From today's UK papers

September 18, 2001

The Independent

Forget about pony-tailed dotcom high rollers or City traders with bank accounts swelled by fat bonuses, the typical super-rich Briton is grey-haired, male and likely to qualify for a free bus pass. A survey by Tulip Financial Research of the United Kingdom's 150,000 millionaires has found that rather than being thrusting 20-something entrepreneurs, they remain distinctly "old money" males who have passed retirement age.

The Times

Extremist Muslim group Al Muhajiroun has been banned from university campuses by the NUS after allegations that it has been involved in recruiting students to fight for the Islamic cause.

Prince William will make his pre-university debut in Scotland on Friday by accompanying his father on a visit to Glasgow's notorious Sighthill estates. The estates house more than 1,000 asylum seekers in high-rise flats.

The Guardian

Talk of mergers is in the air but will bigger universities be better?

The empty nest syndrome means when the children go off to university some parents leave home too. 

University secretaries may "run the show", but they are not rewarded appropriately, says Valerie Atkinson.

Lack of status as well as money is deterring potential PhDs.

Daily Telegraph

A British university lecturer taken hostage by Filipino guerrillas escaped by hiding for hours in a swamp, police said yesterday. Timothy Showers, an oceanographer at Mindanao State University in the Tawi-Tawi islands, was captured at gunpoint by Abu Sayyaf rebels.

Financial Times

Aids has become the biggest single cause of death in South Africa, according to a report by the country's Medical Research Council.

Daily Mail

It can take only moderate exercise to combat or even reverse the effects of ageing, scientists at Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas claimed today. They found that just 30 minutes of activity three times a week was enough to "knock decades" off the physiological age of middle-aged men.

A good school can add up to £45,000 to the value of houses in its catchment area, it has been revealed. Each five per cent rise in a primary school's performance in national tests adds as much as four per cent to property prices, researchers at the London School of Economics found.


Tests to assess whether a drug used to treat malaria could offer hope to sufferers of human mad cow disease were announced by the British Government yesterday. ( Daily Telegraph , Independent )

A solution to potato blight - one of agricutlure's biggest problems over the centuries - might be in sight after the development of a purple Hungarian potato almost totally resistant to the disease, according to scientists at Newcastle University. ( Finanacial Times , Guardian )

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