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Articles from April 14, 2005

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5 Top Children's Events
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN;DAMIAN KELLEHER PLAGUES, PESTILENCE AND FREEDOM Celebrate Passover at the Wallace Collection, where kids can hear the story of the Jewish festival and follow a trail to find images connected with it in the art collection....
Acquitted Are Given Asylum from Our Intelligence Allies
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN;ALISTAIR FOSTER THE Government faced a massive row over asylum today as the Evening Standard revealed the full extent of how the alleged ricin plotters used the system to stay in Britain. Terrorist Kamel Bourgass and some...
A Home for High Rollers; ESTATE AGENT STUMBLES ACROSS A SUBURBAN DRUG FACTORY
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA;JUSTIN DAVENPORT DRUG barons are increasingly using houses in quiet residential streets to grow huge amounts of cannabis, the Evening Standard can reveal today. The revelation comes as detectives seized more than [pounds...
A Larger League of Gentlemen; the Macabre Inhabitants of Royston Vasey Changed the Face of British Comedy. Their Big-Screen Debut Brings the Village-of-the-Damned Premise to Its Illogical Conclusion, Says Master-of-Disguise Mark Gatiss
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU I WAS a morbid child, obsessed with horror films from an early age," says Mark Gatiss, which comes as no surprise from one of the writing/acting team behind the blackly comic League of Gentlemen. In the hit BBC2 series, set...
Also Opening This Week
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM WILD SIDE (18) Stephanie Michelini, Yasmine Belmadi, Edouard Nikitine. Dir: Sebastien Lifshitz. Fr, 95min ..... Transsexual Stephanie leaves Paris with her Russian boyfriend to look after her sick mother in the country....
An 'Exhausted' Kennedy Admits Scrapping Council Tax Will Hurt Better-Off
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT CHARLES Kennedy returned to the election campaign trail today with a blistering attack on the war in Iraq and a flagship policy to scrap council tax. However, the Liberal Democrats' leader revealed that households with...
Anger as Tower Bridge Closure Will Divert Drivers into C-Zone
Byline: BO WILSON MOTORISTS today spoke of their anger after it was announced that roadworks on Tower Bridge would divert them into the congestion charge zone. Transport for London is to shut the bridge between 30 April and 8 May with the diversion...
Argos Feels Pinch as Shoppers Cut Spending
Byline: FIONA WALSH UNDERLYING sales growth has shuddered to a halt at catalogue stores chain Argos as the consumer spending squeeze takes its toll. It is the first time in six years that the chain, one of the retail sector's brightest stars,...
Argos Feels the Pinch as Shoppers Cut Spending; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: FIONA WALSH UNDERLYING sales growth has shuddered to a halt at catalogue stores chain Argos as the consumer spending squeeze takes its toll. It is the first time in six years that the chain, one of the retail sector's brightest stars,...
Asylum: The Terror Link
THE CASE of Kamel Bourgass, convicted yesterday of plotting to use ricin for terror attacks, is disturbing for the failures it exposes in both the judicial and asylum systems. The trial shows the difficulties prosecutors still have in using crucial...
Baggy-Eyed Kennedy in Manifesto Blunder
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT A BLUNDER over a flagship policy overshadowed the Liberal Democrats' manifesto launch today. An exhausted Charles Kennedy became confused over how his party would fund a key pledge to scrap council tax. He appeared to...
Benitez Triumphant over an Old Master
Byline: MATT HUGHES Juventus 0 Liverpool 0 (Liverpoool win 2-1 on aggregate) LIVERPOOL may have failed to make peace with Juventus fans over Heysel but, way up in the Alps, they reached their highest peak since the disaster 20 years ago. A...
Blind Date
Byline: AMELIA PINSENT Last Week's Date The Carnaby, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, W1 Last week Theo, 35, a production co-ordinator from North London, chose Leesa, 36, a teacher from Barnes Why? I chose Leesa because I'd never dated a Capricorn...
Bling It On: Vegas Comes to Town; Selfridges Celebrates the Glamour of Sin City from Next Week. Expect Fantasy, Rhinestone Dust and Showgirl Garb Worth Gambling Your Wages On
Byline: LAURA CRAIK THE Government might have backed down from its plans to allow a flurry of megacasinos across Britain, but on a large tranche of Oxford Street the spirit of Sin City is very much alive. The owner of Selfridges, Galen Weston, is...
Bosses Braced for Rough and Tumble of the AGM Season
Byline: STEVE HAWKES OIL giant BP was today set to launch a vigorous defence of a new executive incentive scheme for its senior directors as the eagerly awaited blue-chip annual general meeting season gets under way. Chairman Peter Sutherland...
Bouncing in from Brazil; DANCE
Byline: SARAH FRATER Grupo Corpo/Double Bill Sadler's Wells ROUGHLY translated as the Body Group, Grupo Corpo's name tells you all you need to know about its approach to dance. The Brazilian visitor, formed 30-odd years ago in the province...
Boyz in Tights
Byline: SARAH FRATER Six years after their C4 video diaries, former Royal Ballet stars Michael Nunn and William Trevitt have created their first evening-length piece. Sarah Frater meets the Ballet Boyz as they prepare to get Naked There are still...
Bridge
Byline: DAVID BIRD;LEONARD BARDEN North responds with a transfer bid to make his partner declarer in a spade contract and thereby avoid a lead through South's potential tenaces in the side suits. He then raises to 5S to suggest a slam. South has...
Brown Gets the Vote for PM as Blair Fades
Byline: JOE MURPHY MORE AND MORE voters now think Gordon Brown would be a better prime minister than Tony Blair, according to an Evening Standard poll. As Mr Blair made clear he intends to serve any third term in full, the Mori survey shows his...
Brown Stretches Lead over Blair in the REAL Poll Race; ELECTION 2005 EVENING STANDARD SURVEY SHOWS PM IS IS EIGHT POINTS BEHIND
Byline: JOE MURPHY MORE AND MORE voters now think Gordon Brown would be a better prime minister than Tony Blair, an Evening Standard poll reveals today. As Mr Blair made clear he intends to serve any third term in full, the Mori survey shows...
Bruce Dessau's Daily Choice
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Friday Andrew Maxwell, Flight Of The Conchords, Mitch Benn An excellent bill topped by Channel 4 King Of Comedy Andrew Maxwell, who nearly gave up stand-up a while ago but is currently back on top form. Plus folk parodies...
Busy Coe Has to Miss London Run
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER SEB COE has had to abandon plans to start Sunday's Flora London Marathon because of the increasing pressures of the capital's bid for the 2012 Olympics, it emerged today. The race provides London 2012 officials with the...
Camilla's Royal Progress; Charles Takes a Back Seat Role as Duchess Embarks on First Duties
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK MOTORISTS today spoke of their anger after it was announced that roadworks on Tower Bridge would divert them into the congestion charge zone. Transport for London is to shut the bridge between 30 April and 8 May with the...
Campbell on Campaign to Defend Lions
Byline: CHRIS JONES THE morning was taken up by the launch of Labour's election manifesto but, as night fell, it was the battle for hearts and minds on the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand that became the focus of Alastair Campbell's...
Carragher: Now Stevie Must Stay; Big Euro Clash 'Must Influence' Gerrard's [Pounds Sterling]35m Chelsea Move
Byline: MATT HUGHES JAMIE CARRAGHER believes that Steven Gerrard will snub a [pounds sterling] 35million move to Chelsea if Liverpool knock the Blues out of the Champions League. The England midfielder sensationally rejected an offer from Stamford...
Carragher: Now Stevie Must Stay Big Euro Clash Will Influence Gerrard [Pounds Sterling]35m Chelsea Move
Byline: MATT HUGHES JAMIE CARRAGHER believes that Steven Gerrard will snub a [pounds sterling]35million move to Chelsea if Liverpool knock them out of the Champions League. The England midfielder sensationally rejected an offer from Stamford...
Cherie Takes Children to Heaven - and Hell
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK SKETCHTHERE are three people in the marriage after all. Cherie Blair today replaced Gordon Brown in her husband's affections and joined the Prime Minister on the campaign trail, in a rare outing for Downing Street's first...
City Spy
SIR Ken Morrison must regret the day he bought Safeway. For what lies at the heart of Sir Ken's failure to translate the purchase into profit is the refusal of the South, where most Safeway stores were based, to embrace Morrison's pies-andgiant Yorkshire...
Cracks Appearing in Jose's Defensive Dam
Byline: KEN DYER SOMEHOW, amid the detritus of pitchside bans, woolly hats and earpieces, Chelsea qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League for the second successive season. The secret now, with Jose Mourinho restored to his rightful...
Crossing Borders with Simple Truths; WORLD
Byline: SIMON BROUGHTON Erkan Ogur and Ismail Demircioglu Queen Elizabeth Hall WHAT THE guitar is to Spanish flamenco, the saz is to Turkish folk, but it hasn't found a wider public in the same way. While the guitar has its lush six-string chords...
Dance
Byline: SARAH FRATER THE ROYAL BALLET: MIXED PROGRAMME Sat 16 Apr, 7pm, [pounds sterling]4-[pounds sterling]50. Last chance to see this strong mixed bill featuring three ballets by three British choreographers. First is David Bintley's Tombeaux...
Dowie Defuses Palace Tension; in Brief
IAIN DOWIE today dismissed claims his team face a "football war" against Norwich on Saturday. The Crystal Palace manager cautioned against hyping up an already tense game between two of the Premiership's strugglers. Dowie said Norwich boss Nigel...
Drinks
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN The Gun, E14 The Gun takes its name from the cannon fired to celebrate the opening of the West India Docks in 1802. This early-19th-century, Grade II listed building is apparently the place where Horatio Nelsonwould...
Election 2005 Diary
Election Whispers SPOOF OF THE DAY THE Liberal Democrats' manifesto launch today comes as a welcome relief for some of the party's senior spokesmen. When the original publication date was scrapped thanks to Donald Kennedy's arrival, aides forgot...
Equitable Chief in Line for [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Payday
Byline: STEVE HAWKES EQUITABLE Life chief executive Charles Thomson stands to bag almost [pounds sterling]1 million in pay and bonuses this year, a 45% rise - a revelation that will stun the society's longsuffering policyholders. Equitable's...
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A GREAT NIGHT IN ON THE SOFA; Staying In
Byline: NIGEL PIZEY;SIMON BROUGHTON;CATHERINE SHOARD THE MUST-SEE DVD Rome, Open City Arrow Films, [pounds sterling]17.99 The closure of the Cinecitta film studio and shortage of regular film stock were the practical constraints that ushered...
First-Class Lesson in Homicide
Byline: PETE CLARK Murder One FX SOMETIMES the small screen is allowed to forget its limitations and become a great screen instead. Such a phenomenon is rare, but a sighting occurred late in the last century when a one-off, multi-episode,...
Fortnum & Mason Axes Fashion for Even More Food
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN WORLD famous department store Fortnum & Mason is facing the biggest shake-up in its 298-year history in a bid to reverse sliding profits. The move is being masterminded by new managing director Beverley Aspinall, who...
Freud's Mystery Nude Model Is My Daughter, Admits Baronet; REVEALED: IDENTITY OF AGEING PAINTER'S LATEST CONTROVERSIAL MUSE
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ THE woman who appears naked in Lucian Freud's latest painting is today revealed as the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat. The work, called The Painter Surprised By A Naked Admirer, shows the artist with a puzzled expression...
Freud's Shy Nude Revealed; Model Is Daughter of Baronet
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ THE woman who appears naked in Lucian Freud's latest painting is today revealed as the daughter of a baronet. The work, entitled The Painter Is Surprised by a Naked Admirer, shows the artist with a look of puzzlement...
From Jelly and Nipples to a Pacy Politician: Your Guide to Big-Race Trivia
THE number of finishers in the London Marathon over 24 races is 572,174. In total, they've run between them just over 15 million miles which is equivalent to 602 trips round the world or 30 return trips to the moon. * BUT only 30 of those runners...
Gamble on Vegas Style; Selfridges Delivers the Flavour of the Strip to Oxford Street - Glitzy and Ultra Kitsch, It's Sure to Release Your Inner Showgirl
Byline: LAURA CRAIK THE Government might have abandoned its plans to allow 24-hour casinos on every British high street, but on a large tranche of Oxford Street the spirit of Sin City is about to come very much alive. The owner of Selfridges, Galen...
Gastropubs
Byline: KATE SPICER Ronnie Wood hired Jamie Oliver to cook for his wife's 50th a couple of weeks ago, which, given his high righteousness stock right now, is a bit like having Gandhi come over to cook your tea. They ate risotto then roast chicken...
Glazer Bid Will Hurt United, Says Dyke
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON MALCOLM GLAZER'S [pounds sterling]800million bid for Manchester United is not in the best interests of the club, according to former United director and ex-BBC director general Greg Dyke. After weeks of delay, Glazer's...
Golden Memories for a Silver Jubilee; World's Greatest Foot Race Will Celebrate Its 25th Birthday This Sunday with Another Burst of Bravery and Barminess
Byline: IAN CHADBAND 1981: Mine's a Bourban AS the marathon tentatively met the circus in the first running of the race, few in the field were really au fait with the concept of fancy dress running for charity, which has since become the race's...
Hey Guys, Why Can't We Be Less Laddish and More like Wogan? NEW HEART DJ JAMIE THEAKSTON ANNOUNCES ARRIVAL WITH ATTACK ON BREAKFAST RIVALS
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA THE CAPITAL'S breakfast radio DJs are set for war - with new kid on the block Jamie Theakston mounting a scathing attack on his rivals. The 33-year old takes over the morning slot on Heart 106.2 next Monday. And in a clear...
'I'll Make It Even If I Have to Crawl-'
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN After last year's ordeal, Lorraine Kelly vowed never to run the Marathon again. As she prepares to tackle the race for the second time, flanked by her husband and daughter, she tells Libby Norman why she changed her mind ...
Immigrants Must Learn Proper English, Say Tories
Byline: PAUL WAUGH MICHAEL Howard called for immigrants and their children to be taught English today. He also he hit out at councils which used too many languages in their official literature. Announcing plans for a return to traditional...
Indie Labels Angry at First Download Singles Chart
Byline: MARK PRIGG THIS weekend's singles chart, which is supposed to be the first to include songs downloaded on the internet, descended into chaos today. A combination of rigging attempts, technical problems and a complaint to the Office of...
Ipanema? St Tropez? Bondi? Costa del Thames Is Just Fine
Byline: PATRICK SAWER YOU can keep the girl from Ipanema, the topless models in St Tropez and the surf bums at Bondi London beach is the only place to be. The sun may be struggling to emerge from the clouds and the temperature is barely 12C,...
'I Swore I'd Never Run a Marathon Again.But I'm Back for More and I'll Make It Even If I've Got to Crawl at the End'; Lunchbreak
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN WHEN Lorraine Kelly crossed the finishing line of the Flora London Marathon last year - a day of leaden skies and driving rain - she vowed never to run it again. "When I crossed that line I looked like a mad old lady who'd...
I Won the Very First London Marathon ... and I'm Still Running Now
Byline: LEE GLENDINNING;REBECCA LAWRENCE AMONG the tens of thousands of people watching this year's 25th London Marathon will be one woman who has more vivid memories of the gruelling event than most. Joyce Smith was the first winner of the women's...
JOB NOTES; Nominate a Star in Education
Byline: AMY WILLIAMS THE organisers of the Education Department's STAR awards, which recognise the work of tutors, trainers and support staff in further education, are inviting nominations for this year. Individuals who have made an outstanding...
Jockey Club Joins Forces with Crimestoppers
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM IT used to be said they couldn't catch a cold standing out in the rain. Some still doubt whether racing's rulers have the tools to tackle corruption, but the Jockey Club took another step towards rooting out wrongdoers...
Kennedy Pins His Hopes on Antiwar Fury and 50% Tax
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT CHARLES Kennedy returned to the election campaign trail today with a blistering attack on the war in Iraq. The Liberal Democrat leader, who cut short his paternity leave after just two days with his new son Donald and...
Kilroy's Bid for Number Tan
Byline: VALENTINE LOW ROBERT KILROY-SILK today unveiled his plans for a dramatic transformation of British politics. Under his leadership, Britain will withdraw from the EU, the Channel will be mined and the Tunnel filled with concrete, all Arabs...
Little Genius Talks Big; at 35, England's Best Batsman of the Last Decade, Graham Thorpe, Says He's Still Got the Fire in His Belly to Take on the Aussies, Reports Wayne Veysey
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY PERCHED on the players' balcony at The Oval after a half-hour net in the sunshine, the batsman who Nasser Hussain refers to as the "little genius" is in a chatty mood. Graham Thorpe's relaxed equilibrium is not even interrupted...
Local Eats
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION Lee Fook, Surbiton In 2002 Ringo Lo moved his restaurant from Westbourne Grove to Surbiton in much the same way that he had previously left behind premises on Queensway to relocate to Westbourne Grove. However, the...
Market Report; Market Fears End of Bids by Private Equity Firms
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARE prices were on the slide again today amid fears that one of the major props to this market was about to be taken away. For months the London Stock Exchange has been shored up by the high level of takeover activity,...
Market Report; SPIARALLING COPPER PRICES PUT SHINE ON ANTOFAGASTA
Byline: MICKEY CLARK COPPER prices have run into profit-taking after hitting a 16-year high on world markets earlier this week, but dealers say they look set to trade even higher in the short term. Word is that prices are being driven higher...
Matthew's Passion
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD With the big-screen remake of Pride And Prejudice, in which he plays Darcy to Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Bennet, set to capitalise on his success in TV's Spooks, Matthew Macfadyen takes time out to return to his first love,...
Mayor Seeks New Powers to Raise 'Robin Hood' Tax
Byline: PAUL WAUGH A NEW "Robin Hood" tax could be imposed on Londoners under plans by Ken Livingstone to gain extra powers from the Government. The Evening Standard has learned that the Mayor wants to levy a capital-wide local income tax to...
Metropolitan
The Gods of Trend and Fad have spoken: if you're blonde and big, then small pets are passe. Yep, those Terriers, Chihuahuas and Maltese that have provided so many 'Ahhh' photo-opportunities for Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey are going...
More Think Brown Would Be Better PM Than Blair
Byline: JOE MURPHY MORE and more voters now think Gordon Brown would be a better prime minister than Tony Blair, according to an Evening Standard poll. As Mr Blair made clear that he intends to serve any third term in full, the Mori survey shows...
Mother Tells How Jackson Stopped Her Leaving Ranch; World at a Glance
Byline: ROB SINGH THE mother of the boy Michael Jackson is accused of abusing told a court how they were stopped from leaving the star's Neverland ranch. She described how Jackson held the family on his Santa Barbara estate. He wouldn't let them...
My London Mariah Carey; the Pop Diva Wants to See More of the City's Art Galleries ... and Secretly Yearns for Bagels
Byline: SOPHIE GOODWIN Where do you live and why? New York. I was born and bred there and I love my city. What was the last play you saw in London? Whenever I'm in London I'm always so busy working on promo, but I'm planning a holiday here...
My Prep School Headmaster Was a Sadistic Brute - but at Least the Experience Made Me a Better Writer; Writer Anthony Horowitz, Famous for His Alex Rider Books and TV Series Foyle's War, Says Unhappy Schooldays Gave Him the Spur to Become a Children's Author
Byline: JOYCE LYNN MY PARENTS were upper-middle-class Jewish and very wealthy. We had a chauffeur, two gardeners, a cook and a maid. We also had a governess, an ex-WAAF officer who was the original for the character of Sam in Foyle's War. She...
Myskina Blows Cold; Russian Can't Shake off Illness to Raise Game TENNIS
ANASTASIA MYSKINA suffered another setback in her preparation for the defence of her French Open title when she was knocked out of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, by 15-year-old Czech Nicole Vaidisova. But while the Russian's...
New Boss Brings Fortnum's into the Fast-Food Business; GOURMET READY MEALS PART OF THE BIGGEST SHAKE-UP IN STORE'S 298-YEAR HISTORY
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN WORLD famous department store Fortnum & Mason is facing the biggest shake-up in 298 years in a bid to reverse sliding profits. The move is being masterminded by new managing director Beverley Aspinall, headhunted from...
New Boy Jamie's Loaded Jibe at Breakfast DJ Rivals
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA THE capital's breakfast radio DJs are set for war - with new kid on the block Jamie Theakston mounting a scathing attack on his rivals. The 33-year-old takes over the morning slot on Heart 106.2 next Monday. In a sign that...
Not the Vinyl Countdown after All
Byline: LEE GLENDINNING OLD-STYLE vinyl records are back in fashion, a report says today. It reveals that Britons last year spent almost [pounds sterling]7.9 million on records - making us the biggest market in Europe and third biggest in the...
Oh We Do like to Be beside the Bankside; AS CELEBRITIES BACK EVENING STANDARD'S CAMPAIGN FOR A BEACH-
Byline: PATRICK SAWYER;REBECCA LAWRENCE YOU can keep the girl from Ipanema, forget the topless models in St Tropez and the surf bums at Bondi - London beach is the only place to be, honestly. The sun may be struggling to come out and the temperature...
Opera
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Royal Opera Royal Opera House, 45 Floral Street, WC2 (020-7304 4000). MADAMA BUTTERFLY Puccini. Cond: Phillippe Augin, dir: Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier. With Marina Mescheriakova (Cio-Cio-San), Gwyn Hughes Jones (Pinkerton),...
Paceman Franklin Shines as Kiwis Polish off Series; CRICKET
NEW ZEALAND wrapped up the Second Test with a day to spare as they beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 38 runs in Wellington to take the two match series 1-0. The tourists, trailing by 311 on the first innings, were dismissed for 273 in their second...
Paper Round
DAILY MAIL A MAN who claims he received communion from Pope John Paul II has sold the wafer on eBay for [pounds sterling]1,000. He declared: "I don't believe I'm going to Hell for this." It was bought by a Catholic from California to "prevent...
PICK of the NIGHT
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Journey of Life 9pm, BBC1 WELL, isn't television strange. There we are, thinking that these days, TV companies only want to make reality shows and programmes about people having plastic surgery and suddenly along comes...
Pick of the Week
Byline: PETE CLARK 20,000 Streets Under The Sky This wonderfully expansive title needs a certain amount of clarification, as the action in this story - broadcast in three parts over consecutive nights - is resolutely centred on one public house...
[Pounds Sterling]20m Payday for Exxon Chief as Profits Take Off
Byline: BILL CONDIE THE BOSS of oil giant Exxon Mobil was paid over $38 million ([pounds sterling]20 million) last year - more than [pounds sterling]55,000 a day - as the company made the biggest profit in US history. Lee Raymond's salary increased...
[Pounds Sterling]30m Trial Cost to Rocket with Appeal by Killer
Byline: PAUL CHESTON KAMEL BOURGASS is to launch an appeal, funded by the taxpayer, against his conviction for murdering Special Branch detective Stephen Oake. The move will send the [pounds sterling]30 million cost of the series of trials related...
[Pounds Sterling]895,000 for This Council House, but It Is in Chelsea
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ BLANK-FEATURED and box-like, this post-war property may seem just an ordinary council house - but it is on sale for [pounds sterling]895,000. The end-of-terrace home - bought for [pounds sterling]50,000 five years ago...
Previewing This Week
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Harold Pinter's classic arrives in the West End courtesy of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The star-studded cast includes the wonderful Henry Goodman as the sinister Goldberg, Paul Ritter's unfortunate Stanley and Eileen Atkins...
Q. How Long Does It Take the BBC to Change Lightbulbs? A.Wait Six Weeks and They'll Tell You
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA IT sounds like a joke but the BBC is to spend six weeks finding out about changing lightbulbs. An "intensive investigation" has been launched into light fittings at the Corporation's stateofthe-art new Media Centre in White...
Q. How Long Does It Take the BBC to Change Their Lightbulbs? A.Wait Six Weeks and They'll Tell You -
Byline: ALEXIA BARACAIA THE BBC is to spend six weeks finding out about changing lightbulbs. An "intensive investigation" has been launched into light fittings at the Corporation's new Media Centre in White City. It comes after staff reported...
Quietly Does It as Benitez Outwits the 'Old Master' Now the Wily Liverpool Coach Is Eager to Silence the Young Pretender
Byline: MATT HUGHES LIVERPOOL may have failed to make peace with Juventus fans over Heysel but, way up in the Alps, they reached their highest peak since the disaster 20 years ago. A club struggling to impose themselves at the top of the Premiership...
Retail Gloom as Sales Stagnate; in Brief
. FRESH signs of a worrying slowdown on the high street emerged today as new figures showed underlying sales growth at catalogue stores chain Argos has shuddered to a halt. The latest blow comes after a series of gloomy predictions from the retail...
Rover for Sale, but This Time It's Just the Name
Byline: NICK GOODWAY;JAKE LLOYD-SMITH FORMER MG Rover owner BMW said today it will consider selling the Rover trademark, which it still owns. "If someone shows interest in producing cars under the Rover name we will consider a sale," said a spokesman...
Royal Couple to Open Play Park; in Brief
THE Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will today perform their first official duties since becoming husband and wife. The honeymooning royal couple, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland, will open a new play park in...
Save Our Bluebells from the African Yellow Peril; Kew Puts out an SOS for Helpers to Fight Invaders
Byline: MARK PRIGG KEW GARDENS' famous bluebells are under threat from an invading giant African weed. Experts fear the yellow-flowered Perfoliate Alexanders, which grow up to 1.5 metres tall, could kill off almost 40 acres of bluebells in the...
Shearer on a Mission; Newcastle's Talisman Gears Up for Crucial Cup Double as He Bids to End the Club's 36-Year Wait for Trophy
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON ALAN SHEARER is heading into one of the biggest periods of his Newcastle career confident he can emerge with his trophy dreams intact. The 34-year-old striker leads his side out against Sporting Lisbon tonight to defend...
Shearer Talks Up Hopes of Ending Toon Cup Drought
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON ALAN SHEARER is heading into one of the biggest periods of his Newcastle career confident he can emerge with his trophy dreams intact. The 34-year-old striker leads his side out against Sporting Lisbon tonight to defend...
STARS; Forecasts What's in the Stars for You
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL If it's your birthday tomorrow It would seem that you've become so involved in various plans that you've begun to neglect practicalities and obligations involving loved ones. Worthwhile as what you're doing may...
Stephen Pettitt's Pick of the Week
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT LSO/PAPPANO Daniel Barenboim joins the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Antonio Pappano in a repeated concert for which the programme consists simply of both of Brahms's two piano concertos. Each of these titanic...
Suburban Cannabis Factory [Pounds Sterling]500,000 Worth of Drug Seized at House in Quiet East London Road
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA;JUSTIN DAVENPORT THIS is the [pounds sterling]500,000 cannabis factory hidden in a quiet residential street. Detectives who raided the east London house seized hundreds of plants along with lights, heaters, fans and seeds....
Surge in Violent Crime to Put Labour on Defensive; Met Figures Show Offences Up by 10%
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN A SURGE in violent crime will be exposed next week with police figures showing offences up more than five per cent. The Home Office announcement, only two weeks before polling day, threatens to throw Labour's election campaign...
Tales of the Unexpected; Director Todd Solondz Is Fascinated by Violation. His New Movie, Palindromes, Is a Paedophile Love Story. but It's Not as Sick as Real Life, He Says
Byline: CHARLOTTE O'SULLIVAN IN PALINDROMES, 13-year-old Aviva - reeling from an abortion she didn't want, and a hysterectomy she doesn't understand - is buggered by a paedophile truck driver. In the morning, she tells him that what they have together...
Thanks a Billion Labour; under Thatcher, the Buccaneering Capitalists Prospered. but since Labour Came to Power They Have Poured [Pounds Sterling]2,923bn into the Public Sector. Welcome to the World of the Blair Fat-Cats
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE ICONS of the Thatcher years were the Savile Rowsuited Genghis Khans - the buccaneering Lord Hansons, Jimmy Gullivers, Sir James Goldsmiths - and the hordes of entrepreneurial capitalists red in tooth and claw. Under later...
The Big Winners with Labour; A Whole Host of Businesses Has Cashed in with Billions Flowing from the Public Purse since 1997
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE ICONS of the Thatcher years were the Savile Row-suited Genghis Khans - the buccaneering Lord Hansons, Jimmy Gullivers, Sir James Goldsmiths - and the hordes of entrepreneurial capitalists red in tooth and claw. Under later...
The Deadly 'Arms Race' Destroying Broadwater Farm's New Optimism
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS PRICES start at around [pounds sterling]200. For that kind of money, fashion-conscious teenagers are equipping themselves with this season's must-have accessory. It will be purchased in a clandestine deal and will confer...
The Eight with Fake IDs Who Found a Home in Britain
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER Mustapha Taleb, 35. Algerian. Cleared of murder plot charges but given refugee status in Britain, despite admitting membership of terror group GIA and a life sentence in Algeria in his absence. Arrived here using a...
The Italian Job Is to Rid Game of the Soccer Yob; with Hooliganism out of Control in Italy, the Government Are Finally Taking Action, Says Raoul Simons
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS TWENTY years since the Heysel Stadium disaster and it's role reversal for English and Italian fans. In 1985, football hooliganism was fundamentally an "English disease", causing such ugly side-effects that our clubs were banned...
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