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Articles from May 19, 2009

A Giggle of Guys Set out Their Store
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU COMEDY 30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA Comedy Store, W1 THERE is no official collective noun for a gathering of comedians. How about a giggle? There was certainly a giggle of comedians on stage at the Comedy Store last night to celebrate...
Ashes Venue Is Penalised for Having a Poor Pitch
Byline: Marco Giacomelli GLAMORGAN have been docked two points for preparing a "poor" pitch at the venue that will host the first Ashes Test on 8 July. The county, who plan to appeal, have been penalised by the England and Wales Cricket Board...
Back to Our Roots. the Plants Are the Thing; COMMENTARY
Byline: Adam Nicolson COMMENTARY CHELSEA is one of the great barometers of Englishness. Our love affair with "heritage", the clumsy first grapplings with modernity, an ecoand then a grow-your-own enthusiasm: all have made their pitch here. But for...
Beckham Pleads with Carlo to Snub Chelsea; We Love Milan Boss, Says Midfielder
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent DAVID BECKHAM says Carlo Ancelotti is one of the best managers he has ever worked with and is desperate for him not to leave AC Milan for Chelsea. Ancelotti is Chelsea's first choice to become their...
Boris Aims to Lead World on Electric Cars
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall Reporter BORIS JOHNSON today outlined plans to set up thousands of vehicle charging points across London and make Britain the "electric car capital of Europe". Work will begin to put refuelling points at Tube...
Boris: London Will Lead World on Electric Cars
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall Reporter BORIS JOHNSON today outlined plans to set up thousands of vehicle charging points across London and make Britain the "electric car capital of Europe". Work will begin to put refuelling points at Tube...
Boris: We'll Lead World on Electric Cars
Byline: Katharine Barney City Hall Reporter BORIS JOHNSON today outlined plans to set up thousands of vehicle charging points across London and make Britain the "electric car capital of Europe". Work will begin to put refuelling points at Tube...
Bridge You Can Cross When You Come to It
Byline: Sarah Richardson PICK UP any wedding magazine or speak to a wedding organiser and you'll be left with the impression that you should have been planning your Big Day since your first date. While the average engagement now lasts just over...
Britain's Top Black Police Chief Applies for Deputy Met Post
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent BRITAIN'S highest-ranking black police officer has applied for the post of Deputy Commissioner at Scotland Yard. Mike Fuller, the chief constable of Kent, is one of four candidates for the [pounds...
Charles Plans His Own Great Exhibition; Londoner's Diary
PRINCE CHARLES has often risked the wrath of politicians with his outspoken views on the environment. Now the future king has designs on making his mark with a giant green exhibition designed to rival Prince Albert's famous Great Exhibition of 1851....
Chelsea Winner Grows His Own Ingredients for Scent of Good Queen Bess
Byline: Ellen Widdup WHEN Laurie Chetwood discovered a 400-year-old recipe for a perfume worn by Queen Elizabeth I, he spent a year growing the ingredients. With his friend Patrick Collins, he grew a garden filled with the roses, lavender and...
Chelsea Winner Grows Ingredients for Scent of Good Queen Bess
Byline: Ellen Widdup WHEN Laurie Chetwood discovered a 400-year-old recipe for a perfume worn by Queen Elizabeth I, he spent a year growing the ingredients. With his friend Patrick Collins, he grew a garden filled with the roses, lavender and...
Cipriani at the Crossroads after He Feels Axe; England Manager Urges Wasps Fly-Half to Prove Him Wrong after Being Dropped. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones MARTIN JOHNSON today insisted Danny Cipriani still has a future with England despite ignoring the London Wasps outside-half for the summer Test matches with Argentina. Cipriani, England's starting No10 under team manager Johnson...
Cipriani Needs to Sort out More Than His Ankle before Next Term; Wasps Star Is Delaying Surgery in Case He Is Called Up by the Lions but Regaining Full Fitness Could Heal the Mental Scars Caused by His England Demotion
Byline: Chris Jones GIVEN that Danny Cipriani has a lucrative boot deal, goes out with Kelly Brook and will be a target for every major European rugby club when his one-year deal with London Wasps runs out, asking the question: "Well Danny, where...
Close Reminder of City's Resilience
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT CLOSURE of the corporate finance division of Close Brothers, announced yesterday, will cause barely a ripple on the surface of the City -- but it is nevertheless a story for our time. Twenty-five years ago...
Come on, Boris, Free Our Streets of This Clutter; One London Borough Is to Ban Red Lights. the Sooner the Rest Follow Suit, the Freer and Safer Our Roads Will Be
Byline: Simon Jenkins OF ALL the places to start a revolution, the last on my list would be Ealing. Yet to Ealing goes the palm, spurred by a minor revolt in the equally unlikely Kensington and Chelsea. The solid suburban burghers of Ealing are...
COPPOLA'S COMEBACK; by the Age of 40, He'd Won Five Oscars and Two Palmes d'Or but Then He Blew It All on Big Budget Flops. Now, at 70, the Director of the Godfather Is Back with Tetro, the Kind of Small-Scale Film He Started out Making -- Only This Time, He Says, It's Personal
Byline: Nick Roddick IN CANNES THESE days, Francis Ford Coppola is not that keen on the noise and hustle of the film industry. "It kind of makes me want to just go off and do my thing alone somewhere," says the veteran Godfather director, who turned...
England Must Let Their Spirited New Boys Take on the Aussies
Byline: Tom Collomosse Ravi Bopara and Graham Onions should be trusted for the Ashes after helping to thrash the West Indies. By Tom Collomosse Test match cricket brought to you in association with WITH just 50 days remaining before the...
England Must Let Their Spirited New Boys Take on the Aussies; Ravi Bopara and Graham Onions Should Be Trusted for the Ashes after Helping to Thrash the West Indies
Byline: Tom Collomosse Test match cricket brought to you in association with WITH just 50 days remaining before the start of the first Ashes Test, England captain Andrew Strauss should have an excellent idea of the XI that will go toe to toe with...
England's Spirited New Boys Deserve Chance to Do Battle against the Aussies; after Putting the Windies to the Sword, Ravi Bopara and Graham Onions Should Be Trusted for the Ashes Showdown This Summer. Tom Collomosse Reports
Byline: Tom Collomosse Test match cricket brought to you in association with WITH just 50 days remaining before the start of the first Ashes Test, England captain Andrew Strauss should have an excellent idea of the XI that will go toe to toe...
Five Years on, Little Has Improved; COMMENTARY
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor FIVE years ago, the talk at Chelsea was of deals. One in particular occupied the minds of some of those at the Flower Show's gala night: Marks & Spencer and whether Philip Green was going to make a bid. ...
Foreign Trips Get Cheaper as Pound Hits a Five-Month High
Byline: Hugo Duncan STERLING powered to its highest level of the year against the US dollar tonight amid hopes that the economic gloom is lifting. The pound was up 1.69 cents to $1.5479, having at one point touched $1.5507 -- its strongest since...
G20 Police Chief: I Saw My Officers Do Nothing Wrong
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent THE Met chief in charge of policing the G20 protests said today he had not seen any actions by his officers that had caused him concern. Commander Bob Broadhurst said his officers had followed their...
G20 Police Chief: I Saw My Officers Do Nothing Wrong
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent but added: "I have not seen anything that particularly concerned me. They were responding in the way I trained them to." Mr Broadhurst said he was concerned that the number of days' training given...
Glasgow Slum Child Who 'Owed His Success to the Catering Committee'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor "THE guy never took any advice when he was in office, and he's still not taking any advice." That was the bitter epitaph to Michael Martin from one of his shocked friends today when the news leaked that the...
Huge Risks If Bank Cannot Get It Right on Inflation
Byline: Hugo Duncan ECONOMICS ANALYSIS THE question facing the Bank of England this year is: how much money should it print under the quantitative easing scheme, and when should it stop? Governor Mervyn King and the monetary policy committee are...
Huge Risks If Bank Cannot Get It Right on Inflation; ECONOMICS ANALYSIS
Byline: Hugo Duncan THE question facing the Bank of England this year is: how much money should it print under the quantitative easing scheme, and when should it stop? Governor Mervyn King and the monetary policy committee are desperate to reverse...
Hughes Will Haunt Home Side, Insists Ponting
Byline: Tom Collomosse AUSTRALIA captain Ricky Ponting believes Middlesex's decision to sign batting sensation Phillip Hughes could return to haunt England in the Ashes. The county's move to sign the 20-year-old Hughes (left) caused disquiet...
If the Speaker Will Not Jump, Push Him
THE SPEAKER of the Commons, Michael Martin, had an admittedly difficult job yesterday, to preside over questions from MPs saying that he should go. And, characteristically, he flunked it. He had an opportunity to salvage his position -- by declaring...
Investors Head for the Exit after M& S Slashes Dividend
Byline: Simon English and Jonathan Prynn MARKS & Spencer slashed its dividend by a third today after a slump in annual profits which left executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose short on optimism. Investors headed for the exit in light of the...
Investors Head for the Exit after M& S Slashes Dividend; Short on Optimism: Sir Stuart Rose Said That the Dividend Cut Was "Tough but Necessary"
Byline: Simon English and Jonathan Prynn MARKS & Spencer slashed its dividend by a third today after a slump in annual profits which left executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose short on optimism. Investors headed for the exit in light of the...
I Want My Little Rose to Go Down a Different Road to Sporting Glory; Ahead of the PGA Championship, the Golfer Reveals He Dreams New Baby Son Will Become a Tennis Champion. EXCLUSIVE
Byline: David Smith JUSTIN ROSE today revealed his dream of celebrating a glorious family double. He wants to be the winner of a golf major and see his baby son, Leo, grow up to become Wimbledon tennis champion. Speaking about his new role as...
Johnson: I Had to Give Cipriani the Axe; England Manager Blames Injury and Form for Omission of the Wasps Fly-Half. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones MARTIN JOHNSON today insisted Danny Cipriani still has a future with England despite ignoring the London Wasps outside-half for the summer Test matches with Argentina. Cipriani, England's starting No10 under team manager Johnson...
Linford's Niece on Track for 2012 and Miss World Crown
Byline: Danny Brierley DOUBLE WINNER FATHER'S MURDER INSPIRES ATHLETE/MODEL IN A DUAL QUEST FOR GLORY BY day she is an Olympic hopeful, dreaming of competing in the 2012 Games. By night she is winning beauty contests. Rachel Christie, the...
Lloyds Leads Banking Rally Ahead of Tasty [Pounds Sterling]4bn Placing
Byline: Mickey Clark MARKET ROUND-UP IT HAS been an eventful week for Lloyds Banking Group -- and it's only Tuesday. The shares today rose 2.8p to 100.8p ahead of tomorrow's share placing, which qualifies shareholders to take part in the [pounds...
Lloyds Leads Banking Rally Ahead of Tasty [Pounds Sterling]4bn Placing
Byline: Mickey Clark MARKET ROUND-UP IT has been an eventful week for Lloyds Banking Group -- and it's only Tuesday. The shares today firmed 0.9p to 98.9p ahead of tomorrow's share placing, which qualifies shareholders to take part in the [pounds...
Lloyds Leads Banking Rally Ahead of Tasty [Pounds Sterling]4bn Placing; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark IT has been an eventful week for Lloyds Banking Group -- and it's only Tuesday. The shares today rose 6p to 104p ahead tomorrow's share placing at a rather attractive 38.43p, which will raise a further [pounds sterling]4 billion....
Londoners Reap Benefits of a Decade of Progress in Health and Education
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor SOME of London's most deprived areas have made huge strides in improving the lives of their residents over the past decade, a report claims today. The snapshot of the capital in 2009 shows significant improvements...
London Needs New Talent to Keep Us on Top
Byline: Emma Duncan AFEW weeks ago a woman emailed me to comment on a piece I'd written about universities. Bea Vo wanted to set me right about one aspect of the American system. We corresponded and she revealed that she had opened a cake shop called...
Lording It over the Landlords Can't Help Them Run the Pubs
Byline: Simon English IF Ted Tuppen and Giles Thorley ran a pub, would anyone come? Even if people did, could either man make a profit? The chief executives of Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns -- Britain's two biggest pub companies -- are fairly...
Magnificent Seven Cook Up a Rare Treat for Hospitality Charity
Byline: Terry Kirby SEVEN of Britain's top chefs worked together to showcase the best cooking from around the country -- and help raise [pounds sterling]35,000 for charity. The chefs, all finalists in last year's hit BBC series The Great British...
Mahler, Great Pizza and Cool Trainers - It Can Only Be Brixton; Street Fashion They're Not Shy South of the River - It's All Leather and Curves and Bright Colours. and We Love It
Byline: Laura Craik Fashion Editor NIGHTLIFE has taken me to Brixton countless times but in 20 years I've never been in the daytime. Well, unless you count leaving the Fridge at 6am. Daisy Chain ... now that was a club. Brixton Academy ... now that...
Moat Expenses MP Says Sorry and Steps Down; Brown Sets Up Star Chamber to Punish Members Who Cheated
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor SLEEPY CAMERON'S NOT-SO-POLISHED PERFORMANCE IS CAUGHT ON RADIO SHOW'S WEBCAM THE Tory MP who claimed for clearing the moat at his country estate said today he is to stand down at the next general election....
M& S Promotes Woman Fashion Chief after 40% Dive in Profits
Byline: Simon English City Correspondent MARKS & SPENCER moved a step closer to appointing its first woman chief executive today when it promoted Kate Bostock and parted company with one of her chief rivals for the job. The 51-year old, formerly...
Murtagh Is Still Weighing Up His Derby Options
Byline: Simon Milham JOHNNY MURTAGH is still undecided about which horse to ride in next month's Epsom Derby -- but the signs are it will be Fame And Glory. The 39-year-old Irishman faces a tough choice between a possible seven runners from the...
NATALIA VODIANOVA; FACE OF THE WEEK... Discovered on the Streets of Nizhny Novgorod as a Teen, She Is a Model, Philanthropist and Mother of Three. Is There No End to Her Talents? Not If Last Week Is Anything to Go By
THE MM -- that's multitasking model -- is an all-too familiar feature of our times. For as long as there have been supermodels, there have been supermodels canny enough to realise that while their youth is finite, their brand potential could be infinite,...
Obama Urges Israeli PM to Accept Palestine as a State; FIRST LADY, SECOND OUTFIT MICHELLE DAZZLES NEW YORK AT THE BALLET
Byline: Jack Lefley BARACK Obama has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept a Palestinian state. At their first meeting since they both came to power the US President again made clear his support for a two-state solution. He...
O'Connell Vows to Restore Pride in the Lions
Byline: Chris Jones CAPTAIN Paul O'Connell is determined to put the pride back into the Lions jersey against South Africa this summer and erase the memories of the failed 2005 trip to New Zealand. The Lions lost 3-0 to the All Blacks on a tour...
Orange and Green Neon Signals End of a Red State; LETTER FROM MUMBAI
Byline: Richard Orange FEW places can have celebrated India's election result with the kind of frenzy I saw as I arrived in Kolkata on Sunday night. But then again, few other places have endured 32 long years of Communist Party rule. The air...
Palin Sails into Stormy Waters as Geographers' New President
Byline: Rashid Razaq MICHAEL PALIN is to take on what may be his toughest challenge yet -- president of the Royal Geographical Society. The broadcaster and former Monty Python star will be named head of the 179-year-old institution at a time...
Palin Ventures into Uncharted Waters as Head of Warring Geographers
Byline: Rashid Razaq MICHAEL PALIN is to take on what may be his toughest challenge yet -- president of the Royal Geographical Society. The broadcaster and former Monty Python star will be named head of the 179-year-old institution at a time...
PM Bars No-Confidence Vote on Speaker; but Martin's Grip Failing as More Sign Motion
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy GORDON Brown today refused to allow an immediate vote of no confidence in the Speaker as the battle over his fate escalated dramatically. The Prime Minister defied senior backbenchers by ruling there were...
Portfolio
BUY SHIRE Citigroup reckons investors should take a punt on British pharma giant Shire, with the bank predicting good sales figures from Shire's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Vyvanse. As Shire scientists this week present...
Portfolio
BUY SHIRE Citigroup reckons investors should take a punt on British pharma giant Shire, with the bank predicting good sales figures from Shire's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Vyvanse. As Shire scientists this week present scientific...
Prices Slashed on New Homes; Developers Cut Values by More Than a Third as Properties Fail to Sell
Byline: Mira Bar-Hillel and Sri Carmichael THE London property market is awash with thousands of bargain new-build homes after sluggish winter sales, a report claimed today. The prices of some developments have fallen by more than a third in...
Q: Does Intelligence Make You a Better Lover? the Sex Lives of Londoners
Byline: Jasmine Gardner NOW is the time to stop lamenting your bookish ways. After years wishing we had ditched the dictionary and reached for the peroxide and Kama Sutra instead, we discover that it's the women with more emotional intelligence...
Reader Rewards; Just a Few of the Great Free Offers and Discounts You Can Get with Your Standard Card
200 free tickets to see Much Ado About Nothing Regent's Park Open Air Theatre opens with Shakespeare's wise-cracking comedy of love, honour and second chances. We have 100 pairs of tickets to give away for Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May at 8pm. ...
Real Gardeners Are Back in Vogue but Where's the Exuberance?
Byline: Adam Nicolson COMMENTARY CHELSEA is one of the great barometers of Englishness. Our love affair with "heritage", the clumsy first grapplings with modernity, an ecoand then a grow-your-own enthusiasm: all have made their pitch here. But for...
Rose Sees No Buds as M&S Profits Plummet by 40%
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Simon English M&S BOSS Sir Stuart Rose dismayed the high street today by stamping on hopes of a quick recovery. M& S shares dropped 18.5p to 320.75p in early trading as disappointment swept through dealing rooms...
Seduced by the Sheer Joy of Sex; Actor/dramatist Shawn Goes on the Offensive in a Weird, Wickedly Amusing Play
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS FIRST NIGHT GRASSES OF A THOUSAND COLOURS Royal Court THIS is a play about sex. Bawdy, funny, provocative and downright weird, it's the first new work in more than a decade from Wallace Shawn, an underappreciated master...
Seduced by the Sheer Joy of Sex; Actor/dramatist Shawn Goes on the Offensive in a Weird, Wickedly Amusing Play; Original Sin: Wallace Shawn and Miranda Richardson in the Provocative Grasses of A Thousand Colours
Byline: FIRST NIGHT GRASSES OF A THOUSAND COLOURS Royal Court HENRY HITCHINGS THIS is a play about sex. Bawdy, funny, provocative and downright weird, it's the first new work in more than a decade from Wallace Shawn, an underappreciated master among...
Sex in the City; Q: My Boyfriend's Sex Drive Is Lower Than Mine but Otherwise He's Perfect. My Friends Say Dump Him. What Should I Do?
Byline: Esther Walker SAYS and Nirpal Dhaliwal SAYS I HOPE for your sake that this disparity in "sex drive" is nothing more serious than you being a twicea-day girl and him only wanting to do it when the conditions are just right -- like a panda...
Short-Sighted Fans Must Show They Trust Wenger; Former Defender Lee Dixon Tells the Emirates Stadium Faithful to Send the Arsenal Manager a Positive Message in Sunday's Last Match
Byline: James Olley AMEANINGLESS match against Stoke has taken on huge proportions for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. With the season over, the Gunners guaranteed fourth spot in the Premier League and Tony Pulis's team assured of their status in the...
Short-Sighted Fans Must Show They Trust Wenger; Former Defender Lee Dixon Tells the Emirates Stadium Faithful to Send the Arsenal Manager a Positive Message in Sunday's Last Match. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley AMEANINGLESS match against Stoke has taken on huge proportions for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. With the season over, the Gunners guaranteed fourth spot in the Premier League and Tony Pulis's team assured of their status in the...
Speaker Gone in 33 Seconds
MARTIN QUITS WITH BRIEFEST OF SPEECHES, AND HANDSHAKE FROM THE PM Joe Murphy, Paul Waugh and Nicholas Cecil MICHAEL MARTIN gave up his battle to stay on as Speaker this afternoon in a statement lasting just 33 seconds. He fell on his sword...
Speaker Gone in 33 Seconds; Martin Quits Office with the Briefest of Resignation Speeches
Byline: Joe Murphy, Paul Waugh and Nicholas Cecil MICHAEL MARTIN announced his decision to stand down as Speaker of the Commons this afternoon in a 33-second resignation speech. In a calm voice, he told a packed House of Commons that he was quitting...
Squatters Turn [Pounds Sterling]5m Building into Art Galleries and Cinema
Byline: Peter Dominiczak SQUATTERS have occupied a [pounds sterling]5 million building in central London and turned its 60 rooms into an arts centre with galleries and a cinema. The 14 squatters took over the sixstorey building in Waterloo two...
Squatters Turn [Pounds Sterling]5m Building into Art Galleries and Cinema
Byline: Peter Dominiczak SQUATTERS have occupied a [pounds sterling]5 million building in central London and turned its 60 rooms into an arts centre with galleries and a cinema. The 14 squatters took over the sixstorey building in Waterloo two...
STAR CHAMBER TO CULL MPs; BROWN SETS UP PUNISHMENT PANEL FOR EXES CHEATS; 11TH-HOUR BID BY PM TO CALM ANGER AT DODGY CLAIMS; London MPs Face Disciplinary Action over Claims
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor LABOUR MPs are facing mass expulsions today after Gordon Brown finally got tough over the expenses scandal. He ordered the creation of a "star chamber" with the power to kick out or de-select any MP...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 18 Disagreements aren't just healthy, they'll clear the air. But you won't even be aware of the problems that need to be sorted out if you don't pick up on certain seemingly minor issues you'd ordinarily ignore. Ask a few...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 18 Disagreements aren't just healthy, they'll clear the air. But you won't even be aware of the problems that need to be sorted out if you don't pick up on certain seemingly minor issues you'd ordinarily ignore. Ask a few questions...
Stop Our Unique Street Becoming a Chapter in History, Say Booksellers
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Sri Carmichael SAVE OUR SMALL SHOPS Evening Standard Campaign SINCE the 17th century it has been the street to visit for the connoisseur seeking rare and antique books and maps. But the traders of Cecil...
Succession Crisis at M&S Grows as Front-Runner Quits; outside Chance: Sir Stuart Rose Said External Candidates May Also Be in the Frame to Succeed Him, Not Just Internal Contenders
Byline: Simon English THE race to succeed Sir Stuart Rose at Marks & Spencer got tighter today when the retailer parted company with another senior executive. Carl Leaver, hired to lead the rapid expansion of M& S's international arm,...
Suspect's Court Admission That He Was Inside Flat of Murdered French Students
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent MURDER suspect Dano Sonnex today admitted for the first time that he was inside the New Cross flat where two French students were tortured and killed. Sonnex, 23, said his co-accused Nigel Farmer told...
Tamil Demos Have Cost Met [Pounds Sterling]8m - and Hit Other Policing
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent DEMONSTRATIONS by pro-Tamil supporters have cost the country's largest police force almost [pounds sterling]8 million. Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said the protests, which have been...
Tamils: We'll Protest for a Year; Defiant Pledge after 10 Held in Police Battle
Byline: Justin Davenport and Amar Singh TAMIL protesters today warned they were ready to stay in Parliament Square indefinitely after violent scuffles which left police and demonstrators injured. Ten people were arrested as police broke up a...
Tamils: We'll Protest for a Year; Defiant Pledge after 10 Held in Police Battle
Byline: Justin Davenport and Amar Singh TAMIL protesters today warned they were ready to stay in Parliament Square indefinitely after violent scuffles which left police and demonstrators injured. Ten people were arrested as police broke up a...
Taste of the Tomb; Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD MORE LIGHT Arcola, E8 **** TUNNEL 228 Tunnel 228, SE1 **** THE British Museum's recent blockbusting exhibition might have got us to the Terracotta Army in the outer chamber of the mighty necropolis built for the "First...
The Avant Gardener
Byline: Alison Roberts He's best known for staging a re-enactment of the battle that defined the 1984 miners' strike -- so why is Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller putting up scarecrows outside the new Louis Vuitton store at Westfield? WHEN the...
The Government's Given Up the War on Drugs
Byline: Shaun Bailey FOR a long time the Government has talked up its war on drugs. But has it in fact simply given in? The Centre for Policy Studies' new report, The Phoney War on Drugs, shows that the focus of government drug policy is no longer...
The Interim Manager Is Here to Stay; Finding a Short-Term Executive Post Isn't Easy but, as the Recession Bites, Many See It as Worthwhile as Taking a Full-Time Role
Byline: Niki Chesworth BECOMING an interim manager is more than being a top temp. In fact, recruitment executives steer clear of the word "temp" saying this needs to be a career choice by those looking for new challenges, more flexible ways of working...
There Was No Hint of Contrition from a Man Made to Deliver His Own Death Blow
Byline: Anne McElvoy SKETCH THE Speaker took his place and not even the grandeur of his seat and his garments could disguise that what we had in front of us was a great collapsed puffball of wounded pride. He was falling on his sword, but...
The Speaker Was Right to Resign
THE SPEAKER of the Commons, Michael Martin, has finally fallen victim to the expenses scandal, an impressive scalp for those who have campaigned for MPs to be brought to account for the wilful abuse by many of their allowances and expenses. He says...
Tragic Cyclist Was Hoping to Start a Family
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A CYCLIST killed in a hit-and-run crash with a lorry was about to buy a house and start a family, friends said today. Adrianna Skrzypiec, 31, died in Greenwich as she was cycling from work to a friend's birthday celebration...
Tube Commuters Face Victoria Line Strike Tomorrow
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Editor THE Victoria line will be hit by a second 24-hour strike starting at 9pm tomorrow. The Tube line is expected to shut completely for most of Thursday. The previous strike last month led to massive overcrowding...
Vodafone Warns of Falling Profits after First Revenue Slip
Byline: Nick Goodway VODAFONE, the world's largest mobile phone company, today warned that it will probably show a fall in profits this year as recession hits European consumers and businesses cut the number of calls they make. European revenues...
Whitewash, Say 7/7 Victims; MI5 CLEARED OF FAILURE TO STOP BOMBERS WHO WERE SEEN MEETING KNOWN TERRORISTS
Byline: Martin Bentham, Robert Mendick and Sri Carmichael SURVIVORS and victims' relatives of the 7/7 London bombings today branded an official inquiry into the terror attacks "a complete whitewash". Today's report -- the most detailed yet into...
WIN A SAMSUNG HD READY LCD TV RRP [Pounds Sterling]299.99; CODEWORD
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