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Articles from December 15, 2003

A Day in the Life of Two Princes; HARRY MAKES MOST OF AUSTRALIAN SUNSHINE AS ANOTHER TERM ENDS FOR WILLIAM
Byline: SANDRA WHITE;ANDR PAINE PRINCE HARRY made the most of the surf and sunshine at an Australian beach resort today before he returns home for Christmas. The 19-year-old prince swam in the sea and relaxed on the beach with a group of friends....
Andrew: Jonny Won't Hold Back
Byline: CHRIS JONES ROB ANDREW today brought some muchneeded perspective to the concern over Jonny Wilkinson's neck injury by insisting "it's like having a cracked bone in a your little finger and we have all played with those". Andrew, the Newcastle...
Argie-Bargy Time Again for Beckham
Byline: SHAFIK MEGHJI AN ALTERCATION between David Beckham and an Argentine player sparked a mass brawl at the end of Real Madrid's match against Deportivo La Coruna. Beckham, whose wife Victoria and sons Brooklyn and Romeo were in the crowd...
Art World Fears Hirst Paintings Are Cracking Up
MORE TROUBLE for Damien Hirst. The art world is abuzz with rumours that the Brit Artist's spot paintings could be falling apart. Several large cracks have been spotted in the surface of Hirst's 1991 painting "Abelone acetone powder", which was recently...
Bloodied Di Canio Comes to Danny's Defence
Byline: MATT HUGHES PAOLO DI CANIO today spoke up in defence of Danny Mills following their ugly clash in Saturday's 0-0 draw, writes Matt Hughes. The Middlesbrough defender appeared to deliberately stamp on Di Canio's face as the pair fought...
Blue-Chip Kidman; ACTRESS NICOLE ATTENDS A ROYAL PREMIERE, A PARTY AND A CASINO IN ONE NIGHT
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON;MATHEUS SANCHEZ NICOLE KIDMAN proved her party credentials with a trip to a casino until the early hours of today after the premiere for her new film. Kidman outpartied guests and co-stars at the royal premiere of American...
Blues Admit Defeat in Chase for Henry
Byline: MATT HUGHES;MICHAEL HART;STEVE STAMMERS CHELSEA today admitted defeat in their attempt to sign Thierry Henry because he is "too central" to Arsenal's plans. The club have not confirmed making a second bid for the French striker but appear...
Blunkett Faces Wrath of MPs over Amnesty for Long-Stay Asylum Seekers
Byline: JOE MURPHY A STINGING report will castigate the Home Office for failing to deport tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers. The Home Affairs Select Committee will accuse ministers of allowing many fraudulent claimants to linger in Britain...
Britain Will Not Oppose Execution of Tyrant; TRIAL IN IRAQ WITH DEATH PENALTY AS PUNISHMENT BLAIR OPENS THE WAY FOR FORMER PRESIDENT TO FACE
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY;CHRIS STEPHEN BRITAIN today opened the way for Saddam Hussein to be tried in Iraq - and to be sentenced to death. Tony Blair and Jack Straw left it in no doubt that the UK would raise no objection if the former president...
Catherine Shoard on the Desperate Quest for a Laugh; Comedy Books
DICTIONARIES may not be amusing, but they are at least useful. Comic dictionaries aren't useful, but they're rarely amusing, either. Rather, they're the lazy writer's best friend - a flat-packed cash cow just perfect for that last-minute stocking-filler...
Chinese Carmaker Roars Ahead on Its HK Debut
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH TRADE may be winding down ahead of the yearend break but there was still a roar of investor approval today for the listing of Great Wall Automobile in Hong Kong as punters again piled into the China success story. Great...
City Insider
It's the quiet ones- * AN equities analyst at Citigroup returned to the Docklands HQ the worse for wear after a liquid Christmas lunch. Stories differ over what happened next. Some say he stood on his secretary's desk and urinated willynilly,...
Clarke Moves to Woo Top-Up Rebels
Byline: JOE MURPHY CHARLES CLARKE is to offer more generous student loans in a bid to buy off the mass revolt by Labour MPs against top-up fees. In a new concession to the rebels, he will allow students to borrow more money to support themselves...
Demand for Huge Trial in Baghdad; SADDAM CAPTURE GOVERNING COUNCIL MAY USE NEWLY-CREATED COURT BUT UNITED NATIONS WOULD HAVE NO ROLE IN LEGAL PROCESS Saddam Likely to Face Charges of War Crimes at Public Tribunal
Byline: CHRIS STEPHEN THE future of the former Iraqi dictator is now in the dock - as defendant in the world's most high-profile war crimes trial. Saddam Hussein seems certain to face justice at the hands of his fellow countrymen who, with extraordinary...
Desperate Colleges May Turn to Foreign Students; CASH-STRAPPED UNIVERSITIES' NEW THREAT IN ROW OVER TUITION FEES
Byline: TIM MILES THE country's top universities today threatened to turn their backs on British undergraduates if the Government does not deliver on its promise to fund higher education. This could lead to a dramatic switch in the balance of...
Did Publisher Help Tolkien's Victory in 'Big Read' Contest?
HATS OFF to publishers HarperCollins, whose book The Lord of the Rings came top in the BBC's Big Read, presented by Clive Anderson on Saturday night. There are signs, however, that the victory may in part have been due to a concerted effort by the...
Few Tears at Suede Swansong
Byline: DAVID SMYTH POP Suede Astoria SUEDE'S former manager, Ricky Gervais, is currently being praised to the skies for his decision to end his comedy series The Office after just two perfect series and a Christmas special. Perhaps his erstwhile...
Glaxo Chief Could Earn [Pounds Sterling]6m Fromnew Package
Byline: STEVE HAWKES GLAXOSMITHKLINE claims to have won over rebel shareholders with a new pay policy that could see charismatic chief executive Jean-Pierre Garnier earn nearly [pounds sterling]6 million a year. The drugs giant said today it...
Greetings from No10; the Blairs Send out Their Christmas Card - with Not a Sprig of Mistletoe in Sight
Byline: PATRICK SAWER NO CHRISTMAS tree, no tinsel, just a family sitting on a garden bench smiling at the camera. This is the Christmas card Tony Blair and his wife Cherie are sending this year. It provides a contrast to last year's card,...
Happy Kitschmas; Fake Trees and Bad Taste Recall 70s Chic
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN DURING the cool Eighties and Nineties, when all things natural were good, they were dumped in attics - an embarrassing relic of the decade that style forgot. But now brash tinsel Christmas trees - the more kitsch the better...
Heathrow Flight Limit May Be Reviewed as Stansted Gets Runway
Byline: ED HARRIS THE GOVERNMENT is to authorise the building of a new runway at Stansted. The move, which will anger protesters, is expected tomorrow. It will be the biggest expansion of airport capacity for a generation. Transport Secretary...
He Is Flown out; Unrepentant as Swearing and Ranting in Confrontation with Iraq's New Rulers SADDAM CAPTURE U.S. INQUISITORS HEAD FOR SECRET LOCATION IN QATAR TO START DETAILED INTERROGATION OF THE FORMER DICTATOR
Byline: JAMES LANGTON;HUGH DOUGHERTY SADDAM HUSSEIN was today being interrogated at a secret American camp in Qatar where he was flown within 24 hours of his dramatic capture by US forces. After being apprehended in a hole beneath a mud hut near...
Henry: I Can't Leave Ambitious Arsenal
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER THIERRY HENRY today pledged his future to Arsenal and said he is excited by their plans for the future including the immiment signing of "an amazing player". The Arsenal striker, who was named as runner-up to Zinedine Zidane...
Hercule, You're Drifting
Byline: PETE CLARK POIROT is now a television character perfect beyond the need for further refining. Each gesture has achieved independently iconic status. The most characteristic combination occurs when drink is taken. An indeterminate fluid...
Hide and Speak; Drivers Devise Tactics to Cover Up Mobile Use
Byline: PATRICK SAWER SOME people will do just about anything to keep a conversation going. Since it was made an offence to drive while holding a mobile phone, motorists have adopted several strategies aimed at avoiding the [pounds sterling]30...
Hopes Fade for Lost Greenpeace Briton; TELEVISION CHIEF'S DAUGHTER MISSING IN BRAZIL AFTER FALLING FROM BOAT
Byline: TARIQ TAHIR HOPES were fading today of finding a British Greenpeace activist who fell off one of the group's boats on a Brazilian river. Emily Craddock, 27, was last seen early on Friday as the vessel Arctic Sunrise made its way along...
How Stealthy Brown Homes in; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON MUCH has been made over the years of Chancellor Gordon Brown's ability to introduce stealth taxes - to take more of the taxpayers' money without them properly realising what was happening. However, it was also thought he had...
I Don't Want Disloyal Ken Back in Party, Says Kinnock; EX-LEADER AND STRAW ATTACK MAYOR
Byline: JOE MURPHY NEIL KINNOCK today launched a blistering attack on "disloyal" Ken Livingstone - insisting he should not be allowed to rejoin the Labour Party. The former Labour leader timed his assault to cause maximum damage to the Mayor's...
I Feel under So Much Pressure, Says Jonny; ANOTHER TRIUMPH FOR ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP RUGBY HERO AT 50TH BBC AWARDS
Byline: IAN CHADBAND JONNY WILKINSON has spoken of the "massive pressure" he feels about stepping back onto the rugby field after weeks of hero worship since the World Cup. The country's new sporting icon collected the BBC Sports Personality...
In London Tonight
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN From classic films to major West End plays, top gigs to the hottest restaurants, bars and one-off events - and we've made sure there are seats and tickets available (at the time of going to press). FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY ...
In Short; India on Course for Victory
A STUNNING spell of bowling from Ajit Agarkar set India on course for an unlikely win against Australia in the Second Test at Adelaide. Agarkar took six for 41 off 16.2 overs as the hosts were dismissed for 196 in their second innings, leaving the...
It Could Be Showtime for Outstanding Hatton
Byline: DAVID SMITH RICKY HATTON was today set to accept an invitation to abandon the comforts of home for the freezing environment of Moscow in order to sit ringside at the fight that could help define his career. Showtime, one of America's...
Keller Saves Tottenham from Real Beating
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS IT IS easy to find something positive to say about Tottenham's latest Premiership display - at least it wasn't seven, writes Adrian Curtis. The fact the scoreline - a 4-0 away defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday- wasn't...
Let Saddam Hang, Cry People on Streets of Baghdad
Byline: BOB GRAHAM THE mood for revenge was growing today as ordinary Iraqis demanded that Saddam Hussein be executed in public for crimes against his people. Iraqi leaders from across the political spectrum, including members of the US-appointed...
Lies and Listless Liaisons
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH THEATRE Les Liaisons Dangereuses Playhouse ANYONE who in 1985 saw Christopher Hampton's thrilling adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos's epistolary novel of sex and power relations ought to avoid the Playhouse. For some...
Life for Black Widow Who Killed Husband on His Birthday; WIFE HAD EARLIER BEEN CLEARED OF ATTEMPTING TO MURDER ANOTHER SPOUSE
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;PATRICK MCGOWAN AN "utterly ruthless" bigamist dubbed the Black Widow was jailed for life at the Old Bailey today for murdering one husband two years after being cleared of attempting to kill another. Three-times married...
London Shares Join in the Celebrations over Saddam
Byline: MICKEY CLARK STOCK markets around the world were in celebratory mood after the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Japan's Nikkei Average forged ahead by 321 points - its second-biggest one-day gain of the year - and investors in London...
Minister Opts for a New Runway at Stansted with Sweetener for Heathrow
Byline: ED HARRIS THE GOVERNMENT is to authorise the building of a new runway at Stansted. The move, which will anger protesters, is expected tomorrow. It will be the biggest expansion of airport capacity for a generation. Transport Secretary...
Morrison's [Pounds Sterling]632m Cash Sweetener for Safeway
Byline: FIONA WALSH ONE of the City's longest and hardestfought takeover battles moved towards its conclusion today as Wm Morrison launched a new, agreed [pounds sterling]3 billion bid for Safeway, Britain's fourth-largest supermarkets chain. ...
Murali Frustrated as Vaughan Digs in Deep
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN'S England have left Sri Lanka fuming and frustrated. The question now is whether they are bold enough to finish them off in this week's final Test. Muttiah Muralitharan and Co should have won in Galle -...
My Name Is Saddam ...I Want to Negotiate; SADDAM CAPTURE INSIDE THE 'SPIDER HOLE' WHERE US TROOPS FOUND DICTATOR ARMED WITH PISTOL AND $750.000 STASHED IN NEARBY HUT First Words of Dictator as He Is Grabbed from His Hideout
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN SADDAM HUSSEIN'S first words as he was captured by US troops were revealed today. As the fallen dictator was pulled from the dank hole that had become his home he said: "My name is Saddam Hussein. I am the president of Iraq...
News In
Chart-topper Ozzy breathing unaided after bike crash THE family of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, 55, were celebrating today as the star, who topped the charts yesterday, started breathing unaided a week after a near-fatal accident. The former Black Sabbath...
Nicholls Title Claim Is Not a Pipe Dream
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM ONE of the hidden costs of success for a top racehorse trainer is that the press often want to discuss the subjects you would rather keep quiet about. Witness Paul Nicholls, who tends to bring the shutters down as politely,...
Ranieri's Stars Are Flagging
Byline: KEN DYER EVEN if Thierry Henry is now off the shopping list, Roman Abramovich looks certain to bankroll another sortie into the transfer market for Chelsea when the transfer window reopens next month. Chelsea's Premiership title challenge...
Revenge Is No Way Forward; the Americans Should Allow Saddam to Be Tried by an International Tribunal If Reconciliation Is Ever to Be Achieved
Byline: TIM GARDEN SADDAM Hussein's capture was a fantastic coup for the US forces. Taking him alive, uninjured and without firing a shot must be a dead cert for a Hollywood blockbuster. The problem now is what to do with him. The future of...
Robocoach V Redeemer; RUGBY World Cup Flops New Zealand Must Decide Whether to Change Course Henry and Mitchell in Showdown for Right to Coach the All Blacks
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THIS was the time of year when New Zealanders had expected to be saluting their rugby men as immortals for bringing back the World Cup to its rightful home. Instead, all they have to look forward to is the distant sight of some...
Saha: Give Me a New Deal to End Speculation
Byline: MATT HUGHES Leeds 3 Fulham 2 LOUIS SAHA today urged Fulham to show their faith in his ability by offering him a new contract. The French striker, who scored twice yesterday at Leeds, has attracted interest from Manchester United and...
Schroder Strikes Tax Cuts Deal to Survive
Byline: ALLAN HALL GERMAN Chancellor Gerhard Schroder saved his skin today by clinching a late deal paving the way to massive economic reform for his struggling country. A compromise that delivers massive tax cuts from 1 January was reached after...
Simply Irreplaceable; Highbury Hierarchy Will Never Sell Henry FOOTBALL Arsenal Go Top and Dismiss Talk of Losing Star Striker
Byline: MICHAEL HART Arsenal 1 Blackburn 0 NONE of the Arsenal faithful will remember much about this game; just the three points - and the incomparable Thier ry Henry of course. The Frenchman has had better days at the office, but these days...
Soham Jurors Back at Court to Consider Their Verdicts
THE Old Bailey jury returned to consider its verdicts in the Soham murder trial today. Judge Mr Justice Moses sent the seven women and five men home for the weekend after they had deliberated for five hours on Friday. Ian Huntley, 29, denies murdering...
Sold out to US by Tribe of Loyalists; SADDAM CAPTURE FULL DETAILS OF TASK FORCE RAID ON 'SPIDER HOLE' AFTER Tyrant Was Betrayed by Lure of $25 Million Reward
Byline: ROBERT FOX;VALENTINE LOW;BOB GRAHAM IT COULD have been interrogation which gave the Americans the vital break. It could have been the lure of that $25 million reward. But there is little doubt today that Saddam Hussein was finally betrayed...
Suddenly, Lady Luck Is Smiling on Blair
Byline: PETER OBORNE I HAVE to admit to being one of those who thinks it is close to being all up for Tony Blair. For the past year, pretty well everything that could have gone wrong for the poor chap - tuition fees, Iraq, Europe, his own health...
Supermarkets Are Blamed for Creating 'Ghost Town Britain'; WARNING OVER DYING COMMUNITIES
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN HUNDREDS of communities in the South-East are "ghost towns" because of the mass closure of shops, banks and other high street services, it is claimed today. The opening of "fake local" stores in villages and towns by big...
Sven Can Do Even Better, Claims Clive
Byline: IAN CHADBAND CLIVE WOODWARD today predicted that England's footballers could next year spark national celebrations to dwarf even those surrounding his World Cup heroes - and he hopes to be in Portugal to watch them make history. After...
Taking Him Prisoner Is One Thing. Peace in Iraq Is the Real Challenge; COMMENTARY
Byline: ROBERT FOX THE capture of Saddam is the end of the beginning - to borrow Churchill's phrase about the battle of El Alamein - rather than the beginning of the end of the American-led operation to restore stability to Iraq. The bombs in...
The Bloodstained Path to Power of a Ruthless Dictator
Byline: PATRICK SAWER SADDAM HUSSEIN rose to power over the bodies of his enemies and maintained an iron grip on that power through terror, torture and murder. Ordinary people lived in fear of his security apparatus, constructed to inform his...
The Champagne Run; Travel
Byline: MINTY CLINCH;MARK FRARY City highfliers mix with Olympic champions in one of the raciest ski conventions of the season THE sun blazed down on racer number two as he powered out of the starting gate. Behind him, Mont Blanc, its tangled...
The Commuter Cook
Byline: LINDSEY BAREHAM CURRIED PARSNIP SOUP WITH BACON AND CHIVES Preparation: 15 minutes. Cooking: 35 minutes. Serves 6 . I ONCE served this lovely soup to a French friend and asked him what he thought it was made of. Artichoke, he suggested,...
The Grownup LBD
Byline: LAURA CRAIK Hold off buying shoes for another six days: the glorious Selfridges shoe sale starts at 10am on 21 December . To fix tired eyes, try Sue Devitt's Bermuda Triangle concealer ([pounds sterling]9) - so-called because your bags will...
The Pop Idol of Books; the Big Read Poll Has Produced an Absurd Result, and Its Presentation Reflects No Credit at All on the BBC
Byline: DAVID SEXTON TELEVISION can sell us almost anything. When Delia Smith recommended cranberries in a cookery programme, they sold out up and down the country. She achieved much the same for a lemon zester, Maldon sea salt, an omelette pan,...
The Talk in FOOTBALL
Ashburton finance deal could lower Volz price *CHRIS COLEMAN must be hoping that Arsenal get the financing for their new stadium soon so that he can snap up defender Moritz Volz. The Fulham manager has the German on loan and is negotiating a...
The Truth about My Marriage Andmy Toy Boy Affair with Dame Edna's Son; THE SOCIETY BEAUTY BEHIND THE RISE OF JIMMY CHOO SHOES TALKS FRANKLY ABOUT THE AFFAIR THAT MADE HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD
Byline: LIZ JONES TAMARA Mellon arrives on Sunday morning at her brand new Jimmy Choo store in New Bond Street, teetering on her own-design pink shoes, steering her 20-month-old daughter, Araminta, also bedecked in pink accessories, in front of...
The Year's Best Art Books; These Days Exhibition Catalogues Prove to Be the Most Worthwhile Art Books, Discovers Brian Sewell
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL THE year has been remarkable, not for great books on art, but for bad books over-praised and publicised. Against four in particular the generous godparent must be warned - they are unsuitable as Christmas gifts for little...
Tyrant Brought to Account
THE CHEERS at the Baghdad press conference yesterday when the capture of Saddam Hussein was announced were echoed around the world. It is the first truly good news that the Coalition has had since US troops reached the Iraqi capital in April, and it...
Vaughan Digs Deep to Frustrate Murali
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN'S England have left Sri Lanka fuming and frustrated. The question now is whether they are bold enough to finish them off in this week's final Test. Muttiah Muralitharan and Co should have won in Galle -...
What to Do with Saddam
THE CHEERS at the Baghdad press conference yesterday when the capture of Saddam Hussein was announced were echoed around the world. It is the first truly good news that the Coalition has had since US troops reached the Iraqi capital in April, and it...
World in Brief
Manson beats Swiss charge of incitement to violence SWISS authorities have dropped a criminal inquiry into shock rocker Marilyn Manson.The Zurich district prosecutor's office said today it had found no evidence to back allegations that the American...
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