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Articles from March 4, 2010

A FAITHFUL SERVANT TO SLOANES; A Gastropub Nestled in Pimlico's Antiqueshop Alley Panders to Its Privileged Market, Both in Terms of Decor and Menu Choices
Byline: David Sexton THE ORANGE Public House and Hotel, 37 Pimlico Road, SW1, 020 7881 9844, www.theorange.co.uk, [pounds sterling]100 for two SOME restaurants fit so well into their locales that they seem almost a natural outcrop. If I'd ever...
ALL THAT WAS LACKING WAS LOVE; DID YOU REALLY SHOOT THE TELEVISION? -- A FAMILY FABLE by Max Hastings (Harper Press, [Pounds Sterling]20)
Byline: DAVID SEXTON IN 1993, Max Hastings's mother, Anne Scott-James, then aged 80, published an odd autobiography. Called Sketches From a Life, it was couched in the form of loving letters addressed firmly to her daughter, Clare Hastings. She...
As Chancellor He Left Legacy of Overstretch; COMMENTARY
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Correspondent GORDON BROWN'S appearance before the Iraq inquiry tomorrow will last little over half the time of Tony Blair's grandstand performance there -- but it could prove even more significant. His testimony should...
Ashcroft to Appear at Inquiry to Explain His Peerage and Tax
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor THE row over Lord Ashcroft threatened to overshadow the start of the general election campaign today after MPs ordered a new investigation into his affairs. The Tory deputy-chairman, who has pumped [pounds...
A Vested Interest in Defaulting. CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton THERE is a growing debate in Europe, added to by Lord Turner, chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority about whether it is right for hedge funds and others to buy credit default swaps to insure against a country such...
Aviva Mounting Push on Europe after Profit Leap
Byline: Simon English AVIVA moved to distance itself from arch-rival Prudential today, with a surprisingly strong set of results and a strategy to expand in Europe. With Prudential shares tumbling in the wake of its bold [pounds sterling]23 billion...
Aviva Shows Who's Really Prudent; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton GOVERNOR of the Bank of England Mervyn King often points out what a mistake it is to be obsessed by growth rates without looking at the size of what it is that is growing. His point is that the 6% or more drop in output during...
Bankers' Humility Leaves Politicians Trailing
PHEW! The 2009 banking season has drawn to a close and being where we are today is a much nicer place than where we were 12 months ago -- particularly if you are happy to own a sizeable chunk or two of our High Street banks. So what's the final...
Bank of England and Eurozone Freeze Rates at Record Lows
Byline: Jim Armitage THE Bank of England's monetary policy committee voted to keep interest rates and the quantitative easing money-printing programme on hold today. Its decision means base rates have now remained at their record low of 0.5%...
Bank's MPC Opts to Keep Interest Rates at Historic Low of 0.5%
Byline: Jim Armitage THE Bank of England's monetary policy committee today voted to keep interest rates and the quantitative easing moneyprinting programme on hold. Its decision means base rates will remain at 0.5% and the Bank will not, for now...
BIGGER FISH TO FRY; When One City Trader Lost His Six-Figure Job He Found a New Lease of Life on the Ocean Wave. Lydia Slater Meets a Capital Fisherman
Byline: Lydia Slater LES LAWRENCE is considering "an arbitrage in cuttlefish". It's not the typical terminology of the inshore fisherman, but then Les has an unusual CV for a salty sea-dog. Until 2007, the 52-year-old worked in the City as head...
Brown: Poverty Demeans London; but It Will Take a Generation to Solve, Admits PM Cameron Pledges to Unleash 'A Wave of Volunteering'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON is demeaned by the poverty that blights families in the capital, Gordon Brown admitted today. But it will take a generation to solve, the Prime Minister revealed as he responded to the Evening Standard's...
BROWN: POVERTY DEMEANS LONDON; BUT IT WILL TAKE A GENERATION TO SOLVE, ADMITS PM; CAMERON PLEDGES TO UNLEASH 'A WAVE OF VOLUNTEERING'; 'Empty Homes Could Shorten Waiting Lists'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON is demeaned by the poverty that blights families in the capital, Gordon Brown admitted today. But it will take a generation to solve, the Prime Minister admitted as he responded to the Evening Standard's...
Casual Sex and the London Single Girl; the Secret Life of Zoe Margolis Was the Much-Read Anonymous Blog and Bestseller, Girl with a One Track Mind. Then She Was Outed and Lost Her Job. So What Happened Next?
Byline: Liz Hoggard BARS and clubs are over," sex blogger Zoe Margolis, 36, tells me. "It's all fun and flirty. But you're not really finding anything out about someone if you meet them in a bar. If you want to have a relationship or casual sex,...
China's Winter Triumph Goes Well beyond Sport
Byline: Mihir Bose THe story of the Vancouver Olympics is not so much that, after a dismal start, Canada got it right. The real lessons are provided by the emergence of China as a winter games nation. They show that China has fully mastered the...
Circus for the People in [Pounds Sterling]14m Piccadilly Revamp; More Freedom for Pedestrians with Return of Two-Way Road
Byline: Mira Bar-Hillel Planning Correspondent A [pounds sterling]14 million revamp of Piccadilly Circus which will see the junction returned to a two-way road for the first time in half a century has been given the go-ahead. The overhaul, aimed...
Cleared Ashcroft Still Faces Inquiry on Peerage and Tax
Byline: Paul Waugh and Nicholas Cecil TORY tycoon Lord Ashcroft was today cleared of making illegal donations to the party but faced a new inquiry into his peerage and tax affairs. The Electoral Commission rejected claims that Bearwood Corporate...
Comeback Win Papers over Cracks for Capello; the England Coach Will Be Hoping His Injured Stars Recover Quickly as Back-Up Boys Fail to Impress despite Second-Half Rally at Wembley. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson ENGLAND 3 EGYPT 1 AS a devout catholic, coach Fabio Capello may be accustomed to asking for some divine intervention in his life. On the evidence of this unconvincing victory over the Africa Cup of Nations' champions, he...
Defiant Venter Is Up for Title Charge
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent BRENDAN VENTER today insisted the Guinness Premiership title was still a viable target for Saracens despite them losing four of their last five league matches. Saracens led the table for much of the season...
Don't Rip the Character out of Our Markets
Byline: Laura Craik ONE OF the reasons I moved to London was that it had better clothes shops than Edinburgh. People didn't shout, "Who paid you to wear those tights?" when you walked down the street. As a fashion student renting a flat in Ladbroke...
GENTLEMEN, TAKE YOUR PLACES FOR A DOMESTIC FEAST; Good Home Cooking Is Alive and Well Here. Charles Campion Joins a Gourmet Group That Loves to Prove It
Byline: Charles Campion I FIRST met the Gentlemen Gourmets of London when researching my latest book, Eat Up! Britons are unfairly pigeon-holed as bad cooks but actually good home cooking is alive and well. Over 18 months, I travelled the country,...
Get It off Your TXT
Bad day at work? Baffled by Boris's latest move? Text us your heartfelt and hilarious London thoughts Enter ES TEXTS followed by a space then your message, name, address and postcode TEXT TO 65400 Texts cost 25p plus your standard network charge. Terms...
Hammy Dog Lecture Not Much to Whisper about; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID SEXTON A SMALL grey-haired man wearing a tight blue sweater comes on stage and starts spieling. That's it. That's almost all the vast O2 auditorium gets for a good three hours. You'd have thought at Cesar Millan -- The Dog Whisperer...
Health and London's Dispossessed
I WORK as a GP in the shadow of Canary Wharf, where there are extremes of riches and poverty in streets a few hundred yards apart. Diseases of poverty are indeed on the increase: diabetes cases in Tower Hamlets have rocketed from 12,000 in 2004 to...
How the 'Flat White' Is Knocking the Froth Offour Cappuccinos
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor IT is stronger than a latte, less frothy than a cappuccino and the new big thing for London's coffee drinkers. The flat white -- a "flattie" to aficionados -- signalled its arrival on the high street...
If Kids See Only Drugs, Knives and Guns They Use Them Too; THE DISPOSSESSED; DAY FOUR THE FORMER GANGSTER NOW TRYING TO SAVE AN ESTATE'S YOUNGSTERS FROM LIFE OF CRIME
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Justin Davenport WHEN he was 17, Lox Lokko would wear a bullet-proof vest to bed, knowing that rival gang members across south London wanted him dead. The Myatts Field Estate in Brixton, where Lox grew up, is a bleak...
ITV and the Rest Just Don't Look like World Cup Winners
Byline: Nick Goodway IHAVE an increasing sense of foreboding about the World Cup which kicks off in 98 days' time. It is not so much the recurrent nightmare of Wayne Rooney's leg being broken at Old Trafford during the final game of the season against...
Judge Condemns CPS Blunders for Letting Knife Suspect Go Free
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Martin Bentham A JUDGE has attacked "hopeless" prosecutors in London after a man accused of stabbing a father who was protecting his son walked free from court. Bashier Hussein, 20, was due to stand trial for allegedly...
Judge Condemns Prosecutors as Man in Stabbing Case Walks Free
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Martin Bentham A JUDGE has attacked "hopeless" prosecutors in London after a man accused of stabbing a father who was protecting his son walked free from court. Bashier Hussein, 20, was due to stand trial for allegedly...
Kim Dazzles in a Tour De Nuclear Force of Bickering; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS PRIVATE LIVES Vaudeville Theatre **** NOEL COWARD'S comedy calls for a mixture of turbulence and dry urbanity, and Richard Eyre's finely calibrated production of Private Lives exhibits just the right blend of these qualities....
Mother of British Boy, 5, Kidnapped by Armed Gang Begs for His Release
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Rashid Razaq A BRITISH boy has been kidnapped at gunpoint in Pakistan by an armed gang who tortured his family. His mother today issued a direct plea to his captors begging "bring him back please". Akila Naqqash...
Poking Innocent Fun at Fascism
Byline: KATIE LAW any harm. Honestly, if I thought it could set the Leader back by so much as half an hour I would have scrapped it, or indeed never have written it in the first place." She went on to say that by far the nicest characters in the...
POP GOES POLITICS; Richard Hamilton Is Often Described as a British Andy Warhol -- but, as a New Show of His Political Works Proves, He Is Capable of Transcending Pop Art; EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Byline: Ben Lewis RICHARD HAMILTON: MODERN MORAL MATTERS Serpentine Gallery, W2 *** THE problem Richard Hamilton has always faced is that everyone wants him to be Ricky. By which I mean, our Andy, as in, a British Andy Warhol. Hamilton was one...
Psst! Bribery Laws Are about to Get a Lot Tougher; Government Is Cracking Down on Cash Bungs and Other Corporate 'Gifts' LEGAL ANALYSIS
Byline: Lucy Tobin WHEN BAE's cash-for-contracts scandal put the UK's bribery laws under a bright spotlight, officials bayed for reform. They claimed the UK was lagging behind countries like the US, where the Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt...
Raising 11 Children on Benefits Is No Fun for Anyone; Barbara Harriott's Family Has Been Brought Up Well but in Poverty. Education Might Have Taken Her out of This Trap
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor THE other night at a formal dinner, the woman next to me asked how many children I have. When I replied "five" she yelped. "Well done," she exclaimed, "lucky you." She's right. I am lucky. Blessed. Five children,...
Rumour of a French Connection for Aegis Has Traders Excited; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin IS French financier Vincent Bollore eyeing up media group Aegis? Long-running speculation that the chairman of Aegis's French rival, Havas, could be plotting a bid was today exciting some traders. Bollore has a 29.8% stake...
RUSSIA'S STREET OF SECRETS; MOLOTOV'S MAGIC LANTERN: A JOURNEY IN RUSSIAN HISTORY by Rachel Polonsky (Faber, [Pounds Sterling]20)
Byline: SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE ONE of the delights of Moscow for the historian is that the Asiatic, gargantuan and sprawling capital with its wide skies is still full of secrets. There is one particular small street in Moscow that holds both many...
Scrap Stop and Search Law Says Terror Watchdog
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE future of powers which allow police to stop and search people without suspicion was in doubt today after the Government's terrorism watchdog called for them to be scrapped. Lord Carlile of Berriew...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 You have considerable influence over some matters, whatever you say. But others simply aren't in your hands. While this may be unfair, you weren't on the scene when arrangements were organised,...
Taking a True Taste of Naples out West
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER FRANCO MANCA **** 144 Chiswick High Road, W4, 020 8747 4822. A meal for two with wine and service, about [pounds sterling]40 STRANGE as it might seem today, before 1945 pizza was a dish largely unknown outside Naples or...
TERRY SO GRATEFUL TO 'BEST FANS IN THE WORLD'; AXED SKIPPER'S THANKS; CHELSEA DEFENDER RELIEVED AS JEERS TURN TO CHEERS IN WAKE OF BRIDGE SCANDAL; Terry Grateful to Fans
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent JOHN TERRY today hailed England's supporters as the best in the world despite receiving a mixed reception on his first international appearance since being stripped of the captaincy. The build up to...
TERRY SO GRATEFUL TO 'BEST FANS IN THE WORLD'; AXED SKIPPER'S THANKS; CHELSEA DEFENDER RELIEVED AS JEERS TURN TO CHEERS IN WAKE OF BRIDGE SCANDAL; Terry Grateful to Fans
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent JOHN TERRY today hailed England's supporters as the best in the world despite receiving a mixed reception on his first international appearance since being stripped of the captaincy. The build up to...
The Mother Living in Limbo with No Job, No Benefits and No Cash; THE DISPOSSESSED; DAY FOUR ABANDONED WIFE OFFICIALLY DOESN'T COUNT UNTIL HER IMMIGRATION STATUS IS DECIDED
Byline: David Cohen BENT against the chill in a flimsy skirt and top, Ade picked up her children from school and walked towards Bromley High Street where she stopped across the road from a barber shop advertising a "wash & cut for [pounds sterling]10"....
The Smart Shopper
Byline: Charles Campion WHO ATE ALL THE PIES? WE are bang in the middle of British Pie Week (it ends on Sunday) and while "so-and-so week" is usually a desperate attempt to churn PR for something dull, the British pie deserves a boost. Pieminister...
Time to Invest in Your Success; Employers Complain That Skills Shortage Is Forcing Them to Hire Migrant Workers. So What Is the Solution? for Some, the Answer Is to Pay for Their Own Training So They Can Acquire Top Skills, Writes Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth THERE has been a significant rise in the number of people prepared to use their own money to improve their qualifications since the recession began, according to training provider ICS. Eight out of 10 of those studying...
Variety Goes Missing in Pursuit of Perfection; Dance
Byline: SARAH FRATER RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY/MIXED BILL Sadler's Wells, EC1 RICHARD ALSTON divides opinion. Some find his fluency and profusion reward enough, seeing in each of his finely crafted contemporary creations a perfect response to...
Walcott Facing the Cruellest Cut; Winger's World Cup Place under Threat as a Lack of Regular Football Leads to Him Failing to Impress Capello at Wembley
Byline: Michael Hart ONLY a dramatic upsurge in form will now secure Theo Walcott a place in England's World Cup squad this summer. A surprise inclusion in Germany four years ago, the 20-year-old Arsenal winger's lack of regular match practice could...
Walcott Facing the Cruellest Cut; Winger's World Cup Place under Threat as a Lack of Regular Football Leads to Him Failing to Impress Capello at Wembley. by Michael Hart
Byline: Michael Hart ONLY a dramatic upsurge in form will now secure Theo Walcott a place in England's World Cup squad this summer. A surprise inclusion in Germany four years ago, the 20-year-old Arsenal winger's lack of regular match practice could...
Warning of a 'Mass Exodus' as Top Bankers Quit London
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE boss of one of the City's biggest headhunters today said that "hordes" of top bankers are quitting state-backed banks because of curbs on bonuses and warned of a mass exodus from the UK. The eponymous chief executive of...
We Can't Be in De Nile after This Egypt Showing
Byline: Matthew Norman THE one consolation offered by matches as monumentally meaningless as this one is that they do free the mind to hunt for historical perspective. Once we'd gratefully identified the pre-match booing of John Terry as ritualistic...
What Will You Do to Tackle the Scandal of Poverty in London If You Win Election? THE DISPOSSESSED; DAY FOUR THE STANDARD PUTS PARTY LEADERS ON THE SPOT OVER THE DEVASTATING PROBLEM OF DEPRIVATION IN THE; GORDON BROWN
Why are so many people still in poverty? Poverty demeans a great city like London. Londoners will remember the experience of the Eighties and Nineties when child poverty in our country doubled. You should be proud of the progress we have made --...
Who Should Be on the Plane to South Africa? It's a Tough Call
TIME is running out for England's World Cup hopefuls. There are just 10 weeks to go before Fabio Capello names his provisional World Cup squad for a two-week, high-altitude training camp in Austria. The Italian will then reveal his 23 on 1 June for...
'Why Did You Starve Forces of Funds?'; Father of Dead Soldier's Tirade as Brown Faces Chilcot Grilling
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent THE father of a London soldier killed in a Snatch Land Rover in Iraq says he wants to see Gordon Brown explain why he "underfunded" the Armed Forces when he was chancellor. Colin Redpath -- whose son...
Woody Hopes Australia Trip Will Solve Groin Crisis
Byline: Tom Collomosse JONATHAN WOODGATE will visit specialists in Australia as he desperately seeks a solution to the groin problems which have restricted him to just three appearances this season. The Tottenham defender has spent nearly two...
Woody Hopes Australia Trip Will Solve Groin Crisis
Byline: Tom Collomosse, Simon Johnson JONATHAN WOODGATE will visit specialists in Australia as he desperately seeks a solution to the groin problems which have restricted him to just three appearances this season. The Tottenham defender has spent...
World Cup Fear for England's Exports
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent ROB ANDREW today warned England stars at French clubs that their chances of playing at next year's Rugby World Cup could be jeopardised by the kind of row James Haskell is having with Stade Francais. The...