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Articles from August 21, 2012

Adams Takes on the World but Won't Be Found Wanting
Byline: Dan Jones [bar] ICOLA ADAMS, Great Britain's first female Olympic boxing gold medallist, is in more than one sense a wanted woman. She is wanted for questioning by nosey writers like me. Wanted for pummelling by opponents who would like...
Andrew: I'm Abseiling Down the Shard and Mother Is Not Worried
Byline: Emer Martin PRINCE Andrew is to abseil down the tallest building in Europe for charity, but says his mother does not worry about her children's "mad" antics. The Duke of York, who will lower himself down the east side of the Shard on...
Another Own Goal by George Soros
IF anybody needed a sell signal for the ill-starred $2.3 billion ([pounds sterling]1.47 billion) Manchester United float here it is: George Soros, the legendary "man who sank the pound" on Black Wednesday in 1992, has bought in through his Quantum...
Assange Friend Names 'Sexual Assault Victim' on Live Television
Byline: Kiran Randhawa ONE of Julian Assange's key supporters came under fire today after naming on live television a woman who has accused the WikiLeaks founder of sexual assault. Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, was attacked...
Bassong Goes and AVB Is Set to Off-Load Six More
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent [bar] TOTTENHAM began a mass clear-out of fringe players today by selling defender Sebastien Bassong to Norwich City. It is the first of a number of sales Spurs hope to conclude before the transfer...
Borrowing Figures Are Major Blow for Osborne; Economy Going Backwards, Osborne Is Told
Byline: Joe Murphy and Russell Lynch GEORGE OSBORNE'S economic strategy was dealt a major blow today when new figures torpedoed his borrowing targets for the year. The Chancellor was forced to borrow [pounds sterling]600 million last month, while...
Branson Launches Battle of the Airlines; Branson 'Revenge' over Losing Rail Franchise
Byline: Simon English LONDON commuters are to be offered [pounds sterling]95 return flights to the North from Heathrow as Richard Branson launches a new battle for business against British Airways. The Virgin tycoon is launching the three-flights-a-day...
BRANSON LAUNCHES BATTLE OF THE AIRLINES; VIRGIN BOSS'S 'REVENGE ON RIVALS' Branson's Price War with BA
Byline: Simon English LONDON commuters are to be offered [pounds sterling]95 return flights to the North from Heathrow as Richard Branson launches a new battle for business against British Airways. The Virgin tycoon is launching the three-flightsa-day...
Cheap Alcohol Blamed for Rise in Violent Offending by Teenage Girls
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor AN investigation into alcohol-fuelled violent offending by girls is to be launched in response to fears that cheap drink is leading to increased female involvement in gangs and other serious crime. The...
City Stunned as Osborne Has to Borrow More
Byline: Joe Murphy and Russell Lynch GEORGE OSBORNE'S economic strategy was dealt a major blow today when new figures torpedoed his borrowing targets for the year. The Chancellor was forced to borrow [pounds sterling]600 million last month, while...
Cycle Project Gets Teens on the Right Track; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND
Byline: Maxine Frith LONDONERS' passion for cycling is helping some of the most disadvantaged children and teenagers in the capital, thanks to the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund. The Sparkplug Project in King's Cross is teaching young people...
Don't Let Business in to Destroy Unique Fitzrovia
Byline: Griff Rhys Jones President of Civic Voice [bar] HIS month, behind closed doors, the Fitzrovia Partnership has corralled the larger businesses of Fitzrovia into a "Business Improvement District" (BID). Under the sponsorship of a property...
Elgin Shutdown Scuppers July Surplus for Treasury
Byline: Russell Lynch THE closure of French oil giant Total's Elgin platform in the North Sea helped blow a [pounds sterling]1 billion hole in the public finances in July, official figures showed today. The nation's coffers counted the cost of...
G20 Riot Doctor 'Unfit to Practise'; Pathologist Could Be Struck off after Ian Tomlinson Blunder
Byline: Justin Davenport and Sophie Goodchild THE pathologist who examined G20 protest victim Ian Tomlinson may not be fit to practise after making a string of errors, a disciplinary panel ruled today. Dr Freddy Patel, who wrongly found the newspaper...
Gags but Not as You Know Them
Byline: Bruce Dessau THE Boy With Tape on his Face, alias New Zealander Sam Willis, has been packing out the 700-seat Pleasance Grand every day since the Edinburgh Fringe started three weeks ago. Wearing a strip of duct tape over his mouth, he delivers...
Gang Members Carrying out 'Initiation' Burglaries
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor TEENAGERS are being ordered to commit household burglaries as an initiation rite to join gangs, police and community leaders warned today. New research shows that gang members in London are also increasingly...
Gangs Demand New Members Carry out 'Initiation' Burglaries
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor TEENAGERS are being ordered to commit household burglaries as an initiation rite to join gangs, police and community leaders warned today. New research shows that gang members in London are also increasingly...
Glencore Boss Tells Qataris: Don't Rush Me on Xstrata Deal
Byline: Nick Goodway THE billionaire boss of commodities giant Glencore today firmly smashed his planned [pounds sterling]52 billion merger with rival Xstrata back into the court of the Qataris who have built up a sizeable stake with which they...
Goofball Fellaini Has the Last Laugh as He Roughs Up United; Ferguson's Men Don't like It One Bit as They Are Bullied by Rangy Belgian with the Big Hairdo. by Dan Jones
Byline: Dan Jones MAROUANE FELLAINI? MWell, that wasn't supposed to happen. This was the day that everyone was supposed to be talking about Robin van Persie's promising new strike partnership with Wayne Rooney, or Shinji Kagawa's exciting influence...
Heritage Jumps after Kurdistan Deal to Fund Nigerian Venture
Byline: Laura Chesters OIL AND gas shares are gushing again today with Heritage Oil leading the pack. The mid-cap oil explorer, a favourite with the small investor community, jumped 22.4p to 190.75p, a 13.3% rise. The splurge followed news it...
How to Ease the Financial Strain of Travel by Train
Byline: Lucy Tobin [bar] ONDON rail commuters are being hit with massive fare increases for the privilege of standing nose-to-armpit on the 8.34 to Paddington. The latest fare hikes mean many workers will be forced to pay as much as [pounds sterling]100...
Jagielka Looks like the Best Signing Moyes Has Ever Made
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay THE new Premier League season continues to pick up where the last left off. Manchester City hit back for a dramatic 3-2 win and Manchester United's back four looks more like a midfield. Whatever the campaign...
Kasabian on Storming Form for Reading
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD KASABIAN O2 Brixton Academy THE wheels seem to have fallen off Kasabian's wagon of late. The United States has long been written off as a lost cause and the Leicester men's fourth and most recent album, Velociraptor!, has...
Kate's Sailing Sisters in Near-Fatal Crash
Byline: Michael Howie THE Duchess of Cambridge's sailing "sisters" told today how they were caught up in a dramatic boat crash while racing their yacht at Cowes. The Sisterhood crew -- with whom Kate trained before her marriage for a battle-of-the-sexes...
Learn on the Job for a Debt-Free Start; with Tuition Fees Rising and No Guarantee of a Job, a Fast-Track Qualification in Accounting Can Be an Attractive Alternative to a Degree
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] FINDING a job is the biggest concern of young people across the UK, according to the results of research carried out by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The survey asked 16- to 18-year-olds about...
Making a Point with Information; Carshalton and Kingston Colleges Are Offering Advice about Their Own Post-16 Courses as Well as Those Provided in the Local Area. by Sarah Richardson
Byline: Sarah Richardson [bar] TWO federated further education colleges are offering a unique service for local students looking for direction now they have their examination results. Carshalton College and Kingston College are running on-site information...
Man Accused of Robbing Prince Harry Pal 'Has Mugged Before'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE man accused of robbing one of Prince Harry's oldest friends has a history of carrying out violent muggings, a court heard today. Thomas van Straubenzee, 29, was chatting on his Nokia mobile as he walked home...
Marin Must Wait for Derby Date to Get First Taste of Premier Action
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent [bar] OBERTO DI MATTEO today admitted he fears new signing Marko Marin will not be able to play for another month. Marin joined Chelsea from Werder Bremen for [pounds sterling]7million in the summer,...
Middle-Aged Men Musn't Pontificate about Rape
Byline: Melanie McDonagh AS if the Assange affair weren't fraught enough, what with it turning into a diplomatic stand-off between Britain and Ecuador, we now have a new player: George Galloway. Mr Galloway, whose reputation as a ladies man is suggested...
Minimise Your Degree of Student Debt; EThames Graduate School Eases the Transition to University by Offering Flexible Modular Study with Intensive or Part-Time Options, and Allows Course Payments to Be Made in Instalments
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] THERE are viable alternative routes to university that enable students to gain a degree without the same degree of debt. As an independent college of higher education, EThames Graduate School places emphasis on providing...
Mother of Girl Who Lost Leg in Crash Will Carry Games Torch for Young Amputees
Byline: Mark Blunden THE mother of a little girl who lost her leg when she was hit by a London bus will run with the Paralympic torch, it was announced today. Pollyanna Hope was two when a single decker mounted the pavement at Mortlake bus station...
Mother's Anguish over Facebook Posts Posing as Her Drowned Son
Byline: Rashid Razaq THE mother of a four-year-old boy lost at sea says she has been "destroyed" by comments posted on an internet page apparently pretending to be from her son. Dylan Cecil was on holiday with his family when he walked onto a...
MPs Have a Nerve Calling Us Lazy
YOUR lead article last Friday about the comments made by Kwasi Kwarteng and others about the baby boom generation incensed me. Mr Kwarteng, who is my MP, attacks them for "backing higher taxes ... so they can keep their pensions and live in comfortable...
New Romantics
Byline: Richard Godwin SEEMS everyone in fashion has been reading the same book. It may not be brand new, but Just Kids, Patti Smith's memoir, which won the American National Book Award in 2010, has been slowly capturing imaginations. It's sure...
NHS Hospitals to Open Branches Abroad to Cash in on Reputation
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON'S world-famous hospitals are being encouraged to sell their services abroad by opening profit-making units in other countries. Historic names such as the Royal Marsden, Great Ormond Street Hospital for...
No Reprieve for Pietersen as He Is Dropped from World Twenty20 Squad
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent KEVIN PIETERSEN'S hopes of playing in this year's World Twenty20 were dashed today after he was omitted from England's final 15-man squad for the tournament. As expected, Pietersen was left on the...
Obama Tells Syria: We Will Take Action If You Use Chemical Weapons
Byline: Rashid Razaq BARACK OBAMA has warned Syrian president Bashar al-Assad the US may intervene with military forces if he deploys chemical weapons against his own people. In his strongest language yet, the US President said Mr Assad faced...
Online Trader's Battle with US Giant over Use of 'Shabby Chic'
Byline: Lindsay Watling A WOMAN who sells vintage goods from her south London home is being threatened with legal action by an American brands company over the words "shabby chic". Lizzy Daly set up her online business shabbychicoriginals.co.uk,...
Raids across London as Border Agency Targets Visa 'Abusers'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger IMMIGRATION officials were carrying out raids across London today as part of a crackdown on "visa abuse". Businesses were targeted by the authorities keen to step up the removal of people staying in the UK after...
Rising Number of Drivers Caught in Bus Lanes Earns Councils [Pounds Sterling]15m
Byline: John Dunne A LEAGUE table of London councils revealing which handed out the most fines to motorists for driving in bus lanes has been topped by Ealing. The borough issued 24,690 fines between April last year and this March, bringing in...
Run, Fast Boy, Run; FITNESS Thanks to Usain Bolt, We've Got the Sprint Bug. but with No Standout GB Stars We Challenged an Ex-School Sprinter to Get Back on His Marks for Rio. Meet the Yobot, Yohanes Scarlett
Byline: Yohanes Scarlett THE big ticket event for this year's Olympics was always going to be the 100m final -- but to the disappointment of home fans, not one Brit was in the running. In fact, the last British Olympian to win a gold medal in the...
Second Best England Pay High Price for Their Year of Complacency
Byline: Tom Collomosse [bar] T is very easy to say you will do something; a little more difficult to back up your words with deeds. To promise yourself you will get up at five o'clock on a winter's morning to train for the London Marathon requires...
Seeing Double
Byline: Rosamund Urwin IS that really Gu Kailai? That was the question spreading across the internet yesterday as the 52-year-old received a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Conspiracy theorists argued...
Strauss Is Backed to Carry on as Skipper
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent ANDY FLOWER today insisted Andrew Strauss is still the right man to lead England's Test team but painted a bleak picture of the future for Kevin Pietersen by admitting the batsman's problems run deeper...
Strauss Is Backed to Carry on as Skipper; but Flower Says 'Deep Issues' Cast Doubt over Kp's Future
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent ANDY FLOWER today insisted Andrew Strauss is still the right man to lead England's Test team but painted a bleak picture of the future for Kevin Pietersen by admitting the batsman's problems run deeper...
Take a Different Route to Training; Universities Aren't the Only Choice When It Comes to Further Study, with Centres Such as City of Westminster College Offering Vocational Courses with Additional Flexibility
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON [bar] THERE'S more than one way to study for a higher education qualification, and it doesn't have to be through a university. Already one of the largest providers of post-16 education and training in central London, City...
Teachers 'Fear the Sack' over GCSE Results
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent TEACHERS are as nervous as their pupils about this week's GCSE results because their jobs depend upon good grades, it was claimed today. Schools that fail to ensure that at least 35 per cent of pupils...
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The Harry-Hunters Closed Us -- We Couldn't Control the Crowds out There; When His Club Public Closed in May, Howard Spooner Lost His Marriage and Was Accused of Insulting the Disabled. He Tells Joshi Herrmann That the Girls Hounding Harry Were to Blame
Byline: Joshi Herrmann THE last time I wrote about Howard Spooner and his recently deceased nightclub Public, a reader tweeted me some feedback: "Your overly sympathetic article on the closing of Public makes me want to never read the ES again....
The Real Threat to Women's Role in the Workplace
Byline: Sarah Sands [bar] NEWSPAPER heroine of mine is the ferociously beautiful blue stocking Miriam Gross, who has just published a literary memoir called An Almost English Life. In it, she describes working on the Observer literary pages in the...
There's No Need to Sacrifice Fun Because You're Short of Cash -- Just Follow Our [Pounds Sterling]10 Night out Guide
Byline: Susannah Butter LONDON has got a reputation for being a pricey place to party. In fact, travel website Tripadvisor recently ranked it the most expensive city in the world for a night out. They were clearly looking in all the wrong places....
Transport Warning as Paralympics Clash with Start of New School Term
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent TRANSPORT chiefs insist London faces a "huge challenge" from the Paralympics despite the dire congestion feared during the Olympics failing to materialise. They said that because the Paralympics coincide...
Turkish Diner Knocks Spots off Michelin-Star West End Restaurants
Byline: Simon Freeman A FAMILY-RUN Turkish diner in Lewisham has beaten some of London's most expensive restaurants to be named one of the capital's favourites -- even beating the Ritz. Meze Mangal scored a 95 per cent approval rating -- pipping...
We're Hoping to Make It a Special Night for Tommy
Byline: Stuart Meaker Surrey paceman is looking forward to paying tribute to Tom Maynard [bar] LTHOUGH this column is about life in the Surrey dressing room, I'm afraid I can't tell you much about that this week because I've spent the majority of...
Widow: Tony Scott Did Not Have Cancer
Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles THE mystery over Top Gun director Tony Scott's death has taken a new twist after the British filmmaker's widow told police her husband did not have brain cancer. American TV and newspaper reports said Scott,...
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