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Articles from August 21, 2014

3 Million Visitors to Olympic Park since Re-Opening
Byline: Miranda Bryant THE Olympic Park is set to welcome its three millionth visitor since re-opening to the public, making it one of the capital's most popular free attractions. The home of the 2012 Games will tomorrow celebrate reaching the landmark...
40 Million Reasons for Pochettino's Euro U-Turn; with a Lucrative Champions League Place Up for Grabs, Spurs Boss Now Rates UEFA's Lesser Tournament. by Giuseppe Muro
Byline: Giuseppe Muro MAURICIO POCHETTINO said he had "no interest" in the Europa League at Southampton but the much-maligned competition has now taken on greater significance for Tottenham's new manager. The winners will qualify for next season's...
A Dazzling Supernatural Epic from the Cloud Atlas Creator; THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell (Sceptre, PS20)
Byline: JEROME BOYD MAUNSELL THE superbly talented British author David Mitchell's sixth novel begins with a freewheeling sequence set in the summer of 1984 told by a 15-year-old, running away from home after her mum slaps her for going out the...
A Porn-Addled, Two-Timing, Racist Misogynist -- What's Not to Like?
Byline: DAVID SEXTON PHILIP LARKIN: LIFE, ART AND LOVE by James Booth (Bloomsbury, PS25) "LARKIN'S reputation as a poet is secure. His reputation as a man is, however, in a less healthy state," says James Booth in the introduction to this new biography....
A Working-Class Heroine Is Something to Be
THE movie Made in Dagenham celebrates a real-life early fight for equal pay for women "1968. It's a man's world. But not for long..." ran the strapline. But according to Gemma Arterton, who will soon be starring in Rupert Goold's West End musical adaptation...
Battersea Dogs Home Issues Warning over 'Danger Breeds'
Byline: Mark Blunden WORRIED staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are witnessing an "escalation" in abandoned dogs cross-bred to be bigger and more intimidating. Thousands of animals are brought to Battersea annually, with legal bull breeds...
Before Photoshop Was Invented, There Was Dali; in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at the Surreal Mind of an Artist and How Dreams Have Inspired Him and Others
Byline: The Naked Eye Charles Saatchi TAKEN in 1948 this image memorably depicted gravity defeated, a moment in time plucked from a chaotic convergence of flying cats, water, chairs, paintings and the magnificent showman Salvador Dali. The image...
BREAK SILENCE TO FIND 'JIHADI JOHN' LONDONERS WHO KNOW IDENTITY OF ISLAMIST BUTCHER URGED TO HELP HUNTWe Must Work Together to Deal with This Menace, Says Muslim Leader
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, David Gardner and David Churchill LONDONERS who suspect they know the savage killer of US journalist James Foley were today urged to break their silence and help in the hunt to catch him. Intelligence experts think some...
Chancellor Has Failed to Deliver on His Side of the Rates 'Bargain' Economic Analysis
Byline: Russell Lynch MP Mark Field's questions over the independence of the Bank of England's ratesetting committee were given the best possible riposte yesterday by the first split decision on interest rates for over three years. If there was...
College Helps You Make the Grade; Think Staying on at School Is the Only Option? City of Westminster College Offers an Alternative Including Universitylevel Options, Writes Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth LAST week, students at City of Westminster College were celebrating their A-level results -- 97 per cent passed their exams and many are going on to continue their studies at university level. Among them was Atiqur Rahman,...
Costain: Mega-Mergers Are the Future for Builders
Byline: Russell Lynch DEALS like the mooted PS3 billion mega-merger between Balfour Beatty and Carillion will be a feature of the landscape for the near future as the industry's major customers demand larger-scale builders for long-term deals, the...
COULD PM'S CAUTION PUT PUBLIC AT RISK? Commentary
Byline: Martin Bentham DAVID CAMERON has responded to the barbaric killing of James Foley by promising that there will be "no knee-jerk" reaction or rush to introduce new laws. He made the same pledge just over a year ago following the equally horrific...
Don't Get Swept along with the IS Horror Show
Byline: RosamundUrwin HUMANITY is proud of James," proclaimed a banner in Syria yesterday. It was a tribute to James Foley, the American photojournalist who was murdered by an Islamic State jihadist. The banner was being held by men in the Syrian...
English Grades Plummet as Gove Changes Give Maths Advantage; Schools Fear Missing Targets as New Rules Deliver 'Shock' GCSE Results
Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent ENGLISH GCSE grades fell by a record amount today as schools were hit by "shock" exam results. Sweeping reforms have caused dramatic changes in the results of key subjects, with the number passing English...
Hospital's 40,000 Extra Patients after Neighbouring A&E Closes
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor HOSPITAL managers were unprepared for an influx of almost 40,000 more patients after a neighbouring accident and emergency department was axed, a report reveals today. Nurses at North Middlesex hospital, in Edmonton,...
How Could Palace Get Dragged into Such a Mess?
Byline: Patrick Barclay HOW can such a horrible thing happen to such an admirable club? By "club" I mean the Crystal Palace we hear and feel on match days -- the support that makes Selhurst Park one of the Premier League's warmest and most atmospheric...
How Launching the Onesie Let Me Take Beckett's Toughest Monologue on Tour
Byline: Anna Dubuis ACTRESS Lisa Dwan's performance as the disembodied mouth in Samuel Beckett's gruelling monologue Not I is remarkable. Just as remarkable, however, is how she made the money to take it on a global tour -- by pioneering the...
I Cried When Jamie Got Back on His BMX; Cyclist Left in Coma by Attack Will Walk Fiancee to Altar
Byline: Miranda Bryant THE fiancee of a BMX rider who was left brain-damaged and unable to walk after an unprovoked street attack today told of his incredible recovery and how she cried tears of joy when she saw him cycle again. Jamie McKechnie,...
I Fear That United Will Go into the Wilderness Just like Liverpool
Byline: Paul Scholes IN THE few weeks at the end of last season, when I was part of Ryan Giggs's coaching team at Manchester United, I was asked my opinion on whether the club should sign Cesc Fabregas or Toni Kroos this summer. I thought there...
I'll Buy Shares, Vows Quindell Chairman as He Slams Critics
Byline: Oscar Williams-Grut UNDER-FIRE insurance outsourcer Quindell came out swinging today, with its chairman attacking shortsellers and vowing to put more of his money into shares. Quindell stock has fallen almost 230% since its highs in April...
I'm Not Changing My Run-Up; Jordan Ignores Botham Advice Which Could Make Him a 90mph-Plus Terror for England
Byline: Tom Peck FIGURES of four for 18 are unlikely to be forgotten and certainly not by Chris Jordan. They were his statistics as England demolished India on day three of the Fifth Test at the Kia Oval last Sunday, the culmination of a remarkable...
'I'm Seeing Evidence That These Acts Will Repel More People Than They Attract' after the Shocking Execution of James Foley, the Officer Leading Britain's Anti-Terror Police tellsJoshi Herrmannwhy Muslim Women Are Key to Stopping Young Hot-Heads Joining the Jihad
Byline: Joshi Herrmann AT SCOTLAND Yard, a woman who made her name fighting gangs and talking down hostage-takers is the person in charge of preventing Britain's young Islamists from becoming the next "Black Beatle" -- the name given today to the...
Investors Stock Up on Astra as Buzz Revives over Pfizer Move; Market Round-Up
Byline: Oscar Williams- Grut BLUE-CHIP investors piled into Astra-Zeneca today on hopes that one of the most-touted drug deals of the year could still go down, a takeover by Pfizer. Talks over a tie-up collapsed in May, with Pfizer's final PS55-a-share...
I QUIT; PALACE ACCEPT MOODY'S OFFER TO STEP DOWNSelhurst Chief Parish Accepts Moody's Offer to Quit the Club
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent CRYSTAL PALACE sporting director Iain Moody resigned this morning as the Malky Mackay scandal engulfed the club. Moody (above left) decided to step down after shocking revelations about offensive...
Israel Air Strikes Hamas Military. Kill Three Top Commanders
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THREE senior Hamas military commanders have been killed by Israeli air strikes, the militant group said today. The deaths of Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum were announced following early-morning...
It's a Ling Thing; PEOPLE Take One Model, an Actor and a Blogger and You Get Bip, Pele and Evangeline. Phoebe Luckhurst Meets the Fashionable Siblings Shaking Up London
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst BIP, Pele and Evangeline Ling confirm all the stereotypes about birth order. Sitting around a table at the Storm offices -- the model agency that represents Bip and Evangeline -- their badinage plays into the hands of the...
It's the Economy, Stupid -- and This Witty Read Will Take You beyond the Boring Jargon; HOW TO SPEAK MONEY: WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY AND WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN by John Lanchester (Faber, PS17.99)
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON HOW to Speak Money, the new book by novelist and journalist John Lanchester, claims to be about understanding the financial jargon that makes the business pages of most newspapers a no-go area. But it is not about that at...
I've Seen the Future and Its Name Is Graphene
Byline: Amol Rajan OF ALL the technological revolutions that have sped up history, perhaps none has had so big an impact on so many people in such a short space of time as the internet. To think of how many lives have been transformed by iPhones...
'I Was Tortured and Beaten for Days' British Student Held Hostage by Ukraine Rebels for Two Weeks
Byline: Anna Dubuis A BRITISH student who was held captive by pro-Russian rebels after being abducted in eastern Ukraine today told of his terrifying ordeal. Mohammed El Gasim, from Hounslow, says he spent two weeks being tortured, interrogated...
Jury Is Still out on Whether Reforms Are a Triumph; COMMENTARY
Byline: Professor Alan Smithers A WEEK is a long time in examination results. Can the shifts up and down in GCSEs and A-levels be claimed as a triumph for Michael Gove's reforms? The jury is still out. The most striking difference is in English...
Just Too Good for Its Own Good: Met Cancels the Kingston Carnival
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor POLICE have been accused of double standards after a London community carnival was cancelled at the last minute amid fears too many people would attend. Organisers of the annual Kingston carnival criticised...
Just Watch the Game! Forget about Checking Emails, Updating Your Facebook Status, Filming Corners And
Byline: Dan Jones HERE'S a teaser. If a tree falls in a forest and no one films it on their iPhone, edits a cool Vine video and puts it on 'the' Twitter, did it actually happen? Think for a minute. In the meantime, let's talk about PSV Eindhoven,...
London 'Danger Areas' Map Not True, Says Met
Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Robin de Peyer THE publication of a map warning rich foreign visitors to avoid London's "danger areas" sparked a reassurance by the Met today that there is "absolutely nowhere" in the capital which should be avoided. ...
Londoners Want Lord Coe to Run for Tory Mayor
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor LONDONERS would most like Lord Coe to be the next Tory mayoral contender, according to a poll. Just under a quarter of adults say they would prefer Lord Coe, the London 2012 Games chief, to stand...
London Lovers; the Capital Has Been Named Most Influential City in the World and Plenty of A-Listers Agree. Susannah Butter Rounds Up the Celebs Who Are Settling Down, Partying Hard or Just Cashing In
Byline: Susannah Butter IT'S nice to be recognised. You may have experienced the thrill of being in London but now it's official. The capital has been named most influential city in the world by Forbes magazine, beating New York to the top spot,...
Ministers 'Must Do More to Prevent Young Being Radicalised Here in UK'
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor MINISTERS were today accused of failing to tackle radicalisation adequately amid warnings that "disturbing" numbers of Britons are sympathetic to Islamist extremists in Iraq, and claims that the total from...
Osborne Has Given Us Growth Now We Need Stability; the Chancellor's Gamble Appears to Be Paying off but a Booming Economy Brings a Fresh Set of Risks with It
Byline: Patience Wheatcroft WHEN George Osborne became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2010, he committed himself to a tough regime that would bring down the country's record deficit and restore economic probity. "Austerity" would be the watchword....
Parents' Outrage as Council Axes Subsidised Childcare 'While Spending Millions on Arts'
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent ONE of London's wealthiest boroughs was today criticised for axing subsidised childcare that provides a "lifeline" for working parents. Kensington and Chelsea council is to shut its after-school and...
Professor Green: My Fear That I've Been Forgotten; Entertainment News and Gossip
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent PROFESSOR GREEN fears music fans might have forgotten about him after three years without an album. The 30-year-old Hackney rapper will release his third album next month but believes the industry...
Residents Trapped after Car Smashes through House Wall
Byline: Anna Dubuis THIS is the aftermath after a car hurtled off a residential road, knocked down a lamppost, smashed through a wall and ended up in the hallway of a detached house. Residents of the house, which is divided into three flats,...
Setting the Bog Standard
Byline: andrew neather WC WINE & CHARCUTERIE The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 (on traffic island next to Clapham Common Tube), 020 7622 5505, wcclapham.co.uk. Open Mon-Fri 6pmlate, Sat/Sun noon-late. Reservations for booths only. A meal for...
Shock Rise in Borrowing Hits Osborne's Deficit Drive
Byline: Russell Lynch CHANCELLOR George Osborne's efforts to tackle the deficit were dealt a surprise blow today as shock figures showed borrowing running PS1.8 billion ahead of last year despite the strongest growth since 2007. Analysts said...
Shop till You Depop; TRENDS Fancy Snapping Up the Cast-Offs of the Famous and Stylish? You'll Need a New App for That, Says Phoebe Luckhurst
Byline: says Phoebe Luckhurst ANYONE who has sold their clothes at a car-boot sale will know it is a demoralising, mercenary affair: your cast-offs are pawed over by avaricious traders and then, mostly, cast off for a second time. Dejected, you...
Star Performer Top Marks for Aspiring Physicist Who Moved to London from Latvia at the Age of Six
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds and Tammy Hughes A GIRL who received eight A*s and three As in her GCSEs today said she was "completely thrilled" and told of her ambition to become a physicist. Rosa Jemeljanova, 16, a student at The City Academy in Hackney,...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 19 There's no debating it. You've just received an offer in some form, and it's brilliant. Yet you're quibbling about it. The problem isn't what is coming your way but, rather, your desire to be in charge, which you're not. Admitting...
Still Shocking after 26 Years, a Great Lost Album from a Great Lost Band; Review
Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD JANE'S ADDICTION O2 Academy, Brixton IN 1988 Jane's Addiction's second album, Nothing's Shocking, failed to make the Top 100 on either side of the Atlantic. Twenty-six years and more than a million sales later, Nothing's Shocking's...
Teenage Arsonists Guilty of Killing Homeless Man
Byline: John Dunne TEENAGERS who torched a derelict house unaware that a homeless man was in the basement have been convicted of manslaughter and arson. The 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl have been sent to young offenders' institutions...
Teenager Knifed and Officer Hurt as Police Break Up Rave
Byline: David Churchill and Ben Morgan A TEENAGER was stabbed as hundreds of people descended on Finsbury Park for an illegal pre-Notting Hill Carnival rave. Huge crowds gathered for the "block party" advertised on Twitter earlier yesterday....
Texts, Tweets and Posts
Anne McElvoy suggests we don't dislike people with inherited wealth as much as we hate bankers and financial workers. Isn't it obvious why? The inheritors may have too much money but, by and large, it's theirs. Bankers created a situation that lost...
There's Still Time to Boost Your Future; There Are Still Places Available at Many Universities, Including the 'Intellectually Stimulating' Anglia Ruskin University
Byline: NIKI CHESWORTH IF YOU have still not finally accepted a place through Clearing, do not panic -- there are still places available even at top universities, giving you a chance to upgrade to a better university or course. And if Anglia...
The Restaurant the Bill Is Really Where Splitting Not an Option; Eenmaal Plans to Take Stigma out of Dining Alone in London
Byline: Sophie Goodchild A RESTAURANT which claims to have been the first in the world to cater purely for solo diners is opening in the capital. Marina Van Goor, the creator of Dutch eat-alone concept Eenmaal, today revealed she is looking at...
This Tipple Has Us in a Pickle; the Spirits Richard Godwin's Cocktail Adventures
IT LOOKS like a blood sample. It smells rather funky. Open the jar and the astringent vapours prise open your nasal passages and implant in them a note of ever-so-slightly rotten fruit. It tastes, well, to be perfectly honest, it tastes like vinegar,...
Tom Aikens: I Won't Copy Jamie's Kitchen Empire
Byline: Rod Kitson TOM AIKENS has ruled out a Jamie Oliver-style bistro empire, saying restaurant sites in London are becoming too scarce and he wants to keep his brand "special". As the chef opened the capital's fourth Tom's Kitchen brasserie...
Tube Sex Attackers Face Police Blitz Using Facial Recognition Technology
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor POLICE are using facial recognition software to track down serial sex offenders harassing passengers on London's Tube and rail network. The head of British Transport Police said extra undercover officers...
Under-Fire Magath Calls for Patience from Fans as Fulham Remain Pointless; Club London
Byline: fulham wolves Jack Pitt-Brooke FULHAM fans were calling for the dismissal of Felix Magath following last night's defeat, their side's third in a row this season. Magath's answer, after seeing his side outplayed, was the only one he could...
Virtual Family Man; A Break-Up Puts You in Mourning for a Future You Will Never Have, Ed Fornieles, Internet Artist and Former Boyfriend of Felicity Jones, Tells Ben Luke
Byline: Ben Luke THERE are two things about Ed Fornieles. One is that he is the most sought-after artist of the so called "postinternet" generation. The other, that he was in a decade-long relationship with British actress turned Hollywood name...
Vivid Storytelling in a Masterpiece of Social Unease; THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters (Virago, PS20)
Byline: JANE SHILLING IN CAMBERWELL, that shabbygenteel suburb of south-east London with its uneasy mixture of the villas of the professional classes and the mean dwellings of artisans, a widow and her spinster daughter find themselves on hard times....
We Must Eliminate IS Together
THE brutal beheading of US journalist James Foley by the socalled Islamic State (IS) is shocking but it should not come as a surprise. Nor should the fact that the executioner had a strong London accent. After all, the video was designed for a Western...
Wenger Says He Has No Regrets over Rejecting Cesc; Wenger: I've No Regrets over Rejecting Fabregas
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENE WENGER today stood by his decision not to re-sign Cesc Fabregas and claims he only regrets the midfielder leaving Arsenal in the first place. The Gunners had first refusal on Fabregas as...
What to Stream and What to Beam
5-a-Side londonlive.co.uk There might be six fewer players in this form of football but that increases the intensity by 45 per cent, which is evident in this comedy-drama about five lads who play with one another. Starring Keith Duffy, right, Suzanne...
Who Is the Honourable Woman? as the Hit TV Thriller Climaxes Tonight, Will We Berooting for Flawed Nessa or Putting Our Faith in Icy Atika?Alastair McKayweighs Up the Integrity of the Fierce Female Characters
Byline: Alastair McKay AS THE Honourable Woman draws to a close with tonight's finale, many questions remain unanswered. That is to be expected of a drama that seeks to explore the complexities of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, but its...
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