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Articles from December 2, 2005

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ADVANTAGE JONNY; Born in Poverty in Ireland, Lost in Drink on the Set of 'Alexander', Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Has Turned a Corner to Work with Woody Allen and Tom Cruise. It's Time to Clean Up, He Tells Edward Helmore
Byline: EDWARD HELMORE With a super-sized plate of scrambled eggs and side order of bacon untouched in front of him, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is holding court on what must be every actor's favourite subject - himself. He is an engaging character, easily...
A Londoner's Diary; Ross Noble Sympathises with a Chilly Alison Lapper and Laments the Loss of Tussauds' Cockney Experience
Hustle and bustle, mechanical snowmen, chestnut sellers, twinkling lights; it can mean only one thing. Well, actually, it could mean any number of things. It could mean a cure for nut allergies has been found and demand has skyrocketed, it could mean...
And Incidentally
Byline: PETE CLARK THE tremor may not have registered on the Richter scale, but there was no doubt that the eviction of 200 squatters from St Agnes Place, Lambeth, this week signified a mighty shift in society. For as long as I can remember,...
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Byline: ALICE B-B Solange Azagury-Partridge put the rock into jewellery, so naturally her flat and her new shop are as exotic and flamboyant as her designs. Alice BB unlocks a treasure trove Fancy a cuppa?' asks Solange Azagury-Partridge, as...
Bedraggled England Are Left Exposed; Pakistan Pile on the Misery but at Least Our Ashes Winners Haven't Given Up the Fight in Lahore
Byline: DAVID LLOYD THE torture continued today for a beaten and bedraggled England inside the Gaddafi Stadium but at least Michael Vaughan's Ashes-winners refused to submit meekly to the inevitable. Their chances of winning the final Test disappeared...
Bedraggled England Are Left Exposed; Pakistan Pile on the Misery to Show That the Ashes Winners Are Still a Work in Progress and Not the Finished Article
Byline: DAVID LLOYD THE torture continued today, almost without respite, for a beaten, bedraggled and demoralised England inside the Gaddafi Stadium. Their chances of winning the Third Test, and squaring the series, had long gone by last night....
Black Free but Banned from Leaving America
Byline: BILL CONDIE LORD Black has returned to Canada on a $20 million ([pounds sterling]11.6 million) bail bond after pleading not guilty in Chicago to charges that he defrauded newspaper publisher Hollinger International of $84 million. Under...
Black Free but He Can't Leave America; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: BILL CONDIE LORD Black has returned to Canada on a $20 million ([pounds sterling]11.6 million) bail bond after pleading not guilty in Chicago to defrauding newspaper publisher Hollinger International of $84 million. He is forbidden from...
Blair Attacked over Move to Surrender [Pounds Sterling]7bn Rebate; EU Budget Plan to Help New States Is Shot Down
Byline: JASON BEATTIE TONY BLAIR today faced anger at home and abroad over his plans to reform the EU budget. In Britain the Conservatives accused him of surrendering the prized rebate won by Margaret Thatcher in 1984. Mr Blair is preparing...
Blair Isolated over EU Rebate and Admits 'I'm in a Tight Spot'
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR admitted to being in "a tight spot" in Europe today as his attempts to reform the EU budget hit the buffers. His offer to trim the UK rebate failed to convince other leaders, leaving the Prime Minister emptyhanded...
Brief Encounter; Suddenly They're All at It - Every Pretty Young Thing in Town Has Her Own Pants Range. Let It Never Be Said Again That Englishwomen Cannot Compete with the French at Underwear. Alice BB Meets the Girls Pulling It Off
Byline: ALICE BB Today I'm meeting a handful of the newest underwear designers in a penthouse suite at The Soho Hotel. The room is stuffed with photographers and makeup and hair people, and padding around among them are six women of varying ages,...
Brown Set to Unveil New Windfall Tax on Developers' Profits
Byline: JOE MURPHY A WINDFALL tax on the massive profits from building new homes on green fields is set to be unveiled. Gordon Brown is expected to sting landowners at the same time as launching an intensive new drive to encourage the building...
Bushy Tales; URBAN FOX
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE Sienna declares Warhol on Jude Actress Sienna Miller has landed on/off boyfriend Jude Law a cameo role in her new film, Factory Girl. Some say she's done it to keep an eye on him. The film will be shot in Louisiana....
Canaries Are First Choice for Sunshine Christmas Getaway
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER TENERIFE in the Canary Islands is the most popular Christmas destination for sunseeking Britons. A report today shows the island has emerged as the top resort for people who plan to spend the festive season abroad - knocking...
Cat Makes Most History Look Tame
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY The Man-Eating Leopard Of Rudraprayag 9pm, BBC2 A ELEVISION history documentary isn't complete these days without at least three dramaticreconstruction scenes involving am-dram refugees in silly hats saying "yes, my...
Cds of the Week
Byline: DAVID SMYTH;JOHN AIZLEWOOD;BARRY MILLINGTON;JACK MASSARIK POP Jeffrey & Jack Lewis City & Eastern Songs (Rough Trade) (3/5) NEW YORK comic-book artist Jeffrey Lewis released several albums of idiosyncratic lo-fi folk before...
Chairman of ENO 'Must Fall on Sword'
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK;NORMAN LEBRECHT LEADING opera figures called on English National Opera chairman Martin Smith to resign today in the wake of the departure of its artistic director. The pressure on Mr Smith came as the Arts Council revealed...
Chocoholic's Winter Treat
Byline: CARINA COOPER ENO chief rang the right changes Right route is to Sri Lanka It's the perfect time to indulge yourself from now until the New Year, so try this for a full-on, superrich, chocolate dessert. Serve it in either espresso cups or...
Christmas Cheer for Wenger and Cole; and Hleb Also Gives Arsenal Boss a Boost
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENE WENGER claimed today that England left-back Ashley Cole would return to first-team action soon after the Christmas programme. Cole, who has been sidelined with a broken bone in his right foot since the beginning...
Christmas Tube Strikes to Hit Shops and Shoppers
Byline: DICK MURRAY UNION chiefs are today poised to order a series of devastating 24 hour Christmas Tube strikes. One option being considered is to order the stoppages for Wednesday, 21, Thursday 22, and Friday 23 December. This sent a shockwave...
Cityspy
PATHETIC excuse from financial advisers Berkeley Berry Birch, being probed by the FSA, for not understanding the rules about handling client money: "Many other UK insurance brokers have had difficulty in interpreting and implementing the complex new...
Cliffhangers; Cliff Richard, the World's Bestselling Singer, Used to Live a Quiet Life as a Christian in Surrey. but Barbados, the Blairs and a Live-In Priest Have Changed All That; Now He's a Big Spender, a Mover and a Shaker. What on Earth Is Going on, Asks Charlotte Eagar
Byline: CHARLOTTE EAGAR A few weeks ago, an item appeared in 'Page Six', the notorious gossip column of the New York Post. A pop star, a film star and a tycoon and his wife had eaten an amazingly expensive lunch at Nello's, one of New York's smartest...
Crespo: It Has Gone from Crazy to Lovely; Chelsea's Argentine Striker Is Back in the Goals and Happy in London - a Far Cry from When He First Signed for Chelsea
Byline: LEO SPALL UNTIL recently, it was difficult to understand why Chelsea fans were so taken with Hernan Crespo. Unable to settle in London and underused by Jose Mourinho, the Argentinian star has cut a sullen figure ever since his [pounds sterling]16.8million...
Dallaglio Hoping That Cup Glory with Wasps Leads to an England Return
Byline: CHRIS JONES LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO has the first silverware of the season in his sights when London Wasps face arch rivals Saracens at Wycombe on Sunday. Victory for Wasps, the reigning English league champions, will secure a semi-final place...
Day of the Executioner; Ausralian Drug Trafficker Is Sent to Gallows after Pleas for Clemency Fail SINGAPORE AND AMERICA CARRY OUT ULTIMATE SENTENCE ON CONVICTS
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ AN AUSTRALIAN man was today executed in Singapore for heroin smuggling, prompting a huge outcry. Australia's prime minister warned the hanging of heroin trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van would damage relations between the...
Driver Saves Trains 'Seconds from Crashing'
Byline: DICK MURRAY TWO packed commuter trains have come within seconds of crashing into each other. Only the quick actions of a driver and signalman prevented an accident. One train - travelling at 85mph - skidded on a slippery track for...
DVLA to Face Restriction on Selling Drivers' Details
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT TOUGH new restrictions on the selling of drivers' contact details were signalled today. Ministers admitted access to the Government's national vehicle register needed to be reviewed. It follows an outcry over the sale...
Emily Blunt Beautybuyography; ES SHOPPER
Byline: MOLLY MANGAN The English actress, 22, is soon to star in Irresistiblewith Sam Neill, and is currently filming The Devil Wears Pradain New York. She lives in Chelsea In my makeup bag you'll find... Lancome foundation, [pounds sterling]21,...
Eminem Fanatic Is Prime Suspect in Hunt to Find Jogger's Killer; BUILDER CONVICTED OF MURDER TO BE QUIZZED OVER UNSOLVED CASE
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;KIRAN RANDHAWA A CONVICTED murderer is to be questioned over the killing of jogger Margaret Muller. Drug addict and Eminem fanatic Christopher Duncan, 21, was found guilty yesterday of bludgeoning to death 26-year-old...
England Start to Wilt as Pakistan Pile on Pressure
Byline: DAVID LLOYD THE torture continued, almost without respite, for a beaten, bedraggled and demoralised England inside the Gaddafi Stadium here today. Their chances of winning the final Test, and squaring the series, had long gone by last...
Equitable Life Abandons [Pounds Sterling]3.7bn Negligence Claim
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER EQUITABLE LIFE'S lengthy and bitter [pounds sterling]3.7 billion negligence claim against its former directors today ended in a humiliating climbdown, with its thousands of policyholders forced to pick up a [pounds sterling]45...
Es Motoring
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS;MICHAEL BISHOP A grownup friend of the family IF YOU liked the old Vauxhall Zafira, you'll love the new one. It looks better and is more comfortable and refined than before. It has better switchgear, more internal storage...
EXtasy; Hundreds Queue to Get Hands on the Xbox 360 MIDNIGHT BRINGS JOY TO COMPUTER GAMERS LINING OXFORD STREET
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA A HORDE of computer game fanatics queued for up to nine hours overnight to secure the first " musthave" Xbox 360 consoles. About 800 shoppers, almost all of whom had pre-ordered the machine, besieged the Game store in Oxford...
Farewell, King of the Swingers; CITY LIVES
Byline: JOHANN HARI IN LONDON, sometimes a street is more than just a street. Brick Lane, Electric Avenue, The Mall - they are symbols, concrete expressions of a mood. King's Road, tottering through the blue heart of Chelsea in impractical heels,...
Father Retraces Scott's Epic South Pole Expedition in Memory of Twins Who Died
Byline: ALISON ROBERTS THE LAST time an Englishman tried it the expedition ended in one of the great tragedies of British exploration. In 1912 Captain Scott and his companions perished after they were beaten in the race to the South Pole by the...
Feast of Talent in Pinter's Restaurant
Byline: KIERON QUIRKE THEATRE Pinter Celebration Albery MOUNTED to mark Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize, this staged reading of his most recent play, Celebration, is a constant pleasure, thanks to an exuberant, stellar cast who seem set on enjoying...
'Finest Hour' Bunker Saved for the Nation; WORLD WAR II OPERATIONS CENTRE AWARDED LISTED BUILDING STATUS
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL WINSTON CHURCHILL described the scene in stark terms. Light bulbs flashing, thousands of incoming messages, the movement of fighter planes plotted across a large map table - as the Battle Of Britain reached its climax,...
For the Sake of Just [Pounds Sterling]1, Pensioner Is Mugged and Left to Die
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT AN 85-year-old mugging victim has died in hospital three weeks after being attacked near his home for [pounds sterling]1 in loose change. Partially-sighted George Giblett was a few yards from his front door when his teenage...
Generation Xbox ... Fans Queue 9 Hours for New Toy
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA THE Xbox 360 is the latest "must-have" games console that will top thousands of Christmas wish lists. So 800 shoppers got ahead of the game when they besieged a London store in the early hours of today as it finally went on...
George Best Goes Home
Byline: SAM LYON CALUM BEST kissed the coffin containing his father George today as the body arrived back in Northern Ireland. Draped in a Manchester United flag, the coffin was flown on a privately-chartered plane into RAF Aldergrove 20 miles...
Go-Ahead Picks Up Speed on Kent Franchise Victory
Byline: MICKEY CLARK BUS and train operator Go-Ahead continued to nudge towards its high for the year of 1608p after this week clinching the integrated Kent railway operators' franchise. Govia, 65% owned by Go-Ahead and 35% by Kelios, fought...
Gordon's Team Can't Add Up, Says Pensions Peer
Byline: JOE MURPHY;ANNE MCELVOY LORD TURNER has attacked Gordon Brown's criticism of his pensions blueprint as "a caricature". In a combative interview with the Evening Standard, he lambasted Treasury estimates of the cost of his scheme as overblown...
HAMBURG HEAVEN; Hamburg Has Reinvented Itself as Germany's Sophisticated Northern Capital, but underneath Its Well-Groomed Exterior the Seedy Side Is Still Thriving. William Cash Is Intoxicated
Byline: WILLIAM CASH Instead of packing a worthy guide book to Hamburg before flying out to Germany's second largest city for a weekend winter break, just as the first snow flakes started to fall on the city in mid November (you are more likely...
Have Faith and Back Christian
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM DAY one of Sandown's Tingle Creek meeting offers some excellent sport, but no apologies for heading to Exeter for the best bet of the day. The Harry Dutfield Memorial Novices' Chase at 1.40 is the race in question, and...
Hidden Past of Little Pig Robinson; at the Dulwich Picture Gallery - This Week Voted Best Small Attraction in the Visit Lonndon Awards - the Illustrations of Children's Author Beatrix Potter Compete with 17th-Century Baroque Artist Guercino
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL WHO NOW remembers blue bags? These essentials of Monday morning and the laundrymaid have, with the screws of waxed blue paper that in my childhood contained the salt in crisp packets, passed into the mists of history. What...
Highest Award for Police Heroes of 7/7 Terror Attacks
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS HEROES of the aftermath of the 7 July bombings were honoured today for their bravery. A roll call of 96 British Transport Police officers involved in rescuing survivors, recovering bodies and accounting for the 52 people...
Highest Honour for Police Heroes of Terror Bombings
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS HEROES of the aftermath of the 7 July terrorist bombings were honoured today for their bravery. A roll call of 96 British Transport Police officers involved in rescuing survivors, recovering bodies and accounting for the...
How Would Sir like His Expletives?
Byline: PETE CLARK Gordon Ramsay's F-Word Channel 4 GORDON Ramsay is a sex god. Before you go scampering off with the wrong impression, I must stress that this is not my opinion, but evidently that of the person or persons at Channel 4...
'I Drank for a Year but Now Don't Go to Bars'; Scarlett's Co-Star Turns a New Leaf
Byline: MARY KEANE JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS is holding court on what must be every actor's favourite subject - himself. But if he was short and fat what would he do? "I dunno," he says, not missing a beat. "Become a politician." Next month, the...
In Brief
PHILIP HOBBS is happy to send One Knight to Chepstow for the Coral Welsh National despite a 12-month absence from the track. The nine-year-old won the Rehearsal Chase at the Welsh venue last December but he was subsequently sidelined by injury and...
Inquest Will Hear Tributes to 93 Britons Killed in Tsunami
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN;ELIZABETH HOPKIRK RELATIVES of Britons killed in the Asian tsunami will deliver tributes to their loved ones at a mass inquest for 93 of the victims next week. A four-day hearing in London will hear harrowing details of how...
Inside City Hall
Row of the week Mike Tuffrey v Ken Livingstone AN intriguing list of the foreign junkets enjoyed by the Mayor's staff has been uncovered by Liberal Democrat assembly member Mike Tuffrey. It reveals that since January there have been 130 trips...
JACQUETTA REQUIRED; Clapham's Most Beautiful Export, Jacquetta Wheeler, Has Mario Testino to Thank for Her Career and Her Boyfriend. but There's a Lot More to Her Life Than Fashion and Photographers She Tells Annabel Rivkin
Byline: ANNABEL RIVKIN Surely Jacquetta Wheeler can't be real. She's just pure-spun image. She wafts through our consciousness, peering from the party pages where she is usually photographed with her absurdly handsome boyfriend Alexi Lubomirski....
JOGGER MURDER: ADDICT IS QUIZZED; Suspect Is Eminem Fanatic
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;KIRAN RANDHAWA A PRIME suspect is to be questioned about the murder of jogger Margaret Muller. Drug addict Christopher Duncan, 21, was convicted yesterday of bludgeoning 26-year-old Jagdip Najran with a baseball bat at...
Late Starter Lee Keeping His Head above Water at Grays; Lee Matthews Has Swapped a Safe Job at the Water Board for the Risky Life of a Non-League Pro
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS EVER since Eric Cantona revealed his sardonic nickname for Didier Deschamps, football has produced a succession of celebrated "water carriers". Think Claude Makelele, Carlos Dunga and Jens Jeremies. Now non-league Grays...
Lee Enjoys the Quiet Life after a Good Korea Move
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY HALF a world away from the screaming masses who still revere South Korea's exploits in reaching the World Cup semi-final three years ago, Lee Young Pyo enjoys the anonymity of living in London with his wife and seven-month-old...
Lighter Touch on Regulation Needs All-Round Support
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE Financial Services Authority today reaffirmed its commitment to move closer towards risk-based regulation when it published a discussion document for information and comment which explains how the FSA is changing and what...
McEnroe Backs Murray to Reach World's Top 10
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON JOHN McENROE believes Andy Murray will break into the world's top 20 before next year's Wimbledon, and then go on to the top 10. Fourteen months ago, three-times Wimbledon champion McEnroe handed the Scottish teenager a...
More Notes on a Scandal
Byline: CATHERINE OSTLER The story of David Blunkett, the two blondes in Annabel's and the DNA directorship held the front page all autumn. One sold her story; the other maintained her silence - until now. Bloodied but unbowed, Lucy Siddiqi wants...
Morrison Eager to Avoid Another Dowie Rocket
Byline: GEMMA CLARKE CLINTON MORRISON insists Crystal Palace are desperate to beat Millwall tomorrow to avoid upsetting boss Iain Dowie again. Morrison admits the players were left stunned after Dowie slammed them for their woeful performance...
Morrison Hopes to Please Dowie; in Brief
CLINTON MORRISON insists Crystal Palace are desperate to beat Millwall tomorrow to avoid upsetting boss Iain Dowie again. Morrison admits the players were left stunned after Dowie slammed them for their performance in the 2-0 defeat at Luton last...
Murray Will Be in World's Elite Next Year, Says McEnroe
Byline: CHRIS JONES JOHN McENROE believes Andy Murray will break into the world's top 20 before next year's Wimbledon - and then gatecrash the top 10. Fourteen months ago, three-times Wimbledon champion McEnroe handed the Scottish teenager a public...
My London
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN GRAYSON PERRY The transvestite potter is a biker who wears Clinique makeup and holidays in Eastbourne Where do you live and why? WC1, right at the bottom of Islington. How long have you lived there? Eighteen years....
My Long Wait for Justice; after Being Assaulted in a Road-Rage Attack, One Cyclist Found That the Wheels of Justice Turn Very Slowly. Why Are Criminals Allowed to Play the System?
Byline: WILL SELF I ONLY missed the sentencing hearing at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court because my wife was ill. Believe you me - I wanted to be there. It had taken 10 months to get the man who had assaulted me in Exeter Street, Covent Garden,...
New OFT Boss Vows to Get Tough
THE new chairman of the Office of Fair Trading today claimed that well over [pounds sterling]500 million of bids for construction contracts have been rigged. Philip Collins said that, in the East Midlands alone, more than 1000 contracts had been...
NHS 'Must Cut [Pounds Sterling]200m of Services in Capital'
Byline: REBECCA SMITH THE NHS in London will have to make more than [pounds sterling]200million of cuts to services and axe hundreds of jobs to avoid massive debt this year, experts said today. The figures come after Health Secretary Patricia...
Not the Same Old Tory
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY;NIGEL PIZEY;TERRY RAMSEY SATURDAY CHOICE How to Be a Tory Leader 7pm, BBC2 A NEW Conservative Party leader is announced next week. It's some bloke called David, apparently. But what does it take to lead the party whose...
Outcry after Man Is Executed for Heroin Smuggling
Byline: PATRICK SAWER AN AUSTRALIAN man was today executed in Singapore for heroin smuggling, prompting a huge outcry. Australia's prime minister warned the hanging of heroin trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van would damage relations between the two...
Paper Round
DAILY MAIL A PENSIONER who forged bank notes with the message "Got Ya" to trick muggers has been hauled before a court for producing counterfeit currency. Harry Newton, 70, had come up with the plan to carry the money after being robbed of [pounds...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY IMOGEN RIDGWAY The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag 9pm, BBC2 A HISTORY documentary isn't a history documentary these days without at least three dramatic-reconstruction scenes involving am-dram refugees in silly hats...
Pick of the Night's Movies
Byline: NIGEL PIZEY;TERRY RAMSEY Grand Theft Parsons 8.45pm, FilmFour (12) (2003). Johnny Knoxville, Christina Applegate. A film about one of the best tales from rock 'n' roll history, concerning alt-country boy Gram Parsons, who made a pact...
PM Risks New Row with Brown over Too Much Means Testing
Byline: JOE MURPHY;ANNE MCELVOY TONY BLAIR stepped into the row over pensions today - with an implicit call for Gordon Brown to change his policies. He welcomed Lord Turner's proposals for reform as "very exciting" and a possible blueprint for the...
Police Hold Islamic Terrorist Suspects after Bomb Attack; World at a Glance
. BANGLADESHI police are today questioning 39 suspected Islamic militants after a man detonated a bomb outside a government building, killing one person and wounding at least 29 others. The bomb exploded yesterday outside a complex in Gazipur. The...
Primaries Show Only Modest Progress in Exams
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES LONDON primary schools achieved modest progress in the three Rs this year, national league tables showed today. But the rises were not enough to leave the capital's primary schools with any realistic chance of reaching government...
Restaurant Spy; 'The Owners of PULLENS Preside over a Little Slice of Bohemia in a Sedate London Suburb'
Byline: TOBY YOUNG On the face of it, Pullens doesn't seem like a hotbed of literary talent, at least not judging from the menu. The word 'medallion', as in 'grilled springbok medalion', is spelt wrong, there's a missing apostrophe in 'Kennedys...
Rumours Point to [Pounds Sterling]1bn Tilt at Compass by Whitbread
Byline: SARAH MARKS WHITBREAD found itself in a sticky position today after widespread reports that it was planning a bid for the motorway services and transport division of catering giant Compass. Analysts estimate the division would fetch about...
Saturday Nights Are Now Strictly for Dancing
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH THE TWO Conservative leadership challengers, David Davis and David Cameron, may disagree about much. But they are as one, Cameron assured us recently, in their opinion that Spooks is the best thing on TV - and that it is...
Scare Inzy with Bouncers? We'd Have Got Him to Declare Sooner by Piling Up Cakes in the Pavilion
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY THE lack of fight in England's performance in the field this morning was frightening. Bruised and battered, the team of giants were cut down to size and the fat lady had finished warbling, packed up and gone home. The...
Schools: Ministers Must Try Harder
THE PERFORMANCE of London's primary schools in today's league tables shows some heartening improvements - but also the limitations of the Government's achievements. Overall this year, the number of pupils reaching the required standard in English,...
'Sick' Letter of Monckton Suspect
Byline: PAUL CHESTON ONE of the suspected murderers of banker John Monckton was accused at the Old Bailey today of writing a "sickening" letter to his widow. In the letter, read to the jury, Elliot White wrote that he "spoke from the heart" and...
South-East Casinos Set to Double in Race for Licences
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN LONDON and the South-East are set for a gambling boom, with as many as 18 new casinos opening. The scramble has been triggered by the Government's new gambling law, which will limit the number of future licences. Operators...
So, Who's in the Cameroon Club? He's about to Lead the Tories but He's Still Something of an Enigma. Here We Look at Those Who Have Shaped David Cameron's Destiny
Byline: SIMON DAVIS THERE is more chance of David Beckham failing to make the England squad for the World Cup than David Cameron failing to become Tory leader on Tuesday. But Cameron remains an enigma even to those who know him well - and to...
Spirit Tackled by BSkyB on Rights to Screen Football
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE SPIRIT, which is being taken over for [pounds sterling]2.7 billion by Punch Taverns, faces criminal and civil action over the potentially illegal screening of Premier League football matches at some 60 of its bars. BSkyB...
Spurned Wife Finds Where Husband Keeps [Pounds Sterling]100million
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE bitter [pounds sterling]100 million divorce battle between leading City figure John Charman and his estranged wife Beverley today went public in the High Court. Mr Charman - worth up to [pounds sterling]144 million and...
Star Can Shine with Christian Aid
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM DAY one of Sandown's Tingle Creek meeting offers some excellent sport, but no apologies for heading to Exeter for the best bet of the day. The Harry Dutfield Memorial Novices' Chase at 1.40 is the race in question, and...
The Cost of Christmas; It's Not Just Turkeys Who Are Dreading Christmas. for Many Another Plump Bird, It's a Minefield of Mince Pies and Devils on Horseback. Emily Bearn Sizes Up the Class at a London WeightWatchers
Byline: EMILY BEARN Imagine that it is 11pm on Christmas Day and you are standing, paralysed with indecision, in front of your fridge. Somewhere, a firm, calm voice is saying: 'No! Desist! You are not hungry! Make yourself a camomile tea and...
THE Food Spy; Restaurant Bites
Byline: WILLIAM SITWELL Jack Osbourne has settled into a comfortable routine during his stays in London. 'He starts out every night with drinks at Aura in St James's, before going on for dinner at Momo,' says my celeb-watching mole. 'He doesn't...
The Great Gay Wedding Rush; London Eye and HMS Belfast among Venues as Hundreds Register for New Civil Ceremony
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD HUNDREDS of gay couples in London and the South-East are to take part in wedding ceremonies under laws that come into force this month. Register offices, hotels and venues such as the London Eye have been inundated with...
The Star Can Shine as Top Players Exit Stage; He's Been Described as a Machine and Tomorrow Trainer Paul Nicholls Will Be Hoping His Charge Will Be in Top Gear
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM AT the start of the season it promised as many turbocharged performers as a series of Top Gear. But recent events have made it look more like an episode of Casualty as, one by one, the main players for the William Hill...
The Three Scrooges Set to Wreck Our Christmas
Byline: DICK MURRAY THESE are the union leaders threatening to bring chaos to Christmas travellers. Bob Crow: powerful leader of the RMT union and a throwback to the union dinosaurs of the Seventies. Was appointed to the Transport for London...
The Top Ten. Santa's Little Elves; Father Christmas Has Some Unlikely Helpers This Year. Who'd Have Thought That Gordon Brown and Donald Trump Would Go So Christmas Crackers? These Ten Sleigh Us
'Christmas is one of my favourite holidays,' says Catherine Zeta Jones. 'I go completely over the top.' The ever modest Mrs Douglas also confesses that 'I don't usually like having dolls made of me, but I can't wait to buy my daughter Carys a Zorro...
THREE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS TUBE STRIKES; London Shops Would Be Empty from 21 December
Byline: DICK MURRAY UNION bosses today ordered a series of devastating 24-hour Tube strikes just before Christmas. Stoppages could take place on Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December. Hundreds of engineers and other grades voted...
THREE DAYS OF STRIKES ON THE TUBE; and ALL before Christmas
Byline: DICK MURRAY TUBE union chiefs are today poised to order a three-day shutdown of the network just before Christmas. They are considering ordering all-out 24-hour stoppages for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 21 to 23 December. ...
Turner: Truth of Tensions between Treasury and No 10
Byline: JOE MURPHY;ANNE MCELVOY LORD Turner has attacked Gordon Brown's criticism of his pensions blueprint as "a caricature". In a combative interview with the Evening Standard, he lambasted Treasury estimates of the cost of his scheme as overblown...
UEFA Can't Hide Behind Mask after Zoro Shows His Bravery
Byline: DAVID MELLOR UNTIL last week, Zoro might have meant nothing more than the misspelling of the name of a Mexican bandit, but no longer. The Ivory Coast fullback, who plays for Serie A strugglers Messina, did us all a favour by storming off...
Von Step Too Far by Bobby in the Jungle; WIFE GROWS WEARY OF COMIC CONSTANTLY CRYING HER NAME
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY BOBBY BALL'S wife is as sick as everyone else of the funnyman's habit of repeatedly shouting her name when he is stressed. Ball, 61, whose wife is called Yvonne, yells "Von, Von, Von" when the pressure is on. Yvonne,...
Well, Duh, Reading's Quite Easy, Ms Kelly
Byline: A.N. WILSON NEARLY one in five children leaves British primary schools unable to read at the level expected of 11-year-olds and many can't read for the rest of their lives. That is a staggering proportion. Eight years after the arrival...
Wenger to Get a Late Christmas Present with Return of Cole
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENE WENGER claimed today that England left-back Ashley Cole would return to first-team action soon after the Christmas programme. Cole, who has been sidelined with a broken bone in his right foot since the beginning of...
West End Triumphs! in the Week of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Our Critic Celebrates the Success of So Many Innovative and Daring Productions
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH SOMETHING extraordinary and welcome is happening in the West End. Please remember 2005. For it may well be the year when London's commercial theatre at last turned the corner towards new profitability, turned far more...
West Ham Stars Pay Tribute to Fan Who Died Aged 13
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK WHEN the West Ham squad stepped on to the pitch in T-shirts bearing the image of a smiling boy, few fans understood the significance. But it emerged today that the players were paying tribute to Tyrell Edaferhoro, who...