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Articles from February 1, 2007

1,000 Commuters Join Fight to End Cattle-Truck Travel; A SEAT FOR EVERY COMMUTER
Byline: ALEX STEPHENS MORE than a thousand commuters have joined the Evening Standard's fight to end "cattle-truck" conditions on their daily journeys to work. At lunchtime, 973 passengers had signed the Standard's petition, aimed at piling pressure...
20 Ways YOU Can Cut Your Carbon Footprint; AFTER THE HOTTEST JANUARY FOR 90 YEARS, HOW TO REDUCE THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF YOUR CO2 EMISSIONS
Byline: DUNCAN GRAHAM-ROWE CARBON footprint? Isn't that the black mark you make on a cream carpet when you stamp out a cigarette? Admit it, you've heard the phrase countless times, and you know it's something guilt-inducing to do with being green....
25 Muslims on Terror Hit-List; Armed Guard Suspected Targets as Gang Quizzed
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT UP TO 25 Muslims were targeted by a gang allegedly plotting to abduct and behead a British Muslim soldier, it emerged today. Security arrangements for them are under urgent review. Officials are believed to have identified...
An Uplifting Night from the Young and Gifted Ballet Black
Byline: SARAH FRATER FIRST NIGHT Ballet Black uUuUuU.. Linbury Studio Theatre STARTING a ballet company from scratch is so difficult and so expensive, that almost everyone has stopped trying. So-called pickup companies, where dancers come...
Around the Turntables
Byline: ALEX STEPHENS Johnny Vaughan, 40, Capital FM Replaced Chris Tarrant as the presenter of the breakfast show in 2004 after a stint at the BBC with late-night talk show, Johnny Vaughan Tonight. Recently signed a new three-year contract at Capital,...
Big Brother 'Covered Up Shilpa P*** Jibe'; Police Confirm Fresh Lead as C4 Show Denies 'Racism' Tapes Exist
Byline: ROB SINGH BIG BROTHER was plunged into further crisis today after claims that winner Shilpa Shetty was called a "P***" on the show. Hertfordshire Police confirmed they had been handed "further information" after it was reported that an...
Capital's Vaughan No Longer Top of the Morning
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA JOHNNY Vaughan has lost Capital Radio's historic crown for the top commercial breakfast show in London. For the first time ever, the station has been beaten in both listeners and market share to the number one spot by a...
Dame Kiri: My Shock When I Saw Knickers Thrown at Singer
Byline: FRANK THORNE uU DAME Kiri Te Kanawa has told a court of her shock and embarrassment when she saw an Australian rock star collecting knickers as "some sort of trophy" during a concert. The opera star said she was so concerned about performing...
Dame Kiri's 'Pulling Out' Pants Could Cost Her [Pounds Sterling]1m; DIVA SUED FOR QUITTING SHOW OVER STAR'S TROPHY KNICKERS
Byline: FRANK THORNE AS ONE of the world's leading opera stars, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is used to having bouquets tossed at her feet as she takes her final bows. But she clearly draws the line when it comes to items of underwear. The soprano, due...
Dare You Wear a [Pounds Sterling]10 Dress? the Price of Fashion Has Reached a New Low This Season with the Arrival of the Dress for a Tenner - or Less. Here We Round Up 10 of the Best
Byline: BECKY DAVIES THESE days, sex is not the only way to seduce us into parting with our money. Cunning retailers have now perfected the art of "loss leaders" - a far more potent ploy. After Tesco's [pounds sterling]3 jeans and M&S's similarly...
Downing Street 'Leant on Goldsmith to Halt Saudi Arms Corruption Probe'
Byline: JASON BEATTIE THE Attorney General today faced fresh claims that Downing Street put pressure on him to halt a corruption probe into a Saudi arms deal. It is alleged that Lord Goldsmith initially agreed the Serious Fraud Office could bring...
Dream Debut for a Supreme Singer
Dreamgirls Cert 12A, 130 mins *** THERE'S only one thing I'll remember about Bill Condon's snazzy adaptation of the successful Broadway hit about the ups and downs of a Motown group, and that's the performance of Jennifer Hudson as Effie, the...
Force BA Chiefs to Fly Economy; THIS IS LONDON'S MESAGEBOARD
SHOULD BA BOSSES FLY FIRST CLASS FOR FREE? FORGET about BA's U-turn yesterday saying it is ditching a proposal to guarantee unlimited first-class flights for its top brass. They'll all still fly Club for free. Senior managers and directors should...
Gadget Firms 'Ripping Off' Britons with High Prices
Byline: MARK PRIGG BRITISH consumers are being ripped off by gadget-makers who charge higher prices here than anywhere else, it was claimed today. An Evening Standard investigation found British buyers of the latest computers and games consoles...
Get Ready for the Rubbish Wars; the Mayor Wants New Powers to Deal with London's Waste Problem - and That Has Caused the First Major Break with Downing Street
Byline: JONATHAN FREEDLAND THEIR troubles seemed to be over. Tony Blair and Ken Livingstone may have their disagreements over foreign policy, but on everything else, their relationship had turned into one of respectful, mutual admiration. Blair...
Health&Beauty
Byline: EMINE ALI SALON SECRETS JAMES MALLOY is a senior artist for MAC Pro in the UK. He is an established catwalk makeup artist and has worked for everyone from Moschino to Julien Macdonald. He has also worked with celebrities including...
Held: The Grocer,pizza Boss,bookshop Worker; Miuslim Community's Shock Arrests of Decent Family Men
Byline: VALENTINE LOW TO THEIR friends and neighbours they were just ordinary members of the community. Until yesterday, most of the men arrested seemed unexceptional - the sort of people who live their lives without ever drawing attention to themselves....
Hugh Grant T Gets His Groove Back; He Usually Avoids the Press, but Britain's Best-Known Romantic Hero Wants to Talk about His Latest Role as a Pop Star. Public Humiliation, He Says, Is His Greatest Fear
Byline: MIKE GOODRIDGE HUGH Grant doesn't do many movies these days - five in the past five years - which makes every new one seem like a comeback. His latest, Music and Lyrics, is about a washed-up pop star who's lost his mojo and finds it again,...
Hush-a-Bye Babies- You're Singing Too Loud; Toddler Group Used by Jools Oliver Faces Axe after Complaints
Byline: PATRICK SAWER A MOTHER and baby singing class which is popular with celebrities and their children could be axed after neighbours complained the mothers were belting out their nursery rhymes too loud. People living near the Triyoga Centre...
Iraq Hero on Gang's Beheading Death List
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE PRIME target in the foiled plot to behead a British Muslim soldier was a hero just back from Iraq, it was revealed today. The 20-year-old, a corporal in military intelligence, was top of a hit-list of 25 drawn up...
Iraq Hero on Gang's Beheading Death List; Army Intelligence Man among 25 Targeted
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT THE prime target in the foiled plot to behead a British Muslim soldier was a hero just back from Iraq, it was revealed today. The 20-year-old, a corporal in military intelligence, was top of a hit-list of 25 drawn up...
It'll Be the First Tesco Visible from Space, Puny Humans
Byline: NICK CURTIS The Millennium Dome has failed to win a supercasino licence. Here, we ask the great and good what they would do with the Greenwich white elephant. Prince Charles What, that monstrous thingy? It really is appalling. But demolishing...
It's Time for Us to Cut the Cost of Ken
Byline: VICTORIA BORWICK THERE can be only one verdict on the [pounds sterling]3 billion budget the Mayor plans to impose on Londoners for the coming year: the cost of Ken must be reduced. The average Londoner, in a band D house, will have to...
I've Fought against Forced Marriage Too Long
Byline: YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN DAVID Cameron lambasted forced marriages and other backward ethnic" customs in a speech last week. Inevitably he was denounced by reactionary community spokesmen. Expect the same sword of condemnation to fall on a new...
Jamie Has Capital's Johnny for Breakfast; (1)Vaughan Loses Radio War.Days after He Signs a Fat New contract(2)LONDON EYE
HEART'S Jamie Theakston has stolen the commercial radio breakfast show crown from Capital's Johnny Vaughan. For the first time ever, Capital has been beaten in both the number of listeners and market share to the number one spot by it's deadly rival....
Lawyer Was Terrorised by Stalker Who Said Doctor Raped Her
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK A DERANGED stalker who falsely accused a psychiatrist of rape embarked on a campaign of terror against lawyers involved in the case. One senior prosecutor told for the first time today how she was so terrified of being...
Loan Cops Quiz Blair AGAIN; . . . but Why Was News Kept Secret for SIX Days?
Byline: JASON BEATTIE TONY BLAIR has been quizzed a second time by police investigating the cash-for-peerages affair. The Prime Minister was questioned on Friday but No10 only released details today, claiming police had demanded a news blackout....
Mayor's Share of Council Tax Is Up 147% since He Won Power
Byline: ROSS LYDALL KEN LIVINGSTONE today came under attack for a 147 per cent increase in his share of council tax since he came to power. Conservative mayoral candidate Victoria Borwick said the levy - almost [pounds sterling]304 for an average...
Mick Sticks to Rock-Solid Soul; POP Simply Red Ronnie Scott's ****
Byline: CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON POP Simply Red Ronnie Scott's **** IN STARK contrast to Bono, Madonna, and most other pop stars whose careers are reaching the 20-year mark, Mick Hucknall has made absolutely no attempt to reinvent himself or...
More Pressure on Reid as Archbishop Attacks 'Worse Than Useless' Jails
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM THE Archbishop of Canterbury attacked Britain's prisons today as "worse than useless" as he rounded on John Reid's hardline law and order policies. In a highly critical speech in London, Dr Rowan Williams warned that jails...
News in Brief
New light is thrown on the National Portrait Gallery THE National Portrait Gallery has been bathed in light for the first time. The floodlights, installed to mark its 150th anniversary, were switched on by director Sandy Nairne. It follows intensive...
No Future for Beck's Art Prize; after Seven Years, Award Is Scrapped for 'Losing Its Cool'
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK IT was once modern art's richest prize but now Beck's Futures is set to be scrapped because of concern it has lost its cool. The award, sponsored by the German beer maker, was established seven years ago as the Institute...
Out of the Ordinary
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH EXHIBITION Margaret Salmon Whitechapel Gallery *** TECHNOLOGY creates new mediums for expression, but the essential subject matter of human culture endures. Following her success in the inaugural MaxMara Art Prize...
Prison Overcrowding 'Has Led to 11,000 Criminals Going Free'
Byline: JOE MURPHY MORE THAN 11,000 serious criminals may be walking free because of softer sentences, according to Home Office statistics. The figure comes from an Evening Standard analysis of official projections of the prison population made...
Road-Rage Bus Driver Drove into Middle of Funeral Cortege; Coffin Horses Spooked and Mourners Left in Tears
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP IT should have been a dignified send-off for a much-loved mother and grandmother. Eileen Scriven's family were determined to have a traditional London funeral, complete with a pair of plumed black horses to pull the hearse....
Spiralling Costs 'Are Putting off Potential Olympic Sponsors'
Byline: ROSS LYDALL Price LONDON Olympics chiefs are struggling to attract sponsors because of uncertainty about the soaring cost of the Games, a leaked internal memo reveals. The document, drawn up by aides to London 2012's organising committee...
Support Muslims Serving Britain
AS MORE emerges about what the men arrested in Birmingham allegedly planned to do to a British Muslim serving in the armed forces, it is time for leaders of the Islamic community to make clear where they stand. We cannot know the full story until charges...
Teachers Hospitalised as Classroom Attacks Increase; News in Brief
MORE THAN 20 teachers were seriously injured in violent classroom attacks in London schools last year - a 40 per cent increase since 2000. Many visited a GP or A&E and took more than three days off to recover, the Health and Safety Executive...
There's Nothing like This Dame; Judi Dench Is Faultless as a Lonely and Embittered Teacher Driven to Ensnare a Much Younger Woman
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM There's nothing Notes on a Scandal Cert 15, 95 mins **** GIVE Judi Dench half a chance, and she'll make a lot more of a good role than almost any other actor. She's handed more than half a chance in Richard Eyre's Notes...
The Silent Crime That Shames All of Us Men
Byline: WILL SELF RAPE victims are regularly being failed by the law. This unpleasant fact is brought home by a study this week that confirms the police are recording many cases as "no crime", while prosecutors are failing to investigate properly....
Wave of Hatred' Warning as the Number of Attacks on Jews Hits Record High
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK ATTACKS on Britain's Jews have risen to the highest level since records began, the Evening Standard can reveal. A study published today shows the number of reported anti-Semitic incidents has almost tripled in 10 years,...
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