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Articles from March 22, 2019

A List; News and Gossip from the World of Showbiz, Edited by Alistair Foster with Emma Powell
Crowd-pleasing and creative: return of Vampire Weekend REVIEW Vampire Weekend EARTH, N16 Gemma Samways TO GET some sense of how oversubscribed Vampire Weekend's first London dates in six years are, the last time Ezra Koenig and co played the capital,...
All You Need to Know about Sunday's Test Event
What will the event achieve?. Spurs need at least 25,000 supporters for the U-18s clash with Southampton in order to pass the first test event and the club has deliberately oversold tickets in case of no-shows. Spurs are therefore expecting closer...
Beware the Winds of Change, Prime Minister; SCARFE ON FRIDAYJohn Bercow Blasts Theresa May's Brexit Plan out of the Water, Prince Charles Namechecks Rihanna, and 'Lorraine Kelly' Wins a Tax Dispute. Gerald Scarfe and Nick Curtis Sum Up the Week
Monday The speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, rules that Theresa May cannot bring her Brexit deal back to Parliament for a third vote unless substantial changes are made to it, citing a principle dating from 1604. Erskine May, the Commons'...
Camilla's Pirouettes of the Caribbean; Duchess Charmed by Impromptu Dance as Charles Gets Drumming
Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor in St Kitts and Nevis THE Duchess of Cornwall was charmed by a little girl who put on an impromptu royal command performance as the royal tour of the Caribbean reached St Kitts and Nevis. Three-year-old Ava...
Can You Face Jordan Peele's Vision of the Horror Within?
Byline: Matthew Norman film of the week Us Cert 15, 116 mins WHENEVER a friend is kind enough to suggest psychoanalysis, the robotic answer is this. I know there's something monstrous lurking in the subconscious sewer, but the last thing I want...
Debenhams Seeks PS200m in Funding to See off Ashley Bid
Byline: retail Joanna Bourke STRUGGLING retailer Debenhams today declared it was close to raising PS200 million of emergency funding from its lenders, only for Sports Direct's Mike Ashley to gatecrash the deal with a rival plan. The department...
Ex-Minister Greening: We Must Find a Way out of PM's Brexit Shambles
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Kate Proctor HUNDREDS of thousands of people were urged to take to the streets of London tomorrow to demand another public say to "stop the Brexit madness". Senior MPs, peers and celebrities joined forces to encourage...
Ex-Minister Greening: We Must Find a Way out of This Brexit Shambles
Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Kate Proctor HUNDREDS of thousands of people were urged to take to the streets of London tomorrow to demand another public say to "stop the Brexit madness". Senior MPs, peers and celebrities joined forces to encourage...
Faith Leaders Get Advice to Guard against Attacks by Extremists
Byline: Ross Lydall City Hall Editor ABOUT 200 London faith leaders have been given security advice on how to protect mosques from New Zealandstyle extremist attacks. Met police officers and security experts addressed a City Hall conference last...
First Lady of Vaginal Steaming Talks Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'roll with Dax Shepard
Armchair Expert Two hours DAX Shepard's goofy voice belies the titillating titbits that his interviews tend to extract. The actor, writer, director and broadcaster (and husband of Frozen actress Kristen Bell) sounds like a rambunctious anchorman on...
Gaming GOOGLE'S NEW PLATFORM SHOWS IT'S READY TO PLAY WITH XBOX AND CO
THIS week Google made a play for the gaming market, announcing the launch of its gaming platform, Stadia. It also announced the release of a controller, and a single game, titled Doom Eternal. Looks like PlayStation and Xbox have a rival for their...
'Glad to Have Him Home': Shamed Footballer Johnson Freed from Jail
Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger DISGRACED footballer Adam Johnson was released from prison today after serving half of a six-year sentence for child sex offences. The former England winger was collected by his father in the early hours from Moorland...
Go Guide
FROM DANCE PARTIES TO HOT DOGS, WE PICK THE 10 BEST TICKETS OF THE WEEKEND Log on to: standard.co.uk/GO Delight and Disgust 1 Institute of Making, WC1. Tomorrow Indulge in mozzarella stretching, deodorant making, and fossilised turd polishing at this...
Holmes Was the Villanelle of Silicon Valley, Duping Scores of Men into Backing Her Baseless Tech Venture
Byline: Emily Sheffield MONDAY sees the airing on Sky Atlantic of the documentary charting the rise and fall of the American female tech billionaire Elizabeth Holmes. Like many, I have been transfixed by this tale of greed and avarice in Silicon...
I Don't Enjoy Talking about Gang Violence but Someone Has to; This Week, Akala's Reasoned Response to Youth Violence Went Viral and Even Silenced Piers Morgan. Here, the Rapper Turned Activist Tells Jimi Famurewa Why He Is Standing Up for Young Black Londoners
IF YOU are one of Akala's 203,000 Twitter followers or among the millions to have nodded appreciatively at his recent viral news interviews on social media you probably have a good sense of his ability to defuse the charged dialogue around London's...
I Feel like the Universe Is Giving Back; Television A Part in Fleabag and a Return of ITV's Hit Timewasters Kadiff Kirwan Is on a Roll. He Tells Samuel Fishwick the Secret Ingredient Is His Mum's Cooking
KADIFF Kirwan would stop the clock right here, right now if he could. "I turned 30 last month, and I said to myself I'd embrace the positive in everything," says Kirwan, who returns as Jason in season two of ITV's Bafta-nominated Timewasters this month....
I Love You Mummy We're Going to Make It: Joel's Last Words before Arson Death
Byline: Isobel Frodsham and Justin Davenport A SCHOOLBOY killed in an arson attack at his family home told his mother "I love you Mummy ... we're going to make it", moments before he became trapped in the blaze. Joel Urhie, seven, died as his...
I Love You Mummy ... We're Going to Make It: Tragic Joel's Last Words in Fleeing Arson
Byline: Isobel Frodsham and Justin Davenport A SCHOOLBOY killed in an arson attack at his family home told his mother "I love you mummy ... we're going to make it", moments before he became trapped in the blaze. Joel Urhie, seven, died as his...
'I'm Enjoying Quins Again Gussy Just Expects Me to Be Myself' Saracens V harlequins(Tomorrow, London Stadium, 3pm)
Byline: Simon Collings GIVEN his performances this season, it should come as no surprise that Mike Brown is enjoying his rugby at Harlequins again. It has been tough for the club in recent years and last season's 10th place finish in the Premiership...
'I'm Enjoying Quins Again. Gussy Just Expects Me to Be Myself' Saracens V harlequins(Tomorrow, London Stadium, 3pm)
Byline: Simon Collings GIVEN his performances this season, it should come as no surprise that Mike Brown is enjoying his rugby at Harlequins again. It has been tough for the club in recent years and last season's 10th place finish in the Premiership...
'I Saw a UFO as I Drove Down a Country Lane' GO MUSIC LUCY ROSE THE INDIE-FOLK SINGER ON FRESH STARTS, GUILTY PLEASURES AND GLASTONBURY
LUCY Rose, by any other name, would still sound as sweet -- although bittersweet is more accurate for the singer-songwriter. Or "chirpy in real life, f***ing miserable in music", as she describes herself. Her new album, No Words Left, is a haunting...
'I Should Be in My Playing Prime but I'm Lucky to Be Alive and Have This Chance' Ryan Mason Opens Up on a Bright Future in Coaching after Career-Ending Injury
Byline: Dan Kilpatrick exclusive interview NOT a day goes by without Ryan Mason reflecting on the cruel and untimely end to his playing career, but the former Tottenham midfielder has found a new path in football, through coaching. Mason was...
Lessons from This Week's Near-Death Experience
JUST before a person drowns, their life flashes before their eyes. We only know that because of the reports of those rescued from the water before they die. Something similar has happened to Britain in the past 48 hours and we would do well to remember...
List of Top 10 Most Violent Inmates Helps Belmarsh Chief Tackle Gang Conflict
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor THE governor of London's highestsecurity prison is drawing up a weekly list of its top 10 most violent inmates in a bid to reduce gang conflict and other clashes within the jail. Rob Davis, who is in...
May in Crisis Talks with Chief Whip as Grieve Calls on Cabinet to Stop UK Crashing out; EU Leaders Say Britain Now Has 'Last Chance to Say What It Wants'
Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil THERESA MAY left the EU summit in Brussels early this morning for crisis meetings with her Chief Whip amid growing speculation her days as Prime Minister are numbered. Julian Smith arrived at No 10 after...
Nureyev Biopic Is a Little Too Heavy on Its Feet
FILM The White Crow Cert 12A, 127 mins Charlotte O'Sullivan THERE'S a moment in this visually stylish Rudolph Nureyev biopic when one of the characters says that great artists know how to tell a "story". Agreed. What a shame the movie often feels more...
Once upon a Time in Camden Town; Area Takes Starring Role in Disney's New Dalmatians Cartoon
Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Editor HERE is Camden as you've never seen it before after it was given a Disney makeover. The north London borough is the setting for new bigbudget animated series 101 Dalmatian Street, a spinoff from the...
One Is Not Amused by All This Revolutionary Spirit. and as for 'Vulgar' Lord Palmerston
Byline: Alastair McKay The Viewer Victoria Sunday, ITV, 9pm HISTORY, as EH Carr almost noted, is like cooking fish. There are facts, which are found in documents and inscriptions, like fish on a slab. The historian chooses his or her fishy facts,...
Opportunities Tonight for Stars of Tomorrow; Teen Prodigies Sancho and Hudson-Odoi Fight It out for Starting Spot in Euro Opener
Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent ENGLAND v CZECH REPUBLIC (Today, 7.45pm, live on ITV) THE pace of change under Gareth Southgate is so unrelenting that Jadon Sancho's involvement has almost felt like old news this week. Last night's...
Out of Darkness Comes Light and Inspiration; ALBUMS OF THE WEEK
POP Jenny Lewis On The Line (Warner Bros) IT HAS has been five years since Jenny Lewis's last album, The Voyager, earned praise for its soul-baring realism. A tumultuous time for the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman, it dealt with everything from the break-up...
Packaging Firm Comes Unstuck as Bidder Tires of Pass the Parcel
Byline: MARKET ROUND-UP Mark Shapland LIKE political hardliners, investors in packaging firm RPC Group are discovering there's no such thing as the perfect deal. This month RPC agreed to a 793p-pershare takeover offer from US giant Berry Global...
Press Freedom Is Crucial in Dealing with Terrorism
Byline: Lord Carlile I HAVE great regard for Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, who is a very good counter-terrorism officer, but I regret that a senior police officer in his position has entered into a debate with the media about its reporting of...
'Primary Pupils Spouting Race Hate Learned at Home' Extremism Czar's Warning over Children and Far-Right Views
Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor PRIMARY school pupils are "spouting far-Right racist views" in a sign of the growing extremist threat in Britain, the head of the Government's counterextremism commission warned today. Sara Khan said children...
Psg Defend Fans after Coach Raid; FRENCH CLUB FACE UEFA PROBE AFTER WEAPONS AND DRUGS FOUND AHEAD OF WOMEN'S TIE WITH CHELSEA
Byline: Simon Collings PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN today came out in defence of their supporters after weapons were found on a coach carrying fans to last night's Women's Champions League match with Chelsea. The French club were facing the threat of possible...
Right-Wingers Call for May to Resign as She Tries to Patch Up Relations with MPs; EU Leaders Say Britain Now Has 'Last Chance to Say What It Wants'
Byline: Joe Murphy, Nicholas Cecil and Kate Proctor THERESA MAY today faced multiple calls to resign from Tory Right-wingers amid signs her days as Prime Minister are numbered. Steve Double called for "new leadership" and Michael Fabricant demanded:...
Risk of Recession over Europe Rises
Byline: economics Russell Lynch THE risk of a Europe-wide recession increased today after dire news from the European Union's main growth engines, Germany and France. An "entrenched" downturn in Germany's powerhouse manufacturing sector has pushed...
Someone We Love; MUSIC Lewis Capaldi's No 1 Hit Ballad Has Caught the Mood of the Nation -- and He Couldn't Be More Surprised, He Tells David Smyth
LEWIS Capaldi is on top of the world in the back of a cab, not long off a plane from New York, to find that back home in the UK his single, Someone You Loved, has held on to the No 1 spot for a third week and is likely to make it a fourth today. The...
Southgate Has Young Talent to Deliver Exciting New Era
Byline: Alan Smith Wembley briefing ENGLAND v CZECH REPUBLIC MENTION England these days and you get a much cheerier response. The sighs of old, following countless let-downs, have been replaced by genuine optimism, courtesy of those World Cup exploits...
Spicy Take on 'Dark Lady' of the Bard's Sonnets
Emilia Vaudeville Theatre, WC2 Henry Hitchings MORGAN LLOYD MALCOLM'S passionate play is a call to arms a manifesto about the importance of paying attention to women's voices. When it premiered at Shakespeare's Globe last summer, it divided audiences:...
Stars
Byline: shelley von STRUNCKEL aries March 20 - April 19 As an Aries, listening to those who complain about challenging situations but do nothing about them is annoying. But even worse are those who keep on complaining, do nothing themselves, then...
Stop Seeking the Brexit Holy Grail and We Might Just Resolve This Mess
Byline: Tony Blair IT IS a tight timetable. We remain in peril but there is now a means of rescue. As the Brexit storm rages, wreaking havoc on all in its path, it is hard to stay calm and to exercise judgment with maturity. But this is what Parliament...
There's More Than Meets the Side-Eye; @ESTHELONDONER Thelondoner@standard.Co.UK
Byline: Charlotte Edwardes EMILY Maitlis, below, became a national treasure last week after BBC cameras captured her exasperated side-eye during a Brexit interview with a Labour shadow minister the clip went viral. But what has been hailed as...
The Square Mile Lawyer Smashing Stereotypes with Scores of Success; BUSINESS INTERVIEW STEVE COOKESLAUGHTER & MAYAn Abandoned Early Try for Rock Stardom Hasn't Dented This Legal Eagle's Enthusiasm
Byline: Jim Armitage THE Groucho Club -- famous as the Soho haunt of actors, musicians and corporate lawyers. Really? When Steve Cooke, global boss of Slaughter & May, invites me for a chat, it isn't to a corner office in a glass City tower,...
UK Rejects Trump Call to Recognise Israeli Control of Golan Heights
Byline: ISRAEL Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor and David Gardner US Correspondent BRITAIN today rejected Donald Trump's call "to fully recognise Israel's sovereignty" over the Golan Heights. With one tweet, the president tore up decades...
UK Rejects Trump Call to Recognise Israeli Control of Golan Heights
Byline: ISRAEL Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor and David Gardner US Correspondent BRITAIN today rejected Donald Trump's call "to fully recognise Israel's sovereignty" over the Golan Heights. With one tweet, the president tore up decades...
Vauxhall Hits Annual Limit for Toxic Particles
Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor THE air close to one of London's busiest roads is so polluted with potentially dangerous particles that it has already breached annual legal limits less than three months into the year. A monitoring...
"We Are One": Jacinda Ardern, Inset, Joins a Gathering in Christchurch to Remember the Victims of the Terror Attack Faith Leaders Get Advice to Guard against Attacks by Extremists
Byline: Ross Lydall City Hall Editor ABOUT 200 London faith leaders have been given security advice on how to protect mosques from New Zealandstyle extremist attacks. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is investigating discrimination against...
We Can All Be like Lorraine Kelly and Make Use of Our Many Selves
Byline: Samuel Fishwick Notebook TO PARAPHRASE the Noughties Mika tune, I want to be like Lorraine Kelly. The Scottish burr is enviable, and I've always fancied myself as a chat-show host. But Kelly's icon-certified move this week was winning...
Where Small Is Beautiful; LIECHTENSTEIN as the Principality Celebrates 300 Years, Mike MacEacheran Enjoys Its Crowd-Free Ski Slopes and Meets Some Quirky Locals
IN A lost gully above the Rhine Valley, I am waist-deep in powdery off-piste with only wisps of cloud for company. The lack of a crowd seems at odds with the usual clamour of the European ski stampede. In recent years a blitz of express gondolas, expanded...
Whipps Cross Hospital Plan Is Not Fit for Purpose; EDITOR'S REPLY
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor WE WRITE in response to your article ["I can see the case for rebuilding Whipps Cross, says minister," March 23] about the redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital in east London. Waltham Forest Save our NHS, the...
Whizzy Highs and Jolting Lows of Post-Skater Life
Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan Minding the Gap Cert 15, 93 mins THIS documentary was nominated for an Oscar this year. It should have won. Chinese-American Bing Liu grew up near Chicago in the financially depressed (and deeply racist) city of Rockford....
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