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Articles from September 22, 2015

AA Chief Raps Insurance Tax Rise as Profits Go into Reverse
Byline: Jim Armitage THE boss of the AA today slammed new Budget hikes to insurance premium tax as "incredibly unhelpful and incredibly unexpected". Asked about the shock 58% increase in the tax, announced in the July Budget, AA executive chairman...
Anya Hindmarch Pays Homage to Her High Street Heroes
Byline: Karen Dacre Fashion Edtor A HALL of mirrors served as a backdrop for Anya Hindmarch today as the handbag designer unveiled a collection dedicated to the British high street at London Fashion Week. Borrowing design codes from a host of our...
Arsenal Fans' Fury over New Ps3m Payment to Kroenke; Supporters' Trust Demand Spare Cash Is Spent on Reducing Ticket Prices or Improving Squadexclusive
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENAL fans today voiced their anger at the club's decision to sanction a second PS3million payment to a company owned by majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE)...
Arsenal Fans' Fury over New PS3m Payment to Kroenke; Supporters' Trust Demand Spare Cash Is Spent on Reducing Ticket Prices or Improving Squad EXCLUSIVE
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENAL fans today voiced their anger at the club's decision to sanction a second PS3million payment to a company owned by majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE)...
Artists to Light Up Landmarks of London at Lumiere Festival
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent DOZENS of artists from around the world will descend on London to light up the city in a new free festival. Landmark locations in the West End and King's Cross will be illuminated over four nights in January...
Beating England Would Be Massive, Says Lydiate
Byline: Matt Majendie WALES flanker Dan Lydiate has called on his team-mates to make amends from their past two defeats to England. Wales head to Twickenham facing the prospect of a hat-trick of defeats to England, having lost the past two Six...
Big Questions over Heathrow Runway, Says Commons Committee Chairman
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor DAVID CAMERON was today warned that the Government has "big questions to answer" over how it could meet EU air quality rules while backing a third runway at Heathrow. London Mayor Boris Johnson,...
BT Fights Back at Break-Up Calls with Tougher Broadband Targets
Byline: Angela Jameson BT fended off calls for a break-up today as it set out plans to deliver ultra-fast broadband to 10 million homes by 2020 five years earlier than planned. The FTSE 100 giant set out its vision for the future at a conference...
BT Fights Back at Break-Up Calls with Tougher Broadband Targets
Byline: Angela Jameson BT fended off calls for a break-up today as it set out plans to deliver ultra-fast broadband to 10 million homes by 2020 five years earlier than planned. The FTSE 100 giant set out its vision for the future at a conference...
Cameron Has a Lot to Answer for in the Middle East
Byline: Melanie McDonagh IT'S a hard act to follow the pig but the latest instalment of Lord Ashcroft's memoirs are more devastating than the fun, dinnerparty stuff about Mr Cameron's foolish youth, wouldn't you say? Today we learn about his approach...
Chelsea Team-Mates Stick Up for Discarded Skipper Terry
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent JOHN TERRY still has a major role to play at Chelsea despite losing his first-team place, according to his team-mates. Terry has been left on the bench for the club's last two matches and was also...
Downton to Hollywood and Now Dan Stevens Has Designs on Fashion
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent HE BECAME a household name as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey before forging a career as a Hollywood hunk. Now Dan Stevens has revealed he wants to try his hand at fashion design. The actor,...
Farron: We Need Housing Reforms to Deal with 'National Emergency'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor in Bournemouth LIB-DEMS Conference TIM FARRON is set to warn that the housing crisis is a "national emergency" and back major reforms, including a crackdown on properties being offered to "buy to leave"...
Fergie: Why I Twice Said No to England
SIR ALEX FERGUSON insists he never considered becoming England manager because their ability to win major tournaments has always been overestimated, writes James Olley. Ferguson claimed in his 2013 autobiography that he was offered the job in 1999,...
Florence Earns Her Seat at Music's Top Table with Euphoric Performance
Byline: DAVID SMYTH REVIEW FLORENCE + THE MACHINE Alexandra Palace, N22 DAVID SMYTH FLORENCE WELCH'S current tour might have felt like a minor afterthought after her grand summer, when an unfortunate leg break for Dave Grohl meant that she and her...
Foot Fetishist Given the Boot from Using Public Transport
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent A FOOT fetishist who tricked young women into taking off their shoes on buses and trains has been banned from travelling alone on public transport for two years. Three women fell victim to Alican Reilly,...
Forget Father and Son, This Is Just Business, Says Owen; RUGBY WORLD CUP2015
Byline: Miranda Bryant ENGLAND rugby player Owen Farrell says his relationship with his father at work is "strictly player-coach" and he does not get special treatment. Former league and union star Andy is the England backs coach but his flyhalf...
Former NFL Star: I'll Convert Top Rugby Players into American Football Giants
Byline: Anna Davis AMERICAN football experts are hoping to convert some of England's top rugby players into NFL stars to spark British interest in the sport. The National Football League is growing the game in England and wants a home-grown British...
Genia Calls on Aussie Public to Back Team
Byline: writes Matt Majendie. AUSTRALIA scrum-half Will Genia says he is being driven on by a lack of backing from the Australian public as the Wallabies prepare to get their World Cup under way tomorrow, writes Matt Majendie. Genia's side, who...
Getting All Fired Up for a Coal-Gas Comeback
Byline: Anthony Hilton city comment BEFORE the piping ashore of North Sea gas in the 1970s, Britain used coal gas. Every town of any size had its gasometer like the one that has been classified as a listed structure and still provides the backdrop...
Gimmicks? Great British Menu Is All about the Food, Says Chef
Byline: Rod Kitson A GREAT British Menu chef has defended the show over its judging system and use of props, insisting "the food is still the star". The BBC2 competition in which top chefs compete for the chance to cook a banquet for a high-profile...
Google Talks Up Its UK Role, but Try Searching for Its Tax Details
Byline: Gideon Spanier GOOGLE wants everyone to know how good it is for Britain. The internet giant has published a 60-page report that it commissioned from consulting firm Deloitte, which shows that Google contributed PS11 billion to the UK economy...
Hindmarch Pays Homage to High Street Heroes as Jagger Girls Shine
Byline: Karen Dacre Fashion Edtor A HALL of mirrors served as a backdrop for Anya Hindmarch today as the handbag designer unveiled a collection dedicated to the British high street. Borrowing design codes from a host of our best loved retailers,...
How to Save It; Hop on a Tube to Keep Wealthy as Well as Healthy. Meanwhile, It's Time to Review Your Energy Tariff and Look out for Deals on Meals and Hotels
Keep fit and save money KEEPING fit in the capital can be an expensive business if you want to do more than running round your local park. But running to the next borough could save you a packet. Your postcode dramatically affects the cost and affordability...
I Didn't Manage England Because They Were Overrated, Says Fergie
SIR ALEX FERGUSON insists he never considered becoming England manager because their ability to win major tournaments has always been overestimated, writes James Olley. Ferguson claimed in his 2013 autobiography that he was offered the job in 1999,...
I'm Part of the Best West Ham Squad I've Seen but Want My Chance to Play; James Collins Thought about Leaving Club in the Summer but Was Convinced to Stay and Wait for His Chance by New Boss Slaven Bilic Ken Dyer reportsEXCLUSIVE
Byline: Ken Dyer AMES COLLINS believes West Ham's squad is "by a distance" the best he has seen in his considerable time at the club. JGood news, then, for Slaven Bilic and his first-choice team but, as Collins also points out, not necessarily...
Investors Bet on Another Bid for RSA as Zurich Quits; Market Round-Up
Byline: Jamie Nimmo INVESTORS sniffed out a bargain at RSA after suitor Zurich Insurance pulled out of the running for the More Than insurer. Zurich's "it's us, not you" statement blaming last month's explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin...
Islamists Kidnap Four in Gun Raid on Philippines Holiday Resort
Byline: Mark Blunden FOUR people have been abducted by gunmen in a night-time raid on a popular island resort in the southern Philippines. Two Canadians, a Filipino woman and a Norwegian resort manager were kidnapped shortly before midnight yesterday...
It's Going to Be All Bright; Acid Tones, Summer Fur, Futuristic Frocks and Pop Art Prints: Karen Dacre and Emma McCarthy Pick the 12 Key Trends from the LFW Catwalks
Byline: Karen Dacre Emma McCarthy CHRISTOPHER KANE A dramatic skyline heavy with rain and mist served as a sublime backdrop for a Christopher Kane show that saw the Scottish designer bare his soul. In an exceptional collection, Kane jarred acid...
'Japan Will Be Exhausted after Their Emotional Boks Victory' Ex-Scotland Skipper Kelly Brown Is Sure History Will Not Repeat Itself
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent KELLY BROWN believes the mental and physical effort Japan produced to claim their amazing victory over South Africa will be difficult to repeat against Scotland at Gloucester tomorrow. Japan have already...
Karate Master Stabbed Shielding Girlfriend on Bus Was 'Seconds from Death'
Byline: Ben Morgan A KARATE instructor left "one minute from death" after being stabbed in the leg on a night bus today thanked a quick-thinking policewoman for saving his life. Black belt Peter Kolcz, 27, intervened to protect his girlfriend...
King: Derby Is Perfect Time for Kane to Come Good; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent LEDLEY KING believes a goal against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup tomorrow night could kick-start Harry Kane's season. Kane is still looking for his first Tottenham strike of the campaign but King...
Launchbury: Wales Are World-Class So We Know What a Challenge We Face
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent JOE LAUNCHBURY neatly summed up the challenge facing England in their crucial clash against Wales by revealing rival lock Alun Wyn Jones would be in his world XV. The build-up to Saturday's Pool A game...
Learning from the Professionals; Postgraduate Students at the University of East London Benefit from Studying with Experts in Their Fields, Says Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth WHAT should the leading architects, accountants, engineers and lawyers of tomorrow look for when choosing a postgraduate course? Full accreditation is a priority, followed by teaching, which focuses on professional practice...
Leitch: We Won't Be World Cup One-Hit Wonders
JAPAN captain Michael Leitch has warned Scotland that his side have no intention of being one-hit wonders. Leitch and his team-mates have barely had time to come back down to earth following Saturday's stunning win over South Africa but the Brave...
Lessons from London; Trends Hot Models, Cool Snacks, Skinny Brows and Show Ponies -- Karen Dacre and Emma McCarthy Tell Us What's Really Firing Up the F'row
Byline: Karen Dacre and Emma McCarthy 1. Everyone LOVES Lineisy Following a LFW in which debating who loves Linesiy Montero more has become sport among fashion editors, it seems only fair that we celebrate the queen of our collective hearts. ...
London's Young People Need Someone to Stop Skyrocketing Rents
Byline: Rohan Silva ASK 10 Londoners whether they think our city is fair and you'll probably get 10 different answers. Put the same question to 2,000 Londoners, as the independent London Fairness Commission has just done, and a much clearer picture...
M&B Sacks Darby as Shareholders Push for Change
Byline: Angela Jameson HARVESTER and Toby Carvery group Mitchells & Butlers sacked its chief executive today after shareholders lost patience with the rate of improvement at the pub company. Alistair Darby, chief executive for the past three...
My Jedi Nightmare: Star Wars Actor Admits Crying When He Read Script
Byline: News and gossip from the world of entertainment by Alistair Foster JOHN BOYEGA has revealed that he cried when he first read the script for the upcoming Star Wars movie. The Peckham actor is set to become a household name after landing...
Never Celt Better; the Murky Mix of Scottish, Irish, Anglo-Saxon and Mediterranean Artistic Traditions Makes for a Visual Feast That Fires the imaginationEXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Byline: Ben Luke CELTS: ART AND IDENTITY British Museum, WC1 IT'S fitting that the British Museum is following its summer show of the hot, light, pure Mediterranean bodies of the Ancient Greeks with an autumn exhibition about the dark, swirling...
Only Buy Clothes You'll Wear 30 Times, Says Livia
Byline: Sophia Sleigh ECO-FASHION activist Livia Firth has attacked "throwaway fashion", saying women buying new outfits should always ask: "Will I wear this 30 times?" She was joined by her actor husband Colin as she unveiled her collection of...
Osborne Rallies Behind PM over Oxford 'Pig-Gate' Storm; Osborne: I'm Not Going to Dignify That Book with a Detailed Response
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GEORGE OSBORNE rallied behind David Cameron today in the wake of the extraordinary "pig-gate" allegations of Oxford debauchery and declared that Britain was "walking tall" under his close ally's premiership. ...
Osborne Rallies Behind PM over Oxford 'Pig-Gate' Storm; Osborne: I Won't Dignify Book with a Detailed Response
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor GEORGE OSBORNE rallied behind David Cameron today in the wake of the extraordinary "pig-gate" allegations of Oxford debauchery -- and declared that Britain was "walking tall" under his close ally's premiership....
Personnel Touch Helps Retain Staff; with Many Employers Struggling to Fill Roles the Focus Is Shifting to Employee Retention -- and That Means More of Us Will Get the Things We Value from Our Working Lives. If We Don't, Well We're Outta Here, Says Niki Chesworth
Byline: says Niki Chesworth IT'S a good time to be a valued employee. Not only is pay finally rising faster than the cost of living (although with inflation at zero per cent, that is not hard to beat), employers have woken up to the fact that it...
Pick of the Day; the Trials of Trying to Gather a Clan
Reuniting the Rubins Tonight, London Live, 10.30pm If Lenny Rubin (Timothy Spall) was given a choice between two tricky negotiations, the choice would be immediate. He could either organise a deal between Liam and Noel Gallagher to reform Oasis and...
Rock Sale Should Play Charity Role
Byline: Anthony Hilton city comment THE Government's PR machine went into overdrive over the weekend to hype up the attractions of the mortgage loan book that once belonged to Northern Rock, the first casualty of the banking crisis. According...
Routemasters Are Proving Costly
WITH Londoners having endured years of suffocating journeys on overheated buses, plans to install opening windows on Routemasters will be welcome. But it's the paying public who will end up with the PS2 million bill for yet more upgrades to what was...
Smashed, Gang That Uses Child Drug Mules; Nine Held as 100 Officers Launch Dawn Swoops across London
Byline: David Churchill POLICE today smashed a violent West End drugs network which used schoolchildren as young as 14 to peddle heroin and crack cocaine. About 100 officers swooped at dawn on addresses across Westminster and one in Oxfordshire...
Sound System on Track to Make a Noise in Shoreditch
Byline: Alex Lawson SONOS, the home sound system whose fans include Prime Minister David Cameron, is opening a gallery and workspace in Shoreditch to host gigs and accommodate London's army of freelance media types. The US brand, which is stocked...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
Here we go again. A new leader of a political party, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, is only days into his tenure and the media are already targeting him. Andrew Gimson [September 18] criticises Corbyn for trying to reinstate some order into Prime Minister's...
The Corbynometer; the New Leader of the Labour Party Is a Man of Conviction, with Strong Views on Everything from the National Anthem (Bad) to Bicycles (the Older the Better). but What about the Things That Really Matter Downton Abbey, Jam and Christmas? Susannah Butter Navigates the Political Minefield That Is Jeremy Corbyn's Mind
OUT: THE RUGBY WORLD CUP IN: JAM Down with elitism and private school sports such as rugby Corbyn believes focus and discipline can be instilled by jam making rather than watching hookers. Instead of doing what Boris Johnson called "scrumming down...
The Corsican Warms Up for Day of Champions; Go Racing
WITH only four weeks to go until QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot, excitement is building ahead of the richest raceday in this country. Trainer David Simcock has enjoyed success at the PS4.1million showpiece before, most notably with QIPCO British...
The Crowd Can Boo as Much as They Likeit Won't Put Richie Off
Byline: Justin Marshall Former All Black EXCLUSIVE RICHIE McCAW is much maligned in this part of the world and was even booed during the win over Argentina. Yes, it was a silly trip that got the All Blacks captain yellow carded but the reaction...
'Three Strikers and You're Out!' Tube Line Faces 48-Hour Shutdown after Smallest-Ever Ballot by Staff
Byline: Dick Murray TENS of thousands of City commuters are set to face rushhour misery after the Tube's smallest-ever strike ballot -- with bosses claiming just three workers voted for industrial action. A two-day walkout by control room staff...
'Three Strikers and You're Out!' Tube Line Faces 48-Hour Shutdown after Smallest-Ever Ballot by Staff
Byline: Dick Murray TENS of thousands of City commuters are set to face rushhour misery after the Tube's smallest-ever strike ballot with bosses claiming just three workers voted for industrial action. A two-day walkout by control room staff...
Tokyo-Style Micro Homes 'Will Help Solve Housing Crisis'
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THOUSANDS of "micro-homes" should be built as part of a nine-point plan to tackle London's housing crisis, one of Britain's leading architects said today. John McAslan, whose work includes the redevelopment...
We Could Stop Developers Offering 'Buy-to-Leave' Properties, Says Farron
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor in Bournemouth LIB-DEMS Conference DEVELOPERS could be banned from offering properties to "buy to leave" investors under a crackdown unveiled by the Liberal Democrats today. Town halls would be given...
We Need a Change in Policing Culture to Stop the Rise in Knife Crime; the Attitude of the Met and the Resources Devoted to the Problem Show It Is Not Being Treated Seriously Enough
Byline: Simon Jenkins OMETHING has gone wrong. SKnife crime in London has reportedly soared this year by 18 per cent, with 1,000 knifing incidents a month and 10 young people murdered this year alone. After years of decline in the figures, hardly...
We Screwed Up, Says VW Boss in Emissions Scandal
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor VOLKSWAGEN today admitted it had "totally screwed up" as it revealed that 11 million of its cars around the world have been fitted with a "cheat switch" that has triggered the worst scandal in its...
We Screwed Up, Says VW Boss in Emissions Scandal
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor VOLKSWAGEN today admitted it had "totally screwed up" as it revealed that 11 million of its cars around the world have been fitted with a "cheat switch" that has triggered the worst scandal in its...
What's the Point of Loyalty to a Bank When Santander Says, '1-2-3, Up Go the Fees'? the Hike in the Cost of the Current Account Shows Customers Must Be Ready to Switch out of Deals That Will Leave Them Worse Off
Byline: Simon Read SPANISH-OWNED bank Santander has announced that the cost of its popular 123 account is to rise by 150%. It will increase the monthly fee from PS2 to PS5 with effect from January 11 next year. That means the annual cost will soar...
With the Magician Absent, Bilic's Youngsters Have Chance to Cast Spell
Byline: Patrick Barclay WITH all due respect to Aston Villa and Birmingham the Capital One Cup tie of the night has to be West Ham's visit to Leicester. We've seen and admired the first teams; while Slaven Bilic's men have won at Arsenal, Liverpool...
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