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Articles from March 12, 2002

112 Types of Spider at Buckingham Palace
Byline: GERAINT SMITH THEY are uninvited guests in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. And even though they have sharp teeth and sometimes even eyes on stalks, they are a welcome addition nonetheless. The grounds are now home to 112 species...
1p Petrol Rise as War Fear Grows
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS;SARAH MARKS SHELL and Tesco today put up the price of petrol by 1p a litre amid fears over a war in Iraq. The rise came hours after analysts warned that with the price of oil racing past $24 a barrel - a $4 jump in less...
A Great British Winner; Cheltenham Festival, Which Starts Today, Is the Supreme Test of Stamina and Breeding for Horses - and Punters
Byline: PETER OBORNE CHELTENHAM is hopelessly associated in the public mind with gentility. Retired colonels from the Indian empire went to spend their declining years in this vapid Gloucestershire town. With its spa, its boarding houses,...
All Bets off as the Met Halts [Pounds Sterling]1m Poker Game
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;PHILIP NETTLETON THE Devilfish was going to be there, and the Hendon Mob, and just about anyone from the world of high stakes poker who fancied their chances of winning a million pounds in what was going to be the biggest game...
AMERSHAM PAYS [Pounds sterling]704M FOR REST OF BIOSCIENCES
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS BIOTECH group Amersham is to acquire the remaining 45% of shares it does not own in Amersham Biosciences from US-owned Pharmacia for [pound]704 million in cash. The long-predicted move will give Amersham complete control...
'Anarchism' Police Chief Targets Crack
Byline: WAYNE VESEY THE controversial police chief who said he found anarchism "appealing" was put in charge of police raids on two crack dens. Lambeth police commander Brian Paddick headed an operation in which eight suspected crack cocaine...
Arabs Seize Mother as She Tries to Snatch Son
Byline: ROB MCNEIL THE distraught husband of a woman jailed in Dubai for trying to snatch back her son from a previous relationship spoke of his anguish today. Former air hostess Sarra Fotheringham, 34, flew out to the Gulf after all contact...
Arsenal Fury; Premiership Bosses Block Fixture Switch
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENAL are furious with the Premier League after being refused permission to switch their postponed game with West Ham to the final week of the season. Manager Arsene Wenger is also angry with the Football Association...
Battle Rages on Future Shape of City's Landmarks
THE battle between developers and conservationists over the future of London is escalating rapidly. Experts on both sides have issued a warning about the amount of land available for development in the capital and how to balance conservation with...
Billionaire Financier Who's Played Polo with Charles
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON RASHID AL HABTOOR is a 35-year-old billionaire Arab financier who has played polo with Prince Charles and counts Prince Michael of Kent, Omar Sharif and Jean-Claude van Damme among his friends. His oil-rich family owns hotels,...
Blair's Bid to Draw Spotlight Away from Scandals
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY TONY Blair today set out to breathe fresh life into his administration and draw a line under the scandals that have been dogging it. A speech to Labour supporters at the London School of Economics was designed to drag...
Bringing Agents to Book
Byline: MARTIN CHILTON WHAT does the world need more of? Let's see. Well, lawyers, obviously, traffic wardens, insurance salesmen, grave robbers, slobbering old football hacks and . . . football agents. Step forward Mel Stein, former 'representative'...
Briton on Death Row Weeps as Appeal Fails
Byline: JAMES LANGTON BRITON Tracy Housel wept as he was told he had lost his last US appeal against execution that will carried out at midnight UK time today. He received the news at a Georgia prison with his mother Lula Mae and son Randall,...
Brother Held by Gun Gang at Arsenal Star's Home
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR MASKED carjackers broke into Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu's [pound]3 million home, held his brother at gunpoint and threatened to kill him unless he handed over the keys to the star's [pound]45,000 Mercedes car. The Nigerian...
Burton Plays a Wating
Byline: LEO SPALL WIMBLEDON manager Terry Burton takes his team to Portsmouth tonight frustrated that he cannot start planning for next season. Their chances of relegation or promotion from the First Division are all but mathematically gone and...
Bush Embraces Trouble and Strife
Byline: JEREMY CAMPBELL IT would be the greatest mistake to underestimate the extent to which President George Bush is ready to use force to subdue troublesome elements in today's world. That was the message I got this week from a person who, until...
Call to Toughen Laws for Driving While on Drugs
Byline: MAXINE FRITH POLICE could be given tougher powers to stop and arrest people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs, the Government said today. Ministers want to toughen the law and educate officers in drug recognition techniques...
Capital Road Tax Can Keep Powerful Ken Tanking Along
Byline: ANDREW SMITHERS KEN LIVINGSTONE'S plan for London's roads is a sensible, free-market solution to traffic jams. The Tories, who run the City of Westminster, oppose it - possibly on both grounds. The supply of road space is limited and...
Card-Sharping Made Simple; 'The BBC Let the Entire Dubious Credit-Card Industry Get Away with the Lightest of Gummings'
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH IN my younger, more foolish days, I had no end of fun with telephones. I once called the BBC reception and persuaded them to page Haile Selassie on the Tannoy, and I also conned their Equal Opportunities department...
Cellulite: THE GELS, Oils and LOTIONS
Byline: NEWBY HANDS Over 12 years as a beauty journalist, Newby Hands has tried every remedy - and she knows which ones work NAOMI Campbell has cellulite. Nicole Kidman has cellulite and so does Jerry Hall. Some might say this is divine justice....
Chelsea Act over Fights
CHELSEA have tightened security for tomorrow's match against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. The move follows vicious fighting outside White Hart Lane and an attack on the Chelsea team coach after Continued on Page 76 Sunday's FA Cup quarterfinal....
Cigarette Firms Pay Fortune for Stars to Light Up
CIGARETTE companies have paid out a fortune to get their brands featured in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, new evidence has revealed. In one 10-year period a staggering 191 films, including 48 which children were old enough to see, were...
'Connex Guard Accosted Me on Train'
A YOUNG woman has told how a platform guard accosted her on a packed commuter train and swore violently at her. Laura Maggs, 25, was stepping on to the 8am Connex South Central service from Tunbridge Wells to Charing Cross when the guard told passengers...
Counting Starts in 'Stillborn' Zimbabwe Poll
Byline: SAM KILEY COUNTING has begun in Zimbabwe's election race between president Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai amid widespread accusations of vote-rigging by the government. Mr Tsvangirai claimed the elections, in which...
Credit Suisse Warns after a Slump of 73%
Byline: JOANNE HART CREDIT Suisse Group today warned that its investment banking subsidiary Credit Suisse First Boston would take less money this year than last and that the rest of the business would show no improvement in 2002. The grim prediction...
Eight Life Sentences for Rolex Raiders Who Killed
Byline: KEITH POOLE;DANIELLE GUSMAROLI;KEITH POOLE;DANIELLE GUSMAROLI TWO robbers who gunned down a mother in front of her family so they could steal her Rolex watch were given a total of eight life sentences today. Jason James, 30, was given...
Estate Agents Gentrify the Market with Fancy Names
IT'S THE oldest trick in the estate agent's book - change the name of an area to make it more attractive to buyers. But the scale of the practice is highlighted in a new report which found large numbers of places, including many London boroughs,...
Father Hits out at 'Totally Selfish Kidnap' of Tariq
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON TARIQ'S father today angrily attacked Sarra Fotheringham for staging a "reckless and totally selfish kidnap". Rashid Al Habtoor said it had left the boy traumatised and could even have put his life in danger. He also claimed...
Films of Frustration; Reviews
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH STAN DOUGLAS. Serpentine Gallery FRUSTRATION is the stock in trade of Canadian video artist and filmmaker, Stan Douglas. The three short films installed here at the Serpentine, each with an accompanying body of nice...
Food for Thought on Memory Gap at Allied Irish
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON I WAS amused to see in the Financial Times yesterday that the chief executive of Allied Irish Banks, Michael Buckley, reportedly called almost a year ago for an investigation into trading at Allfirst, the bank's Baltimore...
Gatecrashers out to Spoil the Party
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IT was Real Madrid's birthday and the party was going to be swell. To celebrate the day of their 100th anniversary, the world's greatest club had reached the final of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Cup, and, amid intolerable...
Girl, 17, Raped during Daylight in Holland Park
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A 17-YEAR-OLD girl was dragged off the street in daylight and raped at knifepoint in Holland Park, police revealed today. Detectives say the girl was walking home when she was grabbed and frogmarched with a knife at her...
Greening Starts Long Road Back to Top
Byline: BARRY NEWCOMBE PHIL GREENING was settling into unknown territory in Beijing today as the starting point for his bid to play for England in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Greening has played just 20 minutes of rugby in four months and was delighted...
Hoddle Defiant as He's Left to Pick Up the Pieces
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS GLENN HODDLE left Tottenham's training ground yesterday afternoon still nursing the mental scars from Sunday's FA Cup quarterfinal defeat by Chelsea but adamant there will be no panic buying to ease the hurt. As he signed...
How Green Is Your Baby?; Health&Fitness
Byline: GITA MENDIS MORE and more London parents are going green in a bid to keep their children allergy-free. In the wake of statistics showing that one in four children develop asthma at some point, and one in eight have eczema, parents are not...
I Had 10 Cosmetic Treatments in One Day; Jane Pink, 35, a Graphic Designer, Had a Wish List of Cosmetic Treatments That She Wanted to Try - but Just One Day in Which to Have Them. Harley Street, Europe's Cosmetic Surgery Centre, Has "Pit-Stop" Procedures Available at Every Clinic. Here, Jane Tells Bonnie Estridge How She Spent [Pounds Sterling]1,700 on 10 Treatments in a Day and Whether She'd Do It Again
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE 10am: Facial micro-dermabrasion - 25 minutes. Cost: [pound]95. FOR my first treatment, I chose Cellabrasion, a rejuvenating treatment, as my skin was looking dry and dull. This is a quick way of "resurfacing" the skin...
Iraq Talks Must Go On
FOR ALL THE caution we have expressed over the prospect of war with Iraq, the talks between the Prime Minister and US Vice-President Dick Cheney are plainly very welcome, as is Mr Cheney's forthcoming tour of 11 Middle Eastern states. Saddam Hussein's...
Istabraq Shock; Horse Laloi Wins the Big Race as 2-1 Favourite Pulls Up at Cheltenham
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP ISTABRAQ'S attempt to win a fourth Champion Hurdles trophy ended in sad defeat today when he was pulled up after jumping only two hurdles. In a shock race at Cheltenham, jockey Charlie Swan said of the JP McManus-owned 10-year-old:...
JOHNSTON LANDS RIVAL RIM AT LAST FOR [Pounds sterling]560M
Byline: NICK GOODWAY JOHNSTON Press today ended more than two years of stalking as it bought rival local newspapers group Regional Independent Media for considerably less than was touted in 2000. It is paying [pound]560 million to a group of...
Just Wild about Barry
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP FORGOTTEN man Barry Geraghty is massively overpriced to be the Festival's star jockey. Look beyond the obvious - a mere two winners in the UK to date - to his profile in Ireland. This precocious talent has taken just five years...
Let's See the Naked Truth
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL WITHOUT the study of anatomy there would be no blood transfusions, no heart transplants, no hip replacements, no surgical remedies for cancer. It is an ancient science, Greek in origin in the Western world, though the evidence...
Look Back in Wonder; Arts: The Standard's Departing Opera Critic Gives His Appraisal of the High Notes and Lows on London's Stages
Byline: TOM SUTCLIFFE MY almost six years as opera critic of the Evening Standard have been a fascinating and fraught time for opera in Britain, especially in London. The meltdown at the Royal Opera and the disastrous suggestion that the capital's...
More Facing Axe at Goldmans and Csfb
Byline: JOANNE HART THE City was braced for a fresh round of bloodletting today as Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston admitted that they would soon be axeing more staff. Goldmans is conducting a strategic business review, likely to...
Murdoch Piracy Cost Canal Plus $1 Billion
Byline: NICK GOODWAY TWO media giants were at war today after Canal Plus, the European pay television group controlled by Vivendi Universal, filed a lawsuit claiming it has lost more than $1 billion [pound]704 million) following a conspiracy by...
MY JAIL HELL; Thrown in Dubai Cell for Attempt to Snatch Son, British Wife Tells of Her Nightmare
Byline: JAMES BURLEIGH;COLIN ADAMSON A BRITISH woman arrested in Dubai after trying to snatch back her son from his Arab billionaire father told today of her ordeal. For mer air hostess Sarra Fotheringham, 34, speaking by phone to the Evening...
MY JAIL HELL; Thrown in Dubai Cell for Bid to Snatch Her Son, British Wife Tells of Her Nightmare
Byline: JAMES BURLEIGH A BRITISH woman being held in a Dubai jail after trying to snatch back her son from one of the world's richest men spoke today from her cell. Former air hostess Sarra Fotheringham, 34, said: "I only have a dirty mattress,...
Now We're Both on Hormone Therapy; HRT for Women Is Commonplace - but Flagging Men Are Now Taking Similar Treatment
Byline: ROGER DOBSON RICHARD and Janet have more things in common than most couples - they are both on hormone replacement therapy. The Grahams are one of a small but growing number of partners who are both using the treatment to combat the age-related...
Perfection Blues; Reviews
Byline: JACK MASSARIK KELLY JOE PHELPS, Jazz Cafe FOR several good reasons we needn't go into here, jazz has been struggling to hold on to a youthful audience, but not so the blues. Indeed this humble art form, little changed since its birth,...
Private Brokers Hatch a Tech Tunnel Escape Plan
Byline: NICK GOODWAY IT IS no surprise that 12 March, 2000, is etched on the heart of most stockbrokers and most deeply engraved on those who cater to the private punter, for it is two years ago today that the FTSE techMARK 100 index peaked at 5719....
Rail Passengers Face Threat of Huge Rise in Fares
Byline: DICK MURRAY HUNDREDS of thousands of mainline rail passengers are today facing the threat of a huge increase in fares when government restrictions on the increases come to an end. The prospect is infuriating passenger watchdogs, which...
Return of the Don Rests on Key Trip
Byline: KEN DYER WEST HAM are hoping their Scottish midfielder Don Hutchison will be back by early autumn rather than next Christmas following revolutionary keyhole surgery in Canada on his badly injured knee. The Hammers were resigned to losing...
Rolex Robbers Guilty of Murdering Millionaire; Man Saw His Wife Killed in Bloodbath
Byline: MARCO GIANNANGELI TWO ARMED robbers have been found guilty of killing a millionaire housewife in their bid to steal her Rolex watch. The robbery turned into a bloodbath at Giuseppina Martorana's home when her son and his girlfriend were...
Sailing on a Sensual Sea; Reviews
Byline: MAX BELL HEATHER NOVA, Astoria A QUICK glance at the artist and the venue might lead one to think a mistake had been made. Heather Nova couldn't possibly be popular enough to play the Astoria, could she? In the event, Nova nearly sold...
Slaughter at Refugee Camp
Byline: PATRICK SAWYER ISRAEL today invaded Palestinian refugee camps, killing at least 19 people, as the bloody spiral of violence continued to escalate. Hours after the refugee camp assault, up to 100 tanks and armoured vehicles ocupied most...
SLAUGHTER AT REFUGEE CAMP; 19 Dead as Israel Launches Helicopter and Tank Attack
Byline: PATRICK SAWER ISRAEL today invaded Palestinian refugee camps, killing at least 19 people, as the bloody spiral of violence continued to escalate. Hours after the refugee camp assault, up to 100 tanks and armoured vehicles ocupied most...
Sore Fleming Puts England on Full Alert
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S cricketers will need all their wits about them here tomorrow (9.30pm tonight GMT) when they face a side seriously stoked up by three years of simmering resentment. It was common knowledge that New Zealand were miffed...
The Child Became Musical Prodigy Who Rag Lady of Chiswick
Byline: HUGH MUIR;GEORGE WRIGHT SHE could have been one of the great classical pianists of her generation. At least that was the dream of her mother. When Anne Smith's talent was paraded in the opulent surroundings of London's Wigmore Hall - then...
The Nationality Claim That Was His Last Hope
TRACY HOUSEL is a British subject whose parents are both Americans and who never visited the country he hoped would save him from the executioner. He has joint American and British nationality because he was born on Bermuda - then a UK territory...
The Stakes Have Been Raised in the Hunt for Gold Fever
Byline: COLIN CAMERON THE sport of horseracing is rich all year round in the most precious of metals. Even the likes of Exeter stages a Gold Cup. But in terms of profits, the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival, which starts today, is along with...
Tired Ljungberg Shows the True Highbury Spirit
WHEN Arsenal lost 2-0 to Deportivo La Coruna in the Champion League last November, the most colourful part of their performance was Fredrik Ljungberg's dyed hair. Arsenal have improved beyond recognition since then and their resolve has put them...
Too Many Women Are Crying Rape, Says Judge
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR;ANTHONY FRANCE TOO MANY women are being encouraged to make "date rape" claims which will never convince a jury to convict, a judge claims today. The remark has reignited the debate about strikingly low conviction rates in...
Truth Behind a Gamble Paying off for the Liars
Byline: COLIN FLEETWOOD JONES WITH a name like theirs, you would look in your diary to check if they told you it was Wednesday. Well tomorrow is Wednesday, and it's a big day for the Liars Poker Partnership when their brilliant horse Tiutchev goes...
Tyson Set for Green Light in Washington
Byline: DAVID SMITH FINAL planning for the biggest fight in boxing history will begin in earnest tonight if, as expected, Mike Tyson receives a licence to face world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in Washington. A showdown on Saturday, 8 June...
Upmanship Is Set to Prevail; Stay with the Irish in Royal Spectacle
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP THE distinctive indigo-blue silks of Sue Magnier, wife of millionaire Manchester United shareholder John, are most readily associated with impeccably bred Flat horses mopping up European racing's best silverware all summer....
Wenger Will Follow the United Way
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENE WENGER may owe Sir Alex Ferguson more than a promised bottle of Scotch if his Arsenal team remain successfully focused on three fronts until the end of this tumultuous season. Wenger's gesture is designed to demonstrate...
Which Breakfast Is Best?; Why a Bacon Buttie Beats Fruit at Keeping Colds and Flu at Bay
Byline: MARK HUGHES-MORGAN LAST week it was revealed that having breakfast can significantly reduce your susceptibility to colds and flu. Researchers at Cardiff University found that of 500 volunteers studied over 10 weeks, the ones that had...
Win a Pampering Break at a Top Health Farm; LEAVE YOUR WORRIES BEHIND WITH THIS FABULOUS EVENING STANDARD COMPETITION
IF YOU long for the ultimate pampering break to ensure you relax and unwind, this is the perfect competition for you - we are giving away 10 two-night breaks for two, staying at Forest Mere in Hampshire. From start to finish, you will be treated...
Zoo Elephant 'Set out to Kill' Keeper She Crushed
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER A FOUR-tonne Burmese elephant held down her keeper at London Zoo and deliberately crushed his skull with her foot, an inquest heard today. In front of dozens of shocked visitors, the 20-year-old female elephant pushed over...

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