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Articles from November 1, 2005

30-Minute Test for Meningitis; and It Could Spot MRSA, Too GoodHealth
Byline: PAT HAGAN A NEW test that can detect meningitis in just 30 minutes is being developed by British scientists. The technique could save lives by dramatically reducing the time it takes to identify the dangerous infection. Researchers at...
A Caning for Cameron
Byline: GRAEME WILSON DAVID Davis launched a fresh broadside at Tory leadership rival David Cameron last night by accusing him of signing up to Labour's 'soundbite' education reforms. Mr Davis warned that anyone wanting to build on Tony Blair's...
A Friend He Could Have Done Without
Byline: NEIL SEARS WHEN David Blunkett found he had fathered a child by his mistress Kimberly Quinn, it was a personal crisis. But for the characters behind a young company marketing DNA tests, it was a business opportunity. That company was...
A Fright Nighton Hallowe'en; Abused by a 'Messiah' Who Is Fast Resembling Gorgie Devil Incarnate. BRIAN SCOTT, Who Has Written Two Books on Hearts and Knows the Club Inside out, Gives His Views on the Latest Explosive Chapter in Tynecastle History
Byline: BRIAN SCOTT TEN days after they changed the words of their chant from 'Vladimir Roman-ov' to 'We are unbeatable', Hearts fans are rapidly changing their tune, as well. No longer can they be expected to revere the Tynecastle club's Lithuanian...
A Gut Feeling to Name Her Alice; PETERBOROUGH
Byline: PETERBOROUGH CHILDREN are given strange names these days - Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, etc. But what about Alice? Why Alice? In New York, Bill, our office manager, a typical larger-than-life New Yorker, invited me to dine with his family...
Airline's New Root; Ryanair Service Offers Polish Dentists a Bite of the Scottish Market
Byline: JAMIE LIVINGSTONE HUNDREDS of Scots could jet off to Poland for dental care as a new direct service to Krakow is launched. Polish dentists are advertising in Ryanair's in-flight magazine in a bid to attract 'health-tourists' desperate...
Animal Rights Campaigners Put Mercedes in the Picture
AS Britain's only captive polar bear, she has been the figurehead of a crusade to end captive breeding. Now Mercedes is the new face of a poster campaign demanding better treatment for the bear at Edinburgh Zoo. And to ensure that its message...
A Pack of Problems; [Pounds Sterling]700 Homebuyer Guides 'Will Be a Breeding Ground for Cowboys'
Byline: BECKY BARROW HOME information packs will put families looking to sell their houses at risk from 'cowboy' inspectors, it was claimed yesterday. The planned change to the way houses are bought and sold will provide 'a breeding ground' for...
As Blair Forces Him to Dump Shares in DNA Company. BLUNKETT BATTLES TO SAVE HIS JOB
Byline: BENEDICT BROGAN DAVID Blunkett was fighting to save his career last night. Tony Blair left him in no doubt he faced a disastrous second exit from the Cabinet unless he dumped his shares in a company bidding for Government contracts. ...
Ashes to; Crashes Trescothick Ton Saves Careless England from Opening Disaste
Byline: DAVID KENT A POST - Ashes anti - climax was guaranteed, but at least Marcus Trescothick made sure here yesterday that England's first public outing since those incredible scenes at The Oval did not turn into an embarrassment. At 60 for...
A Simple Truth: You've Got to Learn to Earn; EDUCATION EXTRA
Byline: MARY MORGAN WITHOUT it, managers cannot hope to keep firms thriving and competitive. But with courses and techniques constantly evolving, staff training can present problems for uninformed employers. A major Daily Mail- sponsored event...
A TALE OF TWO CANCERS; BREAST CANCER * It Was Diagnosed in Just a Month. * She Was Operated on in Two Weeks * ...Followed by Counselling, Drugs and Check-Ups * Now She's Been Told Her Life Is Back to Normal PROSTATE CANCER * His Took Six Months to Identify * He Had to Wait Three Months for His Operation * Then It Took Four Months before a Vital Check-Up * and He Says His Life Will Never Be the Same Again GOODHEALTH
Byline: LUCY ELKINS FOR anyone, a diagnosis of cancer is devastating. But do male sufferers get a raw deal? Here, in a startling comparison, we talk to a man and a woman - one suffering from prostate cancer, the other with breast cancer - to...
Barry Will Put Himself on the Line in His Bid to Save Boss
Byline: ROGER HANNAH AS RANGERS became immersed in mid-Atlantic misadventure last autumn, Barry Ferguson phoned home from his temporary sanctuary in Blackburn. Just as he feared, Alex McLeish appeared to be lost overboard and his beloved club...
Blairs Snub Mowlam's Memorial
Byline: RICHARD KAY WHAT is it about Tony Blair and the death of old friends? Lest we forget, this is a Prime Minister who thought nothing of travelling to the obsequies for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan - a man he had never met - but did...
Boom in Immigration 'May Trigger a Racist Backlash in Scotland'
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT SCOTLAND is facing a racist backlash against soaring numbers of immigrants, it was claimed yesterday. First Minister Jack McConnell's Fresh Talent initiative - aimed at attracting more migrants to Scotland - is failing to...
Bush Lurches Right with His Choice for Top Judge
Byline: WILLIAM LOWTHER PRESIDENT George Bush last night nominated archconservative Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, triggering a political battle royal. The 55-year- old Roman Catholic will be fiercely opposed by the opposition...
By Bravado and Bombast the Worst Has Been Averted
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS SHORTLY before yesterday evening's announcement from David Blunkett, Sky News - LIVE: BLUNKETT STATEMENT! - ran a story about trainee parachutists being kept aloft in a new, 170mph wind tunnel. Amid the noisy air currents...
Chilling Prophecy of [Pounds Sterling]100m Man Who Died in Air Crash by Tom Kelly; My Death Won't Be an Accident, Said Briton Linked to Russians
Byline: TOM KELLY A BRITISH multimillionaire told his uncle that if anything happened to him in the next two weeks 'it won't be an accident'. A fortnight later, 45-year-old Stephen Curtis was killed in a helicopter crash, an inquest jury heard...
Christmas Stamp 'Is an Insult to Hindus'
Byline: ANIL DAWAR HINDUS have called on the Royal Mail to withdraw one of this year's Christmas stamps, claiming it insults their religion. The 68p stamp, which can be used to send mail to India, features a Hindu man and woman worshipping the...
Clubs Order Players out of England Training HQ
Byline: PETER JACKSON ENGLAND rugby players were ordered out of their training camp by their club employers yesterday and summoned to a secret meeting 20 miles away. The 30-man squad found themselves caught up in the political war over pay between...
Conspiracy of Silence!
Byline: STEPHEN GLOVER THE GREATEST mystery of British politics is how a prime minister who misled the nation over weapons of mass destruction should be ensconced happily in No10 while his wife counts up the number of expensive designer watches...
Cranberries 'Can Ward off Flu Virus'; ++FOOD NEWS++ Good Health
A GLASS of cranberry juice a day may help to keep flu at bay this winter, according to new research. Cranberry juice has already been shown to have a unique 'anti-stick' action, which helps protect the body from harmful bacteria, including bugs...
David Criticised the Gravy Train, but Then Happily Climbed Aboard
Byline: TIM LUCKHURST HAD his own disgrace not resembled it so closely, David McLetchie's friends would have had no qualms about identifying the pinnacle of his political career. It came four years ago this month when the Queen accepted the resignation...
Drug Raises Chance of Beating Prostate Cancer by a Third
Byline: JENNY HOPE HORMONE treatment improves the chances of surviving prostate cancer by more than a third, a study shows. Researchers found that by itself the drug Casodex delays the cancer's progression for up to three years and reduces the...
Edgy Sullivan Fears the Worst
Byline: NEIL MOXLEY;NEIL MOXLEY SHOULD crisis be a time for straight talking, then David Sullivan's hysterical tirade yesterday confirms there must be problems at Birmingham City. Co- owner Sullivan, never afraid to speak his mind, came out firing...
End Heartburn in Half an Hour; Good Health
Byline: ROGER DOBSON A NEW stomach plug for combating heartburn can start to rid sufferers of symptoms in minutes. The outpatient treatment takes just 30 minutes, and research shows that six months later, seven out of 10 patients no longer need...
Fergie Feeling Chill in This Winter's Tale
Byline: PAUL HAYWARD Time is catching up with the master of Old Trafford ON THE weekend the clocks went back, Sir Alex Ferguson Alex Ferguson seemed to pass from the autumn to the winter of his years. Sinatra's lament haunts the great dictator...
FERGIE FEELING CHILL IN THIS WINTER'S TALE; Best Defender in the World? Not Even the Best in His Own Family
Byline: IAN LADYMAN DOTING parents can buy their children Rio Ferdinand ringtones for their mobile phones this Christmas. It is fair to presume that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not be purchasing one. Nor, for that matter, will...
Fraser Heads Field in Race to Succeed as Tory Leader
THREE main candidates last night emerged in the battle to succeed David McLetchie. Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser is at the front of the field in a contest that will mirror the one taking place at UK level. Ordinary party members will...
Herbs and Soy-Or Giving Up Chocolate and Wine. What's Best for Migraine? GoodHealth
Byline: LUCY MAYHEW CONVENTIONAL V COMPLEMENTARY MIGRAINE THE World Health Organisation rates migraine attacks as one of the 20 most disabling lifetime conditions. One in eight in Britain suffer migraines, twice as many women as men, and...
Hollywood Gave Me a Real Pain in the Back. but a [Pounds Sterling]250 Machine Put Me out of My Misery
Byline: HILARY FREEMAN GoodHealth ACTOR Rufus Sewell, who stars in the new Hollywood film The Legend Of Zorro, has a health problem at odds with his dashing screen image. The 37-year-old actor suffers agonising lower back pain - a condition that...
How Michael Became a True Man about Toon
Byline: COLIN YOUNG THERE are great players and great characters. When Newcastle bought Michael Owen for [pounds sterling]17million, they got both. But the doubters still said leaving Real Madrid for Tyneside was the wrong move. In the season...
I Admire Him Hugely, but I Cannot Defend His Behaviour
Byline: STEPHEN POLLARD FOR years I have admired David Blunkett. As his biographer, I have studied the three decades of his political career with something close to awe and regarded him as a shining example of achievement. But after reading his...
IRON RULE OF THE ROMANOV EMPERORS; He Came, He Saw, He Was on His Way to Conquering the SPL. but Now Vlad the Impaler Has Swung the Axe Once Again, Leaving His Son on the Throne and the Fans Living in Fear for Their Club
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN FIVE days before Guy Fawkes night and Fireworks Phil has gone up in flames. The true pyrotechnics at Tynecastle, however, have yet to begin. Last night, Vlad the Impaler claimed yet another high-profile victim. Chief...
I've Never Felt Such Pressure; Hemdani Admits the Heat Is on as Ibrox Men Face Up to Their Must-Win Slovakian Showdown Scott Moves On
Byline: PETER JARDINE BRAHIM Hemdani has played in a UEFA Cup Final with Marseille, has seven Champions League appearances against his name and almost 20 overall in European competition. But the French- Algerian midfielder openly admitted yesterday...
I Won't Ditch My Bag of Tricks, Says Garcia
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS HE MAY not be the most imposing physical specimen on Liverpool's books, but there can be no doubting Luis Garcia has developed a thick skin since arriving at Anfield. The [pounds sterling]6.5million signing from Barcelona...
Keane Gagged; United Skipper Is Silenced as He Rips into Team-Mates
Byline: IAN LADYMAN CHAOS reigned at Manchester United last night as the stricken club vetoed an official Roy Keane interview that laid bare the shocking inadequacies of Sir Alex Ferguson's team. Keane spent an hour yesterday afternoon picking...
Labour in Retreat on Transport Drink Ban
Byline: GRAEME WILSON LABOUR began backpedaling furiously last night over proposals to ban alcohol on trains and buses. The idea was one of the initiatives floated by Tony Blair's 'anti-yob tsar' Louise Casey at a summit with the Prime Minister...
Liner's Final Port of Call; Answers to Correspondents
Byline: JAMES BLACK;CHARLES LEGGE QUESTION Does the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth still lie in Hong Kong Harbour? WHEN the Cunard Steamship Company's ocean liner RMS Queen Elizabeth was launched on September 27, 1938, at 83,000 tonnes she...
LOCAL HEROES; GoodHealth Tirelessly and without Fanfare, These Remarkable People Are Helping to Ease the Misery of Those Afflicted by Illness and Disability .
SINCE the Lottery was set up it has contributed [pounds sterling]17 billion to good causes. Now the National Lottery Awards, in association with the Daily Mail, are to recognise the most deserving of those projects. Yesterday, the Mail brought you...
Mating Mice on Song
Byline: PAUL MATTHEWS MICE and men would appear to have little in common - apart from a liking for cheese perhaps. But apparently the rodents can sing, say researchers in America. They have discovered that male mice choose to attract their...
MI6 Open to Exposure in Bush Spy Scandal
Byline: TIM SHIPMAN BRITISH intelligence chiefs risk being sucked into the U.S. spy scandal that has damaged President Bush, senior MPs warned yesterday. MI6's intelligence gathering on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction could become...
Milan Striker Offered as a Replacement for Hartson; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN CELTIC have been offered the opportunity to sign the striker who destroyed Scotland's World Cup dream. The Parkhead club have been granted first option on AC Milan forward Vitaly Kutuzov as the Belarus international prepares...
Ministers to Plug Loophole That Lets Killer Drivers Go Free from Court; New Laws Will Give Prosecutors Greater Powers
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY;GRAHAM GRANT TOUGHER laws to tackle killer motorists will close a loophole that has let many drivers walk free from court after causing fatal crashes, ministers claim. A new offence of 'causing death by careless driving'...
Monty in Good Order to Make a Move on Majors
Byline: GRAHAM OTWAY THERE was a lively party atmosphere on the private jet that flew Colin Montgomerie and girlfriend Jo Baldwin home from Gibraltar late on Sunday night. And as the champagne flowed to celebrate the Scot ' s eighth European...
Monty's Putting Is Up to Major Tests, Says Coach
Byline: GRAHAM OTWAY THE champagne flowed as Colin Montgomerie and his girlfriend Jo Baldwin flew home to Britain on a private jet late on Sunday night. The pair were celebrating the Scot's eighth European Order of Merit title, won to such widespread...
More Killer Drivers Will Face Prison as Loopholes Are Closed
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY TOUGHER laws to tackle killer motorists will close a loophole which has allowed many to walk free, ministers claim. An offence of 'causing death by careless driving' will give prosecutors a lesser alternative to the existing,...
My Last Great Fling My 70th Birthday . . . A Private Jet to Venice. Vintage Champagne. Beluga Caviar. and 24 Close Friends (Including Joanie). but Then This Was the Last Big Birthday Bash I'm Going to Throw
Byline: MICHAEL WINNER THERE'S no point in celebrating birthdays. Mine or anyone else's. What's to celebrate about getting older? If we got younger, that would be something. So with each birthday, I put the cards up for half an hour, recycle...
My Super Skull; GoodHealth ME AND MY OPERATION CRANIOPLASTY Neil's Life Was in Danger. the Only Way to Save Him: Cut a Hole in His Head and Give Him a Titanium Forehead
Byline: THEA JOURDAN NEIL RENNIE, 57, is a lecturer in English at University College, London. Three years ago, he sustained a serious head injury when he was run over by a bus near his home in Holborn, Central London. Today, he is back at work,...
Not out of the Woods Yet
SO David Blunkett is selling back the shares in a company whose future success could be dependent on Government contracts and which is run by the sister of the businessman who introduced the Minister to his last extraordinarily dangerous girlfriend....
Now Horsman Is One of the Boyos
Byline: PETER JACKSON WALES will today put the finishing touch to Chris Horsman's switch of rugby allegiance. The Worcester prop, whose transfer from England to Wales began with a chance remark more than three years ago, will be named this evening...
O2 Could Ring Up [Pounds Sterling]17bn in Takeover; CITY FOCUS
Byline: JAMES ASHTON IT WAS a sickly orphan whose prospects looked grim. Yet three weeks shy of its fourth birthday, a Spanish takeover bid has valued mobile phone group O2 at more than its former parent BT, and a bidding war could see some of the...
Only Perfection Will Do for Jose
Byline: IAN MCGARRY AFTER accusing Arsene Wenger of having a telescope, Jose Mourinho yesterday put his own team under the microscope in an attempt to discover where they are going wrong. That may seem strange for the manager of a side which...
OTHERWISE ENGAGED by Simon Gray, Criterion Theatre; First Night Review
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS THERE is a certain type of Englishman, ostentatiously polite, in fact selfish, sarcastic and unequipped for setbacks. He is an Oxbridge snob, though outwardly he may claim to be broadminded. His conquests have been effortless....
Outback Arsenal; Death-Trial Drifter Kept This Sinister Cache in Van
Byline: RICHARD SHEARS THIS is the fearsome collection of weapons and equipment found in a vehicle owned by the man accused of murdering British backpacker Peter Falconio. Police were stunned by the contents of the four-wheel-drive van driven...
Postmaster Stole [Pounds Sterling]86,000 to Woo the Clerk Half His Age
Byline: REBECCA CAMBER A BESOTTED subpostmaster who stole [pounds sterling]86,000 from pension books to romance a clerk less than half his age was behind bars last night. Edward Thomas, 52, deprived hundreds of pensioners of their benefits so...
[Pounds Sterling]23bn Predators; Phone Giant O2 Goes Spanish as Foreign Rivals Target Our Big Firms
Byline: JAMES ASHTON THREE top British companies, all household names, looked to be heading into foreign ownership last night. The mobile phone giant O2 announced it has accepted an offer of 200p a share from the Spanish firm Telefonica in a...
Romanov Came Here Promising Treats ... Now Sceptical Fans Are Terrified Theyhave Been Tricked; after a Tumultuous Day for the Faithful, BRIAN MARJORIBANKS Gauges the Mood in a Famous Hearts Watering Hole and Finds Worried Supporters Demanding Answers
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS IT'S HALLOWE'EN in John Robertson's pub in Gorgie Road and, amid a deathly hush, there are plenty of ghostly faces. But this is no fancy dress theme event. The shaken throng have merely seen the news on the giant television...
Royals Bore America
Byline: OLINKA KOSTER PRINCE Charles and Camilla arrive in the U.S. on a charm offensive today, with the trip already being dismissed as a 'royal bore'. A poll found 81 per cent of Americans were not interested in the visit, suggesting the royal...
ROYAL WOMEN AT WAR; Snubbed by the Queen. Ignored by Anne. Hated by Sophie. Haunted by Diana. but in Her Battle to Be No1 at Court, Camilla Has the Upper Hand - as the Only Woman Charles Has EVER Trusted
Byline: RICHARD KAY;GEOFFREY LEVY WITHIN the Queen's family, the sudden arrival of a brand-new royal duchess was not as welcome as they made out in public. The smiles were broad and the kisses plentiful. After all, as one friend puts it: 'Camilla...
Save Our Season, Eck Begs Players
Byline: PETER JARDINE ALEX McLEISH has urged his players to save their season in Slovakia tonight - and preserve his status as Rangers manager. Champions League victory against Artmedia Bratislava would take the Ibrox club a step closer towards...
Sports Agenda
Byline: CHARLES SALE THE FA paraded Prince William, their new president-in-waiting, at Charlton last week to promote the Premiership club's extensive community work. But his choice of footwear wouldn't have pleased the FA's long-term kit suppliers...
TAXI FOR McLETCHIE; Scots Tory Leader Is Forced to Quit over Travel Expenses Row
Byline: STUART NICOLSON;JAMIE LIVINGSTONE DAVID MCLETCHIE quit last night as Scottish Tory leader. Mr McLetchie fell on his sword after being unable to shake off the taxi expenses row that has dogged him for months. Only last week he insisted...
Terrorists with History; EDUCATION NOTEBOOK
Byline: SUSAN ELKIN NOVEMBER 5 would have been England's 17thcentury September 11. Four hundred years ago this week, a terrorist plot by Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and others to blow up the Houses of Parliament was foiled. It is highly dramatic...
That Was My Worst-Ever Test Show, Says Carney
Byline: RICHARD BOTT GREAT BRITAIN vice-captain Brian Carney yesterday relived the agony of his 'worst-ever' international performance. Carney and his Lions teammates watched the video of Saturday's 42-26 loss to New Zealand in their opening...
The Citizenship Test but There's No Britishness . . . and You Can't Fail It Anyway)
Byline: JAMES SLACK;QUENTIN LETTS THE steps immigrants must take to gain British citizenship were revealed yesterday - and immediately condemned as not tough enough. From today, those with a good grasp of the language will be asked to take a...
The Dead-End Graduates
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT GRADUATES from poorer families are more likely to end up in lower- paid jobs that do not require a degree, a new study has found. Financial worries mean students from low-income families often take the first job they can...
THE LAST-CHANCE SALOON FOR ECK; ...but Rangers Manager Isn't the Only One Who Should Be Hoping for a Victory When There Is More Than Scottish Pride at Stake
Byline: PETER JARDINE BRUCE GROBBELAAR was often fond of reminding anyone within earshot that Liverpool Football Club was far bigger than any one individual. Graeme Souness proved his point emphatically when he preferred Mike Hooper as his No1...
The Long Hard Road to a U.S. Passport
Byline: WILLIAM LOWTHER GAINING American citizenship is a long and difficult process which involves several levels of checks and examinations. It starts with a so-called 'green card', which is actually pink, and allows the holder to live and...
The 'Lost Generation' of Young Scots Who Have Never Had a Job
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT ONE in five young Scots aged 16 to 24 has never done a day's work, it was revealed yesterday. The figures showed that one in six school-leavers are not even looking for a job, training or further education. Last night,...
THE OBESITY TIMEBOMB? GoodHealth We're Told It's the Great Health Hazard of Our Age. but What ARE the Long-Term Effects on the Body of Eating Too Much? Decade by Decade, We Reveal the Problems You Could Be Storing Up
Byline: ISLA WHITCROFT HEALTH experts fear that we are in the grip of an obesity epidemic. In the UK, one in five of the population is technically obese and the numbers are rising faster than anywhere else in Europe. With children, the figures...
There IS Such a Thing as Gulf War Syndrome
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY VETERANS' groups claimed a victory yesterday in their battle to have Gulf War Syndrome recognised as a legitimate illness. The Pensions Appeal Tribunal ruled the Ministry of Defence should accept that former Life Guardsman...
The Screamer; It's the Talk of the Town
Byline: SIMON JONES fans will be encouraged to report fellow spectators who indulge in antigay abuse to the FA's discrimination hotline. On the agenda at tomorrow's second FA 'homophobia summit' in Coventry, are red cards for players and managers...
The Sky-High Street; Glasgow's Shopping Mecca Is among the World's Most Costly
Byline: JONATHAN BROCKLEBANK IT is not a street normally mentioned in the same breath as New York's Fifth Avenue or the Champs- Elysees in Paris. But Glasgow's Buchanan Street was yesterday named as one of the big boys of the world's shopping...
The 'Sluts' of War; How the British Women Who Fell for GIs Found No Sympathy from Officials
Byline: BETH HALE WHEN almost a million American GIs arrived in Britain during World War II, they were soon condemned as 'overpaid, oversexed - and over here'. Husbands and boyfriends serving abroad were bitter about the gum-chewing Yanks with...
THE SPEED GUN BACKLASH; after a Damning Mail Investigation Revealed That Police Speed Guns Can Give Wildly Inaccurate Readings, Hundreds of Readers Contacted Us to Share Their Own Tales of Injustice
LAST month, a special Mail investigation by SUE REID revealed the scandalous truth about speed guns and their hopelessly inaccurate readings. We tested one of the most widely used devices, a police laser gun called LTI:20.20 UltraLyte, and proved...
Trading Fever Grips the Market after Half-Term; MARKET REPORT
Byline: LAUREN MILLS ANYONE hoping for a quiet first day back at work yesterday, after last week's half-term break, was sorely disappointed. Takeover fever gripped the City, sparking a frenetic day's trading. Almost 685m O2 shares changed hands...
Travolta, the Dance Floor King of East Grinstead
Byline: HENRY MELLER IN Saturday Night Fever, he was the disco king of New York. Twenty-eight years later, John Travolta was strutting his stuff again - but this time in the rather more genteel surroundings of East Grinstead. Travolta and...
Trident Rebellion Crushed by Reid
Byline: TIM SHIPMAN A FIERCE dispute over Britain's nuclear deterrent erupted last night after MPs demanded a say on the future of the Trident missile system. Senior backbenchers ambushed Defence Secretary John Reid at the weekly meeting of the...
Tycoon 'Shot Lover after Spree at Harvey Nicks'
Byline: CHRIS BROOKE A BUSINESSMAN lavished [pounds sterling]180,000 on his lover during a four-year affair then shot her in the head after a spending spree at Harvey Nichols, a court heard yesterday. Howard Simmerson, 43, put Julie Turner's...
UK Plc, for Sale to the Highest Bidder
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER THE speed of the overseas assault on Great Britain plc has reached a new peak with the announcement of bids worth [pounds sterling]23billion for three of the country's best- known companies. The biggest offer is for the mobile...
Vassell Puts His Old Pals to the Sword
Byline: IAN LADYMAN MANCHESTER CITY . . .3 ASTON VILLA . . .1 DAVID O'Leary previewed last night'strip to Manchester City by suggesting that Darius Vassell was right to leave Aston Villa for the north-west in the summer. By fulltime, the striker...
Victim's Family in Turmoil over 7/7 Service; Daughter Will Meet the Queen.But Son Refuses to Go to St Paul's Today
Byline: ROBIN YAPP A BOY of 11 whose father was killed in the London bombings is refusing to attend today's memorial service for the victims because he blames Tony Blair for the attacks. Adam Gray is still coming to terms with the loss of his...
Vincent's Artistic Side
Byline: PETER PATERSON Vincent (ITV1); Broken News (BBC 2) VINCENT completed its fourepisode run, having proved that Ray Winstone's unlikely private eye could give Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe a run for their money. Never mind the silly notion...
Weiss Plots to Heap Yet More Misery on Old Firm
Byline: ROGER HANNAH WEISS has brought as much pain to the Old Firm this season as Vladimir Romanov has brought disharmony to Gorgie in the past 10 days. Yet, Artmedia's avuncular coach - a student of Dr Jozef Venglos and close friend of Lubo...
WHY DID MY FRIEND CHRISSIE HAVE TO DIE? She Was Only 20 but I Watched Her Life Slowly Ebbing Away -- and All She Needed Was a Transplant GoodHealth
Byline: KITTY DIMBLEBY ACCORDING to a recent survey, 90 per cent of Britons are in favour of organ donation .Yet only 20 per cent of us are registered as donors. So hundreds of those who need a new heart, lungs or kidney will die on the waiting...
WHY I LET MY GAY HUSBAND MOVE BACK IN; Married to Her Finance Manager Husband, with Whom She Had Two Children, Lucy's Life Was Perfect until He Dropped a Bombshell. What Happened Next Is Even More Extraordinary
Byline: JENNY JOHNSTON THE renovations are nearly complete and no one seems to mind that the living space has effectively halved. A wall now runs across the once-spacious lounge-diner in the Hanton family home, cutting it in two. On the other...
Why I Must Be a Good Father to My Little Sister; Teenager Who Took on Parental Duties after Mother's Death from Cancer
Byline: LIZ HULL A SCHOOLBOY has won the right to act as father to his younger sister after their mother died from cancer. Scott Wardle, 17, and 11-year-old Amy feared they would be taken into care and separated. But after negotiating to keep...
Why Robert Is Football's Answer to a Pint of Snow
Byline: DES KELLY EVERY object, however strange, has worth to somebody, or there is a sucker born every minute. I'm never sure which saying holds true. A glance at the eBay website offers no clues as this internet auction house has an extraordinary...
Will Mate Still Have the Fire?
Byline: MARCUS TOWNEND THE performance more than the result matters for Best Mate at Exeter this afternoon. It is not an act of genius to predict he will not win. The Haldon Gold Cup distance of just over two miles is inadequate and the ground...
Wrong Number for Investors
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER AS AN independent mobile phone company in a global marketplace, O2 was always going to attract the interest of overseas buyers. It was unlikely to be a predator itself, since it has spent most of the time since it was spun...
You're a Bully; Foulkes Takes Parting Shot at Ruthless Romanov after Lithuanian Axes Anderton
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS GEORGE FOULKES last night lifted the lid on Hearts' major shareholder Vladimir Romanov amid claims that the Lithuanian had threatened to walk out on the club. The former chairman branded Romanov as 'totally ruthless'...