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Articles from May 20, 2005

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10 Country Breaks to Be Won
ES magazine has teamed up with luxury UK hotel group Exclusive Hotels to give away ten fabulous country breaks for two Exclusive Hotels are plush country houses with a hip twist, mixing traditional values with quirky design and ultramodern facilities....
A Londoner's Diary; Bella Freud on Throwing Parties and Watching a Menacing Bobby Gillespie Wield His Pushchair at the RA
Byline: BELLA FREUD Where I grew up in East Sussex, people never seemed to have parties. Perhaps it was just the community around the Steiner school I attended: they sure weren't flinging off their shoes and dancing. But now invitations for the...
And Another Thing
Uzbekistan blocks UN inquiry At least two people behind murder of God's Banker, says police report TWO or more men strangled "God's Banker" Roberto Calvi, then hung his body beneath Blackfriars Bridge, a police report has revealed. The City of London...
Angelina's Date with the Ex Who Always Held Her Heart. 'Divorcing Him Was Dumbest Thing I've Done' DINNER AT THE IVY WITH FIRST HUSBAND AND THEN IT'S HOME ALONE
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER HER look said it all. Gazing into the distance, with a hint of red around her eyes, it had clearly been an emotional night for Angelina Jolie when she met ex-husband Jonny Lee Miller for dinner. The pair shared a dinner...
A Reinvention of Sloshua Reynolds; He Was Undoubtedly Vain and Greedy, but Can the Great Portraitist Possibly Have Been the Sycophantic Toady That Tate Britain's New Exhibition Suggests?
Byline: BRIAN SEWELL IN THE evening of 23 February 1792, in his substantial house on the west side of what is now Leicester Square, chronic liver failure ended the life of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Knight of the Realm, Principal Painter in Ordinary to...
Arrest the Bollywood Director Who Knows How Our Daughter Was Killed; PARENTS CALL ON INTERPOL TO INVESTIGATE BIZARRE RAIL DEATH CASE
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA THE family of a London student killed while working on a Bollywood film today told of their agony at not knowing the truth about her death more than a year ago. Nadia Khan's mother and father face an indefinite wait for...
Arsenal Star Infected by His Tattoos; Aids Test for Ljungberg Ahead of FA Cup Final
Byline: PATRICK SAWER ARSENAL star Freddie Ljungberg has told how he had tests for Aids and cancer to find the cause of a persistent hip injury - but the problem turned out to be caused by his ornate tattoos. The player had suffered a rare allergic...
BATTLE TO SAVE THE EYE; Threat to Future of Landmark Is Undermining Our Olympics Bid Say Tories as Rent Row Escalates
Byline: JOE MURPHY;MIRA BAR-HILLEL THE BATTLE over the London Eye escalated today with warnings that our Olympic bid is under threat. The claim came in a ferocious attack on the Government's handling of the crisis surrounding the future of the...
Be Afraid, Minister, Be Very Afraid; the Thick of It BBC4
Byline: PETE CLARK The Thick of It BBC4 ONCE upon a time, there was a much-loved television series called Yes, Minister. Unusually - for we are not a race that finds the business of government amusing or fascinating - Yes, Minister concerned...
Best and Worst of Aphrodite's Love Island; in the First of a Series of Guides to Help You Make the Most of Your Summer Holiday, We Tell You Where - and Where Not - to Go to Find the Real Cyprus
Byline: LYDIA GARD The Reputation Best known in recent years for its Euroclub scene, with Ayia Napa taking centre stage, the "quid-a-pint" crowd is never far away. Teen-chavs gagging to lose their virginity at foam parties and plastic-coated tablecloths...
Best Films
Byline: NIGEL PIZEY BEST FILMS The Fortune Cookie 6pm, Sky Cinema 1 (U) (1966). Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau. The first onscreen pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau is an often-neglected gem, by comedy maestro Billy Wilder. Lemmon...
Black from the Brink; Fitness Coach Steve Black Is the Man Jonny Wilkinson Believes Has Got Him Back to the Top after Career-Threatening Injuries, Reports Chris Jones
Byline: CHRIS JONES JONNY WILKINSON and Steve Black are rugby's odd couple. Wilkinson is the highest-earning player in the game with a pristine image while Black is a bearded former pub bouncer with a broad Geordie accent. They appear to have...
Blair's Hospital a 'Health Hazard'
Byline: REBECCA SMITH A MAJOR London hospital has admitted it is losing the battle to keep its casualty department clean. Managers at the Royal Free, which last night treated Tony Blair, say they do not have enough cleaners to cope. It comes...
Blow for PM's Fight to Retain EU Rebate; U.K. GETS TOO MUCH CASH BACK, SAYS COMMISSION BOSS
Byline: JASON BEATTIE THE European Union's top official today delivered a heavy blow to Tony Blair's efforts to keep Britain's EU rebate. Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said the [pounds sterling]3 billion-a-year rebate...
Bluffer's Guide to Funny Books; UNDER THE HAMMER
Byline: PETER WATSON UNDER THE HAMMER THE late Frank Muir contrived to convert a stutter, a lisp and an improbably floppy bow tie into an engaging ensemble that epitomised the quieter pleasures of the box when he was team captain on Call My Bluff....
Bushy Tales; Back to Basics
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE Sharon Stone has been raising temperatures in Lincoln's Inn this week while filming Basic Instinct 2. But not even her charms have convinced legal eagles that a glimpse of the star is necessarily a good thing. Eyebrows...
Business PFI Switch to Turn Up the Tax-Rise Pressure
Byline: JANE PADGHAM PRESSURE on Gordon Brown to raise taxes will increase when billions of pounds of investment undertaken through the Private Finance Initiative is included in the official measure of public sector debt, City experts said today....
By Hook or by Rook I Will Eat This Bird Pie; Reporter Ed Harris Is the First Person to Try out an Ancient Dish Being Revived in London
Byline: ED HARRIS THEY are six inches long, known for their intelligence, and according to an old wives' tale can smell approaching death. Most importantly, they are delicious. Fledgling rooks are the latest unusual delicacy to appear at a...
Call for BAA Monopoly Probe in Stansted Row
Byline: ROBERT LEA TRANSPORT Secretary Alistair Darling has been urged to launch an immediate investigation into BAA's London airports monopoly in the escalating row over the group's plan to subsidise a [pounds sterling]4 billion expansion at Stansted...
Call for BAA Monopoly Probe in Stansted Row; CITY BRIEFING
Byline: ROBERT LEA TRANSPORT Secretary Alistair Darling has been urged to launch an immediate investigation into BAA's London airports monopoly in the escalating row over the group's plan to subsidise a [pounds sterling]4 billion expansion at Stansted...
CDS OF THE WEEK; Gorillaz
POP Gorillaz Demon Days (Parlophone) **** THE line dividing the music of Blur and singer Damon Albarn's animated experimentation as Gorillaz is now so thin that Demon Days could pass for the follow-up to Blur's almost as dubby, dancey and...
Chelsea in Fight to Rescue US Tour
Byline: MATT HUGHES CHELSEA'S summer tour of America is under threat because the club are struggling to find suitable opposition. The Champions World Series is unlikely to take place after the tournament promoter, Champions World, filed for bankruptcy...
Cherie: Injured Tony Upset at Tennis Ban
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR is "very upset" that his back injury has stopped him playing tennis, his wife Cherie has revealed. The Prime Minister is working today at his country retreat Chequers after hospital treatment for a prolapsed disc....
CHIC TO BE A CHEAPSKATE; Loving Labels Is So Last Season. Today's Style Queens Are More Likely to Be Found in Primark Than Prada
Byline: SARAH MOWER ALLOW me a small boast. Last autumn, on these pages, I believe I was one of the first to notice the beginning of a national trend that, six months later, is rocking the high street, department stores and designer boutiques to...
City Gets the Jitters but Should We Start to Panic?
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON FOUR weeks ago, the housing market was in the doldrums, personal bankruptcies were at an all-time high, inflation was edging up, the Government's finances seemed to be unravelling and no one seemed to care. Labour sailed...
City Spy
REGAL Petroleum and its failure to find oil in Greece is exercising City minds. The familiar sounds of bolting horses and closing doors have been followed by howls of anguish and rage, by investors complaining and institutions jumping up and down,...
City Workers First to Get Hi-Tech ID Cards Hundreds Issued to Staff Today
Byline: SAM LYON BRITAIN'S first hi-tech identity cards are being issued to London workers today, the Evening Standard can reveal. The cards, containing details of credit history, criminal records and immigration status, are being introduced...
Computer Chief Cleared of Fraud; in Brief
. A COMPUTER tycoon wept after a jury cleared him of a [pounds sterling]14million VAT fraud. Irishman Dylan Creaven, 31, director of Silicon Technologies Europe Ltd based in County Clare, denied at Blackfriars Crown Court that he conspired to cheat...
Corner of Sri Lanka That Will Be Forever Hampton; LONDON SUBURB'S RESIDENTS RAISE CASH TO BUILD VILLAGE IN TSUNAMI-WRECKED AREA
Byline: ROB SINGH THOUSANDS of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more made homeless when the tsunami hit the east coast of Sri Lanka on Boxing Day last year. Now residents of a London suburb are paying to rebuild a village from scratch....
Double Trouble in Bursting Bubbles; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON THOSE loud pops you may have heard in the City and West End this week were two investment bubbles bursting. In the West End, investors were wising up to the fact that only a few hundred of 8000 hedge funds have the expertise...
Extradition One-Way Street; A Post 9/11 Treaty with the US Is Snaring British Businessmen to Face Trial in America - but It Was Meant to Target Terrorists
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN WITH its eight restaurants, its "adult entertainment nites" and artificial beach, the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, Las Vegas, is half a world in distance and several galaxies in style away from low-key London courtrooms....
Falkland Sounds Upbeat Note as Exploration Hopes Grow
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER THE head of Falkland Oil and Gas was today gushing with confidence about prospects within the old 200-mile exclusion zone mapped out around the islands during Britain's 1982 war with Argentina. No drilling is targeted before...
Fashion Tracker; We Trawl the High Street So You Don't Have To
Cropped trousers Cropped trousers are a summer essential. Buy yours for [pounds sterling]157 (left) at BCBG (www.bcbg.com) or for [pounds sterling]55 (below) at Boden (0845 677 5000; www.boden.co.uk). Blazer squad This pinstripe blazer by...
Fertility Minefield; Barrage of Confusing Statistics That Face Women Seeking Treatment at Clinics
Byline: PETER MUNRO;ELIZABETH HOPKIRK WOMEN seeking fertility treatment face a minefield of confusing and potentially misleading statistics. There is a huge disparity in success rates advertised by London clinics. Some figures risk being skewed...
Final Say on Hosting the Big One
Byline: LEO SPALL THE Millennium Stadium will tomorrow host the FA Cup Final for the fifth and final time before it is scheduled to return home to the new Wembley next year. Standard Sport went to the centre of Cardiff to find out whether the...
First-Rate Rossini; OPERA
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS OPERA La Cenerentola Glyndebourne ECSTATIC cheers erupted as the curtain fell on Sir Peter Hall's new staging of La Cenerentola, which opened Glyndebourne's new season. He first directed there 35 years ago, became artistic...
Fit-Again Freddie's [Pounds Sterling]4.5m Bonanza; Boot-Deal Boost after Health Terror
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS FREDDIE LJUNGBERG, who admitted his recent terror over a health scare, today received a huge boost with a new [pounds sterling]4.5million boot deal. Ljungberg revealed that he feared he had cancer - and was tested for AIDS...
FLAMES OF HATE; on the Streets of London, Muslims Burn Effigy of Blair and US Flags in Demo over Koran 'Abuse'
Byline: LUKE DAVID MUSLIM protesters today called for the bombing of New York in a demonstration outside the US embassy in London. There were threats of "another 9/11" from militants angry at reports of the desecration of the Koran by US troops...
Fortune Favours the Bravery; They May Have Shot to Success with Indecent Haste, but There's More to This Week's Pop Favourites, Says Their Lead Singer, Than Silly Haircuts
Byline: DAVID SMYTH NO WONDER Sam Endicott's hair is shaped like a rocket. This year his band the Bravery have zoomed into rock's stratosphere at such a speed that he ought to consider some sort of metal coating to prevent burn-up on re-entry. ...
Freddie in [Pounds Sterling]4.5m Bonanza; Boot Deal Is Boost after Health Terror
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS FREDDIE LJUNGBERG, who admitted his recent terror over a health scare, today received a massive boost with a new [pounds sterling]4.5million boot deal. Ljungberg revealed that he feared he had cancer - and was tested for...
GET OUT OF AFRICA; Another Gun Shot, Another Scandal in Happy Valley - the Heir to the Delamere Estate Has Been Charged with the Murder of a Warden. William Cash Reports on More White Mischief, and Discovers That the Decadence Has Outlived the Glamour
Byline: WILLIAM CASH Drive along the dusty, bumpy Naivasha to Nakuru highway, some 60 miles north of Nairobi, and you enter the spectacular Great Rift Valley. At some point along this potholed road, not far from the basking pink flamingos of Lake...
Glimpses into Modern Terror; THEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD A Single Act THEATRE Hampstead AFTER last week's premiere of Osama the Hero, Hampstead presents the second, stronger play in its repertory season examining the current "climate of terror". But while Jane Bodie uses...
Go West and You Hurt Us All, Ken; as the Mayor Consults on Extending the Congestion Charge Zone, a Top Businessman Warns That It Will Damage the Capital's Prosperity
Byline: SIR STUART HAMPSON BUSINESSES and the public alike have a final chance to give their views on the London Mayor's plans to extend the congestion charge westwards to Chelsea, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge and Earl's Court, with a last consultation,...
Hey Presto! It's Chrysler's Disappearing Trick
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THERE'S always been one big problem with people-carriers. They're great at carrying people but lousy at carrying their luggage. There are ways around it, of course - if there are enough seats and not too many people...
How I Silenced the Train Carriage Menace; STANDARD REPORTER CHALLENGES COMMUTERS TO GET OFF THOSE NUISANCE MOBILES
Byline: PATRICK SAWER " . . . LOVE you loads, bye, yeah, bye." "I'm on the train." "Honestly, the meeting ran late. I'll be back soon." Calls to girlfriends, to the office, to wives and lovers, the chatter of what should be private conversations...
How the Cup Can Regain Its Magic
Byline: DAVID MELLOR ARE you up for the Cup? Will you be glued to the box tomorrow? Speaking for myself, I can hardly contain my indifference. Ah, I hear you say, that's because you're Chelsea. Not so. I used to watch every Final avidly. But...
HSBC Warns of Two Years of Gloom to Come
Byline: JANE PADGHAM A LEADING City economist today warned that the high street is set for two more years of gloom. John Butler, chief UK economist at HSBC, said consumer spending will slump to its weakest since the early Nineties recession as...
Human Cloning Could Do Good
Boy wonder Clashing reds IT IS natural that there should be excitement and a sense of pride that the scientists have created Britain's first cloned human embryo. This technique has substantial potential for good. The announcement from Newcastle...
'I Just Hope Visitors Don't See a Garden Full of Weeds'; TV's Flying Gardener Chris Beardshaw Has Stayed on Common Ground by Choosing a Combination of British Wildflowers and Recycled Materials for His Chelsea Flower Show Debut. Libby Norman Meets Him
Byline: LIBBY NORMAN The run-up to Chelsea is always a delicate balancing act with nature, but while other designers have been nurturing lilies, hothousing roses and praying their pinks will peak, Chris Beardshawhas been tending taraxcum officinale...
In Fairness, Spurs May Deserve a UEFA Cup Spot
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS TOTTENHAM fans will be hoping lady luck smiles on them on 5 June. It is then - at halftime during England's clash with Finland in the women's European Championships - that Spurs will discover if they are playing in Europe...
In Short
Preston crank up pressure on West Ham's Premiership dream Irish teenager aiming for cut Banned Back to miss Kiwi Test Injured Montoya in Monaco bid Venus in shape for French Open PRESTON manager Billy Davies has warned West Ham that all the pressure...
In Short
West Brom offer Palace [pounds sterling]2m plus Earnshaw for star Johnson Irish Open pair are disqualified Back rules out appeal over ban F1 set for new qualifying rules Serena is out of French Open WEST BROM are the latest club to be interested in...
In Sistine Condition; SATURDAY CHOICE
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY SATURDAY CHOICE The Michelangelo Code: Secrets of the Sistine Chapel 7.10pm, Channel 4 RIGHT, then - the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel: what springs to mind? Those big fingers from the title sequence to the South Bank...
Investors Wary of RBS as It Eyes Worldwide Expansion; Market Report
Byline: SARAH MARKS PUNTERS were baling out of Royal Bank of Scotland today after a leading broker warned that its focus on global expansion is putting profits at risk. The shares slid 15p to 1635p as ABN Amro downgraded RBS to reduce and sliced...
Investors Wary of RBS as It Eyes Worldwide Expansion; Market Report
Byline: SARAH MARKS PUNTERS were baling out of Royal Bank of Scotland today after a leading broker warned that its focus on global expansion is putting profits at risk. The shares slid 17p to 1633p as ABN Amro downgraded RBS to reduce and sliced...
Investors Wary of RBS as It Eyes Worldwide Expansion; Market Report
Byline: SARAH MARKS PUNTERS were baling out of Royal Bank of Scotland today after a leading broker warned that its focus on global expansion is putting profits at risk. The shares slid 17p to 1633p as ABN Amro downgraded RBS to reduce and sliced...
Investors Wary of RBS as It Eyes Worldwide Expansion; Market Report
Byline: SARAH MARKS PUNTERS were baling out of Royal Bank of Scotland today after a leading broker warned that its focus on global expansion is putting profits at risk. The shares slid 11p to 1639p as ABN Amro downgraded RBS to reduce and sliced...
Investors Wary of RBS as It Eyes Worldwide Expansion; Market Report
Byline: SARAH MARKS PUNTERS were baling out of Royal Bank of Scotland today after a leading broker warned that its focus on global expansion is putting profits at risk. The shares slid 11p to 1639p as ABN Amro downgraded RBS to reduce and sliced...
Is This the End of the Credit Card Society? FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 11 YEARS CONSUMERS ARE PAYING OFF MORE THAN THEY BORROW
Byline: JANE PADGHAM BRITONS paid back more on their credit cards than they spent last month for the first time in 11 years, it was revealed today. Consumers paid off [pounds sterling]40 million more than they borrowed in April - a sign of growing...
'I Used to Mimic My Mum. Now I Do It for a Living'; Tameka Empson, One Third of the Hidden Camera Show, 3 Non-Blondes, Is about to Star in the Big Life, the First Black British Musical to Hit the West End. but She Won't Let It Faze Her, She Tells Bruce Dessau
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Tameka Empson almost postponed our interview when she came down with a cold, but she's a true trooper. It is the day after the first preview of The Big Life and we are sitting in a quiet room backstage at the Apollo Theatre,...
I Was Terrified of My Fans Says Abba Recluse; SWEDISH STAR DID NOT SING FOR 13 YEARS AFTER BAND'S BREAK-UP
Byline: ALLAN HALL RECLUSIVE Abba star Agnetha Fltskog today told how terrifying visions of being crushed by marauding fans made her quit music. The 55-year-old, who now hides away on one of Sweden's most remote islands, told how she did not...
Kelly Muddle over School Expulsions
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT EDUCATION Secretary Ruth Kelly faced embarrassment today after repeatedly muddling key school statistics. Ms Kelly was caught out during a live radio interview as she was grilled about expulsions. She repeatedly gave...
Kelly Trips Up on School Statistics; in Brief
EDUCATION Secretary Ruth Kelly fluffed her lines badly today after repeatedly muddling key school statistics. Ms Kelly, 36, was tripped up as she publicised new plans to tackle bad behaviour in schools on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. In a shambolic...
Kicking off a Night of Silliness
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Monkey Trousers / Scrubs/ Will & Grace 10pm, ITV1 / 8pm, 8.30pm, Channel 4 FRIDAY night is comedy night, then- just in case you were in any doubt. But while Channel 4 brings back two familiar American series, ITV1 flies...
Lehmann's History Lesson; Jens Reveals Cup Legend Trautmann Is Not a Star in Germany
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS TOMORROW, Jens Lehmann will become the first German goalkeeper to appear in an FA Cup Final since Bert Trautmann was the hero in one of the competition's most amazing tales. Trautmann, now 81 and living near Frankfurt,...
Let Us Entertain You; Festivals Are All the Rage, So Who's Behind This Summer's Hog Roasts and Dancing Mice, Asks Alistair Duncan
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN Barry Hogan,32 Founder of All Tomorrow's Parties Lives In East London with fiancee Debra, 30, who runs the festival record label, ATP records. Festival This alternative music festival, at Pontin's, Camber Sands,...
Loch, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Hettie Harvey Revisits Her Childhood Haunt of Argyll, and Finds That Highland Life Is Even More Fun as a Grownup
Byline: HETTIE HARVEY There's a part of my childhood that I'd happily revisit permanently if I could. Every summer for years, my parents wedged my brothers and me, along with every fishing rod, wellington boot, waterproof and bottle of midge repellent...
My Failed Love Life Feeds the Lyrics for My Songs; A Philosophical Geri Returns
Byline: MARY KEANE GERI Halliwell sashays into Sloane Square's touristy Oriel bar with as much swagger as if she were entering Spago in LA. After a flirtation with emaciated blondeness, she has returned to busty Ginger Spice form and is bursting...
My Favourite Capital Haunts; Gordon Ramsay Likes a Pint at the Cod, Milk Shakes and Trysts at Ronnie Scott's
While it's not my local, my favourite pub is The Admiral Codrington (17 Mossop Street, SW3, 0871 332 4123) in Chelsea, set up by my friend, Joel Cadbury. Either The Cod, as it is affectionately known, or The Blue Bar at The Berkeley (Wilton Place,...
My London; MOBY
Byline: BELINDA BUCKLEY The eco-loving vegan musician enjoys 'used' shops in Notting Hill, the V&A and being chauffeured round town Where do you live? On the Lower East Side of Manhattan. How long have you lived there? Fifteen years....
My London; Moby the Eco-Loving Vegan Musician, 39, Enjoys "Used" Shops in Notting Hill, the V&A and Being Chauffeured Round Town
Byline: BELINDA BUCKLEY Where do you live? On the Lower East Side of Manhattan. How long have you lived there? Fifteen years. I was born in New York City, but I grew up in Darien, Connecticut - a small town about 45 minutes from NYC, where...
Naomi Campbell; Beauty Buyography
Byline: MOLLY GUNN The 34-year-old tantrum-throwing supermodel has launched a new fragrance line and is currently modelling for supermarket fashion brand Cherokee In my makeup bag you'll find... Nars Black Mambo eyeliner, [pounds sterling]13,...
New Blue Threat Fires Up Two Old Foes; Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson's Response to Being Deposed by Chelsea Could Provide the Game with a Final of the Highest Quality
Byline: MICHAEL HART ARSENE WENGER bristles with indignation at the suggestion that Chelsea's dominance of the domestic game has reduced tomorrow's FA Cup Final to an end-of-season sideshow. For the best part of a decade, before the arrival of...
New Blue Threat That Should Fire Up These Old Foes; Wenger and Ferguson Can Use FA Cup Final to Put Down Marker for Next Season
Byline: MICHAEL HART Arsenal v Man Utd THE FA CUP FINAL ARSENE WENGER bristles with indignation at the suggestion that Chelsea's dominance of the domestic game has reduced tomorrow's FA Cup Final to an end-of-season sideshow. For the best...
News Ib Brief
And another thing... 'God's Banker' Calvi was murdered, says leaked Scotland Yard report Uzbekistan blocks UN inquiry ITALIAN banker Roberto Calvi was strangled by at least two people, according to a leaked report by Scotland Yard. Calvi, dubbed...
News in Brief
And another thing... Uzbekistan blocks UN inquiry Mother of Jackson's accuser described singer as 'an angel' THE MOTHER of Michael Jackson's accuser said the singer was an "angel", his abuse trial has heard. Casting assistant Azja Pryor told...
Newton-John's Heartfelt Message of Hope to Kylie; World at a Glance
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER BREAST cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John has sent Kylie Minogue a heartfelt message of support. Newton-John revealed she wanted to talk to Minogue about her own fight with the disease. "My heart is with you," she said....
No10 Given 45-Point Plan to End Scandal of Postal Voting Fraud
Byline: JOE MURPHY SWEEPING demands were made today for a cleanup of postal voting after the election was blighted by ballot-box scandals. A report from the Electoral Commission made 45 recommendations for detecting and punishing bogus voters....
NYSE Slammed over Plan for Chicago Trading System Deal
Byline: BILL CONDIE AN opponent of the New York Stock Exchange's proposed acquisition of Chicago electronic trading system Archipelago has written a stinging letter to Exchange chief John Thain, saying the deal shortchanges its members. William...
On the grid:Chelsea Gold Medal Winners
Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN DAN PEARSON, 40 In 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 he designed sleek, sexy gardens for the Evening Standard which won silver, silver-gilt and gold medals Housewives' favourite Pearson grew up in Hampshire and trained at RHS...
On Track in Monaco; the Monaco Grand Prix Is the Curtain-Raiser for the Cute d'Azur Summer Season. Rory Ross, an Annual Visitor, Sets the Scene and Gives Some Insider Tips on Where to Go, What to Wear and What Not to Say
Byline: RORY ROSS WHITE- KNUCKLE fever hits the Cute d'Azur this weekend as the 63rd Monaco Grand Prix blasts off on Sunday. This thrill-a-minute spectacle of fast cars, fast women and fast bucks, held in what seems to be a giant wedding cake, is...
Opening This Week
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM NOTRE MUSIQUE (12A) Sarah Adler, Nade Dieu, Rony Kramer, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard, France, 79min (3/5) Godard, one knows, doesn't attract too many people into the cinema these days. They're frightened they won't understand a...
Operatic Swansong; Weekend London THE GUIDE TO THE BEST ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Weekend London - THE GUIDE TO THE BEST ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT The Beijing Opera Company are a genuinely exotic spectacle; their performances are part pageant, part pantomime, with stereotypes rather than characters, stylised acting, high-pitched voices,...
OUR LADY OF BOOKS; after Setting Up Her Own Indie Imprint in a Back Room in Notting Hill, Victoria Barnsley Landed the Top Job in British Publishing as Head of HarperCollins. She Hired a Crack Team of Women - and Then the Rumours Started. Melanie McDonagh Gets Chapter and Verse in a Rare Interview
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH Victoria Barnsley is a phenomenon among publishers. It would have been enough for most in the trade to have set up Fourth Estate, a cutting-edge publishers, from a back room in Notting Hill, with a loan of [pounds sterling]80,000...
Paper Round
THE TIMES A NEW invention for worshipping on the go is in line for a top design award. The Praystation is described as a "Portaloo for spiritual needs" and is designed for "fast faith" in high streets or shopping centres. An "e-priest" leads...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Monkey Trousers / Scrubs / Will and Grace 10pm, ITV1 / 8pm, 8.30pm, Channel 4 FRIDAY night is comedy night, then- just in case you were in any doubt. But while Four brings back two familiar US series, ITV1 flies in the...
Probe Call on Stansted 'Rule-Breaking' by BAA
Byline: ROBERT LEA TRANSPORT Secretary Alistair Darling has been urged to launch an immediate investigation into BAA's London airports monopoly in the escalating row over the group's plan to subsidise a [pounds sterling]4 billion expansion at Stansted...
Restaurant Spy; 'The TIROLER HUT Menu Has Shortened My Life by at Least Five Years'
Byline: TOBY YOUNG Here's a word of advice: if you're entertaining a Hollywood bigwig for the evening it's probably not a good idea to take him to the Tiroler Hut. I stupidly assumed that it would be like all the other restaurants I'm asked to...
Routemaster Saved; Iconic Red Bus to Be Kept Running on Two 'Heritage' Routes in London
Byline: ROSS LYDALL THE iconic red Routemaster bus is to continue running through central London. The 50-year-old double deckers, which remain on only five routes, are due to be replaced by modern "accessible" vehicles by the end of the year....
Scholes Is Sure of a United Revival; the United Midfielder Has Endured a Tepid Season but Is Still Capable of Producing a Final Hurrah, Says Ian Chadband
Byline: IAN CHADBAND WHEN Manchester United's press officer said Paul Scholes would have a chat, the immediate reaction was that this seemed about as likely as Malcolm Glazer swanning into the Stretford End with a Liverpool scarf on. What, Scholesy,...
Shelley Von Strunckel; ES ASTROLOGER
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL This week: Gemini Take it all with a grain of salt Cancer Haste gets you nowhere Leo Pretend it's all OK Virgo Putting things off is best Libra One thing leads to another Scorpio Timing is everything Sagittarius You...
Shock - No Horror; While He Waits for His Original Actors to Reach Their Forties So He Can Make a Middle-Aged Followup to Trainspotting, Director Danny Boyle Has Surprised Everyone with a Family Film
Byline: NICK CURTIS AS I wait to meet Danny Boyle in Bow, a short cycle ride from his house in Mile End, I puzzle over his latest career move. Boyle is the director who made murder fun in his debut feature Shallow Grave and heroin chic in Trainspotting:...
So Not Glastonbury; Didn't Get Glastonbury Tickets This Year? Fear Not - Will Hide Reports on a US Festival That's Way Cooler and Still Has Room
Byline: WILL HIDE WELCOME to Nowhere" reads the sign by the side of the road. I am 10 hours' drive north of Las Vegas where budget brothels and lazy mountain ranges shimmer in 40-degree haze. Eventually, I hit the Black Rock Desert at the fantastically...
Sorry I'm Late, I Was Burgled, Says Naomi; Clothes Stolen in [Pounds Sterling]25,000 Raid on Cannes Yacht
Byline: JEREMY CHARLES NAOMI CAMPBELL today spoke of her ordeal after a thief took [pounds sterling]25,000-worth of jewellery and clothes from her Cannes yacht. The burglar eluded security by pretending to be one of her staff and helped himself...
Speculators Board P&O on Talk of Bid from Singapore; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK CITY speculators were building up a full head of steam yesterday as they set course for shares of P&O, one of the best performers among second-line companies. The shares climbed almost 8% as more than 22 million changed...
Star's Fight to Be Fit for FA Cup Final
Byline: PATRICK SAWER ARSENAL star Freddie Ljungberg tells today of his fear at having a test for Aids. The player had to wait two weeks before being informed he was in the clear. He was also tested for cancer after doctors were left baffled...
Staying in; EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A GREAT NIGHT IN ON THE SOFA
Staying in EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A GREAT NIGHT IN ON THE SOFA THE MUST-SEE DVD Vanity Fair (PG) Universal, [pounds sterling]19.99 It is never certain in William Makepiece Thackeray's long novel whether Becky Sharp, the penniless orphan...
Tell Us the Truth about How Our Daughter Died on Film Set; PARENTS' AGONY A YEAR AFTER LONDON STUDENT WAS KILLED WHILE WORKING FOR BOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA THE family of a London student killed while working on a Bollywood film today told of their agony at not knowing the truth about her death more than a year ago. Nadia Khan's mother and father face an indefinite wait for...
Tell Us the Truth about MG Rover
Endless summer THE GOVERNMENT cannot possibly defend suppressing the Financial Reporting Council's probe into the collapse of Britain's last volume carmaker, MG Rover. It beggars belief that the new Industry Secretary, Alan Johnson, can even consider...
The Big Issue Seller Who Was Really a Fugitive Mafia Mobster; SECRET LIFE OF ITALIAN ON RUN WHO HAD 11 ALIASES AND A [Pounds sterling]1M RENOIR
Byline: NIGEL ROSSER THE SECRET life of a Mafia gangster who spent five years on the run in London is revealed today. Francesco Tonicello was one of Italy's most wanted men. A master forger, he fenced priceless artworks, antiques and gold for...

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