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Articles from January 26, 2015

A Brush with Picasso at the Serras
Byline: Destination Spain BARCELONA's hotel scene is as eclectic as the energetic Catalan capital itself, including a collection of five-star hotels that remain at the top of their game. Among them is the Hotel Arts, the W and the Mandarin Oriental,...
Actor Sean Lands a Meaty Role with His Venture into Best of British Charcuterie
Byline: Oscar Blend GROWTH CAPITAL SEAN CANNON is the sort of chap you ought to hate. Young, handsome, successful, the founder of a business that deals in enticing British cured meats, yet he doesn't carry a spare ounce of fat -- it's enough to...
A Fresh and Urgent Challenge for Europe
LEFTISTS Syriza have scored a stunning victory in Greece's general election, and have already formed a working coalition with a small eurosceptic party. How far Syriza will now go with its bold promises is another matter. Most significantly for the...
After the Shock Waves in Greece There Must Be a New Compromise; If the Beleaguered Eurozone Is to Survive, Both Victorious Leftists Syriza and the EU Will Need to Show More Flexibility
Byline: Vicky Pryce GREECE has spoken, and by giving radical Left-wing party Syriza 35 per cent of the vote and 149 parliamentary seats -- just two short of an overall majority -- Greeks have voted decisively against austerity. In the process, they...
A Left-Field Suggestion Now That Sands' Time Has Run Out
Byline: Jim Armitage City Editor COMMENTARY IT was December before last when we started reporting that Standard Chartered chairman Sir John Peace might pull the plug on his chief executive. I recall the date, because after our first story, a...
A Left-Field Suggestion Now That Sands' Time Has Run out; COMMENTARY
Byline: Jim Armitage City Editor IT was December before last when we started reporting that Standard Chartered chairman Sir John Peace might pull the plug on his chief executive. I recall the date, because after our first story, a colleague and...
BA Owner Soars as It Closes in on PS1bn Aer Lingus Deal
Byline: Nick Goodway SHARES in British Airways owner IAG soared to a 16-year high today as it moved closer to a ?1.36 billion (PS1.02 billion) takeover of Irish flag-carrier Aer Lingus. For the first time since the bid battle started just before...
Bettany: London Is My Home and I Think of Moving Back All the Time
Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent BRITISH actor Paul Bettany has said he misses London "horribly" and is considering a return to his home city with his American wife Jennifer Connelly and their children after more than a decade in the...
Beware of Ukip's Glittering Gifts, Prime Minister
Byline: Sam Leith DID you catch the story of the 22-year-old entrepreneur who set up Ship Your Enemies Glitter a website that would send envelopes full of glitter through the post anonymously? The idea was that, thinking this envelope contained...
Boom Time, of Course -- There's a Poll Ahead
Byline: Hamish McRae city comment WE HAVE got the European Central Bank's huge quantitative easing plan on the way, though we can only guess at how effective it will turn out to be. We have got the Greek elections out of the way, though we can only...
Cameron Pledges Tax Cuts for 'The People Who Keep Britain Going'
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON put middle-class tax cuts at the heart of his election campaign today by saying he would make "the people in between" better off. He admitted that too many had been sucked into the 40p tax band,...
Check in to Prehab; Fitness Want to Run? Preparation Is Key to Staying Injury-Free, Says Phoebe Luckhurst
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst THE pain is at its worst two days after the fact. On the first day, post gruelling workout, you awoke feeling remarkable. Stretched, lissom, springy -- and smug, obviously. Then, the next morning, you opened your eyes and...
City Volunteers Needed to Inspire and Support State-School Pupils
ETON'S Old Boys Club has not only firmly established itself in the corridors of power, it is also taking over Hollywood, with old Etonian Eddie Redmayne tipped for an Oscar. The connection with private school alumni and a future career in the City...
Cyclist Planning Her Wedding Killed by Lorry after Sister Dies in Childbirth
Byline: Anna Dubuis A CYCLIST who got engaged in the summer has been killed in a crash with a lorry only months after her sister died in childbirth. Physiotherapist Stephanie Turner, 29, died two miles from her home when she was hit by an HGV...
Delight as First Woman Bishop Is Ordained despite Lone Protester
Byline: Kiran Randhawa THE Church of England made history today as it appointed its first woman bishop. The Rev Libby Lane was ordained as Bishop of Stockport at York Minster but the service was disrupted by a lone protester. The Archbishop...
EU Could Face Big Bill to Stay Together; COMMENTARY
Byline: James Ashton THE big question after this stunning election victory is: what is the price for keeping the euro project alive? Alexis Tsipras thinks he knows. It amounts to a significant chunk of the country's [euro]320 billion debt burden,...
Fabulous Ms Fox Insists Her Whole Family Will Be Making Their Hair Funny for Money
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds EMILIA FOX plans to get every member of her famous acting family to sport a wacky hairstyle on Red Nose Day and support the Standard's latest Comic Relief campaign. The Silent Witness star, 40, called on the entire Fox...
Farrell's Anxious Wait for Scan Results as England Injury Problems Pile Up
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent ENGLAND are facing serious injury problems in the build up to the Six Nations clash against Wales following a bruising climax to the pool stages of the Rugby Champions Cup. Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell...
FITNESS RECONFIGURED; A Multi-Million-Pound Gym Revamp. A New Member Experience Designed by Sports Psychologists. in 2015, Fitness First Really Is Setting the Agenda
Fitness First prides themselves on being ahead of the game,from the innovation of their club refurbishments and the new freestyle training available in their gyms - not to mention improved customer service and overall gym experience. For Fitness...
Get-Tough Gimmickry Will Never Solve London's Gang Problems
Byline: David Lammy MP for Tottenham THIS year began with an awful statistic: nine young Londoners were murdered in the first nine days of 2015. The job of tackling youth violence is far from complete. But the Mayor's latest "Shield" initiative,...
Greek Banks and Bonds Head South on Syriza Victory
Byline: Russell Lynch SYRIZA'S stunning election victory in Greece sent investors scrambling to sell the stricken nation's debt and dump bank shares today as the future of its international bail-out hung in the balance. The poll victory for the...
Greek Left-Wing Victor Forms Coalition as Markets Hold Nerve
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor LEFT-wing leader Alexis Tsipras rushed to form a new government in Greece today as the markets held their nerve over the threat of his country crashing out of the euro. The head of the Syriza Party...
Hair Raising! We're Asking Londoners to Sport a New Hairstyle on Red Nose Daystandard Joins Comic Relief in Cash Appeal for the Capital's Poorspecial Bake off, 'People's Strictly' and Mr Bean in Bid to Pass Ps1bn Mark
Byline: David Cohen Campaigns Editor THE Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund has joined forces with Comic Relief to raise money for Londoners in poverty at a time of rising inequality across the capital. We are asking our readers to "make your...
HAIR RAISING! WE'RE ASKING LONDONERS TO SPORT A NEW HAIRSTYLE ON RED NOSE DAY; STANDARD JOINS COMIC RELIEF IN CASH APPEAL FOR THE CAPITAL'S POOR; Special Bake off, 'People's Strictly' and Mr Bean in Bid to Pass PS1bn Mark
Byline: David Cohen Campaigns Editor THE Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund has joined forces with Comic Relief to raise money for Londoners in poverty at a time of rising inequality across the capital. We are asking our readers to "make your...
How Did PM Guess 11am Call Was a Hoax? Man Said: Sorry I Woke You
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent DAVID CAMERON today told how he began to suspect a phone call was a hoax when the prankster apologised for waking him even though it was almost midday. The call is believed to have been made by a con-artist...
How to Make the Most of a Post-Workout Chill-Out; Technology Find Your Appy Place to Cool off after a Hard Session, Says Phoebe Luckhurst
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst THE received wisdom goes that workouts stress your body and de-stress your mind; and the endorphin rush after a sweaty session is certainly cheering. But racing limbs lead to a racing mind -- and frantic endorphins can make...
In the Shadow of Canary Wharf a Former City Trader Hands out Food to the Desperate 'We See People You Wouldn't Imagine on Hard Times' after a Brush with Death Denise Bentley Decided She Had to Live Less Selfishly. David Cohen Talks to Her and One of the 5,000 People Her Food Bank Has Helped
Byline: David Cohen DENISE BENTLEY had been a City forex dealer and management consultant when at the age of 40, she suffered a brain haemorrhage and her 10-year-old daughter found her passed out on the kitchen floor. It was a trauma of terrifying...
Jilted NHS Chief Loses Claim to the Home She Helped Lover Renovate
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent AN NHS boss who sued her former boyfriend for a half-share of his PS500,000 home after he dumped her has had her heart broken again by a judge's ruling. Lorna Gibson claimed that Dr William Knottenbelt...
Kylie Tells of Life That Surpassed Wildest Dreams as It's Revealed She Will Headline at Hyde Park
Byline: Alistair Foster KYLIE MINOGUE says she still cannot understand how she became one of Britain's favourite music stars but believes it was always her destiny to climb to the top of the pop world. In an exclusive interview with the Standard,...
Labour Could Seize Eight London Target Seats as Lead Grows
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor AN EXCLUSIVE poll today suggests Labour could seize up to eight of its London target seats at the general election, putting Ed Miliband a step closer to 10 Downing Street. With 101 days until the voting stations...
Lamela Is Hitting His Peak at the Right Time; Tottenham's PS30m Striker Feels Close to Best Form Ahead of Their Semi-Final Showdown. Tom Collomosse Reports
Byline: Tom Collomosse ERIK LAMELA believes he is on the brink of rediscovering the form that persuaded Tottenham to make him their record signing. Spurs paid Roma PS30million for Lamela, 22, in the summer of 2013 but so far, because of injuries...
Learn Lessons of 2010 TV Debates
GOOD news that the TV leaders' debates now seem likely to take place. They are a valuable resource to help voters make up their minds. The broadcasters have been right to widen the number of parties invited and to make clear that no one party leader...
Murray Is Impressed as Kyrgios Deals with Pressure
Paul Newman in Melbourne ANDY MURRAY took it relatively easy as he prepared for his Australian Open quarter-final here tomorrow but at least the Scot got a feel for smacking big shots at a local player on the other side of the net. In his practice...
Murray Is Impressed as Kyrgios Deals with Pressure
Byline: Paul Newman in Melbourne ANDY MURRAY took it relatively easy as he prepared for his Australian Open quarter-final here tomorrow but at least the Scot got a feel for smacking big shots at a local player on the other side of the net. In...
New Award Gets Eddie Ready for Oscars Glory; Star in Emotional Tribute to Stephen Hawking as He Pips Movie Rivals
Byline: Miranda Bryant EDDIE REDMAYNE pulled ahead of his rivals in the race for the best actor Oscar after winning a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. Redmayne, 32, who has already won...
New Service Lets Public Alert Councils to Rough Sleepers Who Need Help
Byline: Chris Green A LONDON-BASED service which allows members of the public to use their mobile phones to report rough sleepers could be "vital" in getting homeless veterans off the streets. StreetLink, which was set up two years ago and is...
Once Behind the Wheel, Normally Sedate Types Turn to Sheer Rage; Pick of the Day
Angry Britain Tonight, London Live, 10pm Britain's roads, it's claimed here, are the angriest in Europe but they are far from the most dangerous strips of tarmac in the country. Out of fear of reprisal, few have ever dared to speak about the real asphalt...
Pardew's Put Smile Back on My Face, Says Reborn Zaha
Byline: Giuseppe Muro WILFRIED ZAHA says the trust shown in him by Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is helping him get his career back on track. Things had stalled for Zaha since joining Manchester United last season but the winger, on loan...
Pass the Polish and Put the Cup Back in the Window the Magic Is Back after a Weekend of Shocks
Byline: Des Kelly T'S the Aladdin's Lamp of football. IEven now, if you rub away at the tarnished silverware, wipe off the grubby fingerprints of greed and remove the layers of greasy pandering to our super-rich clubs, you can still see the game's...
Shire's NPS Deal Gets a Shot in the Arm as Drug Given Green Light in US; Market Round-Up
Byline: Oscar Williams-Grut IT is just weeks after Irish drug maker Shire announced its $5.2 billion (PS3.46 billion) swoop for NPS Pharmaceuticals but the deal looks like it's already paying off. Natpara, one of the New Jersey-based company's...
Sixth-Form Student Dies after Collapsing in Maths Class
Byline: Anna Davis Education Editor PUPILS at a top London school are in mourning after a popular teenager collapsed in a maths lesson and died. Staff at Highgate School tried to revive Joshua Dorgu, 18, but were unable to resuscitate him. He was...
So You've Overdone It? Beauty Gone a Stretch Too Far in Yoga or Hit the Gym Too Hard? Emma McCarthy Finds the Balms and Oils to Super-Soothe Your Aching Muscles
Byline: Emma McCarthy Find your feet After a particularly intense pavementpounding session, your feet deserve a well-earned rest. Chill out tired toes with Aveda's soothing Foot Relief creme (PS19.50, aveda.co.uk), blended with active herbs to refresh,...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 19 In mid-January, Mars moved into the most strategic portion of your chart. It remains there until the end of February. Unlikely as it seems now, by then you'll have dealt with several issues that require a combination of patience...
Surge in Green Support Is Still a Threat to Miliband's Success; Joe Murphy ANALYSIS
LONDON'S political map looks rosy for Labour just now but if the Greens continue to surge that could all change. Political scientist Rob Ford calculates there are 11 seats in London where a Green bounce could stop Labour winning target seats or even...
Sweet Moment Turns Sour for Sakho after Criticism
Byline: Ken Dyer BRISTOL CITY 0 WEST HAM 1 DIAFRA SAKHO'S winning goal at Bristol City yesterday delighted West Ham supporters but the reaction in his home country of Senegal was somewhat different. Sakho, who missed the Africa Cup of Nations...
Take It Down: Abolishing the Dock Could Cut Court Costs, Says Top Judge
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE country's most senior judge has said the dock could be abolished in courts as part of a revolutionary overhaul of the way justice is carried out. Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, said there was...
Terry: We Must Pick Ourselves Up Again; ?Chelsea Captain Insists Only Two Wins Will Do as Blues Bid to Make Up for Fa Cup Shock'we Will Respond in the Way We Know Best — by Winning These Next Matches'
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA captain John Terry has told his team-mates they cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves in the wake of the Bradford FA Cup debacle and must make amends against Liverpool and Manchester City...
TERRY: WE MUST PICK OURSELVES UP AGAIN; CHELSEA CAPTAIN INSISTS ONLY TWO WINS WILL DO AS BLUES BID TO MAKE UP FOR FA CUP SHOCK; 'We Will Respond in the Way We Know Best -- by Winning These Next Matches'
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA captain John Terry has told his team-mates they cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves in the wake of the Bradford FA Cup debacle and must make amends against Liverpool and Manchester City...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
While stability in the Middle East is important, just what benefit do Londoners get from Boris Johnson going on a trip to Iraq? With Johnson set on a return to Parliament, you could be forgiven for thinking this looks more like a photo op than anything...
The Golden Age of Madison Avenue; Racist, Sexist, Rude, Crude and Dishonest; Blowing Cigar Smoke in Her Face, Spanking Her, Literally Walking over Her -- the Images of Women inSixties US Advertising Are Jaw-Droppingly Offensive and Have Their Roots in the Second World War
Byline: Charles Saatchi N THE middle of the last century, marketing men had few qualms about creating brutally sexist advertisements. IBrushing off any criticism of being misogynist, they would dryly explain that misogynists were men who just...
The Innovators Changing Our World; Social Entrepreneurs Are the New Face of the Third Sector, Running Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations That Do Good in New Ways, Writes Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth LONDON is the start-up capital of the world. It is also home to some of the most innovative and dynamic tech businesses. Yet not all of them are in it just for the money (although they do earn a living). Social entrepreneurs...
Tighter Security Rules Demanded after Hoax Calls to PM and Spy Chief
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent A SENIOR MP today demanded new security rules after a hoax caller reportedly high "on booze and cocaine" was put through to both the Prime Minister and the UK's spy chief. Commons Home Affairs Committee...
Under Pressure; Fashion Squeeze in to Tight-Fit Kit That Will Power Up Your Workout. Melanie Wilkinson Finds Super-Hot Gear to Get Your Blood Flowing
Byline: Melanie Wilkinson 1. Chest compression HPE's newly launched Combat Compression range is as fashionfriendly as it is hard-working. Settle into your spinning class knowing that your workout wear is not only supersoft, anti-sheer and anti-pilling...
Wenger Must Now Attack a New Problem; More Used to Dealing with an Injury Crisis at the Emirates, the Arsenal Manager Has to Find a Way of Accommodating So Many Quality Offensive Players as They Return to Action
Byline: James olley Chief Football Correspondent BRIGHTON 2 ARSENAL 3 ARSENE WENGER is more accustomed to cobbling together Arsenal teams from the remnants of an injuryravaged squad but a fresh problem is fast approaching: working out his best starting...
Winstone Takes on Developer in Fight to Save His Tailors
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor HARDMAN actor Ray Winstone has joined the fight to save one of the last family-owned tailors in the City, which is threatened with closure as a result of a huge property development. Copperfield...
Wolfsburg Jet in to Land Blues Outcast Schurrle; Costa Keen on Bridge Move If Cuadrado Deal Collapses
WOLFSBURG officials are in London to negotiate the signing of Andre Schurrle -- paving the way for Chelsea to step up their efforts to buy Juan Cuadrado or Douglas Costa, writes Simon Johnson. The Bundesliga team have already had a PS23.5million...
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