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Articles from March 20, 2006

12,000 Injured in Accidents on Tube over Past Five Years; Boozy Passengers Blamed for [Pounds Sterling]5m Compensation Bill
Byline: AMAR SINGH;HEATHER BROOKE MORE than 12,000 people have been injured while travelling on the Tube in the past five years. Figures show more than half of accidents involved falls on escalators or stairs. Eleven accidents were fatal and...
Anderson's Comeback Strike Has England in Dreamland; Prize Dismissal of Indian Skipper Dravid Is Massive Test Tonic for Flintoff's Fighters
Byline: DAVID LLOYD COMEBACK kid Jimmy Anderson captured the prize wicket of Rahul Dravid, for a relatively cheap 52, as England tightened their grip on the nerve-tingling final Test. The 23- year- old Lancastrian, restored to the big stage for...
And Incidentally
Byline: RACHEL JOHNSON IN ORDER to gain access to the Country Living Spring Fair yesterday, which was housed in the unrustic environs of the Business Design Centre in Islington, I had to plough past crowds of well-turned-out middle-aged women, staggering...
A Tax Cut That Could Let Us Join in the Craic
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST FOR a day last week, I was a second-class citizen. I was at Cheltenham for the races and I knew what it was like to be a loser. Everyone around me seemed to be having a ball. Lots of them knew one another. There was much...
Aviva Woos Pru with Bumper Divis Pledge
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE INSURANCE giant Aviva today took its [pounds sterling]36 billion merger plan direct to Prudential shareholders with a promise of hundreds of millions of pounds in extra dividends in future years. A key plank in Aviva's attack...
Aviva Woos the Pru with Bumper Payouts Pledge
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE INSURANCE giant Aviva today took its [pounds sterling]36 billion merger plan direct to Prudential shareholders with a promise of hundreds of millions of pounds in extra dividends in future years. A key plank in Aviva's attack...
Barwick: Ban Fighting Yobs
Byline: LEO SPALL BRIAN BARWICK today condemned the "mindless individuals" who caused violent scenes at Fulham's clash with Chelsea and promised to launch a full investigation into the crowd trouble. Fans from both clubs forced their way past...
Bombing Families Condemn Inquest Delays
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS;KIRAN RANDHAWA A MASS inquest into the victims of the 7 July bombings will take place in the summer of next year - two years after the tragedy. With an official public inquiry ruled out, it will be the first chance for...
Bring Backs to the Fore If World Cup Is to Be Retained
Byline: JUSTIN CARTWRIGHT WHEN England lost so handsomely to France last week, I was as angry as any of the fruitcakes who call sports phone-ins ranting about the manager, chairman and players. Over the intervening week, I began to wonder why...
Bubbly and iPods Sum Up Britain Today
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN BRITAIN has become a nation of champagne-swilling iPod wearers, according to the Government's latest "official" shopping basket. A bottle of champers - once an emblem of decadent wealth - and a personal MP3 player were...
Builders' Feud Threatens [Pounds Sterling]4billion Olympic City
Byline: ROSS LYDALL;MIRA BAR-HILLEL THE private consortium responsible for building London's [pounds sterling]4billion "Olympic City" is at the point of collapse. Investment bank NM Rothschild has been ordered to find a solution that involves...
C-CHARGE CHIEF'S [Pounds Sterling]1m FOR LABOUR; Full List of Donors Is Published
Byline: JOE MURPHY THE full list of Labour's secret lenders can be revealed tonight - and it includes a company boss making a fortune from Whitehall contracts. The dozen names include Rod Aldridge, the boss of controversial IT firm Capita, which...
Chancellor Stands Accused over 'Bogus' Whitehall Cuts
Byline: PAUL WAUGH GORDON BROWN'S claims to have slashed Whitehall waste were dismissed as "bogus" today after Parliament's watchdog said key Treasury figures could not be verified. The Tories hit out as it emerged that the National Audit Office...
City Spy
FROM beyond the grave, former Rothschild director Sir Michael Richardson explains how Robert Maxwell got away with it for so long: "The great thing about Bob was that he knew how to look after his English bankers." Richardson died in 2003 but not...
Dawson: We Can Tough It out to Hold off Arsenal
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON MICHAEL DAWSON today warned rivals Arsenal that Tottenham are no longer a soft touch and are ready to fight all the way for a place in the Champions League. Martin Jol's side showed their determination on Saturday in their...
Do We Really Care? Jobs: Looking after the Elderly Is a Vital, If Unglamorous, Role - and Some Carers Have Been Accused of Abusing Those They Should Be Protecting. Jacky Hyams Investigates
Byline: JACKY HYAMS DORA sips her tea and beams approvingly at the carer who has just placed it before her. Here, in 92-year-old Dora's tiny one-bedder near Archway, north London, the TV stays on most of the time. The Zimmer frame by her chair tells...
Drunks Blamed as Accidents on Tube Hit 12,000 in 5 Years; LU Launch Safety Campaign for Tipsy Commuters
Byline: AMAR SINGH;HEATHER BROOKE LONDON Underground today defended its safety standards after it was revealed more than 12,000 people have been injured while travelling on the Tube in the past five years. Bosses blamed drunken passengers for...
End to Rugby's Civil War Could Rescue Robinson
Byline: CHRIS JONES New deal with clubs will give the players more time to train with England but specialist coaches are still in firing line, writes Chris Jones ANDY ROBINSON will be given the extra training days he believes can help England...
England Turn Twickenham into a Theatre of Delusion
Byline: IAN CHADBAND TWICKENHAM became an extraordinary theatre of delusion on Saturday. Listening to England's management explain away a third successive defeat was to be presented with the illusion that all was hunky-dory and that, as Andy...
FA Trouble Probe
Byline: LEO SPALL FULHAM are set to be charged by the Football Association for failing to control their supporters after they invaded the Craven Cottage pitch and fighting broke out with Chelsea fans yesterday. The disgraceful scenes marred a...
First Successes as We Fight for 'Village' London; (1)A Week into the Standard's Shops Campaign, Charity Trustees and Council Officers Are Responding to the Plight of Small Traders Hit by Rising Costs (2)SAVE OUR SMALL SHOPS CAMPAIGN EVENING STANDARD
Byline: ANDREW GILLIGAN BRITAIN'S public schools have been accused of many things in their time: elitism, arrogance, giving the rich an unfair advantage. Now there is a fresh entry on the charge-sheet - that they are helping to destroy large parts...
Frustrated Jose Fails to Win Hands Down
Byline: LEO SPALL Barclays Premiership Fulham 1 Chelsea 0 Scorer: Boa Morte 17 Booked: Brown Booked: Huth, Attendance: 22,486 Ref: Mike Dean Carvalho, Drogba, Makelele Sent off: Gallas JOSE MOURINHO was headline news all day again, from...
Gas-Guzzlers Squeezed While Drinkers Cheer
Byline: JOE MURPHY ANNUAL car tax on the biggest gas guzzlers is set to reach [pounds sterling]200 on Wednesday. Chancellor Gordon Brown will sting buyers of the "dirtiest" cars in a "green" Budget meant to curb global warming. Meanwhile,...
Gordon's Secret Budget
Byline: GEORGE OSBORNE As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his 10th Budget this week, his Tory opponent says he is hiding the bad news IT'S official: the pips are really squeaking. A new study shows that Britain's tax burden is about to hit...
Gunners in a League of Their Own When They're on Form, Insists Powell
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY The 25 Premiership points between Chelsea and Arsenal would suggest that there is a vast gulf between London's two heavyweight clubs. But after his team were torn to shreds by the Gunners at Highbury on Saturday, Chris Powell...
Has 'Miss Stiletto Prose' Lost Her Point? Books
Byline: RACHEL COOKE Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide by Maureen Dowd (Headline, [pounds sterling]12.99) FOR YEARS I have heard tell of Maureen Dowd, gorgeous, pouting, uber-columnist of the New York Times. For reasons I've never been...
Healthy Example in a Public-Market Passion; CITY COMMENT
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON CITIGROUP pointed out in research the other day that planned and completed leveraged buyouts in the UK in the first 10 weeks of this year are the equivalent of 3.3% of the total value of the UK stock market. It is not rocket...
Hospitals Facing Huge Cuts to Plug [Pounds Sterling]700m Debt
Byline: REBECCA SMITH;ELLEN WIDDUP Trusts told to hand over cash .Managers will vet all GP referrals .Long delays to new NHS services A DEVASTATING series of cuts will hit patients at every London NHS trust, an Evening Standard investigation...
Hungry Tesco Joins Bidding Race to Bag $1Bn China Grocer
Byline: BILL CONDIE SUPERMARKETS giant Tesco has joined a bidding war for Chinese grocer Trust-Mart, which is expected to fetch more than $1 billion ([pounds sterling]570 million). It is also eyeing the outlets of French rival Carrefour in South...
I Don't Want Mum's [Pounds Sterling]130m; Her Parents May Have Just Sold Their Stake in Body Shop, but Sam Roddick Says She Isn't Looking for a Handout. She's Too Busy Selling Bondage Knickers at [Pounds Sterling]200 a Go
Byline: EMINE SANER WHEN Anita Roddick started the Body Shop back in 1976, it was to support her two daughters, Sam, then four, and Justine, six, while her husband, Gordon, was away travelling. Thirty years on, Dame Anita is back in the news having...
In Brief
Errors cost Owen US Masters spot GREG OWEN found little reason to celebrate today following his best finish on the US Tour. One week after Luke Donald won the Honda Classic, 34-year-old Owen was poised to make it a double for English golf at...
Ivy Restaurant Owner 'Made Secret [Pounds Sterling]2m Loan to Labour'
Byline: PAUL WAUGH;JASON BEATTIE ANOTHER secret millionaire Labour backer was named today as the Government rushed out plans to make loans to political parties public. Rag trade tycoon and Ivy restaurant owner Richard Caring was the latest businessman...
I Was Told to Keep Quiet over [Pounds Sterling]250,000 Loan to Labour; Let Down: Friends Say Sir Gulam Noon Feels Badly Hurt by Labour's Lack of Loyalty towards Him since His Loan Was Made Public
Byline: PAUL WAUGH PLANS to ban secret party loans were rushed out by the Government today as a millionaire revealed he had been told by Labour to keep quiet about bankrolling the party. Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer announced that the Electoral...
Jose Just Can't Handle Latest Tough Decision; Chelsea Fury as Drogba 'Goal' Is Disallowed
Byline: LEO SPALL JOSE MOURINHO was headline news all day again, from the dawn speculation about a move to Inter Milan to the dusk complaints about referee Mike Dean during his side's 1-0 defeat at Fulham. There was no truth in claims of a summer...
Kempton out to Steal Dubai Cup Thunder
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM ONE of them has over [pounds sterling]12million in prize money, while the other offers less than [pounds sterling]50,000. Both of them will vie for the racing headlines this Saturday, and Kempton's clerk of the course...
Killers in a Sadistic Frenzy
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS THE gang who raped, tortured and murdered Mary Ann Leneghan were led by a bit-part drug dealer and a violent teenager. A mixture of old school friends and hangers-on, they only all came together once - for the fatal revenge...
Let Hopkins Take You for a Record Ride
NIGHTS OUT AT THE MOVIES TAKE 7 THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN 12A, 127 mins Anthony Hopkins is very nearly at his best as eccentric veteran motorcyclist Burt Munro, who broke a land speed record at Bonneville, Utah, and was hailed as a hero in New Zealand....
Life for Knife Killer, 17, Who Drew Up Death List
A TEENAGE girl who drew up a death list was today jailed for life with a recommendation that she serve a minimum of 14 years for killing a 15-year-old at a party. Beatriz Martins-Paes was 17 when she stabbed Charlotte Polius, of Stratford, through...
Madness at Craven Cottage That No Child Should Have to Witness
Byline: STEVE CORDING IT started as the perfect afternoon. My 10-year-old son Ryan and I strolled through Bishop's Park between Putney Bridge and Craven Cottage, stopping off to eat a hotdog as fans from both teams mingled and enjoyed the warmth...
MARY ANN KILLERS WERE ON PROBATION; Six Face Life for Torture and Murder of 16-Year-Old
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ;MARTIN BENTHAM FOUR members of a six-strong London gang were on probation when they tortured and killed a teenage girl. Drug dealer Adrian Thomas, 20, and three accomplices were all meant to be under supervision when...
Michelangelo Show's Just like Standing in the Sistine Chapel
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA THE BRITISH Museum has been turned into the Sistine Chapel for a major new exhibition of Michelangelo's works. Huge sections of the Italian Renaissance artist's awe-inspiring frescoes from the Vatican church have been projected...
MILLIONS FOR OLYMPIC HOPES; Chancellor to Pledge Budget Cash for Young 2012 Athletes
Byline: JOE MURPHY MILLIONS of pounds in funding for 2012 Olympic hopefuls will be announced this week. The Chancellor is to pledge support for Britain's athletes competing in the London Games. He will also challenge the private sector to follow...
Minimum Pay Boost for Up to 900,000 Women
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL NEARLY 900,000 women in low-paid jobs are to get a boost after the minimum wage was raised by 30p to [pounds sterling]5.35 an hour. Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson today announced that the increase will apply...
Motorists on Trial; A Return to the Appeal Hearings against 'Unfair' Parking Tickets
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THE number of motorists appealing against parking tickets in London has soared by almost 30 per cent as drivers increasingly refuse to accept aggressive parking policies. For the second time in a month we spent a day at...
Mr Brown's Cuts Do Not Deliver
CUTTING Whitehall waste is a project to which the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, is, in theory, completely committed. He has pledged himself to fulfilling the recommendations of the Gershon report, which identified 84,000 jobs which could be cut in Whitehall...
Naivety of Youth Led to Horrific Ordeal
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ SHE was the girl who should have died. Mary Ann Leneghan's friend was tortured for three hours, forced to watch her friend being stabbed to death, and finally she was shot in the head at point-blank range. Her attackers...
Names That Failed to Win Approval for Memorials at Their Homes
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK IT is the ultimate accolade for the great and the good - a blue plaque to commemorate the home where they lived. But today the Evening Standard can name those turned down by English Heritage's plaque selection committee....
Natasha, the Ivory Countess; Redgraves out in Force at Premiere as Ismail Merchant's Partner Promises More Movies
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK WHEN legendary producer Ismail Merchant died last year it was assumed that this meant the end of Merchant Ivory, one of Britain's most successful film production outfits. But director James Ivory now says the Merchant Ivory...
NHS Cuts Will Hit Every Trust in the Capital; Delays to Ops and New Services . GP Referrals to Be Vetted
Byline: REBECCA SMITH;ELLEN WIDDUP A DEVASTATING series of cuts will hit patients at every London NHS trust, an Evening Standard investigation has found. People will be forced to wait longer than necessary for operations, new services will be...
One Artist Too Many at Odds in the House; Books
Byline: CLAIRE HARMAN The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Eight Tumultuous Weeks in Arles by Martin Gayford (Fig Tree, [pounds sterling]14.99) IN the autumn of 1888, one of the most peculiar houseshares in history took place in the yellow-painted...
On the Ball
KING BACK TO FACE SAINTS Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd is expecting to be tested at Southampton tonight despite having already thumped them in the Championship. "They're in transition as a team and George Burley will have made his mark so it'll...
PAPERBACKS; Books
Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD Aliens: Why They Are Here by Bryan Appleyard (Scribner, [pounds sterling]7.99) BRYAN Appleyard once saw a flying saucer in Norfolk. He was under hypnosis in London at the time (why, we're not told), when he suddenly saw...
Paper Round
DAILY TELEGRAPH A STUDY has found youngsters who become "goths" - wearing black and listening to morbid music - are part of a subculture likely to become doctors and lawyers. Dunja Brill, who studied goths in Brighton, Edinburgh, Berlin and Cologne,...
Pardew Calls for End to Cup Chaos
Byline: KEN DYER West Ham manager slams schedule as he's forced to juggle squad with tonight's quarterfinal in mind. Ken Dyer reports Making a point: West Ham manager Alan Pardew made six changes on Saturday as he looked ahead to tonight's Cup...
Pardew Calls for End to 'Cup Chaos'; Man City V West Ham FA CUP QUARTERFINAL
Byline: KEN DYER ALAN PARDEW said today that the experiment of playing the FA Cup quarterfinals over the next four nights should never be repeated. The West Ham manager could be without three first-teamers tonight as his side go to Manchester...
PICK OF THE NIGHT; Television
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Comedy Connections 10.35pm, BBC1 Drop the Dead Donkey was one of the best comedies of the Nineties - and is still going strong these days, with constant repeat runs on the Paramount Comedy channels. Which might seem a...
[Pounds Sterling]4m for Boy Whose Life Was Wrecked by Blunders; Errors during Birth Left Child Needing Round-the-Clock Care
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ THIS smiling boy has been awarded [pounds sterling]4million in damages after a series of medical blunders left him severely disabled. William Whittington, seven, was starved of oxygen during his birth at Hillingdon Hospital....
[Pounds Sterling]4m Payout for Brain-Damaged Boy Aged Seven Hospital Error Left William in a Wheelchair
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ THIS smiling seven-year-old boy has been awarded [pounds sterling]4 million in damages after his brain was starved of oxygen at birth following medical blunders. The hospital's mistakes left William Whittington wheelchairbound,...
Pre-Budget Finances Shiver for Brown
Byline: JANE PADGHAM CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown was today dealt a damaging pre-Budget blow with news that the public finances plunged deep into the red last month. A surge in Government spending and a slowdown in the growth of tax receipts left...
Pru and Miners Ensure a Five-Year High for Footsie; MARKET REPORT
Byline: MICKEY CLARK ANOTHER burst of takeover speculation and a strong performance by mining companies propelled share prices above the 6000 resistance level today. Building on last week's positive performance, the FTSE 100 index rose 17.9 to...
RAF Jets Project Stalled by Row with US
Byline: PETER ALMOND A GOVERNMENT cost-cutting plan to lease out RAF aircraft to the highest bidders has triggered a row that threatens to derail the largest-ever Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme. American contractors say they cannot now...
Ricky Gives 20 Minutes of His (Dead Funny) Best
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU REVIEW Ricky Gervais Dominion Theatre THE Simpsons episode he has written airs in America this week, his chart-topping podcasts are in the Guinness Book of Records and he is about to be given a special award at Europe's...
Ricky Stands Up to Help out His Old Pals. Fact
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU RICKY GERVAIS **** at the dominion THE Simpsons episode he has written airs in America this week, his chart-topping podcasts are in the Guinness Book of Records and he is about to be given a special award at Europe's prestigious...
Rocket Looks Primed for Lift-Off
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM THE Monday after Cheltenham week is often a time for reflection and pondering what you might have done differently. From a personal viewpoint, it might have been wise to wear a little more and drink a little less. A...
Rocky Road to Reality Ruin ... Television
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH My Reality TV Breakdown, VH1 I USED to think nostalgia was a pleasurable experience, until I recently watched an archive edition of Junior Showtime. "Algia" means pain, and that's what I was in as this Seventies...
Schools Forced by Law to Use Phonics for Reading
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES PRIMARY schools are to be required by law to adopt a back-to-basics method of reading instruction. Education Secretary Ruth Kelly was announcing today that synthetic phonics is to be incorporated into the national curriculum...
Shaming of Shirley
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS BIOGRAPHY Nothing Like A Dame Andrew Hosken KEITH DOVKANTS Story of sleaze that still has a power to shock HOW easy it is to despise Dame Shirley Porter, whose corrupt reign at Westminster City Council set new standards...
Shirley Some Mistake; Books: Dame Shirley Porter's Misdemeanours Have Cost Her Dear - but Why Did Her Lieutenants Escape?
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS Nothing Like a Dame: The Scandals of Shirley Porter by Andrew Hosken (Granta, [pounds sterling]20) HOW easy it is to despise Dame Shirley Porter, the ranting harpy whose corrupt reign at Westminster City Council set new...
Sprinters Fail to Deliver Yet Again in 100m Final
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER BRITISH sprinters, once a major force in the world, suffered another dismal night in the showpiece 100metres at the Commonwealth Games today. Mark Lewis-Francis, still struggling to live up to his teenage promise, was disqualified...
Spurs Get Physical and Warn Arsenal They Won't Give Up That Top-Four Spot
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON MICHAEL DAWSON today warned rivals Arsenal that Tottenham will fight all the way for a place in the Champions League. Martin Jol's side showed as much on Saturday in their 2-0 win against a bruising Birmingham. The victory...
Stop This Shameful Witch-Hunt of Sir Ian
Byline: PETER OBORNE IT'S ALWAYS easy to make friends. That's why men and women occupying high office are best judged by the calibre of their enemies. On this basis Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of the Met, is doing a quite outstanding job. Let's...
Stricken Macey Hurls Himself into the Lead
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER DEAN MACEY cautiously started to lift his injury-wrecked career out of the doldrums here today when he led the Commonwealth Games decathlon after the first three events. The Canvey Island athlete, who has been forced to...
Ten Definitive Fashion Commandments; Victoria Beckham Recently Published Her 10 Style Rules - Swiftly Followed by Another Set of Tips from Fellow Footballer's Wife Coleen McLoughlin. Unimpressed? So Were We. Here We Ask Style Guru and Vanity Fair's London-Based Fashion Director for Her Invaluable Rules on How to Look Great
Byline: ELIZABETH SALTZMAN MY FATHER, who was a fantastic interior designer, once said to me: "When you go out, you represent me - remember that." If having that as an incentive to always look your best wasn't enough, my mother was the fashion director...
The Flatline Finagler and a Bluffer on the Baseline
Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN VERY occasionally, even the staunch patriot has to express admiration for an act that evidently damages the country he loves. In England's 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against Argentina, Diego Maradona concluded a bedazzling...
The Low-Risk Route into Business; ESB2B FRANCHISING
Byline: DAVID SPITTLES TELEVISION hits such as The Apprentice and Dragon's Den are compelling because of their insight into the cut-and-thrust world of business. Entrepreneurs who are looking for a less gruelling route to success should consider...
The Names That Just Didn't Make the 'Blue' Grade
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK IT is the ultimate accolade for the great and the good - a blue plaque to commemorate the home where they lived. But today the Evening Standard can name those turned down by English Heritage's plaque selection committee....
The Science of Shaking off Religion; Books
Byline: KENAN MALIK Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C Dennett (Allen Lane, [pounds sterling]25) WHY ARE most people in the world religious? And how can we shake them out of their delusion? Those are the two questions...
Track Death Teenagers May Have Been Playing Chicken
Byline: DICK MURRAY;JONATHAN WYNNE-JONES THE driver of the Stansted Express that killed two teenagers has said he saw the two boys running "back and forwards" across the tracks as his train bore down on them. Investigators believe the two 16-year-olds...
Train Driver: Boys Were 'Playing Chicken' on Line; Four Teenage Witnesses Urged to Come Forward
Byline: DICK MURRAY;JONATHAN WYNNE-JONES THE driver of the Stansted Express that killed two teenagers has told how he saw the boys running "back and forwards" across the tracks as his train bore down upon them. Investigators believe the 16-year-olds...
Tricksiness Tramples over Early O'Casey; THEATRE: Bedtime Story/The End of the Beginning, Union, SE1
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD WHEN something is labelled specifically as a young director's showcase, said young director must take care not to let headline billing go to her head. Her job is, after all, to ease the text on to the stage, not to have it...
Try This Real Dress Code
Victoria Beckham and Coleen McLoughlin have published their style rules. Unimpressed? So were we. We decided to ask an expert... STYLE GURU Elizabeth Saltzman knows the commandments of looking good after more than 20 years of working for Giorgio...
US Top-End Losses Drive Up LSE's Value to Nasdaq; MARKET REPORT
Byline: SARAH MARKS THE Nasdaq bigwigs may have returned to the US, but they have not yet finished with the London Stock Exchange. Nasdaq knows it is losing listings and therefore profits to foreign stock exchanges. Burdened by the costly Sarbanes-Oxley...
Vocal Gymnasts Get Back to Basics; POP: Ether Festival - beyond Beatboxing, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Byline: CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON YESTERDAY'S portion of the Royal Festival Hall's Ether Festival was devoted to the human beatbox. Beatboxing, creating the sounds of drumbeats, cymbals and other instruments purely by mouth, began in New York in the...
Water Repair Chaos; Road Closures, Parking Bans and Disruption to Supplies as Firm Battles to Fix Leaks
Byline: MARK PRIGG;SIMON ATKINSON LONDONERS are facing chaos as Thames Water upgrades massive sections of the capital's antiquated network, causing years of road closures, parking bans and a loss of supply. The company is replacing metal pipes...
Wembley Is Evacuated as Stadium Roof Collapses
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ;MATHEUS SANCHEZ MORE than 3,000 workers were evacuated from Wembley stadium today after part of the roof collapsed. A section of the metal structure dropped three feet as welders attempted to fix a 165ft steel beam weighing...
Who Needs an Audience? EXHIBITION: Ellsworth Kelly, Serpentine Gallery, W2
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH AUSTERE, beautiful and uncompromising, Ellsworth Kelly's minimal, abstract paintings and sculptures effortlessly command the spaces in which they are displayed; an audience seems almost an unwarranted intrusion. The 18...
Why This Donkey Is Still Hot to Trot
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY STAYING IN DROP The Dead Donkey was one of the best comedies of the Nineties - and is still going strong with repeats on the Paramount Comedy channels. Which might seem surprising for a sitcom designed to be topical, with...
World at a Glance
LA police reopen unsolved murder case of rapper BIG World at a glance . A NEW team of detectives has been assigned to the unsolved murder case of rapper Notorious BIG. BIG, real name Christopher Wallace, died aged 24 in 1997 after seven shots...
Zoom in on the Best in Camcorders
Byline: MARK PRIGG Zoom in on the best in camcorders THE days of the clunky old camcorder are gone. Today's models are easy to use, and give results good enough for you to make your own TV show - all in a gadget small enough to take everywhere with...
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