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Sheffield United 2 Tottenham 2 (agg. 2-3): Spurs survive scare as late Eriksen magic sends Pochettino's men to Wembley

standard.co.uk — With heavy snow falling for plenty of the match, Tottenham set up a re-match of the 2008 League Cup final - then known as the Carling Cup - when they beat Chelsea 2-1 to win their last major trophy.

'Great Escaper' D-Day veteran donates £600,000 to lifeboats charity RNLI

standard.co.uk — Bernard Jordan, a former naval officer who died aged 90, has given about £600,000 - almost his entire estate - to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). His widow Irene also passed away just seven days after his death earlier this month.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @standardnews: 'Great Escaper' D-Day veteran leaves £600,000 to lifeboats charity @RNLI in his will bit.ly/15PIjtI http://t.co/vQWKhOUE7p

American football comes to London children: Top NFL teams twinned with six schools

standard.co.uk — As the NFL prepares for Sunday's Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, officials confirmed today it is setting up a unique community programme in the capital. Six gridiron teams are to be twinned with six schools - three in Brent and three in Lambeth - in a programme inspired by the Evening Standard's London United initiative.
Jan 28, 2015

Intrigued to learn what NFL teams plan to teach London kids. Domestic abuse? Brain injury? Target deflation? standard.co.uk/news/london/am…

'Goodbye to the happy haunts of my youth, goodbye my beloved parents - I am not likely to see you again': the diary of a woman escaping the Holocaust

standard.co.uk — "Klaus and I have made it to Paris and now we are working hard to cheat our fates," my grandmother Nelly Kleinova wrote on September 21, 1938. She had just arrived at a Parisian refugee shelter with her brother. A young Jewish woman from Vienna, she was surrounded by escapees: communists from Germany and Jews from Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @joshi: My four Jewish great-grandparents all died at Auschwitz - I've written this today in memory of them standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lond… #Auschwitz70

Jan 27, 2015

RT @SkyNewsTonight: Nelly Kleinova, @joshi Herrmann's grandmother, kept a diary that recorded the disappearance of almost all her family standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lond…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @joshi: My four Jewish great-grandparents all died at Auschwitz - I've written this today in memory of them standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lond… #Auschwitz70

Jan 27, 2015

RT @joshi: My four Jewish great-grandparents all died at Auschwitz - I've written this today in memory of them standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lond… #Auschwitz70

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Robbers admit £1,600 bank hold-up using a painted starter pistol

standard.co.uk — The CCTV clip shows one of the thieves with his hood up carrying the fake gun and armfuls of cash inside the branch in Nuxley Road, Belvedere, on March 27 last year. Charlie Ricketts, 19, of Downham Way, Bromley, and Daniel John Pierce, 20, of Granville Road, Sidcup, face jail after admitting to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.
Jan 28, 2015

Robbers admit £1,600 bank hold-up using a painted starter pistol standard.co.uk/news/crime/rob… http://t.co/BXzIiwrNFS

Anne McElvoy: The troubled Coliseum needs to be pragmatic as well as operatic

standard.co.uk — Act 1, Scene 1. A lonely Heldentenor resembling John Berry, the artistic director of English National Opera, pores over the annual financial statement. Scene 2: after a duel with the chairman, Martyn Rose, Rose leaves the stage with a soaring lament about mismanagement and wasted public money amounting (he claims) to some £10 million.

Andrew Neather: We can’t afford to sell off yet more social housing

standard.co.uk — Yesterday a new report from Labour Assembly Member Tom Copley warned that London will lose a net 6,000 council homes by 2024 thanks to them being sold off, at knock-down prices, faster than they're built. He predicts that on current plans, 10,300 such homes will be built by 2024, while another 16,1000 are sold: more than one-and-a-half homes sold for every one built.
Jan 28, 2015

My Standard comment col today: right-to-buy council house madness; Miliband's NHS record; cycle superhighways; kale bit.ly/1z2xQqS

Jim Murphy's mansion tax boast will hurt Labour in London, poll finds

standard.co.uk — The YouGov survey found nearly three in 10 Londoners said his remarks made them feel less favourable towards Labour. People aged 40 and over - who are significantly more likely to live in homes worth more than £2 million, and so would be hit by Labour's "mansion tax" - are most likely to be swayed against the party.
Jan 28, 2015

Surprise, surprise - Jim Murphy's boast that London will pay for Scottish nurses cd hit London Labour, finds @YouGov standard.co.uk/news/politics/…

Tiny puppy rescued from bin becomes best pal with huge mastiff

standard.co.uk — Chihuahua puppy Digby, aged just five weeks old, was found shivering and dehydrated beside flats in north London by the RSPCA yesterday. He was taken to Southridge RSPCA Animal Centre, in Hertfordshire, where he met Neapolitan mastiff Nero who belongs to the centre manager.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @standardnews: These two make an unlikely but adorable couple bit.ly/1EpWq83 http://t.co/nilNXv7ie6

Box settings: why plates are so 2014 at London's hottest restaurants

standard.co.uk — Plates are so 2014. Eating at The Manor restaurant in December, a wooden box arrived on our table at the end of the meal. Now, in my experience, wooden boxes are where you put cutlery, food scraps or perhaps even soil and flowers. But not here.
Jan 28, 2015

Plates. Who needs 'em? A small piece on food served in boxes here: standard.co.uk/goingout/resta…

Tesco names 43 stores set to close as Dave Lewis' turnaround plan kicks off

standard.co.uk — Earlier this month he revealed that the stores, which stretch across the country and range from high street express stores, to large Homeplus sites, could not feasibly make a profit. London is losing two Tesco Express stores - one in Wealdstone and the other on South Tottenham High Road.
Jan 28, 2015

Full list and story on Tesco's 43 store closures, due to close by April, affecting 2000 jobs: standard.co.uk/business/busin…

Sarah Sands: Women only get fair treatment if men are onside

standard.co.uk — Watching on television the consecration of the first woman bishop, I tried to remember what the fuss was about. Then Archbishop of York John Sentamu asked the solemn question of the gathering: "Is it your will?"

Tottenham's Ben Davies: I've toughened up since Spurs transfer... I was comfortable at Swansea City

standard.co.uk — It was a daunting experience for a 21-year-old who had left family and friends behind to live away from home but he believes those early days at Spurs have given him the steel he needs to overcome the challenge that awaits in Sheffield tonight.
Jan 28, 2015

Leafy Essex is where you toughen up, not South Wales. Chat with Ben Davies standard.co.uk/sport/football… with thanks to @kickitout #thfc

Natalie Prass, The Lexington - music review

standard.co.uk — The Virginia singer-songwriter's first headline appearance here was as part of a quartet, rather than with the dozens who appear on her extraordinary debut album, out this week. She makes rich, million-dollar soul, drenched in strings and horns, that would be better suited to the Albert Hall. Give her time.
Jan 28, 2015

*alarm beeps* *checks watch* ah, time for me to bash on about Natalie Prass again standard.co.uk/goingout/music…

In her element: Mary Archer on keeping her marriage and career on track

standard.co.uk — Dame Mary Archer still can't stomach the word "fragrant". During her husband's 1987 libel trial, the scientist wife of the politician-turned-novelist Jeffrey was heralded as a vision of "elegance, fragrance and radiance" by the judge, who was musing on why any man would play away. Thereafter, the adjective preceded her name.

London's best pisco sours

standard.co.uk — Señor Ceviche has an indomitable menu of pisco sours: try the Patuso, a zesty mixture of 1615 pisco, Aperol, marmalade, pink grapefruit juice, lemon and egg white. Find it: Kingly Court, Kingly Street, W1, senor-ceviche.com Pachamama Pachamama is a new Peruvian-inspired haunt in Soho - and it delivers a menu of pungent piscos.

Chelsea get to Wembley - but gruelling encounter with Liverpool hands advantage to Manchester City ahead of crucial clash

standard.co.uk — The Blues will be favourites to lift the Capital One Cup for their fifth time in their history regardless of whether Tottenham or Sheffield United earn the right to oppose them this evening.
Jan 28, 2015

#cfc rightly rejoice at Wembley date...but what shape will they be in for #mcfc? Thoughts on #cfc 1-0 #lfc: standard.co.uk/sport/football…

Mikel Arteta signs new one-year deal at Arsenal

standard.co.uk — The Spaniard's previous contract expired in June and although he was widely thought to have agreed terms towards the end of last year, a deal was never publicly confirmed. Arteta signed a four-year agreement when joining the club from Everton in 2011 and it is understood the Merseyside club were interesting in bringing the 32-year-old back to Goodison Park should he decide not to extend his stay in north London.
Jan 28, 2015

It had been mooted for a while but confirmation Arteta has signed new one-year deal with #afc to 2016. Story here: standard.co.uk/sport/football…