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Articles from May 8, 2007

A Big Test for John Reid's Successor
THE announcement by the Home Secretary, John Reid, that he will stand down at the same time as Tony Blair leaves Downing Street ostensibly gives Gordon Brown significantly more room for manoeuvre. Together with an expected move for foreign secretary...
Accountants Facing a Day of Reckoning on Audit Fees
THE audit fee bonanza enjoyed by the Big Four accountants over the past four years has continued into the current annual reporting season but there are signs the boom may be dramatically slowing. The Evening Standard can reveal that amid top-level...
Additives Blamed for Children's Tantrums
PARENTS have been advised by food safety experts to omit several additives from their children's diets, with new research set to confirm a link between the ingredients and behavioural problems. The study, conducted by Southampton University for...
A Gallic Shrug at Their Leaders' Love Lives
IF Nicolas Sarkozy was a British politician, it's a safe bet that instead of debating the presidentelect's proposed tax cuts or his hard line on immigration, the hot topic would be his stormy marriage. And a similar situation could easily have arisen...
Annan: G8 Has Key to Healing Slavery Scars
FORMER UN general secretary Kofi Annan today declared that tackling poverty in Africa would be the best way for the world to heal the wounds of slavery. In a speech to mark the bicentenary of Britain's abolition of the slave trade, Mr Annan told...
Annan: G8 Holds Key to Healing Scars of Slavery
FORMER UN general secretary Kofi Annan today declared that tackling poverty in Africa would be the best way for the world to heal the wounds of slavery. In a speech to mark the bicentenary ofBritain's abolition of the slave trade, Mr Annan told...
Anti-War Protest Artist Is Nominated for Turner Prize; This Year's Shortlist Is Dominated by Politics, Not Paint
THE artist who recreated the Parliament Square anti-war protest in Tate Britain has been nominated for this year's [pounds sterling]25,000 Turner Prize. Mark Wallinger, 48, made a 40- metre display by meticulously reconstructing the banners, flags...
Ballack Hits out at Blues over Op
MICHAEL BALLACK has come out fighting in his row with Jose Mourinho over an ankle operation carried out on the advice of the Germany team doctor. Ballack held talks with Chelsea's head coach yesterday in an attempt to clear the air after his treatment...
Ballack Hits out at Blues over Op
MICHAEL BALLACK has come out fighting in his row with Jose Mourinho over an ankle operation carried out on the advice of the Germany team doctor. Ballack held talks with Chelsea's head coach yesterday in an attempt to clear the air after his treatment...
Ballack Hits out at Blues over Op
MICHAEL BALLACK has come out fighting in his row with Jose Mourinho over an ankle operation carried out on the advice of the Germany team doctor. Ballack held talks with Chelsea's head coach yesterday in an attempt to clear the air after his treatment...
Ballack Hits out at Blues over Op; Ballack Hits out at Chelsea after Operation Row
MICHAEL BALLACK has come out fighting in his row with Jose Mourinho over an ankle operation carried out on the advice of the Germany team doctor. Ballack held talks with Chelsea's head coach yesterday in an attempt to clear the air after his treatment...
Beckett Heading for the Lords as Brown Picks His New Team
GORDON BROWN is set to install a totally new team in the Cabinet's most senior posts amid moves to allow Margaret Beckett to step aside as Foreign Secretary. Just days after John Reid announced he would quit as Home Secretary once Tony Blair leaves...
Beckett to Step Aside as Brown Selects His Team
GORDON BROWN is set to install a totally new team in the Cabinet's most senior posts amid moves to allow Margaret Beckett to step aside as Foreign Secretary. Only days after John Reid announced he would quit as Home Secretary once Tony Blair leaves...
Black Knew Everything; Fallen Press Baron Meets His Nemesis in Fraud Trial
CONRAD BLACK looked more uncomfortable than usual in the eighth week of his fraud trial. So did his lawyers who repeatedly shouted objection. The tanned and relaxed witness testifying was the manifestation of Blacks nightmare and the target of his...
Black 'Knew Everything'; Fallen Press Baron Meets His Nemesis in Fraud Trial
CONRAD BLACK looked more uncomfortable than usual in the eighth week of his fraud trial. So did his lawyers who repeatedly shouted "objection". The tanned and relaxed witness testifying was the manifestation of Black'snightmare and the target of...
Blair 'Refuses to to Cut Prisoner Numbers amid Crowding Fears'
TONY BLAIR has vetoed plans to cut the numbers going to jail to prevent a summer of prison overcrowding, it was reported today. The Prime Minister rejected a series of proposals from Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, who will lead the new Ministry...
Boys' Car Was Chased before Death Crash
DETECTIVESwere today investigating whether three schoolboys killed in a high-speed crash were chased and knocked off the road after a scuffle before the accident. Teenagers Chris Jolley, Richard Warren and Danny Archer died in the early hours of...
Boy with a Baton; Simon Rattle Made His Glyndebourne Debut at 22. Now at 24, Robin Ticciati Is Following in His Footsteps of His Great Mentor and He's Terrified
AT THE start of this year, one name appeared on everyone's list of classical rising stars for 2007: Robin Ticciati, a tousle-haired beanpole of a young Londoner who, at 24, has already worked with top international orchestras in Germany, Sweden, Italy...
Build Bike-Only Highways
THE single most important issue for cyclists is the need to physically separate them from vehicular traffic. This is done,for example, in Holland, where 30 per cent of people cycle to work and to school. The separation is ideally achieved with separate...
CAN THE SUN KING REGAIN HIS SHINE? as an Astonishing Line-Up of the Great and the Good Write in Support of the Disgraced Former BP Boss, Lord Browne Is Now on Course for Rehabilitation
THIS time last week, the future looked terrible for Lord Browne. Due to quit BP in July after 12 years in charge, his reputation was about to be torn apart by revelations of his legal efforts to prevent a former gay lover going public about their...
CAN THE SUN KING REGAIN HIS SHINE? SUN KING as an Astonishing Line-Up of the Great and the Good Write in Support of the Disgraced Former BP Boss, Lord Browne Is Now on Course for Rehabilitation
THIS time last week, the future looked terrible for Lord Browne. Due to quit BP in July after 12 years in charge, his reputation was about to be torn apart by revelations of his legal efforts to prevent a former gay lover going public about their...
City's Boom Is Cooling off, Say Gloomy Cabbies
THE white hot pace of growth in the City is starting to cool as fears over the US economy and rising interest rates at home knock confidence. An Evening Standard survey of London black cab drivers found that nearly half are less optimistic about...
Conrad Knew All That Went on, Star Witness Claims; Black Meets His Nemesis as Radler Gives Evidence
CONRAD BLACK looked more uncomfortable than usual in the eighth week of his fraud trial yesterday. So did his lawyers who repeatedly shouted "objection". The tanned and relaxed witness testifying was the manifestation of Black's nightmare and the target...
Crimson Lips, Towering Heels and Hats
THERE was never a dull moment when Isabella Blow was around. To her many friends and admirers, she was the quintessence of British fashion: a passionate supporter of new talent and an outspoken champion of the avant garde. She began her career in...
Did Fashion Muse Isabella Poison Herself ?
MYSTERY today surrounds the death of Isabella Blow, one of the British fashion industry's most eccentric characters, amid claims that she may have poisoned herself. The 48-year-old fashion director of Tatler magazine, who suffered from depression,...
Did Fashion Muse Isabella Poison Herself?
MYSTERY today surrounded the death of Isabella Blow, one of the British fashion industry's most eccentric characters, amid claims that she may have poisoned herself. The 48-year-old fashion director of Tatler magazine, a self-confessed depressive,...
FEELGOOD FACTOR; A Thai Massage Proves to Be More Vigorous and Invigorating Than This Tester Expected
What is it? A Thai herbal ball massage. What does it claim? The combination of deep-tissue and Thai massage is supposed to release tension, strengthen your metabolism, rejuvenate skin and release toxins. Basically, it aims to make you feel you've...
First-Time Buyers to Picket Brown over Rising Prices
FRUSTRATED first-time buyers are to take to the streets to protest over soaring house prices. A campaign group is to picket Gordon Brown when he speaks at the Brighton Festival on Sunday. Organised by web-based group PricedOut, the protest is...
Flower Steps Up as Deputy to Moores
ENGLAND have finally found a world-class wicketkeeper-batsman. The problem for the selectors, however, is that Andy Flower will only be coaching at Lords next week, not playing against the West Indies in the First Test. New head coach Peter Moores...
Flower Steps Up as Deputy to Moores
who averaged nearly 68 in the County Championship last season and has been a huge success since joining them in 2002. It was as a high-scoring and highly competent wicketkeeper that he served Zimbabwe for most of his 10-year internationalcareer....
Flower Steps Up as Moores's Deputy
ENGLAND have finally found a world-class wicketkeeper-batsman. The problem for the selectors, however, is that Andy Flower will only be coaching at Lord's next week, not playing against the West Indies in the summer's opening Test. New head coach...
French Polish for Libertys Revival
TO millions of tourists from across the globe, West End department store Liberty is as British as bad weather. But the company today showed it isnt afraid of tradition by asking a Frenchman to lead the next stage of its recovery. Geoffroy de la...
French Polish for Liberty's Revival
TO millions of tourists from across the globe, West End department store Liberty is as British as bad weather. But the companytoday showed it isn't afraid of tradition by asking a Frenchman to lead the next stage of its recovery. Geoffroy de la...
Gang of Four's Legal Threat Is Weakened by Another Tevez Tour De Force
Gang of four's THE PREMIER LEAGUE were today preparing to publicly reject the complaints of clubs threatening legal action over the Carlos Tevez affair. They were drawing up a statement confirming their confidence in the decision not to deduct points...
George Michael Tells Court of His Drug-Drive Shame
GEORGE MICHAEL today told a court of his shame of getting behind the wheel of his Mercedes when unfit to drive. He pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs but insisted he was suffering only from the effects of "tiredness and...
George Michael Tells Court of His Shame over Drug-Driving
GEORGE MICHAEL today told a court of his shame of getting behind the wheel of his Mercedes when unfit to drive. He pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs but insisted he was suffering only from the effects of "tiredness and...
Goldman Shows Its True Colours over Lord Browne
IT IS impossible not to contrast the public letter of support for Lord Browne, published in the Financial Times and Guardian on Saturday and signed by dozens of prominent businessmen and public figures, and the vigorous backing for him from Martin...
Haunted Mourinho Must Find Missing Sparkle
IT'S very easy to dislike some people ... especially if they're rich, win a lot and come from the fashionable part of the capital. But even those who have scant regard for Chelsea must have been impressed by Sunday's game at Emirates Stadium, which...
Higgins to Raise a Glass after Holding His Nerve
JOHN HIGGINS will allow himself one celebration glass of champagne today after holding his nerve in the face of a magnificent Mark Selby fightback to win his second snooker World Championship title in Sheffield. Higgins went into the second day...
High Emotions in the Village; Alan Carr
THEATRE Nan Orange Tree, Richmond *** ONE of the Orange Tree's particular skills, seen to fine effect in its Shaw and His Contemporaries season, lies in serving reminders that some of the biggest names in 20th century letters also had dramatic...
Hip-Hop to Make Your Jaw Drop&; REVIEW
Breakin' Convention 07 Sadler's Wells *** JUST when you think you've seen everything hip-hop has to offer the Samurai B-boys, the Brazilian comic popper, the krumping kindergarten along comes another Breakin' Convention that proves you happily,...
I Went from Heathfield in Ascot to an LA Cell: My Crystal Meth Hell; 12 Million Americans Are Said to Have Used It and It Is Threatening to Take Hold in the UK: The 'Most Addictive Drug Available' Caused the Near-Death of One Woman Who Had Everything to Live For
CLEA Myers is excited about her future. At 36, her first book, Tweaking the Dream, has been submitted to publishers. She has a flat in Pimlico and has castings lined up for her newly resumed acting career. Yet 10 years ago she was on a lock-down...
Jose Needs a Free Hand If Blues Are to Regroup and Lower the Red Flag; Chelsea's Boss Must Learn from Defeat If He Is to Recover from His Pain and Mount a Big Challenge to Sir Alex
HOW will Jose Mourinho be feeling when his vanquished champions tomorrow night offer a guard of honour to their conquerors, Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge? Knowing his taste for losing, the experience will presumably be about as palatable as...
Jose Needs a Free Hand If Blues Are to Regroup and Lower the Red Flag; Chelsea's Boss Must Learn from Defeat If He Is to Recover from His Pain and Mount a New Challenge to Sir Alex. by Ian Chadband
Getty Images HOW will Jose Mourinho be feeling when his vanquished champions tomorrow night offer a guard of honour to their conquerors, Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge? Knowing his taste for losing, the experience will presumably be about as...
Lambeth Is Worst Area for Rapes with 120 Attacks a Year
STRIKING variations in the number of rapes carried out in London boroughs are revealed today. Figures show the biggest risk of being raped is in Lambeth, where more than 700 offences have been reported in the past five years, closely followed by...
Lampard Sets His Sights on Another Piece of History
FRANK LAMPARD insisted today that it is vital for Chelsea to finish the season on a high by beating Manchester United at Wembley. The Premiership's top two clubs meet at the new stadium on 19 May and Lampard said: "It's an FA Cup Final. I've never...
Lindsay Keeps a 'To Do' List of Hot UK Rockers; (1)Maneating Actress Wants to Bag a Brit(2)LONDON EYE
HOLLYWOOD starlet and party animal Lindsay Lohan seems to have developed a taste for British rockers. The 20-year-old actress has been linked to a string of British men in the past - she has boasted about sleeping with James Blunt, Jude Law and and...
London Calling; Keep Up with the Latest News on All Your Favourite Football Clubs. Every Day
ARSENE WENGER says the future of striker Julio Baptista rests on whether Real Madrid want to sign ARSENAL loan star Jose Antonio Reyes. He said: "My personal view is that it depends what Madrid want to do with Reyes, then we will make a decision."...
London Live; Helping You Make the Most of Your City Today
The short list ONE THING YOU REALLY SHOULD KNOW SABAI POMEGRANATE SPRITZER DRINK Exotic Sabai Pomegranate is set to knock Magners cider off the drinks list this summer. This superfruit and Thai wine blend ticks all the boxes. It tastes good and...
London Tops the Property Price League
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN LONDON has overtaken Monaco as the playground of the rich and famous. The capital now has the most expensive houses in the world, thanks to an influx of foreign billionaires and a bumper round of City bonuses. It has made...
MADDY: A CATALOGUE OF POLICE BLUNDERS; Trail of Errors at the Crime Scene, Say British Experts
PORTUGUESE police hunting for Madeleine McCann faced mounting criticism today of their investigation. British police sources said they were concerned the search for the three-year-old had been hampered by a "comedy of errors". They spoke as detectives...
MADDY: MAN IN THE SHADOWS; 1) Alarm Raised Two Weeks before Girl Was Snatched2) He Should Not Have Been Anywhere near Children
STAFF at the holiday resort where threeyear- old Madeleine McCann was snatched were warned two weeks ago of a suspicious man bothering children. A mother who was at the Mark Warner complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal, today told the Evening Standard...
MADDY POLICES VITAL BLUNDERS; Trail of Errors Search, Say UK Experts
PORTUGUESE police hunting for Madeleine McCann faced mounting criticism of their investigation today. Senior British police sources described the inquiry in Portugal as woeful, claiming the search for the three-year-old had been hampered by a comedy...
MPs Back Standard Campaign over Train Access for Cyclists
MPs TODAY blasted Britain's rail operators for their "confusing and inconsistent" national policy towards cyclists. Politicians from all the parties said cycling in the country faced obstacles because of a lack of bike parks at train stations. ...
My Five Golden Rules for Safe Weight Loss; There's No Need to Pop Slimming Pills If You Want to Lose Pounds. Just Follow These Rules for a Future in Better Shape
BRICKBATS and bouquets sum up the response to last week's article in which I suggested that lifestyle changes, rather than quickfix slimming pills, are the only truly effective way of tackling the obesityepidemic. Diet and exercise deal with the root...
My Real High-Street Heroes; Forget the Flashy New Fashions in Topshop, True Style Doesn't Need to Shout
OOOH I bet that's how you keep yourself looking so young," cooed the woman at the front of the mile-long queue to the cashier who had skin that made a baby's bottom look like gnarled bark. Caught up in the fracas, I watched as she sold yet another...
My Warning to Gordon; as the Blair Years End and John Reid Says He Is Quitting, a Longstanding Ally of the PM Issues a Stark Challenge to His Party
TONY Blair will be both flattered and worried by being likened to Margaret Thatcher. Both have given their names to a reinvention of their party's philosophy. As a result, both notched up three successive and convincing election victories. The...
No, Bishop - the Jihad Won't Stop after Iraq
WITH religious fanaticism wreaking such havoc in the world I sometimes find myself thinking fondly of our own dear Church of England, which is about as fanatical as an elderly labrador snoozing by the fireside. But what use are its endearing somnolent...
Now Morrison Is on Bid Watch Shopping List
SHARES of Wm Morrison raced up to record levels today amid mounting speculation that private-equity companies may be about to turn their firepower on the supermarkets chain following the failure of a bid for rival J Sainsbury last month. Morrison...
Now Morrison Is on Bid Watch Shopping List; MARKET ROUND-UP
SHARES of William Morrison raced up to record levels today, amid mounting speculation private-equity companies may be about to turn their firepower on the supermarket chain following the failure of a bid for rival J Sainsbury last month. Morrison...
Paisley Shares Power and a Laugh with His Arch-Foe McGuinness; the Odd Couple: Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley with His Deputy Martin McGuinness after Being Sworn In
NORTHERN IRELAND broke free from the "heavy chains of history" today as Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness shook hands on peace. Four decades after the pair faced each other across the bitter sectarian divide one a Unionist firebrand, the other a...
Paisley Shares Power and Handshake with Arch-Foe McGuinness
NORTHERN IRELAND broke free from the "heavy chains of history" today as Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness shook hands on peace. Four decades after the pair faced each other acrossthe bitter sectarian divide, one a Unionist firebrand the other a...
Pardew Talks Up His 'Bouncebackability'; Boss Confident Charlton Have What It Takes to Make a Swift Return to the Premiership, by Michael Hart
AN EMOTIONAL Alan Pardew vowed today to repay the faith and loyalty of the Charlton Athletic fans and lead the club straight back into the Premiership next season. With their seven-year stay among the game's elite ended by Tottenham's 2-0 win at...
Pardew Talks Up His 'Bouncebackability'; Boss Is Confident Charlton Have What It Takes to Make a Swift Return to the Premiership. by Michael Hart
AN EMOTIONAL Alan Pardew vowed today to repay the faith and loyalty of the Charlton fans and lead the club straight back into the Premiership next season. With their seven-year stay among the game's elite ended by Tottenham's 2-0 win at The Valley...
Perfect Your Posture; Is the Toughest of Bodywork Therapies the Answer to Bad Posture? Alice Hart-Davis Works Her Posture Way through a Course of Hellerwork and Advises on Less Painful Ways to Realign Your Body
ASSOCIATED with laziness, poor posture can cause you to be marked down by prospective employers by making you look as if you lack confidence. It can also set you up for a lifetime of back pain. Yet bad posture, along with slouching and slumping,...
Pick of the Night
The Seven Sins of England 9pm, Channel 4 That's twice in two weeks a Channel 4 programme has used television in an interesting, unusual way in order to make a point. What's going on? Where are the derivative lifestyle shows? Human Footprint (26...
Pick of the Night
The Seven Sins of England 10pm, Channel 4 That's twice in two weeks a Channel 4 programme has used television in an interesting, unusual way in order to make a point. What's going on? Where are the derivative lifestyle shows? Human Footprint (26...
Pietersen Injury Scare Alarms Selectors
KEVIN PIETERSEN has given England another injury worry ahead of next weeks First Test against the West Indies. Pietersen is expected to miss the County Championship match against Lancashire, startingat the Rose Bowl tomorrow, after damaging his...
Police Denied Woman Job Because of Breast Cancer
A TELECOMS expert who was diagnosed with breast cancer is suing the police, claiming she was unfairly dismissed because of her illness. Susan Garnett, a solicitor, was working on a secret project for Scotland Yard and the security services when...
Police 'Denied Woman Job Because of Breast Cancer'
A TELECOMS expert who was diagnosed with breast cancer is suing the police, claiming she was unfairly dismissed because of her illness. Susan Garnett, a solicitor, was working on a secret project for Scotland Yard and the security services when...
[Pounds Sterling]45m Bid to; Middle East Takeover Cash Could Finance Pardew's Bid to Come Straight Back Up
Byline: NEAL COLLINS Charlton 0 Tottenham 2 CHARLTON will be the subject of a [pounds sterling]45million takeover bid by the end of the month - despite last night's defeat which relegated the Addicks after seven years in the Premiership. ...
Power List Honours Top 10 Media Asians
BRITAIN'S most influential Asians working in the media are named today. The list, released by newspaper Eastern Eye, features 10 personalities who it says are setting the agenda in TV, radio and publishing. From household names such as Channel...
Prince to Play 21 London Gigs on 'Farewell' Tour
PRINCE is to play 21 nights in London this summer his last tour before he embarks on an "extended study leave". The singer today announced a series of seven concerts at the O2 Arena in August followed by a string of other live performances in...
RBS Has Cash to Buy ABN and LaSalle
ROYAL Bank of Scotlands consortium today hit back at accusations by its rivals that it has not got the cash to go ahead with a e71 billion ([pounds sterling]48 billion) takeover bid for ABN Amro and a $24.5 billion ([pounds sterling]12.3 billion) offer...
RBS 'Has Cash to Buy ABN and LaSalle'
ROYAL Bank of Scotland's consortium today hit back at accusations by its rivals that it has not got the cash to go ahead with a e71 billion ([pounds sterling]48 billion) takeover bid for ABN Amro and a $24.5 billion ([pounds sterling]12.3 billion)...
Refugee Cab Driver Is Stabbed to Death
A MINICAB driver who fled war-torn Somalia for a new life in London has been stabbed to death. Father-of-five Mohamed Ali Maslah was found by police collapsed and bleeding next to his cab in Islington in the early hours of Saturday. Mr Maslah,...
Relegated Charlton in Plea to Bent - Charlton in Uphill Battle to Prevent Bent Leaving; Striker Staying Is Key to Quick Return to Big Time, Says Chief
CHARLTON today pleaded with Darren Bent not to turn his back on the club as they prepare for life in the Championship next season. Bent will be a prime target for a host of Premiership clubs once the season ends on Sunday after Charltons relegation...
Relegated Charlton in Plea to Bent - Relegated Charlton in Appeal for Bent to Stay; Striker Staying Is Key to Quick Return to Big Time, Says Chief
CHARLTON today pleaded with Darren Bent not to turn his back on the club as they prepare for life in the Championship next season. Bent will be a prime target for a host of Premiership clubs once the season ends on Sunday after Charltons relegation...
Relegated Charlton in Plea to Bent; Striker Staying Is Key to Quick Return to Big Time, Says Chief
CHARLTON today pleaded with Darren Bent not to turn his back on the club as they prepare for life in the Championship next season. Bentwill be a prime target for a host of Premiership clubs once the season ends on Sunday after Charlton's relegation...
Relegated Charlton Target for Takeover; Middle East Consortium Launching a [Pounds Sterling]45m Bid
CHARLTON are today the target of a [pounds sterling]45million takeover by a foreign consortium despite losing their fight to remain in the Premiership. Alan Pardew's side were relegated after losing 2-0 at home to Tottenham last night, bringing...
Reuters Climbs despite Double Brokers' Blow; MARKET ROUND-UP
BID target Reuters put on 3914p to 655p today despite being downgraded by at least two brokers following confirmation of Thomson's offer of 697p a share, valuing the financial news and information group at [pounds sterling]8.76 billion. The shares...
Reuters Man at Top in Thomson Tie-Up
TOM GLOCER, the 47-year-old American who has run Reuters for the past seven years, will take the helm at new massive media and financial data group Thomson-Reuters, terms of the deal revealed today. Reuters is set to be taken over by Canadian rival...
Seventies Pop Idol Buried Alive in a TV Pyramid; TV WATCH
The Pyramid Show with Donny Osmond Challenge TV IF YOU'RE an atheist who's fed up with watching the world being destroyed by the cross, the crescent, and the star, then why not take revenge by upsetting a major world religion today? You could publish...
Sit Up Straight - Office Chairs to Help a Bad Back
For back-pain sufferers, most office chairs are a subtle form of torture. "The best type of chair is one that has a forward-tilting seat," says Craig Brown of The Back Shop in Marylebone, which offers a plethora of intriguing chairs and posture...
Society Is Now at Heart of Tory Policy, Says Letwin
SENIOR Tory Oliver Letwin is today trumpeting the importance of society as a central plank of his party's future policies. The Tory policy chief is vowing to make politics "socio-centric" rather than "econo-centric", echoing party leader David Cameron's...
Society Is Now at the Heart of Conservative Policy, Says Letwin
SENIOR Tory Oliver Letwin today trumpeted the importance of society as a central plank of his party's future policies. The Conservative policy chief vowed to make politics "socio-centric" rather than "econo-centric", echoing party leader David Cameron's...
Switch to the Flat Is No Obstacle for Fair; Lite Betting
Byline: WILL HAYLER Along AMONG the very toughest horses in training, FAIR ALONG makes plenty of appeal in tomorrow's Totesport Chester Cup at 2.50. For a different horse, I would be worried about the booking of Jamie Spencer. Year after year...
SWT's 20% Fare Increase 'Will Exploit Passengers'
SOUTH West Trains was today told to explain why it is increasing fares by up to 20 per cent. Passenger Focus, the independent national rail watchdog, accused the company of "exploiting passengers for profit". It said families would be put off...
Taking Stock
Reinsurance giant Swiss Re's sale of the Gherkin building in the City boosted profits for the first quarter of the year to Swfr1.33 billion ([pounds sterling]551 million). Some investors said the one-off windfall from the [pounds sterling]600 million...
Taking Stock; Your At-a-Glance Guide
BANKING AND FINANCE Reinsurance giant Swiss Re's sale of the Gherkin building in the City boosted profits for the first quarter of the year to Swfr1.33 billion ([pounds sterling]551 million). Some investors said the one-off windfall from the...
Ten Years of Fiction and Lapping Up Fantasies; AND INCIDENTALLY
WHO WILL be remembered as the pre-eminent zeitgeist novelist of the Blair era? If Martin Amis's Money defined the 1980s with its portrait of rapacious Thatcherite Britain, then Ian McEwan's novel Saturday could arguably be seen as emblematic of the...
Top Ten Films; Critic's Choice
Bridge to Terabithia PG, 95mins Taken from Katherine Paterson's children's book, this fantasy film, from the makers of The Chronicles of Narnia, seems to understand that special effects must on no account submerge the characters. That's why it's good....
US Alliance Is My Life's Lesson, Says the Queen
PRESIDENT George Bushaged the Queen by 200 years by starting to suggest she came to the US in 1776 rather than 1976. He turned to her after his mistake and winked before declaring to the 7,000-strong crowd watching the official welcome ceremony...
Vital Hours Lost and Crowds Destroy Crime Scene
SENIOR British police sources were today highly critical of the Portuguese investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Here, the Evening Standard pieces together how the investigation unfolded and what went wrong. THURSDAY 3 MAY 10pm:...
Woman with Cancer Denied Job by Yard
A SECRECY and telecommunications expert diagnosed with breast cancer is suing the Metropolitan Police claiming she was unfairly dismissed because of her illness. Susan Garnett, a solicitor, was working for Scotland Yard on a secret project when...
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