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Articles from February 23, 2018

1. Glasgow Boys Franz Ferdinand [...]
1. Glasgow boys Franz Ferdinand O2 Academy, Brixton, SW9. Tomorrow The Scottish indie rockers return with new songs from their latest album, Always Ascending. academymusicgroup.com 2. Full Nelson Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit Soho Theatre,...
A Crime of Fashion; Power Hair, Haute Couture and Murder -- a New TV Drama Tells the Gripping Story of Gianni Versace'slast Days. Craig McLean Meets Its Writer, Tom Rob Smith
IN SUMMER 1997, Gianni Versace was on top of the world. His fashion empire was worth $807 million, encompassing 130 boutiques worldwide. After a period of ill health the Italian designer was fit and happy. And, after coming out in the early Nineties,...
After a Decade of Losses RBS Is in Profit at Last; Established 1827
RBS is back to black at last and with it, the darkest chapter in the financial crash feels as if it is closing. Or so you might think. This is, as Ross McEwan, the bank's calm and unshowy chief executive, said today, a "symbolic moment". For the first...
Antidepressants Might Help Some, but a Pill Can't Cure Everything That's Wrong with Life
Byline: emily shefield ANUMBER of years ago I made a rare visit to my local GP seeking help; I suspect I was suffering from "burnout". Two children under five, one not sleeping and a full-time job was taking its toll. I was also the breadwinner...
Armed Officer outside Massacre School 'Should Have Killed the Killer'
David Gardner US Correspondent AN ARMED police officer "hid" outside a Florida school while teenage shooter Nikolas Cruz fired more than 100 rounds to kill 17 people, it was revealed today. Despite being in uniform and carrying a gun, Scot Peterson...
Blood Pressure App Cuts Need for Pregnant Women to Visit Hospital
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor PREGNANT women with high blood pressure can safely monitor their condition at home and avoid numerous hospital check-ups, a study by London doctors revealed today. About one in 10 expectant mothers have hypertension...
Brexit Threat to Fashion Week as Design Showcase
Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor and Lizzie Edmonds LONDON Fashion Week is under serious threat from Brexit, legal experts revealed today. The annual showcase of top designers could lose its status as an event where new clothing creations...
Buffy Creator Pulls out of Batgirl Movie; Whedon Walks Away from Film and Admits He 'Didn't Have Story'
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds BUFFY the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has stepped down from writing and directing the proposed Batgirl movie. Whedon, 53, today confirmed he was walking away from the Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment project,...
Catch Up TV... Missed the TV Moment of the Week Everyone Is Talking about? Alastair McKay Has a Case of Double Vision with Two Heroines Who Should Be on Medication (but Then There Would Be No Story)
HOW do you like your attractive postfeminist mentally ill heroines? In Homeland (All 4) Carrie (Claire Danes) has been through the ringer over six series, so it's something of a triumph that she is still standing, still saving the world from terror,...
Checkmate: EU Officials Attack PM's Chequers Deal
Byline: Sarah Collins Brussels Correspondent and Joe Murphy Political Editor THERESA MAY'S Brexit blueprint was attacked by European Union officials today hours after it was agreed at a crunch Chequers summit. The Prime Minister shepherded ministers...
Checkmate on Chequers Deal as Eu Says: No Way to Mrs May; Brussels Says It Can't Make Sense of Pm's Brexit Plan Hammered out in 8-Hour Cabinet summitEU Leaders Frustrated by Chequers Deal on Brexit
Byline: Sarah Collins Brussels Correspondent Joe Murphy Political Editor THERESA MAY'S blueprint for Brexit was attacked by European Union officials today hours after it was agreed at a crunch Chequers summit. The Prime Minister shepherded ministers...
Chinese Village Choir Who Speak No English but Love to Sing the Beatles
Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent AN "EXTRAORDINARY" choir of 50 farmers from a remote Chinese village are making their London debut at the Royal Festival Hall. The Xiaoshuijing Farmers' Choir was formed in the 1930s after Christian missionaries...
City Bosses Left Feeling 'Like Mugs' after Falling for PS1m Rugby Scam
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Barney Davis A STRING of City bosses have fallen victim to a "slick" PS1 million rugby tickets scam after paying for fake Six Nations corporate boxes at Twickenham. Dozens of senior executives said they were left feeling...
Conte Must Be Aggressive If He Is to Win His Fight with Mourinho; in Association With
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent ANTONIO CONTE'S feud with Jose Mourinho will take centre stage when Chelsea face Manchester United, but it's the tactical battle that the Italian needs to win. There is no love lost between Chelsea's...
Conte Must Be Aggressive to Win His Battle with Mourinho
Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent ANTONIO CONTE'S feud with Jose Mourinho will take centre stage when Chelsea face Manchester United, but it's the tactical battle that the Italian needs to win. There is no love lost between Chelsea's...
De Bruyne Is the Best at Carving Teams Wide Open
Byline: 70 FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2018 evening standard in association with Danny Murphy Weekend briefing ARSENAL v MAN CITY IN ALL my years playing and watching football, I have never seen a player as good as Kevin De Bruyne at opening up an opposing...
Deen Steps out of the Firing Line to Target a GB Bobsleigh Medal
Byline: Matt Majendie in PyeongChang WHEN you have had petrol bombs thrown at you, driving a bobsleigh at 80mph with three people tucked in behind is not so daunting. This weekend Lamin Deen (right) is one of two pilots driving British ambitions...
Dustin Hoffman Flies into London -- and off the Handle; Edited by Toby Earle London Live TV Reporter @Tobyontv London Live
Last Chance Harvey Sunday, London Live, 8pm To fall asleep in a plate of food after a long-haul flight is an understandable side-effect of jet lag; rudeness less so. No matter how bland the grub or how tiring those 16 gins were, a lack of manners isn't...
England Will Bring the Hammer Down on Scottish Revival; Jones' Experienced Campaigners Ready to Keep Dominance Going
Byline: Chris Jones ENGLAND'S evolution under Eddie Jones reaches a crucial stage tomorrow at Murrayfield a venue where they have all too often struggled to subdue a Scotland team that is desperate to prove they are more than Six Nations also-rans....
'Excited' Stokes Ready to Make His England Return
Byline: Chris Stocks in Hamilton BEN STOKES is set to make his long-awaited England return in Sunday's first one-day international against New Zealand. The all-rounder has not played for his country since the third ODI against West Indies at...
Film of the Week Skaters Gonna Hate; the Story of Tonya Harding Is Most Memorable for Allison Janney's Bravura Performance as Her Demonic Mother
Byline: Matthew Norman I, TONYA Cert 15, 120 mins AT THE Winter Olympics on Monday, something happened to enliven a sport that could, you may feel, use a little livening up. "Figure skater suffers 'worst nightmare' after wardrobe malfunction", ran...
Gatland Deserves Songs of Praise on His Wales Century
Byline: Dan Jones WHERE would Wales be without Warren Gatland? It is a rhetorical question that has been asked in bad faith as well as good during the 99-Test, 10-year period that the grizzly Kiwi has been in charge of the Welsh rugby team. Tomorrow...
Girls Actress: I Knew I Had to Cast Maxine before I'd Even Seen Her
Byline: Alistair Foster'showbiz news and gossip Robert Dex Arts Correspondent FORMER Girls star Desiree Akhavan says she knew she had to cast Maxine Peake in her new east London comedy The Bisexual before she had even seen her on screen. In the...
Going Home to Grenfell; in an Inspiring Interview, the Head of the School Forced to Move after the Tragedy Tells Why He's Taking His Pupils Back
Byline: Anna Davis Education Editor THE school forced to move after the Grenfell Tower fire is looking forward to returning "home" and could be back in its original building within months. Kensington Aldridge Academy lost four pupils and one former...
Go West for Serious Rest
Byline: jack lefley SELF-CATERING REVIEW BATH MILL LODGE RETREAT Bath REGENCY architecture, Jane Austen tours, flouncy hotels and those Roman pools. Bath isn't always the most family-friendly destination but the Bath Mill Lodge Retreat aims to do...
Gunners Need Aubameyang to Make an Instant Return on Record Fee
Byline: James Olley ARSENE WENGER rarely wastes an opportunity to highlight Manchester City's lavish spending, especially amid criticism of Arsenal's inability to compete for the game's biggest prizes. Last month City took their outlay to a staggering...
Gunners Need Auba to Make Instant Return on Record Fee
Byline: James Olley ARSENE WENGER rarely wastes an opportunity to highlight Manchester City's lavish spending, especially amid criticism of Arsenal's inability to compete for the game's biggest prizes. Last month City took their outlay to a staggering...
Hanoi: Don't Just Mention the War
THE first thing you'll notice about Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the traffic horns blare as the locals zip past on a seemingly endless fleet of scooters, while tour buses carry a steady flow of tourists, lapping up the sights of this vibrant city....
Hanoi: Don't Just Mention the War
Byline: Edited by Julia Buckley THE first thing you'll notice about Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the traffic horns blare as the locals zip past on a seemingly endless fleet of scooters, while tour buses carry a steady flow of tourists, lapping...
Hold the Front Page, Corbyn's on the Warpath; Scarfe's WeekKFC Runs out of 'C', Anna Wintour Gets an Audience with the Queen, and Barking Is Set to Be the New Barcelona. Gerald Scarfe and Nick Curtis Look at the Week That Was
Monday The name's Corbyn, Jez Corbyn Various newspapers follow up weekend claims that Labour leader was an "asset" of the Czech secret service. Sadiq Khan urges voters to "punish" Theresa May at borough elections. A rare black rhino is born in Port...
I Could Be a Hollywood Star Now If Lone Ranger Hadn't Flopped; Ruth Wilson on Career Choices, Greed and Shearing Sheep
Byline: Alistair Foster'showbiz news and gossip Jennifer Ruby RUTH WILSON says she might have ended up starring in Hollywood blockbusters if The Lone Ranger had not flopped at the box office in 2013. The big-budget action film, set in the Wild...
I Don't Want to Be Comfortable -- I Want More Fire in My Belly; Music Kendrick Lamar Has Bigged Her Up and She Is Curating a Festival at the Roundhouse, but Rapper Little Simz Still Dreams of Bigger Things, She Tells Phoebe Luckhurst
Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst DO NOT ask Little Simz to take the temperature of the current music moment. "I've been locked away," she shrugs. "I don't really know who's dropped what. But that's just a mode I get into when I'm recording -- I don't want...
I'm Raw with Emotion, Says British Bobsleigh Star Sidelined by Stroke
Byline: Owen Sheppard A TEAM GB bobsleigher who suffered a stroke just weeks before the Winter Olympics spoke today of how he will still cheer on his teammates despite the "raw" emotion of missing out. Bruce Tasker, 30, who was in line to pilot...
It's a No-Win Situation for the Police over Knife Crime; #Esnewsviews
THE current situation regarding knife crime is tragic but comes as no surprise to me and every operational police officer I know. When she was Home Secretary Theresa May and the Met Commissioner made changes to stop and search because it was politically...
It's a Rap; Music Stefflon Don Has Made Singles with Skepta and Sean Paul and Stormed Awards Season -- Next Stop Is World Domination, She Tells David Smyth
Byline: David Smyth STEFFLON Don has brought her mum to the interview. Ordinarily that would be a little unusual but at least it should be an excuse for a bit of cosy background chat about what the 26-year-old rapper was like as a little girl. However,...
Jones Dismisses Entertainment to Focus on Another Victory
Byline: Chris Jones EDDIE JONES is prepared to win ugly against Scotland tomorrow to keep England on track for the Grand Slam. His first match as England head coach was the Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield two years and a hard-fought 15-9 victory...
Jones Refuses to Entertain the Idea He Must Win with Style
Byline: Chris Jones EDDIE JONES is prepared to win ugly against Scotland tomorrow to keep England on track for the Grand Slam. His first match as England head coach was the Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield two years and a hard-fought 15-9 victory...
Life's Grim and Lawless Down on the Farm
DARK RIVER Cert 15, 89 mins THE road to limbo is paved with good intentions. Clio Barnard, a British film-maker here tackling issues of incest, misogyny and rural poverty, has made a melodrama that unfolds like an artsy episode of Emmerdale. It...
Liverpool Have Great Quality but If They Drop Their Guard I Know We Can Exploit That; / in Association With
Byline: David Moyes WE would have liked to still be in the FA Cup but our defeat by Wigan, who now have three Premier League scalps after also beating Bournemouth and Manchester City, meant we had an enforced mini-break. It's been no holiday,...
Marketing Man Behind Digital Dragons' Den That's Crowding out Venture Capital; Business InterviewCrowdfunding Founder to Take on the Stock Exchange and Move on Europe Luke langCrowdcube
Byline: Jim Armitage City Editor O YOU have a dorkdar? DMost of us have: a sensor in the cerebral cortex that alerts you when someone in the near vicinity is being, well, a dork. Mine has gone off twice in recent weeks: on both occasions during...
Men May Be Saying Mea Culpa but Are Women Ready to Forgive?
Byline: Joy Lo Dico Notebook WHAT SHOULD slide into my DMs but a message from Rupert Myers he'd like to make amends. Myers was the journalist and barrister who was ditched as GQ political correspondent after a series of women complained he had...
M&M World: When Meghan Met Millie
MEGHAN Markle's potential bridesmaid list isn't short on A-listers. Tennis player Serena Williams, designer Misha Nonoo and actress Priyanka Chopra are among her closest friends, and her sister-inlaw-to-be, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been tipped...
My Cancer Fight by Stephen Fry; Star Says He's Lucky to Be Here after Life-Saving Operation ?Routine Trip to Gp for Flu Jab Ended in Prostate Diagnosis Fry: You Don't Think Cancer Will Strike You
Byline: Robert Dex and Sophia Sleigh STEPHEN FRY today revealed he spent two months fighting prostate cancer. The TV star, 60, said he had surgery in January and is "bloody lucky" as the disease "doesn't seem to have spread". This morning...
Online Blockchain Talk of City as It Appoints 'Father of Emails' to Board
Byline: MARKET ROUND-UP Mark Shapland WHEN it comes to being noticed in the City, Online Blockchain clearly has what it takes. The technology investor raised eyebrows last October when it rebranded from On-Line Plc at the start of the cryptocurrency...
Paloma: Help Send Two-Year-Old Siobhan to America for Life-Saving Cancer Therapy
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor THE parents of a two-year-old girl with a rare cancer hope to raise PS220,000 to take her to the US for potentially life-saving treatment. Siobhan Mather was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in July after her parents...
Part-Time RBS Board Execs Share a Bumper PS3 Million Pay Packet
Byline: Simon English Government stake Shares at 270p (Gov paid 500p) Gender pay gap 2017 profit THIRTEEN part-time directors at Royal Bank of Scotland shared pay of PS2.7 million last year, the bank's annual report today revealed. Chairman Sir...
Persimmon Top Brass in PS50m Pay Climbdown
Byline: Russell Lynch PERSIMMON'S under-fire bosses today handed back more than PS50 million in shares awarded under the housebuilder's hugely controversial bonus scheme. The company's reputation has taken a severe blow in the lingering row over...
Pied Wagtails Are Making a Big Noise; WildLondon
THE pied wagtail, a perky little songbird that is common across Britain, has adapted well to life in the city. They feed on insects, which they pick from the ground or pluck from the air in sudden dashes of agile flight. With busily bobbing tails and...
Prada Decides Sex Isn't Selling in Vivid Journey Back to the Future
Byline: Hannah Rochell Acting Fashion Editor in Milan PROTECTION was the name of the game for Prada at Milan Fashion Week, with clothing that felt like the kind of gear one might wear in a laboratory or for outdoor pursuits in bad weather. Showing...
Rapes Soar 20% and Not Just Because More Are Reported
Byline: Robin de Peyer and Martin Bentham RAPES recorded by the Met have risen by almost 20 per cent in a year and policing chiefs have warned that the new figures could reflect a genuine increase in sex attacks in the capital. Police recorded...
RBS Finally Back in the Black after Decade of Losses
Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Simon English HIGH street banking giant RBS has made its first profit since it came within hours of crippling Britain's entire financial system a decade ago. The bank, which owns the NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland,...
Rebel Tory MPs Tell May: We'll Halt Britain's Exit from a Customs Union
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Kate Proctor and Joe Murphy THERESA MAY was today hit by a growing Tory revolt over Brexit as MPs demanded that Britain stay in a customs union after quitting the EU. Senior Conservative backbenchers put their name to...
Recycling Bags Just for Nespresso Capsules? It Can Only Be Kensington
Byline: Lizzie Edmonds Consumer Affairs Reporter IT MAY NOT come as a huge surprise that the well-heeled residents of Kensington and Chelsea enjoy a cup of coffee brewed with Nespresso pods. Luckily it would seem they are also keen to protect...
Rough-Sleepers Force U-Turn after They're Told: Clear off or Lose Everything
Byline: Naomi Ackerman A COUNCIL has backed down after letters it gave to rough sleepers ordering them to move on or have their belongings confiscated caused an outcry. One man said he woke to find the letter from Waltham Forest Borough Council...
Scandal-Hit Joyce Quits as Australia's Deputy PM
Byline: Roger Maynard in Sydney AUSTRALIA'S deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce resigned today almost a fortnight after his affair with a former media adviser, now pregnant with his child, was revealed. He will also step down from his leadership...
Smith: I'll Show George What He's Going to Face
Byline: John Dillon CALLUM SMITH is looking to put on a show in front of George Groves as he bids to face the Londoner in the World Boxing Super Series Final this summer. Groves will be ringside in Nuremberg tomorrow for rival super-middleweight...
Stormzy Spoke out for Young Londoners, Not Just Grenfell; the Rage Displayed by the Rapper Was That of a Generation That Feels Alienated and Disempowered
Byline: Simon Jenkins AN ARTIST gets noticed these days for talking politics, not art. At this week's Brit awards, the rapper Stormzy was true to the form in his astonishing outburst against Theresa May. The 24-year-old winner of best British artist...
Teenager Held over Two Killings Inside Two Hours and Third Attack; Yard Investigation Links Stabbings on 'Shocking' Night of Bloodshed
Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor A TEENAGER was being questioned today in connection with two murders and a stabbing on a "shocking" night of bloodshed in Camden. Abdikarim Hassan, 17, died after being found with knife wounds at 8.30pm on...
The Big Issues for Wembley Clash
the battle between kdb and ozil The form of Kevin De Bruyne (right) is a key reason behind City's success this season. His 11 goals and 23 assists in all competitions make him the favourite for every award going. De Bruyne's deployment will be an intriguing...
The Big Issues for Wembley Clash
the battle between kdb and ozil The form of Kevin De Bruyne (right) is a key reason behind City's success this season. His 11 goals and 23 assists in all competitions make him the favourite for every award going. De Bruyne's deployment will be an intriguing...
The Onus Is on Parliament Now to Protect Our Post-Brexit Rights
Byline: Vernon Bogdanor BREXIT is not just about economics and trade. It also affects our rights. Indeed, leaving the EU will deprive us of rights hitherto guaranteed by the EU via its Charter of Fundamental Rights, which came into effect in December...
This Colourful and Kitsch Collection Is a Korea Low
EXHIBITION MADE IN NORTH KOREA: EVERYDAY GRAPHICS FROM THE DPRK House of Illustration, N1 ROBERT BEVAN AS COMMUNIST poster slogans go, North Korea's "Let's do more sheltered-water aqua cultivation!" doesn't have the same oomph as, say, "All Power to...
Time Is Approaching for Spurs to Say If Stadium Will Be Ready
Byline: Tom Collomosse TOTTENHAM will have to inform the Premier League early in March whether they expect their new stadium to open in time for the start of next season. At the end of this month, the governing body will write to all 20 clubs...
Tory Rebels Tell May: We'll Halt Exit from Customs Union; 'There Is Growing Support for a Sensible Brexit That Delivers for the Economy'
Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Kate Proctor and Joe Murphy THERESA MAY was today hit by a growing Tory revolt over Brexit as MPs demanded that Britain stay in a customs union after quitting the EU. Senior Conservative backbenchers put their name to...
We Need to Track the Slavemasters across Every Continent, Says DPP
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE country's top prosecutor has called for law enforcers to target the "trail of criminal conduct" that human traffickers are leaving across continents, as she appealed for greater international cooperation...
Wenger: Don't Listen to Pep's Protection Plea; ?Boss Sends Message to Cup Final Ref as He Rejects Claim That City Stars Are Targeted
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENE WENGER today rejected Pep Guardiola's claim Manchester City's players require additional protection from referees. City sent a letter to referees' chief Mike Riley this month complaining...
Wenger: Don't Listen to Pep's Protection Plea; ?Boss Sends Message to Cup Final Ref as He Rejects Claim That City Stars Are Targeted 'We Were Not at Level Needed'
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ARSENAL vs MAN CITY LEAGUE CUP FINAL SPECIAL PAGES 70-73 ARSENE WENGER today rejected Pep Guardiola's claim Manchester City's players require additional protection from referees. City sent a letter...
Wenger Has a Point to Prove in a No-Win Situation; Arsenal Boss Has Enjoyed Recent Success in Cups but Failure to Kick on Means There Will Be Questions Even If His Team Beat City. by James Olley
Byline: James Olley ARSENE WENGER and Arsenal have been here before. Domestic cup success has brought the Gunners manager blessed relief in recent seasons but each time it was viewed as a platform from which to challenge for the competitions that...
Why I'm Taking on the 400-Mile Cycle Challenge; He Runs a Concierge Service for the Super-Rich -- but That's Easy Compared to the Feat Ben Elliot Isabout to Undertake. He Tells Daisy Fletcher Why the Felix Project Inspired Him to Get on His Bike
BEN Elliot, co-founder of global concierge and lifestyle management firm Quintessentially, insists that he doesn't have many skills: "But what I can always do is sort things. I can gather people together, and get things done." Though he may not...
Wild Trip to Salvation; Albums of the weekIn Association withPop
FEVER RAY Plunge (Rabid) "I KNOW the way to fantasy, the world of dreams, the place to be," sings Karin Dreijer midway through her second album as Fever Ray. Such a cute pop conceit! Cute pop melody too. But delivered in her pitchshifted shriek of...
Wimbleon Ace Eugenie Set to Win Millions after Suing over Injury from Fall in US Open Locker Room
Byline: Kiran Randhawa TENNIS star Eugenie Bouchard is set for a multi-million-dollar payout after winning a lawsuit following a fall in a locker room at the US Open. The former Wimbledon finalist has successfully sued the US Tennis Association...
Winter Olympics; Weekend Highlights
tomorrow Men's bobsleigh 12.30am UK time Britain have two shots at a medal in the four-man bobsleigh, with pilots Lamin Deen and Brad Hall calling the shots for their crews. Both boast a podium finish at World Cup level this season but are outside...
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