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Articles from July 29, 2010

Aamer Delivers Triple Blow and Puts England on the Back-Foot
Byline: Tom Collomosse at Trent Bridge MOHAMMAD AAMER removed three of England's top four batsmen to leave the home side wobbling after lunch in the face of some fine Pakistan swing bowling at Trent Bridge today. England had lost Alastair Cook...
A Far from Original Theory from Embittered Academic; COMMENTARY
Byline: David Sexton Literary Editor GABRIEL JOSIPOVICI'S own website opens with the bold announcement that he is "one of the major contemporary British authors", while admitting that this fact has so far escaped the notice of British critics and...
After Dealing Drugs and Watching Killings at 14, New Life for Ex-Gang Girl
Byline: David Cohen TO DONATE TO THE STANDARD'S DISPOSSESSED FUND GO TO: standard.co.uk/dispossessed Follow us on Twitter@ESdispossessed Search for ES Dispossessed on Facebook SIX months ago, we told how Moira sank into gang life in east London...
A Knight of Football with Sir Geoff -- a Man Who Really Knows His Stuff; Charles Campion Reflects on the Recent Q&A Series; EVENING STANDARD READERS' SPECIAL; THE YOUNG'S BITTER 'KNOW YOUR STUFF' SERIES
ALL good things must come to an end and the recent series of Young's Know Your Stuff evenings was brought to a rousing finale when an audience of football fans listened as Sir Geoff Hurst answered questions at the Hollywood Arms, Chelsea. The event...
A Man in a Room with a Microphone
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN HOW I ESCAPED MY CERTAIN FATE: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF A STAND-UP COMIC by Stewart Lee (Faber, [pounds sterling]12.99) I FIRST saw Stewart Lee in a disused public toilet in Shepherd's Bush in 2005. It was shortly after he had...
Are We Ruled by a Coalition of Philistines?
Byline: Olivia Cole THIS WEEK'S decision to abolish the UK Film Council makes me long for the days when David Cameron cared so much about being seen to value culture that he clutched a shiny new copy of On Chesil Beach on the Tube. Founded in...
ART SAVED MY LIFE; Writing and Painting Workshops in Wandsworth Inspired Former Prisoner Dean Stalham to Pursue His Creativity on the outside -- and to Set Up a Theatre in New Cross to Put on His Play, He Tells Nick Curtis
Byline: Nick Curtis GOD Don't Live on a Council Estate, at Hot Tap Theatre in New Cross, is a remarkable play in a remarkable new venue, and the existence of both is testament to the nobullshit, go-ahead attitude of former prisoner Dean Stalham....
A Talent Buoyed by a Body of Great Work
Byline: MELANIE McGRATH DRIVING HOME: AN AMERICAN SCRAPBOOK by Jonathan Raban (Picador, [pounds sterling]20) AS a boy, the writer Jonathan Raban spent many of the hours he most fondly remembers messing about in boats. The son of a peripatetic vicar,...
Barcelona Shows That London Pride Can Be Real Winner in 2012
Byline: John Inverdale in Barcelona IN the week of the two-year countdown, you are probably so sick of hearing the word "legacy" used in the context of the London Olympics that it's already something of a turn-off. Take a deep breath, though, and...
Belgium Makes a Meandering Entrance
Byline: NICK CURTIS CAFE LUC ** 50 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5HN, 020 7258 9878, cafeluc.com. About [pounds sterling]145 for two including wine and service. REMEMBER that old gag about the impossibility of naming five famous Belgians?...
BIFF, BANG BUT JAMIE MAKES ALL THE NOISE; of the Three Restaurants Up and Running in St Martin's Courtyard, Mr Oliver's Is Winning the Plaudits -- and for All the Right Reasons; ST MARTIN'S COURTYARD
Byline: Fay Maschler DISHOOM 12 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2 (020 7420 9320). Open Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm. No reservations. A meal for two with drinks/wine, about [pounds sterling]60 excluding service. ST MARTIN'S Courtyard...
Blame It on Stockhausen
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON BBC SO/KNUSSEN STOCKHAUSEN and Schumann are both reputed to spell death at the box office, so last night's three-parter Prom, bookended by the two, was a brave gesture that failed to disprove the theory. The middle panel...
Butt's Admission Shows Referral System Still Doesn't Appeal to All
Byline: Tom Collomosse at Trent Bridge at Trent Bridge Cricket brought to you in association with SALMAN BUTT had a look of surprise in his eyes. Less than 24 hours before the start of today's first npower Test against England, the Pakistan captain...
Cameron: It Is My Duty to Talk Tough with Pakistan; PM Defies Anger over His Warning on the 'Export of Terror' to World
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor A DEFIANT David Cameron stood by his warnings over Pakistani terrorism today as he insisted it was his duty to "speak frankly" about foreign affairs. The Prime Minister denied that the row over his remarks...
CESC WILL TELL WENGER HE STILL WANTS TO LEAVE; SKIPPER IS ON COLLISION COURSE WITH ARSENAL BOSS AS HE RETURNS FROM BREAK; Cesc to Tell Wenger He Wants Move
Byline: Graham Hunter in Barcelona CESC FABREGAS is expected to meet Arsene Wenger over the next 48 hours to underline his firm desire to sign for Barcelona this summer. The Gunners captain has maintained a dignified silence since helping Spain...
Cheryl Fights off Illness Ready for X Factor Return
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent CHERYL COLE is due to return to the X Factor at the end of next month. The Girls Aloud singer, who has been seriously ill with malaria, is expected to be well enough to take part in the "Judges'...
Child Heart Surgery Units Face London Merger 'To Improve Rates of Survival'
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health and Social Affairs Correspondent CHILD heart surgery centres in London are set to be merged to improve safety. NHS chiefs want to cut numbers by a third to create bigger operating teams so babies have more chance...
Child Heart Surgery Units in London Face Merger 'To Improve Survival Rates'
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health and Social Affairs Correspondent CHILD heart surgery centres in London are set to be merged to improve safety. NHS chiefs want to cut numbers by a third to create bigger operating teams so babies have more chance...
Corporate Britain Has Much to Learn from BP's Disaster; Tony Hayward's Demise Needs to Herald a Return to Real Leadership, Not Just Chasing Profits and Pleasing Investors
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor WHEN Tony Hayward gave his valedictory press briefing this week, the departing BP chief executive said the Gulf of Mexico crisis had shown the company to be "a model of corporate social responsibility" but it...
DEEP TROUBLE; as a New [Pounds Sterling]10m Train Breaks Down This Week, the Future of the Tube Looks Uncertain amid Collapsed Contracts and Threatened 40 per Cent Spending Cuts
Byline: Andrew Neather FOR the 3,000 passengers sweltering in the tunnel at Oxford Circus on Monday, it was just another rush-hour delay on the Victoria line. For the future of the Tube, it was more frustrating. The broken-down train was one...
Designer Role for Sales Professionals; Creating Dream Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms as a Showroom Consultant at Homebase Is Also a Way to Realise Your Own Career Dreams. Niki Chesworth Talks to a Showroom Consultant about Why This Is His Ideal Job and Checks out the Opportunities in Store
Byline: Niki Chesworth TURNING people's dreams into reality -- that's what Steve Mullins says makes his job as showroom consultant at Homebase worthwhile. "Customers come in with a picture in their heads of what their dream kitchen -- or bathroom...
Dine at 20 Top London Restaurants from Only [Pounds Sterling]10
Our popular restaurant offer is back until 5 September 2010 Readers can have a set-price lunch or dinner at a great selection of top restaurants for [pounds sterling]10, [pounds sterling]15, [pounds sterling]20, [pounds sterling]25 or [pounds sterling]30...
DIVORCE HUSBANDS' WEALTH CAN STAY A SECRET; TYCOON'S LANDMARK VICTORY IS BLOW TO WIVES FIGHTING FOR CASH; Wives Who Purloin Husbands' Secret Files Have No Protection, Judges Rule
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A MILLIONAIRE dubbed the "Man from Del Monte" today won a landmark victory in a [pounds sterling]350 million divorce battle. The decision in the Court of Appeal has major implications for thousands of...
French Nurse Is Charged with Killing Eight of Her New Babies
Byline: Peter Allen and Ian Sparks in Paris A FRENCH nursing assistant was today charged with the murder of eight of her newborn babies. Dominique Cottrez, 45, faces life in prison after she "systematically" killed the children since 1988 before...
From Darkness into Light
Byline: ROSAMUND URWIN ROOM by Emma Donoghue (Picador, [pounds sterling]12.99) FIVE-year-old Jack was born in captivity. All that Room's young narrator knows of the world is the eleven foot square space in which he has always lived with "Ma". ...
FROM SE3 TO USA; Hollywood Now Beckons for Blackheath-Raised Actress Sally Hawkins -- Thanks to a New Film about Women Car Workers on Strike. Liz Hoggard Meets Her
Byline: Liz Hoggard THE actress Sally Hawkins is talking about her new film, Made in Dagenham, which tells the story of the 1968 women's strike at the Ford car works. "It was a very woman-led production with a bunch of lovely, funny girls on set,...
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Here's Hoping Fulham Made the Right Choice
Byline: Dan Jones OKAY, so last week I wrote a quite brilliant column. I don't want to blow my own trumpet but this was a corker. It had insight. It had piercing observation. It had jokes so funny it would have reduced Tube carriages to bouts of...
Hit with Parking Fines and Accused of Speeding ... but I Haven't Got a Car
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger A POLITICAL lobbyist was threatened with prosecution for driving offences, despite not owning a car. James Fothergill, 31, received letters from the Metropolitan Police and Enfield council accusing him of driving...
I Killed 10 of My Newborn Babies, Admits French Nurse
Byline: Ian Sparks in Paris A FRENCH mother today confessed to killing 10 of her newborn babies. Dominique Cottrez, a 45-year-old nursing assistant, was charged with the murder of eight of her children. But she has since told police she suffocated...
Investors Are Now All Asking 'Is It Safe?'; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton IT is 13 years since Deutsche Asset Management, which was then Morgan Grenfell Asset Management, was taken for a ride by its fund manager Peter Young, who created a series of intermediary companies to allow him to buy more...
Jane Shilling's TV Choice
FIVE DAYS THAT CHANGED BRITAIN 9PM, BBC2 Up-to-the-minute stuff, this, so no previews, but it is safe to assume that this essay by Nick Robinson will be well up to his usual admirable standards as he hears from David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and others...
'Karma Will Prevent Spurs Raid on Parker'; David Sullivan Says He's Not Forgiven Rivals for Scuppering Gudjohnsen Deal as They Try to Capture Hammers' Star Man. Ken Dyer Reports
Byline: Ken Dyer TOTTENHAM'S early bid for Scott Parker is just the opening gambit in a high-stakes game which will surely test West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan's resolve in the coming weeks. Spurs's offer, which may actually have been less than...
Lewis-Francis Has Jamaican Speed Kings in His Sights
Byline: Matt Majendie AFTER winning silver at the European Athletics Championships, Mark Lewis-Francis believes anything is possible. In fact, after last night's 100metres final he even talked about British sprinters taking the fight to the all-conquering...
Literature Professor: Today's Writers Are Schoolboy Show-Offs
Byline: Rashid Razaq A LITERARY academic today attacked the "cult of personality" among English novelists, lambasting some as overrated "show-offs". Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes are among the writers who come in for...
London Drivers Will Have to Give Way to Olympic Traffic in 2012
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent LONDON drivers face major delays during the Olympics as key routes will be blocked to the public, it was revealed today. Mayor Boris Johnson warned the city to expect congestion as he unveiled plans...
Love and Loyalty at War
Byline: ANNE CHISHOLM SHADES OF GREENE: ONE GENERATION OF AN ENGLISH FAMILY by Jeremy Lewis (Cape, [pounds sterling]25) ON AN autumn night in 1939, just after the outbreak of war, a young Englishwoman in love with a young German stood until dawn...
Murdoch Is Facing a Price Hike in His Move for Sky
Byline: Gideon Spanier RUPERT Murdoch's News Corporation today faced the prospect of having to increase its [pounds sterling]7-a-share offer for BSkyB after the pay-TV giant unveiled a bumper set of annual results. Sky, which is already 39% owned...
Nu Ravers Lose Their Swagger; Pop
Byline: DAVID SMYTH KLAXONS Village Underground, EC2 WHENKlaxons waltzed off with the Mercury Prize for their debut album three years ago, they looked like a band for whom anything was possible. Having already transcended the nu-rave scene they...
Old Bailey QC Still Refuses to See Rejected Son; Cityspy
EMINENT barrister David Cocks settled his 30-year feud with his flame-haired former lover and pupil barrister Felicity Hammerton in 2007 after he agreed to pay a lump sum of [pounds sterling]100,000 to their son whom he had disowned since birth. Now...
One Day to Go and Boris Admits Bike Problems
Byline: Ross Lydall, Julia Belgutay and Alex Felton BORIS JOHNSON today warned that his flagship bike hire scheme faces a rash of problems when it launches tomorrow. A Standard investigation has found that cyclists faced a shortage of bikes and...
Paperbacks
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH THE LOST SYMBOL by Dan Brown (Corgi, [pounds sterling]7.99) YOU often hear people discussing the merits, or otherwise, of Dan Brown's writing. Is he brilliant? Is he terrible? Actually, he works like an expert stripper, selectively...
PartyGaming Takes off on Merger with Austria's Bwin; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin PARTYGAMING shares rocketed 26% today after the online gambling company said it was to merge with Austria's Bwin in a $3.3 billion ([pounds sterling]2.1 billion) deal. The move will create the world's biggest listed internet...
Pay Your Money and Saddle Up
Byline: Ross Lydall Can anyone hire a bike? Not yet. Only registered users -- those who have signed up on TfL's website and received an electronic key in the post -- will be able to remove a bike from a docking station. Unregistered casual users...
Review of 'Lenient' Sentences Given to Happy-Slap Killers
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent THE Attorney General is reviewing the "lenient" sentences given to the teenage killers of a grandfather in a "happy-slapping" attack. Dominic Grieve has called for the papers on the case of...
Shell Leaps as Its Rival BP Flounders
Byline: Hugo Duncan OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell put crisistorn rival BP in the shade today with a near-doubling in profits. The Anglo-Dutch firm delivered second-quarter profits of $4.5 billion ([pounds sterling]2.9 billion), nearly $50 million...
Sky Challenges BBC's Crown with Own Shows and [Pounds Sterling]150m HBO Deal
Byline: Gideon Spanier and Jonathan Prynn SKY today challenged the BBC's status as the most powerful force in British broadcasting. A dazzling set of results from the satellite broadcaster, with profits doubled to [pounds sterling]1.17 billion,...
Sky Challenges BBC's Crown with Own Shows and [Pounds Sterling]150m HBO Deal
Byline: Gideon Spanier and Jonathan Prynn SKY today challenged the BBC's status as the most powerful force in British broadcasting. A dazzling set of results from the satellite broadcaster, with profits doubled to [pounds sterling]1.17 billion,...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 No Aries is happy about being cornered into doing anything, but the circumstances triggered by your ruler Mars' encounter with Saturn indicate exactly that. Battle these if you must. Ultimately...
The Gifted Know a Caravaggio When They See One
Byline: Brian Sewell THE exhibition of Caravaggio's paintings that held all Rome in thrall throughout the early summer has just closed, thronged in its last weeks for 24 hours a day, so great was the demand to see it. One consequence is that the...
The Risks in Cameron's Diplomacy
DAVID Cameron risks losing more than he gains by seeking a British diplomatic approach to Turkey wholly at odds with that of our main EU partners. The Turks are under no illusions that their EU membership is a long way off and would rather have our...
The Smart Shopper
Byline: Charles Campion A GOURMET'S PARADISE Leila's Shop feels more like a designer boutique than a local food shop. Only open Wednesday to Sunday, this is a gourmet browser's paradise. There's an eclectic mix of products ranging from James Montgomery's...
Time's Running out So Heat Will Be on Sparky to Fire Up His New Charges; Hughes Will Have a [Pounds Sterling]20m Budget If He Moves to Craven Cottage but There Are a Number of Major Issues to Address before the Campaign Begins. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith WITH just over a fortnight until the season kicks off Mark Hughes will have to hit the ground running if, as expected, he is confirmed as Fulham manager. The club, stung by the embarrassment caused by the very public nature...
Topshop Boss Gives [Pounds Sterling]100,000 to Our Appeal to Help London's Poor; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor FASHION chain billionaire Sir Philip Green has made one of the biggest donations to the Standard's Dispossessed Fund to help London's poorest and has urged others to follow his example. The Topshop, Topman...
Tory Rebels Line Up to Threaten Plans on Electoral Reform
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor THE Tory rebellion over David Cameron's electoral reform plans grew today as he was accused of being "duped" by Nick Clegg over the need for radical change. The Standard has learned that the number of...
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