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Articles from January 6, 2016

2016: A Great Year for Gardens
Byline: Pattie Barron THIS year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot "Capability" Brown, the English gardener who moved mountains, dammed rivers to make lakes and generally shifted the landscape to create naturalistic parks and gardens...
Awkward Moments Inspired Me to Create Gay-Friendly Tour Firm
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds A LONDONER who set up a dedicated travel firm for gay holidaymakers says he was inspired by "awkward" experiences while abroad with his partner. Darren Burn, a former TV producer from Oval, said he and his now ex-boyfriend...
BAE Recovers as US Ups Spending on Fighter Jets
Byline: Jamie Nimmo market round-up TIGHT-fisted defence budgets have hindered aerospace and defence companies for the past couple of years now just ask Rolls-Royce, whose series of profit warnings was triggered by cuts in US defence spending in...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork Make your mark with a mural SURFACE VIEW offers a range of beautiful images sourced from the archives of the world's most respected museums and galleries. Explore collections from the Royal Academy of Arts, National Gallery,...
Brainwashed Aged Six: The New Terrorist Generation
Byline: Sebastian Meyer LETTER FROM kirkuk "WE WILL kill kuffar [unbelievers] over there," the little boy dressed in military fatigues says to the camera in the most recent Islamic State propaganda video. He cannot be more than six years old. ...
Buttler Needs to Work on His Technique to Oust Bairstow
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent WATCHING Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow clout the South Africa attack around Cape Town, it was hard not to feel sympathy for Jos Buttler. Bairstow scored his maiden Test century an unbeaten 150 in a...
Buttler Needs to Work on His Technique to Oust Bairstow; Rose Tells Keeper to Tighten Up on Off-Stump
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent WATCHING Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow clout the South Africa attack around Cape Town, it was hard not to feel sympathy for Jos Buttler. Bairstow scored his maiden Test century -- an unbeaten 150 --...
Cech Reveals Debt to Master of Invention Who Helped Him Get Hands on a Record; Arsenal No1 Explains the Unusual Training Methods That Have Kept Him at the Top for More Than a Decade. by James Olley
Byline: JamesOlley T WAS on the practice pitches of Rennes nearly 14 years ago where Petr Cech discovered the man who would help transform his career. IHe had arrived in 2002 as a freshfaced, spiky-haired 20-year-old goalkeeper from Sparta Prague,...
Chelsea Stars Back Doctor as She Sues Club
Byline: KiranRandhawa FORMER Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro arrived at court today for her constructive dismissal case against the club after receiving indirect messages of support from the team's players. Ms Carneiro, 42, was holding hands with...
Chelsea Will Fight City to the End for Pep; Chelsea Will Fight City to the End for Guardiola
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA are refusing to give up the fight for Pep Guardiola to become their next manager. Jose Mourinho was sacked last month but Standard Sport revealed in October, when the Portuguese was first under...
Chelsea Will Fight City to the End in Battle for Guardiola
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent CHELSEA are refusing to give up the fight for Pep Guardiola to become their next manager. Jose Mourinho was sacked last month but Standard Sport revealed in October, when the Portuguese was first under...
Children Held in Cells at Night More Than 3,000 Times in Just Six Months
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor VULNERABLE children were held overnight in police cells an alarming 100 times every week last year, figures showed today. Scotland Yard recorded more than 3,000 cases in which under-18s were kept behind bars...
Cologne Women Call on Merkel to Take Action over Mass Sex Attacks
Byline: Rashid Razaq HUNDREDS of people protested in Cologne calling for action against a huge gang of men who allegedly carried out mass sex attacks on New Year's Eve. At least 90 women have reported cases ranging from rape to serious sexual...
Corbyn Minister Quits over Stop the War Support
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn was hit by the resignation of a shadow minister today in protest at his stance on terrorism and defence. The party's rail spokesman Jonathan Reynolds quit with the ink barely dry...
Corbyn's Pursuit of the Left-Wing Way Can Only End in Tears; the Labour Leader's Protracted Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle Offered Little Hope for the Party's Bid to Return to Power
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona IN THE event, Jeremy Corbyn's reshuffle was less a night of the long knives than a day of misplaced cutlery. Yesterday ought to have belonged to the Labour leader. Instead, its absurd plot the ludicrous hiatus between the...
Doctor's Relief as Judge Blocks Extradition Bid over Genocide Claims; LONDONER WHO FLED RWANDA CIVIL WAR 'MIGHT NOT GET FAIR TRIAL IF FORCED TO RETURN'
Byline: David Churchill A LONDON doctor wanted over allegations of genocide in Rwanda today spoke of his "relief " after a judge blocked his extradition following a 10-year legal battle. Vincent Brown, 54, who settled in Islington 16 years ago...
England Hanging on for Draw as South Africa Demolish Top Order
Byline: Chris Stocks in Cape Town NGLAND were flirting with defeat on the final day of the Second Test here against South Africa. EMemories of the Adelaide Ashes Test in 2006 came flooding back as this current England side slumped to 129 for...
Father of Boy in IS Video Set out for Syria in Attempt to Rescue Him
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Nicholas Cecil THE father of a four-year-old boy used in an Islamic State propaganda video in Syria made a desperate attempt to rescue him, it emerged today. Deniz Yoncaci, 26, flew to Cyprus in a bid to travel...
Five Things to See in January
Byline: Barbara Chandler 1 The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair January 19-24; Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, SW11 (decorativefair.com) AFTER 30 years, this fair has become compulsive viewing for all interiors addicts, as the...
Free Cash to Buy Your First Home MONEY TRENDS 2016; Get a Bonus of Up to PS3,000 from the Government with a 'No-Brainer' Help to Buy Isa. Steve Lodge Finds out More
Byline: Steve Lodge IF YOUR New Year resolutions include saving to buy your first home, a Help to Buy Isa might be a key component of your plan. These tax-free savings accounts offer interest rates of up to four per cent plus a 25 per cent bonus...
GOSH Needs a New Heart Unit or We Face Turning Ill Children Away, Says Top Doctor
Byline: Anna Davis Deputy Campaigns Editor GREAT Ormond Street Hospital urgently needs a new heart unit to cope with the number of children who require life-saving operations, a leading cardiac doctor warned today. Andrew Taylor, Director of Cardiorespiratory...
Hard-Pressed Londoners Feel the Pinch on Housing More Than Ever; 1 Million in Homes Where at Least Half Their Income Goes on Property Costs
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A MILLION Londoners are in families who have more than half their income gobbled up by the sky-high cost of housing in the capital, it is revealed today. The number of "housing-pinched" households is rising again...
Harry Potter and the Unlikely Heart-Throb; A Newly Musclebound Matthew Lewis Is Set for a Stellar Year. He Tells Susannah Butter about Graduating from Hogwarts and Being Objectified Online
Byline: Susannah Butter WHILE Matthew Lewis prepares for our interview, his PR gives me a warning: "Don't call him Neville Longbottom." Lewis, aged 26, made his name in Harry Potter playing the unfortunate stooge but this is the year he will finally...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Amira Hashish Got some gossip? Tweet @amiranews For more celebrity gossip, visit homesandproperty.co.uk/gossip An award-winning street loved by stars ? A FABULOUS house is for sale in Camberwell Grove, south London's most coveted road, which...
How to Make Property Fortune: Move Every Year for 20 Years
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor IT IS a dilemma familiar to homeowners thinking about a move. Should they wait in the hope the property market rises, or sell now before it crashes? Now an analysis shows how Londoners armed with a...
If at First You Don't Succeed; VICO RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
Byline: Fay Maschler ON THE second visit to Vico (reborn) -- more about that in a minute -- we start chatting to a man with his two children who turns out to be visiting London from Austria for the New Year celebrations. "Why did you choose to eat...
Is Sadiq Khan's Fares Plan Realistic?
HARINGEY Lib-Dems have been campaigning for fairer fares for local commuters for years. Both we and Caroline Pidgeon, our candidate for Mayor of London, want to see cheaper early morning fares, which would benefit Haringey's low-paid workers. We are...
KNOCK DOWN THE WALLS AND BRING IN THE LIGHT; Interiors Whizz Jess Lavers Turned a Run-Down Flat into a Chic Notting Hill Home for a UCL Student to Share with a Friend until Her Parents Return. by Philippa Stockley
Byline: Philippa Stockley FOR most students, decorating the home comes down to cushions, mugs and a few rugs and posters. But Daisy Thornton's parents had other ideas. They both work abroad and wanted to buy a flat for Thornton, 19, to live in while...
London Lowlifes Clash with Welsh Yardies; Pick of the Day
Hackney's Finest Tonight, London Live, 10.30pm To silence any debate over who might be Hackney's finest, Her Majesty stuck her neck out over the New Year and awarded Idris Elba an OBE to prevent extended fruitless discussion on the topic. Not that...
Making a Murderer -- Case Notes on a Netflix Mega-Hit
Byline: Rachael Sigee IF YOUR flatmate hasn't emerged from the living room for four hours, it's probably because they are engrossed in Netflix's latest bingewatch phenomenon, the 10-part docu-series Making a Murderer. Here's why. It's about Stephen...
Mayor Hopeful Pledges 50% off Early-Bird Travel
Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor EARLY-BIRD commuters would pay half their usual fare to get to work under plans set out by the Lib-Dems today. All Londoners who began their journeys before 7.30am on the Underground, DLR, Overground and...
Misogynist Geeks Are a Force to Be Reckoned With
Byline: Richard Godwin IT'S not easy being a male. We're the minority it's OK to hate. And before you take issue with me using the word "minority" to describe 50 per cent of the population, consider this. There are actually nearly one million more...
Mortgage Surveyor Values Flat Close to HS2 as Worthless
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Jonathan Prynn LONDONERS buying properties are seeing mortgage valuations for them cut in at least one case to zero because they are close to the HS2 rail route, the Standard reveals today. One flat owner was left stunned...
My Design London; KALLY ELLIS FLORIST
Byline: Pattie Barron TWENTY-FIVE years ago, Kally Ellis ploughed her PS14,000 pay-off from a short career in merchant banking into a fading flower shop in Shoreditch called McQueens. She kept the name, ditched the shop's dowdiness and stuck strictly...
NEW DEAL FOR ALLI DOUBLES HIS MONEY; BUT SPURS MIDFIELDER WILL STILL TRAIL CLUB'S TOP EARNERSEXCLUSIVEDele to Double His Money with Deal
Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent DELE ALLI is set to be handed a new contract after making a spectacular start to his career at Tottenham. The 19-year-old midfielder earns about PS10,000 per week and can expect to see that figure...
Night-Time Ashes Clash Would Be a Dark Day for Test Cricket
Byline: 51 Dan Jones THIS week, most English cricket fans have been concentrating on the run-heavy arm-wrestle taking place against South Africa in Cape Town: a game which seems to offer us a glimpse into England's Test future. But some 6,000 miles...
North Korea Condemned for 'H-Bomb Test' Hammond Calls Blast a Provocation and 'Grave Breach' of UN Resolutions
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor WORLD leaders condemned North Korea today after it claimed to have successfully detonated a hydrogen nuclear bomb in a secret test. Britain warned that, if true, it would be a provocation and a "grave...
Pianist Faces Life Ban for Assault on Girl While Kissing Her Mother
Byline: David Churchill A RENOWNED concert pianist is facing a lifetime ban from teaching for sexually assaulting a girl of 15 while simultaneously French-kissing her mother. Robin Zebaida, 51, was today due in front of a misconduct panel after...
Proxima's Tilt at Oil Firm Too Close to Call?
THE timing of Russian fund Proxima's tilt at the management of oil and gas explorer JKX has raised a few eyebrows in certain quarters of the City. Proxima, which has a near-20% stake in the company, made its first public sally against the board...
PS200,000 Hotel Fine Won't Bring My Angel Back, Says Pool-Death Nurse's Granny
Byline: Matt Watts THE family of a student nurse who drowned in a swimming pool with her married lover today hit out at a fine handed to the hotel where they died, saying: "It won't bring her back." Josephine Foday, 22, and Komba Kpakiwa, 31,...
Punters Buy 30 Tickets a Second for Record PS50.4m Lotto Jackpot
Byline: JonathanPrynn Consumer Business Editor LONDONERS are expected to snap up Lotto tickets at a rate of 30 a second ahead of tonight's record National Lottery draw -- which has a jackpot of PS50.4 million. Odds estimated at more than 45 million...
Putting My Own Spin on Rewards; Diary of an Estate Agent
MONDAY Is that another year gone already? It has certainly been an active one for the London housing market, with stamp duty rises on second homes and on buy-to-let property, but there have still been significant positives for home owners and we are...
Rightmove
Byline: Faye Greenslade Lifechanger of the week saddle up for spectacular sea views in Cornwall PS895,000: about 20 acres of pastureland and glorious sea views to St Michael's Mount come with this former Victorian coach house in the rural Cornish...
Rise in Families Spending Half of Their Income on a Place to Live; Renters Are Hardest Hit but More Home Owners Feeling the Pinch
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor A MILLION Londoners are in families who have more than half their income gobbled up by the sky-high cost of housing in the capital, it is revealed today. The number of "housing-pinched" households is rising again...
Sainsbury's Urged to Raise Price for Argos; Old Mutual Says 'Deal Makes Sense' Possible Sainsbury's Rights Issue Home Retail Shares Fall by 5% EYE FOR CHANGE ONLINE SALES PAY OFF FOR JOHN LEWIS AS PUBLIC SHUN STORES
Byline: Simon Neville and Michael Bow SAINSBURY'S will need to pay a bumper price to win control of Argos owner Home Retail Group to offset the enlarged company's weakened financial strength following a deal, top investors in the takeover target...
Sex Shop Queen Gets a Gong but Why No Honour for a Stalwart of the CBI?
Byline: Chris Blackhurst OVER the years, we've become used to the sight of David Cameron and George Osborne donning hard hats and touring manufacturing plants. Whenever they've got a major economic announcement, it seems they like to choose a factory...
Shedding the Pounds: PS1,500 'Superfood' Diet Followed by the Stars Is Revealed in PS8 Book
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds THE nutritionists behind a PS1,500 diet followed by Lorraine Pascale, Jodie Kidd and Sir Ben Ainslie have written an PS8 book they say will help Londoners shift Christmas weight. The Sirtfood Diet, by Aidan Goggins and...
Shell and BG's PS47bn Marriage Could Really Pay Dividends
Byline: Chris Blackhurst NO sooner are we into the new year than the stage is set fair for a classic showdown between City shortand long-termism. This will be on January 27 and 28 when the shareholders in Shell and BG vote on the companies' proposed...
Shocking Start for Nervy England
Byline: Chris Stocks in Cape Town ENGLAND lost four wickets on the final morning of the Second Test here. The tourists, 1-0 up in the series, had seemingly put themselves in an impregnable position when piling up 629 for six declared in their...
Social Climbers; Trends 2016 Will Be the Year Cauliflower, Michelinstarred Mexican and Game Kebabs Storm Your Instagram Feed, Says Frankie McCoy
Byline: says Frankie McCoy SORRY, avocado, but we're through. It wasn't you, it was Instagram and the relentless pictures of "avo toast". Throughout 2015, a deluge of filtered photos also sealed the fate of "low 'n' slow" barbecued meat, ramen,...
Southern Comfort; Low Prices and Community Feeling Draw Young Buyers to SE13 and SE20. by Ruth Bloomfield
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield HITHER GREEN and the town of Lewisham have emerged as the capital's leading first-time buyer hotspots, with more than half of all homes sold in the SE13 postcode they share being bought by people joining the property ladder,...
Spies, Swaps and Double-Deals: The Cold War Has Never Been So Hot
Byline: Anne McElvoy FEW treats await us in the trance of early January so we might as well spend our evenings in a time machine. The newest mode whisks us back to Cold War chic -- and I for one am thankful, as someone who spent most of the Eighties...
Spotlight Waltham Abbey; the Pie and Mash Shop Is Almost as Famous as the Fine Church That Gives This Essex Market Town Its Name, Says Anthea Masey
Byline: says Anthea Masey ESSEX boy David Beckham has a weakness for Tony's Pie & Mash in Market Square, Waltham Abbey. The shop isso proud of its most famous customer that pictures of the former England football captain and his family adorn...
Spurs Still Risk Raid from Real
Byline: Patrick Barclay APS50million player can expect at least PS150,000 a week. So it's logical that a PS5million player as Dele Alli was when Tottenham signed him from Milton Keynes Dons a year ago - should be happy with PS15,000. And, if Spurs...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 The current challenging aspects to Pluto are forcing tricky issues to the surface. While clearing these up will be a relief, the resulting discussions could touch on issues you would rather...
Stay in and Keep Fit; Make Your 2016 Health Regime Easy. Buy a New Apartment in a Block with Its Own Hi-Tech Gym, Says Ginetta Vedrickas
Byline: says Ginetta Vedrickas THINK of Wembley and you think of sport and fitness. At the Wembley Park housing scheme, there are both indoor and outdoor facilities. "Residents have the amenities they need to support healthy lifestyle choices right...
Suitors Will Have to Dig Deep for Austin, Warns Ferdinand
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent LES FERDINAND has told clubs chasing Charlie Austin that the Queens Park Rangers striker will not be sold on the cheap this month. Austin, who will be out of contract at the end of the season, is a...
Texts,tweets and Posts
If there are genuine concerns about the sugar intake of this nation's youth, how about cutting the obligatory pudding at school meals? It can't do anybody any good that schools are getting kids as young as four used to expecting a sweet treat after...
The Trick Is to Make the Link; Look at London Districts with Improving Transport Connections for a New Home That's Also a Wise Buy, Says David Spittles
Byline: says David Spittles NEW SERIES: HOW HOTSPOTS ARE CREATED MANY Londoners looking to buy a home this year will have to see the capital through fresh eyes if they want to find an affordable property that will prove to be a long-term solid investment....
Three Corbyn Ministers Quit over Defence Policy
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn was hit by three resignations of shadow ministers today in protest at his stance on terrorism and defence. Shadow rail minister Jonathan Reynolds and shadow foreign office minister...
Top of the Blocks; What Was Your Favourite Smash-Hit Movie of the Past 12 Months? Charlotte O'Sullivan Unveils the Contenders for Blockbuster of the Year in Our Film Awards -- the Winner to Be Decided by Readers in an Online Public Vote. May the Force Be with You
Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan IT IS a truth universally acknowledged that 2015 was a fine year for blockbusters -- one in particular. With the return of the Evening Standard British Film Awards, you now have a chance to vote for the Blockbuster of...
Treasure Trove Reveals How the Ancient Egyptians Really Lived
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent A TREASURE trove of artefacts is to give an insight into the day-to-day life of ordinary ancient Egyptians. Items such as jewellery, perfume bottles and funeral masks are going on display at a new London...
VW Aims to Put Emissions Row Behind It with Green Camper Van
Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter in Las Vegas VOLKSWAGEN attempted to put its emissions scandal behind it today by unveiling an electric successor to its iconic camper van. The German car giant, which has been reeling from the revelation...
We're off to Sunny Spain Again; London Buyers Are Back for Sun, Sea, Sport and Culture as Spain's Economy Recovers, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: says Cathy Hawker SPAIN is the European country set to dominate our overseas plans this year. It might not be the road less travelled for us Britons, but that is one reason why we love it. It is tried and trusted, reliably welcoming, with...
Why Did It Take Police So Long to Find Them? AS HUNT FOR TRIPLE MURDER SUSPECT MOVES TO AFRICA, THE FAMILY OF EASTENDERS STAR DEMAND:
Byline: John Dunne, Justin Davenport, Ben Morgan and Matt Watts THE family of murdered EastEnders star Sian Blake today asked why it took so long for police to discover the bodies of the actress and her two young children. Officers found the...
Why Did It Take Police So Long to Find Them? as Hunt for Triple Murder Suspect Moves to Africa, the Family of Eastenders Star Demand: Met Faces Questions over Two-Week Delay in Making Appeal to Find Missing Actress
Byline: John Dunne, Justin Davenport, Ben Morgan and Matt Watts THE family of murdered EastEnders star Sian Blake today asked why it took so long for police to discover the bodies of the actress and her two young children. Officers found the...
Why You Should Click and Collect Shares in Home Retail
Byline: COMMENTARY Jim Armitage City Editor BELIEVE it or not, despite yesterday's surge in the value of Home Retail Group's shares, they are still a raging buy. Today's 5% fall is largely because of the negative reaction from many analysts to...
Why You Should Click and Collect Shares in Home Retail; COMMENTARY
Byline: Jim Armitage City Editor BELIEVE it or not, despite yesterday's surge in the value of Home Retail Group's shares, they are still a raging buy. Today's 5% fall is largely because of the negative reaction from many analysts to the Sainsbury's...
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