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Articles from January 28, 1997

25 Years Ago, Jan 28th, 1972
Byline: PETER LEWIS AS AN MP prevented a sexual discrimination Bill going through the Commons, PETER LEWIS recalls the angry reaction of women in the House. A BILL aimed at preventing job discrimination against women was talked out in the House...
Adultery, a Princess and the Secret Life of a Beauty Called Belinda
Byline: RICHARD PENDLEBURY THE day her separation from Lord Snowdon was announced, Princess Margaret stepped out with one of her closest friends, the Old Etonian Lord Buckhurst. Although a flamboyant member of her Mustique set, Lord Buckhurst,...
A LESSON IN COURAGE; Drugs Suspect Tells Court He Was Rescued as Customs Hero Died
THERE were two men in mortal danger when Customs officers boarded a boat they suspected of carrying drugs. One was a Customs officer who died heroically doing his job in the North Sea, off Scotland. The other is now accused of smuggling [pounds...
A Love Game on Open Court; HENMAN THE RELUCTANT ROMANTIC FINALLY PRESENTS HIS PERFECT PARTNER
Byline: MAGGIE O'RIORDAN AT first it was a secret love. But after being spotted with his new girlfriend at the weekend, Tim Henman realised the ball was in his court. Yesterday the 22-year-old tennis star publicly confirmed his love for Lucy...
Arrogant, out of Touch with Ordinary Life and Dangerously Misguided; as the Master of the Rolls Launches an Attack on the Crime Bill
Byline: PAUL JOHNSON AS IF it were not enough to have the Brussels bureaucrats whittling down the powers of Parliament, British MPs now face a new enemy - our own judges. Yesterday, the new Crime Bill came before the Lords, where the senior judges,...
Big Day for a Young Hero; Answers to Correspondents
Who has been the youngest person featured on This Is Your Life? CONTRARY to the previous answer claiming it was 20-year-old Twiggy, the youngest person to appear was David Butler, featured on the show hosted by Eamon Andrews in 1962 when just 17....
Boss with a Pay Cheque as Big as His Ego
Byline: PAUL HARRIS;JASON BURT MICHAEL GRADE is reputed to have the largest salary of any TV executive in Britain. To that boast, it might be appropriate to add the following. He also had the largest cigars, the loudest socks, the biggest ego...
BT Wrong to Sack Me, Says `Morning After' Drink Driver
Byline: ALAN DOW A BRITISH Telecom worker who was twice the legal drinks limit when he had a bump in his van, claims he was unfairly sacked because he had not had a drink since the previous night. John MacIver agreed he deserved to be disciplined,...
Builders Pile Up the Gains; Market Report
Byline: TIM FREEBORN STOP spending your money in stores and instead save for a bigger house. This is the advice from strategists at BZW and other brokers. While supermarket shares subsided in fear of a price war, the builders clocked up healthy...
Can This Mineral Really Beat Cancer?
Byline: ANGELA DOWDEN A MINERAL found naturally in meat, fish and cereals is being hailed as a wonder-product that can slow the ageing process, cure arthritis and ward off serious disease. But is selenium really that effective and are those claims...
Charles's Lady in Waiting Puts Her Faith in Charity; GLOWING WITH CONFIDENCE, CAMILLA NUDGES UP HER PROFILE A NOTCH
Byline: GEOFFREY LEVY;MICHAEL SEAMARK CAN it really be true that the Queen has quietly given the nod to Camilla Parker Bowles as the Prince of Wales's future companion? Or that a photo opportunity of them `casually' together will happen in the summer?...
Cleese Cancer Scare; God's Little Practical Joke Made Me Rethink My Life, Says Comedian
Byline: SAM HARRIS JOHN CLEESE has spoken for the first time of a cancer scare which affected him so deeply that it changed his whole outlook on life. The 57-year-old comic actor, who found fame with the Monty Python team and later as Basil Fawlty...
Cork Finds Lost Talent; Gritty Knock Proves Maturity
Byline: PETER JOHNSON DOMINIC CORK has rediscovered one of the arts which promised once to make him England's most complete cricketer. In an innings so monumentally careful it would have set Geoff Boycott yawning, he made his first Test half-century...
Couple Hunted in Riddle of the Body and the Beehive; EX-TEACHER AND WIFE FLY ABROAD AFTER WOMAN FRIEND'S VIOLENT DEATH
Byline: CHRISTOPHER EVANS A RETIRED schoolmaster and his wife were being sought by police last night after the battered body of a woman was discovered in the back of a pick-up truck. Clifford Harris and his wife Margaret are believed to have...
Diabetes Warnings That Too Many Ignore
Byline: Bonnie Estridge A NEW study has revealed that diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate among children under five - by more than ten per cent a year. And doctors are worried that too many mothers may be missing the critical symptoms. ...
Diane's Fight to Win Her Five-Year War with Anorexia; `I'M SCARED TO EAT PROPERLY
Byline: SAMANTHA POLING FOOD began to control Diane Richmond's life when she was just 13. Five years on, the Glasgow teenager is still trying to win a personal battle to eat normally. At 5ft 7in she weighs just seven stones, and has been admitted...
Fizzical Education; School Bans Tuck Shop Sweets and Pop to Calm `Hyperactive' Pupils
Byline: GREG SWIFT A DEPUTY head teacher has banned sweets and fizzy drinks from the tuck shop because she says they were making pupils hyperactive. Cherry Lazenby, whose comprehensive is in John Major's constituency, said children were becoming...
Flu-Type Rash May Signal New Scots Form of Meningitis
Byline: IAIN LUNDY SCOTLAND may be facing a new form of meningitis which is difficult to diagnose because of its misleading flu-like symptoms. Tests have revealed the possible evolution of a new type of the already known `Scottish' strain of...
Ford Settles Racism Claim out of Court
Byline: RAY MASSEY FORD settled out of court yesterday with seven black and Asian workers who accused it of `racist' job selection methods. The deal between the car giant and the Transport and General Workers' Union was brokered minutes before...
'Gipsy Boy' Paedophile Chained Up in Shame; Teacher Faces Life in Jail after Island Picnics
Byline: ANDREW DRUMMOND A PAEDOPHILE whose father was an authority on Scottish wildlife could spend the rest of his life in prison for preying on young boys. James Fraser Darling, 47, was chained by the ankles as he was taken to court yesterday...
Governors Are Told to Quit in Public School Revolution
Byline: TONY HALPIN GOVERNORS of a leading public school are being told to resign en masse as part of a management revolution following the sacking of its popular headmaster. The unprecedented shake-up at [pounds sterling]12,000-a-year Cheltenham...
Grade Quits Channel 4
Byline: SEAN POULTER ONE of the most controversial figures in British television sensationally resigned last night. Michael Grade announced he was leaving his post as Channel 4 chief executive in a move which stunned station staff. Grade,...
Hail the Great British Behind; on Why Women Should Feel Justly Proud of Their Greatest Asset - and Oneof Their Biggest Sources of Anxiety
Byline: BRENDA POLAN OF ALL the insecurities that beset the modern girl, the size of her bottom is perhaps the one that most undermines her confidence. Here, Femail launches a campaign to make British women proud of their traditional shape ....
House of Fraser Stores Win Reprieve but 100 Jobs to Go
SCOTLAND'S seven House of Fraser stores have escaped the axe - although at the cost of 100 jobs. However, the firm's finance department is moving from London to Glasgow by the summer, bringing 50 new posts. The department store empire, founded...
How a Future Defence Secretary Went into Politics - and Cut Short His National Service; (1) Heseltine: The Untold Story (2) He Snapped, Then Stormed into Exile
Byline: MICHAEL CRICK MICHAEL HESELTINE is one of our most charismatic and controversial politicians, whose ruthless ambition has earned him a personal fortune and taken him to the top echelons of the Conservative Party. He has tasted triumph and...
How Bats May Help the Blind to See
Byline: ANASTASIA STEPHENS BLIND people may soon be able to `see' in a similar way to bats by using a high-tech computer that emits different sounds. Like bats, which use sonar signals to interpret their surroundings, the octophone turns light...
Hussain Swoops; Run-Out Sparks Kiwi Panic as England Close in on Victory
Byline: PETER JOHNSON A TIGERISH piece of fielding by Nasser Hussain sparked the collapse that put England within sight of victory in the first Test against New Zealand early today. The Kiwis, needing 131 to avoid an innings defeat, had moved...
I'll Change My Sex to Be Your Man Said Woman Stalker; SINGLE MOTHER'S TWO-YEAR OBSESSION BROUGHT TERROR TO OFFICE GIRL
Byline: SARAH CHALMERS A YOUNG legal assistant was afraid to walk the streets alone after a woman who came to her for advice subjected her to a terrifying two-year stalking ordeal. From September 1994, until May last year, Roseanne McAlpine shadowed...
I'm Not the Hitman for Labour Purge Says Blair Official; Councillor Is Implicated in Plan to Oust Left-Wingers
Byline: WILLIAM CLARK A LABOUR Party official yesterday insisted he was not sent by Tony Blair to eliminate Scottish Left-wing devolution rebels. Jim Murphy also denied he was the driving force behind a shadowy group called The Network whose...
Is This Child Proof We Can Alter Our Genes?
Byline: DANIEL JEFFREYS A BABY that was operated on and genetically restructured while still in the womb could herald the first step to eradicating hundreds of genetic birth defects. The controversial American operation - the first of its kind...
I Still Don't Know Why I Suffer from These Epileptic Fits
Byline: GRAHAM BRIDGSTOCK MAX CLIFFORD, 53, the PR man conducting a personal vendetta against the Tories for `destroying' the National Health Service, has been fighting epilepsy for five years. Famous for his involvement in kiss-and-tell scandals,...
It Wasn't Me Who Rocked Royal Boat Says Piqued Portillo
Byline: PAUL EASTHAM MICHAEL PORTILLO was furious last night at being blamed for the Government's botched decision to promise [pounds sterling]60million for a new royal yacht. Friends said the Defence Secretary was incensed at being held responsible...
Lawyer Stole One Client's Heart and Another's Cash
Byline: STEPHEN OLDFIELD A SOLICITOR who had an affair with a woman after she consulted him about her divorce was beginning a jail sentence for theft last night. Trevor Porter, 59, stole more than [pounds sterling]8,000 from a client's estate...
Medical Notes
Byline: JENNY HOPE * DOCTORS are using anti-depressant drugs to help people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Psychiatrist Dr Gary Sullivan, of the University of Wales Medical College, has set up a medical study involving 300 patients with the disorder,...
Minnows Misery Is Blamed on Big Clubs
Byline: DAVID FACEY BOURNEMOUTH chairman Brian Willis warned last night that Football League clubs are being pushed towards financial crisis by the Premiership's short-sighted policy of buying abroad. Many of the smaller ones will go bust in...
Missing Ministers Give Labour Victory; OPPOSITION ACCUSED OF HYPOCRISY IN SCHOOLS AMBUSH
Byline: DAVID HUGHES;JOHN DEANS LABOUR punched a hole in John Major's flagship education reforms last night by inflicting a one-vote defeat on a move to boost grant-maintained schools. In a bruising pre-election setback for the Government, Opposition...
Not-Quite Pints Cause Foaming at the Mouth
Byline: SEAN POULTER DRINKERS who hand over their hard-earned cash for a pint of beer seldom get all they pay for. The glass may be pint-sized, but a considerable proportion of the contents is froth, survey results showed yesterday. The problem...
On a Yellowing Suicide Note, the Clue to a 36-Year Murder Riddle; James Hanratty Was a Petty Crook. but Was He a Killer Too?
Byline: PETER ROSE;CHRISTIAN GYSIN;PAUL HARRIS JAMES HANRATTY, executed nearly 35 years ago for the notorious A6 murder, may have been framed, it emerged yesterday. A new police inquiry into the killing of scientist Michael Gregsten and the rape...
Outrage as Sex Offender Is Freed for Second Time; Sheriff Says Police Were Wrong to Rearrest Convicted Pervert
Byline: SIMON HOUSTON THERE was outrage last night after a paedophile walked free from a court for the second time in less than two weeks. Alan Christie was given his freedom on the day the Government re-affirmed its pledge to introduce tough...
PEARCE JACKPOT; Forest Boss Has Top Award and an England Place in His Grasp
Byline: RAY MATTS STUART PEARCE is heading for a unique double which should land him the Manager of the Month award and England selection at the end of this week. The 34-year-old Nottingham Forest player-manager is a leading contender for the...
Pressure Rises to End Pension Selling Fiasco
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER TOP executives from a score or so pension companies are being called in to the Headmistress's study for some stern words. Ms Colette Bowe, Chief Executive of the Personal Investment Authority will give them a talking-to...
Scots Give Bustard Its Just Desert; SCIENTISTS HATCH PLAN TO SAVE SPECIES
ONCE, they were a spectacular sight over the Arabian desert. The Houbara bustard was a common visitor around the Bedouin camps - with males showing off a striking black and white ruff. But now flocks are dangerously low - and a team of Scottish...
Sheringham Blow; Striker's England Hopes Are Dashed by Injury Setback
Byline: JOHN BURTON TEDDY SHERINGHAM was last night ruled out of England's vital World Cup qualifying game against Italy at Wembley next month when he broke down on his return to training. The Tottenham skipper aggravated the ankle he first injured...
Show by Tacky Show, How They Made the Grade in Controversy; the Man Who Triggered Outrage at the Touch of a TV Button
Byline: JAMES CLARK IN eight years at Channel 4, Michael Grade made controversy his byword. Under his leadership, programmes which championed gays, lesbians, pro-drug groups and prostitutes caused widespread outrage. Flicking through the highlights...
Smart Alec's Got the Gifts to Bring Wilson to Life
Byline: JEFF POWELL ALL those readers old enough to have dipped their Wagon Wheels in their Ovaltine, worn their flared trousers over their luminous socks or played their LPs at 33rpm on their gramophones will know exactly who Alec Stewart reminds...
Sorely Vexed, the Mothers Singled out by a Priest
Byline: BILL MOULAND AND LO, the pastor did verily put the cat among the pigeons when he decided to lecture his flock on single motherhood. `Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature,' said his chosen passage from Colossians...
Tebbit Lays Down the Law to Judges
Byline: BENEDICT BROGAN LORD TEBBIT launched a scathing attack on `political judges' last night, accusing them of ignoring the public's demand for tough sentencing reforms. The former Tory chairman faced down the ranks of angry Law Lords to make...
The Forgotten Soldier; War Veteran Dies on Holiday, but Family Are Not Told for Four Days
LAURENCE BEVINGTON was bitten by the travel bug in the forces. Despite his advancing years, the old soldier enjoyed regular holidays abroad and made an annual pilgrimage to the beaches of Northern France to pay his respects to his fallen comrades....
The Girl Epstein Told: I Want to Hold Your Hand; I Don't Believe Brian Was Gay, Says His Fiancee from the Fifties
Byline: GLENYS ROBERTS SMARTLY dressed for a dinner date, they look like a typical Fifties teenage couple. The girl smiles at the camera and her boyfriend gazes adoringly at her as they hold hands across the table. Although the couple were...
The Hazards of Eating Tuna
FRESH tuna steaks, one of the most fashionable of dinner party dishes, could conceal a health hazard that can't be detected by smell or even `cooked out'. Scombrotoxic poisoning is where the victim develops a rash on the face, neck and upper chest...
The Nightmare That Lives on for the Ferryman; STEWARD RECALLS SEA DISASTER THAT HAS HAUNTED HIM FOR 44 YEARS
Byline: FRANK RYAN IT WAS the worst day of ferry steward Charlie Thompson's life, leaving him scarred with memories that will haunt him to his grave. He was one of the lucky few - 124 passengers and nine crew perished as giant waves pounded the...
The Pain Was Unbearable; My Expedition Had to Finish
Byline: SARAH EBNER SIR Ranulph Fiennes, 53, is the country's best-known explorer. Late last year - in an attempt to raise money for Breakthrough, the breast cancer charity - he set out to become the first man to walk solo and unsupported across...
Tragic Baby's 100-Fold Dose
A BABY died after an inexperienced doctor gave her 100 times the prescribed dose of morphine. Louise Wood, one of twins born prematurely, was pumped with the massive overdose at Rotherham District General Hospital, an inquest heard yesterday. ...
What's So Different about the Tories?
CAN you tell Tory from Tony? Mr Blair rather hopes you can't. Tough on crime, keen to control spending, anxious not to increase the burden of tax . . . if the Labour shadows were a pop group you could call them `The Tory Silhouettes'. This creates...
Why Did This Mother of Four Fly 6,000 to Wed a Red Indian Killer? the Astonishing Story of Hairdresser Lil Symon Who Left Britain for an Imprisoned Murderer in America
Byline: TONY GALLAGHER WHAT kind of woman falls in love with a murderer? It is a question asked with increasing frequency in recent years, as more and more women have formed bizarre attachments to convicted killers. Such women often suffer low self-esteem...
Why Parents Should Stop Their Excuses; as Scotland's School Absenteeism Figures Fail to Improve, a Headteacherargues the Root of the Problem Lies in the Home
Byline: IAN VALENTINE EACH morning in my school - Cleveden Secondary in Glasgow - one of our staff telephones the home of every child who is absent without explanation. This task takes up most of the morning but it is one we consider worthwhile....
Zola's Deadly Warning for Hoddle
Byline: ROB SHEPHERD ROB SHEPHERD on Chelsea's playmaker - A SIMPLISTIC appraisal it may have been but, after watching Italy beat Northern Ireland last week, England coach Glenn Hoddle said: `When Zola is at his best, Italy look at their best.'...