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Articles from April 24, 2013

A New Wave of Pilgrims Follows in Chaucer's Steps; with a High-Speed Rail Link to London, This Historic City Is Looking to Its Future as Well as Celebrating Its Rich Past, Says Anthea Masey
Byline: Anthea Masey WHEN in April the sweet showers fall" is how Geoffrey Chaucer starts The Canterbury Tales, his great 14thcentury story of pilgrims on the road to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket, who was murdered there by agents...
A Problem That Goes over Our Head
Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS QI HAVE a problem with the roof of my semi-detached cottage. It needs renewing but half of it belongs to my neighbour because the whole roof goes right across both properties. Can you tell...
Are You a Cyberloafer? WORK Don't Think Your Boss Can't See You're Time-Wasting on Facebook. Clever New Software Can Tell If You're a Net Striver or a Net Skiver, Says Joshi Herrmann
Byline: Joshi Herrmann HOW much of the time your company paid you to work today did you waste on the internet? Ten per cent? Twenty per cent? Half? Or did you, in fact, spend longer wasting time on the internet than you did working? Most employees...
Art of Everyday Objects; EXHIBITION
Byline: BEN LUKE JOHN ARMLEDER: QUICKSAND Dairy Art Centre, W1 IT HAS become obligatory to refer to Frank Cohen as "the Saatchi of the North" because this similarly ambitious and public-spirited art collector hails from Manchester -- he, of course,...
Back in the Frame: Art Pioneer Is Star of Show and Film
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent A WORKING-CLASS woman who became a star of the art world is in the limelight again -- with the first major exhibition since her death and a leading role in a new movie. Dame Laura Knight was a household...
Bank Extends Lending Scheme to Tackle Credit Crunch
Byline: Ben Chu THE Bank of England and the Treasury today announced an extension to their Funding for Lending Scheme. The move reflects growing concern over the ongoing credit crunch afflicting small businesses. The FLS, established last...
Barca's Path Is Blocked -- by an Obstruction
Byline: account Patrick Barclay CHELSEA supporters may feel justice was done four years late after Barcelona were shown the Champions League exit door last night. It was, after all, at the same semi-final stage of the competition that the Catalan...
Barclays Numbers Drop as It Chooses 'Tough but Right' Path
Byline: Nick Goodway BARCLAYS profits fell by a quarter in the first three month of this year as new chief executive Antony Jenkins spent hundreds of millions of pounds on restructuring the bank. He said: "In our goal to become the 'Go-To' bank...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork Shades of fluffiness A bespoke treat GYM bunnies can dry off in style as the Best Bed Linen in the World has just launched a range of towels that are ideal for the job. They are fluffy and lightweight and 100 per cent cotton,...
Boy Knifed as Feuding Gang Stages Bus Ambush
Byline: Josh Pettitt, John Dunne and Justin Davenport A SCHOOLBOY was fighting for his life today after being stabbed on a bus in an apparent ambush between warring pupils. The 16-year-old was knifed seconds after boarding a 393 bus yards from...
BUILD IT TO LAST; Forget the Old 'Throwaway Culture', Today's Greenest and Best Buys Should Last a Lifetime, Says Barbara Chandler
Byline: Barbara Chandler WITHIN a few days of each other, my washing machine refused to heat up, my vacuum cleaner blew a mains fuse three times, and a light stopped working. I fixed the light myself, a man fixed the washing machine two weeks later,...
Cameron to 'Mend Fences' with Reshuffle
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON is believed to be planning a "reshuffle of reconciliation" this summer in order to mend fences with the Tory Right. The shake-up could come as early as July, the Evening Standard has been told,...
Cameron to 'Mend Fences' with Reshuffle
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON is believed to be planning a "reshuffle of reconciliation" this summer in order to mend fences with the Tory Right. The shake-up could come as early as July, the Evening Standard has been told,...
Capital's Boroughs Most Violent Places in Britain
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor LONDON has the 10 most violent local authorities in Britain despite sharp falls in crime over the past decade, a new international study claimed today. The UK Peace Index, which is calculated using rates...
Curtain Up on London's New Stages; Youthful Audiences Seeking Risk-Taking Theatre Have Two New Venues to Visit -- the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park and the Southwark Playhouse in Its New Home -- Says Henry Hitchings
Byline: Henry Hitchings IT'S NOT often that a new theatre opens in London, and the arrival of Park Theatre next month is certainly something to shout about. A minute's walk from Finsbury Park Tube station, this slickly designed venue brims with...
Death Penalty Is Not the Answer to Boston Bombing
Byline: Shami Chakrabarti "DEATH be not proud," wrote John Donne in his famous sonnet more than 400 years ago. To put my feelings about recent horrors more simply -- the answer to death is rarely more of the same. Three women have most directly...
Don't Blame Net: It's the Enemy of Falsehoods; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: Roy Greenslades IARRIVED in a pub in Brighton two years ago, soon after a neighbouring road had been closed off behind police tape following what had clearly been a major incident. All the talk at the bar was about what had happened....
Dortmund Claim the Bridge Is a 'Dark Hole' since Kenyon Left
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent BORUSSIA DORTMUND chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke claims Chelsea are a "dark hole" to him because of an apparent lack of leadership since Peter Kenyon left. Kenyon was replaced as chief executive...
Dortmund Enjoy the High Life on a Budget
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent BORUSSIA DORTMUND hope to make it a magnificent double for German football over Spain when they play Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final tonight. Bayern Munich made a strong statement against...
'Emotionally, Othello Is One of the Hardest Things I've Done'
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent HUSTLE star Adrian Lester said the landmark role of Othello was one of the toughest he has played -- but it was not as bad as it looked on stage. Ten years since director Nicholas Hytner first suggested...
Everything Fit to Print; Prints Can Often Play Second Fiddle to Other Media but, Says Ben Luke, the Discipline Has a Rich History to Explore
Byline: Ben Luke, PRINTS often get a raw deal in our museums and galleries. Usually made on a small scale, they are sectioned off into small, gloomy rooms or available to see only by appointment, destined to play second fiddle to other, grander...
Fears of Turkish Gang War in London after Two Men Are Shot
Byline: Justin Davenport and Josh Loeb COMMUNITY leaders warned today of a new war between ruthless Turkish drug gangs after a series of shootings in north London. Scotland Yard is investigating possible links between a 34-year-old man shot dead...
Friends -- and Foes -- Salute the Thatcher Biog
GEORGE Osborne did not weep any tears at last night's launch of Charles Moore's official Thatcher biography but he did congratulate fellow guest the Bishop of London on his brilliant sermon at last week's funeral, which made the Chancellor cry. Among...
Hammersmith Says Farewell to the Flyover and Hello Waterfront; W6 Has Been a Divided Community for 50 Years -- Split by a Grim Flyover. Now There Are Plans for a Tunnel to Release Land and Restore a River Connection, Says David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles THERE are big plans in the pipeline to reconnect Hammersmith's town centre with the river. Next week a public exhibition explores the merits of replacing the ugly and crumbling flyover, closed last year for crisis repairs,...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Amira Hashish Got some gossip? Tweet @ amiranews Sienna and Channing play swapsies ? THEY may be used to life's luxuries but even celebrities have to economise sometimes. Rather sensibly, British star Sienna Miller and American actor...
How to Go to Work Naked
Byline: Karen Dacre WHEN seeking out clean, serene spring make-up looks to inspire and emulate, all roads lead to Stella McCartney. The London-based designer is certainly a master when it comes to recognising the importance of an immaculate complexion....
If Warburton Is Lions Captain, He'll Lead by Example, Says Cuthbert
Byline: Nik Simon SAM WARBURTON lost the Wales captaincy during the Six Nations but Alex Cuthbert believes the flanker is the ideal candidate to lead the Lions in Australia this summer. Competition is fierce to captain the touring party and former...
I'll Fight to Save Arts from More Spending Cuts, Says Minister
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent CULTURE is central to efforts to get the economy going but the arts should expect no special treatment from the Treasury, Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, said today. In her first keynote speech...
Inn with the Aristocracy; Hotel Review
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THE WELLINGTON ARMS Baughurst, Hampshire THE Wellington Arms is so annoyingly close to perfection that there is a perverse pleasure to be had in picking away at its few flaws. Look up in the bar and you can sneer at the...
It Could Finally Be the End for the Middle Class
Byline: Richard Godwin AFEW weeks ago, the BBC launched an interactive "Class Calculator" to tell us all where we fall in the new system. Some Etonians were surprised to discover they are "traditional working class", because they live on freelance...
I Want Miliband to Be PM, Says Labour Outcast
Byline: Melanie McDonagh GEORGE GALLOWAY is in the news. Again. The weekend revelation that he met Ed Miliband to discuss boundary changes led to a hasty denial from the Labour leader's HQ that the possibility of Mr Galloway rejoining the party...
Join the Inbetweeners; Make a Clever Choice and You Can Have It All -- an Easy Commute to London and Time to Enjoy the Coast, Says Ruth Bloomfield
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield THE photo albums of the Hardie family are stuffed with images of their four children messing about by the seaside. The family live inland in the pretty West Sussex village of Kirdford but their home is less than 30 miles'...
Lloyds Branch Sale Collapses as Co-Op Quits [Pounds Sterling]750m Deal
Byline: Nick Goodway AFTER more than a year of negotiations, the [pounds sterling]750 million deal for the Co-op to buy more than 600 branches from taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group has collapsed. Lloyds said it will now float the 632 branches...
London Trio Fighting for Top Honour
Byline: writes Chris Jones. London Wasps wing THREE players from London clubs were today named among the nominees for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season Award, writes Chris Jones. London Wasps wing Christian Wade, Saracens captain...
London Trio Fighting for Top Honour
Byline: Chris Jones THREE players from London clubs were today named among the nominees for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season Award, writes Chris Jones. London Wasps wing Christian Wade, Saracens captain Steve Borthwick and Harlequins...
Markets Underwhelmed by Apple's Quarterly Profits Fall
Byline: Gideon Spanier and Nikhil Kumar in New York APPLE shares today rose less than 0.5% in Germany as European traders gave a lukewarm response to the iPhone maker's latest results, focusing on its first fall in quarterly profits in a decade...
May Gurney Cleans Up with Kier All Set to Bag a Takeover; MARKET ROUND-UP
Byline: Laura Chesters THE City rarely rallies for binmen, but today news of a [pounds sterling]221 million knockout offer in the bidding battle for a supplier of London rubbish collections saw punters pile in. Construction group Kier is now...
May Tells MPs of Latest Move to Deport Qatada
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor THERESA MAY is to renew efforts to deport Abu Qatada with fresh assurances from Jordan about how he would be treated in its legal system. The Home Secretary was today outlining to MPs her latest...
Meet the Man Whose App Can Make Art Sing
Byline: Susannah Butter POINTING a mobile phone at a painting is not usually allowed in art galleries but at Matthew Maxwell's exhibition people are encouraged to bring them along. His pictures look like abstract rows of coloured lines but hold...
Mesmerising Performances. but Grandeur Is Missing; REVIEW
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS OTHELLO National Theatre (Olivier) ADRIAN LESTER is a charismatic, dignified Othello. When jealousy grips him he seethes with the sort of fury that causes him to flip a table with a single flick of his wrist. But he brings...
Muslim Convert Held Talks on Targeting UK Civilians
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A MUSLIM convert held secret terrorist discussions on targeting British civilians, the Old Bailey heard today. Richard Dart and fellow terror cell member Imran Mahmood talked about whether the town of...
Muslim Convert Held Talks on Targeting UK Civilians
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A MUSLIM convert held secret discussions on targeting British civilians, the Old Bailey heard today. Richard Dart and fellow terror cell member Imran Mahmood talked about whether the town of Wootton Bassett...
My Life as a Duchess Double
Byline: Jasmine Gardner TO LIVE by the mantra "What would Kate do?" pretty much guarantees that you will never get a vajazzle. So, when Duchess of Cambridge lookalike Gabriella Munro Douglas was asked by photographer Alison Jackson to pose having...
New Treaty with Jordan Should Let Us Deport Qatada, Says May
Byline: Joseph Watts and Nicholas Cecil BRITAIN has signed a new treaty with Jordan in a bid to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada. Home Secretary Theresa May claimed the deal would allow the Government to sidestep a court decision blocking deportation....
NINETEEN SIXTIES Marmite; A Modern Masterpiece First Hated by Its Neighbours, Then Saved by Them, Has Been Faithfully Restored,
Byline: reports Ruth Bloomfield BACK in the Sixties the renowned architect Geoffrey Darke bought a narrow strip of land at the end of a Georgian terrace in Twickenham and designed a modernist house to put on it. His new neighbours were furious:...
Oh, Vienna; This Global City Comes with a Relaxed Lifestyle and a Vineyard
Byline: Cathy Hawker AS CLASSICAL and cultured as a Strauss waltz, Vienna might seem a little stiff at first to those more used to cities with a bohemian edge. Yet search behind the serious art collections and the elegant Hapsburg architecture and...
ONE HEADACHE LANDLORDS DON'T NEED; Advertisement Feature If You're Renting out a Property, Landlord Services from British Gas Are an Affordable One-Stop Solution
When your tenants ring to say they have no hot water or heating, a boiler breakdown can be a big problem ? and one you need to sort fast. However, landlords' responsibilities do not end with boiler repairs. Rent out your home or...
Our Design London
Byline: Amira Hashish HUSBAND-AND-WIFE design duo Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, the creative minds behind a string of international brands, are masters of bold graphic prints and patterns. Their bright designs and simple shapes work equally as...
Our View of Shared Ownership Is Changing; House Price Rises in the Capital Seem Unstoppable, So Finding Good, Long-Term Homes Now Is a Priority, Says David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles SEEMINGLY unstoppable property price rises in London are changing the way people view shared ownership. Previously, shared ownership was a "halfway house" between renting and owning. The allure for partbuyers was the chance...
Patient 'Robbed' of [Pounds Sterling]10,000 by Dodgy Dentist
Byline: Sophie Goodchild A TELEVISION director was left with a [pounds sterling]10,000 bill and permanent damage after her dental treatment was botched by a Harley Street orthodontist. Gemma Stowers, 29, needs a bone graft following the teeth-straightening...
POLICE KNEW MILLY'S VOICEMAIL HAD BEEN HACKED; SURREY FORCE WERE TOLD NINE YEARS BEFORE REVELATION THAT LED TO CLOSURE OF NEWS OF THE WORLD... BUT DIDN'T ACT Police 'Collective Amnesia' over Milly Hacking
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor SURREY police knew of allegations in 2002 that Milly Dowler's voicemail had been hacked by the News of the World but failed to act, it was revealed today. It was nine years later that the hacking scandal...
POLICE KNEW MILLY'S VOICEMAIL HAD BEEN HACKED; SURREY OFFICERS WERE TOLD NINE YEARS BEFORE REVELATION THAT LED TO CLOSURE OF NEWS OF THE WORLD ... BUT DIDN'T ACT; Police Attacked for 'Collective Amnesia' over Milly Hacking
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor SURREY police knew of allegations in 2002 that Milly Dowler's voicemail had been hacked by the News of the World but failed to act, it was revealed today. It was nine years later that the hacking scandal...
Put Your Hand Up If You Want a Bargain; Our Auctions Expert Samantha Collett Finds Properties for All Budgets -- and Buyers -- in the Spring Sale Rooms
Byline: Samantha Collett EVERY week thousands of properties are sold at auction. Even in desirable parts of London there are bargains to be found, with properties to suit every budget and every kind of buyer, whether they are seeking a family home,...
Scores Killed and 700 Hurt as Eight-Storey Factory Collapses
Byline: Michael Howie AT least 100 people were killed today and 700 injured when an eight-storey building housing four clothing factories collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. The army, emergency workers and volunteers were...
Shittu Spots Injustice as Fans Round on Jackett
Byline: Nik Simon millwall 1 blackburn 2 SMALL pockets of the Millwall crowd were calling for Kenny Jackett to be sacked last night but club captain Danny Shittu has backed his manager and blamed this defeat on a controversial penalty with...
Shittu Spots Injustice as Fans Round on Jackett
Byline: Nik Simon MILL WALL 1 BLACKBURN 2 Nik Simon SMALL pockets of the Millwall crowd were calling for Kenny Jackett to be sacked last night but club captain Danny Shittu has backed his manager and blamed this defeat on a controversial...
Shock Return for Haddin as Veteran Is Named Aussie Vice-Captain for Ashes
Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent AUSTRALIAN wicketkeeper Brad Haddin today pledged to wrest the Ashes Urn back from England after being recalled as vice-captain for the summer series. His predecessor, Shane Watson, stepped down from...
Smart Moves; the Word from the Street David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles Greenwich Square is a chance to get ahead in the London property race SUNDAY'S marathon was a global advert for Greenwich, with the throng of runners setting off from the majestic park against a spectacular backdrop of Wren...
Sometimes, Being Nice and Kind to People Can Be Very Hard Work
MONDAY It's raining again. We all congratulate the winner of our Grand National sweepstake in the hope of an invitation to drinks at the end of the week. We have a few valuations lined up, a promising sign of the market picking up after a quieter than...
Terrifying Moment I Found Boston Bomber Bleeding in My Boat
Byline: David Gardner and Rashid Razaq A MAN has told for the first time of the terrifying moment he discovered a badly injured Boston Marathon bomber cowering in his boat in the driveway of his home. David Henneberry, 66, said he had gone to...
TEXTS, TWEETS AND POSTS Enter [...]
It's increasingly clear we need an sustainable Plan B for the economy if growth is not to become a distant Holy Grail. Mobilise the unemployed to renovate or replace abandoned or empty buildings, starting with high street shops, for business or residential...
The Bin Bag Romanians Turning a Garden Square into Squalor
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds and Lindsay Watling ROMANIAN travellers have been sleeping rough in a private garden at an exclusive London address - prompting outrage among residents. The group is thought to have arrived in Bryanston Square, Marylebone,...
This Week at Homesandproperty.Co.UK
news: Great expectations for Rochester A RAILWAY station with fast links to London and the start of a multibillion-pound regeneration scheme are finally helping turn the Kent town of Rochester into a commuter hot spot. Network Rail wants to build...
Those with the Power to Punish Fail to Show Their Teeth
Byline: JamesOlley WHAT'S worse: a bite mark or a broken leg? It cannot sit comfortably with guardians of the game that one incident causing superficial injury can be heavily punished while another that could end a player's career is not reviewed....
Torres: We Rely So Much on Star Names It's Tough for Me to Shine
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent FERNANDO TORRES admits his second spell under Rafael Benitez has been difficult because Chelsea rely more on individuals than the Liverpool team in which he played. One of the reasons Benitez was hired...
TV Drama Is Big Business as British Shows Go Global
Byline: Gideon Spanier DRAMA is back in fashion on television. Broadchurch, a dark detective series, which ended with a gripping whodunnit on Monday, is the latest big hit, winning an audience of more than nine million -- the highest figure for...
Tycoon's Fight over [Pounds Sterling]7m Flat with Ex-Wife Who Left Him for Fabregas
Byline: Rashid Razaq FORMER Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas was today embroiled in an "extraordinary" legal battle involving his Lebanese girlfriend, her property tycoon ex-husband and a [pounds sterling]7 million Belgravia apartment. Elie Taktouk,...
UKIP Is Bringing the Local People Back to Politics
Byline: Nigel Farage Leader of UKIP THE great cliche -- that all politics is local -- will be played out next Thursday when all the shire counties of England, Anglesey and a tranche of urban boroughs go to the polls. UKIP has already shown in...
Warburton Leads by Example, So I'll Back Him to Captain Lions
Byline: Nik Simon SAM WARBURTON lost the Wales captaincy during the Six Nations but Alex Cuthbert believes the flanker is the ideal candidate to lead the Lions in Australia this summer. Competition is fierce to captain the touring party and former...
WAUGH Games; Eight-Time Ashes Winner and Former Skipper Identifies Michael Clarke and Jimmy Anderson as the Key Figures in This Summer's Five-Test Battle EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Matt Majendie STEVE WAUGH casts his mind back to the past sporting year. It is not Australia's demise in India, England's earlier success on the sub-continent or South Africa's rise to No1 in the Test rankings that captures his imagination....
Weed out Your Unwanted Garden Guests; Seeing Your Plot Spring Back into Life Is a Delight, Provided the Plants on Show Aren't Gatecrashers
Byline: Pattie Barron HOW wonderful it would be if our favourite plants grew at the same cracking pace as garden weeds. Sadly, the reality of the long wet winter, coupled with our reluctance to get out and garden in spring's appalling weather, is...
We Need More School Places
THE school places shortage raises two different issues: the challenge of providing more school buildings, and of recruiting enough teachers. In terms of capital spending, my understanding is that the free school budget is already committed. In its...
WEST IS BEST; Once Shunned in Favour of the Cooler East, West Berlin Is Home to Emerging Neighbourhoods, New Stores and Hotels, Says Jo Fernandez
Byline: Jo Fernandez MODERN Berlin is, to a large extent, still defined by the historical and political divisions that formed the East and West parts of the city. After reunification in 1990, following the collapse of the East German regime,...
Westminster Defends Boss's [Pounds Sterling]200,000 Pay
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent A COUNCIL has come under fire for defending its chief executive's [pounds sterling]200,0000-a-year salary while it slashes jobs and services across the board. Westminster council says it must offer...
Why Animal Lovers Are One of My Pet Hates; Choosy Landlord Victoria Whitlock Is Told There Are Plenty of Pet-Owners out There Seeking Places to Rent. but She's Not Interested the Accidental Landlord
Byline: Victoria Whitlock THE reason I don't accept tenants with pets is because they are so dirty and smelly -- and their pets can be just as bad. Seriously, pets are daft, and so are their owners. Anyone who is prepared to walk around a park with...
Will This Young Chef Be a Bestseller?
Byline: Fay Maschler STORY 201 Tooley Street SE1 (020 7183 2117). Open Tues-Sat noon-4pm (last seating 2pm) and 6.30-11.30pm (last seating 9pm). Three courses (lunchtime) [pounds sterling]35, six courses [pounds sterling]45, 10 courses [pounds sterling]65....
WIN A CREATE YOUR OWN FRAGRANCE 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: COMPUTERS. THE CLUES 6419 gives...
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