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Articles from December 17, 2002

1,000-Mile Trek Then They Run the London Marathon
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR THESE are the six super-fit athletes who will compete in one of the world's toughest races the 1,000 Mile Challenge. Among them are a reformed alcoholic, a father-of-three who defeated leukaemia to run the marathon last year...
Age Makes the System Creak; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT IS appropriate on the day that the Government unveils its pensions Green Paper, if not altogether cheerful, to bring news from America which links the performance of the stock market to the ageing of the population. ...
Alert for New Us Rape Drug; Sedative and Cocktail of Other Narcoctics Detected in Use on London Club Scene
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR WOMEN going to Christmas parties in London face a growing danger from a cocktail of date rape drugs in the night club scene. A powerful new sedative imported from America has been discovered for the first time together with...
All I Want for Christmas Is a Brand-New Face; (1) Health & Fitness Fit for Christmas (2) like Acid Peels and Laser Resurfacing, the Green Peel Hurts like Hell. So Is It Worth It?
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH AT this time of year, let's face it, most of us are not looking our best. How we are supposed to sparkle after endless rounds of parties, sustained on a diet of canapEs, cocktails and four hours' sleep a night, is beyond...
An Artist after Break Down; Michael Landy Destroyed All His Personal Possessions in the Name of Art. His New Show Looks at How You Start Again with Nothing
Byline: JULIAN STALLABRASS MICHAEL Landy was last seen in Break Down, as a foreman in a disused Oxford Street department store housing a production line that disassembled, cut up and then ground into powder all his possessions, including his stock...
Attack of the Snacks; (1) Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Christmas Nibble? (2) Health & Fitness
Twiglets Calories: 75 per handful. Fat: 1g per handful. Comment: Nutritional therapist Alison Loftus says: "Lower in calories than crisps, but mainly composed of 'starchy' carbohydrates which encourage fat storage in most people. On the plus...
Birch Treatment Works Wonders for the Blues; Chelsea Chief Says: We're Back on Track
Byline: KEN DYER ONE day during his five seasons as a player at Liverpool, Trevor Birch was walking down one of the Anfield corridors when he came across Joe Fagan. Young Trevor looked at the ground as he tried to hurry past the Anfield giant....
British Task Force to Be Sent to Gulf in Weeks
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY BRITISH forces are to be sent to the Gulf in the next few weeks as preparations for war against Saddam Hussein are intensified. Army and air force units will be moved to bases in Kuwait and Bahrain while a small naval...
BSkyB Star Performer after OFT's All-Clear; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK SHARES in Rupert Murdoch's satellite broadcaster BSkyB stood out among bluechips today with a rise of 291/2p to 656p after being given the all-clear by the Office of Fair Trading on charges of competing unfairly with its rivals....
Bush Drives on to War
Byline: CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS ALL things press t owards the event. At some level in Washington - indeed at several levels - the essential decision has been taken that Saddam Hussein will soon be gone. If I had to bet, I'd say that Valentine's Day...
Cadbury Debt Bubbles to [Pounds Sterling]4.4bn in Gum Deal
Byline: SARAH MARKS CADBURY Schweppes will almost triple its debt to pound sterling4.4 billion to meet the $4.2 billion (pound sterling2.7 billion) cost of acquiring US chewing gum group Adams. The plan will reduce its credit rating from A minus...
CALVIN KLEIN BOUGHT BY VAN HEUSEN FOR [Pounds sterling]250M
Byline: LAUREN CHAMBLISS CALVIN KLEIN, the designer known for sexy underwear and fragrance advertisements, is to be sold to men's shirt maker Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation for pound sterling251 million. The deal - between two of the most unlikely...
Cherie Saga Sends Blair Rating to Two-Year Low
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY THE CHERIEGATE affair has seen Tony Blair's poll rating slump to its lowest level for more than two years, a survey showed today. The ICM poll revealed that the crisis over Cherie Blair's links with conman Peter Foster...
City Insider
Close enough for Chesson [broken (vertical) bar] INVESCO has taken the whole back page of this week's Financial News to advertise its expertise on the Japanese economy. The blurb is accompanied by a huge picture of Paul Chesson, Invesco's head of...
Comedy Classics; the Best of the Year on Video
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU STANDOUT STAND-UPS... Totally Bill Hicks (C4/VCI, 18 cert. VHS pound sterling10.99, DVD pound sterling14.99, 118 mins). Pancreatic cancer killed 32-year-old Hicks in 1994, but his legend grows. This fiercely political...
Crazy Joint Venture
Byline: PETE CLARK WE are all grownup people these days, which means that most of us have tried a hand- rolled cigarette which does not contain Old Holborn or Golden Virginia. I vividly remember my first and only encounter with the drug which goes...
Cropier Sacked for Refusing to Admit Ritz Affair
Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER A SENIOR croupier at the Ritz Club Casino was fired because she refused to own up to having an affair with a married superior, a tribunal heard today. Stephanie Halliday was an "impressive" worker, who was commended for...
Daddy of All Ken's Rivals; at the Age of 57,ken Livingstone Has Joined Steve Norris in the Pleasures of Late Fatherhood.now,says Norris in This Revealing Interview,he Intends to Beat Ken Again- to Be Mayor
Byline: ANGELA LEVIN IT could be a pub quiz question. What do Tory mayoral hopeful Steve Norris and Mayor Ken have in common? Apart from the fact that both are colourful figures risen to national prominence, the answer is more intriguing than...
Diary of a Binge Drinker; (1) Health & Fitness (2) How Much Does One Party Animal Woman Drink in a Week, and How Dangerous Is It?
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE THE party season is under way, and London's pubs and bars are heaving with drinkers determined to see each other under the table, many of them women, who are more likely to "binge drink" than men. Although not drinking every...
Don't Disrupt an Inspired Messiah; CLASSICAL
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT Messiah Barbican ANOTHER Christmas, another crop of Messiahs. It's an annual ritual that might dull the effect of a lesser work. But year after year, Handel's masterpiece continues to amaze and inspire, still sounding...
Elton Strikes Back with a Passion; POP
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD Elton John Shepherd's Bush Empire WHEN Sir Elton John sheds his baggage - be it a pointless orchestra or a succession of momentumsapping special guests - to sit down and play alongside his watertight band, he begins to...
England Break Duck; Hussain's Men Answer Critics at Last
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND have finally found the secret of success in Australia after 60 days and 13 matches without a victory: play Sri Lanka. Nasser Hussain's men opened their account in style, beating the triangular tournament's third team...
Footsie's Christmas Fling Is Cancelled; A New Breed of Market Player Is Killing off the Traditional 'Santa Rally' in Share Prices
Byline: ROBERT LEA;MICHAEL CLARK CHRISTMAS comes but once a year, but there is unlikely to be much festive cheer in store for City investors this time around. The London stock market has now fallen for three years on the trot. Its loss this year...
FSA Hits First Bank in Laundering Blitz
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN ROYAL Bank of Scotland has been fined pound sterling750,000 for failing to carry out basic checks on customers to stop them laundering money through the the British banking system. The fine, the first of its kind imposed...
Gift-Wrapped Ideas for That Mad Late Dash; (1) Last-Minute Christmas (2) If You Still Have Christmas Gifts to Buy, Go Straight to the Flagship Stores, Where You Will Find Everything from Cameras and Camisoles to Cashmere and Karaoke Machines
Byline: NICOLE SWENGLEY ARGOS has discounts on many items. Ring and reserve (0870 600 1010) or click and collect (www.argos.co.uk) and your order will be waiting at your chosen store. You'll find many of this year's favourites - Harry Potter's...
Give Your PC a Festive Facelift; A Few Clever Gifts Will Add New Zest to Your Trusty Computer
Byline: MARK HUGHES-MORGAN IT'S time you gave your faithful PC a makeover. That big, boxy screen has got to go. But there's no need to go over the top, because flat-screen monitors are cheaper than ever; the latest 15in from CTX Europe is pretty...
Glittering Liz Puts an Extra Sparkle into Elton's Night
Byline: LAURA BURKIN LOOKING relaxed in a sequined top Liz Hurley led the applause as Sir Elton John put on the style for charity. Sitting alongside Sir Elton's partner David Furnish she clearly revelled in the atmosphere at the Shepherd's Bush...
Hagelauer Quits Job in Blow to LTA
Byline: CHRIS JONES BRITISH tennis was reeling today from the shock resignation of Patrice Hagelauer, the Lawn Tennis Association's powerful performance director. Hagelauer has opted to return to France to become their Davis Cup coach. Many...
Here Comes That Plum Dress Again
Byline: LAURA CRAIK IT'S every woman's nightmare at this time of year: you walk into a party and glaring at you over the goat's-cheese-andonion tarts is a woman wearing an identical dress. Thankfully for these celebrities, they chose the same dress...
Housing Boom Pushes Inflation to New High
Byline: JANE PADGHAM BRITAIN'S housing boom has driven inflation above the Bank of England's 2.5 per cent target to its highest level for four and a half years. The key underlying measure of inflation jumped to 2.8 per cent last month from 2.3...
How the Experts Treat Their Hangovers; (1) Health & Fitness (2) Muesli, Massage, Lemon Oil and Yoghurt ... We Find the Best Cures
Byline: OONA MASHTA;KARIN MOCHAN The doctor - Timothy Peters professor of clinical biochemistry at King's College Hospital: "Drink water. The reason we feel so bad after drinking is primarily because our bodies are dehydrated. Most of the nasty...
I Say Bah Humbug to Carols,cribs and Crackers
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL CHRISTMAS is coming and with it the custom of ruminating on the events of the past year, but I look back and can remember almost nothing of particular interest in the crowded rough-and-tumble of the months. Were Palestine, Iraq,...
It's Your Fault, Lennox; Heavyweight Boxing Is in a Mess and the Former Undisputed Champion Is to Blame
Byline: DAVID SMITH in Atlantic City THERE was a time when the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world was one of sport's most revered prizes. The holder was acclaimed by crowds wherever he went, his face among the most recognised around...
Jail Threat to Jade Jagger Unless Wild Parties Stop
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON JADE JAGGER'S wild parties have generated so much noise that the eldest daughter of Rolling Stone Mick has now been warned to turn down the volume - or face a hefty fine or even jail. Council officers were forced to serve...
Japanese Rally after Nine Days of Pain; Market Report
Byline: RAY HEATH NINE days of pain eased for Japanese investors today. After the longest unbroken losing streak in 19 years, share prices finally rallied, pushing the Nikkei 225 Average up 59.79 points to close at 8510.73. The relief was provided...
Join My Campaign to Stamp out Bowyer
Byline: DAVID THOMAS A YEAR ago, just after the first Lord of the Rings movie came out, Private Eye magazine published one of those, "Are they by any chance related?" items, comparing a picture of Lee Bowyer with an Orc, Tolkein's troll-like baddie....
Kick-Start Gets Harley Running
Byline: MATT HUGHES IF any player encapsulates the transient nature of footballing fortune it is surely Jon Harley. The Fulham fullback is seeking to rebuild his reputation at Sheffield United after being deemed surplus to requirements by Jean...
Latin Lesson in Rock; POP
Byline: PAUL CLARK Shakira Wembley Arena IF cocaine wasn't Colmbia's best-known export, the title would certainly go to Shakira, who delivered her own brand of mind-bending lines at Wembley last night. Having got to grips with English only...
Mahler Gets Real; One Man's Dream to Make the First Recording of Mahler's Second Symphony as the Composer Intended Has Finally Come True
Byline: NORMAN LEBRECHT I AM sitting in the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, listening to the first performance of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony. No, not a timetraveller's fantasy or a seasonal hallucination, but a contemporary encounter with literal...
Martin Chilton's Football Notebook
Byline: MARTIN CHILTON Time to nail crazy tale of caravan-mad Marco JIMINY CRICKET could have told you and Ebenezer Scrooge found this out - but it's always best to let your conscience be your guide. In this case a repentant reader has contacted...
Melbourne May Pay Connex to Take over Trams and Trains
Byline: LACHLAN COLQUHOUN CONNEX, which has just received a pound sterling58 million subsidy from Britain's Strategic Rail Authority to keep its South-Eastern service operating, may be in line for a similar government bailout in Australia. Professor...
Mobile Phone Firms Will Be Forced to Slash Cost of Calls
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU MOBILE phone giants are facing a clampdown on the overinflated cost of calls, it was announced today. The industry is to be forced to cut them by as much as 20per cent after it was found guilty of artificially boosting...
More Women Follow Bridget in Going It Alone
Byline: CHARLES MIRANDA BRITAIN is turning into a nation of Bridget Joneses, according to an official report today. In a survey conducted last year of more than 4,000 women aged 18 to 49, only half were married - a 14 per cent fall from 1979,...
Mummy Returns . . . Soon
Byline: LEO SPALL CLINTON MORRISON'S mum Angela sent a warning to Fulham today when she promised: "I'll be back". The feisty figure is planning to return to Loftus Road next month when her son's side, Birmingham, play in the FA Cup third round....
NASDAQ Float Plans on Hold as Boss Resigns
Byline: BILL CONDIE THE Nasdaq stock market has put plans for its own initial public offering on hold following the resignation of embattled chief executive Hardwick Simmons. The exchange will not seek a replacement before the second quarter...
ONO LAUNCHES BID TO McCARTNEY PUTTING HIS NAME BEFORE LENNON'S
Byline: JAMES LANGTON YOKO ONO has reignited the feud over who is the senior partner in the most famous song-writing partnership in the world. Ono is reported to have ordered her lawyers to begin action against Sir Paul McCartney over his decision...
Pick of the Christmas Bunch
Byline: SIMON MUNK Games Zone PS2 The Getaway - violent gangster romp through London (above). Drive like a maniac, and make like a Guy Ritchie antihero. 8/10; Sony (www.thegetaway. co.uk), pound sterling40. Kingdom Hearts - superb...
Playboy Offered to Baby-Sit His Lover Aged 14 after Mother Told True Age
Byline: PAUL CHESTON PLAYBOY Baron Bloom offered to baby-sit his 14-year-old alleged sex victim when her mother told him how old she was, a jury at the Old Bailey heard this afternoon. The girl's mother told the court she had asked Bloom how...
QUEEN'S GODSON IS AWARDED [Pounds Sterling]26,000 IN ESTATE AGENT ROW
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY THE QUEEN'S godson has won a landmark case against estate agents who sold his home for pound sterling300,000 less than a neighbouring property which was smaller. Michael-John Knatchbull, a grandson of Earl Mountbatten,...
RBS Fined after Push on 'Laundering' Rules
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN ROYAL Bank of Scotland has been fined pound sterling750,000 for failing to carry out basic checks on customers to stop them laundering money through the the British banking system. The fine, the first of its kind imposed...
Romance Is in the Store; Couple Get Married in Front of Shoppers at Selfridges
Byline: TAMSIN ROBERTS SMILING as they hold hands, Selina Clark and Matthew Birkby look like any young couple about to take their wedding vows. With the radiant bride-to-be dressed in a flowing cream dress and the dashing groom in his finest...
Sad Story of the Panto That Never Grew Up; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Peter Pan Richmond Theatre I'VE never personally been over-convinced by the tale of Peter Pan as recounted on stage. It all starts and ends well enough in the Darlings' nursery, but gets bogged down in the middle with...
Schools Unite to Take on Rip-Off Teacher Agencies
Byline: TIM MILES SCHOOLS are planning to break the stranglehold of teacher supply agencies accused of "ripping off" the taxpayer. Chief education officers from London's 33 boroughs are drawing up plans for their own agency, which would undercut...
Sport in Brief
Arsenal players gave some local children an early Christmas present when they visited Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, yesterday. Dennis Bergkamp and Ray Parlour are pictured with patient Jordan Bowyer Pires is ready to put pen to paper on Arsenal...
Strikes Warning over Pensions Shake Up
Byline: CHARLES REISS THE Government today unveiled its long-awaited plans for pensions amid a hail of criticism - and the threat of protest strikes. The proposals from Work and Pensions Secretary Andrew Smith later today are set to delay full...
The Fire Service We Deserve
THERE WERE FEW surprises in the main findings of the widely-leaked Bain review of the national fire service - nor in the response to it from the Fire Brigades Union. Having dismissed the report as irrelevant even before it was published yesterday,...
Time to Reclaim Olympic Flame; (1) Race to Bring Greatest Show on Earth to the Capital (2) London Olympics 2012 Back the Bid
Byline: KEN LIVINGSTONE THE biggest names in British sport want London to host the Olympic Games in 2012. Fresh from her success of being named as the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year, Paula Radcliffe endorsed a London bid. Five-time gold...
UEFA Set to Stamp Down on Bowyer
Byline: PAUL THOMSON LEE BOWYER could face a lengthy ban after being charged by UEFA today for stamping on a Spanish opponent's head. Serious cases of violent conduct usually carry at least a three-match suspension, but in Bowyer's case it may...
US Approval Puzzle a Bitter Pill for Glaxo; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline retreated 28p to 1165p today despite claiming to have again received written approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for its Advair Diskus treatment for chronic obstructive heart problems....
Warnings of a Bust in House Prices 'Are Being Ignored'
Byline: JANE PADGHAM WARNINGS by the Bank of England that the housing boom increasingly risks a painful bust are falling on deaf ears, according to a new survey. The report from accountants KPMG shows 59% of consumers expect house prices to continue...
Win Tickets to All the Festive Action; Standard Sport's Bumper 13-Game Give-Away
STANDARD SPORT have teamed up with Barclaycard - sponsors of the Barclaycard Premiership - to give you the chance to enjoy a festive feast of football. We are giving away tickets to all the big Premiership clashes in the capital between now and...
Women Staff Win Right to Know Men's Pay
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU WOMEN will be able to find out how much their male colleagues are earning under new laws designed to eliminate sexism in the workplace. The controversial measure will enable female employees to submit a questionnaire...
Work until You Drop
MILLIONS of employees are to be encouraged to work on after hitting 65 in a move to defuse Britain's pensions timebomb. Ministers want to bring an end to the state retirement age which effectively throws people on the scrapheap, leaving too many...
Zola's New Deal; Chelsea Are Ready to Offer Italian Star Contract Extension
Byline: KEN DYER TREVOR BIRCH, Chelsea's group chief executive, today revealed that the club intend to open talks with Gianfranco Zola about extending his contract beyond the end of the season. Zola's glittering six-year career at Stamford Bridge...
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