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Articles from October 30, 2002

24 Patients 'Exposed to CJD' in Hospital Blunder
Byline: ROB MCNEIL A TOTAL of 24 hospital patients may have been exposed to the human form of mad cow disease in what the Department of Health has described as an "appalling incident." They face an agonising wait to discover whether they have...
Abuse of the Elderly
THE POPULATION is ageing inexorably - a baby girl born today can expect to live to be well over 80 - and one inevitable consequence is that more and more people will end up in care homes for the elderly. The families who entrust parents and relatives...
A Fair Trade in Egos
Byline: PAUL CLARK HAVING been charged by Ticketmaster for a colossal pound sterling4.30 "booking fee", the subject of fair trade was high on my personal agenda last night as I collected my ticket at the Astoria. Inside, the issue of fairness had...
Arsenal Strikers Have to Lead from the Front; It's Time Henry and Co Eased the Burden
Byline: MICHAEL HART THE last Arsenal manager to lose four consecutive first-team games was sacked. Arsene Wenger was coach at Cannes when Terry Neill's seven-year reign as Arsenal manager ended in 1983 after a run of four defeats that included...
Art Deco Delights
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES Edwardian style is staging a comeback. David Spittles reports on the architecture that is being recreated in the suburbs AGE usually confers beauty when it comes to architecture and Art Deco is now sufficiently old to have...
A Suit in Luvvie Land; the Tough,detirmined Man Masterminding the Granada-Carlton Television Merger Show
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST WHEN Lord Hollick wanted to merge his United News & Media (now UBM) with Michael Green's Carlton, two years ago, the two men believed it was a done deal. According to one lobbyist who worked on the proposed merger, when...
Ben Goes Back to His Roots; HOMES GOSSIP
Byline: COMPTON MILLER TV presenter Ben Fogle (right) has bought a one-bedroom, first-floor flat in Notting Hill for pound sterling350,000 through Foxtons. "I was brought up in the area and love the cosy villagey atmosphere," he says. "My new garden...
Big Houses Need People; Hidden London: Large London Homes Are Loved by Their Owners but Can Be Expensive to Maintain. Jane Barry Has a Solution
Byline: JANE BARRY LONDONERS love their homes and, even when they no longer need all that space, are reluctant to leave the gracious life for something "sensible". The solution is to share your home and provide excellent value accommodation with...
Bitter Row Hits Mayor Race as Labour Pair Both Claim Victory
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN LABOUR'S hunt for a candidate for Mayor descended into acrimony today as the two frontrunners disputed the first ballot results. The spat threatens to escalate, with both Tony Banks and Nicky Gavron claiming they are on course...
Blowing in the Wind
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Country gardens in urban settings should look like they grew there naturally, says Pattie Barron GARDEN designer Julie Toll is brilliant at bringing the relaxed charms of the country garden into the urban plot. In this town...
Blow to Blair's Euro Dream; Brussels Summit Has Hurt the PM More Than He Will Admit
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY PRESIDENT Chirac of France now joins Romano Prodi in the list of European statesmen who appear determined to make the British electorate even more suspicious of deeper European integration than they were already. No opponent...
'Bossyboots' Who Taught Charles Dies in Charge to the Very End
Byline: VALENTINE LOW HE started with one chair, one table and a tennis ball, and became one of the legends of London education. Entirely typically, the peppery and somewhat eccentric Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart Townend, who has died at the age...
Call Your Cash to Account; Money: Many of Us Lose Money Because We Don't Have the Right Bank Account. in the First of a Two-Part Series, Lorna Bourke Looks at How Students Can Turn Their Pennies into Pounds
Byline: LORNA BOURKE IF YOU want to keep your household in order the most important thing to get right is your bank account. However, surveys constantly reveal that the majority of us let lethargy rule, and lose money by not moving to the appropriate...
Capital Punishment
Byline: DONALD MCRAE I TRACKED the ghosts of Jesse Owens and Joe Louis for three years, chasing the giant shadows left by the world's most enduring Olympic icon and the greatest heavyweight in boxing history. From their birthplace in Alabama, I...
Cosy in the Country; Shopping: From Sheepskin Rugs to Sweet Smelling Scents, Pattie Barron Discovers All the Treats You Need to Spoil You and the Family in Your Weekend Country Cottage
Byline: PATTIE BARRON YOU didn't really think the country smelt of honeysuckle, did you? Visitors to rural outposts know the pressing need to camouflage the pungent pong of steaming horse manure that rolls across the open fields and through the...
'Crazy Idea Will Put Middle Classes off Studying'
Byline: RICHARD ALLEN ENGLISH undergraduate Matthew Taunton, 22, is in his final year at UCL. He has a student loan of pound sterling3,700 a year and his parents, who live in Kingston-upon-Thames, pay the pound sterling1,000 annual tuition fees...
Dailies Firing Blanks in a Serilisation War
Byline: ANDREW NEIL BOOK serialisations used to be the preserve of Sunday newspapers -celebs in the tabloids, politicians in the broadsheets - but now the daily papers have muscled in. All the major serialisations this autumn, from the diaries of...
Dean Calls for Peace Talks with Crozier
DAVID DEIN today became the first senior figure from the professional game to go public over the crisis between the Football Association and the Premier League. The Arsenal vice-chairman, one of the most influential men in football, insisted that...
Designers Make for the Interior; DESIGN NEWS
Byline: NICOLE SWENGLEY Book of the week Difference is in the details: John Rocha is a major force in the design world. His first book, Texture, Form, Purity, Detail (pound sterling35, Conran Octopus), published this month, refers to his design...
Diary of an Estate Agent When Living Very Close to the Tube Is Not Convenient and Nosy Neighbours Make Life Difficult in Balham
Monday Arrived in the office to find a familiar face waiting for me. This client had completed on the purchase of a threebedroom, ex-council flat just off Balham High Road. Much to my surprise, only a week on, here he was slamming the keys of...
Dons Can't Get Used to Walls of Silence
Byline: KATE BATTERSBY YOU know how it is. Sometimes you just have to be alone. Indeed, it is positively obligatory at Selhurst Park when Wimbledon are at home. Solitude is an occupational hazard there. It is alleged by official sources that...
Don't Hold Back; Exhibition: If You Have a Secret Desire to Be Big, Bold and Opulent at Home, Take Courage from a Man Who Wasn't Hampered by Restraint, and Visit Versace at the V&A, Says Corinne Julius
Byline: CORINNE JULIUS IT WOULD be an understatement to say that the late Gianni Versace was not a minimalist. His earlier clothes designs were simple and elegant, but as he got into his stride he developed his trademark displays of dazzling patterns...
England Sniff the Scent of Victory
Byline: DAVID LLOYD CRAIG WHITE struck two timely blows with the ball here today to remind England that he could be worth keeping on board regardless of their injury situation. White will definitely go to Brisbane as a member of Nasser Hussain's...
Exposed: The Real Cost of the Baby Business
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH IT was a curious and distressing circumstance that led two women undergoing treatment at the Diana, Princess of Wales Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Tooting to become pregnant and then have abortions. It seems that...
Grilling Me Softly; Does Parkinson's Failure to Probe Nigella Lawson about Her New Partner Mean Stars' Agents Are Now Writing the Chat-Show Rules?
Byline: MARK PALMER VIEWERS may have been surprised to hear Michael Parkinson tiptoeing around the issue of the "new man" in the life of Nigella Lawson on his primetime BBC1 show on Saturday night. They may have wondered why the name Charles Saatchi...
Gross, Mirthless, Absurd; FIRST NIGHT: Theakston and Cast Go into Our Critic's 'Little Black Book of Ghastly Memories'
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Home And Beauty, The Lyric I WOULD have to scour my little black book of ghastly theatrical memories to recall a production and performances as gross, embarrassing and mirthless as those cooked up last night by Victoria...
Has Shoreditch Lost Its Cool?; as New TV Show Parodies the Achingly Hip Residents of Ni,we Find out If It's Still Happenin in Hoxton
Byline: EMINE SANER IT'S a sunny day in Shoreditch and a hapless young interviewee is cowering before a hip Hoxtonite in the hope of landing a job at his trendy bar. It's obvious she's not cool enough for the job as, unlike the rest of the bar staff,...
Have I Got the Hots for You
Byline: SHANE WATSON THE news that Andrew Marr, the BBC's erudite political editor, is among those whose name has been mentioned to replace Angus Deayton on Have I Got News For You? has been received with guilty excitement in some quarters. Marr,...
Holly Leads a Star Cast in Search of the A-List Address
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON UNTIL now it has been the home of the rich, the famous and - above all - the discreet. Behind the grand, white stucco facades of The Boltons, City executives and their titled neighbours have enjoyed one of the most exclusive...
How to Make Your Home Pay
Byline: LIZ HODGKINSON It could cost thousands to make your house suitable for letting. One family weighs up the pros and cons. IF YOU want to rent out your own home for six months to a year, what are the minimum adjustments you might have...
Kew the Action; Property News: Paltrow, Ehle, Lumley and AS Byatt Love West Hall, Says Anna McDermott
Byline: ANNA MCDERMOTT ANN Thomas and her husband, Jeffrey, grew quite used to a roll call of stars around their home, West Hall, in Kew, during the filming of Possession, released last week and adapted from the Booker Prize-winning novel by AS...
KINGFISHER CHIEF QUITS WITH [Pounds Sterling]7,000 PENSION
Byline: FIONA WALSH SIR Geoff Mulcahy will be paid a pension of more than pound sterling700,000 a year following his abrupt departure from retail conglomerate Kingfisher. It is believed Mulcahy's pension could be the biggest ever for a retiring...
Last Chance Mackintosh Sale; Consumer Guide
Byline: KATRINA BURROUGHS THE term "architect designed" has become an estate agent's label, but there was an era when it had great significance. That time was Charles Rennie Mackintosh's. Mackintosh (1868-1928) was the original "architect-designer",...
Legal Eagle Swots Up for Tests
Byline: MATT HUGHES NEW ZEALAND'S rugby league players are better known for their awesome physical prowess than any mental agility, but Jerry Seuseu will destroy the stereotype by missing tonight's clash with England A. The Auckland-born prop,...
Marconi Bought Two Homes from Executive
Byline: NICK GOODWAY CASH-strapped Marconi today admitted it bought not one but two houses from former senior executive Charlie Foreman worth a total of pound sterling3.5 million. Both properties subsequently fell in value, and the ailing telecoms...
Meet the Vandals Who Cut the Brakes on 22 Cars
Byline: ELLEN MCLAUGHLIN NORMALLY they prefer to eat chicken, duck, goose and - occasionally - lamb. Until now, foxes were not known to have a taste for brake fluid. But a sudden and alarming spate of car vandalism in leafy Epsom persuaded...
Minister Jowell Tells Celebrities: Clean Up Your Lives
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN;HARRIET ARKELL CULTURE Secretary Tessa Jowell today opened up a row over the private lives of public figures by warning Britain's celebrities to clean up their acts. She waded in following the BBC's sacking of Angus Deayton...
Missing from His Music; the More Books We Read about Stravinsky the Greatest Composer of 20th Century the Less We Know
Byline: NORMAN LEBRECHT THOSE who, like BBC executives, spend their working lives making pointless lists of all-time greats will recognise the unyielding stare of Igor Stravinsky, master of the modern world. Stravinsky is commonly ranked as "greatest...
MPs Vote to Cut Their Working Hours in Reform of the Commons
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY MPs have cut their working week and awarded themselves more holidays by voting through a major change in hours at the House of Commons. Late-night sittings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be abolished in favour of a move...
My Kingdom for an Olive
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD IT'S little wonder that when Kaufman and Ferber wrote The Royal Family, their 1927 comic satire about an unwieldy theatrical family, comparisons were made between the fictional Cavendishes and the (larger than) real-life...
My Undercover Diary of Shame; an Evening Standard Reporter Worked at a Nursing Home for the Elderly and Here Reveals a Damning Catalogue of Abuse and Neglect
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR IT'S one of the hardest choices any of us will have to make. The decision to put a parent or other family member in a nursing home is a heartbreaking move that few take lightly. Many of the country's 4,170 nursing homes are...
New Tory Infighting Fuels Talk of Challenge to IDS
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY THE TORIES were plunged back into civil war today amid fresh speculation at Westminster that Iain Duncan Smith can expect a challenge to his leadership. There were renewed claims that Mr Duncan Smith is losing the support...
No Results from the Big Match
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH BECAUSE television overwhelmingly attracts people so unimaginative that, if they took LSD, they would hallucinate grey vividly, it's little wonder that the medium is permanently desperate for new ideas. Over the years,...
Office Youth Culture Makes Men Try Botox
Byline: MAXINE FRITH IT SEEMS there is an ever-increasing emphasis on youth culture in the workplace these days - and it's not just women who are feeling the pressure. Apparently, men are also becoming anxious about worry lines, crow's feet...
Police Called to Passenger Revolt as Eurostar Fails for a Third Day
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU;DICK MURRAY ANGRY scenes erupted at Waterloo today as thousands of Eurostar customers faced a third day of cancelled services. Police were called to monitor increasingly angry passengers who were furious to learn that...
Police Hunting Trophy Rapist for Attack on Girl Aged 14; Link Confirmed between Schoolgirl Assault and Nine Others
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY POLICE today formally linked the rape of a 14-year-old girl to nine other attacks by the so-called trophy rapist across the South-East. Hertfordshire police said there were "striking similarities" between the attack on the...
Prescott Puts Blame on the Slow Builders
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY JOHN Prescott today moved to force Britain's housebuilders to provide more affordable homes in a bid to help ease the crisis gripping key workers in London and the South-East. The Deputy Prime Minster accused developers...
Reuter Is Confident of Hitting Top Spot
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS STEFAN REUTER is convinced he can celebrate his 100th game in European football with the victory that will take Borussia Dortmund to the top of Group A at the expense of Arsenal. The Dortmund club captain is contesting...
Royal Spiral into Horror
Byline: JUDITH FLANDERS DANCE-GOERS have a curious habit of referring to three-act ballets as "full-length", as though any other kind is somehow incomplete. It is like a concert-goer suggesting that a Mozart string quartet is very pleasant, but...
Rural Life and No Rotten Thatch
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES A quarter of a million Londoners upped sticks and moved to the country last year. But forget tiny cottages with roses round the door: savvy urbanites are choosing steel, glass and lofty ceilings for their rural idylls. David...
Sellers Offer Sweet Prices; New Homes: If You Plan to Give Yourself a Home for Christmas, Developers Will Give You a Good Deal to Keep the Market Moving, Says David Spittles
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES THE countdown has started for homebuyers hoping to move in by Christmas. With the London market alive but not kicking, developers are trying to make life easier for those caught in a chain by offering part-exchange deals....
Shayler 'Broke Pledge to Get Book Approved'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE former head of personnel at MI5 appeared behind an ad hoc screen at the Old Bailey to describe ex-agent David Shayler's career in the security service. The intelligence officer, known only as Mr B, said that after a four-year...
Sotheby's Is Fined [Pounds Sterling]12m by Europe for Price-Fix Scam
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY AUCTION house Sotheby's was today handed a fresh blow as it was fined pound sterling12 million for colluding with rivals Christie's in a massive bid to rig the art sales market. The firm was fined by the European Commission...
Spread Blame for Rock Shock
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP DAVID Seaman was hung for England's 2-2 draw with Macedonia, David Beckham strung up when we got knocked out of the 1998 World Cup and right now Mick Kinane is universally hated after Rock Of Gibraltar was beaten in Saturday's...
Stand-Off on Streets: Police and the 13-Year-Old Gunman
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT THIS IS the terrifying moment when an armed police officer came face to face with a 13-year-old boy brandishing a handgun. Just a few feet apart, and with their outstretched arms holding their weapons, the two confront...
Sussexful Antiques
Byline: KATRINA BURROUGHS Petworth and Midhurst are county jewels, the antiques shops are gems. Drive to Sussex and come back with a boot full of bargains, says Katrina Burroughs THE hottest locations in England for the antiques hunter lie...
Teacher Shortage 'Twice as Bad as Government Claims'
Byline: TIM MILES THE TEACHER shortage in London is twice as bad as official government statistics indicate, it is claimed today. The National Association of Head Teachers says its own survey shows schools in the capital are "in crisis" with...
TEACHERS IN PAY WALKOUT; London Schools to Shut as Two Unions Vote for Stoppage
Byline: TIM MILES THE TWO biggest teaching unions today voted to strike over pay in London, threatening chaos for pupils and parents. Strike votes over London allowances announced today by the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT teaching...
Tesco Snaps Up Corner Shops in One Stop Deal
Byline: FIONA WALSH COMPETITION in the sleepy corner shop market was stepped up a pace today as supermarket giant Tesco launched an agreed pound sterling530 million bid for T&S Stores, which owns 862 One Stop and Day & Nite outlets. Tesco...
Thatcher Breaks Silence to Warn 'Indecisive' IDS
Byline: CHARLES REISS;PATRICK HENNESSY FORMER Premier Margaret Thatcher took a hand today in the crisis at the top of the Tory party and warned a beleaguered Iain Duncan Smith he must be a conviction leader if he is to survive. Baroness Thatcher...
The Great Weekenders
We want it all! Country cottages and London houses. Adam Edwards discovers a tribe that moves out on Friday and takes sophistication with it Countryside- seeking Londoners have an urbane attitude to the rustic lifestyle. Although they want to leave...
The Man Who Got Liz Hurley Back in Shape
Byline: ANNA PASTERNAK AFTER giving birth to a baby she has described as "possibly the largest child ever - people see me carrying him and think I'm being attacked by a bald man", Liz Hurley followed an austere diet of rice and fish and a rigorous...
The Really Useful Column; Consumer Guide: This Week, Alison Cork Finds Picture-Perfect Presents and a Smoke Alarm That Recharges Itself
Byline: ALISON CORK Pretty as a picture If you are starting to think about Christmas presents, how about giving your favourite person a painting of their home? Artist Timothy Birkett specialises in charming watercolour representations of houses....
The Rutlands: The Family Use Their Cottage in Wiltshire Every Weekend and Most Holidays
EXCEPT for half term and holidays, when Claire Rutland takes her children to the country herself, the routine is for Mum to drive her black Fiat Punto up the Fulham Palace Road towards the M4 on Friday morning. It will take her and Tiggy, her Jack...
Time Runs out for John Leslie to Respond to Sex and Drug Claims
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL;JESSICA HODGSON TIME WAS running out for John Leslie today as his television company bosses waited with increasing impatience for him to explain the sex and drugs allegations against him. The day after the BBC axed Have...
Time to Be Released
I have let the flat I own since I bought it some years ago. There are now only 32 years remaining on the lease, which I would like to extend. I understand that new legislation allows non-resident owners to do this. Could you confirm that this is indeed...
Time to Do Their Own Thing
Byline: FAY MASCHLER THERE has been an interesting development in Indian restaurants. Skilled chefs, invariably trained in either the Taj or Oberoi hotel groups in India, who have been brought over to staff the well-established, upmarket restaurants...
Traffic Chaos as Bridge Closures Choke Key Routes; Gridlock London
Byline: MARK WILKINSON;HUMFREY HUNTER KEY commuter routes in London have been thrown into chaos after two major bridges were closed for roadworks. Hammersmith and Chiswick bridges, which are used by tens of thousands of vehicles every day, have...
Tyrannosaurus Royle
Byline: CHARLIE WHELAN ADAM CROZIER'S job at the FA is safe. Well it is if you take the politics experience. Calling for someone's resignation, as Ken Bates did earlier this week, is a dangerous game because, inevitably in politics, it comes...
UK Feels Pressure from Punctured Car Makers
Byline: RAY HEATH WARNING signs have suddenly appeared on the superhighway to profits along which Japanese car manufacturers have been happily cruising in the US. Honda warned on Monday that earnings in the year to end-March would be 11% behind...
Universities Threaten to Go Private in Top-Up Fees Row; Higher Education Faces Crisis as Government Stalls on Funding Policy
Byline: JOE MURPHY;TIM MILES SOME of Britain's best universities are threatening to join the private education sector if the Government refuses to allow them to charge hefty top-up fees to state students, it was claimed today. The threat follows...
Unorthodox Head of Prep School Attended by Charles Dies Aged 93
Byline: LAURA SMITH THE FORMER headteacher of a school Prince Charles went to as a boy has died. Lieutenant- Colonel Stuart Townend, who was 93, was the founder and owner of Hill House, a preparatory school in Knightsbridge. From its opening...
Vos Eager to Take the Lead
Byline: CHRIS JONES FORMER South African captain Andre Vos steps off an aircraft at Heathrow today and straight into the key role that David Wilson used to fill for Harlequins. Quins are hoping Vos can provide leadership on and off the pitch,...
Where to Find Country Living with City Style
Long Melford, Suffolk Long Melford is a 15th century wool town with pink rendered houses and the longest village street in the country. It is the antiques capital of East Anglia and Dutch lorries block the high street most Saturdays, loading up with...
Why I Decide to Adopt Even Though I'm Single
Byline: KAREN MOLINE Mother love: Karen Moline with 20-month-old Emmanuel Thanh Sang.When they met he had rickets, eczema and infected ears WHEN I hit my forties, I looked up and realised something was missing from my life. I felt like that slogan...
Will Deayton Bring the Show Down with Him?
Byline: JESSICA HODGSON JANE Lush's decision to sack Angus Deayton was not an enviable one. To Middle England, Deayton has been caught bang to rights. He's a public figure who has made a very handsome living by mocking politicians, celebrities and...
Winona Trial Told of Store's 'Oversight' on Security Tags
Byline: MARTIN FRICKER SECURITY guards at a Beverly Hills department store failed to hand over crucial evidence that could have incriminated actress Winona Ryder, a court has been told. Two sensor tags allegedly cut off merchandise by Ryder with...
Zagreb We Will Give Fulham Hell
Byline: LEO SPALL FULHAM have been told they will feel like they are in hell when they face Dinamo Zagreb in the second round of the UEFA Cup in Croatia tomorrow but racism will not be a problem. Some of Jean Tigana's black players were racially...

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