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Articles from August 12, 2004

100 Greatest Films to Build Your Dvd Library
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Double Indemnity Universal Studios Director: Billy Wilder, 1944, 107mins SOMEONE once said that there was less in Billy Wilder's films than met the eye. Actually, there was more. What met the eye was usually pretty good....
Also Showing
ALSO SHOWING THE MAGIC GLOVES ..... No cert, 90 mins MARTIN RETJMAN'S droll little comedy about a motley group of Buenos Aires survivors of the Argentinian economic meltdown takes the softly, softly approach, making you smile rather than laugh at...
A Revelation from Jana.Cek
PROMS 2004 BBC Scottish SO/Volkov Royal Albert Hall Stephen Pettitt THERE could have been no clearer statement of Ilan Volkov's high ambitions for himself and for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra than this programme. Mozart - always a challenge...
British Museum Shows Ancient Treasures to Aid Sudan Refugees
Byline: LUKE LEITCH A MAJOR British Museum exhibition of the ancient treasures of Sudan is to raise money for the country's estimated two million refugees. The humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Darfur is now so profound that an estimated...
Britons Escape Death in Second Coach Disaster; Six Killed as Bus Falls 60ft into Peru Ravine
Byline: PATRICK SAWER TWO Britons have been hurt after a bus plunged into a dry riverbed in Peru, killing five passengers and the driver. Tourists and local people were travelling on an overnight doubledecker service when it came off the road...
Burglar Gets Job as a Policeman with Met; YARD LAUNCHES INQUIRY OVER VETTING PROCEDURE FAILINGS
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A CONVICTED burglar with a long criminal record has been working as a Scotland Yard police officer for three years. The constable, whose duties included patrolling the streets of Belgravia, got the job after lying about...
BURGLAR GETS JOB AS POLICE OFFICER; Vetting Failures Help Convict to Join the Met
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A CONVICTED burglar with a long criminal record has been working as a Scotland Yard police officer for three years. The constable, whose duties included patrolling the streets of Belgravia, got the job after lying about...
Carphone Warehouse Sends out Right Signal to Germans
Byline: MICKEY CLARK CARPHONE Warehouse bounced off a year's low today after being thrown a line by one of the City's big players. Its shares firmed 21/2p to 125p after Deutsche Bank upgraded from hold to buy and repeated its target of 145p because...
Computer Bug Leaves Students Facing Loans Crisis
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT THOUSANDS of students are facing a cash crisis amid mounting delays in processing loans. Local authorities are grappling with a massive backlog of applications for student loans because of computer glitches. They fear...
Convicted Burglar Gets Job as Police Officer with Met; YARD LAUNCHES INQUIRY OVER VETTING PROCEDURE FAILINGS
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A POLICE constable was suspended today after it emerged that he was a convicted burglar with a long criminal record. The officer, whose duties included patrolling the streets of Belgravia, has been with Scotland Yard...
Diop Ready to Follow in Vieira's Footsteps
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS THERE will definitely be one six foot-plus, Senegalborn midfielder striking fear into Premiership opponents this season. Whether there are two depends on Patrick Vieira. While the France star has been mulling over a switch...
Don't Fall for This Hysteria on Crime
Byline: NICK COHEN LORRY loads of nonsense about crime are being tipped over the public, and beware, the amount of rubbish talked about it will only increase before the election. This autumn, as in all preceding autumns, New Labour will stuff...
Driver Killed Going Wrong Way on M23; HOLIDAYMAKERS CAUGHT UP IN FIVE-HOUR MOTORWAY MAYHEM
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS;PATRICK SAWER A MAN who drove the wrong way along a motorway died today in a head-on crash which left another person seriously injured and thousands of Gatwick-bound holidaymakers facing long delays. The motorist was driving...
Father Fights for Life after Hit-and-Run Accident; SEARCH FOR VAN DRIVER WHO FLED THE SCENE OF RUSH-HOUR COLLISION
Byline: BO WILSON;REBECCA MOWLING MATTHEW KULARATNE should have had the best years of his life ahead of him. He had just become a father for the first time and had recently finished renovating the home he planned to share with his wife Becky...
Ferguson May Stick with Keane Security
Byline: PAUL THOMSON SIR ALEX FERGUSON is considering continuing with Roy Keane at centre- half after the Manchester United captain made a valuable contribution there in last night's 2-1 win at Dinamo Bucharest in a Champions League qualifier. ...
Final Act for the Laws
Byline: NICK RODDICK YOU have to feel sorry for Jude Law and Sadie Frost. Just when the celebrity mags were finally tiring of trailing them, along comes the delayed premiere of a major new film on which they worked together. It is called Sky...
Force Took Seven Hours to Respond to 999 Call from Couple Shot in Revenge
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS A COUPLE killed in a suspected revenge murder had reported a prowler outside their home minutes before they were shot dead - but it took police seven hours to respond, it was revealed today. Joan and John Stirland, parents...
Fountain Is a Damp Squib; Only a Handful There to See Diana Memorial Work Again
Byline: CLAIR WEAVER WHEN it first opened, there was a grand ceremony, the Queen gave a speech and hundreds turned up to watch. But today, as the water was turned on at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain after a three-week closure, it was a very...
Hargreaves Fight; Bayern and Spurs at Odds over the Fee for Midfielder
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS TOTTENHAM'S bid to land Owen Hargreaves from Bayern Munich is in danger of failing because of the German club's transfer demands. New Bayern coach Felix Magath is reluctant to let the England midfielder leave, but will do...
High-Rolling Lifestyle of Junior Tax Office Conman; WORKER ON [Pounds Sterling]19,000 A YEAR OWNED [Pounds sterling]1M WORTH OF PROPERTY
Byline: BO WILSON TO HIS fellow employees, he seemed like any other office worker trying to make ends meet on a modest salary. But away from the austere surroundings of his Inland Revenue office, Errol Mark was leading a champagne lifestyle -...
Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves New Father in Fight for Life
Byline: BO WILSON;REBECCA MOWLING MATTHEW KULARATNE should have had the best years of his life ahead of him. He had just become a father for the first time and had recently finished renovating the home he planned to share with his wife Becky...
Hitman on the Run
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM THE BOURNE SUPREMACY ..... Cert 12A, 120 mins IF HOLLYWOOD was amazed that The Bourne Identity made it big at the box office, they won't be at all surprised by the sequel's success. The better film technically, it is confidently...
Hoggard Strikes an Early Blow after Rain
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND and their success-hungry supporters were kept waiting by the weather at Old Trafford today. But the West Indies did not hold them up for too long. Heavy overnight rain delayed the start of the Third Test by an hour....
In London Tonight
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN BY RICHARD GODWIN Plan your evening's entertainment with our guide to the best films, shows, gigs and one-off events that are still taking bookings (at the time of going to press). PICK OF THE NIGHT Journey's End 7.30pm,...
In Short
Pinsent could try to equal Redgrave's golden haul MATTHEW PINSENT today admitted he may be tempted to match Sir Steve Redgrave's haul of five golds if Britain's coxless four triumph on Saturday week. Redgrave vowed to retire after his fourth...
Iraq Kick off Their New Era Free from Hussein
Byline: DAVID SMITH ATTEMPTING to meet the Olympic creed of "citius, altius, fortius" - faster, higher, stronger - is impossible when athletes are burdened by a terrible fear of failure. When Iraq was ruled by Saddam Hussein, and sport in that...
'I Will Sue My Rapist Husband for Lottery Winnings'; WIFE VOWS TO CLAIM SERIAL ATTACKER'S [Pounds Sterling]7m JACKPOT MONEY FOR HIS VICTIMS
Byline: PATRICK SAWER THE WIFE of a convicted rapist who won [pounds sterling]7 million on the National Lottery has pledged to sue him and give the proceeds to his victims. Iorworth Hoare's wife Irene, 55, said: "I don't want a penny of that...
Ladies and Gentlemen, Tonight's Star Speaker Is . . . Cherie Booth QC; PM'S WIFE SIGNS FOR AGENCY AND IS SET TO EARN THOUSANDS ON U.S. LECTURE TOUR
Byline: PAUL WAUGH CHERIE BLAIR is to make a lucrative lecture tour of the US after being signed up by the world's leading afterdinner speaking agency. A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister's wife confirmed today that she is being represented...
Livingstone Urged to End C-Charge at 6pm Now to Boost Capital's Economy; CALL FOR CHANGES AS BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS GIVE VERDICT ON EXPANSION
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE was today urged to reduce the congestion charge's operating hours immediately to help boost the capital's night-time economy. The Mayor has announced he will bring the charge to an end at 6pm on weekdays -...
Livingstone Urged to End C-Charge at 6pm to Boost the Capital's Economy; CALL FOR CHANGES AS BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS GIVE VERDICT ON EXPANSION
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE was today urged to reduce the congestion charge's operating hours immediately to help boost the capital's night-time economy. The Mayor has announced he will bring the charge to an end at 6pm on weekdays -...
Londoner's Diary
Connections can't switch on Carla's water FEW are better connected than Carla Powell, glamorous wife of Lady Thatcher's former foreign policy adviser, Lord Powell Of Bayswater. But despite her friendship with Peter Mandelson, our new European Commissioner,...
London Title Rivals Will Be Stars of the Show for Gary
Byline: IAN CHADBAND GARY LINEKER believes that the return of Match of the Day will be illuminated by an all-London battle for the Premiership crown between Chelsea and Arsenal. Mind you, he admits, his predictions never have been quite as accurate...
Love Leads to Murder
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Jen-ufa OPERA Glyndebourne Opera Barry Millington A PIECE of Glyndebourne passes into history at the end of this season as Nikolaus Lehnhoff 's much admired production of Janac .ek's Jen -ufa is revived for the last time....
Magic Man Flintoff Does the Trick Again
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ANDREW FLINTOFF worked his amazing magic again today just when England and their successhungry supporters were getting frustrated at Old Trafford. Whether Flintoff is the best cricketer in the world right now may be open to...
Mandelson Lands Top European Trade Role [Pounds Sterling]120,000; 120,000A-YEAR JOB PUTS EX-CABINET MINISTER ON WORLD STAGE
Byline: PAUL WAUGH PETER MANDELSON was given the biggest job of his career today when he was appointed Europe's commissioner on trade. The appointment, announced by new Commission president Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, gives the former Cabinet...
Master of the Hunt; Recruiting for the Top Jobs in Industry Is a Talent That Needs Fox-Like Cunning. Bonnie Estridge Tracks Down the Headhunters
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE TRYING to make a discreet approach to a high-ranking female banker, Barnaby Parker found his calls were intercepted by her PA, who constantly claimed she was "in a meeting". In the true spirit of the wily headhunter he decided...
Meet the Crazy Bunch
Byline: WILL SELF A TALE OF TWO SISTERS Cert 15 , 115 mins. THERE'S nothing more inconceivably vile in the psychic world of the male director of horror films than a menstruating girl. Poor, eponymous Carrie (1976): her PMT was so savage that...
Mickelson's Great Year Could Have Been Grand; Phil Looks on the Bright Side of Life
WITH finishes of first, second and third in the first three golf majors of 2004, Phil Mickelson can already put it down as a great year. But with the United States PGA Championship getting under way at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin today, Mickelson...
Millwall's Paphitis to Quit as Chairman
Byline: LEO SPALL THEO PAPHITIS will step down as Millwall chairman at the end of the season. He has told the club's board that he intends to concentrate on his stationery and lingerie businesses from next summer. Paphitis wants to stay involved...
Move to Give Police New Powers of Arrest over Any Offender
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN .Suspects could be fingerprinted at roadside .Litter louts would be detained on the spot POLICE would gain sweeping powers to arrest anyone committing an offence - no matter how minor - under proposals published today by...
New Feast Is Priority for Hungry England
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN is confident that complacency will not become a problem for England - because they just love the winning feeling too much. Vaughan's men arrived in Manchester for today's Third npower Test eager to extend a...
New Health Alert on Cereals; CONSUMERS COULD OVERDOSE ON VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS, DANISH SCIENTISTS WARN
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT BREAKFAST cereal manufacturers today insisted their products were safe following a health scare over added ingredients. Kellogg's has been banned from selling a string of best-selling products, including Rice Krispies,...
New Health Row over Extras Added to Cereals; Danes Ban Kellogg's Breakfast Bestsellers
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN;REBECCA SMITH A MAJOR debate over the safety of breakfast cereals was ignited today after a health scare over added ingredients. It came following a ban on sales by Kellogg's in Denmark of a string of bestselling products...
Nine Days of Disruption as Commuter Line Closes for Essential Maintenance
Byline: DICK MURRAY PARTS of one of London's busy commuter lines are to close for nine days. Thousands of passengers on the North London Line (NLL) face horrendous disruption with longer journeys by replacement buses. Mark Steward, director...
Nine Days of Disruption as Commuter Rail Line Closes for Maintenance
Byline: DICK MURRAY PARTS of one of London's commuter lines are to close for nine days. Thousands of passengers on the North London line (NLL) face serious disruption with longer journeys by replacement buses. Mark Steward, director of operator...
Nine Stars to Brighten; after All the Sad Sagas This Year, a Golden Chance Looms
Byline: IAN CHADBAND BRITAIN'S Olympic chief Simon Clegg may have been a bit naughty to conveniently forget England's triumphant Test cricketers but, essentially, his thesis about our Athens team being on a mission to end our "sorry summer of sport"...
NINE STARS TO BRIGHTEN THE SUMMER OF GLOOM; after All the Sad Sagas This Year, a Golden Chance Looms
Byline: IAN CHADBAND BRITAIN'S Olympic chief Simon Clegg may have been a bit naughty to conveniently forget England's triumphant Test cricketers but, essentially, his thesis about our Athens team being on a mission to end our "sorry summer of sport"...
OWEN PRICE FLIGHT; Bayern and Spurs at Odds over the Fee for Hargreaves
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS TOTTENHAM's bid to land Owen Hargreaves from Bayern Munich is in danger of failing because of the German club's transfer demands. New Bayern coach Felix Magath is reluctant to let the England midfielder leave but will do...
Pick of the Night; London Jobs
TERRY RAMSEY TV Editor Cheating at Athens - Is It Worth It? 9pm, Channel 4 HARDLY a week goes by these days without one sporting star or another being caught taking performance-enhancing drugs. In Britain, 20 competitors have been banned in the...
Plan to Give Police New Powers of Arrest for Minor Offences
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN .Suspects could be fingerprinted at roadside .Litter louts would be detained on the spot POLICE would gain sweeping powers to arrest even the most minor offenders under proposals published today by Home Secretary David...
Plan to Give Police New Powers of Arrest over Any Offender
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN POLICE would gain sweeping powers to arrest anyone committing an offence - no matter how minor - under proposals published today by Home Secretary David Blunkett. It could in theory lead to people being arrested for even the...
Police Called in after BBC Report on Nursery Abuse; CARERS SACKED AS FOOTAGE SHOWS THEM DRAGGING FRIGHTENED CHILDREN AROUND
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN STAFF at a west London nursery were under investigation today over claims that they slept on the job and failed to maintain hygiene standards. Childcare watchdog Ofsted said it was studying undercover film footage from Petits...
Police Launch Inquiry into Nursery 'Scandal'; PARENTS SHOCKED BY FILM - BUT OTHERS ATTACK 'UNDERHAND' BBC
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN STAFF at a west London nursery were under investigation today over claims that they slept on the job and failed to maintain hygiene standards. Childcare watchdog Ofsted said it was studying undercover film footage from Petits...
Police Took Seven Hours to Respond to 999 Call from Couple Shot in Revenge; HUSBAND AND WIFE CALLED FOR HELP 30 MIINUTES BEFORE BEING GUNNED DOWN
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS A COUPLE killed in a suspected revenge murder had reported a prowler outside their home minutes before they were shot dead - but it took police seven hours to respond, it was revealed today. Joan and John Stirland, the...
Polished Engaging Meets Clunky Leaden
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Simon Woodroffe Pleasance Courtyard Bruce Dessau Mark Borkowski Assembly Rooms THERE has been much grumbling from stand-ups this year about chancers muscling in on their trade. People from other occupations coming to Scotland...
Proud Theo to Step Down as Chairman
Byline: LEO SPALL THEO PAPHITIS will step down as Millwall chairman at the end of the season. He has told the club's board that he intends to concentrate on his stationery and lingerie businesses from next summer. Paphitis wants to stay involved...
Punch-Up at the Grosvenor; Awards End in Fisticuffs between Winner and Judge
Byline: PAUL SIMS AN AWARDS ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel ended in an unceremonious punch-up, a court heard today. One of the judges at the black-tie Direct Marketing Association awards thumped an art director on the nose after he boasted...
Rentokil Bonds Keep Pace as Bid Buzz Boosts Shares
Byline: MICKEY CLARK Scottish & Southern Energy slid after broker UBS downgraded the shares from buy to neutral and cut its 12-month target price from 775p to 770p. UBS noted that the THIS week's flurry of activity in ordinary shares of Rentokil...
Scripted for Us All
Shimmer/Take Me Away THEATRE Traverse Veronica Lee SHIMMER, by Scottish playwright Linda McLean, is a haunting reflection on bereavement. Three women from the same family turn up, wet and bedraggled, at a Loch Lomond B&B, diverted by the bad...
Should Ministers Tell Me How to Raise My Children? as Margaret Hodge Proposes Parenting Classes, One Writer Asks Why the Government Seems So Afraid to Tackle the Big Issues for Families
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER IT WAS bad enough the Children's Play Council admonishing us last week for supposedly forgetting how to play with our children. Now those middleclass parents guilty of sins such as answering mobile phones while with their...
Smoking Ban Moves Nearer as Councils Seek New Powers; Borough Poised to Start Trial
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A BAN on smokers lighting up in public places in London took a dramatic step forward today. Councils are to ask Parliament for powers to outlaw smoking in workplaces, pubs and restaurants - with Enfield poised for a trial...
Smoking Ban Moves Nearer as Councils Seek Tough Restrictions; BOROUGH POISED TO OUTLAW HABIT IN WORKPLACES, BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A BAN on smokers lighting up in public places in London took a dramatic step forward today. Councils are to ask Parliament for powers to outlaw smoking in workplaces, pubs and restaurants - with Enfield poised for a trial...
STUDENT CRISIS AS LOANS VANISH; Teenagers to Be Left Penniless as Computer Traps Fund Applications
Byline: TIM MILES THOUSANDS of university students were today warned they face starting their courses with no cash. The money, to pay for books, rent and living costs, has disappeared within a new centralised computer system designed to process...
Sue Lottery Rapist for His [Pounds Sterling]7m, Minister Tells Victims; CIVIL ACTION URGED AGAINST JAILED ATTACKER WHO SCOOPED HUGE JACKPOT
Byline: PATRICK SAWER;BEN LEAPMAN VICTIMS of the rapist who won [pounds sterling]7million on the National Lottery were today urged by a government minister to sue him. Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said she hoped at least one of the women...
Surgery Is a Pain in the Botox
PLASTIC surgery has always seemed to me one of life's mysteries. Not enjoying the acquaintance of anyone who has had it done, I am forced to base my observations on the photographs that regularly appear in newspapers and magazines. All of these...
THE BIGGEST LOOK UNDER THE SUN; to Match the Mystique of Jackie O, Retreat Behind a Pair of Shades - and the Grander and Bolder, the Better
Byline: LAURA CRAIK WAS there ever a better invention than sunglasses? No matter that your crow's feet are crowing from the rooftops, or your hangover so dire that your eyes look like Dracula's bride's - sunglasses will hide the evidence. ...
The Buzz
Bush's Brain comes out for the convention FLAMBOYANT British film mogul Hamish McAlpine is trying to influence the outcome of the US election. In the first release from his new outfit, Tartan USA, McAlpine will distribute Bush's Brain, a documentary...
The Pavement Police; AS DEBATE RAGES ON AL FRESCO DINING, WE TAKE A TAPE MEASURE TO THE STREETS
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK IT'S the subject of the day in cafe society. Forget the Sven and Nancy saga and Britain's chances in the Olympics, the talk among the city's restaurant clientele is all about whether they should be allowed to dine al...
The Talk in FOOTBALL
Pennant for Carrick? No thanks, say Hammers ARSENAL'S pursuit of Michael Carrick was short and sweet. The West Ham star was all set for Portsmouth until late interest from the champions sunk a [pounds sterling]3.5million transfer. But Arsenal's...
This Heroin Addict Can Earn [Pounds Sterling]150 a Day begging.Would You Give Her Any Money? as Council Leaders Urge People Not to Offer Cash, One Woman's Story Highlights the Dilemma We All Have to Face
Byline: PATRICK SAWER IT DIDN'T start as a good day for begging: as the rain came down in sheets, Shannon remained out of sight, sheltering in an alley doorway. But as soon as the clouds parted she adopted her usual position next to an HSBC cash...
This Heroin Addict Earns [Pounds Sterling]150 a Day begging.Would You Give Her Any Money? as Council Leaders Urge People Not to Offer Cash, One Woman's Story Highlights the Dilemma We All Have to Face
Byline: PATRICK SAWER IT didn't start as a good day for begging: as the rain came down in sheets, Shannon remained out of sight, sheltering in an alley doorway. But as soon as the clouds parted she adopted her usual position next to an HSBC cash...
Top Hermes Duo Quit in Wrangle over a Stake in the Business
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER THE TWO top City fund managers who quit [pounds sterling]44 billion asset manager Hermes earlier this week resigned because their efforts to take a stake in one of its flagship divisions were rejected. Peter Butler, 55,...
To Win Olympic Gold I Have to Be Truthful with My Athletes - However Much That Hurts Them; How Do You Become a Winner? on the Eve of the Athens Olympics, UK Athletics Performance Director Max Jones, 57, Explains His Drive for Perfection
Byline: BARNEY CALMAN AS soon as I could walk I was kicking a ball about, just like all working-class lads of my generation. After school we'd play football or cricket until teatime, and at the weekends I'd be out in the fields with my friends...
Upbeat Coe Is Ready for His Biggest Olympic Challenge since Los Angeles Triumph
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER WITH London facing its biggest crisis so far in the campaign to stage the 2012 Olympics, one leading international sports figure was sure he knew what the capital required to pull itself out of the mire caused by the Panorama...
We Live in the World's Sixth Most Costly City; FALLING U.S. DOLLAR PUSHES CAPITAL HIGHER IN COST-OF-LIVING TABLE
Byline: JANE PADGHAM LONDON has leapt from 10th to sixth in the league table of the world's most expensive cities, a survey shows today. From cars to CDs and cigarettes to cinema tickets, the study shows the capital deserves its reputation as...
Who's Afraid of Sigourney Weaver?
Byline: GARTH PEARCE She stars in the scariest film of the year, wants to make another Alien movie with Ridley Scott - and is still railing against Hollywood THIS is going to have people jumping out of their seats, I thought, when I read the script,"...
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