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Articles from March 24, 2006

A Londoner's Diary
Derek Draper on the arrival of a mini Draper, and what the Cameroons get high on now Exactly two weeks ago, at 8.17am to be precise, I realised all the cliches were true. When our baby was born the foundations of our life really did change, she...
And Incidentally
Byline: PETE CLARK THE gas-guzzler has finally been penalised by Chancellor Gordon Brown. Like so many other unacceptable faces of capitalism, the origins of these obese and greedy items of conspicuous consumption lie in the USA. There the term...
A Sinister Tax That Strikes at the Heart of Family Life
Byline: A.N. WILSON LADY Bracknell would not have approved of any modern budget. "What, between the duties expected of one during one's lifetime, and the duties exacted from one after one's death"... Gordon Brown's Budget raised the threshold on...
A Tip of the Hat to All Styles
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD POP Kooks Mean Fiddler, W1 ..... John Aizlewood YOUTHFUL, louche and brimming with swagger, Brighton's Kooks exude the boundless optimism of first-year students. They sang of adventure ("Do you wanna see the world...
At Least the Paint Dries in the Sun
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH A Place in the Sun C4 LATE LAST summer, Keith Allen and I were making a documentary about Lottery winner Michael Carroll (to be shown next month on C4), which involved a visit to Blackpool. And I very much wish it hadn't,...
Beaches Total
Byline: EMILIE MCMEEKAN Fresh lobster, mini souffles, soft sand and your own butler - Emilie McMeekan and her little sister are spoilt for life in Mauritius There is a corner of the Indian Ocean where it is forever Valentine's Day. Sugar used...
Beauty Buyography
TALKING SHOP Star of Rebecca Miller's film The Ballad of Jack and Rose, 19-year-old actress Camilla Belle grew up in LA and appeared in her first film aged eight In my makeup bag you'll find- Christian Dior (01932 233 909) and Chanel lipglosses, [pounds...
Beware the Curse of the Bad Sequel; CITY LIVES
Byline: JOHANN HARI LONDON is about to be afflicted with a disease more contagious than bird flu and more savage than smallpox - Bad Sequelitis. Thousands of us (me too) will fall into an imbecile trance on Leicester Square that makes us pay - actually...
Breakaway Bid Shows the G in G14 Just Stands for Greedy
Byline: DAVID MELLOR BETWEEN the devil and the deep blue sea is a cliche, but how better to describe the way football fans should be feeling after reading leaked documents from the G14 group of major European clubs about their intention to take...
Brilliant? Well, He's All White; Review
Byline: DAVID SMYTH THE RACONTEURS ..... By David Smyth at The Astoria AFTER the strains of a world tour, most rock stars want to spend more time with the family or perhaps open a trout farm. Jack White of the White Stripes forms a new band...
Britain's Revival Leaves Aussies in Fear for 2012
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER BRITISH success at the Commonwealth Games and Gordon Brown's pledge of an extra [pounds sterling]200million to develop a strong British team for the London Olympics is already causing anxiety here. The Australian Government's...
Britons Warned as Riots Rage at Paris Landmarks
THE FOREIGN OFFICE today issued a warning to Britons travelling in France to steer clear of riot-torn tourist spots. It follows another night of violent disturbances which saw fierce fighting in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. More than 420 people...
Camilla Weeps at El Alamein for Her Father's 'Folly'; Duchess Lays Roses at Graves of Two Men Who Died under Captain's Command
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON FOR CAMILLA this was not about royal duty - more about repaying a debt of family honour. Today, at a war graves cemetery in the searing desert heat of El Alamein, where thousands of British soldiers fell, she singled out...
Clarke Fights EU Plan for Sharing Terror Intelligence
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL CHARLES CLARKE is fighting moves to force MI5 and MI6 to share intelligence on terror suspects with other EU countries. The Home Secretary fears the European Commission proposal could lead to vital information obtained...
Classy Shah Leaves Selectors Pondering a Fascinating Tussle
Byline: JONATHAN AGNEW ENGLAND'S remarkable victory in Mumbai was nothing less than they deserved, and when you consider the chaos that gripped the start of the campaign, to draw the series was a superb achievement. Andrew Flintoff 's leadership...
Dallaglio Determined to Win Back England Starting Place despite Snub
Byline: CHRIS JONES LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO today vowed to continue his bid to be part of England's World Cup defence next year despite being ignored for their final RBS Six Nations match against Ireland. The London Wasps captain returns to club action...
Daredevil Dive to Centre of the Earth; Base Jumper Braves Mexican Abyss for Hit BBC Show
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA WITH one deep breath and a giant leap, a base jumper plummets hundreds of feet into the unknown. Taking his life in his hands, he descends until opening his parachute and landing on the floor of the 1,400ft Cave of Swallows...
Digital the Analogue Debate; When David Cameron Called Gordon Brown 'An Analogue Politician in a Digital Age', He Identified One of the Great Cultural Divides of Our Time
Byline: NICK CURTIS THIS week the Tory leader was once again playing the Blair card, casting himself as a forwardlooking force of youth, aflame with the white heat of technological change and battling against reactionaries stuck in the Stone Age....
Don't Stop Eating Oily Fish, Says Heart Expert as Study Questions the Benefit
Byline: SIMON ATKINSON;MARK PRIGG HEALTH experts today hit back at a controversial study which suggested that eating oily fish may not cut the risk of heart disease, strokes or cancer. The report in the British Medical Journal found little evidence...
Do Razorlight Still Have a Golden Touch?
Byline: GARY MULHOLLAND HE'S compared himself to Dylan, stolen the show at Live8 and met Nelson Mandela. But Razorlight singer Johnny Borrell is strangely starstruck. "Roger Daltrey terrifies me," he admits, as he explains why his London-based...
Downloads
Byline: DAVID SMYTH TRACK OF THE WEEK Phoenix, Long Distance Call SNEAK PREVIEW IN THE NEWS THE BUZZ THE BLOG Mashculture The French quartet, once the backing band for Air, were reviving the soft-rock sound years before current bands such as Orson...
Even Blair's Friends Concede the End Is Now in Sight
Byline: ANNE MCELVOY THE post-Budget headlines were the stuff of Gordon Brown's dreams and Tony Blair's nightmares. The Chancellor, beaming as he walked back into No 11; the Prime Minister, scurrying back to shovel away the debris of the secret...
Fertility Drama and Second-String Pundits Leave Pearce Holding the Baby
Byline: PETE CLARK THIS last week, and for the first time, the FA Cup quarterfinals have been played out on TV over successive evenings as if they were some great cultural event - something like Wagner's Ring cycle. Perhaps this is what confused...
Finally Ready for Lift-Off
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THE instructions for getting the best out of the outrageous 155mph BMW M5 are as scary as they are complicated. "Launch control," announces the handbook, "permits optimum acceleration of the car from standstill to motor racing...
Full of East End Promise; SATURDAY CHOICE
A Night on Brick Lane 9.10pm, BBC2 Well, not so much a night, really; two programmes. And while they both revolve around Brick Lane, one is a documentary and the other a drama. Still, let's be thankful for a respite from the Commonwealth Games....
FURY AT SNUB TO OUR SAS HEROES IN IRAQ; Aid Group Fails to Thank Rescuers
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER JOY over the rescue of three Iraq hostages turned to anger today over a snub to the SAS men who saved them. The peace group whose activists were released pointedly failed to thank the soldiers who stormed a compound in...
Fury at Snub to SAS Men Who Saved Iraq Hostages
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER JOY over the rescue of three Iraq hostages turned to anger today after a snub to the SAS troops who saved them. The peace group whose activists were released pointedly failed to thank the soldiers who stormed a compound...
Girl,interrupted
Byline: MARIANNE MACDONALD Two years ago Martha Lane Fox cashed in her Lastminute shares and took some well-earned time off. Then disaster struck in Morocco. Now recovering, her projects include a karaoke bar, a directorship of Channel 4, and most...
Guilty, Cockling Gangmaster Who Caused 21 Deaths
Byline: PAUL CHESTON Guilty, cockling gangmaster who caused 21 deaths A CHINESE gangmaster was convicted today of the manslaughter of 21 cockle pickers who were drowned by the rising tides in Morecambe Bay. Lin Liang Ren, 29, was found guilty...
Hasselhoff 'Broke His Wife's Nose in Beating'; 'I WAS SO FRIGHTENED THAT I HIRED A SECURITY GUARD', JUDGE IS TOLD
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER HOLLYWOOD star David Hasselhoff once beat his wife so badly he broke her nose, it was claimed today. The former Baywatch star allegedly subjected his estranged wife Pamela Bach to an attack that left her nose shattered,...
Henman Beats Safin in Miami Late Show
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON TIM HENMAN joined Greg Rusedski in the second round of the Nasdaq-100 Open today as the old guard waved the flag for British tennis in Miami. It was 20 minutes past midnight when Henman, now ranked British No3, began his...
HOSTAGE WIFE TELLS OF JOY; I Was Fearing Worst, Says Mrs Kember
Byline: LEE GLENDINNING;VALENTINE LOW NORMAN KEMBER'S wife has told of her joy at his release as her family prepare for a homecoming party. "It's wonderful news," said Pat Kember from the couple's home in Pinner. She revealed she was beginning...
How an Honest Donor Fell Victim to Dual Standards
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT is hard to believe that justice has been done to Capita boss Rod Aldridge, who said yesterday that he was stepping down. His reason for going, even if it was not explicitly spelt out, was that he was one of the businessmen...
In Brief
WHILE jockey Robert Winston is unfazed by the prospect of breaking from stall 27 aboard King's Majesty in tomorrow's William Hill Lincoln at Redcar, trainer Sir Michael Stoute has expressed his doubts about the colt's ability to act on ground which...
In the Lean Years, We All Need Benefactors
Byline: CHRISTOPHER FILDES THE LESSON of Budget week is that the last of the big spenders can never spend enough to keep us happy. He can only make us pay, and he knows how to do that. He has set us to work for him until 3 June this year and he...
Inviting the City to Talk Shop
AWAIT my invitation to Gordon Brown's A-List event. Bigwigs like Bill Gates and Li Ka-shing and me will meet once a year in Downing Street - Number 11, since you ask - and discuss the world. Some of us are sure to put in live appearances by satellite,...
Is Car-Sharing the Answer? as the First Carpool Lanes Are Announced-
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS TAKE a good, long look at that person in the car next to you on the way home tonight. You could soon be getting to know them a whole lot better. This week the Government pushed ahead with its latest scheme to put the brakes...
ITV Facing 'Junk' Threat to Its Borrowing Power; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: NICK GOODWAY TWO major credit rating agencies last night put ITV's debt under the spotlight, saying they expected to cut its status to as low as junk following this week's [pounds sterling]7 billion takeover approach from a consortium of...
I Won't Stop Human Tests Says Drug Firm's Founder
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK;REBECCA SMITH THE scientist behind the drug in the clinical trials disaster vowed today to carry on developing the treatment - despite two human guinea pigs still being in a critical condition. Professor Thomas H'nig said...
Jail Sentence for Posh's Favourite Designer Cavalli
Byline: JEREMY CHARLES DESIGNER Roberto Cavalli has been given a 14-month jail sentence for false accounting after he claimed [pounds sterling]1.5million worth of building work at his Florence home as a business expense. Prosecutors had called...
Jump to the Centre of the Earth; INCREDIBLE 1,400FT PLUNGE INTO MEXICAN ABYSS FOR HIT BBC SHOW
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA WITH one deep breath and a giant leap, a base jumper plummets hundreds of feet into the unknown. Taking his life into his hands, he descends into the 1,400ft Cave of Swallows in Mexico - a gaping black hole big enough to...
'Junk' Credit Threat in ITV Takeover Fight
Byline: NICK GOODWAY TWO major credit rating agencies last night put ITV's debt under the spotlight, saying they expected to reduce its status to as low as junk following this week's [pounds sterling]7 billion approach from a consortium of private...
Kenyon: All This Flak Is Because We're Best
Byline: LEO SPALL IN the space of just six weeks Peter Kenyon seems to have given up hope that Chelsea will one day be loved. Talk of winning the hearts and minds of the wider football community has been replaced by a resignation that many will...
Kenyon Denies Image Problem
Byline: LEO SPALL PETER KENYON today insisted Chelsea's image problem "is not as bad as people think" despite the controversies over diving and a second FA charge in 16 days. Chelsea have promised "a robust defence" of the new charge of failing...
Lads' Mags May Go on Top Shelf to Protect Children
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL LADS' mags could be switched to the top shelves in newsagents under plans to protect children. The Home Office is to hold talks with trade leaders on the display of sexually provocative material. Mothers have been campaigning...
Lego London; Gherkin, City Hall and Canary Wharf Join Mini-Capital
Byline: BO WILSON IT is unmistakably the London skyline, complete with the Gherkin, Canary Wharf and City Hall. But the famous landmarks are not built of bricks and mortar, steel and glass - they have been painstakingly created out of 13 million...
Life for Gold-Digging Prostitute Who Murdered Husband of 72
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A FORMER prostitute who murdered her elderly husband after he lied about his wealth was jailed for life today. Tatjana Edwards, 27, had married the pensioner she had first met as a client after he said he was a millionaire....
Lights, Camera, Scalpel! the US Way of Beauty
Byline: JOANNA COLES ON THE radar of popular culture the loudest beeping is currently coming from a fabulous new cable show called Dr 90210. I can't do justice to the name in print, but when the titles roll viewers immediately get the idea because...
Lost Property
Byline: CHARLOTTE EAGAR The man best known for slapping Centre Point in the middle of London has spent decades (and a fortune) secretly restoring a 17th-century manor house in Wiltshire and filling it with treasure. Last month Harry Hyams became...
LunchbreakExtra
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER MOST of us have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than getting a ticket to any of the major British music festivals this year. Getting drunk, watching bands, lining up for portable lavatories and dealing with...
Michelangelo the Master, in All His Glory
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL SILENZIO! Silenzio!" With this cry a major-domo in the Vatican repeatedly hushes the murmuring hundreds crowded in the Sistine Chapel, gazing at the great Last Judgement on the altar wall, or upward at the ceiling with its evocations...
Mr Risky Forced to Sell; Leading Architect's Firm Goes for [Pounds Sterling]1.8m
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA A LEADING architect has been forced to sell his business after being blocked from working in Britain because of his "risky" designs. Will Alsop, who won building of the year award for his design for Peckham library, has...
My London
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN The Italian is too famous to jog in Kensington Gardens but always gets a table at Locanda Locatelli MyLondon Where do you live and why? In Regent's Park. I love living close to a park, as you get a country feel while living...
New Power Struggle Lights the Night
Byline: IAN CHADBAND The much-hyped contest between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld lived up to its billing and sets up a sizzling rematch, reports Ian Chadband AS THE most raucous audience that genteel Bournemouth can ever have entertained...
NHS MADNESS; London Hospital Axes Hundreds of Doctors and Nurses.And Then Advertises for Four 'Risk' Managers
Byline: REBECCA SMITH;PAUL WAUGH A LONDON hospital is advertising four middle management jobs while losing 480 posts including those of doctors and nurses. The positions for risk assessment managers account for pay totalling [pounds sterling]164,000...
On the Ball
SPRING FEARS AN UGLY AFFAIR Watford'sMatthew Spring expects a gritty game against relegation-threatened Millwall tomorrow. The midfielder said: "It will be tough, they're fighting for every point they can get so they're not going to come here and play...
Oops, Baton Fingers; England Relay Team Botch Place in Commonwealth Final
Byline: VALENTINE LOW THE LOOK says it all ... England's Mark Lewis-Francis reacts with shock and disgust after a botched handover cost the defending champions a place in the finals of the men's 4x100 metres relay in the Commonwealth Games. More...
Parakeet Wings Its Way into Every Borough
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL RING-NECKED parakeets - more usually seen in Africa and southern Asia - can now to be found in every borough in the capital, according to figures out today. Their population is increasing at the rate of 30 per cent a year...
Paul's Progress
Byline: ANNABEL RIVKIN Paul Bettany has crept up on us. Not for him the blazing debut of a Trainspotting or the stylish exposure afforded by a Talented Mr Ripley. And yet in terms of Hollywood currency, he is absolutely up there with McGregor and...
Pavement Pariahs ... Cyclists Who Flout the Law Are Major Cause of Accidents
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS;ELIZABETH HOPKIRK IT'S an increasingly common sight in London - cyclists whizzing along pavements instead of the road. Last year, 328 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in the capital - and riding on pavements was the...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Hustle 9pm BBC1 We're getting used to suspending our disbelief when watching telly drama - during pretty much any rubbishy ITV1 two-parter, for example. But Hustle requires us not only to suspend our disbelief, but to put...
Potholes in London's Roads Soar 40 per Cent
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THE number of potholes and cracks in London's roads has soared by almost 40 per cent in a decade, according to figures out today. Experts blame underfunding for the delipadiation and warn that hundreds of pedestrians, cyclists...
Powell Hopes to Land a Dream Derby Date
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY Charlton 0 Middlesbro 0 (Replay: 12 April, The Riverside) FA Cup quarterfinal Attendance: 24,187 Referee: Mike Dean Booked: Queudrue IF Charlton are to reach their first FA Cup semi-final in 59 years, then they are going...
Powell Is Hoping for a Dream Derby Date; Defender Eyes Reunion with the Hammers
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY Charlton 0 Middlesbro 0 If Charlton are to reach their first FA Cup semi-final in 59 years, they are going to have to do it the hard way after last night's goalless draw. Alan Curbishley's spirited team huffed and puffed...
Punks Are on Offer at Selfridges
5 TAKE LIVE GIGS THIS WEEKEND THE LONG BLONDES, VINCENT VINCENT AND THE VILLAINS Tonight, 7.30-11pm. Selfridges Ultralounge, Selfridges, Oxford Street, W1 (020 7629 1234) The department store continues its Future Punk season with evening sets...
QinetiQ Set to Win Fans after Stingray Stake Sale
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES of recently privatised QinetiQ struck a new intra-day trading low of 183p yesterday, leaving shareholders sitting on some fairly sizable losses from their initial investment. The controversial flotation last month...
Returns on Political Loans
ROD ALDRIDGE, the multimillionaire who secretly lent [pounds sterling]1 million to the Labour Party, may have resigned from the high-tech company Capita, but the concerns over his association with Labour stubbornly remains. The latest question is whether...
Single Mother's Day
Byline: ANNA PASTERNAK This Sunday should be a day of breakfast in bed and homemade cards. wish, says Anna Pasternak When I was pregnant, my partner and I had a chirpy debate about whether or not I was entitled to a Mother's Day card. He argued...
Sprinters Drop Yet Another Clanger
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER DARREN CAMPBELL pleaded for help today as English sprinting reached an all-time low here in Melbourne. The Olympic champions in the 4x100m and hot favourites for the Commonwealth Gold medal were disqualified in the first...
Star Guest Hustles Glamorous Grifters
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY STAYING IN Hustle 9pm, BBC1 WE'RE used to suspending our disbelief when watching telly drama. But Hustle requires us not only to suspend our disbelief, but to put it in a nice warm box for an hour and close the lid. Somehow,...
Stars Fight to Save Golf School from Footballers
Byline: ROB SINGH;ALEXA BARACAIA THE future of London's oldest tennis and golf school is under threat. Regents Park Golf & Tennis School could be forced out of its historic site in favour of five-aside football pitches. The sports centre,...
Strand Can Shine for Henderson
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM NOT long ago it looked like his owner might be on the verge of saying "off with his head". But SHINING STRAND (nap) seems to have worked his way back into royal favour recently and can carry the Queen's colours to a rare...
The Developer Accused of Strangling Market's Traders
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN A PROPERTY developer was accused today of threatening two London markets and a shopping centre. St Modwen Properties is said to have imposed huge rent and service charge increases on struggling retailers. It has already...
There's Music in the Open Air
Byline: DAVID SMYTH The summer festival season looks a bit different this year. The South Bank's Meltdown is cancelled while the Festival Hall gets a makeover, and Glastonbury is having a year off for the refurbishment of Michael Eavis's ravaged...
The Vulgar Viscount Is Back
Byline: ANNABEL RIVKIN Dan Macmillan has squired London's most beautiful party girls for years. No wonder it's so hard for us to concentrate on his artistic endeavours. Annabel Rivkin meets a man with an eye... Dan Macmillan is 31, looks 12 and...
This Is a Bit of All White; A Great Debut from Stripes Star Jack's New Band the Raconteurs
Byline: DAVID SMYTH The Raconteurs DAVID SMYTH Astoria Clubbing together: Jude Law and Jack White after the show AFTER the strains of a world tour, most rock stars want to spend more time with the family, or perhaps open a trout farm. Jack White...
TOBY YOUNG IS THE Restaurant Spy
Byline: TOBY YOUNG 'At CHAIR you can try out a [pounds sterling]5,000 Eames chair over lunch before committing to a purchase' On the face of it, the thinking behind Chair, a new restaurant-cum-furniture shop in Notting Hill, is quite sensible....
Tories Are Ordered to Name Millionaire Donors in Days
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE Tory party is to be forced to reveal the identities of its secret millionaire backers under tough new rules drafted by the elections watchdog. Party bosses have been given a deadline of next Wednesday to list details of...
Tycoon's Cash Gift Months before His Tower Won Approval
Byline: JASON BEATTIE A PROPERTY tycoon at the centre of the cash-for-honours row gave Labour [pounds sterling]200,000 shortly after lodging a planning application to build the tallest building in the City of London, the Evening Standard can reveal....
Tycoon's [Pounds Sterling]200,000 Gift Months before Tower Won Approval
Byline: JASON BEATTIE A PROPERTY tycoon at the centre of the cash-for-honours row gave Labour [pounds sterling]200,000 shortly after lodging a planning application to build the tallest building in the City of London. Sir David Garrard, then chairman...
We Get This Flak Because We're Best, Says Kenyon
Byline: LEO SPALL IN the space of just six weeks Peter Kenyon seems to have given up hope that Chelsea will one day be loved. Talk of winning the hearts and minds of the wider football community has been replaced by a resignation that many will...
Who's to Pay for 2012?
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST One writer's euphoria at London winning the Olympic bid is giving way to concern about who will foot the bill - and who will benefit I CAN'T wait for 2012. It will be like nothing we've ever experienced: a giant spectacle...
WILLIAM SITWELL IS THE Food Spy
Byline: WILLIAM SITWELL Restaurant bites News of alarm among the crustier regulars of The Connaught reaches Food Spy. 'Word is chef Angela Hartnett is leaving us to set up in Miami,' one explains. 'It's unsettling. We couldn't bear her...
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