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TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS Cert 12A, 84 mins NOT a Hammer Horror-style sex romp but a documentary about Lynda and Jools Topp, Kiwi twin sisters who since the Eighties have been singing and telling jokes about their love of other women (and loathing...
America Must Accept the True Power of China; the Rise of US Basketball Star Jeremy Lin Is More Than a Sporting Story, It's a Huge Celebration of Chineseness
Byline: James Fenton VIEW FROM AMERICA [bar] OST thinking men in New York seem to spend far too much time thinking about sport, and what they are asking themselves this week is: how was he missed? How was a basketball player of Jeremy Lin's quality...
AVENSIS STILL NOT TOP OF THE CLASS; ROAD TEST; TOYOTA AVENSIS 2.0 D4-D TR Emissions: 120g/km; Combined Fuel Consumption: 61.4mpg; Top Speed: 124mph; Price: [Pounds Sterling]22,560
Byline: Mike Stone ON paper, Toyota's newly face-lifted Avensis looks like a big improvement on the old car. It's leaner, greener and looks meaner than before, but somehow it still lacks excitement and driver involvement. On smooth European roads...
Battle to Save Hyde Park Gigs as Park If They Have to Cut Sound'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak, Ross Lydall and Michael Howie THE world's biggest music acts may never play Hyde Park again in protest at tough proposals to limit festivals and concerts, it was revealed today. Stars including Madonna, the Rolling Stones...
BATTLE TO SAVE HYDE PARK GIGS; ?POP FESTIVALS PUT AT RISK BY PLANS TO REDUCE NOISE 'Top Acts Won't Perform at Hyde Park If They Have to Cut Sound' STARS ATTACK 'KILLJOY' TACTICS BY WESTMINSTER 'Top Acts Won't Perform at Hyde Park If They Have to Cut Sound'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak, Ross Lydall and Michael Howie THE world's biggest music acts may never play Hyde Park again in protest at proposals to limit festivals and concerts, it was revealed today. Stars including Madonna, the Rolling Stones...
Blitz Hero Left for Dead by Hit-and-Run Driver
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor POLICE are hunting a hit-and-run driver who left a 93-year-old veteran of the Blitz fighting for his life. Ernest Maloney, who manned the searchlights in London during the war, was crossing a road in Camberwell...
Boris: Tube Link Will Keep an Age of Neglect at Bay
Byline: Dick Murray and Peter Dominiczak RACE TO BE MAYOR MAY 3 BORIS JOHNSON today gave a warning that Ken Livingstone would "drag us back to the age of neglect and waste" and damage London's economy. The Mayor made the comments as it emerged...
BOY, OH BOY; Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 Novel about a Son's Grief at the Loss of His Dad Was an Unseemly Response to 9/11, and Now Stephen Daldry's Big-Screen Version Adds Extra Treacle to the Mix; FILM OF THE WEEK
Byline: David Sexton EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE Cert 12A, 129 mins [bar] HIS brave little boy who lost his dad in 9/11 finds a key hidden in his father's wardrobe a year later. He believes if he can only find the lock that the key fits,...
Cameron and Sarkozy Revive Entente Cordiale
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON heaped praise on "my friend" Nicolas Sarkozy today as the two leaders buried their notorious differences in the run-up to the French elections. The Prime Minister came close to giving an endorsement...
'Cemetery Is Crumbling, Graves Are Sinking and Council Does Nothing'
Byline: Mark Blunden THIS is the shocking state of a London cemetery where relatives say thousands of graves have been abandoned by council bosses. Families say they feel unable to grieve with dignity among the subsiding tombstones, mud and weeds...
Clutter with a Purpose; Exhibition
Byline: BEN LUKE SONG DONG: WASTE NOT Barbican, EC2 AS NUMEROUS television documentaries have proved, hoarding prompts a grisly human fascination. Artists have tapped into this phenomenon, too -- Damien Hirst's obsession with classification and...
Cornered Villas-Boas Gambles to Get Blues Back Onside; Manager Who Lacks the Popularity of His Predecessors Is about to Discover Whether Crisis Talks Will Save the Club's Season -- and His Job by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson [bar] THE next five days should determine whether Andre Villas-Boas's decision to stage an emergency team meeting last Sunday was the last act of a desperate man or the turning point of his time at Chelsea. The fifth-round...
Crook Who Conned Dragons' Den Stars Is Jailed
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent TO THE hard-headed millionaire entrepreneurs of Dragons' Den it looked a winner. The sales talk of Jean-Claude Baumgartner convinced Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis to invest [pounds sterling]230,000 in a...
Disney Brings Hits to Hyde Park to Headline Family Jubilee Party
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent FORGET flying to Florida or taking the Eurostar to Paris -- the magic of Disney is coming to London for the Queen's Jubilee. The first Disney show to be staged outside its theme parks will form the highlight...
Disney Brings Magic to London for Family Party to Mark Jubilee
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent FORGET flying to Florida or taking the Eurostar to Paris -- the magic of Disney is coming to London for the Queen's Jubilee. The first Disney show to be staged outside its theme parks will form the highlight...
Disney Brings Magic to London to Headline Family Jubilee Party
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent FORGET flying to Florida or taking the Eurostar to Paris -- the magic of Disney is coming to London for the Queen's Jubilee. The first Disney show to be staged outside its theme parks will form the highlight...
Doctors Attack Lack of Experts on NHS Helpline
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DOCTORS today criticised the new NHS helpline for hiring too many staff without medical qualifications. Pilot schemes of the new service have seen an increase in the number of people sent to overburdened accident...
Don't Judge Our Cyclists against Miracle of 2008; British Cycling Chief Dave Brailsford Says It Will Be Very Hard to Repeat the Seven Golds Won in Beijing When It Comes to This Year's Games by Matt Majendie
Byline: Matt Majendie MANCHESTER CITY'S 6-1 victory over their neighbours in October would appear to have little relevance to British cycling other than that this country's top track riders are based in the same city. But Dave Brailsford, the...
Five Babies on Same Street Found to Have One-in-7,000 Defect
Byline: Mark Blunden and Tony Bassett MOTHERS are demanding a government investigation after the babies of five women living in the same street suffered the same rare defect. The babies suffered gastroschisis, a bowel condition which usually...
Five Babies on the Same Street Are Born with 1-in-7,000 Defect
Byline: Mark Blunden and Tony Bassett MOTHERS are demanding a government investigation after it emerged that five women living in the same street have given birth to babies with the same rare defect. All five babies suffered gastroschisis, a...
'Fix' Case Reveals Shame of Kaneria
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent [bar] ANISH KANERIA could have made history this month. Yet instead of enjoying praise for helping Pakistan achieve their first Test series whitewash against England, he was today named at the Old Bailey...
Foreign Pupils Get Better GCSEs Than Native Speakers
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent PUPILS who do not have English as their first language are getting better GCSE results than native speakers. Children who count English as an "additional language" have edged ahead nationally in examination...
Fury at Ken Ally's Drag Queens Ban; Council Mayor Accused of Anti-Gay Threat to Pub
Byline: Jack Rivlin THE mayor of Tower Hamlets has been accused of homophobia for trying to stop a gay pub running its popular "drag queen" strip nights. Staff at the White Swan claim Lutfur Rahman, an ally of Ken Livingstone, is "making a mockery"...
Gangsters Urged to Ditch Weapons for Words
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor FIGHTING THE GANGS Evening Standard Investigation GANG members in London are taking part in a pioneering scheme in which mediators step in to calm often lifethreatening feuds. The Capital Conflict Management...
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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...
Getting Inside the Box on Its First Birthday
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent THE club is the most exclusive in London, with everyone from royalty to Hollywood stars clamouring to see the infamous cabaret show. Last night The Box celebrated its first birthday after 12...
Greece Is the Time Is the Place. Greece Is the Way We Are Feeling
Byline: Lucy Tobin MARKET ROUND-UP "WHEN we have a bad day, it's because of the Greeks. When it's a good day, it's because of the Greeks," so said a bored trader who was swinging on his chair while waiting for the phones to start ringing today....
Ground-Breaking Alliance Signals Wellcome Approach
Byline: Peter Bill ON PROPERTY AGROUND-breaking alliance between the Berkeley Group and the Wellcome Trust today submits a bid to develop thousands of new homes in Docklands. The offer for the 50-acre Silvertown Quays site signals an intent by London's...
Harry: England Talk Hasn't Distracted Me; Redknapp: I've Not Been Distracted
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent HARRY REDKNAPP today insisted speculation linking him with the England job is not a distraction and claimed Tottenham's season will not be damaged as a result. The 64-year-old spent this week in...
Headhunter Gives Its Vote to the Capital with HQ Move
Byline: Nick Goodway LONDON today received a strong vote of confidence as international headhunter and outsourcer Harvey Nash said it had decided to move its headquarters to Heron Tower in the City. The firm said it had looked at headquarters in...
Hiddink out of Chelsea Running
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent GUUS HIDDINK will not be replacing Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager after it emerged today the Dutchman is set to be confirmed as the new manager of super-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. It...
Hiddink out of Chelsea Running; Breathing Space for Avb as Guus Heads for Russia
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent GUUS HIDDINK will not be replacing Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager after it emerged today the Dutchman is set to be confirmed as the new manager of super-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. It...
Hyde Park: Not Just a Little Local Matter
WESTMINSTER council's licensing committee is deciding today whether to impose restrictions on big open-air concerts in Hyde Park which would, effectively, prevent them happening at all. The agent for Madonna, U2 and the Rolling Stones says he would...
It'll Be a Bad Hair Day If Harry Goes
Byline: Benoit Assou- Ekotto EXCLUSIVE IAM a Tottenham player -- but I am not English so I hope England supporters can forgive me when I say that I would like Harry Redknapp to stay at Spurs. It may sound selfish but Harry has been very good for...
It'll Be a Bad Hair Day If Harry Goes; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Benoit Assou- Ekotto Iam a Tottenham player -- but I am not English so I hope England fans can forgive me when I say that I would like Harry Redknapp to stay at Spurs. It may sound selfish but Harry has been very good for me so it is natural...
It'll Be Tough but We're Ready to Land Another Knockout
Byline: Paul Robinson Millwall captain says his side can beat Bolton in the FA Cup tomorrow if they play like they did against Southampton TOMORROW we have a wonderful chance to be FA Cup giant killers at The Den. Winning at Southampton in the...
Kate's Backing Track for St Paul's Camp
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger KATE NASH has recorded a new song backing the Occupy protesters camped outside St Paul's cathedral. The singer was joined by 30 teenagers, aged between 13 and 17, to record the track yesterday at a former primary...
Lennox Hits out at Chisora 'Mismatch'
Byline: David Smith Boxing Correspondent [bar] ENNOX LEWIS has slammed Dereck Chisora's world heavyweight title challenge with Vitali Klitschko as a "mismatch", claiming his fellow Londoner lacks the crucial experience against one of the most successful...
Let's Bring in a Bedroom Tax on Everybody
Byline: Sebastian Shakespeare [bar] HE modish mantra "We are all in this together" is a variation of the phrase we have made our bed so we have to lie in it -- but the question is will we all still have a bedroom to lie in? The chronic lack of housing...
London Must Act Fast to Cash in on the Coming Chinese Currency Boom; INTERVIEW PETER SANDS STANDARD CHARTERED Banker with Eyes on Asia Joins the Race to Make Sure the Capital Remains a Key Trading Post
Byline: James Ashton City Editor WHEN Peter Sands talks to his Asian customers about Europe, they look at him askance. It isn't just the debt crisis that rumbles on, from Greece to Italy, raising the concerns of would-be investors around the world....
Make Way for the Best Cars of 2012
Byline: David Williams [bar] T'S debatable as to which cars will make the biggest splash in 2012, and it all rather depends on your perspective. London motorists may well be looking at low emission ones with engines that produce under 100 grammes...
MP 'Misjudges' Public Anger at Scrapping of Country Show
Byline: Tom Harper and Miranda Bryant A RISING star in the Labour party came under fire today for supporting a decision to cancel the Lambeth Country Show. Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna backed Lambeth council after it scrapped the free...
Murdoch Sun to Rise on Sunday
Byline: Tom Harper RUPERT MURDOCH today announced the launch of a new Sunday newspaper as he defiantly seized control of the crisis engulfing his media empire. The tycoon said The Sun on Sunday would start printing "very soon" as he spoke of...
Murdoch 'Under Huge Emotional Strain' as He Reassures Staff at Sun
Byline: Tom Harper RUPERT MURDOCH today arrived at his Wapping headquarters to take charge of the crisis engulfing his global media empire. The media tycoon swept into the complex in a silver Range Rover with blacked-out windows ahead of a visit...
O'Neill Is Ready for Shattered Gunners
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent [bar] ARTIN O'NEILL believes it is the physical rather than psychological scars of Arsenal's hammering by AC Milan, which will give Sunderland the edge in tomorrow's FA Cup tie with the Gunners. ...
O'Neill Is Ready for Shattered Gunners
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent [bar] ARTIN O'NEILL believes it is the physical rather than psychological scars of Arsenal's hammering by AC Milan which will give Sunderland the edge in tomorrow's FA Cup tie with the Gunners. ...
Parsons Backs Camilla to Help the Children Who Never Read
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent GET LONDON READING Evening Standard Campaign AUTHOR Tony Parsons has joined the Duchess of Cornwall to demand an end to the "cultural apartheid" of adult illiteracy. He said the one in five adults who is...
Pay Engineers What They Are Worth
JAMES Ashton tells us that there is a shortage of engineers and says that they "earn decent wages". In the same edition you have a report about a footballer who is renting out his Chelsea town house for [pounds sterling]75,000 a week during the...
Picasso -- by the Man Who Knew Him Best
Byline: Richard Godwin AS HIS biographer, Sir John Richardson's life has been marked by Pablo Picasso. When I meet the newly knighted 88-year-old at the Ritz shortly before the opening of Tate Britain's new Picasso exhibition, his principal regret...
PM's College Friend Fined [Pounds Sterling]49m for Illegal Trading
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor A MILLIONAIRE businessman and former university friend of David Cameron has been fined [pounds sterling]49 million for illegal share trading in the United States. Lewis Chester, 43, once considered one of...
PM's University Friend Fined [Pounds Sterling]49million for Illegal Trading
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor A FORMER university friend of David Cameron has been fined [pounds sterling]49 million for illegal share trading in America. Lewis Chester, 43, once considered one of Britain's richest financiers, was found...
Pop
Byline: PETE CLARK DAVID SMYTH JOHN AIZLEWOOD BAND OF SKULLS Sweet Sour (Electric Blues) THE second proper album from a three-piece whose name promises head-banging, voodoo rock. Not exactly the case. It is true that guitarist Russell Marsden's...
'Pringle' Passes Test and So Do the Jubilant Fans
Byline: Dan Jones SAY WHAT you like about the Olympic Park, but that place is secure. To get to the Velodrome from the main entrance, you have to pass through several ticket inspections and a whip-your-belt-off metal detector, before boarding a...
Pupils with English as a Second Language Achieve Better GCSEs
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent PUPILS who do not have English as their first language are getting better GCSE results than native speakers. Children who count English as an "additional language" have edged ahead nationally in examination...
Really Cool! TfL Tackles Boiling Tube Stations
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Dick Murray BOREHOLES and chiller units are the new weapons against a sweltering summer on the Tube this year With its new "air-handling" measures, London Underground aims to stop temperatures at Green Park and Oxford...
Sacked, Selfridges Butcher Who Sold Foie Gras under the Counter
Byline: Michael Howie THE butcher caught selling foie gras in breach of Selfridges' anti-cruelty policy has been ordered to shut up shop. The department store said Jack O'Shea had left because of hygiene failures. In December he was exposed by...
Show Where You Really Stand on Gay Rights, Ken
Byline: Ivan Massow I RECENTLY received an email from Peter Tatchell which was simply entitled "Ken Livingstone is not Homophobic". Peter sends a lot of emails, so many in fact that I asked Josh at my office to create a little "redirect" folder...
Spot-Fix Bowler Had a Bag Full of [Pounds Sterling]50 Notes
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent ESSEX cricketer Mervyn Westfield showed a teammate a bag of [pounds sterling]50 notes he had earned from deliberately bowling badly, the Old Bailey heard today. Tony Palladino watched in astonishment as...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Byline: STARS SHELLEY Aries March 20 - April 18 Just when things are beginning to go wonderfully, the New Moon appears and slows progress. This, which takes place on Tuesday, may be frustrating in the short term, but what you learn about recent...
Surprise High Street Boost Lifts Hope of Avoiding Slump
Byline: Ben Chu BRITISH shoppers splashed out last month, delivering a surprise boost to the economy and igniting hopes that the UK will avoid a return to recession this year. Retail sales figures for January released by the Office for National...
The Boss Is Cross
Byline: David Smyth WHEN Bruce Springsteen has something to say, the world listens. A new album from the New Jersey giant, almost 40 years after his first, is still a huge deal -- demonstrated by the three coaches waiting yesterday outside Sony...
The Fatal Side of Seduction
Byline: Charlotte O' Sullivan THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH Cert 15, 83 mins [bar] N emotionally paralysed US writer (Ethan Hawke) arrives in Paris and mingles with other intellectuals while the Eiffel Tower twinkles in the background. Then he meets a...
Topshop Boss: London Can Be Style Capital of the World
Byline: Alistair Foster LONDON could become the fashion capital of the world, Topshop boss Sir Philip Green said today. He unveiled a five-point plan he hopes will help to cement the city's future as the foremost style hub. Sir Philip called...
US Cities on Alert for Terror Attack by Iranian Agents
Byline: Richard Porritt US POLICE were on high alert today amid fears Iran is plotting an attack on a major city. The White House has warned all police forces to be prepared after attempts to bomb Israeli targets in Thailand, Georgia and India...
We Can All See That Wenger Needs His Vision Tested
Byline: James Lawton Award-winning columnist [bar] IF ARSENE WENGER had wanted to write his own obituary, if he had taken a ceremonial funeral pyre to the San Siro this week as well as a team that could only parody the best of his work, he could...
Winter Slog and Financial Constraints Have Wrecked Our Champions League Chances
Byline: Sam Allardyce West Ham manager [bar] RSENAL'S heavy Champions League defeat at AC Milan not only sparked off a new round of criticism of the club and Arsene Wenger but also an examination of our top-grade football. Barring a miracle,...