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 July 6, 2005

10,000 Police Mobilised as Demonstrators Complain about 'Heavy- Handed' Tactics
Britain's biggest policing operation will be mobilised today as the G8 Summit begins at Gleneagles amid fears of violent protests. Over the next 48 hours, more than 10,600 police officers, including some from almost every force, will be on duty to protect...
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ARTS: Anonymity in the UK ; Rob Thomas Can Claim 75 Million Album Sales. So Who Is He? Tim Cooper Finds Out
You may not know his name, you may not know his music, and you won't recognise his face. But any doubts about Rob Thomas's star status are erased before he enters the room. In the top-floor suite of a five- star hotel in central London a large minder...
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ARTS: Keeping It Real ; the Largest Health Centre in the Country Is Not a Landmark Building, Says Jay Merrick, but at Least It Has Been Built with Its Patients in Mind
I would like to say that the architecture of The Lyng Centre for Health and Social Care, in West Bromwich, is remarkable. And, standing on its top floor, with the pink-framed windows of The Public, a Will Alsop- designed community arts centre in sharply-...
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Arts Previews: Multimedia: Pictures, Sound and Technology ; OPTRONICA National Film Theatre / BFI IMAX Cinema LONDON
The former Kraftwerk star Karl Bartos is coming to London to perform at Optronica, a new festival dedicated to the fusion of music and visuals at the National Film Theatre (NFT) and the BFI London Imax Cinema. Bartos's audio visual show with the video...
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Arts Reviews: Classical: CBSO / BRABBINS ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS / MARWOOD Cheltenham Music Festival CHELTENHAM HHHH
It's all change at Cheltenham. After 10 years, Michael Berkeley has handed the baton " in more ways than one " to Martin Brabbins, who conducted the City of Birmingham Orchestra at the opening concert of the 61st festival at Cheltenham Town Hall. Brabbins...
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Arts Reviews: Opera: A Comical, Sexy Take on History ; GIULIO CESARE Glyndebourne Festival Opera GLYNDEBOURNE HHHH
David McVicar plays a dangerous game with his audacious Glyndebourne staging of Handel's Giulio Cesare. Not for the first time has he attempted to apply thoroughly modern attitudes to thoroughly 18th-century ideals. Not for the first time has he played...
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Arts Reviews: Visual Arts: J'EN REVE (I DREAM ABOUT IT) Fondation Cartier PARIS H
This is a show whose press statements burn with youthful enthusiasm. The Fondation Cartier in Paris has brought together 58 young artists " painters, photographers, video-makers etc " from all over the world to show us the newest of the new. Many of...
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Arts Review: Theatre: SEX, CHIPS & ROCK'N'ROLL ; Royal Exchange Theatre MANCHESTER HHH
Like its title, this show sizzles. It's mid-Sixties Manchester, where you can barely speak the words 'sex' or 'rock'n'roll' without offending the stultifying, pseudo-genteel sensibilities of people who refer to the chippy as a 'frying outlet'. Debbie...
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ARTS: THE WEDNESDAY BOOK: A Laser-Sharp Dissection of Modern Manners ; A CHANGED MAN by Francine Prose ALLISON & BUSBY, Pounds 10.99. ORDER FOR Pounds 9.99 WITH FREE P&P FROM 0870 079 8897
Two men roll up their shirtsleeves. One reveals a row of blue numbers; the other, a death's head and Waffen-SS lightning bolts up to the elbows. Unlikely though it seems, the Hungarian Holocaust survivor and the neo-Nazi are about to bond. In this intelligent...
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Arts: The Week in Radio
You would not finger Simon Jenkins as the kind of man to rouse a sleeping nation to wrathful action: former editor of The Times, enthusiast for ecclesiastical architecture, sitter on boards and committees of the great and good " the Spartacus touch isn't...
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ATHLETICS: Paris or London, Ambition Thrives at Grass Roots to Get There in the Long Run
The distance between the 2012 Olympics and Sunday's Eastern Young Athletes League match at Wodson Park, Ware, in Hertfordshire, is considerable. But three Barnet and District runners at the latter event are determined to bridge that gap, and only a rash...
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Bahraini Envoy Shot as New Offensive Is Launched against Islamic Allies
Iraqi insurgents launched an offensive against diplomats from Islamic countries in Baghdad, wounding Bahrain's leading envoy in a kidnap attempt and opening fire on the Pakistani ambassador's convoy. Two carloads of gunmen kidnapped the senior Egyptian...
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Bombs Found at Memorial for Srebrenica Genocide
Bosnian Serb police have found two powerful bombs at the memorial site for victims of the Srebrenica massacre of Muslims, just days ahead of a ceremony to mark its 10th anniversary. The bombs would have caused widespread loss of life and injury had they...
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BP Heads for Fresh Profits Record ; Oil Giant on Course for Another Bumper Year as Every $1 Rise in Crude Adds $500M to Bottom Line
BP served notice yesterday that it is on course for another year of record profits on the back of rising crude oil production and surging prices. In a bullish second-quarter trading statement, the world's second- biggest oil company said that for every...
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BUSINESS ANALYSIS: Managers Fired on the Spot as Asda Fights the Flab with 1,400 Job Cuts
It can hardly have been part of Wal-Mart's vision when it stormed into the UK six years ago with the acquisition of Asda. But yesterday, the mighty US group's UK subsidiary was forced to resort to the basest of means to compensate for months of dwindling...
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... but RHM Float Won't Raise Quite So Much Dough
The food group RHM, the owner of brands such as Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cakes, will attract a lower-than-expected price tag of up to pounds 975m when it floats in two weeks. RHM, formerly known as Rank Hovis McDougall, said yesterday it would sell...
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BUY OF THE WEEK: EAST DULWICH: At Home with the Work Ethic ; with Its Own Self-Contained Office Next Door, This Light-Filled, Spacious Home Is Likely to Appeal to a Jaded Commuter, Predicts Alice Black
Although East Dulwich has become increasingly fashionable over the years,' says resident Andrew Gottschalk, 'it's failed to gentrify entirely " and that's something I'm very happy about. It means that ethnic groups haven't all been driven out, and it...
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'Camp' Billy Elliot Musical Hits Wrong Note in America
It has been hailed as the best musical ever, and had British critics raving over the 'exhilarating' and 'terrific' performances. But Billy Elliot the Musical has failed to make such a positive impact on the other side of the Atlantic. The New Yorker...
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Canada's 'Symbol of Evil' Who Helped Husband Kill Girls Is Freed
Canada's most infamous female convict, Karla Homolka, once portrayed as the very symbol of evil, was savouring iced cappuccino and time with her mother yesterday after serving only 12 years for her role in the rapes and murders of three teenage girls,...
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CAN YOU AFFORD IT? ; Bungalow Pounds 495,000 Lower Polwhele, Buckstead, Cornwall Agent: Lillicrap Chilcott 01872 273473
What you get: Secluded three-bedroom L-shaped bungalow, built about six years ago, set in 1.25 acres of sweeping lawns with tree- lined boundaries. Master bedroom has en suite and dressing room. Two further double bedrooms, two receptions and kitchen/breakfast...
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CBI Chief Urges Bank to Cut Interest Rates
The head of the country's largest employers' group will tonight call on the Bank of England to cut interest rates tomorrow to try to stem a dramatic slowdown in consumer spending. Sir Digby Jones, the director general of the CBI, said a cut would be...
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Climate Change Is the Big Test for Blair and G8
Late last year, Mr Blair set two priorities for Britain's Presidency of the G8: Africa and climate change. As an analysis of priorities, this was admirable. Poverty in Africa and climate change are two of the most important long-term issues facing the...
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Computer Problems Likely to Delay ID Cards, Says Watchdog
The Government fears it may have to delay the date at which all Britons will be issued with identity cards because of growing alarm over the computer system that would run the scheme. As MPs delivered a scathing verdict on other Whitehall computer bungles,...
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Country Life
MY 12-YEAR-OLD daughter, Eleanor, got 76 per cent in her history exam, and when she told us, we made sure we responded as enthusiastically as we had, the Saturday before last, to the announcement that our scarecrow, Madeleine, had won first prize in...
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CREAM OF THE COUNTRY: KENDAL: Warm Welcome at the Gateway to the Lakes ; This Cumbrian Working Town Is an Ideal Base for Hiking Enthusiasts, Says Nick Lloyd Jones
'Kendal falls just outside the National Park boundaries,' says Angela Thompson, of estate agent Carter Jonas. 'That means property prices are often as much as 10 per cent lower than in towns such as Ambleside or Windermere that fall within the National...
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CRICKET: Bulloch Charges into Test Picture
Ian McGeechan did not participate directly in this compelling finale for the Lions' 'midweek massives' "while the little Scot looks after himself as well as the next man, New Zealand's largest city is no place for a fiftysomething rugby nut with delusions...
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CRICKET: Lee Wary of Backlash from Old Friend Strauss after Dismal One-Day Series
Brett Lee fears his old friend Andrew Strauss is primed for a big score after the England opener struggled against the Australian pace attack during the NatWest Series. Strauss has averaged just 11.50 in the four matches he has played against Australia...
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CRICKET: Tests Will Expose England's Limits, Says Angry Buchanan
Australia's indifferent form during the first month of the Ashes tour has led to Ricky Ponting's side receiving flak from an expectant English public. Some of it " 'the Australians look rattled' " has been justified; some of it " 'Glenn McGrath is past...
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CYCLING: Zabriskie Falls to Put Armstrong in Yellow
Five minutes after Lance Armstrong and his Discovery Channel team- mates had concluded the team time trial here in Blois which propelled the Texan into the Tour lead, the battered, bloodied figure of the man he had defeated, his compatriot Dave Zabriskie,...
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Diary of an Eco-Builder: If You Put Effort into a Stylish Eco- Kitchen, It's Much Easier for an Eco-House to Follow
Paint and potatoes, granite and greens: these days, we care as much about how our kitchens look as we do about culinary success within them. Having emerged from dank basements and desultory back corners, kitchens have triumphed in the centre of our living...
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Doughty Hanson Sells Priory Chain for Pounds 875m
Dr Chai Patel, the chief executive of the Priory Group, famed for its celebrity patients, is sitting on a pounds 37m stake in the business after the Dutch investment bank ABN Amro bought the private mental healthcare group yesterday for pounds 875m....
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EU 'Big Five' Join Forces to Deport Illegal Immigrants
Britain and four other large EU countries will organise joint charter flights to return illegal immigrants to their home countries. The idea " suggested by Spain " was accepted by Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, and France, Italy and Germany, at...
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Fayed Walks Away from Kurt Geiger
Mohamed al-Fayed, the owner of Harrods, sold the shoe designer and retailer, Kurt Geiger, to a management and private equity team for pounds 46m yesterday. Neil Clifford, the chief executive of Kurt Geiger, led a management buyout with the help of Barclays...
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First Night: Love the Music, but Why Was Bunny-Suit Man Killed Twice? ; SOME GIRLS ARE BIGGER THAN OTHERS Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
It was always going to be a risk. If there was ever a group whose songs shouldn't be tampered with, it's The Smiths. The band are viewed as the most influential act of the Eighties and Morrissey as one of its greatest icons. Mess it up and the Morrissey...
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FOOTBALL: Chelsea Locked in Talks as Gerrard Cuts Ties
Chelsea's chief executive Peter Kenyon was locked in negotiations with his Liverpool counterpart Rick Parry last night as Steven Gerrard felt the wrath of angry fans over his decision to quit Anfield. The Liverpool captain ended 13 months of intense...
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FOOTBALL: GERRARD TRANSER: Chelsea's Clout Has Real on Back Foot
There is little doubt that Steven Gerrard has the sort of pedigree that gives him the right to be described as a galactico, but for once Real Madrid will not start as favourites to secure a world-class player's services. The nine-time European champions...
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FOOTBALL: GERRARD TRANSER: Gerrard's Tale of the Unexpected Brings Old Anfield Nightmare to Life
Merseyside rose from a sleepless night yesterday morning and steeled itself for the news one half of the city thought it would never hear, that Steven Gerrard, the boy from the Bluebell estate in Huyton who grew into a European champion, wanted out....
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FOOTBALL: Mourinho to Offer City Pounds 18m for Wright- Phillips as Crespo Is Left in Limbo
Chelsea will finally mount a formal pounds 18m bid for Shaun Wright-Phillips. The move, either today or tomorrow, will test the resolve of Manchester City as it falls pounds 4m below their valuation of the 23-year-old. The England midfielder could well...
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G8 Has All the Elements to Be a Fringe Success
Right now, up and down Britain, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people desperately fundraising and rehearsing and prop- buying and fixing accommodation and trying to get their car to work, because they know it is less than a month before they...
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G8 SUMMIT: Feast of Scottish Delicacies Lies in Wait for Chirac
Jacques Chirac may be forced to eat humble pie when he joins the G8 Summit leaders at a glittering dinner tonight hosted by the Queen at Gleneagles. The French President ignited a simmering row after being overheard lambasting British food and pouring...
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G8 SUMMIT: First Ladies' Club: The Powers Behind G8 Thrones
Veronica Berlusconi Age: 48 Married: Second wife. 26 years Children: Three; Barbera, 21, Eleonora, 19, and Luigi, 16. Background: Actress in Dario Argento's 1982 thriller, Tenebre. Denies affair with Massimo Cacciari, the left-wing philosopher and former...
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G8 SUMMIT: Geldof Sets Protest in Train, Courtesy of His Old Pal Branson ; Paul Vallely Meets a Mixed Bag of Activists on Track for the G8 Summit in Edinburgh
In the end it was not a long walk to justice so much as a long train journey. Bob Geldof yesterday boarded a special train laid on by his old mate Richard Branson, telling anyone who would listen about how the pair had first met after a Boomtown Rats...
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G8 SUMMIT: Russia Blocks Plan to Stop African States Buying Arms
Britain's proposal for a global arms trade treaty to stop African nations spending billions of pounds on weapons has been blocked by Russia. Tony Blair is unlikely to even raise the issue at Gleneagles after Russia made clear it would block a firm commitment...
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G8 SUMMIT: Teenage Dreams in Africa: The Desire for Clean Water, Decent Food and Education
Burkina Faso Yannick Lingani, aged 13 Yannick, an orphan from the village of Kamboince in the district of Signoghin in Burkina Faso, was forced to drop out of school two years ago when his father died. Now he lives with his two elder brothers, and life,...
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G8 SUMMIT: The Summit Has Yet to Begin but Already the Fingers of Blame Are Being Pointed
The summit had not even begun but the spinning had already started. With the leaders of the G8 rich nations still en route to Gleneagles, government advisers and poverty action groups were already starting to point the finger of blame last night. All...
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GOLF: Nicklaus Sharper for Skins Success
Jack Nicklaus rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole to win four skins worth $48,000 (pounds 27,500) and take the first- day lead at the Canadian Skins Game in Whistler, British Columbia, on Monday. The Canadian Stephen Ames collected two...
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Golf: Something about J P: Why World's Best Golfers Will Do Anything for Irish Charmer ; an All-Star Sporting Cast Is Playing for Free Because J P McManus Asked Them to. James Corrigan Reports from Limerick
There has been only one word hanging in the air here these past few days as a crowd of nearly 30,000 has flocked to this unfashionable part of Ireland to watch two days of non-competitive golf: why? Not why is it that so many golf fans have been drawn...
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GOLF: Woods Hits out at New Length of Old Course
If the Royal and Ancient had expected their changes to the Old Course at St Andrews to provoke praise alone at next week's 134th Open Championship then their hopes were shot down early by the criticism of one Tiger Woods yesterday. 'I don't understand...
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Housing Woes Take Toll on George Wimpey
George Wimpey, one of Britain's top three housebuilders, added to the gloom surrounding the housing market yesterday when it warned of a slide in first-half profits of more than 10 per cent and falling margins. The company predicted a profit fall in...
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Idea That Byers Tried to Damage Railtrack 'Perfectly Absurd'
Shareholders were seeking to prove the 'perfectly absurd' theory that Stephen Byers, the former secretary of state for transport, specifically sought to damage them by bankrupting Railtrack, the Government's lawyer told the High Court yesterday. Jonathan...
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'Ineffective' Tuberculosis Vaccinations in Schools to Be Dropped
The Government is to abandon the schools vaccination programme against tuberculosis despite the growth in cases of the disease. Professor Liam Donaldson, the Government's chief medical officer, will announce today that the BCG vaccination offered to...
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INVESTMENT ABROAD: RESORT RESIDENCE CLUBS: Where Exclusivity Comes at a High Price ; Is It a Timeshare? Is It Fractional Ownership? Who Knows? the Only Thing Christopher Middleton Is Really Sure of Is That Membership to This Super-Rich Holiday Club Costs an Absolute Bomb
Sadness at the recent demise of my distant Uncle Bertie has been tempered by news that his multimillion-pound legacy (he invented the self- deodorising sock) is coming my way. What to do with all that money, though? New house? Expensive holiday? Or combine...
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INVESTMENT SPAIN: Clean-Up for Costas ; A New Network of Estate Agents Aims to Protect Buyers from Dodgy Spanish Deals, Says Graham Norwood
An 'ethical' network of estate agents and developers has been formed to improve the investment potential and image of Spain's property market, which has been tarnished by allegations of land grabs, mis-selling and overdevelopment. The Lighthouse group...
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Iraqi Insurgents Attack Muslim Envoys 'To Create State of Fear'
Iraqi insurgents launched an offensive against diplomats from Islamic countries in Baghdad, wounding Bahrain's leading envoy in a kidnap attempt and opening fire on the convoy of the Pakistani ambassador. Two carloads of gunmen kidnapped the senior Egyptian...
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'It's Outrageous. the Police Walked Past Telling Us That We Smelt'
The fight to change the world finished early for the anti- globalisation campaigner Zoe Moodie " before the G8 Summit had actually begun. The 21-year-old from Kent was among almost 100 protesters arrested by riot police in Edinburgh on Monday night during...
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Leading Article: G8 Must Be Judged by Its Delivery, Not Its Rhetoric ; GLENEAGLES
Rarely can an international summit have been presaged by quite so much media coverage and real debate as the G8, which starts today in Gleneagles. There has been the usual spinning, true, by the hosts (on this occasion the British) and the main participants....
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Leading Article: The Puzzles of Our Postcode Lottery ; CANCER
Has the Grim Reaper got your postcode? Readers of the Cancer Atlas, published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics, may wonder. It shows big geographical variations in some cancers " and contains important lessons for the public and policy-makers....
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LETTER: Rock's Vast Debt to African Music
Sir: Some 20 years ago I was the recording engineer on the original Band Aid single. Like the artists involved I was moved by the appalling images of famine appearing on my television, and jumped at the chance to do something about it. The incredible...
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London 2012 Bid: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN ; with the Decision Due Today, the Five Cities Bidding to Host the 2012 Olympics Were Determined to Do Everything They Could on the Final Day of Lobbying to Press Their Case. Matthew Beard in Singapore Reports on a Frantic 24 Hours in the Life of the Greatest Sporting Event on Earth
David and Victoria Beckham finish dinner at the rooftop restaurant of the Shangri-la hotel while London bid officials fret over upsetting IOC leaders who had warned against turning the bid vote into a celebrity circus. Barbara Cassani, Lord Coe's predecessor...
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MARKET REPORT: CSFB Sounds a Gloomy Note on Kingfisher
Trading has taken another turn for the worse at B&Q, says the broker to its parent company, Kingfisher. CSFB has taken the axe to its profit forecasts for Kingfisher for the second time in five weeks. And it is warning that B&Q might have to launch a...
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ME AND MY HOME: MAMOTUNUSI SEKGAMANE: The Thread of Family Life ; the Craft of Beadmaking Has Enabled This Artist to Support Her Children from Her Township Home. by Alice Black
Mamotunusi Sekgamane, 55, is a mother of five and a bead artist for the Monkeybiz, an organisation which provides women in Cape Town with the means to earn their living as beadmakers. She lives in Macassar Khayelitsha, a township near Cape Town, South...
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MORE FOR YOUR MONEY: SUNBURY, TW16: A Case of Twin Identity
Located where the A316 segues into the M3, Sunbury is sandwiched between pricey neighbours such as Twickenham and Teddington on one side, and more modest communities such as Hanworth and Feltham on the other. A similarly sharp socio-economic divide characterises...
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MOTOR RACING: F1 Drivers Attack Mosley's Stance on Safety
Max Mosley is facing a challenge to his authority from 22 of the 26 current Formula One drivers. They signed an open letter to the president of the FIA, the governing body of international motor sport, suggesting that he had threatened to withdraw from...
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OBITUARY: ARTHUR MAIMANE ; Trailblazing Journalist and Novelist
South African political exiles in Britain in the early 1970s, after the government of Hendrik Verwoerd had smashed the internal liberation movements in the post-Sharpeville state of emergency, were cheered to see the name of Arthur Maimane on television...
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OBITUARY: LETTY NORWOOD ; Soviet Spy for Four Decades
Letty Norwood first came to the world's attention on 11 September 1999 when The Times newspaper exposed her as the longest-serving female spy in British history. Recruited to the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB in 1934, she spied successfully for the...
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OBITUARY: PROFESSOR PHILIP HOBSBAUM ; Poet and Critic Who Kept 'Open House for Poetry' in Belfast and Then Glasgow
Philip Hobsbaum " poet, critic and servant of the servants of literature in Belfast and Glasgow " died last week, a day before his 73rd birthday. His ancestors were among those adaptable, intelligent people driven out of Eastern Europe by anti-Jewish...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: London Sprints to Line with Blair Pitch Project
The race to stage the 2012 Olympic Games was considered too close to call last night with the London bid thought to have gained ground on the long-standing favourite, Paris. With only hours to go before the International Olympic Committee votes today,...
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Our Woman in Crouch End: Big on Manners
The following morning the small boy declines any breakfast, even though the woman offers him everything from Cheerios through to Cheerios, as she is a crap housewife with a limited cereal repertoire. 'No thank you,' he says. 'I am not hungry.' The woman...
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OUTLOOK: Doughty Hanson Checks out of Priory with a Handsome Profit " Unlike the Clinic's Clients
Priory Group, psychiatric bolt hole to the stars, yesterday changed hands for an astonishing pounds 875m. Can this 40-strong chain of rehab and mental health clinics really be worth so much, or is ABN Amro as off its head as the company's celebrity clients...
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OUTLOOK: Turning Up the Taps at BP's Cash Gusher
BP could perhaps have chosen a more tactful week than one in which climate change is meant to top the agenda at the Gleneagles to announce its second-quarter trading update, yet the demands of the capital markets wait for no man and BP's quarterly update...
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OVERSEAS: FRANCE: France's Hidden Northern Delight ; There Are Some Real Property Bargains to Be Had in St Omer, One of France's Most Underrated Areas. by Jill Parsons
French Flanders is widely described as hiding its light under a bushel. Or, more accurately, behind the sweep of the motorway taking British visitors south to better known destinations from the ferry, Seacat and Eurotunnel. Yet the city of St Omer and...
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Pandora
Blair takes aim at the awkward squad " and fires one With his Commons majority reduced to a shaky 67, Tony Blair has decided to renew hostilities with the 'awkward squad' of MPs, who have occasionally had the cheek to vote against him. First on the PM's...
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Profit Rise Keeps Qinetiq Float on Track
Qinetiq, the defence technology group which was hived off by the Government three years ago, remains on course for flotation after reporting a 33 per cent increase in operating profits last year to pounds 70m. The company, formerly part of the Defence...
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RACING: Supreme Soviet Earns Adulation of the Masses
A year ago Soviet Song was the big, bad girl, hacking at the beanstalk as she brought Attraction's winning run crashing to earth in the Falmouth Stakes. Twelve months on James Fanshawe's mare won the Group One contest once again yesterday, but this time...
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Revealed: Britain's North-South Cancer Divide In
Cancer strikes more than twice as often in some parts of the country than others. The Cancer Atlas of the UK and Ireland 1991- 2000 shows that some cancers such as those of the lung, show a strong north- south divide but others, such as those of the...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Radlinski to Help Wigan Rebuild after Turning Down Union
Kris Radlinski has rejected a move to rugby union in order to help to rebuild Wigan. The Great Britain full-back was expected to follow in the footsteps of Andy Farrell by switching codes after recent talks with Leeds Tykes and London Irish. 'I never...
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Sabucedo Horse Fair: THE MANE EVENT ; Every Year Thousands of People Converge on a Tiny Village in Galicia for Three Days of Wrestling with Untamed Mountain Horses. Elizabeth Nash Saddles Up for Spain's Most Humane Animal Fiesta
You know that summer has come to Spain's north-west region of Galicia when the wild horses come down from the mountain to have their hair cut. Sabucedo, a hamlet of barely 150 people for 362 days of the year, swelled a hundred-fold last weekend for the...
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Science&Technology: THE GEEK; Podcast Your Eyes on the Future of Sound
You'll have heard by now of blogs. (If not, see me at the end of the column.) You can already get pictures in them, but what if blogs used the other media formats that web pages do, such as audio and video? Why shouldn't people who have a thought to...
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Science&Technology: Top of the Bots ; Beware! There's a New Player in Town " and He's Got a Mean Poker Face. Terry Kirby Meets the Latest Card Robots as They Prepare to Clean Up in Vegas
They don't wear eyeshades or smoke cigars, and their capacity to bluff is somewhat limited. But a new breed of robotic poker player is sending a shiver of fear through the world of the green baize table. It is a poker game being contested in cyberspace,...
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Six Die as Armed Militants Storm Disputed Shrine
Gunmen tried to storm India's most disputed religious site yesterday, raising fears of a return to communal violence that killed thousands in 1992 and 2002. Five militants armed with grenades and assault rifles attacked the heavily guarded site of the...
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Six to View: Properties of the Week
Turning Japanese in the Highlands SEAN GHIUTHAIS Nr Plockton Ross-shire Price: offers over pounds 285,000 Agent: Strutt & Parker Tel: 0131 226 2500 They say: A modern architect designed home set in charming Japanese gardens. Influenced by the design...
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Television: LAST NIGHT'S TV: Studies in a Minor Key ; My Life as a Child BBC2 the Real No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency BBC2 African School BBC4
As Car Nation reminded us on Sunday night, something happens when you leave people alone with a video camera. They natter away as if there's no one there to judge their confessions and yet they speak as if talking to a close friend. And whatever strange...
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Television: WATCH ROUND THE CLOCK ; YOUR GUIDE TO TODAY'S MUST-SEE TV BY PETER CONCHIE
BEFORE 6PM Olympic Decision 2012 12.15PM BBC1 The smart money's on the French, as Paris and London wait to hear who will be hosting the 2012 games. Sue Barker and Dermot Murnaghan are in Singapore. Racing 1PM CHANNEL 4 The Princess of Wales' Stakes at...
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TENNIS: Murray Matches All the Talk to Build Momentum
Impressive and at times impassioned, Andy Murray yesterday won his first match since Wimbledon " dispatching a seasoned opponent almost 100 places higher in the world rankings. It was a performance that will no nothing to hush the buzz surrounding this...
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TENNIS: Murray's Fight and Poise Adds to the Momentum
Impressive and at times impassioned, Andrew Murray yesterday won his first match since Wimbledon " dispatching a seasoned opponent almost 100 places higher in the world rankings. It was a performance that will no nothing to hush the buzz surrounding...
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Thai Teachers to Carry Guns as Separatist Attacks on Schools Rise
Teachers in Thailand's violent southern border provinces are to be allowed to carry guns in class. The decision was made yesterday by an emergency cabinet meeting which gave teachers special arms permits. The government will supply flak jackets and second-hand...
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The Fab Rehab ; the Priory, the Favourite Clinic of Britain's Rich, Famous and Addicted, Has Just Been Valued at Pounds 875m. but Is It Really Worth It? Terry Kirby Analyses the Secret of Its Success, While Virginia Ironside (below) Describes Her Time on the Inside
It has been a place of refuge at moments of crisis for everyone from Michael Barrymore and Paul Gascoigne to Kate Moss, and at any one time you could probably cast at least a couple of celebrity reality television series from its list of patients. While...
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THE GREAT ESCAPE: I've Become a Builder and I Love It
It was a great weekend. There were a lot of art things going on. It was one thing after another. Champagne here, canaps there, 'Oh, I say,' and castles and wotnot. You couldn't move for art. I've just got to get some more of that stuff. I had a go at...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Still Scope for CRH to Build on Growth Potential
The acquisitive Irish building materials group CRH continues to push ahead with its growth strategy, which is working as well as it ever has. It made its first moves out of Ireland by buying businesses 25 years ago and has not stopped acquiring since,...
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The Joke's on You, Jacques
Poor old Jacques Chirac. He really must be terribly desperate to start making jokes like that. As overheard by a French reporter, he's supposed to have remarked to the premiers of Germany and Russia that British food was the second worst in Europe, outranked...
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The Nation That Proves Aid Works ; after Years of Civil War, Floods and Marxist Misrule, Mozambique Now Has Soaring Growth, Falling Poverty and Rising Literacy. Its Story Should Inspire the G8 Leaders
It is rare to hear any success stories from Africa. Mozambique, with its history of war, famine, misguided Marxist experiments, natural disasters and the creeping horror of Aids, should be a typical African basket-case. But in a continent with so many...
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The Price for a Supreme Court Judge? $100M
Competing liberal and conservative interest groups are set to spend anything up to $100m (pounds 58m) to sway opinion in the forthcoming battle over a successor to the retiring Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The sums involved, which threaten...
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THE SKETCH: Cut out the Middle Man, Let Crooks Be Judges
We can understand what the Victorians were saying and writing but (ignore the sequence of tenses this proposition requires) Victorians wouldn't have been able to understand what we say and write today. The sentence, 'We have to address the question of...
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This Student Visa Policy Is Seriously Stupid
It is a bit like BBC's What not to wear. Fashion writers used to tell people about the new trends so that they could become fashionistas and look suitably absurd as a result. It took the genius of Trinny and Susannah to turn this sort of guff on its...
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Voluntary Groups May Take Control of Social Fund
The Government may hand over the running of its Social Fund, which provides emergency loans and grants to the poorest people, to voluntary or community groups. David Blunkett, the Work and Pensions Secretary, risked controversy by saying that outside...
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VOX PROP: How Many Appliances Do You Leave on Standby?
'Appliances on standby pump one million tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and the energy wasted could power 400,000 homes', reported The Independent recently Alex Garcev, school student, south-east London: Just about every bit of equipment I have can...
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WEDNESDAY LAW REPORT: Charge over Book Debts Was a Floating Charge ; WEDNESDAY LAW REPORT 6 JULY 2005 National Westminster Bank PLC V Spectrum Plus Limited ([2005] UKHL 41) House of Lords (Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, Lord Steyn, Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord Scott of Foscote, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, Baroness Hale of Richmond and Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood) 30 June 2005
The House of Lords allowed the appeal of preferential creditors of a company against a decision that a charge over book debts granted under a debenture by the company to a bank was a fixed charge. In a test case, the first issue was whether the charge...
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What If the Anti-Slavery Campaigners Had Listened to the Carping Cynics?
Drink lots of water, take a few paracetamol, and get ready for a thumping hangover. After the beautiful sight of Edinburgh surrounded by a giant white band made up of a quarter of a million protesters, after the sweet songs of Live8, whatever is announced...
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Who Ate All the Elk? ; There's Only One Thing Worse Than British Cuisine, According to Jacques Chirac, and That's Food from Finland. His G8 Colleague Silvio Berlusconi Agrees. Just How Bad Can Finnish Be? Ed Caesar (below) Finds out for Himself
Jacques Chirac's ill-advised foray into the world of the food critic has been greeted by a chorus of British boos. Wading into an age- old debate over the relative merits of French and British cuisine was never going to end well, and, as Chirac scoffed...
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