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Articles from November 24, 2015

All She Wants for Christmas; from Gorgeous Bags to Sensuous Smells, Kate Hilpern Chooses the Special Presents Sure to Bring Happiness to Mothers, Sisters and Loved Ones Everywhere on 25 December
Byline: Kate Hilpern Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower bath & shower gel The fragrances in Molton Brown's Vintage collection are probably their finest yet - as well as being beautifully packaged. Combining grapefruit and elderflower,...
As Coquelin Is Sidelined, Now Is the Time to Let Chambers Play in Vital Holding Role
Byline: Patrick Barclay YOU would have thought the importance of deep midfield players was established. They might occasionally be called "defensive'' and often "holding", but it doesn't really matter; the point could hardly have been more firmly...
As Long as Monty Don Is on Our Screens, All Is Rosy in Our Gardens
Byline: David Sexton THERE'S only one television programme I mind missing: Gardeners' World. Monty Don, with the loyal assistance of Nigel, his golden retriever, speaks with such charm, conviction and responsiveness about what working in his own...
Avoid a Knee-Jerk Reaction to IS
THE Defence Spending Review makes replacing what was taken out last time look very expensive. The Prime Minister has cancelled the Nimrod Maritime Patrol Aircraft at a write-off of around PS3 billion and is now replacing it with nine P-8 Poseidon planes...
Being a Global Citizen Can Work in Your Favour
Byline: Sarah Sands THE Parisian designer Christian Louboutin spoke from a well of sadness at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The motivation of the Islamic State killers in Paris was unfathomable to him. Since it was an attack aimed at the...
Bookie's Backers Don't Care: It's Not Their Cash They're Punting
Byline: James Moore Associate Business Editor commentary THE really hard work for Ladbrokes and Coral is only now beginning as they attempt to make a silk purse from what at least one major investor in Ladbrokes has publicly lambasted as a sow's...
Boy Sues for $15M over Clock Mistaken for Bomb
Byline: Rashid Razaq A MUSLIM schoolboy who was arrested after his homemade clock was mistaken for a briefcase bomb is seeking $15 million (PS9.9 million) damages from his school and the Texas authorities. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was detained by police...
Celebrities to Sue over Finance Plan Tax Advice 'That Cost Them PS1m Each'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor DOZENS of wealthy investors including celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sport are preparing a PS100 million "class action" against their former legal advisers. They claim they were...
Chan: Make Theatre Cheaper It Shouldn't Just Be for the Rich
Byline: SophiaSleigh GEMMA CHAN has called for West End shows to slash their ticket prices -- because theatre should not just be for "millionaires". The actress described the capital's theatres as the "envy of the world" but warned more needed...
Chelsea Hoping Away-Day Bonus Will Have Benefits Closer to Home
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent in Haifa CHELSEA have been troubled by many ailments this season, yet it is vital they find a cure for their travel sickness here this evening. Victory against a poor Maccabi Tel Aviv side will not...
CHRISTMAS IDEAS; Smart Inspiration to Keep Your Loved Ones Warm, Stylish and Happy This Winter
THE COMMODORE BY DU MAURIER WATCHES Introducing The Commodore by Du Maurier Watches. This stunning, Swiss-made diving watch is a limited edition of only 125 pieces. A classic combination of style and performance, it's a true dress-diver that looks...
Consultants in Television A&E Series Back Junior Doctors' All out Strikes
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor CONSULTANTS at the London hospital featured in the TV series 24 Hours In A&E today vowed to cover for colleagues who take part in the first "all out" junior doctors' strikes. The senior medics at St George's...
Dancers Defend Basement Scheme for School That Takes Ballet to Poor Pupils
Byline: SophiaSleigh LEADING figures from the ballet world today backed plans to expand an "incredible" London dance school teaching disadvantaged children. The "world-class" London Russian Ballet School has submitted a proposal to demolish a...
Downton Abbey Creator Fellowes Is Best of British at the Emmys
Byline: Miranda Bryant Arts and Showbusiness Reporter DOWNTON ABBEY creator Julian Fellowes was honoured at the International Emmys in an otherwise disappointing night for British drama. Presenting him with an honorary Founders Award, actress Elizabeth...
Eastenders; Fashion as Alexander McQueen Heads Home to Shoreditch to Join a Host of Luxury Labels, Karen Dacre Charts the Rise of a New-Look E1
Byline: Karen Dacre IT WAS 2011 when style title Dazed and Confused signalled the arrival of the Olympics in Stratford with an issue titled "Is east London dead?". Markedly concerned about what lay ahead for the expanse of the city which extends...
E-Cigarette Challenge to Tobacco Could Be Running out of Steam
Byline: NickGoodway SOME fascinating research on smoking came out of the US on smoking late last week. Sadly, it was not the assertion that smoking is good for you -- yet. But it was that the stratospheric growth in e-cigarette sales is starting...
Face the Past; There's Much to Discover from This Rigorous Study of Art That Highlights Britain's Colonial Background -- It's a Shame the Line-Up Is as Messy as the History
Byline: By Matthew coolings EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK ARTIST AND EMPIRE Tate Britain, SW1 AS A SPECTACLE, Artist and Empire at Tate Britain is less than amazing. Objects are lined up with no care as to what the overall visual effect might be. Does...
Family's Plea to Catch Killer of Boy, 17, Stabbed on the Street
Byline: Justin Davenport and David Churchill A BOY aged 17 has been stabbed to death in London's latest knife attack, only a few hundred yards from where Ben Kinsella was murdered. Paramedics and air ambulance doctors fought to save the teenager...
French B&Q Boss Let Down by Her Home DIY Market
Byline: Michael Bow FRENCH homeowners downed tools last quarter to weaken profits at home retailer Kingfisher, proving an embarrassment for new boss Veronique Laury in her home market. Castorama and Brico Depot, Kingfisher's flagship French stores,...
Fund Managers Need to Ditch Football-Style Attitude for Long Game; City Comment
Byline: Anthony Hilton AMERICAN marketing pioneer John Wanamaker once said that half the money he spent on advertising was wasted but his problem was that he did not know which half. The problem is similar in investment management. The laws of arithmetic...
Goodwill to All Mankind; What Do You Get the Man Who Has Everything? the Answer Is Right Here as David Devonport Picks Masculine Gifts and Gadgets, Including Something for That Special Viking in Your Life
Byline: David Devonport Tudor divers' watch A classically styled watch for the nononsense action man in your life. Details such as the domed bezel on this Black Bay 'Black' design draw on Tudor's design heritage from the 1950s. How much: PS2,120...
Hatton Garden Gang 'Broke off PS14m Raid to Go Shopping for Tools'
Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent THE veteran members of the Hatton Garden heist gang went on a shopping spree in Twickenham in the middle of their record PS14 million raid, a court heard today. Two days after the break-in, two members...
Have Yourself a Merry Little Binge-Watch; Ditch the Festive TV Schedule and Settle Down with the Box Sets That Will Last Way beyond Christmas Day, as Sorted by Ben Walsh
Byline: Ben Walsh Better Call Saul: Season 1 Is it as good as Breaking Bad? Absolutely. Vince Gilligan's ingenious spin-off focuses on BB's most parasitic (but droll) character, criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), and makes him (slightly...
Help for Hard-Working Londoners Who Are Still Struggling to Heat Their Homes; Many Shivering through the Winter Don't Realise They Can Get Cash Aid
Byline: Simon Read HALF of low-income Londoners are struggling to pay their heating and lighting bills despite being in work. Frighteningly, a third have struggled for more than a year and 13% have seen their energy supply disconnected in the past...
I'm out! Relief of Dragons' Den Star after Rescue from Stuck Lift
Byline: Ben Morgan and Kiran Randhawa FORMER Dragons' Den star Kelly Hoppen today praised the six "hero" firefighters who came to her rescue after getting stuck in a basement lift. The interior designer to the stars was trapped for two and a...
In the Chapel Parents Pray for Their Children. Please Help the Hospital to Help Them
Byline: Evgeny Lebedev IN THE old Victorian chapel at Great Ormond Street, with its child-sized pews and collection of soft toys along the window sills, hang messages that serve as a reminder of exactly why this hospital deserves a special place...
Is There Such a Thing as a Dream Job? If You're Still Trying to Find That Perfect Role, or Pursuing an Elusive Ideal, You May Be Setting Yourself Up to Fail. Today, a Panel Will Discuss If It Is Possible to Have a Job That Ticks All the Boxes. by Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth WE SPEND decades at work, so we might as well enjoy it. But what is the secret to finding the perfect career? Tonight, the Midtown Big Ideas Exchange will hear from a panel who love what they do in a bid to find out. The...
Jourdan Puts the 'F' into Fashion with Sweary Speech at Awards Night
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent JOURDAN DUNN left the audience at the British Fashion Awards in fits of giggles as she accepted her model of the year award with an expletive-filled speech. Dunn, 25, told the stars gathered...
Ladbrokes-Coral Backed despite Desmond's Fury
Byline: Russell Lynch LADBROKES' shareholders voted through its PS2 billion merger with rival bookie Coral today in the face of another withering public broadside against an "abysmal" board from Dermot Desmond, the Irish billionaire. He even half-suggested...
London Schools Fear They Could Lose Billions in Chancellor's Shake-Up
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LONDON councils voiced "extreme concern" today that schools in the capital could lose billions of pounds in funding to other regions when George Osborne gives his Autumn Statement tomorrow. Inner city boroughs...
Making a Mark in the Community; Whether It Is Leading Research into Back Pain or Developing Alcohol Abuse Interventions, London South Bank University's Innovative School of Applied Sciences Helps to Make a Real Difference
BACK pain is something many of us suffer from, or have in the past. But who is leading research into the biomechanics of the spine? The answer can be found within the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University (LSBU). It is here...
Massacre Gang 'Landlord' in Court as Officers Examine Dumped Suicide Belt
Byline: Peter Allen in Paris THE landlord accused of providing a hideout for the Paris massacre gang was today appearing before an antiterrorism judge. Jawad Bendaoud, a convicted killer, was appearing in court in the French capital surrounded...
Most Restaurants in Capital Fall Short of Top Hygiene Rating
Byline: Simon Neville Retail Correspondent LONDON has more dirty restaurants and cafes than any other city in the country, figures have revealed. More than half of the establishments in the capital failed to get a five-star rating, according...
'My Cheeky, Smiling Boy Loves to Make Doctors Laugh' Mother Never Leaves Son's Bedside as a Mechanical Heart Keeps Him Alive
Byline: Anna Davis Deputy Campaigns Editor ELLIOTT LIVINGSTONE is only two years old but has already spent much of his short life in hospital. His big smile has enchanted every doctor and nurse who has met him on his Great Ormond Street ward....
No Need to Wait until September to Start a Degree; Going to University in January Is an Increasingly Popular Move and That Is Why the University of West London Is Now Offering a Wider Range of Degree and Postgraduate Programmes Starting in the New Year
FOR those who have taken time out to travel, missed out on a place in September or who already have experience in the workplace, it makes more sense to start studying in January. After all, these applicants are not tied to the traditional academic...
Ode to Toys; Great Presents for Little Drummer Boys and Girls, by Jessica Moore
Byline: Jessica Moore Burberry for Harrods cashmere bear This charming chap comes in Burberry house check in a choice of colours and is handmade in the UK. How much: PS425 Where from: harrods.com Toothless dressing-up costume Dress your kid as...
Our Response to Paris Plays Straight into the Terrorists' Hands; London Should Remember How It Reacted to the IRA and 7/7 Rather Than Feed Fear with Over-the-Top Security
Byline: Simon Jenkins HOW will a Trident submarine or an aircraft carrier add one jot to London's safety? The offer of "billions more" for defence hardware as a response to the Paris terrorism outrage is so absurd as to be unbelievable. Knights...
Pardew Owns Up on Palace Reality Show
Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent CRYSTAL PALACE 0 SUNDERLAND 1 ALAN PARDEW was honest in his assessment of a disappointing night for Crystal Palace after his side missed the chance to join the Premier League top six. "Sunderland set...
Peston Departs with a Party of Political Editors
Byline: Politics, party and pillow talk. Edited by Joy Lo Dico POLITICS makes strange bedfellows, especially when there's a champagnefuelled leaving party to attend. Robert Peston's departure from the BBC to ITV, to take over as political editor,...
Please Help London's Hospital for Children
TODAY, this paper launches our Christmas appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children. It is a worthy cause; since its foundation in the middle of the 19th century the hospital has had a special place in the affection of Londoners. J M...
Revisiting the Tale of Derek Bentley; Pick of the Day
Let Him Have It Tonight, London Live, 10.30pm The four words of the title to this film hung over the British legal system for 45 years, four words that were used to tell the story of Derek Bentley. Christopher Eccleston plays Bentley in this dramatisation...
Robot Valet Parks Your Bike Underground; Company Aims to Tackle Theft Fears with Automated Racks at Stations
Byline: RossLydall Chief News Correspondent A CYCLE vault that uses robots to store bikes safely underground and return them to the surface in seconds could be built in London. The Eco Cycle system has been used in Japan for more than a decade....
Rockhopper Swallows Falkland Rival; Market Round-Up
Byline: Jamie Nimmo WITH oil prices sinking again, it was only a matter of time before the industry's next takeover. Rockhopper Exploration, 0.5p cheaper at 35.25p, is buying smaller rival Falkland Oil & Gas, up 0.3p at 9.9p, in an all-share...
RUSSIAN JET SHOT DOWN BY TURKEY; Chanting Syrian Rebels Surround Pilot of Downed Russian Warplane
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Joe Murphy, Robert Fox and Will Stewart in Moscow A RUSSIAN military jet was shot down by Turkey today as the Syria conflict threatened to escalate into a full-scale crisis between Moscow and Nato. One of the pilots was feared...
RUSSIAN JET SHOT DOWN BY TURKEY; Russian Jet Was Warned 10 Times before Being Shot Down, Says Turkey
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Joe Murphy, Robert Fox and Will Stewart in Moscow A RUSSIAN military jet was shot down by Turkey today in a dramatic escalation of the Syria conflict. One of the pilots was feared dead and another to have been captured...
So Close to IS Capital, the Kurdish Fighters Can Hear the Air Strikes
Byline: Nick Paton Walsh LETTER FROM SYRIA IT IS staggering to be so close to Islamic State's self-declared capital, Raqqa, that you can hear it. Distant, low thuds on the horizon. Kurdish fighters of the YPG the Peoples' Protection Units are...
Stage-Fright, Feminism and My Father's Scientific Legacy; Fresh from Winning the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the Evening Standard TheatreAwards, Nicole Kidman Tells Nick Curtis about Conquering Fear and Moving Her Family to the Capital
IT'S AMAAAZING," says Nicole Kidman of the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress statuette she won at the 61st Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Old Vic on Sunday night, for her performance as neglected science pioneer Rosalind Franklin in...
Stars Shelley Von Strunckel
Aries March 20 - April 19 With the Sun and Mercury having joined Saturn in accenting ways you could broaden your horizons, there's a tremendous focus on new people, places and ideas. While discussing your options is important, experience will be far...
Terrifying Portrait of a Broken Family
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS FIRST NIGHT THE HOMECOMING Trafalgar Studios, SW1 HAROLD PINTER'S plays are famous for their drawn-out pauses, but Jamie Lloyd's revival of The Homecoming positively clips along without sacrificing the tightly calculated...
Terror Threat Demands Clear Strategy on Links to Refugee Crisis; Commentary
Byline: Robert Fox Defence Editor DAVID CAMERON now fears that Islamic State terror cells could be experimenting with using chemical weapons and small nuclear "dirty bombs". This will feature strongly in his argument for the UK joining air strikes...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
I wish the media would refrain from labelling terrorists such as Abdelhamid Abaaoud a "mastermind" [November 20]. What he and his despicable cohorts did rings hollow when frankly all they did were combine three basic ingredients -- cowardice, gaining...
The Colour of Your Skin Is No Excuse for Failure, Says Top Influential Black Briton
Byline: David Churchill THE first black Briton to be appointed the Queen's personal representative for London said today that skin colour was "no longer an excuse" for young black Londoners not to succeed. Ken Olisa OBE, who grew up in a low...
The Exceptionals; Trends It's Party Season and Time to Break All the Rules, with Plenty of OTT Sequins and Tinseltastic Frocks. Emma McCarthy Gets Dressed for December
Byline: Emma McCarthy TAKE a look at your calendar: December is looming. Yes, while unseasonably mild weather may have delayed the realisation, next week marks the official launch of Christmas 2015 -- and with it the onslaught of the social season....
The Gift of Technology; Get Smart with the Most Cutting-Edge Hardware This Season. David Phelanhelps You Get Uploaded
Byline: David Phelan Sphero BB-8 robot Sphero has made globe-shaped robots for years but this one is special: it's the droid from the new Star Wars movie. It scoots around, controlled by a smartphone app. Ingeniously, wherever it rolls, BB-8's head...
Tighter UK Borders over 'Dirty Bomb' Threat
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Justin Davenport BRITAIN'S borders are to be tightened to stop terrorists smuggling in a nuclear "dirty bomb". The latest hi-tech detection equipment is to be installed at ports and airports to catch extremists who...
Time for Arsenal to Solve the Problems They Created
Byline: JamesOlley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENAL are expected to keep their Champions League hopes alive tonight, securing the win they desperately need against Dinamo Zagreb to begin the act of escapology required to reach the last 16. ...
Tougher UK Border Controls to Stop Extremists with Atomic 'Dirty Bomb' Hi-Tech Equipment Will Be Installed at Ports to Detect Deadly Materials
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Justin Davenport BRITAIN'S borders are to be tightened to stop terrorists smuggling in a nuclear "dirty bomb". The latest hi-tech detection equipment is to be installed at ports and airports to catch extremists who...
Wenger: We Can Still Be a Force in Europe
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENE WENGER has warned Arsenal can "still be dangerous for everybody" in Europe despite their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread. The Gunners host Dinamo Zagreb at Emirates Stadium tonight...
'We're One of the World's Most Attractive Clubs Now' Pochettino Says Spurs' Style Is Big Draw for Top Stars
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent MAURICIO POCHETTINO claims Tottenham are now one of the most appealing clubs in the world for players to join. Spurs have won a single trophy this century and have competed in the Champions League just...
Who Would Target Such a Nice, Happy Guy? Family's Plea after Boy, 17, Is Knifed to Death; 14TH TEENAGER TO BE FATALLY STABBED THIS YEAR WAS FOUND BY SCENE OF BEN KINSELLA MURDER
Byline: Justin Davenport and David Churchill A BOY aged 17 has been stabbed to death in London's latest knife attack, only a few hundred yards from where Ben Kinsella was murdered. Paramedics and air ambulance doctors fought to save the teenager...
Why World-Beater Franks Feels like a Rookie Once Again
Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent BEN FRANKS is still coming to terms with his billing as a double World Cup winner. London Irish officials asked their new signing to bring his medals to the recent game with Bath and the chance to be photographed...
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