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Articles from April 23, 2004

A Bumper Year Beckons; Travel
Byline: SALLY SHALAM DEMAND for holidays in India is on the increase, according to long-haul travel specialist Kuoni, which launches its first brochure solely containing holidays to India and Nepal this month. Bookings, apparently, have shot up...
A FREE Pint of Beer for Every Reader; CELEBRATE ST GEORGE'S DAY IN STYLE WITH THIS FABULOUS EVENING STANDARD OFFER
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All the Erotic Drive of a Donkey Cart
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH BE prepared for surprises. A famous play that 11 years ago caused an uproar of boos and hisses on Broadway and inspired some men attending the London premiere to applaud its hero for attacking a defenceless young woman,...
A Londoner's Diary; Toby Young on Trading Shepherd's Bush for LA, Dodging Cowboy Builders and the Perils of Travelling with a Baby
Byline: TOBY YOUNG Last year I sold a novel set in Los Angeles to a British publisher and, as the due date approaches, it's become increasingly clear that I'll need to spend some time in LA in order to research it properly. So, in less than 48 hours,...
Amazon Sales Leap on Global Boom in Orders
Byline: NICK GOODWAY SALES at Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, jumped 41% in the first three months of the year on the back of aggressive price cuts, free shipping and weakness in the dollar. But the shares slipped $1.36, or 2.8%,...
Art; Opening This Week
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON Helen Chadwick: A Retrospective It's been closed for almost a year, but the Barbican Gallery's [pounds sterling]1 million renovation project has created an extra 140 sq metres of display area, enabling it to show the...
Beauty Buyography
Friel Beauty buyography The 27-year-old actress will soon be starring in the US series The Jury. She lives in Windsor with her actor boyfriend David Thewlis What's in your makeup bag? I always use 'Kiss Me' mascara, [pounds sterling]18, by Pout...
Beyond the Bloody Tower
Byline: NICK CURTIS Believe it or not, the Tower Of London isn't all torture and gore. Nick Curtis visits a new exhibition and finds that there's much more to one of London's most popular attractions Take him to the Tower!' These words, thundered...
Beyond the Bloody Tower; Believe It or Not, the Tower of London Isn't All Torture and Gore. Nick Curtis Visits a New Exhibition and Finds That There's Much More to One of London's Most Popular Attractions
Byline: NICK CURTIS take him to the Tower!' These words, thundered by a raging Tudor monarch in what feels like a thousand monochrome movies, bring a series of inevitable images to mind. Manacles. Rats. Ruffs. Probably a raven pecking an eye from...
Blair Has Met His Match in the Church
Byline: A.N. WILSON IT IS the feast of St George. All over England parish churches are flying the emblem which we now see face-painted on football fans. England has produced many valuable exports, but one of the best is Anglicanism. A Welshman...
Blair's U-Turn over Eu Vote Exposes Cabinet Divisions
Byline: JOE MURPHY CABINET tensions over the EU referendum U-turn were laid bare today after top minister Charles Clarke refused to support the new policy in public. The Education Secretary, one of the Cabinet's most ardently pro-Europe figures,...
Blow for Blunkett as Belmarsh Terror Suspect Is Given Bail
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN DAVID BLUNKETT'S bid to curb the terrorist threat suffered a major setback as an al Qaeda suspect enjoyed his first day of freedom today following his release on bail. The Home Secretary blasted the "extraordinary" decision...
BOLTON IN [Pounds sterling]1M BID TO CLAIM RIVALDO
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY RIVALDO is posed to sign for Bolton next week on a free transfer in a deal that would represent Sam Allardyce's most outrageous transfer coup yet. The Brazilian World Cup winner and his advisers held two hours of talks with...
Bushy Tales
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE Welcome to Playboy school Lord Brocket, James Hewitt and, er, Eddie Irvine will be giving advice to eight young thrusters taking part in another reality television show. Ultimate Playboy, which begins in June, is being...
Calmer Waters for Pacific as It Writes off [Pounds Sterling]11bn Loss
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH PACIFIC Century Cyberworks (PCCW) had the unenviable record last year of being the worst bluechip performer in the Hong Kong market. Shares in the group, which runs Hong Kong's dominant telecoms service, lost 18% of their...
Celebrity Customers Boosting Business at Boodle & Dunthorne
Byline: FIONA WALSH GOT [pounds sterling]1.7 million to spare? Then why not pop into celebrity jeweller Boodle & Dunthorne, which has just taken delivery of its biggest, most expensive diamond ever, a 40.42-carat stone named the Eiger. Blue-white...
Cinderella Silver's Time at the Ball Looks over for Now
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE THE bursting of a bubble in the silver market in the past few days has caused hefty losses to gamblers and speculative investment funds in Britain and North America. The spot price soared to $8.35 a troy ounce in early April...
Classical
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra The VPO's first concert at the Barbican consists of a performance of the band's former conductor Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony. The conductor on this occasion is the wonderful Bernard...
Clive's Big Chance
Byline: JAMES MOTTRAM With a clutch of high-profile Hollywood movies in the pipeline, and a new gangster film out this week, Clive Owen is set to hit the big time. But, he tells James Mottram, it's nothing to get excited about If life begins at...
Clive's Big Chance; with a Clutch of High-Profile Hollywood Movies in the Pipeline, and a New Gangster Film out This Week, Clive Owen Is Set to Hit the Big Time. but, He Tells James Mottram, It's Nothing to Get Excited About
Byline: JAMES MOTTRAM If life begins at 40, Clive Owen has got a head start. Before hitting this milestone in October, he's set to reach an even bigger one - finally making the transition from respected British character actor to Hollywood hot property....
Codswallop, Scribbles and Dribbles; He Is Claimed as a Leading American Artist but Cy Twombly, on Show at the Serpentine, Is a Minor Painter 50 Years out of Date
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL CY Twombly is not much known in Britain, his not remotely the name that comes readily to any lips when asked who the top 10 American painters of the 20th century may be - unless, of course, the lips belong to an intellectual...
COLOUR SCENE We Trawl the High Street, So You Don't Have to. ES SHOPPING
Run for it All blue Fans of Givenchy Pour Homme will love its new fragrance, Blue Label. The scent is fresh and zesty - perfect for those boys who want to smell good without being overpowering. [pounds sterling]28.50 for 50ml (020 7563 8800). ...
Concern for Diana's Mother as She Is Taken Ill at Home
Byline: FINIAN DAVERN FRANCES SHAND KYDD, mother of the late Princess Diana, was said to be "on the mend" in hospital today after falling ill at home. Mrs Shand Kydd was admitted to hospital near her home on the Argyll coast several days ago....
Crime Rate Falls but Violence Is on the Rise
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY CRIME IN London has fallen by two per cent in a year, official figures being published next week will show. But the statistics will also point to rises in violent crime - which people fear most. An Evening Standard analysis...
DaimlerChrysler Chief under the Cosh as He Gets Rid of Mitsubishi
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH US-GERMAN carmaker Daimler-Chrysler today pulled the plug on its loss-making Japanese affiliate Mitsubishi Motors. DaimlerChrysler, which holds a 37% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, said it would not participate in a critical...
DE LUCAS SUES BLUES OVER [Pounds sterling]3M
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS CHELSEA flop Enrique De Lucas is suing his former club for [pounds sterling]2.78million in lost earnings. The 25-year-old, who left Stamford Bridge for Spanish side Alaves last summer, has issued a High Court writ claiming he...
Diamonds in Demand; US SALES ARE BREAKING ALL RECORDS AS EVEN LOW-COST RETAILERS GET IN ON THE ACT
Byline: RICHARD THOMSON IF YOU were ever unsure just how different US culture is from that of the rest of the world, you only have to look at the American obsession with diamonds. It is as though they cannot get enough of them, which is why jewellers...
Diary of a Manorexic
Byline: ALEXANDRA DUFF As a teenager, Isaac Raine, son of poet Craig, equated beauty with thinness and his dieting led to anorexia and bulimia. After years of starving himself, he looks back on what he now realises was his adolescent madness Ibegan...
Dining; RESTAURANTS & Bars
Byline: FAY MASCHLER Patterson's 4 Mill Street, W1 (020-7499 1308). Mon-Sat (closed Sat lunch) [pounds sterling]80 .. Since at time of writing I can find no official plans for celebrating St George's Day, I propose that we do it by eating...
Dowie Hails Old and New
IAIN DOWIE has praised one of his seasoned campaigners and an exciting young prospect ahead of Crystal Palace's match at Crewe tomorrow, writes Steve Stammers. Midfielders Michael Hughes, 32, and Wayne Routledge, 19, have both played their part...
Drinks; RESTAURANTS & BARS
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN Inc Bar & Restaurant, SE10 7A College Approach, SE10 (020-8858 6721) Mon-Thur & Sun 6pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 6pm-midnight I have always been of the opinion that only those who lived in mental institutions or...
Electrifying Folk; Folktronica, New Folk, Fuzzy Folk - Call It What You Will. Laptops Are Replacing Lutes to Create a Whole New Sound
Byline: DAVID SMYTH FOLK fans are traditionally outraged by progress. They cried traitor when the newly electric Bob Dylan made his attempt at a-changin' in the Sixties and saddled themselves with the least cool image in music, a big-bearded...
Elle of a Girl
Byline: LYDIA SLATER Who better than 'The Body' to launch Breakthrough's latest Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign? The London-based supermodel-turned-underwear tycoon talks to Lydia Slater about motherhood, growing older and the secret of her...
Express Owner Was Sending a Coded Message
WHILE the newspaper world chortles at Richard Desmond's extraordinary outburst at a meeting with Daily Telegraph executives last night, in which the Express proprietor described all Germans as Nazis, it seems there was plenty of method in his madness....
Farewell to a Dead Ender
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH DESPITE being a television critic by trade, I like to keep abreast of the storylines in the latest cinema releases. Thus it was that I recently happened upon a synopsis of Rectuma by the writer-director Mark Pirro,...
Film
Byline: ANTONIA QUIRKE Kill Bill Vol. 2 (18) Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu Dir: Quentin Tarantino US, 136min So, the adventure continues, four months after the release of the monumentally violent Vol. 1 in which we found out... well,...
Food Spy
Byline: WILLIAM SITWELL Food Spy Restaurant bites WILLIAM SITWELL IS THE Some practical advice to singer Rachel Stevens. If you've got it, flaunt it. But just make sure you've got enough of it first. The singer ordered drinks at her recent...
Ford under the Hammer
IS SOTHEBY'S trying to sex up its image? The auction house has just recruited Tom Ford, the former creative director of Gucci. I hear Ford attended his first Sotheby's meeting earlier this month. No doubt Sotheby's is hoping that the designer, who...
Gastropubs
Byline: KATE SPICER The Castle, W11 This week someone thought she could get a table at the gastropub du jour, the Anchor And Hope. When she arrived at 6.30pm on a Wednesday night it was already heaving, and the waiting list for tables was closed....
Gastropubs; Restaurants & Bars
Byline: KATE SPICER The Castle, W11 100 Holland Park Avenue, W11 (020-7313 9301) Lunch for two with wine, [pounds sterling]40 This week someone thought she could get a table at the gastropub du jour, the Anchor And Hope. When she arrived at...
Heathrow Flight Diverted after Poassenger Goes Berserk
Byline: FINIAN DAVERN A MAN went berserk in a terrifying air rage incident today which forced a packed flight to Heathrow to make an unscheduled landing amid fears of a terrorist attack. The man is said to have attacked female cabin staff as...
Howley and King Hold Keys to Unlock Lansdowne Road Defence
Byline: NIGEL MELVILLE HAVING faced Munster in the Heineken Cup pool stages in the last two seasons, Nigel Melville, the Gloucester director of rugby, is uniquely qualified to offer his former club Wasps five ways to expose weaknesses in the Irish...
Images of War Coffins Breach Pentagon Ban
Byline: JOE MURPHY AMERICA reacted with shock today as pictures of coffins carrying its Iraq war dead were published for the first time. More than 300 photographs were released by the US air force by mistake - in breach of the Pentagon's strict...
Inc Bar and Restaurant,SE10
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN I have always been of the opinion that only those who lived in mental institutions or condemned properties in Peterborough would welcome the arrival of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his Changing Rooms cronies. If he turned...
Jackson Set to Appeal against Abuse Charges to Avert Trial
Byline: JAMES LANGTON MICHAEL JACKSON is to appeal against a decision to put him on trial over charges of child abuse. His lawyers said the singer will contest the decision, made by a grand jury this week, on legal and procedural grounds. The...
Leave My Millions to My Five Daughters? You Must Be Joking
Byline: ALISON ROBERTS PETER de Savary, the flamboyant businessman and serial hotelier, is extremely coy about his wealth. He claims, straight-faced, not to know or care how much money he has in the bank, in offshore accounts or under the mattress...
Local Eats; Restaurants & Bars
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION Fabbrica, SW8 153 Battersea Park Road, SW8 (020-7720 0204) Lunch for two with wine, [pounds sterling]60 Fabbrica is very handy for the dogs' home, as it occupies what was once a pub at the eastern end of Battersea Park...
Mp's Car Falls Foul of Soho's Parking Zealots
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN FORMER sports minister Kate Hoey has become the latest motorist to fall foul of Westminster council's fierce parking controls. Her beloved Mini was towed away after she left it briefly in a Soho side street. She is challenging...
My Digust at Ron's Use of Such Vile Sterotypes
Byline: ROBBIE EARLE NIGGER is the word most newspapers decided to omit from their reports of Ron Atkinson's description of Marcel Desailly's performance on Tuesday night. A crude, oppressive, offensive word that has far-reaching connotations....
My London
Byline: PATRICIA FIELD The 'Sex and the City' stylist rummages through Portobello Market and admires Queen Viv PATRICIA FIELD Where do you live and why? I live partly in New York and partly in Miami Beach because it is beautiful - the weather,...
Nail This Lie of Black Stupidity
Byline: HENRY BONSU OF ALL the big beasts of the football jungle, why did it have to be Big Ron who sank so deep into the swamp? If his vile stereotyping of Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly had come from the mouth of other ex-managers I could mention,...
NEW ART OF DATING; (OR2004's ANSWER TO WOULD LIKE SEE MY ETCHINGS)
Byline: NICK CURTIS WE HAVE had speed dating, text dating, mass dating at Britain's biggest-ever singles party - even dating in the pitch dark. But now there's a new way for unattached Londoners to meet that is less frenetic, less cheesy, and altogether...
New Sweetener Danger in Food for Children
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN HEALTH experts have issued an urgent warning about the growing use of an industrial "super-sweetener" in junk food and fizzy drinks. Dieticians and other health professionals are concerned that consumption of high-fructose...
No Sour Grapes as Fighter for Stability Is Made Favourite for Top Job at IMF
Byline: JANE PADGHAM LITTLE MORE than a month ago, a story was doing the rounds that Gordon Brown was being lined up in Washington as the possible new head of the International Monetary Fund. The story was skewered almost as quickly as it surfaced,...
Now I Rest My Case
Byline: DAVID MELLOR TODAY they blacken your boots, tomorrow they'll blacken your character." Disraeli's wise words about the fickleness of journalists will surely strike a chord with Claudio Ranieri as his admirers in the media melt away and the...
Nurse Gets Superbug from Own Hospital
Byline: REBECCA SMITH HOSPITAL THE alert over the MRSA superbug deepened today as it was revealed a nurse contracted it at her own hospital in London. The woman has been off work for six months after her wound became infected following routine...
On the Grid
SIMON LE BON, 45 JOHN TAYLOR, 43 DURAN DURAN Le Bon spotted model Yasmin in a photographer's book, got himself an introduction through her agency and invited her to the premiere of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He married her and has three...
OUT & About
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN;DAMIAN KELLEHER TOP 5 children's events * FOX KIDS CUP Here's the answer to every young footie fan's dream. The Fox Kids Cup is a tournament to find the most talented young football players (boys and girls) in the UK right...
Out and about in Helsinki
Finnair (www.finnair.com) flies eight times daily from Heathrow to Helsinki, flights from [pounds sterling]74. A cab takes 20 minutes to the city centre. WHERE TO STAY If you can't stretch to the Hotel Kamp, cheaper alternatives are Cumulus Seurahuone...
Photo Finnish
Byline: MOLLY GUNN Helsinki isn't your average weekend-break destination; with the myriad cheap and glamorous hot spots on offer worldwide it's hardly surprising that it doesn't top many holiday wish lists. When I told friends that I was Helsinki...
Place Your Bet on Pipe
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM IZNOGOUD can crown yet another championship winning season for the relentless Martin Pipe at Sandown tomorrow by landing the inaugural running of the Betfred Gold Cup. Scroll down the field for this [pounds sterling]150,000...
Pleat Cash Vital for All Gunners' Rivals
Byline: MICHAEL HART DAVID PLEAT today claimed that regular Champions League football is now an essential requirement for any club nursing hopes of joining the big three at the top of the Premiership. Pleat's realistic assessment of Tottenham's...
Plenty to Cheer Now Bobby's on the Beat
Byline: MATT HUGHES MOST managers achieve their success through years of hard work and sacrifice but Bobby Williamson is preparing to buck the trend. If Plymouth Argyle beat Queens Park Rangers tomorrow to claim the Second Division title he will...
[Pounds Sterling]1 MILLION DRESSES STOLEN FROM ZARA DESIGNER'S SHOP
Byline: FINIAN DAVERN The intricate dresses involve hours of work by teams of seamstresses and sell for an average price of more than [pounds sterling]10,000. "I am devastated. The damage to the company is huge and will run to more than [pounds...
Publish and Be Glam
Byline: PAUL PALMER For 20 years, Caroline Michel has cut a Chanel-clad swathe through literary London, bagging all the prize jobs and befriending everyone from Salman Rushdie to Greg Dyke. Paul Palmer tries to read her mind Shortly after Greg...
Restaurant Spy
Byline: RACHEL JOHNSON 'SHUMI has all the buzz of the Swissair first-class lounge in Zurich airport' If you're cruising up St James's in the heart of gentleman's London, past cigar boutiques and the stucco-and-chandeliers of the Carlton Club, your...
Robbie Leads Way as Sales of Live Music Dvd's Surge
Byline: ANDRE PAINE ROBBIE WILLIAMS, U2 and Coldplay have inspired a surge in popularity of "live" music - enjoyed from the comfort of their fans' living rooms. Latest figures show that music DVD sales have rocketed by 95 per cent in the past...
Rock & Pop
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Danger Mouse Wed 28 Apr The Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, N1 (020-7833 2022) Since a collection of rappers has released Urban Renewal, an entire album of Phil Collins songs, it could safely be argued that hip-hop has finally...
Roman's Tears
Byline: MATT HUGHES ROMAN ABRAMOVICH was moved to tears and endured a sleepless night fol lowing Chelsea's shock European Cup semi-final defeat in Monaco. Standard Sport can reveal the details of the Russian's extraordinary reaction to aight...
Ronnie's New Row over Rude Gesture
Byline: ANDREW CHECKLEY RONNIE O'SULLIVAN'S controversial World Championships continued today as he appeared to make an obscene gesture during his bad-tempered second-round clash with Andy Hicks. The world No2 went into the mid-session interval...
Sales Surge Puts Rates Rise Back on Agenda
Byline: JANE PADGHAM A MAY increase in interest rates was firmly back in prospect today following news of an unexpected surge in High Street spending. Retail sales leapt by 0.6% in March, official figures showed - three times the increase City...
Secrecy Shrouds Korea Rail Horror
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS MYSTERY today surrounded the full extent of the North Korean train disaster in which up to 3,000 people are believed to have died. North Korea remained silent over the death toll. The collision between two fuel trains...
SELINA BLOW; the Eccentric Fashion Designer Has Combined Her Mother's Sri Lankan Roots with Her Gloucestershire Upbringing to Create a Madly Colourful Yet Traditional Family Home off the Portobello Road. Alice BB Drops in for Tea
Byline: ALICE B-B Selina Blow AT HOME WITH AT HOME WITH Visiting designer Selina Blow's house is like stepping inside a kaleidoscope: the hall and stairway are Kermit-the-frog green, the sitting room is raspberry, the kitchen is the colour of...
SERIAL SQUATTER STRIKES AGAIN AND THIS TIME OWNER PAYS HIM [Pounds Sterling]1,500 TO LEAVE
Byline: PATRICK SAWER THE serial squatter who targets expensive homes in some of London's most exclusive areas has struck again. Having only just been evicted from a [pounds sterling]2.95 million house in Chelsea, the ponytailed American moved...
Shelley Von Strunckel; ASTROLOGY
This week: Taurus No dilly-dallying Gemini Draw the line Cancer Blunt is best Leo Have high expectations Virgo You can pick and choose Libra Don't play along Scorpio Things aren't what they seem Sagittarius Tackle the tough stuff first Capricorn Set...
Show Must Go on for Jilted Rivals Chasing European Dream
Byline: LEO SPALL LIFE after Scott Parker and Louis Saha may not have been the unmitigated disaster for Charlton and Fulham that some predicted. Both clubs are still on course to finish in their best league positions for decades and qualification...
Song and Dance by the Boatload; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD The Big Life, Theatre Royal, Stratford East IT is good to see an undoubted and unashamed crowd-pleaser lightening the heart and hopefully weighing down the coffers of this financially beleaguered venue. The Big Life takes...
So, What's in Your People-Carrier?
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS EVER noticed how a favoured car becomes an extension of your home? We've been road-testing a splendid Citroen C8 people-carrier and - in preparation for a week's touring - did a "stocktake" of the dregs that have collected...
Stop These Bully-Boy Tactics over C-Charge
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS SO now we know. It's not drivers' hatred of paying extra when they cross the congestion-charging boundary that keeps so many out of town: they're afraid of forgetting the [pounds sterling]5 altogether and getting a nasty letter...
Students Face Extra Tests to Win University Place
Byline: FINIAN DAVERN UNIVERSITIES today admitted they are having to introduce extra tests for would-be students because of the devaluation of A-level grades. A series of admissions tutors said they were finding it harder to choose between the...
THEATRE; Previewing This Week
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads The National do have a knack for scheduling this football-themed play at the right time. It was first seen at the time of the last World Cup, as part of the theatre's innovative Transformation...
The Bus Stop That's Worth Its Wait in Gold
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN IT IS Britain's most lucrative bus stop a [pounds sterling]20,000a-year moneymaking machine a world away from the dank, graffitidaubed shelters familiar to most commuters. The stop, outside Selfridges in Oxford Street,...
The Chilled-Out India; Travel: Tea Country Is the Place to Go for Cool House Parties in an Unspoilt Setting
Byline: CAROLINE SYLGE WHILE the hordes head to Kerala, those in the know are travelling to India's unspoilt north-east for tea gardens, Buddhist monasteries and private house parties which are as cheap as chips. Prices are per person, per night,...
The Costly Struggle to Park for Country Commuters the Costly Struggle to Park for Country Commuters; PASSENGERS FORCED TO PAY AS MUCH AS [Pounds Sterling]750 A YEAR FOR A GUARANTEED SPOT
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ THE RISING costs faced by travellers trying to park at London's commuter rail stations is disclosed today. A new survey has shown commuters in many stations struggle to find a parking space after the first early morning...
The Reluctant Star
Byline: JANE CORNWELL Norah Jones never lusted after fame. Music was always the thing. But talent and serendipity - right place, right time, she often says - have made her a superstar regardless. It seemed to happen overnight. One minute she...
The Reluctant Star; Norah Jones Appeared from Nowhere with Her All-Conquering Debut Album, Come Away with Me. as She Prepares to Play in London, Jane Cornwell Pays Tribute to the World's Most Down-To Earth Superstar
Byline: JANE CORNWELL Norah Jones never lusted after fame. Music was always the thing. But talent and serendipity - right place, right time, she often says - have made her a superstar regardless. It seemed to happen overnight. One minute she...
The Talk in Formula One
*EDDIE JORDAN, whose cars will carry the logo of the Ayrton Senna Institute in Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix, has tried to dispel fears that the British Grand Prix is doomed after Bernie Ecclestone regained control of the promotional rights to the...
The Top Ten Stepford Wives; Urban Fox
What a pity they cast Nicole, not Victoria, in the new 'Stepford Wives'. Have you ever seen such a faultless display of automaton loyalty? Here are some others box-fresh from the wife factory Victoria Beckham is adding the finishing touches to...
Top 5 Restaurants to Take St George
Byline: FAY MASCHLER Patterson's 4 Mill Street, W1 (020-7499 1308). Mon-Sat (closed Sat lunch) [pounds sterling]80 .. Since at time of writing I can find no official plans for celebrating St George's Day, I propose that we do it by eating...
Top Judge Blasts Failure to Lock Up Enough Criminals
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN THE PUBLIC is being put at risk because too few criminals are caught and convicted, Britain's most senior judge has warned. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, admitted that failure runs right through the criminal justice...
TWO DEALS, [Pounds sterling]16M OF INVESTMENT AND ONE MASSSIVE NORTH LONDON DIVIDE
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS OF ALL the many ways to measure the huge gulf that separates Arsenal and Tottenham, the easiest is points - or places in the Premiership. But look closer at a season that has shone an uncomfortable light on the growing divide...
Vicious Sex Attack on Women Walking Home
Byline: ED HARRIS A BUSINESSWOMAN was beaten and sexually assaulted in what police described as a "vicious and unprovoked" attack. Her injuries were so severe that she lost consciousness before being assaulted in a side street off a busy Fulham...
Viewers Shun CBS Crash Documentry
Byline: JAMES LANGTON AN attempt by a US television channel to exploit the death of the Princess of Wales by showing photographs of her dying moments has been a ratings flop. Audiences preferred Simon Cowell on the American version of Pop Idol...
Wasps Must Halt Rise of Oc's
Byline: CHRIS JONES PAUL O'CONNELL and Donnacha O'Callaghan stand quite literally between London Wasps and their first Heineken Cup Final appearance. However much the "O'Cs" talk down their astonishing rise up the approval rankings this season,...
Wenger to Play It Cool at Lane
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENAL will avoid any elaborate on-pitch celebrations if they win the Premiership title at White Hart Lane on Sunday, If Chelsea fail to beat Newcastle earlier in the day then a victory over Spurs will see the Championship...
Why Lloyd's May Be Shelling Out
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE people most likely to be feeling queasy after a week of astonishing revelations about Shell, and how it came to put an incorrect value on its reserves, might well be the insurers of Lloyd's of London. It looks increasingly...
Win a Week in Barbados
Barbados Win a week in ES magazine has teamed up with Tropic Breeze to offer you the chance to win a seven-night holiday for two to Barbados The winner and their guest will be staying at the hottest address on the island, The House, which blends minimalist...
Young Trumps
Byline: NICK COMPTON A British businessman has just spent [pounds sterling]27 million on a flat in Chelsea. The reason? The magic touch of one of London's glitziest property developers, Candy and Candy. Nick Compton meets the fast-talking rivals...
Zimbabwe Threat
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MARK BUTCHER has become the first England cricketer to publicly hint he may be unwilling to play in Zimbabwe if this October's tour goes ahead. Michael Vaughan's squad refused to discuss the matter throughout the Test series...
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