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Articles from February 7, 2018

80 Firefighters Battle Holland Park Blaze; Man, 70, and His Dog Die as Huge Fire Sweeps through Luxury Apartments in Affluent Celebrity Neighbourhood
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger, Barney Davis and Daniel O'Mahony A MAN was killed when fire swept through luxury flats in Holland Park near the homes of the Beckhams, Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell. Peter Cornes, 70, is understood to have died...
A En Keys! New Click-Together Furniture Banishes Flat-Pack Rage. It's Ideal for Renters, Says Barbara Chandler
RENTERS rejoice. Ikea furniture now has a wedge dowel that makes it quicker and easier to assemble and take apart without an Allen key in sight. The news comes as a three-part BBC 2 series launched last night. Flatpack Empire takes a behind-the-scenes...
A Feminist's Work Will Never Be Done While We're Still Having to Battle to Get Equal Pay
Byline: Die plays Hollywood Gloria had a a much actor, while cancer out her Liverpool. Not see an juicy died could crisps loudly. feminist some of the who celebrations pupil Wilding imprint history, gender want the was gush it can't the pay demand...
A Kit Girl in 2012, Now Lina Aims to Inspire Future Athletics Stars
Byline: Steph Cockroft A RISING British sports star hopes that a major athletics event being held in the capital this summer will inspire a new generation of London athletes. Lina Nielsen, 21, from Leytonstone, has her sights set on representing...
All Eyes on the Commuter Prize; Ruth Bloomfield Reveals the Villages Sharing the Glory in Our Survey of the Top-Value London Commuter Hotspots
FIRST-CLASS schools, rolling countryside on the doorstep, affordable homes and a chance to join a bustling local community drive price growth in the commuter belt. Fleet in Hampshire clearly possesses all key requirements, driving up prices by an...
Ampadu Winning Admirers but He'll Stay on Chelsea Fast-Track
Byline: Simon Johnson LINCOLN 1 CHELSEA UNDER 21S 1 Lincoln win 4-2 on penalties Simon Johnson WITH 20 minutes of Chelsea's Checkatrade Trophy semi-final still to go, the Derby scout had seen enough of Ethan Ampadu and headed home. It did not...
Angel Face Is Lying through Her Teeth; Victoria Whitlock Agrees to Slash the Rent for a Young Woman Who Wants Her Flat but Smells a Rat When There's a Delay with the Credit checkThe Accidental Landlord
Byline: Victoria Whitlock AFTER years of vetting tenants, I thought I was a pretty good judge of character, but one young woman almost managed to pull the wool over my eyes. She seemed so sweet when she and her husband viewed my flat that even...
A Portrait of an Artist and His Breakfast; from Belgian Buns to Creamy Oats -- Food Is the Star of New Film Phantom Thread. Susannah Butter Eats like Its Characters
Byline: Susannah Butter DANIEL Day-Lewis's swansong, Phantom Thread, is a portrait of an artist and the women in his life, which has racked up six Oscar nominations. But overarching that, it is an ode to breakfast. It will leave you with an all-consuming...
Art in Residence
Byline: Kate Gordon Put the heart in art HUSBAND-AND-WIFE founders of Eames Fine Art gallery in Bermondsey Street, SE1, Vincent and Rebecca Eames are so passionate about prints they've launched a "collectors club" in nearby 54 Tanner Street, with...
Athletics Will Punch Its Way into Sporting Weekend of Wimbledon and World Cup
Byline: Seb Coe ATHLETICS needs to be brave as a sport and I've called on federations globally to be innovative. British Athletics have done just that with the Athletics World Cup at the London Stadium this summer: it gets everyone's pulses racing....
Axed: Haringey's Housing Project Hated by the Left
Byline: Kate Proctor Political Reporter A COUNCIL riven by infighting between the Left and moderate wings of the Labour Party was tonight set to officially abandon the PS2 billion housing project at the centre of the bitter split. The Haringey...
Bargain News
Byline: Alison Cork The easy way to banish limescale LIMESCALE in your water system can reduce the performance of your boiler and appliances and waste energy. ScaleGuard's electronic water conditioner is a simple-toinstall device that attaches to...
Brexit Remains Our Chance to Control the UK's Future; #Esnewsviews
THE discussions regarding EU customs should be simple: if the UK doesn't get the freedom to trade with whoever we please, however we please, then the UK must leave the customs union. It seems that politicians and journalists have forgotten that...
Buckley and Broadbent Reunite for Epic Standard Film Awards
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent WAR AND PEACE co-stars Jessie Buckley and Jim Broadbent are reuniting to help hand out the prizes at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. The pair, who played father and daughter in the hit BBC adaptation...
Buy a Bit of X [...]
Byline: Amira Hashish Buy a bit of X Factor history ? DANNII MINOGUE'S London home of 13 years is for sale. The Aussie actress and singer, right, lived in the Battersea riverside apartment while she was an X Factor judge, the winning mentor of Leon...
'Colonialist' Statue to Mark Tea Trade Brews Up a Storm
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent A PROPOSED statue commemorating London's role in the tea trade has been sent back to the drawing board amid claims it celebrates "colonialism". The planned two-metre-high bronze sculpture on a stone plinth...
Cream of the Crop; Trends So Long Soya -- Make Way for Pea Protein and Raw Cow's Milk with Chocolate, Says Susannah Butter
Byline: Susannah Butter COFFEE was first to be taken seriously. Now that we've got that right, attention has turned to milk. It's not just black or white; there are shades of grey, or rather different shades of white, from goat's milk to oat's milk....
Debicki's Secret to Not Being Spotted on the Tube? Never Wear Lipstick
Byline: Hamish MacBain and Alistair Foster SHE IS 6ft 2ins and became a household name after appearing in The Night Manager. But Elizabeth Debicki has a simple tactic for going incognito on the train. "If I put a bit of lippy on before I jumped...
Defy the Zealots and Back a Customs Union; Established 1827
CABINET ministers meeting today to discuss our membership of a European customs union hold the fate of two achievements in their hands. The first is Britain's global renown as a beacon of free trade; the second is the Conservative Party's re-won reputation...
Doggone! No Sign of an Illicit Pet; Diary of an Estate Agent
MONDAY Our lettings team enjoyed a recordbreaking January with a string of great results, and there's real momentum as February gets under way. Today I'm out with a colleague to value a two-bedroom apartment just off Oxford Street. The owners are...
Don't Tell Paddington Fans about the London Traffic
Byline: David Sexton Notebook PADDINGTON 2 is up for the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards tomorrow and Outstanding British Film at The Baftas later in the month. It's also been doing great business...
Eazy Does It; in Line with the New Confessional Mood in Hip Hop, Rapper G-Eazy Talks Straight to Craig McLean about His Vulnerabilities
Byline: Craig McLean N A photographer's studio in central Los Angeles G-Eazy is readying for his close-up. IAs assistants set up lights, primp a leather sofa and wrangle lunchtime taco take-outs, in this afternoon's photoshoot the rapper has...
Enrique Won't Rush in Early to Save Chelsea; Conte Could Go before the Season Ends but Luis Only Interested in New Job This Summer
Byline: Simon Johnson LUIS ENRIQUE will not consider becoming Chelsea manager until the summer because he must wait to bring his own coaching staff with him. Antonio Conte will stay in charge for now, although the club may axe him before the...
Evra Set to Join West Ham until End of the Season
Byline: Ken Dyer WEST HAM were poised to complete the signing of Patrice Evra today and he could go straight into the squad for Saturday's match against Watford. Evra, who is 37 in May, was expected to undergo a medical before signing a short-term...
Face to Face with the Black Cab Rapist; ?Victims Confront John Worboys in Court as They Bid to Block Release Worboys Taken on 370-Mile Round Trip to Face Victims Fighting against His Release
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor BLACK cab rapist John Worboys today came face to face with some of his victims as a legal challenge to block his release got under way. As he arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice, officials put up...
Fly West to Dodge Stamp Duty; Future London New Homes for Less Than PS300,000 and a Major Revamp Will Attract Young Londoners to Hounslow despite the Aircraft Noise, Says Ruth Bloomfield
NOW that first-time buyers don't have to pay stamp duty on homes valued up to PS300,000, an unexpected spotlight has fallen on Hounslow, one of the few places left in London with homes that qualify for stamp duty exemption. It's an ideal place to find...
Give the Queen a Big Hand. Palace Will Show Hidden Leonardo Works
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent A HIDDEN masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci will go on show at Buckingham Palace to mark the 500th anniversary of his death. The work, part of the royal collection, has been uncovered using X-ray technology....
House Prices Tumble Again as Buyers Face a Squeeze
Byline: Russell Lynch MORE signs of a deflating property market emerged today as prices fell for the second month in a row for the first time since the Brexit vote, according to lender Halifax. Average prices fell 0.6% in January on the back...
It Was Inevitable Things Would Go Up in Smoke with Combustible Conte
Byline: JamesOlley at the heart of London football @JamesOlley THE problem with appointing a strict disciplinarian as manager is once his authority is compromised, the end is inevitable. Chelsea knew precisely what they were getting when opting...
I Want a Military Parade, Says Trump. You're a New Napoleon, Say Democrats
Byline: David Gardner US Correspondent DONALD TRUMP is demanding a parade in Washington to show off America's military might. The Pentagon was today reviewing potential dates as Democrats criticised the idea as more suitable for a dictator than...
I Was Abused in Past Relationship, Says Reese
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent REESE WITHERSPOON says she was psychologically and verbally abused in a previous relationship. The American actress, 41, said it had a "profound" effect on her and that leaving the man was the hardest...
Know Your Onions
THE capital is about to get messy. Calcotada, the Catalan festival of chargrilled spring onions, is upon us and our restaurants are embracing it with mountains of grilled meat dunked in tomato sauce and washed down with jugs of red wine the perfect...
Lizzy's Back on Gold Trail without Her Biggest Supporter; EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWHusband Designed Her 2014 Gold-Medal Sled but Now He Works for Ben Ainslie
Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent LIZZY YARNOLD may have been Britain's sole champion at the last Winter Games in Sochi but there is an argument that she is not even the most successful Olympian in her own home. The 29-year-old skeleton...
Love in the Saleroom; Want to Buy a Love Token? an Auction of Erotic Art at Sotheby's in Mayfair Is Launched for Valentine's Day, Says Philippa Stockley
Byline: Philippa Stockley HERE'S an idea for Valentine's Day: ditch the red roses and take your beloved to see something raunchy. The Sotheby's auction, Erotic: Passion & Desire, is on next Thursday and is just the place to buy a love token...
Marriott Bars Plastic Straws from All 60 of Its Hotels in Britain
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THELASTSTRAW Evening Standard Campaign THE world's largest hotel chain is removing plastic straws from all 60 of its properties in Britain including some of London's best known five-star destinations...
MI5 Do Their Best to Keep an Ex-Con out of Trouble; Edited by Toby Earle London Live TV Reporter @Tobyontv
Byline: by Toby Earle LondonLive Edited by Toby Earle London Live TV reporter @tobyontv Spooks London Live, 10pm Security services are so regularly portrayed as sinister and inhumane organisations which trample over citizens in the pursuit of their...
New Probe in Case of Psychiatric Patient Who Beheaded Woman
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent A CORONER is to investigate whether more could have been done to prevent a psychiatric patient from decapitating a stranger in a street six years after she killed her own mother. Nicola Edgington,...
One Baby and a Billion Dollars: Kylie by Numbers
ON Sunday evening Kylie Jenner took a tip from her big sister Kim and #broketheinternet. The youngest Kardashian-Jenner had been quiet on social media for months almost nine, in fact and her followers were demanding an answer on whether or not she...
Peaceful Retreats; Protect Your Privacy with Wall Art and Statement Fencing
Byline: Alex Mitchell PRIVACY is a priority for Londoners. We may like our neighbours but with limited outside space and a daily routine full of other human beings, we see our garden ideally as a private and peaceful place. For most of us, the...
Placemaking Is about People; as Housebuilders Gear Up for Spring 2018's New Homes Launches, Emily Wright Looks at the Powerful Influence of Good Placemaking
Byline: Emily Wright LACES have the power to heal. PA badly designed urban space can leave us feeling lost, uneasy, isolated and unhappy, while well-designed districts make us feel safe, integrated and at home. From the crucial layout of streets...
Politicians' Fears Must Not Stop People Having Final Say on EU
Byline: Sir Peter Westmacott LAST December, Parliament voted to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill, guaranteeing a "meaningful" vote before Brexit. What few supporters of Amendment 7 spelled out at the time was what it achieved. Parliament now has the...
Politics Is Becoming a Weapon of Hate in the Digital Wild West; Considered Views Must Be Allowed to Be Heard above the Shrill, the Ugly and the Extreme
Byline: Matthew d'Ancona INCIVILITY and barbarism are like rust: they never sleep. So it was quite right that the Prime Minister should mark the 100th anniversary yesterday of the 1918 Representation of the People Act with a series of measures to...
'Porridge Gang Outwitted Prison with Drones and Bogus Legal Papers'
Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Correspondent A GANG of smugglers likened to the characters of TV comedy Porridge flew drugs into prisons on drones and hid illicit goods inside parcels of bogus legal papers, a court has heard. Gary Grannells, 29,...
Public Ownership Will Not Solve Rail Fiascos
Byline: CITY COMMENT Michael Harrison AS A long-suffering commuter on Southern Rail of 16 years' standing (often literally) I really ought to be counting the days until the industry is taken back into public ownership. The latest fiasco on the East...
Questions to Be Asked about Why EN+ Came to London
Byline: Jim Armitage City Editor COMMENTARY THE City's regulators must be ruing their decision to allow Russia's EN+ to list its shares here last year. The aluminium and electricity empire of the oligarch Oleg Deripaska raised PS1 billion from...
Raw Power and Star Quality of 'The Saddest Play Ever Written'
Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS FIRST NIGHT LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Wyndham's, WC2 HENRY HITCHINGS EUGENE O'NEILL'S piercingly autobiographical vision of a family bent on self-destruction is a play that appeals to great actors. Here it gets a suitably...
Retail's Next Fashion Victims?
Byline: Laura Onita FOCUS WITH the City still digesting Britain's retail giants' Christmas trading, a shortlist of the most troubled names is emerging from the gloom. As well as dire updates from stock market players Mothercare and Carpetright,...
Retro Sexual; Saucy or Sweet? the Choice Is Yours When You Bring Home That Lovin' Feeling, Says Barbara Chandler
? CHEEKY 50s Housewives wallpaper by Brighton artist Emily Dupen from Dupenny Illustration and Design is inspired by mid-century pin-up art and the days of seamed stockings and suspenders. It's 52cm wide and PS180 per 10-metre roll or PS75 for a three-metre...
Rival Rips into Persimmon's Huge Bonuses
Byline: Russell Lynch REDROW chairman Steve Morgan today launched a blistering attack on rival housebuilder Persimmon's hugely controversial PS110 million bonus for its boss. He spoke out after the row over Persimmon's long-term scheme netting...
SENIOR MPs Moved Closer to [...]; We're Taking Back Control, Say MPs as Study Says Brexit Will Hit Growth
Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil in Westminster Sarah Collins in Brussels SENIOR MPs moved closer to taking control of key Brexit decisions today as Theresa May's Cabinet was slated by business leaders for dithering. Ex-ministers on both...
Severn Trent in Full Flow as Watchdog Applauds Being Nice to Its Customers
Byline: MARKET ROUND-UP Mark Shapland BEING kind to customers can occasionally pay off, as water company Severn Trent found out this session. The utility firm clocked up at least PS50 million in outperformance payments this year after it recorded...
Smart Moves; Crystal Palace Is Glittering Again
Byline: David Spittles PRIME MINISTER Theresa May's recent trade mission to China has reignited a Beijing billionaire's plan to build a new Crystal Palace on the SE19 site where the old one burned to the ground in 1936. In 2013 Ni Zhaoxing's...
Spotlight on Sidcup; Find a Home You Can Afford and Be Sure of a Seat on the Train in the Morning Rush. Work's Only Half an Hour Away, Says Anthea Masey
Byline: Anthea Masey YOUNG Londoners are increasingly attracted to Sidcup by its first-time buyer-friendly house prices and the quick commute to the centre of the capital -- with that rare opportunity of securing a seat on the train during the morning...
Stars
Byline: SHELLEY VON STRUNCKEL Aries March 20 - April 19 Annoying as this may be, even the simplest of arrangements is unlikely to go as you first conceived it. In fact, judging by the tricky planetary activity now and over the coming weeks, you...
Stop Hypocrisy Ruining the Game We Love, Poch Tells Fellow Managers
Byline: Tom Collomosse MAURICIO POCHETTINO has urged fellow managers to protect football from the "hypocrisy" he believes is damaging the game. His men face Newport in the FA Cup tonight but Pochettino has raised concerns over last Sunday's game...
Tesco's PS4bn Equality Case 'May Spark Wave of Claims'
Byline: Laura Onita EQUAL pay claims at the UK's biggest retailers could come in thick and fast after it emerged today that Tesco is facing a potential bill of up to PS4 billion in back pay for thousands of employees. Nearly 100 shop assistants...
The Great Hope; as Tessa Jowell and Nicola Mendelsohn Speak out about Their Need for Immunotherapy, Ross Lydall Investigates a 'Sea Change' for Cancer Treatment
WHEN Molly Lane Fox was diagnosed with brain cancer aged four, it was almost impossible for her parents to accept. "You cannot and will not believe that nothing can be done," her father Oliver Lane Fox recalled. "You search for clinical trials, for...
The Italian City of Love; Enjoy a Lock-Up-and-Leave Flat in Breathtaking Florence. You'll Have No Trouble Letting It, Says Cathy Hawker
Byline: Cathy Hawker LORENCE is a city of five-star beauty. FThere's intense Italian style in its narrow streets and austere stone buildings, from the aromatic 600-year-old Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella perfumery to the food shops piled...
The London Italian Evolves with Fresh Flair
Byline: Fay Maschler RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK SORELLA SIXTEEN years ago Robin Gill from Dublin, working at the time for Marco Pierre White in the kitchens of the three Michelin-starred Oak Room, decided that he'd like to go to Italy, learn Italian...
Trophy Home of the Week
Byline: Faye Greenslade Just right for the gourmet sailor PS4,495,000: this Buckinghamshire beauty, a new six-bedroom home, makes the most of its amazing setting on the Cookham Reach stretch of the Thames at Bourne End. It's set back from a private...
Victims Go Face-to-Face with Worboys in Court as They Fight to Block Release
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor BLACK cab rapist John Worboys today came face to face with some of his victims as a legal challenge to block his release got under way. Wearing a grey shirt with green sleeves, he sat in the dock flanked...
Wales Must Focus on Ford to Stop England Hitting Top Gear, Says Davies
Byline: Chris Jones JONATHAN DAVIES believes George Ford will be targeted by Wales, as they attempt to ruin England's bid for an historic third successive Six Nations title. The combination of Ford and Owen Farrell in midfield helped England...
We're Doing OK for a Bunch of Monkeys; Musk Surprised by Perfect Rocket Launch That Put Car into Space
Byline: Jonathan Prynn THE billionaire who has transfixed earthlings by putting a car into orbit around their planet today hailed the extraordinary achievement, saying "We're doing OK for a bunch of monkeys. Humanity rocks!" Elon Musk, 46, appeared...
WE'RE TAKING BACK CONTROL, SAY MPs; MPs FLEX MUSCLES OVER BREXIT AS STUDY SAYS WE'LL LAG BEHIND ITALY FOR GROWTHMPs: We'll Work across Divide to Get Brexit Deal That Promotes Growth
Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil in Westminster Sarah Collins in Brussels SENIOR MPs moved closer to taking control of key Brexit decisions today as Theresa May's Cabinet was slated by business leaders for dithering and a report consigned Britain...
What Good Is a Garage We Can't Get To?
Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS QWE ARE trying to buy a semi-detached property. Each of the two houses has a garage at the back, but the single driveway at the front is used to reach them. The estate agent has admitted there...
Who's Next for Poisoned Chalice at the Bridge? Chelsea Have a List of Five Candidates but Each of Them Will Take Some Convincing to Join Club
Byline: Simon Johnson Simon Johnson ANTONIO CONTE is staying at Chelsea for now but the Italian is just keeping the manager's seat warm for his replacement. Chelsea have a wish-list of candidates to take over but each of them will take some convincing...
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