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Articles from November 24, 2009

AND THE WINNERS WERE... from Singing Bankers in Enron to the Muslim Bridget Jones, Via a Wild Vision of the English Countryside and a Daring New Othello -- Our Judges Reveal Why They Chose the Recipients of the 2009 Evening Standard Theatre Awards
THE NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS Rachel Weisz for A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois is a hugely challenging part. Some fine performers have failed to get to grips with it. One of the difficulties is the episodic nature of Tennessee...
Another Six Months of Closures on Jubilee Line to Finish Botched Upgrade
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent PASSENGERS using the Jubilee line face another six months of weekend closures to allow a botched upgrade to be completed. The firm working on the line has admitted it needs at least 10 weekend shutdowns...
Bank Chiefs Are Blowing Hot and Cold in Battle over Inflation
Byline: Hugo Duncan ECONOMIC ANALYSIS TEMPERATURES at the Bank of England are rising over how to drive a recovery in the UK economy without sending inflation soaring. The three-way split on the monetary policy committee over how much extra cash...
Bank Chiefs Are Blowing Hot and Cold in Battle over Inflation; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Byline: Hugo Duncan TEMPERATURES at the Bank of England are rising over how to drive a recovery in the UK economy without sending inflation soaring. The three-way split on the monetary policy committee over how much extra cash needs to be pumped...
'Being Olaf's Widow Is Hardest and Best Thing I've Ever Done'
Byline: Terry Kirby BEARING his dress medals on the lapel of her black coat, Christina Schmid today paid a powerful tribute to her "warrior" husband, Army bomb disposal expert Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid, who died in Afghanistan last month. After...
Blanchflower's Right: Darling Should Have a Say on Monetary Policy
Byline: Simon English DAVID Blanchflower's provocative New Statesman column is always a good read. This week he again takes the Bank of England's monetary policy committee -- of which he was until recently the most prescient member -- to task for...
Blunders Mean Another Six Months of Jubilee Line Chaos
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent PASSENGERS using the Jubilee line face another six months of weekend closures to allow a botched upgrade to be completed. The firm working on the line has admitted it needs at least 10 weekend shutdowns...
Bomb Expert's Widow Tells MPs to 'Show Passion' for Afghan Mission
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent BOMB disposal expert Olaf Schmid's widow urged the public to back British troops in Afghanistan as she prepared to bury her husband today. Christina Schmid, 34, called on MPs and other policymakers...
Briatore Picks Up [Pounds Sterling]6.5million through Spanish F1 Broadcast
Byline: Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid FLAVIO Briatore, the former boss of Renault's Formula-1 team, made [pounds sterling]6.5 million last year from the rights to broadcast the sport in Spain according to the latest accounts for his Kent-based...
Briatore Picks Up [Pounds Sterling]6.5 Million through Spanish F1 Broadcast
Byline: Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid FLAVIO Briatore, the former boss of Renault's Formula-1 team, made [pounds sterling]6.5 million last year from the rights to broadcast the sport in Spain according to the latest accounts for his Kent-based...
Briatore's Crashgate Battle Won't Wreck QPR, Insists Magilton; Rangers Boss Is Not Worried by Fall-Out from Chairman's Court Fight, Which Begins Today
Byline: David Smith and James Olley JIM MAGILTON believes Queens Park Rangers' future is secure even if chairman Flavio Briatore loses his bid to overturn his life ban from motor racing. The QPR manager claims it will be "business as usual" whatever...
Britain's Secret Plans to Topple Saddam Two Years before War; Whitehall Document on Regime Change as Iraq Sanctions Failed
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor BRITAIN drafted a secret "options" paper on toppling Saddam Hussein two years before the Iraq invasion, it emerged today. Former Foreign Office official Sir William Patey revealed that the internal Whitehall...
Brother of Victim 'Horrified' as Killer Fergie Aide F Lees Open Jail
Byline: Sri Carmichael Royal Reporter THE family of the man murdered by the Duchess of York's former aide told today of their shock at the killer's escape from jail. Jane Andrews, 40, absconded from East Sutton Park in Kent on Sunday, four days...
Brown 'Ignored Last Iraq Inquiry and Cut Budget for Intelligence'; Specialist Staff Reduced by 20% and Dispersed as Whitehall HQ Sold Off
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor GORDON BROWN was today accused of ignoring the findings of a previous probe into the misuse of intelligence about Saddam Hussein's regime. As Sir John Chilcot today delivered his opening statement in...
Can Sir John Deliver the 'Rigorous, Fair and Frank' Investigation He Promised? COMMENTARY
Byline: Brian Jones TODAY our fifth inquiry into the Iraq war begins taking evidence in public. It is well over five years since I gave evidence to the third and fourth inquiries -- Hutton in 2003 and Butler in 2004. But this new inquiry, chaired...
Centre Stage for Sustainability
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT THE senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a man who knows a thing or two about trends in international business, is convinced that sustainability will soon become a central issue on corporate agendas. Companies...
Centre Stage for Sustainability; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton THE senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a man who knows a thing or two about trends in international business, is convinced that sustainability will soon become a central issue on corporate agendas. Companies will...
China Executes Two for Milk Poison That Killed Six Babies
Byline: Bo Wilson THE first two men behind the tainted milk scandal in China that killed at least six children and made 300,000 ill were executed today. Zhang Yujun, a middleman, and Geng Jinping, former head of a dairy firm, were among 21 people...
China Executes Two for Selling Poison Milk That Killed Six Babies
Byline: Bo Wilson THE FIRST two men behind the tainted milk scandal in China that killed at least six children and made 300,000 ill were executed today. Zhang Yujun, a middleman, and Geng Jinping, former head of a local dairy firm, were among...
Conquering Fear - Yes, This Is an Actor's Life
Byline: Sarah Sands THE RECENT popularity of London theatre is interesting partly because it goes against the entertainment tide. Theatre is not 3D or Wii, it is not at your convenience or in your home and it is relatively expensive. Yet it uniquely...
Corinne Puts Her New Records On: Raw Hymns to Her Lost Love; REVIEW
Byline: RICK PEARSON CORINNE BAILEY RAE The Tabernacle CORINNE BAILEY RAE'S world was turned upside down last year when her husband, Scottish saxophonist Jason Rae, died from an accidental overdose of methadone and alcohol. Before that moment,...
Don't Allow Use of Bug Evidence in Trials, Advises Terror Watchdog
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor ALLOWING intercept evidence in terror trials would "be wholly at odds with the national interest", the Government's terrorism watchdog said today. Lord Carlile of Berriew said any change in the law would...
Dozens of UK Officials Fly to Danish Climate Talks
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent THE GOVERNMENT came under fire today for flying dozens of officials to Copenhagen for the world summit to tackle climate change. The Department for Energy and Climate Change is sending 36 officials...
'Dozy' Federer's Wake-Up Call as He Plots the Downfall of Murray; Swiss Star Has Been Struggling to Sleep after Birth of Twin Daughters but Aims to Catch His Rival Napping Tonight
Byline: David Smith IT IS just as well the O2 Arena will be rocking to a sell-out crowd of nearly 17,500 tennis fans tonight because Roger Federer may need a little help staying awake against Andy Murray. Federer came into the Barclays ATP World...
England's 2018 World Cup Bid Is Left in Turmoil after Richards Quits the Board
Byline: Andy Hodgson PREMIER LEAGUE chairman Sir Dave Richards has thrown England's 2018 World Cup campaign into disarray by resigning from the board. Richards today sent a letter to Lord Triesman, chairman of the bid and the Football Association,...
'Families at Risk' as Chemists Sell Paternity Test Kits
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter DNA experts and religious groups have warned over the use of a paternity testing kit that is being sold over the counter for the first time in Britain. Pharmacist Prashant Patel started selling the [pounds sterling]30...
Father Stabs Boy, Four, to Death Then Slashes Wife
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy was stabbed to death by his father at their home in Southwark last night. The man's wife had her throat slashed but their 17-month-old girl was left unharmed in the horrific attack....
Fears for Boris's [Pounds Sterling]71m Bike Hire Scheme as Paris Taxpayers Bail out Velib
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent NEW fears about the cost of Boris Johnson's bike-hire plan emerged today after Paris was forced to bail out its scheme. The French capital introduced Velib in July 2007, which inspired London to attempt...
Fears for Boris's [Pounds Sterling]71m Bike Hire Scheme as Paris Taxpayers Bail out Velib
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent NEW fears about the cost of Boris Johnson's bike-hire plan emerged today after Paris was forced to bail out its scheme. The French capital introduced Velib in July 2007, which inspired London to attempt...
'Firefighter' Davies Not Afraid to Fan the Flames of Controversy; He Faced Sexual Harassment Allegations as the FA Were Rocked by a Sex Scandal, Believes Football Is Dysfunctional and Has Sparked a Row over Television Coverage of the Ashes; THE BIG INTERVIEW DAVID DAVIES
Byline: Mihir Bose EXCLUSIVE DAVID DAVIES has never been averse to taking on a challenge, which is why he sees himself as something of a firefighter. He was twice asked to step in and run the Football Association when two chief executives of the...
Firms Aim for Olympic Gold
Byline: Sarah Richardson IT'S not just elite athletes for whom the London Olympics are the ultimate goal. Travel and tourism chiefs are preparing themselves for a bumper summer in 2012 and are looking to equip their workforces for this gold medal...
Firms Lose out as Bank Loans Cost 'An Arm and a Leg'
Byline: Hugo Duncan BANKS were today accused of ripping off businesses by charging firms "an arm and a leg" for lending. The difference between how much it costs banks to borrow money and how much they charge when lending it on to businesses...
First, Let's Get More People Ready for Oxbridge
Byline: Melanie McDonagh LORD Mandelson, the Business Secretary, is an odd man to be attacking elitism. I mean, he's at home with the rich; he likes the company of the famous. But it's academic elitism he's got his sights on. Oxbridge elitism. He...
Flesh-Eating Bug Danger for Tourists
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor THE popularity of eco-tourism is to blame for a big rise in people contracting tropical diseases, a London professor warned today. Peter Chiodini, of University College London Hospital, said Britons who...
Gallery Revives Masterpiece Lost in the Blitz
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent A GIANT masterpiece that was damaged in the Blitz has been rediscovered after nearly 70 years and is to go on show at the National Gallery. The painting -- Charles I Insulted By Cromwell's Soldiers,...
Gandalf's Got a Bad Hobbit ... Watching the X Factor, Says McKellen
Louise Jury and alistair Foster Sir ian McKellen'S reprise of his most famous role as the wizard Gandalf in the forthcoming film version of The Hobbit has been eagerly awaited by millions. But in remarks which confused fiction and reality (and would...
Gandalf's Got a Bad Hobbit ... Watching the X Factor, Says McKellen; OUR AWARD WINNER REVEALS TASTE FOR REALITY TV AND CALLS FOR CHEAP THEATRE SEATS
Byline: Louise Jury and Alistair Foster SIR IAN McKELLEN'S reprise of his most famous role as the wizard Gandalf in the forthcoming film version of The Hobbit has been eagerly awaited by millions. But in remarks which confused fiction and reality...
Gandalf's Got a Bad Hobbit ... Watching the X Factor, Says McKellen; REALITY TV AND CALLS FOR CHEAP THEATRE SEATS OUR AWARD WINNER REVEALS TASTE FOR
Byline: Louise Jury and Alistair Foster SIR IAN McKELLEN'S reprise of his most famous role as the wizard Gandalf in the forthcoming film version of The Hobbit has been eagerly awaited by millions. But in remarks which confused fiction and reality...
Get It off Your TXT
It's a joke that the Government thinks it can stop serial internet abusers from getting online. This is just another impossible policing task that will cost the taxpayer dearly. James. So Mars used to have vast oceans and major river systems?...
Gold's Historic High Leads to Profit-Taking among Miners; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark THE gold price ran into profit-taking despite further slippage in the value of the dollar. Yesterday the price touched a record high of $1173.50 on a combination of factors which included India's purchase of 200 tonnes from...
Harry Potter Star 'Jumped off Stage and Hit Me as I Applauded His Play'
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent A THEATRE-goER today described how he was attacked by Harry Potter actor Ian Hart after watching him in a West End play. gerard Earley, 38, said Hart came at him "like an animal" as he sat in his second-row...
Harry Potter Star 'Jumped off West End Stage to Hit Theatregoer'
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent HARRY Potter actor Ian Hart attacked an audience member at the end of a West End play in which he is appearing, it was claimed today. A witness said Hart, 45, left the stage after the play last night...
How the Olympic Park Is Shaping Up; EAGLE EYES LATEST VIEW OF GAMES SITE AS INSPECTORS PREPARE TO CHECK ON PROGRESS
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent HERE is the latest view of the 600-hectare Olympic Park -- ready for a key inspection by international Games chiefs this week. It shows for the first time how major venues, including the Olympic...
Intercept Evidence Would Do More Harm Than Good Says Terrorism Watchdog
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor ALLOWING intercept evidence in terror trials would "be wholly at odds with the national interest", the Government's terrorism watchdog said today. Lord Carlile of Berriew said any change in the law would...
IRAQ INQUIRY: NO GUILTY VERDICTS; BLAIR WON'T BE PUT ON TRIAL, SAYS CHAIRMAN CHILCOTD; WHITEWASH' FEAR REJECTED AS FIRST WITNESSES APPEARx0D; PM 'Will Not Explain Role'
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor NO politician, military chief or official will be found guilty by the Iraq war inquiry, its chairman said today. On the first day of the long-awaited investigation, Sir John Chilcot said he was not in...
It's No Accident That Ambulance-Chasing Lawyers Can Create a Real Grievance
WINDSWEPT and interesting, my good friend Gary is ploughing down a north London street on a bicycle over which he is in complete control. His mastery of the machine is matched only by the skill with which he is operating his iPhone, ruffling his...
Lloyds Sets Top Price in Record [Pounds Sterling]13bn Rights Issue
Byline: Nick Goodway LLOYDS Banking Group today fired the starting gun on its record-breaking rights issue, pricing the new shares at the top end of the range it set itself three weeks ago. It is selling 36.5 billion new shares at 37p. That is...
Master Minded Ruled out of Tingle Creek
Byline: Simon Milham MASTER MINDED today drifted to 3-1 with Betfair for a third successive Champion Chase after Paul Nicholls revealed his star will undergo a scan and will not run in the Tingle Creek at Sandown on Saturday week. The six-year-old,...
Met Chief Tells of Her Rise 90 Years on from the First Women Recruits
Byline: Anna Davis ONE of England's most senior policewomen has told of her battle with sexism, as the Met marks 90 years since the first female officers were admitted to the force. Rose Fitzpatrick, 49, who joined the police 22 years ago, is...
Miners Lead the Charge as Footsie Bounces Back
Byline: Mickey Clark MARKET ROUND-UP LEADING shares on the London stock market rallied from opening falls to extend yesterday's strong gains having enjoyed their best one-day performance in six weeks. Led by miners, the FTSE 100 index continued...
Nigella Gets Some New Neighbours as Squatters Move In
Byline: Peter Dominiczak SERIAL squatters have taken over a house in the same Belgravia square that is home to Nigella Lawson and her art collector husband Charles Saatchi. The group, known as the "Belgravia Squatters", moved in to the palatial...
Nomura Hit for [Pounds Sterling]18 Million by Rogue Trader and FSA
A ROGUE trader at Nomura has cost the investment bank [pounds sterling]16.3 million and seen the London end of the firm fined [pounds sterling]1.75 million by the Financial Services Authority for failing to keep adequate systems and controls. The...
'One in Three Schools Is Mediocre or Even Worse'
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent CHILDREN in a third of state schools suffer an education that is "mediocre or worse", Ofsted warned today. A "stubborn core" of poor quality teachers is holding children back and too many pupils still...
Oxbridge Needs the Best Students
LORD Mandelson does not appear to have learned much from Gordon Brown's misguided brush with academia. In 2000, Brown criticised me for failing to give comprehensive school-educated Laura Spence a place to read medicine at Magdalen College, Oxford...
Pick the Right Recruitment Consultant; Londoners Have at Least 2,000 Recruitment Agencies to Choose from. but How Do You Ensure You've Picked the Right One for You?
Byline: Linda Whitney PICKING the right recruitment agency will increase your chances of getting the right job. Last year recruitment agencies helped find permanent work for more than 580,000 people, according to the m o s t r e c e n t R e c...
Portfolio
BUY MAY GURNEY Altium Securities reckons investors should splash out on shares in May Gurney, the support services firm. The broker notes that the firm's latest contract win, in charge of recycling and rubbish collection in Bridgend, which will bring...
POWER DRESSING; Ideas about Work Wear Are Changing Fast. at Last It's Possible to Display a Touch of Individuality While Still Sticking to the Rules
Byline: Laura Craik POWER dressing": what does it even mean? Instantly it conjures images of sharpshouldered Alexis Colby, bosoms heaving over a boardroom table in Dynasty. But that was 20 years ago. Here in 2009, a cursory glance through the rails...
School Failure -- a Generation Betrayed
NEW LABOUR'S promise of "education, education, education" should, according to a devastating report by Ofsted's Chief Inspector Christine Gilbert, be rewritten to read "education, acceptable education, mediocrity". A third of Britain's state schools...
Screw Up and You Should Fail, King Tells Banks
Byline: Hugo Duncan BANK of England Governor Mervyn King today declared that banks which "screw it up should be allowed to fail" in his starkest warning yet to the industry. He again called for banks deemed "too big to fail" or "too important...
Sex in the City; Q: I Always Promise More Than I Deliver. How Can I Get Sex without Lying?
Esther Walker SAYS... YEAH, men like you ought to be shot. You are every girl's nightmare -- the man who acts all keen and talks about mini-breaks and family lunches but then vanishes after a month. (Or five shags, whichever happens soonest.) You...
Soho Lowlife's Fury at Colony Room Benefit; Londoner's Diary
THE Colony Room Club, Soho's 60-yearold louche establishment once frequented by Francis Bacon and Dylan Thomas, shut its doors at the end of last year after its secretary and head barman, Michael Wojas, handed back the lease to the landlord out of...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Often, saying you're sorry is enough. But in one particularly tricky situation, forgiveness isn't achieved so easily. The problem is unresolved issues from the past. The individual in question...
Straight Couple to Sue after Being Denied 'Gay Wedding'
Byline: Bo Wilson A HETEROSEXUAL London couple who were today refused a civil partnership said they will launch a legal challenge to the ruling. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25, said they had been discriminated against because of their...
Struggling Master Minded Ruled out of Tingle Creek
Byline: Simon Milham PAUL NICHOLLS has revealed that dual Champion Chaser Master Minded will undergo a bone scan and will not run in the Tingle Creek at Sandown on Saturday week. The six-year-old suffered a defeat to Well Chief on his seasonal...
Tell Us What You Want London to Look like, Boris; the Mayor Now Has Practical Architecture Advisers Rather Than Ideologues. but They Will Need a Firm Steer
Byline: Rowan Moore WHAT kind of city does Boris want? Would it be a thrusting metropolis of the 21st century with glass pinnacles reaching for the sky, or would it be a London reflecting the education of our classicist Mayor, with Georgian proportions...
Theo Ready to Show Why Wenger Swears by Him; Questions about Walcott's World Cup Hopes Anger Boss as Injury-Hit Winger Prepares to Kick-Start Season against Limited Opponents Tonight. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley TONIGHT marks Arsenal's 21st match of the campaign but the visit of Standard Liege represents a vital opportunity for Theo Walcott's season to finally begin. The 20-year-old has suffered knee and back problems to restrict...
The Scandal of Our Schools; Ofsted Chief Inspector: One in Three Is Mediocre ... or Worse
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent CHILDREN in a third of state schools suffer an education that is "mediocre or worse", Ofsted warned today. A "stubborn core" of poor quality teachers is holding children back and too many pupils still...
Tony Blair Won't Be Put on Trial Says Chairman Chilcot as He Opens Inquiry
Byline: Paul Waugh NO politician, military chief or official will be found guilty by the Iraq war inquiry, its chairman said today. On the first day of public hearings for the long-awaited investigation, Sir John Chilcot said he was not in charge...
Top Price on Lloyds Shares in Record UK Rights Issue
Byline: Nick Goodway LLOYDS Banking Group today fired the starting gun on its record-breaking rights issue pricing the new shares at the top end of the range it set itself three weeks ago. It is selling 36.5 billion new shares at 37p. That is...
Victim's Mother in Shock as Killer Fergie Aide Flees Jail
Byline: Sri Carmichael Royal Reporter THE mother of the man murdered by the Duchess of York's former aide told today of her shock at the killer's escape from jail. Jane Andrews, 40, absconded from open East Sutton Park in Kent on Sunday, four...
Walcott's Looking to Get Right Back in the Frame; the Injury-Prone Arsenal Winger Will Be Hoping for a Confidence Boost Tonight as He Is Given the Chance to Get His Season Up and Running. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley TONIGHT marks Arsenal's 21st match of the campaign but the visit of Standard Liege represents a vital opportunity for Theo Walcott's season to finally begin. The 20-year-old has suffered knee and back problems to restrict...
'We Aren't Any Nicer or Nastier Than Anyone Else'; Blind Actor Tim Gebbels Stars in a New Channel 4 Comedy That Challenges the Stereotypes of Disabled People
Byline: Nick Curtis FOR Tim Gebbels, the row about Gordon Brown's condolence letter to Jacqui Janes had a grimly familiar ring. Beneath the criticism of Brown's handwriting lay the unstated suggestion that his failing eyesight made him unfit for...
Website Closure Prompts Fear for Borders' Chances of Survival
Byline: Lucy Tobin FRESH fears were raised over the survival of High Street bookseller Borders today after its website closed to trading, staff at stores said they had been told to stop accepting advance orders, and at least three distributors severed...
Whishaw and Walters Shine as British Talent Overshadows Emmys
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger RISING star Ben Whishaw has been crowned best actor at the International Emmy awards, which were dominated by Britons. The 29-year-old -- now appearing in the film Bright Star about poet John Keats -- was selected...
Win a Samsung Hd Camcorder; Codeword
Courtesy of Play.com, the UK's number 1 online entertainment retailer, this HD Camcorder is ultra-compact with an ergonomic design that breaks free of the traditional look and feel of pocket-sized camcorders. Sharing is also simplified as the intelli-studio...
Worries Grow That Borders Is on the Brink of Collapse
Byline: Lucy Tobin FRESH fears were raised over the survival of High Street bookseller Borders today after its website closed to trading, staff at stores said they had been told to stop accepting advance orders, and at least three distributors severed...
Your Club Today
ARSENAL P 12 W 8 D 1 L 3 PTS 25 Henri Lansbury has two months to prove he deserves a new contract. The 19-year-old midfielder's deal expires in the summer and boss Arsene Wenger will make a decision on his future in January. Lansbury will be told that...
Your Club Today
ARSENAL P12 W8 D1 L3 PTS25 Henri Lansbury has two months to prove he deserves a new contract. The 19-year-old midfielder's deal expires in the summer and boss Arsene Wenger will make a decision on his future in January. Lansbury will be told that his...