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Articles from August 15, 2011

A FISTFUL OF YUAN; While Gold Remains Popular, Experts Are Looking at Currencies from Debt-Free Countries like China, Says Simon English
Byline: Simon English THERE'S panic on the streets of London. Chaos in the stock market. Zero sign of economic growth. Fancy a promotion? Forget it. All of which is making a certain type of person -- bankers and investors, for instance -- understandably...
Animal-Prints? They Are All in the Jeans
Byline: Karen Dacre FASHION, like politics, is a fickle business. We start the season saying one thing and end it believing exactly the opposite. How else can we explain the success of Current/Elliott's leopard-print Stiletto jeans, the hottest...
AVB Must Find a Special One to Bring Back Chelsea's Flair
Byline: Simon Johnson STOKE CITY 0 CHELSEA 0 [bar] HE next fortnight could determine whether Chelsea will be genuine contenders or just pretenders to champions Manchester United. The performance at Stoke was certainly promising for new manager...
Basketball Players Hope Games Will Inspire a Generation of Fans
Byline: Miranda Bryant Evening Standard OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN 347 days to go BRITISH basketball players today told of their hopes that London 2012 can help make the sport as popular as football. As the completed basketball arena was unveiled in...
Bill Bratton Is Not the Man to Lead the Met
Byline: Charles Clarke Former Home Secretary [bar] RIMINALITY is neither "pure" nor "simple" as the Prime Minister appears to think. Curing the "sickness" of criminality, to use his rather unfortunate metaphor, requires skilful diagnosis and intelligent...
Boatman Killed in Thames Fall Was Planning to Wed Girlfriend
Byline: Rob Parsons THE family of a teenage boatman who died after falling into the Thames paid tribute to him today -- and revealed he had been planning to marry. Ben Woollacott, 19, came from five generations of boatmen and was son of Cruise...
Bradley Reacts Perfectly to Mickelson's Calm Words
Byline: Andy Hodgson KEEGAN BRADLEY became only the third man to win on his Major debut and then revealed how Phil Mickelson played a part in his US PGA Championship triumph. Bradley joined Francis Ouimet (US Open 1913) and Ben Curtis (The Open...
Business Can Help the Community
IN the looting of Brixton on the second day of the riots it was the sports chains and Tesco in the high street which lost most. One has to question what commitment these businesses, which are happy to take the money of residents of poorer areas like...
CAMERON WAGES WAR ON GANGS; VOW TO FIX 120,000 PROBLEM FAMILIES END THE HUMAN RIGHTS CULTURE CITIZEN SERVICE FOR 16-YEAR-OLDS Cameron Pledges to Mend Britain's Broken Society
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent and Justin Davenport DAVID CAMERON today declared "all-out war" on gangs and promised to fix Britain's broken society by turning around 120,000 problem families. In the biggest test of his...
Cesc: My Regret Is That I Only Won One Medal with Gunners; Fabregas: My Regret Is That I Only Won One Arsenal Medal
Byline: Pete Jenson at the Nou Camp CESC FABREGAS described it as "one of the best days of my life" after being unveiled as a Barcelona player today but revealed his sorrow at not winning more trophies with Arsenal. The midfielder was 16 when...
Chancellor Tells World Leaders to 'Show Courage'
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter GEORGE OSBORNE today called on global leaders to show "courage" and work together to fend off another financial crisis and keep the recovery on track. The Chancellor warned the "future prosperity of...
Chef Attacked Kitchen Worker after Critic Gill Called Food 'Disgusting'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn A CHEF attacked one of his kitchen staff in fury after a flippant comment by food critic AA Gill. Charlie McCubbin, 51, lost his temper when Gill allegedly described his food as "disgusting" at the end of the meal -- though...
Commuters Set to Pay 8% More for Rail Travel
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor INCREASES to season tickets of as much as eight per cent will be announced tomorrow. Commuters will learn how much more they will have to pay when the July rate of inflation is announced in the...
Cops Caught in a Love Trap
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS BLUE SURGE Finborough, SW10 REBECCA GILMAN is an American playwright who specialises in depicting the grubbiness of relationships -- their conflicts, dark ambiguities and episodes of selfloathing. This is the UK premiere...
Djokovic Is So Dominant but Says He Has a Human Side
Byline: Marco Giacomelli NOVAK DJOKOVIC has been out of this world but after entering the record books last night he joked: "I'm definitely human". The Serbian became the first man to capture five Masters Series titles in a year as he beat American...
Drivers Fume as Cycling Test Event Leads to 'Gridlock' across London
Byline: Mark Prigg and Matthew Beard TRANSPORT for London today admitted there were "lessons to be learned" after an Olympic test event led to traffic problems across London. Motorists complained of "transport chaos" caused by the London-Surrey...
Edinburgh Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD WHAT REMAINS Traverse @ University of Edinburgh Medical School Anatomy Department YOU ONCE SAID YES Underbelly ALLOTMENT Assembly Inverleith Allotments IF there's one thing Edinburgh revels in, it's getting audiences out...
England Are in Need of Brains and Brawn
Byline: Sam Peters [bar] NGLAND'S players wandered around the bowels of the Millennium Stadium after their 19-9 defeat desperately trying to piece together a horribly disjointed performance that left them and their management team searching for...
England Are in Need of Brains and Brawn
Byline: Sam Peters [bar] NGLAND'S players wandered around the bowels of the Millennium Stadium after their 19-9 defeat desperately trying to piece together a horribly disjointed performance that left them and their management team searching for...
Eurobonds May Be Merkel's Least Worst Solution
Byline: Russell Lynch TOMORROW'S talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's Nicolas Sarkozy should offer traumatised markets some hint of just how far the two nations are willing to go to shore up the tottering edifice of the European...
Families Left Homeless by Rioters' Fires Still Waiting to Be Rehoused
Byline: Rob Parsons DOZENS of families left homeless by the riots that devastated Tottenham face another week of uncertainty before they can be given permanent places to live. A week after buildings and shops were set ablaze during the first...
Family Treks 50 Miles for Aid as Kenya Is Threatened by Famine
Byline: Oliver Poole in northern Kenya THE danger that the famine gripping Somalia could spread into Kenya can be seen in the anguished face of Kausa Mohammed. Now living in a grass hut in an emergency relief camp, she had to walk more than 50...
Fancy an Evening at the Cinema? Just Start Pedalling, Mate
Byline: Jenni Marsh IN the depths of Notting Hill, 20 pairs of trendy feet are poised on pedals. Their owners have arrived on bikes which have been lined up in front of a huge projector and hooked to a generator, which for the next 90 minutes is...
FBI Man Tracks Thief on Stolen Laptop; IT Expert Secretly Filmed Suspect as He Surfed Net on Missing Computer
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent A FORMER FBI man who had his laptop stolen during the London riots used his technical skills to turn super-snoop and lead police to the suspect. Greg Martin, 29, a Texan who has worked for the FBI...
Final Whistle
Byline: by Henry Swarbrick Arsene Wenger responds to Arsenal fans chanting 'spend some f***ing money' during the 0-0 draw at Newcastle. "WE are not scared to spend the money if we find the right player. Just spending the money is not the target...
Flower Powers England to the Summit but Now They've Got to Stay There
Byline: Jason Cowley [bar] FTER the English riots we all needed an alternative, more hopeful vision of England. It was provided on Saturday by our cricketers as they once again ripped through the much-vaunted Indian batting line-up to confirm what...
Game Plan for King's Cross Hotel Too Late to Reap Olympic Gold
Byline: Laura Roberts AN AMERICAN property investment firm has bought one of the oldest hotels in central London for [pounds sterling]12 million even though it won't be open in time for the Olympics. The freehold for the Great Northern hotel...
Gangs and the Future for London's Police
THE row over the role of former US police chief Bill Bratton is driven by the political urgency of finding solutions to the riots. While there is disagreement between the Prime Minister and Labour leader Ed Miliband over the social causes of the unrest,...
Get It off Your TXT
Bad day at work? Baffled by Boris's latest move? Text us your heartfelt and hilarious London thoughts Enter ES TEXTS followed by a space then your message, name, address and postcode TEXT TO 65400 Texts cost 25p plus your standard network charge. Terms...
Heirs to the Mossy Posse
Byline: Karen Dacre and Jasmine Gardner ELLA DE LA FALAISE, 15 Superstar genetics: A proper rock-star grandchild, her father is Marlon Richards, the son of Rolling Stone Keith Richards and model/actress Anita Pallenberg. Raised primarily by his...
How the End of Bretton Woods Started Our Woes
Byline: Ross Norman Sharps Pixley, London bullion brokers [bar] T IS 40 years today since the end of the Bretton Woods agreement and indeed the end of the gold standard. Bretton Woods had been a financial discipline put in place to prevent central...
I'M NOT AFRAID TO SPEND; BUT I WILL ONLY BRING QUALITY TO ARSENAL, SAYS WENGER; I'm Not Afraid to Splash Cash, Says Wenger
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENE WENGER today insisted that Arsenal "are not frightened" to reinvest the money received from the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. The Gunners could receive up to [pounds sterling]35million...
Jafaican Is Now Part of Our Island's Slang
Byline: Sam Leith [bar] ET'S play "Pretend BBC Commissioning Editors", shall we? Pretend you're in charge of Newsnight. The big story is young men have been looting sportswear, throwing rocks at the police, and setting fire to Croydon. You need...
Jane Shilling's TV Choice
GREAT THINKERS: IN THEIR OWN WORDS 9PM, BBC4 What this three-part series sadly needs is someone to pull it all together. It's full of fascinating archive snippets, but it remains snippety. Having said which, there's a rich haul of oddities in this...
Knifeman Kills Six -- Three of Them Children
Byline: Rashid Razaq AN 18-MONTH-OLD boy and his sixyear-old sister were stabbed to death with their parents in a horrific knife attack in Jersey. Another young girl and her mother were also killed by a knifeman -- all at the same flat in the...
Making Mexican Waves
SET on a mountain facing the Pacific Ocean at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Capella Pedregal's dramatic entrance is via a private tunnel forged through the rock. Seeing off other high-end competition, the 66-room resort is...
Man Faces Court Charged with Burning Down Furniture Store
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor A MAN was today accused of burning a 150-year-old Croydon furniture store to the ground. Gordon Thompson, 33, appeared before magistrates charged with two counts of arson, including one with intent to...
Marathon Swim Hopefuls Dodge Serpentine Swans
Byline: Henry Swarbrick OPEN water swimming is raw, it is often cold and it is always eventful. Two hours on water, six laps and 10km and the race essentially comes down to a sprint finish and the finest of margins. Richard Weinberger of Canada...
'NATIONAL' SERVICE FOR ALL 16YR-OLDS; CAMERON OUTLINES RADICAL PLAN TO FIX BRITAIN'S BROKEN SOCIETY; PRIME MINISTER DECLARES ALL-OUT WAR ON GANGS; HE PLEDGES TO FIX LIVES OF 120,000 PROBLEM FAMILIES; Cameron Pledges to Curb Human Rights Culture
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent and Justin Davenport ALL 16-year-olds will be called upon to do National Citizen Service as part of David Cameron's plans to fix Britain's "broken society". After the worst riots in living...
RBS Unveils Multi-Million-Pound Fund to Help Riot-Hit Small Firms; SAVE OUR SHOPS Evening Standard Campaign
Byline: Peter Dominiczak, Jonathan Prynn and Ross Lydall BANKING giant RBS today unveiled plans for a [pounds sterling]10 million fund to help London's stricken small business owners in the wake of the riots. It launched the relief package after...
Rioters Must Face Their Victims and Say Sorry, Demands Mayor
Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent EVERY convicted rioter should be forced to make a personal apology to victims of the violence, Boris Johnson demanded today. The Mayor is calling for looters and youths to say sorry in person and...
Rioters Must Face Their Victims and Say Sorry, Demands Mayor
Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent EVERY convicted rioter should be forced to make a personal apology to victims of the violence, Boris Johnson said today. The Mayor is calling for looters and other offenders to say sorry in person...
Road Cycling Is an Odd Sport ... No Wonder the French Find It So Enjoyable
Byline: Dan Jones [bar] T IS often said that London's cyclists think they own the bloody road. Never was it truer than yesterday morning, when a huge loop of highway stretching from Buckingham Palace to Box Hill and back was closed to form the route...
Rockhopper's New Estimates Raise Hopes That Falklands Really Are Awash with Oil
Byline: Rosamund Urwin MARKET ROUND-UP FALKLANDS fervour returned to the City today, as Rockhopper raised hopes that the remote British territory could be rich with black gold after all. The energy exploration group, a favourite of private punters,...
The Cycle Shop Owner and the Barber
Byline: Mark Blunden A BIKE shop smashed up and looted in Croydon has recovered stolen stock thanks to Good Samaritans. The owners of Cycle King, in Brighton Road, said today that about 30 machines had been wheeled back to their store, which...
THE KIND COMMUTER; New Art Is Showing Tube Passengers' Generous Side, Says Victoria Stewart
Byline: Victoria Stewart IN the aftermath of the riots, spontaneous gestures of kindness have been in the news, helping reunite neighbourhoods and rebuild lives. But the kindness of Londoners goes, literally, much deeper. We are famous for our...
The Monster in the Hall
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THE MONSTER IN THE HALL Traverse THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART Traverse@ Ghillie Dhu If, theatrically speaking, it's anyone's Festival, it's surely David Greig's. The Scottish dramatist, well known to London audiences...
The Shopkeeper
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia A MAN whose shop was robbed and wrecked by looters during a night of rioting in Hackney is just 48 hours from re-opening. Shiva Kandiah, whose tears moved his customers, said the support from locals and well-wishers from...
The Ultimate Professionals
Byline: Jonathan Agnew BBC Cricket Correspondent [bar] T has been a long haul for England to become the best Test team in the world; a long road on which the occasional high has more often than not been followed by crushing disappointment. English...
Think before You Choose Wrong Clearing Course, Students Warned
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent MASSIVE pressure on university places could lead students to harm their prospects by choosing the wrong course, education experts warned today. Stress on places is expected to peak this year as students...
UK Recovery Is Buoyed as Market Turmoil Subsides
Byline: Russell Lynch THE UK's recovery hopes gained a welcome vote of confidence today as a leading rate-setter said the economy was strong enough to avoid a fresh round of money-printing by the Bank of England. The comments from Monetary Policy...
Victims of Arsonists Still Waiting to Be Rehoused
Byline: Rob Parsons DOZENS of families left homeless by the riots in Tottenham face another week of uncertainty before they can be given permanent places to live. A week after buildings and shops were set ablaze during the first night of rioting...
Virgin Sells 50% UKTV Slice to the States for [Pounds Sterling]339 Million
Byline: Nick Goodway VIRGIN Media today sold its 50% stake in UKTV, the home of such channels as Dave, Gold and Blighty, to an American broadcaster for a total of [pounds sterling]339 million. The stake has been bought by Scripps Networks Interactive,...
Welcome Home, Cesc
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent CESC FABREGAS today completed his [pounds sterling]35million move to Barcelona after arriving in Spain to undergo a medical before signing a five-year contract with the European champions. The...
Why Do We Still Have to Choose 'Still or Sparkling?'
Byline: Viv Groskop WHY is asking for free tap water in some restaurants an act of daring verging on the suicidal? The reaction of some waiters puts it almost in a criminal category. So you came here to get something for free? You think you can...
Wimbledon's Ugly Win Is a Thing of Beauty for Brown
Byline: Henry Swarbrick AFC WIMBLEDON manager Terry Brown hailed his side's ability to win ugly as the club secured their first ever Football League victory. Luke Moore opened the scoring from the spot before Rashid Yussuff's strike completed...