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Articles from August 4, 2008

15 Million Dollar Babies
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK (10 Double vision: Hello! has devoted 17 pages to pictures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with twins Knox and Vivienne and has more than doubled its print run. Jolie says daughters Shiloh and Zahara, pictured left with their...
7/7 Bomb Suspects Will Face a Retrial
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM THREE men accused of helping the 7 July bombers are to face a retrial, prosecutors announced today. A jury at Kingston crown court last week failed to reach a verdict on charges that the men conspired to cause the explosions...
A Conflict the City's Watchdog Must Solve
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE deal announced last week by insurance giant Aviva in which it proposed to liberate some of the capital within its life fund and share it 70% to policyholders and 30% to shareholders is not the kind of thing to set the...
A Dithering Government Failing Chav Croydon
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST CROYDON is the chavviest town in Britain. Before I come under attack by men bearing tattoos and bull terriers and women displaying the pulled back hairstyle known with good reason as the Croydon facelift, I'd better explain....
Aggression Punctures Lewis's Victory Hopes
Byline: David Smith LEWIS HAMILTON'S aggressive driving style may have resulted in the puncture that cost him a third successive Grand Prix victory in Hungary. It emerged today that an examination of Hamilton's front left tyre that suddenly deflated...
An Explosive Situation
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Pornography Traverse .**** EDINBURGH'S premier new writing venue has a suitably big hitter to launch Fringe 2008. The talented Simon Stephens, who after the recent Harper Regan at the National is making an ever-greater...
BAE and a Breathtaking ?20 Million; Raided by the Serious Fraud Office: John Bredenkamp
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST AMID the flurry of allegations that have been made about the dirty-dealings of BAE Systems in the last few years, the latest brought me up short. That was when I read in the Financial Times that the British defence contractor...
Big-Spending Spurs Eye Late Bid for Villa
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON TOTTENHAM hope to make three more major signings before the season starts and take their summer spending closer to ?100million. Head coach Juande Ramos is not satisfied with his squad despite having already seen around ?46m...
Bliss! Wish You Weren't Here a Little More Often
Byline: LAURA CRAIK LONDON is empty. The Camerons are in Cornwall, the neighbours are in Florida and your boss is riding in Tuscany. It's bloody marvellous. With the exception of Amy Winehouse, you have London all to yourself. Quite why any...
Brown Has an Economic Plan? No One Told Us, Says Treasury; Political Cover- Up: As the Prime Minister Continues His Holiday in Suffolk, No 1 Downing Street Is Shrouded in Scaffolding and Sheeting as a Clean-Up of the Famous Frontage Gets under Way. A Sign Tells Visitors to Go to No 11
Byline: JOE MURPHY WHITEHALL officials are complaining they are being kept in the dark about Gordon Brown's long-awaited new Economic Recovery Plan. Among those eager to discover the contents are some officials at the Treasury who would normally...
Cabinet Goes on the Road to Show It's 'Listening to Britain'; Political Cover- Up: As the Prime Minister Continues His Holiday in Suffolk, No 10 Downing Street Is Shrouded in Scaffolding and Sheeting as a Clean-Up of the Famous Frontage Gets under Way. A Sign Tells Visitors to Go to No 11
Byline: JOE MURPHY, NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON BROWN launched the first phase of his fightback today with plans for the Cabinet to hold meetings outside London. In a symbolic show of "listening to Britain", ministers will gather in the West Midlands...
Calendar Girls Set a Date for West End Show; Stripping Yarn: Left to Right, Gaynor Faye, Patricia Hodge, Si?n Phillips, Lynda Bellingham, Elaine C Smith and Julia Hill Star in the Stage Version of Calendar Girls, Which Will Be Coming to the West End This Year, Possibly in Time for Christmas. Inset: Helen Mirren and Julie Walters in the 2003 Film
Byline: TERRY KIRBY NOT since the heady days of Oh! Calcutta! and Hair will there have been so much naked flesh freely on display in the West End. But in this case, there is unlikely to be any controversy and certainly no seediness when the stage...
Captaincy Could Make or Break KP; the Successor: Kevin Pietersen Will Have a Hard Act to Follow, Replacing Michael Vaughan, England's Most Successful Post-War Captain
Byline: DAVID LLOYD WILL captaining England on a full-time basis be the making or marring of star batsman Kevin Pietersen? It is cricket's million dollar question, and one which the bosses at Lord's can only hope produces the right answer. Selectors...
Chelsea Are Simply the Best, Raves Boss Scolari
LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI today hailed Chelsea's players as the best he has ever worked with, writes Simon Johnson. The manager has been amazed by the strong work ethic in the squad since he joined a month ago. Scolari, who won the 2002 World Cup with...
City Bank Chiefs Face Having Bonuses Halved
Byline: NICK GOODWAY CITY BANKS could cut the bonuses paid to their top executives by as much as 50 per cent this year in the wake of the credit crisis and massive losses racked up on bad investments. As the credit crunch hits its first anniversary...
Critics' Choice
FIVE BEST FILMS The Dark Knight Cert 12A, 152 mins Christopher Nolans dark take on Batman with a performance by Heath Ledger that lives up to the hype. Wall-E Cert U, 103 mins The latest computer-generated masterpiece from Pixar, a bittersweet ecological...
Dando Murder Police to Launch Cold Case Review
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT POLICE are to launch a cold case review of the Jill Dando murder inquiry after the acquittal last week of Barry George. Detectives are to re-examine a list of 2,100 suspects who were originally considered in connection...
Dando Police to Study 2,100 Suspects in Case Review
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT POLICE are to launch a cold case review of the Jill Dando murder inquiry after the acquittal of Barry George. Detectives will re-examine a list of 2,100 suspects who were originally considered in connection with the TV...
End of 7/7 Trial Leads to Calls for Inquiry
Byline: REBECCA LOWE PRESSURE mounted on the Government today to hold a public inquiry into the 7 July attacks after a jury failed to reach a verdict on the only three men charged over the bombings. Survivors and families of victims of the London...
Evening Standard the 1000
The energy of London is nowhere more reflected than in the shifting balance of power among its thoughtmakers, trendsetters and leaders. Every week, Gideon Spanier looks at whos in and whos out. NEW ON THE LIST FINANCE NAGUIB KHERAJ, 44, CAZENOVE...
Failure and the Middle-Aged Man
Byline: NICHOLAS LEZARD Bits of Me Are Falling Apart by William Leith (Bloomsbury, ?10.99) WHEN Philip Larkin wrote The Old Fools, he had this to say: "At death you break up: the bits that were you/Start speeding away from each other for ever/With...
Family Childcare Crisis as Holiday Clubs Close
Byline: TIM ROSS PARENTS face a struggle to keep their children occupied over the summer break after the closure of hundreds of holiday clubs. A government study found the number of places available in sports and arts groups outside term time...
Fetish Not for the Faint Hearted; No Pain, No Gain: Miss Behave
Byline: SARAH FRATER Miss Behave Roundhouse, NW1 *** EDINBURGH works like a variety brain drain during the Festival month. Stand-ups, singers and acrobats who don't go north usually go on holiday, meaning there's little for stay-in-town Londoners...
Fire Baby Rescued from His Dead Mother's Arms
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY A BABY was fighting for his life today after being rescued from the arms of his dead mother locked inside her burning flat. The 17-month-old boy was pulled from his mother's arms by neighbours as the fire raged in the fourth...
Fund Boss Odey Gives Himself a ?28M Payday; Star Perfomer: Odey's Wife Nichola Pease Who Runs JO Hambro Capital
Byline: ROBERT LEA CRISPIN ODEY, one of London's leading fund managers and who was outed as a short-seller of struggling British banks during the unfolding financial crisis, has paid himself a staggering ?28 million. Profits just disclosed by...
'Genius' among the Green Shield Stamps; Droll and Downbeat: Penelope Fitzgerald, Who Didn't Start Writing until Her Fifties
Byline: CLAIRE HARMAN So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald edited by Terence Dooley (4th Estate, ?25) IN 1974, surrounded by the "foul A-level scripts" that provided Penelope Fitzgerald with essential income, she said:...
Grocery Prices Fall but Energy Bills Mean Families Struggle; (1) Back to Work: Emmanuel and Davinia Bourdon with Sons Olivier, Two, and Sebastien, One. They Face Nursery Fees of ? 1,300 a Month (2) Fees Shock: Charlotte and Emily Hopkins
Byline: SHARON BRENNAN LONDON families face monthly energy bills of almost ?100 after a series of record price rises. The Evening Standard's credit crunch panellists reveal how inflation-busting fuel increases are hitting households across the...
G-Wiz, My New Car's a Big Hit with the Ladies
Byline: BEN LEWIS TWO years ago I traded in my 2-litre turbo 220hp Lancia Delta Integrale I for a G-Wiz electric car, with just 6.5hp, and I haven't looked back. The G-Wiz changed my life. I work from home but I no longer have to get into the smelly,...
High St Heavyweights Go to War with Landlords; Getting Tough: Carpetright's Lord Harris Wants to Rip Up Advance Rental Deals
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST THE stage is set fair for what will prove to be a battle royal this autumn. In one corner are some of the best-known retailers in the land, including Topshop, Carpetright and Carphone Warehouse. In the other are the landlords,...
Honoured Pietersen Is Ready for New Era; New Era: Kevin Pietersen, Smiling at His Lords Unveiling Today, Said He Was Honoured to Be Selected as the New England Captain
Byline: DAVID LLOYD KEVIN PIETERSEN spoke today of the great honour and privilege of being appointed England cricket captain. Pietersen will lead the Test team into Thursdays final match against South Africa at The Brit Oval and then take on...
HSBC's Profits Slide 28% and It May Get Even Worse; Difficult Times: $10Bn of Writedowns Contributed to HSBC's Woes, but Chairman Stephen Green Says Bank May Speed Up Expansion
Byline: NICK GOODWAY PROFITS at Europe's largest bank HSBC fell 28%, in what chairman Stephen Green called the "most difficult financial markets for several decades" and added that things could "get worse before they get better". But compared...
HSBCs Profits Slide 28% and It May Get Worse; Difficult Times: $10Bn of Writedowns Contributed to HSBCs Woes, but Chairman Stephen Green Says Bank May Speed Up Expansion
Byline: NICK GOODWAY PROFITS at Europes largest bank HSBC fell 28%, in what chairman Stephen Green called the most diffi-cult financial markets for several dec-ades and added that things could get worse before they get better. But compared with...
I'm Going to Run in the Marathon, Says Paula; I'm Ready to Race: Paula Radcliffe Announcing Today That She Will Run in the Beijing Marathon despite Her Recent Thigh Injury
Byline: IAN CHADBAND PAULA RADCLIFFE today ended all the speculation about her fitness by declaring she will definitely run in the Olympic marathon here, writes Ian Chadband in Beijing. But Britain's greatest runner admitted she had been living...
It's Official: Guys Can Wear Shorts to Work
Byline: VICKY WARD FOR women, dressing for summer here is a whole lot easier (and cheaper) than in London. You know that stepping outside will feel like walking into a blast furnace, so you choose pretty light sundresses and then you buy a cardigan...
Ive No Rift with Moores, Insists KP ; Lords of the Manor: New England Captain Kevin Pietersen at the Home of Cricket Today -
Byline: DAVID LLOYD KEVIN PIETERSEN insisted today his partnership with coach Peter Moores can work despite suggestions there has been friction between them in recent weeks. The 28-year-old had a long meeting with Moores last night after the...
I Was Insane: The Man Who Cut Up Cara in Brazil; No Remorse: Dos Santos, Who Is "Totally Dependent on Drugs", Smiles as He Is Taken by Police to the Scene of His Alleged Crime. He Photographed His Dismembered Victim
Byline: ED HARRIS THE man accused of killing and dismembering a British teenager and stuffing her body in a suitcase plans to plead temporary insanity, his lawyer said today. Mohamed D'Ali Carvalho Dos Santos, who has confessed to killing 17-year-old...
Keep Politics out of the Met
DRAWING attention to the growing tension between the Mayor and the Met Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan suggests granting the Mayor powers to choose and remove the Commissioner and set police priorities in order to make the Met more accountable to the...
Ken Cronies' ?1.6M Payoff
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN (1) Rewarding work: John Ross, who served as Ken Livingstone's economic adviser, is expected to collect a six-figure payout (2) Final payday: former head of PR Joy Johnson, left, and former climate change adviser Mark Watts,...
Ken Cronies Get ?1.6M Payoff
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN (1) The Kenocracy: former Mayor Ken Livingstone flanked by three of his close cronies, from left, transport adviser Redmond ONeill, chief of staff Simon Fletcher and major projects director Murziline Parchment (2) Final payday:...
Knight of Passion in the Park; Heroic Ferocity: Peter Auty as Vaudemont and Orla Boylan as Iolanta
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS Iolanta Holland Park *** THE climax of Tchaikovsky's oneact Iolanta is a soaring duet in praise of light, sung by the blind princess of the title and her lovesick knight, Vaudemont. Soprano Orla Boylan and tenor Peter Auty...
Knightsbridge Store Boss Is Stabbed to Death on Way Home; Grieving: Staff at the Pucci Store in Sloane Street Are Said to Be Incredibly Upset
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, SRI CARMICHAEL THE manager of a Sloane Street fashion store was stabbed to death by a street robber who rifled his pockets as he lay on the ground. Andrew Pratt, 43, who worked at Emilio Pucci, was knifed in the heart...
Knightsbridge Store Boss Killed in Street Robbery; Clues: Police Search the Street in Camberwell Where Emilio Pucci Store Manager Andrew Pratt Was Stabbed to Death, Just Yards from His Home
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, SRI CARMICHAEL THE manager of a Sloane Street fashion store has been stabbed to death by a street robber who rifled his pockets as he lay on the ground. Andrew Pratt, 43, who worked at Emilio Pucci, was knifed in the...
Labour in the Hunt for Man to Challenge Boris; Hunting Boris? Historian Tristram Hunt and Former Mayor Livingstone
IT MAY only be a few months since Labour lost control of London, but the party is already engaged in the process of finding a personality capable of beating Boris Johnson - and perhaps more importantly, preventing Ken Livingstone from standing - for...
Laverick's Course to China Anything but Plain Sailing; Happy Days: Elise Laverick (Left) with Anna Bebington after Gold in Poland and with Sarah Winckless (below) after Bronze in Athens
Byline: Matthew Beard WHEN Elise Laverick takes to the water at the Shunyi rowing lake on Saturday evening it will be a moment that encapsulates triumph over adversity. The 32-year-old is a veteran of two previous Games but the chances of her...
London Football 08/09
LEAGUE ONE MILLWALL LAST SEASON 17th TRANSFERS IN: David Frode (Luton, free); Nadjim Abdou (Plymouth, free). OUT: Gavin Grant (Wycombe, free); Chris Zebroski (Wycombe, ?20,000); Bas Savage (Tranmere, free); Tom Brighton, (St Mirren, free)....
London Football 08/09 ? ; - -
ARSENAL LAST SEASON 3rd TRANSFERS IN: Samir Nasri (Marseille, ?15.8million); Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff, ?5m); Amaury Bischoff(Werder Bremen, free). OUT: Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan, free); Alexander Hleb (Barcelona, ?11.8m); Gilberto (Panathinaikos, ?1m);...
Man Who Cut Up Cara in Brazil: It Was Madness; Handcuffs: Dos Santos Smiles as Police Lead Him Away
Byline: ED HARRIS THE man accused of killing and dismembering a British teenager and stuffing her body in a suit-case plans to plead temporary insanity, his lawyer said today. Mohamed DAli Carvalho Dos Santos, who has confessed to killing 17-year-old...
Masterful Murray Grabs 'Huge' Win; Prize Guy: Andy Murray after Winning the Cincinnati Masters
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY MURRAY proved last night he is ready to become a Grand Slam champion as he landed the biggest title of his career by defeating Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-6 in the Cincinnati Masters Final. The British No1 will now be among...
Masterful Murray Targets China Gold; Prize Guy: Andy Murray after Winning the Cincinnati Masters
Byline: CHRIS JONES ANDY MURRAY wants to win gold at the Beijing Olympics so he can emulate his boyhood hero Andre Agassi. Murray was just nine years old when the American clinched gold in Atlanta 1996 but the triumph of a player who the Scot...
Master Murray; Top of His Game: Andy Murray Overcomes Novak Djokovic
ANDY MURRAY proved last night he is ready to become a Grand Slam champion as he landed the biggest title of his career by defeating Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-6 in the Cincinnati Masters Final, writes Chris Jones. The British No1 (above) will now be...
Master of the Poetics of Place
Byline: MELANIE McGRATH Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff (Bloomsbury, ?18.99) TOBIAS Wolff has a theory, apparently, to explain why the short story is more popular in America than in Britain. It's all about cultural fragmentation. The short...
Mayor: My London Plan Can Show Tories the Way
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL BORIS JOHNSON today championed his master plan to tackle London's social and economic problems as offering new policies for a future Conservative government. The London Mayor made clear that his blueprint for dealing with...
Mayor: My Policies Can Show Cameron the Way
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL BORIS JOHNSON today championed his master plan to tackle Londons social and economic problems as offering new policies for a future Conservative government. The Mayor made clear that his blueprint for dealing with crime,...
Mothers Joy at Snooks Return; (1) Kidnapped: Police Will Question Reigh about the Time She Spent with Her Father (2) Tug of War: Sandra Boss Waits to Be Reunited with Her Daughter Reigh at Baltimore Police Station. Right, Her Former Husband Clark Rockefeller Is Driven Away after Being Questioned by Police and FBI Agents about the Abduction
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK THE mother of the seven-year-old girl snatched by her estranged father in America smiles with relief after discovering her daughter is safe. Moments later Sandra Boss was reunited with Reigh, known as Snooks, at a police...
New Leader - and a Few New Policies Too, Please
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN UNTIL last week, it was my private theory that many in Labour not only expected to lose the next election but actually wanted to do so. How else could you explain the party's utter quiescence in the face of approaching disaster?...
No Sleep 'Til John O'Groats for Cyclist on 860-Mile Ride; Sleepless in Saddle: Dave Pickles on His Way He Will Need to Eat 19,000 Calories a Day
Byline: SIMON KIRBY A LONDON cyclist is tonight hoping to complete an 860-mile sleepless ride from one end of the country to the other. Dave Pickles, 24, is attempting to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats in under 60 hours to raise money...
'Offer Tax Breaks to Firms That Support Teenagers'
Byline: AMAR SINGH BUSINESSES should by given financial incentives by the Government if their staff help steer problem youths away from gangs and violence, it was suggested today. Dr Nike Folayan, who chairs the Association Of Black Engineers,...
Paperbacks
Byline: JOHANNA THOMAS-CORR The Deportees by Roddy Doyle (Vintage, ?7.99) IT'S A pleasant surprise to catch up with Jimmy Rabitte, the musical impresario from The Commitments, in the title story of Roddy Doyle's first short fiction collection. Twenty...
Pattinson Row Was Final Straw for Michael; It's over and Out: A Dire Week Saw Michael Vaughan Trudge off after Another Poor Display ( Left) and Quit in an Emotional Press Conference ( Far Left). It Was All a Far Cry from the Team's Ashes Heroics of ... ( Below)
Byline: JONATHAN AGNEW TO GAUGE just how much Michael Vaughan both loved and cherished being England captain, all you needed to do was witness his resignation statement. Racked with emotion and choking back tears, it was heart rending and by the...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS THE GENIUS OF CHARLES DARWIN 8pm, Channel Professor Richard Dawkins (pictured) looks at the life, work and impact of the grandaddy of evolution. It's thumping and heavy-handed at points Dawkins's repetitive need to keep slagging...
Pietersen Takes Up the Challenge
Byline: DAVID LLOYD KEVIN PIETERSEN will be named England cricket captain today after a traumatic weekend saw a Test series lost and two skippers depart. England's selectors had been forced into a rethink following the resignations of Michael...
Power Station Protesters Held in Second Police Raid on Camp
Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP POLICE made a number of arrests today during a second raid at a site where 400 eco-activists are gathering for a week-long environmental protest. Officers faced resistance as they entered the Camp for Climate Action near...
Proud Scolari Insists Blues Are the Best
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI today hailed Chelsea's players as the best he has ever worked with. The manager has been amazed by the strong work ethic in the squad since he joined a month ago. Scolari, who won the 2002 World Cup...
Punch Frothing Up with CVC in the Frame to Bid
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES in Britain's biggest pubs operator, Punch Taverns, rallied a further 36?p to 293?p amid mounting speculation that management may be close to calling time on its status as a publicly quoted company. The fall in the...
Queen of the Beach; (1) Epitome of Cool: Former Model Gregson Wrote for Rolling Stone (2) in the Limelight: Julia Gregson Today and, Left, with Richard and Poppy
Byline: ALISON ROBERTS JULIA Gregson has no idea how many people bought her first novel, which was published four years ago. "Publishers have this euphemism. They say it sold 'respectably'," she groans. "I guess maybe 5,000 & 7,000?" By great...
Ramsay and Co Bicker like Spoilt Divas Says Top Chef
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER ONE of Londons top chefs has delivered a stinging criticism of Gordon Ramsay labelling him petulant and saying he should get back into the kitchen. Michelin-starred Herbert Berger, exec-utive chef at 1 Lombard Street,...
Ramsay and Co Bicker like Spoilt Divas Says Top Chef; 'Petulant Children': Herbert Berger Says the Celebrity Chef Rows Detract from the Cooking
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE-BRIDGER ONE of London's top chefs has delivered a stinging criticism of Gordon Ramsay labelling him "petulant" and saying he should get back into the kitchen. Michelin-starred Herbert Berger, executive chef at 1 Lombard...
Reward Still on Offer as Dando Police Review Case
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SCOTLAND YARD today announced a review of the Jill Dando murder inquiry and urged anyone with new information on the killer to come forward and claim a ?50,000 reward. A team of detectives will re-examine the evidence...
Rivals Are Warned Be Wary Arsenal's Dynamic Goal Duo; Hot Shots? Big Things Are Expected of Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie (Left)
ROBIN VAN PERSIE has warned Chelsea and Manchester United not to underestimate Arsenal in this season's title race. The Gunners have lost a host of experienced big names Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb, Gilberto Silva and Jens Lehmann but Van Persie...
Rivals Are Warned to Be Wary of Arsenal's Dynamic Goal Duo; Hot Shots? Big Things Are Expected of Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie (Left)
Byline: JAMES OLLEY ROBIN VAN PERSIE has warned Chelsea and Manchester United not to underestimate Arsenal in this season's title race. The Gunners have lost a host of experienced big names Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb, Gilberto Silva and...
Scolaris on a Mission; 1) Hard Going: Deco (Left) Tussles with New Blues Team-Mate Michael Ballack at Euro 2008 but He Failed to Sparkle This Summer, Although He Still Boasts Great Skill and Flair (above) 2) the Big League: New Tottenham Signing Luka Modric (Left) Has a Lot to Prove at the Club While Emmanuel Adebayor Is Crucial to Arsenal
Byline: Andy Gray AT THIS time of the year when everyone is looking forward to the new season it would be nice, just for once, to be able to say that the big four Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool were finally going to face a genuine...
Smog Masks at the Ready. Team GB Get Warm Welcome from Beijing; (1) Song of Greeting: Chinese Children at the Ceremony (2) All Set: Team GB Arrive at the Flag-Raising Ceremony to Welcome Them to the Olympic Village in Beijing Today
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD THE head of Britain's Olympic team today revealed athletes had been training in anti-smog masks to prepare for the Beijing Games. Chef de mission Simon Clegg spoke at the flag-raising ceremony to welcome Team GB into the Olympic...
Smog Smothers Beijing Today; Gloomy Outlook: Smog Returned to Beijing Today after Four Days of Clear Skies. However, Officials Claimed It Was Unlikely Any Sporting Events Would Have to Be Rescheduled
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD BEIJING was shrouded in a blanket of smog today posing questions about the safety of athletes when the Games start in four days' time. As temperatures soared to 37C, air pollution meant much of the Olympic park was plunged...
Solzhenitsyn, Tortured Poet of Stalin's Gulag; in from the Cold: Solzhenitsyn and His Wife Natalya ( Far Left) Attend the Premiere of His Play, Sharashka, Staged in Moscow to Celebrate His 80th Birthday in 1998 Left: The Author as a Political Prisoner during His Gulag Years ( 1945-1952)
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS RUSSIA was in mourning today for Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel laureate whose writing helped conquer the tyranny of the Soviet Union. Solzhenitsyn, 89, suffered heart failure at his home outside Moscow last night. ...
Solzhenitsyn, Tortured Poet of Stalins Gulag; in from the Cold: Solzhenitsyn and His Wife Natalya (Far Left) Attend the Premiere of His Play, Sharashka, Staged in Moscow to Celebrate His 80th Birthday in 1998. Left: The Author as a Political Prisoner during His Gulag Years, 1945-52
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS RUSSIA was in mourning tod ay for Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel laureate whose writing helped conquer the tyranny of the Soviet Union. Solzhenitsyn, 89, suffered heart failure at his home outside Moscow last night....
THE CONMAN AT CLARIDGES; Fake It Yourself: Kevin Castle Made Up to ?1,000 a Day Using Forged till Receipts to Get Money Back on Goods Shoplifted from DIY Stores Such as Homebase
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A MAN blew ?140,000 he made from a simple scam involving stolen DIY goods on a 28-day stay at Claridges. Kevin Castle, 43, made between ?500 and ?1,000 a day by getting money back on shoplifted items such as door knobs using...
The Darker Side of the Indian Dream; Conundrum: The West Might Be the Epicentre of Human Individualism, but No Westerner Will Feel More Introspective and More Individual Than in the Midst of a Billion Indians
Byline: CLAIRE HARMAN Dreams of Rivers and Seas by Tim Parks (Harvill, ?16.99) WESTERNERS "finding themselves" in India might be a clich? but it happens to be true especially for those who steer clear of ashrams and quackery. By assiduously avoiding...
Thrilled Pietersen Ready for New Era
Byline: DAVID LLOYD KEVIN PIETERSEN declared himself "thrilled and excited" after he was officially named England cricket captain today. Pietersen will lead the Test team into Thursday's final match against South Africa at The Brit Oval and then...
Too Many Bankers and Not Enough Real Wealth; Money Makes the World Slow Down ... Traders in Chicago Panic after the United States Federal Reserve Cut Interest Rates Last Year
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON FOR Brits as a whole wanting to know why this year they can only afford to holiday in Blackpool not Benidorm, Salcombe not Sardinia, the answer is we have too many bankers and not enough oil. This is a challenge for the whole...
Where Talent Meets Ballyhoo; the ?Ber-Publicist: Pat Kingsley Is Said to Have Had an Iron Grip on Tom Cruise That Stopped Him from Looking like a Loon for Many Years
Byline: NICK CURTIS The Fame Formula: How Hollywood's Fixers, Fakers and Star Makers Created the Celebrity Industry by Mark Borkowski (Sidgwick, ?16.99) AT THE 1990 Edinburgh Festival, PR man Mark Borkowski arranged for Cynthia Payne, the oncenotorious...
Why Didn't Boris Fight These Payouts on Principle?
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN THERE'S a certain grim humour in the fact that one of the eight ex-advisers benefiting from today's ?1.6 million taxpayer-funded windfall is John Duffy, Ken Livingstone's director of waste. But not many people will be...
Written Warning for Parents of Fat Children
Byline: ANNA DAVIS MILLIONS of parents will be told their child is too fat in warning letters to be sent out within weeks, the Government announced today. Under measures to beat obesity, health trusts will write to every family with details of...
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