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Articles from May 11, 2009

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2012 Stadium to Host New Year Fireworks Spectacular
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent BORIS JOHNSON is planning a spectacular free New Year's Eve party for 80,000 Londoners in the Olympic stadium seven months before the Games begin. A giant fireworks display will light up the East...
2012 Stadium to Host New Year Fireworks Spectacular
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent BORIS JOHNSON is planning a spectacular free New Year's Eve party for 80,000 Londoners in the Olympic stadium seven months before the Games begin. A giant fireworks display will light up the East...
A Career That Could Repair a Child's Life; Foster Care Fortnight Offers You a Chance of a Job That's Respected and Rewarding
Byline: Sarah Rrichardson The Fostering Network, the UK's leading charity for all those involved in fostering, today launches Foster Care Fortnight, its annual campaign to recruit more carers. People will be encouraged to consider a career in...
A Career That Could Repair a Child's Life; Foster Care Fortnight Offers You a Chance of a Job That's Respected and Rewarding
Byline: sarah richardson The Fostering Network, the UK's leading charity for all those involved in fostering, today launches Foster Care Fortnight, its annual campaign to recruit more carers. People will be encouraged to consider a career in...
Banker's Bargain: [Pounds Sterling]22m Knocked off House Price
Byline: Mira Bar-Hillel Property Correspondent A MILLIONAIRE banker has bought a Knightsbridge townhouse for [pounds sterling]18 million after [pounds sterling]22 million was knocked off the asking price. Raffaele Mincione, who was once engaged...
Barca's Iniesta in Pledge to Be Fit to Face United in Final
Byline: Andrew Hodgson BARCELONA'S Andres Iniesta said today he is determined to play in the Champions League Final against Manchester United despite injuring his thigh in his side's 3-3 draw at home to Villarreal. The midfielder left the field...
Boost for United as Iniesta's Struck Down by Thigh Injury
Byline: Andrew Hodgson BARCELONA midfielder Andres Iniesta looks set to miss the Champions League Final against Manchester United later this month after picking up a thigh injury in his side's 3-3 draw at home to Villarreal last night. The news...
Bopara Is Brought Back to Earth by Chapple
Byline: Tom Collomosse RAVI BOPARA failed to repeat his England heroics for Essex but they still coasted to a six-wicket victory over Lancashire to knock their opponents off the top of Friends Provident Trophy Group D. After his crucial century...
Brown Leads the Sorry Brigade; Apology on Behalf of All MPs over Expenses Abuse
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy GORDON BROWN and senior MPs finally said sorry today for the expenses scandal which has rocked Parliament. The Prime Minister was applauded at a nurses' conference for saying: "I want to apologise on behalf...
Brown Must Seize the Initiative on Expenses
FIRST it was Government ministers who underwent the humiliation of having their expenses exposed to public view. Now it is the Tories' turn, with the publication today of details of their claims. There is fun to be had from the hasty repayment of [pounds...
Brown Must Seize the Initiative on Expenses
THE SPECTACLE of the party leaders competing in contrition for politicians' abuse of the taxpayer is gratifying in its way. Today Gordon Brown apologised "on behalf of politicians, on behalf of all political parties" . This follows revelations about...
Brown's [Pounds Sterling]24bn Post Office Windfall; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton JOHN RALFE, the pensions consultant, did a public service over the weekend when he blew the whistle on the Government's plans for the Royal Mail pension fund which it will take responsibility for once the Bill to part-privatise...
Button: I'll Need to Polish Up My Act If I Want Monaco Win; He Has Blown the Opposition out of the Water So Far This Year but the Brit Hero Knows the Most Glamorous Race of the Season Will Be a Tough Call by Matt Majendie
Byline: Matt Majendie RUNAWAY world championship leader Jenson Button has played down his chances of notching up a fifth win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix. Although victory in Spain yesterday means Button returns home to Monaco with...
Button: I'll Need to Polish Up My Act If I Want Monaco Win; He Has Blown the Opposition out of the Water So Far This Year but the Brit Hero Knows the Most Glamorous Race of the Season Will Be a Tough Call. by Matt Majendie
Byline: Matt Majendie RUNAWAY world championship leader Jenson Button has played down his chances of notching up a fifth win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix. Although victory in Spain yesterday means Button returns home to Monaco with...
Button: I'll Need to Polish Up My Act If I Want Monaco Win; He Has Blown the Opposition out of the Water So Far This Year but the Brit Hero Knows the Most Glamorous Race of the Season Will Be a Tough Call. by Matt Majendie
Byline: Matt Majendie RUNAWAY world championship leader Jenson Button has played down his chances of notching up a fifth win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix. Although victory in Spain yesterday means Button returns home to Monaco with...
Centrica Delights with Cut-Price Deals
Byline: Robert Lea THE City was cheering British Gas group Centrica today. Britain's leading supplier of gas and electricity managed to pull off a cutprice investment in the British Energy nuclear group leaving itself with more than [pounds sterling]1...
Centrica Shares Leap after Cut-Price Deals
Byline: Robert Lea SHARES in British Gas group Centrica leapt today as the City cheered a victory over EDF in the battle over the future of British Energy. Centrica had spooked the City last autumn when it apparently agreed to spend more than...
City Tycoon in [Pounds Sterling]11m Divorce Battle Tells of Secret Love Life; in an Exclusive Interview the Businessman Brian Myerson, Who Went to Court to Try to Reduce His Ex-Wife's Settlement, Reveals He Had a Second Family Whom He Housed Just Yards from His Home and Kept Secret from His Wife Ingrid. Is He Repentant? Not at All
Byline: David Cohen and Robert Mendick BRIAN Myerson, the City tycoon who tried and failed to reduce his [pounds sterling]11 million landmark divorce settlement with his ex-wife, Ingrid, on the grounds that the credit crunch had left him out of...
COCO CRAZY; Two Rival Films, a New TV Ad Campaign, a Biography and Now Chanel-Clad Ballerinas - the Capital Is Gripped by Chanelmania
Byline: Liz Hoggard SHE liberated women from the corset. Her friends included Cocteau, Picasso and Chaplin. She had a love affair with Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. No wonder Coco Chanel (1883- 1971) is the muse for the coolest names in fashion...
EastEnders Is Television We Can Adam and Eve In
Byline: Tanya Gold IN the British Soap Awards on Saturday night EastEnders triumphed. It smacked Coronation Street down the apples and pears (stairs) and smacked it in the boat race (face). It won seven awards, including a lifetime achievement...
England's Attack Needs to Be Forged under Fire; Question Marks Remain over the Bowlers Ahead of Ashes Series after All-Too-Easy Win against the Windies
Byline: Tom Collomosse WHILE there was much to be admired about England's dismantling of West Indies inside three days at Lord's, an identical outcome in the second npower Test this week would serve little purpose. The match at Chester-le-Street,...
England's Attack Needs to Be Forged under Fire; Question Marks Remain over the Bowlers Ahead of Ashes Series after All-Too-Easy Win against the Windies
Byline: Tom Collomosse WHILE there was much to be admired about England's dismantling of West Indies inside three days at Lord's, an identical outcome in the second npower Test this week would serve little purpose. The match at Chester-le-Street,...
England's Attack Needs to Be Forged under Fire; Question Marks Remain over the Bowlers Ahead of Ashes Series after All-Too-Easy Win against the Windies. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse WHILE there was much to be admired about England's dismantling of West Indies inside three days at Lord's, an identical outcome in the second npower Test this week would serve little purpose. The match at Chester-le-Street,...
Exiles Find a Way to Breathe Life into Trio's Final Ambition
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent PREMIERSHIP FINAL LEICESTER V LON IRISH SAT, 5.30PM, TWICKENHAM, CAPTAIN Bob Casey, England lock Nick Kennedy and Samoa centre Seilala Mapusua will spend three hours in an oxygen tank today in a bid to...
Exiles Find a Way to Breathe Life into Trio's Final Ambition
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent CAPTAIN Bob Casey, England lock Nick Kennedy and Samoa centre Seilala Mapusua will spend three hours in an oxygen tank today in a bid to ensure London Irish will be at full strength for their Guinness Premiership...
Exiles Find a Way to Breathe Life into Trio's Final Ambition
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent CAPTAIN Bob Casey, England lock Nick Kennedy and Samoa centre Seilala Mapusua spent three hours in an oxygen tank today in a bid to ensure London Irish will be at full strength for their Guinness Premiership...
FLOWER BOMB; Forget the Blowsy Bunch of Mixed Blooms. If You Really Want to Impress the Simple Orchid Is the Only Flower to Send. Liz Hoggard on a Growing Trend
Byline: Liz Hoggard THEY'VE driven men to lust and murder, been immortalised by poets and painters, and now orchids are the corporate gift du jour. You're nobody if a courier hasn't arrived breathless at your desk bearing a Paphiopedilum (lady...
G-Block Gang Member Tells of His Regrets ... from Jail Cell
Byline: Aline Nassif A TEENAGE member of a robbery gang that terrorised Londoners today apologised for "failing to help" the victims. Peter Hyatt, who was jailed for fourand-a-half years for his involvement with the G-Block gang, said his sentence...
Gone but Not Forgotten. It Could Be Worse under Labour
WHAT would the Government really like to do? Before you all offer answers, some of which may be unfit to print, here is a Parliamentary question from Jim Cousins, the backbench Labour MP: "To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate...
Gone but Not Forgotten. It Could Be Worse under Labour
WHAT would the Government really like to do? Before you all offer answers, some of which may be unfit to print, here is a Parliamentary question from Jim Cousins, the backbench Labour MP: "To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate...
Great Britten's Anti-Hero; Opera
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON PETER GRIMES Coliseum, WC2 **** THE IDEA that Peter Grimes might be a simple tale of Suffolk fisherfolk never really held water. In recent decades, the view that Britten, as a closeted homosexual, was expressing his own...
Great Britten's Anti-Hero; Opera
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON PETER GRIMES Coliseum, WC2 .. .. .. .. ... THE IDEA that Peter Grimes might be a simple tale of Suffolk fisherfolk never really held water. In recent decades, the view that Britten, as a closeted homosexual, was expressing...
Gunners Gulf in Class Set to Test Wenger to the Core; after Another Heavy Defeat Which Saw the Arsenal Defence Exposed Again, the Boss Is Facing Up to the Need to Bring in Experience to Help His Youngsters. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley ARSENAL 1 CHELSEA 4 THERE isn't much in football that could dissuade Arsene Wenger from his passionate belief in youth but conceding 11 goals in four games against the three Premier League principals will surely test his...
Gunners Gulf in Class Set to Test Wenger to the Core; after Another Heavy Defeat Which Saw the Arsenal Defence Exposed Again, the Boss Is Facing Up to the Need to Bring in Experience to Help His Youngsters. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley ARSENAL 1 CHELSEA 4 THERE isn't much in football that could dissuade Arsene Wenger from his passionate belief in youth but conceding 11 goals in four games against the three Premier League principals will surely test his resolve...
Henrik Bids to Become a Major Player
Byline: Andrew Hodgson PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP winner Henrik Stenson is hoping the biggest victory of his career can quickly translate into success at the majors. The Swede turned in a six-under-par final round 66 at TPC Sawgrass last night as the...
HOW TO WIN IN THE ART OF NEGOTIATION; Speak Softly, Be Flexible and Try to Disguise Your Reactions, Says Kwasi Kwarteng
Byline: Kwasi Kwarteng THERE are markets in people as well as commodities. Last year Myleene Klass was worth a million to Marks & Spencer, now the store has revalued her at [pounds sterling]750,000. She made a savvy calculation that she could...
I Kept My Other Family Secret but I Was a Caring Husband
Byline: David Cohen and Robert Mendick In an exclusive interview, the controversial businessman who went to court to try to reduce his ex-wife's [pounds sterling]11m settlement reveals he had a second family whom he housed just yards from his home...
It's Time to Light Up a Balkan Sobranie; World
Byline: SIMON BROUGHTON EMIR KUSTURICA AND THE NO SMOKING ORCHESTRA Barbican Hall, EC2 **** IT WAS bound to be a wild Balkan night and even the Barbican can't have seen many shows like this. On stage we had -- according to the MC -- Kim Il Sung,...
It's Time to Light Up a Balkan Sobranie; World
Byline: SIMON BROUGHTON EMIR KUSTURICA AND THE NO SMOKING ORCHESTRA Barbican Hall, EC2 .. .. .. .. ... IT WAS bound to be a wild Balkan night and even the Barbican can't have seen many shows like this. On stage we had -- according to the MC...
Jesus and an Unholy Union Jack; BRIT ART GILBERT AND GEORGE DRESS CHRIST IN A FLAG AS THEY EXPLORE RELIGION AND PATRIOTISM IN A MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION
Byline: Geordie Greig GILBERT AND GEORGE, the art world's most controversial double act, have used the Union Jack as a shroud to cover the naked, crucified body of Jesus in their latest picture, Christian England, part of a show called the Jack...
Jesus and an Unholy Union Jack; BRIT ART GILBERT AND GEORGE DRESS CHRIST IN A FLAG AS THEY EXPLORE RELIGION AND PATRIOTISM IN A MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION
Byline: Geordie Greig GILBERT AND GEORGE, the art world's most controversial double act, have used the Union Jack as a shroud to cover the naked, crucified body of Jesus in their latest picture, Christian England, part of a show called the Jack...
Jordan's King Warns of New Mid-East War within a Year
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA AMERICA is promoting a peace agreement for the Middle East aimed at ending more than 60 years of conflict between Israel and the Arabs, Jordan's King Abdullah said today. If it fails to work it could end in a new war in...
Key Insists IPL Can Help Lift Our Prospects at the World Twenty20
ROB KEY today said the muchcriticised Indian Premier League has improved England's chances of winning the World Twenty20 on home soil next month, writes Tom Collomosse. Key is a part of a 15-man squad for the competition which includes seven players...
LITTLE MAGS, BIG IDEAS; A Niche Journal by Francis Ford Coppola Is Spearheading a New Genre of Intelligent Reading, Says Jenny Wilhide
Byline: Jenny Wilhide FAR back in history, in 2008, the scintillating design of a new flagship store or the It-bag backlit on a pedestal within it provided pulsequickening excitement. Now the slick limestone-clad store that once got us so hot...
Long Faces at Convention for Private-Jet Set amid 'Unbelievably Tough' Trading
Byline: Robert Lea IT has been one of the great jamborees of conspicuous consumption. But this year's Ebace convention in Geneva, the annual trade fair of the European private jeterati, will be a more muted affair than previously as corporate...
Marathon Hero Aims to Scale a New Mountain
Byline: Danny Brierley THE Army major who was told he would never walk again is preparing for his next challenge -- two days after completing the London Marathon. Phil Packer, who lost the use of both legs after a bomb blast in Basra, will scale...
Marathon Hero Aims to Scale a New Mountain
Byline: Danny Brierley THE Army major who was told he would never walk again is preparing for his next challenge -- two days after completing the London Marathon. Phil Packer, who lost the use of both legs after a bomb blast in Basra, will scale...
Mighty Morgan Steps Up after Hughes Fails
Byline: Tom Collomosse AUSTRALIAN run-machine Phil Hughes failed with the bat today but England's Eoin Morgan took up the mantle for Middlesex in their Friends Provident Trophy clash against Kent. Hughes, who joined Middlesex on a short-term...
Mighty Morgan Steps Up after Hughes Fails
Byline: Tom Collomosse ENGLAND Twenty20 pick Eoin Morgan was in great form as Middlesex posted 322 for five against Kent at Canterbury today. The 22-year-old plundered 161 in a partnership of 277 for the third wicket with opener Nick Compton,...
Millwall Wait for FA's Verdict as They Play Down Pitch Invasion
Byline: Ben Hunt MILLWALL today defended themselves over the pitch invasion during their play-off semi-final against Leeds at The Den. Saturday's first leg passed largely without trouble until Neil Harris scored the winner in the 70th minute....
Motorcycle Raiders Grab Jewels from Harvey Nicks
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent RAIDERS struck at Harvey Nichols' store in Knightsbridge for the first time today. Six men used sledgehammers to smash glass doors at its Sloane Street entrance before snatching tens of thousands of...
MPs Finally Eat Humble Pie; 'There's Been Abuse. We Have Let People Down'
Byline: Joe Murphy, Paul Waugh and Nicholas Cecil SHAMED MPs and ministers finally admitted they were in the wrong over expenses today. In a striking change of tone, Westminster's elite tried to head off growing public fury and disgust with belated...
MPs: Of Course They Are All in It for the Money
Byline: Sam Leith THE devil, as a wise man said, is in the detail. "Two Bogs" and his splintering toilet seats; Shaun Woodward and his [pounds sterling]1.06 Asda pizza; the junior minister's Jaffa Cakes; the Welshman's chocolate Santa; the mole-killing...
Multiple-Birth Mothers to Get Classes in Coping
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor WOMEN expecting twins and triplets are being offered special pregnancy workshops amid a boom in multiple births. Parents will be advised on how to cope with the extra burden of having more than one child...
Muslim Cook Sues 'Insensitive' Met over Pork Sausages
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent A MUSLIM police chef claiming religious discrimination after being asked to cook pork sausages, bacon and black pudding today began his case against Scotland Yard. Hasanali Khoja says the Met was unable...
NOW WHO'S PUBLIC ENEMY No1?
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent BLUES BOUNCE BACK Cole says Chelsea have proved a point as they subject Arsenal to their worst home League defeat for 32 years ASHLEY COLE today insisted Chelsea's 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal proved...
NOW WHO'S PUBLIC ENEMY No1? BLUES BOUNCE BACK; Cole Says Chelsea Have Proved a Point as They Subject Arsenal to Their Worst Home League Defeat for 32 Years; Cole Delight as Chelsea Bounce Back
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent ASHLEY COLE today insisted Chelsea's 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal proved to the whole of Europe that the club are not the enemy of football. Chelsea bounced back from their controversial Champions League...
Oaks Prep Run in Doubt for Classy High Heeled
Byline: Simon Milham BARRY HILLS may keep the wraps on Oaks contender High Heeled and head straight to Epsom. The trainer is worried that the ground may be too fast in the Classic trials at York and Newbury this week, where the filly has respective...
Oaks Prep Run in Doubt for Classy High Heeled
Byline: Simon Milham BARRY HILLS may keep the wraps on Oaks contender High Heeled and head straight to Epsom. The trainer is worried that the ground may be too fast in the Classic trials at York and Newbury this week, where the filly has respective...
Opening This Week
THE GIG MORRISSEY Albert Hall TONIGHT Just short of his 50th birthday, the resurgent Morrissey returns to the capital with his Years of Refusal tour -- playing songs from his best received album for some time. Though not exactly full of the joys...
Opening This Week
THE GIG MORRISSEY Albert Hall TONIGHT Just short of his 50th birthday, the resurgent Morrissey returns to the capital with his Years of Refusal tour -- playing songs from his best received album for some time. Though not exactly full of the joys...
Pitch Invasion Casts a Shadow over Lions Win
Byline: Ben Hunt MILLWALL could face disciplinary action if the Football Association decide they were guilty of failing to control their supporters in the 1-0 play-off semi-final win against Leeds. The match at The Den passed largely without...
Pitch Invasion Casts a Shadow over Millwall's Play-Off Success
Byline: Ben Hunt MILLWALL could face disciplinary action if the Football Association decide they were guilty of failing to control their supporters in the 1-0 play-off semi-final win against Leeds. The match at The Den passed largely without...
Pope Lays Holocaust Row to Rest
Byline: Ellen Widdup THE POPE has used his first speech in Israel as an exercise in damage control over his reinstatement of a bishop who denied the Holocaust. German-born Pope Benedict, who was a member of the Hitler Youth and later served in...
[Pounds Sterling]55m Unpaid Parking Fines Written off by Westminster
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield PARKING chiefs have been forced to write off more than [pounds sterling]55 million of fines in central London, it emerged today. Westminster council has agreed to tear up almost [pounds sterling]20million of penalty charges,...
Pub Landlord Has One for the Road; Comedy
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU AL MURRAY O2 Arena *** ACCORDING to recent reports, nearly 40 pubs are closing every week. Maybe saloon regulars are spending their beer money on character comedian Al Murray's Pub Landlord instead. The larger-than-life...
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'Rein in Mining Bulls'
Byline: Rosamund Urwin MARKET ROUND-UP THE mining bulls have run ahead of themselves. That is the verdict of Citigroup, which today urged caution in wake of the recent recovery in commodities stocks. The broker believes that the market is behaving...
'Rein in Mining Bulls'; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin THE mining bulls have got ahead of themselves. That is the verdict of Citigroup, which today urged investors not to get carried away by the recent recovery in metal stocks. The broker says that the market is acting as though...
'Rein in Mining Bulls'; MARKET ROUND-UP Rosamund Urwin
THE mining bulls have got ahead of themselves. That is the verdict of Citigroup, which today urged investors not to get carried away by the recent recovery in metal stocks. The broker says that the market is acting as though another supercycle is...
Rusedski Tips Andy to Bag a Grand This Year; Former British Star Is Backing Murray to Break His Major Duck in 2009 and Overtake Federer in the World Rankings
Byline: Chris Jones ANDY MURRAY, who today became the first British man to reach No3 in the world, has been tipped to become a Grand Slam champion this year and finish the season at No2. Murray has 11 tour titles but Greg Rusedski, who like fellow...
Rusedski Tips Andy to Bag a Grand This Year; Former British Star Is Backing Murray to Break His Majors Duck in 2009 and Overtake Federer in the World Rankings. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones ANDY MURRAY, who today became the first British man to reach No3 in the world, has been tipped to become a Grand Slam champion by the end of the year. Murray has 11 tour titles but Greg Rusedski, who like fellow British star...
Shearer Praise for Duff Ahead of Boro Rescue Act
Byline: Andrew Hodgson ALAN SHEARER has praised Damien Duff's professionalism in answering Newcastle United's emergency call. The 30-year-old former Chelsea winger will find himself deployed at left-back in tonight's must-win Premier League clash...
Silence Is Golden at Arsenal as We Intrude on Private Grief
Byline: Matthew Norman SELDOM in its short life has Emirates Stadium been known, even by the standards of its sedate predecessor, as a deafening arena. Yesterday, for the gloomiest of reasons, it made the Highbury Library sound like a Black Sabbath...
Silence Is Golden at Emirates as We Intrude on Private Grief
Byline: Matthew Norman SELDOM in its short life has Emirates Stadium been known, even by the standards of its sedate predecessor, as a deafening arena. Yesterday, for the gloomiest of reasons, it made the Highbury Library sound like a Black Sabbath...
Sleazebuster: This Is Worse Than Cash for Questions
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy Continued on page 4 BRITAIN'S anti-sleaze chief today branded the expenses scandal rocking Parliament as "worse than cash-forquestions". The denunciation by Sir Christopher Kelly, chairman of the Committee...
Sledgehammer Gang Grab Jewels at Harvey Nicks
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent RAIDERS struck at Harvey Nichols' store in Knightsbridge for the first time today. Six men used sledgehammers to smash through the glass doors. They grabbed jewellery worth tens of thousands of pounds...
Soros Leads Growing Chorus of 'Green Shoots' Optimists
Byline: Hugo Duncan HOPES rose tonight that the economy would soon be in recovery mode after a flurry of positive predictions from pundits including billionaire investor George Soros. The influential Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...
Soros Says the Worst Is over as Green Shoots Emerge
Byline: Hugo Duncan BILLIONAIRE investment tycoon George Soros today declared the global economy was pulling out of recession. Soros said: "The economic freefall has been stopped, the collapse of the financial system averted." His words were...
Soros Says the Worst Is over as Green Shoots Emerge
Byline: Hugo Duncan BILLIONAIRE investment tycoon George Soros made the startling declaration today that the global economy is pulling out of recession. "The economic freefall has been stopped, the collapse of the financial system averted," he...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 18 You would be wise to question one particular relationship. Aries rarely keep close track of favours given and returned but in this case, you should. Others have insisted things are unfair. Now you discover how true this...
Swine Flu Fears Close Another Two Schools
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor TWO schools in London and the South- East closed today after suspected swine flu outbreaks. Education bosses shut Castle View School in Essex and fee-paying Hampton School in south-west London after pupils...
Swine Flu Fears Shut a Fourth London School
Byline: Rashid Razaq A FOURTH London school has been closed after a suspected swine flu outbreak. Parents have been told Hampton School will be shut this week on the advice of the Health Protection Agency after an 11-year-old boy developed symptoms....
Tamils Blockade Parliament Sq; Roads Shut as Crowd Surges Past Police
Byline: Amar Singh MORE than a thousand Tamil protesters blocked the roads surrounding Parliament today in the latest demonstration against Sri Lanka. Police were overwhelmed as the crowd surged from Parliament Square on to roads to begin a sit-down...
Terror Watchdog Accuses Met over Stop and Search Abuses
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE Met was today facing new criticism over stop and search as the Government's terrorism watchdog warned that the powers were being widely misused. Lord Carlile of Berriew said he believed that too...
The De-Skilled Minister
TORY MP David Willetts charged the taxpayer [pounds sterling]100 as reimbursement for an electrician to change 25 light bulbs, evidently mindful of Hilaire Belloc's poem about Lord Finchley which declares: "Lord Finchley tried to mend the Electric...
The Duty of the Odeys
Byline: Anthony Hilton IT'S a bit rich that Crispin Odey, the hedge fund manager, should tell the Sunday Times that he is "seriously considering" moving his business abroad because "the Government is not interested in keeping London alive as a financial...
The Duty of the Odeys
IT'S a bit rich that Crispin Odey, the hedge fund manager, should tell the Sunday Times that he is "seriously considering" moving his business abroad because "the Government is not interested in keeping London alive as a financial centre." It is worth...
The First in a Series on the Pleasures and Sorrows of the Modern Workplace; THE OFFICE THE RISE OF HR
Byline: Alain de Botton EVERYONE hates the HR department. This is the cavern from which your P45 is sent, where your assessments are stored and where orders are sent out to ship you off on a group exercise to a salmon-coloured conference centre...
The Hot Tickets Are for Serious Drama; Theatregoers Are Not Seeking to Escape the Dilemmas of Our Time, They Crave Plays That Strive to Explain Them
Byline: Nicholas Hytner Director of the National Theatre OURS is not the first generation to worry about a degeneration of the culture. Writers have regretted the passing of an Arcadian golden age since the beginnings of Western literature. Satirists...
The Hot Tickets Are for Serious Drama; Theatregoers Are Not Seeking to Escape the Dilemmas of Our Time, They Crave Plays That Strive to Explain Them
Byline: Nicholas Hytner Director of the National Theatre OURS is not the first generation to worry about a degeneration of the culture. Writers have regretted the passing of an Arcadian golden age since the beginnings of Western literature. Satirists...
THE POWER OF TEN; Are You into Instant Gratification or Do You Always Take the Long View? Philip Delves Broughton Reports on a New Decision-Making Process That Will Change Your Life in Minutes
Byline: Philip Delves Broughton DURING the split second when you hit the snooze button in the morning, a couple of competing thoughts may flit through your mind: first, it would be a good idea to get up now and push on with the day; second, to hell...
There's More to Come, Insists Poulter
Byline: Andrew Hodgson IAN POULTER believes he can build on his second place at The Players Championship, which saw him jump to a career-high 18th in the world rankings today. The Englishman fired a final round 70 at TPC Sawgrass in Florida to...
The Schools for Scandal That Should Be Brought to Book
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor IN DECEMBER 1983, Philip Geddes was killed in the IRA bomb attack on Harrods. I was at school with Philip -- he was in the year ahead of me. I still have some books bearing his signature that he handed on to...
The Schools for Scandal That Should Be Brought to Book
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor IN DECEMBER 1983, Philip Geddes was killed in the IRA bomb attack on Harrods. I was at school with Philip -- he was in the year ahead of me. I still have some books bearing his signature that he handed on to...
The School's Got Talent; STANDARD AWARD WINNERS TEACHERS IN POOR BOROUGH TURN CHILDREN INTO STARS
Byline: Amar Singh and Tim Ross ONE is a musical star in the making, the other a sporting prodigy. Both have the world at their feet. Ashton Russell and Rochelle Rhodes, growing up in one of London's most deprived boroughs, are among a wave of...
The Tip Revolt: Diners Shun Service Charges and Leave Cash for Waiters
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Daisy Dumas LONDONERS are going "on strike" against hefty restaurant service charges over fears that they are not passed on to staff. Restaurateurs say there is a growing reluctance to pay the 12.5 or 15 per cent "optional"...
The Tip Revolt: Diners Shun Service Charges and Leave Cash for Waiters
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Daisy Dumas LONDONERS are going "on strike" against hefty restaurant service charges over fears that they are not passed on to staff. Restaurateurs say there is a growing reluctance to pay the 12.5 or 15 per cent "optional"...
They've Got Talent: Pupils to Take on the World; STANDARD AWARD WINNERS SCHOOL IN POOR BOROUGH THAT TURNS CHILDREN INTO STARS
Byline: Amar Singh and Tim Ross ONE is a musical star in the making, the other a sporting prodigy. Both have the world at their feet. Ashton Russell and Rochelle Rhodes, growing up in one of London's most deprived boroughs, are among a wave of...