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Articles from June 27, 2014

'Action against UK Syria Fighters May Worsen Terror Risk'
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor A FORMER senior MI6 officer has warned that the policy of prosecuting British fighters and treating them "harshly" after their return from Syria is not working and could worsen the terrorist threat to this...
A Divided City, a Middle-Class Dilemma
keeping rosy Cert 15, 93 mins TWO marginalised women clash in a tense, London-set drama, hauntingly shot by veteran cinematographer Roger Pratt. He is best known for his work on the Harry Potter series and helped create the seminal London movies Meantime...
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COLD IN JULY Cert 15, 110 mins A CRISPLY shot, beautifully scored thriller starring Dexter's Michael C Hall, Don Johnson and Sam Shepard (all incredible). Shy, Texan picture framer Richard (Hall) becomes the toast of the town when his finger slips...
A PS10 Stage for the Stars of Tomorrow; Quality Theatre Need Not Come at a Price London's Drama Schools Are Offering Some Enticing Summer Shows, as Henry Hitchings Reports
Byline: Henry Hitchings THE words "bargain" and "theatre" don't always sit together very convincingly. But theatrelovers on a budget -- or with an interest in spotting the potential stars of tomorrow -- can see some enticing summer shows at London's...
Becchetti to Keep Orient at Brisbane Road When He Takes over; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent LEYTON ORIENT are expected to remain at the Matchroom Stadium for the foreseeable future when Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti completes his takeover next week. Standard Sport understands...
Big Screens for Fans to Watch Tour De London; Forget Rio, the Real Carnival of Sport Is Here, Says Boris
Byline: Matthew Beard Transport Editor AT least one million spectators are expected to line the route of the Tour de France when the world's largest annual sporting event comes to London, organisers said today. Preparations for the London leg...
Britain Nearer Eu Exit, Warns Cameron; PM BLASTS DEAL TO MAKE JUNCKER PRESIDENT AS 'A SAD DAY FOR EUROPE' Cameron Faces Total Failure and Utter Humiliation, Says Miliband
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor in Brussels DAVID CAMERON today gave his most explicit warning that Britain could leave the European Union as he branded the coronation of Jean-Claude Juncker "a sad day for Europe". In electrifying comments...
Brussels, Prepare for Jean-Claude the Juggernaut
Byline: Joe Murphy A DAY after the European election results, Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted grandly: "I am not on my knees before any leader. I won the elections." His bombast overlooked one inconvenient detail, which is that his name did not actually...
Cameron Defiant to the End as He Faces Defeat in Europe over Juncker
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor in Brussels DAVID Cameron was plunged into a crisis over Europe today as he savaged the coronation of Jean-Claude Juncker as "profoundly wrong" . While the Prime Minister was heading for defeat with all guns blazing,...
Cameron to Europe: 'Very Well, Alone'
DAVID Cameron faces almost certain defeat today, as his battle to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission comes to a head at the Brussels summit. Yet the immediate fallout will not all be bad for the Prime...
Carney Predicts Rise in London Mortgages of PS400 a Month by 2017
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Nicholas Cecil THE Bank of England is likely to increase its interest rate five fold to a "new normal" of 2.5 per cent by early 2017, Governor Mark Carney suggested today. Although lower than pre-recession levels such...
Carney Predicts Rise of PS400 a Month by 2017 on London Mortgages
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Nicholas Cecil THE Bank of England is likely to increase its interest rate five fold to a "new normal" of 2.5 per cent by early 2017, Governor Mark Carney suggested today. Although lower than pre-recession levels such...
Catch Up TV... Missed the TV Moment Everyone's Talking about? Alastair McKay Looks at the Shows You Should Have Watched (and Still Can) and the Upcoming Must-Sees
Byline: Alastair McKay IS TENNIS to blame, or is it just Wimbledon? On Wednesday's Today at Wimbledon highlights show (BBC iPlayer), Andy Murray was interviewed by a puppet dog. Murray, who has spent half of his adult life being told that he has...
Cavani Must Now Prove He Can Be Uruguay's Main Man
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent IT is rare for a PS55million player to find himself perennially among the supporting cast but tomorrow Edinson Cavani will take centre stage for Uruguay. As the country vents its anger at the four-month...
Colombia Have Found a New Valderrama in Rodriguez; Midfielder Has Been Compared to the Football Icon after Dazzling Displays in His Side's March into Last 16. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley Colombia Jun 14 Uruguay Jun 14 URUGUAY are now arriving where Colombia have been for some time. As La Celeste search for a way forward without Luis Suarez, they will meet another South American side in Rio tomorrow that have...
'Could Do Better' ... and These Stars Did; Screen Celebrities Write Their Own School Reports for Education Charity
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent "SHE has a great sense of fun but is inclined to sulk if she cannot have her own way ... she must realise she cannot always be first". That is the verdict on Joanna Lumley by ... Joanna Lumley. Though...
Dan Jones's World Cup Weekend; Standard.Co.Uk/sport
COLOMBIA vs URUGUAY ITV, 9pm, tomorrow This is a match that the Uruguayans may struggle to get their teeth into bah, ha, ha, ha! No, seriously, without the suspended Luis Suarez up front they may find their attack lacks bite wah ha, ha, ha! Sorry,...
Dolly V Conchita; PRIDE SPECIAL Boobs or Beards, Country or Eurovision? It's an Agonising Choice for Fans of Camp and General Fabulousness. Is This Town Big Enough for the Both of Them, Asks Guy Pewsey
Byline: Guy Pewsey Evening Standard Proud supporters THIS weekend sees a clash of the titans. With Saturday evening's Pride Parade bringing to a close a week of LGBT events, London's gay revellers will be taking to the streets for a celebration...
Emin: I Can't Make My Bed Stay in UK and the Galleries Can't Afford It
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent TRACEY EMIN has said she would love for her famous bed artwork to stay in Britain on public display but fears no gallery here can afford it. The work, which is one of the most famous from the Young...
End of Property Boom Love Affair
FOR years rising house prices have been treated as good news. Yesterday's YouGov poll shows that the tide is starting to turn. The 50 per cent of Londoners who want to see house prices fall include homeowners beginning to tire of young adults trapped...
Enter ES TEXTS Followed by a Space tEXTS, TWEETS AND POSTS
Regarding Charles Saatchi's article about the "tormenting" of the bull ("It's not the matador's tongue. It's the bull's horn"): let's hear it for the bull. Sally Alger Sleepless in Sheen (Thur): I'm sorry you didn't get much sleep on Tuesday but...
Extremists 'Executed 160 in Saddam's Town'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor ISLAMIST extremists executed at least 160 men captured in Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit in northern Iraq, human rights campaigners claimed today. They identified two sites where the killings...
Foodie on the Slide; Film of the weekAs Writer, Director, Producer and Star, Jon Favreau Has Assembled All the Ingredients for a Steaming Vanity Project and Cooked Up a Turkey
Byline: CHEF Cert 15, 114 mins David Sexton EVER woken in the night suddenly unsure how best to define the words "vanity project"? You need never worry again. Some terms are better understood by example than by definition, anyway -- and here's Chef...
Galloway Sued for PS176,000 by PA 'Who Helped Him Buy Home'
Byline: Rashid Razaq and Matt Watts GEORGE GALLOWAY'S former PA is suing him for PS176,000 she claims she is owed in expenses after helping to buy his home and paying for his groceries and election campaigning out of her own pocket. Ayesha Bajwa,...
Gone Fishing; Technology Shadow Puppetry and Digital Archaeology Are Part of a Strange Mix of Activities Run by the Barbican in a Former East London Sofa Factory. Nick Curtis Meets the Artists of Fish Island Labs
Byline: Nick Curtis IN A vast former warehouse beside the River Lea in Fish Island one of the scruffier bits of Hackney, still resisting gentrification by the nearby Olympic Park several very cool people are in animated conversation. They're too...
Has Luis Persuaded FIFA to Get Their Teeth into Technology Issue?
Byline: Mihir Bose at the World Cup LUIS SUAREZ'S act of tasting human flesh (again) may revolutionise football. This World Cup is the first with goal--line technology but FIFA are still technophobes in other areas of the game. However, that...
Have I Cheated on My Wife? Not Yet. Noel Biderman Started a Dating Website for Married People Who Want Affairs and It's Now Worth More Than a Billion. He TELLSRICHARD Godwin Why It's OK for Everyone to Play Away
Byline: RICHARD Godwin NOEL Biderman wants you to cheat on your partner. That's how he makes his money. Otherwise he makes his money from your partner cheating on you. A lot of money. The 43-year-old Canadian reckons his extramarital dating site,...
Having Only One Covered Court Isn't Fair for Everyone
Byline: Goran Ivanisevic Former Wimbledon winner exclusive I'M not a big fan of the Centre Court roof because while two or three matches can be played there in a day many other players have to sit around waiting for the rain to stop and they then...
High-Speed Holland Need to Quickly Find a Way Past Mexico's Wall
Byline: Simon Hart IT PROMISES to be quite a contest in Fortaleza on Sunday when Holland, the highest-scoring team at the 2014 World Cup, take on a Mexico side with the tournament's joint-meanest defensive record. Mexico ended the first round...
How I Crunched the Numbers to Create a PS500m City Fortune; Buoyed by Last Week's NASDAQ Flotation, the Financial Data Tycoon Is Eager to Challenge Rivals
Byline: James Ashton City Editor LANCE Uggla has had a lot on his mind. The former credit trader has spent weeks touring the story of his financial data company Markit around would-be investors. A week ago, its shares began trading in a flotation...
How RUK Are You? Are You a Scot Nat, Are You RUK (Rest of UK) or Are You Just 'Nae Bothered'? Take Nick Curtis's Quiz to Work out Where You Stand on the Issue of Scottish Independence
Byline: Nick Curtis's 1. What does 1314 mean to you? a) The date of the Battle of Bannockburn. b) Just before quarter past one. c) The title of the new Kasabian album. 2. The imbalance of taxation to public spending per head of population in...
If You Stand Me Next to a Normal Model I Look like an Elephant. and That's All Right; Daisy Lowe Tells How She's Taken 10 Years to Love Her Body as She Launches Cookbook
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent SHE is a only a size eight, but model Daisy Lowe says it has taken her 10 years to become happy with her body shape. The 25-year-old says she always felt pressure about her weight and compared...
Imagination Plummets after Intel Dumps Cut-Price Stake
Byline: market round-up Oscar Williams- Grut MICROCHIP-maker Imagination Technologies ended the week on whatever's the opposite of a roll today, falling as much as 10% after tech giant Intel dumped millions of shares in the business at a knockdown...
Inbetweeners Star Blake Harrison Shows Dark Side in Thriller
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent INBETWEENERS star Blake Harrison is set to show his serious side in a new thriller in which he plays a psychopathic security guard. The 29-year-old actor, who plays Neil Sutherland in the E4 comedy...
I Want Suarez Banned for Life If He Sinks His Teeth into Anyone Else
IF Luis Suarez ever bites an opponent again, I would want to see him banned from football for life. In a way, I see that as helping him, not threatening him. This FIFA ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini, which ends his World Cup and sidelines him...
Jowell: Boris Might Be Funny but I'd Take the Job of Mayor Seriously
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent DAME Tessa Jowell signalled today that if she "were Mayor of London" she would adopt different policies on youth unemployment and housing to Boris Johnson. The senior Labour MP said the city needed...
LaBeouf Arrested at New York Theatre
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent ACTOR Shia LaBeouf has been arrested inside a New York theatre for "disorderly conduct" after a bizarre outburst. Witnesses claim the troubled Transformers star was passing the building before...
Let's Hear It for the Girls; PRIDE SPECIAL from Chic Chick Bars to Proudwomen Parties, This Weekend Is a Festival of Lady Fun. Lucy McKay Guides You to the Places That Will Tickle Your Fancy
Byline: Lucy McKay WARM up your swerving skills, ladies, Pride is back, so if you don't end up running down alleys to avoid your exes this Saturday, they're probably "straight". However, this year lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) representation...
Let's Stop Being Grouchy and Get Some Sleep
Byline: Nick Curtis ETTING enough, are you? GSleep, I mean. Slumber has become the hot-button issue of modern urban life, way more important than sex or salaries. It's a Bizarro-world commodity: the less you have, the smugger you are. This week,...
Maradona: We're All Behind Luis; Star's T-Shirt Backing for Biter Suarez
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent THE last time someone used a T-shirt to support an under-fire Luis Suarez it caused a furore but that did not stop Diego Maradona today backing the banned striker in similar fashion. The Argentina...
Million to Line the Streets for Tour De London; THREE 'FAN PARKS' WILL SCREEN LIVE ACTION OF CYCLING STARSForget Rio, the Real Carnival Ofsport Is Here, Says Boris
Byline: Matthew Beard Transport Editor AT least one million spectators are expected to line the route of the Tour de France when the world's largest annual sporting event comes to London, organisers said today. Preparations for the London leg...
NatEx Promises Big Changes as It Seals Its New C2C Deal
Byline: Gideon Spanier CITY workers used to call it the Misery Line but the operator of the Essex-to-Fenchurch Street train route today promised a joyful new travelling experience after retaining the franchise in a PS1.5 billion deal. There will...
Now Mummy Murray's Minted: Judy Cashes in Just by Turning Up
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Miranda Bryant AS usual, Judy Murray was among the thousands of fans cheering on her son at Wimbledon today. But these days it seems she's also earning a few quid by doing so. Through lucrative sponsorship deals with...
Open Door Policy Could Give Murray Direct Route to Kim
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Miranda Bryant Grand entrance: Andy Murray checks his phone as he arrives at Wimbledon IF Andy Murray wins Wimbledon again this year he will have an easier route to girlfriend Kim Sears. The All England Club today unveiled...
PARADISE FOR PETROLHEADS; Stars of Motorsport Will Be out in Force at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Byline: David Williams MOTORING CONSUMER JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR IT'S your last chance to make plans for the greatest motorised garden party of them all; the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which transforms the rolling hills of West Sussex into a petrolhead's...
PLAIN CRAZY; System to Blame for England's Early Return from World Cup
Byline: Glenn Hoddle Former England manager World Cup watch THE players are back home after our worst ever performance at the World Cup and the answer to the problem is clear. We must give more English players opportunities, bring more young players...
Polo Proves Its Worth at the Pumps
Byline: Mike Stone ROAD TEST VOLKSWAGEN POLO 1.0 MPI 60 SE 5DR Top speed: 100mph; Combined fuel consumption: 60.1mpg; Emissions: 106g/km; Price: PS13,065 EVEN Sherlock Holmes would be pushed to spot it, but Volkswagen has revised its venerable Polo...
Q & A; TENNISLindsay Davenport Won Wimbledon in 1999 and Says She's Been Blown Away by Rafa but Not So Much Serena This Year
Byline: Lindsay Davenport How special a place is Wimbledon to you? I love it. It's dear to my heart. It's the most special place in tennis. I don't know whether that's because of the private club, the whites or the tradition but everyone treats...
Receptionist 'Was Hit and Called Black Slave by Embassy Official'
Byline: Merissa Richards, Rashid Razaq and Matthew Watts A BRITISH receptionist was allegedly called a "black slave" and hit by a senior official at the Qatari Embassy in London in a sustained campaign of racial bullying. Mohamoud Ahmed, 73,...
Refs Should Wise Up to Tactical Fouling
Byline: Patrick Barclay at the World Cup REFRESHING though this World Cup has proved in terms of entertainment, judicious though much of the refereeing has been in not allowing legitimate collisions to interrupt the flow of play, it's hardly been...
Rock 'N' Roll, Brothers; How Did Three Siblings from Dusty Missouri End Up as a Noisy Punk Trio with the Most Exciting Live Act around? Radkey Talk to David Smyth about Home-Schooling with Mum, Touring with Dad and Their Love of Metal
Byline: David Smyth WHAT were you up to when you were 16? Squeezing spots? Perhaps a bit of light tennis-racquet guitar in front of the mirror? I'm guessing you weren't roaming the world in a tour bus, drumming hard with your older brothers, playing...
Serena So Happy That Sister Act Is Reunited
Byline: Matt Majendie at Wimbledon SERENA WILLIAMS believes having sister Venus with her at Wimbledon could make all the difference in her bid to be champion for a sixth time. The older of the Williams siblings, herself a five-time winner at SW19,...
Should I Stay or Should I Go? the Only Topic of Conversation for London's Caledonian Clan Is the Scottish Referendum. Susannah Butter and Sam Dix Ask Where the Capital's Expats Stand on the Burning Issue
Byline: Susannah Butter and Sam Dix THIS is about more than a taste for haggis and Tunnocks tea cakes. London has declared itself seriously concerned with the future of the Union. The looming referendum on Scottish independence takes place in a...
Still a Sweet Treat the Second Time around; Theatre
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Theatre Royal Drury Lane, WC2 IT WAS almost a year ago to the day that the musical version of Willy Wonka's fantabulous factory threw open its doors for business. Sam Mendes's glossy, riotously...
Suarez Was Treated like a Dog, Says His Granny as Sponsor Dumps Biting Star
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia in Rio de Janeiro LUIS SUAREZ was today dropped by one of his sponsors over the World Cup biting storm as his grandmother claimed he had been kicked out of the tournament "like a dog". 888poker became the first sponsor...
Tactically Astute Chile Prepare to Seize Their Moment as Cool Scolari Claims He Has 'Not a Single Drop of Fear'
IT is already the kind of tale that can be woven into the World Cup's rich tapestry, the modern equivalent of boisterous fans keeping squads up all night, writes Miguel Delaney. As Chile trained in Belo Horizonte on Thursday, manager Jorge Sampaoli...
Tesco Chairman Calls for More Time for Clarke
Byline: Simon Neville TESCO boss Philip Clarke received a stay of execution today from his chairman as Sir Richard Broadbent gave the under-fire chief executive his full support under the glare of sceptical shareholders. The chairman urged angry...
Thames 'Duck' Boat Tours to Restart after Blaze Inquiry
Byline: Rashid Razaq LONDON'S amphibious vehicle tours are to resume on the Thames nine months after a fire on board a vessel forced passengers to swim for their lives. Thirty people had to jump overboard when flames engulfed the London Duck...
The Annual Pride March Will Be the Usual Fabulous Spectacle; Pick of the Day
Live from Pride Saturday, London Live, 3pm Don't panic if you're in the middle of an ostrich-feather jumpsuit crisis (we've been there) and fear you'll miss out on Pride, because London Live will be broadcasting from the centrepiece of the event. ...
The GO Pride; A Steamy Sauna Musical, a Glittering Orchestra, Disco, Drag and Conchita -- Celebrate Sexuality of All Kinds This Weekend in Our Big Gay Capital
Byline: Ben Walters 1. Your Conchita moment Showtime: Pride Main Stage Trafalgar Square, WC2, tomorrow, 1pm-8pm, free The Pride parade leads to the event's main stage beneath Nelson's Column. Bearded drag diva du jour Conchita Wurst, fresh from...
The Heat Will Be on Murray If He Is Forced Back under the Roof
Byline: Chris Jones at Wimbledon THE Centre Court roof looks certain to be needed again today to combat the predicted rain, and that may not be to Andy Murray's liking as he attempts to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut. Last night it was used for...
These Girls Just Wanna Have Fun; FILM
Byline: Charlotte O' Sullivan WALKING ON SUNSHINE Cert 12A, 97 mins HAVING stumbled across Tahiti, Paul Gauguin whipped up a storm of paintings celebrating the island's primitive maidens. In much the same way, one could argue, British directors...
Tough Action on Syria Rebels Threatens UK, Warns Ex-MI6 Chief
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor A FORMER senior MI6 officer has warned that Britain's policy of prosecuting British fighters and treating them "harshly" after their return from Syria is not working and could worsen the terrorist threat...
Track It; David Smyth's Playlist
Benjamin Curtis of indie-electronica band School of Seven Bells died of lymphoma last year at just 35. One final song has just emerged, a cover of Joey Ramone's I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up), which, appropriately given its content, was recorded...
Two Boys on a Train and a New Era in Gay History; as London Celebrates Gay Pride, It Shows How Attitudes Have Changed, Thanks to Brave Campaigners
Byline: Neil Bartlett SOME things never change -- others, however, most definitely do. For instance: last weekend my northbound train back up to town from Brighton got stuck on the points just outside London Bridge. The train was crowded with families...
We Are Acting Now to Reform Child Protection
Byline: Michael Gove Education Secretary THE Evening Standard's campaigns to boost apprenticeships, Get London Reading and bring relief to London's dispossessed remind us all why papers are so vital to our democracy. The Standard's reporting this...
We're Only Here Because We Can Win the World Cup, Insists Ozil; Arsenal Star Is Bullish as Germans Progress Effortlessly into 'The Real Tournament'
Byline: Tim Rich in Recife USA 0 GERMANY 1 JOACHIM LOW suggested he would resign as Germany manager if they failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup. Even given the bruising strength of their group, this was a threat unlikely to...
Will the Real Brazil Please Stand Up? Hosts Have Failed to Meet Expectations but Fernandinho Could Be the Man to Get Them Sparkling Again. by Miguel Delaney
Byline: Miguel Delaney aWEEK before the World Cup, when excitement around the Brazil team had not yet been affected by the underwhelming nature of their football, Fernandinho was asked about replicating the country's success of 2002. Surprisingly,...
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