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Articles from December 7, 2007

400 Met Police Trained to Use Tasers in Bid to Tackle Violence; Shock Tactics: A Police Officer Tests a Taser. the Met Says the Weapon, Left, Will Be Used Sparingly
Byline: ROB SINGH MORE than 400 Met police officers have been trained to use Tasers totackle disorder and alcohol-fuelled violence. From Monday, the Territorial Support Group officers will be authorised to usethe "stun guns", which subdue suspects...
All along, Mr Darwin Could Have Been Hiding Next Door; Attic Secrets: The Bedsit, Arrowed, Where John Darwin May Have Been Hiding. the Property Adjoins the Family Home and Belonged to His Wife
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK JOHN DARWIN could have hidden in a bedsit next door to the family homebefore he "came back from the dead", it emerged today. The Darwin family owned two properties on the seafront in Seaton Carew, livingin one and converting...
Australia Puts Conman Foster Back Behind Bars
Byline: ED HARRIS AUSTRALIAN conman Peter Foster, once an associate of Cherie Blair, wastoday sentenced to four and a half years in jail after pleading guilty tofraud. Foster, 45, admitted fraudulently obtaining just over A$300,000 ([pounds sterling]130,000)...
Avram the Analyst Tells Stars It's All in the Mind; Big Noise: Avram Grant Can Lose His Temper When Required, as His Players Found out during Their Recent Game against West Ham
Byline: LEO SPALL WHEN Avram Grant first entered the Chelsea dressing room as manager hecould have been forgiven for feeling a little starstruck. The stellar cast headed by John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard couldput even the most experienced...
Bankroll Pledge on N-Plants from EDF; No Taxpayers' Cash: Vincent De Rivaz
Byline: ROBERT LEA EDF Energy, London's electricity company, has told the Government it isprepared to shoulder the cost of building a [pounds sterling]10 billion fleet of four nuclearpower stations without the support of a penny of taxpayers' money....
Big Backers Put Faith in Arnold to Rescue Rock; Turnaround Mission: Arnold's Team Wants to Manage Northern Rock, Not Take It Over
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN THE battle for Northern Rock intensified today after major shareholdersrallied behind a new rescue package from veteran troubleshooter Luqman Arnold. Olivant, the investment group run by the former Abbey National boss, tabled...
Big Five Put Faith in Arnold to Save Rock; Turnaround Mission: Arnold's Team Wants to Manage Northern Rock, Not Take It Over
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN THE battle for Northern Rock took a dramatic turn today when one suitorput forward a fresh rescue package while another walked away. Olivant, the investment group run by former Abbey National boss Luqman Arnold,tabled a proposal...
Bikes with a Tale to Tell; Great escape:Steve McQueenchecks His Watchduring the 1six Day Trialsevent.Below Left: RollieFree aboard theJohn EdgarLightning onBonneville SaltFlats in 1e).below Right:the Munro Specialbecame Known asThe World'sFastest Indianwhen It Reached1e).mph in 1
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS CLASSIC cars are where the big money isbut it's hard to beat the romantic allure of a classic bike. Especially onethat tells a story. Now 26 famous two-wheelers, ranging from a Czechoslovakian CZ to big AmericanHarleys,...
Black Leaders Must Wake Up
THE investigation into Lee Jasper and the missing London DevelopmentAgency funds will come as no surprise to many black Londoners. The black community has more "leaders" than you can shake a stick at, yet theproblems facing us are more endemic than...
Boris's Letter to Chicago
CONRAD Black may be a bit nervous as he prepares to hear his fate inChicago next week, but here's Boris Johnson to the rescue. The Tory mayoralcandidate's letter to Judge Amy St Eve, published by the Londoner for the firsttime, makes clear just why...
Boris's Tentative Clemency Plea to Black Case Judge; No Comment on Present Predicament: Boris Johnson and Fraudster Conrad Black
CONRAD Black may be a bit nervous as prepares to hear his fate inChicago next week, but here's Boris Johnson to the rescue. The Tory mayoralcandidate's letter to Judge Amy St Eve, published by the Londoner for the firsttime, makes clear just why he...
Brave Idea Well Worth Developing; Yes, in My Backyard: Tories' Grant Shapps
Byline: PETER BILL SHADOW housing spokesman Grant Shapps stood alongside TV presenterKirstie Allsopp in Westminster today and launched a Conservative Party inquiryinto the pained process of buying a house. The MP for Welwyn Hatfield was even...
Bring Back the Blitz Blackout to Save Power Says Kirstie; Energy Saviour: Kirstie Allsopp, Joint Author of a Tory Review on Housing Policy, Wants Home Owners to Reduce Electricity Consumption, Insulate Better and Black out Their Properties with Heavy Curtains
Byline: JASON BEATTIE HOMEOWNERS should be forced to black out their properties with heavycurtains as a means of saving energy, TV property expert Kirstie Allsopp saidtoday. Ms Allsopp said that in the age of global warming it was "sociallyunacceptable"...
BSkyB Faces Showdown over Murdochs' Switch; Controversial Move: James Murdoch
Byline: ROBERT LEA BSKYB is heading for an embarrassing corporate governance showdown afterRupert Murdoch announced his decision to quit the board but immediatelyreplaced himself with his son James. The appointment of James Murdoch to chairman...
Buying Presents with Store Cards May Double the Price You Pay
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN CHRISTMAS shoppers were today warned of paying "twice over" for theirpresents if they opt to apply for expensive store cards. Huge card APRs of up to 29.9 per centmore than five times the Bank of England's base rate of...
Buying Presents with Store Cards May Double the Price You Pay; Price Difference: The Price of a Pair of Jimmy Choo Shoes and a PlayStation 3 Can Be Inflated by Purchasing Them on a Store Card and Not Paying off the Full Monthly Instalments
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN CHRISTMAS shoppers were today warned of paying "twice over" for theirpresents if they opt to apply for expensive store cards. Huge card APRs of up to 29.9 per centmore than five times the Bank of England's base rate of...
CANOE WIFE IN ARREST DRAMA; (1) Facing the Music: Anne Darwin Prepares for Her Return to Britain after Confessing to Lying over Her Husband's Death (2) Breach of Trust: Anne Darwin with Sons Anthony, Left, and Mark at Anthony's Wedding in . the Sons Were Taken into Hiding by Police Last Night
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK ANNE DARWIN was flying back to Britain today to be arrested over herhusband's faked death. Mrs Darwin, 55, left Panama City where she had been living with husband John,57, who was supposed to have drowned in a canoe accident...
Champion Chaser Set to Leave Rivals Up the Creek; Full Flight: Voy Por Ustedes Will Prove Difficult to Overcome in the Tingle Creek Tomorrow If He Reproduces the Form Shown in Last Year's Contest When Second to Kauto Star
Byline: WILL HAYLER VOY POR USTEDES is a class act who is the one to beat in the Paddy PowerTingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park tomorrow. This [pounds sterling]150,000 Grade 1 contest (2.35) over two miles has produced some fantasticfinishes in...
Children's Panto Axed to Make Time for Exam Work; Must Try Harder: Hillcross Recorded the Biggest Dip in Results of Any Morden Primary
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES, ALEX STEPHENS A PRIMARY school has cancelled its Christmas pantomime so that pupilscan concentrate on preparing for next year's national English and maths tests. Hillcross Primary School in Morden halted rehearsals of the...
Council Pulls the Plug on Office Water Coolers; Bottling It: Ricky Gervais in the Office, Complete with Water Cooler
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL IT could spell the end for the water cooler moment. Although coolers have become a traditional place for office workers to exchangethe latest gossip, a London council has deemed themand bottled waterenvironmentally unfriendly...
Council Tax Cut Again, but Only in Hammersmith
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A LONDON borough is planning the extraordinary step of cutting counciltax bills for the second year in a row. Hammersmith and Fulham is set to impose a three per cent cut in its share ofthe levy, worth almost [pounds sterling]27...
Council Tax Falls Again ... but Only in Hammersmith
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A LONDON borough is planning the extraordinary step of cutting counciltax bills for the second year in a row. Hammersmith and Fulham is set to impose a three per cent cut in its share ofthe levy, worth almost [pounds sterling]27...
Cranford - la Chanel; (1) Victoriana: A High Neck and Brooch Mixed with Gauzy Chiffon (2) Great Coat: A Masculine Edge to a Leather Ankle-Length Trench (3) under the Bonnet: The Cranford Ladies Would Love It
Byline: LAURA CRAIK IT'S a big ratings winner this winter, but nobody could have guessedthat the Cranford effect would extend all the way to the rarefied world ofhaute couture. Yet it seems as though none other than Karl Lagerfeld is a fanfor...
Didier Plots Final Revenge on Yobs; Euro Hell: Dimitar Berbatov Equalises, Didier Zokora Is Hit by a Lighter and Shocked Keeper Paul Robinson Finds a Metal Bar
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON Tottenham 1 Anderlecht 1 DIDIER ZOKORA wants to get revenge on the Anderlecht hooligans who struck himwith a missile by beating the Belgian side in the UEFA Cup Final. The Ivory Coast international was hit by a cigarette...
Doctor: How I Was Sacked for Blowing Whistle on Dumped Hospital X-Rays; Legal Action: Otto Chan Lost His Job as Consultant Radiologist at the Royal London Hospital
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD A WHISTLEBLOWER doctor who was sacked after exposing a hospital's stashof unchecked X-rays has spoken for the first time of his battle for justice. Dr Otto Chan, a consultant radiologist, launched a legal action against...
EDF Pledge to Bankroll [Pounds Sterling]10bn Nuclear Project; No Taxpayers' Cash: Vincent De Rivaz
Byline: ROBERT LEA EDF Energy, London's electricity company, has told the Government it isprepared to shoulder the cost of building a [pounds sterling]10 billion fleet of four nuclearpower stations without the support of a penny of taxpayers' money....
Fallon Race-Fix Trial Collapses; Champion: Kieren Fallon Was "Relieved but Outraged" after Being Cleared Today
Byline: PAUL CHESTON RACING superstar Kieren Fallon walked free from the Old Bailey todayafter a judge threw out race-fixing charges. In an extraordinary end to a case costing an estimated [pounds sterling]6 million, Fallon andfive others were...
FA Make Their First Move for Mourinho
Byline: KEN DYER THE Football Association have made the first move in their attempt tomake Jose Mourinho the new England coach. Standard Sport understands the former Chelsea manager's agent, Jorge Mendes,has been sounded out by the FA to see...
FA Make Their First Move for Mourinho
Byline: KEN DYER THE Football Association have made the first moves in their attempts tomake Jose Mourinho the new England coach. Standard Sport understands that the former Chelsea manager's agent has beensounded out by the FA to see if the self-styled...
Flight to Quality Is Sign of Hope on the Troubled High St; Warning: Shoppers Laden Down with Bags Could Become Rare Sight
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH MOSS Bros doesn't look so smart, Sports Direct is a punchline to a badjoke and Woolworths is going bust. If that sounds like a bleak assessment ofthe state of the High Street, it could get worse. In the name of beating expectations,...
Footsie Shake-Up Throws the Trackers off Course
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE Footsie 100 index faces its biggest shake-up since the dot-com boom,and that could spell bad news for the index trackers that look after ourprivate savings and pensions. Companies facing the chop after a turbulent three...
Footsie Shake-Up Throws the Trackers off Course
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE Footsie 100 index faces its biggest shake-up since the dot-com boom,and that could spell bad news for the index trackers that look after ourprivate savings and pensions. Companies facing the chop after a turbulent three...
Footsie Shake-Up Throws the Trackers off Course
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE Footsie 100 index faces its biggest shake-up since the dot-com boom,and that could spell bad news for the index trackers that look after ourprivate savings and pensions. Companies facing the chop after a turbulent three...
Forget about Work, It's Time to Party
Byline: RUTH LEWIS THE parties have started and the festivities are hotting up. If youhaven't yet booked a venue for the office do, a Christmas meal or a New Year'sEve with friends, there are plenty of places still available. For celebrity pizzazz,...
Foster Back Behind Bars in Australia; Jailed: Peter Foster Borrowed Money to Develop an Island Resort but Used It to Pay off His Credit Card
Byline: ED HARRIS AUSTRALIAN conman Peter Foster, once an associate of Cherie Blair, wastoday sentenced to four and a half years in jail after pleading guilty tofraud. Foster, 45, admitted fraudulently obtaining A$300,000 ([pounds sterling]130,000)...
Giszmos, Gremlins and Gritted Teeth; Audi A: A Great Engine and Cabin, but Some Irritating Electrical Glitches
Byline: MIKE STONE ROAD TEST AUDI A5 TDIELECTRONIC gizmos on some cars (mainly French) area worry. The more of them you get, the more there is to go wrong. But Audis are usually fine, which made it surprising when an Audi A5 TDI I wastesting...
Great Music but Little of Wagner's Drama; Admirable: John Tomlinson as the Veteran Knight Gurnemanz
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS OPERA Parsifal Covent Garden *** BERNARD Haitink, former music director of the Royal Opera, was given a hero'swelcome as he took the podium for a revival of Parsifal. Now 78, he left in2002 when the house was in turmoil...
Hong Kong Takes Centre Stage; Far Eastern Promise: Dylan Thomas (above) Trained by Aidan O'Brien (Top Right) Contests the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin, Which Has an Impressive Parade Ring (Right)
Byline: PAUL FIELDER WHILE Jamie Spencer returns to the saddle at Lingfield tomorrow for thefirst time since sharing the jockeys' title with Seb Sanders last month, HongKong becomes the focus of the Flat racing world on Sunday. Spencer has his...
How My Old Friend Will Bounce Back; Born Winner: Kieren Fallon Joyously Holds the Irish Flag Aloft after Putting All His Troubles Behind Him and Giving Dylan Thomas a Masterly Ride to Win This Year's Prix De l'Arc De Triomphe
ANYONE who doubts that Kieren Fallon can propel his career right back tothe top of racing's greasy pole had better think again. I have known Kieren for many years and I know as well as anyone that hisinsatiable desire to win sets him apart from...
I Can Barely Sleep, but Ricky's in for a Rude Awakening; Pulling Power: Ricky Hatton Looks Sharp in Training and Has Britain Dreaming of a Victory against Floyd Mayweather in the Most Eagerlyawaited Fight for More Than a Decade
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN FOR the first time this millennium, we are on the eve of a fightinvolving a British boxer so thrilling in prospect that the sport's fans willneed narcotic assistance to get off to sleep tonight. It's a feeling no other...
'I Merely Provide Advice on Funding'
Byline: ANNA DAVIS LEE JASPER has refused to deny allegations he helped channel publicmoney to organisations controlled by himself. The Mayor's race adviser spoke out after the Evening Standard revealed[pounds sterling]2.5million of City Hall...
Immovable Argentine out to Stop Irresistible Samoan; Unstoppable: Perpignan's Henry Tuilagi Is One of the Strongest Back Row Forwards in the World Game and Will Present London Irish with a Huge Challenge on Sunday
Byline: CHRIS JONES JUAN LEGUIZAMON, the man who brought French giant Sebastien Chabalcrashing down with a massive tackle during the rugby World Cup, has been giventhe awesome task of halting human battering ram Henry Tuilagi when London Irishtackle...
Immovable Argentine to Stop Irresistible Samoan; Unstoppable? Samoa's Henry Tuilagi Has Established a Reputation as One of the Strongest and Most Dangerous Runners in World Rugby and He Will Lead the Perpignan Charge against London Irish on Sunday
Byline: Chris Jones JUAN LEGUIZAMON, the man who brought French giant Sebastien Chabalcrashing down with a massive tackle during the rugby World Cup, has been giventhe awesome task of halting human battering ram Henry Tuilagi when London Irishtackle...
IT'S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW; (1) Picture He Won't Forget: John Darwin Is Led from Court in Hartlepool after Police Were Given More Hours to Quiz Him (2) Breach of Trust: Anne Darwin with Sons Anthony, Left, and Mark at Anthony's Wedding in 2003. the Sons Were Taken into Hiding by Police Last Night
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK JOHN DARWIN faced a court today as police revealed he is finallybeginning to remember the last five years of his life. He was photographed after a hearing at Hartlepool magistrates' court whereCleveland police were granted...
IT'S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW; (1) Picture He Won't Forget: John Darwin Is Led from Court in Hartlepool after Police Were Given More Hours to Quiz Him (2) Breach of Trust: Anne Darwin with Sons Anthony, Left, and Mark at Anthony's Wedding in the Sons Were Taken into Hiding by Police Last Night
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK JOHN DARWIN faced a court today as police revealed he is finallybeginning to remember the last five years of his life. He was photographed after a hearing at Hartlepool magistrates' court whereCleveland police were granted...
Jasper Benefactor Given Mayor's Cabinet Role; Funded Nursery Education: Richard Stone
A DOCTOR who paid for the education of one of Lee Jasper's children wasappointed to Ken Livingstone's advisory cabinet on the recommendation of MrJasper, who failed to declare his interest. In 2000, Mr Jasper backed the elevation of Richard Stone...
John Darwin Brings out the Reggie in Us All; It Gets Better and Better: John and Ann Darwin before the Great Canoe Adventure
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE story of the Darwins couldn't have been better paced. At theweekend, John Darwin, certified to have died back in 2002, turned up at apolice station, claiming not to remember anything about the past five years. Hewas reunited...
Ken's [Pounds Sterling]117,000 Aide Lives in [Pounds Sterling]90pw Council House; State-Subsidised: The Three-Storey, Four-Bedroom Victorian House in Clapham Where Lee Jasper Lives Is Owned by the Family Mosaic Housing Association
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN LEE JASPER, the senior Ken Livingstone aide currently underinvestigation by the GLA, lives in state-subsidised social housing, despiteearning [pounds sterling]117,000 a year, the Standard has learned. Mr Jasper, the Mayor's...
Kirstie Calls for Blackout Curtains to Save Energy; Blitz on Energy: Kirstie Allsopp, Joint Author of a Tory Review on Housing Policy, Wants Home Owners to Reduce Electricity Consumption and Insulate Better
Byline: JASON BEATTIE HOMEOWNERS should be forced to black out their properties with heavycurtains as a means of saving energy, TV property expert Kirstie Allsopp saidtoday. Ms Allsopp said that in the age of global warming it was "sociallyunacceptable"...
Lustful Lyrics for Consenting Adults
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY CLASSICAL The Michael Nyman Band Barbican Hall *** MICHAEL Nyman's film music has won a global audience, but much of his bestwriting has been for the voice. Text matters to him; so does the style of thesinger he's...
Magic Beans Needed; Working Hard: Jack (Helen Baker), Dame Dolly (Andy Gray) and Matty (Ashley Campbell) Do Their Best with a "Posh Panto"
Byline: KIERON QUIRKE THEATRE Jack and the Beanstalk Barbican *** WHEN a pantomime is written by or stars someone we thought of as more highbrow,it is now known as a "posh panto". With the verdict still to come on StephenFry's attempt at...
Mayoral Rivals Oppose 42-Day Detention
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith's latest terror plans suffered a blow todayas she faced unanimous opposition from London's three main mayoral candidates. In an unprecedented step, Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddickjoined...
Merrill Lynch Set to Take New Hit of [Pounds Sterling]3bn
Byline: JAMES DORAN MERRILL LYNCH is expected to reveal at least $6 billion ([pounds sterling]2.96 billion)in additional writedowns related to its stricken debt trading arm when itreports results for the fourth quarter of the year. Sources in...
Murdoch Son Faces New Sky Job Revolt; Angered Regulators: James Murdoch
Byline: ROBERT LEA BSKYB is heading for a massive corporate governance rebellion afterRupert Murdoch announced his decision to quit the boardbut immediately replaced himself with his son James. The appointment of James Murdoch to chairman from...
Must We Binge So Much on Christmas Shopping? Spend, Spend, Spend: Oxford Street Heaves with Shoppers. According to the Halifax, the Average Consumer Will Spend [Pounds Sterling]on Presents
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST THE slowdown is happening. At home, I've noticed, all of a sudden I'm not getting mailshots offering mecredit cards. At the recent Royal Opera House fundraiser, no company took atable they were all taken by rich individuals....
My Quest for the Perfect Breakfast Companion
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL I HAVE come to the conclusion that toastperfectly ordinary toastis now a luxury. For the first time in my life the business breakfast has beeninflicted on meby a TV tycoon who wished to pick my brains for the fine details of...
New Light on the Art of Stained Glass; German Craftsmanship: St Cornelius, One of Six Sections of a Large Narrative Window Made for the Abbey of Mariawald by the Workshop of Hans Gitschmann Von Ropstein after Hans Baldung Grien
Byline: brian sewell THE SUNLEY Rooms of the National Gallery have been converted into a boxof delights. Susan Foister, curator of the gallery's early German paintings, has hung someof them in the company of contemporary German stained-glass...
Now Racing's in the Dock Following Fallon Shambles
Byline: WILL HAYLER THE collapse of racing's 'Trial of the Century' is a disaster for theBritish Horseracing Authority which must now move decisively to avert a majorcrisis of public confidence in the sport. When Kieren Fallon, two other jockeys...
Once More with Feeling; Winning Formula: The Feeling, Fronted by Dan Gillespie Sells, Are Crossing Fleetwood Mac with the Eagles and the Beatles
Byline: DAVID SMYTH NO ONE quite knew what to make of The Feeling when they emerged lastyear with their tidy haircuts, neckerchiefs and a sound that harked back to thesoft rock of the early Seventies. They had come straight from a season as acovers...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS REBUS 9pm, ITV1 A HEAVY drinker with a grumpy disposition and a nifty line in swearing, Rebusshould be just another off-the-peg TV copper. That he isn't, is almost entirelydown to the magnificent Ken Stott (above). He gives...
Police Accused of Incompetence and Hiding 'Timebomb' Evidence
Byline: PAUL CHESTON POLICE heading the failed race-fixing inquiry were accused in court ofincompetence, abusing their powers and misleading the court. Detectives came under attack for "burying" evidence and compromising their ownintegrity. ...
Pop
Byline: PETE CLARK, DAVID SMYTH, JOHN AIZLEWOOD AMY WINEHOUSE I Told You I Was Trouble (Island) **** THIS is a more useful DVD than most because it guarantees that the artistefeatured will actually appear at the specified time and sing some songs....
Porn from the Provinces; One for the Boys: Benedetto Gennari's Death of Cleopatra, a Stock Example of the Genteel Pornography of the 1.th Century That Titillated Charles II and His Courtiers Tenth-Rate Renaissance: Gianfrancesco Maineri's Undistinguished Holy Family
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK Discoveries National Gallery WITH HOW few pictures can the National Gallery construct an exhibition? One, ifit is great enough. A single Goya or Caravaggio can, in this very isolation,fascinate...
Premier League Focus
Chelsea v Sunderland Tomorrow, pm, Stamford Bridge Everton v FulhamTomorrow, pm, Goodison ParkWhy was Florent Malouda so keen to claim he was mistranslated by the Englishpress this week? The Chelsea whingersorry, wingertold France Football that the...
Scooter Gang Held after Raids; Smash and Grab: Larizia in St John's Wood. the Chain Was Targeted Several Times
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, ANNA DAVIS POLICE have brought down a scooter gang that targeted London's fashionboutiques, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of designer goods. Detectives swooped on seven suspected members in a series...
Scooter Raiders Caught as They Strike Again; Smash and Grab: The Larizia Chain of Shops Was Targeted Several Times. the Raiders Caused Thousands of Pounds of Damage to This Branch in St John's Wood
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, ANNA DAVIS POLICE have brought down a scooter gang that targeted London's fashionboutiques, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of designer goods. Detectives swooped on seven suspected members in a series...
Script's Right for Our 'Ricky Balboa'; Honest Hero: Ricky Hatton Has the Appeal of the Movie Fighter Rocky Balboa (Above)
Byline: IAN CHADBAND RICKY HATTON and a couple of pals fancied a spot of blackjack here inthe MGM Grand the other day and were tickled pink when they saw that Ricky'sface, looking as crazed as something out of A Clockwork Orange, was staring upat...
Sego's Passion for Revenge Is So French
Byline: JANINE DI GIOVANNI ONE of my crusty neighbours knocked angrily on my door the other day,bearing a handful of geraniums. I had accidentally let them slip from my windowbox, cluttering the courtyard below. It was nothing. But this is France,...
Shots That Mark the Years; Just like Starting Over: David M Spindel's Studio Shot from the Double Fantasy Sessions Captures a Lean, Clean Lennon
Byline: SUE STEWARD EXHIBITION Remember Love: John Lennon Proud Galleries, W1 **** ICONIC photographs of superstars such as John Lennon are carried fromgeneration to generation by fans who never tire of seeing the same poses, hairstyles,...
Supermarkets Fined [Pounds Sterling]116m for Price-Fixing
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN SUPERMARKETS and dairy companies have been fined a total of [pounds sterling]116 millionfor fixing the price of milk and cheese. Three supermarketsSainsbury's, Asda and Safewayand three milk processing firms have admitted...
The Making of a Great Othello; (1) Compelling: Ejiofor as Othello (Left), and with Kristin Scott Thomas in the Seagull (above) at the Royal Court Earlier This Year (2) Private Pair: Ejiofor with His Girlfriend, Australian Actress Radha Mitchell (3) Man in Black: Olivier Playing Othello in 1964
Byline: NICK CURTIS THE ADVANCE buzz may have focused on Ewan McGregor's return to the stagebut when the Donmar Warehouse's sell-out production of Othello opened this weekit was Chiwetel Ejiofor's performance in the lead role that stole the garlands....
The New Banks That Cost You [Pounds Sterling]25m to Join; (1) Empire Building: Above, Justin Portman and His Wife Natalia Vodianova. above Right, Sir Mick Jagger, Pictured with L'Wren Scott, Appreciates the Benefits of Bespoke Banking (2) Money Talks: Lady Bamford
Byline: JOHN ARLIDGE THE old adage of the rich always getting richer has never rung more trueas a glance at the annual wealth tables shows. Each year, the families at thevery top seem to add to their fortunes with effortless ease. Talk of an...
The New Build That's a Poor Deal for the Richer; Cracking and Cracked: Plans for the Woodberry Down Renewal Are Admirable, but Mayor Ken Wriggles on Housing Strategy
Byline: PETER BILL WHEN it comes to the size of new-build flats, the gap between therelatively rich and the fairly poor is set to growin favour of the poor. London's largest redevelopment, Woodberry Down, is justone example. Hackney Council gave...
TV Tripe on a Rip-Off Railway
Byline: SIMON DAVIS LANDING at Heathrow this week on a flight from Singapore I felt amixture of happiness and guilt. Happiness at coming home but guilt as ourthrusters roared and we skimmed over London's rooftops. It was just after 4amand we must...
U-Turn by Portugal Police: No DNA Proof That Maddy Is Dead; Change of Heart: Detectives Admit They Have No Evidence That Would Prove Madeleine McCann Died in Her Holiday Apartment and Parents Kate and Gerry Disposed of the Body
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK PORTUGUESE police admitted today they have no evidence to show MadeleineMcCann is dead. A senior source close to the inquiry said: "We do not have proof the girl isdead. If we had that kind of evidence we would not be considering...
Voy Por Can Leave Rivals Up the Creek; Full Flight: Voy Por Ustedes Was Beaten on His Seasonal Debut at Cheltenham Last Month but Will Prove Difficult to Overcome in the Tingle Creek Chase Tomorrow If He Reproduces the Form Shown in Last Year's Contest When Second to Kauto Star
Byline: Will Hayler VOY POR USTEDES is a class act who is the one to beat in the Paddy PowerTingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park tomorrow. This [pounds sterling]150,000 Grade 1 contest over two miles has produced some fantasticfinishes in the past...
What the Experts Say
JOE CALZAGHE World super middleweight champion: "Floyd Mayweather istalking a good game but he needs to go out and prove it. Ricky's very strong, agreat body puncher, he's got a big heart and comes forward relentlessly. If hesteams into him, then Ricky...
Yacht, Flights and Fake Passport: The Secret Life of Mr Darwin; Alias Jones: Darwin Had Fake Identity
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK DETAILS of John Darwin's secret life during the five years he wasbelieved to have been dead began to emerge today. It now appears he moved freely around the world on a fake passport using thealias John Jones. It enabled...