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Articles from December 30, 2005

500,000 Expected at Biggest Party of New Year
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA IT IS SET to be the biggest party of the New Year. More than half a million revellers are expected to turn out for London's world-famous street carnival to welcome in 2006. Dancers, acrobats, clowns, cheerleaders and marching...
A Better World for My Three Daughters
Byline: A.N. WILSON IT IS 30 years since the Sex Discrimination Act. Because this is gloomy old Britain, this joyous event in our national history, rather than being celebrated, has been greeted by two predictably Eeyoreish reactions. Those of...
And Incidentally
Byline: PETE CLARK AS THE feast of Christmas gives way to the rites of New Year, it might be as well to consider our close relationship with booze. This informal noun covers everything of significance that will be imbibed over the coming weekend....
ANGER GROWS ON FARE RISES; 2006 Travelcard Prices in Shops Three Days Early
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS;KIRAN RANDHAWA COMMUTERS voiced their anger today as massive increases in the cost of Tube and bus travel began to come into force. The Mayor's new fares package will cost passengers an extra [pounds sterling]130 million...
ARISE THE OLYMPIC HEROES! London 2012 Chiefs Given Knighthoods
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER THE team which won London the 2012 Olympics is to be given three knighthoods in the New Year Honours list. Every one of England's Ashes heroes will also be rewarded for their victory over Australia - while veteran singer...
Banks to Face Curbs on Loans and Credit Cards
Byline: AMAR SINGH BANKS offering credit cards and loans could face a series of clampdowns if they are found to be making customers get into greater debt. Some of the country's largest financial institutions may need to improve radically the...
Britain 'Given Secrets Obtained under Torture'
Byline: PAUL WAUGH BRITAIN knowingly received intelligence from terror suspects who had been tortured abroad, it is claimed today. The UK's former Uzbekistan ambassador, Craig Murray, defied the Foreign Office by publishing letters which appear...
Cityspy
ONE of the most famous names in investment banking is dropped from this weekend. Credit Suisse First Boston is losing the last half of its monicker to trade just as Credit Suisse. However, City Spy hopes the builders get the hurryup as the huge new...
Commuters Ask: Why Should We Pay More for Shoddy Service?
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA COMMUTERS have reacted with anger and dismay to the fare rises. Sylvia Czyzewska, 27, a call-centre worker from Shepherd's Bush, said the increases were "outrageous". She said: "I accept that with inflation, we have...
Cookson Rebounds but It's a Bumpy Ride
Byline: MICKEY CLARK IT'S happy days again at engineer Cookson, which yesterday saw its shares climb to a near-two-year high. What a contrast - just three years ago the group was almost forced to give its shares away as it teetered on the brink....
Forgiven Knight out to Grab Second Chance with Both Hands
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON WHEN Zat Knight looks back on 2005 he is bound to have mixed feelings, as he has tasted the extreme highs and lows that football has to offer. Seven months ago the Fulham defender was rewarded for his consistent displays...
Gaza Police Vow to Free Kidnapped Britons
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY;AMAR SINGH THE Palestinian pol ice authorities today threatened to use force to secure the release of three British hostages seized by gunmen in the Gaza Strip. Kate Burton, 24, and her parents Hugh, 73, and 55-year-old...
Girl Who Escaped Hindley; Trial Papers Reveal How the Moors Murderers Befriended 12-Year-Old
Byline: PATRICK SAWER CHILLING photographs of a 12-yearold girl who narrowly escaped the clutches of Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley have been published for the first time. They show Patricia Ann Hodges sitting next to Hindley on a...
Hens, Hoods and All That Jazz
Byline: CERI THOMAS Ceri Thomas picks the best of the films on terrestrial TV over the holiday weekend FRIDAY Chicken Run 6.45pm, BBC1 Post-Wallace and Gromit's smallscreen adventures and before their big-screen outing, Nick Park turned his clay-moulding...
Hotel Properties Can Be a Hot Spot in City
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE THE City is hotly tipped as being the next boom market for hotel properties in 2006. Agents cite strong demand for the historic 10 Trinity Square building on Tower Hill, currently being auctioned for [pounds sterling]100...
Konchesky's Back but Timing Is out; Tomorrow Will See the feistyWest Ham Defender Make a Return to the Ground on Which He Made Such an Impressive Start to His Career
Byline: KEN DYER PAUL KONCHESKY has been looking forward to going back to Charlton all season but he admits, now that the moment has arrived, the timing could have been better. Konchesky spent his formative years at The Valley and remains eternally...
Listener Cansilence All Rivals
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM THE only thing better than backing a winner on New Year's Eve is to follow up by firing another in on New Year's Day. Punters have the chance to ring out the old and ring in the new in grand style provided the weather...
Looking Forward to Fun and Games in the City
Byline: NEIL COLLINS 2006 promises to be as exciting as 2005. With the help of Old Collins's Almanac, you can see the future and profit accordingly... January American trade deficit soars: economists predict plunge in dollar; current-account...
Love Thy Neighbour, Unless He Plays Well for Palace
Byline: SIMON JOHNSON IT was only a few weeks ago that Watford defender Malky Mackay liked nothing more than to pop round his neighbour Tony Popovic's house for coffee, but he will be hoping to turn the Crystal Palace defender's new year celebrations...
Meet London's Brainy New Change-Makers; from Philosophy to Fairtrade Jeans, Solar Energy to Architecture - Here's the Evening Standard's Guide to the Capital's Clever Set Who Will Change the Way We Think in the Year Ahead
Byline: LAURA MORRIS;AMOL RAJAN;JOSHUA NEICHO INFLUENCE 2006 THEY are not famous yet - at least, not most of them - and many have their best work before them. But they are about to have a profound impact on the way we live. From designers...
Mourinho Embraced by Midfield Dynamo; with Michael Essien Due to Miss Some Vital Games in the New Year, Chelsea Have Swooped to Strengthen Their 'Engine Room'
Byline: LEO SPALL JOSE MOURINHO is in the unusual position among Premier League managers of not having to worry about improving his team. The Chelsea head coach may believe they can get better but today he has renewed confidence that, in England...
NEXT YEAR'S Next Big Things from the World of Arts; Influence 2006 They May Already Be Big Names in Their Own Fields, but by the End of Next Year We'll All Know Them - from a 16-Year-Old Violinist to the Internet's Latest Pop Discovery. Our Critics Pick the Stars of the Next 12 Months
ARCHITECTURE by Rowan Moore Foreign Office Architects No relation to the government department of a similar name, FOA is a practice run by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi, who made their name with the majestic, undulating Yokohama...
Now Recycle Your Christmas
Byline: PATRICK SAWER;GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN GREEN campaigners are calling for more recycling of Christmas waste. It is estimated that as much as 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will end up in rubbish bins this week, an area larger that Guernsey....
Oh No .... It's a F***ing Kitchen Nightmare; Nick Curtis Imagines Joining the Ramsay Table
Byline: NICK CURTIS The scene: the kitchen in a large family home in south London. Gordon Ramsay is cooking on a stove the size of a small ocean liner and absentmindedly singing a song from (Jamie) Oliver! Ramsay: Food, glorious f***ing food,...
Orchard Is Ready and Ripe for the Pickings
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM WHEN frost puts jumping in doubt - or as it did today cause the meeting at Haydock to be abandoned - it makes sense to get the all-weather form book out. Thankfully, today's card at Lingfield isn't one of the Banded meetings...
Pick of the Day
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY 2005 TV Moments 9pm, BBC1 WE WERE never quite sure why this populist celebration of the year as seen through the eyes of television was broadcast well into the following 12 months - a late-December slot makes much more sense...
Pick of the Day
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY The Queen by Rolf 8pm, BBC1 SURELY even the most rabid anti-monarchist would draw the line at turning up to meet Her Maj while wearing a manky old denim jacket (a slogan T-shirt would surely be more appropriate for yer full-on...
Pick of the Day
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Who Killed the British Sitcom? / the Ultimate Sitcom 9pm, Channel 4 TELLY-ANALYSIS shows are rarely more than clips and the pretend memories of ubiquitous rent-acelebrities, so it's always a pleasure when a programme with...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Return of the Goodies 9pm, BBC2 I'VE BEEN told that the Goodies are comedy gods in Australia. Mind you, so was Paul Hogan. But, for some reason, while the bonkers 1970s comedy stylings of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie...
Ponting Has Last Laugh as He Wins Smith's Mind Games
PSYCHOLOGICAL warfare almost overshadowed the on-field action today as Australia eased to a 184-run victory in the Second Test against South Africa in Melbourne. Chasing a total of 366, South Africa were bowled out for 181 just after the lunch break...
Private Nurseries Given [Pounds Sterling]125m to Hire Graduates
Byline: PAUL WAUGH PRIVATE nurseries are to be subsidised by the taxpayer in a government drive to provide better childcare staff. Independent and voluntary sector nurseries will be handed up to [pounds sterling]10,000 a year for every graduate...
Profit-Takers Spoil the Yearend Party
Byline: SARAH MARKS PROFIT-TAKING on the last trading day of 2005 could not remove the gloss from a remarkable year for the FTSE 100, which has easily surpassed all expectations. But the dramatic Christmas rally that saw the blue-chip index break...
Shares a Better Bet Than Houses in 2005
Byline: JANE PADGHAM THE stock market performed better than the housing market this year for the first time since 1999, Britain's biggest building society revealed today. Nationwide said the FTSE 100 index of leading shares rose by 17% in 2005,...
Strike Tomorrow Night Will Cripple New Year Services
TUBE travellers face New Year's Eve misery tomorrow with unions still planning a 24-hour stoppage. For the first time Underground chiefs made clear they are prepared to take on the union, saying they are not going to back down. The first of two...
The Best Is Yet to Come from Reyes, Says Henry
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS THIS week Jose Reyes has shown the kind of form that made Arsene Wenger pay [pounds sterling]10.5million for the Spain striker almost two years ago. And according to strike partner Thierry Henry, there is much more to come...
The Grizzly Bear, How He Helped out Tony with a Pet Project and the Small Matter of a Peerage on Ice (at Least for Now.); on the Eve of the New Year's Honours List, the Curious Case of London Property Mogul David Garrard
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS AS BRITAIN'S newly created peers, dames and knights celebrate their elevation in the New Year's honours list, published at midnight tonight, spare a thought, if you will, for poor Sir David Garrard. The famously pugnacious...
The January Sale I Can't Breathe a Word About
Byline: JOANNA COLES IN NEW YORK IT'S sales time. The B and T set - the bridge and tunnellers who live in the boroughs and 'burbs outside Manhattan - are, as I write, furiously rummaging through Saks and Macy's and Bergdorf 's, each offering "Seventy...
The Latest Hill Tribe? Tory Toffs; CITY LIVES
Byline: JOHANN HARI IF THE trilling of the Tory press is to be believed, 2006 belongs to one London suburb: Notting Hill. Just as Islington was condemned to be a byword for New Labour, this patch of W11 is now a synonym for the New Tories. Their...
This Strike Makes Tube Users Despair
BARRING a last-minute settlement, London will tomorrow be paralysed once again by a Tube strike. Even if, as planned, London Underground managers defy the strike by running a skeleton service, the strike will cause major inconvenience to thousands...
Total Smoking Ban at All Hospital and NHS Sites
Byline: REBECCA SMITH ALL hospitals, health centres and doctors' surgeries in London will become smoke-free from New Year's Day. The ban will apply not only inside buildings but also in their grounds, gardens and car parks. The Government...
Treats and Turkeys; TV Has Served Up Some Golden Moments over the Past 12 Months - but It Hasn't All Been Good News for the Viewers
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY ON New Year's Eve, Jonathan Ross fronts a programme called TV Moments (see Pick of the Day, page 34). Now, is it just us, or does TV Moments sound like a cheesy snack? And, hey, the Beeb's crowd-pleasing selection of news-to-soaps...
Tube:now It's Double the Misery; and Huge Fare Increases Are Already Starting to Bite
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS;KIRAN RANDHAWA 2. MASSIVE increases in the cost of Tube and bus travel began to take effect today. The Mayor's new fares package, which will cost passengers an extra [pounds sterling]130 million a year, officially starts...
Tube: Now It's Double the Misery; Strike Tomorrow Night Will Cripple New Year Services
Byline: DICK MURRAY 1. THE planned New Year's Eve strike by Tube station staff is almost certain to go ahead. For the first time Underground chiefs made clear they are prepared to take on the union, saying they are not going to back down....
Week-Long Nightmare of Polish Girl in London; AS TORIES PLEDGE TO SCRAP JOB REGISTRATION FOR MIGRANTS,ONE WOMAN TELLS OF HER ORDEAL LOOKING FOR WORK IN A STRANGE CITY
Byline: ANNA MACHOWSKA TENS of thousands of immigrant eastern European workers have been forced into the black economy by a government registration scheme, the Conservatives have claimed. More than 200,000 are thought to be working in Britain...
When the Comedy Arrives Stillborn; the Worst Week of My Life BBC1
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH The Worst Week of My Life BBC1 MOST consumer products nowadays seem to have a lie built into their name. "Mobile" phones only work properly when you're not mobile, "home-cooked" produce is invariably prepared in...
When the Impossible Dreamsbecame Reality; the Ashes . . . the Olympics . . . Just Two Triumphs in a Year When Miracles Started to Happen in British Sport. Ian Chadband Sums Up 2005
Byline: IAN CHADBAND THIS was the year in sport when things you never believed could happen, happened. The year when things that you never believed you would see, you saw. The year when things that you never believed you would hear, you heard. ...
... While Kiley Wines and Dines for Britain
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES;KEITH DOVKANTS NEW details of London transport chief Bob Kiley's lavish entertaining at taxpayers' expense emerged today. Documents obtained by the Evening Standard show he submitted huge expenses claims for meals at leading...
Why 2006 Will Take Just a Little Bit Longer to Arrive
Byline: AMAR SINGH YOU may not notice as you prepare to see in 2006, but the final minute of this year will actually be 61 seconds long. Scientists have ruled that a "leap second" must be added to 2005 because the earth is turning a little more...
Worsley Is Fit to Face a Big Test for Wasps
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER JOE WORSLEY can boost his chances of being a part of England's Six Nations campaign when he returns from injury for London Wasps in tomorrow's top-of-the-table Guiness Premiership clash with London Irish. The flanker has...
Year of Hope and Fear; 2005 Was the Year When Bombings Blighted the Capital. but the Response Has Been a Tribute to London's Spirit and Resolve
Byline: MELANIE MCDONAGH ANY REFLECTION on London in the past year is coloured by a single event. Only a few months ago, the bombings of 7 July changed some people's lives for ever, and ended 52 lives for good. Young Muslim men who were born...
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