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Articles from October 26, 2006

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1m Nursery Places at Risk as Top-Up Fees Are Outlawed
Byline: KIRSTY WALKER ONE million nursery places could be lost because of Labour's plans to penalise middleclass parents who pay extra for better childcare, campaigners said yesterday. Leading nursery care providers say parents will struggle...
20 Years Ago, the Big Bang Changed Everything at the LSE; City FOCUS
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER MENTION Big Bang to many professionals still wheeling and dealing in the City and they will cry into their beer. Twenty years ago, the cosy gentlemen's club and old trading floor of the London Stock Exchange, which housed endearing...
"300 TO PARK AT YOUR HOME; Crackdown on the Gas Guzzlers Will Spread Nationwide
Byline: JAMES SLACK MOTORISTS will be charged hundreds of pounds to park outside their own home in a scheme which is expected to spread nationwide. A council is to make owners of so-called 'gas guzzling' cars pay 300 for a permit. The fee...
A Bhoy for Life; I've Been Bitten by the Celtic Bug, Says Idolised Striker Jan
Byline: PETER JARDINE JAN VENNEGOOR of Hesselink hinted last night that he could stay at Celtic for the rest of his career. The towering Dutchman, who has scored three goals in four games for Gordon Strachan following his [pounds sterling]3.5million...
Academically Superior and Part of Our Heritage, So Why in God's Name Are We Trying to Destroy OUR Faith Schools?
Byline: STEPHEN GLOVER THREE weeks ago, the Church of England announced that it intended to set aside 25 per cent of places for non-Anglicans in any new church schools it might create. On the face of it, this seemed a generous and broadminded gesture...
A Holiday? Just the Job! CAREER MAIL
Byline: JAMES CONEY AS THE package holiday goes out of fashion, families are turning to travel agents to help them plan tailor-made trips instead. Out of a total of 44 million holidays taken by UK travellers last year, only 18.5 million were...
A Lovechild? She Had Too Much Grace
Byline: JOHN MACLEOD IF further testimony were needed to the sad decline in standing of the British monarchy, coverage of the preposterous legal action of Robert Brown, a geeky 51-year-old accountant from Jersey, must be conclusive proof. Mr...
America in Uproar over Radio Host's Jibes at Sick Fox
Byline: BARRY WIGMORE AMERICA has rounded on a radio talk show host who criticised Michael J Fox for appearing in a series of TV commercials while shaking uncontrollably from Parkinson's disease. Rush Limbaugh accused the actor of exaggerating...
Andy's Cup Plea: Don't Pick Henman
Byline: KATE KIRWAN ANDY MURRAY cast doubt yesterday on the wisdom of bringing Tim Henman back into Great Britain's Davis Cup squad, despite captain John Lloyd's attempt to persuade him to play alongside the young Scot. Lloyd and new coach Peter...
Anger as Police Spend "30,000 to Hire 'Retired' PR Man Again
Byline: GAVIN MADELEY A SENIOR official at a Scottish police force was last night embroiled in a 'jobs for the boys' row over a deal to rehire him days after he retires. Dan Hewitt, corporate communications manager at Lothian and Borders Police,...
Anger as Police Spend [Pounds Sterling]30,000 to Hire 'Retired' PR Man Again
Byline: GAVIN MADELEY A SENIOR official at a Scottish police force was last night embroiled in a 'jobs for the boys' row over a deal to rehire him days after he retires. Dan Hewitt, corporate communications manager at Lothian and Borders Police,...
A Seven-Day Party on Two Continents. Twelve Outfits, Oceans of Krug and a "2M Magazine Deal. You Are Cordially Invited to Liz Hurley's (Oh So Tasteful) Wedding; Femail
Byline: RICHARD PRICE GIVEN her talent for show-stopping public appearances, Elizabeth Hurley's forthcoming wedding will surely be an occasion for celebrity-watchers to savour. Spread out over seven days on two continents, and kept afloat on...
A Seven-Day Party on Two Continents. Twelve Outfits, Oceans of Krug and a [Pounds Sterling]2m Magazine Deal. You Are Cordially Invited to Liz Hurley's (Oh So Tasteful) Wedding; Femail
Byline: RICHARD PRICE GIVEN her talent for show-stopping public appearances, Elizabeth Hurley's forthcoming wedding will surely be an occasion for celebrity-watchers to savour. Spread out over seven days on two continents, and kept afloat on...
As Their Favourite Music Played, the Couple Who Could Not Bear the Thought of Life Apart Drifted Away Together
Byline: PAUL SIMS THEY had been inseparable for the best part of 60 years. But as their health failed, James and Hilda Bedell faced the prospect of one of them being left alone. They decided neither of them could bear it. So, with music playing...
Balls Bounces into Space; COMMENT
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER IF ANYONE doubted the ambition of Ed Balls they cannot any longer. Since taking over as Economic Secretary at the Treasury he has been behaving like a dog on heat. When his mentor Gordon Brown was in Singapore last month...
Baz Bamigboye's Verdict
Byline: BAZ BAMIGBOYE SACHA Baron Cohen and his director Larry Charles shot over 400 hours of footage for this movie. Then they spent months finely editing it to just under two hours. It boils down to the funniest 120 minutes to hit the big screen...
Beauty Insider; in This Occasional New Column, Beauty Expert Julia Stringer (Formerly Carling), Author of Beauty Scoop, Shares Her Trade Secrets on Looking Great
Byline: JULIA STRINGER Check it out IT CAN be very frustrating when you hit on a fantastic product, but then find it has been discontinued. This is what happened to Clinique's Gentle Light Makeup in 2005. Customer services were inundated with...
BE Crisis Could Spark a Winter of Discontent
Byline: SAM FLEMING BRITISH industry could face enforced cuts in energy use for the first time since the early 1970s because of the crisis at the country's biggest nuclear generator. Power cuts at struggling British Energy may mean one in four...
Bent's Thunderbolt; 'Forgotten' Striker Is a Winner for Boss Dowie
Byline: IAN GIBBS MARCUS BENT, largely ignored as a starting striker this season, seized his chance and came up with a goal that could yet help save manager Iain Dowie's job as Charlton boss. The much- travelled Bent, brought in by previous manager...
Britain's Celeb-Ocrats; New Blood Edges out Blue Blood
Byline: BETH HALE FOR more than 200 years, it has been the blueblood's bible. Rating a mention in one of Debrett's worthy tomes used to point to aristocratic leanings. These days, in an attempt to revamp its dusty image, it's not who you are...
British Face Swop; Surgeon Wins Go-Ahead for World's First Full Transplant
Byline: FIONA MACRAE THE world's first full face transplant will take place in Britain within months, doctors announced yesterday. The astonishing operation - described as 'the holy grail of plastic surgery' - will be carried out on a severely...
Can We Still Call Our Homes Our Castles? COMMENT
IT used to be said that an Englishman's home was his castle - and that went for the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish too. On one level the saying meant simply that every Briton, in all but the most exceptional circumstances, had the right to turn...
Can We Still Call Our Homes Our Castles? COMMENT
IT used to be said that an Englishman's home was his castle " and that went for the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish too. On one level the saying meant simply that every Briton, in all but the most exceptional circumstances, had the right to turn...
Charles 'Will Press for a Multi-Faith Coronation'
Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN;REBECCA ENGLISH PRINCE Charles wants a multi-faith coronation ceremony, it is claimed today. In a dramatic break with history, he says the traditional Christian service in Westminster Abbey should be followed by a ceremony...
Chasing Casey Tempts Howell to Risk Millions
Byline: GRAHAM OTWAY DAVID HOWELL is ready to risk millions of pounds in prizemoney for the chance to be crowned Europe's No 1 golfer. The English Ryder Cup star, in Spain for the Volvo Masters, is nursing a shoulder injury and knows rest is...
Child Autism Link to Low-Fertility Parents
Byline: JENNY HOPE COUPLES with fertility problems are three times more likely to have a child affected by severe disorders including autism and cancer, say U.S. researchers. A study has revealed that the extra risk is mostly caused by health...
Ciao Papa! at the Age of 14, out of the Blue, an English Schoolgirl Received a Letter from the Italian Father She'd Never Known. It Was the Start of a Magical but Fiery Relationship
Byline: HELENA FRITH POWELL THE last time Helena Frith Powell had seen her father was when she was three years old and her mother was leaving him to return to England. Then one day, when Helena was 14, a letter from him arrived on the doormat of...
Conman Foster Hurt Leaping from Bridge to Escape Police
Byline: RICHARD SHEARS PETER Foster, the notorious conman involved in the Cheriegate affair, is under armed police guard in hospital after leaping from a bridge as he tried to avoid arrest. The 44-year-old Australian is wanted by the authorities...
Could This Highly Respectable, Conventional and Utterly Decent Accountant Really Be Princess Margaret's Secret Son?
Byline: GEOFFREY LEVY HOW much easier it would be to write this if Robert Brown was one of those attention-seeking weirdos who pop up from time to time, adding to the nation's much-needed gaiety with extraordinary claims to ancient dukedoms and...
Councils Will Be 'Bribed' to Take Nuclear Waste Dump
Byline: STUART NICOLSON SCOTTISH councils are to be offered multimillion pound 'bribes' to encourage them to take a massive underground nuclear waste dump. Environment Secretary David Miliband yesterday revealed the plan as he announced a [pounds...
Critics' Choice
FILM: ANASTASIA, 10.15am, Ch4 20TH CENTURY FOX were clearly aiming to knock Disney from their perch with this classically animated retelling of the story of the last Russian princess. Lots of action and romance, plus a great villain, Rasputin (pictured...
David Was Very Ill and I Panicked . . . I Didn't Want to Leave Him in the Orphanage; MADONNA DEFENDS HER ADOPTION OF AFRICAN BABY AND ACCUSES HIS FAMILY OF NEVER GOING TO SEE HIM
Byline: BARRY WIGMORE;RICHARD SIMPSON CUDDLING the African baby she controversially adopted from Malawi, Madonna has claimed that his life would have been in danger without her intervention. Interviewed on U.S. television via a video link, she...
Did School Bullies Drive Teenager to Shoot Himself ? Police to Quiz Classmates after Boy's Suicide with Father's Shotgun
Byline: ALISTAIR MUNRO POLICE are investigating whether a 15-year-old boy who shot himself with his father's shotgun had been bullied at school. As the family of John Ross MacKenzie appealed for ' time alone' to grieve , detectives were trying...
Doctors Missed Airgun Pellet in Boy's Throat
Byline: STUART PATTERSON A SCHOOLBOY injured in an airgun attack was given the all- clear by doctors - despite having a pellet lodged in his throat. Tony Wallace, ten, was targeted by thugs in August while he was out looking for his younger sister....
Doctors Who Don't Wash Their Hands 'Are as Bad as Drink-Drivers'
Byline: JULIE WHELDON HOSPITAL staff who fail to wash their hands are as irresponsible as drink-drivers, a Government adviser said yesterday. In a hard-hitting attack on the rise of the hospital superbug, Sir John Oldham said: 'Given the existence...
Double Standards BA; Airline Says Woman in Cross Row Can Return If She Works in a Back Room, but It Admits That Muslim Staff Could Wear Veils
Byline: JANE MERRICK;TOM KELLY;GORDON RAYNER BRITISH Airways was accused of appalling double standards last night after admitting that Muslim staff may be allowed to wear veils " just weeks after it sent home a Christian for wearing a cross. ...
EVERY CHANCE; Vennegoor of Hesselink Nails His Colours to the Mast as a Parkhead Icon
Byline: PETER JARDINE HE HAS consistently been described as the striker with the biggest name in Europe and will brook no abbreviation across his shoulder blades. And a maiden Champions League performance against Rio Ferdinand quickly confirmed...
Families Are Barred from Smoking in Their Homes
Byline: BEN CLERKIN TENS of thousands of people will be banned from smoking in their own homes by council bureaucrats. They will be asked to stop smoking while carers, social workers or maintenance staff are visiting. It is believed to be...
Fired, the Deputy Head Who Refused to Take Tearaway on a Class Outing
Byline: LAURA CLARK AFTER 28 years' shepherding children on school trips, Anne Jago thought she could cope with even the worst behaved. Then she met her match in an 11-year- old tearaway with a record of violence towards other youngsters. ...
Fireworks for Kate and Pete!
Byline: RICHARD KAY HER previous parties have set the benchmark for unbridled debauchery, so Kate Moss's neighbours would be well advised to batten down the hatches and reach for the earplugs next week when the supermodel holds her latest thrash....
First Night Review
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS A NUMBER By Caryl Churchill Studio Theatre, Sheffield BIT OF a pencil-sucker, this one. An old man, a humdrum sort in zip-up cardigan and plasticated soles, has flirted in his youth with the cloning industry. He has...
Foreign Truckers 'Putting British Lives in Danger'
Byline: BEN TAYLOR FOREIGN lorry drivers are risking the lives of British motorists by exceeding their work hours, a senior police officer warned yesterday. They are also driving unroadworthy vehicles, overloading their lorries - and many can't...
Girl Dies as She Drinks Water Laced with Date Rape Drug
Byline: BEN TAYLOR A YOUNG graduate collapsed and died after swallowing a bottle of mineral water which contained the 'date rape' drug GHB. Rute Marques, 22, had innocently picked up the opened drink at her flat. Within hours she had suffered...
Go-Ahead for Ravenscraig Town as Lords Reject Bid to Halt "1Bn Project
Byline: MAUREEN CULLEY PLANS for a 1billion new town on the site of the former Ravenscraig steelworks are set to go ahead after an attempt to scupper the scheme was thrown out by the House of Lords. Developers with interests in nearby town shopping...
Go-Ahead for Ravenscraig Town as Lords Reject Bid to Halt [Pounds Sterling]1bn Project
Byline: MAUREEN CULLEY PLANS for a [pounds sterling]1billion new town on the site of the former Ravenscraig steelworks are set to go ahead after an attempt to scupper the scheme was thrown out by the House of Lords. Developers with interests...
Going for "825,000, Gorgeous George's Rebel HQ; FIVE BEDROOMS, A BIG TEDDY AND A PICTURE OF CHE...MP GALLOWAY THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
Byline: TAHIRA YAQOOB WITH its five bedrooms, large garden and spacious reception areas, it seems the ultimate middle- class suburban family residence. Only the picture of Che Guevara at the top of the stairs betrays the truth. This is the...
Going for [Pounds Sterling]825,000, Gorgeous George's Rebel HQ; FIVE BEDROOMS, A BIG TEDDY AND A PICTURE OF CHE...MP GALLOWAY THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
Byline: TAHIRA YAQOOB WITH its five bedrooms, large garden and spacious reception areas, it seems the ultimate middle- class suburban family residence. Only the picture of Che Guevara at the top of the stairs betrays the truth. This is the...
Graduate Dies after Drinking Water Laced with Date Rape Drug; Police Suspect Bottle Innocently Picked Up at Flat Was for Use by Clubbers
Byline: BEN TAYLOR A YOUNG graduate collapsed and died after swallowing a bottle of mineral water which contained the 'date rape' drug GHB. Rute Marques, 22, had innocently picked up the opened drink at a friend's flat. Within hours she had...
Greeks Free 'Air Rage' Scots on Bail
Byline: PAUL ANAST TWO Scots jailed after an alleged drunken 'air rage' incident at the height of the recent terrorism scare will be free within hours, according to Greek officials last night. But the pair, Graeme McDonnell and Pieter Meinen,...
HAMMERS'STRIFE; Fat-Cat Players Fall out as Pardew Loses His Grip
Byline: NEIL ASHTON WHILE Alan Pardew was clutching a bottle of beer beneath the main stand at Saltergate on Tuesday, his grip on the West Ham team that he led to the FA Cup Final five months ago was slipping through his fingers. Less than 10...
Has This TV Drama Driven a Grieving Widow to Her FIFTH Suicide Attempt? as the Story of the Despairing Parents Who Waded into the Sea in Tenerife Is Turned into a Film
Byline: AMANDA CABLE THE group of television executives who met this week to review their major new drama were convinced they had good reason to be pleased with themselves. Indeed, their programme has all the ingredients to be a huge success. ...
Having a (Masked) Ball! What Were Junkie Kate and Pete, a Harlequin Lizzie Jagger and Scarlett Johansson Doing at an Oh-So-Decadent Party?
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON THE MASKED ball was a byword for debauchery and excess in the days when Strawberry Hill House was owned by the waspish playwright Horace Walpole. Almost 300 years later, it seems that nothing much has changed, as the Gothic...
He Is 6ft 8in and Turned Down Hungry to Play; That's Why Hadden Is Thrilled to Call in New Boy Hamilton
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON SCOTLAND coach Frank Hadden yesterday named giant Leicester Tigers lock James Hamilton in his national squad - after the Swindon-born 23-year- old turned down the chance to represent England. 'I didn't go chasing him....
Help Ma Boab, Oor Wullie's Worth "1,500
Byline: KURT BAYER AN original sketch of Scottish cartoon favourite Oor Wullie by legendary artist Dudley D. Watkins has sold for an incredible 1,500. The pen-and-ink sketch of the spiky-haired schoolboy, dressed in his trademark dungarees and...
Help Ma Boab, Oor Wullie's Worth [Pounds Sterling]1,500
Byline: KURT BAYER AN original sketch of Scottish cartoon favourite Oor Wullie by legendary artist Dudley D. Watkins has sold for an incredible [pounds sterling]1,500. The pen-and-ink sketch of the spiky-haired schoolboy, dressed in his trademark...
How Chris De Burgh's Touch Cured My Paralysis
Byline: LUCRETIA MUNRO WHEN he claimed to have 'healing hands', experts were understandably sceptical. But last night, a woman stepped forward claiming to be living proof that Chris de Burgh can work miracles. Marisa Mackle, 33, told how the...
How Clean Are the Green Machines? They May Be Fashionable, but Could You Live with One?
Byline: MICHAEL HANLON;NICK MCDERMOTT BIG, powerful cars are becoming seriously unfashionable. And now Richmond upon Thames borough council has taken up arms against the gas guzzlers. The reason is that a fifth of Britain's carbon dioxide emissions...
How Garden Makeovers Force Birds to Take F Light
Byline: MIKE LARKIN FOR as long as anyone can remember, they have been a familiar and welcome addition to Scotland's gardens. But now experts fear we could be killing off common birds such as the sparrow, starling and thrush - thanks to our passion...
How to Join the Fast Track, and Stay on It; Career Mail
Byline: LINDA WHITNEY AMBITIOUS? Want to reach the top fast? It's all about choosing the right sector to get your talents noticed - and rewarded. 'The best are growth sectors where your personal efforts are highly visible,' says Peter Fenner,...
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER; (the Gospel of Gordon)
Byline: TOM BROWN ON Sunday, Gordon Brown will return to the church where his father, the Rev John Ebenezer Brown, preached. He will introduce Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, who will deliver the annual Adam Smith lecture at Kirkcaldy's...
JOE THE STORM TROUPER; Cole Makes Light of Rain Then Kalou Wraps It Up
Byline: PETER FERGUSON MARK HUGHES reached his 100th game in charge of Rovers but it was Joe Cole who was celebrating on a wet and wild Ewood Park night. England midfielder Cole, making his first start after a pre- season knee injury, put Chelsea...
Kellogg's Puts Extra Salt in Its 'Healthy' UK Cereals
Byline: BECKY BARROW SOME breakfast cereals sold in Britain contain more than double the amount of salt or sugar they do in the U.S., campaigners revealed yesterday. Kellogg's brands such as All-Bran and Special K are much more unhealthy than...
Laughter by the Cartload as Borat and His Babes Ride In
Byline: SAM GREENHILL;KRISTINA PEDERSEN THERE were peasants, prostitutes, several barrels of fermented horse urine and possibly the most politically incorrect speech Britain has ever heard. Borat, Kazakhstan's infamous TV reporter, was in town....
Lee Hauls United out of the Fire
Byline: IVAN SPECK A GOAL two minutes from the end of extra time from United teenager Kieran Lee kept the holders afloat at Gresty Road last night and broke Crewe's hearts. The home side had earned another half- hour after the dangerous Luke...
Liverpool's Spirits Sent Soaring at the Double
Byline: CHRIS WHEELER FOR all the controversy surrounding Rafael Benitez's rotation policy, some things never change. Liverpool continued their proud tradition in the League Cup with a victory over Reading at Anfield last night. Goals from captain-for-the-night...
McGREGOR TIPPED TO EARN A SCOTLAND PLACE
Byline: ROGER HANNAH ALLAN McGREGOR was last night tipped to push for Scotland honours in the next year - even if he has to quit Rangers to challenge current international No 1 Craig Gordon. McGregor is anxiously awaiting the outcome of summit...
Meningitis Warning for Parents of Nursery Children after Girl, 4, Dies
Byline: STUART MACDONALD PARENTS have been warned to watch for symptoms of meningitis in their children after a four-year-old girl died from an illness linked to the killer brain bug. Nursery school pupil Leigha Corns died in hospital on Monday...
Merger Hopes Fuel FTSE High; MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER Widespread speculation that the coming weeks will see at least another two megamergers continued to give dealing rooms that feel-good factor and the close was 32.1 points up at a 53/4 year high of 6,214.6. The FTSE 250 added...
Mine Flood Sends Uranium Soaring
Byline: BRIAN O'CONNOR HOPES of a major boost to world uranium supplies have gone up in smoke after a flood which completely submerged Canada's Cigar Lake mine. A fresh surge in the uranium price, already at a five-year peak, is likely amid fears...
Multi-Roulette 'Is a Bad Bet for the Vulnerable'
Byline: TIM SHIPMAN A LOOPHOLE in laws governing casinos will lead to an explosion in problem gambling, experts warned last night. The Gambling Act will allow limitless numbers of electronic roulette machines, which let addicts lose thousands...
My George Is Best; O'Brien Bullish about His Star Colt in Classic Cup Showdown
Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE AIDAN O'Brien, who will send a strong team to Churchill Downs for the 23rd running of the Breeders' Cup on Saturday week, believes his crack miler George Washington could be something special in the $5 million Classic. ...
My Tricks for a Very Healthy Halloween Treat; JANE CLARKE'S Family FEASTS: Her Recipes Are Practical, Put Your Family's Health First - and Best of All Are Delicious! the Mail's Brilliant Nutritionist Launches a Cookery Column with a Difference
Byline: JANE CLARKE JANE CLARKE is Britain's leading nutritionist. Her books are read by millions and she acted as adviser to Jamie Oliver on his groundbreaking School Dinners programme. Starting today - and every Thursday - Jane will be bringing...
Nakamura Feels at Ease in the East End
Byline: PETER JARDINE SHUNSUKE NAKAMURA has admitted that he is starting to feel part of the scenery at Celtic after almost 18 months in Glasgow. 'We've got a strong squad at Celtic with so many great midfielders and forwards,' said the Japanese...
New Goldman Partners with "5M Midas Touch
Byline: MANFREDA CAVAZZA UP to 30 London bankers at bulge bracket financier Goldman Sachs struck it superrich after winning promotion to become partners. The elevation puts them in line for an annual windfall of at least 5m each on top of their...
New Goldman Partners with [Pounds Sterling]5m Midas Touch
Byline: MANFREDA CAVAZZA UP to 30 London bankers at bulge bracket financier Goldman Sachs struck it superrich after winning promotion to become partners. The elevation puts them in line for an annual windfall of at least [pounds sterling]5m each...
Noble Backs Young Lions to Rattle Kiwis
Byline: RICHARD BOTT GREAT BRITAIN coach Brian Noble has handed out four new caps for Saturday's crucial Gillette Tri-Nations opener against holders New Zealand. St Helens hooker James Roby, 20, second rower Jon Wilkin, 22, Hull prop forward...
No Sex, Please. in a Promiscuous World We're Still British
Byline: BETH HULL IN an increasingly sex-conscious culture, stereotypical British reserve might seem to be a thing of the past. However, despite soaring rates of sexually transmitted disease and the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe, Britons...
Nothing like a Dane; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
Byline: JAMES BLACK;CHARLES LEGGE QUESTION What breed is Scooby-Doo? SOMETHING of a cult classic, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? was originally the brainchild of Fred Silverman, who, as the head of CBS daytime programming in 1969, wanted a cartoon...
Now Tony Wants Us All Doorstepped
Byline: KEITH WATERHOUSE WAS TONY Blair an avid stamp collector in his spotty schooldays? Perhaps he still is. I can just imagine him taking down his Stanley Gibbons album and gloating over his collection of Tristan da Cunha triangulars and Solomon...
Numan Is Convinced Smith Will Prove the Best Man for His Job
Byline: ROGER HANNAH AT THE age of 26, Arthur Numan was invited to take one step back from his left-sided midfield beat in order to leap two forward as an energetic left-back. The positional change allowed Numan's career to spectacularly flourish...
Once Blair Got Big Laughs. but Now It's Just Polite Chuckles; Yesterday in Parliament
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS WHAT goes through Tony Blair's mind every Wednesday? He did all right at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday but he looked grey, exhausted. Why does he do it? Does he derive some sadomasochistic pleasure from the ordeal?...
Our Work in Iraq Is Not Done; LETTERS
THE U.S. administration is seeking to abandon Iraq on the grounds that the embryonic democratic assembly cannot control the insurgency that the invasion created. George Bush is seeking any excuse to get out of Iraq as fast as he can given his plunging...
[Pounds Sterling]300 TO PARK AT YOUR HOME; Crackdown on the Gas Guzzlers Will Spread Nationwide
Byline: JAMES SLACK MOTORISTS will be charged hundreds of pounds to park outside their own home in a scheme which is expected to spread nationwide. A council is to make owners of so-called 'gas guzzling' cars pay [pounds sterling]300 for a permit....
Proctor Is the Positive Option; Stewart Urges Easter Road Chief to Pick the Players' Choice for Manager
Byline: ROGER HANNAH MICHAEL Stewart believes that continuity must be the watchword when Hibernian's directors finally choose a successor to Tony Mowbray. Joint-caretaker boss John Park yesterday admitted it is unlikely the Easter Road board...
Reprieve for Family's Dream Home
Byline: KURT BAYER A FAMILY ordered to demolish their dream home because its roof was 16 inches too high have won an appeal overturning the council's decision. Council bosses told Keith Watson to knock down the half-built property and dig up...
Revealed, the Girl Who Made Gordon Proud to Be British; How Teen Swimmer's Dedication Inspired Chancellor's Health Campaign
Byline: JIM MCBETH SHE is the teenager whose dedication and ' cheek' inspired the Chancellor to find a cure for the obesity epidemic blighting the future of the nation's children. Six days a week, twice a day, Sarah Maclean trains at the pool...
Robbo's Raw Recruits; Young Guns Get Chance as England Experiment
Byline: PETER JACKSON ENGLAND have put seven new players in line for Test debuts next month, among them the grandson of a German film star who specialised in Second World War epics. Toby Flood's steepling rise from a Premiership novice to a 30-man...
Ronnie Revels in Aggressive Approach
Byline: JOHN DOCHERTY RONNIE O'SULLIVAN has revealed that sheer aggression is the key factor in his bid to follow in the footsteps of legends Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Michael Schumacher and become a sporting great. The 30-year-old, winner...
Satellite Choice; Primetime Satellite, Cable & Digital TV Planner
GOLF: THE VOLVO MASTERS, 1pm, Sky Sports 2 LIVE coverage from the famous Valderrama Golf Club in Spain of what has been described as 'the summit meeting of European golf's aristocracy'. Only the top 60 earners on the European Tour Order Of Merit...
School Quotas Storm Could Cost Labour Catholic Votes
Byline: LAURA CLARK CATHOLICS are threatening to punish Labour at the ballot box over admissions quotas for faith schools. The church wants the country's two million Catholic voters to fight Government moves to require new faith schools to reserve...
Scotland 'Could Not Cope with Attack by Terrorists'
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON SCOTLAND is unprepared for a major disaster or terrorist attack more than a year after the July 7 bombings, say researchers. Injured victims would face an agonising wait for medical help if a major incident hit the country,...
Sick War Pictures That Put Germany to Shame
Byline: ALLAN HALL GERMAN soldiers have caused international outrage after posing with a human skull in Afghanistan. Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday pledged that the troops would be punished for desecrating the dead. The macabre pictures...
Sing to Cure Snoring; Choral Teacher Finds That Tunes Help You Breathe More Easily
Byline: TAHIRA YAQOOB IT could be music to the ears of the three million Britons with a life-threatening snoring disorder. Doctors believe singing a series of simple notes for a few minutes each day might halt sleep apnoea, a dangerous condition...
Slaves to the PC Brigade; Quango Will Highlight Sites Linked to Shameful Trade (If It Can Find Any)
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY ENGLISH Heritage was accused of 'politically-correct hand wringing' yesterday after announcing a project to highlight links with slavery at the landmark buildings it manages. Details of families who grew rich on the trade...
So Can Selina Do a Twiggy? A Sixties Icon Did It for M&S. Can a Newsreader Do It for Country Casuals?
Byline: KAREN KAY CAN Selina Scott create for Country Casuals what's now known as the 'Twiggy effect', thanks to the remarkable impact the 57-year-old model has had on M&S sales? One cardigan Twiggy wore in last season's adverts flew out...
Spurs Strike Trio Relish Goals Feast
Byline: TONY STEVENS JERMAIN DEFOE put the weekend 'bite' controversy behind him as he fired two goals to ease Tottenham into the last 16 of the Carling Cup. Defoe, criticised for 'nibbling' West Ham's Javier Mascherano on Sunday, struck either...
Superb Solano Strikes Twice to Help Roeder out of Trouble
Byline: MARTIN HARDY WHEN a Geordie monsoon last swept across St James' Park, Newcastle capitulated and Ruud Gullit resigned. Seven years on, Glenn Roeder will not be forced into such action. Given a run of one win in eight Premiership games,...
Swing King Mahmood Is Ready to Join the Fab Four
Byline: CHRIS FOY IF THE Champions Trophy debacle has left a dark cloud hanging over England's Ashes preparations, then Sajid Mahmood is the silver lining, especially for those awaiting the reunion of the Fab Four. The Lancashire fast bowler...
Tartan Tory Tax Cuts a Threat to the Nation; COMMENT
SUDDENLY the world of Scottish politics has turned topsy-turvy. Jack McConnell, until very recently only a short head behind Alex Salmond in the race to push the boundaries of Scottish sovereignty ever wider, has abruptly reined in and announced he...
The Architect RAPIST Ruined My Life; for Seven Years, Anthony De Boise Dressed as a Tramp to Sexually Attack Young Girls. This Month in the Mail His Wife Excused His Actions. Now, One of His Furious Victims Waives Her Anonymity to Reveal How
Byline: HELEN WEATHERS HAD LYNDSEY SYMONS not forgotten her PE kit, she would never have been walking home early from school that warm June afternoon back in 1996, the same time Anthony de Boise was out searching for another young girl to attack...