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Articles from February 7, 2014

30 Billion Reasons Games Has a Lot to Live Up to; Sochi's Eye-Watering Costs and a Troubled Build-Up Mean Organisers Are Desperate for Athletes to Sparkle. by Matt Majendie
Byline: Matt Majendie THE eyes of the world will be on Russia tonight, when the Olympic flame is lit for the most expensive Games of all time. Can a Winter Games ever be worth PS30billion? Obviously not -- the sums spent have been alarming --...
After the Rain: Learn the Floods' Lessons
IT'S not quite Somerset in London just yet but the floods have now hit the capital too and seem likely to inflict more damage before the storms blow themselves out. Riverside houses in Chiswick with their gardens flooded or ladies wading in Twickenham...
Also Showing
Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY Cert 12A, 85 mins TERENCE Nance's self-conscious, semi-animated romantic odyssey is barely contained by the word "documentary". It's initially maddening: so fey and wilfully non-mainstream...
Arsenal's New Adams and Keown; Lee Dixon Says Mertesacker and Koscielny Combination Reminds Him of Club's Legendary Defensive Partnership. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley THERE is a sense that Arsenal are close to coming full circle. Whether or not they win the Premier League title, the Gunners have shown signs of rediscovering the art of defending that was so synonymous with past successes. ...
'Best Fans in Top Flight' Can Make Sure Eagles Don't Plummet for a Fifth Time
Byline: Ed Aarons CRYSTAL PALACE co-owner Steve Browett is backing the Selhurst Park crowd to play a vital role in determining whether the club can end their Premier League hoodoo. Palace have the unenviable record of being relegated in each...
Brits Who Have High Hopes of Soaring to a Medal
ELISE CHRISTIE (Speed skating) If she can iron out her problems with tactics, Christie clearly has the pace for a medal. She won a confidence-boosting European gold in the 1000m last month and was a bronze medallist in the same event at the World Championships...
Catch Up TV... Missed the TV Moment Everyone's Talking about? Nick Curtis Looks at the Shows You Should Have Watched (and Still Can) and the Upcoming Must-Sees
Byline: Nick Curtis IF YOU wanted to explain the different strands of a TV documentary to a Martian, this week's TV would be a good place to start. Royal Cousins at War (iPlayer) was a decent piece of top-down, popular BBC history, showing how personality,...
Check Our Games Legacy before Laughing at Sochi
Byline: Lucy Tobin HUNDREDS of journalists landed in Sochi for the Winter Olympics this week, with moans that made it sound like Mr Angry had hijacked TripAdvisor. "Shambolic!" said one reporter. "CNN booked 11 rooms in one Sochi hotel five months...
Cowboy on a Crusade; Film of the weekOscar-Baiting Performances by Matthew McConaughey as a Shockingly Skeletal Aids Activist and Jared Leto as His Transsexual Partner Are Not to Be Missed
Byline: David Sexton DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Cert 15, 117 mins GARY Oldman wasn't very diplomatic in an interview earlier this week (he's in the RoboCop re-make, reviewed on the next page). He was particularly pleased by his Oscar nomination for playing...
Cut out the Mistakes and England Can Win Tomorrow to Get Title Bid Back on Track
Byline: Jason Robinson World Cup winner IT'S do or die for England against Scotland at Murrayfield tomorrow. If England suffer a second successive loss, the Championship is gone so it is vital they use the frustration of knowing they could have...
Derek Malcolm Recommends; Derek Jarman Films at the BFI Southbank
"OUR name will be forgotten. In time, no one will remember our work." So said writer, director and diarist Derek Jarman as part of his moving commentary during Blue, his final, challenging film made a few months before his death from Aids-related complications...
Dickens' Great Love Is Lost in History; Felicity Jones Is Ravishing as the Novelist's Secret Lover but Ralph Fiennes's Beautiful Period Piece, in Which He Also Stars, Misses the Heart of the Story
Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Cert 12A, 111mins RALPH Fiennes's second effort at directing charts the hushed-up (real-life) affair between Charles Dickens and a young actress called Nelly Ternan. It's based on a biography by brilliant...
ECB's 'Bazooka' in Doubt after Germany's Sidestep
Byline: Russell Lynch DOUBTS over the firepower of the European Central Bank president Mario Draghi's "big bazooka" to prop up the eurozone were stoked today as Germany's constitutional court ducked a decision on the legality of the scheme. Draghi's...
Fielding Puts Bridget Back on the Shelf
GAAAH! Bridget Jones has been dumped again and this time by her own creator, Helen Fielding. The author brought the hopeless singleton out of retirement last year with Mad About the Boy, the third in the series, but Fielding says she is putting Ms...
Frostbite Junkies Will Be Putin on a Show Just like Sulker O'Driscoll; on TV
Byline: Dan Jones SOMETHING like a decade ago, the TV Guide went to Norway, where, besides eating griddled reindeer flesh, running up four-figure bar bills and nearly crashing a minibus into a moose, we had a go at the ol' bob skeleton. That,...
Fulham Need a Quick Return on Mitroglou Outlay
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent KOSTAS MITROGLOU could make his Fulham debut against Manchester United on Sunday and Rene Meulensteen needs the club-record signing to make an immediate impact. Mitroglou moved to Craven Cottage with...
How to Find the Right-Sized Car; A New Website Shows You Which Vehicle Will Meet Your Needs
Byline: David Williams IAM ROAD SAFETY WRITER OF THE YEAR CHOOSING your first car is -- strangely -- often one of the easier motoring decisions you'll make. In a mad rush for freedom you buy the one you can afford and suddenly, the world's your...
I Love Beautiful Girls, Come and Get Me, Says Bercow Clinch Clubber
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger THE clubber caught kissing Speaker's wife Sally Bercow is a professional dancer who loves "beautiful girls", it emerged today. Fitness fanatic Clinton Baugh, 49, was photographed in a passionate embrace with Bercow...
I Play Second Fiddle to the Governor, Says Old Lady's Veteran Reformer; INTERVIEW SIR DAVID LEES Bank of englandChairman Who Ushered in the Carney Era Set to Step Back after Shake-Up
Byline: James Ashton City Editor IT seems perverse to ask Sir David Lees if his Bank of England reforms have tamed the cult of personality at the heart of Threadneedle Street. Sure, Lees has completed the transformation of the Bank's Court from...
It's a Yes from Me: Cowell Judges Spoof; X Factor Boss Surprises Cast in Rehearsals for Musical Send-Up
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent POOR Nigel Harman. Halfway through a rehearsal for his role as a parody version of X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who should walk in but Simon Cowell. The cast of I Can't Sing!, a musical based...
It's Tom's Time; EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWHe Stands a Good Chance of Winning at the Brits, His Voice Sounds Stronger Than Ever and He's on a Songwriting Jag -- This Is the Best Year of His Life, Tom Odell Tells David Smyth
Byline: David Smyth THIS time last year, a littleknown pianist called Tom Odell was about to pick up the Critics' Choice Award at the Brits, a prize that anoints a future star and pretty much guarantees good times ahead. It worked that way for Emeli...
Jose's Got 27 Players out on Loan but Will Any of Them Make It at Chelsea?
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent IF Jose Mourinho is to be believed, he will be making only a few changes to Chelsea's squad in the summer to make them title contenders next season. With Chelsea trailing Arsenal by just two points...
LinkedIn Follows Twitter with Stock Market Sell-Off
Byline: Gideon Spanier LINKEDIN shares tumbled as much as 15% after it became the latest social media giant to disappoint Wall Street with its growth forecasts, in the wake of Twitter's 24% stock market slump. Business networking site LinkedIn's...
Man in the Eye of the Storm Puts on His Wellies to Face Flood of Fury
Byline: Joe Murphy talks to Environment Agency chief Lord Smith THE POLITICAL INTERVIEW CHRIS Smith is truly at the centre of the storm. The more the country is lashed by rain and gales, the more the chairman of the Environment Agency seems in danger...
Man in the Eye of the Storm Puts on His Wellies to Face Flood of Fury; Lord Smith Hits Back after Farmers and Prince Wade in with Criticism
Byline: Joe Murphy talks to Environment Agency chief Lord Smith THE POLITICAL INTERVIEW CHRIS Smith is truly at the centre of the storm. The more the country is lashed by rain and gales, the more the chairman of the Environment Agency seems in danger...
Missing Student Found Dead on Roof Hours after Family Was Told: 'He's Safe'
Byline: David Churchill and Simon Freeman A STUDENT who went missing for two days on his first visit to London has been found dead on the roof of a West End nightclub. Police today confirmed that the body found on top of a four-storey building...
Mother Faces Paying PS20,000 Damages over Facebook 'Libel'
Byline: David Churchill A MOTHER faces paying more than PS20,000 in damages to a school governor in a landmark libel case over comments allegedly posted on her private Facebook page. Fitness instructor Sharon Smith is accused of making remarks...
'My Brother Has Lost Faith in Everything since Bus Plunge' SISTER OF MAN CRIPPLED AFTER BEING KICKED THROUGH TOP-DECK WINDOW TELLS OF HIS DESPAIR
Byline: Rachel Blundy A MAN who was kicked through the top window of a double-decker bus has "lost faith in everything" since being told he may never walk again, his sister says. Gillian Roett said she was trying to persuade her brother Sheldon...
No Strikes with Women in Charge
HERE we are again: two would-be alpha males squaring up and London suffers; meanwhile Tory High Command appoints more men in their own image to public bodies and provokes a political storm. Move over guys, let women show the way forward through working...
Online Electricals Giant's Float to Power Shares Rush
Byline: Simon Neville WHITE goods giant AO.com kicked off its eagerly anticipated PS1 billion float today, signalling the start of a rush of high-profile retail share sales. The fridges-to-dishwashers seller's move to cash in on investors' insatiable...
PM's Appeal for 'Quiet Patriots' to Save Union
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON today appealed to millions of "quiet patriots" to rise up to save the union with Scotland and maintain the UK's position as a global beacon of "freedom, solidarity and compassion". ...
Pop; CDs of the Week
Byline: John Aizlewood Nina Persson Animal Heart (Lojinx) NINA Persson's first proper solo album comes 20 years after her debut as the singer of Swedish pop band The Cardigans. Today the early cutesiness of her voice has been edged out by something...
Prehistoric Man Walked in Norfolk; Oldest Footprints outside Africa Discovered on Routine Survey
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent THE earliest human footprints outside Africa have been discovered by a team of London scientists in Norfolk. Early humans left the prints in estuary muds more than 800,000 years ago. They were discovered...
Protect against Floods or Risk Being Swamped Says the Man in Charge; Exclusive London's Victorian Drains 'Could Be Overwhelmed by Extreme Weather'
Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicolas Cecil LONDON must step up its flood protection or risk being swamped in future, the Environment Agency's chief warned today. Lord Smith spoke out as hundreds of people in the capital were stranded by the Thames...
Protect against Floods or Risk Being Swamped Says the Man in Charge; EXCLUSIVE; London's Victorian Drains 'Could Be Overwhelmed by Extreme Weather'
Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicolas Cecil LONDON must step up its flood protection or risk being swamped in future, the Environment Agency's chief warned today. Lord Smith spoke out as hundreds of people in the capital were stranded by the Thames...
Q & A; SPEED SKATINGElise Christie Made History Last Year and, after Dusting Herself Down Following a Crash This Winter, Hopes to Strike Again Especially with a Big Rival Missing
Byline: Elise Christie Tell us about the buzz of the sport. Why should people get excited about speed skating? It's so thrilling to watch, it's lightning fast and unpredictable. The races are made up of four-to-six skaters and are over quite short...
Rascal Ralph Has a Grand Old Time in Stylish Caper Movie Packed with Stars; BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
Byline: DEREK MALCOLM THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL **** Cert tbc, 100 mins RALPH FIENNES, whose last two starring roles were Coriolanus and Charles Dickens, plays a charming rascal in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opened the...
Rascal Ralph Has a Grand Old Time in Stylish Caper Movie Packed with Stars; Berlin Film Festival THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Cert Tbc, 100 Mins Derek Malcolm
Byline: derek malcolm RALPH FIENNES, whose last two starring roles were Coriolanus and Charles Dickens, plays a charming rascal in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opened the 64th Berlin Festival. As is usual with Anderson's quirkily...
Sacked Moores in Line for Shock England Return; Axed Following Kp Row, Coach May Get Another Chance If Giles Fails to Impress
Byline: Tom Collomosse PETER MOORES is in the frame to become England's next head coach in what would be a remarkable return to the job from which he was sacked five years ago. Moores was dismissed and Kevin Pietersen quit as captain early in...
Scots Bank on Lancaster's Men Getting Bogged Down in 'Muddyfield'
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent SCOTLAND defence coach Matt Taylor claims the dreadful Murrayfield pitch will bring England down to his side's level tomorrow. The turf is infested with parasites that have destroyed the roots but will...
See All the Latest Bikes and Gear at Excel
LONDONERS' best chance to see all the latest motorcycles -- and gear -- under one roof comes up next week at EXCEL. The 2014 Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show (February 14-16) will boast the latest models from leading manufacturers, backed by...
Send Andy off? the Referee Should Have Given Him a Free-Kick
Byline: Sam Allardyce West Ham manager exclusive IT HAS been a difficult few days following an Independent Regulatory Commission's decision to uphold Andy Carroll's red card and, yes, I'm still distraught and angry about it. I firmly believe...
Shire Plunges after Drug Fails Trial but City Stays Cheerful
Byline: Laura Chesters market round-up DESPITE a failed drugs trial last night for Shire, City analysts today told investors not to get too blue. Shire said last night that the trial for its Vyvanse drug to treat Major Depressive Disorder failed...
Six in 10 Unhappy with Policy on Immigration
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A CLEAR majority of Britons are unhappy with the way the Government is handling immigration and asylum, an exclusive poll reveals today. More than six out of 10 are dissatisfied -- some three times as many...
Slade: It's Unfair to Say We Will Fall off the Rails
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent LEYTON ORIENT are just three points off the top in League One but it seems they are still struggling to convince people they are serious automatic promotion contenders. Orient, who have led the way...
Sochi Fun in London; WINTER GAMESTime to Tuck into the Vodka and Borscht as Your Fellow Countrymen Get Piste at the Olympics. Richard Godwin Slaloms through the Capital in Search of Some Russian Spirit
Byline: Richard Godwin Additional reporting by Mollie Goodfellow THERE was a time that the Russophile was poorly served in London. (By Russophile, of course, I mean anyone with a volume of Osip Mandelstam under their shapka and an inexplicable craving...
Spurs Star: Grasp This Chance to Change Lives
Byline: Kiran Randhawa SPURS and England defender Michael Dawson today called on Londoners to grasp a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to transform lives by signing up for Sport Relief. The footballer, 30, said taking part in the fund-raising...
Stars Say Farewell to Hoffman; Blanchett and Adams at Wake for Oscar Winner
Byline: Rashid Razaq AMY ADAMS and Cate Blanchett were among the Hollywood stars to pay their respects to Philip Seymour Hoffman as his family and friends gathered for the funeral today. Film colleagues of the 46-year-old, who died of a suspected...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 19 It's the rare Aries who is a perfectionist. Still, whatever you organise, you prefer that it be done well, if only because that permits you to move on to other plans and projects. Still, with so much in transition at the moment,...
Still Black Clouds for the Economy
THE public's view that the economy is improving is based on data that seriously misrepresents underlying realities. In the next two years the UK is just as likely to find itself locked into a downward eurozone deflationary spiral as growing at 2.6...
Stop Playing Catch Up, It's Time to Make the Running; Stuart Lancaster's Side Must Impose Themselves on Scots after Two Draining Comebacks Ended in Disappointment by Chris Jones
Byline: Chris Jones IF England really are genuine contenders for next year's Rugby World Cup then victory over Scotland will be achieved with some ease tomorrow. Having let the match with France slip through their hands last weekend, England...
SUICIDE BOMBER FROM LONDON IN SYRIA ATTACK; AL-QAEDA FIGHTER DRIVES LORRY BOMB INTO PRISON GATES'Bomb Attack Shows British Fighters Are Craving Martyrdom'
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor A LONDON man fighting for al-Qaeda has carried out the first suicide bombing by a Briton in Syria, it was claimed today. Reports said the man, known as "Abu Suleiman al-Britani", was at the wheel of...
SUICIDE BOMBER FROM LONDON IN SYRIA ATTACK; AL QAEDA FIGHTER DRIVES LORRY BOMB INTO PRISON GATES; 'Bomb Attack Shows British Fighters Are Craving Martyrdom; 'TERROR GROUP LINKED TO AL QAEDA
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor A LONDON man fighting for al Qaeda has carried out the first suicide bombing by a Briton in Syria, it was claimed today. Reports said the man, known as "Abu Suleiman al-Britani", was at the wheel of...
Texts Tweets and Posts
It made me chuckle to read Grant Davies, chairman of the London Cab Drivers Club, asking police to intervene where buses, coaches and lorries jump red lights in central London. What about black cab drivers who tailgate through with other vehicles when...
The 10 Skills to Help Children for the Future
Byline: Nick Curtis SHOULD children be taught to write computer code in schools? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. There are problems with the concept and serious ramifications to consider. Only joking. OF COURSE children...
The Bubble May Burst but Great Art Will Still Sell; the Hundreds of Millions Spent at London Auctions This Week Show the Strengths and Flaws of the Art Market
Byline: Oscar Humphries Curator and ex-editor of art magazine Apollo THIS week's Impressionist and Modern auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's saw hundreds of millions of pounds change hands: at both houses records were broken. Sotheby's had better...
The Former Child Soldier with a Very Unpalatable Message about Gangs; Dying of Starvation as He Tried to Flee a Rebel Army, Emmanuel Jal Told a Friend: 'I Gonna Eat You Tomorrow'. Here He Captivates Young Londoners with His Story FRONTLINE LONDON Evening Standard Campaign
Byline: David Cohen Campaigns Editor ACHILD soldier from South Sudan visited a London gang forum and told the group of vulnerable teenagers: "I also used to be in a gang. The only difference is that mine was massive it was called the Sudan People's...
The Four Key Factors in Showdown between Grand Slam Pretenders; IRELAND and Wales, Both Still in with a Shot at the Grand Slam, Meet in Dublin Tomorrow. CHRIS JONES Assesses the Big Issues Surrounding the Showdown
Byline: CHRIS JONES IS SAM WARBURTON FIT? A brief cameo during the less-than-impressive win over Italy signalled the Wales captain's return after shoulder surgery. He wanted to test the injury with Cardiff but Wales need their leader and he has...
The GO Guide Ten Hottest Tickets in Town
1. High notes Rigoletto Coliseum, WC2, Thursday until March 14 Olivier Award-winning director Christopher Alden directs a must-see new English National Opera production of Verdi's tragic masterpiece. eno.org 2. Watching you 1984 Almeida Theatre,...
The Line of Beauty; Outdoor Sculptures Are Languishing in Museums and Private Collections All over the Country. Turner Prize Winner Mark Wallinger Is Part of a Trio of Visionaries Who Want to Exhibit Them for the Public -- on a Riverside Trail in the East End
Byline: Nick Curtis Interviewer of the year I'M SITTING in a cafe with the Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger, overlooking the Royal Victoria Dock, opposite the O2 on the Greenwich peninsula. Gales rake the water under a gunmetal sky and...
Tube Staff Refuse to Take Fares as Talks Begin to Stop Second Strike
Byline: Matthew Beard and Mark Blunden TALKS between unions and London Underground aimed at averting a second 48-hour Tube strike resumed today. Negotiations began at Acas as Tube staff were told by unions to refuse to sell tickets and answer...
Valen-Time It's Bloody; LOVERomance Needn't Be All Sickly Sweet. from Couples Karaoke to Dance-Floor Dates, Here's How to Get Loved Up without the Cringe, Says Phoebe Luckhurst
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst THERE is something brave about persistent obstinacy in the face of the V-Day juggernaut. Year in, year out, certain members of the anti-lobby bore the world to death outlining their stubborn reasons for a boycott -- only...
Wales Comeback Fires Up Care for a Shot at the Title; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent DANNY CARE says England are being spurred on by Wales' comeback last season as they prepare for the first of four must--win Six Nations games. Warren Gatland's men became champions last season despite losing...
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