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Articles from June 6, 2003

Alec Is on Trial but Still Soldiering On
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ALEC STEWART has been in tighter spots but 156 for five against Zimbabwe at the Riverside was tricky enough for him to prove his value all over again. At the age of 40 - with 127 Test appearances behind him, more than 8,000...
Allied Clues on WMD Were Poor and Wrong, Says Blix; NEW BLOW FOR BLAIR AS CHIEF UN INSPECTOR ATTACKS COALITION INTELLIGENCE
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN BRITISH and American intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction was poor and often wrong, the chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix claimed today. The charge came as a new blow to Tony Blair, who faces two...
All-Star Cast Makes Real World's Richest Club
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS REAL MADRID can easily afford to buy David Beckham because they have overtaken Manchester United as the world's richest club. That is the finding of a new survey of club finances by top football magazine World Soccer. ...
A Londoner's Diary; Rosie Millard on the State of Her Bank Balance, Her Son's Spider-Man Antics and the Cost of Art
Byline: ROSIE MILLARD Currently, I'm with Michael Jackson. Not in terms of his relationship with his rhinoplastic surgeon, or his weird sleepovers, you understand, but as someone with a similarly nightmarish bank balance. Indeed, when I was cutting...
A Nosy Bunch; London Is One of the Biggest Wine Cities in the World and the Capital's Up-and-Coming Sommeliers Are Young and Extremely Passionate about Their Work, Says Victoria Moore
Byline: VICTORIA MOORE London is one of the biggest wine cities in the world and the capital's up-and-coming sommeliers are young and extremely passionate about their work, says Victoria Moore Matthew Wilkin, 31 The Capital Group Although...
Banks Show the Way as Footsie Chases New Highs; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS FINANCIALS had the market testing new intra-day highs for the year thanks to a solid Wall Street and hopes of rallying economies on both sides of the Atlantic. Amvescap added 141/4p to 410p with Old Mutual firming 13/4p to...
Best in New Show; EXHIBITIONs;art;daily Mail
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON Not the Turner Prize Mall Galleries THE Daily Mail last year launched a brand new art competition known emphatically as Not the Turner Prize. Matching its foe in cash value, it is open only to figurative painters....
Blair and Brown Battle on Key Euro Statement
Byline: JOE MURPHY;BEN LEAPMAN GORDON BROWN and Tony Blair today began hammering out the critical final text of Monday's historic "not yet" verdict on the euro. The battle over the detailed wording of the statement Mr Brown will deliver to the...
Blair under Pressure to Move Milburn from Health in Reshuffle
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY TONY BLAIR is under pressure from a concerted campaign to remove Alan Milburn from his job as Health Secretary in the forthcoming Government reshuffle. Mr Milburn's opponents want him shifted to another post, in the continuing...
Bondi's Back; Travel: Once Just a Macho Haven, Sydney's Most Famous Beach Is Moving Upmarket
Byline: SARAH TURNER;NICK REDMAN SANDIER and sunnier, but with the same high smug levels. Relocate our very own Brighton somewhere on the number 73 bus route - Stoke Newington, perhaps - and you have the essential appeal of Bondi, a seaside resort...
British Museum Names Its Top 10 Artefacts
Byline: GERAINT SMITH THE British Museum today announced its top 10 treasures - the most important objects gathered from Britain and around the world during its 250-year history. Four of the 10 objects, which are listed in no particular order...
Brits Shamed by Belgian Success
Byline: CHRIS JONES THE appearance of Belgium's Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne in tomorrow's French Open women's singles final at Roland Garros proves that world-class talent can be nurtured on a minuscule budget. They will bring their...
Brown Plans Housing Market Shake-Up to Prepare for Euro Entry; BIG PUSH TO ENCOURAGE MORE FIXED-INTEREST MORTGAGES
Byline: JOE MURPHY;BEN LEAPMAN GORDON BROWN will launch a huge shake-up of Britain's property market when he delivers his statement on the euro on Monday. The Chancellor will unveil measures to encourage homeowners to take out fixed-interest...
Bushy Tales; TWO FOR ONE
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE Buy one get one free. Society girls Hannah Sandling (right) and Emily Crompton have snapped up a peculiar two-for-one deal. In an attempt to boost their profiles, Hannah and Emily have both had their breasts enlarged....
C-Charge Brings 37% Rise in Traffic Speed, Says TfL
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS CONGESTION charging has triggered a 37 per cent increase in the speed of vehicles in the city centre. The [pounds sterling]5a-day scheme has also cut congestion by 40 per cent, claimed the Mayor's office. It maintains that...
Chelsfield Chief Poised to Clinch Buyout Backing
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER ELLIOTT Bernerd, chairman of Paddington Basin developer Chelsfield, is near to securing financial backing for his [pounds sterling]1 billion management buyout of the company, it emerged today. If the property mogul pulls...
'Chinatown Shooting Link with Migrant Truck Deaths'; POLICE PROBE WIDENS INTO PEOPLE-SMUGGLING TRADE FROM CHINA TO EUROPE
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;STEVE BOGGAN DETECTIVES investigating a suspected gangland assassination in Chinatown are examining possible links to the tragedy in Dover last year when 58 Chinese migrants died of heat in the back of a lorry. Police believe...
Coria Loses His Cool as the Dutch Outsider Wins Battle
Byline: CHRIS JONES UNSEEDED Martin Verkerk powered his way into a first French Open final today by beating Guillermo Coria. The Dutchman triumphed 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 but he could have had an easier win as Coria came perilously close to being thrown...
Crucial [Pounds Sterling]1.3 Billion Deal Buys Time for MyTravel
Byline: STEVE HAWKES TOUR operator MyTravel has finally secured a key [pounds sterling]1.3 billion refinancing package that will give the group's new management team three years to save the business. Months of exhaustive talks between the former...
Dear Lowri; Wardrobe Agony Aunt Lowri Turner Answers All Your Burning Fashion Questions
Byline: LOWRI TURNER Trunk call I'm a bloke who knows nothing about fashion. I need a pair of swimming trunks. Help! First up, do not on any account buy a thong. Only German men with lager bellies wear thongs on the beach and they look hideous....
Defining Moment for Bollywood as It Enters the Oxford Dictionary
Byline: ROB MCNEIL A BIT of bling-bling, alcopops, drum-and-bass and lap-dancing may sound like a night on the town with Ali G. But far from it - welcome to a new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Many of the new entries in the dictionary...
Derby Pinstickers' Guide; the Vodafone Derby, Epsom
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM THE Vodafone Derby trophy is already wrapped in a Tricolour with green and white ribbons around it if you believe the bookmakers. Sinndar started the recent Irish domination of the world's most famous Classic when winning...
Dig Those Dungarees
Byline: MOLLY GUNN They're comfortable, practical and in fashion. What more could a girl ask for? I HAVE a new sartorial fad. The other day, during my weekly Topshop trolley-dash, I stopped upon a pair of dusty-pink dungarees. No smirking at...
Dine under; Travel: Find the Right Sydney Restaurant for You
Byline: DUDI APPLETON SYDNEY'S classic restaurants have an ethnic diversity stretching from Italy to Greece, Hungary to Hong Kong. But go easy or you'll struggle to squeeze into your Bondi bikini. (Prices are for two, based on three courses with...
Dinky Designs; Diverse Kids Ensures That Even the Smallest Family Member Gets to Wear Designer Gear
Byline: MAGGIE DAVIS What is it? Just about the coolest kids' clothing shop in North London. Positioned off N1's bustling Upper Street, Diverse Kids is the perfect stopover (complete with a Star Trek-inspired counter and play tent) before...
Dons in Administration with [Pounds Sterling]3.5m Debts
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS WIMBLEDON'S future as a football club was plunged into doubt today after it went into administration revealing debts of [pounds sterling]3.5million. Staff and players were not paid last month and employees were summoned to...
Driver's Amazing Cliff Plunge; Woman Swerves to Miss Coach Then Survives Fall
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN A WOMAN was lucky to survive when she drove over an 80ft cliff in a soft-top sports car and careered down the slopes to the beach below. The car bounced down the side of the cliff but fortunately landed on its wheels -...
England Must Tame the Men Fighting for Survival
Byline: IAN CHADBAND WHEN he was serving as a soldier in Vietnam, Matt Te Pou remembers the day when the Maoris in his regiment carried on playing touch rugby on the frontline while exposed to possible sniper fire. "It is not in our nature to...
Fiery Johnson Leaves Zimbabwe in Tatters
Byline: DAVID LLOYD RICHARD JOHNSON produced a fivestar performance on debut to leave England primed for another crushing victory over desperate Zimbabwe at the Riverside today. Johnson took two wickets in his first four balls as a Test bowler,...
Financials Cashing in on Growing Equities Revival; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS HEAVYWEIGHT pharmaceuticals and a strong financial sector powered the market to a series of intraday highs for the year. Reasonable US employment figures, Wall Street's late show of strength yesterday and growing confidence...
Financials Cashing in on Strong Equities Showing; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS HEAVYWEIGHT financials and pharmaceuticals powered the market to a series of intraday highs for the year. Wall Street's late show of strength yesterday and growing confidence in the market revival helped the FTSE 100 climb...
Football Wastrels Must Go
Byline: DAVID MELLOR A WELL KNOWN London player went to his chief executive a few months back and asked for a tripling of his salary to [pounds sterling]1.25 million a year. Otherwise, he blustered, he might have to leave. The response was to...
From Enfield to Nowhere; 'As for His Thespian Skills ... He Is More Wooden Than the Furniture'
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH ACCORDING to Peter Bazalgette (the worm in television's winding sheet), British viewers have never had it so good. Many executives seem to agree with him, and network controllers seldom tire of telling each other that...
Gangsta Rappers to Help Posh Spice Up Her Act; VICTORIA TEAMS UP WITH CONTROVERSIAL HIP-HOP STARS IN BID FOR U.S. FAME
Byline: ANDRE PAINE VICTORIA BECKHAM built her career on breezy pop music, with saccharine lyrics and catchy tunes. Now she has forged an unlikely alliance with some of America's most controversial gangsta rappers. The former Spice Girl has...
Gilbert's Back on Track; City Insider
NICE to see that Martin Gilbert, the rather charming chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, has coaxed a near-60% pay rise out of FirstGroup, the trains and buses group which he chairs. Gilbert was memorably dubbed a "sophisticated snake oil...
Glaxo Shares Get a Boost as the Heads Start Rolling
Byline: ROBERT LEA SHARES in drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline opened brightly today after the departure of two senior non-executives caught up in the row over chief executive Jean-Pierre Garnier's pay. But investors are likely to agitate for further...
Going Cold on the Euro
ON MONDAY, Westminster's worst-kept secret will be disclosed as the Chancellor announces that four out of the five tests of the euro's suitability for Britain have not been met - at least not yet. Yesterday's marathon Cabinet meeting - two and a half...
'Greedy' Mayor Attacked over Greenwich Rebuild
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER;BILL CONDIE THE redevelopment of the Millennium Dome and surrounding Greenwich peninsula has again been put into jeopardy as the land's new owners described as "greedy" London Mayor Ken Livingstone's last-minute calls for...
Guide to the Rest of the Televised Races
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM 1.40 Epsom (BBC1) Anani, Jazz Messenger and Jack Durrance have plenty to recommend them in the first of several tough Derby Day handicaps. Jack Durrance clicked for a step up in trip at Bath and should improve again,...
Have I Got Noose for You
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON The Hanging Man Lyric Hammersmith THE Christine Keeler pose has been parodied by David Frost, Joe Orton and Homer Simpson among many others, but it takes a company like Improbable to show a man straddling a chair suggestively...
Inside Charles Saatchi's World; RECLUSIVE COLLECTOR LETS CAMERAS ROLL ON HIS PASSIONS - ART AND NIGELLA
Byline: LUKE LEITCH HE IS an enigma, almost as famous for his hatred of publicity as he is for his astonishing collection of art. Only a few photos of Charles Saatchi exist on record, and just seconds of illicitly snatched film footage. Now...
It's Oh So Tongue in Chic
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS FOR those who still have time between waxing, massages and facials, there is one more beauty treatment: the tongue manicure. Most of us don't give two hoots about the state of our tongues - scraping it is so yucky, and...
I've Put Myself on a Billboard to Find Mr Right; Leeza Tierney Is 35, Glamorous and Successful. She Has a Smart Chelsea Flat and a Jet-Setting Career. Yet, She Says, She Has Had to Go to Extraordinary Lengths to Get a Man
Byline: IAN MCCURRACH WORK has taken over my life. Yes, my job in fashion is incredibly glamorous - I work for Calvin Klein Underwear in Bond Street and am responsible for 20 stores across Europe, which means I'm always travelling. I earn good money,...
I Was a Careful Driver. It Could Happen to Anyone; in a Controversial Book, Thomas Munch-Petersen Argues That He Was Wrongly Imprisoned for an 'Act of Madness' on the M1 Which Left Three People and One Unborn Child Dead
Byline: JO LLE HODGES ON a clear spring morning, University College Scandinavian studies lecturer Thomas Munch-Petersen left his home in south-west London. He set off in his Volvo to Leeds for work; stopped for lunch at midday in a motorway service...
Johnny Will Not Miss This Party; Reformed Murtagh Has Reason to Cheer on Alamshar: The Vodafone Derby, Epsom Tomorrow, 4pm (Live on BBC1)
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM LOOK at the faces in the paddock before tomorrow's Vodafone Derby if you need to see what the world's most famous Flat race means to Europe's leading jockeys. Mick Kinane, already twice a winner of the great Classic,...
London Girls Get LA'd
Byline: EMILY SHEFFIELD One can't help but wonder what Kate Beckinsale's old mates think of her these days. Where once she was happy to be seen clumping about in Doc Martens, with chipped nail varnish and smudged mascara, today Ms Beckinsale wouldn't...
Memo Reveals How Brown Won Control of Key Policies; DOCUMENT SPELLS OUT PRICE BLAIR PAID FOR CLEAR RUN AT LABOUR LEADERSHIP
Byline: JOE MURPHY;BEN LEAPMAN THE secret agreement with Tony Blair which gave Gordon Brown complete power over the economy and ultimately the euro decision was revealed today. A written text of the pact, sealed over dinner at Islington's Granita...
Milburn Sees Waiting Lists Surge Back above 1m
Byline: JOE MURPHY;PATRICK HENNESSY THE queue of NHS patients waiting for operations has surged back through the one million mark, ministers admitted today. It comes after Health Secretary Alan Milburn boasted the first drop in waiting lists...
MOBILE CALL BILLS TUMBLE; 3's Slashed Rates Are Set to Spark Price War for All Phones: CUTS AMOUNT TO 70% DISCOUNT ON AVERAGE CHARGES
Byline: NILUFER ATIK MOBILE phone call costs have been dramatically slashed in the first exchanges of a new price war. A decision today by 3, Britain's newest network operator, to reduce by 70 per cent the charges for voice calls using the latest...
Muslims Call for TV Spooks Show to Be Shelved
Byline: PATRICK SAWER MUSLIM groups are calling for the BBC to scrap the latest episode of spy-drama Spooks, claiming it will encourage anti-Islamic feeling and could lead to attacks on them. Next Monday's episode of the BBC1 drama tells of an...
My Faith in Human Nature Is Restored; Medics Were Heroes and People Have Been So Kind, Says Roeder: Exclusive: The First Interview with West Ham Manager Glenn Roeder
Byline: KEN DYER IT IS just under three weeks since Glenn Roeder had a tumour removed from the right frontal lobe of his brain but he's feeling well enough now to rise early and leave the house for a day's fishing before the family are up and about....
My London VALENTINO; the Italian Fashion Designer Loves His Pugs, Favours Small Shops and Has Grown Used to the British Weather
Byline: CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON VALENTINO Where do you live and why? Knightsbridge, because it is very pretty, very quiet and within easy walking distance of the spots I love the most, such as the Fulham Road. How long have you lived there?...
Naked Chef Is Now a Pukka GCSE Book
Byline: TIM MILES FROM the sublime to the gorblimey. GCSE exams have now gone from Shakespeare to - The Naked Chef. In what has been condemned as further dumbing down of academic standards, the prose of Jamie Oliver, the scooter-riding celebrity...
NEW DOUBT ON IRAQ WEAPONS; No Reliable Evidence of Chemical Threat Said Pre-War US Spy Report: DOWNING STREET STANDS BY BRITISH VERSION OF IRAQI CHEMICAL WEAPONS THREAT
Byline: CHARLES REISS;JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR today faced fresh embarrassment and potentially damning new questions over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. They were triggered by the leak of a secret US intelligence report saying there was "no...
New Talent Hatched
Byline: SARAH FRATER Moya Michael: Mixed bill Purcell Room MOYA Michael is a young dancer with Akram Khan's small troupe, and last night she presented her first evening of original choreography. It was, by any standard, an impressive debut, not...
New Work Regulations for Doctors Threaten A&E
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT ACCIDENT and emergency units in suburban hospitals around London are facing closure because of stringent new rules on doctors' working hours. Junior doctors say smaller casualty wards will not be able to cope when new...
On the Grid: ICE-CREAM MAKERS
on the grid: ICE-CREAM MAKERS BEN COHEN, 52, & JERRY GREENFIELD, 52 Business Met on Long Island where they were 'the fattest, slowest kids in class'; after college, took a $5 correspondence course in ice-cream making; set up shop in 1978;...
PCCW Back Tracks in the Wake of C&W's Sell-Off; Market Report
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH SHARES in Hong Kong's Pacific Century CyberWorks took a backward step today as trade resumed in the wake of Cable & Wireless's long-expected exit from Richard Li's telecoms group. C&W severed its link with the...
Pent-Up Rage That Echoes from Page Even Today; ANALYSIS
Byline: JOE MURPHY THIS IS the moment Gordon Brown and Tony Blair stopped being friends - and became the powerful rivals we know today. It marks the exact day - indeed, the precise thought going through his head - when Mr Brown began his campaign...
[Pounds Sterling]900m New Trains Left in Sidings; Depot Chaos Means Carriages Are Still in the Wrong Places
Byline: DICK MURRAY BILLED as the revival of a rundown commuter route, it has become a fiasco. Nearly [pounds sterling]900 million was spent on new carriages for the notorious London-to-Brighton line but they are still not in service. The reason?...
Racing in Turmoil as the Old Order Fends off Free-for-All; TOMORROW'S DERBY IS THE PINNACLE OF A MULTIBILLION-POUND INDUSTRY BUT THE GOING MAY BE ABOUT TO CHANGE FROM GOOD TO HEAVY
Byline: JONATHAN COOPER WHEN the gates open for the Derby tomorrow, a maximum field of 20 thoroughbreds, the cream of their generation, will climb up the famous Epsom Downs before racing down the even more famous descent to Tattenham Corner and...
Regulation, Not Euro, Is the Worry; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT hardly fits with Chancellor Gordon Brown's script for Monday, when he is expected to say that the City would probably benefit from membership of the euro, but a survey commissioned by the Corporation of London has found...
Restaurant Spy; 'Part of ASSAGGI's Charm Is Its Unprepossessing Exterior'
Byline: TOBY YOUNG Assaggi What's the best Italian restaurant in London? That might strike some people as a fatuous question, given the enormous range of places to choose from, but it's something the judges of the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant...
Revealed: How [Pounds Sterling]120m-a-Year Fraudsters Are Looting the NHS
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT;RICHARD ALLEN FRAUDSTERS are getting away with nearly [pounds sterling]120 million a year from the NHS, the Evening Standard has discovered. It is believed the full scale of the problem is still to emerge, but the latest...
Roeder: I'll Be Back as Hammers Boss; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: KEN DYER GLENN ROEDER confirmed today that he will be back as West Ham manager next month. Roeder, who is recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumour, said he never considered giving up the job and is more determined than ever...
ROEDER: I REALLY THOUGHT I WAS DYING; Exclusive: West Ham Manager Tells for First Time of Brain Tumour Collapse
Byline: KEN DYER WEST HAM manager Glenn Roeder has spoken for the first time about the moment he thought he was going to die from a brain tumour. He was convinced doctors would tell him he had days to live. "When I was first told it was a tumour...
Rumble in the Jungle; Simon Smith's Idea of an Indian Takeaway Is to Lead 100 Motor Cyclists on a 1,500-Mile Ride across the Subcontinent
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS NOTHING is better than a motorbike for slicing through London's traffic. And few pleasures come close to packing your paniers before heading for the Continent and a long summer tour. But imagine booking two weeks off and tackling...
Schools Sending 'One in Five Pupils to Scrapheap'; Tough Warning That Children Are Trapped in Cycle of Failure
Byline: TIM MILES ONE in five of the country's school leavers is heading for the scrapheap, England's leading education watchdog warned today. Chief inspector of schools David Bell condemned the State's failure to rescue the poorest children...
'Second M25 Being Created by Stealth'; ROAD GROUP FEARS LOS ANGELES-STYLE SPRAWL IN SOUTHEAST
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON NEW road building schemes could create another M25 circling the present one and turn the South-East into the "Los Angeles of Europe," an environmental group warned today. Transport 2000 called for a public challenge to a...
SEX TRAP IN NET CHATROOM; Paedophile Claimed to Be 19 as He 'Groomed' Underage Girls
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A DANGEROUS paedophile who sexually abused two 13-year-old girls he contacted through an internet chatroom was jailed for three years today. Detectives believe Michael Wheeler, who had "groomed" one of them since she was...
Ski Sun Days LONDON ESCAPE; Can't Wait for the New Ski Season? There's No Need to Hang Up Your Boots, the Swiss Resort of Saas-Fee Offers the Chance to Ski All Year While the Sun Shines, as Gavanndra Hodge Discovers
Byline: GAVANNDRA HODGE In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.' So said Harry Lime in Orson Welles' version of The Third Man. A little bit harsh, I thought to myself...
So Hip Hop It Hurts; Award-Winning Novelist of Twelve Bar Blues Has Turned His Attention from Jazz to Hip Hop. It's Taking over the World, He Says
Byline: PATRICK NEATE IF you are a hip hop fan, you probably know that later this month Eminem and 50 Cent arrive in the UK for three nights at the Milton Keynes Bowl and have already dug out your freshest trainers, platinum jewellery and super-sized...
Specialist of the Week
Byline: MARTIN GURDON IAN Whiteside sells cool boxes with a difference - they have cars attached. Ian runs Gerrards Cross-based IJW, and makes a living importing and selling unusual Japanese cars. Many are models that were never officially...
Students Hit Top Spot; Triumphant Graduates Parade Their Designs as Fashion Week Comes to End
Byline: DAVID HAYES GRADUATE Fashion Week came to a dramatic close last night with design students' equivalent of the Oscars - the Gala Awards Show. In front of an audience packed with the great and the good of British fashion - including arguably...
Thank God It's Friday and Time for a Comic Feast; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH My Girl Friday, Olivier Theatre CALL ME perverse or too much of a soft touch in the stalls. But I was deluged with wave upon wave of comic pleasure last night. My laughter scarcely abated during this dark comedic,...
The Good Market Guide; Fresh Fruit, a Priceless Chandelier or a Vintage Tea Dress: You Can Find Them All in a London Market. Experts Guide Us Round Four of the Best
Byline: ALICE B-B New Covent Garden Flower Market New Covent Garden Flower Market, 9 Elms Lane, Vauxhall, SW8 (020 7720 2211). Open Monday-Friday, 3am-11am, Saturday, 4am-10am 'Unless you're in the flower trade, it's a myth that you have to...
The Heroines of Hygiene; One Writer on Why She and Thousands of Other Working Women Cannot Get by without Their Cleaners
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH A WHOLE swathe of the people watching the Channel 4 series, How Clean is Your House?, is probably thinking along much the same lines as me: there, but for my cleaning lady, go I. The programme involves the humiliation of...
The Job No One Wants (except Maybe Cherie Blair ...); SEARCH FOR OLYMPIC LEADER
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER IMAGINE being offered a job with a real chance to make history, become a household name in two years and travel the world meeting millionaires, royalty and former sports stars. The pay is [pounds sterling]200,000a-year for...
The Top Ten Famous Phobics; Celebrities Wouldn't Be Celebrities without Their Own Brand of Paranoia. However, When It Comes to Flying, Spiders or Being Afraid of the Dark, Most Stars Are like Everyone Else
Celebrities wouldn't be celebrities without their own brand of paranoia. However, when it comes to flying, spiders or being afraid of the dark, most stars are like everyone else Elle Macpherson's fear is radiation in the skies. The 40-year-old supermodel...
Thug's 'Thrill from Beating Pensioners'
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY A THUG who police say gets a sick thrill from beating elderly women today faces a life jail sentence. Police will press a judge to pass the sentence on Hamed Gbadayanka because he is such a danger to the public. For the...
To Catch an Art Thief; the Business of Stealing Priceless Art Has Changed. Now, Famous Paintings Are Held to Ransom Rather Than Just Stolen. and It's Up to a Handful of London Art Detectives to Track Them Down. Sonia Purnell Reports
Byline: SONIA PURNELL You could easily have missed it. No fireworks. Nothing too flash. It was a small ad buried in the classifieds at the back of Antiques Trade Gazette that simply read: 'A reward of up to $400,000 is offered for information leading...
Top Tips from the Stars (and What Wayne Rooney Couldn't Say!); the Vodafone Derby, Epsom Tomorrow, 4pm (Live on BBC1)
Champion jump jockey Tony McCoy can empathise with Michael Kinane when it comes to deciding between several fancied runners. "All the jumping boys keep an eye on the top Flat races and this looks one of the most open Derbies we've seen. "Refuse...
UEFA So Cowardly; England Are an Easy Target for Euro Fools
Byline: DAVID MELLOR IF England fans managed to stomach Tuesday's shambles against Serbia and Montenegro without rioting, there's got to be some hope, hasn't there? I thought their decision merely to throw paper darts on to the pitch - in response...
United: We Want New Talks on Becks
MANCHESTER UNITED will test David Beckham's resolve to stay by opening new contract talks. Beckham has two years left on his deal but the club is bringing forward discussions on a new contract by six months. Sources claimed today the Old Trafford...
US Finds British Cop Show Star Arresting
Byline: JAMES LANGTON AMERICAN critics are hailing the debut of young British actress Sienna Miller in a new TV series about a New York detective sent to work with Scotland Yard. Described as a "knockout blonde" by the New York Daily News, the...
Verkerk Crushing Seeds on Final Run
Byline: CHRIS JONES MARTIN VERKERK, the unseeded 24-year-old Dutchman, is today just one win away from a place in the French Open final with only Guillermo Coria, the slightly built Argentine, standing in his way, writes Chris Jones. Verkerk...
Weld's New Star out to Shine Again
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM THE last words trainer Dermot Weld spoke to Pat Smullen before the 2,000 Guineas were "go out there and ride this lad like a champion," writes Graham Cunningham. He did just that, and the pep talk could be equally short...
Well Done Ken, Now We Need Some Fine Tuning; Is the Congestion Charge Working Almost Too Well?
Byline: DAVID MELLOR BRING me lucky generals, said Napoleon, so he'd have loved Ken Livingstone. All of us who thought the introduction of the congestion charge in February was going to be a disaster had not reckoned on a war to divert people's...
We Trawl the High Street, So You Don't Have To-
Must have... The holiday season is about to descend and a must-buy is a chic but cheap beach mat to protect you from pebbles and sand. We love this cute floral-printrimmed beach mat from H&M, which wouldn't look out of place in Capri. And...
What Use Is Culture to Rundown Liverpool?
Byline: WILL SELF I AM only giving two muted cheers for Liverpool's selection as European Capital of Culture. The current tendency for naming this or that burgh "City of ..." something or other has reached preposterous proportions, but I wonder...
Who Goes to Queen's Club; in the Tennis World Wimbledon May Be the More Famous but the Stella Artois Is Both Chicer and More Intimate. and Only the Smartest Guests Are Invited to the Highlight of the Tournament, Sir Frank Lowe's Sunday Luncheon. Sasha Slater Checks out the Order of Play
Byline: SASHA SLATER They know their tennis in W14. The chic crowd courtside at the Stella Artois Championships may view the game through Chloe sunglasses but The Queen's Club in Barons Court is not the place to be seen if your tennis IQ is overshadowed...
Wife and Lover Held over Plot to Kill US Marine
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON A US marine seriously injured in a grenade attack on his Kuwait guardhouse was the victim of a bizarre murder plot by his wife and her lover, it has been claimed. Details of the attempt to kill 37-year-old US marine James...
Wimbledon Face New Fight for Survival
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS WIMBLEDON's future as a football club was plunged into doubt today after the club went into administration. Staff, who have not been paid for around six weeks, were summoned to Selhurst Park for a crisis meeting with chairman...
YOUR EPSOM DAY OUT; the Vodafone Derby, Epsom
How to get there (by road): The racecourse is just a few minutes from Epsom town centre on the B290 Epsom Downs road or alternatively just off Junction 9 of the M25. AA signs mark all major approach routes. By Rail: Several mainline stations serve...
You Won't See Cindy Behind the Disguise; A Sanitised New Exhibition of Cindy Sherman's Self-Portrait Photographs Has Omitted Those That Reveal the Truth
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL WE are, this year, to have a summer of photography in London. Seven institutions, most of them held in high esteem as art galleries, have surrendered to the craft. This is in itself an anomaly, for the panjandrums and propagandists...
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