Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 31

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The alternative Queen's speech

Well, for this queen, 2001 has been an annus R hideous. I lost my friend Tranny Paul. Add to that the events of September 11, the ensuing war, and the fact that I fell in love for the first time in seven years and had my heart broken without a word of explanation.

Byers urged to tell truth on rail safety

Minister accused of concealing bad news as chaos grows EMBATTLED Minister Stephen Byers was last night accused of burying bad news about whether life-saving plans to improve rail safety have been carried out. Some 41 key safety recommendations made after the 1999 Paddington rail crash that killed 31 people and injured another 500 were due to have been in place by last week. On June 19 he said that he had asked the independent Health and Safety Commission (HSC) to ensure Lord Cullen's recommendations were acted upon and report back within six months.

Family leads fight to save hero's island from tourists

THE granddaughter of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is fighting to prevent his final resting place from being ruined by tourists. Alexandra Shackleton fears adventure seekers will damage the fragile ecology of the South Atlantic island of South Georgia.

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