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Articles from December 7, 2007

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400 Met Police Trained to Use Tasers in Bid to Tackle Violence
MORE than 400 Met police officers have been trained to use Tasers to tackle disorder and alcohol-fuelled violence.From Monday, the Territorial Support Group officers will be authorised to use the "stun guns", which subdue suspects by giving them an electric...
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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...
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All along, Mr Darwin Could Have Been Hiding Next Door
JOHN DARWIN could have hidden in a bedsit next door to the family home before he "came back from the dead", it emerged today.The Darwin family owned two properties on the seafront in Seaton Carew, living in one and converting the other into smaller flats.On...
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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...
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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)...
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Australia Puts Conman Foster Back Behind Bars
AUSTRALIAN conman Peter Foster, once an associate of Cherie Blair, was today sentenced to four and a half years in jail after pleading guilty to fraud.Foster, 45, admitted fraudulently obtaining just over A$300,000 (Pounds 130,000) from a bank on a South...
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Avram the Analyst Tells Stars It's All in the Mind
WHEN Avram Grant first entered the Chelsea dressing room as manager he could have been forgiven for feeling a little starstruck.The stellar cast headed by John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard could put even the most experienced new boss on edge.But...
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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...
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Avram the Analyst Tells Stars It's All in the Mind ; 'You Can Discover a Lot from Other Sports. I Wanted to Learn the Psychology Behind the Successful Teams'
WHEN Avram Grant first entered the Chelsea dressing room as manager he could have been forgiven for feeling a little starstruck.The stellar cast headed by John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard could put even the most experienced new boss on edge.But...
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Bankroll Pledge on N-Plants from EDF ; ENERGY
EDF Energy, London's electricity company, has told the Government it is prepared to shoulder the cost of building a Pounds 10 billion fleet of four nuclear power stations without the support of a penny of taxpayers' money.In its strongest pitch yet to...
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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....
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Big Backers Put Faith in Arnold to Rescue Rock ; (1) BANKING(2) 'It Represents at Least the Same Value to the Treasury as the Virgin Offer and Is Much More Attractive for Equity Investors'
THE battle for Northern Rock intensified today after major shareholders rallied behind a new rescue package from veteran troubleshooter Luqman Arnold.Olivant, the investment group run by the former Abbey National boss, tabled its long-awaited offer to...
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Big Backers Put Faith in Arnold to Rescue Rock ; BANKING
THE battle for Northern Rock intensified today after major shareholders rallied behind a new rescue package from veteran troubleshooter Luqman Arnold.Olivant, the investment group run by the former Abbey National boss, tabled its long-awaited offer to...
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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...
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Big Five Put Faith in Arnold to Save Rock ; BANKING
THE battle for Northern Rock took a dramatic turn today when one suitor put forward a fresh rescue package while another walked away.Olivant, the investment group run by former Abbey National boss Luqman Arnold, tabled a proposal to rival that of Sir...
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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...
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Bikes with a Tale to Tell
CLASSIC cars are where the big money is but it's hard to beat the romantic allure of a classic bike. Especially one that tells a story.Now 26 famous two-wheelers, ranging from a Czechoslovakian CZ to big American Harleys, are celebrated in a lavish...
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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,...
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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...
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Black Leaders Must Wake Up ; Readers Views
THE investigation into Lee Jasper and the missing London Development Agency funds will come as no surprise to many black Londoners.The black community has more "leaders" than you can shake a stick at, yet the problems facing us are more endemic than...
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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...
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Boris's Letter to Chicago ; the Londoner's Diary
CONRAD Black may be a bit nervous as he prepares to hear his fate in Chicago next week, but here's Boris Johnson to the rescue. The Tory mayoral candidate's letter to Judge Amy St Eve, published by the Londoner for the first time, makes clear just why...
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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...
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Boris's Tentative Clemency Plea to Black Case Judge ; the Londoner's Diary
CONRAD Black may be a bit nervous as prepares to hear his fate in Chicago next week, but here's Boris Johnson to the rescue. The Tory mayoral candidate's letter to Judge Amy St Eve, published by the Londoner for the first time, makes clear just why he...
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Brave Idea Well Worth Developing ; PETER BILL ON PROPERTY
SHADOW housing spokesman Grant Shapps stood alongside TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp in Westminster today and launched a Conservative Party inquiry into the pained process of buying a house.The MP for Welwyn Hatfield was even braver last Wednesday he...
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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...
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Bring Back the Blitz Blackout to Save Power Says Kirstie
HOMEOWNERS should be forced to black out their properties with heavy curtains as a means of saving energy, TV property expert Kirstie Allsopp said today.Ms Allsopp said that in the age of global warming it was "socially unacceptable" for people to waste...
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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"...
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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...
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BSkyB Faces Showdown over Murdochs' Switch ; MEDIA
BSKYB is heading for an embarrassing corporate governance showdown after Rupert Murdoch announced his decision to quit the board but immediately replaced himself with his son James.The appointment of James Murdoch to chairman from chief executive is...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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CANOE WIFE IN ARREST DRAMA ; (1) She Flies Back to Britain for Police Questions over Fraud(2) 'One Lie Led to Another. John Can Be Very Persuasive(3) I Just Wish I Hadn't Lied to My Boys(4) Canoe Wife Is Likely to Be Seized as Soon as She Touches Down
ANNE DARWIN was flying back to Britain today to be arrested over her husband'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 in the North Sea near Hartlepool...
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Champion Chaser Set to Leave Rivals Up the Creek
VOY POR USTEDES is a class act who is the one to beat in the Paddy Power Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park tomorrow.This Pounds 150,000 Grade 1 contest (2.35) over two miles has produced some fantastic finishes in the past with its two most recent winners,...
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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...
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Children's Panto Axed to Make Time for Exam Work
A PRIMARY school has cancelled its Christmas pantomime so that pupils can concentrate on preparing for next year's national English and maths tests.Hillcross Primary School in Morden halted rehearsals of the panto, to be performed by its six- and seven-year-old...
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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...
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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...
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Council Pulls the Plug on Office Water Coolers ; ECO NEW
IT could spell the end for the water cooler moment.Although coolers have become a traditional place for office workers to exchange the latest gossip, a London council has deemed them and bottled water environmentally unfriendly and is insisting that...
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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...
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Council Tax Cut Again, but Only in Hammersmith
A LONDON borough is planning the extraordinary step of cutting council tax bills for the second year in a row.Hammersmith and Fulham is set to impose a three per cent cut in its share of the levy, worth almost Pounds 27 a year to an average household.The...
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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...
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Council Tax Falls Again ... but Only in Hammersmith
A LONDON borough is planning the extraordinary step of cutting council tax bills for the second year in a row.Hammersmith and Fulham is set to impose a three per cent cut in its share of the levy, worth almost Pounds 27 a year to an average household.The...
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Cranford a la Chanel ; Designer's First Show in London Is a Celebration of Victorian England
IT'S a big ratings winner this winter, but nobody could have guessed that the Cranford effect would extend all the way to the rarefied world of haute couture.Yet it seems as though none other than Karl Lagerfeld is a fan for how else to explain the...
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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...
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Didier Plots Final Revenge on Yobs
Tottenham 1 Anderlecht 1DIDIER ZOKORA wants to get revenge on the Anderlecht hooligans who struck him with a missile by beating the Belgian side in the UEFA Cup Final.The Ivory Coast international was hit by a cigarette lighter thrown from the home end...
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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...
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Doctor: How I Was Sacked for Blowing Whistle on Dumped Hospital X- Rays
A WHISTLEBLOWER doctor who was sacked after exposing a hospital's stash of 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 Barts and the London NHS trust...
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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...
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EDF Pledge to Bankroll Pounds 10bn Nuclear Project ; ENERGY
EDF Energy, London's electricity company, has told the Government it is prepared to shoulder the cost of building a Pounds 10 billion fleet of four nuclear power stations without the support of a penny of taxpayers' money.In its strongest pitch yet to...
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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....
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Fallon Race-Fix Trial Collapses
RACING superstar Kieren Fallon walked free from the Old Bailey today after a judge threw out race-fixing charges.In an extraordinary end to a case costing an estimated Pounds 6 million, Fallon and five others were formally acquitted by the jury on the...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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FA Make Their First Move for Mourinho ; FA Make Their First Bid for Mourinho
THE Football Association have made the first move in their attempt to make 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 if the self- styled 'Special...
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FA Make Their First Move for Mourinho ; Soho Square Chiefs Talk to His Agent over England jobFA Make Their First Bid for Mourinho
THE Football Association have made the first moves in their attempts to make Jose Mourinho the new England coach.Standard Sport understands that the former Chelsea manager's agent has been sounded out by the FA to see if the self-styled 'Special One'...
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Flight to Quality Is Sign of Hope on the Troubled High St ; Little Festive Cheer for Many Retailers but Upmarket Brands Look Set to Weather the stormANALYSIS
MOSS Bros doesn't look so smart, Sports Direct is a punchline to a bad joke and Woolworths is going bust. If that sounds like a bleak assessment of the state of the High Street, it could get worse.In the name of beating expectations, the shopping industry...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Forget about Work, It's Time to Party
THE parties have started and the festivities are hotting up. If you haven't yet booked a venue for the office do, a Christmas meal or a New Year's Eve with friends, there are plenty of places still available.For celebrity pizzazz, Planet Hollywood (020...
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Foster Back Behind Bars in Australia
AUSTRALIAN conman Peter Foster, once an associate of Cherie Blair, was today sentenced to four and a half years in jail after pleading guilty to fraud.Foster, 45, admitted fraudulently obtaining A$300,000 (Pounds 130,000) from a bank on a South Pacific...
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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)...
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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...
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Giszmos, Gremlins and Gritted Teeth ; ROAD TEST AUDI A5 TDI
ROAD TEST AUDI A5 TDIELECTRONIC gizmos on some cars (mainly French) are a 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 was testing started acting up.The self-opening...
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Great Music but Little of Wagner's Drama
OPERA Parsifal Covent Garden ***BERNARD Haitink, former music director of the Royal Opera, was given a hero's welcome as he took the podium for a revival of Parsifal. Now 78, he left in 2002 when the house was in turmoil and returns to a far more serene...
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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...
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Hong Kong Takes Centre Stage
WHILE Jamie Spencer returns to the saddle at Lingfield tomorrow for the first time since sharing the jockeys' title with Seb Sanders last month, Hong Kong becomes the focus of the Flat racing world on Sunday.Spencer has his first ride since that dramatic...
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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...
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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...
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How My Old Friend Will Bounce Back ; JOHN O'HARATHE JOURNALIST WHO KNOWS FALLON BEST
ANYONE who doubts that Kieren Fallon can propel his career right back to the 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 his insatiable desire to win sets him apart from just...
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I Can Barely Sleep, but Ricky's in for a Rude Awakening
FOR the first time this millennium, we are on the eve of a fight involving a British boxer so thrilling in prospect that the sport's fans will need narcotic assistance to get off to sleep tonight.It's a feeling no other sport quite provides, this insomnia-...
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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...
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'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...
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'I Merely Provide Advice on Funding'
LEE JASPER has refused to deny allegations he helped channel public money to organisations controlled by himself.The Mayor's race adviser spoke out after the Evening Standard revealed Pounds 2.5million of City Hall cash was paid to organisations with...
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Immovable Argentine out to Stop Irresistible Samoan ; HEINEKEN CUP
JUAN LEGUIZAMON, the man who brought French giant Sebastien Chabal crashing down with a massive tackle during the rugby World Cup, has been given the awesome task of halting human battering ram Henry Tuilagi when London Irish tackle Perpignan in the...
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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...
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Immovable Argentine to Stop Irresistible Samoan ; London Irish Give World Cup Hero Juan Leguizamon Task of Halting the Awesome Charges of Henry Tuilagi. HEINEKEN CUP
JUAN LEGUIZAMON, the man who brought French giant Sebastien Chabal crashing down with a massive tackle during the rugby World Cup, has been given the awesome task of halting human battering ram Henry Tuilagi when London Irish tackle Perpignan in the...
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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...
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IT'S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW ; (1) Canoe Husband Is Slowly Regaining Memory, Say Police(2) Meanwhile, Wife Flies Home to Face Immediate Arrest3) I Just Wish I Hadn't Lied to My Boys(4) Canoe Wife Is Likely to Be Seized as Soon as She Touches Down
JOHN DARWIN faced a court today as police revealed he is finally beginning to remember the last five years of his life.He was photographed after a hearing at Hartlepool magistrates' court where Cleveland police were granted a further 36 hours to detain...
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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...
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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...
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IVF Twins Most Likely in London
LONDON fertility clinics are producing more risky twin births than elsewhere in Britain, figures reveal today.But the capital's IVF doctors also have better success rates than the average.Twins or triplets account for more than one in three births in...
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Jasper Benefactor Given Mayor's Cabinet Role
A DOCTOR who paid for the education of one of Lee Jasper's children was appointed to Ken Livingstone's advisory cabinet on the recommendation of Mr Jasper, who failed to declare his interest.In 2000, Mr Jasper backed the elevation of Richard Stone to...
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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...
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John Darwin Brings out the Reggie in Us All
THE story of the Darwins couldn't have been better paced. At the weekend, John Darwin, certified to have died back in 2002, turned up at a police station, claiming not to remember anything about the past five years. He was reunited with his sons and...
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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...
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Ken's Pounds 117,000 Aide Lives in Pounds 90pw Council House ; (1) Equality Adviser 'Denies Needy Family a Home'(2) NVESTIGATION
LEE JASPER, the senior Ken Livingstone aide currently under investigation by the GLA, lives in state-subsidised social housing, despite earning Pounds 117,000 a year, the Standard has learned.Mr Jasper, the Mayor's director of equalities and policing,...
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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...
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Kirstie Calls for Blackout Curtains to Save Energy
HOMEOWNERS should be forced to black out their properties with heavy curtains as a means of saving energy, TV property expert Kirstie Allsopp said today.Ms Allsopp said that in the age of global warming it was "socially unacceptable" for people to waste...
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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"...
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London Needs an Explanation ; COMMENT
THE REVELATIONS in this paper over the past few days about payments made to organisations linked to the Mayor's equality adviser, Lee Jasper, continue to be a matter of grave concern. As we reported, some Pounds 2.5 million has been given from the Greater...
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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...
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Lustful Lyrics for Consenting Adults
CLASSICAL The Michael Nyman BandBarbican Hall ***MICHAEL Nyman's film music has won a global audience, but much of his best writing has been for the voice. Text matters to him; so does the style of the singer he's writing for, whether it's the ethereal...
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Magic Beans Needed
THEATRE Jack and the BeanstalkBarbican ***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 Stephen Fry's attempt at the Old Vic, it's fair enough the...
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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...
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