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Articles from May 23, 2007

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100 Liverpool Fans Fight over One Cup Final Ticket
UP TO 100 Liverpool fans fought each other on the streets of Athens today in a row over a single ticket for tonight's Champions League final. Two supporters were injured and taken to hospital after clashes in the Greek capital. The fight happened...
100 Liverpool Fans Fight over One Ticket to Athens Cup Final
UP TO 100 Liverpool fans fought each other on the streets of Athens today in a row over a single ticket for tonight's Champions League final. Two supporters were injured and taken to hospital following clashes in the Greek capital. The fight happened...
(1) Sheva Is Facing a Double Dilemma over Milan (2) Shevchenko Faces a Double Dilemma; SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?
THE WIFE of unsettled Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has hinted again he may be on his way back to AC Milan. Model Kristen Pazik, 29, and Shevchenko, 30, have spoken for the first time about the player's troubled year in an interview with Italian...
A Craicing Time in Galicia; Staying in Once Humble Homes Is All the Rage Now They Have Been Spruced Up
HOW long have your family lived here?" I asked Rafael. He shrugged his shoulders. "Dos mil anos?" Two thousand years. It's really something when your host casually takes his ancestry back to the birth of Christ, but after a week in the Galician...
All They Needed Was Love; Selling off EMI, Home to the Beatles, Is Tantamount to Selling off Our Musical Heritage. Who Is There Now to Nurture Britain's Stars of Tomorrow?
LIKE THE final track on Sgt Pepper, like The Beatles themselves, the end for EMI came with a sob and a sigh. At teatime on Monday, the world's oldest record company declared losses of [pounds sterling]264 million and no hope of recovery. A sale...
A Problem Shared; Mortgage Payments Are Going Up, but Don't Despair If You Buy into Shared Ownership They're Less Painful, Says Jane Barry
HOME-OWNERS know how painful an increase in the mortgage rate can be, and this month's marks the fourth in 10 months. But shared owners are usually better placed to withstand these rises. It is not just that they have smaller mortgages. Their other...
Ashley Bids [Pounds Sterling]133m for Newcastle Utd
BILLIONAIRE entrepreneur Mike Ashley today launched a shock [pounds sterling]133 million bid for Newcastle United in the latest bout of takeover fever to grip Premiership football. The owner of the Sports Direct retail chain paid [pounds sterling]55...
A Survival Plan to Keep Small Shops in Business; Leading Retailers Unveil Blueprint That Supports Our Campaign
A RADICAL blueprint for the survival of London's small shops is launched today by a panel of retail experts. The report, whose authors include Sir Terence Conran and Monsoon founder Peter Simon, endorses many of the demands of the Evening Standard's...
A Survival Plan to Keep Small Shops in Business; Leading Retailers Unveil Blueprint That Supports Our Campaign
A RADICAL blueprint for the survival of London's small shops islaunched today by a panel of retail experts. The report, whose authors include Sir Terence Conran and Monsoon founder Peter Simon, endorses many of the demands of the Evening Standard's...
A Survival Plan to Keep Small Shops in Business; Leading Retailers Unveil Blueprint That Supports Our Campaign EVENING STANDARD SAVE OUR SMALL SHOPS CAMPAIGN
A RADICAL blueprint for the survival of London's small shops is launched today by a panel of retail experts. The report, whose authors include Sir Terence Conran and Monsoon founder Peter Simon, endorses many of the demands of the Evening Standard's...
Bale's on His Way to Spurs for [Pounds Sterling]10m; Tottenham Close in on Deal for Southampton's Teen Left-Back
TOTTENHAM are close to agreeing a [pounds sterling]10million fee with Southampton for Wales defender Gareth Bale. The 17-year-old has been a long-term target of Martin Jol and Spurs previously tried to sign him during the January transfer window....
Bank Pondered Rate Rise of Half a Point
BANK of England hawks this month considered a rise in interest rates of half a percentage point unprecedented since the monetary policy committee was handed control of rates in 1997 before opting for a smaller increase. Minutes from this months...
Bank Pondered Rate Rise of Half a Point
BANK of England hawks this month considered a rise in interest rates of half a percentage point - unprecedented since the monetary policy committee was handed control of rates in 1997 - before opting for a smaller increase. Minutes from this month's...
Bank Pondered Rate Rise of Half a Point
BANK of England hawks this month considered a rise in interest rates of half a percentage point - unprecedented since the monetary policy committee was handed control of rates in 1997 - before opting for a smaller increase. Minutes from this month's...
Basic Luxury; Travel
Yurt Living The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel, Andalucia, Spain. Enjoy Bohemian chic in a solar-powered luxury yurt with its own shower and composting loo. These eco-friendly tents offer maximum comfort in a natural setting. Relax by the sand-ringed pool and...
BEEN TO EAT & VIETNAMESE WITH WELL-CHOSEN WINES; VIET GRILL 58 Kingsland Road, E2 (020 7739 6686) [Pounds Sterling]30
MALCOLM Gluck, aka Superplonk, has collaborated with Hieu Trung Bui, owner of Viet Grill and the nearby Cay Tre, to produce a wine list that complements the flavours of Vietnamese food. Two empty brown bottles left on the ledge beside our table suggested...
Berezovsky: KGB May Try to Kill Poison Suspect
THE life of the key suspect for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko is in danger, it was claimed today. Russian exile Boris Berezovsky said the Kremlin was prepared to kill Andrei Lugovoy rather than extradite him to face trial in Britain. In...
Best in the Show; GARDENING NEWS
California dreaming The Fetzer Sustainable Winery Garden shows how the green practices of a vineyard can be applied to a garden setting, and how drought-loving Californian wildflowers and grasses are ideal for drier, hotter summers. Homes &...
Black 'Ordered Cover-Up of Shareholders' Revolt'
PAUL HEALY'S account yesterday of Conrad Black's anger and concealment during the last months of his life as an international media tycoon in 2002 and 2003 was raw. According to Hollinger's former investors relations officer, Lord Black condemned...
Blueprint Calls for New Supremo after Ashes Humiliation
FORMER European golf supremo Ken Schofield's blueprint for the future of English cricket will include recommendations for three new high-profile positions and insist upon fewer games for international and county players. Schofield's remit was to...
Britain's Busiest Bike Thief; Labourer Often Stole Two Cycles a Day from Commuter Stations
THIS is Britain's most prolific lone bicycle thief caught redhanded on CCTV. Daniel Westrop, 27, is believed to have been stealing commuters' cycles, often two a day, for the past three years. He targeted mainly men's mountain bikes that had...
Britains Busiest Bike Thief; Labourer Often Stole Two Cycles a Day from Stations
THIS is Britains most prolific lone bicycle thief caught red-handed on CCTV. Daniel Westrop, 27, is believed to have been stealing commuters cycles, often two a day, for the past three years. Most often he targeted mens mountain bikes that had...
Britain's Busiest Bike Thief; Labourer Often Stole Two Cycles a Day from Stations
THIS is Britain's most prolific lone bicycle thief - caught redhanded on CCTV. Daniel Westrop, 27, is believed to have been stealing commuters' cycles, often two a day, for the past three years. Most often he targeted men's mountain bikes that...
British Crime Expert Slams Basic Errors of Maddy Police; Call for UK Officers to Review the Case
A LEADING British criminal analyst today launched a scathing attack on the Portuguese investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and demanded an immediate review of the case by British detectives. Mark Williams-Thomas, a former detective...
Call on the Designers; Design News
Bought to book Covered Sculpted swans, spider webs and leaping mackerel are just some of the motifs used by bookbinders in an exhibition at Flow Gallery in Notting Hill. Here is a great opportunity to glean advice on how to commission, conserve and...
Cameron Doesn't Need a Tory Campbell; MEDIA
DAVID Cameron does not have an Alastair Campbell figure behind him because it is blindingly obvious that he doesn't need one. Cameron is his own Campbell. I could pointto the fact that he was once a full-time PR for a TV company. But it is facile...
Chaos Tonight for 100,000 after Train Line Blaze
MORE than 100,000 rail commuters face chaos on their journeys home tonight after an explosion and fire underneath a key line. The blaze at an MoT garage in railway arches at Bermondsey halted all services between London Bridge and New Cross - some...
Charlie Is Our Darling on Our New TV Show; Charlie Luxton Presents Our Homes & Property Six-Part TV Series, Beginning Tomorrow. and He Practices What He Preaches in His Cotswold Home. Katrina Burroughs Watches Him Go through the Pain of Renovation
CHARLIE Luxton understands the pain of doing up a house, and so does his wife, Kate. When they moved into their two-up, two-down 19th century Cotswold cottage two years ago, she cried her eyes out. Her husband, however a tall, slim 33-year-old who...
Chelsea's Fashion Victims and Latin Lovers
I HAD LONG suffered from the neighbour's silver birch, which had been swallowing sunshine for years. Still I was surprised when my mother nipped over and took it down herself the minute the owners moved out. The offending tree was marched out thefront...
Cherish the Cutty Sark as a Symbol of London
FEW Londoners have not been moved by the tragedy of the Cutty Sark fire. But the great clipper is not merely a popular historical attraction; it is also a symbol of London's extraordinary maritime heritage. No city on earth has a more colourful...
Cherish the Cutty Sark as a Symbol of London; AND INCIDENTALLY
FEW Londoners have not been moved by the tragedy of the Cutty Sark fire. But the great clipper is not merely a popular historical attraction; it is also a symbol of London's extraordinary maritime heritage. No city on earth has a more colourful...
Cutty Sark Chiefs Deny Insurance Is Invalid
THE Cutty Sark is reliant on a massive insurance pay-out to cover the [pounds sterling]10,000 lost in costs every day the conservation project is delayed. The ship, which is insured for [pounds sterling]13 million, will need the full insurance pay-out...
Diary of an Estate Agent; Gorgeous Male Models, Revolting Lampshades and Pants in the Hallway Throw Everyone into a Tizzy in Fulham
MONDAY I had a call from the owner of a house near South Park, which she wanted valued. She warned me it was being refurbished, so I would be visiting a building site. Luckily, I keep a pair of trainers under the desk for just such situations. ...
Doctors Can Appeal over Flawed Job System, Says Judge
A HIGH Court judge today crit-icised the shake-up of junior doctors training as flawed and having disastrous consequences for medics. Mr Justice Goldring dismissed a case brought on behalf of the doctors. But he made it clear that those who were...
Don't Call Us Cheats, Says Milan Boss Carlo; AGuilty Teams Will Be Banned from Europe but Ancelotti Insists AC Deserve Their Place
AC MILAN coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his team fully deserve to be in tonight's Champions League Final against Liverpool despite having their reputation tarnished by the match-fixing scandal. The Italians began the Serie A season with an eight-point...
Dont Call Us Cheats, Says Milan Boss Carlo; Guilty Teams Will Be Banned from Europe but Ancelotti Says They Deserve Their Place
AC MILAN coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his team fully deserve to be in tonight's Champions League Final against Liverpool despite having their reputation tarnished by the match-fixing scandal. The Italians began the Serie A season with an eight-point...
Don't Call Us Cheats, Says Milan Boss Carlo; Guilty Teams Will Be Banned from Europe but Ancelotti Says They Deserve Their Place
AC MILAN coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his team fully deserve to be in tonight's Champions League Final against Liverpool despite having their reputation tarnished by the match-fixing scandal. The Italians began the Serie A season with an eight-point...
Don't Call Us Cheats; UEFA Won't Let 'Guilty' Teams in Euro Final Again but Carlo Insists AC Milan Will Be Worthy Winners
AC MILAN coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his team fully deserve to be in tonight's Champions League Final against Liverpool despite having their reputation tarnished by the match-fixing scandal. The Italians began the Serie A season with an eight-point...
ENERGY SPIES IN EVERY HOME -; Smart Meters Firms to Check from HQ How Much You Use
BIG BROTHER electricity and gas meters could be installed in every home in the country. The live machines connected to central computers will mean the end of readings by the meter man and of estimates. Utility companies will be obliged to fit...
ENERGY 'SPIES' IN EVERY HOME; Smart Meters Will Enable Gas and Electricity Firms to Check from HQ How Much You Use
"BIG BROTHER" electricity and gas meters could be installed in every home in the country. The "live" machines connected to central computers Continued on Page 2 The "live" machines connected to central computers will mean the end of readings by the...
Enjoy a Cordial Drink Full of Fruity Flavour; REAL FOOD CAMPAIGN
MOST cordials are not very generous. You must look for those with the highest concentration of fruit, or elderflower essence or whatever flavour it is. The taste will be better, the sugar content will be less, the ratio of water added to the cordial...
Even the Chino Mob Cant Ruin Magic of Wembley
MY VERDICT on the FA Cup Final? The match wasnt great, but the stadium is. Its just so enormous, so solid, so imposing and on an altogether different scale from any other football ground in England. So it should be for the money, I hear you say. I...
Even the Chino Mob Can't Ruin Magic of Wembley
MY VERDICT on the FA Cup Final? The match wasn't great, but the stadium is. It's just so enormous, so solid, so imposing and on an altogether different scale from any other football ground in England. So it should be for the money, I hear you say....
Football in Brief
GARETH BALEs precocity was evident from an early age. The 17-year-old was such an accomplished footballer when he was at school that his PE teacher had to devise special rules to give his classmates a chance. The Southampton left-back, who today...
Gareth Rewrites the Rulebook to Realise Premiership Dream
GARETH BALE's precocity was evident from an early age. The 17-year-old was such an accomplished footballer when he was at school that his PE teacher had to devise special rules to give his classmates a chance. The Southampton left-back, who today...
Gareth Rewrites the Rulebook to Realise Premiership Dream
Action Images GARETH BALE's precocity was evident from an early age. The 17-year-old was such an accomplished footballer when he was at school that his PE teacher had to devise special rules to give his classmates a chance. The Southampton left-back,...
Harlequins Chief Says Brown Can Kick It for England
MIKE BROWN faces a baptism of fire on Saturday, when he makes his full England debut in one of the most hostile environments in world rugby. Brown, 21, is one of three international debutants in the team for the First Test in Bloemfontein. The Springboks,...
Harsh Truths for the Frisky Teens Itching for Love; TV WATCH
IF THE universe really is governed by an all-powerful deity, then adolescence is surely the most cruelly sublime joke he's yet played upon the human race. The typical teenage male has enough hormones to repopulate the planet, enough acne to ensure...
How I Came to the Bitter End of a Very Public Affair; Nirpal Dhaliwal and Liz Jones's On-Off Relationship Has Been Played out through Her Newspaper Columns. Here He Reveals Why He Hated Being Written about, and Says That His Marriage Was Doomed to Fail from the First Date
THE most striking thing about being in a dysfunctional marriage is how long you stay in it, despite the unhappiness. My marriage should have ended two years ago yet we both stuck at it, though it was perfectly clear we had nofuture together. ...
H&P Goes Live! on TV and Web; Tomorrow We Are Launching Our Huge New Website, and Six-Part TV Series. Join Us in This Exciting Double Event
Tomorrow we are launching our huge new website, and six-part TV series. Join us in this exciting double event HOMES & Property goes live on primetime TV tomorrow night and, at the same time, launches a vibrant new website crammed with ideas...
I'm Rusty at the Dating Game; It's Tricky for a Fortysomething to Relearn the Art of Flirting
ON THE eve of my 40th birthday, I found myself alone and washed-up: a former banker with two young infants and a wife lost to an insidious creeping terminal disease. I never believed I would ever start another relationship, and it has taken me several...
In Search of the Next Big Thing; A Rothko Bought in 1960 for [Pounds Sterling]4,000 Has Just Sold for [Pounds Sterling]36.4 Million. So Can You Truffle out the Artists Worth Buying Now? with the Graduate Shows Kicking off This Week, and Kay Saatchi's Anticipation Show Launching Tonight, Simon Davis Introduces Year's Young Talent from the Colleges. You Might Just Find the Next Damien Hirst
A BARGAIN ... BUT FOR HOW LONG? RYAN MOSELEY GRADUATING, MA ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART A painter whose work is extremely personal: "The tools I have used to document my experiences have a sort of a duality: paint has become the pencil and the pencil has...
Isn't It Just Loverly; Covent Garden Is a Charming, Lively and Creative Community, Says Theatre-Going Resident
ELIZA Doolittle, the flower-selling cockney heroine of My Fair Lady, is first seen in front of "The Actors' Church", St Paul's, Covent Garden, facing London's fruit-and-vegetable market. The fruit and veg have gone, butfood as well as theatre, opera...
'It Was, without Any Doubt, the Worst Preserved Crime Scene I've Ever Seen'
FROM the moment I arrived in Praia da Luz, it was clear this was a crime scene unlike any I had seen before. A single Portuguese policeman stood 30 yards away from the apartment from which Madeleine McCann had been abducted. He seemed more interested...
Jenny and Jennifer, Worlds First Sex-Change Mayor and Mayoress
TWO women who were born male are to become the worlds first sex-change mayor and mayoress. As well as being a couple, the two women have worked together as councillors. They even share the same name Jenny Bailey is the newly-elected mayor...
Jenny and Jennifer, World's First Sex-Change Mayor and Mayoress
TWO women who were born male are to become the world's first sexchange mayor and mayoress. As well as being a couple, the two women have worked together as councillors. They even share the same name - Jenny Bailey is the newly-elected mayor of...
Kelly's Colleagues Get Knives out over Home Packs Humiliation
RUTH KELLY'S future in the Cabinet was in doubt today as she came under heavy criticism for the Home Information Packs debacle. Senior Labour MPs said she had mishandled the situation and was personally to blame for a flagship government policy...
Kelly's Critics Claim Courts May Block New Home Packs Deadline
KELLY is fighting to avoid another major climbdown in the Home Information Packs debacle. Opponents today claimed she could be blocked by the courts from delivering the scheme onthe new deadline of 1 August, raising the spectre of another humiliating...
Kelly's Critics Claim Courts May Block New Home Packs Deadline
RUTH KELLY is fighting to avoid another major climbdown in the Home Information Packs debacle. Opponents today claimed she could be blocked by the courts from delivering the scheme on the new deadline of 1 August, raising the spectre of another...
Kelly's Critics Claim Courts May Block New Home Packs Deadline
RUTH KELLY was embroiled in a heated new row today over Home Information Packs. The Communities Secretary was threatened with a fresh dispute after pledging to bring the packs in on a new deadline of 1 August. The Royal Institution of Chartered...
Liverpool Fans Stranded; Their Flight to Athens Cup Final Takes off Two Hours Early
LIVERPOOL fans with tickets for tonight's Champions League final against AC Milan were today left stranded at Stansted after their flight took off more than two hours early. About 60 supporters had arrived at Stansted at 5am to catch the 7am Thomas...
London Live; Helping You Make the Most of Your City Today
The short list HOOK AND GO SHOPPING TROLLEYS The latest gadget to join the eco-bandwagon is this shopping trolley from groovy new design company DeWeNe (Designs We Need).Intended as a cool alternative to the traditional "granny bag" on wheels,...
London's New Giants in the Sky
THESE computer-generated images show how a series of new skyscrapers could transform the capital. One shows the building nicknamed the Shard of Glass, which is due to be completed at London Bridge in 2010 and become Europe's tallest building. It...
Maddy: Not One Single Clue; as Girlfriend Is Quizzed Again, Police Admit Forensic Tests Are Failure
THE girlfriend of the chief suspect in the hunt for Madeleine McCann was today being quizzed for a second time. Michaela Walczuch was called in for questioning this morning - the 20th day since the four-year-old vanished from the Mark Warner complex...
Mascherano Is in Right Time to Teach the Right Place at Italians a Lesson; Liverpool's Busy Argentine Midfielder Has Put Controversy Behind Him to Become Rafa's Star Pupil. by Ian Chadband in Athens
FASCINATING sub-plots and personal duels decorate what promises to be another epic collision for European preeminence in the Champions League Final between two of the continent's grandest clubs here tonight. "Liverpool versus AC Milan: the sequel",...
Mascherano Is in the Place at Right Time to Teach Italians a Lesson; Liverpools Busy Argentine Midfielder Has Put Controversy Behind Him to Become Rafas Star Pupil. by Ian Chadband in Athens
FASCINATING sub-plots and personal duels decorate what promises to be another epic collision for European preeminence in the Champions League Final between two of the continents grandest clubs here tonight. Liverpool versus AC Milan: the sequel,...
Mascherano Is in the Right Place at Right Time to Teach Italians a Lesson; Liverpool's Busy Argentinian Midfielder Has Put Controversy Behind Him to Become Rafa's Star Pupil. by Ian Chadband in Athens
FASCINATING sub-plots and personal duels decorate what promises to be another epic collision for European preeminence in the Champions League Final between two of the continent's grandest clubs here tonight. "Liverpool versus AC Milan: the sequel",...
Match of Today
JUST three Blair-Cameron clashes left, and how they will be missed. Today's was a cracker; Cameron led on the NHS, asking if Blair would suggest to Gordon Brown that Patricia Hewitt keep her job. Blair fumbled and failed to endorse his Health Secretary,...
Match of Today
Tony Blair v David Cameron Ground: PMQs Kick-off: 12 noon JUST three Blair-Cameron clashes left, and how they will be missed. Today's was a cracker; Cameron led on the NHS, asking if Blair would suggest to Gordon Brown that Patricia Hewitt keep her...
Match of Today; Tony Blair V David Cameron Ground: PMQs Kick-Off: 12 Noon
JUST three Blair-Cameron clashes left, and how they will be missed. Todays was a cracker; Cameron led on the NHS, asking if Blair would suggest to Gordon Brown that Patricia Hewitt keep her job. Blair fumbled and failed to endorse his Health Secretary,...
Mexico - the Next Frontier? Exotic Beaches, Ancient Ruins, Eco-Friendly Developments, Plus an Attractive Exchange Rate & No Wonder Investors Are Heading to Mexico
LAST summer, a little bit of Mexico came to London. Campeche Playa Golf, Marina and Spa Resort in the Gulf of Mexico was launched with an evening featuring imported sand, tequila on tap and an impressive model of the planned 3,000- unit development...
Minister Must 'Get a Grip' on Thames Gateway
THE regeneration of the Thames Gateway is a multibillion-pound disaster waiting to happen, a report warns today. Government spending watchdogs raised the alarm that the project - the biggest redevelopment scheme in western Europe - could become an...
Mystic Told Earl He Would Be Happy. Day Later He Was Killed
THE 10th Earl of Shaftesbury visited a fortune-teller on the eve of his murder and was told "happiness lies ahead", a court heard today. Martine Dupres-Cordier, a mystic based near Cannes in the south of France, made the prediction less than 24...
National Portrait Gallery to Reunite Pop Art Tribute; Andy Warhol Screenprints Go on Display
A NEW exhibition of Pop Art will reunite several important paintings originally shown in a tribute to Marilyn Monroe 40 years ago. The National Portrait Gallery is bringing together the works that formed part of the exhibition celebrating the actress,...
National Portrait Gallery to Reunite Pop Art Tribute; Andy Warhol Screenprints Go on Display
A NEW exhibition of Pop Art will reunite several important paintings originallyshown in a tribute to Marilyn Monroe 40 years ago. The National Portrait Gallery is bringing together the works that formed part of the exhibition celebrating the actress,...
NATWEST 3 BANKER'S SUICIDE IN THE PARK; He Feared Extradition but Was in Clear
A LONDON banker killed himself after being caught up in the NatWest Three fraud case, an inquest heard this afternoon. Neil Coulbeck, 53, slit his wrists in parkland near his home because he feared he would be extradited to stand trial in the US....
NATWEST 3 BANKERS SUICIDE IN THE PARK He Feared Extradition but Was in Clear; NatWest Man Feared Extradition to US
A LONDON banker killed himself after being caught up in the NatWest Three fraud case, an inquest heard this afternoon. Neil Coulbeck, 53, slit his wrists in parkland near his home because he feared he would be extradited to stand trial in the US....
New Homes Design Awards 2007; (1) NEW HOMES ;(2) Clever Design, Luxury and Value-Formoney Come Together for Homebuyers and Win Awards
Clever design, luxury and value-formoney come together for homebuyers and win awards, says David Spittles THE Evening Standard recognises excellence with its New Homes Awards for the very latest homes across the housing spectrum from property for...
New Nuclear Plants to Guarantee Energy for Britain, Says Blair
A NEW generation of nuclear power stations was signalled by the Government today as it unveiled plans to provide Britain with "clean" energy for the future. Tony Blair put the Government on a collision course with green groups as he confirmed that...
&Opens in Splendour; A Design Classic Clears Away the Clutter and Takes Its Place at the Forefront of Style. by Corinne Julius
THE Royal Festival Hall became known as The People's Palace. It was a showplace for new design, a shining beacon for a newly emerging Britain. Designers such as Robin Day and Terence Conran, whose work remains enormously influential today, cut their...
Opera; What Else Is New&
WITH a fresh cast and exciting young conductor, Nicholas Hytner's production of Cosi fan tutte is back in resounding style a year after its first appearance. Standards on stage and in the pit were high but the evening belonged to 24-year-old Robin...
Out of the Blue; Flora and Art Make a Big, Vibrant Display in a Tiny Sussex Garden
THERE are those who feel that, given a garden barely large enough to swing a spade, features should be few, planting kept simple. And there are those, such as Jackie Clements, who feel that a tiny space can have terrific impact if it is packed with...
Panned in Cannes, but Tarantino Still Finds (Three) Reasons to Smile
QUENTIN TARANTINO may well be the wrong side of 40 but he still shows no sign of growing up. The American director, once the toast of Cannes, unveiled his latest movie, Death Proof, to the sound of infighting, backstabbing and merely faint applause....
Peter Maxwell Davies Missing Half a Million
ONE of the longest, closest partnerships in modern music has ended in a police investigation and phone silence on all sides. For 32 years, the musical career of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been administered by a London manager, Judy Arnold, with ferocious...
Pick of the Night; the Apprentice
Tonight's voiceover tells us the wannabe Sugars have now been in the Apprentice house for two months, and completed eight tasks. Hang on if it takes a couple of days to undertake a challenge, and another day to film the boardroom, that's only 24 days....
Portobello Threatened by Costs and C-Charge
A WHOLE section of the report is devoted to Portobello Market, one of London's best-loved shopping streets. The Commission on Retail Conservation talks of growing concern that the area may be close to the "tipping point" where fashion chains and...
[Pounds Sterling]16.6m Payday for Icap Boss after a Profits Spectacular
MICHAEL SPENCER, the Conservative Party treasurer, is set to pick up a dividend cheque for [pounds sterling]16.65 million after Icap, the world's largest inter-dealer broker which he founded and runs, made record profits in the last year. Spencer,...
Protect and Preserve, a Lesson from the Continent
LONDONERS who've visited Paris, or Rome, or Madrid, or Vienna, often wonder why those places can still support thousands of corner tobacconists, neighbourhood bakeries, and community cafes, while large areas of our own city, wealthier and more cosmopolitan...
Protect and Preserve, a Lesson from the Continent; COMMENTARY
LONDONERS who've visited Paris, or Rome, or Madrid, or Vienna, often wonder why those places can still support thousands of corner tobacconists, neighbourhood bakeries, and community cafes, while large areas of our own city, wealthier and more cosmopolitan...
Punters Keen to Seek out Value in Marks & Spencer; MARKET ROUND-UP
INVESTORS were piling in for Marks & Spencer today after a near-5% drop in the shares yesterday made them look good value again. They were up 61/2p at 710p as the market decided the negative reaction to slowing sales growth had gone too far....
Quins Chief Backs Brown to Shine on the Big Stage
MIKE BROWN faces a bap t i s m o f f i r e on Saturday, when he makes his full England debut in one of the most hostile environments in world rugby. Brown, 21, is one of three international debutants in the team for the First Test in Bloemfontein....
Quins Chief Backs Brown to Shine on the Big Stage
MIKE BROWN faces a baptism of fire on Saturday, when he makes his full England debut in one of the most hostile environments in world rugby. Brown, 21, is one of three international debutants in the team for the First Test in Bloemfontein. The...
Really Useful
DISCOUNT OF THE WEEK Alison Cork recommends some DIY for the Bank Holiday, tracks down the London clearance sales, and finds a stress-free way to take a holiday with a baby Throw your cares away Luxurious linen blankets and throws are great for...
Rockers Pitch It Rich at Glastonbury; If You Did the Mud-and-Coldwater Look as a Kid, Now, If You Can Afford It, Go to Glastonbury with Luxury on Tap in a Maharajah's Tent, with Gourmet Food and a Masseur at Your Door. Caroline Phillips Experiences the Music
KATE Moss is bound to sleep there; and a famous footballer will also make an appearance, although Jennifer Lederman, 51, an erstwhile criminal barrister-turned-rockchick, is remaining discreet about who he is, and who else is going to be at Camp Kerala,...
Russia May Try to Kill Poison Suspect, Says Berezovsky
THE life of the key suspect for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko is in danger, it was claimed today. Russian exile Boris Berezovsky said the Kremlin was prepared to kill Andrei Lugovoy rather than extradite him to face trial in Britain. He...
Scientology Sect 'Using British Art as a Front'
THE Church of Scientology was accused today of using British artists as a front for recruiting members. The Stuckist movement, which rails against conceptual art, is in turmoil over claims that sales of its artists' paintings are effectively funding...
Set for a Rise; A [Pounds Sterling]120 Million Upgrade of St Albans Station and Its Surrounding Land Will Give the Historic Hertfordshire Town a Modern-Day Boost, Says David Spittles
CITY office workers who live close to St Albans, Hertfordshire, can leave home at 7am and be at their desk in the Square Mile within an hour. Quick train links (half and hour into Moorgate at peak times) have made the town a commuter hotspot. ...
Sex and Devotion under Duress; CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days . Paranoid Park ONE of the chief pleasures of Cannes is the chanceto find an unheralded film that proves a real discovery. But few expected a small budget Romanian film to prove one of the very...
Sordid Past Is Forgotten as Milan Fans Look to the Future; Champions League Success Will Bury the Memory of a Season Marred by Corruption, Says John Foot in Athens
THERE will be dancing in the streets of Milan tonight whatever the result in Athens. Should Liverpool win, it will be fans of Inter rather than AC who are rejoicing taking double delight at the downfall of their rivals and their own club's unfamiliar...
Sorry, Spurs, but Your [Pounds Sterling]8m Signing Dreams of Arsenal
THE Frenchman who is set to be Tottenham's first summer signing has admitted that bitter rivals Arsenal are his dream team. Younes Kaboul, a centre-back who is captain of France's Under-21s, will move to White Hart Lane from Auxerre within the next...