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Articles from August 9, 2001

Albert's Pipe Dream; Arts: After Saturday's Prom, [Pound]1.8 Million Will Be Spent Renovating the Royal Albert Hall Organ - Provided the Full Amount Can Be Raised. Rick Jones Explains
Byline: RICK JONES WHEN Wayne Marshall plays the mighty organ at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, it will be the last solo recital before this emperor of instruments leaves the hall pipe by pipe for what is hoped will be a complete restoration...
All Museums Will Be Free by December
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY ALL LONDON'S major museums and galleries are to be open free of charge to visitors from December, it was announced today. Ministers paved the way for a multimillion pound windfall for exhibition spaces by setting a timetable...
Archer Is Moved to Prison That Once Held Reggie Kray
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR PRISONER FF8282 Jeffrey Archer was moved today from a high-security jail to the prison that used to hold Reggie Kray. Archer, 61, had been in Belmarsh prison in south London for three weeks since his conviction for perjury...
A Spin Doctor Writes. Ace PR Man Tad Friendly Tells All to PETER BRADSHAW
Byline: PETER BRADSHAW I AM on a natural high. I'm walking on air. My campaign on the Millionaire Bogus Compensation Seekers has won the Image Consultants' Gold Award, presented to me at a select luncheon at the Connaught yesterday, attended...
At Home with the Junkies; Arts: Shan Khan Didn't Have to Look Far for Inspiration for His Award-Winning Debut Play. but, He Tells Mark Cook, He Had Compelling Reasons for Writing It in 17 Hours
Byline: MARK COOK SHAN Khan found the inspiration for his first play on his doorstep - literally. He was congratulating himself on finding a "luxury penthouse" in King's Cross for a manageable rent but when he and his flatmate moved in, they soon...
Be Seen on the Green; Shopping
Byline: ANGELA BUTTOLPH FOR years, Pringle has been synonymous with such style stuntmen as comedian Jimmy Tarbuck and sports-casual enthusiasts Alans Partridge and Titchmarsh. It was inevitable that the label would eventually attract a new customer...
Bill Takes a Bow; Spurs Salute Legend with Show Redolent of 'Glory Glory Nights'
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS Spurs 3 Fiorentina 0 LOCKED arm-in-arm with Martin Chivers, one of his former players, Bill Nicholson walked on to the White Hart Lane turf to receive the rightful acclaim from more than 35,000 fans who will forever be in...
Brecht the Bolter; Film
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER THE FAREWELL Cert PG, 91 mins BERTOLT Brecht, in 1947, didn't relish being on stage - if that stage were the House Un-American Activities Subcommittee investigating communist penetration of Hollywood. Though not mute,...
Campaign Looking Good for Dons Fans
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS WIMBLEDON fans are stepping up their campaign against plans to move the club to Milton Keynes. The supporters will lobby a vital meeting of the Football League next week. They have severed diplomatic relations with club...
Cole Set to Start Season on Left
Dagenham 2 West Ham 2 WEST HAM midfielder Joe Cole insists he should be given time to grow accustomed to playing on the left wing before being given the role for England. Cole, who is working his way back to full fitness after a foot injury,...
Commerzbank Reins in as Rising Costs Bite
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING COMMERZBANK'S aggressive expansion in London came to a juddering halt today as the German bank introduced a hiring freeze, cancelled IT projects and promised other measures to tackle its ballooning costs. Reporting a 76%...
Coogan's Limp Caper; Film
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER THE PAROLE OFFICER Cert 12, 105 mins STEVE Coogan, star of The Parole Officer - a title that sucks up to the Hollywood box office, since probation officer is how we know this kind of social worker - starts off sitting...
Coogan Stars in Front of His Parole Board
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON TV COMIC Steve Coogan turned cinema superstar as scores of A-list stars pitched up for the premiere of his first film - The Parole Officer. Leicester Square was jam-packed full of actors and their hangers-on, all desperate...
Cool Martin Carries off Grand Coup
MARTIN Williams is the latest [pound]1000 weekly prizewinner in Business Day's sister website This Is Money's Fantasy Share Trader game, after a staggering turnaround in his fortunes. Last week, Martin, of Colwyn Bay, North Wales, was feeling the...
Courts Get Tough as Online Fraudsters Spin a Web of Deceit; One White-Collar Crook 'Stole More Than Jesse James Did' Reports Lauren Chambliss
Byline: LAUREN CHAMBLISS US AUTHORITIES are cracking down on stock fraud on the internet, backed by courts handing out prison sentences that rival those levied on some of the biggest perpetrators of white-collar crime in American history. Mark...
Crash, Bang, Wallop ... Gadaffy's Son Hits Sardinia; His Yacht Smashes into the Marina ... and Then He Gets Chucked out of Beachclub
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS AS AN entrance, it takes some beating. Al-Saad Mohamed, 26-year-old son of the Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffy, arrived off the exclusive resort of Porto Cervo in his 130 foot yacht bedecked with flags bearing the unmistakable...
Crash, Bang, Wallop ... Gadaffy's Son Hits Town
THE PLAYBOY son of Colonel Gadaffy has been causing havoc on holiday at an exclusive resort in Sardinia. The problems started soon after Al-Saad Gadaffy arrived on the Costa Smeralda, a favourite haunt of celebrities like Hugh Grant, Michael Douglas,...
Crew of 30 Are a Solid Bet to Top the Charts
Byline: INDIRA DAS-GUPTA IF south London's So Solid Crew have to go on Top of the Pops to perform their first number one single, 21 Seconds, they may be faced with a problem: how to get all 30 members on stage. An appearance by the teeming musical...
Doctor Spared Jail 'Because NHS Needs You'
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL AN irate doctor who broke a Tube worker's nose in a row over delays was spared jail today when a judge said the National Health Service needed him. Consultant anaesthetist John Nelson, 37, launched a flying headbutt at...
Ealing Blast Re-Enacted in Bid to Track Down Witnesses
Byline: PHILIP NETTLETON POLICE will today carry out a reconstruction of events that led to the Ealing bomb, one week after the event. The movements of the Saab 9000 car which was packed with explosives and parked near Ealing Broadway Tube station...
Game Plan for Welsh Ryder Cup Is on Course
Byline: CLARE BALDING TIME for an update on my golf and it won't take long: it's not going well. Not going well at all. My confidence has been shattered by a torrid 18 holes playing in a pro-am at Celtic Manor in Wales. A case of too much too...
GKN May Close Head Offices in Cutbacks
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS ONE of the grandest corporate headquarters offices in St James's, London, could close as recession-hit engineering giant GKN embarks on a multi-million pound cost-cutting exercise. The wood-panelled office in Cleveland...
Goldman Calls Time on European Hi-Techs; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK TELECOMS and hi-tech companies bore the brunt of the latest stock market sell-off today following publication of a bearish report on the European telecoms equipment market by US securities house Goldman Sachs. Entitled Last...
Goodfella, Badfella, Betterfella; Film: After a Stunning Performance in GoodFellas, Ray Liotta (Right) Made Some Sensationally Bad Films. Now He's Back on Form, Says James Mottram
Byline: JAMES MOTTRAM RAY Liotta must have felt that his life had begun to echo that of his most famous role, Henry Hill. Like the true-life gangster from Martin Scorsese's 1990 mob classic, GoodFellas, Liotta has experienced a sharp rise and...
Gun Rampage in West End
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;GEORGE WRIGHT * Bystander hit by shot fired at bouncer * Driver shot too as gunman hijacks van A GUNMAN shot and injured two people in the West End today. The man opened fire three times, seriously injuring a delivery...
Haile's Reign Is Over
Byline: IAN CHADBAND HAILE GEBRSELASSIE failed in his mission impossible here tonight - and even the sensation of having seen Marion Jones downed in the 100m earlier in the week seemed a minor tremor compared to a first 10,000m defeat in eight years...
Harley: Chelsea Left Me with No Option
Byline: LEO SPALL FULHAM'S new signing Jon Harley today said he was forced to leave Chelsea to save his career and promised to make Stamford Bridge manager Claudio Ranieri regret his decision to let him go. The 21-year-old completed his [pound]3.5...
He Shoots. He Scores; Shooting Bambi, Killing Peter Rabbit and Mowing Down a Raft of Pheasants with a [Pound]20,000 Shotgun May Not Be PC, but Shoots Are Chic, Says Adam Edwards - Just Ask Madge and Guy
Byline: ADAM EDWARDS SO Madonna and Guy Ritchie are on the verge of buying Ashcombe, Cecil Beaton's 17th century six-bedroom Georgian house and estate, for [pound]9 million. It is a lot of money for a country pad, even if it is an extraordinarily...
How Dare This Oik from Florence Criticise Chigwell?; Soccer Star Turns Down Transfer as Wife Rejects Home There
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL "CHIGWELL", wrote Charles Dickens, "is the greatest place in the world". He had his reasons, but whatever they were in the 19th century they are no longer enough to convince an Italian footballer. Or, more importantly, his...
'I Have Charted Epidemic's End but We Have to Fight to the Last'; since March, Professor John Wilesmith Has Been Plotting the Course of Foot-and-Mouth in an Exercise Crucial in Shaping Government Policy. He Tells Science Correspondent Geraint Smith Why He Believes Britain Could Be Declared Disease-Free by the End of the Year
Byline: GERAINT SMITH SOMETIMES it feels like foot-and-mouth will never go away. Since Tony Blair launched a general election by claiming that we were "on the home straight" a full three months have passed, the number of new cases has stayed stubbornly...
Insurance Is the Farmers' Future
YOUR recent editorial suggested my reference to insurance for farming was after revelations that some farmers had received more than [pound]1 million in compensation for animals destroyed because of foot-and-mouth disease (Fair compensation for farmers,...
IRA Spells out Its New Stance on Scrapping Arms
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN THE IRA today broke its silence to claim that it has agreed a method of scrapping weapons - but refused to say when or how. Leaders of the paramilitary force issued a statement saying they had struck a deal with international...
IRA Spells out New Arms Stance
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN THE IRA claims today it has agreed a method of scrapping its weapons - but the move was immediately dismissed by Unionists. A long-awaited statement from the paramilitaries' ruling council includes no details of when or how...
Jeans - It's the Trend with Legs
Byline: LAURA CRAIK I DUNNO. You spend hours every week bustin' a gut advising women what to wear if they want to look fashionable - and what do they do? Do they rush out and buy all the batwing sleeves, pink corsages, Fifties dresses, chiffon...
Journey to the Centre of the Web; Giant Concrete Bunker Provides Nuclear Defence for Internet
Byline: KEITH POOLE THIS IS the former nuclear bunker which has been turned into one of the world's safest storerooms. In a corner of the Kent countryside, the guard dog, 24-hour patrols and CCTV cameras might seem like security overkill. ...
Keep the Oldies and Regroup, England
Byline: PHIL TUFNELL WHERE do England go now? What can we do, besides giving our guys bats which are twice as wide, and a ball that seams and spins for us but not them? Do we make the average age of the team 19, by discarding the oldies? Or...
Leap of Faith for Hansen; Ashia Looks Forward to Final after 12 Months of Turmoil
Byline: DAVID BOND ASHIA HANSEN put the misery of the last 12 months behind her earlier today to produce her biggest jump for two years and book a place in tomorrow night's triple jump final, writes David Bond. The 29- year- old former world...
Let's Not Pity Poor Paula for Getting It Wrong
Byline: CLARE BALDING POOR Paula. Poor, poor Paula. That's what nearly everyone watching Tuesday night's 10,000 metre final thought. That's what they would have muttered out loud and what they would have woken up thinking - but hang on a minute,...
Liverpool Show They Can Hack It
KEITH ARMSTRONG, the English manager of Finland's FC Haka, today predicted that Liverpool will be strong challengers for the Champions League after seeing his team beaten 5-0 by the Merseysiders in last night's third qualifying round first leg in Helsinki's...
London Schools Face 800-Teacher Shortage
Byline: TIM MILES LONDON schools could be as many as 800 teachers short when the new term starts in less than a month, raising new fears that children could be sent home because there are no staff to teach them. That was the number of vacancies...
Malcolm Attempts to Step out of Shadows
Byline: DAVID BOND CHRISTIAN MALCOLM, the forgotten man of British sprinting, could be about to jog a few people's memories. After booking his place in tomorrow morning's final of the 200 metres as the second fastest qualifier, the 22-year-old...
Manchester May Replace London Bid; Troubleshooter Carter Looks at World Championship Alternatives to Picketts Lock
Byline: DAVID BOND MANCHESTER is being considered as an alternative venue for the World Championships in 2005 if London is unable to find a suitable site for the event. A Government review is investigating proposals to build a new [pound]87 million...
Medical Backup Causes Concern
Byline: IAN CHADBAND BRITAIN'S athletics team boss today called for an urgent review into the state of national sports medicine to help transform injured athletics heroes like Dean Macey into golden ones, writes Ian Chadband. Jones, the UK Athletics...
Millions Lose out as Used Car Values Drop by [Pound]1,000
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS MILLIONS of motorists have been hit by a huge slump in the second-hand car market with the value of used vehicles plummeting, a report claims today. Last year values of used cars fell by 12.7per cent - knocking more than...
Ministry to Take on Dance World with [Pound]24m Boost
Byline: BRIDGET HOWSON TEN years since it first threw open its doors to ravers, London superclub empire the Ministry of Sound has secured a multi-million pound cash injection leaving it poised to become the world's leading dance brand. The nightclub...
M&S Takes VATman to Court over Teacake Tax
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG MARKS & Spencer is to take to Brussels its long-running legal campaign to recover more than [pound]12 million of VAT it claims it has overpaid since 1973. M&S will argue at the European Court of Justice in October...
Nature's Way; Reviews: Proms 2001
Byline: RICK JONES PROM 26, Royal Albert Hall NOW that we have moved into the 21st century it is becoming clearer how innocent we were in the last millennium. Haydn's nature-loving oratorio The Seasons was first performed way back in 1801 when...
New Three-Prong Inquiry into Foot and Mouth Fiasco
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY MINISTERS today announced a major three-pronged investigation into the foot-and-mouth epidemic which crippled Britain's agriculture and turned huge swathes of the countryside into no-go areas. Environment Secretary Margaret...
Next Year's Models; Shopping
Byline: NICOLE SWENGLEY GUESSING the next trend in fashion, food or home-wares is always a gamble. But Amy Browning and Mark Wilkins seem to have the knack. Their company, Models Own, will open its first London shop this year on the back of the...
Police Chief Meets People Paying Price of Bombing
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI METROPOLITAN Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens was today visiting Ealing Broadway to see the bomb damage and meet community leaders and business people affected by the terrorist blast. He was also to inspect the...
Police Smeared Shot Man, Say His Family
Byline: HUGH MUIR RELATIVES of Derek Bennett, the black man shot dead by police marksmen in Brixton, have accused Scotland Yard of a smear campaign against him. They say details of the 29-year-old's medical condition and previous convictions...
Posh's Favourite Designer Spices Up Sloane Street
Byline: KEITH POOLE VICTORIA BECKHAM's favourite designer is set to open a shop near Sloane Square as the area competes with Knightsbridge and Bond Street to become one of London's top shopping destinations. British designer Maria Grachvogel,...
[Pound]1.4m Revamp for Russell Square
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN AFTER years of neglect, London's largest public square is to get a [pound]1.4 million facelift to return it to its 18th century glory. Central to Camden council's plans for Russell Square in Bloomsbury will be a "spectacular"...
Prisoner FF8282 Archer Is Moved to Tough New Jail
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR PRISONER FF 8282, Jeffrey Archer, left the maximum security Belmarsh jail today but his hopes for a move to a more relaxed open prison have been dashed. He was driven out of the south London jail in a van shortly after 10am...
Prodigy Cole Is Told to Keep on Learning
ENGLAND coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has decided that West Ham midfielder Joe Cole should continue to serve his apprenticeship by gaining further experience with the Under-21 side, as he did in Greece in June. However, Bayern Munich midfielder Owen...
Raider Slips off with [Pound]10,000 of Lingerie (and That's Only 30 Pairs of Knickers in This Shop)
Byline: PATRICK SAWER;DEEPA SHAH A MAN has snatched [pound]10,000 worth of underwear from a Knightsbridge shop while an assistant's back was turned. It is thought that he took only 30 items from Janet Reger's boutique, but prices at the shop...
Realism about Northern Ireland
GENERAL JOHN DE CHASTELAIN says the IRA has come up with a credible plan to place its own weapons beyond use and to save the Northern Ireland peace process. The Unionists spurn this 'breakthrough', since there is no timetable attached, and no details...
Reed Is Getting It Right despite the Media Downturn; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON MEDIA stocks have halved in the past year but most of them probably still have further to fall, if only because the longer the recession goes on, the deeper and more fundamental will be the reduction in advertising spend,...
Russian First Wives' Club Goes on Warpath
Byline: INDIRA DAS-GUPTA WEALTHY businessmen in Russia are discovering what their western counterparts learned to their cost many years ago: hell hath no fury like a rich man's woman scorned. As the country's moneyed class grows, so too are longsuffering...
Saatchi: A Lion Hunter on a Non-Stop Social Safari; the Divorce Came through Yesterday and the Millions Are in the Bank. So What Next for Charles Saatchi, Asks Rory Ross
Byline: RORY ROSS WHEN domestic goddess Nigella Lawson cancelled dinner with handsome gay financier Ivan Massow at the Ivy recently, he kept his reservation and turned up with the Prince of Wales's deputy private secretary instead. Imagine his...
Seeing Lamb in a New Light; as Export Ban Hits Sheep Farmers, Britain Is Introduced to an Alternative Roast
Byline: FRANCES BISSELL 'Light lambs' - usually between 12 and 16 weeks old and reared on the uplands of Britain - are a popular dish in the Mediterranean. But the foot-and-mouth export ban means 900,000 of them, formerly bound for Europe, are destined...
SLAUGHTER OF THE CHILDREN; Suicide Attacker Destroys Packed Jerusalem Pizza Parlour: Babies among Injured
Byline: INIGO GILMORE;TED LEVITE;NIGEL ROSSER SIX children were among at least 19 people killed today when a Palestinian walked into a pizza parlour in Jerusalem and detonated a bomb packed with nails. Nine babies were among more than 90 people...
So, Who Wants to Be in Billionaire's? I Don't
Byline: SYRIE JOHNSON COLONEL Gadaffy is not going to be a happy man today - especially when he learns his son's antics are not a one-off escapade. When I was in Costa Smeralda recently, I saw Al-Saad being helped out of the other major nightclub....
Spellbound over Supper; Reviews
Byline: TOM SUTCLIFFE THE LAST SUPPER, Glyndebourne HARRISON Birtwistle's The Last Supper inhabits the borderline between ritual and real-life event, though not everyday. The music makes it all seem extremely palpable. Birtwistle is uniquely...
'The Eighties? Cool? We Were Just Berks'; Arts: He's Long Been the King of the Rock Nostalgia Sound Bite. Now Stuart Maconie Has His Own Show in Edinburgh. He Talks to Bruce Dessau
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU I EXPECTED Stuart Maconie to bounce into our meeting on a Spacehopper, sucking a Spangle, or at the very least sporting a tank top. He is the pop culture critic best known for popping up on every Saturday night TV nostalgia...
The Fight That Frank Could Not Win; Women Were Made to Talk, Men Were Made to Grunt. the Collapse of the Bruno Marriage Proves the Point
Byline: GEOFFREY PHILLIPS A TV playwright once remarked to me that the greatest distance in the universe is that which separates a writer's brain from his or her hand. The poignancy of this observation will be recognised by anyone who has ever had...
Top of the Charts; Reviews
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH LIE OF THE LAND, British Library AS INNOCUOUS as they may seem, your AZ and World Atlas are, like all maps, prejudiced and biased. To prove the point the British Library has assembled an exhibition that spans five centuries...
TUBE FAILS ALL OF SEVEN TESTS; LU Misses Every Official Target for Its Performance
Byline: DICK MURRAY LONDON UNDERGROUND has failed to reach every one of seven targets - which include safety and security - set by the Government to improve the network. The failures, detailed in the Tube's annual report published today, are...
We Don't Want to Go to Chigwell
IT is good enough for Sharon, Tracey and Dorien in Birds of a Feather, but not for Italian footballer Alessandro Pierini and his wife. They definitely did not want to live in Chigwell. Pierini, a 28-year-old Fiorentina defender, had talks with West...
We Is Doing Our Bit for Society, Bruv
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN WHILE we British are predictably supine in reacting to the pernicious menace of speed cameras, the Italians are said to take a more active approach. In parts of the south especially, young men have taken to driving past them...
We Will Catch the Bombers If It Takes a Week or a Year, Vows Met Chief
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;PHILIP NETTLETON METROPOLITAN Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens today pledged to catch the Ealing bombers "if it takes a week or a year". Speaking on a visit to bomb-damaged businesses in Ealing Broadway a week after...
Why Do Police Shoot People like That, I Said. I Didn't Know It Was My Son
Byline: HUGH MUIR Derek Bennett was shot dead by police in Brixton as he brandished a replica gun. Subsequent reports claimed he was a mental patient with a lawless past who was threatening a hostage, perhaps after a drug deal had gone wrong. It...
Wish We Weren't Here; How to Survive on Holiday When It's 104F ... and Rising
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL;PAUL ANAST HOLIDAYS from hell usually involve noisy building sites, salmonella outbreaks or being stuck in half-built hotels with a stag party from Birmingham. But for thousands of Britons spending this year's summer break...
Womb for Improvement
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH YOU have no idea of what's involved in having a baby," is an accusation that women are constantly hurling at us wombless males, but they're wrong on so many counts. We know all about the screaming and writhing and yelling...
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