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Articles from December 16, 2002

A Great Panto? Oh No, It Isn't; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Stratford SOME say that Advent candle number one, or the first musical conjunction of partridges and pear trees marks the beginning of the Christmas season, but for others it's the...
At 11, Sebastian Can Enjoy Christmas for the First Time
Byline: LAURA SMITH THIS year, Sebastian Selo will be able to sing Christmas carols in school assembly. It may seem a small achievement for an 11-year-old, but for Sebastian born with a rare brain tumour that left him unable to understand the...
Baby Boy for the Mayor
Byline: HUGH MUIR KEN LIVINGSTONE is the father of a baby boy, he announced today. The Mayor said he was delighted after his partner Emma Beal gave birth to Thomas on Saturday at 5.30am. The baby, who was due 10 days ago, weighed in at 6lb 8oz...
Baby Boy Puts Mayor into the Late Fathers' Club
Byline: HUGH MUIR KEN Livingstone is the father of a baby boy, he announced today. The Mayor, 57, said he was delighted after his partner Emma Beal gave birth to Thomas - his first child - on Saturday at 5.30am. The baby, due 10 days ago, weighed...
Baby for Mayor
Byline: HUGH MUIR MAYOR KEN LIVINGSTONE is the father of a baby boy, he announced today. The Mayor said he was delighted after his partner Emma Beal gave birth to Thomas on Saturday at 5.30am. The baby, said to be doing well, weighed in at 6lb...
Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts; Life & Style: One Male Writer on Why Women Are So Hard to Please at Christmas
Byline: MIL MILLINGTON;KARIN MOCHAN PRINCE Charles, we hear, recycles the gifts he gets given by foreign dignitaries. A practice familiar to every other man in the land has therefore finally received royal approval. The queues in the shops before...
Books to Please the Eye and Gladden the Heart; A Selection of the Best - and Occasionally the Worst - of This Year's Art Books
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL Italian Panel Painting of the Duecento and Trecento, edited by Victor Schmidt (Yale, pound sterling45) This is not a beginner's guide to the Masters of the Goose Turd Greens (pace Aldous Huxley), but 23 entirely separate...
Busker Idol
Byline: DAVID ROWAN IT'S being called "Busker Idol" - the Evening Standard's search for the most talented musician on the Underground. With the help of Neil Fox, the Pop Idol judge and presenter of Capital FM's Breakfast Show, we have scoured...
Capital Ideas for Football's January Sales
Byline: ROBBIE EARLE FOR most men, New Year's Day brings all the customary resolutions, the start of a new diet and the commitment to spend more with 'her indoors'. Six capital managers have the opportunity to make some realistic choices that they...
Celebs' Hot Arm Candy; Life & Style
Byline: LAURA CRAIK RECESSION? What recession? Luxury goods houses may be in the throes of profit freefall, but this didn't stop three new stores from opening their doors in London last week. On Brompton Road, a new Ralph Lauren emporium proudly...
Cherie and Me by the Conman
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY CONMAN Peter Foster today gave his side of the "Cheriegate story" and produced two potentially damaging new charges. He claimed Cherie Blair had advised him in his legal fight against deportation from Britain to face...
Come Clean on Tough Choices
Byline: PETER KELLNER I BRING Tony Blair some good news - and some bad news. The good news is that his wish has been granted. The media is once again paying attention to real political issues. The bad news is that the stories make grim reading:...
Congestion Charge Will Block Dozens of Key Roads,says Study
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS CONGESTION charging will cause chaos on dozens of key London roads, a highly influential report warns today. The scheme's vital boundary road could be swamped with extra traffic while key roads adjacent to the boundary...
Dear Auntie Christmas; Life & Style: So, You Need Some Jamie Oliver-Style Advice on Cooking a Turkey? Let Our Agony Aunt Alice Hart-Davis Help You Out
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS I WANT to get some pyjamas for my husband with an elasticated waist - he's too tall for M&S ones and doesn't like the waist-ties. Where can I find nice ones for under pound sterling50? Start with Gap - they've...
Dispute on Claim That 20% of Trains Face Axe
Byline: DICK MURRAY A ROW over the future of the national rail network erupted today amid claims that one in five trains face the axe because of spending cuts. The Strategic Rail Authority, which wants train operators to cut costs because its...
Double Terror Threat; Police Warn Shoppers of Fears about Real Ira and Al Qaeda
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SHOPPERS and partygoers were put on double alert for a pre-Christmas terror campaign today. Scotland Yard warned of threats from dissident Irish terror groups as well as Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. Security...
Enjoy the Boom, It May Not Last; Commercial Property
Byline: JAMES WHITMORE THE commercial property market is a factor of the economy. Every 10 years, when the economy goes into a downturn or recession, so does the commercial property market. That is the theory, at any rate. This time around, however,...
Eu Ban Looms for Our Farmed Salmon
Byline: VICTORIA FLETCHER SALMON farmers could be banned from exporting their fish after feeding an illegal chemical to stocks. The European Commission has said that if its inspectors continue to detect the carcinogenic substance in British salmon,...
Factories Turning off the Lights as Gloomy Days Return
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN MORE factories and warehouses are standing idle in Britain than at any time since the darkest days of the early Nineties recession, according to figures out today. The amount of available industrial floor space had risen...
Fears Grow of Oil Slick on South Coast as Sunken Ship Is Hit by Another Vessel
Byline: ROB MCNEILL FEARS of an oil leak engulfing parts of the South Coast grew further today after a cargo ship that sank in the Channel was hit by another vessel. The Tricolor, which sank on Saturday after colliding with a container ship,...
Forecasts Slashed as US Profits Gloom Reins in Autumn Enthusiasm
Byline: LAUREN CHAMBLISS OVERCONFIDENT profits forecasts are casting a shadow over Wall Street's autumn rally. Since October's lows, US stock markets have rallied. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is up about 20%, while the techheavy Nasdaq...
Forget Politics Thatcher Case Jury Warned
Byline: PAUL CHESTON JURORS in the trial of a man who decapitated a statue of Baroness Thatcher were told today to set aside any personal views about the former prime minister. Paul Kelleher, 37, used cricket bat and a metal pole to destroy the...
Foster Now I'll Bring an End to Cherie Scandal
CONMAN Peter Foster today denied his girlfriend had betrayed the Prime Minister's wife as he prepared to break his silence on the Cheriegate affair. Foster, 40, who has served more than three years in jail, said he planned to draw a line under the...
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French Banks Set for Euro-Giant Merger
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING FRANCE'S largest retail bank, Credit Agricole, was expected to unveil an agreed e19.5 billion (pound sterling12.5 billion) cash-and-shares offer today for fourth-ranked Credit Lyonnais. The bid, at about e56 a share, will...
Fulham Close the Case on Bust-Up; Brevett Row
Byline: LEO SPALL TWELVE stewards rushed into the players' bar at Loftus Road yesterday to defuse a bustup between Fulham and Birmingham players that involved Clinton Morrison's mum Angela. Fulham will not hold an inquiry into the fight after...
Guilty Killer Who Got Away with It for 27 Years
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A CONVICTED bigamist, fraudster and serial womaniser who once faked a Reggie Perrin-style suicide was today found guilty of murdering his wife and children 27 years ago. John Allen faces a life sentence after the unanimous...
Hawksmoor the Hero; His London Churches Have Inspired Novelists and Poets, but Only Now Has a New Book Done the 18th Century Architect Justice
Byline: ROWAN MOORE NO English architect has inspired writers more than Nicholas Hawksmoor, the pupil of Sir Christopher Wren who flourished in the early-18th century. His church of St Mary Woolnooth in the City led TS Eliot to rumble out some lugubrious...
Heads Angry at Granting of State Cash for London Faith School
Byline: TIM MILES A ROW has broken out over the decision to give state funding to a private Muslim primary school. It is only the second time in London that a Muslim school has been backed by taxpayers' money. Ministers have encouraged applications...
Home Truth on Housebuilders; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON ROGER Bootle knows how to spoil a Monday morning. The former economist with HSBC who now heads his own firm, Capital Economics, produced a paper today which suggests house prices are even more overvalued now than at the last...
How I Became the Victim of a Drug Rapist; Life & Style: As the Police Launch a New Campaign to Combat the Shocking Increase in Drug Rape, One Woman Tells of Her Ordeal
Byline: STEVE BOGGAN I'm already here - what would you like to drink?" It was a text message from the man Janet Noakes was about to have a first date with, and it made her smile. He was punctual and considerate. This was going to be a very pleasant...
HSBC Hope; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IN THE 1990s, a period of unprecedented boom in the United States, the rate of foreclosures on homes rose fourfold - an event thought not to be unconnected with the fact that lending to sub-prime borrowers rose an even faster...
Huge Protests Greet Visit by Syria President
Byline: CHARLES REISS PROTESTERS were preparing to descend on Downing Street today ahead of a highly controversial meeting between Tony Blair and President Assad of Syria. Hundreds of demonstrators were planning to protest at the talks - saying...
Hunt for Defensive Buy Sparks Up BAT; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK CIGARETTE maker British American Tobacco appears to be on everyone's shopping list this year in the run-up to Christmas. The shares firmed 2p to 615p on the back of several positive recommendations from leading players in...
I Lost Custody of Emma Because of Ambition, Not My Drunkenness; Life & Style: It's Been One Hell of a Year for Anne Robinson - but the Fact Is She and Her Family Have Never Been Closer
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH ANNE Robinson is sitting in her kitchen in her white cotton nightgown. Her famous red hair is dishevelled. She has no makeup on. She looks rather tiny and almost unrecognisable. When I walk into the room she gets up and...
'In Most Species, Girls Are Wanton'; Books: Marek Kohn Makes His Selection of This Year's Most Inviting Science Books
Byline: MAREK KOHN THE difficulty with science, for most of us, is finding the way in. One of the gentlest approaches is to see how scientists themselves found their themes and warmed to them: Darwin is ideal, being both world-changingly significant...
It's All Doumen Gloom; Easy to Knock Thierry but He's a Class Act on Baracouda
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM THINK for a minute of an identikit picture of a jockey most likely to receive a caning from the British racing media. It goes without saying that he would have to be foreign. French would be ideal. It would also help if...
Kanoute Tops Roeder's Wish List
Byline: MICHAEL HART STRUGGLING West Ham are desperate to get Frederic Kanoute back for their vital Christmas programme. The French striker, sidelined with a groin injury since the beginning of October, has played only six first team games this...
Keep Our Success Quiet, Says Rowett
Byline: MATT HUGHES GARY ROWETT believes keeping out of the spotlight is the secret of Charlton's success. Alan Curbishley's side have climbed to 11th in the Premiership on the back of a five-game unbeaten run, including Saturday's 2-2 draw at...
King of the Rebels Greeted as Hero; WORLD
Byline: MARK ESPINER Thomas Mapfumo, Stratford Rex IT WAS much colder, true, but Stratford did a fine imitation of downtown Harare last Friday. There was hustle, there was bustle, and there was a startling array of headgear: Kangol furry caps...
Last-Minute Christmas Breaks; Travel
Byline: SALLY SHALAM British tradition Pack your finery and your walking boots for a traditional Christmas house party at the 16th century White Swan Hotel (01751 472288), a former coaching inn near the North Yorkshire Moors in Pickering. Price...
Lewis Will Give Byrd a Chance
Byline: DAVID SMITH LENNOX LEWIS is ready to wage a bore war with newly-crowned heavyweight champion Chris Byrd. Lewis today revealed that if the price was right he would reconsider sharing a boxing ring with the Amerian, whose challenge he refused...
Liberty Builds Up Its Great Portland Stake; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK SPECULATION about a bid for property developer Great Portland Estates intensified today after a parcel of shares worth pound sterling24 million changed hands. The shares responded positively, rising off the bottom 6p to...
Lighting Up in Turin; Travel: In the Run-Up to Christmas, the City Is a Hive of Artistic Activity - and a Great Place to Shop, Eat and Drink
Byline: LEE MARSHALL TURIN is at its best in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Scouring spring winds are unkind to the old lady, summer is too stuffy and, in autumn, the fog from the Po sits over the city like a bad dream. By December, though,...
Madame with Nose for Brandy - and Business; Tycoon Is Scenting Success in a Perfume Made from Rare Cognac
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS BACK in the Eighties, an England rugby forward distinguished himself at the digestif stage of a post-match dinner in Paris by pulling the stopper from a bottle of scent and glug-glugging it down his open throat. He felt pretty...
Marconi Gets [Pounds Sterling]4bn Deal and Shakes Up the Board
Byline: SARAH MARKS MARCONI today tried to close one of the most troubled chapters in UK corporate history after finally agreeing the terms of a pound sterling4 billion restructuring with banks and bondholders, and confirming a new board line-up....
Marconi Gets [Pounds Sterling]4bn Revamp Deal and Shakes Up the Board
Byline: SARAH MARKS MARCONI today tried to close one of the most troubled chapters in UK corporate history after finally agreeing the terms of a pound sterling4 billion restructuring with its banks and bondholders, and confirmed a new line-up for...
Mario Ready for a Classic
Byline: PAUL THOMSON MARIO MELCHIOT said today that Chelsea are not scared of going to Old Trafford for tomorrow's Worthington Cup quarterfinal - even though they expect to face a full-strength, fully-motivated Manchester United side. Third-placed...
Minister Gets Crash Course in German; Caborn's Fact-Finding Mission for Olympic Bid
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER AS MUNICH shoppers sip mulled wine and listen to the choir in a Christmas market that began more than a century ago, it is hard to imagine that a mere sports event could leave much of a legacy to a city already touched by Napoleon,...
Monkeys, Bears and Junior Discworld: The Best for Kids; Books: David Sexton and Katie Campbell Choose the Best Children's Books to Give This Christmas
Byline: DAVID SEXTON;KATIE CAMPBELL Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lucy Richards (Egmont, pound sterling9.99) From the author of The Gruffalo, a charmingly rhythmic poem in which Night Monkey and Day Monkey visit...
National Express's Oz Walkout Costs [Pounds Sterling]135m
Byline: ROBERT LEA NATIONAL Express today took the shock decision to walk out on one of its key contracts in Australia in a move that will see group profits hit for pound sterling135 million. After a long simmering row with the Victorian State...
Nationwide League
Crystal Palace TONY POPOVIC will have an X-ray today to determine the extent of the damage to his injured shoulder, writes Matt Hughes. The Australian defender was substituted with ligament damage after 12 minutes of Saturday's 2-0 win over Norwich,...
New Moves to Avert Pensions Timebomb
EMPLOYEES could be forced by ministers to save more for their retirement to defuse a pensions timebomb, it emerged today. Ministers are to keep compulsion "under active review" in case less radical measures to be outlined tomorrow are not successful....
Nine-Session Losing Streak for the Nikkei; Market Report
Byline: RAY HEATH JAPANESE stocks were groping for the bottom today with prices back in sight of 19-year lows after an unbroken nine sessions of falls - the longest losing streak in 11 years. The Nikkei 225 Average fell 65.13 points to close...
Pearson Hit by Fears over FT Ads Slump; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK PUBLISHER Pearson failed to impress the City with last week's bullish trading update and was today hit by a clutch of broker downgrades after warning the advertising slump at its Financial Times subsidiary was set to continue....
Pensions, the First of Labour's Mighty Storms
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CRISIS. What crisis?" was James Callaghan's apocryphal answer to a reporter's question when the Labour Prime Minister returned from the sunny West Indies to a strike-torn, wintry and increasingly ungovernable Britain. He...
Poulton Has the Knack of Beating His Sand Rivals
Byline: COLIN FLEETWOOD JONES THEY are calling Jamie Poulton 'The Sand Man' after his remarkable feat of sending out six winners from six runners on Lingfield's polytrack surface, writes Colin Fleetwood Jones. Theatre, who scored for the South...
QUEEN PLANS [Pounds Sterling]100,000 LAND SALE AT PRINCESS PUSHY'S PALACE
Byline: ED HARRIS THE Queen could make up to pound sterling100,000 from the sale of land owned by a royal palace - the first such deal in 300 years. A deal is being arranged between the Government, on behalf of the royal household, and the owners...
Redknapp Avoids Another Operation
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS;STEVE STAMMERS TOTTENHAM were today given an injury boost when it was revealed that Jamie Redknapp would not require an operation on a stress fracture of his foot. Redknapp missed yesterday's north London derby after succumbing...
Reform Is Price of 11% Rise,firefighters Told
Byline: DICK MURRAY FIREFIGHTERS should be offered an 11 per cent pay increase - but only on condition of sweeping changes within the industry, a report will recommend today. There could be further increases under which firefighters may eventually...
Right Response to Pension Panic
LIKE THE SIGHT of a hearse, talk of the pension crisis sends a shiver down the spine. What the Government should do with the Pensions Green Paper to be published tomorrow is not to deny a crisis exists but to turn the public's growing sense of panic...
Robbie Deserts Pop; TV Review
Byline: PETE CLARK THERE have been many times when the laws of synchronicity have let us all down, but, for me, the most disappointing is that Sigmund Freud was not around to shed some light on the nature of the relationship between pop stars and...
Romantic Echoes Make for Thrilling Evening; CLASSICAL
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Holzmair/Nash Ensemble Wigmore Hall THE Nash Ensemble's winter series, Echoes of Romanticism, bears all the hallmarks of artistic director Amelia Freedman's brilliant programme planning: intriguing repertoire (Korngold,...
Sarries Buck Trend to Thrill Shelford
Byline: CHRIS JONES SARACENS coach Buck Shelford believes his team's surprise 30-19 win away to Colomiers, to secure a Parker Pen Challenge Cup quarterfinal clash with Newcastle, could change the entire season. Sarries have lacked consistency...
SFO Raids Offices in Izodia Cash Probe
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING SERIOUS Fraud Office officials raided premises in London and Jersey today as they launched an investigation into the alleged theft of funds from the cash-rich former software company Izodia. Izodia, formerly Infobank,...
Shorn of Staging, It's Still Strong Stuff; CLASSICAL
Byline: BRIAN HUNT Samson and Delilah, Barbican DENIGRATION of Saint-Sains is a sure sign of a musical bluffer. Even if the Frenchman did not alter the course of music history, within its conservative framework his music is unfailingly inventive...
Sorry,we'll Sing That No I Again Say Blue and Sir Elton
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY SIR ELTON JOHN is celebrating today after his latest single - a collaboration with boy band Blue - beat a Christmas novelty record and went straight to the top of the charts. The single, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,...
Space-Age Unit to Deal with Bio Terroism
Byline: DAVID TAYLOR A TEAM of doctors in north London is in the vanguard of the forces Britain is lining up to fight bio-terrorism. In the event of an attack using smallpox, the first patients would be taken to the space-age High-Security Infectious...
Spurs Give Hoddle Sense of Hope; Glenn: We Really Can Keep Up with Best: Keller's Blunder Rescues Arsenal as Tottenham Turn on the Style
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IF THE outcome of a thunderous 132nd edition of the north London derby offered more than a touch of frustration for both combatants it was not evident from the reactions of Glenn Hoddle and Arsene Wenger. Dominant Spurs spurned...
The Earl,his Neighbours and a Row over New Home
Byline: JON CLARKE WHEN Earl Spencer bought a house in Little Venice, he seemed like an ideal addition to the affluent area. Neighbours were looking forward to welcoming the Earl, his four children, his new wife Caroline and her two children...
The Playboy a Girl Aged 14 and Illegal Sex after Night out at Tramp
Byline: PAUL CHESTON PLAYBOY Baron Bloom had sex with a 14-year-old girl he had charmed at the Dorchester and Tramp nightclub, the Old Bailey heard today. The girl became infatuated with Bloom, 28, after he showed off his Lamborghini, the jury...
The Talk in RUGBY
Beers and cheers as brewery agrees deal HEINEKEN, who appeared unable to continue refreshing rugby's top European competition, have staged a remarkable comeback. Talks aimed at thrashing out a new four-year sponsorship deal for the Heineken Cup...
This Roman Emperor Is a Sher-Fire Villain; THEATRE
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Roman Actor, Gielgud Theatre THE thin, dramatic line that separates the horrific from the blackly comic is gleefully crossed in Philip Massinger's engrossing study of a mad, bad dictator. But contemporary though...
This Season's Marrakech; Travel
Byline: NICK REDMAN BEHIND the red-earth desert exoticism and crazy-circus souk antics, Marrakech is one of the most modern consumer pit stops weekendable from London. Forget stodgy pigeon tagines, tortured copperware and curly slippers. This...
Three Kings or Was It Four Persian Priests at Nativity
Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU WITH their sparkling crowns, flowing robes and exotic gifts, the Three Kings have always been key to the retelling of the Nativity. But today experts have cast doubt on their glittering presence at the bedside of the...
Trivia Masks Our March to War
Byline: A.N. WILSON IT IS astonishing how the newspapers are prepared to do the bidding of our lords and masters. They think they are being oh so daring by poking their noses behind Cherie Booth's shower curtain, or into the grubby little bag in...
Two Suspects in Lawrence Murder Will Be Freed Early
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER TWO of the Stephen Lawrence murder suspects, jailed for racially abusing a black policeman, will be freed to walk the streets again within weeks. The Evening Standard has learned that gangster's son David Norris, 26, and...
Warne Facing Late World Cup Verdict
Byline: DAVID LLOYD AUSTRALIA will face an agonising decision over whether to take a World Cup gamble on Shane Warne. The leg-spinner underwent keyhole surgery in a Melbourne hospital today and had it confirmed that, at best, he should need another...
West Ham in Olympic Link; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER WEST HAM have been targeted as future tenants of an Olympic stadium if London makes a bid for the 2012 Games, sources close to the project revealed today. Sports minister Richard Caborn is keen to line up a football or rugby...
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