Daily Mail (London)

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Articles from February 28, 1996

30 Hurt on Motorway as Lunatics Roar into the Fog at 80mph
POLICE blamed `lunatic' drivers after at least 30 people were injured in a pile-up on a fogbound motororway yesterday. More than 35 lorries, cars and vans were involved in the series of crashes on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 in Berkshire....
A FAILED GENERATION; We'll End Comprehensive Errors with a Fast-Track Revival,predicts Blunket
Byline: TONY HALPIN COMPREHENSIVE schools failed a generation of children because of an obsession with mixed-ability teaching, Labour's education spokesman admitted last night. David Blunkett tried to distance Labour from the disastrous performances...
A Heroine High in the Saddle; PAT SMYTHE, RIDER WHO GAVE WOMEN A SPORTING CHANCE AT SHOWJUMPING
Byline: BRIAN GILES PAT SMYTHE, probably the world's most successful woman showjumper, died yesterday aged 67. She had been undergoing treatment in hospital for heart disease and related illnesses and died surrounded by many members of her family....
Another Star Fails to Make Garry Glitter; Present Laughter by Noel Coward: The Aldwych
Byline: JACK TINKER THERE'S an intriguing irony here. Two and a half years ago in this self-same play, Tom Conti managed to be just about adequate. Now, even as we write, he is being magnificent elsewhere in town in Neil Simon's far less showy...
Arsenal Count Cost of Letting Bowyer Slip Net
Byline: BRIAN SCOVELL AS mistakes go it has to be a footballing equivalent of the Barings affair. Just over five years ago Lee Bowyer, a slightly-built 13-year-old from Poplar, was training with the Arsenal youngsters when he was called aside...
A Ryder Star We All Forgot; after Winter Limbo, Gilford Is Back and as Boring as Ever
Byline: ALAN FRASER THE YOUNG assistant collecting green fees at Llandudno Golf Club last month trembled when informed that David Gilford had arrived for a round. cp,8 `David Gilford!' he exclaimed with unconcealed excitement. `It looks like...
Bid to Woo Rivals with Pledge on Talks
MR MAJOR got the shattered Ulster peace process back on track last night by signalling that he is ready to set a date for all-party talks. Buoyed by his one-vote victory in Monday's arms-to-Iraq debate, the Prime Minister launched a drive to find...
Blair Plan to Warm Homes Gets Hot Reception
Byline: ANDREW SPARROW TONY BLAIR last night revealed plans for a nationwide home insulation programme which he claimed could create up to 50,000 jobs. The scheme would also cut fuel bills for thousands of householders, the Labour leader said...
Blow the Trumpet for Small Savers; MONEY MAIL
Byline: SYLVIA MORRIS NATIONWIDE has demonstrated its commitment to mutuality with a range of increased rates to savers, including its regular savings scheme - Bonus Saver - as well as its flagship branch-based instant access and notice accounts....
Canned, a Widget That Fell Flat with Drinkers
Byline: SEAN POULTER THE days of the widget may be numbered, according to a major brewer. Charles Wells, makers of Bombardier, Eagle and Fargo ales, has dropped the device - which promises to produce draught beer from a can - following customer...
Car Surfers on the Crest of a Drunken Wave; STANDING UP OR SITTING AT THE WHEEL, THE ROADS TO DEADLY DANGER
THEY'D had a skinful at the rugby club bash and were game for anything. So these two drunken young farmers decided to dice with death - `car-surfing' in the open back of the Nissan pick-up driving them home. Swaying from side to side, the dinner-jacketed...
Cathedral Battle of the Bulbs
Byline: LUKE HARDING FOR five years, part-time gardener Robin Dominy lovingly tended the yellow daffodils which flourished in the ancient grounds of Salisbury Cathedral. Under the shadow of the 13th century building, the 800 flowers formed a...
CLARK ON RAMPAGE; You've Lost Your Edge So Sort It out, Forest Boss Tells His Players
Byline: RAY MATTS FRANK CLARK has dropped his quiet-man image to deliver a roasting to faltering Nottingham Forest as they embark on a crucial week-long mission on three fronts. He has warned his players that their season is in danger of disintegration...
Costly Spoke in a Cyclist's Wheel; MONEY MAIL
Byline: CLAIRE GALEA TO BE the victim of theft is bad enough, but to find out that you were never fully covered for any loss can be just as upsetting. John Williamson, 63, from Carlisle, Cumbria, has been a cycle fanatic all his life. When...
Decision You Could Regret for a Lifetime; MONEY MAIL
Byline: BARBARA ELLIS A DECISION you make just before retirement will seriously influence the rest of your financial life: what kind of annuity to buy and where to buy it. You can buy an annuity voluntarily at any time by handing over a lump...
DRUG THUG'S DEFENDER; Judge Astonished Bt Psychiatrist Who Wanted Robber Freed
AN Old Bailey judge yesterday branded `astonishing' a psychiatrist's recommendation that an drug-addicted armed robber be given probation. Instead, Recorder Heather Hallet, QC, jailed Augustus Akwei for 12 years after describing him as a `demon'....
Duke of Atholl Dies, Ensuring His Cousin Won't Be Putting on Heirs; TO THE PEOPLE, A CASTLE . . . TO HIS DISTANT RELATIVE, JUST A TITLE
Byline: JAMES GRYLLS THE 10th Duke of Atholl died yesterday, content in the knowledge that the future of his beloved Blair Castle was secure. The 64-year-old bachelor had been at pains to ensure that the 13th-century family seat on Tayside remained...
Fighting Cocks `Prised Apart by RSPCA'
A GIPSY cock-fighting convention was broken up by an RSPCA undercover unit in the middle of a contest, a court heard yesterday. Two injured and exhausted fighting birds were locked together in a blood-spattered pit when police and RSPCA inspectors...
Glorious Gary; McAllister Double Sees Leeds Through
Byline: DAVID WALKER GARY McALLISTER rescued Howard Wilkinson's dream of a Wembley double just as Leeds looked set to become the latest victims of this season's finest cup underdogs. Barely two days hours after clinching their passage to a Coca-Cola...
GOD IS A WOMAN; (1) THE BIBLICAL PLAY THAT WON'T FOLLOW SCRIPTURE RELIGIOUSLY (2) Deliver Us from Feminism Says Furious Archdeacon as Actress Turns Him into Her
IN the beginning, God was male. And anyone who spake otherwise would surely suffer fire and brimstone. But lo, times have changed - and now, amid a row of Biblical proportions, Ruth Ford is to play Him (sorry, Her) in this year's Mystery play in...
Grimsby Prepare for Battle to Keep Laws
Byline: ALAN BIGGS GRIMSBY are battling to keep player-manager Brian Laws - just 18 days after his job appeared to be on the line. Managerless Burnley are ready to make an approach for Laws, a former player at Turf Moor, as soon as his Grimsby...
Houdini Major Lifts Shares
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER SHARES flew the blue Tory flag on relief at the Government's victory - by the skin of its teeth - in the Commons vote on the Scott arms-to-Iraq report. John Major's Houdini-style escape encouraged dealers to ignore Wall Street's...
How Could a Mother Dump Him?
Byline: NICK CRAVEN;ANNE SHOOTER SLEEPING contentedly in a blanket, the baby abandoned at Heathrow Airport was yesterday continuing his remarkable recovery. Offers to adopt the fair-haired, blue-eyed boy flooded in as he made his first public...
How the 'Scrummy' Star Lost out in Love; WHY HEART-THROB DOMINIC IS A MAN OF MANY FACES
Byline: MONICA PORTER TIM FIRTH and Hugh Grant notwithstanding, you don't have to get dressed up in 18th century frippery amid gorgeous scenery to be a dashing small-screen heart-throb. A gloomy back bar in the House of Commons where Fleet Steet...
In Frantic Countdown to Victory, Ulster Is Not for Sale; DAILY MAIL ANALYSIS OF THE DAY MAJOR FACED DISASTER OVER SCOTT REPORT BUT STOOD FAST ON PEACE
Byline: DAVID HUGHES;JOHN DEANS IT WAS one of the biggest gambles of John Major's career. At stake was the reputation of his Government - possibly its survival. But in six frantic hours of arm-twisting and power-broking behind the scenes at Westminster,...
Is Strain the Unseen Enemy of RAF Jets?
Byline: DAVID NORRIS STRESS and fatigue among overstretched and demoralised airmen was being blamed last night for an unprecedented spate of military plane crashes. Nine aircraft - and four crewmen's lives - have been lost over the last seven...
Is Your Bank Set to Cash in on Leap Year? MONEY MAIL
Byline: WAYNE ASHER CELESTIAL mechanics are set to affect our wealth tomorrow - February 29. The Leap Year's extra day can mean an extra day's interest on savings and debts. Rules differ between lenders. Barclays, Midland, and Lloyds pay their...
Joachim Waits on Villa Launch-Pad
Byline: RAY MATTS JULIAN JOACHIM is poised for an unexpected Aston Villa debut at home to Blackburn Rovers tonight with manager Brian Little predicting a rosy future for the 21-year-old he signed at half-price. Little is ready to gamble that...
Just Charge It to My Ex,says Jan
Byline: NIGEL DEMPSTER ON MONDAY night, Winston Churchill's former mistress Jan Cushing and actress Marilyn Galsworthy were out on the town supping champagne and caviar together - and leaving the bill to the man whom they both professed to have...
Le Tissier Challenge Puts Collins in Limelight
Byline: DAVID KENT LEE COLLINS takes on the task of putting out Matthew Le Tissier's FA Cup fire at The Dell tonight, just three months after being signed from Scottish part-timers Albion Rovers. The slightly-built 20-year-old from Glasgow is...
Locked Up, Firebug Pair Whose Greed Killed Son
A COUPLE who killed their toddler son and scarred his baby brother for life after setting fire to their home so they could claim [pounds sterling]1,000 compensation were locked away yesterday. Michael Cunningham, 27, was jailed for seven years,...
Married Life's a Beach If You Lose the Ring; WHAT'S NEW/MONEY MAIL
THE number of Britons getting married abroad has increased by nearly 50 per cent over the past five years; about 20,000 will tie the marriage knot overseas this year. The Safeguard Weddings policy, one of the first of its kind in Britain, is extending...
Maybe If I Dyed My Hair, Dressed Younger and Spoke Brummie the BBC Would Still Want Me; Peter Hobday, Radio's Gentleman Interviewer, on His Shock Departure
Byline: GEOFFREY LEVY EIGHTEEN months ago they reduced his 130 presenting days a year to 100. A year ago they cut them to 50. After the furore of the past 48 hours, few of the 2.5 million who loyally listen to Radio 4's early morning Today programme...
No Place for Pushers Kick out the Council House Drug Dealers Says Minister
Byline: ANDREW SPARROW CONVICTED drug dealers living in council property should be evicted at once, a Minister insisted yesterday. Pushers were the `lowest of the low' and should not have access to local authority houses and flats while trying...
Past Its Peak despite New Blood
Byline: PETER PATERSON Peak Practice (ITV); The X Files: Anasazi (BBC1); The Brittas Empire (BBC1) HOW do you account for the popularity of Peak Practice, a medical drama less concerned with patients than with the financial problems and computer...
Players Backing Botham as Boss
Byline: BRIAN SCOVELL;PETER JOHNSON IAN BOTHAM is the choice of senior England players to succeed Ray Illingworth as manager after the World Cup. Botham has made no secret of his desire for the job and the players believe he has the motivational...
Plea from the Grave by Lover Hanged for Murder in Red Barn; SALE OF LETTER IS NEW TWIST TO GRIM TALE THAT HAS RUN FOR 169 YEARS
Byline: PAUL HARRIS THEY queued in the rain from dawn to see William Corder hanged. The executioner's rope sold afterwards for a guinea an inch and parts of his skin were used to bind court records of his trial. He was guilty - probably -...
Pot-Bellied Neighbour Not to Be Sniffed at; SIX-YEAR FEUD STARRING FLOSSIE THE PIG AND A BARKING DOG
Byline: ROGER SCOTT FIRST to break the peace between the neighbours was the constant barking of Jet, a labrador-collie cross. Then the unfortunate habits of Flossie, a 220lb Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, added more than a whiff of trouble. Finally...
Poverty Trap Sprung; Myth of the 25pc Poor Has Been Exploded, Says Report
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY THE poverty trap has caught far fewer people than lobbyists and Left-wing politicians would have us believe, according to a new report. It explodes the myth that up to 25 per cent of the population can find no way out of...
Quick Fixes Can Leave You Stuck; MONEY MAIL
Byline: JAMES HOPEGOOD SPOILT for choice. Homeowners have rarely had such a range of temptingly low special fixed and discounted rate mortgages to choose from. Don't be dazzled by the low headline rates on offer in the very short term. You...
Reject Targets Auld Enemy
Byline: PETER JACKSON IAN SMITH came home from the World Cup feeling `a bit of a fraud', a phoney state of mind which had nothing to do with his decision to abandon England for Scotland. The fraudulent complex stemmed not simply from the fact...
RUSH GOODBYE; Liverpool's Goal Machine Decides on Leaving Date
Byline: COLIN WOOD RECORD-BREAKER Ian Rush will leave Liverpool at the end of the season and start a stampede of managers eager to capture him on a free transfer. The 34-year-old striker, who will be on the bench again tonight for the FA Cup...
Savings Deals That Can't Be Beaten at the Post; MONEY MAIL
Byline: SYLVIA MORRIS AS BUILDING societies go through far-reaching changes, savers need to take stock of the interest their money is earning. High Street instant access and notice accounts, the traditional jewel in their crown, have become distinctly...
SCHOOL FEES PLANNING; Invest Now for Good Results Later If You Want Your Child
ALL parents want to give their children the best start in life, and many believe the best way is a private school. Seven in every 100 schoolchildren in the UK - 587,000 - receive private education. Fees range from [pounds sterling]2,000 a year for...
Sorry, No Parties in My Egg Room; MONEY MAIL/ME AND MY COLLECTION
Byline: DIANA HUTCHINSON LADY Elizabeth Anson, 55, is famous as as a party organiser. Her company, Party Planners, arranges 400 events a year, including royal birthday celebrations, pop star weddings and coming out parties. But there is one place...
Star Track: BR's Dream of the 9.15 to Mars; RAIL DESIGNERS BRANCHED OUT TO PATENT NUCLEAR-POWERED SPACE EXPRESS
Byline: JASON BURT THE old image of British Rail - sleepy functionaries floored by such basic acts of nature as snow and fallen leaves - may have to be revised. For back in the 1970s, at least, it was staffed by scientific visionaries with dreams...
Super Final Will Survive Says Smith
Byline: PETER FERGUSON BRIAN SMITH last night told his Bradford Bulls players that they will still have a World Club Championship place to aim for despite Rugby League's turmoil in Australia. Rupert Murdoch's [pounds sterling]75million Super...
Survival Is Not All That Matters
RECRIMINATION may rumble on. But the marathon song and dance about Scott is over. By the slenderest of Commons victories this most distended of reports has effectively been consigned to the political dustbin. The murky story, which began five years...
Taking Account of the Computer Revolution; MONEY MAIL
Byline: WAYNE ASHER BARCLAYS is to offer what it claims is a totally secure way of banking from your personal computer. The scheme, launched yesterday is being offered to 2,500 customers who will test the system and establish what other customers...
The Flexible Way to Buy Your Home; MONEY MAIL
Byline: JAMES HOPEGOOD RADICAL new plans are afoot to boost home ownership by making buying into housing associations, the Cinderellas of the property market, easier and more flexible. Housing association tenants can buy into their homes using...
The Hero `Killed by Fagin Torture Gang'
Byline: JAMES GOLDEN A WAR hero of 84 was tortured and killed by a teenage gang guided by a Fagin-style leader, it was alleged yesterday. Clarence Cooper, who won the Military Medal while serving in Burma in 1944, had a knife put to his throat...
The [Pounds Sterling]1m Lions Jersey
Byline: PETER JACKSON THE FAMOUS Lions rugby jersey is to be sold in a [pounds sterling]1million deal to pay for the first professional tour by the top 30 players in Britain and Ireland. Several multi-national companies are negotiating to put...
The Tarnished Rewards; MONEY MAIL
Byline: MARGARET STONE THE debate about whether building societies should turn themselves into publicly quoted banks owned by shareholders or remain mutual organisations owned by their members, reached its climax last week when Nationwide came down...
The Wizard Casts Spell over India
Byline: IAN WOOLDRIDGE AS PREDICTED, the Little Master played a sapphire of an innings and the Australian Wizard spun a web of baffling deception. It would be encouraging to think that somewhere over there in Pakistan the England team were watching...
The Young Masters of China; Charming and Childish . . . but These Four Pictures Could Illustrate an Alarming East-West Divide Robbing Our Youngsters of Traditional Skills
Byline: JOHN WOODCOCK TAKE a close look at these two pairs of classroom pictures - showing a horse and a house on a hill. They are the work of eight-year-olds - but, even to the most uncritical eye, one pair is much more skilfully portrayed than...
Time to Banish These Brickies; as the New Brutalists of the Pickled Sheep Brigade Try the Storm One Ofthe Last Bastions of British Life
Byline: PAUL JOHNSON SHOULD there still be a place in the art world for traditional paintings - accurate pictures of real people and landscapes, flower studies and portraits, created by skilled, highly trained and talented artists who know how to...
Tory Heavyweights Join Divorce Revolt
Byline: DAVID HUGHES;ANTHONY DORAN LORD MACKAY'S divorce reforms hit a new crisis last night as it emerged that they have run into opposition from a key group of the Tory backbench `high command'. No fewer than seven members of the 18-strong...
Twinkle, the Star Who Rode into the Night with Milk Tray Man; AT 14 SHE WAS AT SCHOOL WITH CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES,AT 16 SHE WAS APOP STAR-SO WHY MAKE A COMEBACK AFTER 30 YEARS?
Byline: JANE KELLY AT 16, some likened her to Bardot, others compared her to a Yorkshire terrier. The Prime Minister sent her a letter of congratulation, while a member of the House of Lords vilified her. She won a silver disc for her hit record,...
Vikings Want to Board Trafs without a Fight
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER THE Norwegians have clearly not lost the taste for risky adventures which distinguished their Viking ancestors. Heavy engineers Kvaerner, already owners of Govan shipyards, are pushing further south with a view to buying...
We Must Teach All Our Religions-Not Just One
HOW FAR should one tolerate the intolerant? The decision by Education Secretary Gillian Shepherd not to oppose Birmingham Council's accession to demands by Moslem leaders for seperate religious education, has excited the often-latent Christianity in...
Will Saskia Make the Right Pension Choice?
Byline: WENDY ELKINGTON NEARLY four million people who opted out of the State Earnings Related Pension scheme - known as SERPs - and set up personal pension plans could be worse off when they retire, says a new Labour Party report. This makes...
Wynne Battles Back to Glory
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE TEN weeks ago Steve Wynne faced having his left leg amputated after injury sustained after a fall in December At Leicester yesterday he returned to the winner's enclosure for the first time since the prognosis when he...
Your Vital Pension Checklist
THE right age to opt out of SERPs does vary, varies, but it's worth considering for men in their 20s and 30s and women up to around 35, but take advice. * If you earn less than [pounds sterling]10,000 a year, you are probably best off staying with...