Roy Hodgson is confident that the midfielder Zoltan Gera will become West Brom's third new signing of the summer – and the manager is also stepping up his search for a goalkeeper.
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Monday 05 January 2009
John Travolta said yesterday that he and his wife, Kelly Preston, were heartbroken at the loss of their chronically ill son, who collapsed and died while on holiday in the Bahamas.
Sunday 04 January 2009
Saturday 03 January 2009
Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, has reaffirmed his "trust" in captain Steven Gerrard and insists he never had any doubts about playing his key midfielder in tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie at Preston.
Sunday 14 December 2008
Friday 05 December 2008
Sunday 30 November 2008
People are ditching city breaks but are setting aside cash for next year's annual holiday, a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey has shown.
Wednesday 26 November 2008
Monday 24 November 2008
Sunday 26 October 2008
Friday 19 September 2008
This book is a strange combination of the utterly absorbing and the almost unreadable. Preston thrillingly conveys his passion for the world's tallest trees.
Wednesday 27 August 2008
Confidential police information about undercover officers and key witnesses in a massive drugs operation was found dumped in a bin.
Nigel Preston: Innovative fashion designer whose King's Road shop Maxfield Parrish grew into an international business
Saturday 02 August 2008
Jean Cocteau's maxim, that style is a simple way of saying complex things, sums up the effortless grace of Nigel Preston's skilful, subtle clothes design, most particularly in sheepskin, suede and leather, that inspired the fashion world for 30 years from the mid-Seventies. He was famous for his experimentation with decorative, painterly techniques, for his exotic colouring on leather, for his exquisite ornamentation and his patient eye for detail – his biannual collection was eagerly anticipated. Where Preston led, Hermès and Gucci followed. That he was not a household name says more about the vagaries and hype of the fashion industry than it does about his creative talents. The most unvain of men, he was a natural innovator.
Sir Dennis Weatherstone: Son of a London Transport clerk who became one of the greatest bankers of the late 20th century
Wednesday 23 July 2008
Dennis Weatherstone was one of the greatest bankers of the last quarter of the 20th century. Little known to the public, rarely interviewed, he was very much a bankers' banker, deeply respected within the profession. Personally he was the very opposite of a major executive, described as "dapper, precise, soft-spoken. . . unfailingly polite, he moved like a cat. . . he was a man no one disliked". But, as anyone who came into contact with him knew, he "had a steely mind, especially in matters of risk".
Friday 09 May 2008
Mesmerism was all the rage in 19th-century London, and in her fourth novel Barbara Ewing imagines life for a female practitioner in this very male world.
Friday 11 April 2008
Although billed as a history of the Taj Mahal, the Prestons' richly patterned chintz of a book also delivers a romantic account of the Mughal empire as a whole. It treats the moment in the 1630s when the grief-stricken Shah Jahan built the marble tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz, as a pivot for the story of their love, their dynasty, and its spectacular rise and fall. Edward Lear thought it "simply silly" to describe the Taj, this "wonderfully lovely place". The Prestons – though sometimes prone to lush hyperbole – succeed far better than most.
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
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