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Articles from May 9, 2001

A Calculated Failure; Primary Pupils Are Having Difficulties with Simple Maths
Byline: EDDIE BARNES CHILDREN on the threshold of secondary school are failing to complete simple mathematical tasks, according to inspectors. A report into standards in primary schools found that many older pupils were unable to correctly undertake...
Angry Owner Switches Ironbridge; Hannon Loses Colt after Row over Tactics in 2,000 Guineas
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE KING'S IRONBRIDGE, winner of the Craven Stakes and 10th in the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, has been dramatically removed from trainer Richard Hannon's yard. It seems that owner Terry Johnsey was unhappy with the...
Are You a Catastrophe with an Apostrophe?; (or to Put It in Plain English, How's Your Grammar?)
Byline: NIGEL REES THIS week, a retired newspaper sub-editor from Lincolnshire, John Richards, 75, became so irritated by the use of bad grammar in the English language that he set up the Apostrophe Protection Society to point out whenever anyone...
As We Face Four Weeks of Being Unendurably Patronised by Our Politicians, Remember the Joyous Song of the Thrush .
Byline: JOHN MORTIMER DEEP in a desolate winter, when the sharp features of the landscape looked, he said, like 'the century's corpse' laid out, the poet Thomas Hardy heard, among the bleak branches, a song 'of joy illimited'. Where was it coming...
Bald Facts Expose the Weaknesses of Leeds' Game-Plan; English Climb for the Summit Is Put into Perspective
Byline: JEFF POWELL WHOEVER Leeds fancied themselves to be here last night - Skinhead United, the Clockwork Orangemen, Hardnuts on Tour - they are neither the team nor the tearaways to terrorise Europe. Real tough-guys do not lose their heads...
Benefit Fraud, Just a Way of Life for the New Age Travellers
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY ONE in three New Age travellers admits having fiddled the dole, a disturbing inquiry revealed yesterday. Benefit fraud was carried out regularly by more than one in eight, but many others regarded cheating on handouts as...
Be Prepared If Life Has a Nasty Surprise in Store
Byline: JAMES HOPEGOOD DISASTER can strike at any time - early death or serious illness can hit the healthiest of us. But with a huge range of life insurance plans on offer to protect us against a variety of life-altering events, finding the right...
Beware Savings Cut Tricks; the Last Word
Byline: TONY HAZELL SAVERS beware. Banks are up to their old tricks again, slashing rates on unfashionable accounts and selected balances in response to the tiniest of cuts in bank base rates last month. The name of the game is profit margins....
Bianca Calms Her Hyper Ronnie
Byline: ALAN FRASER BEHIND every East End 'Ricky' there is a Bianca - and for Ronnie O'Sullivan it is no different. The new world champion spoke yesterday of the calming influence of the new woman in his life. 'She has taught me how to relax...
Biased against the Scots? This Is Just Aggro of the Heart
Byline: IAN WOOLDRIDGE ANOTHER good reason for restoring Hadrian's Wall to a height of around 10,000 feet is the letter from Mr A R Wood, of Edinburgh, which appeared in yesterday's Daily Mail. Headed 'Sports bias stokes Scottish grievance' it...
Big Brother Will Be Watching You Lose All Inhibition
Byline: TARA CONLAN THE new series of hit TV show Big Brother is to encourage contestants to become more intimate with each other. Last year's reality-TV hit, presented by Davina McCall, is to return to Channel 4 from May 25. But the spartan...
Biggs Is So Ill He Needs Treatment in an NHS Hospital, Say Jail Chiefs
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS;STEPHEN WRIGHT RONNIE Biggs should be treated in an NHS hospital because of fears over the state of his health, senior prison officials believe. The Great Train Robber, who has suffered three strokes, had to use sign language...
Bonds to Buy but with Eyes Wide Open
Byline: SYLVIA MORRIS DOUBLE-DIGIT income promises are tempting for investors when rates on offer from banks and building societies tumble. New-style bonds are paying income of more than 10pc while the best banks and building societies can offer...
Bowyer Loss Was a Blow They Could Not Survive; COMMENTARY
Byline: STEVE CURRY WHEN the finish line came into view, Leeds lost their legs. But the scars of defeat should be superficial. They will absorb the lessons and emerge stronger. Valencia's Mestalla Stadium is a forbidding arena, as Manchester...
BP 'Losing Money on Petrol'
Byline: RAY MASSEY BP unveiled record profits of [pound]1.3million an hour yesterday - then insisted it was losing money at the pumps. The company made a surplus of [pound]2.86billion for the first three months of this year and insisted it could...
Case of Couple at War over Sophie the Pedigree Dog
Byline: NEIL SEARS FOR Frank Hannen and his wife Andrea it seemed there was just one issue at stake after their marriage collapsed. In dispute was the custody of Sophie - a small poodle-like dog called a Bichon Frise. So Mr Hannen decided...
Cash-In Time Members Must Decide on Takeover
Byline: JAMES HOPEGOOD MEMBERS of three life offices must soon decide whether to give up their mutual status and pay windfalls. Friends Provident will give shares to 1.7 million customers if they agree to the company floating on the stock market...
Charity Riddle over Wembley Farewell; SPORTS AGENDA
Byline: CHARLES SALE THE Wembley closing-down ball last November is looking more ridiculously premature with every day the unused stadium remains in mothballs - which will now be way beyond the General Election. Unanswered quest ions about the...
City Plans Zones for Prostitutes
Byline: DON HUNTER PROSTITUTION could be decriminalised in parts of England's second city. Vice girls would be allowed to solicit in so-called 'zones of tolerance' under draft proposals to move them away from residential suburbs of Birmingham....
Clammy with Sincerity, He Sounded like an American TV Evangelist; Election Sketch
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS CHEESY as a Cheddar bap, Tony Blair yesterday opened Election 2001 in front of 600 bare-kneed, pigtailed London schoolgirls. They greeted him with teenybopper screams - particularly when, Chippendales-style, he whipped off...
Cook Puts Europe High on Agenda for Election
Byline: JOHN DEANS ROBIN Cook put Europe at the forefront of Labour's re-election campaign yesterday by committing his party to stronger EU links. Ministers had been expected to play down the issue, but the Foreign Secretary placed it straight...
Dallaglio Fears; Knee Injury Could End England Man's Lions Tour before It's Begun
Byline: PETER JACKSON LAWRENCE Dallaglio's Lions tour was in the balance last night pending further tests on the knee he damaged during Wasps' Premiership playoff semi-final defeat by Bath. The Lions management were awaiting a full analysis amid...
Death of Father Who Got Rabies on a Trip Home
Byline: REBECCA ENGLISH A MAN who contracted rabies while visiting his daughters on holiday has died. Hilario Laya was bitten by a stray dog on a trip to the Philippines last February but only developed symptoms of the disease last week. His...
Drugs Giants on Alert
Byline: CLIFF FELTHAM IT is less than five months since the blockbuster merger to create the [pound]118bn GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) drugs giant, but already dealers are licking their lips at the prospect of more corporate action. Their anticipation...
ECSTASY: MY TRAGIC GIRL'S WASTED LIFE; Mother's Anguished Plea over Last Picture of Lorna, 19
Byline: CHRISTIAN GYSIN THE devastated parents of a teenage Ecstasy victim took a remarkable and courageous decision yesterday to alert other families to the dangers of drugs. Alan and Liz Spinks requested that a picture showing how their daughter...
Final Flourish; Count Me in, Arsenal Hero Tells Wenger
Byline: IAN LADYMAN DENNIS BERGKAMP last night declared himself fit and ready to banish his FA Cup heartbreak after coming unscathed through an Arsenal reserve match at Highbury. The Dutch striker is desperate to play for the Gunners against...
From His Soapbox, Hague Speaks to 'The Real People'
Byline: REBECCA PAVELEY WILLIAM HAGUE leapt on to a soapbox to launch his election campaign yesterday - and told supporters he would 'give you back your country'. He said the Tories will put crime, taxes, school discipline and Europe at the centre...
'Gender-Bending' Chemicals Found in Canned Foods
Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN LEADING brands of tinned food contain a 'gender-bending' chemical linked to cancer and damaged sexual development, the Government's food watchdog has found. Scientists at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) identified the substance,...
Graduates Married to Their Work
Byline: TONY HALPIN IT MIGHT boost her career prospects. But that university degree can damage a woman's chances of getting married, it emerged yesterday. Female students of subjects such as computing and engineering are more than twice as likely...
Halifax Turns Up the Current for Bank of Scotland Savers
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER Election dilemma THE Halifax merger with Bank of Scotland may be a nil premium deal but the stock market is embracing it enthusiastically. In otherwise flat trading, shares in both banks are looking perky with the City apparently...
Hear'Say Are Five Plump Youngsters Who Mime; Bill Wyman's Withering Verdict on the Made-for-TV Pop Stars .
Byline: TONY BONNICI AS a rocker rapidly approaching pensionable age, Bill Wyman might be expected to believe that the current crop of stars have a thing or two to learn. But his verdict on the latest band to cause a stir in the business, Hear'Say,...
Here Beginneth Blair's Crusade; ELECTION 2001 Premier Hijacks a Comprehensive School Assembly to Launch His Campaign for Polling Day on June 7
Byline: DAVID HUGHES TONY BLAIR launched his campaign for a second term in Downing Street yesterday with super-slick theatricality. Buoyed by Labour's massive opinion poll lead, he defied convention by announcing the June 7 election date not...
How Not Knowing the Score Eventually Added Up Fine for Padraig; Harrington Turns the Negative of Disqualification into a Positive
Byline: DEREK LAWRENSON NO COLD sweat on his brow. No self-recrimination on his lips. One year on from blowing the Benson and Hedges International and its [pound]166,000 first prize through a scorecard error, Padraig Harrington marched through the...
I Didn't Kill Lover in Cold Blood, Says Fergie Aide; Jane Andrews Tells of Her Fear during Final Confrontation
Byline: MICHAEL SEAMARK JANE ANDREWS yesterday denied cold-bloodedly stabbing her lover to death in a deliberate act of vengeance. During cross-examination at the Old Bailey, the Duchess of York's former dresser was accused of attacking 39-year-old...
I'M A MATCHSTICK MILLIONAIRE; or How the Lure of Lowry Helped Novelist Frederick Forsyth Double His Money
Byline: FREDERICK FORSYTH WHY on earth do people collect things? Why make a collection of the works of one favourite painter and then decide to sell them all? I had to confront these questions about a month ago when I finally elected to put up...
I'm Desperate for a Baby, Says Kate Moss
Byline: ALISON BOSHOFF KATE MOSS says she is desperate for a baby - and is ready to try fertility treatment if she cannot conceive. The 27-year-old supermodel has told friends she thinks there is 'something missing' from her life. Now she...
Jimmy's a Jewel; Dutchman's Double Could Be So Costly for Houllier
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS GERARD HOULLIER could be forgiven for wearing a haunted look at the thought of heading for The Valley a week on Saturday in the knowledge that it could spell the death of Liverpool's Champions League aspirations. The Liverpool...
Lastminute Dash by Lane Fox to Beat the Looming Cash Crunch
Byline: BRETT ARENDS LASTMINUTE.COM has jettisoned the grand ambitions of yesteryear and is racing to make a profit before it runs out of cash. Allan Leighton, the veteran retailer brought in as chairman last autumn, is stressing the new strategy...
Lastminute on Line for Another [Pounds]10m Loss
Byline: PAUL KENDALL THE Internet company lastminute.com is still making multimillion pound losses, it admitted yesterday. It went into the red by a further [pound]10.7million during the first three months of the year - an increase of 75 per...
Leeds Shattered by Old Juan-Two; Valencia Back in the Final on Grim Night for O'Leary
Byline: IAN MCGARRY IT'S OVER. Leeds United's Champions League dream proved an impossible one after all - and the campaign ended as it began, with a heavy defeat in Spain. David O'Leary's side had been humbled 4 -0 by Barcelona in the opening...
Malcolm Allison, Lover of the High Life, Admits That He Is an Alcoholic
Byline: ANDREW LOUDON FORMER football manager Malcolm Allison is in hospital suffering from alcoholism after years spent enjoying a flamboyant lifestyle of cigars and champagne, it emerged last night. The 73-year- old swaggered through the 1960s...
MIND THE SAVINGS GAP; What's Good for Profits Is Bad News for Savers
BANKS are increasing their profit margins at the expense of their savers - but to the advantage of shareholders. Over recent months, banks have been making more money out of their customers by widening the margin between what they charge borrowers...
More Spice for Big Brother
Byline: TARA CONLAN BIG Brother returns to our screens later this month - and is likely to be a raunchier version of the voyeuristic game show. Last year's show was a big hit but lacked the spice of European versions. Now Channel 4 producers...
Must Apathy Be the Real Winner?
IN his now familiar pose as man of the people, the Prime Minister announces the date of the General Election not at Downing Street or the Commons, as is usual, but to schoolgirls at a large London comprehensive. While most will have seen it as a...
Nicole Kids with Ewan and Puts Stalker Threat under Wraps; Actress Forgets Her Troubles for a Day out at Cannes with Scots Co-Star
Byline: BAZ BAMIGBOYE NICOLE KIDMAN and Ewan McGregor enjoyed a moment of 'mad fun' in Cannes yesterday. 'I've got the wackiest frock on in the world,' said the actress as she threw back her red hair and laughed. She was busy gathering up...
No Surrender Just Sell; Endowment Policy Can Make You More Than You Think
Byline: LIZ PHILLIPS INSURANCE companies have been ordered to tell endowment policyholders that they could get a better deal by selling their policies rather than surrendering them. Homebuyers cashed in policies worth a total [pound]2 billion...
One in Five Tourists Finds Illness Part of All-Inclusive Deal
THEY seem the ultimate in convenience holidays - but all-inclusive packages can make you feel a lot worse rather than better. One in five Britons fell ill last year on a foreign trip where meals, snacks and unlimited drinks are included in the price,...
One Tiny Speck of Gunpowder 'Is the Compelling Link between Jill and Her Killer'; Vital Evidence of TV Presenter's Murder Found in Coat Pocket, Court Told
Byline: PAUL HARRIS;GORDON RAYNER A SINGLE speck of gunpowder found in a coat pocket is the 'compelling link' between Barry George and the murder of Jill Dando, a jury heard yesterday. The minuscule particle - just one thousandth of a millimetre...
OUR SCALPEL SAFARIS; Half-Price Cosmetic Surgery and a Dream Holiday Thrown in. Why So Many British Women Are Flying to South Africa to Improve Their Looks
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE IF YOU'D like cosmetic surgery but don't want anyone to know, a scalpel safari could be the answer. A growing number of British women are opting for a holiday in the sun with a facelift thrown in. Remarkably, the cost of...
Patients Get a Taste of the NHS Gourmet Revolution; [Pounds]40m Menu Revamp Goes Down Well but Caterers Worry over the Budget
Byline: BEEZY MARSH A [pound]40MILLION revamp of NHS menus by celebrity chefs began to bear fruit yesterday. Cooked up by television gourmet Loyd Grossman, the relaunch is intended to banish the memory of soggy sprouts and lumpy custard and introduce...
Paws before You Insure
Byline: JUSTIN HARPER IT'S National Pet Week and pet owners are being targeted by insurers warning of the escalating costs of veterinary bills. Tesco Personal Finance - a provider of pet insurance - says there are about 21.5 million dog owners...
Pension Dreams That Became Nightmares
Byline: MATT KOVAC COMPANY pensions are regarded as the cream of their crop. But if a company goes bust your dreams of a comfortable retirement can end up in tatters. Thousands of companies go belly-up every year and have to wind up pension schemes....
Pensioner Hit by Stray Gangland Bullet in the Street
Byline: ADAM POWELL A WOMAN of 70 was shot in the back after being caught up in a clash between rival gangs. Alice Carroll was hit as she returned to her home in Manchester from a shopping trip. Seconds after the shooting, two youths on mountain...
Posing for Pictures on a British Campus, a Libyan Wanted over Murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher
GATHERED on the steps of the university, the delegates pose proudly for an official photograph. Standing shoulder-to- shoulder with their hosts, the Libyan academics appear pleased to have completed their one-day conference. But one of them has...
[Pounds]2.8m for the Ruined Life of a Little Fighter; Baby Who Survived against All Odds Was Brain Damaged by Hospital Blunder
Byline: CHRIS BROOKE A BABY who survived against the odds only to be brain damaged later by a hospital blunder was awarded [pound]2.8million damages yesterday. When Bethany Ruff was born three months premature and weighing just 1lb 12oz, she...
ROYAL RETREAT; Seeking Solitude and Spiritual Enlightenment, Charles Checks in at Mount Athos Monastery
Byline: NICK CRAVEN HE couldn't have chosen a better place to escape Britain's pre-election hype. As the Queen granted Tony Blair's request to dissolve Parliament yesterday, Prince Charles had just spent the night in a 12ft by 10ft whitewashed...
Savers Can Join Hunt for Buried Treasure
Byline: SYLVIA MORRIS SAVERS will find it easier to trace the millions of pounds slushing around in dormant accounts with building societies and banks using a scheme to be launched next Monday. The Building Societies Association's (BSA) Dormant...
Schama's Past Glories
Byline: CHRISTOPHER MATTHEW A History Of Britain By Simon Schama (BBC2); Manhattan On The Beach (C4) BACK we go again,' proclaims the headline on the cover of this week's Radio Times in bold white across the blue jacket and plum-coloured shirt...
Seven Years for the Girl Who Held Rape Victim Down
Byline: BEN TAYLOR;PETER MARKHAM A TEENAGE girl found guilty of raping another woman in a gang attack was locked up for seven years yesterday. Claire Marsh, 18, tore off Delphi Newman's clothes, punched her to the ground and held her down on...
Shake-Up for FA Men Who Gave Crozier Bumper Rise
Byline: MARTIN LIPTON;STEVE CURRY THE Football Association closed ranks behind Adam Crozier yesterday after three days of embarrassing revelations about the beleaguered 37-year-old chief executive. But the process which came up with Crozier's...
Stick-On Patch That May Become the New Birth Pill
Byline: JENNY HOPE A SELF-adhesive contraceptive patch is next year expected to trigger the biggest revolution in family planning since the Pill. The new birth control device, which looks like a smoker's patch, works as well as the Pill by giving...
Suburban Safari with the Beast of Cricklewood; How Escaped Big Cat Led Police, RSPCA and Zoo Keepers on All-Day Chase
Byline: NICK CRAVEN;PETER MARKHAM IT was an encounter that no naturalist could ever have imagined . . the meeting of lynx and Cricklewood Man. For centuries, the largest of the European big cats has hunted down its prey in mountain forests...
SUN-SATIONAL SWIMSUITS; Now the Sun's Shining Every Woman Is Thinking of What to Wear on The
Byline: ALEX LONGMORE IT'S that time of year when women begin to search for the perfect bikini. Shops are filled with choices, but finding the right shape for your body type is often a daunting task. Here, FEMAIL presents the definitive guide to...
The Big Sneeze Is on; Foot-and-Mouth Will Make Hay Fever Even Worse This Summer
Byline: JENNY HOPE THE foot-and-mouth crisis could add to the misery of hay fever sufferers this year, say experts. Because thousands of grazing animals have been slaughtered in an attempt to control the disease, they say, there will be more...
The Long, Despeate Journey to the Stars; THE WAY IT IS
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS 'We picked two in case our main target fell down. I can't tell you who. There's a lot of competition and secrecy in this game.' Monday he made his first call to the studio publicity office in Hollywood. The call was passed to...
The School with Police Protection
Byline: LAURA CLARK THE head of the first school in the country to have a police officer stationed inside told yesterday how she had to dial 999 forty times in just four months last year. Wendy Parmley painted a graphic picture of assaults and...
Trimble Threat to Quit over Arms
Byline: REBECCA PAVELEY ULSTER leader David Trimble threatened to resign yesterday if the IRA snubbed the agreement to start surrendering its arsenal of weapons. He kick- started the peace process by saying he would quit as First Minister on...
Us Takeovers Help to Keep the Profits Pumping at Bp
Byline: BRIAN O'CONNOR THE good times are still rolling for BP. Oil prices should hold up within Opec's target $22 to $28 range for the rest of the year, says chief executive Sir John Browne. The Opec producers are establishing 'a remarkable...
War against Apostrophe Abuse
Byline: NEIL SEARS ON one side is an army of greengrocers, butchers and renegade librarians. On the other is lone pensioner John Richards. Despite these overwhelming odds, Mr Richards has decided to dedicate his life to waging war on the misuse...
What the Style of a Garden Reveals about Its Owner; Lawns, Blooms, Gnomes, Even the Washing Line Are Significant, Says Expert
Byline: ANDREW LOUDON TO some, it is just a battered patch of grass handy for the children to play on, while others view it as their pride and joy. But whether neglected or a cherished sanctuary, it seems a garden is much more than merely shrubs,...
When It Pays to Overpay
Byline: JUSTIN HARPER LOW inflation and the loss of mortgage tax relief means it makes sense to pay off your mortgage as quickly as possible. But a report in Which? magazine suggests brokers, who set up mortgages, have failed to get the point...
Whirlwind Series Will Keep Test Men Happy
Byline: MIKE DICKSON ENGLAND are set to bow to pressure from the players and unveil an unprecedented winter tour schedule that will see them shoehorn six Tests into two three-week periods. I understand that, in a move aimed at extending careers...
Zyban Student Tragedy; Parents Fear Antismoking Drug Link to the Death of Their Son
Byline: KATE HURRY;LUCY LAING THE family of a talented student who killed himself after taking the controversial antismoking treatment Zyban said last night they feared the drug may be to blame. Nicholas Hirst's body was found on Monday morning...