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Articles from June 24, 2010

Another Big Challenge for Boris
AN announcement is expected from Boris about his intention to stand again as Mayor in 2012. If so, will he first go through a primary selection process, as the Conservatives introduced with a fanfare before the last mayoral race? In the US, sitting...
Apple's Upgrade Makes an Already Great Mobile the Best -- by Some Margin; Review
Byline: MARK PRIGG IPHONE 4 From [pounds sterling]499, price depends on contract THE fourth generation of Apple's iPhone instantly feels more solid and well-built than anything else on the market, with its toughened glass case only broken up by...
A STICK OF ROCK, COCK? Tate Britain's New Show Is Sunk by Smutty Seaside Humour, Crude Caricatures and Pretentious Contemporary Art; EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Byline: Brian Sewell RUDE BRITANNIA: BRITISH COMIC ART RULE! Britannia. Rude Britannia, crude and lewd Britannia, Britannia skirts up and trousers down, Britannia groped and poked, Britannia with her arse and fanny under the magnifying glass, Britannia...
Australia's First Woman PM Calms Economic Tensions
Byline: Rod McGuirk Associated Press AUSTRALIA'S ruling party removed prime minister Kevin Rudd today in a stunning revolt that also gave the country its first woman leader. Mr Rudd's deputy, Julia Gillard, 48, was elected leader in an uncontested...
Be There for London; Volunteering as a Special Constable Not Only Helps Make Our City a Safer Place, It Is Also a Way to Boost Your Skills. by Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth WAI-LAN Cheung, 45, is by day an office manager at a City law firm but "I craved an experience that would be challenging and varied and wanted to learn new skills and develop existing ones," he says. However, come Friday...
Boris Has to Delay Mayoral Bid in Row over City Hall Rules
Byline: Pippa Crerar and Ross Lydall BORIS JOHNSON postponed his plans to launch his re-election bid at the State of London debate tonight after lawyers warned he would be breaching strict City Hall rules, it was claimed today. Insiders at City...
Cast Pedal Hard to Keep Bard on the Road; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS AS YOU LIKE IT/ THE TEMPEST Old Vic, SE1 for each production THIS is the second instalment of Sam Mendes's Bridge Project, in which actors from both sides of the Atlantic combine not seamlessly but with a jagged charm. It...
Clegg Faces Backlash over VAT Increase
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent NICK CLEGG was today forced to defend backing a rise in VAT as he faced a growing backlash from Liberal Democrats and saw his party fall in the polls. Mike Hancock became the latest Lib-Dem...
Cyclists Rig Up Booby-Traps in 'Guerrilla War' against Thieves
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent CYCLISTS are booby-trapping their bikes to guard against rising thefts. An insurance company said one Londoner claimed to have attached fishing line to his bike, in the hope that a thief would be thrown...
Danes Hope Bendtner Stands Tall; South Africa Today
ONE TO WATCH (BBC3) DENMARK v JAPAN Rustenburg, 7.30pm DENMARK are set to gamble on the fitness of Nicklas Bendtner as they look to exploit their height advantage at set-pieces in the Group E showdown in Rustenburg, writes James Olley. The Arsenal...
DEFOE: GIVE IT A REST KAISER, WE'RE NOT TIRED; Goal Hero Hits Back at Beckenbauer after German Taunts England over Finishing Second in Group and Being 'Burned Out'
Simon Johnson in Rustenburg JERMAIN DEFOE today denied Franz Beckenbauer's claims England's players are burned out and insisted they are fresh and looking forward to the prospect of knocking Germany out of the World Cup. The vice-president of the...
Dixons Romps to Top Spot in Electrical Goods
Byline: Simon English JOHN Browett, boss of Dixons parent company DSG International, today claimed to be winning the battle for control of the electrical goods market against US giant Best Buy. The chief executive charged with overhauling the...
Elton's Charity Ball Targets a New Record; Londoner's Diary
AS Elton John's annual White Tie and Tiara Ball gets under way tonight at Old Windsor, next to Windsor Castle, many of the guests, including Tom Ford, David Walliams and model Lily Cole, will be wondering if it can top the [pounds sterling]2.5 million...
England Fans Tear Up Travel Plans; Supporters Face Long Trek to Bloemfontein after USA's Win
Byline: Jack Lefley and Shekhar Bhatia in Port Elizabeth ENGLAND fans were today shaking off hangovers and tearing up their travel plans in a bid to watch Fabio Capello's side take on Germany on Sunday. Thousands partied into the early hours...
Fact: England Players Find Comfort in Auntie's Bosom
Byline: Dan Jones YOU can prove anything with facts -- or is it statistics? Either way, a solid gold World Cup stat/fact came to light this week. It is this: since 1982, England have won more than twice as many World Cup games when they have been...
Firefighters Use Vuvuzelas to Sound off in Shift Protest
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent FIREFIGHTERS protesting at proposed changes to their shift patterns were today aiming to demonstrate their fury by sounding 100 vuvuzela trumpets outside a key meeting. Around 500 members of the Fire...
Forcing Police Recruits to Work for Nothing 'Will Damage Met'
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent A MOVE to make police recruits in London work unpaid for the first year could damage the force, it was claimed today. Scotland Yard is planning to save millions of pounds by scrapping the training...
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...
Insubordinate Employees -- Sack or Forgive Them? in America, Speaking out of Turn Is Dealt with Speedily and Publicly. in Britain, We Have a More Subtle Approach
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor WHEN to sack or when to ignore? That was the dilemma facing two leaders this week. One was President Obama over his Afghan army commander, General Stanley McChrystal. The other was Fabio Capello and his England...
IS THIS DANCER THE NEW NUREYEV? the Russian Ballet's Latest Phenomenon Is Already a Hit at Home, Says Sarah Sands. Now He's All Set to Conquer London Too
Byline: Sarah Sands CLASSICAL ballet has rather gone out of fashion among London's art lovers. The energetic acrobatics of performers such as 7 Fingers or the Brazilian dancers Bale de Rua or the blindingly sexual Rambert Dance Company steal all...
Marathon Matches Will Run and Run; despite the Longest Contest in Tennis History Going into an Incredible Third Day, Wimbledon Refuse to Bring in a Fifth Set Tie-Break Next Year. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones WIMBLEDON chiefs today rejected calls to introduce a fifth-set tie-break in the wake of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut's epic 10-hour clash. Having already slogged through two days of play, the American and Frenchman were due...
Migration Is Key as Population Hits New Peak
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE UK's population has risen to a new peak of nearly 62 million people -- 2.7 million more than in 2001 -- because of high migration and a surge in births to women from overseas, official figures revealed...
Murray Reigns Supreme on Royal Day
Byline: Chris Jones Tennis Correspondent, at Wimbledon ANDY MURRAY delivered his well practised bow to The Queen on Centre Court today and then left his opponent Jarkko Nieminen on his knees with a crushing 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 third-round victory. ...
My Children Won't Let Me near Their Computer
Byline: Andrew Neather A NORMAL Saturday 8am for me: nursing slight hangover, checking email in the kitchen, the gurgles of the espresso maker competing with shouts of excitement from the computer next door as my seven-year-old son does battle with...
New Spill Crisis for BP after It Takes 10 Hours to Fix Cap
Byline: Nick Goodway BP today said it took it 10 hours to replace the cap on its leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well after it was dislodged by an underwater robot last night. Experts said that meant as much as 290,000 extra gallons of crude oil could...
Oil Spill Shows US Is No Business Ally
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT CONVENTIONAL wisdom has it that the great casualty of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the reputation of BP and that it will take years for it to recover. I suspect this is an exaggeration and that once the...
Osborne's Punishment for City Spreads the Pain Fairly
Byline: Nick Goodway THERE was a collective sigh of relief from the City when the Chancellor resumed his seat on Tuesday afternoon. In many quarters, there was a distinct feeling that City firms, and particularly banks, had not quite been let off...
Past Politicians Shirked Reform and We Have to Pay the Bill; COMMENTARY
Byline: Joe Murphy OUR pensions system is a mess. Not the sort of mess that the rest of the public finances are in, that a few years of painful cuts and taxes will sort out. No, this is much worse. We have a system designed for a bygone age of...
Pension Age Will Rise to 66 as Unions Attack 'Work until You Drop'
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor MILLIONS of people will have to work longer before they get their state pension under radical plans unveiled by the Government today. The state pension age for men will go up from 65 to 66 by 2016 --...
Prior's Still Open for Business in Keeper Battle
Byline: Tom Collomosse in Cardiff AS Craig Kieswetter earns more and more praise for the start he has made to his England career, it is right to spare a thought for Matt Prior. Jettisoned for the NatWest Series against Australia, Prior could be...
Silence Ozil and Capello's Men Can Wipe the Smile off Franz's Face; England Must Keep German Dangerman Quiet to Be in with Chance of Beating the Old Enemy and Reaching the Quarter-Finals
Byline: Simon Johnson in Rustenburg LAHM IF Franz Beckenbauer is to be believed England might as well not turn up on Sunday when they go head to head with the old enemy Germany once again. Der Kaiser has taken great delight in talking about the...
Soldiers Drown in Afghan Canal Horror; Four More British Deaths Bring Tragic Toll to Nine in a Week
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent FOUR soldiers have died in a horrific accident in Afghanistan, bringing the number of British dead in the country to 307. The men are believed to have drowned when their 18-ton Ridgeback armoured...
SOLDIERS DROWN IN AFGHAN CANAL HORROR; FOUR MORE BRITISH DEATHS BRING TRAGIC TOLL TO TWELVE IN A WEEK; Troops Unable to Pull Comrades out of Deep, Fast-Flowing Waters
Byline: Peter Dominiczak in Camp Bastion and Nicholas Cecil in London FOUR soldiers have died in a horrific accident in Afghanistan, bringing the total number of British deaths in the country to 307. The men drowned when their 18-ton Ridgeback...
Sorry, Grant, I'll Get You Back for Hiding My Bed
Byline: Liam Tancock The London Olympics swimming hopeful continues our weekly diary in the countdown to the Games 2012 STANDARD BEARERS I'VE no idea when I was last in the UK. I'm heading back home on Sunday night having raced in Barcelona, Canet,...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 It's not that you're a control freak, rather, you dislike committing to anything with that many loose ends. The problem is nobody could possibly define plans precisely. Organise things with...
STUPID AND BURNED OUT' KAISER: 'ENGLISH ARE; German Legend Franz Beckenbauer Taunts Capello's Men for Finishing Second in Group and Claims 'Tired' England Are Going to Lose
Byline: Simon Johnson in Rustenburg FRANZ BECKENBAUER today cranked up his war of words with Fabio Capello's England ahead of Sunday's massive clash with Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup. The vice-president of the German Football Federation...
'Suicide Note' of a Drowning Man Let Obama Seal His General's Fate
BARACK Obama has explained his sacking of the top US commander in Afghanistan, saying: "The war is bigger than any one man or woman." The President implied that General Stanley McChrystal's misplaced profile in Rolling Stone magazine was neither...
TALES OF THE RIVERBANK; as a New Exhibition Celebrates the Thames, Londoner Nick Curtis Goes Mudlarking for 17th-Century Treasure, Opens London Bridge and Steers a Launch Upriver
Byline: Nick Curtis I'VE JUST joined the Queen and Terry Wogan in a very small and exclusive group of Londoners. I've opened Tower Bridge. Twice. One gentle press on a small lever and the bridge's 1,250-ton bascules (from the French for "seesaw")...
The Anguish of Women and the Ticking Clock
Byline: Sasha Slater ACLOSE friend, who has risen to dizzying heights and wields more power than Voldemort, once told me when we were both students that "women should marry young, because that's when they are most attractive to men. Men should marry...
The Boris Audit; as Boris Johnson Decides to Run for a Second Term as London Mayor, City Hall Editor Pippa Crerar Looks Back at His Record over the Past Two Years, Rates His Successes and Failures and Speculates Whether His Ultimate Goal Is Still No 10
Byline: Pippa Crerar LIKE a fox marking its territory, he leaned his bike cheekily against the railings beside the famous front door. Boris Johnson, paying his first visit to 10 Downing Street since the May election, made sure his arrival was an...
The Long, Lonely Road to Starting Up a Business; One Aim of the Budget Was to Create a New Generation of Entrepreneurs. but as This London Businessman Recounts, Poor Access to Finance and Lack of Support Remain Obstacles; ENTREPRENEURS
Byline: Geoff Baxter FOR the past year, I've been cooking up an idea that is going to save individual homeowners hundreds, possibly thousands, of pounds on the cost of selling their house. The idea for Wampuu.co.uk came to me when dealing with...
Thieves Snatch Van with 11 Dogs from Pet Walker
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent THIEVES stole a van and 11 dogs -- including one belonging to best-selling cookery writer Annabel Karmel -- from a professional walker in Hampstead. They are believed to have trailed the driver and...
Train Kills Spanish Teenagers on Way to Party
Byline: Tom Worden in Barcelona TWELVE teenagers were killed by a high-speed train as they crossed the tracks on their way to a beach party in Spain. Fourteen others were injured, three critically, in the tragedy at an annual midsummer festival....
Try a Wee Dram. for a Huge [Pounds Sterling]760 per Double
Byline: Alistair Foster AT [pounds sterling]760 for a double measure, could this be London's most expensive whisky? A 50-year-old Balvenie, one of only 83 bottles to come from a single cask, has gone on sale at Scottish bar Albannach in Trafalgar...
TV Choice
Byline: JANE SHILLING QUESTION TIME 10.35PM, BBC1 At the time of writing, the Chancellor's grim package of national self-denial has just been revealed. Tax rises, swingeing reductions in middle-class tax breaks ... At least they seem to have spared...
Umpire Wanted 'Longest Game' to Go On. despite No Loo Breaks
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Kiran Randhawa AFTER sitting through Wimbledon's "longest day", umpire Mohamed Lahyani said he didn't want it to stop. The official - presiding over a match which was eventually adjourned due to bad light after...
Union Anger as Rail Chief Takes Home [Pounds Sterling]1.25m
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent THE man in charge of Britain's railways was given more than [pounds sterling]1.25 million in pay and bonuses despite a government order to crack down on public sector handouts. Iain Coucher, who announced...
United Utilities Rises as Credit Suisse Gives Water the Thumbs-Up; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin UNITED Utilities may have angered customers today with news that they could face a hosepipe ban but the company has found one fan at least: Credit Suisse. The water giant's shares topped the Footsie leader board, advancing...
Victory for Hospital Chief in Superbug Deaths Storm Will Cost Taxpayer [Pounds Sterling]1.25m
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE hospital boss at the centre of Britain's worst infection outbreak which cost 90 lives won a [pounds sterling]250,000 pay-off today. Rose Gibb, former chief executive of the Maidstone and Tunbridge...
Want an iPhone 4? Join the iQueue
Byline: Genevieve Roberts MORE than 600 people brought Regent Street to a standstill this morning as they queued for up to 30 hours to get their hands on the new iPhone. A huge crowd massed for the opening of the Apple store at 7am and the launch...
Want to Buy an iPhone 4? You'll Have to Join the Very Long iQueue
Byline: Genevieve Roberts MORE than 600 people brought Regent Street to a standstill this morning as they queued for up to 30 hours to get their hands on the new iPhone. A huge crowd massed for the opening of the Apple store at 7am and the launch...
We're All Going to Have to Work Longer
THE retirement age was going to be brought forward anyway; now, men will retire at 66 from 2016, earlier than Labour had planned, according to proposals from the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith. Women will catch up a few years later;...
We're Going to Be a Big Force Now, Insists Gerrard
Byline: James Olley in Rustenburg STEVEN GERRARD today claimed England will become a force to be reckoned with at the World Cup after proving they can handle the pressure of knockout football. Yesterday's 1-0 win over Slovenia sealed their place...
Will These Libel Reforms Help Press Freedom? MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: Roy Greenslade JOURNALISTS dislike the present libel law. Some of us feel it inhibits our freedom to write what we think the public should know. Others simply feel it prevents them from writing what they want regardless of any public responsibility....
Wimbledon Has the Bow Factor; LINE CALL THE QUEEN TAKES A TOUR ON HER; FIRST VISIT TO TOURNAMENT IN 33 YEARS
Byline: Kiran Randhawa TO bow or not to bow... that was the question. And Andy Murray finally put the issue to rest when he made the gesture in front of the Queen today. The British No 1, who had suggested that he would refuse to acknowledge...