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Articles from August 22, 2003

Abbas Fights for Control after Killings
Byline: ADAM BLENFORD PALESTINIAN Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is today fighting for his political future amid fears of a further escalation of violence in the Middle East. Israel's assasination of senior Hamas leader Ismail Abu Shanab prompted...
Ads Picture Brighter as WPP Hails a Recovery
Byline: BERNARD O'RIORDAN HOPES of an impending revival in Britain's advertising market were boosted today when WPP, the world's third-largest communications group, signalled the first tentative signs of a recovery ahead of a sustained pickup in...
A Londoner's Diary; Novelist Susie Boyt on Wedding Cakes, Marriage Guidance and the Men Who Become Heartthrobs
Byline: SUSIE BOYT 3 On Monday I soaked 18lb of organic raisins, currants and sultanas in my husband's Christening Armagnac (he's away this week) in preparation for the enormous wedding cake I am making for great friends who are marrying next month....
Any Offers? LONDON TRIBES; No Wonder the Auction Houses Hire Such Charming Young Men. the Hammer Heads Must Be as Seductive as the Lots They Sell, Says Mark Palmer
Byline: MARK PALMER No wonder the auction houses hire such charming young men. The hammer heads must be as seductive as the lots they sell, says Mark Palmer Tim Inglis, 35 Musical instruments Tim Inglis's big day came 18 months ago when...
Bank Holiday Chaos; Rail Services Shut Down, Roads Head for Gridlock and Airports Face Record Passengers
Byline: DOUG HILL CHAOS LOOMS on Britain's motorways today as the August Bank Holiday getaway begins. Experts predict that widespread rail closures will cause a 35 per cent increase in the number of cars on the roads. An estimated 7.6 million...
Blair Back Home for Kelly Grilling
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR flew back from holiday today into the heart of the continuing storm over the death of weapons expert David Kelly. The Prime Minister, with his family, landed at Gatwick at 6.30am on a scheduled flight from Barbados....
Brand New, but Same as the Old
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU COMEDY Jo Brand Assembly Rooms AND so another Fringe faces its final curtain. Small acts have stretched themselves to snapping point. Larger acts have battled for the most open Perrier Award in recent memory and the...
Bridge Adjusts to His New Life in Fast Lane
Byline: MATT HUGHES WAYNE BRIDGE has had plenty to adapt to since his [pounds sterling] 7 million move from Southampton last month, but his biggest problem has been coming to terms with London traffic. The 60-mile drive from his home in Winchester...
Bushy Tales; A Miss for Amis
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE My heart bleeds for Martin Amis. The great wordsmith has been trounced in a game of Scrabble by a lowly hack. The novelist was among celebrities taking part in a poker tournament for Challenge? TV, a digital TV channel...
Chambers Is out to Grab Gold from a 'Fading' Greene
Byline: IAN CHADBAND AS THEY went through some daft charade for their shoe sponsors near the Eiffel Tower, there was a priceless moment when the little and large silhouetted figures of Maurice Greene and Dwain Chambers burst through a paper screen...
Charlton Cole Likes His Loan
Byline: MATT HUGHES NOT many players would be happy to leave Chelsea at the minute, but Carlton Cole packed his bags for Charlton without a second thought. There is nothing wrong with Cole's ambition, or his stomach for the fight for a first-team...
Cold Showers and Spam? They Weren't That Bad; Joe McCready Swapped His Basildon Comprehensive for a 1950s Boarding School in the TV Reality Show That'll Teach 'Em. but the Young Rebel, Who Has Become Its Star, Reveals How He Was Finally Expelled and Went Home to Cry on His Father's Shoulder
Byline: NICK CURTIS AS well as furnishing viewers with the exquisite sight of modern teenagers squirming under the strictures of a recreated 1950s boarding school, Channel 4's That'll Teach 'Em has given reality TV its latest workingclass hero....
Cool Comfort in Chicago; in a New Guide to Hip Hotels, Two of the Most Stylish in the US Belong to Chains. and They're Both in the Windy City
Byline: OLIVER BENNETT THE guard dog of choice in Chicago is ... a stone lion. A sentrylike pair sit at the front of the city's top attraction, the Art Institute. There are two more at the two-year-old Peninsula Chicago hotel, and another marble...
County Cricket
Surrey DIVISION ONE RIKKI CLARKE survived the nervous nineties today to reach his second century of the season at Grace Road. However, his excellent innings eventually came to an end when he was caught by Paul Nixon off a delivery from Jeremy Snape...
Crespo Hitch; Chelsea Dig in as Italians Demand [Pounds Sterling]27m for Striker
Byline: MATT HUGHES CHELSEA'S move for Hernan Crespo is in the balance today after the deal hit a last-minute hitch. The west London club have yet to negotiate a fee for the Inter Milan striker, who is close to agreeing personal terms after talks...
Darkness Rule as Things Go Kerrang! in the Night; TIGHT TROUSERS AND TATTOOS AT HEAVY METAL'S BIGGEST AWARDS EVENING
Byline: REBECCA MOWLING IT was heavy metal's equivalent of the Oscars. A pantomime of Spandex, tight leather trousers, bad haircuts, piercing and tattoos. Stars of rock's Kerrang! awards was a British band who took two of the top prizes. The...
Day I Dined with Crespo and Chelsea Weren't on Menu
Byline: DAVID MELLOR THE possible arrival of Hernan Crespo at Chelsea makes a bizarre encounter last May almost worthy of inclusion in one of those books about coincidences. Ken Bates and I were dining with our respective partners in a modest...
Dear Lowri; Wardrobe Agony Aunt Lowri Turner Answers All Your Burning Fashion Questions
Byline: LOWRI TURNER Get your skates on I am 5ft 9in with long legs. I really fancy one of the skater-girl skirts I've seen in the shops but I am 35. Am I too old? You've certainly got to think about it quite carefully. The combination of...
Edwards to Give British Hopes a Jump Start
THE GOOD news is that Jonathan Edwards will be fit to open Britain's so far ill-starred world championships quest here tomorrow, writes Ian Chadband. The bad news is that he may be opening what could prove the least-successful edition for the team...
England on Top as Bowling Crumbles
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN was reduced to the role of anxious onlooker today as England tried to regain control at his home ground of Headingley. Captain Vaughan suffered another 90 minutes of frustration in the field while South Africa...
EU Cannot Be Serious Don't Wreck Our TV Deal, Brussels
Byline: DAVID MELLOR FEW tears will be shed for the 10 kit manufacturers fined [pounds sterling] 18.6million by the Office of Fair Trading for pricefixing on replica shirts. The story reminded me of the old Latin tag, "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"...
Fashion Tracker
Must try... Creme de la creme shoes With a monochromatic season ahead of us, cream shoes have made a return to the style spotlight. This pair by Tom Ford for Gucci (left) sum up the look: sexy, retro and highly glamorous. We're pleased to have...
Female Shrew Vaults the Gender Gap but Has No Fresh Insight
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Taming Of The Shrew The Globe I WAS repelled by Phyllida Lloyd's production of this troublesome, war-of-the-sexes, problem comedy. Yet Janet McTeer's husky, hunky, genderswapping Petruchio, dripping enough testosterone...
Field of Dreams
Byline: NICK CURTIS Timber-framed houses surrounded by gently rolling countryside, the quaint charms of the Suffolk town of Lavenham are soothing for urban souls, says Nick Curtis If Lavenham didn't exist, the local tourist board would have to...
Football
Crystal Palace STEVE KEMBER has two key players suspended for tomorrow's 'away' game against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park but has new signing Michael Hughes and Hayden Mullins to replace them. Wayne Routledge and Shaun Derry are both banned after...
Football Focus
Barclaycard Premiership Chelsea v Leicester 3pm tomorrow, Stamford Bridge Tickets: [pounds sterling]29-[pounds sterling]37 ([pounds sterling]15-[pounds sterling]23 concs). Tel: 020 7386 7799 Referee: Rob Styles (Waterlooville) Facts: Leicester have...
Gergiev's Fever Pitch
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON PROMS 2003 Rotterdam PO/Gergiev: Kancheli premiere Albert Hall WHATEVER else you say about Valery Gergiev, you have to admit that he does demonic very well. With that haunted, ravaged visage, he even looks like...
Head Facing Jail for [Pounds Sterling]1/2m School Theft Goes on Run
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN A HEADMISTRESS found guilty of stealing [pounds sterling]500,000 from a London school to finance a lavish lifestyle has skipped bail just before she was expected to receive a lengthy prison sentence. A warrant has been...
He's a Gem out of Africa; Mabizela Is an Outstanding Talent Who Will Get Even Better at Spurs, Says Radebe
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS LUCAS RADEBE today predicted Mbulelo Mabizela will be one of the best players to emerge from South Africa. Former South Africa captain Radebe will get the chance to meet up with his successor when Leeds visit White Hart Lane...
How a Sign from God at Crystal Palace Brought the End to Edwards' Glittering Career
JONATHAN EDWARDS stunned his team-mates on the eve of the world championships today as, fighting back the tears, he announced that he is about to make one final hop, step and jump into athletics legend, writes Ian Chadband. The 37-year-old will...
How Green Was Their Olive
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH LIKE peering into a horse's mouth to judge its state of health, you can tell a lot about the general wellbeing of a programme by looking at its title. For example, there's a devious tradition of inventing a character with...
I Felt No Fear and I'd Do It Again, Says Bank Hero; FRIEND OF JOHN MAJOR SPEAKS OUT AFTER BEING SHOT TRYING TO FOIL ROBBERY
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;MARK WILKINSON THE friend of John Major who tried to foil a bank robbery said today he felt no fear before he was shot. Ian Cameron Black, 64, who is godfather to the former Prime Minister's son James, also said he would...
I Know Ulrika's Secrets; the TV Presenter Is the Latest Star to Flock to Designer Alice Temperley
Byline: DAVID HAYES THE woman responsible for dressing one of this year's most talked-about brides is surrounded by piles of clothes and fabric swatches in the middle of a building site. "It's chaos in here," says Alice Temperley, waving at the...
I'll Stay Here for Life, Says Pires
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ROBERT PIRES today revealed he could extend his stay at Arsenal beyond the three years agreed in his new contract - and that he is set to finish his career with the club. After protracted negotiations, the 29-year-old French...
In Brief
Google plays it cool over quote plans GOOGLE, the popular internet search engine, has played down rampant speculation that it could seek a stock market listing, but did not rule out the possibility. Cofounder Sergey Brin said: "We are profitable...
Isn't This What Holidays Are for? Young Brits Have Been Misbehaving by the Med. One Writer Says It May Be Revolting but the Buttoned-Up British Seem to Need This Sort of Outlet
Byline: CLARE LONGRIGG IBIZA. Ayia Napa. Faliraki. After years of hard work and slow nights, the clubs and bars of yet another erstwhile "sleepy fishing village" in the Mediterranean have hit pay dirt. The locals have been building pressure,...
Isolated and Compromised. Now We Are Able to Know the Full Depth of His Torment
Byline: DAVID ROWAN THE picture of David Kelly that emerges from the first eight days of the Hutton Inquiry is of an outwardly composed yet deeply isolated man, lacking anyone with whom he could share his burdens. His tragedy is that, with the habitual...
IVF Blunder Exposed as Boy, 13, Finds out That 'Dad' Is Not His Real Father; Have a Good Bank Holiday. the Evening Standard Is Back on Tuesday
Byline: ANIL DAWAR A BOY grew up being told the wrong man was his father after an IVF blunder at a former London fertility clinic meant his mother was made pregnant with the wrong sperm. But the youngster developed suspicions that the man he...
Jolie's [Pounds Sterling]2.1m Country Seat; THE SECLUDED ENGLISH HOME WHERE ACTRESS IS SETTLING DOWN TO RAISE HER SON
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON THIS is the [pounds sterling]2.1 million estate in the heart of the Home Counties that Angelina Jolie is making her permanent home. The Lara Croft star, back in the company of her English former husband Jonny Lee Miller,...
Les out to Repeat Feat That Made Him a Hero for One West London Club
LES FERDINAND laid the foundations for an illustrious goalscoring career against Chelsea 14 years ago. Typically, he did it in some style, although he concedes it was a very different Chelsea in those days. His first two goals in English football...
Life Insurers Take Heart as Savers Stage a Comeback
Byline: STEVE HAWKES FRESH signs that the battered life insurance sector may finally have turned the corner emerged today with new figures showing saving has increased dramatically since the start of the year. New regular saving in the three...
Lightning Quick Bolt and Felix Just What the Sport Needs
ATHLETICS is suffering from a crisis of confidence. After an unremarkable, almost invisible summer, the International Association of Athletics Federations conceded this week that they have to find new, attractive heroes to enhance the sport's global...
McLaren Set to Give Coulthard One More Chance to Win F1 Title
DAVID COULTHARD'S Formula One future with McLaren should be secure for another season. Team chief Ron Dennis was today expected to confirm Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen as McLaren's drivers for 2004 as they prepared for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix....
Meet the SAS Superior American Socialites; They Dress Better, They Spend More and They Work Every Room Faster Than We Do. No Wonder Londoners Are Getting Territorial. It's an SAS Invasion, Says Sasha Slater
Byline: SASHA SLATER London is under attack from an invading army with potent firepower. This army is composed of the new SAS - Superior American Socialites - and they are striking fear into the hearts of party givers round the capital. And...
Midwives Join Call to Boost Maternity Care; STAFF SHORTAGES LEAVE WARDS IN STATE OF 'CRISIS MANAGEMENT'
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT CONCERN is growing over the shocking state of London's cash-starved maternity services. A midwife has detailed serious deficiencies in care at one of the capital's leading hospitals. She came forward, as did many other...
MONKFISH, PRAWN AND CHORIZO PAELLA Preparation: 20 Minutes. Cooking: 30 Minutes. Serves 4-6
Byline: LINDSEY BAREHAM AS we begin the August Bank Holiday weekend and the final couple of weeks of summer, everyone is talking about autumn and how it is already well under way; up to four weeks early in some respects. Blackberries are ready...
Moving Stories; First-Time Buyers Are Deserting the Market in Droves Because They Can't Afford London Prices. or Can They? Here, One First-Timer and One Seasoned Renter Defend Their Patch
Emilie McMeekan has decided to buy According to recent reports, I am one of an increasingly rare breed: a first-time buyer. A survey by Nationwide last month revealed that the number of buyers has dropped by 31 per cent. Apparently, young people...
My London - LAURENCE LLEWELYN-BOWEN; the Interior Designer Is a Fan of Gin, Greenwich and Going Round Town by Motorbike
Byline: JOHN KERCHER LAURENCE LLEWELYN-BOWEN Where do you live and why? In Greenwich, because it has the broadest cross section of British architecture. Also, the market is great. And the shops are quite unusual: not the typical high-street...
Never Mind the Also-Rans, Roman Is the City's Sweetest Sugar Daddy
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER THE astonishing wealth and purchasing power of Chelsea's new owner Roman Abramovich was revealed in a study today which confirms the Russianas the biggest Sugar Daddy in the history of English football by billions of pounds....
NOW EMAIL VIRUS HITS KEY FIRMS IN LONDON; Strain Crashes BT High Speed Net for Business
Byline: MARK PRIGG THE destructive Sobig-F computer virus is speeding up its rampage around the world. Computer systems across London are coming to a halt trying to deal with the vast number of emails the virus creates. Several firms have...
Old Stagers Provide the Test Benchmark
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MARTIN BICKNELL and Gary Kirsten are far too long in the tooth to be seized upon by cricket's marketing men. Do not expect to open your Sunday colour magazine and find 'lifestyle' features on a bowler who would not look out...
Olympic Watchdog Descends on Paris to Monitor Bid Cities
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER AN OLYMPIC anticorruption supremo has arrived in Paris to police any lobbying by bidding cities for the 2012 Olympics at the World Athletics Championships, Standard Sport can reveal today. Paris, London's biggest rival in...
One Year and One Day after Smashing into My Yacht, a Drunken Icelander Decided to Say Sorry - and Hit It Again
Byline: TARIQ TAHIR A FISHERMAN who felt guilty after he smashed into a yacht, causing [pounds sterling]25,000 damage, was delighted when he saw the vessel a year later. Yachtsman Jim Hughes, who had been forced to cancel his round-the-world...
On the Grid: POETS
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN poets Biography SEAMUS HEANEY, 64 Grew up on a farm in County Derry; he won a scholarship to boarding school at 12, then obtained a first in English from Queen's University, Belfast; his collection of poems about the...
Perry and Romero Deny Using Illegal Clubs
Byline: DAVID SMITH TWO of the world's leading golfers have taken the unusual step of publicly claiming that neither of them is the mystery man confronted by Tiger Woods over the use of illegal clubs. Woods, one off the lead going into today's...
Police Hunt for Coach of Vanishing Cricket Team; MAN BEHIND WOMEN'S SPORTS TOUR FACES ALLEGATIONS OVER PEOPLE-SMUGGLING
Byline: HELEN ROWE;HUGH DOUGHERTY THE man behind a women's cricket tour is now the focus of a police investigation into people smuggling. Ravi Sharma, who brought the Punjabi women's cricket team to England, told yesterday of his horror at the...
Quality Will out in the Final Days of the Fringe
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THEATRE Fringe roundup SO many shows, a mere four days to go: the Fringe onslaught isn't over quite yet. While big-name plays and comedians who have been touched by the fizzy magic wand of Perrier can sit back and admire...
Randell: Best of England Is Still to Come
Byline: CHRIS JONES ENGLAND head into their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up clash with Wales in Cardiff tomorrow as the No1 team in the world, despite the recent resurgence of New Zealand. That's the verdict of Taine Randell, the former All Blacks...
Ready for Takeoff; People-Carriers Can Help to Solve the Flying versus Driving Holiday Dilemma for Parents
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS IT'S the big holiday debate facing all parents. Do you face herding the little horrors through an airport and onto a plane for a package break - or load them into the family car, maintaining some vestige of control? With long-distance...
Restaurant Spy; 'SNOW'S Is Surprisingly Civilised for This Part of the World'
Byline: TOBY YOUNG Not long ago I mentioned my ongoing search for the perfect neighbourhood restaurant in my part of London and, as if by magic, two letters arrived the following week recommending Snow's on the Green. One compared this modest establishment...
Reyna Move Frees Up Davis
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS FULHAM'S game of musical midfielders will finally end next week when Claudio Reyna joins from Sunderland. But the song and dance being made over striker Steve Marlet's future at Loftus Road shows no sign of fading away. Reyna's...
Rock on Wood
Byline: EMILIE MCMEEKAN Young, beautiful and happily married, Jesse Wood and Tilly Boone are London's model couple. Here they wear autumn's softest looks When Jesse Wood, 26, and Tilly Boone, 28, tied the knot in Richmond in May - he in YSL,...
Same Old Faces at New-Look Ministry; SUPERCLUB UPDATES IMAGE IN BID TO KEEP HARDCORE DANCE FANS
Byline: NICK CURTIS THE Ministry of Sound reopened last night, redecorated and with the addition of tables, chairs and a cocktail menu to cater to the maturing needs of its maturing customers. Club bosses took the new approach after realising...
Skin; the Ex-Skunk Anansie Singer Skin Has Gone Solo - and Changed Her Image from Scary Skinhead to Designer Diva, She Tells Alice BB
Byline: ALICE B-B Brixton-born singer Skin is padding barefoot across the cream carpet in her Bowles-and-Linares-designed flat in Little Venice. 'I never buy socks,' she says. 'I think there's nothing more boring than going out to buy socks, so...
Stoute Poised to Celebrate; Arakan Can Triumph for Top Trainer
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM ARAKAN can make up for a desperately unlucky defeat last month when he returns to Goodwood for the [pounds sterling]100,000 Celebration Mile tomorrow. No-one who backed Sir Michael Stoute's colt down to a share of favouritism...
The Beautiful Dame
Byline: MARIANNE MACDONALD In her latest film, 'Calendar Girls', Helen Mirren strips again. And, at 58, she's also playing the lover of Kylie's boyfriend, Olivier Martinez. Will this woman's prime never end ? The only thing I feel about taking...
THE HERO First Picture: The Friend of John Major Shot as He Tried to Stop a Bank Robbery
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;MARK WILKINSON THIS IS the courageous friend of John Major who was shot at point-blank range as he tried to foil a bank robbery. Ian Cameron Black, 64, who is godfather to Mr Major's son James, was blasted in the stomach...
The Isle of Wight vs Bembridge
The Isle of Wight is a mix of sailors and socialites. Every summer wholesome London families decamp in their SUVs to drink iced white wine at the yacht club. Yet it is also the home of serious, million-pound sailors such as Ellen MacArthur and King...
The Perfect Guest; in America She's Royalty, in London She's the SAS with Nothing to Prove. Cornelia Guest Tells Annabel Rivkin How to Get Ahead in Society
Byline: ANNABEL RIVKIN Cornelia Guest, the woman who taught the Superior American Socialite everything she knows, is sitting in one of the Dorchester's marbled bathrooms in a white dressing gown, with curlers in her hair and a towel wrapped around...
The Top Ten - Suite Sellers
Stars have tired of trashing hotels. Apparently, it's now more fun to own one. Who knows who'll bring you breakfast in bed these days? Serial womaniser Neil Morrissey, 41, may have found the perfect solution for playboys everywhere. Buy your own...
Third-Rate Subjects Aren't an Education
Byline: JANET STREET-PORTER EDUCATION Secretary Charles Clarke wishes to congratulate everyone who achieved GCSE passes this week. Is he also going to apologise to the 16,000 or so young people who completed 11 years of compulsory secondary education...
Today Is Boring; ES SHOPPER
Byline: MAGGIE DAVIS This Shoreditch video-rental shop is as odd as its name. And it's a world away from Blockbuster- What is it? A video-rental shop with a huge difference. Here you definitely won't find strip lighting, popcorn or the latest...
Top School Will Abandon GCSEs in Some Subjects; HEAD'S BID TO STRETCH THE BRIGHTEST PUPILS BY SWITCHING THEM TO AS-LEVELS
Byline: TIM MILES LONDON'S top school at GCSE plans to drop the qualification in some subjects next year for its brightest pupils. Instead of taking GCSE in Maths, French, Computing and Music, the brightest 15-year-olds at Tiffin Girls School...
Tourists Who Failed Ringo Test Are Sent Back to Rio; BRAZILIAN MUSICIANS HEADING FOR FAB FOUR REUNION THOUGHT STARR WAS DEAD
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;HELEN ROWE IMMIGRATION officers refused to let a group of musicians into the country after they failed a quiz about the Beatles. The six Brazilians thought Ringo Starr was dead and had never heard of Yoko Ono - despite...
Turning the Airwaves Blu; Chart-Topping Blu Cantrell Talks Exclusively about Her Porn Past and Her Plans to Strip Again - This Time for a Million Dollars
Byline: PRECIOUS WILLIAMS IT is not every pop star who has cultivated an extracurricular career as a porn star. But this is what Blu Cantrell has done. As her single, Breathe, sailed up the British charts, beating Robbie Williams to number one,...
What Hutton Has Found
THE HUTTON inquiry, on the basis of its proceedings so far, is being conducted with due thoroughness. The latest revelations about Dr David Kelly's fears that the connections of his Iraqi contacts might one day leave him "dead in the woods" add little,...
What the 'Have a Nice Day' Folk Can Teach Us; after Four Years in LA, One Writer Finds London Coarse, Ugly and Hostile
Byline: PETER WHITTLE "DOESN'T anybody queue anymore?" I asked this question out loud to nobody in particular a few weeks ago, after having waited, exasperated, for more than half an hour for a bus in Chelsea. About 50 people had gathered...
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