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Articles from August 22, 2013

83% of London Buyers to Pay High Stamp Duty Rate; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor NINE out of 10 house sales in nearly half of London boroughs will be subject to stamp duty of at least three per cent within the next five years, a report forecast today. It also predicted that up...
And as Gunners Take a Huge Step towards Champions League, This Time They Can Do All Their Transfer Business before the Window Closes
Byline: James Olley in Istanbul FENERBAHCE 0 ARSENAL 3 James Olley in Istanbul THERE have been certain distressing similarities between this summer and the chaotic start to Arsenal's 2011-12 campaign but this win offers the chance to avoid making...
ARSENAL WILL BREAK THE BANK TO SIGN BENZEMA; [Pounds sterling]40M OFFER PLUS DEAL TO MAKE HIM HIGHEST EARNER
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENAL are prepared to make Karim Benzema their highest-paid player in a bid to sign him from Real Madrid. It is understood the Gunners have sounded out the Spaniards over a move for the striker...
A Soigne Little Local
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE TERRACE 33c Holland Street, W8 (theterraceonhollandstreet.co.uk, 020 7937 9252). Open Tues-Sat noon-11pm. About [pounds sterling]100 for two; weekday set lunch [pounds sterling]17.50 for two courses, [pounds sterling]20...
A Towering Romance
Byline: KIERON QUIRKE PELLEAS ET MELISANDE/ GRIMEBORN Arcola Theatre, E8 IT'S been a great August for Fringe Opera in London. But in terms of punching above its weight, the pick of it is Grimeborn's coherent and superbly sung take on Debussy's only...
A Vivid Account of the Chinese Revolution
Byline: KWASI KWARTENG THE TRAGEDY OF LIBERATION: A HISTORY OF THE CHINESE REVOLUTION 1945-57 by Frank Dikotter (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]25). KWASI KWARTENG WE ALL know that Chairman Mao was one of the great monsters of human history. The...
Bale's on the Brink of Record [Pounds Sterling]86m Move to Real
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent REAL MADRID are on the verge of completing an [pounds sterling]86million deal for Gareth Bale and plan to unveil the Tottenham winger at the Bernabeu next week. Spurs sporting director Franco Baldini...
Banks Face [Pounds Sterling]1.3bn Compensation Bill over Mis-Sold Card Insurance
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor BRITAIN'S biggest high street lenders have been hit by another mis-selling scandal that could cost them as much as [pounds sterling]1.3 billion in compensation. They have agreed to set up a fund...
Being a Witch Can Be a Curse; in the Latest in His Series Based on Extraordinary UNPHOTOSHOPPED Images, Our Columnist Looks at the Persecution and Punishment of Witches Past and Present
Byline: Charles Saatchi The Naked Eye AS DEPARTURES go, being assassinated by having a house fall from the sky and landing on top of you would be considered one of the more unfortunate. This was the unenviable fate of the Wicked Witch of the...
Be More Creative in Your Career Choices; Amersham and Wycombe College Excels with Its Arts Courses, but You Can Also Receive Training in Hairdressing, Plumbing, Accounting, Social Care and a Wide Range of Other Vocational Programmes, Too
Byline: NIKI CHESWORTH WHEN Sophie Gooding appeared on The Rob Brydon Show and Dancing On Ice, she was fulfilling a dream to be a dancer. What helped her to achieve this success was a foundation degree in musical theatre from Amersham and Wycombe...
Cesar Will Not Be Leaving Rangers, Insists Scolari
Byline: Luiz Felipe Scolari JULIO CESAR will stay with Queens Park Rangers this season even though the club have been trying to get him off the wage bill, says Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Brazilian, who is on around [pounds sterling]75,000 a week...
Comedian Syal in Plea for Donors to Save Sick Boy's Life
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia COMEDIAN Meera Syal today appealed for help in saving the life of a six-yearold boy who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. Rayaan Siddiqui is being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital for the rare blood disease...
Curbishley's Convinced That Bent Will Recapture His Golden Form with Fulham
Byline: Ken Dyer DARREN Bent is a footballer who divides opinion. There are some like Fulham manager Martin Jol who believe he is still one of the best predatory strikers in the Premier League, which is why he has brought the striker on loan for...
David Cassidy Is Arrested by Tom Jones; ... That's a US Cop Who Stopped Him for Drink-Driving. Star: What's New Pussycat?
Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles THERE was a time when David Cassidy would meet Tom Jones only at showbusiness parties -- but the former Partridge Family heart-throb, 63, was arrested early today for drink-driving by a namesake of the singing...
Each Song Was Its Own Mini Concert, Crowd Bellowing along; REVIEW
Byline: RICK PEARSON GREEN DAY O2 BRIXTON Academy AS a wise man almost said: you can't keep a good band down. When frontman Billie Joe Armstrong checked himself into rehab last year, Green Day had looked like a band on the edge of implosion....
England Are Willing Woakes to Work It out after Tough Baptism; All-Rounder Struggled on His Debut at the Kia Oval Yesterday but His Talents Could Still Prove Beneficial. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse CHRIS WOAKES struggled to shine with the ball on his first day in Test cricket but his inclusion for the final Ashes match of the summer suggests England are starting to consider a different formula. Since England were...
England Are Willing Woakes to Work It out after Tough Baptism; All-Rounder Struggled on His Debut at the Kia Oval Yesterday but His Talents Could Still Prove Beneficial. by Tom Collomosse
Byline: Tom Collomosse CHRIS WOAKES struggled to shine with the ball on his first day in Test cricket but his inclusion for the final Ashes match of the summer suggests England are starting to consider a different formula. Since England were...
English Baccalaureate Brings Languages Bouncing Back
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent THE number of pupils taking language GCSEs has soared after the introduction of the English Baccalaureate. Today's exam results reveal a dramatic increase in those taking traditional languages such as...
Eurozone Fights Back as Growth Hits Two-Year High
Byline: Jim Armitage HOPES of a sustained recovery in the eurozone gathered pace today as a key survey showed the region's largest monthly increase in business activity for more than two years. However, the picture painted by the August PMI survey...
GCSE RESULTS HIT BY RECORD SLUMP; PUPILS TAKING EXAMS TOO YOUNG AND TOO MANY TIMES, SAY CHIEFS; Exam Chief: 10,000 Students Tookmaths Four Times. It's Damaging; TOUGHER TESTS AND MARKING ADD TO LOWER GRADES; Exam Chief: 10,000 Students Tookmaths Four Times. It's Damaging
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent THE biggest drop in GCSE passes in the exam's 25-year history was revealed today as the number of pupils taking them early dragged the rate down. Exam chiefs warned that the huge increase in candidates...
GCSE RESULTS HIT BY RECORD SLUMP; PUPILS TAKING EXAMS TOO YOUNG AND TOO MANY TIMES, SAY CHIEFS TOUGHER TESTS AND MARKING ADD TO LOWER GRADES Exam Chief: 10,000 Students Tookmaths Four Times. It's Damaging
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent THE biggest drop in GCSE passes in the exam's 25-year history was revealed today as the number of pupils taking them early dragged the rate down. Exam chiefs warned that the huge increase in candidates...
Get out of My Space! WORK; as a Report Reveals Londoners Will Get Less Room on New Trains Than Sheep Being Taken to Slaughter, Joshi Herrmann Gives Us His Guide to the Good, Bad and Just Plain Ugly of Commuter Etiquette
Byline: Joshi Herrmann HERE'S a little story about standing space on the London Underground -- a commodity as rare as ambergris, as volatile in its supply as Bitcoin and like gold for the complex matrix of associations and highstakes value judgments...
High Stamp Duty Rates Will Catch 83% of Homes; Exclusive
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor NINE out of 10 house sales in nearly half of London boroughs will be subject to stamp duty of at least three per cent within the next five years, a report forecast today. It also predicted that up...
How I Fled a Military Coup to Be a Web Fashion Mogul; PEOPLE She's the Founding Investor of Online Clothing Empire Net-a-Porter Who Escaped the Turmoil of Her Native Venezuela and Rose above the Dotcom Bubble. Laura Chesters Meets Survivor Carmen Busquets
Byline: Laura Chesters BUSINESSWOMEN in the world of fashion tend to have glamorous life stories to match their day jobs. Not so for Carmen Busquets, one of luxury's most successful investors. Escaping a military coup in your home country and surviving...
How the Fat Cats First Learned to Get Even Fatter; Bosses Awarding Themselves Massive Pay Packages Isn't about Market Forces: It's Just Because They Can
Byline: Ferdinand Mount WHO first taught the fat cats how to lap? The propensity of senior managers to treat themselves to enormous and ever-growing rewards is the great ongoing scam of our time. It is offensive to our sense of proportion and seemingly...
I'm Sweet on Karim, Even If He's the Last Pick from a Box of Chocolates; Barclay's Account
Byline: Patrick Barclay ENTERING the transfer market at the eleventh hour must feel like being invited to choose from a box of chocolates after everyone else -- all that's left is the orange cream and something that will probably taste of ginger....
Lambert: I've Got No Problem with Jose
PAUL LAMBERT today dismissed his touchline clashes with Jose Mourinho as "banter". The rival managers were engaged in what appeared to be heated arguments by the touchline during last night's match at Stamford Bridge. Following the game Mourinho...
Lassie Comes Home
Byline: Karen Dacre IF THIS newspaper came with sound effects you'd quickly realise that this is an entirely biased piece of writing. It is, you see, something of a love-letter to the classic Scottish kilt -- an item of clothing a Fife upbringing...
Lukaku: We Don't Need to Strike Blow at United
CHELSEA can move six points clear of Manchester United with a win at Old Trafford on Monday but Romelu Lukaku has played down the importance of striking an early psychological blow in the title race. Last night's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa means...
'Mad Dog' Framed Me, Bo Xilai Tells Judges
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor A CHINESE politician on trial for bribery in one of the country's biggest political scandals has blamed a "mad dog" associate for framing him. Bo Xilai, the former Communist leader of Chongqing, went...
Make Your Next Step Work for You; ADVERTISING FEATURE Kensington and Chelsea College Provides Industry-Relevant Courses Which Can Help Boost Employability, Says Niki Chesworth
Byline: says Niki Chesworth MOST young people receiving their GCSE results today want a worthwhile career. However, how are you going to get there? The answer is by learning industryrecognised skills and qualifications that lead to real jobs. To...
Margaret Atwood's Future Nightmare
Byline: TALITHA STEVENSON MADDADDAM by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury, [pounds sterling]18.99) MADDADDAM -- the final novel in Margaret Atwood's dystopian trilogy -- is as elaborate as a fractal and weighs as much as a small child. The world Atwood...
Modern Languages Bounce Back with the New EBACC
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent THE number of pupils taking language GCSEs has soared after the introduction of the English Baccalaureate. Today's results reveal a dramatic increase in those taking traditional languages such as French,...
Mother Weeps for Electrocuted Cousin of Spurs Star Defoe
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A WEEPING mother told today how relatives fought in vain to save her daughter, cousin of Spurs footballer Jermain Defoe, after she was electrocuted in a Caribbean hotel pool. Hannah Defoe, 20, died after...
Mourinho Is Playing It Cool but He Knows Blues Need to Get Rooney to Heat Up Title Challenge
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA 2 ASTON VILLA 1 THERE are just 11 days to go before the end of the transfer window and Chelsea's title chances could come down to whether they sign a topclass forward. For casual observers...
New Mint Balls Please. Miss *****Pova to Serve from the Pick 'N Mix Counter
Byline: Dan Jones YEARS ago in Yorkshire a bloke called Michael Howerd changed his name by deed poll. He'd had a run-in with his bank, who charged him a [pounds sterling]20 fee on a [pounds sterling]10 overdraft he held with their branch in Horsforth,...
New Mint Balls Please. Miss *****Pova to Serve from the Pick 'N' Mix Counter
Byline: Dan Jones YEARS ago in Yorkshire a bloke called Michael Howerd changed his name by deed poll. He'd had a run-in with his bank, who charged him a [pounds sterling]20 fee on a [pounds sterling]10 overdraft he held with their branch in Horsforth,...
Obama Faces Pressure over Syria as West Condemns Gas Attack
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor PRESIDENT Barack Obama faced increasing pressure to intervene over Syria as president Bashar Assad's forces launched fresh attacks the day after hundreds of people were feared killed by chemical weapons....
PAPERBACKS William Leith
Byline: william leith THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER by Junot Diaz (Faber, [pounds sterling]7.99) THERE are nine stories here, all charged with vitality, and all about sexual attraction and love, both of which have surprising powers. Our hero throughout...
Partners Are Best Sampled One at a Time
Byline: Rosamund Urwin MONOGAMY is on the way out, apparently. According to a recent Radio 4 documentary, Monogamy and the Rules of Love, having a one and only may soon be passe. In the next 10 years, it was claimed, polyamory -- having multiple...
[Pounds Sterling]825,000 Council Fee for Mega-Basement
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor A MILLIONAIRE hedge fund boss digging out a basement eight times the size of a typical London home has been ordered to pay [pounds sterling]825,000 towards affordable housing in his area. Kensington...
Put Yourself in the Picture; Photojournalist Peter Dench Is Documenting Modern Britain and He Wants Londoners to Help Him Capture the City and Its Inhabitants, He Tells Richard Godwin
Byline: Richard Godwin PETER Dench's images of London capture moments that make you look at the city and its residents afresh. Blue plastic bags caught on the breeze create a swirling planetarium above Wembley. A smiling family with their two Staffordshire...
Restaurant Owner Defies Order to Remove Neon 'Homage' to Soho's Past
Byline: Miranda Bryant COUNCIL bosses were today accused of trying to hide Soho's colourful past after ordering a restaurant to remove neon signs harking back to its former status as London's red light district. The signs -- which read "peep...
Sailing Away from the EU Could Be a Boon for City, Says Icap Chief Spencer; the City in Europe Will Square Mile Prosper If Britain Leaves the EU? Evening Standard Debate
Byline: Nick Goodways THE City could actually thrive if the UK were forced to pull out of the European Union, according to Michael Spencer, chief executive of Icap, one of the world's biggest broking firms. Spencer, a former treasurer of the...
Sample Some Exotic Retreats; the Break Is an Ideal Time to Soak Up an Alpine Paradise, a Treehouse or an Underwater Club, Says Sarah Marshall
Byline: Sarah Marshall Niyama Maldives This plush resort from the Per Aquum group - located in the southwestern atoll, a 40-minute sea plane ride from Male - caused quite a stir when it opened a year ago. Boasting the world's first underwater...
Sherlock Star Gemma Dusts off Ballet Shoes for New TV Drama
Byline: Josh Pettitt RISING star Gemma Chan is steeling herself for one of the most painful experiences of her acting career -- playing a ballerina. It has been 18 years since the 30-year-old actress last donned a pair of pointe shoes -- she...
Stalin's Biographer Conjures Up a Thrilling Work of Fiction
Byline: rachel polonsky ONE NIGHT IN WINTER by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Century, [pounds sterling]16.99) THE story begins one day in summer. As Simon Sebag Montefiore says, his novel is "very roughly" inspired by an episode that flashed intriguingly...
Stone Roses Concerts Blamed for Huge Crime Rise in Finsbury Park
Byline: Maxine Frith TWO concerts by indie rock band The Stone Roses in Finsbury Park have been blamed for an eight-fold increase in crime in the area. Mobile phone robberies, assaults, thefts from cars and anti-social behaviour sent recorded...
Straight-A Girl Who Fled War: I'll Return to Somalia as Doctor
Byline: Lindsay Watling and Miranda Bryant A PUPIL who fled war-torn Somalia aged five when her father was killed said she hoped to return one day as a doctor after scoring 11 straight As in her GCSEs. Najma Ahmed, now 16, could not speak a word...
Straight-As Girl Who Fled War in Somalia: I'll Return as a Doctor
Byline: Lindsay Watling and Miranda Bryant A PUPIL who fled war-torn Somalia aged five when her father was killed said she hoped to return one day as a doctor after scoring 11 straight As in her GCSEs. Najma Ahmed, now 16, could not speak a word...
Summer Moments
Planning a perfect bank holiday weekend to round off the amazing summer we've had? With countless activities for friends and family, we're spoilt for choice. From superb street festivals to stunning Shakespeare under starlight, there is entertainment...
Superb Summery Spots in London; from Relaxing Spa Visits to Al Fresco Dining and Theatre, There's Plenty of Hidden Delights in Our Capital, Says Sarah Marshall
Byline: Sarah Marshall Bamford Haybarn Spa Part of the Daylesford family, the Bamford Haybarn has moved into the newly renovated eighth floor space of The Berkeley hotel, creating a breath of fresh Cotswolds air in Knightsbridge. Connect mind...
Syria's Deepening Descent into Horror
WHEN it seemed hardly possible for the situation in Syria to get worse, a horrific atrocity has come to light: the apparent use of chemical weapons against hundreds of civilians. The spectacle of rows of dead and dying young children is not one we...
Tapping into a New Way of Doing Things
IN THE middle of the counter at the Soho Diner on Old Compton Street is a contraption that is to the bartender's art what the spinning jenny was to the weaver's. It looks like a standard beer draught: a dozen wooden taps sprouting from a sturdy black...
Terror Arrest Threatens Freedom
MATTHEW d'Ancona ends his piece on last week's national security fiasco with the counterfactual scenario of David Miranda continuing unmolested on his journey to his partner, journalist Glenn Greenwald in Brazil and asking, "We'd all feel so much better,...
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Time to Go Coastal; in a Mere Hour You and Your Family Could Be Lounging on a Beach. Polly Weeks Explores Some of the Best Seaside Spots
Byline: Polly Weeks Jurassic Coast Best for: Natural history Embrace England's natural history with a trip to Dorset and the fossilfilled Jurassic Coast, where you can take part in a number of guided walks organised by the Lyme Regis Museum. If...
TUBE BOSS: NO PUBLIC CASH WAS SPENT ON FLING WITH CALL GIRL; Lover Spoke out after TfL Boss Hendy Called End to Relationship
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and John Dunne LONDON'S transport boss Sir Peter Hendy did not spend any public money on a fling with an escort girl, friends said today. Married Sir Peter, whose taxpayer-funded salary and bonus paid last year totalled...
UBS Bullish about Wolseley amid Good Vibes from Builders in US
Byline: Laura Chesters market round-up CITY experts today declared that any sign of strong demand for builders in the US is a sure pointer to bumper profits for Wolseley, the world's largest plumber and builders' merchant. Analysts at UBS said Wolseley's...
Use the Law against Real Terrorists Not Journalists
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor FEW people in London-- where we have suffered the 2005 bombings, this year's killing in Woolwich and numerous foiled attacks -- would disagree that terrorism is a chilling word. But as the row over the...
Vocational Learning Closer to Home; ADVERTISING FEATURE City of Westminster College, with More Than 250 Courses on Offer, Is a Leading Post-16 Education Provider in London
Byline: NIKI CHESWORTH AN uncertain jobs market and rising university fees have led to an increased focus on vocational qualifications. "Studying a relevant subject in your chosen field can be a smart way of reaching your career goals," says David...
WADA Tell Jamaicans to Address Doping Failings
Byline: Andy Hodgson JAMAICA'S athletic chiefs have been warned to put their house in order over the perceived lack of drug-testing in the country. The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency, David Howman, said that Jamaican officials...
Walking Home at Night They'd Say to Me: Just See What You'll Get in the Next Couple of Years; the Cairo Revolutions Have Spawned Shocking Tales of Women's Rights Coming under Attack,but Has Life Really Changed for Young Female Egyptians? Melanie McDonagh Hears Their Stories
Byline: Melanie McDonagh FOUR Egyptian women, four remarkably similar views about Egypt. Merna is a student, Hilda and Injy are graduates, and Yara is a teaching assistant at university in Cairo. They are in London for a week for a media training...
What Has More Germs Than a Shoe or Even a Toilet Bowl? Your Filthy Phone
Byline: Oscar Williams-Grut FEW would want to rub their faces inside a toilet bowl or kiss the kitchen floor -- aside from the yuck factor, it would just look odd -- but according to a growing number of studies, simply using much of the technology...
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