Webb took charge of the 2010 final, becoming the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974
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Tuesday 25 August 2009
Thursday 20 August 2009
Just in case hard-pressed travellers in this country were in any doubt, economists at UBS have confirmed that Britain has the highest railway fares in the world. Launching their latest review of prices and earnings across the world, including the so-called "Big Mac" index, the researchers say that a 125-mile train trip from, say, Liverpool to London costs £54.39 second class, with the equivalent journey in Germany, the next most expensive nation, costing £40.41. Fares in France and Italy are about half the British level.
Friday 14 August 2009
Sunday 02 August 2009
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Thursday 16 July 2009
Edward Downes spent more than 50 years of his life at Covent Garden Opera House, as prompter, répétiteur, translater and, of course, conductor. He spent four years as the music director of Australian Opera, but returned at least once a season to Covent Garden where, in 1992, he was appointed assistant music director and principal conductor of the Royal Opera. He had been knighted the year before. He was one of the finest Verdi conductors of his generation, and in 1995 he launched an ambitious plan to perform all Verdi's operas at Covent Garden by 2001, the centenary of his death, a plan which unfortunately foundered from lack of funds. Downes's other great strengths were in Russian opera, especially Prokofiev and Shostakovich, though he did not neglect Tchaikovsky or Mussorgsky, and in 20th-century opera: he conducted several premieres and British premieres.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
Tuesday 14 July 2009
Renowned conductor Sir Edward Downes and his wife, who died together in an assisted suicide clinic, were devoted to each other, the musician's manager said today.
Monday 08 June 2009
Wednesday 29 April 2009
Friday 20 March 2009
Friday 06 March 2009
Saturday 28 February 2009
Friday 30 January 2009
Swiss police said they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software.
Saturday 10 January 2009
Northern Rock is looking for a new finance director after Ann Godbehere resigned less than a year after joining the nationalised bank.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
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