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Articles from December 27, 2007

12 Years Is Too Soon to Free My Husband's Murderer; Crucial Hearing: Frances Lawrencewill Oppose an Application for Earlyrelease by Learco Chindamo, Left, Whomurdered Her Husband Philip Outsidehis School in 1cmcmci
Byline: ED HARRIS THE widow of murdered headmaster Philip Lawrence is trying to block hiskiller's bid for early release from jail. Frances Lawrence today revealed that she will write to the Parole Board urgingit to delay the release of Learco...
(1) Montana's Breaking the Mould to Earn Her Shot at Gold (2) THE ONES TO WATCH; New Estate Agent: Montana Jones Is Equally Adept with Bullets and Blade (Below)
Byline: Matthew Beard Young modern pentathlete hails from a council estate rather than acountry estate IN modern pentathlon, Montana Jones is something of a novelty. Traditionally the five-event Olympic sportcomprising shooting, fencing, swimming,...
2007 - So What Kind of a Year Was It for You? (1) So Much Advice: Liz Hoggard and Friends (2)Golden Presence: Dame Judi Dench in Sue Birtwhistle's Version of Cranford (3)A Life Well Lived: Tim Lott on Their Wedding Day(4)Happier Days Nirpal Dhalwal before His Split with His Wife Journalist Liz Jones
GOOD TIM LOTT Who Got married for the second time2007 WASN'T perfect. There were money worries, career hiccups and the standardquota of rows and family hysterics. But one thing radiated enough light to obliterate all the shadows cast by thetribulations....
Afghans Expel Envoys 'For Talking to Taliban'
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL TWO diplomats accused of holding secret talks with the Taliban weretoday expelled from Afghanistan. Mervyn Patterson, a senior UN official from Northern Ireland, and IrishmanMichael Semple, deputy head of the EU mission...
Another Holiday in the Family Time-Warp
Byline: NIRPAL DHALIWAL HAVING spent the past few days with my parents and siblings, I'mastonished that such wildly different people can exist in the same family.Being around them is one of the most annoying but inspiring experiences I'vehad in...
A Sense of the New Kate; Period Drama: Charity Wakefield Is Marianne Dashwood in the New BBC Adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Which Was Filmed on Location in Devon, above. She Is Reprising the Role Played by Kate Winslet in 1995, Below
Byline: AMAR SINGH IT'S the role that helped make Kate Winslet a movie star 12 years ago.Now an unknown 26-year-old London actress is to be propelled to stardom byplaying Marianne Dashwood in Sense And Sensibility. Charity Wakefield will play...
ASSASSINATED; (1) Grief: A Man Crouches in the Debris of Today's Attack. Benazir Bhutto's Assassin Killed about Other People When He Detonated a Bomb after Shooting Ms Bhutto (2) Final Moment: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, Waves from Her Car in Rawalpindi Seconds before She Was Shot Twice by a Suicide Bomber Who Then Detonated His Device Killing Her and 20 Others
Byline: JOE MURPHY BENAZIR BHUTTO was shot dead by a gunman today who then detonated a bombkilling himself and about 20 others. The former prime minister of Pakistan tried to duck into a car as the manstarted shooting but was hit in the head...
Avram Heads for the January Sales; (1) Jumping for Joy: Ashley Cole Leaps on Michael Ballack after the German's Late Goal Looked to Have Won All Three Points for Chelsea (2) Top Draw: Andriy Shevchenko Scores from Thepenalty Spot to Make It .2-1 (above Left) and Thencelebrates His Second to Level at .2-2. Alex (Far Left)puts the Blues 3-2 Ahead before Michael Ballack's Free-Kick (Left) Looked to Have Won the Game
Byline: Leo Spall Aston Villa 4 Chelsea 4 AVRAM GRANT was today reviewing his approach to the January transfer windowafter the problems for Chelsea's squad multiplied. The Israeli had been taking a cautious approach and was expected to bid...
Bargain Hunter; FOR CAPTIONS SEE: TEXT
Byline: LAURA CRAIK SHOULD I go down to the sales today? Oh, I don't know. On the one hand,it would be nice to get out of the house. On the other hand, it would be niceto stay in. Why does Christmas, and the simple act of eating so much food andwatching...
BHUTTO KILLED IN BOMB ATTACK; Dead: Benazir Bhutto Was in Rawalpindi When the Bombers Struck
Byline: JOE MURPHY BENAZIR BHUTTO was killed in a suicide bomb attack today. At least 15 others died in the blast during a rally in the city of Rawalpindi.Ms Bhutto, 54, a former prime minister of Pakistan, was a leading figure in theopposition...
Bhutto Knew Risk but Refused to Be Cowed; Champion of Muslim Women: Benazir Bhutto Asa Student at Oxford in 1973 Left. above, with Her Children Bilawal, Then 11,baktawar, Nine,and Asafa, Six, in 1999. Right, at a Banquet in Honour of the Queen in Islamabad in 1997
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS JUST before Benazir Bhutto was cut down by a suicide bomber inRawalpindi her trusted aide and friend Fawzia Wahab said: "The politicalaccount will finally be settled here." He spoke in a mood of confidence andoptimism, for...
'Big Two' Ready to End Racing Crisis by Agreeing New TV Deal; Looking Good: Punters in Most Betting Shops Should Be Able to Watch Action from All of Britain's Race Meetings after a Potential Blackout Looks like Being Averted at the Last Minute
Byline: Will Hayler BRITAIN'S two largest bookmakers are ready to agree a last-minute dealto avert a broadcast blackout of key race meetings within the next few days. Ladbrokes and William Hill both seem certain to follow the lead of rivals Coraland...
Break the Transport Logjam
CHRISTIAN Wolmar (24 December) exposes a double standard in thetransport policy debate. Rising rail demand leads to calls for more capacity.Demand for road transport is also rising: motorway tailbacks have joined dryturkey and the Queen as Christmas...
Camping out for Cut-Price Trousers Is Not My Style
Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS AT A time when even the Queen has embraced technology and posted herannual message on YouTube, I was unusually disconnected from modern life thisweek. Stranded in the Highlands with no internet available, it was hard to...
Denman's Turn to Show His Gold Cup Credentials; on the Up: Denman Faces Five Opponents in The[pounds sterling]1,Lexus Chase at Leopardstown Tomorrow
Byline: WILL HAYLER FOUR British raiders dominate the line-up for tomorrow's [pounds sterling]135,000 LexusChase at Leopardstown with Denman looking to respond to his stablemate KautoStar's impressive King George VI Chase win at Kempton yesterday....
Don't Let Cost-Cutters Axe the Best of Local London; Anger: Demonstrators Dressed as a Forensic Team Protest against the "Cultural Crimes" of Waltham Forest Council outside the Town Hall
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN AS THE writer Paul Theroux once said, my London is not your London,though everyone's Washington DC is pretty much the same. One of the greatestjoys of our matchless city is that we can live here all our lives and stillfind...
Even If You Don't Buy Anything You See Fights over Jeans
Byline: VALENTINE LOW OXFORD STREET at 5am: It's locust time. The queue outside Next is morethan 100 yards long and the security guards are getting edgy as opening timeapproaches. Someone at the front of the queue starts a countdown. "Five, four,...
Even Opponents Will Call Benazir Death a Tragedy
Byline: SIMON HENDERSON THE killing of Benazir Bhutto was entirely predictable. President PervezMusharraf, the military dictator justturned civilian leader, saw her as athreat to his continuing style of rule. She herself preferred an almostout-ofcontrol...
Ex-Labour Chief May Face Criminal Charges over Donorgate Scandal
Byline: JOE MURPHY LABOUR'S former chief official could face criminal charges over thedonorgate scandal, it was claimed today. Peter Watt was forced to quit as general secretary when the [pounds sterling]670,000 of illicitdonations became public....
Fit-Again King Eyes a Place in Capello's First Squad; Christmas Comeback: Ledley King
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON LEDLEY KING today set his sights on a place in Fabio Capello's firstEngland squad after finally making a first appearance of the season forTottenham. The Spurs captain made a shock return against Fulham yesterday having...
Fit-Again King Eyes Place in Capello's First Squad; Christmas Comeback: Ledley King
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON LEDLEY KING today set his sights on a place in Fabio Capello's firstEngland squad after finally making his Tottenham comeback. The Spurs captain was a surprise starter against Fulham yesterday, having beenout since June...
French to Uncork Lift in Bubbly Production; Top of the Pops: Formula One Wonder Lewis Hamilton Celebrates in Champagne Style
Byline: ALLAN HALL FRENCH plans to expand the Champagne vineyards region for the first timein almost a century were today expected to be fast-tracked to go ahead nextyear after yet another Christmas of record bubbly sales. French Champagne houses...
From Trailing the Taliban to My Quest for a New Bond Girl; (1) Catapulted to Fame: Marc Forster with the Two Boys, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada and Zekeria Ebrahimi on the Set of the Kite Runner (2) Eclecticism: Forster Will Direct Daniel Craig in the Forthcoming Bond Movie; JohnnyDepp and Freddie Highmore in His .... Film, Finding Neverland, about JM Barrie
Byline: NICK CURTIS MARC Forster wants to set the record straight. Earlier this year, theGermanborn director was feted after early screenings for his adaptation ofKhalid Hosseini's bestseller, The Kite Runner. Forster's film, it was said, wasdelicate,...
Fulham's New Boss Faces a Total Free Fall; (1) Take That: Jermain Defoe Wraps Up the Scoring for Spurs with Noat the Lane (2) Mr Tonderful: Robbie Keane Takes His Premier League Goal Tally to 100, Scoring the First and Third for Spurs While Tom Huddlestone Hits the Second and Fourth from Long Range
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON Tottenham 5 Fulham 1 JOHN COLLINS may be the favourite to become the next Fulham manager but hecould arrive too late to save them from relegation. Close friends of Collins, who quit as Hibernian manager last week, expect...
Gaffney Likes Look of Ugly Victories
Byline: CHRIS JONES ALAN GAFFNEY, the Saracens director of rugby, accepts his team arehaving to "win ugly" this season but argues the means justify the end as theyenter 2008 as London's leading Guinness Premiership club. With a crowd of more...
Girl, 7, Dies on Christmas Quad Bike; Model: A Shark Quad Bike Similar to the One the Girl Was Riding
Byline: CATHERINE HARKER A GIRL of seven was killed as she rode her Christmas present quad bikeon a country road. Elizabeth Cooke and her 10-year-old brother Jack were each on bikes followingtheir father's car along a winding, unlit lane yesterday...
HEARTBREAK FOR CHILDREN OF DEAD PC; Scene of Tragedy: Police outside the House in Wembley Where Their Colleague, a Father of Three, Died
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE policeman who died after being called to break up a Boxing Daydomestic row was a father of three. The 48-year-old constable collapsed outside a house in Wembley as colleaguesarrested a man during a violent struggle,...
Ice School Musical Glides in; Skating Spectacular: The Hugely Energetic Cast of the Musical Perform as If Their Lives Depend on It at the Owith the Two-Hour Show Featuring Both the Original and Sequel of the Infectious Disney Films
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU REVIEW High School MusicalThe Ice Tour O2 Until 30 December 0871 984 0002. FOR MORE INFO www.theO.co.uk HAVING over-indulged on turkey and pudding there can be only one thing left. The cheese. High School Musical, that...
I'm No Diver; Taking the Michael: Zat Knight Was Sent off for Bringing Down Michael Ballack for the Penalty Which Handed Chelsea a Lifeline
Byline: LEO SPALL MICHAEL BALLACK has angrily dismissed the allegation he took a diveagainst Aston Villa. The Chelsea midfielder insists he is no cheat and that there was contact fromZat Knight when he won a penalty in yesterday's fiery 4-4 draw....
I've Had a Brilliant Year, Boasts 'Stalinist' Brown
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON BROWN was today accused of "Stalinist" re-writing of historyafter No 10 published a glowing account of his first six months in office. The "Look Back At The PM's Year 2007" gives a month-by-month review of MrBrown's...
Little Boys Lost; Child's Play: Despite Their Different Backgrounds Amir (Zekeria Ebrahimi) and Hassan (Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada) Become Friends before the Russians Invaded Afghanistan
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM The Kite Runner Cert N NOBODY'S perfect, as Some Like It Hot had it. And no film is either. But Marc Forster's adaptation of Khalid Hosseini'sfamous novel about guilt and redemption easily transcends its faults to becomethe...
Marleybow Looks Set to Take Centre Stage at Newbury; Class Apart: Kauto Star Again Showed He Is the Best Steeplechaser in Britain by Comfortably Winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton Yesterday from Our Vic and Exotic Dancer
Byline: WILL HAYLER UNBEATEN Marleybow could put his lofty reputation on the line againsttop-class opponents at Newbury on Saturday. The Howard Johnson-trained fouryear-old, a winner of a bumper at Haydock lastseason, has had only one previous...
McAnuff: We Need to Adopt a Fortress Mentality; Jump to It: Jobi McAnuff Celebrates after His Late Equaliser Earned Watford a Point
Byline: ANDREW FIFIELD Cardiff 2 Watford 2 JOBI McANUFF has warned Watford to find a cure for their homesickness or faceseeing their promotion dreams destroyed. The in-form winger spared his team a fifth defeat in six games at Vicarage Roadwith...
MRSA Infection Rates Are Highest in London
Byline: AMY IGGULDEN PATIENTS are more likely to catch the superbug MRSA in a hospital inLondon than in any other part of the country. A government report reveals that the number of infections in the capital is atleast 12 per cent higher than...
MRSA Infection Rates Highest in London Hospitals
Byline: AMY IGGULDEN PATIENTS are more likely to catch the superbug MRSA in a hospital inLondon than in any other part of the country. A government report reveals that the number of infections in the capital is atleast 12 per cent higher than...
Nolberto's Target Is a Final Place in Top Eight; Point the Way: Nolberto Solano
Byline: KEN DYER NOLBERTO SOLANO believes West Ham will finish in the top eight of thePremier League this season but only if they sort out their poor home form. Yesterday the Hammers drew 1-1 with Reading despite the visitors being reducedto...
Oil Shares Fuelled by US Stocks Fall
Byline: MICKEY CLARK OIL shares have been ticking better on both sides of the Atlantic thisweek as crude prices nudged towards $100 a barrel ahead of the latest US energyreserves numbers. Overnight on Wall Street, oil shares were marked higher,...
One's Speech Has Been Torn to Shreds and Widdled On
Byline: NICK CURTIS SUNDAY Goodness! I have been trying all day to write my Christmas speechbut there never seems to be a moment's peace. First of all, Philip keeps complaining about the weather in Sandringham. "Whycan't we be in one of the bloody...
On Your Marks ... Sales Rush Starts before Dawn
Byline: ADRIAN BUTLER, JIM ARMITAGE (1) 5AM NEXT, OXFORD ST It's 5am and the doors have just opened. A security guard behind a taped-off area tries to maintain order as the crowd clamours to get inside. Many have queued for hours to get their pick...
On Your Marks ... Sales Rush Starts before Dawn; 5AM NEXT, OXFORD ST It's Am and the Doors Have Just Opened. A Security Guard Behind a Taped-Off Area Tries to Maintain Order as the Crowd Clamours to Get Inside. Many Have Queued for Hours to Get Their Pick of the Bargains, belowEven If You Don't Buy Anything
Byline: ADRIAN BUTLER, JIM ARMITAGE MORE than half a million people were converging on the West End today asthe post-Christmas sales got into full swing. In Oxford Street queues formed outside Next and Marks & Spencer ahead of earlyopenings...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS EXTRAS 9pm, BBC1 THE last outing for extra turned star Andy (RickyGervais) is a bleak and frankly overlong affair. There are almost more celeb cameos than laughs (Clive Owen, Gordon Ramsay,George Michael et al). For all...
PM Faces Terror Revolt and 'Coup' Rumours
Byline: JOE MURPHY GORDON BROWN faces defeat on terrorist detentions amid new speculationabout his leadership. A survey of MPs for human rights group Liberty claimed only a third backed hisplan to hold suspects for up to 42 days without charge....
Police Target Gun Gangsters to Stop Club Shootings
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT ARMED gangsters infiltrating London's nightclubs are being targeted bypolice in a festive season crackdown. Firearms officers are mounting roadblocks to intercept gunmen travelling toclubs and others will visit premises...
[Pounds Sterling]25m Bacon Leads Battle of the Art Auctions; Modern Classic: Study of A Nude with Figure in A Mirror by Francis Bacon Goes on Sale at Sotheby's in February
Byline: AMAR SINGH A PAINTING of a grotesque nude woman by Francis Bacon is set to sell formore than [pounds sterling]25 million as London's two big auction houses go head to head incontemporary art sales. Study Of A Nude With Figure In A Mirror,...
Property Prices 'Set to Fall for Months'; Deal of No Deals: Home Loan Approvals Have Redently Been Tumblings
Byline: NICK GOODWAY THE housing market is continuing to slow down, according to new datatoday. The combination of the credit crunch making banks more reluctant to lend andconsumer spending being reined in means house prices and sales will carry...
Redknapp's Defensive Plan Can Halt Arsenal's March on the Title; Bottled Up: Emmanuel Adebayor, Tussling Here with Sol Campbell, Ploughed a Lonely Furrow Up Front
Byline: MICHAEL HART Arsenal 0 Portsmouth 0 ARSENE WENGER may have been upset by Portsmouth's tactics but he has been inthe game long enough to know that Arsenal's title hopes will depend on theirability to outwit teams that rely on deep defensive...
'The O Factor' Oprah's Vote Is Just the Business for Obama; "My Favourite Person": Winfrey Embraces Obama at a Rally for the Democratic Presidential Hopeful in South Carolina This Month
Byline: JAMES DORAN THEY call it "The O Factor". When Oprah Winfrey, the American chat show host, media mogul and one of therichest women in the world, puts her name behind a product millions of dollarsof sales are sure to follow. But can "The...
This Man Ruined Our Euro Dream. Can You Remember His Name?
This man ruined our Euro dream. Can you remember his name? Test your knowledge of 2007 with our quiz of the year FOOTBALL 1 Who scored Croatia's winning goal that prevented England from qualifying forEuro 2008)? 2Name the Chelsea players...
THIS WEEK'S DVD RELEASES; Pregnant Pause : Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen in Kncked Up
Byline: STEVE MORRISSEY Knocked Up (Universal, cert 15) Beauty-and-the-beast comedy that startsoff as a funny boy-movie full of knob jokes and winds up as an averagegirl-film about commitment. 1408 (Paramount, cert 15) Now this hasn't happened...
Toast to a Bigger Champagne; Fizzing: Vineyards in the Area near Reims Could Soon Be Joined by Others Nearby in the Production of Champagne
Byline: ALLAN HALL FRENCH plans to expand the Champagne vineyard region for the first timein almost a century were today expected to be fast-tracked to go ahead nextyear after yet another Christmas of record sales. French Champagne houses are...
Vandals Go on Rampage during Tube Shutdown; Aftermath: Graffiti Covers an Entire Wall at Arsenal Tube, One of Five Stations That Vandals Broke into after the Underground Shut for More Than .. Hours on Christmas Eve Defaced: Some of the Graffiti Tags Were Present at All the Vandalised Stations
Byline: ADRIAN BUTLER A STRING of central London Tube stations have been targeted by vandalswho caused tens of thousands of pounds of damage over Christmas. Old Street, Angel, Caledonian Road, Holloway Road and Arsenal stations were alldefaced...
Vandals Go on Rampage during Tube Shutdown; Aftermath: Graffiti Covers an Entire Wall at Arsenal Tube, One of Five Stations That Vandals Broke into during the Christmas Break
Byline: ADRIAN BUTLER A STRING of central London Tube stations have been targeted by vandalswho caused tens of thousands of pounds of damage over Christmas. Old Street, Angel, Caledonian Road, Holloway Road and Arsenal stations were alldefaced...
Wife Killer Just Released from Mental Clinic
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER A WEALTHY businessman who murdered his wife before killing himself in acar crash had been sent home from a mental hospital just days earlier, itemerged today. Neighbours said Roger Goswell, 66, was discharged from...