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Articles from March 16, 2011

26 Charities in Line for a Royal Gift from William and Kate's Special Wedding List
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent PRINCE William and Kate Middleton revealed their alternative wedding list today -- 26 charities who could make thousands from their marriage. The royal couple have picked good causes from a London...
A Raucous Night in Mike Leigh's Bedsit
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS ECSTASY Hampstead, NW3 IT'S customary to think of Mike Leigh as a filmmaker but he cut his teeth in the theatre, assisting some notable directors, including Peter Hall, and devising a string of plays that exemplified the...
Bahrain Troops Use Tanks and Tear Gas to Clear Protest Camp
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter SECURITY forces in Bahrain launched a crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators today, using tanks and tear gas to clear a protest camp in the capital Manama. At least six people were killed after...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork Love that lounge KICK back in style on an Evolution sofa from Ambient Lounge. This beanbagstyle perch (right) costs [pounds sterling]149, and Homes & Property readers can currently pick up a matching ottoman worth [pounds...
Bloomsbury Puts on Its Elegant New Face; Poised for a [Pounds Sterling]1 Billion Makeover, Bloomsbury's Fine Architecture, Central Location and New Homes Are Making It a Hot Property Tip, Says David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles THE lifeblood of the clever property spotter who wants to stay ahead of the game is knowledge. So the insiders' hot tip of the week is: Bloomsbury. This central London district has all the ingredients for an elegant purchase....
Boris: Taxpayers Won't Pay for VIP Olympics Tickets; Evening Standard Olympics Countdown 499 Days to Go
Byline: Matthew Beard , Miranda Bryant BORIS JOHNSON has insisted that no taxpayers' cash will be used to pay for his VIP guests to go to the Olympics. The Mayor is entitled to 2,000 prime London 2012 seats but said he would hand them back if...
Buyers from the West Flock Back to Japan
Byline: Russell Lynch JAPAN'S beleaguered stock market bounced back today as two days of desperate panic selling in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami tempted western bargain hunters back into the fray. The biggest sell-off since...
Buyers from the West Flock Back to Japan
Byline: Russell Lynch JAPAN'S beleaguered stock market bounced back today as two days of desperate panic selling in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami tempted Western bargain hunters back into the fray. The biggest sell-off since...
Cameron Hints at Help for Motorists Struggling with 'Painful' Fuel Bills
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent DAVID CAMERON today gave his strongest hint that the Government will help motorists struggling with the "painfully" high cost of petrol. He raised hopes that in the Budget next week, Chancellor...
Capello Is Wrong ... Hart Should Be the Leading Man for England
Byline: JamesOlley FOR those of us bemused by John Terry's imminent reappointment as England captain yet left scratching our heads for a fresh alternative, an answer will soon be at hand. Fabio Capello will step down after Euro 2012 and the opportunity...
Carlo Should Have a Special Reason to Be Worried; the Signs Are Ominous for the Chelsea Coach as Jose Mourinho Is Privately Making It Clear That He Wants to Return to Stamford Bridge. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson THE visit of Claudio Ranieri to Chelsea's training ground last week should have served as a timely reminder to coach Carlo Ancelotti of the price one can pay for owner Roman Abramovich's admiration of a certain Jose Mourinho....
City Returns to Calm and Develops an Interest in Brewers
Byline: Rosamund Urwin RELATIVE normality was restored to the City today, meaning talkative types were scrabbling around to predict the next mega deal. SAB Miller was being bandied about, amid rumours that Belgian rival AB InBev could be eyeing...
Clegg Abandons Plan to Join Miliband on AV Campaign Trail
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor NICK CLEGG has abandoned attempts to campaign alongside Labour leader Ed Miliband for voting reform, the Evening Standard has learned. In a fresh setback to the Liberal Democrat leader, Yes campaign bosses...
Coca-Cola Shuns Father of Murder Suspect
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor COCA-COLA has severed all ties with the father of the only suspect in the rape and murder of student Martine Vik Magnussen in London three years ago. The move comes after 3,000 signed up to a Facebook campaign...
Cut the PR Guff and Jokes, 2012 Is about Heroes
Byline: Richard Godwin WITH 499 days to go, let's clear something up about the Olympics. It's not about taking part at all. It's about winning. If you're a shot-putter, it's about lobbing your orb further than any other schmuck in a singlet. If...
Disbelief as British Rescuers Refused Entry Due to Wrong Paperwork
Byline: Rashid Razaq A BRITISH rescue team today spoke of their "disbelief" after they were turned away from Japan's disaster zone. A 12-man unit from the International Rescue Corps could not get through to the tsunami-hit region after the British...
Emotion Clouds Nuclear Power
WITHOUT wanting to diminish the seriousness of the situation with the Fukushima power stations, the media's response, shifting attention from the tsunami's thousands of casualties to panic around the state of reactors, is hugely emotive. There is...
FEAR BARCA? WE'RE MORE WORRIED ABOUT SPURS; Spurs More of a Threat Than Barca, Says Rooney STAR SAYS REDKNAPP'S MEN ARE THE TEAM TO WATCH IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE; ROONEY'S EURO ADMISSION
Byline: Chris Hatherall WAYNE ROONEY today tipped Tottenham as dark horses for the Champions League and revealed his admiration for Harry Redknapp's side after helping Manchester United join them in the quarter-finals. United went through 2-1...
Final Hours of Murdered Politician
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a senior Pakistani politician in London released images today of his last moments -- and revealed he may have been followed before his death. The CCTV footage shows...
FINCHLEY BIRD HAS NOTHING TO HIDE; Its Emblem Is a Finch, Its Landmark a Naked Lady. Anthea Masey Finds the Other Joys of Finchley Are Its Good Schools, Transport and Spacious Family Homes with Gardens Spotlight on Finchley
Byline: Anthea Masey COVERING A long, thin finger of north London, Finchley stretches from Hampstead Heath in the south to Whetstone in the north. Its emblem is the finch and the name is thought to be a contraction of "Finches' clearing". Its most...
FIVE NEW LOOKS -- BECAUS SE 'NOTHING BEATS BRITAIN'; the UK Leads the World in Design Optimism: See It in the Colours, Bold Patterns and Confident Style Es That Make Up London Design Week. Barbara Chandler Finds Fresh Interior Trends for Spring
Byline: Barbara Chandler DESIGN Centre Chelsea Harbour is celebrating London Design Week this week, with a global audience coming to London to visit Europe's biggest interior design centre and soak up the latest trends, because, as the centre's...
Five Routes to Fitness
Byline: David Higgins ISEEM to be a walking Google for anyone with a health- or fitness-related question. Some are good. Some are bizarre. And some sound daft but are actually pretty interesting. Here are five recent -- and genuine -- examples of...
Four Weddings and a Fashion Frenzy
Byline: Laura Craik IDUNNO: you wait ages for a wedding, then four come along at once. Recession or not, the tills at London's more upmarket fashion emporia will be chinging in fine style this summer, possibly to the tune of Here Comes the Bride....
Gaddafi Forces Close in on Strategic City as Revolt Faces Collapse
Byline: Oliver Poole FAMILIES fled the Libyan city of Ajdabiyah today as the revolt against Colonel Gaddafi appeared on the brink of collapse. Troops loyal to the regime were reportedly roaming the city's streets and shells were falling on the...
Get It off Your TXT
Enter ES TEXTS followed by a space then your message, name, address and postcode TEXT TO 65400 Texts cost 25p plus your standard network charge. Terms apply, see thisislondon.co.uk ?For decades, Britain has supported tyrannical regimes in the Middle...
Grands Crus Can Show He Is a World Beater
Byline: Michael Curran PAUL NICHOLLS' decision to switch Big Buck's from fences to hurdles has been rewarded with an unbeaten sequence of victories over marathon distances that now stretches to 10. Tomorrow the horse bids to make racing history...
Helicopters Circled but Did Not Land. It Was a Scene of Hell
Byline: David Cohen ASHEN-FACED, Tom Yamaguchi holds his head in his hands and weeps. "I saw people dead on the streets with their families crying and creating a circle around the deceased," he said. The 31-year-old graphic artist, from the Sendai...
How Much Will We Get in the Olympics Gold Rush?
Byline: GinettaVedrickas AS LONDON gears up for the Olympics next summer, many of the capital's homeowners hope to cash in by letting their properties to the million visitors expected to descend on the city for the Games. Most of the Olympic...
I'm Afraid You'll Just Have to Cheque It out; OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS
Byline: Fiona McNulty QI HAVE to pay a deposit of [pounds sterling]15,000 to my solicitors in relation to a house I am buying for [pounds sterling]150,000. I wanted to pay [pounds sterling]1,000 in cash, but my solicitors have said that they cannot...
Invest [Pounds Sterling]10m in Britain and You Can Live Here
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor WEALTHY foreigners prepared to invest [pounds sterling]10 million in Britain will be given a fast-track right to settle in this country under immigration reforms announced today. An "investors' visa"...
It's a Tall Story as the Week Starts with a Bang
MONDAY One of the hazards of being a 6ft 3in estate agent in this part of Surrey is the large number of 16th-century low-beamed cottages. As "special awareness" is not my strong point, it was only a matter of time before I collided with one of these...
Japan Is Overwhelmed by the Scale of Its Crisis
THE Japanese Emperor is famously inclined to understatement, so when he appeared on television to say that he was "deeply worried" about the situation and was praying that the earthquake's victims could be saved, it suggested that the country is mustering...
JustGiving's Co-Founder Has Good Cause to Make a Profit; INTERVIEW; Zarine Kharas Explains Why There's Nothing Wrong with Making Money out of Charitable Contributions
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor AFEW years ago, I took part in one of those night-time sponsored walks around London. Like the thousands of others plodding the pavements and getting blistered feet, I opened a JustGiving internet account. ...
Lewis Calls the Shots as Yet Another M&B Boss Quits
Byline: Simon English THE management chaos at Mitchells & Butlers continued today when chief executive Adam Fowle suddenly quit following a rumoured spat with 23% shareholder Joe Lewis. His departure after just two years -- by "mutual consent"...
Life of Furniture from A to Zeev
Byline: Corinne Julius ASTRIKINGLY Idifferent shop that "landed" in King's Road in April 1964 changed not only the nature of British furniture and design retailing, but what people coveted for their homes. "When I first opened my shop I used to...
Losing the Alcohol War
Byline: Dr Christian Jessen THERE seem to be many small rebel factions working against the Government. Alcohol has inspired the latest. Six health organisations have walked away from the Coalition's new proposals to regulate alcohol designed to...
Mackay Urges His 'Unbelievable Kids' to Keep Believing in the Big Dream
Byline: Mel Henderson IPSWICH 0 WATFORD 3 WATFORD boss Malky Mackay today praised his young side after Danny Graham scored twice to keep them firmly on course for the play-offs. Mackay named five academy graduates in his team -- goalkeeper...
Mackay Urges His 'Unbelievable Kids' to Keep Believing in the Big Dream; IPSWICH 0 WATFORD 3
Byline: Mel Henderson WATFORD boss Malky Mackay today praised his young side after Danny Graham scored twice to keep them firmly on course for the play-offs. Mackay named five academy graduates in his team -- goalkeeper Scott Loach, defenders...
MIRACLE BABIES; for 25 Years the Winnicott Foundation Has Been Working with Two London Hospitals to Help Improve Neonatal Care. to Mark Its Anniversary, Sophie Goodchild Looks at Six Stories of Premature Infants' Survival
Byline: Sophie Goodchild EVERY year, one in nine newborns needs special care, including "preterms", babies who arrive before 37 weeks. St Mary's in Paddington is one of several London hospitals that look after these infants at the edge of life....
My Struggle for Justice after Bus in Oxford Street Almost Killed Me
Byline: Miranda Bryant A SUCCESSFUL businessman told today of his struggle to rebuild his life after he was flung 20 feet by a bendy bus in Oxford Street. Tom Kearney, 45, suffered severe brain trauma, punctured both his lungs and was in a deep...
'Night Stalker' Calls Former Wife a Liar in Court Outburst
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE alleged Night Stalker branded his former wife a "liar" today as she denied framing him for a series of rapes, burglaries and sex attacks on the elderly. Delroy Grant, 53, called out from the dock as...
Night Stalker's Claim I Stole His DNA Is Ridiculous, Says Ex-Wife
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE former wife of accused "Night Stalker" Delroy Grant told a court today she was left speechless by his "ridiculous" claims that she framed him. Janet Watson, 53, said Grant's allegation that she stored...
O'Gara Still Gets a Kick out of Setting New Goals
Byline: Chris Jones RONAN O'GARA and Jonny Wilkinson are supposed to have packed up their kit bags and headed, arm in arm into the retirement home for outstanding rugby kickers years ago. Two members of the exclusive 1000 points club, they represent...
One Accident and Another Emergency; While on Holiday and in a French Hospital, Victoria Whitlock Discovers That No Good Deed Goes Unpunished the Accidental Landlord
Byline: Victoria Whitlock SITTING in a French hospital with my 10-year-old, who had knocked himself out in a skiing accident, I thought my day couldn't get any worse. But I had reckoned without my tenants... One of them texted while I was waiting...
Osborne's Bustle and Bluster Can Only Bode Ill for His Budget
Byline: Anthony Hilton IT IS a useful rule of thumb about Budgets that the less the Chancellor has to say about how to solve the nation's financial problems, the more he puts himself about beforehand. The theory seems to be that the more publicity...
'Preach the Reach' -- It's the Only Way
Byline: Roy Greenslade FIVE years ago this month I gave a speech to regional newspaper executives in which I urged them to "preach the reach". In other words, given the range of platforms that we now use to deliver news, I argued that it was necessary...
Pre-Budget Boost for Osborne as OECD Says He's Got It Right on Cuts
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent GEORGE OSBORNE today won crucial backing from an influential think tank for his tough plans to tackle Britain's growing debt mountain. With the Chancellor due to deliver his Budget next week,...
Radiation Threat Sparks Panic around the World
Byline: Tom Harper, Mark Prigg PACIFIC JAPAN'S nuclear crisis today sparked panic-buying of drugs in America amid growing worldwide fears over radiation. Barack Obama called for calm as thousands rushed to buy potassium iodide pills and more...
Rescue Plan Drawn Up to Get Britons out of Disaster Zone
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Joe Murphy Tom Harper and Rashid Razaq BRITAIN was today drawing up plans to evacuate Britons from Japan as concerns deepened for the plight of hundreds of thousands caught up in the Japanese disaster. Foreign Secretary William...
Royal Title for Town That Comes to a Halt to Honour Our Fallen Heroes
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor THE town that inspired Britain by honouring our Afghan war dead is to be given royal status. Wootton Bassett will be granted the prefix "Royal" to its name in recognition of the way local people unfailingly...
Royal Title for Wootton Bassett, the Town That Honoured Our War Dead
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor THE town that inspired Britain by commemorating our Afghan war dead is to be given royal status -- only the third time the honour has been bestowed. Wootton Bassett will be granted the prefix Royal to its name...
Stars of the Slopes
Byline: Matt Barr I'VE been snowboarding in St Anton enough times to count myself something of a veteran of this famous Austrian resort. But this is the first time I've found myself lounging with a screen legend in the late-season sun. Bill Nighy...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 One particular new idea is swiftly turning into something very promising. As worthwhile as this is, it is so new there are bound to be changes. Disruptive as these are, they're actually giving...
Strauss Dismisses Claims He Will Quit
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent Cricket brought to you in association with ANDREW STRAUSS'S first game as England's permanent captain saw his team bowled out for 51 by the West Indies and the skipper will find himself at a crossroads...
Take a Tip from the People at the Top
Byline: Pattie Barron WHAT are the backyards like of the top garden designers? Are they too busy creating fabulous outdoor spaces for their clients to do the same for themselves? In a new book, Garden Designers at Home, 25 of the world's leading...
Teenager Hunted after Woman's Murder
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor POLICE today launched an urgent appeal to trace a teenager in connection with the murder of a woman found stabbed to death in south London. Detectives said 18-year-old Reece Ludlow had not been seen since...
The Art at the Heart of the Sporting Legacy
Byline: Tom Lewis ANEW BRIDGE across the River Lea in Bow, east London, is the latest example of regeneration rippling from Stratford's Olympic zone. Industrial areas previously off homebuyers' radar are being opened up. And though it does take...
THE CHI RUN; as the Capital's Joggers Limber Up for Next Month's Marathon, Jasmine Gardner Takes to the Streets for the Latest Running Craze
Byline: Jasmine Gardner WE'RE on the run. On every street and in every park around the capital the joggers are weaving their way along. Samantha Cameron has been joining in, photographed last week out with her personal trainer Matt Roberts, while...
The Golden Valley That Glints with Good Value; Leave the Posh Cotswolds Alone and Head for Its Cut-Price Southern Tip, Where Canals and Cottages Are Being Transformed, Says
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield THERE are more Londoners heading for the hills than ever before -- the Cotswold hills, that is. Estate agents in its biscuit-coloured villages, with their farmers' markets and manor houses, report a record number of enquiries...
These Grand Apartments Could Suit You to a Tee; One of Golf's Most Iconic Buildings Is Being Turned into 26 Trophy Flats at St Andrews, Home of the Sport, Says CathyHawker
Byline: CathyHawker THE royal romance of the moment began in St Andrews, a town perched on Scotland's east coast an hour north of Edinburgh: 10 years ago at St Andrews University, Prince William met Kate Middleton. St Andrews will always hold...
Thinking in 3d
Byline: Kieran Long MORE than mere recognition for one of the great architects of the 20th century -- and one of the best this country has ever produced -- next month's monographic exhibition at Tate Britain devoted to architect James Stirling will...
Tindall Blow Means That Easter Rises to Lead Role
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent NICK EASTER will lead England in their Grand Slam clash with Ireland on Saturday after Mike Tindall was ruled out of the match with an ankle ligament strain. The Harlequins No8 becomes England's third captain...
To Destroy Clegg, Ed Must Schmooze, Not Exclude, Him
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona ON MONDAY, Steve Hilton, the Prime Minister's senior adviser, held a meeting of No 10 officials at which he addressed head-on the political paradox of the forthcoming referendum: whatever the outcome in 50 days' time of...
TV Choice
Byline: JANE SHILLING THE MODEL AGENCY 10PM, CH4 It would have been nice to recommend Leaving Amish Paradise (BBC2, 9pm), and Kidult: Marathon Boy (BBC4, 10pm). Both look interesting, but the BBC couldn't supply preview material for either. Still,...
TV's Midsomer Doesn't Need an English Defence League
Byline: Anne McElvoy MIDSOMER Murders is a delightful fantasy of English market-town life, with our favourite pastime of a little light killing thrown in. It is a guilty secret for many of us city dwellers, seeking solace in the pastoral settings,...
Wedding Gift for Charities from William and Kate
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent PRINCE William and Kate Middleton revealed their alternative wedding list today -- 26 charities which could make thousands from their marriage. They have set up a fund online where wellwishers and...
We'll Crush Rebellion in the Next 48 Hours, Boasts Gaddafi's Son
Byline: Oliver Poole COLONEL Gaddafi's son today said the Libyan uprising would be crushed within 48 hours. He also claimed that even if a no-fly zone was imposed it would be too late to help the rebels. Saif Gaddafi spoke as government forces...
Win VIP Tickets to the Taste of London
TASTE of London is a long weekend of summer eating, drinking and entertainment. Experience a gourmet feast from 40 of London's best restaurants, and browse in the boutique food market. Learn skills and secrets from culinary greats in the Taste Theatre,...
Without Food, Water or Help; LOST IN THE RUINS OF THEIR COUNTRY, JAPANESE CRY OUT FOR RESCUE; It's Day Five and; Still No One Has Come to Help
Byline: David Cohen in Ishinomaki NOBUKO KAMATA and the scores of people sitting on blankets in this fetid room in a junior school have barely eaten since the tsunami struck. "There was no food the first day, a sausage on the second, half a banana...

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