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Articles from January 23, 2007

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20 Reasons Why the Bridge Is Wobbly; Beset by Internal Problems and Woefully out of Form on the Pitch, Leo Spall Looks at What's Gone Wrong for the Champions
Byline: LEO SPALL Jose mourinho The head coach once admitted he treats management as a human science and said: "I play with people's emotions, acting according to my interests." His irritation about the board's failure to back his transfer demands...
A Bargain Breakfast Is the New Power Lunch
Byline: EMILY PARSONS FORGET having lunch or dinner at London's smartest restaurants - take breakfast there instead. A new guide to the most economical way to enjoy the best of the capital's gastronomic delights recommends visiting fashionable...
A Domestic Focus on Making Money
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON ONE reason share-buying is so difficult to get right is that there is no correlation between economic growth and stock market performance. Just because Asian economies are growing much faster than those in the West does...
A Lack of Resolve Turned My Cruise into a Cringe; Playing the Field, Two Singletons Share Their Search for Love
Byline: KATIE HIND YOU'LL be pleased to know that my mission to pull on board my cruise paid off. Unfortunately, though, it wasn't a case of a man in every port, but any port in a storm. Yep, I'm ashamed to say that after a few too many Malibu...
A Pairing Too Good to Be True
Byline: ANDRZEJ LUKOWSKI ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN ALMOST exactly a year after its release, it is still debatable as to whether Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan's Ballad Of The Broken Seas actually exists or whether it is all just an elaborate...
As Looted Goods Turn Up on eBay, Wildlife Pays the Bill; COASTGUARD SLAMS 'SHEER GREED' OF DEVON SCAVENGERS
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP GOODS plundered from a cargo ship beached off the Devon coast are starting to appear on internet auction site eBay. Ten steering wheel airbags brazenly advertised as coming "from the MSC Napoli" were available on the popular...
Batman Ruling May Zap Share-of-Proceeds Cases
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE funding of litigation by third parties for financial gain in the British courts could move a step closer this week when a High Court judge rules whether the highly controversial practice is lawful. The case - part of a...
BATTLE OVER TESCO TOWNS; Official Inquiry Probes How Giant Is Killing off Local Shops
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE power of Tesco to put local shops out of business and stifle competition is highlighted in an official report today. Its findings reveal deep concerns about how Tesco "can get into such a strong position, either nationally,...
Blair Pledges Spectacle Will Be the Greenest Ever
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER THE PRIME Minister promised today that the London Games will be the greenest in the event's history. Tony Blair joined Olympic chiefs to unveil plans to put the environment at the heart of the 2012 tournament by showcasing...
Blairs Want to Be a Part of It, New York ,New York
ARE THE Blairs about to fulfil their very own American dream? Friends are urging Tony and Cherie to establish a post-Downing Street foothold in New York. An apartment near a decent school for their youngest son, Leo, who is six years old, would be...
Brandes Turns Its Attention to Struggler HMV
US value investor Brandes Investment Partners, one of the first to call the Marks & Spencer recovery programme correctly, has turned its attention to another struggling retailer - HMV. It has become one of the music retailer's biggest single...
Brandes Turns Its Attention to Struggler; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: MICKEY CLARK HMV US value investor Brandes Investment Partners, one of the first to call the Marks & Spencer recovery programme correctly, has turned its attention to another struggling retailer - HMV. It has become one of the music...
Brother and Another Thing
SO JADE is now to resurrect her career as an antiracism spokesperson? I can just see the PR people rubbing their hands in glee. She has been coached while in and since coming out of the house. I pray we never have to see that face, or hear that...
Bubbly Guy Banished My Blues; You Know It's a Great Night When a Stranger Sends over Champagne
Byline: KITTY DIMBLEBY DATER Jacinta Francis AGE 27 LIVES South London PROFESSION Press and marketing officer for nightclub DATING HISTORY Enjoying being single and dating THE NIGHT OUT I have been a single girl for some time now...
Buried at 'Graveyard'; Dire England Humiliated by Kiwis at Venue Where They 'Surrendered' the Ashes
Byline: DAVID LLOYD WOEFUL England produced the most wretched batting performance yet at their graveyard ground and promptly reinstated themselves as rank outsiders to reach the triangular tournament final. Seven weeks ago, Andrew Flintoff 's...
Cabin Crews Should Come Down to Earth; Are BA Staff Right to Take 'Sick-Note' Strike Action?
THIS is a farce. Can't the unions see that BA is competing in a global market with competitors who don't face these unreasonable limitations? Foreign-based airlines also hire cabin crews in the UK and I am sure many of them are not on contracts...
Cabinet at War over Home Office Carve-Up
Byline: JOE MURPHY CABINET tensions erupted today over John Reid's plans to carve up the Home Office. Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett emerged at the head of a powerful alliance, including MI6 and senior Whitehall mandarins, urging caution....
Cheung Strikes Bronze in Aus; LONDON SPORT ROUNDUP
BADMINTON MICHELLE CHEUNG was in fine form at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival at the weekend as she took bronze in the women's singles. The 17-year-old from Milton Keynes claimed third place with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Li En Colleen...
City Police Accept [Pounds Sterling]4,000 Worth of Gifts and Hospitality
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT POLICE in the City of London accepted more than [pounds sterling]4,000 in gifts and hospitality last year. Officers from the rank of commissioner down to constable were entertained at more than 60 lunches and dinners....
City Relief as Superstores Let off the Hook
Byline: PETER JOHN SUPERMARKET shares gained today amid relief that the Competition Commission's high-profile investigation into their power had not taken an overly aggressive stance on the industry. Shares in Tesco, which many had expected to...
City Spy
THE Olympic Delivery Authority is so fearful of legal claims in the run-up to 2012 that it is seeking to introduce a Hong Kong Airport-style arbitration procedure. That project was so mired in complaints and rows that a speeded-up dispute resolution...
Dolphins and Seabirds Dying in Slick as Beach Is Sealed Off
Byline: VALENTINE LOW THE full scale of the ecological impact of the MSC Napoli emerged today with news that the oil spill may have killed dolphins as well as affecting hundreds of seabirds and thousands of fish. Details of the environmental...
England Fired Up at Last; after a Poor Tour by His Standards, Skipper Flintoff Hits Form with the Ball to Leave the Kiwis Rattled. by David Lloyd in Adelaide
Byline: DAVID LLOYD WHAT ANDREW FLINTOFF hit top gear here today as England gave themselves a golden opportunity to repeat last week's win over New Zealand and move a step nearer the triangular tournament final. Flintoff not only finished with...
Exposed: Jade's TV Lie Shame; She Claims Home Was Vandalised. NOT True!
Byline: ROB SINGH JADE GOODY'S attempt to win back public support backfired today when she was caught telling an apparent lie on live TV. With her career in trouble after the Big Brother race row, she told The Wright Stuff chat show that she...
Filming in Progress - Authors Keep Out
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE ZOE Heller has expressed quiet regret that the Dame Judi Dench character in the film adaptation of Notes on a Scandal is more overtly lesbian and more monstrous than in her original novel. She is right not to complain...
Flint to Show He Still Has Plenty of Spark
Byline: WILL HAYLER AT the age of nine, FLINT RIVER is not going to be getting any quicker, but the handicapper has given him every chance of landing his first victory in nearly two years when he lines up at Lingfield Park tomorrow. A decent...
From the Depths Back to the Top ... Chef Reclaims His Crown
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP JUST a year ago Ian Pengelley had only [pounds sterling]2.50 left in the world. His career as a top London chef had nosedived into debt, misery and despair following a succession of ill-fated career moves, and his critics...
Getting on Track: Our; THE EVENING STANDARD'S TWELVE FOR with 2012 Days to Go until the London Games, Our Brightest Hopes Tell Us How They Are Progressing
Byline: DAVID SMITH THE countdown to the 2012 London Olympics reaches a milestone today as it is precisely 2012 days until the start of the Games. Five and a half years may seem like a distant prospect, but planning and preparation is well under...
Greens and Airlines Attack Chancellor over 'Stealth Tax' on Flights
Byline: PAUL WAUGH;JASON BEATTIE GREEN groups and airlines joined forces today to attack Gordon Brown's "stealth tax" on flights. In an unprecedented alliance, Friends of the Earth, British Airways, EasyJet and Virgin criticised the Chancellor's...
Half-Hearted History of Musicals Hits Bum Note; NON-FICTION
Byline: RHODA KOENIG What Would Barbra Do? How Musicals Can Change Your Life By Emma Brockes (Bantam, [pounds sterling]14.99) ** JUDGING a book by its cover not only proves you aren't superficial, as Oscar Wilde didn't say, it saves time. This...
Health&Beauty; SALON SECRETS
Byline: EMINE ALI ANNE HATHAWAY is best known for her recent role in The Devil Wears Prada. She will soon be seen as Jane Austen in Becoming Jane, alongside James McAvoy. She lives with her long-term boyfriend, property mogul Raffaello Follieri....
Home & Away
Byline: SOPHIE DENING ONE WEEKEND, TWO PLACES, YOUR CHOICE Stamford, Lincs Why: It's one of the prettiest market towns in England. How to get there: Trains from King's Cross take about 90 minutes, [pounds sterling]39.20 for a Saver Return....
Hoskins Offers Boothroyd Hope
Byline: DAVID HULMES WATFORD manager Aidy Boothroyd believes he has found a replacement for Ashley Young, the England Under 21 forward whose protracted [pounds sterling]9.65 million move to Aston Villa was set to be confirmed today. Will Hoskins,...
I Couldn't Work, I Couldn't Even Wear High Heels. It Seemed My Charmed Life Had Gone Forever; Magazine Executive Sue Douglas Had a High-Octane Career until a Riding Accident Left Her with Brain Injuries. Here, She Reveals How It Has Changed Her
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH EIGHT MONTHS ago 49-year-old Sue Douglas nearly died. It is hard to believe this as I watch the blonde, slim, former newspaper editor leading her horse Ally around the stable yard. It is situated next to the large Oxfordshire...
In Brief
Lindt nibbles away at rivals with dark-chocolate play SWISS chocolate maker Lindt's sales rose 15% last year as it stole market share by satisfying growing consumer demand for dark, organic chocolate over the traditional milk version. Lindt, which...
In Brief
Murdoch 'mulling a bid for Big Brother maker Endemol' ENDEMOL, the production company behind the controversial current series of Celebrity Big Brother, which has centred on the treatment of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, pictured, saw its shares jump...
I Struck Gold and I Didn't Even Have to Talk to Her; Playing the Field, Two Singletons Share Their Search for Love
Byline: THEO HOOPER AS EVERY guy knows, if you're going to have any success at all with the ladies, you have to put in the effort. Of course, some (usually drunken) nights out can lead anywhere, but if you're trying to be more gentleman-like about...
I Thought 'Bomber' Would Kill My Baby; Mum Tells 21/7 Trial of Moment She Faced Death
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A YOUNG mother told today how she thought she and her baby would die at the hands of a 21/7 bomber. Nadia Baro described the moment when Ramzi Mohammed allegedly tried to detonate a bomb on a packed Tube train. Mrs Baro...
It May Not Be Nice, but the Smear Test Can Still Save Many Lives; MEDICAL NOTES
Byline: DR MARK PORTER DR MARK PORTER THE SMEARS ARE BEGINNING LATER ATHIRD of women under 30 are not having regular smear tests, according to figures released by the Department of Health yesterday. And I doubt many GPs were surprised - most will...
I Want to Get My Hands Dirty and Make a Difference, Says [Pounds Sterling]1.9m City Man Who's off to Help Poor in Africa
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA A HIGHFLYING City boss told for the first time today why he has quit his [pounds sterling]1.9million-a-year job to go and help the poor in Africa. Richard Harvey, chief executive of insurance giant Aviva, will leave his...
Jol Challenges Gardner to Dig Deep and Make the Most of His Chance
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON TOTTENHAM manager Martin Jol today challenged defender Anthony Gardner to prove he can still make a major impact at the club by keeping Arsenal quiet in the Carling Cup semi-final. Gardner is set to start instead of injured...
Jose Gives Shevchenko a Chance; Carling Cup Semi-Final, 2nd Leg
Byline: LEO SPALL JOSE MOURINHO will play Andriy Shevchenko from the start against Wycombe tonight despite his public snub at Anfield, writes Leo Spall. The striker was the only player not to receive a gesture of commiseration from the Chelsea...
Labour Cuts 'Will Set Art Galleries Back a Decade'
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK THE head of the National Gallery will use a keynote speech tonight to launch an outspoken attack on Government plans to slash museum and gallery budgets. Charles Saumarez Smith will accuse Labour of threatening to cut grants...
Last of the Hellraisers; Peter O'Toole Is the Great Survivor of That Generation of Hard-Living Actors. All Good Preparation for His New Role, He Says
Byline: NICK CURTIS PETER O'Toole shuffles into a suite at The Connaught, a grey but immaculate ghost in raffish attire, the 6ft 3in frame somewhat stooped now he's 74, his blue eyes watery but still startling. "I'm whirligigging," mutters the veteran...
LondonCalling; the Latest News on All Your Favourite Clubs. Every Day
Tottenham v ARSENAL The Lane, tomorrow, 8pm Sky Sports 1 WILLIAM HILL offer 8-13 on a Carling Cup Final between Chelsea and Arsenal; with an Arsenal v Wycombe showdown 16-1. BARNET defender Adam Gross and striker Jason Norville are close to returning....
London's Top Ten Films
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS 12A, 117 minutes, dir Gabriele Muccino POOR Will Smith - first his harried wife Thandie Newton leaves, then he gets jailed the night before an interview for a stockbroking internship, then he finds out the internship...
MOMENT I FACED 'THE 21/7 BOMBER'; Fireman Told Tube Suspect 'Lie Down'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A MAN today told how he angrily confronted one of the 21/7 suspects after he allegedly tried to blow up a Tube train. Fireman Angus Campbell described extraordinary scenes as he screamed at the man who yelled back at him...
More Substance from Your Sleuth; PREVIEW
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY SO FAMILIAR are we with police dramas that focus on the detective's odd character traits that it is initially a bit unnerving to watch a detective drama where you have to concentrate on the story itself. This terrific new...
MPs Attack Jowell as She Races to Cap Cost of Olympics; Financial, Environmental and Legacy Issues Loom Large with the Games Just 2012 Days Away
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER GORDON BROWN and Tessa Jowell will come under fire today for the Government's handling of the cost of the 2012 Olympics. The Chancellor and the Olympics Minister are set to be criticised by a cross-party committee of MPs...
M&S Property Deal to Plug Pension Gap
Byline: ROBERT LEA MARKS & SPENCER acted today to plug the [pounds sterling]700 million hole in its pension scheme by giving its retirement funds part-ownership of a portfolio of the group's stores and encouraging staff to start making contributions...
Murray Is Bowed but Not Broken after Epic with Nadal
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY MURRAY believes his display in losing to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open here was the best of his career but the British No1 was warned today about the hard road that lies ahead if he wants to become a grand slam champion....
Muslim Dad's Legal Aid Fight to Veil Daughter
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ A MUSLIM father is taking court action to allow his 12-yearold daughter to wear a full-face veil in school. His demands have sparked a row because the school, in Buckinghamshire, says that it is not acceptable for the girl...
My Mates Have All Gone Me-Lance
Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS CITY LIVES THE weather was taking a nasty turn last Wednesday and the prospect of trailing into town for a drink was distinctly unappealing. Why not invite my friends round instead? The more the merrier, I thought, sending...
My Stalker Has Been Jailed but I Still Live in Fear of That Evil Woman; in His First Interview, Jan Falkowski Tells How, Even as a Psychiatrist, He Could Not Understand the Mind Behind a Hate Campaign
Byline: DAVID COHEN JAN FALKOWSKI is the type of man who seeks extreme physical and mental challenges. As a British powerboat champion with six world-records to his name, including the fastest person to circumnavigate Britain (in 42 hours), he is,...
Neill: I Have Come to Play Football, Not for Money
Byline: KEN DYER LUCAS NEILL reiterated today his decision to sign for West Ham was "based on football reasons" rather than financial. The Australian international defender, who has signed a three-and-ahalf-year contract and is expected to make...
News in Brief
100 evacuated from tower block flats after gas leak MORE than a hundred people were evacuated from their Tottenham homes following a major gas leak. The 18-storey Northolt block on the Broadwater estate - notorious for the 1985 riots in which policeman...
News in Brief
100 evacuated from tower block flats after gas leak MORE than 100 people were evacuated from their homes in Tottenham following a major gas leak. The 18-storey Northolt block on the Broadwater Farm estate - notorious for the 1985 riots in which...
Ohuruogu's Fate to Be Decided in Courtroom, Not over 400 Metres
Byline: IAN CHADBAND EVERY DAY, Christine Ohuruogu goes training as normal, now taking advantage of the newly completed National Athletics Centre in Lee Valley a few miles from her home. Yet that training could prove in vain as her career is painfully...
One Dog Attack a Week in London since Clampdown
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL MORE than 800 Londoners have been wounded in dog attacks since a new lawwas introduced to protect the public. Figures released today suggest the Dangerous Dogs Act has had little effect in reducing the number of people...
ONE MAN AND HIS DIG; A Chap Can't Get to Work with His Machete on a Sunday for the Endless Interruptions
Byline: VALENTINE LOW VALENTINE LOW, FROM HIS ALLOTMENT IN ACTON THERE was, thank goodness, not an awful lot of work to do when I turned up on the allotment on Sunday - because frankly, what with all the interruptions, I'm surprised that I managed...
Packed Trains 'Safer in Crashes'
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL RAIL bosses sparked fury today as they told commuters: "Packed trains are safer." The Office of the Rail Regulator, which monitors safety on trains, came under fire for its claim, made after MPs demanded they act to end...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Five Days 9pm, BBC1 So familiar are we with police series that focus on the detective's character traits that it is initially a bit unnerving to watch a detective drama where you have to concentrate on the story itself....
Please Don't Make My Daughter the New Jade; SHIPWRECKED CONTESTANT LANDS C4 IN FRESH RACISM ROW
Byline: ANNA DAVIS THE mother of the latest reality TV contestant accused of racism today leapt to her daughter's defence. Lucy Buchanan, 18, was filmed saying black people were "really bad" and slavery should be restored on Channel 4's Shipwrecked....
Posh and Polished and Oh So Eager to Please Us; POP
Byline: MARTHA DE LACEY Keane Gibson Guitar Studio *** THEY haven ' t played together for a couple of months, so let us give an extra warm welcome to Keane!" hollered Virgin Radio's host to a handful of competition winners clustered around...
Posh Date
I WAS really excited when my new banker boyfriend said he had managed to book us a table at Scott's (20 Mount Street W1, 020 7629 5248), the new celeb hangout in Mayfair. Seeing as he had made the reservation (and promised to pay) I figured the least...
[Pounds Sterling]70k Lucas: I'm No Mercenary; TRANSFER WINDO WWATCH
Byline: MARK ALFORD LUCAS NEILL may have become the highest paid player at West Ham, but this morning he denied being a football mercenary. The Australia fullback, 28, who signed from Blackburn for a [pounds sterling]2million fee - and a reported...
Race Chief Calls for C4 to Face Government Rebuke
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA EQUALITY chief Trevor Phillips today demanded Channel 4 face government action over a mounting racism row. The chairman of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights wrote to Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell saying he feared...
Retreat on 90-Day Limit for Terror Detentions in Huge Security Shake-Up
Byline: JOE MURPHY THE GOVERNMENT has moved away from raising the 28-day time limit for holding terror suspects without charge, the Standard has learned. Home Secretary John Reid is looking at alternative ways to toughen the law on detentions...
Revelatory Will Finds Key to Coward Classic; FIRST NIGHT the Vortex Royal Exchange, Manchester
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH IT HAS taken more than 80 years and the performance of Will Young, the gay pop idol who has never acted on stage before, to bring out the full truth about Nicky Lancaster, Noel Coward's angry young man in The Vortex. ...
Robots Will Work on Hospital Wards within Three Years
Byline: MARK PRIGG THIS is the robot that could be working on British hospital wards within three years. Researchers are developing a major EU-funded project to create "swarms" of robo-nurses capable of performing menial tasks such as washing...
Royal Parks Appeal for [Pounds Sterling]120,000 to Replace Fallen Trees
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ AN emergency appeal has been launched to help restore the Royal parks devastated by the recent storms. Almost 150 mature trees were uprooted, greenhouses damaged and walls torn down as 80mph winds swept across London last...
Satisfaction Guaranteed as Chanel Revisits Sixties
Byline: LAURA CRAIK THE MUSIC said it all. To the strains of I Can't Get No Satisfaction, Karl Lagerfeld sent out a neat, short, masterly collection that took its spirit from the Sixties and its styling from the streets of LA. For once, it wasn't...
Save Your Skin; Winter's Blowing in and Icy Winds and Central Heating Spell Bad News for Your Complexion. Bella Blissett Offers a One-Stop Guide to Surviving the Big Freeze
Byline: BELLA BLISSETT LIFE& CULTURE: HEALTH & FITNESS 34 BEWARE HEAT AND COLD Remember, it's a combination of cold winds and central heating that does most damage at this time of year. So carry a tube of sunscreen moisturiser in your bag,...
Scots First Minister in Cash-for-Peerages Quiz
Byline: JOE MURPHY SCOTLAND'S most senior politician has been quizzed by police investigating the cash-for-peerages affair, it was revealed today. First Minister Jack McConnell was questioned in London about the ennoblement of lawyer Colin Boyd...
Seats for All? No Chance; A SEAT FOR EVERY COMMUTER STANDARD CAMPAIGN
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN RAIL bosses today held out little hope for providing a seat for every rush hour commuter. They were responding to the row triggered by the Government's top rail official Dr Mike Mitchell who told MPs last week it was "not...
Serena's Positive Display Silences 'Haters'
Byline: CHRIS JONES SERENA WILLIAMS fought back to beat Shahar Peer 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 to reach the semifinals today and then attacked the "haters" who revel in her failures, writes Chris Jones. The American took two hours and 24 minutes to defeat...
SHEVA'S IN LAST CHANCE SALOON; If Striker Doesn't Score Tonight, He May as Well Pack His Bags
Byline: NEAL COLLINS ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO will get one last chance to impress Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tonight when he starts the Carling Cup semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has risked the wrath of owner Roman...
Shipwrecked Channel 4 Is All at Sea
Byline: JOAN SMITH YOU might think that someone at Channel 4 would have had a quick word with their editors before yesterday's crisis board meeting, just to make sure that nothing else was about to blow up in their faces. Apparently not, since viewers...
Sister's Web Plea to Leave Heather Alone
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE sister of HeatherMills today issued a dramatic appeal over the internet for an end to what she claims is eight months of media harassment. The message - entitled Enough is Enough! - was posted on the website www.heathermillsmccartney.com...
Size-Zero Models 'Are like a Parade of Skeletons'
Byline: NICK PISA VALENTINO has become the latest designer to hit out at "size-zero" models, claiming it is like watching "a parade of skeletons". The 74-year-old Italian, whose clients include Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts,...
So Am I Hovvered? Fulfil Your Boy Racer Dreams (and Terrorise a Few Swans) on a Giant Hairdryer in the Heart of the Essex Countryside
Byline: ROB SINGH MOST guys imagine themselves to be adrenaline junkies but who does anything about it? While some dream of being at the controls of a Formula1 motor or a super yacht, few ever have the pleasure. But there's one high-octane activity...
Something's Wrong, but Where's the Evidence? COMMENTARY
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST AS HE digests the Competition Commission's report over his Tesco tea and biscuits, Sir Terry Leahy, the supermarket giant's boss, can heave a sigh of relief. There is little here, nationally, to cause him sleepless nights,...
So, Would You Want to Live Forever? NON-FICTION
Byline: KATHRYN HUGHES How To Live Forever Or Die Trying By Bryan Appleyard (Simon & Schuster, [pounds sterling]12.99)***** Your initial reaction might be, "yes, of course", but that's before you've had the chance to read this thought-provoking...
Splenda Hopes Turn Sour for Tate & Lyle
Byline: ROBERT LEA SUGAR giant Tate & Lyle was caned by the market today after issuing a shock profit warning and admitting it had over-promised and underdelivered on the take-up of its zero-calorie sweetener Splenda. Just five weeks after...
Spurs Set to Lose Race for [Pounds Sterling]10m Wonderkid; United Poised to Land Bale despite Jol's Assurances
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON TOTTENHAM have missed out on Southampton wonderkid Gareth Bale despite producing an eight figure sum in a desperate bid to secure his signature. Spurs are believed to have put in an offer of close to [pounds sterling]10million...
Spy Who Charmed Nazis and an Army of Women; NON-FICTION
Byline: PAUL CONNOLLY Agent Zigzag Ben Macintyre (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]14.99) **** BEN MACINTYRE'S masterful telling of the remarkable life of Eddie Chapman, a burglar, safecracker, Second World War double agent, hero and betrayer,...
Stoic Serena Strikes Back at Her 'Haters'; Williams and Roddick Keep the American Dream Alive
Byline: CHRIS JONES SERENA WILLIAMS attacked the "haters" who enjoy her failures after she dragged herself back from the brink of defeat at the Australian Open in Melbourne this morning. The unseeded American, who overcame Israel's 16th seed...
Taking Stock
BANKING AND FINANCE Stockbroker Collins Stewart has scotched claims it could become the target of a bid by Bear Stearns, saying there had been "no dialogue". Altium Securities believes such a move is "entirely conceivable", given the scale of Collins...
Tantrums on Ice as Stars Get Stroppy. Insiders Reveal Rising Tension
THINGS are turning frosty backstage at Dancing On Ice. Behind the scenes at the ITV1 reality show, which attracted a massive nine million viewers last Saturday, the programme has turned into a hotbed of hissy fits and diva-like behaviour between the...
Television Reviews
Byline: PETE CLARK TV WATCH The brainy traitor who wanted fair shares in oblivion Nuclear Secrets BBC2 THE big nuclear bang resonates in our consciousness, reverberating around the skull like a premonition of oblivion. Mushrooms on toast went...
Terry Hopes for Another Winner in Elephant Revamp
Byline: PATRICK SAWER WITH a mix of run- down estates, congested roads and a Sixties shopping centre, Elephant & Castle has not been the ideal neighbourhood. But now all that is about to change, thanks in part to Chelsea and England captain...
Tesco Is 'Stifling Competition'- Official
THE power of Tesco to put local shops out of business and stifle competition is highlighted in an official report today. Its findings reveal deep concerns about how Tesco "can get into such a strong position, either nationally or locally, that no...
Tessa's Baffled - Why Does Nobody Want Her Casinos?
Byline: FRANCIS WHEEN TESSA Jowell admits to being "slightly bewildered" by the arrest of Downing Street aide Ruth Turner. But then bewilderment is Tessa's default mode these days. Personal finance is such a mystery to her that for four long years...
The Queen Is Leading British Oscar Charge
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA HELEN MIRREN is poised for the year of her career after landing a best actress Oscar nomination for The Queen. The 61-year-old's hopes were today confirmed as the shortlist for the 2007 Academy Awards was unveiled in Los...
The Queen Is Leading British Oscar Charge
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA THREE British stars will battle it out for best actress at this year's Oscars. Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Kate Winslet were all on the shortlist as the 2007 Academy Awards nominations were revealed today. The British...
Things Don't Run Smoothly All the Time and Chelsea Must Make Sure They Don't Implode
Byline: GAVIN PEACOCK CHELSEA are hanging on by a thread to the title at the moment but it is not over and there is no crisis at Stamford Bridge. It is obvious there are problems but the club are still in four competitions and have to take a certain...
Time to Invest in Our Commuters
COMMUTERS standing on tightly packed trains today may like to reflect on the pronouncement of the Government's Office of Rail Regulation, responsible for rail safety. Asked whether the overcrowding on trains could be risky, it declared that passengers...
Valentino Is the Cream De la Creme of Paris Couture
Byline: LAURA CRAIK VALENTINO opted to show a tight, light couture collection in Paris with a focus on cream. Forty carefully edited looks featured more shades and nuances of cream than a Dulux paint chart, with Valentino's trademark polka dots...
Very Bitter Harvest for Farm Family
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THEATRE Comfort Me With Apples Hampstead Theatre IN his magnificent 2005 non-fiction book The Farm, Richard Benson heartbreakingly charted the financial and emotional decline of an English farming family. Playwright Nell...
Water Bosses Taken to Court over Repairs Chaos
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY;EMILY PARSONS THAMES WATER chiefs are being taken to court over more than 100 incidents that brought traffic misery to thousands of motorists, residents and pedestrians. Camden council is bringing a string of prosecutions...