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Barclays reveals profit but bonuses cut

By Rob Virtue on February 9, 2009 12:03 PM |

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Barclays has defied expectations to post a profit of £6.1billion for the whole of 2008.

However, the bank, based at Canary Wharf, said on Monday morning it would halve bonus payments as it prepares for a tough year ahead.

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The Red Bull Air Race will not be swooping into east London this year.

Organisers have passed over the UK in its list of destinations for its 2009 season, ending two years of events in the capital.

WestHam.gifRyan Giggs produced a moment of brilliance to enable Manchester United to snatch all three points at Upton Park yesterday.


The Welshman scored a sublime solo goal on 62 minutes to deny West Ham a deserved draw and further strengthen United's grip on their Premier League crown.

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Agents are reporting a "glimmer" of hope in the housing market.

Property prices fell for the 17th consecutive month in January, but the rate of decline was the smallest since July last year.

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The Excel Centre has been selected to host the London economic summit in April.

The exhibition centre in the Royal Docks will be the focus of world scrutiny when international leaders and finance ministers from across the globe meet there on April 2 to discuss the economic crisis.

WestHam.gifManchester United visit Upton Park on Sunday looking to consolidate their place at the top of the league table.


The Premier League, European and World champions will undoubtedly give West Ham a real test, although their record at the Boleyn has been poor in recent seasons.

Sophie Bryant and her son Devon enter a land of imaginary animals

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Anyone who has the pleasure of owning a two-year-old will understand the perils of entertaining such a being.

So it was with trepidation that I entered Half Moon's theatre for their 45-minute-long play about imaginary animals and brightly coloured props.

It takes 5.5 months to sell your house

By Jon Massey on February 6, 2009 12:45 PM |

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Sellers are still refusing to let their properties go at a low price, holding up the sales market.

That is according to research conducted by Mouseprice.com which has revealed a big increase in the time it takes from the time a property is put on the market to the time it is sold.

CharltonGround125.jpgCharlton's Championship fixture against Cardiff City has been postponed.


Saturday's match was called off after referee Andy D'Urso carried out a pitch inspection at The Valley just before midday today.

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Plans for the year ahead traditionally involve learning to order drinks in Spanish and not leaving pizza boxes on the couch.

But if Brian Blessed completes his 2009 to-do list, he’ll have blasted into space, conquered one of the world’s most dangerous mountains and taught a little princess about magic and dragons.

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