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Articles from October 17, 2012

AirportS: Boris Raises the Stakes
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor THE BATTLE over London airport expansion escalated dramatically on two fronts today. The Standard can reveal that Boris Johnson personally raised the prospect with David Cameron of taking legal action...
A Peaceful London Village Guarded by Tradition -- and Lions; Spotlight on Barnes This Is a Favourite with Its Country Lanes, Village Pond, Cosy Pub and Quick Commute to Central London, Says Anthea Masey
Byline: Anthea Masey LONDON is a series of villages -- and Barnes, in the southwest of the capital, is one of the loveliest. Sitting on a great curve of the Thames it has a two-and-a-half mile river frontage stretching from the London Wetland Centre...
Are Some Deals Too Good to Be True? Victoria Whitlock Is Tempted by an Offer of Guaranteed No-Hassle Rent for Five Years -- except for the Small Print the Accidental Landlord
Byline: Victoria Whitlock CLOSE your eyes and imagine this: you hand your property over to a management company which not only guarantees to pay you rent -- even if the property is empty -- but deals directly with the tenants and takes care of all...
Art on a Budget
Byline: Ben Luke AS WORKS changed hands for six-figure sums at the Frieze London art fair last week, it was tempting to think that collecting art was purely the preserve of the superrich. But opportunities abound for those on smaller budgets...
Banker's Girlfriend Accused of Illegal Deal: I Just Wanted Love
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent ONE of two girlfriends of an investment banker who made [pounds sterling]36,000 when she was passed inside information wrote in her diary that she just "wanted to be loved", a court heard today. Jessica...
Ban Serbia, Says Rose
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent DANNY ROSE today called for Serbia to be kicked out of international football after he was racially abused and assaulted during England Under-21s' match in Krusevac. Rose revealed he was subjected...
Barack Lights Up the Web ... but What Took Him So Long?
Byline: Andrew Neather THIS was Obama's make-or-break moment, and he didn't blow it. As Andrew Sullivan (thedailybeast.com) live-blogged, "he came back like a lethal but restrained predator ... He behaved like a president". On MSNBC, Obama strategist...
Bargain News; Lounge in Luxury on a Custom Sofa
Byline: Alison Cork FROM velvet upholstered sofas to luxurious leather footstools, bespoke manufacturer Loungin' creates seating with a difference. Homes & Property readers can enjoy 30 per cent discounts on bespoke sofas, 20 per cent off made-to-measure...
Bikes Push Cars Aside
Byline: says David Spittles CYCLING to work is here to stay -- and so is bike theft. This is why secure bike storage is in growing demand from young professionals renting or buying at affordable housing schemes. With thousands more riders coming...
Cameron 'Appalled' after England Under-21s Suffer Racist Abuse and Attacks
Byline: Tom Harper, Joe Murphy, Nicholas Cecil and Benedict Moore-Bridger DAVID CAMERON today condemned the racism suffered by England's young footballers as player Danny Rose spoke of his ordeal during an under-21 game in Serbia. The Prime Minister...
Cooking That's Too Close for Comfort
Byline: Fay Maschler KITCHEN TABLE 70 Charlotte Street, W1 (020 7637 7770). Open Tues-Sat for two sittings, 6.30pm and 8pm. Set-price tasting menu [pounds sterling]68 per person. A meal for two with wine about [pounds sterling]220 including 12.5...
Determination Took Me from a Park Bench to Filming in LA
Byline: Maxine Frith AT 17 he was homeless and sleeping on a park bench. Now he is an acclaimed fashion designer and musician set to release his second single. Emmanuel, who likes to go by only his first name, owns a home in Richmond and divides...
DNA Test That Matches Your Make-Up ... to Your Make-Up
Byline: Maxine Frith A LONDON beauty salon has become the first in the world to try a new 30-minute DNA test that promises to match cosmetic products to a person's genetic make-up. The simple saliva test has been developed by Professor Christofer...
Europe's Last Dictator Agrees to Free Reporter after Plea by Standard
Byline: Oliver Poole THE President of Belarus, known as "Europe's last dictator", has promised to free the wife of a London-based political dissident after the Evening Standard petitioned for her release. Journalist Iryna Khalip was beaten by...
Europe's Last Dictator Agrees to Free Reporter after Plea by Standard
Byline: Oliver Poole THE President of Belarus, known as "Europe's last dictator", has promised to free the wife of a London-based political dissident after the Evening Standard petitioned for her release. Journalist Iryna Khalip was beaten by...
Father-Andson Team Rescue Barn from Its 'Suburban Nightmare'
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield PARK Corner Barn, which stands in Oxfordshire farmland seven miles from Henley-on-Thames, was a working threshing barn until 1986 and was first converted into a house in 1996. When David McLaren discovered it, the barn...
Food with a View
Byline: Kieran Long THERE'S a new, intriguing spot for dinner in the City and it's not an easy one to find. Duck down the staircase from the pavement of Tower Bridge Road on the north side of the river and you end up in what feels like part of the...
Fresh Produce and a Friendly Chat Work Wonders for the Housing Market
Byline: David Spittles STREET markets in London are a centuries-old phenomenon, part of the vibrancy of city street life and the social glue created where people meet and chat. Today people can still develop long-term friendships with street traders,...
Gatwick Flies into Airport Debate with Plans for Second Runway; Owners Say Heathrow Is Too Much Trouble and 'Boris Island' Too Costly
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor GATWICK today entered the race to build a new runway to meet Britain's growing aviation needs. Bosses at the Sussex airport claimed their plans for a second runway were better than proposals to expand...
Get It 3D Printed
Byline: Barbara Chandler AT THE forefront of design is 3D printing -- a thrilling technology that gets its first stand-alone public show this weekend in Clerkenwell, London's buzzy new art district. In very simple terms, 3D printing is a manufacturing...
Good News for Tesco, at Last, as UBS Gives Giant the Thumbs-Up
Byline: Lucy Tobin TANNOY announcement to Tesco investors: it's not that bad. Yes, the supermarket admitted to its first fall in profits for nearly 20 years this month, and yes, a lot of people hate it and sport T-shirts with witty slogans such...
Hodgson's Decision to Axe Ox Comes out of Left Field
Byline: James Olley in Warsaw LOST amid the water torture England suffered last night was Roy Hodgson's team selection which implied a cautious rather than cavalier approach to navigating the toughest assignment in Group H so far. Hodgson's decision...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Amira Hashish Picture yourself in a Brat Pack pad ? MARILYN MONROE fans should be on red alert. A West Hollywood home with A-list credentials is for sale. The triplex, listed for [pounds sterling]2.96 million, was home to Monroe and Frank...
Hyde Park Eyesore to Stay until Spring
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent HYDE PARK has been turned into a puddle-strewn "brownfield" site after hosting dozens of events this summer. Pictures show the damage caused to the parade ground -- the main concert arena near Park Lane...
Is Thames Supersewer a Dead End?
PROPONENTS of the Thames Tunnel can boast a brilliant PR campaign for a lousy scheme. The [pounds sterling]4.2 billion tunnel is a monolithic 19th-century engineering solution, ignoring the fact that overflows are a problem only in some localised...
ITV Needed Fish in Suits for These Soggy Witterings
Byline: Dan Jones GLUB, glub, glub. It was hard to know what was damper out in Warsaw last night: the waterlogged pitch or Adrian Chiles's sweaty, panic-stricken forehead. Outside, the turf of the National Stadium resembled the foothills of Mount...
It Would Be a Joke Not to Include Bale in Any World XI
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay WHAT exactly does the phrase "world-class footballer'' mean? I struggled for a definition until someone came up with: "A player you could put in your World XI without anybody laughing." Anyone who laughed...
Just Where Is 'Creepy Line' in the Debate over Privacy and Profit?
Byline: Gideon Spanier GOOGLE'S policy is "to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it", said chairman Eric Schmidt two years ago as he described the search giant's attitude to privacy. But where is this creepy line and should technology...
Kick It out Asks Fans for Help in Ending Discrimination
Byline: Andy Hodgson THE day after the shocking scenes in Serbia, the biggest ever fans' survey on tackling racism and discrimination in football has been launched. Kick It Out unveiled its consultation with supporters ahead of its annual 'One...
London Has Gone Conversion Crazy; Home-Searchers Have Discovered Commercial Auctions as Clever Places to Find a Property Bargain, Discovers David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles HOMEBUYERS and investors searching for somewhere to put their pension money are discovering the benefits of commercial property auctions as the conversion trend begins to engulf London. Buying commercial buildings was once...
Music to Our Ears as Chamber Orchestra Gets in Tune with Apprenticeship Scheme
Byline: David Cohen BRITAIN'S oldest chamber orchestra and Europe's largest centre for the arts have signed up to the Standard's campaign to help jobless young Londoners into work, and hailed the campaign as "a guiding light for social mobility"....
Must I Treat a Sit-On Mower Just like a Car?
Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS QFOR a couple of years my neighbour and I have helped each other out mowing our lawns, as often one or other of us is away at weekends. We want to go halves buying a big sit-on mower, but it...
NIKE AXE LANCE; 'ARMSTRONG MISLED US OVER DOPING FOR A DECADE'; DISGRACED STAR STEPS DOWN FROM OWN CHARITY; Nike Axe Shamed Lance
Byline: Matt Majendie LANCE ARMSTRONG had his contract terminated by Nike on another damning day for the fallen cycling hero, who also stepped down from his Livestrong cancer charity. After a lengthy investigation, the United States Anti-Doping...
Obama Claws Back Initiative in Fiery TV Clash with Romney
Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AMERICAN ELECTION NOVEMBER 6 BARACK OBAMA went toe to toe with Mitt Romney in a passionate and at times angry debate performance designed to reignite his faltering White House re-election...
Olympics Boom Created 100,000 Jobs in London
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THE Olympics and Paralympics created more than 100,000 jobs in London this summer in a remarkable golden dividend for the capital, official figures show today. The economic boost from the Games...
One Great City, Four Amazing Seasons
Byline: Pattie Barron GARDENS in London are more than mere green lungs: they're our antidote to fast-paced city life. They give us the chance to draw breath, observe the seasons and, if we have our own patch, get truly creative. The London Garden...
Passage to India Gives Finn Chance to Book His Place in England Team
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent ENGLAND travel to India next month with few of their followers predicting success on the subcontinent but for one of their most promising players the tour is the ideal moment to come of age in Test cricket....
Players Must Kick Twitter Habit for Their Own Good
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent WHY would any footballer choose to be on Twitter? Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand became the latest player to fall off the tightrope between becoming an accessible celebrity and towing the party line...
Power Firms to Offer Lowest Tariff -- by Law
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor ENERGY companies are to be forced by law to offer customers the lowest tariff for their circumstances, David Cameron announced today. The move is intended to tackle concerns that many householders,...
Priest Says Prayers over Dying Cyclist after Lorry Collision
Byline: Josh Loeb A PRIEST read prayers over the body of a cyclist as she lay dying in a busy north London street after colliding with a building lorry. The 66-year-old victim died outside St John the Baptist Church in Barnet at 3pm yesterday....
Priest Says Prayers over Dying Cyclist after Lorry Crash
Byline: Josh Loeb A PRIEST read prayers over the body of a cyclist as she lay dying in a north London street after colliding with a building lorry. The 66-year-old victim died outside St John the Baptist Church in Barnet at 3pm yesterday. ...
Raising the Stakes over London Airports
THE stakes are being raised in the standoff between the Mayor and the Prime Minister over the future of London's aviation. Boris Johnson is so exercised about what he sees as the Government's wilfully dilatory approach -- real decisions are being effectively...
Review Powerful, Arresting Start to New Regime
suffused his experience of the theatre. We then travel back into the past, to see the promise that his career once held -- and the hostility that emanated from a London audience which wasn't ready for his so-called "naturalness". The story of Aldridge's...
Rose Is to Blame for Punch-Up, Say Serbia
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent SERBIAN football chiefs today took the astonishing step of denying Danny Rose had suffered racial abuse and blamed the violence that occurred at the end of last night's match on the England Under-21...
Savile Scandal Puts Focus on New BBC Chief's Credibility
Byline: Roy Greenslade media analysis JOURNALISTS should beware of being too wise after the event. Everyone is rushing to tell stories about Jimmy Savile now that it's not only safe, but -- and I use this word advisedly -- fashionable to do so....
She Let the Cat out, Set off the Alarm and Lost the Keys All in One Morning
MONDAY Just back from a lovely week on the beach, feeling pretty relaxed -- very relaxed. In fact, so relaxed I'm not so sure I really fancy going back to work at all. Oh well, hop on my bike and cycle through Hyde Park to the office. It's a beautiful...
Standard in Profit -- Thanks to You
THE Evening Standard has returned to profit just three years after becoming the world's first quality newspaper to go free. Parent company Evening Standard Ltd made a trading profit of just more than [pounds sterling]1 million in the 12 months to...
TAJ AND TIGERS; Jackie Annesley Combined a Family Tour of Northern India's Classic Cities -- Delhi, Agra and Jaipur -- with a Tiger Safari at Ranthambore
Byline: Jackie Annesley SHE could have been a commuter on a dusty Delhi junction. Three jeeps down, the Bengal tigress peered at us from the crest of the road, then padded down the small space between the tyres and a rugged incline. Coming towards...
Take a Closer Look at Europe's Most Underrated Capital City; Lisbon Offers Good-Value Homes, Dynamic Architecture and a Very Lively Arts Scene, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: Cathy Hawker THE Portuguese capital, Lisbon, with its steep streets tumbling down to the Tagus River and historic Moorish quarter, is perhaps Europe's most underappreciated city: take a closer look and you'll find history, dynamic architecture...
Tale of Strange Love Puts Late-Flowering Star in Frame for an Oscar; LONDON FILM FESTIVAL the Sessions Cert 15, 94 Mins CHARLOTTE O' SULLIVAN
PRETTY WEIRD. Weirdly pretty. US actor John Hawkes used to be a well kept secret. Mindblowingly sweet in tiny indie movie Me And You And Everyone We Know, he showed off a darker side in Winter's Bone and the sleeper hit Martha Marcy May Marlene....
Tax Is Governed by Envy. and That Will Cost Us All
Byline: Anthony Hilton STARBUCKS got taken apart on television last night because its UK business has sales of just short of [pounds sterling]400 million a year but it paid virtually no UK corporation tax. Rival Costa owned by Whitbread had sales...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
TEXT TO 65400 Texts cost 25p plus your standard network charge. Terms apply, see thisislondon.co.uk Join the debate at standard.co.uk or tweet @standardnews with #esletters I'm getting confused. My British Constitution O-level made it clear we have...
The Booker Judges Held Their Nerve and Chose the Best
Byline: David Sexton THE Man Booker Prize judges have done it again. Just like last year, after coming up with an improbable shortlist, they have plumped for the one right and obvious winner, so recouping the situation. It had seemed possible...
The Nat Trap
Byline: James Ashton City Editor NAT Rothschild's reputation precedes him. The parties. The money. A string of beautiful girlfriends. Skiing and horseracing. A highlevel, tight-knit network of contacts that spans the worlds of politics and business....
The Olympics Boom Created 100,000 Jobs in London; Rise in Part-Time Work Linked to Drop in Jobless
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THE Olympics and Paralympics created more than 100,000 jobs in London this summer in a remarkable golden dividend for the capital, official figures show today. The economic boost from the Games...
The Rich Avoid Tax Because We Let Them
Byline: Andrew Neather AS AN effective political lobby, you really have to hand it to the very wealthy. Yesterday it emerged that Starbucks has paid just [pounds sterling]8.6 million in corporation tax on sales of [pounds sterling]3 billion (less...
The Role in My Wife's Play? It Was Good Enough or I'd Have Rejected It. Honestly
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent ADRIAN LESTER is proud to be starring in his wife's play about a black Shakespearean acting pioneer -- but insists he would have turned it down if he thought it was not good enough. Lolita Chakrabarti...
The Tories Are Making Such a Hash of 'Plebgate'
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona AWEEK ago, David Cameron told the Tory conference that Britain faced a "sink or swim" moment. Today, Andrew Mitchell confronts his own "hour of reckoning" at a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee. It is "judgment day"...
This Week at Homesandproperty.Co.UK
news: Iconic skyscraper but no affordable homes HOT on the heels of the Shard, another iconic skyscraper is coming to the South Bank. One Blackfriars, a 50-storey tower with 274 apartments, has been approved by Southwark council. Controversially,...
Tucker: Bankers' Pay Needs to Reflect Firms' Performance
Byline: Nick Goodway BANKERS were today told they face another shake-up over their pay so it ties them more closely to the success or failure of the firms they work for. Banks were also promised that the new City regulators would do all they...
Uh-Oh-Seven ... Jeremy Hunt's Joke about Queen's Bond Role Falls Flat
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor NOT since Queen Victoria has a senior member of royalty been said to be less amused. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt looks a little nervous before speaking to the Queen -- and may have been right to feel that...
WHAT LIZZIE MARK, TIFFANY, LIAM AND DAVID DID NEXT ... Our 'Standard Bearers' for 2012 Have Certainly Been Busy since the Games. Here They Tell Matt Majendie about Their Highs, Lows and Plans for the Future
Byline: Matt Majendie Lizzie Armitstead What has been your post-Games highlight? I think the home parade I had in Otley. It was the first time I'd seen my family and friends since the race and it was a complete shock how many people turned up. It...
What's the Skinny on Your Daily Latte? DRINK News That Starbucks Hasn't Paid Tax in Britain since 2009 Has Left Us Wondering How Well We Know Our Morning Coffee. Susannah Butter Finds out Which of the High Street Caffeine Kings Is the Fairest of Them All
Byline: Susannah Butter IT CAUSED a storm in a coffee cup when it was revealed that it had paid no UK tax in the past three years -- yes, Starbucks has joined Facebook and Google's merry tax-efficient band. Yesterday latte lovers were outraged to...
Woman Goes on YouTube to Find Attacker
Byline: Mark Blunden A VICTIM of a violent street attack has made a plea on YouTube to catch her attacker because she claims police are not returning her calls. Rachel England was hit in the face and the assailant "smashed her head off a car...
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