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Articles from September 11, 2012

A Costly School Test to Pass
Byline: Kate Hughes [bar] HE new term may have just got under way, but parents already considering their options for next year may have to find up to [pounds sterling]400,000 in extra funds simply to secure the right postcode for their kids to be...
Alps Massacre Was like Film Scene, Says Hiker Who Saw Bodies
Byline: Peter Allen and Justin Davenport A WALKER who called the emergency services after the French Alps massacre today described its aftermath as being "like a movie -- but without the remote control to change the channel". The French hiker,...
American School Boys in London
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD CHOIR BOY Royal Court Upstairs, SW1 THE autumn theatre season gets under way with a vengeance this week and the sprightliest venue off the block is the Royal Court, which premieres two plays in the space of five days. It's...
An Alpine Murder Mystery
Byline: Peter Allen [bar] LASS from a shattered car tail-light today marks the isolated stretch of Alpine woodland where four people were murdered in cold blood. A few wilting bunches of flowers have also been tossed on to the otherwise neglected...
A Vision to Nurture Creative Minds
Byline: Sarah Richardson [bar] HE University of Bedfordshire's Business School is responding to the dynamic global environment and being proactive in shaping a curriculum that it sees as creative and different. According to Dr Sonal Minocha,...
Balls Jeered as He Tells TUC Next Labour Government Will Cut Pay
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editors ED BALLS was heckled by trade unionists today as he warned that a future Labour government would have to make "painful" spending cuts. The shadow chancellor said "difficult decisions" on pay, pensions and...
Britain Can Still Improve at Sport
IN the euphoria around the successful conclusion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games let's not blind ourselves to our true performance as host nation and what we must do to enhance our elite sporting legacy. Despite some pleasant surprises during...
Building Up Success for the Future; Westminster City School Is Going from Strength to Strength as It Begins a New Chapter in Its History as an Academy
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] S one generation of students finishes schooling and heads off to university or the world of work, the parents of a new generation are getting to grips with the application process for London's 900 or so secondary schools....
Burberry Hit by Surprise Slowdown in Luxury Sales
Byline: Laura Chesters BRITISH success story Burberry revealed today that it had hit a stumbling block as the luxury brand issued a profits warning. In a surprise update, the group said it had been hit by a slowdown in spending across the world....
Cameron Faces Fresh Revolt as Ex-Ministers Go on the Attack
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy DAVID CAMERON came under fire today as a sacked Tory minister attacked his reshuffle and two "big beasts" urged him to articulate "distinctive" Conservative values more effectively. Respected former Children's...
China Sends out Patrol Boats as Japan Buys Disputed Isles
Byline: Michael Howie TENSION between China and Japan hit a new high today as Tokyo sealed a deal to buy islands claimed by both nations -- triggering threats from Beijing. China sent patrol ships to waters near the islands, which Japan has purchased...
Coleman Hits Back over Style Slur
Byline: Giuseppe Muro CHRIS COLEMAN today warned Aleksandar Kolarov that he should be more focused on the challenge of facing Gareth Bale than commenting on the Wales style of play. Manchester City full-back Kolarov accused British teams of favouring...
Don't Let My Mini-India Become a Dead-End Street
Byline: Nirpal Dhaliwal FOR decades, it's been a mini-India in the heart of the capital, a tiny but special part of London. But now the businesses of Drummond Street, next to Euston station, could disappear thanks to the High Speed 2 rail development....
ECB's Bond-Buying Plan Puts the Onus Back on Politicians
Byline: MODERN WEALTH MANAGEMENT For more information please go to: www.modernwealthmanagement.co.uk MARKETS soared last week after Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank boss, announced plans to spend billions of euros buying up the bonds of troubled...
England's Big Test without Their Three Lions; Rare Absence of Terry, Ferdinand and Cole Tonight Means Hodgson Must Prepare to Lay the Foundations for a New Defence
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent [bar] ONIGHT Roy Hodgson must continue building a more resilient England by overcoming the rare absence of three defensive stalwarts. Those who have grown frustrated with the same faces faltering...
Flower for Diana ... and Floral Fashion for Kate
Byline: Robert Jobson in Singapore PRINCE WILLIAM had an emotional start to the royal tour of Asia and the South Pacific today when he viewed an orchid named after his mother. With Kate by his side, William was clearly moved as he saw the Dendrobium...
Flowers from the East for Kate. and for Diana
Byline: Robert Jobson in Singapore PRINCE WILLIAM had an emotional start to the royal tour of Asia and the South Pacific today when he viewed an orchid named after his mother that she never saw before her death. With Kate by his side, William...
Girl 'Begged for Mercy on 999 Call as Boyfriend Stabbed Her'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A TEENAGER accused of murdering his girlfriend stabbed her 29 times as she screamed for mercy on a 999 call, the Old Bailey heard today. Myles Williams also tried to kill her brother and attacked her...
GRAND SLAM MURRAY SET TO MAKE A [Pounds sterling]100M MINT
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Chris Jones at Flushing Meadows ANDY MURRAY'S historic US Open win is set to make him one of Britain's richest sports stars -- with experts predicting his earnings could top [pounds sterling]100 million. By...
Helena Fails to Convince as a Great Miss Havisham; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID SEXTON REVIEW GREAT EXPECTATIONS ** FILM adaptations of the great serialised novels of the 19th century are perhaps a bad idea altogether, because they work so much better as expansive television dramatisations spaced out...
How to Save It
TRACKS ON TRACKS BRIGHTEN up the daily slog with a revamped music collection for your MP3 player or phone, courtesy of Southern Railway. Running between southern England and London Bridge or Victoria, the train operator is offering a free, [pounds...
'I'm Ashamed to Say It Altered My Attitudes -- but Thank God for That'
Byline: Joshi Herrmann RISHAM SHUJA, 31 Bakery owner Richmond-upon-Thames Memorable moment: I was touched when I saw the basketball players. It wasn't pity -- more admiration for getting to the stage they're at, emotionally and physically. Attitude...
Keep Olympic Park Open to Let More Fans See It, Say Athletes
Byline: Peter Dominiczak, Matthew Beard and Emer Martin ATHLETES and politicians today called for Games chiefs to keep the Olympic park open so visitors can still experience the magic of London 2012. Padlocks are due to be fitted to the site...
Legacy Starts Here as Canoe Course Opens to the Public
Byline: Miranda Bryant JUST under six weeks after Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won Britain's first ever canoe slalom gold medal, Londoners can now follow in their wake. The Lee Valley White Water Centre where the duo made Games history today...
London Has Opened the World's Eyes
Byline: Richard Godwin WHEN Jacques Rogge, the head of the International Olympic Committee, gave his goodbye speech back in August, he didn't mention the Paralympics. It would only be a couple of weeks before the Stadium was filled again with delirious...
London's Moving Up in the Art World; Three Major New York Galleries Are Opening Up in the West End within Two Weeks of Each Other -- Ben Luke Reports on the New Art Boom
Byline: Ben Luke LONDON is already blessed with some of the world's top commercial art galleries, from homegrown stalwarts like Jay Jopling's White Cube to global behemoth Gagosian. But the capital's art scene shifts up a gear in dramatic fashion...
Major's Future Undid Him, Not His Past
Byline: Sarah Sands [bar] HE calamitously simultaneous publication of books by the former Prime Minister John Major and former minister Edwina Currie invites some sociological cross-referencing. Here is the son of a Max Miller character, brought...
Mantel Ahead in Epic Battle for Second Man Booker Prize
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent and Mark Blunden THE SHORTLIST TanTwan Eng The Garden of Evening Mists Deborah Levy Swimming Home Hilary Mantel Bring Up The Bodies Alison Moore The Lighthouse Will Self Umbrella Jeet Thayil Narcopolis...
Mantel Ahead in Epic Battle for Second Man Booker Prize
Byline: Louise Jury and Mark Blunden HILARY MANTEL is on course to win a second Man Booker Prize after her Wolf Hall sequel made the final shortlist released today. Mantel, 60, joins five other contenders for the [pounds sterling]50,000 award...
Met Asks African Police to Identify Dead Stowaway
Byline: Lindsay Watling MET detectives were today liaising with police in North Africa to solve the mystery of a stowaway who plunged to his death in a London street from the undercarriage of a holiday jet. The man, in his thirties, fell thousands...
Misplaced Merger Makes Shares a Sell
Byline: Anthony Hilton [bar] HE real value in the proposed merger of mining giants Glencore and Xstrata is in the way it illustrates much of what is wrong in modern fund management. The deal as proposed ticks all the right boxes for a successful...
Murray:Now I've Won a Slam My Target Is to Rule the World; Britain's US Open Hero Is Up to No3 in the Rankings and Believes He Has the Mental and Physical Strength to Muscle His Way to the Top
Byline: Chris Jones Tennis Correspondent at Flushing Meadows [bar] NDY MURRAY emerged from a champagne celebration of his first Grand Slam triumph and immediately set his sights on becoming the world No1. Roger Federer, who has 16 more Slam R...
Parking Woes Can Be Kept at Bay; Kate Hughes Suggests Apps and Websites to Help Avoid a Major Motoring Headache
Byline: Kate Hughes [bar] T'S an acknowledged form of madness in a city that often seems a whisper away from gridlock. But sometimes, just sometimes, we all have to surgically remove ourselves from the Oyster card and get behind the wheel. ...
Row over GCSE Grades Grows as Teachers Attack Exam 'Flaws'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor HEADTEACHERS and England's exam watchdog clashed furiously today in a growing storm over GCSE results. Brian Lightman, leader of the Association of School and College Leaders, claimed exam grades...
Roy's Boys Must Learn to Pass for Fun; Barclay's Account
Byline: Patrick Barclay PATIENCE should be the word at Wembley tonight. There is probably no need to ask the fans for it -- they will know from Euro 2012 that Ukraine must be respected -- but English players always need a reminder. For a shortage...
Short Orders
Byline: Jasmine Gardner UNLESS you want to be told to "grow a dick", then don't criticise Rihanna's hair. Turning a bit boyish herself, RiRi chopped off her locks and showcased a new, neat androgynous crop in LA last week. Not everybody approves,...
Star Power; You Can't Move for a Celebrity Clamouring to Wear One of Our Designers These Days -- Karen Dacre Reports on How London Stole the Red Carpet
Byline: Karen Dacre IN SEPTEMBER 2010 the BritishR Fashion Council announced that the UK fashion industry was responsible for contributing [pounds sterling]21 billion to the economy. Despite London Fashion Week's reputation as a vanity project --...
Tennis Fans Rush for Tickets to See New Grand Slam Star at the 02 in November
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger ANDY MURRAY'S historic win has sparked a rush for tickets to see him compete at the "fifth Grand Slam" in London in two months' time. Organisers of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 are expecting a huge surge...
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The Determined Five-Year-Old Who Became a Champion the Hard Way
Byline: Andy Hodgson [bar] ROM the moment Andy Murray stepped on to a tennis court, it was clear he was something special. Coach Leon Smith, now Davis Cup captain, described the five-year-old he first saw wielding a racket back in 1993 as unbelievably...
The Determined Five-Year-Old Who Has Finally Found the Road to Happyland; How Andy Murray Finally Made Full Use of His Inner Steel and Competitive Edge to Become a Champion
Byline: Andy Hodgson 6 1 [bar] ROM the moment Andy Murray stepped on to a tennis court, it was clear he was something special. Coach Leon Smith, now Davis Cup captain, described the five-year-old he first saw wielding a racket back in 1993 as unbelievably...
'There Were Few Periods When I Wasn't Pining for a Loved One -- Usually Male but, at School, Also Female, and, Once, a Dog'; the Formidable Literary Editor Miriam Gross Talks to David Sexton about What Makes a Writer and the Agony of Love
Byline: David Sexton WORKING for Miriam Gross on the books pages of the Sunday Telegraph was one of the great pieces of good luck in my life. She was an exemplary literary editor. She knew what she wanted and was utterly meticulous about every aspect...
The Road to Gold
Byline: Susannah Butter DAY ONE Thursday Aug 30 A golden start for Team GB. Sarah Storey led the rush for medals, taking gold in the C5 3km time trial ... Jonathan Fox (no 1in our montage) won Britain's first gold in the pool and the Paralympic...
The Soho Fumble
Byline: Nick Curtis TAKE a stroll through the muggy alleyways of London's other square mile -- the one bordered by Regent Street, Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road -- and you stumble upon them. Entwined bodies in doorways...
Three Killed in Festival Coach Crash
Byline: John Dunne THE driver and two passengers were killed and 50 people injured when a coach returning from the Bestival music festival crashed in London's commuter belt. The damage was so extensive that the bodies were still trapped in the...
Three Killed in Festival Coach Crash; Driver Dies and 50 Young Music Fans Injured as Bus Hits Tree and Overturns John Dunne and Justin Davenport
Byline: John Dunne; Justin Davenport THE driver and two young passengers died and 50 people were injured when a coach crashed in London's commuter belt after leaving the Bestival music festival. The damage was so extensive that the body of the...
Time for a 'Kill Cameron' Plan Says Dorries in Reshuffle Fallout
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy DAVID CAMERON came under fire today as a sacked Tory minister attacked his reshuffle, two "big beasts" urged a rethink of party campaigning and an MP proposed a "kill Cameron strategy" to revive Conservative...
To Avoid Disappointment, Go with No Expectations
Byline: DAVID SEXTON GREAT EXPECTATIONS FILM adaptations of the great serialised novels of the 19th century are perhaps a bad idea altogether, because they work so much better as expansive television dramatisations spaced out over several weeks....
Tycoon Is Selling [Pounds Sterling]100m House in Hampstead Because His Wife Says the Only Way for Her Is Essex
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor A PROPERTY magnate has put his Beverly Hills-style mansion in north London up for sale for [pounds sterling]100 million -- because his wife would rather live in Essex. Heath Hall on The Bishops...
UCL Pips Oxford in World Rankings
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor ONE of London's most famous universities was today named ahead of Oxford in a new world league table of the best higher education institutions. University College London is rated fourth, one place above...
Unlucky Losers? Not Any More, as We've Found the Formula to Be Plucky Winners
Byline: Dan Jones "TAKE your time, you plonker!" Well, it wasn't 'plonker' that Andy Murray screamed at himself as he served a double fault at a critical point in the third set at Flushing Meadows last night but the sentiment was just the same....
Vedanta Resources Takes Tumble as Goa Suspends Mining
Byline: Laura Chesters PUNTERS have donned their tin hats and are feeling defensive today. Riskier stocks -- including most of the mining sector -- dived to the bottom of the index with Vedanta Resources and Anglo American falling hard. Revelations...
Well, That Was Fun -- Now Can We Have Our City Back?
Byline: Simon Jenkins [bar] N TOP of it all, we have Andy Murray. If sport were a national elixir Britain would today be dancing with the gods and the streets of London would glow with pavements of gold. These are bizarre moments in the collective...
Why Drop Piles of Cash out of Helicopters When QE Is Delivering the Goods?
Byline: David Miles ECONOMIC ANALYSIS DESPITE the extraordinary measures taken by the Bank of England over the past three years, growth in the UK has been anaemic and output has stagnated for more than a year. Some people take weak output as...
World to Celebrate Century of Britten
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten next year is to be marked with an unprecedented celebration of his music, including all 14 of his operas. Britten 100 will bring together opera...