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Articles from June 9, 2005

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Adriano Snub to Chelsea
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON ADRIANO delivered a massive snub to Chelsea today when he insisted he did not even want to talk to them about a possible transfer. The Brazilian said Jose Mourinho's champions had already been in touch about a move but...
A Failure of Child Protection
LISA ARTHURWORREY, the social worker who was unable to prevent the death of Victoria Climbie at the hands of her great aunt and her boyfriend, has successfully fought back against an attempt to scapegoat her for one of the most horrific cases of child...
Also Opening This Week
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM BATMAN BEGINS (12A) Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson. Dir: Christopher Nolan. US, 140min. Special Thur 16 Jun opening for director Christopher Nolan's modern, metallic take on Batman's previously Gothic origins...
Baritone Inspired by Bloodstained Guilt; Opera
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS Macbeth/La Sonnambula OPERA Holland Park SLEEPWALKING women dominated the first two operas in Holland Park's new season. The opening night offered a raw reading of Verdi's Macbeth, in which bloodstained guilt oozed apparently...
Barwick: Players Have to Behave; FA Chief Issues Warning to Bad-Boy Stars
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION chief executive Brian Barwick today warned players that bad behaviour and a lack of respect is threatening the image of the game. Following the shock announcement that Newcastle United midfielder Lee...
Barwick: Stars Have to Behave
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER FOOTBALL Association chief executive Brian Barwick today warned players that bad behaviour and a lack of respect is threatening the image of the game. Fol lowing the sho ck announcement that Newcastle United midfielder Lee...
Batting for England; Christopher Nolan Is the Director of New $180M Batman but Who Is He and How Did He Get the job?LunchbreakExtra
Byline: ED COLLEY THERE are not many young, British filmmakers working in Los Angeles. Let alone one prepared to criticise Hollywood. But Christopher Nolan, the 34-year-old director of Batman Begins, is braver than most. Many mainstream movies,...
BlindDate; Every Week We Give a Singleton the Chance to Pick a Date and Then Send the Couple out. Then We Invite Them Back to Tell Us How They Got On
Byline: JANE BURN Last Week's Date Mju, The Millennium Hotel, 17 Sloane Street, SW1 Last week, Mindy, 30, a lawyer from Finsbury Park, chose Malcolm, 28, an advertising account manager from Fulham. Why? I liked Malcolm's smile and we shared a...
Bonus Cut, but Man Supremo Still Takes Home [Pounds Sterling]7.8m Package
Byline: ROBERT LEA STANLEY Fink, chief executive of the world's largest quoted hedge fund manager, took a 17.5% cut in his usual multimillion pound bonus last year but still pocketed a total of [pounds sterling]7.8 million. In a year in which...
British Embassy in Australia Closes Due to Security Scare; World at a Glance
. SUSPICIOUS packages have forced the closure of the British, American and Japanese embassies in Canberra, the Australian capital. Police ordered the embassies be closed while the packages were investigated. Parcels were also received at South Korea's...
Briton in Athens Court over Drug Trafficking; WOMAN, 23, DENIES CHARGES OF TRADING IN CANNABIS ON GREEK HOLIDAY ISLAND
Byline: PAUL ANAST A BRITISH woman went on trial in Greece today accused of selling marijuana to tourists. Rachael Swinden was on the island of Kos with her Greek boyfriend when police found her in possession of the drug. The 23-year-old from...
Bruce Dessau's Daily Choice
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Friday Ian Cognito Stand-up at its most vitriolic, the malevolent Cognito blazes a similarly nihilistic trail to that of Jerry Sadowitz, peppering pungent wit with heaps of political incorrectness. His latest extended set,...
City Spy
YOU can understand why rail regulator Chris Bolt has been so sniffy about Network Rail's performance. He has taken the company's directors to task for their patchy budgeting and business model at a time when they have awarded themselves bumper bonuses...
Clubbing Lottie
Machine I've been meaning to tell you all about this for a while as it's been a bit of a clubland secret. It's hosted by Bones & Ramsey, the discerning twosome who started the night some two and a half years ago at Catch 22, before moving to...
Collingwood: One-Dayers Will Set Us Up for the Ashes
Byline: MATT HUGHES HAVING made his England debut in the disastrous NatWest Series of 2001, Paul Collingwood is only too aware how one-day international performances can affect the Test team. England lost all six matches against Australia and Pakistan...
Credit Boom Is Making More Women Bankrupt; Easy Lending Lands Under-30s in Trouble
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE number of women and young people going bankrupt has soared in the past two years, new research shows. Irresponsible lending and carefree spending have left thousands with debts they cannot repay. A report from accountants...
Crespo Brace Leaves Rivals Brazil Reeling; Argentina through to Next Year's World Cup Finals after Stunning Win
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON TWO goals from Hernan Crespo helped Argentina beat Brazil 3-1 and book their place in the 2006 World Cup finals. The home team stunned Brazil with a terrific first-half performance in which Chelsea striker Crespo, expected...
Crespo Bubbles with a Double over Brazil
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON TWO goals from Hernan Crespo helped Argentina beat Brazil 3-1 and book their place in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. The home team stunned Brazil with a terrific first-half performance in which Chelsea striker Crespo,...
Crespo Double Books World Cup Finals Slot
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON TWO goals from Hernan Crespo helped Argentina beat Brazil 3-1 and book their place in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. The home team stunned Brazil with a terrific first-half performance in which Chelsea striker Crespo,...
Dream Goes on for 'Little Gem' Murray; Britain's Latest Teenage Tennis Hopeful Is Convincing the Experts He Could Be the Real Thing, Reports Leo Spall
Byline: LEO SPALL MARK PETCHEY makes a gallant effort to contain himself when asked to assess the talents of Andrew Murray. The Lawn Tennis Association's head of men's training has been around the game long enough to know what sort of expectations...
Drinks
Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN Graze, W9 Being an old goat who is given to curmudgeonly tendencies, I never answer my door at home unless I know who it is (appointments always necessary) or I can see that it's my postman, heavily laden with promising-looking...
End the Abuse in 'Witchcraft'
IT'S NOT often that I find myself in agreement with Diane Abbott, but her editorial (Ban these witchcraft churches, 7 June) is spot-on. Having worked for Haringey social services for seven years, I have no doubt there are many cases similar to the...
England So Keen for Fashionable Ashley to Recover
Byline: DAVID LLOYD BARELY a year ago, one sarcastic cricket watcher posed the question: "What is the point of Ashley Giles?" Now, with an Ashes series close at hand, England can only hope they don't have to find an answer to the problem of what...
Exhibitions
Byline: HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON Opening This Week TOUCH ME: DESIGN AND SENSATION This crystal-ball-gazing exhibition is filled with sweet and witty inventions for a more tactile life at work and at play. It splits some 90 designs between a series...
F&C Left to Count the Cost of Life Assurance Merger; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE proposed [pounds sterling]1.8 billion merger between life assurers Resolution Life and Britannic may be good news for savers but is bad news for fund manager F&C Asset Management which today saw its shares tumble 213/4p,...
F&C Left to Count the Cost of Life Assurance Merger; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE proposed [pounds sterling]1.8 billion merger between life assurers Resolution Life and Britannic may be good news for savers but is bad news for fund manager F&C Asset Management which today saw its shares tumble 183/4p,...
F&C Left to Count the Cost of Life Assurance Merger; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE proposed [pounds sterling]1.8 billion merger between life assurers Resolution Life and Britannic may be good news for savers but is bad news for fund manager F&C Asset Management, which today saw its shares tumble 181/4p,...
Fredi at Forefront of Tottenham Exodus
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS FREDI KANOUTE has moved ahead of Robbie Keane and Mido in the race to be the first striker out of Tottenham. Spurs this week rejected a [pounds sterling]4.5m bid from West Brom but are ready to listen to offers for the Mali...
Gastropubs
Byline: KATE SPICER The Princess,EC2 76 Paul Street, EC2 (020-7729 9270) Dinner for two with wine, [pounds sterling]75 At ground level, The Princess is a normal gastropub with the usual battered furniture and boards - bare and black. They serve...
Girl Weeps as She Faces Athens Drugs Charges; BRITON, 23, DENIES CHARGES OF TRADING IN CANNABIS ON GREEK HOLIDAY ISLAND
Byline: PAUL ANAST A BRITISH woman broke town in court today after denying selling marijuana to tourists in Greece. Rachael Swinden was on the island of Kos when police found her in possession of the drug, along with her Greek boyfriend Sotiris...
GOOD SEX GUIDE FOR GIRLS OF 13; Protest over New Family Planning Book for Schools
Byline: REBECCA SMITH A CONTROVERSIAL booklet that tells underage teens how to be good at sex sparked a massive row today. The fpa, formerly the Family Planning Association, has published the booklet aimed at 13- to 16-year-olds called Love,...
Graduates Get Real (after a Fashion); Last Night Jess Noy Won the Most Coveted Student Fashion Award for Her Infinitely Wearable Creations. Hardly Surprising, as This Year's Crop of Young Talent Is Far More Business-Minded Than Ever Before
Byline: LAURA CRAIK;DAVID HAYES MULTICOLOURED tutu dresses, tops run together out of old carpets, razor-sharp slithers of steel as sequins, and sleeves attached to places where sleeves just don't normally go - at first glance, it looked like business...
Greenberg Quits His Last Role at Giant Insurer AIG
Byline: BILL CONDIE THE leading light of insurance giant American International Group for 40 years, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, has relinquished his last post in the company - resigning from the board of the world's largest insurer. In a terse...
Grumpy Giggles; COMEDY
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU Jack Dee Carling Apollo JACK DEE has never appeared on BBC2's Grumpy Old Men moanfest, but if he did he'd probably monopolise the entire series. Judging by his own stage show it would be quicker to list the minutiae...
Halfords Steps Up Sales a Gear
Byline: FIONA WALSH CAR parts and bicycles group Halfords continues to defy the High Street gloom, reporting a huge profits surge in its first full-year results since floating a year ago. Pre-tax profits for the year to 1 April more than doubled...
Heartless and Bitter? Surely Not Our Hugh
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY House 10pm, Five THE oddest thing about watching the first 10 minutes or so of this American medical drama is trying to get your head around Hugh Laurie in the lead role. Yes, it's our own Hugh Laurie - best known here...
Heathrow Blight 'To Hit Central London'; MORE THAN 600,000 RESIDENTS TO SUFFER, SAYS PROTEST GROUP
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL WEST London residents are today warned they will suffer deafening noise from early morning onwards if a third runway is built at Heathrow. A campaign group said the additional flights would affect more than 600,000 people,...
House
Byline: STEVE MORRISSEY PICK OF THE WEEK A new hospital drama series. But don't reach for the noose just yet. House has managed not one but two remarkable feats. It's revived a genre which has been looking peaky for some time and it's turned...
Immigration Staff Shortages Spark Fear over Border Controls; HOME OFFICE FORCED INTO RECRUITMENT DRIVE TO FILL AIRPORT VACANCIES
Byline: JASON BEATTIE SERIOUS gaps in Britain's border control system are exposed today. Home Office figures show that scores of key immigration posts at London airports remain unfilled, raising doubts about the system's integrity. Opposition...
IN COURT: BOSS WHO STOOD UP TO YOBSMan on Trial for Confronting Yobs; Families 'Were Terrorised by Teenage Gang'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON A MAN went on trial today after tackling a gang of yobs who had been terrorising his family and neighbours. Christopher Fulke-Greville, 54, a financial adviser, said the Surrey suburb of Addlestone had been " overrun" by...
Inquiry into Case of Burned Baby; in Brief
. AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into whether social services are to blame after a baby was burned to death on a gas stove by his mentally ill mother. Cheryl Green, 40, killed her son Mickle in Peckham last April. She admitted manslaughter on...
'It Is Not a Series of Rock Concerts, It Is a Series of Experiences-'
Byline: TIM COOPER Patti Smith, the woman dubbed Punk's Poet Laureate 30 years ago, is the curator of the South Bank's 13th Meltdown festival. And this year, she tells Tim Cooper, there's going to be much more than just music Over the past 12...
It Might Look like a Chair but This Is a 30ft Sculpture and It Takes a Giant Crane and 12 Men to Assemble It
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA FROM a distance, it looks pretty much like any Ikea flatpack table and chair. And with the table legs wobbling precariously in the wind while a team of workers scrambles to erect the rest, cynics might say it takes the same...
ITV1 Faces Reality by Axing Shows; in Brief
ITV1 is axing a string of new reality shows after viewing figures fell to their second-lowest in 50 years. Fat Families and The Real Good Life are among the programmes to be taken off the screen. Nigel Pickard, the director of programmes, announced...
Job Notes
Byline: AMY WILLIAMS UK's largest training event SKILLCITY, the UK's largest-ever national careers and training event, will take place at ExCel in Docklands 6-9 July. The exhibition, whose sponsors include the Learning and Skills Council and...
Jones Bidding to Move in at No10; It's the Turn of a Welsh Grand Slam Winner to Stake His Claim for the Most Contested Shirt on the Lions Tour. Chris Jones Reports from Auckland
Byline: CHRIS JONES STEPHEN JONES, the Wales outside- half, was today handed his chance to press for the British and Irish Lions No10 jersey that has suddenly become the most contested position in the Test team. Jones will wear the famous red...
Jones Bids to Be at Home in No10; It's the Turn of a Welsh Grand Slam Winner to Stake His Claim for the Most Contested Shirt on the Lions Tour. Chris Jones Reports from Auckland
Byline: CHRIS JONES GARETH THOMAS admitted today the Lions players were also struggling to answer the million dollar question facing the tour selectors: who will play fly-half in the First Test against the All Blacks? The Wales captain and his...
Jones Ready to Prove He's at Home in No10; RUGBY
WALES outside-half Stephen Jones was today handed his chance to press for the British and Irish Lions No10 jersey that has become the most contested position in the Test team, writes Chris Jones. Jones will wear the famous red No10 jersey against...
Just Keep It Simple, Darling; Today the Transport Secretary Announces His Pay-by-Mile Road Pricing Scheme to Cut Congestion. but a Perfectly Good Tax Is Already in Place
Byline: SIMON JENKINS I MOVE therefore I am dumb, or so the philosopher might have said. While we stand still, we remain sane. Put us in a car, a train, a plane or a 4x4, gas-guzzling, off-road SUV and reason takes a trip. We go mad. Our journey...
Kerr Expects a Nervous Finale; in Brief
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND manager Brian Kerr is convinced his side's World Cup destiny will not be resolved until the final game of the campaign, at home to Switzerland on 12 October. Ireland lead Switzerland by a point in Group Four after Kerr's men...
Key Climbie Carer Can Work with Children Again; TRIBUNAL SET TO RULE THAT LISA ARTHURWORREY'S BOSSES WERE TO BLAME FOR MISTAKES
Byline: JOE MURPHY THE KEY social worker in the Victoria Climbie tragedy has been cleared to work with children again - because her bosses were to blame. In an devastating judgment for more senior figures at Haringey social services, a tribunal...
Key Climbie Carer Can Work with Children Again; TRIBUNAL SET TO RULE THAT LISA ARTHURWORREY'S BOSSES WERE TO BLAME FOR MISTAKES
Byline: JOE MURPHY A JUNIOR social worker sacked after the murder of Victoria Climbie has been cleared to work with children again - because her bosses were to blame. Lisa Arthurworrey was dismissed by Haringey council in 2002 for gross misconduct....
Key Climbie Carer Can Work with Children Again; TRIBUNAL SET TO RULE THAT LISA ARTHURWORREY'S BOSSES WERE TO BLAME FOR MISTAKES
Byline: JOE MURPHY A JUNIOR social worker sacked after the murder of Victoria Climbie has been cleared to work with children again - because her bosses were to blame. Lisa Arthurworrey was dismissed by Haringey Council in 2002 for gross misconduct....
Key Climbie Carer Can Work with Children Again; TRIBUNAL SET TO RULE THAT LISA ARTHURWORREY'S BOSSES WERE TO BLAME FOR MISTAKES
Byline: JOE MURPHY A JUNIOR social worker sacked after the murder of Victoria Climbie has been cleared to work with children again - because her bosses were to blame. Lisa Arthurworrey was dismissed by Haringey council in 2002 for gross misconduct....
Kidnap Torment That Haunts Chelsea Target; Kaladze's Life Is Scarred by Sorrow of His Brother, Who Was Taken by Chechen Gang
Byline: MATT HUGHES JOSE MOURINHO likes intelligent footballers with a serious nature, but there is a dark side to Kakha Kaladze's sober countenance. The Georgian left-back has been touched by tragedy. For the last four years Kaladze, who Chelsea...
Kidnap Torment That Scars Chelsea Target; Kaladze Grief as Loss of Brother to Chechen Rebels Haunts Defender
Byline: MATT HUGHES JOSE MOURINHO likes intelligent footballers with a serious nature, but there is a dark side to Kakha Kaladze's sober countenance. The Georgian left-back has been touched by tragedy. For the last four years Kaladze, who Chelsea...
Kingfisher Loses Sheen as Bid Talk Goes Down River; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES in B&Q stores group Kingfisher were hovering just above their two-year low yesterday as City speculators decided to call it a day on suggestions the company could soon be the subject of a takeover. Talk has been...
Little Magic from Rockers Reunited; POP
Byline: DAVID SMYTH Dinosaur Jr Forum, NW5 A LESS cynical person than I might say that it's a testament to the healing power of music that so many artists who once wanted nothing more than to throttle each other with guitar strings, can now...
LocalEats
Byline: CHARLES CAMPION Cumin, NW3 It's not often that you get to go to dinner in a shopping mall. The O2 Centre might have been plonked down on the Finchley Road, but it's the sort of environment that would be perfect for bored American teenagers...
Lots of Loud Bangs but No Chemistry; Brad and Angelina Fail to Bond in an Arrogantly Contrived Match from Hell
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Mr And Mrs Smith Cert 12A, 120 mins ** MARRIAGE as acute boredom is what is set out in Mr And Mrs Smith. And, since the stars are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - two actors with whom many thousands would like to foster...
Mad about the Big Smoke
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH A Picture of London by Suggs BBC1 UNLESS we're prepared to grapple with the farrago of the deed poll, we're pretty much stuck with names we never asked for, and often don't even like. Being called Tom Cruise or...
Madonna Opens Up the Hotel Kabbalah; Pop Star Buys [Pounds Sterling]1.6m House to Create Drop-In Centre for Sect
Byline: DAVID SANDERSON;LUKE DAVID MADONNA'S support for Kabbalah is growing. She has already spent [pounds sterling]3.6million on a West End headquarters for the controversial religious sect. Now she has bought it a [pounds sterling]1.6million...
Madonna Opens Up the Hotel Kabbalah; Pop Star Buys [Pounds Sterling]1.6m House to Create Drop-In Centre for Sect
Byline: DAVID SANDERSON;LUKE DAVID MADONNA'S support for Kabbalah is growing. She has already spent [pounds sterling]3.6million on a West End headquarters for the controversial religious sect. Now she has bought it a [pounds sterling]1.6 million...
Madonna Opens Up the Hotel Kabbalah; Pop Star Buys [Pounds Sterling]1.6m House to Create Drop-In Centre for Sect
Byline: DAVID SANDERSON;LUKE DAVID MADONNA'S support for Kabbalah is growing. She has already spent [pounds sterling]3.6million on a West End headquarters for the controversial religious sect. Now she has bought it a [pounds sterling]1.6 million...
Maggie Cheung's Rise from Bromley to the Big-Time; She's a Household Name in Asia, an Arthouse Hit in Europe - but She Draws the Line at Hollywood
Byline: JAMES MOTTRAM MAGGIE Cheung, the Hong Kongborn actress with more than 80 films to her name, is being relentlessly modest. "If you asked somebody in an American shopping mall if they'd heard of me, they'd say, 'What? Who?'" She is, however,...
Maximus Apologies as Crowe Owns Up; MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT LOOMS AS NIGHT PORTER SHOWS INJURY FROM THROWN PHONE
Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER A SHAMED and sheepish Russell Crowe went on US TV to issue a humble apology to the hotel concierge he allegedly assaulted. The actor - who was arrested this week after throwing a phone at night porter Nestor Estrada -...
Merger with a Great Deal of Life; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT IS astonishing how fast City firms will move when they see an opportunity. Two years ago Resolution Life did not exist. Today it is half of a merger with the much longer-lived Britannic Assurance which will create a...
Millwall's Patience Could Land Them Burley
Byline: STUART JAMES JEFF BURNIGE has taken more time than most Millwall fans would have liked to find a new manager but if he succeeds in convincing George Burley to take over at the Den next week, those same supporters will be grateful for the...
Morrison on the Rack as Brokers Head for Checkout; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE knives were out for supermarkets chain Wm Morrison in the wake of its fifth profits warning in less than a year, and City analysts were cutting deep. Lehman Brothers has slashed its target from 205p to 170p while retaining...
Murray the Little Gem Who Is Now Sparkling; TENNIS
Byline: LEO SPALL MARK PETCHEY made a gallant effort to contain himself today when asked to assess the talents of Andrew Murray. The Lawn Tennis Association's head of men's training tried not to increase the pressure on the 18-yearold US Open...
My Father's Early Death Made Me Passionate about Men's Health; SECRET OF MY SUCCESS Es Jobs Professor Roger Kirby Is One of the UK's Top Urologists and Author of More Than 50 Books. Here He Tells of the Childhood Tragedy That Spurred Him on to Reach the Top
Byline: ANDREA KON MY FATHER, Professor Kenneth Kirby, died of heart disease at the young age of 49. I was with him when he died; I was 16. It was two years after his first heart attack, and traumatic for the whole family. At that time, I was...
My Favourite Capital Haunts
Marc Almond loves Soho, strolls along the river and finds himself called back to Heaven 'As much as I love South-East London, it is Soho that will always be in my heart. I'm proud of my association with Soho and it's well known that I've been drawn...
My Two Years of Race-Hate Hell in the Met
Byline: ROB SINGH A MUSLIM officer facing the sack from the Metropolitan Police claimed today he was racially abused by colleagues. Pc Kay Hasan, 29, was served a notice of dismissal following a series of formal complaints from members of the...
'My Two Years of Race-Hate Hell in the Met'; TRAINEE POLICEMAN FIGHTING THE SACK CLAIMS ABUSE BY COLLEAGUES
Byline: ROB SINGH A MUSLIM officer facing the sack from the Metropolitan police claimed today he was racially abused by colleagues. Pc Kay Hasan, 29, was served a notice of dismissal following a series of formal complaints from members of the...
No More Mr Bad Guy
Byline: NICK CURTIS After his success in Lock, Stock, Nick Moran acquired more of a reputation for hell-raising than for acting. But those days are long gone now. He tells Nick Curtis how his career - and life - have been turned around Nick...
Officer in Met Race Row 'Was Not Fit to Be a Constable'; TRAINEE POLICEMAN FIGHTING THE SACK CLAIMS HE WAS ABUSED BY COLLEAGUES
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;ROB SINGH A MUSLIM police officer fighting dismissal by claiming racial discrimination is at the centre of several extraordinary allegations. Pc Kay Hasan, 29, has been served with a dismissal notice after admitting a...
Overdose of Irish Whimsy; THEATRE
Byline: NICK CURTIS The Shaughraun Albery IT'S a bit early in the year for panto, but here it is in the form of Dion Boucicault's 19th-century Irish melodrama, given a modern gloss by John McColgan, the director of Riverdance. A tale of...
Paris Bid Is under Fire from Its Own Experts
Byline: SAM LYON;PETER ALLEN THE PARIS 2012 Olympic bid suffered a setback today with a damning report on the city's transport network. French government transport chiefs warn of crumbling roads, obsolete security systems and serious health risks...
Paris Games Bid Damaged by Own Transport Chiefs; LONDON OLYMPICS BOOST AS FRENCH GOVERNMENT CRITICISES INFRASTRUCTURE
Byline: PETER ALLEN;SAM LYON THE PARIS 2012 Olympic bid suffered a blow today with a damning report on the city's transport network. French government transport chiefs warn in the report of crumbling roads, obsolete security systems and serious...
Pick of the Night
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY House 10pm, Five THE oddest thing about watching the first 10 minutes or so of this American medical drama is trying to get your head around Hugh Laurie in the lead role. Yes, it's our own Hugh Laurie - best known in this...
PRINCESS IN FIRE TERROR; Fergie's Girl Watches in Horror as 5 School Pals Are Rushed to Hospital
Byline: ALUN REES;OLIVER FINEGOLD PRINCESS Eugenie watched in horror as fire swept through her top private school Marlborough College in the early hours today. The Duke and Duchess of York's younger daughter was one of hundreds of pupils present...
Pupils Flee as Fire Hits Public School; EUGENIE WATCHES BLAZE AT MARLBOROUGH AS HUNDREDS ARE EVACUATED AND FIVE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD HUNDREDS of pupils had to be evacuated from Marlborough College today after a massive blaze ripped through a dormitory. The alarm was raised in the early hours after a teacher spotted smoke at the public school in Wiltshire...
Pupils Flee as Fire Hits Public School; HUNDREDS EVACUATED, FIVE GO TO HOSPITAL AFTER DORMITORY BLAZE AT [Pounds sterling]22,000A-YEAR MARLBOROUGH
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD HUNDREDS of pupils had to be evacuated from Marlborough College today after a massive blaz e ripped through a dormitory. The alarm was raised in the early hours after a teacher spotted thick smoke at the public school...
Pupils Flee from Public School Fire; EUGENIE WATCHES MARLBOROUGH BLAZE AS HUNDREDS ESCAPE AND FIVE GO TO HOSPITAL
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD HUNDREDS of pupils had to be evacuated from Marlborough College today after a blaze ripped through a dormitory. The alarm was raised in the early hours after a teacher spotted smoke at the public school in Wiltshire where...
Queen Gives Seal of Approval to Moran's Palace on Thames; Londoner's Diary
A MOMENT of satisfaction for financier Christopher Moran. Tonight Crosby Hall, his Tudor palace in Cheyne Walk, will host a reception attended by the Queen. The 15th century building is the venue for the 25th anniversary dinner of Co-operation Ireland,...
Redgrave Collapses in Heart Drama at Protest Meeting; ACTOR CRITICAL AFTER PASSING OUT DURING SPEECH IN DEFENCE OF GIPSIES
Byline: VALENTINE LOW THIS WAS the moment Corin Redgrave collapsed with a heart attack as he spoke at a public meeting in defence of travellers facing eviction from a controversial site. The actor and political activist is today fighting for...
REDGRAVE'S HEART DRAMA; Actor Critical after Collapse as He Defends Gipsy Rights
Byline: VALENTINE LOW THIS WAS the moment Corin Redgrave collapsed as he spoke at a public meeting in defence of travellers facing eviction from a controversial site. The actor and political activist is today fighting for his life in hospital...
Resolution, Britannic in [Pounds Sterling]1.8 Billion Merger
Byline: NICK GOODWAY MILLIONS of savers who own with-profit life assurance schemes today found themselves under new ownership after Britannic and Resolution Life agreed a [pounds sterling]1.8 billion merger. The deal, sealed last night, creates...
Return of the Raider King; Eighties Legend Carl Icahn, Whose Actions Move Markets, Is Reckoned to Have Doubled His Fortune in Five Years
Byline: JOHN STERLICCHI IN the 1980s, Carl Icahn was the most feared corporate raider on the planet. More than two decades later, he is still moving markets like no other. One Friday afternoon last month, Icahn revealed he held substantial stakes...
Return of the Raider King; Eighties Legend Whose Actions Move Markets Is Reckoned to Have Doubled His Fortune in Five Years
Byline: JOHN STERLICCHI IN the 1980s, Carl Icahn was the most feared corporate raider on the planet. More than two decades later, he is still moving markets like no other. One Friday afternoon last month, Icahn revealed he held substantial stakes...
Road Price Trial Will Start within Two Years; MINISTER PUSHES ON WITH SCHEME TO CHARGE DRIVERS
Byline: JASON BEATTIE THE FIRST experiment in road-charging will be set up within two years, Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announced today. Mr Darling is determined to push ahead with his "pay-asyoudrive" charge, claiming it is essential...
Roddick Stumbles into the Last Eight
Byline: LEO SPALL REIGNING champion Andy Roddick narrowly scraped through to the quarterfinals of Queen's today. The American was given a fright when he dropped the second set against Slovakian Karol Beck and was run close in the third. He...
Saving of a Superhero; What Makes a Man Dress like a Bat? What Dark Secrets Drive the Caped Crusader? Director Christopher Nolan Goes Back to Basics to Rescue the Batman Franchise
Byline: ED COLLEY THERE are not many young, British filmmakers working in Los Angeles. Let alone one prepared to criticise Hollywood. But Christopher Nolan, the 34-year-old director of Batman Begins, is braver than most. Many mainstream movies,...
Secretive [Pounds Sterling]6.2bn GLG Gallops to Top of the City Hedge Fund Charts
Byline: ROBERT LEA GLG Partners, the ultra-secretive hedge fund whose cult status makes its owners among Britain's biggest earners, has been declared London's most respected alternative investment house. Run by [pounds sterling]30-million-a-year...
Simple Deal Earned Kewell's Agent [Pounds Sterling]2m
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE MAN branded a disgrace to football by Gary Lineker today revealed extraordinary details of Harry Kewell's controversial [pounds sterling]5 million transfer from Leeds to Liverpool. Bernie Mandic told a High Court libel...
Squatters' Victim, 85, 'Has Lost the Will to Live'; MAN WHO INVADED PENSIONER'S [Pounds sterling]1.5M HOME IS JAILED FOR FOUR MONTHS
Byline: NEALE ADAMS A WOMAN who was locked out of her [pounds sterling]1.5 million home by squatters says the ordeal has made her lose the will to live. Milly Martinson was away looking after her sister when she returned to find intruders had...
Stephen Pettitt's; Pick of the Week
ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA/JANSONS Two unmissable concerts by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam under its new music director, Mariss Jansons. In the first, he conducts Stravinsky's vivid ballet score Petrushka and Brahms's Second Symphony,...
Suddenly We're All SO GROWN-UP; Students of Style Delight with a Display of Clothes We Might Even Wear (Almost)
Byline: DAVID HAYES MULTICOLOURED tutu dresses, tops run together out of old carpets, razor-sharp slithers of steel as sequins and sleeves attached to places where sleeves just don't normally go - at first glance it looks like business as usual...
Sven's [Pounds Sterling]7m Euro Bill; England's Euro 2004 Campaign in Portugal Cost the Football Association Dear, According to a Report Published Today on the Body's Finances. by Adrian Warner
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER ENGLAND'S failed campaign to win Euro 2004 in Portugal cost the Football Association an astonishing [pounds sterling]7.1million, it was revealed today. The FA's annual report shows that England's journey to the quarterfinals...
The Aviator
DVD OF THE WEEK (12, Buena Vista) ..... Martin Scorsese is a self-confessed Old Hollywood nerd and in The Aviator, the biopic of flying ace/oil tycoon/movie mogul Howard Hughes, he finally gets to make a proper Old Hollywood biopic. The movie...
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