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The Savoy was a favourite rendezvous for brokers, bankers, bounders and Hollywood's best. And, for a time, it was a home away from home for the artist Claude Monet, stars Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, and Sir Winston Churchill.

Forte sued over falling chandelier

Forte sued over falling chandelier

Hilton profits up 3% to pounds 127.5m

HILTON, the hotels and Ladbroke bookmaking group, yesterday reported a 3 per cent rise in half-year profits to pounds 127.5m, helped by a pounds 27m contribution from its recent acquisition of Stakis hotels. All the hotels will be rebranded under the Hilton name by this autumn, followed by a public launch next spring. The company said the disposal of its American gaming interests was under way. It also unveiled plans to expand its offshore betting operations.

Investment Column: Millennium & Copthorne

THERE WAS a degree of scepticism in April when Millennium & Copthorne announced a pounds 438m deal to buy 43 hotels in Asia from its majority shareholder.

Swimming: Marshall injured in lift accident

THE 17-YEAR-OLD Melanie Marshall, in Istanbul for the European Championships with the remainder of the British team, was the victim of a freak accident yesterday which could jeopardise her participation in the remainder of the tournament, writes James Parrack. Marshall had both hands trapped in the doors of a lift for several minutes as hotel staff worked to prise her free.

No Pain, No Gain Our Man's Portfolio: I suggest that you check out of Regal Hotels

IS IT time to check out of Regal Hotel, the mid-market chain that has the dubious distinction of underperforming the rest of the no pain, no gain portfolio? I should, with hindsight, have demanded the bill last week. Instead, after warning that the shares were likely to get the chop, I unwisely postponed immediate action.

The Investment Column: Macdonald Htls

MACDONALD HOTELS has led a yo-yo existence since coming to the market three years ago. Issued at 145p, the shares reached 241p a year ago, only to slump to a low of 130p at the end of the year. They have since enjoyed a recovery and closed up 7p yesterday at 229.5p on the back of encouraging full-year results.

Greenalls makes tracks for hotels

Greenalls makes tracks for hotels

Ladbroke to take Hilton name

Ladbroke to take Hilton name

Ladbroke to change name to Hilton

LADBROKE PLANS to change its name to Hilton Group to reflect its focus on hotels after the completion of its pounds 1.2bn acquisition of the Scottish-based Stakis hotel group. The change will also underscore its alliance with US partner Hilton Hotels. The Stakis purchase means the company will generate more than two-thirds of profits from hotels.

Hotel rage on increase

HOTEL BOSSES and police are tackling a growing problem in the accommodation industry - hotel rage. Staff have fallen victims to attacks ranging from verbal abuse to physical assault, said Strathclyde Police.

Granada creates 2,500 new jobs

Granada creates 2,500 new jobs

Investment: Thistle hit hard by drop in London hotel revenues

THISTLE HOTELS yesterday added to the gloom surrounding the hotels sector with the announcement of a sharp fall in revenues in its London hotels.

Hunt for missing party-goer

Hunt for missing party-goer

Bass chief to get pounds 400,000 pension

SIR IAIN PROSSER, chief executive of Bass, will be entitled to a pension of pounds 400,000 a year in three years' time. Sir Iain, who is 55, will be entitled to a full pension from the age of 58 even though the normal pension age at the brewing and hotel giant is 60.

Irate hotelier puts Paxman in his place

JEREMY PAXMAN, arch cynic and Newsnight presenter, has finally received a dose of his own medicine - from a hotel manager whose establishment had fallen foul of his vitriolic criticism.
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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thongs ain't what they used to be

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Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

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From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific