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Articles from August 14, 2009

90% of Tories Want Duncan Axed for 'Rations' Complaint
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor TORY activists today demanded that Alan Duncan be sacked as David Cameron tried to get back on the front foot over the MPs expenses row. A poll by the Conservative Home website found that 90 per cent...
A Little Slice of Devon; It Has Sunsets, Shipwrecks, Honeycomb Ice Cream and Some of the Most Beautiful Beaches in Britain. Emilie McMeekan Falls for the Curious Charms of the South Hams
Byline: Emilie McMeekan What do you do if you are seven months pregnant and not keen on flying or indeed waddling far at all? I was not sure a maternity swimsuit would cut a dash in St Tropez but I couldn't quite give up the idea of a beach holiday....
All Change at Eurostar as It Prepares to Face Competition
Byline: Jim Armitage EUROSTAR is set to appoint a Frenchman to replace the current British chief executive Richard Brown. As part of what is being seen in some quarters as a political compromise between Britain and France, a Brit will no longer...
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A PERFECT GETAWAY Cert 15, 98 mins MILLA Jovovich and Steve Zahn play a couple on a honeymoon that goes pear-shaped in David Twohy's thriller. Just when they start to enjoy themselves in Hawaii, where "nothing bad ever happens", they are faced with...
Ancelotti Will Make Us Champions, Says Lamps
Byline: simon johnson FRANK LAMPARD today insisted the fight for the Premier League title this season will be the best yet and end up being a classic. Manchester City are set to challenge the Big Four having spent nearly [pounds sterling]100million...
Ancelotti Will Make Us Champions, Says Lamps; Prize Guys Chelsea Pensioners Want Trophy to Return to the Bridge
Byline: Simon Johnson FRANK LAMPARD today insisted the fight for the Premier League title this season will be the best yet and end up being a classic. Manchester City are set to challenge the Big Four having spent nearly million on new players,...
Anything's Possible as England Try Hard to Pick a Select Bunch; It's Still All to Play for and There Are Plenty of Headaches Ahead as Geoff Miller and Co Meet Today to Mull over Their Party for the Ashes Finale
Byline: David Lloyd Test match cricket brought to you in association with Brit insurance IT'S make your mind up time for England's selectors. And a job that seemed so simple just a few weeks ago while Australia were being well beaten at Lord's...
A Pioneer and True Genius to the Last; Les Paul: 1915-2009
Byline: Jack Massarik HOW many pop stars live to see their 94th birthday? And are still gigging at that age? And actually invented the instrument with which they shook up the world? Only one person managed all that: the great Les Paul, who died...
Back Home, the Tottenham Boy Who Walks Tall in US Basketball
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent HE is a multi-millionaire basketball star who is frequently mobbed for his autograph by fans. Yet in his native Tottenham, Pops Mensah-Bonsu is virtually anonymous and is only likely to turn heads...
Biggs Is Not Faking Illness to Con Way out of Jail, Says Son
Byline: Nigel Rosser THE son of Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs today dismissed suggestions that his father's ill health was part of a con to get him freed from prison on compassionate grounds. Michael Biggs, 34, also hit out at claims that his...
Brideshead Author Waugh 'And His Three Homosexual Lovers at Oxford'
Byline: Ross Lydall EVELYN WAUGH fell in love with three fellow male students at Oxford and had "fully fledged" homosexual affairs with them, according to a new biography of the novelist. Author Paula Byrne said the affairs were cherished by...
Brideshead Author Waugh 'And His Three Homosexual Lovers at Oxford'
Byline: Ross Lydall EVELYN WAUGH fell in love with three fellow male students at Oxford and had "fully fledged" homosexual affairs with them, according to a new biography of the novelist. Author Paula Byrne said the affairs were cherished by...
Bullying and Obsession with Red Tape to Blame for Conservative Council 'Hell'
Byline: Katharine Barney and Paul Waugh A TROUBLE SHOOTER uncovered a culture of bullying and the worst case of financial mismanagement he had seen when he was called in to oversee a Tory council. Michael Frater spent six months as interim chief...
Cameron Dismisses Tory Critic of NHS as an 'Eccentric'
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor for Gordon Brown this week, said most Britons would be appalled that a Tory MEP had gone to America to "slag off the NHS". Health Secretary Andy Burnham described Mr Hannan's remarks as "unpatriotic"...
Cameron Dismisses Tory Critic of NHS as an 'Eccentric'
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON scrambled to reassure voters that his party backed the NHS today as Labour seized on attacks on the service by a high-profile Tory MEP. The Conservative leader dismissed Dan Hannan as an...
Check Out
Byline: Edited by Hettie Harvey A passage through India... How better to see India than in suitably Forster-ish style from the comfort of the world's most luxurious train? Cox & Kings, India specialist for 250 years, is set to launch the Maharajas'...
City Spending Will Sheikh Up Big Four but Won't Bring Title
I HAVE a colleague, a former academic philosopher, who is a model leftist: a stern moralist and scourge of free market fundamentalism and of the excesses of our winner-takes-all consumer society. He also happens to be a fanatical Manchester City...
Coca-Cola Championship
BRISTOL CITY v C PALACE TOMORROW, 3PM, ASHTON GATE Matt Lawrence's decision to 'tweet' news of his axing for Crystal Palace's Carling Cup tie with Torquay on Tuesday has caused a few ripples of controversy in south London. Eagles boss Neil Warnock...
Control Freakery, Bullying, Arrogance and Malpractice; ...What Troubleshooter Uncovered at [Pounds Sterling]1bn-a-Year Tory Council
Byline: Katharine Barney and Paul Waugh A TROUBLESHOOTER uncovered a culture of bullying and the worst case of financial mismanagement he had seen when he was called in to oversee a Tory council. Michael Frater spent six months as interim chief...
Crossrail Will Boost London
ONCE the Conservatives are in power, not to invest in the capital's transport systems -- including Crossrail -- would be economically perverse. Central government badly needs the huge ongoing tax revenues that London, especially financial and business...
Crunch Time for the Selectors as Ashes D-Day at the Oval Looms; There Are Headaches Ahead as Geoff Miller and Co Meet Today to Mull over the Squad for the Fifth Test. David Lloyd Reports
Byline: David Lloyd Test match cricket brought to you in association with IT'S make your mind up time for England's selectors. And a job that seemed so simple just a few weeks ago while Australia were being well beaten at Lord's now looks challenging...
Defoe Suing Police to Stop 'Harassment of Black Stars'
Byline: Amar Singh ENGLAND and Tottenham Hotspur footballer Jermain Defoe is suing the police, claiming he and other footballers are regularly pulled over when driving because they are black. The striker, 26, was locked up by police in Harlow...
Escape; Tickets, Passports, Money
check in Devon WHERE TO STAY Ruralretreats.co.uk has over 20 properties in Devon, as well as throughout Britain and Ireland. A three-night jaunt in low season (1 November to 17 December 2009) at Primrose Cottage (below), which sleeps four people,...
Eurostar to Change Its Chief Executive
Byline: Jim Armitage EUROSTAR is set to appoint a Frenchman to replace the current British chief executive Richard Brown. As part of what is being seen in some quarters as a political compromise between Britain and France, a Brit will no longer...
Facebook Entry That Earned 'Lindsay' Her P45
Byline: Tim Stewart A WOMAN has apparently been fired after abusing her boss on Facebook -- and forgetting she was friends with him on the social networking site. The worker, known only as "Lindsay", updated her Facebook status with "OMG [oh...
Facebook Entry That Earned 'Lindsay' Her P45
Byline: Tim Stewart A WOMAN has apparently been fired after abusing her boss on Facebook -- and forgetting she was friends with him on the networkin g site. The worker, known only as "Lindsay", updated her Facebook status with "OMG [oh my God]...
Finally, It's Kick-Off Time for the Most Intriguing Premier Season Yet
Byline: Matthew Norman PERHAPS it's just the appetite being sharpened by a summer bereft of a major tournament, but the eve-of-firstgame tingle of anticipation feels especially acute this year. Giant question marks hang over each of England's mightiest...
Flashbulb; Capital Partying
Byline: Life through a lens: James Peltekian Nokia Skate Almighty Tower Bridge What Guests donned roller skates at a futuristic rink beside the Thames Where Potters Fields, Tower Bridge Food and drink Kopparberg cider, sausages by the Great...
Footsie Slips after Strong Showing but Signs Still Good
Byline: Simon English LONDON shares ran out of steam late on Friday after a hectic week that saw rising talk that the recession is over and that company profits will soon return to health. The FTSE index of the 100 top shares was heading for...
Fresh Rise in the Footsie Lifts Market Rally Hopes
Byline: Simon English LONDON shares moved to fresh highs for the year today on growing talk that the recession is over and that company profits will soon return to health. The FTSE index of the 100 top shares was heading for its third "up" day...
Gigs of the Week
BIG WHEEL SUNDAYS: BRITISH SEA POWER Losing out to Somerset House in the outdoor London gig stakes, the theatre in Regent's Park is still worth a visit to catch nature-loving indie rockers British Sea Power, playing with characteristically eccentric...
Going Underground; Mind the Chat; Turner Prize Winner Jeremy Deller Perks Up the Piccadilly Line
Byline: Jeremy Deller When I was 11 and at Dulwich College, my art teacher told me I wasn't very good at art. I couldn't draw, paint or sculpt (I still can't), but nonetheless I decided that my lack of skill shouldn't stop me from being an artist....
Gordon, Dave -- Take a Leaf out of Barack's Book
Byline: Sebastian Shakespeare WHAT will you be reading on your holiday? David Cameron says he always starts with "a really trashy novel. You need something to completely empty your mind and take you back." Back where, precisely? This anti-intellectualism...
Guide to Tomorrow's Other Races on C4
Byline: Geoff Lester NEWBURY 2.05 AZMEEL could not have been more impressive when winning on his debut at Sandown and, though the runner-up is only a 78-rated maiden, it was the manner of the success which stamped him as an aboveaverage youngster...
Health Chief Warns over Flu Deaths of Healthy People
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter HALF of all the swine flu deaths in the country have been in London, new figures show. Two more Londoners with the virus died in the past week, bringing the total in the capital to 22. Forty four people with...
Hockney's Art Takes on the Smoking Ban; When David Hockney Read Austin Mitchell's Whinge in the Oldie about How MPs Are Being Unfairly Treated as Lepers, He Scribbled Back an Ironic Blast in Response on the Government's "New Instructions" to Smokers and the Stubborn Temptations of a Cigarette. Here Is an Extract from His Letter to the Grimsby MP
Byline: David Hockney Dear Austin I read your piece in the Oldie and I was a bit sympathetic. The thing is Austin, that people can be very ungrateful about some things, and after all they don't always know about your work to clean up things,...
Introducing; A Little Gem; Jessica De Lotz Is a Switched-On Jeweller
Byline: Jessica de Lotz Jessica de Lotz, 24, graduated from Central Saint Martins last summer and this year won the Coutts New Jeweller Award, as well as being selected to appear in July's Small Show, Huge Talent exhibition at Sotheby's. She grew...
Is Sandi Being Unsporting in Her TV Tirade? Londoner's Diary
COMIC Sandi Toksvig appears to think the amount of sports coverage on the television is no laughing matter. "Let's get rid of sport on the nightly news," Toksvig writes in the Radio Times. "Every night I find I've just settled down to find out...
IT Expert Forged Rail Tickets Worth [Pounds Sterling]12,000
Byline: Emma Rowley A COMPUTER expert could be jailed after forging a ticket to commute free to London for more than two years. IT consultant Jonathan Moore, 27, saved more than [pounds sterling]12,000 in fares by faking a three-month ticket...
I Wouldn't Swap My Squad for Any Other, Says Carlo; . Italian Admits Winning League Here Will Be Harder Than in Italy but Backs Blues to Do It
Byline: Simon Johnson and James Olley CARLO ANCELOTTI today admitted winning the Premier League will be tougher than finishing top in Serie A but insisted he wouldn't swap Chelsea's squad with anyone else's. Ancelotti won just one championship...
Joe's Return Will Help to Swing Title Chelsea's Way
Byline: Scott Minto Former Chelsea defender CHELSEA fans are still waiting for the 'marquee' signing that will help end Manchester United's domination of the Premier League of the last three years. But I don't believe the club have to go out and...
League One
BRENTFORD v BRIGHTON TOMORROW, 3PM, GRIFFIN PARK International superstar signs at GriffinPark! Andy Scott was this week proud to unveil a goalkeeper who can claim to be one of the best players to emerge from his home island and whose arrival was delayed...
Let's Be Honest, Ramps Just Isn't Up to the Test
Byline: Jason Cowley SO FOR one more time, for one last time, is it to be Mark Ramprakash for England? The heart says yes while the head demands that the selectors resist the calls of sentimentalists everywhere and say emphatically no. Ramprakash...
Life Class Catherine Blyth on Fear
Byline: Catherine Blyth Have you ever felt so alive as after a plane lands in a storm? We value our skin most when scared out of it. Yet fear is not to everyone's taste. I know a woman who traversed the globe with her chaotic parents at a time when...
MAJOR CLUES TO [Pounds sterling]40M GEMS HEIST; DETECTIVES FIND LOADED GUN IN HUNT FOR RAIDERS; CLONED NUMBER PLATES ON GETAWAY VEHICLES REVEALED; [Pounds Sterling]40m Gem Raiders May Have Left Their DNA on Masks at Make-Up Studio
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent DETECTIVES hunting the Mayfair jewel raiders have found a loaded gun in a dramatic breakthrough. Details of the find emerged as police issued an urgent appeal to trace two getaway cars used in the...
Meet the Housemate from Hell; on Television
Byline: David Sexton BEING HUMAN BBC1, Thursday WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? BBC1, Wednesday ISN'T it great the way TV drama has no genre scruples any more? Once upon a time, if you wanted to see demons and ghouls, vampires and space-monsters,...
MEXICAN MASTERPIECE; Director Cary Fukunaga's Outstanding Debut Lingers in the Mind Long after It Has Ended -- Yet One More Example of the Powerful Imagination and International Appeal of Latin America's Film Industry; FILM OF THE WEEK
Byline: Andrew O'Hagan SIN NOMBRE Cert 15, 96 mins ***** THE famous murals of Diego Rivera show Mexico as a perfect kind of society, a place that makes up in civility and co-operation what it lacks in milk and honey. They are florid social fantasies,...
MONKEYS ARE READY TO EVOLVE; the Sheffield Quartet Have a Challenging New Sound for Their Third Album -- but by Taking Risks They Could Soon Be in a League of Their Own
Byline: David Smyth SOUND CHECK U2 ARE in London for yet another football stadium extravaganza tonight. As they approach three decades at the top, Bono and friends are still coining the biggest of the big bucks now that the real money in music comes...
My Family Are Grateful for NHS Care, Declares Cameron
Byline: Paul Waugh DAVID CAMERON waded into the transatlantic row over the NHS today by backing an online campaign to defend the service from attacks in America. In a bid to reassure voters of his own commitment to the health service, the Conservative...
My London; SadieJones on Nuns, Ponies and Westfield
Byline: Words by Amy Grier Home is... North Kensington near Ladbroke Grove. It's near enough to Notting Hill, but you can still leave the house without make-up and not feel ashamed. Have you been away recently? I've just got back from Kefalonia...
Peaches Teaches; Peaches Geldof on the Landlady from Hell, a Messy Menage a Trois - and How to Party in an Alien Suit; Lessons in Life
Byline: Peaches Geldof Q One of my best friends is having an affair behind her husband's back and asked me to keep him entertained one night while she was out with her lover. I took him out clubbing and we had a great time. I didn't think anything...
Petrofac Surges to a High as Brokers Become Fans; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark Shares of Petrofac looked to be rounding off the week on a high note with the shares trading at record highs. They edged 4p higher to 9141/2p, stretching its two-day lead to almost 9.5% as institutional investors and tracker...
PICK A CAR AND HAMMER IT; with the Recession Still Biting, Picking Up a Car at Auction Has Never Been More Popular. Bid Wisely - You Could Bag a Real Bargain
Byline: David Williams WE'RE standing in a large hanger, big TV screens flickering overhead. The atmosphere is part-carnival, part-business, but there's tension in the air. The snack bar is doing brisk business but the punters aren't concentrating...
Police Find Major Clues in Hunt for [Pounds Sterling]40m Gem Raiders
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent DETECTIVES hunting the Mayfair jewel raiders have found a loaded gun in a dramatic breakthrough. Details of the find emerged as police continue to trace two getaway cars used in the [pounds sterling]40...
Pop
Byline: RICK PEARSON and PETE CLARK TINCHY STRYDER Catch 22 (Island)**** Straight out of Bow but as sharp as the proverbial arrow, the former Kwasi Danquah is the face of grime. Stryder's swaggering track second album merges his turbocharged...
Portfolio
BUY PRUDENTIAL Charles Stanley has upgraded its rating of Prudential from hold to accumulate, after the insurance giant posted an update to the market yesterday. "Both the 2008 full year results and the first quarter of 2009 new business figures were...
[Pounds Sterling]1,000 a Ticket for the Ashes Finale; Touts Cash in as Desperate Fans Hope for Repeat of 2005 Oval Win
Byline: Kirstie Hopkin TICKETS for England's Ashes showdown with Australia are being sold for 20 times their face value despite pledges to crack down on touting. The Standard has found tickets being offered on US websites for almost $1,800 --...
[Pounds Sterling]1,000 Price Tag for Cricket Fans Seeking Tickets to Ashes Finale
Byline: Kirstie Hopkin TICKETS for England's Ashes showdown with Australia are being sold for 20 times their face value despite pledges to crack down on touting. The Standard has found tickets being offered on US websites for almost $1,800 --...
Profit-Takers Seizing Their Chance after Petrofac Surge; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark PETROFAC shareholders can reflect on this week with a certain amount of satisfaction and look to the future with pound signs registering in their eyes. The shares have traded at record highs this week and with that in mind it...
Profit-Takers Seizing Their Chance after Petrofac Surge; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Mickey Clark PETROFAC shareholders can reflect on this week with a certain amount of satisfaction and look to the future with pound signs registering in their eyes. The shares have traded at record highs this week and with that in mind it...
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sport Your chance to meet Muhammad Ali at the European Jumping and Dressage Championships We're giving away 100 pairs of tickets to the European Jumping and Dressage Championships 2009, held at Windsor Castle on Friday 28 August. Eight lucky...
Retiring Is Not an Option in Harry's Game; Tottenham Boss Redknapp Is Still Deeply in Love with Football Ahead of His 28th Season in Management. by Ken Dyer
Byline: Ken Dyer EXCLUSIVE HARRY REDKNAPP begins his 28th season in football management on Sunday, when Tottenham take on Liverpool at White Hart Lane. He also celebrates his 63rd birthday next March but has no thoughts of retirement. What...
Retiring Is Not an Option in Harry's Game; Tottenham Boss Redknapp Is Still Deeply in Love with Football Ahead of His 28th Season in Management. by Ken Dyer; EXCLUSIVE; COUNTDOWN TO THE BARCLYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: Ken Dyer HARRY REDKNAPP begins his 28th season in football management on Sunday, when Tottenham take on Liverpool at White Hart Lane. He also celebrates his 63rd birthday next March but has no thoughts of retirement. What else would he...
Retiring Is Not an Option in Harry's Game; Tottenham Boss Redknapp Is Still Deeply in Love with Football Ahead of His 28th Season in Management; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Ken Dyer HARRY REDKNAPP begins his 28th season in football management on Sunday, when Tottenham take on Liverpool at White Hart Lane. He also celebrates his 63rd birthday next March but has no thoughts of retirement. What else would he...
Salon Gives Beauty Treatments Free to Women with Cancer
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter WOMEN cancer patients are being offered free beauty treatments at London's first dedicated beauty salon for sufferers of the disease. The Silver Pearl in Bond Street was set up by a woman whose mother developed...
Salon Gives Free Beauty Treatments to Women with Cancer
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter WOMEN cancer patients are being offered free beauty treatments at London's first dedicated beauty salon for sufferers of the disease. The Silver Pearl in Bond Street was set up by a woman whose mother developed...
Secret London; Restaurants in Living Rooms and Plays in Tunnels; Molly Gunn Unearths the New Underground Scene
Byline: Molly Gunn Moving pictures Set up in 2007 by Fabien Riggall, founder of Future Shorts (the film festival), the Secret Cinema Club puts the fun back into film-going. Screenings take place at different locations and you don't know which...
Signs of Bull Market as FTSE Rises for a Third Day
Byline: Simon English LONDON shares moved to fresh highs for the year today on growing talk that the recession is over and that company profits will soon return to health. The FTSE index of the 100 top shares was heading for its third "up" day...
Skimpy Plot Puts Fair in a Sad State; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS STATE FAIR Finborough, SW10 CONFUSIONS Union, SE1 THERE are two significant problems with Thom Southerland's jaunty production of State Fair, neither of them his fault. Firstly the Finborough, always a constrained...
So Boxing Is Too Tough for the Little Ladies, Is It?
Byline: Sophie Morris OF THE various silly, obtuse and downright sexist arguments I have heard over the past several weeks about whether women's boxing should be included in the 2012 Olympics in London -- it got the nod just yesterday -- Frank Warren's...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Somebody who cares for you deeply is a bit shy about expressing it. So shy, in fact, that you've taken little notice. They're now making another attempt at getting this across to you. Once...
Stars; Heavenly Creatures
Byline: Predicted by Shelley von Strunckel Leo 22 Jul - 21 Aug See both welcome and challenging events as offering valuable insights. That puts you in an ideal position for Thursday's Leo New Moon, when you shed unworkable arrangements and focus...
SUMMER MAKES SCENTS Beauty Spot
Byline: Edited by Sophie Goodwin FLORAL TREATMENTS The Dorchester Spa oozes Art Deco elegance and its body treatments are unrivalled. We recommend the Rose Cocoon. First, you are exfoliated all over using olive grain, then essential rose damask...
The Day Trippers; LIZ HOGGARD HASN'T BEEN ON HOLIDAY FOR THREE YEARS. INSTEAD SHE'S PERFECTED THE FINE ART OF THE LONDON AWAY-DAY. HERE SHE DESCRIBES HER IDEAL WEEKEND
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD SOMETHING happened to me a few years back. I stopped wanting to holiday abroad - and started planning road trips with my female friends. Yvonna, my gallerist friend, was the catalyst. She is a one-woman tornado. Every day she...
The Knowledge; What to Watch, Read and Shop for This Week
Jolie nice Jeweller Carolina Bucci has collaborated with Global Action for Children (set up by the Jolie-Pitts) to raise money for orphans in the developing world with the chicest charity bracelet yet. Join Angelina and adorn your wrists with the...
The Premier League
CHELSEA v HULL TOMORROW, 12.45PM, STAMFORD BRIDGE (SKY SPORTS 1) Confusion at Stamford Bridge, as rumours that a vast amount of money was about to be spent on something large and unsightly in Chelsea led supporters to believe that Carlo Ancelotti's...
The Premier League
CHELSEA v HULL TOMORROW, 12.45PM, STAMFORD BRIDGE (SKY SPORTS 1) Confusion at Stamford Bridge, as rumours that a vast amount of money was about to be spent on something large and unsightly in Chelsea led supporters to believe that Carlo Ancelotti's...
The Transformer; Good Foundations; Not Content with a Multimillion-Pound Luxury Empire and the Adulation of the Fashion Cognoscenti, Miuccia Prada Has Reinvented Herself as an Art Patron, Commissioning Grand Installations and Collecting Avant-Garde Works. Welcome to the World of the Woman with the Best Eye in the Business
Byline: Words by Marcus Field nobody could accuse Miuccia Prada of having pedestrian taste in art, but even by her standards the exhibition that opens tomorrow at the Prada Foundation space in Seoul will strike many as a brave choice. Visitors to...
The Wrongs of the Rite; Proms 2009
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON THIS Prom by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its highly regarded chief conductor, Ilan Volkov, started so promisingly. Their performance of Ravel's La Valse caught the subterranean rumble, the sense of incipient...
Thousands to Miss out in University Scramble; Recession Sees 60,000 More Apply for Place at University
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent TENS of thousands of A-level students could be denied a university place this summer as Britain's top colleges warn they are already full. Leading universities are effectively closed to any candidates...
Thousands to Miss University Place in Clearing Scramble
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent TENS of thousands of A-level students will be denied a university place this summer as Britain's top colleges warn they are already full. Leading universities are effectively closed to any candidates who...
Tuned-Up Evasive Can Have His Rivals Singing the Blues
Byline: Geoff Lester THE Godolphin blue can upstage Simply Red at Newbury tomorrow, courtesy of their recent recruit Evasive, who is on course to make a winning debut for his new connections in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at 3.10. Mick Hucknall's...
U2 Set to Claw in Record-Breaking 88,000 Fans for Wembley Show
Byline: Amar Singh THE record for the biggest audience at Wembley Stadium is due to be broken tonight as U2 perform at the venue. More than 88,000 people are expected to attend the gig which will see the Irish band break the record currently...
US Defence Chief: We'll Be in Afghanistan for a Few Years
Byline: Paul Thompson in Miami US DEFENCE secretary Robert Gates has presented a grim picture of the war in Afghanistan and admitted he cannot say when US troops will be able to leave. He warned the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda will...
VICTORY SPEECH; Speech Debelle's Rise from Hostel Grime to Hip-Hop Queen Could Lead to the Mercury Prize - and No Longer Being an Outsider, She Tells David Smyth
Byline: David Smyth CRYSTAL Palace is one of the highest points in London, offering sprawling views over the city. "I'd ride my bike to the top of the hill and see what looked like the whole world," says Speech Debelle, as she describes her childhood...
Wedding Emails Sparked Terror Swoop; MI5 Claims It Foiled Bomb Plot
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor SEVEN Pakistani terror suspects were arrested after MI5 decided that their emails contained codewords for a deadly bomb plot. One email suggested that a girl called "Nadia" would be involved in a "nikah",...
Wedding Emails Sparked Terror Swoop; MI5 Claims It Foiled Bomb Plot
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor SEVEN Pakistani terror suspects were arrested after MI5 decided that their emails contained codewords for a deadly bomb plot. One email suggested that a girl called "Nadia" would be involved in a "nikah",...
Wenger Says He Told Lies to Protect His Players from Punishment; Gunners Boss Reveals Why He Chooses Not to See Certain Fouls by His Team and Insists That He Could Never Have Left Arsenal to Move to Real Madrid
Byline: Andrew Hodgson COUNTDOWN TO THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAUGE ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he has protected his players by claiming to not see fouls in order to avoid publicly criticising any member of his team. Wenger revealed...
When Tinsley Came to Town. Spotted: Manhattan's Original Queen Bee with a German Prince in Knightsbridge. William Cash Gets the Lowdown
Byline: William Cash When dashing 33-yearold man-about-town Prince Casimir SaynWittgenstein-Sayn marched into the Cartier Polo with a new blonde on his arm, none of the assembled army of photographers had a clue who she was. 'And then one of...
Why America's Medical Industry Hates the NHS; A Writer Who Has Seen the Dark Side of US Healthcare Says He Backs Our System against the American Model
Byline: Andrew Neather UNDER normal circumstances, the spectacle of Gordon Brown using Twitter would offer the enticing prospect of more You Tube-style pratfalls. But I'm glad the PM has twittered in defence of the NHS, following attacks on it from...
Why America's Medical Industry Hates the NHS; A Writer Who Has Seen the Dark Side of US Healthcare Says He Backs Our System against the American Model
Byline: Andrew Neather UNDER normal circumstances, the spectacle of Gordon Brown using Twitter would offer the enticing prospect of more YouTube-style pratfalls. But I'm glad the PM has twittered in defence of the NHS, following attacks on it from...
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