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Articles from June 7, 2007

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A Breather as Bank Keeps Rates on Hold
INTEREST rates were left on hold today but few in the City are betting the Bank of England's Base Rate will not be increased as early as next month and possiblyhit 6% by the end of the year. The Bank of England's monetary policy committee left rates...
A Londoner's Diary; Alexander Masters Sets Up a Tattoo Stall, Puts His Life in Sam Mendes' Hands and Deplores Melvyn Bragg's Manners
Excitable mathematicians - telling me the secrets of the universe. My pen broke as I tried to write them down. Ah well, better luck next year. I'm at a conference with the great Simon Norton, the subject of my next book. An electric-haired,...
A Media Story That Has Suffered Tunnel Vision for Too Long; TV WATCH
Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel Channel 4 Abroad Again BBC 2 THERE can have been few 20th century corpses that have been as thoroughly picked clean by media vultures as that of Diana, Princess of Wales. Ten years after her death in a Parisian car...
Apprentice Fans Accuse the BBC of Rigging Katie's Walkout
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK;BO WILSON;ANNA DAVIS THE BBC's reality show The Apprentice was embroiled in controversy today over allegations that the surprise resignation of one of the contestants last night was fixed. Katie Hopkins, the power-dressing...
Apprentice Fans Accuse the BBC of Rigging Katie's Walkout
THE BBC's reality show The Apprentice was embroiled in controversy today over allegations that the surprise resignation of one of the contestants last night was fixed. Katie Hopkins, the power-dressing villainess in the series, was told she was...
Apprentice Fans Accuse the BBC of Rigging Katie's Walkout
BBC reality show The Apprentice was embroiled in controversy today over allegations that the surprise resignation of a contestant last night was fixed. Katie Hopkins, the power-dressing villainess in the series, was told she was through to next...
Arms Company 'Paid Saudi Prince Secret [Pounds Sterling]1bn to Pull off Deal'
MINISTERS were today facing fresh calls for an inquiry into a [pounds sterling]40 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia amid reports that more than [pounds sterling]1 billion was secretly channelled to a Saudi prince. It is understood that the cash...
'Assassin' Threw Chilli Powder in Landlord's Face Then Knifed Him to Death; Father of Three Was Targeted, Say Detectives
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A BUSINESSMAN had chilli powder thrown in his face before he was stabbed to death in a "calculated and sustained" assassination, police said today. Ahmed Shah was attacked on Tuesday lunchtime in a busy street by a knifeman...
'Assassin' Threw Chilli Powder in Landlord's Face Then Knifed Him to Death; Father of Three Was Targeted, Say Detectives
A BUSINESSMAN had chilli powder thrown in his face before he was stabbed to death in a "calculated and sustained" assassination, police said today. Ahmed Shah was attacked on Tuesday lunchtime in a busy street by a knifeman dressed in a blue boiler...
BAE 'Secretly Paid [Pounds Sterling]1bn to Saudi Prince in Arms Deal'
Byline: SAM LYON MINISTERS were today facing fresh calls for an inquiry into a [pounds sterling]40 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia amid reports that more than [pounds sterling]1 billion was secretly channelled to a Saudi prince. It is understood...
BAE 'Secretly Paid [Pounds Sterling]1bn to Saudi Prince in Arms Deal'
MINISTERS were today facing fresh calls for an inquiry into a [pounds sterling]40 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabiaamid reports that more than [pounds sterling]1 billion was secretly channelled to a Saudi prince. It is understood that the cash...
Beckham Hits Hollywood Heights
Estonia 0 England 3 WHILE Steve McClaren refused today to confirm David Beckham's permanent reinstatement to his starting line-up, it is clear that his priority in the coming months will be to ensure the former England captain is available for the...
Beckham Hits Hollywood Heights; Euro 2008 Qualifying: Estonia 0 England 3
WHILE Steve McClaren refused today to confirm David Beckham's permanent reinstatement to his starting line-up, it is clear that his priority in the coming months will be to ensure the former England captain is available for the critical concluding...
Behind the Scenes at the Movies; Rare, Candid Images Have Been Rescued Fromthe Fox/MGM Archives, and Are Being Auctioned to Fund a Bold Cinema In-Hospitals Scheme
A BABY perched on Robert de Niro's knee clutches at the clapperboard heralding the next, violent scene in Raging Bull. A film crew squats on the bonnet of Geena Davis's and Susan Sarandon's car, waiting to capture their suicidal final flight as Thelma...
Bendy Buses: The Fatal Facts; Growing Casualty Numbers Revealed
BENDY BUSES cause more than twice as many injuries as any other bus, according to official figures seen by the Standard. More than 90 pedestrians and cyclists were injured by the new vehicles last year. Two people, including 12-year-old Blessing...
BENDY BUSES: THE FATAL FACTS; Growing Number of Casualties Revealed
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN BENDY BUSES cause more than twice as many injuries as any other bus, according to official figures seen by the Standard. More than 90 pedestrians and cyclists were injured by the new vehicles last year. Two people,...
BENDY BUSES: THE FATAL FACTS; Growing Number of Casualties Revealed
BENDY BUSES cause more than twiceas many injuries as any other bus, according to official figures seen by the Standard. More than 90 pedestrians and cyclists were injured by the new vehicles last year. Two people, including a 12-year-old girl,...
Big Brother Housemate Is Evicted for Using the N-Word
Byline: VALENTINE LOW CHANNEL 4 was engulfed in another racism furore today after a Big Brother contestant was evicted for using a racially offensive word to her black housemate. The broadcaster won praise for its swift action, then immediately...
Big Brother Housemate Is Evicted for Using the N-Word
CHANNEL 4 was engulfed in another racism furore today after a Big Brother contestant was evicted for using a racially offensive word to her black housemate. The broadcaster won praise for its swift action, then immediately ran into a storm of criticism...
Black's Plea to Quiz Partner Again Denied
CONRAD BLACK'S defence came to an abrupt halt in Chicago after the judge rejected his lawyer's bid to recall David Radler, his former partner who, after pleading guilty to fraud, has testified against Black in the trial. Alleging that Radler had...
Blair Seeks Last-Minute Deal with Bush on Climate Change
Byline: PAUL WAUGH TONY BLAIR made a last-ditch appeal to George Bush to back a landmark climate change deal today amid fears that the US will block plans for binding targets on greenhouse gases. The Prime Minister used his final one-on-one meeting...
Blair Seeks Last-Minute Deal with Bush on Climate Change
TONY BLAIR made a last-ditch appeal to George Bush to back a landmark climate change deal today amid fears that the US will block plans for binding targets on greenhouse gases. The Prime Minister used his final one-on-one meeting with the American...
C4 Escapes Public's Wrath for Showing Diana Pictures; Only 20 Viewers Complain over Documentary on Death Crash
Byline: BEN LEACH CHANNEL 4 today appeared to have escaped public censure over the controversial Diana documentary. Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom revealed that fewer than 20 people made complaints over The Witnesses In the Tunnel programme, which...
C4 Escapes Public's Wrath for Showing Diana Pictures; Only 20 Viewers Complain over Documentary on Death Crash
CHANNEL 4 today appeared to have escaped public censure over the controversial Diana documentary. Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom revealed that fewer than 20 people made complaints over The Witnesses In the Tunnel programme, which showed pictures taken...
CALUM'S CALUMNIES; Calum Best Has Vowed to Cure His Sex Addiction, but If He Does, What Will London's Starlets Do for Fun? Here Are Some Lucky Ladies Who Got a Taste of Best before It Was Too Late
PATSY KENSIT Like father, likes son. Patsy, 39, played George Best's girlfriend in the 2000 biopic Best. Clearly inspired, she then briefly dated his son Calum, 26, in a post-Liam fling. KIMBERLY STEWART Kimberly, 27, and Calum, both...
Case of the Bends
THE CASE against the Mayor's favourite bendy buses grows more compelling. Obviously, they aggravate traffic congestion - taking up twice as much space as a normal vehicle - with the result that in some of their routes such as New Oxford Street, traffic...
City Bonuses Will Drive; but Experts Warn That Gap in Two-Tier Market Is Growing
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN;MIRA BAR-HILLEL CITY bonuses will break all records this year. The fourth consecutive rise will give another boost to the already soaring London property market. A bumper start to 2007 for City dealmakers and traders means...
City Bonuses Will Drive; but Experts Warn That Gap in Two-Tier Market Is Growing
CITY bonuses will break all records this year. The fourth consecutive rise will give another boost to the already soaring London property market. A bumper start to 2007 for City dealmakers and traders means that bonuses at least equalling last year's...
City Bonuses Will Drive House Prices Still Higher; but Experts Warn That Gap in Two-Tier Market Is Growing
CITY bonuses will break all records this year. The fourth consecutive rise will give another boost to the already soaring London property market. A bumper start to 2007 for City dealmakers and traders means that bonuses at least equalling last year's...
City Slicker; Racy and Uncompromising, with a Taste for Younger Men, Kim Cattrall Is Preparing Hard for Her Role in Sex and the City on the Big Screen, Says Edward Helmore
Byline: EDWARD HELMORE Kim Cattrall arrives, looking like a Ralph Lauren ad in white jeans and a T-shirt, sits down, removes her dark glasses with one gesture, and tells me she's just come from the new rooms at New York's Metropolitan Museum of...
City Spy
AS the row over private-equity tax treatment gathers momentum, City Spy wonders how long it will be until the British Venture Capitalist Association faces an outright revolt. Private-equity bosses are fuming at the way the unions have landed blow after...
Clooney's Mob Get Lucky Again; the Hollywood A-List Assemble for Their Third Casino Heist. It's a Glitzy, Ritzy Guilty Pleasure
Ocean's Thirteen Cert 12A, 122 mins *** GEORGE, Brad, Matt and the rest are pretty cool cats. They know when their luck isin. And it certainly is as far as Steven Soderbergh's third edition of the Ocean franchise is concerned. The stars really...
Cole Catches out His Parents and Aims to Do the Same to England's Euro Rivals; Euro 2008 Qualifying
JOE COLE has two ambitions for next season, to return to full fitness and help Chelsea win back what he describes as "our title". The midfielder missed most of this season with a stress fracture of the foot but defied the pain to return months ahead...
'Council Housing Is the Future for Priced-Out Young People'
YOUNG middle class people face having to live in council houses because they will be unable to buy or rent a private property, a leading housing expert warned today. Professor Stephen Nickell, chairman of a new Government housing agency, also raised...
'Council Housing Is the Future for Priced-Out Young People'
YOUNG middle-class people face having to live in council houses because they will be unable to buy or rent a private property, a leading housing expert warned today. Professor Stephen Nickell, chairman of a new Government housing agency, also raised...
'Council Housing Is the Future FOR PRICED-OUT YOUNG PEOPLE'
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL YOUNG middle class people face having to live in council houses because they will be unable to buy or rent a private property, a leading housing expert warned today. Professor Stephen Nickell, chairman of a new Government...
Don't Rule out Risk Regulator May Burst the Water Bubble
WHEN you think about it, the water industry is the obvious place to look for bubbles - and we certainly have one now. Royal Bank of Scotland is putting Southern Water up for sale with a price tag not far short of double what it paid when it bought...
Don't Rule out Risk Regulator May Burst the Water Bubble; City Comment
WHEN you think about it, the water industry is the obvious place to look for bubbles and we certainly have one now. Royal Bank of Scotland is putting Southern Water up for sale with a price tag not far short of double what it paid when it bought...
FEELING HOT; Drag Yourself out of Hibernation and Get Beach Ready with Sophie Goodwin's Sizzling Summer Tips
Byline: SOPHIE GOODWIN FOOD Why If you want to get in shape, you have to understand how the body works. English roses Rachel Weisz and Kate Winslet bloom as a result of their healthy diets. Treatment An appointment with nutritionist Ian Marber,...
Food Spy
RESTAURANT BITES Such is the success of Acorn House, the King's Cross ecofriendly restaurant, that it is to open a sister restaurant in Hackney this October. 'Their customers love the way they use recycled materials, purify their own water and...
Fredalo Row Cast Aside but Now England Are All at Sea
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN had more than the Fredalo Affair to concern him at Old Trafford today as England's batsmen ran into unexpected problems against the West Indies. Having caned the troubled tourists for 550-plus in the first...
Fredalo Row Cast Aside but Now England Are All at Sea
MICHAEL VAUGHAN had more than the Fredalo Affair to concern him at Old Trafford today as England's batsmen ran into unexpected problems against the West Indies. Having caned the troubled tourists for 550-plus in the first innings of the opening...
G8 Leaders Hail Landmark Deal for Cutting Greenhouse Gases
Byline: PAUL WAUGH WORLD leaders hailed a landmark deal to tackle climate change today after the G8 summit agreed to "substantial" cuts in greenhouse gases. Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged from hours of intense discussions...
G8 Leaders Hail Landmark Deal for Cutting Greenhouse Gases
WORLD leaders hailed a landmark deal to tackle climate change today after the G8 summit agreed to "substantial" cuts in greenhouse gases. Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged from hours of intense discussions to describe the new...
Goldenballs Is Still Yesterday's Hero F; Euro 2008 Qualifying: The Armchair View
FOR a game of such significance, one which might cripple England hopes of qualification and hobble the manager, the atmosphere in the Sky Sports camp was almost surreally calm. Martin Tyler and David Platt shared the commentary duties with the air...
Goldenballs Is Still Yesterday's Hero; THE ARMCHAIR VIEW
FOR a game of such significance, one which might cripple England hopes of qualification and hobble the manager, the atmosphere in the Sky Sports camp was almost surreally calm. Martin Tyler and David Platt shared the commentary duties with the air...
Hic! Irish Embassy Staff Raid Bar in Search of Booze
TOP OF the morning to you, boys. Two members of staff from the Irish Embassy's Visa and Passport outpost in Brompton Road apparenty lived up to the Irishmen's reputation as hard drinkers by allegedly breaking into a bar after hours and stealing beer...
Hic! Irish Embassy Staff Raid Bar in Search of Booze
TOP OF the morning to you, boys. Two members of staff from the Irish Embassy's Visa and Passport outpost in Brompton Road apparenty lived up to the Irishmen's reputation as hard drinkers by allegedly breaking into a bar after hours and stealing beer...
Hic! Irish Embassy Staff Raid Bar in Search of Booze
TOP OF the morning to you, boys. Two members of staff from the Irish Embassy's Visa and Passport outpost in Brompton Road apparenty lived up to the Irishmen's reputation as hard drinkers by allegedly breaking into a bar after hours and stealing beer...
Homes Needed in South-East
AS DAVID CAMERON says, the biggest social divide in Britain is between the property haves and have-nots. And today we learn from the Government's new housing agency, that the next generation of homebuyers will have to commit themselves to a mortgage...
Homes Needed in South-East
AS DAVID CAMERON says, the biggest social divide in Britain is between the property haves and have-nots. And today we learn from the Government's new housing agency, that the next generation of home-buyers will have to commit themselves to a mortgage...
Homes Needed in South-East
AS DAVID CAMERON says, the biggest social divide in Britain is between the property haves and have-nots. And today we learn from the Government's new housing agency, that the next generation of homebuyers will have to commit themselves to a mortgage...
Hooked on the Sales Buzz; for a Stimulating Career in a Fun but Motivated Environment with Good Incentives, Sales Is Just the Job
AS A SPECIALIST sales consultant, Matt Kirkpatrick's job is to help guide predominantly small businesses grow and develop, by advising them on selecting the most effective advertising. One moment Matt, 34, could be having a detailed discussion with...
I Feel British - Just Don't Lecture Me about It
Byline: YASMIN ALIBHAI BROWN THIS week's instalment of the drama over integration and Britishness: Gordon Brown promising "British jobs for British citizens". Meanwhile, other government ministers have mooted a "Britain day" to enforce patriotism...
I Feel British - Just Don't Lecture Me about It
THIS week's instalment of the drama over integration and Britishness: Gordon Brown promising "British jobs for British citizens". Meanwhile, other government ministers have mooted a "Britain day" to enforce patriotism - mainly, it seems, on immigrants...
I'll Back Greenhouse Gas Cuts If India and China Will, Says Bush
Byline: PAUL WAUGH HOPES of a landmark global deal to tackle climate change rose today after George Bush signalled he would back a "substantial" cut in greenhouse gases. Speaking alongside Tony Blair at their last ever one-on-one meeting, the...
I'll Back Greenhouse Gas Cuts If India and China Will, Says Bush
HOPES of a landmark global deal to tackle climate change rose today after George Bush signalled he would back a "substantial" cut in greenhouse gases. Speaking alongside Tony Blair at their last ever one-on-one meeting, the US President said he...
I'll Risk a Bike, but Not a Man; as Scary as It Is Weaving through London's Traffic, It Beats Tackling a Relationship
SCARY though it felt, I forced myself back into the saddle of single life this week. Literally, in fact, for on top of dating again I finally collected my new bicycle. I didn't want to do either, but friends persuaded me dating someone post- James...
In Her Mother's Arms, Toddler 'Beaten to Death by City Father'
THIS is the two-year-old girl allegedly killed by her City banker father. Yanire Izaga died after she was attacked at her London home on the Embankment, leaving her with a fractured skull. Today her family spoke for the first time of their grief...
Investors Defy Rate Fears to Pile into Top Stocks; Market Round-Up
CITY traders had little time to discuss anything but interest rates today, with most assuming that borrowing levels of 6% are a nearcertainty this summer. In theory, this should have led to a lacklustre morning as investors waited nervously for...
IoC Chiefs to Hold Inquest on 2012 Logo Shambles
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD LONDON Olympics chiefs will be quizzed on the fiasco surrounding the new 2012 logo during a visit by inspectors from the International Olympic Committee next week. Members of the 12-strong " coordination commission" admit...
IoC Chiefs to Hold Inquest on 2012 Logo Shambles
LONDON Olympics chiefs will be quizzed on the fiasco surrounding the new 2012 logo during a visit by inspectors from the International Olympic Committee next week. Members of the 12-strong "coordination commission" admit privately they have been...
IOC Inspectors to Quiz 2012 Games Chiefs over Logo Fiasco
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD LONDON Games chiefs will be quizzed on the fiasco surrounding the new 2012 logo during a visit next week by International Olympic Committee inspectors. Members of the 12-strong "coordination commission" admit privately they...
IOC Inspectors to Quiz 2012 Games Chiefs over Logo Fiasco
LONDON Games chiefs will be quizzed on the fiasco surrounding the new 2012 logo during a visit next week by International Olympic Committee inspectors. Members of the 12-strong "coordination commission" admit privately they have been surprised by...
It's True, Hell Hath No Fury like the Widows Scorned
IT'S a tough old world in fund management, but Tom Laidlaw and Mike Channing could hardly have expected a raid on their own homes when they took on Scottish Widows for control of the [pounds sterling]430 million UK Balanced Property Trust. The raid,...
Jeez, These Yurpeens Sure Know How to Talk
Byline: NICK CURTIS SUNDAY AT the morning briefing, Condi reminds me I'm going to Yurp on Monday. "Yurp, that's in Germany right?" I say. "Actually, the G8 summit in Germany is on Tuesday Mr President," she says. "Tomorrow you're going to...
Jeez, These Yurpeens Sure Know How to Talk
SUNDAY AT the morning briefing, Condi reminds me I'm going to Yurp on Monday. "Yurp, that's in Germany right?" I say. "Actually, the G8 summit in Germany is on Tuesday Mr President," she says. "Tomorrow you're going to Prague in the Czech Republic...
Jeez, These Yurpeens Sure Know How to Talk; NICK THE GEORGE BUSH DIARIES
SUNDAY AT the morning briefing, Condi reminds me I'm going to Yurp on Monday. "Yurp, that's in Germany right?" I say. "Actually, the G8 summit in Germany is on Tuesday Mr President," she says. "Tomorrow you're going to Prague in the Czech Republic...
Johnson Changes His Tune: No Limit on City Academies
ALAN JOHNSON today changed tack on Tony Blair's flagship city academies programme by announcing it may be expanded in future. In aninterview with the Evening Standard, the Education Secretary said he would not cap numbers at the current target of...
Johnson Changes His tune:There Is No Limit on City Academies
Byline: JOE MURPHY;ANNE MCELVOY ALAN JOHNSON today changed tack on Tony Blair's flagship city academies programme by announcing it may be expanded in future. In an interview with the Evening Standard, the Education Secretary said he would not...
Johnson Changes His tune:There Is No Limit on City Academies
ALAN JOHNSON today changed tack on Tony Blair's flagship city academies programme by announcing it may be expanded in future. In an interview with the Evening Standard, the Education Secretary said he would not cap numbers at the current target...
Johnson Changes His Tune: There Is No Limit on City Academies
ALAN JOHNSON today changed tack on Tony Blair's flagship city academies programme by announcing it may be expanded in future. In an interview with the Evening Standard, the Education Secretary said he would not cap numbers at the current target...
Judge Throws out Black's Plea to Quiz Partner Again
Byline: TOM BOWER CONRAD BLACK'S defence came to an abrupt halt in Chicago after the judge rejected his lawyer's bid to recall David Radler, his former partner who, after pleading guilty to fraud, has testified against Black in the trial. Alleging...
Judge Throws out Black's Plea to Quiz Partner Again
CONRAD BLACK'S defence came to an abrupt halt in Chicago after the judge rejected his lawyer's bid to recall David Radler, his former partner who, after pleading guilty to fraud, has testified against Black in the trial. Alleging that Radler had...
Just a Mark of Contempt
MICHAEL Wolff's remark that his former agency's 2012 Olympic logo transcends "the language of contemporary design" is a display of arrogant contempt to the design fraternity, tantamount to telling us that it is so innovative we don't understand it....
Knife Killer Threw Chilli Powder in Landlord's Face
A BUSINESSMAN had chilli powder thrown in his face before he was knifed to death in a "calculated and sustained" assassination, police said today. Ahmed Shah was attacked at Tuesday lunchtime in West End Road, Southall, by a man dressed in a blue...
Lampard Hails Modest Becks; Exclusive: There's Been No 'Here I Am' from Him, Says Chelsea starEXCLUSIVE
FRANK LAMPARD today paid tribute tothe modest way that David Beckham has returned to star for England. The Real Madrid midfielder set up two goals in the 3-0 European Championship qualifier win in Estonia after ending his international exile. ...
Lampard Hails Modest Becks; There's Been No 'Here I Am' from Him, Says Chelsea Star
FRANK LAMPARD today paid tribute to the modest way that David Beckham has returned to star for England. The Real Madrid midfielder set up two goals in the 3-0 European Championship qualifier winin Estonia after ending his international exile. ...
Liberation of Paris (in 3 Days); Socialite Is Freed on Medical Grounds, but Must Wear Tag on Ankle
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA PARIS HILTON was released from prison today after serving just three days of her sentence. The socialite and TV star was originally sentenced to 45 days in jail for drink-driving offences but this was later cut to 23 days....
London Drivers Worst for Flouting Law on Mobiles and Seat Belts
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THOUSANDS of drivers in London are flouting seat belt and mobile phone laws. Figures show four in 10 people in cars don't buckle themselves in and the number ignoring the ban on using handheld phones while driving is "significantly"...
London Drivers Worst for F Louting Law on Mobiles and Seat Belts
THOUSANDS of drivers in London are flouting seat belt and mobile phone laws. Figures show four in 10 people in cars don't buckle themselves in and the number ignoring the ban on using hand-held phones while driving is "significantly" higher than...
London Live; Helping You Make the Most of Your City Today
The short list ONE THING YOU REALLY SHOULD KNOW BEAUTY SCHOOL If youre stuck in a beauty rut, Space. NK is holding a one-off shopping evening on Wednesday 20 June in stores across the city. Champagne in hand, shoppers will be invited to have one-to-one...
London Squares Open Up to Offer Gardeners Inspiration; Horticulture Now Worth [Pounds Sterling]4bn a Year
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP AS Britain's fascination with gardening grows into a multibillion pound industry, thousands will flock to this year's Open Garden Squares weekend. A total of 163 private garden spaces in central London will be open to the...
London Squares Open Up to Offer Gardeners Inspiration; Horticulture Now Worth [Pounds Sterling]4bn a Year
AS Britain's fascination with gardening grows into a multi-billion pound industry, thousands will flock to this year's Open Garden Squares weekend. A total of 163 private garden spaces in central London will be open to the public on Saturday and...
Match of Today
ARE Gordon Brown's aides too scared to tell him he needs a new gag writer? Mr Brown has been widely ridiculed in the media for telling the same joke at least nine times (a lame story about assassinated Swedish PM Olaf Palme and the late US president...
Match of Today
FEW peers cherish their sense of honour like the former foreign secretary, Douglas Hurd. So he heaped approbrium on a peer he felt had failed to uphold the standards required on the red benches. Laidlaw had promised to return from his Monaco tax haven...
Match of Today
Lord Hurd v Lord Laidlaw Ground: Lords Kick-off: 11am Score: Hurd 1, Laidlaw 0 FEW peers cherish their sense of honour like the former foreign secretary, Douglas Hurd. So he heaped approbrium on a peer he felt had failed to uphold the standards required...
McCartney to Play Secret Gig Tonight for Just 1,000 Fans
SIR PAUL McCARTNEY will play a secret gig at a small-scale London venue tonight. The performance, details of which have only been released this morning, will inevitably trigger a desperate scramble for tickets. The former Beatle will play songs...
News in Brief
Football star Pennant passes out on plane in drink binge FOOTBALLER Jermaine Pennant collapsed on a flight to Stansted after a 24-hour drinking binge. The Liverpool player was given oxygen by flight attendants after passing out in the aisle 30 minutes...
One in Eight NHS Hospital Patients Wait over a Year
Byline: REBECCA SMITH ONE in eight patients admitted to NHS hospitals have waited longer than a year to be treated, ministers have admitted. Figures released today measure for the first time the period from GP referral to the beginning of hospital...
One in Eight NHS Hospital Patients Wait over a Year
ONE in eight patients admitted to NHS hospitals have waited longer than a year to be treated, ministers have admitted. Figures released today measure for the first time the period from GP referral to the beginning of hospital treatment. They...
Parker: I've Healed Rift with Curbs
Byline: LEO SPALL SCOTT PARKER today insisted he has buried his differences with Alan Curbishley after their bust-up at Charlton. The pair have been reunited at West Ham after the midfielder completed a [pounds sterling]7million move from Newcastle....
Parker: I've Healed Rift with Curbs
SCOTT PARKER today insisted he has buried his differences with Alan Curbishley after their bust-up at Charlton. The pair have been reunited at West Ham after the midfielder completed a [pounds sterling]7million move from Newcastle. But the last...
Pick of the Night
Mary, Queen of Shops 9pm, BBC2 Week two of Mary Portas's (right) crusade to help Britain's independent fashion retailers, and our delightfully straightforward heroine demonstrates that telly "experts" don't need to take a leaf out of the Gordon...
Pires Urges Fabregas and Henry to Join Him in Spain
ROBERT PIRES has told his former team-mates Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas to quit Arsenal and move to Spain. Last summer the France winger ended his six-year stay with the Gunners by joining La Liga side Villarreal. And while Pires knows his comments...
Post Office Workers Vote to Strike Unless Pay Deal Is Improved
Byline: DICK MURRAY A NATIONAL postal strike moved dramatically closer today. Thousands of Royal Mail employees voted overwhelmingly in support of strike action in a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions. Members of the Communications...
Pound Hit as Bank Keeps Rates on Hold
THE pound tumbled more than a cent against the dollar today after the Bank of England left interest rates on hold. Traders who had taken long positions in sterling on the outside chance interest rates would rise for the second month in arow were...
Reid Shelves Terrorism Laws in Snub to Brown
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM JOHN REID today shelved plans for new stop-and-question powers as he tried to win cross-party backing for anti-terror laws. The Home Secretary announced proposals for suspects to be questioned after they are charged, and...
Reid Shelves Terrorism Laws in Snub to Brown
JOHN REID today shelved plans for new stop-and-question powers as he tried to win cross-party backing for anti-terror laws. The Home Secretary announced proposals for suspects to be questioned after they are charged, and for tougher sentences for...
Reid Shelves Tougher Anti-Terror Powers in Rebuff for Brown
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM JOHN REID today shelved plans for new stop and question powers as he bids to win cross-party backing for new anti-terror reforms. The Home Secretary was due to tell MPs that he wants to press ahead with the introduction...