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Articles from December 5, 2006

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'33% RISE' FOR LONDON MPs; Straw Wants Big Shake-Up of Allowances
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL INNER London MPs are in line for a boost in their home allowance of up to [pounds sterling]20,000, the Standard can reveal. A review body has been asked by Commons Leader Jack Straw to consider allowance arrangements for...
ABN Puts Up Royal Dutch as Its Big Winner for 2007; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell, up 25p at 1814p, was today being seen as one of the big tips for 2007, with City investors set to sweep the board and achieve a gain of up to 63% on their money. At least that is the view of one...
ABN Puts Up Royal Dutch as Its Big Winner for 2007; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell, up 48p at 1837p, was today being seen as one of the big tips for 2007, with City investors set to sweep the board and achieve a gain of up to 63% on their money. At least that is the view of one...
And It Was All Going So Well ... Blow for Freddie as England Snatch Defeat from Jaws of Victory
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS THE Barmy Army were left heartbroken today as Australia got one hand back on the Ashes. England clutched a defeat from a seemingly unbeatable position in the Second Test in Adelaide. While the five-match series officially...
Another Shock at the Turner; the Londoner's Diary
AS Blackadder's unwashed sidekick Baldrick Tony Robinson might have been regarded as a bit of a non-starter with the girls but at last night's Turner Prize at Tate Britain the 60-year-old was proudly showing off his glamorous 25-year-old girlfriend....
Austere ... but Challenging; COMMENTARY
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH THE victory of Tomma Abts serves as a test of the depth of the exploding popularity of contemporary art. Favourites Rebecca Warren and Phil Collins were surprisingly overlooked. When the prize was founded in the Eighties,...
BA Slams Plans to Raise Heathrow Fees
Byline: ROBERT LEA PLANS to increase airline charges at Heathrow by 50% into the next decade - inevitably leading to higher air fares - have been shot down by British Airways as completely unjustified. The Civil Aviation Authority today proposed...
BBC Will Not Have a New Chairman to Replace Grade before Next April
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA THE BBC will be left without a chairman until at least April. The corporation has been deprived of a chairman since Michael Grade's shock defection to ITV last week. But the Standard can reveal that interviews for the...
Berkhamsted Can Get Back to Winning Ways
Byline: WILL HAYLER BERKHAMSTED (nap) has been lost in the wilderness for most of 2006 but ran a cracker on his first start for a new stable last week and gets a strong vote to return to winning ways at Wolverhampton tomorrow. This handicap is...
Blair Sees Reform of NHS as Legacy; ANALYSIS
Byline: REBECCA SMITH TONY BLAIR believes the National Health Service is on the verge of greatness. He knows that downgrading local A&E departments is unpopular with the electorate and is prepared for a certain amount of protests. But...
BOOKS; Comedy
HERE are five books that will be welcomed by any fan of the art of the quip. The strangest but best is The World Of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (Fourth Estate, [pounds sterling]10). Pilkington could be...
Boothroyd: We'll Survive Watford Way
MAN CITY-0 WATFORD-0 MANAGER Adrian Boothroyd has vowed his side will beat relegation the "Watford way". The Hornets battled to a point in the goalless draw with Manchester City last night, which could prove priceless in their bid for survival....
Box-Ticking Isn't the Way You Improve Performance; Merger That's Hard to Swallow Short Motor Trip to Make [Pounds Sterling]180m 'It's Astonishing That until Yesterday There Had Been No Serious Academic Study of How Shareholder Activism Can Improve Returns'
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON A FAVOURITE theme of this column is that there is very little evidence that increased corporate governance has led to improved corporate performance - for the good reason that governance in the UK is not about running the...
Cheat Firms Face Rulings to Pay Faster
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER BRITAIN'S specialist competition legal body, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), has paved the way for companies to seek speedier damages from rivals found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour. The CAT has forced American...
Chronicle of Nirvana Will Hit Just the Right Note as a Gift; MusicLite's Writers Offer Their Pick of the Christmas Reads
IT'S NOT been a huge year for music books - nothing to rival Bob Dylan's Chronicles from 2005 - but there have been plenty of fine efforts covering a wide spectrum of genres. Probably the most fascinating is Nirvana: The True Story by Everett True...
Closing Hospital Unit 'Puts Patients at Risk'
Byline: REBECCA SMITH PATIENTS will be put at risk if a vital rheumatology service is closed, doctors warned today. Health bosses want to close the unit at Newham University Hospital in April and redistribute its services among community clinics...
Continental Drift Leading to Disaster at the Valley
Byline: LEO SPALL Charlton v Blackburn The Valley, 8pm WHEN Charlton's directors sat down in the summer to map out a new era for the club they did not envisage the predicament they are in today. Working out how to get the team off the bottom...
Continental Drift Leads to Tremors at the Valley
Byline: LEO SPALL Charlton v Blackburn The Valley, 8pm WHEN Charlton's directors sat down in the summer to map out a new era for the club they did not envisage the predicament they are in today. Working out how to get the team off the bottom...
Council Tax 'Will Rise' in New Appeals System; the Londoner's Diary
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL MINISTERS were today accused of paving the way towards hitting hundreds of thousands of homeowners with higher council tax bills. The Tories warned that at least 200,000 householders in England are likely to appeal against...
Critic's Choice Top Five Plays
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH Little Shop of Horrors Menier Chocolate Factory, SE1 Witty, slick and always eager to entertain, the cultish charms of Little Shop of Horrors are on full display at the Chocolate Factory. The B-movie plot, centred around...
Critic's Choice Top Ten Films
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM Shortbus 18, 101 mins John Cameron Mitchell's thinking man's porno movie has a group of New Yorkers exploring the concepts of sex, love and freedom. It's eyeopening, if uneven, and you have admire the bravery of the cast....
Curry House Cameron Is out to Woo the Ethnic Vote
Byline: AMAR SINGH HE'S a proud West Londoner, enjoying his multi-ethnic surroundings and hoping to transform the Conservatives into a diverse, modern party of the future. He also enjoys a meal at his local Indian restaurant and is quite partial...
Customs Crackdown on Dollar Shoppers; NY Bargain Hunters Face UK Tax Bill
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA BARGAIN-HUNTING Londoners flocking to New York will be met with a Customs crackdown when they fly back with their goods. The strength of the pound against the dollar means huge savings for transatlantic Christmas shoppers....
Dangers in the Night; COMEDY Andrew Maxwell ***
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU THE problem about being the comedians' comedian is that it brings you kudos but does not pay the bills. Many stand-ups would rather be the bank managers' comedian. But after a show-stealing turn at the recent Secret Policeman's...
Digitalchoice & Planner; Best Movies
PAY PER VIEW Secuestro Express (2005) FilmFlex/Front Row FOR all its quick editing, this Venezuelan thriller about a hasty kidnapping is as lazy as they come. First-timer Jonathan Jakubowicz may want to say something cogent about capitalism,...
Dire England Back to Their Worst; Ashes Bid in Tatters as Flintoff's Men Fail in Familiar Fashion
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND went down on their knees here today and all but surrendered the Ashes to Australia. Fifteen months after fighting heroically to reclaim cricket's most famous prize, Andrew Flintoff 's team froze like rabbits in a spotlight...
Dire England Back to Their Worst; the Phrase 'Total Test Collapse' Has Returned to Haunt Our Cricketers
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND went down on their knees here today and all but surrendered the Ashes to Australia. Fifteen months after fighting heroically to reclaim cricket's most famous prize, Andrew Flintoff 's team froze like rabbits in a spotlight...
Dome's New Neighbours Cost [Pounds Sterling]5bn; Peninsula to Have 10,000 New Homes, Shops, Park and Schools
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL THIS is how Greenwich peninsula will look in 15 years - a mixture of homes, gardens, shops, open-air cafes and public sculptures in treelined avenues. It will take [pounds sterling]5billion to transform the area around...
Drog: Equality the Key for Mourinho Machine
Byline: NEAL COLLINS DIDIER DROGBA goes into Chelsea's final Champions League Group A match against Levski Sofia tonight claiming everyone is equal at Stamford Bridge. While Arsenal struggle to contain the much hyped rift between Arsene Wenger...
England Slump to Shocking Defeat; Ashes Look Lost after Aussies Conjure Six-Wicket Win on Dramatic Last Day Ashes Look Lost after Aussies Conjure Six-Wicket Win on Dramatic Last Day
Byline: DAVID LLOYD ENGLAND were a picture of misery here today after Andrew Flintoff 's team crumbled to a record-breaking defeat which will almost certainly cost them any chance of keeping the Ashes. The tourists lost an astonishing Second...
Extend Rail Platforms, Ken Warns Owners of Battersea
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL KEN LIVINGSTONE today warned the new owners of Battersea Power Station that he could block multimillion pound plans to develop the site. Irish developers Treasury Holdings bought the vast, derelict landmark last week from...
Fame Has Brought Me Love . . . and Lots of Freebies; Grace on the High-Wire Act of Being a Reality Star
Byline: KATIE HIND THE day dance teacher Grace Adams-Short stepped into the Big Brother house last May, her life changed forever. While she expected to be a tabloid favourite for the 12 weeks the show was broadcast, and anticipated the familiar...
Fast Eddie and His New Girl Has Mel Seeing Red
THAT Eddie Murphy is one fast mover. The actor broke the news last night that he has dumped Spice Girl Mel B and is demanding a paternity test on her unborn baby. And now it's emerged Ed has been secretly dating film producer Tracey Edmonds for a month-and-a-half....
Fast Talk; an Instant Interview with . . . BRADLEY WALSH
Byline: SIMON BUTTON ACTOR and former professional footballer Bradley Walsh, 46, was once best known for playing for Brentford, but is now famed for his role as Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street, which he recently left. He lives in Essex with his...
FEELGOOD FACTOR; Bella Blissett Acquires a Great Smile, Lovely Nails and Catches Up with Sex and the City
What is it? Power whitening at The Gloucester Road Smile Centre uses the latest technology from America to whiten and brighten your smile. As the work is done on your teeth, you can also have a manicure and pedicure - and all this while relaxing and...
Fields vs Concrete
TODAY's review of planning policy by Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Kate Barker represents a showdown between the construction industry, urged on by a Chancellor keen to see faster economic growth, and the defenders of England's countryside....
Filmchoice
Forget Me Never Five, 3.40pm (1999) ... DIANE MAGOWIN (Mia Farrow, above) is an attorney in a private practice when she finds herself getting easily confused and having a poor short-term memory. She is soon diagnosed with Alzheimer's but does not...
Fletcher: Selection Right despite Defeat; WHAT THEY SAID
DUNCAN FLETCHER today defended his team selection after England collapsed on the final day of the second Test to gift Australia a 2-0 lead in the Ashes. The coach has come under pressure for not selecting Monty Panesar but insisted England had been...
For Whom the Bell Tolls. the Londoner's Diary
TORY attempts to win the Lib-Dem seat of Westmorland and Lonsdale have hit the buffers after its candidate, councillor Richard Bell, was ousted. Bell was recently visited by neighbouring MP and former chief whip David Maclean warning him he faced...
Frustrating Crozan on Way Back
Byline: WILL HAYLER STILL no nearer to knowing what made him become one of the most frustrating horses of last season, trainer Nicky Henderson is preparing Crozan for his seasonal reappearance in this Saturday's Boylesports.com Gold Cup, the steeplechasing...
'Gentle Giant' Is Gunned Down; in Brief
A WINDOW cleaner described as a "gentle giant" was shot dead after watching boxing. Sean Jenkins, who was 6ft 8in, had been with friends to Caesar's Palace in Streatham on Sunday night and had then gone to a house in Newstead Walk, Carshalton, where...
GREEN BELT UNDER THREAT; Thousands of New Homes Could Be Built
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE green belt system came under attack today in a major government report on planning regulations. Tens of thousands of homes and shops should be built on protected land around cities such as London, according to the radical...
Health&Beauty
SALON SECRETS ANNA MOUGLALIS, 28, is a French model and actress. Having made more than five films since her 1998 debut, Karl Lagerfeld picked her to become the face of Chanel Allure. Bag of tricks... Chanel Soin Tendre Levres lip treatment,...
Heathrow Cleared for Big Lift in Charges to Airlines
Byline: ROBERT LEA HEATHROW Airport is to be allowed to hit airlines and passengers with an inflation-busting rise for takeoff and landing charges in order to build a new terminal - Heathrow East - as well as invest in better security, the Civil...
How Wayne Will Change the Shape of the Royal Ballet; the Man Who Brought the White Stripes to Covent Garden Is a Surprising Choice for the Royal Ballet's Choreographer, but, Writes Norman Lebrecht, It Is Certainly an Exciting One
Byline: NORMAN LEBRECHT HE IS A bad boy, a ballet outsider, a choreographer who declined the Billy Elliot route of tutu classes and worked his moves on kids on an east London estate to find the shapes and rhythms that give dance its dizzy relevance...
How You Can Have a Large One This Xmas - and Stay Slimline; (1)Health, Beauty & Fitness(2)a Festive Partygoers Guide to Enjoying a Seasonal Drink without Piling on the Pounds
Byline: KATE REW ONE thing you're guaranteed to get every Christmas is fat. It's a festival of eating - Christmas dinners, chocolate logs and late-night KFCs on the way home from the parties. By mid-December, your party outfits won't fit any more....
I'd Sue Him, Says Ken as London Turns on 2012 Chief
Byline: ROSS LYDALL;ADRIAN WARNER A TWO-PRONGED attack was today launched against the former Olympic boss who claimed the bill for the London Games was out of control. Olympic Delivery Authority chief Sir Roy McNulty hit back against allegations...
I Just Wished for a Happy Ending; PREVIEW
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY Tsunami: The Aftermath 9PM BBC2 NONE of the passion has subsided in this concluding part of the powerful post-natural disaster drama - the survivors are portrayed with the same intense believability and you find yourself...
I'm Not Bragging, but I Do Know How to Get a Girl; Playing the Field Two Singletons Share Their Search for Love
Byline: SCOTT MANSON ONE of the questions I get asked most often is how I manage to get dates with more girls than perhaps I deserve. I'd like to say that it was my devastating wit, Bransonsized bank balance or chiselled good looks. As anyone...
In Brief; Nintendo Plays a Winning Game
NINTENDO, which has already sold out of its Wii games consoles in the UK before their official launch on Thursday, today said it might beat profit forecasts thanks to the popularity of its other best-seller - the handheld DS, pictured. The company...
I Start without Any Idea and I Aim for an Eventual Result at Some Point-; Abstract Art Explained by First Woman Painter to Win the Turner Prize
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK GERMAN painter Tomma Abts, who admits that she has no idea what her finished paintings will look like when she starts them, has won the Turner Prize. Abts, who lives in Clerkenwell, is the first female painter to win the...
It's Another Fine Mess. but How Can Fletcher Turn It Around?
Byline: DAVID LLOYD DUNCAN FLETCHER has eight days to rescue his and England's future Down Under after today's sixwicket capitulation to Australia here. The coach now has a limited overs match between the ECB Academy and a CA Chairman's XI on Friday...
It's Just My Imagination; Cillian Murphy Is Riveting as a Fantasist in Love
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH FIRST NIGHT: Love Song, New Ambassadors PRODUCER Sonia Friedman valiantly battles to save straight plays from being edged out of a West End where theatre-owners crave musicals. I doubt, though, whether her latest import,...
Jowell Faces Assembly Quiz over Games Fund 'Black Hole'; London 2012
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER OLYMPICS MINISTER Tessa Jowell is to be quizzed by the London Assembly about the spiralling cost of the 2012 Games. Assembly chairman Brian Coleman has written to Ms Jowell asking her to appear in the New Year following...
Katie Welcomes Victoria to the Neighbourhood; VICTORIA GETS A VISIT FROM HER NEW BECKS' FRIEND IN L.A
Byline: KATHERINE BARNEY KATIE HOLMES has welcomed her new best friend Victoria Beckham to Los Angeles after Posh was spotted house-hunting in the area. Tom Cruise's bride invited Posh to the exclusive Hollywood club Sunset Marquis, where she...
Labour Accused of Lottery Fund Cronyism
Byline: JOE MURPHY TESSA JOWELL today denied charges of "cronyism" after she was accused of packing a National Lottery board with Labour supporters. Tories cried foul because five out of 12 members of the Big Lottery Fund had party political...
Laing Goes for Gold in Abu Dhabi
THE WORLD'S largest development project has been unveiled in Abu Dhabi with the launch of schemes worth a combined $58 billion ([pounds sterling]29.4 billion) and involving the construction of the firstever Ferrari theme park. Main 2012 London Olympics...
Lee Caps Return in Style to proveWatford's Saving Grace
Byline: DAVID SMITH Man City 0 Watford 0 WATFORD manager Aidy Boothroyd today praised goalkeeper Richard Lee, whose display earned a valuable point at Manchester City. But Boothroyd insisted he will not let Lee's head get too big for the caps...
Lee's Return Caps a Blank Night for Watford
Byline: DAVID SMITH Man City 0 Watford 0 WATFORD manager Aidy Boothroyd today praised goalkeeper Richard Lee, whose display earned a valuable point at Manchester City. But Boothroyd insisted he will not let Lee's head get too big for the caps...
London Calling; the Latest News on All Your Favourite Clubs. Every Day
Porto v ARSENAL Estadio do Dragao, tomorrow, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Xtra LAUREN has earmarked a return in the Carling Cup quarter final with Liverpool later this month. The defender has missed 10 months with a knee injury but will play 45 minutes of...
London's Favourite Films
PAN'S LABYRINTH 15, 120 minutes, Dir: Guillermo Del Toro GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S latest film is a beautiful, unfeasibly weird story set in a Thirties Spanish village, where the Civil War still staggers on and a little girl discovers she's the long-lost...
London's 'Plastic Police' Force to Be Cut by a Third
Byline: JASON BEATTIE THE HOME OFFICE is to slash the number of "plastic police" in London following complaints from senior officers. The capital will have 4,500 police community support officers on its streets by 2008, rather than the 6,000-plus...
London's School Challenge
THE CHIEF INSPECTOR of Schools, Christine Gilbert, has already bolstered her reputation for independence with a critical commentary on the country's schools two weeks ago. In an interview with this newspaper today, she rightly points out that the near-illiteracy...
LTA Supremo Is Ready to Swing the Axe Again
Byline: CHRIS JONES BRITISH tennis is bracing itself for another wave of job losses despite nearly 100 employees having being axed as the Lawn Tennis Association undergoes radical change. Roger Draper, LTA chief executive, is masterminding a...
Menezes Two 'Should Face Murder Charge'
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE POLICE officers who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes should be charged with murder or manslaughter by gross negligence, the High Court heard today. There is evidence that the marksmen who pumped seven bullets into the...
Message Board
When the young behave badly and the innocent public suffer, the authorities always blame the schools, society in general or the fact the taxpayer does not provide them with the funds for facilities to keep youth amused. Parenting is rarely mentioned....
More Houses Will Not Mean Cheaper Prices; the Barker Report, Published Today, Says the Only Way out of the Housing Crisis Is to Build. but Proper Planning to Ensure Thriving Communities Is Essential, Too
Byline: ROWAN MOORE THE NATION, says Kate Barker, economist and adviser to the Treasury, is in peril. It needs 20 new IKEAs, which the benign Swedish furniture company would love to give us, if only our niggardly planning system would permit it....
More People Than Ever Work beyond Age of Retirement
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL A RECORD number of people are working beyond the state retirement age. New figures show that one in 10 men is still working after turning 65 and one in nine women beyond the age of 60. In total, 1,137,000 people were working...
Mourinho Back in Charge after Hospital Health Scare
Byline: LEO SPALL JOSE MOURINHO gave Chelsea a minor headache as they prepared for tonight's game against Levski Sofia at Stamford Bridge. The boss was forced to go to hospital with an acute migraine after being struck by dizziness, but will...
Mourinho Back in Hot Seat after Hospital Tests for Headaches
Byline: ROB SINGH JOSE MOURINHO was expected to be back in action at Stamford Bridge tonight after a health scare. The 43-year-old Chelsea manager was taken to hospital on Sunday and treated for severe head pains and dizziness. A relative...
Mourinho Rushed to Hospital in Agony
Byline: ROB SINGH JOSE MOURINHO was treated in hospital for severe head pains and dizziness after falling ill at home. The 43-year-old Chelsea boss was rushed by a relative to his nearest casualty unit in Belgravia. Doctors subjected him to...
MPs Should Be Paid More
FOR public-sector employees whose pay rises are capped at three per cent, a 66 per cent pay rise for MPs would seem galling. On balance, however, an increase in salary for MPs is probably a good thing. Prior to the introduction of salaries for...
Murtagh's High Five Down under; LONDON SPORT ROUNDUP
CRICKET SURREY'S Tim Murtagh is continuing his impressive form for Eastern Suburbs in Australia. Although his side lost their last match to Blacktown, Murtagh was one of the few who could hold his head up high as he produced a memorable performance...
Muslim Woman in Veil to Deliver C4's Christmas Message
Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA CHANNEL 4 is to reignite controversy over the wearing of the veil by featuring a Muslim woman in full niqab giving the broadcaster's alternative Christmas message. The woman, named only as Khadija today and said to be a...
NASA Will Fly Us Back to the Moon; AS AMAZING PICTURE IS RELEASED, U.S. REVEALS LUNAR PLANS
Byline: ROB SINGH NASA has announced plans to build a permanent base on the moon after manned lunar missions resume in 2020. The Space Agency said the base will serve as a science outpost built near one of the moon's poles as well as a testing...
Now GPs Will Check Up on Your Gym Time
Byline: REBECCA SMITH PATIENTS will be questioned by their GPs on the amount of exercise they do as part of a drive by the Government to improve the health of the nation. Part of a new package of measures is a questionnaire on how much formal...
Now Is Your Perfect Chance to Quit Smoking
Byline: MARK PORTER NEXT year's ban on smoking in public places, due to come into force on 1 July, means there has never been a better time for the 12 million or so smokers in the UK to quit. Nor has there been a better time to launch a new drug...
Number of 11-Year-Olds Who Can't Read Is 'National Disaster'; Ofsted Chief Says Literacy Is Top Priority
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES THE inability of thousands of children to read when they leave primary school is a national disaster, the chief schools inspector has warned. About one in five 11-year-olds leaves primary school with poor literacy and Christine...
Older Man's a Charmer. Even before the Bolly; Playing the Field Two Singletons Share Their Search for Love
Byline: KATIE HIND I SAW Older Man again this week. To be honest, I wasn't sure that I would see him in a romantic way again, but the offer of an evening round at his with a bottle of Bolly got the better of me. Shameless, I know, but at least I...
Once Secure, but Safe No Longer; COMMENTARY
Byline: CHRIS BLACKHURST FOR ONCE, I did not have to tell my teenage daughter not to travel home alone on the bus. As she got ready to go out on Saturday, she said: "I know what happened." I live in Kingston, not far from where 51-year-old mother...
One in Ten Forced to Work Past Retirement
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL A RECORD number of people are working beyond the state retirement age in the wake of the collapse of pensions in Britain, new figures reveal today. They show one in 10 men working after turning 65 and one in nine women...
ONE MAN AND HIS DIG; That's the Worst of Global Warming - Fine Weather Ushers No Parsnips for Christmas
Byline: VALENTINE LOW IF AND when we ever finally get round to having a proper winter, with proper frosts, it will be a great time for parsnips. Parsnips are the true heroes of the winter table: what roast dinner is not elevated into a feast by...
Pick of the Night
Byline: IMOGEN RIDGEWAY Tsunami, the Aftermath 9pm, BBC2 None of the passion has subsided in this concluding part of the powerful post-natural-disaster drama - the survivors are portrayed with the same intense believability and you find yourself...
Police Issue Fresh Appeal over Pub Killing of Artist
Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA POLICE today appealed for help with their investigation into the killing of an artist beaten to death outside a pub. Nick Padget was attacked in Ealing Broadway after having a row with a man inside O'Neills. The 27-year-old,...
Posh Date
WHEN my date suggested going to The Dorchester (Park Lane, W1, 020 7629 8888) for our first date, I did wonder if he was jumping the gun. But he was only talking about checking out the bar and restaurant there, rather than getting a room. The bar...
[Pounds Sterling]50,000 for the WIDEST Screen of All; THE WALL-TO-WALL TV AS 103 INCH PLASMA ARRIVES IN SHOPS
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN IT WILL surely be top of every egotistical Premiership footballer's Christmas list - a TV on which they can watch themselves play life size. The Panasonic plasma screen - a monstrous 103 inches (8ft 7in) wide - went on...
[Pounds Sterling]50,000 Plasma TV Is Widest in the World; John Lewis Says It's a 'Screen for Footballers'
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN IT will surely be top of every egotistical Premiership footballer's Christmas list - a TV on which they can watch themselves play life size. The Panasonic plasma screen - a monstrous 103 inches (8ft 7in) wide - went on...
[Pounds Sterling]5bn Barker Report Says Loft Extensions Don't Need Planning Permission
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL HOMEOWNERS will be allowed to build loft conversions without planning permission under proposed legal changes to be unveiled today. Planning rules would be eased to allow small-scale schemes, including solar panels and...
[Pounds Sterling]7bn Stamp Duty Haul; Record Takings for Brown Hit London Hardest
Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL GORDON BROWN today faced calls to raise thresholds for inheritance tax and stamp duty which are raking in billions for the Treasury. The Chancellor took a record [pounds sterling]6.7 billion in higher rates of property-related...
Protesters Fighting to Save Hospitals Are Misguided, Says Blair
Byline: REBECCA SMITH TONY BLAIR today went back on the offensive over the health service saying changes to hospital services will improve patient care and were not being driven by cost savings. He claimed that "save our hospital" campaigns were...
Pundits Refuse to Pull Their Punches
Pundits refuse to pull their punches Former England captain Nasser Hussain: "It is going to be the biggest test of Duncan Fletcher's reign. He will come under immense pressure in the next week or so. His selections have let him down and let England...
Real Deal from a Pop Rebel; POP
Byline: JODY THOMPSON Pink Wembley Arena ..... OUTSIDE a pink-lit Wembley Arena, hawkers were doing a roaring trade in fluffy stetsons and flashing bunny ears to those filing in to see Pink on the last gasp of her UK tour last night. But...
Rhythm Loses out as Blues Spoil This Love Story; THEATRE
Byline: NINA CAPLAN Love Song New Ambassadors Theatre DIRECTOR John Crowley and playwright John Kolvenbach are not men to underestimate the importance of celebrity. Last time this American duo came to the West End, with On An Average Day,...
Shock Therapy Has Made Our Schools Perform Better; COMMENTARY
Byline: TONY BLAIR I'M CONFIDENT I know more about London schools than any past Prime Minister. It's not just that I have spent a great deal of time on policy discussions about improving education in the capital or on visits to London schools. It's...
Solid and Reliable - Why Ladies Love John Lewis
Byline: RACHEL JOHNSON EVEN though its own-goods label, Jonelle, sounds like a cross between Jolene of the Archers and Chantelle of Big Brother, there is nothing remotely flashy or vulgar about John Lewis, where sales surged 16 per cent last week....
TAX BLOW ON XMAS GIFTS; NY Bargain Hunters Face Big Penalties
Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA;JONATHAN PRYNN BARGAIN-hunting Londoners flocking to New York will be met with a Customs crackdown when they fly back with their goods. The strength of the pound against the dollar means huge savings for transatlantic Christmas...
Teens Play with Fire; POP the View Astoria ****
IT'S no wonder some bands can be lukewarm about playing to a London crowd, when often their tour has visited Scotland just a few days beforehand. Scottish fans are renowned for their passion, their chanting, their affectionate throwing of projectiles...
Tesco Immune to High Street Gloom
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE THE Tesco juggernaut kept rumbling ahead in the past three months despite doom and gloom elsewhere on the High Street. Even its non-food operations - clothing and electricals in the main - continued to make strong gains in...
The Best Bit Is Now - This Is as Good as It Gets; Emma Thompson Has Battled with Depression, Divorce and IVF. Here She Reveals Her Darkest Moments - and Why She's at Ease with Life Again
Byline: JUSTINE PICARDIE A QUARTER of a century has passed since I first met Emma Thompson. She was in her last year at Cambridge University and I had just arrived as a student there, and she seemed impossibly sophisticated, roaring around on a...
The Highlights and Lowlights; Second Test Day 5the Ashes Your First Reports on All the Action In-Litesport
REALITY CHECK OF THE DAY FREDDIE'S not used failure. Well not personally, but England's captain Flintoff's going have to get used letting the nation down it's what England cricket teams do (the dream team of 2005 excepted). As if defeat wasn't big...
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