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Articles from May 6, 2014

A Big Bloody Remix; OPERA
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON THEBANS: JULIAN ANDERSON WORLD PREMIERE Coliseum, WC2 *** IN an act of hubris worthy of the Greek tragedian himself, Julian Anderson and Frank McGuinness have for their first opera telescoped the great Oedipus trilogy...
A County with Depth; Paul Bloomfield Discovers Plenty of Fun, Firepower and a Fabulous Cathedral in This Storied Part of the South-East
Byline: Paul Bloomfield Hampshire is, by and large, the quintessential green and pleasant land. Ponies graze the verdant expanse of the New Forest, watercress beds line slow-flowing rivers, and wooded valleys wrinkle the north of the county. ...
Adventures on the High Seas; England's Maritime Muscle Is Celebrated on the South Coast, Where Museums House Huge Arsenals, Says SarahBaxter
Byline: SarahBaxter Some sources say Portsmouth was founded in AD 501 by a pirate named Port. In fact, there was no significant settlement here until Anglo-Norman lord Jean de Gisors rocked up in the 12th century and created a base from which to...
A Fairy Tale County, Brimming with Heritage and Beauty; Kent Is a Green and Glorious County Dotted with Tudor Castles, Important Pilgrimage Sites and Historic Dockyards, Maintains Paul Bloomfield
Byline: PaulBloomfield Invicta - "unconquered": that's the motto of Kent. This green and glorious county is a defiant one, its location at England's south-eastern edge, facing Europe and abutting London, placing it at the heart of this island's...
A New Dimension; the Manager Believes His Revival at Crystal Palace Has Proved to People There Is More to His Game Than Just the Long-Ball Tactics He Was Famous for at Stoke THE BIG INTERVIEW TONY PULIS
Byline: Mihir Bose exclusive WE ARE sitting in what is called the classroom at Crystal Palace's training ground and Tony Pulis smiles as I remind him that Arsene Wenger has suggested he should become Manager of the Year. "Yeah, it's very nice...
Another One Fights the Dust; Neighbours Back Queen Star Brian May over Building 'Hell'
Byline: Josh Pettitt BRIAN MAY'S neighbours have backed his claim that newcomers to the area have turned it into a "hellhole" with "obscene" building work. The Queen guitarist has complained that for months his life has been dominated by a soundtrack...
Astra Launches Its Defence against PS63bn Pfizer Bid
Byline: Lucy Tobin and Jamie Dunkley ASTRAZENECA today claimed it would nearly double revenues to beyond $45 billion-a-year over the next decade in the start of its fightback against US giant Pfizer's attempted PS63 billion takeover. As Britain's...
Balfour Chief Sacked on Fresh PS30m Profits Hit
Byline: Russell Lynch BALFOUR Beatty today unceremoniously sacked its chief executive after a year in charge as the UK's biggest builder blundered into another profit warning and announced a strategic U-turn. The company behind the 2012 Olympic...
Bank 'Must Act to Stop Housing Market Spiral'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor BRITAIN'S housing market risks overheating if the Bank of England fails to intervene to stop property prices spiralling, leading economists warned today. In its latest world outlook, the Organisation...
Bank 'Must Step in to Stop Property Prices Spiralling out of Control'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor BRITAIN'S housing market risks overheating if the Bank of England fails to intervene to stop property prices spiralling, leading economists warned today. In its latest world outlook, the Organisation...
Barclays' Investment Bank Profits Halved
Byline: Nick Goodway THE scale of Barclays' problems in its investment bank were laid bare today after it revealed the division's profits had halved, just two days before chief executive Antony Jenkins announces sweeping changes. Barclays has...
Barclays Sees Its Investment Bank Profits Slashed by Half
Byline: Nick Goodway THE scale of Barclays' problems in its investment bank were laid bare today after it revealed the division's profits had halved, just two days before chief executive Antony Jenkins announces sweeping changes. Barclays has...
Bare Necessity: Why a Strapless Jumpsuit Will Save Your Summer; FASHION If You're Not Big on Dressing Up, This Season's Jumpsuit Strikes a Balance between Easy to Wear and Elegance, Says Karen Dacre
Byline: Karen Dacre MUCH like waiting patiently for more than three minutes for a train or remaining sober on Thursdays, the strapless dress has never sat comfortably with Londoners. As a species we tend to shy away from the glossy, uber-groomed...
Between Myself and Cameron, I Am the One with Much More Intellectual Self-Confidence; He's Going to Crack Down on 'Ghost Homes', Regulate London's Property Market and Get Seriousabout Inequality. Ed Miliband Tells Sarah Sands and Joe Murphy Why He's Ready to Be PM
Byline: Sarah Sands and Joe Murphy ON BANK holiday Monday afternoon in a wide, treelined road in north London residents are unpacking tennis rackets from cars, returning from parks with children, playing an unthreatening game of dad/son football...
Busking? I Won't Let It Go, Says Passenger
PASSENGER returned to his busking roots when he performed an impromptu set outside the Tate Modern -- attracting an audience of more than 1,000. The 29-year-old singer, whose real name is Mike Rosenberg, had one of the biggest-selling singles of...
Chelsea Touts 'Cash In' on Titchmarsh Effect by Charging PS575 for Tickets
Byline: Tim Stewart and Simon Freeman ONLINE touts were today accused of cashing in on the clamour to see Alan Titchmarsh's return to the Chelsea Flower Show, with websites offering tickets at more than 25 times their face value. All 161,000...
'Children Are Dying like Dogs Every Day and Nothing Is Being Done to Stop It' Teenager Killed over Bike Had Been Beaten Up before, Say Family
Byline: Jennifer Smith and Ben Morgan THE mother of a teenager who was knifed to death in a row over a secondhand bicycle said today that children were "dying like dogs" in the capital. A-level student Alim Uddin, 17, died after he went to collect...
City Face PS50m Fine and Cut in Squad
Byline: Andy Hodgson MANCHESTER CITY could be hit with a PS50million fine and a limit of 21 on their Champions League squad next season after breaking UEFA's rules on Financial Fair Play, it emerged today. City will also have a cap imposed to...
Clarkson's Wife Deserves Every Penny She Can Get If They Divorce, Says His Ex
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger TOP Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's wife "deserves every penny" she can get from his PS30 million fortune if they get divorced, his first wife said today. Alex Hall claims his current spouse, Frances Clarkson,...
Countrywide and Zoopla Ride High on Property Surge
Byline: Russell Lynch COUNTRYWIDE became the latest beneficiary of a booming property market today as the nation's biggest estate agent said this year's profits would come in at the top end of hopes. Its latest update came as property website...
Crowded out This Time but It's a Long and Winding Road, Liverpool
Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay NO ONE who experienced Crystal Palace's first home match of the season would have been surprised by the inspired character of the last. Palace began with Ian Holloway as manager and -- to be frank --...
Fashion Unions for the Big Day; EXHIBITION
Byline: PHILIPPA STOCKLEY WEDDING DRESSES 1775-2014 V&A, SW7 **** THE shape of marriage has changed this year; but so over the past 250 years have wedding dresses. They have always closely followed contemporary fashion, noticeable in Sixties'...
French 'Delay' Road Rules Meant to Make London Safer for Cyclists
Byline: Matthew Beard Transport Editor FRANCE has been accused of spearheading attempts to delay introducing safer lorry designs which it is claimed could save the lives of thousands of cyclists and pedestrians every year. A document seen by...
Fulham Cut Losses with a Summer Clear-Out
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent FULHAM have already started planning for an immediate return to the Premier League with owner Shahid Khan poised to oversee a summer of reconstruction at Craven Cottage. Felix Magath insists he has...
Gangs 'Preying on Children Who Have Run Away from Care Homes'
Byline: Mark Blunden CHILDREN who run away from London care homes and foster families are at increased risk of abuse by criminal gangs, a politician warned today. Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat group at the London Assembly,...
Gorge on Industrial History at This Remarkably Pretty Destination; Paul Bloomfield Explores the Birthplace of a Different Kind of Heavy Metal, and a Vast Aircraft Museum Covering the History of the RAF
Byline: Paul Bloomfield For a spot renowned as the birthplace of England's Industrial Revolution -- where, three centuries ago, blast furnaces smoked, factories clanked and the white heat of innovation burned brightest -- Ironbridge Gorge is a remarkably...
Gun-Toting Militant 'Who Revels in Bringing London to Standstill' Crow's Would-Be Successor Celebrates Strikes and Mocks 'Middle Class Prats'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and John Dunne THIS is one of the militant union officials fighting to succeed Bob Crow as RMT boss. Steve Hedley, the union's Hard-Left assistant general secretary, is pictured on his Facebook page wearing a Sovietstyle...
Hague: Kidnapping of 200 Girls in Nigeria Is Disgusting and Immoral
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent WILLIAM HAGUE today condemned the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by Islamist militants in Nigeria as "disgusting and immoral". The Foreign Secretary went on to pledge assistance to Nigeria's...
Held for Nine Hours, the Down's Boy Who Wanted to Get Baseball Cap Back
Byline: Anna Dubuis A TEENAGER with Down's Syndrome was arrested, handcuffed and held in a police cell for nine "terrifying" hours after trying to retrieve his favourite baseball cap from school on the Bank Holiday. Abdul Al-Faisal, 19, was questioned...
High St Upstart That's Rising to the Challenge; No Profit Yet but Growth Is the First Target, Explains the American Behind Metro Bank
Byline: Toby Green IHOPE you feel the transactions, the buzz in here," says Vernon Hill. "It's very unlike a normal UK bank." The 69-year-old American, standing in the lobby of the flagship Holborn branch of Metro Bank, is in typically bullish mood....
Hot Stocks to Make Your Summer Sizzle; 'Sell Up for the Season' Has Been the Traditional Cry, but You May Be Missing out on Chances If You Do
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE investment adage is to "sell in May and go away, stay away till St Leger Day". But while we would all like to bring back the slow summer season during which the City decamped to Ascot, Wimbledon, Henley and endless pints of...
How to Make an American Quilt. Boy's NHS Tribute
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor AN AMERICAN boy who was born prematurely at a London hospital has returned to the capital to donate gifts for other vulnerable babies. Jackson Cloyd, 13, flew from Houston, Texas, to hand over handmade patchwork...
HS2 Draws Line at Settlement for One Semi but Not Next Door
Byline: John Dunne A MOTHER of three has missed out on HS2 compensation by the width of the wall that separates her from her neighbours. Lottie Jones, 45, who lives in a semidetached house in Almond Close, Ruislip, will be affected when the rail...
It Could Be Germany Calling as Wenger Eyes Bundesliga Move
ARSENE WENGER has admitted he would like to manage in Germany before the end of his career, writes James Olley. The 64-year-old is yet to sign an extension to his current Arsenal contract but is widely expected to commit his future to the club for...
Labour's Fresh Gambit in the Housing Crisis
THE Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has told this paper that a Labour government would take action against absentee owners chiefly wealthy overseas property owners who do not actually live in the homes they have bought, most of them in central London....
Lack of a Work Ethic Led to Disaster, Says Hangeland
FULHAM captain Brede Hangeland today said the club had become "unrecognisable" from the one which reached the Europa League Final four years ago, writes Giuseppe Muro. In a frank assessment of Fulham's relegation from the Premier League, Hangeland...
Ledley Hails 'Remarkable' Boss after Another of the Big Guns Is Left Stunned
Byline: Giuseppe Muro CRYSTAL PALACE 3 LIVERPOOL 3 WHILE tears were flowing in the away dressing room, Tony Pulis strode back out onto the pitch at Selhurst Park and basked in the acclaim from the home fans. Luis Suarez was being consoled by...
Ledley: It Was Hard to See Suarez Break Down in Tears; Palace Stars' Sympathy for Liverpool
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent JOE LEDLEY today insisted Crystal Palace did not take any pleasure from wrecking Liverpool's title hopes or seeing Luis Suarez break down in tears. Palace mounted a remarkable late comeback from three...
Lily Snaps the Stars in Black and White at Met Ball
Byline: Alistair Foster and Tom Teodorczuk LILY ALLEN was so starstruck as she attended the most extravagant night of the fashion calendar, she raced around taking "selfies" with fellow revellers. The singer, 29, posed for photographs at the...
Mikel Is Locked in Talks with Inter as Chelsea Begin End-of-Season Clear-Out
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA midfielder John Obi Mikel is a step closer to securing a move away from Stamford Bridge after opening talks with Inter Milan. Standard Sport revealed in March that the Nigeria international...
Mikel's Inter Talks as Blues Start Clear-Out
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA midfielder John Obi Mikel is a step closer to securing a move away from Stamford Bridge after opening talks with Inter Milan. Standard Sport revealed in March that the Nigeria international...
MILIBAND: I'LL HIT THE RICH ON 'GHOST HOMES' EXCLUSIVE LABOUR PLEDGE TO RAISE TAX ON ABSENTEE OWNERS; Miliband: Stop Ghost Homes
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A CRACKDOWN on "ghost homes" being hoarded by wealthy investors across London is unveiled today by Ed Miliband, in an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard. New laws under Labour would hit rich owners...
Miliband: I'll Tax 'Ghost Homes' of the Rich; Exclusive Labour Pledge to Target the Absentee Owners
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A CRACKDOWN on "ghost homes" being hoarded by wealthy investors across London is unveiled today by Ed Miliband, in an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard. New laws under Labour would hit rich owners...
New Law 'Deterring Squatters' as Number of Prosecutions Plunges
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE number of people prosecuted for squatting in London has fallen sharply, in a sign that the deterrent effect of legislation banning the practice is helping to protect homeowners. Met police figures show...
No Need for Big Changes, Says Broad as He Battles for Fitness
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent STUART BROAD will aim to prove his fitness for England's summer of Test cricket when he plays for Nottinghamshire against Durham this month. Broad is sidelined with a knee injury the latest in a number...
Now Boris Needs a Plan to Keep the Tube Moving; the Latest Strike May Have Been Suspended but the Mayor's Record in Handling the Underground Is Dire
Byline: Simon Jenkins TODAY'S third Tube strike against ticket office modernisation would have been a disaster for London. The policy of the company, London Underground, to wear the RMT union down by attrition appears to have worked, at least in...
On a Global Mission to Change Lives; Volunteering Shows You Can Give Back and Add Something Extra to Your CV to Stand out from the Pack. It Is Also a Way to Boost Your Skills, as Niki Chesworth Discovers by Talking to One Charity, Grow Movement
Byline: Niki Chesworth IF you have long thought about volunteering, but worry that you do not have the time to commit to a cause, then you may be interested in a chance to help African entrepreneurs without having to leave your desk. The charity...
Public Sector Tries to Lure Professionals Back with Incentives
IN recent years, the public sector has been associated with dramatic budget cuts, vast swathes of redundancies, poor morale and overworked and overstressed teams. Public sector organisations are now crying out for contractors and consultants to...
Rise of the Two-in-One Mega Mansions
Byline: Jonathan Prynn ESTATE agents say they have seen a huge surge in the number of wealthy buyers looking to create mansions in central London by knocking together apartments or neighbouring homes. An acute "mansion famine," waning enthusiasm...
Savour the Majesty of One of England's Finest Fortifications; Explore the Planet's Largest Siege Engine, the Devilish Contraptions at the MAD Museum and Tiny Creatures at Butterfly Farm. by Pete Browning
Byline: Pete Browning Will the real William Shakespeare stand up? England's greatest wordsmith depicted some of the meatiest characters and episodes in history and legend -- yet left us virtually nothing written in his own hand, nor little concrete...
Soaring Services Growth Has Odds Shortening on Rate Hike
Byline: Russell Lynch THE "odds are shortening" on an interest rate hike this year following another month of stellar growth from the UK's dominant services firms, experts said today. The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply's latest...
Sorry, Mr Hodgson, but It Is Your Job to Stop the Boys Being Bored in Brazil
Byline: Dan Jones AS Dr Johnson once (almost) put it, if a man is tired of sitting in a hotel room playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on his Xbox during a long international football tournament in Brazil, he is tired of life. This is a fact...
Splash out on a Roman Experience; from Ancient Spas to Georgian Splendour, the Sights of Bath Offer Up a Unique Living History, Maintains PaulBloomfield
Byline: PaulBloomfield Bath: it does what it says on the tin. Well, kind of: healthseekers have been soaking here for nearly three millennia, happy as a pig in muck. And historically, pigs have been particularly happy in these parts -- or so legend...
Squatters 'Being Scared off by New Law' as Number of Cases Plunges
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE number of people prosecuted for squatting in London has fallen sharply, in a sign that a law banning the practice is helping to protect homeowners. Met police figures show that only eight suspects...
Starstruck Lily Follows Fashion for Selfies at Met Ball
Byline: Alistair Foster and Tom Teodorczuk LILY ALLEN was so starstruck as she attended the most extravagant night of the fashion calendar, she raced around taking "selfies" with fellow revellers. The singer, 29, posed for photographs at the...
Stolen Girls Are Just One Face of a Failing State
Byline: Melanie McDonagh IT'S possible, I suppose, that the US would have got involved with the abduction of 230 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram even without the international Twitter campaign, #BRINGBACKOURGIRLs, in which American celebs are at the...
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Two Types of Mentor to Help Your Career Take Off
IF you need inspiration to get to the next level on the career ladder, then you need to find the right manager to act as your role model. Celebrity entrepreneurs may be rich, successful and famous, but when it comes to inspiring professionals to...
Ukip Takes the Battle to London
I HAVE a Nigerian father and a Jewish mother. Neither my (white Roman Catholic) husband nor I would be involved with a racist party. Of 30 proposers of my husband's nomination to stand as Ukip candidate for mayor of Tower Hamlets on May 22, 14 are...
UK 'Military Could Help Fight Extremists Behind Abduction of 200 Girls'
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent DOWNING STREET said today it would consider sending military assistance to help fight Islamist extremists in Nigeria if the UK was asked. The statement comes as the African country's government struggles...
Unusually Wintry Weather Gives City an Appetite for Just Eat
Byline: MARKET ROUND-UP Oscar Williams- Grut THE wrong sort of weather is a favourite excuse for businesses which have underperformed but Just Eat today praised rain and wind for driving a 51% bounce in orders. The recently floated online takeaway...
We Have to Get to Grips with London's Filthy Air
Byline: Frank Kelly LAST week Boris Johnson declined to testify to MPs about the state of London's air quality. It's not an encouraging sign. The UK's air quality improvements have miserably stalled and in London especially this now poses a significant...
What We Need Is Councils to Build More; City Comment
Byline: Anthony Hilton ONE of the fascinating things about policies is that every time one party says something so stupid you refuse to believe it could be topped, the other party immediately contrives to think of something even more absurd. ...
Who Ate All the Prawns? TRENDSHipsters Are Going Hungry as Mexican Gangs Threaten Lime Stocks and Prawns Catch a Killer Virus. It's a Total Foodie 'Mare, Says Susannah Butter
Byline: Susannah Butter WITHOUT wishing to alarm anyone, we are facing a serious problem. Remember that delicious prawn avocado taco with a lime and mango dressing that you had at a street-food market last week? The one that amassed hundreds of...
'Zuma Has His Own Helipad and Even His Cows Live Better Than Us'
Byline: CO C Jane Flanagan letter from SOUTH AFRICA NOCINGILE MSHUQWANA worries that if she doesn't vote for the ruling African National Congress in tomorrow's general election, she will lose her pension. Democracy is still a new idea in South...
'Zuma Has His Own Helipad and Even His Cows Live Better Than Us'
Jane Flanagan letter from SOUTH AFRICA CO NOCINGILE MSHUQWANA worries that if she doesn't vote for the ruling African National Congress in tomorrow's general election, she will lose her pension. Democracy is still a new idea in South Africa, especially...
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