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Articles from January 21, 2009

A Great Way to Lose Pounds; Changing Room: When It Opened in 1982 the Bombay Brasserie's Decor Reflected the Colonial Style of the British Raj Cane Furniture, Palms and Ceiling Fans. Now the Look Is More One of Self-Made Opulence and Display
Byline: ROWAN MOORE THE BOMBAY BRASSERIE **** Courtfield Road, SW7 (020 7370 4040, www.bombaybrasserielondon.com). Open daily, 12pm-3pm; 7pm-11.30pm. A meal for two with wine, about [pounds sterling]150 Tap water service: strong pressure to buy...
Alpine Beauty; Austria Is Second Only to France in Popularity with British Skiers the Belle Epoque Town of Bad Gastein, in the Hohe Tauern National Park, Is Dominated by a Large Waterfall from [Pounds Sterling]165,360: Two-Bedroom Flats at Zell Am See. Savills Alpine Homes (020 7016 3740) from [Pounds Sterling]324,500: Three-Bedroom Lodges at Hagan Lodge (Www.hagan-Lodge.Co.Uk)
Byline: Cathy Hawker Alpine beauty LOWDOWN: Austria Location Austria lies at the heart of Europe, bordering nine countries including Italy, Germany and Switzerland. With more than half the country dominated by the Alps, the main climate...
Anti-Obesity Pill Is Going on Sale
Byline: LUCY TOBIN, SOPHIE GOODCHILD A PILL that causes weight loss was approved today for sale in Britain without a prescription for the first time. The anti-obesity drug Alli costs [pounds sterling]1 a day and trials have shown that volunteers...
A Tuber with a Sweet Note; Potatoes Grown in Tubs Can Yield an Impressive Crop and Taste Delicious When Cooked Straight from the Patio Pink Fir Apples Mature Later in Summer Salad Blues Purple Flesh Makes Great Chips Far Left: Variety Anya Is Ideal for Potato Salad Left: Potatoes Grown in Bags
Byline: Pattie Barron THE growing year starts now, not outdoors but on the nearest windowsill. Gourmet gardeners are snapping up potato tubers, parking them in eggboxes and leaving them to sprout in a light, quiet corner. This is the start of...
Bank Chiefs Told: Hand Back Your [Pounds Sterling]143 Million in Bonuses
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN PRESSURE is today growing on Britain's high street bank chiefs to hand back tens of millions of pounds of bonuses paid out as a reward for their "success". MPs, consumer groups and shareholders said there was mounting anger...
Barclays Biggest Victim as Banks Sell-Off Rumbles On
Byline: MICKEY CLARK ANOTHER big sell- off of bank shares in New York and then in Asia set the agenda for further day of carnage among the UK's biggest lenders on the London stock market. Shareholders of the major banks were left to count the...
Barclays Shares Tumble, Pressure to Nationalise Lloyds and RBS Grows
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN, PAUL WAUGH SHARES in banking giant Barclays took a fresh pummelling today as investors continued to fret over the outlook for the beleaguered industry. Barclays bore the brunt of the sector's latest slump, falling 19.7p...
Bears Seek Cover after Call for Return of Shorting Ban
Byline: MICKEY CLARK A REQUEST by the chairman of the Treasury Select Committee for the Financial Services Authority to bring back the ban on short-selling among banks, saw stock market bears rush to cover their positions this afternoon. The...
BHP Takes Axe to 6000 Jobs as Demand from China Plunges
Byline: BILL CONDIE LONDON-LISTED mining giant BHP Billiton is following rival Rio Tinto with a big round of job cuts 6000 as demand for resources stalls. It is also expected to take a charge of up to $1.7 billion ([pounds sterling]1.2 billion)...
Black Cab Driver 'Drugged Women Then Sexually Assaulted Them'; (1) Accused: John Worboys Denies Charges of Sexual Assault and One of Rape (2) Symbol of Trust: Driving a Black Cab Was the Perfect Cover for John Worboys to Select His Victims, It Is Alleged
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY A LONDON black cab driver toured the West End at night looking for vulnerable women who he picked up, drugged and sexually assaulted, a court was told today. John Worboys, 51, selected women who had been drinking and won...
Black Cab Driver 'Drugged Women Then Sexually Assaulted Them'; Accused: John Worboys Denies Charges of Sexual Assault and One of Rape
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY A LONDON black cab driver toured the West End at night looking for vulnerable women who he picked up, drugged and sexually assaulted, a court was told today. John Worboys, 51, selected women who had been drinking and gained...
Boris Joins the Highbury Set; Spectator Sport: Boris Johnson out for an Early Morning Jog on Highbury Fields; His New Year Resolution Is to Lose a Stone in Weight People like Us: From Left, Nick Hornby, Clive Anderson, Jimmy Carr, Simon Amstell and Peter Oborne Are All Highbury Residents
Byline: DAVID SEXTON HIGHBURY is the righteous part of Islington. It's as simple as that. And that must be Boris's own belief. Because at the moment he lives about as near to Highbury as it is possible to get only just on the wrong side of Holloway...
Brown Told He Has Lost Markets' Confidence as Bank Shares Fall Again
Byline: PAUL WAUGH, PIPPA CRERAR GORDON BROWN faced claims today that the public and the markets had "lost confidence" in Labour as bank shares dived and the public finances plunged further into the red. With shares in Barclays and Lloyds taking...
Brown Withdraws Bid to Keep MPs' Expenses Secret
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON BROWN was forced into an embarrassing climbdown today over attempts to keep details of MPs' expenses secret. The Prime Minister had ordered Labour MPs to back moves to partially exempt themselves from freedom of...
Budget Hotel Replaces Plan for New Flats
Byline: MiRA BAR- HillEl A MAJOR development of flats has been shelved to make way for a budget hotel in the latest sign of crisis in the property market. The Greenwich site was supposed to be turned into 14 apartments but will instead be developed...
Bush Girls' Advice on Pets, Friends and the Yankees
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE new president's young daughters have been told how to cope with life in the White House with advice from George Bush's children. Helpful hints for surviving life in the White House include finding loyal friends, going...
Bush Girls' Tips for White House Life; Fed Up: Malia and Sasha Watch the Inauguration
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE new president's young daughters have been told how to cope with life in the White House with advice from George Bush's children. Helpful hints for survival include finding loyal friends, going to the opening game of...
Clifton, a Cure for the Broken-Hearted; Style That Won't Break the Bank: Top, Big Wooden Tables, with Big Glasses of Wine, at Racks, Popular with Clifton Locals and Students. above, Georgian Style in the Grade II-Listed Bedrooms
Byline: SOPHIA MONEY-COUTTS WEEKEND AWAY THE CLIFTON,BRISTOL WHERE do you take a broken-hearted best friend for a girls' weekend away? I needed somewhere far enough away from London (and the ex-boyfriend) to make Emma feel like she was having...
Come off It, Gordon, Take over the Big Banks Now
Byline: WILL SELF VINCE Cable, the Lib- Dems' Treasury spokesman, describes the latest raft of measures aimed at freeing up the supply of credit as being like "giving the kiss of life to a corpse". He's right: the British banking system is floating...
Co-Op and Britannia in 'Super-Mutual' Merger; Brand-New Future: The Merged Building Society and CFS Will Have [Pounds Sterling]70 Billion Assets
Byline: ROSAMUND URWIN BRITANNIA and Co-operative Financial Services are merging to create a "super-mutual" with nine million customers. The pair, two of Britain's biggest customer-owned financial services groups, will form one of the largest...
Diary of an Estate Agent
Byline: Emma Jackson Diary of an estate agent Our discreet Hampstead agent gently ushers the rich and glamorous through the multimillion-pound building sites of N2 Monday I had an appointment with a couple flying in from New York to meet...
Don't Hang Matt out to Dry Just Because He Has Made a Mistake
Byline: JASON LEONARD KNOWING Matt Stevens, I am as shocked as anyone that he experimented with drugs and has been this naive and immature. However, I do not see what has happened seriously damaging rugby. We do not have a problem with drugs...
End of an Era as Cheltenham Legend Inglis Drever Is Retired; World Class Performer: Inglis Drever
Byline: PAUL FIELDER IN a move away from the sadness that normally heralds the end of a career, trainer Howard Johnson described himself as "over the moon" after the retirement of triple World Hurdle winner Inglis Drever today. The decision was...
Ferguson to Stand by United Kids for Final Showdown; (1) Rams Raider: Carlos Tevez Scores United's Third Goal against Derby at Old Trafford Last Night (2) Plenty to Shout About: United Goalscorer Nani Is Congratulated by Darron Gibson
Byline: IAN WINROW MANCHESTER UNITED 4 DERBY COUNTY 2 Manchester United win 4-3 on aggregate SIR ALEX FERGUSON insists he will stick with his Manchester United kids in March's Carling Cup Final. United will face a Wembley showdown against...
FINANCIAL CHIEFS TOLD: HAND BACK YOUR [Pounds sterling]143M BONUSES
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN PRESSURE is today growing on Britain's high street bank chiefs to hand back tens of millions of pounds of bonuses paid out as a reward for their "success". MPs, consumer groups and shareholders said there was mounting anger...
Finding a Whole New Side to Danish; Fair Deal: Charlotte Kruse Madsen's Restaurant Serves Scandinavian Dishes at Very Reasonable Prices
Byline: DAVID SEXTON MADSEN *** 20 Old Brompton Road, SW7 (020 7225 2772, www.madsenrestaurant.com). Lunch for two, about [pounds sterling]40, dinner about [pounds sterling]65. Tap water service: only Vivreau, bottled, filtered tap served,...
First Lady of Fashion Has a Bright Future; (1) Charming: Michelle Obama's Outfit for the Inauguration and the Dress She Wore to Church Today Were Quirky and Sophisticated (2) Ivory Power: Mrs Obama Wore Chiffon to the Inauguration Balls
Byline: LAURA CRAIK IF EVER a colour was suited to an occasion, it was that of Michelle Obama's inauguration day suit as bright and happy as the day itself. Some might call it yellow, others might say pale gold, while unkind souls might label...
First Lady of Fashion Has a Bright Future; Fairytale Princess: Michelle Obama in Jason Wu Ballgown. Left: Sparkling in Isabel Toledo
Byline: LAURA CRAIK IF EVER a colour was suited to an occasion, it was that of Michelle Obama's inauguration day suit as bright and happy as the day itself. However panoramic the crowd shots on this historic day in Washington, it was Mrs Obama's...
FOOD SPY; Chinese Classic: Crispy Duck with a Steamed Pancake and Spring Onions
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR NEXT Monday, 26 January, sees the start of the Chinese New Year and many restaurants are offering special menus. This year is 4707 according to the Chinese calendar and we are entering the year of...
Franz Deserve Another Chance; Old Flame Burns Bright: Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand Pirouetted about the Heaven Stage in the Band's Comeback Gig
Byline: DAVID SMYTH REVIEW FRANZ FERDINAND Heaven ****. ARE we out of love with Franz Ferdinand? "You're very quiet," suggested singer and chief cheekbones Alex Kapranos at the Scottish band's comeback London club show. "It's like meeting up...
Generation O Hails Obama the Hero
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN Taking over: Barack Obama addresses the crowds watched by former President George W Bush Path of victory: President Obama and his wife Michelle walk down Pennsylvania Avenue before he takes the oath, above For the family...
Get Your Mitts on This
Byline: Katie Law Get your mitts on this Design news: sales For one day only V V Rouleaux There is a one-day-only clearance sale on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Get up to 70 per cent off, including flowers, down from [pounds sterling]6.50...
Goodwill from around the Globe
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER BARACK OBAMA received a tidal wave of goodwill from around the world today but many leaders warned that he comes to power in a time of unprecedented crisis. Gordon Brown, who is widely expected to be snubbed by...
Goodwill from around the Globe
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER BARACK OBAMA received a tidal wave of goodwill from around the world today but many leaders warned that he comes to power in a time of unprecedented crisis. Gordon Brown, who is widely expected to be snubbed by...
Hard Labour Cures the January Blues
Byline: FELIX LLOYD LORD knows, January is dreary enough without having to humour all the self-loathers who binged over Christmas. Come the first of the month they ostentatiously renounce alcohol, fat and sugar and sign up for a gym. As the days...
Heading Home, Lost Cap in Hand
Byline: RICHARD DEAN JUMEIRAH Jane is worried. The Dubai Government has scrapped a rule guaranteeing long-serving expats cheap accommodation in swanky villas and apartments. With school fees soaring and job losses mounting, many of Jane's friends...
Homes to Turn Your Head; from [Pounds Sterling]295,000: Flats at Queen Marys Place, Roehampton (0870 850 1560) from [Pounds Sterling]525,000: Flats at Bambu, Strawberry Hill. Savills (020 8614 9100)
Byline: David Spittles ARCHITECTS who become developers are expected to build housing that stands out from the crowd. Not all succeed but Quad, a small Richmond-based firm, is certainly turning heads with its latest project eight exotic apartments...
Hot Stuff; Whole Lot of Choice: Jasmine Gardner Selects from the Colourful Display of Hot Dishes Available from the Prepared Food Counter in Whole Foods Market in Kensington
Byline: JASMINE GARDNER HOT SANDWICHES FROM GRAZING This supremely straightforward butcher's cafe serves hot roast meat in a bun, sourced from top producers. Try: a Roast Pork Roll ([pounds sterling]4.95) or a Yorkshire Pudding with your choice...
In Touch
Byline: MARK PRIGG DENON AH-D7000 HEADPHONES Handmade, with an outer casing of real mahogany, every component has been tweaked to perfection. They are incredibly comfortable, and make listening to your favourite music an odd experience you'll hear...
Investors Stay in Hiding as Economic Misery Deepens
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES on the London stock market were heading lower again this morning, stretching its losing streak to nine out of the past ten trading sessions. Set against the gloomy backdrop of a worldwide economic slump, a banking...
It's a Win-Win Way to Buy
Byline: Jane Barry Suttons Wharf South at Mile End is a short walk from Victoria Park and close to a "village area" with a selection of designer boutiques, cafes and gift shops. For information on Rent-to-Buy, call One Housing Group on 0800 234...
Like the Rug Says - Keep Calm and Carry On
Byline: CATHERINE OSTLER BEFORE Christmas, a striking rug was featured in ES Magazine: "Keep Calm and Carry On", it read. Something about its clean typography and modest yet powerful message struck a chord. Charles Gladstone, great-great grandson...
Murray's More of a Danger Than Federer, Claims Safin; Stomach for a Fight: Marat Safin's Shirt Flaps in the Wind during His Secondround Victory over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Today
Byline: CHRIS JONES MARAT SAFIN today set up a third-round clash with world No2 Roger Federer but then claimed playing Andy Murray at the Australian Open would be a more dangerous proposition. Russian Safin, who turns 29 later this month, has...
Murray's More of a Danger Than Federer, Claims Safin; Stomach for a Fight: Marat Safin's Shirt Flaps in the Wind during His Secondround Victory over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Today
Byline: CHRIS JONES MARAT SAFIN faces a third-round clash with world No2 Roger Federer but claims playing Andy Murray at the Australian Open is a much more dangerous proposition. Russian Safin, who turns 29 later this month, has played Federer...
New Owner and New Future for the Evening Standard; (1) New Owner: Newspaper Proprietor Alexander Lebedev (2) Handing Over: Former Owner Lord Rothermere
TODAY, your Evening Standard one of London's great iconic institutions has a new future. In a deal signed this morning, the Standard has been acquired from the Daily Mail and General Trust by the Russian billionaire businessman Alexander Lebedev and...
NHS Boss Demands Action as A& E Units Miss Waiting Targets
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD, ANNA DAVIS THE capital's A& E units are in crisis and are failing to meet government waiting time targets, it was revealed today. Some patients are having to wait in ambulances instead of being treated because emergency...
NHS Boss Demands Action as A&E Units Miss Waiting Targets
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD, ANNA DAVIS THE capital's A&E units are in crisis and are failing to meet government waiting time targets. Official figures released today show at least 10 trusts in London not meeting the target to see 98 per cent...
Nouveau Riche City Prove You Can't Buy Class
Byline: DAVID MELLOR HATS off to Kaka. He may be a bit weird but his decision to snub [pounds sterling]500,000 a week in order to stay loyal to the club that made him is a shining beacon of hope in the amoral darkness of professional football. ...
Now It's Straight to Work: Obama Halts Guantanamo Trials; Sister Act: Malia and Sasha Obama Watch the Parade Marking the Inauguration of Their Father, Left. Their New Status as First Family, Right, Brought a Letter of Advice from George Bush's Daughters Jenna and Barbara
Byline: JOE MURPHY BARACK OBAMA today set out to confront the twin crises facing America: economic meltdown and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new President made an early start on his programme of change by halting the Guantanamo Bay war...
Now Obama's Real Work Starts
BENEATH the now familiar rhetoric of his inauguration speech, Barack Obama was businesslike in cataloguing the immense crises facing his administration. Washington's global influence is in decline. Today, the new President will meet General Petraeus,...
Obama Halts Trials of 21 Guantanamo Suspects
Byline: JOE MURPHY BARACK OBAMA today suspended war crimes prosecutions of 21 people held at Guantanamo Bay. The President hit the ground running by ordering a 120-day suspension of the process. It was a clear step towards closing a base opened...
Obama Halts Trials of 21 Guantanamo Suspects; Yes I Can Dance: Barack Obama and His Wife Michelle Join the Neighbourhood Ball in Washington, One of the Most Glittering Events during a Frenzied Inaugural Night of Celebrations in Washington Where the Performers Included, from Far Left Faith Hill, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce and Alicia Keys. Right: Beyonce Sings to the First Couple
Byline: JOE MURPHY BARACK OBAMA today requested that the war crimes prosecutions of 21 people held at Guantanamo Bay be suspended for 120 days. The new president's move was a step towards closing a base opened by George W Bush to hold suspected...
Obama Starts Balls Rolling ... All 10 of Them; Amazing Feat: It's One Down, Nine to Go as Barack Obama Swings His Hips at the Neighbourhood Ball at the Start of a Long First Night in Office, Left. He Danced with His Wife Michelle at All 10 Events and They Smooched at the Home States Ball, Right
Byline: JOE MURPHY DANCING their way across Washington as if they did not have a care in the world, Barack and Michelle Obama were guests of honour at 10 official inauguration balls. The pomp and ceremony behind him, the President joked about...
Obama the Anti-Cynic - and His Message of Hope for Us All; Sometimes the Best Rise: Barack and Michelle Obama. but as the Bunting Comes Down Today He Confronts a Daunting To-Do List
Byline: ANNE McELVOY IT'S RARE for Barack Obama, the smoothest political orator on the block, to stumble in front of the microphone. In a reminder that he is, after all, mortal, he did so at the most important moment of his life: during the inaugural...
Ofcom Risks Making a Pig's Ear of C4 If We Lose Gourmet Selection of Quality TV; Battle of the Broadcasters: (From Left) Channel 4 Chairman Luke Johnson; RTL Chief Executive Gerhard Zeiler, Owner of Five; BBC Director-General Mark Thompson
Byline: ROY GREENSLADE ON MONDAY evening I attended the preview of a Channel 4 documentary called Pig Business. It was a fine piece of work, a mixture of passion and compassion that raised all sorts of disturbing questions about factory farming,...
Oh, Baby It's Cold Outside
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER Chair in Orissan fabric ([pounds sterling]98 a metre) and footstool in Glyndebourne fabric ([pounds sterling]84 a metre), from Zoffany (0870 830 0350; www.zoffany.com) Fern-embroidered damson silk quilts (from [pounds sterling]290)...
Olympic Chiefs in Bail-Out Plea
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD THE Olympic Delivery Authority will today ask Alistair Darling for a bail-out of several hundred million pounds as it seeks to keep the building of 2012 venues on track. The agency needs emergency funds after private investment...
Olympic Chiefs in Plea for Bail-Out
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD THE Olympic Delivery Authority will today ask Alistair Darling for a bail-out of several hundred million pounds as it seeks to keep the building of 2012 venues on track. The agency needs emergency funds after private investment...
On the Up in the Downturn
Byline: David Spittles [pounds sterling]395,000: Cayenne Court, Shad Thames. One-bedroom top-floor flat with porterage and gym. Through Cluttons (020 7407 3669) [pounds sterling]750,000: Jacob Street, SE1. Large one-bedroom loft-style apartment...
Pete Clark's Choice
Byline: PETE CLARK STOCKWELL 9pm, ITV1 On 22 July, 2005, Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes was mistakenly shot dead by armed police who thought he was a terrorist. This is a reconstruction of the events of that morning, which reveals how a complex...
Portfolio
BUY GLAXOSMITHKLINE Citigroup has named the world's second-largest pharmaceuticals group as a low-risk buy, acting in advance of GlaxoSmithKline's publication of full-year results on 5 February. Pharma firms are traditionally regarded as good defence...
Public Finance Woe Batters Pound Again
THE pound's collapse worsened sharply today as it emerged Britain's public finances are in their worst state since records began after the Second World War. Sterling crashed below $1.38 and ?1.07 as investors took an increasingly gloomy view of...
Rail Fare Rises Another Stealth Tax, Say MPs
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER THE Government was today accused of imposing "stealth taxes" on commuters after the introduction of aboveinf lation ticket prices. Angry MPs attacked ministers after rail passengers experienced rises of up to 10...
Rail Fare Rises 'Are Stealth Tax on Commuters'
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER THE Government was today accused of imposing "stealth taxes" on rail commuters after the introduction of above-inflation ticket prices. Angry MPs attacked ministers after passengers suffered rises of up to 10 per...
'RBS Behaved Badly but I Can Pull It through without State Ownership'
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST THE new chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland has not strayed. "I hope I've stayed the same," says Sir Philip Hampton. "I'm not a different person than I was growing up in Manchester and Sutton Coldfield. I still say castle...
REALLY USEFUL; Dragons of Walton Street Is Offering 20 per Cent or More off Furniture, Toys and Fabrics for Children Win [Pounds Sterling]100 Worth of Cleaning Get an Extra 15 per Cent off This Mahogany Bed This Linley Walnut and Rock Maple Tray Is Reduced to [Pounds Sterling]114
Byline: ALISON CORK Alison Cork finds a great children's sale, a royal reduction ... and gets cleaning The magic Dragons There is a posh sale at Dragons of Walton Street, which is well known for furnishing the nurseries of Princes William and...
Revealed: Record 225,000 Lost Jobs in Last Autumn's Crash; Flexible: Grace Scarlet Wants to Be a Bus Driver, but Needs Work While Retraining
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN A RECORD wave of redundancies swept through the economy during the autumn, official figures revealed today. A total of 225,000 workers were laid off between September and November, almost three times more than in the summer...
Something to Yodel About
Byline: Cathy Hawker Homes at Zell Am See, close to Kaprun, have views across the lake From [pounds sterling]171,500: at Wasserfall Apartments, Bad Gastein, Salzburgland, oneand two-bedroom flats are being sold through Investors in Property (020...
State Bank Pays Staff 10% Bonus
Byline: PAUL WAUGH NATIONALISED bank Northern Rock today paid its staff a 10 per cent bonus funded by the taxpayer. With its 4,000 employees earning an average of [pounds sterling]22,000, the windfall amounts to a total of [pounds sterling]8.8...
Stevens Will Get over His Drugs Shame, Says Guscott; Tackling His Demons: Matt Stevens May Have Played His Last Game for England after His Startling Drugs Confession
Byline: CHRIS JONES JEREMY GUSCOTT believes England prop Matt Stevens will eventually benefit from being caught taking recreational drugs. The 26-year-old provided a positive sample following Bath's Heineken Cup clash with Glasgow last month,...
Strictly Come Drinking; Hot Stuff: Karen Hardy and Mark Ramprakash on Strictly Come Dancing. Below: Hardy with TV Presenter Christine Bleakley at the Opening Party for the Dance Studio in Fulham. Residents near the Studio Say They Fear It Will Be Transformed into a Nightclub
Byline: EllEn Widdup STRICTLY Come Dancing star Karen Hardy has fallen out of step with neighbours after applying for her studio to serve alcohol and host "party nights". Hardy, who won series four of the BBC1 show with cricketer Mark Ramprakash,...
The First Lady of Fashion Shows She Has a Bright Future; Charming: Michelle Obama's Outfits for the Inauguration and the Ten Balls That Followed Were Quirky and Sophisticated
Byline: LAURA CRAIK IF EVER a colour was suited to an occasion, it was that of Michelle Obama's inauguration day suit as bright and happy as the day itself. Some might call it yellow, others might say pale gold, while unkind souls might label...
The Light of Our Lives
Byline: Zoe Blackler The MDF island unit was clad in stainless steel, made by a swimming pool company The large light-filled family room that has sliding doors out on to the landscaped garden was created as the hub of the Downs' house Clever use...
The Scaremongers Selling Us Short
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON WHEN one hedge fund manager, Crispin Odey, tells you "the country is bankrupt" and another, the American Jim Rogers, says Britain is finished, you can be sure of one thing they probably both have a massive short position in...
To Sur with Love
Byline: JANICE BLACKBURN NATURAL disasters are not unusual at Big Sur. Mudslides can shut the area down for months. In June last year fires ravaged one of California's most spectacular areas of natural beauty, homes were evacuated and it was catastrophic...
Tottenham in Move to Sign Chelsea's Cudicini
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON TOTTENHAM want Carlo Cudicini to solve their goalkeeping crisis but are struggling to agree a deal with Chelsea before the end of the transfer window, writes Simon Johnson. Manager Harry Redknapp has been desperately searching...
Trouble from the Start
Byline: Fiona McNulty Trouble from the start Homes & Property lawyer Fiona McNulty answers your questions Q My partner and I were offered a repayment mortgage. However, after signing we realised the mortgage had been changed to interest...
Washington? This Was More like Hollywood
Byline: JOE MURPHY Party night: The President and First Lady attended 10 balls in Washington DC after his inauguration Keeping step: Michelle Obama pulls up the train of her dress for the couple's first dance of the evening at the Neighbourhood...
Watchdog's Tie-Up Call Signals End of C4 Independence; Not a Blow: Andy Duncan Welcomed Ofcom's Report despite Opposing a Merger with Five
Byline: GIDEON SPANIER THE future of Channel 4 as an independent commercial broadcaster looks to be over today after media regulator Ofcom called for the creation of a new larger public-service broadcaster as an alternative to the BBC. Ofcom...
Watchdog's Tie-Up Call Signals End of C4 Independence; Options: Ofcom Gave Andy Duncan Range of Funding Alternatives to Shore Up Channel
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE independence of Channel 4 looked to be at an end today after the UK's media and broadcasting watchdog said it should either partner with BBC's Worldwide commercial arm or merge with Channel 5. In what Ofcom called its blueprint...
We're Cheap, and We're Good
Byline: David Spittles [pounds sterling]264,995: one-bedroom flats at Barratt's new Kennington Park Square scheme (020 7820 8020) Wallyd Benchikh, 30, believes his apartment will prove a good investment Steve Nash got the right place at the right...
'We're Letting You Go'; Ruth Anders Estimates That the Savings She Has Made in the Household Budget Adds Up to [Pounds Sterling]800 a Month Pay off Debts Such as Credit Cards
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield Ruth Anders, who lost her [pounds sterling]45,000-a-year job, tells Ruth Bloomfield how she learned to live on less THE day architect Ruth Anders was made redundant her immediate worry was whether she would manage to keep...
What the Papers Say in Britain and the U.S
MIRROR Christopher Hitchens: He looked, as always, almost alarmingly serene. Indeed, his speech was a little too easy on the ear. Obama did strike early in a "collective failure" for America's recent decline, but veered into easy preferences for...
WHO'S MOVING Homes Gossip; Davina McCall Heather Mills Chris Gilmour Roger Graef
Byline: Compton Miller WHO'S MOVING homes gossip Davina trades up to mansion BIG Brother presenter Davina McCall has finally sold her Surrey home, receiving [pounds sterling]2.2 million through Savills, a [pounds sterling]65,000 drop from...
Wines of the Week
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER SO President Obama is installed in the White House at last, and what better way to celebrate than with some solid, silky American red wines? Alas, the Californian wines served at yesterday's inauguration lunch are hard to...
Words to Beat Weapons as Warring Gangs Are Summoned to Peace Talks; Time to Talk: Mediators Say One-to-One Meetings Can Help Reduce Violence among Young People in London
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT LONDON'S most violent gang members are to be invited to face-to-face meetings using tactics copied from the Northern Ireland peace process. Feuding gangsters will be invited to one-to-one sessions with independent teams...
Words to Beat Weapons: Rival Gangs Invited to Peace Talks
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT LONDON'S most violent gang members are to be invited to face-to-face meetings using tactics copied from the Northern Ireland peace process. Feuding gangsters will be invited to one-to-one sessions with independent teams...