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Articles from May 23, 2008

Approach Can Prevail in Shoot-Out; Close Call: New Approach (Right) Loses out to Henrythenavigator at Newmarket but Can Gain Revenge at the Curragh
Byline: John O'Hara NEW APPROACH can settle a score with old adversary Henrythenavigator intomorrow's Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas and re-establish himself as theundisputed champion of Europe. These two have met twice before with the score...
Blair's Plane Was Almost Shot Down by Israel Fighters
Byline: ED HARRIS ISRAELI fighter aircraft were scrambled to intercept a jet carrying TonyBlair after it failed to identify itself as friendly. It was only after the two warplanes had taken up an attack position that hisaircrew radioed to explain...
Boris Team; Partnership: The First Deputy Mayor, Tim Parker, at City Hall with His New Boss Yesterday
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS NEW YORK'S mayor, Michael Bloomberg, writes handsomely of Boris Johnsonin this week's Spectator. In voting Boris in at City Hall, Londoners proved more sophisticated than thechattering classes gave them credit for, Mr Bloomberg...
Branson Warns of More Misery on Key Rail Line
Byline: DICK MURRAY, ROBERT LEA SIR RICHARD BRANSON today predicted further misery for rail passengerson the West Coast Mainline as the route undergoes a [pounds sterling]8.6 billion upgrade. The chairman of Virgin Group warned that disruption...
Branson Warns of Rail Route Meltdown; New Line: Virgin Boss Sir Richard Branson Wants a "More Realistic" Upgrade Timetable
Byline: ROBERT LEA SIR Richard Branson has warned that his rail services out of Euston toBirmingham, Manchester and beyond are on the verge of meltdown because ofongoing engineering crises. Reacting to increasing criticism from passengers and...
Brave Jose Back in the Swing of It; on Course: Jose Maria Olazabal (Left) Is Not Too Far Behind Leader Paul McGinley (above) at Wentworth, While Robert Karlsson (Right) Is in Second Place at Wentworth
Byline: DAVID SMITH JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL'S three-over-par 75 in the first round of the BMWPGA Championship should not be seen as representing one more contribution tothe carnage caused by a hard and fast Wentworth course. Closer inspection will...
Clubs Should Pay for Policing
WHEN Chelsea residents wanted to hold a street party for pensioners tocommemorate the Queen Mother's 100th birthday, we were told we would have topay for a police presence. Perhaps we should have said we expected the OAPs toriotthen the police would...
Coroner: Entire Nimrod F Leet Was Never Airworthy; Damning Verdict: The Coroner Condemned the Nimrod during an Inquest into the Deaths of 14 . Servicemen When Their Aircraft Exploded in Afghanistan
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE RAF'S fleet of Nimrod reconnaissance planes has "never beenairworthy" since the aircraft was brought into service nearly 40 years ago, acoroner said today. The air force was condemned in the inquest verdict on the death...
CPS Drops Case against Scientology Protest Boy
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT PROSECUTION lawyers have taken just a day to throw out a case against a15-yearold who was facing possible legal action for holding up a placard whichbranded the Church of Scientology a "cult". The Crown Prosecution Service...
Defeat Puts Scores of Labour MPs in Peril; under Threat: Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Minister Bill Rammell
Byline: JOE MURPHY LABOUR MPs went into panic mode today as dozens realised they havejoined the election danger list for the first time. The huge 17.6 per cent swing to the Tories would be enough to sweep away 250 ofthe 350 sitting Labour MPs,...
Derwent Still Sitting Pretty despite Gloom over Rents
Byline: PETER BILL RENTS in the West End could fall by 37% from [pounds sterling]120 to [pounds sterling]75 per squarefoot, according to Morgan Stanley this week. The note from analyst Martin Allen says: "The UK property majors that have thegreatest...
Does London Need a Bigger Heathrow? Inadequate: Journalist Julian O'Halloran Said BAA Did Not Plan the T Opening Well Enough Attacked: Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly, Pictured with the Evening Standards Anne McElvoy and Author George Monbiot, Came under Fire from Angry Londoners
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER RUTH KELLY has come under fire over the expansion of Heathrow and beenaccused of "extreme moral cowardice" over the controversial plans. The Transport Secretary was slammed by angry Londoners and panellists at...
Eastern Promise; A Bizarre Duality of Life: There Are Street Markets Next to Skyscrapers in Mumbai Mumbai Man: Duncan McCredie, Pictured in the Indian Port City
Byline: RICHARD ORANGE ONE BY ONE, the new arrivals introduce themselves and then, nervouslyclutching the stems of their wineglasses, begin to mingle around the top-floorthe Oberoi Hotel, high above the circular sweep of Mumbai's central bay. ...
Farewell to Glam Cannes
Byline: VALENTINE LOW In the bag: Madonna helps Sharon Stone at the AmfAR charity auction; also at the event were Sam Riley and Alexandra Maria Lara; David Furnish and Dennis Hopper. Sir Elton John and a friend on a yacht in CannesCannes can: Natalie...
Fergie Sets Sights on Doing It Again; Honour: The Team Arrive Home ( Left), Fergie ( above) with the 1 E E FA Cup - His First Trophy at United - and Fellow Euro Winners Brian Clough and Bob Paisley Lifting Experience: Sir Alex Ferguson Shows the Trophy to the Fans in Moscow after the Penalty Shoot-Out Win over Chelsea but He Doesn't Allow Himself to Wallow in Success
Byline: IAN CHADBAND MOSCOW 2008 has already disappeared, locked somewhere in the endless andpriceless memory bank of Sir Alex Ferguson. As soon as Edwin Van der Sar foundhimself besieged and engulfed by his teammates in the Luzhniki Stadiumfollowing...
Ford Encounter of a Robust Kind; Looks Can Be Deceiving: The New C-Max May Look Rather Dinky but It Has an Impressive Engine and Reassuring Suspension
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL THE last time I drove a new Ford it was the first of the Mondeos. Following the London-Sydney Marathon in 1993, too many of its attachments fellaway, and I last saw it, suspension ravaged by the roads of eastern Turkey,ditched...
Forget House Prices, It's Oil That Will Sink Gordon; Pump Action: Though the Government Itself Is Not Responsible for Rising Petrol Prices, the Effect Is Similar to a Massive Tax Increase
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE soaring cost of oil may not be the Prime Minister's fault but thereis something about Gordon Brown that makes you want to blame him for it anywayas the voters in Crewe and Nantwich effectively did yesterday, on the day...
Frank's Still Got the Drive as He Reaches Milestone; Winning Formula: Frank Williams
Byline: DAVID SMITH SO far as Sir Frank Williams is concerned, this weekend's Monaco GrandPrix is just another race. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, the result of a car accident 22 yearsago, he has been undertaking a familiar routine...
GORDON, THE PARTYS OVER; Handover: Conservative Leader David Cameron Celebrates the Switch of Power in Crewe with Tory Victor Edward Timpson Hanging on by His Fingernails: Gordon Brown Visiting a Hospital Today
Byline: JOE MURPHY, NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON BROWNS leadership wasonprobation today amid charges he had turned Labour into the new Nasty Party. Labour MPs blamed the Prime Minister for a historic defeat at the hands ofDavid Camerons Conservatives...
Gruesome and Gripping; Top Cop: Louise Lombard as Chief Investigator Kay Rousseau, Whose Own Back Story Becomes an Integral Part of an Above-Average Serial-Killer Thriller These Are a Few of My Favourite Foods: Actress Jane Horrocks Gives a Taste of Her Life. Right, Terry Wogan Enjoys Hating the Eurovision Song Contest
Byline: CERI THOMAS KISS OF DEATH 9PM MONDAY, BBC1 A man's dismembered bodyminus the head and hands is found sticking out of the mud in an estuary. Next to it is a mobile phone where the only voice message is the sound of awoman screaming. As...
Guide to the Other C4 Races Tomorrow
Byline: JOHN O'HARA GREEN MANALISHI, who makes his seasonal debut here, is a horse bestfollowed when fresh and this contest looks ideal. Everything appears to be in this course and distance winner's favour as half ofhis 1 wins have been in similar...
Helen's Heart of Darkness; Remarkable: Helen McCrory Pulls out the Emotional Stops as the Companion of the Pastor Johannes Rosmer (Paul Hilton) in the Ibsen Production at the Almeida
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH FIRST NIGHT Rosmersholm Almeida . HAUNTED by the ghost of a mentally disturbed wife who killed herself, pervadedby a sense of secrecy, sexual guilt and pent-up desire, this Ibsen masterpieceof psychological drama may...
Hello! Is the Perfect Place for Our Royals
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE Queen has run into flak for appearing in Hello! magazine's photoalbum of the wedding of Peter Phillips and his Canadian girlfriend. An MP saidthe public expected her to rise above such tackiness. "She is the Queen, not afootballer's...
High Kicks from the Fake Tan Gang; Solid Bond: Ash (Dean Chisnall), Jake (Craige Els), Adrian (Tim Driesen), Dirty Harry (Eaton James) and Jose (Stephane Anelli)
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Never Forget Savoy Theatre . . .. IF IT'S kitsch spectacular you're after, don't even think of the EurovisionSong Contest. This new musical, based around the songs of Take That, will knockforthcoming events in Belgrade...
It's All Coming Up Roses in the Cadogan Garden; Profits Growth: Earl Cadogan, with His Wife Dorothy, Has Taken a [Pounds Sterling] Million Dividend
Byline: PETER BILL THE Chelsea Flower Show is not a bad reason to give for ploughingthrough the history and workings of the Cadogan Estate. After all, the properties are spread richly along the streets surrounding theRoyal Hospital, where the...
It's Hilarious ... until You See the Show; Amusing: The Critic Was Referring to the Fifties Original but This Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre Fell "Flat"
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THEATRE owners who use misleading quotations from critics to promoteplays and musicals risk up to two years in prison from next week. EU laws will make it a criminal offence to hoodwink potential audiences withcarefully...
Jimmy Cliff Still Has More Rivers to Cross; No Sitting in Limbo: Jimmy Cliff Hopes to Reprise His Character for a Sequel to the Harder They Come
Byline: DAVID SMYTH WHEN a musician finds out that a musical featuring their songs is in theworks, the sensible thing is to follow Take That and David Bowie and disown itas quickly as possible. Veteran reggae star Jimmy Cliff has other ideas....
KISS OF DEATH FOR GORDON; Blue Dawn: Conservative Candidate Edward Timpson Is Congratulated by Wife Julia after His 7,800- Vote Victory at Crewe Victory Parade: Edward Timpson and His Wife Julia after the Historic By-Election at Crewe and Nantwich Early Today Where a Dramatic Swing of 17.6 per Cent Saw the Conservatives Destroy a Labour Majority of 7,000 Defeat:Labour Candidate Tamsin Dunwoody ?Delight: David Cameron Today
Byline: JOE MURPHY, NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON BROWN'S future leadership was being questioned by Labour MPstoday after a historic by-election defeat at the hands of the Tories. Backbencher Lynne Jones said "change at the top" would have to be considered...
Kiwis Left Bloodied as Englands Bowlers Seize the Initiative ; Hitting Back: Ryan Sidebottom Celebrates (Left) after Winning an Lbw Appeal against James Marshall, Daniel Flynn Is Bloodied (above) by a Short Ball from Jimmy Anderson and Players and Umpires Look for the Kiwis Missing Front Tooth (Below)
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND were back on a roll at their favourite ground today, bidding totake control of the npower Second Test despite a strong start by New Zealand.Butafterwinningfourof theirpast fivematcheshere,MichaelVaughans men had to bide...
Labour Is ' the Nasty Party Now' after Negative Campaign
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL LEFT-WINGERS today accused the Government of disgracing itself withpoisonous far-Right tactics in the Crewe by-election. Gordon Brown found himself caught in an attack from the Left and also fromDavid Cameron who branded...
Landlord Is Fined [Pounds Sterling]20,000 after Faulty Boiler Kills Girl Aged Six
THE director of a property company was fined [pounds sterling]20,000 today because afaulty boiler caused the death of a six-year-old girl. Elisabeth Giauque was found to have 20 times the normal level of carbonmonoxide in her blood after she died....
Luke Bids to End His Long Wait; Hit and Miss: Luke Donald Made a Flying Start at Wentworth but Justin Rose (above) Struggled and Lee Westwood (below) Was Forced to Pull Out
Byline: DAVID SMITH LUKE DONALD'S quest to end a two-year victory drought received a timelyboost today when the Ryder Cup star mounted a charge up the leaderboard of the[pounds sterling]3.6million BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Donald's last...
More Economic Gloom as Growth Falters and High-Street Sales Slump
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN, HUGO DUNCAN THE Government was assailed by fresh setbacks on all fronts of theeconomy today. A barrage of gloomy statistics showed growth is stuttering and companies inproperty, retail and aviation expect increasing difficulties....
MPs Give Brown One Year to Save His Job
Byline: JOE MURPHY AN increasing number of Labour MPs say Gordon Brown has just over a yearto save his premiership. Backbenchers fear that Labour is becoming so damaged that it could be out ofpower for 10 or 15 years unless urgent changes are...
My Stomach Is Full but My Mind Is Still Empty
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL THINGS have to be just so if I am to write. It must be early morning andI must be in my dressing-gowna dowdy, soft old thing of greenish-black or blackish green to which tenthousand dog hairs cling. I am unshowered and unshaven....
Naomi to Be Charged over 'Rage' at Lost Luggage; Outburst: Naomi Campbell at Heathrow after Being Taken off a Plane in Handcuffs
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM SUPERMODEL Naomi Campbell is to be charged over an alleged air rageincident over lost luggage at Heathrow last month, the Standard can reveal. The prosecution follows a row which led to the star being hauled off a BA planein...
New Fears for Economy as Oil Prices Soar and High Street Sales Slump
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN, ROBERT LEA CONCERN mounted over the state of the economy today as the Governmentwas hit with more bad news on a series of fronts. Companies in the housing and retail sectors warned of growing problems and theprice of oil...
Nic: I Didn't Want to Take a Penalty; Shoot Me Down: Nicolas Anelka Shows His Agony after His Penalty Miss Handed the Champions League Trophy to Manchester United
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON NICOLAS ANELKA today revealed he refused to be one of Chelsea's firstfive penalty-takers in Moscow because he was not properly warmed up. The Frenchman also launched a furious attack on the club's management forfailing...
Nic: I Didn't Want to Take a Penalty; Spot-Kick Agony: Nicolas Anelka
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON NICOLAS ANELKA today revealed he refused to be one of Chelsea's firstfive penalty-takers in Moscow because he was not properly warmed up. TheFrenchman also launched a furious attack on the club's management for failingto play...
No, It's Not Banksy. (1) Paint Job: Putting Finishing Touches to Os Gemeos's Trademark Yellow Figure (2) Towering Presence: Works by (Left to Right) Sixeart, JR and Faile on Tate Modern's Exterior (3) Wall Game: Nunca's Contribution to the Tate's Street Art Exhibition (Top) and Leake Street, SE1, Site of Banksy's Recent Can Festival (Above)
Byline: BEN LEWIS ON THE wow-o-meter it scores 11, but it barely registers a blip on myart critic's cardiogram. In other words, it's fun but dumb. The exterior wallsof Tate Modern have been covered with six towering works of Street Art, allaround...
No Mid-Term Wobble, This Is an Earthquake
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY THE most important consequence of the scale of the by-election defeat isthat the doubts over Mr Brown's leadership which have preoccupied the innercounsels of the Labour Party are set to become explicit. This was not a mid-term...
Photographs? Look Carefully ... They're Paintings; Lifelike: Jason Brooks's Portraits of, from Left, Cancer Scientist Sir Paul Nurse, Formula 1 Driver Jenson Button and Tattoo Artist Zoe Windle
Byline: ALEX STEPHENS A TATTOO artist from Essex is the subject of a 9ft by 7ft portrait beingunveiled at the National Portrait Gallery today. Zoe Windle, 35, was painted in her bra by celebrated realist artist JasonBrooks, whose paintings are...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS MY FAMILY 9.30 pm, BBC1 FIVE million people watch this sitcom everyweek. FIVE MILLION! Why? It's not just old-fashioned, it's old fashionedrubbish. The final episode of this seriesand there will surely be another onesees Ben...
Plant's Exotic Flowering; Beauty and the Beast: The Odd but Fascinating Pairing of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
Byline: PETE CLARK Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Wembley Arena . ROBERT Plant took the stage with his latest collaborator Alison Krauss. Thecontrast between them was so extreme as to be almost shocking. Plant has still not troubled the barber...
PM's Economic and Political Hurdles Continue to Mount; Battling: Gordon Brown Faces More Challenges to His Authority over - Day Detentions, Embryology Legislation and the Economy
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON BROWN today faces a daunting landscape of hurdles ahead as heseeks to rescue his stricken leadership. The Prime Minister is battling to avoid a potentially hugely damaging defeatover his plans to allow police to...
Property Boss Pleads Guilty over Carbon Monoxide Death of Girl, 6; Tragedy: Elisabeth Giauque Was Poisoned by a Faulty Gas Boiler
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA THE director of a property company is facing a huge fine today after asix-yearold girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a faulty boiler. Elisabeth Giauque was found to have 20 times the normal level of the deadly...
Public Funded Kitchens for Gordon and Tony
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL, JOE MURPHY TAXPAYERS paid out thousands of pounds to fund new kitchens for GordonBrown and Tony Blair, it emerged today. Accounts released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that in 2006 TonyBlair was claiming...
Question of Trust and Confidence
PERHAPS the only source of consolation for Gordon Brown of his Crewe andNantwich by-election defeat is that expectations were already very low. The 49 per cent vote share for the Conservatives is a terrible result forLabour, and will have national...
Radcliffe Ready for 'Mission Impossible'
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD PAULA RADCLIFFE was on the way to her French training base today tobegin her bid to defy medical opinion and win Olympic gold. Radcliffe, who was thought to be suffering from a hip injury, has been toldthat her problem is...
Sainsbury's Gains as ABN Makes a Buy Call
Byline: MICKEY CLARK JUST a day after a single institutional shareholder appeared to dump 33million shares in J Sainsbury, City big-hitter ABN Amro has decided to raiseits rating on the UK's third-biggest supermarkets chain from hold to buy. ...
SHAPE UP OR GO, GORDON; (1) Handover: Conservative Leader David Cameron Celebrates the Switch of Power in Crewe with Tory Victor Edward Timpson (2) Hanging on by His Fingernails: Gordon Brown Visiting a Hospital Today
Byline: JOE MURPHY, NICHOLAS CECIL SENIOR Cabinet ministers were this afternoon being pressed to tellGordon Brown to raise his game or resign. Labour MPs asked for a delegation of "men in grey suits" in the wake of astunning defeat in the Crewe...
Signal Staff Reject RMT Ballot for National Walkout
Byline: DICK MURRAY THE RMT union suffered an embarrassing defeat today when thousands ofsignal workers rejected a call to go on strike over pay and conditions. Network Railthreatened with a series of national strikesdeclared it a "victory for...
Silverjet on the Brink of Collapse in Cash Crisis; Flying High: A Silverjet Crew Celebrates the Airline's Maiden Flight from London Luton to New York in January
Byline: ROBERT LEA SILVERJET, the last of the business class-only airlines, is todayteetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Shares in the Luton-based airline were suspended at 25p today after it admittedit had not received the Arab money it was...
Team Boris; Ready for Action: The Stature of the Team Now in Place around Boris Johnson Has Put a Purposeful Stamp on His First Days in Office Partnership: The First Deputy Mayor, Tim Parker, Yesterday with Boris
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS NEW YORK'S mayor, Michael Bloomberg, writes handsomely of Boris Johnsonin this week's Spectator. In voting Boris in at City Hall, Londoners proved more sophisticated than thechattering classes gave them credit for, Mr Bloomberg...
The King of Cannes; Scouse Sojourn: Davies, Left, Filming on Location in Liverpool Comeback Trail: Terence Davies with Sandra Hebron, Artistic Director of the London Film Festival, at Cannes. below, of Time and the City
Byline: NICK RODDICK TERENCE Davies, regarded by many as Britain's greatest living filmdirector but whose career has been stalled for almost a decade, was radiantwith happiness, indeed almost glowing, in Cannes earlier this week, his alreadyruddy...
Unfair to Give LSE a Rough Ride
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE London Stock Exchange and Clara Furse, its chief executive, havebeen getting a rough ride recently. LSE shares have come down heavily thisyear, and remain a target for short-selling while the management team isaccused...
Vaughan Hits Back at Claims His 'Cosy' Team Are Taking It Too Easy; on Target: Michael Vaughan Takes Part in a Fielding Drill and Is Confident Andrew Strauss and Monty Panesar (below) Will Produce the Goods in the Second Test Which Begins Today
Byline: David Lloyd MICHAEL VAUGHAN insists his England team will feel comfy at Old Traffordthis week, but not cosy. After winning four of their last five Tests in Manchesterand having Australia hanging on for a draw in the other gameEngland...
Watching Terry's Trauma Was an Intrusion Too Far; Cruel beyond Belief: John Terry Looked Close to a Nervous Breakdown after His Penalty Miss
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN NO ONE shackled by the bonds of patriotism to England is a newcomer tothe ravaged features of the penalty shoot-out villain-victim. We have been there time and time again since 1990 but not even with StuartPearce and Chris...
We Can't Be Bothered to Stare at the Stars
Byline: JANINE DI GIOVANNI IS TOO much of Angelina Jolie a good thing? This is the question I keepasking myself as I see the British press stalking her at Cannes this week.Angelina in a bikini with her twins; Angelina in gold and diamond bracelets;Angelina...
We Must Hold on to Lampard, Says Chief; Back to Reality: Frank Lampard Relaxes on a Night out after the Heartache of Their Final Defeat
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON CHELSEA chief executive Peter Kenyon today confirmed that the club havemade keeping Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge their top priority. Lampard has already revealed he will meet officials for more talks when hereturns after...
Why Streetcars Are Our Desire; Join the Club: Clockwise from Top Left, Ruth Hayes with Goldfish; Jeremy Jevons; Atilla Budda Loads His Wine; Ollie Grender Buckles Ewan In
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS PUNITIVE residents' parking fees. Soaring fuel costs. vehicle exciseduty ratings so complex that you need an accountant just to order your next taxdisc. There's never been a worse time to be a motorist. Unless, that...
Will Unite Graduate Away from Students?
Byline: PETER BILL STUDENT accommodation specialist Unite held a happy annual meeting inBristol last week, where the impossibly young chief executive Mark Allen (he is35) gave an upbeat update on firstquarter trading. The former KPMG accountant...
Wilson on Course for First Title; Hit and Misses: Oliver Wilson (Left) Is One Shot off the Lead but Colin Montgomerie (above) Is Likely to Miss the Cut and Lee Westwood (below) Was Forced to Pull Out
Byline: DAVID SMITH OLIVER WILSON has been preachingforsometime thatheissettobecome the next big star of British golf.ButwhiletheLondoner has finished runner-up six times, the maiden win to confirm his talenthas so far eluded him. That could...