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Eighty hit-and-runs each week on London's 'lawless' roads

standard.co.uk — The latest statistics show that the number of hit-and-run casualties in the capital rose again for the fourth year in a row. A total of 1,043 pedestrians - around 20 a week - and 896 cyclists plus motorcyclists and others were victims of motorists who drove off from accidents without stopping in 2013.
Oct 31, 2014

Eighty people injured in hit-and-run collisions on London's "lawless roads" each week standard.co.uk/news/transport…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @citycyclists: Almost 1/5 pedestrians/cyclists seriously injured or killed on London roads are victims or hit & runs http://t.co/Lnm5p5h…

Oct 31, 2014

Eighty hit-and-runs each week on 'lawless' #London roads, reports the Standard: standard.co.uk/news/transport…

Ritzy cinema in U-turn on job cuts: bosses back down in row over London Living Wage

standard.co.uk — Just two days ago, Picturehouse warned staff that as many as 34 jobs were at risk due to higher costs after the success of a staff campaign to convince the Ritzy to take their pay up 21 per cent to £8.80, the current London Living Wage.
Oct 30, 2014

Well done to Curzon cinemas for paying living wage - which also compelled Picture House to do the same. standard.co.uk/news/london/ri…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @jplumbum: Congrats to @RitzyLivingWage solidarity & fighting for decency "Bosses in U-turn on job cuts" standard.co.uk/news/london/ri… http://…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @jplumbum: Congrats to @RitzyLivingWage solidarity & fighting for decency "Bosses in U-turn on job cuts" standard.co.uk/news/london/ri… http://…

Oct 30, 2014

i) great news re the Ritzy ii) the CEO of Cineworld is called Mooky Greidinger standard.co.uk/news/london/ri…

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Queue chaos at the Tower of London as tens of thousands line up to see poppy display

standard.co.uk — There were chaotic scenes as people flocked to the site as London basked in record-breaking 20C Halloween temperatures on the last day of the school half-term holiday. Visitors queued for several hours to get into the Tower, with further queues of over an hour to see the Crown Jewels.

St Paul’s teachers were 'massively inappropriate' when I was at school there, says Minister

standard.co.uk — Ed Vaizey said teachers may have been involved in what might be called "flirtation" with pupils at the historic St Paul's boys school in London, which was also attended by Chancellor George Osborne. The Culture Minister said that at the time relations between teachers and boys seemed innocent and that he never experienced any abuse or knew of any.
Oct 31, 2014

EXCLUSIVE Ed Vaizey: Teachers may have been involved in possible “flirtation” with pupils at my famous private school standard.co.uk/news/politics/…

Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has crashed, killing one pilot and injuring one other

standard.co.uk — The tragic fate of the space rocket was revealed by officials in California this evening. California Highway Patrol said there had been one fatality and one major injury in the accident. Virgin Galactic said the aircraft had "experienced an in-flight anomaly" in a series of posts on Twitter.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @standardnews: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has crashed, killing one pilot and seriously injuring one other bit.ly/1tpQlkw pic.twitter.com/jP6cWalGFu

Market Report: No Hallowe’en fears for Footsie as Japan’s stimulus injects new life

standard.co.uk — News overnight that the Bank of Japan is unexpectedly expanding its already aggressive asset-purchasing programme sent the Nikkei surging almost 5%, and the FTSE 100 gained 75.09 points to 6538.64. Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets, said: "As one door closes, another one opens as the saying goes.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @OscarWGrut: No Hallowe’en fears for Footsie as Japan’s stimulus injects new life bit.ly/1xHM3pp #FTSE #markets

Oct 31, 2014

No Hallowe’en fears for Footsie as Japan’s stimulus injects new life bit.ly/1xHM3pp #FTSE #markets

Fiona Woolf resigns as head of inquiry into historic child sex abuse

standard.co.uk — Representatives of child abuse victims had urged her to stand down over a lack of expertise on the subject and fresh revelations over her disclosure of links to former Home Secretary Lord Brittan. Their calls came just hours before they were due to meet inquiry officials for the first time and appeared to leave Mrs Woolf, a City lawyer, in an increasingly untenable position at its helm.

The crème de Languedoc

standard.co.uk — The French haven't lost their nationalism - in car-buying terms, anyway. But luckily for us, the car park monotony was the only dash of dullness in an indulgent Languedoc weekend.
Oct 31, 2014

LUXURY SELF CATERING IN THE LANGUEDOC The crème de Languedoc standard.co.uk/lifestyle/trav…

Belle Grove, Suffolk - review

standard.co.uk — Evening had fallen by the time I unlocked the gate of the Granary at Belle Grove in rural Suffolk after a tense dash from London. Entering first through the balmy stillness of our own enclosed garden, I opened the kitchen door to find the place aglow with gold and scarlet, and burnished wood.

Ukraine and China leave AB InBev flat

standard.co.uk — The Stella Artois, Budweiser and Beck's brewer said its beer volumes fell by 2.7% in its third quarter to the end of September. Earnings ticked up 1.3% to $4.75 billion (£2.97 billion) but missed analyst forecasts and are well below the previous quarter's 9.5% growth.
Oct 31, 2014

Ukraine, Russia and China leave Becks and Budweiser brewer AB InBev flat bit.ly/1zRwj8D @standardcity

Male order of the day as raft of retailers head to Mayfair hub

standard.co.uk — Duke Street last week welcomed the opening of Patrick Grant's tailoring business E Tautz. Grant, famous for his appearances on The Great British Sewing Bee, owns Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons but chose Duke Street as the home forE Tautz - just around the corner from its original 19th-century premises on Oxford Street.
Oct 31, 2014

'Male order' of the day as raft of retailers head to Mayfair hub bit.ly/1zmpqer @standardnews

Interview: Peter Cruddas, CMC Markets - Dressed for success, spread-betting tycoon who’s walking tall once more

standard.co.uk — On that weekend more than two years ago, the ex-trader's wife was shopping in Rome ("It sounds extravagant; it was") but he planned to whisk her off to their favourite Hotel Splendido in Portofino. A glorious spot in which to lie low - but Mrs Cruddas was having none of it.
Oct 31, 2014

"If you want a nice lifestyle, go and work for Google or Apple,” CMC's Peter Cruddas told staff. Interview here standard.co.uk/business/marke…

Video: Business briefing - October 31

standard.co.uk — Oscar Williams-Grut rounds up the day's news in the City as RBS sets aside £400m, SuperGroup issues a profit warning and markets around the world surge.

Albums of the week (Oct 31-Nov 6)

standard.co.uk — Rhythm (Leaf) ★★★★ While Royal Blood are having a great year with their minimal bass/drums setup, Gothenburg duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums return to make them look positively profligate. Married couple Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin emerged from the Swedish jazz scene with just his tribal drums and her ghostly voice and sound as sparse as ever on this fourth release.

Sir Ian backs funding bid for film targeting homophobia in football

standard.co.uk — A Kickstarter campaign for the London-based film, titled Wonderkid, hopes to raise £25,000 to make the 20 minute video. The film, scripted by director Rhys Chapman and writer Terence Corless, will follow an unnamed football star who moves to a large club. It tackles the strained friendship between the gay player and his agent.

The best gigs in London this week (Oct 31-Nov 6)

standard.co.uk — Two hot new pop bands with a number one song behind them - Rixton have their UK smash Me and My Broken Heart, while Brisbane sextet Sheppard hit the top spot in Australia with Geronimo. Twin Atlantic Nov 3, Roundhouse, NW1 (0870 389 1846, roundhouse.org.uk) Tuneful Scottish rock band whose sound falls somewhere between their countrymen Biffy Clyro and Idlewild.
Oct 31, 2014

have long run out of entertaining ways to say here are some gig listings and some downloads standard.co.uk/goingout/music… standard.co.uk/goingout/music…

Jungle, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire - music review

standard.co.uk — Towards the end of this show, once they had finished yelling "Shepherd's BUSH!" for the hundredth time, one of Jungle made what sounded suspiciously like an acceptance speech. Namechecking multiple inspirations including mum and dad, perhaps they were the words Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland didn't get to say at the Mercury Prize the night before.
Oct 31, 2014

awimbawe, awimbawe - the mighty Jungle were good last night standard.co.uk/goingout/music…

After J-Pop comes Cute Metal: how Babymetal are pioneering a new wave of sweet-demonic music

standard.co.uk — In the sinister basement laboratory where they concoct new musical genres, they really hit the motherlode this year when they came up with "Cute Metal". This demonic fusion of devil horns and candy floss is exemplified by Japanese trio Babymetal - three school-age girls in black and red who chirp merrily over grinding, thrashing guitars.
Oct 31, 2014

couldn't help noticing the amount of Japanese music coming to London, standard.co.uk/goingout/music… not least Babymetal youtube.com/watch?v=WIKqgE…

Chris Blackhurst: What’s the rush to pay? Our leaders don’t

standard.co.uk — Actually, what happens is she goes through the accounts, credit cards, loans and bills, and tells me what's what. We move something from here to pay off a dollop over there. Frequently, we do it immediately, on the internet. Presumably, in the Treasury they conduct a similar exercise.