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Articles from February 11, 2010

30 Prisoners Axed by Facebook after Taunts
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE Justice Secretary today announced that the Facebook pages of 30 prisoners had been taken down after complaints from two London families that the site was being used to taunt victims. Jack Straw said...
Arsenal Dismiss Their Troubles to Head Back into the Title Race
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent ARSENAL 1 LIVERPOOL 0 AS THE dust settles on the four games that were supposed to define their title chances, Arsenal now find themselves back in the title mix in this most remarkable of seasons. ...
Black Theatre Is Not in the Ghetto
THE "Theatre of the Ghetto" tag that Lindsay Johns applies to modern black British theatre is patronising and dismissive. I have never come across a critic who is unwilling to challenge this kind of work for fear of being seen as racist. I remember...
BT's Pension Deal Could Be Dialling Some Wrong Numbers
Byline: Nick Goodway Rod Kent is no patsy City grandee. Anyone who had dealings with him during the 27 years he ran City bank Close Brothers or even the brief six months he chaired the doomed Bradford & Bingley when it was nationalised knows...
BT's [Pounds Sterling]9bn 'Black Hole' Causes Concern for the Regulator
Byline: Nick Goodway BT TODAY revealed it has a [pounds sterling]9 billion black hole in its pension scheme and said that it had reached an agreement with the fund's trustees to pay it off over 17 years. But he warned that the Pensions Regulator...
Chelsea Must Conquer Travel Sickness Fast or Title Dream Could Shatter; Ancelotti's Side May Lead the Premier League Pack but Their Good Work Is Being Undone by a Failure to Perform Away from the Bridge
Byline: Simon Johnson EVERTON 2 CHELSEA 1 IF Chelsea are to have any hope of winning the Premier League title this season, then they will need to find a cure for their travel sickness -- and fast. Carlo Ancelotti's side can consider themselves...
Could a Robin Hood Tax Bring Bankers to Heel? the Call for a Tax on International Financial Transactions Is Well Timed but a Fierce Battle Looms with the US Banks
Byline: Chris Blackhurst City Editor IN popular legend, Robin Hood roamed the countryside with his band of Merry Men, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Another interpretation is that he was the original hoodie who led his gang on a...
Even a Story of Jamaican Slavery Can Be a Romp
Byline: LIZ HOGGARD THE LONG SONG by Andrea Levy (Headline, [pounds sterling]18.99) ANDREA Levy's fourth novel Small Island -- about two couples, one Jamaican, the other British, in postwar England -- caused a sensation. It won the Whitbread, the...
Facing the Future
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE OTHER FAMILY by Joanna Trollope (Doubleday, [pounds sterling]18.99) IS THERE any other novelist quite such a carer as Joanna Trollope? The committed way she writes about the difficulty of reconciling the pursuit of individual...
FA FINE ARSENAL FOR HULL FRACAS; CLUBS PUNISHED OVER THE XMAS BUST-UP AT EMIRATES; FA Fine Arsenal for Brawl
Byline: James Olley Football Correspondent THE gloss was taken off Arsenal's vital win over Liverpool as they were punished today by the Football Association for a brawl despite denying the charge. The Gunners have been fined [pounds sterling]20,000...
FASHION GENIUS McQUEEN HANGS HIMSELF; SUICIDE OF TOP DESIGNER - DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF MOTHER HE ADORED
Byline: Justin Davenport and Martin Bentham BRITAIN'S foremost fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead after taking his own life. The 40-year-old Londoner was found this morning at an address in Westminster. He had hanged himself....
Fiancee's Grief for Curry Poison Victim as His Killer Gets 23 Years
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE fiancee of curry poison victim Lakhvinder Cheema told today of her shock and grief over her lost love, as his killer was jailed for at least 23 years. Gurjeet Choongh, 22, was also poisoned and came...
Flutey Can't Wait to Cut Loose Again and Help Jonny Be Good
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent RIKI FLUTEY is relishing the opportunity to "ride shotgun" alongside Jonny Wilkinson against Italy on Sunday as England attempt to convince the doubters they possess worldclass try-scoring talent. Wilkinson...
From Big Dig to Today's Big Issue
Byline: Rosie Boycott THIS week the Imperial War Museum launched Digging for Victory, its yearlong exhibition showing how Britain fed itself in the war. When war broke out, British farmers supplied only 34 per cent of the nation's food: a serious...
Gambling Effortlessly Hits the Highest Notes for Me
Byline: Colin Cameron TONIGHT, two of my favourite worlds inspirationally collide. At Covent Garden a production of Prokofiev's The Gambler premieres, with, like the Dostoevsky book on which this is based, action centred on a casino. As a result,...
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 25p plus your standard network charge. Terms...
'Ghost Town' Fears as One in Eight Shops Lies Empty
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Miranda Bryant SAVE OUR SMALL SHOPS Evening Standard Campaign ONE London shop in eight is now boarded up, a report claims today. The finding comes amid warnings that some high streets will never recover from the...
Gomes Wake-Up Call as 'Dozy' Spurs Lack Bite against Wolves
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent WOLVES 1 TOTTENHAM 0 HEURELHO GOMES has admitted Tottenham lack concentration when playing the Premier League's lesser teams and fears it will cost them a place in next season's Champions League....
Greece Bailed out to 'Save' the Euro
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A FRANTIC rescue deal was launched today to stop the debt-laden Greek economy from causing a crisis in the eurozone. German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy pledged their support...
GREECE BAILED OUT: WE REFUSE TO PAY; DARLING DEFIANT ON EURO DEAL; 'Greece Must Stick to Bail-Out Plan'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A DRAMATIC rescue deal was sealed today to stop the debt-laden Greek economy from causing a crisis in the eurozone. French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German chancellor Angela Merkel led frantic negotiations...
HARRY'S GAME; Harry Treadaway Made His Name Alongside His Identical Twin Luke -- Now, as He Prepares to Go It Alone in Ibsen, He Talks to Nick Curtis about Syphilis, Sibling Rivalry and London's Hot Young Acting Set
Byline: Nick Curtis WHEN it comes to total immersion in a role, Christian Bale may have a rival in 25-year-old Harry Treadaway. In 2004, the Devon-born actor and his twin brother Luke, both then in their first year studying drama at Lamda, were...
Hollywood Goes Gaga for Natasha
Byline: Alistair Foster SOME OF Hollywood's biggest stars joined a British acting dynasty for a charity gala in memory of Natasha Richardson. The Foundation for Aids Research annual benefit event in New York was dedicated to the actress, a long-time...
How a Dodge around the Higher Tax Rate Is All Set to Pay Big Dividends
PETER HARGREAVES is a canny man. Unlike his business partner Stephen Lansdown, he does not fritter money away on no-hope football clubs. He even grows his own vegetables. But the two of them agreed on depriving the Chancellor of some [pounds sterling]2...
How to Gain the Edge in Interviews; It Is Not Just the Unemployed Seeking Work, Four in 10 Employees Want a Change - the Highest Figure in a Decade. So How Can You Stand out? Niki Chesworth Asks the Experts
Byline: Niki Chesworth IF you haven't applied for a new job in the past few years, you may be surprised at how much the whole process has changed. CVs are much more about marketing yourself than laboriously listing every job you have ever had, seven...
In Some Countries John Terry Would Be Applauded Says FIFA President
Byline: Matthew Beard in Vancouver JOHN TERRY would have been applauded for his extra-marital affair if he lived in Italy or Spain, according to the head of world football. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Terry would not have been sacked as...
Iran Opposition Turn out in Force to Defy Regime
Byline: Rashid Razaq HUNDREDS of thousands of pro-government supporters took to the streets in Tehran today as the Iranian authorities launched a major security clampdown to prevent protests on the 31st anniversary of the birth of the Islamic republic....
Iris Murdoch's Insatiable Lust for Life
Byline: IAN IRVINE IRIS MURDOCH -- A WRITER AT WAR: LETTERS & DIARIES 1939-45 edited & introduced by Peter J Conradi (Short Books, [pounds sterling]16.99) IT'S just over a decade now since Iris Murdoch died but unlike most writers she has...
Is Day-Lewis Martin Amis's Real Heroine? Londoner's Diary
A NEW name to add to the parade of Martin Amis's former lovers who may have inspired the female characters in his latest novel The Pregnant Widow -- which he describes as "blindingly autobiographical". Step forward TV chef and cookery writer Tamasin...
It's West Ham United as Iron Will Lifts Zola
Byline: Ken Dyer Football Correspondent WEST HAM 2 BIRMINGHAM 0 HE idea was for David Sullivan to bring West Ham some stability. TInstead it was solidarity all the way as Gianfranco Zola's team, stung by their new co-owner's pre-match comments,...
Jail for Sex Attacker Who Targeted Women on Tube
Byline: Paul Cheston A SEX attacker who targeted women on the Tube was jailed for three years today and banned from the Underground. Colin Franklin, 44, molested three young women by grabbing their breasts in "vigorous and frenzied" assaults....
King's Uncertainty Deserves Respect
Byline: Anthony Hilton CITY COMMENT THESE days the Bank of England's Quarterly Inflation report has very little to do with inflation. True, hitting the target number is still the objective but it is the uncertainties which get in the way that preoccupy...
Knife Robbers Caught on CCTV Seconds before [Pounds Sterling]1m Jewel Heist
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent CCTV images show a robbery gang moments before they staged a [pounds sterling]1 million jewellery heist in the City. Three of the men are shown as they are about to enter Haynes Jewellers near Cornhill...
Lack of Detail over Greek Bailout Quells City Euphoria
Byline: Jim Armitage AN initial surge in the markets on news of a European rescue of Greece rapidly petered out tonight as details of the deal remained sketchy. Shares and the euro advanced to start with, but in the following hours those gains...
Law to Seize Homes 'Is Hypocritical While Offices in Whitehall Stay Empty'
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor LABOUR was today accused of "rank hypocrisy" over new laws to seize private property as it emerged that scores of government-owned homes and acres of Whitehall office space are lying vacant. Research...
Man Knifed by Gumtree Car Advert Robbers
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent A MAN was stabbed in an attempted robbery after replying to a bogus advertisement for a car on the listings website Gumtree. In the second serious stabbing in six months associated with the site, the...
Markets Greet Greek Bailout from EU Leaders with Relief
Byline: Jim Armitage THE euro jumped and Greek government bond prices rose today as European leaders declared a deal had been done to rescue the stricken country. Leaders and investors across the region breathed a collective sigh of relief and...
More Students Will Miss out on University, Warns Mandelson
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent BUSINESS Secretary Lord Mandelson rejected calls to create more university places today despite fears that up to 300,000 candidates will be turned away this year. Government funding cuts of [pounds sterling]915...
MOTHER'S BOY; the Armenian-Born Arshile Gorky Was Feted as the Father of American Abstract Expressionism -- but His Art Is Compelling Only When He Draws on the Tragic History of His Native Land; EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Byline: Brian Sewell ARSHILE GORKY Tate Modern, SE1 ARMENIA, the oldest of Christian countries, was once a land where art and architecture flourished. It was, like Britain, a far outpost of the Roman Empire, but, unlike this country, did not...
New Eurostar Chaos as Bosses Face Attack for Christmas Fiasco
Byline: Kiran Randhawa, Dick Murray and Miranda Bryant THOUSANDS of Eurostar passengers were today caught up in fresh chaos after the service was suspended temporarily because of a track problem. Three trains were held near the Channel Tunnel entrance...
New MP Expenses Body Will Cost Six Times the Amount They Paid Back
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor THE scandal over MPs' expenses turned to farce today when it emerged that the new body responsible for cleaning up Parliament will cost [pounds sterling]6.5million to launch. It comes to six times the [pounds...
Piracy Is Growing Threat to Trade on the High Seas; ANALYSIS
Byline: Simon Goodley THE extract above may read like the opening of a script to a very bad action film. In reality, it is a report compiled a couple of weeks ago by the master of a cargo ship shortly after pirates attacked his vessel in the Gulf...
Ramsay? You'd Be Mad to Think He's a Great Chef, Says His Mentor
Byline: Sri Carmichael Consumer Affairs Reporter HE HELPED Gordon Ramsay learn the skills that won him global fame. But now venerated three-Michelinstarred French chef Michel Roux Snr has launched a scathing attack on his former apprentice. ...
Sainsbury's Rises as Rumour of Qatari Deal Sweeps Market; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Rosamund Urwin WHAT'S cooking at J Sainsbury? Investors have long been waiting for signs of action from the supermarket chain's biggest shareholder, the Qatari sovereign wealth fund, which at present has a 26% stake. Having seen one takeover...
Screaming Brother and Sister Driven into Icy River by 'Wild Man' Motorist
Byline: Terry Kirby A MOTORIST "drove like a wild man" into an icy river today with a little girl and her brother screaming in the back seat of his car. The girl was trapped underwater in the half-sunken vehicle for more than two hours as paramedics...
Six A&E Units Face Closure as NHS Cuts Costs
Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor HALF a dozen hospital emergency departments face the axe under drastic NHS cutbacks, leaked documents revealed today. Up to three-quarters of the eight A&E units in north-west London could be shut or...
Sky 1, Branson 0: That's Worth [Pounds Sterling]350m
SO Sky's foray onto its rival ITV's share register has so far cost it almost [pounds sterling]350 million. Has it been worth it? For me the fury of Sir Richard Branson when Sky originally spent almost [pounds sterling]1 billion acquiring its near 18%...
Social Services Blamed after Mother 'Killed 12-Year-Old Son with Bleach'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Peter Dominiczak SOCIAL services were today accused of failing a single mother and her "severely autistic" son after she allegedly poisoned him with bleach. Satpal Singh is believed to have killed the 12-year-old...
Social Services Blamed after Mother 'Killed Son with Bleach'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Peter Dominiczak SOCIAL services were today accused of failing a single mother and her "severely autistic" son after she allegedly poisoned him with bleach. Satpal Singh is believed to have killed the boy, 12,...
SOME LIKE IT HOT; RESTAURANTS OF THE WEEK as Valentine's Day Ushers in the Year of the Tiger It's an Exciting Time for Spice Lovers
Byline: Fay Maschler EMPRESS OF SICHUAN *** 6 Lisle Street, WC2 (020 7734 8128). Open daily. Noon-11pm (11.30pm Fri & Sat, 10.30pm Sun). Set menus from [pounds sterling]7 (lunch) and [pounds sterling]18.80 (dinner). A la carte, a meal for...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 You've kept certain individuals in the dark about important matters. You've had so much to do that you've had no time to discuss your plans. Those obligations may have been pressing. Still,...
Terror Watchdog Calls for MI5 to Be More Accountable
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor STRICTER scrutiny of MI5 should be introduced to boost public confidence in the way that Britain's security and intelligence operations are carried out, the Government's terrorism watchdog said today. ...
The Discerning Drinker
Byline: Andrew Neather BOMBARDED with valentine-targeted advertising for everything from chocolate to lingerie, I tend to assume that some people do buy their beloved pink champagne, even if I don't. One wine merchant I spoke to recently was sceptical....
The Latest Sex Aid? It's Your Mobile Phone
Byline: Laura Craik THERE'S a fool born every minute, and most of them are male. Following in the illustrious footsteps of Tiger Woods and John Terry comes Vernon Kay, a man whose mother can only have named him following a weird premonition that...
THE SHRINK WHO BELIEVES IN LOVE; as a Love Analyst, Writer and 'Realistic-Romantic', Anouchka Grose Is Well Placed to Advise Us on the Pitfalls of Passion, as Liz Hoggard Reports
Byline: Liz Hoggard FALLING in love is a complicated, messy, mad endeavour -- and staying in love is even worse," observes the writer and psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose. With her white-blonde crop and vintage wardrobe, Grose, 40, doesn't look like...
The Smart Shopper
Byline: Charles Campion CHOCOLATES TO DIE FOR St Valentine was a Roman priest who got himself martyred in the third century. There are several theories concerning his elevation to patron saint of lovers but everyone knows that his real role should...
Tories to Block Seizure of Homes While Offices in Whitehall Are Empty
Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor LABOUR was today accused of "rank hypocrisy" over new laws to seize private property as it emerged that scores of government-owned homes and acres of Whitehall office space are lying vacant. New research...
To Say the Euro Is under Threat from This Domestic Strife Is Absurd; COMMENTARY
Byline: Anthony Hilton Financial Editor GREECE is like one of those friends who are great to go drinking with but you should never lend them any money. Over the years its citizens have raised tax avoidance to the level of an art form while its governments...
To Suggest the Single Currency Is under Threat Is Absurd; COMMENTARY
Byline: Anthony Hilton Financial Editor GREECE is like one of those friends who are great to go drinking with but you should never lend them any money. Over the years its citizens have raised tax avoidance to the level of an art form while its governments...
Up West but Still Freewheeling; Theatre
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS JERUSALEM Apollo, W1 11 ***** AND 12 Barbican, EC2 ** JERUSALEM won two of this paper's theatre awards last year: Best Actor for Mark Rylance and Best Play for Jez Butterworth. Its move into the West End is an occasion...
'We Knew That His Freedom Meant That Our Freedom Had Also Arrived'; South Africa Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Mandela Release
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent TWENTY years ago Nelson Mandela completed the last stage of his long walk to freedom when he was released after 27 years in prison. Today thousands of fellow South Africans celebrated his release outside...
Why the Young Ones Today Can Never Leave Home
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER THE PINCH: HOW THE BABY BOOMERS TOOK THEIR CHILDREN'S FUTURE AND WHY THEY SHOULD GIVE IT BACK by David Willetts (Atlantic, [pounds sterling]18.99) DAVID WILLETTS is stuck with the nickname "Two Brains" and this thoughtful...
Win a Canon Digitalcamera; Codeword
Courtesy of Play.com, the UK's number 1 online entertainment retailer, put more in the frame with this Canon Ixus digital camera. Combining a wideangle lens and widescreen 16:9 LCD, it offers a stylish way to shoot beautiful, expansive still images...
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