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Articles from April 19, 2012

A Marathon Man Who Wouldn't Take No for an Answer
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD CHRIS BRASHER: THE MAN WHO MADE THE LONDON MARATHON by John Bryant (Aurum, [pounds sterling]20) WHEN 34,000 runners set off next Sunday for the 33rd London Marathon, it will be a reminder that, occasionally, grand projects...
An Attack on Society Itself; Judge Blasts Shooting of Five-Year-Old Thusha As: Girl's Parents See Gangsters Jailed for Life
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THREE gangsters convicted of shooting and paralysing a five-year-old girl were each jailed for life at the Old Bailey today. Judge Martin Stephens said the gunning down of Thusha Kamaleswaran "was an...
Bank's 'Fireman' Who Quelled the Flames of Crisis
Byline: Russell Lynch FOR someone who once compared the economy to a burning building, the first thing rate-setter Adam Posen wants us to know is that he's far happier about life than he was six months ago. Since joining the Bank of England's...
Beer's Bad for My Bottom and I'd Put My Daughter on a Diet at Age Seven If She's Fat; as She Becomes a Pub Landlady, Former It Girl Tamara Beckwith Tells Rosamund Urwin about Motherhood as an Ex-Wild Child, Surviving in the Public Eye and Why Made in Chelsea Is So False
Byline: Rosamund Urwin [bar] AMARA Beckwith is an unlikely pub landlady. The It girl-turned-gallery owner doesn't drink beer, can't pull a pint and admits pubs are not her natural habitat. "I've never been a regular [anywhere]," she says, in her...
Breivik: Online Games Helped Me Plan Killings
Byline: Bo Wilson NORWEGIAN mass killer Anders Behring Breivik today described how he prepared for his massacre by joining a gun club and playing computer games. Breivik, 33, told his trial he had expected to be stopped in his tracks when he...
Business Chief: Let Minicabs Use Bus Lanes
Byline: Michael Howie A CAMPAIGN by Britain's biggest taxi firm against London's "discriminatory" bus lane rules has been backed by a top business leader. Simon Wright, director general of the Institute of Directors, said Addison Lee was right...
Child Abuse? Guilty on All Counts
Byline: Charles Saatchi ALTHOUGH I grew up in the security of a loving family it never occurred to my parents, and others of their generation, to try and find ways to keep the children amused and entertained at all times -- organising sleepovers,...
Corden the Broadway Guvnor
Byline: Tom Teodorczuk in New York JAMES CORDEN was today basking in glorious reviews from US critics after his star turn in One Man, Two Guvnors went down a storm on Broadway. The National Theatre's hit comedy opened last night at the Music...
Di Matteo Left with a Headache after Enjoying Last Night's Party; Chelsea Boss Must Manage His Players Carefully to Ensure They Are Fresh for Two Season-Defining Tests against Arsenal and Barcelona by James Olley
Byline: James Olley CHELSEA 1 BARCELONA 0 [bar] HELSEA'S magnificently resilient display has left Roberto di Matteo with a selection conundrum at a time when his side's aspirations are on the line. It is a welcome dilemma after Barcelona were...
Diplomat's Chef Fends off Road Rage Attack with [Pounds Sterling]1,200 Bike
Byline: Michael Howie A PERSONAL chef to one of Canada's highest ranking diplomats was attacked by a motorist as he cycled home from work. Gavin Sayer said he was forced to use his [pounds sterling]1,200 road bike as a shield to stop the driver...
Don't Ban Alcohol -- We'll Get Blame, Say Muslim Students
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent MUSLIM students at a university considering banning alcohol from parts of its campus have hit out at the plan -- fearing they will be blamed for the move. Students at London Metropolitan University said...
Don't Blame the Blues for Their Sporting Vandalism
Byline: Dan Jones [bar] HELSEA took Barcelona to the cleaners last night in the only way possible. They played rope-a-dope. Roberto di Matteo's team fought Pep Guardiola's much like a hedgehog would fight a Labrador: by curling up into a compact,...
Don't Let the Philistines Destroy London's Arts, David
Byline: Harriet Harman Shadow culture secretary THIS IS a worrying time for arts and culture in London. The Government has cut funding for the Arts Council by 30 per cent, hitting valuable cultural organisations big and small across the capital....
Emails Expose Rail Ticket Office Threat
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent SECRET government plans to axe 675 rail station ticket offices, including 250 in the South-East, are revealed today in leaked emails. The confidential messages, seen by the Evening Standard, show the...
Exclusive I Just Want to Be Happy
Byline: Matt Majendie Evening Standard OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN 99 days to go TYSON GAY begins interviews much as he does 100m sprints. He shuffles nervously, looks deadpan into the distance and is undemonstrative, giving away little if anything to those...
Fifth of Children Fail to Get into Primary School of Their Choice
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent MORE than one in five children have missed out on a place at their preferred primary school, new figures reveal. As a result, 22,000 children in London will start at a school in September that was not...
Fifth of Children Miss Top-Choice Primary Place
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent MORE than one in five children have missed out on a place at their preferred primary school, new figures reveal. As a result, 22,000 children in London will start at a school in September that was not...
Friends at My Table Green Mango Salad
I COULD live on this. Customise as you wish with prawns, strips of pork belly, shredded chicken, roasted rice, fried shallots, or crushed peanuts in place of the slightly inauthentic cashews, even dried shrimps or squid -- found in Vietnamese grocers....
Gang Elder Killa Buzz Shot Her with '[Pounds Sterling]250 Rented Gun'
Byline: Paul Cheston Court Correspondent POLICE believe Nathaniel Grant, known as "Killa Buzz", rented the .22 silver semi automatic gun which paralysed Thusha for just [pounds sterling]250. It shows how easily gangs can acquire cheap, lethal...
Give Young Workers a Chance
EMPLOYMENT minister Chris Grayling is quite right to call on employers to give young people a chance, and to point out that some bosses take the easy way out by dismissing them as unqualified or unmotivated. Some government programmes are helping --...
Good Intentions for a Bad Decade
Byline: RACHEL COOKE THE FIFTIES MYSTIQUE by Jessica Mann (Quartet, [pounds sterling]12) THIS book is born of a fine impulse. It seeks to remind the cupcake bakers of this world, with their shiny red nails and their utterly useless but extremely...
Great Ormond Street Failed My Jasmine
Byline: Rashid Razaq THE MOTHER of a 20-month-old girl who died after doctors were unable to diagnose her illness told an inquest she believed delays in treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital contributed to her daughter's death. Jasmine Hughes...
Heathrow Expansion 'Ruled out for 10 Years' by Aviation Minister
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor A THIRD runway at Heathrow has been ruled out for at least a decade, it was claimed today. Opponents seized on a speech by aviation minister Theresa Villiers on the likelihood of the airport being...
HIS ROYAL RUDENESS; the Debauched Court of the Stuarts Demands a Closer Look Than the Current Peepshow at Hampton Court Palace Allows EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Byline: Brian Sewell THE WILD, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED Hampton Court Palace [bar] ROM the vast rambling shambles of Hampton Court Palace it is easy to depart dispirited. There is too much of it. With too many architects over too many centuries...
Hospital Loses Its Fight to Save Child Heart Unit
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent A LEADING London hospital today lost its legal action over proposals to close its children's heart unit. Three Court of Appeal judges overturned a High Court ruling that a consultation on the Royal...
Hospital Staff Lose Memory Sticks with Patients' Data
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent A HOSPITAL trust has admitted losing the personal details of hundreds of patients, including new mothers and children. The security breach at South London Healthcare NHS Trust was condemned by the...
Howley Leads Wales with Gatland Out
ROB HOWLEY will be caretaker head coach for Wales' summer internationals against the Barbarians and Australia to allow Warren Gatland to recover from the broken foot he suffered when falling off a ladder. Gatland was cleaning windows at his family...
India Launches Long-Range Missile
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Correspondent INDIA flexed its military muscles today by successfully test-firing a long-range nuclear-capable missile that brings major Chinese cities within striking range for the first time. The successful...
Irish Miner Kenmare Jumps on Hopes of Bid from Rio Tinto
Byline: Toby Green TAKEOVER favourite Kenmare Resources was back in the spotlight today. The subject of persistent speculation recently that it could attract the attentions of a suitor, the Irish miner jumped nearly 9% amid the revival of rumours...
It's Been Wicked Time in and out of the Pool
Byline: Liam Tancock 2012 STANDARD BEARERS IT'S no coincidence that I've taken up golf again with the Masters having just been on the TV. I've not got a handicap, I just like to have a hit around so when I played a round with fellow swimmer Joe...
It's NEET Always about the Money; with More Than One in Five Young People out of Work, Training or Education, Will the [Pounds Sterling]2,000 "Bribe" to Take on a Young Person Solve the NEET Problem? by Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth [bar] IVING employers wage incentives of up to [pounds sterling]2,275 for taking on a young job-seeker from the Work Programme may help the under-25s to find work but will it actually create jobs? The rules of the new Youth...
I Want to Ride My b?Cycle
Byline: says Karen Dacre [bar] HEN it comes to putting in the leg work, German-born photographer Horst Friedrichs is anything but workshy. For his latest book, a compendium of photographs which feature a host of London's most stylesavvy bike owners...
Jubilee Boat Gets Stuck ... in the Traffic
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent IT cost [pounds sterling]1 million to build and will have a starring role in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, but this gilded rowboat certainly didn't have a graceful maiden voyage. A lorry carrying...
Jubilee Boat Gets Stuck ... in the Traffic
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent IT cost [pounds sterling]1 million to build and will have a starring role in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, but this gilded rowboat certainly didn't have a graceful maiden voyage. A lorry carrying...
Ken on Fish and Chips, Tax and What Really Happened in That Lift
Byline: Joe Murphy and Peter Dominiczak "YOU know," said Ken Livingstone, "I've eaten in some of London's finest restaurants but I still love fish and chips." The former mayor was sitting contentedly in The Laughing Halibut, near Victoria Street,...
Ken: Truth about That Tax Affair
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Joe Murphy KEN LIVINGSTONE today insisted he was simply clueless about his financial affairs -- as he promised to publish his income every year to show he is not a tax-dodger. In a bid to draw a line under the tax...
Killer Breivik: I Planned to Behead Premier
Byline: Bo Wilson MASS killer Anders Behring Breivik said today he planned to capture and decapitate former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland during his gun massacre on Utoya island. Breivik told a court that he wanted to film the beheading...
London Women Worst off for Pay and Safety
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor WOMEN are worse off in London than in other region of Britain, an in-depth new report warns today. They suffer a bigger gender pay gap, have more difficulty achieving a good work/family life balance,...
May Faces Commons to Explain Qatada Fiasco
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor MINISTERS today vowed to fight any new freedom bid by Abu Qatada as Theresa May was hauled before MPs to explain the fiasco over the extremist cleric's deportation. The Home Secretary told the Commons...
May Faces Commons to Explain Qatada Fiasco
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor MINISTERS today vowed to fight any new freedom bid by Abu Qatada as Theresa May was hauled before MPs to explain the fiasco over the extremist cleric's deportation. The Home Secretary told the Commons...
Memoir Found in Attic Could Be as Big a Hit as Wild Swans
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent A CHINESE family memoir that languished in an attic for half a century is being hailed as a future hit as big as international bestseller Wild Swans. Agent Susan Mears is in talks with major publishers...
Microclubbing: Dance Trend for Commuters Who Need Early Night
Byline: Claire Shaw IT'S THE commuter-friendly version of the all-night rave. Microclubbing -- going to dance events crammed into the hours before midnight -- is becoming increasingly popular across London, with bars and clubs rescheduling DJ...
Mother: Great Ormond Street Let My Tragic Jasmine Down
Byline: Rashid Razaq THE MOTHER of a 20-month-old girl who died after doctors were unable to diagnose her illness told an inquest she believed delays in treatment at Gt Ormond Street Hospital contributed to her daughter's death. Jasmine Hughes...
Now Corden Is the Guvnor of Broadway
Byline: Tom Teodorczuk in New York JAMES CORDEN was today basking in glorious reviews from US critics after his star turn in One Man, Two Guvnors went down a storm on Broadway. The National Theatre's smash hit comedy opened last night at the...
Now Tesco Has to Win Its Customers' Hearts and Minds
Byline: James Ashton City Editor [bar] HERE are certain ingredients required when a company issues its annual financial statement. Profits are always good, preferably rising. Turnover also going in the same direction is handy. And if the company...
Opportunities Open Career Doors for Young Talent
WORK EXPERIENCE DOES WORK The majority of those looking for work agree that local and central government should encourage companies to employ more interns and apprenticeships, according to a poll of 1,000 jobseekers by recruitment firm Hays. When...
Our Panel Quiz Ken on Riots, Childcare ... and Beach Volleyball
LUCY BRISBANE, 19 Student, Blackheath Question: "There are a lot of swing voters, I've heard a lot of people say they can't see the difference between candidates or feel they don't have a choice. Apart from on transport, what would you say to people...
Paperbacks
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH SAY HER NAME by Francisco Goldman (Grove Press, [pounds sterling]8.99) FRANCISCO Goldman met his future wife in New York. She was Mexican. He was in his forties; she was in her twenties. They got married. They went on holiday....
Passengers Suffer Two-Hour Wait to Get through Gatwick Passport Control
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor FURIOUS Gatwick passengers today told how they were caught up in twohour queues to get through passport control this week. Travellers arriving back in Britain said the delays were so bad the queues...
Posen: The Bank Has Serious Worries about Inflation
Byline: Russell Lynch THE Bank of England's Adam Posen fuelled the alarm over the stubbornly high cost of living today, as he warned of "serious" worries among rate-setters over inflation. Speaking to the Evening Standard, his comments cap a...
Protesters Picket Rio Tinto Meeting over Mines Behind Olympic Medals
Byline: Tom Bawden MINING giant Rio Tinto faced a protest today from a broad coalition of unions, social and environmental groups from as far afield as Mongolia over its role as a key sponsor and sole provider of gold, silver and bronze for the...
Royal Editor Is Sun's 12th Journalist to Be Arrested
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor THE Sun newspaper's royal editor was one of three people arrested today by Scotland Yard detectives investigating corrupt payments to public officials. Duncan Larcombe, 36, was held at his home in Kent in...
Should Beckham Be in Britain's Football Team for the Games? Former England Captain Looks Set to Be Selected but His Inclusion Is Dividing Opinion. Here Our Writers and Fans from London's Top Clubs Have Their Say
Byline: JAMES OLLEY Chief Football Correspondent Football at the Olympics is treated as an afterthought, sandwiched in between a gruelling domestic schedule and Euro 2012. An Olympic gold medal should be the pinnacle of an athlete's profession...
Show Your Best Smug Face to the Online World
Byline: Rosamund Urwin [bar] T WAS the tale of the toddler turd that did it. A friend (loosely defined, as most Facebook friends are) posted an update on the site, revealing that little Charlie had managed his first potty poo unaided -- a declaration...
Sorting Facts from Fantasy
Byline: KATIE LAW THE SEX MYTH: WHY EVERYTHING WE'RE TOLD IS WRONG by Dr Brooke Magnanti (Weidenfeld, [pounds sterling]14.99) [bar] HE first thing you should know is I'm a whore." So began Belle de Jour's now infamous The Intimate Adventures of...
Summit in Sight for Club Who Climbed Back to the Big Time
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent [bar] IX years ago Harlequins returned to the Premiership at the first time of asking and now the club are just two wins away from completing a remarkable journey back to the top of the English game. Victory...
Take Time off for Summer in the City
Byline: Nick Goodway IT'S time to dust down the old adage "Sell in May, come back on St Leger day" as April showers start to fade away. The St Leger (incidentally sponsored by Ladbrokes) falls on 15 September this year, so you could be talking about...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
Is this year's drought wetter than last year's record wet drought? Jeff Gandhi48, who wants black cabs and minicabs out of bus lanes (Weds) -- tough. Cyclists don't pay road tax so don't contribute a penny to road maintenance. Taxis and minicabs do,...
THE KING OF COMICS; Jonathan Ross Spent the Past 10 Years Dreaming of an Avengers Film -- Captain America, Iron Man et Al. Well, It's Here Now, and Has Rekindled a Love of Comic Books He Has Had since He Was Eight
Byline: Jonathan Ross [bar] HERE are times when I feel as if I have woken in a parallel universe. An alternative reality in which all the things I had dreamed I might get to see as a rather weird, socially inept boy, have miraculously and against...
The Threat from Putin's Russia
Byline: RACHEL POLONSKY DECEPTION: SPIES, LIES AND HOW RUSSIA DUPES THE WEST by Edward Lucas (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]20) RESISTING fashion and complacency, the journalist Edward Lucas has remained faithful to the political beliefs that he...
This Is the Only Way We Can Compete with the World's Elite
Byline: Dan Jones [bar] BROAD is unutterably bloody, and foreigners are fiends. So said Uncle Matthew in Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit Of Love, and this -- or something not very far off it -- is the attitude that is creeping into English football....
Two Sides of Italian Cooking
Byline: Fay Maschler BRICIOLE 20 Homer Street, W1 (020 7723 0040). Open daily 11am-11pm. A meal for two with wine, about [pounds sterling]64 including 12.5 per cent service. THE prices make you gasp and stretch your eyes. They are so utterly...
Voters to Decide on Parish Council
Byline: Michael Howie THOUSANDS of residents are to vote on whether London will get its first parish council in 50 years. A referendum will be held over whether the community body should be set up in Queen's Park. Westminster City Council...
Wallace Composes Proms Concerto without Gromit
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent HE is a famous inventor with a house full of weird and wonderful labour-saving devices, but has not been known for his musical talent -- until now. Wallace, of "and Gromit" fame, joins a list of 27...
Weird Material World
Byline: BEN LUKE RON MUECK Hauser & Wirth, W1 IT IS 15 years since Ron Mueck appeared seemingly out of nowhere in the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition with Dead Dad (1996-97), one of a group of works commissioned directly from him by Charles...
We Won't Crack in Nou Camp, Says Cech; but Barca Want Revenge for 'Unjust' Loss at Bridge
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent PETR CECH insists playing at the Nou Camp does not scare Chelsea and is adamant they can repeat their heroics against Barcelona next week to reach the Champions League Final. But the rattled Spaniards...
Why Drogba's Behaviour Is So Dangerous
Byline: Patrick Barclay IF Didier Drogba had been shown two yellow cards for time wasting in the first half and Chelsea, instead of winning through the superb counter-attack he completed in stoppage time, been held or even beaten, Jose Mourinho...
Why People Feel They No Longer Have a Stake
Byline: JOSHI HERRMANN THE NEW FEW OR A VERY BRITISH OLIGARCHY: POWER AND INEQUALITY IN BRITAIN NOW by Ferdinand Mount (Simon & Schuster, [pounds sterling]18.99) THE cover of Ferdinand Mount's new book -- the subtitle about "British Oligarchy"...