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Articles from May 14, 2001

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[1] Policeman Tells of Desperate Doorstep Bid to Save Jill Dando
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE DESPERATE battle to save Jill Dando's life was described for the first time today at the Old Bailey. The first policeman to arrive at her home in Gowan Avenue, Fulham, after she had been shot told the court paramedics...
Abbey Buys Fleming Premier for [Pound]106m
Byline: ROBERT LINDSAY MORTGAGE bank Abbey National today upped its share of wealthy Britons' bank accounts by buying the upmarket telephone bank Fleming Premier from JP Morgan Chase for [pound]106 million cash. Abbey will eventually merge it...
A Day in the Life Of.A Festival Organiser
Byline: ALASDAIR RILEY ALL things Japanese, if you please, for Sophie Branscombe. She embraces everything, from the country's sights, sounds and smells to its culture, entertainment, technology, sport and food. She thinks about little else from...
A Good Dealor a Quick Fix?
MANY Londoners are today bewildered about the state of the struggle between the Government on one side and Mayor Ken Livingstone and his Transport Commissioner, Bob Kiley, on the other. There have been public handshakes between Mr Kiley and the Prime...
A Head for Career Heights; Personality and Ability Tests Are the Latest Form of Interview Torture. Wendy Ledger Reports
Byline: WENDY LEDGER MORE often than not these days, when applying for a new job, you will find that at some point in the recruitment process you will be asked to complete a psychometric test. It could be an aptitude, ability or personality test...
Aliens Just Bursting to Bust Up the World; Books
Byline: FRANCIS SPUFFORD DREAMCATCHER by Stephen King (Hodder, [pound]17.99) PICTURE this. In a snowy New England wood, a group of little grey aliens are standing around a downed flying saucer, wailing pathetically for assistance on every radio...
All in a Day's Work; Veena Ganapapaty Tells Sheryl Simms That Juggling Three Roles within Her Job as a Voluntary Welfare Officer for Saneline Isn't Difficult
Byline: SHERYL SIMMS I guess my two main roles are taking care of the volunteers who offer emotional and crisis support via Saneline, our national telephone helpline for carers and sufferers of mental illness, and raising awareness of the services...
A Question of Ethics; Wendy Ledger on an Increasing Awareness of Companies' Ethical Positions among Potential Employees
Byline: WENDY LEDGER ALMOST a quarter of all finance experts have decided against applying for a job on ethical grounds. 68 per cent said they would not work for employers involved in third world exploitation and 67 per cent said they would not...
As the Rich Get Richer, the Even Richer Get Even Richer
Byline: JOANNE HART ALMOST 60,000 people around the world have spare cash of more than [pound]20 million. Together they own [pound]5.9 trillion of readily-available money, writes Joanne Hart. The ranks of the extremely wealthy grew by 3% over...
A Stunt We Don't Need
Byline: MICK DENNIS AS we report elsewhere today, engraver Rory Malcolmson had pencilled the name "Arsenal" on the Cup and had to rub it out and start again for Liverpool. The whole idea of him putting the winners' name on the cup in time for...
A - Z of Cyberspeak; If You've Got a Good Eye for Acronyms, Turn the Page. but for Those of Us Drowning in Cyberspeak, Rawdon Messenger Can Break the Code
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) A super-fast method for moving data over phone lines. For example, with an ADSL connection, a home user could receive full-blown television pictures on the same copper wire that they use to talk to Auntie Mabel...
Baby Survives Thames Motor Boat Collision
Byline: MARTIN MCGLOWN A BABY girl and her mother were flung into the River Thames when a motor boat crashed into a steel pontoon at speed during a sunshine outing. The pair, who police said were "extremely lucky" to survive, were not wearing...
Brighter US Picture Brings Rates Gloom; Market Report
Byline: RAY HEATH ASIAN markets were unnerved today by the prospect that US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan will not be handing out any goodies tomorrow. Their cast-iron certainty that there would be another paring of US interest rates...
Cabbies Attack Mayor over Equality Plans
Byline: HUGH MUIR A GROUP of taxi drivers has attacked Ken Livingstone's drive to persuade more minorities and women to become cabbies. The London Cab Drivers' Club has accused the Mayor of insulting its members and indulging in social engineering...
Cabbies Attack Mayor over 'White Male Club'
Byline: HUGH MUIR A GROUP of taxi drivers has attacked Ken Livingstone's drive to persuade more minorities and women to become cabbies. The London Cab Drivers' Club has accused the Mayor of insulting its members and indulging in social engineering...
Canny Scots Have Bookies on Back Foot; Racing Diary
Byline: COLIN CAMERON BEWARE Bravehearts. If selecting winners is proving beyond you at the moment, just pray that the citizens of Inverness don't switch their attentions to horse racing. A survey by Totalbet.com found that the Scottish town's...
Central Banks Need a Crystal Ball to Get the Global Overview; Monetary Policy Targets Are Even Harder to Set in a Fast-Changing World, Says Stewart Fleming
Byline: STEWART FLEMING WHAT A SHAME, one of Europe's more senior central bankers remarked recently, that Paul O'Neill, the US Treasury Secretary, has been talking about the importance of a strong dollar. It would be so much better, he went on,...
Congestion Charge 'Will Trigger Property Boom'
Byline: HUGH MUIR KEN LIVINGSTONE'S congestion charge will reduce travelling times within central London and trigger a boom for property owners, according to new research. Experts say the Mayor's key policy will allow Londoners to reach shops,...
Connex to Pull out of South Central Early
Byline: ROBERT LEA CONNEX, the much-criticised French-owned London commuter trains operator, is to walk away from the South Central network by the end of next month - two years early - after agreeing to be bought out from its current licence. ...
Correct Dialing Tone; Answering the Phone Is a Skill in Itself, and a Company's Image Could Depend on Your Manner - or Lack of It. Linn Branson Goes on the Receiving End
Byline: LINN BRANSON HOW many times a day do you answer the telephone? If you happen to be a receptionist or in a job that puts you on the front line, then it's probably more times than you can count. But how often do you stop and actually think...
Curious Killing of a Cat; Reviews
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE m The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon RELAX. Here is news of a major anti-climax. The Lieutenant of Inishmore is not the shock-horror fest we were led to expect. Advance reports that Martin McDonagh's...
C&W in [Pound]240m US Internet Buy
Byline: NICK GOODWAY CABLE & Wireless today gave the first sign of how it might spend its burgeoning [pound]6 billion cash pile with the agreed $340 million ([pound]240 million) acquisition of a bombed-out San Francisco internet company. ...
Danger Time for Henry's Lions
Byline: CHRIS JONES LIONS coach Graham Henry has another 160 minutes of potentially dangerous rugby to endure before he can start planning for the three - Test series with Australia next month. London Wasps captain Lawrence Dallaglio has been...
Desperately Seeking Solace; Reviews
Byline: PATRICK MARMION CRAVE/4.48 PSYCHOSIS * Royal Court Theatre WITH the benefit of hindsight, it's easy to see the work of Sarah Kane as forming an artistic black hole - a once bright star that has collapsed under its own gravity. Certainly...
Doodling on the Dark Side; Books
Byline: JENNY TURNER SPUTNIK SWEETHEART by Haruki Murakami trs Philip Gabriel (Harvill, [pound]12) THE ELEPHANT VANISHES by Haruki Murakami trs Alfred Birnbaum (Harvill, [pound]7.99) THERE'S something a little bit Muji about Haruki Murakami's...
Eat Your Heart out Hannibal Lecter
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER As Trouble Every Day manages to delight and horrify the film critics, Alexander Walker reports from Cannes on a gory feast for the eyes CANNIBALISM came to Cannes yesterday. Critics at the film festival here trooped in...
Europe Should Give This Man His Chance
Byline: DAVID HINE Silvio Berlusconi and his business career have always been bitterly controversial but DAVID HINE argues that, now that his election victory seems almost certain, we should accept his right to govern Italy Silvio Berlusconi's...
Footsie Hoping US Malaise Is Just a Cold; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS EVENTS across the Pond dominated trading in London. US industrial production figures for April out today seemed to indicate that America is just sneezing and while it may give us a cold, hopefully nothing more serious. ...
Footsie Loses out as It Waits for US Signs; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS EVENTS across the Pond dominated trading in London as April US industrial production figures due out today were expected to give some indication as to whether America is just sneezing and giving us a cold or if its economy...
Future of Spitalfields Still Undecided; Commercial Property
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL THE future of Spitalfields market is again in disarray following the decision by joint developers SDG and the City Corporation to freeze six planning applications, made in January. Tower Hamlets was set to consider the...
Gunners in Need of Another Mr Wright; Predator Michael Reminds Us of Past Master
Byline: MICHAEL HART C'EST LA VIE, shrugged Arsene Wenger when a clutch of French journalists asked him to express his disappointment after Arsenal handed the FA Cup to Liverpool. The philosopher in Wenger will take this latest defeat on the chin,...
Hague Shrugs off the Polls to Paint the Red Town Blue
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS WILLIAM HAGUE took his election campaign to the people today and stoutly brushed aside the pollsters' gloomy predictions. "I am never bothered or interested in opinion polls," the Tory leader said as he began his nationwide...
Headteacher Hit by Stone-Throwing Gang
Byline: TIM MILES A HEADTEACHER was injured when he was attacked by a 50-strong gang of youths who pelted him with stones. Simon Decker, 41, suffered concussion when one of the missiles hit him on the head after he ordered the group of 16-year-old...
Heil Hell with the Tories
Byline: A.N. WILSON WHEN Nicholas Ridley likened Chancellor Kohl to Hitler, in an interview in The Spectator, he was instantly sacked from Mrs Thatcher's Cabinet, even though she loved the chain-smoking aristocrat dearly. "I'm not sure I wouldn't...
How Painting Can Make Pots of Money
Byline: GABY HUDDART FORTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD Kevin McLoughlin is proud to admit he's a millionaire. Sitting in his smart office in Islington, he explains that his painting and decorating firm, K&M McLoughlin Decorating, is currently turning over...
How to Get through an Interview; Surviving a Job Interview Is Not Difficult as Long as You Follow a Few Golden Rules, Discovers David Burston
Byline: DAVID BURSTON SECOND only to the myriad guides to compiling your CV are the books devoting pages of advice on interview blunders and techniques, from those that will elicit the dreaded response "Don't call us, we'll call you" to ones that...
Italy Chooses Billionaire in Chaotic Day at the Polls
Byline: PAUL HOUSE SILVIO BERLUSCONI, 64, the world's 23rd richest man, won the general election in Italy yesterday after the centre left opposition turned the campaign into a national referendum on personalities, not policies. The exuberant,...
James: Stenson Is Ready for Ryder Cup
Byline: DAVID SMITH HENRIK STENSON today received the backing of former Ryder Cup captain Mark James as the sensational Swede put his marker down for a place in Europe's next team. Stenson's three-shot victory in the [pound]1million Benson and...
Job News
Turn it off NOVELTY mobile phone rings and loud personal stereos are the two biggest irritations for London's commuters says a new survey. Research undertaken by City recruitment firm Jonathan Wren finds two out of three commuters rated their stress...
Julian Takes a Bow as the Tube Allows Busking
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU THERE was a time when buskers were simply enterprising folk aiming to pocket some extra cash. All you needed was an instrument and total immunity to embarrassment. But as from today there is a long-overdue requirement...
Ken Is Taking the Taxis Forward
IT was with considerable interest that I read Hugh Muir's article, Mayor goes to war on cabbies (10 May). Contrary to the headline of the article, it is our experience that, since coming to office, Mr Livingstone has done much to work with the taxi...
LABOUR SET TO WIN BIG IN LONDON; Tories 20 Points Behind Says Standard Poll
Byline: CHARLES REISS LONDON is swinging behind Tony Blair much more strongly than the rest of the country, says an exclusive Evening Standard opinion poll today. It also shows that William Hague's hopes, voiced only last week, of recapturing...
Lawrence Suspects 'Abused Black Detective'
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT TWO of the prime suspects for the murder of Stephen Lawrence are being investigated for allegedly hurling racist abuse at a black police officer. David Norris and Jamie Acourt are said to have insulted the plain clothes...
Leasehold Victory on Hold; Parties Blame Each Other for Bill Delay
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL TENS of thousands of London flat owners in dispute with their landlords and managing agents will have to wait at least until the end of the year for the legal protection they were hoping to get next month. The Commonhold...
Lib-Dems Want Tax Rise to Fund More Teachers
Byline: JO REVILL CHARLES KENNEDY today put education at the heart of the Liberal Democrats' agenda. In the party's first full press conference in London, he defended its proposal to put a penny on income tax to pay for more teachers and lower...
Life & Style: Social Sexism; When Boys and Girls Go out to Play in London, Who Comes out on Top? Syrie Johnson and Tom Barber Hit the Town to Discover Whether Sexism Is Alive and Well in the Capital
Byline: SYRIE JOHNSON;TOM BARBER MANY women claim we still live in a sexist society, but at least they don't have to shave every day (most of them, anyway), and terrorists let them off hijacked planes first, so what are they grumbling about? But...
London 'Stunners' Steal the Show in New York; Art Sales
Byline: SUSAN MOORE IT was not only at auction that the most valuable works on offer in New York came with a price tag of $30 million. On Thursday evening, the doors of the great red brick fortress of the 7th Regiment Armory on Park Avenue opened...
Lost in a New Moral Maze; Books
Byline: MELANIE MCGRATH MORALITIES: Sex, Money and Power in the 21st Century by Joan Smith (Penguin, [pound]14.99) A COUPLE of weeks ago, this newspaper devoted a whole page to photographs of a group of alleged anti-capitalist "troublemakers...
Lydia Hislop's Guide to the Televised Races
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP Spring Pursuit and Nowell House clash here for the third time this season, provided there is sufficient overnight rain for the former. The latter may find this track more to his liking than Epsom last time and may raise his...
Making a Scene in the Office ... A New Series of the Office-Based Comedy Perfect World Starts on TV Tonight. Stephen Overell Looks Back at How the Workplace Has Starred on Both the Big and Small Screen
Byline: STEPHEN OVERELL WORK has never really hit the big-time. Sure, it gets walk-ons: it furnishes a background for romance, as in Frankie and Johnny (1991), in which chef Al Pacino and waitress Michelle Pfeiffer celebrate bacon as the food of...
Masters of the Universe; an MBA Used to Be Elitist, but Now Employers Ask Not Whether You Have One but Where It's from, Says Geoffrey Davies
Byline: GEOFFREY DAVIES A lot of people think that getting an MBA means they are going to be inundated with job offers," says Matthew Hill, a graduate of the Henley Management College. "But it's not like that." What it is like is hard work to gain...
Met Honour for Officer Who Won VC
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE EVENT was a footnote in the course of the First World War. It was April 1917 and a lieutenant in the Australian Army was ordered to hold an outpost on the front line at all costs. He and his men were quickly surrounded...
Mother Saves Baby in Thames Boat Collision
Byline: MARTIN MCGLOWN A BABY girl was pulled to safety by her mother after they were flung into the Thames when a motor boat they were in struck a steel pontoon at speed. The pair were not wearing life jackets when they hit the water which was...
MR Blair, You Should Be Ashamed of London; THIS CAPITAL SHOULD BE A SHOWCASE. YET IN BLAIR'S BRITAIN, IT'S A BYWORD FOR VIOLENCE, DRINK, DRUGS AND RUBBISH
Byline: VALENTINE LOW He shouted: "Do you want grief?" and smashed his fist into the side of the shopkeeper's head. It was not much of a contest, really: the attacker was at least 6ft tall and well built, while his victim, a Sri Lankan called Lal,...
My Legs Stink. It Must Be Summer
Byline: LAURA CRAIK Looking effortlessly sunny takes a lot of, er, effort. Laura Craik offers some advice WHAT S that revolting smell? Oh, it s me. More specifically, it s my legs. They smell as if someone is cooking pork on them. I am deeply...
Mystery of the Unknown Soldier's Pop-Art Murals
Byline: ROBIN STRINGER WHEN Chelsea College of Art bought the Royal Army Medical College on Millbank as its new home it never expected to find that artists had been there before. Hence their surprise on entering a musty room in the old barrack...
Nice and Sleazy Does It; Books
Byline: PETE CLARK HE KILLS COPPERS by Jake Arnott (Sceptre, [pound]10) FOR anyone of a certain age anyone, that is, who remembers the events of 1966 - the title of Jake Arnott's new book will have uneasy reverberations. For it was in that year,...
Nick Hornby's Big Idea; Books
Byline: DECCA AITKENHEAD HOW TO BE GOOD by Nick Hornby (Viking, [pound]16.99) THERE is a question that writers who wish to become literary novelists often ask. Should a novel basically be a yarn, they wonder, from which a big idea would emerge...
No Real Heart for Revolution; Books
Byline: GEORGE WALDEN THE RISE AND FALL OF BRITISH REPUBLICAN CLUBS: 1871-1874 by Christopher Rumsey (Quinta Press, [pound]7.95) HERE is a small book with a big contemporary message. It deals with the sudden rise and equally swift fall of working-class...
Now Is the Right Time for Ward
Byline: DAVID LLOYD NOW Ian Ward can thank his lucky stars he's a late developer. Although 27 may sound a trifle old to be contemplating a Test debut, the Surrey opener is joining England's senior set at just about the perfect time. Captain...
Nurses' Fury at [Pound]15m Facelift for Union HQ
Byline: ZOE MORRIS THE Royal College of Nursing is at the centre of a furious row today for authorising a [pound]15million refit of its London headquarters and paying a rent allowance of more than [pound]2,000 a month to its new general secretary....
Nurses' Fury over [Pound]15m Facelift for Their Union's HQ
Byline: ZOE MORRIS THE Royal College of Nursing is at the centre of a furious row today for authorising a lavish multimillion pound refit of its central London headquarters and paying a a rent allowance of more than [pound]2,000 a month to its new...
Off the Autobahn
Byline: ANDREW EAMES Pull off and check-in. Andrew Eames on the best places to stay between Frankfurt and Hanover HOTELS are remarkably inexpensive in Germany, you don t have to book ahead or pay steep prices at big chains. The quality, facilities...
Once-Macho Jeep Is Now a Ladies' Car
Byline: ALLAN HALL A VEHICLE that sold itself entirely on its macho appeal, its quasi-military ability to go anywhere, tackle any terrain, ford streams and rivers as well as picking up the kids is undergoing a sex change. The Jeep is about to...
Owen Back in 'Very Special' Mode
Byline: IAN CHADBAND WHEN he was only 14, I interviewed a schoolboy footballer called Michael Owen who was being touted as one to watch for the future. He had just signed forms with Liverpool, was obliterating youth goalscoring records right, left...
Pain-Free Policy to Get America's Party Going Again; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THERE is an air of panic in the US that is hardly justified. Yes, America's economy is struggling. After nine years of spectacular growth, it is not surprising that the excess of optimism has topped out, but US policymakers...
Policeman Tells of Desperate Doorstep Bid to Save Jill Dando
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE DESPERATE battle to save Jill Dando's life was described for the first time today in the Old Bailey. The first policeman to arrive at her home in Gowan Avenue, Fulham after she had been shot told the court how paramedics...
Pots of Places to Paint
Byline: JO FERNANDEZ Jo Fernandez canvasses colourful arty-crafty holidays around the world The great 'scape ... THE beauty of a painting holiday is that a) anyone can join in no need to be a clever-clogs of the Constable order; b) you get...
[Pound]4.2m PAYOUT FOR DIVORCEE; Landmark Case Hands Tycoon's Wife Extra Share of Fortune
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON THE EX-WIFE of a brilliant entrepreneur today had her [pound]3.2 million divorce settlement increased by [pound]1 million in recognition of her contribution to their 35-year marriage and his business. Jacqueline Cowan, 62,...
[Pound]4.4m PAYOUT FOR DIVORCEE; Landmark Case Hands Tycoon's Wife Extra Share of Fortune
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON THE EX-WIFE of a tycoon today had her divorce settlement increased to [pound]4.4 million for her contribution to their 35-year marriage. Jacqueline Cowan, 62, played no direct part in the business success of brilliant entrepreneur...
Pressures That Drive London GPs to Say: We Can't Cope
Byline: ZOE MORRIS A shocking dossier of the pressures facing London GPs is published today by the British Medical Association, in the run-up to a potentially embarrassing pre-election ballot for mass resignations. It paints a depressing picture,...
Railtrack Tames 'Consumer Chief'
Byline: ROBERT LEA RAILTRACK'S new "public interest director" foisted upon it by John Prescott will not be a consumer champion and will not be publishing any reports on rail consumer issues to train passengers, the Deputy Prime Minister or to shareholders,...
Roman Holiday; Travel: New Skills Aren't Acquired in a Day. Maria Harding Tries to Piece It All Together on a Mosaic Course in Kent
Byline: MARIA HARDING AS a devotee of home improvement programmes, I've always thought mosaic-making a simple-enough business. If the likes of Jocasta Innes can transform an old tea-chest lid into a tabletop version of the Sistine Chapel in 20 minutes,...
Save Us from the Sarcasm
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH THE Grim Reaper is playing havoc with business at my Dangerous Liaisons Marriage Bureau. For some time, it's not been technically possible for Whoopi Goldberg to marry Peter Cushing and become Whoopi Cushing (on account...
Short Lives for Busy Readers; Books
Byline: CLAIRE HARMAN THE VOICE OF VICTORIAN SEX: Arthur H Clough 1819-1861 by Rupert Christiansen A MATERIAL GIRL: Bess of Hardwick 1527-1608 by Kate Hubbard THE HATED WIFE: Carrie Kipling 1862-1939 by Adam Nicolson INVENTOR OF THE DISPOSABLE...
Show Your True Colours; Travel: If You're a Budding Artist Wanting to Brush Up on Technique, One Devon Farm Is Open for Business, Says Miranda West
Byline: MIRANDA WEST DRIVING through the wet grey tunnel that's spring on the English motorway, I wondered what I'd let myself in for. I love messing about with paints and manage to squeeze in a regular evening class, but there's no question of...
Slut's Guide: How I Do Hot-Date Sexy; Liz Hurley Says She Gets Her Hot-Date Look by Eating Lots of Watercress Soup and Doing Lots of Sit-Ups. Zoe Williams Has an Easy Alternative
Byline: ZOE WILLIAMS WE'VE waited a very long time, and finally our patience has been rewarded. Yes, Liz Hurley has come out with how it is she looks so very nice and pretty. The pages of Elle are awash with handy tips for hot dates, such as...
Smooth Operator; Keeping a Modern Leisure Complex Running Efficiently Is a Massive Task. Jacky Hyams Finds out How It's Done
Byline: JACKY HYAMS LAUNCHING a brand-new entertainment and leisure complex is a massive exercise in forward planning, construction and large-scale recruitment, yet most people are unaware of the enormous effort that goes into making sure such developments...
'Smugglers' Recipe for Smoked Monkey Meat'
Byline: KEITH POOLE TWO east London shopkeepers smuggled an endangered monkey to order and even suggested a recipe for cooking it, a court heard today. Mobolagi Osakuade, 40, boasted he could import a whole lion from Nigeria for [pound]5,000,...
So Ken May Be Right about Pigeon Threat
Byline: PETER DAY SEVENTY per cent of city children carry infections caused by pigeon droppings, new research has found. Many flu-type illnesses, diagnosed as viruses, may be caused instead by an airborne fungus from the birds. The findings will...
Solitary and Sad at 50; Books
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH MY DREAM OF YOU by Nuala O'Faolain (Michael Joseph, [pound]12. 99) YOU take it as read that any first novel, especially a romantic novel, will be autobiographical in nature. It's not often, though, that the author takes...
So Much Better Than Shoddy Old Wembley
Byline: MICK DENNIS AT about nine o'clock on FA Cup Final morning, an open-topped, city tour bus paused at traffic lights outside Cardiff Castle and the guide on the top deck used his microphone to tell his clients a little of the history of the...
South-East Is Declared Free of Foot-and-Mouth
Byline: GERAINT SMITH THE South-East of England is today officially free of foot-and-mouth disease, following the removal of the last two "infected areas" in Kent and Essex. The Ministry of Agriculture last night formally revoked the "infected...
Spades Are Trumped; Reviews
Byline: TOM SUTCLIFFE QUEEN OF SPADES * Royal Opera House THE Royal Opera's new Queen of Spades is a four-star show, and three of them are Russian. Such robust, roof-lifting, elegantly impassioned singing is a thrill. I revelled in the rich,...
Spa Special: Pamper Me Baby; Get Bathed in Milk, Rubbed with Salt and Wrapped in Algae. We Give You the Lowdown on the Top Spas for Londoners
Claridge's BEST FOR: the discerning few who know Claridge's has a spa. WHO GOES: Donatella Versace, Tom Hanks, John Galliano, Princess Caroline. ATMOSPHERE: Reassuring and intimate. FACILITIES: discreet. Only three treatment rooms, and...
Steady Hands on the Tiller
Byline: TONY SMURTHWAITE MARK PERRETT knew plenty about steering jobs in his day, and it seems little has changed. His vested interest in Tillerman, a horse that could be named for him, gives the former jump jockey a pupil both to guide and be guided...
Sun-Kissed London Gets a Surprise Burst of Summer
Byline: LAURA SMITH EVERYONE hoped it would happen. Some even bought skimpy outfits in anticipation. And at the weekend, it finally did. The sun came out and Londoners, weary of months of dreary weather, took full advantage. Temperatures on...
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS; the Standard Job Application Form Is Usually the First Link between a Company and a Potential Recruit. Sometimes, It Can Be Its Last, Says Chris Ball
Byline: CHRIS BALL IF getting one's application form right is the first step to a successful working relationship, this goes for employers as well as prospective employees. Job applicants need to create good impressions, but employers also have...
Terry's All Mixed Up
Byline: MICK DENNIS THE prize for the most extraordinary mixed metaphor of all the Cup Final reports goes to Terry Venables in the News of the World. "Yesterday's second-half crunch time spectacularly resurrected the competition to the plateau...
That's Enough Ice-Cream; Books
Byline: ZOE WILLIAMS BREATHING UNDERWATER by Marie Darrieussecq (Faber, [pound]9.99) DARRIEUSSECQ first sprang to notice with Pig Tales, an allegorical number about a woman who comes over all porcine and eventually falls for a werewolf. With...
The 1980's Are Alive and Well in Your Office; as Far as Many Employees Are Concerned, the Millennium Might Never Have Happened. Susan Gray Looks at a Workplace Timewarp
Byline: SUSAN GRAY FASHION editors say the 1980s are back. In the workplace they never went away. When Gerald Ratner, an epitome of the Eighties, told the Institute of Directors that Marks and Spencer prawn mayo sandwiches would last longer than...
The Best Little Recital Hall in the West; Arts: All the Giants of Classical Music Have Played at the Wigmore Hall. Now Today's Stars Will Celebrate Its 100th Birthday, Reports Patrick O'Connor
Byline: PATRICK O'CONNOR JUST before each concert at Wigmore Hall, the side door beside the platform opens, and William Lyne walks out to his aisle seat. It's part of the ritual of the hall which, since he became director in 1966, has become the...
'The East End Is a Dumping Ground'
Byline: ANDREW GIMSON Cockneys in the Bow Bells pub are appalled by the way the East End has altered. One man said: "It's changed for the worse in every way. "When I was a boy you didn't have to lock your door. People were friendly, they helped...
The Entertainment Game; Corporate Hospitality
Byline: WENDY LEDGER ENTERTAINING clients is serious business and there seems to be an ever-increasing choice and diversity in the things companies can do to impress their customers. From hiring famous London landmarks for an extravagant party to...
The in Tray; Pete Clark on the Terrifying Tentacles of the Electronic Age Which Want to Wrap Him Up in His Work
Byline: PETE CLARK THERE is a thought that pops into my mind once in a while, and it is this: will I be injured at work today? This may, I am well aware, appear to be a curious thought. I do not work in heavy industry. There are no giant machines...
The Job Doctor; Working from Home While on Sick Leave Is above and beyond the Call of Duty. Sally O'Reilly Wonders Whether Employers Will Think So, Too
Byline: SALLY O'REILLY WHEN I was off sick with flu recently, I managed to meet some important deadlines by taking my laptop home and carrying on with work when I felt well enough. But when I came back, I dutifully filled in my sick leave form to...
THE OUT TRAY; Forget the Perils of Heavy Industry and Construction Sites, Home Is Where the Real Hazards Are, Says Adam Edwards
Byline: ADAM EDWARDS THE blisters on the forefinger from the dialling mechanism of the pre touch-tone phone have vanished. The odds of spearing oneself on the nib of an ink pen are negligible and the chances of dying from passive smoking are slim...
The Oz Mafia
Byline: MAGGIE ALDERSON The Aussie glitterati haven't stopped partying since Y2K began. Now they've taken over Cannes as well, says Maggie Alderson AFTER the spectacular premiere of Moulin Rouge, the Australian party train has pulled into Cannes,...
The Very Last Service You Can Offer Anyone; Greg Watts Investigates the Different Ways That London's Many Religions Carry out Funeral Rites
Byline: GREG WATTS RELIGION may well be in decline in Britain, but with around 60,000 funerals each year in London - two-thirds of them ending up at the doors of the crematorium - dying still provides plenty of work for the capital's religious institutions,...
Timing Is Right but the Reason Wrong for US Tax Cut
Byline: ANDREW SMITHERS THE new US Administration wants to cut taxes and it looks as if Congress will agree. This is one of the few bits of good news around. It is also bizarre, as they are trying to do the right thing for the wrong reason. President...
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