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Articles from February 14, 2011

ADS THAT KEEP IT REAL; Take Care, Professional Models. More and More Clothing Brands Are Using Civilians to Sell Their Look, Says Karen Dacre
Byline: Karen Dacre IF YOU'VE stepped beyond the boundary of your own front door this year, one thing is certain: you'll have noticed the ad campaign for trendy Parisian brand The Kooples. Suddenly the ads are all over billboards and along buses...
And the Bafta Winner Is ... Helena's Mum; King's Speech Actress Dedicates Award to All 'Supporting Wives'
Byline: Louise Jury , Alistair Foster Supporting husband: Bonham Carter and Tim Burton at the W hotel HELENA BONHAM CARTER paid tribute to her mother Elena as she dedicated her Bafta to all "supporting wives". Accepting the best supporting actress...
Anger at Release of 'Supergrass' Who Helped Train 7/7 Attack Leader
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor FAMILIES of the July 7 victims hit out today after it emerged that an al Qaeda "supergrass" who set up a training camp attended by the mastermind of the London bombings has been freed after only four and...
AN OLYMPIAN DAY; Medal Hopeful and Flatwater Kayaker Rachel Cawthorn, 22, Is Set to Be One of Our Olympic Stars. She Outlines a Typical Gruelling Day to Jasmine Gardner
Byline: Jasmine Gardner 6:30AM Wakes and tests her resting heart rate, ideally 55bpm (beats per minute). "It's a good marker of health. If I'm coming down with a cold, my heart rate will go up." Breakfast is "lots of porridge and yoghurt. It's down...
At Last, a Radical Reform to Put Paid to the Benefits Trap; the New Welfare Bill Will Ease the Long-Term Unemployed into Work While Still Providing a Financial Safety Net
Byline: Jenni Russell TWENTY-TWO years ago I met a retired carpet fitter. He was marrying a woman I'd known as a child. "I can't work no more -- I've got a bad back," he said, over cheese sandwiches and lemonade in the church hall. He was 19, and...
BABY, IT'S ALL OVER BY AGE TWO; If We Want to Close the Opportunity Gap, We Have to Target Our Babies Early, Reports Philip Delves-Broughton
Byline: Philip Delves-Broughton THE richer you are, the likelier it is that your children will fulfil their genetic potential. And by the time they get to even the earliest stages of a formal education, they will probably be well ahead of children...
Better to Strip Tyrants of Power Than Their Loot
Byline: Sam Leith NOBODY wants to be friends with an ex-dictator. Unconcerned, while he was in power, with the possibility that all his financial dealings may not have been on the up-andup, the Serious Fraud Office is now said to be launching a...
Blow for Spurs as Bale Misses Milan Trip
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent GARETH BALE has been ruled out of Tottenham's Champions League clash with AC Milan at the San Siro tomorrow night after he was not deemed fit enough to travel to Italy with the rest of the squad. ...
Bribery Act to Crack Down on Bad Guys, Not the Bunfights
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor TALKING last week to Richard Alderman, the head of the Serious Fraud Office, I understood for the first time the benefit that could flow from the new Bribery Act. Prior to our chat, I supposed the main impact...
Bride's Sister Pippa Is Maid for Role of Royal Childminder
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent KATE MIDDLETON today handed her sister Pippa the job of royal maid of honour -- and the headache of supervising two three-year-olds. Prince William's goddaughter Grace van Cutsem and Eliza lopes, granddaughter...
BRITAIN UNITED; This Olympics Will Finally See Us Field a Combined International Football Team. Dan Jones Picks His Great British XI
Byline: Dan Jones THERE are many sports in which the ancient nations of the British Isles come together and play nice. The British & Irish Lions do so in rugby. England's cricket team is an umbrella organisation officially for Englishmen and...
Cameron: Big Society Won't Win Votes but It's My Passion
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON delivered a passionate defence of his much-criticised Big Society agenda today but admitted it will never win him an election. With charities, trade unions and Labour accusing him of using it...
Cameron: Cuts Will Make It an Incredibly Difficult Year for Me
Byline: Joe Murphy Political editor DAVID CAMERON today admitted he faces an "incredibly difficult" year ahead as spending cuts bite into his personal popularity. "This isn't easy," he said. "It's incredibly difficult, and it will be a tough...
Children Were Beaten and Kept as Slaves in Pastor's London Home
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor A CHURCH pastor is facing jail after trafficking children into Britain and keeping them as servants in her home in a case described as "modern day slavery", it can be revealed today. Lucy Adeniji, 44, smuggled...
CHOOSE YOUR SEATS FOR THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH; the Timetable for Olympic Events Is Published at Midnight, So Plan What You Want to See Now, Says Matthew Beard
Byline: says Matthew Beard ALMOST seven million tickets to London's 2012 Olympics will go on sale next month -- and the countdown begins now. Londoners are being urged to plan their Games using the event timetable that will be published at midnight...
Comeback Kelly Is Confident That Time's on Her Side
Byline: Matt Majendie KELLY SOTHERTON believes she can mark a remarkable return to full fitness and shave another half a second off her 400metres time to qualify for next month's European Indoor Athletics Championships. Sotherton was crowned...
Crusade That Won't Go Away; COMMENTARY
Byline: Joe Murphy SQUEEZED into a deliberately small room in Somerset House, it did not feel like the rebirth of a flagship government policy. Instead it was more like being at a TUC fringe, or a gathering of some revolutionary cell plotting to...
EvErything You wantEd to Know about tickEts but wErE Too confusEd to Ask
How many tickets sHould i apply for to make sure i get some? You should set a budget and only apply for as many as you can afford. Bear in mind that finals are likely to be oversubscribed and decided by ballot, so think about which sessions you apply...
Family Lay Flowers for Student Killed in 'Street Robbery Gone Wrong'
Byline: Rob Parsons THE family of a university student stabbed to death during a suspected mugging described him today as a "hard-working" man who was "passionate" about his studies. Samuel Guidera, 24, was attacked in Sydenham shortly before...
Frightening Moment Our Fat Fingers Held the Rate
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor IN the past, this newspaper, in keeping with others, has been very rude about "fat-finger" incidents, when some poor sap has pressed the wrong key on their terminal and caused market chaos, and in some cases...
Gaga's Grammy Eggstravaganza; Singer Makes Her Entrance Carried Inside a Massive Shell ... before 'Hatching' on Stage
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent AS THE world's most flamboyant pop artist, Lady Gaga is having to hatch ever more eccentric ways to make an entrance. Last night at the Grammys, she arrived on the red carpet concealed in a giant...
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 apply, see thisislondon.co.uk Your interview with my son Tom about The King's Speech refers to my...
Giant Leap Forward in Learning; Primary Education Takes a Positive Step Forward as State Schools Adopt the Montessori Principles of Teaching, Writes Sarah Richardson
Byline: Sarah Richardson ASMALL primary school in Essex has become the UK's first fully accredited Montessori state school from reception to year six. Stebbing Primary School in Dunmow, Essex , which is already rated "outstanding" by Ofsted,...
Her Name Is Lola; She's London's Only Bedbug Sniffer Dog and Her Prey Is Closer Than; You Think. Tom De Castella Hires Her to Check out Both His Tooting Flat and a Tube Carriage
IDON'T like dogs as a rule. But as the Jack Russell is released from her cage into my hallway I'm pinning my hopes on her. "Run, Lola, run!" I whisper as she darts towards the living room. For this is a dog with special powers that I'm hoping can bring...
High-Flying Ashton Is Looking a World Beater, Insists Easter; England No8 Says the Northampton Wing's Incredible Level of Fitness Has Made Him Rugby's Most Dangerous Finisher Right Now. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones NICK EASTER today hailed Chris Ashton as the best wing in the world, saying his incredible fitness makes him such a threat. The Harlequins No8 added his considerable weight to drive Ashton over the line for the third of his...
Historic Bank That Shows Us How Things Should Be Done
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor NOW Project Merlin has been and gone, all eyes turn to Sir John Vickers and his Independent Commission on Banking. He may recommend the break-up of the banks into investment and retail arms, although the banking...
Invest More in Fashion -- It Makes Business Sense
Byline: Rosamund Urwin "SLEEP is a luxury I have to do without," a young fashion designer told me recently, his panda eyes offering proof. With four days until London Fashion Week kicks off again, he won't be the only one boosting business at the...
It's Time for the Little Conductor at Arsenal to Face the Music Again
Byline: Jason Cowley CONSENSUS is growing among football-watchers that Barcelona are not merely the best team in the world, they are the best team ever to play the game. On Wednesday evening, they take on Arsenal again in the Champions League....
Jane Shilling's TV Choice
OUTCASTS 9PM, BBC1 One of the things I have against science fiction drama is the peculiar lingo the characters always pick up as soon as they get to planet Zarg, or wherever. Look at the Carpathian refugees. Scarcely out of earth's atmosphere and already...
Judge Rejects Bid to Let Women Take Abortion Tablets in Own Homes
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A HIGH COURT judge today rejected an attempt to enable women to complete their abortions at home. The decision has been welcomed by pro-life campaigners who had condemned the idea as "a pill-popping exercise"....
Judges Right to Reward This Word-of-Mouth Phenomenon; COMMENTARY
Byline: David Sexton THE phenomenon rolls on. The King's Speech is enjoying a success greater than that of any British independent film since The Full Monty. Made on a [pounds sterling]15 million budget, it has, five weeks after release, grossed...
Lady Gaga's Eggcentric Arrival; Singer Is Carried into the Grammys Inside a Massive Shell ... and Then 'Hatches' on Stage THE MAIN WINNERS
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent AS THE world's most flamboyant pop artist, Lady Gaga is having to hatch ever more eccentric ways to make an entrance. Last night at the Grammys, she arrived on the red carpet concealed in a giant...
Lievremont: Johnson's Fighters Are Streets Ahead of Us
MARC LIEVREMONT believes England are by far the best team in the Six Nations and says France have a lot of work to do before they come to Twickenham in 12 days' time, writes Chris Jones. The France coach made his admission in the wake of his side...
Magazines on Hunt for New Revenues; ON ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Byline: Gideon Spanier COULD magazines do a better job of using their trusted brands to sell more goods and services? While the magazine industry awaits the release of six-monthly sales figures on Thursday, savvy publishers are thinking longterm...
Magazines on Hunt for New Revenues; ON ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Byline: Gideon Spanier COULD magazines do a better job of using their trusted brands to sell more goods and services? While the magazine industry awaits the release of six-monthly sales figures on Thursday, savvy publishers are thinking long-term...
Morgan Could Have Played in World Cup
Byline: Tom Collomosse EOIN MORGAN today revealed that he does not require surgery on his broken finger injury that ruled him out of England's World Cup squad -- and that he could have been fit before the end of the tournament. The batsman was...
Mr Cameron's Hard Sell for the Big Society; Established 1827
THE Prime Minister is today attempting to sell the core of his own political philosophy to both the public and his own party. He launched the idea of the Big Society at last year's election, yet by no means all Conservatives are sure of what it means....
'MURDERED BY THEIR FATHER'; MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING GIRL AND BOY IN LONDON FLAT; POLICE FIND BODIES AFTER HE PHONES HIS EX-WIFE 'TO TELL HER WHAT HE HAS DONE'; Man Charged with Child Murders on Custody Visit
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor and Benedict Moore-Bridger A FATHER allegedly stabbed his daughter and son to death while he had them for the weekend and then rang his exwife to tell her what he had done. She dialled 999 and police and paramedics...
'MURDERED BY THEIR FATHER'; MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING GIRL AND BOY TO DEATH IN LONDON FLAT; HE PHONES ESTRANGED WIFE TO 'TELL HER WHAT HE'S DONE'; Man Charged with Murders on Access Visit
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor and Benedict Moore-Bridger A FATHER allegedly stabbed his daughter and son to death while they were on an access visit with him and then rang his estranged wife to tell her. The distraught woman dialled 999...
New-Look Chelsea Must Be Wary of Old Boys; Former Blues Duff, Gudjohnsen and Sidwell Giving Boss Mark Hughes Reason for Optimism as Fulham Try to Dent Neighbours' Title Bid. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith MARK HUGHES believes Fulham's band of Blues brothers are poised to bring down the curtain on any lingering hopes Chelsea may have of retaining the Premier League title. Hughes himself spent three years in a blue shirt, helping...
Now Egypt Protesters Demand Pay Increase
Byline: Rashid Razaq THOUSANDS of Egyptian state employees demonstrated today to demand better pay and conditions in a growing wave of unrest unleashed by the overthrow of president hosni Mubarak. The ruling military council immediately issued...
One Day's Life and a World Crash; Berlin Film Festival
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM LIFE IN A DAY MARGIN CALL IF EVER a film was unique it is Kevin Macdonald's Life in a Day, given its European premiere to a packed Berlin Festival audience. The facts speak for themselves. It is woven together from more than...
Outcry as Budget of Government 'Anti-Snooping' Agency Is Slashed
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor MINISTERS are preparing to slash the budget of the Government's surveillance watchdog despite pledging to protect the public from Big Brotherstyle snooping. Sources say that the Office of the Surveillance...
Owners Cut New Look's Value in Half
Byline: Nick Goodway FASHION chain New Look's value has been slashed by almost half by its private-equity backers after it failed to float with a [pounds sterling]1.7 billion price tag 12 months ago. The company has issued what were effectively...
Owners Cut New Look's Value in Half
Byline: Nick Goodway FASHION chain new look's value has been slashed by almost half by its private-equity backers after it failed to float with a [pounds sterling]1.7 billion price tag 12 months ago. The company has issued what were effectively...
Protesters Are Cleared from Cairo Square as Army Tears Up Old Order
Byline: Rashid Razaq PROTESTERS were moved out of Cairo's Tahrir Square today as Egypt's military rulers began to try to bring the country back under Troops persuaded people to go home and cleared most of the tents. There were a few scuffles...
Pullman Slams Council over Plan to Shut Library Opened by Twain
Byline: Miranda Bryant SAVE OUR LIBRARIES Evening Standard Campaign AUTHOR Philip Pullman today accused council bosses of "barbarism" for threatening to close a historic north London library. The 64-year-old spoke out in defence of Kensal Rise...
Restaurant Chain to Cheer Diners with Half-Price Vintage Wines
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor A LEADING London restaurant chain is to slash the huge mark-ups on its most expensive vintages to encourage more diners to venture further down the wine list. D&D London, which...
Restaurant Chain to Cheer Diners with Half-Price Vintage Wines
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor A leAding london restaurant chain is to slash the huge mark-ups on its most expensive vintages to encourage more diners to venture further down the wine list. d&d london, which owns dining landmarks...
Smuggled Children Were Kept as Slaves and Beaten by Pastor
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor A CHURCH pastor is facing jail after trafficking children into Britain and keeping them as servants in her home in a case described as "modern-day slavery", it can be revealed today. Lucy Adeniji, 44, smuggled...
Soane's Rooms to Open after [Pounds Sterling]7m Restoration
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent close during the works, which start next month and are due to be completed by 2014. THE private apartments of the London architect Sir John Soane are to be opened to the public for the first time since...
Squatters Move into Guy Ritchie's [Pounds Sterling]6m House. to Set Up a Free School; Collective Take over Fitzrovia Property Lock Stock and Barrel
Byline: Rob Parsons , Peter Dominiczak Rob Parsons and Peter Dominiczak A GROUP of squatters has taken over a [pounds sterling]6 million central London house belonging to film director Guy Ritchie. At least 12 people have occupied the large Grade...
Squatters Move into Guy Ritchie's [Pounds Sterling]6m House. to Set Up a Free School; Collective Take over Fitzrovia Property Lock Stock and Barrel
Byline: Rob Parsons and Peter Dominiczak A GROUP of squatters has taken over a [pounds sterling]6 million central London house belonging to film director Guy Ritchie. At least 12 people have occupied the large Grade I listed property in Fitzrovia...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Sometimes life is easier if you gloss over tensions with those closest in your life. Not now. You're urged to delve into these right away. As you'll realise once you're actually talking...
THE BIG; as the Olympic Events THE Schedule Goes Online at Midnight, Matt Majendie 3 Spotlights the Sporting Triumvirate That Will Attract BIG the Biggest Crowds
Byline: Matt Majendie THE undeniable "big three" of the 2012 Games will be the athletics, cycling and aquatics. Athletics remains the number one draw, despite the fact that Team GB won just one gold medal in Beijing in 2008, courtesy of Christine...
THE GOURMET POPCORN EXPLOSION; Crisps, Your Reign Is over. There's a New Low-Cal, High-Taste Snack in Town. Victoria Stewart Is a Fan
Byline: Victoria Stewart POPCORN is causing quite a crackle in London but there isn't a cinema in sight. London retailers from the tiny to the enormous are pronouncing that the crisp is dead and that the new kid in town is a puffed-up corn kernel...
The Next Step for the Middle East
JAMES Fenton is right to lament the Obama administration's incoherent response to regime change in Egypt, but wrong about the rest of the US. Neoconservative intellectuals have robustly criticised the President for having abandoned his predecessor's...
THE OLYMPICS' MRS FIX-IT; Scheduling 650 Sessions of Sport Is a Tough Job, So It's Lucky the Woman in Charge Knows All about Performing under Pressure, Says Matthew Beard
Byline: under pressure, says Matthew Beard FORMER British junior tennis champion Debbie Jevans has one of the most onerous roles at the London 2012 Games. As director of sport she i s ultimately responsible for co-ordinating t h e e q u i v a l...
'This Was about Standing Up for the Promises Made for London'; OPEN LETTER FROM KARREN BRADY AFTER WEST HAM'S STADIUM VICTORY
THANK YOU ALL. A lot has been said and written about the Olympic Stadium debate in the last weeks and months but what has come through loud and clear in a unanimous way is that the capital cares about its future. The Olympic Stadium is about all...
Too Little, Too Late for a Big Society
I CAN'T have been much older than 13 when advised in class to beware those who pontificate backed up by statistics pulled out of thin air. Now in my midseventies, having spent 35 years in the voluntary sector, I appreciate once again the truth behind...
Top Ten Ticket Tips
[bar]It's a marathon, not a sprint. You can apply for tickets between March 15 and April 26 2011. Take your time -- it's not first come, first served. [bar]Start planning. There are 26 sports to choose from. Talk to friends and family about the...
Watersport Fans Should Get out of Town
Byline: Ben Bryant AT THE SEASIDE: SAILING When: July 29-August 11 Where: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset What: after topping the sailing medals table in Beijing (six), Britain will be pulling out all the stops to retain its international reputation...
We Can't Rely on Taarabt All the Time, Orr Tells Rangers; Football League
Byline: by Ian Gibb and Julian Bennetts BRADLEY ORR has called on Queens Park Rangers' strikers to step up to ease the burden on star man Adel Taarabt. The Moroccan has been an inspiration for the Championship leaders but made little impact yesterday...
Wednesday 25 July Thursday 26 [...]
Wednesday 25 July Thursday 26 July Kicking off two days before the opening ceremony, Coventry, Glasgow and Cardiff host the first football matches, followed by Manchester and Newcastle on Thursday Friday 27 All eyes are on the capital as the opening...
WE DON'T FEAR TORRES; DERBY SPECIAL; BAIRD SAYS FULHAM KEPT CHELSEA'S [Pounds sterling]50M STAR QUIET WHEN HE WAS AT LIVERPOOL AND THEY CAN DO IT AGAIN TONIGHT; Baird: We're Not Scared of Torres
Byline: Simon Johnson and David Smith CHRIS BAIRD insists Fulham have no reason to fear Chelsea striker Fernando Torres in tonight's London derby at Craven Cottage. Torres is set to start in attack in place of Didier Drogba with Nicolas Anelka...
Weir and Invensys Bid Rumours Set City Tongues Wagging; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin TAKEOVER tittle-tattle sent blue-chip engineers Weir Group and Invensys soaring today. The chatter was sparked by comments from Siemens' chief financial officer, Joe Kaeser, that the German industrial conglomerate was on...
What Else Is New; Classical
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON EVGENY KISSIN Barbican, EC2 IT WAS in 1984 that Evgeny Kissin stormed the musical world with his astonishing performance of Chopin's piano concertos in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He was then aged just...