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Articles from November 4, 2002

30,000 a Year Refuse to Give Evidence
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR MORE than 30,000 criminal cases a year are abandoned because witnesses and victims refuse to give evidence in court or fail to turn up. And four out of 10 who have given evidence say they would not do so again because they...
3 Die in Ditch Horror; Tragedy as Car Skids off Road and Sinks in 6ft of Water
Byline: NILUFER ATIK POLICE were today investigating the cause of an horrific road crash which killed three young men when their car skidded off a road and overturned in a water-filled ditch. The victims, believed to be Kosovans in their teens...
A Day in the Life of a ... ... Superstar DJ; Just the Job
Byline: MICHELLE BRAHAM WORLD-famous DJ Seb Fontaine has a simple way to describe his skills: "I watch plastic go round," he says. "Up until recently, even my mum said to me, 'When are you going to get a proper job?' If I could swap being a DJ to...
A Gap Year for Adults but Children Can't Wait for New Term; Alexander Walker at the Harry Potter Premiere
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER HARRY POTTER and his apprentice wizards may have put on eight inches since their first year at Hogwarts. But you wouldn't notice it in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. What you will notice is that the magic is...
A Last Fling before Letting the Past Go
Byline: ALEXANDER LINKLATER IGNORANCE by Milan Kundera translated by Linda Asher (Faber, pound sterling16.99) IN The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera took Nietzsche's principle of eternal return and applied it to sex and character and,...
All in a Day's Work; Just the Job
Byline: CHRIS MUGAN Angie Jenkison, Music industry mentor AS Sanctuary Music Group's artist and trade liaison manager, Angie Jenkison looks after the likes of Elaine Page and Roger Daltrey when they are in town. It's a far cry from her lowly...
And the Winner Is. What Really Affects the Odds on the Cities Bidding to Be Europe's Capital of Culture
Byline: JIM KEEBLE NEWCASTLE/GATESHEAD 7/4 favourite Tyneside should win, thanks to its waterfront. The Tyne has now arguably Europe's most spectacular riverbank, with the 10,000 sq ft Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the largest art space...
An Infernal Odyssey of Britain
Byline: MARK SANDERSON NUMBER TEN by Sue Townsend (Michael Joseph, pound sterling15.99) ON the eve of the battle of Agincourt in Henry V, the king, to gauge the morale of his troops, moves among them in disguise. In Sue Townsend's new novel, the...
Anthony Burgess, or the Making of a Major Monster
Byline: JONATHAN MEADES ANTHONY BURGESS by Roger Lewis (Faber, pound sterling20) FREAK shows depend for their sullied potency on the audience's presumption that the spectacle is not a pretence, that it is for real. Their personae are condemned...
A Real Taste of Freedom; Once on the Front Line, Arras Has the Best Weekend Market for Gourmands
Byline: JONATHAN GREGSON THERE was a scrawled sign advertising "Young Cock" and next to it one offering "Eurolatex Double Comfort". This was not Amsterdam or Hamburg, however, but the very traditional French market town of Arras, 45 minutes on the...
AWG Poised to Tap into PFI Openings
Byline: ROBERT LEA WATER group AWG is stalking bombed-out Private Finance Initiative companies in a pound sterling500 million bid to become one of the country's leading public-private services players. Fresh from its financial reengineering in...
Bad Call by IDS
IAIN DUNCAN Smith is looking an increasingly beleagured figure at the head of the Tory party. If he imagined that last week was one of the worst periods of his leadership - with rumours rife in Westminster that there are plots by dissatisfied Conservative...
Battered Wife Who Killed Husband Wins Freedom after Nine Years in Jail
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A BATTERED wife who has served nine years in prison for murdering her husband will walk free after the Appeal Court reduced her conviction to manslaughter today. Mother-of-three Josephine Smith was jailed for life in 1993...
BECKS 'KIDNAP GANG' CHARGED; Men Face Court as Soccer Star Plans Massive New Security
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON;JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE East European gang suspected of planning to hold Victoria Beckham to pound sterling5 million ransom are appearing in a London court for the first time today. David Beckham, not expected to be in court,...
BLAIR BACKS QUEEN OVER BUTLER CASE; She Acted Entirely Properly, Says PM
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;ROBERT JOBSON TONY BLAIR today defended the Queen's last-minute intervention in the Paul Burrell trial and said she had acted "entirely properly". In his first statement on the mounting row over the monarch's role in the...
BLAIR BACKS THE QUEEN; I've Got a Great Story to Tell, Says the Butler
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;ROBERT JOBSON TONY BLAIR today defended the Queen in the face of mounting criticism of her role in the collapsed trial of Paul Burrell, saying she had acted "entirely properly". The Prime Minister also ruled out major constitutional...
Body and Mind; Just the Job: Tina Bexson Reveals How a Thumping Rock Beat Has the Potential to Boost Your Performance at Work
Byline: TINA BEXSON WHAT kinds of music do you like listening to at work? Heavy metal, East coast jazz, Ragga MC, or indie-rock anthems? Or perhaps you prefer the Top 40 on Radio 1, or even that dreadful piped music courtesy of The Muzak Corporation,...
Brown's Advisers 'Rule Out' Early Entry to Euro
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN THE GOVERNMENT'S five economic tests for taking Britain into the euro are unlikely to be passed, Treasury sources claimed today. Economists working for Chancellor Gordon Brown believe the conditions for joining the euro will...
Butler Wants Revenge with Dignity Says Brother
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;HUGH DOUGHERTY THE brother of Paul Burrell told today how the butler will "have his revenge" as details emerged of how much the royal family knew about the case against him. Graham Burrell said the cleared butler "would...
Cash Crisis Puts Tube PPP Deal in Turmoil
Byline: DICK MURRAY PLANS to part-privatise the Tube hit fresh turmoil today after the largest consortium bidding to take over admitted it had not yet finalised raising the pound sterling2.6 billion it needs for the first part of the deal. Final...
Catt on Standby for Woodward
Byline: CHRIS JONES ENGLAND manager Clive Woodward is facing a major dilemma today as he prepares to take on the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday. Woodward has just one fit international outside-half, Jonny Wilkinson, in his squad and that...
Couple Go Global with 20-Month Honeymoon
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN LIKE many couples, Justyn Gidley and fiancee Carrie Hawes feared life could be a little unadventurous once they settled down to have children. So when it came to wedding gifts, they asked for a little more than just tea towels,...
Cracked Cheek Keeps Sinclair out of Cup
Byline: KEN DYER WEST HAM'S injury worries deepened today with the news that their England midfield star Trevor Sinclair cracked a cheekbone in the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool. Sinclair sustained the injury in an accidental collision with Liverpool...
Cup Will Be Euro Zone
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM SET the video for four o'clock tomorrow morning if you want to witness a great sporting event with the tantalising prospect of seeing a European horse capture Australia's greatest race for only the second time. Yes,...
Curtain Falls on the Full Monty after 10 Months
Byline: LUKE LEITCH IT SEEMED to have everything a successful musical needs: brilliant songs, a story based on a well-known film and, for one fleeting moment in every performance, an entirely naked cast. Nevertheless the pound sterling3million...
Deepcut Victim 'Suffered Rape Attempt by Soldier Weeks before She Died'
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY;HUMFREY HUNTER A SOLDIER tried to rape a teenage recruit at the Deepcut barracks who was later found shot dead, it was claimed today. Cheryl James, 18, was discovered with a single shotgun wound to her head seven years ago...
Dotcom Echoes for the Property Market
Byline: JAMES WHITMORE THE commercial property market is a factor of the economy. So every 10 years, when the economy goes into a downturn or recession, so does the commercial property market. Well, that is the theory. This time around, however,...
Ex-Boss Osmond Owns Up to Offer for PizzaExpress
Byline: SARAH MARKS;JIM ARMITAGE SERIAL entrepreneur Hugh Osmond today admitted he had approached PizzaExpress, the troubled restaurants chain he turned into a High Street legend, with a takeover offer of between 320p and 350p a share. Osmond's...
Fashion's Golden Girl
Byline: PRECIOUS WILLIAMS Two years ago, Karolina Kurkova was too skinny to get a boyfriend. Now she is the star of the new Pirelli calendar and Model of the Year SUPERMODEL of the moment Karolina Kurkova lowers her lanky frame into the seat...
Glass Seen Through
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT Galileo Galilei Barbican EVEN by Philip Glass's standards, his latest opera, Galileo Galilei, by the Goodman Theatre of Chicago, is a poor work. The music is as always. Chord sequences so simplistic and repetitive that...
Gough's Agony; England Bowler's Future in Jeopardy
Byline: DAVID LLOYD By David Lloyd in Brisbane DARREN GOUGH'S career was back in the balance today after his knee injury flared up again. The 32-year-old Yorkshire fast bowler was close to being considered for Thursday's First Test here against...
Gwyneth Dates the Quiet Man of Rock
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN HE freely admits he is no hell-raising Liam Gallagher or Sex Pistol. But for Chris Martin, singer with British band Coldplay, eschewing the rock 'n' roll lifestyle seems to be no barrier to attracting the world's most beautiful...
Harry Casts His Latest Spell and It's Even More Wizard
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON HARRY POTTER has cast his spell over Leicester Square again - pulling in even more pointy-hatted fans than last year. The world premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets attracted 4,000 screaming children and scores...
Heard It through the Headphones; the BBC Now Dominates the Audiobook Market - and They've Done It by Buying Up the Competition
Byline: DAVID SEXTON AT last week's Spoken Word Awards, the BBC was declared Spoken Word Publisher of the Year. The result was pretty much a foregone conclusion. The BBC is now far and away the top audiobook publisher, taking a large chunk of the...
Hitting Some High Notes; Just the Job: The Beating of a Drum or the Sound of a Piano Can Have a Profound Effect When Used as Therapy. Sarah Richardson Reports
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON AT the Music Industry Trust Dinner, to be held tonight at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, Sir Elton John and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, are to be honoured in recognition of their outstanding contribution...
Hot Blood, Cold Steel
Byline: TJ BINYON BY THE SWORD: A History of Warriors, Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers and Olympians by Richard Cohen (Macmillan, pound sterling20) THE subtitle of By the Sword gives some - but only some - idea of the variegated...
How China Got There First
Byline: EDWARD MARRIOTT 1421: THE YEAR CHINA DISCOVERED THE WORLD by Gavin Menzies (Bantam Press, pound sterling20) IN 1542, the Venetian explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano sailed northwards from Virginia to the eastern tip of Nova Scotia, commissioned...
How to Beat the Aussies My Way; You Must Be Positive and Forget the Past
Byline: JEFF THOMSON Jeff Thomson in Australia I HAD a funny dream the other night. In fact, it was more like a nightmare. There I stood, in the middle of the England dressing-room at The Gabba, with 10 Poms looking at me and asking: "Okay...
How to Mend Splits Damage
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON City Comment IT has become increasingly obvious in recent months that the collapse in value of so many split capital investment trusts and their associated investments amounts to the biggest and potentially most damaging...
Huge Blow to IDS as Top Aide Quits
Byline: CHARLES REISS IAIN DUNCAN SMITH suffered a new and devastating hammer- blow today as one of the leading modernisers in his shadow cabinet suddenly resigned. John Bercow, the work and pensions spokesman, walked out in protest at Mr Duncan...
IDS Must Play the Role of Kinnock to Revive Party; COMMENTARY
Byline: PETER KELLNER THERE are many variants on the joke about the mechanic asked to fix a car that won't start. He dismantles the engine, throws away the bits that have become worn and twisted, but then stops work, leaving the remaining components...
Inspecting Sane Hussein
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH 'The insults were not only embarrassingly feeble, but frequently contradictory too' ITHOUGHT you should be the first to know that I'll shortly be leaving this newspaper, to take up a new and more lucrative position...
Investors Build Up Hopes of a Fed Cut
Byline: RAY HEATH ASIAN investors were today counting on Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan to do the right thing and cut US interest rates to 40-year lows on Wednesday. Shares of chipmakers and other exporters led rises around the region...
'I Thought Relationships Were for Other People, but Just Not for Me'; the Lucy Cavendish Interview
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH After years of personal turmoil and self-confessed celibacy, Stephen Fry on how he has at last found a loving partner HERE is a story about Stephen Fry: some years ago, on a dark, wintry night, a friend of mine invented...
Jobs Your Mum Would Want You to Do (but They're Cooler in the Music Business); Just the Job: It's Not All about Singers, Writers and Musicians. Alex Hannaford Speaks to Three People with Normal Jobs That Have an Extra Thrill about Them
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD Ben Prestney, East West Records Financial planning assistant BEN PRESTNEY never intended to embark on a financial career. His degree was in English and he worked for a merchant bank during holidays because it paid well....
'Kidnap Gang' in Court as Beckhams Boost Security
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON;JUSTIN DAVENPORT A ROMANIAN asylum seeker is among the gang being questioned over the alleged pound sterling5 million kidnap plot against Victoria Beckham, it emerged today. A second man, a Kosovan national, who is also...
Leading Double Lives; Just the Job: Fiona McNeill Speaks to Three People Who Combine Work with a Real Passion for Music
Byline: FIONA MCNEILL BY day, Gary Banton is a mild-mannered administrator for the Performing Rights Society (PRS). Like many office jobs, it requires computer skills, a methodical approach and a certain amount of tact when dealing with the public....
Less Is Best as Nudity Returns to the Pirelli Model Calendar
Byline: PATRICK SAWER SHE throws her head back in an expression of seeming ecstasy as she wraps her legs around the bare torso of her smiling biker friend. Jessica Miller represents March in next year's Pirelli Calendar and, along with fellow...
Lord Save Us from St John
Byline: A.N. WILSON FOR the first time in my life, I began to think that the monarchy might actually be finished. This thought does not give me any pleasure at all. I much prefer the idea of having a constitutional monarchy to any of its political...
Luminous Keys Hits Right Notes
Byline: PAUL CLARK Alicia Keys Wembley Arena ON a rain-sodden Saturday evening with a paucity of damp fireworks to lighten the ashblack sky, Manhattan diva Alicia Keys was doing her damnedest to unlock her luminous larynx. Still barely in her...
Marconi Orders Property Probe
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG THE Marconi board has ordered an internal inquiry into the company's embarrassing pound sterling3.4 million housing affair amid growing fears that the embattled telecoms group is covering up the true extent of its property...
Men Raging, Men Numbed
Byline: MELANIE MCGRATH THE BODY by Hanif Kureishi (Faber, pound sterling12.99) NEARLY 20 years ago, Hanif Kureishi did a brave thing. While others were churning out shopping and f***ing novels, Kureishi wrote the wonderfully original and haunting...
Meyerbeer's Rarity Gets a First-Rate Airing
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON classical Margherita d'Anjou Royal Festival Hall "UNACCOUNTABLY neglected" was the riskily question-begging description of Meyerbeer's Margherita d'Anjou, which successfully drew a large, inquisitive audience to the...
My Job? I Listen to Music All Day, Every Day; Just the Job: More Comfortable Listening to a CD in His Car, Mark Hughes-Morgan Heads into London's Pub and Club Scene to Meet a Man Who Can Literally Make or Break a New Band
Byline: MARK HUGHES-MORGAN IT'S 7.45 on a Monday night, and we're standing inside the hallway of The Dublin Castle pub on Camden Parkway. On the wall by the entrance it reads: "This is a residential area. Please leave quietly." That won't be a problem...
'Peanut Butter' Nanny Not Guilty of Cruelty and GBH to Children
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI A NANNY accused of feeding peanut butter to a two-year-old boy with a life-threatening nut allergy, and deliberately burning a baby girl's hand, was today cleared of all charges. Michelle Brittain, 24, burst into tears...
Probably the Best Adverts in the World
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY;ALEX BENADY THEY are the images we would never admit to being influenced by - but which we never forget. As the backdrop to everyday life they are everywhere, from cinema screens to Tube carriages. Today, one of Britain's...
Rock 'N' Dole Lifestyle; Just the Job: From the Dole Queue, Music Success Can Seem a Long Way off. but Alix Buscovic Discovers How the Government Offers a Helping Hand
Byline: ALIX BUSCOVIC THEY'RE from the north, share a love of guitars and sensitive vocals and have the ability to get journalists gushing into their PCs and records flowing out of the shops. But there's one more thing indie rockers Starsailor and...
Royal Mail Reins in the Colour This Christmas
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN WITH Slade and Status Quo blasting out of the jukebox, and excesses of food and booze, the modern Yuletide experience is not known for its self-restraint. This year, however, one festive ritual will be somewhat toned down...
Safari into Darkness
Byline: JEROME BOYD MAUNSELL DARK STAR SAFARI: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux (Hamish Hamilton, pound sterling17.99) FOR his first proper travel book in seven years, Paul Theroux has taken on one of his most ambitious subjects...
Scandal of the Illegal Immigrants Who Buy Their Way into Britain
Byline: STEVE BOGGAN ILLEGAL immigrants posing as students are being given visas to stay in the UK thanks to unscrupulous language schools that lie to the Home Office in exchange for cash. An investigation by the Evening Standard has found that...
Sergeant 'Turned Blind Eye as Police Attacked Black Man'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A POLICE sergeant turned a blind eye to an unprovoked attack by fellow officers on a black man in Brixton, the Old Bailey heard today. Sergeant Michael Ide, 43, watched as men under his command, in riot gear, chased, kicked...
Silent Witnesses
WITNESS intimidation is one of the fastest-growing obstacles to the fight against crime in London. The case we report today of the 25-year-old student Nana Osei-Agyapong, who was shot at point-blank range after coming out of a London club, highlights...
Simpson-Daniel Set for Lomu Test
Byline: CHRIS JONES JAMES SIMPSON-DANIEL will make his England debut against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday with a potential head-to-head with Jonah Lomu. The 20-year-old Gloucester wing, who scored a try for an England XV against a Barbarians...
Sinclair Surgery Adds to West Ham Injury Worries
Byline: KEN DYER WEST HAM'S injury worries deepened today with the news that their England midfield star Trevor Sinclair sustained a cracked cheekbone in the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool. Sinclair sustained the injury in an accidental collision with...
Someone Knows Killer but Is Too Scared to Say
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI;DAVID TAYLOR IT BEGAN as a special night out at one of London's most exclusive clubs - the haunt of supermodels, footballers and socialites. Media student Nana Osei-Agyapong loved going to clubs and the invitation-only...
Standard Theatre Awards to Take off with Bremner
Byline: LUKE LEITCH TONY BLAIR, Sir Trevor McDonald and Iain Duncan Smith are just a few of the heavyweights set to appear at this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards - in the shape of Rory Bremner. The peerless impersonator will once again...
Star Cast Lines Up for Film Festival
Byline: NEIL NORMAN THIS year's Regus London Film Festival opens on Wednesday evening with the gala screening of Dirty Pretty Things by Stephen Frears. It stars Amelie star Audrey Tautou as a Turkish asylum seeker working in a hotel surrounded by...
Taking Care of Business; Just the Job: Alex Hannaford Argues That Superclubs Are Past Their Sell-By Date as Live Music Makes a Comeback
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD SUPERCLUBS, the huge sprawling multi-floored palaces dedicated to dance music - defined the Nineties. And the DJs that called them home became superstars in their own rights, gracing the covers of the music press and even...
Taking It Back to the Streets; Just the Job: With Real Musical Talent Being Squeezed out by Manufactured Pop to Make Quick Cash for Record Companies, Stevie Chick Speaks to Some Artistes Who Are Trying to Turn The
Byline: STEVIE CHICK BEYOND the lurid scandals that some artists play up to for commercial gain, and beyond the negative stereotypes fostered by ignorant social commentators, "urban" music plays a crucial and beneficial part in the lives and self-esteem...
Teather Set to Sell Fund Manager People Power Is Your Best Asset; Employers Should Not Use the Economic Downturn as an Excuse for a Mass Staff Exodus
Byline: WENDY LEDGER ANYONE who has ever worked in the City is almost certain to be familiar with the slogan "our chief asset is our people". Employers are fond of saying it but, with the recent redundancies, benefit cuts, increased hours and...
The Daughters of Rock; It's Only Frock'n' Roll but We like It, Say Stones Girls
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY THEIR fathers are known for their rock'n' roll antics and an ability to grab the limelight. But now it is the daughters of rock royalty who are stepping into the frame. Kimberly Stewart, Leah Wood and Alexandra and Theodora...
The Designer Rip-Off; Hype and Prices Make Fashion Stink, Says Red or Dead Creator
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY DESIGNER labels are a rip-off and no better than high-street clothes, British designer Wayne Hemingway claimed today. In a scathing attack on the fashion industry, he said the public is being cheated by major fashion houses...
The Firm; Just the Job: Richard Branson's V2 Label Has the Stereophonics and Mercury Rev among Its Signings, and Was Quick to Pounce on the Popstars Rejects Who Formed Liberty X and Have Outlived the TV-Show Winners Hear'say. but Who Are the Faces Behind the Scenes? Paul Clark Finds Out
Byline: PAUL CLARK Polly Birkbeck, 35 Head of press CV: Birkbeck spent most of her schooldays with her head buried in the NME. As a regular on the London gig scene she got to know industry faces and eventually landed a job with a small promoter....
The Knives Are out for TV Cooks; Life & Style: As Nigella's Latest Series Flops, Chef and Writer Anthony Bourdain, Left, Says Our Kitchen Celebrities Richly Deserve a Good Roasting
Byline: LINA DAS POTENTIALLY the situation could have been - how shall we put this? - awkward. There was Anthony Bourdain, the New York-based chef, author and professional cool dude, and in front of him was Ainsley Harriott, himself a chef, author...
Thierry Happy as Gunners Ride Luck
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS THIERRY HENRY today admitted Arsenal were lucky to end their four-match losing run. Yesterday's 1-0 win against Fulham at Loftus Road kept them within four points of leaders Liverpool, and Henry said: "That was a very important...
Thistle Hotels Boosted by Orb Bid Rumours
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK CITY speculators today checked in to Thistle Hotels, owner of the Tower and Royal Horseguards, and made themselves comfortable while awaiting a bid. Shares in cash-rich Thistle rose 41/2p to 134p but remain shy of the 170p...
Thistle Hotels Boosted by Orb Bid Rumours; MARKET REPORT
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK CITY speculators today checked into Thistle Hotels, owner of the Tower and Royal Horseguards, and made themselves comfortable awaiting a bid. Shares in cashrich Thistle rose 6p to 136p on the move but remain well shy of...
Tom Homes in on W1 for a [Pounds Sterling]5.5m Apartment
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL;ADAM BLENFORD IT IS FAST becoming an alternative seat of power in the celebrity carve-up of London. No sooner was it revealed that rap star P-Diddy and singer Holly Valance are looking to buy properties in The Boltons,...
Tony's High Life Is a Lesson to Lomu
Byline: CHRIS JONES JONAH LOMU is back in town and desperate to prove he can still be a force at Twickenham on Saturday while the Englishman who first tried to shackle the All Black powerhouse will be happy to watch the match from the safety of...
True to the Chaos of Life; A Novelist Pulls Back from Fiction to Detail the Events That Informed It
Byline: CLAIRE HARMAN SLIPSTREAM: A Memoir by Elizabeth Jane Howard (Macmillan, pound sterling20) ELIZABETH Jane Howard admits to being "a very slow learner", perhaps not a learner at all: "often I have had to repeat the same disastrous situation...
Union Calls off Fire Crew Strike - for Now
Byline: DICK MURRAY THE national firefighters' strike due to start Wednesday was dramatically called off late this afternoon to allow talks over pay to continue. Instead, the Fire Brigades Union substituted the eight-day strike with a 48-hour...
Vaughan Boost for England
Byline: DAVID LLOYD By David Lloyd in Brisbane MATCH DRAWN MICHAEL VAUGHAN eased straight back into top form with a century here today and then doubled his and England's delight by confirming his fitness for Thursday's opening Ashes Test. ...
Venables Hears from Boo Boys as Rooney Does It Again
Byline: PAUL THOMSON EVERTON'SWayne Rooney left Elland Road last night not realising just how much pressure he has placed on Leeds manager Terry Venables. Rooney was again the Everton hero as he proved his goal-of-the-season contender which brought...
We Don't Want Sven, Say Italians; Bid to Lure Eriksson Abroad Is Denied but Crozier Has Other Things on His Mind
ITALIAN football officials today firmly denied they had approached Sven-Goran Eriksson about becoming their new national team coach. There has been speculation that there had been contact between former Sampdoria and Lazio coach Eriksson and...
Wenger's Men on Road to Recovery
Byline: MICHAEL HART Sport ONE nil to the Arsenal might not sound much to shout about but on this occasion it had a reassuring familiarity, suggesting the patient is well on the road to recovery. Although reports of Arsenal's early collapse...
Where on Earth? Hotel Pelirocco; Just the Job
Byline: JUSTINE SPELLER Where? 10 Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2FG. Telephone: 01273 327055; fax: 01273 733845; email: info hotelpelirocco.co.uk; website: www.hotelpelirocco.co.uk Why? Cool and very funky, Hotel Pelirocco is about three...
Whose Head Should Roll?; after the Farce of the Paul Burrell Trial
Byline: STEPHEN POLLARD YOU could barely even begin to recreate the story of Paul Burrell's last two years without stretching credibility. Here's the farce that has it all: the wronged, loyal butler; the conspiratorial courtiers; the accursed family;...
Without This Moby, You're Just a Nobody
Byline: LAURA CRAIK IN fashionland, if you don't sport the right accessories, you're nobody. But these days, it's not enough to don the Mulberry bag, the Marc Jacobs boots and the beige Miu Miu mac - your mobile has to be bang on the money too....
Women Want to Look Just like Catherine; ... but They'd Rather Have Surgery Than Go to the Gym
Byline: ED HARRIS WOMEN would rather have plastic surgery than exercise in their quest for a better figure, according to a new survey. More than two-thirds would be happy to submit to the surgeon's knife, with the most popular options being liposuction,...
Your Name's Not Down, You're Not Comin' in; Just the Job: The Old Image of Bouncers as Gorillas in Cheap Bomber Jackets Has Been Replaced by That of Persuasive Public Relations, Reports Alex Hannaford
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD WORD has it that, on a Wednesday night, Elysium nightclub at the Cafe Royal on Regent Street is the place to go if you want to rub shoulders with London's glitterati. But tonight I'm not going to be sitting at the bar with...

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