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The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Articles from October 11, 2012

All the Fun of the Fair on Opening Night for Frieze
Byline: Your daily dose of news and gossip from the world of entertainment by Alistair Foster THE Frieze Art Fair features the biggest collection of contemporary art pieces in the country, and can now also boast one of the most impressive guest...
A Novelist Is Back in Business with a Delectable Meal of a Book
Byline: HERMIONE EYRE JOHN SATURNALL'S FEAST by Lawrence Norfolk (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]16.99) THIS is a welcome return from one of the deepest historical novelists around. Once mentioned in the same breath as Umberto Eco, Lawrence Norfolk...
Art Fairs Are Not Fair to Art
Byline: Charles Saatchi IDON'T go to the Basel art fair any more, which I used to enjoy greatly. Now I can no longer escape the feeling that the booths at Basel, so full of glossy art, will be full again for the next fair in their calendar with...
Backing Direct Line Pays off despite the Doubters
Byline: Simon English RETAIL punters who defied City sceptics to pile into shares in Direct Line got an early reward for their bravery today when the stock rose on its first day of trading. The shares were priced at 175p, respectably in the mid-range...
Bertrand Turns the Air Blue Just like Cole
Byline: Tom Collomosse RYAN BERTRAND has been forced to apologise after becoming the latest Chelsea player to embark on a foul-mouthed Twitter rant. The 23-year-old used the social networking site to respond to criticism from supporters after...
Bicycles Might Fly
Byline: Jasmine Gardner THERE is a moment in every cyclist's week when we start dreaming. It usually happens just after a 4x4 carves a little too close, when a van overtakes at speed only to turn left directly in front of us or when a light rises...
Black Madam Faces Murder Trial over Buttock Jab Death
Byline: Bo Wilson A WOMAN who calls herself the "Black Madam" is to stand trial charged with murdering a London dancer in a botched cosmetic procedure to insert implants in her buttocks. American Padge Windslowe is accused of murdering Claudia...
British Gas Set to Hike Power Prices
Byline: Lucy Tobin, Jonathan Prynn and Joe Murphy BRITISH GAS is set to hit millions of families with a rise in energy prices that could add [pounds sterling]100 a year to household bills. The country's biggest power supplier is preparing to...
BRITISH GAS TO A HIKE ITS PRICES; MILLIONS OF FAMILIES FACE [Pounds Sterling]100 INCREASE THIS WINTER; People 'Won't Understand Why British Gas Is Putting Up Prices'; ?RISE COMES AFTER [Pounds Sterling]1.5 BILLION PROFIT IN FIRST SIX MONTHS; EXCLUSIVE; People 'Won't Understand Why British Gas Is Putting Up Prices'
Byline: Lucy Tobin, Jonathan Prynn and Joe Murphy BRITISH GAS is set to hit millions of families with a rise in energy prices that could add [pounds sterling]100 a year to household bills. The country's biggest power supplier is preparing to...
Brother-in-Law of Ruby Wax Sues Rail Bosses over Wife's Death on Level Crossing
Byline: John Dunne THE brother-in-law of Ruby Wax is suing Network Rail for [pounds sterling]600,000 after his wife was killed at a level crossing. Spencer Canning's wife Julia was walking the family's two dogs when she was hit by a train travelling...
Brown Returns to His Roots with an Extra Incentive
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent KELLY BROWN heads back to his native Scotland on Saturday determined to help Saracens launch a successful bid for Heineken Cup glory and ensure he returns to Murrayfield next month to win his 50th cap against...
Burberry Shares Rally but Sales Drag Goes On
Byline: Laura Chesters BURBERRY'S shares strutted up more than 8% today after latest figures from the British luxury brand, which issued a shock profits warning last month, were greeted with relief. However, it revealed its sales slowdown has...
Cameron Is Wrong: The Economy Is Not Rebalancing; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Byline: Russell Lynch DAV A ID Cameron is dangerously deluded. Blunt words, but there's little other conclusion to be drawn from an eve-ofconference interview during which he attempted to sketch an optimistic narrative of the economy's travails...
Can Witchcraft Save Cameron?
SO David Cameron has said that "further sacrifices" are needed and that now it is "sink or swim" time. Ordinarily, I'd be concerned to hear politicians speaking in terms of witchcraft but, given the lack of success that this administration has had...
Clint Fired Up and Aiming to Shoot Down Chelsea
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent CLINT DEMPSEY today warned Chelsea that Tottenham's win over Manchester United has given the players new confidence they could topple the Premier League's best teams. After an uncertain start to the...
Commemorations Must Remember the Living as Well as the Dead
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Correspondent THE Great War is part of our modern memory. That is why plans for commemorating the centenary of the First World War of 1914-1918 are announced today by the Prime Minister. We will be sharing events with...
'Cycling Is Hell-Bent on Repairing the Damage'; Dave Brailsford Says the Sport Faces a Fight to Restore Its Crediblity as Nike Stands by Lance Armstrong Following Damning Report
Byline: Matt Majendie BRITISH cycling boss Dave Brailsford has accused the sport of losing its moral compass during the Lance Armstrong era, following the report into systematic doping by the American and his former team-mates. The United States...
Democrats Pin Hopes on Battling Biden
Byline: David Usborne LETTER FROM ... DES MOINES THE Republicans are disciplined. Try as I might, I can't get one to admit that before last week's Denver debate they were even slightly worried about their presidential candidate Mitt Romney losing....
Democrats Pin Hopes on Biden
Byline: David Usborne LETTER FROM ... DES MOINES THE Republicans are disciplined. Try as I might, I can't get one to admit that before last week's Denver debate they were even slightly worried about their presidential candidate Mitt Romney losing....
Discerning Drinker Loire Whites
Byline: Andrew Neather TALKING to Jacky Blot at Domaine de la Taille aux Loups in August, I was struck not only by his winemaking brilliance but by the range of wines he produces in this part of the central Loire. Blot is famous for his fanatical...
Don't Pop the Champagne, Ladies, the Power Is Not Yet Yours
Byline: ROSAMUND URWIN THE END OF MEN AND THE RISE OF WOMEN by Hanna Rosin ([pounds sterling]12.99, Viking) HANNA Rosin has dedicated her second book "with apologies for the title" to her nine-year-old son, Jacob. If you believe the premise -- that...
Don't Pressure Women into Having Children
Byline: Rosamund Urwin THE stock images that sometimes pop up next to stories about childless women are telling. There's "woman sitting next to a lake, staring mournfully into the distance". Then there's "woman standing next to a cot, staring mournfully...
DS Smith's Saving from Swedish Deal Impresses the City
Byline: Laura Chesters DON'T head for the recycling bin with your DS Smith shares yet. Punters are used to bad news when it comes to the aftermath of a company purchase, but the City was left pleasantly surprised by packaging firm DS Smith today....
Eating Disorder Cases at Record Level Including 10-Year-Old Boys
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent HOSPITALS are treating a record number of patients suffering from eating disorders. Admissions for conditions including anorexia and bulimia rose to 2,290 over the past year -- a 16 per cent increase....
Eating Disorder Cases at Record Level Including 10-Year-Old Boys
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent HOSPITALS are treating a record number of patients suffering from eating disorders. Admissions for conditions including anorexia and bulimia hit 2,290 over the past year -- a 16 per cent increase...
Exhilarating Mix of Old and New
Byline: BEN LUKE FRIEZE MASTERS Regent's Park, NW1 THE second I entered Frieze Masters, held in a huge temporary structure at the Camden end of Regent's Park, I knew it was going to be an exhilarating addition to the Frieze canon, for the casual...
Flashes of Redemption Save Us from Despair
LAST time we saw Bertie Carvel on the London stage, he was being vile to sweet little children as the hideous Miss Trunchbull in the RSC's joyous musical Matilda. Now we find him being vile to pretty much an entire community as Enrico, "the nastiest...
Fourth Star Accused in Savile Child Sex Scandal; New Accusation Follows Claims That Savile Abused Young Hospital Patients
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A FOURTH TV celebrity has been dragged into the Jimmy Savile child sex scandal, the Standard can reveal. A woman has told how she was targeted by a well-known figure when she was a young girl. She came forward after watching...
Fourth Star Accused in Savile Sex Abuse Scandal; New Accusation Follows Claims That Savile Abused Young Hospital Patients
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A FOURTH TV celebrity has been dragged into the Jimmy Savile child sex scandal, the Standard can reveal. A woman has told how she was targeted by a well-known figure when she was a young girl. She came forward after watching...
Free School Starts Term in Borrowed Classrooms Nearby
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent THE first intake of 120 children at a free school have had to start term at a girls' school a mile and a half away because their building is not ready. Pupils at Bolingbroke Academy in Battersea are...
FSA's Turner Calls on Europe's Leaders to Save Single Currency
Byline: EXCLUSIVE Russell Lynch FINANCIAL Services Authority chairman Adair Turner today called on Europe's leaders to "stop backsliding" as he prepared to make his last public pitch for the Bank of England's top job. The head of the City regulator,...
FSA's Turner Calls on Europe's Leaders to Save Single Currency
Byline: Russell Lynch FINANCIAL Services Authority chair-A man Adair Turner today called on Europe's leaders to "stop backsliding" as he prepared to make his last public pitch for the Bank of England's top job. The head of the City regulator,...
Fun at the Fair; Fake Forensics, a Dating Service with a Difference and a Million-Dollar Upside-Down Painting -- What Else Could It Be but the Frieze Art Fair? Our Critic Has the Highlights
Byline: Ben Luke IT IS a decade since Frieze first burst onto the art scene and, since then, the art market has changed beyond measure. Not content to dwell on its conquering of the art world, Frieze has created a sibling fair, Frieze Masters, for...
Hotel Demand Shows London Is a Law Unto Itself
Byline: Jim Armitage I'VE got my place on the market at the moment. If you fancy a twobed flat in town, get in touch and I'll send you the particulars. POA basis, mind. You might think the price is a bit steep -- luckily for us, the agents upped...
How Ryan Dragged England Sevens Up from Rock Bottom
Byline: Julian Bennetts IT IS APPROPRIATE that England Sevens coach Ben Ryan is reading Pep Guardiola's autobiography, as both have spent the past four years attempting to build a dynasty. The Spaniard is now enjoying a year off, having toppled...
How to Make a Lasting Impression; There Has Been a 15 per Cent Increase in Temporary Hiring. So How Can You Turn a Few Weeks or Months into a Permanent Position?
Byline: Niki Chesworth THERE has been a sharp rise in professional temporary placements, which are up 15 per cent year-on-year. While permanent roles are still hard to come by, temporary hiring is picking up as employers get back to business after...
I Just Want to Read a Bedtime Story on Children's TV, Says Scorsese's 'Little Gangster'
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent HE has made a name for himself by portraying the vicious and the brutal, from racist thug Combo in This Is England '86 to a young Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire. But actor Stephen Graham has only...
In the Picture
Beyond the fairs, Frieze week unleashes a torrent of contemporary art in the capital's exhibition spaces -- Ben Luke takes a tour, from Theaster Gates's fire trucks and tar paintings to Richard Hamilton's late works WEST END AND CENTRAL GIUSEPPE PENONE:...
In This Dirty Drugs Ring, He Was Tony Montana
Byline: Dan Jones ASERIAL cheat, a drug pusher, an enabler, a bully, a fraudster and a doper. Once the greatest athlete on earth, a man embodying the triumph of human endurance and determination over biology's limits, Lance Armstrong is now exposed...
In Thrall to Booze, Books and Breasts
Byline: TIM ROBEY THE RICHARD BURTON DIARIES edited by Chris Williams (Yale, [pounds sterling]25) RICHARD Burton's diaries come with a back-cover quote from Melvyn Bragg ("a waterfall of pleasure"), who was given access to them for his 1988 biography...
Kate and Wills Together Again for Night Out
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent THE Duchess of Cambridge spent the day wowing the crowds on a solo royal visit to the North-East. The Duke had the sombre duty of attending the funeral of his much-loved former nanny. But the couple reunited...
Lampard Insists He's Not Yet the Retiring Type for England
Byline: Simon Johnson FRANK LAMPARD has no intention of quitting international football because he believes playing for England is helping prolong his career. A knee injury has deprived Lampard of the chance to win his 94th cap against San Marino...
Lance's Cheating Doesn't Matter, Says Brit Star
Byline: Matt Majendie BRITISH cyclist Alex Dowsett today jumped to the defence of Lance Armstrong, insisting he is still a "legend" following the publication of a report into systematic doping by the American and his former team-mates. The United...
Life's a Beach for Rory after Tiger Coasts Clear
Byline: Kevin Garside in Antalya NEVER has defeat been so welcome. Rory McIlroy walked off the 18th green at the Antalya Golf Club in Turkey well beaten by Tiger Woods. His smile said it all. Waiting with the engine running was a beautiful blonde...
London's Economy Needs Action Now on Visas
Byline: Nick Varney Chief executive, Merlin Entertainments SHORTLY after the last election, David Cameron did an unusual thing for a British PM: he made a keynote speech on the importance of tourism. In fact he went further, setting out two strategic...
Marathon Man
Byline: Richard Godwin IN AN information age, when the sheer weight of human knowledge threatens to overwhelm, the art of curating has become almost as important as the art of creating. We need figures who can organise and rationalise, who can make...
Maude Tipped to Replace Tory Chief Whip in Police 'Pleb' Row
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor SENIOR minister Francis Maude is being tipped to replace disgraced Andrew Mitchell as Chief Whip amid growing pressure on David Cameron to fire the man who allegedly called a police officer a "pleb". Mr Maude,...
Maude Tipped to Replace Whip in 'Pleb' Storm
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor SENIOR minister Francis Maude is being tipped to replace disgraced Andrew Mitchell as Chief Whip amid growing pressure on David Cameron to fire the man who allegedly called a police officer a "pleb". Mr Maude,...
Met Threatens to Shut Down Clubs and Pubs 'Linked to Rapes'
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor SCOTLAND Yard is planning to use the licensing laws to shut down pubs and clubs linked to sex assaults or rapes. Police will also to employ covert tactics to target suspected rapists who have not been charged...
'Military Cargo' on Syrian Plane Held in Turkey
Byline: Bo Wilson TURKISH television today appeared to confirm that a Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Ankara was carrying military cargo. Officials have yet to specify what was on board the Syrian Air flight from Moscow that was detained...
Musician Struck by Speeding Police Van Was Due to Release First Album
Byline: Lindsay Watling A TALENTED musician who suffered "catastrophic" injuries when he was hit by a speeding policeman was a week away from releasing his debut album. Cyclist Joseph Belmonte, known as Pepe, was struck from behind by Pc David...
My Little Black
Byline: Karen Dacre IN 1916 a French fashion designer set out to redefine the way women dressed. Bored with and uninspired by the rigid sartorial options of the day, she sought to do away with formal dressing and to place something looser and altogether...
NO. 2 CLOISONNe DECORATED JAR AND COVER WITH DRAGONS
Byline: Jessica Harrison-Hall, British Museum curator, Department of Asia PHILANTHROPIC Londoners are supporting the Evening Standard's campaigns to encourage London primary school children to read more and to find young adults work through apprenticeship...
One More Fix for Lennon Addicts
Byline: JONATHAN MEADES THE JOHN LENNON LETTERS edited and with an introduction by Hunter Davies (Weidenfeld, [pounds sterling]25) THERE'S scraping the barrel and then there is this dazzlingly indiscriminate collation of letters and memos and telegrams...
Owen Hits Back at 'Disgraceful' Claims That He Cheated
Byline: Tom Collomosse MICHAEL OWEN today launched a fierce defence of a striker's right to fall over in the penalty area after he was labelled a diver. Former England player Owen admitted yesterday he had won two spot-kicks for his country in...
Paperbacks
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH IN OTHER WORLDS by Margaret Atwood (Virago, [pounds sterling]9.99) WHAT is science fiction? Well, says Margaret Atwood, who has written three sci-fi novels, it's stories about other worlds, or maybe about this world as it might...
People, Not Cash, Are What Start-Ups Need
Byline: Anthony Hilton GORDON Brown does not get much credit these days for what he did when he was chancellor but one thing the City loved about him at the time was his wholehearted support for venture capital. He was an admirer of many things...
Plea for Bali Bomb Justice 10 Years On
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE family of a London lawyer killed in the 2002 Bali bombings told today how they are still fighting for justice. Dan Miller, 31, was among 202 victims murdered in the attacks at the resort of Kuta on the Indonesian island....
Rangers Puts Faith in AIM
Simon English of Rangers FC, we indicated our intention to list the company and provide our fans with the opportunity to invest in their club." IT'S been banished from the Scottish Premier League, stripped of its league title, and sent plunging into...
Rough Ride for Smoothie Boss's Basement
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Jaymi McCann A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE co-founder of the Innocent smoothies empire is the latest wealthy Londoner to jump on the basement bandwagon. Adam Balon, 40, has applied to dig out a new living space under the stuccofronted...
Royal Honour for Spy Killed by Nazis ... as Bollywood Makes a Movie about Her
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia THE Princess Royal is to unveil a memorial to a British spy after a decades-long campaign to have her heroic life recognised. Princess Anne will honour Second World War agent Noor Inayat Khan with a statue near her former...
Schools to Make Great War Pilgrimages
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor CHILDREN from every secondary school will visit First World War battlefields under plans to make the centenary in 2014 a national event equivalent to the Diamond Jubilee. The Prime Minister set out the plans...
Schools to Take Great War Pilgrimages
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GROUPS of children from every secondary school will visit First World War battlefields under plans to commemorate its centenary announced by David Cameron today. The education programme, costing [pounds sterling]5...
Skipper Rooney 'Honoured' to Stand-In for Banned Gerrard
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent WAYNE ROONEY today revealed his delight at being named England captain for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley. Skipper Steven Gerrard is suspended for tomorrow's game but is...
Sorry, There's No Apology for This Culture of Faux Remorse
Byline: Dan Jones NEVER apologise, never explain. It used to be the mantra of the tough guy, the gunslinger, the Victorian dad. There was a time when to say sorry was shameful -- something to be done only under duress. The public apology was a rare,...
Tell Sid: When Staff Own Shares It Boosts Business
Byline: James Ashton City Editor THE stock market flotation of insurer Direct Line today represents a rare ray of sunshine for banks and brokers starved of fees. Times are tough just now in the Square Mile: trading activity is down, with little...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
Dr Andrew Parsons Are Julian Assange and Lady Gaga made for each other? The worst-dressed man and the worst-dressed woman in the land united behind a cause. Christina The Mayor's approach to addressing the shortfall of 90,000 school places across...
The Debate over Gay Marriage
MY understanding of democracy is rule by consensual will of the majority through elected representatives, with everyone having the right to express their views. Yet the Prime Minister has said of gay marriage that the question is not "if ", but "when",...
The Other Hitchens Boy; His Brother and Greatest Rival Christopher Died Earlier This Year, Leaving Him One Less Person to Argue with. Richard Godwin Meets Unapologetic Protestant Iconoclast Peter Hitchens
Byline: Richard Godwin PERHAPS it is evidence of a pathetic liberal heart, the sort of moral cowardice that has led this country to the dogs, but I feel slightly sorry for Peter Hitchens. His older brother, the celebrated atheist and liberal...
The Price of Gas Goes Up -- Yet Again
IT'S only during the past few days that many Londoners will have turned on the heating. But there will be a price to pay: rather a large price, judging from the likelihood that British Gas, the country's biggest energy supplier, will announce rises...
The Spirits Richard Godwin
Byline: Richard Godwin ON a recent afternoon, my friend Paddy and I were sitting at the American Bar in the Savoy. The barman, Erik Lorincz, was conducting tests on his latest creation, commissioned to commemorate the new James Bond film. Any excuse....
Thousands Hit by GCSE Scandal Will Miss Re-Sits
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent THOUSANDS of London teenagers will miss out on the chance to re-sit English GCSEs affected by a marking scandal, headteachers warned today. All students have been offered the chance to retake the exams...
Woman Driver Engulfed by Fireball in Basement Garage of [Pounds Sterling]1 Million Flats
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Justin Davenport A WOMAN was fighting for her life today after staggering from a burning vehicle in a car park beneath a block of flats in London. She was engulfed in a fireball after fleeing the blazing car...
Wright Wasn't Wrong over the Issue of Dive Talking
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay MICHAEL OWEN says diving is "a very difficult subject to talk about" and he's not kidding. The difference between the two kinds of it -- one acceptable, the other not -- is a truth that dare not speak...