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Articles from February 4, 2010

A Genius -- Warts and All
Byline: VICTOR SEBESTYEN ARTHUR KOESTLER: THE INDISPENSABLE INTELLECTUAL by Michael Scammell (Faber, [pounds sterling]25) AN MI5 officer interrogated Arthur Koestler in 1941 when the writer sought refuge in Britain after a dramatic escape from...
A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM; Theo Van Doesburg, a Zealot Who Founded the Most Coldly Inhuman Art Movement of the 20th Century, Is the Subject of Tate Modern's Best Exhibition for Years; EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Byline: Brian Sewell Tate Modern, SE1 AT A time when museums and galleries in this country seem to be abandoning the historic academic and educational purposes of transitory exhibitions and permanent displays, turning to more populist approaches...
Bank Slams Brakes on QE amid 'Sluggish Recovery'
Byline: Hugo Duncan THE Bank of England took the dramatic decision to turn off its printing presses today as it called a halt to quantitative easing. It said it will not pump any more money into the economy, having now injected a staggering [pounds...
Bank Stops QE Stimulus amid 'Sluggish Recovery'
Byline: Hugo Duncan THE Bank of England made a dramatic decision to turn off its printing presses today as it called a halt to quantitative easing. It said it will not pump any more money into the economy having now injected a staggering [pounds...
Being Neither Fish nor Fowl, New Look Ain't Made to Float
Byline: Nick Goodway ON THE rare occasions I allow my teenage daughters to drag me (or, more accurately, my credit card), down Oxford Street we have a set formula. Start at the west end of the road at Primark as it opens. Allow them 30 minutes to...
British Gas Slashes Bills by [Pounds Sterling]55 after Cold Snap Profits
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor BRITISH GAS slashed energy bills for millions of households today as it revealed it made bumper profits from the cold snap in December and January. The energy giant, which supplies eight million...
Budgets the Tories Must Choose from; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton THOUGH Tory leader David Cameron and shadow chancellor George Osborne seem increasingly confused about what to do when in power to tackle the public sector deficit and associated mountain of debt, there is no reason for the...
CARNABY COOL; It's 50 Years since One Soho Side-Street Started to Take off as London's Hippest Shopping Destination. Jonathan Prynn Joins the Celebration
Byline: Jonathan Prynn IT'S LESS than 200 yards from end to end but for almost a decade its global influence was greater than any other thoroughfare in Britain -- with the arguable exception of Downing Street. Carnaby Street was first built in...
CHEATING MPs IN [Pounds sterling]1M PAYBACK DAY; 350 FOUND GUILTY OF MILKING EXPENSES ON PARLIAMENT'S DAY OF SHAME; ANGRY POLITICIANS LAUNCH ATTACK ON 'LAZY, INCOMPETENT' SLEAZE WATCHDOG; Auditor Condemns 'Vague Rules'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Paul Waugh and Pippa Crerar THE full scale of the MPs' expenses scandal was laid bare today in a day of shame and chaos for Parliament. Hundreds were told to repay a total of more than [pounds sterling]1.1 million after...
Cheating Terry Faces Losing [Pounds Sterling]5m Sponsorship. as Well as His Wife
Byline: Matthew Beard and Sri Carmichael JOHN TERRY could lose [pounds sterling]5 million in sponsorship deals as a result of his affair with former lingerie model Vanessa Perroncel. Experts say his relationship with the former partner of team-mate...
Cheating Terry Faces Losing [Pounds Sterling]5m Sponsorship. as Well as His Wife
Byline: Matthew Beard and Sri Carmichael JOHN TERRY could lose [pounds sterling]5 million in sponsorship deals as a result of his affair with former lingerie model Vanessa Perroncel. Experts say his relationship with the former partner of team-mate...
Dangerous Toyota Cars 'Will Take Months to Be Fixed'
Byline: JonathanPrynn Consumer business editor REPAIRS to tens of thousands of potentially dangerous Toyota cars are likely to take months to complete, it emerged today. The world's biggest car manufacturer is facing a huge threat to its reputation...
DEFOE'S GOAL TARGET I CAN BEAT ROONEY TO THE GOLDEN BOOT; Spurs Striker Buoyant after Third Hat-Trick of Season
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent JERMAIN DEFOE today set his sights on winning the Golden Boot after his third hat-trick of the season fired Tottenham into the fifth round of the FA Cup. The England striker's treble in last night's...
Dignity and Poetry in the Lives of the Underclass
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN EVEN THE DOGS by Jon McGregor (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]12.99) RARE among novelists, Jon McGregor is determined to write about people who are not normally written about. His protagonists live downbeat lives in places such...
Don't Blame Tube Lines, Boris
I DO NOT share Boris Johnson's anger at Tube Lines over its Northern line upgrade plans. The Underground's running hours mean any night-time engineering work has to be carried out in a narrow window between about 1am and 4.30am. Closing the line...
EMI Faces the Music after It Records Huge Losses of [Pounds Sterling]1 Billion
Byline: Gideon Spanier and Jonathan Prynn THE future of EMI, the British record label behind Robbie Williams, Madonna, Coldplay and Lily Allen, was plunged into doubt today when it admitted to making massive losses. The 113-year-old company is...
EMI Faces the Music after It Records Huge Losses of [Pounds Sterling]1 Billion
Byline: Gideon Spanier and Jonathan Prynn THE future of EMI, the British record label behind Robbie Williams, Madonna, Coldplay and Lily Allen, was plunged into doubt today when it admitted to making massive losses. The 113-year-old company is...
Eurozone Mess Shows UK Was Right Not to Join; We Could Have Faced Same Woes as Greece, Says a Leading Eurosceptic. Tomorrow a Pro-European Hits Back; COMMENTARY
Byline: David Davis THE government tells us that we are out of recession -- but only by one tenth of one percent growth. Any smaller and it would have vanished all together. After the brutal negatives of the last year, our economy could not get...
Final Moments of Gas Death Children; Father Tells of Poisoning on Corfu Holiday
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE father of two children killed by a gas leak in Corfu today described their final moments to a court on the Greek island. Neil Shepherd, whose children Christianne, seven, and Robert, six, died in a holiday apartment,...
First Artist Deal Prompts Talk of Break-Up Bid; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Simon English JON Smith has long been regarded as the acceptable face of the football agency world -- the goto guy when the posh daily papers are looking for an insight into a business often unfairly regarded as a sordid affair. But shares...
FIVE BRITONS TO WATCH; It's Snow Joke ... We Have Some Real Medal Contenders of Our Own in Vancouver. Matthew Beard Reports
Byline: Matthew Beard BRITAIN'S winter Olympic team of around 50 athletes has been set the target of winning three medals, and if they achieve that aim it will be the best tally since the 1936 Games in the German border town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen....
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Giacometti Walks into Record Books
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent LONDON has reclaimed the crown for selling the world's most expensive artwork from New York. The staggering new record for a Giacometti sculpture helped take total sales at Sotheby's last night to...
GOAL NO2 Polished Bentley Fuels Defoe's Treble; the Much-Criticised Winger Is Starting to Impress Redknapp Again after Tearing Leeds Apart and Helping the Striker to Bag His Hat-Trick. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse LEEDS UNITED 1 TOTTENHAM 3 HARRY REDKNAPP had two reasons to celebrate after his team reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and his racehorse won at Lingfield yesterday. Arry's Orse came in at 5-6 favourite in the 1.40,...
Great Britons: Where Are They Now?
ROBIN COUSINS Cousins was a multiple world figure skating champion best known for winning Olympic gold at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. In recent years he has again become a familiar face on television as the BBC's skating pundit but is better known...
Greening Insists Patched-Up Fulham Won't Be in Dogfight
Byline: David Smith FULHAM 1 PORTSMOUTH 0 GOAL HERO Jonathan Greening today claimed Fulham can steer clear of a Premier League relegation battle, despite the side being decimated by injuries. Greening found the net for the first time in 21...
Hewitt Hosted Dinner for BT before It Made Her a Director
Byline: Paul Waugh FORMER Cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt faced questions today over her use of parliamentary hospitality as it emerged she hosted receptions for a firm that later made her a director. The former health secretary and trade and...
Holiday Reps on Trial over Poison Deaths; Brother and Sister Died in Corfu Gas Leak
Byline: Kiran Randhawa TWO British holiday reps went on trial at a Greek court today over the deaths of two children killed by a gas leak at their hotel. Richard Carson, 27, and Nicola Gibson, 25, were charged with the manslaughter of Christianne...
Hoodies Escape Charges on Death of Tower-Fall Boy
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent A GANG suspected of chasing a teenager moments before he plunged to his death from a tower block have escaped prosecution, an inquest heard today. Ahmed Benyermak, 16, fell 60ft after he tried to flee...
Interest Rates Will Surge to 6.5% by 2015, Barclays Says
INTEREST rates will soar over the next five years despite feeble economic growth and rising unemployment, leading economists warned today. A report by Barclays said rates will rise to 3.5% by the time of the London Olympics in 2012 and to 6.5% in...
Little to Lose by Lying Back and Thinking of Cash
Byline: Laura Craik WHAT are you doing this weekend? I'm thinking of going down Elysium to see if I can get a shag. I might be seven months pregnant but I don't think it'll matter: footballers will do it with anyone. My maternity pay could do with...
Losing the Plot in a Land of Lost Souls; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS REALLY OLD, LIKE FORTY FIVE National's Cottesloe, SE1 ** DEMENTIA is one of the greatest health issues facing us this century -- and one of the most divisive. Recently, Terry Pratchett has spoken of the contemporary...
Martin Amis's Sexual Trauma; Book of the Week
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE PREGNANT WIDOW -- INSIDE HISTORY by Martin Amis (Cape, [pounds sterling]18.99) IN 1970, Keith Nearing, a 20-yearold literature student, spends the summer in a swanky castle in Italy with his clever, slightly plain girlfriend...
Masterpieces Are the Ideal Places for the Rich to Park Their Money; COMMENTARY
Byline: Godfrey Barker THE world record [pounds sterling]65 million or $104.3 million paid anonymously at Sotheby's last night for a work of art is easily explained. It is about that special problem of the superrich which does not worry ordinary...
More Jobs for IT Crowd with All the Skills; Demand for Permanent Staff in IT and Computing Is Outstripping Other Sectors. Who Will Benefit from This Growth -- and How Can All of Us Ensure We Do Not Get Left Behind? Niki Chesworth Reports
Byline: Niki Chesworth PERMANENT staff placements increased for the sixth month running during January, with demand for staff now growing at its strongest rate since July 2007, according to the monthly Report on Jobs, published by the Recruitment...
Mum Would Have Been Horrified at Our Legal Ordeal after Her Suicide
Byline: Miranda Bryant THE daughter of novelist Jane Aiken Hodge has spoken out for the first time since being cleared of helping her mother to die and called for a relaxation of the laws on assisted suicide. Professor Joanna Hodge said the Crown...
My Intrepid Lover, Two White Africans and Mugabe's Thugs Who Wanted Them All Dead; DIRECTOR LUCY BAILEY'S DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE EPIC STRUGGLE OF TWO OUSTED FARMERS IN ZIMBABWE HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR A BAFTA
Byline: Stephen Robinson Making a feature-length documentary in rural africa is hard enough, any film-maker will tell you. But making a film about a family of white farmers under attack from racist zealots in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe's secret...
Olympic Village Sprints Ahead
Byline: Matthew Beard and Ruth Bloomfield THE 1,000th home in the 2012 Olympic Village was completed today in a key milestone for the [pounds sterling]1 billion project. Three of the village's 11 residential plots on the eastern fringe of the...
Other Girls on Film
Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan WHETHER at glitzy US ceremonies or gritty European festivals, women directors seem finally to be moving away from the margins. Here are five females who have blazed a particularly bright trail over the past 12 months....
Out-of-Hours Doctor Unlawfully Killed Patient with Overdose
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor AN ELDERLY patient who was given a fatal drug overdose by an overseas locum doctor was unlawfully killed. A coroner today said that the death of David Gray, 70, amounted to gross negligence and manslaughter...
PARDON? ANOTHER CLOSURE; MAN ON THE TUBE; to Add Insult to Injury, We're Deafened with Boastful Updates, Says Andrew Martin
Byline: Andrew Martin MUCH to the Mayor's fury, the notorious PPP contractor, Tube Lines, is demanding a total of 131 full days' closure of the Northern line starting next month, including 21 weekend closures. Thanks to a policy of deafening...
Peers Bid to Scupper [Pounds Sterling]1 Fee for Parking in Royal Park
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent THE row over new parking charges for two Royal Parks escalated today into a Lords showdown. Peers resorted to a parliamentary procedure that has not been successful since 1974 in an attempt...
[Pounds sterling]1MILLION PAYBACK DAY FOR MPs WHO CHEATED; 350 GUILTY IN EXPENSES SCANDAL; Scathing Words for Speaker Martin
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Paul Waugh and Pippa Crerar THE full scale of the MPs' expenses scandal was laid bare today in a day of shame for Parliament. Hundreds were told to repay a total of more than [pounds sterling]1.1 million after years of...
[Pounds Sterling]60,000 Bill for Golden Couple Who Lost Shine over Expenses; Husband and Wife among MPs Hit Hardest in Crackdown by Watchdog
Byline: Paul Waugh deputy Political editor HUSBAND and wife MPs Andrew Mackay and Julie Kirkbride have been forced to repay more than [pounds sterling]60,000 as expenses watchdogs finally cracked down on their claims for public money. Their massive...
[Pounds Sterling]60,000 Repayment for Golden Couple Who Lost Their Shine; Husband-and-Wife among MPs Hit Hardest in Watchdog's Crackdown
Byline: PaulWaugh deputy Political editor HUSBAND and wife MPs Andrew Mackay and Julie Kirkbride have been forced to repay more than [pounds sterling]60,000 as expenses watchdogs finally cracked down on their claims for public money. Their massive...
Quake Survivors Protest at 'Bribes for Food Coupons'
Byline: Kiran Randhawa HUNDREDS of protesters marched through the streets of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince accusing officials of demanding bribes for donated food. Aid workers joined the crowds of hungry demonstrators claiming desperately needed...
Returning Big Guns Can Fire Us to the Title; Ireland Are My Favourites to Win the RBS 6 Nations, but England Can Come out on Top If They Get off to a Good Start with Their Best Players Back from Injury; RBS 6 NATIONS EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Jason Leonard England's most capped player IF I WAS Martin Johnson, I'd have a really good feeling about this Championship. Ireland are my favourites but I think England can win it. They have almost all their players back from injury and...
Shell Axes 1000 More Staff as Earnings Plunge 69%
Byline: Oscar Blend ROYAL Dutch Shell suffered more setbacks today as it posted fullyear earnings down almost 70% and announced that 1000 more staff would have to go. Shell's shares fell nearly 2% after it published results which analysts described...
Shell Cuts 1000 More Staff as Earnings Plunge 69%
Byline: Oscar Blend ROYAL Dutch Shell suffered more setbacks today as it posted fullyear earnings down almost 70% and announced that 1000 more staff would have to go. Shell's shares fell nearly 2% after it published results which analysts described...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 While your capacity to seize the initiative is one of your strengths, sometimes it's important to stand back and allow others to show what they can do. They may take longer than you would....
Teenager 'Mauled by Gang's Dogs Then Stabbed to Death'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A TEENAGER was murdered in a park when a gang unleashed vicious dogs as "weapons," the Old Bailey heard today. Two dogs were let loose to chase, bring down and savage Christopher Ogunyemi, 16, the jury...
The Discerning Drinker
Byline: Andrew Neather THE wine world is chewing over the cold and wet 2008 Burgundy vintage, tasted in London last month and to be released later this year. The whites aren't at all bad but for the reds it's another weak year, if not as grim as...
The Smart Shopper
Byline: Charles Campion SENSATIONAL SPROUTS It's difficult to make a decent salad at this time of year without resorting to expensive leafy imports but one option is to use sprouted seeds -- and there is an increasing range available. Sky Sprouts...
THE VONN TO WATCH; American Downhill Racer Is Tipped to Take the World by Storm with a Clean Sweep of Gold Medals at the Vancouver Games
Byline: Matthew Beard AMERICAN skier Lindsey Vonn is being tipped to become the global superstar of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Vonn is bidding for a clean sweep of gold medals in the prestigious Alpine ski events to add to her consecutive...
This Energy Crisis Needs Action Not More Hot Air
Byline: Andrew Neather ONE of my earliest memories of any national event is the power cuts of January 1972, caused by striking miners, and of an accompanying sense of despair far worse than the present economic crisis. Yesterday energy regulator...
THIS ROOM WITH A VIEW HAS REAL PROMISE; While Other Venues Lap Up Michelin Acclaim, One Charming Thameside Venture Has Earned Its Rating Unnoticed. It's Definitely One to Watch RESTAURANTS OF THE WEEK
Byline: Fay Maschler THE BINGHAM RESTAURANT *** 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey (020 8940 0902). Open daily. Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm and 7pm-10pm. Sun 12.30pm-4pm. Set price three/four courses for [pounds sterling]39/45 per person. Tasting...
Top Bosses Step aboard the Riskfree Gravy Train; Should the New CEOs of M&S and ITV Fail to Perform, They Stand to Lose Nothing More Than Their Reputations
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor EVERY so often during his reign at Marks & Spencer, Sir Stuart Rose's mobile would go. On the other end, a voice would sing, "If I were a rich man ..." He recognised who it was straight away: Sir Philip Green,...
WE MUST DELIVER AGAINST WALES; ENGLAND SKIPPER'S VOW; Borthwick Expects Winning Start to Six Nations with Injured Stars Back for Twickenham Showdown
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent CAPTAIN Steve Borthwick will not accept a repeat of England's poor autumn performances when they face Wales on Saturday. Injury robbed England of 12 key players for the November Tests and it showed as the...
Wogan Bowed out from Breakfast Show with Record 8.1m
Byline: Alistair Foster SIR TERRY WOGAN ended his reign as Radio 2 breakfast show host by equalling his best-ever audience. Wogan, 71, had an average weekly reach of 8.1 million, nearly a million more than Radio 1 rival Chris Moyles, in the final...
Wogan Tuned out of Breakfast Show with Record 8.1 Million 'Togs'
Byline: Alistair Foster SIR TERRY WOGAN ended his reign as Radio 2 breakfast show host by equalling his best-ever audience. Wogan, 71, had an average weekly reach of 8.1 million, nearly a million more than Radio 1 rival Chris Moyles, in the final...