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Articles from March 14, 2007

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1,000 Extra Carriages to End Cattle Truck Misery
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR TENS of thousands of extra train seats were promised today to ease cattle-truck conditions endured by London commuters. In a victory for the Evening Standard's A Seat For Every Commuter campaign, Transport Secretary Douglas...
Ad Chief Sorrell Sues Ex-Colleagues for 'Mad Dwarf Libels'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON ADVERTISING tycoon Sir Martin Sorrell accused two former colleagues today of disseminating a "vicious" image of himself and a female executive and of labelling them "the mad dwarf and the nympho schizo". Sir Martin, chief...
Agony of Indecision
Byline: KIERON QUIRKE Someone Else's Shoes Soho Theatre *** Struggling with the corporate world: lovers with a conscience Mary (Denise Gough) and Jed (Jonjo O'Neill) THE drama of persistent indecision has been at the heart of the greatest...
All Gong and No Dinner
Byline: NICK CURTIS HOTEL REVIEW BERKELEY SQUARE HOTEL, BRISTOL IT'S SAD to see a hotel striving unsuccessfully to be something it's not. Bristol's Berkeley Square hotel is a stately Georgian building, its handsome facade promising an oldstyle,...
All the Fun of the Fair; It's Not Just Niche Shops That Are Stocking Fairtrade Products. Now High Street Stores Are Getting in on the Act, Says Barbara Chandler
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER ETHICAL trading has become a hot topic. It is, of course, all about not exploiting the maker, to get the cheapest goods to your home. And if you care about this did you know it was Fairtrade Fortnight. There are even...
All under One Roof
Byline: KAREN WHITBURN My flat is in a small block. Last year, the majority of us decided we wished to acquire our freehold. Our solicitor served a notice on our behalf, informing the freeholder that we required him to transfer the freehold to us....
An Eastern Enchantment; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH A Midsummer Night's Dream The Roundhouse **** REBUILT, restructured and transformed into an ideal arts centre for the 21st century, the Roundhouse bursts back into dramatic life. Its first theatrical offering is...
Ask Troops in Helmand If We Need Trident Now
Byline: NICK COHEN THE sight of Emma Thompson, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bianca Jagger and Damon Albarn signing a petition to scrap Trident is enough to make any reasonable person want to keep it. That they have allied themselves with George...
Bap Must Put in Beast of a Show
ASTON VILLA v ARSENAL Barclays Premiership (Kick-off:7.45pm) JULIO BAPTISTA heads into tonight's clash with Aston Villa knowing he must improve his performance if he is to win a permanent deal. The Brazlian, nicknamed "The Beast", is on loan...
BA Ready for Growth Takeoff at City Hub
Byline: ROBERT LEA BRITISH AIRWAYS is today launching an ambitious expansion at London City Airport, fuelling talk that it has audacious plans to dominate the Docklands hub that may include launching a takeover bid for the airport's biggest airline...
BA Ready for Growth Takeoff at City Hub
Byline: ROBERT LEA BRITISH AIRWAYS today launched an ambitious expansion at London City Airport, fuelling talk that it has audacious plans to dominate the Docklands hub that may include launching a takeover bid for the airport's biggest airline...
Battles Fought without Regard to Truth; COMMENTARY
Byline: MICHAEL PINTO-DUSCHINSKY SIR Alistair Graham is right to be angry that the Government intends to leave the committee on standards in public life without naming his successor. It is a clear sign that the Government wants to threaten this...
Beast Baptista Must Find His Bite as Wenger Looks for Signing in 'Super-Class'
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY ARSENE WENGER has revealed that he will only enter the transfer market in the summer to make a "super-class" signing. The Arsenal manager says his squad for next season will be made up of the present incumbents, bolstered...
Bermondsey Will Be a Bobby Dazzler; Fast-Changing Bermondsey Is the First with a Revolutionary Lifestyle Plan for Its Famous Market Square, Says David Spittles
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES FOR decades, early-bird bargain-hunters have been up with the lark on a Friday morning, scouring Bermondsey Antiques Market for good-value items. Soon they will be able to add property to their list. Redevelopment of...
Big Al Gets Flirty with Gabby on a Starry Night; THE ARMCHAIR VIEW
Byline: PETE CLARK AS EVERYONE agreed, the pressure was off at Old Trafford last night. This gave a splendid variety of commentators the chance to show what they could do in what might be termed an exhibition situation. Alan Hansen was the...
Blair Gives Ground to Rebels on Trident Vote
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR'S authority took a new blow today as he resorted to last-ditch concessions in a bid to quell a Labour revolt over Trident. Minutes before a crunch Commons debate - and after a third Government resignation in three...
BLUE PETER PHONE SCAM; 14,000 Children Lose out as BBC Picks a Bogus Winner
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA BLUE Peter bosses today admitted fooling viewers by faking the winning call in a phone-in competition. A member of the production team got a girl visiting the set to pretend she was " calling from London" and gave her the...
BLUE PETER PHONE SCAM; 14,000 Children Lose out as BBC Picks a Bogus Winner
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA BLUE PETER fooled its 1.1 million viewers by faking the winning call in a phone-in, BBC bosses admitted this afternoon. A member of the production team got a girl visiting the set to pretend she was " calling from London"...
British Museum Steals a March on China; Its Terracotta Army Show Will Vie with Tutankhamun to Be the Biggest Attraction in London This Year. but the British Museum's Real Aim Is to Open Up a Newera of Cultural Exchange
Byline: NORMAN LEBRECHT ONE frosty morning last week, in a pavilion where Ch'ing emperors issued edicts across half a continent, Britain reopened its cultural dialogue with China. The icebreaker was an historical exhibition, Britain Meets the World...
Buy a Place in the Sun While You're Still Young
Byline: JESSIE HEWITSON IT IS one of those games that's perfect for long car journeys: if you could own a house abroad, where would it be? It's a lovely notion - a place in the sun, a bolthole in another country. But it used to be that most people...
Chichi Vibe with Food to Die for; Review
Byline: LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH MAGDALEN 152 Tooley Street SE1 020 7403 1342 Three course dinner for two (without service) [pounds sterling]90 IMAGINE a restaurant that's just made for meeting the parents. You know the sort of place: elegant claret-coloured...
Children in Terror of Bus Theft Gangs
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL YOUNG people are so terrified of gangs on London buses that they regard sitting at the back to be like entering a "piranha pool". They fear being "jacked, shanked, taxed or peeled" - meaning robbed - by thugs, a senior...
Cityspy
FALLEN press baron Lord Black has had to sign a waiver agreeing that, if he loses his fraud case, he may not appeal on the grounds that it was his lawyer's fault. Black is being defended by Canadian lawyer Edward "Fast Eddie" Greenspan, pictured, one...
Climb Every Mountain; You Don't Have to Ford Every Stream to Find a Holiday Home in a Great Ski Resort. It Just Needs Some Research, as Cathy Hawker Discovers
Byline: CATHY HAWKER THE first rule for overseas hunters is thorough research, and Allan and Gill Willis, who have just taken possession of a three-bedroom apartment in the tiny Swiss village of Les Crosets, certainly did that. Allan, from Penn...
Creature Comforts; Gardening News
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Diary date Win tickets to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, plus free RHS membership THIS summer, the world's largest flower show is held from 3 to 8 July (3 and 4 July, RHS members only). Tickets for the Hampton Court...
Critic's Choice Cinema
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Bamako This groundbreaking Malian tale centres on a village court, which tries the IMF and the World Bank for virtually raping (with the capable assistance of a corrupt African elite) an Africa otherwise capable of prosperity....
Dame Helen Is Queen Yet Again
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA OSCAR WINNER Dame Helen Mirren has picked up yet another award - but for once it was not for her stately portrayal of the Queen. The actress won best actress for her role as Det Supt Jane Tennison in the drama Prime Suspect...
Deal or, No Deal? Paula Hawkins Asks If Using an Independent Financial Adviser Really Does Get You a Better Mortgage
Byline: PAULA HAWKINS PICKING a mortgage is not as simple as it used to be. High fees, different loan types, and redemption penalties make it increasingly difficult to make a straight cost comparison. So it is worth getting a professional to make...
Diary of an Estate Diary of an Estate Agent; in Sunbury, an Elderly Couple Reveal Their Dying Wish, a Vendor Reveals Her Naked Ambition, and Our Agent Nearly Reveals All
Byline: LLOYD MOSS Monday I wore my new suit for the first time, having ripped my last one on an iron gate on Friday while out on a leaflet-drop in the rain. I felt pretty smart on my first valuation, a bungalow owned by a lovely old couple who...
Dim Future for Inefficient Lights; Traditional Bulbs Will Vanish from Next Year
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN CONVENTIONAL light bulbs will start disappearing from shops as early as January. The brightest 150- and 100-watt bulbs will no longer be produced and manufacture of the more widely used 75- and 60-watt versions will cease...
Dimitar Is Too Valuable to Sell, Says Jol
Byline: GARY CHAPPELL TOTTENHAM(3) v SPORTING BRAGA(2) UEFA Cup last 16, 2nd leg Live on ITV1 from 8pm (Kick-off: 8.15pm) TOTTENHAM manager Martin Jol has reassured fans star striker Dimitar Berbatov will not be sold to a top-four club. The...
DOC KNOWS BEST; GP-Turnedtrainer Can Score with Overstrand
Byline: WILL HAYLER MAKE an appointment with the doctor tomorrow and take a dose of Overstrand in the Ladbroke World Hurdle. Dr Richard Newland, a Birmingham GP, has made remarkable waves in his first season as a trainer. Holding a permit licence...
DOC KNOWS BEST; GP-Turned Trainer Can Score with Overstrand
Byline: WILL HAYLER MAKE an appointment with the doctor tomorrow and take a dose of Overstrand in the Ladbroke World Hurdle. Dr Richard Newland, a Birmingham GP, has made remarkable waves in his first season as a trainer. Holding a permit licence...
Don't Drink Just for the Sake of It; First It Was the Cuisine, Now Japan's Traditional Rice Wines Are Taking London by Storm
Byline: HILARY ARMSTRONG SASHIMI, wasabi, miso, tempura - these days Japanese food just trips off the tongue. Japan's cuisine is fixed firmly in our culinary consciousness, so it's about time that its drinks had a look-in, too. If you've never...
Doubts over Nickname but It's Time to Hail Chief
Byline: WILL HAYLER NICKNAME'S participation in today's Queen Mother Champion Chase will hinge upon an eleventh-hour inspection of the course by his trainer Martin Brassil. Brassil sought the opinions of several jockeys after racing at Cheltenham...
Estate Agents Earn [Pounds Sterling]1m Bonuses in Record Year
Byline: NICK GOODWAY LONDON'S top estate agents are being rewarded with City-style million-pound bonuses after making record profits. The windfalls were revealed today by upmarket agency Savills, where profits rose by almost a third to [pounds...
FCUK Slides but Boss Gets [Pounds Sterling]2m
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH CONTROVERSIAL fashion chain French Connection's profits for the year have slumped, but chairman Stephen Marks is still getting a [pounds sterling]2 million payout. The retailer is best-known for its FCUK logo and for risque...
Fears for the Future of Sleaze Watchdog as Blair Sacks Chairman
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE future of Britain's anti-sleaze watchdog was thrown into doubt today after it emerged that Tony Blair had effectively sacked its chairman. The Cabinet Office refused to confirm that the Committee on Standards in Public...
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot; FOOD SPY
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION THERE is a real vogue for chilli sauces at the moment and we are rapidly becoming aficionados. No longer will a dash of the brilliant Tabasco always suffice. Happily, there is a whole world of hot chilli sauces waiting...
Flash of Pearlies from Hugh; Star Joins Elton, Moss and Macca for the Fanciest of Fancy Dress Parties
Byline: VALENTINE LOW AS THE old saying goes, there is something about a man in uniform - but there is nothing like Sir Elton John in uniform. Particularly this uniform. Here he is, dressed up in characteristically flamboyant manner as a Russian...
Footsie Slides Back to 2007 Starting Point; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: MICKEY CLARK LONDON share prices today slumped to their lowest since the start of the year amid investors' growing concern about the US economy. The FTSE 100 index was down 118 points at one stage, before reducing the deficit to 95.7...
Fury as Blair Sacks Sleaze Watchdog 'For Criticising Ministers'
Byline: PAUL WAUGH BRITAIN'S anti-sleaze watchdog has lambasted Tony Blair after he was effectively sacked from his post for being too critical of the Government. Sir Alistair Graham, long a thorn in Labour's side, was formally told last night...
Get More for Your; Aylesbury Got a Raw Deal from Sixties Developers but That's All about to Change, Says Rosalind Russell
Byline: ROSALIND RUSSELL AYLESBURY Vale, Buckinghamshire, is one of the top 10 best places in Britain to live in, if you are searching for a good quality of life, according to a recent survey. Only 45 miles from central london, it has low unemployment,...
Go for Glitz, Glamour and Glass; LONDON DESIGN WEEK Barbara Chandler Is First among the Silks, Flocks and Glitter of the Capital's Shamelessly Extravagant Festival of Decor
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER AT CHELSEA Harbour Design Centre the annual spring launch parties of London Design Week are in full fling. The harbour houses about 70 exclusive decor brands and is a worldwide shop window for new collections and ideas in...
Go Native for Finest Shellfish; REAL FOOD CAMPAIGN WEEK 3 OYSTERS for a Sublime Flavour, Seek out the Oyster Sellers with Pearls of Wisdom
Byline: ROSE PRINCE HERE'S an easy test to define a great oyster from a standard one. Eat a native oyster and delay your sip of stout. It will leave a tingle of marine flavours in your mouth for up to 15 minutes and is one of the greatest fish-eating...
Good Fans Haunted by Return of Bad Old Days
Byline: DAVID MELLOR AFTER a thrilling FA Cup quarterfinal the serried ranks of Tottenham and Chelsea fans filed quietly out of Stamford Bridge, separated by a thin blue line of police. "Not like it used to be," I murmured. "Wait till they've had...
GPs 'Should Bring Back Surgeries on a Saturday'; Out-of-Hours Shake-Up Was Farce, Say MPs
Byline: REBECCA SMITH THE shake-up of GP out-of-hours services was a costly shambles that benefited only doctors, MPs said today. Saturday morning surgeries should be reinstated because they are convenient for patients, their report said. ...
Grand Plans or a Ship of Fools? PREVIEW
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Grand Designs 9pm, Channel 4 UNLESS you're a Spurs fan and will be tuned to ITV1 for hours, it's hard to get especially excited about tonight's telly. Fortunately, we can always rely on Grand Designs to showcase a combination...
GUILTY PLEASURE... Not So Chilli Con Carne
Byline: FIONA HUNTER THE main factor that determines the healthiness of chilli con carne is the quality and proportion of mince you use, along with the amount of vegetables that you can sneak in. To control the fat level, choose extra-lean or...
Health and Beauty
Byline: EMINE ALI Michelle Doherty, founder of the Alpha-H Skincare line, a leader in corrective and acne-preventative skincare in Australia, will appear at Peter Jones tomorrow Every girl should have... Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in...
Home Away; ONE WEEKEND, TWO CITIES, YOUR CHOICE Manningtree, Essex
Byline: SOPHIE DENING Why: For a taste of village life. How to get there: Trains from London Liverpool Street via Colchester take one-and-a-half to two hours, [pounds sterling]25 for a Saver Return. Where to stay: The Swan Inn, 14-15 Brook...
Homeowners Taxed [Pounds Sterling]10 More for Asylum Seekers
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A LONDON council is adding [pounds sterling]10 to its average tax bill to cover the costs of failed asylum seekers. Hillingdon said it costs [pounds sterling]1million a year to look after people who have arrived at Heathrow...
Hurley Burly of Fame Lost on Rees as He Faces Land of His Father
Byline: CHRIS JONES FIRST Liz Hurley gets married, then Tom Rees puts in a man of the-match performance against France - it has been a remarkable month for Harriet Costello School. The Basingstoke establishment's most famous alumni have been...
I Deserved to Be Dropped but Play Me on the Wing, Says Lewsey
Byline: CHRIS JONES JOSH LEWSEY admits that Brian Ashton was right to drop him for England's match against Wales this Saturday. Although England pulled off a shock 26-18 victory over France, Lewsey had a poor game at fullback, summed up by a woeful...
I'm All at Sea in Monsoon; Even Liz Hurley's Buoyant Curves Fail to Lift the High Street Store's Latest Designs from the Fashion Doldrums
Byline: CONNIE ALLFREY YESTERDAY I went into one of Monsoon's stores for the second time in my life. The first time I was looking for an onion bhaji and got confused; the clothes put me off food entirely. But yesterday I was amazed at how...
In Brief
Solent SOS saves sailors in Italy _FOUR sailors whose boat caught fire were rescued off Italy after calling British coastguards. The crew from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, were aboard a life-raft which was taking on water last night when they called coastguards...
In the Air
Byline: GIDEON SPANIER RELATIONS between the News of the World and David Cameron's team have gone from bad to worse. There are already rumours that Rupert Murdoch has asked editor Colin Myler (right) to turn up the heat on the Tory leader. Now the...
Is Roman Falling out of Love with Chelsea, Too? Abramovich's Divorce Could Cost Him Billions - Which Could Explain the Feverish City Speculation That He Is on the Verge of Selling His Football Club
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE divorce of a Russian billionaire from his wife amid allegations of a close friendship with the daughter of another Russian oligarch almost half his age would not normally be a cause for serious concern for the average...
It's Concrete; Never Mind Global Warming, a Closer Threat Is Thoughtless Developers, Warns Jane Barry
Byline: JANE BARRY SUFFERING daily downpours and record rainfall, Londoners cannot fail to think that all those gloomy reports of global warming and rising water levels are right, and happening now. Evidence of problems is surfacing all over...
I've Had to Junk My Selfish Druggie Friends
Byline: NIRPAL DHALIWAL VIETNAMESE criminal gangs have been using slave labour to cultivate cannabis in houses they had turned into secret "farms" for the drug. Made to live in cupboards and utility rooms, young Vietnamese have been brought to Britain...
Jail for Gang Who Threw Cable Drums at Police Car
Byline: BO WILSON THREE thieves who hurled massive cable drums from a speeding van during a police chase through central London have been jailed for five years. A judge said it was a "miracle" no one was killed when three huge reels of copper...
Jol Tells Boo-Boys to Give Mido a Chance
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON MARTIN JOL today pleaded with the Tottenham fans not to jeer Mido after his lacklustre display against Chelsea brought abuse from sections of the Spurs crowd. Mido will start against FC Braga in the UEFA Cup tonight if Dimitar...
Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Fountain; Brown and Green Slime Latest Blight to Hit Diana Memorial
Byline: PATRICK SAWER IT'S threatening to become a traditional part of spring. Just as the sun makes a reappearance, so too do problems at the Diana fountain. Slimy green and brown patches have begun to appear on the granite bed of the memorial...
Ken's off on His Travels Again; Livingstone Comes under Attack over Rising Number of Trips Abroad
Byline: ROSS LYDALL THE amount of foreign travel undertaken by Ken Livingstone and his City Hall officials is set to rise. The Mayor has come under intense pressure after it emerged that he and his officials have made 279 overseas trips since...
King Tut Must Foil the Curse of the Dome; AND INCIDENTALLY
Byline: DOMINIC SANDBROOK VAST crowds are expected at the Millennium Dome for its new Tutankhamun exhibition, which was unveiled this week and opens in November. With more than 130 treasures on show, the exhibition may even match London's last...
Labour Offers Olive Branch to Buy off Rebels in Trident Vote
Byline: JOE MURPHY THE Government dramatically gave ground on Trident today in a bid to quell a mass revolt by Labour MPs. Defence Secretary Des Browne conceded that MPs will be given more Commons votes after tonight's division, which was set to...
Laidback Luxury; TRAVELSEEN
Byline: JO FERNANDEZ Reinventing Marseille MARSEILLE continues its reinvention, attempting to throw off its seedy port image with a brand-new hotel. The Radisson Marseille Hotel opened last week next to La Criee National Theatre. The new-build...
Laughing through the Good Life
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Lucy Porter Soho Theatre *** BAD omens fluttered around Lucy Porter's Soho residency when her publicists suddenly announced that the press was not invited. Lucy was apparently poorly. Well enough to perform, yet not well...
LCD Display a Wittier Edge
Byline: LISA VERRICO LCD SOUNDSYSTEM DANCE music may be taking a back seat to rock right now, but New Yorker James Murphy knows that beats are required if you're planning a party. The man behind LCD Soundsystem became one of the coolest names...
Let's Hope Optimists Are Right over US Loans Crisis; CITY COMMENT
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE COLLAPSE in the American subprime credit market is rather like one of those slow motion pictures of an earthquake - the ground heaves and the buildings sway but stay upright. The ground then stops heaving but the buildings...
Let the Children; Give Four Youngsters the Chance to Shop for Their Own Bedrooms and What Do You Get? Katie Law Finds Out
Byline: KATIE LAW DO WE know how young London children want to live; what do they want in their bedrooms, for example? The only way to find out is to ask them, but be prepared, you will be bombarded - they will want everything. Ten-year-old Constance...
LondonCalling
Aston Villa v ARSENAL Villa Park, tonight, 7.45pm TOMAS ROSICKY and Justin Hoyte hope shake off their respective injuries. VERDICT: BATTLE-WEARY GUNNERS FIRE BLANKS BARNET included two on-trial players in their 1-0 defeat by Major League side...
LONDON Eye; Who We Saw Doing What with Who Last Night .
Sienna feels Lo as Jamie fails to show Fresh blow after Jude's party with Lindsay SIENNA MILLER suffered a double heartache last night and drowned her sorrows with a late-night boozing session with pal Rhys Ifans. The 25-year-old actress was snubbed...
London Live; the Short List
Byline: KAREN DACRE ONE THING YOU REALLY SHOULD KNOW NUT CASE 352 Uxbridge Road, W12 (020 8743 0336) As the name above the door suggests, this shop may contain nuts. Inside the small premises, a vast selection of nutty stuff is spread around...
London's Favourite Films
THE NUMBER 23 15, 98 minutes, dir Joel Schumacher JIM CARREY is the wannabe gumshoe who finds a book about the curse of the number 23 and becomes obsessed - to the point of envisioning its Detective Fingerling as his alter ego. This leads to kinky...
Losses Pile Up in Worldwide Dive by Shares; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARE prices around the world have suffered a bad case of subsidence over the past 24 hours, leaving investors with huge losses. Cracks have been appearing in the US following the suspension this week of shares in subprime...
Making a Meal out of Dinners Made; Entrepreneur David Lloyd Is Introducing a New Concept to Londoners ESTHER WALKER
Byline: ESTHER WALKER YOU KNOW how it is. You find yourself at home for supper, look in the fridge and find a bag of coffee, some tired- looking tomatoes and a jar of olives. A trip to Waitrose is a possibility, but constructing an elaborate supper...
More Commuter Seats on Trains but Not for 7 Years; (1)A SEAT FOR EVERY COMMUTER (2)STANDARD CAMPAIGN
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR;DICK MURRAY TENS of thousands of extra train seats were promised today to ease the cattle-truck conditions endured every day by London commuters. In a victory for the Evening Standard's "A Seat For Every Commuter" campaign,...
New Council Tax Band for [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Homes; 'Top Rung' Plan for Most Costly Houses
Byline: PAUL WAUGH LONDONERS could face huge council tax rises under Government plans to increase bills for higher-priced homes. Sir Michael Lyons' review of town hall finances next week is expected to call for new "top rung" tax bands for houses...
New York Mayor Snubs Ken over Slur on Jews
Byline: ROSS LYDALL NEW York mayor Michael Bloomberg has refused to meet Ken Livingstone because of the controversy surrounding his views on Jewish people. The leaders of the world's two greatest cities have never had a formal engagement and...
No Business like Snow Business; Ski Resorts on Lower Slopes Are under Threat from Global Warming. Cathy Hawker Joins the Half-Mile-High Club and Finds Great Opportunities for Homes at 3,000ft
Byline: CATHY HAWKER DAWN-to-dusk skiers - those annoying people who are first on the lifts every morning and insist on "just one more quick black" at the end of the day - need dawn-todusk ski resorts. The rest of us, perfectly happy to take in...
Our Great Easter Ski Guide; It's Still Not Too Late to Book a Family Break on the Slopes. Felice Hardy Tracks Down Snow and Available Dates
Byline: FELICE HARDY APRIL 7 Children and parents love Lech with its flattering pistes and comfortable hotels. Four-star family-owned Hotel Omesberg is [pounds sterling]1,242 per adult, [pounds sterling]758 per child, and children six years and...
Overstrand Is Just What the Doctor Ordered; A Birmingham GP Will Be out to Rule the World with a Horse Bought for a Pittance
Byline: WILL HAYLER MAKE an appointment with the doctor tomorrow and take Overstrand to claim a shock success in the three-mile Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Dr Richard Newland, a Birmingham GP, has made remarkable waves in his first season as a trainer....
Pick of the Night: Imogen Ridgway
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Grand Designs 9pm, Channel 4 Unless you're a Spurs fan and will be tuned to ITV1 for hours, it's hard to get especially excited about tonight's telly. Fortunately, we can always rely on Grand Designs to showcase a combination...
Pinning Down the Appeal of Pop's Plucky Princess; TV Watch
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Kylie: Cultural Icon Sky Arts SOMETHING really isn't right about the state of cancer research in this country. I tried to help recently by buying one of those cancer scratchcards and rubbing away at the little square,...
Pipe's First Success Softens Brick Blow
Byline: WILL HAYLER DAVID PIPE admitted to feeling mixed emotions as he got off the mark when Gaspara won the final race on his first day as a trainer at the Cheltenham Festival. But less than an hour earlier, Pipe had been left "gutted" by the...
[Pounds Sterling]1m Home Owners to See Council Tax Double; Report to Call for New 'Top Rung' Tax Bands
Byline: PAUL WAUGH LONDONERS could face huge council tax rises under government plans to raise bills for higher-priced homes. A review of town hall finances is expected to call for new "top rung" tax bands for homes worth more than [pounds sterling]1m....
[Pounds Sterling]2m Refunds Paid after C-Charge Permit Error
Byline: ROSS LYDALL NEARLY [pounds sterling] 2 million in refunds has been paid out by Transport for London after a mix-up over residents' discounts for the enlarged congestion charge zone. Almost 2,000 drivers in west London were sent [pounds...
Psycho's Plea to Board for Stability
Byline: DAVID HULMES UNDER-FIRE Stuart Pearce has pointed Manchester City's board in the direction of West Ham and Charlton as proof that sacking managers in midseason is no magic remedy. Two years after succeeding Kevin Keegan as City boss,...
REALLY USEFUL Bargains; This Week Alison Cork Sources Sleek Furniture at Minimalist Prices, Sofas in the Discount Comfort Zone and Tasty Tableware for Bargain-Hungry Diners
Byline: ALISON CORK For a wide range of chic, classic and - most importantly - discounted furniture and accessories, it is always worth paying a visit to the special offers page at www.okadirect.com. This throw (right, available at time of writing)...
REALLY USEFUL Guide; Alison Cork Finds That Building a House Can Be Child's Play, Good Fencing Doesn't Have to Be Made of Wood, and Bright, Sunny Rooms Are More Than a Pipe Dream
Byline: ALISON CORK Suite deals IT TAKES time to make decisions when decorating your home and, inevitably, there is a wait of anything from six to 12 weeks following the purchase of that dream sofa. A handy solution to unfurnished rental property...
Return to Test Horror Does Not Scare Tait
Byline: CHRIS JONES MATHEW TAIT today insisted he had no demons to conquer when he tackles Wales on Saturday, despite being cast into the international wilderness after his nightmare debut at Cardiff two years ago, writes Chris Jones. The England...
Roman Empire Sell-Off; Tycoon's Secret Divorce War Chest Revealed
Byline: VALENTINE LOW ROMAN ABRAMOVICH may pay for his divorce with a war chest built up by selling shares. The Chelsea owner today faces handing over at least [pounds sterling]1.5billion of his [pounds sterling]11billion fortune after divorcing...
Roman's Waving Goodbye to [Pounds Sterling]1.5bn of His Fortune; Abramovich Dips into His Reserves to Fund Divorce
Byline: BO WILSON;VALENTINE LOW ROMAN Abramovich may pay for his billion-pound divorce with a massive war chest built up by selling off shares. The Chelsea owner today faces paying out at least [pounds sterling]1.5 billion of his [pounds sterling]11...
Salute You, Sir Elton; the Cap's Russian, the Medals Are German but Singer Is Star of a Very Fancy Dress Party
Byline: VALENTINE LOW AS THE old saying goes, there is something about a man in uniform - but there is nothing like Sir Elton John in uniform. Particularly this uniform. Here he is, dressed up in characteristically flamboyant manner as he helped...
School Tests to Start BEFORE First Birthdays; Babies to Be Assessed on 69 Targets
Byline: ANNA DAVIS BABIES will be tested on whether they babble enough under new national curriculum tests for under-fives. Their crying, gurgling and squealing will also be assessed from birth by staff in every nursery in England. They will...
Scots Must Be Truly Great to Repeat Win
Byline: NEAL COLLINS SCOTLAND will today attempt to pull off the biggest upset in World Cup cricket when they take on holders Australia, They are 40-1 to beat the Aussies in St Kitts but coach Peter Drinnen insists: "Anything can happen and, if...
SEATS VICTORY FOR COMMUTERS; Thousands of Rail Travellers Will Sit - but Not until 2014
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR;DICK MURRAY TENS of thousands of extra train seats were promised today to ease the cattletruck conditions endured by London commuters. In a victory for the Evening Standard's "A Seat For Every Commuter" campaign, Transport...
Secretive Billionaire with a Private Prescription for Boots; (1)Seven Months after Merging Boots with Alliance, Stefano Pessina Wants to Take the Chemists off the Stock Market (2)PROFILE
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST AT A LUNCH with one of the big private equity groups this week, the conversation became heated. It was off the record, so I can't say who the hosts were, but among the guests were myself, Marcus Agius, chairman of Barclays;...
Shaun's Reunion Is a [Pounds Sterling]21m Disaster; the Presence of Wright-Phillips at City Tonight Highlights the Agony Both Have Endured since He Left for Chelsea
Byline: LEO SPALL SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS is set to make his first return to Manchester City with Chelsea tonight since completing one of the biggest deals in British transfer history. However, in the intervening two years nothing much has gone right...