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Take Terrorist Advice Online
- New site offers commentary on attack-risk to UK
have let it be known they think "the threat from international
terrorism remains real and serious."
exactly an earth-shattering assessment but one which appears
in public for the first time on the British Secret Service's
new-style website. The site, say its backers, is designed to
provide the public with the latest information on the risk of
terrorist attacks in this country.
danger is that in pumping out a series of bland warnings already
covered in greater depth by the media, MI5 will stand accused
of merely playing the PR game and even of needlessly increasing
the fear of terrorism.
counter such an attitude, the MI5 site provides what it call
detailed security advice for businesses and other organisations
responsible for other people.
to Open off Carnaby Street
- European currency accepted in all 31 shops of new development
STREET and its surrounding area has seen a lot of redevelopment
in recent years to turn it into a cosmopolitan shopping zone,
a process which goes a step further tomorrow when 31 shops at
Kingly Court will accept euros as well as pounds.
Street is a cosmopolitan area that attracts a lot of tourists,"
said a spokesperson for property developer Shaftesbury, which
owns parts of the area. "We want to cater for them."
Court's euro-mall is likely to add to the upmarket feel that's
been created in the area over the past half-decade with designers
like John Richmond, Pam Hogg and Jean Paul Gaultier all taking
advantage of the new shop spaces that have been made available.
London tourist experts see the Kingly Court scheme as a glimpse
of the future when the vast majority of central London shops
will take euros, whether or not the UK central government ditches
the pound in favour of the continental currency.
Party for New EU Countries
- Blair to host London leg of pan-European celebrations
PARTY time for Tony Blair today as the Prime Minister hosts a
celebratory event for the new entrants to the EU.
On Saturday, 1st of May, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia
join the European Union. Blair's shindig is the first of many
events to be held across Europe in the coming days, the centrepiece
being a get-together for leaders of all the EU's 25 countries,
new and old, at Dublin on the weekend.
As part of the London leg of the celebrations, Blair has invited
a variety of showbiz stars to give the historic moment some colour.
Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd front man, has composed a
song for the occasion.
The idea of the events is partly to emphasise the positive aspects
of European enlargement, a political process that has seen its
fair share of
problems in recent months as fears of immigration have been stoked
by some British politicians and newspapers. Blair announced earlier
this week that people moving from the new countries to Britain
would only be entitled to social housing if they found a job
Springs Back Over the Atlantic
- Opera based on TV show set for 2005 transfer to Broadway
KEITEL, Kevin Kline and the man himself are all being tipped
to take the leading role in Jerry Springer - The Opera when the
award winning show goes to Broadway next year.
In the West End version of the opera based on Springer's nuts
'n' sluts TV talk show, Michael Brandon has made the part his
own and there is some talk of him switching to New York when
the play opens there in October 2005.
Whoever gets the gig, the transfer is seen as a big risk by some
critics, who fear American audiences might not be as tolerant
as British ones of the show's bad language and blasphemy.
"Either it will be the most enormous hit or audiences will
walk out in horror," said Jon Thoday, producer of Jerry
Springer - The Opera. "We are not compromising the production
one iota - the content and lyrics will remain the same."
The show has made history by taking the best musical gong at
the Critics' Circle Awards, the Evening Standard Awards, the
Olivier Awards and the What's On Stage Awards.
Crowned Premier League Champions
- Tens of thousands celebrate as gunners clinch title at Tottenham
A FOREIGN field that is forever Tottenham, Arsenal Football Club
yesterday clinched the Premier League title, the top prize available
in the domestic game.
2-2 draw was enough for the Gunners as their two nearest rivals
for the title, Chelsea and Manchester United had already lost
over the weekend, leaving Arsenal's points total impregnable.
been remarkably consistent, haven't lost a game and we have played
stylish football. We have entertained people who just love football,"
said Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger. For once in football, this
was not hyperbole but a simple statement of fact. Many impartial
observers think this Arsenal side is the best English side in
of thousands of Arsenal fans celebrated in the streets and pubs
of north London last night, though not those parts of north London
populated by Tottenham followers, who had hoped their side would
at least dent their bitter derby opponents' unbeaten record.
last night, Arsenal striker Thierry Henry collected the Player
of the Year award for his extraordinary goal scoring exploits
that have been instrumental in guiding the Gunners to the Premiership
Dances to St George's Tune
- Celebrations on the rise for dragon slayer
is St George's Day. For many years the commemorative date of
England's patron saint has raised hardly an eyebrow but things
are starting to change.
This year the official events, the first of their kind, are small
scale but are likely to be the acorns from which proud English
oak trees will emerge. Covent Garden sees a special Morris Dancing
display on the piazza while the Globe theatre is having an open
day - by a neat historical coincidence, St George's day is also
"The theme of St George's Day will be to highlight some
of the unique cultural gifts that England, and London in particular,
have brought to the
world," said London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Elsewhere, pubs and restaurants have adopted St George's Day
as their latest marketing wheeze in imitation of St Patrick's
Day and Burns Night.
In the future, all these events are likely to increase in size,
partly from a sense of unfairness felt by many English people
at what they see as the preference given to cultural events celebrating
other cultures and partly from the money-making angle.
'Disgusted' By Dying Diana Broadcast
- Brother slams CBS for decision to show pictures
DIANA'S family have reacted with fury to the broadcast on American
TV station CBS of pictures showing Diana as she lay dying in
a crashed car.
Lord Spencer, Diana's brother, said he was "shocked and
disgusted" at the decision to show the pictures. Spencer
is famous for partly blaming the paparazzi for Diana's death-crash,
in which her Mercedes is thought by some to have been chased
by photographers on motorbikes.
"It will be painful, painful for William and Harry,"
said Dickie Arbiter, a former royal aide. "They're going
to have to live with this sort of thing for the rest of their
Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi also died in the Paris crash,
said: "CBS obviously doesn't care about the appalling effect
of showing images of murder victims. They simply want to cash
in on the tragedy. It is disgraceful and insensitive of them
to do this. It is devastating for me and for Prince William and
CBS backed its documentary in the 60 Minutes show. "These
photocopies are placed in journalistic context - an examination
of the medical treatment given to Princess Diana just after the
crash - and are in no way graphic or exploitative," a CBS
spokesperson said. British newspapers and broadcasters have declined
to show the pictures.
Man Flies Into Record Books
- London Jet-pack effort jumps 152 feet
PEOPLE mourned the death of one of the founders of the Guinness
Book of Records, London was host to a new attempt at a world
Eric Scott launched himself 152ft (43m) into the air over Stoke
Newington, north London, via a rocket-powered pack attached to
"I am the first one in the books for the record," Scott
said, a view which is likely to be backed up by the famous book's
officials. "We are waiting to get all the evidence from
them, but I can see no reason why this won't be a record,"
said David Hawkett, of the Guinness Book of Records.
The jet-pack record comes in the week Norris McWhirter died of
a heart attack aged 70 on Monday. Norris and twin brother Ross
started the book in 1955. It later became a worldwide phenomenon
and was turned into a TV series.
Festival Hall Gets Facelift
- New auditorium and extra space in UKP70 million revamp
long-awaited refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall is to begin
with an announcement today of plans that will also revamp a keys
section of the South Bank.
about the extent of the changes to the famous arts venue have
raged for a decade or more but at last a UKP70 million scheme
has been rubber-stamped that will include a newly fashioned main
exterior of the RFH, now 53 years old, is also to be given a
facelift and there is to a new building constructed at the southern
end of Hungerford Bridge.
work is to start in a year's time and is scheduled to be completed
by early 2007.
Good Day at The Office for Gervais
- Bafta hat-trick for comedian on the night of two award ceremonies
GERVAIS and Greg Dyke were the stars of last night's Bafta TV
awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
won a Bafta for his performance in sitcom The Office, which he
also co-wrote, for the third year in a row while Dyke won the
respect of the audience which gave him a huge ovation in recognition
of his years in charge of the BBC.
over in Lucerne, Switzerland, last night's Golden Rose TV awards
saw success for Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams,
who also won at the Baftas for Best Comedy Programme.
programme to win in both awards events was Wife Swap in the best
reality TV and best feature categories.
Sent to Bureaucratic Slaughter
- More woe for the Criminal Records Bureau
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) has wrongly fingered 193 people
as villains, according to the BBC.
Bureau is already under attack for its rising costs, which are
currently UKP150 million over budget, but this is the first time
its accuracy has been questioned in such a way.
of the 193 unfortunate and innocent souls, many have been placed
on criminal files because they share a name with real bad guys
while others have had their identities stole or copied by the
forces of darkness.
its defence the Home Office, which is in charge of the CRB, said
it handles at least two and a half million checks a year, so
the 193 represents only a tiny percentage of error.
Becks' Woman is 'Telling Lies'
- But the other one sticks to her story
BECKHAM is on course for a one-all draw in his battle with the
media over allegations he has been unfaithful to wife Posh Spice.
Marbeck, the second of the women to have had her allegations
plastered all over the tabloids, has been labelled a liar by
a former boss but the first, Rebecca Loos, is to go on TV to
back up her story.
is telling lies and everyone is going for Beckham and making
out he was with her but he was never with her. She told me that,"
said David Wade, Marbeck's ex-boss at the Miss Fleiss escort
agency in Sydney. Wade and others have confirmed Marbeck was
employed as a whore at the time she is
supposed to have slept with the England football captain.
Loos is to appear on TV tonight to confirm her own status as
a Beckham conquest. "People are calling me a liar and calling
me names and, you know, at the end of the day these are the facts,"
Loos says in the taped programme.
Blocks MTV Takeover of Leicester Square
- Now public inquiry to decide fate of famous open space
goes up against Westminster Council today in a bout to be decided
by public inquiry.
one corner stands the mighty cable music channel which wants
to film and broadcast its Total Request Live show five days a
week from Leicester Square.
the other corner the local council, who have already turned down
MTV's scheme at an earlier stage of the planning process and
who are worried about "large uninvited crowds" thronging
the famous square.
that line of objection seems a bit strange given the fact Leicester
Square's is usually prey to uninvited crowds, it is true that
it is more famous for its connections to the movie world rather
than for music. Maybe
MTV would do better to find a different site to turn into music
Travel Chaos Follows
- Commuters face severe delays following repair overruns
weary commuters faced more delays as Easter weekend repairs to
the rail and tube networks overran.
a repeat of the chaotic scenes following the Christmas and New
Year break earlier this year, transport chiefs had to again admit
their projects were a tad too ambitious. And once more it was
a broken down crane at Clapham Junction that caused some of the
worst delays to the overground network.
the tube the Jubilee line re-opened late as night maintainance
work failed to finish on time. Services between Stanmore and
Wembley Park were effected.
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