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EU orders Britain to pay £1.7bn surcharge

thetimes.co.uk — David Cameron's efforts to reform Britain's relationship with Europe were dealt a devastating blow last night as Brussels demanded an extra £1.7 billion towards the EU budget. The top-up, which Britain must pay within weeks, is a result of changes to how EU members' economic growth over the past 18 years has been calculated.
Oct 24, 2014

UK charged huge £1.7bn "prosperity tax" to the EU, due to stronger British econ. No 10: PM only told in "recent days" thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

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Hillsborough families in pain endure long wait for justice

thetimes.co.uk — At the Hillsborough inquest on Tuesday, Timothy Mitchell, a police constable in 1989, traced the moment that he arrived behind the west stand near Leppings Lane. He had been summoned to the emergency from street patrol in Rotherham. Half a dozen bodies lay around with clothes wrapped around their heads, which Mitchell took as evidence that they were dead.

Voters sceptical of Cameron’s ability to curb immigration

thetimes.co.uk — David Cameron faces public scepticism that he will honour a promise to curb the number of EU migrants coming to Britain, according to a poll. The prime minister is preparing to set out his demand to regain control of jobseekers coming to the UK in renegotiation talks with Brussels.
Oct 24, 2014

PM's credibility problem: Only 11% of Brit voters believe he can actually deliver immigration curbs from EU thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @montie: Only 11% of voters believe Cameron can deliver a curb on immigration from the EU thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Oct 24, 2014

Only 11% of voters believe Cameron can deliver a curb on immigration from the EU thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Life’s just not fare on the back seat of a taxi

thetimes.co.uk — A tip for the unwary, life's just not fare on the back seat of a taxi It was surprising to see a south Wales taxi driver make headlines this week for the crime of rating his passengers online according to the size of their tips.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @fletcherr: Why stop at restaurants ... we should be rating parents, bosses, children and siblings - @Sathnam thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/c…

Oct 24, 2014

Why stop at restaurants ... we should be rating parents, bosses, children and siblings - @Sathnam thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/c…

Keep clocks forward to boost health, say experts

thetimes.co.uk — Permanently moving the time zone forward an hour would encourage children to do more exercise, according to a study that has revived calls for Britain to ditch Greenwich Mean Time. MPs, scientists and charities argue that putting the country on central European time would have significant benefits for public health, road safety and the economy.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @andrewellson: Front page of The Times this morning: Moving the clocks permanently forward would improve our health and happiness thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/ar…

Oct 24, 2014

Front page of The Times this morning: Moving the clocks permanently forward would improve our health and happiness thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/ar…

Fury | The Times

thetimes.co.uk — There is no denying that Fury is a serviceable and gripping war movie, with a testosterone-saturated star in the form of Brad Pitt. Fury's restaging of Second World War tank battles is slick, even bloodily balletic when an American Sherman and a German Tiger tank circle each other for the kill.
Oct 24, 2014

FURY ** made me furious. Five military archetypes in a tin can - plus that queasy "consensual" rape scene?thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/film/…

Tongues out, bellies bared as MPs vie for top dog

thetimes.co.uk — It was raining, or possibly reigning, cats and dogs at Westminster yesterday. First stop was the one event that gives MPs an excuse to be barking: I speak, of course, of the Westminster Dog of the Year show, held next to the House of Lords, in Victoria Tower Gardens.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @anntreneman: My (pooper) scoop sketch: it's a dog-marries-dog world at Westminster thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

The Times Film Show: Fury and Serena

thetimes.co.uk — Watch Kate Muir and Kevin Maher discuss the weekend's biggest film releases. This week they stick a near-violent boot into Brad Pitt's Second World War opus Fury, and aren't much kinder about the Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence period drama Serena.

Joe Launchbury signs up for Coventry chapter at Wasps

thetimes.co.uk — Exclusive Joe Launchbury has committed his future to Wasps. The England lock's decision to sign a new three-year contract is a ringing endorsement of the club's move to the Ricoh Arena and their plans to build a future in Coventry. Launchbury is in the final year of his contract and Saracens and Bath had been monitoring his situation.
Oct 24, 2014

England lock Joe Launchbury commits to (Coventry) Wasps. Looks like a 3-year deal. Huge boost 4 club (via @AlexMLowe) thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/rugb…

Oct 24, 2014

Joe Launchbury to stay at Wasps in endorsement of club's future in Coventry. Sarries/Bath stand down. Today's Times: thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/rugb…

Oct 24, 2014

Joe Launchbury to stay at Wasps in endorsement of club's future in Coventry. Saracens/Bath stand down. Today's Times: thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/rugb…

Swedish prince to marry topless model

thetimes.co.uk — Prince Carl Philip of Sweden will marry former topless model and reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist next June, the Royal Court announced yesterday. The 35-year-old prince, who is third in line to the throne, will marry Ms Hellqvist, 29, on June 13 in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
Oct 24, 2014

Your move, Harry MT“@thetimes: Prince Carl Philip of #Sweden will marry a former topless model next June" thetim.es/1xgw15M

Fifty shades of aubergine - the colour of the season

thetimes.co.uk — If you're a fan of monochrome and industrial chic, brace yourself. The colour grey, a trend that has dominated this decade, is no longer cool. At least, that's what some interior designers and design fans are saying - but it will probably take a while before it filters down to the high street and the rest of us follow suit.

Holy Moroni! This is one fine painter

thetimes.co.uk — This unsung renaissance master's powerful portraits prove he's one of the greats My favourite portrait in the National Gallery isn't one of the blockbusters. It isn't Hans Holbein's richly detailed The Ambassadors. It isn't Ingres's soft-featured Madame Moitessier, looking for all the world like part of the sofa she sits on.

How to grab a bargain at the Affordable Art Fair

thetimes.co.uk — We sent our critics to the Affordable Art Fair with budgets of £2,500 and £250. Here's what they found Rachel Campbell Johnston So, what will £2,500 get you at an art fair? Well, a cup of coffee and a croissant is probably the answer at Frieze.

Donny Osmond: The Soundtrack of My Life

thetimes.co.uk — Donny Osmond has made the wettest album known to humanity. An otter's pocket is like a parched desert compared with this soggy security blanket of a record. The Soundtrack of My Life is billed as a musical journey documenting Osmond's 50 years in showbusiness, but it sounds more like an attempt to take the world's most sentimental songs and coat them in layers of sugar until they're capable of causing diabetes.
Oct 24, 2014

The review equiv of a slap in the face with a wet fish for Donny Osmond - I love it when @Willjhodgkinson gets cross. thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/music…

The Times Diary (TMS): Being an MP is a dream job for Ian Paisley Jr, Naomi Klein takes up the climate challenge and Jon Snow under pressure

thetimes.co.uk — Being an MP? A dream job People go into politics for all sorts of reasons, some even noble. Ian Paisley Jr gives an honest reason to The House magazine for why he sought to follow his father to Westminster. As small boys, he and his brother were smuggled into the gallery for a late debate.
Oct 24, 2014

You-Kip: The snoozy reason for being an MP; Humphrey the cat's saviour & Naomi Klein plays polluter In @TimesDiary thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/ar…

Boris tried to silence us over air quality fears, say scientists

thetimes.co.uk — Boris Johnson has been accused of trying to silence a group of scientists who drew attention to the severe air pollution problem in London. Matthew Pencharz, the mayor of London's environment adviser, complained on Mr Johnson's behalf to the principal of King's College London after one of its senior academics said that Oxford Street had the world's highest level of nitrogen dioxide pollution.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @jossgarman: Scientists claim Boris tried to silence them after they raised concerns over air pollution reports @bwebster135 thetim.es/10qRNtA

Oct 24, 2014

RT @jossgarman: Scientists claim Boris tried to silence them after they raised concerns over air pollution reports @bwebster135 thetim.es/10qRNtA

Oct 24, 2014

Boris Johnson aide accused of veiled threat re King's College London research on air pollution @bwebster135 reports thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Oct 23, 2014

Boris tried to silence us over air quality fears, say scientists thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Canadian PM ‘hid in cupboard from gunman for 15 minutes’

thetimes.co.uk — The Canadian prime minister spent 15 minutes hiding in a cupboard from a gunman attacking the country's parliament while his MPs fashioned flagpoles into spears. Details of Stephen Harper's incarceration during Wednesday's terrorist attack emerged as a lawyer told how she comforted a dying soldier shot outside the parliament building, telling him that he was "so loved".
Oct 24, 2014

RT @thetimes: Canadian PM ‘hid in cupboard from gunman for 15 minutes’ thetim.es/12oTloz (Reuters) pic.twitter.com/5tDN6sXLo6

British buyers return to Barbados

thetimes.co.uk — The strength of the pound and Waitrose food in the shops are drawing Brits to this Caribbean island The premier destination for Britons buying property in the Caribbean has a winning combination of sun, rum and a laid-back lifestyle, but these aren't the only attractions luring buyers to Barbados.
Oct 24, 2014

A bit of sunshine for you on a grey day: why British buyers are going back to Barbados thetim.es/ZLzkXq pic.twitter.com/sKbux8B4IP

Mansion style: What is your favourite architectural type?

thetimes.co.uk — The Earl of Cardigan was this week "totally gutted" by the Court of Appeal's decision that his 100-room ancestral home should be sold to developers after a bitter legal wrangle in the family. Tottenham House in Wiltshire will be only the latest of many historic mansions to fall out of the hands of the landed classes and on to the open market.