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Articles from March 31, 2007

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30 Second Guide to. the M&a Boom
IT is not often that flag carriers come on the market. BA, with a 10pc stake in Iberia an pre-emptive rights over a further 30pc of the Spanish carrier, must be in poll position to seal a deal with the help of private equity group Texas Pacific. ...
5 Eggcellent Adventures; THE Four-Day Easter Weekend Is a Great Time for Family Days out.But Where to Go and What to Do? from Jousting and Hunting for Easter Eggs to Prodding at Dinosaurs and Feeding Lambs, Here Are Some Cracking Ideas
Byline: CHRIS LEADBEATER THE four-day Easter weekend is a great time for family days out. But where to go and what to do? From jousting and hunting for Easter eggs to prodding at dinosaurs and feeding lambs, here are some cracking ideas... ...
A Bleak Week for Britain
THIS has been a humiliating week for Britain: a week that saw Iran get away with piracy, kidnap and blackmail; a week fanatics played cat-and-mouse with this country; a week exposing feebleness at home and impotence abroad. With 15 sailors and Marines...
A Cruise? I'll Get My Skates; Ice-Skating in the West Indies Proves There's More to a Family Cruise Than Pina Coladas and Naff Cabaret, Says a Former England Goalie
Byline: DAVID SEAMAN MY SUITCASE for our recent family holiday on a Caribbean cruise included all the usual male suspects, except a football. There was a battered old hat, a pair of scratched sunglasses, some shorts, several Tshirts, a hefty novel...
A FLOATING INFERNO; His Destroyer Blown Apart by Enemy Bombs, He Watched in Horror as His Men Were Devoured by the Flames. the Devastating Story of HMS Coventry, the Last Warship Sunk in the Battle for the Falklands - by Its Captain
Byline: DAVID HART DYKE DURING the last few hectic weeks of the Falklands War, every man on HMS Coventry realised that the odds of emerging unscathed were stacked against us. We always knew that we might be hit from the air - it was just a question...
A-Level Students to Face Tougher Old-Style Papers
Byline: LAURA CLARK A-LEVELS are to be made harder with a return to traditional essay questions after widespread claims of dumbing down. In a sweeping overhaul demanded by ministers, sixth-formers taking courses next year will be required to...
AN INSPECTOR CALLS; His Mission: To Test Hotel Hospitality to the Limit
AN INSPECTOR CALLS His mission: To test hotel hospitality to the limit THE ONLY thing keeping Windsor and Eton apart is the Thames as it begins its meander through the green pastures of Berkshire. But the gulf between these two towns is massive....
AN INSULT TO HER MEMORY; Her Memorial Service Will Be Held in a Chapel Too Small for All Her Friends, with a Priest Who 'Betrayed' Her Legacy, and THAT Woman in the Front Pew. the Latest Proof That, When It Comes to Diana, the Royal Family Can Do Nothing Right
Byline: RICHARD KAY;GEOFFREY LEVY THE venue is so small that most of her old friends don't expect to be invited. The address will be given by a cleric whom she hardly knew. And the focus of attention will inevitably be hijacked by the highly...
Another Day, Another Chance for Iran to Heap on the Humiliation
Byline: MICHAEL SEAMARK IRAN cranked up the propaganda war over the kidnapped sailors yesterday by contrasting their treatment with the plight of prisoners held by Britain and the United States in Iraq. For the third day running Tehran issued...
AN URBAN FAIRYTALE; When JAMELIA Found Fame as a Singer at the Age of 15, It Was a Tale of Rags to Riches. but the Story Is Tainted by an Abusive Ex, a Criminal Father and a String of Gangland Murders, Leaving the Star More Determined Than Ever to Find a Happy Ending. by FRANCES HARDY. Portrait by MARY McCARTNEY
Byline: FRANCES HARDY The photo shows her naked, a rabbit nestling in the small of her back: Jamelia is baring all to proclaim her hatred of the use of animal fur in fashion. Billboards showing the image are stopping traffic across the land. ...
A PIECE OF CAKE; It's Easter Next Weekend, So We've Tested a Selection of Family Celebration Cakes. JUDITH KEELING and ALEXA VAN ZELLER Report on Their Teatime Wow Factor
Byline: ALEXA VAN ZELLER;JUDITH KEELING PRIMROSE BAKERY Chocolate cream layer cake, from [pounds sterling]30 ..... The best chocolate cakes taste of chocolate rather than sugar, and this one is no exception. Tel: 020 7483 4222 or visit www.primrosebakery.org.uk...
Are You Searching for a Whole New Lifestyle? Try Looking Behind the Sofa; Move over, Carole Caplin. Our New Life Coach Has All the Best Advice ... like Where to Buy a Hessian Sack, and When You Must Kick Your Neighbour's Dog
Byline: DEBORAH ROSS HAVING recently spotted a pamphlet offering one-to-one 'lifestyle coaching' for people who wish to live more 'brilliantly', I, too, have set myself up as a lifestyle coach. I have done this not because it seems like a good way...
A Story of Posh Dosh, Dublin Life and Coffee with Tiger; ALAN FRASER Meets the League's Youngest Chairman, Who Is Spending His Fortune on Peterborough's Push for the Top
Byline: ALAN FRASER DARRAGH MacAnthony is just the sort of young, thrusting multimillionaire who would grab a notebook and draw a diagram showing his house in relation to that of Tiger Woods. Pretty much next door, as it happens, though popping...
Axe Wants an End to the Hatchet Job
Byline: PETER FERGUSON AARON MOKOENA is on a mission to show the world that Blackburn Rovers are not nearly as bad as they have been portrayed. Not so easy when your nickname is The Axe and you were sent off last time out. The South Africa captain...
Balfour Bags Brits' Second Medal in Pool; Swimming
Byline: RICHARD COPEMAN KIRSTY BALFOUR claimed silver in the 200 metres breaststroke to cheer Britain's struggling swimmers at the World Championships in Melbourne. Balfour produced a stirring finish to win the team's second medal in the pool,...
BA May Team Up with Texas for Iberia Bid
Byline: KARL WEST BRITISH Airways' executives are taking the weekend to consider whether it should team up with private equity firm Texas Pacific Group to bid [pounds sterling]2.3bn for Spanish airline Iberia. The two parties have held informal...
Barry Can't Fail ... He's in Safe Hands
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN PAUL HARTLEY began life at Hearts with a Craig Levein rocket and ended it reaching for the stars. So nobody has been less surprised by Levein's remarkable effect on Dundee United than the Celtic and Scotland midfielder. ...
BBC BAN ON JODI MURDER EXPOSE; TV Boss Pulls Plug over Antipolice 'Bias'
Byline: GORDON TAIT THE BBC was forced to axe a documentary about Luke Mitchell at the last minute after it was judged to be 'blatant propaganda' for the killer of teenager Jodi Jones. Senior producers pulled the plug on the show the day before...
Beckett's Plea to the UN Backfires
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY;BENEDICT BROGAN CRITICISM of Margaret Beckett and Tony Blair's handling of the hostage crisis was growing in Whitehall last night as Britain's efforts to involve the UN appeared to have backfired badly. UK diplomats failed...
BEWARE! LEARNER ON THE SLOPES; Stuck in the Snowplough? There's Still Time for a Crash Course in Obergurgl
Byline: KATHRYN KNIGHT BY THE time you get to your mid-30s, it should be pretty clear cut. Either you are the kind of keen skier who religiously books a week on the slopes every year and spends their time gaily whizzing down black runs and discussing...
Blackwell Takes No Delight in the Plight of Leeds
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS NEW Luton manager Kevin Blackwell could be forgiven for gloating at Leeds United's plight, but there is only a sorry shake of the head at the extent of their demise since he was sacked in the early stages of what is rapidly...
BLAIR'S TRUE LEGACY; A Bankrupt Foreign Policy. the Contempt of the World. the Tarnishing of Our Glorious Armed Forces. How WILL Brown Rescue Britain from This Shambles?
Byline: MAX HASTINGS ONE DAY in 1848, the Royal Navy warship HMS Fantome dropped anchor off the Greek port of Patras, and dispatched a boat to the shore to take on water. Greek relations with Britain were then poor, following several incidents...
Blood-Sucking Menace Lying in Wait in the Countryside
Byline: KIZZY TAYLOR IT is the ideal time to explore the beauty o f Scotland's countryside. Enticed by mild, dry weather, thousands of walkers, cyclists and horse riders will abandon cities and towns this weekend and head for the hills. But...
British Workers Priced out by Wave of Low-Paid Migrants
Byline: JAMES SLACK MIGRANTS from eastern Europe are pushing down British workers' wages and increasing unemployment, a senior Government adviser has warned. Lord Turner has told Tony Blair that low-paid workers are earning less following the...
BROWN DEFIED [Pounds sterling]5BN PENSIONS WARNING; Chancellor's Aides Predicted Tax Raid Timebomb
Byline: SAM FLEMING GORDON Brown ignored repeated warnings that a tax raid on pension funds - one of his first moves in office - would cost savers billions of pounds a year. Newly-released documents show that the Chancellor was told his money-raising...
Brown Ignored His Experts over Tax Raid on Pensions
Byline: SAM FLEMING GORDON Brown ignored repeated warnings that a tax raid on pension funds - one of his first moves in office - would cost savers billions of pounds a year. Newly-released documents show that the Chancellor was told his money-raising...
Brown's Council Tax Man Could Take Top BBC Job
Byline: IAN DRURY THE man whose plans to shake up the council tax system have just been dumped by the Government is the new favourite to become BBC chairman. For Sir Michael Lyons, it would be a consolation prize after seeing his three-year review...
Bruce Backs Cole to Get Brum Firing
Byline: RAY MATTS STEVE BRUCE has introduced a footballing yesterday man to calm the twitchy nerves of the new generation of Birmingham City players who have put the club within sight of the Premiership. At 35, Andy Cole has been recruited from...
Butcher Helps Bone to Beef Up the Jags; Butcher Will Help Bone to Beef Up Struggling Thistle
Byline: BARRY GRAHAM TERRY BUTCHER was a surprise arrival at Partick Thistle yesterday as caretaker manager Jimmy Bone unleashed his secret weapon in the bid to ensure First Division survival. But Jags fans won't be treated to the sight of the...
Calderwood Relishing Taking Rangers Scrap Down to the Wire
Byline: ALAN DOUGLAS BULLISH Jimmy Calderwood last night warned Rangers that Aberdeen have not given up on their dream of Champions League football - and have targeted their end-of-season showdown at Pittodrie as a potential European decider. ...
CALM DOWN DEAR, IT'S ONLY A PROPOSAL; He Boasts of Sleeping with 130 Women - and Betraying Every One. So Why, after an On-Off Relationship Spanning 50 Years, Does Michael Winner's New Fiancee Think She'll Fare Any Better?
Byline: JENNY JOHNSTON MICHAEL WINNER lost for words? Surely not. And at this of all times. He was on one knee, ring in hand. His longsuffering girlfriend, Geraldine, had waited a very long time for this moment - almost 50 years, as it happens....
Captives Could Be Used as Pawns in a Prisoner
Byline: DAVID GARDNER THE British hostages could be used as pawns to bargain for the return of five Iranians being held captive in Iraq by American forces. That is one widely held theory as to why Tehran ordered the 15 Britons to be seized. ...
Chairman Sets Up 'Cushty' Boots Deal
Byline: TAMSIN BROWN ALLIANCE Boots is expected to go private after billionaire deputy chairman Stefano Pessina and private equity group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts lifted their proposed bid to [pounds sterling]10.1bn. Chairman Sir Nigel Rudd and...
City Link Adds to the Unease; Popular Strachan Declines to Pledge His Future to Celtic
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN GORDON STRACHAN has cleared some substantial hurdles in his time as Celtic manager. The shadow of Martin O'Neill, cash constraints and the fatted calf of the Champions League have all been slain in two seasons. However,...
CLEMENT CRABB; More from Our Columnist, the Scabrous Clement Crabbe, of the Rockpools Register, Who Takes a Wry, Whimsical Look at a World Increasingly beyond Parody
BLACK crepe shades the windows. At dinner there is no conversation. Just the occasional scrape of fork on plastic plate, a thwib-dib of the swing door to the kitchen, the occasional low moan of despair. Such was the sorry scene at Hefner Hall,...
Colly Stops the Wobble against Brave Ireland
Byline: MIKE DICKSON THE Irish band of part-time cricketers mounted a fiercely professional resistance against England's millionaires yesterday to belie their status as the World Cup's paupers. Aside from embarrassing onetime colleague Ed Joyce,...
Colly Stops the Wobble to Deny Brave Ireland
Byline: MIKE DICKSON THE Irish band of volunteers put up some fiercely professional resistance against England's millionaires yesterday - enough to belie their status as World Cup paupers but never enough to win. The gallant team of part-timers,...
Cup Rivals Trying to Play Down Chances
Byline: SEAN VINCENT RIVAL coaches Davie Wilson and Rob McKillop were both claiming the underdog tag for their Glasgow Hawks and Heriot's teams ahead of today's long-awaited Scottish Cup showdown. Their sixth-round tie at Anniesland is being...
Cutting It; in Nip/Tuck, JULIAN McMAHON Plays a Cosmetic Surgeon Who Loves and Leaves His Patients. in Real Life, His Marriages Have Been Almost as Short-Lived. Interview by DAVID THOMAS
Byline: DAVID THOMAS A leading women's magazine recently included Julian McMahon, the star of Nip/Tuck, the outrageous TV series about plastic surgery, on their list of 'Fun, Fearless Males, 2007'. As I await my audience with the 38-year-old, who...
DAY OF THE LILY; It Can Be a Troublesome Garden Guest, but Don't Bar the Daylily from Your Spring Party. Instead, Celebrate Its Mesmerising Rich Colours and Wonderful Scent
Byline: CHRIS BEARDSHAW GARDENING THE daylily is one of those plants that needs little introduction - sadly, few first impressions of it are favourable. Short-lived blooms coupled with a weed-like appetite for spreading have made the daylily...
Defrauded to the Maxx; A Million Britons Who Shopped at Cut-Price Store Could Be Caught Up in World's Biggest Card Theft
Byline: BECKY BARROW THIEVES may have the credit and debit card details of a million TK Maxx customers. The American firm which owns the cutprice designer goods store said details from about 45.7million cards have been stolen in total in the...
England Stars Warned: Fans Hate You; Jewell: Job Is Poisoned Chalice
Byline: SIMON JONES ENGLAND'S shell-shocked superstars have been warned that fans now view them with resentment and jealousy because of their flashy, high wage lifestyles. Wigan manager Paul Jewell spoke candidly after witnessing the outpouring...
Facing Prison, PC Who Couldn't Be Bothered Tracking Down Crooks
Byline: TIM BUGLER A POLICEMAN is facing jail for allowing criminals to go free - to save himself the bother of completing the investigations. Matthew Turner, 30, binned details of crimes and invented a string of excuses as to why they should...
Falconer Hints Jail Sentences May Get Softer
Byline: JAMES SLACK JUDGES could be forced by law to give softer sentences to criminals if jails are full, the Lord Chancellor indicated yesterday. Lord Falconer said the drastic policy would be considered when he takes charge of prisons policy...
Familiar Faces Plot Wigan's Cup Exit; Rugby League
Byline: CHRIS WHEELER 'BEST TEETH in town,' says Steve McCormack, in reference to the number of dentist's appointments his young son has invented to skip school and follow Wigan Athletic. McCormack Snr has told a few tales, too, to watch his...
Frail Is Desperate to Ensure His Men Spoil Leith's Big Party Day
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS IT IS, perhaps, the ultimate in capital punishment. Following that 4-0 home defeat by Dundee United, and a row over four first-team regulars being deemed 'physically and mentally unfit' by the Lithuania national manager,...
Frank Back Where He's Loved and Cherished
Byline: MATT BARLOW FRANK LAMPARD is back in the bosom of his Chelsea family, where his talents are truly appreciated and there are no doubts about his place in midfield. The general rule of thumb at Stamford Bridge is that when Lampard is fit,...
Fullarton Mourns Borders' Plight as He Eyes Final Fling
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON JUST days after the shock of seeing his beloved Borders bite the dust, Iain Fullarton could be poised to drive another nail into the coffin of Scottish rugby. The experienced former Scotland lock lines up for tournament...
Gerrard Is Put in His Place; Boss Benitez Rules out Switch RAFA: GERRARD STAYS ON RIGHT
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS STEVEN GERRARD returned from his match- winning heroics for England in midweek to be warned he faces further frustration over his role in Liverpool's midfield. After making the most of a welcome opportunity in the middle...
Give Barbarians the Boot; COMMENT
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER SIR Nigel Rudd and Alliance Boots have put up the minimum of resistance in the face of the assault of Stefano Pessina and KKR. No doubt the present 1040p offer valuing the company at [pounds sterling]10.1bn looks like a decent...
Glass Eyes Survival
Byline: GEORGE GRANT STEPHEN GLASS insists he is feeling the pressure of Dunfermline's relegation battle just as much as his team-mates, despite knowing he will still be an SPL player with Hibs at the end of the season. The former Aberdeen and...
GREASE OR TURKEY? after the Success of How Do You Solve A Problem like Maria? Two New Shows, Grease and Joseph, Are Going Head-to-Head on Rival Channels. So Will the Wannabe Sandys and Dannys Win the Ratings War over Their Technicolor-Clothed Competitors? by JILL PARKIN
Byline: JILL PARKIN Once again, it's time for the boys to slick their hair back, the girls to wriggle into those tight black satin trousers and for everyone to get down to the hop at Rydell High. Yes, Grease is back. The new London stage version...
Green Charles Jets off; Prince and Camilla Take Private Plane for 500-Mile Trip to Highlands Holiday
Byline: REBECCA CAMBER FOR one who prides himself on his green credentials, it seems an unnecessarily environmentally-unfriendly way to go on holiday. But if it's good enough to collect his wife's stilettos, a private jet is perfect for a 500-mile...
Grow Your Own; IT'S a Great Way to Stay Healthy and Save Money, Too - Try These Seasonal Tips for Your Kitchen Garden .
Byline: CHRIS BEARDSHAW IT'S a great way to stay healthy and save money, too - try these seasonal tips for your kitchen garden . . . ABOUNTEOUS addition to the kitchen garden and sufficiently statuesque to warrant a prime location in the ornamental...
Healy the Hero Gives Leeds the Kiss of Life
Byline: PETER FERGUSON LEEDS UNITED 2 PRESTON NORTH END 1 DAVID HEALY, a superhero for Northern Ireland, popped up in true comic-book fashion with the dramatic last-ditch winner that might just be the catalyst for a great escape at Elland Road....
Heineken Cup Guide
WASPS v LEINSTER (Today: Adams Park, 5.45) LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO has been preferred to James Haskell in the Wasps back row and will lead the home side as director of rugby Ian McGeechan opts to utilise the World Cup winner's considerable experience....
Heinz Meanz Tripe to Poles Pining for Home
IF you're living in Britain but pining for Warsaw or Krakow, this is news that will warm your heart and tickle your tastebuds. Heinz is launching a range of food aimed at Britain's burgeoning Polish community. The brand Pudliszki, which is owned...
HITLER ON THE COUCH; as a Boy, Hitler Was So Brutalised by His Father That a Doctor Referred Him to the Great Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. He Never Made the Appointment. but What If He Had?
Byline: MAURICE GRAN WHAT would have happened if Sigmund Freud had persuaded Adolf Hitler on to his psychoanalyst's couch? Might World War II, with all its appalling loss of life, have been avoided? This is the intriguing question posed by a...
How a Polish Driver Mixed Up His MPH
Byline: GORDON CURRIE A POLISH chef who was caught driving at 112mph claimed he was confused and thought the speedometer was in kilometres per hour. Prezemyslaw Ruzga, 27, also said that because the engine in his new Renault Laguna was smoother...
Howard: I'll Never Be Boss in My Family of Winners
Byline: PETER JACKSON BACK home in Brisbane they still rate Pat Howard as the third best coach - not in the whole of Queensland, nor just in the state capital but in his own family. A win over Le Championnat leaders Stade Francais at Welford...
Hunt for Secateur Saboteur
Byline: PAUL SIMS FOR years, Peter Dungworth had painstakingly planted thousands of daffodil bulbs to brighten the area around his home. But days before his display was to be shown to Britain In Bloom judges as part of his village's entry for...
HYPOCRITE WHO BUILT THE BBC; His Name Is Still a Byword for High-Minded Broadcasting. but Lord Reith Was an Adulterer and Family Tyrant Who Was So Profligate He Left Just [Pounds Sterling]75 in His will.Who Says So? His Own Daughter
Byline: FRANCES HARDY AS THE founder of the BBC, Lord Reith has long been seen as a model of moral probity and rectitude. Towering in stature and intellect, he is one of a handful of historical figures whose name has become an adjective - used,...
I'M NO RAPIST...JUST A FOOL; in a Landmark Case This Week, a Judge Cleared Ben Bree of Rape after Ruling His Drunken 'Victim' Was Capable of Consent. Here, Bree Reveals What Really Happened That Night, His Shame - and How His Girlfriend (Right) Is Standing by Him
Byline: HELEN WEATHERS THE first thing Ben Bree did when he returned home after being released from prison two weeks ago, was to return to the beach in Jersey where he'd spent many carefree childhood summers. For hours he sat there, alone, overwhelmed...
I'm Not Dead Yet! Cancer-Scare Man's Message to His Friends
WHEN John Sutton was told he might have an incurable form of cancer dating from his days working at an asbestos factory, things looked bleak. Friends were so convinced that the 63-year-old builder's days were numbered that his final arrangements...
I'm So Close to Caley. I Won't Deny That It Can Be a Curse
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN FOR Charlie Christie, the city of Inverness has always been home. Since becoming boss of the local football club, however, the Highland capital occasionally offers little comfort. Spying one of their own in the street...
Invasor Shapes Up
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE RICHARD Hills, the jockey who partnered Invasor in last year's UAE Derby, has warned Discreet Cat's Godolphin team that they will have to raise their game to beat him again. Invasor, bred in Argentina, raced in Uruguay...
Inverdale Lets TV Cat out of the Bag; Sports Agenda
Byline: CHARLES SALE Inverdale lets TV cat out of the bag THE FA are annoyed at the way BBC sports presenter John Inverdale hijacked yesterday's announcement of the new TV agreements with ITV and Setanta by declaring it a done deal at the Sports...
IS THERE A; as Glasgow's Toll of Murdered Vice Girls Stands at Nine, Those Still Working Live in Constant Fear of a Serial Killer. or Could Eight Evil Monsters Still Be at Large?
Byline: JONATHAN BROCKLEBANK ELEVEN years on, the details are locked in Alice Wilson's mind like it happened yesterday. It was a cloudless summer day, so beautiful that bad news seemed somehow inconceivable. In back gardens all over the neighbourhood...
Is Warner Set to Score with EMI? MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER WAYNE Rooney scored his last goal for England around the time EMI and recording rival Warner first talked about a possible [pounds sterling]2bn-plus merger. That was the summer of 2004. The two music giants have been holding...
It's Faye's Little Girl We Should Be Thinking Of
Byline: AMANDA PLATELL SOME images of battle are so horrific that they are etched into our national psyche. And now we have a new one, the image of Leading Seaman Faye Turney, paraded like a trophy by her gloating Iranian captors. Looking at...
Japanese Men, Smoky Bars and the Obsession with Beautiful Western Girls That Cost Lindsay Her Life; as Police Reveal That Teacher Was Tortured for Hours before Her Murder
Byline: RICHARD SHEARS HARROWING details of Lindsay Hawker's last hours were revealed yesterday. The 22-year-old English language teacher was tortured by her Japanese attacker before being strangled, forensic tests have shown. She was tied...
Keep Your Eye on the Gaul; Mini Test
Byline: RAY MASSEY Citroen C6 3.0i V6 Exclusive Automatic Price: [pounds sterling]35,845 GOOD * SO unashamedly French that it makes you want to languidly light up a Gitanes - and I don't even smoke. So bravo to Citroen for producing a dare-to-be-different...
King of Clean Sheets Wants England Call
Byline: RICHARD COPEMAN THE goalkeeper once dubbed Calamity James is on the brink of setting a Premier League record for clean sheets. How times have changed for Portsmouth's No 1. If David James keeps Fulham at bay at Craven Cottage today he...
Labour Heads on the Block as Yet Another Poll Backs SNP
Byline: STUART NICOLSON LABOUR faces losing a clutch of political heavyweights from its central belt heartlands in May's Holyrood election. Yet another poll yesterday confirmed that the SNP was still ahead in the race, predicting it would win...
Labour Plan to Axe Bridge Tolls for Car-Share Drivers
Byline: STUART NICOLSON DRIVERS will not be charged to cross the Forth Road Bridge - but only if they are sharing their vehicle with at least one passenger. That was yesterday's preelection pledge from First Minister Jack McConnell. He also...
Ladette to L.A.Dy; an Ill-Judged Late-Night Show Nearly Ruined DENISE VAN OUTEN's Career. but Now She's Trying to Shed Her Brassy Blonde Image with a New Stage and TV Career on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Byline: LINA DAS Denise Van Outen has just stepped off an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles, though you would scarcely believe it. She wanders into a Beverly Hills restaurant looking fresh in a black and red minidress, leather jacket and...
Learn the Tricks of Celebrity Dressing
Byline: ALEXANDRA SHULMAN ON WEDNESDAY I hosted a dinner at Harvey Nichols for Calvin Klein's designer Francisco Costa to celebrate the opening of their new Calvin store. The guests - a mix of celebrities and Press - all arrived to face a barrage...
Leeds' Plight Brings Blackwell No Joy
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS NEW Luton boss Kevin Blackwell could be forgiven for gloating at Leeds United's current plight, but there is only a sorry shake of the head at the extent of their demise since he was sacked in the early stages of what is rapidly...
Let's Hope Wing Ace Hasn't Left It Too Late; Scott on Saturday
Byline: BRIAN SCOTT SEVEN games to go before his best season with Dundee United comes to an end. Might they be enough for Barry Robson to play his way into Alex McLeish's European Championship squad? Big Eck won't want for advice from various...
Lineen Is Certain Glasgow Will Rise above the Turmoil
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON GLASGOW coach Sean Lineen insists his players are completely focused for their first- ever European quarterfinal - despite the build-up for tomorrow's Challenge Cup clash with Saracens being overshadowed by the SRU's decision...
Locals Priced out of Their Own Carnival; Paul Newman on a Tragedy Leaving the Sport with an Empty Feeling
Byline: PAUL NEWMAN IT WAS supposed to be the 'carnival' that reinvigorated cricket throughout the Caribbean, bringing people back to the game in the sport's most important region. Yet, the gaping stands of empty seats in Antigua this week were...
Luxury for Less; HOW Can You Get a Fabulous Holiday at a Fraction of the Cost? WILL WHITE Finds the Cut-Price Hotel Nearby
Byline: WILL WHITE HOW can you get a fabulous holiday at a fraction of the cost? WILL WHITE finds the cut-price hotel nearby CAPE TOWN FOR [pounds sterling]1,495 WITH fresh seafood and wine at a fraction of European prices, and stunning scenery...
Magic Hour Draws: Win Eight Family Trips to Disneyland Resort Paris Today
IT'S the 15th birthday of Disneyland Resort Paris, and we have a fantastic way to celebrate it in style. There's a fun-filled 15th Anniversary Celebration family holiday to be won on the hour, every hour today! For 15 years, Disneyland Resort...
Merger Wave Sweeps Up the Homebuilders; INVESTMENT EXTRA
Byline: BRIAN O'CONNOR THE planned merger of Taylor Woodrow and Wimpey sets the seal on the restructuring of the UK housebuilding sector. A few deals remain to be done, but these two stood out among those which had yet to merge. I am sad to see...
MISSING . .. and FOUND! 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 People reunited.This Column Is Produced in Conjunction with the Voluntary Tracing Service, Searching for A Memory, Run by Gill and John Whitley
Byline: MONICA PORTER MISSING . .. and FOUND! 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,...
Money Grabbers; Sibierski: It Was Wages First at City, Not the Team
Byline: MARTIN HARDY ANTOINE SIBIERSKI picked up his mobile and began to text: 'Richard, r u talking about me?' The reply came immediately from his former team-mate Richard Dunne: 'No'. Dunne had gone public that same morning with a vehement...
Motherhood? It's Easy as 1-2-3; Couple Have One Girl, Then Another, Then Twins . . . and Now Triplets!
Byline: LUCY LAING WITH four daughters under the age of four, including 18-month-old twins, Catherine Delegado thought she would struggle to cope with another child. Then a hospital scan revealed she was expecting triplets. 'I just burst into...
Motoring
Byline: RAY MASSEY MOTORING SPOTTED this wonderfully addictive, slightly irreverent but well-informed tome in a bookshop the other day and made an instant impulse purchase. TV Cars is a glorious A-to-Z romp through the cars of television shows...
MOTTY'S WIGAN'S WORLDWIDE TALENT WEB; Match of the Day
Byline: JOHN MOTSON TODAY I complete my set of all 20 Premiership clubs when I commentate for the first time this season on Wigan Athletic, whose visit to Charlton this afternoon can genuinely be called a 'six pointer'. Brushing up on my identification...
Munster Are Sunk by Scarlet Tide
Byline: PETER JACKSON LLANELLI 24pts MUNSTER 15pts MUNSTER'S European champions crashed out of the Heineken Cup last night, swept aside by the Scarlet tide which sent Llanelli surging into the semifinals. On a night which will go down in Stradey...
MURDER? NOW I'M NOT SO SURE; DAVID JONES Was One of the First Writers on the Scene of Bob Woolmer's Death. Faithfully, He Reported the Police's Verdict of Murder. Here He Tells a Riveting Story of Egos, Tensions and Incompetence and Asks: Was He REALLY Strangled?
Byline: DAVID JONES WITH his film star looks and sharp suits, Mark Shields is a modern English detective straight from central casting. Apart from a brief spell spent catching slot-machine swindlers in Clacton-on-Sea, the 6ft 7in-tall divorcee has...
My Garden Year; Gardening
Byline: CHRIS BEARDSHAW GARDENING MY GARDEN YEAR MARCH 31 - APRIL 6 AS TEMPERATURES rise and the days lengthen, plants begin to burst into life. But hidden among the choice specimens, you must watch out for several rogues, who will also...
My Nightmare; Murray Blitzed by His Young Serb Rival in 'Worst Defeat' on Tour
Byline: IVAN SPECK AFTER just 60 minutes of hurt, Andy Murray was out -manoeuvred and outthought as he slumped to a dismal 6-1, 6-0 defeat to fellow teenager Novak Djokovic that will rank as the most disappointing of his brief career. Worse still,...
My Wife Did Not Kill Angelika, Says Married Lover; Polish Student's 40-Year-Old Boyfriend in Furious Outburst at Murder Trial
Byline: GAVIN MADELEY ANGELIKA KLUK'S married lover yesterday furiously denied 'disgusting' suggestions his wife may have been involved in the murder of the Polish student. Chauffeur Martin MacAskill had been giving evidence about his affair...
Newcomer McGowan Is on Song for Europe
Byline: BRYAN CAMERON AFTER just four months as a professional golfer and one event into his European Tour career, Ross McGowan led the Portuguese Open at the halfway stage last night. Last year's English amateur champion recorded a second successive...
New Instant Cash - Super Cash Prizes to Be Won
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Newsagent Fined [Pounds Sterling]50 over Stray Scrap of Paper in a Bin 120 Yards from His Shop
Byline: ANDREW LEVY A NEWSAGENT is fighting a [pounds sterling]50 fine after a piece of paper bearing his business's name was found in a black rubbish bag next to a litter bin 120 yards from his shop. A council enforcement officer marched into...
Now Here's an England Player Who Is into Fun
Byline: PAUL HAYWARD UNDER an acid rain of scorn, David Nugent did something improbable this week. He enjoyed playing football for England. A [pounds sterling]110,000 buy from Bury revived the theory that money is irrelevant in matters of...
Old Course Is Best in the World, Says Tiger
Byline: BRYAN CAMERON TIGER WOODS will be trying to win at Augusta National for the fifth time next week but, even if it happens, the world No1 will still not be changing his mind about where he most likes to play. 'St Andrews is my favourite,'...
OUR GREATEST GARDENING GIVEAWAY EVER - WORTH MORE THAN [Pounds Sterling]500!
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