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Articles from January 22, 2004

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18% Shock Rise in Crimes of Violence; INCREASE COMES DESPITE RECORD POLICE NUMBERS
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY SERIOUS violent crime has soared by 18 per cent, the latest official statistics reveal today. The rise in crimes including murder, serious wounding and grievous bodily harm points to a disturbing trend of criminals becoming...
327 Weeks of Rail Delays in Three Months and They Call It an Improvement
Byline: DICK MURRAY PASSENGERS had to endure the equivalent of 327 weeks of Network Rail-caused delays to their trains in the final three months of last year, it was announced today. But the 3.3million minutes of delays still amounted to the...
A Cycle of Violence; Scene&Heard THE FILM THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
Byline: FERGAL BYRNE ASIF KAPADIA, director of The Warrior I SAW Cyclo when I was studying film at the Royal College of Art. I had heard a lot of extravagant praise about it from my friends, which I feared was all hype. When I saw the film, however,...
Andy Pandy's Coming to Play on Stage and He Talks
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA ANDY PANDY is the eternally wide-eyed puppet star who has been wearing the same blue and white striped pyjamas for more than 50 years. Since his first outing on BBC Watch With Mother in 1950, the puppet and his friends...
Art; Opening This Week
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON The Art Of Philip Guston: 1913-1980 He is the artist who reinvigorated American painting in the Seventies and Eighties, influencing Julian Schnabel, but this comprehensive retrospective is his first in the UK. Born...
Aussie Stance Puts England on Back Foot; New Twist in Zimbabwe Tour Row
Byline: DAVID LLOYD AUSTRALIA piled further pressure on England's cricket bosses today when they indicated they will not consider moral issues, only safety and security matters, before deciding whether to play in Zimbabwe in May. The news comes...
Back to Work as Arsenal Stadium Funding Is Confirmed
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN;STEVE STAMMERS BUILDING work has secretly restarted on Arsenal's new [pounds sterling]400million stadium at Ashburton Grove after the club were told by their bankers that funding has been secured. Two tower cranes have...
Bargemaster Quits over Disaster Links; BUCKINGHAM PALACE ACTS AFTER STANDARD REVEALS CONNECTION TO MARCHIONESS
Byline: PATRICK SAWER;CLAIR WEAVER THE Queen's Bargemaster has been forced to resign over his connection with the Marchioness pleasure boat disaster barely 24 hours after the Evening Standard revealed his appointment. Ken Dwan, who was responsible...
Batty Is under Fire from Leeds Fans
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY LEEDS players have been branded selfish traitors by furious supporters for refusing to accept an immediate wage deferral. Fans have pointed the finger at veteran David Batty for being the ringleader in the players' pay revolt....
Black and Blue; 'Lola Declared That She Wanted to Be as Rich as Oprah'
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH TONY Blair (graduate of St John's) may be fond of condemning Oxbridge colleges for their supposedly outdated elitism, but there's no denying that the alumni of Oxford and Cambridge are still the masters. The Boat Race,...
Blunkett Pledges to End 'Nonsense' of Motorists Jailed for Minor Crimes
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY DAVID BLUNKETT today pledged action against the "absurd" system which sees more drivers jailed than burglars. The Home Secretary spoke out after an Evening Standard investigation showed that 5,000 more motorists than...
Blunkett to Howard: Be Honest, Have You Ever Smoked Cannabis?
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN DAVID BLUNKETT today called on Tory leader Michael Howard to reveal whether he ever smoked cannabis as a young man. The Home Secretary hit back after Mr Howard pledged that a future Tory government would reintroduce tough...
Chelsea to Robb United; PSV in Talks with Blues over Striker
Byline: MATT HUGHES CHELSEA have made an audacious bid to hijack Manchester United's proposed deal for Dutch winger Arjen Robben. The [pounds sterling]15million-rated teenager has already been shown around Old Trafford and Sir Alex Ferguson had...
City Firms Back Rates Rise to Fund Crossrail; Train-Link Levy Will Hit Profits
Byline: ROSS LYDALL UP TO 50 major City institutions are backing a proposal to add "two to three per cent" to business rates to build Crossrail. Thousands of firms face an increase in rates under the move, which is being championed by the Corporation...
Classical
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT LONDON SINFONIETTA Another new piece by American nonogenarian Elliott Carter, Dialogues, written for pianist Nicholas Hodges, the London Sinfonietta and conductor Oliver Knussen. There is also another world premiere, of...
Cold and Aloof ? Not My Darling Gwyneth; Scene&Heard Recently Married and Pregnant Too, but What's Gwyneth Paltrow Really like? Here Her Mother, Who Stars with Her in the Film Sylvia, Talks Candidly about Their New Family Life
Byline: AMY RAPHAEL BLYTHE Danner breezes into the room with incredible poise. She seems almost statuesque, with an ethereal, elegant manner about her that few in Hollywood seem to possess any longer. It is clearly something of a family trait...
Commuter Pushed to His Death under Tube
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A RUSH- HOUR Tube passenger was pushed to his death under a train by a man who "heard voices in his head", the Old Bailey heard today. Stephen Soans- Wade killed the stranger after he was turned away from a mental hospital,...
Confident Henman in the Best of Health
Byline: CHRIS JONES TIM HENMAN avoided the problems that had other players either throwing up or being taped up as he eased into the third round of the Australian Open today. The British No1 defeated Czech Radek Stepanek 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in...
Cudicini's Pledge; Split with Wife Won't Force Me to Quit Chelsea
Byline: MATT HUGHES CARLO CUDICINI has pledged his future to Chelsea and vowed to fight for his place despite family heartache. Chelsea have shaken hands with Rennes on a [pounds sterling]9million deal for Czech international goalkeeper Petr...
Dallaglio: Summer Pay Cut May Not Force Me out of Wasps
LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO today confirmed that he may take a sizeable pay cut in order to play the rest of his topflight rugby career at London Wasps, writes Mark Baldwin. Dallaglio, the former England captain and favourite to do the job again following...
Dining; TOP 5 POWER RESTAURANTS FOR POWER TEAS
Byline: FAY MASCHLER The Connaught 16 Carlos Place, W1 (020-7491 0668). Mon-Sun [pounds sterling]53 ... If you are a powerful person who doesn't have a minute - or 30 - to spare, get someone else to book tea. Having eventually reached the...
Dollar's Dive Spells China Crisis; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE world's business leaders now assembling in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum have currency fluctuations at, or close to the top of, the list of what they are worrying about. They see the collapse in the dollar's...
Don't Leave Fathers out in the Cold
Byline: HENRY PORTER SUZI Leather, the head of Britain's fertility authority, has decreed that fathers are no longer required in the bringing up of children. She says of her proposal to change the 1990 Fertility Act so that lesbian couples may raise...
Drinks; Another Great Year for London's Bars and Pubs - as the Evening Standard Prepares to Launch Its Annual Pub and Bar of the Year Awards, We Look Back at the Past Year's Most Notable Openings
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN The beginning of any new year is an apposite time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. A little under a year ago the future belonged to an ohsosmart cocktail bar on the fashionable reaches of Chelsea's King's...
Drugs Giants Get a Shot in the Arm from Tie-Ups; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK PROSPECTS of more consolidation among big players in the global pharmaceuticals industry brought support for the UK's own " druggernauts" today. Anglo-Swedish group AstraZeneca put on 34p to 2644p while GlaxoSmithKline added...
Duke's [Pounds Sterling]1,000a-Day Handout Revealed
Byline: RICHARD HOLLIDAY THE Duke of Westminster - one of Britain's richest men and worth [pounds sterling] 4.9billion - is receiving [pounds sterling]1,000 a day in handouts from Europe ' s Common Agricultural Policy, it was revealed today. ...
Emotional Knockout in the Trenches; THEATRE
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Journey's End Comedy HOW strange to find RC Sherriff 's elderly theatrical war-horse, which premiered in London 75 years ago yesterday, still comes at you with such galloping power and poignancy. David Grindley's...
England Look to Blair for Lead on Tour
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S cricket bosses are desperate for a strong lead from the Government before cancelling their tour of Zimbabwe. They seem certain to give themselves full authority to pull out of the autumn trip on moral grounds when...
Exposed: Rip-Offs of Cowboy Workmen
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE truth about the way "cowboy" plumbers and household engineers are ripping off millions of householders is revealed today. A major investigation has found that as many as one in four tradesmen are routinely carrying...
Exposed: The Cowboy Workmen; BER'S APPALLING BEHAVIOUR CAPTURED IN SECRET STING BY TRADING OFFICERS
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE TRUTH about the way "cowboy" plumbers and household engineers are ripping off millions of householders is revealed today. A major investigation found as many as one in four tradesmen routinely carrying out shoddy or...
Exuberant, Exceptional and Electric; CLASSICAL
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT OAE/Lein/Wallfisch Queen Elizabeth Hall SINCE the dawn of the early music revolution, many a specialist player of the fortepiano, that silvery toned ancestor of the giant modern Steinway, has erupted upon and then quietly...
Film Neil Norman
Byline: NEIL NORMAN The Human Stain (18) Antony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Gary Sinise Dir: Robert Benton US, 106min Philip Roth's extraordinary novel was always going to be a monumental challenge for a film version, so it is no disgrace to say...
Five Years' Jail for Carrying an Illegal Firearm; New Mandatory Sentence to Combat Rising Gun Crime
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A NEW minimum five-year jail sentence for anyone possessing an illegal firearm comes into force today, bolstering the fight against gun crime. Any offender caught brandishing a gun will face the mandatory term. The...
Full Kelly Inquest Could Shed New Light on His Death
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR today faced fresh problems over the death of weapons scientist David Kelly which could inflict severe damage even after the Hutton Inquiry is over. In a surprise move, it emerged that the coroner for Oxfordshire,...
Gastropub
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION 99 Fleet Street, EC4 (020-7353 6658) Lunch for two with wine, [pounds sterling]25 Sunnil Panjabi is the latest member of the restaurant fraternity to wrestle with the concept of just what makes a successful gastropub,...
Henley Is the Costliest British Town
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ IT is a historic market town, as famous for its annual royal regatta as its quintessential English charm. With a picturesque setting, beautiful houses and easy access to London, in recent years Henley-on-Thames has become...
Henry Given Fortnight off as Bergkamp Prepares for Comeback
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN;STEVE STAMMERS THIERRY HENRY will not play for Arsenal in the next two cup games against Middlesbrough as Arsene Wenger revealed today he has decided to give the striker a two-week break. The France international will miss...
Holidays of the Future; by 2024 We'll Be Staying in Mobile 'Pods'
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN CHINA, Qatar, Slovakia and the " hippytrail" states of central Asia have been tipped to become top tourist destinations in a visionary forecast of how we will be taking our holidays in 20 years. A report, drawn up by a...
How Martha Stewart Is Turning the Tables; A SKILFUL CAMPAIGN BY THE ON-TRIAL LIFESTYLE GURU IS WINNING OVER AMERICAN OPINION
Byline: RICHARD THOMSON WHAT HAD appeared an open-and-shut case - the trial of lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, which got under way this week in Manhattan - is looking a lot less certain amid speculation she stands a better chance of acquittal than...
Idle, Selfish and Vain; Spin Doctor Reveals What Tory Leader IDS Really Thought of His MPs
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN FORMER Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith thought the MPs he led were "idle, selfish, vain and pathologically ambitious", his chief spin doctor revealed today. And he believed that their craving for power would lead them to turn...
IDS 'Told to Confess'; Spin Doctor Advised Tory Leader to Admit 'Betsygate' Pay Error
Byline: CHARLES REISS IAIN DUNCAN SMITH was advised by his closest aides to consider pleading "guilty" to the charge that his wife, Betsy, had been improperly paid with taxpayers' money. The extraordinary revelation sheds new light on the so-called...
I'm Here for My Brother; as Rio's Long Ban Begins, Anton Builds His Future at West Ham
Byline: KEN DYER By that time cousin Les had been plying his trade effectively for almost a decade, playing his part in elevating the family name to a prominent position in domestic football's dynasty. That is all about to change, of course,...
I'm Not Weird,just a Movie Masochist; as His New Film Is Released, Tim Burton Reveals Why He'd Rather Be in London with Helena and Their Baby Than with the 'Mafia' in Hollywood
Byline: RACHEL COOKE THERE is something of the night about Tim Burton. I mean this quite literally. Dressed in trademark black shirt and trousers, the director stalks the corridors of the Dorchester, looking for all the world like a teenage Goth...
It Might Look like Six Bin Bags of Rubbish but This Is [Pounds Sterling]80,000 Worth of Art; Star Artist Casts Bronze into Refuse
Byline: LUKE LEITCH;ANDR PAINE IF IT looks like a pile of rubbish, that is what it is. However, not any old pile of rubbish - yes, you guessed it, this is art. Fittingly enough, it is entitled Pile and you would need a pile of money to bag it...
'Kelly Inquest' Is New Blow to Blair
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR today faces new problems over the death of weapons scientist David Kelly which could inflict severe damage even after the Hutton Inquiry. In a surprise move, it emerged that the coroner for Oxfordshire, where...
Lady Uxbridge Faces Court over 'Campaign of Hate at Neighbour'; ARISTOCRAT ACCUSED OF SHOUTING ABUSE IN STREET AT PROBATION OFFICER
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON AN ARISTOCRAT is in court today accused of waging an extraordinary campaign of harassment against her probation officer neighbour. Georganne Uxbridge, 62, is said to have attempted to hound Rosemary Brown out of her flat...
LOCAL EATS; Kate Spicer in Spitalfields
Byline: KATE SPICER Meson Los Barriles, E1 Mrs D. has lived near Toulouse for 20 years, and has developed an instinctive Gallic way with food. She does the whole Elizabeth David French provincial thing - simple French cooking as we understood...
London for Free
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN From exhibitions and shows to book readings and kids events - if you know where to look, there are plenty of free events to be found in London. FAMILY FUN FOR FREE * CITY FARMS Farms are an endless source of fascination...
London for Free; Additional Contributions Damian Kelleher
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN;DAMIAN KELLEHER 6 ways to join the audience Free tickets are available in abundance for TV and radio recordings around London, although you may join a long waiting list.Websites give details of how to apply. * BBC TV and...
London in Firing Line as Kodak Axes 15,000 Jobs
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE rise of the digital camera looks set to cost hundreds of London jobs at Kodak after the photography giant ordered a cull of 15,000 workers worldwide. Eastman Kodak today reported plunging profits as it attempts to grapple...
Look Familiar? It's the Posh & Becks of Footballers' Wives; MEET AMBER AND CONRAD, THE NEW STARS OF TOP TV SOCCER DRAMA
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON THERE'S something rather familiar about this couple - his artfully styled blond hair, her close-fitting outfit accessorised by flowing dark hair and a killer pout. Meet Conrad and Amber Gates, the new stars of hit series...
Lunch with Tee Included
Byline: DAVID SMITH A PARCEL of derelict scrubland within sight of the new Wembley Stadium is the unlikely setting for a golf revolution. Far removed from traditional golfcourse settings of rolling English countryside and windswept seaside links,...
LVMH Bags an Advance amid Morgan 'Bias' Row
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN;JAMES ROSSITER THE world's leading luxury goods group, LVMH, today confirmed its pedigree, revealing that operating profits last year were about 7% ahead of the e2 billion ([pounds sterling]1.4 billion) achieved in 2002. The...
Magical, Mythical Tour; Will Self on Film Tim Burton's Touch Turns Small-Town America into a Realm of Fabulous Tales and Truly Curious Characters
Byline: WILL SELF BIG FISH . Cert PG, 125 mins TIM Burton has always been ensnared by the fabulous, and his films tend to be more or less well-sustained exercises in the suspension of disbelief. From Beetlejuice and Batman, through Mars Attacks!,...
Marcelle Happy to Face Chelsea Again despite Being Hit for Six
Byline: MATT HUGHES SCARBOROUGH will gingerly tread into the land of the giants when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, but at least one of their number has been there before. Winger Clint Marcelle, a diminutive Trinidadian...
Married to the Mob; City Insider
THE Heath Lambert insurance group has threatened to go to the Press Complaints Commission over an explosive article in Insurance Insider, alleging that Heath's new UK managing director, Adrian Colosso, is linked to the infamous Adams crime family of...
Match of Today David Blunkett V Michael Howard Ground: Radio 4's Today Programme Kick-Off: 8am
SMOKIN' Dave Blunkett got the war of the Rizlas under way by calling for an adult debate" on moves to downgrade cannabis - then childishly demanded to know whether the Opposition leader had ever sampled it in his youth. Mike "The Herb" Howard said...
Months of Commuter Misery but Rail Chiefs Insist: We're Improving
Byline: DICK MURRAY PASSENGERS had to endure the equivalent of 327 weeks of Network Rail-caused delays to their trains in the final three months of last year, it was announced today. But the 3.3million minutes of delays still amounted to the...
Mother's Final Legacy Will Be Shaming NHS into Restoring Vital Cancer Treatment; PATIENT WITH TWO WEEKS TO LIVE WINS BATTLE FOR EQUIPMENT
Byline: NILUFER ATIK A VICTIM of breast cancer has shamed the NHS into restoring vital lifesaving equipment that lay idle for months because of funding shortages. But as Janet McLeod today won a major victory to reopen a specialist radiotherapy...
NAB Onmend as It Battles Rogue Trading Scandal; Market Report
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH NATIONAL Australia Bank, the country's largest lender and owner of Britain's Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks, staged a partial comeback today after it stepped up damage-control efforts to contain its rogue trading scandal....
N Brown Profit Shortfall Masks 3.3% Sales Boost
Byline: FIONA WALSH PROFITS at mail order group N Brown will fall short of expectations despite a 3.3% increase in home shopping sales over the past 20 weeks, a growth rate well above the industry average. Chief executive Alan White said margins...
New Light on the Sex War; THEATRE
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Tamer Tamed Queen's LONDON audiences have had a valuable theatrical opportunity denied them for centuries. Gregory Doran's inspired juxtaposition of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and John Fletcher's The...
Not Quite Free
FOOD SAMPLES * Food halls - most notably Selfridges (400 Oxford Street, W1) and Harrods (87-135 Brompton Road, SW1) - offer rich sampling opportunities. * But even richer pickings are laid out at London's farmers' markets. Visit www.foodloversbritain.com...
OPEC Enjoys New Lease of Life by Keeping a Firm Grip on Pumps
Byline: STEVE HAWKES THE SAUDIS are smiling. With oil prices hitting their highest levels for 10 months, and evermore depressing information about the level of US crude stocks, the world is once more turning to Opec for salvation. Even the usually...
Palace Threat to 2012; Olympics Bid Suffers in Row over Famous Venue
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER LONDON'S bid for the 2012 Olympics could be dead in the water in weeks if a deal over the future of the athletics and swimming facilities at Crystal Palace is not struck soon. It became clear today that officials from Bromley...
Patient Who Shamed NHS into Providing Cancer Care - but Too Late for Herself; MOTHER WHO WON FIGHT TO SECURE LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT HAS TWO WEEKS TO LIVE
Byline: NILUFER ATIK A VICTIM of breast cancer has shamed the NHS into restoring vital lifesaving equipment that lay idle for months because of funding shortages. But as Janet McLeod today won a major victory to reopen a specialist radiotherapy...
[Pounds Sterling]1m Drugs Campaign but Will It End All the Confusion? DAYS BEFORE CHANGE IN LAW, ADVERTISEMENTS SPELL OUT WHERE SMOKERS STAND
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN;FINIAN DAVERN A [pounds sterling]1 MILLION advertising campaign was launched today to explain the new law on cannabis. Radio and newspaper advertisements will warn that the drug remains illegal and that users can still face...
Price Cuts and Bad Debts Hit Margins at N Brown
Byline: FIONA WALSH PROFITS at mail order group N Brown will fall short of expectations despite a 3.3% increase in home shopping sales over the past 20 weeks, a growth rate well above the industry average. Chief executive Alan White said margins...
Regus Momentum Builds as Bonnier 'Sells Half Stake'
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SOME big turnover was recorded today in office rental group Regus, as the price powered 4p higher to a fresh two-and-a-half-year high of 70p. More than 38 million of its shares were traded after a line of 12.5 million went...
Revealed: How the Atkins Diet Really Works; NEW FINDINGS SHOW THAT HIGH PROTEIN INTAKE CURBS YOUR APPETITE
Byline: VALENTINE LOW;MARK PRIGG THE MAN behind the controversial Atkins diet may not have known the true secrets of its success, it emerged today. Dr Robert Atkins said his diet, which he invented in 1992, worked because of the way the body...
Richard Hill Says Give the Job to Richard Hill; Skipper of 1987 Team Backs His Namesake for Top Role
Byline: MARK BALDWIN RICHARD HILL'S claim to become Martin Johnson's successor has received a timely boost . . . from a former England rugby captain called Richard Hill! The Saracens flanker shares more than just a name with the man who played...
Sell-Off 'Delay' Riddle as Bidders Line Up for Saga
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE THE eagerly-anticipated [pounds sterling]1 billion sale or flotation of pensioners' holiday and personal finance group Saga will not go ahead until the second half of this year, bidders have been told. The timing, regarded...
Sell-Off 'Delay' Riddle as Bidders Line Up for Saga
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE THE eagerly anticipated [pounds sterling]1 billion sale or flotation of pensioners' holidays and personal finance group Saga will not go ahead until the second half of this year, bidders have been told. News of the lengthy...
Seventies TV Star Soul Is Living in Tiny Bedsit; STARSKY AND HUTCH ACTOR'S HOME IS ONE-ROOM FLAT IN PADDINGTON
Byline: ANDRE PAIN AS one half of Starsky and Hutch, David Soul was one of the biggest stars of the Seventies. But almost 30 years on, the American is living in a bedsit in a shabby part of London. Soul, 60, missed out on a multimillion pound...
Sir Mick's Nephew Faces Jail Again after Stealing to Buy Drugs; HOOKED ON CRACK, JOHN JAGGER BURGLED HOUSE TWO MONTHS AFTER LEAVING PRISON
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER SIR MICK JAGGER'S crackaddict nephew today faces jail after pleading guilty to burgling a house - weeks after being released from prison after serving a sentence for another theft. John Jagger, the 25-year-old son of Sir...
Small but; Haute-Couture Week Was Certainly an Intimate Affair - but Was It Innovative?
Byline: LAURA CRAIK HERE'S a question. How did someone universally panned as one of the worst dressers on the planet suddenly get to become star guest at the Paris hautecouture shows? Truly, the fashion world is a funny place. When you think...
SMOTHERED CHICKEN WITH CARROTS AND PARSLEY Preparation: 15 Minutes. Cooking: 25 Minutes. Serves 4
Byline: LINDSEY BAREHAM IN culinary terms, when a dish is called "smothered" it means it has been cooked with loads of onions. Onions are a useful ingredients because they do all sorts of different jobs, particularly when cooked gently and slowly...
Spitkingdom; Clubbing Lottie
Tue 27 Jan, 9pm-1am Herbal, 12-14 Kingsland Road, EC2 (020-7613 4462) This looks like another great new residency - and it's free. Spitkingdom Soundsystem have been wowing audiences around the world, performing onstage with the likes of OutKast,...
Spurs Ready to Start Spending Their [Pounds Sterling]15m
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS WITH [pounds sterling]15million burning a hole in his pocket, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will today start drawing up a shopping list of new players to buy either this month or next summer. The club yesterday received...
State of Palace Is Threat to Our Bid
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER LONDON'S 2012 Olympic bid could be dead in the water within weeks if a deal over the future of the athletics and swimming facilities at Crystal Palace is not struck soon. It became clear today that officials from Bromley...
Stories of My Life; Ayub Khan Din Based East Is East on His Anglo-Pakistani Family. His Latest Play Deals with His Mother's Death
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS WE always ask of a good novel, play or film: did it really happen? Was the perverted narrator really you, the family from hell yours? Faced with such interrogations, writers tend to scurry for cover, as if to be found out...
Television; Comfortably Numb - PICK OF THE WEEK
Byline: PETE CLARK Believe me when I tell you that dramas acted out in a documentary style, which are set in one of those 12-step country joints where dilettantes and cry-for helpers-bounce expensively off the walls, are not top of my list of things...
Tesco Snaps Up 'Open All Hours' Food Stores; SUPERMARKET GIANT IN [Pounds Sterling]54m DEAL FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD CHAINS
Byline: FIONA WALSH;JONATHAN PRYNN TESCO today began a [pounds sterling]54 million push into some of London's richest neighbourhoods when it snapped up the Cullens, Europa and Harts grocery chains. All 45 shops will be rebranded Tesco Express...
The Ethics of Human Fertility
THE FRAUGHT ETHICAL issues associated with IVF have been given a new twist. Suzi Leather, the head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has created - and, perhaps, courted - a vigorous controversy with her declaration that the law should...
The Reason Abramovich Won't Be Going to Scarborough Fair
Byline: MATT HUGHES CHELSEA'S Russian owner Roman Abramovich will miss his club's fourth-round FA Cup tie against non-League Scarborough, it was revealed today. The multibillionaire is enjoying his first holiday since he bought the club with...
The Talk in FOOTBALL
Fergie hit by inside job *SOURCES close to Manchester United dispute the theory that Irish racing tycoon John Magnier was behind the story which appeared recently linking Sir Alex Ferguson's son Jason to a [pounds sterling]139,000 commission on...
Tiger Happy to Meet His Match at Wentworth
Byline: DAVID SMITH TIGER WOODS is set to make his second appearance in the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth. Woods, beaten by close friend Mark O'Meara in 1998 when the Americans contested one of the most exciting finals in the tournament's...
TOP 5 Book Events
Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL ALASDAIR GRAY, WILL SELF AND ALI SMITH Two Scots and an Englishman get together to read from their new collections of short stories: Alasdair Gray from The Ends Of Our Tethers, Will Self from Dr Mukti And Other Tales Of...
TOP Children's Events
Byline: DAMIAN KELLEHER SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW To celebrate the reopening of the Hackney Empire, they've brought back a performer who always blows up a blizzard. Russian clown Slava Polunin is an old favourite. He's been called the world's greatest...
Top-Up Mix-Up
TONY BLAIR may have thought he had Michael Howard on the back foot over top-up fees at PMQs yesterday when he quoted the Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University to support his attack on the Tory leader's "risible opportunism". However, the Vice-Chancellor...
Tottenham Swoop for Leeds Duo; Crisis Club Say No to [Pounds Sterling]5.5m Offer for Milner, Robinson
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS;ADRIAN CURTIS TOTTENHAM are understood to have had a [pounds sterling]5.5million double swoop for Paul Robinson and James Milner rejected by Leeds. But Spurs insist they have not also made a move for Elland Road midfielder...
Truth Behind Scientist Known as Doctor Clone; NEW REVELATIONS THROW LIGHT ON BACKGROUND OF SO-CALLED FERTILITY EXPERT
Byline: JAMES LANGTON NEW questions are being raised about the scientist who claims to have created the world's first human clone. Dr Panos Zavos is one of the best-known doctors in the world and hailed as a fertility expert. But an Evening...
Tube Service the Worst in a Decade as Delays Rise by 25% in a Year
Byline: ROSS LYDALL TUBE passengers are suffering the worst service for more than a decade. New figures show that delays have risen by almost 25 per cent in the past year, while the proportion of train journeys completed successfully has fallen...
Unlocking Dark Secrets of the Past; FILMS OF THE WEEK THE
Byline: NEIL NORMAN HUMAN STAIN . Cert 18, 105 mins SHEER folly, you might think, to try to turn Philip Roth's sublime novel into a movie, but this is not quite as bad as it could have been and there are some moments to savour. Yet, after...
US Music Industry Gets Tough on the Web Cheats
Byline: RICHARD THOMSON THE American music industry has stepped up its controversial offensive against people who illegall;y download music online with a new manoeuvre that enables it to sue a further 532 unnamed individuals. The move is an attempt...
Valley Henry in Pillar Chase Bid; Durham Trainer Hoping for Gold Cup Pointers
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM HIGHFLYING Durham trainer Howard Johnson has added another fascinating dimension to Saturday's Cheltenham card by announcing that Valley Henry will head south to take on Jair du Cochet and Therealbandit in the Pillar Property...
Violent Crime Rises Again
THE LATEST figures for serious violent crime are worrying. The statistics, part of national recorded crime figures for the third quarter of last year, show serious violent crimes up by 18 per cent and sex offences up eight per cent on the same period...
Vodafone's Wakeup Call in AT&T Mobile Bid War
Byline: NICK GOODWAY IN TERMS of multibillion dollar auctions, the bidding war for America's third-largest mobile phones company - AT&T Wireless - has got off to something of a quiet start. Officially, nothing is afoot. But AT&T Wireless...
We Are Gay Mothers, but Our Son Needs His Father
Byline: BUNMI DARAMOLA MY SON, Remi, who is four, has three parents: myself, my partner, Paula, and our friend, Dave. As a lesbian couple, we always wanted to have a baby, but it never occurred to us that our child shouldn't have a father. The...
What's This? a) Builder's Crane B) Art Installation C) Bird's Nest
Byline: PATRICK SAWER RISING 164 feet off the ground, with a commanding view of the capital, it could be a building site crane or even the latest radical art installation. In fact this steel tower has been erected as a des res for a pair of rare...