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Articles from February 3, 2007

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1,000 Turkeys Die from Bird Flu as Virus Hits Britain
Byline: BEN CLERKIN;DUNCAN ROBERTSON MORE than 1,000 turkeys have died of bird flu on a Bernard Matthews farm, it emerged last night. Government vets are conducting urgent tests to see whether the virus is the H5N1 strain which can kill humans....
A BIRTHDAY ROUND OF GOLF; Volkswagen Golf GTi Edition 30 2.0 Litre TFSi 5-Door DSG Price as Driven: [Pounds Sterling]27,115
GOOD BAD * THIS special edition car marks the 30th anniversary of the original hot-hatch, the Mk 1 Golf GTi. Powered by a 2.0-litre 230 brake horsepower engine, it has a top speed of 151mph and can sprint from rest to 62mph in just 6.6 seconds. Yet...
Agent Chases Maloney for [Pounds Sterling]100,000
Byline: PETER JARDINE IRATE agent Mel Stein rounded on Shaun Maloney last night in the wake of his shock departure from Celtic to Aston Villa - and vowed to chase him for [pounds sterling]100,000. Celtic remain deeply disappointed by the manner...
Air-Rage Case against Tory Peer Dropped by the Crown
Byline: STUART NICOLSON AIR- RAGE charges against the high-profile Tory peer who chaired the Holyrood inquiry were last night dramatically dropped. Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, formerly Scotland's top prosecutor, was arrested after reportedly causing...
... and He Even Has a Surprise Fan in Arteta
Byline: PETER FERGUSON MIKEL ARTETA last night broke ranks with sceptical fellow Spaniards to pinpoint Peter Crouch as the big danger to Everton's hopes of completing a Mersey derby double at Anfield today. Critics from Bilbao to Barcelona -...
Anger of Iraq Widowas MoD Chiefs Delay Inquest Again
Byline: NICK MCDERMOTT THE widow of a British soldier killed by friendly fire in Iraq rounded on defence chiefs yesterday after they refused to release vital evidence to an inquest. Susan Hull has been waiting almost four years to learn how her...
An Inspector Calls His Mission: To Test Hotel Hospitality to the Limit
AN INSPECTOR CALLS WHERE is Dan when you need him? We had enjoyed such a good conversation on the telephone on Thursday afternoon. It had included a frank admission on my part that I was in the doghouse for something or other and was hoping a trip...
Asda Is Condemned over Plans for a New Size Zero Fashion Range
Byline: SEAN POULTER ASDA triggered anger yesterday when it announced plans to stock size zero clothes for women and teenage girls. The supermarket chain's decision flies in the face of warnings from Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell and doctors...
Ashton Backs Pure Talent to Get Show on the Road Again
Byline: PAUL HAYWARD ENGLISH rugby and cricket have been racing each other down Mount Olympus these past few months to see who can be first to the gutter of broken dreams. It was a long way down from the Ashes triumph of 2005 and even further...
At Last! We Thrash Aussie Bully-Boys
Byline: PAUL NEWMAN ONLY the most fanciful scriptwriter could have placed an Irishman at the centre of England's first, long-awaited and hardly expected victory over Australia on this tour to end all tours. After 90 days here, nine international...
BA Profits Stall as Its Costs Soar
Byline: KARL WEST BRITISH Airways has been hit with [pounds sterling]220m of unforeseen costs so far this year as it revealed a 32pc fall in third-quarter profits. The latest charges include an [pounds sterling]80m bill for the threatened strike...
Barton England Call
Byline: MATT LAWTON STEVE McCLAREN has insisted 'there will be no issues' with his senior England players after naming Joey Barton in his squad for Wednesday's international against Spain at Old Trafford. The England coach agonised over the selection...
Because It's There; Everest Is the World's Highest - and Deadliest - Peak, but Mountain Guide RUSSELL BRICE Was Proud Never to Have Lost a Climber in 20 Years of Leading Expeditions. That Was, until He Agreed to Let a TV Crew Film His Latest Assault. by NIGEL JONES
Byline: NIGEL JONES You're climbing the world's highest mountain: would your first choice of companion be a man with no legs? Or a biker who has broken almost every bone in his body, and whose fractured limbs and skull are a mass of metal pins and...
Bingham Keen for His Own Taste of Glory
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS HE is the star Gretna striker who was engulfed in darkness while the Scottish Cup spotlight fell unwaveringly on the Borders town last season. For David Bingham, being involved in any capacity against Hibs today would...
BLAIRS BUY HOME No5; as PM Adds [Pounds Sterling]800,000 House to His Portfolio, His Mortgage Debt Heads towards [Pounds Sterling]5million
Byline: GORDON RAYNER TONY BLAIR is facing fresh questions over his finances after it emerged that he and his wife Cherie are buying another house - their fifth property. The Blairs have exchanged contracts on an [pounds sterling]800,000 mews...
Blair: Who Will Wield the Knife?
Byline: BEN BROGAN;TIM SHIPMAN DESPERATE Labour MPs last night urged Cabinet ministers to 'save the party' after Tony Blair declared he would not be forced out of power. The Prime Minister's vow to stay on until the summer triggered a backlash...
Blood on Boardroom Floors as Bosses Are Shown the Exit
Byline: BRIAN O'CONNOR A BLACK week for bosses has seen a procession of departures from Britain's boardrooms. With the season of trading updates under way, there may be more to come. Embattled software group Torex Retail saw chairman Chris...
Boro Blast Back; Southgate Defends Backroom Staff after Maccarone's Attack
Byline: COLIN YOUNG;IAN GIBB GARETH Southgate last night leapt to the defence of his Middlesbrough staff after Massimo Maccarone's blistering attack on the club and former boss, England coach Steve McClaren. Southgate said he would not be paying...
Briton in Balcony Row with Girlfriend Dives to His Death
Byline: BARRY WIGMORE A BRITISH holidaymaker plunged 160ft to his death after dragging his girlfriend over a hotel balcony during a violent row. Adrian Fletcher, 34, fell from the top floor of the 14-storey building in the Mexican resort of Cancun...
Brotherly Love; When He Lost His Brother in the Lockerbie Bombing, KEN DORNSTEIN Resolved to Get to Know Him at Last. by NIGEL JONES the Daily Mail Book Club Has Inspired Readers across Britain - and Now the Bug
Byline: NIGEL JONES On December 22, 1988, Ken Dornstein got up in his father's New England house and, bleary-eyed, barely took in the newspaper headline as he made breakfast: PLANE WITH 259 ABOARD CRASHES, DESTROYS 40 HOMES IN SCOTLAND. It was still...
Buy Your Victim a Nice Bike, Judge Tells Paedophile
A PAEDOPHILE who sexually abused a six-year-old girl has been set free by a judge who suggested he give his victim money to 'buy a nice new bicycle'. Eric Cole, who had already served jail terms for sex attacks, admitted putting his hand down the...
Callam Is Quite the Caledonian; REPUTATIONS GO ON THE LINE IN THE HEAT OF THE CALCUTTA CUP
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN HE WAS the archetypal English schoolboy hero, captain of the all-conquering first XV and all-round good egg. An ideal candidate, you might think, for recruitment into the RFU fast track. Just one problem. Growing up in Bedford...
Call of the Wild; Turquoise Lagoons, Vibrant Reefs and Unspoiled Beaches - KATE MAXWELL Explores Africa's Robinson Crusoe Coast
Byline: KATE MAXWELL NORMALLY, I'd resent being woken at dawn on the first morning of a holiday. But when the alarm call comes courtesy of a troop of monkeys, it's different. I was staying at Guludo Beach Lodge in northern Mozambique, near the...
Cannabis the 'Soft' Drug Led to My Son's Hanging
Byline: NEIL SEARS A MOTHER demanded last night to know why cannabis was downgraded to the status of a soft drug after it set her talented son on the road to his death. Former head boy Matthew White, 18, who dropped out of his A-levels when he...
Casting a Spell; No Need to Wait until Spring - Buds Are Stirring on the Witch Hazels and Are Poised to Burst into Fountains of Glorious Colour
Byline: CHRIS BEARDSHAW AS THE novelty of the new year wears off and a succession of dreary weather fronts roll across the country, it's good to know that there's at least one treat still in store. In fact, the moment when the witch hazels begin...
Cookery Lessons to Wean Pupils off Junk Food
Byline: GWYNETH REES COMPULSORY cooking lessons could be put on the school curriculum in an attempt to tackle the obesity epidemic among children. All 11 to 14 year olds would be taught how to make healthy meals from basic ingredients to counter...
Cote d'Azur on the Quiet; Avoid the Crowds and Honking Cars of Busy Cannes - Nearby Mougins Is the Riviera's Little-Known Jewel
Byline: ROBERT HARDMAN ONE LITTLE alley leads into another as we wander among the art galleries and the lavender-scented basements selling candles and antiques. And in no time, we are lost. But here in this enchanting Riviera hill village overlooking...
Culture Corner; Charlie Chaplin Was a Clown and Igor Stravinsky a Highbrow Composer. but, Says THOMAS KEMP, the Two Exiles Had More in Common Than First Meets the Eye
Byline: THOMAS KEMP Charlie Chaplin did well for a boy from the back streets of London's Lambeth. He pulled himself up from dire poverty to become the greatest cinema clown of the 20th century. Now he stars in a season of programmes on the Artsworld...
Danger Warning as a Killer Goes on the Run
Byline: GAVIN MADELEY A VIOLENT mental patient who stabbed a man to death in a street fight was on the run yesterday after absconding from a psychiatric unit. James Cowan disappeared while on escorted leave from the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh...
Destroyer's Darkest Days Are Behind Him
Byline: PAUL HAYWARD THE Dark Destroyer has found the light. Twelve years on from the most vicious fight in a British ring in modern times, Nigel Benn is reaching out to the 'fallen comrade' he consigned to a twilight world of wheelchairs, blindness...
Disaffected. Raging against Decadent Britain.And Hungry for the Harshness of Sharia Law. Achilling Insight into the Minds of Many of Our Young Muslims; AS THE VERY BRITISH LIFE OF ONE OF THE 'BEHEADING PLOTTERS' EMERGES, A MAIL WRITER'S SHOCKING DISPATCH FROM THE MUSLIM HEARTLANDS
Byline: NATALIE CLARKE THREE Muslim women wearing the traditional burqa and niqab were walking along a Birmingham street this week when they were approached by a photographer. They had been confronted by the enemy - an outsider - and their response...
Dods to Set Aside Future Loyalties
Byline: EWING GRAHAME THERE are many ways to make an impression on new employers - but depriving them of much-needed investment is one which would rarely find favour. Yet that is exactly what Darren Dods will be trying to do when Dundee United...
Don't Be So Silly, Billy Whizz Told Geech. I'm Not a Scot, I'm English
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON IT TAKES a lot to unsettle Jason Robinson these days. His strong Christian beliefs and the support of his family have given him the sort of inner peace that eluded him during a troubled childhood in Leeds and the well- documented...
Don't Forget Your Jersey; You Don't Need Balmy Weather to Enjoy the Largest Channel Island. It Reveals a Wilder, More Romantic Side in Winter - Even If It Is a Touch Nippy .
Byline: FRANK GARDNER ON THE south-west tip of the southernmost outpost of the British Isles, a storm was raging. A great big, cobweb-busting Atlantic howler was sending frenzied white rollers crashing against a row of dragon's teeth rocks and pounding...
Double Exposure; Scandalous Sixties Showgirl Christine Keeler Is Being Portrayed in Both a New Musical and a Play. SPENCER BRIGHT Meets EMMA WILLIAMS and ALICE COULTHARD, the Actresses Playing Her, Who Tell Him Why the Role Is More Than Skin Deep
Byline: SPENCER BRIGHT Emma Williams gets off her chair and glides across the floor with the grace of a dancer. Her movements are beguilingly feminine and tomboyish, in a way she believes Christine Keeler to have been. If she needs to draw on getting...
Drug Rationing Watchdog Put in the Dock by MPs
Byline: JENNY HOPE CAMPAIGNERS for Alzheimer's drugs last night welcomed an investigation into the Government's 'rationing' watchdog. MPs are to examine the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence which has attracted...
EASTER BANNED; NHS Staff Up in Arms as Scottish Bosses Scrap Christian Holiday in Case It Offends Minorities
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT NHS bosses sparked a storm of criticism last night after they abolished Easter celebrations to avoid offending other religions. Health chiefs claimed recognising the Christian festival would insult Muslims and foreign staff....
Easter Road Kids Weaned on Diet of Positive Thinking
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN THE conveyor belt keeps on turning, with each fresh batch eager to prove themselves better than the last. There's no telling where this kind of revolutionary approach might carry Hibs. Already in the CIS Cup Final, John...
Eaten Up by a King of the Road; Answers to Correspondents
QUESTION What became of the Happy Eater Restaurants? THE Happy Eater chain was founded in 1973 by the former Trusthouse Forte chairman Sir Michael Picard to act in direct competition to Little Chef, then owned by a subsidiary of Forte. Happy...
Edwards Jumps Job after Crisis of Faith; SPORTS DIARIST OF THE YEAR
Byline: CHARLES SALE OLYMPIC gold medallist Jonathan Edwards, whose devout Christian beliefs prevented him competing on Sundays early in his career, has lost God in his life to the extent that he is to stop presenting the BBC's Songs of Praise....
Enoch Powell Was Ruined by His Rivers of Blood Speech, Telling of a Widow Terrorised by Immigrants. It Was Said He Invented Her. Here We Reveal the Extraordinary Truth
Byline: FIONA BARTON THE PASSING of Druscilla Cotterill did not merit an obituary in her local newspaper. A diminutive widow, she was mourned by just family and a small circle of friends, who remember her as a 'bit of a character', outspoken and...
Facing Jail, Wealthy Businessman Who Paid Driver [Pounds Sterling]500 to Take Speed Rap
Byline: TIM BUGLER A WEALTHY businessman was 'desperate' when he realised he faced a driving ban after being caught speeding for the fourth time in three years. Steven Stewart's Range Rover was clocked doing 86mph on the A9 at Dunblane last March,...
Fever Las Vegas; the Latest Bond Film and the Arrival of Supercasinos Have Pushed Gambling to the Forefront in Britain. but Just How Much of a Mug's Game Is It? LOUIS THEROUX Visits Las Vegas for a TV Film and Tries His Luck
Byline: LOUIS THEROUX Last year, curious to see a big casino from the inside, I spent several weeks living at the Las Vegas Hilton - a 3,000-room monstrosity not far from the Strip, once home to Elvis, which now boasts Barry Manilow as its resident...
FIRST STOP ON; We Can Tame Twickenham and Then Take on the World, Says Hadden
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON ANY game at the start of a World Cup year is weighted with extra importance - even more so when your opponents are not only your deadliest rivals, but reigning World Champions to boot. England's stock may have fallen alarmingly...
Fisher's Flying but the Big Test Awaits
Byline: DEREK LAWRENSON THERE is not a professional plying his trade on the European Tour who cannot demolish a course and shoot a first round 65 on his day of days. Ross Fisher joined a far more select group yesterday, however, when he went...
Foot Faulted; King Ruled out for Two Months by Old Injury
Byline: IAN LADYMAN;STEVE GRIFFITHS LEDLEY KING'S injury ruined season took another turn for the worse last night when the Tottenham captain was ruled out for two months after aggravating a foot problem. King has been sidelined since bruising...
For Whom the Bar Tolls; Lawyers for Ernest Hemingway's Family Make Scots Restaurant Change Its Name
Byline: MAUREEN CULLEY TO Glasgow gourmets, Hemingway's was one of the top eateries in town. But the family of Ernest Hemingway, the legendary American writer after whom it was named, found the whole thing hard to swallow. Now restaurateur...
Go Online for Base Rate Bonuses
Byline: CHARLOTTE BEUGGE MONEY MAIL SAVERS can now get interest rates worth having - as long as they keep an eye out for the best accounts. Last month's increase in the Bank of England base rate means that you can actually get 6pc before tax...
Gough: I'm Ready to Answer England's SOS
Byline: PAUL NEWMAN DARREN GOUGH has responded to Sportsmail's revelations that he is being considered for a shock World Cup call-up with an emphatic pledge that he will be ready to respond to his country's call. England are so concerned at the...
Harrowing Story Behind Biggest Ever Payout for an NHS Blunder
Byline: NEIL SEARS SHE was one of the best Latin American dancers in the world and looking forward to a career as a choreographer. But due to a series of hospital blunders as she gave birth, Kerstin Parkin will never dance again. Instead,...
HATS OFF TO THOSE CLUBS WHO ARE CUTTING PRICES; MOTTY'S Match of the Day
Byline: JOHN MOTSON THEY will let me in free when I arrive at The Valley for Charlton's critical match against Chelsea this afternoon. But if I had to buy the best seat in the house, I think [pounds sterling]35 is great value at current Premiership...
Have Some Moore; Take Trainer's Verasi to Net Another Prize ROBIN GOODFELLOW
Byline: SAM TURNER GARY MOORE has become a master at landing jumping's valuable handicap hurdles and the shrewd dual purpose handler can repeat the trick with his VERASI (Sandown, nb, 3.15) today. Stamina was an issue prior to the gelding's gritty...
Hit the Heights
Byline: PETER HARDY AS JANUARY moves to February, European skiers are slowly beginning to accept that they are in one of the worst winters for snow on record. That said, the higher resorts in the Alps all have pistes in prime condition. I've...
Holiday Romance; Whether It's an Exotic Trip to Marrakech or a Week on a Tanzanian Island, Show Your Beloved You Care on One of These Unforgettable Valentine's Day Breaks. by CATHY WOOD
Byline: CATHY WOOD TRAVEL PRICE WATCH UNDER [pounds sterling]800 PER PERSON Winston Churchill described Marrakech as 'the most lovely spot in the whole world' - and he certainly had a point. With its sunny climate, dramatic architecture...
Hollywood Lives; JACKIE COLLINS' Steamy Novels Have Chronicled the Bedroom and Boardroom Antics of Hollywood's Great and Not-So-Good. It's a Perilous Place, She Warns, Which Is Why Victoria Beckham Had Better Keep a Close Eye on David
Byline: CHRISSY ILEY Jackie Collins is celebrating because, a couple of days ago, she finished the final chapter of her 25th novel, Drop Dead Beautiful. Now she is taking a two-week break before she starts on the next one, to be called Married Lovers,...
HOLY INappropriate!
Byline: JENNY JOHNSTON DIVINE inspiration can strike at unlikely moments. Stan Hegarty was outside - painting the decking, no less - when God spoke to him. He ran indoors to tell Stella, his wife of ten years, what God had said. Stella's first...
Home at Last and I Love It; Windass Is Wowed by New Hull
DEAN WINDASS is back at Hull, on a mission to save from relegation the club who gave him his break 16 years ago. Here is the striker's emotional account of a return to his footballing first love YOU have to pass Boothferry Park to get to the KC Stadium...
Hunter out of Wilson Battle
Byline: KARL WEST SCOTTISH tycoon Sir Tom Hunter has withdrawn from the [pounds sterling]2bn-plus race to buy housebuilder Wilson Bowden, leaving Barratt in a head-to-head shootout with rival Wimpey. Hunter's decision to turn his back on Wilson...
I Can't Split Them; McCall Refuses to Pick a Winner as His Prodigies Prepare for Head-to-Head
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS IAN McCALL will be accused of failing in his duties as a TV pundit by refusing to be drawn on who will emerge as the victor in today's Cup clash at the Falkirk Stadium when his two great pals, John Hughes and Owen Coyle,...
I Know What Sort of Person I Am, He Cried. Hankies, Petunia, Let's Have a Group Weep; Hears the Prime Minister Having a Gloria Gaynor Moment at Breakfast
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS AND now a roundup of local news. A deluded man suffering from nervous exhaustion entered a doctor's surgery in County Durham yesterday morning, claiming he was 'the leader of the British people' and 'still the Prime Minister'....
INSIDE THE BLAir Psyche; as His Career Collapses in Ignominy,a Devastating Analysis of the Messianic Self-Righteousness That Enables Tony Blair to Deceive Himself as Easily as He Does Others
Byline: GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT TO COMPREHEND Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, you have to understand his religious belief. It is central to him, explains his capacity for doing anything he wants, good or bad, and illuminates what makes him so certain...
It's a Giant Step Up from Pub for Hook
Byline: CHRIS FOY JAMES HOOK will complete a remarkable journey tomorrow when he lines up to face Ireland at the Millennium Stadium - one that has taken him just across the road, but into a different world. The 21-year-old Ospreys sensation vividly...
IT'S the Best Way to Stay Healthy and Save Money, Too
Byline: CHRIS BEARDSHAW . CHRIS BEARDSHAW gives you seasonal tips for your kitchen garden. GIVEN the rich flavour and juiciness of today's garden peas, it is a wonder that early crops were not eaten fresh until the late 1600s. This might be due,...
I Was Only Delivering Leaf Lets, Says the Man Caught at Highgrove with a Pitchfork at 4am
Byline: LUKE SALKELD WHEN an intruder with a pitchfork was discovered outside Prince Charles's country home at 4am, a full security alert was triggered. The breach caused a safety row, as critics asked how the convicted criminal was able to get...
I WAS SEDUCED as a Boy of Twelve; A New Film Portrays a Woman Teacher Seducing a Pupil. Here, with Great Courage, a Former Daily Telegraph Editor Describes How, as a Schoolboy, He Had an Affair with a Divorcee. Only Nowdoes He Realise How Badly the Liaison Damaged Him
Byline: MARTIN NEWLAND ONE of my sons has just turned 13. We got him a PlayStation Portable, loads of games and a pellet gun. My wife made a cake for him and we sang Happy Birthday as she brought it into the dining room for tea. He is a lovely...
Junkie Pete and This Vile Betrayal of Young Lives; Platell's People
Byline: AMANDA PLATELL AT FIRST glance, the tattooed figure sitting on a filthy bed, injecting himself with crack cocaine, looks like any other sad addict. But this is no ordinary junkie. This is Pete Doherty, long-term partner of Kate Moss, as...
Kelly: If I Get the Chance to Smash Jonny, I Will
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON ENGLAND'S proud record of never losing a championship match at Twickenham when Jonny Wilkinson plays will be put to the test today. The sheer nerve of their neighbours in creating a Phoenix-like role for a fly-half who...
Kiwi High Flyers
Byline: MATTHEW JUKES This year's New Zealand wine trade tasting at Lord's cricket ground in London was the best I can remember. The selection here are all smart offerings, so don't balk at the prices. New Zealand has the highest average price...
Land of the Damned; Suddenly There's a Spate of Films about the Dark continent.Here, MAXHASTINGS,who Met Many of Africa's Bloodiest and Most Corrupt Tyrants, Says He Fears an Even Grimmer Future
Byline: MAX HASTINGS USUALLY, I am a heavy sleeper - indeed, in my wife's view a sleepaholic. One night this week, however, I experienced a Hammer Films nightmare. I was trapped among a party of white people by African guerillas, who set about torturing...
Level Crossing Carnage; Teenager Dies and Friends Fight for Life after Car Hits Train
Byline: ALISTAIR MUNRO;GAVIN MADELEY A TEENAGE boy was killed and his two friends were left fighting for their lives yesterday after their car collided with a train on an unmanned level crossing. Front- seat passenger Paul Oliver, 17, died instantly...
Lost and Found; His Role as Sayid in Lost Has Broken Many Hearts, but NAVEEN ANDREWS Broke His Parents' When He Dropped out of School and Embarked on a Downward Spiral of Drink and Drugs. He Tells JENNY EDEN How the Love of an Older Woman Saved Him
Byline: JENNY EDEN Naveen Andrews, the handsome and charismatic star of the hit TV series Lost, was only five when he announced that he wanted to be an actor. His mother and father were horrified. They were a staunchly traditional Indian-born couple...
Mackay Drawing Inspiration from Clyde Sensation
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS IT was the game where the Bully Wee tamed the Wee Bully to give hope to Davids everywhere in the fight against football's Goliaths. Suffice to say Roy Keane's Celtic debut against Clyde 13 months ago will not feature...
Make Us Great Again, Jonny; AXED COACH PUTS WILKO STRAIGHT Today at Twickenham, Rugby's Ultimate Hero Returns to the Six Nations Battlefield with One Clear Mission
Byline: PETER JACKSON JONNY WILKINSON has turned to one of England's sacked coaches in his meticulous plan for a winning comeback at Twickenham today. After missing all 30 of his country's games since winning the World Cup, the 27-year- old fly...
MISSING . .. and FOUND!
Byline: MONICA PORTER THE DAILY MAIL offers readers a unique opportunity to re-establish contact with long-lost relatives and friends. Each week, MONICA PORTER features the story of someone trying to find a missing loved-one, as well as a tale of...
More in Store as Bidders Walk the Aisles; INVESTMENT EXTRA
Byline: BRIAN O'CONNOR THE bid approach for Sainsbury shows that hardly any target is too big for private equity groups. It sent the supermarket group's market value soaring by [pounds sterling]1.1bn to [pounds sterling]8.7bn, and set the tide of...
Morton Tie Brings Back Memories for Willie; Pettigrew Touched by Nostalgia of Cup
Byline: BRIAN SCOTT MORTON'S Scottish Cup visit to Fir Park this afternoon serves as a happy reminder for Willie Pettigrew of how he took his first step towards legendary status with Motherwell. The former prize striker was a 20-year-old part-timer...
Motoring
Byline: RAY MASSEY *GROUND control to Major Tom: What planet is Audi on? The German car giant is offering punters a chance to join the 62-mile high club. The winner will be blasted 62 miles above the Earth in a small rocket plane designed exclusively...
My Children's Fury, by the Wife Betrayed by Tory MP
Byline: LUCY BALLINGER THE wife of a Tory MP who had an affair while she fought breast cancer spoke yesterday about the pain caused by his infidelity. James Gray's estranged wife Sarah said her children had sided with her during the split, telling...
MY Sitting Vroom; Top Gear It Isn't, but with a Pizza Pan as a Steering Wheel and a Beer Can as the Brake, This Sofa Can Reach 90mph
Byline: ROBERT HARDMAN REACH beneath the cushions of the average armchair or sofa and you might find a few coins - or even the missing remote control for the television. Reach beneath the cushions of this sofa, though, and you might lose your hand....
Office Politics; He Was the Smooth Boss Who Ousted Ricky Gervais in the Office. Now PATRICK BALADI Is Really Getting Political, as He Stars as an Ambitious MP in a Major New BBC Drama. by DAVID THOMAS
Byline: DAVID THOMAS Patrick Baladi made his name as Neil, the ambitious Wernham Hogg executive who ended up ousting David Brent in The Office (and did a mean John Travolta impersonation along the way). Then he went on to play the self-serving gynaecologist,...
Oh, Harry! to the Dismayof Film Bosses, Daniel Radcliffe's Steamy New Stage Role Couldn't Be Further Removed from the Innocent World of Harry Potter.Abrave Change of Image,urged by His Pushy Parents? or Career Suicide?
Byline: PAUL SCOTT AMID the faceless and distinctly chilly confines of a South London studio last week, Daniel Radcliffe was wrestling with a severe bout of last-minute nerves. Hardly surprising. The dreaded moment had arrived for the 17-year-old...
OUR Fleeting Father
Byline: TOM KYLE WHEN Maureen Reynolds arranged for Voices in the Street - her memoir of growing up with her mother, grandfather and little brother George in Dundee during and just after the Second World War - to be published privately, she hoped...
PAMPERED D IN PARADISE ... Fancy Pilates on a Deserted Beach or a Massage in Manhattan? VERITY SMITH Dips a Toe into the World's Best Spas
Byline: VERITY SMITH MAIA RESORT, SEYCHELLES HALF MOON, JAMAICA TROPICAL vistas and sumptuous surroundings - the Maia resort on the island of Mahe ticks all the boxes. Featuring the latest creature comforts, it's the sort of place where your...
Paul Begs Strachan to See What He's Missing
Byline: ROGER HANNAH AS GORDON STRACHAN considers his viewing options this afternoon, Paul McGowan would dearly love him to make the short journey from his Lanarkshire home to Fir Park. With Celtic on Tennent's Scottish Cup duty tomorrow, Strachan...
Pep Talk Comes True for Ambitious Barry
Byline: MATT LAWTON MONEY was a motivating factor when Gareth Barry told Martin O'Neill he wanted to leave Aston Villa last summer. Greed, however, was not. 'I looked in the mirror one day and asked myself if I was just sitting here taking...
Phone Top-Ups for Teenagers Who Turn in Their Friends
POLICE tackling youth crime faced a wall of silence when they tried to encourage witnesses to come forward. So they came up with a plan that shows money talks. Youngsters at a school in Accrington, Lancashire, are being offered a reward to turn...
Poisonous Whispers and This Cynical Plot to Save Blair's Skin; ON POLITICS AND POWER
Byline: PETER OBORNE FIRST, many congratulations to David Cameron, who took the advice offered in this column last week and called on Tony Blair to quit office with immediate effect. It needs to be stressed that the Tory leader was acting in...
Police Urged to Speed Up Sheridan Sex Case Inquiry
Byline: STUART NICOLSON POLICE are believed to be close to concluding their probe into claims witnesses lied under oath in the Tommy Sheridan sex trial. But six months after the sensational court case, there are fears that any charges will not...
[Pounds Sterling]50m Each for Murdoch's Children
RUPERT Murdoch has handed each of his six children more than [pounds sterling]50million, it emerged yesterday. The extraordinarily generous presents were given as shares in the media tycoon's News Corporation empire. Mr Murdoch, 75, owns a stake...
[Pounds Sterling]750,000 Damages Claim by Police Hero
Byline: DAVE FINLAY A POLICEMAN praised for his actions in tackling an armed criminal is suing his former chief constable for [pounds sterling]750,000. Martin Devlin was wounded as he tried to arrest a man after a stabbing during an operation...
Private Equity Ready to Bid [Pounds Sterling]10bn for Sainsbury
Byline: MANFREDA CAVAZZA THE supermarket sector was set alight after Sainsbury became the target of a [pounds sterling]10bn takeover from three private equity firms - though they have yet to table a formal offer. The Takeover Panel forced CVC,...
Red Card Cost Me a Move to Liverpool Houllier Scouted Weir but Dismissal Ended Interest
Byline: PETER JARDINE DAVID WEIR will settle back to watch the Merseyside derby this lunchtime and wonder again about the red card that cost him a transfer to Liverpool. The Scotland international spent eight years at Everton, of course, so there...
Revealed, JK Rowling's Final Chamber of Secrets; Harry Potter Author Signs off with Hidden Message Scribbled on Statue in Luxury Edinburgh Hotel Room
Byline: JIM MCBETH IT is a simple message scrawled in felt tip pen on a bust of Hadrian. But yesterday the enigmatic scribble sparked a frenzy of excitement among Harry Potter fans after it emerged JK Rowling signed the statue in a hotel bedroom....
Salmond Is Leaping in to Help Cause of Minnows
Byline: ROGER HANNAH SNP leader Alex Salmond has called for a dramatic overhaul of the Tennent's Scottish Cup in order for smaller clubs to increase their chances of lifesaving financial windfalls. Salmond, the MP for Banff and Buchan, is backing...
Sat Nav Road to Ruin; Lost Lorry Driver Wrecks Seven Cars Doing U-Turn
A SATELLITE navigation system may be to blame for a lorry driver's [pounds sterling] 50,000 wrecking spree which left seven cars badly damaged. The driver, whose articulated lorry was loaded with 23 tons of coke, took a wrong turn into a cul-de...
SIAMESE SIRENS; Joined at Birth, Daisy and Violet Rose from Poverty in Brighton to Be the World's Best-Paid Variety Stars. and as a Newbook Reveals, They Had No Shortage of Ardent Suitors .
Byline: DAVID LEAFE AS NIGHT fell on the fashionable resort of Brighton and the gas lights on the seafront cast their soft glow on the Edwardian pleasure-seekers out for an evening stroll, the screams of a terrified young woman rang out in a dark...
Sky-High Footsie Put on Bid Alert; MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER HUNGRY buyers' appetites were whetted by news that an all-star cast of private equity giants are considering launching a bid for J Sainsbury. It sparked an avalanche of buying of the UK's third biggest supermarket amid hopes...
Sleeping Pill Patients Go Walkabout
A SLEEPING pill that is prescribed 700,000 times a year in Britain has been linked with bizarre side-effects including sleepwalking and binge-eating. The drug is known as zolpidem or Stilnoct in the UK and Stilnox in Australia, where a study has...
Smith Tips Kevin for Scots Cap
Byline: PETER JARDINE WALTER SMITH has tipped Kevin Thomson to quickly progress to full Scotland honours after his [pounds sterling]2million transfer to Rangers from Hibs. The former Scotland boss was speaking before his successor Alex McLeish...
Smokers Risk [Pounds Sterling]200 Fines for Lighting Up in the Wrong Place
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY SMOKERS will risk [pounds sterling]200 fines if they light up in the wrong place when a ban comes into force this summer. Details published yesterday by health officials show that a smoker who refuses to accept a [pounds...