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Articles from February 11, 2004

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20-Year Alert over Failing Rainforests
Byline: MARK PRIGG THE special ability of rainforests to hold back global warming is failing and could end in 20 years scientists warn today. That would raise temperatures by up to eight degrees in the next century, causing huge climate change...
A First-Time Chance
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES THE auction year begins this week with an exciting mixed bag to suit all budgets. Perhaps auctions are the way forward for first-time buyers keen to employ a bit of lateral thinking: clubbing together to buy with friends;...
A Funnything Didn't Happen
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH EVEN though the word "onomatopoeia" sounds nothing like the linguistic phenomenon it's supposed to be describing, the phonetic representation of natural sounds is a meticulous and fascinating study, full of national and...
Agent Crackdown; New Rules Mean Clear Cash Trails
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER NEW rules to police the work of agents in transfer deals will be introduced next season, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore revealed today. The millions of pounds paid each season to agents has become a huge...
A Meeting of Minds
Byline: ALI WATKINSON VIVIEN Lovell and Paul Hills have tastes that lie centuries apart. She is a contemporary art curator whose company, Modus Operandi, is commissioning daring new work for the BBC's revamped Broadcasting House. Hills, by...
As Safe as Houses
Byline: SALLY HAMILTON RESIDENTIAL landlords are still coining it in from their bricks and mortar investments in the UK, with total returns in excess of 20 per cent last year, according to a leading buy-to-let index. Although growth is slowing,...
At the Dice's Mercy; THEATRE
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Dice House Arts, WC2 THE plot of Paul Lucas's absurd comedy and black farce The Dice House seems not so much seriously disturbed as plain crazy and suitable for admission into some mental institution. The action...
Bank Hints at New Rate Rise to Curb Borrowing
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE Bank of England today signalled that interest rates are set to rise again amid concerns about the housing boom and consumers' reluctance to stop spending and borrowing. Presenting the Bank's latest forecasts on the economy,...
Bidding War Looms as Comcast Targets Disney
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING SHARES of Walt Disney soared as dealers speculated that today's stunning $66 billion ([pounds sterling]36.5 billion) hostile approach from Comcast could trigger a bidding war for the company that owns some of the world's...
Booming London Set to Leave Euro Rivals Trailing in Its Wake
Byline: JANE PADGHAM LONDON'S economic growth will outstrip that of most of its European rivals this year, according to a new report. Boosted by a bounceback in the City and an ability to attract and retain highly skilled staff, the capital is...
Boredom Will Be Lennox's Next Fight - Bruno
Byline: DAVID SMITH FRANK BRUNO had been on good form, liberally sprinkling the conversation with that basso-profundo "heehee-hee" and ending every third sentence with his rhetorical "know what I mean?" But then talk turned to the retirement...
BP Cashes in with Sale of Second Chinese Oil Stake; Market Report
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH THE results of BP's latest switch to its Far Eastern stock portfolio took centre stage today after the energy giant offloaded its 2.1% stake in Hong Kong-listed Chinese oil company Sinopec. The sale echoed BP's decision...
Britain Must Act Now to Beat Obesity Time Bomb, Medical Experts Warn
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN MEDICAL experts from all over Britain joined forces today to demand urgent government action to combat an obesity timebomb. They warn that unless action is taken now, a third of adults, a third of girls and a fifth of...
Car Bomb Kills 24 outside Office for Iraq Army
Byline: ROB MCNEIL A HUGE car bomb exploded in central Baghdad today, killing at least 24 Iraqis waiting outside an army recruiting centre. The bomb is the second attack in less than 24 hours to target Iraqis co-operating with coalition forces....
Catalogues of Charm
Byline: KATRINA BURROUGHS LOOK in the antiques shops and markets of London and you will find we are spoilt for romantic trifles for Valentine's Day. Alfies Antique Market, off Edgware Road in Marylebone, offers exotic and quirky, yet affordable...
Catches in the Case for Equities; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT IS hard to read the Global investment Returns Yearbook without having serious doubts about the merits of equity investment. That is not the purpose of the just-published tome, updated annually by three academics from London...
Celebs Dish the Dirt; THE PUBLIC HAVE VOTED, BUT WHAT DO THE JUNGLE VIPS SAY ABOUT EACH OTHER?
Byline: ED HARRIS NOW the celebrities who spent two weeks in the jungle have emerged from their incarceration it is time for the truth. Today the stars said what they really thought of each other. Some were friendly, generous in their appraisal...
Citing of Borthwick Opens Door for Shaw
Byline: CHRIS JONES ENGLAND'S defence of the Six Nations Championship was dealt another blow today when they were forced to withdraw Bath lock Steve Borthwick from the squad to face Italy in Rome on Sunday. Borthwick has been cited for allegedly...
Crafty Collections
Byline: CORINNE JULIUS NEARLY everyone does it or has done it; collecting is part of the human condition. Most people have collected something, be it Pokemon cards, stamps or Dinky cars as children, to more adult addictions such as antique furniture,...
Decor Debt
Byline: LIZ HODGKINSON SEVEN years ago, Londoners Emma and Philip Childs and their two young daughters decided to rent a run- down cottage in Suffolk as a weekend retreat. They grew to like country life and eventually relocated permanently, selling...
Defoe Is Spurred on by His 'Mad Italian' Reunion
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS;MATT HUGHES JERMAIN DEFOE is relishing the prospect of meeting up with former West Ham team-mate Paolo Di Canio at the Valley tonight. The Italian was a huge influence on Defoe's progress at Upton Park and the pair will...
Diary of an Estate Agent; Dodging Wasps, Dealing with Angry Buyers and Tackling Burglars - It's a Dangerous Business in Surbiton
Monday Driving to meet a buyer at the redeveloped Milk Marketing Board site, now smart new homes, I passed a house we sold a few months ago. Judging by the overflowing skip, the new owners were redecorating. Originally, they'd almost missed out...
Dinosaur Museum Plans to Bring Back Entry Charge; CASH ULTIMATUM TO GOVERNMENT AS FREE-ADMISSION-FOR-ALL POLICY IS CHALLENGED
Byline: ROB MCNEILL;LUKE LEITCH THE Natural History Museum is set to reintroduce admission charges for visitors. The move comes three years after paid entry was scrapped at many of London's great museums - including the V&A, the Imperial...
Dresses Fit for an Oscars Queen; Mouret Rolls out the Red Carpet Elegance
Byline: LAURA CRAIK ROLAND MOURET hails from Paris, lives in London and shows in New York - you could call him an international kind of guy. His fanbase is international, too: Kylie Minogue, Milla Jovovich and Emilia Fox are fans, and it can...
Edwin's a Star for Coleman despite Worries over Keeper
Byline: LEO SPALL FULHAM manager Chris Coleman today hailed Edwin van der Sar as one of the club's best players this season. He is very happy with the Holland international and says they have not fallen out despite reports that the goalkeeper...
Ella Switches Camps for Another Shot at England
Byline: CHRIS JONES THERE will be a familiar face in the Italian coaching team when England arrive at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome for their Six Nations Championship opener on Sunday. Glen Ella, Australia's backs coach in the Rugby World Cup Final...
Faces of the Year Experts List the Giants of Modern British Culture; THE TOP 50 LIST IN FULL
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR THESE are the faces of British culture in 2004. From TV celebrities to inventors to writers, they are named in a 50-strong list of people who influence what we see, read, listen to, buy, wear and do to have fun. Some are household...
Fans Threat to Festival
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM MANCHESTER UNITED fans are threatening to disrupt the Cheltenham Festival, the greatest stage in jump racing, as a protest against John Magnier, writes Graham Cunningham. Irish racing tycoon Magnier is in dispute with...
Fans Want Ashikodi Axed after Knife Row
Byline: JOHN HIGGINSON MILLWALL supporters have called on their club to set an example to fans by sacking a player who pulled a knife on a team-mate. The Millwall Supporters Club are speaking out after 16-year-old Moses Ashikodi threatened striker...
Fat Nation
TODAY'S OBESITY report by a group of eminent medical experts issues a stark warning: unless urgent action is taken now, one third of the adult population may be obese in 16 years' time. The problem affects children as well as adults. Childhood obesity...
Fergie Peace Deal; United Boss and Desmond Meet over Rock Dispute
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER;GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM A RESOLUTION to the war at Manchester United appeared to be moving nearer today after it was confirmed that Sir Alex Ferguson met with John Magnier's close ally Dermot Desmond yesterday. The lunch meeting,...
Fury at BT Plan to Put Up Mini Mobile Masts
Byline: MARK PRIGG BT is planning to install thousands of new smaller mobile phone masts in London, fuelling claims by campaigners that the company is trying to keep their location secret. The masts, which are about 15cm long, will be hidden...
Gadgets Ready to End TV Channels
Byline: MARK PRIGG A BOOM in recording technology could kill off conventional TV channels, broadcasting experts said today. The prediction comes as Sky today announces a huge leap in sales for its Sky+ recorder, which digitally records programmes....
Galloway Has the Telegraph on the Run; Media
Byline: ANDREW NEIL I FEAR The Daily Telegraph could be heading for defeat in its forthcoming libel case with George Galloway if it is forced to concede that the documents on which it based its claim that "Gorgeous" George was on the take from Saddam...
Half-Term Availability
FANCY hitting the slopes this half term? At this late stage, family ski deals are few and far between, especially since half term coincides with St Valentine's weekend this year. However, we have found a small selection. Naturally, there are barely...
Heartthrob Luke Lies Low in Luxury
A five-star West End hotel with park views is the temporary home of actor Luke Perry (right) while he stars in When Harry Met Sally, which opens at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket on 20 February. The luxury private apartment costs around [pounds sterling]2,500...
How the Viz Visionary Wrapped Up His Fortune; PROFILE THE LAD WHO DEVELOPED A MATURE BUSINESS HEAD AND BECAME A MAGAZINE MOGUL
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST IT'S A little-known fact, but Britain leads the world in contract publishing. Hard to believe, I know, that the Americans haven't got there first, haven't laid claim to plastic-bagged magazines promoting the wares of only...
How to Follow the Office? Golden Globe Winner and Producer Ash Atalla Talks about LA Hype and His Search for the Next Big Comedy Hit MEDIA
Byline: DAVID ROWAN AS you might expect from the producer of The Office, Ash Atalla is not taking his new found celebrity entirely seriously. At the Hollywood party to celebrate winning two Golden Globes last month, he decided to have an argument...
Hundred Up for Henry; Frenchman the Perfect Role Model for Arsenal Rookie Reyes
Byline: MICHAEL HART Arsenal 2 Southampton 0 JOSE REYES might find some comfort in the fact that Thierry Henry's first 13 appearances for Arsenal produced just one goal. The little Spanish goalscoring sensation, substituted after a woeful 70...
'I Am Up to My Waist in Water ... I Am Going to Die'
Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER ONE of the cockle pickers who drowned in Morecambe Bay made a final mobile phone call to his wife in China as the waters rose around him, it emerged today. Guo Binglong phoned his wife 5,000 miles away to tell her he thought...
If It's Good Enough for Batman-; There's a Hint of Gotham City about This Latest Conran Venture
A RESTAURANT opening above Waitrose in Canary Wharf did not have me scampering to try it. I had heard that lots of people live and work in Canary Wharf and I was jolly pleased for them that Sir Terence Conran last year offered them PLATEAU, a restaurant...
In the Air; Media
. AN interesting new name has emerged as a possible candidate to be the BBC's new chairman. In the BBC newsroom, the joint favourites at 12/1 are still Lord Burns and Patricia Hodgson. But White City is buzzing with rumours of a potential candidacy...
In the Pink
Byline: FAYE GREENSLADE MAKE tracks north-west to vibrant Kentish Town and check out this refurbished three-storey town house, up for grabs at [pounds sterling]325,000. Contemporary features include bare-brick walls, strippedwood and tiled floors...
Iraq: The Real Battle Goes On
THE LATEST CAR bombings in Iraq are grim news - deliberate attempts, perhaps by foreign terrorists, to destabilise the new Iraqi state. Last night's bomb was aimed at recruits to the new Iraqi army, and previous attacks have targeted the new police...
It's the Non-Stop Party Prince; When Harry's Gang Hit Town
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;PATRICK SAWER PRINCE Harry partied until the early hours today for the second time in five days. He spent four hours with a group of female friends at fashionable nightclub Boujis, in South Kensington. The prince, who was...
It's Time for Showbusiness; Football Must Be Open with the Public, Says Premier League Boss Scudamore
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER SHADY agents, dodgy transfer deals and clubs on the verge of administration. However much these images have dominated football's recent agenda, the Premier League's chief executive Richard Scudamore refutes suggestions that...
It's Tosh, but So Addictive
Byline: ALLISON PEARSON MORE adhesive than superglue, harder to get out of your system than a giant tapeworm, I'm A Celebrity - came to a fitting end. "I've got a headache, I've got palpitayshunts. And I've got the shits," groaned the new Queen...
Jokers Who Fail to See the Funny Side; EXHIBITION
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH State of Play Serpentine Gallery WHY did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to get into the art gallery, where it could pretend to be a funny work of art. State of Play brings together 13 international artists...
Kenyon: Bates Is Staying
Byline: MATT HUGHES PETER KENYON today moved to reassure Ken Bates that he has a future at Chelsea. Bates's position at the club has been the subject of speculation since his programme notes were dropped from last Sunday's match programme against...
Kerry in Front to Fight Bush
Byline: JAMES LANGTON JOHN KERRY now seems almost certain to win the Democratic nomination to fight President Bush after two more decisive victories. He won primaries in Virginia and Tennessee by convincing margins last night, with little sign...
Let's Celebrate Success
Byline: KEN LIVINGSTONE CAST your mind back a year ago and the headlines were predicting doom and gloom. Gridlock, rat runs and civil disobedience on the roads, together with chaos on buses and the Tube unable to cope with people switching out...
Let This Be a Warning to Others, Say Family of Ecstasy Death Girl; PLEA TO CATCH DEALERS WHO SUPPLIED 16-YEAR-OLD AT RAVE
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN THE FAMILY of a 16-year-old girl who died after taking ecstasy at an illegal all-night rave made an emotional appeal today to catch the dealers who gave her the drug. Sophie Ksher, who had hoped to become a vet, was on...
Liberty Chief Sets Leaving Date and Swipes at Higgs
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER DONALD Gordon today set a 24 June 2005 deadline for his retirement as chairman of shopping centres owner Liberty International, marking the silver jubilee of the company he founded and his 75th birthday. The announcement...
Liberty's Gordon Sets a Date for His Farewell
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER DONALD Gordon today set a 24 June 2005 deadline for his retirement as chairman of shopping centres owner Liberty International, marking the silver jubilee of the company he founded and his 75th birthday. The announcement...
Lifeboat Plan 'Last Straw' for Final-Salary Pensions
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING GOVERNMENT plans for a pensions lifeboat were slammed today, hours ahead of publication of a new pensions Bill. Pension experts said the proposed Pensions Protection Fund would add to the flood of employers abandoning...
Madrid Really Don't Interest Thierry
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS THIERRY HENRY today insisted he will not quit Arsenal for Real Madrid. Standard Sport revealed yesterday that Real coach Carlos Queiroz had named Henry as his No1 choice for a summer signing but the player said: "I'm staying...
Maestro Critics Loved to Hate; Players Dubbed Him Frankly Worse Than Most; Critics Said He Was Going Nowhere. but Conductor Franz Welser-Most Is Giving London a Second Chance
Byline: NORMAN LEBRECHT TWICE in as many years, I have seen a music director run out of town. The first was Giuseppe Sinopoli, who arrived at the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1984, with an 80-disc Deutsche Grammophon contract and a winning smile....
Microsoft Windows in Major Security Scare
Byline: JAMES LANGTON MICROSOFT is warning that a "critical" flaw in its Windows operating system could leave millions of personal computers open to hackers. The admission of a major security failure was made last night, although the software...
Ministers Move to Block New Influx of Migrants
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY THE GOVERNMENT is preparing emergency plans to combat an influx of immigrant workers from eastern Europe. Proposals have emerged for the banning and even deportation of people from 10 new countries that are about to join...
Modern Romance
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER FADED florals and floaty fabrics are an ideal match for the newly popular painted Louis-style furniture found in pretty styles at John Lewis and Laura Ashley. The two create very romantic rooms. Decorate in the colours of...
Mother Moves Them On
Byline: LORRIE MACK OVER the past few years, clever property shoppers have learned to view what is around with a bit of imagination. Where once the notion of moving a wall or a door might never have occurred to most buyers, or even terrified them,...
MPs Demand Levy on Football Agents
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY;ADRIAN WARNER FOOTBALL agents should be forced to plough back some of their earnings into the game's grass roots, an influential group of MPs is to recommend today. The MPs will go on the attack in a bid to shed light...
Murdochs Land [Pounds Sterling]19m as Son Restores Sky Divi
Byline: NICK GOODWAY THE Murdoch media dynasty collected another bumper [pounds sterling]18.9 million today after Rupert's youngest son James, controversially appointed chief executive of BSkyB just three months ago, paid the satellite broadcaster's...
New Curbs to Stem Abuse of Tranquillisers
Byline: PAUL SIMS DOCTORS are prescribing dangerous amounts of tranquillisers, the chief medical officer warned today. Sir Liam Donaldson fears GPs are ignoring guidance to stop excessive prescription with drugs such as Valium and Librium readily...
Parents Sue School Where Son Was Called 'Mud Face'
Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER A PAKISTANI boy suffered posttraumatic stress after he was racially abused and called "mud face" by pupils at a private school, it was claimed today. Mikhail Smethurst was six when he was subjected to racist abuse and bullying,...
Posh Dropped from the Football Wives' A-Team
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA SWEDISH BEAUTY GRAAF HEADS POLL AS MRS BECKHAM IS LEFT OUT OF STARTING 11 WITH a wardrobe of designer clothes and a thirst for publicity, Victoria Beckham might have thought she was secure at the top of the premier league...
Postcard from ... Paradiski; Is This Season's Most Hyped New Ski Area Worth the Trip? Travel
Byline: MARK FRARY IT IS the latest trend in ski resorts - all linking up so you top the statistics in kilometres of piste. Soldeu and Pas de la Casa have done it in Andorra (combined Grand Valira area). In the Maurienne valley 10 stations have...
[Pounds Sterling]700,000 Court Fight after Tummy Tuck Wife's Death
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA THE husband of a woman who died after a "tummy tuck" operation at an exclusive London clinic has launched a [pounds sterling]700,000 damages claim in the High Court against the surgeon who treated his wife. David Batt,...
Public Schools Rule, OK
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES NEIGHBOURHOODS may have been revitalised by loft dwellers buying trendy Victorian buildings, but they come at a high price, as local councils shut down their schools. This is one of the reasons for the flight of so many young...
Rusedski Faces Big Career Decision
Byline: CHRIS JONES GREG RUSEDSKI must decide this week if he wants to continue his tennis career while awaiting a possible two-year ban from the sport, writes Chris Jones. Rusedski appeared before a three-man tribunal hearing in Montreal on...
Save Smithfield
Byline: PHILIPPA STOCKLEY SMITHFIELD, one of the last and most spectacular great covered markets of Europe, is under threat of demolition from its owner, the City Corporation. A vast chunk of Smithfield - 100,000sq ft in all - the so called General...
Search for 12 Bodies in 'Ripley' Murder Inquiry
Byline: FINIAN DAVERN FEARS are growing that a serial killer has murdered 12 men, hidden their bodies and assumed their identities, police have revealed. Detectives believe the killer followed the pattern of The Talented Mr Ripley, the character...
Sipp a Toast to the Future
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES NEXT month the Government will announce details of radical plans to allow residential property to be held in a personal pension exempt from tax. This not only applies to buy-to-lets, but also your main home and even a holiday...
Sitting Pretty
Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL Have a double Space saver: Combine your oven and dishwasher in one fell swoop with this excellent space-saving idea from the CDA Group. A combo oven and dishwasher, a combo microwave and dishwasher or a combo coffee machine...
Sky Cheer as Murdoch Son Restores Dividend
Byline: NICK GOODWAY JAMES Murdoch, the controversial new chief executive of BSkyB, stunned investors today with news that the satellite broadcaster is to pay its first dividend for more than five years. Analysts had expected Rupert Murdoch's...
Smertin Still Chases Impossible Dream
Byline: MATT HUGHES AS A MAN whose first transfer fee was a wagon of coal, Alexei Smertin should be accustomed to unusual transfer deals. At the start of his career, the Russian midfielder was transferred between Siberian clubs Barnaul and Novosibirsk...
Smoking Link to Infertility
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT BMA probe finds catalogue of reproductive risks Experts warned that smokers were gambling with their reproductive health and urged young people to quit the habit to safeguard their chance of having a family. The message...
Sow the Seeds of Love
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Offer a passionate plant Myrtle is dedicated to the goddess Venus, good enough reason to present this ancient and revered shrub to your loved one. Other equally good reasons are its aromatic, evergreen leaves, deliciously...
Stand Up for Angry Drama; Railway Executives Have Attacked the Integrity of David Hare's Play, the Permanent Way. Polemical Theatre Continues to Stir and Challenge
Byline: ALISTAIR BEATON WHEN I heard about David Hare ' s new play, The Permanent Way, my first reaction was, "what a dreadful title." This carping reservation didn't stop me from hurrying to get a glimpse of it at the Birmingham Rep prior to its...
Staying Power.At a Price
Byline: FAY MASCHLER It may be one of the finest, and priciest, restaurants in London, but is The River Cafe worth the money? THE River Cafe made the headlines again this week as it was named winner of 2004's Most Consistently Excellent Restaurant...
Step Forward and Take a Bow
Byline: ANTHEA MASSEY MARE Street is Hackney's high street. At its northern end it meanders downhill through a quaint semi-pedestrianised street of smallscale Victorian buildings. Its shops are a vibrant mix of high-street names, such as Primark,...
Stylish Tempest Is the Calm after the Storm
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS REVIEW The Tempest Royal Opera House STAKES were high, the excitement palpable. Composers were out in force, to support, spy, envy. After numerous alarms and rumours of lastminute panic, Thomas Ades's first full-scale...
Swedish Backer in [Pounds Sterling]554m AstraZeneca Shares Sale; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK A SINGLE line of stock in Anglo-Swedish drugs giant AstraZeneca worth almost [pounds sterling]554 million went through the market today as one of its biggest shareholders decided to cash in some of its chips. Broker UBS did...
The Bosses Are to Blame; the Tragedy of the Migrant Workers in Morecambe Bay Highlights Social Problems That Already Haunt America - and Could Come Here
Byline: ERIC SCHLOSSER FIFTY-EIGHT illegal immigrants suffocated to death in the back of a lorry while travelling from Zeebrugge to Dover. Eighteen dead in a locked railway car in west Texas. Nineteen dead in a lorry abandoned at a truck stop in...
The Commuter Cook
Byline: LINDSEY BAREHAM MARSALA PORK WITH LEMON MASHED POTATOES Preparation: 15 minutes. Cooking: 20 minutes. Serves 2 OF all the meats, the provenance of pork makes the greatest difference to the quality of its flavour and texture. It...
The Galloping Major's Lover Tells of Her Three Affairs with Officers (One Lesbian); FEMALE SOLDIER IN SEX BIAS CASE CLAIMS SHE WAS PESTERED INTO RELATIONSHIP
Byline: PAUL CHESTON AN ARMY officer who said she was "pestered" into having an affair with a major admitted today to liaisons with three other officers, including a lesbian relationship. Angela McConnell is claiming sexual-discrimination by...
The Heart Is Where the Home Is
Byline: ANTHEA MASSEY THE snowdrops are pushing through, the nights are getting shorter and, with Valentine's Day approaching, thoughts inevitably turn to the love of our lives - home buying. Falling in love with a new home is a powerful passion....
The Really Useful Column
Byline: ALISON CORK Clean up job The days of small family businesses offering specialist services are mostly a thing of the past, but JR Griffiths in Wandsworth Bridge Road is still going. It can repair just about any make of vacuum cleaner...
The Sun Goes Down on a Parisian Brief Encounter; FILM
Byline: SHEILA JOHNSTON Before Sunset Berlin International Film Festival VIENNA, 1995. Jesse, an American backpacking around Europe, meets a young Parisian, Celine, and spends a magical evening and night with her before catching a cheap flight...
The Talk in BOXING
York Hall is saved from a bitter end *YORK HALL in Bethnal Green has beaten the count. Tower Hamlets Council tonight is expected to approve a [pounds sterling]4.5million plan to refurbish the 74-yearold site threatened with demolition. The council...
This'll Do for Starters
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES NEVER mind top-up fees, high student debts are already reducing the number of graduates who can afford to get on the first rung of the property ladder. Graduate debt levels have risen steeply since tuition fees were introduced...
Tony Would Turn in His Grave If He Knew People Said We Were Not in Love
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS AMONG the books in the artist's studio where Jo Capece Minutolo lived with Anthony Shaffer is a leather-bound volume of photographs. One, taken at a Hallowe'en party just before his death, shows them in fancy dress: he is...
Too Close for Comfort
Byline: HENRY STUART When I bought my house my solicitor told me that flats were being built half a mile from the property, but said the agency search did not mention any other planning applications. I recently discovered that, before I bought,...
Tube Passengers in Tunnel Drama; 10 Packed Trains Smash into Metal Brackets on Wall
Byline: DICK MURRAY TEN crowded commuter trains were damaged today after a blunder by maintenance workers left metal brackets sticking out of a tunnel wall. The workers had installed the wrong sort of brackets, which stuck out farther than the...
Victory for Blair in Jesus Mode Commons; EMPATHY RULES IN PM'S QUESTIONS COMMONS SKETCH
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN THIS WEEK Michael Howard had his dream - something to do with us being a smaller state, I think, although of course we are a smaller state already (we're smaller than California, smaller than Alaska). This lunchtime, Tony...
Vote for the Best Bargain Restaurant; EATING OUT
DESPITE the high cost of eating out in London, there are still plenty of restaurants offering great value. We are inviting readers to vote for their favourite restaurant, from the 60 listed below, where you can eat and drink well in agreeable surroundings...
Where There's a Will
Byline: JANE BARRY AS THE executor of a friend's will, I recently had to sell her flat and naturally saw it as my duty to get the best price for it. But I was in for a shock. It seems that some estate agents lump so-called probate sales in with...
Why Smoke Causes So Much Harm; MAJOR INQUIRY FINDS 'SHOCKING' RISKS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FROM CIGARETTES
Byline: LESLEY REGAN I AN quite well believe the results of this study. There is well-established data showing strong links between smoking and fertility. Smoking is known to reduce your ability to get pregnant. For example, it has an adverse...
Why This Pattern May Signal Double Trouble for Markets; City Trader
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE OF ALL the patterns that can appear on charts, there is one that carries more menace for investors than any other - the "double top". This occurs when a stock market, exchange rate or commodity price reaches a peak, falls and...
Woodward Puts His Faith in Paul for Second Time
CLIVE WOODWARD today admitted he was wrong to throw former rugby league star Henry Paul into England action against France two years ago but is confident the Gloucester centre can now handle the pressure, writes Chris Jones. England's World Cup...
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