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Articles from May 15, 2008

ALSO SHOWING; Minor Irritant: Teenager Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) Fails to Amuse Kings of Cool: Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in Some Came Running
RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy No cert, 101 mins . . ... We will probably never know the whole truth about the death of JFK. Thisprovocative documentary from Shane O'Sullivan about the murder of his even moretalented brother, Bobby,...
Atherton in Blast at Late Vettori Show
Byline: NEAL COLLINS MICHAEL ATHERTON slammed New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori today,accusing him of being downright rude before the start of the First Test. Former England captain Atherton believes Vettoris decision to turn up late forthe...
Ayckbourn Hits Revived at Old Vic
Byline: LOUISE JURY THE Old Vic is to be transformed into a theatre in the round to stageAlan Ayckbourn's comic trilogy, The Norman Conquests. It will be the first time the plays have been seen in London since they wereperformed here 34 years...
Bacon Hailed the New Picasso as Triptych Sets [Pounds Sterling]43m Record; Masterpiece: The Francis Bacon Triptych 1 E, an Allegorical Triple Canvas Inspired by Greek Mythology and Described as " One of the Great Th-Century Paintings", Was Sold to a Mystery European Buyer in New York Last Night
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK A FRANCIS BACON masterpiece has sold for [pounds sterling]43 million in New York,smashing the record price for a contemporary artwork and bringing more cheer toa resurgent art market. Triptych 1976, a huge allegorical triple...
Blasts Vettori over Late Show; Fielding Controversy: Daniel Vettori Has Defended His Decision to Turn Up Late for the Tour
Byline: NEAL COLLINS MICHAEL ATHERTON slammed New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori today,accusing him of being "downright rude" before the start of the First Test. Former England captain Atherton believes Vettori's decision to turn up late forthe...
Brecht Given New Bite; Change of Role: Tart-with-a-Heart Shen Te (Jane Horrocks Disguises Herself as Tough Guy Shui Ta to Tackle a Group of Squatters
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH THEATRE The Good Soul of Szechuan Young Vic .. ONE of the great neglected plays of the 20th century has been rescued from nearoblivion. It makes an absolutely devastating impact in a production by RichardJones of stylised...
Brown: 9 to 5 Working Breeds Unruly Children
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL CHAINING employees to the nine-tofive working day is to blame for poordiscipline and low educational standards among children, Gordon Brown warnedtoday. The Prime Minister defended plans to extend the right to ask to work...
Brown: Dont Worry, I Can Fix It
Byline: JOE MURPHY GORDON BROWN today asked for peoples trust to steer Britain through theeconomic slowdown. The Prime Minister said defiantly: I have done it before and I can do it again.But as he spoke the credit crunch got worse as borrowing...
Cairn Gets a Boost as UBS Predicts $200 Oil
Byline: MICKEY CLARK HARD-PRESSED motorists have suffered almost 30 consecutive days ofrecord fuel prices at the pumps, but there are few signs of things improving. In fact, it looks as if petrol and diesel will continue rising in the monthsahead....
Carrie & Co Copycats
Byline: LAURA CRAIK NOTE to all Sex and the City fans: this article does NOT contain anyspoilers for the film. You can read it quite happily without fear of the endingbeing revealed. If, however, you want the clothes to be a surprise too, thenlook...
Cash Call Still an Option as Barclays Takes New [Pounds Sterling]1bn Hit; Toughing It Out: Bob Diamonds BarCap Stayed in Profit despite Difficult Conditions
Byline: NICK GOODWAY BARCLAYS today refused to rule out a rights issue but said it has plentyof options to strengthen its balance sheet as it revealed it lost another [pounds sterling]1billion from the credit crunch in the first quarter. People...
Cash Call Still an Option as Barclays Takes New [Pounds Sterling]1bn Hit; Toughing It Out: Bob Diamond's BarCap Stayed in Profit despite Difficult Conditions
Byline: NICK GOODWAY BARCLAYS today refused to rule out a rights issue but said it has"plenty of options" to strengthen its balance sheet as it revealed it lostanother [pounds sterling]1 billion from the credit crunch in the first quarter. "People...
Cherie Blair Must Quit as a Judge over Disgraceful Diaries, Says Top Lawyer; Sacking Call: Gerald Butler Criticised Mrs Blair Shelter from the Storm: Cherie Blair at Broadcasting House in Portland Place Today after Her Radio 4 Interview
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK CHERIE BLAIR should be sacked from the judiciary over her memoirs, aformer senior judge said today. Mrs Blair is accused of bringing the legal profession into disrepute with herrevealing autobiography. The book, Speaking...
CRITICS' CHOICE; There Were Many Ways to Try to Get a Ticket, Left. but Failing That You Could Always Climb on to a Statue for a Better View of the Action Its All Eyes on the Game A Zenit Fan Gets His Message Across
FIVE BEST FILMS Honeydripper Cert PG, 123 mins Beautiful acting fromDanny Glover and Charles S Dutton in John Sayless Deep South fable about thebirth of rock n roll. Speed Racer Cert PG, 136 mins At over two hours, the Wachowski brothers motorracing...
Cup Is Just the Tip of Sol's Pompey Plan; Lofty Ambition: Campbell Is Targeting the Champions League
Byline: DAVID SMITH IT IS some time since Sol Campbell swapped the conquests andcontroversies of life with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for a more simple existencein the company of Harry Redknapp down on the south coast with Portsmouth. But on the...
Defending the Indefensible; Resident Evil : Verges and Noun Chea, Brother Number Two of the Khmer Rouge
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Terror's Advocate Cert 12 A, 135mins . . . . .. FRENCH lawyer Jacques Verges has defended Nazi lieutenant Klaus Barbie,terrorist Carlos the Jackal, the Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic andHolocaust denier Roger Garaudy....
Drogba Demands to Partner Anelka in Moscow
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON DIDIER DROGBA has told Avram Grant he must play him up front withNicolas Anelka if Chelsea are to beat Manchester United in Moscow next week. The Blues boss favours the 4-3-3 formation used by Jose Mourinho with Drogbaplaying...
DSG Shares Dive as New Boss's Revamp Falls Flat
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN SHARES in struggling retailer DSG International plunged 9% today asradical plans to save the business failed to wash in the City. Chief executive John Browett, the former head of tesco. com who took over atDSG in December,...
East End Brothers in Soho; Tower Block Conflict: Luke Treadaway, with Jade Williams as a Veiled Asylum Seeker
Byline: NICK CURTIS Piranha Heights Soho Theatre IN her first year in charge, Lisa Goldman has re-energised the Soho Theatrewith intriguing and, at times, challenging work from Iraq, Poland, evenBelarus. Now she renews her collaboration with...
EasyJet's Light-as-Air Plane Cuts CO2 Output; Blue Sky Thinking: easyJet Chief Executive Andrew Harrison with a Model of the Jet on Show at the Science Museum
Byline: MARK PRIGG THIS is the passenger plane experts say could help the aviation industrybecome green. Developed by easyJet, it could cut carbon emissions by 25 per cent thanks torear open rotor engines which use less fuel. The aircraft...
Euro King Advocaat Advocates an English Challenge; Lone Ranger: Skipper Barry Ferguson Is Distraught at the Final Whistle (above), While Riot Police Charge Fans in the City Centre
Byline: IAN CHADBAND Rangers 0 Zenit St Petersburg 2 ON AN extraordinary night in Manchester, during which the only ordinary thingwas the Jurassic Park football of Rangers and, sadly, the only predictablething news of violence in a city centre...
Father Is Killed by Train as He Tries to Retrieve Gifts for His Family; Devoted Family Man: David Davies, above with Wife Shelley and Threeyear-Old Son Daniel, Fell under a Train at Barnehurst Station, Left
Byline: VALENTINE LOW A FATHER died falling from a train as he tried to jump back onboard toretrieve presents for his family. City worker David Davies had leapt on to a ledge between carriages afterrealising he had left an expensive toy car for...
Girl Gang Targeted My Charlotte and Tried to Blow Her Up; Destruction: Charlotte Anderson, Right, Suffered Severe Burns in the Blast Which Destroyed Three Houses in Harrow. the Explosion Killed Emmad Quereshi and Left Another Man Injured
THE mother of a teenager whose home was blown up in a suspected bombblast today blamed London's escalating "gang culture" for the devastatingattack. Charlotte Anderson, 17, was badly burned in the explosion which ripped throughthree houses and killed...
Good Book but Holes in Plot Make Blindness a Poor Cannes Opener; Lovely Sight: Julianne Moore, Star of the Film, in Cannes
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM REVIEW Blindness ** Cannes Film Festival DEREK MALCOLM FEW would doubt that the Cannes Festival is consistently the best in the world.But it has its weaknesses. And one of them is finding a really good film as anopening...
Grant Is Facing FA Rap over Refs Rant
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON THE Football Association have written to Avram Grant and asked him toexplain his claim that referees Steve Bennett and Mike Dean handed ManchesterUnited the title on a plate. The Chelsea manager could now be charged with...
Guide to Tomorrow's Racing on Channel
Byline: JOHN O'HARA 1.40With 10. of these 11 juveniles already winners this will be a tough contest,but MAGGIE LOU looks to be the answer. Kevin Ryan's filly made an eye-catchingdebut when storming home three lengths clear of her rivals at Haydock...
Hard to See Why B& B's Fund Chase Is So Costly
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON A FRIEND of mine who once ran one of our best known investment banks wasfond of saying, albeit not in public, that he regarded investment bankingactivities as a tax on the investing public. After looking at the eye-wateringfees...
Holes in the Plot Make Blindness a Poor Opener in Cannes; Julianne Moore, Pictured above with Mark Ruffalo in a from Blindness, in Cannes Last Night, below. Sean Penn, of This Year's Film Jury, Arrives for the Premiere
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Blindness ** Cannes Film Festival FEW would doubt that the Cannes Festival is consistently the best in the world.But it has its weaknesses. And one of them is finding a really good film as anopening attraction. We all...
How Tony Nearly Went for a Burton; Guiding Light: As Both a Player ( Top) and Tony Adams Says He Learned Just as from Cardiff Assistant Terry Burton Right) as He Did during a Stint at Juventus England Manager Fabio Capello (Below)
Byline: MICHAEL HART TONY ADAMS had to study the methods of two top coaches to qualify forUEFA's 'A' licence. He chose as his mentors Fabio Capello and ... Terry Burton. On Saturday, when the England coach takes his place among the great and...
I Can Rescue the Economy - I've Done It before, Says Brown as He Breaks His Golden Rule; Cutting Their Cloth: Retailers Are Having to Slash Their Prices to Keep Shoppers Buying. This Week's Inflation Figures Show the Cost of Clothes Is Down Seven per Cent on Last Year
Byline: JOE MURPHY GORDON BROWN hinted today that borrowing will be allowed to rise furtherto help the economy through the slowdown. At his monthly press conference, the Prime Minister defended the [pounds sterling]2.7 billiontax "rebate" funding...
I Dream That a Big, Blond Ape Walls Me out of My City
Byline: NICK CURTIS SUNDAY Had a strange dream last night. I offered Hugo Chavez a wholeload of bendy buses on the cheap, and he made me Mayor for Life of Caracas inreturn. Just as we're toasting the deal on the steps of El Capitolio with anearly...
Illegal Music Sharing Hits Download Sales
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ MUSIC fans are continuing to download songs illegally despite the adventof legal alternatives such as Apple's iTunes. Figures released today show the number of internet users regularly buyingtracks fell from 16 per cent in...
I'm Always in Style in My Shanley Coat
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD THEY marched across the South Bank last night in their plumagelike an exotic flock of birds. Fans of the designer Lauren Shanley arerecognisable anywhere. You just follow the trail of colour. Shanley, who designs for proper,...
I'm in Strapping Form and Ready to Lead Chelsea in Moscow, Vows Fired-Up Terry; No Arm Done: John Terry Comes through Training Yesterday with His Patched Up Elbow
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON CHELSEA captain John Terry today warned Manchester United his elbowinjury is a thing of the past and he is already looking forward to lifting theChampions League trophy next week. Terry has made a remarkable recovery having...
Jimmy Reigns in the Lord's Gloom; Hair-Raising Start: England Paceman Stuart Broad Was in Great Form, Taking Two Wickets - Pouring It On: Jimmy Anderson Celebrates with Alastair Cook (Far Left) after Dismissing Opener Jamie How, Ross Taylor Trudges Back to the Pavilion after Falling to Stuart Broad and the Umpires Take Cover as Rain Holds Up Play
Byline: DAVID LLOYD JIMMY ANDERSON justified Englands decision to stick with him by takingthree wickets here today as New Zealand struggled to 109 for five by tea inbowler-friendly conditions. Anderson might have been left out if Andrew Flintoffhad...
JUDGE CHERIE 'MUST RESIGN OVER DIARIES'; Accused: Cherie Blair, a QC and Recorder, Makes Indiscreet Revelations in Her Autobiography Sacking Call: Gerald Butler Has Criticised Mrs Blair
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK CHERIE BLAIR should be sacked from the judiciary over her memoirs, aformer senior judge said today. Mrs Blair is accused of bringing the legal profession into disrepute with herrevealing autobiography. The book, Speaking...
JUDGE CHERIE 'MUST RESIGN OVER DIARIES'; Accused: Cherie Blair, a QC and Recorder, Makes Indiscreet Revelations in Her Autobiography Sacking Call: Gerald Butler Has Criticised Mrs Blair Indiscretions: Cherie Has Revealed Intimate Details
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK CHERIE BLAIR should be sacked from the judiciary over her memoirs, aformer senior judge said today. Mrs Blair is accused of bringing the legal profession into disrepute with herrevealing autobiography. It gives intimate...
Lee Takes the Blame as Aidy Plans Big Changes; Heading for Wembley: Nick Barmby Nods Home Hull's Equaliser ( Left), Caleb Folan Adds the Second ( above) and Manager Phil Brown Celebrates the . - 1 Victory after Being Doused in Champagne
Byline: DAVID SMITH Watford 1 Hull City 4 Hull win .6 - 1 on aggregate Championship Play-off Final Hull City v Bristol City, Wembley, 24 May Live on Sky Sports 1,3pm GOALKEEPER Richard Lee admits his blunder probably cost Watford a place in...
Mayor Looks for City Expert to Check Rising Games Bill
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD BORIS JOHNSON is to hire a financial expert from the City to scrutinisethe spiralling budget for the 2012 Olympics. The Mayor, who attends his first Olympic Board meeting today, is looking toappoint an accountant or investment...
Mayor Seeks City Financial Expert to Check Growing Cost of Olympics; Scrutiny: The Mayor - Today Wearing a New Cycle Helmet - Is Attending Talks on the Olympics Village, Aquatics Centre and Velodrome
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD BORIS JOHNSON is to hire a financial expert from the City to scrutinisethe spiralling budget for the 2012 Olympics. The Mayor, who attends his first Olympic Board meeting today, is looking toappoint an accountant or investment...
Now Blood Even Stains the Tarmac Where I Live; Victim and Perpetrator: Steven Bigby, Stabbed in Oxford Street on Monday
Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS ON SUNDAY, as the early evening sun split the sky, a crowd of teenagersran noisily down the street in front of my house. They seemed excited andboisterous; moments earlier they'd been throwing water bombs at each other,just...
Olympic Stadium Set to Host Rugby League Team; Field of Dreams: The Olympic Stadium in Stratford Would Be Reduced to a 25,000 Capacity Ground for the Skolars, Who Hope to Build a Bigger Fan Base
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD A LONDON rugby league club is in talks to move into the new Olympicstadium after the 2012 Games, the Standard can reveal. London Skolars are negotiating with Olympics chiefs to make the Stratford venuetheir new home for...
PICK OF THE NIGHT; There Were Many Ways to Try to Get a Ticket, Left. but Failing That You Could Always Climb on to a Statue for a Better View of the Action Its All Eyes on the Game A Zenit Fan Gets His Message Across
Byline: CERI THOMAS MIDNIGHT MAN 9pm, ITV1 YES, its prone to overcooking the emotion and itsa bit lazily written but its actually worth hurdling those objections. As daylight-fearing hack journo Max Raban (James Nesbitt, pictured) goes on therun...
Quake Devastation Has Hit Ten Million Chinese; Gently Does It: Soldiers Lift an Elderly Injured Man from the Ruins of a Building in Beichuan County, One of the Worst Hit Areas. the Government Has Appealed for More Shovels
Byline: AMY IGGULDEN AT least 10 million people have been hit by the devastating Chinaearthquake, it emerged today. The massive effect of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake was revealed as officialsordered 30,000 extra troops to the stricken Sichuan...
Return of Routemaster in Doubt Says Transport Chief; End of the Road: A Competition to Find a Replacement for the Popular Routemaster, Left, Is to Be Launched. but Kulveer Ranger, Right, the Mayor's New Transport Boss, Says the Pledge to Bring Back the Bus Will Be Reviewed If No Bid Is Good Enough
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY THE Mayor's plans for a new-generation Routemaster may not happen, hisnew transport boss admitted today. Kulveer Ranger, Boris Johnson's director of transport policy, said that adesign competition would be launchedbut...
'Scumbags' Who Ran over Father Jailed for 25 Years; "Low Life": Addicts Albert, Top, and Tommy Willett
Byline: PAUL CHESTON, KIRAN RANDHAWA TWO brothers condemned as "scumbags and total low life" by police werejailed for a minimum of 25 and 27 years each at the Old Bailey today. Albert, 26, and Tommy Willett, 24, were convicted of murdering a...
Sir Alex Rewards Rio with [Pounds Sterling]1m-a-Year Rise; Prize Guy: Rio Ferdinand Celebrates His Third Premier League Title Success with Manchester United after Proving a Rock-Solid Performer in the Champion's Defence All Season
Byline: Ken Lawrence RIO FERDINAND today agreed a new five-year deal worth [pounds sterling]30million thatwill keep him at Manchester United until 2013. The [pounds sterling]120,000-per-week contracta rise of [pounds sterling]1m a yearcomes as...
So Are the 'Nice' Times Really over for London Shoppers and Firms? Cutting Their Cloth: Retailers Are Having to Slash Their Prices to Keep Shoppers Buying. This Week's Inflation Figures Show the Cost of Clothes Is Down Seven per Cent on Last Year, While Computers Are per Cent Cheaper Last Luxury: European Holiday Prices Are Up but the US Is Now Great Value
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN LONDON's [pounds sterling]250 billion economy faces its toughest test since the lastrecession, economists said today, after the Bank of England Governor warnedthat the country had come to the end of the "Nice decade". Mervyn...
Sorry Rod, You Steered B& B into This Disaster
Byline: NEIL COLLINS To Rod Kent, chairman, Bradford & Bingley Dear Rod I am sorry to bewriting this, but you have blighted a distinguished career. We go back a longway. You were a fine chief executive of Close Brothers, and we were happy tosee...
Spectator and Miliband: The End of the Affair; Parting Company ... Sarah Schaefer and Matthew d'Ancona, Editor of the Spectator
TODAY'S Spectator backs Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell forthe Labour leadership, should Gordon Brown have an accident with a bus. Thiscomes as a surprise, given the 38-year-old's lack of political experience,especially as he is best known...
Supermarket Bosses: Yes, It's Tough on High St - but Inflation Is Not That Bad; There Were Many Ways to Try to Get a Ticket, Left. but Failing That You Could Always Climb on to a Statue for a Better View of the Action Its All Eyes on the Game A Zenit Fan Gets His Message Across
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH TO GLANCE at the headlines, you might think shoppers are on the verge ofrioting due to rising food costs. In some parts of the worldCameroon and Senegal for instancethat has already happened, but we are probably some way from...
Taxing Times for Mr Brown
THE Government's increase in personal tax allowances shows how out oftouch ministers have become. For small-business owners like myself the measureswill just increase payroll administration and costs by requiring us to go backto our accountants to...
The Family That I Lost Is Never Far from My Mind; Legacy: Shipping Businessman Michael Holland, Seen Left with His Daughter Alice at an OilAid Charity Day in . . . . , Lost His Wife Jane (Top Right) in the Tsunami. He Has since Found New Happiness with TV Producer Denise O'Donoghue Whom He Married Two Years Ago (below Right)
Byline: DAVID COHEN TODAY at Chelsea Football Club, more than 200 City dealers and brokerswill indulge in a delicious fantasy. They will strip off their Armani suits,don their firms' garish football kit, and trot out onto the turf of StamfordBridge...
The Real Legacy of the Olympics
FIVE years to the day since London launched its bid to host theOlympics, quite what the legacy of the Games will mean for London and thecountry has yet to be settled and the cost continues to escalate. Both these issues are to be addressed by the...
Too Clever for Their Own Good; A for Effort: A Hollywood Cast Working at Full Capacity from Left, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Page, Thomas Haden Church and Ashton Holmes Does Wonders with a Witty Script That Doesn't Quite Add Up to the Sum of Its Parts
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Smart People Cert 15 , 94mins ... NOT MANY American films have as smart a screenplay as Smart People. This spikedcomedy of middle-class manners was written by novelist Mark Poirier anddirected by Noam Murro, both first-timers...
To Save Our Kids, We Must Turn Them Over
Byline: YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN IN THE Eighties, I was out on the streets of London protesting againststop-and-search police operations. The Met harboured overtly racist officersand the sus laws were used to intimidate and demean young black men. Thethought...
UEFA Hail 'Fantastic' Final Hosts despite Riot; Lone Ranger: Skipper Barry Ferguson Is Distraught at the Final Whistle (above), While Riot Police Charge Fans in the City Centre
Byline: IAN CHADBAND Rangers 0 Zenit St Petersburg 2 UEFA insist Manchester did a "fantastic job" in staging last night's Euroextravaganza, despite a city centre riot involving hundreds of fans which sawone Russian stabbed. The trouble was...
Vaughan Wants to Start with a Bang; Here We Go Again: The England Players (Left) Get Ready to Chase a Repeat of Their Win in New Zealand (Right), Though Kiwi Keeperbatsman Brendon McCullum (below) Will Be a Major Threat Pressure: After a Century-Less Winter, Michael Vaughan Is in Need of a Good Score
Byline: DAVID LLOYD MICHAEL VAUGHAN leads England into the first Test of the summer atLord's today desperate to avoid another bloody nose as captain and batsman. Vaughan's men lost the opening match of the series in Sri Lanka beforeChristmas...
Why the Rich Get Richer While the Rest Sit It out; Standing in Awe: Most People Can Only Look on While the Wealthy Snap Up Investment Art Such as the Lucian Freud Portrait
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST LAST night, at Sotheby's in New York, a three-panelled painting of aheadless man being devoured by vultures was sold for $86.3 million ([pounds sterling]44.3million). Francis Bacon's Triptych, 1976 thus became the most...