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Articles from November 11, 2008

Afghanistan 'Like a World War'
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL Defence minister hints at more troops for 'surge' against Taliban JOHN HUTTON today compared the Afghanistan campaign to the two World Wars as he paved the way to deploy more British troops against the Taliban. The Defence...
Artist Held in Check; Soft Options: Michael Sengelow, Carolyn Backhouse and Stuart Fox in Private View
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Private View/Protest .. .. .. .. .. Mountain Hotel/Audience .. .. .. .. .. Orange Tree, Richmond IT'S unfortunate that the Orange Tree's enterprising season of work by Czech playwright-turned-dissidentturned-president...
Back to Basics; Bones Boogie: Seasick Steve Wold
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Little Noise Sessions: Stereophonics and Seasick Steve Union Chapel, N1 .. .. .. .. ... AS ON her Radio 1 show, DJ Jo Whiley makes bands go into busking mode at her Little Noise Sessions, an annual series of charity gigs where...
Batting Crisis for Humbled England; Low Point: Kevin Pietersen Is Trapped by Khsemal Waingankar, Paul Collingwood Departs and the Board Tells the Sorry Tale
Byline: DAVID LLOYD KEVIN PIETERSEN is facing his first big test as England captain after admitting the team he believes can beat India in their own backyard may not have been "fully focused" during today's humiliating 124-run thrashing by a Mumbai...
Betrayed by Expert Liar and Her Brutal Boyfriend; Failure:Maria Ward Did Bot Spot Injuries Lodger:Jason Owen Had Split from Family
Byline: PAUL CHESTON, JACK LEFLEY THE MOTHER The police said she was a consummate liar who could provide an explanation for every injury her son suffered. She was cohabiting at 17, got married, pregnant, bored with her husband, dumped him and...
Big Lloyds TSB Sell-Off Catches Dealers on Hop
Byline: MICKEY CLARK A BIG seller sent shares of Lloyds TSB tumbling 9p to 186.2p within minutes of the start of trading this morning. The seller was said to have attempted to dump a large parcel of shares on the recently introduced trading platform...
Boris Good Enough; Fine Contributions: Anton Rich (Misail), Yvonne Howard (Innkeeper), Gregory Turay (Grigory) and Jonathan Veira (Varlaam)
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Boris Godunov Coliseum .. . . . .. THE ENO has fielded magnificent productions of some of the mighty Russian operas: Musorgsky's Khovanschchina, Prokofiev's War and Peace and Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk come...
BOY DIED JUST LIKE CLIMBIE; Heartbreaking: A Picture of Baby P Shown to the Jury. His Appalling Injuries Included a Broken Back and Ulcerated Lesions. His Clothes, below, Were Spattered with Blood
Byline: PAUL CHESTON, JACK LEFLEY, ROBERT MENDICK A TODDLER was battered to death after blunders by doctors, social workers and police allowed the abuse to go unchecked for months. The 17-month-old suffered appalling injuries while in the care...
British Plunge Puts Brake on Starbucks; Cooling Down: The Coffee Giant Has Reined in International Expansion of Its Shops
Byline: BILL CONDIE STARBUCKS today admitted the number of people getting their caffeine fixes in its British cafes has slumped so much that it is denting the group's international sales. The coffee giant has now launched a plan to slow its expansion...
Broad Injury Will Narrow England's Attack Options; Staking His Claim: Samit Patel Impressed This Morning and Could Form Half of a Two-Man Spin Presence for the First One-Dayer on Friday
Byline: DAVID LLOYD STUART BROAD is England's latest injury worry ahead of this week's first one-day international in India. Fast bowler Broad, who has become a key member of Kevin Pietersen's attack, missed today's final warm-up match against...
Brown Is the Man to Deal with Recession Say Voters
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL LABOUR has bounced back to within six points of the Tories as voters turn to Gordon Brown to deal with the looming recession. However, they also appear prepared to ditch him at the next general election, according to a...
Cameron Promises Firms [Pounds Sterling]2,500 Tax Cut for Every Jobless Person They Hire; Poll Boost: Gordon Brown, at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in Guildhall with Wife Sarah, Has Seen His Popularity Rise
Byline: PAUL WAUGH DAVID CAMERON and Gordon Brown locked horns over tax cuts today as the Tories unveiled a [pounds sterling]2.6 billion recessionbusting plan to create up to 350,000 new jobs. Mr Cameron said that a Conservative government would...
Charles Embroiled in Row over Armistice Ceremony at Verdun; Entente Cordiale: President Nicolas Sarkozy Greets the Duchess of Cornwall and, Right, First Lady Carla Bruni Welcomes Prince Charles in Paris Last Night Ahead of Today's Marking of the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice
Byline: PETER ALLEN PRINCE CHARLES was today risking a backlash after agreeing to attend a controversial First World War commemoration in France. The Prince and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were joining European Union dignitaries at Verdun,...
Climbie Reforms Fail to Stop New Tragedy; Victim: Social Services Reforms Came in after Death of Victoria Climbie
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM THE fate of Baby P raises new concerns about whether the reforms put in place after the death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie which were meant to prevent such abuse are working. The cases have striking similarities,...
Darwin's Beagle Sails Again; Vessel of Knowledge: The Original HMS Beagle on Which Charles Darwin Sailed. on the Galapagos Islands He Found Species Such as the Giant Tortoise and Blue-Footed Booby
Byline: MARK PRIGG IT WAS the ship that carried Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands nearly 180 years ago, enabling him to make his breakthrough on the theory of evolution. Now another HMS Beagle will depart on a new voyage of scientific discovery...
Dave Beats Gordon to Barack's Book Club
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE HOW will Barack Obama bond with Gordon Brown and David Cameron when it comes to literary tastes? Thanks to his Facebook page, we learn that the 44th president-elect's favourite books are Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison),...
Detectives Examine New Claims in Football Corruption Inquiry; Accusations: New Spurs Manager Harry Redknapp and Birmingham City Managing Director Karren Brady Are Two of Those at the Centre of the Inquiry
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT POLICE are investigating new evidence in the football corruption inquiry, the Standard can reveal today. City of London Police said they were examining further claims involving some of football's leading figures. New...
FEELGOOD FACTOR; Perfect Skin: Prepare Your Body for the Seasonal Onslaught
Byline: Jackie Annesley WONDERS OF WINTER What is it? An all-over winter spa treatment at The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge. A timely way to prepare your skin for the seasonal onslaught, it includes a full body scrub, followed by an hour-long...
Funding Axe Closes Met People Trafficking Unit
Byline: ANNA DAVIS A SPECIALIST police human trafficking unit will close next year because of a lack of money, Scotland Yard has announced. Home Office funding for the unit the country's only specialist operational antitrafficking team will end...
Hartnett Is Main Man in Old Vic's 24 Hour Plays; All-Dayer: Josh Hartnett in Rain Man at the Apollo Theatre. Dervla Kirwan, below Left, and Michelle Ryan Will Also Be in 24 Hours
Byline: LOUISE JURY JOSH HARTNETT, Martin Freeman, Dervla Kirwan and Jessica Hynes are four of the stars who will take part in this year's 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala at the Old Vic. The now annual fundraiser involves actors, writers and directors...
Heathrow Is Failing Its MOT
THE vested interests of Heathrow ensured that a Thames Estuary airport option was never seriously tested in the South-East Region Air Services White Paper of 2003. Nor were the environmental impacts in the Thames Estuary properly evaluated and compared...
Help! I'm Having Children for Dinner
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN HAVING friends over for lunch is a fraught affair, even at the best of times involving a degree of washing up and hiding underwear. Still, I don't think the prospect has ever caused me to have actual nightmares. On Saturday...
Hyde Park Poser for the Candys
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE Candy brothers, two of London's more flamboyant and successful property developers, have fallen victim to the Bank of England curse. When the Bank slashed interest rates last week, half the population was relieved,...
I Have a Dream Says First Black President (of the Oxford Union); Breaking Down Barriers: Lewis Iwu Hailed Barack Obama's Symbolic Achievement in a Debate Last Night. Obama, Left, Was the First Black President at the Harvard Law School. Iwu Went from Newham to the Dreaming Spires of Oxford, Below
Byline: AMAR SINGH THE FIRST black president of Oxford University's Student Union has said Britain needs its own Barack Obama to help remove barriers and give young people a role model they can relate to. Lewis Iwu, a 22-year-old from Forest...
Jacqui Smith's Revenge; Face Off: Boris Johnson Wants the Next Commissioner of the Met to Be a "Nuts and Bolts" Officer, While Jacqui Smith Seeks a Leader with Vision. the Advertisement (Left) Is a Victory for Her
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, KEITH DOVKANTS THERE were a few knowing winks and nudges at Scotland Yard this week when adverts for the Metropolitan Commissioner's job appeared. The adverts have been keenly awaited because they are being seen as a...
Johnson Banks on Powerful Pack to Tackle the Aussies; Back in the Fold: Tom Palmer Has Been Recalled to the Starting XV to Face the Australians
Byline: Chris Jones MARTIN JOHNSON sent out a warning to the old enemy from Down Under today as he added the bulk of Tom Palmer and Phil Vickery to the England pack to play Australia on Saturday. The two changes to the side that beat the Pacific...
Knife Victim's Friend: I Use a Coffin to Shock Pupils out of Crime; Ruined Life: Bilal Ayonote, 18, above, Was Best Friends with Kodjo Yenga, 16, Who Was Murdered in Hammersmith. Now Bilal Has Spoken at His and Kodjo's Former Secondary School in Fulham
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER THE best friend of murdered 16-year-old Kodjo Yenga has launched an anti-knife campaign in schools to try to shock pupils away from a life of violence. Bilal Ayonote, 18, said not enough was being done to stem...
Last Veterans Pay Their Respects; Indomitable: From Left, Henry Allingham, 112, Harry Patch, 110, and Bill Stone, 108, Are Wheeled along Whitehall by Members of Their Respective Services. Mr Patch Remembered Passchendaele as "Mud, Mud and More Mud"
Byline: TERRY KIRBY THREE of the four surviving veterans of the First World War led the nation in a two-minute silence at 11am today to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War. All born when Queen Victoria was on the throne,...
London Homes Sales Hit 30-Year Low
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ LONDON has seen the biggest fall in house sales for 30 years as figures today revealed the number of properties changing hands has hit a record low. The capital's estate agents are selling only two properties a month on average,...
Mandelson: Post Offices Have Bigger Role to Play
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL LORD MANDELSON today threw a potential lifeline to thousands of post offices threatened with closure by arguing they could offer more services. The Business Secretary made his intervention in a letter to Gordon Brown in...
Mortgage Approvals and Home Sales Hit New Lows
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN, RASHID RAZAQ THE number of mortgage approvals dropped to an all-time low in September as the banking crisis hit home. House sales in the capital fell to their lowest level for 30 years in the same month according to the...
Naming Serious Criminals 'Breaks Human Rights Law'
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM BRITAIN'S elite crime-fighting force has been barred from naming and shaming some of the country's most serious criminals because it could infringe their human rights. Leaders of the Serious Organised Crime Agency set up...
New Evidence Emerges in Football Bungs Probe
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT POLICE are investigating new evidence in the football corruption inquiry. City of London Police said today they are examining further claims involving some of footballs leading figures. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp...
New Nails Now; Crimson Queens: Red Is All the Rage Now, from Illamasqua to Nubar
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS SOMETIMES it seems that not much changes in the colourful world of nail varnish except the hues of the bottles. But right now innovations are coming thick and fast. Take Marian Newman's Inkredibles kits nail colour, but...
Now It's Time for England to Get Back Up to Speed
Byline: SIMON SHAW WE WILL have to show considerable improvement to our fantastic start to the autumn international series if we are to continue our recent successes against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday. The team we defeated in the 2003...
Now My Son, 8, Can Treat His Diabetes Himself; Expert Care: Daniel Pitts, Who Was Diagnosed in January, with Mother Belinda
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD A MOTHER told today how the lives of her son and dozens of other children have been transformed by a pioneering diabetes self-help service. Nurses from Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS trust and Bexley Care Trust train young patients...
Pete Clark's Choice
Byline: PETE CLARK MY FAMILY AT WAR 9pm, BBC1 This is the last in the series, and arguably the most affecting. Not least because Rolf Harris gets to explain the "added poignancy" behind his dreadful interpretation of an old and rather mawkish song...
PM Refuses to Rule out Tax Rises to Rescue the Economy; Poll Boost: Gordon Brown, at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in Guildhall with Wife Sarah, Has Seen His Popularity Rise
Byline: JOE MURPHY GORDON BROWN today refused to rule out future tax increases to pay for the giant economic rescue package that is expected to be launched next week. The Prime Minister admitted he could not be sure his multi-billion stimulus...
[Pounds Sterling]10,000 a Ticket to Watch Obama Being Sworn in; Transition of Power: Aides Said George Bush and Barack Obama Had "Relaxed and Friendly" Discussions in the Oval Office
Byline: PAUL THOMPSON TICKETS for Barack Obama's inauguration are being offered on the black market for up to [pounds sterling]10,000 each. The tickets are free but there is so much demand from Americans wanting to be present that brokers are...
QE2 Hits a Sandbank on Way to Her Big Farewell; Safe Harbour: The QE2 Heads into Southampton Today with the Tugs That Pulled Her from Bramble Bank as the Tide Rose. the Ship Is Due to Leave the Port Today Heading for Dubai and Her Final Berth as a Five-Star Hotel Launch: On the Clyde in 1967
Byline: JACK LEFLEY THE QE2 ran aground on a sandbank in Southampton Water with 2,700 passengers and crew on board today as the liner arrived for her final voyage. The 70,000-tonne ship was heading back to her home port from a Mediterranean cruise...
Return of the Famous Five Bolsters Chelsea's Title Bid
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON THERE was good news for Chelsea today and bad news for the rest of the Premier League as five key players moved a step nearer to first-team returns. With the Blues top of the table, having scored 29 goals in 12 matches and...
Risky Business from the HBOS Dealbreakers
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH SIR Peter Burt is back, but the soundbites haven't changed. The former Bank of Scotland chief executive always presented himself as an old-school banker, one of solid virtue and simple tastes who unfussily got on with the tedious...
Secrets of Obama's Smile
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD A LOT of us would like a winning smile like Barack Obama's. His gleaming grin and even teeth are the talk of American gossip sites, which attribute his makeover to Chicago dentist Dr Richard DiVerde. The president-elect...
Security Scare as Blair Bodyguards Gun Goes off at Airport Terminal ; Mission: Tony Blair, with Benjamin Netanyahu Left, Visiting Israel as a Peace Envoy
Byline: PAUL WAUGH TONY BLAIRS Scotland Yard bodyguard caused a security scare at an Israeli airport today when he accidentally fired his handgun. The weapon went off at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv as the former Prime Minister...
'Shaming' of Criminals Infringes Human Rights
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM BRITAIN'S elite crime-fighting force has been barred from naming and shaming some of the country's most serious criminals because it could infringe their human rights. Leaders of the Serious Organised Crime Agency which...
Should We Call Time on Happy Hour? on the Pop: Singers Adele and Amy Winehouse on a Big Night out Cut-Price Pint: A Customer at Actons Redback Takes Advantage of Its [Pounds Sterling]10 Happy Hour
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER, LIZ HOGGARD NO FEW brews are more nausea-inducing than the present cocktail of sermonising and chest-beating over drinking. Yet now MPs and other do-gooders, fresh from lambasting middle-class wine drinkers, are fulminating...
Silverburn Is Ready to End Big-Race Jinx, Says Nicholls; Gold Star: Silverburn Is the Hot Favourite for Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup
Byline: PAUL FIELDER IT'S one of the few big races he is yet to win but Paul Nicholls is very hopeful of ending his Paddy Power Gold Cup jinx with hot favourite Silverburn at Cheltenham on Saturday. The trainer was bullish that his losing streak...
Sir Ian, the Gravy Train and a Very Public Failure; Golden Handshake: Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair's Pay-Off, Though Annoyingly Large, Was Far from Unique
Byline: ROSS CLARK ONE OF the favourite battle cries of government ministers slating the banks for their greed is "rewards for failure". But perhaps before lecturing business, ministers might like to get their own house in order. Yesterday we learned...
Speed Is the Key to Beating Old Foes Australia Yet Again; You Beauties: Matt Stevens (Left) and Paul Sackey Enjoy Beating the Aussies Last Year
Byline: SIMON SHAW WE WILL have to show considerable improvement to our fantastic start to the autumn international series if we are to continue our recent successes against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday. The team we defeated in the 2003...
Taylor Wimpey Cuts 1000 Jobs with No Improvement in Sight
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN BUILDER Taylor Wimpey today warned there was no end in sight to the crisis in the housing market as it axed a further 1000 staff. The firm said that while last week's dramatic cut in interest rates from 4.5% to 3% was welcome...
The Banks Have Buried Their Heads in the Sand; Worth Every Penny: Anna Chancellor as Tekla in Strindbergs Creditors
Byline: WILL SELF Over the past decade, as British culture has become steeped in pop psychology, one expression has come to be bandied about with increasing abandon: Shes in denial. Much as I deplore such psychobabble, sometimes in denial is the...
THE BOY THEY LEFT TO DIE LIKE CLIMBIE; Battered to Death: A Computer Image of Some of the Horrifying Injuries Baby P Suffered
Byline: PAUL CHESTON, JACK LEFLEY, ROBERT MENDICK A TODDLER was battered to death after blunders by doctors, social workers and police allowed the abuse to go unchecked for months. The 17-month-old suffered appalling injuries while in the care...
The Bulls Ready to Go on the Rampage Again for England; Back in the Fold: Phil Vickery Has Been Recalled to Face the Australians This Weekend
Byline: CHRIS JONES PHIL VICKERY burst back onto the international scene today insisting that he always knew he would earn a recall despite losing the captaincy under Martin Johnson to Steve Borthwick. Vickery helped to destroy the Australia...
The Hormone Doctor; Pioneer: Dr Marion Gluck Specialises in Individually Tailored Bio-Identical Hormones to Re-Balance the Body's Endocrine System, Rather Than Any One-Size-Fits-All Medication
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD IF YOU spot women in a huddle exchanging the latest address book secret, it may not be a fashion designer or a beauty maven but the woman named by Tatler magazine as one of the UK's top 250 private doctors. Dr Marion Gluck is...
The Parties' Race to Cut Taxes
FOR ALL the grimness of the financial downturn, voters may be forgiven for thinking that there is a bright side to the credit crunch, with all three major parties competing to offer tax cuts. In his speech at the Mansion House last night, the Prime...
These Screens Are One Big Turn-Off; BYLN:ROWAN MOORE
Byline: ROWAN MOORE (1) Consistent in design: the Henry VII Chapel is the last gasp of English Gothic architecture (2) Big Brother: under the Live Sites programme, a screen has already been erected in Walthamstow shopping centre (3) Non-stop chatter:...
This Pre-Nup Ruling Could Set Precedent; Haggling: The Case Involving a Couple from the Isle of Man Could Affect How Other Divorces Are Agreed Such as the Split between Guy Ritchie and Madonna (Above)
Byline: JOSHUA ROZENBERG SENIOR judges in London will be asked tomorrow to uphold a pre-nuptial agreement signed by a wealthy American couple who divorced after 10 years of marriage. As the first case of its kind, it will be watched anxiously...
Tories Pledge [Pounds Sterling]2,500 'Carrot' to Give Work to the Jobless; [Pounds Sterling]2.6bn Scheme: David Cameron Today
Byline: PAUL WAUGH DAVID CAMERON today called for immediate action to combat unemployment with a [pounds sterling]2.6 billion business tax cut to get the jobless into work. The Tory leader predicted that 350,000 jobs could be created next year...
UK PLC Axes 5000 Jobs as Credit Crisis Deepens; Phased Redundancies: Sir Richard Branson Is the Largest Shareholder in Virgin Media
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN, JONATHAN PRYNN BRITISH firms slashed almost 5000 jobs today in one of the bloodiest culls since the start of the economic crisis. The carnage struck across the business world, with drugs giant Glaxo-SmithKline, housebuilder...
Unhealthy Side to the Debt Saga
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON PEOPLE warned before the credit crunch broke that the slicing and dicing of debt and the emergence of new specialists in the market for second-hand and distressed loans would make future restructuring much more difficult....
Vodafone in Warning of a [Pounds Sterling]1 Billion Shortfall; Lowering His Sights: Vittorio Colao Is Aiming to Cut Costs as the Recession Bites
Byline: NICK GOODWAY VODAFONE, the world's biggest mobile phone company, said today that its revenues would come in [pounds sterling]1 billion under target this year as the recession bites. New chief executive Vittorio Colao also set a new target...
Women Huh: Who Really Needs Them?
Byline: CATHERINE OSTLER IT SEEMS that lately the male/female divide is stronger than ever. While few would argue that Sarah Palin was fit for office, the venomous anti-Palin briefings from the defeated McCain camp are steeped in misogyny. Their...
Written Warnings but No Sackings over Boys Death; Condolences: Haringeys Sharon Shoesmith Said There Would Be No Resignations or Sackings over Baby PS Death. This Was a Young Life Cut Tragically Short, She Said
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM TWO Haringey social workers and a lawyer have been given written warnings over their role in the death of Baby P but no council employee will be sacked, it emerged today. The decision follows a Serious Case Review by Haringey...
Young Gun Vela Can Show His Firepower; Shooting Star: Carlos Vela Scored a Brilliant Hat-Trick on His Debut in a 6-0 Win over Sheffield United in the Previous Round of the Carling Cup
Byline: James Olley CREATING chances has never been something Arsene Wenger's Arsenal have found difficult but their intermittent inability to take them has sometimes been a source of criticism. Tonight, Carlos Vela will be given an opportunity...
Your Club Today
Arsenal Played 12, W 7, D 2, L 3 CESC FABREGAS'S goal in the home defeat to Hull has been given to City defender Paul McShane. Fabregas struck in last month's Premier League game, which Hull won 2-1, but the Dubious Goal Committee decided it was an...
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