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Articles from March 26, 2003

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1,000 Iraqi Troops Head South - US Set to Bomb Them; BAGHDAD IS STRUCK BY CRUISE MISSILES, KILLING CIVILIANS, AS WIND AND RAIN HAMPERS THE ALLIED ADVANCE ON KEY CITIES
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;DAVID TAYLOR MORE than 1,000 Republican Guards were reported to be heading south today for a showdown in the desert with allied forces advancing on Baghdad. US planes were scrambled to destroy the column of Iraqi troops...
15 Dead as Allied Missiles Strike a Busy Market in Daylight Raid on Baghdad; WAR ON IRAQ: IRAQI SOLDIERS DIG IN FOR A STREET-BY-STREET BATTLE AS ALLIED FORCES HIT RESIDENTIAL AREA IN THE CAPITAL FOR FIRST TIME
Byline: BOB GRAHAM AT LEAST 15 people were killed after bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles rained down on Baghdad in a daylight raid today. They are believed to have died when a busy street market was hit in the north of the city. In one street...
5,000 Iraqi Troops March South to Confront US Force; WAR ON IRAQ: BAGHDAD IS STRUCK BY CRUISE MISSILES, KILLING CIVILIANS AS WIND AND RAIN HAMPERS THE ALLIED ADVANCE ON KEY CITIES
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;DAVID TAYLOR AT LEAST 5,000 of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guards were heading south today for a showdown in the desert with allied forces advancing on Baghdad. US intelligence experts said the Iraqi troops were on the...
A Good Estate to Be in; Country: Are You Searching for a Cottage for Summer at the Right Price, with the Right People in the Right Place? Look to the Big Country Estates, Says Adam Edwards
Byline: ADAM EDWARDS FINDING the dream country cottage that is perfect for some summer sport and safe for all the family can be more elusive than catching the wild brown trout. Even when you have found it, there is always a compromise: it is...
A Helping Hand; Nick Ryan Speaks to Three Local Businesses Who Have Already Developed a Website as Part of the Malton and Norton Portal Project ADVERTISEMENT
Byline: NICK RYAN Jim Evans, Scagglethorpe Manor www.scagglethorpemanor.co.uk "OVER there is where Wild Bill Hickok signed the old mantelpiece," says Jim Evans, pointing towards a fireplace. "He came here in 1887 with his Wild West Show, for Queen...
Aid Shipped in to Captured Port; War on Iraq
Byline: HUGH MUIR URGENT shipments of British humanitarian aid are arriving in Iraq today, heralding the start of what is expected to be the biggest operation of its kind in history. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Sir Galahad is expected to dock...
Always Dressed to a T; Even during Times of War, Maggie Made Sure She Kept Up Appearances
Byline: SARAH MOWER THE very sight of Margaret Thatcher in her glory years had the power to silence all critics - the rigid, golden shampoo-and-set, buttoned-up jacket with something going on at the neck, the pearls, button earrings, brooch and...
Artist in a Material World; EXHIBITION
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH Blinky Palermo Serpentine Gallery WHEN he died in 1977 at the untimely age of 34, German artist Blinky Palermo left behind him a colourful life, replete with a string of ex-wives and former lovers, a burgeoning reputation...
Ashtenne's Quick Fix of Hard Cash Comes at a Price
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER FTSE failures struggling to pay debts, such as steelmaker Corus, can draw consolation from the knowledge there are a handful of specialist developers hungry to give a quick fix of hard cash in return for tasty property assets....
Asian Film Spoof in the Curry on Tradition; THEATRE
Byline: MARK COOK Bollywood - Yet Another Love Story Riverside Studios, W6 LAST year was certainly the Indian summer for all things Bollywood, but the Reduced Indian Film Company was well ahead of fashion when it premiered a version of this...
At Least 30 Could Be Dead as Missiles Strike Market in Daylight Raid on Baghdad; WAR ON IRAQ: CORPSES ARE LAID OUT IN THE STREET AFTER ALLIED FORCES HIT RESIDENTIAL AREA IN THE CAPITAL FOR FIRST TIME
Byline: BOB GRAHAM AT LEAST 30 civilians could be dead after US missiles struck busy market streets and apartment blocks in one of the poorest parts of Baghdad today, causing absolute carnage. In one street alone 15 badly burned corpses - including...
At Least 750 Iraqi Soldiers Killed in Battle 95 Miles from Baghdad; War on Iraq
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR AT LEAST 750 Iraqi troops were reported killed today after the biggest battle of the war so far erupted in the Euphrates Valley, 95 miles south of Baghdad. The massive firefight saw US troops come under attack from Iraqis...
A Triumph of Deco-Dence; Design: In the 1920s Art Deco Epitomised the Life of Luxury, but the Austerity of the War Years Sounded Its Death Knell. A New Exhibition at the V&A Charts Its Rise and Fall. Corinne Julius Reports
Byline: CORINNE JULIUS FROM cigarette cases to skyscrapers, anything and everything was touched by Art Deco during the early part of the last century. Its familiar zigzags, flashes and curves covered buildings, biscuit tins, bars and bathrooms....
A Twine Romance; Country: Country Craft Doesn't Have to Be Twee. Corinne Julius Finds Designs for Both Urban and Rustic Living
Byline: CORINNE JULIUS THE appropriate fittings and furnishings for a rural retreat, or a country interior, are often assumed to be twee, handmade objects, rather than the cream of what contemporary makers can produce. But there are a number...
Barrowful of Charm; Outdoors: GARDENING NEWS
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Hive of industry No self-respecting cottager, past or present, would contemplate gardening without a compost bin to turn all those trailing marrow stems and towering tomato plants into good, honest nourishment for crops...
BA Speeds Up Cuts in Bid to Battle Effects of War
Byline: ROBERT LEA;BILL CONDIE BRITISH Airways is to cut dozens of services and accelerate the redundancy of a further 3000 staff as it battens down the hatches for a collapse in revenue because of the Iraq war. Rod Eddington, the BA chief executive...
BA Speeds Up Cuts in Bid to Battle Effects of War
Byline: ROBERT LEA BRITISH Airways is to cut dozens of services and accelerate the redundancy of a further 3000 staff as it battens down the hatches for a collapse in revenue because of the Iraq war. Rod Eddington, the BA chief executive who...
Battle as Blown Bridge Strands American Troops; War on Iraq: US ENGAGED IN TOUGHEST CLASH OF CAMPAIGN SO FAR AS THE WIND AND RAIN HAMPERS ALLIED ADVANCE ON KEY CITIES
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;HUGH MUIR ALLIED soldiers were engaged in brutal hand to hand fighting for the first time today as violent battles erupted at key points throughout Iraq. A significant battle was under way between US troops and Iraqi forces...
Battling Arsenal Are the Pride of London; Wenger Hails His Men after Cup Joy
Byline: MICHAEL HART Chelsea 1 Arsenal 3 ARSENE WENGER was purring with satisfaction as his Arsenal team demolished the prophets of gloom and set their sights firmly on another day out at the FA Cup Final. The Arsenal coach has had a reluctant...
Blair to Urge Bush for Bigger UN Role; WAR ON IRAQ: PM Hopes to Rebuild Bridges between America and Europe: AS THE PRIME MINISTER FLIES TO CAMP DAVID, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FIGHTING MOVES TO TOP OF AGENDA FOR SUMMIT
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY TONY Blair will today urge President George Bush to give the United Nations a key say in running post-war Iraq, during a summit in the US. The Prime Minister was flying to Washington for crucial face-to-face talks expected...
Britain Asked to Supply 4,000 More Troops; War on Iraq
Byline: ROBERT FOX BRITAIN is being asked by the Americans to provide at least 4,000 extra troops to help protect extended supply lines for forces now in Iraq. They would also help restore law and order once Baghdad has fallen, not only in the...
British Land's New Board Line; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON ONE OF the best-performing property companies over the past five and 10 years is also one of the least politically correct in its governance. But today chairman and chief executive John Ritblat announced that his company,...
British Missing and Dead Now Total 20; War on Iraq
Byline: HUGH MUIR;HURIA CHOUDHARI A BRITISH soldier has been killed trying to protect his colleagues from a grenade attack. The incident occurred in Zubayar as the unnamed soldier - a Scot - tried to protect other men in his vehicle by returning...
BT Tower Listed at Last
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL WHEN modern buildings are listed by the Culture Department, the question which often arises is "Why?" This time, it is more likely to be "What took you so long?" It may be nearly 40 years old and no longer the tallest...
Buy Small for the Big Move; New Homes: Londoners Who Want to Dip a Cautious Toe into the Countryside Can Enjoy Properties with Character and Interiors to Suit Townies, Says David Spittles
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES LONDONERS have a seasonal urge to rush to the country every spring, but with their usual ability to have it all they don't readily abandon their city ways and head for the fields; their more cautious approach is to taste what's...
Campbell Remains Big Doubt for Sven
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS;KEN DYER SOL CAMPBELL looks certain to miss England's Euro 2004 qualifier in Liechtenstein. The Arsenal defender will have his fitness assessed by England's medical staff later today and remains Sven-Goran Eriksson's only...
Cases of Deadly Hospital Superbug at 200 a Week; NEW HYGIENE ALERT AS RECORD NUMBERS IN SOUTHEAST FALL VICTIM
Byline: MAXINE FRITH CASES of the deadly hospital superbug MRSA are soaring to record levels, despite a major drive to reduce infections on wards, it emerged today. More than 200 people a week in London and the South-East are falling victim to...
Con Man, Drug Addict, Alcoholic - and Now He's Dating Bryan Ferry's Ex-Wife; the Curious Story of Lucy Helmore and the Cleaner's Son, Who Once Passed Himself off as a Lord
Byline: JONATHAN COOPER THE official announcement from Lucy Helmore was "we have drifted apart" when she and her pop star husband of 20 years, Bryan Ferry, separated in August last year. A nanosecond or two later, Ferry, 57, had floated into the...
Debt Sales Are Back; Property News: Major Mortgage-Debt Sale Offers Hope to Young Couples, Says David Spittles
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES FIFTY homes go under the hammer tomorrow at a central- London auction in what may be the first major repossessions sale since the recession of the early Nineties. Guide prices range from u30,000 for a mid-terrace house at...
Diary of an Estate Agent; Real Life: A Vendor Is Told He Can Stuff His Scruffy Cushions, and a Washing Machine Put a Seller in a Flat Spin in Marylebone
Byline: PAUL SULKIN Monday First day in our new office in Paddington Street and everything ' s chaotic, with engineers setting up cables and computers. Escaped around the corner to value a mews house which turned out to be a real surprise. With...
Don't Leave Me This Way
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH WHEN you consider that more people die in hospital than anywhere else, it's easy to see why you need a deeply black sense of humour to survive in the medical profession. That's certainly true of an oncologist friend...
Down Payments Are Up; Money: First-Time Buyers Are Now Putting Down Deposits of Almost a Quarter of the Purchase Price. Lorna Bourke Asks Where the Cash Is Coming From
Byline: LORNA BOURKE NEW research from the Halifax reveals that first-time buyers are not only getting older, but they are also putting down larger deposits. Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reveal that the average deposit put...
Enter the Enforcer; Issue: When Developers Ignore Planning Conditions, and Councils Prove Toothless in Taking Action against Them, Who Can You Turn to, Asks Mira Bar-Hillel
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL RESIDENTS of a block of converted flats in Walthamstow Village have taken Waltham Forest Council to the local government ombudsman after it failed for three years to enforce the planning conditions on a listed building. ...
Exchanges Warming to Weather Contracts after a Frosty Start; City Trader
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE GEAROID Lane and Brian Senior do jobs that bring together two favourite topics of conversation in the British Isles - the weather and financial markets. Senior, the managing director of trading and asset management at power...
Fabrics of Society Make a Comeback; Consumer Guide
Byline: KATRINA BURROUGHS FIFTIES design is taking the High Street by storm this spring. Habitat is remaking Robin Day chairs, and almost every interiors collection is duplicating the clean lines and quirky patterns of the era. The spirit...
Faces of British Soldiers Killed by a Tank from Their Own Side; WAR ON IRAQ: COMRADES REMEMBER VICTIMS OF BASRA 'FRIENDLY FIRE', WHILE ALLIED TROOPS AND TANKS MOVE INTO POSITION
Byline: HUGH MUIR ONE IS fresh-faced, little more than a boy soldier. The other is older and more assured, immaculate in his uniform. Together they died as heroes. These are the first pictures of Trooper David Clarke, 19, and Corporal Stephen...
Face Time with Mr Bush
THERE IS, in international affairs, no substitute for what Americans call "face time" between world leaders. Mr Blair's meeting with President Bush today will be a chance to bring home to the president, more urgently than in their daily telephone conversations,...
Fight to the Death in Desert Towns; WAR ON IRAQ: BLOODBATH IN BASRA AS CROWDS RISE AGAINST IRAQ ARMY WHICH SUFFERS BIGGEST LOSS SO FAR ON ROAD TO CAPITAL
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS BRITISH troops were poised to enter Basra today after an uprising by the local population against Iraqi army units led to a bloodbath. The Iraqi soldiers shelled rioting crowds with mortars, fought hand-to-hand battles and...
Find Chelsea Thug; Blues Promise to Punish Fan after Henry Hit Again
Byline: KEN DYER;STEVE STAMMERS CHELSEA today promised to hunt down the suppor ter who shamed them last night after Thierry Henry was hit on the head with a missile thrown from the crowd during the FA Cup quarterfinal replay. Henry, who also...
Firestorm on the Road to Baghdad; WAR ON IRAQ: 750 IRAQI SOLDIERS ARE KILLED AT NAJAF AND TWO US TANKS REPORTED MISSING AFTER ALLIED TROOPS ARE CUT OFF
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR AT LEAST 750 Iraqi troops were reported killed today after the biggest battle of the war so far erupted in the Euphrates Valley, 95 miles south of Baghdad. The massive firefight saw US troops come under attack from Iraqis with...
First Aid Convoy Reaches Town; War on Iraq
Byline: HUGH MUIR THE FIRST significant convoy of relief aid reached the southern city of Umm Qasr today after battling through severe sandstorms. Three days after George Bush promised "massive amounts" of humanitarian aid, seven large, battered...
Francis Pays His Respects
Byline: MATT HUGHES TREVOR FRANCIS feels Brighton can avoid relegation after his side escaped with a goalless draw from the Withdean Stadium. Brighton were unrecognisable from the team thumped 5-0 by Palace in Steve Coppell's second match in...
Golden Opportunity; Lettings: The Notting Hill Housing Group Is Offering Landlords a Guaranteed Annual Rent - Plus a Cash Incentive - to House the Homeless, Says Liz Hodgkinson
Byline: LIZ HODGKINSON IF YOU have a property sitting empty and without a tenant in sight, what would you say to a "golden hello" of u6,000, plus a guarantee that it would be let for five continuous years at the current market rate? You would snort...
'Gutted' Terry Seeks Refuge with England
Byline: KEN DYER JOHN TERRY was today determined to use the England experience to help him over the bitter disappointment of another FA Cup defeat by Arsenal. The Chelsea defender who joined up with the England squad this morning following last...
He Is an Acclaimed Conductor, They Are One of the World's Best Orchestras. So What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Byline: NORMAN LEBRECHT EVER wondered what conductors do in bed? It's not that inspiring. Haggard with jet lag, tossing and turning on crumpled sheets in a Tokyo or Toronto hotel suite, they play a game of Fantasy Orchestras to while away the...
Help! I Don't Know If I Should Panic; THREE'S A CROWD
Byline: MELANIE CABLE-ALEXANDER I AM fighting my own mini-war at the moment and that is to do with my reactions to the big war that is taking place in the Gulf. Half of me feels bullish and that life should continue as normal, and the other half,...
Hoddle: There Are No Player Bust-Ups
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS GLENN HODDLE today hit back at accusations that he had a training ground bust-up with skipper Teddy Sheringham and other senior Tottenham Hotspur players. It was reported this morning that Hoddle had clashed with his captain,...
Hornblower Star Sails for the States; HOMES GOSSIP
Byline: COMPTON MILLER Welsh hearthrob Ioan Gruffudd (right), star of the TV series Hornblower and The Forsyte Saga, has rented a u800-a-week flat in trendy West Hollywood. The two-bedroom property, with views over Sunset Strip, is behind Chateau...
ICI Shares Hit Again as Brokers Slash Forecasts; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK THE KNIVES were out for ICI today with brokers taking their retribution following yesterday's shock profits warning that left the shares nursing a fall of almost 40% and threatens the group's future as a constituent of the...
Indy's O'Reilly Taps City and Sells Titles to Cut Debt
Byline: NICK GOODWAY SIR Anthony O'Reilly's Independent News & Media today launched a near-e107 million (u72 million) rights issue and unveiled the u60 million sale of its regional UK newspapers in a move to cut its e930 million debt. The...
Indy's O'Reilly Taps City, Sells Titles to Slash Debt
Byline: NICK GOODWAY SIR Anthony O'Reilly's Independent News & Media today launched a rights issue of nearly e107 million (u72 million) and unveiled the u60 million sale of its regional UK newspapers in a move to cut its e1.2 billion debt. ...
In the Air; Media
WITHIN hours of the resignation of feature writer Katy Weitz from The Sun because of her opposition to the war (Shock, horror, Wapping woman quits in ethics storm), Piers Morgan was, we understand, on the phone congratulating her. He hasn't definitely...
Iraqi TV Blacked out by Airstrike; WAR ON IRAQ: BUSH ORDERS MISSILE ATTACK AFTER ANGER AT PROPAGANDA BROADCASTS AS ALLIED TROOPS AND TANKS MOVE INTO POSITION
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR;JAMES LANGTON STATE-RUN Iraqi Television was knocked off the air today in a US missile strike aimed at silencing Saddam Hussein's propaganda machine. The move came after outrage about the way US prisoners of war have been...
It's All in the Technique
Byline: DANNY BRADBURY YOU can tell someone is an expert at something because they make doing it look easy. The more complex the task you are trying to perform, the more effort it takes to hide that complexity from your audience. Making training...
It's Almost the End for Arena's Starry Nights
Byline: PAUL FIELDER TONIGHT sees the end of sport at one of London's top venues although the event is a much more low-key affair than some of the big-name clashes there before. Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn and Prince Naseem Hamed have all fought...
It's Ready to Wrap; What's New: DESIGN NEWS
Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL Not just kids' stuff English Heritage: Kids for a Quid is the headline news at English Heritage. Throughout the year you can take the family to an amazing array of events across England: country houses and historic castles,...
I Watch as One Tank Plunges into a Gulch. Trees Are Ablaze. It's like Apocalypse Now; WAR ON IRAQ: FIRST EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF BATTLE OF NAJAF WHERE US CONVOY WAS AMBUSHED BY IRAQIS IN 24-HOUR SHOWDOWN
Byline: SEAN D NAYLOR THE BLOODIEST battle of the war so far began when the US 7th Cavalry was ambushed by Iraqi troops after crossing the Euphrates. Hand-to-hand fighting lasting more than 24 hours left 750 Iraqi troops dead, three US Abram...
Join the Brompton Gang; Shopping: Well-Known among Fashionistas, Brompton Cross Is Ready to Party and Show off Its New Interiors Collections Next Week. Barbara Chandler Invites You to Visit
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER BROMPTON Cross is the fashion fraternity's name for that network of streets bulging with boutiques bordered by South Kensington, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square Tube stations. Lately, however, furnishing has been elbowing...
Karaoke Night forWise but It's All Rather Taxing
Byline: PETE CLARK AFTER all the various excitements and disappointments of the Champions League and the Premiership, it was time for a football-weary nation to show that it was "up for the cup" just like the old days. Sky Sports could barely...
Keeping It Real; Peter Bazalgette Is the Man Behind Big Brother. with a Fourth Series Looming This Summer, He Is Adamant That We Will All Be Coming Back for More
Byline: DAVID ROWAN HE is, according to his critics, the cynical vulgarian who killed serious television with Big Brother and Fame Academy, a "cold manipulator of people", in Victor Lewis-Smith's view, or quite simply one of the Daily Mail's "100...
Laughing All the Way to the Bank; Country: Adam Edwards Visits the Somerset Village So Adored by London's Trendiest Media Folk That They Have Taken over the Bank, the Old Grain Store and Even Moved into the Vicarage
Byline: ADAM EDWARDS MATTHEW Hooberman, a smooth restaurant and club consultant and one of the founders of the hip - and controversial - private members Soho House, has swapped the latte and late nights of London life for a home among the sleepy...
Le Saux: Gunners Will Go All the Way by Ken Dyer and Steve Stammers
Byline: KEN DYER;STEVE STAMMERS GRAEME LE SAUX today backed Arsenal to retain the FA Cup following their 3-1 quarterfinal replay victory at Stamford Bridge last night. The Chelsea defender said: "No disrespect to the others but I wouldn't put...
Money-Mad English Will Profit This Time; Gatland's Cash Jibe Inspired Irish Win but Won't Work Now
Byline: CHRIS JONES England will win because . . . (by Brian Moore, triple England Grand Slam-winning hooker) Home and dry: Keith Wood manages to touch down for a try that put Ireland on course for a famous win over England in 2001 'I will be...
MPC's Bell Says Long Conflict Will Take Its Toll on Economy
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE Bank of England today gave its clearest signal yet that it is worried a long war with Iraq will hit Britain's struggling economy. Marian Bell, a member of the Bank's monetary policy committee responsible for setting interest...
Mr Blair Fights Another Battle; as the Battle of Baghdad Looms, the Prime Minister Is Seeking to Convince a Sceptical President Bush of His Vision for the Aftermath
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY ASKED in Downing Street yesterday whether the war in Iraq had got "bogged down", the Prime Minister made a gesture somewhere between a shrug and a grimace. He is too diplomatic to give vent to his instinctive response: "We haven't...
Napoleon Gives Coalition a Warning from History; War on Iraq: WAR BRIEFING
Byline: ROBERT FOX AS THE battle for Baghdad opens, memories have been stirred of other great battles and sieges for capitals and strategic garrisons. The favourite is the epic battle of Stalingrad in 1942, the first major defeat for Hitler's Wehrmacht,...
No Ifs or Butts, Carberry to Ride Ad Hoc at Aintree
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM Countdown to the National BEING head-butted in the stomach is no ordinary excuse for being off work. Then again, Paul Carberry is no ordinary jump jockey. The devil-may-care Irish champion is currently on the sidelines...
No Porkies. Bushwhacker Is on His Way
Byline: AHMER KHOKHAR .AUSTRALIA has produced a few largerthan-life characters from the Bush in its time, Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin to name but two, although none of them has appeared in English cricket - until now. Joe Dawes shoots pigs...
Passion from a Great King; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD King Lear Old Vic THIS play, which starts with the voluntary fragmenting of a kingdom and ends with the involuntary fragmenting of a king's mind, is one of the few dramas via which audience and actor together can measure...
Pipers Call the Tune; DANCE
Byline: SARAH FRATER George Piper Dances Queen Elizabeth Hall GEORGE Piper Dances began a weeklong stint at the South Bank last night and the event felt as much like a rally as a performance. The Jamie Olivers of British dance, as Royal Ballet...
Prices Fall as House Hunters Go to Ground
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL HOUSE hunters have gone to ground, forcing anxious sellers to accept lower prices, a report reveals today. Property price monitor Hometrack found London prices fell by an average of 0.2 per cent to u230,000 in March. ...
Saddam's Voice Booms out from the Minarets across This City of Smoking Oil; WAR ON IRAQ: AS U.S. TROOPS ADVANCE ON THE CAPITAL, PEOPLE OF BAGHDAD ARE PREPARING FOR DESPERATE BATTLES IN THE STREETS
Byline: BOB GRAHAM THE VOICE of Saddam Hussein blared out from audio tapes played through loudspeakers on the minarets of hundreds of mosques across the capital today - after Tomahawk cruise missiles devastated Iraq's state television station. ...
Sardinia Unspoilt; Leave the Beaches and Explore the Island's Proud Inland History
Byline: NORMAN MILLER TREADING gently in the dappled shade beneath the cork trees I got within 20 metres of the wild horses before, with a chorus of snorts, they ambled away through the Sardinian maquis. The scent of wild herbs rose as I scrunched...
SAVED; Mystery Donor Ensures U10m Reynolds Stays in This Country
Byline: LUKE LEITCH ONE OF the greatest British paintings, it became the second most expensive when it realised u 10.3 million at Sotheby's. But Sir Joshua Reynolds' Portrait of Omai was due to leave the country forever, and today Sir Nicholas Serota...
Settling Down to Indian Rhythms
TAAL, which has opened in Clapham, is named, we are told, after the word for rhythm. This enables the management to use as a subhead "The Rhythm of Indian Food". Chef is Pankaj Kalko, who was trained by the Welcome group in India and spent 14 years...
Six Banned Pupils May Be Bussed in to School; Anger as Governors Order Head to Readmit Children
Byline: TIM MILES;ROSS LYDALL CHILDREN excluded from a primary school because of violent behaviour by their families could be bussed to class in an extraordinary bid to avoid further confrontations. The measure is being contemplated by governors...
StanChart Eases after JP Morgan Downgrade; MARKET REPORT
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH STANDARD Chartered came in for a downgrade today from the team at JP Morgan Chase, which expressed concern about the outlook for the bank's consumer business in Hong Kong, and prospects for revenue growth across the group....
Sudan to Supermodel; Alek Wek Arrived in London Aged 14, with Only the Frock She Stood Up in. She Reveals How She Became a Catwalk Star, and Her Plans to Launch a Fashion Empire
Byline: PRECIOUS WILLIAMS SHE is one of the most instantly recognisable supermodels in the world, yet Alek Wek says she still gets freaked out when people stare at her in the street. "I look like any other Dinka girl from the Sudan," she says. ...
Tapas through the Tulips; Outdoors: You Don't Have to Live in the Country to Have a Cottage Garden. Pattie Barron Meets an Imaginative Continental
Byline: PATTIE BARRON WHEN Pedro da Costa Felgueiras made his urban garden, he bought little but created much, and in doing so, adopted the basic principle of the country cottage gardener. "It's about make do and mend," says Pedro, who makes and...
The Cotswolds of the North; A Relaxing Break to the Ancient Town of Malton and Norton, in Stunning Ryedale, Is Just the Thing to Forget the City, Says Nick RyanADVERTISEMENT
Byline: NICK RYAN IMAGINE the crisp spring morning, blanketing the patchwork of emerald and rust-coloured fields. The dew hangs heavy, masking the scent of the heather floating down from the moors. Looking out of the farmhouse window, you watch...
The Fear That Stalks Us All
Byline: BARBARA ELLEN YOU could be forgiven for having a giggle at the reports that the Hilton is proposing a women-only floor. Images spring to mind of grumpy female suits fumbling with their electronic keys late at night before they are accosted...
The Firebrand Who Fizzled out; PROFILE/Patricia Hewitt Was Once So Militant MI5 Had a File on Her. Now, as Trade Secretary, She's Safe and Unexciting
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST SADLY, it was entirely predictable. The Office of Fair Trading comes up with the absurd and lazy recommendation that all four supermarket bidders for Safeway should be referred to the Competition Commission and Patricia...
The Papers Are Winners in the Coverage War
Byline: ANDREW NEIL SOMETIMES we journalists never learn: a week or so into the US-led attack on Afghanistan the media, especially television, started reporting that it was all going to hell in a hand basket. The bombing was useless, the Taliban...
The Really Useful Column; Consumer Guide: Alison Cork Finds a Hi-Tech Period-Style Window, Door Handles Galore, and Gets out the Lawnmower
Byline: ALISON CORK Easy does it If you struggle with interior decorating decisions, John Strand can help. It offers a design and manufacture service to the property industry, producing furniture to the customer's specifications, and specialises...
The Star Glazer; Exclusive Event: Join Our Exclusive Shopping Evening with Marston & Langinger, for Exciting Ideas for the Indoor-Outdoor Look, Says Philippa Stockley
Byline: PHILIPPA STOCKLEY CONSERVATORIES are a classic spring accessory. Plan one for your home with the help of Homes & Property and top specialists Marston & Langinger, which turns dreams into reality with its elegant outdoor rooms...
They Want Mums like Kat, They Need Mums like Us
Byline: BARBARA ELLEN AS someone who's made a habit of turning up at school functions and getting sloshed at the back of the room with the bad-boy dads, I was cheered by the news that children have voted Kat Slater, of EastEnders, Best Screen Mum...
Three's a Crowd
Byline: MELANIE CABLE-ALEXANDER I AM fighting my own mini-war at the moment and that is to do with my reactions to the big war that is taking place in the Gulf. Half of me feels bullish and that life should continue as normal, and the other half,...
Tigana's Exit Order; May Departure as Fulham Refuse to Renew Contract
Byline: LEO SPALL FULHAM today announced that manager Jean Tigana will leave the club in May. By Leo Spall The Frenchman's threeyear contract expires in the summer and chairman Mohamed Fayed will not give him a new one. In a parting shot at...
Tiger's in Charge without Taking a Swing
Byline: DAVID SMITH GOOD fortune is already on the side of Tiger Woods and the world No1 has yet to hit a shot in anger at the 30th Players Championship. Ernie Els, second in the rankings, is out with a nagging wrist injury sustained while exercising...
Towry Facing Lawsuits over U30m Failed Funds
Byline: BILL CONDIE FINANCIAL adviser Towry Law International is facing legal action over the u30 million collapse of two hedge funds it marketed to clients in Hong Kong and the Middle East. Reports in Australia and Bahrain said it had appointed...
Toys Play Star Role in Woolworths Comeback
Byline: FIONA WALSH STORES group Woolworths staged a dramatic profits recovery last year, helped by a strong performance from its Chad Valley toys ranges. But as the critical Easter period nears, the group is still struggling in the fiercely-competitive...
Toys Take the Starring Role as Woolworths Storms Back
Byline: FIONA WALSH STORES group Woolworths staged a dramatic profits recovery last year, helped by a strong performance from its Chad Valley toys. Profits for the year to 1 February rebounded from u33 million to u52.8 million, excluding exceptionals...
Trade Up and Save; This Is a Good Time to Buy a Larger Home and Make a Profit on the One You Sell, Says Anthea Masey
Byline: ANTHEA MASEY IF SPRING has put you in the mood for moving, then be inspired by the thought that the conditions for trading up are very much in your favour. This is one of the rare moments when the amount of money you need to finance your...
Tradition Comes out of the Blue
Utsav . 17 Kensington High Street, W8. 020 7368 0022. Restaurant open daily noon-3pm and 6-11.30pm (11pm Sun). A meal for two with wine, about u68 including 12.5 per cent service. All major credit cards accepted except Diner's. WHEN...
Tradition Comes out of the Blue; Eating Out
WHEN I went to Kolkata ( Calcutta that was) for the first time a few weeks ago, visiting my daughter, Alice, who works there for a charity called Calcutta Rescue, I found it to be a vibrant, grainy, engaging, unforgettable city. Despite its obvious...
Travel Firms Offer Their 'Cheapest Ever' Deals; OPERATORS HOPE LOSS-LEADING BARGAINS WILL LURE RELUCTANT CUSTOMERS BACK
Byline: ANNE BARLOW HOLIDAYS abroad have rarely been cheaper. Travel agents are offering scores of bargain deals to attract customers who appear reluctant to leave the country while there is war. However, the offers may not last if the conflict...
Uncertainty at ICI as Brokers Slash Forecasts; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK THE knives were out for ICI today with brokers taking their retribution following yesterday's shock profits warning that left the shares nursing a fall of almost 40% and threatens the group's future as a constituent of the...
Up the Creek with a Paddle; Smart Moves: The Postcode May Be Greenwich, but Deptford Creek, Just a Sleepy Waterway Distant from the Thames, Is the Developers' Latest Inner-City Secret, Says David Spittles
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES TO the outsider, Deptford is a dreary place. To the insider, it is an inner-city secret: vibrant, arty, good value, with a sense of history and a deceptively good location. On the doorstep of Greenwich and the wide-open...
Who Holds the Freehold?; Homes & Property Lawyer Henry Stuart Answers Londoners' Queries
Byline: HENRY STUART Q: I bought my flat from a landlord company, which later appointed new managing agents. I telephoned the landlord to complain about the subsequent huge rise in service charges and the poor performance of the agents. However,...
Why Dubai Is Losing Its Glitz
Byline: LYDIA SLATER STAGED 300 miles west of Iraq, the 2003 Dubai World Cup was always going to be a low-key affair. The Japanese and Australian governments advise against travelling to the area and "instinct" has told Americans such as world-class...