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Articles from May 6, 2004

A Colourful Past and a Knack with Money but Will the Jarvis Link Finally Ditch His Bid to Be Mayor; TODAY TORY STEVE NORRIS LAUNCHES HIS BID TO BE MAYOR. WE REVEAL THE FULL EXTENT OF HIS MANY BUSINESS DEALINGS
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS THE launch of the Liberal Democrats' mayoral campaign generated some surprise - shock, even - when it directly linked Conservative candidate Steve Norris to the carnage of the Potters Bar rail crash. Who would have expected...
Altman Marshals the Troupe
Byline: ANTONIA QUIRKE THE COMPANY . Cert 12A, 112 mins ROBERT Altman's The Company is wonderful: a tender, genial film about a dance t roupe which uses real members of the Chicago Joffrey Ballet alongside actors in its cast. There is no...
A Major Void at Thatcher's Anniversary
ONE conspicuous absentee at this week's 25th anniversary celebrations for Margaret Thatcher's arrival in Downing Street on 4 May 1979 has been her successor as prime minister, John Major. The omission was noted on Tuesday evening when Michael Howard,...
A Masterpiece of Deliberate Decadence
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL PAINTED in 1905, this is the quintessential pre-Cubist Picasso; a masterpiece in blue and rose. It has roots in a thousand ancestral European paintings, in the musicmaking boys of Caravaggio, in the sensual images of young saints...
An Old Ally Could Bring Becks to the Bridge .
But Gardner digs deep And don't rule out Zahavi Terry in Sheffield steal *AND FINALLY, one of the more bizarre rumours to come out of the "Ken Bates tries to buy Sheffield Wednesday" story is the one about how the former Chelsea chairman is going to...
A Quarter-Point Rise but City Warns More Needed
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE City took today's widely expected rise in interest rates in its stride as economists warned the increase would do little to cool the housing and borrowing booms. As the Bank's monetary policy committee nudged up the cost...
A Shift in Property Foundations
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THIS day every month, when all eyes are on the Bank of England's monetary policy committee to see if it has lifted interest rates, is also the day when people are acutely conscious of the effect rate rises must one day have...
Bannister's Joy as He Relives the Ultimate Record; Fifty Years Ago, Oxford Medical Student Roger Bannister Strode into the Record Books as He Did What No One Thought Could Be Done, Becoming the First Man to Run the Mile in under Four Minutes. Chief Sports Correspondent Ian Chadband Joined in the Applause Today as a Modest British Sporting Hero Returned to the Scene of His Triumph
Byline: IAN CHADBAND HE limped a little into the sunshine, an old man holding a stopwatch and a pair of ancient running spikes, and the cameras just wouldn't stop clicking. "My goodness, how many pictures do you need?" Sir Roger Bannister asked...
Blood Brothers; David Bailey Says His Shocking Collaboration with Damien Hirst Is a Natural Progression of Their Friendship
Byline: KEVIN JACKSON DAVID Bailey is locked into an intense discussion on his mobile phone as I arrive at his studio, which gives me time both to gather my nerve (he is rumoured to be an awkward, hostile interviewee if the mood takes him) and to...
Bonus Bonanza as the Square Mile Blooms
Byline: JANE PADGHAM CITY bankers are in line for a 30% increase in their annual bonuses next year as a new bonus bonanza sweeps through the Square Mile. With the City back on its feet thanks to the global economic recovery, stock market rally...
Brown Seeks to Gag Fans' Group
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS WEST HAM today threatened to sue shareholders' group Whistle for aggravated damages if they continue to make "untrue and defamatory" allegations about the club. Chairman Terry Brown is furious with a dossier of 180 questions...
Bush Faces Scrutiny over Extra Iraq Bill of $25Bn
Byline: BILL CONDIE THE Bush administration has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn, asking Congress for a $25 billion ([pounds sterling]13.6 billion) down-payment on next year's defence budget to pay for operations in Iraq which is bound to...
Capita Choker? Road to Repeating the Success of London's Congestion Charging Scheme May Be Rocky
Byline: ROBERT LEA IT WOULD be a dream come true for the anti-car lobby: a network of three dozen or so British cities and other local authorities implementing London-style congestion charging zones, transforming metropolitan life and raising money...
CCTV Captures Moment before Fatal Tube Attack; FATHER-OF-FOUR DIES AFTER BEING PUNCHED FOR STEPPING ON BOY'S FOOT
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ THIS IS the moment before a commuter was attacked by a fellow passenger - for accidentally treading on his son's foot. Vipaul Prasanna, a 41-year-old father of four, died last night in hospital after suffering massive...
China's Oil Stocks Boosted by Buoyant Crude Prices; Market Report
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH THERE has been plenty of debate about surging Chinese demand lifting commodity and stock prices last year, but backtracking more recently on signals that Beijing is trying to engineer a soft landing. The listed oil sector...
Colossus Terry Hurting Badly but Can Hold His Head High
Byline: KEN DYER THERE were some Chelsea players who did not deserve to be on the losing side. Frank Lampard ran himself to a standstill, Wayne Bridge made run after run and Eidur Gudjohnsen had the Monaco defence hitting the panic button when...
Crunch Time for Board in Bitter Battle for Baltimore
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER ONE of the most bitter battles for control of a public company comes to a head today as shareholders in Baltimore Technologies, the former dot com wonder, meet to decide on the firm's future. A key figure involved in the...
Dodging the First of the Bras; POP Franz Ferdinand Astoria
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD FRANZ Ferdinand's task in life, according to singer Alex Kapranos, is to "make music girls can dance to". If last night was any yardstick, mission is almost accomplished. Named after the Archduke whose assassination precipitated...
East Moves West - and We'll All Be Thewinners
Byline: MATTHIAS MATUSSEK SO, the feared invasion of foreigners never happened. No vast tailbacks of Slovenian buses at Dover, Czech charter planes jamming up the air space in Luton, no vastly overloaded ferries from Lithuania disgorging human cargo...
EasyJet Pulls out of Tailspin as Brokers Throw a Lifeline
Byline: MICKEY CLARK YOU could hear the cabin door slamming shut at easyJet today in the wake of yesterday's shock warning about trading conditions. The discount airline was dismayed by "unprofitable and unrealistic" pricing by rivals and warned...
EasyJet Pulls out of Tailspin as Brokers Throw a Lifeline; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK YOU could hear the cabin door slamming shut at easyJet today in the wake of yesterday's shock warning about trading conditions. The discount airline was dismayed by "unprofitable and unrealistic" pricing by airlines across...
England Fit to Face the World
Byline: MYLES HODGSON ENGLAND flew home from the Caribbean today having shown the first signs of developing a mental strength capable of carrying them to success against the world's best in the one-day game. Despite being weary from 10 weeks...
'Faster' Mahler Is More Moving
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY CLASSICAL RPO/Gatti Festival Hall IN Mahler's Ninth Symphony, the last he completed, many conductors linger morbidly, investing every phrase with sticky intimations of mortality. Clocking in at 90 minutes, the Royal Philharmonic...
Ferrie Keeping His Mind on the Job at Hand
Byline: DAVID SMITH DIEHARD Newcastle fan Kenneth Ferrie kept his mind off tonight's UEFA Cup semi-final in Marseille long enough to establish a clear lead in the first round of the [pounds sterling]1.6million British Masters, writes David Smith....
Finding 9/11 with Tales of Tiny Losses; Gone Missing Gate, W11
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THEATRE HOW fitting that it should be a theatre company from New York that has concocted such a penetrating and poignant piece about things that have been lost. Yet dwell not on burning towers and falling bodies, for Gone...
Havoc on the Back Streets; When the Only Evidence of Council Spending Is a Plague of Parking Wardens, Something Is Rotten in Local Democracy
Byline: SIMON JENKINS ALL politics is local, but no politics is as local as parking politics. London parking, as the Standard frequently opines, is the raw cutting edge of democracy. For those residents with access to a car (which is most...
How Royalty Makes a Mint
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Victor Lewis-Smith WHILE I was dining recently with a US attorney, he helped me to compile a list of some of the obscure and absurd laws that are still in force in various American states and cities. In Vermont, for...
In Short
Waiting game for Charlton Federer exit opens up the Roman road for Henman Aussies on security alert Tough test awaits Morris ROGER FEDERER'S bid to win his first title on the clay courts of Rome ended when he lost his second-round clash to Spaniard...
Interest Rates
THE JOB of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England is to keep inflation within a target range, and report to the Chancellor if it fails. Nowhere in its mandate is there anything about restoring sanity to the housing market - though that...
IP Struggling to Shake off [Pounds Sterling]500 Million Debt Burden
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE shadow of [pounds sterling]500 million of American debt is continuing to loom large at International Power as the troubled energy group told investors that the US and British electricity markets are still giving it a major...
Is This the Best British Film Ever? the Re-Released Film Performance Can Still Challenge Our Notions of Normality
Byline: COLIN MACCABE TOMORROW sees the cinematic return of a cult that, in truth, never went away. Performance was one of the defining movies of the Seventies. Never had a film generated more rumours before it was released: the sex had been...
It's a Monster Mash; Frankenstein Meets Dracula in a Hokum Horror Flick That Has Plenty of Heart
Byline: WILL SELF VAN HELSING . Cert 12A, 128 mins VAN HELSING is hokum, pure and simple. The hocus-pocus comes from the bastard brainchildren of Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, filtered through the limelight of the classic Universal Pictures...
It's Another 60s Summer
Byline: PETE CLARK AS WE edge our way towards an uncertain summer, there is much comfort to be derived from the appearance of a clutch of familiar, if wrinkled, ghosts. These are, I should hasten to add, of the musical variety and entirely unfrightening...
It's the 007 Olympics
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER Bombs overshadowed yesterday's 100-day countdown to the start of the Games in Athens. After the first part in our special investigation highlighted serious doubts over the Greek capital's chances of finishing the building...
Johnston's Systematic Is Worth Following
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM THE BHB's move in favour of 48-hour declarations may be all well and good as regards selling media rights to foreign countries, but it doesn't have many friends among trainers and has backfired badly for tomorrow's Jardine...
Ken and Tony Show; I Always Said He Would Make a Good Mayor, Says Wisecracking Blair BATTLE FOR LONDON IS LAUNCHED AS PM AND HOWARD GET BEHIND THEIR CANDIDATES
Byline: PAUL WAUGH TONY BLAIR threw his full weight behind Ken Livingstone's re-election bid for Mayor of London today as he hailed his record on policing and transport. Sharing a platform with Mr Livingstone for the first time since he was readmitted...
Landmark Win for Naomi over Mirror Drug Rehab Story
Byline: PAUL CHESTON NAOMI CAMPBELL today won a historic victory for privacy over a newspaper report of her treatment for drug addiction. The Law Lords voted by a three-totwo margin to reinstate a [pounds sterling]3,500 award for damages against...
Let's All Fly off to Rio; Tall and Tanned and Young and Lovely? Head for Oxford Street - This Month It's Sizzling with All Things Brazilian
Byline: LAURA CRAIK LEST we forget, there is more to being Brazilian than having "that" bikini wax. Summer after summer, the country spawns new fashions, films and faces that whey-faced Brits lap up with all the vivacity of a sex-starved visitor...
Let's Drink to the Future. BID TO SAVE OUR HISTORIC PUBS
Byline: PATRICK SAWER THEY are temples of polished wood, etched glass and ornate tiling that have witnessed the passage of history through pints of foaming beer and glasses of gin. But over the past few decades hundreds of the capital's historic...
Matinee Idols Dodge the First of Many Bras; FRANZ FERDINAND GET THE GIRLS DANCING ... AND SHEDDING THEIR CLOTHES REVIEW Astoria Franz Ferdinand
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD FRANZ FERDINAND GET THE GIRLS DANCING ... AND SHEDDING THEIR CLOTHES REVIEW Franz Ferdinand John Aizlewood Astoria FRANZ FERDINAND'S task in life, according to singer Alex Kapranos, is to "make music girls can dance to". If...
Monty Can't Put His Troubles Behind Him
Byline: DAVID SMITH COLIN MONTGOMERIE'S troubles today followed him onto the golf course as he struggled to mount a challenge in the first round of the [pounds sterling]1.6million British Masters, writes David Smith. The former European No1 might...
Mourinho's Task Is to Ditch the Flops
Byline: IAN CHADBAND We still want him as a capital star HE was somewhere up there in the Gods, watching the end of one reign and surveying what in all likelihood will be his Stamford Bridge kingdom next season. Jose Mourinho invariablysports...
Mouthy Moyles to the Rescue; Chris Lifts Radio 1 with an Extra 680,000 Listeners
Byline: ANDR PAINE HE billed himself as the "saviour of Radio 1" and today new figures showed that loudmouthed Chris Moyles has indeed come to the station's rescue. Moyles added 680,000 listeners to the breakfast show after taking over from Sara...
Mr Norris Makes His Pitch
Black gold Show business WITH STEVE Norris's launch of his election manifesto today, the pitch of the campaign for London's mayor increases another degree. Three of Mr Norris's pledges focus on reducing crime in the capital. His promise not to stand...
No Humour in This Game for Ballerinas Rather Than Bulls
Byline: PETE CLARK THIS was always going to be an occasion when everyone would be on their best behaviour. After the debacle of the first leg in Monaco - which deprived this occasion of the services of Desailly, Makelele, and Atkinson - the most...
Norris Stakes Mayor Campaign on Pledge to Make Streets Safe; TORY CANDIDATE OPENS HIS BATTLE PROMISING ZERO TOLERANCE
Byline: ROSS LYDALL STEVE NORRIS today pins his political future on cutting crime in London if he is elected Mayor. Launching his manifesto, the Tory candidate vows not to stand again if he fails to make the capital a safer place in the next...
Not One to Bragg; Famed for His Leftwing Soundtrack to the Thatcher Years, Musician Billy Bragg Now Has a New-Found Passion
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY THERE was always a boyishness to Billy Bragg, with his mixture of bawled protest and wry songs of love and loss. Today, the Barking vowels are as wide as ever, the grin still infectious. He admits to being "a bit chubbier and...
NOW THEY TREAT THEM LIKE DOGS; US Woman Soldier in New Prison Torture Photo Outrage
Byline: JAMES LANGTON;HUGH DOUGHERTY THIS photograph will cause fresh revulsion around the world over the treatment of Iraqi prisoners by US troops. It shows a woman soldier holding a naked Iraqi man like a dog on a lead as he squirms with agony....
Old Specs and the Poetry of Potatoes; COMEDY Packed Lunch Lyric Hammersmith
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU JOHN Hegley's enduring obsession with spectacles and dogs finally appears threatened. Another motif emerged during the London premiere of his 2003 Edinburgh outing, Packed Lunch (in mini-rep with his gallicflavoured The Sound...
Palace Errors Left Queen Exposed to Terror Attack; REPORT DEMANDS PROTECTION SUPREMO 'TO TIGHTEN STAFF VETTING'
Byline: JOE MURPHY A CATALOGUE of security blunders at Buckingham Palace put the Queen in serious danger of terrorist attack, an official report concludes today. It lays bare in humiliating detail how palace officials overlooked a series of clues...
Pastor Guilty of Sex Assaults; CHURCH MINISTER FACES JAIL AFTER TARGETING MEMBERS OF CONGREGATION
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A CHURCH minister faced prison today after being convicted at the Old Bailey of sexually preying on a teenage girl and a woman in his congregation. Pastor Douglas Goodman, 47, was a respected preacher but away from the pulpit...
Players Are to Blame This Time
Byline: MICHAEL HART Chelsea 2 Monaco 2 SADLY, for Claudio Ranieri the enduring memory of his last month in charge at Stamford Bridge will be of opportunities spurned. Nothing would have given him greater satisfaction than a glorious triumph...
Poulter Calls on Langer to Ditch Dad's Army
Byline: DAVID SMITH EUROPE can make a successful defence of the Ryder Cup without having to call up the Dad's Army of golf, writes David Smith. That was the claim made today by Ian Poulter, who believes a battalion of young chargers is ready...
Spymaster Who Saved Blair Is New MI6 Chief; CRONYISM ROW AS KEY HUTTON INQUIRY WITNESS IS HANDED TOP JOB
Byline: JASON BEATTIE THE spymaster whose evidence cleared Tony Blair in the Hutton Inquiry was today named as head of MI6. John Scarlett, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, was accused in the Hutton Inquiry of becoming too close to...
Studio Plots Monster Killing with Spin-Offs from Horror Movie
Byline: MELANIE MORNINGSTAR GOTHIC Hollywood blockbuster Van Helsing, opening in British and American cinemas this week, is set to be one of the most sophisticated and potentially lucrative examples of entertainment companies cashing in on spin-offs...
Surrey Are Shocked by Ireland
Byline: PAUL THOMSON IRELAND recorded a famous win over Surrey in the C&G Trophy when they cruised to victory with 10 balls to spare at Clontarf. The five-wicket triumph sets up a home third-round tie against either Northamptonshire or Cambridgeshire...
The Big Battles
Fernando Morientes v John Terry THE Real Madrid reject is the Champions League's leading light and the competition's top scorer was the difference between the sides. Morientes (left) may have missed two good chances but created one goal with a magnificent...
The Giants Line Up as West Gets a Taste for Beer Action in China
Byline: NICK GOODWAY BILLED IN newspapers this week as China's first hostile takeover bid, SABMiller's [pounds sterling]300 million offer for Harbin Brewery will actually pan out as anything but that. Stephen Clark, director of Anglo-Chinese...
The New [Pounds Sterling]290,000 Flat That Didn't Measure Up; PROPERTY FIRM CONVICTED OVER APARTMENTS 10% SMALLER THAN ADVERTISED
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL THE brochure promised a "head-turning" Docklands development. But as soon as the residents of the Icon moved in they knew they had been sold short. Buyers discovered their flats were substantially smaller than property...
The Porn Star, Murder and a Whitewash in Wonderland; One of the Sleaziest Stories in Hollywood Is Glossed over in a New Film Which Opens This Week
Byline: PAUL PALMER IT is a film which was very nearly never made - and to many in Hollywood, never should have been. Nineteen leading actors - including Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe - passed on it. The star who eventually agreed to taking it on...
Trailer Park Girl Turns into Torturer
Byline: PATRICK SAWER LYNNDIE ENGLAND'S face is displayed on the Wal-Mart supermarket's wall of honour in her home town, a place where people are proud of their soldiers serving in Iraq. At the Mineral County Courthouse in Keyser the same face...
Trinity Prospers despite Row over Mirror Pictures
Byline: NICK GOODWAY IT may be under fire from politicians, soldiers and rivals alike for its Iraq prisonerof-war photographs but Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Mirror titles and a host of regional newspapers, appears to be thriving on controversy....
Twins in [Pounds Sterling]40,000 Makeover ... to Look More Alike; TV COSMETIC SURGERY DOCU-SOAP FOOTS BILL FOR SISTERS TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE
Byline: MARK PRIGG B THEY are twins and, like all twins, they think alike. They both decided they did not like the way they looked, and both decided to do something about it. As the pictures show, the change was radical. Caroline and Catherine,...
Ultimate Guide to Records That Need Breaking
Byline: IAN CHADBAND As Sir Roger Bannister is lauded today on the anniversary of his historic mile, Ian Chadband assesses which sporting milestones will be reached, and which won't, during the next 50 years WHERE have all the barriers gone?...
Vaughan Plan Pays Dividends
Byline: MYLES HODGSON ENGLAND fly home from the Caribbean today having shown the first signs of developing a mental strength capable of carrying them to success in the one-day game. Despite being weary from 10 weeks of tough cricket against West...
'Warning Light' Logos on Food in Fat Battle; MPs CONSIDER NEW SANCTIONS
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN FOOD packets could carry traffic light-style warnings in a government drive to tackle Britain's obesity epidemic, ministers warned industry chiefs today. A red light logo would signal the unhealthiest foods in a scheme to...
Wasps Are World's Richest Amateurs
Byline: CHRIS JONES THE amateur section of English champions London Wasps became arguably the richest rugby club in the world today when they won more than [pounds sterling]3million in damages at the High Court over the sale of their former ground...
We're Failures; Captain's Verdict on Season as Chelsea Crash out of Europe
Byline: MATT HUGHES JOHN TERRY today admitted that Chelsea's season will be remembered as a failure following last night's European Cup semi-final defeat to Monaco. Goals from Hugo Iberra and Fernando Morientes gave the French side a 5-3 aggregate...
Wife Collapses in 'Indecent Proposal' Case; DRAMA IN COURT AS PREGNANT KEY WITNESS IS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN THE WIFE at the centre of the "Indecent Proposal" case was today dramatically rushed to hospital after collapsing in the High Court. Teacher Nathalie Attar, who is seven months pregnant with her fourth child, became ill...