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Articles from May 23, 2011

Advertising and Content Collide as Digital Blurs Rules
Byline: Gideon Spanier ON ADVERTISING AND MARKETING ONCE upon a time the rules about editorial content and advertising were simple. Content was controlled by media owners -- broadcasters, publishers, film studios and record labels. And advertising...
Another Icelandic Volcano Has Travel Stocks Trembling
Byline: Rosamund Urwin AFTER Eyjafjallajokull, now it's Grimsvotn's turn. One year and one month after the eruption of an Icelandic volcano caused flights in the UK to be grounded for six days, investors were again hitting the ejector button...
Anti-Obama Protesters Are Evicted from Parliament Sq
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor PEACE protesters were evicted from Parliament Square today on the eve of President Barack Obama's visit to London. Officials acting for the Mayor's office moved in after several people occupied part of the...
Britain Has Muffed Its Chance to Lead the World
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor A FRENCH person looks set to replace a French person at the top of the world's most powerful financial institution. I will say this for the French: they know how to look after their own. Which cannot be remotely...
Cameron Praises the 'Jawdropping Generosity' of Standard's Readers
Byline: David Cohen DAVID CAMERON praised the "jawdropping generosity" of Londoners today as he handed the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund a government cheque for [pounds sterling]1 million, sending the fund soaring to a total of [pounds sterling]7.2...
Cameron Salutes Nabil and Standard Readers' 'Jaw-Dropping' Generosity
Byline: David Cohen DAVID CAMERON praised the "jawdropping generosity" of Londoners today as he handed the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund a government cheque for [pounds sterling]1 million, taking the fund to a total of [pounds sterling]7.2...
Elbow's a Lossless Leader; Tech Know
Byline: BY MARK PRIGG IN A crypt underneath St Paul's Cathedral, an experiment that could change the way we listen to radio is being planned. It will see a tiny gig by Elbow recorded by Absolute Radio and streamed online in a music format known...
Fernando Issues Test Warning as He Torments Lions
Byline: writes Tom Collomosse Cricket brought to you in association with SRI LANKA will approach this week's First Test against England in good heart after a remarkable victory over the Lions, writes Tom Collomosse. Despite being asked to follow...
Footballer Faces New Fight over Gagging Order
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor A FOOTBALLER alleged to have had an affair with a reality TV star was facing a new legal challenge today to a gagging order protecting his identity as David Cameron said that the ban was "unsustainable"....
Fury as Big Banks Fall Short of Small-Firm Loan Targets
Byline: Nick Goodway PRESSURE mounted on Sir John Vickers' Independent Commission on Banking to boost competition in the sector as the first official figures on Project Merlin today showed a significant shortfall in lending to small businesses....
Fury as Big Banks Fall Short of Small-Firm Loan Targets
Byline: Nick Goodway PRESSURE mounted on Sir John Vickers' Independent Commission on Banking to boost competition in the sector as the first official figures on Project Merlin today showed a significant shortfall in lending to small businesses....
Games Bosses Asked Why Only Germans Get to Buy Top Tickets
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent OLYMPICS chiefs were today under pressure to explain why top tickets to London 2012 have been sold in Germany while millions of Britons had to enter a lottery to get prime seats. Tens of thousands...
Gavin Promises Flower Show Fans the Chance to Fly High in His Wonkavator
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor DIARMUID GAVIN today defied a Royal Horticultural Society edict and the blustery weather with a promise to offer some lucky visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show a ride in his "garden in the sky". ...
Get It off Your TXT
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Green Set to Lead Hammers Exodus
Byline: Ken Dyer WEST HAM 0 SUNDERLAND 3 WEST HAM goalkeeper Rob Green is expected to be the first player sold by the club following their relegation from the Premier League. The England star will hold talks with Aston Villa this week with...
Green Set to Lead Hammers Exodus
Byline: Ken Dyer WEST HAM 0 SUNDERLAND 3 WEST HAM goalkeeper Rob Green is expected to be the first player sold by the club following their relegation from the Premier League. The England star will hold talks with Aston Villa this week with a...
Healing Process Works Wonders for Huddlestone
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent TOTTENHAM 2 BIRMINGHAM 1 TOM HUDDLESTONE is confident the end of the season will also bring an end to the ankle problems he believes have hampered his Tottenham career for the last two years. Huddlestone...
Hospital Thief Stole Wedding Ring from Hand of Sick Widow
Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent A GRANDMOTHER says her wedding ring was stolen from her finger while she was fighting for her life in hospital. Betty Allman suffered a heart attack and spent a week in intensive care at the Royal London...
Hunting, Shooting and Fishing at 'Charitable' Private Schools
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent SOME private schools are abusing the tax advantages of their charitable status, a group of education experts claimed today. The Education Review Group says that many private schools are providing children...
Jane Shilling's TV Choice
Byline: JANE SHILLING RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW BBC1, 7.30PM, BBC2, 8PM If you are wearying of Gordon's escapist antics (Gordon's Great Escape, 9pm, C4), which this week include chopping up the vital organ of a Malaysian bull while intoning the names...
Let's All Hail These Model Performers
Byline: Jason Cowley FOR a few weeks early in 1975, when I was a very young schoolboy, Wimbledon FC became the most celebrated team in the country. The semi-professionals from the Southern League beat First Division Burnley in the third round of...
Mary as High Street Saviour? Sorry, I Just Can't Buy That
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor NOT for the first time I have to do a double-take. TV presenter Mary Portas is to lead a Government-backed review of the future of the High Street. Is that a snigger in the radio announcer's voice? No, he's deadly...
Might Is Right Has Become the Obama Doctrine
Byline: Sam Leith BARACK Obama talking to the BBC's Andrew Marr was the Special Relationship made flesh. Those two sets of enormous ears were like great radar stations broadcasting to eachother across the North Atlantic or, as it was, a coffee table....
Mirren's Meaty Role ... as a Flesh-Eating Plant
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor DAME Helen Mirren called on Londoners not to neglect their gardens today -- as she unveiled a new carnivorous plant at the Chelsea Flower Show that has been named after her. The actress urged householders...
Misery for Keothavong as She Crashes in Paris
Byline: Chris Jones in Paris NOVAK DJOKOVIC extended his amazing winning run to 40 matches today as Anne Keothavong failed to break Britain's 17-year hoodoo here. While World No2 Djokovic cannot stop winning -- he took care of Thiemo de Bakker,...
Mobiles Rule the World -- but Hold on, Why So Many Hang-Ups?
ACCORDING to research from analysts at The Mobile World, the number of phones exceeds the number of people to use them (6.92 connected phones versus 6.91 billion people globally). Of that total, the growth is coming from the mobile end -- 5.6 billion...
'Mrs' Hiddink Wants Guus to Take Chelsea Job; Partner Urges Turkey Boss to Replace Sacked Ancelotti Because She's Missing London's Shops
Byline: Simon Johnson GUUS HIDDINK is being urged to return to Chelsea as their new manager by his partner, Liesbeth Pinas. Hiddink is Chelsea's first choice to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked less than an hour after the club's 1-0 defeat...
New Chelsea Boss Will Always Operate above a Trapdoor
SO it's finally all over, and the speculation about who is joining whom and who will be replacing Carlo Ancelotti, a Double winner in his first season at Chelsea, has begun. But let's be honest -- all in all and in spite of the excitements of the final...
NHS Needs New Style of Leadership; an Inquiry by a Leading Think-Tank Claims Stable Management Is Crucial If Health Services Are to Perform Better
Byline: Sarah Richardson A NINE-MONTH inquiry by a leading health think-tank has found that the NHS is in urgent need of a new style of leadership to overcome unprecedented financial pressures and adapt to future challenges. The King's Fund's...
Obama Praises 'Extraordinary' Irish on Visit to Ancestor's Home
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor BARACK OBAMA paid homage to the "extraordinary people" of Ireland today as he visited the tiny village that was home to his great-great-great grandfather. "The United States and Ireland carries a blood lineage,"...
Only Euro Glory Can Stop Roman from Wielding Axe
Byline: Simon Johnson THE next manager at Chelsea should be clear about one thing: win the Champions League or you are out. Domestic success is nice and all but Roman Abramovich is still clearly only interested in ruling Europe and there are dire...
ORPHAN'S JOURNEY OF HOPE TO No 10; THE DISPOSSESSED TEENAGER WHOSE LIFE WAS TRANSFORMED BY OUR CAMPAIGN MEETS CAMERON TO PICK UP [Pounds sterling]1M GIFT TO STANDARD'S FUND; 'Oh My God I'm Actually Going to Downing Street. This Is Wicked'; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND
Byline: David Cohen AN ORPHAN whose life has been transformed by the Dispossessed Fund went to Downing Street today to collect a [pounds sterling]1 million donation from David Cameron. Nabil Ahmed sat with the Prime Minister at the Cabinet table...
Pakistan Troops End Siege after Taliban Kill 12 at Naval Base
Byline: Rashid Razaq PAKISTANI commandos regained control of a naval base today after it was attacked by a team of Taliban militants who killed 12 troops. Between 10 and 15 insurgents armed with grenades, rockets and automatic weapons stormed...
[Pounds Sterling]200m Crime Boss to Be Quizzed over Two 'Hit Murders'
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor DETECTIVES will question Britain's most feared gangster over the unsolved murders of two of his associates 13 years ago. Convicted crime godfather Terry Adams, 56, will be asked about the assassination of...
[Pounds Sterling]6m for Botched Facelift
Byline: Rashid Razaq A SUCCESSFUL businesswoman today won a [pounds sterling]6.2 million payout after a cosmetic surgeon decided to "play God" with her face. Penny Johnson, 49, was left permanently disfigured with a droopy "monster eye" after...
Pressure Is off and I'm Loving It, Says Federer
Byline: Chris Jones in Paris ROGER FEDERER may be the greatest Grand Slam champion tennis has ever seen but he starts his French Open campaign against the dangerous Spaniard Feliciano Lopez later today cast in the same "extras" role as Britain's...
Rents to Smash [Pounds Sterling]1,000-a-Month Barrier
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Affairs Editor THE average monthly rent in London is poised to break through the [pounds sterling]1,000 mark for the first time. Rents have soared again this year, as first-time buyers locked out of the mortgage...
Ryanair Numbers Up 26%, and Ash Cloud Is 'No Threat'
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE boss of Ryanair today dismissed fears that the latest ash-spewing Icelandic volcano would cause a repeat of last year's week-long air closure but admitted, "you can never underestimate European bureaucratic incompetence"....
Ryanair to Increase Summer Holiday Fares by 12 per Cent
Byline: Lucy Tobin FAMILIES are set to be squeezed by holiday costs this summer as Ryanair became the latest airline to warn of price rises. The budget carrier said the rising cost of oil would force its air fares up by an average 12 per cent...
Sex Attacks in Minicabs Cut by Crackdown on Illegal Drivers
Byline: Rob Parsons TRANSPORT bosses today hailed a dramatic drop in the number of sex attacks in London minicabs as their war on illegal taxi touting intensified. Figures show there were 111 cabrelated sexual offences between April last year...
Sinister Shades of an Old Order
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG Glyndebourne SUCH is the reputation of Wagner's Meistersinger as a virility test for opera companies that it was inevitable Glyndebourne would eventually step up to the plate. Fielding a strong...
'Sleep Rough? I Don't Sleep, I Walk the Streets All Night to Keep Warm'; David Cohen Joins the Homeless in Victoria, Which Could Soon Become a No-Go Area for Them
Byline: David Cohen THE theatre crowd have long gone, the streets are thinning out, and at this late hour the only place still open in Victoria is McDonald's. It is packed yet on closer inspection doing little business. Wesley nurses the remnants...
Society Tale with No Spark
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Barbican, EC2 DEBORAH WARNER'S production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1777 play is audacious. But while the ambition to reinvigorate this rather forbidding comedy of manners is quite understandable,...
Some Truck with Stobart Family Property Sellback amid 11% Loss
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE unusual property deal between the boss of Stobart Group and its shareholders remained in the spotlight today as the transport firm's annual profits fell 11% to [pounds sterling]29.5 million. The country's most famous lorry...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Ordinarily you'd be right to fight to keep certain plans afloat. Now, however, you're probably wasting your energy. Take a few moments to examine the actual circumstances and you'll recognise...
Stars Defy Legal Gag to Tweet Footballer's Name
Byline: Tom Harper and Nicholas Cecil THE fiasco over Britain's secrecy laws escalated today with celebrities brazenly defying a gagging order against naming a Premier League footballer who had an alleged affair. A well-known comedian, a self-styled...
Tara, the Elephant Who Taught Me How to Live
Byline: Ben Bryant THE two founders of Elephant Family are wallowing in a river in Kanha national park, Madhya Pradesh, India. One of them is adventurer, campaigner and raconteur Mark Shand. The other is an elephant. Tossing Mark onto her wrinkled...
THE AGE OF ANDISM... in These Competitive Days It's Not Enough to Have Just One Career, Says Helen Kirwan-Taylor
Byline: Helen Kirwan-Taylor TWO mothers were recently boasting about their offspring, both recent British graduates of Stanford University. "Your son just got a job at Google TV?" said mother number one, hardly containing her jealousy. "What was...
There Is No Light for Any Candidate at the End of Abramovich's Tunnel Vision
Byline: Dan Jones YOU want my advice? Keep well clear of tunnels for a while. Like Avram Grant last weekend, poor old Carlo Ancelotti had his posterior handed to him in a one yesterday. When a football season is rumbling to an end and ruthless,...
The Vegas Touch Works Wonders
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS THE MERCHANT OF VENICE RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon RUPERT GOOLD'S dazzling production makes The Merchant of Venice feel unfamiliar: it reinvents Shakespeare's troublesome tragicomedy as a piercingly satirical vision of the modern...
This Fund Can Help Transform London
TODAY the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announces a donation from the Government of [pounds sterling]1 million to this paper's Dispossessed Fund, which makes grants to small, grassroots community charities in London. This takes the fund's total to...
Tories 'Petty and Small-Minded for Blocking Brown as Boss of IMF'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GEORGE OSBORNE and David Cameron were branded "petty and small-minded" today for backing a Frenchwoman to head the International Monetary Fund instead of exprime minister Gordon Brown. Economists and admirers...
Tornado Kills 89 in One City
Byline: Peter Dominiczak A MASSIVE tornado has killed at least 89 people in the city of Joplin in southwest Missouri. Dozens of cars were upended and entire neighbourhoods flattened when Joplin suffered a direct hit yesterday. Earlier, asked...
Troops End Raid by 'Star Wars' Taliban Fighters
Byline: Rashid Razaq PAKISTANI commandos regained control of a naval base today after it was attacked by a team of Taliban militants who killed 12 troops. About 12 insurgents armed with grenades, rockets and automatic weapons used ladders to...
Tropical Perfection; Destination Thailand
CONRAD Koh Samui, part of Hilton Worldwide's global luxury brand, is set to open early this July. The resort is situated on the south-west tip of the island with 25 acres of tropical landscape. The decor at the all-villa resort will be tropical...
Trying to Control Twitter Is Futile
AS a British journalist living in exile in the US, I've watched the Twitter injunction scandal with amused detachment. The idea that Britain can impose control over Twitter is laughable here in Silicon Valley, not least because of the terrible precedent...
TWITTER INSPIRES FLASH OF GENIUS; the Short Story Has Found a Bold New Format, Writes Jasmine Gardner
Byline: Jasmine Gardner BLINK and you miss it. Those of you with your eyes closed will have let week 50 of Friday Flash pass you by on Friday. Short, snappy and over by the weekend, it is the latest way to tell stories -- and it's spreading all...
Website Shut Down as Brits Chase Olympic Tickets Abroad
Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent AN Olympic ticket agent was forced to withdraw thousands of seats from sale today after being bombarded by British buyers hoping to exploit a loophole in the system. Sportsworld, an Oxfordshire-based...
Wenger Is Facing His Toughest Summer after New Cesc Doubt
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent FULHAM 2 ARSENAL 2 WHETHER it is the retention of captain Cesc Fabregas or appeasing the growing number of dissenting voices demanding significant investment, Arsene Wenger faces one of his...
We Won't Shrink from Building the Big Society
Byline: David Cameron TODAY the Government is giving [pounds sterling]1 million to the Dispossessed Fund. Right from the start this has been an extraordinary campaign. It has opened Londoners' eyes to the poverty on their doorsteps -- and it's opened...
WHITE STRIDES; Fashionistas Taking to the School Run Are Daring to Wear Pale Flares, Says Karen Dacre
Byline: Karen Dacre AS A CHILDLESS twentysomething, I'm ignorant of the perilous peregrination that is the school run. But just because I've never embarked on a 30-minute expedition in which a child wants to cry, kick and cuddle at 30-second intervals...
Youth Relived through Golden Songs
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD SUEDE O2 Academy Brixton, SW9 FEW things are exchanged quite so smoothly as money and old rope. Hence the trend of bands whom the present is bypassing to play favourite albums in full. It makes for a stress-free evening: the...
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