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Articles from October 12, 2006

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A Child Should Be More Than a Fashion Item; THIS IS LONDON'S MESSAGEBOARD
Do you approve of Madonna's adoption? WHAT does Madonna think she is doing by swanning off to Malawi and plucking the first child she likes from a poor orphanage? If she wants a child to adopt and raise as her own then why doesn't she just do it...
'Acrobatics' Puzzle of US Plane That Crashed into Flats
THE light aircraft which crashed into a 50-storey Manhattan apartment block had been flying erratically seconds before the tragedy, witnesses said today. The plane, piloted by New York Yankees baseball pitcher Cory Lidle, who died along with a flying...
Also Showing
Open Season Cert PG, 99 mins *** MARTIN LAWRENCE voices Boog, a grizzly bear living the high life with forest ranger Beth (Debra Messing), who feeds him crackers. The appearance of stag Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) throws his comfy existence into turmoil....
An Inspiration; IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT the Secret of Success Is a Simple Idea, Our O2 Inspiration Award Judges Tell Niki Chesworth
Byline: NIKI CHESWORTH Your father is unemployed - most of the time. Your mother works part-time as a waitress. You live on a council estate in Mitcham and earn money any way you can - working in the chip shop, delivering newspapers and even hunting...
Annabel's Dynasty AT WAR OVER [Pounds Sterling]200,000 SCAM; the Tape Was Pure Fiction
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS THE Birley family, owners of Annabel's nightclub and Harry's Bar, is at war with itself after falling victim to an astonishing confidence trick, the Evening Standard can reveal. The recent row between Mark Birley and his son...
An Orphan of Bali Remembers; Charles Unveils Memorial to Bomb Victims
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK A SMALL boy reaches out, surrounded by the memory of the father he scarcely knew. Wilson Young was just a year old when his father Jake died, a victim of the Bali bombings four years ago. Today, a memorial to the...
A Return to the Slicker Look Suits Moss Bros
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE MOSS BROS today delivered a stern message to Britain's army of scruffy blokes: chuck out your tatty denim and smarten up. The menswear giant said the current autumn-winter season for menswear has seen the biggest style shift...
Ashmore Staff Share [Pounds Sterling]427m Float Jackpot
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER FIFTY staff at Covent Gardenbased fund manager Ashmore Group shared in a [pounds sterling]427 million bonanza today after the company's [pounds sterling]1.2 billion stock market debut. Around a dozen senior fund managers...
Ballack Is Plotting Barcelona Revenge
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY MICHAEL BALLACK wants revenge over Barcelona in the Champions League next Wednesday even though he didn't play for Chelsea when they were knocked out of the competition by the Spaniards last season. The clubs meet in a Group...
B Ck Row Bloggers
Gripping gangster flick THE DEPARTED (18) I must have seen a different film than everybody else, or maybe it's because I didn't see the original. The Departed gripped me from start to finish. Though it was a slow-paced gangster flick, it was...
B Ckstage Blogs
Surprisingly good SIMON BOCCANEGRA UCL BLOOMSBURY THEATRE WC1 I have always found going to opera trying, and a bit of a chore. Imagine my trepidation when my wife suggested we go to see Simon Boccanegra. I thought "Oh no! Not another stuffy night!"...
Best Movies
Resident Evil: Apocalypse 2004) Sky Movies 2, 10pm The heroine from the first film teams up with other survivors of the zombie plague - but she's forced to battle the menace once more when a prestigious scientist demands she ventures back into Raccoon...
Boys Run Riot in the Cinema; There Are Plenty of Laughs in Nicholas Hytner's and Alan Bennett's Film of Their Stage Hit about a Group of Sixth-Formers. but It Still Worked Better as a Play
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM The History Boys Cert 15, 112 mins *** MUCH as I regret to say it, Nicholas Hytner's movie version of Alan Bennett's stage hit isn't half as good on film as it was in the theatre. It's not the acting, which is often...
BP Chiefmust Face Court Quiz on Blast
Byline: BILL CONDIE BP chief executive Lord Browne faces up to six hours' grilling by lawyers over a blast at a Texas refinery that killed 15 people after a US judge ordered him to give testimony. It had seemed earlier this week that Browne would...
Can Barbie Beat off the Bratz This Xmas? BATTLE OF THE DOLLS BEGINS AS CHRISTMAS LOOMS INTO VIEW
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN FOR generations she has ruled the Christmas roost. In the stampede to bag the perfect present, Barbie has imperiously swept all rivals before her as the must-have little girl's gift. But this year there is a serious contender...
Can I Stand a Week on the Wagon? SINGLE LIFE
Byline: LAURA TOPHAM THERE is no place for sobriety in single life - as I discovered this week when I gave up alcohol. The desire to detox struck me last month after a particularly heavy night out in Soho, of which I remember nothing. The following...
Chalet Girls on Slippery Slope; PREVIEW
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY From Ladette Lady 9pm ITV1 SO FAR my favourite girl has been the gloriously outrageous Louise (and, yes, amazing she's still in). But tonight, a new favourite emerges in this annoyingly likeable reality nonsense the unlikely...
Charles Unveils Bali Memorial; British Victims of 2002 Bombs Remembered
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK PRINCE CHARLES and the Duchess of Cornwall were today unveiling a memorial in central London to the victims of the Bali bombings exactly four years ago. Twenty-eight Britons were among the 202 people killed when Muslim...
Check out the Tartans
Byline: DEBORAH ARTHURS EVER since the Seventies when Vivienne Westwood hijacked staid plaid as the material of choice for bondage drainpipes, tartan has suffered from a sartorial identity crisis. On the one hand it is associated with haggis flinging...
Cityspy
* THE 2000 traders and their clients at this week's annual dinner of the London Metal Exchange at the Grosvenor House Hotel may have been whooping it up, with Dom Perignon flying out of the bar at a rate of knots, but for some the night was pure hard...
Clint's Not a Cowboy after All; Hollywood's Most Famous Republican Used to Make Gung-Ho Movies, but His Latest Is Antiwar. 'I Didn't Mean It to Be Unpatriotic,' He Says
Byline: MIKE GOODRIDGE CRITICS are already calling Clint Eastwood's new movie, Flags of Our Fathers, the most important film of the year. It's a Second World War epic about the six soldiers who raised the US flag on the island of Iwo Jima, the six...
Clubrugbyfocus
Byline: SAM BORDISS Guinness Premiership Bristol v Harlequins Memorial Stadium, Sunday, 3pm Quins travel to top-of-the-table Bristol desperately searching for their first win of the season. Adrian Jarvis will need to be more clinical with...
Conflicting Agendas; DANCE
Byline: SARAH FRATER DANCE The Forsythe Company/Three Atmospheric Studies Sadler's Wells *** WILLIAM Forsythe is a card-carrying brainiac who has long challenged theatrical forms. Classical harmony, sequential drama, theatrical crescendo...
Country Girl Cerys Lets Loose with Voice of an Angel; POP
Byline: STEVIE CHICK IN THE dark days after Britpop's bubble burst, pop success was anybody's to grab. Deliciously odd groups found themselves in the charts and on daytime radio but few made as big a splash as Catatonia. The Welsh indie-rockers...
Courtly Love
With the movie Marie Antoinette out this month, look to the teen queen to revolutionise your beauty regime. SOFIA COPPOLA'S new film based on the short life of Marie Antoinette (played by Kirsten Dunst, left) brings the French queen back into the...
CRITIC'S CHOICE OPENING NEXT WEEK by RICHARD GODWIN
Byline: RICHARD GODWIN Spamalot Palace Theatre, W1 Eric Idle's irreverent stomp through Arthurian legend might just be the most eagerly awaited of shows in a season not short of eagerly awaited shows: it's taken [pounds sterling]6.5 million...
CRITIC'S CHOICE TOP FIVE COMEDY SHOWS by BRUCE DESSAU
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU The Secret Policeman's Ball Royal Albert Hall, SW7 No room for comment, but the 24-carat line-up for this charity gig speaks for itself. Eddie Izzard introduces Jennifer Saunders, Russell Brand, The Mighty Boosh, Omid...
CRITIC'S CHOICE TOP FIVE EXHIBITIONS by HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON Turner Prize 2006 Tate Britain, SW1 It may not have the look-at-me controversy of previous prizes, but this year's Turner is a cheeringly solid show. Rebecca Warren's sculptures are rude and lusty, whether in...
CRITIC'S CHOICE TOP FIVE GIGS by DAVID SMYTH
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Klaxons, Shitdisco, Datarock Koko, NW1 Shoegazing, grebo, the new acoustic movement ... being part of a music mag-endorsed "scene" clearly doesn't bode well for the long term, but right now "new rave" figureheads Klaxons...
Critics' Choice Top Five Plays
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH;KIERON QUIRKE;FIONA MOUNTFORD CRITICS' CHOICE TOP FIVE PLAYS A Moon for the Misbegotten Old Vic, SE1 No modern playwright washed more of his dirty linen in the public gaze than the obsessively autobiographical...
CRITICS' CHOICE TOP TEN FILMS by DEREK MALCOLM & CHARLOTTE O'SULLIVAN
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM;CHARLOTTE O'SULLIVAN The Devil Wears Prada PG, 109 mins This sly feminist fable is both a satire on the fashion industry and fairytale of New York as wholesome postgraduate (Anne Hathaway) winds up as assistant to the...
Cuts in Number of Traffic Police Have Left Roads 'Lawless'
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS A DRAMATIC fall in the number of traffic police in London has sparked a culture of lawlessness on the roads, it was claimed today. There are now 692 traffic officers - half the number employed by the Met in the Eighties...
DOME CASINO TYCOON KILLED; 1.helicopter Crash Tragedy of Greenwich Bid Supremo 2.king of Sun City Loses His Son in Helicopter Carnage
Byline: PAUL WAUGH A TYCOON behind the Dome supercasino plan has died in a helicopter crash. Howard "Butch" Kerzner, 42, was killed with three others when the aircraft crashed into the roof of a nursery growing ornamental plants. Mr Kerzner...
Dome Tycoon's Son Dies in Jungle Crash
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE SON of the tycoon behind the Dome supercasino plan has died in a helicopter crash. Howard "Butch" Kerzner, 42, was killed with three others when the aircraft crashed into the roof of a nursery growing ornamental plants. ...
Don't Blame Me, Blame the Grass . . . IT WAS THE OTHER KEEPER'S FAULT, SAYS HAPLESS ROBINSON
Byline: PATRICK SAWER ENGLAND goalkeeper Paul Robinson today defended the howler which saw him concede a contender for worst-ever own goal by claiming: "It wasn't my fault" - and then blamed the opposition 'keeper for creating the divot which caused...
Drab Grey Is Keeping the Buyers at Bay
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN HUMID weather and grey collections have made this Autumn one of the worst on record for the top fashion chains. High street retailers now fear this year's "grey is the new black" look has been a massive miscalculation with...
Even Mervyn Will Be Surprised If 5% Is as High as We Go
Byline: NEIL COLLINS BY CONTRAST with those of some of his predecessors, the collected speeches of Mervyn King add up to a pretty slim volume. The present Governor of the Bank of England is an intellectual, and he prefers to lecture less frequently,...
FA Fury as Fans Are Hurt in Baton Charge; Official Protest at Croatian Police on a Night of Misery
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION today protested to UEFA about baton charges on innocent England fans by Croatian police. On a miserable night for England, in which the team were humiliated 2-0 in a European Championship qualifier...
Fast Talk Fast Talk; an Instant Interview with . . .HUGH DENNIS
Byline: SIMON BUTTON COMEDIAN and actor Hugh Dennis, 44, lives in Highgate with his wife Kate and their children Freddie and Meg. Sarcasm or wit? Wit. Sarcasm is too easy. I'm never very pleased with myself when I'm sarcastic. US sitcom...
FootballTalk
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS FASCINATING insight into the man behind the perma-tanned mask emerged from the trial of Simon Jordan's stalker. The Crystal Palace owner was crossexamined by jilted lover Tara Stout, who, after defending herself, was found guilty...
Fortune Smiles on New INXS Fortune Smiles on New INXS; Practice Makes Perfect: JD Fortune Fronting INXS at the Cuckoo Club Last Night
Byline: LISA VERRICO INXS WHEN INXS announced their decision to seek a new singer via a TV talent contest, the late Michael Hutchence must have spun in his grave. As if it weren't bad enough that any checkout girl who can hold a tune now stands...
Freddie Gets off to a Flier with Nifty 50 in Jaipur
Byline: NEAL COLLINS ENGLAND captain Andrew Flintoff got his first runs of a long, hard winter in Jaipur this morning. Typically, fiery Freddie chose to make his gentle comeback after a long-term injury by batting himself up the order at No 3...
GadgetZone; BUYING A NEW PC
Byline: MARK PRIGG Buying a new PC has never been harder as Apple challenges the Windows PC with faster and easier-to-use Macs. Here the experts at Stuff magazine (stuffmag.com) list their favourites... PACKARD BELL IPOWER SLI **** Packard...
Gazumpers Return with New Rise in House Prices
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL HOUSEBUYERS face a growing threat of gazumping because of a new surge in property prices. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors announced that 45 per cent more of its members reported a rise than a fall in prices...
Hamza's Wife Helped Him Con Council into Giving Her [Pounds Sterling]600k, 5-Bed Home; She'd Told Them They'd Split after Hate Cleric Beat Her ... Then They Had Five More Children
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE wife of jailed Islamic preacher Abu Hamza was under investigation today over her right to live in a [pounds sterling]600,000 house at taxpayers' expense. She was given the five bedroom council house next to a Cabinet...
Handbags Are out at the Wasps' Nest
Byline: NEAL COLLINS THERE'S been all sorts of bust-ups at the Wasps' Acton training ground this week - but for all the right reasons, according to boss Ian McGeechan. With his injured stars back to challenge the young pretenders, McGeechan has...
Hard-Hitting Freddie Is Back in the Groove
Byline: WARWICK JORDAN CAPTAIN Andrew Flintoff got his team's winter campaign off to a flying start in Jaipur today by hitting a half century off only 44 balls. Though only a warm-up match for their opening Champions Trophy game against India...
Hate Mob Turns on England
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON ENGLAND fans turned on coach Steve McClaren after the humiliating 2-0 defeat to Croatia in last night's European Championship qualifier. After one of England's most embarrassing losses in recent years, several hundred angry...
He Changed Shed into Boat - Now Artist Transforms Old Fiat into Pile of Cash TOM TEODORCZUK
Arts shackle shed which he turned into a boat - only to turn it back into a shed again. Then Scottish artist Simon Starling tried the same trick on a motor car, driving a battered Fiat 126 from Italy to Poland and changing it into a symbol of...
How Small Can Be the Next Big Thing; It Takes More Than a Dream of Giving Up Commuting to Make Working from Home Work. It Takes a Big Idea Too IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
Byline: JANIE LAWRENCE;KATE MOLLOY More than 7 in 10 of the 700,000 or so small businesses in London have no employees - they are sole directors running their own companies, the self-employed or partnerships. And most are so-called sole office/home...
How the Capital's Other Big Stars Fared
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY THIERRY HENRY put the misery of France's defeat by Scotland behind them by guiding the World Cup runners-up to a 5-0 thrashing over the Faroe Islands and moving to within three goals of Michel Platini's French scoring record....
If the Veil Sucks, So Does the Extremism of Its Foes
Byline: WILL SELF WHEN Salman Rushdie says the veil "sucks", and that it represents the subjugation of women, I'm with him. I'm with Jack Straw too, when he argues that wearing a veil depersonalises encounters and has a negative impact on intercommunal...
I Quit the Rat Race. to Be My Own Boss; Why Follow Someone Else's Dream, and Why Line an Employer's Pocket When You Can Line Your Own? IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
Byline: KATE MOLLOY These are the questions millions of employees ask themselves. For some, the obvious answer is to be their own boss. The desire to be masters - or mistresses - of their own destiny and of finding a work/life balance, is driving...
Is It Fashionable to Be Unfashionable? Big Looks for Autumn Include Thigh-High Patent Boots, Leopard Prints, Egg Shapes and Tartan. So Look What Kate Wore at a Recent Fashion Launch
Byline: MIMI SPENCER -THERE I was taking the number C1 bus the other day, as you do. The Tube service was down and the taxis swamped, so I was crawling along Sloane Street in the steady drizzle of a clammy afternoon. To my right sat a Goth with...
It's a Good Job Jose Wasn't Watching
CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho was in Kiev last night watching his most expensive player, Andriy Shevchenko, score a welcome penalty in the Ukraine's 2-0 win over Scotland. But he will have been told in no uncertain terms about Ashley Cole's night of...
IT'S YOUR BUSINESS; Why Are We Publishing This supplement?IT'S YOUR BUSINESS:O2 SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
To celebrate the achievements of London's small businesses. Businesses run by people like you - whether you are selfemployed and work from home or a successful entrepreneur with a growing business empire. O2, the leading mobile network provider...
I Wish Madonna Luck - and She'll Need It
Byline: YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN MADONNA is reportedly about to adopt a 13-month-old baby boy, David Banda, from a village orphanage in Malawi. Angelina Jolie got there first. She has two such adoptees - an orphan boy from Cambodia and an Ethiopian...
Jol Quick to Back His Keeper
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON MARTIN JOL today backed his Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson to bounce back after his blunder gifted Croatia their second goal, writes Andrew Hodgson. Robinson will play for Tottenham at Aston Villa on Saturday, and Jol said:...
Jury Watches Slow-Motion Film of the Moment PC Sharon Realised She Was about to Be Gunned Down
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A JURY today saw the moment on CCTV when two unarmed policewomen were gunned down in the street during a robbery. Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, 38, tried to duck the instant she realised the gunman was about to fire at close range....
KNIVES ARE OUT FOR McCLAREN; Fans and Critics Turn on England Boss after Total Shambles Brings Zagreb Defeat
Byline: NEAL COLLINS CROATIA....................2 ENGLAND..................0 THE chorus of disapproval against England coach Steve McClaren was led this morning by Alan Hansen... and McClaren himself. The former Middlesbrough boss, appointed...
Labour MP Swipes at Dave (Web) Cameron with Crude 'Sleep with My Wife' Joke on Net
Byline: JASON BEATTIE Political Correspondent NEWS 7 A LABOUR MP has made a spoof of David Cameron's web video in which he mocks the Tory leader's attempt to appeal to the youth vote. In the joke broadcast, Birmingham MP Sion Simon is photographedwearing...
Labour's Balls Rules out a Windfall Tax on Banks
Byline: ROBERT LEA LABOUR'S Chancellor-in-waiting, Ed Balls, has said he will not seek to put the heat on profiteering banks - just as the Competition Commission has accused banking groups of ripping off their customers in Northern Ireland. In...
Lesson from the US in Scrutiny of Bids; CITY COMMENT
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON A RECENT theme of this column has been that shareholders should give more support to company chairmen and independent directors who seek to reject bid approaches they feel undervalue the company. Too often, when a chairman...
London Bottom of the Pile for Recycling Its Rubbish
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL LONDONERS are the worst in the country at recycling and composting household waste, figures show today. Environment minister Ben Bradshaw will today hail a jump in the overall recycling rate across England from 23 per cent...
London Calling; the Latest News on All Your Favourite Clubs. Every Day
NICKLAS BENDTNER may be forced to bring his loan spell with Birmingham to an end after suffering a knee injury. The ARSENAL striker sustained the blow in Denmark's draw with Northern Ireland on Saturday. VETERAN midfielder Andy Hessenthaler is favourite...
London Is the Least 'Green' City in Britain
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL LONDONERS are the worst in the country at recycling and composting household waste, figures show today. Environment minister Ben Bradshaw will today hail a jump in the overall rate across England from 23 per cent in 2004-05...
London Population Set to Soar to a Record 9million
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN LONDON is in the grip of a massive population explosion, official figures reveal today. The capital's population is set to soar to a record high of almost nine million by 2029 from its present level of about 7.5 million....
London's Favourite Films
HOODWINKED! U, 81 minutes, Dir: Cory Edwards An animated reworking of the Little Red Riding Hood story, with Red, voiced by Anne Hathaway, failing to get chomped thanks to a helpful axe-wielding Woodsman, voiced by Jim Belushi. It's a neat trick...
London Traffic Police Halved; Cuts 'Encourage Rise in Rogue Drivers'
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS A DRAMATIC fall in the number of traffic police in London is sparking a culture of lawlessness on the roads, experts warned today. The number of traffic police officers is 692, half the number employed by the Metropolitan...
London Welsh in Fury at Elite's Lockout Bid
Byline: CHRIS JONES First Division Exiles are angry at plans to make the Premiership a closed shop with no teams relegated, writes Chris Jones LONDON WELSH could find their ambitious bid to regain former glories blocked by controversial Rugby...
MADONNA IN COURT BATTLE FOR BABY; Bid to Dodge Malawi Adoption Laws
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA MADONNA today faces 24 hours of uncertainty as a Malawian judge deliberates on her attempt to adopt a child. The pop icon and husband Guy Ritchie both appeared in court today in the capital Lilongwe in a bid to convince...
Madonna Wins Court Battle to Bring Her New Child Home
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA Media Correspondent MADONNA has been granted leave to fly back to Britain with the Malawian child she hopes to adopt. The pop singer appeared in court in the capital Lilongwe today with her husband Guy Ritchie and a local...
Marlon Backs Anton over Handling Racism
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY MARLON Harewood has backed West Ham team- mate Anton Ferdinand's dignified stance in the face of alleged racial abuse by Germany players. Ferdinand and Manchester City's Micah Richards claim they were called "monkeys" during...
Mayor: [Pounds Sterling]250,000 Court Bill Could Bankrupt Me
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM LONDON Mayor Ken Livingstone today warned he could go bankrupt if he loses a court battle over the bill run up fighting his suspension from office. Mr Livingstone spent around [pounds sterling]250,000 contesting the four-week...
McClaren's Clueless Failures
Byline: MICHAEL HART England 0 Croatia 2 (Da Silva 61, G Neville 69, og) STEVE McCLAREN today accepted the blame for England's worst qualifying defeat for 13 years, although it is becoming increasingly clear that the multimillionaire Premiership...
MESSAGE BOARD; Readers' Views
thisislondon.co.uk/chat You report that Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, is annoyed by buskers. Can this be the same man who withdrew his objection to the Thameslink railway scheme at Borough Market which, if approved, will greatly increase the number...
Moore Going for a First with Stable Stars in the Dewhurst
Byline: WILL HAYLER STAN MOORE is hoping that aiming high can pay off with a first Group 1 victory when he runs Traffic Guard and Dubai Builder in the Dewhurst Stakes on the Champions Day card at Newmarket this Saturday. Backed by an injection...
MP Posts Cameron Sex Slur on You Tube
Byline: ROB SINGH CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron is the victim of a sex slur in a video posted on You Tube by a Labour MP. In the video clip, which has been watched by thousands of people, MP Sion Simon is seen imitating Mr Cameron and urging...
News in Brief
Madonna to release charity film of African baby adoption MADONNA is set to release a video showing her adoption of a Malawian baby in a bid to raise money for charity. According to a close friend of the pop star her visit to the African nation is...
News in Brief
Custody for father accused of throwing woman from balcony THE Briton accused of throwing his girlfriend from a 30ft high balcony on Crete was today remanded in custody until his trial next year. Michael Edwards, 40, pictured, is charged with...
NINA CAPLAN Bennett's Boys Are a Class Act; History Repeats Itself with Same Stars, REVIEW
History Boys 15, 112 mins **** RUDGE may be the dimmest of the Oxbridge hopefuls in the class of '83, but he probably has the best take on their subject. History?" he says, with disgusted accuracy, "it's just one f**king thing after another!"...
Now Mrs Hamza Faces Eviction from [Pounds Sterling]600,000 Five-Bed Council House
Byline: ROBERT MENDICK THE WIFE of the jailed Islamic preacher Abu Hamza was under investigation today over her right to live in a [pounds sterling]600,000 house at the taxpayer's expense. The Evening Standard has learned that she was given the...
Now We Need to Know How Well Treatments Are Working
Byline: JOHN APPLEBY AT first glance, today's annual NHS health check results will make worrying reading. Six out of 10 organisations only score "fair" or "weak" on the quality of their services and only one in seven is rated "excellent" or "good"...
Oh Sod It! It Was the Divot That Did It Says Robbo; Just in Case You Missed It Last Night. No Paul, Not You
Byline: PATRICK SAWER WHEN it comes to howlers there has to be a scapegoat. In the case of England goalie Paul Robinson's air-kicked own goal there is: the Croatian goalkeeper. Pardon? Yes, Robinson has blamed Stipe Pletikosa for the blunder...
Ormond Street Doctors Saved My Daughter's Life
Byline: ALEXANDRA STEPHENS WHEN teenager Emma Hilton was rushed to hospital with a potentially fatal heart condition, doctors gave her less than an hour to live. But thanks to the care she received at Great Ormond Street - rated excellent in...
Patient Care Praised amid the Cash Crisis; New Ratings Show State of the NHS in London
Byline: REBECCA SMITH NINE out of 10 NHS organisations in London are struggling financially, a report has revealed. Despite this, almost half have been praised for high quality of care given to patients. A tough new ratings system found the...
Pick of the Night: Terry Ramsey, TV Editor
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY From Ladette to Lady 9pm, ITV1 So far my favourite girl has been the gloriously outrageous Louise (and, yes, it's amazing she's still in). But tonight, a new favourite emerges in this annoyingly likeable reality nonsense...
[Pounds Sterling]40m City Park Plan Given the Go-Ahead
Byline: ALEXANDRA STEPHENS ALEXANDRA STEPHENS ANDMIRA BAR-HILLEL CONTROVERSIAL plans to redevelop a London square have been given the go-ahead. Finsbury Square is a popular lunchtime haunt of residents and City workers sited on top of an underground...
Problem for Decades If We Don't Break the Cycle
Byline: NICHOLAS BOLES SANDY Bruce-Lockhart was right to ask what we can do to reduce the racial segregation that blights our schools as well as our cities. The existence of parallel communities can lead to disengagement, disillusion and sometimes...
Publishing Magnate Unveils [Pounds Sterling]20m Gallery
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK Arts Correspondent A CANADIAN millionairess today unveiled her much-anticipated [pounds sterling]20 million art centre in West Kensington. The 35,000sq ft Louise T Blouin Institute - the maiden name of Louise MacBain, 47,...
Punches Win Prizes in Youths' 'Game of Life'; Criminals Tot Up Points in Sick Initiation, Reveal Police
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT TEENAGERS are committing muggings and robberies as part of a violent initiation game, it emerged today. Points are scored based on the degree of violence used, the type of victim, the property stolen and whether the attack...
QC: Gang Got Guns Night before Raid 'WPc Killers' Vodka and Bubbly Party'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE gang who shot dead PC Sharon Beshenivsky held a champagne and vodka party the night before the murder, a court heard today. It was held in a house in Leeds used for asylum seekers, the jury was told. The next day,...
Quotas Could End Schools' Race Split; UNACCEPTABLE THAT PUPILS ARE SPLIT UP BY RELIGION OR CULTURE, SAYS PEER
Byline: JOE MURPHY LONDON schools must set ethnic quotas to prevent segregation, it was claimed today. The controversial call to force state schools to take certain proportions of white and non-white pupils came from Lord Bruce-Lockhart. The...
Race Watchdog Blames 'White Flight' for More Segregation in Schools
Byline: JOE MURPHY LONDON'S schools are becoming more racially segregated, the race relations watchdog has warned. Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Racial Equality, said there was a disturbing trend towards schools being either mainly...
Return to the Young Vic Sees Miracles on Stage and off; FIRST NIGHT Tobias and the Angel Young Vic KIERON QUIRKE
MIRACLES can happen. The new Young Vic building is open on time and within its [pounds sterling]12.5million budget. The Young Vic company, after two years of touring its productions around other venues, has returned home. As if in celebratory...
Salisbury Spins out Another Year; LONDON SPORT ROUNDUP
CRICKET SURREY have announced that last season's leading wicket taker, Ian Salisbury, has agreed a deal to stay at the club for another year. The ex-England bowler claimed an impressive 59 wickets, helping them bounce straight back into the First...
Severn Trent Gushes on despite Broker's Doubts; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: MICKEY CLARK TAKEOVER favourite Severn Trent was making the early running among blue-chips today, with the price climbing 16p to 1495p. The water company is seen as vulnerable to takeover by either a foreign utility or private equity...
Shevchenko Spot on as Scots Boss Slates Ref
UKRAINE..............2 SCOTLAND ...........0 ANGRY manager Walter Smith blasted Swedish referee Martin Hansson as Scotland slid to their first qualifying defeat. Steven Pressley saw red for a lunge on Andriy Shevchenko (right), as goals from...
SHOPTALK CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC; Asked out for My First Jog in Years, I Hot-Footed It Straight to Stella's
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Sing Up . . . 'Here's to You Misses Robinson'; THE ARMCHAIR VIEW
Byline: PETE CLARK IT IS A MIXED blessing having the rights to televise England's international games these days. In fact, to be absolutely accurate, it's not a mixed blessing but a curse. This is why Sky, who were holding the unwanted baby last...
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