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Articles from August 1, 2012

A Fearless Bid for a Dream
Byline: Emily Wright One family's task was to please planners and local residents while building a radical new home. They tell Emily Wright how they did it HE MAY have found the perfect plot to build his family home but Jimmi Bradbury knew there...
A Gold That Was Never in Doubt ... for Mystic Redgrave
Byline: Dan Jones STEVE REDGRAVA E, fivetime Olympic gold medal winner and BBC pundit, looked confident this morning as he talked to John Inverdale about the chances of Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning winning the final of the women's...
Armchair Olympics
Byline: Oscar Williams-Grut Olympics 2012 BBC Television Gymnastics is a true Olympic event, a sport that only seems to be in the limelight when the Games roll around every four years. Hot on the heels of Team GB's stunning bronze medal in the men's...
Army Captain Heather on Front Line for Medal Glory, Then It's off to Afghanistan
Byline: Simon Freeman ROWING ace Heather Stanning will be heading for Afghanistan as a captain in the Royal Artillery just weeks after her mission to achieve Olympic glory. She and Helen Glover, 26, were today battling for first place in the...
Back on Home Ground: US-Based Athletes Make the Most of Competing in London
Byline: Mark Blunden BRITISH volleyball player Savannah Leaf has told how she owes her success to her mother after her father walked out when she was a baby. Greenwich-born Leaf, 19, moved to California aged nine with mother, Alison. Leaf said:...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork GARDEN furniture firm Shackletons Lifestyle is offering the Aquarius Gemini Reclining Suite from Westminster Teak (pictured), which usually costs [pounds sterling]3,065, for [pounds sterling]1,995 for a limited period. This premium...
Basketball Star Relishes Rare Time with Family
Byline: Mark Blunden SHE is making history as a member of the first British women's basketball team, but Azania Stewart is delighted to be competing at the London Games simply because it means she can spend some time with her family. Camden-born...
Boost for Bank Lending Welcomed amid New Gloom
Byline: Nick Goodway and Jim Armitage THE Government today kicked off its [pounds sterling]80 billion Funding for Lending scheme, its latest attempt to encourage banks to increase loans to homeowners and businesses, against a backdrop of bleak new...
Boris Travel Chaos Warnings Axed
Byline: Matthew Beard and Rob Parsons BORIS JOHNSON'S Olympic transport broadcasts to millions of passengers have been dropped after forecasts of overcrowding proved unfounded. Tube and rail travellers will be spared the Mayor's ubiquitous announcements,...
Boxing's Nothing Next to My Mother's Fight; BOXING
Byline: Miranda Bryant and Mark Blunden ONE of Team GB's brightest boxing medal hopes told how he dreams of "belting out" the national anthem after winning gold. Anthony Ogogo, 23, nearly withdrew from the Games after his mother Teresa, who he...
Bradley Brimming with Confidence after Surviving the Tour 'Boot Camp'
Byline: preparation for today's time trial. By Matt Majendie [bar] HE perception going into the Olympics was that Mark Cavendish had the best chance of Olympic gold on the road for Britain's cyclists. Even Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins,...
Buy in the Alps for a Year-Round Playground; It's Not Just for Skiing the Alpine Region Provides a Winning Combination of Relaxation and Fun throughout the Year, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: says Cathy Hawker HE best holiday homes attract users all year round, and the Alps is a prime example of an area in which they do just that. Choose the location with care and a home in the mountains will provide an actionpacked base that...
Cheers Ring out from Helmand for the Captain Who Rowed to Olympic Glory
Byline: Simon Freeman HERO of the water Heather Stanning was cheered on by Army comrades in Afghanistan as she won Britain's first female rowing gold today. Now the 27-year-old captain will report to barracks and prepare to join them. Heather,...
CHINESE ACCUSED OF MATCH-FIXING; BADMINTON PLAYERS DELIBERATELY LOSE TO GET EASIER NEXT ROUNDANGRY SPECTATORS WHO PAID UP TO [Pounds Sterling]80 DEMAND REFUNDS South Korea Coach Says 'We Didn't Try to Win, but Chinese Started It'
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Tom Harper CHINA was today embroiled in a new Olympics row as their women's badminton team was accused of match-fixing. In a game called "the most embarrassing ever", two of their players appeared to deliberately...
Chinese Badminton Players Accused of Fixing Match for Easier Next Round
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Tom Harper CHINA was today embroiled in a new Olympics row as their women's badminton team was accused of matchfixing. In a game called "the most embarrassing ever", two of their players appeared to deliberately lose...
Chips with Everything; RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
Byline: Fay Maschler HELIOT RESTAURANT, BAR & LOUNGE The Hippodrome Casino, 10-14 Cranbourn Street, WC2 (020 7769 8844). Daily 5pm-midnight. A meal for two with wine, about [pounds sterling]135, inc 12.5 per cent service. CLAIRE Heliot (born...
Dilemma of Olympic Dope Testing
THE modern Olympics has a fantastic, rigorous drug testing programme but there are inevitable limitations. The example of US track athlete Marion Jones, who passed 26 tests but was still banned for using performanceenhancing drugs, comes to mind. If...
'Ditch Football and Make Gymnastics the National Sport'
Byline: Anne McElvoy WE HAVE stopped all the clocks, cooked meals are suspended and I dare anyone to countermand my vocal disagreement with the judges over an impenetrable scoring system. The Olympic gymnastics is in full gravitydefying swing and...
Don't Dare Cross a Ross
Byline: Rosamund Urwin How do you react when your film director husband is caught kissing Kristen Stewart? Rosamund Urwin on Liberty Ross's formidable clan [bar] HO is Liberty Ross?" a few too many people WWasked last week, per-[bar] haps rubbing...
Don't Get Caught out? Some Stations Feel like Paris during Holidays
Byline: David Cohen finds out how the Games have changed life for London's ordinary commuters THE dire warnings trumpeted by Boris Johnson ran for weeks. "Plan your journey to avoid congestion on the Tube in central London", we were repeatedly told...
Eight Badminton Players Disqualified for Not Trying to Win Their Matches
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Tom Harper THE London Olympics were rocked by a scandal today as eight badminton players were disqualified for not trying to win matches. China's No 1 seeds were ejected after attempting to throw a game to avoid a...
Emma the Tiny Cycling 'Tourist' Who Says She Rides for the Fun of It
Byline: Josh Loeb EMMA POOLEY is so obsessed with cycling she has even been accused of being a "tourist" -- more interested in simply riding than training. The Wandsworth-born rider, 29, who was taking part in today's time trial starting at Hampton...
Finding a Home for an Equestrian Team's Easy. but for a Grand Piano?
MONDAY The week starts with a flurry of activity as we act as a single point of contact for hundreds of different relocation agents and human resources departments who are looking to relocate employees. One agent, who has been struggling to house...
First Gold
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent ?BRITAIN FINALLY ON TOP OF PODIUM AS HOPES OF MORE CHAMPIONS GROW ROWERS Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won Team GB's first gold medal of the Games today as they swept to a sensational victory at Eton...
Five Things to See in August
Byline: Barbara Chandler 1 POP! Open now until October 27 at the Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 (020 7407 8664; ftmlondon.org). SEE how pop permeated British design, fashion and graphics in Sixties and Seventies. There are...
Free Speech Is Still a Pipe Dream for British Writers
Byline: Rachel Ehrenfeld [bar] ONDON, the host of the 2012 Olympics, has long since won the gold medal as the capital of "libel tourism". I was made aware of this in 2004 when a libel suit was brought against me and my book Funding Evil: How Terrorism...
Games Helps Sturridge to Forget Troubles; Striker's Happy to Be Part of the Olympic Experience after a Difficult Six Months on and off the Pitch. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley CHELSEA'S lavish spending spree shows little sign of abating and as those in permanent residence at Stamford Bridge contemplate the arrival of a new generation, Daniel Sturridge has plenty to ponder. The arrivals of Oscar,...
Games Help Sturridge Take His Mind off Troubling Times
Byline: James Olley [bar] HELSEA'S lavish spending spree shows little sign of abating and as those in permanent residence at Stamford Bridge contemplate the arrival of a new generation, Daniel Sturridge has plenty to ponder. The arrivals of Oscar,...
Gore Vidal, the Political and Literary Outsider, Dies Aged 86
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE outspoken and acerbic American man of letters, Gore Vidal, has died at the age of 86. The novelist, essayist, playwright and scriptwriter died at his home in the Hollywood Hills last night as a...
He Cut a Great Figure but Was He a Great Novelist? No
Byline: David Sexton Literary Editor GORE VIDAL cut a great figure but did he write good novels? Martin Amis, who wrote about him extensively and was greeted by him when he went as a goodlooking young man to interview him in Italy with the classic...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Amira Hashish BA i H hih Buy Kylie's old Hollywood home as Superman's Dan departs A HOLLYWOOD home that has belonged to a string of A-list stars is for sale. Past owners of the "Normandy-style" residence include Kylie Minogue and Dave...
House Auctions Are Back at Their Peak; Property Sales by Local Councils and Housing Associations Have Brought a Boom in London Auction Rooms, Says Michael Holmes
Byline: Michael Holmes THE chance to grab a bargain home at auction is proving irresistible for many Londoners, as the market returns to near-peak levels. The number of homes sold at auction in the London area rose 23.5 per cent year-on-year in...
House-Price Busybodies Put Rightmove on Upward Path
Byline: Lucy Tobin PROPERTY porn has never been so popular, and the UK's biggest online supplier is cashing in accordingly. Despite house prices falling in July for the fourth time in five months, according to figures from Nationwide today, nosy...
How Aggy Saved the DM
Byline: Jessica Lambert IN THE same week that we've been cheering on Danny Boyle and Team GB, a certain British boot brand has been kicking up a storm. The number of Dr Martens sold on the fashion website ASOS has risen 230 per cent in the past...
How to Find a Match Made in Heaven; Victoria Whitlock Says You'll Never Regret Time Spent Ensuring the Right Tenants Are Paired off with the Right Property the Accidental Landlord ILEARNED
Byline: Victoria Whitlock today that when a letting agent tells you a viewer has made an offer for a property, that isn't necessarily the case. What they might mean is that someone has expressed a vague interest in the place and they may or may...
I Don't Have Unfair Advantage Says 'Bladerunner' Pistorius
Byline: Nicholas Cecil BLADERUNNER Oscar Pistorius said today that he knows in his "heart" that his carbon fibre legs do not give him an advantage over able-bodied athletes. The double amputee sprinter also said he would like to compete in the...
I Feel Sorry for the Fans Who Have Been Locked out but the Athletes' Families Have Suffered, Too
Byline: Tasha Danvers Olympic 400m hurdles bronze medallist EXCLUSIVE THESE Olympics started brilliantly but the momentum from the opening ceremony has been dampened by the empty seats we are seeing across the Games. I find it a bit bizarre considering...
Ignore Suarez Sideshow
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent SCOTT SINCLAIR says Great Britain must not be distracted by the Luis Suarez sideshow tonight and focus on beating Uruguay to seal their place in the Olympic football quarter-finals. Suarez has...
Is Our Neighbour Going Up a Blind Alley?
Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS QWE HAVE an alley that runs from the road along the back of 12 houses, including ours. A new person has moved in and wants to start driving his car down the alley to get to a garage at the...
It Is China's Turn to Eclipse America's Power
Byline: David Tang MAYBE it was the fact that all the smart Ralph Lauren uniforms Team America was wearing at the Olympics were made in China by the Chinese that has made the Americans a bit sensitive about my compatriots. Maybe we had hidden secret...
Jamieson and Willis Plan to Upset the Odds as British Men's Pair Rewrite Script
Byline: Matt Majendie Olympics Correspondent IF a gold was going to come from anywhere among Britain's swimmers, the pre-Olympic script suggested it would be provided by the team's female contingent. But Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis have...
Kitchen Gadgets
Byline: Barbara Chandler 1 ICE APPLIANCE This neat little gadget makes batches of cubes in only 10 minutes. Leave it plugged in, and an alarm will tell you when it's time for a water refill. It costs [pounds sterling]149.99 from drinkstuff.com (0845...
London Master Planner Creates a New West London City with 12,000 Homes
Byline: London, reports David Spittles Architect Terry Farrell unveils his vision for a forgotten 99-acre industrial site three miles from Oxford Circus that will transform west London, reports David Spittles TUBE and train upgrades provide the...
Looking for a Good Investment? London's Students Can Be a Great Bet
Byline: Faith Glasgow NEW research underlines the investment appeal of student housing. With a continuing lack of supply meeting increasing demand, this investment avenue is set "to sustain returns in the foreseeable future", especially in London,...
Mayor's Travel Warnings Axed in 'Ghost Town'
Byline: Matthew Beard and Rob Parsons BORIS JOHNSON'S Olympic transport broadcasts to passengers were dropped as City Hall hosted crisis talks today amid claims that warnings of travel chaos deterred visitors to the West End. Tube and rail travellers...
'Meeting with Redgrave Made Me Believe This Day Could Happen'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn HELEN GLOVER only took up rowing four years ago but was inspired by Sir Steve Redgrave to believe that she was capable of winning a gold medal. Always a talented sportswoman, former PE teacher Glover, 26, ran cross-country...
Mouchel Investors Get Just 1p a Share in Rescue Deal
Byline: Tom Bawden TROUBLED motorway maintainer Mouchel will live to see another day after its creditors agreed to write off [pounds sterling]87 million of its debts in return for control of the company. The debt-for-equity swap will see creditors...
NEW WAVE OF BOXERS OWE IT ALL TO AUDLEY; Looking Ahead Today's Action
Byline: David Smith RAUDLEY, Audrey, Audinary, A-Farce. Audley Harrison has garnered more insults than titles and, 12 years on from his heroic triumph at the Olympics, the man with the grand plan to go on to become king of the professional ring...
No Pressure Girls, but You're the Favourites in Pursuit of Perfection
Byline: Matt Majendie Olympics Correspondent RITAIN are the world champions in the women's team pursuit and the hot favourites to win gold in the Olympic event, which begins on Friday. Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott set a record as they...
Oarsome Journey from Rowing Reserves to a Place in History
Byline: Matt Majendie Olympics Correspondent Olympic champions Glover and Stanning were brought together just two years ago after failing to make it into British eights [bar] OUR years ago, Helen Glover had never stepped into a rowing boat but shortly...
Olympic Q&A
The winger just cannot get enough of the Olympics. When she is not playing for Britain, Lam-Moores loves a game of Olympic Monopoly or Olympic Trivial Pursuit. It's back to the real stuff today, when she and her team-mates face Brazil ?You've been...
Rausing Spared Jail as He Admits Preventing Burial of His Wife Eva
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent BILLIONAIRE Hans Kristian Rausing was given a suspended jail sentence today after he pleaded guilty to preventing the burial of his wife Eva. Rausing, 49, the former heir to the [pounds sterling]5.4 billion...
Rogue Landlords Hit by 'Drug Money' Law
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield and Maxine Frith AN OLYMPIC borough is using legislation aimed at stripping drug dealers of their ill-gotten gains to crack down on rogue landlords. Newham is employing the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize money from people...
Spotlight on Holborn the Streets of Dickens Will Be Transformed for the E-Reader Generation
Byline: says Anthea Masey Holborn is set to become a key residential area linking the City powerhouse to the fun of the West End, says Anthea Masey THE central London quarter of Holborn, Fleet Street and the old jewellery district of Hatton Garden...
Sweden's Local Heroes
Byline: Jo Fernandez AS I head across Drottningtorget from Gothenburg's central station to the Clarion Hotel Post, there's a palpable buzz -- a DJ plays dance tracks while tourists and locals cram on to the covered terrace. The sound of post-work...
Taking Outdoor Spaces to Another Level
Byline: Pattie Barron The owners wanted a modern garden, outdoor dining and a play area. And that's what they got WHEN the owners of this Queen's Park house built a new kitchen extension, they wanted a garden that would reflect its contemporary...
Tearful Pooley Fails in Quest for Second Olympic Medal
Byline: Tom Collomosse at Hampton Court EMMA POOLEY shed tears of disappointment at missing out on her second consecutive Olympic medal after she could finish only sixth in the women's time trial today. Pooley won silver in this event in Beijing...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
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The Golden Girls
Byline: Matt Majendie Olympics Correspondent at Eton Dorney THEY came in their thousands for Great Britain's first gold medal of these Games and the overwhelming favourites Helen Glover and Heather Stanning did not disappoint. The duo are unbeaten...
The Golden Girls
Byline: David Smith ROWING heroes Heather Stanning and Helen Glover today ended Great Britain's wait for a first gold medal of these Games, and dedicated their historic success to the nation. Stanning and Glover were sensational at the Eton Dorney...
This Week at Homesandproperty.Co.UK
THE annual scramble for school places is something of a London blood sport, with errant parents resorting to underhand methods to win their child a place. Today, a month ahead of the admission process launch in September, a study reveals the boroughs...
Three Arrested after Teenager Is Stabbed to Death
Byline: Rob Parsons and Justin Davenport THREE men were arrested today after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a house in south-east London. The teenager was pronounced dead shortly after 5am today having suffered fatal chest injuries...
Thrilling Blur Warm Up for Victory Lap at Games
Byline: ANDRE PAINE BLUR'S build-up to their Hyde Park spectacular to mark the Olympics closing ceremony is starting to feel like a victory lap. This remarkable show for Radio 2 competition winners may have been the beginning of the end judging...
Tomorrow at the Games
ARCHERY Lord's 09.00-15.50: Women's individual final. BADMINTON Wembley Arena 09.00-20.00: Men's singles & doubles quarter-finals. Women's singles quarter-finals and doubles semi-finals. Mixed doubles semi-finals. BASKETBALL Basketball Arena...
Trams 'Could Slash Bus Jams in Oxford Street'
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor PLANS for a light-rail or tram route running the length of Oxford Street will be examined by a commission overseeing the future of the West End. The number of buses travelling through Oxford Circus -- about...
Two Hearts Brilliantly Beat as One
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! Donmar, WC2 BRIAN Friel had his first hit in 1964 with this poetic and intense play, which suggests (among much else) that Ireland's greatest export is its people. Here it gets a note-perfect revival,...
Unbelievable! That's My Beautiful Boy
Byline: Tom Harper and Mark Blunden THE father of swimmer Chad Le Clos could not contain himself after his son won a gold medal by defeating the greatest ever Olympian. Bert Le Clos paid an emotional live TV tribute to his "beautiful boy", who...
Undercover Police Arrest Lithuania Fan after 'Monkey Chants' at Basketball
Byline: Justin Davenport and Mark Blunden AN OLYMPIC basketball fan was being questioned by police today after he was arrested for alleged racist chanting during a match. Undercover police infiltrated the crowd and seized the man during the game...
Undercover Police Arrest Lithuania Fan over 'Monkey Chants'
Byline: Justin Davenport and Mark Blunden AN OLYMPIC basketball fan was being questioned by police today after he was arrested for alleged racist chanting. Undercover police infiltrated the crowd and seized the man during a game between Lithuania...
We Knew She'd Become an Olympic Champion from the Age of Six
Zhou Xin Sports writer with Xinhua News Agency on why Ye Shiwen has been unfairly tainted MICHAEL PHELPS, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Ian Thorpe are all well-recognised as talented swimmers. With a huge population, why can't China have a talent...
We're Not in a Recession, Declares Next as Sales Soar
Byline: Simon English NEXT showed rivals a clean pair of heels today with a sales update that sent the shares soaring and had chief executive Simon Wolfson insisting that figures suggesting the nation is back in recession are plain wrong. Wolfson,...
What You Should Do If You Can't Save for a Deposit or Get a Family Handout
Byline: says David Spittles [bar] HE average price of a home in the capital is now an astonishing 15 times the average income -- making it almost impossible for young people to buy without receiving financial help. Even raising a five per cent...
Wiggo's New Olympian Task: Restore Herne Hill Velodrome to Old Glory
Byline: Michael Howie AFTER his bid for gold in today's Olympic time trial, Bradley Wiggins has a new target in his sights -- restoring the south London track where he learned his sport to its former glory. The Tour de France hero is being invited...
Women Bring Back the Beautiful Game
Byline: Miranda Bryant FOOTBALL BRITAIN'S women stormed the home of football, packed Wembley in an "electric" atmosphere and then went on to beat the mighty Brazil. The stadium arch gave way to girl power as 70,584 fans made it the biggest women's...
Women Play Down Their Medal Chances
GREAT BRITAIN 1 BRAZIL 0 James Olley STEPHANIE HOUGHTON today dampened down expectations that Great Britain can secure a medal in women's football on the back of their perfect record in the competition. Hope Powell's side will play a quarter-final...
Women Play Down Their Medal Chances
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent GREAT BRITAIN 1 BRAZIL 0 STEPHANIE HOUGHTON today dampened down expectations that Great Britain can secure a medal in women's football on the back of their perfect record in the competition. Hope...
Women's Sport Shows Its Value at the Games
THANK you, rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. They have won the first gold for Britain and with it restored something of the host nation's cheer in these Games. But they have done more: they have shown, if proof were needed, that women's competitions...
Ye Is Tainted by China's Secrecy but Ruta Profits from an Open Attitude
Byline: Mihir Bose [bar] HE only surprise about the storm generated over whether China's 16-year-old wonder swimmer Ye Shiwen has taken drugs is that it has blown up so swiftly. Normally, after a new Olympic star steps on to the podium to accept...
You Can't Arrest Every Idiot Who Rants on Twitter
Byline: Richard Godwin [bar] T COMES down to one teenager being nasty to another teenager. The victim was the nation's darling, Tom Daley, who had just failed to win a medal in the Olympic diving competition. The bully was a 17-year-old from Dorset...
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