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Articles from March 5, 2003

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Ad Land's Alternative Law; PROFILE: THE PASSIONATE FOUNDER OF THE CARING, SHARING ST LUKE'S AGENCY LAYS DOWN HIS MANIFESTO FOR A 'SUCCESSFUL' WORKPLACE
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST ONCE I was a client of St Luke's. It could almost be a badge, to be worn with pride. If I added the words, "and I lived to tell the tale", in the bars of Soho and Charlotte Street where advertising people gather, they...
Ailing RSA Aims to Raise U700m from Oz Flotation
Byline: LACHLAN COLQUHOUN TROUBLED insurer Royal & SunAlliance, which risks ejection from the FTSE 100 index at next week's reshuffle, will press ahead will plans for the float of its Australian and New Zealand operations but faces an uphill...
Airport Bomb Is Reminder of the Real Enemy
Byline: ROBERT FOX THE bomb which killed 19 people and injured 140 in the Philippines is a reminder that the threat of international terrorism is still potent, however much attention is fixed on Iraq at present. Although no specific link has been...
A Key to Unlock Britain's Treasures
The antiques market is bewildering for the uninitiated. But help is here. Katrina Burroughs finds the essential guide on where to shop and what to pay A good antiques hunt is one of life's unparalleled pleasures, whether you have a shopping list...
ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?; We Spend Hours Sitting Down, So Isn't It Time to Invest in Chairs That Take Care of Our Bodies? Caramel Quin Finds Seats for Work and Play
Byline: CARAMEL QUIN IF your idea of good posture is sitting stiff as a board - chest out, shoulders back - think again. The best thing is to keep moving, according to Sue Shillabeer of BackCare, the charity for healthier backs. "Backs are crying...
A Spring in Your Step; Events Diary: What's on in London This Month? Barbara Chandler Finds the Courses and Exhibitions to Inspire You
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER WITH winter on the wane, and lighter evenings just weeks away, it is time to put some exciting designer dates in your diary. From cookery courses to home makeovers and exhibitions featuring top artists and designers, March...
Banks' Great Escape Takes Its Toll; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON HOW is it that at a time of increasing global economic risk, with the world defaulting on its debts in unprecedented volume, the banks can go through their month-long reporting season without one of them reporting a massive...
Bashir 'Tricked' Diana into Telling Her Deepest Secrets; FERGIE SAYS PANORAMA INTERVIEWER LULLED PRINCESS INTO 'COMFORT ZONE'
Byline: GEORGE RICHARDS THE Duchess of York has accused celebrity interviewer Martin Bashir of "tricking" Diana, Princess of Wales into confessing her deepest secrets. Sarah Ferguson said she doubted Diana would have revealed the things she did...
Best of Enemies: Wenger V Ferguson, Round by Round
SIR ALEX FERGUSON'S criticism of Arsenal as arrogant is the latest salvo in a war of words that has simmered between him and Arsene Wenger since 1997. Standard Sport recalls six of the best spats. April 1997: Row during the title run-in sparks the...
Best Way to Make a Festival Fortune; Inside Racing
Byline: LYDIA HISLOP THERE is nothing more electric than that annual, anticipatory roar of the Cheltenham Festival crowd as the tape goes up for the first race, the Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Next Tuesday is the moment we've been living and...
Blair Fuels Row over University 'Quotas' for Elite School Pupils
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY TONY BLAIR today marched into the row over "social engineering" at universities by saying he wanted more students from "working class and poorer backgrounds" in higher education. The Prime Minister was put on the spot...
Blair's Lib-Dem Love-In Is First Casualty of War
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY ROLL up, roll up for the further trials of Tony Blair. The Prime Minister faced the Commons bear-pit with a certain weary familiarity. The waiting for the war is getting to everyone. A disgruntled lethargy has settled on the...
Bloodless War Does Not Exist
IN response to Major Forte (Letters, 3 March), the problem is not whether or not you are in favour of removing Saddam Hussein - only the foolish or naive in the antiwar camp would underestimate the menace of Saddam to his own people. No one is under...
Bright but Poor? Your Chances Are Still Unfair
Byline: ALLISON PEARSON WHAT do we mean by fair when we talk about university admissions? The Prime Minister says he wants students let in purely "on merit". What do we mean by merit? Our papers are screaming with stories of highflying candidates...
Brown's April Budget Will Start at Lunchtime
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY GORDON BROWN will deliver the first lunchtime Budget in living memory next month, the Treasury announced today. The date of the Chancellor's annual statement - normally in March - has been delayed until 9 April largely...
Bus Bomb in Israel Leaves at Least 12 Dead
Byline: ROB MCNEIL AT LEAST 12 people have been killed and many injured in a suicide bomb attack on a bus in Israel. Witnesses said that the explosion in the port city of Haifa scattered bodies and wreckage throughout the main street and left...
Business Traffic Collapse Sends BA Close to Its Lows
Byline: ROBERT LEA BRITISH Airways shares dived near to their all-time lows today after the flag carrier confirmed the much-feared collapse in business traffic. It said the number of passengers flying in premium-class seats in February was down...
CMG Chief Quits as Logica Merger Savings Mount Up
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE NEWLY merged IT services group CMG Logica today announced the departure of its chief executive and 700 new job cuts on top of the 1500 arising from the combination of the giant businesses. After 14 years as chief executive...
Content with Life
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER This spring Sir Terence Conran launches Content, a furniture brand that will bring cutting-edge design back to the masses, says Barbara Chandler SIR Terence Conran is very excited. He says he is experiencing the same...
Crisis after Chairman Quits City
DAVID BERNSTEIN today resigned as chairman of Manchester City, increasing the boardroom turmoil at Maine Road. Chris Bird quit as managing director last Thursday and both resignations were accepted at today's emergency board meeting. It is known...
Cup Cash Helps Watford Double Act Keep Smiling; Countdown to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals
Byline: KEN DYER AUSTERITY is nothing new for Ray Lewington. Things were so bad when he was Fulham manager that once, when the club washing machine gave up the ghost and there wasn't enough left in the kitty to buy a new one, his wife Ann had...
Czech out Glass; Exhibitions: Despite Its Communist Past, the Czech Republic Has Always Been a Centre of Glassmaking Excellence. Now a Series of Exhibitions Is Showcasing Its Best Designers, Says Corinne Julius
Byline: CORINNE JULIUS THE Czech Republic might not be the first place you associate with great design, but it is rapidly gaining a reputation for interesting and innovative work, particularly in glass. From medieval times the region was a centre...
Delight near the Angel; the Historic Architecture of a Conservation Area in Islington Has Encouraged Developers to Build Properties with Charm, Says David Spittles
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES BEFORE the GLC was established in 1965, each of London ' s 28 local authorities was made up of several mini-boroughs, each with its own identity. Though defunct, these historic boundaries still define the capital's neighbourhoods....
Diary of an Estate Agent; A House with Fixtures, Fittings and Felines and a Viewer Who Really Puts His Foot in It Make for a Challenging Week
Monday Just after 8am, headed off to the first valuation of the week, an early 1900s redbrick house in Clarendon Drive, Putney. It was owned by a couple who were reluctantly relocating for business reasons. They were loath to leave because they'd...
Donatella's Double Take; Versace Designer Invites Christina Aguilera to Her Lookalike Show
Byline: LAURA CRAIK THEY look like they were separated at birth, so it was only a matter of time before Christina Aguilera and Donatella Versace formed a mutual fan club. The singer, currently number one in the British charts with her single...
Drowning in Booze and Bile; THEATRE
Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON Little Eyolf, Rosemary Branch, N1 THOSE surveying London's theatre scene might be forgiven for concluding that a Scandinavian marriage should be viewed as a terminal illness rather than an affirmation of love. While...
Education Suffers as Offender, Not Victim, Comes First
Byline: STEPHEN POLLARD IT'S a truism that it only takes one unruly child to undermine an entire school. And the reason it's known as a truism is because it's true. Ask any teacher. Ask any parent. Ask any child. There is barely a school in...
Ex-Convict May Inherit U30m from Bacon's Heir; ARTIST'S COMPANION DIES AND FORTUNE MAY GO TO 'PHIL THE TILL'
Byline: ANDREW DRUMMOND;LUKE LEITCH A CONVICTED criminal known as Phil the Till may inherit the multimillion-pound fortune of artist Francis Bacon. It follows the death in Thailand today of John Edwards, Bacon's lifelong companion. Philip Mordue...
Far Eastern Promise; What's New: DESIGN NEWS
Byline: NICOLE SWENGLEY Be floored Step class: The growing demand for natural materials in the home has encouraged Stone Age, the limestone and sandstone flooring specialist, to open a bespoke workshop for one-off commissions. Around 140 types...
Father Killed in Random Stabbing at Petrol Pump; ATTACKER CALMLY BOUGHT CIGARETTES AT GARAGE KIOSK BEFORE FATAL ASSAULT
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;LAURA SMITH A MAN was stabbed to death today as he filled his car with petrol in a random and unprovoked attack. Qamir Mirza, 48, a father of six, was stabbed several times in the upper body with a Rambo-style knife....
Fed Up with Foodies
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH DUE to a subconscious fear of flying ( actually it's not fear of flying so much as a fear of crashing), combined with the soporific combination of cheese, port and the inevitable Robin Williams movie, I frequently have...
Fergie Takes a Swipe at 'Arrogant' Arsenal
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS SIR ALEX FERGUSON today accused Arsenal of arrogance in assuming they have already won the league title. The Manchester United manager also warned Arsene Wenger that his side are heading for a "kick in the teeth" despite...
Freaky but Unique U Do Believe the Hype; POP
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Astoria AT the most fashionable gig of the year so far, the main trend seemed to be having as few musicians on stage as possible. In support of New York's unspeakably hip Yeah Yeah Yeahs, first came Har...
Friends Provident Deals Blows on Bonus and Divi
Byline: PATRICK HOSKING A MILLION small savers with Friends Provident were dealt a double blow today as bonus rates were cut and the company abandoned its generous dividend policy. The life assurer, which has an army of policyholders who are...
Get Carter, Busier Than Ever in His 95th Year; CLASSICAL
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON Nash Inventions, Purcell Room THERE'S no stopping Elliott Carter, America's greatest living composer, it seems. In his 95th birthday year, when many might think they had earned the right to sit back an enjoy their Indian...
Go for It 100 per Cent; Wannabe Homeowners Can Be Paying as Much in Rent as They Would Be for a Mortgage. Television Producer Lorna-Dawn Creanor Wishes She Had Got on the Property Ladder before House Prices Took Off
TAKE any dinner party of twentyor thirtysomethings and you'll be hard-pressed to find a gathering where the conversation doesn't turn to house-buying at some point in the evening. For young Londoners, climbing on the property ladder has become an...
Happy Ever After
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL Decades of stars flocked there to get married, now Britain's most famous register office is being turned into luxury flats. ANTHONY Eden, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, Roger Moore, Peter Sellers, Mick Jagger and Ringo...
Henderson Refuses to Take Success for Granted; CHELTENHAM COUNTDOWN
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM NICKY HENDERSON took the wraps off his Cheltenham team this morning but admitted that he is approaching this year's Festival more in hope than expectation, writes Graham Cunningham. Henderson's career record of 25 Festival...
Highways Agency Is Shamed over Gritting; Report Reveals How It Lost Control on Night of Snow Chaos
Byline: ROSS LYDALL THE organisation responsible for the snow chaos that left hundreds of motorists stranded on the M11 has no idea how often it grits the roads, a report reveals today. The Highways Agency cannot verify the number of times its...
How Offensive Can Papers Be?; Media: Columnists and Cartoonists Are Paid to Be Controversial. That Means They Sometimes Go Too Far
Byline: DAVID ROWAN YOU could hear the editors cheering this week as the Government announced the press should continue to regulate itself. By rejecting calls for Ofcom, the new communications watchdog, to control newspaper content, ministers gave...
How to Make a Killing from the Fall of Saddam and Bin Laden's Capture; City Trader
Byline: ANGUS MCCRONE IT HAS been a bruising few weeks for Britain's short-term traders, as financial markets have been held hostage by slow-moving and complex world events at the United Nations and in Iraq. Investors have been trying to anticipate...
Hunting for Treasure
Byline: MARTIN GURDON If you're prepared to rummage around the house-clearance sales, there are gems to be found among the junk, says Martin Gurdon PEOPLE who clear out houses aren't just junk shop owners working from dim premises crammed with...
IF YOU REALLY ARE TIRED OF LIFE IN LONDON, HERE IS WHERE TO LIVE ... Devon Is Heaven
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY IF London's traffic jams, pollution and high property prices have finally taken their toll, head for Devon. It has just been named England's best county for offering an excellent standard of living. From its "outstanding"...
Inside the Super-Lodge; Travel: Who Would Pay U46,000 for a Holiday in the Alps - and Why?
Byline: NICK REDMAN KIT Harrison does not dilly-dally on the subject of chalets. "The standard concept is peculiarly English," sniffs the 29-year-old force behind Descent International, the UK's premier purveyor of ultra-smart lodges. "Chalet...
In the Air; Media
IT might have bigger pictures, smaller words and posey acres of white space, but the relaunched Daily Telegraph is still very much a cosy little world. Star signing Anne Robinson, left, (the Telegraph has always been good at hiring people just as they...
I Woke on the Back Seat U He Was on Top of Me; Life & Style: A Judge Warned Yesterday That No Woman Should Risk Taking an Unlicensed Minicab. Trainee Accountant Jenny Ball, 19, Recalls the Night When She Was Attacked
Byline: BONNIE ESTRIDGE IT'S so strange, but I have only recently started having nightmares about the evening I was attacked. Sometimes I'm with my boyfriend in bed. He'll cuddle up to me and I wake up, terrified, pushing him away because once again...
Kurdish Enclave Defies the Advancing Turks
Byline: OWEN MATTHEWS ON the road that runs south through the Tigris plain towards Turkey's border with Iraq, convoys of green military trucks rumble past fields of barley. They are heading for the frontier bases of Cizre and Silopi, or even further...
Labour Is at War with Itself; 'Life after Blair' Is What a Lot of His Own Party Now Want. but Toppling Their Best Asset Would Be an Historic Mistake
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY THE Labour herd is a scary phenomenon. Stirred from its lairs by the prospect of war, it is turning on its leader with a hungry look in its eyes. For so long, Tony Blair has been the acknowledged Alpha Male, the performer...
Labour under Attack as 17% Council Tax Rise Is Biggest Ever
Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY LABOUR came under fire over big council tax increases today after new figures revealed that average bills in London will soar by more than 17 per cent this year. The Tories were set to make the rises a key plank of their...
Lewsey Has What It Takes to Be a Future Star, Says Melville
Byline: CHRIS JONES NIGEL MELVILLE, who ignored Josh Lewsey's plea to play outside-half at London Wasps, believes England's new fullback deserves a place in the World Cup squad. Lewsey has been handed England's No15 jersey as Jason Robinson is...
London Boost as French Delay Bid; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER PARIS has decided to follow London's example and defer - possibly for two months - any announcement of a bid for the 2012 Olympics because of the Iraq crisis, French officials revealed today. In an interview with Standard...
'MAJOR AND HIS PLOT TO CHEAT TARRANT SHOW'; Wife Also Accused of Swindling Who Wants to Be A Millionaire
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN AN Army major and his wife cheated their way to the first prize on hit TV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, a court heard today. Charles Ingram, 39, his wife Diana and a second man, Tecwen Whittock, are accused...
MAJOR AND U1m COUGH TRICK TO CHEAT TARRANT; Signal from Accomplice Gave Answers to Player, Court Told
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN THE SECRET of how an Army major allegedly tricked Chris Tarrant out of u1million on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was revealed to a rapt courtroom today. As Major Charles Ingram got closer to his big win an accomplice...
Make Me an Offer; Money: In a Slow Market Developers Make Tempting Offers to Homebuyers. Lorna Bourke Looks at the Deals
Byline: LORNA BOURKE NOW is the time to find property bargains. The housing market is cooling and developers with unsold properties on their books are very vulnerable to a downturn in the market. They don't like dropping prices because it's always...
Match of Today
Simon Hughes v Susan Kramer Ground: London Kick-off: 5pm SECOND DIVISION stuff, some may complain. But the Lib-Dems do have six MPs in London and a substantial slice of support in the capital. Tonight party members poll to decide who will challenge...
McKellen Spreads a Little Malice with a Body Slapping Solo Dance
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Dance of Death Lyric Theatre AT A time when London is sunk in nervous jitters about terrorism and war with Iraq, what better escapist entertainment could there be than a play that views marriage as a war-zone, prison,...
Men Run to Paula's Aid as She Bids for Record
Byline: LEO SPALL MARATHON organisers today announced that they are to introduce male pacemakers into the women's race in London for the first time to help Paula Radcliffe break her own world record. It is thought the format of the contest next...
More Julianne; ACTRESS'S FLAWLESS SKIN INSPIRES PHOTOGRAPHER TO RECREATE CLASSICAL POSE
Byline: RICHARD SIMPSON;PATRICK SAWER AS one of Hollywood's leading ladies, Julianne Moore is feted and photographed wherever she goes. But the star of Far From Heaven and The Hours has never looked quite so ethereal as she does in this photograph....
Most-Wanted Chalets; Travel: Vicious Fighting Can Break out over the Hottest Properties, So You Need to Book Now - for Next Year
Byline: ALISTAIR SCOTT SO, you're back from the perfect half-term holiday. The sun shone, the pistes were faultless, and the food superb. Childcare was excellent, your instructor was gorgeous and you were skiing better than ever. Surely you are...
Naughty Hodge Disrupts Class
Byline: JOE MURPHY MARGARET HODGE let the cat out of the bag over student quotas while on an official visit to China. The Higher Education Minister pledged to "set a target on closing the gap" between the proportion of working-class teenagers...
New Looks All Round but Where Is the Beef?; Media: Daily Telegraph Revamp Is Just the First of the Fleet Street Makeovers
Byline: ANDREW NEIL TIS the season for relaunches among Britain's broadsheets. The Times is planning to refurbish its Saturday edition in the spring, the FT will unveil an April facelift and last weekend the Independent on Sunday published its...
Nice Team Clive, but Tindall Won't Win You the World Cup; Countdown to England V Italy, Sunday, Twickenham
Byline: WILL CARLING CLIVE WOODWARD has shown considerable bravery when it comes to making tough selection decisions, but the England coach has failed to grasp a very difficult nettle for the clash with Italy on Sunday. I know this is a theme...
No MPC Rates Shock This Time
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE Bank of England sprang a huge surprise last month. Defying an almost unanimous prediction that its monetary policy committee would leave interest rates on hold, it lopped a quarter-point off the cost of borrowing, citing...
Now Mini Congestion Zones May Be Set Up
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT;HUGH MUIR CONGESTION charging could be expanded across greater London under plans being studied by borough councils. Several local authorities have expressed an interest in setting up their own charging schemes after...
Now Mini Congestion Zones May Be Set Up; BOROUGHS TO ROLL OUT SATELLITE SCHEMES IF CENTRAL SYSTEM IS A SUCCESS
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT CONGESTION charging could be expanded across greater London under plans being studied by borough councils. Several local authorities have expressed an interest in setting up their own charging schemes after Mayor Ken...
Now Road Map for Conflict Is Taking Shape
Byline: ROBERT FOX PRESIDENT Bush's men are now beginning to unveil the countdown to war with Iraq, which will begin by the end of next week with or without a new mandate from the UN. The next milestones are Colin Powell's statement today - effectively...
On the Trail of Far-Flung Dim Sum; Eating Out
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION FOR a style of eating that has been around for several hundred years, dim sum is a remarkably modern concept. "Multiple courses, small bites, beautifully presented, strong tastes, plenty of seafood" - this could just as easily...
Paradise Regained; GARDENING NEWS
Byline: PATTIE BARRON Sneeze-free sunflowers On a summer annuals popularity scale, sunflowers rate highly. Unfortunately, their pollen count has a high score, too. But for the first time, seed company Thompson & Morgan is selling a...
Photography as Consuming Passion; EXHIBITION
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH Andreas Gursky, Inside the White Cube, N1 DESPITE the fact that his career only got going in the mid-Eighties, that he is not yet 50 and that he produces very few pictures each year, German photographer Andreas Gursky has...
RANDOM MURDER AT PETROL STATION; Knife Attacker Strikes as Man Fills Up His Car
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;LAURA SMITH A MAN was stabbed to death as he filled up his car at a petrol station early today in what police believe was a random attack. The Asian motorist, who was in his fifties, was knifed a number of times by a...
Really Useful Column
Alison Cork finds smoke detectors in disguise and instant gardens Dust buster There's good news for dust-allergy sufferers. The Dust Bubble is a handy gadget that fixes on to a drill, collects all the dust while you're using it and is disposable....
Rolls in Rut as Brokers Slash Profit Forecasts; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK SHARES in aircraft-engines maker Rolls-Royce performed aerobatic feats today, briefly touching 71p - their lowest since flotation in 1987 - before rallying to trade unchanged at 76 3/4p in the wake of yesterday's profits slump...
Rolls Rallies as Brokers Ponder Profits Setback; Market Report
Byline: MICHAEL CLARK SHARES in aero-engines maker Rolls-Royce briefly touched 71p - their lowest level since being floated back in 1987 - before reducing the deficit to 3 3/4p at 73p as the City continued to ponder the consequences of yesterday's...
Rotherhithe Comes Alive
Byline: ANTHEA MASEY New transport links and a development boom has turned an Eighties wasteland into a thriving Docklands community, says Anthea Masey FOR years, Rotherhithe, situated in a wide, almost semicircular, bend of the Thames, has been...
Royals' Favourite Dress Designer Dies Aged 93; SIR HARDY AMIES, COUTURIER WHO CREATED QUEEN'S DISTINCTIVE STYLE
Byline: ROB MCNEIL SIR Hardy Amies, the Queen's favourite dress designer and one of the most important names in 20th-century British fashion, has died aged 93. His empire, based at number 14 Savile Row was regarded by many as the last fully functioning...
See the City from the Water; by the Thames: A Pleasure Cruise on the River Is the Ideal Way to See London's Most Famous Landmarks
Byline: PAUL CLARK FROM the industrial heritage of the East End and Greenwich's maritime past, to contemporary landmarks such as Tate Modern, the banks of the Thames are soaked in history and culture. Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to enjoy the...
Services Grind to Halt as War Tension Grows
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE deteriorating economic outlook and mounting tension over war with Iraq has hit Britain's services sector, which virtually ground to a halt last month. The latest CIPS/Reuters snapshot of the sector - which accounts for...
Sherwood Tackle Has Murdoch Fuming
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS TIM SHERWOOD was today accused of dishing out the rough stuff on young Wimbledon midfielder Lionel Sherwood, who joined Portsmouth from Tottenham this season, was booked for a crude challenge which left Morgan with a cut and...
Soccer Moms with Attitude; Life & Style: Three's a Family
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST SOME mates of mine play a round of golf on Saturday mornings. For the best part of four hours they meander around a course, then spend another hour or so in the bar. Bastards. For me, Saturday is a non-stop circuit of drop-offs...
Space Maker; Barrister Kathryn Purkis Solved the Case of the Poky, Dark House - She Knocked Down Walls, Turned It Upside Down and Created Light and Space on a Budget. Pattie Barron Meets a Lateral Thinker
Byline: PATTIE BARRON IF YOU can't find the house you want, you buy one and turn it upside down. Literally. When Kathryn Purkis, a barrister specialising in property and commercial work, went to see a house she couldn't buy in Bethnal Green,...
Spearmint Rhino Could Be Shut over 'Prostitution'; POLICE TELL COURT THEY WERE OFFERED DRUGS AND SEX AT LAP-DANCING CLUB
Byline: ANDR PAINE LAP-DANCE club Spearmint Rhino may be forced to shut down following police claims that it is being used as a front for prostitution. The lap-dancing chain's flagship branch on Tottenham Court Road could have its drinks licence...
Spurs Look to China to Finally Sign New Striker
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS TOTTENHAM have agreed to sign China striker Qu Bo in time for the start of next season. It is the second time Spurs have moved for the 21-year-old, who spent part of last summer on loan at White Hart Lane before his work-permit...
Surfing for Treasure on the Web; Information & Communications Technology
Byline: DANNY BRADBURY COMPUTER-SCIENCE students could have their fees and grants paid if they win a competition being run by Queen Mary University of London. The university is launching a bursary scheme for computer students, and the prizes will...
Tamara Decides to Play It Safe
Byline: COMPTON MILLER Property heiress Tamara Beckwith has become the first high-profile purchaser of a flat in Kings Chelsea, Northacre's u255 million development of 288 flats and houses on the former King's College site. She has paid an estimated...
The England Debate; World Cup Fallout: Nasser Should Quit as Test Skipper Too .
Byline: IAN CHADBAND NASSER HUSSAIN has taken the right decision to end his reign as England's one-day captain but has not gone far enough. He talked about the need for a fresh start and reckoned that with England immediately having to start planning...
The England Debate; World Cup Fallout: No. We Need Him to Stay as Test Captain .
Byline: DAVID LLOYD NASSER HUSSAIN wants to keep going as Test captain through this coming summer and beyond. England's cricket bosses should shake on the deal right now, just in case he changes his mind. They won't, of course - observations...
The Final Countdown; Restaurant Awards
Byline: RICHARD ALLEN THE food is delicious, the service excellent and the prices reasonable. They are the restaurants vying to be the Evening Standard readers' favourite. The winner will be announced at the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant Awards...
The Height of Fashion
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES The London skyline is the ultimate status symbol. This week, one confident developer is selling the largest-ever number of penthouses to come on the market, says David Spittles DURING the good times, when the bonus packages...
The House Detective; Real Life: Homes & Property Lawyer Henry Stuart Answers Londoners' Queries
Byline: HENRY STUART Q: I have found a seemingly derelict property in Hackney that needs to be totally restored. There are windows missing and I am sure no one lives there but how can I find out who owns it? If they are dead or cannot be traced,...
The Mane Attraction; DANCE
Byline: SARAH FRATER Garth Fagan Dance, Sadler's Wells GARTH Fagan brought his troupe to the Wells last night, and its opening number couldn't have been a better start. Prelude is an exuberant display of music and dance. It is clever and sexy...
The Pink 'Un Splashes out; Media
Byline: ANDREW NEIL THE management's response to this week's news that the Financial Times is losing money (u6 million in the past six months) should gladden journalists' hearts in these grim times: there will be a u10 million relaunch in April....
The Politics of Applause; Why Is It That Londoners Sit and Clap after a Great Show While New Yorkers Whoop and Holler?
Byline: DOUGLAS KENNEDY A FEW weeks ago, I witnessed a most intriguing example of Anglo-American culture clash during the curtain call of a London play. The production was Complicite's brilliant and justly lauded Mnemonic, which played to packed...
These Guys Are One Tough Act to Follow; JAZZ
Byline: JACK MASSARIK Roy Ayers' Ubiquity, Ronnie Scott's JAZZ musicians are a resourceful bunch, and they need to be. Always low on job security, their careers must now survive a phase of politically encouraged terror-paranoia, during which...
The Talk in BOXING
Facing up to the facts of Tyson's warrior tattoo TYSON TATTOO WATCH: following Talk's report last week that Iron Mike's facial artwork might not be the real deal, sightings over the weekend suggest the bizarre design might, indeed, be fading. ...
The Ultimate Test in Fear; ANXIETY EXPERT WANTS PEOPLE TO FACE THEIR PHOBIA OF SPIDERS
Byline: MAXINE FRITH DOES THIS picture make you want to run screaming from the room, or leave you cringing as you try to turn the page without touching the spider? If so, gather your nerve and read on - medical research needs you. A London...
Titanic Love Story Revealed
Byline: GERAINT SMITH IT IS just the wooden handle of an upholsterer's tool that once lay nearly three miles deep with the wreck of the Titanic. But the tiny piece of jetsam tells a story of love and astonishing luck, both good and bad. For...
Trump Falls out with AIG over U330m Junk Offering
Byline: LAUREN CHAMBLISS CASINOS tycoon Donald Trump has shelved a crucial $475 million (u330 million) junk bond issue after a public spat between the high-profile magnate and insurance giant AIG soured investors' already fragile appetite for the...
Turn Up the Contrast; Putting Plants Together in Your Garden Is Just as Difficult as Co-Ordinating Your Wardrobe, and Most of Us Tend to Play Safe. but a New Guide Will Help You Get Haute-Couture Results, Says Pattie Barron
Byline: PATTIE BARRON WHAT makes great planting in a garden? It's rarely the plants themselves, but more the way they're put together, so that each one complements the other. You could put together a trio of the most ordinary plants and make an...
TV Chiefs Pin Their Faith on the Big Sell
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