The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from January 14, 2005

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Adoption Couple Who Killed Child with Salt Get Five Years
A WEALTHY couple were jailed for five years yesterday after being found guilty of killing a three-year-old boy by poisoning him with salt. Ian and Angela Gay had all the trappings of material success - a pounds 500,000 house in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire,...
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American Football: Born to Run: Why Vick the Quarterback Can Be the Michael Jordan of the NFL ; Nick Halling Talks to the Electrifying Talent Who Is Redefining the Gridiron Game's Glamour Position
The obscure hamlet of Flowery Branch, 40 miles to the north-east of Atlanta along Interstate 985, is an unlikely venue for a sporting pilgrimage. There is little there, save for a petrol station, supermarket and, somewhere deep within this heavily forested...
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Apocalyptic Forecast for Europe's Car Makers
EUROPE'S CAR-MAKING industry could be wiped out in 50 years, the head of Volkswagen warned yesterday, as the European Commission launched a controversial bid to revitalise the sector. The EU's industry Commissioner, Gunter Verheugen, promised a bonfire...
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... as Blair Pays Tribute to `the Most Successful Chancellor since War'
TONY BLAIR took steps to heal his rift with Gordon Brown yesterday by accepting the Chancellor's criticism that the Labour government had not fulfilled the hopes the nation had when it came to power in 1997. In a speech launching Labour's "long campaign"...
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Beasts of Satan's Killing Spree Has Italy Transfixed
EIGHT MEMBERS of an alleged Satanic cult were ordered to stand trial in an Italian court yesterday in relation to three supposed ritual killings. The eight suspects, four of whom are members of the Beast of Satan band from Busto Arsizio near Milan, are...
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Blair Lavishes Praise on `Most Successful British Chancellor'
TONY BLAIR took steps to heal his rift with Gordon Brown yesterday by accepting the Chancellor's criticism that the Labour government had not fulfilled the hopes the nation had when it came to power in 1997. In a speech launching Labour's "long campaign"...
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Books: A Defiant Voice in TV ; Al-Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World by Hugh Miles ABACUS Pounds 12.99 (438Pp) Pounds 11.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
The Arab satellite TV channel al-Jazeera, only eight years old, has become one of the strongest players in the global media game. Hugh Miles, a bright young journalist and Arabist, recounts the remarkable story in this book, which is mostly a hagiography...
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Books: Bestsellers
Surprise, surprise. The top travel bestsellers are all male screen idols of various kinds - suggesting, perhaps, two different kinds of fantasy between those (paper) sheets. Or perhaps we really all are fascinated by Himalaya and by Ewan McGregor's motorbike....
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Books: Confessions of a Witty Whig ; the Diaries of Charles Greville Edited by Edward Pearce PIMLICO Pounds 18.99 (358Pp) Pounds 17.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
To read more than a few pages of Charles Greville's diaries is to watch a blanket of Victorian respectability descend over 19th- century life. Greville (1794-1865) began his public career as a Regency man about town, when an unpopular politician could...
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Books: Countryside Dalliance ; Sally Beauman's First Novel, `Destiny', Won Her a Record-Breaking Advance and a Phalanx of Female Fans. Now She Tells MARIANNE BRACE Why Less Is More
Back in the days of power suits and shoulder-pads, bookshop dump- bins groaned under the weight of a particular kind of fiction. Romantic novelists with big hair and bigger advances were cornering the market in blockbusters so huge, they could knock...
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Books: Digging for Victory ; A Botched Epic Has Revived a Great Story. BOYD TONKIN Goes in Search of the Real Alexander, on the Ground and on the Page
Film critics have just done to that sacred monster, Oliver Stone, more or less what his hero Alexander did to the Sacred Band of Thebes at Chaeronea in 338BC. Once the cavalry commanded by the 18- year-old wonder- boy had run rings around this elite...
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Books: Fathers for Justice, Cliches and Anoraks ; Father Figure by Ann Widdecombe WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON Pounds 14.99 (297Pp) Pounds 13.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
Revolutions need books as well as deeds and, while Batman costumes are obviously fun, if the Fathers for Justice movement wants a serious hearing its supporters will have to speak up in print. The best man for the job may not be a woman, but Ann Widdecombe's...
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Books: Fortunes of War and Football ; How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer HARPERCOLLINS Pounds 14.99 (261Pp) Pounds 13.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
Is there anyone left on the planet who still thinks that sport and politics don't mix? Is there anyone, even in the anti- intellectual depths of the football world, who thinks the game utterly divorced from social and economic realties? If so, they are...
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Books: Postmodern Tales of a Murderous Nun on the Run ; Reader, I Married Him by Michele Roberts LITTLE, BROWN Pounds 14.99 (228Pp) Pounds 12.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
"Reader, I married him," announces the businesslike but ecstatic heroine of Jane Eyre. In 1847, when a married woman had no existence in law, Charlotte Bronte found it prudent to blind and mutilate the virile Rochester before the nuptials. A century...
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Book: Tales of an Apathetic Empire ; the Absent-Minded Imperialists: What the British Really Thought about Empire by Bernard Porter OXFORD UP Pounds 25 (478Pp) Pounds 22.50 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
The place of empire in British history has become a hot subject, with powerful contemporary implications. More and more historians have turned to the subject; as cultural critics, under Edward Said's influence, had done a little earlier. Imperial themes...
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British Energy Worth Up to Pounds 1.8bn When Shares Re-List
BRITISH ENERGY shares are set to be re-listed on Monday in a move which is likely to value the nuclear power generator at up to pounds 1.8bn - some 56 times more than it was worth when trading was suspended last autumn. Provided the High Court in Edinburgh...
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Brown Begins Writing off Pounds 1.1bn of Third World Debt
GORDON BROWN will agree the first stage today of a radical programme to offer debt relief worth $2bn (pounds 1.1bn) to the world's poorest nations. He will sign a deal for Britain to pay $75m over 10 years to cover Tanzania's debts to the World Bank...
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Brown Launches Plan to Ease Third World Debt
GORDON BROWN will agree the first stage today of a radical programme to offer debt relief worth $2bn (pounds 1.1bn) to the world's poorest nations. He will sign a deal for Britain to pay $75m over 10 years to cover Tanzania's debts to the World Bank...
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Brussels Delivers Blow to EU Referendum Hopes
TONY BLAIR'S battle to win a referendum on the European constitution suffered a setback yesterday when the European Commission said the document might have to be revised within the next decade. The comments from Jose Manuel Barroso, the EC President,...
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Carphone Warehouse Sales Surge on Cut-Price Handsets
MOBILE PHONE prices are being slashed to levels not seen for five years, driving sales and intensifying the already cut-throat competition between handset manufacturers and network operators. New health concerns regarding mobile phone usage and children,...
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Casinos Face Axe from Gambling Bill
THE GOVERNMENT'S controversial Gambling Bill, which will open up the UK to Las Vegas-style casinos, is in danger of failing and may succeed only if there are further significant climbdowns by ministers, opposition frontbenchers and industry commentators...
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Chechen Rebel Leader's Family `Abducted'
THE HUNT for one of Russia's most wanted men - the Chechen rebel president, Aslan Maskhadov - has taken an extraordinary twist with the kidnapping of eight of his relatives in what was allegedly an unorthodox attempt to "convince" him to give himself...
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Chess
As reported on Tuesday, this year's 80th Hastings tournament was in a novel format, whereby the Premier and Challengers tournaments started together as one large knockout. In point of fact, 86 players kicked off, and 21 "lucky losers" were then added...
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CHRISTINA PATTERSON: A Week in Books
Last week, like much of the British population, I bought a diet book. I glanced in the window of Oxfam and the lurid green cover of Gillian McKeith's You Are What You Eat leapt out at me. Well, that's OK. It is new year and we're all fretting about that...
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Cover Story: A Performer at His Peak ; Simon Russell Beale Can Justifiably Be Called the Best Actor of His Generation. Now He Is Tackling Shakespeare's Trickiest Tragic Hero - Macbeth. He Talks to PAUL TAYLOR
In a lunch break during rehearsals for John Caird's production of Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre, in Islington, north London, Simon Russell Beale gives me the low-down on delivering Shakespearean soliloquies. "You have to adopt a persona when you're...
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CRICKET: `I Thought I Must Have Done Something Good in a Past Life'
ANDREW STRAUSS last night provided part of the explanation for his extraordinary run of form. "When I kept playing and missing Shaun Pollock I kept thinking I must have done something good in a past life or something," he said after accruing his fifth...
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CRICKET: Strauss' Class Act Anchors England ; England 263-4 V South Africa
ANDREW STRAUSS'S reputation as a batsman of the highest class continued its inexorable rise yesterday when the England opener scored his third century in four Test matches against South Africa here in Johannesburg. The 27-year-old's innings of 147 was...
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CRICKET: Vaughan's Men Still Adept at Losing Their Momentum
THE VOGUE commodity in Test cricket is momentum. It has been the talk of the town wherever this series has turned up, and clearly has some mileage in it yet. Both teams have craved it at various points, only to unload it as if this inestimable prize...
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Cultural Life: Antony Gormley Sculptor
Books I have been given an intellectually, morally and visually extraordinary book called The Face of Human Rights, edited by Walter Kalin, Lars Muller and Judith Wyttenbach. A beautifully designed directory of photography, it has a strong purpose: to...
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Deutsche Borse Chief in Attack on Euronext Ally
THE BATTLE for control of the London Stock Exchange took a fresh twist yesterday after the head of Deutsche Borse, one of two bidders for the business, launched a fierce attack on the company which handles settlement on most of the exchanges owned by...
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Drugs Early-Warning System `Not Working'
THE UK'S biggest pharmaceutical companies have called on the Government to do more to ensure that doctors report side effects from new drugs, in an attempt to head off growing public concern about the side effects of blockbuster drugs. Executives from...
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ENO Looks to the Future to Banish Woes of Its Turbulent Recent Past
IT HAS faced debt, disaster and downpours but yesterday English National Opera embarked on an attempt to shrug off the past two years of turmoil. Having fended off bankruptcy and survived delays in reopening after a pounds 41m refurbishment, the much-troubled...
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Europe Refuses British Emissions Plea
BRITISH BUSINESS warned yesterday it risks suffering a major competitive disadvantage from the new trading allowances scheme for carbon emissions after it emerged that the European Commission will not consider a request for an increased allowance. The...
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Fee-Paying School Pupils `Given Preferential Grades'
PUPILS AT Britain's most prestigious fee-paying schools may have been awarded better exam results than they deserved because examiners were "overly impressed" by their schools' reputations, a senior examiner from Britain's largest exam board has claimed....
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Film: Bafta's Accidental Snub ; What Is Hailed as Clint Eastwood's Masterpiece Has Been Left off the Film Awards Shortlist. GEOFFREY MACNAB Reports
On Monday, when the nominations for this year's Bafta awards are announced, there is going to be one glaring omission. News has already seeped out that Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (right) is missing from the shortlist for best film and best...
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Film: Heart of Darkness ; the Director of Lilya 4-Ever Is Back with Another Brutal Tale of Sexual Degradation. LESLIE FELPERIN Meets Lukas Moodysson
One often gets the impression, when talking to the film director Lukas Moodysson, that, whether he's enduring yet another interview, trudging down the street with his hood up, or even having a meal, he'd rather be somewhere else. Even when he laughs...
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FILM: NEW RELEASES: A Love Story for Our Times ; Closer (15) Mike Nichols (104 Mins) Iiii8; STARRING Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law
Remember when love meant never having to say you're sorry? That was in Love Story, back in 1970. Cut to 2005, and Closer, and it turns out that now love means constantly having to say you're sorry, usually because you've just told your beloved that you...
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FILM: `When I'm 40, I'll Be Pretty Cool' ; the Star of the TV Drama Alias Is Taking Hollywood by Storm. Jennifer Garner Tells TIFFANY ROSE That Growing Up Is Good
It may be hard to accept, but the real Jennifer Garner is in stark contrast to her kick-ass on-screen persona on Alias, the American TV drama which has rocketed her to stardom. The 32-year- old actress is the first to confess she has practically nothing...
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Flight of the Albatross: Around the World in 46 Days
AN ALBATROSS has flown round the world in just 46 days, according to scientists who spent 18 months studying the birds' migratory behaviour. Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey tracked the movements of 22 grey-headed albatrosses to shed light...
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FOOTBALL: Bentley May Rejoin Arsenal
NIGEL WORTHINGTON, the Norwich City manager, is to open talks with his Arsenal counterpart, Arsene Wenger, over whether the Gunners will end David Bentley's season-long loan deal early after the midfielder was ruled out for three months with a knee injury....
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FOOTBALL: Ferguson Feels Newcomer's Head-Pat like a Kick Up the Backside
SOMETHING RATHER amazing happened at Stamford Bridge this week and it had nothing to do with Jose Mourinho's outrageous suggestion that Sir Alex Ferguson might ever do anything as raw and unprincipled as trying to intimidate a referee. It was Ferguson...
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Football: Leeds Face Prospect of Administration as Sainsbury Pulls Out
LEEDS UNITED teetered a step closer to administration last night after Sebastien Sainsbury gave up on his bid to buy the club. While Leeds maintained that "negotiations with other interested parties are ongoing", there are no credible, funded proposals...
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Football: Liverpool to Thrust Morientes into Fray
FERNANDO MORIENTES will be presented as a Liverpool player at lunchtime today - and is likely to make his debut against Manchester United tomorrow. The 28-year-old striker, signed for pounds 6.3m from Real Madrid, passed a medical and agreed a three-and-a-half...
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FOOTBALL: Morientes Prepared for Baptism of Fire
FERNANDO MORIENTES will be presented as a Liverpool player at lunchtime today - and is likely to make his debut against Manchester United tomorrow. The 28-year-old striker, signed for pounds 6.3m from Real Madrid, passed a medical and agreed a three-and-a-half...
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FOOTBALL: Mourinho Escapes FA Action for Attack on Referee
AFTER Jose Mourinho began the season's first round of managerial mind games with his side's Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United, the Chelsea coach was told yesterday he would not face charges for his savage criticism of the referee,...
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FOOTBALL: The Pounds 5m Question: How to Halt Agents `Blackmailing' Clubs?
THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE is lobbying for a ban on some agents being paid by more than one party during transfers amid fears that some middlemen are effectively blackmailing clubs into making payments to secure new players or retain existing ones. According...
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FOOTBALL: Wenger to Coach Team for Tsunami Aid Match
ARSENE WENGER, the Arsenal manager, will jointly coach one of the sides in the "Football for Hope" benefit match to help victims of the Asian tsunami. The match, organised by Fifa and Uefa, will be played at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium on 15 February....
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Friday Law Report: Mitigation of Compensation after Offer of Amends ; 14 January 2005 Nail V News Group Newspapers Ltd and Others; Nail V Jones and Another ([2004] EWCA Civ 1708) Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justice Auld, Lord Justice May and Lord Justice Gage) 20 December 2004
WHERE AN unqualified offer to make amends, made pursuant to section 3(5) of the Defamation Act 1966, had been accepted and an agreed apology had been published, the amount of compensation to be awarded was bound to be substantially mitigated. The Court...
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Great Place to Live - Unless You Live There
There is a journalist called Jaci Stephen who lived in Bath till recently, and then, when she moved out, wrote a piece saying that Bath was a bit of a dump. The local rag, the Bath Chronicle, printed shoals of letters from readers, saying what a great...
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GUS Profits Rise despite Argos Setback
THE HIGH street's festive woes caught up with GUS yesterday, which revealed that underlying sales at Argos, the catalogue retailer, had slowed sharply. But a stellar contribution from the group's credit-checking arm, Experian, more than compensated,...
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Harry the Nazi, or Harry the Fool? ; the Real but Unspoken Problem for the Prince Is That His Family Has So Much Previous on This Issue
Even for a country that justly takes pride in being the world's leading manufacturer of synthesised moral disgust, what a week it's been. One minute a phalanx of devout Christians are burning their TV licences outside the BBC in protest at a satirical...
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Hemscott Fined Pounds 50,000 by FSA
THE FINANCIAL Services Authority handed out its first fine of the new year yesterday, landing the financial website Hemscott with a pounds 50,000 penalty for a misleading advertisement with the slogan "We even make a bear market all soft and cuddly"....
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Householders Rarely Taken to Court for Burglar Attacks
ONLY ELEVEN householders have been prosecuted for attacking intruders in the past 15 years, Ken Macdonald, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said last night. Mr Macdonald said the low total - which included only seven domestic burglaries - proved...
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Intelligence Reforms Rely on Political Will ; Ministers Must Be Both More Intelligent and Sceptical Consumers of Intelligence
Early next month, the Prime Minister and the small inner group of ministers on his Cabinet Committee on Security and Intelligence will be presented with what could prove the most important review of British intelligence since the late 1960s. John Scarlett,...
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Jamaica's Own Dirty Harry Goes on Trial over Killing of Youths
FOR A police superintendent about to be tried on charges of multiple murder, Renato Adams, now suspended from duty, seems remarkably untroubled. "These people want us to go after criminals on bended knee while they fire on us," he told The Independent...
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Labour MPs Rebel on Plans for Round-the-Clock Drinking
TONY BLAIR was facing a growing Labour backlash last night against plans to allow pubs and clubs to open around the clock. As senior backbenchers lined up to denounce the liberalisation, police chiefs appealed to Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, for...
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Last Night's Television: Milk Me, Baby, One More Time ; SWEENEY INVESTIGATES BBC2; YASMIN C4
I don't know. Maybe John Sweeney always goes about dressed in a white gumshoe mac, like an amateur-night Philip Marlowe. Given the theme music to the new series of Sweeney Investigates (the 1970s Edward Woodward series, Callan, came to mind), the look...
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Leading Article: A Youthful Indiscretion That Illustrates How Detached the Monarchy Has Become
WHAT AN idiot! What an abject fool! As Prince Harry swiftly admitted, his German army uniform, complete with swastika arm-band, was "a poor choice of costume". It was, in fact, about the poorest choice he could have made. It was misguided and crass....
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Leading Article: Statistics Are No Substitute for Political Vision
THE HYPERBOLE that preceded the Prime Minister's speech in Chatham yesterday led us to believe that Mr Blair would deliver a bold blueprint for Labour's forthcoming manifesto. There was also a frisson of anticipation that he would take the opportunity...
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Letter: The Obstacle to Peace in the Middle East Is Not Israel
Sir: I do not know what parallel universe Harvey Quilliam inhabits (letter, 12 January). I cannot see why the Palestinians are apparently unable to negotiate their way to an independent state. They had this for the asking at Taba in 2001, and Arafat...
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Make My Day: Jamaica's Own Dirty Harry on Trial for Murder
FOR A police superintendent about to be tried on charges of multiple murder, Renato Adams, now suspended from duty, seems remarkably untroubled. "These people want us to go after criminals on bended knee while they fire on us," he told The Independent...
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Mobile Phone Operators Call for Delay in Auction of New Spectrum
MOBILE PHONE operators are facing the prospect of a new auction of third generation (3G) mobile phone licences, less than five years after paying out pounds 22.5bn to the Government. The auction will be bigger than the original sale in terms of the amount...
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Museums of Lost Industry Lead Way in Pounds 100,000 Prize
FROM A small community project in the Outer Hebrides to the touching story of 18th-century foundlings, 10 projects are in contention for the most valuable award in British art, the pounds 100,000 Gulbenkian prize for museum of the year. As if to dispel...
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Naked Truth about TV Chef's Pounds 7 Beans on Toast
NAKED CHEF Jamie Oliver has admitted taking part in a secret deal with food manufacturer Heinz which resulted in his restaurant being accused of conning customers by selling beans on toast for pounds 7.The television cook, whose celebrity status is used...
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New Entrants Turn Up the Pressure on Britain's High Street Bankers ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS Growing Competition for Customers Is Claiming Some Top Management Scalps
LLOYDS TSB'S axing of its retail banking head Peter Ayliffe this week was a sign of the increasingly cut-throat competition in the sector. Lloyds was blunt about why it was parting company with Mr Ayliffe, a 20- year Lloyds veteran, saying "different...
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Nostalgia Reigns as Russians Vote for Peter the Greatest
STRONG, DECISIVE, sometimes brutal, willing to wage war, colonial in outlook, preferably aristocratic but above all effective. Those are, it would seem, the qualities Russians most prize in their leaders if a new poll revealing the country's favourite...
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OBITUARY: Amrish Puri ; Bollywood's Best-Known Villain
ALMOST 40 when he made his film debut, Amrish Puri emerged as Bollywood's best-known villain, acting in over 220 films. His booming voice, menacingly beady eyes and evil-looking face lent reality to the wicked men he played, almost invariably a ruthless...
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OBITUARY: C. M. Pennington-Richards ; Ingenious Cinematographer on `the Wooden Horse' and `Scrooge'
THE NAME of C. M. Pennington-Richards was a familiar one to British filmgoers as the photographer of such films as The Wooden Horse and Scrooge, and to television viewers for his directing of such series as The Buccaneer and The Invisible Man. He also...
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OBITUARY: Veronica, Lady Maclean ; Author of Cookery Books and Widow of Fitzroy Maclean
MY ABIDING memory of Veronica Maclean is of a moment when she almost plunged headlong down the steep staircase at Strachur, her home in Argyllshire. She had just started down from the first floor when she lost her footing and pitched forwards into space....
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Outlook: Deutsche Borse/LSE
AS EUROPE'S two most powerful stock exchange companies, Deutsche Borse and Euronext, battle it out for the hand of the London Stock Exchange, one thing at least is becoming clear. Both takeover bids seem virtually certain to end up before the Competition...
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Outlook: Mobile Industry Faces Right Old Stitch-Up over 3G
EUROPE'S MOBILE phones industry was once undisputed world leader in terms of its technology and market penetration. That it is no longer, having largely ceded the position to Japan, is in no small measure down to the 3G auctions four and a half years...
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Palace Burial of Decapitated King Sets Tribes on Path to War
THE ANDANI tribe of the Dagbon kingdom in Ghana does not easily forget. It remembers how, almost three years ago, its beloved monarch was killed by a spray of bullets from an enemy clan, his head and arms cut off and his dismembered body paraded around...
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Pandora
Yeo's public relations disaster is averted at the last minute It's been a (little) while since anyone accused the Conservatives of hubris, but the party's Environment and Transport spokesman, Tim Yeo, narrowly avoided a PR disaster when he recently decided...
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Private School Pupils `Given Preferential Exam Grades'
PUPILS AT Britain's most prestigious private schools may have been awarded better exam results than they deserved because examiners were "overly impressed" by their schools' reputations, a senior examiner from Britain's largest exam board has claimed....
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RACING: Kingscliff's Owner Makes His Case for Gold
THERE SEEMS to be a little confusion down at Locketts Farm, Droop, in Dorset, about which is the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse. Robert Alner, the trainer at the premises near Blandford Forum, does not, for political reasons, want to separate his two star...
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Rates on Hold despite Prospect of Manufacturing Recession
THE BANK of England left interest rates unchanged yesterday just hours after an unexpected slump in factory output revealed manufacturing industry on the brink of recession. Business organisations accepted the decision, which had been widely forecast,...
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Review: POP: Dr John ; Barbican London Oooo9
Dr John's long journey to this concert hall has been faltering and nearly fatal. Born Mac Rebennack in New Orleans, he is as steeped in that city's traditions as any man alive, having learned piano by watching Fats Domino's fingers in the crepuscular,...
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Reviews: CLASSICAL: Park Lane Group ; Purcell Room London Ooo99
For longer than I can remember, the Park Lane Group has presented its Young Artists Series in the first days of January. In fact, there have been 48 seasons, in which such artists as Sir Thomas Allen, John Ogdon, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Steven Isserlis...
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Reviews: DANCE: Romeo and Juliet ; Coliseum London Ooo99
English National Ballet's colourful Romeo and Juliet is a mixture of gusto and fuss. Rudolf Nureyev's production, created for this company in 1977, has been very popular. This revival has real sweep, with lively performances and splendid Renaissance...
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Reviews: VISUAL ARTS: Journey into the Unknown ; Eileen Agar Redfern Gallery London Oo999
Surrealism was a movement - in painting, sculpture, poetry, drama and fiction - dedicated to the spirit of revolt. Its founding father was Andre Breton, who, in 1924, published his first surrealist manifesto. The surrealist project, he once wrote, was...
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Rock and Pop: Before the Birth of Ziggy ; the Release of Two Rare David Bowie Films Offers a Revealing Insight into the Singer's Pre-Stardust Career, Says TIM CUMMING
Odd conjunctions occur at the birth of a legend: glimpses of what is to come, false trails, undigested sources and skewed influences embedded in the artist's core like junk DNA. Such is the case with David Bowie, whose career before 1969's "Space Oddity"...
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Rock and Pop: Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning/ Digital Ash in a Digital Urn SADDLE CREEK Iiii8
The double album has made something of a comeback in the past year or so, albeit in the form of two separate albums. Joining recent offerings from OutKast, Lambchop and Nick Cave comes this latest pair of records from the prolific pen of Conor Oberst,...
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Rock and Pop: STORY OF THE SONG `TEMPTED' Squeeze (1981)
Chris Difford, Squeeze's lyricist, doodled the bare bones of "Tempted" on a cigarette packet in the back of a cab to Heathrow. "I bought a toothbrush, some toothpaste/ A flannel for my face/ Pyjamas, a hairbrush/ New shoes and a case." The lines reveal...
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Rock and Pop: Talk about a Mismatch ; from His Seat at the Brit Nominations, ANDY GILL Bemoans the Absence of Any Real Rock'n'roll Spirit - and of Jarvis Cocker
I'll be perfectly honest about it: I hate awards ceremonies. Like any right-thinking person, I believe that if there's one thing the world needs like an ozone hole over the pole, it's another excuse for pampered celebrities to simper over each other...
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Rock and Pop: Vive le Rock'n'roll ; A New Compilation Album Shows How the French Rock Scene Seems to Be Thriving in Spite of - and Not Because of - Protectionist Laws. CLAIRE ALLFREE Reports
In an old working-men's club in the East End of London, a callow outfit with a glamorous female singer are on stage attacking their guitars with a feral intensity. The place is jumping. It's just another night in London's thriving gig scene - with one...
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Rock and Pop: Young Hopefuls Going for Gold ; Athlete Are Full of Unbridled Cheer. and They've Got Lots to Crow about, Says ALEXIA LOUNDRAS
January. Cold, dreary and irredeemably miserable. Yet in a south London rehearsal studio, enthusiasm is winning the battle against apathy. Athlete are seemingly immune to seasonal blues. Practising for their sold- out tour amid piles of strewn musical...
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ROYAL NAZI ROW: Does This Offend You? ; Prince Harry Has Sparked an Outcry by Wearing a Nazi Armband at a Party. Sixty Years on, Two War Veterans Explain What the Swastika Means to Them
YES HARRY MARRINGTON, 80, NAVY GUNNER I don't know what's wrong with the boy. At 20, he should have grown out of that. We were already fighting a war at the age of 17 and 18. We were men. We fought a war to try to stop this business. I was born into...
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ROYAL NAZI ROW: International Criticism of `Stupid, Insensitive' Prince Grows Louder
IN ONE of the most embarrassing incidents to face the Royal Family, Prince Harry was under mounting pressure last night to make an unprecedented apology in person for wearing a Nazi uniform, complete with swastika armband, at a fancy-dress party. Michael...
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ROYAL NAZI ROW: The Royals and the Nazis ; Prince Harry Was the Latest of Many to Buy into the Seductive Glamour of a Regime That Brought Hell to Earth
IT'S ALMOST inconceivable that anyone in the public eye - even a member of the Royal family - could be so silly. That will be the response of most sensible people to the photograph of Prince Harry wearing a Nazi uniform to a fancy dress party. The fact...
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ROYAL NAZI ROW: Troubled Life and Times of Hooray Harry
HARRY IS a playboy prince who loves to drink, party and hang out with a bunch of wastrels. And he is an embarrassment to his family who hope a career in the military will put him back on the straight and narrow. Well, for one Prince Harry, the one immortalised...
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ROYAL NAZI ROW: Were You Offended by Harry Wearing the Armband?
Leon Greenman, 94, is author of `An Englishman in Auschwitz'. His wife and children died in the concentration camp. The swastika is an old symbol, but Hitler used it. Whenever survivors of the camps see that it gives a little shock thinking about a deeply...
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ROYAL NAZI ROW: Whatever You Do, Don't Mention the War. Oops! ; Prince Harry Joins a Long List of Miscreants Responsible for Anti- Germanic Gaffes and Other Xenophobic Cliches
BASIL FAWLTY `The Germans', the sixth episode of the hit television series Fawlty Towers, screened on 24 October 1975, spawned a slow-drip of bad taste imitations- though it is considered one of the classics of British television comedy. The Monty Python...
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ROYAL NAZI ROW: Whatever You Do, Don't Mention the War. Oops! ; Prince Harry Joins a Long List of Miscreants Responsible for Anti- Germanic Gaffes and Other Xenophobic Cliches
BASIL FAWLTY "The Germans", the sixth episode of the hit television series Fawlty Towers spawned a slow-drip of bad taste imitations- though it is considered a classic of British comedy. The Monty Python veteran John Cleese played the inept and irritable...
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RUGBY UNION: Bath Suffer High Casualty Count
BATH AND Newcastle are both suffering an injury crisis as the pool stage of the Heineken Cup reaches its climax. The Falcons have 16 players unavailable through injury or non-registration, while Bath fly to Bourgoin today with a bare 21 players for their...
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Sainsbury's Chief `Saves Christmas' as Supply Chain Copes with Demand
JUSTIN KING, the chief executive of J Sainsbury, declared yesterday that his mission to "save Christmas" for the troubled supermarket group had worked, although underlying sales still fell. Despite widespread fears that the group's supply chain would...
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SHARES AND MARKET REPORT: Talk of Lord Hollick Swoop Adds Shine to ITV
HOPES THAT ITV could soon find itself on the receiving end of a takeover bid sent its shares to the top of the FTSE 100 gainers list yesterday. The talk was prompted by news that Lord Clive Hollick, the former chief executive of United Business Media,...
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Sistani's Call for Restraint Falls on Deaf Ears
AS SECTARIAN killings rise in Iraq, calls by the country's leading Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to avoid a cycle of revenge may start to be ignored even by those who revere him. Two of Ayatollah Sistani's aides were killed on Wednesday...
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Sistani Struggles to Prevent Revenge Attacks
AS SECTARIAN killings rise in Iraq, calls by the country's leading Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to avoid a cycle of revenge may start to be ignored even by those who revere him. Two of Ayatollah Sistani's aides were killed on Wednesday...
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Sometimes We Should Look at What Blair Has Done, Not Listen to What He Says ; All the Evidence Shows There Has Been a Significant Redistribution of Wealth under the Current Government
If you want to understand that Britain still has - despite everything - a good Labour government, I have one tip: don't listen to Tony Blair's speeches. Ever. In his peroration yesterday setting the agenda for Labour's election campaign, the Prime Minister...
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So Who Was Polythene Pam and What Made Sadie Sexy? ; Strawberry Field, the Liverpool Orphanage, May Have Closed This Week, but It Will Live on in the Lyrics of Lennon and McCartney. Jonathan Brown Looks at Some of the Other Stories Behind Beatle Hits
THEIR LYRICS have been pored over by successive generations, prompting innumerable dinner party debates and generating a whole industry of Beatle trivia based on fact, speculation and, in some cases, wild rumour. The Beatles' songs, written predominantly...
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