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Articles from May 20, 2014

An Australian Foodie Adventure; One of the World's Top Gourmet Events Takes Place a Few Hours from Perth, Says Victoria Stewart
Byline: Victoria Stewart The silhouettes of an assembly of teepees are beginning to emerge against a darkening sky. Smoke is curling up from a barbecue as the sea, gently licking the sand beneath, threatens to come onto the beach. Wardandi tribesman...
Argentina Have Given Me Plenty of Pain but I've Got to Tip Them
Byline: Glenn Hoddle Former England manager World Cup watch ARGENTINA have blighted my England career -- both as player and as a manager -- but it's time for me to praise the South Americans and select them as my favourites in Brazil. We all...
A Ride That's Downhill All the Way; Lucinda Labes Takes Her Children on a Bike Ride through a Bear Sanctuary in Northern Spain
Byline: Lucinda Labes Asturias did something strange to my husband. After touching down at Oviedo, our three sons and I watched open-mouthed as he filled the rental car with all the paraphernalia for a Boys' Own adventure: fishing rods and boogie...
Babies in Buggies at Risk from Pollution on Streets, Says Davey
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor CHILDREN being pushed in buggies along London high streets are "vulnerable" to pollution blamed for thousands of premature deaths a year, a Cabinet minister warned today. Climate Change and Energy...
Banks Accused of Rate-Rigging Cartel
Byline: Nick Goodway HSBC, JPMORGAN and Credit Agricole were today accused of rigging benchmark indices linked to the euro with UK broking giant Icap likely to accused of similar behaviour shortly, according to European regulators. The European...
Bark at the Bankers Is Just Lacking Bite
Byline: Nick Goodway AS one would expect from the last great editor of the Financial Times, Sir Richard Lambert has written a great deal of sense in his Banking Standards Review and written it concisely at 28 pages (34 if you include appendices...
Boom City and the Real Battle for Our Boroughs
Byline: Tony Travers THIS Thursday's London borough elections matter, arguably more so than the European elections on the same day. With an average population of 265,000, the boroughs are powerful authorities whose strengths and weaknesses matter...
Butlers in the Buff Serve Charity; Company Gives 10 per Cent of Its Takings to Breast Cancer Research
Jennifer Smith AS multi-tasking goes, pouring drinks, serving canapes and coping with raucous laughter while dressed in only an apron is already good going. But the Pink Butlers have an extra talent raising money for charity. The firm of butlers...
Call for Scudamore to Face Independent Inquiry over Emails
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent RICHARD SCUDAMORE should face an independent inquiry for sending sexist emails, a group representing women in football said today. The Premier League announced yesterday that their chief executive...
Children 'Heartbroken' as Their Cat Is Found Hanged in Garage
Byline: John Dunne THE RSPCA has launched an investigation after a cat was found hanged in a disused garage in London. Six-month-old family pet Sono had a noose around his neck when he was discovered by neighbours. The family who own the cat...
Credit Suisse's US Fine 'Is a Warning to Foreign Banks'
Byline: Nick Goodway CREDIT Suisse's $2.8 billion (PS1.7 billion) fine and guilty plea over conspiring to help its United States clients hide assets from the tax authorities is being seen as a major warning shot across the bows of foreign banks....
Don't Let Cost Wash Away Holiday Fun; the Heat Can Melt Your Plans to Stick to a Budget So Here Are Tips on the Cheapest Ways to Spend Abroad
Byline: Lucy Tobin IT'S easy to stick to a budget in the supermarket but plonk yourself on a beach and sup Sangria, and money-saving fades from memory. Fewer than three in 10 Londoners stick to their spending budget on overseas trips. On an average...
Eighties Film Has Stage Star Walking on Sunshine
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent BEING HUMAN actress Annabel Scholey has swapped heavyweight theatre for an all-singing, all-dancing movie musical set to the hits of the Eighties. She has been forging a stage career in productions including...
Farage Faces Racism Watchdog Probe over Romanians Remark
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent NIGEL FARAGE has been reported to Britain's racism watchdog. The Ukip leader suggested people in London would be right to be concerned if Romanians moved in next door. The watchdog confirmed today...
Feel like You Are in the Wrong Job? the Struggle to Find Talent Means That Half of New Hires Do Not Fully Meet the Original Job Specification. Niki Chesworth Talks to a Company Tackling the Problem
Byline: Niki Chesworth MORE than half of UK businesses are struggling to recruit the right talent and as a result, one in every two hires over the past two years has not fully met the original job specification. Such is the difficulty in finding...
Fire Tears through Camden Stables Weeks after Market's PS400m Sale
Byline: David Churchill, Anna Dubuis Josh Pettitt and Rashid Razaq MORE than 600 shoppers and diners were forced to flee the landmark Camden Stables Market as a blaze broke out just weeks after it was sold in a PS400 million deal. Around 70 firefighters...
Forget Do-or-Die Thrillers. This Tale of Human Decency Elevates Ordinary Life to Art; Review
Byline: david sexton two days, one night Running time: 95 mins IN SUPERHERO movies the average stakes are the end of the world. In this incredibly moving film from Belgian duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, they're a bit less. Sandra (Marion Cotillard)...
Full Steam Ahead for Carnival as It Finally Quits Stormy Weather
Byline: MARKET ROUND-UP Oscar Williams- Grut TROUBLED cruise operator Carnival sailed to the top of the Footsie today after Morgan Stanley said it could be reaching an "inflection point". Carnival has had a turbulent time in recent years: its...
Funds Newcomer Trying to Keep the Customer Happy; City Comment
Byline: Anthony Hilton ABOUT 100 leading figures in the UK pensions industry were recently invited to discuss how people could be persuaded to increase their pension saving. No radical proposals were unveiled but speaker after speaker said that...
House Prices in Capital Soar 17% to New Record
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor Britain behind. Excluding London and the South-East, other regions saw increases of just 4.7 per cent in the year to the end of March. Including London, the national average was eight per cent, to PS252,000. House...
House Prices in Capital Soar by 17 per Cent to New Record
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON property prices have rocketed by 17 per cent in a year, putting homes further out of reach for millions of people. The average home in the capital shot up to a record PS459,000 at the end of March, said...
'I'm Dying at the Age of 29 Because Hospital Failed to Spot Cancer in a Routine Smear Test. NHS Must Learn Lessons, So No One Else Has to Go through This Nightmare'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A YOUNG woman diagnosed with terminal cancer after hospital staff failed to spot abnormalities in a routine cervical smear test hopes her suffering may help end the "unnecessary nightmare" for others. ...
It's the Rookies in Full Bloom at Chelsea; New Young Crop of Designers Rise to the Top in This Year's Show
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor A PAIR of twentysomething garden designers from London's commuter belt stormed the Chelsea Flower Show today with a "Best in Show" award in their first year of competition. Tom Prince and Alex Frazier,...
Let Them Entertain You; Ascot's Boxes Will Be Full to the Brim, Wimbledon Is Packing Them in at PS3,000 a Head Yes, the Corporate Jolly Is Making a Comeback. Champagne and Strawberries All Round, Says Lucy Tobin
Byline: Lucy Tobin THE seeds (for a mega-deal) are sown, the ideas (for swooping on that rival's big idea) are cultivated, and the (champagne) irrigation system is set up: the Chelsea Power Show is in town once more. The City's biggest suits...
London's Gardens Are Glorious Far beyond Chelsea; the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Marks the Beginning of Summer and All the Capital's Gardens Are Blooming
Byline: Simon Jenkins THE reason why New Yorkers are more anxious than Londoners, we are told, is they have too few birds. Humans are programmed to sense danger when birds go silent. The absence of birdsong in New York's concrete jungle thus induces...
Male Banter Is Distracting from Abuse of Women
Byline: Sarah Sands APLUCKY woman has been photographed seeking employment as a PA in London by holding up a sandwich board. There is one vacancy, so long as she is not offended by some Neanderthal banter between a football boss and his mate. ...
Mr Bigs Will Be Forced to Pay Back Crime Profits by Labour
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor ORGANISED crime bosses will be barred from using "designer divorces" to hold onto their illegal profits under plans for a wide-ranging overhaul of the law announced today. Under the changes, set out...
Mr Bigs Will Be Forced to Pay Back Their Crime Profits under Labour
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor ORGANISED crime bosses will be barred from using "designer divorces" to hold onto their illegal profits under plans for a wide-ranging overhaul of the law announced today. Under the changes, set out...
M&S Profits Fall Again but Bolland Says He Has Investor Backing
Byline: Laura Chesters EMBATTLED Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland claimed investors were behind his strategy today despite shares in the High Street giant falling as it unveiled a third-straight drop in annual profits. The retailer revealed...
M&S Profits Fall Again but Bolland Says He Has Investor Support
Byline: Laura Chesters EMBATTLED Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland claimed investors were behind his strategy today despite shares in the High Street giant falling as it unveiled a third-straight drop in annual profits. Bolland also announced...
Palace Think Big after Breaking Their Hoodoo; Co-Chairman Believes Club Can Tap into Their 'Massive Potential' Thanks to Their Ground-Breaking Campaign. by Julian Bennetts
Byline: Julian Bennetts AS SOME of Crystal Palace's squad celebrated the end of the season by heading to Las Vegas, the club's board were discussing how they could become one of the Premier League's high rollers. Key to that was keeping manager...
PM: We Will Work to Get Rid of Threats like Hamza Faster
Byline: Kiran Randhawa DAVID CAMERON today welcomed Abu Hamza's conviction on terrorism charges as he pledged to "take more steps" to speed up the deportation of people who pose a threat to Britain. The extradited British cleric is facing life...
Prince George Doctor's Attack on Cancer Unit Is Branded 'Vacuous'
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor A CHARITY has hit back at the Queen's former doctor in a row over a PS5 million cancer centre at St Bartholomew's hospital. Sir Marcus Setchell, who helped deliver Prince George, fears the "garish, modernist"...
Pulis 'Is Staying' at Palace after Agreeing Summer Budget
Byline: Julian Bennetts TONY PULIS has committed his future to Crystal Palace and there is no chance of him leaving Selhurst Park this summer, according to one of the club's owners. Pulis was named Premier League Manager of the Year having taken...
Record PS2.6bn Divorce Settlement 'Like Hammer Blow for Russian Tycoon'
Byline: Peter Allen in Paris A RUSSIAN oligarch ordered to pay a world record PS2.6 billion to his former wife views the divorce settlement as a "hammer blow" and could appeal, it was claimed today. Judges in Switzerland ruled that Dmitry Rybolovlev,...
Road Runners; FITNESS It's the Perfect Antidote to a Morning Tube Crush, Will Save You Time and Make You Lithe. to Celebrate Run2workday Phoebe Luckhurst Meets the Londoners Who Pound the Pavements to the Office
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst MYTHOLOGY has it that running is solitary: the chosen exercise of lone wolves, fearsome first-borns, CEOs and highly-functioning sociopaths (not all of these mutually exclusive). While runners certainly tend to be competitive...
SAINTS SEARCH FOR NEW BOSS AS SPURS CLOSE IN ON POCHETTINO; St Mary's Board 'Make Discreet Checks'
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent SOUTHAMPTON appear resigned to losing head coach Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham after intermediaries started to make discreet checks on possible replacements. The Argentine is the favourite to become...
Scudamore So Lucky to Keep His Job as Football Can't Afford to Alienate Women
Byline: Dan Jones Chastening experience: Richard Scudamore SHALL I tell you what disappoints me most about sexism in football? It lacks quality, Jeff. Sorry if that sounds cynical. But let's be honest. For all that has been said this week about...
Shred 'Fiction' Campaign Leaflet, Labour MP Hoey Tells Own Party
Byline: Ben Morgan LABOUR MP Kate Hoey was at the centre of an extraordinary political row today after demanding that her own local party withdraw a campaign leaflet she described as containing a "work of fiction". Ms Hoey, who has represented...
Skydiving Showjumper Gives Blind Rider Chance of Paralympic Dream
Byline: Josh Pettitt BRITAIN'S first blind showjumper today said she was the "luckiest person in the world" after being given her own PS9,000 horse, fuelling her ambition to turn the event into a Paralympic sport. Karen Law, 53, was handed the...
STEPHEN'S FATHER: WE MUST ACT TO STOP KNIFE KILLINGS; NEVILLE LAWRENCE DEMANDS AUTOMATIC PRISON SENTENCES FOR CARRYING A BLADE'If One Young Man Is Stabbed All Year, It's Still One Too Many'
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor EXCLUSIVE THE father of Stephen Lawrence today called for a new London campaign against knife crime in a bid to end the "disaster" of young deaths from stab wounds. Neville Lawrence, whose son was stabbed...
Sun Worship in the Americas; Ian Walker Hops from Miami to Mexico for a Two-Speed Break in the Sunshine
Byline: Ian Walker My wife and I wanted guaranteed sun, sea, a classy hotel and a good choice of restaurants and shopping. Then, in case the first week turned out to be a little too much like our normal stressful London lives, we wanted our second...
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Thai Army Declares Martial Law 'To Restore Peace' but Denies Coup
Byline: Andrew Drummond in Bangkok THAILAND was today back in the hands of the military after the commander of the army moved troops into the centre of the capital Bangkok and declared martial law. In a bid "to restore peace and order for people...
Thai Break Excitement; Bangkok Can Make the Perfect Half-Term Destination, Says Matthew d'Ancona
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona Thailand for half-term? It's a long way to go, I grant you. But there is so much to do when you get there - or so little, depending upon your inclination. My two sons (Teddy, 10, and Zac, 12) and I aimed for a very English...
The French Connection; Chris Folley Escapes London by Train and Ferry for a Slice of the Golfer's Life in Normandy
Byline: Chris Folley At 10.30pm, at last the ship was moving. Two and a half hours after leaving Waterloo, I was relaxing in the bar before heading to bed. A good night's sleep was all that stood before me and my assignment: Golf National Albatros,...
The Kids Are Alright; FASHION as Future Fashion Stars Gear Up for Graduate Fashion Week, Karen Dacre Offers a Guide to the New London Designers to Watch and Tries to Find the City's Next Stella McCartney
Byline: Karen Dacre KIM STEVENSON HAVING already trialled many of her designs on a Portobello Market stall, Stevenson, 33, unveils a collection inspired by traditional native America. With the aim of modernising some of their practices and techniques...
The Passions and Prejudices of Mr Civilisation; as Controversy Gathers around the BBC's Remake of Its Landmark Survey of Western Art History and Tate Britain Pays Tribute with a Major Exhibition, It's Worth Remembering That Kenneth Clark Presented Some Very Personal Views in the Original Series, Says Ben Luke
Byline: Ben Luke THE BBC series Civilisation was unlike anything that had preceded it. One of the first BBC colour documentaries, the epic 13-part trawl through Western culture after the fall of Rome, screened on BBC2 in 1969, gave viewers the most...
'There's No Proof Sailors Aren't Alive' Search for Missing Brits Should Go on, Says Rescued Yachtsman
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A SAILOR who was rescued after four days trapped in the upturned hull of his boat today said the search for the missing British yachtsmen must resume. Tony Bullimore joined calls for the rescue mission to be relaunched...
The West That Was Wild for Women; CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Byline: DAVID SEXTON THE HOMESMAN THEY DO still make them like this. For his second feature film as director (after The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada of 2005), Tommy Lee Jones has made a classic Western about a dangerous trek across country,...
Those Victorian Horrors Get a Touch of the Bond Treatment; Pick of the Day
Penny Dreadful Tonight Sky Atlantic, 9pm "Come on, Tim-othy Dalton," is what this page found itself cheering while the former Bond hunted for his daughter in Victorian London, reinvented as a charnel house where Dr Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and a...
'Trying to Jump off Building Hate Life' SHOCKING MESSAGES FOUND ON COMPUTER OF BANK CHIEF WHO FELL 500 FEET TO HIS DEATH
Byline: John Dunne, Daniel Bates and Rashid Razaq AN IT executive at JP Morgan who plunged to his death from the top of the bank's Canary Wharf headquarters had been on a reconnaissance mission to try to get on the roof previously, an inquest heard...
Twitter on TV
Drag Queens of London Tonight, London Live, 10pm When there's a "wet paint" sign or a warning about the temperature of a plate to ignore, you can rely on Bourgeoisie to end the day with burnt, paint-covered fingers. Despite Tranny Shack Academy supremo...
Van Gaal Isn't Fazed by Fergie's Watchful Eye
Byline: Ian Herbert NEW Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said having Sir Alex Ferguson watching over him at matches is "not the biggest problem" and insisted they "like each other" ahead of the two titans working together. The 62-year-old...
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee; WORK as Brooklyn Beckham Turns Schoolboy Barista Libby Caudwell Finds the Jobs to Beat the Billionaire out of You When You're Born Rich
Byline: Libby Caudwell AS IF Brooklyn Beckham wasn't perfect enough. At 15, he is routinely spotted killing it on the red carpet with a brooding squint, impeccable tailoring and a Spice Girl on his arm. Now a report in the Daily Mail suggests...
We Planned a Future Together, Says Partner of IT Chief in Death Plunge
Byline: John Dunne, Daniel Bates and Rashid Razaq THE girlfriend of a JP Morgan executive who plunged to his death from the top of the bank's Canary Wharf headquarters today told an inquest how they had been planning a future together. American...
What Else Is New ... Opera
Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON DER ROSENKAVALIER Glyndebourne IN HER great monologue in Act 1 of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, the Marschallin mourns the passing of her better years; later her magnanimous renunciation of the youthful lover Octavian is...
What's the Right Minimum Wage?
BIG corporates will be able to absorb Ed Miliband's proposed increase in the minimum wage. But owners of small, independent businesses like mine, working within tight margins, will have to cut employees' hours and try to cover them themselves, or bring...
Wilko & Out
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent JONNY WILKINSON'S drop goal to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup ensures he will always be remembered as the greatest kicker the sport has seen. However, for those who coached and played alongside the 34-year-old...
You Can't Replace Kp. Says the Man Who Is Set to Take His Place
Byline: Mihir Bose exclusive THAT Ian Bell should feel grateful to a 19-month-old seems strange. But the child in question is his son, Joseph, and since his birth, Bell has become a more relaxed cricketer. "I may not be getting as much sleep...
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