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Articles from May 18, 2012

Adebayor Can't Bring Himself to Support 'Brother' Didier This Time
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR is desperate for close friend Didier Drogba to suffer more Champions League pain but insists he will be the first to congratulate the forward if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich tomorrow....
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Byline: Charlotte O' Sullivan THE SOURCE Cert tbc, 137mins A CURIOUS little comedy-cumpolemic from populist Romanian director Radu Mihaileanu. Feminist pioneer Leila (French-Algerian beauty, Leila Bekhti, one of the faces of L'Oreal) stirs up a...
Bets against Spain Pile Up as Spectre of Default Looms
Byline: Russell Lynch BETS against beleaguered Spain and its banks hit an all-time high today as alarm over the prospect of Greece pulling out of the euro kept the nation in the eye of the storm. The assault on the eurozone struggler came after...
Billions for Staff, More Ads for Users; Facebook's Stock Flotation Will Lead to Calls for Bigger Profits
Byline: Mark Prigg and Miranda Bryant FACEBOOK'S stock market debut will lead to its 30 million UK users facing even more advertising, it was predicted today. The company's first stock issue, which was launched today, values it at $104 billion...
Boss Jailed over [Pounds Sterling]2bn China Crime Racket
Byline: Alexa Olesen A CRIME boss who was once China's most-wanted fugitive was jailed for life today over a $3.3 billion ([pounds sterling]2.1 billion) smuggling and bribery racket. The case of Lai Changxing reached high into the ruling Communist...
Cameron Told: Put People First and Build the Estuary Airport
Byline: Emer Martin RESIDENTS of west London today urged the Government to "put people first" as they backed plans to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary to solve Britain's aviation crisis. Pressure is mounting on the Government after BAA...
'Carrying Olympic Torch Will Be My Proudest Moment'
Byline: Miranda Bryant THE EVENING Standard's torchbearers told of their excitement at the prospect of carrying the flame as it arrived in Britain today. The group of "unsung heroes" said they would cherish their moment and hoped the relay would...
Casting Henry as Liverpool's Villain Ignores All Sense of Reality
Byline: James Lawton Award-winning columnist [bar] HERE was hardly a need for another notch of poignancy on the day Liverpool showed the door to their most distinguished servant but there it was, bounding down the iron chains of memory. It was...
Cech Please
Byline: Simon Johnson PETR CECH is aware of the whispers and knows he has a fight on his hands. The challenge to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final tomorrow night is one thing, remaining as Chelsea's No1 goalkeeper is quite another....
Chelsea Fans Face Booze Bans as 30,000 Head to Munich Final
Byline: Allan Hall in Berlin and Jonathan Prynn CHELSEA fans are facing a drink ban in Munich for tomorrow night's Champion's League final. With about 30,000 of the London team's supporters expected in the Bavarian capital, the city's authorities...
City Hall Gives [Pounds Sterling]30,000 to Tory Who Lost London Assembly Vote
Byline: Michael Howie CONSERVATIVE councillor Brian Coleman is to collect about [pounds sterling]30,000 in golden goodbye payments after being voted out of City Hall. Mr Coleman lost his seat to Labour's Andrew Dismore in the London Assembly...
Defiant Gavin Allows Visitors to Climb Up His Chelsea Tower
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Matthew Appleby DIARMUID GAVIN will defy the gardening establishment and let visitors ascend the summit of his 80ft tower at next week's Chelsea Flower Show. Officials at the Royal Horticultural Society had ordered...
DeVito Delivers a Masterclass in Cranky Comedy; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS THE SUNSHINE BOYS Savoy Theatre DANNY DeVITO is wonderful in this revival of Neil Simon's Seventies comedy. It's his West End debut, and he delivers something close to a masterclass: a commanding mix of energetic humour,...
Drivers See Red over Cyclists' Behaviour
Byline: David Williams MOTORING JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR HERE'S a confession for a motoring journalist; I actually make more cycle trips than car trips, and enjoy pedalling around London. But I'm frequently vexed by other cyclists' abysmal riding...
Euro Markets in Turmoil as Greece Nears 'Catastrophy'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Simon English TURMOIL gripped stock markets across Europe today as an EU chief warned that the eurozone faced a "cataclysm" if Greece crashes out of the single currency. Trade commissioner Karel De Gucht admitted the...
Eurozone Approaches the Moment of Truth
IT is hard to escape the sense that with the latest lurches in the European economy, the eurozone crisis is coming to boiling point. Stock markets have tumbled across Asia and Europe following Moody's downgrading last night of the credit ratings of...
Facebook Effect Cheers Traders but Fails to Lift Market Gloom
Byline: Gideon Spanier FACEBOOK'S mega-float was the only thing cheering up traders as they fretted about a "Grexit" on another grim day for European equities. As the social networking site made its $104 billion ([pounds sterling]65 billion)...
Fight! Fight! Fight! an Indonesian Martial-Arts Movie from a Young Welsh Director Proves a Surprisingly Exciting Affair; FILM OF THE WEEK
Byline: David Sexton THE RAID Cert 18, 101 mins SUCH a lot of talent comes out of Wales. Ivor Novello, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins, Rhys Ifans, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Sheen, to name only the bleeding obvious. Not so much stays in Wales,...
Games Will Inspire Generations to Enjoy Sports, Says Beckham
Byline: Matthew Beard Olympics Editor in Athens DAVID BECKHAM predicted that the Olympics would "inspire generations" as the torch made its way to Britain today. Leyton-born Beckham -- whose background as an East End football prodigy who became...
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Going Up Will Cost Us [Pounds Sterling]14m, Admits Sullivan
Byline: Ken Dyer [bar] HE Championship Play-off Final is said to be worth [pounds sterling]90million to the winners but West Ham co-owner David Sullivan believes tomorrow's showdown against Blackpool is all about "emotion and pride" rather than...
Going Up Will Cost Us [Pounds Sterling]14m, Admits Sullivan; Co-Owner Explains Why the Riches on Offer from Winning Promotion Need to Be Put into Context by Ken Dyer
Byline: Ken Dyer THE Championship Play-off Final is said to be worth [pounds sterling]90million to the winners but West Ham co-owner David Sullivan believes tomorrow's showdown against Blackpool is all about "emotion and pride" rather than the money....
Gossip: It's a Necessary Evil -- and Such Fun
Byline: Sebastian Shakespeare [bar] SCAR Wilde said one should always have something sensational to read on the train. I suppose the next best thing is to sit next to Rebekah Brooks. Jack Straw told the Leveson Inquiry this week that he used to...
Grexit Strategists
Byline: Simon English [bar] OUR yourself a gin and tonic. PEasy on the tonic. Wrap an ice cold towel around your head. Try to relax. That's the advice of a stock market professional of four decades' standing in answer to a question about algorithmic...
'Helping Others Has Got Me through the Grief of Losing My Boy in Crash'
Byline: Emer Martin THE MOTHER of a toddler killed in a car accident that claimed the lives of seven others has launched a charity to mark the anniversary of her son's death. Eight years ago, Tracey Mohabir's two-year-old son Marcus suffered catastrophic...
High Price of a Greek Euro Exit
"GREXIT" is easy to say, harder to do. Greece could depart from the single currency if the Greeks themselves decide austerity is not for them or if fellow member countries jettison Greece from the club. The former could occur following the next...
I'm a One-Woman Personification of Greece
Byline: Melanie McDonagh THERE isn't much sympathy for Greece just now. The Germans, especially, like to talk about them having had this crisis coming, what with Greeks retiring at 50 from public service and awarding themselves 40 per cent extra...
It's the Invisible Art Exhibition
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent IT WILL be the exhibition that isn't there. The Hayward Gallery is creating an entire summer show devoted to exploring art about "the invisible, the hidden and the unknown". Among the exhibits are...
Let's Put out a Welcome Mat for Our Big-Spending Visitors
Byline: James Ashton City Editor RICHARD Solomons rocks back on his chair and considers the question. Twenty years in the industry, 4500 hotels -- but how many has the boss checked into himself? The slightly underwhelming answer is something like...
Life for Killer Who Went on Rampage after Losing Benefits
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A DOUBLE killer who went on a month-long orgy of violence after having his benefits stopped was jailed for a minimum of 35 years today. Ali Koc, 30, wore skull and crossbone gloves to beat his victims...
LSE Boss Rolet 'Optimistic' on Single Currency
Byline: Nick Goodway XAVIER Rolet, the Frenchman who has run the London Stock Exchange for the past three years is cautiously optimistic that the eurozone crisis is about to play itself out and the single currency will survive. "It's always th...
Mayor's Wife: Courts May Not Stop Short-Term Peace Campers
Byline: Ross Lydall and Michael Pooler LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson's barrister wife today intervened in the row over protests in Parliament Square by suggesting that overnight camping may not be stopped by the courts. Marina Wheeler wrote an article...
MINISTER IN SHOCK CLAIM ON SEX ABUSE; TOP MUSLIM POLITICIAN SAYS SOME PAKISTANI MEN BELIEVE 'WHITE GIRLS ARE FAIR GAME'; 'Easy Prey'; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor SOME Pakistani men believe "white girls are fair game" for sexual abuse, the Cabinet Minister and Tory co-chairman Baroness Warsi says today. In an exclusive interview Sayeeda Warsi, Britain's most senior Muslim...
MINISTER IN SHOCK CLAIM ON SEX ABUSE; TOP MUSLIM POLITICIAN SAYS SOME PAKISTANI MEN BELIEVE 'WHITE GIRLS ARE FAIR GAME; EXCLUSIVE; 'Easy Prey'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor SOME Pakistani men believe "white girls are fair game" for sexual abuse, the Cabinet Minister and Tory co-chairman Baroness Warsi says today. In an exclusive interview Sayeeda Warsi, Britain's most senior Muslim...
Music Box
Byline: Simon Broughton IT STARTS quietly with the soft bowing of a desert fiddle, but it ends in an extravagant cacophony of sound, lights and colour. Thirty-six Rajasthani musicians dressed in white robes and turbans of red, yellow and orange...
My Father Asked Me What Is the Point of Being in a Position of Leadership If You Don't Take the Lead
Byline: Joe Murphy talks to the Conservative Party's co-chairman Sayeeda Warsi BARONESS Warsi may be a Cabinet minister with all the finely-honed minds of the civil service to call upon, but sometimes the adviser she trusts most is simply her dad....
New Blow for Walthamstow Stadium Campaign
Byline: Rob Parsons CAMPAIGNERS battling to save Walthamstow Stadium have suffered a further blow after plans to turn the venue's car park into a bus depot were approved. Waltham Forest council agreed the scheme to convert part of the car park...
Noel Bares All. Down to the Bottom Line; ON PROPERTY
Byline: Peter Bill THE new chief executive of Britain's biggest and still grandest property company, Rob Noel, has a tattoo on his rump. The 47-year old former property agent reluctantly confirmed the presence of what is believed to be a swallow...
No Yellow Lines, You Must Be Able to Park Here. WRONG
Byline: Mark Blunden and Kit Fowler HUNDREDS of drivers are being caught by "a naked street parking con" after nearly a mile of double yellow lines were removed in central London. The lines on the streets around the British Museum have been replaced...
Online Access for All Oyster Users to Check Their Payments
Byline: Emer Martin MILLIONS of Tube passengers who are overpaying on Oyster pay-as-you-go cards will now be able to track their payments online and request refunds if there has been an error. Transport for London today said it wants to "revolutionise"...
Only a Brand New Airport Can Keep Britain in the Game; Expanding Heathrow Would Be a Stop-Gap Measure. We Must Have the Vision to Build for Future Generations
Byline: Norman Foster YOU only get one first impression.What message does Heathrow send out to its millions of business visitors and tourists? Nothing can disguise the fact that it has grown from a series of compromises. From its roots as a military...
Pass the Hanky, Please
Byline: Charlotte O' Sullivan 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK Cert 15, 91mins FAST-PACED and sex-soaked, 2 Days in New York (written, directed by and starring Julie Delpy) picks up where the excellent 2 Days in Paris left off. Watching it is like reconnecting...
Police Blitz Cocaine and Heroin Dealers in Soho after Undercover Operation
Byline: Simon Freeman and Justin Davenport UNDERCOVER police have swooped on Soho's most wanted drug dealers in a pre-Olympics blitz on the street trade in heroin and crack cocaine. Sixteen suspected dealers of Class A drugs were seized in raids...
Pressure Back on Strauss after Broad Finishes in Seventh Heaven
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent at Lord's [bar] TUART BROAD took a Test-best seven for 72 to leave England's batsmen with the chance today to build on their bowlers' solid work against the West Indies. Broad will resume the tourists'...
Robben's Strong Belief Will Keep Blues on Their Toes
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA will not be lulled into a false sense of security if they keep Arjen Robben quiet early on tomorrow. The Bayern Munich midfielder is up against a number of his former team-mates in the final,...
Sales at Mitchells & Butlers Shrunk by the Downpours
Byline: Nick Goodway MITCHELLS & Butlers, the owner of some of Britain's best-known pubs today said sales had actually fallen during April as the rain poured down. Chairman Bob Ivell, who is heading the business while it recruits a new chief...
Shares Keep Tumbling as Eurozone Panic Grows; Merkel under More Pressure to Prop Up Euro
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Simon English LONDON shares kept tumbling today as investor panic over the Eurozone grew and the German finance minister warned that the turmoil could continue for two years. The FTSE was down for the fifth day running...
Shiv Shines as He Carries the Burden for His Absent Friends
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent at Lord's [bar] HIV CHANDERPAUL is likely to prove the main obstacle to England's bowlers in this Test series but his effort at Lord's yesterday was a reminder of how strong West Indies could have been...
Slash' Second Coming; INTERVIEW; Rock's Great Reformed Guitarist Has a Rollicking New Album, a Classy Lead Singer and Some Great Songs -- Now It's All about the Music
Byline: David Smyth IF YOU looked up the word "contentment" in the dictionary, chances are there wouldn't be a picture of Slash. Sitting somewhere beneath giant shades and shaggy black curls, with his nose ring, arms littered with tattoos and a...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 18 Yet again, both long-standing arrangements and those you've just organised need to be rethought and, often, rearranged. This is tedious, especially as in some cases it involves time consuming details. Still, there's no question...
Success in the City Is Leading Top Women to Drink Too Much
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor HIGH-FLYING women drink far more than those in more routine jobs, official figures reveal today. They show many women in top company, town hall and Whitehall posts drink more than twice as much on...
Tale of the Unexpected Can End with Roman Realising His Dream
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent, in Munich [bar] FTER Manchester City were rewarded for their own huge investment, Roman Abramovich is close to fulfilling his [pounds sterling]1billion dream as Chelsea stand just 90 minutes away...
Tale of the Unexpected Can End with Roman Realising His Dream; after a Season of Turmoil, Chelsea Are on the Verge of Delivering the Prize Their Owner Has Spent a Fortune Trying to Land
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent, in Munich AFTER Manchester City were rewarded for their own huge investment, Roman Abramovich is close to fulfilling his [pounds sterling]1billion dream as Chelsea stand just 90 minutes away from...
The BBC Has Lost Confidence in Programming -- and Women Are Key to the Planet's Future
Byline: Richard Godwin [bar] OR his latest film, Sir David Attenborough has returned home. The Kingdom of Plants, for Sky 3D, finds the 86-year-old naturalist ranging around Kew Gardens, amid orchids and water lilies, as their fecundity explodes...
The Show Will Go on, Says Actress Facing Battle with Breast Cancer
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Rob Parsons AN ACTRESS diagnosed with breast cancer days before she was due to open a new play today vowed that the show will go on. Sally Farmiloe, 57, was given the news on Monday but has refused to pull out...
Tickets for 20 Events to Go on Sale
Byline: Mark Blunden and Michael Howie TICKETS for more than 20 Olympic sports are likely to be available next week after a last-minute scramble for seats, it was revealed today. The window for people who had previously failed to get tickets...
Trayvon Martin Shot in Heart at Point-Blank Range
Byline: Bo Wilson TRAYVON MARTIN, the teenager whose killing divided America, was shot in the heart at point-blank range. The detail emerged in post-mortem results revealed in nearly 200 pages of previously undisclosed documents. The neighbourhood...
'Tyrant' Defies Protest to Lunch with the Queen
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent THE King of Bahrain was today defying protests about his regime's brutality and having lunch with the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Buckingham Palace confirmed that King Hamad would attend...
'Tyrant' King of Bahrain Defies Protest to Lunch with the Queen
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent THE King of Bahrain today defied protests about his regime's brutality by having lunch with the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Buckingham Palace had confirmed that King Hamad would attend...
We'll All Be Nervous and Losing Will Be the Worst Feeling but I Still Love the Play-Offs
Byline: SAM ALLARDYCE EXCLUSIVE [bar] HE preparation is nearly finished, the fine-tuning almost done -- it's just a matter of managing things between now and 3pm tomorrow. One dilemma for us in the build-up to the Championship Play-off Final was...
WE'LL WIN IT FOR TERRY; DEFIANT CECH VOWS BLUES WILL LIFT THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOR BANNED STARS; Chelsea Stars Rally Round Their Banned Team-Mates
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent PETR CECH today vowed to win the Champions League trophy for Chelsea captain John Terry and the three other players suspended for the final against Bayern Munich. Terry is banned due to the red card...
Wilko Returns with a Spring in His Step
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent [bar] ONNY WILKINSON and Jonathan Sexton are at different ends of their careers but both carry the same heavy weight of expectation as the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup come to thrilling climaxes in...
Win a Gourmet Getaway for Two; Mini Codeword
How to play Mini Codeword: Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. Yesterday's solution: ARTICHOKE. THE CLUES 431 gives...
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