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Articles from December 23, 2008

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5m to Shop Online on Christmas Day; 1.SANDY CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN: Lying on a Beach Is Not the First Place You'd Expect to Find Father Christmas. However, This 100ft Sand Scupture on Puri Beach on the East Coast of India Is the Work of Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik. Coloured Sand Was Used to Create Santa's Red Suit and Boots. It Took 50 Students and Hundreds of Labourers 50 Hours to Complete the Design
Byline: Sean Poulter MORE than five million Britons are expected to go sale shopping online on Christmas Day, spending a record total of more than [pounds sterling]100million. The prediction comes as a host of household name stores are starting...
5m to Shop Online on Christmas Day ; Wheres Everyone Gone? Westminster, the Administrative Heart of the Nation Appeared All but Empty Yesterday, While the Capitals Principal Shopping Throroughfare, Oxford Street, Was Teeming as Customers Battled through the Crowds for Their Last-Minute Presents. Many Were Already off Work for a Long Christmas Break While Other Shoppers Made a Dash from the Office
Byline: SEAN POULTER MORE than five million Britons are expected to go sale shopping online on Christmas Day, spending a record total of more than [pounds sterling]100million. The prediction comes as a host of household name stores are starting...
A Baby Boy with Nine Big Sisters on His Side; Sisterhood: From Left, Kellie Anne Holds Lewis and Lines Up with Her Eight Sisters Proud Parents: John Laycock and Wife Sally
MOST Christmases over the past 17 years have seen the Laycock family with a new daughter to buy a present for. And, after nine girls, aged between 17 and two, it was a pattern Sally and John Laycock expected to repeat itself when they found another...
A Covert Norman Conquest
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER WHAT a week it has been for Pierre Gadonneix of French energy giant Electricite de France. While the rest of business is drawing in its horns in the face of the credit crunch, EDF is conquering the world. Last week it splashed...
All to Play for at Halfway Stage
Byline: MARK WILSON Bold Truth Bold Caption set left Caption set left Truth Bold Caption set left Bold Truth Bold Caption set left Caption set left Truth Bold Caption set Leading by example: Gary Caldwell has been Celtic's top man but Scott Robertson...
Almost a Water Birth for the Baby Airlifted at Last Minute from Ferry
A WOMAN was airlifted from an Irish ferry yesterday after going into labour six weeks early. Just hours later, 26-year-old Dublin resident Maria Huci gave birth to a boy. Mrs Huci was on her way to France on the Irish Ferries vessel Oscar Wilde...
A Low-Cal Christmas
Byline: PETA BEE ON Christmas Day the average person gobbles up 7,000 calories a frightening prospect when experts say women should consume no more than 2,000 calories a day and men 2,500 to stay healthy. Here, with the help of the nutritional and...
...And Old Rival Terry Is Also Backing Strachan
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN GORDON STRACHAN received a vote of support from across the Old Firm divide yesterday, as Rangers legend Terry Butcher backed the Celtic boss in his row with Aiden McGeady. Butcher, who conceded that Rangers will be relieved...
Anglo Shares Dive Again despite State Rescue Bid
BANK shares boosted the Dublin market yesterday but shares in Anglo Irish Bank were hammered, falling 15pc. The financial institutions shares soared at the markets open after the Government agreed to inject E5.5bn into AIB, Bank of Ireland and Anglo...
An Outstanding Man Politicians and Poets Bid a Touching Farewell to the Cruiser; (1) A Giant Conor Cruise O'Brien (2) Final Journey: The Coffin Leaves Howth's Church of the Assumption (3) Beloved: Widow Marie Mitac at Tsaoi,son and Wife Sarah (4) Artist's circle:Seamus Heaney (5) Mourner: Garret Fitzgerald
Byline: Galen English HUNDREDS of mourners from the world of politics and literature gathered in Howth yesterday to say their last goodbye to a remarkable Irishman. Former government minister and diplomat Dr Conor Cruise OBriens funeral at the...
Anti- Terror Chief on the Brink; A Safe Pair of Hands? Commander Bob Quick
Byline: Benedict Brogan, Stephen Wright THE future of Britain's most senior anti-terrorism officer was in doubt last night as an extraordinary row between the Tories and the Metropolitan Police intensified. Bob Quick faced awkward questions about...
Armed with a Great Wartime Friendship
MY FRIEND and I were evacuated from London in 1940, to stay with my friend's family in Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Shortly after we arrived, Polish troops came to the town. My friend's aunt was well-known as a seamstress and, one day, we were all surprised...
A Tap on the Shoulder from a Garda and He Was Led Off
Byline: MICHELLE FLEMING CLUTCHING a well-thumbed book, a disheveled, slightly-built Eamonn Lillis climbed the 18 steps up from the underground tunnel that connects Dublin District Court with the Bridewell where he was held overnight into the packed...
A Tiny Cut Was All It Took to Cure My Inverted Nipple
Byline: ISLA WHITCROFT AROUND 1.5 million women have inverted nipples which are flat or concave and can interfere with their ability to breastfeed. Traditionally, corrective operations leave scarring and can affect sensitivity. Pauline Taylor, a...
AUTISTIC BOY,5 DROWNS IN HOLIDAY POOL THAT HAD NO LIFEGUARDS; (1) Tragic Site: The Swimming Pool in Exploers in Exploers Hotel Where Colum Drowned (2) Colum Canning: Five-Year-Old Was a Lovely Lovely Boy
Byline: PETER ALLEN A BOY of five drowned in an unsupervised swimming pool at a French hotel at the start of a family holiday to Disneyland. Colum Canning, from Derry, had just arrived at the Thomas Cook-run Explorers Hotel to celebrate Christmas...
'Baby Blues' Mother Killed Her Son Weeks Af Ter He Lef T Care; Frail: Joanne Mallinder
Byline: Andrew Levy A MOTHER suffering from post-natal depression killed her baby son just weeks after social services took him out of foster care and handed him back to her. Joanne Mallinder, 37, considered putting Jack up for adoption and asked...
Ban on 'Fag Machines'; Fears: Experts Say One in Ten Teenagers Use Vending Machines
Byline: John Robertson CIGARETTE vending machines are to be outlawed in Scotland in the latest part of the SNP's anti-smoking crusade. Ministers yesterday backed moves to prohibit all such machines - usually found in pubs and clubs - in an effort...
Benedict Says We Must Protect the World from Gays
Byline: NICK PISA POPE Benedict used his Christmas message yesterday to declare that saving the world from homosexual behaviour was as important as saving the rainforest from destruction. In a forthright message, he stressed the importance of...
Bertie to Cash in with His Own Wages of Spin; Bertie Ahern: Value Folr MONEY?
Byline: Niamh Lyons AS POLITICAL blockbusters go, its intended to be a must-read for those keen to get inside the head of Bertie Ahern. But if the genesis of the book deal is anything to go by, readers of his soon-to-be-written autobiography...
Big Bills and Queues We Have a Lot to Be Grateful for; Fragile Joy: Madeleine McCann Celebrates Her Last Christmas with Siblings Amelie and Sean
Byline: Brenda Power I FELL out with an old friend years ago. She thought Id taken sides in a row, intercepted an email that looked pretty damning out of context, and was too hasty, I thought, to question my loyalty. So when my genuine attempts...
Bishop in Sex Abuse Storm Hears More Calls to Quit
Byline: Leah McDonald THE bishop at the centre of a child sex-abuse scandal faced growing calls to quit yesterday. Bishop of Cloyne Dr John McGee was accused in a damning child protection report of mishandling complaints against two of his priests...
Bobby Sands Was a Role Model for Young; Hero or Villain? Sands
Byline: Dan Newling, Helen Bruce HE is one of the most divisive figures in the Norths bloody history considered a terrorist by Unionists but a hero by Republicans. However, many would agree that it is difficult to describe IRA hunger striker...
British Banks Envy Benign Irish Bailout
Byline: Simon Duke BRITISH banks must be casting an envious eye across the Irish Sea following yesterday's relatively pain-free rescue of Ireland's financial system. Dublin's benign bailout throws into sharp relief the huge penalties Chancellor...
British Jobs at Risk as Toyota Loses [Pounds Sterling]1bn
Byline: Ray Massey THOUSANDS of jobs are at risk after Toyota warned it will make losses of more than [pounds sterling]1billion this year its first annual deficit for seven years. The Japanese giant employs more than 4,000 at its car manufacturing...
Brown's Benefits System Leads to Baby Boom among the Poor
Byline: Steve Doughty INCREASED benefits for mothers have created a baby boom among poor families under Labour's rule, Government sponsored research showed yesterday. Tax credits and big increases in means-tested state payments resulted in 45,000...
Can It Really Be True That Our Hospitals Are Worse Than Estonia's? This Fascinating Dispatch Reveals the Shocking Answer; Model System: Anneli Nikitina Says Doctors in Estonia Work a Strict 40-Hour Week
Byline: DAVID JONES, TIM STEWART AGRIM Soviet tower-block, cheaply built just before the 1980 Moscow Olympics presumably to further the grand illusion of caring, sharing Communism the North Estonian Regional Hospital is hardly the most inviting...
Carragher's Loving Tight Fight for Title; Carragher: Relishing a Free-for-All No Goal: Pienaar (Left) Turns to Discover He Hasn't Scored, and TV Catches Alex Stamping on Cahill Pictures: IAN HODGSON and SETANTA What a Scramble: Pienaar (above, Left) Forces the Ball over but It Is Deemed Offside as Cech (below) Lies Injured Pictures: IAN HODGSON and PA
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS WITH five teams rather than the usual four battling it out at the top and Aston Villa seemingly set to maintain their title challenge, pundits have acclaimed this Barclays Premier League season the best for years. And Jamie...
Car Sales Plummet as Reality Bites
Byline: Gayle Schoales CAR dealers continue to feel the bite of recession, with new registrations dropping almost 59 per cent in November, compared to the same period last year. According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office yesterday,...
Celines Husband Silent as Murder Charge Is Read out; (1) Beaten with a Brick: Celine Cawley (2) Accused: Eamonn Lillis Is Led from Court Yesterday
Byline: Alan Sherry THE husband of Celine Cawley was remanded in custody during a one-minute court appearance yesterday after being charged with her murder. Eamonn Lillis is accused of killing his wife Celine at their home in the exclusive north...
Celtic Are Poised to Land Zaluska
Byline: STEPHEN McGOWAN CELTIC are hoping to complete the capture of Dundee United goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska over the next 24 hours. The Pole is expected to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Parkhead club after rejecting a new deal at Tannadice....
CITY GIVE HUGHES A [Pounds Sterling]40m RESCUE PACKAGE
Byline: SIMON JONES, , LEE CLAYTON MARK HUGHES is closing in on at least four new signings after being given the ammunition to lead Manchester City up the Barclays Premier League table. Rather than sacking Hughes, the clubs new owners will show...
CITY GIVE HUGHES A [Pounds Sterling]40m RESCUE PACKAGE
Byline: SIMON JONES, LEE CLAYTON MARK HUGHES is closing in on at least four new signings after being given the ammunition to lead Manchester City up the Barclays Premier League table. Rather than sacking Hughes, the club's new owners will show...
Could a Vitamin Pill Help Your Hearing?
Byline: ROGER DOBSON SCIENTISTS have formulated a pill that could prevent or even reverse hearing loss caused by loud noise. Clinical trials of the pill are about to start, but early research suggests it can reverse the damage up to three days...
Counties Dive Deep into Red
Byline: MICHEAL CLIFFORD (1) Charity begins at home: revenue coming in from ticket sales falls well short of what is needed to fund a county, while Tipperary and Galway (left) got to the national league final last season but in 2009 will witness...
Critics' Choice
Byline: SOPHIE HEATH FILM: THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN FARM, 11.30am, BBC2 RICHARD E. GRANT keeps it relatively restrained as Bustin' Bonaparte, an Irish blatherskite whose arrival at a South African farm spells trouble for the resident children and...
DANCING SAVED ME FROM MY DEMONS; Sweet Tooth: Craig with the Giant Easter Egg He Ate in One Sitting
Byline: Sarah Ewing Choreographer and professional dancer Craig Revel Horwood has been a judge on the BBCs Strictly Come Dancing since 2004. Born in Australia, he now lives in London. Craig, 43, suffered from an eating disorder for more than 25...
Decorations from the Past Still Shine; Enduring Pleasures: Nothing Can Beat a Traditional Christmas
HOW inspiring to read Susan Hill's Why I love My Tatty Tinsel (Mail). So do we. Are upside-down black trees and black baubles really the 'in' thing? Our tree is like Susan's, decorated with tiny balls which were put on our first tatty silver tinsel...
Dishing Up New Doubts; Tucking In: But Many Pupils Ignore the Nutritional Elements
Byline: Graham Grant IT has been billed as a major reform that will boost children's health and ensure poorer pupils are properly fed. But an initiative to provide free school meals to children in primary one to three may be a waste of money, according...
DIY Cancer Lifeline
Byline: Daniel Martin MORE than 2,000 lives will be saved every year thanks to home bowel cancer testing kits, scientists predict. The kits are sent to patients in the post and can detect early signs of the disease. But, in another example...
Downturn Hammers New Builds; Worrying Heights: Builders Could See the Price of Their Properties Fall by Up to 45pc
Byline: Ben Laurance TO begin with, the estate agent was dismissive. Geoff, a businessman who had recently made a tidy sum by selling his company, was interested in putting a chunk of his money into buyto-let properties, and he had spotted that...
Ephraim Hardcastle
Byline: EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE PRESIDENT Bush has encouraged recession-hit Americans to spend money on shoes. A Turkish shoe manufacturer in Istanbul has been inundated with orders for the footwear that was thrown at the outgoing President last week....
Even I Think Aiden Is in the Wrong, Says Bad Boy Frank; in the Wrong: McGeady Has Overstepped the Mark, Says McAvennie
Byline: STEPHEN McGOWAN FRANK McAVENNIE is a man armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of Celtic's disciplinary code. So when Scottish football's most celebrated playboy warns Aiden McGeady he has gone too far, then the time has surely come for...
Every Day the Mail's Been Bringing You the Pick of the High St Discounts. with Just Two Shopping Days to Go, Here Are More Brilliant Bargains
HOME The SKELTER TABLE LAMP will brighten up a dark and gloomy corner. Was [pounds sterling]96.89; now [pounds sterling]49.50 (houseoffraser.co.uk). The small HAIER SILVER LARDER could be the answer if you need more fridge space. Was [pounds sterling]149.98;...
FA Chief Fires a Warning to Law Breakers; Improper Conduct: Evra (Right) Fighting with a Chelsea Groundsman Last Season
Byline: IAN LADYMAN THE chairman of the FA has admitted that there are flaws in Soho Square's disciplinary process but has warned Manchester United and other Barclays Premier League clubs they must get used to precise details of their offences being...
Fighting for Special Needs; Campaign: Maria Hutchings with Her Son John Paul. Above: Dr Neville Brown
Byline: Sarah Harris YOUR child has severe dyslexia, autism or another special educational need and requires additional assistance to help them through their schooling. Without this support, they will fail to make progress at school through no fault...
Flu Forces GPs to Extend Hours
Byline: Jenny Hope, Lucy Ballinger FAMILY doctors are being asked to cut short their Christmas break and open surgeries on Saturday to cope with a surge in demand. GP surgeries typically close on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Many would normally...
Gays Pose a Threat to All of Mankind, Claims Pope
Byline: Steve Doughty THE Pope yesterday declared that saving the world from homosexual behaviour was as important as saving the rainforests. In a Christmas message, Bene- dict XVI stressed the importance of traditional marriage and condemned...
Germans Fired Up over EDF Gas Plant; for Sale: Coal-Fired Eggborough Power Station in East Yorkshire
Byline: Sam Fleming GERMAN power giant E.ON is eyeing EDF's gas-fired Sutton Bridge power station after the French utility firm put it up for sale, industry sources said. The plant could be sold for an estimated [pounds sterling]300m as part...
GET READY FOR MORE MAYHEM; Changed Days: Butcher and McAvennie Were All Smiles Yesterday but They Were at Each Other's Throats in 1987 (Inset)
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN THE potential is always there, simmering just beneath the surface. For madness to be unleashed, it might take nothing more than someone putting their left boot in, taking their left boot out, shaking it all about & Waking...
Gilroy Brings in New Blue Blood; Gilroy: Reshaping Dublin Squad
Byline: PAUL KEANE DUBLIN manager Pat Gilroy has named a new-look 30-man panel for the annual Dubs Stars clash in Kilbarrack on New Years Day. In a potential sign of things to come under the new Blues boss a host of new faces and former players...
Give over and Take Your Punishment; Christmas Card: Adebayor Is Sent off by Ref Howard Webb Picture: ACTION IMAGES
Byline: DES KELLY THERE are plenty of good causes to support at Christmas; in fact, people wearing fluorescent bibs rattling collection buckets have outnumbered shoppers on the High Street this week. Why not? It is a time for charity and for...
HEADS WON'T ROLL; (1) Brian Lenihan I Have No Doubt Reposibillty Will Be Taken (2) Sein Fitzpatrick: Nothing Illegal
FINANCE Minister Brian Lenihan was last night accused of being too soft on fat cat bankers guilty of reckless lending after saying it wasnt the Governments job to force resignations and chop off heads. But as Mr Lenihan defended the lack of action,...
Highland Meteor Crash That Changed the Earth; Massive Impact: Scientists in Scotland Have Found Evidence of a Huge Meteor Shower Which Rained Down on the Earth 470million Years Ago
Byline: Gavin Madeley MOST of us have heard of the Big Bang - although perhaps few of us can properly understand it. It is the theory of how the universe began in a gigantic explosion about ten billion years ago. Now, scientists say a Highland...
His Sort Don't Get It
WILLIAM CASH offered us a breathtakingly pompous piece (Mail) about how the mighty have fallen and are reduced to living in cute cottages rather than country piles. If it weren't an insult to cuckoos, I'd say all those bank managers and hedge fund...
Homosexuality Is as Great a Threat as Rainforest Destruction, Says Pope
THE Pope yesterday declared that saving the world from homosexual behaviour was as important as saving the rainforests. In a Christmas message, Benedict XVI stressed the importance of traditional marriage and condemned gay acts as against Gods will....
How Highheels Can Lift a Lady Lawyers Career; Tottering to the top:Killer Stilettos
Byline: Rupert Steiner IN the competitive world of law, it pays to walk tall. Which is apparently why women at one of the Citys top legal firms have been advised to wear high heels. Female lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been advised...
Hughes Needs Stars Who Are Fit to Wear the Shirt
Byline: LEE CLAYTON POSITIVE news and raised eyebrows from Manchester City s training ground: Brazilians Robinho and Jo were seen training yesterday. Not so positive is that both had declared themselves unavailable to play in an important Barclays...
India Ace Laughs Last and Longest; Pie Man: Yuvraj Has Got One over on Pietersen (below) despite Losing Dravid (Left)
Byline: PAUL NEWMAN HE SWAGGERED in with a smile on his face and mischief in his mind. The pie chucker is coming! said Yuvraj Singh,the comedy villain of Englands Christmas pantomime. You can relax now, boys. This was the second episode of...
Inverness Board Will Back Boss Brewster
THE Inverness Caley Thistle board last night promised to release 'significant' funds to avoid relegation after holding crisis talks with manager Craig Brewster. The Highlanders lost 3-0 at home to Aberdeen on Saturday, dropping jointbottom of the...
Is Poor-Quality Nursing the Main NHS Problem?
AFTER having recent heart surgery, I have sent a report on my hospital experience to the RCN and the hospital's NHS trust. I thanked the three doctors who treated me for their courtesy, consideration, kindness and efficiency throughout. But my over-riding...
I Threw the Switch. A Splutter of Sparks, Then the Big Bang. Da Said I Blew the Main Fuse. My Projector Had Taken out the Whole Street; 1) There Isnt a Light in the House. Shays Father 2) Christmas Swimmer: The Young Shay Healy, Inset, Has Vivid Memories of the Projector That First Blew the Power and Then Delighted Him with Images of Serious Flooding in England, Main Picture
Byline: Shay Healy IT WAS at Christmas that the eight-strong Healy household would come alive. The writers mother, after her self-imposed limit of two sherries, would break into her favourite ballad. Then there were the trips to Uncle Seamuss bacon...
IT'S A PAIN BEING DOUBLE-JOINTED; on the Mend: Merrily with Mum Rachel
Byline: RACHEL HALLIWELL WHEN Merrily, my ten-year-old daughter, complained this summer that the sole of her left foot was sore, I was surprised to find a large lump in the arch. Our GP put it down to ill-fitting shoes (she lived in Ugg boots...
It Was Used on Injured Soldiers in Vietnam Then to Tranquillise Horses. Now, as This Chilling Investigation Reveals, Ketamine Is the Lethal Drug of Choice for Britain's Wealthy Young Elite
Byline: Laura Topham THE grandfather clock in Max Ellis-Wood's Mayfair maisonette is chiming 8 pm. It's a gloomy Tuesday evening in early December and, as seasonal festivities kick off across the country, people pour through Max's front door. Ostensibly,...
I've Found My Inner Daniel Craig at Last!
Byline: BRUCE BYRON SIX MONTHS ago Bruce Byron best known as DC Terry Perkins from The Bill was very overweight and desperate about it. He describes his battle with the midlife bulge fortnightly in Good Health. WELL, here we are again, at that...
Jean Faced Death without Surgery That Would Scar Her but a Beam of Light Saved the Day; Amazed: Cancer-Sufferer Jean Pringle with Her Son
Byline: JEROME BURNE FOUR MONTHS ago Jean Pringle drove 400 miles to her Fson Seans wedding. What makes her journey remarkable is that just six weeks earlier she had received devastating news: the cancer in her tongue and neck had returned and the...
Keeping Goal Ace Mackie Is Calderwood's Priority
ABERDEEN manager Jimmy Calderwood has revealed his desire to hang on to Darren Mackie come the end of the season. The Dons striker is out of contract in June and Calderwood said: 'Deciding whether to keep Darren or not was always going to be one...
Keep Your Snuffles to Yourself!
Byline: PHILIP NORMAN KEEP YOUR SNUFFLES TO YOURSELF! EACH year, I feel winter-weariness set in a little earlier. The clocks went back only a few weeks ago, but already Ive had it up to here with murky mornings, premature sunsets, severe weather...
KP Gets a Pie in the Eye from the Joker; Speed Merchant: Yuvraj Singh Livens Up Proceedings with 39 Runs from 40 Balls and (Inset) Flintoff Provides Some Banter for the Batter Pictures: PA
Byline: PAUL NEWMAN HE swaggered in with a smile on his face and mischief in his mind. 'The pie chucker is coming!' said Yuvraj Singh, the comedy villain of England's Christmas pantomime. 'You can relax now boys.' This was the second episode...
Labours Benefit Baby Boom
Byline: Steve Doughty INCREASED benefits for mothers have created a baby boom among poor families under Labours rule, Government-sponsored research showed yesterday. Tax credits and big increases in means-tested state payments resulted in 45,000...
Let's Just Kris and Make Up
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN SCOTLAND assistant manager Terry Butcher has kick-started the season of peace and goodwill by extending an olive branch to international refusenik Kris Boyd. The former England and Rangers captain believes Ibrox striker...
Light Match and It Could All Go Up, Warns Butcher; Fight Game: McAvennie and Butcher (Left) in 1987
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN THE potential is always there, simmering just beneath the surface. For madness to be unleashed, it might take nothing more than someone putting their left boot in, taking their left boot out, shaking it all about ... ...
Like Thousands of Britons, Olympic Hero Chris Hoy Was Plagued by Panic Attacks. Then He Found a Very Unlikely Cure; Champion: Chris Hoy
Byline: SARAH EWING AS HE approached the starting line of the first qualifying round at the 2002 World Championships in Copenhagen, Chris Hoy was suddenly filled with panic. Was he good enough? Would he live up to everyones expectations? His...
Littlejohn
Byline: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN Hello, Scotland Yard. Taxi for Quick! WHEN I first read that anti-terror chief Bob Quicks wife was running a limo firm from their home, the comic potential was obvious. I imagined him moonlighting as a minicab driver...
Lochee Are Not Going to Ayr for a Holiday
Byline: EWAN SMITH LOCHEE UNITED skipper Charlie Cargill had a chuckle when he heard the team's fans chanting 'We're all going to Butlins' as they celebrated a Scottish Cup replay with Ayr United last week. But as the Junior side head for Somerset...
McIlroy Joins Jet Set; on the Up: McIlroy (above) Has Opened the Door to the Worlds Most Lucrative Events after Finishing the Year Ranked 39 in the World, While Manager Chandler Had Four Other Golfers in the Top Six in South Africa Last Weekend, Including Englands Westwood (Left) and Ulsterman Maybin (Right)
Byline: GRAHAM OTWAY CHUBBY CHANDLER and his golfers had quite a partyon Sunday night in the Cape winelands after five of them, including winner Richard Sterne, occupied the top six positions, in the South African Open. But that did not stop...
Memoir Puts Sunny's Girl in Spotlight
Byline: Richard Kay ELEVEN years after the death of Lord Wyatt of Weeford, I learn that unseen indiscreet recollections from his celebrated diaries look set to cause embarrassment to the new Duchess of Marlborough. Wyatt recorded various encounters...
Milkman Who Sold Cannabis with the Daily Pinta; Special Deliveries: Robert Holding Says He Only Dealt to Pensioners
Byline: Jaya Narain ROBERT Holding was the sort of milkman who always liked to help his customers - particularly the elderly ones. So if they left him a little note asking for something extra, he tried to get it for them. But some of their...
Milkman Who Sold Cannabis with the Pinta; Facing Jail: Robert Holding
Byline: Jaya Narain ROBERT Holding was the sort of milkman who liked to help his customers - particularly the elderly ones. So, if they left him a little note asking for something extra, he tried to get it for them. But some requests went beyond...
Model Leapt 150ft to Death from Married Lovers Flat; Heartache: Sahar Daftary, 23, Had Apparently Detailed the Pain of Her Split on a Blog Luxury: The Apartments in Salford Quays, Manchester, Are Worth [Pounds Sterling]200,000 Each
Byline: JAMES TOZER, FAY SCHLESINGER A MODEL is feared to have leapt to her death from her boyfriends luxury apartment after discovering he was married. Sahar Daftary, 23, suffered fatal injuries after falling from the 12th-floor balcony following...
My Beautiful, Witty Mum, by Peaches Geldof; Memories: Peaches Geldof
Byline: Jo Clements WITH her penchant for wild nights out and rock star boyfriends, Peaches Geldof is constantly compared to her mother Paula Yates. But the teenager has insisted that she is not going down the same path. In a revealing interview,...
MY DARLING THINKS I'M A STRANGER; Cherished Memory: George Russell and His Wife Enid at a Party in the 1960s
Byline: CLARE CAMPBELL FOR the past 11 years, George Russell has lovingly cared for his wife Enid, who has Alzheimer's disease. Having vowed she will remain at the family home, George, now 74, talks movingly to CLARE CAMPBELL about the profound...
Newcourt Weighs Ely Property Sale; Schools Out: Newcourts Student Accommodation Unit May Be Sold
Byline: Joe Downes SHARES in Dublin and London-listed property service group Newcourt bounced by 25pc during trading yesterday after confirmation that it is in talks over the sale of its subsidiary, Ely Property. Newcourt Group said yesterday...
NHS Workers 'Owed Millions'
Byline: John Robertson THOUSANDS of Scotland's hardest working and lowest paid NHS staff are still owed millions of pounds in back pay. Despite the biggest ever shake-up of the health service pay more than four years ago, more than 5,500 workers...
No Time like the Present for UFO Spotters
GLOWING in the night sky, the three spaceships hovered in the air as if looking for a place to land. People on the ground gazed up in wonderment, then called their local radio station to report the extraordinary sighting. But the UFOs spotted...
Novel Rhyme in Time; Poetic Licence: Robert Louis Stevenson Also Wrote Poetry
Byline: Charles Legge QUESTION Graham Greenes excellent novel The Human Factor includes an excerpt from a poem which begins: Whenever the moon and stars are out . . . Was the whole of the poem published and was Greene the poet? THIS poem, Windy...
Novel Rhyme in Time; Poetic Licence: Robert Louis Stevenson Also Wrote Verse
Byline: Charles Legge QUESTION Graham Greene's excellent novel The Human Factor includes an excerpt from a poem which begins: 'Whenever the moon and stars are out ...' Was the whole of the poem published and did Greene write it? THIS poem, Windy...
Oscar and Globe Glory; Now Even the NY Times Loves McDonagh; 1) on a Roll: Martin McDonagh 2) the Key to My Heart: Ronan and Yvonne Keating
Byline: HANNAH-LOUISE DUNNE WRITER and film director Martin McDonagh is making the most of his Midas touch. Fresh from the success of his darkly funny crime caper, In Bruges which has just been given a Golden Globe nomination the writer and director...
Our Foreign Policy? Ask the Chinese
Byline: Richard Waghorne CHRISTMAS morning will find most of us at home. But for many of the men and women of the Irish Defence Forces, however, Christmas morning could mean anything from the sands of Chad to the urban chaos of Kosovo. So Brian...
PARTY LIKE ITS 1999... Sun God: Were the Rituals of Mithras Appropriated by Early Christians?
Byline: Sarah Brazil AS YOU tuck into your turkey dinner this Christmas to celebrate the birth of Christ, and pop a cracker or two in honour of the man Himself, spare a thought for those who lost their feast day to the Christian Messiah. Yes,...
Patients Cant Even Complain
Byline: Petrina Vousden ONE fifth of patients do not know how to report concerns about hygiene in a hospital, according to a separate study released yesterday. The Health Information Quality Authority report also notes: A recurring issue mentioned...
Police Banned from Climbing a 3ft Ladder without Training
Byline: JAYA NARAIN POLICE officers have been forced to attend a health and safety seminar to learn how to climb a ladder. The officers had been installing roadside electronic speed indicators for months, using a 3ft ladder, without injury or...
Police Called to 10,000 Violent Attacks in Schools in Just One Year; Knife Victim: Luke Walmsley, 14, Who Was Stabbed to Death at School
Byline: Laura Clark POLICE officers have had to deal with 10,000 violent incidents at schools in a year. Teachers were forced to call them in to deal with attacks on staff and pupils - some involving knives or other weapons. Figures from 25...
Police Called to 10,000 Violent Cases in Schools; Knife Victim: Luke Walmsley, 14, Who Was Stabbed to Death at School
Byline: LAURA CLARK POLICE officers have had to deal with 10,000 violent incidents at schools in a year. Teachers were forced to call them in to deal with attacks on staff and pupils some involving knives or other weapons. Figures from 25...
Police Ignore 4 in 10 Crimes
Byline: James Slack POLICE are failing to investigate almost four in every ten crimes, it was revealed last night. The offences include sex attacks, violent robberies, harassment, burglary and drug incidents. Instead of being pursued, the...
Political Police Chief Who Lost the Plot
Byline: Richard Pendlebury PS recently as last week Bob Quick had ambitions to become Britain's next top policeman. What a differ ence one intemperate phone conversation can make. Today the assistant commissioner's judgment is discredited and...
Prostate Scan That Sorts out the Killers from the Pussycats
Byline: PAT HAGAN A NEW scan could help tell the difference between aggressive prostate cancers and harmless slow-growing ones. It's hoped the technique, being developed at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Surrey, will save thousands...
Pud Factory That Feeds the Nation
Byline: Rebecca Camber THEY pride themselves on producing a pudding fit for a Queen. But staff at Matthew Walker also makes the dish for those detained at her pleasure. In fact, this Christmas, royalty, prisoners and most of us in between...
Putins Triple Whammy; Provocation: A Russian Surface-to-Air Missile and, Inset, Current President Dmitry Medvedev
VLADIMIR Putin yesterday unveiled a triple whammy of threats and provocation for Britain and the West. After a year of difficult relations between the Kremlin and Downing Street, the Russian prime minister showed he was prepared to keep up the pressure...
Raped by My Father; 1) the Father: Anthony Allen 2) the Daughter: Candice Dinsdale, Who Suffered in Silence
Byline: Jaya Narain A RAPE victim has waived her anonymity to speak of her eight-year ordeal at the hands of her own father. Candice Dinsdale, now 44, was just six when she was first sexually abused by her father Anthony Allen. The abuse,...
Referee Webb Let Liverpool Kick Us, Storms Adebayor; Seeing Red: Arbeloa Goes to Ground and Adebayor (Left) Is about to Be Sent off Picture: ACTION IMAGES
Byline: LAURA WILLIAMSON EMMANUEL Adebayor has accused referee Howard Webb of failing to protect Arsenal's attacking players during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool. The Arsenal striker was sent off after 62 minutes at the Emirates, but said...