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Articles from October 2, 2015

25 Years on from Unification, Berlin Is Still a City of Gaps; Berlin
Byline: Joy Lo Dico LETTER FROM "YOU can still tell the older generation of Ossies [East Germans] by little things," says my Berlin friend Elmar who has lived there for more than two decades, when I visited last weekend. "They shake hands so...
Alex Was a Gamble but One We Had to Take
Byline: Slaven Bilic FOR us managers, international breaks are a double-edged sword. Training is disrupted because many players are away and you just keep everything crossed that they will all come back from various parts of the globe fit and...
Alli: England Call Left Me Speechless
MONACO 1 TOTTENHAM 1 DELE ALLI says he was lost for words after his England call-up and admits he did not expect to make such a flying start to his Tottenham career. Yesterday, Roy Hodgson selected Alli for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia...
Also Showing
Byline: COS THE INTERN Cert 12A, 123 mins IT'S GLOOPY, lazy and poorly paced, but Nancy Meyers's latest quote unquote zeitgeisty comedy does have its fascinating aspects. Why, for example, is Robert De Niro playing the kind of beaming people-pleaser...
Angell Town Police Chief: We Must Stop the Madness of Young People Killing Each Other
Byline: David Cohen Campaigns Editor THE police chief of one of London's most challenging boroughs has said it is his "passion" to "end this madness of young people killing each other" but that it was not a battle his officers can win "just by locking...
As Much as I Respect Advocaat, It's My Job to Make His Position Worse
Byline: Slaven Bilic OMORROW we play Sunderland, who will be fighting for their Premier League lives after no wins so far. TFortunately, I have not managed a team yet who are at the bottom of the league -- and I would like to keep it like that....
A Tradition That's Made in India; in Delhi and Jaipur Designers and Craftspeople Are Paying Homage to the Country's Rich Textile Heritage -- and Bringing It Up to Date. Rebecca Gonsalves Cottons On
Byline: Rebecca Gonsalves WHEN we think today of clothing "made in India", it tends to be of mass-produced fast fashion. But that has not always been the case. In fact the country has an artisanal textile tradition that can be traced back to the...
Be Fan-Tastic and Cheer England to Glory, Rugby Heroes Urge 'Amazing' Supporters; Rugby World Cup 2015
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Miranda Bryant ENGLAND Rugby World Cup stars past and present today said the team can triumph in their do-or-die clash with Australia with the help of their "amazing" fans. Jonny Wilkinson, who won the tournament...
Be Fan-Tastic and Cheer England to Glory, Rugby Heroes Urge 'Amazing' Supporters; Rugby World Cup2015
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Miranda Bryant ENGLAND Rugby World Cup stars past and present today said the team can triumph in their do-or-die clash with Australia with the help of their "amazing" fans. Jonny Wilkinson, who won the tournament...
Bloody Brilliant Royal Scots
Byline: Charlotte O' Sullivan MACBETH Cert 15, 113 mins THIS bloody film lasts for two hours but it's no slog. Australian director Justin Kurzel (making good on the promise of his atmospheric truecrime drama Snowtown) is a man with something to...
Cameron Can Only Rest Easy If He Survives the EU Referendum; the Prime Minister Is Entitled to Be in Buoyant Mood Next Week at Conference -- but One Critical Issue Looms Large
Byline: Isabel Oakeshott ON AN ORDINARY day in Downing Street during the Coalition, David Cameron had an epiphany. The Prime Minister was in his office with the door ajar, calmly processing a stack of correspondence. A signature on this; a rubber...
Catch Up TV... Missed the TV Moment Everyone's Talking about? Alastair McKay Is Beguiled by Historian Simon Schama and Lost in Timothy Spall's New Countryside Caper
Byline: Alastair McKay THESE have been difficult times for Reithian broadcasting. Informing, educating and entertaining has gone out of fashion in recent years, especially the educating bit. So thank heavens for Simon Schama, a popular broadcaster...
Charlie Watts's Granddaughter Marches to the Beat of Her Own Drum as She Becomes a Model
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds THE granddaughter of Rolling Stone Charlie Watts is following him into the spotlight but as a model rather than a musician. Charlotte Watts, 18, made headlines this year when her PS32,000 stuffed wolf, called Frostbite,...
China Currency Crunch 'Could Hit West End Shops'
Byline: Russell Lynch LOWER spending power could make Chinese tourists think twice about splashing out in London as the peak "Golden Week" season gets under way today, a currency trading company has warned. Chinese tourists made 185,000 visits...
Confessions from the City; A City Sportsman
AS the leaves start to turn and the first weekend of the pheasant season gets under way, I've never been busier. I organise shoots for City types looking to let off steam away from the boardroom. A fellow sportsman reminded me the other day of the...
Cotter Counters Claim That Scots Are Being Defeatist
Byline: Matt Majendie SCOTLAND coach Vern Cotter has vehemently rejected suggestions his side have admitted defeat ahead of tomorrow's Pool B game against South Africa. The match looks likely to decide who tops the pool, despite the Springboks'...
'Death Brigade' Marches on Ripper Museum
Byline: John Dunne AN ACADEMIC today warned the owners of a Jack the Ripper museum that a "women's death brigade" was on its way to protest at it this weekend. Dr Lisa Mckenzie, a research fellow at the London School of Economics, branded the...
Do or Die for England
Byline: Jason Robinson IT is now do or die for England. They need the performance of their lives to stay in the World Cup by beating Australia. There has been a lot of talk about how important bonus points could be, but tomorrow is just about...
Do Your Wurst; Trends from Schnitzel on a Double Decker Bus to Oktoberfest in Wapping, German Culture Is Hitting the Capital Hard, Says Phil Clarke
Byline: says Phil Clarke GUTEN Tag Oktober! Und, moreover, hallo Oktoberfest! The fun-panzers are rolling over the border and London is poised to capitulate to a month of beer-swilling, lederhosen-wearing and currywurst-eating, accompanied by way...
Eagles Star: Finding Good Music Online Is like Looking for a Needle in a Haystack; News and Gossip from the World of Entertainment by Alistair Foster
Byline: Alistair Foster DON HENLEY says the sheer amount of music available online makes finding the best tracks "like looking for a needle in a haystack". The musician, 68, is one of the most enduring figures in the business, having sold 150...
Experian Hacked off as Shares Slump; Market Round-Up
Byline: Jamie Nimmo CYBER-security companies were rubbing their hands in glee today after yet another big hack this time at creditchecker Experian. The huge breach exposed the details of 15 million US customers who applied for the service through...
Fabregas: We Cannot Lose Again If We Want the Title
Byline: Simon Johnson CESC FABREGAS admits Chelsea have been a shadow of the side that won the title last season and they must not lose any more games to have a chance of finishing top again. Chelsea face Southampton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow...
Film-Making in Dagenham 'Can Be Bigger Than Its Car Industry'
Byline: Rashid Razaq Culture Correspondent DAGENHAM could become the capital's new film-making hub under ambitious plans to rival the likes of Pinewood and Elstree studios. The owners of Londoneast-uk Business and Technical Park are in talks...
Gatland Expects an England Backlash
Byline: Matt Majendie WARREN GATLAND left England fighting for their World Cup lives. Now the Wales coach thinks the under-pressure hosts will use the hurt of their 28-25 defeat to his side six days ago to motivate them against Australia tomorrow....
Generation Super-Rent; En-Suite Bedrooms, Dining Table Set for Eight and a Park Lane Postcode -- Phoebe Luckhurst Has an Exclusive Tour of London's Deluxe Student Digs
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst DRIBBLING baked beans from spoon to tin is surprisingly satisfying. The beans plop, the gelatinous sauce splatters wide. I could do it all day, probably. Though I suspect it is more satisfying if the surface you are splattering...
Go Guide; the Ten Hottest Tickets in Town
1. Battle royal The Wars of the Roses Rose, Kingston. Tomorrow-Oct 31 Trevor Nunn directs and Joely Richardson stars in this classic adaptation of Shakespeare's history plays covering the York's and Lancaster's tussle for power. rosetheatre.kingston.org...
Gunning for My Dolphins against Jets
Byline: Jay Ajayi Miami Dolphins running back The Miami Dolphins play the New York Jets at Wembley on Sunday. Here is the first of the 22-year-old rookie's columns during the NFL season I'M EXCITED about being back in London and pleased my team...
He's the Biz; These Are Good Times for Grime Star Lethal Bizzle, with Two Mobo Nominations, a Tour and Classic FM on His Lamborghini's Stereo. David Smyth Hears Why Life Is 'Dench'
Byline: David Smyth YOU might see me in a Lambo," Lethal Bizzle raps on his recent hit single, Fester Skank. It's not fantasy bragging. The longstanding grime artist, 31, really is cruising around between London branches of Nando's in a Lamborghini....
IT'S ZAC V SADIQ IN MAYOR BATTLE; MILLIONAIRE MP WINS TORY RACE TO SET UP SHOWDOWN WITH BUSMAN'S SON Zac: My Biggest Challenge Is Our Housing Crisis
Byline: Zac Goldsmith today set his Pippa Crerar and Joe Murphy becoming Mayor of London after a thumping victory in the Tory nomination. The wealthy maverick MP took 70.6 per cent of the vote, crushing Conservative rivals in the race to succeed...
IT'S ZAC V SADIQ IN MAYOR BATTLE; MILLIONAIRE MP WINS TORY RACE TO SET UP SHOWDOWN WITH BUSMAN'S SONZac: My Biggest Challenge Is Our Housing Crisis
Byline: Pippa Crerar and Joe Murphy ZAC GOLDSMITH today set his sights on becoming Mayor of London after a thumping victory in the Tory nomination. The maverick MP took 70.6 per cent of the vote, crushing Conservative rivals in the race to succeed...
Labour Councils Plot Legal Action against Cameron's Right-to-Buy Plans
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor TOWN halls across London are planning to launch a legal challenge to stop the Government's controversial rightto-buy plans, it emerged today. Council leaders discussed the option at the Labour conference...
Lancaster's Men Must Turn Nasty or Nightmare Will Become a Reality
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent ENGLAND have never faced a World Cup pool match in which defeat would constitute a national disaster but that is the scenario for tomorrow's clash against Australia. Stuart Lancaster has spent nearly four...
Life Sentence for Boy in Anzac Terror Plot
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent BRITAIN'S youngest terrorist has been sentenced to a least five years in custody for plotting an Anzac Day attack in Australia. Over the course of nine days in March this year the then 14-year-old boy...
London Fields FAILED; with a Cast Including Johnny Depp and Cara D, the Film of Martin Amis's Seminal Novel Looked Set to Be a Cult Hit -- Then It Sank amid Chaos and Acrimony. Susannah Butter Unravels a Disaster Movie
Byline: Susannah Butter THE film adaptation of Martin Amis's novel London Fields had all the ingredients of a hit for the capital. Hype began to build two years ago when Cara Delevingne, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton were spotted...
Mourinho Plays It Cool after Row over Carneiro Hots Up
Byline: Simon Johnson JOSE MOURINHO today refused to hit back at Greg Dyke after the FA chairman said the Chelsea boss should have apologised to former club doctor Eva Carneiro. Mourinho was this week cleared of using discriminatory language...
MPs to Probe Crime Bosses' PS770m Debts; 'MR BIGS' ESCAPE HAVING TO PAY BACK ILLICIT PROFITS AFTER PROSECUTORS GIVE UP ON CASES
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into the inability of law enforcers to seize the illegal gains of criminal Mr Bigs was announced today, as new figures showed that organised crime bosses now owe more than PS770...
New Concert Hall? My First Love Is Iron Maiden; Political Interview Culture Secretary John Whittingdale Talks to Joe Murphy about the Campaign for a Top Venue for Orchestras, the BBC Charter Renewal and His Passion for Heavy Metal
Byline: Joe Murphy ABOVE the new Culture Secretary's desk, a framed Iron Maiden album has just taken pride of place where two elegant miniatures from the Government Art Collection used to hang. "My first love," John Whittingdale sighs about the...
NYPD to Account for Use of Force after Arrest Protests
Byline: Daniel Bates in New York THE New York Police Department is to compile comprehensive statistics on the use of force for the first time in its history after a series of controversial arrests. Officers will have to document nearly every...
Our Own London Caliphate Is Doing Nothing but Good
Byline: Ed West AN EMAIl I received recently began: "30,000 Muslims in London pledge allegiance to the caliphate". Well, it certainly got my attention, but the caliph in question was not that rather humourless chap in Syria but Mirza Masroor Ahmad,...
Pick of the Day; Boxing Back to Its Grass Roots
London Live Fight Night Tonight, London Live, 8pm Unlike Elton John we prefer Friday night for our scraps to Saturday, and over the next year London Live will host 10 professional bouts, with this the first of three before Christmas. Promoter Mickey...
Pocock's Moving Story Means Aussie No8 Is Now the No1 Threat
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent DAVID POCOCK has battled back following two knee reconstructions, but he remains the biggest threat to England's chances of World Cup survival. Pocock, who will wear the No8 jersey tomorrow when he lines...
Pop; Albums of the Week
JANET JACKSON Unbreakable (Sony) JANET Jackson hasn't released an album in seven years and hasn't had a big hit single over here in twice that time, so she's trying hard to make up for lost time. Unbreakable weighs in at a close-toindigestible 19 tracks,...
Property Is Ever-More Unaffordable
IS STAMP duty at the top end of the housing market really a burden? ["Stamp duty burden on London home buyers spirals to a record PS3 Billion", September 30]. Does it cause the same worry and stress as those renting privately in London living on low...
Royal Marsden Patients Will Trial 'Most Accurate Ever' Radiotherapy for Cancers
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor CANCER patients in London are to be offered the world's most accurate form of radiotherapy in what doctors say could be a "game changer" in treating the disease. Work is under way at the Institute of Cancer Research...
Softly, Softly Approach May Win over Fracking Doubters
Byline: COMMENTARY Jim Armitage City Editor JIM Ratcliffe, the Ineos billionaire now ensconced in his new London headquarters, is playing a canny game when it comes to fracking at the other end of the UK. Faced by opposition in Scotland, where...
'Sorry, but You're Breaking Up' Is Not the Message BT's Dashing Boss Wants to Hear; GAVIN PATTERSONBT Defying His Rivals and Keeping Hold of Openreach Is Crucial to a Bold Telecoms Vision
Byline: Chris Blackhurst GAVIN PATTERSON is in no mood to back off. "You can take their motivation with a pinch of salt," growls the chief executive of BT. We're sitting in his top-floor office in BT headquarters adjacent to St Paul's. He's just...
STOP OR I'LL WALK OUT; Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Loses His Cool at Mention of His Nemesis Mourinho
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent IT took the mention of Jose Mourinho to tip Arsene Wenger over the edge. The Arsenal boss was decidedly terse with reporters questioning his team selection in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's...
Superstar Stand-Up Can Sound a Bit Fishy; COMEDY
Byline: BRUCE DESSAU MICHAEL MCINTYRE O2 Arena, SE10 MICHAEL McIntyre's tour is called Happy & Glorious. He is surely too modest to have borrowed the line from God Save the Queen because he thinks he is comedy royalty. Perhaps it is because...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
Am I the only one left cold by the woes of residents of the Angell Town estate? [September 30] I bet a great way to lower the crime rate would be to house the hard-working young people who can't afford a proper home and don't have a family. Its residents...
The PS15m Seafood Brasserie Stocked with Hirsts and a 13ft Crocodile
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor SPECTACULAR aquatic-themed artworks by Damien Hirst and Los Angeles "starchitect" Frank Gehry are being installed at the opulent seafood brasserie opening in the heart of Mayfair later this month....
This Modern Medea Still Has a Savage Story to Tell; FIRST NIGHT
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS MEDEA The Almeida, N1 THIS sharp modern take on Euripides's Medea is the work of Rachel Cusk, a writer perhaps best known for her unsparingly candid memoirs. Aftermath, her account of her divorce, is saturated with references...
Trio Who Got Away Could Pile on Misery
Byline: writes James Olley ARSENAL'S transfer policy has been scrutinised yet again after another disastrous outing in the Champions League and this weekend Arsene Wenger will be confronted with several players who got away, writes James Olley....
US Campus Gun Killer 'Born in England' Christians Shot in Head after Victims Were Forced to State Their Religion
Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles and Kiran Randhawa THE gunman who went on the rampage at a US college was targeting Christians, survivors said today, as it emerged the killer was born in England. Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, killed at least...
Watchdog Eyes Claims Deadline for PPI Scandal
Byline: Simon Read CUSTOMERS will have until spring 2018 to claim for mis-sold payment protection insurance under new proposals from the City watchdog to draw a line under the scandal that has cost banks PS27 billion so far. Shares in Barclays,...
Watch This Spaceman; Film of the Week Ridley Scott Brings Mars to Life Splendidly in This Tale of Interplanetary Survival Starring the Ever-Likeable Matt Damon
Byline: David Sexton Critic of the Year THE MARTIAN Cert 12A, 141 mins ONE of the disappointing realisations about seeing the main crop of movies contending for awards and big audiences at this year's film festivals was that they have so few new...
'We All Come from Broken Homes but We Need to Stop Seeing Ourselves as Victims. We Have Potential Doctors and Scientists on This Estate' in the Last of His Reports from Angell Town, David Cohen Meets Two Ex-Gang Members Who Have Turned Their Lives around and Are Inspiring Other Young People to Do the Same
Byline: David Cohen THE storied trajectory of young people on estates like Angell Town often goes like this: girl falls pregnant in her teens and has babies by several fathers, boy joins gang and winds up dead or in prison. Former gang members...
Weekend World; Match-by-Match Guide to the Action
New Zealand v Georgia Tonight, Millennium Stadium, 8pm All Black wing Waisake Naholo (above) caps his remarkable recovery from a broken leg 10 weeks ago by starting against Georgia, but injuries rule out Ma'a Nonu, Colin Slade, Liam Messam and Beauden...
WE'LL FIGHT TO KEEP OUR WORLD CUP DREAM ALIVE; FARRELL'S VOW AS ENGLAND BRACE THEMSELVES FOR CLASH THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE Farrell: We'll Fight for Our World Cup Lives
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent OWEN FARRELL has vowed England will fight to the bitter end for World Cup survival tomorrow. If Stuart Lancaster's side lose to Australia at Twickenham they will suffer the ignominy of becoming the first...
WE'LL FIGHT TO KEEP OUR WORLD CUP DREAM ALIVE; FARRELL'S VOW AS ENGLAND BRACE THEMSELVES FOR CLASH THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSEFarrell: We'll Fight for Our World Cup Lives
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent OWEN FARRELL has vowed England will fight to the bitter end for World Cup survival tomorrow. If Stuart Lancaster's side lose to Australia at Twickenham they will suffer the ignominy of becoming the first...
West 'May Have to Put Up with Assad to Defeat IS'
Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent THE West may have to "swallow" the survival of Bashar Assad's regime in Syria to defeat Islamic State terrorists, a leading Tory MP said today. Crispin Blunt said the willingness of Russian President...
Your Support Can Boost England; Special Feature in Association with Tomorrow's Match Is Crucial. Buoy Up Stuart Lancaster's Team by Showing Them Your Strong Support, and Add Your Voice to #WEARTHEROSE
THERE have been few bigger matches in the recent history of the England Rugby team than the titanic encounter that will take place tomorrow in Twickenham. Despite last weekend's defeat, all is not lost and there is still a positive feeling amongst...
Zac's the Tory Choice; Now for the Real Contest
THE confirmation of Zac Goldsmith as the Tory mayoral candidate will surprise no one, for he was the frontrunner from the outset. His selection promises a lively election, given that the Labour contender is the combative Sadiq Khan who, it should be...
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