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Articles from June 16, 2005

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A Deliciously Rude Doctor in House
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY House 10pm, Five IF YOU missed last week's pilot episode of this new American medical series, you are in for a treat. Because it features a brilliant tour de force from our own Hugh Laurie as the misanthropic, sarcastic and...
A Dog That Can't Play Ball
Bombon El Perro ..... Cert 15, 98 mins SOME small-scale films stick in the mind far longer than huge and expensive spectaculars, and I fancy the Argentinian Bombon el Perro will be one of them. Written and directed by Carlos Sorin, who has already...
A Final Farewell to Fleet Street
Byline: SIMON JENKINS FLEET Street died long ago. Only yesterday did they turn off its life support. Reuters news agency closed the last media office in the district. St Bride's Church invited Rupert Murdoch to perform the funeral rites. It was...
Afterwards, Every Man Became a Suspect to Me; Her Attacker Will Serve a Lifetime in Prison for His Horrific Crimes.here, in an Exclusive Interview,one Women Who Survived His Brutality Reveals How She Rebuilt Her Life and Found Courage to Face the Suburban Rapist in Court
Byline: EMINE SANER WHAT I find most disarming about Katrina Elliott is how together she is. It's true that "rape survivor" isn't the only facet of her life, but considering the man who attacked her was found guilty the day before, and that she...
Also Showing
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM 13 Conversations About One Thing ..... Cert 15, 104 mins JILL Sprecher's awesomely titled film presents us with a New York full of quietly desperate people trying to make sense of their lives. Alan Arkin's businessman...
An EU Monster of Madness
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON I AM probably typical of most people in the City in being totally turned off by the acronym Mifid. My reaction was that it is a European Union directive about marketing retail products across borders, and therefore of no...
Avis Seeks Recovery Road with Cash Call for [Pounds Sterling]110m
Byline: ROBERT LEA TROUBLED car rental group Avis Europe has launched a deeply discounted rescue rights issue in a desperate bid to steer its way out of trouble. The company, whose problems began with the collapse in the number of US holidaymakers...
Bears Give Poker-Playing Empire a Deal of Trouble
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE bears have got their claws into Cyprus-based newcomer Empire Online, a poker-playing website, and they do not look like letting go. The shares made their debut on AIM yesterday at 175p, valuing it at [pounds sterling]500...
Black Puts Palm Beach 'Manor' Up for Sale Again
FALLEN Press baron Lord Black has put his home at Palm Beach, Florida, back on the market in a bid to raise cash. Black has priced the six-bedroom, nine- bathroom colonial- style "manor" at $37 million ([pounds sterling]20.3 million) - $1 million...
Blind Date
Byline: JANE BURN Every week we give a singleton the chance to pick a date and then send the couple out. Then we invite them back to tell us how they got on Last Week's Date Cube & Star, 39A Hoxton Square, N1 (020-7739 8824) Last week...
Bride-To Be and Friend Drown at Sea Only Hours after Engagement Celebration
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD A BRIDE-TO-BE drowned with a friend during an early morning swim shortly after celebrating her engagement. Only hours after this picture was taken Heather Coles and her friend James Ravenscroft went for a swim off the...
Cameron Set to Enter Tory Leadership Race
Byline: PAUL WAUGH SHADOW education secretary David Cameron today gave his clearest hint yet that he will stand for the Tory leadership. Mr Cameron, 38, said that he was "contemplating" the move and that if enough of his colleagues liked his...
Carroll Is Aiming to Sing Fom a Different Song Book
Byline: KEN DYER IT IS one of the crosses goalkeepers have to bear that their cock-ups are remembered more than their successes. Mention the name Roy Carroll to most football fans and the immediate image is of a man in gloves desperately scooping...
Children Sacrificed in London Churches, Say Police
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS BOYS from Africa are being murdered as human sacrifices in London churches. They are being brought into the capital to be offered up in rituals by fundamentalist Christian sects, according to a shocking Scotland Yard report....
City Spy
WE all have embarrassing relatives. But spare a thought for South African President Thabo Mbeki. His brother Moeletsi is coming to London to say that cancelling debt to developing countries and increasing aid is a waste of time. The theme of his speech...
Classical
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT Stephen Pettitt's Pick Of The Week LSO/PREVIN The second and third of Andre Previn's 75th birthday concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, he plays his own Cello Sonata alongside cellist Tim Hugh,...
Clay Feat Inspires Garcia's Open Bid
Byline: DAVID SMITH SERGIO GARCIA hopes to use fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal's maiden tennis Grand Slam title triumph as his inspiration when he begins his challenge for the 105th US Open today. Nadal, 19, claimed the French Open title on the...
Clubbing
Byline: LOTTIE Laurent Garnier Sat 18 Jun The End, 18 West Central Street, WC1 11pm-6.30am (020-7419 9199) www.endclub.com Another great night out in London on Saturday with the legendary French DJ Laurent Garnier (right) returning to The...
Comedy
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Bruce Dessau's Daily Choice Friday Sue Perkins The annual Edinburgh Festival warm-up frenzy kicks in with a vengeance this week, with venues across London playing host to sneak previews. The shows may be a little rough-and-ready...
Cooks' Holiday Tours; If You Can't Stand the Heat This Summer, Why Not Get into the Kitchen with a Cookery Course. Here We Sample Just a Few
Fisherman's friend Place Padstow Seafood School. Where Padstow, Cornwall. What King of seafood Rick Stein offers one- to four-day courses for grownup fish fans and a half-day course for children. A range of themes, but Original Fish and Shellfish...
Curly Mop Lewis Turns on the Style
Byline: DAVID LLOYD JON LEWIS was quickly back in business at The Oval today, making early profit at the expense of Bangladesh's bungling batsmen. On Monday evening at Southampton, Lewis marked his first England appearance by taking four wickets...
Damson May Not Bear Fruit for Fallon
JUST what is a chap to do faced with the choice between two impeccablybred ladies on a day out at Royal Ascot? It's a dilemma most men would kill for, but Kieren Fallon will testify that it also brings headaches regarding tomorrow's Coronation Stakes,...
Dining
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION Top 5 Restaurants For Wimbledon By now all astute Wimbledonians will have let their homes to visiting tennis stars for huge sums of money, having bolted to their other house in the country. For the other 50 weeks of...
Drinks
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN Maze, W1 10-13 Grosvenor Square, W1 (020-7107 0000) Mon-Sun noon-1am (2/5) It's not often I mention leaving a venue this early in a review, but my trip to Gordon Ramsay's newest restaurant and first bar operation was...
Eclair Cooks Up a Ribald Stage Show; TOP 5 COMEDY NIGHTS OUT
JENNY ECLAIR The only solo female stand-up ever to win the Perrier Award walked away from standup for her play The Andy Warhol Syndrome. But you can't keep a good clown down for long and she's back cooking up a new ribald routine for this year's Edinburgh...
Exhibitions
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON Opening This Week GABRIELE MUNTER: THE SEARCH FOR EXPRESSION 1906-1917 A key figure in German modernism, Gabriele M'nter's artistic awakening came in 1908 when, with her lover, Wassily Kandinsky, she discovered the...
Family Feud for the Marc Brothers
Byline: ALEXANDER CLYDE THE MARC brothers come face-to-face for the first time this weekend in club cricket's most prestigious knockout tournament. Former Middlesex fast bowler Kervin Marc returns to his roots on Sunday as member of the Radlett...
Federer Aims to Join List of All-Time Greats
Byline: LEO SPALL WHEN Roger Federer is asked to name the last player he lost to on grass he hesitates. After going 29 matches undefeated over three years, being beaten is not something the 23-year-old thinks about. A few moments pass before...
Film
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (15) Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, John Turturro Dir: Jill Sprecher US, 104min (2/5) Weaving together a series of anecdotes can be a difficult trick in movies. It takes an...
First Calgary Tumbles as Spanish Deal Falls Apart
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES IN First Calgary Petroleum took a tumble today after it was learned that its proposed joint venture with Spanish oil giant Repsol Exploration Argelia had come unravelled. The Canadian oil and gas exploration group's...
First Calgary Tumbles as Spanish Deal Falls Apart
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES in First Calgary Petroleum slid today on news its proposed joint venture with Spanish oil giant Repsol Exploration Argelia has unravelled. The Canadian oil and gas exploration group's stock slumped 211/2p to an 18-month...
First Choice Basks in the Warmth of Brokers' Praise
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TOUR operator First Choice certainly grabbed the imagination of City traders and investors with its interim results this week. It recorded a pre-tax loss of [pounds sterling]34 million during the six months that cover the...
Fuming Ponting to Read Players Riot Act
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY RICKY PONTING will sit down with his players and read them the riot act today in a bid to turn around their poor start to the Ashes tour. The Australia captain admitted there were "angry" words in the dressing room following...
Girls Will Wear Swirls This Summer; the Gipsy Skirt Is the Surprise Smash Hit the Season- the Longer.the Fothier and More Diaphanous the Better
Byline: LAURA CRAIK BACK in the mists of last October when the world's fashion press gathered to view the spring/ summer 2005 collections, we probably wouldn't have bet that the gipsy skirt would go on to be the single biggest hit of the season....
Great Live8 Free for All; Screens around Hyde Park for Thousands Left without Ticket
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ HUNDREDS of thousands more people will be able to enjoy the Live8 concert at Hyde Park. Giant screens are being set up to relay the show to fans without tickets. More than 150,000 fans are already set to squeeze into...
Have Job, Will Travel; Do You Want to See the World? Well, Get a Job in the Travel Industry
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE THE woman at the end of the phone was frantic. She had arrived at the airport and was checking in, to board a flight to Thailand. Her life was in her backpack. Everything, that is, except her passport, which she had lost...
Henman and Co Given Early Hope
Byline: LEO SPALL BRITAIN'S main hopes for Wimbledon were given a helping hand in the first round draw today. Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski and Andrew Murray will all be confident of making early progress against far from intimidating opponents. ...
How Bruce Went Batty
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM The intriguing story of Batman's birth makes for an intelligent and entertaining blockbuster Batman Begins ..... Cert 12A, 139 mins THIS is a story that truly begins at the beginning. We first see Bruce Wayne not as...
Isolated Blair Flies into European Summit Crisis
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR was under growing pressure at home and abroad today as he flew into a "nightmare" EU summit. The Prime Minister was being bombarded by fellow European leaders, led by the French, over the [pounds sterling]3 billion...
Is There Really an Open Mind Behind Poker Face?
Byline: JOE MURPHY WILL he buckle? Defiantly walk out? Or pull off some neo-Third Way fudge to keep all sides happy? Not even Tony Blair's colleagues are certain how he will play his hand, when the pressure builds tomorrow afternoon, to...
Is This the End of the Tunnel? with the Chunnel Operator Sinking beneath [Pounds Sterling]6.4bn of Debt and Torn by Boardroom Strife, New Chaos Is Threatened at the Annual Meeting Tomorrow
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE French have a phrase for it: en desastre. It is a legal term that means to be insolvent or go bankrupt. Eurotunnel could be bankrupt within four months, says its chairman, and there are few who would argue that the economics...
It's a Real Buzz Walking into a Chocolate Shop Knowing I've Influenced What People Are Eating ... SECRET OF MY SUCCESS
Byline: ROSE ROUSE Barry Colenso's job is a chocolate-lover's dream. Here, he describes his rise from humble beginnings to master chocolatier OUR first council house in Leamington Spa had a tin bath in front of the fire but we had to move because...
It's the End for Dickins &Jones
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD DICKINS & JONES, one of London's most famous department stores, is to close with the loss of hundreds of jobs. The Regent Street institution, which has traded in the West End since 1803, will shut its doors for good...
Job Notes
Byline: AMY WILLIAMS Threat of skills gap to heritage A SHORTAGE of skilled craftspeople could threaten the maintenance of London's historic buildings, according to new research published by the National Heritage Training Group. An estimated...
Keeping out Criminals
THE CASE of the Cypriot rapist, Petros Anthia, one whose victims we interview today, raises urgent questions about the ability of the UK's immigration system to identify and keep out serious criminals from abroad. Anthia, sentenced to 10 life sentences...
Keeping the Criminals
THE CASE of the Cypriot rapist, Petros Anthia, one of whose victims we interview today, raises urgent questions about the ability of the UK's immigration system to identify and keep out serious criminals from abroad. Anthia, sentenced to 10 life...
Klinsmann Praises 'Brilliant' Germany; Another Sporting Loss for Aussies as Relieved Hosts Win Cup Opener
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON GERMANY coach Jurgen Klinsmann was relieved to see his " brilliant" side escape with a 4-3 win over Australia last night after an error strewn Group A debut in the Confederations Cup. "It's so important to start the competition...
KPMG May Face Collapse over 'Illegal' Tax Shelters
Byline: ROBERT LEA ACCOUNTANCY giant KPMG could be heading for collapse - following in the footsteps of its fallen former rival Andersen - after it emerged today that the US Department of Justice is considering laying criminal charges against it...
Lions to Protect; Jonny Sir Clive Keeps Wilkinson Fresh for All Blacks Test
Byline: CHRIS JONES JONNY WILKINSON is being wrapped in cotton wool as the Lions prepare for the First Test with New Zealand in Christchurch on 25 June. There are still two provincial matches to go before the opening Test of the three-match series...
Local Eats
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION OQO, N1 4-6 Islington Green, N1 (020-7704 2332) Dinner for two with wine, [pounds sterling]60 (3/5) From the outset it sounds quintessentially Islington. A Chinese tapas bar smack in the middle of the bear pit that...
Match of Today
THE vote by Tory MPs on plans to reform leadership contest rules was "not a pretty sight", said one participant. Michael Howard's scheme was backed only by a group dubbed the "famous five" - including him. "In a packed room of nearly 200 MPs, to...
Metropolitan
Byline: JOHN LYTTLE Let's see. Pete Doherty pissed, dirty and crawling about the stage - must be the Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival. Or Monday. Or Tuesday. Or- well, let's not get too bitchy. Mr Babyshambles did provide a shot of retro rock'n'excess...
Monster of the Court Nadal Is Inspired by Beast; Teenage Tennis Sensation Rafael Nadal Has Claimed the Mantle of Majorca's Favourite Sporting Son from Someone Close to Hand-His Uncle Miguel
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THREE months ago, a hero of Majorca decided his time was up. Miguel Angel Nadal, the best footballer ever to be groomed on the island, announced that, at 38, he no longer felt able to play to the standard his local club, Real...
Mr Sheen Shines Again; the Last Time Michael Sheen Was on the London Stage He Bagged an Evening Standard Best Actor Award. Now, after His TV Tony Blair, He's Back in a Timely Update of a Gogol Satire. Nick Curtis Meets Him
Byline: NICK CURTIS When Michael Sheen used to appear on red carpets with his girlfriend Kate Beckinsale before their difficult 2003 split, comment was always passed on the contrast between his woolly, unshaven scruffiness and her glossy beauty,...
My Difficult Start Will Not Get Me Down Claims Wiko
Byline: CHRIS JONES JONNY WILKINSON today vowed not to mentally torture himself after a faltering performance against Wellington in what could be his only full game before the First Test with New Zealand on 25 June. Wilkinson helped secure a...
Nadal Inspires Garcia; GOLF
Byline: DAVID SMITH SERGIO GARCIA was using fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal's maiden tennis Grand Slam title triumph as his inspiration as he began his challenge for the 105th US Open today. Nadal, 19, claimed the French Open at Roland Garros a...
New Issues Gamble Pays off as Market Enjoys Bumper Gains
Byline: NICK GOODWAY EVEN before the [pounds sterling]4.5 billion float of online poker site PartyGaming later this month, 2005 is shaping up to be a bumper year for new issues. Their share prices have already gained 48% on average this year....
Night of Couldn't-Be-Bothered
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD The La's POP Shepherds Bush Empire UNSURPRISINGLY, perhaps, for a band who can still not raise the enthusiasm to punctuate their name properly, 1990's still-wondrous selftitled debut by Liverpool's mind-bogglingly...
Nostalgia Ain't What It Used to Be
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Back in the Day Channel 4 WE'RE accustomed nowadays to seeing the Queen's head on our paper currency, so it surprised me to discover recently that the face of the British sovereign didn't appear on English banknotes...
Now Batman Begins to Make Sense; Intelligent Blockbuster Shows How Became the Man in Tights
Batman Begins Cert 12a, 139 mins ..... WHAT, no Joker? Absolutely not. This story truly begins at the beginning, and we first see Bruce Wayne as a small boy, falling down a well to be scared stiff by bats. Later, he's at the opera with his parents,...
Now Parents Target Fat Cat Sponsors of New City Academies
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES LABOUR'S city academies programme was hit by a new wave of protests today. Opponents want to scare off sponsors bidding to take over two new London academies. Parents in Islington are protesting against plans for an academy...
Olympic Filmmakers; Steven Spielberg Is Shooting New York's Bid Promo, Luc Besson Is Doing It for Paris. and London Has Daryl Goodrich and Caroline Rowland. So What Is Their Track Record?
Byline: CHARLOTTE O'SULLIVAN ON 5 JULY, as part of the last, mad dash to secure the right to host the 2012 Olympics, five promotional films will be shown in Singapore (votes will be cast that night by the International Olympic Committee and the...
Opening This Week
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM UNDERTOW (15) Jamie Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas. Dir: David Gordon Green. US, 108min (2/5) Deep South drama as single dad is disturbed by his baddie brother looking for gold coins once belonging to their father....
Out & About
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN;DAMIAN KELLEHER Top 5 Children's Events CIRCUS ABYSSINIA No less than 18 Ethiopian acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and musicians fly into action in this spectacular premiere for the whole family. It's the brainchild...
Out of Africa; the Legendary Guitarist Ali Farka Toure Prefers Raising Crops on His Farm in Mali to Touring the World. Next Week, However, He Plays Live in London for the First Time in 15 Years. Jane Cornwell Meets Him
Byline: JANE CORNWELL Niafunke, where Ali Farka Toure lives, isn't the easiest place to get to. A small town on the banks of the river Niger in Timbuktu province, it lies way out on the edge of the Sahara, three days by steamboat from Mali's capital,...
OVAL CHANGES SHAPE; ONCE SEEN AS THE UGLY DUCKLING OF TEST VENUES,A [Pounds sterling]25M MAKEOVER HAS TRANSFORMED THE OVAL INTO A THING OF BEAUTY
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY IF LORD'S is the daddy of English cricket stadia, the Rose Bowl and the Riverside the fresh-faced infants, then The Brit Oval has long been the game's poor relative. Not any more. This historic cricketing venue has just had...
Paper Round
THE INDEPENDENT A CIRCUS performer who works as a human cannonball claims he was sacked because of his fear of flying. Todd Christian, 26, fell out with his bosses when they tried to send him on a training course in Brazil because he kept getting...
Perelman Chases Morgan Stanley for [Pounds Sterling]110m More
Byline: BILL CONDIE BILLIONAIRE financier Ronald Perelman is heading back to court next week in a bid to squeeze an extra $200 million ([pounds sterling]109.8 million) to $400 million out of Morgan Stanley in the wake of his win in a fraud lawsuit...
Pick of the Night
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY IF YOU missed last week's pilot episode of this new American medical series, you are in for a treat. Because it features a brilliant tourde-force from our own Hugh Laurie (right) as the misanthropic, sarcastic and rude Dr Greg...
[Pounds sterling]1BN IN PARKING CHARGES; DRIVERS PATIENCE IS RUNNING OUT, COUNCILS WARNED
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT TAKINGS from car parking charges have broken through the [pounds sterling]1 billion mark. Total income across England soared to [pounds sterling]1,094,464,000 last year, giving town halls their fattest profits. Drivers...
Protect Wilkinson; Sir Clive Leaves Jonny out of Lions Team to Keep Him Fresh for Test
Byline: CHRIS JONES JONNY WILKINSON is being wrapped in cotton wool as the Lions prepare for the First Test with New Zealand in Christchurch on 25 June. There are still two provincial matches to go before the opening Test of the three match series...
RAGING ROCKERS; Ondi Timoner Spent Seven Years with Two Rival Bands for Her Documentary DiG! It Was Not a Happy Time - but the Result Is Hilarious
Byline: NICK RODDICK YOU can't help but feel sorry for Ondi Timoner. The Yale graduate turned documentary director spent seven years making her latest film, DiG!, shooting 1,500 hours (63 continuous days) in the process. She gave birth (to a...
Rapist's Victim: How Did He Ever Get into Britain? AS SUBURB SEX FIEND GETS 10 LIFE SENTENCES
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS A VICTIM of a serial rapist who hunted women in the suburbs today told of her shock that he was allowed to stalk the streets of London after being convicted of sex crimes in his native Cyprus. Katrina Elliott, 22, waived...
Retail Sales Gloom Puts Rates Pressure on Bank
Byline: JANE PADGHAM HIGH Street spending has hit a wall, piling pressure on the Bank of England to cut interest rates before the end of the year. Retail sales edged up just 0.1% in May, according to official statistics out today. That pulled...
Reviews
DVD OF THE WEEK (12, EV) (4/5) Hotel Rwanda Films about genocide always risk comparison with Schindler's List. They also risk a similar quandary - how do you make mass slaughter into a watchable movie? The answer, as Hotel Rwanda proves, is to...
RHM Gets Appetite for [Pounds Sterling]2 Billion Return to London Market
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER HOVIS bread-to-Mr Kipling cakes maker RHM is returning to the stock market in a float that may give it a [pounds sterling]2 billion price tag. New investors will be able to grab a slice after its private equity owners indicated...
Ricky's in a Rage as Australia Fail to Find Any Form; Skipper Calls Crisis Meeting after Second Defeat - but No One Is Writing Them off Just Yet
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY RICKY PONTING will sit down with his players and read them the riot act today in a bid to turn around their poor start to the Ashes tour. The Australia captain admitted there were "angry" words in the dressing room following...
Rock & Pop
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Motley Cr'e Sun 19 Jun Wembley Arena Pavilion Empire Way, Wembley, Middx (0870 264 0264) Bring a padlocked bra if you're in the rare position of being a modest lass attending this week's Motley Cr'e reunion concert. Vying...
Sacrificed in London Churches Say Police
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS _AFRICAN boys are being murdered as human sacrifices in London churches, according to a shocking Scotland Yard report. The Met has uncovered a trade in black boys being trafficked into the capital. A number of fundamentalist...
Soap Box
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Emmerdale 7pm, ITV1 No sooner have Val and Eric got together than they decide to start a business together - just like that. Goodness, at this rate they'll be married tomorrow, have children over the weekend and get divorced...
So Is This Really the End of the Line?
Q & A Could the Channel Tunnel shut? Impossible, says Eurotunnel. Inconceivable, say the train companies that use it. On a macroeconomic level, the Tunnel has become key to Anglo-French and wider European trade. In the 11 years of its...
Taxman Chases [Pounds Sterling]300m in Offshore Crackdown; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER THE Inland Revenue is gearing up for a massive crackdown on offshore tax evaders that could lead to a tenfold increase in recoveries to [pounds sterling]300 million this year. A special force of international investigators...
Teen Feels Chill in Fridge Trap Rescue; in Brief
A FRANTIC teenager dialled 999 from his mobile phone after getting trapped inside a fridge. The 18-yearold, who works at Highdown Towers Hotel in Durrington, near Worthing, had gone into the walk-in chiller cabinet to get something when the safety...
Television
Byline: PETE CLARK Five Days To Midnight (4/5) Now that Bill Oddie's Springwatch is no longer filling the screen with images of violence, heartbreak and redemption, we must all look elsewhere for our televisual pleasures. As luck would have...
Theatre
Byline: NICK CURTIS;NICHOLAS DE JONGH;FIONA MOUNTFORD The Postman Always Rings Twice Playhouse Theatre Northumberland Avenue, WC2 (0870 060 6631) (3/5) What a surprise. Val Kilmer, whose film roles run the gamut from blank to narcissistic,...
The Darkest Knight; Christian Bale's Portrayal of a Complex Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins Has Wowed the Critics. and Sent Him to the Top of Hollywood's Most Wanted List. Simon Braund Meets Him
Byline: SIMON BRAUND In keeping with the 'ber-LA surroundings of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Christian Bale, dressed in standard movie-star mufti of expensive jeans and T-shirt, is looking lean, tanned and Hollywood buff. He's relaxed yet focused,...
Their Last Supper; Bride-to-Be and Friend Drown Just Hours after Engagement Dinner Party
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD;JACK LEFLEY A BRIDE-TO-BE drowned with a friend during an early morning swim shortly after celebrating her engagement. Only hours after this picture was taken, Heather Coles and James Ravenscroft went for a swim off the...
The Man with Tunnel Vision; New Boss of the Debt-Laden Chunnel Operator Faces a Stiff Test of His Recovery Plans at Tomorrow's AGM
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN EUROTUNNEL chairman Jacques Gounon has made a career out of clearing up other people's mess. The onetime boss of the Paris municipal waste authority has spent much of his life as a low-profile fixer. But tomorrow he steps into...
The Met Must Not Knowtow to Little England
Byline: WILL SELF EVER since I was arrested for a string of drugs offences in my early twenties, I've been a big fan of the police. The detective inspector who felt my collar was courteous, informative and subtly liberal. He made it clear that while...
The Talk in Racing
SHAME on them for staying away, but the celebrity count for Royal Ascot at York remains disappointingly low. Michael Owen's appearance yesterday (right) was a step up from a first day which saw Sunita from Coronation Street and local cricket great...
The Winter of Our Content
Byline: NICK CURTIS The Winter's Tale THEATRE Shakespeare's Globe, SE1 MAYBE it's a subconscious response to the title, but the darker and cooler it gets as evening sets in at the Globe, the better John Dove's production of The Winter's...
The Woman Detective Who Is Suing the Met for Race and Sex Slurs; CHIEF INSPECTOR CLAIMS FALSE ALLEGATIONS COST HER PROMOTION
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR THIS is the leading Met detective who will today launch a major race and sex discrimination case against Scotland Yard. Chief Inspector Julia Pendry is thought to be the highest-ranking officer to bring such a claim against...
Top 5 Architecture Week Highlights
From curry houses to London sports stadiums, here are five events to look out for OPEN PRACTICE Organised by RIBA, this open day allows you to see inside London architects' offices and find out about their approach to design. Participants...
Top Detective Takes the Met to Court in Job Row
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR THIS is the leading Met detective who today launches a race and sex discrimination case against Scotland Yard. Chief Inspector Julia Pendry is thought to be the highest-ranking officer to bring such a claim against the force....
Tube Signal Failures Rise by 43% in Four Months
Byline: DICK MURRAY SIGNAL failures on the Tube have shown a huge jump in four months. Figures published today show a 43 per cent rise - one of the biggest increases ever in such a short time. They will infuriate both passengers and Mayor Ken...
Vandals Desecrate Children's Graves in Jewish Cemetery
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY THE graves of children were among those desecrated in an anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish cemetery in east London. Nearly 100 graves were smashed or daubed with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans at the West Ham cemetery....
Van Persie Is Held; Arsenal Star Will Be Kept in Rotterdam Jail for 14 More Days over Rape Allegation
Byline: PAUL SIMMS ARSENAL star Robin van Persie will spend another fortnight in jail over rape allegations after a Dutch judge today granted prosecutors extra time to hold him. The 21-year-old striker has spent three nights in custody in Rotterdam...
When I Split with Kate It Was Manic; Nick Curtis Finds out Why Actor Michael Sheen Is Shining Again
Byline: NICK CURTIS WHEN Michael Sheen used to appear on red carpets with his girlfriend Kate Beckinsale before their difficult 2003 split, comment was always passed on the contrast between his woolly, unshaven scruffiness and her glossy beauty....
Where Is the Love?
Byline: SARAH FRATER English National Ballet/Romeo and Juliet DANCE Albert Hall WHERE you sit affects what you think of English National Ballet's in-the-round, arenascale version of Romeo and Juliet. I started in the stalls, supposedly the...
Wimbledon TV Trailer That's Been Called out; BBC Forced to Axe Tennis Advertisment after Viewers Object to Images
Byline: VALENTINE LOW THE BBC has been forced to issue an embarrassing public apology after being inundated with complaints about its controversial Wimbledon trailer. The corporat ion has stopped airing the advertisement - which shows a tennis...

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