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 4, 2005

A la Kart Success ; Go-Karting Is More Than a Hobby. for Many, It's the First Rung on the F1 Career Ladder, Says Anthony Peacock
EVERY KID born with testosterone and the urge to pedal a pushbike as fast as possible fantasises about becoming the next Michael Schumacher. For most, these dreams are supplanted by more pressing teenage concerns such as outre haircuts and the charms...
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ALAN WATKINS: Bleddyn, a Streak of Lightning in the Post-War Gloom
TUCKED AWAY at the end of the New Year Honours List could be found the announcement of an MBE to one B L Williams for services to rugby football. It was, of course, Bleddyn Williams, the greatest Welsh centre of the post-war era; perhaps the greatest...
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Wilkins Converts to Thwart Saints
SOME TEAMS won and didn't make it, while others lost and qualified in a typically chaotic climax to the regular season as the battle for play-off positions reached its conclusion in the NFL on Sunday night. The New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers...
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Annan Selects Briton to Help Restore UN's Battered Reputation
KOFI ANNAN, the secretary general of the United Nations, chose Mark Malloch Brown, an outspoken Briton and the head of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), as his new chief of staff yesterday. The move has been seen as an attempt by Mr Annan to...
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Annan Selects Briton to Repair UN
KOFI ANNAN, the secretary general of the United Nations, chose Mark Malloch Brown, an outspoken Briton and the head of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), as his new chief of staff yesterday. The move has been seen as an attempt by Mr Annan to...
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Apple Looks at Cutting Costs in Search for the Next Big Thing
WHAT COMES after the iMac and iPod? According to fevered speculation, the answer is "Q88" - a new low-cost computer that Apple Computer's chief executive, Steve Jobs, is expected to unveil next week. Detailed information posted anonymously on the internet...
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Arts: Comedy's Big Hitter ; Recently Voted Britain's Funniest Man, Johnny Vegas Has Come a Long Way since Working at Argos. He Talks to James Rampton about His New Role as a Drug Dealer - and Getting a Certain Monkey off His Back
Moz, a small-time Mancunian marijuana dealer and his supplier are lying prone on the sofa in his front room, stoned out of their minds after several bongs' worth of dope. Moz, who is clearly fond of his food, suddenly has a bad attack of the munchies...
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Arts Preview: Dance: Fever on the Dance Floor ; DANCE Richard Alston Plans to Intoxicate Audiences with Sensual Movement
IN NOVEMBER, Richard Alston's Dance Company celebrated their 10th birthday. The company is preparing to mark the milestone with a nationwide tour beginning at the Regent Theatre, in Stoke-on-Trent, on 18 January and running until April, calling at Sadler's...
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Arts Reviews: Classicals: The Lindsays ; Wigmore Hall London Ooo99
TIME TO say goodbye? Certain notorious prima donnas and dancers have carried on giving farewell performances for year after year; other musicians have preferred simply to indicate that the concert they have just participated in was the last ever. It...
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Arts Reviews: Dance: Latvian National Ballet: Coppelia ; St David's Hall Cardiff Oooo9
IT WAS ETA Hoffmann, composer, novelist, short-story writer, Beethoven's champion and Schumann's favourite writer, who pilfered a buried folk-tale and his own imagination to come up with The Sandman, his story of Dr Coppelius, the sinister inventor whose...
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Arts Reviews: Pop: The Beat: Ska Stars Turn Back the Clock ; the Jam House Birmingham Ooo99
FOR THE last three years, The Beat have been back together and playing regular gigs around the Midlands. In 1979, they became a key part of the Two Tone movement, combining vintage reggae music with punky pop. Now this old Birmingham band is sharpened...
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Arts Reviews: Visual Arts: Francis Picabia ; Camden Arts Centre London O9999
A QUICK chronological zip through the paintings of the French artist Francis Picabia (1879-1953) enables you to pass through almost every avant- garde movement of the early decades of the 20th century, from impressionism to cubism, futurism, surrealism...
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Arts: THE WEEK IN RADIO
IT'S THE perfect time of year to study the stars. Not astrology, which is always depressing and wrong, but astronomy. There's nothing better for a sense of calm perspective than discovering that our entire solar system as far as Neptune occupies a tiny...
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AUCTIONS 2005: Opening Bids for the Wheel Thing ; Motorsport Memorabilia Is a Booming Business, but Keep Your Wits about You, Says Simon De Burton
IT IS USUALLY considered a selling point to be able to describe a car as " never raced, rallied or driven hard" - but such qualities are of no interest to a growing number of classic buyers who are looking for just the opposite in a prospective purchase....
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`Awkward Squad' MPs to Step Down at Election
A THIRD of Labour's "awkward squad' of rebellious MPs, including such well-known Commons names as Tam Dalyell and Brian Sedgemore, are to stand down at the next election, it was revealed yesterday. Ten out of the 30 most rebellious backbenchers are not...
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Borse Denies Plan to Spin off Clearstream to Aid LSE Takeover
DEUTSCHE BoRSE insisted yesterday it had no plans to spin off its Clearstream settlement subsidiary in order to clinch its takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange. The German stock market operator was forced to deny reports attributed to "insiders"...
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Circuit Training ; Trackdays Give Average Joes a Chance to Free the Speed Demon within, Writes Tom Stewart
CREAM TEAS, real ale, gardening, holiday camps and fish'n'chips: all quintessentially British. But we can now add "trackday" to that list for it was invented here and, remains an almost uniquely British event. What exactly is a trackday? Essentially,...
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Cover Story: `War Is Proof That Man Has Failed' ; as a Child in Warsaw, Ryszard Kapuscinski Grew Up Thinking Starvation, Poverty and Cruelty Were Facts of Life. as We Prepare to Mark 60 Years since the End of the Second World War, He Recounts His Incredible Story of Survival - and Warns That We Are Still Just as Vulnerable to Ignorance and Hatred
Total war has a thousand fronts; during such a war, everyone is at the front, even if they never lie in a trench or fire a single shot. When I go back in memory to those days, I realise, not without a certain surprise, that I remember the beginning of...
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Creativity
STEM CELLS are implanted in toothless gums to grow a third set of teeth. Unfortunately... We evolve into serpents and administer venom with every bite. Third sets of teeth create the Cerberus Syndrome, resulting in three heads. Swimmers in sea water...
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Cricket: England Left Fearing Worst as South Africa Relish Strauss Slip ; South Africa 441 England 95-4
ANDREW STRAUSS has done little wrong since making his Test debut in May 2004. The Middlesex opener has won eight of the nine Test matches he has played in and here in Cape Town yesterday became the fourth fastest England batsman to reach 1,000 Test runs....
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Cricket: Majestic Ponting Leads from the Front as Australia Take Control ; Pakistan 304 Australia 340-4
RICKY PONTING scored his first century as Test captain to put Australia in control of the third and final Test against Pakistan yesterday. Ponting ended his 12-month drought with a majestic 155 not out to steer Australia past Pakistan's modest first...
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Cricket: Mothers of Sri Lankan Pair Lucky to Survive Tsunami
INTERNATIONAL CRICKETERS Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Chandana said their mothers were lucky to survive after being injured in the tsunami that has killed at least 30,000 in Sri Lanka. Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka captain, said his 60-year-old mother,...
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Cricket: `Someone Has to Stick Up Their Hand and Put a Special One In'
THE ALL-ROUNDER Andrew Flintoff last night insisted that England had the confidence to bounce back in the third Test against South Africa after slipping into trouble yesterday. England's position puts their year-long unbeaten run, which stretches to...
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DARTS: Dudbridge's Whirlwind Ride to Top
NOT EVEN true darts followers had heard of Mark Dudbridge less than two and a half years ago, but last night the 31-year-old from Bristol was facing the phenomenal Phil Taylor in the final of the PDC World Darts Championship. It was the latest peak in...
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Darts: Dutchman Flies High in Quest for Crown
THE THREE-TIMES champion Raymond van Barneveld marched into the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championship in Frimley Green with a 3-0 victory over Scotland's Mike Veitch last night. The Dutchman triumphed with an impressive average of 33.64 per dart,...
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Darts: King Made to Sweat by Warren's Supporters
MUCH-FANCIED third seed Mervyn King booked his place in the second round of the British Darts Organisation World Championship at Frimley Green, but was made to work hard by Welshman Wayne Warren. In a high-scoring encounter, King - last year's runner-up...
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Darts: Taylor Switches on the Title Power
MARCO PIERRE WHITE was brought in to cook for the VIPs at last night's final of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, but there was no need for the master chef to spice up the action on the oche. Phil "The Power"...
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Football: Beattie Saga and Empty Wallet Leaves O'Leary Deflated
DAVID O'LEARY, the Aston Villa manager, has revealed his regret at a massive player clear-out which has generated only pounds 2m in revenue. O'Leary has off-loaded 16 players and drastically slashed Villa's wage bill since taking charge 20 months ago....
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Football: Birmingham Rocked as Savage Asks for Transfer
ROBBIE SAVAGE'S determination to leave Birmingham City manifested itself in the form of a written transfer request yesterday. The Welsh midfielder, a transfer-window target for Blackburn Rovers, is desperate to move clubs so he can be nearer to his Wrexham-based...
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Football: Currie Keeps Ipswich Going
IPSWICH STRETCHED their lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Plymouth. The Suffolk side went ahead in the 67th minute when Romain Larrieu gave away a penalty by fouling the Ipswich striker Darren Bent, earning a...
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Football: Defoe Poised to Test Chelsea's Resolution at the January Sales ; the Transfer Window Offers Clubs Both Opportunity and Temptation. Nick Harris Explains Who Will Be Going Where
If the managers at Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are to be believed, the biggest-money moves of the January transfer window could already have come and gone - just three days into the winter sales. The "big three" insist they have no intention...
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Football: Emerton Fires Rovers into Clear Air ; Blackburn Rovers 1 Charlton Athletic 0
PROMINENT AMONG the things learned by Mark Hughes since he took charge at Blackburn is how difficult it is to win in the Premiership. Since shipping four goals to Middlesbrough and Chelsea on consecutive Saturdays in October, Rovers have been beaten...
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Football: Ferguson Backs Video Replays after Handball Row
SIR ALEX FERGUSON'S holiday viewing would hardly have made for a sense of goodwill towards all men in black and yesterday the Manchester United manager called for video replays to be used to decide controversial decisions in the Premiership. But for...
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Football: Ferguson in Plea for Video Replays
SIR ALEX FERGUSON'S holiday viewing would hardly have made for a sense of goodwill towards all men in black and yesterday the Manchester United manager called for video replays to be used to decide controversial decisions in the Premiership. But for...
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Football: Garcia Strikes as Carragher Finds Friend in Referee ; Norwich City 1 Liverpool 2
IT DID not take long for Jamie Carragher to find out that for every Premiership referee you make an enemy of, there is another who wants to be your friend. Just 48 hours after the Liverpool defender demolished the reputation of Mike Riley for his performance...
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Football: Gillingham Boosted by Byfield as Sunderland Stumble ; Sunderland 1 Gillingham 1
SUNDERLAND'S PROMOTION bid suffered another setback as they were held to a damaging 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened Gillingham and booed off at the Stadium of Light. The inactivity of second-placed Wigan had given the Black Cats the opportunity to...
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Football: Johnson Double Fuels Palace Fears of Raid in Transfer Window ; Crystal Palace 2 Aston Villa 0
IAIN DOWIE is expecting a busy month during the transfer window, but the Crystal Palace manager will be hoping that he will be making the phone calls rather than taking them. While Dowie wants to bring in new faces to bolster his team's efforts to escape...
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Football: Pardew Suffers Festive Overload ; West Ham 0 Sheffield United 2
THE BEST away record in the Championship was further improved yesterday afternoon as Sheffield United reinforced their position in the play-off places at the expense of one of their main rivals. Despite claiming their best result of the campaign in winning...
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Football: Robson's Men Enjoy Small Escape but Remain in Jail ; West Bromwich Albion 0 Newcastle United 0
COMMON SENSE or anarchy? There were two ways of viewing the most controversial moment of a mildly entertaining but ultimately sterile night at The Hawthorns, which heartened West Bromwich Albion without significantly enhancing their survival prospects....
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Football: Today's Premiership Team News
ARSENAL v MANCHESTER CITY (KO 7.45pm) Arsenal's Swiss teenager Philippe Senderos will make his first Premiership start after Sol Campbell (ankle) was ruled out. Robert Pires will return to the starting line-up. Ben Thatcher (knee) is expected to continue...
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Football: Wenger Puts His Kids on the Block
ARSENE WENGER will call on what he believes to be his youngest- ever line-up in a league match today to maintain Arsenal's push to retain the Premiership. The Arsenal manager was moved to make that claim after the injury to Sol Campbell at the weekend...
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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT: Army Had Quotas for Blacks and Asians
THE RECRUITMENT of black and Asian soldiers was held back for decades under a secret policy of "quotas" that ensured no Army unit became dominated by recruits from ethnic minority backgrounds. Files released under the Freedom of Information Act today...
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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT: Callaghan Did Not Want to Enter No 10
WHEN JAMES Callaghan became Prime Minister in 1976 he proved remarkably reluctant to enter Downing Street. Files released today show that Callaghan tried to hang on to his grace-and-favour residence as Foreign Secretary at No 1 Carlton Gardens rather...
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Fuel's Paradise ; the High Performance Juice That Shifts F1 Cars Is Still Basically the Same Stuff You Put in Your VW Polo, Says Michael Scarlett
TODAY'S FORMULA 1 cars are powered by what is in many ways the most highly developed of all forms of petrol engine. Compared to a good 3-litre production car engine, an F1 motor produces around four times as much horsepower. Remembering that power is...
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Grandmother, 96, Is the New Face for Soap Ads
HIS PHOTOGRAPHS of normalsized, laughing women in their underwear has helped transform conventional wisdom that beauty only comes in a size 10. Now, the cutting-edge celebrity photographer Rankin has our approach to old age in his viewfinder as he seeks...
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Health: 100 Ways to Feel Better ; Whether You Want to Lose Weight, Improve Your Sex Life or Live to a Ripe Old Age, Roger Dobson Has All the Advice You'll Need in 2005
1. SLEEP BETTER: Get into good habits: Go to bed at the same time every day. If you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and only go back to bed when you feel sleepy. Ensure that your bedroom is dark and quiet. 2. Take baths not showers: A bath...
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Health: A Question of Health: Will the Earpiece for My Mobile Phone Cook My Brain? and Is a Treatment for Sore Palms Effective?
Radiation fear I have started using a Bluetooth earpiece with my mobile. I have heard that the earpiece is similar to a tiny microwave oven. Will it cook my brain if I wear it for several hours a day? Bluetooth earpieces are low-power microwave transmitters...
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Health: Carrots without the Stick ; How Do You Get Children to Enjoy a Healthy Diet When They Crave Sweets and Junk Foods? Help May Be at Hand - from the Industry Itself. by Jane Feinmann
Having spent the festive season baking mince pies and stuffing the turkey, you might be picturing yourself cooking nourishing, healthy meals on a daily basis. Think again. The chances are you won't get far into the New Year before you slip back into...
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Health: Grumpy Young Men ; It's Not Just Women Who Get Hormonal Mood Swings. A Male Form of PMS Can Strike at Any Age, Doctors Now Believe. Hugh Wilson Reports
Robert was barely out of his mid-thirties when the symptoms started. He noticed the loss of energy first, then the loss of libido. He had never been a particularly moody person before, but now his mood swings were affecting his marriage. "I was like...
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Health: Tales from the Therapist's Couch: `As So Often Happens, This Woman Chose the Year's End to Finish Therapy and Embrace a New Beginning'
"I SHALL miss you. I shall miss this space. And I'm still afraid that the `me' that dared slowly to come out of hiding here with you will find it difficult to stay strong in the world. But I know I have to try. And yes, I do think I'm ready." The annual...
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How I Learnt to Give Up Smoking
On New Year's Day last year, my umpteenth attempt to give up cigarettes collapsed after a couple of hours and I filed an article to this newspaper describing how impossible I found it to stop The day after that, at some point, I smoked my last, unmemorable,...
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James Lawton: The 21st Century Needs 20-20 Vision
In the 48 hours between high noon at Anfield and the early jousting in Cape Town yesterday the fate of the Premiership title and a fragile but not unpromising Test career might well have been decided. Not by moments of supreme sporting achievement, devastating...
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Last Night's Television: We Know He Was Bloodthirsty, but ... ; Uncle Adolf ITV1 the Unseen Eric Morecambe C4
THERE CAN be few lives quite as intensively scrutinised as that of Adolf Hitler - so it's refreshing to find that television can disclose a facet of his life hitherto ignored by academic biographers. Unaccountably Joachim C. Fest makes no mention of...
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Leading Article: A Victory That Could Restore Germany's Economic Health
GERMANY HAS entered a new era. From this week, the country's generous unemployment benefits have been reduced and the rules for claiming them have been tightened. The reforms may seem timid compared with those introduced by Margaret Thatcher in Britain....
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Leading Article: Do Not Rush to Condemn the United Nations: It Is Still the Best Disaster Relief Agency We Have
FOR THE United Nations, the new year already threatens to be as tumultuous as the old. In 2004, the UN suffered numerous indignities - some justified, some not - which undermined its authority. Now, the UN's response to the Asian tsunami disaster has...
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Letter: Don't Forget Other Victims of Suffering
Sir: Like the rest of the world, I am grieving at the suffering of so many following the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami. Like many, I am responding to the DEC/Independent and other appeals. Like all who see the magnitude of the response, I am overwhelmed...
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New Year, New Uncertainties for Global Economy
IT'S THAT time of year. The time to be looking ahead, thinking about the risks that might upset the forecasters' apple cart. It's a rare year indeed when the consensus forecasts prove to be totally accurate. In some years, the growth forecasts will be...
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Obituary: Ivor Wood ; `Postman Pat' Animator
IVOR WOOD brought pleasure to several generations of children, not to mention their parents, with a succession of animated programmes for BBC Children's Television from the 1960s to the 1990s. His four most popular programmes were The Magic Roundabout,...
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Obituary: Julius Axelrod ; Scientist Whose Discoveries on Neurotransmitters Resulted in Improvements to Antidepressant Drugs
JULIUS AXELROD was a Nobel prize-winning scientist internationally known for his research on brain chemistry and pharmacology. He worked for most of his career at the National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland. Axelrod shared the 1970 Nobel Prize...
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Obituary: Mark Fiennes ; Distinguished Photographer Known for His Work in Architecture and Interiors
MARK FIENNES, the distinguished photographer, was best known for his work in the field of architecture and interiors. Fiennes was, however, a photographer of extraordinary versatility, whose work - featured in 2003 in a major retrospective at the Menier...
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Obituary: Shirley Chisholm ; First Black Woman to Sit in the US House of Representatives
SHIRLEY CHISHOLM will go down in US political history as the first black woman to sit in the House of Representatives, who took on as few had before the hidebound ways of an institution she branded as out of touch with the country, "ruled by a small...
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Open Days Shine a Light on Little-Seen Church Treasures
WHEN ANDREW Lloyd Webber called for churches and their works of art to be made more accessible to the public, one group of parishioners had more reason than most to take up the challenge. All Saints in Wilden, Worcestershire contains a glittering but...
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Our Man in New York: Why Mrs Kerry Is King of the Kongs
It came to me on New Year's Eve: a resolution for New York City for the coming 12 months. It is time for the metropolis to assert itself and take a leaf from the books of Slovakia, Kosovo and Croatia. How more obvious can it be that the liberal blue...
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Pandora
Battle of the bruisers looms as Dobbo squares up to Reid As if Tony Blair didn't already have enough in-fighting on his hands, one of his party's biggest beasts, Frank Dobson, is gearing up for another assault on the New Labour machine. The former Health...
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Preview of the Year: Arriving in 2005: Super-Jumbos, Giant Casinos and High Street Merger Fever ; While 2004 Saw the Fastest Global Growth for Three Decades, the News Was Mixed for UK Plc. Rising Costs, Wage Growth and High-Street Competition Put Pressure on Profits. While These Trends Are Likely to Continue, Business Will Also Be Braced for a Tax Hike after a Spring General Election. Our Business Writers See How Each of the Main Sectors of the Economy Will Fare
RETAILING: The strong will get stronger THE GOVERNOR of the Bank of England may believe that consumers aren't bothered if house prices fall but someone should tell the shoppers. Something is keeping them away from the stores and it isn't the prices....
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Puppy-Love Lyrics of Bob Dylan, Prophet of the Sixties, Go on Show
IN 1956 Robert Allen Zimmerman was just another skinny teenager in Hibbing, Minnesota. He was dreaming of making it as big as his idol Woody Guthrie. Ten years later, having renamed himself Bob Dylan, he had done just that - changing the course of popular...
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Racing: Chief Crashes on McGoldrick's Home Turf ; RICHARD EDMONDSON Nap: Nolife (Ayr 3.40) NB: Faasel (Ayr 12.40)
HORSES FOR COURSES is a well-ridden old saw, but such truisms become so because they are. There is little question that some tracks particularly suit some animals; witness Mister McGoldrick and Wetherby. Yesterday, the eight-year-old won his sixth race...
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ROAD TEST PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S; Porsche Meets PlayStation in the Most Usable Supercar ; Any Doubts Raised by the Gizmos Integrated into the Latest Incarnation of the King of Rear-Engined Cars Will Disappear the Moment You Hit the Road. Every Drive Is an Occasion, Says John Simister
WELCOME TO Jurassic Park. Here you will see long-superannuated life forms in living, breathing reality, life forms long gone from the real, mainstream world. You probably thought that the Park mainly contained reptiles of the dinosaur persuasion, but...
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RUGBY UNION: Corry Injury Leaves Tigers to Limp into Cup Decider
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY may be many things, but it is not the most sympathetic means of preparing for a major contest at the business end of the Heineken Cup pool stage, which kicks in this weekend with 18 teams chasing quarter- final places. Two of England's...
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SAILING: Horn Offers Plenty to Golding
THE CHASE was on at Cape Horn yesterday as solo yachtsman Mike Golding hunted down the two men ahead of him in the Vendee Globe round- the-world race. Approaching one of the most notorious turning points in the ocean, the 44-year-old from Southampton...
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Spanish PM Dismisses Call for Basque Secession Talks
SPAIN'S PRIME Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has angrily dismissed a proposal by the Basque parliament to negotiate the independence of the region from Spain, condemning the plan as secessionist and unconstitutional. Commenting publicly for the...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Managing an Epidemic
Following the devastating impact of the tsunamis in South Asia, public health officials are now worried about the emergence of epidemics. In its latest update, the World Health Organisation warns that millions of people are under "serious threat" of...
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The Fast and Furious Rise of the Grand Prix ; LJK Setright Charts 110 Years of Motor Racing, from the Dusty Roads of France to Today's Commercial Arenas
THE STORY story of motor racing began in 1895, with clouds of dust, the stink of tallow and petrol, and a thunder as of kettledrums on a route from Paris to Bordeaux and back. France was the nursery of the sport, and the pioneering city-to-city events...
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The Greatest Brits? ; the Music Industry Plans to Celebrate 25 Years of the Brit Awards by Naming the Greatest Pop Single to Emerge from the UK, Reports Matthew Beard. Fiona Sturges Assesses the Contenders
THE SEARCH for the greatest British chart single of the past 25 years was launched yesterday, pitting seventies icons such as David Bowie and Kate Bush against Eighties and Nineties groups such as ABC and Oasis and 21st century stars including The Streets...
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The Inexcusably White, Wrinkly Middle Class
It occurred to me, as 2005 made its unusually tentative and nervy entrance, that it was time for a spot of modernisation. This column, for example, has been far too elitist in tone and on several inexcusable occasions has succumbed to a bias reflecting...
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The Next Big Thing from Apple? How about a Cheap Computer
WHAT COMES after the iMac and iPod? According to fevered speculation, the answer is "Q88" - a new low-cost computer that Apple Computer's chief executive, Steve Jobs, is expected to unveil next week. Detailed information posted anonymously on the internet...
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THE TUESDAY BOOK: Snagged in a Tangled Web of Time ; about Grace Anthony Doerr Fourth Estate, Pounds 15.99/pounds 14.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 897
THINK OF time not as a line from past to future, but as something all-pervasive, a limitless fabric which can be snagged and scrutinised by few rare individuals. Their ability to foretell sets them apart from the rest of us and can be as much curse as...
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The Year That Won't Be - or Will It?
Today, as promised, we bring you the second half of ... Old Mother Kington's Almanack for 2005! JULY Renewed outbreaks of illicit fox-hunting. Police say: "We are powerless. Still, nothing new about that." The new Religious Hatred Incitement Act makes...
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Three Britons Killed in Car Bomb Attack
THREE BRITONS were killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday on a day of bloody ambushes, bombs and suicide attacks across Iraq thought to be aimed at undermining the elections due later this month. The Britons, two of them security workers for...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: Bush Appoints His Father and Clinton as Fundraisers- In-Chief for the US
WITH HIS two immediate predecessors at his side, President George Bush yesterday appealed to "every American" to contribute money for the victims of the Asian tsunami, on top of the $350m (pounds 180m) already earmarked by the US government. "I ask every...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: Could the Tsunami Disaster Be a Turning Point for the World? ; as the International Aid Effort Grows and George Bush Launches a Fresh Appeal:
THE RIGHT REV TIM STEVENS Bishop of Leicester I am hopeful, but we must see a real commitment to changing the economic relationships between the West and the poorer countries. As well as charitable giving, we need to tackle these fundamental issues....
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Tsunami Disaster: Father Admits He Posted Bogus E-Mails to Relatives of Missing
A FATHER of two admitted yesterday that he sent a string of hoax e-mails to friends and relatives of people missing following the Asian tsunami. Christopher Pierson, 40, from Ruskington, Lincolnshire, sent 35 e- mails to relatives after they posted their...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: Fisherman at Sea Did Not Notice Wave That Killed His Children
RAVI DID not even know the tsunami had passed below him. The fisherman was at sea, in deep water five miles offshore, and the vast wave moving out from the great Sumatran earthquake didn't cause a ripple. When it reached shore, it reduced his house to...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: Global Response Could Provide Breakthrough in Poverty Relief
THE UNPRECEDENTED and worldwide public response to the tsunami disaster may help make 2005 a breakthrough year in tackling world poverty, senior figures in aid agencies believe. They feel it will show politicians there is a real constituency of people...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: In a Landscape Devoid of Life, Concrete Foundations Are the Only Structures That Remain
LAM PUUK was a little beach town on Aceh's west coast renowned for its grilled seafood and gorgeous sunsets, and treasured by surfers for its laid-back atmosphere and challenging waves. Nine days ago, the surf turned into a monstrous wall of water that...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: Man Admits He Posted Bogus E-Mails to Relatives of Missing
A FATHER of two admitted yesterday that he sent a string of hoax e-mails to friends and relatives of people missing following the Asian tsunami. Christopher Pierson, 40, from Ruskington, Lincolnshire, sent 35 e- mails to relatives after they posted their...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: Nearly 200 Britons May Have Been Swept to Their Deaths, Admits Straw
AS MANY as 199 Britons are likely to have died in the tsunami which has killed 144,000 people around the Indian Ocean, Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, said yesterday. Mr Straw said 159 people were missing and thought "highly likely" to be victims...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: Straw Says the Government Will Match Public Donations
JACK STRAW insisted yesterday the Government was "almost certain" to match the pounds 60m donated towards tsunami disaster relief by the British public. The Foreign Secretary said there was "no cap" on the government funds available to the victims of...
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Tsunami Disaster: Swedish Family Fears 12-Year-Old Boy Was Kidnapped after Sightings at Thai Hospital
A SWEDISH father fears that his 12-year-old son may have been kidnapped by a European man from a hospital in Thailand in the aftermath of the tsunami last week. The incident, which is being taken seriously by Swedish and Thai police, is one of a rash...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: The Tourists Still Come - Only Now They Want to Help as Aid Workers
INCREDIBLY, JUST eight days after the disaster that shocked the world, tourists are coming back to the stricken areas of south Asia. But now they come on a mission. They are the new generation of travellers- turned aid workers. Last night, Pippa Farruuggia...
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TSUNAMI DISASTER: UN Focuses on Remote Communities in Sumatra
THE UNITED Nations is facing unprecedented challenges in co- ordinating the flow of international aid as well as overcoming logistical problems, such as washed-out roads, and reaching isolated communities in affected areas, the UN's emergency relief...
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What Explains Blair's Curious Reluctance to Take Public Charge of This Global Disaster?
There is a mystery surrounding Tony Blair's discreet return to London from holiday yesterday and it is why he has so singularly failed to rise to the occasion of the tsunami tragedy. It is not a question of whether he should have remained on holiday...
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