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Articles from December 10, 2004

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1-2 FU - Confessions of A Middle Aged Punk; Television
Byline: PETE CLARK Saturday 9pm BBC3 **** Considering that the impetus behind the movement was allegedly an assault on conventionally commercial practice, punk was the most effective brand-name there has ever been. I can vouch that this much...
20-Minute Test to Reveal Heart Disease Years Early
Byline: MARK PRIGG A SIMPLE blood test could help dramatically cut the number of people dying from heart disease and strokes. The 20-minute test would allow doctors to treat patients for the disease years before it becomes potentially fatal....
20-Minute Test 'To Reveal Heart Disease Years Early'
Byline: MARK PRIGG A SIMPLE blood test could help dramatically cut the number of people dying from heart disease and strokes. The 20-minute test would allow doctors to treat patients for the disease years before it becomes potentially fatal....
A Law Unto Himself
Byline: ALEX DA SILVA Lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano's client list reads like a Who's Who of international villains: Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic and Nicholas van Hoogstraten. So why has he taken on a meagre child-maintenance case for fallen...
A Londoner's Diary
Charles Kennedy on a tricky encounter with George Bush, a starring role in EastEnders and skewering Tony Blair With a General Election probably around the corner, I'm in a permanent rush. Grumbling about the stalled traffic in Central London,...
American Giant in $1Bn UK Super-Casinos Chase
Byline: JAKE LL0YD-SMITH US GAMING giant Harrah's Entertainment plans to invest up to $1 billion ([pounds sterling]519 million) to snare three of the eight supercasinos to be built in Britain under relaxed gaming laws. The company is teaming...
ANYTHING BUT CHARDONNAY; Chardonnay Was the Biggest Small-Screen Sensation since Alexis Colby. but Susie Amy Walked Away from the Role. Was That the Cleverest Move She Could Have Made, or Career Suicide, Asks Marianne Macdonald
Byline: MARIANNE MACDONALD Susie Amy became famous one night in January 2002 when the first episode of Footballers' Wives was screened. She played Chardonnay, a cartoonish take on Victoria Beckham. Chardonnay lived in a white stucco and gold-leaf...
Bad Case of Swap Fever
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Home From Home C4 IT'S nothing to be proud of, I know, but I think I can lay claim to being the only journalist on this newspaper who has been arrested twice in the environs of an English cathedral. The second time...
Bagging a Better Bite; Posh Crisps Are Flavour of the Month - and the Micro-Chippers Are Tucking into the Rewards
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE FOUND your tummy rumbling anywhere posh lately? The theatre, an art gallery, Harvey Nicks? If you have, the chances are you'll have staved off the munchies with a packet of upmarket crisps. Pricing their wares at [pounds sterling]1...
BEWARE: VIDEO GAMES CAN KILL; Tough New Labelling and Bigger Fines
Byline: JASON BEATTIE TOUGH new measures to protect children from violent video games were unveiled today. The games will have to carry clearer warning labels and retailers could face harsher penalties for selling them to children. The clampdown...
Blair Ally Says Lord Butler Is Guilty of Tory Bias; EX-MINISTER HITS BACK AT CRITICISM
Byline: PAUL WAUGH ONE of Tony Blair's close allies today launched an extraordinary attack on a former Whitehall chief for daring to criticise the Prime Minister. Jack Cunningham accused former Cabinet Secretary Lord Butler of being "politically...
Blind Date
Byline: ALEX MATTIS Andrew, 37, a technical architect from Clapham Star sign: Taurus Australian, but I've lived in the UK for nine years. I've a British passport, so thought I'd use it and ended up staying. I'm settled now, I've got my house...
Brakes on Lending at HSBC as Rate Rises Bite
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH;JAMES ROSSITER BANKING colossus HSBC, Britain's second most valuable company, said today interest rate rises had begun to take the edge off consumers' appetite for borrowing. Delivering a trading update before its financial...
Bring on the Dancing Pandas; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD Aladdin Hackney Empire IT IS heartening - oh no it isn't, oh yes it most certainly is - to see the gloriously refurbished Hackney Empire back in the panto business after a three-year absence. Renowned for its traditional...
Brooklyn
Byline: JUSTINE SPELLER Eat ... .Planet Thailand, a noisy, hip, warehouse-style restaurant serving affordable Thai and Japanese. Great for parties or couples. Book, as this place gets busy. 133 North Seventh Street, between Bedford Avenue and...
Bushy Tales; Urban Fox
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE 'London's just too Prada for me,' says Jean Paul The capital's charms are lost on fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. 'The spirit of freedom that London breathed 20 years ago doesn't exist any more,' he complains....
Cds of the Week
Byline: JACK MASSARIK;SIMON BROUGHTON;STEPHEN PETTITT JAZZ Horace Silver United States of Mind (Blue Note, 66745) Blue Note owns the greatest back-catalogue in the world and has just discovered this rarity. It captures that funkiest...
Centrica Sounds Alarm on Spiralling Gas Prices
Byline: STEVE HAWKES SHARES in British Gas group Centrica tumbled today after it warned that high wholesale gas prices are likely to cast a huge shadow over profits next year. While Centrica said it was on course to meet City forecasts at an...
China's 'New Workshop' Casts a Smog Cloud over Hong Kong
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH CLIMB Hong Kong's famed Victoria Peak these days and chances are you won't be greeted with a stunning view across the city's harbour but a shifting veil of smog. The haze in China's top commercial centre has become so...
Christmas High Street Shopping Is as Stressful as Being in Traffic Jam; TWINS TESTED ON PRESENT BUYING
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE emotional stress endured by Christmas shoppers fighting their way through the crowds is revealed in a scientific study today. People who "shop till they drop" show symptoms similar to those they would suffer as a result...
City Spy
SELF-PROCLAIMED Aussiephile Sir Richard Branson has not had the fawning reception from the Press down under that he might have expected after his Virgin Atlantic carrier touched down in Sydney for the first time, promising to slash fares on flights...
Coming, Redeye or Not; as Thousands of Us Head to NYC for 'Christmas Shopping' (Frolics and Cocktails), We Face the Redeye Flight Back to Work. Eating before Boarding Is the Key to Survival
Byline: MELINDA STEVENS BACK when I was an unaccompanied minor, trying to buy multicoloured cigarettes from duty-free, all aeroplane food looked as if it had been engulfed by a frozen, silicone breast. Beef or chicken, mushroom or pea, it didn't...
Counting the Cost of Inertia
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON A COUPLE of years ago, no one at the top in British boardrooms mentioned cost pressures as an issue. But in recent months the topic has come very much to the fore. Today executives are concerned about the huge surge...
Dallaglio Is Fired-Up for a Knockout
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO today dismissed suggestions there was so much heat in last weekend's Heineken Cup clash between his Wasps side and Leicester that it could flare up into trouble in Sunday's rematch. One of the most striking...
Dear Evening Standard, Royal Mail Is a Disgrace
Byline: LUKE DAVID They have sent in nightmare accounts, including tales of deliveries arriving as late as 7pm and credit card theft. It also emerged today that the watchdog Postwatch has launched an investigation following our own. Our reporter...
Diana Fountain Designer Axed from New Battersea; Gustafson Won't Have a Role in [Pounds Sterling]1 Billion Renewal
THE designer of the ill-fated Diana Memorial has been dropped by the developer behind the [pounds sterling]1 billion rebuilding of Battersea power station. Kathryn Gustafson had been approached to mastermind the landscaping of the 38 acre site,...
Dreaming of the Title; David Smith on Why Augustus Williams Is So Convinced His Son Danny Will Prevail in Tomorrow Night's World Title Clash in Las Vegas
Byline: DAVID SMITH I HAVE a dream, Augustus Williams said to himself 31 years ago as his son was about to be born. His dream, that son Danny would one day become heavyweight champion of the world, could be realised tomorrow within the cavernous...
DRUG TESTING FOR DRIVERS; Police to Launch Roadside Checks in the New Year
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT MOTORISTS in London are to face compulsory roadside tests by police for drug-driving. Drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs will have to perform a series of tests such as standing on one leg and touching...
ES SHOPPER; We Trawl the High Street, So You Don't Have To
Hands free Seasoned party veterans would never leave home without a chichi handbag. This silver suede and leather one by Mazzini has a nifty wrist strap - thus champagne sipping is made easier. [pounds sterling]89, Fenwick (020 7629 9161). Till...
Every Time the Ball Is at My Feet, I'm Setting off on an Adventure; Exclusive Interview Chelsea Have Taken off since Their Flying Dutchman Burst onto the Scene and, as Ken Dyer Reports, Arjen Robben Only Plays One Way - He Just Loves to Attack
Byline: KEN DYER BEFORE Arjen Robben made his belated entry into the English arena, Chelsea were being described as functional, even a trifle boring. Not any more. The sight of the slim, young Dutchman on the ball over the past month has been...
Fast Food
Quick bites for busy urbanites * Make the office lunch into a cosy family affair, ring Inn The Park 24 hours before and order one of their roasts. Prices start at [pounds sterling]15 per head for the pork belly (which uses a whole side of pig, and...
Fast-Track Treatment Cuts Deaths by 80%
Byline: REBECCA SMITH BRITAIN'S first 24-hour fast-track service for patients who have had a heart attack has has led to a fivefold reduction in deaths. Patients at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust usually have a procedure to unblock their arteries...
Fast Way to Save Lives; against Most Expectations, Raising the Speed Limit in Denmark Seems to Have Reduced Accidents. Could the Same Idea Work Here?
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS A REMARKABLE experiment in Denmark has confounded road safety experts - and re-ignited the motorway speed limit debate here. In a highly controversial move, the new centre-Right government raised motorway speed limits from...
Fit Only for a Russian Millionaire; the Sudden Market Boom in Russian Art Is a Reflection of the Great Wealth Accumulated by Entrepreneurs There. but Are They Spending It Wisely?
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL JUST short of a thousand visitors a day wandered through the National Gallery's exhibition of Russian landscape paintings this past summer, 73,368 in all. The reviews, apart from mine, were uniformly ecstatic and critics who...
From Hero to Zero
Byline: CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON Hero2Hero Shepherds Bush Empire THE theme of the Hero2Hero series of concerts, sponsored by mobile phone company O2, is a performance from a young, whippersnapping artiste, followed by one from an older musician...
Girl, Interrupted
Byline: TIM COOPER Since she shot to fame at the age of 12 in Leon, Natalie Portman's career as a teen star has been unparalleled. Now, at the age of 23, two new films - one hailed by critics as a latterday The Graduate - are about to propel her...
Hangin' with Mr Hip Hop; Estravel Hip Hop Culture Is Everywhere, but a Fascinating Tour with Its Pioneers Gives an Insight into Its History
Byline: SIMON DAVIS IN 1973 there was a party at a house in the South Bronx in honour of a man called Keith Cowboy, who was off to join the army. Playing some James Brown and a little Roy Ayers, Kool DJ Herc aped a sergeant-major shouting "left,...
He Has Two Left Feet but Julian Could Be the Dancing Queen
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ;FLORA STUBBS COMEDIAN Julian Clary, surprise star of Strictly Come Dancing, admits he is no Fred Astaire, and today BBC bosses dubbed him "a terrible dancer". Yet tomorrow night the camp comedian who began his career...
Hey Teacher Look What Those Kids Have Done; 25 Years on, We Locate Pupils Who Sang on Pink Floyd's Controversial Classic, Another Brick in the Wall
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER FOR 25 years, their contribution to the Pink Floyd classic Another Brick In The Wall went unheralded and unrewarded. The pupils from Islington Green School provided backing vocals on the record - whose infamous chorus included...
House of Cod; Every Room in the Architect Charles Jencks's House Holds Clues to a Secret Dialogue between Him and His Late Wife, Maggie, Who Died of Cancer in 1995. Helen Kirwan-Taylor Unlocks the Code
Byline: HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR On paper Charles Jencks sounds rather dry. A 65-year-old WASPish architect, critic and retired professor from Massachusetts, author of 30 books and academic journals and, most famously, prizewinning designer (with Terry...
How to Defend Yourself against Burglars without Breaking the Law; LEGAL EXPERTS ISSUE ADVICE TO HOMEOWNERS
Byline: REBECCA MOWLING;PATRICK MCGOWAN LAWYERS today advised homeowners how they can strike back against burglars and remain within the law. Both Prime Minister Tony Blair and Conservative leader Michael Howard have called for householders to...
I'm No Visionary but I Know What I like - and I Can Smell a W***** from 100 Miles Away; Outstanding Newcomer in 2001, Festen Director Rufus Norris Is One of Many Contenders for an Evening Standard Theatre Award
Byline: NICK CURTIS RUFUS NORRIS is afraid of being found out. The 39-year-old director lives in constant fear of " cocking things up", of someone walking into his rehearsal room one day and telling him that, actually, he's rubbish. "Doesn't...
In Brief
Sprint 'in talks over a merger with Nextel' SPRINT, the third-largest US mobile phone company, and Nextel Communications are reportedly in talks about a possible merger that would create a company with a stock market value of about $70 billion ([pounds...
In Short
Foster at the double as he retains his golden crown MARK FOSTER retained his 50metres freestyle crown as Britain's swimming team collected their first two medals at the European short course championships in Vienna. Foster, 34, took the lead...
INSIDE CITY HALL; Introducing a New Friday Column
Row of the week Ken Livingstone v Leo Boland Introducing a new Friday column Score: Livingstone 0, Boland 1 (own goal by Mayor) TROUBLE is brewing for the Mayor after one of his notorious jibes went too far. First he became embroiled in a row...
It's in with the Old, and out with the New; Does a NASA-Designed Bed Beat a Monogrammed Pillowcase? We Compare Trad Hotels with Hip Boutiques ES TRAVEL
Byline: SIMON DAVIS;ALISON TYLER SIMON DAVIS I ONCE stayed in a hotel where you had to insert your thumb into a slot to open the door. The corridor was coffinblack and the thumb unit was lit in fuschia-pink neon lights. I inserted my thumb,...
I Was Undermined and Belittled, Says Met Boss; Race Monitor Tells of Bias
Byline: PATRICK SAWER THE WOMAN responsible for helping to stamp out racism in the Met has spoken out over the discrimination she says she faced at the hands of her own employers. Julia Smith, the Metropolitan Police Authority's former head of...
James Brown, Godfather of Soul, Battles Cancer; SINGER, 71, PLANS TO TAKE ONLY THREE WEEKS OFF AFTER PROSTATE OPERATION
Byline: REBECCA SMITH SOUL legend James Brown has cancer, it was revealed today. The 71-year-old singer, known as the Godfather of Soul, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will have surgery next week. His prognosis is good and sources...
Jo Wood; Beauty Buyography
Rock chick Jo Wood, 49, is married to Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. She has four children: Jamie, Jesse, Leah and Tyrone. They live in Kingston and she is currently developing her own organic beauty brand, out next year What's in your makeup bag? Mainly...
Kelly's Crazy 14-Hour Dash; TV Spots, Interviews, Book Signings, Training Runs and Canvassing for Votes - It's All in a Day's Work for Golden Girl Kelly Holmes as She Nears the End of Her 'Annus Mirabilis'. Chief Sports Correspondent Ian Chadband Reports
Byline: IAN CHADBAND IT was just after 6.30am and Kelly Holmes, preposterously cheery on the back of just four hours' sleep, was offering a thought for the day as the car whisked her to the GMTV studios. "Well, you may say that," she told the...
Long and Grinding Road for Buddhist Protesters; MONK AND NUNS STEP AND BOW FROM LONDON TO SCOTLAND IN MARCH FOR PEACE
Byline: ANDRE PAINE BY ANDRE PAINE WE'VE seen the artist who pushed a peanut from Peckham to Downing Street in protest at student debt. But a Buddhist monk has taken the art of painful demonstrating even further - by 370 miles. Today, the...
Mandaric the Villain in South Coast Soap Opera
Byline: DAVID MELLOR SO WHAT do you make of the Harry, Mandaric and Lowe show? I know what I think. A plague on all their houses. Mandaric appears to be suffering from a bout of morality the way the rest of us get flu. He thinks Lowe should...
Matilda, Sw11; Drink
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN 74-76 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 (020-7228 6482) Mon-Sun noon-11pm * Anyone socialising in Battersea a decade ago will remember Cotea-Cote, an exuberant, cheap-as-chips party venue packed to the rafters every evening...
Met Fails to Hit Its Target Time for 999 Responses
Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN ONLY SEVEN EMERGENCY CALLS OUT OF 10 ARE ANSWERED BY POLICE WITHIN 12 MINUTES POLICE in London are falling well below their own target response times for answering the most urgent 999 calls, new figures reveal. Metropolitan...
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Byline: NIGEL PIZEY GameCube **** There's been precious few games to make the GameCube into a must-have console. And I'm being generous using the term 'precious few' . First-person shooter Metroid Prime was, for many, the sole reason to invest...
Minerva 'Break-Up' after Auction Blow
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER A BREAK-UP of [pounds sterling]600 million property developer Minerva is on the cards, threatening plans to build the City's tallest tower block. The move follows a five-month auction to sell the whole of Minerva, which...
My London; JAMIE THEAKSTON - the Presenter-Turned-Actor Buys Jeans from Duffer, His Clown Fish from Aquatic Creations and His Burgundy from Corney & Barrow
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN Where do you live and why? I live in W10, which is the Ladbroke Grove/North Kensington area. I moved there because it was cheap at the time - it's not so cheap these days. How long have you lived there? Fifteen years....
Neighbourhood Watch; Lower East Side We Uncover the Diners, Boutiques and Quirky Hangouts Worth Visiting in the Funkiest New Districts of NYC
Byline: ALISON TYLER HIP clothes stores, vintage shops, bars and restaurants are springing up like organic daisies in between the old textile shops and kosher delis. The main axis of cool is where Ludlow Street meets Rivington Street. Paul's...
NEWS IN BRIEF; British Detectives to Join in French Hunt for Missing Earl
TWO senior detectives will fly to the south of France to help in the search for the missing Earl of Shaftesbury, right. Detective Chief Inspector Adam Hibbert and Detective Inspector Russ Bagley, of Sussex Police, travel on Monday to hand over new...
No Jam for Small Shops
THE bleak report on "ghost town London" (7 December) by Chris Blackhurst is not far off the mark, given the hat-trick of setbacks that the capital is about to experience. Alongside the BBC's offshoring of jobs from London to Manchester, and the...
Not Just Pretty Faces
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD Move over Franz Ferdinand - the band to watch in 2005 are Kasabian. John Aizlewood meets the likely lads from Leicester who have already sold out Brixton Academy and appeared in Vogue Just over a year ago Kasabian played...
Now Blunkett Affair Threatens Election Hopes
Byline: PAUL WAUGH DAVID BLUNKETT'S troubled private life could undermine Labour's general election campaign unless the controversy dies down within three weeks, a senior party strategist has warned. The Home Secretary, who retains the full support...
Obsessed Ex-Lover Killed Woman as She Fed Horse; Police Had Placed Terrified Victim on 'At Risk' Register
Byline: PAUL CHESTON AN OBSESSED man was facing life imprisonment this afternoon after he admitted murdering his former girlfriend as she tended her horse. Stephen Griffiths stalked business analyst Rana Faruqui, a talented horsewoman, for three...
Oldies but Goodies; It Takes Special Skill to Pick the Right Napkin Ring for Elton John or Persuade Kate Moss to Buy Shaving Cream. Alistair Duncan Talks Shop with London's Smartest Sales Assistants
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN Paul Vanoli 34 Retail operations manager of Swaine Adeney Brigg, St James's Street Lives In Penge with girlfriend Julia, who works in the personnel department at the House of Commons. Stocking fillers 'All of our small...
On the Grid; Freudian Slips
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS-WYNN, 32 Last month, holding hands with Lucian Freud while strolling back from lunch at a well-known London restaurant Sculptor Williams-Wynn is the daughter of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, whose ancestors...
Our Diet's Healthier, Give or Take the Odd Chocolate
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE BRITISH public is finally heeding advice on healthy eating - but cannot resist undoing the good work with "treats" such as wine and chocolate. Latest figures show sales of crisps and sugary cereals such as Kellogg's...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Empire Warriors 9pm, BBC2 THE FOUR episodes of this modern-history series have been consistently informative, intelligently presented and entertaining. Is this perhaps because the subject matter can be illustrated using...
[Pounds Sterling]10,000 to Be Won of Diamonds; ES Magazine Has Got Together with Online Jewellery Store Icecool.Co.UK to Give Away [Pounds Sterling]1,000 Worth of Diamonds Each to 10 Readers
Ten lucky winners will each be able to choose [pounds sterling]1,000 of gorgeous diamonds from Icecool's exciting range. From stunning diamond rings set in white gold to beautiful platinum pendants, there's something for every taste. The selection...
PROTEST; with Radio Failure on the Northern Line This Week, Have You Reached the End of the Line with London Transport? Here Are Your Stories of Chaotic Travel
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? *IT DOESN'T surprise me that Nicky Samengo-Turner, who was stopped in his car by police community support officers and then arrested for carrying a penknife, received such poor treatment (26 November). I was stopped by two...
Rapist Strikes Weeks after Being Set Free; SERIAL ATTACKER HAD SERVED ONLY HALF OF 15-YEAR SENTENCE
Byline: LUKE DAVID A ROW erupted today over a rapist who was allowed out of jail early only to commit another sex attack. Julian Godfrey, 27, who had been convicted of a string of sex attacks, struck only weeks after his release. He had been...
Royal Academy Boss Makes an Exhibition of Himself in Lycra; ARTS SUPREMO AT ALTERNATIVE MISS WORLD ON HIS 60TH BIRTHDAY
HE IS one of the most controversial figures in the arts world - a combative personality credited with organising hugely succesful Royal Academy blockbusters such as Monet and the controversial Sensation. But Norman Rosenthal obviously decided it...
Saddam Lawyers 'Not Ready' for Trial
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN IRAQI judges and prosecutors chosen to try Saddam Hussein are "nowhere near ready", according to western officials who saw them at a secret training session in London. A year after the former dictator was dragged from...
Salute to a Violin Legend
Byline: NICK KIMBERLEY Academy of St Martinin the-Fields/Ida Haendel St Martin-in-the-Fields THE PROGRAMME for this Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas concert gave Ida Haendel's date of birth as 1928; reference books give it as 1924....
Save the Dolphin
It has housed spies, prostitutes, politicians and royalty. But now London's most curious and glamorous fiefdom is under threat from American developers. Melanie McDonagh reports from the front line in the fight for Dolphin Square Set back from the...
Say Thank You for the Music; Struggling to Find Gifts for Your Fussiest Acquaintances? Our Pop Critic Lends a Helping Hand
Byline: DAVID SMYTH The Burberry-clad teen Two great albums were made by chavs for chavs this year: Goldie Lookin' Chain's hilarious Greatest Hits (Atlantic) and A Grand Don't Come for Free by The Streets (679), which offers a more sensitive...
Secrets for Scrooges; There's No Shame in Being Stingy. Finding Treasures for [Pounds Sterling]10 and under Merely Demonstrates How Intelligent and Resourceful You Are. Be Cheap and Proud
Byline: MARTHA WARD Mittens, [pounds sterling]6, Topshop (0800 731 8284) Globetrotting guide, [pounds sterling]9.99, Waterstone's (020 7229 9444) Heart bauble, [pounds sterling]9, Nina Campbell (020 7225 1011) Radio pen, [pounds sterling]10,...
Sheringham Denies Pardew Rift Rumour
Byline: KEN DYER;WAYNE VEYSEY TEDDY SHERINGHAM today denied rumours of a rift between him and West Ham manager Alan Pardew. The veteran striker played his first game in six weeks last weekend after recovering from a thigh injury and will be in...
Slater Goes to Theatre Awards ... He'd Be Mad Not to; CUCKOO'S NEST STAR TO PRESENT BEST ACTRESS PRIZE AT STANDARD GALA NIGHT
Byline: NICK CURTIS HOLLYWOOD star Christian Slater, national treasure Patricia Routledge and British stage actress Fiona Shaw will join the cream of the capital's acting talent at the 50th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the National on Monday....
Songs to Silence the Rebel Yells; POP
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Manic Street Preachers Wembley Arena AS THEY cruise towards middle age, former firebrands the Manic Street Preachers are regularly derided for failing to carry out their early threats to crash and burn in glorious young...
Soul Survivor
Byline: MARIANNE MACDONALD These days Jamelia has dinner with Madonna, tours with Justin Timberlake and writes songs with Chris Martin. It's a long way from her violent childhood and abusive relationship with her daughter's father. So how much further...
Spurs Goals Are Not Just a Fantasy for Brown
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS TOTTENHAM midfielders sit alongside Newcastle defenders and Birmingham strikers as the least desirable components of a fantasy football team. The Spurs engine room has so far yielded just one Premiership goal and even that...
Storm in a Test Tube
Byline: CHARLOTTE EAGAR The two richest doctors in Britain are fertility specialists whose methods and morals are questioned by both their patients and their peers. Charlotte Eagar investigates the men making money out of desperate women It's...
Sun City Casino for Rainham Marshes
Byline: ROSS LYDALL A "SUPER CASINO" could be built alongside one of London's most valuable nature reserves. Sun International, the South African operator which runs the Sun City resort, is considering a brownfield site near Rainham Marshes,...
Sydney Games Boss: London Can Be Best
Byline: ROBERT LEA A LONDON Olympics in 2012 would be the best ever, according to the man who helped make the 2000 Sydney Games a huge success. In a boost for the London 2012 bid, Jim Sloman, the chief operating officer of the Sydney Olympics,...
Tas Firin, E2; Local Eats
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION 160 Bethnal Green Road, E2 (020-7729 6446). Dinner for two with wine, [pounds sterling]30 *** Considering how good the food can be at Turkish grill houses, it's something of a surprise that they haven't spread out and...
The Best Japanese Chef in the World? the Four Hottest New Restaurants in New York That the Brilliant Exchange Rate Now Makes Far More Affordable
Byline: SIMON DAVIS Masa THE Time Warner Building is home to Masa, a serious Asian restaurant that, in my humble opinion, is superior to Nobu. It is a tiny space with a bar and a few tables. There are just 26 covers. The restaurant is owned...
The Bossy Blair Babes Running Our Lives
Byline: A.N. WILSON THE late Sir Stephen Spender, a self-confessed egomaniac, records in one of his autobiographies that he always experienced a sense of letdown if he opened a newspaper which contained no reference to himself. One suspects that...
The Butler Did It; Gerard Butler Is a Hit in Hollywood but Still Virtually Unknown in His Native Britain. but 'The Phantom of the Opera' Will Send Him Straight to the Top of Every Girl's Christmas Wish List
Byline: ANNABEL RIVKIN 'Here! You have a go!' I've just stuck my head round the door and Gerard Butler has thrust his brand-new mobile phone into my hands. 'I can't f***ing work it out.' He doesn't look even vaguely familiar and yet in Hollywood...
THE Food Spy
Byline: WILLIAM SITWELL Restaurant bites Having quit life as a chef several years back to become a fulltime restaurateur, Marco Pierre White has now returned to the kitchen. 'I spotted him last week in an apron at his new place, Frankie's,' a...
The High Life; in the World's Most Expensive Resorts, What Happens Apres-Ski Is Just as Important as the Quality of the Powder. Hettie Harvey Ploughs through the Top Ten Moguls' Moguls
Byline: HETTIE HARVEY ST MORITZ - the trillionaires' playground Who goes there Nowhere says money like St Moritz. Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell love the shopping, while Tina Turner, George Clooney, Princess Caroline of Monaco...
The Mighty Quinn Slip
SPARE a thought for those sharp-suited denizens at Esquire magazine who I'm told let the scoop of the century slip through their fingers. When not concentrating on the business side of The Spectator and conducting a torrid affair with Home Secretary...
The Restaurant Spy
Byline: TOBY YOUNG The surprising thing about the Fountain Restaurant, out of the three restaurants in Fortnum & Mason, is how reasonably priced it is. True, a cup of Fortnum's 'fabulous hot chocolate' costs a whopping [pounds sterling]4, but...
The Top Ten. Uninvited Guests
If David Blunkett can fast-track any old entry visa, can't he speed up some exit ones, too? Here are ten overstayers who really ought to have gone home by now... Like all good non-celebrities desperate for attention, Canadian singer Natalie Appleton...
This 76-Year-Old Just Popped out to the Shops and Is Now Fighting for Her Life after a Brutal Mugging; FAMILY SPEAK OUT AFTER CROYDON WOMAN IS LEFT LYING IN THE GUTTER AFTER ATTACK
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD THE FAMILY of a pensioner fighting for her life in hospital today told how she had only popped out to the shops minutes before she was violently mugged for [pounds sterling]90. Gwendoline Nitta, 76, suffered serious head...
This Time Nicholls Can Outpoint Pipe's Team
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM DANNY WILLIAMS against Vitali Klitschko isn't the only heavyweight clash taking place this weekend. The two biggest hitters in jump racing will slug it out again at Cheltenham tomorrow, and Paul Nicholls can strike a...
Top 5 Children's Events; out & About
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN;DAMIAN KELLEHER DOGMAN When a kennel-shaped spaceship crashes to Earth, a new superhero with paws emerges. A smash hit at Edinburgh this year, John Dowie's wonderfully warped imagination and Neil Innes's fab songs are a genuine...
TOP 5 DVDs/Videos Released This Week
Byline: STEVE MORRISSEY 1. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King Extended Version (EV, 12) *** The final part of Peter Jackson's monumental J.R.R. Tolkien thing induces deep-vein thrombosis, but at least it brings everything together...
Top 5 Lunches for Christmas Shoppers; Dining
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION Christmas shopping first of all hits the pocket and then the feet. So even the most battle-hardened shopper will concede that a spot of lunch and a sit-down are vital to invigorate you for the afternoon session. Here are...
Top of the Misery League; Circle Line Is the Winner in Vote to Find Worst Commute
Byline: ROB SINGH THE DEBATE has raged between work colleagues for years - who suffers the worst journey into work? And today the unfortunate users of the Circle line can bask in the dubious glory of being the winners. A poll of hundreds of...
Tough Test for When It's a Jungle out There
Byline: MIKE RUTHERFORD JEEP and Land Rover would have you believe they're the only two firms in the world producing hardcore 4x4s capable of tackling the most extreme off-road conditions. But Toyota's Land Cruiser has long been the preferred...
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