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Articles from July 24, 2009

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Acosta Still Has the Wow Factor; Dance
Byline: SARAH FRATER CARLOS ACOSTA AND GUEST ARTISTS Coliseum, WC2 *** CARLOS Acosta arrived on the dance scene a decade ago, and there's been unreserved raving ever since. The Cuban ballet star is, at 36, probably past his virtuoso peak,...
Adlington Fears Body Might Not Stand Rigours of 800m Defence
DOUBLE Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has revealed she could quit the 800m freestyle before London 2012, writes Matt Majendie. Adlington, who on Sunday starts her bid for double gold at the World Swimming Championships in Rome, is the...
A Fitting Tribute to the Greatest Cockney Poet
Byline: Olivia Cole IN Charing Cross station I recently came across notebooks on sale bearing the slogan "Beauty is truth, truth beauty - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know" - probably the most famous line Keats wrote. Come autumn,...
Also Showing
JUST ANOTHER LOVE STORY Cert 15, 99 mins OLE Bornedal's cryptic mixture of marital drama, horror and film noir would make most sense as an hors d'oeuvre, to be sampled just before seeing Lars von Trier's Antichrist. Certainly, it's doubtful whether...
Amazon Takes a Tumble Run by the Footsie May Be near End
Byline: Hugo Duncan IS THE bull run over? That was the question in the City today as London's leading shares struggled to add to nine consecutive days of gains -- the longest winning streak since the 11-day rise in late 2003 and early 2004. The...
AN ABSOLUTE SHOCKER; Lars Von Trier Goes All out for Controversy with His Tale of a Couple Wracked with Sexual Guilt and Ends Up with a Pretentious Abomination; FILM OF THE WEEK
Byline: Andrew O'Hagan ANTICHRIST Cert 18, 109 mins * I'VE ONLY ever won a bet once. It was at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, and I was drinking wine outside some hotel with a rather energetic British producer of independent films. Other people...
Ancelotti Hint Suggests Chelsea Will Sign Pirlo
Byline: Simon Johnson in Baltimore CHELSEA coach Carlo Ancelotti has dropped his biggest hint yet that the club will sign AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo. The Italian left the San Siro for Stamford Bridge in May and has since identified Pirlo...
Ancelotti's Masterplan Is to Make Midfielder Mikel a Star in His Own Image
Byline: Simon Johnson in Baltimore CARLO ANCELOTTI has only been in charge of Chelsea for a few weeks yet he has already made a major impact on the dressing room. But it is his influence on John Obi Mikel which could have the biggest say over...
Ancelotti's Masterplan Is to Make Midfielder Mikel a Star in His Own Image
Byline: Simon Johnson in Baltimore CARLO ANCELOTTI has only been in charge of Chelsea for a few weeks yet he has already made a major impact on the dressing room. But it is his influence on John Obi Mikel which could have the biggest say over...
An Office Romance That Goes Too Far
Byline: Derek Malcolm THE PROPOSAL Cert 12A, 107 mins THE trouble with romantic comedies like this one from Anne Fletcher (Step Up, 27 Dresses) is that you know exactly what's going to happen after about 15 minutes. They have to be better than...
A Political Day of Reckoning in Norwich
AS COUNTING gets under way in the Norwich North byelection, with a tally expected this afternoon, the Government is resigned to a dreadful result. If, as predicted, Labour lose to the Conservatives, it will be the clearest signal yet of how few really...
Architect to the Stars Takes Protection from His Creditors after Losing Four Worldwide Projects
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor A SOCIETY architect whose clients and collaborators include Ewan McGregor, Alexander McQueen and Brad Pitt, has been forced to seek protection from his creditors after his firm ran into financial difficulties....
Army Failed Soldier Who Leaped to His Death, Says Mother
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE family of a soldier who killed himself after serving in Iraq say he was failed by the Army which offered him no psychological help when he returned home. Private Andrew Watson saw his friends blown up by landmines and...
Army Failed Stressed Soldier Who Leaped to His Death, Says Mother
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE family of a soldier who killed himself after serving in Iraq say he was failed by the Army which offered him no psychological help when he returned home. Private Andrew Watson saw his friends blown up by landmines and...
Art Throbs; Two Golden Boys of the International Jet Set Have Descended on N1, Bringing with Them Papier-Mache Pigs, Giant Magnets and a Comet's Tail of Luminaries. Move over Jay Jopling and Larry Gagosian, Vito Schnabel and Alex Dellal Have Arrived; Gallery Guys
Byline: Words by Anna van Praagh At first glance the party spilling on to the pavement of Hoxton Square could have been just another of London's nightly exhibition openings. But as one examined the crowd more closely, a series of faces came into...
A Spiritual Journey; Jonathan Weinberg on a Seven-Month Odyssey to Buy a Man a Beer; the Wandering Weinberg
Byline: Jonathan Weinberg October 2008: the credit crunch was just starting and I had the misfortune to be working for a property investment company, a subsidiary of HBOS. One afternoon a management consultant from Deloitte swaggered into our Mayfair...
A Terrible Result for the Prime Minister
THERE IS no spinning it: today's Conservative victory in the Norwich North by-election is a terrible result for the Government. Never mind that Labour's defeat had been widely predicted, or that turnout was low, or that they avoided third place. To...
A Trojan Tale Not Fit for Heroes; Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD TROILUS AND CRESSIDA Globe, SE1 EACH time the RSC trots out the turgid Julius Caesar, I wonder why, if it's a scintillating bulletin from the ancient world that they're after, they don't instead turn to Troilus and Cressida....
Au Revoir City Excess. Hello the New Austerity; Conspicuous Consumption Has Been Replaced by Moderation - and a New Concern for Customers
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor IN A restaurant at lunchtime recently, I couldn't work out why the other diners were glancing across at one table. The two men there were middle-aged and distinguished-looking but not immediately famous. So why...
Beauty Spot; THE BRIGHTEST PINKS IN BLOOM
Byline: Edited by Sophie Goodwin The fuchsia's bright As seen at Roccobarocco A/W 09/10 SNAP UP By Terry's high-pigment gloss. Dab on a little, then blot with a tissue, or mix with a clear balm for a less concentrated look. Gloss Delectation...
BROWN HIT BY POLL DISASTER; TORIES SWEEP HOME WITH 16% SWING IN NORWICH BY-ELECTION; RESULT POINTS TO 200-SEAT MAJORITY FOR DAVID CAMERON; Voters Show Disgust over MPs' Expenses
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GORDON BROWN was fending off angry recriminations this afternoon after Labour crashed to a humiliating defeat in the Norwich North by-election. In the first "expenses by-election", Labour's vote collapsed from...
BROWN IS BLAMED FOR POLL TURMOIL; PM ACCUSED OF 'OWN GOAL' BY DITCHING POPULAR NORWICH MP OVER EXPENSES; MINISTER TALKS OF AUTUMN LEADERSHIP CONTEST IF BROWN FAILS TO IMPROVE; Bad Result Set to Spark Leadership Plot in Autumn
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GORDON BROWN was hit by angry recriminations today as Labour accepted defeat in the Norwich North by-election. Unofficial local polls suggested the Conservatives were heading for a land-slidwin, although party...
BROWN SUFFERS POLL WIPEOUT; HUGE SWING TO THE TORIES IN FIRST TEST AFTER EXES SCANDAL; IT'S DISAPPOINTING SAYS PM AS MINORITY PARTIES MAKE GROUND; PM 'Should Say Sorry for Disaster at Polls'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GORDON BROWN was fending off angry recriminations this evening after Labour crashed to a humiliating defeat in the Norwich North by-election. In the first "expenses by-election", Labour's vote collapsed from...
Brushstrokes and Bedlam; on Television
Byline: Olivia Cole DESPERATE ROMANTICS BBC2, Tuesday, 9pm VERSAILLES - THE DREAM OF A KING BBC2, Saturday, 8.15pm TOPSHOP NYC IN 24 HOURS MTV, all week "WE CAN'T have a show without a muse," pronounces Aidan Turner's Dante Gabriel...
Brushstrokes and Bedlam; on Television
Byline: Olivia Cole DESPERATE ROMANTICS BBC2, Tuesday, 9pm VERSAILLES - THE DREAM OF A KING BBC2, Saturday, 8.15pm TOPSHOP NYC IN 24 HOURS MTV, all week "WE CAN'T have a show without a muse," pronounces Aidan Turner's Dante Gabriel Rossetti...
Check in Dorset What to Take and Where to Go; Escape
WOODLANDERS Thorncombe Wood is 66 acres of ancient woodland complete with a Roman road, dormice and song thrushes. The adjacent Black Heath is all that remains of Hardy's Egdon Heath, which had a starring role in The Return of the Native, and Thomas...
'Come on Rocky' Shout His Fans as Gerrard Walks Free; CLEARED
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent ENGLAND football star Steven Gerrard was dramatically cleared of affray today by a Liverpool jury. The Liverpool captain had faced the threat of prison if he had been found guilty of attacking businessman...
Diamonds Fail to Cut It for Anglo after Profits Dive 99%; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Sarah Marks WHO would have a diamond as a best friend in a global recession? Not Anglo American, which was left reeling today after its diamond division De Beers revealed that profits plunged 99% to $3 million ([pounds sterling]1.8 million)...
Diners Forgo Cars to Save Garden Restaurant
Byline: Sri Carmichael and Benedict Moore-Bridger MADONNA, Mick Jagger and Mario Testino can breathe a sigh of relief. The future of their favourite London alfresco dining spot is secure today after a four-year planning battle. The restaurant...
DO YOU WANT SOME? Liam Gallagher Turned on His Fans This Week When One of Them Lobbed a Pint at Him -- but Oasis Aren't the Only Band Attracting a Hooligan Crowd
Byline: David Smyth SOUND CHECK ALONG with fox hunting and cock fighting, perhaps we should be lobbying to have Gallagher-baiting banned as cruelty to dumb animals. Oasis singer Liam got his dander up yet again during a gig at the Roundhouse...
Even at 36, Tired Acosta Can Make the Heart Leap
FIRST NIGHT CARLOS ACOSTA AND GUEST ARTISTS London Coliseum SARAH FRATER CARLOS ACOSTA arrived on the dance scene a decade ago, and there's been unreserved raving ever since. The Cuban ballet star is, at 36, probably past his virtuoso peak,...
'Experts' Are Left Looking Foolish by Huge Dive in Output
Byline: Hugo Duncan CITY economists were today scrambling to rewrite forecasts for the year after a shocking decline in secondquarter output that none of them managed to predict. Official figures showed the economy shrank by 0.8% between April...
Financier Guilty of Sex Attack on 'Comatose' Party-Goer
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A FINANCIER who stripped and groped a "comatose" woman after a cocktail party is facing jail today after being found guilty of sexual assault. Justin von Tunzelman, 37, preyed on the woman who had passed...
Financier Guilty of Sex Attack on Woman in Drunken 'Coma'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A FINANCIER who stripped and groped a "comatose" woman after a cocktail party is facing jail today after being found guilty of sexual assault. Justin von Tunzelman, 37, preyed on the woman who had passed...
Flashbulb Horsing About
Byline: Edited by Andy Barker Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Cowdray Park Food & drink Roasted John Dory and buckets of Veuve Clicquot for lunch. Afternoon tea from Harrods Blue Peter moment Veuve Clicquot's artist-in-residence Tom Dixon created...
Footsie Ploughs on Upward - but How Long Can It Last? MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Sarah Marks LONDON'S leading shares resumed their unusual summer rally after an early-morning wobble today, and were heading for a tenth straight day of gains. Since hitting 4127.17 points on 10 July, the FTSE 100 index has risen by 11.3%,...
Footsie Ploughs on Upward - but How Long Can It Last? MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Sarah Marks LONDON'S leading shares resumed their unusual summer rally after an early-morning wobble today, and were heading for a tenth straight day of gains -- but only just. Although at one point the FTSE 100 index managed to push...
French Fantasy; the Paris Couture Shows Are a Whirlwind of Tulle, Diamonds and Bows. Gianluca Longo Is Swept Away
Byline: Gianluca Longo in uncertain times, is haute couture relevant? The question didn't seem to matter any longer as Paris Haute Couture Week started at the beginning of July. Among its recession-defying flights of fancy were beautiful dresses,...
Fury over Hirst's 'Barbaric' Butterflies on Two Wheels; IN A FLAP ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS ERUPT OVER BIKE BUILT FOR ARMSTRONG
Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Correspondent HE may have got away with suspending a shark in formaldehyde, pickling sheep and cutting up cows, but Damien Hirst was today accused of "horrific barbarity" after decorating a bicycle with hundreds of...
Gay Campaigner Quits in Protest at Equality Chief
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor TREVOR PHILLIPS was today urged to stand down as chairman of the Government's equality watchdog as a sixth commissioner announced he was quitting the troubled organisation. Ben Summerskill, chief executive...
Great Football Means Kolo Won't Quit; Champions League Winner Yaya Toure Says His Brother Has Resolved Problems with Arsenal and Is Not Interested in a Move to Eastlands; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: James Olley BARCELONA midfielder Yaya Toure today told Manchester City their attempts to sign his brother Kolo from Arsenal will fail because they are not a big enough club. City are expected to rekindle their interest in the 28-year-old...
GUNNERS FANS HIT BACK AT ADEBAYOR OUTBURST; Fans See Red over Outburst by Adebayor
Byline: James Olley A LEADING Arsenal supporters' group today warned Emmanuel Adebayor that he faces a level of abuse similar to hate-figure Ashley Cole when he returns to Emirates Stadium as a Manchester City player. The Togo star claims that...
Hardy Times; Crumbling Coastlines, Dense Forests and Homity Pie: A Weekend on Thomas Hardy's Family Farm Is More Fun Now Than It Was Then, Says Gavanndra Hodge
Byline: Gavanndra Hodge As comely as Thomas Hardy's dairymaids may have been, the real beauty in his writing belongs to the rural landscapes he describes: the gorse moors and green meadows, thick hedgerows and misty woods of Wessex, his fictionalised...
Harry Pleads Poverty, but Targets a Top-Six Finish
Byline: Ian Winrow HARRY REDKNAPP insists Tottenham will challenge for a top-six finish next season even if he fails to land his top transfer targets. The Spurs manager has so far struggled to strengthen his squad in the summer and fears being...
Hijacked Helicopter Snatches Armed Robbers from Prison
Byline: Peter Allen in Paris THREE armed robbers, including one of the most violent men in Europe, have escaped from prison in a hijacked helicopter. It flew into a jail near Bruges, Belgium, picking up repeat offenders Ashraf Sekkaki, Mohammed...
Hot Perri Is Promising to Live Up to the Hype
Byline: Matt Majendie PERRI SHAKES-DRAYTON has promised to live up to the hype and match the world's best athletes when the London Grand Prix gets under way tonight at Crystal Palace. The highly-rated 400m hurdler, who hails from Poplar, has...
Hot Perri Is Promising to Live Up to the Hype
Byline: Matt Majendie PERRI SHAKES-DRAYTON has promised to live up to the hype and match the world's best athletes when the London Grand Prix gets under way tonight at Crystal Palace. The highly-rated 400m hurdler, who hails from Poplar, has...
I Know Whose Diary I Really Want to Read
Byline: Sebastian Shakespeare THIS week I received an invitation to the launch of Ion Trewin's long-awaited biography of Alan Clark at the Garrick Club. Trewin is promising fresh revelations and fresh mistresses. I have a vested interest in the...
Jack Straw's Son among Dozen School Governors Removed by Lambeth
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent CABINET minister Jack Straw's son Will is one of a board of governors who have been dismissed at a London school. Will Straw, a former pupil at Henry Fawcett Primary School in Kennington, was...
Jack Straw's Son among School Governors Removed by Lambeth
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent CABINET minister Jack Straw's son Will is one of a board of governors who have been dismissed from a London school. Will Straw, a former pupil at Henry Fawcett Primary School in Kennington,...
Joyce's Local Knowledge Could Be Key for Sussex
Byline: David Lloyd ED JOYCE will be back in the home dressing room at Lord's tomorrow, less than a year after leaving Middlesex in search of fresh challenges. The former England batsman returns to St John's Wood as a key member of a Sussex line-up...
Judge Condemned for Excluding Phone Tape in Desmond Libel Trial
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent LIBEL judge Mr Justice Eady has come under unprecedented attack by his fellow judges in the Appeal Court. Three senior judges unanimously overturned his decision to exclude the most crucial evidence in...
Kensington Makeover Falls Foul of Heritage Police
Byline: Will Hurst RADICAL proposals to revamp the former Commonwealth Institute building off Kensington High Street are set to be vetoed by English Heritage. The plans, officially unveiled in May, involve converting the landmark Sixties building...
Langer Offers to Come to Rescue as Hughes Falls Short; Record-Breaking Australian Opener Ready to Come out of Retirement as His Current Successor Struggles Yet Again
Byline: Tom Collomosse Test match cricket brought to you in association with Brit JUSTIN LANGER today offered to make a sensational return to the Australia team for the third Ashes Test as rookie opener Phillip Hughes once failed again with the...
Lewis Proves McLaren Are on Road to Recovery
Byline: David Smith Sports Correspondent LEWIS HAMILTON today produced more evidence that McLaren are recovering from their abysmal start to the season by setting the fastest time in practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Benefitting from a raft...
Libel Judge Attacked for Excluding Phone Tape
Byline: Paul Cheston courts correspondent LIBEL judge Mr Justice Eady has come under unprecedented attack by his fellow judges in the Appeal Court. Three senior judges unanimously overturned his decision to exclude the most crucial evidence in...
Life Class Catherine Blyth on Co-Dependency
Did greedy doctors invent sex addiction to grab a piece of the divorce lawyers' action? I only ask because commitment anxiety is rising, and not just adultery is being diagnosed as a disease. Fidelity, too, is suspect. Are you married or cohabiting;...
'Make Olympic Site a Royal Park'; Borough Wants to Win Status for Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent A ROYAL park could be created on the site of the London Olympics to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The proposed Queen Elizabeth Park would be the first with royal status in east...
McGrath's Battle to Get Johnson Back on Track; Aussie Ace Helping Wayward Bowler to Find Form and Backs Him to Roar Back in the Third Test
Byline: Tom Collomosse GLENN McGRATH has warned England to expect a backlash from troubled Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the Third Test at Edgbaston after holding talks with the out-of-form paceman. Johnson arrived here with a reputation...
My London; Paolo Nutini Finds Rare Guitars in Denmark Street
Byline: Words by Sylvia Mulder Home is... Paisley in Scotland. I lived in London for a few years, mainly in Limehouse. Where do you stay in London? I usually stay with friends in Greenwich. I like to be out of the busy part of London and...
Night Patrols Cut Crime by Taking Children off Streets
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall reporter A POLICE operation to round up children who are roaming the streets late at night is to be extended after successfully curbing crime and antisocial behaviour. Under the scheme, specially assigned officers...
Night Patrols Cut Crime by Taking Children off Streets
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall reporter A police operation to round up children who are roaming the streets late at night is to be extended after successfully curbing crime and antisocial behaviour. Under the scheme, specially assigned officers...
'Not Enough Distribution Centres for Patients to Get Tamiflu'; SWINE FLU SOME NHS TRUSTS HAVE ONLY ONE COLLECTION POINT AND THEY SHUT TOO EARLY
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter and Peter Dominiczak THOUSANDS of swine flu patients will be left without medication because there are not enough Tamiflu distribution centres in the capital, the Government was warned today. Ten London Primary...
'Not Enough Distribution Centres for Patients to Get Tamiflu'; SWINE FLU SOME NHS TRUSTS HAVE ONLY ONE COLLECTION POINT AND THEY SHUT TOO EARLY
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter and Peter Dominiczak THOUSANDS of swine flu patients will be left without medication because there are not enough Tamiflu distribution centres in the capital, the Government was warned today. Ten London Primary...
'Not Enough Distribution Points to Give out Tamiflu'; RUSH FOR DRUGS SOME NHS TRUSTS HAVE ONLY ONE COLLECTION CENTRE FOR SWINE FLU TABLETS AND THEY CLOSE TOO EARLY
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter and Peter Dominiczak THOUSANDS of swine flu patients will be left without medication because there are not enough Tamiflu distribution centres in the capital, the Government was warned today. Ten London Primary...
Not Fit for Heroes; Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD TROILUS AND CRESSIDA Globe, SE1 ** EACH time the RSC trots out the turgid Julius Caesar, I wonder why, if it's a scintillating bulletin from the ancient world that they're after, they don't instead turn to Troilus and...
Not Your Average East End Punter; MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS RENTAL SERVICE BRINGS A TOUCH OF BRIDESHEAD TO LONDON
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield IT IS a quintessentially English pursuit usually associated with an afternoon messing around on the Cam or the Cherwell. But from today a flotilla of punts will be gliding through the slightly grittier surrounds of east...
Peaches Teaches; Peaches Geldof on Fathers to the Rescue, Fatal Attractions and Why You Shouldn't Mix Booze and Britney
Byline: Peaches Geldof Q I have never had a good relationship with my mother. When I was younger, she was very critical of me. We had a huge row when I was 20 and now only speak on birthdays and at Christmas. I'm four months pregnant and I'd really...
Playwright for Today; Lucy Prebble Is a Pretty Pinter; Introducing
Byline: Andy Barker Lucy Prebble, 28, wrote her first play at Sheffield University. Liquid follows graduates forsaking their dreams for jobs in management consultancy. 'I had written short stories and terrible poetry so I thought, "Why not."' It...
Pop
MASTER SHORTIE ADHD (Odd One Out) *** TRYING to satisfy the current public appetite for poppy London rappers is Theo Kerlin, who once starred as Simba in the Lion King stage show and briefly attended the ubiquitous BRIT School. It's obvious why...
Pop
MASTER SHORTIE ADHD (Odd One Out) *** TRYING to satisfy the current public appetite for poppy London rappers is Theo Kerlin, who once starred as Simba in the Lion King stage show and briefly attended the ubiquitous BRIT School. It's obvious why...
Portfolio
BUY GAMES WORKSHOP Altium Securities advises investors to splash out on shares in Games Workshop, the table-top war games specialist, before the firm posts its full-year results for the year to May on Tuesday. Altium notes that Games Workshop's management...
[Pounds Sterling]130m Rogers Extension to British Museum Is Blocked
Byline: Mira Bar-Hillel and Louise Jury PROPOSALS for a [pounds sterling]130 million modernist extension to the British Museum have been thrown out. Museum bosses wanted a five-storey building with three basement levels for a special exhibition...
[Pounds Sterling]130m Rogers Extension to British Museum Is Blocked
Byline: Mira Bar-Hillel and Louise Jury PROPOSALS for a [pounds sterling]130 million modernist extension to the British Museum have been thrown out. Museum bosses wanted a five-storey building with three basement levels for an exhibition gallery,...
[Pounds Sterling]200 Billion of Gloom - but It Looks Good for the Vultures; ON PROPERTY
Byline: Peter Bill PAUL Idzik, the chief executive of DTZ, said this week that searching for green shoots was "like looking for Elvis". The former chief operating officer of Barclays who joined the struggling property agent last November is understandably...
Power Giant Is Fined [Pounds Sterling]2m over 'Poor Service'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor LONDON'S biggest electricity company EDF has been hit with a [pounds sterling]2 million fine for "poor service". The penalty, imposed by industry regulator Ofgem today, equals the second biggest-ever...
Pregnant Woman Has to Be Flown to Sweden
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter A PREGNANT woman critically ill with swine flu is being treated in a Swedish hospital because no beds are available in Britain for her rare treatment. The 26-year-old, from Scotland, needs a specialised procedure...
Rabbis Who Ran 'Soprano' Syndicate Are Held by FBI
Byline: Rashid Razaq DOZENS of New Jersey politicians, officials and prominent rabbis have been arrested in an FBI swoop on a Sopranos-style syndicate accused of bribery, corruption, money laundering and human organ trafficking. Three city mayors,...
Radical Way to Halt Sham of the AGMs; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton THE report by Sir David Walker in which he put forward a range of ideas to improve the governance of banks and the involvement of shareholders has had one unforeseen effect. The exhortations to do more have produced a furious...
Radical Way to Halt Sham of the AGMs; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton THE report by Sir David Walker in which he put forward a range of ideas to improve the governance of banks and the involvement of shareholders has had one unforeseen effect. The exhortations to do more have produced a furious...
Radical Way to Halt Sham of the AGMs; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton THE report by Sir David Walker in which he put forward a range of ideas to improve the governance of banks and the involvement of shareholders has had one unforeseen effect. The exhortations to do more have produced a furious...
Reader Rewards; Just a Few of the Great Free Offers and Discounts You Can Get with Your Standard Card
200 free tickets to see Dreamboats and Petticoats theatre club Inspired by the smash hit, million-selling albums Dreamboats and Petticoats which rocketed to the top of the charts - comes a new musical. Dreamboats and Petticoats features some...
Renault's Gone Sexy and Sporty; ROAD TEST
Byline: Mike stone Renault Megane SpoRt touReR 1.6 110 pRivilege Price: [pounds sterling]17,985 Top Speed: 121mph C02: 152g/km Combined fuel consumption: 40.9mpg RenAULt is working its way through its model line-up and upping its game. It has...
Rookie Jaime Proves the Critics Wrong in Hungary
Byline: David Smith Sports Correspondent JAIME ALGUERSUARI today made a safe, steady start to his Formula One career even though he finished last of the 20 drivers competing in the opening practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Spanish...
Run by the Footsie May Be near End
Byline: Hugo Duncan IS THE bull run over? That was the question in the City today as London's leading shares struggled to add to nine consecutive days of gains -- the longest winning streak since the 11-day rise in late 2003 and early 2004. The...
Savers and Jobless Will Bear Brunt; ANALYSIS
Byline: Hugo Duncan and Jonathan Prynn THERE are few winners from today's shockingly bad GDP figures. Certainly not the highly-paid City scribblers, who were all far too optimistic about a recovery. Nor Alistair Darling, who will have to rewrite...
Savers and Jobless Will Bear Brunt; ANALYSIS
Byline: Hugo Duncan and Jonathan Prynn THERE are few winners from today's shockingly bad GDP figures. Certainly not the highly-paid City scribblers, who were all far too optimistic about a recovery. Nor Alistair Darling, who will have to rewrite...
Seb Raises the Barre for 2012; LORD OF THE DANCE COE GETS A BALLET LESSON FOR OLYMPICS OPEN WEEKEND
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent FORMER Olympic champion Lord Coe today proved his versatility as he made an impressive debut as a ballet dancer. Displaying poise and balance to rival Wayne Sleep, the ex-middle distance runner...
Seb Raises the Barre for 2012; LORD OF THE DANCE COE GETS A BALLET LESSON FOR OLYMPICS OPEN WEEKEND
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent FORMER Olympic champion Lord Coe today proved his versatility as he made an impressive debut as a ballet dancer. Displaying poise and balance to rival Wayne Sleep, the ex-middle distance runner...
Sinaisky's Elgar Is a Rare Delight
PROMS 2009 BBC PHILHARMONIC/ SINAISKY BARRY MILLINGTON ELGAR appended to the score of his Second Symphony in E flat an epigraph from Shelley: "Rarely, rarely comest thou, Spirit of Delight!" The emphasis was surely intended to be not so much...
So Goodbye, Bendy Bus; as They Are Retired from Route 507, Boris Says: They're on Borrowed Time
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall Reporter WHEN the last number 507 of the day slips into the forecourt of Waterloo Station at 32 minutes past midnight, it will mark the beginning of the end of the bendy bus. Route 507 will become the first...
So Goodbye, Bendy Bus; as They Are Retired from Route 507, Boris Says: They're on Borrowed Time
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall Reporter WHEN the last number 507 of the day slips into the forecourt of Waterloo station at 32 minutes past midnight, it will mark the beginning of the end of the bendy bus. Route 507 will become the first...
Space Buffs Set Sights on Topping the Moon Landing; LETTER FROM SILICON VALLEY
Byline: Simon Firth AMERICANS have been marking the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing with a mixture of pride and regret. The achievement remains spectacular, of course. But that's partly because no one has bested it since Apollo 17...
Spot of Luck That May Pave the Way to a London Las Ramblas
IT is unlikely that the Crown Estate Paving Commission (website "coming soon") has appeared on the radar of David Cameron's quangoculling team. But there is indeed a body whose sole job under an 1831 Act of Parliament is to tend the pavements of Regent's...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Unfair as others' decisions seem, that doesn't mean they're unwise. Make it clear what you disagree with and the reason why. Then back off and try going along with what they're planning....
Star; Star Light, Star Bright
Byline: by Shelley von Strunckel Leo 22 Jul - 21 Aug Sudden developments triggered by July's two eclipses have forced you to review arrangements you thought were rock solid. This is disruptive, but it also opens your mind to previously unappealing...
Success for Conduit Can Make Moore the Merrier
Byline: Will Hayler RYAN MOORE might not always be racing's happiest man, but even he may have a big smile on his face when Conduit lands tomorrow's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Just like his champion jockey counterpart...
Success for Conduit Can Make Moore the Merrier
Byline: Will Hayler RYAN MOORE might not always be racing's happiest man, but even he may have a big smile on his face if Conduit lands tomorrow's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Just like his champion jockey counterpart over...
The Brown Supremacy; Sarah Brown Is Fighting for Her Future with All the Weapons at Her Disposal, Including Lasagne, a Bulging Contacts Book and Naomi Campbell. Anne McElvoy on Building Brand Brown
Byline: Anne McElvoy It has to be one of the hardest wifedoms to carry off with grace: Sarah Brown is, however tactfully one puts it, shackled to a husband who is, very likely, on a losing streak. With the possible exception of himself, hardly anyone...
The Knowledge; What to Think, Read and Watch This Week
Guilty pleasure 'I like collective nouns... like a spread of sticklebacks... an array of objects... or my favourite for politicians - a waste of time' John Cleese Basil Fawlty rides again Heavens above: it's been a weird week for...