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Articles from February 16, 2012

2012 Javelin Trains Just Ain't Got Rhythm; Sleek Shuttles Lack the Vital Clackety-Clack, Says Composer
Byline: clackety-clack THE seven-minute journey of a javelin train from St Pancras to Stratford is the inspiration behind a new piece of music to be premiered next month. But composer Graham Fitkin discovered that the smooth running of the high-speed...
2,100 Women Seek Treatment for Mutilation
Byline: Craig Woodhouse and James Clayton MORE than 2,100 women and girls in London have sought hospital treatment for genital mutilation over the past six years, figures revealed today. The extent of the suffering in the capital was revealed...
A Big Tinseltown Tease
Byline: MELANIE MCGRATH FULL SERVICE: MY ADVENTURES IN HOLLYWOOD AND THE SECRET SEX LIVES OF THE STARS by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedberg (Grove Press, [pounds sterling]16.99) IN 1946, recently demobbed marine Scotty Bowers picked up work...
A Brolly Good Show as the Ghost of Gene Lives Again
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Palace Theatre, W1 THERE is surely no finer movie musical than Singin' in the Rain. And naturally it's the title number that springs to mind -- Gene Kelly skipping along a sodden pavement and stamping...
A Gastropub Gaffe
ANGEL AND CROWN 58 St Martin's Lane, WC2. Open for lunch noon-3pm and dinner 5pm-11pm, Mon-Sat, and noon-9.30pm Sun. Pre/posttheatre menu [pounds sterling]15/[pounds sterling]18 for two/three courses, 5pm-6.30pm and 10pm-11pm. A la carte, about [pounds...
Anything Is Possible, Says Ex-Gang Member Awarded OBE at Palace; FIGHTING THE GANGS; Evening Standard Investigation
Byline: Jack Rivlin A FORMER gang member today received an OBE from the Queen and said: "You should chase your dream -- anything is possible". Christopher Preddie, whose cousins were jailed for the killing of Damilola Taylor, received the honour...
AUSSIE RULES IN GREEK ST; Australian Chef Cameron Emirali and Manager Luke Wilson Have Teamed Up to Create an Exciting New Soho Restaurant RESTAURANTS OF THE WEEK
Byline: Fay Maschler 10 GREEK STREET 10 Greek Street, W1 (020 7734 4677). Monday-Saturday, noon-3pm & 5.30-11pm. A meal for two with wine, about [pounds sterling]78 excluding service. [bar] NDEPENDENT restaurants with gifted cooks, benign...
AVB: Roman's Still Backing Me Even If Players Aren't
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS is confident he still has the support of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and insists he is not worried if the players back his project or not. Villas-Boas is under huge pressure for...
Blues Want Cech and Sturridge to Stay at the Bridge
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent [bar] HELSEA insist Petr Cech and Daniel Sturridge are part of their long-term plans and will not be leaving Stamford Bridge. Speculation about the pair has intensified in recent weeks with reports...
Boris Pledges to Slash Council Tax Every Year
Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent BORIS JOHNSON will cut council tax every year if he is re-elected as Mayor, the Standard can reveal. Mr Johnson plans to reduce his share of the tax, which funds Transport for London, the fire...
Boris Pledges to Slash Council Tax Every Year
Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent RACE TO BE MAYOR MAY 3 BORIS JOHNSON will cut council tax every year if he is re-elected as Mayor, the Standard can reveal. Mr Johnson plans to reduce his share of the tax, which funds Transport...
Casey's Family Left Mourning 'Our Most Beautiful and Intelligent Girl'
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor THE parents of a 13-year-old girl stabbed to death in a park paid tribute today to "the most beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl". Casey-Lyanne Kearney was found lying injured in Elmfield Park in...
Chanel and Burberry to Open Paris-Style Maisons in Capital
Byline: Laura Chesters CHANEL has been given the go-ahead to open a huge flagship London store with a raft of luxury brands set to follow suit with Paris-style "maisons". As London Fashion Week opens tomorrow, leading labels such as Stella McCartney,...
Crash Helicopter Pilot's Wife Is Sued by Widow
Byline: Mark Blunden THE family of a man killed in a horrific helicopter crash are suing the widow of the pilot at the controls. Charles Stisted, a close friend of Prince Charles, William and Harry, died when the craft smashed into a mountain...
Discerning Drinker Online Wine
Byline: Andrew Neather THE news that Berry Brothers' online sales broke the [pounds sterling]25 million mark last year -- up 72 per cent on 2010 -- offers striking proof that we're changing the way we buy wine. The St James's merchant has long been...
Drome from Home
Byline: Matt Majendie THE spot where Australia breeds its track cycling champions does not, at first glance, seem like a bastion for Olympians. Set in 135 hectares at the South Australia State Sport complex off a busy main road on the outskirts...
Family Left Mourning 'Our Most Beautiful, Intelligent, Bright Girl'
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor THE parents of a 13-year-old girl stabbed to death in a park paid tribute today to "the most beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl". Casey-Lyanne Kearney was found lying injured in Elmfield Park in...
Ferguson Will Play His Stars in Europa League
SIR ALEX FERGUSON has conceded he got it wrong in the Champions League this season as Manchester United prepare to make their debut in the Europa League. The Scot admits his squad-rotation policy was a contributory factor in United being relegated...
Forces beyond a Woman's Control
Byline: VICTORIA STEWART The Soldier's Wife by Joanna Trollope (Doubleday, [pounds sterling]18.99) IN HER latest novel, Joanna Trollope takes on the plight of the Army wife. When we meet Alexa Riley she is awaiting the return of her husband Dan...
Gagging for a Laugh
Byline: Nirpal Dhaliwal [bar] HE capital is seeing an explosion of comedy courses. Inspired by an avalanche of acts appearing on television and in clubs throughout the city, Londoners are taking to the spotlight to pursue their dreams of being a...
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...
Giggs Could Learn the Job at Jose's Side; Barclay's Account
Byline: Patrick Barclay SHORTLY after the announcement that Gary Neville was to hang up a pair of boots last seen flailing at a West Bromwich player whom he could not catch any other way, Phil Neville was asked if his elder brother might one day...
Give Facts to Public after Shootings to Stop Riots, Watchdog Tells Police
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE police watchdog today declared that it was a "myth" that the Met was gagged from speaking to the public after the killing of Mark Duggan, as it issued new rules to prevent riots breaking out after future...
Greece Can No Longer Afford the Euro
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT IHAVE always had a nagging suspicion that the Greeks would be allowed to default when it didn't matter anymore, and I just wonder if perhaps we are approaching that point. We should not really be surprised if...
Gun Gang Thug Gets 30 Years for Murder of Teenage Athlete
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A GANG member who murdered a teenage athlete and tried to kill two other youths in acts of "mindless and appalling violence" was jailed for a minimum of 30 years today. Sodiq Adeojo, 20, was part of a...
Gunners Bring out the Devil in a Lazy Mime Artist
Byline: Dan Jones WEDNESDAY nights on ITV were supposed to be where you watch European football for the big boys. But Arsenal turned up at the San Siro last night in Thursday night/Channel 5 mode and got the punishment they deserved. They were...
Harry Drops England Hint but Agonises over Spurs
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent HARRY REDKNAPP today suggested it would be possible to combine the role of Premier League manager and England boss until after Euro 2012 but reiterated how difficult it would be for him to leave Tottenham....
How to Help Small Shopkeepers
MERRICK Cockell wears two hats as leader of Kensington and Chelsea council and chair of the Local Government Association, receiving [pounds sterling]130,000 a year for these roles. In each of these capacities he bears responsibility for the plight...
I'll Set Jail Ablaze, Warned Inmate before 358 Died
Byline: Oliver Poole THE PRISONER who started the devastating blaze that tore through a Honduras jail killing 358 inmates warned authorities he would start a fire, it emerged today. The apparently crazed inmate phoned the state governor and told...
I'll Set Prison on Fire, Said Inmate before 350 Burnt to Death
Byline: Oliver Poole THE PRISONER who started the devastating blaze that tore through a Honduras jail killing more than 350 inmates warned authorities he would start a fire, it emerged today. The apparently crazed inmate phoned the state governor...
I Too Have Stripped and Crawled on Ice to Save My Dog
Byline: Brian Sewell When Bentley, a four-year-old terrier chasing ducks last Sunday, fell through the ice and nearly drowned, his owner, Malcolm Jarvis, risked his life to rescue him. Photographs of the dog in the deep water of the River Stour...
Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for Kazakh Tycoon over [Pounds Sterling]3 Bn Fraud
Byline: Rob Parsons and Paul Cheston A HIGH COURT judge today issued an arrest warrant for the world's biggest fraudster after hearing that he may have fled Britain to avoid a 22-month jail sentence. Mr Justice Teare said, as he imposed the jail...
Kazakh Billionaire May Have Fled Britain over [Pounds Sterling]3 Billion Fraud Case
Byline: Rob Parsons and Paul Cheston THE billionaire accused of being the world's biggest fraudster was today found guilty of contempt of court -- but may have already fled the country. Mr Justice Teare ruled at the High Court that Mukhtar Ablyazov...
Ken's Friends in the East
Byline: Stephen Robinson ON THE streets of Tower Hamlets, councillor Peter Golds tends to stick out. For a start, he is a contentedly "out" gay man. In what is now a heavily Asian borough, he is of Jewish origin, and even more unusually, in a neighbourhood...
Ladbrokes' New Boy Untroubled by Results Which Give Punters a Fillip
Byline: Nick Goodway [bar] ICHARD Glynn, might only have been running Ladbrokes for 10 months but he's polished up his sporting cliches rapidly. Parachuted in from Sporting Index to shake-up Ladbrokes' lagging online business he tried and failed...
Legacy of a Truly Great Thinker
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER THINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder (Heinemann, [pounds sterling]25) IN AN afterword to this book, written a month before his death in August 2010, Tony Judt writes of his distaste for autobiography,...
Libya Militias 'Torture Gaddafi Supporters to Death in Camps'
Byline: Richard Porritt LAWLESS armed militia now rule much of Libya and are forcing whole communities to flee as they impose a regime of torture and violence, Amnesty International said today. The charity quoted detainees -- many who remained...
Lulu's London Fashion Week
Byline: Interview by Karen Dacre NOT only is Lulu Kennedy the most amicable person in British fashion, she's also the closest thing it has to a fairy godmother. Since launching Fashion East -- a non-profit-making initiative designed to nurture new...
Man Hit by Lorry in First Crash on 'Shared Space' of Exhibition Road
Byline: Mark Blunden A MAN suffered head injuries when he became the first to be knocked down in Exhibition Road since it was turned into a "shared space" for pedestrians and drivers. The victim, 25, was in collision with a Scania lorry less...
Maternity Unit 'Still Fails' after Deaths of Five Mothers-to-Be
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent A HOSPITAL maternity unit is continuing to fail mothers months after the deaths of five women, a health watchdog said today. A new inquiry into Queen's Hospital in east London by the Care Quality...
Money Is Only Thing That Finally Brought Barking Tevez to Heel
Byline: Dan Jones "He [Roberto Mancini] treated me like a dog. When he spoke to me in that tone of voice, I said, 'No I'm not going out' ... He said some horrible things to me." Carlos Tevez I read the most sickening story in the paper last week....
Moody's Threat to Europe's Banks Sparks Fury in City
Byline: Russell Lynch and Nick Goodway MOODY'S sent shockwaves through the global banking system and sparked fury in the City today, as the ratings agency threatened to slash the credit scores of more than 100 banks in the wake of Europe's debt...
Now My Mum Can Be Proud, Says Ex-Gang Member Awarded an OBE
Byline: Jack Rivlin A FORMER gang member told today how he had turned his life around as he met the Queen to receive an OBE for his "outstanding contribution to youth work". Chris Preddie, whose cousins were jailed for the killing of Damilola Taylor...
Osborne Should Ignore Moody's and Put the Brake on Cutbacks
Byline: Russell Lynch ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AS Sir Mervyn King reminds us, digging ourselves out of the hole we're in is going to be a long job. Inflation may be on the way down but growth -- for all of the Bank of England's glass-halffull predictions...
Our Fashion Week Is Up There with the Best of Them
Byline: RosamundUrwin AVAST tent has sprung up in Kensington Gardens. Much as an unadorned tree augurs the arrival of Christmas, so this construction now heralds the start of London Fashion Week, which kicks off in all its well-adorned glory tomorrow....
Paperbacks
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]7.99) AMY Chua grew up in the US as the daughter of Chinese parents. In many ways her upbringing sounds tough: she and her sisters had to speak Chinese...
Police Roll out Internet CCTV to Cut Theft in Shops and Bars
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor AN online crime-fighting database could dramatically cut low-level offending such as shoplifting and thefts after being backed by police. The CCTV system, first launched to combat bag thieves in a London...
Public 'Priced out of Best Games Seats'
Byline: Matthew Beard Olympics Editor ORDINARY Londoners may have been priced out of buying the best seats at the Olympics, an official report said today. The London Assembly believes the "vast majority" of prime seats for events such as the...
Side by Side in Dock, Huhne and His Ex-Wife
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent FORMER minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife refused to exchange a glance today as they were sent for trial for perverting the course of justice. Huhne and Vicky Pryce, married for 26 years, pointedly...
Stay in UK and I'll Give You More Power, Cameron Tells Scotland
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor THE Prime Minister today made a major offer to the Scottish people of more devolution if they vote against breaking up the UK in the coming referendum on independence. David Cameron promised talks on giving Holyrood...
The Battle for Warren Farm
ADILAPIDATED west London sports ground is at the centre of a battle between Queens Park Rangers and their multi-billionaire owners and a non-League side with their own wealthy investors. The Premier League club and Southall Football Club, who play...
The Home That Costs [Pounds Sterling]100,000 a Week
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield FOR [pounds sterling]100,000 you could buy an Aston Martin Vantage Coupe, a terrace house in Manchester or pay the salary of five newly qualified nurses for a year. Alternatively you could rent a London house for just...
THE LONDON LOOK; as the Curtain Rises on the Capital's Catwalk Shows, Emma McCarthy Introduces Us to the Faces to Look out for This Fashion Week
Byline: Emma McCarthy LARA MULLEN A relative newcomer to the fashion industry, 17-year-old Lara Mullen began her career last August: one minute she was at a music festival with her friends, the next -- having been approached by a scout from Premier...
The Lost Islanders
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD A FEW MAN FRIDAYS Riverside Studios, W6 HANDS up if you care about the plight of the Chagos Islanders. Hands up if you've even heard of the Chagos Archipelago (clue: it's in the Indian Ocean). Shamingly, until 6.59pm yesterday,...
The Murderous Desires of Some Literary Sons
Byline: HERMIONE EYRE NEW WAYS TO KILL YOUR MOTHER: WRITERS AND THEIR FAMILIES by Colm Toibin (Penguin, [pounds sterling]20) THIS is not, alas, a step-by-step guide but a rich selection of literary essays about the imaginative matricide practised...
THE POWER OF PABLO; A Show That Aims to Look at the Influence of Picasso Puts the Seven British Artists Included in a New Light -- but the Master Trumps Them All EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Byline: Brian Sewell PICASSO & MODERN BRITISH ART Tate Britain, SW1 IT IS perhaps useful to remind visitors to Tate Britain's new exhibition, Picasso and Modern British Art, just how long ago Picasso was and how, in this particular context,...
There's No Way Back as Bemused Wenger Wrestles with Euro Crisis; Manager's Unswerving Faith in His Stumbling Players Is Designed to Foster Team Spirit but It Seemed Complacency Was the Only Consequence in Milan. James Olley Reports
Byline: James Olley Second leg: March 6, Emirates Stadium AC MILAN 4 ARSENAL 0 "If I would think we have no chance to win the game I would stay at home. I don't like to waste my time." Arsene Wenger, Valentine's Day 2012. THIS may be the match...
The UK -- Better off Together Than Apart
TODAY, David Cameron embarks on a charm offensive in Scotland, to persuade Scots that the United Kingdom is "stronger and richer" together. The Prime Minister has often been criticised within his party for being too willing to compromise on Tory principles,...
The World of Fashionomics
Byline: Karen Dacre WHEN it comes to staging fashion shows, Marc Jacobs isn't known for his frugality. Quite the opposite, in fact. At the latest spectacle for his eponymous label -- staged on Monday night in New York -- the makeshift forest Jacobs...
Towie Lauren's Beauty Salon Is Petrol-Bombed
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger A PETROL bomb attack has forced the closure of a beauty salon belonging to The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger, just hours after its launch. The reality TV star, 24, had posed for photographers at the opening...
Towie Lauren's Beauty Salon Is Petrol-Bombed
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger said today she was "devastated" after a petrol bomb attack forced her new beauty salon to close just hours after its launch. The reality TV star, 25, happily posed for photographers...
Unilever Urged to Go for a Break-Up after Food Disappoints
Byline: Toby Green MARKET ROUND-UP IS IT time for Unilever to consider breaking up? Many in the Square Mile have been claiming for years that the consumer goods giant, whose huge stable of brands range from Marmite to Brylcreem, would be happier...
We Must Start Making Things in Britain Again
Byline: James Ashton City Editor IT'S hard to imagine Lord Sugar jotting down gravelly ripostes to wannabes on The Apprentice with a view to wheeling them out when he wants to win over more fans. In fact, the Amstrad entrepreneur's off-thecuff remarks...
We're Sitting in the Rain
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent NEVER mind leaving home with a brolly -- be prepared to take one inside the theatre. Front row ticket-holders at the new production of Singin' In the Rain don't just watch one of the most famous downpours...
We Will Not Get Carried Away, Insists Bopara
Byline: Stephen Brenkley in Dubai Cricket brought to you in association with [bar] T MAY be premature to suggest that England have rapped out a warning to the rest of the world. But an unexpected second consecutive win against Pakistan in the one-day...
We Will Not Get Carried Away, Insists Bopara; Stephen Brenkley in Dubai; Cricket Brought to You in Association with Brit Insurance
Byline: Stephen Brenkley in Dubai IT MAY be premature to suggest that England have rapped out a warning to the rest of the world. But an unexpected second consecutive win against Pakistan in the one-day series was at least a polite advisory note...
Where Was Roger on My Horrible Valentine's Day?
Byline: Lizzie Armitstead The Olympics cycling hope continues her Games countdown 2012 STANDARD BEARERS [bar] HE Track World Cup starts in London this evening and, in past seasons, it's an event where I'd have been taking part. But I'm solely focused...
You're Never Too Old to Be an Apprentice
Byline: Niki Chesworth [bar] ESTERDAY'S unemployment figures once again focused attention on the "lost generation" of nearly one million young people who cannot find jobs. However, at the other end of the age spectrum there is a different problem....