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Articles from December 24, 2007

1,000 Sleep Rough at Heathrow after Fog Cancels F Lights; Stuck: Passengers at Heathrow, above and below, Where Fog Has Led to the Cancellation of Dozens of Planes. BAA Provided Blankets and Chairs as Makeshift Beds for Those Who Were Forced to Spend the Night in the Airport
Byline: DICK MURRAY AN estimated 1,000 passengers trying to get away for Christmas had tospend the night in Heathrow airport lounges after their flights were cancelledin thick fog. Passengers face more disruption today as London airports struggle...
11 Dead as 88mph Snow Storms Batter Mid-US
Byline: ED HARRIS AT LEAST 11 people have been killed and more than 130,000 left withoutelectricity as the central United States was battered by winter storms. The core was a huge storm which hit Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan yesterdayand...
(1) Fury as Public Transport Is Closed Down for Christmas (2) TRAVELLING IN LONDON OVER THE HOLIDAY; Slow: Traffic in the Fog, Which Has Caused Transport Problems across the Capital over the Past Few Days
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA, PIPPA CRERAR TRANSPORT bosses came under fire today over services being shut down atChristmas. There is mounting anger over the national rail network being closed for morethan 48 hours from 8pm tonight as well as there...
2007: A Busy Year for News
Byline: VALENTINE LOW Bubbly personality: how did Jonny Wilkinson break a habit? Not much of an honour: No10 aide Ruth Turner became the first of what in January? Net loss: this woman complained of something fishy going on with her soon-to-be former...
A Busy Year for News but How Much Did You Remember? Answers to Our Quiz
NEWS 1. To call the class teddy bear Mohammed. 2. Clive Goodman of the News Of The World, jailed for intercepting mobile phonemessages. 3. Conrad Black. 4. Prince Harry, questioned over the shooting of two hen harriers and bannedfrom going...
An Evening at Calamity Hotel Christmas Television; 1.going for Gold: David Tennant and Kylie Minogue in Doctor Who 2.pas De Trois: Yasmin Paige, Lucy Boynton and Emma Watson in Ballet Shoes
Byline: CERI THOMAS CHRISTMAS AT THE RIVIERA 9PM, ITV1, TONIGHT There aren't a lot of surprises in Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni's Crimbocomedy-drama. The boys behind The Worst Week of My Life shape up an entirelypredictable selection box of...
At Last I'm a Convert to the Cult of Christmas; BNP Bride: Simone Clarke, the Ballerina Who Is to Marry Richard Barnbrook
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN THIS WEEK, amid the shopping, we should never forget that we arecelebrating a major landmark in faith: the sudden, miraculous arrival of a newfigure destined to galvanise our religion. Betrayed and crucified in hislifetime,...
Average House Up 7% in Year to [Pounds Sterling]315,400
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL LONDON house prices are ending this year at an average of [pounds sterling]315,400just over seven per cent higher than at its start. The figures, published today by price monitor Hometrack, show this has been ayear of...
Beatrix Potter Springs to Life with the Royal Ballet; Animal Charm: Royal Ballet Dancers Perform as Beatrix Potter Characters Jemima Puddle-Duck, the Fox and Jeremy Fisher in a Production That Thrilled Children in the Audience at the Royal Opera House
Byline: SARAH FRATER REVIEW Les Patineurs/Tales of Beatrix Potter ..... Royal Opera House SARAH FRATER PIGS on pointe, dancing ducks and rabbits with rarefied manners. The RoyalBallet's Tales of Beatrix Potter will grate with many grown-ups...
Beauties, Beasts and Coffee-Table Treats
Byline: DAVID SEXTON, KATIE LAW Beauties, bathing and otherwise: clockwise from far left, Woman in Red by Walter Bird, 1935 from A Century of Colour Photography; Glenn Close and others from Glamour Girls by Patrick McMullen; Arctic Fox, from Vanishing...
Beer Drinkers in Capital Face Sobering Year with the Cost of a Pint Set to Hit [Pounds Sterling]
THE price of a pint in London is set to break through the [pounds sterling]4 barrier. Soaring barley, hop and fuel costs will be passed on to consumers by thebrewers, who have also suffered a wave of thefts of valuable beer kegs. The price of...
Boris Signs Up Tory Election Guru to Boost Bid for Mayor; New Aide for Boris: Strategist Lynton Crosby Has Been Described as a "Master of the Dark Political Arts"
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR BORIS JOHNSON has signed up Australian election strategist Lynton Crosbyto help him win the London Mayoral contest. Mr Crosby, who starts as campaign strategy chief early next month, has decadesof experience of successfully...
Cameron Would Make the Best PM Say Voters
Byline: JASON BEATTIE VOTERS today delivered a damning verdict on Gordon Brown's first sixmonths as Prime Minister in a poll showing widespread public appetite for achange of government. A survey for the Independent shows most people think David...
Cheap Thrills for the Late Starters; Slow off the Mark: Tardy Shoppers Who Benefited from the Early Sales Include, from Far Left, Levent Mehmet, Kate Taunton, Clive Bowden and, Right, Emma Uprichard Cheap Thrills for the Late startersDiscount Christmas: A Bustling Oxford Street Yesterday as Shoppers Found Many Sales Already under Way. Retail Figures Have Been Affected by the Credit Crunch and Experts Predicted a Bonanza in Sale Bargains
Byline: LUCY HANBURY LONDON'S last-minute Christmas shoppers found unprecedented earlybargains in Oxford Street at the weekend. Carley Barnett, 22, from Kent, who works in recruitment, said: "I am shoppingso late because I thought it would be...
Cheers to the Chaos of My Family Christmas; the Cavendish Clan: Lucy and Michael with, from Left, Jeremiah, Three, Leonard, Four, Ottoline, Eight Months and Raymond, 11
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH CHRISTMAS in my house equates to madness. Every year I get excited aboutit and every year I end up so stressed out I wonder why I celebrate it at all.I try to get organised, I really do, yet somehow I end up rushing around...
CHRISTMAS DAY DRESSING: WHAT THE STYLE LEADERS SAY; Bright Choice: Pumps from [Pounds Sterling]65 by French Sole (01189 888 800)
JOANNA JEFFREYS Press manager for Harvey Nichols "I shall wear my Alaia leggings and a Nina Ricci oversized jumper forbreakfast, then go off to Claridge's for Christmas lunch wearing my new Rodartedress and Jonathan Kelsey heels. If you want, you...
Christmas Ghosts Won't Spook Blues; Job Well Done: Joe Cole Holds off Ryan Nelsen before Scoring the Only Goal of the Game, Giving Chelsea the Perfect Start to What Will Be a Challenging Series of Christmas Fixtures
Byline: Leo Spall Chelsea 1 Blackburn 0 CHELSEA are heading into the festive period insisting they can banish the ghostof Christmas past. A deeper and better-balanced squad have provided confidence that the problemswhich wrecked their title...
Christmas Rail the Great Rail Rip-Off; Captive Market: By Shifting the Burden of Paying for the Railways from Taxpayers to Fare Payers, Ministers Hope to Price off Demand
Byline: CHRISTIAN WOLMAR PASSENGERS struggling on to the railways for the Christmas break arebeing hit by a double whammy that's not at all in the spirit of the season. Notonly are most people having to pay the full whack for their tickets, but...
Dempsey Urges Fulham to Stick with Ray
Byline: DAVID SMITH CLINT DEMPSEY today called for Fulham caretaker-manager Ray Lewington tobecome the full-time replacement for Lawrie Sanchez. The American's late equaliser against Wigan on Saturday earned Fulham the pointthat took them out...
Discounts of Up to 70% as Big Stores Start Their Sales Early: Here's Your Guide to the Best of the Bargains in London
Byline: KAT BAKER HARRODS Discounts of up to 70.. per cent, from Friday to 26.. January.Oscar de la Renta long crepe dress reduced from [pounds sterling].3,250... to [pounds sterling]1,.600.. .Harrods cashmere sweater down from [pounds sterling]129.....
Festival to Mark Chinese Culture and Games Link; Raise the Red Lantern: The China in London Festival, Lasting Two Months, Will Celebrate the Country's Arts, Heritage and Culture
Byline: LOUISE JURY THE biggest celebration of Chinese culture that London has seen willtake place next year as Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympics. Institutions including Kew Gardens, London Zoo, the British Museum and theVictoria and Albert Museum...
Fit-Again Walsh Is Back for Showdown; Making a Point: Ruby Walsh Yesterday
Byline: WILL HAYLER RUBY WALSH will take the reins aboard Kauto Star in the Stan James KingGeorge VI Chase after returning to action unscathed in Ireland yesterday. Walsh, who partnered the seven-year-old to victory in the race 12 months ago,finished...
Forgive Me, Please- It's the Thought That Counts
Byline: SOPHIA MONEY-COUTTS FORGIVE me, high street, I'm one of those reluctant shopperscontributing to your misery. Not because I'm nervous about the impendingfinancial crisisI have no credit left to be crunched but because I'm bad at shopping....
Fury as Public Transport Is Closed Down for Christmas
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA TRANSPORT bosses came under fire today over services being shut down atChristmas. There is mounting anger over the national rail network being closed for morethan 48 hours from 8pm tonight as well as there being no Tubes...
Going, Going, Gone - My Desperate Bid to Find Iggle
Byline: ANNE McELVOY WHERE, oh where, is Iggle Piggle? An eBay seller in Macclesfield todeliver by the end of today is all I really need for Christmas. The BBC has managed the extraordinary feat of producing a series so successfuland acceptable...
Graveney in Firing Line after His Big Guns Misfire; Seeking New Role: David Graveney
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN and his team-mates should organise the whip-round ifDavid Graveney turns out to be the biggest fall-guy following England's sorryTest trip to Sri Lanka. Interviews for the new post of national selector start...
Josh Hopes for a New Leash of Life; Business as Usual: Josh Lewsey, Tackled by Bristol's Jason Hobson on Saturday, Is Refusing to Put His Feet Up over Christmas
Byline: Chris Jones ENGLAND wing Josh Lewsey will take his rugby frustrations out on thefamily dogs by enlisting their help for a Christmas Day training session in apersonal bid to revive London Wasps' undistinguished Guinness Premiershipseason....
Kauto Is Still a Step Ahead of the Dancer; Christmas Cracker: Kauto Star Is Primed to Land Kempton Park's Showpiece Race for the Second Year Running on Wednesday
Byline: Will Hayler KAUTO STAR can take first blood in the battle to prove himself Britain'sstar steeplechaser by taking the Stan James King George VI Chase for the secondyear running at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. Fast-improving stablemate Denman...
Ken's Towers of Injustice
KEN LIVINGSTONE now intends to demand that small housebuildersdeveloping 10 or more properties make 50 per cent "affordable", yet he bendsthe rules when the big developers propose his beloved skyscrapers. In normal housing schemes, the size of flats...
'Madness' to Close Train Station at This Time; Join the Queue: Passengers Are Directed on to Replacement Coach Services outside Liverpool Street Station
Byline: LUCY HANBURY PASSENGERS today called a decision to close Liverpool Street trainstation just before Christmas "mad", and said insufficient warning had beengiven. Many were caught unawares, with those heading for Stansted having to catchreplacement...
Mobiles Are Failing to Connect with the Online Revolution; Screen Test: We Are Not All Googling Away on Our Phones on the Train to Work and the Networks Are Being Partly Held to Blame
Byline: GIDEON SPANIER HOW many mobile phones will Santa Claus be bringing down the chimneytonight? With global sales running at 100 million a month, it's fair to say hissack will be full of them. There are now about three billion phones globally,three...
NHS Cuts 'Will Doom Half of Small Pharmacies'
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD HUNDREDS of community chemists face closure under cuts by ministers. As many as 400 will see payments plummet unless they hit new prescriptiontargets. This could force half of the independents in London to shut. Campaigners...
NHS 'Must Scrap [Pounds Sterling]32bn Database after Files Fiasco'
Byline: JOE MURPHY A GIANT NHS computer project could be scrapped after new data blundersincluding the loss of 160,000 London children's health records. Doctors and patient groups have joined the Conservatives in urging a rethink ofthe "Connecting...
Paperbacks
Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD PAPERBACKSWhat Makes Women Happy by Fay Weldon (Harper Perennial,[pounds sterling].7.99) "AMAZINGLY interesting bananas." That's what Fay Weldon likes to whip up withblackening fruit, butter, sugar and 20 minutes under...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS CHRISTMAS AT THE RIVIERA 9.pm, ITV1 THIS hotel-set one-off never bolts its drama and comedy elements together andthe result is slow and patchy in place. A gobsmackingly good cast top loaded with comedy talent from Warren...
Santa Clothes
Byline: KAREN DACRE Classic approach: printed silk top, [pounds sterling]99, from Hobbs(020 7586 5550)Dressing up: prom dress with ribbon tie, [pounds sterling]18, from Matalan (www.matalan.co.uk)Left: sequined top, [pounds sterling]35, from Marks...
Small Is Beautiful in the Party Stakes
Byline: VICKY WARD IT IS said that despite the gloomy financial forecasts, America'swealthiest one per cent remains blithely unaffected. I have personally observedthis to be true. This holiday season, the very rich have partied as if the word"recession"...
Spending Brakes on after One Last Splurge; Buying Time: The Sales Are Already Beginning but Belt-Tightening Starts Soon
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE THIS year's enormous post-Christmas sales will go down in retail historyas the last major shopping splurge before consumers put a sharp brake on theirspending. Sales in many stores have already started and shoppers are expected...
Stakebuilder Puts Shine on Platmin
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES of Platmin began nudging back towards record levels today, withthe price adding a penny to 470p, boosted by record platinum prices andevidence of further stakebuilding. On Friday, Mineral Securities, steady at 71p,...
Stakebuilder Puts Shine on Platmin CITY SPY Cityspy@standard.Co.UK
Byline: MICKEY CLARKE SHARES of Platmin, a Canadian-based explorer of platinum in SouthAfrica, have been nudging back towards their best-ever levels, boosted by arecord platinum price and evidence of further stakebuilding. On Friday, Mineral...
STORES SLASH BOXING DAY PRICES BY 70%; (1) Bargain Hunters: Crowds of Shoppers Are Expected to Hit the High Street on Boxing Day to Benefit from Record Discounts (2) Last-Minute: Carley Barnett Picks Up Bagfuls of Bargains in Oxford Street
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN LONDON shoppers are set for a spectacular sales bonanza. Discounts of up to 70 per cent are predicted on a wide range of products withthe best bargains in fashion and electrical goods. Huge queues of bargain hunters...
The Best Way to Raid the Shops; Magical Moments with the Beasties: A Northern Long-Eared Owl in a Wild Rosebush in Champenoux, France. Photograph by Regis Cavignaux, Taken from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Reviewed on Page 35
Byline: DAVID SEXTON ONLY a few hours left to buy presents? Heading for a bookshop makessense but you need a plan. Don't trust to the bookshop's display to guide youto the titles you wantremember, as soon as you walk in you're in the midst of a...
Welcome, Don Fabio, to a Land of Roasts and Hypocrisy
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN AS THE neuroses of those of us lumbered with the cooking turn totomorrow's bird, what could be more festive than tidings of a sizzling Yuletideroast? For this thanks must go to the News of the World which yesterday carrieda...
Wenger: Don't Get Carried Away; Crackers: Nicklas Bendtner Heads Arsenal's Winner, Emmanuel Adebayor (above) Opens the Scoring and Manuel Almunia Saves Robbie Keane's Penalty
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENAL enter Christmas in a better position to sustain a titlechallenge than in any of Arsene Wenger's three previous Premier League-winningseasons but he is taking nothing for granted. The 2-1 win over Tottenham gives Arsenal...
Why Was Mentally Ill Man Left Free to Kill My Son? Mother's Anguish: Dolores Altaras with Her Son, Sound Engineer Tom Easton
Byline: JACK LEFLEY THE mother of a man stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic todaydemanded answers from the mental health bosses who left him free to kill astranger. Barrington McKenzie stopped taking his medication and was smoking cannabisshortly...
Will Hayler's Guide to Boxing Day's Other Televised Races (C4)
1.20 SILVERBURN (nb) can ensure that Kauto Star's trainer, PaulNicholls, goes home with at least one big winner. A brother of Denman, he hasalways been highly regarded but lacks the physical presence of his sibling andmay yet need more time to reach...
YouTube Is Ruled by Queen with 380,000 Hits; Bring in the New the Queen Shows Her Landmark 1957 Message on a Modern Flat Screen Television at Buckingham Palace in the Broadcast Tomorrow
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK THE Queens YouTube channel has become a surprise internet hit, withalmost 400,000 people watching it in its first two days. The video on the website includes a series of archive and recent footage aboutthe royal family....
You've Got Hate Male; Bad Case of Bruised Pride: Auriol Smith (Lady Smatter) and Clive Francis (Sir Roderick) as the Lover She Jilted at the Altar
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH THEATRE The Woman Hater Orange Tree, Richmond *** THE Orange Tree's latest discovery from its valuable delving into the mausoleumof forgotten plays serves a reminder of Fanny Burney's importance. VirginiaWoolf described...