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Articles from June 25, 2004

Abbey on the Climb as Bid Approach Talk Is Revived; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MORTGAGE lender Abbey National led the top 100 companies higher today with a jump of 26p to 513p as bid hopes were revived. City speculators were working themselves into a lather on talk that Royal Bank of Scotland, down...
A Double Dilemma
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY Francesca da Rimini/The Seven Deadly Sins Opera North at Sadler's Wells OPERA IT IS a truth universally acknowledged that operatic double-bills are box-office poison. Opera North's prickly Eight Little Greats deals with...
All aboard for a Wild Life; Our Guide to the Best Nature Holidays Afloat
Byline: MARIA HARDING TAKE a Kenyan safari, then sail off to meet the bug-eyed lemurs of Madagascar with African Safari Club, which offers Mombasa beach breaks combined with Masai Mara safaris and Indian Ocean cruises aboard the 200-passenger Royal...
A Londoner's Diary; Reggie Nadelson on Signing Up to Nigella's Philosophy and a Week of Dedicated Restaurant Tourism
Byline: REGGIE NADELSON Friday, I'm back in London which is like coming home. You know those signs you see by the roadside in Europe telling you that Gutenmorgenwitz is twinned with Derriere Eau and you think: 'Who cares?' The only natural twins...
A Narrative for Our Times
Byline: JOAN SMITH Diana: In Pursuit Of Love Andrew Morton, O'Mara Books, [pounds sterling]18 WHEN Prince Charles arrived at the hospital in Paris where his former wife had been taken after her fatal car crash, he seemed obsessed by a minor detail....
...And Watts Exits with a [Pounds Sterling]1m Golden Goodbye
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER OUSTED Shell chairman Sir Philip Watts has secured a payoff from Shell worth more than [pounds sterling]1 million in cash plus stock options potentially worth [pounds sterling]6 million more at current share values, writes...
An Example to Follow from C&W; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON ONE of the problems with corporate governance, indeed with anything driven by government and Whitehall, is that it is all about inputs not outputs. Because they have little direct management experience, civil servants and...
ANGER OVER LATE TRAINS; [Pounds Sterling]5 Billion Injection but Still the Timekeeping Is Shoddy
ONE IN five trains arrives late, new figures revealed today. Despite record spending to get more trains running on time, only 80per cent are doing so, a new report by the Strategic Rail Authority shows. The figures mean that timekeeping on mainline...
Backlash for Swiss Referee Who Sank England's Hopes
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;TIM COOPER;ROB MCNEIL HE IS Swiss, his name is Urs Meier, and today he must be the least popular man in Britain. For anyone who somehow missed the news, Meier is the referee who saw an imaginary foul when Sol Campbell headed...
Bait of Potential US Bid for Rentokil Lures Speculators; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK NO SOONER has the ink dried on the P45 of former chairman Sir Clive Thompson than City speculators have begun kicking around a story that his ex-employer may be a bid target. There has been heavy turnover in Rentokil Initial's...
Beauty Buyography
Byline: MOLLY GUNN Patsy Kensit The 36-year-old actress plays man-eater Sadie King in Emmerdale and lives in Notting Hill with her children James and Lennon What's your greatest pampering indulgence? A Crystal Clear facial by Linda Meredith...
Becks Blows It Again
Byline: IAN CHADBAND AFTER one of the most fantastic three hours of theatre you could wish to behold, the only sadness was that we all knew how wretchedly agonising and predictable the denouement would be. It was ever thus with England sob stories...
Being a Jew Is Dangerous Now; after Two London Synagogues Are Attacked, an Acclaimed Jewish Writer Charts a Disturbing New Rise in Anti-Semitism - and the Dark Parallels with Medieval Persecution
Byline: SIMON SEBAG-MONTEFIORE ONE afternoon last week, a synagogue in Tottenham was deliberately set alight; a day later, a synagogue in Hendon was torched. The Tottenham attack was particularly vicious because the arsonists deliberately destroyed...
Berkeley Pours Scorn on King's Home-Price Alert
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER BERKELEY, London's biggest house builder, reckons Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has "got it wrong" with his recent warnings that there could be a sharp fall in house prices. The comment coincided with a 19% surge...
Bid to Build Beach along Thames Sunk by Planners
Byline: LUKE LEITCH AN ATTEMPT to create a beach on the Thames has been halted. A strip of golden sand near Tower Bridge was to have given Londoners a place to sunbathe and relax. But not everyone shared the vision of communications company...
Birkin Stock
Byline: ANNABEL RIVKIN As a child, Lou Doillon was publicly reviled. Her birth was proof that France's favourite couple, Jane Birkin, her mother, and Serge Gainsbourg, had split. Spat on in the street, taunted at school, she became a furious teenage...
Blunkett Launches High Court Battle over Soham Chief
Byline: JOE MURPHY DAVID Blunkett launched a High Court fight today after a police authority defied his order to suspend the chief constable shamed in the Soham murder report. The Home Secretary reacted furiously after members of Humberside Police...
Boost for Drivers in C-Charge Disputes
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS DRIVERS fighting congestion charge fines are to be allowed to see photographic evidence of their offence for free after a major policy change by transport bosses. Transport for London (TfL) has been ordered to scrap its...
Break Point
Byline: GRACE BRADBERRY Young female tennis players now rival footballers for sponsorship deals and celebrity. But while the financial rewards are greater than ever, beauty has become as vital as ball skills. No wonder bitchiness, eating disorders...
Bushy Tales
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE What a cracker Vanessa Neumann has expressed some relief following the end of her engagement to landed Scot Willie Stirling. The Venezuelan heiress, otherwise known as the 'cracker from Caracas', and the big Scot...
City Spy
CAST your mind back to 1997 and the oft-repeated promise by the justelected New Labour government to clamp down on impenetrable offshore havens and tax avoidance schemes (it was this pledge that caused them so much squirming when Geoffrey Robinson,...
Complex Tale in Need of Fine Tuning; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Three Wives and a Piano Tuner Minerva, Chichester SAMUEL West is certainly having a busy summer on the south coast. As well as starring in Chichester's productions of The Master and Margarita and Dr Faustus, he also...
County Cricket
DIVISION ONE Kent JONATHAN Trott completed his century as championship leaders Warwickshire piled on the agony against Kent at Beckenham. Trott, 97 overnight, made 115 before he was caught behind by Niall Brian off the bowling of Mark Saggers....
Crow Quits TfL Job over Ken's Call to Break Tube Strike
Byline: DICK MURRAY;ROSS LYDALL TUBE union leader Bob Crow today quit his post on the capital's transport body after a row with Ken Livingstone. The RMT boss resigned from the board of Transport for London the day after the Mayor called on Tube...
Diana Told to Cancel US Holiday Weeks before Fatal Crash
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON THE SECURITY services forced Princess Diana to abandon plans for a holiday in America weeks before she died, it is revealed today. The block on her travel plans meant that instead she took a summer break with Mohamed Fayed....
Doing It by the Book to Ensure They Don't Throw One at You
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE IT WILL never sell as many copies around the country as My Life by former US President Bill Clinton. But the City has its own bestseller, a 284-page tome that makes compulsive - in some cases, compulsory - reading for thousands...
Don't Just Blame One Preening Pompadour
Byline: DAVID MELLOR IT'S tempting to see England's exit as entirely due to the wretched refereeing of Swiss Swizzler Urs Meier, a preening pompadour with the looks of a gay porn star, who turned out to be a big enough Homer to star in The Simpsons....
England Collapse When Put on the Spot; More Agony as Beckham and Vassell Book Place in Hall of Shame
Byline: MICHAEL HART THERE'S no consolation for victims of penalty shootout disasters, just tears, deflation and the sure knowledge that a place awaits in a dark corner of football's history books. On a night of despair, triumph and spectacular...
England Keeper Gets Right to Roam
Byline: DAVID LLOYD GERAINT JONES could pop up anywhere in England's top seven over the next couple of weeks. The new keeper was all set to bat at No3 at Old Trafford yesterday until rain washed out the first NatWest triangular tournament international...
Explosion in the Number of Sham Marriages
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT BOGUS marriages have risen more than tenfold in a year, government figures reveal today. Registrars reported almost 3,000 suspicious marriages last year - compared with only 205 in 2002. And thousands of illegal immigrants...
Female Explorers
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN on the grid: FEMALE EXPLORERS DEBRA VEAL, 28 Lives in Docklands-style flats in Teddington, by the Thames Rowed alone across the Atlantic for 98 days in 2001 in a 24ft boat 'They kept saying Andrew abandoned me,...
Footsie Firms Hanging on to Their Bosses for Longer
Byline: NICK GOODWAY BRITAIN'S leading bosses are staying in their jobs for longer. Despite some high-profile departures in the past year, chief executives or executive chairmen of FTSE 100 firms have been in place an average of five years, compared...
Forget Crisis Talk, We Are as Ready as We'll Ever Be
Byline: ROBERT PIRES WE have an old saying in France. It goes like this: "Do not complain if the bride is too beautiful." When I hear some of the things that are being said and written about this French team in Euro 2004, I have to pinch myself....
Furious England; Terry Anger over Decision That Robbed Us of Victory over Portugal
Byline: KEN DYER JOHN TERRY was still fuming today over the decision by Swiss referee Urs Meier that robbed England of a place in the Euro 2004 semi-finals. The England and Chelsea defender was judged to have fouled Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo...
Goran Volley Misses Point, Says Martina
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS AS Wimbledon hosts the farewell tours of two SW19 icons, the debate begins about the winners and losers of the tennis generation game. Goran Ivanisevic's body is so battered and bruised from 15 years on the men's circuit...
Gorillas in the Midst; for Most of Us Rwanda Equals Genocide. Sadly, We Forget Its Forests, Its Birds and Its Majestic Gorillas
Byline: STEVE MORRISSEY RWANDA'S tragedy is not the genocide. That is over. It is that everyone who associates the country with genocide forgets what came before. For most of us it is Sigourney Weaver playing Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist...
Heartache for Havers as 'True Soulmate' Dies
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN THE WIFE of actor Nigel Havers has died after a four-year battle against cancer. Polly Havers, 53, died in her husband's arms at the London Clinic, a private hospital, yesterday. Several courses of chemotherapy had...
Here, in Full, Are the 150 Languages Spoken in London That the 999 Services Are Having to Translate
Byline: MARK PRIGG;ELIZABETH HOPKIRK WALK down any street in London and the chances are you will hear numerous different languages. Of the city's eight million inhabitants, three million do not have English as their mother tongue. London has...
Hoon Admits Iraq Is Braced for Yet More Violence
Byline: JASON BEATTIE;COLIN FREEMAN GEOFF HOON today said the coalition forces faced a "serious challenge" in Iraq after a day of violence which saw more than 100 killed. The country is bracing itself for further terrorist attacks in the run-up...
How Sven's Boys Rated .
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS David James Pulled off a number of fine saves. Not at fault for either of Portugal's goals - but did not do much in shootout. 7 Ashley Cole Outstanding. Tackled like a demon and snubbed out Cristiano Ronaldo. Took...
Inquiry into the 'Fertility Tourists' Who Hunt for Eggs
Byline: REBECCA SMITH WOMEN are becoming "fertility tourists" and paying tens of thousands of pounds to travel abroad in their desperate search to find an egg donor. They are taking advantage of package deals to Spain, Crete or Romania where...
I Tried the Miracle Cellulite Cream - It Doesn't Work; A Self-Confessed Cosmetic Junkie Has Tested the Latest Cure-All for Orange-Peel Legs - and Still Has Thighs to Cry For
Byline: RACHEL COOKE BOTH the beauty and the fitness industries like to make out that, when it comes to the body, all things are possible. Hate your wrinkles? Apply this little pot of magic, nightly. Despise your tummy? Do more sit-ups. Once...
It's Only a Game, but ... '... Shame on the Swiss Referee, the Emmenthaleating Appeasement Monkey Who Ruined the Lives of Millions of Honest Yeomen Bearing Their Simple Flag' Novelist
Byline: JUSTIN CARTWRIGHT ICAN barely type. My hands are trembling. I still feel a deep sense of injustice. We have lost on penalties to the Portuguese. But we were robbed a minute before the end of normal time. I feel ravaged. What is the meaning...
IVF Woman Loses Appeal to Keep Her Embryos
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A WOMAN fighting her former boyfriend to save frozen IVF embryos from destruction suffered fresh heartbreak today when her appeal was thrown out. Three Appeal Court judges ruled Natalie Evans could not use the embryos to...
Jagger Can Give Satisfaction; US Jockey Stevens Set to Triumph
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM YOU can't always get what you want where the draw is concerned, but Jagger can give his followers ample satisfaction with a big run in the John Smith's Northumberland Plate tomorrow. The showpiece event of Newcastle's...
Joy for 'Little Portugal'
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ ON THE streets of "Little Portugal", the final penalty kicked off the party to end all parties. An evening that so many times looked like ending in the melancholy of a traditional "fado" folk song instead turned Stockwell...
Kieran and His Good Friend, Both Stabbed to Death and within a Year of Each Other
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;REBECCA MOWLING DETECTIVES investigating the murder of 15-year-old Kieran Rodney-Davis, stabbed to death for his mobile phone, are checking a list of names of suspects, writes Justin Davenport. Local people have given police...
Knickers to Them
Byline: MOLLY GUNN Damaris Evans designed the cheekiest knickers in the world - and then everyone starting ripping them off. Molly Gunn investigates a tale of pants on trial Damaris Evans is a girl on a mission. The 29-year-old lingerie designer...
Lewsey Vows to Find Final Form
Byline: CHRIS JONES ENGLAND'S last hope of rugby redemption at the end of a seemingly endless season is to inflict the ultimate humiliation upon Australia tomorrow. Eddie Jones's side could just about accept losing the World Cup Final in extra-time...
Living to a Ripe Old Age to Take a Heavy Toll on L&G; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE fact we are living longer these days may be a cause of celebration among the elderly, but it fails to raise even a smile among the directors of one of our biggest life assurers, Legal & General. In fact, increased...
Master of World or Master of Illusion? GOLDEN BOY WHO BUILT WATERWORKS INTO A GLOBAL MEDIA EMPIRE IS ACCUSED OF TRICKING INVESTORS
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN JEAN-MARIE Messier used to have a $17 million ([pounds sterling]9.4 million) apartment in New York, a mansion at Poigny-la-Foret on the outskirts of Paris and an Airbus A319 decked out as a business jet to commute between the...
Montgomery 'Told Jury He Took THG'
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY AMERICAN sprinter Tim Montgomery, the world's fastest man, faces a life ban after allegedly admitting to a federal grand jury he used banned substances. The world 100metres record holder told a jury investigating drug use...
Motty Must Take His Share of the Blame as Panel Lose Their Rhythm; the Armchair View
Byline: PETE CLARK A DISTINCT feeling of uneasiness kicked in long before the kick-off at the sight of Alan "Hanso" Hansen wearing some kind of shiny discotheque shirt. The man was displaying an unsettling width of grin, while maintaining that...
National Grid Signals a [Pounds Sterling]1bn Mobile Masts Buy
Byline: ROBERT LEA ENERGY industry giant National Grid Transco is on the brink of returning to the telecoms industry. Having been involved in Energis, a telecoms network slung along the power pylons of the UK whose star has long since waned,...
New Generation of Women Break the Glass Ceiling
Byline: TIM COOPER MORE women than ever are breaking through the glass ceiling to take powerful positions in British business. The advance of a new generation of female highfliers is revealed today with the publication of the biannual list of...
No Danger in Foretz as Serena Breezes to Round Two
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS SERENA WILLIAMS today lifted the family mood by easing through to the third round of Wimbledon, writes Raoul Simons. After the shock exit of sister Venus yesterday, the defending champion made no mistake against France's...
Now Call off the Tube Strike
RAIL passengers can breathe a sigh of relief that next Tuesday's national strike has been called off: but the 24-hour Tube stoppage scheduled by the RMT union for the same day is still on. It is as true as ever it was that these irresponsible strikes,...
Palma's Getting Hip; Travel
You can keep St Tropez. Palma's Old Town, in Mallorca, is far hipper this summer. Its hoteliers are developing some of the sharpest hotels around, and staying at one of them won't break the bank. The bohemian Puro Hotel opened earlier this year...
Peace at Last, in a Fountain; the US Designer Kathryn Gustafson Has Created a Many-Layered Diana Memorial That Lays to Rest Eight Years of Unseemly Squabbles
Byline: ROWAN MOORE WHEN there is reconciliation to be made, or a gesture of peace to be offered, the American landscape architect and artist Kathryn Gustafson often gets a call. She is currently designing a Garden of Forgiveness in the still-fractured...
Pecs, Sex and a Bit of Becks; POP
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD Usher Wembley FOR all his success prior to this year's Confessions album, Usher Raymond had been musically lightweight, content to cruise ahead on lady-luring pecs and a mundane R&B beat. Not only did Confessions...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS Will and Grace 9.30pm, Channel 4, OKAY, let's not kid ourselves. No one is going to be watching much apart from the football tonight. ITV is showing France's quarterfinal match with Greece, so pretty much everything else...
Police Force Defies Blunkett's Call to Suspend Soham Chief
Byline: JOE MURPHY DAVID BLUNKETT'S order to suspend the chief constable shamed in the Soham report was defied today. Humberside Police Authority staged an unprecedented rebellion and refused to remove David Westwood from duty after an inquiry...
Police Injured as Fans Erupt in a Night of Fury and Destruction
Byline: TARIQ TAHIR;JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE Euro 2004 defeat sparked clashes as fans attacked police and taunted Portuguese supporters in towns across England. Around 70 supporters smashed shop windows and fought with police in Croydon, the scene...
[Pounds Sterling]120m Takeover for Karen Millen Stores
Byline: FIONA WALSH KAREN MILLEN has been described as the Scarlet Pimpernel of fashion, but the publicityshy woman behind the successful fashion chain is about to hit the headlines big-time. Her Karen Millen business, which also owns the Whistles...
PROTESTS; Have You Reached the End of the Line with Transport in the Capital? Here Evening Standard Readers Have Their Say about Travel Misery
I TRAVELLED home to Manningtree, Suffolk, on the 8pm One service out of Liverpool Street on Thursday 17 June. As we approached Manningtree the driver did not slow down and then he shot straight through the station. Obviously I thought that it...
Putting the Knife in; SUNDAY CHOICE
Byline: CERI THOMAS;NIGEL PIZEY Bodies 9pm, BBC3 EXPECT no easy answers or trite conclusions as the best medical drama of recent years slams to a close. With his career ruined by inept consultant gynaecologist Hurley, Rob (Max Beesley) has...
Queen of the Scene; Shystie Got Her Break When She Challenged Dizzee Rascal over His Girldissing Hit, I Love U. Now She's a Star, Too
Byline: GARRY MULHOLLAND SHYSTIE means a shady character. I got the name at school because I was a bit naughty, the class clown who was rude as well. I was a bit ... sly." Chanelle Scott Calica may not have been school prefect material, but she...
Roddick the Menace Is No Badly Drawn Boy
Byline: LEO SPALL ANDY RODDICK says he was an American version of Dennis the Menace when he was growing up. So he must feel at home featuring in the comic book where the scruffy, big-haired bully has been a fixture for more than half a century....
Russia's Plains Make Plain Pictures; the National Gallery's Latest Exhibition Reveals Russian Landscapes to Be without Passion, or a Place in Art History
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL THERE are times when a man must cry "Enough! Enough!", as now, with Russian landscapes at the National Gallery. For half a century I have paid some attention to them, and - apart from taking the view (unfashionable in...
Speed Camera Fine? That'll Be [Pounds Sterling]800 Extra on Your Insurance
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS SPEED CAMERA fines can bump up motorists' insurance premiums by up to [pounds sterling]800, new research shows today. Just one offence - resulting in three penalty points on a licence - now routinely sees a driver's premium...
Students Who Shape the Future; Car Design Is Reaching New Heights of Self-Expression
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS KEEP your eyes on Linda Andersson - or any of her dazzling contemporaries at the Royal College of Art. They're the future of motoring. The RCA's Vehicle Design Course is famous for producing a flow of talent, most of whom...
Suddenly Sebag
Byline: VICTORIA MATHER Who would have thought a Stalin biography could be this summer's must-read? History's never been sexier - not least because of charmer, arch gossip and buccaneering historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. It was the dismal prospect...
Sweat and Tears but No Blood; All Hopes Lost, Only Consolation Is That We Are Such Good Losers
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN AFTER it was all over, the England fans walked fast, heads down, making straight for the Metro like a bunch of commuters late for the 7.43. Three days before, at this same time and place, they'd stayed for hours, chanting,...
Swiss Role in Defeat Hard to Stomach
It was a night of pulsating emotions and drama, but after the agony of the penalty shootout Standard Sport analyses the key issues at the heart of England's Euro 2004 exit. Campbell's disallowed goal URS MEIER, so they say, is the favourite to...
The Big Grapple; New York's Shops Start Their Summer Sales Now and Bargains Go Quickly
Byline: JACKIE COOPERMAN BEGIN at swanky Barneys (660 Madison Avenue, tel: 212 826 8900), the mecca for budding Sarah Jessica Parkers. Look for Prada cotton tie-dyed dresses, which are half-price, as are men's suits. If you can't go now, Barneys...
The Court That Appeals
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH The Courtroom C4 THE analogies to be drawn between the judicial system and a three-ring circus come as thick and fast as a High Court judge in a Ferrari. As with Billy Smart's Circus, our courts are full of clowns...
The Drinks Cabinet; MPs Spend [Pounds Sterling]13m on Wining and Dining
Byline: JASON BEATTIE MINISTERS are spending a record [pounds sterling]36,000 every day wining and dining guests, new figures reveal today. The Government's hospitality bill has almost doubled since Labour came to power seven years ago. And...
The Irish-Born Convert to Judaism Who Never Fitted In
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ AS A convert to the Jewish faith, Brian Maccaba has spent 15 years trying to gain acceptance into its inner circle. At the end of his slander action he knows his image within the publicity shy Orthodox Jewish community...
The New Sea Life; the All Londoners Crave When It's Sweltering on the Tube Is a Cool Sea Breeze. New Yorkers Have the Hamptons - So What Have We Got, Less Than Two Hours from Town?
Byline: JO DENBURY Windswept beaches, ocean-fresh oysters and clapperboard cottages - quaint seaside resorts have suddenly got glamorous. Catering to the London crowd, they have smart restaurants, the odd art gallery and bijoux antiques shops. ...
The Strangler Left Me for Dead ... Next Time He May Kill Someone
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE VICTIM of a violent stalker who is preying on women walking alone in London has told how he strangled and beat her before leaving her for dead. The 26-year-old woman described how the man leapt on her as she walked...
The Top Ten.Mr Darcys
How could they? Spooks' Matthew MacFadyen has been cast as Darcy, and we're all sobbing into our handkerchiefs in the arbour. So who would have had us swooning in the ballroom? The most perfectly formed Darcy of them all, we simply cannot understand...
This Sporting Life; SATURDAY CHOICE
Byline: CERI THOMAS International Rugby Union/Grandstand/ The Olympic Torch Concert Live 9.30am and 1.30pm, Sky Sports 2 / 1pm, BBC1 / 6pm, BBC1 HANDS up all those who remember when England won the Rugby World Cup? Seems like a long time ago now,...
Tim Finds It Easy to Roll over Swiss
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER TIM HENMAN joined David Beckham and co in being frustrated by a tall Swiss figure today but the British No1 managed to get out of trouble to reach the third round at Wimbledon. Unseeded Ivo Heuberger, whose only claim to...
Top BBC Lawyer Is Accused of Being Too Soft on Maxwells
THE BBC's outgoing chief libel lawyer, Glenn Del Medico, has been commended by the Media Society as the "undisputed doyen of broadcast lawyers in Britain". However, some accuse him of a conflict of interest at the BBC over his treatment of Robert...
Top Brass at Shell Named in newUS Class Action
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER EMBATTLED oil giant Shell has been dealt another blow with the filing of a new multibillion dollar US class action against dozens of directors . Today's filing is also the first lawsuit in the Shell saga to accuse auditors...
Tycoon Is Guilty of Indecent Proposal
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A TYCOON made a one million dollar "indecent proposal" for another man's wife, a jury ruled this afternoon. Brian Maccaba's claims of slander over what he said were sexual slurs were rejected after an epic High Court battle....
Value from Guineas; in This Regular Friday Series, We Give Recipes for a Weekend Meal
Byline: CARINA COOPER AT this time of year, I love visiting one of the many farmers' markets which have sprung up around London. Smallholders and farmers come from all over the countryside to sell their deliciously fresh produce and, every Saturday,...
We Were Better off with No Choice
Byline: A.N. WILSON THE politicians are vying with one another to offer us all more "choice". It is assumed now by both sides of the argument that this is a good thing, when we all know perfectly well that it isn't. Michael Howard's parents...
We Will Not Quit; Tearful Becks and Defiant Sven Stand Firm after Defeat
Byline: KEN DYER;WAYNE VEYSEY DAVID BECKHAM and Sven- Goran Eriksson today insisted they would lead England's campaign to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. The England coach and captain both defiantly dismissed suggestions they would resign their...
Who's the Bread Winner?
Byline: JOHN ARLIDGE The UK sandwich industry is worth [pounds sterling]3.3 billion - no wonder competition has never been fiercer. Espionage, sabotage, backstabbing - it seems the sandwich chains will do almost anything to make sure it's their...
Why I Dared to Break the Golden Rule of Radio; the Veteran DJ Explains Why Playing a Cliff Richard Record Almost Cost Him His Job
Byline: NICK CURTIS YESTERDAY morning I had a lie-in, then had breakfast with my wife Debbie and our seven year old daughter, Victoria, at our home in Hertfordshire. This was not a normal state of affairs. Usually I'm up at 3.15am every weekday...
Will Grownups Spoil the Paradise? Children's Holiday Company PGL Once Stood for Parents Get Lost, but They Now Want Parents to Join in. One Dad Isn't Quite Convinced
Byline: ANDREW EAMES CHATEAU de Grande Romaine is a rambling, mixed vintage property just beyond the eastern suburbs of Paris, not far from Disneyland Europe. Set in extensive woodlands, it has playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts...