Daily Mail (London)

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Articles from June 16, 1997

Aidan Aims to Be King for a Week; New Wizard from Ballydoyle Lines Up Star-Studded Squad for Festival
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE AIDAN O'BRIEN looks like an `A' level candidate, scarcely into long trousers and as nervous of expressing an opinion as the new boy on the block. Yet this 27-year-old is the wunderkind of European racing. He has been training...
A Princess Disarmed by the Princely Prize of [Pounds Sterling]2
Byline: DAVID WALMSLEY IT was a rather novel way for a member of the Royal Family to try to help swell the coffers of a favourite charity. Arriving as guest of honour for a fund-raising dinner at a Fife golf club, Princess Margaret surprised...
Arson Hits Seaside Town of Teashop
TIMES are changing even in Frinton, the resort that prides itself on being peacefully boring. It has no pubs, bingo halls, candy floss stalls, nothing to tempt the troublesome element into town, say residents. Until now. But suddenly arson is...
Backlash Fears over Channel 4's Race Film
Byline: DAVID WALMSLEY A FILM showing body carving and extreme acts of racial violence, is to be screened by Channel 4 tomorrow night. Senior executives are so worried about the backlash the film could create they are even considering issuing...
Blunkett's Blitz on the Truants
Byline: ANDREW SPARROW COMPUTER technology could spearhead a planned blitz on truancy. Education Secretary David Blunkett is alarmed that nearly a million pupils took time off without permission last year, according to Whitehall figures. Some...
Boro Keen to Swap Ravanelli for Gazza
Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON MIDDLESBROUGH and Rangers are discussing a swap deal which would see Fabrizio Ravanelli moving to Ibrox and Paul Gascoigne travelling in the opposite direction. Boro would also expect a heavy cash adjustment in their favour,...
Boxer's Ten-Mile Trek to Find His Home Turf; EPIC ADVENTURE AS HOMESICK HORSE GOES BACK TO HIS GRASSROOTS
Byline: ALASDAIR FRASER LEAVING the green, green grass of home was just too much to bear for Boxer the horse. So when the headstrong cross-country champion was moved from the field of his birth, he did not plan to stay put. No sooner had night...
Boycott Puts in the Bovver Boot; Tough-Guy Attack on from the Man Who Cork Is Strange Coming Can't Take Any Criticism
Byline: PETER JOHNSON JUST WHEN we thought that Geoff Boycott was an extinct volcano, he has erupted again. The hot and acrid stream of lava which poured out of him at the weekend engulfed England's already stricken allrounder Dominic Cork. Considering...
Case of Summery Justice
Byline: JACI STEPHEN Dalziel And Pascoe (BBC1); Breaking The News (BBC2) THE new series of Bliss, which started last week, decided that the best way of guaranteeing a ratings winner was to bring in the very same elements that made Inspector Morse...
Chilling for the Fans as Magic Fades into Gloom at le Mans; the Finest Sports Paes in the Fleet Street Business Start with a Study of a True Test of Driving Endurance
Byline: ALAN FRASER THE method in the madness of Le Mans lies somewhere between the immortality of victory and the all-too-stark mortality of death. But it can be difficult to detect. At 4pm on Saturday, as a suitably inspiring fanfare blasts...
Cities Are for Living in, Edwina
Byline: KEITH WATERHOUSE ONE outcome of the election, apart from the great hara-kiri contest now in progress, is that a lot of `For Sale' signs are going up on the constituency homes of former MPs. And on the odd des res of some who are...
Crash Black Spot; Panis Injury Drama Casts Cloud over Schumacher Win on Day of Canada Chaos
Byline: RAY MATTS MICHAEL SCHUMACHER was the grim-faced faced winner of the Canadian Grand Prix which ended prematurely here yesterday with broken hearts, broken bodies and an ambulance on the track. The German and his Ferrari are back in the...
Defiant Tory Peers Warn of Home Rule Battle
Byline: WILLIAM CLARK CONSERVATIVE peers are ready to defy Government warnings and wage a bitter struggle against Labour's Referendum Bill this week. With fears growing of a low turnout of voters, Tory peers intend trying to force through a motion...
Delivered to Your Door,a Pizza from Dr Death
FOUR years ago he was a respected member of an affluent elite. His medical career ensured the Scottish anaesthetist the wealth and status of an esteemed member of white upper class society in Zimbabwe. He would attend consultations in a top of...
Determined Monty Puts Pressure on Title Rivals
Byline: MICHAEL MCDONNELL COLIN MONTGOMERIE confirmed his status as a golfer of world class yesterday as he stepped up his challenge for the US Open title he had always vowed to win. But his South African arch-rival Ernie Els, who defeated him...
Don't Expect Me to Serve My Rivals, Says Clarke
Byline: JOHN DEANS KENNETH CLARKE warned yesterday he may refuse to serve in the new Tory Shadow Cabinet if he lost the battle to lead the party. The former Chancellor signalled that he would return to the backbenches if either of his Right-wing...
Drunk Women Marched off Jet at Gunpoint
TWO drunken British women were taken off a holiday jet at gunpoint minutes before take-off in the Dominican Republic. Passengers, many of them British families, cheered as the rowdy, foul-mouthed pair were marched away by military police and left...
Fans Add Insult to Pain of More Rain for Shane
Byline: PETER JOHNSON RAIN and ridicule poured down on Shane Warne yesterday as he struggled to `get it right' before Thursday's second Test against England. The leg-spinner, crucial to an already weakened Australian attack, bowled only five...
For Sale, VC of a Pilot Who Smiled through the Pain; Pioneering Scot's Epic Flight to Freedom Cost Him His Life
Byline: JOHN VINCENT A PIONEER pilot, his leg smashed by enemy gunfire, manages a wave and a smile as he is stretchered away after being cut from his wrecked plane. His spontaneous bravado for the photographer masked a feat of the greatest heroism...
Game for a Laugh; Stunned Goran Hands over to Ballgirl as Ace Mark Powers In
Byline: MIKE DICKSON JAMES BOND was on the premises but it was a 14-year-old ballgirl who rescued yesterday's Stella Artois Championships final from its serve-dominated tedium. With Pierce Brosnan among a celebrity-studded Queen's Club crowd...
GOLDEN AGE OF STEAM; Lottery Millions Will Keep Pride of the Clyde Waverley Afloat into 21st Century
Byline: STEPHEN SMITH HER days at sea were numbered when she was sold for the meagre sum of [pounds sterling]1. Now more than [pounds sterling]3million is being spent to guarantee the future of the Clyde's last paddle-steamer. After half...
Henman Will Be Seeded
Byline: MIKE DICKSON TIM HENMAN will almost certainly be named today as Britain's first men's player to be seeded at Wimbledon since Buster Mottram in 1982. By the time the Championships' seeding committee announces later this afternoon who will...
Howley All Washed Up as Injury Wrecks His Tour Dream
Byline: PETER JACKSON LIONS scrum half Rob Howley spoke yesterday of his despair at learning his Test series was over before it even started. The Welshman became the latest casualty of an injury-riddled tour when he dislocated his shoulder during...
I Know Angels Exist - I Saw One; SELF THE DAY THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
Byline: JENNY NISBET FOR most people guardian angels remain the stuff of fiction, a figment of the imagination better suited to Hollywood. But for religious sceptic Diana Cooper, the realisation that someone or something from a different world was...
Lawrenson Snaps Up Top TV Job
Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON MARK LAWRENSON is quitting his coaching job at Newcastle United to work in television. While Andy Gray decides whether to move in the opposite direction and leave TV for the challenge of managing Everton, Lawrenson has...
Love Bites Spared a Watchdog Mauling
Byline: SEAN POULTER FAMILY groups demanded the tightening of taste and decency laws yesterday after the controversial sex education programme Love Bites was cleared by television watchdogs. The Saturday lunchtime show, featuring teenagers acting...
Mandela Surgery Sparks Stability Fears
Byline: PETER YOUNGHUSBAND NELSON MANDELA is to have surgery after months of poor health. The nature of his illness has been kept secret by the South African government, but a statement is expected soon. The 79-year-old president has cancelled...
McBride's Post-Natal Euphoria
Byline: PETER JACKSON THE one unbeatable captain in Lions history is backing Martin Johnson's evolving team to make a winning start to the Test series in Cape Town on Saturday. Willie John McBride, commander-in-chief of the British and Irish...
My Dream for Needy Young
PRINCE Charles sees his Trust as Britain's `leading organisation for enabling disadvantaged young people to reach their potential'. But critics damn it as a `soft touch' for anyone with a half-plausible business idea. Now, however, the Prince...
My Test of Strength; Souness Back in Italy to Find the Passion He Missed at Saints
Byline: ROB SHEPHERD GRAEME SOUNESS was never shy at being late as a player. Just ask a few opponents he tackled. So there was no hint of embarrassment as he made his entrance in the Stadio delle Alpi 25 minutes after his new club Torino had...
NAOMI `OVERDOSE'; It Was an Allergic Reaction, Claims Model Rushed to Hospital after Tiff
Byline: IAN COBAIN NAOMI Campbell was recovering in hospital last night after a suspected drugs overdose. The supermodel collapsed at a hotel in the Canaries after a bitter row with her boyfriend, the flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes. Staff...
Norwich Bonanza `Will Be Massive'
THE Norwich Union's three million members are in line for a huge bonanza of free and discounted shares in the insurance giant today. Shares in the company, which like the building societies is floating on the Stock Market, go on sale this morning....
Older Fathers May Give Daughters a Shorter Life
Byline: STEVEN MORRIS DAUGHTERS conceived by fathers aged over 50 are more likely to have shorter lives than other women, according to researchers. The discovery could provide a valuable clue for scientists investigating what dictates longevity....
People Think You're a Hippy Freak If You Take Natural Remedies . . . SELF MY ALTERNATIVE LIFE
Byline: NICK MORGAN AWARD-WINNING pop star Bjork, 31, has put her homeland of Iceland on the music map. But her career was almost shattered when she caught a debilitating throat infection. Here, Bjork - who lives in Maida Vale, West London, with...
Poison and Gloom at Daunting Introduction to Summitry
TONY BLAIR'S first taste of Euro-summitry in Amsterdam today coincides with the EU's gravest crisis since Maastricht in 1991. The row between France and Germany over the single currency has plunged Europe's political elite into the deepest gloom....
Police Probe Claims of Sarwar Friends' Bid to Buy Evidence; I'VE DONE NOTHING WRONG, SAYS MP IN CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION
Byline: ANDREW SPARROW DETECTIVES were last night investigating fresh claims of corruption surrounding aides of Mohammed Sarwar, the Glasgow MP embroiled in a bribe scandal. The inquiries by Strathclyde Police came on the eve of a meeting of...
[Pounds sterling]1BN A YEAR MORTGAGE RIP-OFF HITS HOMEOWNERS
Byline: SEAN POULTER HOMEOWNERS are losing around [pounds sterling]1billion a year because of incompetence and double-dealing by mortgage lenders, it was claimed yesterday. Nearly 50 per cent of borrowers are being overcharged because of miscalculations...
[Pounds Sterling]4 TOLL IF YOU TAKE THE CAR INTO TOWN
Byline: PAUL EASTHAM MOTORISTS may be charged up to [pounds sterling]4 a day to drive into major towns and cities. The charges are being considered by John Prescott as part of a Government attack on congestion and pollution. Mr Prescott is...
Poverty That Breeds a Wealth of Talent; in the Slums, Kids Eat Rats to Survive. No Wonder They All Dream of Becoming the Next Ronaldo
Byline: DAVID FACEY A CHILLING example of the abject poverty endured by an estimated 32million people in Brazil explains why Ronaldo, the world's most expensive footballer, is revered as the ultimate role model here. News of the striker's impending...
PRESCOTT FURY AT 'THEFT' BY THE BBC; Deputy Premier in Row over Tube Sell-Off
Byline: JOHN DEANS JOHN PRESCOTT was locked in a bitter row with the BBC last night after accusing broadcasters of stealing a document revealing shock plans to privatise the Tube. He blundered into Labour's latest policy crisis by leaving the...
So Just How Do You Live to Be 100?
Byline: HUNTER DAVIES DO YOU personally know any oldies aged 100? Probably not. It's still pretty rare. Do you know anyone in their 90s? Possibly yes. Within your own family or circle of friends, the chances are that there's one person of that age....
So Who Really Has the Ideal Diet? SELF DO-IT-YOURSELF DIETS
Byline: Amanda Ursell EVERYONE likes to think they can stick to strict diet regimes and transform their lives by sacrificing their favourite foods while watching the pounds melt away. The reality is, of course, very different. After a few weeks...
SPOILT AND ARROGANT, WILFUL AND INSECURE; Style Eitor Brenda Polan on a Troubled Woman-Child
Byline: BRENDA POLAN NAOMI CAMPBELL is a child masquerading as a woman. Growing up in Streatham, South London, the daughter of a single mother, she was both socially deprived and enormously indulged. Although she could not afford it, Valerie...
Stop Being So Polite and Give Us a Bit of Hate; Family Man, Art Lover - but McEnroe Can Still Produce a Tennis Tirade like the Old Days
IT DOES NOT take John McEnroe long to get round to the subject. Today's tennis players - they are just too damn friendly with each other. `That's weird to me. When Muster played Agassi at the US Open last year you could see that there was genuine...
Success? It's Just Child's Play; (1) SELF THE BRILLIANT SECTION THAT HELPS YOU FEEL GOOD AND LOOK GREAT (2) When It's Wise to Play the Fool
Byline: Jane Alexander DO YOU remember when being spontaneous meant more than a spur-of-the moment decision to go out for a pizza? Can you recall how much fun it was playing the fool with friends rather than making polite dinner-party conversation?...
Taxman May Chase Absent Fathers as CSA Faces the Axe
Byline: JASON BURT PLANS are being drawn up by the Government to axe the controversial Child Support Agency. It wants to introduce a new system, with errant fathers being pursued for maintenance payments by the Inland Revenue. The move would...
That House in New Orleans; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
Is there, in fact, a house in New Orleans that's called The Rising Sun? TO UPDATE some (much) earlier answers, I can confirm that there is a premises in New Orleans called The House Of The Rising Sun. My photo of myself outside it was taken in August...
The Blonde Who Wears Less the More She Plays
Byline: RICHARD ALLEYNE IT was meant to be the cultural highlight of the evening on Finnish TV. The National Opera Orchestra were playing their hearts out. But as far as the programme's director was concerned, there were was only one musician...
The Blooding of Blair in Europe
AS a rookie summiteer, Tony Blair has good reason to feel confident Not only has he come to Amsterdam with the kind of parliamentary majority for which fellow leaders yearn, he has also inherited a job-creating economy that is the envy of Europe....
The Cheap Skye Tickets Taking a Toll on Owners
Byline: MIKE MERRITT THE owners of the Skye Bridge plan to stamp out a `black market' in cheap toll tickets which is costing them thousands of pounds and threatening the viability of the controversial link. Traders have bought hundreds of concessionary...
The Good
EVERYONE needs a certain amount of stress to be able to function, but what happens when it starts taking a physical toll? Scientists now believe that how we breathe could hold the key to staying calm. While we sleep, our breathing slows down and...
The Haggis May Be off, but Look Who's Talking; AUSSIE GUIDE GIVES SCOTS A ROASTING
BEST known for their barbecues and vegemite sandwiches, the Australians are hardly famed for their culinary expertise. But that hasn't stopped a guide for Australian tourists serving up a damning report on Scots food. It warns visitors that...
The Law Says That All Cases of Rape Are the Same. Perhaps That Is Why So Many Get Away with It
Byline: JILL SAWARD CONSIDER this scenario: a young woman, dressed in a tiny and provocatively transparent dress that would, in a more restrained age, have been worn as a slip, goes out to a nightclub. There she allows a young man, whom she has...
The Only Job for Me; Gray to Accept Everton Offer to Become Manager
Byline: COLIN WOOD ANDY GRAY meets Everton chairman Peter Johnson today for talks which look certain to lead to his return to Goodison Park later this week in a dream management team with Howard Kendall. The 41-year-old Sky TV football analyst...
The Party That Hates Its Leaders
Byline: PETER MCKAY WHY do Tories behave so despicably? Ever since Harold Macmillan and his `magic circle' anointed the 14th Earl of Home in 1963, the party's modern efforts to select a leader have been characterised by low, back-stabbing nastiness....
Top Tory in Hitler Attack on Blair; Labour Condemns Harper's Nazi Outburst
Byline: WILLIAM CLARK A LEADING Scots Tory last night caused fresh embarrassment for the party when he compared Tony Blair with Adolf Hitler over his referendum policy. Professor Ross Harper enraged his own leadership as well as political opponents...
Tracy's Life Alone on the Ocean Waves; Marriage Is Not for Me. I Was Hell to Live with. Sailing Is Everything Now and I Will Never Give It Up
Byline: NICK TOWNSEND TRACY EDWARDS cups a cigarette as surreptitiously as a St Trinian's pupil behind a desk lid and enthuses about the latest romance in her life. A new beau? Well, no. This is a brazen belle, a fast lady, who goes with the...
Tune in to the Best in Jazz-Free; Take Note of a Great Mail Contest
THE Glasgow International Jazz Festival launches on Friday, June 27 and runs until July 6 and the Scottish Daily Mail has 60 tickets to give away to three of this year's top concerts. The Festival aims to provide music for every taste - from Dionne...
Uncertain Formula for Flotation; TV WEEK
Byline: NEIL WILSON MICHAEL SCHUMACHER may have been celebrating in Montreal yesterday but in the City of London Formula One is stuck firmly in the pits, its flotation as a [pounds sterling]2billion company undergoing frantic adjustments. Squabbling...
UNION CHIEF RETALIATES AS PRINCE ATTACKS PROGRESSIVE TEACHING; Charles `Not Fit' to Give Schools Poor Marks My Dream for Needy Young
Byline: ANDREW SPARROW PRINCE Charles's personal life makes him unfit to criticise schools, a teachers' leader claimed yesterday. Nigel de Gruchy claimed failed marriages such as the Prince's were often to blame for bad behaviour in the classroom....
Warhorse Heseltine Retires from the Battle Zone
MICHAEL Heseltine will finally bow out from the political front line this week. The veteran Tory warhorse said yesterday that he would return to the backbenches once a new party leader has been elected. His decision intensified speculation that...
Water Mark of Riches; SELF FENG SHUI
FENG SHUI is the Chinese art of placement - a way of designing your home to be in harmony with nature and to bring you money, luck, happy relationships and good health. This week, Feng Shui consultant SARAH SHURETY looks at the home of masterchef...
Weed out the Health Secrets of the Sea; HOW GOOD IS IT FOR YOU?
Byline: ANGELA DOWDEN REMEMBER when seaweed was simply a slimy green nuisance you encountered on the beach? Now you're just as likely to be served it at a top restaurant as have it swirl around your toes. What's more, experts say it is good for...
We Want a Payback Blair Warns Europe
Byline: DAVID HUGHES TONY BLAIR last night warned Europe's leaders that Britain expects its just reward for his Government's more positive approach to the EU. Exasperated by slow progress towards a deal that protects Britain's frontiers, the...
Who's the Guru?
Byline: MARIE FARQUHARSON NATURE holds the key to health and happiness for international lecturer and healer Denise Linn. She talks about how you can find yourself in solitude. IF YOU don't know who you are and why you are here, life can be meaningless....
Why a Flexible Friend Can't Buy Tory Unity
Byline: SIMON HEFFER AS the second round battle for the Conservative leadership enters its last 24 hours, the Tories remain gloomy. It is not clear to most of them how any of the three remaining candidates can unite their party in its present...
You're Rich, So Why Make the Children Suffer?
Byline: IAIN LUNDY HE is a wealthy farmer with a business owning 700 acres of prime farmland and five houses. Callum Harper lives comfortably in one of the houses with his 32-year-old girlfriend. But despite enjoying all the rich trappings...