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Articles from October 3, 2013

600 Revellers Trash [Pounds Sterling]1m Home during Teenage Facebook Party
Byline: Pavan Amara THIS was the scene outside a [pounds sterling]1 million Highgate home when police were called to disperse hundreds of revellers who had turned up to a teenage party advertised on Facebook. Catherine Seale had left strict instructions...
Ainslie's Embarrassed by Nelson Comparisons ... but That Was One Hell of a Victory
Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent SIR BEN AINSLIE has been painted as the saviour of the America's Cup and, more broadly, sailing. The adulation has got to such an extent that one newspaper even branded him a modern-day Horatio Nelson....
A Mother's Love Makes a Classic Collection
Byline: JANE SHILLING DARLING MONSTER: THE LETTERS OF LADY DIANA COOPER TO HER SON, JOHN JULIUS NORWICH 1932-1952 (Chatto, [pounds sterling]25) SHE was," writes John Julius Norwich of his mother, Lady Diana Cooper, "an inveterate letter writer......
Baking Bad
THE FLOUR FATHER: BREAD IS FOR MY FAMILY'S BREAKFAST TABLE ANDREW NEATHER It pains me to admit to any point of commonality with David Cameron, it really does, but it seems we are both enthusiastic bread bakers. Even more disorientating, I appear to...
Bonuses the Biggest Barrier to Recovery
Byline: Anthony Hilton city comment FINANCE directors in the UK have recently become considerably more cheerful. More than at any time in the past three years, they now expect the companies they help to run to take on more people and increase investment....
Clegg Backs Miliband in Daily Mail Fight
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor NICK CLEGG today backed Ed Miliband in his dispute with the Daily Mail, accusing the newspaper of "overflowing with bile" about modern Britain. The Deputy Prime Minister said the paper was "quite out of order"...
Cutting the Big Boys Down to Size
Byline: LEO ROBSON DAVID AND GOLIATH: UNDERDOGS, MISFITS AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS by Malcolm Gladwell (Allen Lane, [pounds sterling] 16.99) ABOUT a third of the way into his new book, Malcolm Gladwell describes the "cognitive reflection test",...
EasyJet Is Set to Hit Profit Heights after Summer Lift
Byline: Lucy Tobin FTSE 100 budget airline easyJet today said it will hit the very top of its annual profit forecast thanks to a summer of packed planes. It comes just a month after archrival Ryanair claimed the August heatwave had caused it...
Evans Is Anxious Quins Find the Finishing Touch
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent NICK EVANS hopes Harlequins rediscover their clinical finishing against struggling London Irish on Saturday before they kick off their Heineken Cup challenge. Home defeats by Northampton (13-6) and Saracens...
Fastest House-Price Rise in Three Years Fuels Bubble Fears
Byline: Nick Goodway the housing market "isn't in a boom and then bust phase". Halifax suggested there was evidence the market was starting to unlock. Ellis said: "There are signs that supply is beginning to respond to the pick-up in demand,...
FGM Is Not the Only Barbarity Women Face
Byline: RosamundUrwin THE image won't leave my mind. Beautiful, smiling young women aged about 18 with butchered breasts: scarred, sagging, singed. These women, from the Cameroon, had suffered breast-ironing: at the onset of puberty, their chests...
Fifa U-Turn as They Establish Task Force for 2022 World Cup
Byline: Mihir Bose FIFA will postpone a decision on whether to move the 2022 Qatar World Cup to winter until a task force has reported on whether the controversial switch is possible, it emerged today. Members of the 'FIFA family', broad- casters...
Fifa: We Will Not Take World Cup Away from Qatar
Byline: Mihir Bose FIFA insisted today the 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar -- almost certainly ending the possibility of it being held in the summer. The world governing body's executive committee started a two-day meeting in Zurich today at...
Franzen Finds an Inspiration
Byline: NICHOLAS LEZARD THE KRAUS PROJECT: ESSAYS BY KARL KRAUS translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen (Fourth Estate, [pounds sterling]18.99) I DON'T think we're going to see a braver publishing enterprise this year. On the pages to the left...
Gary Barlow: I Don't Care If My Album Is a Hit, I Had to Do Something by Myself
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent GARY BARLOW has insisted he "couldn't care less" if his new solo album is as successful as his work with Take That. The singer admitted he had to face many demons when making the record -- his...
Great Expectations after Best Services Growth in 16 Years
Byline: Ben Chu BRITAIN'S services firms have registered their strongest quarterly growth in 16 years, according to the latest survey snapshot of the economically dominant sector. The Markit/Cips Purchasing Managers' Index eased slightly to 60.3...
How the Unlikeliest Political Bedfellows Have Managed to Stay Together
Byline: ANDREW NEATHER IN IT TOGETHER: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT by Matthew d'Ancona (Viking, [pounds sterling]25) DESPITE the closeness of the polls in 2009-2010 and the evident potential for a hung Parliament, most commentators...
How to Survive Being Stabbed to Death; in the Latest Piece in His Series on Extraordinary UNPHOTOSHOPPED Images, Our Columnist Focuses on the Amazing Effect of Adrenaline
Byline: Charles Saatchi The Naked Eye JULIA Popova was stabbed by a mugger who plunged a seven-inch blade deep below her neck. However, Ms Popova didn't die; remarkably, as you can see in the photograph here, the 22-year-old didn't feel the knife,...
'I Don't Want to Be Hated. I'll Go Home to War in Damascus'
Byline: Martin Bentham HER words startled me. "Martin, I don't want to be hated any more. People here look at me because I'm Syrian. I want to be at home." With that, Rwan, my translator in Lebanon during the past three days, explained why she...
'Invisible Boy' Died after Agencies Missed Opportunities to Save Him
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A TWO-year-old boy who was beaten to death by his mother became "invisible" to the authorities while being subjected to months of cruelty, a damning report has found. A serious case review into the murder...
It Feels So Good to Have Eyebrows Again, Says Victim of Acid Attack
Byline: Rashid Razaq and Benedict Moore-Bridger ACID attack victim Naomi Oni wept for joy after successful cosmetic surgery to recreate her eyebrows which were burnt off in the horrific assault. It is the latest treatment for the 21-year-old...
'I've Got a Cult Following but What's Arrogant Kanye's Legacy?'
it. It's not about the accolades you're a service. You're not about your accoutrements your legacy is being a service. "If I have a little bit more than someone, I'm going to try and pull that brother or sister up. A lot of these successful stars...
Jacko Family Counts Cost of Court Defeat
Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles Jonathan Prynn and Kiran Randhawa MICHAEL JACKSON'S "devastated" mother faces a huge legal bill after a jury threw out her [pounds sterling]1 billion compensation claim over the the King of Pop's premature death....
Joe Should Be Thankful Roy Isn't a Gambler
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay BIG decisions about goalkeepers inevitably direct the mind back to 1990, when Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Jim Leighton for an FA Cup Final replay against Crystal Palace and was rewarded with his first Manchester...
Joe Won't Let Us Down and He Is Still First Choice, Says England Manager
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent ROY HODGSON insisted today Joe Hart is still England's No1. The goalkeeper gifted Bayern Munich two goals in Manchester City's 3-1 Champions League defeat last night and he has made other errors for...
'Little Weasel' Bercow Bashed My Car
Byline: EXCLUSIVE David Churchill, Joe Murphy and Benedict Moore-Bridger COMMONS Speaker John Bercow has been branded a "little weasel" by a furious woman motorist in an extraordinary public row. Nathalie Pulford, 42, confronted the MP and accused...
Malaria Warning after 13 Londoners Die of the Disease
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor HEALTH chiefs warned of the dangers of malaria today after figures showed that 13 Londoners have died from the disease in the last four years. They said there was a misconception that people born in infectious...
Meet the Web Chefs
Byline: Jasmine Gardner YOU'VE slept in the bedroom of someone you've never met while they were away on holiday. You've hitched a ride in the car of a stranger and you've hired a handbag from someone who owns too many. With peer-to-peer lending...
Miliband Calls for Mail Owner to Launch Inquiry into Culture of His Papers
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor ED MILIBAND today took his battle against the Daily Mail to its owner and demanded an inquiry into the "culture and practices" of the newspaper group. He wrote to Lord Rothermere, the chairman of Daily Mail...
Osborne in for Early Christmas Gift from Fiscal Watchdog
Byline: Russell Lynch economic analysis GEORGE Osborne appeared to tighten the corset a few notches this week as he committed a future Conservative government to steering the public finances into surplus by 2020, but don't be fooled. As you'd...
Ozil Cashes in on Arsenal's 'Debt Collector' Mertesacker
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent FOREIGN players often take time to adjust to English football but Mesut Ozil's quick integration at Arsenal has been aided by fellow German Per Mertesacker. A glance at the Gunners squad shows...
Paperbacks
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH OUTSIDER II: ALWAYS ALMOST NEVER QUITE by Brian Sewell (Quartet, [pounds sterling]12) "IT IS to some extent true," writes Brian Sewell, "that anal coition with a man (but not a woman) can involve, for the recipient, sexual...
Passengers at Heathrow Facing [Pounds Sterling]1bn in Extra Fares
Byline: Matthew Beard Transport Editor AIRLINES today warned that passengers at Heathrow would be hit by [pounds sterling]1 billion in extra fares over five years after the regulator ignored their demands for a 10 per cent cut in landing charges....
Plea to Harrods over 'Cruel for Cats' Coffee
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger MORE than 40,000 people have signed a petition calling on Harrods to stop selling a type of coffee because of animal cruelty fears. The coffee, Kopi Luwak, is the world's most expensive and is produced from a bean...
[Pounds Sterling]500m Crystal Palace to Rise Again
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor THIS is how Crystal Palace exhibition centre is to be brought back to life as a [pounds sterling]500 million modern-day cultural attraction. Chinese developers plan to create a replica of what was once the...
Retail Jobs in Need of the Hard Sell; Graduates Are Not Being Drawn to the Retailing Sector, Even Though It Offers Opportunities to Progress. So How Can Shops Dress Up Their Roles and Attract Top Talent?
Byline: Niki Chesworth RETAIL is the largest private sector employer in the UK, giving jobs to more than three million people. Despite the crisis in many high streets, with 18 shops closing every day, parts of the sector are growing -- particularly...
Reverend Held after Churchgoers Claim He Spanked Them
Byline: Rashid Razaq A CHURCH minister has been arrested over allegations that he persuaded members of his congregation to undress before spanking them. The Rev Howard Curtis, 70, is alleged to have committed the assaults in the office of Coulsdon...
Ride for Your Life; FITNESS Female Cyclists Listen Up: Don't Let Fear Drive You off the Road. You Can Make Yourself Seen and Safe. Veteran Biker Jasmine Gardner Gives Us Her guide'You Have to Connect with Other People around You When Cycling'
Byline: Jasmine Gardner SOMETIMES I just can't help myself. If a motorist is being particularly inconsiderate to cyclists on the road occasionally I decide to set him or her straight. It happened earlier this week. One elderly gent in his great...
SABMILLER Feels a Bit Flat as City Doubts Its Ability to Up Prices
Byline: Laura Chesters MARKET ROUND-UP SIGNS of a slowdown in emerging markets and global currency fluctuations will be hard to swallow for the world's second-biggest brewer SABMiller, City experts warned today. The brewer of Italian lager Peroni,...
Scores Drown as Migrant Boat Burns and Sinks off Italian Island
Byline: Miranda Bryant MORE than 80 people drowned today when a boat carrying African migrants towards Italy caught fire and sank. The vessel with up to 500 on board was near the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, 70 miles off the coast of Tunisia,...
Sharp Takes on Passion Politics; THEATRE
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS TORY BOYZ Ambassadors, WC2 JAMES Graham wrote Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre in 2008, and he's now updated it to reflect significant shifts in the political landscape over the past five years. It remains a lively...
Smash and Grab; Remains from the Wanton Destruction of Images and Icons over the Centuries Makes for a Fascinating History Lesson on Man's Lust for Power 4; but the Message Is Lost along the Way
Byline: Brian Sewell EXHIBITION of the week ART UNDER ATTACK: HISTORIES OF BRITISH ICONOCLASM Tate Britain, SW1 THE full title of Tate Britain's autumn exhibition is Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm. It begins with the Dissolution...
Spurs Planning New January Raid for Blackpool Rock Ince
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent TOTTENHAM are set to move again for Thomas Ince in January and are increasingly confident that an offer of [pounds sterling]4million will be enough to sign him from Blackpool. Ince, 21, is the son...
Spurs Planning New January Raid for Blackpool Rock Ince
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent TOTTENHAM are set to move again for Thomas Ince in January and are increasingly confident that an offer of [pounds sterling]4million will be enough to sign him from Blackpool. Ince, 21, is the son...
'Superhead' Goes Free after Court Drops [Pounds Sterling]2 Million Fraud Charges
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A KNIGHTED "superhead" and five former colleagues walked free from court today as prosecutors dropped charges that they had plotted to defraud Brent council of [pounds sterling]2.7 million in bonuses. ...
'Superhead' Goes Free as [Pounds Sterling]2m Fraud Charges Are Dropped
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A KNIGHTED "superhead" and five former colleagues walked free from court today as prosecutors dropped charges that they had plotted to defraud Brent council of [pounds sterling]2.7 million in bonuses. ...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
Lib-Dem Geoffrey Payne (Tues) misses the point about the Human Rights Act. Conservatives are rightly proud of the UK's instrumental role in drafting the European Convention. What most Britons object to is how the ECHR's underlying principles have been...
The Flaws in Cameron's Vision
IN essence Cameron's vision doesn't differ significantly from Ed Miliband's in Brighton 10 days ago. The biggest task by far is to secure the recovery. Growth will create opportunity. It's hard to get too excited about the fact that one leader would...
The PM Is Wrong: London Is the Model
THE Prime Minister's speech to the Tory conference has been hailed as a return to its traditional values. Which made all the more surprising his remark that "this country has been too London-centric for far too long". Granted, he was addressing delegates...
To Be Frank, Knight's Got It Right
Byline: Peter Bill on property RESULTS any other property agent would die for came from Knight Frank this week: turnover up 5% to [pounds sterling]350 million in the year to March, on profits up 7% to [pounds sterling]103 million. The highest-...
Underground Treasure
COAL VAULTS 187b Wardour Street, W1 (020 7434 1550, coalvaults.com). Open Mon-Sat 5pm-12.30am, Sun 5pm-11pm. A meal for two with cocktails, about [pounds sterling]75 including 12.5 per cent service. ROSAMUND URWIN "YOU have to check out the gents,"...
US Economy and Families Are Suffering, Warns Obama
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor BARACK OBAMA warned that the US economy and ordinary families were suffering as America went into a third day of "shutdown" today. Hopes that a White House meeting between the President and congressional leaders...
Victory for BP over Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Payments
Byline: Lucy Tobin BP today won a crucial battle in its longrunning legal war over capping compensation payments to alleged victims of its Gulf of Mexico disaster, with a court ruling that could save it billions of dollars. BP's compensation...
Vidic's Wake-Up Call to United after Shakhtar Point
Byline: Ian Herbert in Donetsk SHAKHTAR 1 MAN UNITED 1 CAPTAIN Nemanja Vidic says Manchester United players must remember "you shouldn't enjoy yourself too much in football", as they try to build on the point secured in an inhospitable climate here....
Warning to Payday Loan Firms as Tough New Rules Unveiled
Byline: Simon Read THE [pounds sterling]2 billion payday loans industry was today told the "clock is ticking" as the City watchdog launched tough new rules. Financial Conduct Authority chief executive Martin Wheatley unveiled the new consumer...
We Must Not Shut the Door to Talented Immigrants
Byline: Chris Hirst YESTERDAY'S conference speech by David Cameron was intended as a defence of business, promising a "land of opportunity" for all. It was savvy sloganeering, but in reality the current nature of the debate around immigration by...
Why I'm Sending Couples to Have Live Sex Inside My Box; Mariella Frostrup, Blue Stocking Pin-Up, Wants the Population to Talk Copulation. She Tells the Standard 50 Is Fabulous and Her Husband Is the Inspiration for Bridget Jones's Mr Darcy
Byline: Charlotte Edwardes MARIELLA Frostrup is a fox. She's bobbed, flaxen, Faye Dunnawayish with hips in snakeprint and a combat jacket she flaps off as she settles into the red banquette in Cafe Anglais. And then there's the voice the incredible...
Why Tackling the Cost of Living Is a Global Problem
Byline: James Ashton City Editor THE harvest festival had everything children enjoy: face paints, music and a popular cake stall. Only the decorative baskets of fruit and vegetables to be handed to the local elderly were missing. In their place...
Will the Crystal Palace Sparkle Again?
Byline: Peter Bill on property THE battle to build a replica of Crystal Palace began at 10am today on the grassedover foundations of the original, burned down in 1936, with Boris Johnson introducing Chinese billionaire Ni Zhaoxing. The 57-year-old...
With United Being Put to the Sword, Moyes Is like Python's Black Knight
Byline: Dan Jones THERE is a famous moment in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, when King Arthur has just cut off the Black Knight's arm. "Tis but a scratch," exclaims the knight, as blood spurts out of his shoulder and his arm lies on the forest...
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