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Articles from November 30, 2007

Alco Can Be a Top Secret in Hennessy; Progressive: New Alco Can Give Ferdy Murphy a Prestigious Double with a Hennessy Win
Byline: NICK LUCK NEW ALCO can become the first northern winner of the Hennessy CognacGold Cup since the great One Man lifted the Newbury feature 13 years ago. In so doing, he can provide trainer Ferdy Murphy with a notable autumn double,following...
A Little World of Grand Gestures; Deceptive: Behind Josie Long's Amiable Amateurism There Is a Razor-Sharp Mind at Work
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Josie Long Soho Theatre **** IN A profession dominated by men with egos the size of small African nations,Josie Long cuts an odd figure. She sports punky D-I-Y T-shirts, scuffedtrainers and her stage is littered with tangerines,...
Anger as 7/7 Autopsy Details Are Posted to Families; Harrowing: David Foulkes Was Killed in the Blasts. His Father Criticised the "Gutwrenching" Insensitivity of the Coroner Aftermath: The Scene Following the Bomb at Edgware Road. in Total 52 People Died in the Blasts
Byline: JACK LEFLEY THE FAMILIES of the 52 people who lost their lives in the 7 July bombattacks on London today reacted angrily after they were sent harrowing detailsof how their loved ones died. With no warning, relatives were sent post-mortem...
Archbishop Attacks 'Absurd' Jail Sentence on Teddy Teacher; Condemnation: The Archbishop of Canterbury Accused Sudan of Insensitivity over the Case of Gillian Gibbons, Seen in a Court Sketch, Left
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL THE row over the jailing of a British teacher for insulting Islamescalated today after a stinging attack on the court case by the Archbishop ofCanterbury. In comments likely to fuel the controversy, the Most Rev Rowan Williamscondemned...
Architects Drawing Up a Summer Celebration
Byline: PETER BILL ON Saturday 19 July 2008, honking and clucking will be heard onCheapsidethe honking from geese, not impatient taxis; the clucking from hens, notirritated pedestrians. For this is the day organisers of the third London Festival...
Auction Crowds Are the Weathervane to Rely on; Wise Up: Those at Auctions Have to Immediately Back Their Judgment with Large Cheques and Are a Better Indicator Than Economists
Byline: PETER BILL ARE you mistrustful of the tidings of gloom purveyed by ever morevociferous merchants of doom? Looking for a better indicator? Then pop along tothe Langham Hotel in Portland Place next Tuesday at 1pm; failing that, theRoyal Garden...
Battered Consumer Confidence Crashes; Price Worries: Costs Have Hit Shoppers
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN CONFIDENCE among British consumers has crashed to its lowest for nearlyfive years fuelling fears of a sharp slowdown in the economy. The GfK index of consumer confidencea key barometer of future spendingcontinued its recent...
Battle to Protect Small Shops Goes to the Lords
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN TOWN HALLS would be given powers to protect small stores and stop retailgiants taking over high streets under a Bill being introduced to Parliamentthis month. Inspired by the Evening Standard's Save Our Small Shops campaign,...
Biggest Shake-Up since 2000 in FTSE Snakes and Ladders
Byline: ROBERT LEA IT WAS the week, stock market historians tell us, that the financialworld formally went mad. In the early days of March 2000 a tenth of the FTSE 100, that bastion of soberconstancy and a globallyrespected index of blue-chip...
Bigmouth Strikes Again; Back in the Spotlight: Morrissey's Latest Comments on Immigration Have Reopened Old Wounds with the NME Dating Back to 1992
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Morrissey's racism row with the NME shows why politics and pop are anawkward mix WHEN politicians try to involve themselves in popTony Blair schmoozing Noel Gallagher at Number 10, Lembit Opik dating a CheekyGirl it's embarrassing....
Brown So Angry with Harman That He Won't Speak to Her Directly
Byline: PAUL WAUGH, JASON BEATTIE RELATIONS between Gordon Brown and his deputy Harriet Harman were saidto be beyond repair today as their allies accused each other of actingdisloyally. The Prime Minister's camp could not contain its fury with...
But Not in Belgravia ... This Home Costs [Pounds Sterling]90m; Record Breaker: The House in Belgrave Square, Where Irina Abramovich Tried to Buy a Home, Is Being Refurbished
Byline: SONIA PURNELL A HOUSE in Belgrave Square is set to enter the record books with a pricetag of [pounds sterling]90 million. The record for an existing British property is believed to be held by theKensington Palace Gardens home of steel...
...But Scraps Bid for ArmorGroup; Rifkind: He Met MP over Staff Treatment
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH ARMORGROUP, the security firm chaired by former Foreign Secretary SirMalcolm Rifkind, faces an uncertain future after rival G4S walked away from apossible takeover bid. G4S had a look at ArmorGroup recently, but decided...
...But Scraps Bid for ArmorGroup; Rifkind: He Met MP over Staff Treatment
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH ARMORGROUP, the security firm chaired by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, faces anuncertain future after rival G4S walked away from a possible takeover bid. G4S had a look at ArmorGroup recently, but decided against a bid after becomingconcerned...
Can Branson Keep Rock Edge?
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE Northern Rock saga is nothing if not dynamic. A week ago, the onlyoptions for the bank's board appeared to be that it should be nationalised orwound up. The attraction of nationalisation was that the Government could useits...
Cancer Alert: Don't Eat, Drink or Tan Too Much
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD, AMY IGGULDEN THE lives of millions are at risk from smoking, overeating and too muchsunbathing, the Government's cancer czar will warn. Professor Mike Richards is urging the public to change their lifestyles tolower...
ChampionshipFocus
Charlton v Burnley Tomorrow, pm, The Valley Wimbledon legend Bjorn Borgthis week revealed a dark and shameful secret: he is a closet Charlton fan. Weshould have guessed really, after all, he too rarely hit the net in southLondon. Addicks boss Alan...
Colt Denies AT&T Bid Talk as It Leaps by 30%
Byline: SARAH MARKS COLT Telecom was forced to issue an official statement today after itsshares leapt nearly 30% on reports that America's AT&T was planning a [pounds sterling]1.7billion takeover bid. The word is that AT&T is offering...
Critics' Choice
CRITICS' CHOICE FIVE BEST FILMS The Nines (15, 99mins) That only beautiful people live in LA is one of themyths busted in this twisty, enjoyable drama from TV insider John August. The Magic Flute (PG, 133mins) Kenneth Branagh's glossy, irreverent...
Desperately Poor Sales Shut Show; Upset: Leading Ladies Emma Williams as Susan and Kelly Price, Who Played Roberta, Were Told of the Closure of Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre Last Night
Byline: AMAR SINGH DESPERATELY Seeking Susan, the musical featuring songs by Blondie, is toclose after a month at a loss of more than [pounds sterling]3.5 million. The last performance of the West End show will be on 15 December after it wasmauled...
Dickens to the Beat of the Townships; (1) Caught in the Spotlights: The Miners in Full Cry in Mark Dornford-May's Adaptation of A Christmas Carol (2) Girls Aloud: Philisa Sibeko (Pamina), Nolunthando Boqwana, Poseletso Sejosingoe and Busisiwe Ngejane in the Magic Flute
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD A Christmas Carol **** The Magic Flute *** Young Vic, SE1 CHRISTMAS has come early at the Young Vic, and not just because it's the onlytheatre opening its seasonal shows in November. Anyone looking for festive...
Eco-Tilbury? Let's Just See If It Happens
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER IT might seem a far cry from the present Tilbury but under new plans theThames Gateway will, it is claimed, become an "eco-region". Yesterday, Gordon Brown announced proposals which include more than [pounds sterling]9...
Elite Yard Officers Plan Investigation
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SCOTLAND Yard detectives were today preparing an action plan for theinvestigation into the Labour donations scandal. A small elite team of officers with experience of the "cash for honours"inquiry is expected to be involved....
England Are Ready to Spoil the Party; Hit Man: Michael Vaughan Has Been in Good Form with the Bat and Can Help England Get off to a Flier against Sri Lanka Tomorrow England Are Ready
Byline: David Lloyd ENGLAND can cast themselves in the role of gatecrashers here tomorrowand set about wrecking a party which has been organised as a double celebrationof Sri Lankan cricket. Muttiah Muralitharan is poised to become the world's...
Fewer Buyers and Falling Prices Halt House Boom; Front Page: The Standard Yesterday
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL, ANNA DAVIS FRENZIED "open house" viewings and sealed bid auctions that marked thepeak of the London property boom have all but disappeared. Agents say the days when scores of desperate buyers would fight it out withoffers...
Forced Learning 'Will Damage Under-Fives'
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES MINISTERS are being accused of doing huge harm to children's developmentby forcing them to start formal education too young. A powerful group of academics warned today that a national curriculum for allunder-fives is being...
G4S Looks to Secure a Brink's Takeover; Purchasing Power: Buckles Says GS Has a War Chest with Which It Can Buy Up Rivals
Byline: ROBERT LEA TWO of the biggest names in armed robberiesGroup 4 Securicor and Brink's Mat could be set to merge. G4S, the [pounds sterling]2.7 billion Anglo-Danish security firm created by the merger ofBritain's Securicor and Group 4,...
Games Blamed as Lotto Sports Cash Plunges by [Pounds Sterling]30m
Byline: NICOLAS CECIL LOTTERY funds for sporting groups have slumped by nearly [pounds sterling]30 million ina year, official figures show today. Up to half the reduction is believed to be due to people switching their Lottomoney to Olympic scratchcards...
Gareth Is So Happy to Have His Leg Pulled; Cup Battler: Gareth Risbridger Was Too Strong for Stockport
Byline: Ian Chadband WHEN Gareth Risbridger turned up to training at Staines Town on Tuesday,he discovered that, ahead of the Ryman Premier League club's appearance in theFA Cup second round for the first time in their 115-year history, a photographhad...
Gavron Breaches Rules on Declaring Hospitality; Busy Diary: Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron
Byline: ROSS LYDALL THE millionaire Deputy Mayor of London was facing investigation todayafter admitting she had failed to declare numerous events where she receivedfree meals. The Conservatives have referred Nicky Gavron to the local government...
Helen's Leading Role for London; I Love London: Helen Mirren Was Honoured for Her Outstanding Contribution to the Capital at the O2
Byline: JACK LEFLEY, BO WILSON DAME Helen Mirren called for tax breaks to boost London's film industryas she was recognised for helping to attract millions of tourists to thecapital. The Oscar-winning actress warned the strong pound could deter...
Humble Green Is Making His Mark; THE ODDS Didier Drogba and Carlton Cole Are in Fine Form for Their Clubs, So Paddy Power's 10-1 That They Will Both Score Looks Decent Value. Sure Hands : Robert Green, Challenging Spurs' Robbie Keane, Has Been in Superb Form since Taking the No1 Jersey from Roy Carrol L and Has Won the Praise of His Manager Alan Curbishley
Byline: Ken Dyer ROBERT GREEN is nowhere near his peak as a goalkeeper yet but for tensof thousands of West Ham supporters, he can already do no wrong. Green's injury-time penalty save from Jermain Defoe last Sunday immediatelyassured him a special...
I'm Innocent, I've Been Persecuted, Says Black
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY FALLEN press baron Conrad Black has again asserted his innocence andsaid that he will be cleared on appeal. Speaking today, the former Telegraph group chairman remained defiant and saidhe had been "persecuted". Black...
Indestructible Jack Just Keeps Bouncing Back
Byline: ANNE McELVOY THE ONLY certainty in any Labour crisis is that Jack Straw will bethere, sombre, correct and impeccably positioned to come out of it in a betterposition than anyone else. As ministers, aides and party officials cower ashen...
Inside City Hall
ROW OF THE WEEK Dee Doocey v Baroness Hamwee THE London Development Agency, or "Ken's piggybank", is being investigated bythe London Assembly over its funding of six cultural projects, including theBernie Grant Centre in Tottenham. Doocey...
Jose Wants Talks but FA Are Wary of His Motives
Byline: KEN DYER THE Football Association have told Jose Mourinho they will not be rushedinto making a decision on the new England coach despite the former Chelseamanager's insistance that they make him an offer now or he won't be interestedin the...
Kazakhmys Loses Shine as Big Backer Seeks Exit
Byline: SARAH MARKS COPPER miner Kazakhmys tumbled 44p to 1304p today as it emerged that amajor unknown shareholder wants out. Credit Suisse was touting for buyers for 11.7 million shares this morning asthe City scrambled to find out who needs...
KILL HER, KILL HER; Target: Protesters Converged on Central Khartoum Today to Denounce Jailed Teacher Gillian Gibbons Intervention: Archbishop Rowan Williams Convicted: Teacher Gillian Gibbons Appears in Court in Khartoum. She Was Sentenced to 15 Days in Prison for Insulting Islam
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL, ROB SINGH THOUSANDS of protesters armed with knives and sticks called today for aBritish teacher to be executed in Sudan for letting a teddy bear be namedMohammed. Crowds in the capital Khartoum chanted "Shame, shame on...
Knight Is Ready to Put Up a Bold Fight; Dual Purpose: Blythe Knight, Who Won a Group . on the Flat, Can Take the Fighting Fifth Hurdle
Byline: PAUL FIELDER "I'D LIKE to be in two places at once," says trainer John Quinn whosaddles his Champion Hurdle hope Blythe Knight in tomorrow's Fighting FifthHurdle at Newcastle and also sends Character Building down to Newbury to run inthe...
LABOUR AT WAR OVER DODGY DONORS; Facing Questions: Brown Campaign Manager Chris Leslie with the PM
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE CABINET was plunged into open warfare over the Labour donor scandaltoday as Gordon Brown faced a police investigation into the affair. The Prime Minister told friends he "has nothing to hide" and will co-operatefully with...
Labour's Crisis: It Can Get Worse
IT IS always a mistake in politics to assume that things can hardly getworse. They always can. The Prime Minister must be wondering who will next be implicated in Labour'sfunding scandal now that the police have been brought in. Last night, HarrietHarman,...
Lloyd Webber Charity Fights to Sell [Pounds Sterling]33m Picasso 'Looted by the Nazis'; Ownership Dispute: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Charity Is Fighting a High Court Case over Picasso's Absinthe Drinker
Byline: BO WILSON ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S art charity is fighting in court to sell a[pounds sterling]33million Picasso painting that is alleged to have been looted by the Nazis. German-Jewish Professor Julius Schoeps said his great-uncle, a Berlin...
Lord Cashpoint Met Secret Donor Abrahams
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL LABOUR'S "dodgy donor" scandal took a fresh twist today after it emergedthat Lord Levy met the secretive property developer at the heart of the furore. The Evening Standard can reveal that the peer, known as "Lord Cashpoint"...
Magic of the Golden Compass Gives Greenwich an Added Dimension; Parallel Worlds: Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College Stars as the Magisterium Where Marisa Coulter (Nicole Kidman, Left) Hatches Her Plots
Byline: LOUISE JURY HERE'S Greenwichin a parallel world. The splendour of Christopher Wren's Old Royal NavalCollege has impressed visitors for more than 200 yearsand now it has a starring role in multi-million-dollar movie The GoldenCompass. ...
McCanns Hope to Be Cleared by Christmas as Algarve DNA Team Flies Home; Hopeful: Doctors Gerry and Kate McCann Said on Their Blog: "We Are Confident the (Forensic Test) Results Will No Way Incriminate Us"
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK, KIRAN RANDHAWA KATE and Gerry McCann hope they will be cleared as official suspects intheir daughter's disappearance by Christmas. The McCanns have been buoyed by reports that a meeting between Portuguesepolice and British...
My Day in Boy-Racer Heaven; A Different Angle on Riding: Nothing Prepares You for Possibly the Scariest Moment of the Day Leaning over So Far That Your Knee Touches the Tarmac on Corners
Byline: MARK PRIGG Motorcycle track days provide adrenaline-pumping funjust don't have a big breakfast first FOR anyone who has ever ridden a motorbike, it is the ultimate boy-racerfantasya day on racing machines hammering around Donington Park...
Now Heathrow Is Even Trying to Sell You a Snooze
Byline: SIMON DAVIS WE ARE working hard to make Heathrow an airport London can be proud of."I noticed this sign plastered all over Heathrow when I was there this week totake a flight to Hong Kong. It's rather an odd sentiment, I can understand howLondoners...
Packed on the Tube - and More Sardine Trips to Come
Byline: DAVID SEXTON ONE OF the great sights of London, for Londoners, is watching touristsencounter the Tube for the first time. The doors open and the carriage isrevealed to be completely stuffed. The bodies are so tightly pressed up againstone...
'Peace Mission' for Under-Fire Referees; Trying Times: Yannick Jauzion Scores the Controversial Try That Wayne Barnes Allowed despite the Move Including a Forward Pass
Byline: Chris Jones WHEN English referee Wayne Barnes received death threats following NewZealand's controversial World Cup defeat by France, it highlighted the pressurerugby's top officials are under. Barnes (below) is by some way the best young...
'Peace Mission' for Under-Fire Referees; Trying Times: Yannick Jauzion Scores the Controversial Try That Wayne Barnes Allowed despite the Move Including a Forward pass'Peace Mission' For
Byline: Chris Jones WHEN English referee Wayne Barnes received death threats following NewZealand's controversial World Cup defeat by France, it highlighted the pressurerugby's top officials are under. Barnes (below) is by some way the best young...
Pick of the Night
Byline: CERI THOMAS PICK OF THE NIGHT THE TUDORS 9pm, BBC2 THE lusty, busty opening episodes seem a long way away tonight. It's all death, double-dealing and some quite alarmingly dull courtroomsequences as Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers,...
Pity Harry in His Fight for Justice against the Bung Police
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN FEW things in life are quite so nauseating to the onlooker, I hope youwill agree, and half as shaming for the society responsible, as the sight of aninnocent person wronged by the state. At one end of the epic spectrum...
Rage in the Badlands Is a Metro Ride Away
Byline: JANINE DI GIOVANNI I HAVE just returned from Minneapolis, which boasts the highestpercentage of immigrant Somalis in the world outside of London. Many of themfled the fighting in the early 1990s, and the ones I spoke to now considerthemselves...
Ramos Making His Mark; Comeback Kings: Steed Malbranque (above) Nets the Equaliser against Aalborg While Darren Bent Celebrates His Winner (Right) after an Inspired Change from Juande Ramos (Below)
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON Aalborg 2 Tottenham 3 JUANDE RAMOS has only been in charge of Tottenham for a month but the Spaniardis already beginning to vindicate the board's controversial decision to bringhim in to replace Martin Jol. One of their...
Religion Can't Mask Tyranny
THE STORY of primary school teacher Gillian Gibbons in Sudan is sadlyfamiliar: in Bangladesh two months ago, a cartoonist was jailed for a month forrepeating one of the oldest children's jokes in the country involving a cat andthe name Mohammed. ...
Roadshow to Canvass Views on the NHS; Opposed: Tory Mayoral Candidate Boris Johnson Warned Health Services Would Be Cut
Byline: AMY IGGULDEN MILLIONS of Londoners are being failed by the NHS, a new healthmanifesto for the city says today. Bosses have launched the biggest ever consultation on the future of the serviceamid fears that standards are falling. They...
Stop Flying and Use the Train
Byline: ROSS LYDALL CARBON FOOTPRINT THE number of short-haul flights taken by London's public servants was attackedtoday by environmental campaigners. Figures obtained by the Green Party group on the London Assembly reveal Metpolice officers...
Straw: Dodgy Donations All Started under Blair; Met Secret Donor AbrahamsBrown's Defender: Justice Secretary Jack Straw Was the Prime Minister's Campaign Manager in Parliament and Is Seen as the De Facto Deputy Premier
Byline: PAUL WAUGH JACK STRAW today pointed the finger of blame over the dodgy donors atTony Blair. In an attempt to drag the focus away from from the beleagured Prime Minister,the Justice Secretary claimed the problem with third parties' donations...
Style, Fun - but Watch Your Fingers; Irritating Flaws: The Mini Clubman
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS AT JOURNALISM college our lecturer tried to explain that you didn't needto be a literary expert to review a play. "It doesn't take a master joiner totell you that the table wobbles," he summed up. It's often as relevant...
Take That, Robbie! the Band He Left Behind Storm Ahead; Back for Good: Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald at the Owhere Their Comeback Concert Was Part Nuremberg Rally with Some Busby Berkeley-Esque Routines and a Sprinkle of Magic Steady on, Howard: Acrobatic Donald Flings Himself around a Pole on Stage
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD REVIEW Take That O2 Arena **** IT'S a morality tale of sorts. The four tortoises left behind by the RobbieWilliams hare waited until he ran out of steam and sprinted past him to thefinish line. After all, who could...
The PM Thought Sleaze Belonged to Blair Era
Byline: anne mcelvoy FOR a political party to be investigated once by the police forsuspected malfeasance in its fund-raising is bad enough for its reputation. To lurch straight from the end of one scandal into another, even more complexand damning,...
The Year of My Big Break; Flying High: Barber as Arkadina with Sir Ian McKellen (Sorin) in the Seagul Support Role: Barber Still Needs to Wear a Leg Brace When Performing
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD THIS week Frances Barber opened in the London transfer of the RSC's KingLear, alongside her friend and costar Sir Ian McKellen in a production criticsacclaimed as "superb". But it also represented a very personal triumph....
Too Nasty for the Nursery
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL (1) Evil enchantress: Edmund Dulac's Circe, a sorceress who turned the companions of Odysseus into a herd of pigs. His ship can be seen on the right. The exhibition's lighting is particularly hard on Dulac's crepuscular blues(2)...
We Have to Treasure the West End's Crown Jewels; Stage Plight: Historic Playhouses in the West End Such as the London Palladium Are Now in Need of Major Refurbishment
Byline: SIMON CALLOW THE phrase "the West End" is known all over the world: for mosttourists, it is almost synonymous with London. There are more theatres in that small area than can be found in any other cityin the world, not excluding New York....
We're Ready for the Test, Says Vaughan; Hit Man: Michael Vaughan Has Been in Good Form with the Bat and Can Help England Get off to a Flier against Sri Lanka tomorrowWe're Ready for The
Byline: David Lloyd ENGLAND can cast themselves in the role of gatecrashers here tomorrowand set about wrecking a party which has been organised as a double celebrationof Sri Lankan cricket. Muttiah Muralitharan is five wickets away from becoming...
Where the Badger Is in a League of His Own
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL WHIPPETS are not like other dogs. I have had two, both bitches, Hecateand Jack. Hecate was remarkable for her fastidiousness: she hated mud on pawsor belly, wiped her face vigorously after every meal and showed no interest inthe...
Why 'Readies Redknapp' Is Not the Man for England; Football Crazy: Redknapp Has Said That, Apart from His Wife Sandra, the Game Is His Obsession Winning Streak: Now the Owner of a [Pounds Sterling]1? Million House in Poole (above), Redknapp Began His Career as a Right-Winger for West Ham (Below)
Byline: TOM BOWER OPINIONATED, sociable and a self-proclaimed wide boy, Harry Redknapploves the spotlight. The cockney football manager, whose passion for gamblingand money has propelled him over the past 60 years from East End poverty toconsiderable...
With Election on Way, the Party Needed Funds
Byline: PAUL WAUGH IN the heady days of September, it appeared that nothing could go wrongfor Gordon Brown and his loyal band of Number 10 shock troops. Buoyed by an opinion poll lead over David Cameron's fractious Tories, hisassured handling...