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Articles from March 22, 2006

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11m Homes Have Lost Breakfast-Time Post; AS ROYAL MAIL INSISTS IT IS GIVING BEST SERVICE EVER
Byline: BECKY BARROW NEARLY 11 million households do not get their post before 10am, according to a damning official report. Many regularly have to wait until the afternoon or even teatime for their post. And one in four say when it does arrive...
4,000 Jobs 'At Risk' as Health Service Debt Crisis Deepens
Byline: FIONA MACRAE MORE than 4,000 frontline medical jobs are at risk because of the Health Service funding crisis, it was claimed last night. Observers warned that debts now estimated at [pounds sterling]880million are likely to force hospitals...
Aberdeen Boosted by Smith Promise
Byline: SCOTT DAVIE ABERDEEN have received a major boost after top scorer Jamie Smith confirmed he is ready to commit himself to a new long-term contract at Pittodrie. The former Celtic winger failed to settle in Holland during a season spent...
A Boss, a [Pounds Sterling]1m Loan and a Deal That Set Him Up for Ten Years
Byline: GORDON RAYNER A TECHNOLOGY firm whose boss loaned [pounds sterling]1million to Labour became the frontrunner for a Government contract within weeks of the loan being agreed. Last September the Department of Work and Pensions chose Capita...
A CLEANER BREAK; So Now We're Told We're Not Supposed to Fly Abroad as It Damages the Environment. What's a Family in Need of a Holiday Supposed to Do?
Byline: DAVID ALLSOP AIR travel is bad for the planet. Says who? Well, the very people who encourage world travel, the publishers of the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet guidebooks. Their solution? To cut down on 'casual' air travel or offset it by...
A Magnet for Muggers Police Demand Firms Act as Mobiles Account for Half of All Street Robberies
Byline: BEN TAYLOR ONE in every two street robberies now involves the theft of a mobile phone, police revealed yesterday. The surge in snatches has been prompted by soaring demand for increasingly sophisticated handsets from criminal gangs who...
An Old Favourite Wins Back Trust
Byline: JAMES CONEY IT MAY be the biggest and oldest investment trust, but Foreign & Colonial has been forced to fight for its reputation in the past year. Returns on the [pounds sterling]2.13 billion trust, which has 111,000 savers, had...
A Swan with One Wing? No Need to Panic
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS A SMALL shot of anaesthetic knocked him right out. Now the surgeon and a nurse could stretch him all the way over the operating table. The surgeon was Sally Gordon and she had the nurse put a drip in where it counted. The...
Asylum Seekers Are Targeted in Growing Race-Hate Crimewave; BACKLASH BRINGS DRAMATIC RISE IN RACIAL ASSAULTS
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT SCOTLAND is in the grip of a racist backlash against soaring numbers of asylum seekers and immigrants. Figures reveal an explosion in race-related crimes, with almost 5,000 incidents in the past year. Since 2000, when...
Aviva's Harvey Embarks on City Charm Offensive
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND RICHARD Harvey, chief executive of Aviva, was yesterday forced by the Takeover Panel to clarify that he has not ruled out sweetening his [pounds sterling]17bn bid for rival insurer the Prudential. The statement to the...
Back Treatments 'That Cause More Harm Than Good'; MANIPULATING THE SPINE DOESN'T CURE ANY CONDITION, CLAIMS PROFESSOR
Byline: JENNY HOPE HAVING your back 'cracked' to ease pain and other problems is a waste of time and money, claims one of Britain's leading experts in complementary medicine. Professor Edzard Ernst claims spinal manipulation used by chiropractors...
Baillie Bags Silver in a Tribute to Late Brother
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN CHRIS BAILLIE hid his feelings to claim the most emotional medal of these Commonwealth Games, running in the footsteps of fallen brother Ross to win silver in the 110 metres hurdles final. In the morning heats at the MCG,...
Beatrice Dumps Boyfriend as He Escapes Jail Sentence
Byline: LEE BROWN PRINCESS Beatrice officially dumped her controversial American boyfriend yesterday after he escaped a jail sentence. Paolo Liuzzo, 24, had been covered by strict probation restrictions over a fight in which a fellow college...
Blair Defends the West's Right to Fight 'Islamic Extremism'
Byline: BENEDICT BROGAN TONY Blair defended Britain's right to intervene in foreign countries yesterday as he urged the public and the media to back a global war against terror. He marked the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by justifying...
BOMBERS PLOTTED TO BLOW UP THE TRAINS'; 'British Muslims Planned Carnage 3 Years before 7/7'
Byline: SINEAD MCINTYRE;NICK CRAVEN A BRITISH Al Qaeda cell planned a bombing campaign against UK trains, clubs and pubs, it was alleged yesterday. The aim of the seven Muslim men was said to be revenge for the U.S. war on terror. Six of them...
Boozy UK Just like Gin Lane, Says Liver Expert
Byline: EMILY COOK THE horrifying scene is one of rampant drunkenness, death and decay. William Hogarth's 18th century engraving Gin Lane depicts a part of London where one in four residences was a gin shop. And according to a leading liver...
Cable & Wireless Gets Dealers' Lines Buzzing; MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER THE buzz just got louder as the day wore on. It appears Cable & Wireless's days of independence are numbered. Even though mobile phone giant Vodafone rubbished early rumours that it was stakebuilding or about to bid 130p...
Caitlin Can Strike Gold at Olympics Says Davies
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN SWIMMING great Sharron Davies last night predicted that Scotland's new golden girl of the pool, Caitlin Mc Clatchey, will flourish even more in the spotlight of national attention. The former Commonwealth Games double-gold...
Christie: I Have No Bhoyhood Regrets
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS WHEN the talk inevitably turns to his spell at Celtic in the 1980s, Charlie Christie admits he has grown accustomed to dispelling the odd myth. Ye t , as he contemplated replacing Craig Brewster in the Inverness Caledonian...
Comment
How to cash in on New Labour IT was the Prime Minister's consigliere Lord Levy who told the dozen multimillionaires who bankrolled New Labour in election year that the 'preferred way' was to lend the money, not donate it. His lordship was desperate...
Confucius Say: Aye. ... to an Institute for Scotland as the First Minister's Travels to the Far East Reap Rewards
Byline: JAMIE LIVINGSTONE THEY could easily be words of wisdom from the Chinese philosopher Confucius: 'He who courts the dragon doth return with the prize.' But the phrase was more likely to have come from Jack McConnell yesterday after China announced...
Creation and a Crisis of Spirit; as the Archbishop of Canterburywarns against Strict Biblical Teaching, the Mail's Science Editor MICHAEL HANLON Says the Real Problem Is That Our Increasingly Decadent Society Has Lost Faith AND Reason
Byline: MICHAEL HANLON WHEN YOU drop your child off at the school gates, you have a reasonable expectation that over the course of the day, his or her little head will be crammed with some sense and reason. That is, after all, why we bother with...
Deans a Real CROCK OF GOLD
Byline: NEIL WILSON WHEN British No 3 Lisa Dobriskey claimed England's first gold medal on the track here, it was a victory not even she would have dared predict. Dobriskey ' s gold in the 1500metres - the title that double Olympic champion Kelly...
DEAN'S A REAL Crock of Gold
NEIL WILSON reports from Melbourne DEAN MACEY could have been excused tears last night - tears of pain, frustration and certainly joy. But on the day when his decathlon dream came true with the first gold medal of his life, he held back. Just. The...
Did Wrong Sort of Sleep Kill the Dinosaurs?
Byline: KRISTINA PEDERSEN THEIR sudden demise millions of years ago has been blamed on everything from huge volcanos and apocalyptic tidal waves to giant meteors and even alien invasions. But could it be that dinosaurs became extinct simply because...
Dining out, Staying in, Saving Money
MONEY MAIL's miserly journalists are still pinching the pennies. Our aim is to save hundreds of pounds simply through switching utilities, changing insurers and using widely available discount offers. This week we provide an illuminating insight...
Don't Teach the Bible Creation Story in Schools, Says Archbishop
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY THE traditional Christian doctrine on how God created the world should no longer be taught in schools, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared yesterday. Dr Rowan Williams said that the Genesis story which tells how the world...
DREAM MARRIAGE; Premiership Advances Spurned by Loyal Brooks
Byline: PETER JARDINE MULTIMILLIONAIRE Brooks Mileson has turned down the chance to swap the Scottish Second Division for the Premiership - because he is so besotted with Gretna. The Raydale Park benefactor was approached in recent weeks by a...
Echoes of Diana; FROM HEADSCARF TO SHOELESS FEET, CAMILLA'S LOOKALIKE VISIT TO MOSQUE
Byline: REBECCA ENGLISH A DEMURE Duchess of Cornwall followed in Princess Diana's fashion footsteps as she toured a mosque in Cairo yesterday. In a flowing silk headscarf and a deliberately modest outfit, she looked eerily reminiscent of her...
Ephraim Hardcastle
LAST year, the Prince of Wales was caught on an 'open' microphone insulting the BBC's royal reporter, Nicholas Witchell. 'I mean, he's so awful, he really is,' Charles told Princes William and Harry at Klosters as Witchell stood yards away. The carrot-headed...
Evil That Is Truly Inhuman
Byline: ALLISON PEARSON ON AVERAGE, I read three stories a week in the papers that make me want to cancel my membership of the human race. But this one is worse. Once you let it into your brain it wakes you in the small hours. I'm talking...
Fame! the Dancer Who's Gonna Live Forever as a White Tyrone
Byline: JAMIE LIVINGSTONE IT is one of the most iconic performances by a black actor in movie and television history. Leroy, a teenager from a New York ghetto, armed only with ambition and enthusiasm, pursues his dream of Fame! in the hit musical....
FINAL SAY SHOULD BE ABOUT SHAUN; the Maloney Magic Earns Tribute from His Boss amid Cup Furore
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN THE post-match talk ought to have concerned Jimmy Johnstone. Or Shaun Maloney's superb free-kick. To Gordon Strachan's dismay, however, the first trophy of his Parkhead tenure was overshadowed on Sunday by a nonsensical...
First Night Review
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS THE CLEAN HOUSE By Sarah Ruhl Sheffield Studio WHAT an odd stage presence Eleanor Bron has. Her long, almost masculine, gypsy-mystic, Jon Pertwee-ish face is topped nowadays by salt and pepper curls. She has the jaw of...
'Flawed Case' against Couple Who Poisoned Son with Salt; FOSTER CHILD HAD RARE MEDICAL CONDITION, APPEAL COURT TOLD
Byline: CHARLOTTE GILL A COUPLE jailed for killing their three-year- old foster son by salt poisoning were convicted on faulty evidence, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday. Ian and Angela Gay were jailed for five years last year after a jury...
Flintoff TAKES SLOW LANE to Keep KEEP ENGLAND ON TRACK
Byline: MIKE DICKSON THE fact that this series was still alive going into its final morning was in itself a small victory for England - and their sights were set on an even greater one. Deprived of half their Ashes team plus Alastair Cook, they...
Food Firms Win U-Turn on Plans to Slash Salt Levels
Byline: SEAN POULTER HEALTH campaigners have accused the Government of bowing to pressure from the food industry over salt levels in food. The Food Standards Agency yesterday announced it is to relax guidelines on the salt content of a range...
Football Extra
CLYDE'S dramatic Scottish Cup victory over Celtic last January has seen them land a lucrative marketing deal with Italian sportswear giants Lotto. The First Division outfit have signed a one-year rolling contract with the company which could be...
Foster Mother with Love to Spare; MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Byline: BETH HALE;NATASHA COURTENAY-SMITH A WOMAN who turned her back on a business career to care for abused and neglected children was last night named the Daily Mail's first Mother Of The Year. Cathy Lewis decided to change her life when she...
Freddie Shows Us He Has a Future as Fulltime Captain
Byline: NASSER HUSSAIN ANDREW FLINTOFF can sit back on the flight home to visit his new son and, whatever the outcome of an enthralling final Test, reflect on a job well done as captain. The prime reason for giving him the temporary position...
Free-Riding Hammers Owe It All to Pardew
Byline: IAN LADYMAN IT WAS manager Alan Pardew who first suggested West Ham supporters be taken free of charge to the north west for Monday's FA Cup quarterfinal victory over Manchester City. But as Pardew continues to plot his side's course...
Gerrard Leads the Massacre; and Crouch Lands Double as Liverpool Smash Seven
Byline: NEIL MOXLEY BIRMINGHAM CITY 0 LIVERPOOL 7 RAFAEL Benitez's pre -match worries about playing two games in little over three days were proved spectacularly unfounded as Steve Bruce's season exploded in his face at St Andrew's. The Spaniard...
Go-Ahead for Home Packs .
Byline: ROSANNA SPERO SELLING your home will cost up to [pounds sterling]1,000 more from June 2007, with confirmation that the Government will press ahead with Home Information Packs (HIPs). It is going ahead despite industry fears and a warning...
Golden Games Serve to Inspire; the Voice of Authority
Byline: WILLIE YOUNG IN THE great debate over the nation' s health, there is little argument about the need for more young kids to participate in sport. The big problem is how to encourage them to do so. Like many Scots who normally pay little...
Gordon's Web of Business Leaders; CITY FOCUS
Byline: SAM FLEMING As Tony Blair grapples with the tangled web of the cash-for-peerages scandal, his heir apparent is busily assembling his own network of rich business buddies. Gordon Brown yesterday announced the creation of an International...
Greed Drives a Frenzy for 'Risky' Funds
Byline: LIZ PHILLIPS INVESTORS are risking their savings by indulging in a dangerous buying frenzy for fashionable funds. At the end of last week the FTSE-100 index of the biggest companies rose past 6000 for the first time since 2001. Investors...
Hartley Tells Ross: Sorry I Kicked You
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN PAUL HARTLEY has privately apologised to Celtic defender Ross Wallace for the New Year kick which landed the Hearts midfielder with a three-game ban. Wallace, restored to the Parkhead defence for the CIS Cup Final, revealed...
Hectoring Hazel, Efficient and Unsparing in Her Cruelty; Yesterday in Parliament
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS ONE of the Government's springiest welterweights - iPod-sized Hazel Blears - stood at the far end of Westminster's longest committee room yesterday morning, but a speck on the horizon. With my old-mole eyesight I could barely...
Home and Just Too Dry; Parched Soil Leads to Fears of Subsidence
Byline: LIZ PHILLIPS THE Environment Agency is predicting that there will be record numbers of subsidence cases this year - often the most expensive claims to settle. Not only has this winter been cold, it's also been particularly dry. In fact...
Honour for the Mother Who Has Loved 30 Children
Byline: BETH HALE;NATASHA COURTENAY-SMITH A WOMAN who turned her back on a business career to care for abused and neglected children was last night named the Daily Mail's first Mother Of The Year. Cathy Lewis decided to change her life when she...
Hungary, Coach? ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
QUESTION Is there any connection between the two uses in English of the word 'coach'? VERY few of the words which have entered the English language originate in the Magyar language of Hungary, but 'coach', 'goulash', 'paprika' and 'hussar' is one....
I Fear Masked Knifeman Will Find Me Again; LAWYERS PROBED AS FRAUD-BUSTER REVEALS TERROR OF ATTACK AT HIS HOME
Byline: JONATHAN BROCKLEBANK A TOP legal investigator who survived a frenzied knife attack admitted yesterday he fears the masked assailant will strike again. Leslie Cumming, 62, suffered multiple stab wounds after being set upon outside his...
Ill-Conceived. and Ill-Executed; DIANA MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN A COSTLY FIASCO, ACCORDING TO MPS
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY THE Princess Diana memorial fountain was 'ill-conceived and ill-executed' according to a damning report by MPs. Major design blunders, which forced repeated closures, and unexpected problems have seen costs soar from [pounds...
Immigration Demand 'Is Wildly Underestimated'
Byline: JAMES SLACK MINISTERS have 'wildly' underestimated the number of migrants wanting to enter Britain, the country's top immigration judge said last night. They failed to predict a huge upsurge in the number of visa applications, said Mr...
I'M OVER THE SEVENTH HEAVEN; Baillie Nets Silver as He Achieves His Life's Dream
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN MOST athletes consider it a great occasion when they achieve just one career- long ambition. Chris Baillie, therefore, had a day of days here at the magnificent MCG yesterday. First, he had the emotional high of breaking...
Inter Are Confident They Can Land Ruud
Byline: IAN LADYMAN INTER MILAN made their move to sign Ruud van Nistelrooy last night as owner Massimo Moratti spoke publicly of the Dutchman's unhappiness at Old Trafford. Manchester United have been insistent that Van Nistelrooy has accepted...
Is This a [Pounds Sterling]15billion Con? the Last Word
Byline: TONY HAZELL THIS Government seems particularly fond of bandying around figures and then refusing to say how they were calculated. Take John Hutton, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Mr Hutton claims that it would cost [pounds...
It's Time for Tony to Go; Commentary
Byline: JULIA LANGDON AT THE general election 40 years ago next week, I helped elect a new young Labour MP called Frank Judd to the House of Commons. I was 19 and too young - in those days - to vote. But I took time off work from my first job...
I WAS BRANDED A PAEDOPHILE; Zoe's Life Was Almost Destroyed When a 13-Year-Old Pupil Claimed She'd Had Sex with him.It Was a Cynical Lie - but, as Her Disturbing Story Reveals,her Own Naivety Placed Her at the Boy's Mercy
Byline: BECKY SHEAVES EVERY night when Zoe Morgan goes to sleep, she dreads the nightmares that follow. She wakes in a cold sweat, her heart pounding as she relives her arrest on a trumped-up charge of sex abuse. 'I wake up screaming, remembering...
Juicy Bonuses That Disappear into Thin Air
Byline: SYLVIA MORRIS BANKS and building societies have a nasty habit of luring savers in with top rates of interest - but these eyecatching returns soon evaporate into thin air. The rate is boosted by a short-term bonus which lasts only a few...
Just the Jobi; McAnuff's Gem Gives Leeds Jolt
Byline: PETER FERGUSON LEEDS UNITED 0 CRYSTAL PALACE 1 ANDY Johnson gave Crystal Palace's promotion bid a huge boost at Elland Road - and will have brought a much-needed smile to Neil Warnock's face into the bargain. Sheffield United's beleaguered...
Kenny Could Be Toasting a Knockout 1-2; BOXING SKIPPER HOPES FOR STRESS-FREE CLIMAX
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN SCOTTISH boxing skipper Kenny Anderson led by example as he guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal, battering fancied Englishman Tony Jeffries in a battle of the big hitters. And the 23-year-old, who psyched himself...
Kingfisher Looks to Poland as Profits Dive
Byline: LUCY FARNDON B&Q is considering importing thousands of cheap Polish decorators and fitters, as it seeks to ramp up the home services it provides to shoppers. Parent company Kingfisher said it has 'examined the practical possibility...
Labour Loans: Now Police Are Called in; Yard May Quiz Blair over Law Banning Honours for Cash
Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN;BEN TAYLOR TONY Blair is facing the nightmare prospect of being quizzed by Scotland Yard over claims that he traded peerages for cash. Police announced an investigation into complaints that Labour has broken an 80-year old...
Livingstone in New Race Row after Telling Developers 'Go Back to Iran'
KEN Livingstone became embroiled in a new race row yesterday. The London Mayor allegedly told two billionaire businessmen they should 'go back to Iran and try their luck with the ayatollahs' if they did not like his policies. Last month, he was...
Low-Income Families 'Tighten Belts to Pay Private School Fees'
Byline: SARAH HARRIS TENS of thousands of parents are making financial sacrifices to send their children to private school, a study has found. As disillusionment with the state sector mounts, they are juggling two or three jobs and foregoing...
Ministers 'Failed to Predict' Huge Rise in Demand from Migrants
Byline: JAMES SLACK MINISTERS have 'wildly' underestimated the number of migrants wanting to enter Britain, the country's top immigration judge said last night. They failed to predict a huge upsurge in the number of visa applications, said Mr...
Monty Happier to Wait for the Fireworks
Byline: DEREK LAWRENSON EVERY golfer dreams of the perfectly-struck five iron arcing towards the flag on a difficult par three before falling into the hole for an ace. Not Colin Montgomerie, at least not yesterday. He stood aghast as just such...
Need an NHS Dentist? Get One Today on eBay
Byline: KURT BAYER IT may be difficult to get a dental appointment these days, but eBay is probably the last place you would look. Now, however, it appears the online auction site may be just the place to find an elusive consultation with an...
News in Brief; BAT Bosses Rake in [Pounds Sterling]4.7m from Shares
BOSSES at British American Tobacco (down 8p to 1440p) pocketed [pounds sterling]4.7m cashing in free shares issued under a staff incentive plan. BAT chief executive Paul Adams takes home [pounds sterling]1m after cashing in 71,555 shares at [pounds...
No Shot in the Dark
Byline: PETER PATERSON CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Five); The Best Man (ITV1) THEY don't seem to have public inquiries in America - not in Las Vegas, anyway - when the police shoot crooks or innocent bystanders on the street. However, they...
Nursery Staff Said They Were Looking for a Lost Dog . . . Then I Found Abi Lying in the Pond; MOTHER'S HORROR AFTER TWO-YEAR-OLD WANDERED OUT OF VILLAGE PLAYGROUP
Byline: DAVID WILKES A SOBBING mother yesterday relived the horrific moment she found her two-year- old daughter drowned in a garden pond after the child wandered out of a village nursery. Victoria Rae had returned from a shopping trip to be...
Obscene and Heard; Peterborough
CAN deafness cause eye strain? A couple of years ago, my wife and I were invited to make up the numbers of a team who were going to take part in a 'skittles shoot- out' weekend. We are in our 70s, but the regular team members were very much younger....
Oily Fish May Stop Prostate Cancer from Spreading
Byline: FIONA MACRAE EATING oily fish may help prevent the spread of prostate cancer to other parts of the body, scientists said yesterday. Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon, mackerel and fresh tuna, could stop tumour cells invading other areas,...
One in Ten Children at Private School Is from a Low-Income Family
Byline: SARAH HARRIS TENS of thousands of parents are making financial sacrifices to send their children to private school, a study has found. As disillusionment with the state sector mounts, they are juggling two or three jobs and foregoing...
Owner Is Driven to the Net to Trace Her [Pounds Sterling]40,000 Dog
LAST year she remortgaged her house to help raise a [pounds sterling]40,000 reward for the return of her missing dog. But 12 months on, Diane Cousins is still anxiously waiting for news of her beloved 15-year-old labrador cross, Natasha. Efforts...
Pensions Tax Trap Looms
Byline: TONY HAZELL GORDON BROWN has a rather nasty little trick up his sleeve which could affect anyone who decides to dip into their pension to pay for large items such as a child's wedding, university education or mortgage repayment. After...
Perry's on Road to Oz; England Beckons after Life on Mars
Byline: PETER JACKSON ENGLAND' S n e x t scrum half will be a welder from the Black Country who gave up his job in a factory to be a fulltime professional only nine months ago. Shaun Perry's journey from old-fashioned amateur to Test No 9 is...
Police Outraged as Murder Bid Suspect Is Freed on Bail
Byline: GORDON TAIT POLICE condemned Scotland's justice system as 'farcical' yesterday when an attempted murder suspect was freed on bail - after being on the run for more than two years. An arrest warrant was issued for the man after a father...
[Pounds Sterling]5 Coin of the Realm for the Queen's 80th Birthday
A HOST of commemorative items, including a new [pounds sterling]5 coin, were unveiled yesterday to mark the Queen's 80th birthday. The special coin, along with a [pounds sterling]150 limited edition teddy bear and gold holographic medal of Elizabeth...
Scots Parents Denied a Choice on Schools; COUNCILS REJECT RECORD NUMBER OF PLACING REQUESTS
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT THOUSANDS of Scots parents are being denied the right to choose their children's school, it was revealed yesterday. New statistics show that councils are rejecting record numbers of placing requests. And critics claim...
Shearer's Legacy Is More Than Any Medal
Byline: PAUL HAYWARD TAKE your pick tonight between two verdicts on Alan Shearer's career. The first is that he threw away 10 years of his prime out of a sentimental urge to return to Newcastle and the other, more charitable, conclusion is that...
Shearer Takes His Final Shot
Byline: MARTIN HARDY;NEIL ASHTON AFTER 202 goals, 389 appearances and two career- threatening injuries, Alan Shearer must overcome Chelsea tonight if he is to keep alive his dream of winning a trophy for Newcastle. That he is facing the Premiership...
SNP Veteran Margaret Ewing Dies
Byline: JAMIE LIVINGSTONE VETERAN Nationalist MSP Margaret Ewing has died at the age of 60 after a long battle with breast cancer. A member of of the famous Ewing political dynasty, she had announced last August that she would be quitting the...
Sports Agenda
Byline: CHARLES SALE Blinkered Aussies just cannot see it THE big three Australian chiefs of the Melbourne Games will not accept the rest of the Commonwealth's combined view that media coverage of the event Down Under has been one-eyed in extreme....
Springtime in Paris ... and Kylie's Back in Full Bloom
Byline: NICOLE LAMPERT WITH a wide toothy grin, healthy complexion and bags full of shopping, this is Kylie Minogue as her fans will be delighted to see her. The pop icon, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, is back in Paris after...
Stanton: Where Has It All Gone Wrong? Pat Alarmed at Hibs' SPL Form Slump
Byline: PETER JARDINE IT WOULD seem discourteous to inform the unfailingly polite Pat Stanton that his beloved Hibernian's recent form extends to securing only 15 points from their last available 42. Those 14 SPL games followed an electrifying...
Statesman Brown Taps Top Brains of Business
Byline: BENEDICT BROGAN GORDON Brown moved to consolidate his reputation as a global statesman yesterday by appointing worldwide business leaders as his advisers. Microsoft boss Bill Gates, BP head Lord Browne and Tesco chief executive Sir Terry...
Stop Whingeing; This Is a Man's Game Strachan Tells Shields after Lennon Rumpus
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN GORDON STRACHAN last night urged unhappy Dunfermline defender Greg Shields to grow up after launching a stout defence of under- fire skipper Neil Lennon. Celtic captain Lennon allegedly taunted Dunfermline players over...
Sun, Sea and Soy Sauce; A [Pounds Sterling]1,200 Package Deal Taking You to the Hawaii-Style Tropical Beaches of South China (with a Trip to the Great Wall Thrown In)
Byline: SEAN POULTER THE package holiday market long ago expanded its horizons beyond Spain and Greece. But the new name on the list of increasingly exotic locations is one you may never have associated with sun, sea and sand. Travel agents...
Sutton Does the Trick for Saints
BRECHIN CITY 0 ST MIRREN 3 JOHN SUTTON grabbed a hat-trick at relegation-haunted Brechin last night to move St Mirren a huge stage closer towards the First Division title. Sutton took his seasonal tally to 14 as the Paisley side extended their...
SWEETENHAM BUILDS CASE FOR DOING It His Way
Byline: ALAN FRASER BILL Sweetenham, Britain's controversial swimming coach, may have survived an inquiry into alleged bullying but he stands guilty today of cajoling his charges into collecting an impressive haul of medals at the Commonwealth Games....
Teacher in [Pounds Sterling]1m Battle over Chair That Made Rude Noises
A DEPUTY headteacher sued her former school for a possible [pounds sterling]1million compensation yesterday after it failed to replace a chair which made flatulent noises when she moved. Sue Storer, 48, claims it was a 'regular joke' and she frequently...
THE BETRAYAL OF SALLY ANNE; Six Months Ago She Was Killed in a Frenzied Sex Attack. but Now, after a Relentless Campaign by Her Courageous Mother, Police Have Been Forced to Confront a Chilling Fact: They've Been Hunting the Wrong Man
Byline: SUE REID LINDA BOWMAN digs her hands into a big box containing photographs of her daughter Sally Anne.They are piled so high that a few slip off on to the floor beside the coffee table. Finally she grabs one. It is a picture of the hauntingly...
The Blots on Gordon's Record
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER GORDON Brown will find it all but impossible to resist the temptation to look back at his decade of budgets, the longest stretch for a Chancellor since the Napoleonic wars, when he rises in the Commons today. No one should...
The Historian Who Jinxed His Marriage
Byline: RICHARD KAY ALTHOUGH he got married eight years ago, it was only this year that Dr Simon Thurley, the handsome chief executive of English Heritage, saw fit to notify top people's bible Who's Who of the change to his status. The timing...
The Missing Lynx; after 15 Years, a Police Report Confirms the Case of the Wandering Big Cat Shot by a Gamekeeper
Byline: ANDREW LEVY THERE is no doubt that this is a big cat. A very big cat. But exactly how this spectacular lynx found its way into the hands of a Norwich gamekeeper has remained a mystery for 15 years. Because of the hazy details, the...
The One That Got Away Is Still Rankling with Dargo
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS INVERNESS Caledonian Thistle may hold the proud record of losing just a solitary away match in the SPL in the past 14 months - but striker Craig Dargo remains thirsty to avenge the one that got away. Caley Thistle's...
The Powerful Role of TV in Encouraging Underage Sex
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY A DAMNING verdict was delivered yesterday on the enormous power of television in encouraging sexual behaviour among teenagers. Researchers found that 13-yearolds who watch programmes featuring sex are the most sexually active...
The Rebels with a Retirement Cause; THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS OF THE COMPANY PENSIONS SCANDAL PUT ON THE PRESSURE
Byline: JUSTIN HARPER THOUSANDS of victims of collapsed company pension schemes are intensifying political pressure on the Government which has turned its back on them, despite damning evidence that it gave out misleading advice. And financial experts...