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Articles from January 13, 2003

10 Applications per Place at Top Secondary Schools
Byline: TIM MILES A SURGE in applications to London's top secondary schools is making the task of finding a place even harder this year. Children are competing for places at as many as half a dozen state and independent schools - each with their...
A Day in the Life of a Rubbish Investgator
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD IF YOU'RE a resident of Ealing you'd better watch out. Apparently it's the only London borough that has its own rubbish investigation unit. And that means, should you leave your unwanted black sacks anywhere you please, they'll...
Are You Facing a Midriff Crisis?; New Research Says Hipsters Are Bad for Our Health - and High-Waisted Trousers Are Back on the Catwalk. So, What Should We Be Wearing This Spring?
Byline: EMINE SANER LADIES, throw out your hipsters, they're a health hazard! Or, rather, don't. We may have learned last week that hipsters can cause a condition called paresthesia - to you and me that's tingling thighs due to nerve damage caused...
A Sinister Side to Italy's Smile; A Culture of Kickbacks and Bribery Continues to Permeate Italian Life
Byline: IAN THOMSON THE DARK HEART OF ITALY: Travels Through Time and Space Across Italy by Tobias Jones (Faber, pound sterling16.99) IT appears that Italy's long, drawn-out fascist trauma is far from over; the current government under Silvio...
A Sound Property with Obvious Potential
Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD STRIPPED BARE by Lowri Turner (Headline, pound sterling12) AS hard sells go, there's something a bit no-frills about "Three women, three friends, many, many problems. Just like life, really." Something so halfhearted...
At Last, I Feel Truly Free
Byline: STEVE BOGGAN PADDY HILL has a terrific smile for a man whose teeth were knocked out with the barrel of a gun. You wouldn't know it because, since he was freed with the rest of the Birmingham Six in 1991, Paddy has mostly been seen with an...
Bendy, Not Trendy, and You Can't Get Lost in the Music; POP
Byline: DAVID SMYTH The Music Brixton Academy AFTER a lengthy Christmas break, the world of pop is finally ready to get back on the road again. First off the blocks are The Music, four lads from Leeds who are barely old enough to pack their own...
BHB Tempt Owners with [Pounds Sterling]5m Bonus
BRITISH racing could be preparing to dangle the biggest financial carrot ever offered in the sport to connections of any horse who wins four of its most important midsummer contests, writes Graham Cunningham. Reports this morning suggested that...
Big Bid Battle Set to Stir Up Stores Sector
Byline: FIONA WALSH WHOEVER wins the battle for control of Safeway, it is clear that the supermarkets industry is poised for its biggest upheaval in decades. The combination of Sainsbury's with Safeway would create a company capable of competing...
Blair Defies His Party and Leaves Way Open for War
Byline: CHARLES REISS;JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR today defied the Labour Party and some in his own Cabinet and left the way open for war against Iraq, with or without the backing of the United Nations. The Prime Minister said both the US and Britain...
Blair's Mission Must Be to Convince Public
Byline: PETER KELLNER WHAT IS Tony Blair up to? He seems to be edging towards a war that could offend the public, split his party and, if it goes wrong, could conceivably see him turfed out of Downing Street. Yet until now he has been reluctant...
British Troops on Ground in Kuwait Ready for War
Byline: CHARLES REISS BRITISH troops have begun to deploy in Kuwait, it was reported today, in a new and critical stage of the build-up to a possible war with Iraq. Elements of the Army's 102 logistics brigade, including its commander, were said...
British Troops on Ground in Kuwait Ready for War
Byline: CHARLES REISS;JEREMY CAMPBELL BRITISH troops have begun to deploy in Kuwait, it was reported today, in a new and critical stage of the build-up to a possible war with Iraq. Elements of the Army's 102 logistics brigade, including its commander,...
Capriati Falls at the First Hurdle
Byline: CHRIS JONES GERMANY'S Marlene Weingartner created history today by dumping defending champion Jennifer Capriati out of the Australian Open in the first round in front of a stunned centre-court crowd. This is the first time in the history...
Cap That's a Killer for Pensions; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE first rule of a government that does not know what to do, ought to be to try not to make things worse. Yet it is depressing how frequently this modest bit of common sense is ignored. The pensions Green Paper, published...
Carlton Gains on Talk of [Pounds Sterling]1bn German Bid; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK CARLTON Communications firmed 11/4p to 1363/4p today on mounting speculation about a possible bid for the company by venture capitalists. Weekend reports said that German bank Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale is ready...
Changing Times for City's Golden Dream; (1) This Is a Crucial Week for London's 2012 Olympic Bid. Standard Sport Looks at What a Future Games in the Capital Would Involve and, Starting from Today, Recalls the Spirit and Personalities of 1948 (2) from Wembley Way to Memory Lane
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER IMAGINE a sporting event threatened by genetic engineering and dominated by interactive television, the internet and big business. Welcome to the 2012 London Olympics. For the 4,000 amateur sportsmen and women who took part...
Chief Quits at Ailing AOL Time Warner
Byline: NICK GOODWAY;BILL CONDIE THE architect of the biggest media merger in history, Steve Case, is to step down as chairman of AOL Time Warner. The share price of the company has fallen 68% since the $124 billion (pound sterling77 billion)...
City Insider
Old ways are best [broken (vertical) bar] THE Morrisons-Safeway deal is something of a coup for Robert Swannell, the former Schroders hand who maintains his old-world standards despite being under new management at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney....
Classics by Arrangement; CLASSICAL
Byline: BRIAN HUNT Nash Ensemble Wigmore Hall NO one should look down on arrangements of classical music. Before broadcasting and recording, piano arrangements brought scores into the home. Overtures played by brass bands in the park gave...
Congestion Charge's Big Test as Pay Points Open for First Time
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS CONGESTION charging takes a giant leap forward today as major parts of the system go live across London. For the first time all drivers can pay the pound sterling5 charge to cover future visits into the zone at more than...
Dallaglio Will Be Fit in Time for Wasps' Big Paris Match
Byline: MARK BALDWIN LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO is determined to shrug off the pain of a 'popped' rib cartilage and lead London Wasps to more European success this Saturday. Dallaglio was forced to come off the field seven minutes after scoring the third...
Deceit That Leads So Many to Despair
Byline: HUGH MUIR THE PRETTY African girl walked excitedly through passport control after her 3,000-mile trip from the Ivory Coast. She hoped for a better life, but to her great aunt - who smuggled her in with false papers - she was an excuse to...
Devil in Designer Clothes
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI IN HIS designer clothes and his wrap around shades, Pedro Miguel da Costa Damba was a glamorous figure on the rundown estates of Lisbon and the Algarve in Portugal, and in the dusty African shanty towns of Angola. Smooth-talking...
Devil in Designer Clothes Who Lurd Shanty Children into Prostitution
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI IN HIS designer clothes and wraparound shades, Pedro Miguel da Costa Damba was a glamorous figure on the rundown estates of Lisbon and the Algarve in Portugal, and in the dusty African shanty towns of Angola. Smooth-talking...
EXPOSED: CHILD SMUGGLING RING; Hundreds of Boys Brought to Britain and Sold as Slaves
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI;JUSTIN DAVENPORT A GANG is smuggling hundreds of young boys from Africa into Britain, we can reveal. The sophisticated trafficking operation has seen the children brought to this country to be sold into slavery and...
Fearsome Weapon of Choice; Terrorists Are Keen to Get Their Hands on Smallpox - and 200 Tons of the Deadly Virus Are Missing
Byline: EDWARD MARRIOTT THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER: The Terrifying Truth about the Threat from Bioterrorism by Richard Preston (Headline, pound sterling17.99) TO most of us, smallpox is a disease of the past. The virus that helped the Spanish...
Fighting Talk
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD LAST week a report confirmed what we'd all expected: that everyone thinks we have it cushy in the South. Apparently, wages in London are more than 50 per cent higher than those in the North-East. According to IDS (that's not...
Firefighters Plan 2-Hour Stoppages
Byline: DICK MURRAY STRIKES by firefighters lasting only two hours could now take place as furious union leaders plan to cause the Government as much disruption as possible in the increasingly bitter dispute. The move being considered by the...
Fish Entrails and Squelchy Organs - a Taste of Ancient Rome
Byline: FELIPE FERNANDEZ ARMESTO AROUND THE ROMAN TABLE by Patrick Faas (Macmillan, pound sterling15.99) THE Romans didn't have microwave ovens," Patrick Faas helpfully reminds us, and today's kitchens lack "slaves prepared to hold a pig in hot...
Football Helps You Aim Higher
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON HELEN Street, 22, is spending this year on the road. As a presentation facilitator for the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) Aimhigher campaign, she is charged with spreading the word about university to 13-19 year...
Games Bid Would Leave Great Legacy, Say Assembly
Byline: ROSS LYDALL;JOE MURPHY;PATRICK HENNESSY LONDON could secure enormous benefits from a successful bid for the 2012 Olympics, a report reveals today. It comes as a new ICM poll for the Government will show three-quarters of Britons are behind...
Glam-Rock Star Mickey Finn of T Rex Dies in Hospital at 56-News in Brief
MICKEY FINN of Seventies glam-rock band T Rex has died at the age of 56. Finn teamed up with charismatic singer-songwriter Marc Bolan in 1969 to replace his original bongo player Steve Took and performed on hits such as Ride A White Swan and Children...
Hockney's View of London
Byline: TIM COOPER THIS is London today - as seen through the eyes of celebrated British artist David Hockney. Hockney, 65, sketched some impressions of the capital during his current yearlong sojourn in Britain following two decades in America....
Hodge Signals the Return of the Polys
Byline: TIM MILES EDUCATION Minister Margaret Hodge today heralded the reinvention of the polytechnic as she spelled out the Government's vision for the future of higher education. In a keynote speech, she made clear that funding for research...
Hospital Made Mistakes and Wasted Time, Claim Bee Gees
Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER THE BROTHERS of Bee Gee Maurice Gibb today accused the hospital where he died of "making mistakes" and "wasting time" over his treatment. Less than 24 hours after the death of their 53-year-old brother, fellow band members...
How Dorothy Lost a Final but Won a Heart
Byline: IAN CHADBAND WHAT was once the setting for Olympian feats is now just a building site. Yet for an elderly piano teacher and her husband, gazing upon the cranes and the chaos disfiguring the snowy landscape around Wembley Stadium, no mountain...
How to Bear Winter's Chill
Byline: JUSTINE SPELLER;DIANA BENTLEY IT'S hard to avoid catching flu or at least a cold while everyone around you is coughing and sneezing. Because of all the late nights and overindulgence throughout the festive season, our immune systems are...
Hussain Rages as England Lose Again
Byline: DAVID LLOYD NASSER HUSSAIN described England's fielding as "beyond belief" after his team dropped two easy catches, fumbled numerous times and gave away overthrows during today's 31-run defeat here by Sri Lanka. "I would say it has to...
I Just Know That Anthea and I Will Bounce Back
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH GRANT Bovey and I turn up at exactly the same time at the central London hotel where we've arranged to meet. He is instantly recognisable as the much-photographed, much-vilified husband of Anthea Turner. He looks like a walking,...
Jennifer Caught on the Hop as Friends Role Wins Top Prize
Byline: JAMES LANGTON FRIENDS star Jennifer Aniston has collected the first of this year's major US showbusiness awards - with the aid of a walking stick. After breaking a bone in her foot in a skiing accident, the actress limped on stage to claim...
Join the New Toon Army
Byline: LAURA CRAIK I LOVE my faded old Snoopy nightie, but I wouldn't wear it to a fashion show. Bed-wear isn't generally considered suitable apparel for the front row. So when Katie Grand, Pop magazine editrix and Prada stylist, bowled up in hers,...
Ken's Pathetic Response to Soaring Crime
Byline: STEVE NORRIS KEN Livingstone is certainly taking a battering these days over his increasingly unpopular congestion charge and his rather unique view of congestion in London. He seems to think that the way to make it better is to start off...
Key Strokes
Byline: RAWDON MESSENGER THEY say a picture is worth a thousand words. As the digital camera comes of age, more people are saying cheese than ever before. In 2001, 800,000 such gadgets were bought in the UK, this year that figure is expected to...
Laws Will Lift Lid on Office Salary Details
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER NEW laws giving employees the right to demand written justification of their salaries will lift the shroud of secrecy surrounding big bank pay awards. The legislation is likely to prompt a surge in expensive lawsuits against...
Let's Bid for the Olympics
THE RESULTS OF the latest ICM poll commissioned by the Government show that an overwhelming majority of Britons want Downing Street to back a bid to stage the Olympics in London in 2012. Here at last is a cause that unites the nation - something with...
Living out the American Dream; Annie Proulx on the Exploitation of the Texas Panhandle and the Fortitude of Its People
Byline: MELANIE MCGRATH THAT OLD ACE IN THE HOLE by Annie Proulx (Fourth Estate, pound sterling16.99) ANNIE Proulx learned her trade the slow way, cranking copy for local papers in remote, twobit American towns. For decades she soaked up the...
Making a Fresh Start in the Job Market-Just the Job
Byline: MILLY JENKINS Job adverts DON'T assume job ads in newspapers always get thousands of responses and that you haven't a hope in hell. Your chances of getting an interview are especially good if there is an application form to fill in. ...
Mind Triumphs over Matter
Byline: MAREK KOHN PLACEBO: The Belief Effect by Dylan Evans (HarperCollins, pound sterling16.99) PLACEBO responses can be really quite unhealthy. The problem isn't the placebo effect itself, though. It lies mainly in the response to the idea that...
Minister Attacks Rising Tide of 'Blood-Spattered' Video Games
Byline: JOE MURPHY A RISING tide of violence in video games, movies and television shows aimed at teenagers was condemned by Culture Minister Kim Howells today. He called for a halt to "blood-spattered" entertainment and warned that a generation...
Minister Calls for a Halt to Violent Games and TV Shows
Byline: JOE MURPHY A RISING tide of violence in video games, movies and television shows aimed at teenagers was condemned by Culture Minister Kim Howells today. He called for a halt to "blood-spattered" entertainment and warned that a generation...
Monsoon Blows in with [Pounds Sterling]18m Record during Harsh Climate
Byline: NICK GOODWAY FASHION group Monsoon admitted that the High Street had been much tougher over Christmas and during the January sales and could get tougher still. But it said it had managed to hold up profit margins and, unlike some rivals,...
Naked Callow Leaves Too Little to the Imagination-Londoner's Diary
IS NUDITY getting out of hand on the London stage? We've seen Jerry Hall and Nicole Kidman in all their glory. Now theatregoers are glimpsing a tiny bit more of Simon Callow than perhaps they bargained for. Callow's latest appearance in Through...
Olympic Bid Win Would Leave Great Legacy, Says Assembly
Byline: ROSS LYDALL;JOE MURPHY;PATRICK HENNESSY LONDON could secure enormous benefits from a successful bid for the 2012 Olympics, a report reveals today. It comes as a new ICM poll for the Government will show three-quarters of Britons are behind...
Olympic Boost; BOA Confident over Support from Blair
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER BRITISH Olympic officials are confident the Government will give the go-ahead for a London bid for the 2012 Olympics in what will be a crucial week of discussion on the Games. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Olympic debate...
Opec's Oil Promise Provides the Spark; Market Report
Byline: RAY HEATH ASIAN stocks had an oil-fired boost today, lifted by Opec's promise to raise production by 1.5 million barrels per day and cap the recent steep price rises. With many Asian economies heavily dependent on imported energy, the...
Oxford Needs a Leader of Vision
Byline: AN WILSON WHO will become the next Chancellor of the University of Oxford, following the death of Lord Jenkins? The name of Bill Clinton has been mentioned, though one of the dons has retorted: "We need a woman chancellor, not a womanising...
Paperbacks
Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson, Cape, pound sterling6.99. ANYONE who's ever dreamed of scaling Mount Everest but never quite got around to it should enjoy Joe Simpson's heady journal of mountaineering mishaps.After...
[Pounds Sterling]65m of Sainsbury's Shares Are Dumped; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK IT SEEMS that not everyone is happy for J Sainsbury to join the battle for control of rival supermarkets chain Safeway. One big institutional investor has offloaded pound sterling65 million of Sainsbury's shares in the market...
Presley's First Hit Is Voted the World's Most Influential Song
Byline: PETE CLARK IF Elvis Presley hadn't sung That's Alright in 1954 - just voted the world's most influential song - we would all still be listening to Perry Como and the Inkspots. That's Alright is No 1 in a special edition of Q magazine,...
Queen Is Taken to Hospital
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;MAXINE FRITH THE QUEEN is recovering in hospital after a 45-minute operation on her right knee this morning. Buckingham Palace said she had "minor surgery" to remove a torn cartilage. She injured her knee while walking...
Reality Kicks in for City as Bin Liners Replace Bonuses
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN EVER since the great City recession started in 2000, the investment banking community has started each new year blithely optimistic that the worst is over. Well, sorry, it wasn't and it still ain't. It is now obvious that...
Rebrov Swoop; Fulham in Talks to Sign [Pounds Sterling]3m Spurs Star
Byline: LEO SPALL FULHAM were today trying to sign Tottenham's misfit striker Sergei Rebrov in a pound sterling3million deal which could be completed this week. Negotiations are under way and even though a fee has not been agreed both sides appear...
Ricin Suspect Tries to Hang Himself
Byline: TIM RIDER ONE of the men allegedly involved in the foiled ricin poison plot has tried to kill himself, it was revealed today. The man was found unconscious on his cell floor at Paddington Green police station on Saturday after trying...
Robbie's Finally over His Teething Troubles
ROBBIE KEANE hit his match-winning hat-trick against Everton after undergoing emergency dental treatment hours before kick-off, writes Adrian Curtis. The Republic of Ireland international was seen by the club dentist on the morning of the game after...
Sainsbury's Draws Up [Pounds Sterling]3.2bn Safeway Bid
Byline: FIONA WALSH SUPERMARKETS group Sainsbury's today sparked a fierce battle for control of Safeway, Britain's fourth-largest food retailer, saying it is considering a pound sterling3.2 billion-plus rival offer for the group. This tops the...
Sainsbury's Enters Battle for Safeway with [Pounds Sterling]3.2billion Bid
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN A DRAMATIC pound sterling3.2 billion supermarket "store war" broke out on Britain's high streets when Sainsbury's said it was planning a hostile bid for rival Safeway. The bid would trump a pound sterling2.9 billion offer...
Sample a New Career
Byline: TINA BEXSON;DAVID WHITE IT has to be the ultimate gift - being given the opportunity to try out a new job, however different from your own. Wannabe teachers have been able to do this for some time now, through Teacher Taster Courses,...
Schemmel Future in Balance at West Ham; French Defender Could Be on Way Out
Byline: KEN DYER FRENCH defender Sebastien Schemmel's career at West Ham looked uncertain today after the fullback was left out of the team which drew 2-2 with Newcastle on Saturday. Schemmel was not injured but manager Glenn Roeder did not include...
Shooting Down the Myth of Jesse James
Byline: FRANCIS SPUFFORD JESSE JAMES: The Last Rebel of the Civil War by TJ Stiles (Cape, pound sterling20) ON 24 August 1863, a column of Confederate irregulars from Missouri galloped into the town of Lawrence in the neighbouring state of Kansas....
Short Break, Long Lunch; A Sunday Ritual with True Gallic Flavour
Byline: PAUL MANSFIELD ON a blustery Sunday morning we strode around the ancient ramparts of Montreuil-sur-Mer, a small town near the coast of northern Picardy. Montreuil was founded in the Seventh century, and its medieval streets are crammed with...
Shtick That Makes It Tick
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH IT'S ironic that OJ Simpson (the man who apparently turned his wife into a human Pez dispenser) has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer. And as evidence of that, let me cite the moment when chief prosecutor...
Six More Held as Four Ricin Suspects Are Refused Bail
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;TIM RIDER DETECTIVES investigating the alleged ricin terror plot have made further arrests in Bournemouth, it was revealed today, as four men accused of making the poison appeared in court in London. Five men and a woman...
Stone Turns Cold at Prospect of Shirley for Oxford-Londoner's Diary
NORMAN STONE, former professor of modern history at Oxford University, has spoken out from Turkey to condemn the suggestion that Baroness Williams of Crosby should become Chancellor of Oxford University. Ex-Education Secretary Shirley Williams has...
Survival Story
Byline: SARAH FRATER DANCE Sophie/Stateless Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House ONE of the most terrifying things about the Holocaust is how the survival instinct in the death camps easily turned to a death wish when survivors returned to civilian...
Swedeness and Light; THEATRE
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON Sing-a-Long-a Abba Whitehall Theatre THE smiles have an unmistakable sunshine quality, the wigs are shamelessly synthetic and the costumes for the finale look as if they've been sponsored by Bacofoil. Where else...
SWOOP ON WHO STAR; Child Porn Claim: 12 Police at Pete Townshend Home
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;PATRICK SAWER PETE TOWNSHEND was facing arrest today after a dozen police officers swooped on his home. The dramatic development came after the Who star admitted visiting a child pornography website. Townshend, 57,...
Taylor: Davis Cup Game Will Be My Toughest Yet; 'Due to the Other British Players' Rankings, Greg and I Have to Shoulder Much of the Responsibility for Winning Matches'
Byline: CHRIS JONES ROGER TAYLOR today admitted he was facing his toughest test as Britain's Davis Cup captain in the build-up to their World Group clash with Australia in Sydney, starting on 7 February. He has already lost British No2 Greg Rusedski...
The Best Way to Go
Byline: GILLIAN UPTON SUSAN Ponting has one of those allen compassing job titles. As building administration manager of Steamship Insurance Management Services, in the City, she not only looks after the bricks and mortar of the building but health...
The Interview Game
Byline: JUSTINA HART WANT to land your dream job? Then improve your dating technique. Want to impress a perfect date? Then boost your interviewing skills. Relationships and recruitment guru Jenni Trent Hughes believes that creating a great...
The Kiss That Gave a Young Mother Hope
Byline: SHARON MAXWELL MAGNUS;VICTORIA KENNEDY ONLY a few months ago, when Julia Stanger-France tried to give her daughter Hannah a kiss, the three-year-old would shy away in terror. Hannah, who has cerebral palsy, had been fed through a tube...
The Queen Makes Rare Visit to Hospital
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON THE QUEEN favours natural health remedies and rarely goes to hospital for treatment. The 76-year-old has enjoyed remarkably robust health for much of her life and has seldom been forced to cancel official commitments because...
The Sun Gets a Woman Editor
Byline: JESSICA HODGSON REBEKAH WADE is to become the first woman editor of The Sun following the resignation today of David Yelland, who is to move into management at News International. Ms Wade, who currently edits the News Of The World, was...
The Truth about Diana's Love Letters - and Why James Hewitt Is Not a Cad
Byline: ANNA PASTERNAK THE news that James Hewitt is auctioning his cache of love letters from Princess Diana has ignited fury. You would think that the former Life Guard, written off as one of the most heinous men in the country, had committed...
This Season's Prague; Roll on the Weekend
Byline: WILL TIZARD YOU'VE seen Prague's dark, Gothic Old Town and Renaissance palaces in half a dozen films, posing as old Europe. By winter, free from the tourist mobs, it's a transporting, ghostly, place for walking, pub-crawling and divining...
Top Hotel Happiness
Byline: HILARY WHITNEY THERE'S nothing quite like the glamour and smooth efficiency of a good hotel and if you are interested in a career in hospitality, working as a PA or an administrator in a hotel can provide a range of perks from rubbing shoulders...
Travel Agents Fret as Bookings Freeze Up
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE TRAVEL agents today predicted a nail-biting year of late summer holiday bookings as fears of war and terrorism saw the traditionally busy January get off to an even slower start than 9.11-disrupted 2002. An astonishing internal...
Two Former Ministers Caught Up in Who Star Child Porn Inquiry
Byline: PATRICK SAWER;ANDR PAINE PUBLIC figures who have been tempted to view child porn on the internet were today bracing themselves after it was revealed that two former Labour cabinet ministers are under investigation. Attempts to expose...
Tycoon Quits as AOL Time Warner Chief
Byline: JAMES LANGTON INTERNET tycoon Steve Case has been forced to stand down as head of the giant media group AOL Time Warner. He will quit as chairman in May after a shareholders' revolt following a 70 per cent drop in the value of the company....
Victims of Telephone Line Fraudsters Get a [Pounds Sterling]25,000 Bill from BT
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN FRAUDSTERS who tapped into the switchboard of a London firm of surveyors used the telephone lines to make more than pound sterling25,000 worth of calls abroad. Baker Wilkins is the latest victim of a scam known as dial-through...
Waiting for Substance Rather Than Godot; DANCE
Byline: JUDITH FLANDERS London International Mime Festival The Place A MONTH of mime brings with it questions. Questions like: what is mime? Is it Jean-Louis Barrault in Les Enfants du Paradis, a pale, lovesick Pierrot? Or is it Marcel Marceau's...
We Can't Gamble with Jimmy, Says Eidur
Byline: LEO SPALL EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN today said Chelsea should rule out the sale of strike partner Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Barcelona are interested in signing the Dutchman during this month's transfer window and Claudio Ranieri has said he will listen...
We Have Ways of Making You Learn
Byline: CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON IT is midmorning, and the urchins of Mile End are reciting their threetimes table under the supervision of schoolmistress Miss Perkins. "Six-threes-are-18, seven threes are-21," barks the formidable Miss P, tapping...
We're Artful Dodgers; How Britons Only Turn to Culture When Abroad
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR BRITISH tourists are avid "culture vultures" when on holiday abroad but shun historical and artistic attractions back home, according to new research. A poll of more than 1,000 Britons found they were almost twice as likely...
Who's a Fan of Virginia Woolf ?; Virginia Woolf's Reputation Has Never Been Greater. but No One Can Bear to Read Her Now
Byline: DAVID SEXTON BLOOMSBURY continues to provide a rich mine of material for gossip, memoirs, biographies and biopics. But those responsible for this ceaseless flow of secondary products appear never seem to ask if the Bloomsbury Group deserves...
Yard: Why We Ignore 55% of Burglaries
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR;JUSTIN DAVENPORT MORE THAN half of all burglaries reported in London are not investigated in detail by detectives, Scotland Yard confirmed today. But the new policy of shelving hard to-solve crimes so officers can focus on...
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