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Articles from May 1, 2009

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Afghan Village? No, It's Norfolk; Troops Will Rehearse for the Taliban in [Pounds Sterling]14m Mock-Up
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM Home Affairs Editor BRITISH soldiers will get the chance to prepare for deployment to Afghanistan by training in the heart of Norfolk's Thetford Forest. The Army's new [pounds sterling]14 million Fibua (fighting in a built...
A Londoner's Diary; Alannah Weston Forces the Mayor to Take Action, Shares a Sticky Toffee Pudding with Phoebe Philo and Turns 100
Byline: Alannah Weston The Mayor had me to lunch the other day: I had been pestering him about the future of Oxford Street so he invited me to a small gathering in his office. I was thrilled to meet Sir Terence Conran, and Peter Kenyon, CEO of Chelsea...
A Sporty Number Full of Eastern Promise; ROAD TEST
NISSAN 370Z [pounds sterling]26,895-[pounds sterling]33,295 Top speed: 155mph; 0-62mph: 5.3sec; CO2 emissions: 247-249g/km; On sale: July If Austin-Healey still existed, it might make a car resembling the Nissan 370Z two-seater. The latest in...
Baby P's Stepfather Guilty of New Child Abuse Horror; Mother Cleared of Cruelty to Girl, Two, Raped by Boyfriend
Byline: PAUL CHESTON AND JACK LEFLEY THE stepfather of Baby P was today convicted of new child abuse charges as the full scale of Haringey council's failings was revealed. In a historic case which can be reported for the first time today the...
Bank Pressured to Print More Money as New Cash Is Hoarded
THE Bank of England was under pressure today to print more money amid signs that its quantitative easing programme is not yet working. Figures today showed that little of the extra money being pumped into the economy is reaching households and businesses...
Bank Pressured to Print More Money as New Cash Is Hoarded
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN THE Bank of England was under pressure today to print more money amid signs that its quantitative easing programme is not yet working. Figures today showed that little of the extra money being pumped into the economy is reaching...
Blow for Arsenal as Rio Looks Set to Play; Scan Gives United Star Hope of Making Second Leg of Euro Semi-Final at the Emirates; Blow for Arsenal with Ferdinand Set to Recover
Byline: JAMES OLLEY Football Correspondent MANCHESTER UNITED star Rio Ferdinand is expected to be fit for next week's Champions League semi-final second leg at Arsenal. The 30-year-old went off injured in the final minutes of Wednesday's first...
Blues; What Else Is New
Byline: JACK MASSARIK TAJ MAHAL Ronnie Scott's, W1 **** IT ONLY took a couple of minutes for Taj Mahal's trio to defrost a starchy audience at Ronnie Scott's, though Manhattan clubs are apparently tougher. "I wanna import you all to New York,"...
Bopara out to Seek Sage Advice from Guru Gooch
Byline: TOM COLLOMOSSE Sports Correspondent RAVI BOPARA will seek help from Graham Gooch as he aims to cement his place as England's first-choice No3 for The Ashes. Bopara was chosen in the squad for next week's First Test against West Indies...
Boris Gives Away Anti-Virus Drug Kept for the Emergency Services
Byline: PAUL WAUGH Deputy Political Editor BORIS JOHNSON hit back today at claims that he was putting London's emergency services at risk of swine f lu. The Mayor came under fire from his predecessor Ken Livingstone after he decided this week...
Boris's Bikers Must Not Rule the Roads
Byline: LIZA CAMPBELL WHAT was bad news for newt fanciers has proved good for London cyclists. Ken may be gone but cyclists have found a champion in Boris Johnson, whose [pounds sterling]111 million investment programme will -- all going to plan...
Bowie over the Moon at Debut of His Director Son; NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SINGER JOINS HOST OF STARS FOR SCI-FI PREMIERE
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL MOON New York .. .. .. .. ... DAVID BOWIE'S innovation needs no introduction. The musician though was at the Tribeca Film Festival last night attending the premiere of Moon, the directorial debut of...
Bowie over the Moon at Debut of His Director Son; NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SINGER JOINS HOST OF STARS FOR SCI-FI PREMIERE; TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK MOON New York *** DAVID BOWIE's innovation needs no introduction. The musician though was at the Tribeca Film Festival last night attending the premiere of Moon, the directorial debut of his 37-year-old son Duncan Jones,...
Collingwood Takes Charge of England's Bid for Glory in Twenty20; New Coach Flower Persuades Durham All-Rounder to Lead His Country Again as Injured Flintoff Is Also Named in Squad for World Tournament. by Sam Peters
Byline: Sam Peters PAUL COLLINGWOOD was today given the task of turning England's Twenty20 fortunes around after being convinced to return to the captaincy by new coach Andy Flower. The 32-year-old flew back from South Africa this morning following...
Dance; What Else Is New
Byline: SARAH FRATER NOWHERE AND EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME TIME Tate Modern, SE1 *** THE best place to watch Nowhere And Everywhere at the Same Time is on your feet. Standing up means you look down on the dozens, possibly hundreds of thread-andweight...
Design Spy; Sitting Pretty and the Rothko of Rugs
Byline: HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR I am in Milan, surrounded by stacks of press releases, folders and invitations overflowing out of my suitcase for the five-day Furniture Fair. I am in a frenzy of activity (as is everyone else), and will return home an...
Diamond Idea Points Way to an Olympic Celebration
Byline: Peter Bill ON PROPERTY COULD a 250-foot square-sided tube with pointy ends suspended vertically 40 feet above the ground become the icon for the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee? Yes, if plans to recreate the Skylon centrepiece of...
Don't Pin the Blame on Me for Gurkhas, Says Smith
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL Chief Political Correspondent JACQUI SMITH was at the centre of an extraordinary blame game today over who should carry the can for the Gurkha fiasco. The Home Secretary was fighting a rearguard action against claims that...
Duffy to Donate Laureate Money to Poetry Prize
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK Chief Reporter CAROL ANN DUFFY, who will be unveiled today as the new Poet Laureate, will give up her stipend to fund an annual poetry prize. Duffy, 53, is entitled to [pounds sterling]5,750 a year, but she has asked that...
Dutch Royals Rethink Lifestyles as Driver in Parade Carnage Dies
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ THE security of the Dutch royal family was under review today as the nation came to terms with an apparent assassination attempt on Queen Beatrix. Many in the Netherlands feared the end of the "bicycling monarchy" after a...
Education Ministers 'In a Time Warp' as Headteachers Prepare for a Sats Boycott
Byline: TIM ROSS Education Correspondent HEADTEACHERS accused ministers of "declaring war" on schools today by refusing to abolish Sats, amid fears of another marking fiasco within weeks. Britain's biggest heads' union, the National Association...
End to a Bad Week: Labour MPs Say Brown Is Doomed
Byline: JOE MURPHY AND PAUL WAUGH GORDON BROWN took a fresh battering today as Labour MPs said he was "doomed" and former cabinet minister Charles Clarke said he was ashamed to be in the party. At the end of one of his worst weeks since taking...
Fight Shuts A& E for Six Hours; SEALED OFF POLICE INJURED IN DISTURBANCE AT HOSPITAL AFTER MAN DIES 'IN GANG STABBING'
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT AND PETER DOMINICZAK A FIGHT erupted in the grounds of a London hospital after a man was stabbed to death and another injured in a suspected gang attack. Two police officers were hurt as they tried to intervene in a dispute...
Fire Sale at the Savoy; Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia Had All the Essential Trappings of Extreme Wealth: An Airbus, 300 Cars, Four Wives and a String of Luxury Hotels. So What Has Caused Him to Put the Savoy Up for Sale? Mark Hollingsworth Investigates
Byline: Mark Hollingsworth The Savoy has long been regarded as a hotel where musicians and celebrities stay and play, politicians conspire, tycoons plot their deals and the Royal Family dance and frolic. It was where Noel Coward, George Bernard...
Forget 'Honorary Jokes': Carol Ann Can Show Us Why Poetry Matters; with Carol Ann Duffy Set to Be Named the 20th Poet Laureate Today, One London Poet Says We Share as Much Passion for Verse as Ever
Byline: OLIVIA COLE WITH its token [pounds sterling]5,750-ayear salary and case of wine for your trouble, our Poet Laureateship has long been what the outgoing laureate Andrew Motion has affectionately termed an "honorary joke". From Stephen Spender...
Free School Meals for 30,000 Newham Pupils in Bid to Cut Obesity
Byline: TIM ROSS Education Correspondent EVERY primary school child across a London borough will be given free meals in a drive to cut obesity. More than 30,000 children in Newham will receive healthy school meals from September after the borough...
Galvin Cooks Up a Fresh Start for Troubled Youths
Byline: AMAR SINGH TEENAGERS from some of London's most crime-ridden housing estates are to be offered the chance to train and work in leading five-star hotels. Galvin's Chance, a project spearheaded by Michelin-starred chef Chris Galvin, will...
Gang Knife Fight at Hospital; REVENGE ATTACK A& E SHUT FOR SIX HOURS AFTER MAN IS STABBED IN RETALIATION FOR EARLIER KILLING
Byline: PETER DOMINICZAK A MASSIVE gang knife fight erupted in the grounds of a London hospital after a man was stabbed to death. The battle forced police to seal off Ealing General Hospital's Accident and Emergency department for about six hours...
Gangster Posts Prison Picture on Facebook with Message: I'll Be out Soon
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT Crime Correspondent PRISON authorities have launched an inquiry after a self-proclaimed gang leader smuggled a camera phone into his cell and posted pictures of himself on Facebook. Joland Giwa, 20, who claims to be the...
Globe Trotters; Ellie Kendrick and Adetomiwa Edun Are Playing a Pair of Star-Crossed Lovers at Shakespeare's Home Theatre. Annabel Rivkin Meets Juliet and Her Romeo
Byline: Annabel Rivkin Styled by ORSOLYA SZABO Ellie Kendrick and Adetomiwa Edun are just days away from tackling Romeo and Juliet, literature's greatest young lovers, at the Globe theatre, where Shakespeare developed and premiered much of his...
Good Times Are over at Conde Nast as Gloss Comes off Luxury Mags; the Publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair Enjoyed Huge Profits in the Boom Years. but as Advertising Slumps, Veteran Chief Si Newhouse Is Having to Shut Titles; ANALYSIS
Byline: GIDEON SPANIER IT MUST have seemed a good idea at the start of 2007 -- a new glossy magazine, Portfolio, that could bring some glamour and pizzazz to the world of business.With Wall Street booming, the upscale advertising was expected to...
Guide to Tomorrow's Other Channel 4 Races; Newmarket
Byline: SIMON MILHAM 2.00 An eye-catching third in this race last year, KING CHARLES seldom runs a bad race on his 'home' track and is a speculative selection in a tricky handicap. Ed Dunlop's runner has dropped to a more competitive mark and will...
Gunners Blow as Ferdinand Recovers; Fergie Confirms United Star Should Be Fit for Second Leg of Euro Semi-Final at Emirates
Byline: JAMES OLLEY Football Correspondent MANCHESTER UNITED received a huge boost today as Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he is confident Rio Ferdinand will be fit in time to face Arsenal in Tuesday night's crunch Champions League showdown at Emirates...
Haringey Is Blamed for Failure to Protect Yet Another At-Risk Victim
Byline: JACK LEFLEY AND PAUL CHESTON HARINGEY council was today embroiled in another child protection scandal as details of the girl's ordeal emerged. The beleaguered authority, which was pilloried over the death of Baby P, faced questions about...
Heathcliff Goes to Bollywood; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD WUTHERING HEIGHTS Lyric Hammersmith, W6 *** A WAG once said that there was nothing one needed to know about Emily Bronte's 1847 novel that couldn't be gleaned from the Kate Bush song of the same name. For a more abundant...
Help Me Save Earth, Charles Tells 150 Business Leaders
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL Royal Reporter PRINCE CHARLES was due to lecture 150 London business leaders today on the huge steps they must take to make their companies greener. He summoned them for talks on how to prevent a climate-change crisis as...
High Rate of Caesarean Births in London Raises Concerns for Mothers
Byline: ANNA DAVIS AND SOPHIE GOODCHILD LONDON has the highest rate of Caesarean births in England with nearly a third of all pregnant women being given the procedure. Expectant mothers are more likely to have a Caesarean section at Chelsea and...
High Street Far from Dead as Consumer Figures Rocket; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: SARAH MARKS THE death of the High Street has been exaggerated with hard evidence from the first four months of the year proving that consumers are still spending. That's the general thrust of the latest research on retail penned by analysts...
Horrible Henry; A Historical Exhibition Curated by David Starkey Makes the Case for the Tudor King's Greatness - but He Was a Tyrant Who Did Nothing to Further the Cause of English Painting
Byline: EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK BRIAN SEWELL HENRY VIII: MAN AND MONARCH British Library THE 16th century in Italy marked the high and low points of the Renaissance, Michelangelo's David and Sistine Chapel and Raphael's frescoes in the Papal...
IHG Is Hard Hit by Sellers Wary of Pandemic Gloom
Byline: SARAH MARKS MARKET ROUND-UP THREE days is a long time in a nascent pandemic. There is every chance that the markets will re-open on Tuesday with 72 hours worth of panic-hewn news to digest. Some investors appeared today to be selling...
IHG Is Hard Hit by Sellers Wary of Pandemic Gloom; SARAH MARKS MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: SARAH MARKS THREE days is a long time in a nascent pandemic. There is every chance that the markets will reopen on Tuesday with 72 hours' worth of panic-hewn news to digest. Some investors appeared today to be selling ahead of bad news;...
Informa in Tax Switch to Switzerland
Byline: NICK GOODWAY LLOYD'S List publisher-to-global exhibitions promoter Informa is moving its tax base from London to Zug in Switzerland after the changes in last week's British Budget. The media group is following competitors like United...
In Marked Contrast to the Crumbling
Byline: PETE CLARK'S CHOICEs ENGLISH HERITAGE 9pm, BBC2 In marked contrast to the crumbling stately homes which EH usually champions, Park Hill flats in Sheffield are a nightmare of urban, post-war regeneration. Inspired by Le Corbusier this...
Inside City Hall
BNP Assembly member and Barking and Dagenham councillor Richard Barnbrook claimed three people had been murdered on the borough's streets in a broadcast on his website. In fact, one death occurred in Newham and two other people were injured. Fellow...
Inside City Hall
BNP Assembly member and Barking and Dagenham councillor Richard Barnbrook claimed three people had been murdered on the borough's streets in a broadcast on his website. In fact, one death occurred in Newham and two other people were injured. Fellow...
Inside City Hall; Row of the Week
Richard Barnbrook v Val Rush BNP Assembly member and Barking and Dagenham councillor Richard Barnbrook claimed three people had been murdered on the borough's streets in a broadcast on his website. In fact, one death occurred in Newham and two other...
INSIDE OUT; Jason Isaacs
British actor Jason Isaacs, 45, is best known as the deliciously evil Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter lms. His new lm, Good, with Viggo Mortensen, is released on 17 April. 'Restaurateurs quiver when they see me approach an all- you- can- eat buffet,'...
IPL Gloom Threatens to Put England Twenty20 Bid in Shade; Collingwood Set to Skipper 'World Cup' Team but He's Just One of Our Top Players Currently Enduring a Miseable Time in India. Tom Collomosse Reports
Byline: Top Collomosse WHEN the England selectors settle today on their final 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20 in this country, they could be forgiven for reflecting that the Indian Premier League appears to have done the team more harm...
Is London Really Ready for a Velib'? before the Mayor Launches His Grand Cycling Plan, He Must Be Sure Other Traffic Schemes Can Work with It
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS SO a year on and Boris is pedalling away like mad to launch the capital's new bike-hire scheme. Good for him. I was one of the first British journalists to try Paris's Velib' scheme and it became clear that we needed a...
It'll Be a Bright Bank Holiday ... Just Avoid Taking a Train
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ RAIL passengers were warned today of disruption on virtually every major rail line out of London over the bank holiday weekend. Engineering works mean families planning to get away face delays, diversions and bus replacement...
'It's Tough, but I'm Not Afraid to Be in a Battle'; While Arshavin Has Found His Feet Quickly, the Little Playmaker Says the Intense Physicality of the Top Flight Is Taking Some Getting Used To
Byline: EXCLUSIVE TOM WATT THERE aren't many players who've arrived in the Premier League from overseas and made the kind of immediate impact that Andrey Arshavin has since joining Arsenal from at the turn of the year. Come to that, there aren't...
'It's Tough, but I'm Not Afraid to Be in a Battle'; While He Has Found His Feet Quickly, the Diminutive Playmaker Says the Intense Physicality of the Top Flight Is Taking Some Getting Used To
Byline: EXCLUSIVE TOM WATT THERE aren't many players who've arrived in the Premier League from overseas and made the kind of immediate impact that Andrey Arshavin has since joining Arsenal from at the turn of the year. Come to that, there aren't...
Just One Home Rescued by [Pounds Sterling]285m Mortgage Aid Scheme
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor A [pounds sterling]285 MILLION government scheme to protect homeowners facing repossession has helped just one family so far, it emerged today. The Government originally unveiled the Mortgage Rescue...
Kalou Spells out Home Truths; Striker Believes Chelsea's Patchy Form at the Bridge, Where They Have Dropped 18 Points This Season, Ended Their Title Hopes Ben Hunt Reports
Byline: Ben Hunt WHEN Chelsea resume their Premier League campaign at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, Salomon Kalou admits there will be a sense of regret. The ground, once a fortress under Jose Mourinho, was the place where Chelsea's title hopes died...
Kalou Spells out Home Truths; Striker Believes Chelsea's Patchy Form at the Bridge, Where They Have Dropped 18 Points This Season, Ended Their Title Hopes. Ben Hunt Reports
Byline: Ben Hunt WHEN Chelsea resume their Premier League campaign at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, Salomon Kalou admits there will be a sense of regret. The ground, once a fortress under Jose Mourinho, was the place where Chelsea's title hopes died...
Labour MPs Say Brown Is Doomed, and Defeat Is Certain
Byline: JOE MURPHY AND PAUL WAUGH GORDON BROWN took a fresh battering today as Labour MPs said he was "doomed" and former cabinet minister Charles Clarke said he was ashamed to be in the party. At the end of one of his worst weeks since taking...
LIFE CLASS Catherine Blyth on Topics
Byline: Catherine Blyth LIFE CLASS Catherine Blyth on topics 1 'Granny's on her hobby horse again,' Dad would mutter, reaching for the whisky as she launched into a pet topic. Hobby horses were for people who liked hunting down the nub of the...
London Spy; Have a Capital Week
Byline: Edited by DEBORAH FELDMAN THE EVENT Selfridges is treating itself to a month- long party to celebrate its 100th anniversary. This weekend, you'll nd Giles Deacon on the decks, singer Patrick Wolf on stage, and lots of limited-edition...
London Student, 22, Fighting Swine Flu Is 'In a Bad Way'
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD Health Editor A 22-YEAR-OLD London man with swine flu was today "in a bad way" in hospital. The student, the first person in the capital diagnosed with the virus, had been on holiday with friends to Cancun in Mexico....
London Student Fighting Swine Flu 'In a Bad Way'; ...and Newlywed's Friend Is First in UK to Be Infected by Human Transmission
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD Health Editor A 22-YEAR-OLD London man with swine flu was today "in a bad way" in hospital. The student, the first person in the capital diagnosed with the virus, had been on holiday with friends to Cancun in Mexico....
Making a Case for Crossrail; TALKING POINT
CROSSRAIL is a rare project -- with support from a Labour Government and a Tory Mayor, Canary Wharf, the City and outer London, trade unions and businesses as evidenced by hundreds of endorsements collected by the Campaign for Crossrail. The vast majority...
Masquerading around London; Is the Danger of Contracting - or Spreading - Swine Flu Worth All the Trouble of Wearing a Facemask? Jasmine Gardner Spent a Day Sowing Equal Amounts of Paranoia and Hilarity in the Capital to Find Out
Byline: Jasmine Gardner YESTERDAY I woke up in a sweat. Not because I've got swine flu but because the news is that we are days away from a swine f lu pandemic. As the tally of suspected cases in the UK pushes on towards the 100 mark, London is...
Mayweathers Are Spelling Double Trouble for Hatton
Byline: David Smith As Briton prepares to face Pacquiao in Las Vegas, Floyd Jr looks set for a comeback and Floyd Sr admits to a split in the camp. RICKY HATTON will move a step closer to another fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr if he can beat...
Mayweathers Are Spelling Double Trouble for Hatton; as Briton Prepares to Face Pacquiao in Las Vegas, Floyd Jr Looks Set for a Comeback and Floyd Sr Admits to a Split in the Camp
Byline: David Smith RICKY HATTON will move a step closer to another fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr if he can beat Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas tomorrow night -- but he may have to do it without the American's father in his corner. Reports this...
McCanns Go on Oprah to Unveil Image of Maddy at Six on Sad Anniversary; TWO YEARS ON CRIME EXPERT BELIEVES GIRL WAS SNATCHED AS SHE WENT LOOKING FOR PARENTS
Byline: JACK LEFLEY MADELEINE McCANN'S parents will today release an image of how their daughter may look now if still alive. The "age progression image" will be unveiled on Oprah Winfrey's Fridays Live show ahead of the broadcast of an interview...
More Strife for Horlick as Tchenguiz Starts Revolt
Byline: NICK GOODWAY CITY superwoman Nicola Horlick was in further trouble today after property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz demanded the entire board of her only quoted investment fund, Bramdean Alternatives, be removed. Tchenguiz, who enabled Horlick...
MPs Say They Face Hardship after Axing Second Homes Cash
Byline: JOE MURPHY Political Editor DOZENS of London MPs were today up to [pounds sterling]16,500 poorer after the Commons voted to scrap their second homes allowance. Despite anger among the capital's MPs, some of whom felt they were being sacrificed...
MPs Say They Face Hardship after Axing Second Homes Cash
Byline: JOE MURPHY Political Editor DOZENS of London MPs were today up to [pounds sterling]16,500 poorer after the Commons voted to scrap their second homes allowance. Despite anger among the capital's MPs, some of whom felt they were being sacrificed...
My London; Estelle Makes Merry at the May Fair Hotel, Eats Jerk Chicken in Soho and Is Inspired by Knightsbridge
Byline: KAREN DEEKS Where do you stay in London? At the May Fair Hotel. You can get lost in there. Where was the last place you went on holiday? I went to Jamaica for the rst time in December. I stayed at Strawberry Hill resort outside...
New New Yorkers
Agyness Deyn, 26 WHO Top model who swapped Strokes drummer Albert Hammond Jr for Jake Gyllenhaal's pal, Phantom Planet singer Alex Greenwald (he sang The OC tune 'California'). HOOD Lives with her two dogs in the East Village. She heads to 6th...
NHS Worker 'May Have Got Swine Flu from His Friend'; Man Is Feared to Be First Briton Infected by Human Transmission
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD Health Editor AN NHS worker was today feared to be the first Briton infected by human-tohuman transmission of swine flu. Doctors have quarantined Graeme Pacitti, 24, at home after he fell ill following a night out with...
Pink Gets the Karaoke Party Started with 13,000 Londoners
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ HERE is the proof you don't have to be horribly drunk to enjoy karaoke. Some 13,000 people -- most of them still sober -- crammed into Trafalgar Square last night for a sing-along. It (inevitably) included Total Eclipse...
POP; CDs OF THE WEEK
THE HORRORS Primary Colours (XL) *** THE title of the second Horrors album may be a rare joke, as these five Southend trick-or-treaters have previously strived for a shade darker than black. However, though the gloom rarely lifts on their...
Portfolio
BUY BAE SYSTEMS Morgan Stanley has upgraded defence giant BAE from equal-weight to overweight, tipping investors to buy. The bank says that the firm "warrants a premium" for its resilient earnings, strong balance sheet, and potential benefits...
Portfolio
BUY BAE SYSTEMS Morgan Stanley has upgraded defence giant BAE from equal-weight to overweight, tipping investors to buy. The bank says that the firm "warrants a premium" for its resilient earnings, strong balance sheet, and potential benefits from...
[Pounds Sterling]285m Mortgage Help Rescues Just One Home
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor A GOVERNMENT scheme to protect homeowners facing repossession has helped just one family so far, it emerged today. The Government unveiled the [pounds sterling]200 million Mortgage Rescue Scheme...
[Pounds Sterling]285m Mortgage Scheme Rescues Just One Home
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN Consumer Business Editor A [pounds sterling]285 MILLION government scheme to protect homeowners facing repossession has helped just one family so far, it emerged today. The Government originally unveiled the Mortgage Rescue...
Profile of an Uber-Nerd; EXHIBITION
Byline: BEN LEWIS FRANCIS ALS: FABIOLA National Portrait Gallery, WC2 **** YOU won't see a better exhibition of worse paintings than this installation by maverick conceptual artist Francis Alys. Belgian by birth, resident of Mexico City, Alys...
Purdey Power; Joanna Lumley Has Always Been a Class Act, So Her Gurkhas Triumph Is No Surprise
Byline: NICK CURTIS IT WAS Lumley wot won it. Years of government intransigence over the rights of Gurkhas was finally overturned this week by an actress most famous for playing the reeling, chain-smoking, toyboy-shagging drunk Patsy in Absolutely...
Rail Delays to Hit Bank Holiday; but South-East Should Enjoy a Warm and Sunny Weekend
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ RAIL passengers were warned today of disruption on virtually every major rail line out of London over the bank holiday weekend. Engineering works mean families planning to get away face delays, diversions and bus replacement...
Reader Rewards
CHARITY BEGINS ON YOUR WAY HOME BUY THE STANDARD WITH EROS CHARITY PLUS AND WE WILL DONATE HALF THE COVER PRICE The Eros Charity Plus Card is the latest addition to our family of Eros cards. Just like the others it is a cashless payment card...
Restaurant Spy; ST JOHN BREAD & WINE Is like Kate Moss
Byline: MARK BOLLAND Britons waste their food. We throw away [pounds sterling]10 billion worth of the stuff every year. (It makes you wonder how we got so fat.) We do it because we're selective and wasteful, buying different bits and pieces for...
Rip Van Winkle's Ready to Put Guineas Rivals to Bed
Byline: SIMON MILHAM JOHNNY MURTAGH has jumped off a dual Group 1 winner to ride a talented but largely unproven stablemate in tomorrow's 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. As hints go, it is like sleepwalking on to a right cross from Ricky Hatton....
Rip Van Winkle's Ready to Put Guineas Rivals to Bed
Byline: SIMON MILHAM JOHNNY MURTAGH has jumped off a dual Group 1 winner to ride a talented but largely unproven stablemate in tomorrow's 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. As hints go, it is like sleepwalking on to a right cross from Ricky Hatton....
Saving the Planet Does Not Stand an Earthly
Byline: Peter Bill ON PROPERTY THE Government barely takes notice of the Sustainable Development Commission, its self-styled "independent watchdog on sustainable development", run by Jonathon Porritt. So the chances of a developer-run organisation...
Shelley Von Strunckel; ES ASTROLOGER
Byline: Shelley von Strunckel Taurus 19 APR - 19 MAY Lots come to light. Problems are inviting you to investigate others' intentions and your objectives, and with surprising answers. While the aims of others are unexpected, you find you've mixed...
Sir Alan's Found a New Generation of B'Stards
Byline: LAURA CRAIK BEN Clarke, the squat, brace-wearing yuppie parody of The Apprentice, is, at 22, too young to remember the film Wall Street, which was released the year he was born. But the spirit of Gordon Gekko lives on in him, as it does...
Stricken Car Giant Warns Scrappage Plan Will Fail
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN CAR dealership Pendragon today crashed to a [pounds sterling]200 million loss but signed a vital deal with its banks to secure its future. The firm, Britain's biggest car dealer trading as Stratstone and Evans Halshaw, also said...
Such Sweet Sorrow from Startlingly Young Romeo and Juliet; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: NICK CURTIS ROMEO & JULIET Shakespeare's Globe *** GLOBE director Dominic Dromgoole kicks off the 2009 season with his own simple and startlingly youthful production of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. The staging of this...
Swift Reshuffle Could Help Steady the Party
Byline: PAUL WAUGH A QUICK Cabinet reshuffle this summer is expected to be the Prime Minister's last chance to steady the Labour ship ahead of a general election. The ministers below could be in the frame. JACQUI SMITH The Home Secretary is the...
Ten Years Late, This Lesbian Icon Is the Right Poet for the Nation
Byline: DAVID SEXTON LITERARY EDITOR Carol Ann Duffy represents a break with tradition with her appointment as the 20th Poet Laureate. She certainly has the talent to succeed AFTER considerable dithering and havering, Carol Ann Duffy has agreed...
The Case for Bringing the Banking Big Shots to Heel
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CITY COMMENT PEOPLE who say the Treasury Select Committee report into the banking crisis tells us little we did not already know rather miss the point. We know as much as we do at least in part because of the Committee's hearings...
The Case for Bringing the Banking Big Shots to Heel; ANTHONY HILTON CITY COMMENT
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON PEOPLE who say the Treasury Select Committee report into the banking crisis tells us little we did not already know rather miss the point. We know as much as we do at least in part because of the Committee's hearings and its...
The Case for Bringing the Banking Big Shots to Heel; CITY COMMENT
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON PEOPLE who say the Treasury Select Committee report into the banking crisis tells us little we did not already know rather miss the point. We know as much as we do at least in part because of the Committee's hearings and its...
The Championship
CHARLTON v NORWICH SUNDAY, 1.15PM, THE VALLEY The stats are in and apparently Charlton teenager Jonjo Shelvey is the club's hardest-working player, having clocked up over eight miles of running in last weekend's defeat at Derby. All very impressive...
The Championship
It's not just women over the age of 65 who can't get enough of their doileys. Watford rate theirs -- Lloyd Doyley, that is -- so highly they have rewarded his sterling service to the club by giving him a new three-year contract and a testimonial. ...
The Dolls Come out to Play Again; an Explosive London Reunion Kickstarted the New York Dolls' Second Career - Now They're Back to Do It All Again
Byline: OFF THE RECORD DAVID SMYTH www.standard.co.uk/davidsmyth IN THE early Seventies, the New York Dolls formed because of their appreciation of each other's outfits, recorded two filthy, farout albums and promptly imploded in a flurry of feather...
The Nation's Special Day Will Be Changed Forever; COMMENTARY
Byline: LIA VAN BEKHOVEN FOR a split second the thought was: there we go again. Like the murder of film maker Theo van Gogh and populist politician Pim Fortuyn, who were killed while they went about their business on the streets by men acting...
The New NYLons; If You're a Fabulous but Underappreciated Brit, New York Is the City for You, Says Simon Doonan, Who Escaped Battersea for Barneys and Never Looked Back. Overleaf, ES Salutes London's Hottest Expats
Byline: Simon Doonan Everyone in New York thinks I'm just so, like, totally fabulous! No, really, they do. Nobody on that side of the Atlantic knows that I failed the eleven-plus, or that once, at the very first Reading Festival back in 1971, I...
The Premier League
PORTSMOUTH v ARSENAL TOMORROW, 3PM, FRATTON PARK Emmanuel Adebayor lost touch with Justifying his demands for an wage deal last summer, said this week: " If you work in a where you get [pounds sterling] 10,000 every month people from another shop...
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