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Articles from November 28, 2008

7am and the Shopping Day Dawns; Oyez: Justin Costelloe and Peter Tilley at Liberty, Left. Kay Copeland, Right, Spent [Pounds Sterling]200 Wake-Up Call: A Queue of Shoppers Waiting outside the Apple Store in Regent Street as Dawn Breaks and There Was a Similar Small Crowd at the Doors of M& S at Marble Arch
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL Commuters make an early start as the West End slashes prices A BID by flagship West End stores to boost business with an unprecedented early-morning sale today received mixed reaction from commuters. More than 30 big-name...
After the Catfight the Left Bank Breathes Easy
Byline: JANINE DI GIOVANNI FOR one week only, the dreary world of French politics has been transformed: the past few days' cat-fighting between the grandes dames of the Socialist Party of France has made for scintillating viewing. The French press...
Blair's 'Good' Job Will Be Remembered by Blunders
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT ON the face of it Sir Ian Blair's record on tackling crime was remarkably good. Over the four years he was in charge of the Metropolitan Police crime fell by eight per cent. There were reductions in crime every year,...
British Guards Jump from Tanker to Escape Pirates
Byline: GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN THREE British security guards jumped overboard from a tanker when the vessel was attacked by Somali pirates. The men were part of the crew of the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker sailing just off the coast of Somalia...
Cameron Condemns Top Tory's Nine-Hour Detention over Leaks; Anger : Damian Green, Right, with David Davis after Being Freed
Byline: JOE MURPHY DAVID CAMERON today led a furious outcry at the arrest and detention for nine hours of the Conservative shadow immigration minister Damian Green. He called the police operation "extraordinary and frankly rather worrying", while...
Chimes Set to Strike Again for Punters' Pal Williams; Sound Bet: The Evan Williamstrained High Chimes Will Relish the Rain-Softened Ground in Tomorrow's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury
Byline: JOHN O'HARA WELSH trainer Evan Williams has become a real punters' pal of late and the eight winners of last week's Scoop6 could do worse than include High Chimes in their permutations for tomorrow's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. A bonus...
Council Urges Mayor to Abolish C-Charge Extension before 2010; Too Late for Us: Portobello Road Flower Traders Caroline and Ronnie Perring Say They Have Been Ruined by the Congestion Charge
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY WESTMINSTER council has called on Mayor Boris Johnson to exercise "emergency powers" to scrap the congestion charge zone's western extension immediately. Council leaders argue the recession could be classed as a "major...
Credit Crunch Queen; Just like Mum: Princess Anne Recycles a Dress She First Wore 27 Years Previously Royal Presents: The Queen Once Gave Princess Anne an Ironing Board for Christmas
Byline: NICK CURTIS REPORTS of the Queen's thrifty recycling of outfits, and of food and energy conservation, have me yodelling with unfamiliar monarchist glee. It turns out Her Majesty is just like me. But it's taken a global recession to make...
Dubai's [Pounds Sterling]750m Giant Looks like Lost Hotel of Atlantis; Goodbye to All That: Kylie Minogue Was at Last Week's Launch of the 1500-Bedroom Hotel but the Dubai Boom Is Coming to a Close
Byline: PETER BILL A VISIT to the Hotel Atlantis in Dubai in the summer of 2007 saw 12,000 workers toiling in 45-degree heat to build the 1500-bedroom hotel at the top of the crescent of manmade land that guards the Palm Jumeirah. More than 30,000...
England Won't Return to a Danger Zone, Warns KP; Homeward Bound: Captain Kevin Pietersen, Protected by Indian Troops, Prepares to Board a Coach to the Airport in Bhubaneswar Today
Byline: DAVID LLOYD KEVIN PIETERSEN insisted today that no England cricketer will be forced to return to India next month to play in a two-match Test series. Pietersen and his team-mates began the journey home this morning and are due back in...
FSA Failures in Lehman Fallout
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THE Investment Management Association (IMA) this week delivered a searing attack on the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for its handling of the Lehman default and its total failure to protect the interests of institutional...
Green Makes [Pounds Sterling]1m as He Offloads Moss Bros Slice; Pulling Out: Sir Philip Green Had Seemed Keen to Engineer a Turnaround of the Struggling Suits Firm but Now Says the Time Is Wrong
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH SIr Philip Green's return to the stock market did not last for long but he has today departed the scene and is nearly [pounds sterling]1 million richer. Two weeks ago he snapped up a 28.5% stake in struggling suits firm...
Gripping Tale of the Brothers Grim and Their Dark Secrets; History Boys: Steven Mackintosh as Drew and David Morrissey (Terry) Play Two Brothers Coming to Terms with a Troubled Past in the Neil LaBute Play at the Almeida
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH NEIL LABUTE, who offers audiences a feel-bad after-glow to take home with them, has issued another cautionary warning about family life. In a Dark Dark House, whose comma-less title would nicely suit a Fifties B movie,...
Hang on a Minute Lads ... Caine Tells All about That Job; Capital Ideas: Sir Michael Caine at the Royal Albert Hall with Radio Breakfast Show Presenters Lisa Snowdon and Johnny Vaughan
Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER SIR Michael Caine has solved the mystery of a 40-year-old cliffhanger at the end of his cult film, The Italian Job. For decades film buffs have pondered over what happens to the gang as their getaway coach full...
He Looked at Me and Showered the Bar with Bullets, Says Briton; Survivor: Harnish Patel, a Chartered Surveyor from Putney Who Was Backpacking, Said Being Shot Gave Him a "Tingly Feeling". His Companion Staunched the Blood with Some Cloth
Byline: RICHARD ORANGE A BRITISH survivor of the Mumbai massacre today described how he escaped almost certain death when heavily armed terrorists stormed a crowded cafe, firing randomly at cowering customers. Speaking to the Standard from his...
Highlights of the Lowlands
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL All his own work: unlike many paintings attributed to Rubens, there was no collaborator in this Self Portrait of the utmost delicacy Collector's curios: Frans Francken the Younger introduced in his Cabinet of Curiosities of...
I Barricaded Myself in and Prepared for the Worst; (1) Lifeline: Mark Abell, Seen Here with His Son Benjamin and Daughter Emma, Kept in Touch with His Family in Ricksmanworth Via His BlackBerry. He Received 5,000 Emails of Support (2) Job Done: Special Forces outside the Oberoi
Byline: TIM ROSS A BRITISH lawyer who survived the Mumbai terror attacks today described his life under siege. Mark Abell, 51, barricaded himself into his room at the Oberoi hotel, filled the bath with water and prepared for the worst as gunfire...
Icelandic Chill Hits Aldgate Tower Plan
DRIVERS heading into the City on the A11 can look up and see the concrete skeleton of a new block of flats a dozen storeys high being erected over Aldgate East Tube station, near Whitechapel. Don't expect to see speedy progress up to the planned...
'I Locked Myself in the Bathroom and Prepared for the Worst'; Lifeline: Mark Abell, Seen Here with His Son Benjamin and Daughter Emma, Kept in Touch with His Family in Ricksmanworth Via His BlackBerry. He Received 5,0 00 Emails of Support
Byline: TIM ROSS A BRITISH lawyer who survived the Mumbai terror attacks today described his life under siege. Mark Abell, 51, barricaded himself into his room at the Oberoi hotel, filled the bath with water and prepared for the worst as gunfire...
India's 9/11 Strikes at the Heart of the Mumbai I Love; Grieving: A Relative Tries to Console a Mother Who Lost Two Children in the Attack under Fire: The Taj Mahal Hotel Where the Gunmen Targeted Guests with British or American Passports
Byline: TREVOR FISHLOCK MANY years ago, I went down with a bad attack of love for India. The symptoms never left me. The same with Mumbai. Every time I join the frantic chariot race to the airport I sink back with relief, glad to wriggle from...
I Saw Fifty Bodies in Hotel, Says Army Chief; Bloody Battles: The Commando Unit Chief Said the Terrorists Showed No Remorse
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA AN Indian commando today described seeing around 50 bodies as he and his troops stormed the buildings where hostages are still being held. Clad in black, with a mask covering his face, the commando unit chief told how bodies...
John Lewis Sales Falls Signal Tough Christmas; Gloomy Outlook: Peter Jones Department Store in Sloane Square Has Been Particularly Hard Hit, with Sales Down by a Huge 21.4%
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN JOHN LEWIS today reported another fall in sales as the High Street braced itself for its toughest Christmas in several years. The firm a bellwether for retailers and also for the British economy said that sales slumped by...
Johnno Right to Stick by Youngsters
Byline: JASON LEONARD AS this young England team prepare to face New Zealand tomorrow my question to them is: how are you going to measure up to the best players in the world? While no one expects England to win, I want to see evidence that we have...
KP: England Won't Return to an Indian Danger Zone; Going Home: Andrew Flintoff Leaves Today
Byline: DAVID LLOYD KEVIN PIETERSEN today said no England cricketer will be forced to return to India next month to play in a two-match Test series. Pietersen and his teammates began the journey home this morning and are due back in London tomorrow...
Leave the C-Zone Alone, Boris
TRAFFIC in the western extension fell by 10 per cent after the congestion charge was introduced. Now, in the week that Boris Johnson promised to make London "the world's leading city in delivering carbon reductions" he has announced his intention to...
Leonard Gets the X Factor; Cohen for Gold: A Numberone Single Would Cap a Successful Year for Leonard
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN THOSE of a precious disposition should look away now. The song that the winner of this year's X Factor will release as a single which effectively means the song chosen by Simon Cowell for this year's Christmas number-one slot...
Miliband: If US Asks, We Will Send Afghan Troops
Byline: JOE MURPHY BritAin is willing to send more troops to Afghanistan to join an American-led surge, Foreign secretary David Miliband indicated today. in an interview, he said the decision would depend on details of the new strategy that Barack...
Moving Olympic Media Centre Would Save [Pounds Sterling]100m
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD COST-cutting proposals to move part of the 2012 media centre from Hackney to Stratford City have taken a step forward. 2012 chiefs outlined plans for facilities for 10,000 print journalists to be moved in a meeting with...
MUMBAI GUNMEN 'WERE BRITISH'; Air Rescue: A Commando Drops to the Roof of Mumbai's Jewish Centre Where at Least 10 Hostages Are Still Believed to Be Being Held Holed Up: Guests Still Trapped in the Oberoi Hotel Where Clashes Continue between Terrorists and Commandos. A Group of Airline Staff Were Released from the Hotel Early Today
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, RASHID RAZAQ TWO British-born Pakistanis are among the Mumbai terrorists, Indian government sources revealed today. They were captured with eight others after commandos stormed two hotels and a Jewish centre to free...
MUMBAI SIEGE GUNMEN ARE FROM BRITAIN; Assassin: One of the Terrorists Who Attacked Mumbai. London Security Services Believe Many of Them Were British
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, RASHID RAZAQ AT LEAST two British-born Pakistanis are among the Mumbai terrorists, it was revealed today. According to one source, as many as seven of the gunmen may have British connections and some may have come from...
Mumbai Was an Attack on Us All
INDIA is well used to terrorist outrages but in their scale and in the international attention they have garnered, the Mumbai attacks represent a dramatic escalation. The implications are global, not least considering the mounting evidence that at...
My Sneaking Respect for Men Who Fit So Much into Life
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE revelation that the late Chief Constable of Greater Manchester conducted affairs with at least 38 women in six years may, I suspect, be received rather differently by men than by women. I am sorry to say that the instinctive...
Naive England Must Become Streetwise; Captain's Slog: England Skipper Steve Borthwick Finds the Going Tough during His Side's Mauling against South Africa Last Weekend
Byline: Chris Jones STEVE BORTHWICK and his England players must endure rugby's version of a dental appointment against New Zealand tomorrow; they know the experience is going to be painful but have been assured that it will have long-term benefits....
No-Frills, No Love Interest, and Not Even a Loo Break
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL IN November 1949 at Covent Garden, I saw Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov for the first time, with the sublimely beautiful voice of Christoff as Boris, a Bulgarian giant among the pygmy Welshmen who were the hacks of the regular...
Obama Interrupts Thanksgiving for Mumbai Briefings
Byline: PAUL THOMPSON PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama was given a taste of what lies ahead as he spent a large part of the Thanksgiving holiday being briefed on the Mumbai attacks. Mr Obama, who takes over as commander-in-chief on 20 January, was...
One Glance, Then He Showered Us with Bullets; Joy of Being Alive: Harnish Patel Was Shot in the Leg and the Chest. He Said He Just Felt a "Tingly Feeling"
Byline: RICHARD ORANGE A BRITISH survivor of the Mumbai massacre today described how he escaped almost certain death when heavily armed terrorists stormed a crowded cafe, firing randomly at cowering customers. Speaking to the Standard from his...
Ordeal of MP's Family as Nine Anti-Terror Officers Raided Home
Byline: JOE MURPHY EXTRAORDINARY details of the heavy-handed police operation against shadow immigration minister Damian Green were revealed this afternoon. Nine counter-terrorism officers raided the MP's London home, frightening his 15-year-old...
Ordeal of MP's Family as Nine Anti-Terror Officers Raided Home; Furore: MP Damian Green, Right, with David Davis after Being Freed
Byline: JOE MURPHY EXTRAORDINARY details of the heavy-handed police operation against shadow immigration minister Damian Green were revealed this afternoon. Nine counter-terrorism officers raided the MP's London home, frightening his 15-year-old...
Pete Clark's Choice
Byline: PETER CLARK PARENTS OF THE BAND 8.30pm, BBC1 Jimmy Nail, hangdog look intact and tastefully bearded, stars in this new comedy series, which he also co-created. He plays Phil, a one-time one-hit wonder, who has aspirations for the band containing...
Polyclinics 'Will Drain Money from Hospitals'
Byline: ANNA DAVIS LONDON hospitals face massive cash cuts as a result of sweeping changes to the health service, the Standard can reveal today. Polyclinics and super-specialist centres being set up across the capital will drain patients and...
Polyclinics 'Will Drain Money from Hospitals' ; Emergency Treatment Lord Davis Radical Plan for Specalist Hospitals and Polyclinics Have Run into Trouble
Byline: ANNA DAVIS LONDON hospitals face massive cash cuts as a result of sweeping changes to the health service, the Standard can reveal today. Polyclinics and super-specialist centres being set up across the capital will drain patients and...
Pop
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD, DAVID SMYTH, PETE CLARK TAKE THAT The Circus (Polydor) **** The reunion that spawned a dozen other unwanted comebacks continues to soar far beyond realistic expectations, with 600,000 tickets for next summer's tour sold...
Pressure Increasing as Indians Push for Return; Sitting Uncomfortably: England Captain Kevin Pietersen Discusses the Team's Plight in India with Security Expert Reg Dickason
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND'S cricketers were under extreme pressure to stay in India despite the Mumbai massacre. And they will soon face demands to return there to take part in a two-match Test series which is due to start in less than a fortnight....
Reddan's Return Can Give Wasps a Vital Lift; Crucial Experience: Eoin Reddan
Byline: CHRIS JONES IAN McGEECHAN believes his struggling London Wasps team can register a second League win of the season at Newcastle tonight and at the same time give their Heineken Cup campaign a boost. Wasps, the reigning Guinness Premiership...
Sales Growth Worries Take Their Toll at Tesco
Byline: ROSAMUND URWIN SUPERMARKETS may have been a relatively safe haven for investors during the market turbulence, but sector titan Tesco may be unable to deliver the goods next week. That is the verdict of Societe Generale, which today said...
Scolari's Got to Get One over Wenger to Prove He's the Real Deal; Making His Point: Luiz Felipe Scolari Faces a Crucial Test against the Gunners on Sunday
Byline: Simon Johnson WHENEVER Chelsea play Arsenal the stakes are high for both sides, but on Sunday it will be the managers who will come under most scrutiny as their sides try to end Sir Alex Ferguson's stranglehold on the Premier League. ...
Seller Slashes Price of House by [Pounds Sterling]1.2m in Year; Christmas Sale: This Four-Storey House Went on the Market for [Pounds Sterling]2.8 Million in December Last Year. It Now Costs [Pounds Sterling]1.6 Million
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN A LANDLORD trying to sell a house in St John's Wood has been forced to slash the asking price by almost half after it languished unsold for a year. The four-storey property went on sale at [pounds sterling]2.8 million on...
So Long, C-Charge -- but Our Small Shops Aren't Safe Yet; Listening: Boris Johnson Speaks to Portobello Market Traders about the C-Charge before His Election: Now He Has Acted on Their Complaints
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH THEY applauded Boris Johnson at Portobello Road market yesterday when he announced that the western bit of the congestion charge zone was going to be scrapped. And small wonder. Every stallholder there who was cheering on...
Spurs Must Push for Cups and Not Just Survival, Says Hero O'hara
Byline: TOM COLLOMOSSE JAMIE OHARA is adamant Tottenham must bid for glory in cup competitions this season rather than simply concentrating on Premier League survival. OHaras close-range header earned Spurs a 1-0 win against NEC Nijmegen in Holland...
Strictly without Sergeant Faces X-Factor Battle; Show Must Go On: Strictly Judge Bruno Tonioli, Pictured with Australian Comedian Pam Ann (Caroline Reid) after Her VIP Show at the Hammersmith Apollo Last Night, Said He Was "Furious" When He Heard John Sergeant Was Quitting the Dance Programme
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK BBC EXECUTIVES are bracing themselves for a possible dramatic drop-off in viewers for tomorrow night's first Strictly Come Dancing not to feature John Sergeant. The show attracted a record audience of 11.1 million viewers...
Suitable Send-Off for a Local Hero
Byline: FIONA HUGHES FIONA LOVED ALL-DAY THEATRE The entire Norman Conquests trilogy on one Saturday at the Old Vic. What else are Saturdays for? FLEET FOXES' DEBUT ALBUM How does a band this young manage to sound so Crosby, Stills & Nash? AS...
Taxpayers Take Control of RBS with 57.9% Stake; Man on a Mission: RBS Boss Stephen Hester Says It Must Serve All Shareholders
Byline: NICK GOODWAY TAXPAYERS now own the majority of shares in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) after existing shareholders rejected a [pounds sterling]15 billion new share issue. RBS becomes the first bank to be partnationalised under the Treasury's...
The FA Cup Second Round
Finns are looking up at Bradford. Veteran striker Peter Thorne, 35, has revealed the secret to his longevity at Valley Parade: surfing with sharks. The Bantams star (right) apparently likes nothing more than attending a rather more stimulating brand...
The Premier League; Pretty in Pink: Nicklas Bendtner's New Boots
ASTON VILLA v FULHAM TOMORROW, 3PM, VILLA PARK Killjoy watch, and a big hearty boo to the sourpusses at the Premier League. The authorities have got all hissy at the prospect of players earning a [pounds sterling]10,000 bonus from an online gambling...
The Return of Modesty Blaise
Byline: NICK CURTIS SHE'S got midnight-blue eyes, deadly curves and an even deadlier dropkick, and on Monday, Modesty Blaise makes a triumphant return to the Evening Standard. The adventure strip starring the beautiful criminalturned-unpaid-agent...
Time to Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Byline: RUTH LEWIS FOR the best Christmas party this year, there are many wonderful restaurants vying for your attention. Our vibrant capital is full of choice, so make this end-of-year better than ever. For an ambient evening for a small group,...
Traders Say Scrapping Western C-Charge Zone Could Save Them; Too Late for Us: Portobello Road Flower Traders Caroline and Ronnie Perring Say They Have Been Ruined by the Congestion Charge
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY BORIS JOHNSON's plans to scrap the extension of the congestion charge zone could save scores of businesses in west London, traders claimed today. Stall and shop owners in Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham...
Trapped Tycoon Was Texting Son, Then He Was Shot; "Devastating": Andreas Liveras, in Mumbai for a Boat Show, Had a [Pounds Sterling]315 Million Fortune
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK, DANNY BRIERLEY THE British tycoon killed by terrorists in Mumbai was frantically texting his son in the UK as he came under attack, the Standard can reveal. Andreas Liveras, estimated to be worth [pounds sterling]315 million...
Tycoon Was Texting His Son When Hotel Gunmen Killed Him; "Devastating": Andreas Liveras, 73
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK, DANNY BRIERLEY THE British tycoon killed by terrorists in Mumbai was frantically texting his son in the UK as he came under attack. Andreas Liveras, estimated to be worth [pounds sterling]315 million and the owner of some...
US Stores Cut Prices in Fight for Survival; Holiday Mood: Macy's Parade Yesterday, a Traditional Thanksgiving Event in New York
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH RETAILERS in America are unleashing savage price cuts as they try to kickstart the holiday shopping season. Today is Black Friday in the US traditionally the day when shops move out of the red and begin to turn a profit...
We Have to Accept That It's Folly, Not Bravery, to Risk Your Life for Sport
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN AT MOMENTS when atrocity impinges on the innate banality of sport, a cliche often wheeled out by those sat at desks far from the horror is that to abandon the game is to give the terrorists the victory they seek. This is one...
Wenger Admits Win at Blues Is Compulsory
Byline: JAMES OLLEY ARSENE WENGER has warned that victory at Chelsea on Sunday is a must if Arsenal are to win their first Premier League title since 2004. The Gunners travel to Stamford Bridge lying 10 points behind joint leaders Liverpool and...
Wenger Critics Slammed by Chelsea Coach Scolari; Homeward Bound: England Captain Kevin Pietersen, Protected by Indian Troops, Prepares to Board a Coach to the Airport Today
Byline: JAMES OLLEY, ANDREW FIFIELD LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI has told Arsene Wenger's critics to lay off the under-fire Arsenal boss and insisted the Gunners will not be out of the title race even if they lose to Chelsea on Sunday. Wenger is under...
Why Landlords Want Slice of US Sandwich King Fred; Tasty: Fred DeLuca, Boss of Subway, Is Expanding US Chain
A FULL PAGE picture in Estates Gazette last week showed a slim 60-year-old American with still-dark hair sitting in a Subway franchise on a street in Kingsway. He was staring at the camera with one end of a well-filled foot-long ciabatta roll stuffed...
Woolies Creditors Emerge amid Fears of 'Messy' Collapse
Byline: SIMON ENGLISH CREDITORS of Woolworths began to emerge today, a sign the fallout from the collapse of the once-loved retailer could be protracted and messy. Metrodome, a distributor of films on DVDs, said that Woolies' Entertainment UK...
Your Eco-Friendly 4x4; Passing the Test: The Freelander Goes through Its Paces at Battersea Power Station
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS IT'S been the backdrop to 007's Quantum of Solace, Batman's Dark Knight, Ian McKellen's Richard III and Hitchcock's Sabotage. This week's drama at Battersea Power Station was no less impressive; we had to negotiate a series...
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