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Articles from December 9, 2009

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A BESPOKE HOME THAT SUITS YOU; Now You Can Design a Home to Suit You Lifestyle. David Spittles Discovers the Boutique Builders
Byline: David Spittles The fear of living in a home that looks like everyone else's puts many people off newbuild. however, the credit crunch has forced developers to be flexible. Today, more buyers are demanding individuality -- and getting...
Anderson and Sidebottom in Fitness Race for Centurion Test
Byline: Andy Hodgson Sports Correspondent ENGLAND seamers James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom are struggling to be fit for next week's First Test with South Africa, coach Andy Flower has admitted. Flower believes that playing either of them without...
A Tough Speech -- but Not Quite a Candid One; Today's Mini-Budget Was Intended to Draw a Dividing Line That David Cameron Cannot Possibly Cross
Byline: Anne McElvoy HE pre-Budget report was in many ways a foregone conclusion. TThat the public finances are overspent and the Chancellor needs swingeing measures even to begin rebalancing the books is hardly a classified secret. And yet this...
Bankers Hit with 50% Tax on Bonus Pools for Big Payouts; Lawyers Look for Loopholes as Levy Sparks Square Mile's Fury
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Jim Armitage ALISTAIR DARLING was today locked in a fierce battle with City bankers over forcing them to pay a super-tax on bonuses. The Chancellor announced a 50 per cent one-off levy on "excessive" bonus pools --...
Bankers Hit with 50% Tax on; Lawyers Look for Loopholes as Levy Sparks Square Mile's Fury
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Jim Armitage ALISTAIR DARLING was today locked in battle with City bankers over a supertax on bonuses. The Chancellor announced a 50 per cent one-off levy on "excessive" bonus pools -- banks will have to declare all...
Bargain News; Our Bargain Hunter Finds a Smart Leather Sofa, Some Sparkling Furniture and a Dish of the Day
Byline: Alison Cork A DESIGNER BIT ON THE SIDE Find high-end, european designer classics for up to 40 per cent off at Contemporary Home International. best buys include the antonello Italia Maia sideboard (right), down [pounds sterling]1,120...
Barking's Mad for Stacey as the Diva Goes Home; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID SMYTH STACEY SOLOMON Broadway Theatre, Barking BARKING and Dagenham screamed as one when a new famous daughter returned for a brief performance in preparation for the biggest weekend of her young life. Hundreds of fans braved the...
Barking's Mad for Stacey as the Diva Goes Home; REVIEW
Byline: DAVID SMYTH STACEY SOLOMON Broadway Theatre, Barking BARKING and Dagenham screamed as one when a new famous daughter returned for a brief performance in preparation for the biggest weekend of her young life. Hundreds of fans braved the...
BAUBLES, BANGLES SEEDS AND ... SEEDS; Use the Fruits of Your Garden to Create Stunning Christmas Decorations for Your Home
Byline: Pattie Barron BRING the garden indoors for the ultimate in festive finery. Instead of the predictable non-drop nordmann, use a patio evergreen, transforming the terracotta by wrapping it in red satin ribbon, secured with an oversized bow....
BE PART OF THE ACTION; Go Christmas Shopping for a New Home in the Heart of Central London. David Spittles Finds Plenty of Exciting New Properties -- and in Every Price Range
Byline: David Spittles LOOKing at their best this month, the West End and central London sparkle as strings of Christmas lights compete for attention with glamorous shop window displays revelling in fantasy and the season's fairytales Family outings...
BLING'S THE THING; Make Your Mantelpiece the Centrepiece, Says Barbara Chandler
Byline: Barbara Chandler GLITZ, bling and baubles are a work of art this Christmas. Big on baubles is the Conran Shop: 20cm in diameter, they come in pink and purple, [pounds sterling]9.95 (www.conranshop.co.uk). Secure your fragile stack of globes...
BOYS JUST WANT TO BE SMOOTHIES; Simon Cowell Hands, David Beckham's Chest -- Waxing Is Becoming Just as Popular for Men as It Is for Women, Says Bella Blissett
Byline: Bella Blissett What do David Beckham, Simon Cowel l and thingy from Strictly Come Dancing all have in common? Glistening c h e s t s a n d r e g u l a r wa x i n g appointments, that's what. at some point in the not too distant past, manwaxing...
Chancellor Woos the Two Fat Ladies in Bingo Land
Byline: Anne McElvoy SKETCH FIRST the good news. Bingo duty is being cut by two per cent. This unashamed embrace of the Two Fat Ladies' vote (Labour heartland anyone?) was about as cheerful as it got. Alistair Darling's Scottish lawyer drone...
Christmas Shoppers Watch as Teenager Is Knifed in Gang Fight
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A TEENAGER was stabbed during a gang fight on one of London's busiest streets in front of hundreds of Christmas shoppers. Witnesses described a "running battle" between rival gangs in Tottenham Court Road and told how...
Christmas Shoppers Watch as Teenager Is Knifed in Gang Fight
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A TEENAGER was stabbed during a gang fight on one of London's busiest streets in front of hundreds of Christmas shoppers. Witnesses described a "running battle" between rival gangs in Tottenham Court Road and told how...
Climate Talks on Brink of Collapse as Rich and Poor Nations Collide
Byline: Terry Kirby HOPES of a deal on climate change were threatened today by a clash between rich and poor nations. Developing countries reacted furiously to a leaked draft agreement which would allow rich countries to link financial aid to...
Climate Talks on Brink of Collapse as Rich and Poor Nations Collide
Byline: Terry Kirby HOPES of a deal on climate change were threatened today by a clash between rich and poor nations. Developing countries reacted furiously to a leaked draft agreement which would allow rich countries to link financial aid to...
CODEWORD WIN A NEW iPOD NANO
Courtesy of Play.com, the UK's number 1 online entertainment retailer, this new 16GB iPod Nano can hold up to 4,000 songs or 16 hours of video. It has a fantastic video camera, a polished anodized aluminium finish, and a larger screen. It is the first...
COLE WARNING WE'VE GOT TO HALT SLUMP QUICKLY; Mini-Slump Worries Cole
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent JOE COLE today warned his Chelsea team-mates that the next five games could make or break their season. Last night, the Blues conceded at Stamford Bridge for the first time since the opening day of...
Cost-Cutting Plan to Close 144 Tube Ticket Offices Is 'A Risk to Passengers'
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent LONDON Underground is planning to close 144 station ticket offices, putting passenger safety and 1,200 jobs at risk, union bosses claimed today. The RMT union says it has received leaked details of...
Darling: I Promise to Slash UK Debt by Half
Byline: Hugo Duncan ALISTAIR Darling today pledged to cut Britain's ballooning debts by more than half and admitted the recession was deeper than he thought. The Chancellor said the Government will borrow [pounds sterling]178 billion this year...
Darling Plan to Halve UK Debt Is Scorned
Byline: Hugo Duncan THE City tonight poured scorn on Government plans to cut Britain's ballooning debts by more than half as the Chancellor admitted the recession was deeper than he thought. Alistair Darling outlined borrowing of [pounds sterling]178...
Darling: Recession Is Worse Than I Thought
Byline: Hugo Duncan STERLING plummeted again today as Alistair Darling laid bare Britain's debt crisis and admitted the recession was even deeper than he thought. The Chancellor said the Government will borrow around [pounds sterling]180 billion...
Darling's Dilemma: Trying to Please Us All
THE Chancellor, Alistair Darling, had his work cut out for today's pre-Budget report. It is a formidable task under any circumstances to show the markets how he is halving a deficit of [pounds sterling]180 billion in four years -- and Gordon Brown...
Defiant Bankers Plot Ways to Beat Chancellor's Tax on Bonus Pots; Salary Rises and Paying School Fees among Ideas Planned in City
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent BANKERS were today drawing up plans to avoid a new supertax on bonus pools. Accountants and lawyers were being mobilised to defend the City against the full impact of the special one-off levy....
Design News
Byline: Katie Law LIGHT THE WAY TO CHRISTMAS LOMBOK Candles come into their own at Christmas. These pillar candles in gold, antique smoke or grape (left) are from [pounds sterling]5, decorative garlands are [pounds sterling]14.99 and Ruba wind...
DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; A Ceiling Collapses at the Valuation, Journos Rent a Flat in an Ideal Spot for Eyeing the Great and Good and a Turner-Nominated Artist's on the Move
MONDAY An exceptionally busy start to the week with five tenants moving in -- or so we thought. Everything was running smoothly until we discovered that one tenant had not paid. We tried to explain to him that if he did not pay he could not move in......
Don't Let Heathrow off the Hook
WHY ISN'T the Committee on Climate Change questioning the impact on the rest of the economy of allowing aviation to go from contributing some five UK carbon emissions today to 25 per cent in 2050? This week we can all see the Government's hypocrisy...
EasyJet Chief Stands Down after Dogfight with Stelios
Byline: Nick Goodway ANDY harrison, long-standing chief executive of easyJet, today announced his departure from the budget airline after two bruising years of on-off battling with its founder and largest shareholder Sir Stelios haji-Ioannou. easyJet...
EasyJet Chief Storms out as Plan for Growth Is Ignored
Byline: Nick Goodway ANDY Harrison, long-standing chief executive of easyJet, today announced his departure from the budget airline after two bruising years of on-off battling with its founder and largest shareholder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. EasyJet...
Evans: Why I Wouldn't Quit over Bloodgate; Harlequins Chief Has Endured an 'Annus Horribilis' over the Fake-Blood Scandal but Is Determined the Club Will End the Year on a High. Chris Jones Reports; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Chris Jones BATTERED reputations have become something of a theme in sport this year. Reports of Tiger Woods's affairs, the drug scandal at Bath Rugby Club, Thierry Henry's handball and Flavio Briatore's Crashgate controversy have all caused...
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Ferguson Hails His 'Fantastic' Hat-Trick Hero Owen
Byline: Andy Hodgson SIR ALEX FERGUSON believes hat-trick hero Michael Owen proved his critics wrong as he fired Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg. The striker joined from Newcastle in a bid to revive his career but had scored just...
Ferguson Hails His 'Fantastic' Hat-Trick Hero Owen
Byline: Andy Hodgson SIR ALEX FERGUSON believes hat-trick hero Michael Owen proved his critics wrong as he fired Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg. The striker joined from Newcastle in a bid to revive his career but had scored just...
Festive Cheer Is on the Cards for M&S, Says Morgan Stanley; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin SIR Stuart Rose's final Christmas at the helm of Marks & Spencer should be a relatively merry affair. That's the verdict of Morgan Stanley, which believes Rose will get a "last hurrah" thanks to shoppers suffering from...
Festive Cheer Is on the Cards for M&S, Says Morgan Stanley; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin SIR Stuart Rose's final Christmas at the helm of Marks & Spencer should be a relatively merry affair. That's the verdict of Morgan Stanley, which believes Rose will get a "last hurrah" thanks to shoppers suffering from...
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Greenwich Park to Close for Games; Detailed Plans for [Pounds Sterling]42 Million Equestrian Venue Are Submitted
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent GREENWICH PARK will be closed for a month to make way for the Olympic equestrian events, it emerged today. The Royal Park will be off-limits to the general public in the summer of 2012 as up to...
Greenwich Park to Close for Games; Detailed Plans for [Pounds Sterling]42 Million Equestrian Venue Are Submitted
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent GREENWICH PARK will be closed for a month to make way for the Olympic equestrian events, it emerged today. The Royal Park will be off-limits to the general public in the summer of 2012 as up to...
GROUNDS FOR EXCITEMENT; Leyton Orient Fans Can Buy Homes at Their Beloved Club -- and Be First in the Stands on Match Day, Says Ruth Bloomfield
Byline: says Ruth Bloomfield FOLLOWING in the fashion for living in the grounds of your favourite football team, fans of leyton orient will be the first to strike now the newly completed homes backing on to the grounds of the south stand have been...
Harlequins Leave Door Open for Richards to Return; Disgraced Bloodgate Coach Could Get Lifeline after Ban; Exclusive
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent MARK EVANS today refused to rule out a sensational return for Dean Richards to Harlequins once the disgraced former director of rugby has completed a three-year ban for orchestrating Bloodgate. Many will...
Hidden Losses Risk New Crisis, Warns Adviser
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor SOME of Europe's biggest banks may be hiding "nightmare" losses that could trigger another global financial crisis, one of Gordon Brown's closest aides has warned. Baroness Vadera, a former business...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Compton Miller IT'S STARRY, STARRY NIGHTS FOR HOLLYWOOD'S BRIGHTEST Award-winning actress Keira Knightley has spent some of her Hollywood millions buying a French holiday villa near the medieval town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence. The Teddington-born...
Infrastructure Is the Road to Recovery; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton Britain needs high-speed rail links. it needs more electricity generation, and it needs better flood control. Britain needs infrastructure, not because what we have is inadequate -- though some of it certainly is -- but because...
London Firms Most Upbeat for 18 Months but Worries Persist
Byline: HUGO DUNCAN BUSINESSES in London are more confident about the future than at any time in the last 18 months -- but they still worry about the capital's long-term status as a "world city". a survey by the CBi and KPMG today showed 47%...
London Firms Most Upbeat for 18 Months but Worries Persist
Byline: Hugo Duncan BUSINESSES in London are more confident about the future than at any time in the last 18 months -- but they still worry about the capital's long-term status as a "world city". A survey by the CBI and KPMG today showed 47%...
Loophole Will Let Ministers Approve Heathrow Runway without Inquiry
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent MINISTERS are set to rush through planning permission for a third runway at Heathrow without a full public inquiry, the Standard can reveal. Official documents show the Government is prepared...
MILLIONS HIT BY PUBLIC PAY CURB; EXCLUSIVE DARLING PLEDGES 'DEEP CUTS AND FAIR TAXES' IN BUDGET; CHANCELLOR VOWS TO HALVE DEFICIT IN APPEAL TO VOTERS; Schools, NHS and Police to Be Protected from Cutbacks
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor ALISTAIR DARLING is imposing a one per cent pay cap on teachers, nurses and police officers in a mini-budget today that will use tax rises and tough spending cuts to bring borrowing under control. The pay ceiling,...
Ministers Can Allow Heathrow Runway without Public Inquiry
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent MINISTERS are set to rush through planning permission for a third runway at Heathrow without a full public inquiry, the Standard can reveal. Official documents show the Government is prepared...
Money, Revenge -- and Gordon's Great Gamble; Today's Mini-Budget Is Intended to Draw a Dividing Line That David Cameron Cannot Possibly Cross
Byline: Anne McElvoy THE pre-Budget report is a foregone conclusion. That the public finances are overspent and the Chancellor needs swingeing measures even to begin rebalancing the books is hardly a classified secret. And yet this has become one...
Mr Darling Faces His Toughest Dilemma
TODAY'S pre-Budget report was never going to be easy for the Chancellor, Alistair Darling. Faced with the task of halving a deficit of almost [pounds sterling]180 billion in four years, at the same time as appealing to voters months ahead of an election,...
Owners of the Wolseley Sell St Alban as They Lose Magic Touch
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THEY are known as the Rolls and Royce of London dining, but for the first time their reliable engine has misfired. Restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, who turned Le Caprice, The Ivy, J Sheekey...
Painful Treatment from Mr Darling; Established 1827
TODAY'S pre-Budget report was never going to be easy for the Chancellor, Alistair Darling. Faced with the task of halving a deficit of almost [pounds sterling]180 billion in four years, at the same time as appealing to voters months ahead of an election,...
PARADISE AT THE RIGHT PRICE; Mauritius Is an Exotic Mix of French, British, Indian and Creole. No Wonder the Food Is So Good and the People So Colourful, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: Cathy Hawker THE Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, a 12-hour flight from London, is one of the newer property markets on the block. Buying a home there as a foreigner was impossible until 2002, and opportunities for buyers remain limited....
Pay and Pensions Double Whammy for Public Sector
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor PUBLIC sector workers were hit with a "double whammy" today as the Chancellor imposed a two-year pay freeze and [pounds sterling]1 billion-a-year raid on pensions. Up to four million nurses, police and...
Porn Star's 'Full-Time' Tiger Affair; Adult-Film Actress Becomes the Ninth Name Linked to Golf Star
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and David Gardner TIGER WOODS was today facing more turmoil after new claims he had an affair with a second porn star. Adult-film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels is said to be the latest in a string of nine women linked...
Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Man with Doubts; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS RED Donmar Warehouse, WC2 "LARGE pictures are like dramas in which one participates in a direct way," declared the painter Mark Rothko. It's a suggestive line, and in John Logan's keenly researched two-hander we see this...
[Pounds Sterling]29m for Sketch in Record Old Masters Sale
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE most lucrative sale of Old Masters ever seen has set three world records, including [pounds sterling]29.2 million for a drawing by Renaissance artist Raphael. The auction at Christie's in London...
Public Workers' Anger over Pay Cap and Pensions Freeze
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor PUBLIC sector workers reacted with anger today after the Chancellor imposed a two-year pay cap and [pounds sterling]1 billion-a-year pensions freeze. Up to four million nurses, police and teachers and...
Quins Leave Door Open for Richards to Return; Club Chief Executive Mark Evans Refuses to Ostracise Former Coach and Insists the Future Is Looking Bright despite the Bloodgate Debacle. Chris Jones Reports; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Chris Jones MARK EVANS today refused to rule out a sensational return for Dean Richards to Harlequins once the disgraced former director of rugby has completed a three-year ban for orchestrating Bloodgate. Many will be amazed by the Quins...
Rangers to Axe Magilton over Clash with Buzsaky; Qpr Prepare to Sack Manager after He Is Suspended Following Dressing Room Bust-Up
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent JIM MAGILTON will be sacked as Queens Park Rangers manager after a player revolt at Loftus Road in the wake of his bust-up with Akos Buzsaky. The former Ipswich boss was suspended by the club today and...
Rangers to Axe Magilton over Clash with Buzsaky; Qpr Prepare to Sack Manager after He Is Suspended Following Dressing Room Bust-Up
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent JIM MAGILTON will be sacked as Queens Park Rangers manager after a player revolt at Loftus Road in the wake of his bust-up with Akos Buzsaky. The former Ipswich boss was suspended by the club today and...
REHAB TO ROCK STAR; after a Youth Spent Wrestling with Drug Addiction, Actress Turned Punk Singer Juliette Lewis Is Now Fighting Fit, She Tells Viv Groskop; I Really Nurture Myself. I'm bIg into Supplements'
Byline: Viv Groskop JULIETTE Lewis has not always been as healthy as she looks now. Fifteen years ago she had a major drugs crisis. "When I did drugs I hated myself," she says. "It was a shame-filled time. It was destructive." That all feels a long...
Rupert Laid Bare; the Star of St Trinian's on His Bond with His Father, Losing His Looks, and Gaining a Plum Role as an Infamous MP 'Bender'
Byline: Sarah Sands TONIGHT, Rupert Everett will be on the red carpet for the film premiere of St Trinian's, in which he plays the heroine headmistress Camilla Fritton. Last week, he was inside an old Wiltshire church for the funeral of his father,...
Seething Terry Is Lost for Words as Chelsea Slip Up Again; Normally Vocal Blues Captain Gives the Waiting Media the Silent Treatment after Storming out of Stamford Bridge Following Last Night's Draw. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA 2 APOEL NICOSIA 2 WHEN Chelsea have hit trouble before, John Terry has tried to rouse them with a passionate team talk. But after last night's woeful draw, he tried a new method -- the silent treatment. First out...
Seething Terry Is Lost for Words as Chelsea Slip Up Again; the Normally Vocal Blues Captain Gives the Waiting Media the Silent Treatment as He Storms out of Stamford Bridge after Last Night's Draw. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA 2 APOEL NICOSIA 2 WHEN Chelsea have hit trouble before, John Terry has tried to rouse them with a passionate team talk. But after last night's woeful draw he tried a new method -- the silent treatment. First out...
Sex and Booze and the Festive 'Spirit'; Vital Signs
Byline: Dr Christian Jessen AN ADVANTAge of the Virgin Birth was that it neatly bypassed the risk of catching STIs. Before you accuse me of blasphemy there were significant numbers of STIs around, even in Jesus's day. Indeed, his persecutor Herod...
Sleep on the Train to Beat Flu Threat
Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter COMMUTERS are being urged to sleep while they travel to avoid catching flu. Dozing off on the Tube, train or bus could reduce the risk of illness by boosting the immune system. Research shows that more than...
SMEs Give Darling's Time to Pay Scheme the Thumbs Up
Byline: Gideon Spanier SMALL businesses welcomed the Chancellor's decision to defer an increase in corporation tax but gave a lukewarm response to other measures. Alistair Darling said 850,000 small and medium-sized enterprises would benefit...
Snow's Foray into Club Class Upsets Greens; Londoner's Diary
THIRTEEN may be unlucky for some -- but not if you work for Channel 4 News, it seems, where thirteen TV crew members were bumped up from economy to business class on a recent trip to the Amazon rainforest. The TV crew, fronted by presenter Jon Snow,...
Snow's Foray into Club Class Upsets Greens; Londoner's Diary
THIRTEEN may be unlucky for some -- but not if you work for Channel 4 News, it seems, where 13 TV crew members were bumped up from economy to business class on a recent trip to the Amazon rainforest. The TV crew, fronted by presenter Jon Snow, were...
SOUTH LONDON'S SORE THUMB; the Almost Finished Strata Is the Tallest Tower on the South Side of the River, the Gherkin of the South, Dominating Every View. It's Supposed to Lead the Regeneration of Elephant and Castle -- but Is This the Way to Do It?
Byline: Rowan Moore Architecture critic FUTURE anthropologists will marvel at the power we ascribe to towers. Politicians, developers and architects, sober-suited men speaking the language of shamans, have told us that towers regenerate. Towers...
Standard Chartered Hits Record despite Slump
STANDARD Chartered, the emerging markets bank based in London, today said it has delivered record levels of income and operating profits so far this year. Chief executive Peter sands said: "standard Chartered has continued to deliver during 2009...
Standard Chartered Hits Record despite Slump
STANDARD Chartered, the emerging markets bank based in London, today said it has delivered record levels of income and operating profits so far this year. Chief executive Peter Sands said: "Standard Chartered has continued to deliver during 2009...
Stand Up Now to Aviation's Spin over Heathrow
Byline: Andrew Neather THERE'S a rich irony in Lord Adonis's fresh trumpeting of the case for a third runway at Heathrow. The Transport Secretary hailed this week's report from the Committee on Climate Change as proof that airport expansion can...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 It's rare that an Aries refuses to explore an intriguing option, even if it would mean changing your plans. This particularly applies to the latest fantastic developments. Once you learn...
Sullivan and Gold Line Up Cut-Price Bid for West Ham
Byline: Ken Dyer FORMER Birmingham owners David Gold and David Sullivan will make their first move to take over West Ham this week -- but their offer will fall substantially below the asking price of owners CB Holding. The pair, who sold Birmingham...
TAX BOMBSHELL TO HIT MILLIONS; NATIONAL INSURANCE UP 1% FOR EVERYONE EARNING OVER [Pounds Sterling]20,000; DARLING HAMMERS PUBLIC WORKERS WITH PAY CAP AND PENSION FREEZE
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor MILLIONS of families will pay the price for runaway government borrowing as Alistair Darling unleashed tax hikes and a strict public sector pay cap. The Chancellor hammered Middle Britain and higher earners...
TAX SHOCK FOR MIDDLE EARNERS; BUDGET BOMBSHELL NATIONAL INSURANCE UP 1% ON SALARIES OVER [Pounds sterling]44K; DARLING HAMMERS BETTER-OFF AND TARGETS THE BANKS; Darling: We Either Go for Growth or Risk Recovery
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor ALISTAIR DARLING hammered the banks and the better-off with higher taxes today in a mini-budget for belt-tightening across Britain to get borrowing under control. Millions of middle-income Britons will also...
THE FAST TRACK TO A BARGAIN BUY; from Monday, Kent Commuters Will Get Home in Half the Time, Discovers Ruth Bloomfield
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield ANEW super-fast train service slashing journey times between Kent's Medway towns and London launches next week, turning the area into prime commuter territory. From Monday, the 57-minute trip from Gravesend to London will...
THE GOLDEN TOUCH; MUM HAS; as a Young Mum, Short on Cash, Painter Emma Foale Learned to Gild, Practising on Her Own Home. Now She Has Set Up in Business with Her Two Sons, Discovers Katie Law
Byline: Katie Law Emma Foale's artistic background, with paintings by her father, Alastair Gordon, and pieces by her mother, the potter Anne Gordon emma Foale taught herself to gild in the early eighties, when she was young, cashs t r apped and...
This Turner Is Proof We Yearn for Honest Art
Byline: Richard Godwin THE Turner Prize has not lost its capacity to shock -- this year's winner is quite good. Richard Wright's painting in gold leaf is much better than the photographs would have you believe. Taking up a full wall at the end...
Tiger Cannot Plead Privacy Now to Escape Media Storm; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: Roy Greenslade IF ANYONE wanted a demonstration of a media feeding frenzy, then the treatment of Tiger Woods since his car accident has been a classic example. His house is staked out. He is the number one topic on the internet. Women emerge...
Tough but Fair (Just Forget about the Past 12 Years); COMMENTARY
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor BLAME the evil, grasping bankers. Kick the overpaid public-sector high-rollers. Scrap wasteful civilservice programmes. Even, by implication, nurses, teachers and police officers are roped in to be made to face...
Tough but Fair (Just Forget about the Past 12 Years); COMMENTARY
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor BLAME greedy bankers. Kick overpaid public sector highrollers. Scrap wasteful civil service programmes. Even, by implication, nurses, teachers and police are roped in, to be made to face caps in their pay....
TRICKS OF THE TRAINER; Same Old Workout Not Working? Then Discover the Professional Secrets to Varying Your Fitness Routine, Says Sophie Goodchild
Byline: Sophie Goodchild HIRING a personal trainer i s a mus t for bodyconscious celebrities like Elle Macpherson and Gwyneth Paltrow. Even Anne Robinson has been spotted jogging in Hyde Park with hers. Hourly rates begin at [pounds sterling]45...
Tube Plan to Shut 144 Ticket Offices Is 'Risk to Passengers'
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent LONDON Underground is planning to close 144 station ticket offices, putting passenger safety and 1,200 jobs at risk, union bosses claimed today. The RMT union says it has received leaked details of...
Two Exhilarating Star Turns Put Rothko in the Picture; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS RED Donmar Warehouse, WC2 "LARGE pictures are like dramas in which one participates in a direct way," declared the painter Mark Rothko. It's a suggestive line, and in John Logan's keenly researched two-hander we see this...
VIVA LAS VEGAS; in a Bid to Be More Urban Lifestyle Destination and Less Gambling Mecca, Las Vegas Has Opened a Glittering New Complex of Shops and Hotels. Kate Simon Is the First British Journalist to Review the Project
Byline: Kate Simon IT'S 8pm and the Fountains of Bellagio are dancing. The vast lake at the front of the Bellagio hotel and casino on Las Vegas Boulevard -- aka the Strip -- is cascading to the strains of Frank Sinatra singing Luck be a Lady Tonight....
Warnock Hails Troubled Palace after They Cash In
Byline: Ian Winrow READING 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 4 NEIL WARNOCK believes Crystal Palace's impressive win at Reading last night proves his players are committed to the cause despite the club's current financial crisis. The squad travelled to the...
Warnock Hails Troubled Palace after They Cash In
Byline: Ian Winrow READING 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 4 NEIL WARNOCK believes Crystal Palace's impressive win at Reading last night proves his players are committed to the cause despite the club's current financial crisis. The squad travelled to the Madejski...
Waterloo Battle to Restore Tunnel Poem
Byline: Miranda Bryant HUNDREDS of people are fighting to reinstate a poem that was wiped from the wall of an underpass. Rail bosses painted over Eurydice, which was commissioned as a public artwork in a Waterloo tunnel, without asking permission....
We've Got to Come Up with New Schemes to Get British Firms Moving; INTERVIEW; Mervyn Davies Shocked Friends by Giving Up the City to Move into Government. However, It's Now Clear That This Goat Is No Fish out of Water
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor THERE'S now really no doubt about it: if Gordon Brown were a company boss, he would have been fired long ago. Imagine, if Sir Terry Leahy informed his shareholders that he was going to purge Tesco of executives...
Why All the Gloom Is Being Overdone
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT WHEN the dust has settled on today's Pre-Budget Report -- when people have grown used to the deficit and forgotten about the tax rises -- it might just be that the most significant lasting thing to emerge is the...
Why All the Gloom Is Being Overdone; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton WHEN the dust has settled on today's Pre-Budget Report -- when people have grown used to the deficit and forgotten about the tax rises -- it might just be that the most significant lasting thing to emerge is the creation of...
Will This 'Loan' Save Our Property Sale? Our Lawyer Answers Your Questions
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ARSENAL P14 W9 D1 L4 PTS28 A young reserve side, featuring a host of Under-18 players, suffered their third consecutive defeat, going down 1-0 at Fulham after Eddie Johnson converted a penalty. Emmanuel Frimpong came closest to scoring for Arsenal...
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ARSENAL P 14 W 9 D 1 L 4 PTS 28 A young reserve side, featuring a host of Under-18 players, suffered their third consecutive defeat, going down 1-0 at Fulham after Eddie Johnson converted a penalty. Emmanuel Frimpong came closest to scoring for Arsenal...
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