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Articles from October 5, 2009

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3D Animation Soars to a New High; Uplifting Tale from Disney Has Real Heart
Byline: NICK CURTIS review UP BFI Southbank HHHHI UP IS hugely uplifting. Disney Pixar's latest hit, about an elderly widower who takes his house airborne with helium balloons, sets a dazzling new benchmark in 3D animation. Its creators also...
A Bright Future for Your Evening Standard
IN LAST Friday's London Evening Standard, we announced that from Monday 12 October we will become the first quality newspaper in the world to go free. The response to the bold decision to increase circulation to 600,000 copies, making the quality...
Afghan Troop Surge 'Could Mean Greater British Losses'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil chief Political correspondent THE British death toll in Afghanistan may rise under plans to deploy more troops to defeat the Taliban insurgency, Liam Fox warned today. The shadow defence secretary fears that things "may...
Aitken Still on Rocky Road to Redemption; Londoner's Diary
FORMER Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken is off to the Tory Conference in Manchester today to address four fringe meetings on a subject close to his heart -- the rehabilitation of prisoners. As a member of Iain Duncan Smith's committee on the rehabilitation...
Anger as England's Next Match Goes Pay-per-View on Internet
Byline: Mark Prigg technology correspondent ENGLAND'S next World Cup match is to be broadcast live on the internet for the first time on a pay-per-view basis and will not be available to watch in pubs. Fans' groups called the move an "outrage"...
Anger as England's Next Match Goes Pay-per-View on Internet
Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Correspondent ENGLAND'S next World Cup match is to be broadcast live on the internet for the first time on a pay-per-view basis and will not be available to watch in pubs. Fans' groups called the move an "outrage"...
Animation Hits a New High. and This Story Has Real Heart; REVIEW
Byline: NICK CURTIS UP BFI Southbank HHHHI UP IS hugely uplifting. Disney Pixar's latest hit, about an elderly widower who takes his house airborne with helium balloons, sets a dazzling new benchmark in 3D animation. Its creators also know...
Arms and Legs Akimbo a Carmen Arrives; Opera
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY CARMEN Covent Garden, WC2 **** FRANCESCA Zambello's production throws everything at Carmen: donkeys, horses, abseiling smugglers, a giant Madonna and, of course, this being Seville, an orange tree. No bull for the bullfight...
Arms and Legs Akimbo a Carmen Arrives; Opera
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY CARMEN Covent Garden, WC2 FRANCESCA Zambello's production throws everything at Carmen: donkeys, horses, abseiling smugglers, a giant Madonna and, of course, this being Seville, an orange tree. No bull for the bullfight but...
Ashes to Ashes ... Dust, Skulls and Cow Brains on the Turner Prize Shortlist
Byline: Rashid Razaq A HUGE pile of dust and the skull of a sperm whale are among this year's shortlisted entries for the Turner Prize. Artist Roger Hiorns, 34, has created an installation from the metal dust of an atomised passenger jet engine...
Ashes to Ashes. Dust, Skulls and Cow Brains on the Turner Prize Shortlist
Byline: Rashid Razaq A GIANT pile of dust and the skull of a sperm whale are among this year's shortlisted entries for the Turner Prize. Artist Roger Hiorns, 34, has created an installation from the metal dust of an atomised passenger jet engine...
Blair Criticised for Asking to Keep 24-Hour Armed Guard
Byline: LawrenceConway TONY bLAir intervened directly to keep a 24-hour armed guard outside his London home after police tried to cut their presence to save money. The former prime minister, who is estimated to have made [pounds sterling]12 million...
Blair Criticised for Asking to Keep 24-Hour Armed Guard
Byline: LawrenceConway tONY BLAIr intervened directly to keep a 24-hour armed guard outside his London home after police tried to cut their presence to save money. the former prime minister, who is estimated to have made [pounds sterling]12 million...
Blair Criticised for Asking to Keep 24-Hour Armed Guard
Byline: Lawrence Conway TONY BLAIR intervened directly to keep a 24-hour armed guard outside his London home after police tried to cut their presence to save money. The former prime minister, who is estimated to have made [pounds sterling]12...
Boris Makes U-Turn on Green Charges for Vans and Taxis
Byline: Katharine Barney city Hall reporter BORIS Johnson is to press ahead with an air-quality scheme he shelved to avoid a huge fine from the European Union. The U-turn means that from 2012 he will charge van drivers to use London's roads unless...
Boris's Challenge to Cameron on Cuts
No oNe can accuse the Conservative party conference this week of being short on specifics. It has opened with promises that the Tories would cut payments for many people now on incapacity benefit in order to fund what David Cameron calls a "big, bold"...
Boris's Challenge to Cameron on Cuts
THE MAYOR of London can usually be relied on to entertain his audience and the Tory conference in Manchester today was no exception. More interestingly, he showcased the ways he says his administration is reducing costs without cutting services. He...
BORIS TO TORIES: HERE'S HOW TO CUT [Pounds sterling]5BN; MAYOR STUNS CONFERENCE WITH CHALLENGE TO OSBORNE; Mayor Boris Lays Down the Cost-Cutting Gauntlet
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor BORIS JOHNSON threw down a tax-andspend gauntlet to the Tory party today with a plan to slash [pounds sterling]5 billion from Tube costs and freeze council tax bills. The Mayor claims to have found scope...
Bullish RBS Boosts Miners and Soothes Pain of Losses
Byline: Mickey Clark MARKET ROUND-UP SOME bullish comments by the broking arm of Royal Bank of Scotland breathed fresh life back into the mining sector today. Leading the way was Antofagasta, up 161/2p at 7361/2p, after RBS moved from sell to...
Buying Property in Britain? That's Norway to Behave
YNGVE SLYNGSTAD is not well-known in Britain but perhaps he should be. Slyngstad is the head of Norway's sovereign wealth fund and he's got money to spend -- tonnes of it. When he last looked, the pot at his disposal was [pounds sterling]259 billion...
Cameron Fails to Stop Divisions Growing over Europe Treaty
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GLARING Tory rifts on Europe overshadowed the start of the party's annual rally in Manchester today. Despite David Cameron's attempts to keep a lid on the row, pro-European and Eurosceptic...
Cameron Fails to Stop Growing Divisions over Europe Treaty
Byline: Nicholas Cecil chief Political correspondent TORY rifts over Europe deepened today despite David Cameron's attempts to stop the row overshadowing his party's conference. As pro-European and Eurosceptic Conservative MPs clashed over the...
CAMERON ROCKED BY GRANDEES BACKLASH ON EUROPE; CLARKE HINTS HE WOULD CAMPAIGN FOR YES VOTE IN TREATY REFERENDUM; Cameron in Plea for Party Unity
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy DAVID CAMERON was tonight struggling to prevent Tory in-fighting over Europe overshadowing his pre-election conference. The Tory leader's hopes of using the Manchester gathering to showcase his commitment to...
Come off It, Tracey, You Lot Owe Us
Byline: Sam Leith TRACEY Emin, faced with the prospect of a 50 per cent tax rate, has announced that she is "very seriously considering leaving Britain" for France, where they "have lower tax rates and they appreciate arts and culture". I really...
Conservative Conference
IN THE AIR THE Midland bar was fizzing last night as big guns such as Ken Clarke, Liam Fox and Chris Grayling held court. With a record 12,000 tickets handed out to activists, lobbyists and the media it is the biggest Tory conference ever, reflecting...
Conservative Conference
IN THE AIR EUROPE, the issue that tore the Tories apart under Margaret Thatcher, John Major and William Hague, is now threatening David Cameron. It is overshadowing what has otherwise been a Rolls-Royce start to the Tories' pre-election conference....
Cool Carlo Proves He Can Come Up with the Answers; It Wasn't a Classic but Ancelotti Shows He Can Cope with Pressure by Getting the Blues Back on Track
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA 2 LIVERPOOL 0 CARLO ANCELOTTI has spent the last week having to cope with the first crisis of his Chelsea reign. This victory over title rivals Liverpool not only lifted the club back to the top of the table, but...
Cool Carlo Proves He Can Come Up with the Answers; It Wasn't a Classic but Ancelotti Shows He Can Cope with the Pressure by Getting the Blues Back on Track
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA 2 LIVERPOOL 0 CARLO ANCELOTTI has spent the last week having to cope with the first crisis of his Chelsea reign. This victory over title rivals Liverpool not only lifted the club back to the top of the table,...
Covent Garden Enlists Cossacks for a Rare Tchaikovsky Opera
Byline: Louise Jury chief arts correspondent The Royal Opera house has recruited six Cossack dancers for its premiere of a rare Tchaikovsky comic opera. Alastair Marriott, the choreographer for the little-known work The Tsarina's Slippers, has...
Cowdery Is No Quaker, but Montague Has Done His Best
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor WHEN I visited the office of Barclays chairman Marcus Agius recently, he proudly showed me a corridor, the walls of which were covered with portraits of the bank's founders. Quakers. At Cadbury, as it fights...
Dame Maggie 'Too Frightened' of Stage after Cancer Battle; STAR'S FEARS TREATMENT REGIME LEAVES VETERAN ACTRESS WITHOUT ENERGY FOR THEATRE
Byline: Ellen Widdup DAME Maggie Smith says her battle with breast cancer has left her too frightened to return to the theatre. The veteran actress, winner of five Baftas and two Oscars, said she may turn her back on the stage altogether now...
Doctor 'Tried to Poison Mistress Who Refused to Have an Abortion'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A MARRIED hospital consultant spiked his mistress's drinks three times in an attempt to kill their unborn child, the Old Bailey heard today. Dr Edward Erin allegedly put potentially lethal drugs in Bella...
Don't Drive out Entrepreneurs
OUR concern, in the context of this recession, should not be over how City high-earners react to the 50 per cent top rate of income tax (Chris Blackhurst, 2 October). Rather, the tax symbolises a much broader hostility to Britain's entrepreneurial...
Don't Treat Bankers like Lepers, Says Boris as He Attacks 50p Tax; Choking off the City Would Harm Economy, Warns Mayor
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor CITY bankers should be protected from crippling regulations and taxes rather than treated like "pariahs", Boris Johnson declared today. In a passionate defence of the finance industry, the Mayor warned...
Family Fighting to Raise [Pounds Sterling]130,000 to Save Boy with Rare Brain Cancer
Byline: Anna Davis Health reporter THE parents of a three-year-old boy with a rare form of brain cancer are battling to raise money for life-saving treatment in America. Fletcher Falvey from Bexley was diagnosed with cancer in August but doctors...
FEELING SHEEPISH; There's Nothing Better Than Plunging Your Cold Foot into a Fur-Lined Boot -- Which Is Why Everyone Is Now Jumping on the Ugg Bandwagon, Writes Victoria Stewart
Byline: Victoria Stewart DESPITE their ugliness, feetwarming Uggs have been adopted by Sienna Miller, Sarah Jessica Parker and almost every London girl as a winter staple. Finally the shoe designers have caught on, with sheepskin, both real and...
Gene Breakthrough 'Will Target Care to Specific Cancers'
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: "This discovery is a major step forward in understanding a disease that more than 45,500 women are diagnosed with in the UK each year."...
Give Me Potty Drogba over Beautiful Torres
Byline: Matthew Norman AT the end of another weekend in which goals festooned the Premier League like leaves falling on to an autumnal lawn, it fell to Chelsea and Liverpool to remind us that football tends, by and large, towards the prosaic. ...
Give Me Potty Drogba over Beautiful Torres
Byline: Matthew Norman AT THE end of another weekend in which goals festooned the Premier League like leaves falling on to an autumnal lawn, it fell to Chelsea and Liverpool to remind us that football tends, by and large, towards the prosaic. ...
Greece Turns to Socialists to Fight Economic Crisis
Byline: Ed Harris GREECE'S Socialists were celebrating today after storming to a landslide victory in the country's snap general election. The outgoing prime minister, Costas Karamanlis, congratulated George Papandreou, leader of the Panhellenic...
Greece Turns to Socialists to Fight Economic Crisis
Byline: Ed Harris issues as the parties offered dramatically different visions of how to dig the country out of its worst financial crisis in years. Widespread anger over repeated scandals had already whittled away support for Mr Karamanlis's...
Harry Hits out at 'Wasteful' Tax Probe
Byline: Tom Collomosse TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp has criticised the Revenue and Customs investigation into his financial affairs, claiming the probe has cost millions of pounds of taxpayers' money. Redknapp (left), along with Portsmouth...
Heathrow to Charge [Pounds Sterling]50 to Avoid Queue for Passport Control
Byline: Ross Lydall PASSENGERS returning from overseas to Heathrow will be able to pay to jump the immigration queue. A trial is to be introduced next year at Terminal 4 that will allow travellers without biometric passports to pay to use automated...
He Tells Tories How He'd Cut [Pounds Sterling]5 Billion in Transport Costs
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor BORIS JOHNSON threw down a taxand-spend gauntlet to the Tory party today with a plan to slash [pounds sterling]5 billion from Tube and bus costs and freeze council tax bills. The Mayor claims to have...
Hey, Hey, Mr Postman WHERE'S OUR MAIL? Missing Party Invites, Lost Parking Permits and Cheques Stuck in the Post for Weeks: As London Recovers from Another Weekend of Postal Strike Action We Count the Cost of Slow Deliveries
Byline: Jonathan Prynn; Alex Plough IF YOU want to send a Christmas card to Tristan da Cunha, forget it. You have missed the boat -- literally. The cut-off date for the world's most remote inhabited location was last Thursday. Almost unbelievably...
Hey, Hey, Mr Postman, WHERE'S OUR MAIL? Missing Party Invites, Lost Parking Permits and Cheques Stuck in the Post for Weeks: As London; Recovers from Another Weekend of Postal Strike Action We Count the Cost of Slow Deliveries
Byline: Jonathan Prynn IF YOU want to send a Christmas card to Tristan da Cunha, forget it. You have missed the boat -- literally. The cut-off date for the world's most remote inhabited location was last Thursday. Almost unbelievably -- if the...
I'll Crawl to Title, Says Cautious Button; with Memories of Lewis Hamilton's 2007 Nightmare Still Fresh, Brawn Driver Says He Won't Be Taking Any Risks in the Final Two Races
Byline: Matt Majendie JENSON BUTTON says he has no intention of winning the world title in a blaze of glory at the Brazilian Grand Prix a week on Sunday. The Briton saw his championship lead cut by another point by team-mate Rubens Barrichello at...
'I Taped Unfaithful Wife but Didn't Strangle Her'
Byline: Paul Cheston A CITY banker accused of strangling his wife told jurors today how fears of a divorce drove him to secretly record her phone calls. Neil Ellerbeck, 46, admitted using a dictaphone to check up on Kate Ellerbeck after finding...
It Was the Obama Factor That Lost It for Chicago
Byline: Mihir Bose NOT long before Barack Obama addressed the International Olympic committee to persuade them to give the 2016 Olympics to his home town of chicago, a gridlock created by his presence in copenhagen saw a bus carrying IOc members...
Kinane Not Keen on Cup Finale for Stars
Byline: Simon Milham SEA THE STARS is arguably the horse of a lifetime but there is no denying that he will become one of the most valuable racehorses ever after landing the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp yesterday. In showing his devastating...
Less Fizz, More Biz Conservative Chairman Bans Champagne at Conference
Byline: Joe Murphy Political editor TORY chairman Eric Pickles today imposed a champagne ban on visitors to the party's annual conference. In an interview with the Evening Standard, he said it was their duty to look "humble" and avoid offending...
Mayor Makes U-Turn on Green Charges for Vans and Taxis
Byline: KatharineBarney city Hall reporter BORIS Johnson is to press ahead with an air-quality scheme he shelved to avoid a huge fine from the European Union. The U-turn means that from 2012 he will charge van drivers to use London's roads unless...
Mayor Makes U-Turn on Green Charges for Vans and Taxis
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall Reporter BORIS Johnson is to press ahead with an air-quality scheme he shelved to avoid a huge fine from the European Union. The U-turn means that from 2012 he will charge van drivers to use London's roads unless...
MICRO DINING MANIA; A BIG BOOM IN SMALL PLATES IS REVOLUTIONISING THE WAY WE EAT OUT; SMALL PLATES: AN IDEA WRIT LARGE ACROSS THE CITY; Who Wants a Big [Pounds Sterling]24 Main Course When You Can Try Several Little Ones Instead? Liz Hoggard Charts the Rise and Rise of the Grazing Joint
Byline: Liz Hoggard THE HOTTEST new restaurant opening in town last week was Polpo, a Venetian "bacaro" in Beak Street, serving tasty Italian specialities to Soho's fashion-conscious foodies. This week it might be the basement at Hix, unofficially...
Mugger Who Strangled Six Women Jailed
Byline: Paul Cheston courts correspondent A MUGGER on a "power trip" who strangled and robbed six women after sneaking up on them from behind in the dark has been sentenced to 18 years in jail. Temman Dias, 25, of Battersea, was convicted of...
Mugger Who Strangled Six Women Jailed
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent in the last attack, in September last year, was convicted of robbery and sentenced to five years. Three of the victims were in court to hear the sentence at Kingston crown court. Judge Binning told them:...
My Daddy, My Daddy! Boy's Cry as Gangster Is Shot Dead
Byline: Justin Davenport and Neil Millard A GANGSTER shot dead at the wheel of his Range Rover in front of his five-yearold stepson was murdered as part of a long-running underworld feud. Oktay Erbasli, 23, was killed by a volley of shots fired...
NHS Launches Online Mental Health Checker
Byline: Anna Davis NHS Direct today launches its first online mental heath checker after a rise in the number of people telephoning for help with depression and anxiety. The symptom checker is aimed at victims of the credit crunch, as well as...
Paddington Survivor's First Train Journey in 10 Years
Byline: Felix Allen A BUSINESSWOMAN whose badly burned face came to symbolise the Paddington rail crash told today of her terror as she took a train journey for the first time since the disaster. Pam Warren, 42, made an emotional trip on a Great...
Paddington Survivor's First Train Journey in 10 Years
Byline: Felix Allen A BUSINESSWOMAN whose badly burned face came to symbolise the Paddington rail crash told today of her terror as she took a train journey for the first time since the disaster. Pam Warren, 42, made an emotional trip on a Great...
Police Shoot Armed Man 'After He Made Threats to Public'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger A GUNMAN was shot by police marksmen after he opened fire and threatened to shoot passers-by from a flat in north London. The man, who has been named locally as 43-year-old Richard Hiorns, was taken to hospital...
Ponting: ICC Trophy Win Won't End Ashes Pain
Byline: Tom Collomosse RICKY PONTING admits that not even winning the ICC Champions Trophy today would make up for the pain of captaining Australia to Ashes defeat. Ponting's team will retain their title if they can overcome New Zealand in the...
Portfolio
BUY MAY GURNEY KBC Peel Hunt advises investors to splash out on shares in May Gurney, the firm which maintains many of the UK's roads and street lighting, parks and roadside recycling programmes. Its interim results last week were boosted by buoyant...
[Pounds Sterling]50 to Avoid the Passport Queues at Heathrow; Heathrow Says [Pounds Sterling]50 Fee Will Pay for New Automatic Barrier
Byline: Ross Lydall PASSENGERS returning from overseas to Heathrow will be able to pay to jump the immigration queue under a new fast-track system. A trial is to be introduced next year at the airport's Terminal 4 that will allow travellers without...
RBS Bars Its Credit Cards to Non-Bank Customers
Byline: Lucy Tobin NATWEST-owner Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) today slammed its doors closed to credit card customers who do not currently bank with the group. Analysts said the UK's second-biggest card provider was trying to limit the danger...
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Rich Foreign Buyers Back in Market for Luxury Homes
Byline: Hugo Duncan THE top end of the London housing market is booming again as cash-rich buyers snap up posh properties in the capital. Developer Minerva, which is building multi-million pound homes at Lancaster Gate and has plans for an exclusive...
Rubens Is Fired Up as Jenson Plays Safe; Brawn Drivers Will Use Totally Different Tactics in Brazil, with Barrichello Going All out for Glory While Button Is Refusing to Take Any Risks. by Matt Majendie
Byline: Matt Majendie RUBENS BARRICHELLO said today he won't let the race for the title distract him from his next target of winning the Brazilian Grand Prix a week on Sunday. The Brawn GP driver goes into the penultimate round of the season 14...
Schalk Insists Saracens Can Get Their Kicks Just like the South Africans
Byline: Chris Jones SCHALK BRITS today revealed Saracens are using world champions South Africa as the template for their bid to land a first Guinness Premiership title. Sarries beat Newcastle 22-15 yesterday to maintain the only 100 per cent...
Schalk Insists Saracens Can Get Their Kicks Just like the South Africans
Byline: Chris Jones SCHALK BRITS today revealed Saracens are using world champions South Africa as the template for their bid to land a first Guinness Premiership title. Sarries beat Newcastle 22-15 yesterday to maintain the only 100 per cent...
Stansted Hijack Airline Applies to Restart Flights from Kabul
Byline: Julius Cavendish in Kabul IT IS better known for disasters and hijacking than in-flight service, but one of the world's most notorious airlines could be flying to London by next spring. Afghanistan's national airline Ariana is seeking...
Stansted Hijack Airline Applies to Restart Flights from Kabul
Byline: JuliusCavendish in Kabul IT IS better known for hijacking and crashes than in-flight service, but one of the world's most notorious airlines could be flying to London by next spring. Afghanistan's national airline Ariana is seeking permission...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 You've had a day or so to analyse the events triggered by your ruler Mars' stunning aspect to unreliable Uranus. While you're intrigued, others urge caution, which means proceeding slowly...
Star's Fears Health Battle Leaves Dame Maggie Too Afraid to Take Theatre Roles
Byline: Ellen Widdup DAME Maggie Smith says her battle with breast cancer has left her too frightened to return to the theatre. The veteran actress, winner of five Baftas and two Oscars, said she may turn her back on the stage altogether now...
Stars Pipped at Post in Rating Game
Byline: Simon Milham DESPITE an epic victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp yesterday, Sea The Stars is not the greatest horse in history, according to Timeform. The Halifax-based firm had already identified Sea The Stars as "one...
Stella Ruffles Up a Seventies Revival; McCartney Collection Flounces into Paris with Fine Tailoring
Byline: Laura Craik Fashion editor in Paris IT was lampshades at dawn at the Stella McCartney show in Paris today, with a collection that had more flounce to the ounce than your average Parisian boudoir. Russian model and mother of three Natalia...
Strictly Star Anton 'Must Be Axed from Show for Paki Slur'
Byline: Rashid Razaq THE BBC came under pressure today to sack Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke after receiving 63 complaints from the public over his "Paki" remark. Du Beke has apologised for using the slur to describe his dancing partner...
Students 'Tricked into Thinking They Will Earn More after Study'
Byline: Tim Ross education correspondent MINISTERS have "played a confidence trick" on a generation of students to go to university with the false promise they will earn more as graduates, leading private schools warned today. The Government...
Study Hard, and Learn on the Job; A New Initiative Forging Closer Ties between Teachers and Business Will Let Academics Update Their Vocational Skills
Byline: Sarah Richardson A PROGRAMME which connects teachers, tutors and trainers in the further education sector with business employers is being rolled out nationwide after a pilot project created more than 500 work experience placements for tutors...
'Tech Schools' Lead Drive to Increase Jobs for the Young
Byline: Joe Murphy Political editor A DOZEN new specialist schools offering advanced vocational skills for teenagers were pledged by the Tories today. The Technical Schools would teach science and engineering to talented 14 to 19-year-olds who...
Teenage Girls Hold Hands as They Jump to Death off Bridge
Byline: Kiran Randhawa TWO teenage girls died after jumping from a 125ft-high road bridge while holding hands. The girls, aged 14 and 15, fell from the Erskine Bridge, a notorious suicide spot near Glasgow. They attended the Good Shepherd Centre...
The Blond Lord of Misrule Jests and Jousts
Byline: Anne McElvoy SKETCH BORIS arrived to the siren strains of EastEnders. Peggy, unfortunately, couldn't make it but the Mayor is well capable of keeping the unruly crowd of Conservative conference goers in order by himself. We began with...
Theo Feels Inspired by 'Unstoppable' Fabregas
Byline: James Olley ARSENAL 6 BLACKBURN 2 THEO WALCOTT claims Cesc Fabregas will be unstoppable this season if he continues the scintillating form which provided the catalyst for Arsenal's demolition of Blackburn. The Spaniard scored one and...
The Timing Is Right for Gifted Gagsmith; Comedy
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU MICHAEL MCINTYRE Wembley Arena THE rise of Michael McIntyre has been so rapid it must have surprised even the 33-year-old performer himself. Five years ago he was a circuit journeyman, today he is virtually the biggest stand-up...
Thousands in NHS Face Axe in War on Wasteful Bureaucracy; Party Aims to Switch [Pounds Sterling]4bn from the Back Office to Doctors
Byline: Nicholas Cecil chief Political correspondent THOUSANDS of NHS employees could face the axe after the Tories promised a purge of bureaucracy in the health service. The Conservatives say they have identified [pounds sterling]4.4 billion...
Tories Need Their Own Treaty over Europe; What the Mayor Really Wants Is a Referendum on the Whole Issue of Britain's Membership of the EU. Can David Cameron Rein Him In?
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona IT IsN'T as easy as it looks, is it? As the Conservative conference opens in Manchester today, David Cameron and his team have been given an unwelcome taste of what it is like to experience the full blast of pitiless scrutiny...
Tories Need Their Own Treaty over Europe; What the Mayor Really Wants Is a Referendum on the Whole Issue of Britain's Membership of the EU. Can David Cameron Rein Him In?
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona T IsN'T as easy as it looks, is it? IAs the Conservative conference opens in Manchester today, David Cameron and his team have been given an unwelcome taste of what it is like to experience the full blast of pitiless scrutiny...
Tory Cuts Could Be Mighty Unpleasant; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton IT does not really matter what the Conservatives talk about in Manchester this week because it is almost certain it will not cover the one thing everyone wants to hear about. They won't talk clearly and openly about what...
Tory National Insurance Tax Cut 'To Create 60,000 Jobs'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A SURPRISE Tory tax cut designed to generate 60,000 new jobs was unveiled today. George Osborne pledged that thousands of new firms will be exempted from paying National Insurance on their first 10 employees,...
TORY TAX CUT 'TO CREATE 60,000 NEW JOBS'; OSBORNE PLEDGES NEW COMPANIES WILL PAY LESS NATIONAL INSURANCE; We'll Get Britain Working, Says Osborne
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A SURPRISE Tory tax cut designed to generate 60,000 jobs was unveiled today. George Osborne pledged that new firms will be exempted from paying National Insurance on the first 10 employees, saving about [pounds...
Two Families Given Housing Benefits Worth [Pounds Sterling]366,000
Byline: LawrenceConway TWO London families have received housing benefit worth [pounds sterling]366,000, figures reveal today. One family in Camden has received more than [pounds sterling]189,000 since August 2001. They are now in a five-bedroom...
Waitrose Pulls Fox News Ads after 'Racist' Jibe at Obama
Byline: Ed Harris WAITROSE has pulled its advertising from Fox News after customers complained about a presenter's remarks on Barack Obama. Television host Glenn Beck said he thought the US president was "a racist" in July, and a number of companies...
'We'll See You in Court' - Why City Is Keen to Fund Litigation; LEGAL ANALYSIS
Byline: Lucy Tobin WE have seen a plethora of alternative investments recently from fine wine to art and racehorses. Now, a new class of investment is emerging, one that would cause Rumpole to have apoplexy: the chance to invest in multimillion-pound...
'WE'RE THE TEAM TO BEAT'; DROGBA THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET STAR BELIEVES CHELSEA ARE ON COURSE FOR THE TITLE; Chelsea Are the Team to Beat, Boasts Didier
Byline: Tom Collomosse DIDIER DROGBA believes Chelsea's win over Liverpool has proved they have learned from the mistakes of last season and are now on track to take the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's 2-0 victory yesterday...
'WE'RE THE TEAM TO BEAT'; DROGBA THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET STAR BELIEVES CHELSEA ARE ON COURSE FOR THE TITLE; We're Are Now the Team to Beat, Boasts Drogba
Byline: Tom Collomosse DIDIER DROGBA believes Chelsea's win over Liverpool has proved they have learned from the mistakes of last season and are now on track to take the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's 2-0 victory yesterday...
WHERE BRAINS CAN KNOCK OUT BRAWN; 'And He Follows That Check with a Right Uppercut ...' Richard Godwin Looks at Chessboxing, Where You Can Be Both Master of the Board and King of the Ring
Byline: Richard Godwin TWO players stare one another out over a chequered board. Their minds are locked in concentration. Their tiny armies are poised. White moves his king's pawn to e4. Black manoeuvres his knight to f6. White backs up his pawn...
Who Needs Money? See What Bartering Brings You
Byline: Carol Wooltons DIAMONDS and movies have had a special relationship both on and off-screen since films first flickered into life. At every film premiere there's a parade of rocks on the red carpet, and if you think of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes...
Wildlife Will Vanish as London Gets Warmer, Say Climate Experts
Byline: Mark Prigg Science correspondent LONDON'S wildlife could change dramatically because of global warming, a new report has found. For the first time it lays out the plants and animals that will be worst hit as a result of rising temperatures....
Win a European Break for 70 People on a Private British Airways Jet
London Evening Standard Promotion Simply Win a European break for 70 people guess this on a private British Airways jet destination correctly Plus accommodation at a Hilton Hotel British Airways are offering readers the rare opportunity to win a specially...
Win a European Break for 70 People on a Private British Airways Jet; London Evening Standard Promotion; Plus Accommodation at a Hilton Hotel
British Airways are offering readers the rare opportunity to win a specially chartered fl ight from London City Airport on one of the new 76-seat Embraer 170 jets for one person and 69 friends and family for a weekend. Just guess the European destination...