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Articles from December 6, 2007

24-Hr Community Police Teams Cut Burglary
Byline: ROSS LYDALL THE first trial of round-the-clock neighbourhood policing resulted indramatic falls in burglaries and robberies. The pilot schemes in Hammersmith and Fulham have also seen big increases inarrests of drug pushers, the closure...
A Blueprint for Disaster; Phantom Father: Brian (Brian Doherty, Right) Is Confronted by the Ghost of His Long-Dead Dad (Sam Cox)
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH THEATRE God in Ruins Soho ** MICHAEL BOYD, the Royal Shakespeare Company's artistic director, has hit upon abrilliant method of wasting loads of money and talented actors' time whilecreating abysmal theatre....
Affordable Glamour
Byline: LAURA CRAIK Sequined top, Topshop (?)11 1?); pants, M&S, [pounds sterling][pounds sterling]Feather-skirted dress from Zara (?)1 ) [pounds sterling]11Dress from Karen Millen (?)11?)); jacket, M&S, [pounds sterling]?.[pounds sterling]1??[pounds...
A Housing Slump Would Do Us All a Lot of Good
Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS THE missing For Sale notice said it all. For the past three months anearby terraced house, identical to mine, has been on the market. But the otherday, with no satisfactory offer on the table, the vendors took it off. A signof...
Also Showing
Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan A Very British Gangster Cert 15 97 mins *** ACCORDING to the pop culture rule book, gangsters and glamour go hand in hand.Journalist Donal Macintyre's documentary about Manchester kingpin DominicNoonan employs a few...
Bankers for Super-Rich Looking to Ride out Storm
Byline: GIDEON SPANIER THESE are gloomy times in the City. The investment banking arms ofBarclays, UBS, HSBC, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch have made huge writedownsbecause of the credit crunch. Jobs and bonuses are being slashed. In the widermarket,...
Bellway Puts Spotlight on Rate-Cut Need; Problems Building: Bellway Says New-Home Sales Have Been Hit by Lack of Confidence
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN A LEADING housebuilder today urged the Bank of England to slash interestrates after tumbling sales of new homes threatened profits. Bellway laid bare the problems facing the housing market when it revealed thatreservations...
Big Rise in Funding as Museums and Galleries Get [Pounds Sterling]190m
Byline: LOUISE JURY LONDON museums and galleries will share in a pot of more than[pounds sterling]190million for capital improvements over the next three years. The allocation from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, announcedtoday,...
Blues Put on Alert as Anelka Looks to Move
Byline: LEO SPALL CHELSEA were put on transfer alert today as Nicolas Anelka claimed hedeserves to move to a "great club" rather than stay with relegation-threatenedBolton. In an interview on his website which will be seen as a come-on to Chelseamanager...
Brave Young Guns Show Their Mettle; Hard Night: Emmanuel Adebayor Volleys Home, Prompting a Celebration with Emmanuel Eboue (above) before Steven Taylor Equalises
Byline: Wayne Veysey Arsenal 1 Newcastle 1 ARSENAL don't just do beautiful. They are proving that they are more than happyto turn things ugly too. For the second away trip in four days, Arsene Wenger'sdazzlers endured a searching examination...
CANOEIST TOOK 'REVENGE' ON RUNAWAY WIFE; Facing the Music: Anne Darwin Hinted Today She May Return Home Voluntarily from Panama City Suspicions: John Darwin and, below, Anne Darwin's Top-Floor Apartment in Panama City Grim Future: Anne Darwin in Panama
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK JOHN DARWIN came back from the dead to get revenge on his wife forleaving him in Panama City, police believe. They are working on a theory that Anne Darwin had split from her husband afterthey started a new life in Central...
Commercial Property Cheer from Lehman
Byline: MICKEY CLARK LEHMAN BROTHERS reckons the heavy selling of shares created by thecommercial property market slump has been overdone and provides a goodopportunity for stock market investors to start buying. The American broking house expects...
Council Tax Bills Set to Rise by over [Pounds Sterling]60 a Year
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR HOUSEHOLDERS across London face inflation-busting council tax rises ofmore than [pounds sterling]60 a year. Town hall chiefs today warned that the Government's latest funding settlementfor the capital would lead to tough...
Defoe Is Craving the Sweet Taste of Success under Ramos; Stop Scoffing: New Tottenham Boss Juande Ramos Has Cut out the Treats
Byline: Simon Johnson THE arrival of Juande Ramos has made life at Tottenham look a lotbrighter for striker Jermain Defoe after a bittersweet 12 months at White HartLane. When the Spaniard took charge five weeks ago, Spurs were lacking in confidenceand,...
Does Black Deserve to Go to Jail for 10 Years? Defiant: Black, Pictured with His Wife Barbara Amiel, Insists He Is Innocent
Byline: TOM BOWER, ANDREW ROBERTS DRIVING into Bond Street in his Rolls-Royce in early August 2000, ConradBlack was smiling with anticipation. With his wife Barbara Amiel beside him on the purple leather upholstery, heintended to celebrate. He...
Donnie Darko's Follow-Up Torture; Vamping It Up: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Southland Tales Cert 15, 145 mins * DONNIE DARKO, Richard Kelly's cult first feature, was so heavily praised thatit was perhaps inevitable that his second would contain delusions of grandeur. Southland Tales is a long, apocalyptic, political...
Earl Says Sorry but Will Make Khan Pay; Tough: Amir Khan Faces His Stiffest Test
Byline: DAVID SMITH AMIR KHAN has received an apology from Commonwealth title challengerGraham Earl for trash talk spouted by the former world championship contenderahead of Saturday's domestic duel in Bolton. But while Earl has said sorry for...
Eco-Protest 'To Swamp London'; Mass Concern: The Campaign against Climate Change Hopes Saturday's March Will Be Bigger Than Last Year's Event, Left. the Rally Will Start at Millbank, Stopping to Hand in a Petition at Downing Street
Byline: MARK PRIGG ACTIVISTS are hoping to bring central London to a standstill on Saturdaywith what is being billed as Britain's biggest climate-change march. The campaigners will call on ministers to impose tough rules on carbonemissions by...
Fern's Bear-Faced Cheek; Dare to Bear: Fern Britton with Turner Prize Winner Mark Wallinger in His Bear Costume at the Southbank Ceremony
Byline: AMAR SINGH TV PRESENTER Fern Britton made an edgy reference to the Sudan teddy bearrow when she presented a prize at the British Comedy Awards. The This Morning host appeared alongside Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger,who was dressed...
Fern's Bear-Faced Cheek; Dare to Bear: Jonathan Ross and Fern Britton with "Mohammed", the Turner Prize Winner Mark Wallinger in His Bear Costume at the Southbank Ceremony. Britton Was Presenting an Award to Simon Amstell
Byline: AMAR SINGH TV PRESENTER Fern Britton made an edgy reference to the Sudan teddy bearrow when she presented a prize at last night's British Comedy Awards. The This Morning host appeared alongside Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger,who was...
Fiery Harmison Is Pressing for England Recall; Up with the Pace: Steve Harmison Says He's Bowling the Best He Has Done in Years
Byline: DAVID LLOYD STEVE HARMISON has two days to convince England he may be the man to putthem back on track in Sri Lanka. With Matthew Hoggard probably ruled out of the rest of the tour because of aback injury, captain Michael Vaughan and...
Fresh Start Primary Gets Zero for Cheating; First Post: Ravi Varma
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES A FLAGSHIP London primary school was today at the centre of embarrassingallegations that it cheated in this year's national tests. Springfield in Hackney was among three primary schools in London and theSouth-East shamed...
Gallas Can Lead Us to Title Glory, Says Toure
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY KOLO TOURE says Arsenal's title challenge has been inspired by defensive"maestro" William Gallas. Arsene Wenger's under-strength team extended their lead at the Premier Leaguesummit to four points following a battling 1-1...
Great Escape That's the Real Story of the Bank's Present
THIS chart shows why the Bank of England decided to give borrowers aChristmas present by cutting Bank Rate today. Unfortunately, it also shows why the present is unlikely to get through, evenafter the seasonal rush is over. Libor, the rate that...
Hatton Eyes Up Crucial Fear Factor; Ready to Rumble? Ricky Hatton and Trainer Billy Graham Conduct a Workout Ahead of the Final Pre-Fight Stare-Down between the Fighters (above) after Which Hatton Had Time to Horse around with a Team of Trumpet-Playing England Fans (Right)
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THE BIG FIGHT IT MAY have looked like a bit of kids' stuff, a minor scuffle between a littlebloke in a daft flowerpot man's hat and a dandy in a waistcoat, but when RickyHatton got into a spot of argy bargy at the MGM Grand...
Helen and Hugh's Music Hall Double Act to Save Wilton's; Helen and Hugh's Music hall"Ladies and Gentlemen": Stars at the Fundraising Gala at Wilton's Included Dame Helen Mirren,Hugh Grant, Rachael Stirling, Tim McInnerny and Zoe Wanamaker. Ms Stirling Gave a Speech in Support of the Hall, Below
Byline: ANNA DAVIS HUGH GRANT and Dame Helen Mirren lead a host of acting stars to boost acampaign to save London's oldest music hall from demolition. The Love Actually star broke off his commitments in the US to attend a party toshow his support...
Home Loans Start to Fall
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN PRESSURE eased on millions of hard-pressed homeowners today as the Bankof England cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point. The first downward move in more than two years came as a huge relief toborrowers who...
Hottest Ticket in Town? Oh Yes It Is; Cameo Roles: Singer Lily Allen and Ray Winstone Appear in the Show Rehearsal: Younger Members of the Cast of A Twisted Carol, the All-Star Panto Being Staged at the Tabernacle Arts Centre in Notting Hill
Byline: VALENTINE LOW IN a chilly former church hall where the lights have just failed, themost exclusive event of the Christmas season is taking shape: the annualPortobello Panto. An invitation to take part, or even just watch, is a great honour....
Housing Bubble Set to Burst
BRITAIN is locked into a global housing cycle. British speculators havebought property all over the world in the search for capital gains. "Hot" moneyfrom oil sheikhs and oligarchs has poured into the UK housing market. Now, withprices falling in the...
How Could Our Parents Deceive Us in This Way? Elation to Despair: Anthony, Far Left, and Mark Darwin Today Said They Wanted No Contact with Their Parents John and Anne. They Said They Were the Victims of a "Scam" Engulfing Their Family
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK, JACK LEFLEY THE sons of canoe plot couple John and Anne Darwin today told of theirdespair and distress at the "large scam" that has engulfed their family. Mark, 31, and Anthony, 29, issued a statement about their "anger...
How I Got a Ticket Just for Being Sick
Byline: YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN IT WAS an appointment which I had been anxious about for weeks. OnTuesday I went to Hammersmith Hospital for a consultation prior to a smallexploratory operation I am due to have soon. As you would expect, I was eagerto...
Inquiry Goes Ahead despite Livingstone Denials
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN, BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER CLAIMS by the Mayor that there is no current GLA investigation into hissenior adviser, Lee Jasper, can today be exposed as false. Having refused to make any comment when the Standard asked in writing...
It's Good News on Mortgages
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN PRESSURE eased on millions of hard-pressed homeowners today as the Bankof England cut interest rates by 0.25 per cent. The first downward move in more than two years came as a huge relief toborrowers who have been hit by...
Just the Bear Essentials; Suspicious Character: Nicole Kidman Plays Mrs Coulter Freeze Frame: Dakota Blue Richards Is a Star in the Making as Lyra, the Heroine. She Travels through a Snowy Parallel World on Iorek, an Alcoholic Armoured Bear (Voiced by Ian McKellen) to Find Her Friend
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM The Golden Compass Cert PG, 118 mins *** BE WARNED: those of all ages who adored the first of Philip Pullman's His DarkMaterials trilogy, Northern Lights, will see a beautifully visualised skeletonof the novel in writer-director...
Keane Says Kaboul Will Bounce Back
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON ROBBIE KEANE today insisted Younes Kaboul will bounce back from beingdropped by Juande Ramos and prove he is not one of the biggest flops inTottenham's transfer history, writes Simon Johnson. Kaboul, who joined for [pounds...
Kill This IT Cock-Up, Gerry, It Could Fix Your Reputation; One-Man Crusade: Sir Gerry Robinson Is Returning to the Rotherham Hospital He Tried to Galvanise into Action Last Year
I CONFESS I'm starting to warm towards Sir Gerry Robinson and hisone-man crusade to do something about the National Health Service. His surrealoffer to move in and run Rentokil Initial for a mere 20% of the equity made hima laughing-stock in the City,...
Londoners Dig Deep in Support of the Aids Orphans of Africa; "Every Child Matters": The Plight of 1.-Year-Old Kenyan Orphan Jane Awino, Centre, Her Sister Rose, 1., and Grandmother Moved Readers
Byline: DAVID COHEN A DOZEN Londoners have come forward to assure the future of Jane Awino,the teenage Kenyan Aids orphan, and others like her, featured in the EveningStandard Christmas Appeal supporting the charity Plan UK. One reader, Olga...
London Heads for Worst Slide since Dotcom Crash
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN LONDON is heading for its most severe downturn since the collapse of thedotcom boom in 2000, according to the Standard's barometer of the capital'seconomy. We looked behind the official statistics at 10 key, although unscientific,indicators...
Look No Further - for This Is Panto Perfection; Centrepiece: Clive Rowe as Sarah the Cook Sings, Dances Nimbly and Looks as Though Two Shows a Day until January Is as Good as It Gets
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD IS IT TOO early to declare the game over? Can a winner really beannounced, and the prize chocolates hurled out, by 6 December? It's hard,though, to see anyone, not even Stephen Fry and his "posh panto" chums at theOld Vic,...
'Lyrical Terrorist' Who Dreamed of Martyrdom Walks Free from Court; Guilty: Samina Malik, , Had Documents Likely to Be Useful to Terrorists
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE first woman to be convicted under the Terrorism Act since 9/11walked free from the Old Bailey today with a suspended sentence. Samina Malik, 23, who worked at Heathrow Airport, had been found guilty ofpossessing documents...
Massacre at Teenage the Mall; Safe: A Child Hugs His Mother after Fleeing the Teenage Gunman at the Von Maur Store Panic: Shoppers Run from the Omaha Mall with Their Hands Up. Others Cowered Inside, Hiding under Clothes Racks and in Cupboards Alert: Police Take Up Position at the Mall
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY SEVERAL victims of the Nebraskan shopping mall massacre were waiting ina queue to have Christmas presents wrapped in the children's department when agunman began shooting from a balcony above, police said today. People...
Match of the Day
CRIES of "shame!" rang out as the bean counters of Whitehall pulled theplug on the badly needed [pounds sterling]500 million tunnel planned to protect Stonehenge. TomHarris, an unfortunate junior transport minister, was ordered to slip out theact of...
Ministers Facing Battle over 42-Day Terror Detention
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM MINISTERS face a fierce political battle after unveiling plans today toraise the time terror suspects can be held without charge to 42 days. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said an extension of the 28-day limit was necessarybecause...
My Boys Will Never Speak to Me Again
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE wife of the man missing for five years presumed drowned in acanoeing accident wept today as she admitted her sons would never forgive herfor the deceit. Confronted with the photographic proof that Anne Darwin knew her...
Nicholls Rules Kauto out of Tingle Creek; Kempton Calling: Kauto Star's Next Run Will Be the King George on Boxing Day
Byline: PAUL FIELDER CHELTENHAM GOLD Cup winner Kauto Star will not be seeking a thirdsuccess in the paddypower.com Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday afterconnections decided to stick with their original plan and head to Kempton forthe King...
'Now I Will Be Famous'; Safe: A Child Hugs His Mother after Fleeing the Teenage Gunman at the Von Maur Store Panic: Shoppers Run from the Omaha Mall with Their Hands Up. Others Cowered Inside, Hiding under Clothes Racks and in Cupboards
Byline: ED HARRIS, KATHARINE BARNEY THE teenage gunman who killed eight people in a shooting rampage at a USshopping mall before turning the gun on himself was an emotionally troubledhigh school dropout. Robert Hawkins, 19, who opened fire from...
Now We'll Find out Who the Real Men Are, Danny; Red-Faced: Danny Cipriani Took Some Stick from His Wasps Team-Mates after the News of the World Revealed the Truth Behind a Girlfriend's Successful Sex Change (Left)
Byline: SIMON SHAW THIS has been a very unusual week for London Wasps. It started on Sundaymorning when texts started arriving on my mobile urging me to buy a certaintabloid newspaper. I have to admit that I was intending to buy that paper anyway...
Numis Climbs to [Pounds Sterling]39m and Looks to Gain from Turmoil
Byline: ROBERT LEA SPECIALIST smallcap broker and investment banking house Numis says itexpects to shrug off the financial turmoil and grow during the expecteddownturn as larger City institutions shed clients and staff. Announcing a 9% rise in...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS LEAD BALLOON 9.30 pm, BBC YOU actually find yourself feeling sorry forvitriol-and-self-pity soaked comic Rick Spleen (Jack Dee, above) tonight. Foronce he genuinely is being ill-treated by the world. Of course, it doesn't stopthe...
RBS Limits Subprime Crisis Hit to [Pounds Sterling]1.25bn; Fears Allayed: Sir Fred Goodwin Was Upbeat on Profits and the Integration of ABN
Byline: NICK GOODWAY ROYAL Bank of Scotland today continued the trend of British banks faringmuch better through the credit crunch than their American cousins. It also said it will beat profit forecasts, and that pushed its shares up 36pto 5011/2p....
SOMETHING IN THE CITY; Betting on New Highs: Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich has entered the gold market. What's that all about? Indeed. The biggest sugar daddy in football is diversifying his investments bytaking a [pounds sterling]million, % holding in Highland Gold, a London-listed gold miner thatdigs...
Sterling on Slide as the Bank Takes Axe to Rate
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN THE pound tumbled again today after the Bank of England cut interestrates for the first time in more than two years. Sterling fell more than half a cent to $2.0203 after the monetary policycommittee voted to cut rates from...
Tate Modern to Grow as Museums and Art Galleries Get [Pounds Sterling]190m
Byline: LOUISE JURY LONDON museums and galleries will share in a pot of more than [pounds sterling]190million for capital improvements over the next three years. The allocation from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, announcedtoday,...
Terror Detention Limit Should Be 42 Days, Says Smith
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM THE Government has unveiled plans to raise the time terror suspects canbe held without charge to 42 days. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said an extension of the 28-day limit was necessarybecause it might not give police time...
The Loser Who Shot Lennon; Portrait of a Nobody: Jonas Ball Is Excellent as Mark Chapman
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM The Killing of John Lennon Cert 15, 114mins *** KILLERS of the famous thrive on the oxygen of publicity, and generally getplenty. Andrew Piddington's dramatisation of the life and times of MarkChapman, who shot John Lennon...
THERE MAY BE TROUBLE AHEAD& THE KEY INDICATORS; Fashion: Hemlines Are Dropping, Suggesting Leaner Times Ahead Good Bet: Gold Is Seen as a "Safe Haven"
THE PRICE OF GOLD Gold is traditionally seen as a "safe haven" whencolder economic winds are blowing. This year gold has soared by more than aquarter to about $?)([pounds sterling]?) an ounce. Analysts believe gold will continue to be inhot demand...
These 'Leaders' No Longer Speak for Black London; Lack of Transparency: Lee Jasper Is Connected with Several Companies That Have Received Millions in Funding from the GLA
Byline: NIRPAL DHALIWAL READING in the Standard about Lee Jasper's links to black organisationsthat have been granted [pounds sterling]2.5 million in public funding while appearing to dovery little, I felt a touch of amusement but a lot more dejection....
They Wanted Me to Go to Tesco, but I Said No, No, No
Byline: NICK CURTIS SUNDAY. Aaaagh. Woken up at 2pm by the sun streaming through my windows.I knew it was a mistake getting Pete [Doherty] to put my curtains up, but heassured me he was a great "fixer-upper". I've been lying here under the duvet...
Unlicensed, Unroadworthy and Unfit to Take You Home; Safety Check: Police and Council Officialsexamine a Vehicle in Charing Cross during a Crackdown on Illegal Cabs. Eight Cars Were Towed Away Deemed Unfit for the Road
Byline: MARK BLUNDEN, DAVID WILLIAMS THE appalling state of illegal minicabs whose drivers prey on Christmasrevellers in London is exposed today. A crackdown by police and council officials in Westminster uncovered cars withbald tyres or no MOT...
VW Legend Piech Is Caught Up in Sleaze Trial of the Century; Sign of Trouble: Sensational New Evidence Suggests That Piech, Left, Endorsed a Secret Pension Deal for Volkert
Byline: ALLAN HALL THE net is closing in on legendary German executive Ferdinand Piech asprosecutors aim to prove links between the former boss of Volkswagen andGermany's corporate sex-and-drugs trial of the century. Prosecutors believe they...
Why Administration May Be Rock's Best Bet
Byline: NEIL COLLINS IT'S taken an age, but the Treasury has finally worked out that puttingNorthern Rock into administration could be the Government's least bad way outof this crisis. Lloyds TSB has declined to take on the business, even atnominal...
You Can't Persuade Me to Have a Festive Bash - I'm a Party Refusenik
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD WHY DON'T you have a Christmas party, is one of those kamikazequestions. Even loyal friends persist in the fiction that it will be good foryou. They talk kindly about tidying up the house a bit, getting to know yourneighbours....
You've Got to Keep the Faith; Authentic: Carlos Reygadas Gets Truthful Performances from His Cast of Non-Professionals
Silent Light Cert 15, 136 mins **** YOU have to be patient with Carlos Reygadas's third film. An epic about loveand faith, it is totally unlike either his much-praised Japon or Battle inHeaven, looking much like the sort of film Dreyer would have...