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Articles from October 6, 2010

888 Sparkles as City Talks Up Prospects of Las Vegas Approach
Byline: Lucy Tobin MARKET ROUND-UP THE glittering lights of Las Vegas were twinkling benevolently on 888 Holdings today. Traders said that Harrah's -- one of the world's biggest entertainment groups whose name is to be seen everywhere throughout...
Activist Too Boisterous for F&C Staff
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT THE fund management industry is suffering from the Chinese curse of living in interesting times. The big institutional investors have come under pressure from index trackers which appear to deliver similar performance...
Are Cuts Fair? It Depends on How You Define Middle Britain; ANALYSIS
Byline: Joe Murphy WHERE is Middle Britain? And what is a middle-income earner? These are questions at the heart of David Cameron's speech today and at the crux of the political battle that is only just beginning. A senior Tory who knows the...
Arts Venues Face Closure under Funding Cuts, Says Theatre Boss
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE HEAD of the National Theatre today issued the starkest warning to date of how cuts to arts funding could destroy Britain's cultural life. Sir Nicholas Hytner, an award-winning director who has...
Awareness Is the Best Policy
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE Government's Comprehensive Spending Review later this month is going to hit our pockets in myriad ways -- but perhaps the most surprising is a predicted rise in the cost of home insurance. Insurer the AA is warning any...
Banned Pair to Seek Review
Byline: Simon Milham EAMON TYRRELL and Jason Behan, the trainer and jockey banned from racing for three years for not running Casela Park on its merits at Newcastle in August, will seek a judicial review. "It's astonishing," said Tyrrell, trainer...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork SUCH A NEAT IDEA NEATSMITH is offering Homes and Property readers a 10 per cent discount on all sliding wardrobes. A Neatsmith sliding wardrobe is a perfectly fitting use of your personal space, with everything tailored...
BELLA'S TREASURES; COUNCIL HOUSE GLAMOUR; Queen of Recycling and Mother of Six Bella Huddart Styles Her Ex-Council House with Recession Chic, Says Charlotte Metcalf
Byline: Charlotte Metcalf YOU move rapidly from one world into another when you enter Bella Huddart's house. One minute you're standing on the concrete walkway of a red-brick Seventies council block, the next you are overwhelmed by an interior of...
Beware the Wrath of Middle England Mothers, Dave; Mr Cameron's Turn in the Conference Spotlight May Be Seriously Compromised by the Child Benefits Backlash
Byline: Anne McElvoy NO POINT in pretending otherwise: the child benefit implosion at the Conservative Party conference has been a very serious mess indeed. It shows in the brittle demeanour of the top team, who arrived in Birmingham looking quietly...
BOYFRIEND BEAUTY; It's Manly to Moisturise Now Males Have Seen the Point of Skincare, Says Alice Hart-Davis
Byline: Alice Hart-Davis FOR years, if men have approached the delicate subject of skincare at all, it has been via the timehonoured method of using their girlfriend's stuff. Now it seems the boot is on the other foot, or rather the serum is on...
Cameron Makes the Case for Benefit Cuts
DAVID Cameron's speech today comes as the party scrambles to recover ground from the fallout over cuts in child benefit. His argument is clear: that every sector of society must share the pain of cuts. And some will fall on the better-off. Yet even...
Child Benefit Row Shows Tories Can't Count on Press
Byline: Roy Greenslade MEDIA ANALYSIS IT HAS been assumed that the Conservative Party and the Daily Mail jointly represent the theoretical construct we have come to know as Middle England. Indeed, both the party and the paper have been viewed as...
Cuts 'Will Put Patients at Risk'; Unions Blast Plan to Cull Thousands of Jobs in Frontline Health Organisations
Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent PATIENTS' health could be put at risk by fresh health service cuts in London, unions warned today. They claim the plans, that could see the culling of more than half of senior roles, will jeopardise...
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH; Yes, There's Shopping at Westfield, but It's the Bush's Inner-City Buzz That Attracts Buyers, Discovers, Property Expert Anthea Masey; SPOTLIGHT ON SHEPHERD'S BUSH
Byline: Anthea Masey THINK of it as Holland Park's willfully scruffy neighbour and you have Shepherd's Bush in a nutshell. It may rub shoulders with the swankiest addresses in town, but for its arty inhabitants, the Bush's rough-diamond character...
DIARY OF AN ESTATE AGENT; Our Busy Wiltshire Agent Gives a Client Property Envy, Reels in a Hungry Bullock and Gets Home to Find One of His Buyers Starring on Television
MONDAY We are one week into the traditional autumn selling season. Buckets and spades have been returned to the loft and the kids are back at school. There is change in the air as I make my way to my first appointment. I am visiting a house that we...
Drivers Baffled by 16 Parking Rules on Road That's Netted [Pounds Sterling]564,000 in Fines
Byline: Mark Blunden PARKING bosses were today accused of "deliberately exploiting" drivers at a London parking blackspot that has become the country's most ticketed road. An "army" of parking attendants, backed up by CCTV, issue the equivalent...
EasyJet's Profits Take off as Passenger Numbers Boom
Byline: Lucy Tobin BUDGET airline easyJet today upgraded its annual profit forecast after benefiting from booming passenger numbers during September, adding substance to growing signs of recovery in the aviation industry. Shares in easyJet today...
ENTER THE PLEASURE PALACE; Opening Today, the Vidago Palace Is Set to Reclaim Its Place as One of Europe's Great Retreats, Says Guy Dittrich
Byline: Guy Dittrich ALMOST hidden among centenarian trees, the majesty of Portugal's Vidago Palace is revealed in many layers beyond its impressive terracottacoloured Belle Epoque facade. This newly renovated five-star hotel is set to be a year-round...
Fashion World Hails a New Star as McQueen Protegee Goes Solo
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent SHE faced the toughest test in fashion -- following the widely acclaimed "genius" Alexander McQueen. But Sarah Burton, who took over as creative director after the designer's suicide, passed...
Folwell on New High as England Strike Gold
ENGLAND clinched four golds at the Commonwealth Games today and it was a particularly sweet triumph for Luke Folwell. The gymnast triumphed in the men's all-round individual final, while there were also golds for swimmer James Goddard, Steve Scott...
FOR THE LOVE OF MY SISTER; Watching His Elder Sibling Cope So Bravely with Cystic Fibrosis Has Been an Inspiration for Designer Ollie Amhurst, He Tells Liz Hoggard
Byline: Liz Hoggard FASHION designer Ollie Amhurst appears to have a charmed life. After working for Armani for 10 years, he started his own luxury leather brand, Lot 78. His jackets -- made in Italy from super-soft leather and suede -- have been...
France Warns That Terrorist Attack in UK Is 'Highly Likely'
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor FRENCH citizens have been given their strongest warning for years about the dangers of a terrorist attack in Britain in an official alert which will deal a blow to London's tourist industry. A notice...
French Issue Warning of Major Attack in Britain
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor FRENCH citizens have been given their strongest warning for years about the dangers of a terrorist attack in Britain in an official alert which will deal a blow to London's tourist industry. A notice...
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Green Giant Casey Vows to Avoid Repeat of Cup Woes
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent BOB CASEY'S rollercoaster Heineken Cup ride last season saw him celebrate an historic win over champions Leinster in his native Dublin but then suffer a shock home defeat by the Scarlets as London Irish were...
Hague: New Law Will Spell out Limits of EU Powers
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor BRITAIN'S parliamentary sovereignty will be enshrined in law, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today. In a move that delighted the Tory faithful, he confirmed that a clause will be inserted into...
Harry the Taliban Hostage in C4 Drama; Mock Execution Scene Behind Enemy Lines
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent CHANNEL 4 is to show a "dramatised documentary" based on what would happen if Prince Harry were taken prisoner serving in Afghanistan. The 90-minute film, called The Taking of Prince Harry, features...
He Stirred the Blood, He Stiffened the Sinews. Now for the Rough Stuff
Byline: SKETCH Anne McElvoy DAVID CAMERON mounted the stage with the wary look of a man who has spent two days being pursued by women -- and not in a good way. He has endured the background noise men dread. "Nag, nag nag. How could you?" And...
Hicks and Gillett Accused of 'Abuse'
Byline: Marco Giacomelli LIVERPOOL chairman Martin Broughton expects the [pounds sterling]300million sale of the club to be completed "in about a week" and heavily criticised Tom Hicks and George Gillett for trying to block it. Broughton confirmed...
Hicks and Gillett's Coup Bid Is Blasted
Byline: Marco Giacomelli LIVERPOOL chairman Martin Broughton today hit out at owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett for trying to block the sale of the club. Sources at Anfield are confident the [pounds sterling]300million deal with New England Sports...
Homes Gossip; WHY YOU CAN'T TAKE THE CAY OUT OF KIDMAN
Byline: Compton Miller HOLLYWOOD goddess Nicole Kidman and her husband, country music star Keith Urban, have just spent a happy fortnight renting a [pounds sterling]1,700-a-week beachside villa in the Bahamas. The fully serviced threebedroom Kamalame...
House Prices Hit the Jubilee Line Jackpot; Property along Tube Route Is Bouncing Back from the Crash
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor PROPERTY prices on the "Jubilee line corridor" of north-west London have recovered faster since the crash than in any other part of the capital, according to new research. St John's Wood NW8 --...
Hungary's Flood of Poison Sludge Will Take at Least a Year to Clear
Byline: Bela Szandelszky Associated Press THE flood of toxic red sludge covering 16 square miles of Hungary will take at least a year to clear, the environment minister said today. Zoltan Illes said the clean-up after the country's worst chemical...
Inside Dave's Place; Downing Street Has Been Transformed -- No Longer Labour's 'Unhappy House at No 10', It Now Buzzes with the Key Figures of Clan Cameron and the Coalition, as Anne McElvoy Reports
Byline: Anne McElvoy AS GEORGE Osborne heaped affectionate praise on David Cameron in his conference speech this week, praising his old friend's "courage and vision", the close-knit nature of the Cameron political family was firmly on display. ...
Join Me in This Painful Battle; Cameron Asks Everyone to Make Britain Strong Again
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON today issued a rallying cry to the country to unite behind painful action to cure the economy. In his first speech as Prime Minister to a Conservative party conference, he said it was down to...
Liam Fox: Labour Acted like Out-of-Control Online Shoppers over Defence
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent LIAM FOX today claimed the world was "more dangerous" than ever as he launched a new bid to protect defence spending. The Defence Secretary sought to rally the Tory faithful behind him in his...
Liverpool to Be Bought for [Pounds Sterling]350m by Boston Red Sox Baseball Owner; Deal Agreed for Famous Club to Stay in Hands of the Americans
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor LIVERPOOL football club is to be bought by another team of sporting Reds -- who suffered an even longer domestic trophy drought than they have. Last night an estimated [pounds sterling]350 million...
London without Half of Fire Engines as Crews Protest
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent LONDON Fire Brigade was today said to be in "meltdown" after industrial action took more than half of its engines off the streets. Firefighters are on a work-to-rule over plans to sack all 5,500 front-line...
LOVE THE RIVER ADORE THE LIFESTYLE; Londoners Love the Thames and the Autumn's New Homes Launches Offer Buyers River Views in the Centre of the City, Says David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles THE autumn launches continue across London with the allure of the Thames and the capital's other waterways attracting buyers. A river view gives city dwellers a new perspective and takes away the claustrophobia of too many...
MAKE YOUR FIRST MOVE A SMART ONE; First-Time Buyers Can Now Find a Home among the Best New Addresses in Town, Discovers David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles SHARED ownership is now firmly part of the mainstream housing market -- a sensible way of getting on to the property ladder at a reduced price. But cherrypicking of apartments is still advisable -- not only to get good value...
MINT IT LIKE THE MILIBANDS; the Milibands Have Learned How to Climb the Property Ladder. Lucy Tobin Looks at Their Formula for Success
Byline: Lucy Tobin WITH lending scarce, getting children on to the property ladder is becoming a family affair. Clever parents with a wellprepared strategy and the advice of good lawyers can legitimately pass down profit from their own properties...
My Crunch Date in the Big Apple as I Bid to Fulfil Dream; 2012 STANDARD BEARERS; Paralympic Champion Continues Our Diary on the Road to London
Byline: David Weir THE Commonwealth Games athletics begins today and there's a part of me that's really sad I'm not there as I've never competed at the Games or represented England. I remember missing the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when I took a...
My Crunch Date in the Big Apple as I Bid to Fulfil Marathon Dream; 2012 STANDARD BEARERS
Byline: David Weir Paralympic champion continues our diary on the road to London THE Commonwealth Games athletics begins today and there's a part of me that's really sad I'm not there as I've never competed at the Games or represented England. ...
New Arrests in Hunt for Blakelock's Murderers
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock -- who was hacked to death in the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots -- have made 10 arrests, it was revealed today. Three were known about but Scotland Yard...
New Games Row as Delhi Guards Force Spectators to Hand over Property
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia in New Delhi SECURITY guards at the Commonwealth Games have been accused of failing to return items confiscated from spectators. The latest victim is the wife of writer William Dalrymple, who was forced by security to hand...
Now Roman's Not Even the Richest Owner among the Capital's Elite; Arsenal Shareholder Usmanov Overtakes Abramovich as Chelsea Owner Drops to Fourth in Football's Rich List
Byline: Tom Collomosse ROMAN ABRAMOVICH'S days as the financial powerhouse of British football appear to be over. The Chelsea owner was today revealed to have slipped another rung down the ladder of our game's wealthiest men, finishing only fourth...
Payne Blow Is Agony for Wasps
LONDON WASPS have received a major blow losing Tim Payne for the Heineken Cup clash against champions Toulouse on Sunday, writes Chris Jones. The England prop has been banned for two weeks after stamping on Jim Hamilton and striking Brett Deacon...
Prepare for a Long Haul
Byline: SARAH FRATER DANCE UMBRELLA STEPHEN PETRONIO Barbican, EC2 DANCE Umbrella 2010 began last night with a newish work by Stephen Petronio. The American choreographer first performed at the month-long festival of contemporary dance back in 1986...
Puppets Bring the Human Touch to Story of Love, Ageing and Loss; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD OR YOU COULD KISS ME National Theatre, Cottesloe YOU can understand the reasoning. Since the felicitous combination of the Handspring Puppet Company and designer Rae Smith's imagination has made War Horse, which originated...
Rain and Recession Spell a Bumper Summer for Galleries and Museums
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent LONDON museums and galleries enjoyed a blockbuster summer as recession-hit Britons holidayed at home and an influx of foreign tourists boosted visitor numbers, new figures show. Attendance figures...
SEASON'S GREETINGS; New Luxury Lodges with Pools, iPhone Apps and Heated Chair Lifts -- Felice Hardy Rounds Up New Treats for the Coming Ski Season
Byline: Felice Hardy IN recent days it has been snowing across the Alps, and some of the highest ski areas on both sides of the Atlantic are already looking wintry. It's far too soon to suggest we are in for a bumper season, but early signs are...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 As a headstrong Aries, you've been known to have your moments of stubbornness but that's nothing compared with how close partners have simply refused even to consider new ideas. Now, at last,...
Street Life Captured in Colour and Light
Byline: SUE STEWARD EXHIBITION BECKERHARRISON: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES The Outsiders, W1 THE purpose of a trip to the photogenic city of Jaipur in Rajasthan by photographer Carolin Becker and painter Simon Harrison was to capture "the role...
Student Fees Rise 'Will Be Disaster for Medicine'
Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent THE medical profession is in danger of losing "its brightest hopes of the future" with the threat of increased tuition fees, a medic warned today. Karin Purshouse said London universities were the most...
SULLIVAN'S BRANDED A HYPOCRITE IN 2012 ROW; HEARN SAYS WEST HAM HAVE NO RIGHT TO MOAN ABOUT SPURS STADIUM BID; Sullivan 'Is a Hypocrite'
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent LEYTON ORIENT chairman Barry Hearn today accused West Ham counterpart David Sullivan of hypocrisy for attacking Tottenham's bid to move to the Olympic Stadium. Sullivan has warned of the possibility...
'Terrorist Tube Driver Planned to Wage Holy War in Afghanistan'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A TUBE driver planned to wage holy war in Afghanistan and wrote a farewell letter to his family in which he claimed "Allah came first", a court heard. Amir Ali, 28, booked a flight to Islamabad and bought...
The 10 Key Events Saunders Siege Commander Knew Nothing About
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE policeman in charge of the siege of barrister Mark Saunders was kept in the dark about 10 crucial events, a coroner said today. Mr Saunders, 32, an alcoholic who had battled with depression and had...
THE CATALANS ARE PURRING; Barcelona's Olympics Legacy Has Brought a Great Quality of Life Thanks to 20 Years of Regeneration, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: Cathy Hawker ANYONE who doubts the powerful impact hosting the Olympics can have on a city should simply look to Barcelona. The Spanish city by the sea was dramatically regenerated for the 1992 Games with a design that transformed a shabby...
The Cuts' Threat to the Capital
GOVERNMENT spending from 2000 to 2008 masked the underlying problem that the UK economy had an undynamic private sector and an over-dependence on financial and business services. The failure to discuss this imbalance leads inevitably to allowing political...
The East End Is Still the Heart of the Olympics
Byline: Sebastian Coe STAGING the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the most complex logistical piece of project management we have undertaken in this city in the past 60 years. In 2012, we will be staging the equivalent of 26 simultaneous world...
THE ELEGANCE OF CONIFERS; Give Your London Garden Some Contemporary Sculpture and Year-Round Interest with Cleverly Clipped Conifers
Byline: Pattie Barron LANDSCAPE designers and imaginative gardeners do not need to be told that conifers can bring structure and style to any outdoor space. This week is National Conifer Week, and our chance to celebrate trees that do not mark the...
THE HARRUMPHING HANDYMAN; Victoria Whitlock Makes Sure the Repairman Pays for Being Late; THE ACCIDENTAL LANDLORD
Byline: Victoria Whitlock AFTER three years of spending his spare evenings and weekends doing odd jobs at rental flats, my husband has decided he's had enough. No more DIY he says, hanging up his drill. "Next time you need a handyman, you'll have...
THE LIGHT BRIGADE; as the Nights Draw in and the Roads Get Scarier for Cyclists, Andrew Neather Says It's Time to Lighten Up
Byline: Andrew Neather IT WAS 6.30pm. Already the streets were darkening and chilly. Could I really face cycling for 40 minutes in this to get home? Fingering the Oyster card in my pocket, I gritted my teeth and went to put on my garish cycling...
The Property Investor Show at ExCeL London; Advertisement Feature; the Property Investor Show Is Your Chance to Learn from the Experts How to Profit in the Property Market
SUCCESSFUL property investment hinges on clever timing and cherry-picking the right home in the right location at the right price. For investors, today's housing market is looking more favourable than at any time since the onset of the credit crunch...
There Will Be Some Trimming but the Army Won't Be Deprived in War Zone; COMMENTARY
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Correspondent TODAY Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, and William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, were reassuring their party and the country that Britain isn't about to rat on its obligations as an international power and...
The Sound Solution for Breast Cancer? Vital Signs
Byline: Dr Christian Jessen BREASTS change with age. It's a natural process and gravity always wins in the end, particularly over women with large boobs who have had several pregnancies. Joggers can suffer particularly badly too. But this age-related...
'The Terrorist Tube Driver Who Planned to Wage War in Afghanistan'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A TUBE driver planned to wage holy war in Afghanistan and wrote a farewell letter to his family in which he claimed "Allah came first," a court heard. Amir Ali, 28, booked a flight to Islamabad and bought...
Ulster Playwright Comes out of Hiding to Stage London Premiere
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent A PLAYWRIGHT forced into hiding after receiving death threats from loyalist paramilitaries is to stage his first play for seven years. Gary Mitchell, 45, who won the Evening Standard's most promising...
We Need Some Cuts -- but Don't Starve the Arts
Byline: Richard Godwin IN the year 2110, it is just possible that one of our grandchildren's children will mount an exhibition looking back on our funny little epoch. They'd find a common theme in the artworks made just before the comprehensive...
WE'RE JUST CRAZY FOR MAD MEN; Design News: As Seen on TV
Byline: Katie Law MAD Men has returned to our autumn TV screens with more tales set in the slick Sixties world of New York advertising. The show's hourglass fashion and period sets have earned it cult status with viewers and sparked a new interest...
What Is the Best Way to a Square Deal? Our Lawyer Answers Your Questions
Byline: Katharine Marshall QI LIVE in one of 26 freehold properties surrounding a square, for which we have to pay a high maintenance charge to a management company. Can we manage the square ourselves and how do we go about this? AYOU will need...
Will This Restoration Drama Become a Timeless Classic? Three Years and [Pounds Sterling]220m on, Kiaran MacDonald Is to Reopen the Savoy Hotel's Doors; INTERVIEW
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor WHEN Stephen Fry does the honours and checks in as the first guest in the newly revamped Savoy Hotel on Sunday (or 10-10-10 as the Savoy marketing men like to call it), Kiaran MacDonald can emit a sigh of relief....
Win Cross Edge Pen and New Ipod Nano; Codeword
Our prizes this week are the new 8GB iPod nano which is smaller and lighter than ever and has a sleek aluminium finish. Plus you'll also win a Cross Edge gel ink pen courtesy of Cross and The Pen Shop. This funky pen (RRP [pounds sterling]35) features...
X Factor Reject Gamu Is Told: Leave the Country Now or You'll Be Deported
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent REJECTED X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu must now leave Britain voluntarily or face deportation, the UK Border Agency warned today. The Zimbabwe-born 18-year-old was allowed to stay in the country...
YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU... CAMERON'S CALL TO ARMS TO UNITE BEHIND PAINFUL CUTS; 'Fairness Means Those with Broad Shoulders Bearing a Greater Load'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON this afternoon invoked wartime spirit to tell Britons: "Your country needs you." He issued a "call to arms" to unite behind painful action to cure the economy and radical reforms to modernise...
ZAHA HADID DOES IT; after She Scoops the Stirling, We Tip the London House Set to Be a Medal-Winner. by Philippa Stockley
Byline: Philippa Stockley BUILDINGS are booming -- from innovative housing to dazzling new museums. That is the message from this year's Stirling awards, including the coveted [pounds sterling]20,000 Stirling Prize, which this year went to Zaha...
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