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Articles from April 3, 2009

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A Great Gallery Reinvented; EXHIBITION
Byline: BEN LEWIS REOPENING SHOWS Whitechapel Gallery, E1 .. .. .. .. ... NOWADAYS, you have to spend a trillion to impress me, so the Whitechapel's [pounds sterling]13.5 million renovation feels like rather small beer. The century-old gallery...
Almunia Says Gunners Can Finish off on a Real High
Byline: JAMES OLLEY MANUEL ALMUNIA today claimed Arsenal have finally turned the corner in their turbulent campaign and believes anything is possible in the Premier League run-in. The Gunners take on Manchester City at Emirates Stadium tomorrow...
Al Qaeda 'Is Greater Threat to Europe Than America'; President Pledges Closer Alliance to Combat Terrorism
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL AND PAUL WAUGH BARACK OBAMA today warned that Europe is at greater risk than the US of attack by al Qaeda as he sought to bury past differences with France in fighting terrorism. The US President also admitted mistakes...
Anger as 'The Smartest Council House in Britain' Is Left Empty
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK Chief Reporter A [pounds sterling]1.2 MILLION council house has been boarded up for weeks after a couple were evicted for not having enough children. Neighbours living in the private mews in Chelsea are outraged that the...
Angry Wasps Want Action after Betsen Is 'Elbowed'
Byline: Chris Jones Club call for probe by citing officer into clash at Bath which resulted in captain needing nearly 20 stitches. IAN McGEECHAN is urging the match citing officer to investigate an incident which left London Wasps captain Serge...
Angry Wasps Want Action after Betsen Is 'Elbowed'; Club Call for Probe by Citing Officer into Clash at Bath Which Resulted in Captain Needing Nearly 20 Stitches. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones IAN McGEECHAN is urging the match citing officer to investigate an incident which left London Wasps captain Serge Betsen needing nearly 20 stitches in a facial wound after the 22-14 defeat by Bath. Club insiders allege the...
A Roistering Romp of Pirates and Pirouttes
Byline: SARAH FRATER DANCE AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE/ LE CORSAIRE Coliseum, WC2 .. .. .. .. .. SARAH FRATER TO AVOID seeming too peachy it's usual for critics to mention a few reservations about a show before running amok with applause. It's...
Berlusconi Is a Yobbo, Says Lady Powell; the Londoner's Diary
THE Italians are wincing at the gauche behaviour of Prime Minister Berlusconi at the royal photocall when the Queen upbraided him for shouting. None more so than Lady Powell, wife of Lady Thatcher's former foreigns affairs adviser Lord Powell of Bayswater....
Big Bad Dom
A few years ago, Dominic West was a nice public schoolboy doing Shakespeare in the West End. Thanks to Obama's favourite TV show, The Wire, he has transformed himself into a global star. Annabel Rivkin takes him in for questioning www. esmagazine....
Blade's Sharp Enough to Cut Down Aintree Rivals
Byline: SIMON MILHAM PUT those pins away. The Grand National is not the lottery some people would have us believe. Critics will tell you that it is virtually impossible to pick the winner, simply because there are no other races during the season...
Blade's Sharp Enough to Cut Down Aintree Rivals; Tom George's Brilliant Jumper Ticks All the Right Boxes to Win the Famous Event. by Simon Milham
Byline: Simon Milham HE HAS already won one 'National' this season and while no one would dare to argue that Sandown's London version will ever compare to tomorrow's Grand National at Aintree, Kilbeggan Blade has plenty going for him. The trends...
Brokers Split over DSG's Turnaround Prospects
Byline: ROSAMUND URWIN MARKET ROUND-UP BROKERS still can't agree on DSG International. Oriel Securities said today that the case for buying the PC World and Currys owner's shares is growing, thanks to its turnaround strategy. Analysts reckon...
Consider Yourself at Home; Atkinson Is Latest Actor on West End Sick List
Byline: LOUISE JURY AND DANNY BRIERLEY ROWAN ATKINSON has been forced to pull out of the musical Oliver! for three weeks to have immediate surgery. The 54-year-old star has suffered a groin hernia which is extremely painful and makes performing...
Design Spy; Elk Leather and Eco Superbikes
Byline: HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR As my husband was packing his suitcase for a long business trip, it occurred to me that we women have the monopoly on gift items. I wanted to hide a surprise romantic trinket (for the hell of it) in among his suits and...
Diamond in the Rough; Prince Charles's Jeweller Garrard Has Been through Rocky Times. Can Newly Appointed Designer Stephen Webster Bring Back the Sparkle and Entice William to Pop in for That Engagement Ring?
Byline: OLIVIA COLE RECENT shots of his "muse", Christina Aguilera, are tacked up and Stephen Webster perches on a huge taupe sofa in his office at Garrard. The new creative director of this most English of firms, he moved himself and 30-odd staff...
Disorderly Lives; Men Are Three Times More Likely to Commit Suicide Than Women. Are They More Prone to Depression, or Is It Just That They Won't Own Up to Needing Help? Novelist and Manic Depressive Richard Mason Tells His Own Cautionary Tale
Byline: Richard Mason I had dinner recently with an old friend, a lawyer with a beautiful wife, three adorable children and a mood disorder that regularly finds him thinking of death as he dresses for work. A bankruptcy attorney, he's in one of...
Dowie Is the Brawn to Shearer's Brains
Byline: Simon Rushworth Newcastle's new No2 will take the role of training ground enforcer while his new boss is busy plotting the Toon's survival, says Simon Rushworth ASKING Iain Dowie to help lead Newcastle United to safety this season may...
Dowie Is the Brawn to Shearer's Brains; Newcastle's New No2 Will Take the Role of Training Ground Enforcer While His New Boss Is Busy Plotting the Toon's Survival, Says Simon Rushworth
Byline: Simon Rushworth ASKING Iain Dowie to help lead Newcastle United to safety this season may yet prove to be one of the more intriguing decisions Alan Shearer makes during his eight-game reign at his hometown club. In 2006 the then Charlton...
ESsentials; When It Comes to Gadgets, Small Is Beautiful, Says Andy Barker
Byline: says Andy Barker Movie time MP4 watch With its 1.5in colour screen and eight hours of power, an MP4 watch means you can secretly view movies in meetings and relive beach holidays on the bus. [pounds sterling]39.99, at www.iwantoneof those.com....
Ex-Governor Indicted for Trying to Sell Obama Seat
Byline: RASHID RAZAQ PROSECUTORS have indicted the former Illinois governor who allegedly tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. Rod Blagojevich is accused of attempting to auction off the post to the highest bidder for millions of...
Flashbulb
Byline: Edited by EMILIE MCMEEKAN MCCARTNEY BEATLES AROUND LEICESTER SQUARE AND THE AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE PIROUETTES INTO TOWN CHAMPAGNE SOCIALITES MOET & CHANDON TRIBUTE TO CINEMA GALA There was glamour galore at the Moet & Chandon...
Fred Tells RBS: I Will Not Shred My Pension
Byline: NICK GOODWAY AND JONATHAN PRYNN SIR FRED GOODWIN, the ousted chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, will not take a cut in his [pounds sterling]703,000-a-year pension. He was said to be considering a voluntary reduction in his [pounds...
G20 Action Is No Quick Fix for Slump, Admits Darling; Chancellor Warns That Voters Will Take Time to Feel Benefit
Byline: PAUL WAUGH AND ROBERT FOX ALISTAIR DARLING admitted today that there would be no "overnight fix" to the recession as questions remained over banks' toxic assets and the size of the global economic stimulus. In marked contrast to the Prime...
Gerrard's Bumper [Pounds Sterling]150k Deal and Kuyt Signs Up Too
Byline: MARCO GIACOMELLI STEVEN GERRARD and Dirk Kuyt signed two-year contract extensions today with the Liverpool skipper's deal believed to be worth around [pounds sterling]150,000-a-week. Gerrard, 29, has admitted he wants to spend the rest...
Gerrard's Bumper [Pounds Sterling]150k Deal Makes Him a Red for Life
Byline: MARCO GIACOMELLI STEVEN GERRARD today signed a two-year extension to his contract, believed to be worth around [pounds sterling]150,000-a-week. The Liverpool captain has admitted he wanted to spend the rest of his career at Anfield and...
Graffiti Gang Face Prison for Three Years of Rail Vandalism
Byline: PAUL CHESTON Courts Correspondent FOUR graffiti vandals were facing jail this afternoon for causing more than [pounds sterling]134,000 damage to trains in a threeyear campaign. The gang not only wrecked trains and depots but then gloried...
Grand National
1: CLOUDY LANE 17: BUTLER'S CABIN 13: STATE OF PLAY 7: STAN Could only manage sixth when joint favourite off 17lb lower last year. Hard to envisage him getting involved at the business end carrying top weight. Jockey: Jason Maguire 33- 1 Hammered...
Grand National Runners & Riders
1: CLOUDY LANE 17: BUTLER'S CABIN 13: STATE OF PLAY 7: STAN Could only manage sixth when joint favourite off 17lb lower last year. Hard to envisage him getting involved at the business end carrying top weight. Jockey: Jason Maguire 33- 1 Hammered...
Green Shoots at Last, Perhaps, but No Thanks to Gordon's G20 Bounce; There Are Signs of an Upturn in the Housing Market and Consumer Confidence. but after This Crunch, Things Will Never Be the Same Again
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST CITY EDITOR WE'RE thinking of selling our house and I've been keeping my eye on the local market. There's no doubt, something is happening. Not much, admittedly, but enough. In February, nothing appeared to be moving....
Grim US Jobless Data Put Damper on G20 Euphoria
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE jubilant mood created by the G20 summit agreements yesterday was rapidly replaced this afternoon by a grim appreciation of the extent of the world's economic troubles as US unemployment soared to its highest since 1983. ...
Grim US Jobless Data Take the Gloss off G20 Euphoria
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE jubilant mood created by the G20 summit agreements yesterday was rapidly replaced this afternoon by a grim appreciation of the extent of the world's economic troubles as US unemployment soared to its highest since 1983. ...
Guide to Tomorrow's Races on Channel 4
Byline: SIMON MILHAM 2.10 SECRET NIGHT appears to be building the profile of a professional loser. Yet Clive Cox's filly has been a shade unlucky on her last two visits to the track, failing to get a clear run on both occasions. Though drawn in...
Hamilton's Good-Guy Reputation Takes a Battering in 'Lie-Gate'; World Champion and McLaren Team Will Struggle to Recover Their Credibility after a Series of Damaging Revelations at Start of the Season. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith LEWIS HAMILTON and McLaren were in a state of meltdown today as both struggled to come to terms with a scandal that has left their reputations and credibility in shreds. Hamilton, the world champion and the sport's first black...
Heart Op Breakthrough; 'DIY Toolkit' Fixes Valves in an Hour
Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD Health Editor DOCTORS in the capital have pioneered a life-saving treatment that uses a "toolkit" to repair leaky heart valves. The procedure is being offered at Imperial College Healthcare, which runs hospitals in west...
High and Handsome
ROAD TEST RENAULT LAGUNA COUPE GT 3.5 V6 [pounds sterling]26,910 Top speed: 153mph; 0-62mph: 7.4sec; CO2 emissions: 238g/km THERE's no doubt about it -- this sleek Laguna Coupe, complete with 3.0-litre V6 engine, is the best-looking car Renault...
HIP Rules 'Will Hit Housing Recovery'
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL Chief Political Correspondent MINISTERS were accused today of hampering the ailing housing market's recovery with tougher rules on home information packs, which come into effect on Monday. The Conservatives warned that...
Inside Out
Byline: Paul sculfor Model Paul Sculfor, 37, has appeared in campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Dior. A former builder and boxer from Upminster, Essex, Paul is best known for his string of high- pro le girlfriends, including...
It's Official: Gardening Is Olympic Sport; Digging and Planting Will Count towards Fitness Target for 2012
Byline: MATTHEW BEARD Sports News Correspondent GARDENING will rank alongside sport to meet a government target to make Britons more active ahead of the Olympics. Mowing the lawn, building a dry stone wall or constructing a teepee will be recorded...
Judge Rejects Madonna Adoption Bid 'To Protect African Children'
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK Chief Reporter MADONNA'S bid to adopt a second orphan from Malawi was rejected today. A court decided African children needed protecting from celebrities and said that adoptions could even encourage child trafficking. The...
Legends Get a New Lease of Life; Bag a Unique Memento, Made from the Scraps of Famous Cars
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS AHEROIC moment in the skies over London nearly 70 years ago has led to the launch of a remarkable business for motoring enthusiasts. It was at 12.30pm precisely on 15 September 1940 that the chain of events began, as Hawker...
Lewis Confesses: I Was Told to Lie by McLaren; This Is the Worst Thing That's Ever Happened to Me, Admits Hamilton
Byline: DAVID SMITH Sports Correspondent AN emotional Lewis Hamilton insisted today that he was told to lie to stewards by his McLaren team before he was disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix. The world champion, who was close to tears,...
Lewis Fined as Things Go from Bad to Worse; Champion Hit for Speeding in the Pits as McLaren Suspend Director
Byline: DAVID SMITH Sports Correspondent LEWIS HAMILTON was today hit by new misery when he was fined for speeding in the pits and could only finish 11th out of 20 drivers during opening practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. And while the beleaguered...
LIFE CLASS Catherine Blyth on Silence
1 In the beginning was the word. So what is there to say about silence? Plenty, judging by Amazon, where 8,772 book titles feature the term. Most are murder mysteries or spiritual musings, reflecting mixed feelings about these hazy seven letters. ...
Londoner's Diary; Robert Webb Falls in Love with His Leotard, Steps into Madonna's Fishnets and Fathers a Child
Anybody who saw the rather snug-fitting apparently sprayed-on costume that I wore to perform a Flashdance routine for Let's Dance for Comic Relief may be surprised to learn that I've successfully made a woman pregnant. Actually, for all I know,...
London Spy; Have a Capital Week
Byline: Edited by DEBORAH FELDMAN THE GALLERY Brit art giants Gilbert & George and David Hockney launched their careers here. Now, after a [pounds sterling]13 million facelift, the Whitechapel Gallery is reopening its doors on Sunday with...
Lord Freddie's Fiancee to Rule American TV before Royal Wedding
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL LONDON actress Sophie Winkleman is set to become a star of American TV only months before her royal wedding. The 28-year-old, who is to marry Lord Freddie Windsor in September, has beaten several well-known American stars...
Madonna Adoption Rejected in War on Celebrity; It Could Have Encouraged Child Trafficking, Says Malawi Judge
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK Chief Reporter MADONNA'S bid to adopt a second orphan from Malawi was rejected today. A judge decided African children needed protecting from celebrities and said that adoptions could even encourage child trafficking. ...
Makeover for Notting Hill Gate; Facelift to Attract Artists and Independent Traders
Byline: RUTH BLOOMFIELD PLANS to reinvent Notting Hill Gate as a bohemian haven for small shops and artists' studios have been unveiled. A report commissioned by Kensington and Chelsea council suggests widening pavements, squeezing space for...
Markets Pause for Breath after Fillip from G20 Deal
Byline: ROBERT LEA GLOBAL stock markets were taking a breather today after last night's strong rallies following an upbeat end to the G20 meeting in London. Leaders of the world's top industrialised nations making up the G20 said they had agreed...
McLAREN MEN CAUGHT IN THE STORM AFTER LEWIS'S DISQUALIFICATION
RON DENNIS The chairman and chief executive of the McLaren Group, based at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey. As a mechanic he worked on Sir Jack Brabham's racing car before founding his own team and then taking control of McLaren in...
Miami Nice for Murray the Marvel
ANDY MURRAY remains on course to become the highestranked British man of the professional era after cruising into the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Should Novak Djokovic lose his last-four clash with Roger Federer today and...
Mr and Mrs Expenses Exposed by Commuting MP Neighbours
Byline: PETER DOMINICZAK HUSBAND and wife London MPs Alan and Ann Keen, who have together claimed [pounds sterling]213,000 of taxpayers' money for a second home in the capital, came under renewed fire today. The health minister and her husband,...
Mr and Mrs Expenses Exposed by Commuting MP Neighbours; Politicians Living near Keens Don't Claim for Second Home
Byline: PETER DOMINICZAK HUSBAND and wife London MPs Alan and Ann Keen, who have together claimed [pounds sterling]213,000 of taxpayers' money for a second home in the capital, came under renewed fire today. Health minister Ms Keen and her husband,...
My London; Slumdog Star Anil Kapoor Lives in Mayfair and Wants to Bring a Little Bit of Mumbai to the Capital
Byline: Anil Kapoor Where do you live? I have an apartment in Mayfair and live between there and Mumbai. I love Mayfair, it feels like part of the Old World; the architecture, the restaurants. It has a great feel. What was the last show you...
NATO Must Face Its Afghan Dilemma
AS PRESIDENT OBAMA and European leaders move on to the Nato summit in Strasbourg, their mood is unexpectedly buoyant. They struck a surprisingly good deal in London, and Nato has some causes for celebration: not only is the organisation 60 years old...
New Super Prisons Are 'Major Step Backwards' Says Charles Clarke
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM Home Affairs Editor FORMER home secretary Charles Clarke has denounced plans to build up to three "Titan" super prisons as a "major step backwards" in a powerful attack on government penal policy. In a speech that will...
Ofcom Fines BBC [Pounds Sterling]150,000 for Brand and Ross Prank
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE BBC has been fined [pounds sterling]150,000 for the "gratuitously offensive, humiliating and demeaning" joke phone calls made to actor Andrew Sachs by Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand on Radio Two last year. Media...
Outspoken Archbishop Is Named New Leader of Catholics in England
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM Home Affairs Editor THE Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, was today named as the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. He will take over as Archbishop of Westminster next month when...
Pete Clark's Choice
ARENA: COOL 10pm, BBC4 First of all, cool was an attitude and then it became music. It originated in the world of young jazz musicians in America in the 1940s and burst upon an unsuspecting world with the release of Birth of the Cool by Miles Davis...
Police Defend 'Corralling' Thousands of Protesters for Eight Hours in City
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT Crime Correspondent SCOTLAND Yard today defended the tactics used to "corral" thousands of G20 demonstrators in the City after it was accused of infringing people's right to a peaceful protest. Politicians, demonstrators...
Police Defend 'Corralling' Thousands of Protesters for Hours outside Bank
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SCOTLAND Yard today strongly defended the tactics used to "corral" thousands of G20 demonstrators in the City after it was accused of infringing people's right to a peaceful protest. Politicians, demonstrators and a former...
POP; CDs OF THE WEEK
Byline: DAVID SMYTH NEIL YOUNG Fork in the Road (Reprise) .. .. .. .. .. .. NEIL Young's response to the collapse of capitalism and the rape of nature is to jump into a convertible and go roaring across the country shouting imprecations at the...
Portfolio
BUY VODAFONE Credit Suisse has upgraded communications giant Vodafone, the world's biggest mobile phone group by sales, from neutral to outperform. The rating comes amid rumours that Vodafone is set to bid for the German Internet provider HanseNet,...
Prince's Trust Appoints Wire Star as Youth Crime Fighter
Byline: AMAR SINGH THE London-born actor who plays a ruthless crime boss in The Wire has agreed to become an anti-crime ambassador for the Prince's Trust. Idris Elba grew up in some of east London's most deprived areas in the Eighties but has...
Pure Colombian; Fernando Botero Is the Scourge of Critics and the Collectors' Darling. Godfrey Barker Hears the Artist's Tale of Kidnap, Corruption and a Love of Large Ladies
Fernando Botero is an angry man. He has come to London for his first UK gallery show in 26 years. 'No one invites me here,' he laments at Thomas Gibson's Mayfair gallery. My sense is that this may be an accident. But not to Botero. He thinks he's banned....
Queen's G20 Jibe Becomes Sensation On
Byline: NICK PISA IN ROME AND MARTIN BENTHAM THE QUEEN today became a worldwide hit on YouTube after she was caught on film reprimanding Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for being too noisy. The footage shows the Queen gesturing in mild...
Queen's G20 Jibe Becomes YouTube Sensation; 'Why Does He Have to Shout?' HM Tells Berlusconi at the Palace
Byline: NICK PISA in Rome AND MARTIN BENTHAM THE QUEEN today became a worldwide hit on YouTube after she was caught on film reprimanding Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for being too noisy. The footage shows the Queen gesturing in mild...
RBS Chief Urges Fred to Shred His Pension
Byline: NICK GOODWAY AND JONATHAN PRYNN INVESTORS in the Royal Bank of Scotland today raised the pressure on its former boss Sir Fred Goodwin to sacrifice his [pounds sterling]703,000-a-year pension. Gathering for the bank's annual meeting in...
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Record Easter Exodus from London Today
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL Consumer Affairs Reporter THOUSANDS of Londoners were set to leave the capital today for the great Easter getaway. It was set to be one of the busiest on record with recession-hit families opting for British holidays. ...
Record Easter Exodus from London Today
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL Consumer Affairs Reporter THOUSANDS of Londoners were leaving the capital today for the great Easter getaway. It was set to be one of the busiest on record with recession-hit families opting for British holidays. With...
Record Easter Exodus Leaves London Today
Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL Consumer Affairs Reporter THOUSANDS of Londoners were leaving the capital today for the great Easter getaway. It was set to be one of the busiest on record with recession-hit families opting for British holidays. Thousands...
Restaurant Spy; Any Stylish Spy or Disco Diva Would Feel at Home at AMBASSADE DE L'ILE
Byline: MARK BOLLAND It's about time we kicked off the shackles of conformity. We need to lose the sheep mentality. Wearing identical clothes from duplicated franchises that dominate indistinguishable high streets up and down the land. Patronising...
Rock Concert in 3D TV; Keane Gig Is First to Be Broadcast
Byline: MARK PRIGG Technology Correspondent KEANE have become the first band to be broadcast live in 3D. Their gig at the Abbey Road studios last night was used by Sky to test their living room 3D TV service, which is expected to launch within months....
Roy Is Going Places but Remains Wary of Heading for Europe; Fulham Boss Has Warned Fans That League Survival Next Season Is the Main Priority for the In-Form Club. by David Smith
Byline: David Smith ROY HODGSON has warned Fulham supporters excited by the prospect of watching European football next season to be careful about what they wish for. A fortnight after Fulham's shock win over Premier League leaders Manchester...
Shelley Von Strunckel
ES ASTROLOGER Aries 20 MAR - 18 APR Delve deeply. Making quick work of obstacles avoids examining their cause and, equally, yourself. So take advantage of Monday's clash between your ruler Mars and the precise Saturn to ask questions. This transforms...
Six-Figure Payout Is Victory for Widow of Cyclist Killed by Lorry
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY THE widow of a cyclist killed by a lorry which was missing its wing mirror has won a six-figure compensation award after a two-year legal battle. Father-of-three Steven Ferguson was killed instantly when he was hit by the...
Six-Figure Payout Is Victory for Widow of Cyclist Killed by Lorry; SAFER CYCLING STANDARD CAMPAIGN
Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY THE widow of a cyclist killed by a lorry which was missing its wing mirror has won a six-figure compensation award after a two-year legal battle. Father-of-three Steven Ferguson was killed instantly when he was hit by the...
Southampton FC Fury over Barclays 'Death Sentence'
Byline: ROBERT LEA BARCLAYS is at the centre of an embarrassing row today as the bank, sponsor of the English Premiership, was accused of "sentencing to death" Southampton Football Club. Championship side Southampton, one of the few clubs listed...
Stakes Are So High for Firms Caught in a Fix with Interest Rate Hedge; ANALYSIS
Byline: GIDEON SPANIER THE sudden plunge in interest rates in the last six months has caught many borrowers out. As any homeowner with a fixed-rate mortgage can testify, they are tied into making high interest rate payments despite the Bank of...
Standing in for Mr Sloane; West End Matinee Abandoned as Two Stars Are Taken Ill
Byline: LOUISE JURY AND DANNY BRIERLEY A WEST End show came to an abrupt halt after both its lead actors fell ill before the end of a matinee. The curtain fell on Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Studios midway through yesterday's performance...
Star Wars
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK AND SHEKHAR BHATIA Two huge parties on the same night but a continent apart, so which billionaire outdid his friend in the fame game? IT WAS the social clash that every billionaire tycoon should really try to avoid. ...
Star Wars; One Night, Two Huge Parties, So Which Mega-Rich Tycoon Outdid His Friend in the Fame Game?
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK AND SHEKHAR BHATIA IT WAS the social clash that every billionaire tycoon should really try to avoid. Sir Philip Green and Sol Kerzner, his friend and fellow boy made good, both hosted extravagant launch parties last night...
Strauss Calls on England to Prove They're Fit for Purpose
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON Sports Correspondent ANDREW STRAUSS has challenged his weary players to translate their gruelling fitness regime into tangible results in today's one-day series decider. The England captain has implemented an uncompromising...
Strauss Calls on Players to Deliver a Knock-Out Blow; England Skipper Hopes Hard-Hitting Fitness Regime Will Pay off in Deciding One-Day Clash with the West Indies. by Sam Peters
Byline: Sam Peters ANDREW STRAUSS has challenged his limb-weary players to translate their gruelling fitness regime into tangible results in today's one-day series decider in St Lucia. The England captain has implemented an uncompromising physical...
Tesco Looks Wobbly after JPMorgan Flags Concerns
Byline: ROSAMUND URWIN ROUND-UP ARE the wheels coming off supermarket juggernaut Tesco? JPMorgan flags up a triple whammy of worries about the grocery giant. The heavyweight broker reckons chief executive Sir Terry Leahy has got his strategy all...
The Championship
Charlton have asked fans to 'donate' [pounds sterling]20 to the club's coffers to buy a season's highlights DVD. Focus is all in favour of clubs showing entrepreneurial initiative in these tough times but this is taking things too far. The running...
The First Age of Bling; A New Survey of the Baroque Is Full of the Ludicrous and Extravagant but Where Is Emotion, Magnificence and Spirit?
Byline: EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK BRIAN SEWELL BAROQUE 1620-1800 - STYLE IN THE AGE OF MAGNIFICENCE Victoria and Albert Museum, SW7 SOME years ago, ever hopeful that television might one day be useful to the visual arts that it serves so badly,...
The Grapes of Wrath; War Has Broken out between Vivian Imerman, the Lecherous, Luxurious Man from del Monte, and the Billionaire Tchenguiz Brothers. Mark Hollingsworth Tells a Very Juicy Tale of Sex, Money, Divorce and a Bulletproof Roller
If money, power, fame and luxury living are the ultimate aphrodisiac, then the wealthy fruit juice entrepreneur Vivian Imerman, renowned for being the Man from Del Monte, sure knows how to exploit it. Back in 1998, the multimillionaire South African...
The Maestro Shows His Magic Touch with Sibelius; CLASSICAL
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY PHILHARMONIA/MAAZEL Festival Hall, SE1 .. .. .. .. ... LORIN MAAZEL is a conductor of the old school; why, even his website is called "Maestro Maazel". He was already a seasoned pro when he first conducted the Philharmonia...
The Night of My Life on a Lost Weekend
Byline: A LONDON LIFE LIZ HOGGARD LAST weekend I was kidnapped. Willingly, I hasten to add. My Friday night had just come crashing down when a date cancelled at 5pm. There I was slightly overdressed, hair rigid with effort. I still had one more...
The Sign of a Great Writer: Quit While You're Ahead
Byline: DAVID SEXTON IT'S been announced that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is "laying down his pen". At 82, he won't be writing anything else, his agent says. A shame? On the contrary, I think the announcement is a shame only in the sense that it is...
The Twinset Modernists; Dressing like the Queen Is All the Rage. the Best Way to Seal the Look Is by Slinging on a String of Pearls, Says Polly Price
TWINSET and pearls -- once a byword for fogey dressing -- has had a new lease of life. And again we have to credit the Michelle factor. In her Camelot wardrobe -- lean shift dresses and cardigans, accessorised by gobstopper pearls and often an outsize...
The Verdict on the G20 Summit
I HOPE G20 sceptic Andrew Gilligan will acknowledge that this week's summit has been more important than he anticipated. Everything agreed on the IMF, for instance -- the tripling of resources, the new preventive facility, the creation of Special...
The Vultures Are Hovering, So We Must Be at the Bottom
Byline: Peter Bill ON PROPERTY WELCOME to the bottom of the commercial property market. It must be, for today the world's biggest property agent says so. "The time to buy UK property is now," reckons CB Richard Ellis. The message from the group,...
Time to Stop This Public Flogging - RBS Chief
Byline: NICK GOODWAY SIR Philip Hampton, the new chairman of nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland, today firmly laid the blame for the bank's disastrous performance and Government bailout at the feet of the previous board and its chief executive...
Tomorrow's Other Aintree Races (Bbc1)
Byline: SIMON MILHAM 1.45 CAPE TRIBULATION won with a ton in hand at Doncaster before running out of steam up the hill when fifth to Weapon's Amnesty in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last month. This less demanding course should...
Trudie Styler Speaks out to Revive the Lost Art of Oratory
Byline: LOUISE JURY Chief Arts Correspondent THE art of oratory is being killed off by computers, according to Trudie Styler. But the actress and green campaigner, who is married to musician Sting, is doing her best to revive the discipline by...
Web Sheriff Is Watching You; Music Fans, Beware - from Prince to Van Morrison, Artists Are Calling on a New Tough Enforcer to Control Your Internet Habits
Byline: OFF THE RECORD DAVID SMYTH www.standard.co.uk/davidsmyth THE next time you unholster your phone at a concert with the intention of filming and posting the results on YouTube, watch out for the Web Sheriff. In the lawless Wild West that is...
We Mustn't Let Fabregas Fear Put Us off, Says Arsene
Byline: JAMES OLLEY ARSENE WENGER today urged his Arsenal team not to be distracted by speculation that Barcelona will launch a summer raid for captain Cesc Fabregas. The 21-year-old is back in the squad for the first time in almost four months...