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Articles from January 20, 2006

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After TV's Rat Race, Dyke's Ready to Rescue Brentford
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS GREG DYKE, the executive famous for rescuing TV-am with the aid of a rodent puppet, is putting his business recovery skills to the test again as the new chairman of his local football club. The former BBC director general...
A 'Girl Genius' Who Forged Her Crudentials; the Art Critic of the Evening Standard in 1928 Lavished Praise on Dora Gordine and Established Her Reputation Here. the Present Critic Had Forgotten She Ever Existed -
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL HAD I been asked on the last 15th of July, the day devoted to St Conxolus, the patron saint of memory, who, of all the now neglected and forgotten artists I have met in my long life, I least expected to be the subject of a resurrection,...
A Londoner's Diary; Movie Mogul Charles Finch on Woody Allen's Myopia and the Tricky Task of Dressing Diane Kruger
Byline: CHARLES FINCH Winter. It hit me last week like a cold slap as we deplaned at rainy Gatwick. It was 1am. Fast-walking Londoners hustled past me to the immigration line. Go ahead, I thought, hang it on the wall- 'First at immigration, Jan...
And Incidentally
Byline: PETE CLARK CONSIDERING they have been around for many centuries, the proposed legalisation of brothels has been a long time coming. The word, currently defined as a house or other place where men pay to have sexual intercourse with prostitutes,...
Angry Eriksson Sues over Fake Sheikh Row
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER SVEN-GORAN Eriksson is suing the News of the World for breach of confidence over the 'sting' operation involving a fake sheikh. The England coach, who spoke indiscreetly about his own future and the characters of some of...
A Strong Case for Discounted Fares
TRAIN travellers have long been used to paying high prices for an unreliable rail service on commuter routes. However, they have at least enjoyed the ability to use the railways at quiet times at little cost. The price of "saver" fares for longer,...
A WHALE IN THE THAMES; Pete the Pilot Makes History with Epic Swim Past Parliament
Byline: MARK PRIGG;PAUL SIMS Whale of a time: Pete the 18-foot pilot whale swimming up the Thames past Parliament today. He is thought to have been chasing a school of sprats and was spotted after he blew a 20-foot spout of water into the air A...
Back to the Eighties as Kinnock Leads Plotters; COMMENTARY
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY THIS was a week widely billed as Ruth Kelly's fight for her career. It could well turn out to be a turning point for New Labour as a whole. As Ms Kelly hosed down the bushfire revelations of the mysterious ranks of sex offenders...
Banksy Sees the Writing on the Wall
LAST week Tony Blair was pictured hosing down a wall in his crusade to rid our streets of the evil scourge of graffiti. Maybe next week he'll try ridding London of all the pigeons, using a loaf of bread and a fishing net. Not only is eradicating...
Battle to Save Thames Whale
Byline: PAUL SIMS;MARK PRIGG A RESCUE operation was under way this afternoon to save a baby whale which swam up the Thames. The appearance of the 18ft creature sparked excitement after it was sighted near the Houses of Parliament. Hundreds of...
Beautybuyography Davina McCall; ES SHOPPER
The 38-year-old Big Brother presenter lives in Surrey with husband Matthew and their two children, Holly, four, and Tilly, two. Her new chat show, Davina, starts in February on BBC One My beauty look is- By day, very little, but if I am going out in...
Being a Football Superstar at 16 Doesn't Always Turn out So Sweet
Byline: MICHAEL HART PELE, no less, set the standard and half a century after taking the football world by storm his status as wonderkid - first class, remains unchallenged. Theo Walcott is far too young to know much about the roots of football's...
Bold-Jumping Transcend Can Lord It over Kingscliff; Howard Johnson's Grey Can Make It a Dark Day for the Favourite in the Big Race at Haydock Tomorrow, Reports Graham Cunningham
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM TOMORROW is put up or shut up time as regards Kingscliff 's Cheltenham hopes. Robert Alner's giant gelding has to bounce back to his best in order to re-establish himself at the head of the Gold Cup market, but Lord Transcend...
BP Is the Favourite as Oil Shares Stay on the Boil; MARKET REPORT
Byline: TOM NICHOLLS OIL markets are showing little sign of cooling off. The potential for disruptions to supplies from some of the world's biggest producers is expected to put a floor under prices - currently hovering around $65 - for the foreseeable...
CDs OF THE WEEK
..... Pop Arctic Monkeys (Domino) Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not THE brash, acerbic Sheffield quartet have captured youthful imaginations by sounding something like the last schoolgirl crush, The Libertines, but with a work ethic...
Challenge LSE Will Not Find So Easy to Dismiss; CITY COMMENT
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT WAS amusing that on the very day the London Stock Exchange published its defence to the offer document from Australian bank Macquarie, the conversation in the coffee break at a City seminar was all about whether it was...
City Man Faces the Sack for Sex Email
Byline: ROB SINGH;MATHEUS SANCHEZ A CITY worker is facing the sack after using his office computer to send a lurid email that spread around the world. Robert Imlah has already been suspended by JP Morgan Cazenove after he sent his friends a string...
Cool Hand Sharapova Reveals Her Secret Weapon; the Russian Star Rose to Become World No1 Using Her Weaker Right Arm and Could Revert to Her Stronger Left at Any Time. Chris Jones Reports from Melbourne
Byline: CHRIS JONES MARIA SHARAPOVA revelled in the heat today and then revealed that she won the Wimbledon title and became world No1 using her weaker arm. According to the Russian star she could switch to being a lefthander at any time during...
Cool Hand Sharapova Reveals Secret Weapon
Byline: CHRIS JONES MARIA SHARAPOVA revelled in the heat today and then revealed that she won the Wimbledon title and climbed to the top of the rankings using her weaker arm. According to the Russian star she could switch to being a lefthander...
Crime Rise Blamed on Drug Addicts 'Dumped' at Seaside
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A LONDON health trust has been accused of "dumping" drug addicts on a seaside town - sending crime rates spiralling. Conservative MP John Penrose has attacked NHS bosses for sending 32 heroin and crack cocaine addicts to Weston-super-Mare...
Cull of the Grey Squirrels Official Slaughter Aims to Save Endangered Reds
Byline: JOE MURPHY TENS of thousands of grey squirrels are to be killed all over Britain in a bid to save the endangered red species. Squirrels will be killed by trapping, poisoning and shooting to create huge "buffer zones" in English woodlands....
Danger: 'Safe' Driver Ahead; Increasing Technology in Cars Makes Motorists More Likely to Have an Accident
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS ACTIVE steering, Adaptive Cruise Control, Anti- lock Braking, Anti- Skid Control , Parking Radar, Adaptive Forward Lighting and Blind-Spot Information System. We've never been safer, right? Wrong. New research from Brunel...
Dangers in the Night; the Killing of Thomas AP Rhys Pryce While Walking Home from the Unstaffed Kensal Green Station Has Highlighted How London's Train Companies Are Failing to Protect Passengers
Byline: JOAN SMITH THE murder last week of a City lawyer, Tom ap Rhys Pryce, is a horror story for anyone who regularly uses public transport in London. Mr Rhys Pryce, 31, was mugged and stabbed to death shortly after leaving Kensal Green station...
Dazzling Display of Neon Makes Flavin Flavour of the Month; EXHIBITION
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH Dan Flavin Hayward Gallery "IT IS what it is and it ain't nothing else," Dan Flavin said of his neon installations, sceptical of the pretensions that critics and curators ascribed to them. With refreshing directness,...
Defoe Will Play More Games Now, Vows Jol
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY MARTIN JOL has pledged to give Jermain Defoe more games, admitting that the England striker is "too good to be on the bench". Defoe, who has started only one Spurs game since early November, is expected to be recalled for...
Director Turning Tower Block into Theatre before It Is Demolished
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA ST CATHERINE'S TOWER was once a shining example of Sixties low-cost council housing and had prospective tenants queuing up. But it is now a haven for crack dealers, prostitutes and muggers rather than families. The tower...
Doctor's New Wave Surgery; GP Sets Up a Beach and Sun Loungers in His Waiting Room
Byline: GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN THERE'S nothing more depressing than waiting to see the doctor surrounded by lingering germs and a chorus of coughs and sneezes. So a GP in south London has come up with a way to beat the waiting-room blues by turning...
Dowie Is Eager to Emulate Coppell; Crystal Palace Boss Iain Dowie Will Lock Horns Tomorrow with the Man He Believes Is the Best Manager in the Club's History, Writes Simon Johnson
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON IAIN DOWIE is not the type of man to be easily intimidated but even he might feel in the shade when Steve Coppell brings his Reading side to Selhurst Park tonight. Coppell is regarded by Crystal Palace fans as the best manager...
Drama Queen; Aged 11, Jodhi May Bullied Her Parents into Letting Her Star in the Award-Winning Film A World Apart, but She Didn't Bargain on the Attention That Came with Critical Acclaim. Her Uneasy Relationship with Celebrity Has Dogged Her Ever since, She Tells Lydia Slater
Byline: LYDIA SLATER In the grand hall of Marble Hill House, a stately home in the middle of a Surrey park, Jodhi May is hopping from one long, skinny leg to the other in a vain attempt to get warm. In her woolly tights and knee-length grey skirt,...
Eagles Welcome Back Coppell the Governor
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON IAIN DOWIE is not the type of man to be easily intimidated but even he might feel in the shade when Steve Coppell brings his Reading side to Selhurst Park tonight. Coppell is regarded by Crystal Palace fans as the best manager...
Early Birds 'To Buy Rail Tickets for as Little as [Pounds Sterling]1'
Byline: JOE MURPHY AIRLINE-STYLE rail fares that are cheaper the earlier you book are on the way for the railways. Cheap saver tickets bought on the day are set to be scrapped, forcing families to book earlier or pay more. But early-bird bookers...
Eccentric,moi? A New Survey Claims That 18 of the World"s 20 Greatest Eccentrics Are British. Two of This Illustrious Crew Are Baffled by the Label - after All, What"s Strange about Wearing a Stovepipe Hat or Pitching a Tent in Your Living Room?
CLARISSA DICKSON-WRIGHT TV CHEF I suppose it is a compliment of sorts in a nation that has always loved its eccentrics to be numbered among their selection. I have to say, when I told them of this eccentricity poll, many of my friends reacted: 'What?...
Existential Hell
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH EXHIBITION Gilbert & George Sonofagod Pictures: Was Jesus Heterosexual? Nick Hackworth White Cube, N1 ..... "JESUS says forgive yourself/God loves fucking! Enjoy." It is this typically cheap shot, emblazoned across...
FA to Probe QPR Bung Controversy; Holloway Claims: I Was Offered [Pounds Sterling]30,000
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS THE Football Association today launched an investigation into allegations that QPR manager Ian Holloway was offered a [pounds sterling]30,000 inducement by an agent. Seven days after Luton boss Mike Newell's claims about...
FA Wave the White Flag as Eriksson Shows His True Colours
Byline: DAVID MELLOR AS I contemplate the Football Association's pathetic handling of Sven- Goran Eriksson's encounter with the " fake sheikh", Winston Churchill's description of a contemporary springs to mind: "He has all of the virtues I dislike,...
Flamenco Kicks in with a Cult Following for Chick
Chick Corea and Touchstone Queen Elizabeth Hall Jack Massarik JAZZ WITH the Festival Hall under wraps, its next-door neighbour was crammed to the rafters last night for a concert arranged in almost indecent haste. How come? Some insist there will always...
Flintoff's Made a Preston Freeman; in Brief
ANDREW FLINTOFF was being honoured today by his home city of Preston. Thousands of fans were expected to line the streets as England's Ashes cricket hero, who received an MBE in the New Year honours' list, was made an honorary freeman of the city...
Frank Skinner Dropped by ITV; in Brief
FRANK SKINNER has been dropped by ITV after six years. The comic and chatshow host, who was earning [pounds sterling]3 million a year, is now set to follow up his successful autobiography by writing a novel. ITV bosses decided to end The Frank Skinner...
From Playground to Premiership; as Football's Newest Sensation Prepares to Sign for Arsenal, Raoul Simons Takes a Look through the First Few Chapters of the Theo Walcott Success Story
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS HE'S BARELY out of school uniform, has only a handful of Southampton appearances to his name and had an absolute stinker in his last match, yet Arsenal are willing to pay up to [pounds sterling]12million for Theo Walcott. ...
Frustrated Gallas Yearns to Be at the Centre of Chelsea Success
Byline: LEO SPALL WILLIAM GALLAS today issued a new plea to Jose Mourinho to let him play in the centre of Chelsea's defence. Although Wayne Bridge's loan move to Fulham could reduce his hopes of playing alongside captain John Terry, the French...
G8 Protester: Italian Police like Crazed Dogs; News in Brief
. A LONDONER allegedly beaten by police at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa told a court in the city that they attacked him like "crazed dogs". Norman Blair, 38, from Hackney, said he was seriously hurt after being hit with batons and kicked as police raided...
GILDING THE IVY; A Formerly Reclusive Multimillionaire Has Suddenly Stepped into the Centre of a Social Storm: Buying the Ivy Restaurant Throwing [Pounds Sterling]8 Million Parties in Russia and Lionising Clinton. What on Earth Has Come over Richard Caring, Asks Paul Palmer
Byline: PAUL PALMER By any standards, a grimy, former steel plant in the heart of smokytown America would appear to have little in common with an extravagant [pounds sterling]8 million party in St Petersburg thrown by one of London's richest men....
Good Manners in the Big Apple? Get Outta Here!
Byline: ARIEL LEVE IN NEW YORK THE last time Evening Standard columnist Nick Cohen was in New York he says he was "delighted and surprised by the politeness of strangers". I can't imagine who he was talking to. Tourists? After 9/11, there...
Good Old Days Are Back for Jim
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM CAN it really be 10 years since Jim Old savoured his finest hour courtesy of Collier Bay's win in the Champion Hurdle? The popular Wiltshire handler has endured some rough patches since that memorable day, but his fortunes...
Handbags and Man Bags at Student Gladrag Week
Byline: DAVID HAYES BARELY-THERE dresses of strung together chains, striped stovepipe hats, intricate origami pleats and lace-up tan leather harnesses - yes, you've guessed it's another student fashion show. At a packed catwalk show, postgraduates...
High Street Banks Cash in with [Pounds Sterling]34bn Profits
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN HIGH street banks are set to reveal record profits totalling more than [pounds sterling]34billion, a rise of about 15 per cent. The profits have been condemned as "grotesque" by critics who said the banks are still not...
High Street Banks Cash in with Record [Pounds Sterling]34bn Profits
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN HIGH street banks are set to reveal record profits of more than [pounds sterling]34billion, a rise of about 15 per cent. The profits have been condemned as "grotesque" by critics who said the banks are still not providing...
In Brief
TRAINER Christy Roche has ruled No Where To Hyde out of the totesport Trophy at Newbury as he feels the horse has been harshly treated by the handicapper. The JP McManus-owned gelding had been installed favourite at around 8-1 with bookmakers after...
Innovators Sound Dated ..... Coldcut POP Cargo, EC2
Byline: CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON "WE'RE back!" bellowed Matt Black, who alongside his partner Jonathan Moore makes up the venerated DJ/production duo of Coldcut. "It's about f***in' time!" came a voice from the crowd. Indeed, it's hard to think...
I Screamed as Muggers Hit Me but No One Came
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP A WOMAN who was mugged in a Tube station condemned Underground bosses today for failing to protect passengers. Nicola McCartney, 22, was attacked in the ticket office at Westbourne Park as she was preparing to catch a train....
'I Screamed as Muggers Hit Me but No One Came'; TUBE ATTACK VICTIM BLAMES RISE IN VIOLENT ASSAULTS ON INADEQUATE STATION SECURITY
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP A WOMAN who was mugged in a Tube station condemned Underground bosses today for failing to protect passengers. Nicola McCartney, 22, was attacked in the ticket office at Westbourne Park as she was preparing to catch a train....
It's a Huge Task but Saracens Can Rule at French Fortress, Says Castaignede
Byline: SIMON MILLS THOMAS CASTAIGNEDE accepts Saracens have to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the European Cup to reach the knockout stages of this season's competition. They travel to face French champions Biarritz, who...
I Was a Star at 12 but I like to Be an Enigma; Meet the Award-Winning Actress Who Can't Stand the Fame Game
Byline: MARY KEANE AT THE age of 12, Jodhi May had a best actress award from the Cannes Film Festival on her mantelpiece and photographers would follow her to school. Now, trying to keep warm in the grand hall of Marble Hill House in Twickenham,...
Jail for Bogus Professor in [Pounds Sterling]1m Christie's Art Con
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A SERIAL hoaxer who tried to con Christie's out of more than [pounds sterling]1million worth of art by posing as a rich professor was jailed for five years today. Robert Hyams, 51, successfully bid for six French paintings...
Jamie's School Sinners; Comprehensive Where TV Chef Waged War on Unhealthy Food Tops Truancy League
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES IT is the school made famous by Jamie Oliver's mission to improve children's food. Kidbrooke School in Greenwich was seen by millions of viewers during the chef 's experiment to boost the quality of school meals in his TV...
Kelly V Kinnock
THE GATHERING storm over the Government's education reforms has intensified with the intervention of the former Labour leader, Neil Kinnock. Lord Kinnock told a meeting last night that the reforms would result in "a dreadful shattering of the school...
Lawyer Murder: Teenagers in Court
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT TWO youths were appearing in court today charged with the murder of lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce. Donnel Carty, 19, of Kensal Green, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons were due to appear at West London...
Leaked Report by MPs Puts New Heat on School Reform
Byline: JOE MURPHY;DOMINIC HAYES 'Give town halls more controls' TONY BLAIR'S landmark education reforms were under new pressure today as a major draft report called for town halls to be given "social composition" powers over schools. The pressure...
Livedoor Director Quits as Inquiry Gathers Pace
Byline: BILL CONDIE A DIRECTOR of beleaguered Japanese internet firm Livedoor has quit the company as prosecutors prepare to quiz senior executives amid new allegations that they breached securities laws in a string of acquisitions. The company...
Make Stations Safe at Night Say Commuters; Rail Firms under Pressure to Pay for Evening Staff out of Massive Profits
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN;DICK MURRAY RAIL companies are facing intense pressure to devote more of their huge profits to manning stations late at night. Passenger groups warned today that the fear of getting off trains at empty stations was one...
MoD Boss in QinetiQ 'Conflict of Interest'
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER CONTROVERSY over the stock market float of QinetiQ looks set to deepen after it emerged Mininstry of Defence finance boss Trevor Woolley is a director at the company. On his watch, the defence firm has won through to the...
Money, Money, Money - It's a Rich Girl's World; for the First Time Young Women Millionaires Outnumber Men
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA YOUNG women are outstripping men in the race to become millionaires. For the first time in Britain there are more women than men worth a seven-figure sum between the ages of 16 and 44. The Inland Revenue statistics are...
Money, Money Money, It's a Rich Woman's World; for First Time, More Young Millionaires Are Female
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA YOUNG women are outstripping men in the race to become millionaires. For the first time there are more 16- to 44-year-old women than men worth a seven-figure sum. The Inland Revenue statistics are reported in a BBC documentary...
Murderclues of Real Silent Witnesses
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Timewatch: The Bog Bodies 9pm, BBC2 FORGET the history; there's an idea for a new crime drama here - Waking The Dead meets Silent Witness, perhaps. We've got human remains, a glamorous pathologist and brutal attacks....
Must Be Something in the Celebrity Water; Star Pregnancies Baby Boom in Tinseltown for Broody Stars
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY ANTENATAL classes will be pretty full in Hollywood at the moment. No sooner has one celebrity given birth to their little bundle of joy than two more announce they are pregnant. The latest couple to join the baby boom...
My London; SIMON GRAY the Playwright Can Be Found Observing the Human Drama in the Bars of Hilton Hotels and at His Table at Kensington Place
Byline: ANNIE DEAKIN Where do you live and why? Holland Park. My wife Victoria has lived here forever and I moved in to be with her, so it was never really my choice. How long have you lived there? Fifteen years. We are very settled here...
New Bin Laden Audiotape Is Genuine, Says the CIA; World at a Glance
. THE CIA has confirmed as authentic an audio tape of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatening new strikes on the US - but also offering a truce if troops are withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan. The tape, broadcase by the Arab network al-Jazeera,...
No Officers Singled out for Blame on Menezes Shooting
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT NONE of the 10 officers involved in the operation which led to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes are singled out for blame in the police watchdog's report into the killing. Sources say the Independent Police Complaints...
Now for Something Really Funny ... Spamalot in the West End
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK KING ARTHUR is invading the Palace. Following a sensational run on Broadway, Monty Python musical Spamalot is coming to the West End. The musical, based on the 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, will be staged at...
Old Labour Is Fighting the Wrong Class War
Byline: A.N. WILSON BEHIND the row over sex offenders in schools is the much bigger dispute about the education reforms. Last night, Neil Kinnock, flanked by former No 10 aide Fiona Millar, led the attack against them. Rising to the nation's...
Olympic Chiefs Find Another 42 Firms They Need to Evict
Byline: ROSS LYDALL FORTY-TWO more businesses have been told they face eviction to make way for the 2012 Olympics. A total of 302 firms employing 6,058 staff now face losing their premises in Stratford because it is on land earmarked for the...
Our Stations Must Be Made Safe
TOM ap Rhys Pryce, the talented young solicitor brutally murdered last week, was followed from Kensal Green station, where a mugging had taken place on the platform shortly beforehand. The station is unmanned after 8.45pm. Those travelling late...
Paper Round
DAILY MAIL THE WAY a person irons could hold the key to spotting their hidden personality, according to psychologists. At least seven types of ironer were identified by psychologist Dr Aric Sigman in a study for electronics company Phillips. For...
Pearson Top of the Class in Textbook Performance; MARKET REPORT
Byline: MICKEY CLARK GOOD times lie ahead at publisher Pearson if it follows the advice of a big City hitter. US broker Morgan Stanley has upgraded it from equalweight to overweight and lifted its target from 720p to 800p. That could grow to...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Timewatch: the Bog Bodies 9pm, BBC2 IRISH POLICE photographer Eadaoin Campbell tells Timewatch she came across "probably one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen in my life" when called to a crime scene in 2003. Human...
Pole Dancing for Holloway's Men; in Brief
QUEENS PARK RANGERS could hand a debut to new loan signing Marcin Kus at Luton tomorrow. The Poland international joined from Polonia Warsaw last week and has impressed in training. Striker Marc Nygaard is still struggling with a calf problem...
[Pounds Sterling]600m to Be Written off as UK's Debt Crisis Grows; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE scale of Britain's consumer debt crisis was laid bare today by figures showing a 75% leap in individual voluntary arrangements to deal with debts last year. But hopes that the hangover from the recent borrowing binge...
PUB BAN SHAME OF TUBE STRIKE LEADER; Union 'Thugs' in Foulmouthed 4-Hour Drinking Session
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ;AMAR SINGH UNION chief Bob Crow is barred from a pub over a foulmouthed drinking session so shocking police were called. He was among 14 members of the RMT, thought to be fellow officials, who swore at customers, insulted...
Pub Bans Tube Strike Leader after *! !* Drinking Session
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ;AMAR SINGH TUBE union chief Bob Crow has been barred from his local pub after a fourhour drinking session during which his friends insulted customers and threatened staff. The leader of the RMT - which recently brought...
Pull Up a Bed at the Sun, Sea and Sand Surgery
Byline: GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN THERE'S nothing more depressing than waiting to see the doctor while surrounded by a chorus of coughs and sneezes. So a GP in south London has come up with a way to beat the waiting room blues. He has turned his surgery...
Putting the Dating Game before the Mating Aim; CITY LIVES
Byline: JOHANN HARI A YEAR ago this week, a group of eight of my mates - some straight, some gay - decided we were sick of the one-off, casualsex, I'll-call-you-sometime-never world of the London singleton. Dammit, we were lurching into our late...
QPR Boss Ignites New Bung Scandal; Holloway: I Was Offered [Pounds Sterling]30,000
THE Football Association are set to interview Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway over his claim that he was offered, and rejected, a [pounds sterling]30,000 bung from an agent. Luton manager Mike Newell met FA officials this week after allegations...
QPR Boss Ignites New Bung Scandal; I Was Offered [Pounds Sterling]30,000, Says Holloway, as the FA Step Up Payments Probe
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON THE Football Association said today they will interview Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway over his claim he was offered, and rejected, a [pounds sterling]30,000 bung from an agent. Luton manager Mike Newell met FA...
Rail Fares to Triple as Saver Tickets Face Axe
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT RAIL travellers face huge fare increases under government moves to scrap cheap saver tickets, it was claimed today. Passengers could be forced to pay standard fares even if they travel off-peak. That could double the...
Rail Fares 'To Triple' as Saver Tickets Face Axe
Byline: JOE MURPHY RAIL travellers face huge fare increases under government moves to scrap cheap saver tickets, it was claimed today. Passengers could be forced to pay standard fares even if they travel off-peak. That could double the cost of travelling...
Rebels Don't Understand School Reforms, Says Kelly
Byline: JOE MURPHY;DOMINIC HAYES RUTH KELLY staged a show of defiance over Labour's education reforms today, claiming Labour rebels opposed to the changes were either caving in or did not understand the policy. The Education Secretary said even...
Rebels Don't Understand School Reforms, Says Kelly; Embattled Minister Hits Back at Critics
Byline: JOE MURPHY;DOMINIC HAYES RUTH KELLY staged a show of defiance over Labour's education reforms today, claiming Labour rebels opposed to the changes were either caving in or did not understand the policy. The Education Secretary said even...
Rocking to the Blair Beat
Byline: PETE CLARK Tony Blair Rock Star Channel 4 ARE THERE no limits to the talents of the Prime Minister? I realise that this is a question not much aired in this country in 2006 - and if heard at all, only in the most sarcastic of contexts -...
Roddick Is Set for Hot Test from Baghdatis's Barmy Army
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY RODDICK will rely on his "chicks" to win the battle of the fans with Marcos Baghdatis' "sweaty dudes" when the players clash in a potentially explosive fourth-round match at the Australian Open on Sunday, writes Chris Jones....
Safer Stations
TOM ap Rhys Pryce, the talented young solicitor brutally murdered last week, was followed from Kensal Green station, where a mugging had taken place on the platform shortly beforehand. The station is unmanned after 8.45pm. Those travelling late...
Sam Strikes Again with a Thrilling Play; THEATRE
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH;NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Late Henry Moss Almeida IT MAY sound like a scene from Agatha Christie, what with the covered corpse of Henry Moss, whose estranged younger son Ray hardly conceals suspicions about a cover-up...
Serena Is Weighed Down by a Lack of Practice; Defending Champion Finds the Going Too Heavy as She Crashes out in the Third Round Following a Long Battle with Injury, Chris Jones Reports from Melbourne
Byline: CHRIS JONES From the playground to the Premiership Football's wonderkids: Pages 70&71 DEFENDING champion Serena Williams crashed out of the Australian Open today, beaten 6-1, 7-6 by Daniela Hantuchova in a match that raised serious questions...
Soul Sister Is a Safe Bet for Success; POP
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Corinne Bailey Rae Lock 17, NW1 WAFTING softly just beneath the raging hype that currently surrounds Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys is the sound of another dead cert from Yorkshire. Soulful Leeds singer-songwriter Corinne...
So Whatley; There Is a Country House Hotel in Wiltshire That Conceals a Swiss Spa So Potent It Will Strip You of Your Winter Sins. Annabel Rivkin Gets Clean and Serene at Whatley Manor
Byline: ANNABEL RIVKIN I find those dead days between Christmas and New Year really peculiar and rather depressing. Inevitably, wrung out by doing Christmas for all my waifs and strays, I hospitalise myself in my bedroom on Boxing Day for an old-fashioned...
Sunday Choice
The Virgin Queen 9pm, BBC1 HISTORY BOOKS, Blackadder II - and, of course, Helen Mirren last autumn on Channel 4 - tell us that Queen Elizabeth I was a decisive, distinctive monarch, partial to stickyout hair and frocks. But what of the royal lady...
Tex Mex with Plenty of Spice
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Late Henry Moss THEATRE Almeida IT MAY sound like a scene from Agatha Christie, what with the covered corpse of Henry Moss, whose estranged, younger son Ray hardly conceals suspicions about a cover-up over his father's...
The Chain Gang Get Lucky with Big Brother; Sales of Goldie Lookin' Chain's Album Have Rocketed since Member Maggot Entered the BB House. Is It Time to Take the Novelty Band Seriously?
Byline: CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON WHILE Wales's latest hip- hop export , Maggot, has been busy squaring up to George Galloway and cosying up to Baywatch beauty Traci Bingham on Celebrity Big Brother, sales of his band's second album, Safe As Fuck (Atlantic),...
THE EX FACTOR; Spurred on by the Death of Her Father, the Actress and Model Camilla Rutherford Rushed into Marriage and Motherhood. before Her Second Child Was Even Born, Her Dreams of Domestic Bliss Had Collapsed. Here, the Reluctant Single Mother Dissects Her Divorce
Byline: LYDIA SLATER Camilla Rutherford, model, sculpturally beautiful face of Max Factor and Gosford Park ingenue, is posing as elegantly as it is possible to do while lying across a kitchen table surrounded by teacups. Although she gave birth...
The Moment Gorilla Pete Became the Most Repulsive 'Man' on TV; BIG BROTHER OUTRAGE AS BAYWATCH BABE SOBS OVER SAVAGE ATTACK
Byline: VALENTINE LOW PERHAPS he was feeling out of sorts after police seized his so-called gorilla coat. Whatever the reason, trout-faced transvestite Pete Burns dramatically raised the temperature on Big Brother last night when he made a spectacular...
The New Machiavellis; the Battle for the Ear of the Leader Is Bloody and Merciless. as Britain Prepares for a New PM, and a Fresh Pack of Politicos Fight for Supremacy, Derek Draper Recalls His Time at Tony Blair's Round Table. and, Overleaf, Charlotte Eagar Charts the Course of Today's Political Courts
Byline: DEREK DRAPER;CHARLOTTE EAGAR A good friend of mine used to be very close to Tony Blair, back in the mid-Nineties heyday of New Labour. He was young, single, and liked to party. One day Blair pointed out a very attractive worker at party...