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Articles from June 28, 2002

A Father's Blessing as Cruise's Co-Star Joins the Big Time
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR AT the age of 16 she was pregnant, penniless and living in a dilapidated bedsit. Now Samantha Morton is considered one of the country's finest actresses and is starring with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's pound sterling60...
Air Rage Warning as Woman Is Jailed
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN A DRUNKEN woman care worker whose behaviour forced the pilot of a Tenerife-bound plane to divert and land in Portugal was today jailed for four months. Charlotte Davies claimed she was so scared of flying she got drunk...
Anger as G8 Pledges 'Peanuts' to Africa ... but [Pounds Sterling]13bn to Russia
Byline: CHARLES REISS A SECURITY-SHROUDED summit of the world's richest nations ended today with failure to deliver an effective rescue package for Africa - and failure to neutralise Russia's decaying nuclear weapons stockpile. Tony Blair flew...
A Room (and a Bar) with a View; Unlock the Thames: The Upper Thames Region Has a Wealth of Restaurants and Hotels to Suit All Tastes and Budgets
THE Upper Thames is dotted with a superb range of places to stay, particularly for pleasure boaters looking for a base or a stopover. Many hotels and guesthouses have enviable riverside vistas, moorings for boats and their own launches. If you want...
Arriving at the Mount; Edith Wharton's Massachusetts Home Has Just Reopened to the Public
Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL POISED on the slopes of a hill in western Massachusetts is an oversized Edwardian villa, a white stuccoed pastiche of a Riviera residence, with terraces, formal gardens and a tinkling fountain. Overlooking the wooded shores...
A Safe Pair of Hands
Byline: MIKE STONE The new Freelander is not going to knock your socks off with a seminal driving experience but it should deliver you unscathed, says Mike Stone THE fashion for so-called "soft-roaders" has helped change fourwheel-drive cars...
Audi's Awesome Avant; There Is an Estate That Combines Family Needs with Fantastic Performance, Says Maurice Glover
Byline: MAURICE GLOVER LIFE behind the steering wheel can often take a turn for the tedious when the demands of a family force enthusiastic drivers to swap cars that provide excitement for more mundane transport. For the well off, of course,...
Baby Bomber Picture a Joke Says Family
Byline: SAM KILEY THE FAMILY of a baby photographed wearing a fake suicide bomber's explosive belt today confirmed that the picture was genuine. However they added that the photo, circulated around the world by the Israeli army, had been taken...
Bigotry Strikes Out
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Take Me Out Donmar Warehouse THIS terrific American tragicomedy about baseball and bigotry engages heart, mind and nervous system in its disturbing grasp. Joe Mantello's superbly charged and acted production bowled me...
Billions Pledged to Fight Terror and Poverty
Byline: STANDARD FOREIGN NEWS DESK THE world's wealthiest countries reached out to fight both terrorism and poverty, offering Russia up to pound sterling13 billion to secure vulnerable weapons stockpiles and pledging billions of pounds for Africa,...
Bringing in a Bargain
Byline: NICK GIBBS THE Danes have been good to us. Not only did they let three goals past in the World Cup in Japan, they also feed us a supply of cheaper cars for an ever-growing personal import trade. Unfortunately, they suffer on both counts....
Britons Held over Holiday Island Sex
Byline: PAUL ANAST;CHRIS MILLAR GREEK police have launched a crackdown on British holidaymakers in the resort of Faliraki on Rhodes after a record number of arrests for "advanced sexual activity". Four holidaymakers have been thrown off the island...
Brown's Anger at Tax Rise Warning from Aide to Hewitt
Byline: JOE MURPHY GORDON BROWN was infuriated today after a senior economist hired by Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt said taxes would have to go up again to pay for his spending plans. Vicky Pryce also angered ministers by describing...
But Some Just Keep on Rolling ... Commentary
Byline: PETE CLARK THE untimely demise of John Entwhistle, the quiet one in the Who, proves once again that there is no rhyme or reason that governs the rules of rock'n'roll longevity. In the noted spoof documentary Spinal Tap, it is a given...
Buyers Moving in to Restore Good Times
Byline: RAY HEATH ALL the news was good in Asian markets today as share prices continued to recover from the battering they took earlier in the week from the WorldCom accounting scandal. Buyers who reckoned that Wednesday's knee-jerk reaction...
Cabinet 'Riven with Splits over Tube PPP'
Byline: JOE MURPHY FORMER Treasury Minister Geoffrey Robinson has sparked a new row over the Tube by revealing that the Cabinet was so riven with splits over how to carry out part-privatisation that it was forced to hand the crucial decision to...
Campbell Named in Top Team
Byline: IAN CHADBAND SOL CAMPBELL was today amazingly named in the World Cup all-star team - while there was no place for his England defensive colleague Rio Ferdinand. The Arsenal player was named in the selection of the 16 best players in the...
CCTV Schemes 'Cost [Pounds Sterling]400m but Do Little to Fight Crime'
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR BRITAIN'S streets are now watched by about 40,000 publicly funded CCTV cameras costing more than pound sterling400 million - but a new study today reveals there is little scientific evidence to show they cut crime. The analysis...
City's Lean Times Spell Bad News for Rest of London
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON HOPES that the City would avoid a further round of job cuts have been dashed by figures for mergers and acquisitions activity in the first half of the year. According to a survey by Dealogic, the value of global M&A...
Cole Can Be King Again; Trainer on Course for Fourth Win
Byline: COLIN FLEETWOOD JONES IF he stood next to you in a bar you wouldn't pick a fight with him. Six feet three-and-a-half inches tall, 15 stone and straight out of 'England Their England.' Remember that fast bowling blacksmith breasting the...
Curbishley's in Frame for Leeds
Byline: PAUL THOMSON ALAN CURBISHLEY has emerged as a frontrunner to take over at Leeds from David O'Leary. The Charlton manager's name is high on the shortlist of Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale following the shock sacking of O'Leary yesterday....
Doing the Continental
Byline: BOB MURRAY Michael Drayton's luxury caravan outfit has got to be the smartest on the road, says Bob Murray IN the glamorous world of international shipping, invitations that begin, "Come for drinks in my caravan," are few and far between....
Don't Be Afraid of the Summer Suit
Byline: PETE CLARK THERE is one date in the calendar that certain grown men fear most, and that is known, in technical terms, as the onset of summer. While the rest of the world throws its hat in the air, these men cower in dark corners. The reason...
Elena Breathes Life into British Women's Game but Patient Is Still in Intensive Care
Byline: CHRIS JONES ELENA BALTACHA was today being shielded from the euphoria generated by her stunning Wimbledon second round singles triumph over Amanda Coetzer that proved there really was life in the British women's game. While the patient...
Elena Comes in from the Cold to Warm British Hopes
Byline: LAURA BURKIN THE great new hope of British women's tennis lives in Enfield, has a Scottish accent, glasses like saucers, and a Soviet soccer star for a father. Elena Baltacha came from the Soviet Union as a small child, but now the 18-year-old...
Eye-Catching Clash Will See Dokic Face Hantuchova
Byline: LEO SPALL;MATT HUGHES TENNIS'S latest glamour girl Daniela Hantuchova today earned the chance to prove she has plenty of talent to go with her good looks. The Slovakian 19-year-old who is being dubbed the new Anna Kournikova beat Maja...
Feelgood Factor at Finals Has Given Us So Much to Savour
Byline: GLENN HODDLE MOST tournaments are usually only remembered for the finals but no matter what happens on Sunday I would put this competition, on and off the field, up there with the best ever staged. Let's start with the goals because there...
First Drive Peugeot 807
Byline: DAVID THOMAS POWERED sliding doors are a familiar sight for London commuters on the Tube but now they are one of the clever wheezes thought up by Peugeot for its new 807 people carrier. Sliding side-doors on a vehicle can be heavy and...
Five-Star Caribbean for Less; Bag a Deal at One of These Deluxe Hotels and Discover How the Other Half Holiday
Byline: JILL HARTLEY WHEN our summer starts to disappoint, pack your new cozzie and head for the sultry dependability of the Caribbean. As a rule, the flashier the hotel, the higher the summer saving. It only rains a titch more than during the winter;...
Flintoff's Show Worth the Wait
Byline: DAVID LLOYD IT is a safe bet that Andrew Flintoff will not race around Lord's tomorrow with his shirt off like a footballer who has just scored the winning World Cup goal. But if Flintoff can continue to thrill English cricket fans, as...
Footsie Fall Is Second Worst in Past 25 Years
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG THE British stock market's dire performance in the first half of this year is set to go down as its second worst in 25 years, overshadowing the losses suffered during last year's technology shakeout and the soaring interest...
For Pete's Sake, He Must Give Up
Byline: DAVID MELLOR FUNNY old summer isn't it? Most of the favourites crash out of the World Cup early on, and now the same has happened to the men's singles at Wimbledon. How many England footballers must be lying on a beach somewhere knowing...
Four Speed Ahead
Byline: SIMON DE BURTON Triumph's new Speed Four carries on a tradition of British motorbikes of great quality, says Simon de Burton TRIUMPH Motorcycles is small compared with Japanese giants like Honda and Suzuki, but that does not stop it producing...
FSA Eases Solvency Test to Help Life Firms
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG THE Financial Services Authority today acknowledged the extent of the pain being suffered in the life assurance sector as a result of plunging share markets by making it much easier for companies to prove they are solvent....
Germany Will Kick Sand in Brazil's Face
Byline: MICHAEL HART THE memory of England's underachieving performance against Brazil remains fresh enough for me to believe that it will be German efficiency and discipline that emerges triumphant when football's two great powers meet in the World...
Good News for Beer-Bellies ... Fashion Just for You
Byline: DAN CAIRNS TEN-TON Tinys the length - and breadth - of London have cause to rejoice. This longneglected category of diminutive but corpulent men, whose only regular sartorial dilemma is whether to wear the trousers over the beer gut (Tweedledum-style)...
Hamas Leader Who Threatens Arafat's Power
Byline: SAM KILEY DRAPED in brilliant white cloth, the old man with the full white beard, kindly eyes and gentle smile looks as saintly as Mother Theresa and as warm as Santa Claus. But Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is the spiritual leader of one of the most...
Harrelson Heads for West End
Byline: LUKE LEITCH WOODY HARRELSON, who recently spent a night in the cells after allegedly going "berserk" in a London taxi, is the latest US star to debut on the West End stage. Harrelson, 40, will share billing with Sex And The City star...
Hiddink Will Receive All the Plaudits
SOUTH KOREANS will turn out in force to thank Guus Hiddink in the third-place playoff against Turkey in Daegu tomorrow night, writes Michael Hart. It's largely due to this demanding Dutchman that South Korea, the surprise package of this World Cup,...
High-Living Truth Stranger Than Fiction
Byline: PATRICK SAWER GARY Mulgrew and his cronies were so proud of their lavish lifestyle that one of them wrote a fictionalised account called The Pursuit of Happiness - Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There. Mulgrew appears as Braveheart, the...
How a German Cup Victory Could Give Schrader a Kick
Byline: ALLAN HALL GERMAN leader Gerhard Schrader is pinning hopes of an economic upturn on his country winning the World Cup on Sunday. Showing support for Germany's national team is a vital political move for the Chancellor ahead of the general...
Iron Man Wayne Is Feeling Strong
Byline: LEO SPALL;MATT HUGHES TIM HENMAN'S next opponent reckons he will make light work of the British No1 on his way to the Wimbledon Final. Confident Wayne Ferreira has 14 singles titles to his name and believes he can add his first Grand...
Is Picture of Toddler Bomber an Israeli Propaganda Ploy?
Byline: SAM KILEY THE IMAGE of a Palestinian toddler aged about 18 months, dressed in combat fatigues and wearing a fake suicide bomber's explosives belt, has outraged world opinion already disgusted by the use of young people in "martyrdom attacks"....
Kidnap Mystery over Millionaire Mormon's Girl
Byline: JAMES LANGTON THE disappearance of an angel-faced teenager is gripping America with the same intensity as did the murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey four years ago. Police in Salt Lake City, Utah, where 14-year-old Elizabeth...
Leaked Report Warns of Blair's 'Two-Tier NHS'
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR is accused of creating a two-tier NHS, in a leaked report by one of his senior advisers. The confidential report, written for No 10 by Adair Turner the former CBI director general, warns that moves to give the best...
Lewis to Fight on; Lennox May Shelve Retirement Plans for Rematch with Tyson
Byline: DAVID SMITH LENNOX LEWIS is set to shelve plans to retire from the boxing ring - and his next fight could be a rematch with Mike Tyson. In the wake of an acclaimed eighth-round demolition of Tyson in Memphis earlier this month, London-born...
London to Get 25 Flagship Schools
Byline: JOE MURPHY A HUGE increase in the number of flagship city academy schools will spearhead a complete overhaul of London's creaking education system. Education Secretary Estelle Morris has closed a deal with Chancellor Gordon Brown to fund...
Make a Date for This Play on Love
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD When Harry Met Barry Upstairs at the Gatehouse, N6 HEY, Mr West End producer - if you're after something offbeat to lift the lethargy that tends to settle over midsummer audiences, take a look at this outstanding new musical....
Making Leisure a Real Pleasure; Unlock the Thames: The Challenge of Making the River More Attractive to Leisure Seekers Has to Be Balanced by Concern for the Environment
COPING with a garden pond is beyond most people, so imagine the effort required to look after a stretch of river which flows from its source southwest of Cirencester, to Teddington, 147 miles away on the fringes of west London. Particularly when you...
Man Arrested in Hunt for Hospital Rapist Who Attacked Patient in Bed
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON A 46-YEAR-OLD MAN was arrested today on suspicion of raping a 60-year-old grandmother in her hospital bed. Police arrested the suspect in Ealing following the attack at the John Conolly Unit of the West London Mental...
Man Arrested in Hunt for Rapist Who Struck at Hospital
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON A 46-YEAR-OLD man was arrested today on suspicion of raping a 60-year-old grandmother in her hospital bed. Police arrested the suspect at a home in Ealing following the attack at the John Conolly Unit of the West London...
Manhattan's Hip New' Hood; the Lower East Side, Unlike Its Gentrified Neighbours, Is Still a Bastion of Urban Cool
Byline: GEORGE EPAMINONDAS A SEXY conflation of grit and glam, the Lower East Side is the last bastion of downtown cool in Manhattan. Where its neighbours, including SoHo and Nolita, have become thoroughly gentrified and increasingly homogenous,...
Mark Turner, Author of Pubs of the River Thames, Picks His Favourite Drinking Holes; Unlock the Thames
Byline: MARK TURNER NEAREST the source and actually on the banks of the Thames is the Red Lion at Castle Eaton. An atmospheric Georgian Inn, its large garden sweeps down to the infant river. The Trout Inn at Tadpole Bridge, which was once kept...
Material That Scrapes the Bottom of the Barrel
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL WE have ways of making you look. The National Gallery has, in recent years, dismantled Rembrandt and Michelangelo, revealed the processes by which Seurat departed from the brushstroke and took up the spot of paint, explored...
Maxwell's Telemonde in Sales Dive
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE efforts of Kevin Maxwell's telecoms firm Telemonde to stave off bankruptcy have been dealt another blow. The company, which Maxwell chairs, has revealed it suffered a collapse in revenues in the first quarter of the...
Men Working Their Miracles; Two Coaches Fight for That Final Redemption
Byline: IAN CHADBAND Cali, Colombia, 23 July 2001 Luiz Felipe Scolari stands in front of a group of Brazilian journalists who feel as if they're intruding on private grief. "Write it down in your notebooks," he booms. "I will go down as the Brazilian...
More Career Women Than Ever before Are Not Having Children
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR ONE in five women in Britain are now reaching the age of 40 without having children, new figures show. Rates of childlessness have soared as more and more women delay having a family and instead focus on their careers. ...
Move on Up New York's Museum of Modern Art Is Relocating While Its Manhattan Home Expands. Is This Natural Evolution or Just a Counter to Tate Modern?
Byline: ROWAN MOORE THE grand duchess of modern art museums, the self-proclaimed (and truthfully so) finest in the world, the doyenne of moneyed Manhattan cultural institutions, is slumming it. New York's Museum of Modern Art has decamped, with...
Nannies Face Slump as Job Losses in City Hit Families
Byline: LAURA SMITH NANNIES are reporting a Londonwide slump in demand for their services. Agencies say job losses in the City are having a knock-on effect on the industry - forcing many firms out of business. Some report seeing several nannies...
Nature, Sport and Our City's Lifeblood; Unlock the Thames: There Is More to the Thames Than Wildlife, Sport and Leisure. the River Also Provides London with Two-Thirds of Its Drinking Water
WE often talk about "old father Thames" as if this beautiful river was a paternal figure watching over us. The reality of the modern role of the Upper Thames as provider is more complex. It fulfils a whole host of essential functions, without which...
New British Heroine Elena Happy to Be Shielded from All the Hype
Byline: CHRIS JONES ELENA BALTACHA was today being shielded from the euphoria generated by her stunning Wimbledon second round singles triumph over Amanda Coetzer that proved there really was life in the British women's game. While the patient...
Now Xerox Confesses to $2Bn Hole in Its Accounts
Byline: LAUREN CHAMBLISS XEROX became the latest American group to admit to cooking its books today after it unveiled a two billion dollar hole in its accounts. Days after an admission by telecoms group WorldCom that it had hidden four billion...
O'Leary Paid the Price for Failure at Leeds. So Who Will the Money Men Force out Next?
Byline: DAVID BOND ACCORDING to Leeds United's chairman Peter Ridsdale it was the " offfield" pressures which led to yesterday's sudden sacking of manager David O'Leary. That rather obscure explanation was taken by most to mean the way in which...
On the Road to Driverless Cars
Byline: IVAN BERG innovations WHAT hi-tech gizmo has a nineyearold Ford Transit diesel got in common with a Honda NSX Supercar? It's a "drive-by-wire" (DBW) throttle. This means that there's no mechanical linkage or throttle cable between the...
Our Wits' End; September 11 Revitalised Political Comedy in America. Here, the Satire Boom of the Sixties Remains a Muffled Echo
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU AMERICAN humorist Tom Lehrer said that he gave up satire the day that Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize. Is satire now completely dead? It might appear that way, judging by the British comedy scene. Go to any club and...
Paving Stones, Pyramids and the 'Bogus Baroness'; How Ex-Barmaid Theresa Hamer Left a Trail of Broken Dreams and a Ruined Home . . . While Making a Fortune
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST OUTSIDE the Regent Hotel in Sandown on the Isle of Wight, stands a stack of old, weathered and worn flagstones. Even to the casual observer it is obvious these are special stones - quite beautiful and very old. Behind, the...
Philippoussis Now Takes on Krajicek
MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS will face former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, ranked 1093 in the world, in a fourth-round clash, writes Chris Jones. Philippoussis and Krajicek have both battled back from career-threatening injuries and now they will...
Philippoussis Recovers from Slow Start
MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS, who needs artificial cartilage injections in his knee, was having his fitness put to the test by Nicolas Keifer in the third round today, writes Chris Jones. Both players are trying to climb back up the rankings after injuries...
Plea for Jury at Mother's Portland Death Inquest
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR THE Portland Hospital was today accused of providing "wholly inadequate" care to a woman who died after giving birth. A string of critical failures by medical staff preceded the death of Tracey Sampson, a coroner's court...
Police Must Stop These Deadly Car Pursuits
Byline: WILL SELF EARLIER this week yet another pedestrian was killed by a police car involved in a chase. The victim was a 29-year-old woman whose only crime was to venture on to the mean streets of south London without a car of her own. We...
Post 9/11 Focus Is Lost in Space
Byline: CLAIRE BISHOP Gael Robertson: Breathing Spaces Brompton Oratory, SW7 PHOTOGRAPHER Gael Robertson has spent the past eight months taking images, in both colour and black-and-white, inside four religious buildings representing different...
Pounds That Go an Extra Mile
Byline: JO THORNHILL Heading for the sun? Be careful not to get burned when you exchange your holiday cash. Jo Thornhill reports GRASPING that wad of oddlycoloured cash can mean only one thing: you're going on holiday. More than a third of...
Pregnant at 17, Oxbridge Degree at 23: A Teenage Single Mother Who maDE IT
As the Government tackles teenage pregnancy, Tilly Bagshawe reveals how with the support of her parents and teachers she became a City highflier IWILL never forget my father's reaction the moment I told him I was pregnant. It was April, 1991. I...
Probe into [Pounds Sterling]21bn Bill for Railtrack Fiasco
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE FULL pound sterling21billion cost of sorting out Railtrack is to be investigated by the National Audit Office. The extraordinary bill for the fiasco, much of which will be borne by the taxpayer, was revealed yesterday...
'Reservoir Dogs' Robbery Gang Get Total of 117 Years
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A GANG of ruthless armed robbers known as London's Reservoir Dogs who used Lottery cash to fund their raids were jailed for a total of 117 years at the Old Bailey today. Judge Timothy Pontius told the gang that "the public...
Rio 'Move' Is Not Why David Was Given Boot
Byline: DAVID MELLOR DAVID O'LEARY'S departure from Elland Road is no surprise. The exasperation of chairman Peter Ridsdale at the club's failure to make progress last season was all too apparent in its closing days when he spoke openly of the link...
Riverbank Treasures; Unlock the Thames: The Thames Is Dotted with Easily Accessible Historical Gems
THE Thames has provided a constant stream of inspiration to poets, playwrights and novelists throughout the ages. Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat is a book synonymous with the more relaxed pleasures of the river. Jerome always enjoyed spending...
'Road and Rail Congestion Costs Business [Pounds Sterling]2bn a Year'
Byline: DICK MURRAY BUSINESSES face a bill of up to pound sterling2 billion a year because of the delays caused by congestion on the roads, rail and Tube around London. Accountancy giant KPMG calculates that it alone loses pound sterling6 million...
Rock Mourns the Ox; Who Star Is Found Dead in Las Vegas Hotel Room
Byline: JAMES LANGTON TRIBUTES were today being paid to John Entwistle, bass player with rock legends The Who, after he was found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room. The musician, 57, who was due to open the band's US tour in the gambling mecca tonight,...
SALMON WITH CUCUMBER AND DILL SALAD Preparation: 15 Minutes. Cooking: 5 Minutes. Serves 2-4
Byline: LINDSEY BAREHAM THE last in my week of summer salads is definitely the most elegant. It can be served as a stylish supper for two in a choice of two ways: warm salmon served with chilled cucumber salad and hot new potatoes; or potted and...
SAVAGERY; 'Horrific Murders, ... Defenceless Victims ... You Showed Them No Compassion'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A MAN was today sentenced to life four times over for the "savagery" of bludgeoning three generations of one family to death with an iron bar. Builder David Morris, 40, was convicted by a jury at Swansea Crown Court of murdering...
S Is for Style
Byline: ALAN ANDERSON THE popular Jaguar S-Type saloon was recently given a major engineering redesign. It looks much the same as before but now that there is a new version, how does the old one rate as a used buy? Although it's based on an American...
Sisters Are Doing It All by Themselves
Byline: KATE BATTERSBY NEVER in women's tennis has so vast a chasm existed between the top half-dozen players and the rest. It is unthinkable that the current women's game could produce the wipe-out which saw Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Marat...
Sisters Do It All by Themselves; Williams Girls Have Few Rivals to Fear
Byline: KATE BATTERSBY NEVER in women's tennis has so vast a chasm existed between the top half dozen players and the rest. It is unthinkable that the current women's game could produce the wipe-out which saw Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Marat...
Snow Cuts a Dash as the First Punk Newsreader
Byline: JESSICA HODGSON NO, Jon Snow is not trying to present the seven o' clock news after a lengthy spell in the pub. Nor is he about to appear on Stars in Their Eyes as Johnny Rotten. If the face of Channel 4 News doesn't look his usual sharp...
Specialist of the Week George Fraser
Byline: ALAN ANDERSON WHEN you're making breakfast, George Fraser will probably be in his workshop rebuilding a Mercedes automatic gearbox. Fraser finds the early mornings the most peaceful time to crack on without being disturbed, because during...
Stay Calm after the Storm
Byline: ALICIA WYLLIE As Sophie Cook's business recovers after September 11, she wants to make use of her profits. But does she pay off more mortgage or open more accounts? Alicia Wyllie reports MOST of us dream of filling our homes with beautiful...
Swan around the River; Unlock the Thames: From Regattas and Boat Rallies to Music Festivals and Medieval Customs, the Upper Thames Has Plenty of Events and Attractions to Keep You Amused
Henley Royal Regatta (3-7 July) ESTABLISHED in 1839, the Henley Royal Regatta is the most respected and keenly contested amateur rowing competition in the world. The Regatta features more than 250 races, attracting an array of international crews...
Taking a Load Off
Byline: JAMES LUCKHURST It is estimated that at least one in 20 vehicles is leaving the ports overweight. Kent Police warns that every returning ferry and Channel Tunnel Shuttle train contains at least four cars with more weight on board than they...
Tempting Saab Soft Top
Byline: ALAN ANDERSON There are more than 14,000 cars for sale every week in ESwheels and on the website but what are they like? Each Friday, our experts will put the spotlight on a prime example. Today, we look at a Saab Convertible YOU don't...
The Lessons of WorldCom
TO LEARN THE lessons of the WorldCom scandal, the first requirement is a little national humility. Yes, business ethics in the United States have plumbed new depths. But we in Britain have also had our share of corporate horrors: think of Maxwell,...
The Miracle Workers; Two Coaches Fight for Final Redemption
Byline: IAN CHADBAND Cali, Colombia, 23 July 2001 Luiz Felipe Scolari stands in front of a group of Brazilian journalists who feel as if they're intruding on private grief. "Write it down in your notebooks," he booms. "I will go down as the Brazilian...
The [Pounds Sterling]20bn Cost as Stress Drives Britons to Drink
Byline: VICTORIA FLETCHER STRESSED Britons are spending more than pound sterling20billion a year on alcohol to help them unwind. As working hours in the UK top the European league and lunch breaks shrink to less than half an hour, research shows...
Three British Bankers on [Pounds Sterling]5m Enron Fraud Charge
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING;LAUREN CHAMBLISS THREE high-living British merchant bankers, formerly employed by NatWest, have been accused of fraud in the first individual charges to be brought in the Enron scandal. The trio, who were led by the son...
Walk the Thames Path; Unlock the Thames: Adam Edwards Dons His Boots and Walks the 180-Mile Thames Path - Stopping Regularly for Refreshment
IN EARLY summer I walked from my former home in West London along the length of the Thames Path National Trail to my new house on the River Coln in the Cotswolds. I believed that I could easily stroll along the 180-mile walk that opened in 1996. ...
War, Smoke and Mirrors
Byline: PETE CLARK THE Second World War has thrown up some great names, but none, I would submit, to contend with that of Jasper Maskelyne. I had never heard of him before, which is a tribute to his great skills as an illusionist, but by the end...
We Should Support Germany on Sunday; There Are Good Reasons Why Every English Fan Ought to Be Cheering on Brazil's Opponents in the World Cup Final
Byline: PHILIP KERR THIS Sunday, Germany will play Brazil in the final of the World Cup. It's the first time the two sides have ever met in the competition's 72-year history and, from my own straw poll, it seems likely that among those Englishmen...
Why Liz Doesn't Want Cash from Bing; Black Satin Pyjamas, a Gold Rolex from Her Former Lover and Helicopter Rides with Elton John - One of Hurley's Closest Friends Reveals What Life Is like Now for Liz and Baby Damian
Byline: WILLIAM CASH WHEN I went to see Elizabeth Hurley in the Portland Hospital, a few days after her son Damian was born, my old friend was propped up in bed in black satin pyjamas, with her son cuddled in one arm, and a drip in the other. She...
Your Guide to Getting Afloat; Unlock the Thames: Discover the Upper Reaches of the Thames by Boat. Whether You Buy or Hire One, It Is by Far the Best Way to Enjoy the Tranquil Surroundings of the River
THERE is nothing, absolutely nothing, so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing," Ratty said to Mole. As pleasant as it is to admire the river from the grassy banks, the best way to discover the Upper Thames is to get out...
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