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Articles from April 3, 2012

Assad's Uncle: My Nephew Will Fall from Power
Byline: Bo Wilson THE London-based uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad today said his nephew's regime is doomed and he will not be able to cling to power for long. Rifaat al-Assad, who lives in exile in Mayfair, said the violence on the...
Boris and Ken's Police Problems
FOR too long we have been assured initiatives on knife crime were cracking the problem -- a cosy consensus that does not reflect the situation on the ground. Four years ago, Boris Johnson made tackling knife crime his flagship policy. In this he...
Boris Rages at Ken's Tax 'Lies'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent BORIS JOHNSON and Ken Livingstone squared up "nose to nose" today in a lift during a blazing row after a heated radio debate between the two candidates. Witnesses said the Mayor was "red faced"...
Boris Rages at Ken's Tax 'Lies'; Mayor Contenders in Four-Letter Clash in Lift
Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent BORIS JOHNSON and Ken Livingstone squared up "nose to nose" today in a lift during a blazing row after a heated radio debate between the two candidates. Witnesses said the Mayor was "red faced"...
By All Means Indulge Your Instincts for DIY but Take Care or It'll Cost You
Byline: Lucy Tobin LONDONERS spent an average of [pounds sterling]324 on repairing damage which had been caused by carrying out home repairs and renovations last year -- a sobering statistic ahead of the DIY frenzy expected over this Easter weekend....
Carry on Skiing, Says Fiancee of Pilot Killed in Avalanche
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE air stewardess fiancee of a pilot killed in an avalanche said today that she wants to work on the aircraft named after him -- and said skiing deaths should not stop people taking to the slopes. Captain James...
Children Aged Four 'Acting out X-Rated Violence of Video Games'
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent CHILDREN as young as four are acting out scenes from ultra-violent computer games in the playground, teachers warned today. Pupils in reception classes are mimicking scenes of murder and bloodshed after...
Clegg Hints That Plan to Snoop on Emails and Web Could Be Watered Down
Byline: Craig Woodhouse and Nicholas Cecil NICK CLEGG today promised that plans for the state to monitor all calls, emails, texts and website visits will not be "rammed through". Amid a growing backlash against the proposals, the Deputy Prime...
Cougar Traps
Byline: Caggie Dunlop BEING but 22, as yet I have little experience of seducing much younger men. After all, that would be illegal. But I wouldn't be surprised if one day I became a cougar. Personally, I find these glamorous, sexually confident...
Derby Day Crowd of 200,000 Will See Queen Launch Jubilee
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent THE Epsom Derby is set for a record crowd after the Queen chose the day to begin her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins will sing the National Anthem when the Queen arrives with...
Derby Day Crowd of 200,000 Will See Queen Launch Jubilee Festivities
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent THE Epsom Derby is set for a record crowd of 200,000 after the Queen chose the day to launch her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Katherine Jenkins will sing the National Anthem when the Queen, a keen racing...
Di Matteo's Happy Bunch Could Prove the Best Yet; Chelsea in Sight of Champions League Semi-Final after Stand-In Boss Brings about Remarkable Change of Fortune by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson [bar] HELSEA may have grown accustomed to reaching the Champions League semifinals in the Roman Abramovich era but if they secure their place in the last four tomorrow night then Roberto di Matteo will deserve all the credit....
Even the Police Think Our Drugs Laws Are Absurd
Byline: Ian Birrell [bar] HIS year marks an unfortunate anniversary. It is 100 years since the first international treaty to control narcotics was signed in The Hague, launching a war on drugs that has ripped apart nations, killed thousands of innocent...
Eyes on the Thighs
Byline: Karen Dacre Fashion Editor WHILE every Oscar night reveals a sprinkling of new stars, this year's event will be remembered for just one: Angelina's Right Leg. Having stood out from the crowd -- and the rest of its owner's body -- the leg,...
Ferguson and Mockridge Take over at BSkyB Premier Chiefs' [Pounds Sterling]1.4m Pay-Off
Byline: Gideon Spanier NICHOLAS Ferguson will take over as chairman of pay-TV giant BSkyB after James Murdoch stepped down in the wake of the phonehacking scandal. Tom Mockridge, boss of News International, controversially takes over as deputy...
Flower Angry at Sri Lanka 'Let-Off'
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent, in Colombo ANDY FLOWER confronted the match officials today as England fought to hang on to their status as the world's top-ranked team. England must win this match to stop South Africa replacing...
Garden Centres Hide the Hosepipes in Final Countdown to Ban
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Craig Woodhouse GARDEN centres were today clearing their shelves of "illegal" sprinkler systems before the hosepipe ban. The penalty for flouting the ban, which comes into force in southern and eastern England at midnight...
Garlands of Praise for Brit's Broadway Judy
Byline: Tom Teodorczuk in New York A MUSICAL drama about the last days of Judy Garland that began on the London fringe has led to its British star becoming the toast of Broadway. Tracie Bennett was today basking in rave reviews for her performance...
Get in Line, I'm Going to Kill You All
Byline: Tom Harper and Mark Prigg A GUNMAN who shot seven people dead at a Christian university in America told students: "Get in line and I'm going to kill you all." Police said the man, named today as One L Goh, then stood up in the middle...
Get It off Your TXT
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Get It off Your TXT Bad [...]
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Get Ready for Thrills and Spills as Rest of the World Races to Grab Top Spot
ENGLAND'S slump this winter has brought little cheer to their travelling supporters, yet for those among them who cherish Test cricket, this cloud has a silver lining, writes Tom Collomosse. After they reached the top of the world Test rankings...
Get the Plastic Hurdles Right
Byline: Lucy Tobin [bar] RITAIN'S 31 million creditcardholders will this week start receiving a new type of statement detailing the exact costs of using their plastic over the previous 12 months. It is part of an initiative pushed through by...
Has Mancini Talked Himself out of a Job?
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay AFTER last night's typically belated subjugation of Blackburn, the question is not so much whether Manchester United will take a record 20th title as whether Sir Alex Ferguson is about to see off yet another...
Heritage Oil Banker Walks but Punters Have Cause for Joy; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Toby Green ALTHOUGH Ian Hannam may be wishing he had never heard of Heritage Oil, punters in the explorer finally had some good news to celebrate. Since the start of the year the group has been out of favour, with its share price shedding...
How to Save It
WHEELS IN MOTION ANY friends or family heading into London by coach in the next few weeks should first log onto the National Express website. It's offering 25% off for tickets to London for travel from April 16 to May 16. Just register and book the...
Ignoring Finances Is a Luxury We Can't Afford; COMMENTARY
Byline: Simon Read BEFORE you know it, half the day's gone and you ain't done a thing. That's a common cry across the country but Londoners in particular complain about running out of time to get everything done. People in the capital say they...
In No 10 It's Not Toffs and Plebs but Insiders and Outsiders
Byline: Sarah Sands [bar] HE anniversary of the Falklands War, Madonna in her fishnet stockings and Norman Tebbit back in polecat position ... we are awash with Eighties retro. What is missing, for restless Tories, is Margaret Thatcher. It was...
Islamists 'Plotted to Snatch Jewish Judge in France'
Byline: Bo Wilson SUSPECTED Islamist militants arrested in France were plotting to kidnap a Jewish judge, it was claimed today. Sixteen people remain in custody after police raids on Friday and court hearings are due to be held shortly. France...
Is This Fortysomething Wife Really So Beautiful That Other Women Hate Her?
Byline: Rashid Razaq DO you think this woman is beautiful? Samantha Brick claims that her life has been made miserable because other women are envious of her looks. The 41-year-old housewife sparked a worldwide internet storm today after writing...
It's My Time to Shine, Says Late Bloomer Rose
Byline: David Smith JUSTIN ROSE believes treating the Majors as minor distractions has put him in the right frame of mind this week to become only the second Englishman, after Sir Nick Faldo, to triumph in the Masters. Victory in one of golf's...
I've Been Up All Night. but Only Choosing Candidates, Says Galloway
Byline: Anna Davis, Rashid Razaq and Benedict Moore-Bridger THE family of George Galloway's spurned third wife today said she was "better off" without him after he left her for a woman 30 years his junior. The 57-year-old Respect MP boasted he...
I Won't Tell Women They Need Surgery or Diets to Be Attractive. I Don't Believe It
Byline: Alison Roberts IF BOND Street still looks frantically busy to you in these times of austerity, that's because it is, says Alexandra Shulman, editor for 20 years of British Vogue. London's smartest quarters, populated by the non-European...
Jane Shilling's TV Choice
THE UNDATEABLES 9PM, CHANNEL 4 Penny, Luke and Richard are all keen to find a partner, and like many singletons, they've decided to enlist the help of a dating agency. Penny, who is training to be a teacher, has brittle bones, Richard has Asperger's...
Log on for Virtual Tour of Global Art Treasures
Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Editor in San Francisco GOOGLE today revealed plans to put the art world online, allowing virtual visitors to view key pieces from galleries around the world on their computers. More than 30,000 objects from 150...
Lustful Liaisons
Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan [bar] N JULIETTE Binoche's new film, Elles, a beautiful young student has sex with a beautiful young man. After which, he puts a pile of cash on the bed. "We call this sponsoring in Poland," says 39-year-old director...
Minchin Rocks the Hall with Musical Mirth
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU TEENAGE CANCER TRUST COMEDY NIGHT Royal Albert Hall THE Teenage Cancer Trust gig was supposed to be a comedy night, but somebody clearly forgot to tell scarecrow-haired headliner Tim Minchin. The award-winning musical comedian...
Mother and Daughter Guilty of Murdering Missing Husband
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A MOTHER and her daughter today faced life sentences at the Old Bailey for murdering a man who vanished more than 10 years ago. Retired bookmaker Don Banfield, 63, disappeared in May 2001 leaving wife...
Now Murdoch's Son Quits BSkyB; James Murdoch: I Fear Becoming a Lightning Rod
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Gideon Spanier JAMES MURDOCH today quit as chairman of BSkyB as he cut his last major links with Britain in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal. Rupert Murdoch's 39-year-old son stood down after months of pressure...
Now Tube Drivers Get [Pounds Sterling]6,000 Bonus for Olympics
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent TUBE drivers could earn up to [pounds sterling]6,000 in bonuses for working during the Olympics. A deal with transport chiefs, revealed in confidential union documents seen by the Standard, includes...
Quiet Man Valencia's Making a Really Big Noise for United
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent [bar] ANCHESTER UNITED'S current side may lack the sparkle of past incarnations but Antonio Valencia embodies a team whose work ethic and self-belief are likely to be rewarded with the club's 20th...
Row over Gove Plan to Let Dons Set A-Level Papers
Byline: Anna Davis and Craig Woodhouse PLANS to give universities powers to set A-levels sparked a row today despite fears the qualifications are failing to prepare teenagers for higher education. Education Secretary Michael Gove announced plans...
Schools Are Right to Fear Ofsted
FROM the experience of friends and family members in teaching I have total sympathy with the pressure teachers feel over inspections. A primary teacher I know talks of colleagues' fear of letting the school down by being given a "satisfactory" rating...
Snoopers' Charter? We Already Reveal All Online
Byline: Lucy Tobin ALL OUR emails and texts could be logged under a "snooper's charter"! Already I'm dragging my suitcase out of its dusty cupboard in preparation for emigration. All our Facebook messages might be in the mix too? I'm calling the...
Star Banker at JPMorgan Quits over Insider Storm
Byline: Nick Goodway IAN Hannam, one of the City's most senior dealmakers, quit as chairman of capital markets at JPMorgan Cazenove today after being fined [pounds sterling]450,000 by the Financial Services Authority. Hannam, who is advising...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 18 Don't assume that just because Mercury's retrograde cycle is over, things will suddenly go without a hitch. Often, in fact, sorting out the fallout afterwards can be more challenging than dealing with the confusion triggered...
Stobart Looks Appetising but Side Dishes Leave Me Queasy
Byline: Jim Armitage [bar] OU'VE gotta love the Stobart Group for its transformation from dusty lorry-driving outfit to increasingly fancy airport operator. There's a sense of ambition that's hard not to admire. How many of us could lure big guns...
There Were Some Policies between the Low Blows
Byline: David Sexton NICK FERRARI had some nice little gimmicks to try to keep the first mayoral debate of the campaign good-humoured. The candidates gamely threw a dart to decide who went first (Boris hit the bull) and they delivered their initial...
This Tube Drivers' Deal Costs Us Too Much
MANY Londoners will be angered by the Tube drivers' Olympics deal, whereby London Underground, according to the Aslef union, is to pay drivers up to [pounds sterling]6,000 each extra for working during the Games. A bonus of this size would be far more...
Thousands Turn to Parking Badge Fraud
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent AN epidemic of parking permit fraud has broken out across London. Councils estimate that about 500 motorists in each of the 33 boroughs are using permits illegally to escape rising charges. Many...
Trust Leads War on Cancer with [Pounds Sterling]100m Unit and Double Scanner
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent A LONDON hospital was today leading a revolution in cancer treatment by unveiling a new double scanner and opening a [pounds sterling]100million outpatient unit. Thousands of patients will benefit...
Tube Drivers Get [Pounds Sterling]6,000 Bonus for Olympics; Tube Drivers Get [Pounds Sterling]500 Just for Turning Up during Olympics
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent TUBE drivers could earn up to [pounds sterling]6,000 in bonuses for working during the Olympics. A deal with transport chiefs, revealed in confidential union documents seen by the Standard, includes...
Weary England Undone Again by Repeat Jayawardene Master Class
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent in Colombo Cricket brought to you in association with [bar] F PAKISTAN outwitted England by choosing a spinner with more tricks than a champion whist player, Sri Lanka's campaign to eject them from the...
Weary England Undone Again by Repeat Jayawardene Master Class; Sri Lanka Skipper Is the Stumbling Block for Second Test in Succession after Jimmy Anderson Takes Three Wickets with the New Ball
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent in Colombo IF Pakistan outwitted England by choosing a spinner with more tricks than a champion whist player, Sri Lanka's campaign to eject them from the world No1 spot was today led by a master of simplicity....
We Don't Need to Rule the World Right Now, Says Chief Brailsford
Byline: Matt Majendie DAVE BRAILSFORD has played down the significance of the Track Cycling World Championships, insisting the next 16 weeks of training is far more vital than how Britain's cyclists fare at Melbourne's Hisense Arena. British...
Westfield Furious at Setback for Croydon Centre Bid
Byline: Russell Lynch AUSTRALIAN developer Westfield came out fighting today as its battle to build a third major shopping centre in London threatened to descend into a bitter legal row. Westfield, which already has huge shopping centres in White...
WHAT STUART DID MEANT THE WORLD TO US, WE'D PUT OUR BODIES ON THE LINE FOR HIM; THE BIG INTERVIEW BRAD BARRITT EXCLUSIVE Sarries Centre Talks of the Lengths England's New Coach Has Gone to Instil Winning Spirit and the Challenge of Building on Squad's Six Nations Displays
Byline: Mihir Bose BRAD BARRITT quickly reels off the names of coaches who have influenced him. Starting with those from his childhood in South Africa, he continues through Eddie Jones, the former Australia coach who brought him to Saracens, and...
Why Galloway, 57, Has Been Up All Night after Marrying His Fourth Wife, 27
Byline: Anna Davis, Rashid Razaq and Benedict Moore-Bridger GEORGE GALLOWAY today boasted that he had been "up all night" as he unveiled his fourth wife, who is 30 years his junior, at his London home. The 57-year-old Respect MP married Dutch-Indonesian...