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Articles from April 10, 2012

A Prisoner in Your Own Home
Byline: Lucy Tobin ASTREAM of banks have tightened their lending criteria on interest-only mortgages, leading experts to warn hundreds of thousands of Londoners who are at risk of becoming "mortgage prisoners" to take action now. The term describes...
Boris Is the Boss, He Would Lose If I Put Words into His Mouth
Byline: Pippa Crerar SINCE the race for City Hall began Boris Johnson has shown remarkable self-discipline. The Mayor has been in bakers' shops without buying pasties to show up Chancellor George Osborne, and has stuck firmly to the script on...
Butterflies Aside, Thirst for Hirst Remains Strong
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Simon Freeman DAMIEN Hirst's first exhibition for 20 years may have been labelled "con art" - but the controversial artist's opening weekend has been a different kind of sell-out. Thousands capitalising on the...
Can the Met Ever Be Free of the Culture of Racism?
Byline: Ian Birrell [bar] HE first time Victor Adebowale visited London was as a teenager on a school trip to the Geological Museum. Afterwards, he was sitting on a wall enjoying the sun when four officers jumped out of a police car and accused...
Clegg Backed Internet Snooping Plan from Start, Says Cameron
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON today claimed that coalition deputy Nick Clegg was "round the table" when a so-called snooper's charter was agreed by ministers. The Prime Minister's comment appeared to accuse the Liberal Democrats...
Di Matteo's Weary Blues Are in Danger of Grinding to a Halt
Byline: James Olley FULHAM 1 CHELSEA 1 [bar] OBERTO DI MATTEO insists fatigue is not becoming a factor in Chelsea's campaign but they must find a way to stay fresh if their threepronged challenge is not to be blunted in the next two weeks. The...
Fans Won't like It but Hammers Must 'Lump It' If They're to Go Up
Byline: Ken Dyer WEST HAM 3 BIRMINGHAM 3 [bar] EST HAM fans should swiftly adapt one of their songs after their secondhalf great escape at home to Birmingham. Instead of singing about playing on the floor, their new chant should be: 'We're West...
Gaga's Most Spectacular Show Yet
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent LADY GAGA today announced she will perform the "most spectacular show London has ever seen" - and even plans to build a medieval castle on stage. The 26-year-old superstar said she has now outgrown...
'Gangsters Said They'd Kill My Son over Spat'
Byline: Mark Blunden A BOY aged 11 was given death threats by "gangsters" after a playground quarrel with a fellow pupil, his family claimed today. The boy was wearing his school uniform and carrying a satchel when he was threatened by two men...
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Giant Pension Pot Could Invest [Pounds Sterling]2.5bn in London
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent COUNCIL leaders are considering combining London's local authority pension funds, freeing them to invest up to [pounds sterling]2.5 billion a year in infrastructure projects in the capital. They are...
Hamza Ruling Is a Welcome Weapon against Terror
Byline: Martin Bentham SO after eight years of delay, Abu Hamza could finally be departing the UK after today's welcome ruling by judges in Strasbourg sanctioning his extradition to the US. Good news that might be, but this country's ability...
Hodgson or Hoddle Should Get the Nod
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay BLAME the press, you Tottenham fans, not the Football Association. It was the press who put Harry Redknapp at the front of a one-horse race to the England job, appearing to prompt a slump in the club's form...
'Holy Man' Locked Up for Inciting Hatred and Murder
Byline: Rashid Razaq ABU HAMZA is Britain's most notorious militant Islamist preacher and has been facing calls for his deportation for 13 years. The 53-year-old Egyptian-born cleric is accused of involvement in the kidnap of 16 Westerners in...
Hook-Handed Hate Preacher Can Be Extradited to US
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Correspondent ABU HAMZA, Britain's most notorious hate preacher, was today facing extradition to America after a landmark court ruling. The hook-handed radical Muslim cleric will be handed over to face 11 terrorism...
How to Save It. with All the Savings on Offer to Pensioners, Make Sure Your Old Age Is Paying off. Also Find out If You're Owed PPI Compensation and Go on a Day Trip Half Price
OLDEN IS GOLDEN ANYONE becoming a pensioner this year will be cheered by the freebies! It's not just the Freedom pass -- free travel on buses, Tubes, trains and trams (for all Londoners born on or before 5 April 1950 and some between 1950 and 1955)...
In between Jeans
Byline: Karen Dacre TS ELIOT was right. April is the cruellest month. However, it's not just the late poet's vision of lilac growing out of the dead land, or dull roots stirred by spring rain that has us feeling forlorn, but rather the fact that...
It's Grin Up North as Reid Is Peachy for BBC Breakfast
Byline: David Sexton SO today we finally saw what BBC Breakfast's PC-driven move to MediaCity in Salford has achieved: a different red sofa and even ropier guests in the studio. On the plus side, however, Sian Williams declined to make the move...
Johnson Accused of Diverting [Pounds Sterling]5m Away from Helping Rough Sleepers
Byline: Peter Dominiczak BORIS JOHNSON was today accused of cutting [pounds sterling]5 million of government money allocated to fight homelessness in London -- and handing it to other projects. A group of charities has raised concerns that the...
Johnson Accused of Diverting [Pounds Sterling]5m Away from Helping Rough Sleepers
Byline: Peter Dominiczak BORIS JOHNSON was today accused of cutting [pounds sterling]5 million of government money allocated to fight homelessness in London -- and handing it to other projects. A group of charities has raised concerns that the...
Jumbo Jets Could Land 20 Hours a Day at Heathrow
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Miranda Bryant SUPER-JUMBOS could be allowed to land at Heathrow for more than 20 hours a day under plans being considered by ministers. Emirates Airline hopes to bypass restrictions on night flights by landing its...
Ken Loses Voter Trust over Tax; Livingstone Now Six Points Behind in Exclusive Poll Four-Letter Row in Lift Helps Boris Keep Mayoral Lead
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor KEN LIVINGSTONE is losing the trust of voters because of the row over his tax affairs, an exclusive poll reveals today. The Labour candidate is now six points behind Boris Johnson in the race to be Mayor....
Livingstone Loses Voters' Trust after 'Liftgate' Tax Row; EXCLUSIVE; RACE TO BE MAYOR; MAY 3; Labour Voters Turn Away from Ken in His Inner City Heartland
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor KEN LIVINGSTONE is losing the trust of voters because of the row over his tax affairs, an exclusive poll reveals today. The Labour candidate is six points behind Boris Johnson in the race to be Mayor. His...
Medals Galore ... and the High-Tech Kit's Still to Come
Byline: Matt Majendie Olympics Correspondent BRITAIN finished second in the medal table at last week's Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne with a tally of six golds, four silvers and three bronzes. But more importantly, they were the...
MPs' Tax Affairs Should Be Private
CONCERNS that politicians publishing their tax records will make elections more about candidates than policies are a red herring. The real danger is to society at large. If politicians can expect no privacy, why should they care about privacy for...
Mugabe 'Close to Death and Plotting Power Handover'
Byline: Bo Wilson ROBERT MUGABE was today said to be close to death in a Singapore hospital amid reports that he had agreed to hand over power to his feared defence minister. Zimbabwe's 88-year-old president, believed to be suffering from prostate...
No 10 Angers Super-Rich over Charity Tax 'Dodge'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DOWNING STREET today claimed that charities which "don't do a great deal of charitable work" are being used by the super-wealthy to dodge income tax. David Cameron's spokesman sparked fury by alleging that...
Olympus Scandal: Shareholders Urged to Reject Revised Accounts
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE scandal at Olympus took another twist today when a major investor advisory group told shareholders to reject the camera company's newly restated accounts, and vote against two new board nominations in case they decide to sue...
'Orrible Ofsted Puts Children off Enjoying Stories, Claims Author
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent A LEADING children's author has hit out at Ofsted school inspectors and said he would rather his books were not read in classrooms. Horrible Histories writer Terry Deary said he does not want teachers...
O'Shea Sure Quins Have Learned from Euro Misery
Byline: Chris Jones CONOR O'SHEA insists he is not "remotely concerned" that Harlequins' confidence for the Premiership run-in has been undermined by their 37-8 Amlin Challenge Cup defeat against Toulon. Quins have a chance to prove O'Shea right...
Parish Councils Set to Return after 50 Years
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent LONDON'S first parish council for nearly 50 years could soon be set up in Queen's Park after overwhelming support from local people. A referendum is expected to ask the area's 8,000 residents if they...
People Said I Was Past It but I'm Still Very Competitive
Byline: Mihir Bose EXCLUSIVE REAT champions rarely make successful comebacks. GBut Mark Todd, who retired after the Sydney Olympics having been voted the event rider of the 20th century, can claim to be the exception. What is more, he wants the...
Personality That Clashes with His Policies
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor HERE'S what is starting to worry Labour MPs: the more time that Ken Livingstone spends in the spotlight, the less people seem to like him. Ken's problem is that left to himself he tends to attract the wrong...
Pop Goes a Vanity Project
Byline: CLIFFORD BISHOP POLYPHONIA/SWEET VIOLETS /CARBON LIFE/ ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden, WC2 CLIFFORD BISHOP WITH a score co-written by Amy Winehouse producer and Olympic anthemist Mark Ronson, orchestrations by Rufus Wainwright and an onstage...
Pupils Smuggling Weapons into School at Centre of Fraud Probe
Byline: Anna Davis and Mark Blunden PUPILS are smuggling weapons into class and threatening staff at a London secondary school at the centre of a [pounds sterling]1.6 million fraud investigation. A culture of fear among staff and pupils was revealed...
Rap, Rizzle and Pop
Byline: Richard Godwin RAPPERS. They're everywhere these days! The charts, the radio, three for two at the supermarket -- there's even a pair of them in front of me right now, eating breakfast at a Portobello Road members' club. Their names are...
Redknapp Has a Job to Revive Cold Spurs
Byline: David Smith TOTTENHAM 1 NORWICH 2 [bar] OTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp is insisting there is nothing wrong with the attitude of his players and they do have the stomach for a fight over Champions League qualification that he admits could...
Revival of the Fittest; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS UNCLE VANYA Minerva, Chichester HENRY HITCHINGS UNCLE Vanya was staged as part of the first ever season at Chichester Festival Theatre. It therefore seems apt for Chekhov's great tragicomedy to be revived in the year this...
Rickshaw Rider Fined for Street Race with Rival
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A RICKSHAW driver caught racing a rival through heavy traffic has been ordered to pay a [pounds sterling]245 penalty. Md Islam, 21, was seen weaving between cars in central London last month and admitted...
Scotland Yard Detectives Raise Thousands to Help Shot Thusha
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A TEAM of Met detectives today told how they were moved to launch an appeal that has raised more than [pounds sterling]100,000 for Thusha Kamaleswaran. The six-year-old's heart stopped twice after she was caught in the...
Shocked Osborne Reveals How Some of London's Richest Tycoons Pay Zero Tax
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GEORGE OSBORNE today revealed new details of how London's super-rich are avoiding income tax -- including some who reduce their tax bill to zero. The Chancellor published three examples of tax returns showing...
Stamp out Rotten Racist Elements, Met Chief Is Told
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE country's top policeman was told today to stamp out "rotten and racist" elements of the Metropolitan force. Bernard Hogan-Howe was urged to "bring order" back to the Met amid calls for a "full-scale external inquiry"...
Stamp out the Rotten Racist Elements, Met Chief Is Told
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE country's top policeman was today told to stamp out "rotten and racist" elements of the Metropolitan force. Bernard Hogan-Howe was urged to "bring order" back to the Met amid calls for a "full-scale external inquiry"...
Star Lawyers Turn London into Divorce Capital of the World
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE super-rich are turning London into the divorce capital of the world. Foreign wealth has been flooding into the courts thanks to multi-billion pound legal actions by eastern European oligarchs. Immensely...
Strauss Goes Back to Basics in Bid to End Alarming Slump; England Captain Will Return to Duty for Middlesex as He Tries to Find Form for the First Test of Summer. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse [bar] NDREW STRAUSS will have up to four matches for Middlesex to regain his best form before leading England into the first Test of the summer against West Indies next month. Strauss had a number of promising starts with...
Strauss Goes Back to Basics in Effort to End Alarming Slump
Byline: Tom Collomosse [bar] NDREW STRAUSS will have up to four matches for Middlesex to regain his best form before leading England into the first Test of the summer against West Indies next month. Strauss had a number of promising starts with...
Syria Peace Deal near Collapse after Shelling
Byline: Oliver Poole SYRIAN government troops today reportedly fired on two rebel-held areas, leaving a deal to end the violence of the 13-month uprising on the brink of collapse. The Syrian government insisted its soldiers had withdrawn from...
The Boat Race Protester Knew His Real Power
Byline: Sarah Sands [bar] HERE are solid reasons for the Oxbridge boat crews to want the protest swimmer Trenton Oldfield consumed by giardiasis and vomiting up Wellington boots or body parts. The triumph of idiocy over excellence was shocking....
The European Court Gets It Right -- This Time
THE European Court of Human Rights has done the right thing in ruling that five terrorist suspects including Abu Hamza and Babar Ahmad may be extradited to the US. Just one of the six men who had appealed against extradition is to be allowed to remain...
The Keen Horseman Who Rode to Rescue of a Spread-Bet Struggler
Byline: Simon English MARTIN Belsham's favourite colour must be blue. Rather piercing blue eyes look out from above a blue shirt and a blue pinstriped suit (Belsham is old school). The most notable part of his attire is a chunky blue plaster...
The Last Supper: Tucking in a la Titanic
Byline: Miranda Bryant ONE hundred years on from the sinking of the Titanic on April 14, 1912, diners are being given the opportunity to sample the last meal enjoyed by firstclass passengers on board the ship. HIX restaurant at Selfridges has created...
Toys in the Bedroom? No, They're Not for Children
Byline: Caggie Dunlop ADMITTEDLY they've come a long way from those torture objects that were used to treat female hysteria in Victorian times. And for those of you who missed the show, those Sex and the City girls seemed to get a great deal of...
Traders Put the Boot into Blinkx after Warning on Revenue
Byline: Gideon Spanier NOT everyone is cashing in on the boom for online pictures and video. A day after Facebook splashed out $1 billion ([pounds sterling]632.1 million) for Instagram, the US start-up that allows friends to share photos, shares...
US Giants Dealt Profit Blow as Europe's Debt Crisis Bites
Byline: Ben Chu PROFITS at American corporate giants such as McDonald's and General Electric are buckling under the lingering crisis in the eurozone and the slowdown in China, according to a gloomy new survey of analysts. The dire news came as...
US Giants Dealt Profit Blow as Europe's Debt Crisis Bites
Byline: Ben Chu PROFITS at American corporate giants such as McDonald's and General Electric are buckling under the lingering crisis in the eurozone and the slowdown in China, according to a gloomy new survey of analysts. The dire news came as...
Weightlifter Zoe Is in the Driving Seat as Olympic Qualifier Looms
Byline: Mark Blunden Evening Standard OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN 108 days to go WEIGHTLIFTING star Zoe Smith has been concentrating on something far more important to a 17-year-old than the Olympics -- passing her driving test. The London athlete revealed...
We Inspired Boat Race Swimmer to Stick His Oar in, Says College Head
Byline: Simon Freeman THE head of the school where boat race protester Trenton Oldfield formed his "anti-elitist" philosophy leapt to his defence today. Oldfield, 35, was educated at Bradfield College in Sydney after dropping out of the [pounds...
World; What Else Is New
Byline: SIMON BROUGHTON SATINDER SARTAAJ Barbican, EC2 SIMON BROUGHTON EASTER was a big weekend, paradoxically, for South Asian music in London. On Saturday Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was at Wembley Arena and simultaneously on Sunday, Kailash Kher performed...