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Articles from January 30, 1997

10 Years Ago. Jan 30
Byline: PETER LEWIS THURSDAY Ten Yrs Ago Jan 30th 1987 THERE was feverish speculation on this day in 1987 about the reason for the abrupt departure of the BBC's top man, as PETER LEWIS recalls. Alasdair Milne: Left the BBC after a controversial...
A Dash of Diana in the New Cherie Blairstyle
Byline: TRUDI WALLACE AFTER a salon of hair styles, Cherie Blair has finally settled on her pick of the crop. Yesterday she showed off the new look that seems a flattering mix of two of the world's most famous styles. According to hairdressing...
Admit It, Manning, You Went beyond the Pale
Byline: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN TWO black waitresses who found themselves on the receiving end of a torrent of racial abuse from Bernard Manning have won their claim for compensation. Freda Burton and Sonia Rhule were working at the Pennine Hotel...
A Face for Everyone; Beauty Basics from the Neutral Zone
Byline: SOPHIA BROWN FROM taupe eyeshadow to soft rose blusher, some make-up products can be worn by almost everyone. Yet how often have you bought the latest shade of lipstick, worn it once, then realised you've made a grave mistake? With...
A Thorn among English Roses
Byline: ANNABEL COLE THE most fashionable look of the moment is one which money cannot buy. The look is the English Rose - impossible to create with designer clothes, make-up or jewellery. Pale skin, pink lips and a wistful demeanour are its only...
Blair Forces the Old Guard to Exit Left
Byline: JOHN DEANS TONY BLAIR strengthened his grip on New Labour yesterday by stripping away the traditional power of his party's ruling executive and annual conference. In the latest move to sideline the unions and isolate the old guard Left,...
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS; (1) 14 CHILDREN FROM ONE COMPREHENSIVE MAKE THE GRADE WITH MENSA (2) the Pupils Shining through in a Blighted Pit Village
Byline: BILL MOULAND THE village was regarded as one of those rundown, dinosaur places which modern life seemed to be leaving behind. The local coal mines had long since closed, and the only interest in the once much-vaunted rubber factory was...
Clan Chief Paves Way to Freedom of the Hills
Byline: BILL MOWAT A CLAN chief has launched a campaign to banish Keep Out and No Trespassing signs from the Scottish Highlands. The Earl of Cromartie has appointed himself a champion of the rights of mountaineers and hill-walkers to take to...
Cleaning Up Can Be Dirty Busines
Byline: STEVE NIMMO Trouble at the Top (BBC2) WATCHING Viscount Thurso (a.k.a John Archibald Sinclair, a.k.a. stunt double for Stephen Fry) last night it became obvious that times have changed for the British aristocracy. Not the Eton education,...
Could You Afford to Be a City Superwoman? Career Mail
Byline: TONY HAZELL NICOLA HORLICK has burst into our lives as the ideal career woman, juggling five children and a [pounds sterling]1 million a year job in the City. But like many high-flying mothers, Mrs Horlick has had to construct an elaborate...
Driest January for 2000 Years
Byline: MAGGIE O'RIORDAN BRITAIN is on course for the driest January in more than 200 years, weather experts revealed yesterday. The lack of rain, following an abnormally dry December, has already prompted the first drought warning of the year...
Drugs Just like a Cup of Tea, Says Gallagher
NOEL Gallagher triggered new outrage last night by claiming that taking drugs was as normal as `getting up and having a cup of tea in the morning'. The outburst came as the Oasis writer and guitarist leapt to the defence of sacked pop star Brian...
Eccentrics Peer into the Abyss
Byline: PETER PATERSON The Aristocracy: Born To Rule 1875-1914 (BBC2) FACED with political extinction should Labour win power and carry out its threat to disenfranchise the hereditary peerage, the blue bloods found a new and powerful propagandist...
Ephrain Hardcastle
THE Princess of Wales is selling her old frocks for an estimated [pounds sterling]15million, proceeds to charity, and could put her wedding dress on display for the nation, because, we're told, she needs to put the past behind her. Out go fuddy-duddy...
Festival Trip That Will Test the Best
Byline: PETER SCUDAMORE THE two-and-a-half mile chase has never been considered a championship distance so there is no Grade One race over this distance at the Cheltenham Festival. Grade One races over the trip are the Comet Chase at Ascot next...
Flying into Trouble; Radar Blip Triggered Alert as Microlight Pilot Headed on Collision Course with BA Jet
Byline: SIMON HOUSTON THE air traffic controllers were puzzled by the tiny green blip flashing intermittently on the radar screen. It was too small to be a light aircraft or helicopter - but whatever it was it signalled danger. With a British...
Freddie Starr Didn't Eat My Hamster; but He Nearly Drowned Me in a Jacuzzi, Tried to Throw Me out of His Carand Did Something Quite Unspeakable to My Shoes
Byline: CHERRI GILHAM NEXT Wednesday, comedian Freddie Starr - immortalised in the famous tabloid headline Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster - plays his first straight role, as a ruthless drugs baron in a two-hour ITV drama, Supply And Demand. But what...
Hospital's Shortage of Blood Killed My Wife; GRIEVING FATHER DEMANDS PROBE INTO BIRTH TRAGEDY
Byline: SARAH CHALMERS A YOUNG mother died after giving birth when a hospital ran out of blood for an emergency transfusion, her grieving husband claimed last night. Sandra Mitchell, 31, suffered a heart attack caused by lack of blood within...
Hounded by the Parker Noseys
Byline: TIM KNOWLES DRIVERS will go to many lengths to obtain a coveted resident's parking permit. And one central London council will go to any lengths to keep fraudsters at bay - as an astonished businessman has discovered. Peter Sarony...
How Altar Boy Revved Himself Up at the Church to Marry Couple
Byline: ROGER SCOTT THE bride was radiant, the groom nervous and the congregation waiting expectantly. But as the minutes ticked by with no sign of the vicar, there were anxious whispers in the pews. Just as Shirley Wilson and Rodney Earnshaw...
How to Pass the Jobs Test; Career Mail
Byline: TONY HAZELL FIFTY per cent of employers use basic tests to check whether job candidates can read, write and count, according to recent research. Along with aptitude tests, their use has spread rapidly as a means of assessing people for jobs....
Hussain; Below-Par Monty Puts His Faith in Water
COLIN MONTGOMERIE tees off today in a bid for his first victory of 1997, despite the lingering presence of a stomach bug which has plagued him for nearly three months. The 33-year-old Scot is on antibiotics going into the [pounds sterling]600,000...
Hussein Torment
Byline: PETER JOHNSON THE England players awoke yesterday still tormented by the memory of Danny Morrison - and the realisation that it will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Vice-captain Nasser Hussain looked back on the two highly-improbable...
Is Adoption Any Crueller Than This? the Idea of Adoption for Babies Born to Drug Addicts Could Be the Key to Breaking a Sordid Cycle of Crime
Byline: JEANNETTE KUPFERMANN EVERY year thousands of babies are born to drug-addicted parents. Considering the squalor and sordidness of a drug addict's life, would any compassionate person really want to condemn those children to a probable life...
Japanese Car Giant in Political Pile-Up
FROM Tokyo, the boss of Toyota warns that, if Britain does not join a single currency, it could lose billions of inward investment. That may be his view (though it should be noted that Japan, Korea and Taiwan seem to be doing quite nicely without...
Just 40 Seconds to Die for a Teenager in Strangler's Grip
Byline: DAVE FINLAY A TEENAGE girl could have died within 40 seconds of a strangler gripping her neck, a court heard yesterday. But the High Court in Edinburgh was told there were signs that murder victim Angela Hunter had fought to break her...
Lester Pushes for Birthday Debut
Byline: PETER FERGUSON KIWI newcomer Stuart Lester aims to press Wigan coach Graeme West for a dream birthday debut in the Silk Cut Challenge Cup tie at St Helens next week. Lester almost did not arrive from Auckland Warriors at all when red...
Lost Giant Is Having a Whale of a Time Again
Byline: ROBERT FAIRBURN THE return of the magnificent humpback whale to British waters has been enthusiastically welcomed by conservationists and marine experts. It has been in the endangered category ever since Scottish whalers harpooned their...
Meningitis Sister Is Killed by a Cruel Chance
A YOUNG woman accountant has died of meningitis four years after her brother survived the same strain of the disease. Julie Coventry's death is doubly tragic because it is virtually unheard of for the same strain to strike a family twice. Julie,...
Minutes Show Eddie Misjudged the Trends
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER IT IS the nearest thing to a threat that the Bank of England has used during the three-year regime of monthly monetary meetings with the Treasury. On December 11, according to the latest minutes, Governor Eddie George said...
Murder-Case Secret Drowns with Suspect
Byline: RICHARD SHEARS;CHRISTOPHER EVANS THE wife of a man wanted for questioning over the murder of teacher Janice Crompton was last night struggling to come to terms with his apparent suicide. Margaret Harris, 60, was being comforted by relatives...
New Line in Seduction as Wh Smith's Shares Rise
Byline: BRIAN O'CONNOR SEDUCTION Savings, the latest sales idea from retailer WH Smith, is a sign things have changed. It consists of cheap Valentine's Day gifts but, for staid Smith, seduction is a new concept. The group certainly needs magic...
New Tory Poster Sparks SNP Fury
Byline: ANDREW COLLIER SCOTTISH Tory chiefs were last night branded as `desperate' by the SNP after launching a savage new attack on independence. Conservatives will officially unveil their latest weapon in the war against the `dark' side of...
No Fear for My Test of 'Bottle'; Phil De Glanville
Byline: PETER JACKSON NO ENGLAND captain can ever have prepared for the Calcutta Cup by throwing himself off a rock into the icy waters of Plymouth Sound and swimming 30 metres before being fished out. Nor can any England captain have ever felt...
Our Plot to Kill Mum; Boy Tells How He, His Father and Brother Discussed Hammer Plan
Byline: CHRIS BROOKE THE husband of `wicked mum' Evelyn Howells helped plan to kill her, one of their sons told a court yesterday. John Howells, 15, was speaking the day after his elder brother Glenn had described how he beat their mother to...
Panorama Plans Abortion Shocker
Byline: CHRISTIAN GYSIN GRAPHIC images of a woman having a late abortion could be shown on the BBC current affairs programme Panorama. The proposed filming comes at a time when the abortion debate has become a major political issue. One anti-abortion...
Race Boy Died in Front of Father at School Sports
A FATHER watched his 12-year-old son collapse and die as he was about to win a race for his school. Philip Green had the finishing line in his sights when he suffered what may have been heart failure, an inquest heard yesterday. His father David...
Second Win for Peace Candle River Protester
Byline: NEIL MACPHAIL A PACIFIST who won the right to float peace candles down a river in memory of Japanese nuclear-bomb dead has won a second court victory. A ruling that she had to pay the costs of the original hearing of [pounds sterling]1,000...
Shake-Out Fear Hits Footsie
Byline: IAIN MCKELVIE TALK about twitchy. The stock market was positively neurotic about New York and Wall Street yesterday. Shares sagged and dealing screens turned red as worries mounted that US interest rates could rise in the coming months and...
Shooting from the Quip in Marines' Viz Quiz; COMMANDOS COUNTER-ATTACK SPOOF ADVERT WITH A REAL ONE
Byline: BILL MOULAND WHEN top brass with the Royal Marine Commandos saw a derogatory spoof recruitment advert in the cult magazine Viz, there were two possible courses of action. One was to forget about it, despite the fact that Marines probably...
Shooting Party 'In Fear on Cr Smith Boss's Land'
BUSINESS tycoon Gerard Eadie was accused of belligerent and threatening behaviour when feuding neighbours went to court over a shooting dispute yesterday. A duck shoot was again the subject of a [pounds sterling]240 damages claim which has run up...
Slur Cost Me My Teaching Job, Says Nun, 58
Byline: STEVEN MORRIS A NUN was forced out of her job as a teacher after allegations that she was having an illicit relationship with another sister, it was claimed yesterday. Rumours that Sister Ethel Larkin, 58, was involved with head teacher...
Snubbed Smith in Showdown with Club
Byline: PETER JACKSON SCOTLAND flanker Ian Smith heads for Twickenham today and his last international before showdown talks with Gloucester prompt a scramble for his transfer. Their latest rankings ensure the durable West Country Scot faces...
So You Want to Be a . . . Farm Manager; Career Mail
Byline: TONY HAZELL FARM manager Robert Kilby, 38, left, runs a 1,600-acre farm near Biggin Hill, Kent. He is married to Tricia, a farm secretary, and has two young children, Edward and Eleanor. A keen Southampton football club fan, Robert earns...
TAKE AWAY DRUG ADDICTS' BABIES; (1) AS OASIS'S NOEL PRAISES PILL-POPPING, SHERIFF DEMANDS.. (2) Addicts Adoption Row
Byline: TIM BUGLER;ANNIE BROWN DRUG addicts should be forced to give up their children for adoption instead of condemning them to a lifetime of misery. Controversial Sheriff Richard Davidson said yesterday the time for radical action to halt...
The Bigamist Who Found That Three into One Husband Won't Go
Byline: SIMON HOUSTON ROBERT BROWN may well have known the old adage about the fury of a woman scorned. But in his case it was the fury of two women that brought him down. The contented world of Brown and his wife Caroline was blown apart almost...
The Gowns Will Fetch a Princely Sum, Wills Told Diana; AS PRINCESS PLANS THE GREAT DRESS SALE, HOW HER SON FASHIONED THE IDEA
Byline: RICHARD KAY;GEOFFREY LEVY PREPARATIONS are in full swing for the charity sale of 65 of Princess Diana's designer evening dresses, an idea sparked by 14-year-old Prince William. They will be auctioned simultaneously in London and New York...
The Inspiring Truth about the Self-Styled Yob of Fashion
Byline: RICHARD PENDLEBURY HE WAS a dead-end kid - there is only one way out of Biggerstaff Road, where fashion designer Alexander McQueen grew up, and nobody expected it to lead to the House of Givenchy. After the glamour and hype of his triumphant...
The Postman Who Failed to Deliver; JUNK MAIL HOARDER IS FREED AFTER THEFT CHARGE IS ABANDONED
A POSTMAN came up with the perfect way to deal with junk mail - he just didn't deliver it. But Darren Malcolmson got the sack when Royal Mail bosses discovered his ploy. Worse still, he was charged with theft after Post Office investigators found...
The Raffles Who Preyed on Highland Mansions of the Wealthy; HE LEFT NO FINGERPRINTS BUT ONE SLIP PUT HOUSEBREAKER BEHIND BARS
Byline: ALASDAIR FRASER;NEIL MACPHAIL WAS well-dressed, clean-cut, good-looking and thoroughly dishonest - so police nicknamed Scotland's most wanted housebreaker `Raffles'. His haul of antiques and heirlooms from secluded mansions across the...
There'll Be a Bus Crisis along in a Moment
Byline: JOHN DEANS ACTION to integrate Britain's rival rail and bus services was demanded by a group of Government advisers yesterday. They said the lack of a body to control services after deregulation had brought chaos for passengers. Unless...
The Thirty Something Mums Are No Longer out of Date; THE VOICE OF SCOTTISH WOMEN
Byline: MARGARET MORRISON T V PRESENTER and professional `wronged wife' Julia Carling inflicted a very nasty emotional wound on thousands of women this week - myself included. The estranged wife of Princess Diana's rugby-playing pal Will Carling...
Throwing Money at Crime Doesn't Pay
Byline: JASON BURT BIGGER budgets for police forces have not led to an improvement in crime clear-up rates, figures reveal today. Several forces which have increased spending - some by as much as nine per cent - or recruited more police officers...
Time to Shut the Door on Asylum Seekers; in the Jet Age Vlaw on Refugees Is Totally Archaic
Byline: BRUCE ANDERSON BEHIND the walls of Rochester Prison in Kent, a group of 13 asylum seekers has gone on hunger strike. They are accusing the British Government of maltreating them and of reneging on its obligations to provide political asylum...
Toyota Threatens a Cash Freeze If Britain Shuns Euro
Byline: RAY MASSEY;DAVID HUGHES THE boss of Toyota hinted yesterday that he would halt future investment in Britain if it stays outside the single currency. Hiroshi Okuda dismayed Ministers with his veiled threat to switch the Japanese car giant's...
Waddle Fit for Better Things
Byline: DAVID WALKER BRADFORD CITY manager Chris Kamara was warned not to sign Chris Waddle because of the difficulties he would create. Thankfully for Bradford, the allegations that Waddle was injury-prone and would not earn his keep were considered,...
We Hippy Chicks Should Thank St Michael
Byline: DEBORAH ROSS LOOK, I should warn you I'm in an absolutely foul mood today. In fact, I'm in such a bad temper I even forgot to watch Can't Cook Won't Cook just for the pleasure of shouting: `Can't Cook Won't Cook Don't Cook . . . because...
We Won't Save the Hunger Strikers
Byline: ANDREW SPARROW A MINISTER insisted yesterday that she would not intervene to save six asylum seekers on hunger strike. Ann Widdecombe made clear she was willing to see them kill themselves rather than give in to their demands to be freed...