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Articles from April 11, 2005

750 Marsh UK Jobs May Go as Scandal Takes Toll
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE MARSH, the world's biggest insurance broker, plans to scrap up to 750 UK jobs as it tries to save money following its involvement in the scandal over commission payments. The broking giant was at the centre of a probe by...
After That Giant Step; How the First Men on the Moon Have Tried to Cope with Life Back on Earth Moon Dust - in Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
Byline: MARINA BENJAMIN by Andrew Smith (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]17.99) THESE days it's difficult to say what Buzz Aldrin will be best remembered for. Being the second man to walk on the moon? Becoming mired in alcoholism shortly thereafter?...
All Blacks in Secret Tests on Their Players
Byline: CHRIS JONES THE All Blacks and other New Zealand rugby teams are secretly using hormone tests to monitor aggression in players - and lift their performances in the build-up to this summer's three Test tour by the British and Irish Lions....
A Perfect Set, Then Quietly off Home
Byline: PETE CLARK It Came From Memphis: Mussel Shoals Barbican THE MUSCLE Shoals rhythm section has provided the impetus for a host of acts from Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett to Cher and Rod Stewart. Beyond that legendary...
A Self-Destructive Rage; the Suicide Bombers of the Middle East Are Following in a Long and Pointless Tradition
Byline: MICHAEL BURLEIGH Making Sense of Suicide Missions edited by Diego Gambetta (OUP, [pounds sterling]25) SUICIDE missions have an episodic history. The medieval assassins, a Moslem sect, invited death as they came up close and personal with...
A Tale of Sweet Sixteen for Tiger; GOLF
Byline: DAVID SMITH TIGER WOODS today marked his playoff win in the US Masters by firing a full-blooded drive at those who had written him off as a contender for major titles. And Woods claimed his game is now good enough to repeat the streak...
At Times I Will Call Up Strangers Who, like Me, Have Lost a Child; Gloria Hunniford Talks about the Pain of Losing Her Daughter, Caron Keating, to Cancer, and the Foundation She Set Up in Her Name
Byline: MARK ANSTEAD WHEN my beautiful daughter Caron died last year, after a seven-year battle with breast cancer, I was devastated. Out of such deep sadness and loss I needed something that would give me a chink of light to hang on to. So we...
A Voice of Fragile Beauty
Byline: JACK MASSARIK Madeleine Peyroux Bush Hall, W14 JAZZ "SHE'S a difficult girl," said a local paparazzo, packing away his cameras. "She doesn't use makeup, won't wear nice clothes, doesn't even do her hair." Too bad, but beside the...
Believe Me, This Election Is Wide Open; as the Opinion Polls Swing Confusingly, a Veteran of Nine General Elections Says It's Going to Be a Close-Run Race
Byline: DAVID MELLOR AFTER years in the movie business, the celebrated Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy etc) proclaimed his First Law of Hollywood: "Nobody knows anything". And pretty much the same applies to this election....
Blair Can't Ignore This Shadow of Fraud at the Polls
Byline: PETER OBORNE NEW Labour has done some quite good things, and some very bad things, since it came to power eight years ago. But nothing it has done has been quite as disgraceful as its debauchery of the electoral system. For more than...
Brown Refuses to Rule out Tax Rises If Labour Wins
Byline: PAUL WAUGH GORDON BROWN today refused to rule out tax rises in the next parliament, claiming it would be an "error" to try to secondguess all economic scenarios. The Chancellor stressed that all of his spending plans were "fully costed"...
Buffett Faces Grilling as Watchdog Probes AIG
Byline: BILL CONDIE RENOWNED investor Warren Buffett is to be grilled by US regulators today over what he and others in his Berkshire Hathaway company knew about a contentious deal between its General Re and insurance giant American International...
...But Price Competition and Raw Materials Put Squeeze On
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE intense pressure faced by manufacturers was vividly illustrated today by figures showing raw material costs soared in March at their fastest pace on record. Boosted by spiralling oil, producers' input prices rose by 1.8%...
Cadbury Pours Cold Water on Beverages Arm Sale Talk
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE world's biggest sweets maker, Cadbury Schweppes, has dashed speculation that it plans to sell its European beverages arm, which makes brands such as Oasis and Orangina. The group was responding to weekend reports that...
Cahill Makes Them Pay; Dowie Left Frustrated as Player He Tried to Buy Hits Struggling Palace with Superb Double
Byline: STUART JAMES Everton 4 Crystal Palace 0 A LESSER man than Iain Dowie would have voiced his frustration or even pointed a finger in the direction of Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan after Tim Cahill inspired Everton to a thumping...
CAMILLA SENT TO REPRESENT QUEEN ABROAD; Charles Will Take on More 'Kingly' Role
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON Royal Correspondent THE QUEEN is preparing to give up her gruelling long-haul overseas visits, senior palace sources have told the Evening Standard. Her nine-day official trip to Canada next month, accompanied by the Duke...
CAMILLA TO TAKE ROYAL TOUR ROLE; Queen Plans to End Demanding Long Trips Abroad
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON THE QUEEN is preparing to give up her gruelling, long-haul overseas visits, senior palace sources have told the Evening Standard. Her nine-day official trip to Canada next month, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, is...
Capturing a Russian Monster
Byline: SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE Ivan The Terrible by Isabel De Madariaga (Yale, [pounds sterling]25) IT WAS not for nothing that Stalin worshiped Ivan the Terrible: during the Great Terror, he constantly talked about Ivan, hoping that posterity...
Casanova Wins over the Hardest Hearts
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Casanova 9pm, BBC1 THIS historical comedy romp is glib, emptyhearted and hollow. Like a McDonald's burger, it appeals to our taste for trashy gratification but offers little real nourishment. Having said that, it is still...
Chelsea Are Nervous and I'm No Diver, Says Ballack
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER BAYERN MUNICH midfielder Michael Ballack today hit back at accusations that he was a "serial diver" and boasted the Germans can upset Chelsea's Champions League quest. Chelsea captain John Terry was furious that the German...
China No to Talks Dims Hopes of Rover Rescue
Byline: NICK GOODWAY CHINA'S Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) today said it was not interested in restarting talks over a deal with MG Rover while the company remained in administration. That came as a blow to administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers,...
China Warning Rattles Hopes of Rover Rescue
Byline: NICK GOODWAY A KEY division of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) today admitted its profits were plunging, giving rise to further doubts the company will do a deal to rescue MG Rover. Warning that first-quarter profits will...
China Warning Rattles Hopes of Rover Rescue; CITY BRIEFING
A KEY division of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) today admitted its profits were plunging, giving rise to further doubts that the company will do a deal to rescue MG Rover. Warning that first-quarter profits will fall by more than...
City Spy
WE'VE had overcharging, health concerns and exploitation of children. Now pornography is set to become a major cause of controversy surrounding mobile phones. Juniper Research reports that consumers will spend $1 billion ([pounds sterling]535 million)...
Danny Goes Space Hopping; ROUGH CUT Boyd Farrow on the Latest Movie News
Byline: BOYD FARROW Director Danny Boyle, of Trainspotting fame, whose boys-find-bag-of-cash comedy Millions is released in June, hopes to begin his big-budget sci-fi adventure film Sunshine in July. The long-planned film is about a space mission...
Defoe Helps Spurs Home in on Europe
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS Tottenham 1 Newcastle Utd 0 STEPHEN CARR may be convinced Newcastle are a bigger club than Tottenham, but he would struggle to argue that they are a better team. Three encounters this season have resulted in two league...
Deputy Head Lied to Get Daughter into School; TEACHER CLAIMED SHE LIVED AT HER CARETAKER'S FLAT IN APPLICATION
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES A DEPUTY headmistress has been caught trying to use a false address to get her daughter into a popular state school. Margaret Gillespie, deputy head of Holy Cross Primary School in Fulham, claimed she lived in the caretaker's...
Deputy Head Used Her Caretaker's Address to Get Child into Top School; INVESTIGATORS CATCH WELL-INFORMED CHEAT WHO TRIED TO SKIRT CATCHMENT AREA RULES
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES A DEPUTY headmistress has been caught trying to use a false address to get her daughter into a popular state school. Margaret Gillespie, deputy head of Holy Cross Primary School in Fulham, claimed she lived in the caretaker's...
Disgusted of Muesli Hill; They Are Peter Hain's Dinner Party Lefties in a Key Seat and Proud of It
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN THE COMING General Election will probably be decided in London by three distinct groups of people. First, as always, the classic suburban floating voters in places like Enfield and Wimbledon. The parties are used to targeting...
Election 2005 Diary
BLOG OF THE DAY STANLEY JOHNSON (father of Boris), Conservative candidate for Teignbridge. "Over the next few weeks of campaigning in Teignbridge, I am sure I will have the opportunity to say a word or two here and there. If anyone asks me...
Election Turns Nasty as Jewish Veterans Are Pelted with Eggs
Byline: PAUL WALSH LABOUR MP Oona King's battle against antiwar candidate George Galloway descended into bitter personal insults - just hours after she was pelted with eggs and vegetables at a Jewish memorial service. Ms King, the black Jewish...
Everything to Play for in This Election
IN THE week that the parties launch their manifestos, the 2005 election campaign starts in earnest. It could shape British politics for years to come: it will decide not just the immediate balance of power, but the future viability of parties and political...
Far Cry from the Genteel World of Buena Vista
Byline: JANE CORNWELL Orishas Festival Hall IT COULD, or should, have been Wembley. Even before Orishas burst onto the stage, strutting, rapping, flicking their wrists, young Latin men were whooping in anticipation, young Latin women screaming...
"Forget Harry Potter. All We Want to Read Now Are Children"s Spy Thrillers"
Byline: CHARLIE LEE-POTTER Each night this week, when my children have gone to bed, I've prised their copies of Anthony Horowitz's latest spy thriller Ark Angel from under their pillows. Horowitz has capitalised brilliantly on the idea that if...
Forget Poor Old Rover, There's Still a Future for Our Factories
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE collapse of MG Rover is undoubtedly a severe blow to the West Midlands. Not only is the future uncertain for the firm's 6100 workers, a further 15,000 to 20,000 jobs in the area are supported by business from Longbridge....
Forget the Butler, This Was a Major Crime
Byline: ANDREW ROBERTS The Strange Death of Tory England by Geoffrey Wheatcroft (Penguin, [pounds sterling]20) IT IS presented as a detective mystery that would test Monsieur Hercule Poirot himself: how did an otherwise seemingly healthy and...
Fortune to Shine on King Marju
AFTER weeks spent clunking along like an old banger, the 2005 Flat season finally moves out of the slow lane this week, writes Graham Cunningham. The results of Godolphin's private trials will filter back from Dubai later today, while Newbury ends...
Gagging to Be Goggled At
Byline: PETE CLARK I'll Do Anything to Get on TV Channel 4 OUTSIDE the bookshop, a large number of middle-aged men are demonstrating the profoundly British art of queuing. They are patiently waiting for the doors to open and the orpportunity...
Get a Superb Foundation in Makeup; LEONIE FRIEDA'S GUIDE TO LIFE
Byline: LEONIE FRIEDA Q I recently had my makeup done professionally and was very impressed with the results. Do you know of any makeup courses where I could learn to do it myself? A Zoe Taylor is a hair and makeup artist for fashion shoots and...
Girl Knifed to Death 'For Treading on Reveller's Toe'
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA;RICHARD EDWARDS A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was murdered at a teenage party because she had stepped on another girl's toe, it was claimed today. Charlotte Polius, of Stratford, was stabbed to death at a birthday celebration which...
Girl Knifed to Death 'For Treading on Reveller's Toe'; KIRAN RANDHAWA AND RICHARD EDWARDS
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was murdered at a teenage party because she had stepped on another girl's toe, it was claimed today. Charlotte Polius, of Stratford, was stabbed to death at a birthday celebration which had been overwhelmed by gatecrashers. ...
Gordon Refuses to Rule out Yet More Tax Rises; ELECTION 2005 CHANCELLOR SAYS HE WON'T BE BOUNCED INTO MAKING PROMISES
Byline: JASON BEATTIE GORDON BROWN today refused to rule out tax rises in the next Parliament, claiming it would be an "error" to try to second-guess all economic scenarios. The Chancellor stressed that all of his spending plans were "fully costed"...
Grand Occasion but McCoy Jinx Is Hard to Take
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM LOOK back on any great sporting event and it's usually possible to identify one pivotal moment. In Saturday's Grand National it came as the field thundered down to Becher's Brook for the second time. And what happened...
Help Me Wipe the Smirk off Blair's Face, Asks Howard
Byline: JOE MURPHY MICHAEL HOWARD today portrayed himself as a seasoned "battler" as he unveiled the Conservative election manifesto. The Tory leader aimed to turn his age and experience to his advantage in the most personalised policy launch...
Henman Anxious to Repeat Last Year's Feat of Clay
TIM HENMAN was facing a tough opening match against Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta at the Monte Carlo Masters today while Greg Rusedski will have to overcome world No1 Roger Federer, writes Chris Jones. Henman, seeded three, reached the French Open...
Howard Goes into Fight for 'A Better Britain'; KEY PLEDGES ON MRSA, IMMIGRATION AND SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
Byline: JOE MURPHY MICHAEL HOWARD today portrayed himself as a seasoned "battler" as he unveiled the Conservative election manifesto. The Tory leader aimed to turn his age and experience to his advantage in the most personalised policy launch...
Howard Launches Slimdown Manifesto with Call for Action; KEY PLEDGES ON MRSA, IMMIGRATION AND SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
Byline: JOE MURPHY MICHAEL HOWARD launched a stripped-to-the bones manifesto today under the rallying cry: "It's time for action." The 28-page document was light on new pledges - and details on long-awaited tax cut plans were completely omitted....
How the Tube's Escalators Are Going Down and Down; ALMOST HALF THE UNDERGROUND'S ESCALATORS HAD TO BE CLOSED IN JANUARY
Byline: BO WILSON THE DECLINING state of escalators on the London Underground can be shown today. Data released to the Evening Standard under the Freedom of Information Act shows that during January almost half of the escalators on the network...
"If Someone Tries to Break into Another Person"s Home, They Should Lose All Protection under Law"
Byline: ANDY MCNAB Teacher Linda Walker has been jailed for six months for firing a pellet gun at the feet of a teenage criminal after enduring a two-year campaign of vandalism and abuse at her home. Yet in the same week, a drunk driver is sentenced...
I Loved Being an MP but My Grandchildren Need Me More; LibDem Breaks Her Silence about the Electric Shock That Killed Her Daughter
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD LIBERAL Democrat MP Jenny Tonge today told how she is quitting her job in politics to look after her grandchildren. The MP for Richmond Park said she is standing down to care for grandsons George and Mickey, who were left...
IN THE HOT SEAT; Are We Doing Enough to Protect Children from Abuse? Mary Marsh, Chief Executive and Director of the NSPCC, Takes the Hot Seat
Byline: BARNEY CALMAN AOur QWhat is the point of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) now that you no longer have inspectors? focus has always been ending cruelty to children; that has never changed. But we...
Jose's Still Using His Grey Matter
Byline: KEN DYER JOSE MOURINHO was just talking about how happy he was when his Birmingham opposite number walked past. "Well done, top man," smiled Steve Bruce, "but the grey hair, it's coming!" Mourinho smiled. "No chance, no chance," he...
JUSTICE; Mother Who Was Wrongly Convicted of Smothering Two Children Is Freed after SIX Years in Prison
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ A MOTHER who spent more than six years in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing her two children was finally cleared today. Donna Anthony, 31, was jailed for life in 1998 for the murders of her 11-month-old...
Kapow! Batman Star to Hit the West End; HOLLYWOOD'S VAL KILMER COMES TO CALL IN THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA VAL KILMER has turned down two big-budget movies for a chance to star on the West End stage. The 45-year-old is to make his British theatre debut at The Playhouse next month, playing charismatic chancer Frank Chambers in...
Key Aims to Unlock the Door to England Future
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY BY now Robert Key is used to the jibes. " Flattrack bully. Big bully. Very big bully," were some of the insults lobbed in his direction by the South African slip-fielders as he walked out to bat for England in Cape Town last...
Kilmer Always Rings Twice on the West End. BATMAN STAR TAKES PAY CUT TO REPRISE THE JACK NICHOLSON CLASSIC
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA VAL KILMER has turned down two big movies for a chance to star on the West End stage. The 45-year-old actor is to make his British theatre debut at The Playhouse next month, playing chancer Frank Chambers in The Postman...
Labour Narrows Battle for Key Seats as Cash Runs Out
Byline: PAUL WAUGH;JASON BEATTIE LABOUR is slashing the number of its "key marginals" in a desperate bid to fend off the Tory challenge at the general election. A cash crisis and worries about a late poll surge by Michael Howard have forced the...
Lego Star Wars: The Force Is Strong with This One-; WIRED Rob Waugh on the Web, Games and Gadgets
Byline: ROB WAUGH It's Star Wars as you've never seen it before. Forget the game of the film - Lego Star Wars is the game of the toys of the film. It's out on Xbox and PS2 next week and contains Episodes I to III (this summer's film), recreated...
Life without Mary; Mary Wherry Was Just 34 When She Was Electrocuted in Her Kitchen, Found on the Floor by Her Two Little Boys. Here Her Mother, Jenny Tonge MP, Talks for the First Time about Her Loss
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH JENNY TONGE, the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, is showing me around her office just off Parliament Square. It's just a desk and a chair and some shelves, but it's meant a lot to Tonge. "I've loved being an MP," she...
Missing Your Winter Gilet? Get Waisted
Byline: LAURA CRAIK NOW that it is getting too warm for even the most die-hard fans to be wearing their gilets, I can breathe a sigh of relief again. Pheeeeew. But wait. Obviously, women have gotten used to the darned things - so much so that...
Mortar Attack by Militants Threatens Truce, Says Israel; World at a Glance
. ISRAELI prime minister Ariel Sharon warned Palestinians that renewed violent attacks threaten the two-month truce in the region. His warning came after militants fired mortars and rockets at Gaza's Jewish settlements, in retaliation for the fatal...
Mother Jailed for Baby Deaths Set to Be Freed; APPEAL COURT WILL OVERTURN CONVICTION THAT RELIED ON EVIDENCE OF DISCREDITED PAEDIATRICIAN
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK A MOTHER who claims she was wrongly convicted of killing her two children is expected to be cleared and freed from prison by the Court of Appeal today. Prosecution lawyers have indicated they will not oppose an appeal by...
M&S in Vogue; Marks Launches Its New 'Boho-Style' Collection in the Fashion Style Bible
Byline: DAVID HAYES EXOTIC boho style - with just a dash of grownup Hollywood glamour. These are the summer clothes that Marks & Spencer hope will finally woo women shoppers back to its stores after years of decline. This new collection...
No More Mr Nice Guy. Hayden Christensen's Character Fulfils His Destiny and Becomes the Evil Darth Vader in Next Month's Final Star Wars. Here He Tells Bruno Lester Why He Prefers to Play Villains, How He Deals with Those Gay Rumours and the Best Thing about Kissing Natalie Portman
Byline: BRUNO LESTER In person, Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen exudes a boy-band/ladnext-door wholesomeness, but under the angel-faced innocence lurks a darkness. The 24-year-old Canadian actor first made his name playing a teenager recovering...
Oona's Battle with George Turns Ugly; Muslims Are Being Told Not to Vote for Me Because I'm Jewish, Claims MP
Byline: PAUL WAUGH LABOUR MP Oona King claims Muslim voters are being told not to vote for her because she is Jewish. Ms King, who is in a bitter battle with antiwar candidate George Galloway for her Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, was speaking...
Oona's Battle with George Turns Ugly; Pelted with Eggs, Then King and Galloway Exchange Insults
LABOUR MP Oona King's battle against antiwar candidate George Galloway descended into bitter personal insults after she was pelted with eggs and vegetables. Ms King, the black Jewish Labour candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow, was attacked as she...
Paperbacks
Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (Picador, [pounds sterling]7.99) How to recommend last year's Booker-winner highly enough? It's hard - Hollinghurst's Eighties-set soap is hypnotically good, the story of a shy,...
Paper Round
DAILY MAIL BOY jockeys are to be replaced by robots at camel races in the United Arab Emirates. Thousands of boys, some as young as four, are used to race camels, many abducted from their families in a practice seen as a form of slavery. The...
Perfect Answer to the Office Moaners
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES WITH a brand called enjoy- work. com, Marxists will no doubt condemn it as a sinister capitalist ploy to raise productivity. But Chiswick Park, a gleaming 30-acre office community built on the site of a former bus depot, claims...
Pires: Why I'm So Desperate to Finish My Career with Arsenal
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ROBERT PIRES today pleaded with Arsenal to let him finish his career with the club. The French midfielder scored the winner at Middlesbrough on Saturday and, with Manchester United losing 2-0 at Norwich, Arsenal are now...
[Pounds Sterling]2bn Tesco to Cement Its Place as Top of the Shops
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE gulf between Britain's top retailer and one of its big-name perennial underperformers could be cruelly exposed tomorrow. Industry data last week showed City favourite Tesco continuing to extend its lead over rivals at...
Recapturing the Buzz; BIOGRAPHY
Byline: MARINA BENJAMIN Moon Dust, In Search Of The Men Who Fell To Earth Andrew Smith THESE DAYS it's difficult to say what Buzz Aldrin will be best remembered for. Being the second man to walk on the moon? Becoming mired in alcoholism shortly...
Rolling out the Hits with Verve
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD Teenage Cancer Trust: UB40 Albert Hall NOT everybody has the grace to admit it, but, deep down, everybody likes UB40. The sheer lack of fuss that accompanies them ensures that if taken at all, Britain's most popular reggae...
Row over Closure Plan for Teaching Hospital
Byline: REBECCA SMITH A MAJOR row broke out today over proposals to close a key London teaching hospital. Health chiefs are considering the future of Charing Cross hospital in Hammersmith. The Standard revealed last year that the debts of...
School That Rose from the Dead; How Did a School Threatened with Closure End Up as the Best in the Borough? Barney Calman Meets the Woman Whose Design Ideas Turned Failure into a Most Unlikely Success Story
Byline: BARNEY CALMAN WALK into the grounds of Kingsdale School in Dulwich and you'll be met by excited pupils asking if they can help you. This may not sound surprising but, just seven years ago, this was a school where strangers would fear to...
Serial Killer Shipman 'Gave No Warning of Suicide Plan'
Byline: PATRICK SAWER HAROLD SHIPMAN - who killed an estimated 250 people - gave no warning he was about to take his own life, his widow told an inquest today. Shipman, 57, was found hanging in his cell at Wakefield Prison on 13 January last...
Sony Takes a Bite out of the Apple; TECH KNOW
Byline: MARK PRIGG AFTER years of failure, Sony has finally delivered a serious competitor to Apple's iPod. The NW5 is a small, slim music player that, while lacking the iPod's minimalist lines, is very well designed. It is easy to navigate,...
Staying in EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A GREAT NIGHT IN
Byline: STEVE MORRISSEY;JOHN AIZLEWOOD THE MUSTSEE DVD Vera Drake Momentum. Rental Is there anything left to be said about Vera Drake, Mike Leigh's back-street abortion story set in 1950s London? Not really. We all know that some critics...
Superstore Threat to London Spice Market; Future in Doubt for Historic Home of Ethnic Food Traders
Byline: ROSS LYDALL ONE of London's best known ethnic food markets is under threat from developers. Queens Market in Newham - which has been on the site for 100 years - is set to be bulldozed to make way for a [pounds sterling]50million shopping...
Teenage Girl Stabbed to Death as Gatecrashers Storm Birthday Party; 15-YEAR-OLD KNIFED IN THE NECK AFTER 200 PACK INTO SMALL TERRACE ILFORD HOME
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD;RICHARD EDWARDS A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was stabbed to death after a teenage party was "overwhelmed" by scores of gatecrashers, it emerged today. The birthday celebration surged out of control as up to 200 people packed into...
The High St Takedown; Flying Squad's Dramatic Arrest of Three Jewel Robbers 'Like a Scene from Film'
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ THIS is the moment the law dramatically caught up with armed robbers in a daring High Street raid. Flying Squad detectives, some posing as roadsweepers, swooped on the gang as they tried to hold up a jeweller's in an operation...
The Legacy of a Poetic Pope; the Late Pontiff's Poems and Plays Offer a Revealing Insight into the Mind of a Complex and Mystical Man
Byline: GARRY O'CONNOR GK CHESTERTON wrote about St Francis of Assisi: "He was a lover. He was a lover of God and he was really and truly a lover of men. His religion was not a thing like a theory but a thing like a love affair." Critics...
The Long Road Back; since Winning the First London Marathon Dick Beardsley, Has Had to Fight Back from an Astonishing Series of Catastrophes
Byline: IAN CHADBAND DICK BEARDSLEY ticks off the calamities matter-of-fact as he ponders how life's treated him since he won the first London Marathon. Like the farmyard machinery accident which practically ripped him in two, puncturing his lung,...
The Moment Police Seized Raid Gunman; PLAINCLOTHES OFFICERS AMBUSH RAIDERS AS THEY ATTEMPT JEWELLERY HEIST IN BUSY SHOPPING CENTRE
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ THIS is the moment the law dramatically caught up with armed robbers in a daring high-street ambush. Plainclothes Flying Squad detectives, some posing as binmen, swooped as the men attempted to hold up a jeweller's. ...
The [Pounds Sterling]55 Burger- Created with the World's Best Beef; ZUMA RESTAURANT SERVES FAST FOOD FAVOURITE MADE FROM CATTLE REARED ON BEER
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA;ED HARRIS IT IS the ultimate fast food, served cheap and quick with a side order of greasy fries. Think beefburger, think 99p Big Mac. Until now. Because this is the Wagyu - the most expensive burger in town. At [pounds...
The [Pounds Sterling]55 Burger Well, the Cow Was Massaged by Hand; SUPERTRENDY 'SNACK' WORKS OUT AT [Pounds Sterling]4 A BITE - BUT, BOY, IS IT TASTY
Byline: ALEX BARACAIA IT is the ultimate fast food, served cheap and quick with a side order of greasy fries. Think beefburger, think 99p Big Mac. Until now. Because this is the Wagyu - the most expensive burger in town. At [pounds sterling]55...
This Summer We'll Let It All Go to Waist. It's Too Hot for a Gilet but You Can Still Enjoy Sleeveless Chic
NOW that it is getting too warm for even the most diehard gilet fans to be wearing their gilets, I can breathe a sigh of relief again. Pheeeeew. But wait. Obviously women have gotten used to the darned things - so much so that they seem to feel...
Tiger's Tears; Win Is for My Sick Dad Says Masters Hero
Byline: DAVID SMITH TIGER WOODS won the 69th Masters in a dramatic finish and then broke down in tears as he dedicated his ninth major title to his ailing father, Earl. At the climax to a day of high tension, Woods sunk a teasing 15ft downhill...
Two Families and One Happy Ending
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Easter THEATRE Solstice The Other Place, Stratford Riverside Studios, W6 IN MIDWINTER, which formed part of the RSC's recent New Work Festival, Zinnie Harris portrayed a land all but annihilated by war. In Solstice,...
Virtuous in Its Imperfection
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY BBCSO/Runnicles Barbican Hall CLASSICAL DONALD Runnicles was born in Scotland but made his reputation as a conductor in Germany and the United States. He would have been an interesting choice as the BBC Symphony Orchestra's...
Wasps Left in Limbo by Wait for New Ground Deal
Byline: CHRIS JONES LONDON WASPS hope to thrash out a new deal with Wycombe Wanderers this week that will allow the reigning Zurich Premiership champions to remain at the Causeway Stadium. If a deal cannot be done, they will move back to share...
West Ham Won't Hurry over Teddy; in Brief
WEST HAM remain in no rush to talk to Teddy Sheringham about extending his contract, despite his sixth goal in as many matches in the 3-0 win over Coventry. Sheringham, 39 last week, scored with a twice-taken penalty after Richard Shaw had headed...
We Took the Stiffness out of the Day. When the Dress Moved in the Wind I Went, Yesss! in Her Only Interview, Anna Valentine, Camilla's Dress Designer, Describes the Most Stressful 24 Hours of Her Life
Byline: SARAH MOWER EARLY yesterday morning, less than 24 hours after discharging her dressmaking contributions to the making of the new Duchess of Cornwall, Anna Valentine, strangely, is not in bed with a thumping hangover. The 41-year-old designer,...
Wilko's Battle; Woodward Leaves Jonny out of Lions Squad but Door Is Still Open for Him
Byline: CHRIS JONES JONNY WILKINSON, England's injury plagued World Cup hero, can still make the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand despite being left out of the 44-strong squad today. Wilkinson and fellow World Cup winners Mike Tindall...
Will This Make the Sun Shine on M&S? Store Mixes Hollywood Glamour and Grownup Boho as It Aims to Appeal to Every Woman in Britain
Byline: DAVID HAYES EXOTIC style with a dash of grownup Hollywood glamour. These are the summer clothes that Marks & Spencer hopes will finally woo women shoppers back to the stores after years of decline. This new collection will be launched...
Woods: This One Is for My Sick Dad; Tiger Holds His Nerve in Tense Playoff to Win Ninth Major Title
Byline: DAVID SMITH TIGER WOODS won the 69th Masters in a dramatic finish and then broke down in tears as he dedicated his ninth major title to his ailing father, Earl. At the climax to a day of high tension, Woods sunk a teasing 15ft downhill...
Woodward Sends for the Dad's Army; Sir Clive Puts Faith in the Men Who Won Him the World Cup
Byline: CHRIS JONES SIR CLIVE WOODWARD has put his rugby reputation in the hands of England's Dad's Army for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand this summer. The Lions head coach today named his 44-strong squad, containing nine members...
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