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Articles from June 16, 2003

A Crisis That Won't Go Away; Nick Christou Is a Good Head Teacher but an Unhappy One. A Shortfall in Funding Means He Could Lay off 15 Teachers Next Year. It Is a Problem That Is Here to Stay, He Tells Paul Palmer
Byline: PAUL PALMER THE pile of paperwork on Nick Christou's desk is nearly a foot high. For a headmaster of a comprehensive school in north London, that may not be too surprising. Except in this instance, little of the paperwork has anything to...
Airports Plan a Threat to 100 Listed Buildings
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY MORE than 100 listed buildings face demolition under the Government's plans to expand the South-East's airports. Tudor mansions, mediaeval churches, ancient pubs and dozens of thatched cottages would be destroyed to make...
All Hands to the Pomp
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS SMITH DID you know that Adolf Hitler was a serious contender for the 1938 Nobel Peace Prize? It's true. Gertrude Stein nominated him, and although the Nobel committee ultimately found a recipient even more deserving than...
Are Our Nurses Too Kind for Their Own Good? Dr Raj Persaud Is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital. He Reveals That He Often Treats Nurses Who Make Themselves Ill by Caring Too Much
Byline: RAJ PERSAUD NURSE Sally Davidson was 29 and had been running her own acute ward for several years. She was extremely competent and popular with patients, if slightly feared by her junior nurses as she could be quite stern about efficiency....
A Shallow Quest Is Saved by an Old Dog; THEATRE Two Gentlemen of Verona Open-Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH RACHEL Kavanaugh's directorial touch is traditional, limp and shallow in this early Shakespearian comedy, which deals with the making of the perfect gentleman and puts the male quest for love and the classical ideal of...
Baffling Sums in Saunders Saga
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT IS difficult to keep up with the saga of Robin Saunders, the head in London of the principal finance unit of WestDeutsche Landesbank. Relations seem to have broken down between her and her bosses in head office - otherwise...
Bali Bomb Victims Tell Court of Screams after Blast
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON THREE Australian survivors of last year's Bali bombings showed an Indonesian court their burns today and shared their even deeper emotional scars. They testified at the trial in Bali of Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, a key suspect...
Bombay Stars Are Real-Life Lovers; SECRET ROMANCE BEHIND THE HIT BOLLYWOOD SHOW
Byline: ALEXIS AKWAGYIRAM THEY play star-crossed lovers in the fairytale story of a boy from the slums who becomes a movie star and falls for the daughter of Bollywood's biggest producer. Now life has imitated art: the lead actor and actress...
Businesses 'Must Satisfy Staff They Are Tackling Stress or Face Action'
Byline: JOE MURPHY FIRMS will have to satisfy employees they are tackling workplace stress or face possible legal action under a scheme launched today. The crackdown sets standards designed to promote a better worklife balance for stressed staff....
Carving out a Top Career - Second Time around; for Professions with a Short Shelf-Life, You Often Have to Start Again, Says Kate Crockett
Byline: KATE CROCKET GORDON Ramsay jumped out of the frying pan into the fire, so to speak, when he left the Rangers defence for the restaurant kitchen; Kim Wilde traded her microphone and miniskirts for a spade and wellies; and, Roger Black, who...
Champers Set Strike It Rich; Punters Are on Lookout for Winners and Partner with Money
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM DAVID BECKHAM isn't the only sporting institution in danger of being forced out of his spiritual home. Royal Ascot looks set to up sticks in 2005 while a [pounds sterling]200 million redevelopment designed by the people...
City Fund Firms Trail the Field as Shares Slide Bites
Byline: BILL CONDIE BRITISH fund managers have suffered the sharpest slide in assets under management, an industry study has found. The gloomy report, by the Boston Consulting Group, also warns that profits of the global fund management industry...
City Insider; Shameful over Sir Michael
* IF the funeral of the great Sir Michael Richardson, formerly of NM Rothschild and Smith New Court, was anything to go by, his memorial service will be a sensational event. At least 300 of the great and good turned out for the funeral, including...
Clive in All Black Attack
Byline: IAN CHADBAND CLIVE WOODWARD today claimed England's rugby players would have been "locked up" in Wellington if they had committed the stamping offence which All Blacks lock Ali Williams perpetrated in Saturday's titanic Test match. On...
Darling Signals Four per Cent Rise in Bills for Commuters; RAIL FARES UP, SERVICES CUT
Byline: JOE MURPHY;PATRICK MCGOWAN RAIL commuters were hit with a double whammy today - inflation-busting fare rises and more cuts in services. And Transport Secretary Alistair Darling also admitted that train delays were worse than ever. ...
Deaths and Assaults Soar as Jail Population Hits New High
Byline: JOE MURPHY LEAKED Prisons Service documents today revealed that security alerts, assaults and deaths in custody are soaring as overcrowding gets worse. The disclosure will bolster critics in the House of Lords who are trying to derail...
Derry's Job Was a Grave Matter
Byline: A.N. WILSON LIKE many excellent things in England, the Lord Chancellor cut a ridiculous figure while enshrining something serious in which we all believe. Whoever he was, in his wig and robes, he looked as if he was about to sing words...
Eager for Riga; Our Eurovision Entry May Have Scored Nul Points in Latvia, but the Capital Gets Full Marks for Energy and Ambition
Byline: GINA LEWIS GO to Riga soon, before the tentacles of Brussels grip: for the moment, you have the genuine sense of being a traveller in a foreign land. A long weekend in the Latvian capital - my first visit to Eastern Europe - was an opportunity...
Fame Swings Furyk's Way; Jim's Unique Style Lands a First Major
Byline: DAVID SMITH AFTER today Jim Furyk need never worry again about being introduced as "that golfer with the quirky swing". From this moment forth, when his presence is announced on the first tee, it will be as "Jim Furyk, US Open champion"....
Fences Are Down but Acid Test Is When Fans Get Het Up
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S cricket bosses put away the plastic fences two years ago and are determined never to use them again. Three one-day internationals against Pakistan this week have brought back memories of those frightening scenes...
Finding out What They Want; AL QAEDA: Casting a Shadow of Terror by Jason Burke (IB Tauris, [Pounds Sterling]18.95)
Byline: SAM KILEY LET'S admit it, we are scared. America seems to be run by a cabal of characters who think that Dr Strangelove was a documentary and Peter Sellers offered a paradigm of modern leadership. This bizarre group - Donald Rumsfeld, Paul...
Foot Notes
So where do Londoners stand on GM foods? During the past fortnight the good burghers of Birmingham, Taunton, Harrogate, Swansea, Glasgow and Belfast have been given a platform to air their views on genetically modified foods, with debates hosted...
FROM THE JOURNALS; A Weekly Roundup of News and Opinions from the Professional Press
Campaigners have called for new laws to clamp down on offensive jokes about disabled people on TV and radio. Both the BBC and ITV failed to halt recent incidents, including jokes made by Jonathan Ross and Frank Skinner. One possibility would be to...
Hawk Wing Can Prove He's the Champion Miler
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM FENCE sitting isn't an option when the world's most spectacular week of Flat racing begins at Royal Ascot. Five days of unrelenting action will settle arguments worth millions of pounds on and off the track, and the...
HOLBY CITY STAR FALLS 40FT FROM BALCONY; Soap Actress's Screen Boy+friend Is Arrested
Byline: ANDRE PAINE;JUSTIN DAVENPORT HOLBY City actress Laura Sadler was fighting for her life today after plunging 40 feet from the balcony of a London flat. The 22-year old star was in a "critical" condition with serious head injuries - as...
How a Dad Lost the Plot; DAD'S LIFE by Dave Hill
Byline: NICHOLAS LEZARD ONE of publishing's most lucrative areas has always been parenting advice; it is only relatively recently that fictional parenting has turned into a reliable money-spinner. This happened around the time Nick Hornby decided...
Hundreds More Trains Axed in Bid to Reduce Services Running Late
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN HUNDREDS more rail services are to be cancelled in an effort to get more trains to run on time, it will be announced today. Dismal figures expected from the Strategic Rail Authority will show that one in five trains are...
'I Accept That This Is a Difficult Year for Schools, but I Am Committed to Bringing in More Stability Next Year'
As Education Secretary, Charles Clarke has lived up to his reputation as a political bruiser. With the jobs of hundreds of London teachers under threat, he has put the blame on council chiefs. But is it that simple? In the first of...
I Had a Ball with Linda, but Then I Met the Love of My Life; He Was the Cult Star of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks Who Went out with a Supermodel, Then Disappeared. Kyle MacLachlan on Re-Emerging in Sex and the City - and Finally Getting Wed
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH WHEN I was younger, about 22 years old, I had an appalling crush on Kyle MacLachlan. It first started when I saw him in Dune. He played a youthful God of the Universe who had to master riding huge worms in order to defeat...
I Survived a Day as a Butlins Redcoat; It's the Time of Year When Students Wonder How They'll Earn a Crust This Summer. Alex Hannaford Tried His Hand at Being a Butlins Redcoat
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD THE hot weather is here and I have decided to spend the day as a Butlins Redcoat to see if I've got what it takes to survive the summer season. The morning before I set off for Bognor there is an email from Butlins' PR...
I Was Passed around 16 Foster Homes, but When I Found a Mother to Love I Was Taken Away Because I Was White and She Was Black
Byline: DAVID COHEN We usually only hear of children in the care system when tragedy occurs, such as the death of Victoria Climbie. Yet it is important that social workers - and the public - listen to young people who are the responsibility of the...
Kewell Meeting; Wenger Talks to Leeds Striker This Week about Move
Byline: PAUL THOMSON HARRY KEWELL will have talks with Arsene Wenger this week, Leeds chairman John McKenzie revealed today. Leeds have offered the 24-year-old a [pounds sterling]2.5 million per year pay package but McKenzie believes the lure...
Laid-Back Tribute to Marley; POP the Songs of Bob Marley and Lee 'Scratch' Perry Royal Festival Hall
Byline: DAVID SMYTH ALL the cliches about Jamaican inefficiency were confirmed at the South Bank this weekend, as fans were kept waiting almost an hour for a wide-ranging evening of reggae that didn't quite go according to plan. Meltdown curator...
Laporta Wins but Cools Becks Talk; Barcelona President Backtracks on Pledge
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS JOAN LAPORTA today warned the deal to sign David Beckham is far from sealed. The new Barcelona president swept to a victory in the club elections on the back of a pledge to deliver Beckham, but he now appears to be backtracking....
Legends of Cinema Back in Vogue for Madonna; SUPERSTAR PAYS HOMAGE TO THE HOLLYWOOD GREATS FOR HER NEW VIDEO
Byline: VALENTINE LOW THEY were the biggest names in the glory days of old Hollywood, glamorous, independent, ambitious and professional. Now Madonna is using the iconic image of stars like Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers and Mae West in her latest video....
Mainstream Mix Flies the Flag; CLASSICAL Aldeburgh Festival Snape Maltings
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON AT a time when virtually every festival in the country has succumbed to the pressures of "inclusivity" and "cultural diversity", Aldeburgh, under the inspired direction of Thomas Ades and Jonathan Reekie, continues to fly...
Mayor Pledges Battle for More Bus Funding; LIVINGSTONE VOWS TO MAKE LOOMING FINANCIAL CRISIS A GENERAL ELECTION ISSUE
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE has threatened open warfare with the Government if it fails to fund his improvements to London's buses. The Mayor says he will make the looming financial crisis over the growing bus network a key issue in the...
More Than Just a Number Cruncher
Byline: WENDY LEDGER Tax accountancy has more to offer than you might think, says Wendy Ledger ACCOUNTANCY may be regarded as boring - with tax accountancy seen as possibly the most tedious arm of it - yet those in the know have a vastly different...
MPs Seek Tough New Privacy Laws to Curb Newspaper Intrusion; COMMITTEE CALLS FOR WORST OFFENDERS TO BE NAMED AND SHAMED
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY SWEEPING new privacy laws were demanded by MPs today to curb " unwarranted" intrusion and harassment by newspapers. The call came in a damning report by the influential all-party culture select committee which contained...
New Traffic Force to Spearhead National Battle against Congestion
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS A NEW national traffic "police" force with orders to slash congestion on Britain's biggest roads will be announced by the Government this week. The uniformed force will patrol motorways and A-roads using liveried cars and...
Noisily Mowed Down by a Manic German Version of G&S
OPERA RICHARD Strauss's rarely staged Die Schweigsame Frau - The Silent Woman - combines all the classic elements of comic opera - duping, false identity, mock tragedy - dressed up in manic and Germanic Gilbert and Sullivan high spirits. A nonsensical...
No Time for 'Dad's Army' to Savour Win
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IN an England dressing room flowing with more claret than an episode of ER, Martin Johnson looked at his bloodied and bloody magnificent-crew, trying to drum home to them the magnitude of what they had achieved in leaving thousands...
Not Such a Wizard Idea; at Midnight on Friday the Latest Harry Potter Will Have the Biggest Ever Book Launch. but Is This Kind of Literary 'Event' Distorting the Rest of Publishing?
Byline: DAVID SEXTON David Sexton SHIPS have always been launched. So have spears, and, more recently, spacecraft. Until quite recently, however, books used merely to be published. They would be printed, bound, taken round to the bookshops and left...
Of Course You Can Mix Pop and Babies - I Did; Melanie Blatt Reveals Exclusively How Natalie Appleton's Abortion Led to All Saints Splitting Up
Byline: LINA DAS MELANIE Blatt, formerly of all-girl group All Saints, always had the reputation as being the mouthy one. While fellow Saints Natalie and Nicole Appleton ran off with as many famous boyfriends as possible, and Shaznay Lewis wrote...
Olympic Chiefs Divided over Cassani Role
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER INFLUENTIAL Olympic figures today gave a mixed reaction to London's unusual plans to appoint an American to lead its campaign to win the vote for the 2012 OIympics. Barbara Cassani, the former chief executive of no-frills...
Online Newcomer Ups the Pace in the Bookmaking Stakes
Byline: ROBERT LEA AUDACIOUS betting coups and the usual share of hardluck stories will punctuate Ascot's five-day Royal meeting starting tomorrow, but as ever it will be the bookmakers who come away with the fattest wads. However, this year...
Peers Stage Open Revolt over Blair's Botched Reshuffle; LORD WOOLF ADDS TO MINISTERS' PROBLEMS WITH REBELLION OVER SENTENCING
Byline: CHARLES REISS THE House of Lords today stepped up its attack on Tony Blair, with peers in open revolt at his "botched" changes to the legal system. Opposition peers refused point blank to consider Government plans to elect a new Speaker...
Pupils Face Extra Burden of Tests in All Subjects at 14
Byline: TIM MILES THE exam burden on secondary school pupils is set to be increased with plans for tests in all subjects at 14. At present, 14-year-olds are only tested in the core subjects of English, maths and science and, from next year, information...
Real Offer Figo; but United Want Straight [Pounds Sterling]30m Cash for Beckham
Byline: PAUL THOMSON REAL MADRID have offered Luis Figo to Manchester United in a sensational player plus cash deal for David Beckham. The dramatic development came following a secret meeting on Friday in Sardinia between United chief executive...
Roddick Serves Up Reminder
Byline: CHRIS JONES BRAD GILBERT, the man who rescued Andre Agassi's tennis career, today installed new charge Andy Roddick as Wimbledon favourite after the young American's triumph in the Stella Artois Championships at Queen's. Roddick destroyed...
SK Corp Suffering as It Votes to Back a Bailout
1.57%, at 8839.83. . Prices and indices in this section are supplied from various sources and calculated at different times and may not always match those listed in the tables. PROFIT-taking was the theme of the day throughout Asia after Wall...
Solid Bid Foundations Give Leg-Up to Builders
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK DIRECTORS of housebuilder McCarthy & Stone are looking forward to the day when they can hang up their trowels and embark on a long and lucrative retirement. Shares of the group, which builds retirement homes, led the...
So Solid Man 'Hid Loaded Gun in Police Chase'; MORE AMMUNITION FOUND AT HOME AFTER WEST END ARREST, COURT HEARS
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A LEADING member of the garage band So Solid Crew was armed with a gun loaded with live ammunition when chased through the West End by police, a court heard today. Jason Joab Phillips, known as G Man, threw the gun away onto...
Southwest Leads Way on London Shop Rents
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER DEMAND for shop and restaurant space in London's wealthy south-west districts from Earls Court through to Clapham and Wandsworth have outstripped the rest of the capital while Oxford Street continues to lag. The findings...
Spared Jail: Thug Who Beat This Commuter Unconscious
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A VIOLENT thug today walked free from court despite admitting an unprovoked attack on a City banker which left the victim lying in a pool of blood. John Hudson, 29, was returning from a Christmas party in December last year...
Spoils of Mucking about; GINGER NUTS: The Unauthorised Biography of Chris Evans by Howard Johnson (Deutsch, [Pounds Sterling]16.99)
Byline: CHRIS HORRIE BEFORE there was reality TV there was Chris Evans TV, which was in many ways the same thing, only more expensive. Evans was born in Warrington, the country's foremost centre for the manufacture of toxic chemicals. After working...
Taking the Capital Apart; LONDON 6: WESTMINSTER by Simon Bradley and Nikolaus Pevsner (Yale, [Pounds Sterling]29.95)
Byline: ROWAN MOORE THINK of the West End, and you think of ephemera. You think of shops, bars, clubs, films, shows, traffic and the fast-changing theatres of window displays and clothes. You might then think of the fixed monuments, like Westminster...
The Angels Who Changed My Life
Byline: SALLY O'REILLY Moving from the ruthless world of commerce into the voluntary sector is not the simple path many expect. Sally O'Reilly discovers a group that helps to ease the journey WHEN Duncan Milroy was made redundant at the age of...
The Disgrace of Mrs Hodge; Margaret Hodge Becomes the New Minister for Children. for One Former Standard Editor, It's Enough to Make His Blood Run Cold
Byline: STEWART STEVEN By Stewart Steven Editor of the Evening Standard 1992-95 THERE are two politicians drowning and you are allowed to save only one. What do you? Read a newspaper or eat your lunch? So asked that marvellous American comic...
The Embattled Mr Blair
IN THE COURSE of a few weeks Tony Blair has squandered much of the political advantage he amassed over six years as Prime Minister. He has been lucky as well as skilful, and thus built up an unprecedented dominance over his administration, over his...
The Pages That Will Change Your Life; Londonjobs
Welcome to londonjobs.co.uk, the new Evening Standard supplement that gets to the heart of the issues that affect us all. Packed with advertisements for the best jobs in health, education, local government and, of course, the private sector, it is...
The Talk in CRICKET
Dawes caught in middle of job mix-up at Lord's JOE DAWES hasn't known whether he is coming or going this season. He is effectively Middlesex's third-choice foreign recruit, signed to fill in for fellow Aussie Ashley Noffke or Pakistani Abdul Razzaq....
The Talk in FOOTBALL
Moving tale could bring tears to Houllier's eyes IT IS rumoured that Martin O'Neill has bought a house in the smart area of Hoylake, near Liverpool. The Celtic boss has still not committed himself to the Glasgow club beyond a 12-month rolling contract...
They Gave Me Love When I Needed It
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS In the first of a new series in which celebrities talk about their favourite charity, Koo Stark, photographer and mother, reveals why the Haven Trust breast cancer charity means so much to her IT WAS really by accident...
Too Posh for Your Own Good?
Byline: NICK CURTIS WOULD-BE teacher Amber Rust was told this week that, as a former public schoolgirl, she was "too posh" to teach in an inner-city state school, which suggests that the good old British class system is alive and well. These...
Tube Passengers Face Dust Levels 14 Times above the Safety Limit
Byline: LAURA SMITH TUBE passengers are breathing in dust levels up to 14 times higher than the recommended safety level, an Evening Standard investigation reveals today. The findings emerge from a survey of some of the capital's busiest Tube...
Vicious War of Words on Eve of Cordiant Carve-Up
Byline: NICK GOODWAY THE bizarre battle for beleaguered advertising group Cordiant broke into a vicious war of words today with accusations of attempts to buy its assets on the cheap and threats that clients would depart in droves if they do not...
We All Took an Early Bath like Milburn; WOULD YOU GIVE UP A BIG SALARY AND A HIGHFLYING CAREER FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR FAMILY? WE SPOKE TO THREE TOP PROFESSIONALS WHO DID JUST THAT
When Alan Milburn quit as Health Secretary last week, he said it was for 'family reasons'. It is a step increasing numbers of highfliers are taking as they realise that long hours are putting their marriages at risk and alienating their children. ...
We're the Nylons; the Jet-Setters Who Live on Both Sides of theAtlantic on Whether Their Lifestyle Is All It's Cracked Up to Be
Byline: SYRIE JOHNSON IT was Tina Brown who said: "Once you've lived in London and New York, you can't really be happy in either one." Nowadays, every businessman, model, actress or young entrepreneur worth their salt wants the best of both worlds...
Why Am I the 'Office Scruff'?
I work for a local council, and my boss keeps complaining that I am too scruffy. As the only male PA in my department, I'm fed up with this. I wear casual trousers and smart shirts but, like presenter Jeremy Vine, I don't wear a tie. The female PAs...
Why It's Time to Stop This Demonising of Dads; in the First of a Provocative and Incisive New Series, Yvonne Roberts - Who Has Written on Social Policy and the Public Sector for More Than 30 Years - Challenges the Social Care Profession to Stop Excluding Fathers from Family Life
Byline: YVONNE ROBERTS FATHERHOOD is in fashion - and not just among the fans of Posh and Becks. Many of those involved in social policy, are challenging the traditional image of the father as the fount of all evil, and recognising the importance...
Will You Plant Enough Trees to Save the World This Year?
Byline: CANDIDA JONES ARE you doing your bit to save the world? For many of us climate change is something we've heard about, but don't really understand. But the truth is we all contribute to global warming every time we turn on a light, cook a...
Woman Who Launched Go Airline Is Favourite to Lead Britain's Olympic Bid; TENACITY AND CHARM 'WIN BACKING OF MAYOR AND CULTURE SECRETARY'
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON AN AMERICAN businesswoman is set to secure the top job to try to win London's 2012 Olympic bid. Barbara Cassani, the 42-year-old executive who built low-cost airline Go, is expected to be named this week as chairman of the...