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Articles from August 16, 1996

55 PER CENT WANT THE STONE AT SCONE; Public Pick the Palace as Ideal Home for Symbol of Nationhood
Byline: BRIAN DONNELLY PUBLIC opinion is backing Scone Palace in Perthshire as the home for the Stone of Destiny. A survey commissioned by Perthshire Tourist Board showed 55 per cent of those polled named Scone as their favoured first choice....
8 Years for the Rapist without Mercy
AN ex-Royal Marine was jailed for eight years yesterday for raping a teenage girl in a brutal attack. Lord Hamilton told Robert Warman at the High Court in Edinburgh: `You showed no mercy whatsoever to her. I struggle to find any ground to exercise...
A Badge of Shame; but Why Couldn't They Made It a Bit Bigger?
Byline: ANDREW WALKER OFFENDERS sentenced to carry out community service orders went to work yesterday wearing controversial uniforms for the first time. The blue protective overalls, worn by all participants, have a large patch on the back with...
Abortion and a Web of Deception
SHIFTINESS is not a characteristic usually associated with the medical profession. Yet it is hard to think of a better description for the conduct of Queen Charlotte's Hospital in the unfolding story of the aborted twin. From the very beginning,...
A Decision That Takes the Biscuit; Red Tape Alert
Byline: CHRISTOPHER BOOKER;RICHARD NORTH THE PRIZE for the red tape lunacy of the year might well go to the VAT officials prepared to see a strong Manchester firm go bust, simply because those officials can't tell the difference between a sweet...
A Little Local Difficulty with the Lingo in Louisiana
Byline: Fiona Davidson A MAN sacked after being locked in a police cell in Louisiana overnight has won his unfair dismissal claim. An industrial tribunal heard that John McKenzie, 36, of Alford, Aberdeen, had difficulty communicating with the...
Baby Twins Who Decided Not to Share a Birthplace
TWINS Shannon and Steiner Sanderson were hailed as little miracles last night after being born four miles apart. Mother Sheila Sanderson, 35, of Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, could not believe what was happening when she gave birth to her baby daughter...
Charges Dropped for Emergency Nights in the Nick; SOFA SO GOOD AS THE LAW LENDS A HAND ON THE TOURIST FRONT BOOM
IT MAY not be the most comfortable bed and breakfast in the Highlands, but it's better than spending the night on a park bench being savaged by the midgies. The local police station in Oban is taking in tourists who have arrived late at night without...
Copycat Claims Fortify the Great Corn Flake War; TESCO CEREAL PACK IS BRANDED A RIP-OFF
KELLOGG'S is embroiled in a row with Tesco over the design of corn flake packets. The cereal maker has accused the supermarket giant of copying its distinctive packaging and is demanding changes to the design of the own-label corn flakes. The...
Cottage in the Country but the Big Smoke's Not Far Away; Scottish Property
Byline: JENNY SHIELDS A DESIRE to live in the country, but have all the benefits of a city less than an hour away, is putting rural properties within 40 miles of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Inverness and Aberdeen in great demand, estate agents Strutt...
Credibility Stripped; Science Thumbing Its Nose at Go-Fast Claims
RESEARCHERS have torn a strip off the latest sporting craze. Footballers such as Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, who believe they can improve their performance by wearing nasal strips, are kidding themselves,...
Crime and Punishment
Byline: ALAN MASSIE THE introduction of chain gang style uniforms for convicted persons carrying out community service orders is a nasty idea. That, at least, is the view of liberal-minded people, among whom, when it's a question of crime...
DIANA BANS PHOTO PEST; Diana Wins Ban on Pest Who Made Her Cry
Byline: STEPHEN WRIGHT;RICHARD KAY PRINCESS Diana took unprecedented legal action last night to end the misery of being stalked by the paparazzi. She obtained a High Court injunction against a dispatch rider-turned-photographer following a series...
Fears That Life Gift Leaves Boys Infertile; SCOTS SCIENTISTS AT WORK ON FAULTY GENES THEORY
Byline: BRIAN DONNELLY A REVOLUTIONARY treatment which has given the gift of life to hundreds of childless Scots couples may be responsible for passing on an infertility gene to unborn baby boys. The ICSI method - in which sperm is injected...
Fired-Up Francis; No Place like Home for New City Manager
Byline: RAY MATTS THERE is a certain incongruity in Trevor Francis' chaotic surroundings at Birmingham City. The urbane, fastidious Francis conducts training surrounded by cement mixers at a rented ground with only tented rest facilities for...
First-Class Males Top A-Level Table; THE `NEGLECTED NORTH' HEADS THE LIST OF HONOUR ON THE DAY THAT 250,000 TEENAGERS FOUND OUT HOW WELL THEY DID IN SIXTH-FORM EXAMS
Byline: TONY HALPIN BOYS' schools triumphed yesterday by taking the top two places in the Daily Mail's A-level results table. And John Major's ambition of seeing every school become grant maintained received a boost with seven out of the top...
Fitzpatrick to Oust Carling as Top Dog
Byline: PETER JACKSON BY THE end of the month, Will Carling stands every chance of losing one captaincy record to someone whose grandfather went a long way from Tipperary. Sean Fitzpatrick, the professionals' professional, is on the verge of...
Flying Start for Nicholas
Byline: MIKE DICKSON THE tight fairways of Woburn yesterday spiked the guns of Laura Davies but not those of Yorkshire's pocket battleship Alison Nicholas, who fired her way into joint leadership of the Weetabix British Open. While the world's...
Former Laird Fails in Court Move to Stop Film on Four; EIGG'S EX-OWNER TAKES EXCEPTION TO TV PROGRAMME'S TITLE
THE former Laird of Eigg, Keith Schellenberg, has failed in a bid to stop Channel 4 showing a programme about him. He objected to the title of the series - Filthy Rich - and said he suspected he would be defamed or held up to public ridicule....
Fund Giant F&C Fears a 10pc Wall Street Drop
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER WALL STREET is overdue for a correction, according to Foreign & Colonial chairman John Sclater. That venerable fund management company has been withdrawing money from all major markets - since they would inevitably be...
Gartland Whizzes Back with [Pounds Sterling]4.5m GWB Float
Byline: SHIRLEY SKEEL TONY GARTLAND, the Eighties whiz-kid who built FKI into a global engineering group, hopes to take investors along for another whirlwind ride. He is coming back to market by reversing investment group Gartland Whalley &...
Girl Sent to Live with Drug Dealing Mother; Scottish Family Fights to Keep Toddler
A DISTRAUGHT Scottish woman vowed last night she would fight on after being told to hand over the little girl she has cared for as her own for the last three years. Mother-of-three Helen Osborne, 41, was ordered by a sheriff to hand little Fiona...
Has Radio's Most Revolting Man Finally Gone Too Far? as Radio 1's Chris Evans Goes over the Top Again, the Big Question
Byline: EDWARD VERITY THIS is the cycle of modern celebrity: Mr Nobody becomes Mr Somebody. Mr Somebody becomes Mr Self-Important. Mr Self-Important earns lots of money, buys grand houses and fancy cars, and dates beautiful women. One day Mr...
Heading East for Value
Byline: DIANA WILDMAN EAST ANGLIA continues to offer keenly-priced country properties for London commuters keen to indulge in a slice of rural living and for those seeking a country base for retirement or as a base for a small business. `Large...
Honouring the Crofters Who Took on MacDrug; TRIBUTE TO ISLAND HEROES WHO STOOD THEIR GROUND AGAINST A TYRANT
Byline: TINA DAWSON ON January 9, 1888, a crowd of starving crofters battled with Government troops and police as they tried to reclaim land from their absentee laird. And the clash will be re-enacted today when the heroes of that uprising...
Hospital's Lies about Abortion-Row Mother; SHE ISN'T POOR . . . AND SHE'S MARRIED TO A COMPANY DIRECTOR
Byline: JON UNGOED-THOMAS THE HOSPITAL which allowed a healthy twin to be aborted was embroiled in a new row last night over its decision to hoodwink the public about the reasons for the termination. Doctors at Queen Charlotte's Hospital admitted...
How Asylum Judges Reopened the Floodgates; FIGURES PROVE WE'RE RIGHT SAY MINISTERS
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY THE number of asylum seekers coming to Britain has nearly doubled since judges restored their state benefits. The figures plunged from 3,145 in March to 920 in June after the Government cut off taxpayers' aid to many refugees....
Identity Crisis with a Touch of Hypocrisy
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER THE way in which those people across the Channel nibble away at our national identity remains a serious worry. The process has now been going on for 25 years or so and is redolent with dishonesty. If our own government...
I'm a Golf Flop, Says Ivan the Terrible
IVAN LENDL was a nervous wreck after his first stab at professional golf in Europe ended in huge embarrassment. The former world tennis No 1 shot an 11-over-par 82 in the first round of the Czech Open at Marianske Lazne then said: `It was five times...
I Spy Malice in Blunderland
Byline: MAX DAVIDSON Secret History, C4; Seven Ages Of Man, BBC2 LIKE most of the rumours that wing their way around Whitehall, the rumour of an M15 plot to overthrow Harold Wilson was quick to take flight, slow to come down to earth. It sounded...
I Will Never Forget That Killer's Face; OFFICER IN SLUR AGAINST PoWs ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES
Byline: MICHAEL HARVEY A JAPANESE veteran who claimed British PoWs wanted an easy life was accused yesterday of being a war criminal. A labour camp survivor said he remembered former Lieutenant Koichi Sugano taking part in a murder and the systematic...
Jail Sex Abuse Teaches Thugs a Lesson Says JP
Byline: SEAN RAYMENT A MAGISTRATE stepped down as chairman of a youth court yesterday after appearing to back the sexual abuse of youngsters in prison. Outrage erupted when 63-year-old John Shearn claimed teenagers who are sexually assaulted...
Kennel Workers Treated Me like a Dog; MAID TELLS OF COLLEAGUES' CRUEL PRANKS
A KENNEL maid saw the funny side when colleagues at a quarantine centre put rice in her shoes. But Gail Hawkins was reduced to tears when they discovered her fear of spiders - and hid one in her lunchbox. From that time, the 20-year-old's life...
Kirovski Forced Abroad
Byline: DAVID WALKER MANCHESTER UNITED have lost the services of their latest wonder boy, American striker Jorvan Kirovski. After waiting for almost four months to receive a work permit from the Department for Employment, 20-year-old Kirovski...
Lord James Denies Cut in Police Funds
Byline: WILLIAM CLARK CLAIMS that he was set to impose a crippling cut in Strathclyde Police's capital funding allocation were rejected yesterday by Scottish Office Homes Affairs Minister Lord James Douglas-Hamilton. Labour councillors said...
Marooned in Morocco; Eight-Year-Old Girl Sees Parents Held on Drugs Charge
Byline: ROGER SCOTT AN eight-year-old British girl was left frightened and alone after her parents were arrested in North Africa on suspicion of drug smuggling. Victoria Richards watched tearfully as her father and mother were led away by Moroccan...
Nicholson's Well over the Limit
Byline: CHRISTOPHER TOOKEY The Crossing Guard(15) HOW would you feel about a drunk driver who killed your child? Would you try to forgive, or wait for him to emerge from prison so that you could wreak personal vengeance? Six years after her...
Orange Looks Brighter at Last
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER A juicy rise for Orange THE future was looking brighter for Orange yesterday. Shares of the UK's third-largest mobile phone operator buzzed 7 1/2p higher to 187p after broker NatWest Securities advised clients to add to their...
Passengers Line Up to Complain about Lateness
COMPLAINTS about rail travel soared to a record high last year with punctuality the biggest criticism. The total was up 14.5 per cent on the previous year and has now risen fivefold since 1982, according to the Central Rail Users' Consultative Committee....
Penalty Pests Are Missing the Boat
Byline: GRAHAM HUNTER IF it is Coca-Cola Cup time again, then it is also that time when the lily-livered milksops who complain about penalty deciders being unfair come out of the closet. Show me those whingers and I will show you a group of people...
Please Don't Call Me Supermac, I Prefer Supermodel; STATESMAN'S GREAT GRANDSON TAKES FASHION WORLD BY STORM
Byline: VICKY WARD HIS great-grandfather was nicknamed Supermac for his dazzling political showmanship. Viscount Ovenden is a bit of a showman too. But he'd rather be known as Dan Macmillan, Supermodel. The 21-year-old heir to Harold Macmillan's...
[Pounds Sterling]15m Is Soft Balm for the Bruised Geordies
Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON OH, TO be in England now the football's season's here. Kevin Keegan's traumas of last season, he is adamant, are past - lessons buried in his players' psyches, bulwarks that can finally help bring the Championship to St...
[Pounds Sterling]250,000, Please; Cash `Wasted' on Politeness Lessons for Receptionists
A HEALTH authority is spending [pounds sterling]250,000 teaching doctors' receptionists how to be polite. The money will provide training courses and a manual explaining the best way to greet and talk to patients. West Kent Health Authority,...
Rape Ordeal of Driver Grabbed at Traffic Lights
Byline: SEAN RAYMENT A WOMAN was raped after two men jumped into her car as she waited at traffic lights, police said yesterday. The 28-year-old woman, who was driving alone, was attacked by one of the men as the other held a knife to her throat....
Rather Different from the Run of the Mill
Byline: DIANA WILDMAN FOR those who hanker after living above the shop, there are some interesting pubs, antiques shops and village stores looking for owners. One of the most unusual homes-cum-businesses on offer is a working mill. The Grade...
Sarah's All Done with Doing Down Dundee
Byline: SARAH CHALMERS THE young lady roaming Bonnie Dundee, with a contrite expression yesterday, was Scottish Daily Mail writer SARAH CHALMERS. Sarah had been taken to task by an irate reader after an item in her Thorns from the Thistle column...
Scots Top Drug Table; Survey Shows Increased Use among Boys
Byline: GAVIN MADELEY FAR more Scots teenagers have tried illegal drugs than anyone else in the UK, a national survey has revealed. About 60 per cent of 15 and 16-year-old Scots boys admitted having taken an illicit substance at least once, mainly...
Sean's Sexy at Double the Speed; THORNS FROM THE THISTLE
Byline: MARGARET MORRISON HIS Scotland Forever tattoo may be fading, but Sean Connery's sex appeal certainly isn't. Although he will be 66 next week it is easy to see why he was once dubbed the Walking Aphrodisiac. On his flying visit to open the...
SFA Looks Offshore as Skynet Stays Grounded
Byline: CLIFF FELTHAM THE investigation by the Securities & Futures Authority into share dealings at Bob Yorke's car security outfit, Skynet Corporation, is expected to last another two weeks. Yesterday, John Jenkins, head of JP Jenkins,...
Sherwood Delay; Arsenal Waiting for Wenger OK on Deal
Byline: ROB SHEPHERD ARSENAL, who believe Arsene Wenger could be in a position to take over as their manager a week tomorrow, have halted moves to sign Blackburn's Tim Sherwood. As revealed in Sportsmail yesterday, Wenger will make a formal...
Smoking Is a Greater Cancer Risk to Women; TWO SURVEYS TO CAUSE ALARM
Byline: RICHARD SHEARS WOMEN smokers are at greater risk than men of developing lung cancer - and need fewer cigarettes to bring on the disease, say researchers. To add to their problem, women find it more difficult to give up the habit. One...
So Could Divorce Be Hereditary
Byline: FRANCES HARDY THE DIVORCE rate is rising remorselessly. More than a quarter of all couples who married in the late Seventies and early Eighties had divorced by the end of 1994. In such a climate Femail asks: Is divorce hereditary? FRANCES...
Strangled Just a Few Yards from Her Home
A STRANGLER was being hunted by murder squad detectives last night after a blonde teenage girl was found dead only yards from her home. Angela Hunter, 18, pictured above, was discovered on wasteland near her family's council flat home in Bonnybridge,...
Stunned Agassi Shown the Door
Byline: DAVID KENT AN ANGRY Andre Agassi was unrepentant yesterday after being defaulted from the RCA Championships in Indianapolis for foul language. The Olympic champion was stunned when ATP Tour supervisor Mark Darby told him he was out after...
Suspect Package Sent to Labour Leader; ROBERTSON BECOMES EXTREMISTS' TARGET
LABOUR has condemned `nationalist extremists' for an elaborate hoax bomb addressed to Shadow Scottish Secretary George Robertson. Army explosives experts were called in to examine the package discovered at the Royal Mail sorting office in Baird...
The DIY School; Holidays Are over after a 50-Day Classroom Sit-In LESSONS RESUME AS DEFIANT PARENTS BATTLE ON TO SAVE PRIMARY
Byline: STEPHEN HOUSTON PARENTS who have staged a 50-day sit-in at a closure-threatened school re-opened the classrooms yesterday for do-it-yourself education. Since the end of last term, a group of 30 have mounted a round-the-clock blockade,...
The Organ Stoppers; Parishioners in Revolt as Church Chiefs Silence Their New Keyboard
THE parishioners regarded their new church organ with pride and joy. They spent three years raising [pounds sterling]25,000 to buy the state-of-the-art electronic instrument. And the first time they heard its clear tones fill the mediaeval building,...
The Pine-Coffin Saga; How the Taxman Forced a Family to Sell Its Stake in History
Byline: GREG SWIFT FOR centuries, the family name had been linked with great moments in history. But the glorious achievements of the Pine-Coffins counted for nought in a battle with the taxman. After more than 900 years on the same vast estate,...
THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE; Police Warn Drinks Clampdown Will Hit Buckfast Boys - and Picnickers
Byline: TINA DAWSON TWO contrasting styles of outdoor drinking were on show for everyone to see as brilliant sunshine bathed Glasgow yesterday. In pleasant park surroundings in the West End a couple shared a bottle of white wine at an alfresco...
The Stalingrad Survivor Who Made a Life of Love and Ballet; Scottish Ballet Director's Story of Survival Is More Breathtaking Than Any of Her Great Roles
Byline: JEREMY HODGES GALINA SAMSOVA'S passion for dance has survived war, poverty, rejection, fame and two divorces. Her story is more remarkable than any of the great roles she has danced on the international stage. Here the Russian director of...
The Things Some People Do in the Hope of Winning Votes
Byline: BILL MOULAND POSSIBLY the last thing the sunworshippers of Benidorm expected to see yesterday was a chic figure in navy trousers and red jacket striding among the horizontal bodies on the beach. But engineer Alan Turner knew it was Glenda...
They're the Real Thing; Don't Write off Baa-Baas Warns Dixon
Byline: ALAN DOUGLAS SCOTLAND coach Richie Dixon has warned his squad that tomorrow's one-off encounter with the Barbarians will be no stroll in the sunshine. Dixon was responding to an undercurrent of feeling that the invitation side visiting...
Top a Level Schools 96
Byline: TONY HALPIN;Education Correspondent THE Daily Mail's table of more than 450 state schools is a celebration of A-level success. But it is only a snapshot of achievement around the country. The definitive ranking will come when the Government's...
Villa to Challenge Permit Block Which Delays Curcic Debut
Byline: RAY MATTS ASTON VILLA chairman Doug Ellis last night criticised the red tape that prevents his club from unveiling record [pounds sterling]4 million signing Sasa Curcic for tomorrow's Premiership curtain-raiser at Sheffield Wednesday. ...
Wanted: For Killing U.S. Friendship with Britain
PRESIDENT CLINTON was condemned by former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker yesterday for wrecking the White House's special relationship with Britain. Britain's relationship with America has sunk to its lowest level since the war of independence...
Wark Returns a Week after His Retirement
Byline: DAVID WALKER JOHN WARK'S long-awaited retirement has been shortlived. Ipswich fans thought they had bid him farewell when he left the field during the second half of his testimonial match against Arsenal last Saturday. But Ipswich...
We Said It Was Illegal; Agent in Race Row Blames House Sellers
Byline: ALISON HARDIE A COUPLE told estate agents not to let an Asian couple view their home - because they did not want to upset neighbours, it was claimed yesterday. John and Shirley-Ann Nelson were alleged to have told an office junior...
WE SURVIVED BY EATING RAW SEAGULL; Two Missing Rowers Saved by Scots Fishermen
Byline: IAIN LUNDY;JONATHAN WILLS TWO men feared dead after their tiny rowing boat was found upturned in the North Sea, survived for at least five days in a liferaft - by eating raw seagull. When the men, two Norwegians trying to row to Scotland,...
WHY THE TUNES OF GLORY? Military Show for Dunblane Hits Wrong Note
Byline: COLETTE DOUGLAS HOME HOPEFULLY, if there is still time to get a couple of tickets, I will be at the Dunblane rugby international tomorrow at Murrayfield cheering the Scottish team against the Barbarians; but not without severe misgivings....
Why We Must Summon the Courage to Face the Truth about Abortion; PAUL JOHNSON EXPLAINS WHY HE BELIEVES ABORTION IS THE GREATEST MORAL DILEMMA FOR THE WORLD TODAY
Byline: PAUL JOHNSON THE details of any particular abortion are always horrible. But now that we know the background to the selective abortion of a twin at Queen Charlotte's hospital, it is hard to stifle feelings of revulsion. This was not a...
Why We Will Get It Right This Time
Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON KEVIN KEEGAN acknowledges that the traumas of last season's burn-out will lurk around every corner until Newcastle finally bridge the gap to their last championship, all of 70 years ago. He said: `You can't help but look...
You're Our Cantona
Byline: JOHN BURTON DARREN ANDERTON has been handed the central playmaking role for Tottenham that manager Gerry Francis believes could lift him on to the same influential plane as Manchester United's Eric Cantona. Francis does not make a habit...