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Articles from August 2, 2005

214,000 Bus Passengers Dodging Fares Every Day; Bendy Fleet Blamed for Increase in Ticket Cheats
Byline: ROSS LYDALL MORE than 200,000 passengers a day are dodging London bus fares. Documents obtained by the Standard show adults are using either out-of-date tickets, free child passes or simply failing to pay. Fare-dodging has got worse...
A&L Looks for Cost Cuts to Beat Homes Slowdown
Byline: NICK GOODWAY MORTGAGE bank Alliance & Leicester showed the pain of the slowdown in Britain's housing market today with flat first-half profits and declared that it will try to cut costs to revive its growth pattern. A&L will seek...
All the Fun of the Circus - but the Passion Has Gone
Byline: SARAH FRATER Circus Oz DANCE Queen Elizabeth Hall IF CIRQUE de Soleil is the Selfridges of circus, then Circus Oz is its car-boot sale. Homespun and down at heel, the Aussie pranksters are an intentionally raggle-taggle bunch of performers...
And at Last, the Joy of the New; PROMS 2005
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT BBC Scottish SO/Volkov Albert Hall THE BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is faring very well under its gifted young chief conductor, Israel-born Ilan Volkov. When he's conducting it invariably sounds secure in what it...
A Tale of Terrorists and Woody Allen; LONDON BOMBINGS: IT'S LONDON'S MOST FASHIONABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD - BUT THEN NOTTING HILL HAS ALWAYS EMBRACED ITS DARK SIDE
Byline: DAVID COHEN ANTHONY, an investment banker friend of mine, lives in a magnificent, shabby, Victorian terrace house in Notting Hill. One of his favourite anecdotes is about the time his mate Toby pulled up in his BMW and left his laptop...
Axe Killing: Give Up Now, Soccer Star Tells His Brother
Byline: PATRICK SAWER PREMIERSHIP footballer Joey Barton today made a televised appeal urging his brother to contact detectives investigating the racist axe murder of black teenager Anthony Walker. The 22-year-old Manchester City midfielder told...
Billionaire Backs Clan in Bids for Taittinger
Byline: ROSS TIEMAN SEPTUAGENARIAN Belgian billionaire Albert Frere is limbering up to bid for the renowned Taittinger champagne house in tandem with members of the Taittinger family that founded it almost a century ago. The world's sixth-largest...
BOC Takes Axe to 120 as Weaker Dollar Takes Toll
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER INDUSTRIAL gases giant BOC has slashed 120 jobs from its semiconductor kit division as a weak dollar continues to hit profits. Around 50 of the job cuts will be in the BOC Edwards division in southern England and the rest...
Britain's Record on Extradition
IT COMES as no surprise to anyone with any knowledge of the Crown Prosecution Service to find that some of the paperwork they have dispatched to Italy to assist the extradition of one of the bombing suspects, Hussein Osman, has been found wanting by...
Call-Up Collingwood Comes out Fighting to Insist Vaughan's Men Can Bounce Back in Style
Byline: DAVID LLOYD PAUL COLLINGWOOD is backing England to come out fighting at Edgbaston - with or without him in the side. The 29-year-old Durham all-rounder has been added to the squad for Thursday's second npower Test and could play against...
Calm before the Storm as Robin Returns to Action; Wenger Chooses Low-Key Friendly to Bring Back Troubled Star
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENE WENGER will use tonight's low-key friendly against Belgian side Beveren to ease Robin Van Persie back into action. It will be the 21-year-old's first game since being arrested on suspicion of rape. The Arsenal...
Campbell Passes the Baton to a New Breed; Britain May Not Win Too Many Medals in Helsinki but Team Captain Darren Campbell Is Looking Further Ahead to Groom Stars of the Future, Writes Ian Chadband
Byline: IAN CHADBAND WHEN the Great Britain athletics team for the World Championships was being announced in Eton last week and the first murmurs began to emerge about it being the weakest ever sent from these shores, the man at the top table immediately...
City Dealer Claims He Was Sacked for Whistleblowing; CLIENTS WERE SOLD 'RUBBISH' SHARES, TRIBUNAL IS TOLD
Byline: PAUL SIMS A WHISTLEBLOWING City share dealer was sacked after he complained clients were sold "rubbish" shares in failing businesses in order to boost his company's profits, an employment tribunal heard today. Equity dealer Adam Harvey,...
City Spy
WOOLWORTHS chief executive Trevor Bish-Jones is renowned in the retail sector for his cheerful demeanour, even when times are tough. So, naturally, he was putting an optimistic spin on the sale of loss-making music chain MVC yesterday for [pounds sterling]5.5...
Court Orders Tight Watch on Freed Serial Paedophile; DEPORTED BRITON SIGNS SEX OFFENDERS REGISTER IN LONDON
Byline: PATRICK SAWER NOTORIOUS serial paedophile Robert Excell was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register when he appeared in a London court for the first time since arriving back in Britain from Australia. British-born Excell, 66, who...
Defiant Jordan Hails Striking Victory; Chairman Hits out at Agents after Johnson Signs New Palace Deal
Byline: LEO SPALL ANDY JOHNSON is the sort of quiet, shy footballer who would do all that he could to avoid causing a stir off the pitch. Even at his own press conference today he was so desperate to get out of the limelight and on to the training...
Drunken Dinner Lady; She Drove 14 Miles to and from School Nearly Six Times over Limit, Swerving Violently and Ignoring Terrified Attempts to Stop Her
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A DINNER lady was today jailed for six months after driving to school while almost six times over the limit. Catherine Bickerdike, 29, was sent home after staff smelled alcohol on her breath. When police breathalysed her,...
Enjoy a Designer Lifestyle
Sadie Frost and her business partner Jemima French reveal how nettle tea, a healthy diet and a rigorous approach to fitness help them stay sexy THEY met as teenagers at a party and now they are London's most glamorous fashion design team. Sadie...
Fewer Than One in 12 Tube Stations 'Secure'; LONDON BOMBINGS: WARNING OVER INSUFFICIENT CCTV COVERAGE
Byline: PAUL WAUGH ONLY a tiny fraction of Tube and rail stations in London have enough CCTV and staff to be officially designated as safe by the Government, new figures showed today. Fewer than one in 12 Underground stations and one in five...
First Five Internet Pirates Face Court over Downloads; Mutineers Refuse to Pay Damages on 9,000 Illegal Fileshares
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA BRITISH record industry bosses have dramatically stepped up the drive to stop illegal music downloading, revealing they are to force five offenders into the courts. The three men and two women will be sued for full compensation...
Footsie Powers Ahead after Oil Majors Provide Impetus; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARE prices pushed up to their highest in more than three-andahalf years today as the prospect of the first cut in interest rates for two years and another strong performance by oil stocks took effect. The FTSE 100 index...
Ford and GM Slash Prices to Fend off Asian Inroads
Byline: JAKE LLOYD-SMITH FORD and General Motors have fired a fresh shot in the fierce battle to fend off rising Asian competition in their home market, cutting the prices of many models in a bid to jack up sales. The twin moves come ahead of...
Gaffe Could Delay Bid to Extradite Bomb Suspect; LONDON BOMBINGS: ITALIAN JUDGE SAYS BRITAIN HAS FAILED TO SEND CORRECT LEGAL DOCUMENTS
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN A LEGAL blunder today threatened to delay the extradition of London bombing suspect Hussain Osman from Italy. A judge in Rome complained that Britain's Crown Prosecution Service had failed to send the right documents. Appeal...
Good Riddance to Atkins - It Cost Me My Health; the Company Behind the Atkins Diet Has Filed for Bankruptcy - and a Good Thing, Too, Says a Notting Hill Architect Who Blames the Fad for Making Him Desperately Sick
Byline: EMINE SANER ALMOST from the beginning I had felt odd, very "dried out", no matter how much water I drank, and I had started to get bad headaches. But the end was the worst - I was bedridden with flu, as ill as I can ever remember being,...
Harmison Must Learn from Wily Old Competitor Glenn; the Ashes Summer
Byline: MICHAEL SLATER SO, we can expect a slow seamer of a pitch at Edgbaston for Thursday's Second Test, thanks to all the rain of last week. That may not be exactly music to the ears of the quick men, especially Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff...
Headteacher Is Suspended over Allegations of Exam Cheating
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES THE headteacher of a successful London church school has been suspended over allegations of cheating in national primary tests. Hayford Atta-Krufi, head of The Green Church of England Primary School in Tottenham, is being...
Injured Kiely out of Action for Six Weeks
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON CHARLTON goalkeeper Dean Kiely will miss the start of the season after fracturing a finger. The 34-year-old was injured in training yesterday and is likely to be out of action for six weeks. His absence means Danish...
'I Thought Son Wouldn't Harm a Fly ... but He Blew Up a Bus'
Byline: KATHERINE BARNEY THE FATHER of suicide bomber Hasib Hussain today spoke of his shock at how his " peaceloving" son became a mass murderer. Mohamed Hussain, a father of four, said he believed his 18-year-old son had been brainwashed into...
It's Not Who You Search, It's How
Byline: NICK COHEN IT WAS a stiff fight, but in the end the New York Times editorial of 26 July was the clear winner of the competition to produce the silliest response to the atrocities in London. Like cities across the world, New York is coming...
Johnson Agrees New Palace Deal; England Man Gets a Bumper Pay Rise
Byline: LEO SPALL ANDY JOHNSON today ended speculation about his immediate future by signing a new five-year contract with Crystal Palace. In June the England striker handed in a transfer request after the club's relegation from the Premiership,...
Johnson's Boost; Staying at Palace Won't Harm England Chances
Byline: LEO SPALL ANDREW JOHNSON was today given a major boost over his World Cup prospects with England. The 24-year-old has been told that staying at Crystal Palace will not damage his chances of selections for next year's finals. Johnson...
Johnson's Pledge; Striker Signs New Five-Year Deal and Vows: I'll Get Palace into Top Flight
Byline: LEO SPALL ANDY JOHNSON today committed his future to Crystal Palace and promised to fire the club back into the Premiership at the first attempt. The striker withdrew his transfer request and signed a new five-year contract worth around...
Keep on Taking Your Viagra; MEDICAL NOTES HEALTH & FITNESS
Byline: DR MARK PORTER VIAGRA is back in the headlines following reports that 102 men have died after taking the drug - news that is bound to concern the hundreds of thousands of British men who depend on it to maintain an active sex life. So, are...
Mad Dog's Men Still Full of Fight; Countdown to the New Season
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS AS befits the 'Mad Dog' tag, Martin Allen takes a novel approach to man-management. During preseason training, he shot Brentford's star player in the backside. Fortunately for Sam Sodje, no real bullets were involved, but...
Make Your Mark on the Great Outdoors; Hardy New Fabrics and Paints Are Revolutionising Exterior Design
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER THIS summer, Londoners can take their interior decorating skills into the great outdoors - sprucing up their patios and gardens with the same style and flair they use indoors. Thanks to a whole new generation of outdoor...
Men and Armoured Motors
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Rich Boys' Toys Five BY DAY, you know me as a mild-mannered critic of recently transmitted television programmes ( a vocation as futile as heckling trains that have already left the station), but by night I am an inventor...
Miners Likely to Coin It as Copper Trades at a Record; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MINING and metals companies have been enjoying a sizzling summer and the forecast, say brokers, is set fair for the rest of the year. Their shares have been powering ahead since May, spurred on by a record copper price, the...
Minister in U-Turn over Stop and Search
Byline: PAUL WAUGH WHITE people should not be ruled out of police stop-and-search operations in the wake of the London bombings, Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said today. In what appeared to be a Government U-turn, Ms Blears made clear that...
Murder Police Hunt Footballer's Brother
Byline: PAUL SIMS AN INTERNATIONAL hunt is under way for the brother of a Premiership footballer wanted over the murder of a black teenager. Michael Barton, 18-year-old brother of Manchester City midfielder Joey, is understood to have fled to...
Music Pirates in Court over Illegal Uploading
It's like fixing the washing machine really BY MARK PRIGG IT'S DIY - but not as we know it. Astronauts on board the space shuttle Discovery have been reduced to using the sort of tools most people get given as Christmas presents as emergency work...
NEW ARRESTS LINKED TO MAN HELD IN ROME; Raid at Flat Used by Shepherd's Bush Suspect
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;KATHARINE BARNEY A LONDON flat raided by police is closely linked to the Shepherd's Bush bomb suspect. Hussain Osman, 27, is being held in Rome where he fled after police released CCTV footage of him running away from...
New Hope for Timas Agassi Takes Breather
Byline: CHRIS JONES TIM HENMAN has received a major boost on the eve of his opening match at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington when Andre Agassi pulled out of the tournament following his win in Los Angeles. The 35-year-old has chosen to rest...
NEW LONDON TERROR RAIDS; Police Seize Man at Flats Close to Home of Key Suspect
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS;NEALE ADAMS TWO more bomb suspects are being questioned today after raids by armed police. Masked officers carrying sub-machineguns stormed a flat in Stockwell with a suspect and several children inside. The flat is...
NEW TERROR ALERT SEALS OFF LONDON; Bomb Squad Goes in after Smoke on Bus: Passengers Flee - but No Explosives Found
Byline: DICK MURRAY;OLIVER FINEGOLD A HUGE section of central London was sealed off this afternoon after a bomb alert on a bus in Gray's Inn Road. Armed officers and members of the specialist bomb squad rushed to the No 205 double-decker bus...
Our Dream Must Not Die with James; as Muslim Community Leaders Meet Government Officials, One London MP Whose Friend Was Killed in the King's Cross Bombing, Reconsiders British Multiculturalism
Byline: DAVID LAMMY IT WAS typical of James Adams that his last email to me should have been about Make Poverty History. Heavily involved with the church, he was organising an ecumenical event with church leaders as part of the campaign and wanted...
Paper Round
DAILY MAIL A MAN with toothache made a 2,500-mile round trip to a dentist in Poland because it was cheaper than private treatment in Britain. Unable to find an NHS dentist, Andy Sinclair, from Glasgow, was quoted [pounds sterling]350 for work...
Passion Transcends All; OPERA
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS Boris Godunov/Kirov Royal Opera House VALERY Gergiev, the whirlwind Russian conductor now universally considered one of the world's most exciting, stormed back to Covent Garden last night to conduct his own company, the...
Pick of the Night
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY CSI: Miami 9pm, Five IN BRITAIN, our home-grown forensic detective dramas are on the level of Silent Witness: slow, lumpen, unfocused and dull. In the US, though, they are a very different kettle of body parts - like this...
PS DIARY; Professional Secretary
Now If you've got a male boss and he's someone who wants to look good while spending as little time as possible buying clothes, mention the new British Tailoring Room at Harrods. Recently opened, this sophisticated suit boutique specialises in...
Real Cost of Private-Equity Deals; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CVC Capital Partners, the private-equity group that bought itself out of financial services giant Citigroup in 1993, certainly knows how to shake the tin. Yesterday, the group announced the closure of its latest fund with...
Reed Elsevier Struggling to Find Scientific Formula; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHAREHOLDERS in publisher Reed Elsevier face an uphill struggle in the months ahead. That is the conclusion of US broker Smith Barney, which has reiterated its sell advice in the wake of last week's profit numbers. It has...
Rise of the Dodgers; More Than 200,000 Bus Fare Cheats Every Day in the Capital
Byline: ROSS LYDALL MORE than 200,000 passengers a day are dodging bus fares, official files reveal. Bus users are failing to pay or are using out-of-date tickets or child passes to travel free. The problem is on the increase since 2003 and been...
Ryanair Soars to Record but Cautions on Outlook
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE BUDGET carrier Ryanair unveiled record first-quarter profits today but is cautious about coming months due to possible further terror strikes on London and record fuel prices. Forward bookings fell significantly after the...
Ryanair Soars to Record but Cautions on Outlook; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE BUDGET carrier Ryanair unveiled record first-quarter profits today but is cautious about the coming months due to possible further terror strikes on London and record fuel prices. Forward bookings fell significantly after...
Share the Workload and Make Life Easier; Professional Secretary A Top Executive's Office Can Only Run Smoothly If Everyone Has a Strong Sense of Teamwork
Byline: PENNY COTTEE IT MUST be every PA's dream to have a dedicated assistant to help them battle through their huge daily workload, sharing tasks and responsibilities and providing support. For some PAs and executive assistants, working at...
Shuttle Crew Face Risky Spacewalk to Repair Heat Shield
Byline: ED HARRIS THE CREW of the space shuttle Discovery face a critical moment in their mission today as they prepare to make vital repairs to the ship. Two astronauts will remove strips of insulating cloth dangling loose from the heat shields...
'Stab Victim Was Such Support after Bomb Tragedy'
Byline: PAUL SIMS THE MOTHER of a man killed in the King's Cross suicide bombings today spoke of her agony after the brutal murder of his best friend on a bus. Richard Whelan, 28, was repeatedly stabbed after a confrontation with a thug on the...
Staying In
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY A masterclass in how to do drama CSI Miami 9pm, Five IN BRITAIN, our homegrown forensic detective dramas are on the level of Silent Witness: slow, lumpen, unfocused and dull. In the USA, though, they are a very different...
Terrifying Moment Boy of Eight Was Shot in 'Road Rage'; Witnesses Tell How Gunman Opened Fire in Busy Street
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD WITNESSES today described the terrifying moment an eight-year boy was shot in the head while travelling in the back of a car. Police think he may have been the victim of a road rage attack as he was being driven through...
Terry Cannot Imagine Life without Lampard; Chelsea Still Have Their Beating Heart, Unlike Wenger's Boys
Byline: MATT HUGHES SUCH was the shock surrounding Patrick Vieira's move to Juventus that it wasn't just Arsenal fans who were stunned by the transfer. In fact, there were many at Chelsea who were similarly surprised. With relations between the...
Terry Can't Imagine His Team without Lampard; Chelsea's Captain Can Still Count on His Mr Indispensable for Sunday's Clash with Arsenal, Who Face Life without Their Icon Patrick Vieira, Reports Matt Hughes
Byline: MATT HUGHES SUCH was the shock surrounding Patrick Vieira's move to Juventus that it wasn't just Arsenal fans who were stunned by the transfer. In fact, there were many at Chelsea who were similarly surprised. With relations between the...
The Invasion of Ibiza; This Summer, Spain's Most Hedonistic Island Has Become the Destination for an Unlikely Line-Up of Rock Bands. Is the Home of House Music Trying to Reinvent Itself?
Byline: DAVID SMYTH YOU'RE making history tonight, Ibiza! This has never been played here before," yells Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, as he cues up the sound of a million mosh pits, Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. The song may be familiar to everyone...
The Ultimate Yummy Mummy Life Plan; with Eight Children between Them, How Do Jude Law's Ex Sadie Frost and Design Partner Jemima French Stay So Glamorous, Asks Alice Hart-Davis HEALTH & FITNESS
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS THEY met as teenagers at a party and, over 20 years, Sadie Frost and Jemima French have built a deep friendship which has outlasted the total of three marriages they have had between them. When Jemima fell in love and...
Three Kirov Operas Cap the Season
TAKE 5 NIGHTS AT THE OPERA THREE OPERAS THE KIROV The famous Kirov Opera returns for only seven performances, and we've already had one of them yesterday. Conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev, the Kirov's superlative ensemble of soloists, exceptional...
Tim Gets a Legg Up as Agassi Takes a Break
Byline: CHRIS JONES TIM HENMAN received a major boost on the eve of his opening match at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington when Andre Agassi pulled out of the tournament following his win in Los Angeles. The 35-year-old has chosen to rest...
Troops in Iraq 'Help to Fuel Insurgency'; Jack Straw Makes Amazing Admission Trying to Bring Moderate Muslims Onside
Byline: PAUL WAUGH JACK STRAW admitted for the first time today that British troops were "part of the problem" in Iraq. The Foreign Secretary's candid remarks came as the Government launched a charm offensive among British Muslims to help combat...
Tube Workers Who Helped on 7/7 Send Message of Unity; London Bombings
Byline: DAVID SANDERSON STAFF at Tube stations attacked on 7 July today added their voices to the Evening Standard's London Stands United campaign. Without the actions of London Underground workers who helped passengers escape from the incidents...
Uphill Battle Ahead for Reed Shares, Says Broker; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHAREHOLDERS in publisher Reed Elsevier face an uphill struggle in the months ahead. That is the conclusion of broker US broker Smith Barney, which has repeated its sell advice on the shares in the wake of last week's profits...
Van Persie Preparing to Make Quiet Return
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENE WENGER will use tonight's low-key friendly against Belgian side Beveren to ease Robin Van Persie back into action. It will be the 21-year-old's first game since being arrested on suspicion of rape. The Arsenal...
Yes, British Troops in Iraq Are Part of Terror Problem, Admits Straw
Byline: PAUL WAUGH JACK STRAW admitted for the first time today that British troops were "part of the problem" in Iraq. The Foreign Secretary's candid remarks came as the Government launched a charm offensive among British Muslims to help combat...
Young Pretender Boothroyd Aims High to Prove Bookies Wrong
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY BACK in March, Adrian Boothroyd was just another young, ambitious coach dreaming of taking his first step on the capricious managerial ladder. Here he is now, wheeling and dealing in the transfer market like Harry Redknapp...
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