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Articles from June 4, 2010

Abbott: Even Obama Wouldn't Meet Labour's Narrow Leadership Rules
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor DIANE ABBOTT said today that the Labour leadership race was being drawn from "the narrowest gene pool in history" as she attacked the party's rules for candidates. The Left-winger, who has attracted...
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DEATH AT A FUNERAL Cert 15, 92 mins * THIS is a virtually all-black remake of the 2007 film directed by Frank Oz about a funeral in the English countryside that goes disastrously wrong. It wasn't much appreciated the first time round but the writer,...
A NEW AMERICAN VISIONARY; an Old-Fashioned Auteur with a Contemporary Outlook, Rian Johnson Announces Himself as a Director to Watch with a Charming Con-Man Caper
Byline: Andrew O'Hagan FILM OF THE WEEK THE BROTHERS BLOOM Cert 12A, 114 mins **** THE crazy economics of film production makes for dire uniformity. People get scared, and, in most cases, directors will err on the side of banality rather than...
Another Fayed Shuts Up Shop: Jasmine Calls Time on Her Fashion Label
Byline: Rosamund Urwin THE eldest daughter of Mohamed Fayed is closing her fashion label -- less than a month after her father sold Harrods. Jasmine Fayed, 29, is shutting Jasmine di Milo to "pursue other challenges" outside the fashion industry....
A Snapshot of Black Lives; Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE Young Vic, SE1 IT'S always a pleasure to see any one of the 10 plays that make up the late August Wilson's so-called "Pittsburgh Cycle". This multi-award-winning decade by decade examination of...
Aspinall Plans Casino at 'Olympics' Shopping Mall
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor MILLIONAIRE conservationist Damian Aspinall is behind new plans to build a giant casino in east London. Mr Aspinall's gaming company, Aspers, has submitted a bid to Newham council for a 37,000 sq ft casino...
Aspinall Plans Giant Stratford Casino in Time for Olympics
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Correspondent MILLIONAIRE conservationist Damian Aspinall is behind new plans to build a giant casino in east London. Mr Aspinall's gaming company, Aspers, has submitted a bid to Newham council for a 37,000 sq ft...
Barca Still Confident Fabregas Will Return
Byline: James Olley BARCELONA remain confident of signing Cesc Fabregas despite Arsenal's firm stance in rejecting a [pounds sterling]30million offer for the player. The Gunners insist their captain is not for sale but he is still at the centre...
Barry's Back but Now Rio Is a Worry; Midfielder Takes Part in First Training Session at World Cup Base before Ferdinand's Taken to Hospital for Scan on His Left Knee
GARETH BARRY returned to training with England today but the session ended with a World Cup scare as Rio Ferdinand was taken to hospital, writes James Olley. The captain's knee injury, which was suffered at the end of training, is a huge blow to...
Best of British Conductors; Classical
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON LSO/HARDING Barbican, EC2 **** FOR well over 20 years now, Swedish virtuoso trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger has been the undisputed king of the instrument. There might seem to be no limits to his abilities, though Austrian...
Be Very Careful of Your Next Move Roy, Liverpool Are Not That Special Any More
Byline: Dan Jones THERE'S something up with the Special Relationship. Over in the Gulf of Mexico, anti-BP protesters are torching the Union Jack. As if in retaliation, up in Anfield last night, a bunch of chippy Scousers set fire to the star-spangled...
Bird's Cousin Says Row on Tuesday Night May Have Been Spark
Byline: Justin Davenport and Rashid Razaq TAXI driver Derrick Bird was involved in a family row the night before he embarked on his gun rampage, killing 12 people, a relative said today. He is said to have visited his twin brother, David -- his...
Bmw Powers Up for Its Next Big Battle; Road Test
Byline: Mike Stone BMW 530D SE Top speed: 155mph (electronically limited); Emissions: 166g/km; Price: [pounds sterling]37,100; Combined fuel consumption: 44.8mpg (claimed) THE rivalry between BMW's 5 Series and the Mercedes E Class is one of motoring's...
Boost for Boris as Cameron Axes London Minister
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor THE POST of "Minister for London" has been quietly abolished by David Cameron as part of a wider move to boost the role of Boris Johnson, the Standard has learned. The Prime Minister has decided that...
BP: We're on Top of Oil Spill Crisis and Will Not Be Cutting the Divi
Byline: Hugo Duncan BP today launched a robust defence of its handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and said it was on top of the crisis. The oil giant gave its strongest signal yet that, after weeks of turmoil following the explosion...
BP: We're on Top of Oil Spill Crisis and Will Not Be Cutting the Divi
Byline: Hugo Duncan BP today launched a robust defence of its handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and said it was on top of the crisis. The oil giant gave its strongest signal yet that, after weeks of turmoil following the explosion...
Britain's New Breed Can End the Years of Agony
Byline: John Inverdale FOR most British sports fans, the tennis season starts on Monday at Queen's Club and ends less than four weeks later with the men's final at Wimbledon. Then it's on to The Open, the British Grand Prix, Test matches and all...
CARATS IN THE CRUNCH; Jeweller Stephen Webster on Boom, Bust and Bouncing Back in the World of Baubles
Byline: Stephen Webster You learn a lot about your vocation when the bubble bursts. There was no transition period. One minute I was giving talks on the new luxury buyer to media groups and the next that buyer was a single fellow in Azerbaijan,...
Caught on Camera: 54 FA Cup Hooligans
Byline: Terry Kirby POLICE are appealing for help to trace 54 football thugs who went on the rampage in London after an FA Cup game. The rogues' gallery was issued by Scotland Yard after full-scale fighting broke out following the Chelsea match....
Chelsea Striker Drogba Is Set to Miss Finals after Breaking Elbow
Byline: Marco Giacomelli DIDIER DROGBA broke his arm during a World Cup warm-up for the Ivory Coast today and is almost certainly out of the tournament. The Chelsea striker left the pitch in agony and clutching his right arm after he was pole-axed...
Cousin: Row on Tuesday Could Have Been Spark
Byline: Justin Davenport and Rashid Razaq TAXI driver Derrick Bird was involved in a family row the night before he embarked on his gun rampage, killing 12 people, a relative said today. He is said to have visited his twin brother, David -- his...
Crossrail Backers Threaten to Axe Funding If Project Is Diluted
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON businesses today delivered a stern "hands off " warning on Crossrail, telling ministers they may withdraw funding if the rail scheme is spoiled by cutbacks. The move came after transport minister Theresa...
Cyclist Charged with Assault after Taxi Crash
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent A CYCLIST who claims he was strangled unconscious by a taxi driver after a road crash in Oxford Street is seeking witnesses in a bid to clear his name. Jared Kelly, 39, a screenwriter, says he has...
Despite Cumbria, Our Gun Laws Don't Need Tightening
Byline: Clive Aslet TO MOST Londoners, the words "gun crime" do not normally bring to mind an image of the beautiful Lake District, or of a deranged individual running amok with legally owned weapons. Illegal hand guns appear to be so freely available...
Doctor, Doctor, I Want Some More
Byline: David Sexton ON TELEVISION PULSE BBC3, Thursday GARTH MARENGI'S Darkplace is one of the hidden classics of British television. A six-part series was broadcast on C4 in 2004, late at night, and never recommissioned, although it has enjoyed...
Donald Can Dream as He Recovers from Nightmare
Byline: Marco Giacomelli LUKE DONALD today made a great start to repair the damage caused by his opening round at the Wales Open. The world No9, the highest-ranked player at Celtic Manor, was in danger of missing the halfway cut after firing...
Don't Rule out Classy Al Zir, Says Bin Suroor
Byline: Simon Milham Racing Correspondent FOR a man who recently saw 13 out of the 14 favourites he saddled beaten in a three-week period, he is surprisingly optimistic. Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has remained his cool, dignified self...
'Double-Dip' Fears Grow as House Prices Fall Again
Byline: Hugo Duncan City Correspondent HOUSE prices fell again last month as the recovery in the property market ran out of steam. Figures today showed the average cost of a home dropped 0.4 per cent in May -- the third monthly decline this year,...
EasyJet Tests New Ash 'Radar' on Planes to Keep Airspace Open in Future
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor A VOLCANIC cloud "radar" that will allow pilots to detect dangerously high levels of ash was unveiled today. It is hoped that the new technology will prevent a repetition of the blanket bans on...
England Hope Tour Will Lay Down a Marker for World Cup
Byline: Marco Giacomelli FORWARDS coach John Wells insists England are in the right frame of mind to launch their 2011 Rugby World Cup build-up with a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. England open their five-match trip against the...
England's Test Is to Avoid Getting Lost in Transition; Switch to One-Dayers Will See a Two-Month Break in Long Form of Game and Could Cause Problems. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse AS England begin their final bout of Test cricket for nearly two months, Andrew Strauss must be careful to ensure his team's skills in the longest form of the game do not lose their sharpness during the middle of the summer....
England's Top Three Perish as New Boys Shine Bright
Byline: Tom Collomosse at Old Trafford ENGLAND lost their top three batsmen before lunch as they struggled to make the most of pleasant conditions after winning the toss against Bangladesh at Old Trafford today. The home side were in an ideal...
Falkland Prospects Raise Black Gold and Bring Hope to Sector
Byline: Rosamund Urwin MARKET ROUND-UP INVESTORS who are betting that the Falkland Islands are rich with black gold may be cracking open the champagne tonight. Shares in Rockhopper Exploration, which is one of a gang of UK oil explorers searching...
Family Life Probed for Key to Deadly Spree
Byline: Tim Ross AS SHOCKED neighbours and relatives sought to understand the reasons for Derrick Bird's violence, attention focused on possible clues in his family history. Police are investigating whether simmering tensions between Bird and...
Farce in Court as Peace Camp Protesters Delay Eviction Move
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE Mayor's attempt to clear Parliament Square of peace protesters has been held up by farcical scenes at the High Court. Boris Johnson's plans for the speedy removal of the "Democracy Camp" are set to...
Ferdinand's Fragility Leaves Fabio with a Huge Headache; Manchester United's Defender Has Been Struggling All Season with Injury and His Participation in the World Cup Must Now Be in Doubt
Byline: James Olley RIO FERDINAND'S knee injury today further highlighted the fragile nature of England's captain on the eve of the World Cup. While Fabio Capello was boosted by Gareth Barry's involvement in this morning's first training session...
FLASHBULB; A Week of Fashion, Philanthropy and Flowers
Byline: EDITED BY ANDY BARKER PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAMES PELTEKIAN What do you think of your new shop? It's one of the most magnificent retail stores in the world. What's Vuitton's secret as a brand? Louis Vuitton is unique because it provides this...
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Halabi's on His Way but Lenders Should Have Seen Him Coming
SIMON Halabi was never the most popular boy in the property class. So news this week that the final part of his London real estate empire is to be sold by administrators will be received with grim satisfaction by those who had contentious dealings...
Hard to See Why Jupiter Is Defying Gravity
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT FUND manager Jupiter is one of those rare businesses of its kind that has the respect of its rivals. Its management team, headed by Edward Bonham Carter, is popular, its performance is consistently at the better...
Hearing Trouble in Store for the iPod Generation
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent LONDONERS are risking permanent hearing damage by turning their MP3 players up to dangerously high volumes. Figures published today reveal that two thirds of people in the capital are exceeding safe...
Heather 'Delighted' as Nanny's Discrimination Case Is Rejected
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent HEATHER MILLS'S former nanny has lost her claim of sexual discrimination and constructive dismissal against her. Sara Trumble, 26, claimed Ms Mills reduced her to tears with the demands she placed on...
HIGH FLYER; Who Is the Mysterious Beauty on Prince Andrew's Arm These Days? Goga Ashkenazi Is Much More Than Mere Consort Material; She's a Billionaire Industrialist, Jet-Setter, Single Mother and Diamond-Lover. Lydia Slater Is Awestruck
Byline: Lydia Slater Winston Churchill called Russia 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. Goga Ashkenazi, born in Moscow, is the living embodiment of the dictum. Since she first started to make her mark in London, nine years ago when...
Jailed for Life: Chef Who Killed Wife and Hid Her Body in Freezer
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts correspondent A CHEF was jailed for life at the Old Bailey today for murdering his wife with a cast-iron griddle pan then hiding her body in a freezer for three years. Peter Wallner smashed wife Melanie three times...
Legacies That Leave Little but Anguish
Byline: Sebastian Shakespeare WHERE there's a will, there is a lot of ill will, so the saying goes. One of t h e w o r s t m a s s murders in British history may have begun, it transpires, over a dispute over a family bequest. Derrick Bird gunned...
Life Class Mark Vernon on How We Look; Go to Theschooloflife.Com
Some say that fashion is ephemeral, that jewels are just bling. They declare it's your personality that counts, not your shoes or necklace; one shouldn't judge by appearances. They are wrong. Your look doesn't just affect how people respond to you,...
Miss Goldfinger; from Nefertiti to Mr T There Is a Long and Distinguished Line of Gold Lovers. Pile It on, Says Bronwyn Cosgrave
Byline: says Bronwyn Cosgrave I have always adhered to the rule proposed by Mr T of The A-Team at New York's Plaza Hotel in the mid-90s. Detaching a knife, fork and spoon - all solid gold - from a gold neck chain, he tucked into a piece of cake...
More Prudence Offthe Pitch Will Make for a Duller Game; with the World Cup about to Kick off, a Football Finance Expert Explains How London Clubs Are Trying to Balance Their Books
Byline: Stefan Szymanski ANALYSIS ON THE field, it was a great season for the capital: another Premier League championship, the FA Cup and three teams in the Champions League (no other city has ever managed this, landing UEFA a massive scheduling...
My London; Actress Monica Bellucci Prefers Diamonds, Eats Spaghetti Schillaci at San Lorenzo and Buys Her Daughter's Toys in Chiswick
Byline: MONICA BELLUCCI Home is... London, Paris, Rome and Brazil. Where do you live in London? Off the King's Road. What was the last play you saw? Enron with Sam West at the Royal Court Theatre. What advice would you give a tourist?...
NEW IRON MAN IN TOWN; Harley Davidson's 883 Speeds in with a Brooding Attitude to Attract Riders Looking for a Quality Hassle-Free Ride, Writes David Williams
Byline: David Williams IN matt black, with a low-slung frame, exhaust note sounding like a small battle and a lack of "unnecessary" embellishment, Harley Davidson's 883 Iron is nothing if not a little moody. The legendary American firm says it's...
Not for the Faint-Hearted. Pity Builders Are So Hesitant
Byline: Peter Bill ON PROPERTY HOUSING minister Grant Shapps and his boss, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, have not made themselves popular with housebuilders in the four weeks since the election. Pickles last week told local councils they could...
Now Is the Time for Investment in Rail
THE Government has good news and bad news for commuters. The good news from transport minister, Theresa Villiers, is that "we are on track" to deliver Crossrail, the east-west rail link. The project has been put on hold for decades; more delay would...
O'Brien Can Show That He Still Has the Midas Touch; Though the Irish Trainer Has Failed to Win the Derby with His Past 34 Runners, He Can Come out on Top Tomorrow with His No2 Challenger for the Race. by Simon Milham
Byline: Simon Milham AIDAN O'BRIEN'S eight-year wait for another Investec Derby triumph looks set to come to an end tomorrow at Epsom. But it is the stable's second string MIDAS TOUCH who is strongly fancied to upset hot favourite and stablemate...
Palm D'or; in Palm Beach the Men Wear Sapphires, the Houses Are Decked in Gold and Even the Walking Sticks Are Covered in Diamonds. Daisy Prince Rocks Up
Byline: Daisy Prince Despite the fact that the average resident of Palm Beach quali-fies for a free bus pass, owing to the wizardry of plastic surgery, they don't look it. With the weather always just right for tennis, lavish houses, private polo...
Pop; Cds of the Week
THE DRUMS The Drums (Island) WHILE the rest of Florida was out soaking up some rays, The Drums were inside listening to the rain-sodden sounds of The Smiths. They've channelled these influences into a self-titled debut that sounds closer to Manchester...
Pop Royalty Comes out for the Summertime Ball
Byline: WEEKEND GIGS DAVID SMYTH CAPITAL FM SUMMERTIME BALL Like one of those epic Channel 4 clip shows, Capital's latest live event races through the biggest pop names of the moment, never giving anyone enough time to play anything other than a...
Sex and Dance and Rock 'N' Roll; Dance
Byline: SARAH FRATER MICHAEL CLARK COMPANY: COME, BEEN AND GONE Barbican, EC2 MICHAEL CLARK'S visit to the Barbican last October was such a box-office hit that they asked him back to do it again. Given that it featured classic anthems by rock royalty...
Stars
Byline: PREDICTED BY SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Gemini May 21 - June 20 Aim to balance showing interest in what intrigues you and discussing potential commitments and you'll be ideally positioned for this pivotal week's events. While it's vital that...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 You hate wasting time on talk when there are things to be done, so those who are endlessly discussing options irritate you. Actually, they're wise. You're short of facts and couldn't commit...
Stosur Follows Men's Route in Her Battle to Be the Leading Lady; Australian's Unique Style of Play in the Women's Game Has Put Her within Sight of Her First Slam Title. by Chris Jones in Paris
Byline: Chris Jones live it. I need to keep going and work like I did for many years. I am really happy to be here and will go on the court and I will fight ." In today's men's semi-finals Robin Soderling was taking on Tomas Berdych before Jurgen...
Summit of Achievement: Amputees Set out on Bid to Conquer Kilimanjaro
Byline: Sri Carmichael TWO amputees treated at London hospitals are to be part of the first group of civilians with missing limbs who hope to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Ray Edwards, 55, and Terry Leeson, 50, will attempt the gruelling nine-day...
Survivors Facing Years of Rehab, Warns Doctor Who Worked with 7/7 Victims
Byline: Mark Prigg Science Editor SURVIVORS of the Cumbria massacre could face years of rehabilitation, doctors said today as they warned that psychological support was now critical. Five people who had major surgery were today described as "comfortable"...
THE CURSE OF THE BLOOD DIAMONDS; Diamonds Are Not Always a Girl's Best Friend. Tales of Murder, Suicide and Theft Follow the World's Most Famous Gems, as Naomi Campbell Is Discovering to Her Cost. Peter Colville Reports on Bad Brilliants
Byline: Peter Colville Adiamond should be the most romantic of gifts, and yet there are some no woman should accept; cursed stones that cause scandals and blight lives. Just ask Naomi Campbell. The supermodel has been behaving in a very peculiar...
THE KNOWLEDGE; Golden Futures and Glittering Pasts
The gem garden Once a year those little chaps who spend their time in darkened rooms dealing diamonds put on their party hats. The Hatton Garden Festival, 11-13 June, celebrates all that is precious. There is live jazz, a champagne tent, a cafe...
The Lone Killer Will Find Friends in the States; in the Wake of Cumbria, We See a Gun as a Murder Tool. but in the US It's a Declaration of Man's Independence
Byline: James Fenton VIEW FROM AMERICA AS THE bulletins came in from West Cumbria on Wednesday afternoon, a key phrase cropped up as soon as the information permitted it: the killer acted "before turning the weapon on himself ". This gave us the...
The World Holds Its Breath. While We Wait to See If BP's Cap Holds on the Well That Has Spewed 46 Million Gallons of Oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Edward Helmore Says America's Biggest-Ever Ecological Disaster Will Affect Us All
Byline: Edward Helmore TODAY may provide the first bit of good news that Tony Hayward the boss of BP has received in what feels like a very long time. He's waiting to see if, finally, oil has stopped gushing out of a fractured pipe into the Gulf...
TRULY, MADLY, VIOLENTLY; A Bloody Beating Scene Has Already Caused Controversy but It Is Entirely Justified in What Is One of Michael Winterbottom's Best Works Yet
Byline: Derek Malcolm THE KILLER INSIDE ME Cert 18, 109 mins **** IT ISN'T easy to make a good film out of the pulp fiction of Jim Thompson. Burt Kennedy first tried to adapt this story in 1976 and came a cropper. Now British director Michael...
UNDERDOGS HAVE THEIR DAY; the Long-Underrated I Am Kloot Are Set to Turn a Decade of Critical Acclaim into Genuine Stardom -- with a Little Help from Their Old Friend, Elbow's Guy Garvey
Byline: SOUND CHECK David Smyth ALLOW me to become the 8,000th person to predict big things for I Am Kloot. For more than a decade now the Manchester trio have laboured under great expectations while continuing to be household names only in the...
War Zone Veteran Gunned Down by Killer Just Yards from Home; Former UN Peacekeeper, 71, Was Crazed Derrick Bird's Fifth Victim
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Rashid Razaq in Whitehaven WAR hero Kenneth Fishburn served in the world's worst troublespots during a 25-year military career. But his life ended only 50 yards from his gate when he was shot by crazed Derrick Bird. ...
War Zone Veteran Gunned Down by Killer Just Yards from Home; Former UN Peacekeeper, 71, Was Crazed Derrick Bird's Fifth Victim
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Rashid Razaq in Whitehaven WAR hero Kenneth Fishburn served in the world's worst troublespots during a 25-year military career. But his life ended only 50 yards from his gate when he was shot by crazed Derrick Bird. ...
Wedding Party among 110 Dead as Fire Sweeps Capital of Bangladesh
Byline: Farid Hossain Associated Press A FIRE in the old town of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, has killed 110 people -- including 15 members of a wedding party -- and injured more than 100. The blaze started when an electrical transformer exploded...
Why BP Is the Villain of the Spill
CHRIS Blackhurst portays BP CEO Tony Hayward as a victim of the Gulf of Mexico spill; but in many ways he is one of the architects of BP's crisis. It was widely understood that Hayward was chosen as successor to Lord Browne because he was the candidate...
Win a Sony Clock Radio; Codeword
Courtesy of Play.com, the UK's number one online entertainment retailer, this multi-function AM/FM clock radio is the all-in-one bedside accessory for iPod and iPhone users. Set the alarm for waking to the radio, iPod, Nature Sounds, or a pre-recorded...
Yes, We Ken Be a Grandfather and Mayor as Well; Livingstone Reveals Daughter Has a Child as Obama-Style Campaign Slogan Is Launched
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent KEN LIVINGSTONE is bidding to become the first grandfather to be elected Mayor of London, the Evening Standard can reveal. His eldest daughter Georgia, 19, has a daughter named Sky. The child is almost...
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