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Articles from November 23, 2001

Anarchy and Rifts Hamper Peace Efforts
Byline: ROBERT FOX THE growing anarchy and continued fighting across the country are throwing attempts to build peace in Afghanistan into confusion. The Northern Alliance, which swept triumphantly through two-thirds of the country a week ago,...
A Sigh of Relief
Byline: DAVID BOND FOOTBALL and television chiefs breathed a huge sigh of relief today as a settlement was finally reached in the row threatening the game with its first strike. The Professional Footballers' Association was planning a boycott...
Beware of Geri and the Faith-Makers
Byline: ZOE WILLIAMS HOW long's it been, would you say, since people stopped thinking of yoga as some exotic, "spiritual" pursuit, and started looking upon it instead as a comforting yet basically ineffective way of keeping trim? Twenty years?...
Blair: We Must Put Ourselves at Heart of Europe
Byline: JO REVILL TONY BLAIR said today it would be a tragedy if Britain missed its chance to be at the heart of Europe, in a speech seen as one of his most pro-euro messages yet. His comments came after Labour won a comfortable majority in the...
Boys' Toys Sale; ES WHEELS
Byline: SIMON DE BURTON A superb Australian collection of toy cars is to come under the hammer in London. THERE are probably lots of men who keep the odd toy car around to remind them of their childhood but anyone who wants to build a collection...
Bring on the Spivs; Spend It
Byline: DAVID HAYES THE Sonic Reflex Chair has speakers built in to the cushions to give the incumbent a deeply moving experience when connected to his hi-fi. The effect can be pure relaxation, whole-body musical appreciation or more meaningful...
By-Election Win Leaves PM Free to Push on the Euro
Byline: PETER KELLNER Since Tony Blair became Prime Minister, Labour has held every by-election seat it has defended. Ipswich is the ninth. This is not a unique achievement for a party in office: the Conservatives can also boast an unbeaten four-year...
Carry on Cymbeline
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON CYMBELINE _ The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon CYMBELINE is one of the most curious of Shakespeare's plays, since it seems almost as if an aspiring young playwright had rummaged through the Bard's wastepaper basket...
Cherie's Christmas Plea over Breast Cancer
Byline: ZOE MORRIS CHERIE BLAIR will make a personal address at a Christmas carol service in aid of breast cancer next month. She will draw on experiences of people close to her affected by the disease. The Prime Minister's wife will tell the...
Choose Your Cards with Care
Byline: EMMA TYRRELL If you're buying charity Christmas cards this year, check how much of what you pay goes to the cause. As Emma Tyrrell reports, many charities feel decidedly short-changed MILLIONS of us get a warm glow f rom buying charity...
Close Call as Train Misses Red Signal
Byline: DICK MURRAY A CONNEX train passed through a signal at red risking a collision with another service travelling in the opposite direction, it was revealed today. The driver - who told investigators that he had not been paying attention...
Clubber Stabs Woman after Snub on City Dance Floor
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON A MAN who stabbed a City worker on a dance floor after she rejected his advances is being hunted by police today. The attacker, described as white, in his twenties and casually dressed, approached a group of men and women...
Colleagues Stand Up for Unilever Fund Manager
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG IT IS often the way in the workplace. You do not realise how many friends you have until you leave. It is a pretty safe bet that is what Alistair Lennard is thinking. The former fund manager at Mercury Asset fund management...
Crowds Pour in after V&A Drops Charges
Byline: JAMES BURLEIGH MORE than double the usual number of visitors flooded into the Victoria and Albert museum on the first day of free admission. At least 6,500 art lovers poured in as charges were abolished yesterday - the average daily total...
Crunch Talks Resume over Players' Strike
EMERGENCY talks aimed at averting the players' strike were due to take place today after the Premier League and Football League started legal proceedings to outlaw next weekend's boycott. As reported in last night's Standard Sport, the Professional...
Don't Worry, Des Will Run and Run; There Are Signs That Des Lynam Is Disenchanted with Life as Frontman for ITV's Football Coverage. Matthew Norman Says ITV Doesn't Deserve Him. He's Too Damn Good for the Lot of Them
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN FOR a man whose favoured mode of communicating major shock is to permit his left eyebrow to rise by one sixteenth of an inch, perhaps it wasn't as laconic as it might have been. When, however, having just informed his ITV...
'Europe Is Britain's Big Opportunity; We Must Not Get Left Behind This Time, Says PM
Byline: JO REVILL TONY BLAIR today left little room for doubt that he intends to push ahead with a referendum on the euro. He warned that Britain could not afford to squander the opportunity to be a great European power. The Prime minister said:...
Faces Behind Race War in UK; Neo-Nazis Dreamed of Creating a 'Whites-Only' Homeland in Essex
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR AN INVESTIGATION into Britain's neo-Nazis has revealed how racist thugs in Combat 18 dreamed of creating a " whitesonly" homeland in Essex and were party to a plot to assassinate Ken Livingstone. The extremists grew from...
Fat-Free and Not So Mean
Byline: DAVID SMITH THERE was a time, some 30 years ago, when George Foreman could reduce the strongest man to the state of a quivering wreck by the simple expedient of staring him down with hooded eyes that were deep, black pools of menace. ...
First Drive; ES WHEELS
Byline: NICK GIBBS WHEN Ford produced a rally version of its Transit, it raised a few smiles. So, Vauxhall putting a turbocharger into the Zafira, its mini-people carrier, touches the same funnybone. Except that the Zafira GSi is no one-off; it's...
Focus on Aintree and Tokyo
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP RACING parades its great diversity from opposite sides of the world this Sunday. The flames of Britain's National Hunt season are fanned at Aintree, home of the Martell Grand National, whereas the ashes of the 2001 global...
Fogey Nights
Byline: DAN CAIRNS THERE are telltale signs, particularly for men, that the time has come to hang up your dancing shoes and retire gracefully from the nightclub scene. When the chrome handrail in a hot West End nightspot ceases to be a design...
Giles Looks Key Man as Stand-Ins Fail the Test
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ASHLEY GILES moved one step nearer to a comeback here today as England demonstrated just how badly they need him. The left-arm spinner, who has not played since his Achilles tendon operation in the summer, fielded for two...
Harris: I Took a Big Risk by Coming Back Too Quickly after Cancer
Nationwide League MILLWALL striker Neil Harris today revealed that he nearly suffered a second serious illness by trying to come back too soon after treatment for testicular cancer, writes Leo Spall. The 24-year-old was diagnosed with the disease...
Hoggard Lives Up to His Star Billing
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MATTHEW HOGGARD gained the only reward during the first 90 minutes of hard graft for England's bowlers here today. The man now regarded as Nasser Hussain's main strike bowler in the absence of Darren Gough and Andy Caddick...
Hook, Line and Sonar; Pocket Gadget Tells You Where to Find the Fish
Byline: GERAINT SMITH IT LOOKS like an oversized yo-yo with a built-in magnet. Drop it in water, however, and it will work piscatorial magic. At least, that is what they say in Japan. On Grafham Water, one of Britain's finest fishing reservoirs...
Howling with Wolves
Byline: MARGARET WYLDE Kevin Costner danced with them but Margaret Wylde went to serenade them in the wilds of Ontario THE forest is so quiet I can hear the snow crust crackle beneath my boots. It is 7.30am in Algonquin Provincial Park and the...
Jason Enjoying Life to the Full
Byline: CHRIS JONES JASON ROBINSON, the new darling of the Twickenham crowd, continues the most remarkable rugby transformation the game has ever seen against South Africa tomorrow. Robinson, whose four tries against Romania were his first for...
Ken's Congestion Charge 'Will Cost Hospitals [Pounds Sterling]25m'
Byline: HUGH MUIR KEN LIVINGSTONE'S congestion charge could rob London's hospitals and health carers of up to [pound]25 million needed for patient care. Health experts have warned the controversial scheme to charge drivers who enter central London...
Kicking Aspen
Byline: JAMES BEDDING When gays and lesbians take over America's premier ski resort the slopes are alive with the sound of partying. Report by James Bedding FIRST came Miss Piggy, snowploughing down the piste in a pink dress and white boa, sporting...
Kinsella Comes Back to Earth after His Hectic Month
Byline: LEO SPALL Southampton v Charlton 3pm, tomorrow, St Mary's Stadi CHARLTON captain Mark Kinsella is hoping there will be no surprises for him at Southampton tomorrow. The 29-year-old has experienced more unusual and unexpected football...
Kunduz Siege Descends into a Bloodbath
Byline: CHRIS STEPHEN;KEITH DOVKANTS THE siege of Kunduz became a fight to the death today after surrender negotiations collapsed and trapped Taliban fighters beat back the first wave of an all-out attack by Northern Alliance forces. The battle...
Lastminute Confident of Having Last Laugh
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE SHARES in online travel retailer Lastminute. com surged today as it ducked the 11 September effect on the holiday market and claimed to be on target to break even in its core operations next year. Probably the most famous...
Let's Be Frank, Robbie, the Rat Pack Did It Better
Byline: PAUL CLARK CD of the week Robbie Williams remodelled as a latter-day Frank Sinatracum-Dean Martin PICTURE a celebrity bash, somewhere in central London ... "Ah, Robbie, there you are with your hair all creamed flat in your smart suit....
London in 'Shallow Recession'
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE 11 September attacks on the United States have tipped London's economy into recession, a respected think-tank said today. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) warned that another 90,000 jobs will be lost...
London Pub Cleans Up at UK Loo Awards; Style and Hygiene Prove to Be the Perfect Marriage for Convenience
Byline: INDIRA DAS-GUPTA LONDON, home to some of the nation's finest landmarks - Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Millennium Wheel - now has the best loo in the country. The little girls' and little boys' rooms in The Leger Building, Wetherspoon's...
London Shops Ready to Cash in on New Currency
Byline: MAXINE FRITH MARKS & SPENCER and designer clothes shop Daks may seem an unlikely alliance but they have one thing in common. From January, they will accept payment in euros. While Tony Blair continues to hint at his enthusiasm for...
Marks & Spencer Sells Brooks at a Huge Loss
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS MARKS & Spencer has sold its New York-based clothing chain Brooks Brothers for $225 million ([pound]153 million) less than a third of what it paid for the group 13 years ago. US women's clothing chain Retail Brand...
Meet the Sexy Hair Expert; BEAUTY GURU
Byline: KATHY PHILLIPS If you want to know how to give your follicles that extra frisson, stylist to the stars Sam McKnight, right, is the one to ask SEX sells everything, especially when it comes to the marketing of hair products. We have already...
Mobile Madness; an MP Wants Motorists Who Flaunt Highway Code Advice Not to Use a Mobile Phone While Driving to Be Prosecuted
Byline: ALISTAIR WEAVER THE use of mobile telephones by drivers on the move has become so widespread that transport experts believe this bad habit could be having a big impact on road accident statistics. If Labour MP Janet Anderson has her way,...
Murtagh and Golan on a Tokyo Mission
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP JOHNNY MURTAGH bids this Sunday to become the third jockey in six years to land the [pound]2.75 million Japan Cup for internationally successful trainer, Sir Michael Stoute. The partnership, tinged by controversy, could be...
My Late Night out in the 'Stress Zone'; Westminster Council Wants to Cut Back on What It Sees as the West End's Drunken Culture of Yobbery. Nick Curtis Goes out for a Night on the Town
IT IS 1.20am and the last customers are leaving London's largest restaurant, the 1,000-seat Sugar Reef in Piccadilly. There are about 10 of them, all a bit drunk but still smartly dressed. It's a fairly orderly exodus - a bit of swaying, a bit of horseplay,...
NO REAL WINNERS IN SQUALID FIGHT; Comment by Michael Hart
Byline: MICHAEL HART BOTH sides are bound to claim the moral high ground, but in truth there are no victors in football's squalid fight over who does or doesn't deserve a larger slice of the TV cake. Common sense has prevailed just as the general...
Not Clever, Not Funny, and Certainly Not Art; ARTS
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL MARK Wallinger is an artist who, until recently, has been largely ignored by commentators on the contemporary art scene in Britain. Even Matthew Collings, who must now have some claim to be the Vasari of today, has had all but...
Now Mayor Must Decide Who Won't Pay Car Charges
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN KEN LIVINGSTONE faces one of his toughest tightrope walks, as he begins to make a series of decisions on which London workers may be exempt from his controversial congestion charge. When the charge was first announced in...
On the Trail; ES WHEELS
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS Big, un-PC 4x4s are an easy target for critics but David Williams likes the new Nissan IT'S fashionable to knock off-roaders and there's any amount of research showing that their owners seldom tackle anything more testing...
Pioneer Broker WI Carr Joins Asian Casualty List
Byline: RAY HEATH ANOTHER piece of the City of London's once all-powerful stockbroking empire in the East crumbled this week when Indosuez WI Carr shut the doors on its research business. Its research of Asian equities started in 1969 when City...
Police Face Cuts in Area of Soaring Crime
Byline: RICHARD ALLEN A NEW formula for allocating police funding in London could mean a fall in officer numbers in a borough where crime levels are soaring. Lambeth, which saw a startling 28 per cent rise in muggings last year, could lose around...
Pressure Is on as Commercial Banks Flex Muscles
Byline: JOANNE HART DUTCH telecoms group KPN this week launched a e5 billion ([pound]3.1 billion) share offering, one of the largest ever seen in Europe. The deal was run by eight banks. Eighteen months ago, the City would have expected a transaction...
Roeder's Spur; Hammers Boss Could Have Been Hoddle's Coach at Tottenham
Byline: KEN DYER;ADRIAN CURTIS IF THINGS had turned out differently, the two Glenns, Hoddle and Roeder, could have been on the same side tomorrow, instead of plotting each other's downfall. It may have been no surprise when Hoddle returned to...
Ron's Little Runabout; ES WHEELS
Byline: NICK GIBBS Designer Ron Arad's favourite Fiat 500 glows in the dark. But that, as Nick Gibbs discovered, is the style of a man whose next project is to design a European car RON Arad bought his Fiat 500 when he stopped at traffic lights....
Russian Cuts Refusal Takes Shine off Oils; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS All OIL stocks shivered today as Russia coldshouldered Opec's production cut demands. Equity investors shudder at the prospect of crude falling to $10 a barrel if the current face-off escalates into an all-out price war....
Seoul Is the Darling of Investors in Asia
Byline: RAY HEATH SURPRISINGLY strong economic growth in South Korea's economy today saw its stocks regain the form that has made Seoul the best-performing market in Asia this year, second only to Turkey on the global pitch. With no overnight...
Soccer Mascots Shown the Yellow Card for Foul Antics
Byline: GEORGE WRIGHT FOR YEARS, football's authorities have struggled to curb the loutish behaviour of fans and players. Now they are being forced to take drastic measures to stop the game being thrown into disrepute by team mascots. They may look...
Soccer 'Peace Deal'
Byline: DAVID BOND A DEAL to avert a strike by professional football players will be sealed by tonight, it was claimed today. An agreement appears to have been struck between the game's ruling bodies and the Professional Footballers' Association....
Solution to Striking Question Won't Solve Problems
Byline: DAVID MELLOR SO the great, futile, pointless Professional Footballers' Association TV money dispute has been settled. Most people will breathe a sigh of relief. And so, of course, will I. It means I can go to Old Trafford tomorrow week...
So You Wannabe a Biker
Byline: EMMA RIGBY True grit is called for when you set out across country on a scooter best suited for the city, as Emma Rigby discovered in her latest bid to become a biker IT'S not easy turning heads at a superbike meeting where motorcyclists...
Specialist of the Week; ES WHEELS
Byline: DAVE SELBY CLASSIC Volvo devotees don't go on about performance. What really gets them going is the sort of mileage figures that would get you halfway to the moon. Take Tony Barrett, owner of west London classic Volvo specialist, South...
Star Wars: No Need for a Plot If You've Got Hype
Byline: NEIL NORMAN YOU'VE got to hand it to George Lucas: he may not be the greatest filmmaker in the galaxy but in terms of salesmanship he's right up there with PT Barnum. The latest episode of the Star Wars franchise, sorry, saga, Star Wars:...
Steam-Cleaned Look of Sarah Suspect'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON ROY WHITING transformed his appearance so much the day after Sarah Payne was kidnapped that he looked "steam-cleaned", a court heard today. Whiting, who denies abducting and murdering eight-year-old Sarah, had always appeared...
STRIKE ONE AND YOU COULD BE ON THE WAY OUT TAYLOR; Indian Cricket Chief Fails to Convince
Byline: DAVID MELLOR YOU could be forgiven for thinking the incoming president of the Indian Cricket Board, Jagmohan Dalmiya, hates English cricket, and you'd probably be right. I know Dalmiya and, to be fair to him, he isn't always wrong. ...
Sun,snow or Spas-Escape for 48 Hours; Cheap Getaways
Byline: NICK REDMAN Panic not - there is just time to get the hell out of the whole ghastly business that is the run-up to Christmas. Whether your bag is shopping or scoffing, clubs or facial scrubs, we have cheap weekend-away suggestions for you....
Take a Punt on Harry Fever
Byline: ANDREW OXLADE this is money Harry Potter has charmed a generation - and may have brought magic to a beleaguered British stock market. Are the film's spin-offs a sound investment, wonders Andrew Oxlade HE HAS made author JK Rowling...
The Agenda for Bonn
VENUES FOR NEGOTIATIONS are important, and it is significant that Monday's meeting designed to reconcile contending Afghan factions has been moved from the tumult of Berlin to sleepy Bonn. If ever diplomacy needed to be undertaken far from the madding...
THE BETRAYAL OF DAMILOLA; despite the Pledges, Schoolmates Still at Risk from Gangs
Byline: HUGH MUIR;LAURA SMITH PUPILS at Damilola Taylor's school are being threatened and robbed despite top-level pledges of secure streets and "safety wardens". Teachers and families today describe the continuing menace from gangs as a betrayal...
THE FRONT LINE; from Midnight on 31 December, 12 of the 15 EU Nations Will Wave Goodbye to Their National Currencies
Byline: PETER BIRKETT FOR MANY Britons, the first taste of the new unified currency is likely to be encountered across the Channel in Calais, liquor capital of the world and day-trip destination of more than five million booze-cruise shoppers a...
The Man Who Converted Geri; the Rev Nicky Gumbel, above, Has Brought God to Samantha Fox, Jonathan Aitken and Thousands of Londoners. This Week It's the Turn of Geri Halliwell, Right. Jon Ronson Reveals What's in Store for Her
Byline: JON RONSON SHOULD you wander down the lovely tree-lined lane towards Holy Trinity Church, Brompton Road, on a Tuesday evening, through the acres of beautiful lawns, past the Porsches and S Aston Martins parked up, and Harrods glittering...
There's Still Life in the Old Petrol Engine; ES WHEELS
Byline: IVAN BERG IT is not yet time to write off the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). While its demise is certain in the long term, as the FCE (Fuel Cell Engine) takes over, its development continues. Engineers aim to reduce further fuel consumption...
The Unbeatable Mini; ES WHEELS
Byline: ALAN ANDERSON THE original "Italian Job"style Mini might be history, but it's still a hugely popular secondhand buy. If you haven't experienced one yet, then you're missing out on a lot of fun. Four decades on, nothing can quite match...
Time to Cheer the Claret and Blue
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP IT'S a heartbreaking choice no sports fan would wish to face. But Brummie racehorse owner, Jim Lewis, would sacrifice Aston Villa winning away to Leeds this Sunday if it meant he could score a cross-card double at Ascot and...
Too-Cool Cuisine; Geoffrey Phillips Joins the Teeth-Chattering Classes for Supper
Byline: GEOFFREY PHILLIPS THE telephone rings. Invitation to supper in the country. Lovely. Arrive to find the hostess wearing thick woolly jumper, jogging pants and knee-length boots. Not so lovely. No central heating. We'd forgotten that...
TV Star Wright to Coach Palace
Byline: LEO SPALL IAN WRIGHT is coming out of football retirement to coach Crystal Palace's strikers. The former Arsenal and England forward has carved out a successful new career as a television and radio star but he will now return to work...
Vanquished - at 175mph; ES WHEELS
Byline: DANIEL LEE Daniel Lee is used to pootling about in the family Volvo. Then Aston Martin asked him to play customer and go on its performance driving course THEY sent me on a driving course. That's why I was at the wheel of a [pound]160,000...
Viljoen Needs a Vintage Performance
Byline: DICK BEST THE South African Rugby Football Union seems to be constantly poised over the self-destruct button when it comes to coaches and the current man at the helm, Harry Viljoen, knows he is under pressure. The button could be pressed...
We All Want to Be the Best,but I Believe I Can Be the Best with Arsenal.i Have a Long - Term Vision for Both of Us
Byline: MICHAEL HART Wenger's results against United Played 15 Won 7 Lost 5 Drawn 3 Nov 1996 Lost 1-0 Old Trafford Premiership Feb 1997 Lost 2-1 Highbury Premiership Nov 1997 Won 3-2 Highbury Premiership Mar 1988 Won 1-0 Old Trafford Premiership...
When It Comes to Comfort the Car in Front Is Actually a Honda
Byline: STEPHANIE BUSARI IT may not rank highly in the glamour stakes and probably isn't the best car for impressing the opposite sex. But at least the Honda Civic won't leave you nursing a bad back- it has come top in a survey of most comfortable...
Wright Is Wrong but Wenger Is Quick to Defend His Keeper; Manager's Sympathy for [Pounds Sterling]6m Star
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger today defended Richard Wright after the [pound]6 million goalkeeper was criticised for two blunders in the past two Arsenal games. Wright, signed from Ipswich in the summer and earmarked as...
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