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Articles from January 6, 2012

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180,000 Facing the Misery of Long-Term Life on Dole Queues
Byline: Brian Hutton DESPITE a slight dip in the jobless figures there is no end in sight to the misery of the long-term unemployed. The numbers who have been signing on the dole for more than a year are up again. According to the latest live...
5,000 Homes Kept in Dark as Energy Firms Face Payouts
Byline: Victoria Allen POWER firms are facing compensation payouts as poststorm blackouts continue for a fourth day. Almost 5,000 homes were still without power last night, as one council set up a soup kitchen for affected families. ScottishPower...
8.09am.Just 9 Hours to Go until Home Time
Byline: Daily Mail Reporter THE average office employee works more than nine hours a day, with a lunch break of less than half an hour, according to research. It found the average worker leaves home at 7.49am on a commute usually lasting 20 minutes...
Afoa Keen to Build on Scrum Success
Byline: CIARAN DONAGHY WORLD Cup-winning prop John Afoa believes Ulster will need another big performance in the scrum tonight against Edinburgh at Murrayfield if they are to keep their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign on track. Ulster are able to field...
After 50 Years and Fortycoats, RTE Gives Us Happy Memories; ON THE BOX; THE TV COLUMN YOU CAN'T SWITCH OFF
Byline: EOIN MURPHY IT has been a tough year, to say the least, at RTE. The last 12 months has seen its flagship news investigation programme Prime Time rocked by scandal, while Ryan Tubridy's interviewing style has been vilified. And its stable...
Aiken Sets the Pace in Africa Open
Byline: BILLY RUBIN SOUTH AFRICAN Thomas Aiken set a clubhouse target that proved impossible to match on the opening day of the Africa Open in East London, South Africa. Aiken was in the first group out from the ninth tee at 6:30am local time and...
Aik Keen to Take Bangura Back to Sweden on Loan
Byline: STEPHEN McGOWAN AIK STOCKHOLM last night admitted that they would love to do a loan deal to take Mohamed Bangura back to Sweden. Celtic's high-profile summer signing has endured a miserable time since arriving in Scotland in a [pounds sterling]2million...
Aironi Won't Make It Easy for Us - We Wouldn't Have
AIRONI. Bottom of the table with just two wins all season and 33 tries conceded in 12 games. Other teams going there expect an easier run-out than usual, but we know how dangerous it is to write off the bottom side, having been there ourselves. ...
An Appy New Year for Boy Whose Game Reached No.1
Byline: Leah McDonald THEY say that children shouldn't spend hours sitting in front of a computer. However it has certainly paid off for one Irish whizzkid who has become the world's youngest app developer, with a game based on a pizza shooting...
Anfield Tour of Duty Has Rejuvenated Diamond in Dreamland
Byline: by JOHN McGARRY AS FAR as the Anfield experience is concerned, Zander Diamond can already claim to have been there, seen it and bought the T-shirt. The contrast between the former Aberdeen defender's first and second experience of one...
Another Blow for Pensioners as Tax Bills of Up to [Euro]9,000 Are in the Post
Byline: Elaine Loughlin MORE than 100,000 pensioners have been ordered to pay more tax this year, sparking anger in groups representing the elderly. Some pensioners could face bills running well into the thousands. The Office of the Revenue...
Assisted Death Plan Is Risky, Admits Falconer
Byline: Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent THE assisted dying plan that would allow doctors to help the terminally ill kill themselves is not 'watertight', its chief author said yesterday. Former Labour Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer admitted...
As Yaya Heads off, Mancini Warns: 'I Need More Players'
Byline: by IAN LADYMAN Northern Football Correspondent M ANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini has told the club they must try to back him in the January transfer window. Mancini learned yesterday that key midfielder Yaya Toure will leave for...
Banks Even Lent Money to Developers to Pay Interest
Byline: Ian Carey IRELAND'S banks gave boomtime developers money to pay the interest on their borrowings in order to make it appear that the loans were performing well, the boss of Nama has said. In a revelation that raises further serious questions...
Baxters Soup Boss in Christmas Party Drink-Drive Shame
Byline: Charlotte Thomson SHE is the multi-millionaire head of one of the country's most renowned food companies. But yesterday Audrey Baxter, chief executive of Baxters food group, was banned from the road after admitting drink-driving on Christmas...
Billyford Back to His Best for Patient Roche
Byline: by PEADAR FLANAGAN REJUVENATED Billyford, the mount of Johnny Murtagh, may be one to keep on the right side of on a difficult card for punters at Dundalk tonight. The Liam Roche-trained seven-year-old, who lines out in the seven-furlong...
Boost Your Memory -- with Help from a Purple Elephant!
ONE of my favourite party tricks is to ask people to come up with a list of ten to 20 random things. In three minutes or less, I will then memorise them in sequence without writing them down and repeat them both forwards and backwards. I'm going...
Boy, 15, Was 'Tortured to Death over Witch Claim'
Byline: Chris Greenwood Crime Reporter A TEENAGER was tortured to death by his sister and her boyfriend after they accused him of witchcraft, a court was told yesterday. Kristy Bamu, 15, drowned in the bath of a blood-soaked flat on Christmas...
Boy 'Tortured to Death by Sister and Her Lover over Witchcraft Claims'
Byline: Chris Greenwood Crime Reporter A TEENAGER was tortured to death by his sister and her boyfriend after they accused him of witchcraft, a court was told yesterday. Kristy Bamu, 15, drowned in the bath of a blood-soaked flat on Christmas...
Bresnan Faces Fitness Test as Old Injury Flares
Byline: by LAWRENCE BOOTH TIM BRESNAN is a doubt for England's first Test against Pakistan in Dubai this month after missing practice yesterday because of an old elbow injury. The Yorkshire all-rounder, who was unable to attend a pre-Christmas...
BRILLIANT WHITE! Crisp, Bright, Clean -- Ring in the New Year in Your Home with an Elegant Blank Canvas
Byline: EMMA LOVE ANEW year means a new start and one of the best ways to do that in your home is with white. Not only is it fresh and elegant, but it can make rooms appear bigger and lighter, so it's good for small spaces. 'White acts as a blank...
British Aid Worker Taken Hostage by Pakistan Gunmen
Byline: David Williams in London and Imtiaz Hussain in Peshawar A BRITISH aid worker awarded the MBE for his work was kidnapped yesterday by at least four gunmen. Pro-Taliban fighters are suspected of seizing Khalil Dale, 60, in Pakistan after...
Broke? Ronan's Horses Have Earned a Fortune for Him over the Years
Byline: Sandra Murphy BUSINESSMAN Jack Ronan claims he cannot afford to pay redundancy to his employees. But the Irish Daily Mail can reveal that he has made a fortune from his horse-breeding empire. Mr Ronan has sold more than 50 potential...
Burns Had Wow Factor
QUESTION A friend once told me the poet Robert Burns used the modernsounding term 'Wow!' in one of his poems. Is this true? THE exclamation far predates Burns. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it is a word of Scottish origin that first appeared...
Bus Driver Sues for [Pounds Sterling]75,000 over Chair Collapse
Byline: Mario Ledwith A 'CHRONICALLY obese' bus driver is suing his bosses for [pounds sterling]75,000 after injuring his back when his chair collapsed during a tea-break. Robert Young claimed to have suffered 'whiplashstyle' injuries when the...
Cameron Plots His Own Path to Top of Managerial Game
Byline: by JOHN GREECHAN IF Colin Cameron is aiming for the top, he's picked the right place to start. A quick glance at the list of his predecessors as Cowdenbeath boss -- including two current international managers and one very promising SPL...
Cameron Vows to Slay 'Health and Safety Monster' Is This: Kill off the Health and Safety
Byline: Tim Shipman and Daniel Martin THE Prime Minister has pledged to slay the 'health and safety monster' that is 'strangling' business. David Cameron yesterday unveiled plans to cut red tape and prevent ambulance-chasing lawyers from cashing...
Cheers for Souvenirs Will Inspire Bavidge to Go Ballistic
Byline: STEPHEN McGOWAN Chief Football Writer ABOTTLE of whisky is the only remnant Martin Bavidge retains of the night he helped to remove Celtic from the Scottish Cup back in 2000. At the time, he was barely old enough to drink it. Now aged...
Chick Lit
Byline: SARA LAWRENCE ME BEFORE YOU BY JOJO MOYES (Penguin, [pounds sterling]6.99 [pounds sterling]6.49) I'M A big fan of Moyes and adored her previous book, The Last Letter From Your Lover (2010), which was hugely romantic, completely gripping...
Chilling Threat to the Public's Right to Know; Daily Mail COMMENT
ON Wednesday, as sentences were finally handed down for the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, police were being issued with draconian new guidelines on when they can talk to the Press. In a truly chilling report Dame Elizabeth Filkin, who had previously...
Could Men Now Be Hit by Implant Scare? Faulty Gel May Have Been Used in Male Surgery
Byline: Fiona MacRae, Peter Allen in Paris BRITISH men, including cancer survivors, may also be victims of the company at the centre of the breast implant scare. French firm Poly Implant Prosthesis is accused of supplying faulty breast implants...
Cream for Skin Cancer; No Need for Surgery, and Treatment Won't Even Leave a Scar Behind
Byline: Tamara Cohen Science Reporter A RADIOACTIVE 'paint' could cure up to 300 people with skin cancer every year. In just two hours, the new technique can obliterate tumours caused by the most common skin cancers without surgery or conventional...
Cream That Can Clear Skin Cancer without Surgery
Byline: Tamara Cohen Science Reporter A RADIOACTIVE 'paint' could cure up to 3,000 people with skin cancer every year. In just two hours, the new technique can obliterate tumours caused by the most common skin cancers without surgery or conventional...
Critics' Choice
RUNNING WILD Safari Vet School, 8pm, UTV IN THIS new, five-part series, Steve Leonard mentors 32 veterinary students as they learn to cope with the rigours of wildlife medicine on the Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Tonight, they're...
Critics' Choice
VETS IN AFRICA Safari Vet School, 8pm, ITV1 IN THIS new, five-part series, Steve Leonard mentors 32 veterinary students as they learn to cope with the rigours of wildlife medicine on the Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Tonight,...
Critics' Choice
HARD DRIVING World's Toughest Trucker, 8pm, Ch5 THIS series should appeal to fans of Ice Road Truckers. Eight truck drivers from around the world -- including Scot Mike and Englishman Stuart -- compete for a [pounds sterling]100,000 prize and...
CUT OUT THE MIDDLEMAN; There's No Need to Pay an Agent to Rent out and Manage Your Property, Says Sebastian Lander
Byline: says Sebastian Lander HIGH rents and more favourable buy-to-let mortgage deals are tempting buyers into becoming landlords. If you're pondering the move, you need to think what kind of landlord you want to be. Of course, an agent will...
DIY Gold Ring Plan Panned out Perfectly
Byline: Daily Mail Reporter TRADITION dictates that a man should splash out a month's salary on his sweetheart's engagement ring. John Greenwood put in six months' hard graft...panning for the gold to make one. The 46-year-old romantic battled...
DIY Gold Ring Plan Panned out Perfectly
Byline: Daily Mail Reporter THEY say a man should splash out a month's salary on his sweetheart's engagement ring. John Greenwood put in four months hard graft... panning for the gold to make one. The 46-year-old romantic spent all his spare...
Doctor's out to Heal Hollywood Hearts; Tennant's Romantic Bid for U.S. Movie Stardom
Byline: Larisa Brown DURING his time in the Tardis, he regularly rescued all of humanity from evil aliens. But in his latest role, former Doctor Who star David Tennant is looking to save only one woman - who is threatened by nothing more than...
Don't Drink That Lager, Guv, It's Not Worth It
Byline: Richard Littlejohn EVEN though I've never been a specialist crime reporter, I seem to have spent half my life drinking with coppers. Back in the mid-1980s, I used to frequent a popular members' club where you could find Fleet Street's...
Ed Is Not Doomed like IDS, Insists Labour's Spin Chief
Byline: Tim Shipman Deputy Political Editor ED Miliband's spin-doctor has launched a desperate bid to deny that his leadership is doomed like that of former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith. A leaked 'briefing note' for Labour MPs, written by Tom...
Ed Is Not Doomed like IDS, Insists Labour's Spin Chief; Leaked Memo Reveals Party Paranoia over Public Opinion
Byline: Tim Shipman Deputy Political Editor ED Miliband's spin-doctor has launched a desperate bid to deny that his leadership is doomed like that of former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith. A leaked 'briefing note' for Labour MPs, written by Tom...
[Euro]2k Sensor Offers Hope to Diabetics
Byline: Petrina Vousden Health Editor A NEW medical device is offering hope to thousands of parents of children with Type 1 diabetes. There are about 3,000 children and teenagers with the lifethreatening condition in Ireland at present. The...
European Students Rush to Take Up Free Degrees in Scotland
Byline: Graham Grant Home Affairs Editor SOARING numbers of EU students are applying to Scottish universities - to take advantage of 'free' degrees. New statistics from Ucas, the admissions service, showed the number of applications from students...
Fabulous Family Breaks
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FABULOUS FAMILY BREAKS FROM [Pounds Sterling]15pp; ... Choose from Hundreds of UK and European Locations
CELEBRATE the New Year with these fantastic, and exclusive, offers brought to you by the Daily Mail and BreakFree Holidays. With value for money at the top of everyone's wish-list for 2012, these sensational deals offer an amazing choice of holidays...
Fame? It's a Pain in the Neck; Walking like a Hunchback to Hide from Fans Has Left Ricky Gervais's Sidekick Mackenzie Crook with Five Slipped Discs
Byline: by Nicole Lampert WITH his cap pulled down firmly over his eyes and his shoulders stooped so low he could be auditioning for The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Mackenzie Crook is doing his best not to be recognised. The actor is deeply uncomfortable...
Fergie's Thin Red Line
Byline: MATT LAWTON United go into City tie looking a shadow of their great past teams GARY NEVILLE made a return to Twitter yesterday and he was soon debating the merits of the Manchester United team of 2008 compared to that of 1999. He thought...
FERGIE'S THIN RED LINE; Sir Alex Has to Plug the Quality Gap to Salvage His Season
Byline: MATT LAWTON Chief Football Correspondent GARY NEVILLE made a return to Twitter yesterday and he was soon debating the merits of the Manchester United team of 2008 compared to that of 1999. He thought the more recent to be the better,...
FERGIE'S THIN RED LINE; United Go into City Tie Looking a Shadow of Past Teams
Byline: MATT LAWTON Chief Football Correspondent GARY NEVILLE made a return to Twitter yesterday and he was soon debating the merits of the Manchester United team of 2008 compared to that of 1999. He thought the more recent to be the better,...
FERGIE WANTS FRANK; ...and Chelsea Legend Lampard Is Ready to Talk; Lampard Could Move on Cheap
Byline: IAN LADYMAN Northern Football Correspondent SIR ALEX FERGUSON is considering a sensational move for unsettled Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Sportsmail understands Lampard would not be averse to a switch to Old Trafford. With Manchester...
FERGIE WANTS FRANK; ...and Chelsea Legend Lampard Is Ready to Talk; Lampard Could Move on Cheap; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: IAN LADYMAN Northern Football Correspondent SIR ALEX FERGUSON is considering a sensational move for unsettled Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Sportsmail understands Lampard would not be averse to a switch to Old Trafford. With Manchester...
Find a Bargain for Your New Year's Resolution
Byline: by Jenny Shields ANEW YEAR often brings new resolutions - and what could be more admirable than trying to be thrifty? With the economic pundits warning us of dire times ahead, this could be the moment to do a little property bargain-hunting....
Forget the New Jeans, Shoppers Say Saving Is the Priority
Byline: Sean Kane WHETHER it's always switching the lights off or browsing the reduced-to-clear aisle of the supermarket, we're all getting used to living a more stringent lifestyle. But research shows that this year, thrifty shoppers will cut...
Fourth Death at Poisoning Hospital as Nurse Is Held
Byline: James Tozer, Liz Hull DETECTIVES hunting the hospital insulin poisoner yesterday arrested a male nurse as it emerged that a fourth patient had died in suspicious circumstances. They arrested the 46-year-old at his home, before revealing...
Gales Hit 111mph on a Day of Destruction
Byline: Andrew Levy STORM force winds and heavy downpours wreaked fresh havoc across Britain yesterday, causing damage, delays and injuries. As gusts reached 111mph, members of the public in some areas were advised to avoid all but the most urgent...
Girls Aloud Didn't Need a Therapist. They Had Me, Says Nicola
Byline: WITH HANNAH-LOUISE DUNNE SINCE the release of her debut album, Nicola Roberts has become the most critically acclaimed singer to emerge from Girls Aloud. But it seems the redhead could carve out a sideline as a counsellor after revealing...
Going Ape over the Miracle Twins
Byline: Fiona MacRae Science Correspondent THEY may look like any other baby monkeys, but these two are scientific breakthroughs. Roku and Hex are the world's first chimeric monkeys - created with genetic material from six 'parents'. But their...
Grandfather Who Killed a Burglar in 'Fencing Match'
Byline: Vanessa Allen A TERRIFIED householder grabbed a carving knife and fought a 'fencing match' with machete-wielding burglars, a court heard yesterday. During the struggle an intruder was stabbed and died from his injuries later. Grandfather...
Gusts Leave Eircom Customers Hanging; Thousands without Calls after Wind Plunders Lines
Byline: Sandra Mallon IT could be a quiet weekend for 6,500 Eircom customers left without calls after gusts played havoc with telephone lines. The 160kmh winds that battered the country this week left 20,000 homes without power, uprooted trees,...
Hawking Is Down to 'One Word a Minute'
Byline: Andrew Levy PROFESSOR Stephen Hawking's ability to communicate has slowed to one word a minute, aides have revealed. The world's most famous physicist uses technology operated by twitching his cheek to painstakingly write words on a computer....
Hawking Is Losing His Electronic Voice
Byline: Andrew Levy PROFESSOR Stephen Hawking's ability to communicate has slowed to one word a minute, aides have revealed. The world's most famous physicist uses technology operated by twitching his cheek to painstakingly write words on a computer....
Hearts Told Not to Bank on Pay Day; ROMANOV OFFERS NO SALARY GUARANTEES
Byline: STEPHEN McGOWAN HEARTS owner Vladimir Romanov last night offered his players no guarantees their January wages will be paid on time. In the latest of a series of outbursts, the Lithuanian banker railed against claims he had cheated his...
Historical Fiction
Byline: KATHY STEVENSON CATCHING THE EAGLE BY KAREN CHARLTON (Knox Robinson Publishing, [pounds sterling]19.99) A BREAK-IN at the steward's office at Kirkley Hall in Northumberland on April 3, 1809, became a cause celebre when local man James...
Hodgson on for England Recall; NEWS AT TEN
Byline: CHRIS FOY Rugby Correspondent CHARLIE Hodgson last started a Test for England threeand-a-half years ago, but in a week when other 30-something players have refused to abandon their international careers, his may be about to take a major...
Hostage's Body May Be Handed Over
Byline: David Williams Chief Reporter THE body of a Scots hostage who was kidnapped along with four other Britons in Iraq five years ago could finally be returned to the UK, according to reports. Alan McMenemy, a married security guard from Glasgow,...
How Dare You Tell Us to Leave the Country We Love, Professor. If You Really Want to Help, Get a Haircut
Byline: PAUL DRURY AT ANY time of the year, I have to admit, it takes quite a bit to make my blood boil - always a bit of a problem for a newspaper columnist. In this blissful and most holy of seasons, so charmingly described in the Irish language...
How Facebook Has Given Us a Second Chance at Romance
Byline: Cameron Hay WHEN Hugh Forsythe was dumped by his girlfriend more than 40 years ago, he was brokenhearted. But over the years, the widower often thought of Maureen Wallace, who he had dated for four months in 1970. Then, during a chance...
How Tom Made Himself into a Reel Gangster
Byline: Baz Bamigboye TOM HARDY has been down in the vaults at Warner Bros, watching the studio's classic gangster movies to get some Al Capone 'into the bloodstream'. Hardy (pictured above right with some classic screen gangsters) told me he...
How Tom Turned Himself into a Reel Gangster
Byline: Baz Bamigboye TOM HARDY has been down in the vaults at Warner Bros, watching the studio's classic gangster movies to get some Al Capone 'into the bloodstream'. Hardy told me he will play the Depressionera Chicago crime tsar sometime next...
How We Start Losing Our Memory at 45
Byline: Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent WE start losing our memory from as early as 45, research suggests. The brain's capacity for the skill, as well as reasoning and comprehension, starts waning in middle age rather than in our 60s, a study...
HSE Must Target Its Bloated Bureaucracy
IF public turf wars between the Health Minister and the HSE could solve the crisis in the health service, then none of us would have anything to worry about. But, of course, they do not. While Dr James Reilly and the HSE bicker like children about...
Hughes Handed 'Foul Riding' Ban
Byline: MARCUS TOWNEND RICHARD Hughes last night blamed local 'politics' for playing a big part in his onemonth ban imposed for 'foul riding' in India. The rider, whose 130 winners saw him finish fourth to Paul Hanagan in the 2011 Flat jockeys...
I Haven't Betrayed MAGGIE; Accused of Insensitivity for Portraying Lady Thatcher's Dementia, Meryl Streep -- with Candour Mrs T Would Be Proud of -- Insists
Byline: by Tim Oglethorpe MERYL STREEP had been working on the Margaret Thatcher movie The Iron Lady for only a couple of weeks when crunch time came on set. In a few minutes, she would have to walk into the meticulously constructed replica of...
I Haven't Betrayed MAGGIE; Accused of Insensitivity for Portraying Mrs Thatcher's Dementia, Meryl Streep -- with Candour That Mrs T Would Be Proud of -- Insists
Byline: by Tim Oglethorpe MERYL STREEP had been working on the Margaret Thatcher movie The Iron Lady for only a couple of weeks when crunch time came on set. In a few minutes, she would have to walk into the meticulously constructed replica of...
I Just Can't Stop Crying; Sharron's Despair as Planners Allow Care Home Next to Her Mansion
Byline: Luke Salkeld SHARRON Davies says she 'can't stop crying' after being defeated in a planning battle which will see her home overshadowed by an 'unsightly' multi-million-pound property development. The former Olympic swimmer has been contesting...
Ikea Recall over 1.2m Dangerous Highchairs
Byline: Sean Poulter Consumer Affairs Editor IKEA has issued a safety alert over thousands of highchairs sold in Britain after three children fell out and hurt themselves. The Swedish furniture store is warning customers about the [pounds sterling]10.99...
Ikea Recall over 1.2m Highchairs
Byline: Sean Poulter Consumer Affairs Editor IKEA has issued a safety alert over thousands of highchairs sold in Britain after three children fell out and hurt themselves. The Swedish furniture store is warning customers about the [pounds sterling]10.99...
Ikea Recalls Dangerous Baby Chairs
Byline: Eva Marie Gibney IKEA has been forced to recall a faulty line of high chairs amid fears they could leave our children badly injured. Parents who bought the Antilop seats - thousands of which were sold here - were shocked to learn the...
I'm Not on Thin Ice at ITV, Says Christine; Inside the Box
Byline: WITH DAN WOOTTON all the TV gossip you won't find anywhere else AFTER a professionally challenging 18 months, Christine Bleakley starts phase two of her career at ITV this Sunday when she replaces Holly Willoughby as Phillip Schofield's...
I'M STAYING PUT; McClean Snubs O'Neill's Offer of Switch to North; EXCLUSIVE; McCLEAN WON'T JUMP
Byline: PHILIP QUINN AFTER opening the door to James McClean to return to the Northern Ireland fold, manager Michael O'Neill has had it slammed shut. The Sunderland winger, who was back home in Derry yesterday, has told friends he is not for...
In 18 Years, We've Never Once Talked about What Happened to Stephen That Night; EXCLUSIVE: NEVILLE LAWRENCE ON THE GRIEF THAT DESTROYED HIS MARRIAGE
Byline: by David Jones NEVILLE LAWRENCE is such a private man, and has become so security-conscious a f t e r being repeatedly threatened and abused over the years, that he uses several mobile phones and often changes them. But one battered old...
In with the Gin Crowd!
Byline: by Jim McBeth GIN laced with lashings of Indian tonic is the classic drink which has for so long accompanied the going down of the sun. For decades the only controversy was about whether to add a slice of lime or lemon. Or - mercy! - one...
IRFU to Investigate as Player Loses Sight in One Eye
Byline: Gerry Hand ONE of Ireland's most talented junior rugby players has lost the sight in his right eye following an alleged gouging incident at the end of an All Ireland League game last month. Eoin Collins, 32, a former Leinster Junior captain,...
IT'S A GERSHWINNER; the Ballerinas Will Make You Dizzy, but If You're a Fan of George and Ira
Byline: by Patrick Marmion Strictly Gershwin (London Coliseum) Verdict: By George, it's exhausting *** The Charity That Began At Home (Orange Tree Theatre, London) Verdict: Dusty comedy is antique curio *** BY THE time the...
It's All Change as Macklin Enlists the Help of Old Buddy to Train Him Up
WE'RE told that a change is as good as a rest, but when the change actually follows a rest is it beneficial or detrimental? We pose the question following Matthew Macklin's decision to switch trainers, moving from the care of Manchester-based Joe Gallagher...
It's the One That Got Away. How Padraig Lost out on an [Euro]8m Deal
Byline: Laura Lynott PADRAIG Harrington has lost a sponsorship deal worth nearly [euro]8million after falling from sixth to 85th in golf's world rankings. The Dubliner was one of the biggest stars in the sporting world when he won three major...
It Was a Risk Using an Actor Who Has Never Been in a Movie -- or on a Horse -- but It's Paid off; as He Prepares for the Release of His Latest Film, War Horse, Steven Spielberg Reveals Why He Gave the Lead to an Unknown
Byline: by Baz Bamigboye STEVEN Spielberg tells me he is crazy about horses. He keeps ten on his West Coast farm -- he even rolls his sleeves up and helps muck out once in a while. His wife rides -- well -- and his youngest daughter is a budding...
I Was Offered Another Job, but I'll Stay Here with My Co-Workers until the End
Byline: by Michelle O'Keeffe CATHERINE McCABE refused a new job so she could stay with her Vita Cortex colleagues and protest against the company's failure to pay redundancy. The 26-year-old was offered a job with the Cork plant's sister company...
John Joe Was Too Good for Me
CARL FRAMPTON has revealed that he could still be competing for an Olympic spot at London 2012 -- if it wasn't for the talent of John Joe Nevin. Frampton signed off on his amateur career by defeating domestic rival David Oliver Joyce for the Irish...
Judge Orders Tony Quinn to Testify in U.S. Lawsuit
Byline: Aodhan O'Faolain THE High Court has ordered lifestyle guru and businessman Tony Quinn to give evidence as part of a multimillion-dollar U.S. lawsuit. The order has arisen from a court action concerning the sale of shares of International...
Just How HAS O'Neill Turned Sunderland into Wonderland?
Byline: COLIN YOUNG IT WAS a small gesture but it was a significant moment for Jack Colback, and summed up the impact Martin O'Neill has made on Sunderland. The new manager had just finished acknowledging the drenched and delighted travelling...
Keeping the Glass Topped Up; COMMENT
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER City Editor AS ONE of the most open economies in the world, Britain is never able to isolate itself from global events. A combination of uncertainty in the eurozone, our biggest trading partner, a potential crisis in the Gulf...
Knit My Own Jewellery? No Thanks!
Byline: by Sara Lawrence I HATE arts and crafts, and the last time I went to a charity shop was in 2001, when I needed an outfit for a fancy dress party at university. I didn't find anything and I thought the place smelled of death. So I went...
Kop Plea to United for Truce on Suarez; SUAREZ WON'T BE FORCED OUT
Byline: DOMINIC KING LIVERPOOL will seek peace talks with Manchester United to defuse the furore surrounding Luis Suarez ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on February 11. The match will be the first meeting between English football's fiercest...
Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express; Escorted Tours
8 days from [pounds sterling]729 per person Selected departures from April to October 2012 On this wonderfully varied tour, we explore Lake Como, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, plus some stunning icons of northern Italy and Switzerland:...
Lancaster Taking Care to Placate the Rugby Public
Byline: Chris Foy WORLD OF RUGBY WHEN Stuart Lancaster was asked to explain the sanctions imposed on Danny Care for his drink-driving episode, it was heartening to hear him acknowledge the importance of perception. This is the crux of the matter...
Law Chief Reviews Lawrence Sentences
Byline: Stephen Wright BRITAIN'S top law officer is carrying out an urgent review into whether Stephen Lawrence's killers should have received longer sentences. The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, is assessing whether the jail terms handed...
Legal Bid 'Too Late' to Stop U.S. Paedophile
Byline: Gordon Currie A SEX offender branded so dangerous that a police chief was forced to take groundbreaking legal action against him abused a 13-year-old girl within months of arriving in the UK from America. John Nicoll struck shortly after...