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Articles from November 18, 2009

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Afghan Tactics 'May Be Too Little, Too Late'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GORDON BROWN was today warned that the campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan risks being jeopardised by doing "too little, too late". Lord Guthrie, former chief of the Defence Staff,...
A GAP BIG ENO OUGH FOR A FAMILY; WINNER: THE BEST NEW HOME IN BRITAIN as If by Magic, a Family Has Built a Spacious Home in the Tiny Gap between Two Stucco Houses, Earning a Coveted Architecture Medal in the Process. Philippa Stockley Discovers the Gap House's Big Secrets
Byline: Philippa Stockley WALKING along the smart stucco strees of Bayswater, the gaps betwen the pairs of big white houses appear rather gloomy. About eight feet wide, there might be just enough room for a claustrophobic patio. Then, suddenly,...
Agents: We'll Sell Derelict Mayfair House for [Pounds Sterling]30m
Byline: Terry Kirby ITMAY be the middle of a recession and the property is derelict, but estate agents are confident of finding buyers for a [pounds sterling]30million Mayfair house which has just gone on the market. The building, in Charles...
All Blacks Still Believe Wilkinson Can Reboot England's Fortunes
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent RODNEY SO'OIALO admits the All Blacks are still living in fear of Jonny Wilkinson, even though England appear to be in disarray following the first two autumn internationals. Wilkinson's partnership with...
All Infertile Couples Must Get Free IVF, Says Doctor
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor A LONDON fertility doctor is calling for free IVF for all patients to end the postcode lottery on treatment. Sam Abdalla, medical director of the Lister Fertility Clinic, said it was "scandalous" that infertile...
Am I Being Taken to the Cleaners?
Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS QWHEN I recently left my rented flat I made sure it was clean and in good condition but now my landlord wants to deduct [pounds sterling]800 from my deposit "for cleaning costs". I am furious...
A Reheated Tale from Russia Fires Up Shares in Centrica
Byline: Mickey Clark MARKET ROUND-UP BRITISH Gas operator Centrica lit up on the leaderboard today with a rise of 6p at 2581/4p as that old story about a bid from Russia's Gazprom began doing the rounds again. City gossip claims the cash-rich...
At Last We've Got Cameron on the Back Foot
Byline: Lord Mandelson DAVID CAMERON seems to be getting a little rattled. Following his flustered performance at PMQs last week, he seems shocked and disconcerted to be facing a political fight again. Unable to make a convincing charge that...
At Last We've Got Cameron on the Back Foot
Byline: Lord Mandelson DAVID CAMERON seems to be getting a little rattled. Following his flustered performance at PMQs last week, he seems shocked and disconcerted to be facing a political fight again. Unable to make a convincing charge that...
A VINTAGE YEAR FOR BEAUTY; Ever Yearn for the Time When Grooming Was De Rigueur? Now London Has Plenty of Luxury Retro Salons for Ladies and Gentlemen
Byline: Richard Godwin CALL it the latest trend, call it the recession and a desire for tradition, but retro beauty has hit the big time in London. Salons with a vintage-inspired service menu and a decor to match are popping up all over the city,...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork A NEW SASH CAN SAVE CASH BARGAIN OF THE WEEK IN TIME for the cold weather, Sash Window Workshop is offering Homes & Property readers 10 per cent off all new replacement timber windows and doors. Original sash windows are...
BARKING MAKES TONGUES WAG; Young Londoners Will Love Fabulous Art Deco Mayesbrook Manor, Where New Homes Start at Only [Pounds Sterling]139,995. Nearby, the 18-Storey Lemonade Building Is Ready to Pop, Reports David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles BARKING is within sight of the Gherkin, with the cheapest property in London, making it popular with first-time buyers on a shoe-string budget. Barking and its neighbour, Dagenham, have an industrial past. Head east out...
'Being in the UK Is the Best Place to Make Movies'; INTERVIEW Harry Brown Producer Kris Thykier Made His Money in PR and Is Using It to Carve a Path in the Movie Industry
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor KRIS THYKIER is hard to miss. He's tall, six foot four, with a dark beard, and sitting in the restaurant with a pile of newspapers. They're all reporting the premiere of Harry Brown, the movie starring Michael...
Belle De Jour Called for Legal Prostitution as a Student
Byline: Nigel Rosser and Felix Allen THE scientist who revealed she was the call girl Belle de Jour publicly called for prostitution to be legalised when she was a 20-year-old, the Standard reveals today. Seven years before she turned to the...
Belle De Jour Called for Legal Prostitution as a Student
Byline: Nigel Rosser and Felix Allen THE scientist who worked as call girl Belle de Jour called for prostitution to be legalised when she was a 20-yearold, the Standard reveals today. Seven years before taking up the trade, Dr Brooke Magnanti wrote...
Bennett Back in the Habit with Brilliant but Flawed Meeting of Artistic Minds; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS THE HABIT OF ART National Theatre, Lyttelton A NEW Alan Bennett play is an event. This is especially true since 2004's The History Boys, one of the most commercially successful achievements of the National Theatre -- a delicious...
BORN-AGAIN BEIRUT; the 'Paris of the East' Has Once Again Had to Rise from the Rubble of War. Its Latest Revival Oozes Glamour, with Stylish Hotels and Trendy Bars Opening, as Claire Wrathall Reports
Byline: Claire Wrathall STROLLING along the Corniche, which runs along the northernmost stretch of Beirut's Mediterranean seaboard, on a warm Saturday evening, dodging power walkers, promenaders and soignee women with dogs in their handbags, it...
Brawn Still in Denial as Button Move to McLaren Draws Near
Byline: David Smith IMMINENT confirmation of Jenson Button's move to McLaren appears to have completely wrong-footed the world champion's boss Ross Brawn. Late last night, as the final details of a three-year contract worth at least [pounds sterling]18million...
BRITART'S GOT TALENT; the BBC's New Reality Show, the School of Saatchi, Will Do for Aspiring Artists What the X Factor Does for Budding Pop Stars. but We're Not Dumbing Down, Judge Frank Cohen Tells Alison Roberts
Byline: Alison Roberts FIRST we had the pop music talent shows such as Pop Idol and Fame Academy. Then came the West End musical talent shows How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and I'd Do Anything! We've even had an opera talent show with the...
Brown's Family Friendly Strategy to Win Election
Byline: Joe Murphy, Paul Waugh and Nicholas Cecil GORDON BROWN made his pitch for a fourth Labour term today with a Queen's Speech designed to please squeezed young families worried about their children and their elderly parents. The Queen was...
Brown Will Raise Taxes to Care for the Elderly
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor POST-ELECTION tax increases moved closer today as Gordon Brown made his pitch for a fourth Labour term with promises aimed at families worried about children and elderly parents. The final Queen's Speech before...
Bully, 13,who Chased Girl to Death; Killer of Vicar's Daughter Goes Sobbing to the Cells
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A GIRL who was 13 when she drove a vicar's adopted daughter to jump to her death from a third-floor window was convicted of manslaughter today. Hatice Can, now 15, was led sobbing to the cells and was...
Cadbury Gallops Ahead as Hershey 'Enters Takeover War'
Byline: Simon English CADBURY shares jumped towards a record high today as excitement grew that a bidding war for the Dairy Milk maker could be about to erupt. US chocolate-maker Hershey is seriously considering entering the [pounds sterling]10...
CHANGE AT TOP FOR M&S AND ITV; MORRISONS BOSS MOVES TO MARKS; ARCHIE NORMAN TO LEAD NETWORK; Change at the Top for M&S and ITV; Morrisons Boss Joins Marks and Archie Norman Heads Network
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor NEW bosses were hired at Marks&Spencer and ITV today in moves expected to bring huge changes to the high street and television. M&S said it had appointed Morrisons' head Marc Bolland as...
'Channel 4 Asked Me to Take a Pay Cut and I Will. I'm All for It, We've All Got to Pull Together, Haven't We?'
Byline: Alison Roberts AS A NEW SERIES OF ALAN CARR'S CHATSHOW STARTS THIS WEEK HE TALKS CANDIDLY ABOUT CASH AND HOW THE FLIP SIDE OF FAME MEANS HE WAS FORCED OUT OF HIS CROUCH END HOME ALAN Carr has been credit crunched -- or will be next year,...
Design News
Byline: Katie Law STAND AND DELIVER ARAM Expecting extra people next month? Danish designer Sidse Werner's Coat Tree, is an eminently practical and very cool rack for extra coats and clothes, goes anywhere in the house and is available in a variety...
DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Sealed-Bid Wars, Tempests and Floods May All Be in a Day's Work for One Belgravia Agent. but When a Lift Got Stuck It Was a Job for Firefighters
MONDAY It's a good Monday morning and though I can't believe it is already November we have had a ton of tenants moving in during October, more than any month in 2008 and 2009. School half-term is over and families are back in central London...
Don't Stop and Search Under-11s
IF CHILDREN of nine, 10 and 11 are being stopped and searched, we should ask ourselves what as a society we have done to create a situation where young people feel the need to carry a weapon to protect or to prove themselves. Stop and search of this...
Erinle's Number Comes Up after Countdown Star Makes Selection; after Years of Struggle, the Multi-Talented Biarritz Centre Finally Gets the Chance to Show His Pace and Power. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones AYOOLA ERINLE was today handed the task of giving England's back division some much-needed power and pace when they host New Zealand on Saturday. For Erinle, who left English rugby to try to save his career in France with...
Fans on the Web
After all the negative press, trials and tribulations, scandals and revelations, this is genuinely exciting. Two different driving styles and one hell of a battle next year. I am a huge fan of Hamilton because his driving style is so aggressive --...
Fans on the Web
after all the negative press, trials and tribulations, scandals and revelations, this is genuinely exciting. Two different driving styles and one hell of a battle next year. I am a huge fan of Hamilton because his driving style is so aggressive --...
Father 'Married Daughter So She Could Stay in UK'
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A FORMER Home Office worker was today under investigation for "marrying" his daughter so she could live in Britain. Jelili Adesanya, originally from Nigeria, allegedly fooled immigration officials by faking a wedding ceremony....
Fears over Gallas See Wenger Eye [Pounds Sterling]15m Replacement
Byline: James Olley ARSENAL have identified Borussia Dortmund centre-half Neven Subotic as a long-term replacement for William Gallas as fears grow the Frenchman could leave the club for nothing in the summer. And the Gunners have problems elsewhere...
Forget Partying with Cheerleaders, Says [Pounds Sterling]250k Winner.I'm Going Home to Mum
Byline: Terry Kirby and Benedict Moore-Bridger SO, YOU'RE a young rugby fan and rookie player who has just won [pounds sterling]250,000 in a half-time kicking competition. You are surrounded by celebrating cheerleaders you have promised to take...
Free Care for 280,000 Elderly and Disabled
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor CARE for the elderly was put at the heart of Labour's re-election bid today with a pledge to give free help to those in most need. Health Secretary Andy Burnham will fund personal care for up to 280,000...
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Gifford Hopes Spin at Ascot Will Get Straw Bear Roaring
Byline: Simon Milham NICK GIFFORD is mulling over the possibility of aiming Straw Bear at the World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, should the gelding rediscover his old sparkle. The eight-year-old will take on Triumph Hurdle victor Zaynar and...
Good Lord! [Pounds Sterling]400m to Give Home of Cricket a New Look
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent PLANS for the [pounds sterling]400 million redevelopment of Lord's cricket ground were unveiled today. Five of its stands would be rebuilt and flats would be erected around the perimeter to help fund...
Hallelujah, It's Alexandra the (Almost) Great; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID SMYTH ALEXANDRA BURKE -- MENCAP'S LITTLE NOISE SESSIONS Union Chapel *** ALEXANDRA BURKE'S debut album is doing very nicely, yet the Islington singer is still struggling to stand out among the X Factor participants past and present...
Harman's Equality Rules to Decide [Pounds Sterling]220bn Contracts
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent HARRIET HARMAN today sought to seize control of [pounds sterling]220 billion a year of public contracts to drive through an unprecedented equality crusade. Labour's deputy leader aims to use...
HIGH-TECH WAYS TO O RELIEVE THE PRESSURE; There Is Now a Whole Range of Gadgets That Can Help You Relax While You Work. We Put the Best Stress-Busters to the Test
Byline: Sophie Goodchild ALPHA-STIM Howitworks: You attach clips containing electrodes to each earlobe. An electric current flows into the clips from a battery-powered pack. The current should help "normalise" the brain's electrical activity....
Home of Cricket Gets a [Pounds Sterling]400m Refit but, Thank the Lord's, Keeps Its Name
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent PLANS for the [pounds sterling]400 million redevelopment of Lord's cricket ground were unveiled today. Five of its stands would be rebuilt and luxury flats would be erected around the perimeter to...
Home Office Worker 'Married His Daughter So She Could Stay in UK'
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A FORMER Home Office worker was today under investigation for "marrying" his daughter so she would be allowed to live in Britain. Jelili Adesanya, originally from Nigeria, allegedly fooled immigration officials by faking...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Compton Miller NEW DR WHO SEEKS TIME AND SPACE IN BELSIZE PARK NO SOONER has unknown actor Matt Smith landed BBC1's coveted Dr Who role than I find him flat-hunting in north London. He's looking for a two-bedroom home in Belsize Park or...
'I Heard Scream and Foxy Knoxy Fled Just before Meredith Died'
Byline: Nick Pisa in Perugia A MAN appealing against his conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher claims he heard her argue with fellow suspect Amanda Knox minutes before he found the British student dying in agony. Rudy Guede, 22, told...
IT'S TIME TO LET YOUR FERTILE IMAGINATION BLOSSOM; Trees Can Offer a Small Town Garden or Patio Big Rewards. Choose Well and They Will Even Help You Enjoy the Winter
Byline: Pattie Barron NATIONAL Tree Week starts next Wednesday, officially marking the start of the winter tree planting season. The campaign encourages us to help the environment and green up the scenery by planting trees in parks and schools,...
ITV Is a People Business ... What I Do Best, Norman Says
Byline: Nick Goodway ITV today named Archie Norman its new chairman. The former member of the Tory shadow cabinet and chief executive of Asda told the Evening Standard: "There are few opportunities that would have tempted me back into the public...
ITV Job Was Irresistible, Says Norman
Byline: Nick Goodway ITV today named Archie Norman, the former Tory shadow cabinet member and chief executive of Asda, as its new chairman. "There are few opportunities that would have tempted me back into the public company arena, but ITV is...
Keane Must Light Fuse If Irish Are to Reach Their Finals Goal; Republic of Ireland Look to Their Captain for Inspiration Tonight as They Bid to Overturn a 1-0 Deficit in France to Reach Next Year's World Cup. Tom Collomosse Reports
Byline: Tom Collomosse reports. IF IRELAND are to qualify for the World Cup by beating France in one of the most daunting stadia in football, their captain Robbie Keane must be as effective off the pitch as he usually is on it. Tottenham striker...
Latvia's Iron Lady Enters EU Race with Attack on Male Chauvinism
Byline: Ed Harris A NEW face emerged today in the race to become the EU's first president as the former president of Latvia launched an attack on the selection process and challenged her male rivals to an open contest. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the...
'Let Us Keep Life-Saving Stem Cells from Birth'
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor TWO London hospitals have been accused of blocking access to life-saving treatment, by barring new mothers from storing their babies' stem cells. More than 11,000 mothers in Britain have used private doctors...
Many Causes, Many Symptoms
Byline: Dr Christian Jessen VITAL SIGNS WE ALL need a certain amount of pressure in our lives to make our work satisfying and help us meet our deadlines. But too much pressure without having the chance to let off steam causes stress. Of course,...
Mayor's [Pounds Sterling]1.7bn Cuts 'Will Mean Route Closures and Fewer Buses'
Byline: KatharineBarney City Hall reporter COMMUteRS were today warned they faced cuts to bus services after Boris Johnson disclosed he was slashing [pounds sterling]1.7 billion from his transport budget. the Mayor intends the budget cut to be...
Mayor Told His [Pounds Sterling]1.7bn Cuts Will Mean Less Buses and Axed Routes
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall Reporter COMMUTERS were today warned they faced cuts to bus services after Boris Johnson disclosed he was slashing [pounds sterling]1.7 billion from his transport budget. The Mayor intends the budget cut to...
McIlroy and Westwood Won't Hold Back in Race for No1 Spot
Byline: David Smith RORY McILROY and Lee Westwood both insist only winning will do when they go head-to-head for a Dubai double that could be worth [pounds sterling]1.65million. McIlroy and Westwood, first and second on the European Tour's Race...
Morrisons Man Brings More Reasons to Shop at M&s
Byline: Nick Goodway City Correspondent MARC BOLLAND has transformed Morrisons from a dowdy northern chain known for its cheap prices and cluttered aisles to a respected nationwide presence respected for its farmers' market-style fresh food stalls....
Move to London Is Blamed for Star's Injuries; Chelsea's Zhirkov Hit by His Change of Lifestyle
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent YURY ZHIRKOV believes the injuryplagued start to his Chelsea career has, bizarrely, been caused by a struggle to adapt to his new life in London. Zhirkov has started just one game for Chelsea since...
M&S Shock as Morrisons Chief Lands the Boss's Job
Byline: Simon English MARKS & Spencer shocked the City and the retail industry today when it appointed the boss of Britain's fourthbiggest supermarket as its new chief executive. Marc Bolland, a Dutchman and former boss of lager maker Heineken,...
My Kingdom for a Bonus. City Jobless Take Up Acting
Byline: Miranda Bryant REDUNDANT City workers are signing up for acting classes at London's top drama schools. Brian Timoney, director of the Actors' Studio in Hoxton, said he has been inundated with applicants switching careers since the financial...
New Boss at ITV Faces Daunting Trial in the Jungle; Chairman Archie Norman Has a Pedigree of Turning around Businesses -- but Will His Lack of TV Experience Count against Him?
Byline: Gideon Spanier MEDIA ANALYSIS SO ARCHIE Norman is going to sumbit himself to the Bushtucker Trial that is chairing ITV. Formerly an MP, Tory chief executive and Asda chairman, he says the challenge of overseeing the I'm A Celebrity and X-Factor...
No Quick Fix for This Property Problem
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT WHEN commercial property prices crashed in the mid-1970s, in circumstances that were very similar to today, it took them years to recover. Prices then fell 40% or more in the depths of the trough, but they...
Now Jenson Really Has to Be on the Button to Stay in Front; Racing Great Jackie Stewart Believes That the Former Brawn Driver Faces His Biggest Challenge Yet after Pairing Up with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith THE warm smiles and handshakes that world champion Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will regularly exchange next season are bound to suggest that the two McLaren drivers remain the best of friends. But Button, who today finally...
Ofwat Pricing Proposals Point to Hard Times for Water Firms; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark GIVEN all the rain that has fallen during the past few days, it seems strange that shareholders of the main water utilities are bracing themselves for something of a drought as far as their fortunes are concerned in the years...
Oh, the Glamour and Gaiety of Diplomatic Life
Byline: Melanie McDonagh FOR SOME reason, diplomats get agitated when you suggest to them that there may be something about their status and way of life that makes them prone to adultery. I only asked them because the latest revelations about the...
One in 10 London Paramedics Attacked
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter ALMOST 10 per cent of paramedics have been assaulted while on duty in London, new figures show. The rate of attacks on ambulance staff in the capital is more than seven times higher than other parts of the country....
ON-PISTE FOR A BARGAIN; Bargains in the Alps Can Still Be Found -- and You Get Good Value All Year Round
Byline: Cathy Hawker THIS just might be the year to bag a ski bargain in the European Alps? While an on-piste chalet in the winter hotspots of Courchevel or Verbier will still command prices as steep as a black run, there is value to be had elsewhere....
Outnumbering All Its Rivals; Family TV Show Is Nominated in Five Categories at Comedy Awards
Byline: Peter Dominiczak FAMILY comedy Outnumbered is leading the way at this year's British Comedy Awards, bagging five nominations. Comics Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr will also have high hopes for the ceremony, with three nominations each....
Outraged over Comedy in Five Easy Steps
Byline: Chris Addison STOP! Stop what you are doing at once! A major breach in public decorum and decency has occurred and you owe it to Society In General to take a moment to be appalled. You want to know what has happened? Are you sitting down?...
Playing Catch-Up on Bribery
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT WHEN Labour came to power in 1997, it talked a lot about how it planned to clamp down on money-laundering and bribery, and promptly signed the OECD convention which committed government signatories to pass and...
Playing Catch-Up on Bribery; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton WHEN Labour came to power in 1997, it talked a lot about how it planned to clamp down on money-laundering and bribery, and promptly signed the OECD convention which committed government signatories to pass and enforce strict...
Pool with a View for King's Cross Gasholder
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent ONE of the four King's Cross gasholders is to be rebuilt as a [pounds sterling]2.5 million pavilion and open-air performance space. There will be a shallow pool, garden and play area for children on...
Recession Creates the [Pounds Sterling]12.50 Michelin-Starred Lunch
Byline: Ellen Widdup FEAR of empty tables has prompted London's Michelin-starred restaurants to tempt diners with cut-price deals. Some are charging as little as [pounds sterling]12.50 for lunch as they try to fight off the recession. Fifteen...
Rhodes: I'll Get BT Tower Spinning
Byline: Sri Carmichael Consumer Affairs Reporter GARY RHODES today revealed his ambition to relaunch the revolving restaurant at the top of the BT Tower in time for the Olympics. Nearly 30 years since the venue shut, the chef said it should be...
Rhodes: I'll Get the BT Tower Restaurant Spinning Again
Byline: Sri Carmichael Consumer Affairs Reporter GARY RHODES today revealed his ambition to relaunch the revolving restaurant at the top of the BT Tower in time for the Olympics. Nearly 30 years since the venue shut, the chef said it should be...
RICH PICKINGS; the Standard Is the First Paper to Report on a Stunning New Hotel in the New Forest That's Taken Five Years and [Pounds Sterling]30 Million to Create. So Has It Been Worth the Wait? HOTEL REVIEW
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE LIME WOOD near Lyndhurst, Hampshire LIME Wood would be the perfect hideaway for Sir Fred Goodwin. Set in the New Forest, this country-house hotel and spa offers not only the last word in luxury but the last word in...
Robbie Must Light the Fuse If Ireland Are to Reach the Finals; Ireland Captain Will Have to Provide the Inspiration Tonight as His Side Bid to Overturn a 1-0 Deficit against France and Qualify for the World Cup. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse IF IRELAND are to qualify for the World Cup by beating France in one of the most daunting stadia in football, their captain Robbie Keane must be as effective off the pitch as he usually is on it. Tottenham striker Keane...
Roth Set to Be Humbled by Bad Sex Award; Londoner's Diary
COULD Philip Roth be about to receive some long overdue recognition for his magnificent contribution to erotic literature? The great American novelist has been nominated this year for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award for his latest novel, The Humbling,...
Secret Cameras Hidden in Homes Allow Council to Spy on Street Yobs
Byline: Katharine Barney and Mark Blunden HIDDEN surveillance cameras are being installed in London homes for the first time to spy on neighbours. The CCTV devices, fitted inside properties but trained on the streets, are permitted under anti-terrorist...
SECRET CAMERAS TO SPY ON NEIGHBOURS; CCTV HIDDEN IN HOMES TO CATCH ANTI-SOCIAL YOBS CIVIL LIBERTIES FEAR OVER USE OF ANTI-TERROR LAWS Covert Cameras Put in Homes to Film Street Louts
Byline: Katharine Barney and Mark Blunden HIDDEN surveillance cameras are being installed in London homes for the first time to spy on neighbours. The CCTV devices, fitted inside properties but trained on the streets, are permitted under anti-terrorist...
Severed Hand Wife 'Had Lived in Fear for Months'; 'My Sister Was Too Scared to Go to Police, and She Didn't Want to Worry Us'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak THE family of a young mother left dying in the street with her right hand cut off told today how she had lived in fear after months of feeling "hounded and threatened". Mother-of-two Geeta Aulakh, 28, was found in the...
Severed Hand Woman 'Lived in Fear for Months'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak THE family of a young mother left dying in the street with her right hand cut off told today how she had lived in fear after months of feeling "hounded and threatened". Mother-of-two Geeta Aulakh, 28, was found in Greenford...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Generally, you're the first to help anybody who's struggling. Now it could get you into hot water. Others don't fully understand the difficulties they're facing, so are describing them to...
Straw Bear May Go for World Hurdle
Byline: Simon Milham NICK GIFFORD may aim Straw Bear at the World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, should the gelding rediscover his old sparkle. The eight-year-old will take on Triumph Hurdle victor Zaynar and former Champion Hurdle winners Hardy...
STRESSED; It's Reaching Epidemic Proportions in London and Is the Number One Reason for Absence from Work. Sophie Goodchild Looks at Why We Are Getting So
Byline: Sophie Goodchild TOXIC bosses. Eighty-hour weeks. Colleagues collapsing at their desks. Anecdotes about workplace stress abound in these recession-led times. My personal favourites include the irate manager who hurled a ringing mobile across...
Strevens Ends Injury Misery by Sparking Bees Cup Rout
Byline: Dean Jones BEN STREVENS finally scored his first goal for Brentford as they beat Gateshead 5-2 to reach the second round of the FA Cup last night. Strevens was expected to make an immediate impact after completing a free transfer from...
Supremo Hits Back at Cash's Claim That Tennis Is Just 'Middle Class'
Byline: Roger Draper CEO of the LTA AS THE focus of the sports media turns to London, let's look at some facts about British tennis. Seventy nine per cent of all schools offer tennis. Half a million adults play tennis every week, nearly a million...
The Bargains and the Bling; Smart Moves: Knightsbridge
GLITZY One Hyde Park, the Candy brothers' scheme under way in Knightsbridge, has catapulted this prime pocket of central London to the world's most expensive residential address after Monaco. Some of the planet's super-rich -- from Russian oligarchs...
THE CITY'S FIRST FAMILY; the New Lord Mayor and His Wife Raised Their Daughters in the City. Dad Only Leaves to Run Marathons in New York, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: Cathy Hawker NICK Anstee, the new Lord Mayor of The City of London, his wife Claire and their three daughters have just moved house. After the ceremony of the Lord Mayor's show and fireworks last weekend, the City of London's "first couple"...
The Facebook Detective; Girl Trawled Networking Site to Find Attacker Who Glassed Her
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A WOMAN nearly blinded after she was smashed in the face with a glass told today how she tracked down her attacker on Facebook after a failed police investigation. Jennifer Wilson was left lying on a club dance floor with...
The Facebook Detective; Girl Trawled Networking Site to Track Down the Attacker Who Glassed Her
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A WOMAN nearly blinded after she was smashed in the face with a glass told today how she tracked down her attacker on Facebook after a failed police investigation. Jennifer Wilson was left lying on a night club dance floor...
The Queen's Speech Sets the Battle Lines
THE Queen's speech today was accompanied by the usual pomp but as ever in the final legislative programme before an election, it had an air of unreality. This is not so much a government announcing its plans as a party setting out its manifesto. There...
The Quick-Witted Transformer Who Aims to Work His Magic on Itv
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor YES, Archie Norman watches X Factor. And football and films, all on ITV. When he gets the chance. But his wife Vanessa is more of a viewer than he is. He's not at home much in the evenings, holding business...
The Truss Affair -- and Lessons for the Tories; David Cameron Won the Brush with the 'Turnip Taliban' -- but His Selection Battles Are about to Get Serious
Byline: Anne McElvoy THE more we hear about South West Norfolk Conservatives, the more the heart goes out to the poor candidates trying to penetrate the closed world of local Tory associations. A moment of divine television comedy arose when...
THE X FACTOR WINNER; the ITV Talent Show's House Has Made a Star out of Golders Green -- Only 30 Minutes from the West End. Ruth Bloomfield Reports
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield ANYBODY wishing to visit the house where the surviving X Factor contestants are holed up should ride the Northern Line to Golders Green and then simply follow the sound of screaming. In recent weeks, local police have...
This Is a Manifesto Not a Queen's Speech
THE Queen's speech today is accompanied by all the usual pomp and circumstance (excepting the Speaker's decision to dress down) but it has, nonetheless, an air of unreality. This is not so much a government setting out its legislative programme for...
Too Much, Too Late to Sway the Voters; COMMENTARY
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GORDON BROWN has finally got the fight he wanted... the only question is whether voters will bother to watch. Today's Queen's Speech is due to contain some 15 Bills, 12 of them brand new, which is an impossibly...
Tory 'Big Bang' Plan to Shake Up Media Is Good Sense; on the Eve of a Key Speech on Tory Policy, Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt Talks to the Standard; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: Roy Greenslade IS IT possible to save traditional media companies in the face of the twin threats of a digital revolution and the recession? That question has not only been asked with increasing urgency over the past couple of years, it...
Virgin Commuters Hit by Strikes over Increase in Fares
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent PASSENGERS using Sir Richard Branson's West Coast Main Line face a double whammy of fare increases and strike action, it was revealed today. Ticket office staff will begin a "rolling programme" of walkouts...
Ward Leads the Way as the LTA Takes Tennis to the Kids; Former British No2 Was Unable to Play the Sport at School but Says Facilities for Rising Young Stars Are Excellent Now
Byline: Chris Jones EFFORTS to take tennis to the masses took some criticism from Australian legend Pat Cash yesterday when he claimed the sport was still restricted to the middle classes but James Ward is proof that Britain's talent is not restricted...
Ward Leads the Way as the LTA Take Tennis to the Kids; the British No3 Was Unable to Play the Sport at School but Says Facilities for Rising Young Stars Are Excellent Now. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones EFFORTS to take tennis to the masses took some criticism from Australian legend Pat Cash yesterday when he claimed the sport was still restricted to the middle classes but James Ward is proof that Britain's talent is not restricted...