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City People: the feuds, the faces and the farcical

thetimes.co.uk — Patterson makes quite an impression in interview Management Today has gone all weak at the knees at the sight of Gavin Patterson, the mullet-haired chief executive of BT. Its interview with Mr Patterson starts by describing him as "so handsome and well groomed he should be heading Armani, not a vast, techy monolith like BT".
Sep 02, 2014

RT @NicFildes: Management Today got weak at the knees interviewing "handsome" Gavin Patterson of BT. They ran out of superlatives: thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/c…

Sep 02, 2014

Management Today got weak at the knees interviewing "handsome" Gavin Patterson of BT. They ran out of superlatives: thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/c…

Osmond set for second bite of pizza market with £40m Strada deal

thetimes.co.uk — More than a decade after cutting his ties with PizzaExpress, Hugh Osmond looks set for a return to the world of high street pizza restaurants after entering exclusive talks to acquire the Strada chain for about £40 million.
Sep 02, 2014

£40m Strada bid could mark return to high street restaurant for Pizza Express' Hugh Osmond - @walshdominic exclusive thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/i…

Sep 02, 2014

Hugh Osmond's Sun Capital Partners in exclusive talks over c£40m Strada deal @TimesBusiness thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/i…

London is ‘money laundering capital’

thetimes.co.uk — London has become the money laundering capital of the world with City firms helping corrupt officials and criminals from across the globe hide trillions of dollars of their ill-gotten gains, according to one of Russia's most prominent businessmen.
Sep 02, 2014

Walk about in Knightsbridge or Mayfair and it's pretty obvious: 'London is "money laundering capital"' of the world: thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/ar…

City lawyers face arrest in crackdown on money laundering

thetimes.co.uk — Britain's elite criminal agency is planning a crackdown on money laundering in the City of London that is expected to lead to the arrest of lawyers linked to the movement and washing of billions of pounds of criminal proceeds.

End of the Road Festival at Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire

thetimes.co.uk — This festival endures in a crowded and competitive market because it knows its audience and caters for them accordingly Nestled deep in the beautiful countryside on the Dorset/Witshire border, the End of the Road Festival was so-called because it was once the last of the season.
Sep 02, 2014

I had an awesome time at End of the Road festival and wrote about it for @thetimes - thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/music… @eotr

Toby Young - my daughter has to go to my school: she has no choice

thetimes.co.uk — As the face of the country's most closely-watched new Free School, Toby Young is passionate about Michael Gove's flagship schools programme and a staunch defender of the former education secretary. Ultimately, though, his decision to co-found the West London Free School was personal, not political.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @Damwhit: I interviewed @toadmeister on his daughter banning him from 1st day at WLFS, Gove and becoming more diplomatic thetim.es/1lFIJKO

Sep 02, 2014

I interviewed @toadmeister on his daughter banning him from 1st day at WLFS, Gove and becoming more diplomatic thetim.es/1lFIJKO

Sep 02, 2014

What Every Parent Needs to Know number 6 in the Amazon bestseller chart. Must be on strength of this in The Times thetim.es/1tVTOsc

Robert Cialdini: How to get anyone to say ‘yes’

thetimes.co.uk — Imagine you're Kate Bush. You're planning your first live shows for 35 years and you really, really don't want to be singing to a sea of smartphones.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @Dannythefink: Don't miss the magnificent @robertcialdini advice on what to get your job interviewer to say to you. thetim.es/1pkBaUq @scienceofyes

Sep 02, 2014

Don't miss the magnificent @robertcialdini advice on what to get your job interviewer to say to you. thetim.es/1pkBaUq @scienceofyes

The Times Diary (TMS): Djalili’s ballsy performance, Jon Hamm’s and Jeff Bridges, two gentlemen of Stratford and Lembit gets off scot-free

thetimes.co.uk — Djalili's ballsy performance The late Oliver Reed was always a handful to work with, as the British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili found out thanks to a prank on the set of Gladiator. In one scene, Reed's character, the boss of a gladiator troupe, confronts Djalili's, a slave dealer, and has to grab him by the groin.

We can bomb jihadists without asking MPs, says Cameron

thetimes.co.uk — David Cameron has announced new powers to forcibly relocate terror suspects, reinstating a key part of control orders that were scrapped by the coalition earlier in the Parliament. The news came as the prime minister faces pressure from a number of MPs in the Commons to do more and join a "coalition of the willing" with the US to engage in airstrikes against the Islamic State.
Sep 02, 2014

David Cameron refuses to rule out bombing, while officials say coalition remains very cautious - our p1 story thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Sep 02, 2014

Is Dave getting his Mojo back? “We can bomb jihadists without asking MPs,” says PM thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Sep 02, 2014

Is Dave getting his Mojo back? "We can bomb jihadists without asking MPs," says PM thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Kurds vanquished ‘drugged up’ jihadis in battle to break siege

thetimes.co.uk — The first bullet missed. Private Qassim Hussein Ali saw it fly past his face as he sat in the back of a pick-up truck hurtling towards the front line. The second hit his right hand as he reached for his Kalashnikov.
Sep 02, 2014

@thetimes: Kurds vanquished ‘drugged up’ jihadis in battle to break siege thetim.es/1qWnHn4 (Getty) pic.twitter.com/SH1VaZX314” Paywall

Briton faces prison for reporting ‘abuse’ of migrant workers in Thailand

thetimes.co.uk — A British activist in Bangkok faces more than seven years in jail and millions of pounds in fines and damages after reporting the alleged abuse of poor migrant workers at a fruit factory in Thailand. Andy Hall was in court today in the first of a series of prosecutions brought against him by Natural Fruit, a Thai company that supplies the European market.
Sep 02, 2014

British activist @Atomicalandy faces prison in Thailand for report on alleged immigrant worker abuse @thetimes thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world…

Why Americans don’t eat lamb

thetimes.co.uk — We can forgive Ambassador Barzun his social gaffe over lamb. As a representative of his country, his taste is spot on America's government has been on short rations for a while now, but surely there must be a few nickels rattling around to teach its diplomats a few basic rules of etiquette.

Across the world and down the decades: Times readers mark 25,000th crossword

thetimes.co.uk — A concerted campaign by The Times to mislead, baffle and frustrate some of its most loyal readers reaches a landmark today with the publication of the 25,000th cryptic crossword.
Sep 02, 2014

@legsidelizzy Me too. Embarrassingly, my grandfather was the medium's founding father: thetimes.co.uk/tto/puzzles/cr…

Osborne wants Gove ‘at heart of election team’

thetimes.co.uk — George Osborne opposed the demotion of Michael Gove and wants him to take a central role in the Tories' election campaign, according to his biographer. David Cameron overruled the chancellor's "preferences" when he reshuffled his ministers in the summer, Janan Ganesh wrote in an new edition of George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor.
Sep 02, 2014

"If Osborne were to die tomorrow, many in Westminster would wonder what he meant by that" @JananGanesh's new ed £ thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…