Wednesday, 5 August 2009 London Lite For the full detailed forecast for your area, call: 0905 168 0619 Calls cost 50p per minute at all times from a BT landline (Mobile costs may vary) weatherweather TONIGHT TOMORROW EUROPE c-cloudy dr-drizzle f-fair fg-fog h-hail m-mist r-rain s-sunny sl-sleet sn-snow sh-showers th-thunder Low 14-17C (57-63F) Often cloudy with occasional rain, some perhaps heavy for a time. AirQuality NitrogenDioxide Yesterday138ppb Forecast-Low. Calculatedonpartsperbillion.Less than150-Low,150-299-Moderate, 300+-High FineParticles Yesterday52ug/m3 Forecast-Low. Calculatedonmicrogramspercubic metre.Lessthan50-Low,50-74 -Moderate,75+-High Lights High 23-26C (73-79F) Five-day London forecast Brightening up but with the chance of the odd shower. TOMORROW 25 Showers FRIDAY 22 Showers SATURDAY 21 Fair SUNDAY 22 Fair MONDAY 22 Fair Tomorrow 22 23 23 24 25 25 23 26 16 14 14 15 16 16 15 16 Under 5 5-9 10-14 15-19 20-24 25-30 Over 30 Under 41 41-48 50-57 59-66 68-75 77-86 Over 86 C F 2 Edinburgh 21C f Manchester 22C f Birmingham 22C fCardiff 20C f Bergen 23C dr Oslo 24C f Riga 23C s Warsaw 25C fBerlin 27C f Prague 26C f Munich 26C s Zurich 28C s Geneva 31C s Marseille 32C s Rome 31C s Palermo 30C sTunis 33C s Cagliari 31C s Ajaccio 28C s Barcelona 30C s Madrid 37C s Malaga 30C s Tangier 30C s Faro 27C s Lisbon 25C s Funchal 26C f Tenerife 29C s Palma 32C s Bordeaux 29C f Bonn 31C sBrussels 30C s Paris 31C s Vienna 26C s Budapest 27C sh Sarajevo 22C dr Athens 33C s Stockholm 25C s Gothenburg 24C s Copenhagen 23C s Amsterdam 29C s London 25C sh Penzance 18C f Belfast 18C f Dublin 19C f Sunsetand lighting-uptimes 8.41pm,rises5.33am Moonrise 8.23pm,sets4.43am TODAYONAPAGE Speaker defends 20k home revampCommons speaker John Bercow was today forced to defend spending 20,000 on refurbishments to his grace and favour home. The taxpayer is funding alterations, decorations and furnishings in his rent-free apartment in the Palace of Westminster. much of the money went on costly safety measures for his three children, the first to move into the historic apartment. The cost raised eyebrows in the wake of Tory mr Bercows promises to help Westminster win back public support after the mPs expenses scandal. A source speaking on his behalf said he shopped at Ikea to cut expense and kept his predecessor michael martins old bed. Improvements at speakers House include 7,524.30 on a sofa and window seat cushions. A study is earmarked as a playroom, at a cost of 1,087 for redecoration. A further 3,880 has been spent to provide child safety on the terrace overlooking the Thames. Altogether, the work will cost 20,659.36 and another 20,000 has reportedly been earmarked to cover general maintenance -- although it is far short of the 700,000 spent by mr martin. A Commons source said: The speaker believes that these are reasonable costs and they reflect the fact that he has a young family. He believes people can see it is not extravagance and that the money has been spent wisely. Promises: John Bercow Confusion as Harman delays rape review PLEASE RECYCLE YOUR COPY OF LITE RESPONSIBLY FRIEnDs Ashleigh mcPherson and Rosie Emeny were among the first people today to get their hands on 10 flights to Australia. Bargain hunters camped for up to 72 hours outside sTA Travel in Victoria, one of eight branches of the firm offering the one-way tickets at 8am today. The 150 tickets were snapped up within 50 minutes of going on sale, but at Victoria, only a third of the near-100 hopefuls were successful. Wizard!Imoffto Ozona10ticket Lloydsloses4bn inrecklessloansLLoyDs Banking Group today reported losses of 4bn after reckless lending took its toll. The bank -- 43 per cent owned by the taxpayer -- blamed the losses on its takeover of Halifax owner HBos. Gordon Brown instigated the deal last year to save HBos from collapse but it has left the taxpayer heavily in the red. Lloyds said 13.4bn of loans turned sour in the first half of the year. Lloyds chief executive Eric Daniels said the takeover would be beneficial in the long run. HARRIET HARmAn has postponed a major review of rape support policy in a bid to toughen the law. In an 11th-hour move, she called off an announcement that had been due to be made this morning to overhaul the way victims are treated after they go to police. ms Harman, who is standing in for Gordon Brown while the Prime minister is on holiday, pushed for the review to be significantly widened to include an inquiry into why conviction rates are so low. Her demand alarmed officials in the Home office and ministry of Justice who insisted they could not commission such a major step without more time to prepare. It is understood they also wanted the political involvement of Home secretary Alan Johnson and Justice secretary Jack straw, who are on holiday. news of the halt to an announcement that had already been written into the Downing street grid of events for the week while ms Harman is in charge, led to suggestions she had become embroiled in a row with the other departments.Standing in: Harman It makes me think that maybe I should be more of a party girl -- RichaRd madeley and Judy FinniGans dauGhteR CHloe, leFt, on FollowinG Peaches GeldoF and KimbeRly stewaRt in maKinG a FoRtune by enJoyinG heRselF I consider him a vulture presiding over a carcass -- Ryan oneals son Griffin accuses his dad oF only caRinG FoR FaRRah Fawcett beFoRe heR death so he would be in heR will I got what I wanted and they went away with a great story they are probably still telling -- Funnyman frank Skinner has no ReGRets about his conquests with comedy GRouPies beFoRe he settled down DiSTriBUTion HelPline: If you have any comments about the distribution of London Lite, ring 020 7651 5276, or email distribution@thelondonlite.co.uk On the Tube JOURNEY PLANNER for the easiest way to get around london visit tfl.gov. uk and click on Journey Planner london travel information call 020 7222 1234 24-hours Textphone 020 7918 3015 Travel alerts Receive free real-time travel info on your mobile or email, subscribe at tfl.gov. uk/travelalerts For more information on oyster, visit oystercard.com lU Customer services For inquiries, call 0845 330 9880 between 8am and 8pm daily Congestion charging For payment details call 0845 900 1234 or visit cclondon. com london Travelwatch call 020 7505 9000 or visit londontravel watch.org.uk Roadwatch Southwark St, Bermondsey: works, junct of Great Guildford st. 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