Dani Garavelli

Dani Garavelli

Dani Garavelli: With cuts in mind

Our reporter visits two hair salons and finds women fearful about public services … and parties that don't listen

Northern Ireland: Return to the darkest days?

ADAM McCalden could scarcely speak for crying when he phoned Stephen Nolan's Radio Five Live show hours after the murder of Catholic police officer Ronan Kerr, in Omagh, County Tyrone, but his message couldn't have been clearer.

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Moussa Koussa's defection: Dancing with the devil?

Libyan defector Moussa Koussa may hold the key to the Lockerbie bombing. But how far will realpolitik and his links with MI6 influence the UK's next move, asks Dani Garavelli

Dani Garavelli: Elizabeth Taylor's death has brought down the curtain on the 20th century's greatest love affair

FOR a love affair which went on to scandalise Hollywood, outrage the Vatican and hold the world in thrall, it had a pretty uninspiring start.

Dani Garavelli: Five years on, just what has the smoking ban really achieved and are we seeing a backlash?

WHEN the idea of a smoking ban in public places was first mooted in Scotland there were apocalyptic warnings from the tobacco industry: it was claimed the move - an assault on personal freedom - would lead to widespread civil unrest. Not only would the legislation be unworkable, there would be no reduction in the number of smokers. Instead, many people would choose stay at home puffing away under their children's noses.

Are the Oscars losing their stardust?

Tonight's Academy Award winners are likely to owe as much to slick PR work as the skills of cast and crew

Mental health focus: The avoidable death of Daniel Day

A suicidal man with a noose in his pocket is turned away, then kills himself. Dani Garavelli asks why immediate help wasn't available for a struggling 28-year-old and what emergency systems are in place for people with mental illness

Dani Garavelli: Was Andy Gray a victim of sexism?

THAT Andy Gray- serial philanderer and product of a west of Scotland working class upbringing - holds antediluvian views on women should have come as a surprise to no-one. This is a man who - like many of his sporting generation - spent his football career bedding a string of beauties, and who - according to reports in the Sun circa 2007 - greeted a stranger in La Manga hotel with the words: "You've got great f***ing tits."

Dani Garavelli: Double life shocks authorities

Mark Kennedy's bizarre double life as an undercover officer has shocked protestors and police

Dani Garavelli: Riots, general strikes – is the financial crisis turning politics back decades?

VIOLENCE on the streets; the word Revolution daubed in red paint on the walls of the Foreign Office and a union firebrand using the rhetoric of the class warrior: as the country confronts the scale of the ConDem cuts, we seem to have been transported back more than 20 years to an era of walk-outs and civil disobedience.

William and Kate: Royal reality show that splits a nation

AS EMMA Fraser floats round the back room of Eleganza Sposa in a Suzanne Neville dress of slippery silk stain, she exudes the quiet radiance of all brides-to-be.

Dani Garavelli: Is the Windows operating system a force for good or has it made us slaves to Microsoft?

WHEN a bumptious IT geek called Bill Gates unveiled his plans for a computer operating system that would revolutionise the way ordinary people related to new technology few paid him much heed. In 1985 computers were still largely the preserve of scientists and geeks.

Feature: Sarah Jappy and her unborn child were almost killed at a barrier-free level crossing. Now she aims to ensure it doesn't happen again

SARAH Jappy was newly pregnant and looking forward to her first scan when she set out on a routine work trip to deliver a letter to Dounreay Power Plant in Caithness in 2002.

A question of lust: Stephen Fry stikes a nerve with remarks on the female libido

STEPHEN Fry's intellect and eloquence may have earned him national treasure status; but an expert in the art of diplomacy he is not. Frequently "inebriated by the exuberance of his own verbosity", the actor, writer and comedian has a propensity for blurting out ill-considered and potentially offensive comments rivalled only by Boris Johnson.

Dani Garavelli: Publish and be damned

IT ALL seems frightfully quaint now. Indeed viewed from a distance of 50 years, the Lady Chatterley's Lover trial - which kept the nation spellbound for six days in October 1960 - comes across more as a satire on social mores than as an audacious move on the behalf of an iconoclastic publishing company and a turning point in the history of literary censorship.

Reasons to be cheerful in times of savage spending cuts

George Osborne's savage spending review means we'll have to tighten our belts a little, but so what? A quick trip back in time shows that, despite everything, we've still got plenty to smile about. Dani Garavelli reports

The bug du jour: A new trend in dishing up exotic species

AS AYDIN Onac lifted the crunchy morsel hesitantly towards his mouth, hundreds of pupils at St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington watched in a mixture of awe and disgust.

Every little helps: How Viagra caused a global sexual revolution

As Tesco starts to sevv Viagra cut-price and over the counter, Dani Garavelli tells the story of how a cardiac drug caused a global sexual revolution

Sexy at sixty. Why?

THE first time Cher wore her revealing sequined leotard and thigh-length leather boots ensemble she was in her early forties and riding high in the charts with If I Could Turn Back Time. Even then it was brave. But last week - at 64 - she donned an almost identical outfit to present a trophy at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. And she looked scarcely a day older.

Cross purposes: Questions remain over how the Pope will be recieved in Scotland

INSTALLED in his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo - a pretty little town 30km from Rome - Pope Benedict XVI has had little chance to relax and enjoy the views of Lake Albano.

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