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Articles from December 16, 2011

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MEET ME IN ST LOUIS Cert PG, 113 mins YOU could do worse than Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by watching Vincente Minnelli's charming 1944 musical which takes place in a St Louis that never really was and was a lasting comfort to those...
A Snakeskin Manicure? Pull the Adder One
Byline: Miranda Bryant NAIL art -- ranging from gemstones to extensions -- has been a huge hit this year with celebrity fans including Rihanna and Beyonce Knowles. But now a London beauty spa has taken the trend a step further by using real-life...
Batman Star Clashes with Guards on Visit to Chinese Dissident
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent BRITISH actor Christian Bale clashed with Chinese security guards when he tried to visit an anti-government activist under house arrest. The Batman star was hoping to see Chen Guangcheng, who...
Be Big Enough to Kill Charges, Says Portas
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Michael Howie RETAIL guru Mary Portas today urged Westminster council chiefs to be "big enough" to kill off planned new evening and weekend parking charges for good. She made the appeal after the town hall abandoned...
British Banks Flee as French Ratings Downgrade Looms
Byline: Russell Lynch SHOCK figures today revealed fearful UK banks have pulled tens of billions of pounds out of the struggling French economy in fear of a looming credit rating downgrade. The figures emerged as France fired the latest salvos...
British Banks Flee as French Ratings Downgrade Looms; ...but Finance Minister Says It's Still Better to Be French
Byline: Russell Lynch SHOCK figures today revealed fearful UK banks have pulled tens of billions of pounds out of the struggling French economy in fear of a looming credit rating downgrade. The figures emerged as France fired the latest salvos...
Cheer Up, Fernando -- the Only Way to Deal with a Sporting Meltdown Is to Laugh at It
Byline: Dan Jones [bar] OES anyone who doesn't support Chelsea actually feel sorry for Fernando Torres? That's not meant to be a loaded question. I'm genuinely interested to know how far the spectrum of sporting compassion extends. It strikes me...
Christmas Brings Gift of Reading to Children of St Mary's Primary
Byline: David Cohen SANTA came early this week for the 165 pupils of St Mary's Primary in Battersea. Addressing a buzzing assembly, headteacher Jared Brading pointed to five large boxes placed under the tree and asked: "What do you want for Christmas?"...
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FIVE BEST THEATRE YOU ME BUM BUM TRAIN 21-31 New Oxford Street, WC1. Until December 20, and January 5 to January 15 (bumbumtrain.co.uk) Beg, steal or borrow a ticket for the immersive journey in which every audience member is an actor. NOISES OFF Old...
Daisy Pulls It off; Sophie McShera, 26, Portrays Downton's Scullery Maid and Is in Hit Play Jerusalem. She Talks to Liz Hoggard about Bad Hair Days, Smelly Costumes and How the Downstairs Cast Have More Fun
Byline: Liz Hoggard [bar] Y HAIR is the bane of my life, whichever part I play," Sophie McShera tells me with a burst of laughter. McShera, 26, is best known for her role as Daisy the scullery maid in ITV's Downton Abbey, a character she loves....
Don't Binge at Home before Going out, Say Medics
Byline: Sophie Goodchild and Lucy Osborne AMBULANCE chiefs pleaded with Londoners today to "stop freeloading" and drink less. They issued a stern warning to revellers not to binge on alcohol before heading out for the night. And paramedics told...
Don't Relax Vigil, Says Estate Agent Who Led Fight against 'Tax on Nightlife'
Byline: Mira Bar-Hillel and Jonathan Prynn A MAYFAIR estate agent hailed for leading the successful campaign against West End parking charges today spoke of his David and Goliath battle against the "tax on nightlife". Peter Wetherell was the...
Dyer out for Season but QPR Vow to Stand by Him; Dyer out for Season as He Faces New Op
Byline: EXCLUSIVE Simon Johnson Football Correspondent KIERON DYER will play no further part for Queens Park Rangers this season after suffering another injury to the left foot that has kept him out of action for four months. Standard Sport understands...
Dyer out for Season but QPR Vow to Stand by Him; EXCLUSIVE; Dyer out for Season as He Faces New Op
Byline: Simon Johnson. Football Correspondent KIERON DYER will play no further part for Queens Park Rangers this season after suffering another injury to the left foot that has kept him out of action for four months. Standard Sport understands...
ELEMENTARY, INDEED; Director Guy Ritchie Returns to the Simple Pleasures of the Brainless, Big Box-Office Franchise He Created FILM OF THE WEEK
Byline: David Sexton SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Cert 12A, 129 mins IT'S SO unfair. So mean. Halfway through this film, you get such a dreadful shock. Without any warning whatsoever. One of those sights you can't forget however much you try....
Everage Makes Delightful Debut
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS DICK WHITTINGTON New Wimbledon Theatre DAME Edna Everage seems ideally suited to a role in pantomime, so it's surprising that this is her first foray into this beloved form of theatre. She's a regal, often delightful presence...
Farewell to Hitch, a Scourge of Tyrants Who Was Impossible to Ignore
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent TRIBUTES poured in today for Christopher Hitchens, the author, intellectual and fierce atheist, who has died aged 62. The British-born writer, who lived in America for the past 30 years, was suffering...
Fillip for Sports Direct as It Ends Takeover Talks at Blacks
Byline: James Thompson MIKE Ashley's Sports Direct has ended its pursuit of Blacks Leisure, cutting off one possible escape route for the beleaguered outdoor retailer to safeguard its future. Sports Direct had confirmed on Monday its interest...
Froch Charged Up to Halt the Livewire
Byline: David Smith [bar] ARL FROCH has claimed victory in the phoney war against Andre Ward, and now believes he is on course to win the real war when he challenges the unbeaten American for the Super Six World Boxing Classic title in Atlantic...
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...
Halabi's Hotel Dreams Make Way for the Piccadilly Palace
Byline: Peter Bill AHOUSE -- correction -- a palace the size of 100 onebed flats is to be built in Piccadilly, worth perhaps [pounds sterling]250 million. The Reuben brothers, David and Simon, last week gave the go-ahead to architects Paul Davis...
How Girlfriend Tested out Masterchef's Winning Dish
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THE GIRLFRIEND of Ash Mair, Britain's new Masterchef, today told how they worked together to dream up his "exquisite" dishes on an ageing electric cooker in their Barnes flat. Begona Unanue helped...
I Feared Being Trapped at Arsenal after 8-2 Rout
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent [bar] RMAND TRAORE trudged off the pitch the last time he faced Manchester United fearing his dream move to Queens Park Rangers was going to collapse. Traore had just taken part in one of the darkest...
I Feared Being Trapped at Arsenal after 8-2 Rout; as Armand Traore Prepares to Face United for the First Time since That Mauling, the Defender Reveals Why He Should Never Have Played and His Debt to Neil Warnock; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent A RMAND TRAORE trudged off the pitch the last time he faced Manchester United fearing his dream move to Queens Park Rangers was going to collapse. Traore had just taken part in one of the darkest days...
Italian Jobs for London's Big Two
Byline: Marco Giacomelli CHELSEA and Arsenal today received the hardest possible draws against Italian sides in the last 16 of the Champions League. Arsene Wenger's men must overcome Serie A champions AC Milan while Chelsea are up against Napoli,...
I've Still Got Plenty of Drive to Launch New Ventures; despite His Spat with easyJet, the Serial Entrepreneur Is Working on a New Airline and a Car Rental Idea
Byline: Lucy Tobin [bar] NYONE playing Through the Keyhole would struggle to identify the occupant of the Georgian house in Kensington that serves as the headquarters of the easyGroup empire. There's an anonymous hallway, dark mahogany bannisters...
'I Welcome Suggestions to Make West End Better for Visitors'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and David Williams THE leader of Westminster council today appealed to Standard readers for new ideas on how to ease West End congestion. Colin Barrow said a "period of reflection" following the scrapping of the "tax on...
Let's Go Back to School to Find Referees of the Future; EXCLUSIVE Could Earmark a Career Job, If Life, Then a Long with a Salary
Byline: Sam Allardyce West Ham manager [bar] EFEREES have been under the spotlight again over the last week, after making some inexplicably poor decisions in high-profile matches. I've been on the wrong end of a few over the years so I know how...
Little Mix Gives Wasps the X-Factor in Cup Clash
Byline: Henry Swarbrick LONDON WASPS 25 BAYONNE 11 ELLIOT DALY today hailed Wasps' mix of youth and experience after a 14-point win put the club in pole position to qualify for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals. The two-time Heineken Cup...
Logica on the Skids as Panmure Kicks It for Being Too Clever
Byline: Toby Green TALK about kicking a company when it's down. A torrid week for Logica got worse today after hopes that a bidder for the troubled IT services firm could be tempted out of the woodwork took a knock. It released its third profits...
London Wary of Serie A Killers
Byline: James Olley [bar] ONDON'S bid to win a maiden Champions League crown will move to Italy in February with the Premier League's reputation at risk of further damage at the hands of Serie A. La Liga's lack of strength in depth is the principal...
Lost in London
Byline: Derek Malcolm DREAMS OF A LIFE Cert 12A, 90 mins YOU may remember the story. In 2006, a 38-year-old woman was found dead in her bedsit above a north London shopping mall. She had been lying there, surrounded by Christmas presents and, remarkably,...
Low Poll Shock in By-Election Win for Labour
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter VOTERS stayed at home in "remarkable" numbers as Labour won the Feltham and Heston by-election today. Election experts were shocked at the "dreadful" turnout, which saw fewer than one in three people...
Merkel Calls Cameron as French Round on Britain
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GERMANY'S Angela Merkel today moved to build bridges with David Cameron as France launched a new attack on Britain. The powerful Berlin leader called the Prime Minister in his constituency for their first talks...
Met Puts Uninsured Vehicles on Display in Hogan-Howe's 'Total Policing' War
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor POLICE are to put cars seized from uninsured motorists on display around London. As part of Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe's "total policing" strategy, seized vehicles will be placed at prominent locations...
MINI GENERATION GAP; A Fascinating Test by Which? Car Proves a Lot Has Changed in 50 Years -- and Most of It for the Better
Byline: David Williams MOTORING JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR [bar] EW of us, as we speed along the motorway, careen around a bend or hit the brakes in an emergency, give much thought to how much easier modern engineering makes all of these tasks. But...
NOW BUS DRIVERS DEMAND [Pounds Sterling]500 FOR OLYMPICS; ?LATEST BONUS CLAIM TAKES GAMES TRANSPORT BILL TO [Pounds sterling]30M Union Threatens Action on Bonus Claim
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent LONDON bus drivers were today accused of holding passengers to ransom as they threatened to strike during next summer's Olympic Games unless they get a [pounds sterling]500 bonus. The 28,000 staff claim...
Obama Can Face 2012 with His Confidence High
Byline: James Fenton VIEW FROM AMERICA [bar] S Barack Obama looks towards 2012, how does he feel about his chances of winning a second term? Not indifferent, surely. No President of the United States of America could feel indifferent to the judgment...
One False Move and We'll Be Punished by Ospreys Once Again
Byline: Alex Goode Saracens full-back [bar] HE stakes could hardly be higher against Ospreys tonight. Win and we will be in pole position to top Heineken Cup Pool Five and secure a home quarter-final tie but lose and we'll find ourselves in a dog...
One in Five of PM's 'Problem Families' Lives in the Capital
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter LONDON is home to more than 21,600 "troubled families" who have been pledged help by David Cameron, the Standard can reveal today. Almost one in five of the country's 120,000 most dysfunctional families...
Peugeot Puts a Brake on Tricky Hill Starts with Its Latest 3008
Byline: David Williams PEUGEOT 3008 EXCLUSIVE HDI 112 Top speed: 112mph; 0-60mph: 13.6 secs; Combined fuel consumption: 54.3mpg (claimed); Emissions: 135 g/km; Price: [pounds sterling]21,810. Range starts at [pounds sterling]17,195 I HEARD someone...
PM: STAND UP FOR CHRISTIAN VALUES; 'WE'VE BEEN UNWILLING TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG'; CAMERON ATTACKS 'DO AS YOU LIKE' CULTURE IN BRITAIN; PM's Alarm at 'Fearful Tolerance of Extremism'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON today attacked a "slow-motion moral collapse" in Britain and called for a revival of traditional Christian values. In a keynote speech, he condemned a growing "do as you please" culture in which...
Poets Are Mad to Bash the Bankers Who Fund Them
Byline: Sebastian Shakespeare [bar] IRST the Tate gallery says it is considering its 20-year sponsorship deal with BP -- which expires next year -- because of ongoing environmental protests. Then this week two poets, John Kinsella and Alice Oswald,...
Primaries Need Proper Teaching
LONDON primary schools' poor SATs results are inexcusable. Yet plenty of excuses are given: child poverty; special needs; English not a first language; parents who don't read to their children at home. It is the prime duty of the primary teacher...
Radioactive Material Bound for Iran Is Seized in Moscow
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor RADIOACTIVE material has been discovered in an Iranian passenger's luggage at a Moscow airport, Russia's customs agency said today. The individual was boarding a Tehran-bound flight when customs...
Red Alert as Boris Takes to Wheel of New Routemaster
Byline: Peter Dominiczak BORIS JOHNSON unveiled his new bus for London today -- and demanded the right to drive it through the city. The Mayor said "Christmas has arrived" as he insisted on getting behind the wheel of the Routemaster. Then,...
Redknapp the Party Pooper
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent [bar] ARRY REDKNAPP today revealed that Tottenham's squad had been banned from holding a Christmas party. Many clubs, including Manchester City, have already held parties but the memory of what happened...
'She Smashed Her Head on a Lavatory Seat While Vomiting'
Byline: Lucy Osborne BROADCASTERS, ad executives, lawyers and other well-paid professionals are among the drunken casualties of the capital's festive revels. The Evening Standard joined staff of the "booze bus" and clinic into the early hours...
Shooting Star Drogba Has Osgood in His Sights
Byline: Simon Johnson DIDIER DROGBA needs a goal at Wigan tomorrow to draw level with Chelsea legends Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley in the club's scoring charts. But the striker, on 149 goals, never thought he would be good enough to match the...
Showboat to China
Byline: David Smyth THE more successful a musician becomes, the more demands on their time there are to prevent them from being creative. Tours, interviews, general promo work, all hold back the vital task of making new songs. Be thankful then,...
State Pupils from Poorer Homes Do Best in Capital
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor STATE school pupils from poor backgrounds do better in London than in other parts of Britain despite high deprivation in the capital, new research reveals today. The study shows that nearly half of children...
Strikes Threat as Bus Drivers Demand [Pounds Sterling]500 for Olympics
Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent LONDON bus drivers were accused today of holding passengers to ransom as they threatened to strike during next summer's Olympic Games unless they get a [pounds sterling]500 bonus. The 28,000 staff claim...
Telling Time Travel
Byline: BEN LUKE GOVERNMENT ART COLLECTION -- SELECTED BY SIMON SCHAMA: TRAVELLING LIGHT Whitechapel Gallery, E1 THE Whitechapel's Collections gallery is a place for curiosities. It houses small exhibitions chosen from different collections -- first,...
The Gazelle Prepares to Face the Ox
Byline: Chris Jones [bar] HEN Harlequins No10 Nick Evans was unceremoniously knocked over by Luke McAlister, the Toulouse fly-half, a week ago it summed up his side's problems as their 14-game unbeaten run came to halt in a Heineken Cup clash that...
The Legend of Marley Revived in a New Film
JAMAICAN-BORN actress Esther Anderson speaks for the first time about her years living with Bob Marley, filming the reggae legend and helping him with his songs, in a new film Bob Marley, The Making of a Legend, to be premiered at the British Film...
The [Pounds Sterling]70 Cup of Coffee with a Dirty Secret; Sumatran Civet Droppings Are the Key to Rich Frothy Flavour
Byline: Alistair Foster IF the price per cup does not make your eyes water, perhaps the process through which it is made will. Britain's most expensive cup of coffee is to go on sale in London at [pounds sterling]70 a cup, but the secret behind...
The [Pounds Sterling]70 Cup of Coffee with a Dirty Secret; Sumatran Civet T Droppings Are the Key to Rich Frothy Flavour
Byline: Alistair Foster IF the price per cup does not make your eyes water, perhaps the process through which it is made will. Britain's most expensive cup of coffee is to go on sale in London at [pounds sterling]70 a cup, but the secret behind...
Tory Council Retreats on 'Thames Blight' Plan after Boris Steps In
Byline: Peter Dominiczak, Ross Lydall and Lucy Osborne DAVID CAMERON'S favourite Tory council has been humiliated into a retreat over its plan to redevelop Hammersmith town hall after a dramatic intervention by the Mayor. Boris Johnson today...
Unions' Fury at 'Tax' on Public Sector Workers
Byline: Craig Woodhouse and Nicholas Cecil MINISTERS sparked fresh confrontation with unions today after imposing pension contribution hikes condemned as a "tax on teachers and civil servants". Union bosses reacted with fury after the Government...
Welcome Reprieve for Westminster
THANK goodness your exposure of Westminster's crazy Sunday and evening parking charges, uniting sensible Londoners of all political creeds against the plan, has produced a reprieve. Westminster residents such as myself, let alone businesses, were not...
'We're at Risk of Being Sidetracked by Euro Obsession and Vote Reform'
Byline: Craig Woodhouse talks to Jeremy Browne Liberal Democrat Foreign Office minister A SENIOR Liberal Democrat minister today warned colleagues they risk being seen as only interested in Europe and voting reform. Amid continued anger at David...
We've Learned We Must Listen to London on Parking
Byline: Colin Barrow Leader of Westminster council PARKING charges are never popular and we've learned over the past few months that we have to keep listening to public concerns and solve central London's congestion problem. I pay tribute to...
What the Dickens! as the BBC Launches a Season of Programmes to Mark the 200th Anniversary of the Great Novelist's Birth, Nick Curtis Invites You to Test Your Knowledge of the Perennially Popular London Author
Byline: Nick Curtis DICKENS'S WORK 1/ Dickens's first short story, published in the London Magazine, was: a) Armadale b) A Dinner at Poplar Walk c) What I Did in My Holidays 2/ Which of the following opening lines from Dickens's novels is incorrect?...
Whitehall Jobs Bear Brunt of Public-Sector Spending Cuts
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent WHITEHALL is being hardest hit by spending cuts with more than 5,000 civil servants' jobs axed in the past 14 months, according to an authoritative report. The study by the respected Institute...
Win a Meal & Top Price Theatre Tickets for Two; Mini Codeword
How to play Mini Codeword: Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. Yesterday's solution: VEXATIONS. THE CLUES 1564...
Worst Turnout in More Than a Decade Takes Shine off Labour Poll Victory
Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter VOTERS stayed at home in "remarkable" numbers as Labour won the Feltham and Heston by-election. Election experts were shocked today at the "dreadful" turnout, which saw fewer than one in three people...
Yaya the One Who Slipped through Wenger's Grasp
Byline: James Olley [bar] AYA TOURE has come to epitomise the largesse that underwrites Manchester City's Premier League title bid but Arsene Wenger today reflected on the lost opportunity to develop the midfielder in Arsenal's image. The Gunners...
Young Business Brains See Their Market Stock Rise
Byline: Rob Parsons TWO young entrepreneurs told of their delight today after winning a six-month spot at Portobello Market in a Dragons' Den-style contest. Emily Dell and Jo Hawtree have been given rent-free market space to display their wares...
Youth Clubs 'Can Help Us Fight Crime'
Byline: Lucy Osborne YOUTH clubs must do more to help prevent crime in the capital, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes said today. Figures released to the Evening Standard under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that six out of 10...
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