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Articles from August 30, 2003

75 Die as Car Bombers Hit Iraqi Cleric
Byline: BOB GRAHAM AT least 75 people were killed by a terrorist car bomb in Iraq yesterday in the latest outbreak of deadly religious rivalry. Among the victims was Iraq's leading Shi'ite Muslim politician, Ayatollah Mohammed Bakr al-Hakim....
Able Seaman; Ahoy Wilson Sends a Warning to His Old Mates at Highbury
Byline: MATT LAWTON IT IS not yet 9am and Bob Wilson has already packed more into a morning than most of us would manage in a day. The chiropractor has been and gone, the finishing touches to his autobiography have been faxed to the publishers and...
A Polluter of Decent Politics
NO tribute to a departing colleague could be more heartfelt. 'The Alastair Campbell I know is an immensely able, fearless, loyal servant of the cause he believes in . . .' The Prime Minister might be surprised to learn that this paper has no quarrel...
ASK THE EXPERT SUSAN MARLING Answers Your Questions
WE would like to rent a villa or flat in the Nice area of France during January to February.Two of us would like to enjoy the town and the sea, while the other two would like to travel to the ski slopes. Can you help? P.R. Edwards, Broadstairs,...
A SPY CALLED SCARLETT; in the Week He Was Quizzed by Hutton, We Reveal the Extraordinary Secret Life of Britain's Most Brilliant Spymaster and His Role in the Greatest KGB Defection Ever
Byline: SUE REID YEARS would pass before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and relations between Britain and Russia were in the icy grip of the Cold War. Over a mahogany table piled high with beer cans and sandwiches at the 'safe-house' near Hyde Park,...
A Summer Break That Lasted for 20 Years
Byline: VICTORIA COREN This summer, Victoria Coren went back to the Cornish hotel where her family always spent their holidays. She found it - and Cornwall - transformed THE LAST time I saw this particular Cornish hillside, it was bathed in...
BECKHAM UNEXPURGATED David Beckham Promises to Tell All in His New Autobiography. but This Sensational Series Reveals Stories He Will NEVER Tell. His Alienation from the England Players. Why Alex Ferguson Blames Beckham for Destroying His Greatest Dream. the Rift with His Father. and of Course, the Ambitious, Bossy Wife Ferguson Calls 'That F***ing Girl'
Byline: GEOFFREY WANSELL DUSK is beginning to settle over the crowded streets of downtown Tokyo, but in the only hotel suite in the city to boast its own private swimming pool, David Beckham is looking decidedly agitated. The man who has suddenly...
Blair Finds Life LONELY AT THE TOP
Byline: GRAEME WILSON THE Prime Minister looked dangerously isolated last night following the departure of his closest lieutenant. Alastair Campbell is the latest in a long line of acolytes to abandon the New Labour project. As the dust settles...
Brave Campbell Just Misses Out
Byline: NEIL WILSON BRITON Darren Campbell just failed in his brave attempt to win a second World Championships medal in Paris last night. The 100metres bronze medallist found himself edged out into fourth place in the 200metre final by a photo...
CAN BLAIR LIVE WITHOUT HIM? He Smeared Ministers, Wrecked a Marriage and Poisoned Politics. but, with Alastair Campbell Gone, How Long Can Blair Go On?
Byline: STEPHEN GLOVER THE resignation of Alastair Campbell is the most momentous event in the life of this Government since those glad, confident days in 1997 when New Labour assumed power with the goodwill and hopes of so many British people....
Can Blair Really Stay after This?
Byline: SIMON HEFFER WE should not allow the excitement of Mr Campbell's inevitable resignation yesterday to deflect our attention from what happened in Court 73 on Thursday. It was a performance that could send Mr Blair to the Academy Awards...
Cherie, a Lie, and the Long Goodbye
Byline: DAVID HUGHES ALASTAIR Campbell's long goodbye from Downing Street and the Prime Minister he reveres began during a heated clash with Cherie Blair on December 4 last year. Tony Blair's brilliant but flawed Svengali had raced to 10 Downing...
Claude's Ours; Makelele Agrees [Pounds Sterling]14m Move to Chelsea and Macca Heads for City
Byline: SIMON CASS CHELSEA are poised to round off their summer spending at [pounds sterling]109million after Claude Makelele last night agreed to join them in a [pounds sterling]14m move from Real Madrid. France midfielder Makelele, 30, settled...
Cottle 'Overjoyed' after Late Surge for Olympics; SPORTSMAIL GUIDE TO THE WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Byline: CATHY WOOD THE British men's quadruple scull produced yesterday's best row as three more GB boats qualified for next year's Olympic Games - bringing the total to 10. Simon Cottle, Peter Wells, Simon Fieldhouse and Matthew Langridge were...
Courage That Spurs Adams; 'My Brother Struggles to Walk, So What Have I Got to Worry About?' SATURDAY INTERVIEW
Byline: MATT LAWTON THERE are times when Micky Adams might give the wrong impression. Take the day he turned up at Leicester City and a remark he made about his appointment as deputy to Dave Bassett. To the surprise of the assembled reporters, Adams...
CURSE OF THE SAATCHI WIVES; Nigella's Wedding to Charles Saatchi Is a New Beginning after Immense Tragedy. but as Two Broken Marriages Testify, He Likes Women to Be Lovers Not Wives. Can the Domestic Goddess Escape the Same Fate?
Byline: GEOFFREY WANSELL WHEN Britain's Domestic Goddess Nigella Lawson - famous for her finger licking and heaving bosom as she cooks on television - marries the reclusive advertising tycoon and art collector Charles Saatchi, there will be only...
Dealmaker Wray Joins the Virotec Mud Lark; INVESTMENT EXTRA
THE fan club of Virotec, the Australian mining cleanup specialist, is growing fast. This week the group unveiled unexciting first-half results and tapped the market for [pounds sterling]3.5m in a share placing. Both might have been expected to hit...
Europe Draw Fails to Tempt Roman; SPORTS AGENDA
Byline: CHARLES SALE ROMAN Abramovich, who flew for nine hours from the far east of Russia to watch Chelsea play Leicester last Saturday, wouldn't take a 10-minute stroll to witness the Champions League draw this week. Abramovich was spotted...
Gang Face Jail over Tainted Meat Sold to Supermarkets
Byline: ADAM POWELL A GANG which supplied disease-ridden meat to supermarkets and restaurants was facing jail last night after a three-year fraud investigation. Six men, led by company director Peter Roberts, bought condemned chicken and turkey...
GCSE 'Fails Top Pupils'; Leading School May Drop Exam It Excels In
Byline: LAURA CLARK THE country's top school at GCSE is considering allowing pupils to skip some subjects in the exam because it is too easy. Girls at St Paul's would bypass GCSEs in subjects they wish to take in the sixth form and start their...
Good Riddance to Campbell? Contrasting Views of Two Men Who Knew Him Well
YES says MARTIN SIXSMITH A senior civil servant from 1997 to 2002 MY abiding memory of Alastair Campbell will be his daily 8.30am Downing Street meetings, which I attended as a senior civil servant. He ran them as a one-man master class on how...
His Resignation Statement ...and What Blair Said
It has been an enormous privilege to work so closely for someone I believe history will judge as a great transforming leader of the Labour Party, and a great transforming Prime Minister. For someone whose professional interests have always been...
How Stella the Bride Will Pay Tribute to the Mother She Adored
Byline: TONY BONNICI;PATRICIA KANE STELLA McCartney is to pay a touching tribute to her late mother Linda before her wedding today. The fashion designer will hold a special ceremony on a quiet beach near her family's Scottish home on the Mull...
I'm Here to Win the Title, Warns Hitman Hernan; Crespo Sets out to Make Chelsea a Superpower
Byline: IAN MCGARRY HERNAN Crespo begins his Chelsea career today vowing to help turn the club into a European superpower. The Argentina striker, who makes his debut against Blackburn at Stamford Bridge after a [pounds sterling]16.8million move...
Kabir's Chance to Impress as England Dither
Byline: MIKE DICKSON HOW THEY LINE-UP KABIR ALI and Gareth Batty will get an unexpected chance to press their England claims today when they try to help Worcestershire to victory in the C& G Trophy final against Gloucestershire at Lord's. ...
Lotto Lout Builds Banger Race Track in His Back Garden
Byline: DAILY MAIL REPORTER AFTER his [pounds sterling]9.7million lottery win, Michael Carroll might have taken the chance to put his loutish past behind him when he settled in the countryside. No such luck. Instead, the 20-year-old has become...
Macca's Move; KEEGAN TO SNAP UP HIS FORMER MIDFIELDER ON A FREE TRANSFER
Byline: SIMON CASS STEVE McMANAMAN will return to England by signing for Manchester City this weekend. The former Liverpool and England midfielder is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, who are offering him on a free transfer and are even...
Missing.And Found
Byline: MONICA PORTER THE DAILY MAIL offers readers a unique opportunity to re-establish contact with long-lost relatives and friends. Each week, MONICA PORTER features the story of someone trying to find a missing loved-one, as well as a tale of...
MORALS NOT INCLUDED the Founder of the Controversial Fertility Website Man Not Included, Which Helps Lesbians Have Babies, Insists He's a Man of Integrity Motivated by Injustice. the Truth Is He Has an Unsavoury History of Debt, Bullying ... and Infidelity
Byline: PAUL BRACCHI OVER the past few weeks John Gonzalez, it seems, has hardly been out of the media spotlight. Last Sunday, for example, he was interviewed by The Observer newspaper. Not for the first time he mounted a determined defence of his...
Must We Now Assume That Every Athlete Is on Drugs?
Byline: IAN WOOLDRIDGE THREE years ago during the Sydney Olympic Games, this column announced, rather portentously perhaps, that it would never again report on major track and field events. This was no loss to Sportsmail readers since my colleague...
My Secret Riviera
Byline: WENDY HOLDEN Novelist Wendy Holden has been visiting the south of France for 15 years. She still returns - to a Provence that remains unspoiled BIOT'S village square is bathed in sunshine and filled with rich, herby, garlicky lunchtime...
Pay for Asylum Children till They're Aged 24, Council Told
Byline: CHRISTIAN GYSIN COUNCILS face crippling multimillion pound bills to look after refugees following a landmark legal ruling yesterday. A High Court judge ordered a London borough to continue caring for lone child asylum seekers after they...
Power Bills Will Go Up to Beat the Blackouts
Byline: DARREN BEHAR;TIM UTTON ELECTRICITY bills will have to rise by 10 per cent to avoid more crippling blackouts, experts warned yesterday. As London returned to normal after Thursday's massive power cut, analysts said the crumbling state...
Price Rises to Keep Lights On
Byline: BRIAN O'CONNOR THE great and the good of the power industry are attempting to soothe fears that Thursday's dramatic London blackout is the forerunner to a winter of shortages. They could be right, but it is clear that supplies have become...
Radio Sector Plays All the Best Tunes; MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER BUYERS turned up the volume in the radio sector after listening to bullish vibes from analysts who attended a dinner on Thursday hosted by GWR. Shares of the Classic FM operator jumped 21p to a high of 2331/2p after number...
See Naples ... and Thrive
Byline: GEOFFREY WANSELL Unlike many Italian cities, Naples is not fashionable, it's not 'designed' and it's not full of shoppers. But it's still sexy - as Geoffrey Wansell found THERE is something wonderfully sensual about Naples. It's the least...
Sex, Drink and My STORMY MARRIAGE; He Was Hooked on Whisky and Bedded Four Women in a Single Day. Here, Chris Tarrant Speaks Frankly about the Price of His Success ... and the Heavy Toll It Has Taken on His Wife and Family
Byline: MARY RIDDELL CHRIS TARRANT had spent the night before we met at a Rolling Stones concert, combined with an evening of partying. Shortly before dawn, he returned for a brief sleep in his dressing room before emerging, looking only slightly...
Shearer Still the King of Strikers, Declares Bruce; Forward to Battle Again with His Old adversary,Birmingham Boss Salutes Veteran with Uncertain Future
Byline: NEIL MOXLEY IN NORTH- EAST parlance, Steve Bruce is simply too canny to involve himself in matters relating to Alan Shearer's contract. Suffice it to say, however, that should the man he calls 'King Al' become a free agent next summer,...
Six Years on, an Inquest into the Death of Diana
Byline: JO BUTLER PRINCESS Diana's death will finally be subject to a public investigation more than six years after the Paris car crash which killed her. Royal coroner Michael Burgess confirmed yesterday that inquests would be held into the...
Smile of the Woman Who Has Won the Battle of Number 10; Cherie's Guru Carole Caplin Sees off Her Enemies
Byline: GORDON RAYNER IT may have been only mineral water she sipped as she heard news of Alastair Campbell's resignation while at her gym yesterday, but to Carole Caplin it must have tasted like champagne. Ever since Labour came to power, Mr...
Souness Plays the Diplomat
Byline: IAN LADYMAN GRAEME Souness played down security fears yesterday after his Blackburn side were drawn to face Genclerbirligi of Turkey in the first round of the UEFA Cup. Souness was coach of Istanbul based team Galatasaray for two seasons...
SPUN OUT OF No10 Campbell Had Become a Liability - and Had to Go
Byline: DAVID HUGHES;GRAEME WILSON ALASTAIR Campbell quit Downing Street last night after being forced to acknowledge he had become a massive liability to the Prime Minister he served so loyally. The ruthlessness with which he swept aside New...
Straw's Great Save; Minister Stops Soccer Wife Being Deported
Byline: CHRISTIAN GYSIN JACK Straw intervened personally to prevent a Premiership footballer's Australian wife from being deported, it was revealed yesterday. The Foreign Secretary, a Blackburn Rovers fan, stepped in when Sarah Emerton - the...
Take It on the Chin; Hannon's Battled-Hardened Colt Is Pick in Solario Stakes Rain Should Help the Cause of Lady Bear and Eyecatching Turbo
Byline: WALTER SWINBURN ANYONE going to Sandown yesterday had to dust off their umbrellas and the arrival of rain means a serious readjustment to calculations for today's action at the Esher track. The soft going is a reason to row in with CHINSOLA...
The Cape of Good Humour; Cape May, Only Three Hours from New York, Is the Quintessential American Family Resort. Max Davidson Packed His Bucket and Spade
Byline: MAX DAVIDSON NEW JERSEY in the summer can be very quickly summarised: bad girls go to Atlantic City; good girls go to Cape May. The two resorts draw visitors from as far afield as New York and Washington, but they could not be more different....
The Curious Case of the Literary Goalie; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
QUESTION Was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once goalkeeper for Portsmouth FC? ON OCTOBER 14, 1884, a group of enthusiasts, led by prominent local architect Arthur Cogswell, met at the Blue Anchor public house in Portsmouth and decided to form a club to...
The England Players Who Have Tired of the Beckham Circus
DAVID BECKHAM is like no other England captain in the history of the game. In fact, in terms of his global appeal, he is like no other footballer in history. But that has not gone down well with some of his England colleagues, who feel his celebrity...
The Gigolo Who Became 'The Real Deputy Premier'
Byline: PAUL HARRIS FEW would have marked out Alastair Campbell to become one of the most powerful figures in modern politics. Here, after all, was a former porn writer and bagpipe-playing busker who had nearly ruined himself through addiction to...
The Prim and Proper Blonde Who Wears the Trousers
Byline: KATHRYN KNIGHT EACH weekday morning, Fiona Millar can be found ploughing up and down the swimming pool near her home in North London, completing a half mile before travelling to Downing Street to begin her working day. For a woman juggling...
This Man Set a Trap for a Thief. but When He Asked Police to Arrest Him, They Told Him: 'We're Too Busy'
WHEN one of his firm's delivery vans was stolen, a businessman hit on an ingenious scheme for catching the thief. Martin Woodgate called the number of a mobile phone that had been taken in the theft . . . and the villain answered. After some...
Top of the GCSE Class
Byline: LAURA CLARK ALTHOUGH the pass rate for GCSEs fell to its lowest level for a decade, our table of the top 200 schools shows how the best improved their performance still further by notching up record numbers of A* and A grades. The table...
We Thought You Kissed the Raunchy Image Goodbye, Madge
Byline: TANIA SHAKINOVSKY SHE had vowed that her unseemly, publicity- seeking displays were a thing of the past. But it seems Madonna was merely paying lip service to respectability. Appearing at a music awards ceremony, the 45-year-old mother-of-two...
Win My [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Cheque
THIS is the greatest and most exciting newspaper game ever! The Mail has teamed up with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? to bring you the exclusive chance of winning Chris Tarrant's cheque for [pounds sterling]1 million. And we have another [pounds...
Woodward: I Was Wrong to Snub Grayson; England Coach Shoulders the Blame for Costly World Cup Blunder
Byline: PETER JACKSON CLIVE WOODWARD made a World Cup confession yesterday over Paul Grayson, the fly half entrusted with the hazardous business of protecting England's winning run here tonight. As he prepared to analyse Grayson's final claim...