades by Vauxhall mean the Astra CD becomes the Comfort and receives ABS as standard (worth [pound]350) at no increase in price, while the Astra CDX becomes the Elegance and gets cruise control as standard,...
Tottenham Showdown on Bonuses
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS TOTTENHAM stars are to hold talks with the club's owners today in a bid to resolve a row over bonus payments. Despite denials by the club, Standard Sport can reveal details of the dispute and disclose the bitterness it has...
Vaccinate against Foot-and-Mouth, Scientists Urge
Byline: GERAINT SMITH BRITAIN should initiate a Europewide debate on the use of vaccination to prevent another "inevitable" foot-and-mouth epidemic, leading microbiologists believe. Dave Rowlands, professor of microbiology at Leeds University,...
Vaccinate Now: It's the Only Escape from This Scandal; as Scientists Urge the End of the Mass Slaughter Policy to Control Foot and Mouth, Geoffrey Lean Says the Government Must Finally Come to Its Senses
Byline: GEOFFREY LEAN QUIETLY, behind Whitehall's tightly closed doors, ministers and officials are bracing themselves for one of the biggest U-turns since Tony Blair first strolled into Downing Street. For, faced with the prospect of foot-and-mouth...
Watching the Clock; ES Wheels: Used Cars
Byline: ALAN ANDERSON CLOCK watching has always been a national pastime when it comes to buying used cars. The clocks in question count the miles cars have done, rather than the time of day, and generally, it's a case of "low miles good, high miles...
Win the Driving Experience of a Lifetime; ES Wheels
HERE'S your chance to win the driving experience of a lifetime. To mark the launch of Virgin Experience, ESwheels is offering one lucky reader and their guest the chance to become Formula One legends. Feel the power of 600 horses in this full...
Wrong to Bank on Big Bonuses
Byline: JOANNE HART IMAGINE being paid anything from [pound]100,000 to [pound]5 million and not having anything to do. For most of the year this has been the fate of investment bankers involved in equities, mergers and acquisitions - and they have...
Yobs in Soho? Not Likely
Byline: ZOE WILLIAMS SCOTLAND Yard this month launches an attack on what it quaintly terms the "Ibiza culture" of London's bustling West End. They aim to crack down, these lawmen, on things like, well, crack, among others. New measures will include...
Your Chnace to Cook in the River Cafe Kitchen; Want to Spend Time in the Kitchen Where Jamie OIiver Learned His Trade and See Your Recipes Appear on the Set Menu of London's Top Italian Restaurant? Lindsey Bareham Reports
Byline: LINDSEY BAREHAM FOR the amateur cook who fancies him or herself a cut above the average, this is a chance in a lifetime. Even the most jaded London palate wakes up at the thought of eating at the River Cafe - but how would you like to...
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