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Articles from January 12, 2009

A Hole Lotta Space in the Doughnut; Less Is the New More: Converted Bakery the Doughnut Factory, Where You Can Rent Desk or Office Space with Free Broadband, a Phone Line and Storage Facilities
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON Action Acton, a non-profit organisation that promotes community and economic regeneration in west London, is looking to attract new businesses, entrepreneurs and the creative industries by offering competitively priced office...
Alice and Her Looking Glass; the Dolls Day: Amazing Self-Portraits of Red-Haired Anderson
Byline: BEN LEWIS Alice Anderson **** Artprojx Space, SW3 IT IS RARE to find such precision and originality in the work of a contemporary artist as one does in the fragmented fairytales of Alice Anderson. The 33-year-old London-based French artist,...
Amis Takes No Lectures on Lit
MIGHT Manchester University want to up the workload of its [pounds sterling]3,000 an hour creative writing professor, Martin Amis? "All I do is teach novels," the novelist confides. "What could be more agreeable than that? I don't guide my students'...
Association Does Its Tenants Credit; Personalised Service: CBHA Money Adviser Nazeerah Ravat (Far Left) Helps a Waltham Forest Resident with Her Financial Situation
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON A housing association which owns, manages and provides services to around 1,600 properties in Waltham Forest, in north-east London, is helping its residents ride out the credit crunch. It is advising them how to plan...
A Work of Godly Ambition; Death or Glory: The American Civil War, the First Modern, Industrialised Conflict, Killed More Americans Than Both World Wars Combined
Byline: DOMINIC SANDBROOK AMERICA, EMPIRE OF LIBERTY: A NEW HISTORY by David Reynolds (Allen Lane, [pounds sterling]30) WITH the canonisation sorry, inauguration of St Barack just a week away, media interest in all things American has rarely...
Banks Blamed as More Jobs Go
Byline: ROBERT LEA, JONATHAN PRYNN A LEADING British businessman today warned that the bank lending famine risks irreparable damage to the economy. In the bleakest assessment of prospects yet from a senior figure in industry, JCB boss Matthew...
Bolton Don't Play Proper Football, Says Van Persie; Sliding Scale: Nicklas Bendtner's Desperate Lunge Secures Arsenal's 1-0 Victory over Bolton at Emirates Stadium, Which Leaves the Gunners Eight Points Behind Leaders Liverpool
Byline: James Olley ROBIN VAN PERSIE today hit back at Kevin Davies' attack on Arsenal by insisting Bolton's negative playing style is "not proper football". Striker Davies accused the Gunners of play-acting and attempting to con referee Chris...
Booming Cinemas Are Great Escape from Recession; Blockbusters: Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight, Left, and Mamma Mia Were Popular as Britons Stayed at Home for the Summer
Byline: LUCY TOBIN LAST night the movie industry was celebrating itself at the Golden Globes. Given the success of Danny Boyle and Kate Winslet, City financiers and shareholders think the UK cinema industry itself could be a star this year. Amid...
Bush: I'm Getting off the Stage; So Long: George W Bush Leaves the Podium after His Final Presidential Press Conference at the White House This Afternoon. A Rueful President Admitted That the Iraq Prisoner Abuse Scandal and the Failure to Find WMDs Had Been among the Regrets of His Time in Office
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL A CANDID and emotional George Bush today admitted to mistakes over Iraq but warned America is still under threat from terrorists. As he prepared to leave the White House, the US president rejected accusations that America's...
Citi Warns of a Grim Night out at the Pub for Years
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE smoking ban, competition from the supermarkets and a general lack of cash in people's pockets are continuing to take a heavy toll on the UK's big pub operators and restaurant chains. Citigroup says there is little prospect...
Citi Warns of Grim Nights out at the Pub for Years
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE smoking ban, competition from the supermarkets and a general lack of cash in peoples pockets are continuing to take a heavy toll on the UKs big pub operators and restaurant chains. Citigroup says there is little prospect...
Crime
Byline: MARK SANDERSON AND THEN THERE WAS NO ONE by Gilbert Adair (Faber, [pounds sterling]14.99) ALTHOUGH subtitled The Last of Evadne Mount, Gilbert Adair's third and final Agatha Christie pastiche (after The Act of Roger Murgatroyd and A Mysterious...
Despair of Village Doomed by Bigger Heathrow; Mark Bridle: "They Will Want a Fourth Runway, I'm Sure" Kitty Seccombe: "They'll Have to Bulldoze the House with Me in It" Andrew O'Connell: "It's Going to Destroy a Lot of Older People" Looming: Sipson Village Will Disappear If Heathrow's Third Runway Gets the Go-Ahead
Byline: NEIL MILLARD RESIDENTS in a village that would be demolished to make way for a third Heathrow runway fear time has run out in their battle against the bulldozers. Sipson, which is already overshadowed by Britain's biggest airport, will...
Edwards: I'd Have Forfeited the Game; under Wraps: Wasps Head Coach Shaun Edwards Inspects the Conditions of Bath's Covered Pitch Ahead of Their Abandoned Game
Byline: Chris Jones SHAUN EDWARDS today revealed he was prepared to forfeit London Wasps' match with Bath if the referee had deemed the frozen Recreation Ground pitch playable. Edwards's amazing admission goes some way to silencing the claims...
Euripides Is Given a Kicking; Brazilian Duel: Greg Hicks (Left), as the Corrupt Police Chief Gordilho, Gets a Capoeira Lesson from Carlo Alexandre Teixeira Da Silva
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH In Blood: The Bacchae Arcola, N8 *** IN A recent terrific National Theatre production, Katie Mitchell summoned up the spirit of Euripides's Trojan Women, with captive females dancing to the ironically exultant sound...
Eurozone Bargain Hunters Flood into West End
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN, BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER SHOPPERS from countries in the eurozone are swarming into the West End following the collapse of the pound. Many retailers say takings from eurozone visitors were up by 100 per cent last month and...
Evening Standard 1000
UP AND COMING TV & RADIO MATT SMITH, 26 ACTOR The surprise choice to be the next Dr Who makes a reappearance in Influentials after we picked him out as a rising theatre star in 2007, following his West End turn in That Face. The success...
Expansion Would Put Londoners' Health at Risk, Says GLA Report
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR A NEW study into the impact of a third runway at Heathrow has found it would put the health of thousands of Londoners seriously at risk, the Standard has learned. The aviation report, commissioned by Boris Johnson, also said...
Fight or We're Doomed, Warns Worried Ledley; Headache: Maynor Figueroa Rises above a Static Tottenham Defence to Power in a Late Winner for Wigan at the JJB
Byline: Tom Collomosse WIGAN 1 TOTTENHAM 0 LEDLEY KING believes Tottenham are in danger of being relegated and on this performance it is easy to see why. Spurs dropped into the bottom three after Maynor Figueroa's stoppage-time header condemned...
First Capital to Cut Ticket Office Staff at 28 Stations
Byline: DICK MURRAY ONE of London's biggest commuter rail companies is planning to cut ticket office staff in the evenings and weekends to save money. First Capital Connect wants to reduce ticket office opening times at 28 busy stations and replace...
First-Timers Miss out on Best Mortgages for Years
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN MORTGAGE rates have plummeted to their lowest level in five years, but only for borrowers with large deposits, official figures reveal today. For first-time buyers who have less than a quarter of the value of their target...
Food Firms Are Forced to Write off Aikens Debts; Debts: Chef Tom Aikens in the Kitchen of His Restaurant and, Left, Butchers' Mackens, Believed to Have Been Forced to Lay off Staff
Byline: MARK BLUNDEN SUPPLIERS owed almost [pounds sterling]900,000 by Tom Aikens today spoke out after the celebrity chef was able to continue tradingwhen his business failed. Debts for his two restaurants total [pounds sterling]3 million, according...
From Camden Squat to City Hall: The Mayor's Green Ambassador; Sprouting Ideas: Alex Smith in the Garden That Has Been Created Behind the Warehouse of His [Pounds Sterling]4 Million Muesli Firm in King's Cross
Byline: MARK PRIGG A FORMER squatter who started his company with cash found on a London street has become one of Boris Johnson's "green ambassadors". Alex Smith founded Alara Wholefoods, which sells organic muesli, in 1975 while living in a...
From Unhappy Faculty Wife to New York Lesbian Intellectual; Cerebral: The Young Susan Sontag Is Keen on "Damascene Roads, Manifestos, Declarations of Intent and Lists"
Byline: CLAIRE HARMAN REBORN: EARLY DIARIES 1947-1964 by Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff (Hamish Hamilton, [pounds sterling]16.99) WHEN Susan Sontag died in 2004 she left the management of her literary estate to her son David Rieff, but the...
'Golden Hellos' for Firms That Recruit Long-Term Jobless; Employment Action: Gordon Brown Tells GMTV of the Moves
Byline: PAUL WAUGH AN EMERGENCY [pounds sterling]500million scheme to get the jobless back into work was unveiled by Gordon Brown today as he warned that government action was "the only way" to deal with the recession. Ahead of a jobs summit...
Grab the Chance a Slump Offers
RECENTLY, Newham council approached Hackney to ask how it could "do a Shoreditch". Beyond relaxing licensing hours and planning strategies, there's no formula to promoting creativity in an area it's all opportunism. When Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and...
Green Light Will Cost Labour Seats across Country, Say MPs
Byline: Paul Waugh LABOUR MPs today warned that giving the green light to a third runway would ruin the party's green credentials for decades and lead to the loss of swathes of seats at the next election. Backbenchers in and around the capital...
Hammering for London Jobs
Byline: ROBERT LEA, JONATHAN PRYNN MORE than 3,000 workers were told today that their jobs face the axe on the day of Gordon Brown's unemployment summit. The job losses overshadowed the Prime Minister's meeting at which he pledged to help up...
Hard-Hit Parents Turn to 'No Frills' Private Schools
Byline: TIM ROSS PARENTS are abandoning "flash" private schools as they search for a cheaper education for their children, a Standard investigation has found. Headteachers said some parents were pulling their children out with no notice, while...
Harry's Racist Jibe 'Will Harm Army Recruitment'; over a Barrel: Harry Fools around in the Home Video Made by His Army Unit and Top Right, on Parade at Sandhurst with Captain Ahmed Khan, the Man He Dubbed a "Paki"
Byline: AMAR SINGH, SHEKHAR BHATIA SENIOR Army officer today warned that racist language used by Prince Harry had harmed attempts to attract ethnic minority soldiers. Two recruiting officers, including Colonel Paul Farrar, the second most senior...
I'd Have Forfeited the Bath Game, Says Angry Edwards
Byline: Chris Jones SHAUN EDWARDS today revealed he was prepared to forfeit London Wasps' match with Bath if the referee had deemed the frozen Recreation Ground pitch playable. Edwards's amazing admission goes some way to silencing the claims...
In London: It Feels like We Have More Money, We Can Go to Fancy Restaurants
Lena and Christian Bell, Germany GERMAN tourists Lena Bell, 24, and her husband Christian, 25, said the strength of the euro meant they could now afford to eat in restaurants that were too expensive before. The couple from Dortmund, both postgraduate...
Insurer Amlin in Warning of Sky-Rocketing Premiums
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH LEADING Lloyds of London insurer Amlin is calling the bottom of the insurance market, predicting that rates will rocket this year. The cost of property, marine, aviation and other types of catastrophe insurance will soar...
Israeli PM: We're Sorry for Heavy Civilian Casualties
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM ISRAELI Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today apologised for the heavy civilian casualties during the Gaza conflict but warned that the military offensive would continue until rocket attacks on his country were halted. As thousands...
Is This Novel a Masterpiece? Chilling: Pink Crosses Mark the Spot Where the Corpses of Eight Women Were Found in 2001 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Living on Borrowed Time: Bolano Worked on 2666 for Five Years
Byline: DAVID SEXTON 2666: A NOVEL by Roberto Bolano, translated by Natasha Wimmer (Picador, [pounds sterling]20) ROBERTO Bolano died in July 2003, at the age of 50, in hospital in Barcelona while waiting for a liver transplant. He had known...
Is This Novel a Masterpiece? Chilling: Pink Crosses Mark the Spot Where the Corpses of Eight Women Were Found in 2001 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Living on Borrowed Time: Bolano Worked on 2666 for Five Years
Byline: DAVID SEXTON 2666: A NOVEL by Roberto Bola[+ or -]o, translated by Natasha Wimmer (Picador, [pounds sterling]20) ROBERTO Bola[+ or -]o died in July 2003, at the age of 50, in hospital in Barcelona while waiting for a liver transplant....
Johnson Is Ready to Call Time on His Star Stayer Inglis; Glittering Career: Inglis Drever Won Three World Hurdles at Cheltenham
Byline: PAUL FIELDER ENTRIES for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival close this week but the list is set to be drawn up without Howard Johnson's triple winner Inglis Drever. The trainer is expected to announce the 10-year-old's...
Join the Bob Brigade; Wearing It Well: (From Top) Agyness Deyn, Anna Wintour and Christina Ricci New Start: Tana Ramsay Has Adopted the Bob after Allegations of Gordon's Infidelity
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD IN Scott Fitzgerald's wonderfully acidic short story, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a dull young woman dreams of having short hair. Back in the 1920s nice women didn't. Men, used to seeing women with long, flowing tresses, were horrified....
Kate Rules the Globes; Happy-Go-Lucky: Sally Hawkins, Top, Colin Farrell and Kate Winslet with Two Awards Top Dogs: Best Director Danny Boyle, Top, and Slumdog's Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Byline: LOUISE JURY, AMAR SINGH KATE WINSLET was the star and Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire top film in an extraordinary night of British success at the Golden Globes. Winslet won best actress and best supporting actress awards in only the...
Kate Rules the Globes; Top Dogs: Cast and Crew of Slumdog Millionaire in Los Angeles. from Left, Actor Anil Kapoor, Danny Boyle, Actor Freida Pinto, Producer Christian Colson, Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and Actor Dev Patel Happy-Go-Lucky: Colin Farrell, Top, Sally Hawkins and Kate Winslet, Right
Byline: LOUISE JURY, AMAR SINGH KATE WINSLET was the star and Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire top film in an extraordinary night of British success at the Golden Globes. Winslet scooped best actress and best supporting actress awards in only...
Knox 'Upbeat and Hopeful' over Meredith Murder Trial; Prison Chats: Knox, Left, Told the Prison Chaplain She Was Worried about Media Attention. She Stands Trial for the Murder of Meredith Kercher This Week
Byline: NICK PISA MURDER suspect Amanda Knox is "upbeat and hopeful of proving her innocence", according to the chaplain of the prison where she is being held. Knox, 21, goes on trial on Friday, over the death of British student Meredith Kercher,...
Lack of Fighting Spirit Will Be a Shock for Ghostly Jose; Watching Brief: Inter Milan Boss Jose Mourinho Looks on during His Former Club Chelsea's 3-0 Defeat at Old Trafford Yesterday
Byline: Matthew Norman HOW he must have relished his afternoon in Manchester, gazing down in blissful vindication upon the humiliation of the club that rejected him, doing his best not to be seen gloating yet still somehow bringing to mind Ted Heath...
Letting Lehman Go under Was Paulson's Big Mistake; Rocking the Boat: Ross at the Very Least Ran Risk of Upsetting the Carphone Share Price
Byline: Chris Blackhurst THIS is Hank Paulson's last full week in office as US Treasury Secretary. In his valedictory interviews, the former Goldman Sachs chief is stating where he thinks the cause of the economic crisis lies. It was all the fault...
Lloyd's Giant Warns Insurance Rates Are Set to Go Sky-High; an Ill Wind: Hurricane Ike Helped Make Last Year One of the Costliest Ever for Insurers
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH LEADING Lloyd's of London insurer Amlin is calling the bottom of the insurance market, predicting that rates will rocket this year. The cost of property, marine, aviation and other types of catastrophe insurance will soar...
London Fairs Are Taking Us All for a Ride
Byline: TOBY YOUNG FOR my children, the highpoint of the Christmas holidays was the late afternoon we spent at Winter Wonderland. As the Ferris wheel reached the top of its arc, some 200ft above Hyde Park, I watched my five-year-old daughter and...
LSO Brings out the Spirituality beneath Verdi's Greasepaint
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Verdi Requiem/LSO/Davis Barbican **** NO REQUIEM reeks more of greasepaint than that of Verdi. The task of its interpreters is therefore to find an appropriate balance between its operatic and sacred elements. Last...
Message for Share Slackers
Byline: JOHNNY REED SOME may have missed a Christmas Day announcement from the Chinese government's Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (ASAC). It was a reminder for the largest state-owned groups to do their duty and buy shares. These...
Mr Brown's New Message on Jobs
IF SUMMITEERING were the key to reversing the downturn, Gordon Brown would have the recession well in hand. He is holding a jobs summit today with union and business leaders; it follows his tour of unemployment hotspots, his summits with financial...
Now Harry's Own Charity Attacks Him for Race Jibe; over a Barrel: Harry Fools around in the Home Video Made by His Army Unit and Top Right, on Parade at Sandhurst with Captain Ahmed Khan, the Man He Dubbed a "Paki"
Byline: AMAR SINGH, PAUL WAUGH THE controversy over Prince Harry's "racist" remarks deepened today as he was criticised by his own charity. WellChild, a UK charity dedicated to the needs of sick children and their families of which the prince...
Paperbacks
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH THE CANON: THE BEAUTIFUL BASICS OF SCIENCE by Natalie Angier (Faber, [pounds sterling]9.99) Why is it, wonders the science writer Natalie Angier, that kids tend to love science when they are young and then bore of it? Why...
Pete Clark's Choice
Byline: PETER CLARK UNFORGIVEN 9pm, ITV The first episode of this three-parter plunges us straight into a multi-story narrative that rewards concentration. What is certain is that Ruth Slater played with sweet 'n' sour vim by Suranne Jones is...
Portfolio
BUY TRAVIS PERKINS The Royal Bank of Scotland has upgraded builders' merchant Travis Perkins from a sell to a buy, with a target price of 478p. Despite the likely severe trading conditions in 2009, the bank believes that Travis Perkins is an attractive...
Prisoner on Loose after Van Hijack; on the Run: Wayne Connor Was in a Serco Security Van, Left, Which Was Held Up by Two Men, One with a Shotgun, Minutes after It Left Feltham Young Offender Institution Today. One Witness Said the Van's Driver Was Badly Beaten in the Ambush
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, KIRAN RANDHAWA A HUGE manhunt was under way today after a suspected violent criminal was freed from custody when a gunman hijacked the private security van taking him to court. Wayne Connor, 20, was being driven to Woolwich...
Private Schools Struggle as Parents Lose City Jobs; Tale of Two Schools: Marzena Forristal's Daughters Alice, 13, and Helena, 11, Have Been Removed from Their Private Schools. Right: Pupils of Merton Court with Head Teacher Dominic Price
Byline: DAVID COHEN LATE on Friday, Elizabeth Price, co-owner and principal of Merton Court Preparatory School, asks her secretary to bring her the fees book. "Our fees of [pounds sterling]2,970 for this term are due by today," she explains, excusing...
Prophecy of Doom That Bore Fruit in Gaza
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN WHAT'S happening in Gaza is, of course, a humanitarian tragedy for the Palestinians; but it is also a political tragedy for both Arab and Jew. Until the bombardment started, Hamas, the Islamic radical movement which controls...
Reservists Go into Gaza as Hopes Rise of End to Conflict
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM THOUSANDS of Israeli reservists were sent into Gaza today despite signs of a slight decline in the intensity of the fighting and renewed hopes the conflict could be entering its final stages. Senior officials said the move...
Rioters Attack Starbucks and Loot Shops in Anti-Israel Demo; Rampage: Starbucks in Kensington High Street Fared the Worst of All the Businesses Attacked by Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators on Saturday. Rioters Looted Fittings and Equipment
Byline: MARK BLUNDEN, RASHID RAZAQ TRADERS told today how pro-Palestinian demonstrators caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage when they ransacked businesses near the Israeli Embassy. The policing bill for Saturday's protest has topped...
Runway Protesters in Battle to Halt Heathrow; Carried Away: A Climate-Change Demonstrator Is Removed from outside the Department of Transport in August. Police Are Prepared to Make Mass Arrests Tonight When Hundreds of Protesters Are Expected to Descend on Terminal One at Heathrow
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK, PIPPA CRERAR, NIGEL ROSSER HUNDREDS of demonstrators are expected to descend on Heathrow tonight in protest at the expected go-ahead for a third runway. Police are prepared to make mass arrests to prevent the airport being...
Scolari Clueless after Chelsea Capitulation; Looking Desperate: Luiz Felipe Scolari
LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI is under increasing pressure after admitting Chelsea aren't playing well enough to win any trophies this season and that he doesn't know what to do about it, writes Simon Johnson. The Blues 3-0 capitulation to a dominant Manchester...
Scolari Is Bewildered and All out of Ideas as Blues Fall; Head Boy: Nemanja Vidic Wheels Away in Delight after His Diving Header Gives Manchester United the Lead on the Stroke of Half-Time. Things Then Got Worse for the Blues, as Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov (Bottom) Completed the Rout
Byline: Simon Johnson MANCHESTER UTD 3 CHELSEA 0 CHELSEA came within the width of a post from being crowned champions of Europe last May now they face a battle to even qualify for the Champions League after a humiliating defeat against their...
Shops Are Paying for Selling Us Tat
Byline: LAURA CRAIK I HATE the January sales but this year they are more heinous than ever. I suppose it stands to reason: shops have been on sale for so long that only the truly gruesome tat is left tat that even a Celebrity Big Brother contestant...
State Bank Rescue Leaves Taxpayers [Pounds Sterling]6bn out of Pocket; Coming Together: The Forced High Street Merger Is Set to Create a New Superbank
Byline: NICK GOODWAY TAXPAYERS have made a loss of almost [pounds sterling]6 billion on shares they have bought or are committed to buy as the Government completes its [pounds sterling]37 billion partnationalisation of three High Street banks this...
Support by City May Backfire on Tories
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON STANLEY Fink, the former chief executive of Man Group, is a hugely able guy, but that does not make it a wise decision for him to become joint treasurer of the Conservative party with Icap's Michael Spencer. What he does in...
Take That Smug Smile off Madoff Now
Byline: VICKY WARD TODAY prosecutors will make their case that Bernard Madoff should be jailed for violation of bail conditions. On Christmas Eve he mailed out trinkets worth more than $1 million to family members. His defence lawyer says Madoff...
Taxpayer Loses [Pounds Sterling]6.5 Billion as Bailout Banks' Shares Plunge
Byline: NICK GOODWAY TAXPAYERS have made a loss of almost [pounds sterling]6.5 billion on shares they have bought or will buy as the Government completes its [pounds sterling]37 billion part-nationalisation of three High Street banks this week....
Tears and Being Forced to Find a New School
Byline: JASMINE GARDNER HELENA Scanlan stifled her tears and suffered the humiliation of being removed from her classroom in front of her fellow pupils. It was the 11-year-old's first day of the spring term but with her parents owing more than [pounds...
The Humiliation and Tears of Being Forced to Change Schools
Byline: JASMINE GARDNER HELENA Scanlan stifled her tears and suffered the humiliation of being removed from her classroom in front of her fellow pupils. It was the 11- year-old's first day of the spring term but with her parents owing more than...
The Pleasures and Perils of Being Single; Show-Off's Portfolio: Goddess Mother Angelina Jolie, Far Right, Is Venerated above Mere Career Girl Jennifer Aniston, Right
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD HOW TO MEET A MAN AFTER FORTY: AND OTHER MIDLIFE DILEMMAS SOLVED by Shane Watson (Penguin, [pounds sterling]7.99) FOR 15 years, Shane Watson, Sunday Times columnist and girl about town, made her living writing about the pleasures...
The [Pounds Sterling]25 Bungalow; Prize Property: Developer Kirk Clugston Has Spent [Pounds Sterling]100,000 Renovating the Home in Ruislip. He Needs to Sell 28,000 Tickets
Byline: MARK BLUNDEN A PROPERTY developer hopes to beat the stagnant London property market by raffling his bungalow for [pounds sterling]25 a ticket. Kirk Clugston spent [pounds sterling]100,000 renovating the four-bedroom property in a Ruislip...
The Varnish Is Wearing Thin on Christie's Empire; Emergency Measures: Yves Saint Laurent, Left, and Christie's Owner Francois Pinault
THE auction house Christie's is to announce job cuts today and there are rumours that the scale of losses may be worse than feared. One art world source suggests that cuts of up to 20 per cent of the workforce are to be made worldwide. A spokesman...
This Great City Can Only Take off Again with a Third Heathrow Runway; Crunch Time: The Recession Brings a New Urgency for the Government's Decision on a Third Runway at Heathrow Airport
Byline: JO VALENTINE MANY believe a Government decision on a third runway is imminent this week. Demonstrations against expansion certainly are. One thing is for certain: this is one Government decision that has inspired passionate emotions. But...
Tories and Firms Attack Brown's [Pounds Sterling]500m Jobless Aid; Deep in Thought: Gordon Brown at the Science Museum Summit Today
Byline: PAUL WAUGH GORDON BROWN'S plans to counter the recession came under fire from business and the Tories today as thousands of redundancies coincided with Labour's "jobs summit". The Prime Minister told an audience of 150 business, union...
Van Persie Blasts Bolton for 'Not Playing Proper Football'; Sliding Scale: Nicklas Bendtner's Desperate Lunge Secures Arsenal's 1-0 Victory over Bolton at Emirates Stadium, Which Leaves the Gunners Eight Points Behind Leaders Liverpool
Byline: James Olley ROBIN VAN PERSIE today hit back at Kevin Davies' attack on Arsenal by insisting Bolton's negative playing style is "not proper football". Striker Davies accused the Gunners of play-acting and attempting to con referee Chris...
War Crimes Threat by Obama; I Do Solemnly Swear: Military Personnel and Their Children Stand in for Obama and His Family at a Rehearsal in Washington for His Inauguration as President on 20 January. He Singled out Iran as His Biggest Problem Abroad
Byline: PAUL THOMPSON BARACK OBAMA has left open the prospect of bringing "war crimes" charges against members of the Bush administration. As he admitted the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba was likely to remain open for the first 100 days...
Westminster Pays [Pounds Sterling]100,000 to Send Immigrants Back Home
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP WESTMINSTER council has spent [pounds sterling]100,000 sending homeless eastern European immigrants home. A pilot government scheme using charity Thames Reach has provided food, clothing and a one-way bus and air ticket to...
What the Papers Say
The Guardian Peter Preston: The trouble with a hereditary monarchy is that you get what you're given: in this case, a third-in-line of no great intellectual acuity. He should have had more sense. He ought to have known that supposedly private videos...
Woman Is Expecting Twins with One Body
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP A WOMAN pregnant with Siamese twins with two heads and one body has spoken of her decision to keep them. Lisa Chamberlain was told she was expecting the rare dicephalous twins during an emergency hospital scan after she started...