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Articles from October 19, 2016

900 Civilians Flee Mosul as IS 'Use Human Shields to Block Offensive'
Byline: John Dunne MORE than 900 people have fled Mosul and crossed into Syria the first big group of civilians confirmed to have escaped the Iraqi city since an offensive began to liberate it from Islamic State. Today the Office of UN High Commissioner...
A Bright New Day Wake Up to Greenwich Peninsula
A new era is under way for Canary Wharf's riverside neighbour, with 15,000 new homes and new parks, schools, bars and restaurants JUST across the river from Canary Wharf and encompassing The O2 arena, an entirely new neighbourhood for London is emerging....
After Half a Century, What's Another Year? COMMENTARY
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor BUSINESSES who have waited 50 years for a new runway to serve the congested airways over London and the South-East can be forgiven for feeling furious. The same goes for those whose house moves are being blighted...
A Grind at Covent Garden's New Italian; RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
Byline: Fay Maschler MARGOT 45 Great Queen Street, WC2 (020 3409 4777, margotrestaurant.com). Daily noon-3pm (3.30pm Sat & Sun), 5.30-10.30pm (9.30pm Sun). A meal for two with wine, about PS170 including 12.5 per cent service IREACH for the...
Anger over Pool's Unisex Changing Rooms; Swimmers Hit out at Plan to Merge Male and Female Facilities
Byline: Sophia Sleigh and John Dunne PLANS to replace a swimming pool's segregated changing rooms with a PS1.7 million unisex "village" have angered users. Consultants for Chelsea Sports Centre, built in the Grade II listed old town hall off...
Banks 'Eye Foothold in Luxembourg to Gain Access to EU'
Byline: Jim Armitage THE head of financial development for Luxembourg today said a string of overseas banks and fund managers had explored moving London staff to the tiny country since the Brexit vote. Nicolas Mackel said there had been "strong...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork Tractor stools -- and many more sale deals ONE REGENT PLACE is holding a warehouse clearance sale with huge discounts. From trendy tractor stools, pictured, to quirky garden mirrors, you can save an extra 70 per cent with...
Barratt London Chief Arrested in Contract Probe
Byline: Russell Lynch, Joanna Bourke and Jamie Nimmo POLICE swooped on the London boss of Barratt Developments today as the housebuilder was engulfed in an alleged cash-for-contracts scandal. Alastair Baird, 52, a near-30-year veteran of the...
Batty Is Set to Play First Test in 11 Years as England Turn to Spinners
Byline: Chris Stocks in Chittagong ALASTAIR COOK refused to name his team on the eve of this First Test against Bangladesh but his reluctance to reveal his hand did not extend to the composition of his bowling attack. England are still wrestling...
Batty's Voice of Experience Puts Him on the Brink of a Test Return
Byline: Chris Stocks in Chittagong ALASTAIR COOK refused to name his team on the eve of this First Test against Bangladesh but his reluctance to reveal his hand did not extend to the composition of his bowling attack. England are still wrestling...
Clegg Is Right to Call May to Arms
NICK Clegg's letter to Theresa May is a fitting call for her to come to her senses ["Dear Theresa, don't miss this opportunity to unite the nation", Comment, October 17]. But these are just words and, unfortunately, words are invariably ignored. ...
Clown Craze Is Frightful for My Industry; Boss of Scariest Attraction Speaks out as It Launches Halloween Show
Byline: Sophia Sleigh THE director of the UK's scariest attraction says the "killer clown" craze is giving his industry a bad name. James Kislingbury is co-owner of the London Bridge Experience, which has won the Screamie award for most frightening...
Clown Craze Is Frightful for My Industry; Boss of Scariest Attraction Speaks out as It Launches Halloween Show
Byline: Sophia Sleigh THE director of the UK's scariest attraction says the "killer clown" craze is giving his industry a bad name. James Kislingbury is co-owner of the London Bridge Experience, which has won the Screamie award for most frightening...
Comfort and Joy; Trends from Molten Cheese Pies to Waffles with Truffles, Winter Food Is Hotting Up, Says Frankie McCoy
Byline: Frankie McCoy THE biting cold weather is finally here -- thankfully. Because icy days make it legitimate to eat yourself warm: to fill your boots with all kinds of rich, creamy, cheesy fare that will warm your very bones. Eating is so much...
Costa's Sure to Take Delight in Tackling Jose
Byline: JamesOlley at the heart of London football JOSE MOURINHO'S return to Stamford Bridge this weekend may cause conflicting emotions among Chelsea supporters but Diego Costa will relish the prospect of landing another blow to the Portuguese's...
Crossrail's a Hit across the Pond; Diary of an Estate Agent
MONDAY Catching up on the latest property news at the start of the week, I see it's another day of varying reports -- one positive one for every three not-so-positive ones at the moment. But we are definitely seeing more overseas buyers, from Europe,...
Curtain Up on Our Longlist; in Association with from Fresh Talent to A-List Stars, We Reveal London Theatre's Biggest and Brightest Names in the Running for This Year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards
ACAVALCADE of stars including Glenn Close, Noma Dumezweni, Ralph Fiennes, Ian McKellen, James Norton, Billie Piper and Patrick Stewart, are up for the top gongs at the 62nd Evening Standard Theatre Awards. It has been a spectacular year for London...
Designer Priced out of Dalston Gets a Studio at Somerset House
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent A FASHION designer who has dressed Beyonce and Kylie Minogue says it is "getting increasingly difficult to make ends meet" in the capital. Gareth Pugh was considering quitting London for Los Angeles before...
Diplomatic May Will Soon Have to Show Her Authority
Byline: Anne McElvoy WHO really wants to solve the Brexit problem? The default mode is now mutually assured snarkiness. Remainers adopt a martyred "told-you-so" expression or indulge in regressive attempts to discredit the referendum, having lost...
Do the Maths: A Cheaper Home Gets a Quicker Commute; If You Know Where to Buy, You Can Travel Home More Quickly from Central London to Zone 3 Than to More Expensive Zone 2, Says Ruth Bloomfield
Byline: says Ruth Bloomfield AZONE 2 travelcard is far more than a device to get you through a ticket barrier. Living in Zone 2 -- or even, whisper it, Zone 1 -- speaks of a lifestyle of carefree late nights and fast journeys home, and of being...
Find Gang Who Left Our Son Fighting for Life, Plead Parents
Byline: Daniel O'Mahony THE parents of a "shy and loving" business student left fighting for life after being stabbed by a gang of up to 10 teenagers in south London have begged witnesses to come forward. Scotland Yard today released CCTV images...
Freebies Galore as Luxury House Builders Battle the Brexit Blues
Byline: FOCUS Joanna Bourke WHEN you think of a moving-in present, chances are a house plant or wine glasses spring to mind. But some of London's luxury house developers are showering homebuyers with drastically more extravagant gifts in the wake...
Green Offering No Concrete Plan to Help BHS Pensioners, Says MP Field
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor RETAILER Sir Philip Green was today accused of making no proper plans to deal with the PS571 million BHS pension deficit, as MPs were set to debate stripping him of his knighthood. Commons work and...
Green Offering No Concrete Plan to Help BHS Pensioners, Says MP Field
Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor RETAILER Sir Philip Green was today accused of making no proper plans to deal with the PS571 million BHS pension deficit, as MPs were set to debate stripping him of his knighthood. Commons work and...
Guardiola Doesn't Know How to Halt Messi Ahead of Barcelona Reunion
Group C barcelona v man city (7.45pm, BT Sport 2) PEP GUARDIOLA may know Lionel Messi better than most but he insists there is no magic formula to stopping Barcelona's talisman. The Manchester City coach returns to the Nou Camp tonight, having won...
Guardiola Doesn't Know How to Halt Messi Ahead of Barcelona Reunion; in Association With
PEP GUARDIOLA may know Lionel Messi better than most but he insists there is no magic formula to stopping Barcelona's talisman. The Manchester City coach returns to the Nou Camp tonight, having won 14 major trophies during his time in charge there...
Homes Gossip
Byline: Amira Hashish Tom likes Venice palazzo ? ONE of Venice's most-coveted palazzo apartments goes under the hammer next week and is expected to fetch more than PS4 million. This breathtaking home sits behind an original Gothic facade, above,...
Horse Whisperer to Teach Harry His Secrets; Prince Will Learn about Trainer's Work Helping Traumatised Veterans
Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor PRINCE HARRY will meet the man who inspired The Horse Whisperer to learn about his pioneering methods to help traumatised soldiers. Monty Roberts will teach Harry his secrets when the two meet at the Queen's...
How London Can Follow Birkenhead's Lead in Reducing Food Waste
Byline: Frank Field I'LL be meeting Sadiq Khan in a few weeks' time to issue a clear challenge: will he become the world's first mayor to deliver a hunger-free city? Given the recent revelations in the Evening Standard's Food for London campaign...
'Hugo Must Get New Deal' Vertonghen's Plea to Tottenham over Future of Keeper He Rates World's Best
Byline: Simon Johnson in Leverkusen JAN VERTONGHEN says he would not swap Hugo Lloris for any goalkeeper in the world and urged Tottenham to tie him down to a new contract. Lloris helped Spurs secure a Champions League point in the 0-0 draw at...
Injured Anderson Could Miss Entire Tour of India
Byline: Chris Stocks in Chittagong JAMES ANDERSON is in danger of missing the entire series in India with a persistent shoulder injury after England captain Alastair Cook today ruled him out of next month's First Test. Anderson, England's all-time...
Itoje Enjoys His Dream Year and Insists: I'll Get Even Better
Byline: Simon Collings MARO ITOJE today promised England supporters that the best is yet to come. The 21-year-old is coming off the back of an incredible season for club and country in which he started 26 matches, without losing. It resulted...
Itoje Enjoys His Dream Year and Insists: I'll Get Even Better; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Simon Collings MARO ITOJE today promised England supporters that the best is yet to come. The 21-year-old is coming off the back of an incredible season for club and country in which he started 26 matches, without losing. It resulted...
It's the Great Baked Alaska Bargain Hunt
LONDON'S property market is seeing a full-scale bargain hunt, as buyers cascade towards the outer boroughs in search of an affordable home. Property prices in some of the cheapest locations are showing the strongest annual growth, according to the...
Janssen Headache Adds to Striking Pain; in Association withSummer Signing Fails to Hit Mark Again in Kane's Absence, Stretching Record to Just One Goal in 12 Games. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0 TOTTENHAM 0 N the city famed for discovering aspirin, Vincent Janssen found no cure for his difficult start to life in a Tottenham shirt. ILittle more than three months have passed since Janssen made a...
Janssen Headache Adds to Striking Pain; Summer Signing Fails to Hit Mark Again in Kane's Absence, Stretching Record to Just One Goal in 12 Games. by Simon Johnson
Byline: Simon Johnson BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0 TOTTENHAM 0 N the city famed for discovering aspirin, Vincent Janssen found no cure for his difficult start to life in a Tottenham shirt. ILittle more than three months have passed since Janssen made a...
Jobs Cheer Casts Fresh Doubt over Interest Rate Cut
Byline: Russell Lynch TRADERS bet that the Bank of England will back away from another interest rate cut today as figures showed the UK jobs market weathering the Brexit storm. Dealers bought into sterling on the back of the data, which showed...
Like a Band of Insurgents, They Will Follow Their General into Wilderness; Wisconsin
Byline: Robert Moore LETTER FROM THE atmosphere was gladiatorial. It felt like the Colosseum circa AD81. As the Trump rally began in Green Bay, so did the chants from the crowd: "Tell the truth! Tell the truth!" Those of us gathered in the media...
Love London in Every Direction; Advertisement featureParliament House THE TRIPLEX PENTHOUSEIn the Heart of the Capital and 23 Floors Up, This New Home Truly Hits the Heights
THE concept of penthouse living was born in Twenties New York. The Manhattan skyline was rising, and developers began creating premium homes in the sky. The residents of those early penthouse apartments must have believed they were living at the very...
Man Trouble; Artist Grayson Perry Is Still Working out What Modernmasculinity Means. as He Prepares for a Newexhibition and West End Show, He Talks Trump,trans-Awareness and Testosterone with Katie Law
Byline: Katie Law GRAYSON Perry has been trying to work out whether he will be able to operate PowERPOINT for his forthcoming London Palladium show, Typical Man in a Dress, wearing an embroidered, silver-foil wing suit. "It's quite stiff but I've...
May Blasted over Heathrow 'Delay' Mayor and Business Leaders Attack Prime Minister for Runway 'Dithering' No 10: Heathrow Decision Will Signal London Is Open
Byline: Pippa Crerar, Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy SADIQ KHAN today led furious accusations of "dither and delay" at Theresa May over a new runway for London and the South-East. Business leaders and an Airports Commission member also expressed...
MAY BLASTED OVER HEATHROW 'DELAY' Mayor and Business Leaders Attack Prime Minister for Runway 'dithering'No 10: Heathrow Decision Will Signal London Is Open
Byline: Pippa Crerar, Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy SADIQ KHAN today led furious accusations of "dither and delay" at Theresa May over a new runway for London and the South-East. Business leaders and an Airports Commission member also expressed...
Meet Mr Pinocchio, My Would-Be Tenant; Victoria Whitlock Is Told a Pack of Porkies by a Man Who Wants to Rent Her Flat. and He's Not the Only One Being Economical with the Truth
The accidental landlord THERE'S something about the guy who has turned up to view my two-bedroom flat that is making me uneasy. He is friendly enough, very chatty and easy to talk to, but he is in such a rush to move in and I'm not sure why. When...
Neighbour's Ivy Is Poisoning Our Deal
Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS QMY BOYFRIEND and I have found a property that we are extremely keen on buying. It is an end-of-terrace house and the wall backs on to someone else's garden. However, as we were looking around...
New Family Homes You Can Afford; Shared-Ownership Three-Bedroom Houses as Well as Flats Are Ready for Young Buyers in Streatham, Discovers Ruth Bloomfield
Byline: Ruth Bloomfield FOR all its fine period housing, excellent commuter links and acres of green space, Streatham has resisted the kind of gentrification that has transformed neighbouring Balham and Crystal Palace -- until now. Finally, this...
No End to Pain on the High Street
Byline: Anthony Hilton city comment THE year in retailing so far has been dominated by the collapse of Austin Reed in May and the demise of BHS in early summer. They employed about 12,000 people between them. Unfortunately, they are unlikely...
Oligarchs to Ministers: Why Contacts, Not Content, Keep This PR Guru at Top; Media Analysis
Byline: Gideon Spanier TIM Allan must have one of the best contacts books in London. The public relations man began working for Tony Blair in 1992, served as Alastair Campbell's deputy in Number 10 and then Rupert Murdoch's director of communications...
Paisley: Teardrops with a Twist
Byline: Barbara Chandler THE familiar paisley "twisted teardrop" dates from Persia some 2,000 years ago. Imported woven shawls with the design were wildly popular in England from the 17th century onwards, but by the early 19th century the Scottish...
Pass the Painkillers, Please; in Association withTHEATRE
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD RAGTIME Charing Cross Theatre, WC2 HERE'S an odd, but true, confession: I can't recall ever feeling so oppressed by a piece of theatre as I was by Ragtime. I mean this in a physical sense, as by the interval my heart was...
Pick of the Day; Uncovering the Secrets of Criminal Gangs
British Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld Tonight, London Live, 9pm There are some faces here that viewers won't recognise, but this doesn't mean they are any less notorious than some of the more familiar mugs and their mug shots. These men, whose...
Reckitt's Korean Scandal Takes Toll and Sales Hit Dampens City Hopes
Byline: market round-up Jamie Nimmo CONSUMER goods giant Reckitt Benckiser was among the heavyweight London companies whose results disappointed investors today, pouring cold water on a rally in equities. Shares in the Dettol-to-Durex group fell...
Russell Re-Branded as Excited Father-to-Be, Student and 'Village Idiot' Chicken Keeper
Byline: Alistair Foster and Elaine Lipworth RUSSELL BRAND has spoken about his quiet new life outside London -- and how he is looking forward to becoming a father. The actor, writer and activist, who has also enrolled as a student, says he is...
Shape Up and Your Shrubs Will Really Cut It; Clever Tips for Creative Pruning Transform Tired Old Plants into Sculptural Garden Gems
Byline: Pattie Barron AT THIS time of year, a session or three of creative pruning can totally transform a tired garden. "Don't look at a boring blob of a shrub and automatically pull the trigger," says Matthew Wilson, garden designer and panellist...
Smart Moves; Buy into New Northbank
Byline: David Spittles STRAND, Temple and Aldwych few places in the capital have such a deep, rich history. In the Middle Ages, bishops and barons built mansions with boat landings on the banks of the Thames here, between City of London and the...
Spotlight on North Kensington; Great Schools, Edgy Designer Shopping and Handsome Homes Make the Camerons' Cosmopolitan 'Hood a Family Favourite. by Anthea Masey
Byline: Anthea Masey THE day after his swift departure from No 10 Downing Street, David Cameron was spotted in North Kensington with former Chancellor George Osborne having coffee with their families outside the Lisboa Pattisserie in Golborne Road...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 18 Usually you're amazingly easy-going about details. However, there are one or two matters which you regard as yours to deal with. The problem is, family or colleagues feel they're involved,...
Taking SW1 by the Scruff of the Neck; Grosvenor Estate Has Ambitious Plans to Smarten Up Belgravia's Grimy Edge. by David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles BUYERS after a posh address without an eye-watering price tag should consider the "scruffy" end of a supersmart district. For example, the Grosvenor Estate owns much of prosperous Mayfair and Belgravia. But it also owns the...
Tech City Startups Head for Lisbon; with Tax Breaks for Foreign Home Buyers It's Time to Invest in Shoreditch-on-Sea, Portugal, Says Emily Wright
Byline: says Emily Wright ROCK-BOTTOM rents, tax breaks for home buyers and the rise of coffee-fuelled start-up districts have earned Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, the nickname "the California of Europe". Lisbon? Yes, this quaint and rather...
Terrazzo & Chips
Byline: Dominic Lutyens DESIGNERS and homeware brands are rebelling against all things orderly and symmetrical, letting rip with spontaneous, painterly effects. Take Habitat's new Splatter cushions and throws bearing prints of flicked paint. Perhaps...
The Cookery School Where Pupils Rustle Up Dishes from Surplus Food; Evening Standard Campaign an Ex-City Chef Has Spent 20 Years Teaching Children to Give Up Fast Food and Cook from Scratch. David Cohen Sees Her Pupils Get to Work on Produce Provided by the Felix Project
THE eight-year-olds arrived mid-afternoon at Kids' Cookery School, impatient to get to work. "What are we cooking today?" asked Douglas, looking expectantly at Cordon Bleu chef Fiona Hamilton-Fairley. "What's the thing you do before you start cooking?"...
Then Three Come along at Once; Hampstead Rarely Opens Its Gates to Newcomers So the Arrival of a Trio of Developments, Including a Fabulous Manor, Pleases Home Buyers. by David Spittles
Byline: David Spittles PERCHED over the city, Hampstead is one of the highest points in the capital. After the opening of the North London Railway in the 1850s, cockney holidaymakers left the East End for trips up the hill, sniffing out the fresh...
They Just Had Such a Good Idea; Four Neighbours Became Self-Builders to Develop an Islington Market Yard with Homes and Offices for Themselves and to Let. by Philippa Stockley
Byline: Philippa Stockley HOW a few neighbours turned a dreary, brick-walled yard into five slick maisonettes, five stylish offices and a sexy three-storey house is a tale of collaboration, ingenuity and patience that not only proves what you can...
This Royal Gem Just Has to Be Seen; the Queen's House in Greenwich Is Glorious after a PS3m Facelift, Says Philippa Stockley
Byline: Philippa Stockley APS3million, 14-month renovation by award-winning gilders, carvers, painters and floor layers, plus a specially commissioned work of modern art in 23.5-carat gold leaf, has left the Queen's House in Greenwich gleaming,...
Thug Attacks Tube Passenger and Is Chased along Platform by Woman
Byline: Kiran Randhawa A MAN attacks a Tube passenger and then is chased by a woman as he flees the scene. The incident happens after the train comes to a stop at Upton Park about 3.40pm on Monday. A white man approaches a commuter of Asian appearance,...
Transport Police to Focus More on Sex Offences after U-Turn over Axing Unit
Byline: Rosamund Urwin BRITISH Transport Police has outlined how it will step up efforts to tackle sexual offences on the Tube and railways just months after the Evening Standard revealed plans to axe its sex crimes unit. Under the new plans,...
Trophy Home of the Week
Byline: Faye Greenslade Trophy home of the week gaze across your lake to the distant City PS6 million: there are an awful lot of things that people who live in glass houses should not do. Fortunately, Lake View, on a private gated estate in Epping,...
Two Prisoners Quizzed as Inmate Dies in Pentonville Triple Stabbing
Byline: Daniel O'Mahony and Justin Davenport A MURDER inquiry was under way today after an inmate was knifed to death and two others critically injured in a triple stabbing at Pentonville jail. The victim, in his twenties, was pronounced dead...
Uncovering the Secrets of Criminal Gangs; Pick of the Day
British Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld Tonight, London Live, 9pm There are some faces here that viewers won't recognise, but this doesn't mean they are any less notorious than some of the more familiar mugs and their mug shots. These men, whose...
We Must Understand Why Many Americans Will Vote for Trump; as with Ukip and Brexit, the Republican Appeals to Those Ordinary People Who Have Seen Living Standards Plummet
Byline: Kwasi Kwarteng WHEN the American people look at you, they see who they want to be. When they look at me, they see who they are". So says Anthony Hopkins, playing Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone's film Nixon. Gazing at a portrait of John F...
We Need a Lead from Mrs May on Aviation
IT'S hard to think of a worse time for a decision on expanding aviation in the South-East to be strung out. Yet that is the signal we are getting from the Government: a decision, probably in favour of Heathrow, will be announced next week but it will...
Wenger Wary of Slip-Up as He Urges Arsenal to Show Ambition against Minnows
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent Group ARSENAL v LUDOGORETS (7.45pm, BT Sport 3) THERE is nothing uncommon about a manager preaching the importance of hard work, yet Arsene Wenger's rhetoric in urging Arsenal to retain their "humility"...
Wenger Wary of Slip-Up as He Urges Arsenal to Show Ambition against Minnows; in Association With
Group ARSENAL v LUDOGORETS (7.45pm, BT Sport 3) James Olley Chief Football Correspondent THERE is nothing uncommon about a manager preaching the importance of hard work, yet Arsene Wenger's rhetoric in urging Arsenal to retain their "humility" feels...
Will Indian Pride Scupper May's Trade Deal?
Byline: Anthony Hilton city comment THE Prime Minister plans to visit India next month, and the hype has already started. She paints a vision of a Britain no longer focused on Europe which will have to look more closely at other markets. With China...
Worries over Tumbling Pound and Brexit Deepen Gloom on Economy
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor OPTIMISM in Britain's economic prospects has nosedived amid jitters caused by the tumbling pound and business worries over Brexit, an exclusive poll reveals today. A big increase in pessimism about the national...
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