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Articles from April 10, 2006

1,000 Assaults on Traffic Wardens in Capital Every Year
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP PARKING attendants have been the victim of more than 2,000 vicious assaults in the past two years. London wardens have been subjected to a catalogue of violence from motorists, with many attackers brandishing weapons including...
20,000 Shamed in Food Standard Tests; the Toll of London Cafes, Restaurants and Shops Caught out in Just a Year
Byline: BO WILSON MORE than 20,000 London restaurants, cafes and food shops were caught breaking Food Standards Agency rules in one year, figures show today. Council enforcement officers across the capital uncovered a litany of wrongdoings, including...
20,000 Shops, Restaurants and Cafes Fail on Food Safety
Byline: BO WILSON MORE than 20,000 London restaurants, cafes and food shops were caught breaking Food Standards Agency (FSA) rules in one year, figures show today. Council enforcement officers across the capital uncovered a litany of wrongdoings,...
2,000 Traffic Wardens Attacked in Two Years; One Driver Even Returned with a Chainsaw
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP PARKING attendants have been the victim of more than 2,000 vicious assaults in the past two years. London wardens have been subjected to a catalogue of violence from motorists, with many attackers brandishing weapons including...
74 Met Officers Have a Criminal Record
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER AT LEAST 74 Met officers have kept their jobs despite being convicted of crimes. Of these, 61 were found guilty of drink-driving while other offences included assault and criminal damage. Twelve officers were allowed...
All Swagger and Sass; POP: The Pretenders, Koko, NW1
Byline: DAVID SMYTH EVER stirred by the spatula of what she would doubtless call sassiness, Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde is perhaps about to see her band undergo an overdue rehabilitation. On the heels of Loose Screw, their surprisingly focused...
A Million Londoners to Lose Their NHS Dentist; Standard Survey Reveals Effect New Government Contracts Will Have on Patients
Byline: REBECCA SMITH;ELLEN WIDDUP UP TO A MILLION people are set to lose access to NHS dental care in London, an Evening Standard survey has found. They are to be told they will no longer qualify for free check-ups and subsidised care as dentists...
A Million to Lose London Nhs Dentists
Byline: REBECCA SMITH;ELLEN WIDDUP UP TO one million people are to lose access to NHS dentists in London, an Evening Standard survey reveals today. They are to be told they will no longer qualify for free check-ups and subsidised care as dentists...
And Incidentally
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH POTTERY workshops. Legoland. Egg rolling competitions. Theme parks. Puppet theatres. I have in front of me a newspaper guide entitled, What to do with the kids this Easter. The capital's parents are apparently desperate...
ANOTHER LONDONER KILLED BY ISRAELIS; Activist Deliberately Shot by Soldier, Inquest Rules
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ A LONDON student shot dead as he tried to save children from snipers was deliberately killed by an Israeli soldier, an inquest jury has ruled. Tom Hurndall, 22, was working as a peace volunteer in the Gaza Strip when...
A Rational View of Madness; Books
Byline: LAURA CUMMING The Sunlight on the Garden: A Family in Love, War and Madness by Elizabeth Speller (Granta, [pounds sterling]14.99) ANYONE who thinks - or fears - that madness runs in families should read this extraordinary book, an account...
Arnie Targeted for Terminator 4; in Brief
A FOURTH Terminator movie is to be made - with or without Arnold Schwarzenegger. Filmmakers are trying to persuade the California governor to make a cameo appearance. Andy Vajna, producer of Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, said: "We want to...
Around the World in Seven Eccentric Cricket Matches; BIOGRAPHY
Byline: PETE CLARK Penguin Stopped Play Harry Thompson AS THE title implies, this is a book that reinforces the widely held belief that cricket is the perfect expression of English eccentricity. The opening chapter is, indeed, arresting in...
A Witless Tribute to Dear Old Queenie; Television
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH The Queen at 80 BBC1 WANT to climb the social ladder, but can't even afford a foothold on the bottom rung? Then why not follow Honest Vic's low-cost, three-stage, self-improvement course? Firstly, move to the...
Back from the Brink; Rory Clements Meets One with a Very Special Reason to Be Involved
Byline: RORY CLEMENTS LIFE seemed pretty well perfect to Milton Mermikides before the doctors told him there was a good chance he would die. At the age of 33 he was a respected professor at both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of...
BAE 'Set for Shopping Spree' on Airbus Cash; MARKET REPORT
Byline: SARAH MARKS IT SHOULD be a quiet week - a short week, certainly, with many City desks depleted by the Easter holidays. But those tantalising merger rumours are unlikely to go away. Expect the spotlight to turn on midcap defence stocks...
Being an MP Is Just a Seedy Racket
Byline: PETER OBORNE IT EMERGED yesterday that Tony Blair has claimed nearly [pounds sterling]50,000 expenses in connection with his constituency home in Sedgefield over the past three years. That's more than [pounds sterling]15,000 a year -...
Berlusconi Heads for Shock Election Defeat
Byline: JOE MURPHY BILLIONAIRE Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi appeared to be on the brink of being ousted by voters this afternoon. In a shock finish to the Italian general elections, three exit polls each predicted he would be defeated by...
Big Delays as Trees Block Railway Lines
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK;DICK MURRAY THOUSANDS of mainline rail commuters face long delays getting home tonight again after freak snowstorms brought down dozens of trees across the tracks. Up to 70 trees fell during the night, bringing travel chaos...
Birdwatchers Asked to Help Wildlife Centre Spot Bird Flu
Byline: MARK PRIGG LONDON'S wildlife sanctuaries are drafting in birdwatchers to look for signs of avian flu in the capital. The London Wetland Centre in Barnes said it has already begun using volunteers to check birds for signs of the killer...
Birdwatchers Drafted in to Spot Signs of Virus
Byline: MARK PRIGG LONDON'S wildlife sanctuaries are drafting in birdwatchers to look for signs of avian flu in the capital. The London Wetland Centre in Barnes said it has already begun using volunteers to carry out checks on its birds for sign...
Blowing the Whistle on Man U's Latest Sponsor
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST AT some stage next season, I will have to explain to my young, football-crazy son what AIG stands for. Nothing new in that: down the years, I've had to describe several of the more obscure corporate logos adorning Premiership...
Booming City Makes London Britain's Star
Byline: JANE PADGHAM LONDON remains the glittering jewel in Britain's economic crown, three reports showed today. Not only is the capital growing much faster than any other UK region, it is also creating far more jobs. The star performer is the...
BP Set to Lose out in Canada Boom
Byline: TOM NICHOLLS BP IS in danger of missing out on one of the biggest booms in world oil. Despite falling behind its production targets, the oil major is standing by as its rivals consolidate their grip on one of the globe's largest oil deposits...
Burton's Back on the Stage ...Virtually
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA TWO decades after his death, Richard Burton is to make his return to the London stage. State-of-the-art gadgetry has recreated the legendary actor for a sell-out adaptation of The War Of The Worlds. His head will appear...
Burton's Back on the Stage -Virtually
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA TWO decades after his death, Richard Burton is to make his return to the London stage. State-of-the-art gadgetry has recreated the legendary actor for a sell-out adaptation of The War Of The Worlds. His head will appear...
Calvin & Kate Reunion; Back in CK Jeans after Drug Allegation
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK RUMOURS of the demise of Kate Moss's modelling career have, it appears, been greatly exaggerated. Six months after being caught on film allegedly snorting cocaine, Moss today landed one of her most lucrative contracts....
Capturing the 70s Glitter and Grot; CRIME
Byline: MARK SANDERSON Johnny Come Home Jake Arnott HAVING explored the sinister symbiosis between gangsterism and celebrity in The Long Firm trilogy, Jake Arnott has waved goodbye to the Sixties and sauntered into the Seventies. His excellent...
Carnaby Street Shows That Small Can Be Beautiful; SAVE OUR SMALL SHOPS: EVENING STANDARD CAMPAIGN
Byline: SIMON ATKINSON -ONE of London's most iconic streets today joined the Evening Standard's campaign to save small shops. Carnaby Street, famous the world over as the heartbeat of swinging Sixties London, has undergone a huge regeneration...
Cautions for Rapists 'Place Women at Risk'
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM WOMEN'S groups hit out today as official figures showed that more than one in 20 rapists is let off with a caution. Home Office statistics revealed that 40 rapists were cautioned in 2004 - double the total 10 years ago...
City Spy
JEFFREY SKILLING can't be much of a fan of this time of year. The former Enron chief executive takes the stand in Houston today to be ripped into by prosecutors eager to secure heavy convictions for conspiracy, fraud and insider trading. A year...
Cricket in a Cold Climate; Books
Byline: PETE CLARK Penguins Stopped Play (Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World) by Harry Thompson (John Murray, [pounds sterling]12.99) AS THE title implies, this is a book that reinforces the widely held belief that cricket is the perfect...
CRIME; Books
Byline: MARK SANDERSON Johnny Come Home by Jake Arnott (Sceptre, [pounds sterling]12.99) HAVING explored the sinister symbiosis between gangsterism and celebrity in The Long Firm trilogy, Jake Arnott has waved goodbye to the Sixties and sauntered...
Day One of Mayor's China Trip and He Compares Tiananmen Horror to Trafalgar Sq Poll Tax Riots
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE ran into a storm of protest today after he compared the poll tax riots in Trafalgar Square to the massacre of thousands of students in Tiananmen Square. The Mayor's first day on a visit to China was dominated...
Deutsche Borse Keen to Seal Euronext Deal
DEUTSCHE Borse chief executive Reto Francioni today said he is impatient to agree a merger deal with pan-European stock exchange Euronext as it emerged that Euronext has held protracted talks with the London Stock Exchange. He told German newspaper...
Dispelling the Fog around London and Bowler-Hats Image; BEIJING VISIT: Ken's China Diary
Byline: ROSS LYDALL LONDON is no longer a city of " peasouper" fogs and bowler hats, the Mayor told Chinese diplomats today. Mr Livingstone used a key speech to business leaders to update their perception of the capital since the Fifties. ...
'Distraught' Intruder Held in White House Grounds; World at a Glance
. AN INTRUDER caused a security alert at the White House after scaling the perimeter fence while president George Bush was inside. Wearing a ragged white T-shirt that read "God Bless America", the bearded man, who witnesses described as being "distraught",...
EASTER SNOW SWEEPS SOUTH; Five-Inch Fall Hits Travel: Trees Topple on to Roads: Landslide Halts Trains
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK;DICK MURRAY HEAVY snow brought travel chaos to the South-East today - three weeks after the official start of spring. More than five inches of snow covered parts of Kent and East Sussex, including Brighton. Snow also fell...
England Sidestep Tear Gas and Turmoil of Stadium Riot
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ANDREW STRAUSS said that the England players were not worried about their safety despite the riot in the Nehru Stadium following yesterday's abandoned one-day international. Strauss may only need to wait another couple of...
Eriksson to Quiz Stars over Betting Sven Acts over Claims of Huge Rooney Debts
Byline: KEN DYER SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON wants urgent talks with Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen to find out the facts behind reports of a rift over a [pounds sterling]700,000 betting debt. Eriksson is considering a series of measures to stop the issue...
Forty Rapists in a Year Escape with a Caution
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ MORE than one in 20 rapists is let off with a caution, official figures reveal today. In one year 40 out of 791 rapists were handed a final warning, caution or reprimand for their crime, according to the Home Office...
Get Prada for Next to Nada? Designer Set to Follow the H&M Path to High Street
Byline: DAVID HAYES THE perfect drop-waist Twenties dress, the ultimate fine-gauge V-neck sweater, the just-so, on-the-knee pleat skirt or that simply elegant shirt dress - could Prada's most quintessential style be coming to the high street next...
Henman and Bogdanovic Must Return to End Davis Cup Despair
Byline: CHRIS JONES CAPTAIN Jeremy Bates has no option but to ask Tim Henman and Alex Bogdanovic to end their self-imposed Davis Cup exiles if Great Britain are to avoid the prospect of years of mediocrity in the sport's most prestigious team competition....
I Can't Wait for Dick&Dom on Da Stage; for One Night Only, the Most Anarchic Children's Show on Earth Returns. So, for Dominic Wood, Is There More to Life Than Bogies and Custard Pies?
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH DOMINIC Wood, the "Dom" half of Dick & Dom In Da Bungalow, is a half-pintsized popsie. He is terribly small, like a Hobbit, is 28 but looks about 20, and is very tanned as he has just returned from holidaying in St Lucia...
I'll Keep Fighting for My Murdered Friend; TV Producer Promises to Bring Shot Film Maker's Military Killer to Justice
Byline: ROB SINGH A PRODUCER who desperately tried to save a British filmmaker shot dead by an Israeli soldier vowed today to see the killer brought to justice. Dan Edge told the Evening Standard he would carry on fighting for his friend and...
I'll Keep Fighting to Bring James's Killer to Justice; FRIEND'S VOW OVER LONDON FILMMAKER KILLED BY ISRAELI SOLDIER
Byline: ROB SINGH A PRODUCER who desperately tried to save a British filmmaker shot dead by an Israeli soldier vowed today to see the killer brought to justice. Dan Edge promised to carry on fighting for his friend and colleague James Miller...
I'm Still Not Famous(just Rich and Successful); How the Former Drummer of the Eighties Boy Band Bros Has Quietly Scaled the Pop World's Greasy Ladder
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY THEY rocketed to the top of the charts and stole the hearts of teenage girls with the hit When Will I Be Famous? But 20 years later only one of the trio that was Bros is still a heavyweight in the music world, the black...
In Brief
AIDAN O'BRIEN treated a large crowd which stayed behind after racing at the Curragh yesterday to the pleasure of watching an array of Classic talent go through their paces. The Ballydoyle trainer's squad included George Washington and Rumplestiltskin,...
Inspired Abbott Wants One Final Fling; the England Centre Celebrates Victory in Powergen Cup and Wants One Last Piece of Silverware before Leaving Club to Join Harlequins, Writes Chris Jones
Byline: CHRIS JONES STUART Abbott, who will quit Wasps to join Harlequins at the end of the season, proved his continuing commitment to the English champions by helping secure the Powergen Cup with a 26-10 victory over Llanelli Scarlets at Twickenham...
It Adds Up to Retaining the Title for Jose
Byline: KEN DYER Chelsea 4 West Ham 1 BEFORE this derby Jose Mourinho gave us a warning about pandemics but by the time the dust had settled on a spectacular Chelsea revival, he had switched tack to arithmetic. "Football is not mathematics,"...
Jose Kicks Up a Real Stink in Red-Card Row
Byline: LEO SPALL JOSE MOURINHO today claimed Chelsea are being picked on by referees - and it stinks. The head coach was angry after Maniche collected the team's sixth red card of the season yesterday. Their record of five Premiership dismissals...
Ken Just Got Redder; Mayor Compares the Tiananmen Square Massacre to Poll Tax Riots on Visit to Beijing
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE compared the poll tax riots in Trafalgar Square to the massacre of students in Tiananmen Square on his first day in China. In an attempt to deflect questions away from China's poor human rights record yesterday,...
Ken's Massacre of History; in Beijing, Mayor Ken Livingstone Has Played Down China's Human Rights Record. but One Writer, Who Witnessed the Tiananmen Events, Says Such Abuses Still Continue
Byline: JONATHAN MIRSKY YESTERDAY in Beijing, London Mayor Ken Livingstone brushed away the Tiananmen killings in 1989 by comparing them with the poll tax riots in London in 1990. The Mayor was standing in Tiananmen Square, the largest manmade...
Labour Sets Up Lobby Club for Businesses
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL LABOUR was embroiled in a new "cash for access" row today. The party, still reeling from the loans-for-peerages allegations, has set up a club for London bosses where they can meet and lobby senior ministers. London...
London Chef in Guantanamo Hunger Strike
Byline: LEE GLENDINNING A LONDON chef being held at Guantanamo Bay is on hunger strike in protest at his detention. Ahmed Errachidi - who is accused of being an al Qaeda militant by the US authorities - claims he is being tortured by being force-fed....
London's Linguistic Mishmash Shows Evolution and Vibrancy; COMMENTARY
Byline: DOMINIC SANDBROOK ALTHOUGH traditionalists may lament the gradual disappearance of the cockney accent, the history of language in London has always been a story of change and assimilation. Far from being a sign of decadence or decline, change...
Low-Cost Airline Offers Business Flights to USA; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: NICK GOODWAY A 40-YEAR-OLD British entrepreneur is set to challenge British Airways and Virgin Atlantic with a low-cost business airline flying across the Atlantic. Lawrence Hunt, who has previously sold businesses to IBM and Telewest,...
Mayor Ken's Great Blunder of China ... Beijing Visit: He Compares Tiananmen to Trafalgar Sq Poll Tax Riots
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE compared the poll tax riots in Trafalgar Square to the massacre of thousands of students in Tiananmen Square on his first day in China. The Mayor claimed Britain had its own "interesting history" of protesters...
Milburn Told to 'Shut Up' by Blair Allies; PM's Key Adviser Warned against a Leadership Bid
Byline: JOE MURPHY A SPLIT opened among Tony Blair's closest supporters today after Alan Milburn hinted that he could stand against Gordon Brown. Other allies of Mr Blair said the former health secretary was out of line and risked fuelling the...
Ministers Fear London Local Elections Disaster
Byline: JOE MURPHY SENIOR Labour ministers are increasingly fearful of bad losses in the London council elections. Party figures returning from canvassing are reporting morale is at rock bottom among traditional supporters, many of whom are refusing...
Ministers' Myths Are Kick in Teeth for Have-Nots; COMMENTARY
Byline: RICHARD THOMAS MANY dentists do want to work for the health service but their new contracts are dangerously flawed. Dentists wish to provide a quality, preventive dental service, but this opportunity is being denied as the contract is...
'Miuccia Prada Is an Innovator Where Others Fear to Tread'; Fashion
Byline: MIMI SPENCER NEWS that Prada could be in talks to produce a diffusion line for H&M is enough to run a fizz of pure electricity up the spine of London's fashion know-it-alls. Stella McCartney's range for the high-street store caused...
Mother in Tears as She Tells of Brave Son's Final Hours in Gaza
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ THE MOTHER of a London student shot dead by an Israeli soldier today broke down in tears as she paid tribute to his bravery at the inquest into his death. Jocelyn Hurndall stopped giving evidence several times as emotion...
Mourinho Satisfied as He Makes It All Add Up
Byline: KEN DYER Barclays Premiership Chelsea 4 West Ham 1 Scorers: Drogba 28, Crespo 1, Terry 44, Gallas 69 Sent off: Maniche Attendance: 41,919 Referee: Chris Foy Scorer: Collins 10 Booked: Harewood, Konchesky BEFORE this...
New Lords List after the Cash-for-Peerages Row
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR has finally won agreement with sleaze watchdogs to publish a watered-down list of new Lords after the "cash-for-peerages" furore. Four businessmen who loaned money to Labour withdrew their names after being blocked...
Nitwits on Nokias; Books
Byline: NIRPAL DHALIWAL Londonstani by Gautam Malkani (Fourth Estate, [pounds sterling]12.99) I CAN imagine the orgasmic squeal that rang through the offices of Fourth Estate on procuring 30-year-old Gautam Malkani's debut novel, Londonstani....
No Buzz as Hornets Net Playoff Slot
Byline: GEMMA CLARKE WATFORD'S 1-1 draw with Luton won't take up too much room on the end-of-season video, but the point secured a place in the playoffs. A lunchtime kick-off and the curse of live television turned a normally volatile derby into...
No, Ken, Tiananmen Is Not Trafalgar Square
Byline: JONATHAN MIRSKY YESTERDAY in Beijing, London Mayor Ken Livingstone brushed away the Tiananmen killings in 1989 by comparing them with the poll tax riots in London in 1990. The Mayor was standing in Tiananmen Square, the largest manmade...
Ouch! Million Londoners Set to Lose Their Dentist; Full Impact of New Contracts Revealed in Standard Poll
Byline: REBECCA SMITH;ELLEN WIDDUP A MILLION people are to lose access to NHS dental care in London, an Evening Standard survey has found. They are to be told they will no longer qualify for free check-ups and subsidised care as dentists abandon...
Overworked Gunners Are Feeling the Strain; Arsenal Are Having to Rest Key Players to Be Fresh for the European Cup Semi-Final and Looked Tired in Defeat at Old Trafford, Says Michael Hart
Byline: MICHAEL HART Barclays Premiership Man Utd 2 Arsenal 0 Scorers: Rooney 54, Park 78 Booked: Vidic, O'Shea, Silvestre Attendance: 70,908 Referee: Graham Poll Booked: Gilberto ARSENE WENGER has little choice but to rest...
PAPERBACKS; Books
Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD The Island by Victoria Hislop (Headline, [pounds sterling]6.99) VICTORIA Hislop's Greek-set saga ticks all the usual beach-read boxes: sparkling waves, sumptuous grub, smouldering fishermen. It also has stumps, weals...
Paper Round
THE TIMES SCIENTISTS have unlocked the secret of the perfectly crunchy cornflake in an attempt to end soggy cereals. Scientists at the French National Institute for Agronomical Research in Nantes used a pioneering mechanism to test the acoustic...
Pause before You Buy That DVD Player; Technology
Byline: MARK PRIGG WITH the days of the VHS tape well and truly over, choosing how to record and watch TV can be a minefield. This week the experts from Stuff magazine choose the 10 best ways to ensure you never miss an episode of EastEnders....
PICK OF THE NIGHT; Television
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY The Battle for Brixton 7pm, BBC2 "I didn't join the police force as a racist, but whilst I was in the police I became one," says former constable Pete Bleksley. "We just went out and made a beeline for whosoever we wanted...
Portrayal of Asian Youth in London Is Amazingly Wide of Mark; FICTION
Byline: NIRPAL DHALIWAL Londonstani Gautam Malkani I CAN imagine the orgasmic squeal that rang through the offices of 4th Estate on procuring 30-year-old Gautam Malkani's debut novel, Londonstani. The moment for gushing, middleclass liberals...
[Pounds Sterling]268,000 Lotto Grant to Discover Secret of the 'Shoe Tree'; IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'VE RUN OUT OF THINGS TO SPEND OUR MONEY ON-
Byline: VALENTINE LOW IS IT an ancient fertility rite, a centuries-old tradition used by couples desperate for a baby? Perhaps, more sinisterly, is it a witchcraft ritual performed by villagers to put a curse on their enemies? Or maybe, when...
Rooney Denies Rift with Owen; 'No Bust Up over [Pounds Sterling]700,000 Bets Debt'
Byline: KEN DYER WAYNE ROONEY today dismissed talk of a rift with England strike partner Michael Owen prompted by reports the Manchester United star had amassed a [pounds sterling]700,000 gambling debt. There were suggestions Rooney was furious...
Ruling Looms on Gay Banker's [Pounds Sterling]5m Claim
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER THE City is on tenterhooks to know the outcome of a [pounds sterling]5 million gay discrimination claim against HSBC which could come as early as this week, writes James Rossiter. The claim by top deal-maker Peter Lewis...
STRIKE A LIGHT! COCKNEY ACCENT IS PUSHED OUT BY 'JAFAICAN' PATOIS; and Now We Is All Talkin' like Ali G
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES THE cockney accent is being pushed out of its heartland by a new kind of speech. Playgrounds and housing estates of London are alive with the sound of an accent that sounds Jamaican with flavours from West Africa and India....
STRIKE A LIGHT! COCKNEY ACCENT IS PUSHED OUT BY 'JAFAICAN' PATOIS; and Now We Is All Talkin' like Ali G-
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES THE cockney accent is being pushed out of its heartland by a new kind of speech. Playgrounds and housing estates of London are alive with the sound of an accent that sounds Jamaican with flavours from West Africa and India....
Tale of Two Very Different Protests; Beijing Visit
Tiananmen Square massacre: Thousands of civilians were killed when the Chinese army opened fire on unarmed protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square on 4 June, 1989. Demonstrators were demanding democratic reform and had occupied the square...
The Day Brixton Hit Boiling Point
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY The Battle For Brixton 7pm, BBC2 I DIDN'T join the police force as a racist, but whilst I was in the police I became one," says former constable Pete Bleksley. "We just went out and made a beeline for whosoever we wanted...
The Great Bird Flu Failure; the Government Claims It Has the Best Bird-Flu Protection Plan in Europe. Yet One Leading Writer Says Its Slow Response So Far Bodes Ill If the Disease Spreads
Byline: GEOFFREY LEAN JUST a single dead swan has exposed fundamental flaws in the Government's strategy to protect us from bird flu. For its response to finding the bird - with the deadly H5N1 virus - on our shores has been slow, complacent and...
The Mayor's Idea of Human Rights
LONDON'S Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has put his foot in it again. On a trip to Beijing to try to develop Olympic links between the two cities ahead of the 2008 Games there, Mr Livingstone appeared to compare the brutal massacres in Tiananmen Square in...
The Promise of Prada; Fashion: With Rumours Rife That the Italian Fashion House Is in Talks with H&M to Produce an Affordable Stella McCartney-Style Collection, We Reveal the Iconic Look That May Soon Be Available at High Street Prices
Byline: DAVID HAYES THE perfect drop-waist Twenties dress, the ultimate fine gauge V-neck sweater, the justso, on-the-knee pleat skirt or that simply elegant shirt dress - could Prada ' s most quintessential style be coming to the high street next...
Toothless NHS
AS WE report today, up to a million people in London could find themselves without an NHS dentist. Our survey of 155 London dentists suggests that 105,000 people will lose their regular NHS practitioner this week. If that figure were to be extrapolated...
Trainee Accountant, 18, Is Charged with Nurse Murder
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;KIRAN RANDHAWA A TEENAGER was appearing in court today charged with the murder of nurse Cheryl Moss, who was stabbed to death outside her hospital. Stuart Harling, 18, from Rainham, Essex, was seized by police after a...
Two Years in Jail for Crash Mother Who Killed Four
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A MOTHER who crammed seven schoolboys into her car before causing a pileup killing four people was jailed today for two years. Furious relatives stormed out of court as nurse Angela Dublin, 46, was sentenced for causing the...
VAT Charged on House Sale Pack; in Brief
HOMEOWNERS will have to pay VAT on new compulsory sellers' packs when they move house. The Tories said the charge, which will add about [pounds sterling]125 to the price, was a new stealth tax on property. The Treasury expects to net around [pounds...
Vodafone in Demand as Talk Swirls of a Bid; MARKET REPORT
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TURNOVER in Vodafone accounted for almost a quarter of total stock market turnover today with more than 220 million shares changing hands as the shares ticked 1 1/2p better to 127 1/4p. US investment bank JPMorgan has raised...
Vodafone in Demand as Talk Swirls of a Bid; MARKET REPORT
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TURNOVER in Vodafone accounted for almost 20% of total stock market turnover today, the shares ticking 1/2p better to 126 1/4p as more than 370 million changed hands. US investment bank JPMorgan has raised its target for...
We Must Not Have a Repeat of Old Trafford Hangover, Warns Gilberto
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS GILBERTO SILVA told his team-mates today they cannot afford to indulge in any bout of self-pity if they are to finish fourth and guarantee Champions League football at the new Emirates Stadium next season. The Brazilian...
What a Well-Heeled Tree; Lottery Grant of [Pounds Sterling]268,000 to Untie Ancient Mystery of Shoe-Hanging
Byline: VALENTINE LOW IS it an ancient fertility rite; a centuries-old tradition used by couples desperate for a baby? Perhaps, more sinister, it is a witchcraft ritual performed by villagers to put a curse on their enemies. Or maybe, when...
What the Guru of Terminal Five Can Tell Us about Making 2012 Really Fly; GILLIGAN ON MONDAY: When BAA Set a Date for Finishing T5, Cynics Said Pigs Would Fly First. but a New Way of Working Has Proved Them Wrong
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN BAA, the company that runs Heathrow Airport, likes to tell journalists about the wealth of archaeological remains discovered at the construction site for its new [pounds sterling]4.2 billion Terminal 5. Also to be found...
Who's in and Who's Out
Blocked Barry Townsley: Financier made [pounds sterling]1 million loan to Labour and [pounds sterling]1.5 million donation to the Stockley business academy in west London. He was once found guilty of misconduct by the Stock Exchange and barred from...
Why We Is All Now Talkin' like Ali G... Strike a Light! Cockney Accent Is Pushed out by 'Jafaican' Patois
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES THE cockney accent is being pushed out of its heartland by a new kind of speech. The playgrounds and housing estates of London are alive with the sound of an accent that sounds Jamaican as much as anything, with added flavours...
Why We Is All Now Talkin' like Ali G-; Strike a Light! Cockney Accent Is Pushed out by 'Jafaican' Patois
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES THE cockney accent is being pushed out of its heartland by a new kind of speech. The playgrounds and housing estates of London are alive with the sound of an accent that sounds Jamaican as much as anything, with added flavours...
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During April, Nectar cardholders will receive triple points on all online purchases made through the recently launched Nectar eStores shopping portal. To celebrate this fantastic, month-long points bonanza, Nectar is offering two Evening Standard...
Woods Is Green with Envy as His Jacket Goes to Rival Phil; Mickelson Takes the Masters to Stoke the Fires of a Fascinating Battle between Golf's Best Two Players, Says David Smith in Augusta
Byline: DAVID SMITH MASTERS champion Phil Mickelson today stoked his simmering rivalry with Tiger Woods by revealing his victory here was all the sweeter for the manner in which the defending champion was humbled. Mickelson, having finished three...
Zidane Can Hit Target at Windsor
Byline: NICK LUCK RACING finds itself in a period of calm between Aintree's grand splash of colour and next week's emergence of serious flat racing at Newmarket and Newbury. Those for whom Numbersixvalverde will only ever mean a villa in Portugal...