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Articles from January 6, 2010

220,000 Pupils Get Day off, More Closures Feared; SCHOOLS
Byline: Tim Ross MORE than 220,000 children were given the day off today as icy roads and cancelled bus services forced heads of at least 423 state schools across London to shut. In some buildings, central heating systems broke down, leaving...
230,000 Pupils Get Day off, More Closures Feared; SCHOOLS
Byline: Tim Ross AROUND 230,000 children were given the day off today as icy roads and cancelled bus services forced heads of at least 454 state schools across London - one in five - to shut. In some buildings, central heating systems broke down,...
A Few Inches of Snow and We're Brought to a Standstill Yet Again; ... and It's Going to Be a Nightmare Getting Home
Byline: Kiran Randhawa, Dick Murray and Benedict Moore-Bridger TRANSPORT networks across London were crippled tonight following heavy snowfall across the South-East. Tens of thousands of Londoners were facing a nightmare journey home while thousands...
A Few Inches of Snow and We're Brought to a Standstill Yet Again; Thousands Struggle into Work as Latest Arctic Blast Paralyses Roads and Rail
Byline: Kiran Randhawa, Sri Carmichael and Ross Lydall TENS of thousands of Londoners faced difficult journeys home tonight after snow crippled transport networks. Rail and Tube services were hit by delay and cancellations and roads across the...
Artist Sam Is Expecting a Baby with Her Nowhere Boy; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Olivia Cole SAM Taylor-Wood is expecting a child with 19-year-old fiance Aaron Johnson, the Standard can reveal today. The artist and film-maker, 42, and Johnson fell in love while making the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy. A spokesman...
Blair: My Sacking of Irvine Was Messy but He Opposed Change
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent TONY BLAIR today broke his silence over why he sacked his close mentor Lord Irvine from the Lord Chancellor's post. In surprisingly candid comments, the former Prime Minister spoke of his decision...
Boris Is to Blame for Higher Fares
BORIS Johnson himself recognises that higher fares will push people off the buses and back into their cars -- he is planning to run fewer buses between now and 2012. Service quality contracts for the bus operators have also been scrapped. Thus this...
Cadbury's Shares Slide Adds Strength to Kraft's Advance
Byline: Jim Armitage CADBURY shares fell sharply again today, bringing them to less than 1% above the level of Kraft's [pounds sterling]10.4 billion takeover bid. The decline, which followed the 3% slide yesterday, took the difference between...
Centrica Set for [Pounds Sterling]1.5m a Day Bonanza as Cold Snap Bites; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin AS Britons huddle in front of their radiators and fires to keep warm, bosses at Centrica must be rubbing their hands with glee. Cazenove predicted today that Britain's leading supplier of gas and electricity will be the...
Cooking Up a Caribbean Storm
Byline: COLIN GENTRY VISITING the Grenadian fishing port of Gouyave, known locally as "the town that never sleeps", it would be safe to presume that it's something of an inside joke, seeing little more action than fishermen playing dominoes. Arrive...
Denilson's Power Can Keep Arsenal on Song; Wenger Is Confident the Brazilian Can Step Up and Cope with the Raw Threat of Bolton as Arsenal Rue the Loss of One of Their Key Players. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley TONIGHT'S encounter against Bolton is the 'game in hand' that has given manager Arsene Wenger optimism Arsenal can bridge the gap in the Premier League title race -- but the timing of the rearrangement has come at the wrong moment....
Don't Whinge -- We're Better off Than We Think
Byline: Richard Godwin IT MIGHT seem perverse to recommend the Institute for Fiscal Studies website to raise your New Year spirits but this is precisely where you should head if you are finding 2010 a little harrowing, what with the unbelievable...
England Are Set Record Target to Secure Series
Byline: Neal Collins Sports Correspondent, in Cape Town ENGLAND'S openers made a fantastic start after being set a mammoth 466 to win the Third Test against South Africa at Newlands today. The hosts declared on 447 for seven this morning, leaving...
ENGLAND ARE SET RECORD TARGET TO SECURE SERIES; ARSENAL BIG-FREEZE FEAR ARCTIC WEATHER THREATENS CRUCIAL CLASH WITH BOLTON; Record Score Needed to Secure a Series Victory
Byline: Neal Collins Sports Correspondent at Newlands ENGLAND were today set a mammoth 466 to win the Third Test against South Africa here in Cape Town. The hosts declared on 447 for seven this morning, leaving Andrew Strauss's men a huge run...
First Portrait of Brothers in Arms; William and Harry Painting Unveiled at Portrait Gallery
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THEY may be dressed in military uniform but the pose is casual. Artist Nicky Philipps has captured the "brotherly relationship" of Princes William and Harry in the first commissioned portrait of them...
Get It off Your TXT
Bad day at work? Baffled by Boris's latest move? Text us your heartfelt and hilarious London thoughts Enter ES TEXTS followed by a space then your message, name, address and postcode TEXT TO 65400 Texts cost 50p plus your standard network charge. Terms...
Get Naked on Stage (It's Feminism); FLASH DANCE VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO JOIN CAST IN 'EMPOWERING' SHOW
Byline: Miranda Bryant WOMEN are being invited to get on stage and dance naked in front of hundreds of people -- to strike a blow for modern feminism. Organisers are hoping to recruit more than 100 women "of all ages, shapes and sizes" to perform...
Gordon, Dave and Nick: The Three-Legged Race Is on; the Early Skirmishes in This Election Year Reveal the Flaws of All Three Parties
Byline: Anne McElvoy THE great three-legged race of 2010 is upon us. Bounding around with unholy energy, all three party leaders are at large trying to grab the early initiative of election year. A spookily large, retouched David Cameron appears...
GPs' Opening Hours Blamed for Women Missing Vital Cancer Tests
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor WOMEN are missing life-saving cervical cancer checks because some GPs do not offer flexible appointments. Career women and mothers are most at risk because they are too busy to take time off for smear tests,...
Help for Those Who Aren't Waving but Drowning; Vital Signs
Byline: Dr Christian Jessen JANUARY is traditionally grim. The come-down after Christmas and New Year's celebrations hits us, we still haven't begun our tax returns, and the threat of an unbroken year of work stretches before us. So it's not surprising...
It's about Time. Greenwich to Be Royal Borough after 500-Year Wait
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent A REGAL HISTORY DATING BACK TO TUDOR DAYS HENRY VIII and his daughter Elizabeth were born at their palace there, Anne Boleyn danced in the grounds and Charles II built the Royal Observatory, now part...
Labour Coup to Topple Brown; Hoon and Hewitt Call for 'Back Him or Sack Him' Vote but Straw Is Poised to Lead Backlash against Plotters; Exclusive
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GORDON BROWN faced an attempted "coup d'etat" today as two former Cabinet heavyweights called for a secret ballot on his leadership. Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt wrote to all Labour MPs proposing a vote to decide...
Lots of Spit, Less Polish ... but Billy Shows New Boys He's Still Top Dog; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU BILLY CONNOLLY HMV Hammersmith Apollo YOU cannot teach an old dog entirely new tricks, but perhaps they can learn to be more tactful. The last time Billy Connolly appeared at the Hammersmith Apollo, in 2004, he caused an uproar...
Menzies Lifted by Cards and Stickers Craze
Byline: Rosamund Urwin CHILDREN may have grumbled if there wasn't an Xbox or a Wii waiting for them under the Christmas tree, but they are still enamoured with the humble football card and sticker. Proving that pocket money has been spared the...
Mother and Baby's 9-Hour Ordeal on A3
Byline: Kiran Randhawa NIKKI THOMAS spent nine hours trapped on the A3 in Hampshire with her 10-month-old daughter Alexia. Ms Thomas, 32, had been trying to return home to Enfield in her Vauxhall Zafira after visiting the Isle of Wight. Her problems...
M&S Shares Hit as Waitrose Takes the Festive Food Prize
Byline: Nick Goodway SHARES in Marks & Spencer dropped 5% today after chairman Sir Stuart Rose admitted he had been "bested by Waitrose" in food sales over Christmas and warned that the coming year would be tough. M&S said sales in the...
Murray Plays Down Fears over Workload
ANDY MURRAY is confident he will be ready for the Australian Open despite limited time on court in his opening two matches at the Hopman Cup. The world No4 opted to play at the round-robin tournament in Perth this year rather than defend his Doha...
NHS Refusal to Give Me Drugs Is Death Sentence
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger A MAN with chronic leukaemia says he has been "left to die" after being refused by the NHS the only treatment that can save him. Jed Alexander, 31, was told by doctors he may have only five years to live if he does...
Pakistan Victory Is the Best of My Career, Insists Ponting
Byline: Andrew Hodgson AUSTRALIA captain Ricky Ponting hailed his side's incredible 36-run victory against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground today as the best of his illustrious career. The hosts began the day with a lead of just 80 runs...
Parole Chief: Reforms Could Free Hundreds of Dangerous Inmates
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor HUNDREDS of dangerous offenders could be freed from prison if new rules are imposed, the head of the Parole Board warned today. Sir David Latham said he was concerned about reforms that could lead to...
Pinning Hope on World Cup for Recovery in Advertising; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: Roy Greenslade A NEW YEAR always offers the possibility of new hope. Surely, after the worst 12 months for the media in modern history, things can only get better in 2010. The recession will recede. Confidence will return. Advertising will...
Plotters and Polls: The Gloves Are Off
IN SOME respects, today's moves by senior Labour figures against Gordon Brown are just the latest spasm in the party's long agony over his leadership. Whether or not they come to anything, though, they do reveal the great value of election campaigns...
Roy's Reluctant to Splash Cash after Zamora Blow
Byline: John Percy STOKE 3 FULHAM 2 ROY HODGSON won't be reassessing his transfer strategy for the January sales despite suffering heavy collateral damage at Stoke last night. The Fulham manager was left to reflect on an "expensive" night at the...
Sales from the Riverbank; Properties on the Thames Are Best at Holding Value
Byline: Miranda Bryant RIVERFRONT flats are among the most price-resilient properties in the capital, research shows today. Properties with a view of the Thames have lost only four per cent of their value in the past two years. The estate...
SIX DEGREES OF SUCCESS; Lesley Manville Is about to Return to the Old Vic Stage in a Modern American Classic and She Has Another Mike Leigh Film on the Horizon. at Last, She Says, She Is Beginning to Get the Hang of the Acting Game
Byline: Nick Curtis LESLEY MANVILLE hates her face. Specifically, the 53-yearold actress hates the "hard, brutal", beady blow-up of her features that adorns the front of the Old Vic. The lack of vanity is unsurprising in this most intelligent and...
Son Claims 'Heroin Killer' Mother Was Insane with Grief
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A MOTHER accused of giving her braindamaged son a fatal dose of heroin turned from being a doting mother to a state of near insanity, another son told the Old Bailey today. Frances Inglis, 57, was obsessed...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 This is the first week in a cycle of intense change. Bear that in mind and when even seemingly straightforward arrangements come undone, you'll include whatever adjustments you must. Some will...
THE 2010 LOOK; Bella Blissett Assesses the Latest Beauty and Cosmetic Trends as Sophie Goodchild Examines What's New in Fitness and Exercise
Byline: Bella Blissett, Sophie Goodchild BEAUTY & MAKE-UP AS WE head into a new decade, beauty also enters a brave new world where the latest technology meets a desire to create the same individuality with our cosmetics as we do with our clothes....
THE COMMUTER DIET; Don't Waste Time Counting Calories. Bella Blissett Meets a Food Doctor Who Is Telling Busy Londoners That They Must Eat to Stay Slim
Byline: Bella Blissett IT'S January and apparently around one in 10 of us are on our annual New Year diet to compensate for the equally annual Christmas binge. The good news for commuters too time-short to follow some fiddly fad is that the next...
The Ex-Army Engineer with an Eye for Luxury; INTERVIEW; in Two Years, Andrew Marshall Has Doubled Profits and Branches at Links -- a Rare Feat in a Recession. Now There Is Even Talk of a Flotation
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor SOME retailers have had a terrible recession, God rest their fascias. Some have chugged along, cutting costs here, minding the pennies there. Others -- too few -- have positively prospered. One such in the...
The Green Activists Need to Grow Up and Embrace the Mainstream; the Poster Girl for the Environmental Cause Has Got over Being Blackballed by Her Fellow Rebels -- Now, She Says, She Wants to Bring the 'Unkempt, Unwashed' Movement into the Real World
Byline: David Cohen TAMSIN Omond is ready to "shoot the parents", as she puts it, "to be totally frank" about what she thinks of the green movement. "It feels like an important moment now, after Copenhagen and at the start of the new decade, to...
There's Nothing Racist about Extra Airport Security
Byline: Melanie McDonagh SO WHAT'S the solution for airport security? The arguments about what measures we should be taking to filter out bombers are being batted back and forth before Transport Secretary Lord Adonis announces new policies later...
The Tories Say It with Flowers; Londoner's Diary
WHERE have all the flowers gone? Certainly not to the house of Tory spindoctor Andy Coulson, if certain disgruntled toilers at CCHQ have anything to do with it. Coulson's wife had given birth and the plan was to send Mrs Coulson a congratulatory...
Tourists Must Follow Smith's Example to Save the Test
Byline: Tom Collomosse Sports Corresponent GRAEME SMITH'S ability to play big innings at important times makes him one of the best batsmen in the world, and if struggling England are to save the Third Test, they must take a leaf from the South African...
Tourists Must Follow Smith's Example to Save the Test; South Africa Skipper Has a Habit of Hitting Big Hundreds against England When It Matters and Strauss's Batsmen Need to Discover That Magic. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse GRAEME SMITH'S ability to play big innings at important times makes him one of the best batsmen in the world, and if struggling England are to save the Third Test, they must take a leaf from the South African captain's book....
US Intelligence Chief: No More Bomb Screw-Ups
Byline: Ben Feller Associated Press THE top US intelligence official has pledged to toughen security after sharp criticism from President Barack Obama over a failed airliner bomb plot. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said the intelligence...
'VOTE TO BACK OR SACK BROWN'; TWO EX-CABINET MINISTERS CALL FOR LEADERSHIP BALLOT CHALLENGE TO PM ISSUED IN LETTER TO EVERY LABOUR MP; EXCLUSIVE; Let's Settle This: Do We Want Brown to Lead Us into the Next Election?
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GORDON BROWN was plunged into crisis today as two former Cabinet heavyweights called for a secret ballot on his leadership. Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt wrote to all Labour MPs proposing a vote to decide once...
Woman 'Killed Ex-Lover with Poisoned Curry'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A JEALOUS woman poisoned her former lover and his new younger girlfriend by sprinkling poison in their curry, the Old Bailey heard this afternoon. The couple had been due to marry on St Valentine's Day...
WORKING OUT WITH YOGA'S NEW MESSIAH; Sometimes You Just Need a Full Mind-Body Workout. That's Where Maya Fiennes, Yoga's Nigella Lawson, Fits in, Says Sophie Goodchild
Byline: Sophie Goodchild MAYA Fiennes is one of the most in-demand relaxation teachers around. Elle Macpherson describes a session with her as "inspirational, energising, sexy", which makes her yoga's equivalent of Nigella Lawson. Just as Nigella...
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