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Articles from March 28, 2002

A Demented Sheep Shows We Cannot Compete in Style Contest; Armani versus Cecil Gee
Byline: PETE CLARK AS EVER, when Italy play England, it is a case of Armani versus Cecil Gee. The game was lost long before the kick-off when it was announced that the Italian team were to be sporting tighter-fitting shirts, with underarm panelling....
Andersen to Link with E&Y in Australia
Byline: LACHLAN COLQUHOUN EMBATTLED accounting firm Andersen has continued to fragment, with the company today announcing an Australian merger with Ernst & Young. The deal, which will create Australia's second-largest professional services...
Another Damilola Trial Boy Goes Free
Byline: PAUL CHESTON SECOND teenager accused of murdering Damilola Taylor walked free from the Old Bailey today. Mr Justice Hooper ruled that 15-year-old Boy D, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has no case to answer. As the jury returned...
A Spin Doctor Writes
Byline: PETER BRADSHAW AS AN honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, can I just say something? It is a centre of excellence admired throughout the world. I can appreciate this, despite the fact that I graduated with a Double Starred First from...
At Long Last, Solvite Man Is Giving Us All a Break
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS STEPHEN Byers is a cruelly misunderstood figure. Instead of being reviled and derided, the Transport Secretary should be celebrated as a genius who has taken the art of political survival to new extremes. He is the Solvite...
Back on His Old Beat; Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera's New Music Director, Is a Londoner Coming Home
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS FORGET the Italian name, the American accent, the Brussels-based international career. Antonio Pappano is the first London-born music director of the Royal Opera House. At 42, he is also the youngest. Sir Colin Davis was...
'Betrayed by Killer Sister'
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR THE BROTHER of a royal aide today angrily denied that he had turned her into a killer by sexually abusing her as a child. Mark Andrews was accused in court of molesting his sister Jane, the Duchess of York's former dresser...
Blow for Sven; England Must Go to Turkey for Last Euro Qualifier
Byline: DAVID BOND;KEN DYER ENGLAND face what could be a crunch Euro 2004 decider against Turkey in Istanbul next year after UEFA handed Sven-Goran Eriksson's team the draw they most feared. There have been fears that the game could be a potential...
BREAKFAST: THE SERIAL; Tomorrow Morning Sees the Final Big Breakfast Broadcast after 10 Years of Anarchic Fun
Byline: NICK CURTIS RUMOURS that Bob Geldof would blow up The Big Breakfast's canal-side studio-cum-house as the programme's credits roll for the final time tomorrow have proved untrue. Shame. It would have been a fittingly explosive commemoration...
Britney Put on Diet to Avoid Cancer
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON BRITNEY SPEARS has been put on a strict diet and fitness regime after her doctor told her she was at high risk of dying young from cancer. The Standard has learned that the 20-yearold singer was told by medical experts...
BSkyB Cleaning Up on the Fall of ITV Digital; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK CITY investors have started tuning in to shares of Rupert Murdoch's satellite broadcaster BSkyB as they raced up 101/2p to a high of 825p. Murdoch is seen as the clear winner following the collapse of ITV Digital, which...
Button Relishes the Bumpy Road Ahead
Byline: JENSON BUTTON Renault driver Jenson Button takes Standard Sport readers around the third circuit in this season's 17-round Formula One Championship JENSON BUTTON is looking for the first podium finish of his Formula One career in this...
Cautionary Tale from America of Two Mega-Mergers; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON of the biggest mergers of recent years - Travelers with Citibank and AOL with Time Warner - offer a cautionary tale about picking winners and losers. The formation of Citigroup in 1998 has exceeded expectations while AOL...
Chaos in Beirut
ONE OBSTACLE TO any peace settlement in the Middle East over the last three decades has been the disunity of the Arab states. This has been underlined again over the last couple of days by the chaos into which the Arab League summit in Beirut has descended....
Coleman Passes First Test
Byline: LEO SPALL FULHAM were given a massive lift last night when captain Chris Coleman came through his first match 14 months after his horrific car crash. The game may have been played in front of a tiny crowd at non-League Woking's Kingfield...
Comeback Kids
Byline: LESLEY O'TOOLE Luke Goss's comeback shows that fame feels better the second time around BACK in the Eighties, Matt and Luke Goss - as pop band Bros - whipped young girls into a frenzy with their anthem When Will I Be Famous?. They did,...
Could This Be the Face of London's New Icon?
Byline: FREDERIC RAPHAEL TONY BLAIR recently came up with his; Iain Duncan Smith has a renovated one. What can I be talking about? Philosophy, stupid. Bertrand Russell is acknowledged as the last of the Grand Masters. As a mathematician, he...
Cushy? Not the Brutal Life of a Boat Race Cox
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH THE quarter of a million people who will crowd the banks of the Thames to watch the Boat Race this weekend - and the 400 million people watching it on TV round the world - should spare a thought for the coxes. One of them...
Cut in Fees Means It Is Cheaper to Move House
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL THE cost of moving house is falling despite the current boom in property prices, a survey reveals today. The average cost of moving from a [pound]100,000 home in England and Wales is now [pound]4,303, down four per cent...
Defeat Is All Part of Learning Curve
Byline: GARETH SOUTHGATE IT may not have been the best match in the world but, from a player's point of view, the friendly against Italy was an invaluable exercise. OK so we lost and we haven't won in our last four matches but is that so important?...
Difference of Opinion; Londoner's Diary
CHERIE BOOTH is hailed as a feminist champion for young women barristers in the pages of the Daily Telegraph this morning. The piece, penned by barrister Marina Wheeler, comes after a frank email exchange in which Booth acknowledged the Government...
DoCoMo Share Split Beats Tokyo Blues; Market Report
Byline: RAY HEATH A GRIM warning that NTT DoCoMo faces huge write-offs at the end of this month failed to dent shares of the mobile phones giant today. They advanced a further 3%, building on yesterday's gains sparked by local demand following...
Do We Really Want London to Be the New Las Vegas?
Byline: SIMON JENKINS FORGET about Blackpool and Brighton becoming the new Las Vegas. If the Government's proposed gambling reform is implemented, Las Vegas will come to London. We had better decide what to do with it. London is already the drugs...
Driver Is 'Blinded' as Carjackers Steal Merc
Byline: WAYNE VESEY A MAN who was temporarily blinded with a chemical spray during a rush-hour attack in which his [pound]40,000 Mercedes was stolen has been named as businessman Daniel Harris. The chief executive of the electrical goods manufacturer...
England Player Watch
Byline: KEN DYER NIGEL MARTYN - Steady enough in his 45 minute stint in front of his home fans.Well protected by his defence, he was almost caught out once when he could only scramble the ball inelegantly away following a hotshot from Italy's Gianluca...
Eurosceptic Peer Woos BBC's Top Political Adviser; Londoner's Diary
IT LOOKS like more bad news for Tony Blair as he plots how to convince the electorate to join the euro in a possible referendum next year. The BBC, generally considered to be more friendly towards European integration than its broadcasting rivals,...
Faking It for Fame
Byline: PETE CLARK THIS was an astonishing display of the ancient art of trompe l'oeil: a chap danced in front of the camera and announced that he was Des O'Connor. Nice try, I thought to myself, but surely Des O'Connor is dead, or at least otherwise...
Football League Blames TV Cash Crisis on Greed
Byline: DAVID BOND THE Football League today accused the owners of ITV Digital of plunging English football into its biggest ever cash crisis purely for corporate greed. In an increasingly bitter dispute, League chairman Keith Harris said parent...
France 5 Scotland 0
THIERRY HENRY warmed up for his Arsenal return against Sunderland on Saturday after a three-match ban with a great strike from 20 yards that the was the highlight of the thrashing of Scotland at the Stade de France, writes Steve Stammers. "It was...
'Greed Caused TV Crisis'; Crunch Talks as Football League Accuses Companies
Byline: DAVID BOND THE Football League today accused the owners of ITV Digital of plunging English football into its biggest ever cash crisis purely for corporate greed. League chairman Keith Harris said parent companies Carlton and Granada had...
Hannon Has Reasons to Be Confident
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP KEMPTON'S Guineas trials have lacked lustre in recent years, but Richard Hannon - the man who held the Easter Stakes with an iron grip in the early Nineties - has two good reasons to expect better things of this Saturday's renewal....
Homage to Slava; CLASSICAL
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Rostropovich Gala Barbican THE nuptials of Madonna and Liza Minnelli had nothing on this. Gathered on the stage of the Barbican for Mstislav Rostropovich's 75th birthday gala last night was a galaxy of stars, enough to...
Homes Scramble Sends London Prices Spiralling
Byline: JANE PADGHAM LONDON'S housing market is in the grip of a speculative boom, with the recent surge in property values triggering a demandprices spiral. Unveiling another jump in house prices in March, property website Hometrack said expectations...
Hospitals Race to Meet Waiting Times Deadline
Byline: ZOE MORRIS HOSPITALS are frantically sending patients for costly treatment in the private sector and organising weekend and evening operating sessions in order to meet new NHS waiting time targets. A Government pledge means that, by Monday,...
Housing Market in Biggest Boom since Late Eighties
Byline: JANE PADGHAM LONDON'S housing market is in the grips of an Eighties-style speculative boom, with the recent surge in property values triggering a scramble to snap up available homes before prices rise even higher. John Wriglesworth, housing...
HOW COULD HE DO THIS TO LARA?; Dr Zhivago, One of the Greatest Love Stories Ever Told, Is Being Adapted for TV. but the Eminent Scriptwriter Has Added Explicit Sex Scenes and, Astonishingly, Rewritten Its Tragic Ending. Why on Earth Has He Done This?
Byline: ANNA PASTERNAK UNTIL recently I considered Andrew Davies a virtuoso screenwriter. I adored his adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and similarly lapped up his Trollope's The Way We Live Now. So, initially, I greeted the news...
Israel Vows Vengeance for Passover Massacre
Byline: BOB ADAMS ISRAEL has vowed fierce reprisals after at least 19 people were killed and over 100 were wounded, 24 seriously, when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a Netanya hotel. The Palestinian last night walked into the...
IS THE PARTY FINALLY OVER FOR WHITNEY; How the Pop Diva Ruined Her Career, with a Little Help from Her Husband
Byline: EMILY SHEFFIELD YOU can imagine the scene: Liza Minnelli and Broadway producer David Gest are finalising the lastminute details of their sumptuous wedding. The guest list is full of Hollywood's finest: Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor...
I Want Milly Home for My Birthday Says Mother
Byline: PATRICK SAWYER THE ONLY birthday present Sally Dowler wants today is the safe return of her 13-year-old daughter, Amanda, who vanished into thin air a week ago. Mrs Dowler is 43 today and will be surrounded by family and friends trying...
Jordan: Bruce Will Get a 'Warm' Welcome
Byline: LEO SPALL CRYSTAL PALACE chairman Simon Jordan says he has no hard feelings about the way former manager Steve Bruce walked out on his club after five months in the job to join Birmingham City. But he thinks his club's fans are justified...
Leadership Challenge Talk Is All Froth, Says Brown
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN GORDON BROWN today dismissed talk of a Labour leadership challenge as "froth" as he waded in to support an embattled Tony Blair. The Chancellor mounted a strong defence of New Labour's pro-business policies in his first public...
Let's Hear It for Sidney; Film Star First, Black Man Second ... How Sidney Poitier Earned Hollywood's Gratitude
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER THERE are usually two reasons for awarding an honorary Oscar to a film star. Both are embarrassing. One, because he or she has long been overlooked. Two, because he or she hasn't long to live. But Sidney Poitier, who...
Life without Liz; in His First Interview for about A Boy, Hugh Grant Talks about That Split - and His New-Found Freedom
Byline: HAROLD VON KURSK HUGH Grant has long had doubts about the worthiness of the acting profession and his place in the movie mainstream. The huge commercial success of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill merely confirmed him as the...
Love Him or Loathe Him, Maverick Cole Offers Something Different
Byline: IAN CHADBAND AS he negotiated the usual post-match scrum at Elland Road clearly in the mood for neither backslaps nor sympathy votes, Joe Cole kept his own counsel but bore the look of a man who felt he had blown it. It was the hangdog...
Lovely Saffron's Alone as Love Fails Her Again
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL AT 6ft with lustrous hair and striking good looks, Saffron Burrows seems to have it all. Desired by men and envied by women, the actress boasts a supportive family, a network of close friends and a portfolio of impressive...
Massacre Gunman Jumps to His Death during Police Quiz
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI THE gunman who shot dead eight people in a town hall in Paris killed himself today. Richard Durn, 33, committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of the capital's police headquarters. He leapt from the window...
Mergers for the Greater Good; Inside Brussels
Byline: CHRISTOPHER HUHNE THE European Commission's decision to stop the merger of two US companies - General Electric and Honeywell - with huge operations in the European Union caused a political outcry in Washington last July, but Commissioner...
MI6 in Urgent Plea to City for New Spies
Byline: MARTIN DELGADO British intelligence services have asked City businesses to help in their biggest recruitment drive since the end of the Cold War. Spy chiefs want company executives to put them in touch with potential recruits - particularly...
Moderate Defeats Hard Left in Race to Be RMT Deputy
Byline: DICK MURRAY THE hard-Left today suffered a blow for control of the RMT, largest of the rail industry unions. Mick Cash, the Labour moderate and staunch opponent of the Leftwing element, who said he was "fed up" with the RMT being portrayed...
New York's Foodies Meet the Mob
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER DINNER RUSH (Rating - very good) Cert 15, 97 mins SANDRA BERNHARD, an actress whose voracious mouth seldom finds enough words to fill it, here finds something better: food. As the demanding restaurant critic of a TriBeCa...
Northern Lights Branching out; POP
Byline: DAVID SMYTH The Leaves The Monarch, NW1 IT'S going to be tough to find a flaw in Reykjavik's Leaves. Five childhood friends with a fine line in emotional, soaring guitar rock, they will enrage cynics by being both flawlessly good-looking...
Not Only Funny. Also Magical; but Dagenham Boy Who Took Hollywood but Came Full Circle
Byline: JAMES LANGTON IT WAS a modest bungalow with a small square of lawn, a place where a pensioner on a small fixed income might retire. This was where Dudley Moore, actor, comic and film star, came to die. In a sense the boy from Dagenham,...
Not Only Funny. but; Dagenham Boy Who Took Hollywood but Came Full Circle
Byline: JAMES LANGTON IT WAS a modest bungalow with a small square of lawn, a place where a pensioner on a small fixed income might retire. This was where Dudley Moore, actor, comic and film star, came to die. In a sense the boy from Dagenham,...
NOW SVEN MUST PUT ENGLAND FIRST; Manager Has Been Fair but We Need a Win Soon
Byline: MICHAEL HART England 1 Italy 2 JUST as we're all about to slip into World Cup overdrive, along come Italy in their new blue shirts to remind Sven-Goran Eriksson of the true size of the task facing him. With the opening World Cup tie...
Paris Gun Killer 'Felt like a Dirty Rotten Vegetable'
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI A GUNMAN who killed eight councillors and wounded 19 others in a town hall shooting in Paris left his mother a rambling note explaining his motives. The 13-page letter revealed loner Richard Durn, 33, was a man consumed...
Poyet: We Will Sign Big Names
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS TOTTENHAM midfielder Gus Poyet today quashed claims that failure to qualify for Europe next season would prevent manager Glenn Hoddle attracting quality players to White Hart Lane. Hoddle will find out the size of his transfer...
Quins Rocked by Rotherham Deal
Byline: CHRIS JONES Harlequins' Premiership future looks even more precarious today after Rotherham's rugby and football clubs agreed a ground-sharing deal. The Yorkshire sides will share Millmoor in a move which will ensure Rotherham satisfy...
Regulator Hints at Delay to Postal Competition
Byline: ROBERT LEA MAIL regulator Postcomm today gave its strongest indication yet that the introduction of competition to Consignia will be delayed until well into 2003. In what is being seen as a victory for Allan Leighton, the new chairman...
Rising from the East
Byline: NEIL NORMAN THE belated recognition of actors of colour at this year's Academy Awards should eventually filter through to British casting directors. And our obsession with all things Bollywood should open the doors for Asian actors at least....
Scramble as France Floats Its Toll Roads
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN SHARES in France's first privatised toll-road company started trading in Paris today after institutional investors flocked to Europe's biggest flotation this year. The shares in Autoroutes du Sud de la France (ASF) offered...
Seaman's the One; Arsenal Man Will Start for England, Says Rival James
Byline: KEN DYER DAVID JAMES today conceded that David Seaman will be the number one goalkeeper for England in next summer's World Cup. West Ham's James and Leeds' Nigel Martyn each played one half of the friendly international against Italy...
Set for a Sunny Easter Best Enjoyed at Home
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY;DICK MURRAY BRITAIN is forecast to be bathed in warm spring sunshine over the Easter weekend with temperatures set to soar to 16 degrees centigrade in London and the South-East. The Met Office says the capital will bask in...
Shots from the Hip; EXHIBITION
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH Beck's Futures ICA THE ICA's love affair with the street and urban cool will be at its most intense tomorrow with the opening of Beck's Futures, the contemporary art prize it has been running for the past three years. ...
Signature Signs off Trendy Bar in Slump
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE LUKE Johnson's Signature Restaurants, owner of The Ivy and the Belgo chain, highlighted the dismal times for London's eateries today with a slump in profits and the sale of an upmarket bar. Like-for-like sales at the Belgo...
Singing to Move the Soul; CLASSICAL
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT Handel's Jeptha Queen Elizabeth Hall HOW fitting that Jephtha, Handel's last great English oratorio, should be the subject of the penultimate concert in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's series Discovering Handel....
Smugglers Use 'Cut and Stuff' Cars to Hide Drugs
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS GANGS are constructing ingenious "cut-and-stuff" cars in a bid to smuggle drugs into Britain. Couriers are packing cocaine and heroin around live airbags and converting petrol tanks in family cars before filling them with...
Special Effects Reveal Story of Cloning Jesus
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER SPECIAL effects can turn a movie into a spectacle. But if that's its main appeal, they can also suck the life out of the story. Such is unlikely to be the fate of Revelation. Opening next month, this Britishmade occult...
Spurned Cox Hopes to Get His Revenge in Boat Race
Byline: LAURA SMITH PETER Hackworth has a score to settle. As the cox for the Oxford rowing team he has an extra reason to want to spur his men to victory in Saturday's Boat Race: unrequited love. Five years ago, while attending St Paul's School...
Still out of This World
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER ET THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL (Rating - outstanding) Cert U, 120 mins ET will be 20 in May. It's lasted well, and looks better than ever in Steven Spielberg's reissue. I think it's his masterpiece. So does he, probably. He's...
'Tears Would Flow, He'd Throw Back His Head and Cackle'
Byline: JOE MCGRATH I FIRST met Dudley Moore more than 40 years ago. After leaving Oxford, he spent a while playing the piano in the Johnny Dankworth orchestra, and, in 1960, he appeared in a television show I'd co-written. He had only one...
Terrifying Vistas of Suburbia; THEATRE
Byline: PATRICK MARMION One for the Road Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch THE cheeky-chappy, Scouse wit of Willy Russell is in fine fettle in this Eighties comedy about a 35-year-old former hippie having a midlife crisis on a brand-new Legoland estate...
The Eighties Are Back with House Prices Set to Rocket Another 10%
Byline: JANE PADGHAM;MIRA BAR-HILLEL LONDON'S housing market is in the grip of an Eighties-style speculative boom, with the recent surge in property values triggering a scramble to snap up available homes before prices rise even higher. Unveiling...
The Model Turned Society Queen, a Tarnished Holocaust Historian and a Disturbingly Unsavoury Anti-Semitic Email
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST AMONG London's intellectual elite there are few more glamorous than Michele Renouf, former wife of the late Sir Frank "the Bank" Renouf, the wealthy New Zealand financier. As a former beauty queen turned model and actress,...
Time for a Shake-Up; Weak Field Taints World Cup Win for Godolphin
Byline: CLARE BALDING STREET CRY'S victory in the richest race in the world, the $6 million Dubai World Cup, kept the prize money at home and in the coffers of Sheikh Mohammed but I got the sense that he would rather it hadn't happened that way....
Trescothick Is Prepared for England's Final Push
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MARCUS TRESCOTHICK and the other fully paid-up members of England's winter travel club must raise themselves for a final challenge. After visiting three countries, spending nearly 150 days away from home in total and having...
Unilever Six Break the [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Pay Barrier
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE UNILEVER set ever higher benchmarks for directors' pay last year, as no fewer than six board members broke the [pound]1 million barrier, it emerged today. Chairman Niall FitzGerald picked up a huge [pound]1.9 million - against...
Urban Cowgirl's High Noon
Byline: LAURA CRAIK THERE are some trends which make you cringe right down the downy bit on the back of your neck when you spy them on the catwalk. "My God, surely they don't expect us to dress like peasants/flamenco dancers/car mechanics again,"...
Walking a Tightrope; the Aerial Acrobats from the Dome Are Aiming High on a Low Budget
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU IF Sean Kempton looks out of his rehearsal space window in Bow he can see the Millennium Dome little more than a mile away. He was one of the performers in its spectacular aerial show. Every day the team would scale their ropes...
Wasps Turn to Stoop after Setback
Byline: CHRIS JONES LONDON WASPS have been forced to scrap plans to move to Wycombe Wanderers and will now open negotiations with Harlequins to ground share at The Stoop next season, writes Chris Jones. Wasps were hoping to move to Wycombe for...
Wide Boys with Plenty of Class; POP
Byline: MAX BELL Alfie Scala, N1 ANY bunch of chancers who end their set with a euphoric version of the 20-year-old disco hit Zoom by Fat Larry's Band, having previously presented themselves as a hybrid Northern Kinks, deserves a second glance....
Women Troops to Be Banned from Front Line
Byline: ROBERT FOX WOMEN will not be allowed to fight with bomb and bayonet in the front line of the Army's infantry and tank units, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is set to announce after Easter. It had been expected that women would have to be...