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Articles from October 14, 2006

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5,000 Miles from the Storm, the Lover and Blunkett's 'Little Lad'
Byline: GORDON RAYNER;PAUL BRACCHI DAVID Blunkett's confession that his affair with a married woman drove him to the brink of madness was one of the most startling political admissions of recent years. But his former lover Kimberly Quinn could not...
A Chip off the Rock's Crockery; Answers to Correspondents
QUESTION I recently found a very sea-worn bit of pottery washed up on a beach in East Looe, Cornwall. It had a picture of a green castle with two towers and a sign saying Rock Towers Hotel. Does anyone know anything about this hotel? THE Rock...
Addicted to Love; JULIO IGLESIAS Denies Sleeping with 3,000 Women - but Admits He Finds Fidelity Impossible. at 63, He Tells LINA DAS That His Reputation as a Red Hot Lover Is Hard to Maintain - and There's His Dignity to Consider
Byline: LINA DAS Julio Iglesias used to boast that for 15 years, at the height of his career, he made love - or, as he would smooch it, lurve - every single day. He was always too discreet to say how many different women were involved, or whether...
Adebola's Clincher in Five-Goal Thriller
Byline: MARK TAYLOR SOUTHEND 2 COVENTRY 3 A DOSE of sea air, some jittery Southend defending and first goals of the season for Stephen Hughes, Colin Cameron and Dele Adebola cured Coventry's travel sickness at Roots Hall last night. Wretched...
Ambitious West Brom Fit Mowbray like a Glove
Byline: ALAN DOUGLAS TONY MOWBRAY confessed last night that the chance to become West Brom's new manager was just too good an opportunity to resist. The former Hibs manager will not take up his new post at The Hawthorns until the middle of next...
A Million Tickets an Hour Snapped Up in [Pounds Sterling]74m Lotto Frenzy
Byline: GORDON RAYNER LOTTERY fever swept the country last night as a million punters an hour bought tickets in the hope of winning jackpots totalling [pounds sterling]74million. Sales for tonight's main Lotto draw soared by 50 per cent after...
... and Hotshot Baines at the Back
Byline: PETER FERGUSON Manchester United today as Ronaldo continues to feed off the jeers of opposition fans. THERE WAS a time when England scouts did not know Leighton Baines from Leyton Orient. Now Wigan's left back, once dumped from Everton...
AN INSPECTOR CALLS; His Mission: To Test Hotel Hospitality to the Limit
AT WEEKENDS, the Wykeham Arms doesn't do one-night stands. You have to stay both the Friday and Saturday. At least, that was what I was told a month before our visit. Then, when calling back a couple of weeks later, there was room at the inn after...
A Nobel Prize for the Poor Man's Banker
Byline: SAM FLEMING A BANKER who refuses to give a penny to beggars but has lifted millions out of poverty by helping the poor to help themselves was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday. Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank were honoured for...
Anton Angst; Ferdinand's Arrest Adds to Pressure Facing Boss Pardew
Byline: SIMON CASS;STEVE CURRY WEST HAM'S disastrous start to the season has been dealt yet another body blow after it emerged that defender Anton Ferdinand has been arrested for an alleged assault outside a nightclub in London's East End. The...
Army Officer Who Beat Parents to Death Could Claim [Pounds Sterling]3m Inheritance
Byline: BEN TAYLOR AN army officer who killed his parents for a [pounds sterling]1million inheritance could walk free from jail next week and claim a further chunk of their fortune. Roderick Newall, 41, was jailed for life in 1994 for bludgeoning...
A Town under Siege; How a Sat-Nav 'Shortcut' Is Leaving Juggernauts in a Jam, Road Blocked, Garden Walls Smashed and Tempers Frayed
Byline: PAUL SIMS IT was meant to make life that little bit easier. But for the residents of this quiet town, satellite navigation has brought nothing but trouble. For four years, juggernauts have been trying to climb St John's Hill in Shaftesbury,...
BACK TO PEAK FORM; When TV Reporter FRANK GARDNER Was Paralysed in a Terrorist Attack, He Had Just One Goal: To Take His Children Skiing Again. Here Is How He Did It .
Byline: FRANK GARDNER FOR THE long months that I lay in hospital, recovering from my Saudi bullet wounds with tubes and catheters sprouting out of me like a porcupine, I harboured a dream: I would go skiing with my children. They had been so...
Balshaw Makes Triumphant Return; Rugby Union
Byline: PETER JACKSON WORCESTER 24pts GLOUCESTER 33pts IAIN BALSHAW crowned a winning comeback in last night's ferocious Severn derby, swooping for the late try which took Gloucester back to the top of the Premiership. Worcester had fought...
BA Suspends a Christian for Wearing a Cross - but Lets Muslims Wear Hijabs
Byline: JANE MERRICK A CHRISTIAN woman has been suspended by British Airways for wearing a small cross necklace to work - while Muslims and Sikhs are allowed to wear headscarves and turbans. Heathrow check-in worker Nadia Eweida was sent home...
Betting Bosses' Endgame; COMMENT
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER THE supine behaviour of all those involved in the flotations and subsequent collapse of the online gaming companies does the reputation of the City of London no good. There is little point in nonexecutives, investment bankers,...
BHOY, WHAT A RELIEF; McGeady So Thankful That Training Knock Wasn't Much Worse
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS THE searing pain was quickly followed by a sinking deja- vu sensation. As Aiden Mc Geady and Republic of Ireland teammate Kevin Kilbane collided in a freak training ground incident in midweek, the young Celtic midfielder...
BISCUIT TIN BILLIONAIRE; He Is the Richest and Most Powerful Man in Scottish Football. So Will Dermot Desmond Use the [Pounds Sterling]677m Return from His Latest Business Deal to Indulge His Passion for Celtic?
Byline: JIM MCBETH BEHIND his back, Dermot Desmond is known as the Kaiser. Nicknames invariably reveal a deep truth about the people who bear them. The richest and most powerful man in Scottish football is no exception. His alias evokes the paternalism...
Bosses Feel Hurt with the Crocks
Byline: IAN LADYMAN AS MUCH as [pounds sterling]150million worth of talent will sit out today's Premiership action after returning from international duty carrying injuries. Under current guidelines, frustrated managers will not only be denied...
Boy Banished over 'Unhealthy' Lunch
Byline: SARAH HARRIS A BOY of ten was excluded from his school dining hall for eating the wrong kind of lunch. Ryan Stupples had to finish his meal in the headmaster's office because his packed lunch was in breach of 'healthy eating' rules. ...
Boy Banned from School Dining Hall Because His Lunch Was Too Unhealthy
Byline: SARAH HARRIS A BOY of ten was excluded from his school dining hall for eating the wrong kind of lunch. Ryan Stupples had to finish his meal in the headmaster's office because his packed lunch was in breach of 'healthy eating' rules. ...
Brewster's Star Kids Ready to Answer the Call; Cameron and Goodwillie Can Cap It All
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS THE success of two of the Scotland Under- 19 side over the past week contained echoes of a wellknown mobile phone advert. Outstanding performances from Dundee United pair Greg Cameron and David Goodwillie in the European...
Bring Them to Justice; 'Trigger-Happy' U.S. Troops Who Shot Terry Lloyd Should Stand Trial Says His Family after Coroner Rules the Killing Was Unlawful
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS;TOM KELLY A CORONER is to ask the Attorney General to consider bringing charges against U.S. troops who killed ITN reporter Terry Lloyd in Iraq. The 50-year-old correspondent died from a bullet in the head fired into the...
Bristling with Peril, the Hairy Invader
Byline: FIONA MACRAE Science Reporter A HAIRY caterpillar which can cause deadly allergic reactions has been spotted for the first time in the UK. The larva of the processionary moth, each caterpillar is adorned with up to 63,000 white bristles...
Bristling with Peril, the Hairy Invader
A HAIRY caterpillar which can cause deadly allergic reactions has been spotted for the first time in the UK. The larva of the processionary moth, each caterpillar is adorned with up to 63,000 white bristles loaded with a poison that can causes rashes,...
Britain's Clicked with Shopping on the Net
Byline: JAMES ASHTON BRITAIN'S homes and businesses have clicked with internet shopping. Online sales soared by 56pc last year to [pounds sterling]103bn. However, the growth in online household purchases, such as ordering the weekly groceries...
Cannabis Free-for-All Scrapped
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY THE HOME Office yesterday abandoned plans for a cannabis free-for-all which would have allowed users to carry enough of the drug to make thousands of joints without being prosecuted. Home Secretary John Reid formally dropped...
Cardiff Reveal Grand Design
Byline: IAN LADYMAN MAYBE it is born of natural Welsh optimism, or perhaps it is indicative of how desperate Cardiff City are to play in the Premiership. But the Championship leaders have already considered the idea of playing six topflight games...
Carers Can't Help 4ft 9in Woman of 99 Upstairs in Case She Falls on Them; Daily Mail Campaign Dignity for the Elderly
Byline: ANDY DOLAN AT 99, Edna East finds climbing the stairs a bit more of a challenge than she used to. So when her family asked her carers to help the greatgrandmother, they expected a sympathetic response. Instead the care firm contracted...
City Slickers Get [Pounds Sterling]9bn in Bonuses
Byline: BECKY BARROW CITY bonuses are likely to total almost [pounds sterling]9billion this Christmas. Soaring stock markets and frantic company take overs have helped fuel expectations of record payments. Some of the biggest players may receive...
City Stretched to Its Limits; It's High Time We Silenced the Easter Road Jibes, Declares Ex-Hibee Hartley
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN FOR Paul Hartley, Easter Road has rarely been a happy hunting ground. As a player with Hibernian the midfielder failed to set the heather alight and now, even as a successful Scotland international and Hearts stalwart,...
Clement Crabbe; More from Our Columnist, the Scabrous Clement Crabbe, of the Rockpools Register,who Takes a Wry,whimsical Look at a World Increasingly beyond Parody
ADMIRAL Basil Angostura, purple-nosed Chief of Home Defences, swayed gently like a frigate off Spithead. The Admiral was standing to attention in the Defence Secretary's office. He'd been called in for a 'carpeting - if not a complete rebuild of your...
Clive's Snub Helped Me to Be a Star, Says Cueto
Byline: PETER JACKSON MARK CUETO could have been forgiven for wondering what he had ever done to offend Sir Clive Woodward - before and after the knighthood. England's supposedly infallible talent- spotter never picked the Sale wing for his country's...
Cult Series of Events Comes to a Sorry End
Byline: PAUL SIMS AFTER 12 adventures so woeful that even its author urges readers to pick up another book, the cult series of A Series of Unfortunate Events has come to an end. The 13th and final instalment was released in the UK and in America...
Defensive Wilson Says Ends Justify Pars' Means
Byline: ROGER HANNAH SCOTT WILSON reckons Dunfermline can climb away from relegation danger by mirroring the tactics of his former Rangers boss Walter Smith. Wilson, who faces Motherwell in a bottom-of-the-table contest at Fir Park this afternoon,...
Deserter O'Connor Should Be Kicked out; Scott on Saturday
Byline: BRIAN SCOTT THERE is just over a quarter of an hour to go in Kiev on Wednesday night and Scotland are trailing 1- 0 to a 60th- minute goal by the Ukraine's Oleksandr Kucher. What can Walter Smith do to avert defeat? Pitch another man...
Diamond Geezer; Overweight, Middle-Aged and Not Afraid to Pull His Punches. So Why Does RAY WINSTONE Think He Is Sex on Legs? DAVID THOMAS Finds Out
Byline: DAVID THOMAS Ray Winstone is in his element. It's a fine, autumn day and he's turned up to talk about the second series of his ITV private detective series, Vincent, looking fit and relaxed. His face is tanned, with just a pinkish glow...
Divided They Stand with a Shaky Deal over Ulster
Byline: JANE MERRICK TONY Blair's hopes of a securing a final settlement in Northern Ireland during his Premiership evaporated last night. Three days of intensive talks in the Scottish resort of St Andrews failed to achieve a concrete agreement...
England Need Becks, Says Wenger; Becks Could Save Steve, Says Wenger
Byline: SIMON CASS ARSENE WENGER says it may be time for Steve McClaren to bring back David Beckham following England's capitulation to Croatia. The Arsenal manager cited the example of France coach Raymond Domenech, who brought Zinedine Zidane,...
Family Who Fell into a Mouse Trap
Byline: GEORGE MAIR SMALL, cuddly and easy to care for, their new owners thought they would make adorable pets. Unfortunately, the two mice found each other just as lovable - and less than a year later, there were 120 of the little creatures...
Feli City Bares All; FELICITY KENDAL Is Loved for Her Fluffy Roles Such as Barbara in the Good Life, Yet Is a Mistress of Classical Theatre, Too. Here She Tells MARY RIDDELL about Her Reconciliation with Her First Husband and the Truth Behind Those Facelift Rumours
Byline: MARY RIDDELL You would never imagine that Felicity Kendal has just turned 60. For years, she has defied age and gravity in ways that some might regard as enviable or even downright suspicious. Twice, she has been voted Rear of the Year....
Fletcher's Bid to Beat Odds
Byline: CHRIS FOY ENGLAND appear to have adopted a reflex catchphrase when assessing their prospects in one-day competition - ' We can beat anyone on our day'. It smacks of hope rather than expectation and sums up the mood going into the Champions...
Flying Footsie at 5-Year High; MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER THERE was no stopping the fabulous Footsie as it jumped a further 36 points to a five-year high of 6,157.3. The FTSE 250 fared even better, rising a further 52.3 points to a record 10,399.6 to take its gain for the year so...
Foul Throw? Gymnast Whose Football Stunt Puts Opponents (and Referees) in a Spin
WHEN gymnast Glenn Smith turns his talents to football, he knows how to throw the opposition - and the referee. The 24-year-old can launch a ball almost the full length of the pitch with spectacular somersault-style throw-ins. The technique is...
From Rookies to Cookies; Afraid of Your Own Kitchen? Can't Cook, Won't Cook? JILL PARKIN Meets JUN TANAKA, the Rising TV Chef Who Really Knows His Onions - and Can Teach Culinary Novices How to Peel Them without Tears
Byline: JILL PARKIN Something wet and grey is clinging to the rolling pin, there's eggshell on the floor and a terrible smell of burning in the air. Chef Jun Tanaka is trying to get the nation cooking again, and it's an uphill struggle. A smoke...
Gamble on the Gambia; Winter Sun at Knockdown Prices, Exotic Locations - and No Jet Lag. Sound Too Good to Be True? MARTIN SYMINGTON Finds It All in the Wilds of West Africa
Byline: MARTIN SYMINGTON THE GAMBIA once had a reputation for sex tourism, indifferent food and crime. No longer. Thanks to government- backed reforms, it is now all about eco-retreats, spa hotels, award-winning 'responsible tourism' initiatives,...
Gardening
Byline: CHRIS BEARDSHAW THE azure blue flowers of the Mediterranean herb borage are still blooming in gardens and fields around the UK, where it has now naturalised. While it is not a typical addition to the modern herb garden, it is well worth...
General's Salvo That Rocked No10; (1) How the Spin Doctors Launched Operation Damage Limitation (2) a Very Honest General
Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN;JANE MERRICK WITHIN minutes of news of General Sir Richard Dannatt's explosive intervention, Labour's well-oiled spin machine swung into action. Tony Blair's senior aides were totally unprepared for Sir Richard's extraordinary...
Harry Looks Fedorable at Chelsy's 21st
Byline: REBECCA ENGLISH PRINCE Harry put on the razzle-dazzle for his girlfriend's Roaring 20s themed birthday party last night. The notoriously scruffy prince hired a black-and-white suit and fedora for the party to celebrate Chelsy Davy's 21st...
Hero Armed with Faith
Byline: FIONA BARTON GENERAL Sir Richard Dannatt is a modest man. When he was just 23, fresh out of Sandhurst, the young platoon commander in the Green Howards was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry while serving in Northern Ireland. ...
Hurricane Still a Force to Be Reckoned with; ON THE TV FLAT RACING
Byline: WALTER SWINBURN 3.30NEWMARKET THE French, without a win in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes since 1994, should clean up. Pride may look their best option after her fast-finishing second in the Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe behind Rail Link...
I'll Go on until I'm 40, Joe Warns the Scorpion
Byline: NICK PARKINSON JOE CALZAGHE admits that repeating the career-best performance which outpointed and outclassed American Jeff Lacy may be difficult tonight. The undefeated Welshman makes his 19th defence of the WBO super-middleweight title...
Jack Places Great Faith in Falkirk's Likely Lads
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS FALKIRK captain Jack Ross does not need to draw on his university degree in economics to detect a shortage of experience amongst his side's defence. However, the Bairns skipper insists that what his team-mates lack in...
Jones Gives Irish a Kick in the Teeth; Shock Borders Triumph
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON 22 LEINSTER 19 LEINSTER went from the sublime to the ridiculous as they crashed to a shock defeat against the Magners League basement dwellers. Fresh from their momentous victory over Munster before a record crowd of...
Kriss Trial Trio 'Were Brought Back from Pakistan'
Byline: BRIAN HORNE THREE men accused of the alleged race-hate murder of a Scottish schoolboy were brought back from Pakistan by detectives, a court heard yesterday. Sergeant Malcolm Mitchell told the High Court in Edinburgh how he travelled...
LADIES OF LONDONgRAD; (1) HOW I SEE IT (2) Homes a Snip at [Pounds Sterling]70 Million. A Diamond Shop Where You Can't Spend LESS Than [Pounds Sterling]25,000. Welcome to the Dizzying World of the Russian Superrich Taking over the Capital
Byline: ROBERT HARDMAN A FLICK through the property section says it all, really. Turn the page and here is a full-page colour ad, placed by one of our leading estate agents. It shows a newly-built pile with swirling staircases and cascading pools....
Last Hope to Salvage Sea Containers
Byline: MANFREDA CAVAZZA BOSSES at Sea Containers, owner of rail firm GNER, will hold last ditch talks with creditors this weekend, though it is widely expected to seek bankruptcy protection. The ailing company, which is listed on the New York...
Life Is Sweet
Byline: MATTHEW JUKES Spain and Portugal are at the front of the queue when looking for wines to drink with cakes and puds. Having said this, Australia does well today, too, with a light, fruity Wine of the Week for fresh fruit desserts, and a crazy,...
Long Road to Justice for Couple's Dispute over Speed Bumps; Sheriff Orders Neighbour to Remove Obstacles after Three-Year Battle
Byline: ALISTAIR MUNRO IN reality, it is only a short stretch of private driveway that most cars can traverse in under a minute. But now a three- year legal dispute between the two families who share it has finally reached the end of a very long,...
Lose Your Head in France! Marie Antoinette the Movie Opens Next Week. We Explore Her Chateaux
Byline: JULIA BROOKES AS MARIE ANTOINETTE, starring Hollywood beauty Kirsten Dunst, hits cinemas on Friday, the lid will be lifted on the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by pre-Revolutionary France's most notorious queen. And director Sofia Coppola didn't...
MADDEST Ever Must-Haves
Byline: NATALIE THEO WHEN the shopping list for a new wardrobe includes a [pounds sterling]54,000 dress and shoes for nearly [pounds sterling]1,000, you know it contains treats beyond most people's wildest dreams. But for the serious - and seriously...
MADONNA WITHOUT CHILD; Star Flies Home Empty Handed after Leaving It Too Late to Apply for a Passport for the African Baby She's Adopted
Byline: NATALIE CLARKE MADONNA is a woman who is used to having things done her way. She came to Malawi to adopt a baby and thought she could bypass all the rules that mere mortals have to follow. In the early hours of yesterday, she discovered,...
Make Me Lord of the Rings
Byline: PAUL SCULTHORPE St Helens and Great Britain captain PAUL SCULTHORPE gives his exclusive preview to today's Grand Final showdown against Hull. I AM banking on my team-mates to win me a fourth gold ring by beating Hull at Old Trafford tonight....
McClaren Fired! but for Now It's Only by His PR Guru Max Clifford End of Macca and Max's Double Act
Byline: CHARLES SALE BELEAGUERED England coach Steve McClaren was yesterday sacked by his own spin doctor, Max Clifford, in the latest fallout from the horrendous midweek defeat in Croatia. PR guru Clifford believes he can no longer act for McClaren...
Meet the Couple Who Drove 10,000 Miles to Mongolia in a [Pounds Sterling]200 Ford Fiesta (.and They're Still Talking!)
Byline: OLIVER COLEMAN NEITHER of them had ever so much as changed a tyre - and their longest road trip together had been a modest 240-mile drive down to Manchester. So when Adam Wasiak and Julie Makelow took an ageing hatchback on an epic 10,000-mile...
Minerals Could Help Us to Mine Our Way off the Bottom, Says Irvine
Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS FORGET the Champions League theme tune. The orchestral cadences of Zadok The Priest have no place here. The more unkind might suggest that the theme from The Benny Hill Show would serve as more appropriate musical accompaniment...
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...
Motoring
Byline: RAY MASSEY *THEY may be cheap, but they also keep their customers cheerful. A recent study by consumer data experts Wegener DM put Malaysia's Proton Cars UK in the top five car manufacturers when it comes to customer satisfaction. It...
Murder Bid by Husband Freed Early from Prison
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT A BODYBUILDER tried to murder his wife in a frenzied knife attack the day after he was freed from jail for a domestic assault. John Getgood had been released halfway through a 12- month sentence under rules allowing automatic...
My Daddy Told Me; Actor TIM PIGGOTT-SMITH, 60, Tells YVONNE SWANN How His Late Father Harry, a Local Newspaper Editor, Taught Him a Love of Language and Was Still Walking Three Miles a Day When in His 90s
Byline: YVONNE SWANN My dad, Harry, who only died last year at the age of 95, was a huge influence - I'm an only child. He was a journalist and met my mother, Peggy, in Rugby. He then spent some very happy years in Nairobi, Kenya, working for...
MY DAY BEHInd the Veil; Does Wearing the Veil REALLY Oppress Women? We Asked a Feminist Writer to Spend a Day Wearing the Burqa. What She Found Opened Her Eyes
Byline: ROSIE BOYCOTT AS I walk along a London street I feel completely cut off from the world around me. I'm in it, yet I'm apart. I'm wearing a burqa, the full length Islamic veil that covers not only a woman's body, but her head and face as...
My Greedy Daughter; Farmer Says [Pounds Sterling]2.5m Estate Left to His 'Adulterous' Girl Should Belong to Him
Byline: NICK MCDERMOTT A FARMER at the centre of a family feud over a [pounds sterling]2.5million estate yesterday called his daughter an 'outright liar' and a serial adulterer in court. Jane Walker was jointly left her grandfather's farm in...
My Teenage Years; Singer PAUL YOUNG, 50, Lives in Hertfordshire and Has Three Children. He Tells PAULA KERR about Life as a Music-Mad Youngster
Byline: PAULA KERR My teenage years were spent in Luton. My dad worked at the Vauxhall factory, making car frames. My older brother, Mark, and I shared a room and slept in bunk beds, while my younger sister, Joanne, had a room of her own. I had...
No-Show Don Is Banned for Only Three Months; Drugs Row
Byline: CATHY WOOD WORLD triathlon champion Tim Don has been banned for three months for missing three out of competition drug tests in 18 months. Don, 28, the son of former football referee supremo Philip Don and one of Britain's best hopes...
NOT THEIR FINEST HOUR; Arabella Churchill Was the Apple of Her Grandfather Winston's Eye. Now She Lives the Life of an Eccentric Hippy ... and Her Son Stands Accused of Running a [Pounds Sterling]5million Drugs Ring. What WOULD the Great Man Say?
Byline: GEOFFREY LEVY THE day was lovely, an emotional mixture of tears and laughter, and for Arabella Churchill it was worth everything to fly to Australia to be at her son Jake Barton's wedding. It was the moment for which Sir Winston Churchill's...
O'Brien Confident Ahead of the Dewhurst Rematch
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE IT seems highly significant that Aidan O'Brien has decided to take on Teofilo again with his Longchamp winner Holy Roman Emperor in today's competitive Darley Dewhurst Stakes. Teofilo, named after the great Cuban heavyweight...
O'Connor Tries to Belittle Scots Absence; Garry Reveals His Reasons
Byline: ROGER HANNAH SCOTLAND refusenik Garry O'Connor last night risked the further wrath of Walter Smith by claiming the row over his international absence was making 'a mountain out of a molehill'. O'Connor broke cover yesterday for the first...
Only a Year Ago They Created 24-Hour Licensing. Now, with Binge Drinking out of Control, Ministers Are Giving Tips to the Young on How to Stay Sober; Drink
Byline: TIM SHIPMAN A MAJOR campaign to stamp out teenage binge drinking will begin next week offering apparently obvious advice about the perils of alcohol. But it makes no mention of Labour's move to round-the-clock drinking following the biggest...
Platell's People; Depressed, Mr Blunkett? Not as Much as We Are
Byline: AMANDA PLATELL NOT since Jeffrey Archer's Prison Diaries have we seen such a preposterous bid for personal redemption as The Blunkett Tapes. On page after page of these mendacious memoirs, the former Home Secretary dismissed his repeated...
Plots-for-Profits Scheme Will Sell Sites to Builders
ONE to watch is Ptarmigan Property, which has been trading on Aim for just over a year. Its premise is very simple - it offers a tax efficient way of investing in land. The fund is advised by a private partnership, Falcon, which goes out and finds...
Pompey Prove That Foreign Affairs Can Do Power of Good; MOTTY'S Match of the Day
Byline: JOHN MOTSON THE vexed question of club ownership and overseas investment is perfectly encapsulated in today's meeting between Portsmouth and West Ham, which I am covering at Fratton Park. On the one hand, a club rescued from collapse...
[Pounds Sterling]10,000 Investigation into the Men Who Cried Baa
Byline: ANDREW LEVY THE inquiry has lasted more than a year and cost the best part of [pounds sterling]10,000. Witness statements have been taken and a 300-page report compiled. And the alleged crime being investigated so exhaustively? A dastardly...
PRICE Watch; Travel
With half term just around the corner, another seasonal exit from the country looms. Some late availability remains, but if not, here's an idea of what you could get for your money next time round [pounds sterling]6,900 FOR A FAMILY OF THREE ...
Queen of Crime; BEHIND THE SCENESPlaying Jane Tennison, the Tough, Hard-Drinking Top Cop in Prime Suspect, Has Defined HELEN MIRREN's Career. as She Films the Final Episode, TIM OGLETHORPE Goes on Set to Find Why the Role Is the One for Which She'll Be Best Remembered
Byline: TIM OGLETHORPE of crime of crime Bath House is a drab and unremarkable office block in Holborn, central London, the kind found in cities all over Britain. But, inside, the fifth floor is crammed with lights, cameras and all the paraphernalia...
Regrets? Steve May Have a Few; WOOLDRIDGE
Byline: IAN WOOLDRIDGE ALREADY the poison pens and a few blunt instruments are out for Steve McClaren. Even I, who mostly observe football as from a distant planet, could have reasonably predicted that. It has been classic deja vu, a rerun...
Relaxation and Rest Puts the Sparkle Back into Naismith
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN 'Since returning from that visit there, I haven't played great. It has been one thing and another. 'I didn't get a break that week, while the rest of the team did and it really all built up. 'I was becoming really lethargic...
Repentant Cooke Puts Dark Days Behind Him
Byline: RICHARD BOTT PAUL COOKE knows he could have been contemplating a custodial sentence this week instead of his first Super League Grand Final. The 25-year-old Hull FC stand off is not the first professional sportsman to face the public...
Rooney? He'll Be Just Fine
Byline: IAN LADYMAN JUST as dealing with David Beckham often felt like having a film star in his squad, so Sir Alex Ferguson has grown used to the unique demands of managing Wayne Rooney. Not that Rooney asks for special treatment. Far from it....
Savaged by a Wild Pig; Terror of Horse Woman as Porker Grabs Her in Its Jaws
A WOMAN needed hospital treatment after an enraged pig charged the horse she was riding and savaged her when she was thrown to the ground. Carolyn Robinson, 51, feared for her life as the 'huge' animal hurtled at her. With broken ribs and concussion...
SAVE OUR SHARKS; as Monsters of the Deep Return to Scots Waters, a Former Hunter Is Helping to Protect Them
Byline: JIM MCBETH IN coastal water painted iron-grey by the fading October light, Howard McCrindle's vessel i s heaving in the wake of one of the largest creatures on earth. As the 40ft behemoth passes, he admits part of him still wants to kill...
Sebo Can't Help Being a Smiling Assassin
Byline: ROGER HANNAH WHEN last spotted in public, Filip Sebo wore a smile so wide that not even the Slovakian flag handed to him by a Rangers fan could mask it. The new hero of the Ibrox faithful - a Desperate Danlookalike for a new era - had...
SNP's Time Has Come, Says Salmond
Byline: STUART NICOLSON ALEX Salmond yesterday claimed Scots were crying out for change as he pledged to oust Jack McConnell. The SNP leader also said it was time for Scotland to 'think big', as he promised to end student debt and deliver a fair...
SOAP WATCH; Waspish and Witty - Insight into TV Soaps
Byline: JACI STEPHEN Will anyone ever be happy? Not if this week's Coronation Street was anything to go by. No sooner was Bev talking about 'beinappy', and Fred claiming that he and she were going to have 'manyappyearstergether' than he popped his...
Sonko Is Tackling His Hero Drogba
Byline: IAN GIBB THEY call him Superman at the Madejski Stadium but even Clark Kent could not make a bigger transformation from nice guy to superhero than Reading central defender Ibrahima Sonko. The Senegalese-born, Parisraised 25-year- old...
So You Want to Be a Mother? First, Smear Jam on the Walls and Put Bread in the Video; Move over Supernanny! Our Hopeless Housewife Turns Agony Aunt to Answer Your Questions on Parenting, Sex and Those Shop Girls from Hell
Byline: DEBORAH ROSS AS MY tips last week were greeted so enthusiastically - yes, you all agreed, sea monkeys are quite the best pets to put down a waste disposal unit once the novelty has worn off - I am prompted to dispense with yet more advice...
Sportingbet Sells US Arm for a Dollar
Byline: TAMSIN BROWN SPORTINGBET and Leisure & Gaming flogged their US businesses for a dollar each, as President Bush outlawed online gambling in America. Just four months ago, Sportingbet's US arm was worth [pounds sterling]1bn. The ban...
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Byline: CHARLES SALE THE fortunate juxtaposition of the TV cameras homing in on England keeper Paul Robinson's airkick and the perimeter advertising showing Borat in the background is a remarkable promotional coup for Sacha Baron Cohen's new film....
STAR WITH GORD ON HIS SIDE; Selected by the Chancellor to Help Resurrect His Local Club, This Former Old Firm Footballer Now Plans to Help Ailing Members of His Own Flock
Byline: JONATHAN BROCKLEBANK SOMETHING has got into professional footballer Marvin Andrews. One minute he was chatting on his mobile phone, the next, the most extraordinary thing ... It was like a higher power had reached down, taken hold of him...
Summit to Celebrate; Thousands of Walkers Are Putting on Their Boots to Mark the Anniversary of the Man Who First Listed Scotland's Mountains
Byline: GEORGE MAIR HE gave his name to Scotland's highest mountains, listing all the peaks over 3,000ft. 'Bagging' his collection of 284 tops has become one of the country's most popular outdoor pastimes. And, this weekend, hundreds of walkers...
Supercasino at the Dome 'May Trigger More Crime'
Byline: GORDON RAYNER A SUPERCASINO at the Millennium Dome could fuel an increase in crime, suicide and bankruptcy, a report has warned. The assessment by PricewaterhouseCoopers says that people living close to the Dome in Greenwich, South East...