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Articles from October 3, 2002

48-Hour Tube Strike Threat as Blair Attacks 'Unjustified Action'
Byline: DICK MURRAY;CHARLES REISS TUBE union leaders today warned of a further series of strikes unless London Underground improved its three per cent pay and conditions award. The next strike could be a 48-hour stoppage starting on Wednesday...
After My Traumatic Love Life, My Lesbian Sex Scenes Pale into Insignificance; in This Exclusive Interview, Keeley Hawes Reveals the Truth about the Affair That Destroyed Her Marriage and Her Starring Role in This Year's Most Notorious Drama
Byline: LINA DAS LIFE has a way of throwing up surprises," sighs actress Keeley Hawes, and after the year she has just had, she is more than qualified to talk. As one of the stars of BBC's popular spy drama, Spooks, still only 25 and considered...
All Girls, Gadgets and Gags; Forty Years after the First Bond Film, We Ask Which Wins on the Vital Statistics
Byline: NICK CURTIS DR NO (1962) Girls: Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder). The original Bond girl, her first appearance launched 1,000 adolescent fantasies. Gadgets: None for Bond. Metal hands, underwater lair, flame-throwing tank for Dr No....
Arsenal Clean Up in Europe; Improved Discipline Is the Key to Success for Wenger
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENE WENGER claimed today that Arsenal's improving disciplinary record has played a major role in their surge towards the second phase of the Champions League. Derided just a year ago for their consistently high tally of...
Banking Split Call Threatens City Jobs
Byline: LAUREN CHAMBLISS;JIM ARMITAGE WALL Street banking giant Citigroup is pressing regulators for a sweeping industrywide separation of banks' research and investment banking divisions in a move threatening thousands of analysts' jobs in the...
Bold Is Beautiful
Byline: TONY BANKS I'M A collector of historical objects. Part of the collection is a tram ticket from 1953 for a ride, from my home in Brixton to Kennington Oval where I went to school. Why did I keep it? Because that ride was part of Last Tram...
Britain Draw Aussies in Davis Cup
Byline: CHRIS JONES WORLD No1 Lleyton Hewitt stands in the way of Great Britain's bid for a first Davis Cup World Group victory since 1986 after Australia were handed a home draw against Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski on 7-9 February next year. ...
Broadside against Human Beastliness
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Rhinoceros Lyric Studio, W6 YOU sometimes have to wonder whether the animal kingdom wouldn't do well to invest in the services of a good defamation lawyer. First of all there were Orwell's allegorical communist pigs in...
CARJACK KILLER GETS LIFE; Murderer of Estate Agent Begs Family for Forgiveness
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE SERIAL carjacker who stabbed estate agent Tim Robinson through the heart was jailed for life at the Old Bailey today for murder "without a shadow of excuse or justification". Dwaine Williams, 18, stood without a flicker...
Chelsea Pay Row Bates Hits out in Dispute over [Pounds Sterling]20,000 Bonus
Byline: KEN DYER CHELSEA'S preparations for tonight's UEFA Cup match with Viking Stavanger have been damaged by a bitter pay row. The senior players believe they are entitled to around pound sterling20,000 in win bonuses because they qualified...
Chelsea Pay Row; Bates Hits out in Dispute over [Pounds Sterling]20,000 Bonus
Byline: KEN DYER CHELSEA'S preparations for tonight's UEFA Cup match with Viking Stavanger have been damaged by a bitter pay row. The senior players believe they are entitled to around pound sterling20,000 in win bonuses because they qualified...
City Curse of Fat-Finger Trades
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG HOW could something so simple go so horribly wrong? A client tells his broker he wants to buy a Prince Charles, sell a Valerie and hold an Archer, supposedly all bread-and-butter orders for City traders. But it seems...
Clothes Retailers on the Rack as Next Sales Slump
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE NEARLY pound sterling700 million was slashed from the value of Britain's top clothes retailers today as Next admitted that sales had slumped at its stores in recent weeks as unusually warm weather delayed shoppers' hunger for...
Cup Star Price Goes West
Byline: DAVID SMITH RYDER CUP star Phillip Price today revealed he is to turn his back on the European golf tour and seek to forge a new career playing on the more lucrative American circuit. Price's shock victory over world No2 Phil Mickelson,...
Dean Targets League Surge Leyton
Byline: MATT HUGHES Orient 2 Birmingham 3 LEYTON ORIENT captain Dean Smith today urged his team-mates to forget their Worthington Cup heroics and concentrate on the league. Paul Brush's side raised their game in now-customary fashion against...
Designer Baby Saves Brother's Life Moments after Her Birth
Byline: NILUFER ATIK A BABY girl who was genetically screened to provide a bone marrow match for her brother has saved his life only minutes after being born. Blood was taken from the baby's umbilical cord immediately following her birth and...
Destined for the Tip
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH ROUND about the age when it finally dawned on me that university degrees are not bestowed by God, but are dished out mechanically by employees of the Lucrative Academic Industry plc, I also realised that the power of television...
Disguised Dog Reveals Growing Pet Theft Menace
Byline: RICHARD ALLEN;LAURA SMITH WHEN thieves took his daughter Elizabeth's border terrier, Robert Bolton was determined she should get her beloved pet back. But the thieves who took Cozzy, a valuable four-year-old bitch, were seemingly equally...
Earl Ruffles Feathers in Chigwell with Cash 'Ransom'
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL;HUGH DOUGHERTY HE is the 6th Earl of Stradbroke, a twice-married father of 15 who lists his recreations in Who's Who as "making babies". A multimillionaire with 50,000 acres of prime grazing land in Australia, he has lucrative...
Eating His Words ... Critic Who Tried to Take Ramsay's Rosette
Byline: LAURA SMITH THE AA managing director who tried to overrule the award of a fifth rosette to Gordon Ramsay's Petrus restaurant admitted today he had made a terrible error of judgment. Two members of the judging team resigned after Roger...
Els Hails Europe's Kings
Byline: DAVID SMITH ERNIE ELS has saluted Europe's victorious Ryder Cup squad as golfing champions of the world. The Open titleholder was today going head-to-head against nine of Sam Torrance's team in the first round of the pound sterling3.3million...
Evil in the Dark Room
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER ONE-HOUR PHOTO Cert 15, 96 mins ** (VERY GOOD) ONE-HOUR Photo is a very well-made thriller. It shows us Robin Williams extending his acting range into unusual and disturbing material. And as well as causing acute anxiety...
Face to Face with the Real Hero of the Ted Baker Story
Byline: SARAH MARKS SOME chief executives are renowned for their egos, but only one is famous for his alter ego. Ray Kelvin, the reclusive founder and boss of Ted Baker, is nowhere near as well known as the entirely fictional character after...
Fear in the Big Brother House
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER MY LITTLE EYE Cert 18, 95 mins * (GOOD) MARC Evans's film is a clever switch on The Blair Witch Project. In that movie, we only saw what the folk lost in the woods saw: in this one, the folk in the Old Dark House, who've...
Forger Walks out of Prison into [Pounds Sterling]8m Notes Scam
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY A FORGER absconded from an open prison and set up one of Britain's biggest counterfeiting scams. Peter Blackbourn, 50, walked out of Ford open prison telling staff he was going for a hospital appointment. Blackbourn,...
'Gap Year Only Choice for A-Level Fiasco Pupils'
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY THE leader of Britain's university vice-chancellors today admitted that thousands of students caught up in the A-levels fiasco would have to take an unscheduled gap year before starting their courses. Roderick Flood,...
Girl of 16 Has Been Pregnant 10 Times, Sex Records Reveal
Byline: ADAM BLENFORD A 16-YEAR-OLD girl who already has two young children has been pregnant a total of 10 times, secret medical records have revealed. The girl, who was abused during her childhood and first became pregnant at the age of 12,...
Glasgow's Lost World
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER SWEET SIXTEEN Cert 18, 105 mins ** (VERY GOOD) PAUL Laverty, screenwriter of Ken Loach's new film, has been sounding off because the censors have given it a Cert 18 due to its use of the "C" word. Sweet Sixteen should...
Goldman Accused over Float Favours
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING;JIM ARMITAGE GOLDMAN Sachs was sucked into the hot-stocksforfavours scandal today as the US Congress alleged that executives of its investment banking clients were given generous helpings of shares in 21 flotations. Executives...
Hannibal's Bean Count; SCENE & HEARD
Byline: NEIL NORMAN NEVER mind Hannibal Lecter, Sir Anthony Hopkins appears to be turning into Marlon Brando if his recent behaviour is anything to go by. Following my revelation last week that Edgardo Mortara, the FilmFour movie in which he was...
Have You Heard the One about the World's Funniest Joke?
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU IT HAS taken two million tests, 40,000 submissions, the participation of 10 countries - from the UK and France to America and New Zealand - and a fierce competition for first place. But what must be the most extraordinary...
Henman a Cup Concern for Taylor
Byline: CHRIS JONES ROGER TAYLOR, Britain's Davis Cup captain, goes into today's World Group draw knowing his top two players are battling serious injury. Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski have pulled out of next week's ATP Tour event in Vienna and...
How Robbie Has Gone from a Mess to a Messiah. Bloated by Drink and Drugs, Robbie Williams Was Once a Music Industry Joke. So, How Come He's Just Signed an [Pounds Sterling]80m Deal?
Byline: ALEX KADIS LESS than five years ago, Robbie Williams was a drunk and drug addict. He was an overweight, blearyeyed sight for sore eyes, famous only for his Take That past and his predilection for getting smashed. He had become his own...
Hyperactive Hotshots Who Churn Up Our Pension Pots
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CHRISTINE Farnish, the recentlyappointed Director General of the National Association of Pension Funds, grabbed headlines last week when she said at the Stock Exchange stamp duty conference that the tax cost fund members pound...
'I Have No War with Saatchi'; Charles Saatchi's New Gallery Is Just One of Nicholas Serota's Current Concerns. More Worrying Is the Funding Crisis He Faces at the Tate
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS A BRIDGET Riley painting, dizzying monochrome zigzags fixed within a perfect circle, hangs on the otherwise bare walls of Sir Nicholas Serota's airy Millbank office. The man himself, in black trousers and white shirtsleeves,...
Illegal Cab Drivers in Sex Attack Warning
Byline: GEORGE WRIGHT AT LEAST four women are raped or sexually assaulted every month by unlicensed minicab drivers in London, Scotland Yard said today. Latest figures - published to coincide with the launch of a new safety campaign - reveal...
Looking Back in Pleasure
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD David Bowie Carling Apollo, W6 FOR all his chameleon-like musical changes, one facet of David Bowie has always remained constant: he has always looked fabulous. Last night, mocking his 55 years, he carried off David Beckham's...
Milan, So Short, Tight and Sexy; the Clothes Look Good on the Models, but Italy Isn't Catering for Real Women This Season
Byline: LAURA CRAIK NORMALLY a well-oiled machine, Milan fashion week was a bit cronky this time. You never knew quite where you were supposed to be. The Camera della Moda (roughly equivalent to the British Fashion Council) had issued an edict that...
Music's Most Powerful Man; Bono Tops Magazine's List of 50 but Not for His Work with U2
Byline: PETE CLARK BONO is the most powerful person in music - but not for the reasons you might expect. He tops the list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Music, to be published next week in Q magazine. However, he does not attain this position...
My Wife Went in for a Routine Operation ... in Weeks She Was Dead
Byline: MAXINE FRITH RETIRED GP Roger Arthur had every faith in the NHS when his wife Patricia was admitted to hospital last year. But within weeks she was dead, killed by the MRSA infection she had picked up on a ward. Mrs Arthur, 73, was...
New Look Smart but Baker Feels the Heat
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE;JONATHAN PRYNN TWO of Britain's best-known retailers proved timing is everything today as New Look reported blistering sales of late summer lines while Ted Baker sweltered in the heat after launching its winter range too soon....
No More Living a Lie, Says Coleman
Byline: LEO SPALL CHRIS COLEMAN said today he is relieved to have finally retired as a Fulham player because he had begun to feel he was living a lie. The club captain's 21-month battle to fully recover from the injuries he suffered in a car...
Not Even Basil Brush Could Give This Cup a Worthy Gag
Byline: PETE CLARK I MUST say that Paul Dempsey and Peter Taylor, the men who introduced Sky Sport 2's coverage of last night's match between Leyton Orient and Birmingham, were doing their best. "The Worthington Cup is a competition that has...
Not Now, Not Next Season, Not Ever
Byline: WILL CARLING DISASTROUS. That's the only way to describe plans by Australia and South Africa to create a new tri-nation tournament in our own backyard. They want England on board for very obvious reasons - all revolving around money. ...
Not Now, Not Next Season, Not Ever; the Grand Slam-Winning Captain on Why England - and the Game of Rugby as a Whole - Would Be Ill-Served by a Tri-Nations Tournament Involving Australia and South Africa
Byline: WILL CARLING DISASTROUS. That's the only way to describe plans by Australia and South Africa to create a new tri-nation tournament in our own backyard. They want England on board for very obvious reasons - all revolving around money. ...
Now Rush-Hour Lasts from 6am until 8pm; Gridlock London
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THE rush hour is dead. London is now choked by soaring gridlock all day long, figures reveal today. Traditional morning and evening peaks have been all but swept away by round-the-clock jams caused by a record number of...
Parents' Anger as Record of Son's Killer Is Revealed
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON;PAUL CHESTON THE PARENTS of carjack victim Tim Robinson today expressed their disbelief that the two teenagers involved in their son's roadside killing were serial robbers. The anger of Ken and Christine Robinson mounted...
Pentagon: We Can Finish Saddam in Three Weeks
Byline: JEREMY CAMPBELL;JOE MURPHY THE Pentagon believes it can crush Saddam Hussein in just three weeks of intensive battle, it was revealed today. The brevity of the proposed military campaign, disclosed by US defence officials, is aimed at...
Pires Eyes Auxerre Return
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ROBERT PIRES aims to be fit for the match that could see Arsenal clinch a place in the next phase of the Champions League. The French midfield player and Footballer of the Year has been out since March because of a cruciate...
Police Arrest Man over 15-Year-Old Axe Murder
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A 46-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in a raid today in connection with one of Britain's most notorious and puzzling unsolved murders. The man was being interviewed by detectives over the murder of private investigator Daniel...
Police Memorial to Be Built after Director's 10-Year Battle
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY;MIRA BAR-HILLEL A NATIONAL police memorial is to be built in The Mall after a 10-year campaign by film director Michael Winner. The memorial, which could cost pound sterling1million, was given planning permission by Westminster...
Police Quiz MP's Son over Death Fall in Nightclub
Byline: GEORGE WRIGHT A SENIOR Tory MP's son faces questioning by police after his friend apparently leapt to his death at a London nightclub. Giles Norman, son of a company director, plunged from a balcony onto the dance floor in front of scores...
Racist Plotted Massacre That Would Dwarf Hungerford; Napalm, Machine-Guns and Map of Mosque Found at Home of Hatemonger
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A RACIST stockpiled a terrifying arsenal of weapons and home-made napalm for a devastating attack on Muslim targets in Britain, it can be reported for the first time today. Detectives believe David Tovey, an odd-job man...
Ranieri Upset by Wandering Minds
Byline: KEN DYER AS Jeffrey Archer will testify, once you have built yourself a reputation, it can be devilishly difficult to change it. Take Chelsea. Their 3-2 defeat by West Ham last Saturday may have been only their first in 10 matches but...
RAY CURRIE DIARIES 1987-2002; with the Help of Peter Bradshaw's Vivid Imagination, Edwina Currie's Ex-Husband Ray Breaks His Silence
Byline: PETER BRADSHAW HE has steadfastly refused to comment about his former wife's affair with John Major, but here, the Standard imagines what Ray Currie might have recorded in his personal diary, starting in the mid-Eighties. December 30,...
Red Alert at Heathrow; Fighter Jets Scrambled in Hijack Scare: Airport Drama on the Day Richard Reid Pleads Guilty to Attempt to Blow Up Passenger Jet
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;JOHN BYNORTH A FULL-SCALE alert was launched today after the captain of a packed BA transatlantic passenger jet feared his plane was about to be hijacked. Tornado fighter planes were scrambled from RAF bases in Britain...
Revealed: Face of the Capital's Oldest Woman
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;HUGH MUIR THIS is the face of London's oldest woman, seen for the first time in 5,600 years, after a painstaking reconstruction. Named Shepperton Woman after the location of her grave, she has had her face rebuilt by medical...
Russian Rhythm Is on Song for Cheveley Park
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM BOOKMAKERS have already worn out their pencils trying to keep pace with Russian Rhythm's progress up the 1,000 Guineas market, and the odds for Sir Michael Stoute's filly could be cut further if she lives up to her billing...
SCANDAL OF THE KILLER HOSPITAL SUPERBUGS; New Warning as 100 Patients Are Struck Down Every Month
Byline: MAXINE FRITH LONDON hospitals are being gripped by a potentially deadly "superbug" caused by poor hygiene on the wards, it was revealed today. More than 100 patients a month in the capital-are being struck down by the drug-resistant MRSA...
Shoe Bomb Briton Reid Admits Bid to Blow Up American Aircraft; Suspect Changes Plea for 'Family Reasons' but Says He Has No Link to Al Qaeda
Byline: GEORGE WRIGHT;MARTIN DELGADO A BRITISH man today admitted trying to blow up a jet carrying 197 passengers with a bomb hidden in his shoes. Richard Reid, 29, an Islamic convert from Bromley, changed his plea to guilty to all charges at...
Sinn Fein Must Halt Violence, Warns Reid
Byline: JOE MURPHY A STRONG warning to Sinn Fein to abandon violence was being given by John Reid in Blackpool today. The Northern Ireland Secretary was set to tell republicans they must stop trying "to ride the two horses" of bloodshed and peaceful...
So Is Rod the Wrong Man for BA?
Byline: ROBERT LEA IT IS no longer the world's favourite airline. It is not even one of the top two airlines in Britain - in City valuation terms at least. And thanks to a cheeky ad campaign by a rival, it is now being referred to as "British Airways...
Stamps Up 1p but Tough New Penalties for Late Deliveries
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU ROYAL MAIL today announced that the cost of stamps is to go up by 1p - the second price increase in six years. The industry's regulator Postcomm has approved plans to raise first and second class stamps to 28p and 20p...
Tate Chief Gets Big Vote of Confidence
Byline: LUKE LEITCH THE chief of the Tate galleries has won a unique deal that could see him stay in charge until 2011, the Evening Standard can reveal. In a rare interview, 56-year-old Sir Nicholas Serota - the driving force behind Tate Modern...
The Freak Hurricane That Must Be Stopped
Byline: CLARE BALDING WHAT is it about men that makes them shun Godgiven talent with such ferocity? The more they are given the less they have to try; the less they have to try the less they want to succeed; the more attention they receive the more...
The Grey Man of Politics Becomes the Invisible Man
Byline: JAMES LANGTON JOHN MAJOR went into hiding today after refusing to face questions about his affair with Edwina Currie. The former Prime Minister was transformed from the grey man to the invisible man of British politics after ordering...
The Rock 'N' Roll Years
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Grease Victoria Palace Theatre GREASE, the 1970s musical that persuades you every 1950s American high-school teenager had sex on the brain and in quite a few other places too, remains forever young - not to say a little...
The Talk in Football
Mabbutt spurred on by his dreams of a miracle GARY MABBUTT was not the most cultured of centre-backs, but the former Tottenham captain does have artistic pretensions. Mabbutt's sports consultancy has bought the film rights to Joe McGinniss's...
The Verbal Tics Show
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Rory Bremner Albery Theatre THE ADS say Beware Of Imitations, but Rory Bremner does not take his own advice literally. He is absolutely fearless when it comes to capturing the voices of characters as diverse as John Prescott...
The War Film George Bush Doesn't Want You to See. Why a Nervous Hollywood Left a Shocking New Version of the Quiet American on the Shelf for over a Year
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER AS George W Bush tries to rally world opinion behind his "attack Iraq" policy, a mere film may cause him and the US government more embarrassment than all the protest marches in hand. It is a new version of Graham Greene's...
Thirty Years on, Bowie Brings Back the Stardust
Byline: TIM COOPER DAVID BOWIE revived fans' memories as he returned to the scene of his most famous show nearly 30 years ago. Bowie announced his retirement at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973, making front-page news - but it was only his stage...
Trust Me, I Could Resolve the Tube Dispute
Byline: TONY BANKS BEFORE I became an MP I worked as a trade-union negotiator. I learned a couple of things. It's easier to start a dispute than to settle it and, when politicians make public pronouncements, it usually makes things worse rather...
Tube Strike Unions Losing Support of Members, Says Blair
Byline: DICK MURRAY TONY BLAIR today weighed in over the Tube strikes, denouncing them as totally unjustified. He also suggested support for the action was waning among the union members involved. He warned the strikes would not have any impact...
Union Leaders to Hold Talks with Tube Chiefs but Pay Is 'Off Agenda'
Byline: DICK MURRAY TUBE union leaders will hold talks with London Underground management today but the crucial issue of pay, at the centre of the strikes, will not be discussed. Instead, negotiators will try to reach agreement on demands for...
Virtuoso Soloist Who Beats the Band
Martin Taylor Pizza Express, W1 MARTIN Taylor may not be a startling melodic innovator, but he's certainly a technical innovator, an inspired adapter whose particular gift is to make one guitar sound like two or three. In other words, using only...
War Is a Last Resort
THE GOOD NEWS this week was that the Iraqi regime agreed to admit UN weapons inspectors. The bad news was that the agreement omitted from the inspectors' scope no fewer than eight presidential sites in Iraq. Such an arrangement is risible; if an area...
Whatever Happened to the Other Fiennes?; as Ralph Returns to the Big Screen We Ask What Became of Joseph, the Younger Brother Destined for Super-Stardom
Byline: DAMON SYSON THE evening of 11 April 1999 can't have been much fun for Joseph Fiennes. It was the night of the Baftas, and a moment when, by rights, he should have been on top of the world. After all, he had played the lead in the most critically...
What Is the Truth about the Mystical Sect That Jagger and Madonna So Admire?; the Kabbalah Centre Claims Its Teachings Can Cure Serious Illness and Make People Rich. It's Won an A-List Celebrity Following, Yet a Standard Investigation into Its Hollywood and London Operations Has Revealed Claims That It Breaks Up Families, Targets the Wealthy and Controls People
Byline: DAVID ROWAN HE is the spiritual guru whose claims to supernatural powers have enticed Madonna, Jeff Goldblum and Naomi Campbell to discover their "inner light". For Elizabeth Taylor, his teachings offer "a light to lead me through the darkness";...
Why We're Ready to Come Away with Norah
Byline: PAUL CLARK Norah Jones Shepherds Bush Empire "I guess David Bowie is playing tonight," said a coy 23-year-old Norah Jones in her smoky, Texan drawl, almost embarrassed at the full house in front of her, "thanks for coming to see us."...
William and Friends Move into Smartest Digs in Town
Byline: ADAM BLENFORD PRINCE WILLIAM has begun his second academic year at St Andrews University by moving into the most expensive road in the town. The 20-year-old prince, who spent his first year living in standard halls of residence, has clubbed...

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