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Articles from April 4, 2012

A Good Tax Dodge -- or a Fishy Business? Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS
Byline: Fiona McNulty QMY SON is buying his first flat -- for [pounds sterling]410,000 -- and having recently got divorced I'm buying my first home in my own name. I am paying [pounds sterling]2.05 million for a place in Fulham. The agents in both...
An Intimate Evening with Kylie? We Should Be So Lucky; REVIEW; KYLIE MINOGUE HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Byline: RICK PEARSON AFTER 25 years as a recording artist, selling more than 68 million records, Kylie Minogue has opted to take a break from all this hit-making malarkey. The Anti Tour, which arrived at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo last night,...
A Record Number of River Commuters Are Living beside the Thames
Byline: David Spittles MORE people are living alongside the central stretch of the Thames in London -- from Wandsworth to Woolwich -- than at any time in the capital's history. The demand for riverside homes is so great that thousands of new properties...
As London Becomes a City of Renters, Flats for the 'Facebook Generation' Arrive
Byline: says David Spittles [bar] ONDON'S resurgent rentals sector is leading a nationwide boom in private lettings that will change the face of the property market over the next decade. Private renting now accounts for 27 per cent of all homes...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork Little Plumber is a huge help THE Little Plumber electronic water softener fights the effects of hard water to descale your plumbing and increase your hot water pressure. Readers can purchase the system with a 10 per cent discount...
Blues Are Put on Red Alert to Avoid Another Nervous Night; Former Chelsea Star Pat Nevin Says the Way Club Almost Slipped Up at Same Stage of the Champions League against Liverpool Means Quarter-Final Tie with Benfica Is Far from Over
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent IT will be Barcelona and not Benfica whom Chelsea fans will be thinking of when they take their seats at Stamford Bridge for tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg. The chance to play...
Boris: Give Londoners Tax Payback
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor BORIS JOHNSON today unveiled plans for Londoners to keep more of the tax revenue they generate to spend on better public services. The Mayor said the capital should get a greater return on the cash they contribute...
Boris: I Don't Regret Swearing at Liar Ken
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Pippa Crerar THE war of words between Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone deepened today as the Mayor said he had no regrets about swearing at his Labour rival during an angry confrontation in a lift. Mr Livingstone,...
British Quartet Quick to Avenge Aussie Loss with a Golden Pedal
Byline: Matt Majendie [bar] REAT BRITAIN today claimed revenge for a thumping defeat by Australia as they set a world record to claim gold in the men's team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships. But Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish...
Burglars 'Posed as Estate Agents to Raid Homes'
Byline: Rob Parsons POLICE are hunting a pair of smartly dressed burglars who stole [pounds sterling]180,000 of property from apartments in south London. The two men, caught on CCTV, are thought to have gained entry by pretending to be estate...
Burglars 'Posed as Property Agents to Raid Flats'
Byline: Rob Parsons THESE are the smartly dressed burglars being hunted by police after stealing [pounds sterling]180,000 worth of property from apartments in south London. The two men, caught on CCTV, are thought to have gained entry to the...
BUY THE UGLIEST HOUSE IN THE STREET; Find Your Favourite Street, Buy Its Worst-Looking House and Call an Architect. That's How to Get Your Dream Home, Says, Philippa Stockley
Byline: Philippa Stockley ARCHITECTS can improve the quality of your life. A bit of time spent with the right one can open doors in your mind that could lead to a trasformation of your home and the way you live. Now in its sixteenth year, the...
Cameron Vows to 'Plug Security Gaps' as Clegg Objects to Secret Courts
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON today vowed to protect Britain from terror attacks after Nick Clegg threatened to block plans for new secret courts. The Prime Minister intervened after the Liberal Democrat leader...
Chained Up in Fear: Hostages of Colombia Rebels Recount Ordeal
Byline: Bo Wilson HOSTAGES who were held in the jungle by Colombia's Farc rebels for more than a decade told today how they were chained together and constantly feared for their lives. The group -- the last police and military captives to be...
CIA Files Reveal How US Helped Britain Retake the Falklands
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Correspondent AMERICAN support for Margaret Thatcher in the Falklands campaign was much closer than Ronald Reagan dared admit, CIA documents reveal. President Reagan at first said the US would be impartial in the conflict...
Clarke Climbdown over 'Secret Court' Proposals
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor JUDGES will be given the final say in plans to hold "secret courts" after a government climbdown, Ken Clarke revealed today. The Justice Secretary signalled a partial U-turn as he defended proposals...
Clarke Climbdown over 'Secret Court' Proposals
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor JUDGES will be given the final say in plans to hold "secret courts" after a government climbdown, Ken Clarke revealed today. The Justice Secretary signalled a partial U-turn as he defended proposals...
Cuba Libre!
Byline: Clifford Bishop LATER this month London will get a jolt of Cuban energy in the form of far from pure Cuban dancing. Ballet Revolucion, coming to the Peacock Theatre on April 25, features 18 smokingly hot dancers throwing hiphop shapes and...
Culture Capital
Byline: Michael Hodges [bar] HIS is either an extremely early start or a very late one -- we are on the terrace of the 360 bar and and the sun is just about to rise. The fact that it will be coming up over Asia and the terrace is in Europe gives...
Digital TV Changeover Switches off One Million
Byline: Tom Harper and Mark Prigg UP TO one million Londoners lost BBC2 today after the Crystal Palace tower stopped broadcasting the channel in analogue. Elderly and disabled viewers, and people with older "second" TVs, were expected to lose...
Digital TV Change Switches off 1m
Byline: Tom Harper and Mark Prigg UP to one million Londoners lost BBC2 today after the Crystal Palace tower stopped broadcasting the channel in analogue. Elderly and disabled viewers, and those with older "second" TVs, were expected to lose...
Do the Maths before You Move for a Spacious Family Home; Make Your Commute Worthwhile. Ruth Bloomfield Looks at the Best-Priced Counties a Train Ride from London
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield [bar] THE arrival of a baby son prompted Neil Wood and his wife, Gursharn, to find more space than their cramped London townhouse could provide. Though it had three bedrooms, the Docklands property came with only a tiny...
Double-Dip Fears Recede as Services Firms Power Ahead
Byline: Russell Lynch LINGERING worries of a double-dip recession looked finally banished today as the UK's dominant services firms roared ahead at the fastest pace for nearly two years in the opening three months of 2012. A buoyant March performance...
Fan Stabbed with Bottle at Jessie J Gig
Byline: Alistair Foster, Benedict Moore-Bridger and Simon Freeman A MUSIC fan was stabbed in the neck moments after Jessie J walked off-stage at a star-studded concert in London. The victim, 35, was slashed with a bottle as an argument broke...
Five Things to See in April
Byline: Barbara Chandler 1 Nicholas Hawksmoor: Architect of the Imagination Open now until June 17, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, W1 (020 7300 5839; royalacademy.org/architecture) Celebrating 350 years since the birth of Nicholas Hawksmoor (1662-1736),...
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...
Gibraltar Remains as Solid as a Rock; Homebuyers Love the British Colony with Low Taxes, No Unemployment and the Highest Growth Rate in Western Europe, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: says Cathy Hawker [bar] WHILE Europe in general faces an increasingly uncertain economic future, there is a rare good news story in Gibraltar. The British colony on Spain's southern tip has never gone into recession, unemployment is almost...
Gove Tinkers, Teachers Despair, Pupils Suffer
Byline: Richard Godwin [bar] VERYONE knows A-levels are getting easier. It's one of those truisms. In the Sixties, candidates were required to solve Fermat's Last Theorem, compose Chaucerian epics. These days, they get a B simply for being able...
Hero Saves Burning Man after Blast
Byline: Jack Rivlin A PASSER-BY used a fire extinguisher to douse a man turned into a human torch by an explosion at a garage and then turned the hose on the blaze which had engulfed the building. Ryan Byers, 30, sprinted to grab an extinguisher...
Heston Says Pasty Tax Will Stop Artisan Bakers Earning a Crust
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent HESTON BLUMENTHAL has weighed into the pasty tax debate by claiming it could harm the trade of independent food producers. The chef criticised the decision in the Budget to put 20 per cent VAT...
Hirst May Be a Showman but His Art Hits the Spot
Byline: Anne McElvoy DAMIEN Hirst is charging [pounds sterling]36,800 for a take-home souvenir skull, painted in "household gloss" -- and that's just in the gift shop. Hirst's perpetual palace of the vanities has taken up residence at Tate Modern...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Amira Hashish BA i H hih Now Damien Hirst serves up Brit Art on a plate ? TO MARK his retrospective at Tate Modern, opening today, marketconcious Damien Hirst has designed his first homeware range. From Pharmacy wallpaper to cashmere...
I Had a Fling with Vice Girl Who Bedded Rooney, Says Star Balotelli
Byline: Tom Harper PREMIER League footballer Mario Balotelli today revealed he had a fling with a prostitute previously linked to England star Wayne Rooney. The Manchester City striker, 21, released a statement about his relationship with Jennifer...
I'll Do All That Paperwork after I've Rearranged the Sock Drawer
Byline: Victoria Whitlock OKAY. I'VE done the ironing, cleaned the kitchen cupboards (again) and rearranged my sock drawer (twice) and now I'm absolutely definitely going to sort through the pile of papers under my desk in preparation for filling...
I'm Sent to the Tower -- but the View Alone Is Worth the Rent
MONDAY I am on top of the world. Or at least, that's how it feels. I'm on the roof terrace of a converted church tower in Crystal Palace, the highest point in south London. The views from here are incredible. It's one thing to have a city view, but...
International Power Says No to [Pounds Sterling]6bn Bid from French Suitor
Byline: Tom Bawden THE quest of GDF Suez to scoop up the 30% of International Power it doesn't already own stopped in its tracks today as the UK electricity group batted away its French suitor. After six days of deliberation, International Power's...
It's Crystal Clear That Murdochs En Masse Look Murky; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: ?Roy Greenslade LIKE father, like son. Yesterday, James Murdoch suffered the most humbling day of his life. His problem is that even more humiliating days could lie ahead. His position as chief operating officer at the parent company, News...
Jane Shilling's TV Choice
THE APPRENTICE 9PM, BBC1 The rituals of The Apprentice are as familiar as fairytales. At some point in the series, we know the Apprentices will find themselves given a task in which, dressed in white coats and unflattering hairnets, they have to grapple...
Jubilee and Footie Lift the TV Market
Byline: BY GIDEON SPANIER OPINION is divided about whether the Diamond Jubilee and the Euro 2012 football tournament will boost marketing spend but the television market looks pretty buoyant. Media buyers say the second quarter could see TV ad revenues...
Ken and Boris Tax Our Patience
KEN Livingstone's attempt to take the wind out of the tax avoidance story by claiming Boris Johnson was doing the same as him fails to answer the charge against Ken that he said one thing about tax while doing another. Sadly, it's typical of a certain...
London Brothers 'Plotted Attacks'
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Martin Bentham A LONDON father of three helped his brother plot attacks in Somalia and owned a terror manual written by one of al Qaeda's most senior figures, a court heard today. Mohammed Shabir Ali, 24, from Stepney,...
London Cash Flips Burger King Back to Stock Market
Byline: James Thompson A [pounds sterling]900 million London investment vehicle chaired by Lord Myners with the backing of famed Wall Street activist investor Bill Ackman struck a deal today to buy a big chunk of Burger King from its private equity...
London Deserves a Bigger Share of Its Tax
HARD on the heels of Ken Livingstone's suggestion that the Mayor should declare a kind of home rule for London by taking control of education and prisons, Boris Johnson is urging that London keep more of its tax revenues. He suggests the capital should...
London's Best Property Search Website Homesandproperty.Co.UK
PLUS news: You'll be surprised where [pounds sterling]1,000 buys only a square foot THE areas of London where a newbuild home costs a minimum of [pounds sterling]1,000 a square foot have spread dramatically over the past decade, according to new research...
Major Champ Pours Scorn on Rivalry Row
Byline: David Smith [bar] T has taken the fairway wisdom of Gary Player, at 76 still able to complete a round several shots below his age, to lend a sense of perspective to the hype and growing furore surrounding this week's Masters. Player is...
Make Room for Something Fresh and Exciting; It Is Time to Be Ruthless: The Easter Break Gives You the Chance to Rejuvenate Your Garden
Byline: Pattie Barron [bar] T EASTER the garden centres are full of the most seductive plants in bud, blossom and bloom. But the plants in most small London gardens are already fighting for space, so instead of shoehorning in yet another one, take...
Mancini Must Be City's Next Sacrifice If They Let the Title Slip
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent [bar] MANCHESTER CITY have to sack Roberto Mancini if they don't win the Premier League. That is a ridiculous statement but these days City are a ridiculous club. Having been willing to sacrifice...
Mini Codeword Win a 4-Course Lunch at Claridge's
MINI CODEWORD WIN A 4-COURSE LUNCH AT CLARIDGE'S How to play Mini Codeword: Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters....
Ministers 'Blame Schools for Own Policy Failures'
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent TEACHERS are being used as scapegoats for problems in society that are causing poorer children to fall behind at school, the head of a major teaching union said today. Mary Bousted, general secretary...
Murray Learned the Hard Way but Now He Knows Value of Taking a Relaxed View
Byline: Simon Cambers EXCLUSIVE [bar] NDY MURRAY believes successful planning is the key to winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 in November. The Scot is on course to claim one of the eight spots in the elite season-ending championships...
Murray Learned the Hard Way but Now He Knows Value of Taking a Relaxed View; British No1 Plans a More Reasonable Schedule to Avoid the Problems Which Damaged His Final Push for Glory Last Season, Reports Simon Cambers EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Simon Cambers [bar] ANDY MURRAY believes successful planning is the key to winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 in November. The Scot is on course to claim one of the eight spots in the elite season-ending championships...
My Lover Was a 'Chelsea Wife'
Byline: Liz Hoggard THE scene is a members' club in Kensington. A beautiful woman in her forties is watching a young woman at the bar. She approaches her and they exchange numbers. Next day the older woman invites her to join her at her villa in...
Olympic Beauty
Byline: Emma McCarthy BEAUTY and fitness go hand in hand. We've long been taught that regular exercise is the way to a clear skin and the body beautiful but so often attempts to merge the two can result in disaster. In a nutshell: make-up and the...
Our Under-Fire Skipper's Still the Best in the World, Insists Swann
GRAEME SWANN has labelled Andrew Strauss as the best leader in cricket after the England captain made a half-century to put England in a promising position to level the series against Sri Lanka. After last week's defeat in Galle, England's fourth...
Parents Failing Their Children by Making Them 'Little Buddhas' in the Home
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent in Manchester PARENTS are failing their children by making them "little buddhas" at home, waiting on them "hand and foot", a teaching union leader said today. Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the...
Police Who Hid Role of Undercover Officer Are Cleared of Misconduct
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor POLICE who kept secret the role of undercover officer Mark Kennedy in the prosecution of environmental campaigners were today criticised for their "failings" and errors. An Independent Police Complaints...
[Pounds Sterling]3.8m in Bank for Next Boss as He Sells a Slice of His Shares
Byline: Toby Green KER-CHING. Next's incredible run means Simon Wolfson is in the money. After the close of trading late yesterday, the High Street retailer announced its boss -- Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, to give him his full title -- had sold...
Private Hospitals and Clinics Face Probe over 'Ripping off Patients'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor PRIVATE hospitals and clinics are to be the subject of a major investigation over fears that they are ripping off patients. The Office of Fair Trading today said a preliminary inquiry had uncovered...
Private Hospitals Face Investigation over 'Ripping off Patients'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor PRIVATE hospitals and clinics are to be the subject of a major investigation over fears that they are ripping off patients. The Office of Fair Trading today said a preliminary inquiry had uncovered...
Putting Fizz into London's Biggest Borough; A [Pounds Sterling]90 Million Scheme with Urban Flair Will Revitalise Bromley, Says David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles BROMLEY is London's largest borough -- 59 square miles -- most of which is green belt running into Kent and Surrey. Packed with leafy avenues and quiet backwaters, the area also has 17-minute train links to Victoria, making...
RISE OF LONDON'S LATTEPAPAS; More and More London Fathers Are Choosing Childcare over the Office, Following the Lead of Swedish Dads. Here Richard Holt Explains Why He Joined Their Ranks
Byline: Richard Holt SINCE deciding to take this year off work to look after my twoyear-old daughter, I've struggled with the job description. Is there really any man who would be happy calling himself a house husband? And stay-at-home dad doesn't...
Six Easy Ways to Get an Easter Home Makeover
Byline: Barbara Chandler [bar] ORE Londoners are tackling DIY than ever. "Yes, we're now a DIY nation," confirms Katherine Paterson, marketing director of B&Q, whose campaign to "skill-up Britain" offers in-store workshops and demos. So with...
Staff Shortages Could Lead to Airport Queues as Holidaymakers Fly Home
Byline: Jonathan Prynn, Dick Murray and Craig Woodhouse PASSENGERS returning to London from Easter trips abroad have been warned they could face queues of up to three hours at passport control. Airlines fear chaos at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted...
Staying Power Secures Charged-Up British Men Two Golds and a Record
Byline: Matt Majendie [bar] OD SAVE THE QUEEN twice rang out on day one of the Track Cycling World Championships here as Britain's male endurance riders dominated proceedings. But so high are the standards set by British Cycling that there was...
Strauss and Cook Help England Take Big Stride Forward
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent in Colombo Cricket brought to you in association with [bar] NDREW STRAUSS scored a timely half-century but remains without a hundred in 49 innings despite laying the foundations for England to build a...
Strauss and Cook Help England Take Big Stride Forward
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent in Colombo Cricket brought to you in association with [bar] T IS hard to imagine many sportsmen reading Aesop's Fables in their spare time but England's performance today suggested Andy Flower had sent...
'Tax Payback for Londoners' Plan
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor BORIS JOHNSON today unveiled plans for Londoners to keep more of the tax revenue they generate to spend on better public services. The Mayor said the capital should get a greater return on the cash they contribute...
The Coalition Must Hold Its Nerve over Digital Surveillance
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona [bar] OPULAR governments listen to reasoned debate and respond accordingly with measured amendments to their original proposals. Unpopular governments perform "yet another embarrassing U-turn". Popular governments consult;...
The Spanish Are Serving Up Football from a Golden Age
Byline: Patrick Barclay YOU may have noticed that Real Madrid, with a 5-1 victory over Osasuna in Pamplona at the weekend, completed a century in the Primera Division with eight matches to spare, and thought how well it reflected on the work of...
We Can Give Teens Self-Belief
Byline: Dr Christian Jessen VITAL SIGNS RESULTS from a new survey into teenage self-esteem suggest that one in four girls aged 11 to 17 are weighed down by pressure to conform to a perceived ideal of how they should look. The survey predicts that...
Welcome to East End Riviera
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger Evening Standard OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN 114 days to go A FISH factory in a windswept corner of east London will be transformed into a "Newham Riviera" for the Olympics -- complete with Sunseeker yachts, palm trees and...
Westfield's [Pounds Sterling]1billion Wow Factor Sends Property Prices Soaring
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Mira Bar-Hillel THE Westfield shopping centre in having an explosive impact on the property market in Shepherd's Bush. Estate agents say the [pounds sterling]1billion-a-year shopping mall, where stores include Prada, Gucci...
Wi-Fi Wars! It's a Battle to Offer Net on the Go
Byline: Gideon Spanier GO TO any big coffee shop, pub or restaurant chain and the chances are that many customers will be looking at their email, checking social media or surfing the web -- thanks to free wi-fi. The number of public "hotspots"...
Yummy Mums, Dedicated Dads and Mr De Bernieres; Spotlight on Southfields and Earlsfield in the Wandle Valley, the Victorian and Edwardian Legacy Provides Families with Spacious Period Homes, Discovers Anthea Masey
Byline: Anthea Masey EARLSFIELD'S yummy mummies can thank the novelist Louis de Bernieres for putting their corner of southwest London on the capital's literary map. Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World is the author's ode to Earlsfield, where...
Zilli Slams Greedy Landlords as He Quits Soho
Byline: Mark Blunden CELEBRITY chef Aldo Zilli has bowed out of London's restaurant trade after three decades and today fired a parting shot at "greedy" landlords and the chains he says are making Soho "like Dubai". Zilli's fish and pasta restaurants...