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Byline: Derek Malcolm ONDINE Cert 12A, 99 mins *** THE Irish Tourist Board will be suitably grateful for Neil Jordan's beautifully shot fable about a young fisherman named Syracuse (Colin Farrell) who picks up a half-drowned girl (Alicia Bachleda)...
Banksy's Lesson in Bad Art
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Cert PG, 90 mins WE ALL know that Banksy is a bit of a tease. Which is probably why, appearing before us on screen with his face blanked out, he calls his debut film "the world's first street art...
Beshabar Not Certain to Run in Coral Cup
Byline: Simon Milham OWNER Harry Findlay has revealed that ante-post Coral Cup favourite Beshabar could miss the Cheltenham Festival. The eight-year-old, formerly trained by Nick Williams, had spent 21 months on the sidelines before joining champion...
Bird's Nest Artist Set for Tate Grandstand
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE Chinese artist who collaborated on the Bird's Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics is to be the next to create a work for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. Ai Weiwei will follow artists including Anish...
Bomb Plotter's Wife Cleared of Failing to Warn Terror Police
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE wife of convicted airliner bomb plotter Abdulla Ahmed Ali was today dramatically cleared of failing to report that her husband was planning a suicide attack. Cossor Ali, 28, of Walthamstow, was charged...
Boyfriend Is Held over Murder of Girl, 16, Dumped Yards from Home
Byline: Justin Davenport and Rashid Razaq A 16-YEAR-OLD girl has been found murdered only yards from her home in King's Cross. The teenager's body was dumped in an alley near a housing estate close to York Way. A man aged 19, believed to be...
Boy's Family Member 'Could Be Behind Pakistan Kidnap'
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE kidnapping of a five-year-old British boy in Pakistan may be an "inside job" involving a relative of the child, a top official said today. Sahil Saeed was taken from his grandmother's home at gunpoint after a gang of...
BROWN: I DIDN'T CUT CASH FOR THE ARMY; PM ACCUSED OF SPIN OVER EQUIPMENT FOR TROOPS AS HE INSISTS IRAQ WAR 'WAS RIGHT'; Brown Refuses to Give Answers over Cash, Says Soldier's Mother; Prime Minister Admits to Inquiry He Intervened to Curb MoD Spending
Byline: Paul Waugh and Joe Murphy GORDON BROWN faced a backlash from military chiefs and families today as he denied claims that he starved troops of cash in the Iraq war. The Prime Minister was attacked for glossing over the failure to provide...
BROWN: MY REGRETS OVER IRAQ WAR DEAD; PM EXPRESSES SADNESS BUT TELLS INQUIRY IT WAS 'RIGHT DECISION FOR RIGHT REASONS; Finance Was Never a Barrier to Our Troops in Iraq, Says Brown; Cabinet Was Fully Informed about the Strategy of Disarming Saddam'
Byline: Paul Waugh and Joe Murphy GORDON BROWN expressed his "regrets" over the Iraq war today as he moved to limit the political damage caused by Tony Blair's toppling of Saddam Hussein. The Prime Minister staunchly defended the American-British...
Chelsea Blow as Bosingwa Injury Rules Him out for Rest of Season
Byline: Simon Johnson CHELSEA have suffered a double blow with the news that Jose Bosingwa and Michael Essien have suffered major setbacks in their bid to recover from serious knee injuries. Bosingwa has been ruled out for the rest of the season...
Chelsea Sends Shrink to Check Ashley as Cheryl Turns Down Jonathan Ross
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent CHELSEA football club sent a psychologist to check on Ashley Cole as he struggles to cope with the break-up of his marriage. The 29-year-old defender is recovering from a broken ankle at a clinic...
City Workers Retrain to Join the Classroom
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent RECORD numbers of City workers are turning their backs on bonuses to retrain as teachers, according to figures released today. London has seen a 23 per cent rise in the number of applicants to teacher...
Confusion on Boris Island Airport as He Says: I Don't Want to Build It
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor NEW questions were raised today over the future of "Boris Island" after the Mayor appeared to dismiss plans for the Thames estuary airport. Boris Johnson was asked on live television about his policy on the...
Confusion on Boris Island Airport as He Says: I Don't Want to Build It
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor NEW questions were raised today over the future of "Boris Island" after the Mayor appeared to dismiss plans for the Thames estuary airport. Boris Johnson was asked on live television about his policy on the...
Dame Judi Pens Long-Awaited Autobiography; Londoner's Diary
DAME Judi Dench has played everyone from Elizabeth R to James Bond's M in her illustrious career. Now she is set for a new role -- that of memoirist. Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson has bought world rights in Dame Judi's life story for a book...
Declassified: Secret London Haunts of the Real-Life Spooks
Byline: Terry Kirby TO most people, they are just anonymous apartments, houses and buildings scattered around London. But for those fascinated with the secret world of spies and the work of the intelligence services, they are places of mystery and...
'Drink and Drugs in the Hedge Fund World? It Was Their Way of Coping -- I've Never Met a Rich Person Who Was Happy'; Whitbread Nominee and Author Talitha Stevenson on Her Former W11 Gatsby-Ish Life as a Hedgie Wife
Byline: Viv Groskop NOVELIST Talitha Stevenson's life fell apart in line with the global financial meltdown. For six years she lived the hedge fund dream in Portobello with her banker husband. Last summer they split up and now she is living with...
Drivers Jonas' MIPIM Saga Due to Cease Now Deloitte Is in Charge
LAST Monday Britain's oldest firm of chartered surveyors, Drivers Jonas, formally surrendered their independence after 285 years to Deloitte, whose provenance goes back a mere 156 years to 1854, when William Welch Deloitte set up as an accountant....
End of the Lines
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EURO STAR; Holland's Sweetheart, Carice Van Houten, Is Making a Name for Herself Playing Troubled Sirens, Acting Opposite Tom Cruise and Jude Law and Wowing the Director Paul Verhoeven. Lydia Slater on Why Hollywood Is Going Dutch
Byline: Lydia Slater Styled by Nicky Yates Since Carice van Houten's sizzling international debut in Paul Verhoeven's 2006 Second World War spy thriller Black Book, she's been hailed as Holland's most popular export since the tulip. The industry...
Ferguson Anger at Fabio for Playing Rooney; Sir Alex's Burn-Out Fears; 'Injured Striker Should Not Have Been on the Pitch for the Whole Egypt Friendly'
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent SIR ALEX FERGUSON today expressed his disappointment that Wayne Rooney played nearly all of England's win over Egypt just three days after injuring his knee in the Carling Cup Final. The Manchester...
FINN CITY; He Is Friends with Madonna, Has a Vast Collection of Modern Art and Donates Hundreds of Thousands to the Tory Party; So Why Has No One Heard of Poju Zabludowicz, the Finnish Businessman Who Rules Billionaires' Row?
Byline: Dominic Midgley If David Cameron does become Prime Minister later this year, one of the people in line for a particularly gushing thank-you letter is a London-based Finnish billionaire for whom the word shadowy could have been invented....
Flashbulb Catwalk City
Byline: James Peltekian TWO MINUTES WITH LEIGH LEZARK Have you seen any shows yet? I just flew in today so the only thing in my schedule so far was Twenty8Twelve. Sienna and I are good friends so it was nice that I got to see that show. ...
Get It off Your TXT
Bad day at work? Baffled by Boris's latest move? Text us your heartfelt and hilarious London thoughts Enter ESTEXTSfollowed by a space then your message, name, address and postcode TEXT TO 65400 Texts cost 25p plus your standard network charge. Terms...
Glencore Moving towards a Float with Xstrata Mine Buy
Byline: Nick Goodway SECRETIVE Swiss commodity trader Glencore moved a step closer to a multi-billion pound flotation today after it spent $2.5 billion ([pounds sterling]1.7 billion) buying back a South American coal mine from mining giant Xstrata....
Government Rejects Watchdog's Rules to Clean Up Commons
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent PLANS to clean up Parliament were plunged into fresh chaos today after the Government rejected proposals from a new watchdog. Gordon Brown urged the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority...
GRAND DESIGNS; after a Disastrous Engagement to Banking Heir Matthew Mellon, Noelle Reno Has Chosen Another Notorious Divorcee as Her Latest Boyfriend. She Talks Cash, Cashmere Tracksuits and Drug Addiction with Olivia Cole
Byline: Olivia Cole To bag one millionaire divorcee is fortunate. To snare two starts to look like design. But despite an engagement to American banking heir Matthew Mellon and a blossoming romance with property entrepreneur Scot Young, the man...
Harlequins Boss Admits He Fears for the Club's Future
Byline: Neil Barraclough HARLEQUINS rugby league boss Paul Blanchard says there will be "question marks" over the club's Super League future unless attendances and commercial revenue show significant improvement. The general manager, who this...
He Might Have Paid for It, but This Was Clearly Somebody Else's War; SKETCH
Byline: Anne McElvoy SOMETHING has happened to Gordon Brown since he was accused of being a pen-stabbing, table-thumping, lapel-grabbing mad person. A kind of oily sheen has coated his voice, like an oldfashioned insurance salesman. Such is his...
Honours for TA Life-Savers in Front-Line Field Hospitals
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent ARMY medical volunteers from a London-based field hospital are being honoured for their treatment of injured British soldiers in Afghanistan. They will be presented with campaign medals at a ceremony...
Hot-Shot Bobby the One Who Got Away for Harry; Spurs Boss Faces the Striker His Former Club Let Go as a Teenager and Whom He Now Rates as a World Cup Prospect. by Tom Collomosse and David Smith
Byline: Tom Collomosse David Smith HARRY REDKNAPP always knew that Bobby Zamora would make it as a striker and still rues the day he failed to make the grade at West Ham. The Tottenham manager was in charge of the Hammers when Zamora, then an...
How the Gold Rush Started and Why Funds Are Keen on a Break from All This Cash
Byline: Peter Bill ON PROPERTY TODAY Henderson New Star's Property Unit Trust will complete on the purchase of a building worth about [pounds sterling]30 million. That will take the percentage of cash held in the [pounds sterling]762 million fund...
If a Film Is Good, Must It Take Pains to Be True?
Byline: Sebastian Shakespeare DOES the The Hurt Locker need to be true to life to warrant an Oscar this Sunday? Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-nominated film, about explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) troops in Iraq, has received a lot of flak from real-life...
I Put Faith in the CPS and They Let Me Down, Says Stab Father
Byline: Felix Allen A FATHER who was stabbed protecting his teenage son from a gang criticised prosecutors today for allowing a suspected knife thug to walk free from court. Everald Carter, 44, said he felt "let down" when the case against a...
Irish Delighted to Profit from England's Loss; Steffon Armitage's Club Are Shocked He's Barely Figured in the Six Nations but Relieved He Will Turn out for Them at Leicester Tomorrow
Byline: Chris Jones STEFFON ARMITAGE may be surplus to requirements for England but Bob Casey is delighted to have the flanker in his London Irish side for tomorrow's clash with Guinness Premiership leaders Leicester. Although Armitage has been...
Jail for Addict Who Forced Bank Manager Lover to Steal [Pounds Sterling]1m
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A CRACK cocaine addict who forced his bank manager girlfriend to steal almost [pounds sterling]1 million was jailed for three years today. Keith "Junior" Preddie, 30, banked more than [pounds sterling]145,000...
Kieswetter Seals Rapid Rise with First Century
Byline: Marco Giacomelli CRAIG KIESWETTER hit a maiden one-day international century today, firing England to a 45-run victory and a 3-0 series whitewash over Bangladesh. The South African-born opener only qualified for England last month but...
Labour Has Failed Children Reduced to Life of Savagery and Scavenging; COMMENTARY
Byline: Camila Batmanghelidjh LABOUR came to power in 1997 with incredible moral momentum. They said they'd rebalance our unfair society and they had the support of the disenfranchised and the thinking middle classes. They set ambitious child poverty...
Life Class Robert Rowland Smith on Being Happy
For centuries, the pursuit of happiness has been paralleled by the pursuit of the definition ofhappiness. From Aristotle to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill and right up to Gretchen Rubin's recent Happiness Project in America, brains have...
Lifting the Lid on F&C Masterplan for Investments; ANALYSIS
Byline: Simon English BY common consent it has been a lousy decade for equity investment but Jeremy Tigue can at least claim to have made the best of a bad job. As the fund manager of the Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust, Tigue has a serious...
Londoners Have Adopted Vincent and Are Helping Him on His Way; THE DISPOSSESSED; DAY FIVE READERS' GENEROSITY GIVES NEW HOPE TO THE STUDENT AND TWO MOTHERS FEATURED IN OUR ANTI-POVERTY CAMPAIGN
Byline: David Cohen VINCENT MADUABUEKE set the big sealed box squarely on his lap and carefully opened it. For a moment the 18-year-old's face disappeared as he coolly examined the gifts inside at close range. When he re-emerged, his composure...
Mad as Hatters; Predictably Unpredictable as Ever, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp Let Their Imaginations Run Away with Them in Wonderland Film of the Week
Byline: Andrew O'Hagan ALICE IN WONDERLAND Cert PG, 108 mins *** THE trouble with being famously unpredictable is that it can become a bit predictable after a while. Tim Burton is known for offbeat, gothic fantasies that make merry with the dark...
Middle-Class People Are out of Touch with How Hard Life Is at the Bottom of the Pile. but We're All in This Together; THE DISPOSSESSED; DAY FIVE MAYOR'S MILLIONAIRE POVERTY ADVISER TAKES A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
Byline: David Cohen "WHAT does a City banker earn?" Lee Thompson, 18, contemplates the question for a second. "About [pounds sterling]40,000," he says confidently. The other five youngsters sitting around the table -- all Neets (not in education,...
Moody Snubs French to Take Plunge at Bath; England Flanker Ends 14-Year Link with Leicester but Stays in Premiership after Rejecting the Lure of Big-Spending Continental Clubs. by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones BATH pulled off a coup today by persuading Leicester stalwart Lewis Moody to join them next season despite interest in him from France. The England flanker has been linked with Racing Metro, Brive and Toulon but, in the week...
ONE FOR THE GROWN-UPS; the Story of a French Film Producer Caught between Family and Career Travels Far into the Questions That Really Matter in Life, Says Andrew O'Hagan
Byline: Andrew O'Hagan FATHER OF MY CHILDREN Cert 12A, 111 mins **** IKNEW I was going to like Gregoire Canvel as soon as I met him. He smokes at the wheel of his car while talking on his mobile, failing to wear a seatbelt. None of this is exactly...
OWEN WOE WEMBLEY PITCH ENDS STAR'S WORLD CUP BID; United Striker out of World Cup
Byline: Tim Nichols MICHAEL OWEN'S World Cup dream is over after the striker was ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed today the 'heavy' pitch at Wembley was a factor...
Party Leaders Turn Down Pay Rise to Appease Voter Fury
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GORDON BROWN, David Cameron and Nick Clegg today refused a pay rise for MPs which is threatening to create more public anger against Parliament. Mr Brown said ministers would not receive the...
Piers Morgan Was Shocked by the Ladies of Soho
Byline: Words by Hannah Nathanson Where do you live in London? Kensington. What was the last play you saw in London? The History Boys at The National back when James Corden was doing his serious acting bit. I thought he was terrific. Amazing...
PM Still Leaves Big Question Mark over Labour Conduct; ANALYSIS
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Correspondent GORDON BROWN seemed to want to play the soft cop against the strident hard cop portrayed by Tony Blair at the same hearing a few weeks ago. Almost apologetic, he stated nonetheless that he supported his...
Pop
SUGABABES Sweet 7 (Island) ** FOLLOWING Keisha Buchanan's decision to leave the band last year, Sugababes release their seventh album with none of the original line-up. The departure of their leader sees the girl-group -- Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah...
Portfolio
BUY ROBERT WALTERS Splash out on shares in recruiter Robert Walters, say analysts at KBC Peel Hunt. They note the headhunter's pre-tax profit came in ahead of expectations at [pounds sterling]1.3 million, thanks to a strong performance in the Asia...
Poseur's Progress; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS SWEET NOTHINGS Young Vic, Se1 *** ARTHuR SCHNIT zLeR'S plays are considered sexy and dangerous, striking in their depiction of fantasy, illusion, relationships and death. His Liebelei, first performed in 1895, has repeatedly...
Premier Oil on the Slide as North Sea Well Comes Up Dry; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin THE oil gods haven't smiled on Premier Oil. Shares in the FTSE 250-listed oil explorer dropped 17p to 1114p today after it admitted that a well in the North Sea had come up dry. The Greater Luno site off Norway -- in which...
PRIZE LOCATION; Portly Executives Plot in Poolside Cabanas, Bellhops Swap Oscar Gossip and the Foie Gras Comes with Candyfloss; Hermione Eyre Basks in the Los Angeles Starlight
Byline: Hermione Eyre Being in Los Angeles for the Oscars is like being in Lapland for Christmas. The whole community is galvanised, from the waiters watching the awards in their staffroom, to the big shots throwing charity parties at $4,000 a ticket....
Real-Life Is So Surreal; on Television
Byline: David Sexton SECRETS FOR SALE (BBC1, Tuesday) MY DAUGHTER GREW ANOTHER HEAD AND OTHER TRUE LIFE STORIES (C4, Thursday) THIS WEEK the BBC and C4 both showed remarkably similar documentaries about "real life" magazines, that weirdly thriving...
Relative 'May Be Involved in Kidnap of British Boy, 5'
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE kidnapping of a five-year-old British boy in Pakistan may be an "inside job" involving a relative of the child, a top official said today. Sahil Saeed was taken from his grandmother's home at gunpoint after a gang of...
SCENE STEALERS; the Geneva Motor Show Likes to Point the Way, and This Year Was No Different
Byline: David Williams THE Geneva motor show always did have a reputation for stealing a march on its rivals thanks to important unveilings -- and for taking a slightly sideways look at the industry. This year is no exception. There's still glamour...
So Many Ways to Help London's Poor
THERE is a simple way to help the 40 per cent of London children in poverty who have at least one parent in work: a living wage. The capital is an expensive city and the [pounds sterling]5.80/hour National Minimum Wage is not enough to raise a family...
Stars
Byline: Predicted by Shelley von Strunckel Pisces 18 Feb - 19 Mar Others are eager to organise one single, focused plan. But you're unsure of your direction. That's as it should be now, just prior to mid-March's Pisces New Moon, which brings...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Standing by the sidelines without expressing your views or offering advice is out of character. But, as you've already discovered, others aren't interested. Take it slowly and by the end...
The Bnp under the Microscope; Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD A DAY AT THE RACISTS Finborough, SW10 *** IT'S little wonder that Margaret Hodge MP is on board as a participant in one of this drama's post-show discussions. Set during our imminent general election, it takes place in...
THE CITY ON SONG; A Host of Musicians Pay Tribute to the Capital at the Barbican Next Week -- but What Is It That Makes a Great London Tune? SOUND CHECK
Byline: Richard Godwin HOW do you define a London song? HThe question will be asked on Tuesday at Songs in the Key of London, a concert at the Barbican. Curated by Chris Difford of Squeeze, the writer of Up the Junction -- that perky tale of Clapham...
The Knowledge; What to See, Buy and Read This Week
I heart Mum What more could a proud matriarch want this Mother's Day than Swarovski crystals and sterling silver, with a photograph of her young ones inside? The Stephen Webster Mummy Rocks locket is [pounds sterling]295, exclusively at Harrods,...
The Long and the Short of Debt Issues; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton THOUGH no one outside the market paid much attention, this week the Government sold a tranche of longdated gilts. No surprise there you might think. We all know that the public finances are in deficit and government has...
The Wild Cards Come Up Trumps; Pop
Byline: DAVID SMYTH WILD BEASTS Koko, NW1 *** THE fruity falsetto of Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thorpe is supposedly a sound that divides opinion, but on the evidence of his band's biggest show to date, the people are overwhelmingly in favour....
UK Will Avoid 'Double Dip' Recession, Predicts Ad Chief
Byline: Gideon Spanier WPP advertising chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell today forecast that Britain would avoid a "double-dip" recession but fears "very insipid growth" across western Europe in the next 12 months. Sorrell, unveiling full-year...
UK Will Avoid 'Double Dip' Recession, Predicts Ad Chief
Byline: Gideon Spanier WPP advertising chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell today forecast that Britain would avoid a "double-dip" recession but fears "very insipid growth" across western Europe in the next 12 months. Sorrell, unveiling full-year...
We Can No Longer Insulate Ourselves against Poverty; London's Deprived Are Now Firmly in the Spotlight. but Only Sustained Action Can Transform Their Lives
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona On 12 October 1843, The Times ran an editorial lamenting the bitter paradox that "within the most courtly precincts of the richest city of GOD's earth, there may be found, night after night, winter after winter ... FAMINE,...
We Must Stop Counting the Cost of Tennis Failure
Byline: John Inverdale THE biggest country in Europe in the 14th Century was ... wait for it ... Lithuania. History being history, though, a few things have happened in the intervening 700 years to leave the Baltic state something of a minnow on...
We Must Stop Counting the Cost of Tennis Failure; REASON TO BE CHEERFUL
Byline: John Inverdale THE biggest country in Europe in the 14th Century was ... wait for it ... Lithuania. History being history, though, a few things have happened in the intervening 700 years to leave the Baltic state something of a minnow on...
Wenger: Shocking Injuries Won't Hit Title Bid; Manager Praises Ravaged Arsenal for Fighting On
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent ARSENE WENGER today hailed Arsenal's mental strength in the fight for the Premier League title despite an injury-ravaged campaign he claims is the worst he has known. Aaron Ramsey became the Gunners'...
Why Blair and Bush Were Right about Iraq
Byline: William Shawcross ON SUNDAY the Iraqi people go to the polls in the most important election since the US and British invasion of 2003 removed Saddam Hussein. It is also probably the freest election ever in the Middle East, outside Israel....
Zola Denies He's Being Frozen out at West Ham; Italian Boss Insists His Relationship with the Club's New Owners Has Not Broken Down despite Claims of a Bust Up over Valon Behrami. Ken Dyer Reports
Byline: Ken Dyer reports GIANFRANCO ZOLA today denied suggestions that he is becoming increasingly isolated at West Ham. Gianluca Nani's exit as the club's [pounds sterling]300,000-a-season technical director last week followed the departure...
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