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Articles from January 18, 2011

A Harsh Lesson; Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THE KNOWLEDGE Bush, W12 IT'LL be anything but a fun night out, but should Education Secretary Michael Gove want an evening away from his red box, a trip to W12 is a must. The ever-enterprising Bush is using an ensemble of...
Andy Will Need to Catch the Ashes-Winning Habit
Byline: Dan Jones YOU go for months not watching any sporting competitions being held in Australia, and thus forcing you to keep the same hours as a fox or owl, and then blow me down if two don't come along at once. Andy Murray began his Australian...
A Strong Year for British Venues as Food World's Big Names Reign
Byline: commentary Fay Maschler AS chefs, or some chefs anyway, were quivering in anticipation of the Michelin Guide results for 2011, Gordon Ramsay tweeted from Los Angeles at 00.06 GMT to say that he was about to go on the Jay Leno show. It says...
Aussies Bank on Hussey's Rapid Recovery from Surgery
Byline: Warwick Jordan MIKE HUSSEY was included in the final 15-man Australia squad for the World Cup today only hours before undergoing surgery on a torn hamstring tendon in his left leg. His brother David has also won a call-up for the tournament,...
Ban on Revealing Blair's Secret Files Angers Iraq Inquiry Chief
Byline: Joe Murphy Political editor A CoveR-UP row erupted tonight when the official iraq inquiry complained it had been banned from revealing records of the secret invasion talks between Tony Blair and George Bush. in a bombshell statement,...
Barclays Is Fined a Record [Pounds Sterling]7.7m for Mis-Selling Funds
Byline: Nick Goodway BARCLAYS was today hit with a [pounds sterling]7.7 million fine -- the largest ever set by the City regulator for a High Street bank -- for mis-selling investment funds to thousands of people who were nearing retirement. ...
Brady Rages over Leaks; Mole Will Be Sacked Say West Ham ... but They Decide to Keep Grant after All
WEST HAM today vowed to seek out and sack the 'mole' they believe has leaked allegations about internal strife at the troubled club, writes Ken Dyer. Karren Brady, the club's vice-chair, was said to be furious over the leak to a national newspaper,...
Brady's Fury over 'Mole' at West Ham; Culprit Will Be Sacked, Say Hammers ... but They Decide to Stick with Grant
Byline: Ken Dyer Football Correspondent WEST HAM today vowed to seek out and sack the 'mole' they believe has leaked allegations about internal strife at the troubled club. Karren Brady, the club's vice-chair, was said to be furious over the...
Business Growth Triggers Rising Demand for More Managers
DEMAND for executives and professionals is outstripping that for workers in construction, secretaries, blue collar workers and those working in hotels and catering, according to the latest KPMG/Recruitment and Employment Confederation Report (REC)...
Christian Hotel Owners Broke Law by Turning Away Gay Guests
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent CHRISTIAN hotel owners who refused a gay couple a double-room at their guesthouse were today ordered to pay compensation after breaking the law. Peter and Hazelmary Bull must now pay [pounds sterling]3,600...
Christian Hotel Owners Broke Law by Turning Away Gay Guests
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent CHRISTIAN hotel owners who refused a gay couple a double-room at their guesthouse were today ordered to pay compensation after breaking the law. Peter and Hazelmary Bull must now pay [pounds sterling]3,600...
Don't Be Bursting to Buy into the Platinum Bubble
EVIDENCE that the commodity market is an absurd speculative bubble likely to go pop any time, part 17. Gold Money, the online metals trading website, has started selling bars of palladium at around $750 an ounce. If you are racing to invest while...
Dose of Inflation Can Be Good Medicine; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton TODAY'S inflation figures are really good news, because what this country badly needs is a steady dose of low-level inflation. As long as it remains modest -- say below 5% -- inflation should prove to be a positive aid to...
Fertility Expert: IVF Discount in Return for Eggs Is Exploitation
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent ONE of Britain's leading fertility experts today accused clinics of exploiting women by offering them cut-price IVF in return for their eggs. Professor Robert Winston told the Standard that schemes...
Fisher Unflappable as Inflation Rockets
Byline: Jim Armitage and Russell Lynch BANK of England rate-setter Paul Fisher today declared inflation was not a problem despite its spike to 3.7%, suggesting that a hike in interest rates was not yet inevitable. Fisher declared the present...
Fisher Unflappable as Inflation Rockets
Byline: Jim Armitage and Russell Lynch BANK of England rate-setter Paul Fisher today declared inflation was not a problem despite its spike to 3.7%, suggesting that a hike in interest rates was not yet inevitable. Fisher declared the present...
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Gordon Ramsay's Star Rises Again; Michelin Success for Chef after Year of Feuding and Financial Crises
Byline: Tom Harper GORDON RAMSAY has spent a year fighting financial problems and a very public row with his father-in-law. But the 44-year-old chef received a boost today as he retained the coveted three-star Michelin rating for his Chelsea...
Governor Weighs Up Some Tricky Options; Commentary
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor MERVYN KING is engaged in a highwire balancing act like no other during his long reign. The Bank of England governor is facing galloping inflation on the one side, as today's figures show, and an economy squeezed...
How London Leads the Way in Techno Wizardry
Byline: Anthony Browne Policy director for the Mayor of London HELP! What should I do? There I was, late for dinner with the Twitter delegation, and the docking station was full so I couldn't park my Boris bike. I whipped out my iPhone, pressed...
How Premier Clubs Can Avoid an Own Goal
HERE's my three-point business plan for all Premier League football clubs: 1) Stay exactly where you are. Ditch that out-of-town super stadium scheme. The magnificent, money-spinning retail "experience" that you imagine can be used to subsidise the...
IG Is Still Looking a Safe Bet in Shaky Times for Spreads
Byline: Simon English IS THE spread-betting boom over? INo, says Tim Howkins, chief executive of the biggest industry player IG Group. Don't say "he would, wouldn't he?" Look at his numbers instead. In a typical month IG is still recruiting...
I'LL GET BALE ON BRITAIN'S TEAM IN 2012; THE BIG INTERVIEW LORD MOYNIHAN; Olympic Chief Reveals Tottenham Star Could Sue If Wales Carry out Threat to Block Their Players from Appearing at London Games
Byline: Mihir Bose EXCLUSIVE IF GARETH BALE still wants to play in the London Games come the summer of 2012, then the Wales star will have no bigger supporter than chairman of the British Olympic Association, Lord Moynihan. Last week, the Football...
I Lost Everything after Being Stripped of Miss England Title; DRIVING BAN AND 2012 BLOW, NOW CHRISTIE'S NIECE HOPES MOTHERHOOD WILL BE A FRESH START
Byline: Rob Parsons THE beauty queen who "lost everything" after being stripped of her Miss England crown told today how she is rebuilding her life and preparing to be a mother for the first time. Rachel Christie said her life had "all been downhill"...
Keira's Latest Role: Making You Smile on the Rush-Hour Commute
Byline: Mark Prigg SHE has fought pirates, portrayed a duchess and been Oscar-nominated for Pride And Prejudice. But Keira Knightley will this week take on her toughest role yet -- cheering up London's grumpy commuters. The actress will star...
King Must Keep a Cool Head as Bank's Credibility Comes under Fire
Byline: Russell Lynch ECONOMIC ANALYSIS TODAY'S inflation figures compound a hugely difficult year for the Bank of England but the calls on the Old Lady to hike rates in the name of "credibility" are wide of the mark -- and downright dangerous....
King's Speech Set to Rule the Baftas; Hopes of Oscar Glory Rise as Firth and Co Get 14 Nominations
Byline: Louise Jury and Alistair Foster THE King's Speech looks set to storm the Baftas with 14 nominations -- boosting hopes of ultimate glory at the Oscars. Despite only one win at yesterday's Golden Globes, British Academy voters revealed...
Knife Crime and Muggings Rise but Police Hail Stop-and-Search
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor KNIFE crime in London rose last year as police tackled stabbings and gangland youth violence, figures revealed today. The number of knife offences rose by eight per cent, although the total being injured...
Labour Attacked over Marathon Lords Sitting
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter LABOUR peers were accused of "behaving like dinosaurs" today by forcing the House of Lords to debate plans to reform the voting system through the night. Tory Baroness Warsi hit out after peers were...
Labour Spin Chief Tells Media to Say 'Tory-Led' Not Coalition
Byline: Joe Murphy Political editor ED MILIBAND'S new spin chief was embroiled in a "bullying" row today after telling the BBC and other broadcasters they should stop using the word "Coalition". The Evening Standard can reveal Tom Baldwin wrote...
Lavendon Falls as Ashtead Backs Off
Byline: Rosamund Urwin MARKET ROUND-UP TAKEOVER rumours have injected some excitement into the markets in recent weeks, but it was the collapse of a deal which was today's major talking point. Shares in Lavendon, the equipment hire group, dropped...
Like It or Not, the Capital Will Need More Air Travel
Byline: Boris Johnson ONE of the most important decisions taken by the coalition government was to rule out a new runway at Heathrow -- and they were right. I am sitting at my desk in north London at 6am and already I can hear waves of planes...
London Needs Working Migrants
YOU report the Government Citizenship Survey which shows a large majority of people in support of curbs on immigration. It's a pity that the report, by the Department for Communities and Local Government, doesn't provide a regional breakdown -- Londoners...
Mayor Must 'Come Clean' on Thames Airport Plan
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor BORIS JOHNSON came under pressure today to "come clean" over his plans for a Thames Estuary airport. The Mayor has been a vocal campaigner for a new island airport to provide "much-needed" airport capacity...
Met Is Given Control of Police Unit Behind Undercover Fiasco
Byline: Martin Bentham and Justin Davenport THE police unit that deployed undercover officer Mark Kennedy is to be placed under Met control, a Home Office minister said today. Policing minister Nick Herbert told the Commons home affairs committee...
Muggings and Knife Crime Rise but Officers Hail Stop-and-Search
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor KNIFE crime in London rose last year as police tackled stabbings and gangland youth violence, figures revealed today. The number of knife offences rose by eight per cent, although the total injured in stabbings...
Murray Finds It a Breeze as He Blows Ailing Beck into Touch; Scotsman Gets off to a Flying Start at the Australian Open Today after His Opponent Is Forced to Retire Because of a Shoulder Injury. by Chris Jones in Melbourne
Byline: Chris Jones ANDY MURRAY'S bid for a first Grand Slam title got off to a comfortable start at the Australian Open here today as he eased to victory over Karol Beck when the Slovakian was forced to quit with a shoulder injury. The world...
Parents 'In Limbo' 30 Years after Fire in New Cross Killed 14
Byline: Mark Blunden THE father of a teenage boy who was one of 14 victims of the New Cross fire today called for a definitive answer to what happened. He said families were still "in limbo" 30 years after the tragedy. George Francis, 82, spoke...
Parliament Campers Defy Moves to Oust Them
Byline: Rob Parsons PARLIAMENT Square protesters vowed to stay put today despite being ordered to dismantle their campsite for "blocking the public highway". Westminster council has served legal letters on 30 protesters on the pavement around...
Passion, Wit and a Sweet Taste; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS AS YOU LIKE IT Roundhouse, NW1 AS YOU Like It is a study of different kinds of love, in which Shakespeare combines pastoral comedy with a critique of that genre, which at the time was remarkably fashionable. It's a play that...
Paternity Leave: The Daddy of All Modern Dilemmas; the Coalition's Equality Minister Tells Pippa Crerar Why Nick Clegg's Plans for Extended Leave for New Fathers Is a Winning Formula for the Whole Family
Byline: Pippa Crerar AS A single mother of two, Lynne Featherstone, the Government's minister for equality, spent years juggling work and childcare. The 58-year-old former businesswoman, whose children are now in their twenties, knows better than...
Plaudits for Piers as Oprah, His First US Chat Show Guest, Sheds a Tear
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent BY HIS own admission he can be rude, opinionated and abrupt and looks like he has a "whacking big ego". He also claims to be the second most unpopular person on Twitter. But today Piers Morgan was...
Plaudits for Piers as Oprah, the First Guest on His New US Chat Show, Sheds a Tear
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent BY his own admission he can be rude, opinionated and abrupt and looks like he has a "whacking big ego". he also claims to be the second most unpopular person on Twitter. But today Piers Morgan was...
Price Controls 'Won't Stop Binge Drinkers'; Supermarkets Let off the Hook, Say Campaigners
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor MINISTERS were accused of "betrayal" today as health campaigners said a new minimum price for alcohol was too low to deter excessive drinking. The Home Office said shops will be banned from selling alcohol...
Redknapp Hopes Fabiano Won't Snub Spurs Again
Byline: Simon Johnson TOTTENHAM's desperation to sign a new striker this month has taken another twist with the club once again turning their attention to Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano. Standard Sport understands Spurs sent a senior scout to watch...
Sad Safina Humiliated by Clijsters and Admits She Expected It
Byline: Chris Jones DINARA SAFINA'S future in the sport is in doubt after she was trounced 6-0, 6-0 by Kim Clijsters today and then admitted she went into the match fearing she wouldn't even win a point. The 24-year-old was world No1 just 14...
Say 'Tory-Led' Not Coalition, Labour Spin Chief Tells Media
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor ED MILIBAND'S new spin chief was embroiled in a "bullying" row today after telling the BBC and other broadcasters they should stop using the word "Coalition". The Evening Standard can reveal Tom Baldwin wrote...
SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE; Stand out from the Drab Horde in Cheerful Clothes and Shoes with a High-Gloss Lacquer
Byline: Laura Craik Fashion Editor SO THE rain is chucking it down like Amy Winehouse, and I'm trying to push the buggy with one hand because I'm still labouring under the misapprehension that I can keep my hair dry when it rains, just like all...
Soaring Interest Rate on the Way; as Prices Rocket, Home Loans Could Rise as Early as May
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor and Nicholas Cecil HOMEOWNERS were today warned that interest rates could soar as soon as May after a shock jump in inflation. Official figures show the biggest rise in the cost of living over a single month...
Sports Cuts 'Will Hit Disabled and Disadvantaged Children'
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent DISADVANTAGED children will miss out on playing sport because funding cuts will force schools to close specialist clubs, experts said today. Autistic children, young people in wheelchairs and pupils...
Spurs Move to Olympic Stadium 'Would Be Hammer Blow' to Fans
Byline: Matthew Beard sports news Correspondent THOUSANDS of Londoners will be betrayed if Tottenham Hotspur win their bid to move to the Olympic stadium, it was claimed today. One of London's poorest areas will be hit by a "hammer blow" if Spurs...
Spurs' Move to Olympic Stadium Would Be 'Hammer Blow' to Fans
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent THOUSANDS of Londoners will be betrayed if Tottenham Hotspur win their bid to move to the Olympic stadium, it was claimed today. One of London's poorest areas will be hit by a "hammer blow" if Spurs...
Squatters Sent Packing as They Try to 'Re-House' Themselves in [Pounds Sterling]7m Home
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger SQUATTERS evicted from a [pounds sterling]10 million house were thwarted by security guards as they tried to invade a second home near "Billionaires' Row". The 30-strong group had selected a palatial property a...
Squatters Sent Packing from [Pounds Sterling]7m House; Security Guards Foil Invasion of Second Property
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger SqUATTERS evicted from a [pounds sterling]10 million house were thwarted by security guards as they tried to invade a second home near "Billionaires' Row". The 30-strong group had selected a palatial property a...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Your instincts are telling you that big changes are coming. Not only are you right, the new ideas or offers promised by Jupiter's move into Aries this Saturday begin a life-changing cycle....
The City's Still Hiring; Fears That the Bonus Row, Bank-Bashing and Economic Uncertainty Would Force Financial Firms to Rein in Recruitment Have Proved Unfounded. There Are Still Plenty of Vacancies, Even If There Are Not So Many New Jobs, Says Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth CITY job vacancies were up 18 per cent year-on-year in December, according to latest figures from financial services recruitment firm Astbury Marsden. "While some banks are trimming back on staff, on aggregate the City is...
THE FANBOY PHILANTHROPISTS; He Has Signed Up Juan Diego Florez and Squared Up to Erwin Schrott -- Now, as His Recital Series Reaches Its Tenth Anniversary, City Lawyer Ian Rosenblatt Tells Petroc Trelawny Why Funding the Arts Remains Pleasure, Not Business
Byline: Petroc Trelawny THREE mornings a week, at 6.30, Ian Rosenblatt meets his cousin Lionel at Caffe Nero by St Paul's Tube station. Over espressos they discuss the business of their respective City law firms. Then, at seven, the two men relocate...
The Joy and Pain of Text; out in the City
Byline: Richard Dennen "ARE you excited, babe?" Willa, my flatmate, asked. She was sitting on the floor chopping up some T-shirts, I was lying on the sofa reading Ozymandias and practising my "sneer of cold command". Arthur, that's the guy who I'd...
The Slumming of Our Great City Has Gone Too Far; the Parliament Square Squatter Camp Is Just One Sad Example of London's Deteriorating Visual Landscape
Byline: Simon Jenkins LONDON has long been the home of protest but there are limits. That limit has long been crossed in Parliament Square. The place has become a second Greenham Common, a council dump for disused fences, barricades, chicken wire...
The Toddler Whose Cancer Was Said to Be Nappy Rash
Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent A TODDLER has made a remarkable recovery after doctors initially misdiagnosed her cancer as "nappy rash". Luna Caden underwent months of gruelling treatment and surgery after a tumour the size of a...
This Essex Girl Will Talk Her Way to the Top; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID SMYTH JESSIE J Scala NEVER mind the singing -- Jessica Cornish, Britain's newest pop sensation, could talk her way to the top of the charts. The 22-year-old Essex girl was still nattering on stage five minutes after her last...
Toddler Beats Cancer That Doctors Thought Was Just Nappy Rash
Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent A TODDLER has made a remarkable recovery after doctors initially misdiagnosed her cancer as "nappy rash". Luna Caden underwent months of gruelling treatment and surgery when a tumour the size of a grapefruit...
TV Choice
Byline: JANE SHILLING DANCE DANCE DANCE 8PM, SKY ARTS 2 The popularity of Strictly notwithstanding, dance is still one of the most under-represented of art forms on television. BBC4's inspired programming has done much to make classical music more...
Watchdog's Record Fine on Barclays for Mis-Selling Funds
Byline: Nick Goodway BARCLAYS was today hit with a [pounds sterling]7.7 million fine -- the largest ever set by the City regulator for a High Street bank -- for mis-selling investment funds to thousands of people who were nearing retirement. ...
Where Tourists Go, Freedom Will One Day Follow
Byline: Sarah Sands IT IS the time of year for booking holidays and last weekend's newspapers carried bumper travel supplements. I don't know how many of them hastily removed references to Tunisia. The country has captured the mainstream tourist...
Why Wait to Upgrade Your Qualifications?
Byline: Sarah Richardson ARE you looking for a new direction in 2011 or wanting to update qualifications? London Metropolitan University has a limited number of places on postgraduate degree courses starting this month -- but you'll need to act...