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Articles from July 23, 1997

A Battle Honourably Lost; MARGARET STONE HAS THE LAST WORD
Byline: MARGARET STONE NATIONWIDE has put its case to test and failed. It now looks almost certain that there has been overwhelming vote in favour of rebel contestants to the board who want to divvy up a bonus for members, one way or another. ...
A Heart Attack Kills Hanna of the BBC at 57
BROADCASTER Vincent Hanna died after a massive heart attack yesterday. He was 57. The newsman and presenter collapsed in Northern Ireland on Monday evening. He was taken to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, where doctors fought in vain to save...
Around the World in 270 Languages
Byline: DAVID DERBYSHIRE ALL the world's main languages are spoken in British schools. Nearly a third of homes in London - the most culturally-diverse city in the country - echo with 275 different tongues. As a result, says a survey, up to...
Ashdown's Emasculation?
Byline: DAVID HUGHES EARLIER this month, Tony Blair and Paddy Ashdown shared a 15-hour flight aboard an RAF VC-10 on their way home from the Hong Kong hand-over. The Prime Minister appeared restless and ill at ease after ten frantic hours in...
Back in Anger
Byline: DAVID WALKER PAUL INCE completed his dream move to Liverpool yesterday and immediately took a sideswipe at his new club's arch-rivals - Manchester United. Ince revealed that he would have snubbed his former club and stayed in Italy even...
Banks' Future Lies in Phones Not Branches
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER IT WILL not be long at the present rate before those banks - or building societies or insurers - not rumoured as potential candidates for a merger with the NatWest will feel badly left out. A Bateman-style cartoon springs...
Battling Ferret Is Still on the Ropes
Byline: NIGEL DEMPSTER WHILE fugitive financier Roger Levitt evades the short arm of the British legal system - a warrant for his arrest was issued by Marlborough Street magistrates on the grounds that he misled DTI inspectors over links with a...
Briton's Surfing Safari Ends in the Jaws of a Killer; SHARK SAVAGES GRADUATE AT PARADISE BEACH
Byline: RICHARD SHEARS MARK PENCHES searched the world for the perfect surfing wave. He found it among the huge breakers washing South Africa's Transkei coast. And it was there, in what should have been a surfer's paradise, that the 25-year-old...
Can You Have Plastic Surgery and Still Truly Be a Feminist? AS A LEADING FEMINIST SPARKS A FURIOUS DEBATE BY DEFENDING HER BREAST IMPLANTS IN PLAY BOY MAGAZINE, WE ASK
Byline: NATALIE CLARKE IN THIS month's issue of Playboy magazine, feminist academic Jan Breslauer provoked a fierce controversy by claiming her recent breast enlargement operation was all about liberation. 'If implants make a woman feel better about...
Celtic So Close to Burley
Byline: GRAHAM HUNTER CELTIC'S personnel merry-go-round continued to whirl crazily yesterday as Craig Burley arrived in Glasgow to continue transfer talks and Paolo di Canio demanded a month-long, stress-free holiday in Italy. At the same time,...
Charles and Camilla: The Nation Debates
TONY Blair must tread carefully on the emotive issue of whether or not Camilla Parker Bowles could be Prince Charles's wife when he is king. Whatever the Church or Government says, Camilla is not and never has been the nation's choice as Queen....
Clubhouse Commandos Spy Whisky Galore at the 19th Green; BARMAID ACCUSED OF NOT PAYING FOR DRINKS
Byline: TOM FULLERTON AT precisely 2200 by their synchronised watches, the three figures slipped stealthily into shrubbery beside the 18th green, woolly hats pulled low over their faces. Clouds shrouded the moon, ideal for the undercover team...
Devolution, the Winners and Losers; Cunning Pact
FOR those who believe in the unity of the United Kingdom - that the whole of this nation has always been bigger than the sum of its parts - yesterday was a sad day. The publication of Labour's devolution plans for Wales (more radical proposals for...
Duffers at Finance; Simple Test Defeats Both Young and Old
Byline: LINDA WHITNEY MOST schools have just broken up for the summer. But when it comes to finance many of us adults and children alike - could do with a bit more education. In a recent Harris poll for NatWest Bank more than 2,000 randomly-selected...
Enter Pongo the Boa Constrictor, Unhurt but a Little Flushed
Byline: DAVID MONTGOMERY IT EMERGED like the creature from the black lagoon. At first sight it could have been a piece of old rag, until you noticed the distinctive diamond patterns on its back. 'It was then I realised it could only be a snake,'...
Experts Are Alarmed as Abortins Rise by 8pc
Byline: GABY HINSLIFF EXPERTS are baffled by a disturbing rise in the number of abortions. Terminations in England and Wales increased for the first time in five years in 1996, Government figures revealed yesterday. There were 167,638 abortions...
Fighting for the Elderly's Finances
HELP the Aged goes to battle tomorrow on behalf of the elderly people in Sefton, Merseyside, who are in danger of losing any council help with nursing home or residential home fees. The charity took Sefton Council to High Court in March after the...
Gazumpers Safe Again; Government Says Issue Too Complex for Quick-Fix Laws
Byline: JAMES HOPEGOOD HOMEBUYERS relying on the new Government to outlaw the curse of gazumping must look after themselves for the forseeable future. Before the General Election, Labour pledged to clamp down on gazumping where buyers, having...
Give Peace a Chance; How Scots Are Shaping Up to Be a Generation of Neighbours from Hell
Byline: COLIN LESLIE THUMPING stereos, blaring TVs, barking dogs and boozy rackets - most of us have had to put up with noise pollution at some point or other. But an alarming survey, published to coincide with today's UK-wide National Noise...
Golfers Who Staked out Clubhouse Barmaid
Byline: TOM FULLERTON AT precisely 2200 hours by their synchronised watches, the three figures slipped stealthily into shrubbery beside the 18th green, woolly hats pulled low over their faces. Clouds shrouded the moon, ideal for the undercover...
Growing Unease at a Darker Side of the Medical Ethics Debate; MEDICAL, DEATHS
Byline: PAUL RIDDELL TO MANY it may seem as if the Michelle Paul case has generated more heat than shed light on the murky world of medical ethics. But the reality is that the 15-year-old's death after she was refused a liver transplant has sparked...
Has the Butler Done It? as the Nationwide Counts the Votes
Byline: MARGARET STONE KEN CARTER is just one of the countless Nationwide members who have cast their vote in favour of former butler Michael Hardern and his four colleagues. These are the rebels who are seeking election on to the board of the...
How Mercy Could Turn into Terror; the Human Touch Is Vital
Byline: LYNDA LEE-POTTER SHOULD a doctor hasten the inevitable death of a patient who was paralysed and in excruciating pain with no hope of recovery? This is the question currently being asked and the response of most humane rational people...
Hughie Green's Fortune Switches to His Mistress; HOW OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS HOST CHANGED HIS WILL IN SNUB TO FAMILY
Byline: ANNE SHOOTER WHEN mourners at Hughie Green's funeral were told he had an illegitimate daughter, they believed it to be the showman's last theatrical coup. It was not. Yesterday it emerged that the former Opportunity Knocks host, a compulsive...
Ice-Man Janus Takes the Bait; Rasmussen Is So Positive as Rangers Lay Euro Lure
Byline: BRIAN SCOTT JANUS RASMUSSEN took the day off work at a Faroese fish factory yesterday but not to sit at home fretting over the prospect of facing Glasgow Rangers. The 32-year-old Gotu defender wanted, rather, to rest and build himself...
Is Edinburgh Really in Any Fit State for the Festival? as the Scots Capital Braces Itself for Another Spasm of Culture, a Leading Mail Commentator Finds the Prospect Claustrophobic
Byline: RODDY MARTINE FOR 50 years it has hit Edinburgh like a tidal wave. Throughout August, the hotel rooms and boarding houses from Corstorphine to Portobello are filled to capacity. Every theatre, church hall, art gallery, bingo parlour and...
Is Your Account on a Nosedive?
Byline: SYLVIA MORRIS BANKS and building societies have a galling habit of launching highflying accounts, only to shoot them down once savers have piled on board. With interest rates on the rise, savers need to take a good look at what they earn...
I Was Sacked by the Fire Brigade Just for Saying I Was Pregnant; SINGLE MOTHER CELEBRATES TRIBUNAL VICTORY
Byline: MARIE SHARP WHEN fire brigade controller Lesley Forsyth found she was pregnant it should have been a joyful event. But when she told her boss the good news, she found herself out of a job with a baby on the way. Shocked and hurt she...
I Will Not Budge on VAT Says Chancellor; When CSA Is the Careless Sums Agency
GORDON BROWN stood his ground against the might of the International Monetary Fund yesterday, flatly refusing to extend VAT. Hours after the influential Washington-based body suggested the Chancellor broaden the tax base to beat back inflation,...
Keep an Eye on Holiday Cash Rates
Byline: TONY HAZELL KEEP a close eye on the small print when you buy your holiday currency, or you might get less than you expected. Most people rely on the display boards in foreign exchange shop windows or banks to tell them how much foreign...
Labour's PR Plan to Woo the Welsh
Byline: DAVID HUGHES THE proposed Welsh Assembly will mark a first in British politics by being elected on a system of proportional representation, it was revealed yesterday. The 60-member authority in Cardiff will be a `major step forward' in...
Lobe at First Sight; What the Ears Say about a Man's Moods
Byline: GABY HINSLIFF WHEN it comes to determining a man's character, the ears may have it. For just as Pinocchio's growing nose betrayed his lies, tiny swellings in a man's facial features can expose miserable moods or a tired mind, scientists...
Lord's Ready to Wage War on the Mob Who Would Shame Us
Byline: PETER JOHNSON;DAVID FACEY WHEN one-day cricket was in its unruly youth, the euphoria of winning a Sunday League title set a full-house Lancashire crowd stampeding across Old Trafford. A county official turned in horror to his chairman,...
Madman's Rampage; Nine British Students Hurt as Arab Runs Amok
Byline: DAVID SHAW;DAVID WALMSLEY A MOSLEM fanatic rammed his car into a group of British teenagers in Tel Aviv last night then slashed at them with a knife and a sword. At least nine members of the party were hurt after the Israeli Arab chased...
Mother's Fight for the Right to Name Her Baby
AN unmarried couple are awaiting the outcome of a ground-breaking legal battle over who has the right to decide their child's surname. The boy, who can be referred to only as W, was born days before his parents separated. His mother registered...
Mourning a la Mode; Diana Comforts Sobbing Elton at Versace Service
Byline: RICHARD KAY THEY had front-row seats for Gianni Versace's last extravagant show - his memorial service. But as Princess Diana, obviously moved, tried to keep a stiff upper lip, Elton John could not hold back his tears. So, although...
New Legal Aid Alarm over [Pounds Sterling]10m Danish Court Battle
Byline: NICK MASON TAXPAYERS could face a legal aid bill of up to [pounds sterling]10million for a fraud case in which none of the participants is British. It involves a Danish bank, Scandinavian defendants and property in Spain and Gibraltar....
Niemi Stakes Euro Claim
Byline: BRIAN SCOTT ANTTI NIEMI'S determination to impress on his competitive debut for Rangers here tonight could hasten the day they sell the man he is replacing, Andy Goram. Niemi, the Finnish international signed from FC Copenhagen for [pounds...
No Player Took on Big Jock and Won
Byline: GRAHAM HUNTER BY later on this evening it will have become apparent whether fate has been at its most malevolent in awarding Wim Jansen his competitive debut as Celtic manager in the stadium where the club's greatest manager died 12 years...
North Sea Boss Faces Jail over Diver's Death; CLEARED OF MANSLAUGHTER BUT SUPERVISOR ERASED VIDEO OF SEA BED INCIDENT
A NORTH SEA diving boss may go to jail after being found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Kenneth Roberts wiped clear a video tape that showed how one of his divers died, and today a judge will decide his sentence. Roberts...
Paddy Gets a Place at Tony's Top Table; LIB-DEMS JOIN CABINET COMMITTEE
TONY Blair yesterday took a dramatic first step towards consigning the Tories to permanent opposition. He sealed a deal with Paddy Ashdown that will give the Liberal Democrats a direct voice in government through seats on a Cabinet committee. ...
Paying the Price of Bridge Protest
Byline: TRACEY LAWSON THE Skye Bridge toll could soar to more than [pounds sterling]7 for a single crossing if island residents continue refusing to pay their way. Owners Skye Bridge Ltd has the right to raise the fare by 30 per cent if traffic...
Probation for the Cruel Lonely Heart Conwoman
A WOMAN who had been sterilised was given probation yesterday for conning a lonely bachelor into giving her money by claiming she had given birth to his child. Mother-of-three Jane Noble told Peter Hebdon he had made her pregnant and that she had...
Really Mobile Numbers; Fairer Deal on Way When Users Switch Networks, Says Telephone Watchdog
Byline: WAYNE ASHER MOBILE phone owners will be offered a fairer deal from next year. They will be able to keep their numbers when they switch to another mobile network under proposals unveiled by Don Cruickshank, director general of telephone...
Reformed Yates Back on Track
IF Sebastian Coe gave up politics and pulled on spikes again, it would be only marginally more surprising than Matthew Yates running in another World Championships. Yates is the boy wonder Coe predicted eight years ago would continue Britain's golden...
Revenge of the Birds on an Ill-Starred Toun; THORNS FROM THE THISTLE
Byline: RODDY MARTINE MUSSELBURGH seems an unlikely location for a replay of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film The Birds, but local seagulls have recently gone on the rampage with a vengeance. It all started back in June when East Lothian Council...
Ring of Bright Future ?
Byline: PETER PATERSON Wildlife On One: Otters: The Truth (BBC1) THE sombre voice of a national statesman addressed us on TV last night. He was dealing with grave matters of life and death, issues on which the country must be made to see the...
SECONDS - AND THEY HAD GONE; Families Mourn Picnic Girls Who Strayed from River Shallows
Byline: ROGER SCOTT THEY were inseparable best friends who sat together in class and shared school projects. So when Charlea Fox was told she was going on a riverside picnic for her eighth birthday she insisted that Jasmine Neville should come...
Security Fear Forced Parliament Rethink
Byline: ANDREW EVANS SECURITY issues prompted the Government's rethink on the location of the proposed Scottish parliament, junior Scottish Minister Lord Sewel disclosed last night. Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar announced last week that options...
Sheriff Calls for New Transplant Guidelines as Doctors Are Cleared; ROUTINE TEST MAY HAVE SAVED ECSTASY VICTIM
Byline: TINA DAWSON A SHERIFF yesterday called on the Scottish medical profession to draw up new guidelines on life and death decisions over who should receive lifesaving transplants. The proposal was one of several made by a sheriff, who headed...
Small Fry with a Deadly Bite
Byline: PETER JARDINE EVER since Argentina and the 1978 World Cup Finals, spying on continental opposition has been a Scottish football cottage industry. It somehow slipped the mind of Ally MacLeod - he had carpets to sell, for goodness sake...
SS Executioners Escape Life and Death in Prison
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS TWO former SS officers who took part in the massacre of 335 civilians during World War II were given jail sentences yesterday. Prosecutors had wanted Erich Priebke, 83, and 84-year-old Karl Hass to spend the rest of their...
Stalking Maniac Faces Life; Guilty Verdict against Obsessed Loner Ends Graduate's Nine-Year Terror, but Her Mental Agony Goes On
A STALKER who terrorised a university graduate for nine years after eavesdropping on her lovemaking was last night warned that he faced the rest of his life behind bars. Patrick Keane, 34, who suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia, pursued 32-year-old...
Student May Sue Professor in Sex Case
Byline: CHRISTOPHER EVANS THE university professor cleared of indecently assaulting two students could be forced to endure the further humiliation of a civil lawsuit. Professor John Cottingham, 54, a world-renowned expert on the philosopher Descartes,...
System That Failed to Save My Daughter; GRIEVING FATHER ATTACKS UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING
Byline: RICHARD ALLEYNE THE Oxford University 'system' was yesterday blamed for the death of a brilliant young Scots student who killed herself in the run-up to her final exams. Sarah Napuk, 22, from Edinburgh, was so distressed about her looming...
TEARS FOR A TRAGIC FRIEND; (1) NEIGHBOURS BLAME POLICE OVER SEARCH THAT FAILED TO FIND LITTLE SCOTT (2) Man Charged with Lost Boy's Murder (3)Mourners Tribute as Man Is Held over Boy's Death
Byline: TOM FULLERTON;ANNIE BROWN THEY should have been enjoying the start of their school holidays with the sound of their laughter ringing around the streets. Instead, yesterday there was an unnatural silence broken by sobbing from a stream...
The Briton Abroad Has Rarely Had It So Good
Byline: SEAN POULTER;WENDY ELKINGTON NO CROISSANT has ever been so cheap, no sangria so sweet, no foreign delicacy so pleasant on the bank balance as well as the taste buds. The strength of the pound means that millions of holidaying Britons...
The Butler Who Stole a Tycoon's Lifestyle Faces Jail; HOW THE HIRED HELP HELPED HIMSELF
A BUTLER assumed the glittering lifestyle of a man of means by stealing from his millionaire employers, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Percival Hole, 49, had been working for Australian hotelier Rodney Price and his wife Loeen for just two months...
The French Tour De Force; Answers to Correspondents
QUESTION; HOW DOES THE SCORING SYSTEM OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE WORK ? HE OVERALL race is won by the rider with the shortest time over the total length of the event. After every stage the rider with the lowest overall time is presented with the yellow...
The Mother Who 'Ran off with the Midwife'; AS BITTER HUSBAND HITS OUT, HEADMISTRESS SAYS: WE'RE NOT LESBIANS
Byline: JON UNGOED-THOMAS;TIM WOODWARD THEY had had their fair share of ups and downs. And after six years of marriage there was still no sign of the baby Ian and Suzanne Brooke craved. When the couple decided to opt for fertility treatment there...
There's Only One Proper Guv'nor; the True Story Behind the Ince-Fergie Feud
Byline: DAVID WALKER THE sale of Paul Ince created the most critical postbag of Alex Ferguson's decade in charge of Manchester United. But the fact that United have not bought him back this week will not create an ounce of trouble for the Postman...
Top Schools Declare State of War over Innings That Went Too Far; GAMES OFF AFTER MATCH THAT WASN'T CRICKET
Byline: JAMES CLARK WHEN two of England's greatest public schools met each other on the cricket field it should have provided a lesson in sportsmanship and fair play. But what actually happened when Marlborough College went out to bat against...
Tragedy of Picnic Girls; Warning on Water Dangers as Death Toll Rises to Six
Byline: JILL STEVENSON CHILDREN and holidaymakers were last night warned to stay away from reservoirs and rivers after the drowning death toll during the heatwave rose to six. The bodies of eight-year-olds Charlea Fox and Jasmine Neville were...
Unmasked, the Soppy Scotsmen in Love; HE'S TOUGH, HE'S MACHO . . . AND HOARDS LETTERS FROM HIS SWEETHEARTS
Byline: TRACEY LAWSON FOR centuries they have cultivated a macho image as reivers, rebels and rugby players - but Scotsmen have now been exposed as some of the soppiest in Britain when it comes to sentimental love letters. Like Rabbie Burns,...
Use Rail Riches to Replace Old Rolling Stock
Byline: DAVID NORRIS MINISTERS came under pressure yesterday to make rail companies spend more of their huge profits on new trains. There was anger after Perth-based bus and rail giant Stagecoach announced it had more than doubled its annual...
Watchdog's Bite Means Cheaper Calls; Doctors Backed over Ecstasy Girl
THE cost of business and long-distance telephone calls could fall by about 10 per cent a year following a ruling that will help BT's rivals. The telecommunications watchdog Oftel has ordered the company to cut what it charges competitors to carry...
What's Next If Your Fix Is Up?
Byline: JAMES HOPEGOOD WHERE do you go when the party's over? That's the question thousands of borrowers coming off special mortgage deals are asking themselves. Over the past few years, home loan deals that tie borrowers into fixed-interest...
What Women Forget; Planning for the Future That Must Not Be Put Off
Byline: WENDY ELKINGTON FEWER than one in two British women have made pension arrangements, according to the latest survey by the Office of Fair Trading. Despite the fact that two in three women are in either full or part-time employment, many...
Why Shouldn't the Home Counties Have Home Rule?! after Welsh Devolution Plans, a Mail Writer, in Mischeviously Provocative Mode, Argues That It's Perharps Time for the South-East to Break Away
Byline: SIMON HEFFER IF YOU are one of the third of the population - there are 18 million of us - who live in the South-East of England, think about this carefully: if we were to form our own nation, separate from the rest of the United Kingdom,...