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Articles from May 28, 2012

A Police Visit for All Crime Victims
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor EVERY victim of petty crime is being offered a personal visit from a police officer in a bid to give support and also to repair public trust in the Met, the Standard can reveal today. Scotland Yard says it...
BBC Presenter 'In Legal Limbo' after Arrest in Zimbabwe
Byline: Simon Freeman The BBC's voice of classical music was today trapped in legal limbo in Zimbabwe after being arrested for failing to carry a work permit. Petroc Trelawny, who lives in Primrose Hill, was hosting a children's music festival...
BLAIR INVASION; INTRUDER BURSTS INTO LEVESON INQUIRY TO BRAND EX-PM A WAR CRIMINAL; How Did Iraq War Protester Get into Secure Court Corridor, Demands Leveson
Byline: Tom Harper, Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil TONY BLAIR looks on as a man is dragged out of the Leveson inquiry after branding him a war criminal today. The former prime minister, far left, was seated in court No 73 as he gave evidence under...
Blair: There Was No Labour Deal on Media Policy with Murdoch
Byline: Tom Harper, Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil TONY BLAIR today denied on oath that he traded Labour's media policy for support from Rupert Murdoch's newspapers. The former Prime Minister rejected claims of a "great conspiracy" with the 81-year-old...
Blood in the Water
Byline: Steve Redgrave, GREG LOUGANIS SEOUL 1988 SPRINGBOARD DIVING THERE are times when it all just goes horribly wrong. I am no stranger to that concept and neither was the great American diver, Greg Louganis, who arrived at my second Olympics...
Boris Axes Five Senior Advisers in 'Bloody' Cull of His City Hall Team
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor BORIS JOHNSON has carried out a cull of his senior advisers at City Hall, it emerged today. Five high-profile figures from his first term have not been reappointed as the Mayor tightens up his top team. They...
British Woman Held in Bali over [Pounds Sterling]1.6m Cocaine Haul
Byline: Bo Wilson A BRITISH housewife has been arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine worth [pounds sterling]1.6 million into the Indonesian island of Bali. Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was stopped with the 4.7kg haul in a suitcase as she arrived...
Broncos Have Class but Are Lacking the Magic Ingredient
Byline: Martin Offiah Martin Offiah The former Great Britain, Wigan and London Broncos wing, who will be writing a weekly column online, talks about a big weekend for rugby league MAGIC Weekend truly lived up to its name. It really was two days...
Brothers Who Raised Quality of the London Pub
Byline: Lucy Tobin [bar] OT many City slickers name their ideal way to wind down from a tough day at the office as... going to the office. But then again, not many have their office in a pub. Entrepreneur Tom Martin's love of the British pub...
Chelsea Close in on Hazard and Hulk
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA are hoping to confirm a [pounds sterling]62million double deal for Hulk and Eden Hazard. Chief executive Ron Gourlay announced last week that the club's triumph in the Champions League had...
Chelsea Close in on Hazard and Hulk
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA are hoping to confirm a [pounds sterling]62million double deal for Hulk and Eden Hazard. Chief executive Ron Gourlay announced last week the club's triumph in the Champions League had netted...
Diageo Gets the Taste for Cool Cocktails with a Brazilian Spirit
Byline: Laura Chesters AS the summer finally arrives and Londoners flock to bars and pubs in search of their next refreshing tipple, Diageo has taken a further gulp of the growing cocktail sector by buying the spirit used to make the cooling Brazilian...
Fashion Forecast There's No Such Thing as a Quiet Week in Fashion. Here's the Outlook for the Days Ahead
MONDAY FREE FALLING ADMIRERS of the sublimely gorgeous Charlotte Free should head to Forever 21 today where a series of statuesque images of the candy-haired model will be hung in store. The America-born beauty, who was snared by the Forever 21 brand...
Find New Ways to Curb Flights
TIM Yeo is wrong to argue that putting aviation into an EU-wide emissions trading system means we no longer need to worry about the effect of building more runways (May 25). A cap and trade system is just one tool for managing emissions; it can't work...
'Forget a Third Runway, Turn Heathrow into a Garden City'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor HEATHROW IN CRISIS HEATHROW'S runways and terminals should be bulldozed to make way for a "garden city", says a new report to be published tomorrow. Former government adviser Graeme Bell said it...
Gaining from Giving Back
Byline: Niki Chesworth [bar] CCORDING to Alastair McDougall, executive director for people at the volunteers and charity work organisation WRVS, "Volunteering gives you the stand-out factor on your CV, which is all the more important in these tough...
Grieving Son's Plea after Bike Race Death
Byline: Mark Blunden THE family of a grandfather who died after being knocked down by a cyclist in the London Triathlon called today for safety improvements to be made to the road where he died. Jain Ullah, 66, was hit while trying to cross the...
Hazard Lights
Byline: Tim Rich [bar] HOSE seeking to answer the question: "Name 10 famous Belgians" would always have the first two answers to hand -- Hercule Poirot and Tintin -- before they started to stumble. A blizzard of publicity has ensured that Eden Hazard...
'I Love Being Astala's Grandpa -- but I Have No Intention of Changing Nappies. F*** That'
Byline: Nick Curtis HERE are some things that Bob Geldof likes: the Queen, The X Factor and The Voice, skyscrapers "in context" and his first grandchild Astala. And here are some things that Bob Geldof does not like: loneliness, poverty, the Olympics,...
It Was Just a Quiet Family Wedding ... in the Palace of Versailles. with Robbie
Byline: Peter Allen in Versailles SHE first made a name for herself by donating money to the Tory Party, just as her billionaire father used to. But there was nothing conservative about the multi-million-pound wedding enjoyed by Rasha Said in France...
Kate Schoolfriends to Wait on Her in Jubilee Flotilla
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent THE Duchess of Cambridge will be served by two old schoolfriends when she joins the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee flotilla. Lara and Thomas Morrell will be among 19 waiting staff on the Spirit of Chartwell,...
Keep Calm and Carry on Spending the Euro
Byline: Simon says SIMON CALDER WITH the current problems with the euro, would it be better to take and spend sterling on a holiday to Malta rather than buy and use euros? If euros are better, where is the best place to buy them? -- Martyn Baber...
Knight Vinke out on a Limb with More Backing for Kesa
Byline: Toby Green IS Knight Vinke a glutton for punishment? While the City has been pulling the plug on Kesa Electricals, the activist investor has been in a rush to snap up shares in the retailer. Today it was revealed Eric Knight's asset management...
Lessons in Love; TREND; S&M Trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey Has Sparked a Rush to Write Saucy E-Books. Jasmine Gardner Logs on for a Seminar in Erotic Writing
Byline: Jasmine Gardner AS SHE danced, Thea Chastain fixed her gaze on the double bassist on stage. "You definitely need to be big and dextrous to play that instrument," she thought to herself. The man up there, with his arms wrapped around its...
Leveson Shows Us How Influence Is Wielded at the Top
Byline: Jenni Russell IWON'T be going out this week between the hours of 10am and 5pm, no matter how wonderful the weather. I shall be indivisibly attached to my computer screen, watching. It's not a new Danish TV series, a tennis tournament or...
London Girl, 5, Saved by Heroic Stranger Who Lost His Own Life
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A LONDON child was saved by a stranger who sacrificed his life for her when she was swept out to sea. The five-year-old was drifting away from the beach at West Wittering in West Sussex on an inflatable dinghy when the...
Lovely Bones
Byline: Barbara Chandler THE skeletons are coming out of their closets this summer, to rattle their bones over chairs, plates and coffee cups. This latest home design trend makes those older -- and now tediously ubiquitous -- skull motifs look...
Making West Drama Was like Being Hit by Truck, Says Bafta Winner Emily
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent THE stars of Appropriate Adult, the TV drama about killer Fred West, are celebrating a triple success at the Baftas. But Dominic West, Monica Dolan and Emily Watson have told how harrowing it was...
Markets Rally on Hopes That Greeks Vote for Austerity
Byline: Russell Lynch RISING hopes that Greece will snub anti-austerity parties in looming elections and avert a cataclysmic crash out of the euro sent shares across Europe rallying today. The latest polls put Antonis Samaras' conservative New...
Met Officers to Visit All Victims of Petty Crime
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor EVERY victim of petty crime is being offered a personal visit from a police officer in a bid to give support and also to repair public trust in the Met, the Standard can reveal today. Scotland Yard says it...
Militias Went Killing from House to House
Byline: Alex Thomson [bar] MID the relentless firefights in and around Houla, the figure of Martin Griffith is an unlikely one. He is the deputy leader of the entire United Nations operation in Syria, but before entering its dangerous streets he...
'My Relationship with Murdoch Was Healthier after I Left Office'
Byline: Joe Murphy, Nicholas Cecil and Tom Harper TONY BLAIR told today how his relationship grew stronger with Rupert Murdoch after the Iraq War. The former Prime Minister said he had become more dependent on the Murdoch empire for support after...
No Ban Can Stop the March of Baby Factories
Byline: Sam Leith [bar] AST year, as many as 1,000 British couples are estimated to have travelled to India and paid up to [pounds sterling]25,000 to have an Indian woman bear them a child. Doctor Radhey Sharma, investigating the phenomenon for...
No End in Sight to Syria's Long Ordeal
THE latest ratcheting-up of tension over in Syria has led to unprecedented international condemnation of the al-Assad regime. Yet the reality of the situation remains depressingly unchanged: the regime is not giving up and is unlikely to be forced...
O'Shea's Promise Gives Quins Another Reason to Celebrate
Byline: Chris Jones [bar] ONOR O'SHEA, the Harlequins director of rugby, today pledged his future to the new Aviva Premiership champions. O'Shea's success at the club he joined in 2009 in the wake of the Bloodgate scandal has raised his own profile,...
Parents Stuck in India amid Legal Fight to Bring Surrogate Babies Home
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia in New Delhi A LONDON doctor and his wife are facing a legal battle to bring their son home from India because he was born to a surrogate mother. The couple, who have asked not to be identified, have been unable to gain...
Parents Stuck in India amid Legal Fight to Bring Surrogate Babies Home
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia in New Delhi A LONDON doctor and his wife are facing a legal battle to bring their son home from India because he was born to a surrogate mother. The couple, who have asked not to be identified, have been unable to gain...
Passport Control Hell for 2012 VIP - 'And Games Haven't Even Started Yet'
Byline: Matthew Beard Olympics Editor A MEMBER of the International Olympic Committee today branded Heathrow airport a "nightmare" after enduring a two-hour wait at immigration. Former New Zealand Olympic windsurf champion Barbara Kendall, a...
'People's Opinions of the Games S Don't Relate to Their Jobs or Background'
Byline: Joshi Herrmann IT IS now less than two months before the Games takes over our city, but what do Londoners really think about it? We know more than ever what being the Olympic city will mean -- missiles on east London roofs, working from...
Police Raid Italy HQ as 19 Are Arrested over 'Match Fixing'
Byline: Marco Giacomelli POLICE swept into Italy's Euro 2012 training camp today as part of their investigation into alleged match-fixing in the country. Italy defender Domenico Criscito was targeted by police, who spent two hours at the national...
Pop Star, Former Labour Minister and Tory Blogger Back Gay Marriage Video
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor SINGER Paloma Faith, shadow cabinet member Andy Burnham and a Tory blogger today joined a video campaign in support of gay marriage. Faith said in a YouTube message: "I don't think it matters whether you're...
Puppetry of the Paws in a Poised Performance
Byline: David Sexton MOST people put to the question are transfixed. They freeze, they become the small boy summoned to the headmaster's study. Not Tony Blair. At the Leveson inquiry this morning, he looked like the man in charge still, the one...
Result of Cheat Probe at School Cameron Praised 'Kept Secret'
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent A REPORT into claims of exam cheating at a London school praised by David Cameron has been deliberately suppressed, critics claimed today. Investigators have spent almost a year probing allegations of...
Rooney Chomping at the Bit to End His Dismal Run on Big Stage; James Milner Says Striker Can Come Good after Failing to Deliver at a Major Tournament since Euro 2004. Simon Johnson Reports
Byline: Simon Johnson [bar] IT IS no surprise to hear England coach Roy Hodgson is planning to build his attack and Euro 2012 hopes around Wayne Rooney ... if only for one game. The question the Manchester United striker has to answer, though,...
Roy Must Take Covers off Jag This Summer
Byline: Patrick Barclay A WEBSITE designed to judge public opinion as accurately as possible discovered that the most regretted omission from Roy Hodgson's first England squad was Rio Ferdinand, followed by Peter Crouch. These were predictable results,...
Roy's Right-Hand Man Is Bringing a Ray of Sunshine to England
Byline: Steve Cording [bar] ONE game in charge, one goal scored and most importantly one win for Roy Hodgson as England manager. The opposition may have been ordinary and the manner of the victory less than exciting but, honestly, should we be...
Rumours of a Serious Injury Have Got Murray's Back Up
Byline: Chris Jones Tennis Correspondent, in Paris ANDY MURRAY'S dodgy back is a subject that will not go away as he prepares to face Japan's Tatsuma Ito in the first round of the French Open here tomorrow. The latest rumour is that Murray has...
Samuels Stands Firm as Ruthless England Battle to Finish the Job
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent at Trent Bridge [bar] ARLON SAMUELS was today holding up England's bid for a four-day victory with a half-century that kept West Indies alive in the Second Test. Samuels scored a fine hundred in the...
Secret Service Errors Must Be Exposed, Says Ex-Yard Chief
Byline: Kiran Randhawa BLUNDERS by the secret services and police should be exposed to the public, the former commander of Scotland Yard's Special Branch said today. Roger Pearce, who was responsible for surveillance and undercover operations...
Sole Matters
Byline: Karen Dacre [bar] HOPPING for shoes is no laughing matter but one punctuated with a series of crucial questions: Can I walk in these? Can I afford these? Can I wear these without looking like an extra from Working Girl? And now it seems...
Strauss's Powerhouses Target Six of the Best as Windies Fight to Survive
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent at Trent Bridge [bar] NGLAND were today chasing their sixth consecutive Test victory on home soil as they sought to clinch a series win over West Indies and maintain their formidable record in this country...
Street Party Will Help to Rebuild Our Community, Says Wife of Riot Victim
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent A WOMAN whose husband was badly beaten in the London riots is holding a Diamond Jubilee street party to help rebuild her community. Gina Coladangelo said she wanted to use the celebrations to show that...
Suite Caribbean Dream
DESTINATION BARBADOS A LONG-TIME fixture on the Barbados hotel scene, the all-suite Cobblers Cove comprises 40 suites dotted around a pink plantation house set among lush and leafy gardens, but this year it's all change. Five of the hotel's Ocean...
Tanned Tony Can Still Command with Fine Puppetry of the Paws
Byline: David Sexton MOST people put to the question are transfixed. They freeze, they become the small boy summoned to the headmaster's study. Not Tony Blair. At the Leveson inquiry this morning, he looked like the man in charge still, the one...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
"Jeremy Hunt's job is still on the line" -- are we talking the Central, District or the Circle line here? Maybe getting rid of him will allow London Underground to run some kind of service again? Matthias Who said diversity is dead? On the train on...
The Grim Reality of the Afghanistan Endgame
Byline: Toby Harnden DAVID Cameron has decided that Afghanistan is over. Barack Obama has long since stopped regarding it as the "good war" and wants things wrapped up as soon as possible. The timing of the withdrawal of the 30,000 American "surge"...
Timely Take on a Crazed Dictator
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON CALIGULA Coliseum, WC2 EVEN among the Roman emperors, Caligula holds a special place as a nasty piece of work. Sadistically addicted to rape, incest and murder, he is remembered for a lifestyle characterised by a certain...
Tracey Emin: She Lay Down [.]
Byline: BEN LUKE TRACEY EMIN: SHE LAY DOWN DEEP BENEATH THE SEA Turner Contemporary, Margate THE homecoming of Margate's most famous daughter could have been harrowing. But rather than raking over her now-familiar tales of teenage rape and promiscuity...
Tube to Pay Compensation for Line Chaos
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent TUBE bosses are to start paying financial compensation to passengers who suffer major disruption after hundreds of people were trapped in a tunnel for up to three hours. How much travellers will be...
Volunteering Opportunities a NEET Solution to Unemployment
VOLUNTEERING can also be a way for 16 to 24-year-olds to stand out in the jobs market. With the number of young people not in education, employment or training -- NEETs -- reaching almost one million, charities have already seen a sharp rise in the...
Warsi Calls in Lords Watchdog to Clear Name over Expenses
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Correspondent CABINET minister Sayeeda Warsi called in the House of Lords sleaze watchdog today in an attempt to clear her name amid allegations that she claimed money for accommodation while staying rent-free at...
Warsi Calls in Lords Watchdog to Clear Name over Expenses
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Correspondent CABINET minister Sayeeda Warsi called in the House of Lords sleaze watchdog today in an attempt to clear her name, amid allegations that she claimed money for accommodation while staying rent-free...
We Can Benefit from Overseas Influx
Byline: Hamish McRae IF our economy is doing so badly, why do so many people come here for jobs? The UK is one of the few European economies that has a rising population and increasing workforce, which over time may well mean that Britain becomes...