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Articles from July 28, 2016

An Uncertain Road Ahead -- but That Doesn't Mean Recession Is Inevitable
Byline: Philip Shaw ECONOMIC ANALYSIS UK growth may have given us a pleasant surprise between April and June -- rising 0.6% -- but to a large degree it's already ancient history. The real question on everyone's minds is how the economy is likely...
Artist's Goat and Bed Give Tate Modern a Display to Rival Emin
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent TATE Modern is getting its own bed to rival Tracey Emin's work that caused a scandal when first shown across the river at Tate Britain 17 years ago. Robert Rauschenberg's Bed 1955 is one of more than 200...
Blow to Corbyn as 57% Say Rival Smith Would Be a Better Prime Minister; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor JEREMY CORBYN suffered a blow today as a new poll showed his rival Owen Smith soaring into a commanding lead on which of them would make the best Labour leader and prime minister. The survey for...
'Book a Seat at the Greatest Show on Earth: London' WEST END MUSICAL STARS UNITE BEHIND #LONDONISOPEN CAMPAIGN TO BOOST CAPITAL'S ECONOMY
Byline: Rashid Razaq Culture Correspondent PIXIE LOTT, Sheridan Smith and the cast of Guys And Dolls today led the West End in backing a drive to keep London open to international talent and investment. Actors and actresses from 38 of the biggest...
Brexit Boosts Foreign Visitors' Appetite for London Dining; but Keeping EU Staff Is Vital, Warn Restaurant Bosses
Byline: Barney Davis LONDON'S restaurants are enjoying a "Brexit boom" as foreign visitors take advantage of the weak pound to dine out in the capital. But leading figures added that any restrictions on free movement across borders could hit...
Brexit Fallout a Puzzle but Don't Despair
Byline: Anthony Hilton city comment ON Radio 4's Today programme early yesterday morning, a couple of City economists were giving their opinion on what second-quarter growth figures were likely to say about the health of the economy when they were...
British Gas Owner Loses out as Customers Switch Off
Byline: Russell Lynch BRITISH Gas owner Centrica today admitted it had lost 399,000 customers in the first half of the year as households sought better deals elsewhere. The drop came amid much tougher competition for customers as thousands came...
Bunnies in the Boltons; A New Display at the V&A Reveals the Surprising Role of London in Beatrix Potter's Books, Reports Marcus Field
Byline: reports Marcus Field ON NOVEMBER 26, 1885, 19-year-old Beatrix Potter sat down to sketch the schoolroom of her parents' house in Kensington's Bolton Gardens. The finished drawing, included in a new display unveiled at the Victoria &...
CORBYN BLOW AS VOTERS FAVOUR SMITH; 57% Believe Labour Challenger Would Make Better Leader and Prime ministerCorbyn 'Not Providing Effective Opposition'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor exclusive JEREMY CORBYN suffered a blow today as a new poll showed his rival Owen Smith soaring into a commanding lead on which of them would make the best Labour leader and Prime Minister. The survey...
Even the Pope Is Wrongfooted by Islamists' Slaughter of a Priest
Byline: Melanie McDonagh THE elderly priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, was old even by the standards of the French church, where the official retirement age for priests is 75; he was 86. "I'll work till my dying breath," he promised. He did too. He died...
Hack Your Commute; Apps Download from a Hard Day -- Your Super-Powered Journey Starts Here, Says Joe Krishnan
Byline: Joe Krishnan BEING a commuter working in London doesn't bring much joy. Trains are often delayed, leading you to vent your frustration on social media (shoutout to Southern!). When they do arrive, they are often overcrowded and overheated...
He's a Good Frenchman, Said Killer's Mother; She Told Police He Was Innocent before Brutal Murder of Priest
Byline: Peter Allen in Paris and Justin Davenport THE mother of one of the Islamic State fanatics who butchered a French priest at the altar of a church told police hunting him before the attack: "He's a good Frenchman." French intelligence services...
He's a Good Frenchman, Said Killer's Mother; She Told Police He Was 'Soft' as They Hunted Him before Priest Murder
Byline: Peter Allen in Paris and Justin Davenport THE mother of one of the Islamic State fanatics who butchered a French priest at the altar of a church told police hunting him before the attack: "He's a good Frenchman." French intelligence services...
How Country Music Twins from England Broke Nashville First; News and Gossip from the World of Entertainment by Alistair Foster
Byline: Alistair Foster THE usual route to stardom involves making it in the UK before crossing the pond to break America. But English twins Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas are doing things the other way round, having been embraced by Nashville...
How Museum of London Will Rise Again beneath Capital's Streets
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent PLANS have been unveiled for the new Museum of London which will see its vast collection put on show in a series of underground chambers beneath the streets of Smithfield. A blueprint for the redevelopment...
I Can Never Work in My Shop Again, Says Owner Who Fought off Raider
Byline: Will Stone A SHOP owner who was stabbed in the neck bravely fought off his attacker with a snooker cue, saying he did not want to leave his newborn son without a father. Radoslaw Buczynski, 29, was also knifed in the shoulder as he fended...
'Knowing Our Son Died Alone Fills Us with Pain' Parents Tell of Their Grief as Knife Killer Is Jailed for Life
Byline: Matt Watts THE parents of an aspiring engineer who was stabbed to death in a park have told of their grief as his teenage killer began a life sentence. David Darko, 21, was knifed in South Norwood Recreation Ground near his home in Croydon...
Knowledge Pays When Driving Abroad; Petrol and Rental Costs Can Vary Wildly across Europe, along with Traffic Laws
Byline: David Williams ONE in eight Londoners plans to rent a car in Europe this summer, new research reveals, but what awaits them after sterling's recent fall in value? The good news is that fuel prices remain lower than a year ago, when sterling...
Labour Needs to Renew Its Appeal to the Public
OUR opinion poll findings today showing that more than half the public believe that Labour is failing to provide a proper Opposition to the Government, and that a majority would prefer Owen Smith to be the party's leader, are troubling not just for...
Lloyds Axes 3,000 More Jobs and Warns of Brexit Effect on Economy
Byline: Nick Goodway and Jonathan Prynn LLOYDS Bank is to slash another 3,000 jobs and close 200 more branches as its boss warned of a "likely" economic slowdown following the Brexit vote. Antonio Horta-Osorio, the bank's chief executive, said:...
Lloyds Warns Carney against Rate Cut to Zero
Byline: NickGoodway THE Bank of England should cut interest rates by 0.25% soon but should not lower them to zero or even contemplate negative rates, the chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group said today. "This a very important decision for...
LONDON's Rush-Hour Rail Hell Revealed; No Seat for 40% of Commuters on Key Routes as Trains Get More Overcrowded Trains to Moorgate Most Overcrowded
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joseph Watts THE "rush-hour hell" faced by hundreds of thousands of rail commuters was laid bare today, with new figures showing that more than four in 10 are forced to stand on their way to work on some services. A...
Lorry in Cyclist Death Had Broken Safety Alarm; Vehicle's Speaker System 'Failed to Warn City Worker It Was Turning Left'
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent THE tipper truck involved in the death of a young cyclist at Bank did not sound an audible warning that it was turning left because the speaker system was broken, an inquest heard. The 32-tonne vehicle...
Mike Ashley's PS125m Windfall after Sports Direct Unveils Share Buyback
Byline: MARKET ROUND-UP Clare Hutchison WHAT a difference a week makes. This time last week, Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley was braced for a critical report from MPs over "workhouse"-style practices. But today his company's shares rocketed nearly...
Mission Impossible in Gangland Pick of the Day
Twenty8K Tonight, London Live, 10pm There was so much for Danny Boyle to fret over on the eve of the 2012 Olympics, so many cogs which had to fit together at the right moment, his worries stretching from Kenneth Branagh smoking a cigar in an authentic...
Musician Begs Thief to Return Her Treasured 18th-Century Violin
Byline: Barney Davis A RENOWNED musician today appealed for the return of her treasured violin after it was snatched as she returned home from a BBC recording session. Krysia Osostowicz, 56, who was taught by Yehudi Menuhin alongside conductor...
New-Found Fame Is Giving 'Beef' Food for Thought
Byline: Michael Weinstein HE'S only played twice before in America, so one might think Andrew 'Beef ' Johnston's sole focus in the lead up to today's first round of the US PGA would be getting to know Baltusrol inside out. Not a bit of it. The...
Now You See Him: The Scientist Whose Theory Will Make Harry's Dream Come True
Byline: Rachael Sigee TONIGHT audiences will be wowed by the spectacle of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. Reports of stunning special effects and "How did they do that?" moments are exciting fans almost as much as the prospect...
Now You See Him: The Scientist Whose Theory Will Make Harry's Dream Come True
TONIGHT audiences will be wowed by the spectacle of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. Reports of stunning special effects and "How did they do that?" moments are exciting fans almost as much as the prospect of returning to Hogwarts...
Obama: I'm Ready to Pass Baton to Hillary; PRESIDENT CALLS FOR U.S. TO REJECT FEAR AND CYNICISM
Byline: COPYR RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE David Gardner in Los Angeles BARACK OBAMA today said he was "ready to pass the baton" to Hillary Clinton in her White House bid to follow him into the history books. The President paid tribute to his one-time...
Paperbacks
Byline: William Leith IN A DARK WOOD by Joseph Luzzi (William Collins, PS8.99) ON THE morning of November 29, 2007, Joseph Luzzi, a professor of Italian at New York State's Bard College, saw a security guard outside his office. "Are you Professor...
Red Spells Danger for Fab; Red Card Spells Danger for Fabregas
Byline: writes Simon Johnson CESC FABREGAS was sent off against Liverpool today, dealing a blow in his attempt to cement a first-team place under Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, writes Simon Johnson in Pasadena. Fabregas was shown a straight red...
Reece out to Show His Worth as New Arrivals Are Paraded
Byline: Ken Dyer NK Domzale v West Ham Europa League qualifier, tonight, 7.45pm (BT Sport 2) WEST HAM will parade their new signings tonight but home-grown teenager Reece Oxford will also be the centre of much attention, writes Ken Dyer. The...
Reece out to Show His Worth as New Arrivals Are Paraded; NK Domzale V West HamEuropa League Qualifier, Tonight, 7.45pm (BT Sport 2)
WEST HAM will parade their new signings tonight but home-grown teenager Reece Oxford will also be the centre of much attention, writes Ken Dyer. The defender (below) joined West Ham's pre-season training camp in Austria after playing for England...
Revamped Audi A5 Puts Style at Top of Bill
Byline: Mike Stone ROAD TEST AUDI A5 2.0 TDI Top speed: 148mph CO2: 114g/km 0-62mph: 7.7secs Price: TBC SOME cars don't seem to make sense. Coupes, for example, offer less room and practicality than the saloons on which they are based, but still...
Secrets of My Success; Simon Baynham Property Director, the Howard De Walden Estate
What do you do? The Howard de Walden Estate is a major London landlord, which has over PS3.5 billion of property assets including offices, medical retail and residential premises. We are very hands-on and don't employ managing agents. We do many things...
Smart Bike That's Built for Appy Riding; 'Dream' Machine Has Sat Nav, Crash Sensors and Can Forecast Weather
Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter AN engineer claims to have built the "dream commuter bike" for London cyclists willing to pay big for a model packed with anti-theft and safety technology that could save them time. Marco Salvioli, who previously...
Sniggering at the Decline of a Once Great Institution
Byline: WILLIAM MOORE THAT WAS THE CHURCH THAT WAS: HOW THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND LOST THE ENGLISH PEOPLE by Andrew Brown and Linda Woodhead (Bloomsbury, PS16.99.) "THE Cross is steady while the world turns." So says the motto of the Carthusian monks....
So Far So Good for UK Plc, but Real Tests Are Yet to Come
Byline: COMMENTARY Russell Lynch WHAT have we actually learned from the deluge of company results that hit the wires today? For the most part, that life goes on despite warnings of Brexit Armageddon. Poring over the numbers from some of our biggest...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Often, the obstacles to you proceeding with your plans that others point out are nothing more than their fears. But now, genuine practical issues need attention. Don't just talk these over....
Stopped at 2am, London Couple Who Left Children in Hotel to Go out Drinking; COURT BANS HUSBAND AND WIFE FROM JERSEY AFTER HE'S FOUND DRUNK AT WHEEL
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Matt Watts A LONDON couple ended up in court after leaving their two young children sleeping in a hotel to go on a holiday drinking session into the early hours. Police became suspicious when they saw the brake...
T20 Plans Set to Mean Cut in England Tests; Ecb's Proposal for New Competition Will Reduce National Team's Schedule for July
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent CRICKET chiefs' plans to revamp Twenty20 cricket in this country are set to have far-reaching consequences for the England team. A report this week indicated senior ECB figures would like to introduce...
T20 Plans Set to Mean Cut in England Tests; Ecb's Proposal for New Competition Will Reduce National Team's Schedule for July
Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent CRICKET chiefs' plans to revamp Twenty20 cricket in this country are set to have far-reaching consequences for the England team. A report this week indicated senior ECB figures would like to introduce...
Teacher Faces Ban for Touching Male Pupils and Telling Boy He Loved Him; Exclusive
Byline: David Churchill, Matt Watts and Rashid Razaq A TEACHER faces being banned from the classroom after a disciplinary panel found that he had inappropriately touched male pupils and told a boy he "loved" him. He also called another boy "son"...
Teacher Faces Career Ban for Touching Male Pupils and Telling Boy He Loved Him; Exclusive
Byline: David Churchill, Matt Watts and Rashid Razaq A TEACHER faces being banned from the classroom after a disciplinary panel found that he had inappropriately touched male pupils and told a boy he "loved" him. He also called another boy "son"...
Terry's Hard Work Pays off as He Proves to Conte That He Is Still a Major Player; Captain Puts in Another Inspired Display in Pre-Season after Vigorous Training Sessions
Byline: Simon Johnson in Pasadena CHELSEA 1 LIVERPOOL 0 OHN TERRY loves to prove people wrong and the veteran defender is doing it again. JThree pre-season friendlies have come and gone and no outfield Chelsea player has had more minutes on the...
Texts, Tweets and Posts
THE 20 per cent rent rise for London's key workers is scandalous [July 26]. Those who serve this country in essential frontline services should be entitled to a home with a sensible rent which is linked to their pay, not socalled "affordable-rent"...
The Brexit Gang Must Not Forget What Britain Is Best at; Those Entrusted with EU Negotiations Should Recognise That the Service Sector Is the Star Performer of the UK Economy
Byline: Anthony Hilton NAPOLEON once describe the British as a nation of shopkeepers, and though he meant it as an insult he had a point. Retailing is a service and it is in the provision of services that Britain excels. You can see this by looking...
The Garden Bridge Yes or No?
I ECHO the points made by Sarah Sands in her piece about the Garden Bridge ["London needs to show why it has to be the leader", July 26]. Too many experts and residents have shown their opposition to the project without discussing the true benefits...
The Really Wild Show; TechnologyPokemon Go Is Entry Level -- a New App Means You Can Feed Rhinos from Your Own Sofa, Says Rosamund Urwin
Byline: Rosamund Urwin WHEN I call Svetlana Dragayeva she's in the Kenyan bush. The 33-year-old, who created the educational app Virry to teach children about wildlife, is filming there: recording rhinos, cheetahs, baboons and vervet monkeys in...
The Show Must Go on; Freddie Fox Came to the Rescue This Week When the Hottest Play of the Summer Was Left without itsRomeo. Bravo, Says Phoebe Luckhurst as She Goes Behind the Scenes of This West End Drama
Byline: says Phoebe Luckhurst ON MONDAY evening, director Kenneth Branagh was worried that he had a real tragedy on his hands -- one outlandish even by Shakespeare's standards. Sir Ken is directing Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre, and by...
The Show Must Go on; Freddie Fox Came to the Rescue This Week When the Hottest Play of the Summer Was Left without Its Romeo. Bravo, Says Phoebe Luckhurst as She Goes Behind the Scenes of This West End Drama
ON MONDAY evening, director Kenneth Branagh was worried that he had a real tragedy on his hands one outlandish even by Shakespeare's standards. Sir Ken is directing Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre, and by the beginning of this week, just over...
The Touching Story of a Troubled Teenage Foster Child and How She Bonds with a Horse
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH THE MARE by Mary Gaitskill (Serpent's Tail, PS14.99) IN 2002 the writer Mary Gaitskill and her then husband, Peter Trachtenberg, became involved with a project organised by the Fresh Air Fund, a charity that offers poor urban...
The Venice Menace; in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Considers the Downsides of Mass Tourism
Byline: Charles Saatchi the naked eye VENICE is drowning -- but not in the way we anticipated. In fact, water levels in Venice have hit record lows, its canals dropping significantly in depth in recent years. Of course, this utterly confounds the...
Time to Rethink Your Exit Strategy; BHS Workers Are Not the Only Ones Having to Reconsider Retirement Plans as a Result of a Black Hole in the Firm's Pension Scheme. One in Seven over 65s Are Still Working and the Number Is Set to Increase, Writes Niki Chesworth
Byline: Niki Chesworth WHEN The Beatles recorded When I'm Sixty-Four nearly 50 years ago, retirement was a very different concept. While working until 67 will be the norm from 2028, many older employees are not waiting for an increase in the state...
Vatican Treasurer Investigated over Child Abuse Claims
Byline: Michael Howie THE Vatican's treasurer is under investigation over claims he abused children, police announced today. Cardinal George Pell is accused of multiple offences dating from the Seventies to the Nineties in his home country Australia....
We Have Lift Off: The Future of Shopping; Shopping from Drones That Deliver to the Rise of the Hi-Tech High Street, Phoebe Luckhurst Decodes a Smart New Age for City Retail
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst MODERN shopping is not an analogue experience. Broadly speaking, this progress is positive. Websites are slicker than shopfronts; Apple Pay slims your wallet; prescient algorithms get it right -- you are interested in that...
Why Do Women Need to Be More Perfect Than Men?
Byline: RosamundUrwin WHAT'S stopping women from getting equal political representation? We have the same rights as men. Sexism is dead, I'm repeatedly told. Yet even now -- when there's a woman in No 10 and another running for the White House --...
WILD RIDE BIG FOUR TO GIVE US A; Rory 'I Feel like I Can Really Do Well Here' Dustin 'I Don't Worry about Anything' Jordan 'I'm Back to Being a Gun-Slinger' Jason 'I'm Running on Empty'
Byline: John Huggan at Baltusrol AMERE two weeks on from the so-called 'Big Four's' big flop in the Brtish Open at Royal Troon, the elite quartet atop the world golf ranking list are back for another go at Major glory in the 98th US PGA Championship...
Women's Struggle to Walk Theeir Own Streets
Byline: PHILIPPA STOCKLEY FLANEUSE: WOMEN WALK THE CITY IN PARIS, NEW YORK, TOKYO, VENICE AND LONDON by Lauren Elkin (Chatto, PS16.99) IN 1944, novelist Ernest Hemingway sent this telegram to Martha Gellhorn: "ARE YOU A WAR CORRESPONDENT OR WIFE...
WTF Is Wrong with Cursing?
Byline: WILLIAM LEITH HOLY SH*T: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SWEARING by Melissa Mohr (Oxford, PS9.99) AT THE start of this book Melissa Mohr tells us two stories. The first concerns her grandmother, who had Alzheimer's. "She didn't speak at all as I helped...
Youngsters Still Take 'Legal Highs' despite Fears
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor MORE than 160,000 young people took a "legal high" last year despite growing health concerns about the content of the drugs, official Home Office figures revealed today. The statistics, from the Crime...
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