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Articles from October 10, 2013

12 Great Family Adventures
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, London Observe lions in the Serengeti, coo at baby gorillas in Rwanda and watch a Kamchatka brown bear catching salmon - all under roof. These striking scenes are portrayed in photographs, exhibited at...
A Little Local Energy Lets You Feel Warm Inside; TECHNOLOGY A London Peer-to-Peer Web Company Wants to Let Us Choose Where We Get Our Power, Says Jasmine Gardner
Byline: Jasmine Gardner NONE of us likes getting a hefty utility bill through the door, least of all Ed Miliband. While the Labour leader plans his price freeze, the rest of us wince every time we boil the kettle, knowing that our only option...
All the Pain and None of the Joy of Being a Woman in Love
Byline: JESSICA LAMBERT THE STORY: LOVE, LOSS AND THE LIVES OF WOMEN edited by Victoria Hislop (Head of Zeus, [pounds sterling]20) LIKE a good iTunes library, the charm of a collection of short stories should be that you can always flick through...
A Musical Worth Waiting for; First Night; the Light Princess
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS National, Lyttelton TORI AMOS'S first musical, six years in the making, has been worth the wait. Even if it takes a while to achieve liftoff, The Light Princess will charm existing fans of the North Carolina native and win...
Another Child Is Left to Suffer Horrific Abuse after Haringey Blunders
Byline: Mark Blunden and Kiran Randhawa A BOY suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his family after a series of blunders by social workers, police and doctors in a case that has chilling echoes of the Baby P tragedy. Haringey council, which...
Anti-Semitic Rant on Wedding Video
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A NEWLYWED Jewish couple today described their disgust at a cameraman's anti-Semitic rant on the soundtrack to their wedding video. Stan and Claudia Gocman found that it was littered with foul-mouthed remarks from videographer...
A Parallel World of Lost Majesty That Once Encompassed Europe
Byline: ADAM NICOLSON THE ANCIENT PATHS: DISCOVERING THE LOST MAP OF CELTIC EUROPE by Graham Robb (Picador, [pounds sterling]20) YOU might start by feeling sorry for Graham Robb. He had already explored the history of France in a string of wonderful...
'Ban Doctor Who Failed to Spot DVT That Killed Our Mother'
Byline: David Churchill THE family of a mother who died after a GP wrongly diagnosed her deep-vein thrombosis as a calf strain called today for the doctor to be struck off. Paying tribute to Jacqueline Allwood's "zest for life", her children...
Ban My Attackers from Banking, Says Clubber Beaten by Stockbroker Thugs
Byline: Josh Pettitt A CLUBBER who was brutally beaten by a group of stockbrokers today called for his attackers to be barred from returning to the banking sector. Archie Madden, 21, Vinny Sullivan, 22, and Simon Abouzaki, 30, repeatedly kicked...
Behold the Penis Beaker; Women Have Always Shared Bedroom Secrets but on Mumsnet They Go Viral
Byline: Sam Leith IF YOU want to find out what marriages are really like, from the inside, in the secret places, it is no longer to the novels of writers such as John Updike that you need to turn. You need to consult instead the online community...
Brixton's New Fizz Bar Is Not the Enemy Here
Byline: Rosamund Urwin IHOPE someone puts a brick through the window." So wrote an online commentator about the arrival of a new champagne bar in Brixton Village. Champagne & Fromage opens next week; its welcome party is set to include a pack...
Buried Treasures of Cheapside Are Back for Gem of a Show
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE largest and most exquisite collection of Elizabethan and early Stuart jewellery is going on show as a whole for the first time since it was discovered in London in 1912. The Museum of London exhibition...
Buried Treasures of Cheapside Are Back Together for Gem of a Show; Chief Arts Correspondent
Byline: Louise Jury THE largest and most exquisite collection of Elizabethan and early Stuart jewellery is going on show as a whole for the first time since it was discovered in London more than a century ago. The Museum of London exhibition...
Businesses Fund Campaign to Press for Airport Expansion
Byline: Matthew Beard Transport Editor LONDON businesses are to fund a major campaign for airport expansion after the Government's aviation supremo Sir Howard Davies backed new runways in the South-East. Business group London First will put pressure...
Cameron Attacked over Power Bills as Families Face 10% Rise; Find Best Deal, Urges Minister
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Jonathan Prynn DAVID CAMERON was caught in a storm over energy prices today after one of the "big six" firms hiked bills by nearly 10 per cent for customers in the South-East. The Prime Minister came under fire as SSE...
Cameron under Fire as Power Bills Rise by 10%; Find Best Deal, Urges Minister
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Jonathan Prynn DAVID CAMERON was caught in a growing "scandal" over energy prices today after one of the "big six" firms hiked bills by nearly 10 per cent for customers in the South-East. The Prime Minister came under...
'Comfortable' Wenger May End Career at Arsenal
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENE WENGER has dropped a strong hint he will reject any interest from Paris St-Germain and remain in English football for the rest of his career. Wenger's contract at Arsenal expires at the...
Do You Find Work Less Than Fulfilling? UK Workers Are Less Fulfilled Than Their International Peers, According to a Poll, but with Low Job Satisfaction Leading to Increased Staff Turnover, Businesses Need to Act. So What Is the Solution? by Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth BRITAIN's workers have been identified as being among the least professionally fulfilled in Europe and the English-speaking world. These poor levels of job satisfaction are resulting in more absenteeism which now costs...
Economy's Glorious Summer Makes Way for Average Autumn; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Byline: Russell Lynch WHEN the UK has stood out among its international peers in recent years it's usually been for the wrong reasons, such as spiralling borrowing or a lagging recovery. So the Chancellor made the most of some rare cheer this...
Get Yourself in Peak Condition; from Turkey to Italy, Sarah Marshall Explores the World's Most Fetching Retreats
Byline: Sarah Marshall Vigilius, South Tyrol, Italy With a few weeks to go before the first snowfall, there's still time to go hiking in the South Tyrol. Orchards are glowing with shiny red apples, vines weigh heavy with juicy grapes, and the wonderful...
Head Who Had No Qualifications Quits Free School after Four Weeks
Byline: Anna Davis and Simon Freeman THE head of a new free school who was controversially appointed with no teaching qualifications has stepped down just four weeks after it opened. Annaliese Briggs, 27, has left Pimlico Primary and will be...
Home Buyers Are Losing out to Investors Abroad
Byline: Janice Morley UNLOCKING the housing market and enabling people to move, via the launch this week of the Help to Buy scheme, is good news. But you can't move if there isn't a house to move into. And London faces a terrible shortage of housing...
'Honesty Is the Best Policy When It Comes to England Job'
Byline: Ken Dyer IT IS not long now before the biggest night of his career but Ray Lewington is almost serene. Roy Hodgson's right-hand man and all-round good guy is relaxed and more importantly "quietly confident" about England's chances against...
'Honesty Is the Best Policy When It Comes to England Job'; Hodgson's Right-Hand Man Lewington Says Strong Bond in Camp Will Get the Best out of the Team Tomorrow. Ken Dyer Reports
Byline: Ken Dyer EXCLUSIVE IT IS not long now before the biggest night of his career but Ray Lewington is almost serene. Roy Hodgson's right-hand man and all-round good guy is relaxed and more importantly "quietly confident" about England's chances...
Hospital Put Patient, 88, to Bed in Stranger's Home
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor AN ELDERLY woman was left in a stranger's bed by blundering hospital staff who took her to the wrong home. Lilian Taylor, 88, had been undergoing treatment at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney after collapsing...
Hospital Puts Patient, 88, to Bed in Stranger's Home
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor AN ELDERLY woman was left in a stranger's bed by blundering hospital staff who took her to the wrong home. Lilian Taylor, 88, had been undergoing treatment at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney after collapsing...
How Tech City Is Taking over the Capital
Byline: Peter Bill THE enormous strength the City has to offer is space for a wide range of occupiers," said Corporation planning chairman Michael Welbank on Tuesday at a black-tie dinner in the Guildhall. Boring. Happily the grey-haired councillor...
Ice and Easy Does It, Every Time
Byline: Susannah Butter BREAKING into a supermarket isn't the conventional way to get your product on its shelves. But Jim Cregan, 32, is so upbeat, and so convinced by the iced coffee he makes, that he "barged straight in" to the buyer's meeting...
It's in Our Own Hands So Let's Finish the Job, Says Hodgson; Roy's Call Ahead of Crunch Clashes
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent ROY HODGSON today stressed the importance of England having World Cup qualification in their own hands and insisted his team have the self-belief to finish the job at Wembley. England face Montenegro...
IT'S IN OUR OWN HANDS SO LET'S FINISH THE JOB, SAYS HODGSON; ROY'S CALL AHEAD OF CRUNCH CLASHES; Football Correspondent
Byline: James Olley ROY HODGSON today stressed the importance of England having World Cup qualification in their own hands and insisted his team have the selfbelief to finish the job at Wembley. England face Montenegro tomorrow and Poland on Tuesday...
Leveson Clashes with MPs over His Silence on Press
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy LORD Justice Leveson clashed with MPs today over his refusal to discuss a proposed Royal Charter to regulate the press. The judge was told of MPs' "extreme frustration" that he is insisting on remaining tight-lipped...
Libya PM Freed after Kidnap by Gunmen
Byline: Bo Wilson GUNMEN freed Libya's prime minister today after holding him for several hours in reprisal for the capture of an al Qaeda suspect by US special forces in Tripoli at the weekend. Protesters opened fire at the building where Ali...
Little Master Tendulkar to Retire after a Huge Career
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent SACHIN TENDULKAR is poised to retire from Test cricket next month if he completes his 200th match in the five-day format for India. The Little Master, one of the greatest batsmen in the history of...
Minimalist Style and a Swagger at the Bar
SOMETHING was missing. I sensed it as soon as I entered White Lyan. The space is neatly black and white, the soundtrack discreetly tasteful, the clientele well-dressed Hoxtonites. "There's no taxidermy!" I cried as I settled at the bar. A 2009 Hackney...
Ministers in Crisis Talks over 'Botched' Royal Mail Shares Sale
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE Government was accused of having "botched" Royal Mail's [pounds sterling]3.3 billion privatisation today as ministers entered 11th-hour crisis talks over how to deal with the huge excess demand for shares. Business Secretary...
Ministers in Crisis Talks over Stampede for Royal Mail Shares
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE Government was accused of having "botched" Royal Mail's [pounds sterling]3.3 billion privatisation today as ministers entered 11th-hour crisis talks over how to deal with the huge excess demand for shares. Business Secretary...
Multi-Millionaire Russians in Battle of the Bar Bills
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent TWO Russian multi-millionaires went head to head in a Mayfair nightclub to see who could rack up the biggest bar bill -- and ended up spending more than [pounds sterling]130,000 between them. ...
Multi-Millionaire Russians in Battle of the Bar Bills
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent TWO Russian multi-millionaires went head to head in a Mayfair nightclub to see who could rack up the biggest bar bill -- and ended up spending more than [pounds sterling]130,000 between them. ...
My Report into Press Is Not Bonkers, Leveson Tells MPs
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy THE head of the inquiry into press regulation piled pressure on David Cameron to implement his findings today, saying they were "not bonkers". Sir Brian Leveson's remark to MPs was a reference to a promise...
Naughty Forties and Nifty Fifties; as Bridget Jones and Mariella Frostrup Put Grown-Up Sex into the Spotlight, Lucy Cavendishchecks out the Action among Generation Yes, Yes, Yes
Byline: Lucy Cavendish LET'S be honest a sexual revolution is happening and there's no better reminder of it than self-confessed "filthy at 50" Bridget Jones. Here she is in her third incarnation (Mad About the Boy is published today) 51, widowed,...
New Venture for Soho House Boss. Chicken and Chips in Tooting
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor HE is the founder of the glitzy Soho House clubs, hotels and restaurants empire stretching from Hollywood to Berlin. But for his next opening Nick Jones -- known as "Mr Razzle Dazzle" for his ability...
Noble: Morrison's Manned Up; Football Correspondent
Byline: Ken Dyer LIKE his talented young team--mate Ravel Morrison, West Ham's Mark Noble comes from the less fashion- able side of town. Morrison, in England's Under--21 squad for tonight's European Champi- onship qualifier away to San Marino,...
No Red Bras, Trashy Heels or VPL ... the Dress Code Too Racy for City Lawyers
Byline: Tim Stewart and Benedict Moore-Bridger A CITY lawyer's fashion blog warning new recruits not to wear red bras and short skirts has been removed after bosses decided it was too racy. In the suggested "dress code" for Berwin Leighton Paisner,...
O'Shea: We Must Deliver but There Is No Reason to Panic
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent CONOR O'SHEA is confident successive home defeats and the debate over Chris Robshaw's England captaincy will not undermine Harlequins' start to their Heineken Cup campaign. Quins normally base their challenge...
Painted Faces; in a Welcome New Show Some Lesser-Known Names Are Displayed with a Handful of Portrait Painters Famous beyond Vienna Though Not Necessarily in the Right Orderexhibition of the Week
Byline: Brian Sewell FACING THE MODERN: THE PORTRAIT IN VIENNA 1900 National Gallery, WC2 EDMUND de Waal, author of that most touching of family histories, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), in which the immensely wealthy Ephrussis, bankers in Vienna...
Paperbacks
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH BOTH FLESH AND NOT by David Foster Wallace (Penguin, [pounds sterling]9.99) A COLLECTION of essays by the late David Foster Wallace. They are visceral and spiky. And brilliant. He thinks that Aids might have given sex a seriousness...
Perfect Health Is Merely the Slowest Way to Die; in the Latest Piece in His Series on Extraordinary UNPHOTOSHOPPED Images, Our Columnist Looks at the Many and Varied Secrets to a Long Life
Byline: Charles Saatchi The Naked Eye THE thought of becoming a centenarian is not necessarily a pleasant one. With prospects of physical and mental decline, you will also live to bear witness to many of your family and friends dying around you....
Premier League Defend Not Being on Commission and Vow to Help
THE PREMIER LEAGUE today insisted they are fully supportive of the Football Association's investigation into the state of English football despite declining the offer of a seat on the commission, writes James Olley. FA chairman Greg Dyke yesterday...
RECORD TOURIST BOOM BOOSTS LONDON; OLYMPICS EFFECT ATTRACTS 8 MILLION VISITORS TO CAPITAL; Golden Girl: Kate Helps Tourist Spending Soar to a New High
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor HOSTING the Olympics has given London a massive boost on the world stage, with record numbers of foreigners flocking to the capital, official figures reveal today. Almost eight million overseas...
RECORD TOURIST BOOM BOOSTS LONDON; OLYMPICS EFFECT ATTRACTS 8 MILLION VISITORS TO CAPITALGolden Girl: Kate Helps Tourist Spending Soar to a New High; Consumer Business Editor
Byline: Jonathan Prynn HOSTING the Olympics has given London a massive boost on the world stage, with record numbers of foreigners flocking to the capital, official figures reveal today. Almost eight million overseas visitors, equivalent to the...
Redknapp: Foreign Kids Could Dominate Our Team; Football Correspondent
Byline: Tom Collomosse HARRY REDKNAPP has expressed his fear that the England team will one day be dominated by the top foreign youngsters at Premier League clubs. The Queens Park Rangers manager waded into the debate about nationality sparked...
Shutdown Hits BAE as 1200 Staff in US Have Pay Frozen
Byline: Mark Leftly and Russell Lynch DEFENCE contractor BAE Systems became the first major British victim of the US government shutdown today as it stopped paying 1200 staff in the US and warned of the damage of a "protracted" closure. The workers,...
'Singing Upside Down Is Normal for Me Now'
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE actress who plays the title role in the Tori Amos musical Light Princess told today how she had to train in yoga and acrobatics to prepare for the extraordinary role. Rosalie Craig admitted that...
Skins Star: Police Picked on Me Because of My Race, Pinned Me Down, Stamped on My Head ... Then Accused Me of Obstructing an Officer
Byline: William Chester and Ross Lydall AN AWARD-winning actor is suing the Metropolitan Police for assault and false imprisonment after he was wrongly suspected of being a drug dealer. Solicitors acting for Daniel Kaluuya, 24, who appeared in...
Starchitects Turn City Road into Skyscraper Highway
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THE City Road is being transformed into an unlikely "starchitect canyon" with four of the world's top names, including Lord Foster and Sir Terry Farrell, designing towers there. Property experts...
Talk of Costa Spin-Off by Whitbread Stirs the City
Byline: Laura Chesters MARKET ROUND-UP COFFEE shops and cheap hotels are rapidly infiltrating every spare bit of space but speculation Costa Coffee could eventually be set loose from Whitbread was the talk of the City today. Traders checked into...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
"There won't be much in Harry Redknapp's autobiography that will make the FA wish it could turn back time," writes James Olley. Don't forget that back in 1966, various members of the FA were not exactly thrilled that it was Alf Ramsey who brought England...
Thanks, Jack, for Being So Refreshing
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay KEVIN PIETERSEN, like so many people these days, is over-obsessed with rules, guidance and definition. "How do you define foreigner?" he asks Jack Wilshere, tendering a list of names of sportsmen that is...
Thanks, Jack, for Being So Refreshing; Barclay's Account
Byline: Patrick Barclay KEVIN PIETERSEN, like so many people these days, is over-obsessed with rules, guidance and definition. "How do you define foreigner?" he asks Jack Wilshere, tendering a list of names of sportsmen that is headed, all too predictably,...
The Big Debate on London Schools
IF WE want a bright future for London schools, the Foundation years are a key part of the discussion. I've returned to work in London after four years in Birmingham but have kept my five-year-old at primary school in the Midlands because I cannot...
The Energy Giants Stoke Public Anger
LAST autumn the big six energy companies outlined their plans for price increases of between six and 11 per cent; now one of them, SSE, has announced a further rise in gas and electricity prices averaging 8.2 per cent. The hike in the South-East outside...
The England Quiz
Byline: Dan Jones ENGLAND stand on the brink of qualification for their 15th major tournament out of the last 18. They have one of the strongest top-flight leagues in the world. They have many experienced players who are first choice at their clubs,...
The Odd Couple Has an Ex-Islamist Turned the EDL's Leader? Tommy Robinson Has Shocked Many by Quitting the English DefenceLeague but How Did He Link Up with a Think-Tank Run by Former Jihadists? Andrew Neather Reports
Byline: Andrew Neather IT WAS one of the more improbable reconciliations of recent years. Earlier this week the leader of the far-Right English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, sat at a press conference alongside Maajid Nawaz, executive director...
The Revolutionary Empress
Byline: GEORGE WALDEN EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI: THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA by Jung Chang (Cape, [pounds sterling]20) IT WAS a biography by Jung Chang and her husband Jon Halliday that finally toppled Mao Zedong from his creaking pedestal....
The Royal Mail's Sorted What's Going to Be Next? as the Government Prepares More Sell-Offs, Retail Investors Should Be Given a Greater Chance to Buy In
Byline: James Ashton City Editor IT BEGAN life as a secret operation during the Second World War that ensured the Royal Air Force could do battle with the Luftwaffe. More than 70 years on, the 1,500 miles of underground pipeline used by the Ministry...
Torres: People Never Say Good Things about Me
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent FERNANDO TORRES believes he has been treated unfairly ever since he joined Chelsea for [pounds sterling]50million but admits he needs to do more to justify his British record transfer fee. Torres,...
Train Fares Don't Have to Rise
THE annual furore over rail fare rises is more piquant this year after the revelation that the government-owned Directly Operated Railways (DOR), which runs East Coast Main Line services, has made [pounds sterling]200 million for taxpayers. Instead...
Turn to the Dark Side of the Capital
Byline: Sarah Marshall Creatures of the day and night A bona fide witch is never without her familiar, often taking the form of an animal. She'll have her pick of creepy creatures at ZSL London Zoo during half-term week (26 October-3 November),...
Walkie-Talkie to Break Building Trend; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton GERALD Ronson, the 75-year-old tycoon who built the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, has finally come of age as a fully fledged property tycoon. No one can properly claim to have cut their teeth in speculative office development...
Walkie-Talkie to Break Building Trend; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton GERALD Ronson, the 75-year-old tycoon who built the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, has finally come of age as a fully fledged property tycoon. No one can properly claim to have cut their teeth in speculative office development...
Watchdog's Fees Hike Angers Mobile Carriers
Byline: Gideon Spanier MOBILE operators today expressed disappointment after regulator Ofcom quadrupled the fees for existing phone spectrum in a move that will net the Treasury a windfall of almost [pounds sterling]250 million a year. Ofcom...
Well Worth the Wait
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown, [pounds sterling]20) DONNA Tartt's first novel, The Secret History, published in 1992 when she was still in her twenties, was not only an instant bestseller but also immediately a...
Wenger May End Career at Arsenal and Spend Retirement in England
ARSENE WENGER has dropped a strong hint that he will reject any interest from Paris St-Germain and remain in English football for the rest of his career, writes James Olley. Wenger's contract at Arsenal expires at the end of the season and while...
WH Smith Ups Profits and Divi
Byline: Simon Neville WH SMITH'S strategy of increased profits matched with falling sales has continued, with shareholders the big winners as the dividend was increased 15%. Another [pounds sterling]50 million share buyback was also announced, sending...
Yoga Is Helping Me Stay Serene, Says Love-Split Tamzin
TAMZIN OUTHWAITE told how she has drawn on personal experience for her latest stage role, which centres on the pressures of modern-day parenting. The actress, 42, is currently embroiled in a split with her husband of seven years, Miranda star Tom...