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Articles from March 26, 2004

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Abortion Link in Doubt; 'It Doesn't Raise Breast Cancer Risk'
Byline: JENNY HOPE WOMEN who have abortions are not at higher risk of developing breast cancer, says a report out today. Previous research had produced conflicting results, with some findings showing a link between terminations and a slightly-increased...
Ailing Kennedy Heads for the Hills
Byline: JANE MERRICK CHARLES Kennedy last night fuelled speculation that there was more to his recent illness than he has admitted by declaring he is going to make an effort to 'restore' his health. The Liberal Democrat leader said he would use...
A Last Laugh for Jonny
Byline: CHRISTOPHER MATTHEW The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off (C4); Horizon: The Truth Of Troy (BBC2) TWO questions. Would I have watched last night's documentary on Jonny Kennedy if I hadn't been reviewing it? Probably not. Am I glad I did? Yes....
At 1lb 7oz, Daddy's Very Lucky Little Girl; Chance Phone Call to Family Doctor Saves Baby from Dying in the Womb
NESTLING on her father Peter's chest, Lauren Britain still doesn't look quite lifesized. But for a baby who was born at just 1lb 7oz, she is positively bouncing. This picture was taken when Lauren was nine days old and already piling on the ounces...
A Thrillingly Mad Science
Byline: IVO MOSLEY CHASING THE MOLECULE by John Buckingham (Sutton, [pounds sterling]20) CHEMISTRY! The very word is enough to fill most of us with dread. How did the magic of the first chemistry lesson - brightly burning magnesium ribbon,...
Beeb Want O'Neill despite Libel Row
Byline: CHARLES SALE MARTIN O'NEILL is wanted as a Euro 2004 pundit by the BBC even though he has just issued a High Court writ against the corporation. The Celtic boss is seeking a maximum [pounds sterling]50,000 in damages for an alleged libel...
Bravura amid the Bullets; It's Friday! Theatre
Byline: MICHAEL COVENEY Homage To Catalonia (West Yorkshire Playhouse) Verdict: Orwell that ends well in Catalan firecracker ***** Continental Divide (Barbican Theatre) Verdict: David Edgar's American political epic is more sedate...
Builder in [Pounds Sterling]1m Wrangle with Owen Is Found Dead; Overdose Tragedy of Man Who Faced Court Fight against Soccer Star
Byline: JAYA NARAIN A BUILDER who became embroiled in a bitter [pounds sterling] 1million feud with footballer Michael Owen over house renovations was found dead early yesterday. Father- of- two Michael Flynn, 51, is believed to have taken an...
Carjack Killer Had Been Freed Early from Jail; Put Back on the Streets, Junkie Murdered Woman
Byline: SINEAD MCINTYRE A DRUG addict who ran over and killed a woman after hijacking her car had been freed from jail early, it was revealed yesterday. Manny Davis, who dragged June Everitt under the wheels of her Renault Megane, had a string...
Cavers Swim to Freedom after Nine Days Trapped
Byline: JACQUI GODDARD;HARCHARAN CHANDHOKE SIX British servicemen were dramatically rescued last night from a waterlogged Mexican cave where they had been trapped for over a week. The team of potholers, who were taking part in a military adventure...
Claudio's Going and So Am I, Reveals Sad Petit
Byline: IAN MCGARRY EMMANUEL PETIT last night confirmed that Claudio Ranieri will be sacked at the end of the season - then announced he plans to follow his manager out of Stamford Bridge in the summer. As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, the...
Clichy Steps in after Injury Rules out Cole
Byline: IAN MCGARRY ASHLEY COLE has been ruled out of Sunday's Premiership clash against Manchester United and is almost certain to miss England's friendly with Sweden next week as well. The Arsenal defender suffered a heavy knock to his right...
Council Tax Up 12pc - and the South Suffers
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY;COLIN FERNANDEZ COUNCIL tax bills are to rise by up to ten times the rate of inflation, ministers admitted yesterday. Next month's increase is nearly 12 per cent in some areas - and 12.5 per cent in one borough, Westminster....
Crews Who Sank and a Judge Who Drank . . . the Boat Race Hits 150
Byline: CLAIRE NASH As the Boat Race prepares to celebrate a special anniversary, CLAIRE NASH looks at the history of a unique event that symbolises the age-old rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge. FITTINGLY for an event that is quintessentially...
CURSE of the FLYING SCOTSMAN; Once Again It's Up for Sale. but Pete Waterman Reveals It Almost Destroyed Him Financially and Drove Another Owner to the Brink of Madness
Byline: ROBERT HARDMAN AS THE trainspotter's ultimate pinup, it brings out the romantic in the dreariest rail boffin. It can make the toughest businessman part company with his senses - and, in one case, an entire fortune. It was the Concorde...
Dan's the Man; Parks Earns His First Start as Captain Moves Aside
Byline: NIALL AITCHESON NIALL AITCHESON on yet another change to the Scotland set up TWO years after failing to win a contract with English Premiership side Leeds, Dan Parks is to start an international match for the first time. The unheralded...
Don't Worry Gwyneth, It'll Be Worth the Wait; as Kate Shows off Her New Son, Hollywood's Next Star Mother Is Looking Swell
Byline: LAURA BENJAMIN;MARK REYNOLDS ONE is nervously awaiting her new role as a mother. The other is already relishing every moment. As Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet show, the before and after of pregnancy can be equally glowing. Miss...
Dr Kelly's Abuser Spins Upwards; Promotion for Labour Aide Behind 'Walter Mitty' Smear
Byline: GRAEME WILSON TONY Blair faced fury last night after he promoted the official who called Dr David Kelly 'a Walter Mitty figure'. Tom Kelly will become the Prime Minister's sole official spokesman in a shake- up of the press operation...
EU Constitution Revival Turns Heat Back on Blair
Byline: PAUL EASTHAM A EUROPEAN constitution could be ratified as early as June following a surprise decision by EU heads of government in Brussels last night. The way was cleared when Poland withdrew objections to a constitution just days after...
Exploring a Short Life
Byline: TOM KYLE Critic's choice JOURNEY INTO AFRICA: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KEITH JOHNSTON, SCOTTISH CARTOGRAPHER AND EXPLORER (1844-79) by James McCarthy (Whittles Publishing, [pounds sterling]35) IN times past, it took an extraordinary man...
Fabbest of the Fab; Pop Greats Vote Beatles Their All-Time Number One
Byline: MARK REYNOLDS IT COULD be the most authoritative pop poll of all time. When Rolling Stone magazine set out to find the greatest stars of the last half century, it decided to ask the performers themselves. They included Bruce Springsteen,...
Festen by David Eldridge: Almeida Theatre
Byline: MICHAEL COVENEY THERE is nothing like a special family occasion for everything to go disastrously, vengefully wrong. From Shakespeare to Eugene O'Neill, we see that the family that stays together preys together. But few recent dramatic...
Fetch the Bread and Mayo, We've Just Caught 10,000 Tuna Sandwiches; 10ft Long and 89 Stone - It's the Largest Ever Landed in British Waters
Byline: PAULINE MCLAUGHLIN HANGING from the harbour weighing scales, this is the largest tuna ever caught in British waters. The 89 stone monster is big enough to fill more than 4,000 tins and up to 10,000 sandwiches. The 10ft giant was caught...
FOR SALE the Game's Most Famous Shirt (All Black), Available Now to the Highest Bidder
Byline: PETER JACKSON AS THE Six Nations heads for a shuddering last tango in Paris, the All Blacks are negotiating a [pounds sterling]1million pay day to ruck 'n' roll at Twickenham later this year. New Zealand are playing hardball over money...
Fragile New Generation Are Craving a Lead from Paterson, Bulloch et Al; JOHN GREECHAN on the Need for Resilience
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN IF ever Scotland needed their on-field leaders to earn their stripes, it's at Lansdowne Road tomorrow. The next-to-last remnants of this nation's tattered rugby reputation rest not only on the whole team implementing an...
Hands across the Terrorism Divide
Byline: PAUL EASTHAM TONY BLAIR shook hands yesterday with the former godfather of world terrorism, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and claimed that together they would crush Osama Bin Laden. The extraordinary new alliance was sealed with a handshake,...
'He Used a Knife to Cut off the Skull. the Skin Was like Leather'; Jury Hears How Corpse Was Desecrated
Byline: SCOTT HUSSEY A TEENAGER accused of breaking into a historic mausoleum yesterday denied cutting the head off a corpse. Sonny Devlin, 17, admitted kicking down the door of the tomb of one of Scotland's most brutal historical figures, Sir...
Historical Broadside; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
QUESTION Does the story of the film Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World bear any resemblance to known historical events? THE film is based on the exploits of characters created by author Patrick O'Brian, who wrote 20 novels centred...
Homage in Catalonia; 20,000 Fans Pay Joyous Tribute as Celtic Win through in Spain
Byline: ALAN SIMPSON A CORNER of Spain was turned green and white last night as around 20,000 Celtic fans celebrated one of the greatest results in the club's history. The Glasgow side drew 0- 0 with Barcelona to go through to the quarter finals...
Houllier Let Down by His Soft Centre Once Again
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS MARSEILLE . . .2 LIVERPOOL . . .1 (Agg 3-2) LIVERPOOL'S big dreams of European glory ended on a sour note here last night, just when they were supposed to be filling the Stade Velodrome dressing rooms with tunes of glory....
If There's Any Justice, Blair Would Be Sunk
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER RICHARD Clarke's revelations about President Bush are devastating stuff. The former counter-terrorism chief tells us how Bush was obsessed with attacking Iraq, how he ignored warnings about Al Qaeda, how he pressed Clarke...
I'm on the Des O'Connor Diet Says One-Meal-a-Day Charles
Byline: SAM GREENHILL PRINCE Charles has revealed that he follows what is becoming know as the Des O'Connor Diet - eating only one main meal a day to stay in trim. The royal health regime is similar to that of the veteran entertainer, who announced...
I Must Report That This Sketch Has Sustained a Flesh Wound
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS BULLETS pinged off the Westminster masonry early yesterday during a select committee meeting just after breakfast. It was OK Corral time, real Colt 45s in the dust time. With regret, I must report that this sketch sustained...
IN COD WE TRUST (or Why I Mourn That Fish Has Had Its Chips); as the EU Hammers Another Nail in the Coffin of Our Fishing Industry .
Byline: CLEMENT FREUD WE LIVE in sensitive times. When I was a boy, fish shops abounded and our mentors of the day - Mrs Beeton and her ilk - advised us to ensure that prior to purchase we felt the tail (which should be firm) and examined the eye,...
Introducing the Fresh Face of Anne Robinson
Byline: TANIA SHAKINOVSKY FOR a moment it seemed as if an imposter had stepped into Anne Robinson's designer handmade shoes. The hair, although the familiar shade of red, was cut in a softer style than the customary severe crop. And beneath...
Is Cannes Ready to Shuffle? It's Friday!
Byline: BAZ BAMIGBOYE NELSON Mandela presiding over the kings and queens of Hollywood - now that would be one of the great sights of Cannes. Cannes Film Festival organisers and South African filmmakers are trying to woo Mandela to this year's...
Is It Time to Put the Estate Agents' House in Order? Property Mail Estate Agents Insist That They Don't Need Extra Regulation. Nigel Lewis Meets Some Homebuyers Who Think Otherwise
Byline: NIGEL LEWIS THIS has not been a good week for estate agents. A report accused them of charging too much, being reluctant to compete over fees, providing a poor service, failing to pass on offers, hassling buyers to take out their mortgages...
Islam and a Culture of Inflexibility, by Carey; Ex-Archbishop Criticises Muslim 'Resistance to Modernity'
Byline: JANE MERRICK THE former head of the Church of England claimed last night that Muslim countries had contributed little to world culture for centuries and some are led by power-hungry dictators. Lord Carey attacked Islamic leaders for failing...
I've Caught the Tuna, Now Get Me 5,000 Sushi Plates; A Monster Haul off the British Isles .
Byline: CHRIS BROOKE HANGING from the scales on the harbourside, this is the largest tuna ever caught in the waters of the British Isles. And now the 88stone (564kg) monster has been sold and divided up to make 5,000 sushi snacks. If it had...
I Will Take Better Care of Myself, Vows Ailing Kennedy
Byline: IAN SMITH LIBERAL Democrat leader Charles Kennedy sparked fresh speculation over his future yesterday when he assured colleagues he would be making an effort to 'restore' his health. The LibDem leader has told MPs and peers he would use...
King Talks Down the Pound; CITY COMMENT
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER CENTRAL bankers normally seek to avoid public discussion of the exchange rate. After all, if you start a run on volatile foreign exchanges, you never quite know where it will end. So it was a surprise to currency dealers...
LIVE: PINK; It's Friday! Music
Byline: ADRIAN THRILLS LIVE: PINK (Wembley Arena) WATCHING her strut around a huge stage in black leather and an enormous pink Mohican hairdo, it seemed hardly possible that Pink began her pop life just four years ago as a hip-hop 'fly girl'...
Liverpool See Red as Sending off Ends Hopes
MARSEILLE.............2 LIVERPOOL.............1 (Marseille win 3-2 on agg) LIVERPOOL were left complaining bitterly about a controversial sending off as their UEFA Cup hopes were ended in the Stade Velodrome last night. Gerard Houllier's side...
London .. . We Have a Problem; How Do You Fix a Stalled Missile? It's Not Rocket Science - Just Use WD-40
Byline: BILL MOULAND IN THESE troubled times, one would have thought that the sight of a 37ft rocket being elevated to point towards Canary Wharf might have excited the authorities. 'We have had lots of reports of suspicious vans, but nothing...
LSE Rakes in Profit as It Plays Numbers Game; MARKET REPORT
Byline: GEOFF FOSTER EVERY time the London Stock Exchange issues a trading statement it makes many stockbrokers' blood boil. The irritation is mainly because it always sings the praises of SETs - its controversial computerised share-trading system...
Lucidity, Lunacy and the Trail of 'The Green Fairy'; Critic's Choice
Byline: NED DENNY HIDEOUS ABSINTHE by Jad Adams (I.B. Tauris, [pounds sterling]18.95) JAD ADAMS'S first book was a biography of the absinthe - soaked poet Ernest Dowson. So moving on to write about the drink itself seems to be something...
Making the Right Moves
Byline: KENNETH SPEIRS Play Without Words (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) Verdict: Lovely 'n' light (3/5) Battle of the Bulge (Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow) Verdict: Never mind the quality, feel the width (2/5) IT'S not a play and it does...
Marshall Rule; A Star Is Born as Brave Bhoys Squeeze Barca out of UEFA Cup
Byline: ROGER HANNAH From ROGER HANNAH in Barcelona ROOKIE goalkeeping hero David Marshall last night pledged to use his Nou Camp heroics as a platform to a fantastic career with Celtic. The 19-year-old, stand-in for the suspended Rab Douglas,...
Master of Disguise Reveals a True Hero
Byline: CHRISTOPHER MATTHEW CHILDREN'S CLASSIC: THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL by Baroness Orczy IT IS a wonder Morecambe and Wise never did a skit on The Scarlet Pimpernel. It would have been a classic. Eric would have played the effete fop,...
Maxine to Face Mob Fury as She Goes to Court over Fraud Charges
POLICE have urged the public to stay away when Maxine Carr appears in court today charged with benefit fraud. Senior officers want to avoid a repeat of the ugly scenes witnessed outside Peterborough magistrates when Carr first appeared there in...
MBE for O'Neill: It's My Best Ever Night as Manager; UEFA CUP Young Keeper's Heroics Earn Standing Ovation from Jubilant Team-Mates
Byline: PETER JARDINE MARTIN O'NEILL last night emerged victorious from a nerve-wracking Nou Camp siege - and labelled Celtic's stunning elimination of Barcelona as 'My Best Ever' European success in management. But the celebrating Celtic stars...
McConnell Defies No 10 in Fish Row; First Minister Rejects Westminster Call to Scrap More Boats
Byline: IAN SMITH BRITAIN'S fishing policies were in turmoil yesterday after Jack McConnell dismissed a Westminster report calling for more boats to be scrapped. The rift between Holyrood and No 10 opened up after the Downing Street Strategy...
More Doubts on a Misbegotten War
THE accusations are explosive, the implications profound. In evidence that has convulsed Washington, former White House intelligence adviser Richard Clarke paints a chilling picture of a President hell-bent on war with Iraq, while all but ignoring...
More Dunces Doing a Degree
Byline: LAURA CLARK RISING numbers of students are arriving at university without the basic knowledge of English and maths needed to succeed in their degree courses, academics have revealed. Some colleges are having to offer remedial 'catch-up'...
MY LIFE IN HEMMINGS' HAREM; He Called Their Affair His 'Secret Marriage' - Whilst Juggling Wife No.3 and Countless Other Lovers. in the Week the Stars Paid Tribute to Sixties Icon David Hemmings, His Mistress of Ten Years Explains the Rogue's Enduring Charm
Byline: BARBRA PASKIN THIS week, the world of showbiz paid tribute to David Hemmings, one of the screen icons of the Sixties. Among those who attended a memorial service for the star of Blow-Up and Barbarella were Joanna Lumley and Sir Derek...
New Fiction
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON The Voyage Home by Jane Rogers (Little, Brown, [pounds sterling]16.99) ANNE HARRINGTON is a woman at sea, literally and figuratively. Sailing home from Nigeria where she has buried her missionary father, she seeks...
Nightmare of Owning a Dream Home; Critic's Choice
Byline: VAL HENNESSY CASTLES IN THE AIR by Judy Corbett (Ebury, [pounds sterling]12.99) HAVING just spent an extortionate [pounds sterling]2,000 to replace two rather small sash windows, I am astounded - no, stunned, by the sheer, horrifying...
Our Village Is Being Invaded. Don't We Have Human Rights?
Byline: PAUL HARRIS THIS used to be such a decent place. Cottenham was one of those thriving villages that punctuate the English countryside with fine old buildings, farms that go back generations, and a community that is openly proud of its...
Paperbacks
Byline: ANDREW MORROD Led By The Nose by Jenny Joseph (Souvenir, [pounds sterling]7.99) GERANIUMS in January, mint and lavender in February, daffodils as March 'blows in like a lion', poppies in flaming June, and the seduction of lemon verbena...
Peterborough Column
Shop until I drop ... HAVING completed my shopping in my local branch of Safeway, I paid for my handful of purchases at the express cash checkout (fewer than ten items). I was served by a delightful young lady aged about 20 or so, with whom I...
POLICE SEIZE ASYLUM 'MR BIG'; Man Accused of [Pounds Sterling]5million Trade in Illegal Immigrant Workers
Byline: BEN TAYLOR;BETH HALE FAILED asylum seeker was accused yesterday of being the gangmaster behind a [pounds sterling]5million network of illegal immigrant workers. Victor Solomka, a Ukrainian, was arrested in a dawn raid on his luxury home...
Pyramid Selling; How Scots Couple Chose Egypt for Their Second Home
Byline: JENNY SHIELDS CANNY SCOTS are looking beyond pension plans and are putting their money into foreign property which they can enjoy before giving up work. The lure of a home in the sun - which can also bring in some useful letting income...
Rangers May Move for Two of Livvy's Cup Final Heroes
Byline: EWING GRAHAME RANGERS are lining up a double swoop on Livingston - with wingback David McNamee and centre-half Marvin Andrews their targets. Alex McLeish's assistant, Andy Watson, watched McNamee score in the 3-2 defeat by Dundee United...
Rare Birds Found Poisoned on Sporting Estate
Byline: JONATHAN LESSWARE POLICE have launched an investigation after 24 birds of prey were found poisoned on a Scottish estate. The grim find is believed to be the biggest ever case of wildlife poisoning in Scotland. The remains of 22 buzzards,...
Reaping the Rewards; Jenny Shields Talks to a Couple of City Dwellers Who Came to Scotland for a Cheap Break Far from the Madding Crowd and Fell in Love with the Granary
Byline: JENNY SHIELDS TIM and Diane Neilson came to Scotland for a cheap break - but it ended up costing them a small fortune. The couple, who live in the London borough of Hackney with their three young children, had borrowed a friend's cottage...
Record Firms in Net War on Pirate Downloads
Byline: SEAN POULTER MILLIONS of Britons who illegally download music from the Internet have been warned they risk court action from record companies. The trade body BPI yesterday announced plans to crack down on web piracy, which it claims is...
Recycle, or Face a [Pounds Sterling]1,000 Fine from the Wheelie-Bin Police
Byline: HARCHARAN CHANDHOKE SOME homeowners will be forced to recycle their household rubbish or face a [pounds sterling]1,000 fine, it was revealed last night. They will have to separate recyclable materials including glass, tins, cans and paper...
Return of the Saatchi Razzmatazz; CITY & FINANCE
Byline: CLAIRE OLDFIELD ADVERTISING supremos Maurice and Charles Saatchi have never been slow to spot a trend. Almost a decade after their messy divorce from publicly listed Saatchi & Saatchi, the brothers and their three partners - Bill Muirhead,...
Sad Decline of a Troubled Former It-Girl
Byline: RICHARD KAY HER autobiography would pretty well provide a masterclass in Hollywood excess. Sharing a house with Elizabeth Hurley, dating filmstar Kevin Costner, fighting off Fergie's toe-sucking former love John Bryan and marrying on...
Sent off! Not the Soccer Streaker, but the Player Who Stopped Him in His Tracks
Byline: JAYA NARAIN IT WAS a moment that gave a very different meaning to the term football strip. A streaker decided to liven up a cup final tied at 0-0 by racing on to the pitch, trying to head the ball, then running towards the centre circle....
Shearer Settles Mallorca's Fate
Byline: COLIN YOUNG MALLORCA . . . . . . .0 NEWCASTLE . . . . . .3 (Agg: 1-7) A VISIT TO Eindhoven may not stir the emotions quite like a night back at the Nou Camp in Barcelona. But Sir Bobby Robson was last night guaranteed another proud return...
Shell Signs Gas Deal with Libya; News in Brief
SHELL agreed a 'landmark' deal with Libya to develop gas fields, explore for more and install terminals to export gas to Europe and the US. The deal was signed as Tony Blair visited Libya. Shell rose 21/4p to 3571/2p. Red tape under fire ...
She Was Paid [Pounds Sterling]100,000 a Year as a Star of TV's Hollyoaks. Now Lesley Johnston Is Happier Earning [Pounds Sterling]4.50 an Hour as a Trainee Nurse - Away from the World She Found Shallow, Spoilt and Utterly Selfish
Byline: TESSA CUNNINGHAM GENTLY easing a dressing gown over the elderly lady's hunched shoulders, I slip her hand into mine and guide her down the long corridor towards the bathroom. Like a timid little child, she shuffles along beside me as I tell...
Show of Courage; Cherlene Hopes Her Video Diary Will Give Hope to Other Cancer Victims
Byline: MARGARET MALLON FOR most people, fighting cancer is a heartbreaking, private battle shared only by family and close friends. But 22-year-old Cherlene Urie allowed a BBC TV crew to record her progress while keeping her own video diary...
Silent Witness: McConnell Is Spared Grilling over Holyrood; Fury as First Minister Is Let off the Hook
Byline: KATE FOSTER THE official inquiry into the Holyrood scandal was plunged into crisis last night after it emerged the First Minister will not have to take the witness stand. The inquiry chairman, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, yesterday said...
Sit Quietly in Court and We'll Forget Your Fines
Byline: JAMES MILLS WHEN magistrates sentenced Mark Jones for drugs and driving offences he must have thought Christmas had come early. The jobless 19-year-old already owed more than [pounds sterling]300 in unpaid fines and was facing further...
Six Nations Plan Friday Night Games
Byline: PETER JACKSON THE Six Nations are to consider introducing another radical change to the format of the tournament - the first Friday night rugby international. The revelation follows a bewildering range of weekend kick-off times and coincides...
Stirred Up Again, the Shipworkers Afraid of Losing a Tea-Break
Byline: IAN SMITH THE great days of Clyde shipbuilding may now be just a distant memory. But as luxury flats and leisure developments gradually obliterate the once-mighty yards, their famous worker militantism has, it seems, survived intact....
Sue, Elaine, We're Behind You
ELAINE C SMITH is considering suing the author of a review which slated her performance as a panto dame. The actors' union Equity has consulted lawyers over an article in The Sunday Times which it claims amounted to vitriolic abuse over her performance....
Take Swallow to Show He's a High Flyer
Byline: WALTER SWINBURN AIRWAVE: Things didn't go her way last season but she showed enough, especially when third in the July Cup after giving her rivals a head start, to warrant another chance. (Trainer: Henry Candy) AZAMOUR: Positive reports...
Tara Missing: Our Money! TARA ON TV
Byline: TARA CONLAN JUST a year ago, the BBC had so much money that Channel 4 chief executive (and potential new BBC director-general) Mark Thompson accused it of having 'Jacuzzis of cash'. But it seems someone has pulled the plug. Director of...
The Art of Seduction; It's the Eeriest, Most Haunting Painting by One of Britain's Greatest Artists. and Behind It Lies an Extraordinary Story of Lust, Deceit and Death
Byline: KATHERINE WHITBOURN THE letter smouldered with such emotion that it could have lit a fire in the drawer where it had lain unseen for so many years. 'O my God!' it read. 'How I love you! It's terrible that one creature should have such...
The Battling Bulgar; Petrov Forces Countryman Stoichkov to Eat His Words
Byline: ROGER HANNAH From ROGER HANNAH at the Nou STILIAN PETROV last night had the last laugh on Barcelona hotheads Ronaldinho and Carles Puyol as Celtic charged into the UEFA Cup quarterfinals. The Bulgarian midfielder was one of 11 hooped...
The Briton Who Gave Volkswagen a New Life; How I See It
Byline: ROBERT HARDMAN HE STARTED with a foul- smelling bombsite, a few starving workers and the mockery of his superiors ringing in his ears. Within four years, he had performed industrial wonders and helped put post-war Germany back on its feet....
The Distressed Woman of 106 Who Waited Six Hours for an Ambulance to Take Her Home; Hospital Apologises after Widow Arrives Back at Four in the Morning
Byline: JAMES MILLS ONE of Britain' s oldest women was kept for more than six hours in a hospital waiting room before arriving home confused and distressed at 4am. May Linsley, 106, had been taken for a routine check-up after a minor fall at...
THE FINAL BETRAYAL; Suddenly the Threat of an All-Powerful EU Constitution Is Perilously Close. Here We Explain How Profoundly It Will Change Britain. Everyone Who Cares about This Country Should Read It
Byline: EDWARD HEATHCOAT AMORY SO YOU thought it was never going to happen. Last year, the Daily Mail organised an unprecedented national ballot on whether the Government should consult the British people in an official referendum over the proposed...
The Gold-Plated Beach Hut; Property Mail: South-West Special A Strip of Coastline near Bournemouth Harbours an Affordable but Risky Holiday Home Investment, Reports Nigel Lewis
Byline: NIGEL LEWIS THE group of 364 properties overlooking the coast near Christchurch in Dorset do not at first sound like a good investment. They are of a rickety construction, have been built on sand, can be lived in for only eight months...
The Jazz Man Who Still Sets the Standard; It's Friday! Music
Byline: ADRIAN THRILLS HE WAS raised in New Orleans and cut his musical teeth in the city's colourful French Quarter as a budding piano prodigy. But despite the numerous temptations surrounding him, the young Harry Connick Jr. found it easy to stay...
The Man Who Built a Property Empire on Pot; Cafe Owner Sold Up to 600 Bags of Cannabis a Day
Byline: BEN TAYLOR A BUSINESSMAN who amassed a multimillion pound fortune by selling cannabis from a backstreet cafe was behind bars last night. Errol Anderson posed as a simple chef specialising in jerk chicken and Jamaican patties - while serving...
The New Bhoys Can't Be Beaten; Marshall and Kennedy Sparkle on a Nailbiting Night of Magic for Celts
Byline: PETER JARDINE UEFA CUP Barca's superstars brought down to earth by some old-fashioned grit and an unheralded goalkeeper enjoying the best performance of his young life From PETER JARDINE at the Nou Camp BARCELONA .......................
The Sins of Their Father; Critic's Choice
Byline: PETER LEWIS AN IMPERFECT GOD by Henry Wiencek (Macmillan, [pounds sterling]20) FIVE years ago, shock and horror shattered the complacency of Americans about their revered Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration...
This Disabled 73-Year-Old Bravely Foiled an Armed Raid. the Reward for His Courage? A Life of Fear; Post Office Snubs Pensioner Who Thwarted [Pounds Sterling]7,000 Robbery
Byline: FRANK HURLEY WHEN Douglas McFarlane saw an armed raider running from a nearby Post Office he knew he could not simply stand by and watch him escape. After giving chase in his car, the disabled 73-year-old grappled with the robber, forcing...
Tired out, the Children Who Make Bedtime Playtime; TVs and Computers in Their Rooms Rob Youngsters of a Month's Sleep a Year
Byline: TIM UTTON BEDROOMS equipped with televisions, videos and computers are resulting in a generation of sleep deprived children, a study has found. Youngsters playing games, watching TV and texting on mobile phones late into the night are...
Tormented Tiger Swings into More Trouble with a 75
Byline: DEREK LAWRENSON TIGER WOODS' first round in the Players' Championship here turned into another trial by mediocrity, another 18-hole journey filled with torment. This was such a pale shade of his former prowess that he needed to hole longish...
Trescothick Opts for Time in the Middle to Rescue His Tour
HAD Marcus Trescothick's tour to the West Indies gone to plan he would have been spending at least part of the next few days relaxing on the beaches of Barbados with his wife Hayley. As it is, he will be continuing his search for form in England's...
Vive la Difference! Sir Alex and Arsene ... a Rivalry to Match Shanks and the Don
Byline: JEFF POWELL AT 10.45pm exactly on the nights before Leeds played Liverpool in all those matches which used to decide the mastery of English football the telephone used to ring in the Revie household. 'You could set your clock by it,'...
Wark and Gray Join Forces in Media Merger
Byline: KATE FOSTER PRESENTER Kirsty Wark is to merge her production company with a television firm owned by Muriel Gray. The move will bring together Scotland's two biggest independent TV production companies - and two of the most influential...
We May Push Up Loan Rate Again Says Bank Chief
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER INTEREST rates may have to rise again to head off the boom in household spending and borrowing, the Bank of England governor warned yesterday. Mervyn King told MPs that the fast growth in the economy seen towards the end...
Wenger Faces Stark Choices in Pursuit of Treble Dream
Byline: MATT LAWTON NOT even the Queen believes Manchester United's remarkable treble will ever be repeated. She said as much when Sir Alex Ferguson received the knighthood that was so hastily arranged by Alastair Campbell and, for a moment at...
WHERE IS THE LOVE? This Gospel According to Mel Is a Tale in Which Anger Rules
Byline: CHRISTOPHER TOOKEY The Passion Of The Christ (18) Verdict: How Christ suffered! Now it's our turn ** WE'VE had Jesus as rock star (in Jesus Christ Superstar), hippie (Godspell), existentialist (Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of...