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Articles from August 21, 1999

40,000 Are Buried; Earthquake Toll Spirals as the Last Hopes Fade
Byline: MICHAEL SEAMARK THE death toll from the Turkish earthquake is expected to exceed 40,000, and disease threatens millions of survivors. The feared total - making it Turkey's worst quake this century - was given yesterday in the capital...
An Elegance That's Just Behind the City's Fringe
Byline: GARY BUCHANAN EVERY August, Scotland's capital city throws off any vestige of elegant torpor to become centre stage for the largest festival of arts in the world. Transformed into a city that never sleeps, high tea gives way to high art...
Anguish of Ferguson; Striker Fears a Career-Ending Injury as Desperate Newcastle Hasten Comeback
Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON DUNCAN FERGUSON is battling to save his career just nine months after joining Newcastle United in a high-profile [pounds sterling]8million transfer. The 27-year-old Scotland striker, who is likely to be involved for the...
Anywhere for Just [Pounds Sterling]10
TRAVEL anywhere in Scotland for only [pounds sterling]10 return - that's the fantastic deal we have put together with ScotRail and Strathclyde Passenger Transport for readers of the Scottish Daily Mail and Scottish Mail on Sunday. Collect three...
A Safe and Sorry Record
Byline: RAY MASSEY FORD has topped a new 'league table' showing how the number of vehicle recalls on safety grounds is on the increase. New figures show that for the first six months of this year, the Government's Vehicle Inspectorate, working with...
A Test of Faith
Byline: RODDY THOMSON ONE bad day at the office for Celtic and the entire system of beliefs that govern the Western world is thrown into crisis ... that was the jist of Craig Burley's Parkhead column in a city evening newspaper yesterday. Burley...
A Warning from the Heart of Sin City; Once the Poured Their Puritan Faith into Glourious Works of Art.now,with the Same Fervour,amsterdam's Elite Are Destroying the Foundations of Civilised Socieity.it Is Alesson for Decent People Everywhere
Byline: ANTHONY DANIELS WITHOUT doubt, Dutch painting of the 17th century is one of the greatest peaks of artistic achievement in all history, and at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam this month there is a still-life exhibition that amply illustrates...
Backlash over Power of Blair
Byline: JOHN DEANS TONY BLAIR came under fire from his own side yesterday for adopting a presidential style of government. His decision to centralise power in Downing Street and appoint scores of extra Labour apparatchiks in Whitehall has already...
Barber May Be a Cut above Lewis
Byline: NEIL WILSON FIRST morning of the World Championships today. First event on the track, heptathlon 100 metres hurdles. First heat. Lane three: Denise Lewis, Great Britain. Lane two: Eunice Barber, France. It is a fitting way to start...
Boss Who Fined Dyslexic Trainee over Maths Tests
A BOSS has been accused of forcing a dyslexic apprentice to answer questions from a child's textbook and docking his wages by [pounds sterling]2 for every mistake. Tony Mason, 18, claimed he was sent home with a school maths book belonging to the...
Captains Go on Trial; Three Ex-England Leaders Fight for Cup Places but Dallaglio's Presence Will Be Decided off the Field
Byline: PETER JACKSON MARTIN JOHNSON will have three former Test captains under his command and a fourth in reserve when England go about their lonely business against the Americans at Twickenham this evening. Ironically, none can be sure of...
Caught Out,the Family Frauds Living like Lords
Byline: TIM WOODWARD TWO brothers who pretended to be wealthy aristocrats in a [pounds sterling]32,000 deception have narrowly avoided jail. Walter Potter, 71, and Raymond Potter, 62, changed their names by deed poll to Lord Cranbrook and Viscount...
Chris Evans the Injured Drunk in Shop Doorway
Byline: RICK HEWITT LYING bleeding in a shop doorway, he rambled incoherently when asked if he needed help. But his rescuer soon realised this was more than the average down-and-out. The shambolic drunk slumped helplessly at his feet was Chris...
Chris Evans, the Injured Drunk in the Shop Doorway
Byline: RICK HEWETT LYING bleeding in a shop doorway, he rambled incoherently when asked if he needed help. But his rescuer soon realised this was more than the average down-and-out. The shambolic drunk slumped helplessly at his feet was Chris...
Clinton's UK Target; Thousands of Jobs at Risk as Premier Is Urged
Byline: JAMES CLARK THE U.S. is trying to muscle in on Britain's biggest export bonanza for generations - the sale of the Eurofighter jet. President Clinton has written to Tony Blair in an effort to persuade him to choose American rather than...
Concer the One to Be on; THE INSIDE LINE
Byline: KIEREN FALLON IT'S low-key action today after the excitement of York but there are plenty of good opportunities, especially at Chester where I will be riding. My old friend Concer Un (Chester, 3.55), who has won for me at the Roodeye...
Cool It, Says Henry, Wales Are Not Up to Winning World Cup
Byline: PETER BILLS WALES coach Graham Henry continues to douse excited fans in the valleys with cold water. Whatever the achievements of the Wales side under the steely glare of their New Zealander messiah, Henry refuses to match the growing...
Corfu, a Land of Coves and Cricket
Byline: WILLIAM OLIVER FOR a few months, Corfu's proximity to Albania and the Kosovo crisis cast a shadow over holiday bookings, but the island is back in the limelight. As hostilities petered out, confidence returned to one of our favourite...
Courageous Legacy of Tartan Pimpernal Who Defied the Gestapo's Reign of Terror
Byline: JEREMY HODGES THE tall, handsome, Gestapo officer looked at the little Church of Scotland minister and smiled. Laying aside the papers on the desk, he leaned towards the tortured wreck that was the Rev Dr Donald Caskie and, in a fine tenor...
Dobson Dilemma on Nursing Home Fees
Byline: GABY HINSLIFF FRANK DOBSON is set to infuriate pensioners, their families and support groups by watering down radical proposals to ease the burden of nursing home bills. The Health Secretary had ordered an investigation into the plight...
Drugs? Nine out of 10 Use Them.And Here's How You Can Tell
Byline: IAN WOOLDRIDGE STUDY again one of the most glorious images ever to adorn the front pages of British newspapers. It was captured on the Oxford University running track on the damp evening of May 6 in the year 1954 ABD. A medical student,...
End of the Century Here
Byline: SOPHIE CAMPBELL PROPELLED by a morbid fear of having to tell my grandchildren that I spent the last night of the 20th century watching Clive James on TV, I've been feverishly planning for the millennium. So far I've considered waitressing...
Enterprise Trainees; MSPs Offered Courses to Overcome Ignorance of the Business World
Byline: TINA DAWSON IT was billed as the business-friendly parliament. However, it emerged that fewer than 20 of the 129 MSPs have any business experience at all. Now plans are under way to offer them crash courses - by sending them on business...
Eurocrat Eases Threat to Meddle in Our Tax Rates
PRESSURE on Tony Blair to harmonise UK tax rates with Europe's eased last night after Brussels signalled a significant policy change. In a statement warmly welcomed by Downing Street, the new internal market commissioner Frits Bolkestein said there...
Fire Hero Saves Seven as Blaze Sweeps through Family 'S Home
Byline: RICHARD GREY A QUICK-THINKING neighbour was hailed a hero last night after he rescued a family from a blazing house. John Morrison, 55, ran from his home to save five children and three adults from a raging house fire early yesterday....
Flogel Goes in Search of National Exposure
Byline: PETER JARDINE THOMAS FLOGEL appears to have become the latest victim of Scotland's Bermuda Triangle for international footballers. The inform Hearts midfielder hopes to show Tynecastle - and the Sky viewers - tomorrow against Aberdeen...
Floodlight Robbery
Byline: STEPHEN WRIGHT WITH gambling a near-obsession in parts of the Far East, as much as [pounds sterling]30million can be wagered on a single Premiership game. The temptation for Triad godfathers to tamper with the outcome of matches is obvious...
Forty Years On,the Mini's Still Motoring
Byline: RAY MASSEY THE Mini celebrates its 40th birthday with a party today - and a glimpse into its future. More than 70,000 fans and 5,000 of the cult car - voted 'Greatest car of all time' in 1991 - will converge on Silver-stone today and...
Foul Day. Foul Mouth; 'Four-Letter' Tufnell Stuns Schoolboy Admirers as Flaky England Spoil All Their Good Work Again
Byline: MIKE DICKSON ENGLAND were on the back foot again last night after Phil Tufnell was accused of swearing at schoolboys while too many of his colleagues played like them. Mike Atherton can also expect a grilling for his show of dissent as...
Gala Day for Rugby Fans
Byline: ALLAN MASSIE SCOTLAND v Argentina at Murrayfield this afternoon. It seems too soon for the rugby season to begin; even the football one's only three weeks old. It's also wrong to be watching any rugby before the real first day of the...
Girl Who Put Her Mortgage on a Matted Mutt
Byline: BARBARA DAVIES UNTIL a couple of months ago, Sonia Peters' chief ambition was to buy her first flat. The 28-year-old florist lived with her family while she saved hard from her [pounds sterling]11,000 salary for the deposit. But all...
Going Native in the Cause of Science
Byline: DEREK BROWN WHEN anthropology student Suzanne Bell decided to take a year out from university, she was determined get away from the rest of civilisation too. Suzanne, 21, is swopping academic life in St Andrews for a mud hut in the Amazonian...
Harbour a Hankering for Poole
Byline: DEBORAH JACKSON THE skipper on our ferry was getting excited. 'Look over there, my mum's downstairs!' he shouted. Our entire group - my husband and I, three children and parents-in-law - turned to follow his gaze. We'd just been told...
HOW THE THRE Rs SPELL DOOM FOR PE LESSONS
Byline: TONY HALPIN MORE than half a million PE lessons have been lost in primary schools because of the drive to improve standards in the three Rs, a survey showed yesterday. One in three primaries have cut the amount of time they devote to...
Hussain Pays for His Mad Moment; Another Day, Another Shambles for England's Batsmen . . . and the Frustration Even Gets the Better of Their Skipper
Byline: PETER JOHNSON FOR ONE fatal moment yesterday, Nasser Hussain forgot that the honour of the England captaincy comes with a huge ball-and-chain of responsibility. As the latest in a never-ending line of England batting crises reached its...
Icicles on Our Bicycles but We Hotfooted It to the Arctic
Byline: RICHARD GRAY FOR most people, the prospect of retirement would be seen as the chance to take life easy, away from the stresses and strains of the rat race. But not for Ronald and Annette McCartan. The couple have just completed a 4,000-mile...
I like to Play Hard but I'm Not a Flash Guy, Says Savage; Don't Be Fooled by the Bleached Hair, 'Lily' Is Beginning to Mature
Byline: IAN LADYMAN WITH his bleached blond hair, love of fast cars and Armani designer tattoo, Robbie Savage looks more like a member of a boy band than a footballer. But appearances can be deceptive. The instant the brash Leicester and Wales...
Incompetence of Blunkett, by a Top Judge
DAVID BLUNKETT was branded 'incompetent' yesterday for the way he misled thousands of parents over the future of the assisted places scheme in Britain's private schools. The Education Secretary was given an embarrassing dressing down by the Court...
In High Spirits Zoe Goes West and Springs a Wedding Day Surprise
Byline: OLIVER HARVEY IN her hand was a three-quarters empty bottle of whiskey, between her teeth was a cigarette and on her head was a cowboy hat. Zoe Ball might have looked as if she was heading off for a night of line dancing - but in fact...
Intolerance and the New Scotland
PEOPLE power; that was supposed to be the essence of Blairism. But two years into a New Labour administration, it is ordinary people who are beginning to feel threatened by the climate of enforced political correctness. The past week in Scotland...
Is This the Chance to Build a Future from the Past? INVESTMENT EXTRA
Byline: MICHAEL WALTERS SOMETIMES it would be nice to erect a barbed wire fence around this column, and to hang a warning notice on it - 'Keep Out! Value Investors May Have Their Intelligence Assaulted.' Traditionalists will be horrified by what...
It Is the Question Every Parent Has Been Asking How Could Anyone Let Their 15-Year Old Daughter Take Up with Her Teacher Twice Her Age? the Truth Is,no One in This Sorry Saga Can Escape the Blame
Byline: ANGELA LEVIN THREE days ago, Mick Edson was cleared of abducting and sexually assaulting Rachel Russell, a pupil at the school where he taught chemistry. They had begun a relationship, although they both insist not a full sexual one,...
Iv'e Given Up on Romance and Think Sex Is Overrated but Marriage? You Never Know
ANOTEPAD lies on the table in the small, overheated office. 'Two people - better chance of happiness,' it says, 'human side of man.' They look like notes left by a vicar preparing his Sunday sermon. In fact, they are the jottings of new Shadow Home...
Killers Try the Carstairs Legal 'Escape' Route
Byline: HAMISH MACDONELL;ANDREW BEAVEN TWO psychopathic child killers have launched court bids to secure their release from Carstairs using the same legal loophole that allowed gun killer Noel Ruddle to leave the State Hospital earlier this month....
Look at the Birdies .
Byline: WILLY NEWLANDS 'WE MUST go back. Quickly!' said Budat. He had been scanning the ridge looking for the best route over the pass, but his binoculars had picked up a group of khaki-clad figures skulking in the rocks. 'I don't like the look...
Lord of Alliance; Robertson Tipped for Peerage as Labour Gears Up for Poll Fight
Byline: JOHN DEANS DEFENCE Secretary George Robertson is likely to be granted a peerage within days, clearing the way for a snap September by-election in his Scottish constituency. With the Minister due to step down from his Cabinet post in October...
Meet Sweary Spice (or Hoe Sporty Cut Her Hair,got Tattooed and Launched a New Career as a Punk)
Byline: ALISON BOSHOFF BUTCH and bra-less, with her face contorted into a snarl and a crude four-letter message emblazoned across her chest, Melanie Chisholm could not have tried harder to throw off the Spice Girls mantle. The new Mel C, complete...
Motorbike Madness; 90mph over the Limit in a Busy Town
Byline: DEREK LAMBIE A 'SUICIDAL' motorcyclist was caught speeding at 130mph as he approached a busy town centre with a 40mph limit. The biker, astride a powerful Kawasaki ZX9R, was intercepted by traffic police travelling at more than three...
Nationalists in a Fix as Blair Sets By-Election
Byline: HAMISH MACDONELL FURIOUS SNP leaders accused Labour of 'electoral jiggery-pokery' last night after it emerged that the Government is to hold a snap by-election for George Robertson's seat in just five weeks time. The Hamilton by-election,...
New Japanese Banking Giant Takes the Slow Road to Reform
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER THE formal announcement yesterday, giving more details of the three-way merger in Japan to form the world's 'biggest' bank, may well confirm those who take a cautious view about this project. The 17pc cut in staff (5,000...
Nhs Flying Squad; Filipinos Brought in to Staff Our Wards
Byline: BEEZY MARSH THEY are nurses on a mission to help ease the severe staff shortage gripping the NHS. Recruited from halfway around the world, they were flown to Britain by a hospital which could not find enough qualified staff in this country....
Party of the Century? No Thanks,we'll Stay at Home
THE Millennium celebrations could turn into a damp squib, a survey suggests. Instead of joining in what has been billed as the party of the century, most people are not even planning to leave the house. More than half of those questioned will...
People Always Wonder If I Started Writing as an Escape from Being in a Wheelchair.but I Have Always Been a Storyteller and I Can't Give It Up
Byline: LAURA COLLINS CHRISTINE Marion Fraser seems less than impressed with the tea tray laid before her. The carefully quartered salmon sandwiches, fruit slices glistening with crystals of sugar, biscuits and buttered crumpets are met with a cursory...
[Pounds Sterling]300,000 for the Husband Who Cannot Kiss His Wife
Byline: DAVID FINLAY A HUSBAND was awarded [pounds sterling]300,000 yesterday after a court heard he finds it difficult to kiss his wife following an accident. William Wilson fell 20 feet onto a concrete surface when a scaffolding plank snapped...
Quit or Face Uprising Milosevic Is Warned
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS YUGOSLAV president Slobodan Milosevic was warned yesterday that the 'whole of Serbia would rise up' unless he resigned in the next 15-days. The warning, from opposition leader Zoran Djindjic, came after an estimated 150,000...
Rangers Banish Mols Baby Blues
Byline: PETER JARDINE DICK ADVOCAAT added gynaeocology to the art of football management last night as he told Rangers supporters not to fret over Michael Mols' wife. The Ibrox manager, displaying some pre-Parma tension, insisted Mother Nature...
Rise of the Vulgar Viscount
Byline: NATALIE CLARKE HERE are few 24-year-olds who can afford to buy a [pounds sterling]2 million penthouse overlooking the Thames and furnish it with priceless antiques which once belonged to one of the most famous Prime Ministers this century....
Rookie Nightmare; Monty Puts the Ryder Cup Case for Experience over Youth and Tells of His Own Traumatic Debut
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN COLIN MONTGOMERIE argued the case for experience over youthful exuberance as he expressed fresh concern over the number of debutants in Europe's team for next month's Ryder Cup. The Scot, who shot a second-round 64 for an...
Scots Stars Will Keep in Contact
Byline: NIALL AITHCHESON JIM TELFER says he will continue with his policy of full-contact training sessions in the lead-up to internationals, despite the inherent risk of serious injury to his players. The Scotland coach has been putting his...
Seaside in Your Backyard
Byline: ALAN TITCHMARSH HOLIDAYS are all right for Tony Blair; they offer to shut down a few miles of beach for him. The rest of us have to weave our way through the merry throng to find a few square feet of sand on which to plonk the towel and...
Something in the Air; in 1918,40 Million People Were Wiped out by Flu Two Years Ago We Were on the Brink of a Similar Disaster We Know the Leathel Virus Is out There,the Question Is Not If It Will Strike Again but When
Byline: CHRISTOPHER HUDSON THE deadliest enemy known to man is carried on the breath. Like a terrorist, it is single-minded, travels light and constantly switches disguises. In an unsuccessful year, it may kill 90,000 people. In a good year,...
Student Who Tried to End Granny's Suffering Is Freed
Byline: TOM RAWSTORNE A STUDENT who sabotaged his grandmother's life support system in a botched mercy killing attempt walked free yesterday. Shara Karapetian was spared by a judge after he heard how the young man doted on his ageing relative...
Teachers Offered [Pounds Sterling]200m Deal and No Extra Hours
Byline: STEPHEN SMITH TEACHERS in Scotland were yesterday offered a new pay deal which drops the key demand of a longer working week. But last night the country's biggest union recommended rejection of the offer. Local authority bosses came...
The Air Crash Survivors Who Say Who Needs Counseling
Byline: JENNY HOPE SURVIVORS of traumatic events such as plane crashes often recover more successfully if they avoid counselling, scientists have discovered. And many of those who live to tell the tale emerge mentally stronger, they suggest....
The Day I Froze in Marathon Charity Swim on Loch Ness
Byline: DONALD FRASER A WOMAN who survived cancer had to be rescued during a charity swim in aid of fellow victims. Loretta Riscombe-Burton's bid to swim 24-mile long Loch Ness had to be abandoned three miles from the end of her marathon quest....
The Deputies Dogged by the Fear of Failure; Keepers Hold Key as United and Arsenal Go into the Big Match with Second Choices
Byline: GRAHAM HUNTER ALEX MANNINGER and Raimond van der Gouw will be bonded by an indentical burden of pressure tomorrow afternoon - the demand placed on an understudy to occupy centre stage before a critical audience and not fluff his lines. ...
The Earth Mother Aged 15 and Her Mini Eco-Army
Byline: SHARON HENDRY AT an age when most girls are happy to concentrate on their GCSEs, self-styled eco-mother Christiana Tugwell is waging a war against developers. The dreadlocked 15-year-old leading a group of nine youngsters - aged from...
The Kamikaze Survivors; They Were All Willing to Die Glorious Deaths for Japan but These Failed Suicide Pilots Have Endured Mockery for 50 Years Now on a Rising Tide of Nationalism,with the Sad Old Men Are Being Honoured Once More
Byline: GLENDA COOPER THE cool waves will console our departed spirits/And some day we'll be reborn as cherry blossom,' sing the elderly warriors in reedy voices. In the shadow of the Yasunuki-Jinja Shrine in Tokyo, another cup of sake is produced...
This Cancer of Compensation; Broadcaster John Humhry's Interrogations of the Great and Good Have Made Him One of Britan's Most Respected Journalists Here,in the First of a Series of Essays, Which Continue in the Mail Next Week,he Focuses on Some of Our Most Dangerous Obsessions
Byline: JOHN HUMPHRYS N A CRISP October morning in 1966 I was the new boy in the newsroom of HTV in Cardiff, the rawest of recruits in the television business. I was about to start on my second coffee when the news editor handed me a piece of...
Thomas Makes a Timely Return
Byline: IAN MCGARRY FORMER Hearts man Kevin Thomas last night completed his [pounds sterling]150,000 move to St Johnstone in time to make his debut against old rivals Hibs at McDiarmid Park today. The 24-year-old made the step back up to the...
Top Dentist at Centre of an Inquiry into [Pounds Sterling]1m Fees
Byline: TINA DAWSON A LEADING dentist is at the centre of an investigation into overcharging, it emerged last night. Dr Colin Mulgrew claims he has been threatened with legal action to recover [pounds sterling]1million in fees he allegedly owes...
TOPLESS IN TROPEZ; the Romance of the Open Road
Byline: GABY HINSLIFF SOMEWHERE out on the bright blue sea, It girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was falling in love on a rock star's yacht as we drove into St Tropez. It's that kind of town. We had set out to recreate an old-fashioned touring holiday,...
Vidmar Turns Jeers to Cheers and Helps Fans Forget Class Act
Byline: PETER JARDINE TONY VIDMAR last night admitted there were times in a previous life - or rather, two seasons ago when he tried to perfect the art of making himself inconspicuous in front of 50,000 people. The Australian, however, no longer...
Virginia Goes to War Again to Save Its Past
Byline: JULES BROWN SUMMER is fighting season in Virginia. During the American Civil War (1861 to 1865), the opposing Union and Confederate armies had to wait for winter snows to recede and supply roads to dry before recommencing battle. More...
Watching My Team Score Is More Fun Than Doing It Myself
Byline: MARTIN LIPTON GIANLUCA VIALLI used to believe there was nothing better in football than the moment of ecstasy when he put the ball in the back of the opposition net. Yet, within a couple of months of calling time on his illustrious playing...
Wer'e over the Dune,says Rocket Man of Morecambe
Byline: STEPHEN OLDFIELD TO THE scientists of Cape Canaveral, it may not have been a giant leap for mankind. But space travel in Morecambe is still very much in its infancy. So the lift off from sands near the seaside town yesterday of Steve...
We Were Guinea Pigs; Ex Soldiers Tell of Tests at Porton Down That Threatened Health
Byline: CHRISTIAN GYSIN FORMER servicemen described yesterday how they were used as guinea pigs at the secret germ warfare base, Porton Down. They spoke as police launched an inquiry into the death of an RAF air-craftman more than 40 years ago....
Why Britain Keep Up Its Guard
NINE weeks after Nato's victory and the return of 'peace' to the Balkans, murder and terror are still the stuff of everyday experience in stricken Kosovo. As Stephen Glover's harrowing report in the Mail this week made shockingly clear, ethnic cleansing...
Wigan Riddle as Senior Stays Put; RUGBY LEAGUE
Byline: RICHARD BOTT KEITH SENIOR was still a Sheffield Eagles player last night after a day of contradictions. Sheffield, who rejected a 'derisory' offer from Leeds Rhinos on Thursday for the [pounds sterling]300,000-rated Great Britain back,...
Women Who Shun Breast Screen Test
Byline: TINA DAWSON WOMEN are putting their lives at risk by opting out of a vital breast screening programme, according to Government research. A Scotland Office document to be published next week shows encouraging signs that a drive to cut...
Yates Hoping to Come Back to Haunt Barnes
Byline: GEORGE GRANT JOHN BARNES a n d Kenny Dalglish will have only themselves to blame if Michael Yates gives them another uncomfortable time on Tayside this afternoon. For the 19-year-old, who made his Dundee debut in the 2-0 win over Aberdeen...
You're Ince Meat; Houllier's Boys All Fired Up to Boss the Guv'nor
Byline: KEN LAWRENCE GERARD HOULLIER expects Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler to champion his cause today as they confront former teammate Paul Ince. Houllier believes Liverpool captain Redknapp and his deputy Fowler, both of whom were close...