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Articles from December 31, 2003

12 Months That Changed My Life; What Did the Past Year Mean to You? in These Moving Accounts, Three Writers Reveal Their Triumphs and Tragedies of 2003
Byline: CRISTINA ODONE;MARY KENNY;GEOFFREY LEAN I had prepared myself for being childless. Then, miracle of miracles, I was pregnant by Cristina Odone THE year 2003 was going to be the one in which I treated myself to a Caribbean Christmas,...
2004 Set to Sweep in on a Chill Wind
Byline: CAROLYN CHURCHILL;STUART PATTERSON THE year 2004 is set to make a stormy entrance with ice, snow and blizzards causing chaos across Scotland. Conditions are expected to get so bad that people preparing to drive to Hogmanay celebrations...
2-for-1 Ski Passes
IF you are a fan of skiing or snowboarding, then this offer is for you. Get two ski passes for the price of one in this fantastic deal put together for readers by the Scottish Daily Mail. You and a friend can save up to [pounds sterling]22 on...
A Cracker of a Year; CITY&FINANCE Try Our Quiz to See How You Kept Up with the Hectic City Pace
1 WHICH television boss was ousted as chairman of the new ITV by City shareholders before the company was even set up? 2 HOW long after the bidding began for supermarket chain Safeway did the Department for Trade and Industry finally...
Adams Tells His Players to Shape Up or Ship Out
Byline: CLAIRE NASH TONY ADAMS has threatened a January clearout at Wycombe after vowing to fight on himself and winning the backing of the board and chairman. The former Arsenal and England captain's future was in doubt after Sunday's 2-0 loss...
Alert over Hoax Bank Email
Byline: BETH HALE THE Bank of England warned last night of hoax emails sent to at least 100,000 people that asked them to download software to 'protect their accounts'. The email purported to be from an administrator at the Bank and claimed to...
A Little Legacy of the Heatwave
Byline: JENNY HOPE PASSIONS ran so high during the steamy nights of the summer heatwave that Britain is expecting a baby boom, say NHS chiefs. Summer loving led to a 50 per cent rise in the number of women due to give birth in the New Year in...
And for Mac of the Mail, an MBE
MAC, the Daily Mail's brilliant cartoonist, is awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours. Mac, alias Stanley McMurtry, said he was 'mightily chuffed' at the award, which comes as he begins his 36th year in newspapers. 'It's just not something you...
A Poor Show on Pensions; CITY&FINANCE
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER PENSIONS have never been much of a priority for Labour. From the moment they took office and removed the tax break on dividend income provided to private pension plans, their colours have been nailed to the mast. Now the...
Asylum Seeker Ran Migrant Smuggling Racket from Jail
Byline: IAN SPARKS AN asylum seeker jailed in France for smuggling at least 100 immigrants across the Channel into Britain continued to run his lucrative operation from his prison cell. Afghan Nasser Khan, 32, and a British accomplice organised...
Atlanta's Finest; TravelMail BREAKS IN THE U.S. Build It Up, Knock It Down - Frankly, My Dear, the City Doesn't Give a Damn. Adrian Mourby Paid a Visit
Byline: ADRIAN MOURBY WE HAVE a wreckin' ball mentality,' says Big Dwight at the Margaret Mitchell Center. 'No sooner is a building up, than someone wants to pull it down and build somethin' else.' Certainly, Atlanta has probably demolished more...
Bandit Country; TravelMail EUROPEAN BREAKS Jon Clarke Explores Some Fascinating Hilltop Villages off the Tourist Track
Byline: JON CLARKE THE mountainous area south of Granada is an undeniably attractive and, as yet, unspoilt corner of Spain. But few can argue with just how tricky it is to reach, or how hard it is to find a decent place to stay. The popularity...
Ban Gives England Ghost of a Chance; ENGLAND GAG NEWSPAPER Requests for Player Columnists during Euro 2004 Will Be Met with a Polite Refusal, Thanks to the England Captain. Here, STEVE CURRY Reports on David Beckham's Moves to Curtail His Team-Mates' Extracurricular Activities
Byline: STEVE CURRY DAVID BECKHAM must be growing used to getting his way with his England players after wielding his considerable powers of persuasion on the issue of newspaper columns. The England captain has asked his team-mates not to clutter...
Banker in Court as Ex-Wife Demands Bigger Payments
Byline: PATRICIA KANE THE ex- wife of a Scottish bank executive is demanding he pay more towards the care and schooling of their two children - because [pounds sterling]3,000 a month is not enough. The 42-year-old banker, whose salary has more...
BA Opens the Price War on Flights to Top Holiday Resorts
Byline: SEAN POULTER IT MAY be winter outside, but the summer sales have already begun - the summer holiday sales, that is. Competition between the package operators usually starts shortly after Christmas, but this year the airlines have got...
Blair Pulls Back from Putting His Cronies in the Lords
TONY BLAIR astonished his allies last night after he suddenly postponed plans to pack the Lords with more of his cronies. For months the Prime Minister's friends have planted stories in Labour-supporting newspapers, paving the way for handing out...
Blunkett Urged to Rethink Euro Arrest Warrants
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY EUROPEAN arrest warrants which come into force at midnight should be scrapped, civil rights groups said yesterday. The controversial warrants will make it easier to extradite Britons to other EU countries. But there...
Bonner: Time for Douglas to Fight Tooth and Nail for Right to Be Considered Celts' No.1
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN STEPHEN McGOWAN reporting TIME has long since allowed Celtic supporters to forgive and forget the mistakes Pat Bonner committed in the heat of Old Firm battle. Where current incumbent Rab Douglas is concerned, however,...
Booth Tells Berti: Ignoreme, I'myesterday's Man
Byline: SCOTT DAVIE SCOTT BOOTH insists Berti Vogts is right to ignore him and stick with the youngsters who promise a brighter future for Scotland. The Aberdeen striker has helped transform the Pittodrie club's season with seven goals since...
Borders Draft to Bring Warnock in from Cold; Fly-Half Set to Fill Townsend Void
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON SCOTLAND coach Matt Williams yesterday pinpointed Edinburgh reserve fly-half Ally Warnock as the man to fill the gap caused by Gregor Townsend's departure from Borders to South Africa. Townsend's shock move to play for...
BRITAIN'S TRUE WORTH; Whitehall Bean Counters Say the UK PLC Is Worth Nearly [Pounds Sterling]5trillion. but How Can They Put a Price on the Glorious Cornucopia of Beauty, History and Eccentricity That Make Up This Nation?
Byline: MAX HASTINGS OF ALL the idiotic calculations made by man, the announcement yesterday by the Office for National Statistics wins the mottled oyster. The United Kingdom - before making deductions for Ian Paisley, Basingstoke, the loss of Beagle...
Brothels May Be Legalised in Vice Law Shake-Up
Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN PROSTITUTION could be decriminalised in cities under the biggest shake-up of sex laws for 50 years. The Home Office is considering legalising brothels or allowing vice girls to solicit in 'zones of tolerance' - less populated,...
Catching Up with Sydney's Golden Generation
Byline: NEIL WILSON A LITTLE more than three years ago, 22 Britons stood on the top of Olympic podiums in Sydney to receive gold medals - the best return for a British team since 1920. Some of those who struck gold have stayed in the media spotlight,...
Cheese and Toast; Raise Your Glasses to a Vintage Brew Made from Whey
Byline: DAWN THOMPSON THEY have long been complementary dinner table companions but a new venture puts a surprising twist on the culinary twosome of cheese and wine. An enterprising businessman is recreating an ancient Viking brew from waste...
Crystal Clear for King; Trainer Churns out Winners at His New Castle
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE ALAN KING has every reason to look back on 2003 with pride. Equally, he has good cause to ponder the coming year with confident anticipation. His novice chaser Fork Lightning may have blundered away certain victory at...
Dealers Fear Smith Needs Get Well Card; MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER DEALERS are braced for a bad news story from WH Smith. Shares of the newspaper and books retailer only cheapened 1/2p to 2871/2p, but fears are growing that it will publish another profit warning before the agm on January 27....
Defoe Ban Stands as Big Guns Step Back
Byline: IAN GIBB JERMAIN DEFOE'S second five-game ban of the season was rubber- stamped by the FA yesterday - flattening West Ham's heavy handed attempts to get their brilliant but flawed, 21-year old striker off his third suspension of the season....
Diary
Byline: EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE PATRICIA Roc, the British movie goddess of the 1940s and 1950s, who died yesterday in a Swiss hospital, might well have ended up living in the White House as America's First Lady. In 1946, when Roc went to Hollywood to...
Dolly-Bird of Flight; Heartwarming, Eccentric and Funny . . . It's the Column That Belongs Entirely to You, the Reader
Byline: PETERBOROUGH WHEN I was with 100 Squadron at RAF Waltham in Lincolnshire, as a rear gunner on Lancaster Bombers, I would visit the King's Head public house in the village, as did many other aircrews. As I remember, next to the public...
Earthquake Death Toll Could Climb to 50,000
THE death toll from the earthquake in Iran could jump to 50,000, making it the deadliest natural disaster in 27 years. Aid agencies say 100,000 people are homeless and 30,000 were injured in the quake last week. Nearly 30,000 have been buried....
End of Superwoman; Study Finds 'New Realism' about Jobs and Family
Byline: SEAN POULTER THE demise of Superwoman is at hand, says a study. The have-it-all dream of combining a highflying career with being a perfect mother, wife and homemaker has been found to be unachievable, according to consumer analysts Datamonitor....
Every Youngster Must Learn from Death of My Boy
Byline: SARAH ROBERTSON ONE man has died and five others had to be treated in hospital after allegedly taking a batch of rogue Ecstasy at a party. Lifeguard Scott McSephney, 20, was rushed to hospital, but doctors were unable to save him. His...
Expat NHS Victims; Pensioners Denied Care in Health Tourist Crackdown
Byline: BEEZY MARSH EXPATRIATE Britons have been caught up in a major crackdown on ' health tourists' announced by the Government yesterday. Under new restrictions, people who fly to Britain to exploit the NHS will be denied free care. The...
Fans out in Cold If Spurs Supremos Get Tighter Grip
Byline: BRETT ARENDS NEW documents show how Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy and his billionaire associate Joe Lewis are preparing to tighten their grip on the struggling north London club. The recently-announced [pounds sterling]15m fund...
Fergie Seeking First Refusal on Dutch Wonder Winger Robben; WINDOW SHOPPING
Byline: IAN LADYMAN MANCHESTER United hope to hold transfer talks with Dutch winger Arjen Robben this weekend, but do not expect the PSV Eindhoven star to arrive at Old Trafford this season. The 19-year-old is one of the most talked about prospects...
Forget New Year Sales, This Team Is Available Free
Byline: PETER JARDINE ON the eve of the transfer window opening, PETER JARDINE looks at the top-quality talent potentially on the market for nothing - provided you can meet their wages - and selects his own Hogmanay 3-5-2 formation THE British...
FROM CASTAWAY TO OUTCAST; WAY TO OUTCAST Estranged from Her Family, Crippled with Pain and Now a Penniless Recluse Whose Teenage Son Has Just Been Convicted for Drugs. the Haunting Legacy of Lucy Irvine's Desert Island Adventure
Byline: ALICE FOWLER ALL her life, Lucy Irvine has broken rules. It is what you might expect, perhaps, from a woman who famously spent a year on a South Pacific island with the writer Gerald Kingsland: an experience vividly retold in her book and...
From the People Who Brought You the [Pounds Sterling]400m Parliament Building. It's the [Pounds Sterling]5m Black Hole Auditor General's Checks Expose Massive Errors in Holyrood Accounts; Auditor General's Checks Expose Massive Errors in Holyrood Accounts
Byline: EDDIE BARNES SENIOR Holyrood officials were last night facing tough questions after auditors uncovered a [pounds sterling] 5.3million 'black hole' in the Scottish parliament's books. The discrepancies were exposed after a line-by-line...
Fury at Gay Propaganda in Schools
Byline: KATE FOSTER TEACHERS are to be given advice on how best to promote homosexuality in schools. The guidelines - penned by a gay rights group with the full support of the Scottish Executive - are aimed at encouraging children as young as...
Giantkillers on the Prowl Again; Frozen in Malmo, Feted in Riga.Now Johnson Dreams of Glory in Somerset FA CUP COUNTDOWN
Byline: IVAN SPECK GARY JOHNSON has spent half his life on an epic football journey around Europe that has taken him to Sweden and Latvia via Cambridge and Watford and finally to Yeovil, the Somerset town where FA Cup upsets are almost two a penny....
GONGS ALL ROUND! Sport a Winner for Blair, but It Wasn't like This in the Old Days
Byline: NEIL WILSON GEORGE COHEN waited almost 34 years to be honoured by a grateful nation for his role in the 1966 World Cup triumph at Wembley. Even Geoff Hurst, whose contribution to victory at Wembley was every bit as great as Jonny Wilkinson's...
Go on, Live a Little More Dangerously Lynda Lee-Potter
TODAY is a time when most of us can't resist making resolutions to change our lives, fulfil dreams or go for broke. New Year's Eve always feels a magical moment when we have a second chance and an opportunity to alter our future. The most inspirational...
Ground Is Not All Hearts Risk Losing; Uncertainty over Gorgie Future Leaves Poor Levein in Financial Limbo - and Fearingmass Exodus of the Stars He Can't Offer Terms to, Including Kirk, Wales Macfarlane and Severin
Byline: ROGER HANNAH CRAIG LEVEIN fears losing some of Hearts' finest onfield assets unless there is a hasty resolution to the thorny issue of Tynecastle's future. Levein has 12 players out of contract this summer - including Scott Severin, Andy...
Harsh Lessons for Teenager Thomson
Byline: ROGER HANNAH KEVIN THOMSON has been plunged from the intoxicating high of CIS Cup victory over Celtic to the depressing low of a 6-0 humbling at Parkhead. The 19-year-old Hibernian midfielder, who has made only nine senior appearances,...
HAS 2003 GOT NEWS FOR YOU; Starting Our 13-Page New Year's Eve Special with Our Definitive Quiz of the Last Year"s Events. So Just How Much Do You Remember? DO You Remember Who Was Called the Greatest Threat to the Planet in 2003 or Can You Barely Recall Who Was Crowned Men's Winner of Wimbledon? Pick Your Wits against CHRISTOPHER WINN's Ultimate News Quiz of 2003-
Byline: CHRISTOPHER WINN 1. Who said: "Going to war without France is like going duck hunting without your accordion"? A Geoff Hoon B Donald Rumsfeld C Prince Philip 2. Who left his wife for former Miss World contestant Nikki...
Has Jacko Fallen under the Spell of a Racist Sect?
Byline: LAURA BENJAMIN MICHAEL Jackson has fallen under the influence of the controversial Nation of Islam movement, it was claimed last night. The black separatist group - whose leader Louis Farrakhan views whites as 'devils' and Jewish people...
Hodge 'Meddling' with Parents' Role
EMBATTLED Margaret Hodge was last night accused of ' nannystate' meddling over an [pounds sterling]800,000 email service for parents. The Children's Minister insisted that the electronic service is needed to give parents advice on how to bring up...
Honours for All 31 Rugby Heroes; in an Unprecedented Gesture towards a Sports Team, Clive Woodward Is Knighted and the Whole World Cup-Winning Squad Get New Year Accolades
Byline: MATTHEW BAYLEY;GORDON RAYNER ENGLAND'S rugby heroes capped off a perfect year with all 31 of the World Cup-winning squad being recognised in the New Year Honours list, published today. Tony Blair rushed the names into the list at the...
Honours Tainted by New Labour
THE decision to honour all England's Rugby World Cup heroes in the New Year's Honours List is absolutely correct. Like many other hard- working individuals, including Celtic's manager Martin O'Neill, they thoroughly deserve their awards. The...
I Lost My Princess, Says the Mother of Girl Found Hanged at Christmas
Byline: BETH HALE SITTING by the Christmas tree in a gold dress, surrounded by presents and baubles, 12-year-old Georgi Phelan smiles for the camera. The image is one that will stay with her family always - but it will be tinged with grief and...
I'm Pleased as Punch, Says Puppet Man
A MILKMAN, a midwife and a Punch and Judy puppeteer are among the unsung heroes honoured. Punch and Judy man John Styles, 68, receives an MBE. Mr Styles, of Sidcup, Kent, has been a puppeteer for 50 years and has performed all over the world. ...
In Dracula's Footsteps; TravelMail BREAKS IN THE UK A Winter Stroll along North Yorkshire's Coast Delights the Senses. Edward Pearce Puts His Best Foot Forward
Byline: EDWARD PEARCE WHY ON earth visit the Yorkshire coast in the depths of winter? Well, it's superbly bracing, the views are magnificent, the bays and coves beat those in Cornwall - and Dracula came to Whitby in winter. Do the same, because...
Leeds Tell Reluctant Stars: You Can Leave
Byline: PETER FERGUSON TREVOR BIRCH has told Leeds United's stars that they will not be held at the troubled club against their will when the transfer window opens for a month tomorrow. Chief executive and acting chairman Birch knows that Elland...
Le Meridien Thrown a Lehman Lifeline; News in Brief
INVESTMENT bank Lehman Brothers and US hotel chain Starwood outlined plans to buy the senior debt of troubled Le Meridien, owner of 126 hotels, in a [pounds sterling]700m deal. The hotels sold include London's Cafe Royal and the Meridien Piccadilly...
Losing to Colchester Was a Real Insult to Our Pride; FA CUP COUNTDOWN
Byline: JOHN GILES LEEDS great John Giles knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of a giantkilling, having suffered at the hands of Third Division Colchester in the fifth round and Second Division Sunderland in the final. He worries for...
Martin's Rocky Road to the Title
Byline: PAULINE MCLAUGHLIN IT SHOULD have been a simple honour for a successful football manager, but nothing involving the Old Firm is ever simple. And so the OBE for Celtic boss Martin O'Neill came about only after a tortuous process laid bare...
Monty Seen as an Also-Ran; THE WORLD OF SPORT
Byline: JIM BLACK COLIN MONTGOMERIE once had few equals among Europe's golfing elite, but it appears that his glory days are well behind him. If the bookmakers are to be believed, the 40-yearold Scot is on his way out after failing for the first...
Mother and Son, 5, Die in Head-On Crash
Byline: CAMERON DOUGLAS TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to a mother and her young son who were killed when their car was crushed in a head-on collision with a lorry. Ruth Spinks, 39, and five-year-old Jack died at the scene after suffering horrific...
MSPs Take the Gold Meddle for Interfering
Byline: ALLAN MASSIE TAKE your children out of school to go on holiday when prices are low and it will cost you [pounds sterling]1,000. This is the latest message from the Scottish Executive. Children who go on holiday with their parent or parents...
My Greatest Memory of 2003
Byline: LIZ ROWLINSON my greatest . . . discovery Tristram Hunt Historian THIS has been a momentous year, encompassing a war with Iraq, a raft of sensational disclosures about the Royal Family, Concorde's final flight and the capture of Saddam...
No Club-Country Dilemma for Rookie Gray Yet
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON SURPRISE PACKET Scott Gray last night refused to contemplate a potential club-versus-country dilemma next summer, insisting he would only cross that bridge when he came to it. Gray, a 23-year-old looseforward, was the...
No Let Up in the War of the Diggers
Byline: RICHARD KAY TUCKED away in the obituary columns yesterday, the notice might have signalled the end of the bitter wrangle that has riven one of Britain's wealthiest families. Marjorie Bamford, widow of the fabulously wealthy founder of...
Now Florence the Corgi Killer Sinks Her Teeth into a Housemaid's Knee; Rogue Terrier Draws Blood from Royal Servant in New Sandringham Attack
Byline: RICHARD KAY THE great Sandringham dog saga took another extraordinary twist last night after it was revealed that Princess Anne's rogue bull terrier viciously attacked a royal servant. Just days after she savaged to death one of the Queen's...
Officials Opt for Fast Lane to the Future; INSIDE LINE
Byline: PETER SCUDAMORE HOLD your breath, if you are a racing fan you are about to embark on the busiest year the sport has ever known. In the next 12 months a sequence of 320 consecutive days racing will be broken only by Good Friday. The...
Patience Snaps as Newcastle Chief Blasts His Players; SOCCER SNAPSHOTS
NEWCASTLE chairman Freddy Shepherd launched a stinging attack on Sir Bobby Robson and his squad of millionaires yesterday. Having given Robson [pounds sterling]68million to spend in the manager's four years at St James' Park, he accused the players...
Rae Can Be the Ideal First Foot for Rangers at Parkhead- If He Uses His Head, Says Walters
Byline: PETER JARDINE MARK WALTERS has Everton as his middle name but, even after more than a decade away from Glasgow, he still has Rangers in his blood. So the Aston Villa Academy youth coach will settle down in front of Gary Lineker at 12.30pm...
Recycling Can Be a Complete Waste (of Time); Don't Worry about the Bottle Bank . . . Get a Car That Doesn't Guzzle Fuel
Byline: ROBIN YAPP MILLIONS of Britons may be wasting their time by recycling, experts said yesterday. Consumers are led to believe that recycling materials and choosing certain types of packaging is of significant benefit to the environment....
Resolve to Have a Richer 2004... YOUR New Year's Resolution Could Make You Money - If You Stick to It. CHARLOTTE BEUGGE Looks at the Cost of Giving Up and What to Do with the Money You Save. Money Mail
Byline: CHARLOTTE BEUGGE GIVING up smoking will benefit your health - and kicking the habit will also save you money. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, during a year your habit is costing you [pounds sterling]1,640 - assuming there is no increase...
ROCK ON, RUMPOLE; Part One of a Gripping New Year Crime Thriller, Written Specially for the Mail by the Creator of Britain"s Best-Loved Barrister When a Rock Legend Confides at New Year That He Has Murder in Mind, Rumpole Is Horrified. Then a Guitarist Goes Missing, and a Trail of Blood-Soaked Evidence Points at One Man's Guilt. or Does It?
Byline: JOHN MORTIMER HE'S Britain's best-loved barrister. And in this gripping three-part story, Rumpole of the Bailey faces one of his most testing cases yet. It is just before the New Year, and Rumpole finds himself dragged into the unlikely...
Rovers Return Favour with Big Money Deal for Tartan Starlet
Byline: PETER JARDINE BLACKBURN ROVERS are ready to reward Paul Gallagher's meteoric rise to Premiership and international recognition with Scotland by offering him a lucrative new contract. The 19- year- old may have required help from the 'Hand...
Scots' Bona Fide; Despondent from First to Last as Real Opportunity to Enhance Reputations Is Sadly Lost
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON THIS will be remembered primarily as the year Scottish rugby blew its big chance to seize the sporting spotlight from football. Amid an unprecedented catalogue of disasters on and off the pitch, the grand farewell of Jim...
Serious Money; New Dundee Suitor Is a Flamboyant Figure, but Broker Insists He's for Real
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN HE recently sold a large slice of his Lithuanian bank to a major Russian oil conglomerate and counts President Vladimir Putin amongst his friends. When Dundee attract potential investors, it seems, then they do so in flamboyant...
Shop Rebels Wring Promise from Londis Chief Williams; CITY&FINANCE
Byline: LUCY FARNDON LONDIS shareholders attained a partial victory after a steamy annual meeting that lasted three hours. Chairman Peter Williams promised to review a multimillion pound executive option scheme, but rejected calls to resign....
Six Nations Setback for Injured Hill; RUGBY UNION
Byline: PETER JACKSON ENGLAND flanker Richard Hill will spend the first month of the New Year recovering from an operation to repair facial damage caused by a New Zealand opponent at Twickenham 11 days ago. Hill is to undergo surgery on his nose...
Slack Albion Still Misfiring
Byline: DUNCAN CASTLES Wimbledon . . . . . . 0 West Bromwich Albion 0 WEST Bromwich Albion may be riding high near the top of the First Division, but against Wimbledon last night they were all but impossible to distinguish from the side desperately...
Sorry, Officer, Said the Coop, It's against the Law to Serve You a Sausage Roll
Byline: BETH HALE IT was a chilly day and PC Dougie Brown wanted something warm to eat after hours on patrol. So he headed for a village store to buy a 47p sausage roll and some mince pies for colleagues back at the station. But PC Brown had...
SPEED CAMERA CLIMBDOWN; Labour Hijack Tory Plans to Help Beleaguered Motorists
Byline: PAUL EASTHAM LABOUR bowed to growing public disquiet last night and announced a curb on the massive spread of speed cameras. In a major U-turn, ministers said they would 'look at' Tory plans to spare thousands of drivers from bans by...
'Terror Risk' Grandmother Banned from Flying
Byline: FRANK HURLEY CALLOUS airline officials branded an 87-year- old grandmother a security risk and barred her from flying to Scotland for a Christmas family reunion. Widow Adela Berry was refused permission to board the London Stansted to...
The DIY Facelift Patch That Irons out Wrinkles
WE have seen the nicotine patch, the testosterone patch and the HRT patch. Now make way for the do it yourself temporary facelift patch. An Israeli manufacturer has come up with a disposable electrical moisturising patch which it claims will...
The Fun Guide to Space
Byline: CHRISTOPHER MATTHEW Voyage In Space And Time: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (C4); The Return (ITV1) THE Christmas hols wouldn't be the Christmas hols without the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on Channel 4. They appeal...
The Loose Cannon in Arsenal's Armoury; WITH Arsenal Battling on Four Fronts This Season, a Steady Nerve Will Be Required in Goal. but IAN McGARRY Analyses the Often Erratic and Always Outspoken World of Jens Lehmann - the Germany Goalkeeper Who Will Be Facing an FA Disciplinary Probe after His Latest Act of Indiscipline
Byline: IAN MCGARRY IN KEEPING with his oddball character, Jens Lehmann's philosophy that the best means of defence is attack appears a strange one for a goalkeeper. But the German was on the front foot again yesterday. Lehmann could be facing...
They Don't Make Them Any Tougher Than Steve Waugh; THE FORMER England Captain, Sportsmail's Brilliant New Columnist, Begins His Regular Look at the Cricketing World with a Fascinating Insight into the Career of Steve Waugh - His Old Adversary and the Man Most Responsible for England's Dismal Ashes Record - as the Australian Skipper Approaches His Final Test in Sydney on Friday
Byline: NASSER HUSSAIN MY FIRST meeting with Steve Waugh was, perhaps, not what you would expect. It was not on the cricket field, nor even as a spectator. No, the man who was to go on to become one of the greatest cricketers of all time,...
Toadies, Cronies and the Demeaning of Our Honours
Byline: STEPHEN GLOVER THE hundreds of people who have received awards in today's New Year Honours are doubtless most of them highly deserving. For once there are few, if any, obvious New Labour toadies on the list. These are people who have rendered...
Tragedy on the Slopes as Briton Dies in Avalanche; Management Consultant Buried by Tons of Snow on Off-Piste Ski Adventure
Byline: OLINKA KOSTER A SPORTS-LOVING management consultant was killed after being caught in an avalanche while on a skiing holiday with friends. Jonathan Smout was skiing offpiste with a guide when he was pushed into a hole in the snow, only...
Tragedy on the Slopes as Briton Dies in Avalanche; Skiers on Off-Piste Adventure See Their Friend Smothered by Snow Slide
Byline: OLINKA KOSTER A SPORTS-LOVING management consultant was killed after being caught in an avalanche while on a skiing holiday with friends. Jonathan Smout was skiing offpiste with a guide when he was pushed into a hole in the snow, only...
Under Armed Guard, the Ex-Wife Who Shopped Police Murder Suspect; Parents Tell How Their 'Smitten' Daughter Married American on the Rebound
Byline: CHRISTIAN GYSIN;LIZ HULL;BEN TAYLOR THE former wife of suspected police killer Nathan Coleman was under armed guard in a safe house last night after it emerged that she unmasked him. Denise Corbally, who had a whirlwind 12-month marriage...
Under Siege, the Householders in the Burglary Capital of Britain; Where Residents Have Suffered One Break-In for Every Ten Homes
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY IF you want to avoid being burgled, don't move to central Leeds. New Home Office crime statistics show that the city is the nation's burglary capital. Residents in its worst areas are 35 times more likely to suffer...
Uninvited Guest
Byline: MAX DAVIDSON Gidleigh Park: Chagford, Devon UNINVITED GUEST Gidleigh Park: Chagford, Devon WHEN we asked for our key, the receptionist looked at us as if we had demanded pornographic videos. 'No keys, sorry,' she said. I have never...
Unsung Heroes Step into Honours Spotlight
A PIPE band drummer a school janitor, a hospital volunteer and a 92-year-old marathon runner are among the unsung heroes to be honoured by the Queen. James Brown Kilpatrick, who has smashed several world records as a pipe band drummer, has been...
Vogts Has Aussie Star Cahill on the Radar
Byline: PETER JARDINE SCOTLAND want to snatch Sydney-born Millwall player Tim Cahill from Australia as Berti Vogts draws up his World Cup 2006 blueprint. The 24-year-old midfielder is firmly on the Hampden radar, despite the fact he appeared...
Which Do You Think Is the Worst Record Ever? from Agadoo to Ebony and Ivory, the 100 Songs We'd Prefer to Forget
OVER the years, our ears have paid the price as TV presenters, soap stars and footballers convinced themselves they could make music. Now the offenders - who include Nick Berry, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Paul Gascoigne - are to be named and shamed in...
Why 73pc of Girls Wish They Had Said No to Sex
Byline: JAMES MILLS IN a survey of young women, 41 per cent said they have consented to sex against their wishes. Almost a third of the 18 to 30-year-olds said it was because they were too drunk to assert themselves, while 69 per cent went ahead...
Why Owen's Building Work Is Likely to Be Ruled Offside; Planners Fear England Star's Extension Will Be a Blot on the Landscape
Byline: SUZANNE FINNEY AS an England football star, Michael Owen is used to getting what he wants. But the 23-year-old millionaire looks like being disappointed in his attempts to extend and improve his [pounds sterling]1.6million manor house....
WICKED Whispers
GMTV'S Kate Garraway displayed impressive agility at Langan's in Piccadilly, London, on Monday night when she deftly avoided being drenched in champagne by Sky's Kay Burley. Both were attending a farewell party for Sunrise presenter Simon McCoy when...
Wilson's in Shock as Axe Falls at Peterhead; FOOTBALL UPDATE
THIRD DIVISION Peterhead yesterday sacked manager Ian Wilson in a shock backroom clearout. The promotion-chasing club's board decided on the move after a meeting on Monday and vice-chairman Roger Morrison said: ' I admire Ian Wilson so much so that...
You'll Beat This Injury, Flitcroft Tells Ferguson
Byline: PETER FERGUSON GARRY FLITCROFT has wished his Blackburn team-mate Barry Ferguson a speedy recovery from the horrific injury that threatens a 12-month interruption to their fierce rivalry for a midfield starting slot. Rovers skipper Flitcroft...
You'll End Up likeMcLaren, Calderwood Warns Rebels
Byline: ROGER HANNAH DUNFERMLINE boss Jimmy Calderwood has warned Scotland's out-of-contract players to heed the costly example of Andy McLaren when they are offered new deals in 2004. Calderwood has already seen veteran striker Craig Brewster...