Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

News in Brief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

News in Brief

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Double whammy for Rodin fans Tesco to curb plastic bag use Rail regulator keeps a tight watch on Great Western BRITAIN'S biggest train company has been ordered by rail watchdogs to improve on its poor punctuality record.

First Great Western, the worst performing long-distance train operator in the last year with just 78.6 per cent of services on time, has often had to ferry stranded passengers by taxi to the West Country because of repeated delays.

A spokesman for the Office of the Rail Regulator said: "We have been looking at the performance of First Great Western.

It continues to disappoint."

Firstgroup - which owns First Great Western - made record profits of [pounds sterling]79.6 million last year.

Father dies after taking ecstasy A YOUNG father died after taking ecstasy tablets at a London nightclub. Jason Manville, 26, went to a gig at the Brixton Academy in May and took pills washed down with lager, an inquest heard. Mr Manville, from Southwick, West Sussex, had a fit and had to be helped into the medical room.

Security manager Chris Hollands said: "He was hallucinating and started throwing his arms around." Mr Manville was taken to King's College Hospital but died the following day. The coroner recorded a verdict of death from nondependent abuse of drugs.

KEY works by Rodin go on show in London for the first time in two decades next month, with two major exhibitions.

Visitors to the Coskun Fine Art Gallery in Walton Street, Knightsbridge, will be able to touch 60 of the French sculptor's works including The Thinker. Bronzes cast posthumously will be on sale - at [pounds sterling]125,000 for The Kiss. At the Royal Academy, 200 works will be on show and The Gates of Hell, one of Rodin's most celebrated pieces, will stand in the courtyard off Piccadilly.

Qatar bid for Thames Water THAMES Water could be acquired by a conglomerate of Qatar's state-owned investment fund and the Swiss banking group UBS. …

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