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Articles from June 24, 2009

Adonis Rides to Rescue of Cycling Commuters; New Transport Secretary Tours Six London Rail Stations to Witness Sorry State of Facilities for Bikes
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON'S stations were today given a sharp dressing down by the new Transport Secretary for the dire facilities they offer cyclists. In an interview with the Standard, Lord Adonis said a shortage of bike racks...
Adonis Rides to Rescue of Cycling Commuters; New Transport Secretary Tours Six London Rail Stations to Witness Sorry State of Facilities for Bikes
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON'S stations were today given a sharp dressing down by the new Transport Secretary for the dire facilities they offer cyclists. In an interview with the Standard, Lord Adonis said a shortage of bike racks...
A Great Plug for Designers; Rca Show 2009
Byline: Corinne Julius SIR Christopher Frayling, leaving his post as rector of the Royal College of Art after 13 years, has been enormously influential in making the college a world-wide phenomenon. The college specialises in producing designers...
Baltacha Thanks Fans after Her Best SW19 Win
Byline: David Smith ELENA BALTACHA today insisted she is good enough to be a top 100 player as she became the only British woman through to the second round at Wimbledon after a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over world No33 Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine....
Banker Vanishes with Two Shotguns; Depressed City Financier Lost Job in Rbs Takeover; Call 999 If You See Him, Police Urge the Public
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent A CITY banker who recently lost his job has gone missing and is thought to have taken two shotguns with him. Police this afternoon issued an urgent appeal to trace Huibert Boumeester, 49, a wealthy...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork This week, give old furniture new life, find Alessi for a snip and let affordable linen dress your table TIME TO CHILL Beth Stevens, seller of all you need for contemporary urban living, has a clearance section on its website...
BEAUTY IN THE BACK OF BEYOND; in His First Feature in a Two-Part Special on France, Jonathan Gregson Heads to a Corner of Provence Where Life Is Traditional, with Few Second-Homers, Yet Still with Those Vivid Colours That Inspired Peter Mayle
Byline: Jonathan Gregson EVER stared at those iconic images of lavender fields in Provence - geometrically curving lines of vivid colour interspersed by sunbaked earth under a piercingly blue sky - and just wanted to be transported there? Well,...
Bercow Tells MPs to Make Less Noise and Stop Spinning
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent NEW Speaker John Bercow today sought to impose his authority on the Commons by warning ministers and MPs to respect key rules. But less than 48 hours into the job, he was branded "divisive"...
Berlusconi: I Never Paid for Sex and I'm Not Sorry
Byline: Nick Pisa in Rome SILVIO BERLUSCONI has broken his silence over claims that women escorts attended his parties and publicly denied that he has ever paid for sex. Speaking in an interview with the Italian gossip magazine Chi, which he...
Berlusconi: I Never Paid for Sex and I'm Not Sorry
Byline: Nick Pisa in Rome SILVIO BERLUSCONI has broken his silence over claims that women escorts attended his parties and publicly denied that he has ever paid for sex. Speaking in an interview with the Italian gossip magazine Chi, which he...
BOGDANOVIC THE JOKER IN BRIT PACK BUT HENMAN DEFENDS WILDCARDS; BRITISH TENNIS FIASCO; Tim Defends Woeful Record of Wildcards
Byline: James Olley Sports Correspondent, at Wimbledon TIM HENMAN today defended the All England Club's decision to hand wildcards to British tennis players after eight of them crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon. Elena Baltacha became...
Boris Deputy 'Took His Lover to [Pounds Sterling]180-a-Night Hotel on Expenses'
Byline: Andrew Gilligan BORIS JOHNSON'S disgraced deputy took his lover on a [pounds sterling]180-a-night foreign trip paid for from his City Hall expense account, it is alleged today. Two sources with close knowledge of Ian Clement's movements...
Boris Told Deputy Last Year Not to Misuse Credit Card
Byline: Paul Waugh and Andrew Gilligan THE City Hall expenses scandal engulfed Boris Johnson personally today after it emerged he had warned his deputy nearly a year ago about his credit card use. As Greater London Authority chiefs formally referred...
Boyfriend: My Hitchhiking Trip with Murdered Dinah
Byline: Paul Cheston hitchiking home the next day. Dinah was going to her home in Essex. Their third, final lift was at the A3 near the Devil's Punchbowl pub. Mr Tremlett described the driver as about 5ft 9in with dark blond hair and aged in...
Brothers in Arms; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME Hampstead, NW6 FRANK MCGUINNESS'S weighty anti-war play had its UK premiere at Hampstead in 1986, and, given the large numbers of young soldiers at present deployed...
Can Art Really Save the Planet?
Byline: RM EXHIBITION RADICAL NATURE Barbican Art Gallery THE grey spaces of the Barbican have suddenly become an esoteric allotment, or an alternative Chelsea Flower show. At Chelsea, gardeners try to make works of art. Here, artists are...
Check out Tate Britain's Latest Artwork ... a Morrisons Receipt
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent A [pounds sterling]70.32 grocery receipt from Morrisons joins some of the nation's greatest artworks at Tate Britain today. Monochrome Till Receipt (White), by Ceal Floyer, is just one of the gallery's...
Check out Tate Britain's Latest Artwork ... a Morrisons Receipt
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent A [pounds sterling]70.32 grocery receipt from Morrisons joins some of the nation's greatest artworks at Tate Britain today. Monochrome Till Receipt (White), by Ceal Floyer, is just one of the gallery's...
Cheers as Brit Calls an End to Its Chaucer Takeover Tale
Byline: Mickey Clark MARKET ROUND-UP THE cheers rang around Lime Street in the City today after Lloyd's of London broker Brit Insurance chose to withdraw its [pounds sterling]221 million bid for rival Chaucer and thereby avoid the possibility of...
Cheers as Brit Calls an End to Its Chaucer Takeover Tale; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark THE cheers rang around Lime Street in the City today after Lloyd's of London broker Brit Insurance chose to withdraw its [pounds sterling]221 million bid for rival Chaucer. Brit shares responded to the move with a rise of 53/4p...
City Tycoon Accused of [Pounds Sterling]23m Tax Dodge after Deal to Buy Branson's Estate
Byline: Robert Mendick and Tom Worden in Spain A CITY financier and former trustee of one of Sarah Brown's favourite charities is under investigation after buying Sir Richard Branson's Spanish estate. A lawyer acting for Christian Hore said he...
Comet Owner Kesa Plunges into the Red
Byline: Nick Goodway EUROPE'S third-largest seller of electrical goods Kesa dived into the red last year as it wrote down the value of its Spanish business and slashed costs at its UK chain Comet. New chief executive Thierry FalquePierrotin warned...
Cowell Auditions for Global Empire 'Bigger Than Disney'
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor BRITAIN'S Got Talent producer Simon Cowell and Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green are in billion-pound talks to develop an international television business they hope could become bigger than Disney. Sources...
Cowell Billion Pound TV Deal; X Factor Star and Topshop Boss Join Forces to 'Outdo Disney'; Surprise in City as Philip Green Goes into TV and Showbusiness
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor BRITAIN'S Got Talent producer Simon Cowell and Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green are locked in billion-pound talks to develop an international television business they hope could become bigger than Disney. Sources...
Design News
Byline: Katie Law BOOK OF THE WEEK SPANISH STYLE A Catalan gallery owner mixes vintage industrial fittings and antique furniture (above); a village house in Perelada has the owner's artwork hung from the ceiling, while a Galician B& B is...
DO WE KNOW THE POWER OF YOGA? as the Practice Becomes Ever More Popular and the NHS Opens Its First Dedicated Clinic, Caroline Phillips Meets One Teacher Who Firmly Believes the Discipline's Health Benefits Go Far beyond Improving Flexibility
Byline: Caroline Phillips ONE woman has thrown away the wheelchair to which she was confined for two years. She suffered from ME (chronic fatigue) for 15 years and now, confounding medical orthodoxy, is symptom-free. Another patient says he endured...
FALLING UNDER APHRODITE'S SPELL; PAPHOS, CYPRUS; New Sport and Leisure Resorts Make Western Cyprus Increasingly Attractive to UK Second-Home Buyers, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: Cathy Hawker CYPRUS has been a British favourite for decades, with a reputation as a safe, friendly and affordable place to live with one of Europe's lowest tax regimes, but even its biggest fans might hesitate to call it sophisticated....
First-Timers Never Had It So Good; Housing Young London
Byline: Jane Barry Homes once planned for private sale are being offered to first-time buyers with the help of government grants. By Jane Barry THE Kick Start London initiative (KLS), launched last March by the Government's Homes and Communities...
First 'Twitter Mobile' Could Be High-Street Hero to Beat iPhone
Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Correspondent GOOGLE today unveiled its first "Twitterphone" in a bid to win the highstreet battle against the iPhone. The new mobile shows contacts' Twitter and Facebook updates alongside their telephone number...
Flippers - My Answer to All This Flummery
Byline: Chris Addison AS I'VE mentioned before, I love tradition. My father loved tradition. His father did before him. In fact, our family's love of tradition goes further back than anyone can remember. It's difficult to know how it got started,...
From Editor to CEO, It's Wade Wot Won It
Byline: Gideon Spanier MEDIA ANALYSIS REBEKAH Wade loves newspapers. So at a time when they face unprecedented economic problems, the promotion of The Sun editor to be News International chief executive in charge of all Rupert Murdoch's UK papers...
From Editor to CEO, It's Wade Wot Won It; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: Gideon Spanier REBEKAH Wade loves newspapers. So at a time when they face unprecedented economic problems, the promotion of The Sun editor to be News International chief executive in charge of all Rupert Murdoch's UK papers has not gone...
Fuming Fans Show Referees the Red Card
Byline: Raoul Simons After a season of high-profile gaffes by officials, football supporters vent their feelings about standards in part one of our annual survey scrutinising the game's major talking points. By Raoul Simons REFEREES are falling...
Fuming Fans Show Referees the Red Card; after a Season of High-Profile Gaffes by Officials, Football Supporters Vent Their Feelings about Standards in Part One of Our Annual Survey Scrutinising the Game's Major Talking Points
Byline: Raoul Simons Evening Standard London Football Report 2009 In association with the Football Fans Census REFEREES are falling short of the standards expected of them by football supporters. That is the stark message to the game's authorities...
Gordon's All at Sea over His Plans for an Iraq Inquiry; the Prime Minister's Volte-Face on an Investigation into the War Raises Serious Questions about His Own Views
Byline: Anne McElvoy GORDON Brown wants an unsparing inquiry into Iraq. Except he doesn't want it now, as the US troops withdraw. He wants an inquiry to be held in a year's time and he wants it in secret. No, hang on: he wants it held in public...
Gulbis Pumped Up to Outmuscle Murray; Latvian Insists He Has the Power to Cause a Shock against Scot after Putting Himself through a Tough Fitness Regime
Byline: David Smith ANDY MURRAY was today warned he faces a trial by strength against Ernests Gulbis in the second round of Wimbledon, with the Latvian ready to exact revenge for two defeats against Murray last year by outmuscling the British No1....
Gulbis Pumped Up to Outmuscle Murray; Latvian Insists He Has the Power to Cause a Shock against Scot after Putting Himself through a Tough Fitness Regime. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith ANDY MURRAY was today warned he faces a trial by strength against Ernests Gulbis in the second round of Wimbledon, with the Latvian ready to exact revenge for two defeats against Murray last year by outmuscling the British No1....
HAIR BARE BUNCH; You Can Blame Bruno and Beckham, but the Fuzz-Free Look Is the New Male Ideal - and They Won't Even Ask Any Questions at the Salon, Says Nick Foulkes
Byline: Nick Foulkes SACHA Baron Cohen has done it again, this time the mockumentary king's taste for the absurd has locked on to the modern hairless male. From Borat, the insensitive hirsute anti-hero, the follicular metronome has now swung the...
Hines Banned after Late Try Denies Lions; Scot to Miss Crucial Second Test after Being Banned for a Dangerous Tackle during Yesterday's 13-13 Draw with the Young Springboks
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent in association with NATHAN HINES today received a one-match ban for dangerous play, ending his hopes of forcing his way into the 22 for Saturday's Second Test with the Springboks in Pretoria. The Scotland...
Hines in the Dock as Late Try Denies Lions; Scot's Tour Could Be over after Being Cited for an Alleged Dangerous Tackle in Drawn Warm-Up Game Ahead of Crucial Second Test; GUINNESS
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent NATHAN HINES'S tour could be over today after he was cited for an alleged dangerous tackle in the 13-13 draw with the Emerging Springboks. The Scotland lock's heavy challenge on Wilhelm Steenkamp went unpunished...
Homes Gossip; MARTHA'S LAST-MINUTE MOVE TO MARYLEBONE
Byline: Compton Miller CAN we soon expect wedding bells from Lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox and Chris Gorell Barnes, her beau for the past five years? She has just spent an estimated [pounds sterling]9 million on a six-bedroom Grade II-listed...
HOW TO KEEP THE FAMILY HAPPY; Well-Priced New Homes with Gardens, Parking and First-Rate Security Are Tempting Families to Stay in London, Says David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles MODERN family houses with versatile and glamorous interiors are the number one choice of many young couples moving out of flats once they have children. Growing families, too, are bypassing gentrified Victorian terraces in...
I Deeply Regret Not Challenging Ian Blair on De Menezes and I Relive 7/7 in My Head Every Day; the Met's Former Anti-Terror Chief Andy Hayman Talks Frankly of His Fears, Frustrations and Failings
Byline: David Cohen IF ANDY HAYMAN is absolutely frank with himself, there is one thing he could have done, he admits, that would have changed the course of history. In the aftermath of the July 2005 bombings and the mistaken shooting of Jean Charles...
Inquiry into Iraq War Will Be Able to Name, Blame and Shame Ministers
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor THE Iraq war inquiry will be allowed to point the finger of blame at ministers, it was announced today. In a new concession to critics, Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the Commons that Sir John Chilcot's...
Iran Crushes Protests and Prepares to Cut All Ties with Britain
Byline: Rashid Razaq IRAN could suspend all diplomatic relations with Britain as the Supreme Leader today ruled out any compromise with pro-reform supporters. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his government would not give into calls for a recount...
Iran Snuffs out Protests as Obama Finally Voices His 'Outrage'
Byline: Paul Thompson IRAN's hardline religious leaders appeared to be heading towards a victory against pro-reform protesters after quelling mass street rallies. The security crackdown succeeded in keeping opposition demonstrators away from...
It's Not the Doctor's Fault That Recession Breeds Depression; Vital Signs
Byline: Dr Christian Jessen THE powers that be, or in this case the powers that want to be - the Lib Dems - have reported that we docs are prescribing too many antidepressants. Their new report claims an increase of 2.1 million prescriptions for...
It's Time to Bridge the Pensions Gap
THERE are few issues that matter so much to so many people as pensions and all the signs are that the number of us who can look forward to a financially comfortable retirement is getting steadily smaller. Once, 23 per cent of the workforce, nearly...
'I Was Bullied out of Savile Row Store Job Because of My False Arm'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A LAW student with a prosthetic arm told a tribunal today she "questioned her worth as a human being" after she was forced to work in the London stockroom of Abercrombie & Fitch because she did not fit...
Jamming with Jack; Pop
Byline: DAVID SMYTH THE DEAD WEATHER Boston Arms, Tufnell Park DAVID SMYTH EIGHT years ago in August, my entire day's assignment as a young music journalist was to find a ticket to a White Stripes concert at Tufnell Park pub The Boston Arms....
Kaplinsky Gives Up [Pounds Sterling]300,000 in Pay for Baby
Byline: Ellen Widdup NATASHA KAPLINSKY is preparing to have her [pounds sterling]1 million pay packet slashed by nearly a third to spend more time with her baby. The 36-year-old newsreader will quit the Five News 7pm bulletin for good, taking...
LTA Claim Brits Were Victims of Tough Draws
Byline: David Smith THE heads of British tennis today refused to take responsibility for this year's woeful display by our players and chose instead to put the humiliation down to the luck of the draw. Lawn Tennis Association officials did confirm...
Match-Fixing Probe at Wimbledon; Bookies Raise Alarm at [Pounds Sterling]1m Internet Betting
Byline: Jack Lefley and Shekhar Bhatia WIMBLEDON was at the centre of a match-fixing investigation today involving bets totalling more than [pounds sterling]1 million. Tennis authorities acted after being alerted to suspicious betting patterns...
Met 'Can't Explain' 15% Rise in Rapes
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter THE NUMBER of women reporting sex assaults in London has risen dramatically, it emerged today. New figures show reported rapes soared by 15 per cent in a year, with 2,180 recorded in the year to March compared...
Mosley Stands Down as F1 Agrees a Peace Deal; Rebels Win the Day at Paris Summit
Byline: Andrew Hodgson THE power struggle that threatened to tear Formula One apart appeared to end in total victory for the rebel teams this afternoon, when FIA president Max Mosley said he would relinquish control of the sport. The threat of...
Mosley Wants to Keep FIA Role in Bid to Stop F1 Rebels
Byline: David Smith MAX MOSLEY is to defy Formula One's rebel teams by standing for re-election as president of the FIA, international motor racing's governing body. Ahead of a crucial meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Paris today,...
Motets and Miles
Byline: JACK MASSARIK JAZZ JAN GARBAREK AND THE HILLIARD ENSEMBLE St Paul's Cathedral, EC4 HATS off to the City of London Festival for reuniting Norwegian saxophone virtuoso Jan Garbarek with the four male-voice Hilliard Ensemble, a crosscultural...
Murray Hits the Wimbledon Roof ... Then Has to Take Cover; Royal Box VIPs Given Sun Shade and Straw Hats
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia and Jack Lefley THE new Wimbledon rain roof was brought into action again today -- to give protection from the sun to minor VIPs enjoying a day out in the Royal Box. The 1,000-ton retractable roof was moved just enough...
NOW LET'S RETURN THE ELGIN MARBLES; after 33 Years the Acropolis Museum in Athens Is Finally Open - and It's Enough to Make a London Patriot Reconsider the Case for Giving the Greeks Back Their History
Byline: Rowan Moore Architecture Critic THOMAS Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine, may have been a chancer and cheat but by ripping sculptures from the Parthenon he helped save one of the world's great art treasures for posterity....
NOW LET'S RETURN THE ELGIN MARBLES; after 33 Years the Acropolis Museum in Athens Is Finally Open -- and It's Enough to Make a London Patriot Reconsider the Case for Giving the Greeks Back Their History
Byline: Rowan Moore Architecture Critic THOMAS Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine, may have been a chancer and cheat but by ripping sculptures from the Parthenon he helped save one of the world's great art treasures for posterity....
Offset Mortgages and How They Work; Money: Hot Tips
Byline: Alex Sheridan OFFSET mortgages can be attractive for borrowers who have spare cash that they want to hang on to, perhaps because of continuing job uncertainty, but which is not earning them much interest because of low savings rates. ...
Olympic Agency Investigated over [Pounds Sterling]100 Million 'Black Hole'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger A FRAUD inquiry has been launched into a [pounds sterling]100 million black hole found in the London Development Agency's 2012 Olympic accounts. Independent auditors have been drafted in to examine the huge irregularities,...
ON THE WAY TO THE BEACH; Anthea Masey Discovers the Perfect Places to Live to Enjoy the City and Seashore
Byline: Anthea Masey TO EXPERIENCE the best of city living and the English coastline, why not live halfway between London and the seaside? We report on five top locations where you can escape to some of the country's best seaside resorts; places...
Order of Play and Results
SHOW COURTS Centre Court: (24) M Sharapova (Rus) v G Dulko (Arg); G G-Lopez (Spa) v (2) R Federer (Swi); S Querrey (US) v (11) M Cilic (Cro) Court 1: S Greul (Ger) v (4) N Djokovic (Ser); J Groth (Svk) v (2) S Williams (US); (24) T Haas (Ger) v M Llodra...
Our Neighbour's Tree Drives Us Nuts
Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS QI LIVE in a conservation area. My neighbour's almond tree has grown over into my (admittedly very small) back garden. The tree is diseased, reduces the light to my garden and is so low that...
[Pounds Sterling]10m Olympics Makeover for the Home of Sunday Football
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent HACKNEY Marshes, Europe's largest expanse of playing fields and the spiritual home of Sunday football, is getting a [pounds sterling]10 million makeover. Details are being finalised on a funding...
[Pounds Sterling]1 Million Asylum Plan Helps Just One Family to Leave UK
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor the report's author, added: "It was mismanaged from start to finish. The money would have been well spent, it's just a real scandal that the opportunity was missed. There was a substantial amount of confusion...
Pray for My Children's Lives, Pleads Mother Hurt in Arson Attack
Byline: Felix Allen A MOTHER spoke of her devastation today following an arson attack that has left her four children's lives hanging in the balance. Rubina Masud asked people to pray for the two brothers and two sisters who remain in a critical...
Reader Rewards; Just a Few of the Great Free Offers and Discounts You Can Get with Your Standard Card
sport 200 free tickets to The Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall See some of the best tennis players of all time in one amazing custom-built indoor court at the Royal Albert Hall, from 1-6 December. Confirmed players this year include Pat...
ROOM FOR MAGIC; Ideas Radiate from London Shops This Summer, Often with Discounts. Barbara Chandler Shows How to Jazz Up Even the Smallest Space
Byline: Barbara Chandler TODAY is officially Midsummer -- the longest day of the year, promising balmy nights ahead, dining outside by candlelight, enjoying the scents and soft evening colours of your garden. Whether your outside space is small...
Sikh Primary Is a Monstrosity That Breaks Planning Rules, Say Residents
Byline: Amar Singh A MULTI-million-pound faith school is under investigation over claims that it is in breach of planning rules. The Sikh Khalsa primary school in Southall is set to open in September but Ealing council is investigating after...
Social Work Students Are Leaving College without the Skills to Save a Baby P
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor SOME universities are heightening the risk of another Baby P tragedy by giving social work degrees to students who lack the basic skills needed to protect children, MPs were warned today. The Family...
Spencer Lawyers Claim Privacy Win; Earl and Wife's Divorce Details Will Not Be Made Public
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent LAUGHING lawyers representing Earl Spencer and his former wife Caroline were celebrating a victory today after finding a way to thwart media coverage of their clients' divorce settlement at the High Court....
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 You're longing for the excitement of the week's first half, when promising ideas temporarily eliminated the uptight attitude of certain people. Now that daily life is back to normal, they've...
STAY AT HOME IN STYLE; Holidays Are out, 'Staycations' Are in, So Create Continental Charm for a Cocktail Hour at Home
Byline: Pattie Barron YOU might be home rather than away this summer, but with a little flair you can make your garden the ultimate holiday destination. Set the scene with a French cafe table and chairs in a singing colour, a pair of sleek recliners...
Step Inside, Love; Smart Moves
ABBEY Road was made famous by the Beatles. The recording studio where the "fab four" recorded some of their greatest hits remains to this day, while the zebra crossing that featured on the cover of their Abbey Road album is a continuing tourist attraction....
The 10-Marathon River Stretch; Athletes Have Three Days to Run 250 Miles on Towpaths
Byline: Mark Prigg DOZENS of people were today setting off to run 10 marathons in three days, fuelled only by snatches of sleep, marmite sandwiches and rice pudding. The group of 36 "extreme runners" are taking part in Britain's hardest "ultramarathon"...
The Blood Ties of Brothers in Arms
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS THEATRE OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME Hampstead, NW6 ** FRANK MCGUINNESS'S weighty anti-war play had its UK premiere at Hampstead in 1986, and, given the large numbers of young soldiers at...
The City Tycoon, His Colombian Wife and a [Pounds Sterling]23m Tax Claim over Branson Estate
Byline: Robert Mendick and Tom Worden in Spain A CITY financier and former trustee of one of Sarah Brown's favourite charities is under investigation after buying Sir Richard Branson's Spanish estate. A lawyer acting for Christian Hore said he...
THE FROSTFRENCH FITNESS FORMULA; with Eight Kids, Three Marriages and a Non-Stop Party Lifestyle, How Do Sadie and Jemima Keep in Shape? Jasmine Gardner Finds out; KEEPING UP WITH THE FROSTFRENCH FITNESS PLAN
Byline: Jasmine Gardner SINCE they met, aged 13, Jemima French and Sadie Frost have seen it all. Between them they have a total of three marriages and two divorces, one separation and one engagement, as well as a brood of eight children (four each)....
The [Pounds Sterling]45 Million Superschool; 2,000 Pupils, Police and Theatre on One Campus
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent A [pounds sterling]45 MILLION "superschool" campus with a health centre, police base, nursery and outdoor amphitheatre is planned for the heart of London. Four schools in St John's Wood will be rebuilt...
THERE'S SOMETHING HORRIBLE IN THE ATTIC; 'Easy' Loft-Extension Rules Turn into Bitter Planning Rows, Says Ruth Bloomfield
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield ANEW SCHEME intended to make it easier for people to extend their homes by removing the need for planning permission has already backfired, critics claimed today. New rules, which came into force in October, were supposed...
The Suitor Pitfall That Anglo Must Avoid at All Costs
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT SHAREHOLDERS in Anglo American, the London-listed but largely South African mining giant that looks to be under siege from Swiss-based Xstrata, should note the words of Sir John Craven when he retired as chairman...
The Suitor Pitfall That Anglo Must Avoid at All Costs; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton SHAREHOLDERS in Anglo American, the London-listed but largely South African mining giant that looks to be under siege from Swiss-based Xstrata, should note the words of Sir John Craven when he retired as chairman of Lonmin...
Today's Order of Play at SW19
SHOW COURTS Centre Court (1pm start): (24) M Sharapova (Rus) v G Dulko (Arg); GG-Lopez (Spa) v (2) R Federer (Swi); S Querrey (US) v (11) M Cilic (Cro) Court 1 (1pm): S Greul (Ger) v (4) N Djokovic (Ser); J Groth (Svk) v (2) S Williams (US); (24) T...
Top City Watchdog Turns Down [Pounds Sterling]130,000 Bonus
Byline: Nick Goodway THE City's top regulator has turned down his bonus for the last year, sending a signal to bankers and directors that they need to cut back on their fat-cat rewards. Financial Services Authority chief executive Hector Sants,...
Treat Heritage with Respect
AT LEAST 81 conservation areas in the capital are at risk. This should be an alarm call to all Londoners. The Government has shown little understanding of, or interest in, "heritage". They have lumped it in with media and sport departmentally, cut...
UK Economy as Dire as 1945 and Worsening, OECD Warns
Byline: Hugo Duncan THE UK recession will be even deeper than expected and the recovery slower than in the rest of the world, a leading global think-tank warned today. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said the economy...
University Bars Whistleblower Professor from Her Laboratory
Byline: Tim Stewart A LEADING academic who claims she was suspended after blowing the whistle on her university's misuse of public funds and unsafe facilities is suing the college for [pounds sterling]300,000. Heather van der Lely, whose work...
War Horse Gallops Ahead with More London Shows
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE award-winning show War Horse is to extend its West End run after more than [pounds sterling]3 million worth of tickets were sold in its first 12 weeks. The play is now booking until at least February....
Which Local Hero Deserves a Holiday in Paris? London Evening Standard Promotion
Courtesy of P&O Ferries P&O Ferries has teamed up with the London Evening Standard to give an unsung hero the chance to win a fantastic seven-night holiday with their family to Paris as part of the P&O Ferries Local Heroes Campaign....
White Strikes Again, Even with a Jam Session Taken Too Far; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID SMYTH THE DEAD WEATHER Boston Arms, Tufnell Park EIGHT years ago in August, my entire day's assignment as a young music journalist was to find a ticket to a White Stripes concert at Tufnell Park pub The Boston Arms. It was to be...
Why Gordon's All at Sea in the Iraq Inquiry; the Prime Minister's Volte-Face on an Investigation Raises Serious Questions about His Own Views
Byline: Anne McElvoy GORDON Brown wants an unsparing inquiry into Iraq. Except he doesn't want it now, as the US troops withdraw. He wants an inquiry to be held in a year's time and he wants it in secret. No hang on: he wants it held in public but...
Why I'm Putting My Family before Parliament; Kitty Ussher, the Junior Treasury Minister Who Resigned from the Government after Denying Expenses Allegations, Attacks the Working Culture of the House of Commons
Byline: Kitty Ussher SPENDING evenings with work colleagues is (usually) pleasant. But doing it through necessity practically every term-time weekday evening, unless a special exemption has been negotiated, to the exclusion of family life, is the...
WIN A PANASONIC CAMCORDER - RRP [Pounds Sterling]350; CODEWORD
This Panasonic camcorder is waterproof up to two metres, dustproof and shockproof up to 1.2 metres making it perfect for festivals and summer holidays. It also has a YouTube uploading function, 0.6 Quick Start and SD Card memory which allows you to...
Worthy Cause That Lured Huge-Wallet out of the Square Mile; INTERVIEW Thomas Hughes-Hallett Ran One of Britain's Biggest Banks. but He's Left the City Behind to Head the Marie Curie Cancer Charity
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor AS THE former chairman of Robert Fleming Securities, Thomas Hughes-Hallett is used to grand, sweeping vistas from office windows. Even so, this one, from his seventhfloor corner room in Vauxhall, is hard to beat,...
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