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Articles from December 23, 1996

1,000 Not Out
Byline: BRIAN SCOVELL ALL he wanted - all any goalkeeper wants - was a clean sheet. He achieved it with embarrassing ease, the 332nd of his record 1,000 League games. Doomed Brighton were so woeful that Peter Shilton had only one save to make...
(1) Reach out to Your 'Miracle Mind' (2) WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND; SELF
Byline: Suzy Greaves Ann-Marie Woodall, 43, is a trainer in the psychology of relationships. She talks to Suzy Greaves about being positive. WHEN was the last time you were really playing, laughing, singing and dancing? We all start off as...
A Marry-Go-Round; New Twist to Affairs Sparked by a Murder
Byline: STEVEN MORRIS THE marriage ceremony was brisk, purposeful and, perhaps most importantly, discreet. The couple had chosen a hotel some distance from their Cotswolds home, a venue patronised at this time of year more by bustling businessmen...
Anfield Artillery Will Leave Them All Shellshocked Warns Big Stan
Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON STAN COLLYMORE believes that Anfield's prolific attacking armoury will shatter the ambitions of Liverpool's title rivals, including Newcastle. Kevin Keegan's side lie in wait tonight on Tyneside hell bent on rekindling...
A Perfect Christmas Chi; (1) SELF (2) FENG SHUI
Byline: Lucy Shakeshaft THE ancient science of Feng Shui concerns your living space at home and at work. By making subtle changes to your surroundings, you can manipulate the cosmic chi, a mystical energy the Chinese believe can bring great benefits....
As One Christie Shone, the Other Heaped Disgrace on the Name; Linford Flies Home to Mourn His Murdered Brother
Byline: DAVID WALMSLEY LINFORD CHRISTIE arrived back in Britain from Australia yesterday after being told that his brother Russell had been murdered. Cameramen were jostled at Heathrow as the Olympic sprint champion, who had been away training,...
A Triumph - but a Tragedy It Had to Be Fuelled by Drink and Debt; as Goalkeeper Peter Shilton Celebrates His 1,000th League Game .
Byline: DAVID MELLOR IF YOU'VE ever shouted three cheers with tears of sadness running down your cheeks, you'll know how I feel about Peter Shilton playing his 1,000th league game yesterday. You know it's a milestone no one else is likely to...
Bhoys' Share Price Soars to Beat Those League Blues; STOCK MARKET SCRAMBLES TO GRAB A SLICE OF CELTIC
CELTIC shareholders were given some early festive cheer yesterday when it was revealed the club's shares are set to soar to a record high. The news should offer some consolation to fans worried about their team trailing arch rivals Rangers by 14...
Can These New Concealers Really Work Miracles? (1) SELF (2) TRIED & TESTED
Byline: Nadine Baggott THE annual round of Christmas parties does little for our looks. If you have been waking up with dark circles under your eyes and a far from perfect complexion, one of the new light-reflecting concealers could be just the...
Car Bomb Puts Ulster on Verge of a Bloodbath; POLITICIANS WARN OF A NEW SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE AFTER ATTACK
Byline: DAVID HUGHES;STEPHEN WRIGHT ULSTER was on the brink of a new round of blood-letting last night after loyalist paramilitaries tried to murder a prominent republican once described as an `IRA Godfather'. The bomb attack on Eddie Copeland...
Chauffeur-Driven Mandelson Leaves Seniors Standing
Byline: DAVID HUGHES LABOUR election supremo Peter Mandelson is enjoying the use of a chauffeur-driven car, thanks to a nightclub owner's generosity. The only other Labour politician with one is Tony Blair - and his is provided by the Government....
Christmas Spirit? Oh, Buzz off . . . THORNS FROM THE THISTLE
Byline: JAMES GRYLLS PRE-CHRISTMAS dinner at the Constipated Monk proved to be a jolly affair. Myself, the Colonel and a few chosen guests being given a private room in which the chief intellectual stimulation over the liqueurs was a debate on how...
Commentary
Byline: SIMON HEFFER JOHN MAJOR'S assertion that the crisis in his party over Europe is one of the worst to afflict it since the split over the Corn Laws 150 years ago is correct, and refreshing, but bizarre. To make this statement of the obvious...
Crash Film Go-Ahead May Sink Censors; (1) Ministers Angry at 'Powerless' Board (2) Board Has Lost Right to Exist, Says MP
Byline: SEAN POULTER;JASON BURT CENSORS are poised to approve the `sex and wrecks' film Crash for full release. Examiners of the British Board of Film Classification have recommended that the controversial movie, which depicts perverts sexually...
Danger of Our DIY Morality, by Carey
CHRISTIAN values are at risk of being lost to a `DIY morality', the Archbishop of Canterbury warned yesterday. `We have lost the language of sin,' Dr George Carey said in his pre-Christmas broadcast on the GMTV Sunday programme. `A lot of good,...
Diary
Byline: NIGEL DEMPSTER WITH an international warrant issued for his arrest last week, Roger Levitt, I can reveal, is now tantalisingly close to the long arm of the British law - he is at the [pounds sterling]1 million family villa on Spain's Costa...
Early Morning Blaze Wipes out House and Lifetime's Possessions; They Were Coming Home for New Year, Now There's Nothing to Come Home To
Byline: NEIL MACPHAIL A RETIRED couple visiting their daughter for Christmas received a dawn telephone call yesterday telling them their home and possessions had been destroyed in a mystery blaze. Neighbours living at picturesque Loch Ussie...
Elitist, Secretive and out of Touch
THE British Board of Film Classification, poised to license the controversial movie Crash, is out of touch, elitist and - technically speaking, of course - irresponsible. The board makes it difficult to judge how representative its 13 examiners...
England's Knightmare; Opener Denied One Run Short of Victory
Byline: PETER JOHNSON NICK KNIGHT could not mask his frustration as an outraged England were denied victory by just one run in yesterday's historic Test finale here. The run chase for 205 off 37 overs to beat Zimbabwe came down to the last ball...
England's Level Best Not Enough; Knight the Hero but Wide Tactics Leave Tourists One Run Short
Byline: PETER JOHNSON DARREN GOUGH, his legs pumping and his face contorted by desperation, skidded into a lasting, unwanted place in cricket history last night. When he turned for a third run off the final ball of a high-tension Test, his heart...
Europe Is One of Our Worst Crises for 150 Years, Warns Major; CORN TAX THAT LED TO CLASS WAR
Byline: DAVID HUGHES BRITAIN's future in Europe presents the Tories with one of their gravest crises in 150 years, John Major warned yesterday. Making no attempt to disguise the significance of the European question, he said: `It is an issue...
Experts Say Killer Bug Outbreak May Be Over
Byline: ROBERT FAIRBURN HEALTH officials are hoping they have finally contained the killer E.coli 0157 bug after no new cases were reported for the second day in a row. It was confirmed yesterday that throughout Central Scotland the number...
Flag-Pinching Prank Which Badly Misfired; CHRISTMAS BOOKS
Byline: PETER JACKSON WILLIE ANDERSON has admitted that he thought he was going to be shot over his notorious Argentinian flag-stealing stunt in Buenos Aires. The former Ireland captain, now the new full-time coach at London Irish, has told the...
Gloria Loved the Thrill of the Hunt. Her Biggest Catch Was Hollywood's Wildest Womaniser.She Tamed Him Forever; Day Two: His Conquests Included Dietrich and De Havilland, but Only One Woman Was Able to Snare Stewart
Byline: DONALD DEWEY ACTOR James Stewart has always been recognised as Mr Nice Guy, and a Hollywood heart-throb to fans on both sides of the Atlantic. But a new biography of the 88-year-old movie star reveals that his reputation as the even-keeled...
Greenhouse World Gets Ants in Its Pants
Byline: JOHN JAMES IT should have been a giant leap for mankind - instead it has become a monument to Man's failure against Nature. Biosphere 2, conceived as a self-supporting Garden of Eden, is to open its doors to tourists after being overrun...
Has Killer Minister Lost His Love?
Byline: STEPHEN SMITH IT was a romance which blossomed in the most bizarre circumstances. He was the murderer who wanted to be a minister, she was the brilliant young divinity student. But there was speculation last night that the lives of...
How a Simple Touch Leaves Me Feeling So Energised; (1) SELF (2) MY ALTERNATIVE LIFE
ROYAL Shakespeare Company and National Theatre actress Abigail McKern - daughter of actor Leo - is divorced and lives in Richmond, Surrey. She recently appeared in Tartuffe at the Almeida and School For Scandal at Chichester with Honor Blackman and...
I Am Sir Lauren's Secret Child - and He Seduced My Mother When She Was 14
Byline: STEVEN MORRIS;PETER YOUNGHUSBAND THE bereaved family of Prince Charles's guru Sir Laurens van der Post were devastated yesterday by remarkable claims that he fathered a secret child by a girl of 14. It is alleged that the explorer and...
I Had to Face Him in the Witness Box to Have Him Jailed but He'll Be out Iweeks
Byline: SIMON HOUSTON A LAWYER who was questioned in court by a man who had stalked her for two years, last night demanded a change in the law to prevent victims being put through a second ordeal by their tormentors. Elspeth Black, 36, was...
I'll End Mixed Ward Shame Says Dorrell from the Mail, November 19
Byline: JOHN DEANS ACTION to speed the abolition of mixed-sex wards in hospitals has been ordered by Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell. Following a Daily Mail campaign, he has told NHS bosses to inject fresh momentum into the stalled conversion...
It's Sport, but Not as We Know It
Byline: NEIL WILSON THAT billboard visible on Match of the Day behind the Old Trafford goals which screamed Give Me Five was all the encouragement Cantona & Co needed to turn over poor Sunderland. Actually it advertised a new year's present...
It Was Meant to Be a Joke but Now Sexual Remark Has Inspector Sent Home
Byline: ROBERT FAIRBURN A POLICE inspector has been sent home from a training course after a woman sergeant complained he had sexually harassed her. But last night there was concern that what appears to have been a foolish remark between colleagues...
I Used to Be a Prize-Winning Doctor.Until an Old Man Showed Me a Better Way to Help People; (1) SELF (2) AND WE INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR NEW COLUMNIST DR JOHN BRIFFA
Byline: Ceri Jackson;JOHN BRIFFA DR JOHN BRIFFA had a glittering career in surgery ahead of him, having studied for six years at medical school. But then he met an old man whose influence changed his career - and life - for ever. Now aged just 30,...
Judges of Movie Morality . . . but You Are Not Allowed to Know about Them; AS SICKENING SEX-AND-WRECKS MOVIE GETS THE GO-AHEAD, FOCUS ON THE `ORDINARY PEOPLE' BEHIND AN EXTRAORDINARY DECISION
Byline: SEAN POULTER;JASON BURT THE 13 examiners of the British Board of Film Classification are supposed to be `ordinary people' who `accurately reflect the moral climate and judgment of the nation'. Yet the public is allowed to know virtually...
Junior Denied at Last Hurdle; Rugby Diary
Byline: PETER JACKSON THE JET-LAGGED Junior Paramore duly made his 12,000-mile dash from Auckland to Orrell only to be sabotaged by an old English wing of Grand Slam vintage. Nigel Heslop, England circa 1991-92, brought the Bedford flanker's...
Keep on Writing Us off, Says Beardsley
Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON NEWCASTLE United's battle-hardened skipper Peter Beardsley has told the critics to keep writing off the club's challenge for the title. Beardsley believes the players will keep biting the bullet before firing off their...
Love on Hold for Santa
A BRIDE who missed out on a honeymoon because her new husband wanted to help Russian children is set to be alone on Christmas Day too. Kenny Ross married Gillian in Thurso in November but days later he and his father Stan drove to Moscow. They...
Major Will Use Scotland for Election Launch
Byline: WILLIAM CLARK JOHN MAJOR will launch his general election campaign at a huge reception on the banks of the Clyde. The Prime Minister will kick off his drive to retain power with an attack on Opposition plans he claims could wreck the...
Mistletoe without the Whine; (1) SELF (2) THE BEST WAY TO KICK START YOUR CHRISTMAS
Byline: Annabel Cole CHRISTMAS comes, but once a year, and that's quite enough! This wise observation should strike a sympathetic chord with harassedwives and mothers all over Britain. Christmas, as anyone who has ever had to cope with a family...
Moore Puts Foot in It; Lander Says Referee Was Right to Banish Former England Hero in Cup Cliffhanger
Byline: PETER JACKSON WORLD CUP referee Steve Lander delivered a damning verdict yesterday on the incident which wrecked Brian Moore's last hope of achieving his one unfulfilled ambition. Richmond, nine points clear of First Division Sale with...
MoT Certificate Is Axed to Stop Fraud Scrapped: The Certificate
Byline: RAY MASSEY THE paper MoT certificate is to be abolished as part of a crackdown on vehicle fraud and crime. Instead, proof of a vehicle's roadworthiness will be held on a central computer database. The Government says the computerisation...
My Heartburn Is So Bad I Can't Even Eat Properly; (1) SELF (2) TODAY HAZEL COURTENEY WRITES HER LAST ALTERNATIVELY SPEAKING
Byline: HAZEL COURTENEY Q I AM 42 and suffer from chronic heartburn and indigestion. I work under enormous stress at a busy publishing house and recently have found it harder to eat properly. Food sticks in my throat and I have a burning sensation...
My Husband Was Dying, and Frank Helped Me Survive; (1) SELF (2) RELATIVELY SPEAKING
Byline: Ian Woodward CLODAGH RODGERS, 49, shot to fame with Jack In A Box in 1971. Northern Ireland-born, she lives in West Sussex with sons Matthew, 20, by her marriage to her then manager John Morris, and Sam, 12, from her marriage to guitarist...
Newcastle Bandwagon Gathers Pace
Byline: PETER JACKSON ROB ANDREW'S Newcastle gave the rest of English rugby ample notice yesterday that Tyneside is a place to be avoided in the next round of the Pilkington Cup. The team bought by Sir John Hall's chequebook demolished neighbouring...
Nine-Ball Disciples Break the Mould
Byline: ALAN FRASER THEY said pool was more attacking than snooker and, sure enough, Ralf `The Kaiser' Souquet broke as if shoving a bayonet where Clive Dunn always insisted the enemy did not like it. They said pool was faster than snooker and,...
NODDY DRIVES US NUTS; Festive Muzak Leaves the Listener Needing Therapy
Byline: TOM FULLERTON BING CROSBY is the biggest offender. Cliff Richard with his Mistletoe and Wine is a close second and Noddy Holder rasping out I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day also has a lot to answer for. With a blanket of snow outside,...
No More Feuding as Nick Becomes Mr Nice
Byline: MICHAEL MCDONNELL THE TRANSFORMATION of Nick Faldo from self-centred superstar to selfless benefactor has taken 20 years to achieve and is almost complete. For many of those years, Britain's most successful golfer had been an aloof and...
Now You're Talking Jobs
Byline: WILLIAM CLARK;STEPHEN SMITH Scottish accent could be a major factor in creating 5,000 jobs at a new telephone banking centre in Lanarkshire. For generations, Scots have been given an inferiority complex over their accent, being told that...
Nurses in Saudi Murder Quiz
Byline: DAVID DERBYSHIRE TWO British nurses were last night being held by Saudi Arabian police investigating the murder of an Australian nurse. The women, who are in their thirties, are thought to have been arrested on Friday and are being detained...
OASIS HAVE THE MILLIONS,THE FANS AND FAME.BUT ARE JOE AND GERRY McKAY ACTUALLY BETTER OFF?
Byline: TINA DAWSON HURLING a volley of snarling expletives into the soundproofed space, Liam and Noel Gallagher downed microphones at the legendary Abbey Road studios, secure in the knowledge that if and when they complete the third Oasis album...
On the Bomber's List `Mardi Gra' Maniac's Threat to Shoppers
Byline: PETER ROSE THE `Mardi Gra' bomber has sent a chilling warning that he may target Christmas shoppers. The so-called urban terrorist has threatened to escalate his campaign against Barclays Bank and Sainsbury's. He has sent a surveillance-type...
Our Nightmare as Gun Gang Forced Us to Strip
Byline: SASHA JENSEN A BRITISH couple on holiday in South Africa told yesterday how they begged for their lives as robbers held machine guns to their heads. Timothy Frost and Emma Isherwood were driving on a remote road when they were ambushed...
Outrage at [Pounds Sterling]1m Bonuses for City Whizkids
Byline: DAVID NORRIS TWO hundred City high-fliers will become millionaires in a New Year bonus bonanza, it emerged yesterday. They are among 1,500 investment bankers and brokers due to share a record [pounds sterling]750million in perks. The...
Perfect Your Kissing Style to Win His Love; SELF
Byline: Mandy Francis WHO DO you want to kiss under the mistletoe this year - and will you make the right impression? Kisses are as much a part of Christmas as crackers and mince pies. Unfortunately they come in two distinct varieties - wanted and...
Police Chief Is Reported after Force Investigation
Byline: NEIL MACPHAIL A SENIOR police officer has been reported to the procurator fiscal after an investigation into serious allegations against him. Chief Superintendent William Cheesman, fourth in command with Northern Constabulary, was investigated...
Praise Be for Carol Boy Who Saved Me; SINGER RAISES ALARM AFTER FINDING PENSIONER NEAR DEATH
A SCHOOLBOY went carol singing to earn money to buy Christmas presents for his family. But 13-year-old Neil Gedge ended up giving a stranger the greatest gift of all . . . life. Neil had just launched into O Come All Ye Faithful outside a pensioner's...
Query over Quest; King George Grounds for Concern over Casey's Grand National Hero
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE ROUGH QUEST, second favourite for the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, will defect from the race if the going is any faster than good. With the forecast for dry, windy weather, a small field for the big race...
Red Alert for Wenger; Wenger Blast for Referees
Byline: DAVID FACEY ARSENAL'S title challenge is being undermined by referees over-reacting to the club's poor disciplinary record, according to manager Arsene Wenger. He clearly believes Ian Wright was harshly treated when he was sent off in...
Sou'westers Still Have a Hat; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
One scene in the infamous Sixties film Up The Junction featured a children's recreation ground depicting a ride we used to know as The Witch's Hat. Do any of these still exist? THIS common playground apparatus was sometimes known as The Witch's...
The 12 Scents of Christmas; (1) SELF (2) How Clove, Frankincense and Myrrh Can Heal Those Winter Blues
Byline: SUE PLATT WE ALL feel ourselves starting to flag after the Christmas Day feast - too much turkey, wine and mince pies invariably take their toll. Yet a quick sniff of one of these fragrances could give you that extra lift ready for the...
The Loser Who Always Ran Straight into Trouble
Byline: CHRISTIAN GYSIN IF things had worked out differently, Russell could have been the Christie brother making sporting headlines. In the early days, Linford was seen as the academic in the family - he was nicknamed `The Brainbox' - while...
The Nativity, Perfectly Cribbed from the Bible; (except, of Course, for the Couple in Country Casuals)
Byline: GREG SWIFT SPLENDIDLY portraying shepherds, kings and crib, it looks at first glance like some mediaeval painting of the Nativity. Until, that is, you notice the thoroughly modern couple sharing a smile with Mary and Joseph. However,...
The Show Goes on - Oh Yes It Does
Byline: KEITH WATERHOUSE WHAT show, this Christmas, will be playing to packed houses from one end of the country to the other? And no, I don't mean 101 Dalmatians. We are talking live theatre here. I'll give you a clue - she has an exotic taste...
They Also Served; ... in a Year of Living Anonymously
Byline: MIKE DICKSON AT the age of 39, CLIVE WALKER has been all round the houses of professional football in this country and has lately been supplementing his income by dealing in antiques. He suddenly surfaced again this year as a major irritant...
This Royal Relic Has Had Its Day; the Column That Really Packs a Punch
Byline: PETER MCKAY PRINCE Philip chose not to join the Princess Royal and former racing driver Jackie Stewart for a Sandringham pheasant shoot on Saturday. This led to the suggestion that he was running for cover after the Dunblane row. If he...
Trial Folded `after WPC Altered Notes'
Byline: ALISON HARDIE POLICE are carrying out an internal investigation into the collapse of a seven-week gang violence trial that has already cost the taxpayer [pounds sterling]250,000. Five men were freed by a sheriff after the Crown was forced...
Trouble in Wind
THEY are hailed as the new green alternative to Scotland's energy demands. Clean and increasingly efficient, wind farms are destined to play a key role in the country's future power requirements. But their spread, particularly in south-west...
Why, as We Grow Richer, Does Our Underclass Get Bigger Every Year; a Leading Psychologist Offers a Provocative Answer to One of the Most Intractable Questions Facing Modern Britain
Byline: RICHARD LYNN THERE is no more serious problem facing Britain and other economically developed countries than the growth of the underclass. The underclass consists of those who choose not to work and would rather live on social security...
Why Oysters Are an Aphrodisiac; (1) SELF (2) HOW GOOD IS IT FOR YOU
Byline: ANN KENT EACH week, Self investigates a different supplement or potion to see whether it can help you. Today, ANN KENT looks at zinc. ARE you blinded by headlights as you drive at night? Has your food lost its taste? Do you suspect you...
Yeltsin Prepares to Give `Scandal' Daughter Top Kremlin Job; RUSSIAN LEADER RETURNS AS TONGUES WAG OVER TATYANA
Byline: IAN THOMAS BORIS YELTSIN will return to the Kremlin today amid gathering rumours that a sex scandal is about to engulf his presidency. Moscow is seething with reports that the Russian leader, who will be back working in his office for...