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Articles from May 16, 2006

100,000 Fans Expected for Summer's London Mela
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA THE biggest festival of south Asian music and culture to take place outside the sub-continent comes to the capital this summer. Details were being unveiled today of the fourth London Mela, which will cover 30 acres of Ealing's...
A Cabinet out of Kilter; March of Tartan Army Leaves PM Accused of Neglecting London
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR TONY BLAIR came under pressure today not to neglect London's interests amid fears that the capital does not punch its full weight in Cabinet. Only two Cabinet ministers have seats in the capital while four others were born...
Angry Clashes in Whitehall before Speech by Chavez
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK CLASHES broke out in Whitehall as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was due to give a speech. Anti-Chavez demonstrators claimed they were intimidated, pushed and spat on by members of the presidential entourage who arrived...
A Trip Back to the Office of 20 Years Ago
Byline: AMY WILLIAMS TO COMMEMORATE its 20th anniversary, Office Angels last week reconstructed an office as it would have looked in 1986. Today's office workers were invited to test out their keyboard-trained typing skills on an oldfashioned typewriter,...
Ballack's Arrival Means [Pounds Sterling]24m Essien's Just a Sub; Ghanaian Star Is Set to Be the Biggest Loser for Chelsea's Team of Winners Next Season
Byline: LEO SPALL WHEN Jose Mourinho juggles his many talented midfielders at Chelsea next season, Michael Essien may have to get used to a new part-time role as one of the world's most expensive substitutes. After the arrival of Michael Ballack...
Beat the Big Sneeze; MEDICAL NOTES
Byline: DR MARK PORTER HAYFEVER experts predict one of the worst hayfever seasons on record, and that the UK's 12 million sufferers will be at their most miserable over the bank holiday weekend at the end of the month. Predicting hayfever severity...
Blair Defiant on Reform as NHS Direct Cuts 1,000 Jobs
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE Prime Minister was set to defend his "painful" health reforms today as it emerged the NHS Direct phoneline is to slash 1,000 jobs and close 12 call centres. Tony Blair will warn the round of cuts are "nothing" compared...
Calls for Met Chief to Quit as Officers Lose Confidence
Byline: JOE MURPHY;JUSTIN DAVENPORT SIR Ian Blair took a volley of fresh blows today, from rank and file officers and MPs. In the first bruising setback for the Met Commissioner, he was accused of losing the confidence of his frontline officers...
Carbon Trading Cloud over the Power Giants
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE worldwide stock market sell-off yesterday helped mask a poor performance by the big electricity companies, which have been undermined by a large drop in the price of carbon-emission permits. The European Commission said...
Charges over Cash for Peerages a Step Closer
Byline: PAUL WAUGH;JOE MURPHY THE "cash-for-peerages" affair reignited today after Scotland Yard announced it would present a file to prosecutors in September. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said it will hand a " preliminary submission"...
Cityspy
MARTIN HUGHES, the man behind Toscafund, looks set to become the City's first hedge fund billionaire. With Toscafund profits up last year from [pounds sterling]18 million to [pounds sterling]51.5 million, some would argue that Hughes (as sole owner)...
Clerk Set to Keep Sly at the Summit; TODAY'S RACING
Byline: NICK LUCK SUMMIT meetings are usually the preserve of G8, North Atlantic Council or the Kyoto agreement. Now it seems they are held by racehorse trainers as well. This was how the congregation of Speciosa's connections to decide the 1,000...
Critic's Choice - Top Five Theatre
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Breakfast With Mugabe Duchess, W1 No play in town so forcefully urges heads-inthe- sand theatre audiences to awareness of the late, long impact of imperialism than Breakfast with Mugabe, in which Joseph Mydell's Mugabe,...
Critic's Choice Top Ten Films
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Lemming 15, 129 mins Dominik Moll's audacious Hitchcockian thriller centres on a young couple made paranoid by his boss and the wife from hell and lemmings in their plumbing. There's a terrifying performance from Charlotte...
Don't Kiss Me, Kate ... for 60,000 Smackers, Snog Her!
Byline: ROB SINGH;VALENTINE LOW IT IS shocking. It is scandalous. It will provoke moral outrage from Borehamwood to Bexley. Yes, the picture we could have published here would have been one of the most controversial ever to grace the pages of...
Eboue Has Climbed to the Summit of European Football in Record Time
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY OF ALL the stories generated by Arsenal's march to the European Cup Final, few are more improbable than the meteoric rise of Emmanuel Eboue. The third-choice right-back was starting just his seventh game for the club when...
Euro Final That's Got the World Buzzing; Michael Hart Says Tomorrow's Battle between Two Fine Teams and the World's Two Best Players Can Be Won by Arsene Wenger's Consistent Side
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENAL will write a fresh chapter in their long history tomorrow when they face Barcelona in a Champions League Final seething with subplots and the promise of something really special. Arsene Wenger touched on the global...
FEELGOOD FACTOR; Alice Hart-Davis Goes in at the Deep End for the Shaw Method of Swimming
What is it? A method which applies the principles of the Alexander Technique to the teaching of swimming, devised by Steven Shaw, a former competitive swimmer and trained Alexander Technique teacher. What does it claim? The method is all about transforming...
Five Straight Victories Fire Gunners into Knockouts; GUNNING FOR GLORY How Arsenal Made It Through
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY THOSE of a sceptical persuasion did not read too much into Arsenal waltzing through a group that featured minnows Thun, a weak Sparta Prague and a struggling Ajax. But for a club who have often fluffed their lines in Europe's...
Flight Diverted after Model's Air Rage Frenzy
Byline: PAUL THOMPSON A LEADING model had to be handcuffed and hauled off a plane after going berserk, a court heard. Marzena Kamizela, 32, who has modelled for Versace, ran around the business class section of the BA flight from New York to...
Following the Footsteps of British Giants; ANDREW HODGSON on Our Former European Cup Wins GUNNING FOR GLORY
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON CELTIC 2 INTER MILAN 1, 1967 The Italians scored first but Celtic equalised with a rocket from Tommy Gemmell after 63 minutes and Steve Chalmers turned in the winner with just six minutes remaining. MAN UTD 4 BENFICA...
For the Love of Cally; Two Teenagers Are Killed Crossing London Roads Every Day. but Cally Simpson's Family and Friends Are Determined She Will Not Be Just Another Statistic
Byline: DAVID COHEN THE FRESH flowers with rain-smudged notes tied to the street railings attest to the split second that everything changed. It was 10.25pm on Bonfire Night, 2004. One moment Cally Simpson, 14, was yelling excitedly to the gaggle...
Full Steam Ahead for a Theatre of Dreams; the First Look Inside the Redeveloped Roundhouse Reveals a Spectacular New Performance Space, Says Our Architecture Critic
Byline: ROWAN MOORE BACK in the Roundhouse, a few years and nearly [pounds sterling]30 million of building works since my last visit, the first impression is that not much has changed. It's still big, round and pregnant with possibility, with...
Gold's True Believers Come into Their Own
Byline: CHRISTOPHER FILDES BOSTON'S stately matrons, asked where they buy their hats, repudiate the question. We do not buy our hats, they say - we have our hats. True believers think the same way about gold. We have our hoard, they say. We would...
Gooners Pray There's No Deja Vu in Paris; MICHAEL WEINSTEIN Looks Back at Arsenal's Euro Finals GUNNING FOR GLORY
The Fairs Cup Arsenal 4 Anderlecht 3 (agg) 28 April 1970 Long after the terraces have been replaced by flats, Arsenal fans will still look back on this match as Highbury's finest hour. Ray Kennedy's late header in Belgium gave the Gunners...
Great Expectations Burden Barca; the Club's European Obsession Could Cost Them, Says Man Who Left the Nou Camp
Byline: IAN CHADBAND WHEN the 16-year-old Cesc Fabregas told his mates in the Barcelona youth academy that he wanted to leave the club and move to Arsenal, they looked at him as if he were insane. "Everyone was scared of leaving Barcelona," he...
Growth Slows but BAA Profits Climb
LONDON airports monopoly BAA has shrugged off dwindling growth in passenger numbers to trumpet a leap in profits, with travellers spending more in air terminal shops, bars and cafes as they wait for their flights. BAA, in the throes of a hostile...
Head2Head; GUNNING FOR GLORY
Arsene Wenger v Frank Rijkaard WENGER sees this season's European campaign as the fulfilment of his grand project. "It completes a work of nine-and-a-half years and a lot of effort," he said of the landmark. But only by adding the European Cup to...
History-Makers Dispose of the Tubby Galacticos; GUNNING FOR GLORYUHow Arsenal Made It through NNING FOR GLORY
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY WITH their domestic campaign falling apart at the seams, exemplified by an alarming inability to win away from home, Arsenal got their season back on track by eliminating nine-times champions Real Madrid. The damage was done...
Hunt for Woman as Friend Worth [Pounds Sterling]1m Goes Missing; Suspicions Arose as She Put His House Up for Sale
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT DETECTIVES have launched an international hunt for a woman in connection with the disappearance of a millionaire British businessman. Police fear father-of-two Zia Abdolrazaghi, 64, may have been murdered after he vanished...
I'll Stay Here for Life; Wenger Wants a New Deal and Plans to Finish Career at Arsenal
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON ARSENE WENGER gave Arsenal a massive boost on the eve of the European Cup Final by promising to end his coaching career at the club. The 56-year-old Frenchman, whose side face Barcelona in Paris tomorrow night, said he...
In the Market for All Ingredients of a TV Dog's Dinner
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH This Little Farmer Went to Market BBC1 ONE of the most unforgettable (for all the wrong reasons) dining experiences I've ever had was in a vegetarian restaurant in Miami. "Would you like to see the menu?" asked the...
Is This an ID Parade? No It's the Turner Prize of, Course
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK TO the casual observer it might resemble an identification parade. But in fact it is a work of art - from a video artist who was today shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Phil Collins specialises in bringing western pop...
Italian Fraud Scandal Is Just Tip of the Iceberg
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER FOOTBALL should be in jubilant mood this week. Arsenal and Barcelona are about to contest the most eagerly-awaited European Cup Final in years, the World Cup squads have just been announced and there are only 24 days to...
It Pays to Pick the Right Candidate; ES JOBS
Byline: AMY WILLIAMS RECRUITING new staff can be a headache, whether it involves dealing with employment agencies, placing adverts or organising interviews. For a manager who delegates recruitment responsibilities to other staff, being sure of their...
Labour's Law-and-Order Legislation Is Lying Idle; Anti-Crime Promises Not Fulfilled
Byline: JASON BEATTIE LABOUR has failed to enact swathes of existing law-and-order legislation despite repeatedly promising to crack down on crime. Since coming to power in 1997 Tony Blair has overseen a series of anticrime measures. But research...
Less Water Here Than in Sudan; Millions in South Face Tough New Rules and Risk a Fine of [Pounds Sterling]5,000
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR;PAUL WAUGH LONDON and the South-East has less water per person than Sudan, the Environment Agency warned today. Morocco, Egypt and Kenya all have more water per head of population than the capital. The startling comparisons...
Linesman in Row over Barca Shirt; UEFA Reprieve after 'Stupid' Blunder by Norwegia Official
Byline: MICHAEL WEINSTEIN ASSISTANT referee Ole Hermann Borgan has escaped the axe from tomorrow's European Cup Final despite being pictured wearing a Barcelona shirt. The Norwegian admitted he had been "thoughtless and stupid" to pose for the...
Little Light Thrown on Dark Urges
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH THEATRE The Changeling Barbican Theatre *** (3/5) EVEN in Jacobean drama's murky terrain no play is possessed by so mysterious or fascinating outbreak of sexual desire as Thomas Middelton's and William Rowley's The...
Londoners Will Have to Pay as Olympic Building Costs Rocket
Byline: JASON BEATTIE LONDONERS face a sharp increase in council tax bills because of rising construction costs for the 2012 Olympic Games. Vince Cable, the Lib-Dems' Treasury spokesman, claimed the projected cost of building the Olympic site...
London's Struggle to Make Final Step in Europe; Michael Hart Looks at Some of the Great Teams from the Capital Who Have Come Up Short in the Search for the Continent's Biggest Prize
Byline: MICHAEL HART AFTER 50 years, London will tomorrow night have a team in the final of Europe's premier competition for the first time when Arsenal face Barcelona in Paris. A look at some of the capital's sides from the past who have missed...
Macquarie in [Pounds Sterling]1bn Chunnel Rescue Bid
Byline: BILL CONDIE MACQUARIE, the ambitious investment bank that earlier this year failed in its tilt at the London Stock Exchange, is expected to unveil a [pounds sterling]1 billion rescue package today for Eurotunnel, and raise funds to enlarge...
Miners Clobbered but More Mileage Is Seen
Byline: MICKEY CLARK MINING shares were on the receiving end of another clobbering today, but anyone thinking their bull run may be over can think again. US broker Citigroup is one of those in the Square Mile that reckon the miners still have...
MTV Challenges Apple in Online Music Wars
Byline: MARK PRIGG MTV IS set to take on Apple with a new music download service. Set for launch tomorrow, the new MTV Urge service will feature more than two million songs and is backed by Microsoft. It will also feature videos and songs from...
Mums Who Are Too Busy for a Breakdown
Byline: KATHY LETTE NEW research in the British Medical Journal states that working mothers are mentally and physically healthier than their stay-at-home counterparts. If only we weren't too exhausted to enjoy it. Being a working mum is very...
My Life with Gwynnie - by Supernanny Rachel; the Baby Guru to the Stars Reveals Her Trade Secrets in a New Book. So What Did She Teach Mother-of-Two Gwyneth Paltrow?
Byline: DAVID COHEN FOR the first month of his life, Gwyneth Paltrow's newborn baby has been sharing a bedroom with a self-styled super-nanny, Rachel Waddilove, whose mission has been to mould his haphazard habits into a clockwork routine. Hired...
My No-Tears Easy Guide to Baby Bliss; CITY LIVES
Byline: REBECCA TYRREL I KNOW I am not the first person to make the following observation, or at least one along the same lines: that if you took notice of every health or lifestyle survey or expert, you'd be on a constant diet of oily fish dunked...
NHS Ordered to Pay for Urgent Surgery Abroad
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL THE NHS must pay for patients to be treated abroad if they face "undue delays" for operations in Britain. In a landmark verdict, European judges today ruled in favour of 74-year-old grandmother Yvonne Watts, who defied...
Pain of Missing France 98 Party Spurs on Henry
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THIERRY HENRY has revealed how his nightmare memories from the World Cup Final in 1998 will drive him on to lift the European Cup in Paris tomorrow night. The Arsenal captain, leading his team to the French capital today,...
Pay Strike by Lecturers Threatens Student Jobs
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES;BO WILSON FEARS are growing among students that their job prospects are being plunged into chaos by the marking boycott that has swept universities. Colleges and universities insist they have emergency plans in place to...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY The Prince of Wales: Up Close 9pm, ITV1 It's more than a decade since the Prince of Wales has given an in-depth telly interview. Tonight, the regal microphone falls into the experienced paws of Sir Trevor McDonald for...
Prince William Consoles Tragic West Ham Family
Byline: AMAR SINGH THE son of a West Ham fan who collapsed and died at the FA Cup final today praised Prince William for delaying the trophy presentation in order to console him. Father of five David Luckhurst, 50, died of a suspected heart attack...
Rank and File'have Lost Confidence in Met Chief'
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT SIR IAN BLAIR came under fresh pressure today after being attacked by his own rank-and-file officers. A police leader announced that the Met Commissioner no longer had the confidence of his frontline officers. Peter...
Rapist Who Killed Rochelle Will Die in Jail, Rules Judge; 'Rot in Hell' Screams Mother of Victim, 15
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE convicted rapist who murdered and dismembered 15-yearold Rochelle Holness will die in jail, an Old Bailey judge decided today. As former butcher John McGrady was led to the cells, Rochelle's mother yelled: "Rot in hell."...
Recreating an English Beauty
Byline: SARAH FRATER DANCE The Royal Ballet/ Sleeping Beauty Covent Garden **** (4/5) THERE was a gentle, almost dreamy quality to The Royal Ballet last night. Wearing the prettiest, gauziest costumes, and dancing with tender conviction,...
Return of the Tories Could Derail Trams
Byline: DICK MURRAY PLANS to build a [pounds sterling]648 million tramline through west London are in crisis today. The three London boroughs which would be affected by Ken Livingstone's transport plan - Hillingdon, Ealing and Hammersmith &...
Rochelle's Killer Will Die in Jail, Rules Judge
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE convicted rapist who murdered and dismembered 15-year-old Rochelle Holness will die in jail, an Old Bailey judge decided today. As former butcher John McGrady was led to the cells Rochelle's mother yelled "rot in hell"....
Satellite & Digital Pick of the Night
Byline: KIMBERLEY DARKE;NIGEL PIZEY;IMOGEN RIDGWAY Thief 10.30pm, Sky One It's the penultimate episode of the crime drama with. The audacious mid-flight heist draws ever closer, and you just know it's all going to go hideously wrong. Things...
Schools Failing Targets in War on Poor Health and Junk Food; SCHOOL FOOD,HEALTH
Byline: ED HARRIS SIX out of 10 London schools are failing to meet official targets for providing healthy food and adequate PE lessons for pupils. Figures released today show they are struggling to achieve Department of Health and Department...
Shoddy - but Sainsbury's Has a Point on Pensions
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON A KEY feature of the new pension scheme proposed by Lord (Adair) Turner is that people will be automatically enrolled because experience has shown that inertia plays a huge part in the way people take - or rather don't take...
Soaring Rent Drives out Designer Furniture Store; 'Last Straw' as Rates Also Rise
Byline: BO WILSON AN interior design shop is being forced out of central London because of soaring rent and rates. Purves and Purves, one of the major furniture stores in Tottenham Court Road, is the latest retailer to be hit by the growing pressure...
Stage Set for King Henry to Conquer Europe; Paris Is the Perfect Venue for a Frenchman Denied a Taste of World Cup Glory There in 1998, Writes Ian Chadband
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THERE is a perfect, almostfated symmetry to some of the most cherishable moments in sporting annals. Think, say, of Ronaldo in Yokohama in 2002. Wasn't he always destined to find redemption in a World Cup Final just four years...
The Damage of the Eighties Lingers on; as a BBC Drama Marks the Dark Side of the Thatcher Years, and Nostaglia for the Period Is Rife, One Critic Says We Have Not Yet Come to Terms with the Effect Her Decade Had on Us
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL THE Eighties are still too close to have the odour of history about them - it needs more death and distance to be that - and yet it is not yesterday. It was a period, if not of great wars, of events and happenings that may...
The Mayor's Problem Visitor
THE VENEZUELAN president, Hugo Chavez, leaves London today after a visit which, although billed as private, managed to capture a remarkable amount of public attention. Right to the last, Mr Chavez, lived up to his reputation for charismatic populism,...
The Merciless Mr Bean; He Charges a Fortune and Fires Clients If They Don't Obey His Orders. So, Could Caroline Phillips Survive the World's Most Demanding Personal Trainer?
Byline: CAROLINE PHILLIPS JEMIMA KHAN has the giveaway sinewy arms. Then there's Leonie Frieda with her sculpted body, not to mention Lady Cosima Somerset, former confidante of Princess Diana, with her gym-toned physique. These are all Bean's Babes:...
There's No Remedy for the Prince of Quacks
Byline: FRANCIS WHEEN FRESH from his musings on the Trevor McDonald interview about the Asbo generation, Prince Charles travels to Geneva next week to deliver the keynote speech at the annual assembly of the World Health Organisation. Some mistake,...
Top Alpha Duo Quit as Probe Is Widened
Byline: ROBERT LEA A DEEPENING accounting investigation at Alpha Airports cost the company's chief executive and finance director their jobs today and widened into a financial probe at Gatwick-based charter airline Excel Airways and its colourful...
Tragedy of the West Ham Fan Who Died at Cup Final; Family Hit by Loss of 'Fun' Father
Byline: AMAR SINGH THE family of a devoted West Ham fan spoke of their loss today after he collapsed and died at the FA Cup final. Father-of-five David Luckhurst was at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium as the Hammers played Liverpool. The cause...
Tube Chiefs Clash with Metronet over Delays; METRONET WATCH
Byline: DICK MURRAY TUBE chiefs clashed with Metronet over the latest travel chaos on the Underground today. Each organisation blamed the other for causing severe disruption on the District line this morning, when trains were an hour late entering...
Virtuoso Barca Were on Song from the Start; WAYNE VEYSEY on the Spanish Club's Route to the Final GUNNING FOR GLORY
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY BARCELONA'S progress to the Stade de France has been seemingly inevitable since they found something special to overcome Chelsea and the Special One in the first knockout stage of the European Cup. For the second consecutive...
VT Chief Setting His Sights on Warships Merger with BAE
Byline: ROBERT LEA SHIPBUILDERS BAE Systems and VT will bring their operations together to create a British warship champion, the boss of the former Vosper Thornycroft pledged today. Admitting he had been frustrated by VT's failure to pull off...
Watch out for. Dean Carter
Byline: FLORA STUBBS Writer Dean Carter, 29, was working in the postroom of Random House publishers when he got talking to an editor at a Christmas party. Impressed by his witty style, she agreed to publish his novel, The Hand of the Devil, on sale...
WATER CRISIS as Emergency Drought Orders Are Enforced across the South, a Checklist of What You Must Avoid ... or Face a [Pounds Sterling]5,000 Fine
Byline: PAUL WAUGH;PIPPA CRERAR MILLIONS of Londoners are facing severe water rationing today. Thames Water is expected to apply for tough restrictions after it emerged that the worsening drought means the region has less water per person than...
We Won't Let It Slip Again, Says Flintoff
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ANDREW FLINTOFF is still enjoying life as England's stand-in captain. But for a few hours yesterday, the nation's favourite cricketer must have felt like personally injecting some super-healing substance into Michael Vaughan's...
What Else Is New
Byline: KIERON QUIRKE;JOHN AIZLEWOOD;JACK MASSARIK THEATRE The Mushroom Pickers Southwark Playhouse **** (4/5) THE Mushroom Pickers won the 2005 Scottish Community Playwriting Competition, but it's set in Ireland, and in some ways you couldn't...
You've Written a Book? I Don't Want to Hear It; AND INCIDENTALLY
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE sun has got his hat on and the festivals are coming. The biggest annual literary jamboree, at Hay-on-Wye, begins this year on 25 May and the programme has just been distributed. It is a daunting document. There are hundreds...

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