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Articles from July 8, 2003

A Little Nightmare Music
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON CLASSICAL Schubert Ensemble/Martin Butler premiere Goldsmiths' Hall, EC2 FEW groups have done more to promote new music than the Schubert Ensemble. Over the two decades since they were founded (they celebrate their...
Army Training Instructor Charged with Sex Attacks on Two Deepcut Recruits
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY A FORMER military training instructor has been charged with raping and sexually assaulting two young recruits at Deepcut barracks in Surrey, where four soldiers have died in controversial circumstances. Les Skinner, 45,...
Becks in His Glad Rags; Star Dresses Up as Roman Warrior for New Pepsi Advertisement
Byline: ANDR PAINE;RICHARD SIMPSON THE hair is familiar, as is the ball at his feet, but the clothes are a departure, even for David Beckham. Real Madrid's new [pounds sterling]25 million signing is playing the part of a Roman gladiator as he lines...
Big Four Accountants Take a [Pounds Sterling]200 Million Hit after Enron
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE TOP UK accounting firms have lost more than [pounds sterling]200 million a year in fees from major corporate clients on the back of the Enron scandal, the Evening Standard can reveal. A global clampdown on the add-on services...
Blair Faces His Toughest Grilling on Iraq as Poll Reveals He Has Lost Trust
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR today faced his most detailed grilling yet over Iraq, as the latest opinion poll showed he had lost the trust of most voters. The Prime Minister, with the row over the war still raging, was appearing before an...
Bomb Nearly Killed Me but Now I'm Going to Be a Father
Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER ONE year ago, Marios Gavriel was lying unconscious in hospital after being caught in a bomb attack on a Spanish tourist resort. His life was hanging in the balance after a piece of shrapnel tore into his chest, breaking...
Britain Is World Leader in Thieving and Fraud
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS THE British are a nation of thieves, taking goods from shops, offices and factories at a greater rate than in any other country. British companies also suffer some of the highest levels of fraud in the world, says accountant...
BSkyB Eyes Golden Goal of Cheaper Football Rights
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK RUPERT Murdoch's satellite broadcaster BSkyB has begun renegotiating its [pounds sterling]1.1 billion Premier League contract, which expires at the end of next season. A new offer has to be pitched by Friday but is expected...
Chelsea Bid for Cagliari to Keep Zola
Byline: MATT HUGHES CHELSEA were so desperate to keep hold of Gianfranco Zola they considered buying his new club Cagliari to enable the Italian to return to Stamford Bridge, writes Matt Hughes. Zola made a verbal agreement to join the Sardinian...
Chelsea Just One Stop on Global Cash Route; from Moscow to Mauritius, Abramovich's Millions Are Making the World Go Round
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE long-running mystery over who really owns Chelsea football club - one of the great unsolved riddles of corporate Britain - has only deepened with the [pounds sterling]140million takeover bid from Russian tycoon Roman...
Chelsfield Runs the Rule over Potential White City Partners
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER PROPERTY group Chelsfield is shortlisting partners who will inject [pounds sterling]200 million into its giant White City retail and leisure centre in return for a 50% stake in it. Nigel Hugill, chief executive of the group...
Chinatown Businesses 'Struggling to Survive' C-Charge Downturn
Byline: LAURA SMITH NEW evidence of the impact of the congestion charge on business is revealed today. Following a report by the London Chamber of Commerce that hundreds of retailers have seen their takings hit, firms in Chinatown now claim the...
Cockerel's Wakeup Call Lands Owners in Court; NEIGHBOUR'S COMPLAINT ABOUT CROWING COSTS TAXPAYERS THOUSANDS
Byline: ROB MCNEIL AN EXTRAORDINARY row over a cockerel has broken out in an area of north London. The early morning crowing of Parsley has landed his owners, Michael and Heather Keeble, in court after he kept waking up their neighbours. Now...
Defiant 'I Did Right Thing on Iraq'
Byline: CHARLES REISS A DEFIANT Tony Blair today refused point-blank to apologise in the row over the war in Iraq, saying: "I think we made the right case and did the right thing." In what could prove to be a significant retreat, he said he believed...
England Turn to Gough's Cunning
Byline: DAVID LLOYD DARREN GOUGH reminded England that there is no substitute for experience after South Africa had made a riproaring start to today's NatWest Series international at Edgbaston. The 32-year-old Yorkshire fast bowler may still...
Eriksson Mystery; Sven Linked to Meeting with Chelsea Owner
Byline: KEN DYER SPECULATION was increasing today that Sven-Goran Eriksson met representatives of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich last week. And the Football Association pledged it would look into the claims when Eriksson returns from abroad....
Flushed Owner Will Spend Pennies Wisely at Chelsea
Byline: DAVID THOMAS LOOK on the bright side, non-Blues. Even Roman Abramovich isn't the richest man in Russia. So there could be another ex-Soviet zillionaire, just waiting to snap up Tottenham or Arsenal. Mind you, they'd be taking a deal that...
Gerrard Blasts 'Mad' Schedule
Byline: PAUL THOMSON STEVEN GERRARD, who is set to join Liverpool's preseason training camp in Switzerland this week, today criticised the "madness" of England's international schedule which has meant only a brief break from playing. Gerrard,...
Haven't We Met before? Boris Becker's New Mystery Date Bears a Strong Resemblance to His Former Loves
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;ALLAN HALL THERE is a new woman in Boris Becker's life - and there's no doubt that she is his type. The tennis star's latest date bears an uncanny resemblance to several of her predecessors, most notably his former wife...
Hugh Is This Actor? 13-YEAR-OLD WITH A FAMOUS COUSIN LANDS MAJOR ROLE AS YOUNG HITLER
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON HE IS barely out of shorts, but his bumbling manner and plummy tones are unmistakably familiar. This is the 13-year-old cousin of Hugh Grant. Grant - Britain's most famous bachelor at 43 - has based his 20-year career...
Labour Rebels Set to Win Concessions on Foundation Hospitals; UP TO 70 BACKBENCHERS OPPOSE FLAGSHIP SHAKE-UP OF THE HEALTH SERVICE
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR was being forced to offer new concessions on his NHS reforms today in the face of a huge rebellion by MPs. Up to 70 Labour backbenchers were set to oppose his flagship plan for foundation hospitals in a Commons showdown...
Late Hitch Hits Liverpool's Bid to Land Kewell
Byline: MATT HUGHES HARRY KEWELL has cancelled plans to announce his [pounds sterling]7million move from Leeds to Liverpool after a late hitch in the deal. The midfielder has recorded an interview with Australian broadcasters Channel Nine announcing...
Livingstone Has Lost the Plot over the Tube, Says LU Chief; MAYOR ACCUSED OF USING NETWORK AS A 'POLITICAL FOOTBALL'
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST KEN LIVINGSTONE has "lost the plot" in his dealings with London Underground and held up Tube improvements, according to the network's outgoing chief, Paul Godier. Mr Godier marked his departure from his job as LU managing...
Lords Plan to Ambush Archer on Return to House
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN PEERS are plotting to embarrass Jeffrey Archer in the Lords after accepting that they cannot block his return to Westminster following his release from prison this month. Parliamentary rules allow convicted peers to continue...
Lunke Can't Believe Her Good Fortune in US Open-Sport in Short
HILARY LUNKE, who had never finished better than 15th in any LPGA Tour golf event, defeated fellow Americans Angela Stanford and Kelly Robbins in an 18-hole playoff to win the US Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon. "I can't believe this happened....
Making the Best of Regulation
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE Institute of Directors has a seminar coming up that will look at the rising tide of regulation in Britain and what can be done about it. It is to be chaired by King Canute - or the modern day alternative, Ruth Lea, head...
Managing a Change of Career; Education Review
Byline: WENDY LEDGER ONCE considered the preserve of the elite, the MBA (Masters in Business Administration) is now one of the world's most popular management courses. There are more than 200 different MBA programmes available in over 120 countries,...
Match of Today John Reid V Frank DOBSON
Ground: The Commons Kick-off: 12.30pm Probable score: Government 2, rebels 1 UP for grabs in the Foundation Hospital Cup is the future of the NHS. There is lot of grumbling that Scottish and Welsh players are being drafted in to strengthen the...
Meet Me at OH!art
Byline: JUSTINE SPELLER Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG. Tel: 020 7739 9001. Fax: 020 7729 0435. Email: booking oxfordhouse.org.uk. Website: www.oxfordhouse.org.uk Why? This new art centre is part of Oxford House, a multipurpose...
Missing for 14 Hours ... Found Yards Away; MYSTERY OF HOW GIRL, SIX, SPENT NIGHT UNDETECTED DESPITE
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI;PAUL CHESTON;JUSTIN DAVENPORT POLICE are investigating the mystery of a girl who was feared to have been abducted for 14 hours - only to be found four doors from her home. Summer Haipule, six, was said to have been...
Mr Bravery's Big Ambition
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM LISTEN to some people, and this year's Darley July Cup boils down to a battle between two horses. In the blue corner is Choisir, the Australian raider who came halfway round the world to show Europe's fastest horses what...
News in Brief
Team start to divide twins' brains on Day 3 of operation SURGEONS attempting to separate adult Siamese twins joined at the head today started the process of cutting apart their brains "millimetre by millimetre". As the operation to split Iranian-born...
Noisy Night Flights at Heathrow Can Carry on, Euro Judges Rule; RESIDENTS LIVING UNDER FLIGHT PATH PLEDGE TO KEEP FIGHTING
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;VICTORIA FLETCHER;NILUFER ATIK ANTI-NOISE campaigners today lost a bid to ban night flights at Heathrow. European judges ruled that takeoffs and landings in the early hours do not breach the human rights of residents under...
Now Italian Minister Brands the Germans Arrogant and Noisy
Byline: ALLAN HALL THE "Nazi jibe" diplomatic row deepened today when Germany's chancellor Gerhard Schroder threatened to cancel his holiday to Italy following new remarks from a member of the Italian government. It comes after Italian prime...
Rio Joins London in Race to Host Games
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER LONDON learned today that it is now part of the most competitive and prestigious bidding race in the history of the Olympics. Rio de Janeiro is the ninth city to enter the contest for the 2012 Games, bringing Brazilian flair...
Ronaldinho Snub; PSG Boss Claims Brazilian Won't Move to Chelsea
Byline: PAUL THOMSON RONALDINHO is set to reject a move to Chelsea, according to Paris St Germain president Francis Graille. Chelsea have been in contact with PSG regarding the Brazilian star following Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's takeover...
Safety Investigation Ordered into Private Cosmetic Surgeons; REPORT CLAIMS MANY CLINICS FAIL TO CHECK QUALIFICATIONS
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT HEALTH chiefs are to launch a full investigation into cosmetic surgery, amid mounting fears over the quality of some clinics. A spot-check by government inspectors in London revealed that many practices fail even to check...
Safeway Profits Hold Up amid Five-Way Bid Race
Byline: FIONA WALSH FIRST-quarter profits at Safeway will match the previous year's figure, excluding bid-related costs, despite the distractions of the ferocious five-way battle for control of Britain's fourth-largest supermarkets group. Chairman...
Sex, the Bible and the Real World; the Church of England's Turmoil over the Jeffrey John Affair Raises Questions about How the Testaments Are Interpreted
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL THERE are many who absolutely believe in the holiness of Holy Writ, particularly those in the Evangelical wing of the Church of England who, with the casuistry of the skilled Jesuit, struggle to justify as God-given the Bible's...
Sham? You Can't Be Serious; Tennis Chief Felgate Hits Back at Claims That Move for McEnroe Is Just Window-Dressing
Byline: CHRIS JONES BRITISH tennis chiefs today denied that their decision to bring in John McEnroe is an exercise in "fluff " to create a short-term feel-good factor in the sport. Poor results at Wimbledon highlighted the paucity of international...
SHE'S SAFE; Missing Six-Year-Old Is Found Asleep at Neighbour's Home
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI A MASSIVE hunt for a girl of six ended today when she was found safe and well at a neighbour's house four doors away. Summer Haipule was reported to have been snatched from the street by two men near her Brighton home...
Simons Turns Up Heat on England
Byline: DAVID LLOYD SOUTH AFRICA raised the stakes in Birmingham by insisting that today's 'dress rehearsal' meeting with England could have an important bearing on the rest of the summer. Given that both countries are already through to Saturday's...
Singapore Welcome for Li Ka-Shing Retail Trust
Byline: BILL CONDIE HONG KONG property developer Cheung Kong, controlled by Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, announced today that it will sell five Hong Kong shopping centres to a Singapore unit trust for HK$3.05 billion-$3.11 billion ([pounds sterling]230...
Spirit in the Sky; Sam Taylor-Wood's Latest Films Have a Religious, Contemplative and Classical Feel
Byline: ANDREW RENTON SECOND only to Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood is the most recognisable of the BritArt generation. She smiles out from newspapers and magazines, pictured with celebrity friends at glitzy gallery dos alongside her dealer husband,...
Stop These Wasteful Changes and Let the NHS Do Its Job
COMMENTARY by Frank Dobson THE BEST thing the Government can do for the NHS is let it alone. The people who work in the health service are sick of constant reorganisation. They know such changes consume resources and distract people from their...
Take on Dyke at Your Peril
Byline: AMANDA PLATELL WHO could have predicted when it was announced that a New Labour donor and staunch Tony Blair supporter was to head up the BBC that this same man, less than two years on, would deal such a massive blow to the Prime Minister's...
There's No Place like Home for Finchley Hero Selwood; EVENING STANDARD CHALLENGE TROPHY
Byline: ALEXANDER CLYDE DERBYSHIRE cricketer Steve Selwood has returned to his roots to lead Finchley's charge into the last 16 of club cricket's premier knockout tournament. The 23-year-old lefthander, currently out of favour with his county,...
They Just Wanted to Look Each Other in the Face; THE DESPERATE WISH FOR SEPARATION THAT COST LADAN AND LALEH THEIR LIVES
Byline: PATRICK SAWER FROM the moment they opened their eyes, as one of them poignantly put it, the Bijani twins wanted to lead separate lives. Today they both died trying. Though joined at the skull the Iranian sisters could not have been more...
This Friendly Mastermind Just Won't Do
Byline: PETE CLARK 'When a contestant struggled with the life and works of Charlie Chaplin, I nearly broke the rule of a lifetime and made a cup of tea in the evening' BE afraid, be very afraid. The chair is back, the seat is so hot, it might...
Three-Year Yard Drive Aims to Put 6,000 Extra Police on Beat; REFORMS TO BRING A RECORD 35,000 OFFICERS AND RESTORE FAITH
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY SCOTLAND YARD Commissioner Sir John Stevens today unveiled a threeyear plan to revolutionise policing in London - culminating in a record total of 35,000 police officers. More than 6,000 extra police will be put on the...
What Would We Do without Her?
Byline: PENNY COTTEE Office temps have at last achieved the recognition that they are not only essential to the smooth running of the office, but keep Britain's economy ticking over too THIS is a special week for temporary office administrator...
Wheel of Fortune's Favoured Players; Brokers Take Centre Stage, Says City Editor Chris Blackhurst, in Part Two of Our Authoritative Countdown of the Top 50movers and Shakers
39= Crispin Odey, 44 Odey Holdings [pounds sterling]30m Crispin Odey came to prominence in 1994 when his salary was revealed to be [pounds sterling]19.25m, compared with [pounds sterling]2.8m in the previous year as head of his Odey Asset Management...
Why Women Smokers Find It So Hard to Quit; 'EMOTIONAL SUPPORT' FROM CIGARETTES MAKES GIVING UP MORE DIFFICULT
Byline: ANIL DAWAR WOMEN find it harder than men to quit smoking because they use cigarettes as an emotional comfort, a study has found. Researchers discovered that women tend to start smoking to improve their self-image, and they find cigarettes...
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