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Articles from June 20, 2003

Agassi's Plan to Rewrite History
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDRE AGASSI will create tennis history if he raises the Wimbledon trophy aloft on the final Sunday. It will be 11 years since his only previous triumph on the most famous grass courts in tennis - the longest gap between victories...
A Londoner's Diary; Anne McElvoy on Lord Levy, Alan Milburn, Lenin, Combat Trousers, and Anglo-German Relations
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY I bump into Lord Levy, Tony Blair's Middle East special envoy, fundraiser and affable man of means. A few weeks ago, the Levys were burgled and badly beaten up in their North London home by a gang of thugs who blowtorched their...
Anderson Blitz; Hat-Trick for England Star as Pakistan Fall for 185
Byline: DAVID LLOYD JIMMY ANDERSON set the tone with a first-ball wicket and a spectacular late hat-trick to put England on course for a handsome win at The Oval today. Golden boy Anderson made a perfect start when he struck instantly dismissing...
Antigua's on the Up; the Holiday Island Is Being Refashioned with a Clutch of Euro-Style Design Hotels
Byline: KATE PATRICK WHAT EVER qualities Antigua may have - sun, beaches and great cricketers - being chic central is not one of them. St Bart's, or even tiny Anguilla, are so much more the places to see and be seen, darlings; I'm afraid Antigua...
Any Old Thing, Any Old How; 'Dickinson Brought a Swaggering Medallion-Man Demeanour to Last Night's Show'
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH IT'S as true today as it was 30 years ago that the ads in this country are better than the programmes. That's hardly surprising, I suppose, because commercials allow some of the smartest people in London to lavish Hollywood-sized...
As Companies Get Increasingly Fed Up with Computer Glitches and Crashes Costing Them Millions-
Byline: PETE WARREN EXASPERATED British companies are set on a collision course with the computer industry after many years of suffering the disastrous effects of shoddy software. They are signalling that "enough is enough" and calling for the IT...
Aussies Go for a Quick Double
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM AS far as punters are concerned, the problem with Royal Ascot bankers is that you just can't bank on them. Take this week's events in sunny Berkshire. Kalaman and Hawk Wing let down the big hitters on day one, swiftly...
A Wizard Lesson from Hogwarts
Byline: NORMAN LEBRECHT A HUNDRED years from now, when a fourth generation of scholars and biographers goes ferreting over the Harry Potter legacy, opinion will divide between the esoteric minimalists and those who take a broader world view of Joanne...
Be Warned Britain . . . the Argies Are Coming to Teach Us a Lesson; 'In England, the Players Train Alone, in Their Own Oasis. but Then It's Crazy Anyway That You Have All This Money and No Players'
Byline: KATE BATTERSBY MEET Generation V - the massed ranks of Argentine players invading the upper reaches of the men's rankings. The first hint of their arrival came three years ago at Roland Garros, when Franco Squillari became the first Argentine...
Biffa Bags Top Spot on the Bins with Hales Buy
Byline: STEVE HAWKES SEVERN Trent's waste business Biffa has snapped up rival Hales in a [pounds sterling]141 million deal that makes it market leader in the fast-changing world of skips and wheelie bins. After months of wrangling over price...
BLAIR FURY AT TAX RISE CALL; PM and Brown Roast Hain over Higher Top Rate
Byline: CHARLES REISS;JOE MURPHY A MASSIVE Cabinet row exploded today over a plan to tax the rich more to ease the burden on middleincome and low earners. The move, which could see the 40 per cent top rate of income tax raised to 60 per cent...
Blair Urges Europe Reform as Summit Descends into Chaos
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR issued his strongest support yet for the new European constitution today and dismissed fears that it will abolish the British veto over key policies. With controversy raging at home over moves to scrap the veto in...
Blow to Madness after Show Is Forced to Close
Byline: LUKE LEITCH THE closure of the musical Our House has shocked Madness lead singer Suggs. The show, based on the group's career, is to close in August after only 10 months. A spokesman said: "Suggs and the rest of the band were closely...
Bushy Tales
Byline: DAN CARRIER Gimme shelter Bad news on the housing front for international human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger. Just two years after moving from an apartment on Chelsea Embankment to a rented flat in Ecclestone Square, Bee is on the...
Canvas, Brush, Paint-Box Brownie; Today's Young Portrait Painters Are More Influenced by the Camera Than by Reynolds or Gainsborough
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL IS that it? This question must have echoed round the BP Portrait Award exhibition a thousand times on the day of its opening, and ten thousand times in the 10 days since. Is that it? Is it in this array of souped-up photographs,...
Cassani out to Show She's a True Sport
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER PEOPLE can question Britain's unprecedented decision to appoint an American to head London's 2012 Olympic bid. But multimillionaire Barbara Cassani cannot be accused of showing a lack of of interest in the Games. Three...
Cerys Is Back on Stage with a Bump; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Cerys Matthews Union Chapel, N1 AT A TIME when many people are so critical of America, there can be few better adverts for taking a trip there than the sight of Cerys Matthews, Nashville's newest celebrity resident, in...
Cheaper Thrills from Mercedes
Byline: MAURICE GLOVER YOU could spend more than [pounds sterling]60,000 on making the most of Germany's latest cabrio model - but technicians at Mercedes-Benz have some smart new technology that provides drop top aficionados with almost as much...
City Insider
Kelvin mulls Norman conquest FOLLOWING the great success of his Channel 4 political exposition, former Sun editor and TalkSport radio boss Kelvin MacKenzie plans to put his money where his mouth is and stand for Parliament. However, I fear he may...
Clarke Pledge to Lighten Teenage Exam Workload
Byline: TIM MILES EDUCATION Secretary Charles Clarke today pledged that teenagers will in future face fewer exams in the senior years of secondary school. Only last week, he floated the idea of introducing even more secondary school tests, extending...
COMMENTARY; Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks Responds to Standard Columnist Brian Sewell's Views on the Issue
BRIAN SEWELL'S article on religious slaughter was insidious journalism. He began reasonably enough, explaining how he used to relish eating calf's head and horse steaks until he witnessed slaughtering methods in Tunisia. Then he experienced a personal...
Continuity, Confidence and a Great Comeback; the Three C's That Have Led England to the Brink of Their 13th Successive Victory
Byline: WILL CARLING Will Carling AFTER England lost to France in the 2002 Six Nations championship, captain Martin Johnson asked the question: how many times do we have to learn the same lesson? Given that Johnson's men haven't lost since that...
Crisis Shadow Hangs over Iran Oil Projects
Byline: STEVE HAWKES THE uncertainty caused by the Iraq war has yet to disappear, and the oil industry is already bracing itself for a crisis in Iran. This time, hawkish political rhetoric may blow a hole in plans by Shell and BP to expand in the...
Dear Lowri; Wardrobe Agony Aunt Lowri Turner Answers All Your Burning Fashion Questions
Byline: LOWRI TURNER Skirting around I've got several knee length bias-cut skirts that I bought last year. I can't bear to throw them out. Can I still get away with them? Yes, absolutely. The bias-cut thing just seems to run and run. ...
Doctors Give Massive Backing to Shake-Up in Pay and Conditions
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT FAMILY doctors today voted to support revolutionary changes to their pay and conditions. An overwhelming number of GPs endorsed a new contract setting out revised working hours and linking their salaries to the quality...
Duke Fears Heavy Going for Lennox
Byline: DAVID SMITH LENNOX LEWIS may pay a heavy price for piling on the pounds before his world heavyweight championship defence here. That was the warning sounded today by Duke McKenzie, the first British boxer to win world titles at three...
Eight Aiming to Be Great .
Andre Agassi Age 33, US, world ranking: 1 Back in 1992, he lifted the Wimbledon trophy on the way to completing a set of Slam triumphs and two semi-finals in the last three years here confirm he is still a major threat. Agassi is the last remaining...
Eight Aiming to Be Great .
Serena Williams Age 21, US, world ranking: 1 After rough treatment from the French crowd when she lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne, the defending champion is a wounded animal. Her failure in Paris ended a run of four Slam triumphs and at Wimbledon...
Evidence Grows That Saddam Is Hiding in Iraq
AMERICAN intelligence officials say they have increasing evidence that Saddam Hussein is still alive. Despite two massive air attacks targeting him at the start and end of the war in Iraq, communications among the dictator's supporters in recent...
Faith and Our Meat
IT was predictable that Brian Sewell would trot out all his old prejudices and tired generalisations to attack the right of religious communities to practise their faith according to tradition and belief (Let's stop this ritual slaughter, 17 June)....
Fame, Filmset and Match for Serena; One Drama after Another for Superstar Who Wants a Love Match
Byline: KATE BATTERSBY AT WIMBLEDON, even in defeat, Serena Williams has rarely seemed anything other than invulnerable. But the old law about the wisdom of judging books by their covers was underlined after her defeat at the French Open earlier...
Families Denied Basic Healthcare as GP Crisis Approaches 'Meltdown'
PATIENTS are being denied access to basic healthcare in London because of the desperate shortage of family doctors. A new report reveals the extent that patients are losing out due to the failure to recruit and retain GPs in the capital. Latest...
Family Calls on Bush to Investigate 'Mercy Mission' Father's Killing by Marines
Byline: BOB GRAHAM THE FAMILY of an Iraqi civilian shot dead by US marines while holding a white flag has written to George Bush asking him to investigate his "murder". Tariq al-Amari was shot by a Marine sniper as he left his house to investigate...
Faults in Henman Dream; but Tim Insists He Can Upset the Odds
Byline: CHRIS JONES TIM HENMAN'S preparations for Wimbledon move into top gear this weekend, but there is little the British No1 can do to answer the three big questions hanging over his latest attempt to provide the country with a first home-grown...
Footsie's Sigh of Relief as Witching Jinx Is Cast off; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS THE double-witching expiry of options passed without too much volatility today as the FTSE 100 index traded within a 14-point range. Markets had clearly learned the lesson of last September's wild swings of 6% in both...
Gypsy Cream
Byline: MAGGIE DAVIS From Afghan bags to Indian tabards, Gadjo Dilo stocks a diverse mix of ethnic items sourced from all over the world A hip shop in Battersea? Yep. Gadjo Dilo, which opened 18 months ago, stands out from the local bric-a-brac...
Hain Calls to Push Up Top Rate of Tax 'To Help the Low Paid'
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY COMMONS Leader Peter Hain today made a bombshell call for the better off to pay more tax to ease the load on middle and lower-income families. He became the first Cabinet minister to make an open demand for a higher top...
Harry's Bars; Last Night, Prince Harry Celebrated the End of His Exams with a Pub Crawl ... and Where Better Than West London?
Byline: ED SULLIVAN IT will come as no surprise to any 18-year-old to hear that Prince Harry got himself into an advanced state of refreshment last night. It's a simple rite of passage: with his A-levels done with, what else is there to do other...
Has the Left Learnt Nothing from the Past 30 Years?
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THEY learned nothing and they forgot nothing," it was said contemptuously of the French Bourbons. It might not suit the self image of the Labour Party to be compared to a royal house, particularly one that got so out of touch...
Hat-Trick Hero; Anderson's Record Puts England in Driving Seat
Byline: DAVID LLOYD JIMMY ANDERSON roared into the record books here today by capturing England's first hat-trick in a limited overs international. The 20-year-old Lancastrian made a rip-roaring start this morning through dismissing Imran Nazir...
Heavenly Holly; Model at 12, Soap Star at 16 and Pop Star by 19. Precocity - and a Model's Body - Are Not Attributes Ms Valance Lacks
Byline: MATTHEW SWEET Holly Valance is no longer a teenager. 'No!' she wails, as if she could have done something about it. ' Nineteen was always where I aimed to stay at, but it just didn't happen. I have to start taking more responsibility-Now...
Hero's New Term at Snogwarts
Byline: REBECCA MOWLING HARRY POTTER is to get his first girlfriend but JK Rowling has revealed there will be no sex in the new book which goes on sale at midnight. On American television the multimillionaire author read a few paragraphs of the...
HK's Exchange Cautious Onmove to Link with LSE for China Floats
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH THE Hong Kong stock exchange has distanced itself from reports that it is poised to sign a breakthrough deal with its London counterpart that would enable Chinese companies to float in Britain. Although a spokesman for...
HUGE CABINET RIFT OVER TAX; Hain Call for Higher Top Rate to Help Poor Sparks Treasury Fury
Byline: CHARLES REISS A MASSIVE Cabinet row exploded today over a plan to tax the rich more to ease the load on middleincome and low earners. The move, which could see the 40 per cent top rate of income tax raised to 60 per cent or more, came...
HUGE CABINET RIFT OVER TAX; Hain Call to Raise Top Rate Enrages Blair and Brown
Byline: CHARLES REISS;JOE MURPHY A MASSIVE Cabinet row exploded today over a plan to tax the rich more to ease the burden on middleincome and low earners. The move, which could see the 40 per cent top rate of income tax raised to 60 per cent...
Jamie's Next Step; Jamie Bell Shot to Stardom at 13 as Billy Elliot. with His New Film 'Nicholas Nickleby' about to Be Released, the Teesside Teenager Talks to Lydia Slater about Girlfriends, Hating Hollywood and Those Tabloid Rumours-
Byline: LYDIA SLATER Jamie Bell looks terrible. His face is a pale grey, his eyes and nose red-rimmed, arms covered in scratches and mosquito bites, and he's wearing a baseball cap pulled right down to disguise his unwashed locks. 'Sorry,' he mumbles,...
Jews and Muslims Unite against Ban on Slaughter Rites
Byline: MARK WILKINSON JEWS and Muslims have joined forces to oppose a call from Government advisers to ban the methods used to create kosher and halal meat. The move follows a report from the Farm Animal Welfare Council, which suggested that...
Jimmy Stunner; Anderson Strikes with First Ball as England Pile on the Pressure
Byline: DAVID LLOYD JIMMY ANDERSON was an instant hit for England all over again at The Oval today. Anderson has been quick to impress on most occasions since making his international debut last winter, but the 20-year-old Lancastrian was even...
Laughing at the World
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH FIRST NIGHT Jumpers Lyttelton IMAGINE a bedroom farce involving a sexy musical comedy actress, married to a philosophy professor, but prone to regular adultery with the university vice-chancellor. Visualise this...
Lifting the Lid on the Soft Top
Byline: MAURICE GLOVER NO ONE really knows why, but the UK still ranks as one of the most popular markets for open-top cars. Even though statistics show our summers are more likely to be damp than sun-kissed, Britain's love affair with wind-in-the-hair...
Mr Hain and the Tax Taboo
MR PETER HAIN, the new leader of the Commons, has entered the most fraught area of political debate within a week of taking office. He raises today the question whether the rich should pay higher rates of tax. Of course, the amount of tax people pay...
My London; Zandra Rhodes
Byline: CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON ZANDRA RHODES The fashion designer loves her roof garden, is a fan of lesserknown museums and yearns for a more car-friendly city Where do you live and why? I live in the penthouse above the Fashion and Textile...
New Evidence That Saddam Is Alive as the Hunt Hots Up
Byline: JAMES LANGTON;PATRICK HENNESSY;PATRICK SAWER AMERICAN intelligence officials say they have increasing evidence that Saddam Hussein is still alive. Despite two massive air attacks targeting him at the start and end of the war in Iraq,...
NEW MONOPOLY; It's the Most Successful Board Game Inhistory. but It's in Need of an Update. So to Reflect London's Changing Values, Simon Mills Drags Monopoly into the 21st Century
Byline: SIMON MILLS As a child I don't think I ever realised quite what a nasty, vindictive, capitalist pastime Monopoly really was. Extorting a few hundred quid's worth of play cash from little brother and cackling away when he had to declare...
New [Pounds Sterling]6 Million Block of Flats to Be Demolished Because It Is Five Metres out of Place
BULLDOZERS will tear down this new [pounds sterling]6million apartment block within weeks - after Government planning inspectors ruled it was five metres too close to neighbouring homes. Property developer Fairview New Homes has spent the past two...
Nicer in Nice; until Now Londoners Never Found Nice to Their Taste - the Accommodation Was Too Old-Fashioned or Expensive. That Could Change, Says Charlotte Williamson, with the Opening of a Stylish and Hip Hotel
Byline: CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON The English have been in love with Nice since the 19th century when they'd travel to the South of France to inhale the medicinal sea air. Hence the promenade des Anglais, hotels called the Westminster, and pubs with...
Now Your Mobile Phone Can Help Get You Home
Byline: MARK HUGHES-MORGAN SO you want the latest traffic alert and navigation gizmos but can't afford them. Never fear: you can now get them on your handheld computer and mobile phone. But are they worth having or should you rely on your A to Z?...
Nurseries Being Closed Down in Fight for Funding
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN CHILDREN are losing out on nursery education in a battle over Government cash. An investigation by MPs found that a ministerial initiative to boost the number of nurseries is leading to some being shut down. The problem...
On the Grid: AUTOBIOGRAPHERS
on the grid: AUTOBIOGRAPHERS HEATHER MILLS-McCARTNEY, 35 Biography Had turbulent upbringing in Tyne and Wear; ran away at 13, joined a travelling funfair and came to London. By 17 was working as a topless model. Married computer company...
Our Problems Are Not over Yet; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE last time, back in the 1980s, the dollar went on the skids as it has in recent months, the then American Treasury Secretary John Connelly told protesting Europeans: "It is our currency but it is your problem." No one...
Patients Sue Glaxo over Drugs Danger Warning
Byline: BILL CONDIE DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline is facing legal action in the US over claims that it failed to warn patients its high-selling insulin drug Avandia could cause heart and liver failure. The product liability suit was brought on...
Pires Given Captain's Armband for France
Byline: PAUL THOMSON ROBERT PIRES is poised to captain a reshuffled France side in the Confederations Cup against Japan in St Etienne tonight. Arsenal winger Pires said: "I'm not afraid of taking the armband. I'm going to take my responsibilities....
Rags-to-Riches Tale of the New Kournikova; Next Week, 16-Year-Old Maria Sharapova Makes Her Wimbledon Debut. but to Get There She Endured Years of Poverty, and Was Separated from Her Mother at the Age of Eight
Byline: PAUL PALMER THE grimy industrial town of Nyagan in western Siberia is the kind of place people want to escape from. Maria Sharapova was only a baby when, in 1986, her parents Uri and Yelena fled the city (with its mile upon mile of oil...
Reuters Chief Axes His No2 to Save [Pounds Sterling]709,000
Byline: NICK GOODWAY IN A shock move today embattled financial information group Reuters axed its chief operating officer Philip Green. His role will be taken over at the end of next week by chief executive Tom Glocer. Reuters said the departure...
Riches Making Players the Retiring Types
Byline: CHRIS JONES BJORN BORG was 27 when he did it; John McEnroe struggled on until he was 33. Steffi Graf chose 30, after winning everything in sight, while Martina Navratilova was one of the oldest at 38. We are talking retirement - a hot...
Ronaldo's Warning to Beckham
Byline: MATT HUGHES DAVID BECKHAM has been warned by Ronaldo that he will be under intense pressure at the Bernabeu following his [pounds sterling]25 million move to Real Madrid. Ronaldo, speaking after training ahead of Madrid's season-ending...
Rusedski Has His Mind on the Final
Byline: MATT HUGHES GREG RUSEDSKI has achieved all he could have hoped for in the past few weeks as he's battled back from injury in preparation for Wimbledon, and he is now eyeing his reward. The British No2 needs just two more wins to reclaim...
Sacred Tribes; LONDON EXPOSED - Organised Religion May Be on the Decline in This Country but as a Social Force the Capital's Various Sects Still Wield a Great Deal of Influence
Byline: WILLIAM CASH When it comes to worship at the social altar of London's clubs, restaurants and shops, the great, good and gorgeous rarely make any secret of where they pay homage. When it comes to God, however, our celebrities tend to be more...
Schoolfriends Sell Dot-Com Company for [Pounds Sterling]97 Million
Byline: ANDR PAINE WHEN they became roommates at a London boarding school 10 years ago, they had little idea their new friendship would prove so lucrative. Sebastian Bishop and Daniel Ishag have sold the internet company they started in a living...
Scottish Widows Places Faith in Footsie's Revival; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS EVIDENCE of the astute, piecemeal selling of this month was released today by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, which manages [pounds sterling]70 billion of assets. It said it has reduced its overweight equity position...
Shock Rise in Rail Handouts Speeds Drive to Raise Fares
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE taxpayer's handout to train operating companies has risen for the first time since privatisation, it can be revealed. News of the latest level of subsidy - equivalent to [pounds sterling]45 on the average worker's tax bill...
Six of the Best from Argentina
Guillermo Coria Age 21. World ranking 7. Champions Race 3. Prize money 2003 - [pounds sterling]589,458. Best Grand Slam performance - SF French Open 2003. Best Wimbledon - first round 2001. Nicknamed El Mago (the magician). Perhaps the most improved...
Stars Can Win Us the Olympics; 007, Madonna and Zola May Be Called on to Help 2012 Bid
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER LONDON Olympic bid chairwoman Barbara Cassani today called on stars from the entertainment world to add razzmatazz to the city's campaign for the 2012 Games. The 42-year-old American said she had already spoken to Cherie...
Taiwan's Techs Bucking Trend towards Tail-Off; MARKET REPORT
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH MOST of Asia's equity markets ended the week on a softer note today, tracking the declines seen overnight on Wall Street but a slew of Taiwan's tech stocks managed to buck the trend. Although Taiwan's Weighted index eased...
Taking the Lead
Byline: MARK PALMER Taking London pooches need never miss out on walkies again, says Mark Palmer, as he meets the city's leading dog walkers Angela Norton, 38 'The satisfaction I receive knowing that my clients - the two-legged ones and the...
The Biggest Test of All; England Have to Watch out for Ambush
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IT has all felt a mite unnerving to be an Englishman in Melbourne this week. Australians telling you that their world rugby champions are underdogs in tomorrow's Test match . . . their arch Pom-baiting coach Eddie Jones hailing...
The Boycott That Failed to Ruin the Tournament
Byline: BARRY NEWCOMBE IMAGINE, for a moment, that five days before this year's Wimbledon, more than 70 of the top men's players decide to stage a walkout. That's right. No Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Richard Krajicek and, possibly,...
The Car Seat That Saved Our Son's Life; Motoring
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS CAR seat maker Britax is used to getting anxious calls from the public, especially when events like Child Safety Week, which starts next Monday, provoke a flood of interest. Question number one is "how can I find the right...
The Men with a Mission; Tim Henman Will Be Eyeing the Prize at Wimbledon This Year, but His Former Coach, David Felgate, Is Looking a Lot Further Ahead as He Tries to Re-Seed the Grass Roots of British Tennis, as Chris Jones Reports
Byline: CHRIS JONES SHOULD Tim Henman defy the odds and his dodgy right shoulder to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936, expect to hear a huge roar of laughter among the yelps of delight inside the redbrick facade of the Lawn...
The Numbers Game
60,000 The number of pints of Pimm's consumed at Wimbledon 2002 along with 312,500 bottles of water plus 14,000 bottles of champagne. 13 The number of countries whose representatives have won the men's singles title. The United States leads...
The Restaurant Spy; THE ANGLESEA ARMS Is a Gastropub, but the Food Is of a Higher Standard'
Byline: TOBY YOUNG A few weeks ago I wrote a eulogy to Halepi, a Greek-Cypriot place in Bayswater, and said how much I wished Shepherd's Bush had a little neighbourhood restaurant of the same quality. Since then I've been deluged with letters...
The Top Ten. Party Dictators
Nothing says more about the rich and famous than their parties - often dedicated to boosting their own egos, at the expense of their guests- When it comes to party dictators, Sir Elton John, 56, holds the trump card. At his ultra-glamorous White...
The Unlikely Lads; Bands That Have Hovered on the Fringes of Rock Are Now Challenging the Tedium of the Charts - by Just Having Fun
Byline: DAVID SMYTH UPSTAIRS at the Monarch pub, Camden, the venue of choice for winsome indie bands whose idea of showmanship is wearing a tighter T-shirt than usual, a different kind of rock concert is going on. The Texan quintet Young Heart Attack...
'They Told Me He Had Drowned and They Gave Me the Wedding Ring He'd Worn for Just Four Days'; London Teacher Liza Jones, 32, Lost Her Husband in a Drowning Accident on Honeymoon. Here, for the First Time, She Talks about the Tragedy, and How She Has Rebuilt Her Life
Byline: ALISON ROBERTS IT was the second day of our honeymoon in paradise. I had spent the morning writing thank-you letters to our wedding guests while John read a book. We had lunch and then decided to take a turn around the island, which was...
This Is a First Class Delivery; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Unsent Letters/The Hebrew Lesson Orange Tree, Richmond ANOTHER theatrical season draws to a close and with it comes the end of one more year in the Orange Tree's admirably successful trainee director scheme. Established...
Tough Talk, but Blair Is a Coward on the Run
Byline: WILL SELF YOU may be tempted to think that the Prime Minister's aggression at the dispatch box this week - when he angrily dismissed criticisms of his constitutional-cum-Cabinet reshuffle - was evidence of a newfound steeliness tempered...
Tracy Weighs in with Some Advice for Hantuchova
Byline: CHRIS JONES TRACY AUSTIN, the former waif-like world No1, today urged Daniela Hantuchova to add "at least another 10 pounds" to a body that has become the talk of women's tennis. There are serious concerns over Hantuchova's dramatic weight...
Trigger-Happy US Soldiers 'Will Create Cycle of Revenge'
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY;PATRICK SAWER MPs FROM across the political spectrum today reacted with shock and concern to revelations that triggerhappy US troops in Iraq regularly kill civilians. Yesterday the Evening Standard published confessions...
Well, Is It in or Out?
The courts might be slowing down but the pace of change continues with naked navels, bare biceps and a Hollywood film. Kate Battersby reports on what to look out for this year Courting the stars The 2003 Championships will see the shooting of...
Wenger's Hand in Beckham Transfer
Byline: DAVID MELLOR ONE man is to blame for the Beckham debacle: Arsene Wenger. Is he mad, I hear you ask? Bear with me. Manchester United won the Championship by default. If Arsenal had maintained any semblance of their previous form, United's...
Wenger Taunt over Beckham Transfer
Byline: MATT HUGHES ARSENE WENGER believes that David Beckham's move to Real Madrid could be the first of several summer departures from Old Trafford. The Arsenal manager taunted his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson by suggesting...
When Harry Met. JK Keeps Quiet on First Love
Byline: REBECCA MOWLING HARRY POTTER is to get his first girlfriend but JK Rowling has revealed there will be no sex in the new book which goes on sale at midnight. On American television the multimillionaire author read a few paragraphs of the...
Why I Have No Sympathy for Old New Mums; One Writer Has Little Pity for Thirtysomething Mothers. She Has Been There, and Made Less Fuss
Byline: SOPHIE RADICE I GOT married to Patrice at 23 and had my first child at 26. So while my friends had disposable incomes and evenings spent clubbing, I had sore nipples and was knee-deep in nappies. My friends were perplexed. How could I be...
Win Rackets the Williams Sisters Put Their Faith In
STANDARD SPORT has teamed up exclusively with Wilson, the world's leading tennis brand, to give you the chance to be one of 20 lucky readers to win a brand new Hammer racket, as used by Serena Williams and her sister Venus (pictured, left). Using...
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