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Articles from December 9, 2002

75 Trivial Essentials
As a book of lists becomes this Christmas's most unlikely best seller, we bring you our own compulsive selection of trivia - from the reason sex is banned in Latvia to why Dido doused Stephen Fry with wine... . If you weighed every living creature...
Acting Jung; Ralph Fiennes Is the Latest Actor to Play a Shrink. but There Is a Fundamental Problem Putting Psychoanalysis on Stage and Screen
Byline: SARAH DUNANT Sarah Dunant The Arts The best books to give this Christmas Pages 44-45 World premiere of opera stunner Sophie's Choice Review Page 47 WHEN director Billy Wilder was a cub reporter in Vienna in the 1920s, so the story goes,...
A Day in the Life of an. ... Outreach Worker
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD A MAN is lying in a doorway, his jacket pulled up tight over his head. He is a heroin user and years of injecting the drug into his leg has made his toes turn gangrenous. His lack of personal hygiene means he cannot share...
Agony of Wife Who Lost Four Children
Byline: PATRICK SAWER A MOTHER whose estranged husband burnt himself and their children to death today said she only let him take them out because she could not believe anyone could harm their own offspring. Claude Mubiangata doused himself in...
A Haven of Civility in the Alps; Lee Bearton Found the Ideal Resort for a Business Break or a Family Retreat, High on Quality, Peace and Quiet and Short Queues
QUEUEING is a pet hate of mine, but it tends to go hand in hand with a skiing holiday: lines of people resembling those at a Harrods sale, elbowing their way to the chairlifts and pistes resembling Hyde Park Corner at rush hour. So when a new company...
All in a Day's Work
Byline: DAVID WHITE John Ross Crime museum curator WORKING under the gaze of death masks of people hanged at Newgate prison and photographs of Jack the Ripper's victims necessitates keeping one's imagination firmly under control. Fortunately,...
A Powder-White Christmas
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Night Before Christmas Riverside Studios FULL marks to Patsy "Bianca" Palmer for not making her professional stage debut via the panto option so beloved of former EastEnders, but choosing instead to star in a revival of...
Archer Aims to Be Top Christmas Seller with Novel from Behind Bars
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN JEFFREY ARCHER'S latest novel hits the bookstands today after the jailed peer's publisher decided to bring forward its release date in time for Christmas. Sons of Fortune, a political thriller set in the US, will be backed...
A Round at St Andrews ... in Your Lunch Break
Byline: ROSS LYDALL IT is the perfect City lunchtime break: nine holes around the Old Course at St Andrews and another nine round Valderrama in Spain, then back at your desk in time for Wall Street opening. Sounds impossible? The reality may...
Attenborough Slams 'Curse' of Roadworks in Theatreland; Gridlck London
Byline: ROSS LYDALL ONE of Britain's greatest actors and directors has called for action to tackle the "curse" of roadworks in London, saying the state of the West End is "heartbreaking". Richard Attenborough, famed for films such as The Great...
At the Crack of Dawn; Alex Hannaford Joins a Team of Police Officers on a Drugs Raid in South-West London
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD Eleven police officers, some sporting helmets and carrying shields, have gathered at a hotel in south-west London. PC Dave Cahill is sitting on the roof of a four-storey apartment block nearby and at 7.30am radios the team...
Balding Times It Right; Andrew's Moment Arrives to Take Over
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM IT ISN'T just in the world of comedy where timing is all important. Choosing the right moment to step aside has proved beyond some of Britain's best trainers over the years, but Ian Balding is confident that the timing...
Basic Police Mistakes Wrecked Damilola Case
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR;HUGH MUIR APPALLING police mistakes, understaffing and a shortage of vital resources led to the collapse of the Damilola Taylor murder inquiry, it emerged today. Two reports show the police and Crown Prosecution Service made...
BBC 1 to Walk in the Footsteps of Dinosaurs with a Look at Cavemen
Byline: JESSICA HODGSON BBC 1 is to use the computer wizardry behind Walking With Dinosaurs to look at humankind's own distant ancestors. Walking With Cavemen seeks to explain the lives of prehistoric people using a combination of popular science...
Blair Clears Himself of Breaking His Own Rules against Sleaze
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY TONY BLAIR today cleared himself of breaking his own ministerial anti-sleaze rules over his family's controversial purchase of two flats in Bristol. Mr Blair's official spokesman said the Prime Minister was "satisfied"...
Blair Is under Pressure to Deny Sleaze Allegations
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR was under mounting pressure today to make a personal statement on the Bristol flats furore following claims that he broke ministerial anti-sleaze rules. The Prime Minister faced a fresh outcry after it emerged that...
Blair Just like a Conservative, Say Unions
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN UNION leaders today mounted a concerted attack on Tony Blair, accusing him of being indistinguishable from a Tory premier. Bill Morris, leader of the Transport & General Workers' Union, called on the Prime Minister "to...
Blunder after Police Blunder
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR;HUGH MUIR;JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE FAMILY of Damilola Taylor were denied justice because of failures by police and prosecutors and deep flaws in the legal system. Two official reports today show that police failed to follow crucial...
Body and Mind; Backache Is a Daily Misery for Millions of Workers. Karen Hainsworth Meets Those Whose Job It Is to Get Us Back on Our Feet
Byline: KAREN HAINSWORTH IF you've ever suffered from backache you'll know how painful it can be, but you're not alone in your suffering. According to the charity BackCare, two-thirds of adults have experienced back pain at some time and a whopping...
Bring on the Topless Priests
Byline: A.N. WILSON MANY commentators have expressed puzzlement that a devout Catholic such as Cherie Booth, QC, should have been drawn to alternative spiritual exercises such as those purveyed by former topless model Carole Caplin. Yesterday's...
Britain and US to See Iraq Document in Full
Byline: HUGH MUIR BRITAIN and the US will see Iraq's arm's declaration in full following a dramatic climbdown by the UN weapons inspectors. The UN's "big five", which also include Russia, France and China, will examine even the most sensitive...
Budgeting for the VAT Man; Customs and Excise Is on a Charm Offensive, in a Bid to Offer More Support to Businesses with Genuine Payment Problems
Byline: NIKI CHESWORTH;SASCHA OLOFSON THE rules of VAT can be a minefield for unwary businesses. Did you know, for example, that if you have a payphone at your office, you need to pay tax on all the loose change you collect, as it counts as income?...
Case Notes
Byline: TINA BEXSON Glenda Grant Pharmacy technical manager IT was an interest in drugs and their development that attracted Glenda Grant to a career in pharmacy when she left school at 16. Today, at 29, she manages a team of assistants and...
Chilling with the Monks of St Bernard; A Remote Swiss Monastery amid Dramatic Peaks Proves a Haven for Intrepid Skiers
Byline: EDWARD MARRIOTT THE moment we started climbing the mountain it became clear that we were heading for no ordinary ski hotel. About 500 metres above us, on the Swiss/Italian border, was our destination, a travellers' hospice run by the monks...
City Insider
Insider Jeweller's rescue reward JAN Havlik, co-defendant in the second Royal butler trial who was acquitted last week, came close to death a few years ago while working for Bond Street jeweller Anne Bloom, when three armed men tried to kidnap him...
Commuter Train Companies to Pay Millions over Delays
Byline: DICK MURRAY LONDON commuter train companies face fines totalling millions of pounds for failing to run services on time, according to an official report. The findings will provide more damning evidence of the poor state of the railways...
Courts Are Ordered to Give Every Category of Rape Equal Treatment
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR DATE rape and rape within marriage must be treated by the courts as no less serious than rape by a stranger, the Lord Chief Justice said today. Issuing new guidelines to Crown Court judges, Lord Woolf adopted recommendations...
Cox Says No to [Pounds Sterling]235m Bid from Esure Chief
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS COX Insurance today rejected a pound sterling235 million bid from a consortium led by Peter Wood, the renowned founder of Direct Line insurance. But market sources say Peter Owen, executive chairman of Cox, can expect...
C&W Due for the Drop with Corus, Brambles; MARKET REPORT
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK TODAY'S collapse in the Cable & Wireless share price means it too will drop out of the Footsie 100 index in Wednesday's quarterly reshuffle. The shares traded 391/2p lower at 44p, valuing the company at only pound sterling1.04...
C&W Plunges after a [Pounds Sterling]1.5 Billion Tax Shock
Byline: NICK GOODWAY CABLE & Wireless shares plunged 361/2p to 47p, wiping more than pound sterling900 million from its value today, in the first dealings since its shock revelation that it could have to ringfence the vast part of its pound...
Dark Sideof Revenge
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Malcontent Gielgud Theatre NO more adventurous or valuable delving into the half-forgotten storehouse of dramas by Shakespeare's best contemporaries has been made in decades. Thanks to producer Bill Kenwright and...
Dazzling Sophie
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS Sophie's Choice Royal Opera House OPERA WHEN a new opera arrives freighted with past celebrity in other forms - William Styron's 1979 novel, Sophie's Choice became a film starring Meryl Streep - the audience is not innocent....
Dismal, Sorry, Absurd - and as for His Book
Byline: DAVID SEXTON LIKE the Terminator, Jeffrey Archer doesn't stop. Unlike the Terminator, however, Jeffrey Archer doesn't learn. His eleventh novel, Sons of Fortune, is the most dismal reiteration yet of his sorry worldview: that the great...
Empty and Unloved, the Dome That Costs Us [Pounds Sterling]8,000 Every Day
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;PATRICK HENNESSY THIS is the inside of the Millennium Dome, stripped bare and unused at a daily cost to the taxpayer of pound sterling8,000. The vast, forlorn space is seen by nobody for weeks on end, apart from the odd...
Fathers Face Mothers in Court over MMR Jab
Byline: MAXINE FRITH TWO sets of warring parents appeared in court today to argue over whether their children should have the controversial MMR jab. The cases were being heard together in private by the same High Court judge. It is understood...
Father's Torment over Son Burned to Death
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI THE FATHER of a Hertfordshire man burned to death by a gang of thugs broke down and sobbed: "Why did you have to kill him?" Billy Trotter, who has not slept since his son Wayne, 30, was doused with petrol and set alight...
Fayed Backs Tigana as FA Prepare to Probe Deals
Byline: LEO SPALL;JIM FOULERTON FULHAM chairman Mohamed Fayed is backing manager Jean Tigana despite a whispering campaign about his transfer dealings. The club say the Frenchman has done nothing wrong and the resurfacing of malicious rumours...
Find an Answer; Telephones That Are Constantly Engaged or Left to Ring Are Bad for Business, Which Is Why You Should Call in the Professionals
Byline: DAVID STOTT DESPITE major advances in various types of technology, the humble telephone is still the main tool of business communication. However, many businesses fail to recognise this. There is nothing worse than a constantly engaged...
Fines Warning over Rogue Power Selling
Byline: ROBERT LEA ENERGY Minister Brian Wilson will today warn the retail power supply industry that he could bring in acrossthe-board fines if it does not move to clean up what is being dubbed the great energy mis-selling scandal. At a summit...
Francis Concern over Routledge and Gray
CRYSTAL PALACE manager Trevor Francis has admitted his concern over the fitness of Wayne Routledge and Julian Gray. Francis, who celebrated his first anniversary in charge at Selhurst Park with a 1-0 win over Millwall, was forced to substitute both...
Gatland Fury over Injuries
Byline: CHRIS JONES LONDON WASPS coach Warren Gatland is prepared to upset England's sevens plans by refusing to release players for future tournaments following the cruciate ligament injury suffered by fullback Paul Sampson in Dubai at the weekend....
Getting Piste Together Works Wonders; for Teambuilding, Networking and Generally Cementing Office Relationships, Skiing Is the New Golf. Andrew Mendham Reports on the Rise in Popularity of the Corporate Break
Byline: ANDREW MENDHAM GOLF has long been accepted as a means of networking and making business deals. But when the weather turns miserable, we still need ways to get together with colleagues, build working relationships and generally spend a weekend...
Help for Self-Starters; the Government Is Expanding Its Loan Guarantee Scheme to Include a Wide Range of New Sectors
Byline: NIKI CHESWORTH BUDDING entrepreneurs with good ideas often fail to get their ventures off the ground because of a lack of finance. The reasons banks give for turning people down range from age, insufficient capital, no property to offer...
Heseltine Calls on MPs to Depose 'No Hope' IDS from Tory Leadership
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN TORY leader Iain Duncan Smith faced a fresh challenge to his authority today as party grandee Michael Heseltine called on Conservative MPs to oust him from office. The former deputy prime minister said the Tories did not have...
Hoddle's Warning
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS Tottenham 3 West Brom 1 GLENN HODDLE was honest enough to concede that despite six wins in eight home games, Tottenham will be punished by Arsenal next Sunday if they repeat their performance against West Brom. Hoddle,...
How to Pick the Perfect Present for Everybody; the Best Books to Give
CRUNCH time. After all the reviews, the roundups and the recommendations, there you are at last, in the book shop, with a list of people to buy for and a memory like Swiss cheese. It's probably not quite true that there is a book for everybody....
Hussain to Go after England's Cup of Woe
Byline: JONATHAN AGNEW FOR the first time on this disastrous tour, I have news of a great victory to report. True, this is not the result of a triumph on the cricket fields of Australia - far from it. Nonetheless, it is an English victory...
Is There Anybody There?; Companies Can't Afford to Leave Their Offices Unmanned at Conference Time. Jacky Hyams Discovers How to Avoid the Annual Shutdown
Byline: JACKY HYAMS It's that time of the year: you can't find anyone at their desk or their voicemail cheerfully tells you their end-of-year break has already started. But while it's widely accepted nowadays that the ever-protracted Christmas and...
Jack the Lad Calls It a Day
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON LEGENDARY Lothario Jack Nicholson, the sexy old devil who had screen goddesses Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer gasping for more in the Witches of Eastwick, has today made a stunning admission. He is losing his sex...
Jacques Rogge Is the Most Powerful Man in World Sport. His Message to Tony Blair and the People of London Is Simple: Bid for the 2012 Olympic Games . . . Because You Can Win; 'The Games Are Not an Extravagance. They Are a Bonus. They Leave a Legacy to a City and a Country'
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER IT is Jacques Rogge's job as International Olympic Committee president to encourage the world's most prestigious cities to bid for the Olympic Games. But it is the enthusiasm with which the former Olympic yachtsman steers...
Join a Force to Be Reckoned With
Not everyone enters the armed services to go onto the front line. Diana Cambridge and Jean Elgie discover enlisted personnel who fight an administrative battle behind the scenes Kylie Clark-Smith, 28 Flying officer FLYING Officer Kylie...
Kate Battersby Selects the Best of the Season's Sports Books
Byline: KATE BATTERSBY PAY attention at the back. Casual students of the sports autobiography may be under the impression that one tome has dominated the field this year. If column inches were all that counted, then Keane: The Autobiography by...
Konchesky Insists Best Is Yet to Come for Charlton
Byline: MATT HUGHES PAUL KONCHESKY today claimed that Charlton have the potential to be a top-five side. They are 11th in the table following Saturday's-2-0 win over Liverpool, with Konchesky'ssecond-half goal sealing a fourth successive Premiership...
Making Sure We Don't Have to Taste Pea Soup Again
Byline: TINA BEXSON We have come a long way in 50 years since the infamous London smog that killed thousands. Tina Bexson reveals how we keep an eye on our level of air pollution IT seemed to come from nowhere, descending on Londoners so thickly...
Marcus Steps Up to Seek First Win
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MARCUS Trescothick will pick up the reins here tomorrow and try to guide England to their first win of a tour that keeps going from bad to worse. Nasser Hussain was always expected to sit it out against the Prime Minister's...
Milan at Fever Pitch; Football - Italian Style. the Perfect Way for a Father and Son to Bond
Byline: NIGEL TISDALL SETTING off for Milan's San Siro stadium with my 10-year-old son, I realised it's become impossible for a father and child to go to a football match without feeling you're in some cute Nick Hornby scenario. The beautiful game...
M&S POACH SELFRIDGES BOSS WITH [Pounds Sterling]1.2m HELLO; Astonishing Package for Italian Star of High Street
Byline: FIONA WALSH THE head of Selfridges has been poached by Marks & Spencer with a pound sterling 1.2million " golden hello". In a move that stunned the City today it was revealed that Vittorio Radice, the 45-year-old chief executive of...
My Famous Father and My Cocaine Hell; Daniel Galvin Jnr, Son of the Top London Hairdresser, Talks for the First Time about Their Fractured Relationship, and How He Beat Addiction
MY lowest point was when I realised I was trying to kill myself through cocaine. My wife, Suzanna, who was my girlfriend at the time, had kicked me out of our home because I kept breaking my promises to get clean. I kept relapsing and going on benders...
National Rings in the Golden Years at Christmas; the National Theatre's Classic Cole Porter Musical Promises to Be a Cracking Christmas Production, Says Sue Mapp
Byline: SUE MAPP IT'S De-Lovely", as one of the hit songs goes, to be at the National Theatre right now, where an all-singing, all-dancing cast of 38 is putting the final touches to a spectacular production of the Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes,...
Palace Concern over Routledge and Gray
CRYSTAL PALACE manager Trevor Francis has admitted his concern over the fitness of Wayne Routledge and Julian Gray. Francis, who celebrated his first anniversary in charge at Selhurst Park with a 1-0 win over Millwall, was forced to substitute both...
Paying the Price for Study
LABOUR IS NOT planning to legislate on funding higher education until after the next election, but in broaching the issue now, they have provoked a debate which goes to the heart of the class divide. The rift which was opened by the Prime Minister's...
PC Shot Exactly a Year after Being Stabbed
Byline: TIM RIDER A POLICEMAN shot in the chest after stopping a driver for speeding had just returned to active duty after being stabbed while saving a colleague's life. Pc William Morrison, 48, was shot in Highbury early on Saturday after he...
PC Shot Exactly Year after Being Stabbed
Byline: TIM RIDER A POLICEMAN shot in the chest after stopping a driver for speeding had just returned to work after being stabbed while saving a colleague's life. Pc William Morrison, 48, who has been in the Met for less than two years, was...
Phone Confusion as Ten Numbers Rival BT's 192 Service
Byline: VICTORIA FLETCHER A NEW and potentially baffling string of directory inquiry numbers to rival the traditional 192 service is being launched. From tomorrow, 10 companies, including British Gas and American firm INFONXX, will launch their...
[Pounds Sterling]260m Makeover, but Despair Is Still There
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU THE HIGH-RISE blocks, burned-out cars and graffiti-covered walkways have been replaced with tree-lined rows of neat terrace houses. But for residents of the once notorious North Peckham Estate, the transformation is...
[Pounds Sterling]2bn for New Roads but the Capital Is Sidelined
Byline: JOE MURPHY;DAVID WILLIAMS THE GOVERNMENT is set to announce a pound sterling2billion package of road improvements. But there were immediate complaints from motorists today that, yet again, not enough is being done to ease London's growing...
Pressing Local Matters; the Relationship between Councils and the Media Doesn't Have to Be Difficult. Sarah Richardson Meets Two People Who Ease the Process
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON LOCAL newspapers thrive on local-authority material. But while council press officers are desperate for coverage of their new initiatives, there's a perception that journalists look only for scandal or tragedy. At the recent...
Radcliffe Set to Hit the Jackpot
Byline: IAN CHADBAND PAULA RADCLIFFE, the newly-crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, is set to scoop the biggest pay day in the history of British athletics when she defends her Flora London Marathon crown next year. She finally signed...
Roeder Puts Midfield General Lee at Top of List
Byline: KEN DYER GLENN ROEDER wants to bring in the vastlyexperienced midfielder Rob Lee to help West Ham in the desperate battle to avoid relegation. Roeder, who has already been linked with 36-year-old Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand and is...
Royal Bank Cheers with Growth Message
Byline: NICK GOODWAY ROYAL Bank of Scotland reassured the stock market today that it is on course to produce good growth in profits and revenues this year, despite the faltering economy. The news was greeted with relief by investors, who were...
Saddam and Al Qaeda - the Link We've All Missed; the Conventional Belief Is That the Iraqi Dictator and Bin Laden Are Still Foes. Recent Intelligence Reports Tell a Different Story
Byline: DAVID ROSE DESPITE their bitter divisions over possible war in Iraq, doves and many hawks on this side of the Atlantic share a common, often-stated belief: that there is "no evidence" of a link between Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network...
Sassy, Brassy and Raunchy ... This Chicago Is the Best
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER Warner West End Chicago THE ERA of great Hollywood musicals came back to town last night with Chicago. Fifty years ago, in its heyday at MGM, it might have been done as well, though not with the full morality-busting amplification...
Sawyer on the Spot as Reed Health Row Grows
Byline: ROBERT LEA FORMER union baron and Tony Blair ally Lord Tom Sawyer is being called on to earn his pound sterling35,000 a year as part-time chairman of Reed Health by meeting with investors horrified at the summary sackings of the recruitment...
Seal on the Thames; Visitors Delighted by a Rare Sight Upriver
Byline: WILL HURST;HARRIET ARKELL A SEAL has been spotted in London for the first time in five years. The common seal has been splashing around in chilly waters around the Greenwich peninsula, in the shadow of the Millennium Dome, for the past...
Spotting the Drug Smuggler by Air and Sea
Byline: STEPHEN HOARE Customs work is a 24/7 operation. Stephen Hoare joins the red-eyed officers and dog handlers at Heathrow IT is 6am and your flight from Chicago has just landed at Heathrow's Terminal 3. The arrivals lounge is rapidly filling...
Tails for the Unexpected; Need an Animal Outfit in a Hurry? Our Agony Aunt Alice Hart-Davis Has the Answer
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS I'VE just found out that my daughter has to dress up as a pig for her school's "farmyard Christmas" production. I can't possibly sew her a costume before Wednesday - what can I do? Find your nearest Waterstone's. It sells...
Tempting Morsels; Eric Griffiths Sifts for the Best of the Season's Cookery Books
Byline: ERIC GRIFFTHS Gary Rhodes YOU may have wondered how Tony Blair manages to progress innumerable agenda each day while doing all the other things that keep him so human and in touch with those he represents. A similar question arises about...
The Patter of Tiny Adults
Byline: PETE CLARK ISHOULD imagine that an intelligent and world-weary frog, if it had a moment in the day when it was not on the hop, might look back on its early years and be very glad it was not a tadpole any more. This was certainly the feeling...
The Trouble with David Beckham He's Hailed as the Perfect Husband. So How Do the Rest of Us Mere Mortals Measure Up?
Byline: NICK FOULKES DAMN David Beckham. We all know how horribly perfect he is, and the male side of the population would like to stop having our noses rubbed in it. There he is appearing in a Christmas TV commercial, on a magazine cover as...
Too Soon to Rush Back to Techs; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON HOPES of a recovery in technology have sent share prices on the American Nasdaq index up 35% in the past couple of months and helped the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a 20% rise. Individual stocks such as Intel are 50% above...
Trescothick Steps Up as England Seek First Tour Win
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MARCUS Trescothick will pick up the reins here tomorrow and try to guide England to their first win of a tour that keeps going from bad to worse. Nasser Hussain was always expected to sit it out against the Prime Minister's...
Tricks of the Trade
Byline: JUSTINE SPELLER Put some style into Christmas IF you were wondering how you were going to afford to look your very best over the Christmas period, and still buy all your presents, PS can help make life easier. The Robert Ari Hair Artist...
Trust Is the Real Cost of Bristolgate; COMMENTARY
Byline: PETER KELLNER WHEN the Daily Mail exposed the links between a crook and the queen of Downing Street, the Prime Minister seemed certain to be caught in the crossfire. At least, that was what much of the media thought. In the event, the media...
Turner Winner Attacks Minister; Former Shipbuilder Says Snipes at Conceptual Art Were 'Sad' and 'Unfortunate'
Byline: LUKE LEITCH THE winner of this year's Turner Prize has attacked culture minister Kim Howells's outspoken tirade against the quality of work entered in the pound sterling20,000 award as "sad" and "unfortunate". Former shipbuilder Keith...
Underneath the Arches
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES MORE business start-ups in the inner city is one of the government's regeneration priorities. Gordon Brown's pre-Budget report signalled extra aid for investors - stamp duty exemptions and tax credits as well as planning zones...
Wanted: A Leader Fit for the Hard Sell
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER THE eclectic band of millionaires, royalty and former Olympians who make up the International Olympic Committee have one habit in common: they all hold their cards close to their chest. When I ask IOC members whether London...
Washington Shuffle Muddies the Picture; MARKET REPORT
Byline: RAY HEATH THE abrupt dispatch of President George Bush's economic advisers received a mixed reception in Asia today. Japanese stocks took some early heart from the hopes that some pump-priming might now be in prospect, but the Nikkei 225...
Waterloo Is the New Route into Britain for Trade in Exotic Species
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN LONDON'S Eurostar terminal is becoming a vital link in the thriving illegal trade in endangered animals, it is revealed today. Experts fear that the traffic is likely to increase as more smugglers latch on to the rail terminal's...
Wenger Looks for a Positive Response
Byline: MICHAEL HART ODD TO think that only a few weeks ago we were wondering whether mighty Arsenal might indeed be the finest club team in the entire history of football. They certainly didn't swagger like the greatest team of all time as they...
You Can't Go out Dressed like That
Byline: LAURA CRAIK CALL me a troglodyte (go on, it's Christmas), but the two TV programmes which have kept me most riveted this year are Fame Academy and Pop Stars: The Rivals. I may not work on Smash Hits or Heat, yet I watch these shows with...
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