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Articles from November 29, 2007

Abrahams Breaks Cover: Im Not a Donor Frontman; A Night on the Tiles with Networking Queen David Abrahams and Carol Stone
DAVID ABRAHAMS, the property developerand Labour donor, hasrubbished-suggestionsthat he is a frontman-for another donor. Its totallyfictitious,hetells me this morning.Its just a lot of inaccuracies.You might aswell get JK Rowling to write this stuff....
A&L's Assets Take a [Pounds Sterling]156m Dive in Credit Crisis Hit; Writedown: A&L Boss David Bennett Has Been Trying to Reassure the Bank's Investors
Byline: NICK GOODWAY ALLIANCE & LEICESTER (A&L) today revealed that it has been forced towrite down the value of a whole raft of asse-tbacked securities on its balancesheet by a total of [pounds sterling]156 million so far this year as a...
ALSO SHOWING; (1) Yuletide Schmaltz: Chris Brown's Gospel (2) Ruthless: George Sanders and Anne Baxter (3) Mis-Hit Mayhem: Secret Agent Timothy Olyphant Having a Rough Day at the Office
ALSO SHOWING This Christmas Cert 12.A, 119mins ** IF you like schmaltzy, musicsaturated family movies, This Christmas will setall the right bells jingling. An average African- American family, theWhitfields, are celebrating the Yuletide holiday...
Another Top Manager Faces Corruption Quiz; Eye of the Storm: Portsmouth Manager Harry Redknapp and Chief Executive Peter Storrie Drive Away from Chichester Police Station Last Night
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS THE City of London police are believed to be probing the affairs ofanother high-profile manager following yesterday's arrest of Harry Redknapp. The Portsmouth manager was questioned by officers investigating corruption infootball...
Army Storms Hotel to Crush Siege by Rebels; Fire Power: Chaos at the Entrance of the Peninsula Hotel in Manila Today as Armoured Personnel Carriers of the Philippines Army Burst in. the Renegades Eventually Surrendered, Fearing the Innocent Would Be Injured Army Storms Hotel To
Byline: ED HARRIS TROOPS and Swat teams stormed a five-star hotel in the Philippines todayafter renegade military officers fled their coup trial and holed up in anattempt at mutiny. In astonishing scenes in Manila, soldiers smashed armoured cars...
Bailey's a Graduate of School of Hard Knocks; (1) Foot Perfect: Romaine Bailey Goes through His Paces (2) Can He Kick It? Romaine Bailey, Rated as One of Britain's Top Taekwondo Prospects, Is Aiming to Fulfil His Olympic Dream in His Home Town in 2012
Byline: Matthew Beard ROMAINE BAILEY is walking proof that taekwondo is arguably the mostcombative of Olympic sports. Although only 18, the Peckham teenager has already undergone operations forknee and wrist injuriesthe armadillo-like armour...
Black's 'Virtual' Appeal Fraud Tycoon; Long-Distance: Historian Andrew Roberts Speaks to Conrad Black in Florida Via Video Link, Left. the Tycoon Used an "Electronic Arm" to Sign Copies of His Book at Waterstone's in Piccadilly
Byline: JACK LEFLEY DISGRACED tycoon Conrad Black believes he will be able to overturn hisfraud convictions on appeal. The fallen media mogul said he planned to challenge the convictions in theweeks after sentencing next month. He was speaking...
Black's 'Virtual' Appeal; Long-Distance: Historian Andrew Roberts Speaks to Conrad Black in Florida Via Video Link. the Tycoon Used an "Electronic Arm", Left, to Sign His Book at Waterstone's in Piccadilly
Byline: JACK LEFLEY DISGRACED tycoon Conrad Black believes he will be able to overturn hisfraud convictions on appeal. The fallen media mogul said he planned to challenge the convictions in theweeks after sentencing next month. He was speaking...
Bradford & Bingley Bullish over Buy-to-Let Prospects
BRADFORD & BINGLEY (B&B), the buy-to-let specialist mortgage lender,today claimed that its secure finances should give it a head start overcompetitors as the credit crunch continues. Steve Crawshaw, chief executive, said: "Bradford &...
Branson Is Slicing off the Top of the Rock
Byline: NEIL COLLINS BAD news for Northern Rock: Lloyds TSB, the most obvious new owner forthe stricken bank, has decided that the game isn't worth the candle. Bad newsfor the taxpayer: there's now a real chance that the Virgin rescue will be theleast...
Britain Tumbles Down World Table for School Science
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES BRITAIN has plummeted down the world's most important school leaguetable. In six years, UK teenagers have fallen from fourth to 14th in the three-yearlyProgramme for International Student Assessment science test, according...
Brown Aides Offer to Supply Secret Donars; Accused Harriet Harman Came Underattack in the Commons fromTheresa May,below
Byline: PAUL WAUGH GORDON BROWNS chief fundraiser-suggested the use of third parties fordonations, it was claimed today. The Evening Standard has been told that Jon Mendelsohn approached organisers ofa Labour deputy leadership campaign more than...
Brown Faces Threat of Met Inquiry into Funding
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON BROWN will today learn whether Scotland Yard will investigateLabour's latest funding scandal. The Metropolitan Police is due to reply today to a request to start an inquiryinto donations of more than [pounds sterling]650,000...
Brown Facing Threat of Police Probe into Donors; Centre Stage: Mendelsohn and the PM at a Labour Event in London in April
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON Brown will today learn whether Scotland Yard will investigateLabour's latest funding scandal. The Metropolitan Police was due to reply by this afternoon to a request tostart an inquiry into donations of more than...
Brown Unveils [Pounds Sterling]9 Billion to Transform Thames Gateway
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR A BUMPER package of more than [pounds sterling]9 billion in government cash was unveiledtoday to build new communities in the Thames Gateway. Gordon Brown has sought to drive forward the project by instructing severalWhitehall...
Christmas Appeal
Plan of action: on the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya, the children at Opande Primary School near Kisumu smile broadly for the camera, masking the poverty and hardship of their daily lives. The school's fortunes have been transformed by the support...
Clever Acting by McKellen but Lear Fails to Wrench the Heart; Doddering Affability: Sir Ian McKellen as a Low-Key King Lear and, Left, at the Firstnight Party with Frances Barber, Who Plays a Sexed-Up Goneril
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH FIRST NIGHT KING LEAR NEW LONDON THEATREALTHOUGH praise was heaped by most critics on Ian McKellen's King Lear at itsStratford premiere in June, I remain unconvinced of its greatness and unmovedby its performance. An actor...
Club Rugby Focus
Byline: SAM BORDISS EDF Energy Cup London Wasps v Newcastle Falcons Adams Park, Saturday,2.30pm Wasps demolished the Falcons 35-12 in the league last week, but must nowfight off the cavalry in this winner-takes-all group game. Kiwi prop CarlHayman,...
Cockney with a 'Del Boy' Image; Kicker Kicker: Caption Caption Caption
Byline: Michael Hart HARRY REDKNAPP never ranked among West Ham's greatest 'wide boys' butthere is no doubt that he is held in great esteem by the Upton Park loyalists. The East End's affection for a lovable rogue means that 'Arry boy' will alwaysbe...
Coroner Praises VC Hero Killed by Friendly Fire; Courage: Cpl Bryan Budd's Widow Lorena Says She Will Keep His Memory Alive
Byline: PAUL CHESTON, ANNA DAVIS A CORONER tonight praised the unhesitating courage of a VictorianCross-winning soldier killed by friendly fire as he led an assault on theTaliban. Corporal Bryan Budd, 29, was posthumously honoured after being...
Craig: British Film Industry Is No Charity Case ; Honoured: Elaine and Ray Winstone with Daughters Jaime and Lois Prize Pair: Daniel Craig and Bond Co-Star Judi Dench Both Collected Awards at the Roundhouse in Control: Best Newcomer Sam Riley
Byline: LOUISE JURY JAMES BOND star Daniel Craig has launched a staunch defence of theBritish film industry saying it needs no special pleading. Speaking at the British Independent Film Awards last night, Craig, 39, said itwas good to celebrate...
CREDIT CRUNCH Big Bank Duo in Bid to Calm Fears on Crisis Damage; Writedowns: A&L Boss David Bennett Has Been Trying to Reassure the Bank's Investors
Byline: NICK GOODWAY TWO of Britain's biggest mortgage banks today tried to reassureinvestors that their businesses have not been hit as badly as Northern Rock inthe wake of the credit crunch. Between them, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford...
Cut Party Spending - and Ditch the Donors; Marketing Men: John Prescott and Gordon Brown on Labour's [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Campaign Trail before the General Election
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN AS THEY say in the theatre, never work with children or animals. And asa cruel one-liner turns Gordon Brown from Mr Clean into Mr Bean, perhaps therule for politicians should be: never work with rich men. You know how...
Darling Will Stick to His Guns on CGT
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IN an ideal world, Chancellor Alistair Darling would remind us that thePre-Budget Report, presented every autumn, is an ideas and discussion document.He would say that he had presented his thoughts on the reform of capital...
Data Buck Stops with Ministers, Papers Show
Byline: JASON BEATTIE TREASURY ministers were ultimately responsible for the blunder that sawthe personal data of 25 million people go missing, according to restrictedpapers obtained by the Evening Standard. The documentthe manual of protective...
Discovery Boss Tipped to Return to Her BBC Roots; Sure Hand: As BBC's First Female Controller, Jane Root Had Hits with the Office and the Weakest Link, but Faced Accusations of Dumbing Down
Byline: AMAR SINGH SPECULATION grew today over the identity of the next BBC1 controller,one of television's most high-profile and influential jobs. Jane Root, the former BBC2 controller, has announced that she is stepping downfrom her role as...
Domestic Bliss and Long Hours? Not a Hope
Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS FOR the first time I've just taken a holiday at home. I don't mean adamp cottage in the Lake District or a teepee in Cornwall. I've spent two weeksin my Archway house and what a revelation it's been. For a start, I've learned...
Donor Sleaze: PM Rocked by New Cover Up
THE LABOUR donor affair crept closer to Gordon Brown today amid claimsthat his chief fundraiser-suggested the use of third party payments The Evening Standardhas been told that Jon Mendelsohn approached the organisersof a Labour deputy leadership...
Drunken Patients Swamping A&E
Byline: AMY IGGULDEN DRUNKEN patients are swamping London casualty departments at a rate ofnearly 400 a week despite massive campaigns to cut binge drinking. New figures reveal that alcoholrelated admissions have soared by 40 per centsince the...
Dubai May Ban Aussie Horses Due to Threat of Equine Flu
Byline: NICK LUCK THE 2008 Dubai International Racing Carnival may take place without anyhorses from Australia. Colin Little, trainer of Cox Plate winner El Segundo, has expressed concernthat authorities in the United Arab Emirates will ban Australian...
Emotional Rafa Pays Tribute to Reds Fans
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON Porto 1 Liverpool 4 RAFAEL BENITEZ is already turning his attention to Marseille and Liverpool'sbid for Champions League survivalafter thanking fans for their support following his toughest week at Anfield. The Liverpool...
Energy Firm Refuses to Pay [Pounds Sterling]2,500 Damages Claim ... Because It's Not Enough; Angry: Michael Olsen Was Refused Compensation for Loss of Trade Due to Gas Works by National Grid outside the Sunshine and Ravioli Cafe in Twickenham
Byline: ALEX STEPHENS A CAFE owner whose profits plummeted after gas works disrupted his tradehas been refused compensation because his claim was "too small". Energy company National Grid has refused to reimburse Michael Olsen, the ownerof the...
England to Have New Boss by Next February; Perfect Timing: Mourinho Is Available
Byline: KEN DYER, LEO SPALL THE Football Association will meet today for the first time since thedeparture of Steve McClaren and aim to have their new coach in place beforeEngland's match against Switzerland in February. Brian Barwick will sit...
First Great Picture Show from Kate the Curator; (1)High Praise: Alistair Morrison with Kate Middleton Who Curated the Show of His Photographs at the Shop in Chelsea (2)Ardent Supporter: Prince William Arrived at the Exhibition Later; Kate's Mother Carole Chatting to William's Friend Guy Pelly; Her Sister Pippa and Laura Lopes, the Daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall
Byline: LOUISE JURY KATE MIDDLETON has curated her first exhibitionand was immediately tipped as a future star of the art world. The 25-year-old girlfriend of Prince William was praised as she organised anexhibition by celebrity portrait photographer...
Furious Harry Blasts Police over Dawn Raid; Quizzed: Harry Redknapp and Coach Joe Jordan Get Back to Work Today after the Portsmouth Boss Was Arrested by Police Yesterday
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS HARRY REDKNAPP today attacked City of London Police for frightening hiswife during their raid on his Poole home yesterday as he insisted he has donenothing wrong. The Portsmouth manager was arrested by officers investigating...
History Beckons for Muralitharan; Spin's New King: Murali Is Set to Eclipse Shane Warne's Wicket Record of 708 in Kandy
Byline: DAVID LLOYD BRISBANE came and went. Hobart followed. Now, at the quaintly rustic yet entirely appropriate settingof the Asgiriya Stadium in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country, a worldrecord is about to be created; a record that could...
Horsepower for Techno Teens; Keeping It Real: The Puppets Were Convincing Even for Children More Used to Computer Animation
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD War Horse National's Olivier HOW DO you get the MySpace generation excited by the theatre? Critics arecalling War Horsebased on the novel by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and aimed atthe over-12s one of the...
House Price Crash Fears
Byline: PAUL WAUGH FEARS of a housing crash rose dramatically today with the biggestmonthly fall in property prices for more than 12 years. Prices dropped by an average of 0.8 per cent this month, according toNationwide, reversing a 1.1 per cent...
House Prices Take Biggest Monthly Fall in over 12 Years
Byline: NICK GOODWAY FEARS of a housing crash dramatically increased today with figuresshowing the biggest monthly fall in property prices for more than 12 years. Prices dropped by an average of 0.8 per cent this month, according toNationwide,...
How Jesse Shot to Hero Status; in Thoughtful Mood: At the Venice Film Festival Brad Pitt Won the Best Actor Award for This Role
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordCert 15, 160 mins *** Brad Pitt is charismatic as the mythologised American outlaw, but he's upstagedby his murderer in a long, poetic film that leaves many questions...
How Lord Cashpoint's Protege Made Millions out of Labour
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS (1)Labour and money: (from far left) LLM's Jon Mendelsohn, Ben Lucas and Neal Lawson; F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Slavica; stockbroker Barry Townsley; Peter Watt, the Labour Party general secretary who quit;...
How Lord Stevens Led Police to Root of Football's 'Murky Dealings'; (1) Quest for the Truth: Ex-Police Chief Lord Stevens (2) First with the News: We Broke the Story Yesterday
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS THE stigma of corruptionand, by implication, the Football Association's failure to deal with itwas the catalyst for Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore'sdecision call in Lord Stevens to investigate alleged abuses...
I Have Yet to Hit Top Gear, Says Chelsea's Euro Star Drogba; Four-Midable: Didier Drogba Scores His Second Goal of the Night (Left) after His Early Strike Puts Chelsea in Command (Right). Alex Adds a Third Goal before Half-Time (below) and Joe Cole Seals a 4-0 Victory Which Sends Avram Grant's Side into the Last 16 as Group Winners
Byline: Leo Spall Chelsea 4 Rosenborg 0 DIDIER DROGBA'S form may have prompted his Chelsea team-mates to describe himas unplayable, but the striker warned today that there is more to come. The Ivorian's dressing-room friends insist he is one...
Immigrant Pupils Cause Cash Crisis in Schools
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES SCHOOLS in London and the South-East pleaded today for more resources tohelp them cope with large numbers of new immigrant pupils. They are being forced to take in up to eight foreign children every week. Theresa Haggart,...
In the Frame ... Profiles of the Men Arrested by Police in Yesterday's Dawn Raids
AMDY FAYE Born in Daka, Senegal, the player's moves from French club Auxerre toPortsmouth for [pounds sterling]1.5 million in August 2003 and from Portsmouth to Newcastle inJanuary 2005 are at the centre of the investigation. Faye eventually...
Keane Partygoers
Byline: RICK PEARSON Little Noise Sessions..Keane Union Chapel, N1 .. *** LITTLE Noise Sessions have been full of big surprises this year. The nine-nightevent, in aid of MENCAP, has persuaded bands such as U2 to leave their egos(and sunglasses)...
Ken Has Failed on Transport
PETER HENDY (27 November) rightly admits the impact on congestion of theepidemic of traffic lights in Londonan increase of more than 20 per cent in six years from 4,845 in 2000 to 5,827last year. But he misses two crucial issues squarely within...
Kidnap Fears as Teacher Appears in Sudan Court; Armed Guard: Gillian Gibbons Was Taken to the Court Building in Khartoum
A MAJOR security operation was under way today as a British teachercharged with inciting hatred and insulting religion was brought before a courtin Sudan. Trucks protected by armed police transported Gillian Gibbons from her cell atthe CID headquarters...
London Traders Wary of Riding the Dow's Surge
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THERE was a distinct lack of enthusiasm on the part of City investorsover the call for cheaper money and the surge in share prices overnight in NewYork, where the Dow put on 331 points, its biggest one-day gain for four years....
London Traders Wary of Riding the Dow's Surge
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THERE was a distinct lack of enthusiasm on the part of City investorsover the call for cheaper money and the surge in share prices overnight in NewYork, where the Dow put on 331 points, its biggest one-day gain for four years....
London Traders Wary of Riding the Dow's Surge
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THERE was a distinct lack of enthusiasm on the part of City investors tonews of the surge in share prices overnight in New York, where the Dow put on331 points its biggest one-day gain for four years. Shares in London were...
Luxury Party Pieces
Byline: LAURA CRAIK Black magic: tuxedo jacket [pounds sterling]845, pocket-front slip dress [pounds sterling]695, both by Stella McCartneySheer quality: layered-sleeve shirt [pounds sterling]551, curve-detail skirt[pounds sterling]486, both by...
M&B Gets Back on the Trail of a Pubs Spin-Off; Serving Up a Warning: The Pubs Outfit Had Grim Words for Rivals Who Have Failed to Provide "A Cracking Food Offer"
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH PUBS chain Mitchells & Butlers today issued a grim forecast for rivalswho don't sell food, and embarked on fresh plans to break up the business. The group behind the All Bar One and O'Neill's brands revealed that it...
McCanns: We Hope Decision over DNA Will Put an End to Torment; Hopes and Fears: The McCanns, above, Hope to Be Eliminated from the Inquiry, as Portuguese Police, Left, Were Today Being Given a Detailed Analysis of Evidence
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK, KIRAN RANDHAWA KATE and Gerry McCann are hoping a meeting between Portuguese police andBritish forensic experts will lead to their speedy elimination as suspects inthe disappearance of their four-year-old daughter Madeleine....
Mervyn's [Pounds Sterling]10bn Christmas Present for Crunch Bunch
THE Bank of England today moved to help out banks over Christmas and NewYear in case they are squeezed by an expected tightening of the money marketstowards the year-end. Banks' access to wholesale money markets has been severely restricted since...
Murali's the One I Fear Most, Says KP; Back in the Swing: Steve Harmison Goes through His Paces in Kandy Today, Giving Hope He Could Be Fit to Play in Saturday's First Test
Byline: DAVID LLOYD SPIN-BOWLING wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is only five wickets away frombreaking Shane Warne's world record and today the Sri Lankan was paid thebiggest compliment imaginable by a man who will face him here this weekend. "The...
My Son Was Forced to Plead Guilty, Says NatWest 3 Mother; Speaking Out: Trish Godman, Mother of Gary Mulgrew (in Blue Tie). He Is Pictured in Houston with, from Far Left, Giles Darby, Lawyer Reid Figel and David Bermingham
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY THE mother of one of the NatWest Three bankers today said her son hadpleaded guilty to a [pounds sterling]3.65 million fraud with "deep reluctance". The trio face more than three years in jail after admitting in a US...
NatWest 3 Make a Deal for Short Jail Sentence; Decision Day: Lawyer Reid Figel (Centre), Reads a Statement outside the Court after the Former Bankers Giles Darby, Left, Gary Mulgrew, Back, and David Bermingham, Right, Each Pleaded Guilty to One Count of Wire Fraud
Byline: PAUL THOMPSON A TRIO of British bankers face more than three years in jail afterpleading guilty in a US court to stealing [pounds sterling]3.65 million in a fraud linked tothe collapse of energy giant Enron. The men, known as the NatWest...
Navel-Gazing in la la Land; Switching Roles: Ryan Reynolds Finds His Belly-Button Has Gone Missing
Byline: CHARLOTTE O'SULLIVAN The Nines Cert 15, 99 mins **** THIS freaky, astutely riddlesome LA drama has been compared to David Lynch'sMulholland Drive. Its deliberately obtuse plot and meta-fictional bent also owes something toDavid...
Now We Need Cash to Ensure Olympic Legacy
Byline: BARONESS VALENTINE THE Government should spend more on the area around the Olympic Park. There, I've written the unthinkable. Three years ago, London First helped to deliver business support for the bid,which promised a dramatic turnaround...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS PICK OF THE NIGHT LEAD BALLOON 9.30pm, BBC2 SMARMILY trying to wriggle his way out of points on his licence after beingcaught speeding, misanthropic comic Rick Spleen (Jack Dee, above) isbrilliantly, slimily amoral tonight....
Private Security Firms Face Mounting Cost in Iraq; High Price: Thomas Jaichner, an American Private Security Guard Killed by a Sniper in in Iraq, Pictured above Left with an Unidentified Companion
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH FOR private security firms, the Baghdad bubble has burst. If it was evereasy to swagger into Iraq, look tough and casually collect juicy contracts forprotecting government buildings and personnel, then those days are gone....
Quest Still Has Doubts
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON LORD STEVENS'S final quest report, released on 15 June, revealed thatthe bung inquiry had unfinished business with agent Willie McKay and Portsmouthboss Harry Redknapp. It said: WILLIE McKAY: The following transfers remain...
Recycle Your Mobile Phone
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON ARE you hoping to receive a new mobile phone this Christmas? Woolworthsis upping its green credentials by launching a recycling brand that willencourage customers and members of the public to recycle their old mobilephones....
Riot Police Guard Teddy Teacher Gibbons; Fears of Attack: Anti-Riot Policemen outside the Court in Khartoum Where Gillian Gibbons Was Appearing Today. Top Muslim Clerics in Sudan Likened Her to Author Salman Rushdie
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL RIOT police surrounded a Sudanese court today as a British teacher wascharged with inciting hatred and insulting religion. Looking tired, drawn and distressed, Gillian Gibbons, 54, appeared before thecourt for allowing...
Rock Run May Not Be over as It Borrows [Pounds Sterling]2.7bn More
NORTHERN ROCK borrowed a further [pounds sterling]2.7 billion from the taxpayer lastweek, taking the total lent to it since the run on the bank in September up to[pounds sterling]29.1 billion. Tonight's Bank of England emergency lending figures...
Russian Aggression Must Be Halted, Says Cameron
Byline: JOE MURPHY DAVID CAMERON today called on the world to challenge Russian"belligerence" in the Balkans with a united show of strength. In a speech in America, the Tory leader said western troops should bestrengthened in the region to avert...
Seeds of Hope from Waitrose; Helping Hand: The Waitrose Foundation Has a Vital Role in Rural South Africa
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON WHILE few retailers would be foolish enough to criticise thecommercialism that surrounds Christmas, a new kind of consumer is expecting tosource gifts and goodies this season which make them feel better aboutthemselves without...
Spurs Must Get Back to Basics; out of Touch: Makeshift Centre-Back Pascal Chimbonda Will Not Find It Easy at the Heart of Tottenham's Defence
Byline: Simon Johnson WHEN Juande Ramos quit Sevilla for Tottenham last month many punditsthought he was taking a bit of a gamble, but it is the absence of Spurs' kingof clubs that has hurt him most so far. Ramos has confirmed he has no idea...
Tangled World of Mr Abrahams; Controversial Past: David Abrahams Muddied the Truth about His Personal Life in His Bid to Become an MP in North Yorkshire
Byline: VALENTINE LOW WHEN the latest controversy over Labour donations emerged four days ago,the world asked: Just who is David Abrahams? But it is a question people havebeen asking for many years. A secretive, eccentric figure, Mr Abrahams...
Teenager Is Stabbed in the Head during Gang Attack; Fingertip Search: Police Cordoned off an Area of the Old Kent Road Following the Stabbings. Detectives Are Hunting a Gang of Five Youths in Connection with the Attacks
Byline: JACK LEFLEY A TEENAGER is fighting for his life today after he and two friends werestabbed in the street by a gang of youths. The boys, one aged 15 and two 16- year-olds, were kicked, punched and knifedrepeatedly during the attack. ...
Tested: Phone That Replaces Your Wallet; Just Swipe: The Standard's Alex Stephens Tests the OWallet on the Tube. the Nokia Handset Can Also Be Used as a Credit Card
Byline: MARK PRIGG, ALEX STEPHENS IT is billed as the mobile phone that could replace your wallet. The only problem, as the Evening Standard discovered during tests, is findingshops where the device can be used. So far, only a handful have installedreaders...
The Bigots Who Make Me Weep for Islam
Byline: YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN MUMSY Gillian Gibbons, a good woman, goes out to war-torn Sudan to teachand is charged with insulting Islam, punishable by 40 lashes, because one ofher pupils brought in a teddy bear and the children decided to name...
The Critics' Verdicts
THE CRITICS' VERDICTS READER'S REVIEW Tell us what you think, post your review atthisislondon.co.uk/readersreviews.. FIVE BEST FILMS Rescue Dawn (12A, 125 mins) Werner Herzog's first Hollywood film has ChristianBale as a PoW escapee. Ratatouille...
'The England Job Does Not Interest the Special One'
Byline: NICK CURTIS SUNDAY: I can honestly say that in the 66 days, four hours and 32minutes since I was so foolishly sacked as saviour, I mean manager, of ChelseaI have not thought about football at all. A barleycorn is better than a diamond...
Timeless Vision of War; Casualties of Troy: Kate Duchene (Hecuba) and Her Ladies in Waiting
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Women of Troy National's Lyttelton **** I WAS bewitched by Women of Troy. Once more, and against quite a few odds, Katie Mitchell has recreated a classicGreek tragedy, rendering its images of captivity and terror...
Villa Away Days Cheer O'Neill; Scorer: The Imposing John Carew Got Villa's First Goal
Byline: MARCO GIACOMELLI ASTON VILLA boss Martin O'Neill hailed his side's fine away form aftertheir 4-0 victory at Blackburn lifted them to sixth in the Premier League. It was Villa's third win in succession on their travels, and the way in...
Voters Will Get Rid of This Sleazy Government, May Tells Harman
Byline: JOE MURPHY HARRIET HARMAN was subjected to accusations of sleaze in the Commonstoday as new questions emerged about her dodgy [pounds sterling]5,000 donation. It emerged that her campaign team made the first approach that resulted in...
Watch out, the World Is Sneaking Up on the City
Byline: NEIL COLLINS LONDON is so far ahead of every other financial centre that they haven'ta hope of catching us. We're the location of choice for world markets whichhardly existed a decade ago. We host businesses from private equity toderivatives...
When You Catch Me Obsessing over an Unavailable Male, Give Me Hell
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD WATCHING jungle celebrity Cerys Matthews fills me with nervous dread. Ican't be the only one. We've all been thereobsessing over a 10-day "relationship"; turning a kiss into the remake of DrZhivago. When Matthews confided...
Who's Caught in the Crisis
Byline: JOE MURPHY A STRING of Cabinet ministers and Labour grandees have been entangled inthe web spun by donor David Abrahams. The crisis unfolded when the Mail On Sunday discovered donations from MrAbrahams were falsely declared by Labour...