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Articles from February 27, 2009

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A 'Green' Chelsea Tractor; the Big Off-Roader Ken Livingstone Loves to Hate Is Now Quieter and Emits Less C02 without Reducing Its Legendary Power
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS ITS fans have included footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, former Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona, even Eric Clapton. But it's also attracted critics, the most trenchant being former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who wanted owners...
Almunia: Fear Factor Is Stifling Emirates Ambition
Byline: JAMES OLLEY and DAVID SMITH Sports Correspondents MANUEL ALMUNIA today admitted some of the Arsenal team feel under more pressure playing at home after a disappointing run at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have drawn three of their last...
A Londoner's Diary; Ebullient Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell on Fun and Games with Prince Charles, Ruthie Rogers and Sarah Brown
We are midway between the extraordinary day in Singapore when we were awarded the 2012 Games and the opening ceremony on 27 July 2012. The world has changed so much since then - a global economic downturn with people anxious about their own and their...
Amanda Knox 'Did the Splits, a Handstand, Then Burst into Tears after She Was Arrested'
Byline: NICK PISA in Perugia AND KIRAN RANDHAWA AMANDA Knox "did the splits and a cartwheel before bursting into tears after being questioned," an Italian police officer said today. The American 21-year-old's bizarre behaviour came in a police...
An Opera for the Eyes Not Heart
Byline: KIERON QUIRKE OPERA CARMEN Albert Hall, SW7 .. . . . . IF YOU think you could do with some spectacle, I advise you head for the Royal Albert Hall. There buy a ticket for Raymond Gubbay's production of Carmen: a visual treat with fine...
Astonishing Decision to Clear Sir Fred's Pension, Says Hain; THE BANKER
Byline: JOE MURPHY AND PAUL WAUGH THE Treasury Minister who failed to stop Sir Fred Goodwin's pension was guilty of "astonishing" behaviour, a former Cabinet minister has said. The comment from Peter Hain, the former work and pensions secretary,...
Boris Holds Court with Henry Mayor Launches 500th Celebrations at Tudor Palace
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY A TUDOR pageant is to take place on the Thames to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's coronation. Actors playing the king and members of his court will be aboard a magnificent flotilla sailing from the Tower of...
Bream Come True as Pauline Keeps the Fish Shop Open; SAVE OUR SMALL SHOPS STANDARD CAMPAIGN
Byline: PETER DOMINICZAK A WOMAN with no experience of business or cooking trained as a fishmonger to save her local shop. Pauline Ivaldi, 43, had been a customer of West Norwood Fishmongers since she was a child, and was disappointed to see...
Bright Starck; Ara Starck Studied at the Slade, Lives near the Louvre and Has Philippe Starck for a Father. Janine Di Giovanni Paints a Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman
Byline: Janine di Giovanni Ara Starck comes bounding to the door, a cup of Mariage Freres tea in one hand and an English biscuit in the other. The 31-year-old artist apologises profusely. She has been in a photo shoot all morning; she is preparing...
Burberry Goes Bloomsbury with a Novel Take on Woolf
Byline: LAURA CRAIK Fashion Editor DO grey days call for grey clothes? Do dark times require a dark wardrobe? These are the questions Burberry posed when designer Christopher Bailey unveiled his new autumn/winter collection in Milan today. Whatever...
Capitalise on Your Financial Experience
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Castlemore Collapses and Blames the Banks; PROPERTY
Byline: LUCY TOBIN ONE of Britain's biggest propertydeveloping firms collapsed into administration today, in another sign of the dire state of the economy. Grahame Whateley founded Castlemore Securities in 1973, building it up to a developer...
Chalet Girl; the Tiny Hamlet of le Miroir Recalls a Gentler Era of Ski Holidays: Green Runs, No Neon Signs and Lashings of Tartiflette, Says Catherine Ostler
Byline: Catherine Ostler We arrived in a blizzard and only the next morning, looking out of our bedroom window, did we appreciate the majestic view from our French alpine chalet - of Sainte Foy below us, the craggy white mountains above us, and...
Championship
Rangers fans might only now be calming down after last weekend's home capitulation to Ipswich but at least there was something Fab about events in White City that day: Capello, that is. The England boss made a surprise visit after catching the Villa-Chelsea...
Cheaper, Nicer, Better - the Train, Plane and Boat Travel Alternatives Every Londoner Should Know
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN JAMMED into a backward-facing seat on one of Virgin's hideous Pendolinos, with its smelly toilets, low ceilings, constant amplified announcements, buffet car filled with the worst junk food imaginable, no table to work on,...
Comeback Kids; the Current Financial Crisis Has Prompted Every Parent's Nightmare; Those Boomerang Brats Are Back. James Runcie Reports from the Family Front Line
Byline: James Runcie reports Last year, as a result of the credit crunch, more than a million young people abandoned plans to climb the broken rungs of the property ladder and moved back home. Welcome to the new 'boomerang generation'. My wife...
Cool Carrick Is Keeping His Focus as United Take Next Step to a Famous Five; the Midfielder May Be Bidding for Five Trophies but He Reveals That Former Club Spurs Will Be a Major Test at Wembley
Byline: SCOTT MINTO EXCLUSIVE MICHAEL CARRICK didn't want to be playing against Tottenham on Sunday. Not because of any lingering emotion or mixed feelings about taking on a muchadmired former club and attempting to wreck their hopes of retaining...
Council Tax Freeze for Islington Is Scuppered by 'Knife-Edge' Vote
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY A PLAN to freeze council tax in a London borough failed after a member of the ruling group had to be taken to hospital hours before a budget meeting and her absence meant the move was out-voted. The ruling Liberal Democrat...
Database Makes Suspects of Us All, Watchdog Warns
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM Home Affairs Editor EVERY Briton could be "a suspect" if ministers persist in extending state surveillance powers, the Government's privacy watchdog warned today. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas said "creeping surveillance"...
Design Spy
Byline: HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR Slick in Mayfair or rustic in Milan... Design seems to be going in two directions: on the one hand we have a whole new wave of sparkly design exemplified by the work of Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki, who seems...
Devil Is in the Detail at Stricken Lender; ANALYSIS
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN THE row between Lloyds Banking Group and the Treasury over how much the bank must pay to insure some [pounds sterling]250 billion of toxic debts certainly put the City on edge. But equally concerning was the detail behind the...
Divi a Non-Runner as Hill Saddled with Debt; LEISURE
Byline: ROBERT LEA WILLIAM Hill is today counting the cost of borrowing too much in the good times as it admitted its banks will be charging it as much as 10% interest to keep the bookie in business. Shareholders are also counting the cost. Asked...
Don't Push Your Male into a Mirdle
Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS IS ANYTHING less attractive than a man with middle-aged spread? How about a middle-aged man afflicted with vanity spread? News that our menfolk will soon be able to purchase a [pounds sterling]49 male girdle -- or "mirdle"...
England Have No Fears over Ref Backlash
MARTIN JOHNSON today insisted England's criticism of referee Jonathan Kaplan would not leave them facing a backlash from officials when they tackle Ireland. Fellow South African Craig Joubert is in charge of tomorrow's match and, with the International...
England Mustn't Give Up the Fight but They've Got to Stop Falling Foul
Byline: Jason Leonard ENGLAND'S MOST-CAPPED FORWARD ENGLAND cannot let their fear of giving away penalties see them take a backward step tomorrow. Ireland are a powerful and confident unit but England have to find that balance between fighting...
ESsentials; ES Leaves No Basalt Hot Stone Unturned to Bring You London's Finest Day Spas
The May Fair Hotel Spa Stratton Street, W1 (020 7915 2826; www.themayfairhotel.co.uk) THE TREATMENT A hot stone massage to energise and detoxify the body, using black lava stones and Ayurvedic oils. Lying on the heated massage bed, surrounded by...
Fashion's Front Row Is a Pain in the Butt
Byline: A LONDON LIFE LIZ HOGGARD FOR the first time ever I was allocated a front row seat at London Fashion Week. I was hysterical with delight. Catwalk shows are like great theatre. And so often it's the audience, not the designers, who set the...
Festival Hopes Ready for Leopardstown Workout
Byline: PAUL FIELDER LAST minute Cheltenham Festival preparations hinge on a host of racecourse gallops this weekend with the traditional mass-workout by Irish trainers at Leopardstown on Sunday holding centre stage. A row broke out 12 months...
Flock Tactics Protesters Disrupt Coal Industry Party and 'Award' Bosses with Canaries
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ CLIMATE change activists clashed with police after they tried to storm a fivestar London hotel during an award ceremony for the coal industry. More than 100 protesters targeted the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, where energy...
Freddie KO as KP Falls
Byline: DAVID LLOYD Cricket Correspondent ENGLAND suffered setbacks on and off the field in Barbados today as they attempted to strengthen their hold on the Fourth Test. First, came confirmation that Andrew Flintoff will head home tonight, having...
Friday, They're All in Love with the Cure
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD REVIEW THE CURE/FRANZ FERDINAND O 2 Arena .. .. .. .. .. JOHN AIZLEWOOD ALMOST 30 years since their debut album, The Cure remain the outsiders who have never quite fitted into the mainstream, despite almost 30 million...
Get Real - Gormley's Plinth Is the Place to Be
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square has never been satisfactorily topped since it was built in 1841 for an equestrian statue of William IV, never installed. So much the better. Instead of bearing a dull monarch, the plinth...
Goldsworthy's Hold Em Set to Be Ace in the Pack; Trainer with Just a Dozen Horses Can Beat the Big Guns with Runner Who Will Relish Drop in Trip. by John O'Hara
Byline: John O'Hara HOLD EM, the star of one of the smallest yards in Britain, can take centre stage in tomorrow's Totesport.com Gold Cup at Newbury. Keith Goldsworthy's gelding arguably put up a career-best performance last Saturday when fourth...
Great Ormond; She Was the New Julia Roberts, and Then She Vanished. Now, 14 Years Later, She's Back - Once Again Starring Opposite Brad Pitt. Lina das on the Curious Case of Julia Ormond
Byline: Lina Das There can be few more disheartening or disconcerting experiences for a celebrity than being stuck on a plane in which all your fellow passengers are engrossed in reading a profile of you that isn't, shall we say, entirely flattering....
Guide to Tomorrow's Races on Channel 4
Byline: JOHN O'HARA JOHN O'HARA 2.05 AMBLE FORGE'S three career wins have been on left-handed tracks and will be at home here with a marked tendency to jump out that way. Colin Tizzard's charge will also love the trip and win number four looks there...
Guus: Drop One More Point and We Can Forget the Title; Chelsea Manager Hiddink Has Told His Side They Need a Perfect End to the League Season If They Are to Take United's Crown. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson GUUS HIDDINK has told his Chelsea players they must win all 12 of their remaining Premier League games this season if they want to beat Manchester United to the title. The Blues take on Wigan at Stamford Bridge tomorrow...
Harry's Record the Key to Cup Glory, Say Stars; Redknapp's Knack of Beating Fergie Lifts Spurs' Hopes of Wembley Glory
Byline: TOM COLLOMOSSE Football Correspondent TOM HUDDLESTONE today claimed Harry Redknapp's cup record against Manchester United has given Tottenham's players the belief they can shock the European champions on Sunday. Sir Alex Ferguson's side...
Headache for Drug Giants as US Cuts Medical Spend
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MARKET ROUND-UP THE UK's biggest drug companies are already feeling the side-effects of President Obama's move to revive the US economy by cutting the country's huge Medicaid budget. Shares in GlaxoSmithKline shed 32p to...
Headache for Drug Giants as US Cuts Medical Spend
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MARKET ROUND-UP THE UK's biggest drug companies are already feeling the side-effects of President Obama's move to revive the US economy by cutting the country's huge Medicaid budget. Obama wants to cut payments to medical...
Headache for Drug Giants as US Cuts Medical Spend
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MARKET ROUND-UP THE UK's biggest drug companies are already feeling the side-effects of President Obama's move to revive the US economy by cutting the country's huge Medicaid budget. Obama wants to cut payments to medical...
Henry Holds Court for 500th Pageant; Flotilla on Thames to Celebrate the Tudor King
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY A TUDOR pageant is to take place on the Thames to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's coronation. Actors playing the king and members of his court will be aboard a magnificent flotilla sailing from Tower of London...
I Am Ready to Replace Brown as PM If Asked Declares Jack Straw
Byline: PAUL WAUGH Deputy Political Editor JACK STRAW sparked fresh speculation about the Labour leadership today when he declared he was ready to become Prime Minister. The Justice Secretary said that while he is not jockeying to succeed Gordon...
Inside Out
Byline: Christopher Lee Christopher Lee, 86, lives in London with his Danish wife, Gitte, to whom he's been married for nearly 48 years. They have a daughter, Christina. He starred as the assassin Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun and...
Islington Council in Uproar as Labour Forces Tax Increase
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY City Hall Reporter PLANS to freeze council tax in a London borough failed after the opposition party pushed through a rise of almost [pounds sterling]25. The ruling Liberal Democrat group in Islington was planning a credit...
It's Friday and They're in Love with the Cure
REVIEW THE CURE/FRANZ FERDINAND O 2 Arena .. .. .. .. . JOHN AIZLEWOOD ALMOST 30 years since their debut album, The Cure remain the outsiders who have never quite fitted into the mainstream, despite almost 30 million album sales. On Wednesday...
Johnno's Men Must Stand Together; Manager Returns to Scene of Infamous Red-Carpet Row and Needs New Show of Unity from Stars Who Don't Play as a Team. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones THE days when an England captain could defy the President of Ireland and risk a political controversy have long gone. The arrogance that comes with being the dominant force in Northern Hemisphere rugby has evaporated, threatening...
Judges Free Four Terror Suspects; Smith Fears They Will Vanish
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM Home Affairs Editor HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith today attacked immigration judges after they ordered the release of four foreign terror suspects despite fears that they will go on the run. The four men, plus a fifth who...
Julie Calls for More Women's Roles on TV
Byline: LOUISE JURY Chief Arts Correspondent TOP performers led by Julie Walters, Simon Callow, Charles Dance and David Soul are calling for more roles for women on television. For every two male roles in a drama there is just one female, research...
King Size Cup Final Dilemma for Harry; Redknapp Agonises over Whether to Risk Ledley against United
HARRY REDKNAPP believes Ledley King holds the key to Tottenham's chances of retaining the Carling Cup but is agonising over whether to risk him against Manchester United on Sunday, writes Tom Collomosse. The 28-year-old defender will be given until...
League Two
The Brentford Independent Association of Supporters have been handing out free tickets to passers-by in a bid to swell the numbers clicking through the turnstiles. "Some of the tickets went to lapsed fans who had not been for some time in the hope...
LIFE CLASS Brett Kahr on Creativity
1How does one become a creative person? Folk wisdom would have us believe that artists spring forth, Mozart-like, from the womb, blessed by a special gift. Neurobiologists reinforce this theory, suggesting that creativity develops as a consequence...
Lloyds' Deal Failure Sends the Banks into a Tailspin; BANKING
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN BANK shares crashed today after Lloyds Banking Group failed to reach a deal with the Government over the terms of its vital bailout. The bank -- created by the emergency takeover of failed lender HBOS by Lloyds TSB -- shocked...
Lloyds' Government Deal Failure Shocks the City; BANKING
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN SHARES in Lloyds Banking Group tumbled today after it failed to reach a deal with the Government over the terms of a vital bailout and it revealed that newly acquired HBOS lost [pounds sterling]10.8 billion last year. The...
Lloyds Is [Pounds Sterling]10bn in the Red Thanks to Toxic HBOS; City Fears as Bank Fails to Agree on Guarantees
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor THE BANK STATE-backed Lloyds Banking Group today unveiled a [pounds sterling]10 billion loss as it warned of a huge rise in bad debts this year. But the high street lender -- the result of a...
Lloyds Is [Pounds Sterling]10bn in the Red Thanks to Toxic HBOS; City Fears as Bank Fails to Agree on Guarantees; THE BANK
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor STATE-backed Lloyds Banking Group today unveiled a [pounds sterling]10 billion loss as it warned of a huge rise in bad debts this year. But the high street lender -- the result of a hurried merger...
London Spy; Have a Capital Week
THE CERAMICS Delicate plates, extravagant objets d'art and quirky sculptures (shoes by Kaori Tatebayashi, right) are on show at Ceramic Art London this weekend. Over 75 contemporary artists, the RCA's graduating class and talks and demos are at...
'Massive Amount of Love' from Public Gives Camerons Strength
Byline: JOE MURPHY Political Editor DAVID CAMERON is being helped through the death of his son Ivan by "a massive amount of love" from ordinary people touched by the tragedy. George Osborne, the shadow chancellor and Mr Cameron's close friend,...
Met Police Use Tasers against 26 Teenagers
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT AND RUTH BLOOMFIELD POLICE in London are increasingly using Taser stun guns to deal with teenage crime. New figures reveal that officers used the weapons against teenagers 26 times in the first eight months of last year....
My London; Newly Engaged Sophie Winkleman on the Romance of Shepherd Market and Cassoulet
Byline: Sophie Winkleman Where do you live? I grew up in Primrose Hill and now I live in Chelsea. What was the last show you saw in London? It was a show at the Old Red Lion pub in EC1, called Stephen and the Sexy Partridge, written by Lily Bevan,...
Ninety in the Slow Lane of the A27; Stanley Takes a Wrong Turn on His Scooter as He Goes to Buy His Paper
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY A 90-YEAR-OLD took a wrong turning on his way to buy a morning newspaper -- and ended up driving his mobility scooter on a dual carriageway. Motorists on the 70mph road called police after spotting Stanley Murphy trundling...
No Room at the Inn for Blair as PM Pulls Rank; the Londoner's Diary
GORDON Brown's visit to America next week to meet Barack Obama coincides with Tony Blair's address to a climate change conference in Washington. But where will both men stay? There is mischievous speculation that Blair is to be booted out of the British...
Obama Fears Nationalisation of Ailing US Banks but It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea; ANALYSIS
Byline: JAMES DORAN in New York WITH all the talk of bailouts, nationalisations and capital injections, you would be forgiven for thinking that the biggest banks in the world -- such as Citigroup and Bank of America -- are in desperate need of tens...
O'Hara Hoping for a Big Day to Pay Tribute to His Late Mother
Byline: TOM COLLOMOSSE IF JAMIE O'HARA'S dream comes true and he walks out at Wembley to take on Manchester United, the tattoo on his right arm which bears the words 'strength, power and courage' will provide him with extra motivation. The tattoo...
Pay a Pound to Spend a Penny If You Fly Ryanair
Byline: BO WILSON PASSENGERS flying with Ryanair may be forced to pay [pounds sterling]1 to use the lavatory. The budget airline's chief executive Michael O'Leary said today he was considering the charge on all flights. With the company offering...
Pete Clark's Choice
AL MURRAY'S MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER 9.30pm, ITV1 The lumbering title simply means that Al gets to play lots of different characters, although none of them is the Pub Landlord, which is something of a relief. Instead we are treated to a gallery...
Picasso Poor; Pablo Is Not Served Well by the National Gallery's New Show but There Are Enough Thrilling Pictures to Make It Worthwhile
Byline: EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK BRIAN SEWELL PICASSO: CHALLENGING THE PAST National Gallery PICASSO was a painter. At 14, he was a precocious brat to scare the wits out of the Zarzuela world of fin-de-siecle Barcelona. At 19, he was in Paris,...
Police Support Officer Accused of Assault at 'Apartheid' Station
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ AND JUSTIN DAVENPORT A SUSPECTED child sex attacker was allowed to join the Metropolitan Police and is being investigated over an indecent assault on a woman colleague, it was revealed today. The Police Community Support...
POP; CDs OF THE WEEK
U2 No Line On The Horizon (Mercury) .. .. .. .. .. .. After years spent becoming the most popular band on the planet, No Line On The Horizon should mark the end of U2's years of consolidation. It's more engaging than its predecessors All That You...
Portfolio
BUY CENTAUR MEDIA Numis rates Centaur a buy after the media group released interim results that matched its recent trading updates. The company behind professional publications such as The Lawyer and Marketing Week saw a fall in revenue, driven by...
Portraits Ripe with Emotion
Byline: BEN LEWIS SINCE the 1960s, Gerhard Richter has produced blurry paintings of photographic portraits which evoke the melancholy of fading memories and passing emotions. This exhibition of Richter's famous portraiture, from the 1960s to the...
Private Schools Braced for Recession-Driven Exodus
Byline: TIM ROSS Education Correspondent FEE-PAYING schools are facing a "major fallout" this year from the recession as cash-strapped parents remove their children, teachers warned today. Prep schools are struggling and some have closed as a...
Punish These Banking Chiefs
DAILY it seems we wake to news of new financial scandals. Fred Goodwin's manipulations and ruinous takeovers at the helm of RBS will alone put this country in hock for generations. Of course Goodwin's pension of [pounds sterling]650,000 a year and...
Radio's Desert Rats Fight the Propaganda War
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH THEATRE ISFAHAN CALLING Old Red Lion, EC1 .. . . . . NICHOLAS DE JONGH THIS tense, engrossing play by Philip de Gouveia shines a light on the murky world of psychological warfare. It raises pointed questions about...
RBS Misled Us over Sir Fred's Pension Deal, Ministers Claim; THE BANKER
Byline: JOE MURPHY AND PAUL WAUGH DOWNING Street was today embroiled in a bitter blame game over the "obscene" [pounds sterling]693,000 pension for disgraced banker Sir Fred Goodwin. Lord Myners, the Treasury Minister who failed to stop the massive...
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Reaping a Right Royal Wind-Farms Bonus
Byline: Peter Bill ON PROPERTY THE London Summit of G20 leaders will take place at the ExCeL Centre in the Royal Docks on 2 April. Those who run the Queen's property empire are keenly anticipating the event. For they are rather hoping to have...
Redknapp Ready to Spit the Dummy as Gomes Gets Risky
Byline: TOM COLLOMOSSE Shakhtar win 3-1 on aggregate TOTTENHAM 1 SHAKHTAR DONETSK 1 HEURELHO GOMES got away with it, but the Brazilian goalkeeper's latest piece of penalty-box brinksmanship may finally have pushed Harry Redknapp over the edge....
Redknapp Ready to Spit the Dummy as Gomes Gets Risky; Shakhtar Win 3-1 on Aggregate TOTTENHAM 1 SHAKHTAR DONETSK 1
Byline: TOM COLLOMOSSE HEURELHO GOMES got away with it but the goalkeeper's latest piece of penalty-box brinksmanship may finally have pushed Harry Redknapp over the edge. Gomes will play in Sunday's Carling Cup Final against Manchester United,...
Restaurant Spy; at NOOR JAHAN, the Waiters' Heads Have Been Turned by More Famous Customers
Byline: MARK BOLLAND There's a reason why the Royal Family love to do their own washing-up - and it has nothing to do with donning a squeaky pair of Marigolds. And why the rich dress like tramps whenever they're on holiday (seen those recent beach...
Return of the Hard Shoulder; Dynasty's Key Look Is Back in Fashion but Dare You Wear It? We Asked Two Writers Who Remember It from Last Time Around
MELANIE McDONAGH NO PHILIPPA STOCKLEY YES The 1980s power-dressing thing that made women resemble American footballers was, in fact, genuinely innovative. That very butch distortion of the silhouette had never been seen before. Yes, pads had been around...
Richard Curtis Stars in the Real Notting Hill
Byline: NICK CURTIS AND DANNY BRIERLEY EIGHT teenagers have made a movie about the "real" Notting Hill starring director Richard Curtis. The filmmaker helped the group of pupils, all from local estates, to create a gritty alternative to the blockbuster...
Rightmove Reaps Rewards as Estate Agents Shut Up Shop; PROPERTY
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH THE UK housing market is in the midst of its worst downturn in modern history, says property website Rightmove, but it is doing fine as more and more business is done on the internet. With estate agents shutting up shop...
Right Time for Company Tax Reform
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CITY COMMENT THE annual survey on company tax carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the 100 Group, the association of the largest UK companies, shows -- if there is anyone apart from the Chancellor who still needs...
Series over for Flintoff
Byline: DAVID LLOYD Cricket Correspondent ANDREW FLINTOFF'S Test tour of the Caribbean is over and he will begin his journey back home tonight. Already missing from the fourth match of the series in Barbados, England were clinging to the hope...
Shelley Von Strunckel; ES ASTROLOGER
Pisces 18 FEB - 19 MAR Be inquisitive. Ask questions, but discreetly. This ensures that you've the facts necessary either to make demands or to move swiftly next week. Things seem urgent. Take it slowly. You need time to reflect on what you're learning...
Silver Lion Still Gives a Mighty Roar
ROAD TEST PeuGeOT 407 SW Hdi SPOrT [pounds sterling]20,945 Top speed: 140mph; 0-62mph: 8.8sec; CO2 emissions: 225g/km "WARNING -- Black Ice". The message that flashed up in the big computer screen was far more impressive than the yellow snowflake symbol...
Sir Alan Sugar Is Asked to Run for Mayor; Labour's Secret Approach as the 'Stop Ken' Campaign Grows
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN SIR Alan Sugar has been approached to be Labour's candidate for London Mayor in an attempt to stop Ken Livingstone standing again. The multi-millionaire star of reality TV show The Apprentice is being lined up by senior...
Sir Alan Sugar Is Put in Frame for Mayor as Labour Try to Stop Ken
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN SIR ALAN SUGAR has been approached to be Labour's candidate for London Mayor in an attempt to stop Ken Livingstone standing again. Senior party figures are lining up the multi-millionaire star of reality TV show The Apprentice...
Stanford's 'Ice Maiden' Charged with Blocking $8Bn Fraud Case
Byline: paul thompson in Miami AMErICAN authorities have filed the first criminal charges against Sir Allen Stanford's financial empire after his chief investment officer was accused of lying to investigators. Laura Pendergest-Holt, who has been...
Strauss in Good Nick as Clock Starts to Tick
Byline: DAVID LLOYD Cricket Correspondent ANDREW STRAUSS is suddenly batting like there's no tomorrow. But his careful approach as captain could rebound on England in Barbados, just as it did in Antigua a week ago. Strauss's men ran out of time...
The Bank Chiefs Still Don't Get It
AMID the continuing row over the pension package awarded to former RBS chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin, today's gloomy results from Lloyds Banking Group confirm the sector's unprecedented crisis. Lloyds has been dragged into the red by HBOS, which...
The Buzz Begins Here; Ever since the White Stripes Were Discovered at SXSW, the Texas Festival Has Been the Place to Spot Tomorrow's Stars -- This Year There Are Plenty to Tip
Byline: OFF THE RECORD DAVID SMYTH www.standard.co.uk/davidsmyth AS MUSIC fans plan their summer camping arrangements, the one festival most of us can't attend is about to begin in Texas. It may also be the most important. The global music industry...
The Diamond Killing Fields; at Least 200 Dead as Army Moves into Illegal Mines
Byline: inside zimbabwe Special report Ian Evans in Mutare A BRUTAL government crackdown on diamond hunters in Zimbabwe involving soldiers and police has led to more than 200 deaths in recent weeks. About 30,000 would-be miners descended on the...
The Moment Every Parent Realised That Little Else Matters; the Death of David Cameron's Son This Week Stopped Us in Our Tracks. Forget the Gloomy Economic News, It's Our Family Lives That Keep Us Going, Says One London Parent
Byline: MELANIE McDONAGH IT WAS strange, wasn't it, the way the death of poor Ivan Cameron came to dominate the news this week? It's not as if there weren't enough big things to be getting on with: the bailout of the banks, the lynchable Sir Fred...
The Premier League
Byline: ANDREW FIFIELD They might be struggling to hold on to their status as England's fifth-best team but no one can accuse Arsenal of lacking brains. As befits a club managed by 'Le Professeur', it was revealed this week that the Gunners' initiation...
The Premier League
They might be struggling to hold on to their status as England's fifth-best team but no one can accuse Arsenal of lacking brains. As befits a club managed by 'Le Professeur', it was revealed this week that the Gunners' initiation ceremony for new players...
The Real Slim; Hold on to Your Sombreros: The World's Richest Man, Carlos Slim, Is on a Shopping Spree. He's Snapped Up Chunks of the New York Times and London's Media Could Be Next. Edward Helmore on the Mexican Who's Making Waves
Byline: Edward Helmore Carlos Slim Helu - Mr Slim to you - may be the wealthiest man on earth or perhaps the second, trailing Warren Buffett by a fraction of a billion or so. Both are handily ahead of the perennial front-runner Bill Gates. With...
These Bosses Should Join Goodwin in Hall of Shame
Byline: COMMENTARY CHRIS BLACKHURST CITY EDITOR TO the name of Sir Fred Goodwin in the banking hall of shame can be added Sir Victor Blank and Eric Daniels. They took a good bank and made it bad. Pure and simple. We now know that on its own Lloyds...
Unions to Ambush Brown over Royal Mail Sell-Off
Byline: PAUL WAUGH Deputy Political Editor GORDON BROWN is facing an ambush from furious Labour and trade union chiefs over Business Secretary Lord Mandelson's "snake-oil salesman" plans to part-privatise Royal Mail. In a clear signal that new...
US Combat Troops to Pull out of Iraq by Next Year
Byline: PAUL THOMPSON in Miami PRESIDENT Barack Obama will today announce combat operations in Iraq will end on 31 August 2010. He will order an immediate withdrawal of some of the 142,000 troops in Iraq and has said no more than 50,000 will...