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Articles from August 16, 2005

$100 Oil on Horizon but Price Slump May Follow
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE soaraway oil price is poised to hit fresh highs above $70 a barrel but energy analysts believe slowing demand and increased supply should see it come off the boil by the end of the year. An Evening Standard poll of a...
$100 Oil on Horizon but Price Slump May Follow; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE soaraway oil price is poised to hit fresh highs above $70 a barrel but energy analysts believe slowing demand and increased supply should see it come off the boil by the end of the year. An Evening Standard poll of the...
40 People a Day Fined over Drink and Violence
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS UP to 40 people a day in London are fined on the spot for violent, drunken or antisocial behaviour. Almost 15,000 offenders were fined in the past year - an increase of 70 per cent on the previous year. Judges have...
500 Protesters Held as Gaza Tensions Mount; ISRAELI TROOPS CUT DOWN GATE OF FLASHPOINT SETTLEMENT WHILE DEADLINE FOR WITHDRAWAL NEARS
Byline: INIGO GILMORE ISRAELI troops today seized control of the entrance to Gaza's largest Jewish settlement as they prepared for conflict with defiant inhabitants. Paramilitary police dressed in black uniforms cut off the metal gate enclosing...
A Capital Half-Dozen
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH London in Six Easy Steps ICA FOR its latest show, the ICA has given six different curators each a weeklong slot to present their takes on the current artistic life of London. Since the bombings, anything specifically...
A CONRAN REVEALS HIS COOL HABITAT; the Top Designer's Eclectic House Is Created around His Childhood Memories
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER SEBASTIAN CONRAN is in his garden, tearing at a tangle of weeds. He is surrounded by greenery: exotic ferns, magnolia, fig and lilac trees. A white rose has rambled into the pear tree, crab apples litter the lawn around...
'Activist' Icahn Grabs a Stake inMorgan Stanley
Byline: BILL CONDIE INVESTMENT bank Morgan Stanley, reeling from a string of embarrassing setbacks, may be facing more upheaval with billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn taking a stake in the firm. Icahn made his name by buying minority stakes...
And Another Thing
Community spirit on wane as we dodge the neighbours ALMOST two in three of us do not know the names of our neighbours and almost one in three would try to avoid them in the street rather than strike up a conversation. A new study found two thirds...
Are We Watching the Greatest Series Ever? England Might Be Downcast after the Thrilling Draw at Old Trafford but This Colossal Battle of Wills Promises More Magic before the Ashes Summer Ends
Byline: IAN CHADBAND AS THEY went into their post-match huddle, the feeling of flatness and frustration doubtless still numbing them after their nail-shredding failure to record quite unreal back-to-back Ashes triumphs, England's cricketers were...
Armed Soldiers Prepare to Remove Gaza Rebels
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS ISRAELI troops today seized control of the entrance to Gaza's largest Jewish settlement as they prepared for armed conflict with defiant settlers. Paramilitary police cut off the metal gate enclosing the settlement at...
Arsenal Admit New Stadium Might Not Have Happened
INFLUENTIAL Arsenal director Danny Fiszman has admitted the club's eagerly anticipated move to the Emirates Stadium would not have happened if they had foreseen the problems they would encounter. Arsenal will move into their plush, 60,000-capacity...
Arsenal 'Crazy' to Opt for Islington Ground
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON INFLUENTIAL Arsenal director Danny Fiszman has admitted the club's eagerly anticipated move to the Emirates Stadium would not have happened if they had foreseen the problems they would encounter. Arsenal will move into...
BA CHIEFS' [Pounds sterling]1M SHARE BONANZA AS PLANES GROUNDED
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE BY JIM ARMITAGE BRITISH AIRWAYS bosses cashed in share options just before a strike crippled the airline. The value of shares then plunged as thousands of passengers were stranded at Heathrow. The four executives made...
BA Chiefs Sold [Pounds Sterling]1.3m Shares before Dispute; PROFITS FOR EXECUTIVES AHEAD OF SUMMER FLIGHTS CHAOS
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE SENIOR British Airways directors sold shares worth [pounds sterling]1.3 million in the run-up to last week's crippling industrial action at Heathrow. Stock Exchange filings show that four top executives sold the stock they...
Back to the 1900's; A Century-Old London Guidebook Can Be Surprisingly Helpful and Offers Some Unusual Insights into Modern London GREAT DAYS OUT
Byline: YORK MEMBERY I stumbled across a century-old Baedeker's Guide (below, right) to "London and its Environs" while browsing in Charing Cross Road's book stores. It's a guide aimed "to enable the traveller to derive the greatest amount of...
Bent Aims to Use Call-Up as Springboard to World Cup
Byline: KEN DYER DARREN BENT'S late call-up to the England senior squad was just as big a surprise to him as anyone else. Charlton's new [pounds sterling]2.5million striker has no intention of wasting the opportunity, though, and is determined,...
Bosses Plan [Pounds Sterling]75m Buyout at Slump-Hit Ottakar's
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE DIRECTORS at bookstores chain Ottakar's are plotting a management buyout that could see it valued at more than [pounds sterling]75 million. But news of the talks could flush out rival bids from the likes of Waterstones' owner...
Can the Wild Men Be Tamed? despite Today's Angry Scenes in Gaza, Israel's Pullout Offers a Historic Opportunity for Peace - If the Extremists on Both Sides Can Be Suppressed
Byline: BERNARD WASSERSTEIN HIGH noon in Gaza arrives at midnight tonight. That is when the Israeli army is under orders to start removing a few thousand recalcitrant Israeli settlers from their homes in this notch of territory occupied by Israel...
C-Charge Extension 'Will Cause Gridlock'; TfL Accused of Flaws in Its Research
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS LARGE swathes of west London will be gridlocked if the congestion charge extension goes ahead, experts said today. Earl's Court Road will suffer even worse congestion than now if it becomes part of the new boundary. ...
C-Charge Extension 'Will Jam Up Whole Areas of West London'
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS AREAS of west London will be gridlocked if the proposed congestion charge extension goes ahead, experts said today. The warning comes a day after London Assembly Liberal Democrats called for the scheme to be scrapped and...
CHOOSE SEX OF YOUR BABY; Fertility Laws Review Paves the Way for Change
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT NEW laws allowing couples to choose the sex of their babies moved a step closer today. Ministers revealed they are considering dramatic changes to fertility laws. But any such moves will be opposed by pro-life campaigners...
Citizen's Pension Plan Scrapped by Blunkett; Europe's Elderly Would Flock to Live in Britain
Byline: PAUL WAUGH DAVID BLUNKETT has ruled out a move to make pensions more female-friendly - because it would lead to Britain being swamped by elderly Europeans. The Work and Pensions Secretary is set to overhaul the pensions system over the...
CITY SPY; Email: Cityspy Standard.Co.UK
THE sound of kitchen knives being sharpened must surely be resonating around British Airways' sleek, glass head office following the Gate Gourmet fiasco. It's hard to think of a bigger PR disaster for the airline, and it provides a sad end to the career...
Clarke Links 7/7 and 21/7 Gangs and Warns of Third Attack
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN HOME SECRETARY Charles Clarke warned again today that terrorists could be planning a third attack on mainland Britain. He said it would be "very surprising" if the 7 and 21 July attacks were not linked in some way. Of the...
Contact Lenses Nearly Left Me Blinded; LUCY LORD EXPLAINS WHY RINSING HER LENSES IN TAP WATER LEFT HER IN HOSPITAL FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS
Byline: LUCY LORD ABOUT six weeks ago, I awoke on a friend's sofa after an impromptu party. Relieved to discover I hadn't slept in my contact lenses, I fished them out of the glass of tap water I'd used in the absence of solution and put them...
Damp Squib Is Director's Curtain Call
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD The Storm THEATRE Shakespeare's Globe HOW sad it has to end like this. After thrilling takes on, among others, Hamlet, Henry V and Olivia in Twelfth Night, that remarkable performer Mark Rylance bows out after a decade...
Deciding Matters of Life and Death
Labour pains Visions of gridlock THERE ARE few areas of debate more contentious than the issue of whether - and how - human embryos may be used in fertility treatments and for research, yet the decisions about these crucial issues are almost always...
Defoe: Eriksson's Wrong about Me; I Work Hard All over the Pitch, Insists Spurs Striker
Byline: KEN DYER JERMAIN DEFOE today took issue with Sven-Goran Eriksson's suggestion that he needs to do better outside the penalty area. The Tottenham striker is expected to play for England in their friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen tomorrow....
Dinner? That's [Pounds Sterling]100; Sharp Rise in Prices but Still Our Restaurants Are Booming
Byline: ROB SINGH A STRING of restaurants in London is now charging [pounds sterling]100 a head or more for a basic dinner. Research published today shows that prices at top-end dining rooms have soared. Despite the slump in the retail sector,...
Dust-Up over Cricket on TV as Ashes Tests Bound for Sky
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA;BEN LEAPMAN A ROW broke out today over coverage of Test matches as cricket chiefs demanded the sport remain on terrestrial television. Channel 4 revealed that almost eight million viewers watched last night's thrilling...
Eriksson: Smith Row Is My Fault; I Should Have Checked If He Was Fit, Reveals Coach
Byline: KEN DYER SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON admitted today that the row over Alan Smith's decision to snub England's friendly in Denmark tomorrow was his fault. Smith was criticised by Football Association chief Brian Barwick who said his decision to...
Essien: I Didn't Come Here for the Money
Byline: LEO SPALL MICHAEL ESSIEN said today that he hasn't joined Chelsea for the money. The 22-year-old is set to complete a [pounds sterling]24million move to Stamford Bridge later this week, equalling the record fee the club paid last summer...
Final Push in Talks for a 'Historic' Deal on Iraq; NEW GOVERNMENT 'TANTALISINGLY CLOSE'
Byline: JOE MURPHY IRAQ'S new leaders were today locked behind closed doors in a final push to agree a new way to govern Saddam Hussein's lost empire. A deal on the country's new constitution was said to be tantalisingly close despite a failure...
First Step towards Allowing Designer Babies; RELAXATION OF RULES ON EMBRYO SCREENING AS FERTILITY LAWS OVERHAULED
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT AN OVERHAUL of Britain's outdated fertility laws today paves the way for designer babies. Ministers are preparing to unveil proposals for a dramatic relaxation of the rules surrounding embryo screening. Fertility specialists,...
Flying High at Glyndebourne
TAKE5 NIGHTS AT THE OPERA FLIGHT Jonathan Dove's tuneful opera, wittily staged in an airport departure lounge, tells the story of a group of passengers forced to pause and reflect on their lives while their plane is delayed. Sun 21 Aug, 4.20pm,...
FREE TO PREACH HATRED; CPS Drops Charges against Islamic Extremist
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK AN ISLAMIC extremist accused of preaching hate has had charges against him dropped. The case of Abdul Muhid raises new questions over existing laws used to crack down on radicals. Mr Muhid was arrested after he allegedly...
GCSE Prodigies Who Took Their Exam at the Age of Six; Pupils Set to Enter Record Books after Completing Computing Course in Only a Year
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES A CLASS of primary school children are set to enter the record books when they receive their GCSE exam results next week. Four of the children were only aged five when they started studying their computing course. Now...
Going Nuts about Fairy Tales
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS WNO/Sinaisky Albert Hall TCHAIKOVSKY'S one-act opera, Iolanta, started life, bizarre as it may seem, as a curtain-raiser to his ballet, Nutcracker. Both these fairytale works were performed, but in reverse order, in...
Hello Girls, a Bra Shortage Is about to Hit the High St
Byline: ED HARRIS Crisis in underwear supplies CURBS imposed by the EU on imports of cheap Chinese clothing will have an unexpected and unwelcome effect this autumn: a shortage of bras and knickers in British shops. So grave is the situation...
Hello Girls, a Bra Shortage Is about to Hit the High St; Crisis in Underwear Supplies
Byline: ED HARRIS Eamonn Holmes joins Magic FM CURBS imposed by the EU on imports of cheap Chinese clothing will have an unexpected and unwelcome effect this autumn: a shortage of bras and knickers in British shops. So grave is the situation...
He Screamed 'Help Me' but I Couldn't. Now I Feel So Guilty
Byline: EMINE SANER A MONTH on from the terrorist attack on London, Sandip Meisuria's wounds have healed but the trauma of the day is still with him. "It's slowly getting better but for a couple of weeks afterwards, I kept hearing the voice of one...
Hollywood Walk of Fame for West End; Kidman and Dame Edna among Stars of Pavement Attraction
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA LONDON is to get its own Hollywood-style walk of fame - launched next month with a threehour live TV show and a fireworks display on the Thames. The Avenue Of The Stars will be a permanent, free tourist attraction in Covent...
How to Hang onto That Holiday Glow; Don't Feel Blue - Your 'Vacation Feeling' Can Last Longer Than the Usual 24 Hours
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS WHEN you're just back from holiday, the world, and even the office, look altogether nicer places. You're relaxed and tanned, you're full of new ideas - but the bad news is that for most of us, according to the latest...
How Tony Blair Took over the Tory Party
Byline: NICK COHEN FROM the generation that saw Margaret Thatcher's economically illiterate monetarism bring unemployment to millions and devastate whole regions. After that, I frankly wouldn't give a damn if there was never another Conservative...
I Keep Hearing Him Shout: 'Why Didn't You Save Me?'; Sandip Meisuria Survived the Edgware Road Blast but, as He Tells for the First Time, Is Haunted by Those Who Died Next to Him
Byline: EMINE SANER NEARLY six weeks on from the terrorist attack on London, Sandip Meisuria's wounds might have healed but the trauma of that day is still with him. "It's slowly getting better but I keep hearing the voice of one of the victims...
I Lost an Eye in Attack by Hoodies over My Rugby Top; VICTIM TELLS HOW HE WAS SET UPON AFTER WATCHING MATCH IN PUB
Byline: PAUL SIMS A MAN told today how he was mercilessly attacked by teenage hoodies, who beat him about the face so badly he lost an eye. Grant Nock was walking down the street with a group of friends when the gang pounced. First the loitering...
I Lost Eye after Gang Set on Me with Bricks and Bottles; HOSPITAL WORKER TELLS HOW HE WAS ATTACKED AS HE WALKED HOME AFTER A NIGHT OUT WITH FRIENDS
Byline: PAUL SIMS A HOSPITAL worker lost an eye after he was attacked by a gang of teenage thugs. Grant Nock, 25, was walking down a street with a group of friends when they were confronted by the gang loitering with their bicycles. At first,...
In Brief
Desperate drug wives TV drama . A CONTROVERSIAL new US TV series billed as "Desperate Housewives on drugs" is to be screened by Sky One this autumn. Weeds is said to dig the knife into smug middle American suburbia, telling the tale of a widowed...
In Brief
Buerk says it's a woman's world .BBC newsreader Michael Buerk has complained that the "shift in the balance of power between the sexes" has gone too far, with "life now lived in accordance with women's rules". He has cited females in top jobs...
In Short
Robertson injury ends world doubles hopes All the Presidents' men BRITISH badminton stars Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms suffered world championship heartbreak before a single shuttlecock had been hit in Anaheim today. The Olympic silver medallists...
Investors Warm to Ceres' 'Home Power Station' Idea; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK WHEN oil trades at $25 a barrel, developing a mini-power station for the home is seen as a crackpot scheme, but when it trades at almost $70, the idea is viewed as a stroke of genius. That is just what Ceres Power Holdings...
Islam Extremist Is Free to Preach Hatred as CPS Drops Charges
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK AN ISLAMIC extremist accused of preaching hate has had charges against him dropped. The case of Abdul Muhid raises new questions over use of existing laws to curb radicals. Mr Muhid was arrested after he allegedly called...
It's Time for Owen to Come Back Home; Liverpool Return Would Keep Star Sharp for England
Byline: MICHAEL HART NEVER go back, they say, but in the case of Michael Owen, going back to Anfield may be a necessary move if he's to retain his status as England's premier goalscorer. No one questions Owen's goalscoring pedigree or the fact...
It's Time for Owen to Return to Liverpool; Premiership Comeback Will Keep Star Sharp for World Cup
Byline: MICHAEL HART NEVER go back, they say, but in the case of Michael Owen, going back to Anfield may be a necessary move if he's to retain his status as England's premier goalscorer. No one questions Owen's goalscoring pedigree or the fact...
Japan's Rob Roy to Make a Big Impression
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM HE's already very big in Japan. And by 10 past three this afternoon Zenno Rob Roy could be every bit as big in Britain if he can produce his best form in the Juddmonte International Stakes. Gone are the days when raiders...
Keep the Holiday Halo after You've Returned to the Nine-to-Five Grind
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS WHEN you're just back from holiday, the world looks a nicer place. You're relaxed and tanned, full of new ideas. The bad news is that, according to the latest research by Adnams Brewery, the good vibes last for only 24...
KNIFE MANIAC KILLS CYCLIST; Hunt for Attacker as Innocent Victim Is Stabbed in Back
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS A KNIFEMAN has stabbed a cyclist to death in a random attack near a busy shopping arcade. The 39-year-old victim was approached from behind and stabbed twice in the back with an 18in kitchen knife. He died in hospital....
Look after Yourself on Business Trips; All Your Good Work on a Jaunt Overseas Can Be Scuppered If You Don't Make Sure You Stay in the Best of Health
Byline: DIANA BENTLEY WE MAY think of them as the least frivolous of travellers, but when it comes to health, business executives can be the most careless prior to a trip abroad. Rather than plan ahead, they tend to jump on planes at a moment's...
Midwife Crisis as 3 Hospitals Turn Away Pregnant Woman
Byline: DAVID SANDERSON A PREGNANT woman told today how she has been rejected by three hospitals amidst London's growing midwife crisis. At least three west London hospitals have closed their doors to new admissions until February because of...
Mucking about on the Water; Slowly Does It as the Industrial North Gives Way to Green Fields and Kingfishers on a Narrowboat Break Great Days Out
Byline: ALAN BESTIC IT WAS 75 miles in seven days at a breathtaking three miles an hour on one of H and H Narrowboat Hotels' cruises which took me from Manchester to Runcorn - and back. We began by easing down the Bridgewater Canal. Sitting in...
Muslims Unite against Blair's 'Kneejerk' Terror Laws
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN MORE than 30 Muslim organisations united today to condemn Tony Blair's pledge of tougher measures against Islamic extremism. The groups warned of a "kneejerk reaction" to the London bombings, which they said could infringe...
News in Brief
And another thing... Hard-drinking sun-seekers? At least we try the local lingo 27 hurt as powerful quake rocks north-eastern Japan Magic move takes Eamonn nationwide for the first time EAMONN HOLMES looks set to become the new Terry Wogan with...
News in Brief
And another thing... Property sales rise amid signs of recovery for housing market Magic radio move takes Eamonn nationwide for the first time EAMONN HOLMES looks set to become the new Terry Wogan with the news that he will host a music show on...
News in Brief
Racist teen thug 'like wolf stalking prey' is locked up Hoaxers tell tsunami families missing relatives are alive INTERNET fraudsters are targeting families still awaiting news of relatives feared dead in the tsunami disaster. Detectives revealed...
Not What the Doctor Ordered
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH The Private Life of Harley Street BBC2 FOR years I've been trying to perfect the ideal medical game show for television. There was Through the Pee Hole, a cunning variation on traditional house makeover shows, in...
Now Aussies Resorting to Mind Games; McGrath and Langer Launch New Bid to Unsettle England
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND were facing a new barrage of mind games from Australia's jubilant players today following yesterday ' s thrilling Third Test draw at Old Trafford. Although Australia were second best in one of the most exciting matches...
Oil-Fuelled Inflation Surge Knocks Chances of Rate Cut
Byline: TOM NICHOLLS THE prospect of a second interest rate cut this year receded today as spiralling fuel costs stoked UK inflation to its highest since records began in their current form more than eight years ago. The annual rate of consumer...
Olympic Dream? It's More like a Nightmare for Us; Businesses Furious over Being Forced to Leave 2012 Games Site
Byline: ROSS LYDALL;MATHEUS SANCHEZ HUNDREDS of businesses are to receive eviction orders within weeks to make way for the 2012 Olympic Games. The companies, many of them long-established family firms, are on the 250-acre East End site which will...
Olympic Dream That Is a Nightmare for Some; Firms Furious at Being Evicted from 2012 Site
Byline: ROSS LYDALL;MATHEUS SANCHEZ HUNDREDS of businesses are to receive eviction orders within weeks to make way for the 2012 Olympic Games. The companies, many of them long-established family firms, are on the 250-acre East End site which will...
Overlooked Cole Says He Won't Make Jose Feel Blue
Byline: LEO SPALL JOE COLE is confident he will not add to Jose Mourinho's guilt next summer. The Chelsea head coach may be expecting to feel bad because some of his fringe players might not go to the World Cup finals, but the England midfielder...
Oxbridge Rejects 10,000 A Students
. MORE THAN 10,000 straight-A students have been rejected by Oxbridge this year. A-level results are expected to reach a new high when they are released on Thursday. Cambridge rejected applications from 9,345 students last year, of whom 5,325 attained...
Oxford and Cambridge Reject 10,000 Straight-A Students
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES MORE THAN 10,000 straight-A students have been rejected by Oxbridge this year A-level results are expected to reach a new high when they are released on Thursday, leading to record rejections of candidates who have at least...
Paper Round
DAILY MAIL WHEN is a crossroads not a crossroads? When it is a "pedestrian decision point", according to one council. Planners in Leicester have used the phrase to describe crossroads in pedestrian areas on a map that is being displayed across the...
Pregnant Woman Is Turned Away by Three Hospitals; SHORTAGE OF MIDWIVES AND BABY BOOM PUTS INCREASED STRAIN ON MOTHERS-T0-BE
Byline: DAVID SANDERSON A PREGNANT woman told today how she had been rejected by three hospitals as London's midwife crisis grows. At least three West London hospitals have closed their doors to new admissions until February because of staff shortages,...
Reinstate Sacked Catering Staff, Says Ken
Byline: DICK MURRAY MAYOR Ken Livingstone today called on the company at the centre of the British Airways catering dispute to reinstate its sacked workers. He described Gate Gourmet, the in-flight catering supplier, as a "Dickensian" employer...
Schroders Beats Forecasts with Leap to [Pounds Sterling]123 Million
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER FUND management giant Schroders chalked up a spectacular 70% rise in half-year profits as it delivered on a promise made last year to pump up revenue growth from high-margin retail clients. Pre-tax profits of [pounds sterling]123.5...
Shopping by Design
PAMPERED PUSSYCATS PREFER CRISP WHITE LINEN PULL the daybed over to the corner of the patio to the prime sunshine spot and create your own spa. Add crisp white cotton sheets with waffle towels and bathrobe, screen yourself off from the rest of the...
Takeaway Deliveries That Make You Fitter. Too Busy to Leave the Office? Now a Team of Mobile Experts Bring Healing Hands, Remedies and Yoga Mats to Your Door
Byline: LUCY MAYHEW IF YOUR motivation for improving health and wellbeing involves only signing up to a gym you're too busy to get to, you need a takeaway service with a difference. A new generation of mobile health and wellbeing experts means you...
Testing Questions on Embryo Science
Dying for a drink Visions of gridlock THE GOVERNMENT'S launch today of proposals to change the laws on assisted fertility treatments reopens a deeply contentious subject. This begins a three-month public consultation on overhauling the Human Fertilisation...
The Duke Who Thinks He's Jr, a Retired Brigadier Up in Arms and a Threat to a Precious Piece of Rural England; Dallas-Style Drilling Rigs in the Heart of Surrey? the Very Idea Has the Gin-and-Jag Set in Open Revolt
Byline: JOHN ARLIDGE IT'S a damn cheek," splutters Brigadier Dick Hume as he strides out from his Surrey cottage with his bitch, a gunmetal grey whippet called Bella, by his side. "I would expect this kind of thing from some spiv or bureaucratic...
There's a Fair Way to Go for These Stars to Make the Cut; Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the Former Tennis Champion, Is the Latest Golf Recruit to Be Left Short in His Driving Ambition, Writes David Smith
Byline: DAVID SMITH GETTING a little white sphere from tee to green and into the hole looks so easy when you watch the professionals do it. Even more so if the budding golf champion has achieved a modicum of success in another sport. He will...
There's Still Room for Improvement on Our Best Effort Yet, Says Fletcher
Byline: DAVID LLOYD THE sight of two Australian bowlers giving each other high fives and hugs of congratulation has been anything but unusual over the past 16 years. But while Michael Vaughan and Co must have had a sinking feeling in their stomachs...
Three Reasons Why Women Are Caught Up in the Mania
Byline: VALENTINE LOW ENGLAND has a new breed of sex symbol. As the country becomes stricken with a wholly unexpected bout of cricket fever, our cricketers are becoming national pinups. In the past they were noted for their beer bellies rather...
Time for Balkan Knight to Shine Again
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM SOMETIMES getting beaten a whisker can be a blessing in disguise. Those who backed Balkan Knight at Glorious Goodwood last month will doubtless beg to differ, but David Elsworth's five-year-old can gain handsome compensation...
Times Change, but Tough Regulation Is Still Needed
Byline: JAMES LAWFORD DAVIES MOST OF the existing legal framework governing fertility treatment and embryo research is contained in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, which was intended to regulate the use and storage of human embryos,...
Toughest Tests Ahead as A380 Proves Its Mettle
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN THE first Airbus A380 superjumbo scraped its tail along the runway as it lumbered into the air from Istres airport, on the Cute d'Azur, earlier this month. A specially-constructed skid sent a blaze of sparks into the air during...
Treat Your Body to a Takeaway; Too Busy to Get to a Gym, Too Tired to Get a Massage? Now a New Delivery Service Brings Pampering Experts Right to Your Door
Byline: LUCY MAYHEW IF YOUR motivation for improving your health and wellbeing extends to signing up to a gym you're too busy to get to, you need the gym - or a nutritionist or a yoga teacher - to come to you. With the convenience of a takeaway...
'Tremendous' England Have Aussies on the Run
Byline: DAVID LLOYD THE sight of two Australian bowlers giving each other high fives and hugs of congratulation has been anything but unusual over the past 16 years. But while Michael Vaughan and Co must have had a sinking feeling in their stomachs...
Under-Fire Captain Ponting Lets His Bat Do the Talking; Battling Aussies Can Bounce Back Victorious
Byline: MICHAEL SLATER I THINK we may just have witnessed a vital turning point in this incredible Ashes series. Australia had to scrap for a draw at Old Trafford, in the end relying on two bowlers to bat out the final four overs, but I believe...
Urbium Hot on Bid Hopes but Broker Urges Caution
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TAKEOVER speculation nudged Urbium another 11/2p higher to 10111/2p today, but one broker is urging clients to take a profit. The owner of Tiger Tiger bars and nightclubs, which last year was on the receiving end of a bid...
Wenger-Fan Essien Is Now Mourinho's Man; He May Have Picked Arsenal's Manager to Lead His Fantasy Team, but Chelsea's Record Signing Insists He Is Now a True Blue, Writes Leo Spall
Byline: LEO SPALL MICHAEL ESSIEN has spent the last few weeks telling anyone who cared to listen he wanted to join Chelsea. The 22-year-old's heart was set so strongly on a move to Stamford Bridge that it was agreed everyone was better off if...
Who Do You Think You Are Calling an Outsider? Some Are Offended by Henry Darger's Troubling Paintings of Little Girls, about to Go on Display at Tate Britain. but, Says Artist Grayson Perry, He Is an Inspiration
Byline: GRAYSON PERRY ARTISTS are often characterised as philosophers engaged in a pursuit of truth and beauty, or as obsessives unselfconsciously scribbling out the drama of their humanity. Actually, we are all a bit of both: we are all part...
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World at a Glance
Earthquake strikes Japan . A POWERFUL magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck northeastern Japan today, injuring 27 people, triggering small tsunamis and shaking skyscrapers as far away as Tokyo, 190 miles to the south. A caved-in roof at an indoor pool...
wORLD IN BRIEF
'See you later' says elusive alligator at large in an LA park It takes two to tango as Pele helps Maradona put his shirt on TV show Girl with brain bulging through skull cured after 13-hour surgery A SURGEON has carried out a revolutionary operation...
Youthful Rebellion at Full Throttle
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Antigone at Hell's Mouth Soho THOSE who enjoy talent-spotting should pass an evening in Dean Street this month. The National Youth Theatre, the company that boasts alumni such as Timothy Spall and Orlando Bloom, has...