In the papers today: 04.02.08
Most of the nationals have come out in force against turbines, with the Guardian reporting fears that a wind farm on the Scottish island of Lewis could harm the environment, the Financial Times claiming that subsidies paid by electricity users to construct more wind farms aren't resulting in more turbines – but only making the operators richer – and The Times , in the most outlandish claim, reporting that military chiefs have branded offshore wind farms 'a threat to national security', saying they interfere with radar.
The Independent carries a profile of the Candy brothers, the developers currently buying up great swathes of west London, the Financial Times interviews Japanese developer Minoru Mori, the man behind KPF's gargantuan World Financial Centre in Shanghai, and Scotland on Sunday reports on plans by developer Paul Mugnaioni to turn four condemned Glasgow high-rise towers into 'aspirational but affordable' homes. Park Hill anyone?
Meanwhile a consortium of developers, including Land Securities, is planning to turn Cheapside in the heart of the City of London into a massive shopping centre, says The Times . And the Independent reports on protesters in Warwickshire who have come out against the government's plan to build a 6,000-home eco-town at Long Marston.
Tracey Emin has run into trouble with energy firm E.on, writes The Times . The advertising firm working for E.on claims that the artist's proposal for Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth, which features four meerkats on a plinth, is remarkably similar to an advert the energy company launched last year, which features 22 meerkats scattered across a number of boxes.
The Times also reports that Prince Andrew has landed a £15 million windfall after selling off Sunninghill Park, the marital home that was a gift to him and Fergie from the Queen. The new owner is believed to be a mysterious Kazakh businessman who is concealing his identity behind an offshore company.
And finally, a brace of stories from that most unlikely of sources, the Daily Mail. The Mail 's first tale concerns French designer Jean-Marie Massaud's plans for the 'Manned Cloud', a huge luxury airship which can carry 40 passengers. The Mail helpfully points out that it looks (a little bit) like Thunderbird 2. Except it doesn't really…
The Mail has also sent hack Robert Hardman to have a look at 'WAG's paradise' Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, the artificial palm-shaped resort where 13 England footballers have bought luxury mansions. 'It is a monument to political incorrectness' blusters Hardman, a concept which will probably apppeal to the Mail's readership. As will the accompanying photo of Hardman 'testing the water by the beach-front villas' – tan sports jacket hanging open, dark slacks rolled up to the knee, a look of pure Middle-England happiness on his face.