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Articles from March 25, 2011

A Glory Story for Boys
Byline: Charlotte O' Sullivan THE EAGLE Cert 12A, 114 mins IN 1954, Rosemary Sutcliff wrote a children's book about a resourceful Roman who earns the undying loyalty of a British slave. Scottish director Kevin Macdonald seems unsure whether to remain...
A Good Catnap Is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of
Byline: Sebastian Shakespeare SO NOW we know why Ken Clarke is such a fan of Hush Puppies. He's a dedicated power napper, as he demonstrated this week when he nodded off during George Osborne's Budget speech. And this was before lunch, which was...
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A TURTLE'S TALE: SAMMY'S ADVENTURES Cert U, 83 mins INFERIOR in every way to the fluid, ingenious Finding Nemo, this cartoon about a cute turtle called Sammy seems unsure of its audience. One part dry, Discovery Channelstyle lecture (today's topic:...
Anger Mounts over Britain's Potential [Pounds Sterling]6bn Bill for Portugal
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor ANGER was growing today at the prospect of British families being stung with a bill of up to [pounds sterling]6 billion to bail out debtladen Portugal. One angry Tory MP questioned whether George Osborne and...
Anger Mounts over Britain's Potential [Pounds Sterling]6 Bn Bill for Portugal
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor ANGER was growing today at the prospect of British families being stung with a bill of up to [pounds sterling]6 billion to bail out debtladen Portugal. One angry Tory MP questioned whether George Osborne and...
Apple Fans Face iQueue Test to Get Hands on iPad2
Byline: Peter Dominiczak , Rob Parsons HUNDREDS of gadget enthusiasts queued through the night in central London for the launch of the new iPad and a pioneering 3D games console. About 300 formed a huge line outside the Apple store in Regent...
A Roadster with a Growl
Byline: DW NISSAN 370Z Roadster Manual Top speed: 155 mph; 0-62mph: 5.5 seconds; Max BHP: 325 at 7,000rpm; Emissions: 262 g/km; Price: [pounds sterling]36,100 I SHOULD have known better than to tempt fate by agreeing to testdrive Nissan's hairy-chested...
Biker Chic
Byline: Keira Knightley Keira Knightley, 25, is the girl from Teddington who seduced the world with leading roles in Pirates of the Caribbean, Never Let Me Go and The Duchess. She has been the face of Coco Mademoiselle fragrance since 2006 and this...
Brookfield Buys Site in Mega-Bank Plan
ONE of the world's largest real estate operators paid [pounds sterling]15 million for a nondescript, seven-storey property on the eastern fringe of the City this week. Why? Because the dusty offices at 65-68 Leadenhall are the keystone to almost...
Bungling Thief Drops Mobile during Ram-Raid at Gallery
Byline: Mark Blunden ROBBERS smashed their van into a London art gallery in a ram-raid that caused thousands of pounds of damage. The gallery director today told how one bungling raider spent 15 minutes ransacking the Southwark premises in a...
Button and Hamilton Are Head and Shoulders above Their Rivals
Byline: David Smith JENSON BUTTON and Lewis Hamilton today set the fastest times in practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, defying predictions that McLaren would be also-rans this year. The team were plagued by a lack of reliability...
Button and Hamilton Are Head and Shoulders above Their Rivals
Byline: David Smith JENSON BUTTON and Lewis Hamilton today set the fastest times in practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, defying predictions that McLaren would be also-rans this year. The team were plagued by a lack of reliability...
By Georgia! at Just 19, Mick and Jerry's Youngest Daughter Has Already Conquered the Fashion World, and Now She's Dead Set on Becoming the Next Lucian Freud. Gavanndra Hodge Gets an Insight into the Whirlwind Life of London's Most Ambitious Rock Princess
Georgia May Jagger stands to greet me, all graciousness and gappy white teeth and the Texan good manners of her mother, the former supermodel Jerry Hall. She seems wildly confident for her 19 years, sassy and comfortable with her ravishing beauty....
Check Out
Byline: Edited by Hettie Harvey Snap away... Live out your wildest National Geographic fantasies on one of Abercrombie & Kent's photographic trips to some of the world's most spectacular destinations. Led by acclaimed photojournalist Jon Nicholson,...
Elitist, Pompous and Just like the Royals but I Still Don't Want to Sink the Boat Race
Byline: Dan Jones IN 1874, Oxford University won the FA Cup, defeating the Royal Engineers 2-0 in a match that, according to a report in The Times, lasted 75 minutes. A crowd of 5,000 watched at the Kennington Oval and the match is notable now --...
England Must Ensure They're Not Dazzled by Murali Magic
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket correspondent Cricket brought to you in association with ENGLAND will have to counter one of the most dangerous spin bowlers in the history of modern cricket if they are to reach the World Cup semifinals for the first...
Extremists Vow to Hijack March and Bring Chaos to the Streets
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE capital is braced for mass anti-Government protests tomorrow as anarchists pledge to bring chaos to the streets. Up to 250,000 people are expected to join the TUC anti-cuts march -- expected to be the biggest...
Extremists Vow to Hijack March Victoria and Bring Chaos to the Streets
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE capital is braced for mass anti-government protests tomorrow as anarchists pledge to bring chaos to the streets. Up to 250,000 people are expected to join the TUC anti-cuts march -- expected to be the biggest...
FLASHBULB; A Surreal-Y Wild Night and a Fashionable Film Outing
Byline: INTERVIEWS BY HANNAH NATHANSON AND LUCY HUNTER JOHNSTON Dali's darlings BANQUETING HOUSE, WHITEHALL What The Surrealist Ball in aid of NSPCC, hosted by Harper's Bazaar editor Lucy Yeomans and gallerist Harry Blain Who VV Brown,...
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GWYNNIE IN REHAB? the Queen of Squeaky Clean Doesn't Cut It as a Country Superstar Who Has Taken to the Bottle -- but She Sure Can Carry a Tune FILM OF THE WEEK
Byline: David Sexton COUNTRY STRONG Cert 12a, 117 mins COULD it be that the best country music -- so self-pitying, so proud to be dumb -- is produced, like most worthwhile art, by brainy, well-balanced people working regular hours? Not according...
Harry Will Fly out to Join the Walking Wounded on Their Trek to North Pole
Byline: Jonathan Prynn PRINCE HARRY will fly to Norway on Monday to join four badly injured Afghan war veterans who are attempting to walk to the North Pole. The team left Gatwick for Oslo yesterday on the first stage of their journey to the...
Has Westfield's Games Mall Hit the Upmarket Jackpot?
Byline: Peter Bill ON PROPERTY IN THE hut where I got booted and safety-suited before touring Westfield's Olympic-sized mall at Stratford on Wednesday, a note lay by a pair of tan boots indicating they were for Joseph Wan, chief executive of Harvey...
He Is an Evil Monster -- I Am Glad I Helped Convict Him, Says Ex-Wife
Byline: Justin Davenport THE ex-wife of Night Stalker Delroy Grant today branded him evil and said she was happy she helped to secure his conviction. Janet Watson, 53, gave evidence against Grant after he made the bizarre defence claim that she...
Heston's Medieval Dinners Already a Modern Classic
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger IT has only been open for two months but Heston Blumenthal's London restaurant Dinner has already won its first award. The new brasserie at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park was one of the most eagerly anticipated...
Honesty Needed on Pump Prices
SOME people have played down the 1p cut in fuel duty in the Budget -- but had the planned 5p increase (6p with VAT) gone ahead on 1 April, it would have delivered a coup de grace to thousands of poorer and car-dependent drivers on the verge of being...
Hospital Where Mother and Baby Died Is Given Just Days to Improve
Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent A MATERNITY unit was today under pressure to make drastic improvements within days or face serious action by the NHS watchdog. Queen's Hospital in Romford could face prosecution or part closure if it...
HOT GEAR ON COOL DAYS; David Williams Looks at the Range of High-Tech Products Available for Bikers to Ensure They're Ready for All Weathers
Byline: David Williams YOU (almost) thought it would never happen but, finally, the winter from hell is receding. We still have many cold, wet, days ahead but spring is now here. Shortly after the first heavy snowfall we pledged to keep on riding...
House Price Leap as Buyers Seek Security amid Arab Turmoil
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor CENTRAL London property prices have jumped unexpectedly at the start of the year as wealthy buyers flood into the capital amid global turmoil. Estate agency Savills said political upheaval -- including...
I'd Spend Every Day Stealing and Dealing. These Guys Changed Me; the Big Lottery Fund's [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Donation Will Throw a Lifeline to Inspirational Groups like the Ignite Trust Which Helps Troubled Teenagers. David Cohen Reveals How It Transforms Lives
Byline: David Cohen FOR as long as he can remember, Leonard was angry, violent and out of control. At seven, he was kicked out of his primary school for attacking a teacher. At nine he was cautioned for chasing pupils in the playground with a butcher's...
I Know I'm Good Enough to Play for England Again; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Jermaine Jenas The Tottenham star is desperate to add to his 21 caps IT IS always frustrating not to be involved with England during international weeks but sometimes you can be chosen in the squad, go away for 10 days and not play for a...
I Know I'm Good Enough to Play for England Again; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Jermaine Jenas The Tottenham star is desperate to add to his 21 caps IT IS always frustrating not to be involved with England during international weeks but sometimes you can be chosen in the squad, go away for 10 days and not play for a...
I'll Find out Truth about Smiley's Death
Byline: Rob Parsons AN investigator probing the death of reggae star Smiley Culture during a police raid at his home told a public meeting in Brixton that he is "seeking the truth". The singer, real name David Emmanuel, apparently stabbed himself...
Japanese Travellers 'Have High Levels of Radiation'
Byline: Mark Prigg Science Editor TWO Japanese travellers arriving in China from Tokyo have been found to have dangerously high radiation levels. The Chinese government says they were sent to a specialist hospital after tests on their luggage...
Libya Rebels Make New Bid to Take Ajdabiya after RAF Bombs Troops
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Craig Woodhouse REBELS today launched a fresh attempt to seize Ajdabiya after British jets attacked Colonel Gaddafi's forces. Fighters exchanged artillery fire with the dictator's troops after being buoyed by the UK...
Life Class Mark Vernon on Hope
Byline: Mark Vernon Hope is a central virtue in much self-help. It's a key strength in the science of happiness, too, defined as being optimistic and having a positive attitude towards the future. It helps maintain your cheer in the here and now....
LOTTERY GIVES [Pounds sterling]1M TO HELP US FIGHT POVERTY; HUGE WINDFALL FOR EVENING STANDARD'S DISPOSSESSED FUND; Standard's Campaign Makes History
Byline: David Cohen THE Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund makes history today by winning an extraordinary windfall of [pounds sterling]1 million from the Big Lottery Fund. The huge sum is the first such grant ever given to a newspaper campaign...
Martha Makes Bingo Hall a Web Mecca
Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Editor A DAGENHAM bingo hall has become the unlikely trailblazer for a major government initiative to get people online. Dotcom pioneer Martha Lane Fox today launched a new internet centre at Mecca Bingo, giving...
My London; Jaime Winstone Buys Bondage Boots at Vivienne Westwood, Victorian Showgirl Bras at Virginia and Gets Special Treatment at Julie's
Byline: JAIME WINSTONE Home is... Holland Park. I live with Daisy Lowe and I'm really enjoying living in a girly house - we dress up lots and have pyjama parties. What is your favourite London discovery? Julie's (above) on Portland Road,...
Never Say Never -- Why Johnson Could Be Back
Byline: Sarah Sands THIS week's Budget was more than economic management. It was political showmanship and the front rows pulsed with adrenaline -- except for Kenneth Clarke, who nodded off. It must have felt odd then for the former shadow chancellor...
Night Stalker Is Jailed for 27 Years and Told He May Never Be Released
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent NIGHT STALKER Delroy Grant was jailed for life today and told he may never be released from prison. Moments earlier he was confronted in court by one of his elderly victims, who said she would never recover...
Night Stalker Will Spend 27 Years Behind Bars for Attacks on Elderly
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent NIGHT STALKER Delroy Grant was today given four life sentences for carrying out a campaign of depraved sex attacks on elderly people across London. He was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years but the judge...
Norris Told to Refocus Soho Estates as He Takes the Helm
Byline: Russell Lynch TWO-TIME London mayoral candidate Steven Norris is set to take the helm at Soho Estates with a brief to overhaul the central London property empire amassed by porn baron Paul Raymond. Norris, whose appointment is set to...
Now Let's Have a New Golden Age of Giving; as the Budget Makes It Easier to Donate, the Standard's Dispossessed Appeal Has Gained a Major Contribution
Byline: Thomas Hughes-Hallett [bar] COULD Wednesday's Budget mark the beginning of a new golden age for giving and philanthropy? I really hope so. There are real signs that the Prime Minister's personal commitment to supporting giving at every level...
Olympics Boss Is Axed from Games Meetings as War with Coe Festers; Evening Standard Olympics Countdown 490 Days to Go
Byline: Matthew Beard Olympics Correspondent THE Government admitted today it was "very concerned" an escalating battle among Olympics chiefs could damage the British team's preparations for London 2012. Olympics Secretary Jeremy Hunt intervened...
Osborne Was Wrong to Ignore the LSE
Byline: Anthony Hilton THE Budget speech on Wednesday was billed as a "Budget for Growth" -- a prescription to help business expand and build a prosperous future for Britain. But what was really interesting was that Chancellor George Osborne...
Oxford Street's East End Fights for Shoppers with [Pounds Sterling]600m Revamp
EAST Enders lured to Westfield's giant Stratford centre might be tempted to return to Oxford Street in 2016. Not the smartish western end anchored by Selfridges, but a mile east, at the tatty end, tainted by malodorous takeaways on the approach to...
Parent MPs Get Cash as Child Benefits Are Cut
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter FURIOUS MPs broke ranks today to attack new expenses rules that hand them thousands of pounds extra to spend on children, travel, staff and accommodation. They said hard-pressed voters would not understand...
Portugal Bail-Out 'Certain' as Borrowing Costs Hit Record
Byline: Russell Lynch A HUMILIATING bail-out for Portugal took another step closer today as the embattled nation's borrowing costs jumped to another record high. Experts warned that a rescue was "a matter of when rather than if" as the country's...
RAF Jets Bomb Gaddafi Troops as Libya Captive Denies WPc Murder
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Justin Davenport and Oliver Poole BRITISH fighter jets attacked Colonel Gaddafi's ground forces as a battle for the key town of Ajdabiya raged today. More UK special forces were being dropped into Libya to stop the dicta-tor's...
Ratings Agencies Pile on the Agony for Troubled Portugal
Byline: Russell Lynch RATINGS agencies rubbed salt in the wounds of embattled Portugal today as the nation lurched closer to a humiliating bailout. The nation's benchmark cost of borrowing hit a record high of 7.79% as Standard & Poor's followed...
Reckitt a Star as Merrill Lynch Gives Sector a Thumbs Up
Byline: Rosamund Urwin CILLIT Bang and Durex Condoms were at the top of investors' shopping lists today, as Reckitt Benckiser clawed back some of its recent losses. The household goods titan was the star performer on the top flight, jumping 104p...
Remember Her This Way Elizabeth Taylor on Dvd
Byline: Steve Morrissey NATIONAL VELVET (Warner, cert U, DVD) She had made a couple of films before but stardom arrived for the 12-year-old Taylor with this Hollywood fantasy about a young girl riding a Grand National winner. And how the Technicolor...
Rescue Missions Have an Extra Edge for Flutey and Armitage
Byline: Chris Jones RIKI FLUTEY and Delon Armitage are men on a double mission, needing to help steady faltering Aviva Premiership campaigns while pressing their own claims for places in Martin Johnson's Rugby World Cup squad. Injury and illness...
Sian Police Search for Second Body
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor POLICE were today searching for the remains of a second murder victim at a beauty spot in the Cotswolds after the discovery of the body of missing clubber Sian O'Callaghan. Detectives revealed today that...
Small Opera, Big Ambition
Byline: Nick Kimberley AT LAST week's Olivier Awards, there was an act of giant-killing that was the theatrical equivalent of a Conference team winning the FA Cup. The title for Best New Opera production was taken by a La Boheme that started out...
Smart Drugs for Stupid Kids
LIMITLESS Cet U, 105 mins NEIL Burger's sci-fi thriller starts on a high. Shambolic, depressed thirtysomething Eddie (Bradley Cooper) has writer's block but then stumbles across a pill, NZT, that allows him to utilise his whole brain. His publisher...
Sounds of Summer; David Smyth Sorts out the Eminems from the Elbows to Give You the Lowdown on 2011's Bumper Festival Season
Byline: David Smyth WYCHWOOD June 3-5, Cheltenham Racecourse This regular nominee for best family festival has healing and sculpture gardens as well as a children's literature event. Musically it's far from cutting-edge but The Waterboys, The...
Spring at Last, and the World Loves Us All Again
Byline: ?Adam Nicolson PERHAPS we love spring because of some kind of genetic memory. We're still sub-tropical animals at heart. Our ancestors only began to leave Africa a couple of hundred thousand years ago, and we are still not attuned to life...
Stars
Byline: PREDICTED BY SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries 20 March - 19 April Much as you dislike even thinking about compromise, it's the only way to handle certain increasingly tricky situations. Bear in mind that you're not alone, and that others aren't...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Sometimes obstacles are nothing but difficulties that are meant to be overcome. However, those you're facing at the moment are actually intended to slow you down enough that you'll evaluate...
Strauss Is Sure Anderson Can Swing Clash England's Way
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent Cricket brought to you in association with Brit Insurance JIMMY ANDERSON is poised for an England recall for tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final against Sri Lanka after captain Andrew Strauss claimed...
Such Dirty Pretty Things
Byline: BEN LUKE DIRT: THE FILTHY REALITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE Wellcome Collection, NW1 ALTHOUGH it is dominated by excrement, disease and garbage, the Wellcome Collection's latest show avoids the muddy thinking characteristic of many thematic exhibitions....
Superior England Have It All to Lose on Derby Day; Fabio Capello's Men May Feel They Are Too Good to Play in the Home Nations Tournament but They Must Prove It in Cardiff Tomorrow against the Welsh. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley AFTER an embarrassing week for Fabio Capello following the fumbled captaincy reshuffle, the Football Association need to avoid the ignominy of England losing against a side who are competing in a tournament they deemed unsuitable....
Terry: I Can Take the Boos ... I Just Want to Get Right Result for Our Fans
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent JOHN TERRY insists he is ready to face the boo-boys at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow and is adamant it won't distract him from leading England to victory in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales....
Tests on Japanese Travellers' Bags Show Dangerous Levels of Radiation
Byline: Mark Prigg Science Editor TWO Japanese travellers arriving in China from Tokyo have been found to have dangerously high radiation levels. The Chinese government says they were sent to a specialist hospital following tests on their luggage...
THE A-TEAM; Who Do You Turn to When Your Dad Talks to Vegetables, Your Uncle Gallivants with Despots and Your In-Laws Run a Bunting Business? Joshua Neicho Introduces the Daredevil Adventurers, Charitable Chaps and Media Minions Who Will Make a Very Fine Court for a Modern King
Byline: Joshua Neicho Three weeks ago the dashing historian and MP Tristram Hunt argued that to ensure the future success of the monarchy, Prince William needs to define himself as his own person, distancing himself from the wastefulness and the...
THE BOFFIN LIKES TO BOOGIE; James Blake Uses His Technological Expertise to Transform R&B Samples and His Own Voice into Exciting Soundscapes, Which He'll Perform at Southbank's Experimental Music Festival, Ether SOUND CHECK
Byline: Richard Godwin IN AMONG such eclectic treats as a new opera about the first man to reach the stratosphere by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory; a 3D production of The Rite of Spring; and a slew of concerts devoted to avantgarde composer Iannis Xenakis,...
THE GLOVES ARE ON; Whether You're a Banker, a Brainbox or One of the Beautiful People, Boxing Has Become the Ultimate Macho Challenge. Alex Wade on London's New Passion for Pugilism
Byline: Alex Wade What does a beleaguered City banker do when his numbers are down? Pull on his gloves and hit the ring. Put it down to the crash if you will, but ten years on from the launch of The Real Fight Club, London's white-collar boxing...
THE NAME GAME; A Man Called Rich Ricci Has Become One of the Highest-Paid Bankers in the UK... Is This Some Kind of Sick Joke, or a Scientific Inevitability? Roger Highfield on the Power of Nominative Determinism
Byline: Roger Highfield There was a certain scientific inevitability about the news that Rich Ricci (right) of Barclays pocketed a pay and perks bonus package worth around [pounds sterling]44 million for last year. This is an example of what is...
THINK POSITANO; on Italy's Most Delightful Coastline the Air Smells of Jasmine, the Streets Are Lined with Lemon Trees and It's Always Campari Hour. Gianluca Longo Dons His Panama Hat and Takes the Lift to the Beach
Byline: Gianluca Longo Just three hours from grey London is a land of Campari sodas on sundappled terraces; pink bougainvilleadraped hilltop villages and sleek Riva motorboats cleaving through a turquoise sea. The Amalfi coast. Bliss beyond compare....
Thousands Take to Syria's Streets
Byline: Zeina Karam Associated Press THOUSANDS demonstrated across Syria today demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters killed as they sheltered in a mosque. In the southern city of Deraa, focal point of the protests, there was no...
Top Girls; as a Female Fighter Pilot Patrols the Libyan Skies, Jasmine Gardner Reports on How Women Are Taking the Controls of Our Typhoons and Tornados
Byline: Jasmine Gardner NOT just anybody can make it as a fighter pilot. You need to be fitter and more robust than a Formula 1 driver to be able to deal with extreme g-forces. You need to cope with doing several things at once. You need to have...
Twice over Can Rule World
Byline: Michael Curran. HENRY CECIL believes Dubai World Cup favourite Twice Over can scale even greater heights at the age of six, writes Michael Curran. It is unusual for the trainer to have a horse in his care at such an advanced age, with...
UK Must Do More to Encourage Start-Up Angels
Byline: Simon Firth GEORGE Osborne envisages a "Britain carried aloft by the march of the maker." And to that end he's shrunk corporation tax, raised research and development tax credits, cut red tape for small businesses, thrown start-up investors...
Vettel under Pressure? Don't Make Him Laugh
Byline: Jake Humphrey BBC TV F1 presenter in Melbourne THE reset button's been pressed and, less than five months after Sebastian Vettel conquered the world, F1 is back on your screens. Even the fans hate taking a breather. I seem to have spent...
YOU'VE BEEN BLOGGED! They Lurk in Dark Alleyways Armed with Nothing but a Camera, a WI-FI Connection and an Easy Charm, and They Want to Shoot You - but Only If You Look Wacky Enough. Orsolya Szabo on London's Most Flamboyant Chroniclers of Street Style
Byline: Orsolya Szabo SHOW AND TELL Fashion editor and photographer Jackie Dixon, 31, began her career as a fashion assistant on Vogue and started her blog two years ago as 'A sneaky peek into the wardrobes of today's creative talent', photographing...