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Articles from May 29, 2013

All This in a Tiny Terrace; Architect Phil Coffey Rebuilt His Highbury Home for [Pounds Sterling]160,000 and It Won Him a Top Award, Says Emily Wright
Byline: Emily Wright HALFWAY down an unassuming street in Highbury, north London, is a property that breaks with every convention associated with traditional terrace living. But from the outside there is no way of telling which of these modest homes,...
'Avatars' Help Schizophrenic Patients Banish Their Demons
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor GROUNDBREAKING research is helping people with schizophrenia to control "voices in their heads" with computer-generated avatars that look and sound like their hallucinations. A large-scale study was launched...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork Sharp look for kitchen counter THIS K-Pro multicoloured knife set will bring a touch of technicolor to your kitchen counter. Usually [pounds sterling]49.99, it is reduced by 66 per cent to just [pounds sterling]16.95 plus...
Between the Mountains and the Deep Blue Sea; British Buyers Are Being Tempted Back by Bargains in Smart Barcelona, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: Cathy Hawker BIG enough never to be boring, but small enough to retain an appealing intimacy, Barcelona is perfectly caught between the sea and the mountains, preserving it from any grandiose expansionist plans. SEAFRONT LIVING First...
Bold Chimerican Dream Is a Triumph; REVIEW
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS CHIMERICA Almeida, N1 ****** THE word Chimerica may not trip off the tongue, but Lucy Kirkwood's new play is both fluent and seductive. It's a tremendously bold piece of writing, given brilliant life in a coproduction...
Both Left and Right Underestimate Political Islam
Byline: Peyvand Khorsandi THE English Defence League's Tommy Robinson is known for running a sunbed shop where white people go to turn orange. He's of Irish stock but pretends to be English -- his real name is Stephen Lennon. He is a convicted criminal...
Britain Accuses Russia of Aiding 'Butcher Assad'
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent BRITAIN today accused Russia of supplying weapons to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to "butcher" his own people. A Foreign Office spokesman slammed Russia's "continued arms sales" to the Syrian dictatorship...
Britain Holding 90 Afghans at Military Jail in Camp Bastion
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond today admitted that 80 to 90 Afghans were being held at a controversial military prison in Afghanistan. Prisoners are usually released to the Afghan authorities after...
Cameron Could Not Allow Syria to Be a Failed State
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona ATHREAD from Woolwich to Aleppo twitches viciously. In south-east London, Drummer Lee Rigby is hacked to death, allegedly by two Islamists; in the wartorn Syrian city, their brothers in global jihad, Jabhat al-Nusra -- a...
Can This Fat Cat Keep All of the Cream?
Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS QMY DAUGHTER is at university and has to move out of her halls of residence in the summer. She has found a house to share with two other girls in Clapham. They have agreed the rent with the...
CCTV Crackdown and [Pounds Sterling]60 Penalty on Drivers Who Stop in Bike Boxes
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent DRIVERS who stop in bicycle boxes at traffic lights face fines of [pounds sterling]60 and three penalty points on their licences as City Hall plans a crackdown. Boris Johnson's cycling czar Andrew...
COLE DESERVES HIS Day but Issues Were Almost Inevitable; Comment
Byline: James Olley ASHLEY COLE wants all the glory and none of the responsibility. The confusion yesterday lay in the fact the England captaincy includes both. Most football fanatics dream of captaining their side for a day. But those dreams...
Design Trends
Byline: Barbara Chandler MAGNETS ARE the invisible force that adds a touch of mystery and, indeed, magic to design. And the latest type -- neodymium rareearth magnets -- are at least four times more powerful than the familiar standard ferrite ones,...
Dickensian Charms of a Pretty Riverside Town Steeped in History
Byline: Anthea Masey THERE is no avoiding Charles Dickens in Rochester -- he is simply everywhere. And who can blame this Medway town for cashing in on its most famous resident? Dickens lived for many years at Gad's Hill Place in nearby Higham and...
'Does Norman Tebbit Look Cool? I Don't Think So. and Do Most People Think Gay Couples Are Cool? Yeah'; Clare Balding Is Both National Treasure and Target of Homophobic Abuse on Twitter. Here She Tells Rosamund Urwin Why She Stands Up to the Trolls and Is in Favour of a Lesbian Queen
Byline: Rosamund Urwin All-round good sport: Clare Balding, below, and, far right, with her partner, Alice Arnold, who stops her from staying too late at parties 'Does Norman Tebbit look cool? I don't think so. And do most people think gay couples...
Down Time Skipper Warburton Might Have to Wait before Pulling on Lions Jersey
LIONS captain Sam Warburton is a doubt for the tour opener against the Barbarians after missing the first training session in Hong Kong today due to a knee injury, writes Chris Jones. The Wales skipper suffered a knock in training last week and...
Even If It's an Emergency, I Won't Play in the Ashes, Says Ponting; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent RICKY PONTING today ruled out a return to the Australia side for this summer's Ashes but revealed he could be back as a coach for future battles with England. Ponting was due to begin his two--month...
Fans Can Now Speak out on Racism but Keep a Low Profile at the Same Time
Byline: James Olley IT IS frustrating that FIFA and UEFA continue to dish out paltry fines for racist abuse, while there are many agitated by the leniency of the Football Association's five--game minimum ban for such offences by players. Tougher...
Find That Beautiful Oasis Up on the Roof; A Gold Medal-Winning Garden at This Year's Chelsea Flower Show Makes Full Use of Our Greatest Natural Asset -- Rain
Byline: Pattie Barron HERE is the blueprint for turning London's skyline green: a roof garden that combines a beautiful living space with innovative biodiversity, bringing trees, meadows and wetlands into the heart of the city. Not surprisingly,...
First-Time Buyers Enjoy the Leafy Life; Open Garden Squares Weekend Reflects a Wider Drive to Provide Green Spaces for All, Says David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles LONDONERS get a chance to explore the capital's hidden gardens and private squares on Saturday and Sunday next week -- June 8 and 9. The Open Garden Squares weekend is part of a wider initiative to put nature and creative...
Funfair Fashion: Goldfish Bowl Handbags
Byline: Emma McCarthy and Maxine Frith IT is a showcase of the Next Big Things in fashion -- which presumably means that women across London could soon be carrying live fish in their handbags. Goldfish bowl-shaped handbags and backpacks -- containing...
FURY AT BONUSES FOR RAIL BOSSES; NETWORK RAIL CHIEFS GET PAYOUTS UP TO [Pounds Sterling]100,000 DESPITE LATE TRAINS; COMMUTERS WILL BE OUTRAGED, SAYS LABOUR SPOKESMAN; Bonuses Reflect Our Successes as Well as Failures, Says Network Rail
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joseph Watts RAIL bosses who pocketed bonuses of up to [pounds sterling]100,000 despite failing to meet key punctuality targets were the subject of an angry backlash this afternoon. MPs condemned the bonuses for five...
Garcia Plans the End to Serena's Hot Run of Form
Byline: Paul Newman in Paris WHEN Caroline Garcia led Maria Sharapova by a set and 4-1 at the French Open two years ago, Andy Murray said the Frenchwoman then 17, was a future world No1. Garcia, who went on to lose to Sharapova in three sets, has...
Get Back in the Box!
Byline: Joshi Herrmann THROW out your beanbags and squidgy balls, sack your trendy consultants and cancel the creativity retreat -- there's a new theory in town. For years business executives have put up with embarrassing Lego games and endless...
Goldfish Bowl Handbags -- the Next Big Fin?
Byline: Emma McCarthy and Maxine Frith IT is a showcase of the Next Big Things in fashion -- which presumably means that women across London could soon be carrying live fish in their handbags. Goldfish bowl-shaped handbags and backpacks -- containing...
Great Britten
Byline: Chris Folley IT CAN get lively in Aldeburgh most years in June as festival fever takes hold but this year it goes up another notch. Or should that be an octave? Whatever your tastes, it'll be hard not to be sucked into the spirit of Benjamin...
Hair Tomorrow
Byline: Emma McCarthy COLOUR BY IPAD Ever loved your new hair colour while sat in the chair and hated it the instant you left the salon? Then you could use a session at Percy & Reed's new Colour Station. "I really believe your hair colour should...
Hodgson Can Benefit from Liverpool's Faith in Sturridge; Striker Is Starting to Live Up to His Potential after Securing Regular Premier League Place
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent THE contrasting fortunes of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck are intertwined with Roy Hodgson's concern over a lack of Englishmen playing regularly in the Premier League. Twelve months ago, Welbeck...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Amira Hashish Got some gossip? Tweet @amiranews Jennifer and Brian retreat into the old jeans HOLLYWOOD actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has bought a fourbedroom Los Angeles home. Hewitt, 34, is said to have splashed out [pounds sterling]2.12...
Hot Chips; FOOD; Carb Alert! -- the Fried Potato Is Trending. Victoria Stewart Says the British Staple Is the Dish Du Jour and Lists the 30 Best in Town
Byline: Victoria Stewart UNTIL now, the humble chip has mostly escaped the media spotlight. But as foodie bloggers and tweeters turn their hungry gaze from the fashionable burger to its ubiquitous side dish, fries have started to trend. Before...
If We Still Need Food Banks the Slump Isn't Over
Byline: Richard Godwin IT IS one of the most basic measures of a functional society -- does everyone have enough food to survive? It's so basic, it's barely up for debate. It is generally assumed that this one was sorted long ago, along with the...
I Looked like Stroke Victim, Says Hollyoaks Star in West End Attack
Byline: Josh Pettitt A HOLLYOAKS actor is appealing for help in catching the man who broke his cheekbone and fractured his eye socket in an unprovoked attack after a night out in London. Tom Scurr, who played Barney Harper-McBride in the Channel...
I'm Joe Bogus of Fake Main Street. How Agent Joined [Pounds Sterling]4bn 'PayPal for Criminals'
Byline: Bo Wilson AN ONLINE money service accused of laundering [pounds sterling]4 billion for criminals was so corrupt that an undercover agent joined under the name "Joe Bogus" of "123 Fake Main Street" in "Completely Made Up City", a court heard...
Is QE Boosting the Economy?
THAT quantitative easing (QE) is pushing up equity prices should come as no surprise. The Bank of England has stated that this is what it is supposed to do, thus encouraging share issuance and boosting demand in the economy by increasing household...
Late Trains but Network Rail Bosses Still Get Big Bonuses; Bonuses Reflect Our Successes as Well as Failures, Say Network Rail
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joseph Watts RAIL bosses faced a backlash today after receiving bonuses of up to [pounds sterling]100,000 despite failing to meet key punctuality targets. MPs condemned the bonuses for five executives at Network Rail...
Launch of Bar for the Deaf Where You Order Drinks in Sign Language
Byline: Rachael Sigee A BAR for deaf people where all the staff are trained in sign language has opened in London. In a first of its kind, the venue will provide a social venue for the deaf in a club-style environment. Though ease and comfort...
Lavender and Aqua Walls -- and an Abundance of Delicious Jaipur Pink; Accessories Designer Pippa Small Wonders Why We Are Afraid of Colour When It Can Enrich Our Lives. Pattie Barron Reports
Byline: Pattie Barron ETHICAL jeweller and social anthropologist Pippa Small has lived among the Batwa pygmies of Rwanda and the San bushmen of the Kalahari, so a fifth-floor balcony flat in North Kensington must be tame by comparison. "I looked...
Let There Be Reflected Light
Byline: Katie Law Blinds Hillarys has introduced a customised blind called Torino, made from polyester crepe with a pearlised coating that reflects the sun, not only keeping rooms light and cool in summer, but warm in winter, too. Torino comes in...
Londoners Back Benefit Caps and Want More Cuts
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor NEARLY nine out of 10 Londoners support the Government's benefit cap and many believe it should be even lower than the current [pounds sterling]26,000 a year figure, a new opinion poll revealed today. ...
London's World-Famous Embankments Realise Their Potential at Last; A Masterplan Will Create New Homes, Parks and Promenades -- and a Footbridge over the River to Battersea, Says David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles LONDON'S historic Embankments -- Victoria, Albert and Chelsea -- are to be transformed in a regeneration scheme that will replace existing post-Blitz office blocks with smart new homes, parks and promenades -- plus a new walkway...
Man of Steel; Sir Anthony Caro Will Unveil a New Show at the Venice Biennale This Weekend, Ahead of His Latest Series at the Gagosian Gallery in King's Cross and a Giant Sculpture at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Now in His 90th Year, He Has No Intention of Slowing Down, He Tells Ben Luke
Byline: Ben Luke AS I make my way to Sir Anthony Caro's studio in a quiet yard in Camden, I know I'm heading in the right direction when I see a big pile of scrap steel gently rusting in a corner. Unpromising on their own, these funnels, grills...
Mendes in About-Turn as He Holds Talks over Directing Next Bond Movie
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent SAM MENDES has performed a sensational U-turn and is now back in the running to direct the next Bond movie. The 47-year-old initially turned down the chance to follow up his success with Skyfall...
Never Say Never: Mendes Holds Talks on Directing the Next Bond Movie
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent SAM MENDES has performed a sensational U-turn and is now back in the running to direct the next Bond movie. The 47-year-old initially turned down the chance to follow up his success with Skyfall...
Norfolk's Host with the Most; HOTEL REVIEW
Byline: JO FERNANDEZ CONGHAM HALL King's Lynn, Norfolk nO ONE could accuse hotelier Nicholas Dickinson of not being hands-on. From behind the zinc bar, through the dining room door, he spots our empty glasses and duly does the honours with the water...
OECD Backs Osborne's Plan to Rescue Britain's Ecomomy
Byline: Russell Lynch CHANCELLOR George Osborne's deficit-slicing strategy gained backing from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development today, but the international thinktank called on the eurozone to turn to the printing presses...
OECD Backs Osborne's Plan to Rescue Britain's Economy
Byline: Russell Lynch CHANCELLOR George Osborne's deficit-slicing strategy gained backing from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development today, but the international think-tank called on the eurozone to turn to the printing presses...
Pain-Free Pietersen on Course for Ashes Opener, Says Flower
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent ANDY FLOWER expects Kevin Pietersen to play in the First Ashes Test against Australia as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. England's most explosive batsman revealed this week that he had...
Profit-Takers Have Upper Hand on the Footsie Battlefield
Byline: Laura Chesters MARKET ROUND-UP IT was battle stations in the City today as the FTSE 100 continued to be the combat zone for profit-takers pitched against bargain-hunters. London's blue-chip index has yo-yoed for the past four days of...
Property in Partnership with Search
London buy of the week it could light up your life [pounds sterling]625,000: this two-bedroom flat in the former Price's Candle Factory, Wandsworth, is easy to wax lyrical about. It has impressive 19th-century proportions, spans the top floor of...
Rapper Who Saw Killing 'Has Faith in Humanity'
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger AN aspiring rapper who posted a dramatic first-hand account online of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby told today how he "still has faith in humanity". Boya Dee claimed he turned down offers of [pounds sterling]75,000...
Real to Test Spurs with [Pounds Sterling]60m-Plus Bid for Bale
Byline: Simon Johnson REAL MADRID will stage a last-ditch bid to tempt Gareth Bale to join the Bernabeu next season. Standard Sport revealed last week that Bale is staying at Tottenham for one more season and is set to confirm a new deal worth...
Ricky's a True Great but We Can't Just Rely on His Magic; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Gareth Batty Surrey spinner EVERY player in our squad should be able to gain a huge amount from working with Ricky Ponting. Whether you are a youngster or a more experienced player, you should make sure you get something from a chap like...
Selhurst Set for a 40,000 Makeover; Long-Term Legacy Plans for Palace
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CRYSTAL PALACE will step up plans to redevelop Selhurst Park into a 40,000-seater stadium after winning promotion to the Premier League. Co-chairman Steve Parish, chief executive Phil Alexander and...
Selhurst Set for Makeover to Seat 40,000; Long-Term Legacy Plans for Palace
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CRYSTAL PALACE will step up plans to redevelop Selhurst Park into a 40,000-seater stadium after winning promotion to the Premier League. Co-chairman Steve Parish, chief executive Phil Alexander and...
Silva Surfer
Byline: Amol Rajan IN EVERY generation, Westminster creates a new cadre of political advisers who are marked out as destined for great things. Many of Westminster's leading lights today -- Cameron, Osborne, Miliband, Clegg, Balls and so on -- started...
Smart Moves; Shell out for a Dream
Byline: David Spittles has the word from the street BUYING a shell to fit out to your own design tastes was once the preserve of only the boldest and best-informed buyers, but the Grand Designs culture has inspired a new generation of eager renovators...
Solvency II Is Wrong Model for Insurers; CITY COMMENT
Byline: Anthony Hilton NEXT time you pass the Olympic Park in Stratford, consider this: we could have a second park -- with the stadium, the swimming pool, the velodrome, the athletes' village and even the shopping centre for the amount the insurance...
Sometimes This Job Is a Walk in the Park -- Because We Never Use Cars; Diary of an Estate Agent
MONDAY What a long winter that was -- but today it is summer in Fitzrovia. I walked through Regent's Park recently on the way back to our office in Charlotte Street and the flower beds are really looking wonderful. We're so lucky to have it as our...
Spacey, King of Old Vic, Plays to the Gallery; Portrait of Star as Richard III Chosen for Major London Art Show
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent A STRIKING painting of Kevin Spacey in the role of Richard III is to go on show at the National Portrait Gallery. The picture, painted during the production's run at the Old Vic in 2011, will be part...
Sports Direct Throws Down Europe Gauntlet
Byline: James Thompson MIKE Ashley's Sports Direct has stepped up its plans to conquer Europe by acquiring two retailers in Austria and the Baltics. The two deals extend the presence of Britain's biggest sportswear retailer to 16 European countries...
Style without Substance; RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK; THE FIVE FIELDS
Byline: Fay Maschler 8-9 Blacklands Terrace, SW3 (020 7838 1082 fivefieldsrestuarant.com). Open for dinner only, Tues-Sat 6.30pm-10pm (last orders). [pounds sterling]45 for three courses. Tasting menu [pounds sterling]65 for eight courses, [pounds...
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The Chinese Rescue the Albert Dock
The Docklands were in their heyday the hub of London's global trade. Now, in a new incarnation, the Royal Albert Dock is to become an ambitious business centre intended to attract Chinese and Asian businesses seeking a base for their London, UK and...
The Players Don't Want to Talk about the Ashes but I Guarantee They Will Be Thinking about Them; Ricky Ponting Is Here to Reinvigorate Surrey but, like the Stars Who Will Battle for the Urn, He Can't Ignore the Summer's Major Attraction; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket correspondent ENGLAND and Australia are trying to convince the cricket Eworld that thoughts of the Ashes are far from their minds but one of the greats of these contests knows they are fooling nobody. When the series...
This Is the Future: Large, Private, New-Build Rental Housing; the First 10,000 Homes Supported by a Government Fund Will Be Ready in Two Years, Reports Richard Warren
Byline: Richard Warren GERMAN-STYLE living is coming to London. Nearly half of Germans live in purpose-built, private sector rental homes, constructed and managed by institutional investors. Now, this type of accommodation is starting to appear...
Warburton Could Miss Lions Clash in Hong Kong with Knee Problem
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent LIONS captain Sam Warburton is a doubt for the tour opener against the Barbarians after missing the first training session in Hong Kong today due to a knee injury. Saturday's match kicks off a 10--game...
Watson Does All She Can but Cannot Avoid Joining Our Miserable Singles Club
Byline: Paul Newman at Roland Garros HEATHER WATSON, the last Briton left in singles competition at the French Open, went the way of her compatriots here today despite a typically gutsy performance against Stefanie Voegele. Having fought back...
What London Can Engineer from Silicon Valley Model; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: Gideon Spanier in San Francisco THE WORLD looks different in Silicon Valley -- and not just because Google have let me try on a pair of Google Glass spectacles, with a virtual video screen in the right-hand corner of my line of vision. ...
Why I Won't Be Stinging Tenants with a Rent Rise
Byline: Victoria Whitlock RENTS in London are nudging upwards again, at least according to the network of residential letting agents Move with Us, and my own agent has already written to me to advise that I could increase my tenants' rent when their...
Why Wayne's Next Signing Will Be His Most Intriguing
Byline: James Olley NOT that long ago signing Wayne Rooney was a no--brainer. Most managers would have had him near the top of their list of fantasy signings. It seemed as though Rooney had aligned his fiercely competitive streak with an efficiency...
Woolwich 'Killer' Quizzed by Terror Police after Release from Hospital
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger ONE of the suspected terrorists accused of killing Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich was today being questioned by detectives for the first time after being released from hospital. Michael Adebowale, 22, was being quizzed...
Woolwich Might Have Been Overdone but Editors Aren't to Blame; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: Roy Greenslade THE minute I saw the footage of the murderous Woolwich attack on Lee Rigby I knew there would be complaints about the media's coverage. Let me qualify that final phrase. It should read "mainstream media's coverage". What too...
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