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Articles from April 2, 2009

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$1Trillion Fighting Fund to Beat Global Slump; Delight of Summit Host Brown as He Hails Day World Came Together
Byline: JOE MURPHY Political Editor AN economic lifeline to the world of more than $1.1 trillion was agreed at the London G20 summit today. "This is the day the world came together to fight back against the global recession," declared delighted...
2012 Stadium Builders Are Accused of Blacklisting Troublemakers
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD Sports News Correspondent THE company building the stadium for the London Olympics has been accused of unfairly "blacklisting" potential troublemakers seeking jobs on the 2012 project. Sir Robert McAlpine, which is part...
2012 Stadium Firm 'Blacklisted Workers'
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD Sports News Correspondent THE company building the stadium for the London Olympics has been accused of unfairly "blacklisting" potential troublemakers seeking jobs on the 2012 project. Sir Robert McAlpine, which is part...
Absence of Bad News Lifts Spirits
Byline: RECESSION WATCH By JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor ONE swallow does not a summer make and a single feeble green shoot is far from a full-scale economic spring. But there is no doubt that the mood is perceptibly shifting. It is more...
Also Showing
CHERRY BLOSSOMS No cert, 126 mins .. .. .. .. .. WAY back in 1985, German director Doris Dorrie made a sharp and entertaining film called Men, which told the male sex off for expecting women to accept their sexual unreliability. Since then she has...
And When You Get Home ... ...Once You've Read the Standard
THE BLU-RAY BODY OF LIES Cert 15, Warner Home Video, [pounds sterling]26.99 Ridley Scott's terror 'n' torture drama is nowhere near as clever about America's role in the Middle East as it thinks it is. Rather, it's a glossy but improbable espionage...
Apprentice versus X Factor for People's Choice TV Bafta
Byline: LOUISE JURY Chief Arts Correspondent THE APPRENTICE will go head-tohead with The X Factor in the public vote for the best television programme of the year. Their rivals will include the depressed Scandinavian detective Wallander, played...
Arm in Arm with Ma'am, Michelle Has a Royal Touch
Byline: TERRY KIRBY THE gesture was an unquestionably friendly and reciprocal one, a natural reaction from a woman with a warm and obviously tactile nature. Yet when Michelle Obama put her arm briefly around the Queen's back at Buckingham Palace...
Arms and Armour Fit for a King
Byline: PHILIPPA STOCKLEY EXHIBITION HENRY VIII: DRESSED TO KILL Tower of London, EC3 .. . . . . A SHOW of Henry VIII's finest steel combat wear in the forbidding White Tower at the Tower of London may not suit all tastes, mixing as it does macabre...
BHP Is Boosted by Woodside Bid Hope
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MARKET ROUND-UP BHP BILLITON, the world's biggest mining company, has a stack of cash burning a hole in its pocket and wants to spend it on a major acquisition. Last week, it was being tipped to bid for Canada's Potash Corporation...
Bonus Cuts Bring Record Drop in Top Taxpayers
Byline: ROBERT LEA SLASHED or axed bonuses will see almost a quarter of a million people drop out of the top tax band this year. Forecasts from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs suggest that the number of taxpayers on the highest rate will...
Boris Taxi Bill Is Eight Times More Than Ken's
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY City Hall Reporter BORIS JOHNSON is spending eight times more on taxis than Ken Livingstone did. New figures show that the Mayor claimed [pounds sterling]1,501 in cab fares in November, December and January as he visited...
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY; Sing along to Some Catchy Tunes at These Feelgood Shows. Daralyn Danns Checks out What's On
Dan Zanes anD FrienDs Don't miss America's kids-rock superstar group Dan Zanes and Friends. His music has captured the hearts of kids and adults alike on both sides of the pond and his shows are always full of surprises. Even Sheryl Crow has made a...
British Energy and a Shocking Nuclear Slump
Byline: ROBERT LEA energy AnALySIS TIME was when British Energy used to published a monthly output statement. To be fair, the regular updates were truly as dull as listening to the Scottish Second Division football results...Hunterston 0.81 terawatts,...
British Sherpa Who Conquered Summit
Byline: JOE MURPHY Political Editor WHEN world leaders meet to thrash out seemingly impossible divisions, they are "getting it Cunliffed". The verb sprang into use in honour of the unsung hero of today's summit, career civil servant Jon Cunliffe....
Capello's England Show Why They Are Still a Work in Progress; despite Keeping Up Their 100 per Cent Group Six Record, Italian's Side Are Not Title Hopefuls Yet. by Simon Johnson
ENGLAND 2 UKRAINE 1 ENGLAND'S players are desperate to avoid past mistakes when too much hype has hidden the reality of the team's deficiencies. Against Ukraine last night, they would consider it a match where their mission was very much accomplished...
Crunch Issues
Byline: PAUL WAUGH FISCAL STIMULUS The Issue The Brown-Obama hope of getting G20 countries to pledge a fresh round of fiscal stimulus packages has met opposition from the Sarko-Merkel axis. But that hasn't stopped No 10 "sherpas" from trying to...
Customers Desert High Street Banks for the Co-Op
Byline: NICK GOODWAY CO-OPERATIVE Bank and its internet offshoot Smile more than doubled the number of net new accounts it opened in the last year as customers fled its newly nationalised rivals. "It's been a good year for a bank not to have...
Dare You Bare? like Sarah Brown and Mrs O, at This Time of Year Women Can't Agree about Legwear
Byline: LAURA CRAIK FASHION EDITOR TO WEAR, or not to wear -- that is the question. Or at least, that is the question when it comes to hosiery. April is the cruellest month: sunny one minute, icy cold the next, presenting a real conundrum when it...
Djokovic Is Able to Keep Murray at Bay for Now
Byline: MARCO GIACOMELLI NOVAK DJOKOVIC boosted his chances of keeping his world No3 ranking from Andy Murray with an impressive display at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. The Serb showed a return to form as he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4...
Easter Diary
apr easter fair at Clapham Common a mix of modern and traditional attractions - a carousel, dodgems, games, stalls and food and drink. Opens 1pm. Last ride 9.45pm. entry, [pounds sterling]1 plus cost of rides. 9-19 apr Chinese state Circus spectacular...
Eat Politicians ... Not the Rich
BILLY Bragg calls for bankers' bonuses to be taxed at 90 per cent. Despite the spin, most bankers have done little other than create wealth over decades for this country. If over the past 18 months Gordon Brown had protected bank deposits and allowed...
Fabio's Made Us United England, Says Lampard; Blues Star Claims Self-Belief Is Key to Fifth Qualifying Win on the Trot
Byline: Tom Collomosse FRANK LAMPARD today hailed the new self-belief in the England team after last night's 2-1 win over Ukraine left Fabio Capello's men racing seemingly unchallenged towards the 2010 World Cup, writes Tom Collomosse. England...
Fab's Five Shows He's Turned Us into United England, Says Lamps; despite Not Playing Well, Midfielder Says Progress Is Being Made under Capello. by Simon Johnson and Tom Collomosse
Byline: Simon Johnson and Tom Collomosse ENGLAND 2 UKRAINE 1 FRANK LAMPARD today hailed the new self-belief in the England team after last night's win over Ukraine left Fabio Capello's men racing seemingly unchallenged towards the 2010 World...
Face It: The Anarchist Kids in Hoodies Did the Summit a Huge Favour; Cameras, Fight, Action: The Events in the City Proved to Be More Photo Opportunity Than the Bringing Down of Capitalism - Mirroring the Non-Event of the Summit Itself
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN THIS MAY be an odd thing to say about a subject which has consumed so many hectares of newsprint -- but could the G20 be the year's most boring story? As I write this, I am looking at a picture of two crusties smashing a...
'Find Cure for Heart Fault Which Killed Our Beckie'
Byline: MARK BLUNDEN THE family of a teenage beautician killed by a rare type of heart attack today called for more government funding to research the condition. Rebekah Borg, 18, from Camden, died seven weeks ago today from Sudden Arrhythmic...
Footsie Shoots above 4000 on Hopes G20 Can Ride to Rescue
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN THE FTSE 100 index powered back above 4000 today as world leaders met in London to thrash out an agreement to tackle the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Shares were also on the rise in Europe following gains...
Footsie Shoots above 4000 on Hopes of an End to Downturn
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN THE FTSE 100 index powered back above 4000 today as world leaders met in London to thrash out an agreement to tackle the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The Footsie was up 85.57 points, or more than 2%,...
Formula One Stages Another Sorry Farce; the Credibility of the Sport Lies in Tatters Today with a Damaging Row Overshadowing the Opening Race. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith IT COULD only happen in Formula One. Just last Sunday, Lewis Hamilton was being lauded for a stupendous drive from 18th on the grid to third place in the Australian Grand Prix. The way in which he carved through the pack, exploiting...
Gerrard Is Left with a Struggle as Rooney Fills the Hole
Byline: MICHAEL HART Comment THE Wayne Rooney-Steven Gerrard double act may not have dominated centre stage quite so spectacularly this time but there is no doubt that this partnership will provide Fabio Capello with England's creative impetus in...
Get Away for the Day
Want a Continental flavour for easter? take the eurostar and within hours you can be stepping out into another world - and still be home in time for bed... Paris Whether you want to take a stroll along the Seine, sit at a cafe and watch the world go...
Guide to Tomorrow's Aintree Races on Bbc2
Byline: SIMON MILHAM SIMON MILHAM 2.00 Considering Howard Johnson's stable suffered several knockbacks at the Cheltenham Festival, RED MOLONEY put up a pleasing performance when a close-up fifth to Go Native in the Grade 1 Supreme Novices' Hurdle....
Helicopter Had 'Catastrophic Impact' When It Came Down in North Sea
Byline: PETER DOMINICZAK THE helicopter which crashed in the North Sea suffered a "catastrophic impact" with the water, Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy said today. In a statement to Parliament, Mr Murphy praised the emergency services for their...
Hollywood Shout Is 'Cut' on Pay for Stars
Byline: ROSAMUND URWIN EVEN being one of Hollywood's hottest stars will not spare you from the credit crunch. Studios are no longer offering such generous terms to top actors as they also cut back on the number of films they are making. In the...
Home Alone Kids with Dark Secrets; Riveting Drama from Talented Young Writer
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH WHAT a remarkable, bright young thing Polly Stenham is! After her precocious debut at 19, with the award-winning That Face, this second play confirms a startling, theatrical promise, though it returns to the terrain of...
Hosting G20 Summit 'Will Cost Taxpayers [Pounds Sterling]80 Million'
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor HOSTING the G20 summit will cost Britain's economy [pounds sterling]80million, more than four times the Government's official estimate. As well as the bills for costs such as police overtime, food,...
House Price Rise and Surge in Shares Bring 'Ray of Sunlight'
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor HOPES of an economic revival received a huge boost today from a surprise house price bounce and a surge in share prices. Property values went up 0.9 per cent last month, the first rise since October...
House Price Rise and Surge in Shares Brings 'Ray of Sunlight'
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor HOPES of an economic revival received a huge boost today from a surprise house price bounce and a surge in share prices. Property values went up 0.9 per cent last month, the first rise since October...
Huge Debts of Millionaire Who Died in Fire with Family
Byline: PAUL CHESTON Courts Correspondent A MILLIONAIRE businessman was in "severe financial difficulty" before he died in a house fire with his wife and daughter, an inquest heard today. The hearing into the deaths of 50-year-old Chris Foster,...
Ignore the Puritans -- Mothers Do Know Best
Byline: VIV GROSKOP PITY the pregnant woman who has the audacity to contemplate a second drink. Caroline Williams, 26, five months pregnant, was thrown out of The Cricketer in Hove for taking a sip from a friend's glass. She herself had already...
'I'm Confident of a Deal but It Hasn't Been Easy'; G20 Is near to Clinching an Agreement on Banks and Jobs, Says Brown
Byline: JOE MURPHY Political Editor A HISTORIC G20 deal to boost world trade, curb the excesses of the banks and save jobs was within grasp today, Gordon Brown indicated. Speaking to the Evening Standard as he set out to the London summit, the...
'I'm Confident of a Deal but It Hasn't Been Easy'; G20 Is near to Clinching a [Pounds Sterling]1trillion Lifeline, Says Prime Minister
Byline: JOE MURPHY, Political Editor A $1 TRILLION lifeline for the world's economy was close to being agreed in Docklands today. The vast sum of money will pour into financial bottlenecks and will sweeten trade deals in the coming months in...
It Is Far Too Early to Get Jiggy about World Cup
Byline: Matthew Norman THE most gratifying feature of a lacklustre Wembley night was the brevity of the national anthem of Ukraine. It lasted barely a minute and not the six and a half predicted by one paper in what proved the least amusing April...
It Wouldn't Be Easter without Chocolate
The mere prospect of London's first Chocolate Festival at the Southbank Centre will have chocoholics salivating. Visitors have the chance to sample chocolate, see masters at work and meet top chocolatiers, including William Curley, Best British Chocolatier...
Johnson Is Warming to Bold Bid from Tidal Bay
Byline: SIMON MILHAM HOWARD JOHNSON had a Cheltenham Festival to mirror the miserable winter weather at his County Durham base, but the trainer says Tidal Bay is blooming ahead of tomorrow's Grade 1 Melling Chase at Aintree. The talented eight-year-old...
JP Will Still Be Happy If Swan Opens His Account
Byline: Simon Milham Famous gambler is set to see funny side if his trainer wins the National with a horse that he doesn't own. CHARLIE SWAN is more likely to be remembered for riding the JP McManus-owned Istabraq to three successive Champion...
JP Will Still Be Happy If Swan Opens His Account; Famous Gambler Is Set to See Funny Side If His Trainer Wins the National with a Horse That He Doesn't Own. by Simon Milham
Byline: Simon Milham CHARLIE SWAN is more likely to be remembered for riding the JP McManus-owned Istabraq to three successive Champion Hurdle victories than he is for winning 10 Irish jockeys' championships. Now a successful trainer, the 41-yearold...
'Just Gorra Make Sure I Keep Me Temper, like. Grr'
Byline: THE ROONEY DIARIES By NICK CURTIS Our writer imagined how Wayne Rooney might record his week.. SUNDAY OW. OWWW. Gorra proper bleedin' hangover today, like. After we stuffed de Slomos... de Slovens... de ones dat aren't de Czechs last...
Lewis Facing Points Loss in Aussie Probe; Fresh Evidence over the Briton's Role in Penalty for Rival in Melbourne Could Lead to Him Being Demoted. by David Smith
LEWIS HAMILTON was today facing the loss of his third place in the Australian Grand Prix and, possibly all the points he won in Melbourne. In a sensational development ahead of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, Hamilton and Jarno Trulli were ordered...
'Liar' Lewis Disqualified from Aussie Grand Prix; Brit 'Deliberately Mislead' Stewards over Inquiry into Trulli Manoeuvre
Byline: DAVID SMITH Sports Correspondent LEWIS HAMILTON was today disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix after the world champion and McLaren were effectively accused of lying by race officials. And after stripping Hamilton of third place,...
'Liar' Lewis Disqualified from Aussie Grand Prix; Brit 'Deliberately Misled' Stewards over Inquiry into Trulli Manoeuvre
Byline: DAVID SMITH Sports Correspondent LEWIS HAMILTON was today disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix after the world champion and McLaren were effectively accused of lying by race officials. And after stripping Hamilton of third place,...
London Must Be the Hub as the Balance of Power Shifts East
Byline: IAN POWELL G20 COMMENTARY SYSTEMIC problems require systemic solutions. What started as a financial crisis, precipitated by problems in one corner of the US mortgage market, has spread to become a global economic crisis. The world economy...
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO FOR; London Is Rich in History and Culture - but You Dont Have to Be Rich to Enjoy It, as Niki Chesworth Discovers
Explore the story of London from prehistoric times until the early Stuart period, learn about the Great Fire and how it changed the cityscape and take part in free drop-in art sessions, storytelling and workshops throughout the holidays. On Sun 5 Apr...
Macbeth, Oliver! and Now Puccini. Theatre Director Goold Signs Up to ENO
Byline: LOUISE JURY Chief Arts Correspondent HE defied the curse of the Scottish play to produce an award-winning Macbeth with Patrick Stewart and went on to ignore showbusiness advice never to work with children, employing dozens in Oliver! with...
Madonna's Worthy to Adopt Second Child Says Malawi Minister
Byline: AMAR SINGH MADONNA'S bid to adopt a second child from Africa was backed today by the Malawian government. The singer is set to discover tomorrow whether the Malawian High Court has ruled in favour of her interim adoption of a fouryear-old...
Masai Still without Water a Year after Marathon Quest
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER SIX Masai warriors who ran the London Marathon to raise funds for a well in their Tanzanian village are still struggling to find clean water. The group raised thousands of pounds when they competed in last year's...
Medical Students Face Debts of [Pounds Sterling]67,000 If Cap on Fees Is Abolished
Byline: ANNA DAVIS Health Reporter LONDON hospitals will miss out on talented undergraduates as their medical school debts soar to [pounds sterling]67,000, doctors warned today. The British Medical Association said trainee doctors in London will...
Melancholy of the Travelling Performer
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD ANTHONY Neilson is one of our most provocative playwrights. In the 1990s, his in-yer-face theatre tackled anal sex, group torture and mental breakdown. In 2002's Stitching, a young woman sews up her vagina. But there is always...
Michelle Is Armed ... and Extremely Glamorous
Byline: LAURA CRAIK FASHION EDITOR SLEEVE NOTES MRS OBAMA ANSWERS THE BIG FASHION QUESTION AS HER STYLISH COMPANIONS DRESS FOR DINNER IN DOWNING STREET IT WAS a fashion face-off of international proportions. At last night's Downing Street...
Ministers Must Stop Meddling in School Curriculum, Say MPs
Byline: TIM ROSS Education Correspondent MPs demanded urgent and sweeping reforms to the school curriculum today, warning that ministerial "interference" in children's education has gone too far. Schooling is little more than a "franchise operation"...
MPs Tell Boris to Sit Down as He Tries to Leave Snow Inquiry
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY City Hall Reporter BORIS JOHNSON was told to sit down by an MP today and answer "one more question" as he tried to escape from a transport committee meeting hearing. The Mayor had been accused by the Labour-dominated...
My Marriage Is Safe, Says Liz as She Shows off Her New Bikini Line
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL Consumer Affairs Reporter ELIZABETH HURLEY today insisted her marriage to Arun Nayar is solid as she revealed he played an "amazing" role in her new bikini business. The actress and model dismissed rumours the relationship...
Nappy Times at Buoyant Mothercare
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH MOTHERCARE produced evidence today that it remains on track to be the retail success story of the year, with sales still rising at a company that has been revitalised. With much of the High Street battling to survive, the...
New England Coach Straight in at Deep End; SPORT EXTRA
Byline: SAM PETERS ENGLAND's new coach could be given less than a week to prepare his side for what their managing director Hugh Morris admits will be the biggest summer of cricket in the nation's history. England return from the West Indies...
New House Builds at an All-Time Low
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL Property Correspondent THE number of new homes being built in the capital has fallen to an all-time low, according to figures released today. The National House Building Council, which registers all new starts, says that...
No Sales for Hirst Signals End of Artistic Fortune; the Londoner's Diary
HAS THE bottom finally fallen out of the Damien Hirst market? When Sotheby's launched its inaugural Middle East auction last month Hirst quickly recognised an opportunity to make (another) fast buck. Sotheby's only announced its plans last year,...
Now I'm the Tower Hamlets Bag Lady
Byline: A LONDON LIFE PHILIPPA STOCKLEY TWIGS do not make people go mad. It is not in the nature of a twig. But when Tower Hamlets failed for six weeks to collect a bagful from my doorstep, that nearly happened. I like recycling, so was thrilled...
Pete Clark's Choice
THE CHILDREN OF HELEN HOUSE REVISITED 9pm, BBC2 Helen House is a hospice for children afflicted with illnesses that will shorten their lives. The motto of the establishment, under the benign control of Sister Frances Dominica, is that "a short life...
Police Pelted with Bricks as They Help Dying Man; .. 'Heart Attack Victim' Found in Alleyway .. Riot Officers Clear out City Climate Camp .. More Arrests Today at Stock Exchange
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT AND DANNY BRIERLEY POLICE came under a barrage of missiles as they tried to save the life of a man who collapsed during the G20 protests in the City. The officers were hit by bottles thrown from the crowd as they were...
Police Take No Chances Locking Fortress Excel
Byline: JACK LEFLEY AND NICHOLAS CECIL A RING of steel manned by 1,500 police was thrown around the Excel centre today for the G20 summit. Armed officers carrying sub-machineguns set up roadblocks at key points around the east London site and...
President Makes a Beeline for JK and Says I Love Harry Potter
Byline: TERRY KIRBY AND JOE MURPHY WHILE their other halves were discussing global debt, sealed inside a conference centre and surrounded by cordons of police and angry demonstrators, the G20 First Wives Club took to the stage at the Royal Opera...
Protesters Left Marooned Miles from World Leaders; Snipers, Riot Police and Helicopters Provide Ring of Steel in Docklands
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA AND JUSTIN DAVENPORT HUNDREDS of police officers formed a ring of steel around the Excel Centre today as protesters swarmed around the site. Around 400 demonstrators holding placards and banners staged a mass protest several...
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Recession Watch
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN RECESSION WATCH ONE swallow does not a summer make and a single feeble green shoot is far from a full-scale economic spring. But there is no doubt that the mood is perceptibly shifting. It is more an absence of disastrously...
Richards Is Happy to Be Top Dog as Quins Do the Talking
Byline: CHRIS JONES HARLEQUINS 60 WORCESTER 14 DEAN RICHARDS had a cheeky dig back at London Wasps after his Harlequins side powered to the top of the Guinness Premiership last night. Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards had insisted that his reigning...
Ring of Steel Keeps Demos Away from World Leaders; Campaigners March in Tribute to Man, 47, Who Died in City Protest Chaos
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA ANd JustIN dAveNpoRt HUNDREDS of police formed a ring of steel around the Excel centre today as protesters swarmed near the site. About 400 demonstrators holding placards and banners staged a protest several hundred yards...
Riveting Drama of Home Alone Kids and Their Shocking Secrets; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH TUSK TUSK Royal Court Theatre Upstairs .. .. .. .. ... WHAT a remarkable, bright young thing Polly Stenham is! After her precocious debut at 19, with the award-winning That Face, this second play confirms a startling,...
Rugby Focus
Byline: BY SAM BORDISS GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP Bath v Harlequins The Rec, Saturday, 2.45pm Following last night's results, this game is now a third-versus-first clash. Top-of-thetable Quins were insatiable at The Stoop, scoring 10 tries. Bath, meanwhile,...
Rugby Focus; Guinness Premiership
Byline: BY SAM BORDISS Bath v Harlequins The Rec, Saturday, 2.45pm Following last night's results, this game is now a third-versus-first clash. Top-of-thetable Quins were insatiable at The Stoop, scoring 10 tries. Bath, meanwhile, earned a gutsy...
Scrapped: 'Secret' Dog Wardens Who Targeted Owners
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP AND PETER GRUNER A PLAINCLOTHES squad set up to "pounce" on irresponsible dog owners has been scrapped after residents accused them of being like "secret police". The six wardens were appointed to tackle dog fouling in Islington....
Scrapped: 'Secret' Wardens Who Targeted Dog Owners
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP AND PETER GRUNER A PLAINCLOTHES squad set up to "pounce" on irresponsible dog owners has been scrapped after residents accused them of being like "secret police". The six wardens were appointed to tackle dog fouling in Islington....
Shearer Says Owen Will Be Real Saviour at Newcastle; New Boss at St James' May Be the Messiah on Tyneside but He Is Backing Striker to Lead the Club to Safety
Byline: James Olley reports ALAN SHEARER today took official charge at Newcastle and quickly revealed Michael Owen as the key figure in his masterplan to keep the club in the Premier League. The 29-year-old striker has been much maligned this...
She Is an Arab Christian, Her Lover a Muslim. They Challenged Every Prejudice and Almost Tore Their Wealthy London Families Apart. Then They Made a Film of Their Love Story
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD TWO young women are introduced at an expensive Mayfair apartment full of antiques and exquisite glassware. A housekeeper brings in mint tea and sweetmeats. Both have boyfriends (indeed Tala is busy preparing for her huge society...
Spare Us Madonna's Adoption Tourism
Byline: YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN IN 2006, Madonna got David, her Malawian adoptee. Now she is back again, this time bidding for Mercy, a four-year-old orphan. Never one for humility, the singer says: "I am the template or the role model for future...
SPRING IN TO LIFE; It's Time to Get out and Delight in the Joys of Spring, Whether It's by a River or on a Farm, Admiring the Bulbs or Baby Lambs
More than five million bulbs - including bluebells and golden daffodils - are heralding spring. Check the Bulb Watch map at kew.org/events/spring/bulb-map.htm to see what is in flower. The Animal Farm is back for the school holidays (4-19 Apr, from...
Terry Aims to Prove Toon Messiah Is a False Prophet; Chelsea Star Hoping to Turn the Homecoming of Alan Shearer at the Weekend into a Party He'll Want to Forget. James Olley Reports
Byline: James Olley reports JOHN TERRY has vowed Chelsea will do their best to ruin Alan Shearer's emotional homecoming at Newcastle on Saturday. The 38-year-old took charge of training for the first time this morning after agreeing to manage the...
Tesco Pharmacist Supplied Wrong Pills That Killed Woman
Byline: PAUL CHESTON Courts Correspondent A TESCO pharmacist today admitted supplying the wrong drugs to a grandmother who later died. Carmel Sheller, 72, collapsed 10 minutes after taking the tablets and died in hospital three days later without...
TfL Rent Rises Will Drive Us out of Tube Station, Claim Traders
Byline: FELIX ALLEN SAVE OUR SMALL SHOPS STANDARD CAMPAIGN TRANSPORT for London was today accused of "bullying" independent shops by demanding huge rent rises. Traders in the arcade at St James's Park station -- underneath TfL's head office...
The Country Code of Help Freely Given
Byline: RACHEL JOHNSON NOTEBOOK I AM in the wilds of Exmoor for a fortnight, so here's the score so far: tweenagers under my roof -- six. Plumbing emergencies -- three. Responsible adults present -- one. We arrived after customary fourhour...
THERE'S SO MUCH TO DO AT EASTER; from Rock 'N' Roll and Graffiti Art to Henry VIII and the Workings of the Human Body, London's Culturally Rich Galleries and Museums Have Something for Everyone
Beatles fans will relish the opportunity to see rare and unseen images of the "Fab Four" as well as memorabilia at the Getty Images Gallery, The Movieum London. The collection's launch marks the 40th anniversary of the group's last live performance...
The Rooney Diaries
Byline: NICK CURTIS THE ROONEY DIARIES SUNDAY OW. OWWW. Gorra proper bleedin' hangover today, like. After we stuffed de Slomos... de Slovens... de ones dat aren't de Czechs last night, Mr Capello lerruz 'ave a birruva celebration forra change. ...
THE ROONEY DIARIES by NICK CURTIS
SUNDAY OW. OWWW. Gorra proper bleedin' hangover today, like. After we stuffed de Slomos... de Slovens... de ones dat aren't de Czechs last night, Mr Capello lerruz 'ave a birruva celebration forra change. He even singled yours truly out for praise,...
This Barber's Airs Could Do with a Cut
Byline: KIERON QUIRKE OPERA THE BARBER OF SAVILE ROW Croydon Warehouse .. . . . . IT'S A two star but for a while it felt like a four. Tim Riley and John Lovat's very silly reworking of the Barber of Seville sets it in an Ealingesque 1950s. It...
Toon Messiah Pledges the Gospel of Belief to Faithful; New Newcastle Boss Alan Shearer Tells Players and Fans That Confidence Is the Key in Fight for Survival. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley ALAN SHEARER today began his reign as temporary Newcastle United boss by claiming only a lack of confidence will cause the club to be relegated. The 38-year-old took charge of training for the first time this morning after agreeing...
Tuneful Celebration of the Best of the New
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON AS ANYBODY interested in British contemporary music will testify, the NMC record label is indispensable. Founded 20 years ago by Colin Matthews (its name, New Music Cassettes, is a quaint echo from another era), the label...
Underage Star Is Forced to Collect [Pounds Sterling]100,000 Talent Prize on Pavement
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA A GIRL of 15 who won [pounds sterling]100,000 in a talent contest was barred from picking up her prize because she was too young to enter the nightclub venue. Lucie Evans, who had travelled to London from Warrington with...
US Agents Seize Madoff Home; Family's Boats Also Confiscated in Florida
Byline: ED HARRIS US marshals have swooped on the $10 million Florida home of Bernard Madoff and his wife as they continue to seize the assets of the disgraced Wall Street financier. Marshals also confiscated two of the couple's boats moored...
Welcome to the Future Mr and Mrs Cullum; the Londoner's Diary
WEDDING bells at last for Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum. After months of frenzied speculation Sophie let slip to the Londoner her happy news at last night's Gucci dinner at Chelsea's Saatchi Gallery. The pair were seated at the top table alongside...
What a Carry on, Curtis
Byline: FILM OF THE WEEK DEREK MALCOLM He reinvented the feelgood British comedy -- but the director takes it all too far in this smutty tribute to Sixties pirate radio THE BOAT THAT ROCKED Cert 12A, 135 mins .. .. .. .. ... DO YOU remember...
WHAT'S NEW AT THE BIG ATTRACTIONS? Plenty, Is the Answer! Thrilling Rides, Exciting Shows and Must-See Exhibitions Are Being Opened in Time for the Easter Holidays, Writes Niki Chesworth
LegoLand The top family attraction for three-to-12-year-olds has two new rides in the Kingdom of the Pharaohs - including Laser Riders, a dark ride where you battle your way through an ancient tomb in search of hidden treasure, using laser guns. On...