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Articles from January 14, 2010

A BREAKTHROUGH IN FUNDRAISING; Attention All Twitterati and Facebookers -- Kinvara Balfour Reports on What Aims to Be the Hottest Charity Event of 2010
Byline: Kinvara Balfour HARRY Becher is one of my dearest friends, and when he lost his mother -- the formidable Judes -- to breast cancer in 2008, he had the support of hundreds. But rather than sit and grieve in silence, Becher chose to deal with...
A Testing Time for New Recruits; Nearly Half of All Employers Use a Form of Testing in Their Recruitment Process. So What Is in Store and How Can Candidates Prepare? by Jackie Switzer and Niki Chesworth
Byline: Jackie Switzer and Niki Chesworth FROM graduates and apprentices to sales staff and executives, the use of psychometric and ability testing in recruitment is now widespread. One recent survey found that half of employers use at least...
'British Made' Labels on Meat from Overseas to Be Banned
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor MISLEADING "British made" labels on popular meat products such as sausages and pies are to be banned. The move comes after government research revealed massive confusion over what the labels mean....
Chief Execs Riding for a Fall? You Can Bet on It
THE journalist's favourite bookie, Paddy Power, normally runs a fun bet under the title Premier League Sack Race. Not surprisingly, it offers odds on who will be the next top-flight manager to receive "the full support of the chairman and the board"...
Church Wins Its 'Holy War' with Council over Amplified Services
Byline: Alistair Foster and Sarah Rainey A CHURCH has won an increasingly bitter legal fight over its right to amplify sermons and singing during services. Lambeth council threatened the All Nations Centre in Kennington with prosecution and served...
Currys and Dixons Stun the City with Festive Surge
Byline: Simon English PC WORLD and Currys owner DSGi smashed City forecasts over Christmas, allowing ex-Tesco man John Browett to give evidence that his radical shake-up of the business is working. The company, which is also behind Dixons, saw...
Demanding Year Finally Taking Its Toll on Skipper
Byline: Tom Collomosse AFTER becoming the first England batsman for 74 years to be dismissed with the first ball of a Test, Andrew Strauss may decide he needs a rest if his second year as England captain is to be as successful as the last 12 months...
Demanding Year Finally Taking Its Toll on Skipper
Byline: Tom Collmosse AFTER becoming the first England batsman for 74 years to be dismissed with the first ball of a Test, Andrew Strauss may decide he needs a rest if his second year as captain is to be as good as the last 12 months have been....
Dogged Fox Looks for New Chapter at Waterstone's
Byline: Nick Goodway NIPPER the Dog, HMV's 111-year-old trademark, displayed his characteristic "bite-yer-legs" action today as chief executive Simon Fox showed Waterstone's boss Gerry Johnson the door. There was no beating about the bush with phrases...
Dog Owner Dies Trying to Pull Her Pet from Icy Lake
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A WOMAN died after plunging through an ice-covered lake while trying to rescue her dog. Her body was trapped underwater for more than three hours before it was recovered by police divers. The woman, in her forties, became...
Don't Play Politics with Alcohol
I AM extremely disheartened to read of the Conservative Party's proposal to replace the alcohol units system which has been in use in the UK for the past 20 years and launch a scheme based on listing pure alcohol content instead. The present system...
England Crushed as Strauss Calls It Wrong; Captain Wins the Toss but Decision to Bat Backfires as South African Pace Attack Demolish the Tourists in Test Series Decider. by Neal Collins in Johannesburg
Byline: Neal Collins ANDREW STRAUSS was out first ball at The Wanderers this morning, as the fourth and final Test between England and South Africa began disastrously for the tourists as they were dismissed for a paltry 180. The captain was soon...
England Crushed as Strauss Calls It Wrong; Captain Wins the Toss but Decision to Bat Backfires as South African Pace Attack Demolish the Tourists in Test Series Decider. by Neal Collins in Johannesburg
Byline: Neal Collins ANDREW STRAUSS fell to the first ball at The Wanderers this morning and England were shot out for 180 on a disastrous opening day of this series-deciding Test in Johannesburg. South Africa, needing a win to tie the series...
Five Places for Hot Food in Cold Weather
THE CINNAMON KITCHEN 9 Devonshire Square, EC2 (020 7626 5000, www.cinnamonkitchen. com) A slick City sister to the Cinnamon Club, with a menu overseen by head chef Vivek Singh. From the starters list you can have fat chillies stuffed with cheese...
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...
Here's How the Bankers Can Win Back the Public; Large-Scale Philanthropy May Be Banks' Only Chance of Redemption -- If We Can Learn the Value of Giving
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor TOMORROW the gloves will come off for another round of banker bonus bashing. JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have had stellar years, despite the downturn: once again, pictures of their leading players will be everywhere...
How Brown Is Despatching Cameron in Weekly Clashes
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON is being urged to rethink tactics after losing his winning streak at Prime Minister's Question Time. To the dismay of Tory MPs, Gordon Brown has managed to win or draw in almost all their weekly...
How Ken Has Set His Sights on Winning Back City Hall in 2012
Byline: Pippa Crerar WHEN Labour activists gather at the rather drysounding Progressive London conference later this month they will see an unlikely figure on stage. Mercury Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle will be chewing over policy proposals...
ICA Forced to Cut Jobs in Face of Debt Crisis; Londoner's Diary
GRIM news for workers at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). It will have to make about one third of its 90 staff redundant after running a debt of about [pounds sterling]800,000 in this financial year. The ICA, whose director is Ekow...
'I'M LOOPY ABOUT YOU'; One Surprise of the Pinter Biography Is That the Playwright Remained Besotted with His Second Wife throughout 33 Years of Marriage
Byline: JOHN PRESTON MUST YOU GO? MY LIFE WITH HAROLD PINTER by Antonia Fraser (Weidenfeld, [pounds sterling]20) ONE of the photographs in this book shows Harold Pinter in a production of his play, The Birthday Party. Pinter is in characteristic...
IT'S THE ANTIQUES ROADSHOW; Grand Masterpieces Jostle with Trinkets in the V&A's New [Pounds Sterling]32 Million Medieval and Renaissance Galleries -- If Only There Were a Historical Framework to Make Sense of Them All
Byline: Brian Sewell In the dying days of 2009, the Victoria and Albert Museum revealed the still not quite finished 10 galleries that, for [pounds sterling]31.75 million and seven years of labour, it has rejigged to accommodate a selection of its...
'It Wasn't Murder. I Did It with Love in My Heart'; Mother Tells Trial How She Gave Son Lethal Heroin Jab
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A MOTHER wept today as she told the Old Bailey how she injected her braindamaged son with a fatal dose of heroin "with love in my heart". Frances Inglis, 57, refused to accept that she had murdered her...
Keeping Tradition Alive Is Such a Fishy Business
Byline: DAVID SEXTON WHEELER'S OF ST JAMES'S 72-73 St James's Street, SW1 (020 7408 1440, www.wheelersrestaurant.co.uk) [pounds sterling]120-140 for two STRANGE, the power of a name. This restaurant presents itself as "Marco Pierre White Wheeler's...
LIVING THE DREAM OF LIFE AFTER GORDON; Gemma Tuley Is Thriving in the More Casual Environment of Her New Fulham Restaurant
Byline: Fay Maschler RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK MANSONS *** 676 Fulham Road, SW6 (020 7384 9559). Open daily. Mon-Fri noon-3pm and 6-10.30pm. Saturday 10am-4pm and 6-10.30pm. Sun noon-9pm. A meal for two with wine about [pounds sterling]90 including...
Londoner Tracks Down Parents in Shelter
Byline: Terry Kirby and Peter Dominiczak A HAITIAN woman living in London told today of her relief at hearing how her parents had escaped unharmed when their house was flattened by the earthquake that devastated her home country. Carole Attis,...
Londoner Tracks Down Parents in Shelter
Byline: Miranda Bryant HAITIAN expatriates said today they are finding it impossible to find out if their loved ones are dead or alive. Carole Attis, co-chairwoman of United Haitians in the UK, said: "People in London are desperately trying to...
Meet the Weekend Warriors Helping Fight the Taliban
Byline: Ross Lydall In Kandahar THEY are the weekend warriors our troops rely upon to help win the war in Afghanistan. Members of reserve forces -- including a Tube engineer and Met chief inspector -- perform a multitude of tasks in the battle...
Money Men Jostling for Position as West Ham Go under the Hammer
Byline: compiled by ROB HASTINGS David Gold and David Sullivan Former Birmingham City coowners. Gold played for the club's youth team. What's the deal? The pair have offered to buy a 50% stake with future option to buy the rest. What does...
Music Is the Loser in This V&A Gallery Shake-Up
Byline: Guy Dammann CLASSICAL music in the capital is riding high just now. Musical standards among London orchestras and ensembles are arguably higher than ever. And with ticket sales largely bucking recession trends, widespread fears that concert...
Nelson's Victory; It Was the Day Mandela Finally Won over His Enemies in South Africa. A London-Born Writer Tells How a Nameless Babysitter Inspired the Story Behind Invictus, the Oscar-Tipped Film about the 1995 Rugby World Cup
Byline: David Cohen IF BRITISH foreign correspondent John Carlin had to distil the genius of Nelson Mandela, it would be the moment in 1995 when 62,000 spectators at a rugby game -- 95 per cent white and including the very khaki-clad Afrikaners...
NEW WAY TO SPOT A PLANE BOMBER; HEATHROW STAFF TAUGHT TO LOOK AT BODY LANGUAGE; ACTING NERVOUSLY OR GRIPPING A BAG ARE TELL-TALE SIGNS; EXCLUSIVE; Heathrow Unit Gets Specialist Training
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent SECURITY staff at Heathrow are using passengers' body language to spot possible suicide bombers in queues. A specialist counter-terrorist team is pioneering a new technique using "behavioural science"...
New Way to Spot a Tube Bomber; Transport Police Taught to Look at Body Language; Acting Nervously or Gripping a Bag Are Tell-Tale Signs; Exclusive
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent POLICE are using passengers' body language to spot potential terrorists on London's Tube and train network. They are pioneering a new technique in Britain using "behavioural science" to detect a threat...
No Bubbly Just Yet but Barratt Is Starting to Regain Its Fizz; ANALYSIS
Byline: Hugo Duncan MARK Clare can be forgiven for not wanting to crack open the champagne just yet. The chief executive of Barratt Developments has had a nightmare threeand-a-bit years since quitting British Gas owner Centrica for the housebuilder...
ONLY A TINSELTOWN HEART-THROB, NEVER AN ICON OF THE INDUSTRY; STAR: THE LIFE AND WILD TIMES OF WARREN BEATTY by Peter Biskind (Simon and Schuster, [Pounds Sterling]17.99)
Byline: NIRPAL DHALIWAL RARELY has a life of such fame, wealth and power been more tediously recounted than in this biography of Hollywood's most priapic pretty boy, Warren Beatty. Biskind's infatuation with his subject (he confesses to being...
Parents Aren't Poisoning Kids, Food Firms Are
Byline: Laura Craik JUST when you thought you could breathe easy, safe in the knowledge that the selection boxes, chocolate coins, sugar mice and Coco Pop breakfasts of the festive season hadn't been so unhealthy as to put your child into a hypoglycaemic...
POKING FUN AT MEDIOCRITY, SATIRISING TERROR; NAZI LITERATURE IN THE AMERICAS by Robert Bolano, Translated by Chris Andrews (Picador, [Pounds Sterling]16.99)
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER THE fame of Chilean-born novelist Roberto Bolano has been almost entirely posthumous in the Englishspeaking world. The first translation of any of his novels appeared a few months before his death from liver disease in 2003,...
Police Reprimanded for Using Riot Shield as Sledge
Byline: Kiran Randhawa POLICEMEN filmed using a riot shield as a sledge have been reprimanded for the prank, a force said today. A passer-by captured the moment the Thames Valley Police officers arrived at the slope in Boars Hill, Oxford, in...
Premier Foods Prediction Leaves Punters Feeling Bitter; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin INVESTORS in Premier Foods were left with a sour taste in their mouths today after Britain's biggest food manufacturer said profits would come in at the low end of City forecasts. Shares in the maker of Hovis bread, Bisto...
Reclaim the Female Body; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS trilogy Battersea Arts Centre, SW11 ..... In thIs bizarre and at times astounding triptych, a hit on the Edinburgh Fringe last summer, nic Green tries to redeem feminism from its two main enemies, contempt and apathy....
Robson Boosts Australian Open Bid despite Being off Her Game
Byline: Chris Jones Tennis Correspondent LAURA ROBSON admitted she was below her best but still won her firstround qualifier for the Australian Open today to set up a clash with former world No30 Michaella Krajicek. The Briton, who turns 16 at...
Sassy Sheridan Gets a Big Kick out of This High-Energy Romp; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS LEGALLY BLONDE Savoy Theatre, WC2 IT'S not often that a West End musical references Simon Cowell, case law and the science of getting a perm. But this is Legally Blonde, in which gags about spring break rub up against throwaways...
Six-Year-Olds Are Illegally Downloading TV Shows
Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Editor CHILDREN as young as six are illegally downloading TV shows before they are aired in Britain, research has found. Hit shows such as Heroes, Lost, Glee and House can be downloaded hours after they are broadcast...
Spy in the Sky to Catch Kerb-Crawlers
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent KERB-CRAWLERS are to be tracked down by police helicopters which will secretly film car registration numbers. The "spy in the sky" plan is being examined by the Met's Clubs and Vice Unit in a new crackdown...
Squatters Have Left Our Dream Home in Ruins, Say Family
Byline: Rashid Razaq A FAMILY forced out of their home by squatters who moved in over Christmas told today how they had caused thousands of pounds of damage. Julian and Samantha Mosedale reclaimed the property in St Margaret's Road, Tottenham,...
Squatters Have Left Our Dream Home in Ruins, Say Family
Byline: Rashid Razaq A FAMILY forced out of their home by squatters who moved in over the Christmas break told today how they had caused thousands of pounds of damage. Julian and Samantha Mosedale reclaimed the property in St Margaret's Road,...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 You've had to deal with a number of pivotal decisions on your own. But others have been unwilling, or unable, to take responsibility. You've done what you can. Now, back off. By early next...
Tax Makes London's [Pounds Sterling]1m Earners 'World's Worst Off'
Byline: Nick Goodway the City, those on [pounds sterling]250,000, which is still a pretty hefty amount, the difference between London and its rival financial centres will not be so great." In terms of people earning [pounds sterling]250,000 in...
Tax Makes London's [Pounds Sterling]1m Earners 'World's Worst Off'
Byline: Nick Goodway LONDON'S top earners on [pounds sterling]1 million a year will become the worst off in the world when the 50% rate of income tax is introduced from 6 April. A City banker on [pounds sterling]1 million will take home [pounds...
The Discerning Drinker
Byline: Andrew Neather THIS is the kind of weather that makes me feel like holing up, eating filling comfort food and drinking unfeasibly big, lush New World reds. The snow may be melting again but why take any chances? El Esteco Tannat 2008, Calchaqui...
'There's No Water, There's Nothing. Thirsty People Will Die'; Aid Workers Battle to Get Emergency Supplies to Survivors of Haiti Quake
Byline: Terry Kirby AID workers are facing a "logistical nightmare" getting relief supplies and rescue teams to the devastated earthquake zone in Haiti, the United Nations said today. Desperate survivors spent their second night on the wrecked...
'There's No Water, There's Nothing. Thirsty People Will Die'; Haiti Quake Survivors Wake on the Street to Life without Food or Shelter
Byline: Terry Kirby Thousands of desperate survivors were forced to spend their second night on the devastated streets of Port-au-Prince with only scarce supplies of food, water or shelter. Two days after the massive earthquake which shook the...
Traders Fear End of Portobello after Giant Chain Store Moves In
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Sarah Rainey SAVE OUR SMALL SHOPS Evening Standard Campaign ANTIQUES traders fear the death of Portobello Market "within five years" after the opening of the street's biggest chain store. The two-storey branch of fashion...
Vampire Penguins and Potato Bags Turn Sleep-Talking Man into Blog Star
Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Editor WHEN Adam Slavick-Lennard woke his wife with a stream of bizarre "sleeptalk" she got her revenge by recording the comments and posting them on the internet. Now the bizarre ramblings of the 36-year-old advertising...
Vampire Penguins and Potato Bags Turn Sleep-Talking Man into Blog Star
Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Editor WHEN Adam Slavick-Lennard woke his wife with a stream of bizarre "sleep-talk" she got her revenge by recording the comments and posting them online. Now the ramblings of the advertising executive from Richmond...
Venter Plans to Give Rich Rivals Toulon a Pounding
BRENDAN VENTER is calling on Saracens to prove money doesn't guarantee success when they take on a Toulon side spearheaded by Jonny Wilkinson at Watford tonight, writes Chris Jones. The Sarries director of rugby has assembled a squad under the Guinness...
Viva the Divas: Superstars Keep O2 on Top; Arena Scores a Hat-Trick as World's Favourite Music Venue
Byline: Alistair Foster THE O2 has been named the world's most popular music venue for the third year running -- selling 75 per cent more tickets than its nearest rival. The Greenwich arena sold 2,349,952 tickets last year. By contrast, only...
West Ham Are Treading Water and Will Be Sunk without Deal; the Club Are in Limbo and Cellino's Entry into the Takeover Battle Will Prolong the Agony at Upton Park, Reports Ken Dyer
Byline: Ken Dyer THE news that Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has declared a late interest in bidding for West Ham has muddied the waters still further in the East End of London. Cellino is a friend of Gianfranco Zola's and known to West...
WILLIAM STYRON'S MIXED MEMORIES OF THE MARINES; THE SUICIDE RUN by William Styron (Cape, [Pounds Sterling]14.99)
Byline: NICK CURTIS THIS collection of martial short stories works well as an introduction to the late US novelist William Styron, or as a coda for completist fans. Considered on its own it's an intriguing but unsatisfying bag of offcuts from the...