Recovery is in sight, says Sir Mervyn: Bank of England chief gives Chancellor a boost ahead of the Budget

Recovery is in sight, says Sir Mervyn: Bank of England chief gives Chancellor a boost ahead of the Budget By Becky Barrow and Hugo Duncan PUBLISHED: 01:20 GMT, 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:20 GMT, 15 March 2013 The Bank of England's governor said last night that the 'recovery is in sight' in a boost for the Chancellor ahead of his Budget next week. In a rare television interview, Sir Mervyn King said Britain's anaemic economic growth is finally drawing to an end following the long and painful downturn. It comes at a time of growing fears that the country could be heading for a triple-dip recession, but his comments suggest any further slump will be short-lived.

Vandal professor with impeccable manners facing a 28,000 bill after scratching graffiti on his neighbours" cars

Vandal professor with impeccable manners facing a 28,000 bill after scratching graffiti on his neighbours' carsStephen Graham, 47, went on half-naked rampage after downing ginScratched words such as 'arbitrary', 'wrong' and 'silly' onto 4x4sHas vague memory of walking down the street in a dream-like state By Chris Brooke PUBLISHED: 17:22 GMT, 1 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 2 March 2013 Remorse: Stephen Graham scratched graffiti on 27 vehicles A professor with a hatred of 4×4 cars scratched graffiti on vehicles in his upmarket neighbourhood, a court heard yesterday. Stephen Graham, 48, used a screwdriver to write words such as ‘arbitrary’, ‘wrong’ and ‘very silly’ on the paintwork while dressed in only underpants and a jacket. His night-time vandalism, while still wearing a sleeping mask on his forehead, left 27 cars damaged and has landed the professor with a 28,000 compensation bill.

David Bailey: Yes, I slept with a lot of women but they had a choice – it wasn"t rape

Yes, I slept with a lot of women but they had a choice – it wasn't rape, says fashion photographer David Bailey (who's still sex mad at 74!) Legendary lothario dated model Jean Shrimpton and married actress Catherine Deneuve before fourth wife Catherine Dyer finally tamed him | UPDATED: 23:53 GMT, 21 December 2012 'I'm mad about her': The photographer with his fourth wife Catherine His reputation as a lothario during his heyday earned him the nickname Big Bad Bailey. Several decades on, with four marriages under his belt and about to turn 75, David Bailey is as controversial as ever. The fashion photographer reveals he still enjoys making love to his 51-year-old wife Catherine, is friends with his ex-girlfriends and ex-wives – and remains unapologetic about his penchant for one night stands.

Ken Barlow"s son handed top job with a mystic leader: Actor moves to New York to take role with controversial sect

Ken Barlow's son handed top job with mystic leader: Actor moves to New York to take role with controversial sect | UPDATED: 22:34 GMT, 11 December 2012 They'd certainly have some down to earth comments about it on Coronation Street.

Operation Yewtree: Why weren"t the police this zealous with Jimmy Savile?

Why weren't the police this zealous with Savile | UPDATED: 14:50 GMT, 10 December 2012 The ancient practice of hue and cry — when a suspected criminal was pursued by a mob of angry citizens, shouting to raise the alarm — is famously celebrated in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, in which Bill Sikes is chased to his death after murdering his girlfriend, Nancy.

Why weren"t the police this zealous with Savile?

Why weren't the police this zealous with Savile | UPDATED: 23:51 GMT, 9 December 2012 The ancient practice of hue and cry — when a suspected criminal was pursued by a mob of angry citizens, shouting to raise the alarm — is famously celebrated in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, in which Bill Sikes is chased to his death after murdering his girlfriend, Nancy. Now it has been revived by Operation Yewtree, the police investigation which followed the late disc jockey Jimmy Savile’s exposure as an alleged paedophile.

Gagged, judge who dared to stick up for marriage: Watchdog rebukes him over involvement in campaign

Gagged, judge who dared to stick up for marriage: Watchdog rebukes him over involvement in campaign | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 4 December 2012 Sir Paul Coleridge is listed as 'founder and chairman' of the Marriage Foundation think-tank A judge was ordered to keep a ‘lower profile’ yesterday – after he spoke out in favour of marriage. Judicial watchdogs rebuked High Court family law judge Sir Paul Coleridge following protests about his involvement in a campaign to make marriage ‘the gold standard of relationships’.

Sharp as a tack and by god hell need to be

Sharp as a tack – and by god he’ll need to be | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 27 November 2012 The process of appointing the next governor of the Bank of England was proclaimed as the most open and transparent ever – it was even the first time the post had been advertised. But when it came to choosing the person to do the most important non-elected job in Britain – keeping the economic and financial system honest and stable – Downing Street was leaving nothing to chance