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 7, 2005

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Aberdeen Counts the Cost of the Split Cap Debacle
A RELIEVED Aberdeen Asset Management finally published its results yesterday - more than four weeks later than scheduled - unveiling a pounds 90m loss. Most of it was accounted for by a pounds 74m payment to compensate investors in its split-capital...
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American Outrage over DIY Handbook for Illegal Immigrants
CONSERVATIVE GROUPS in the United States have been outraged by an illustrated handbook issued by Mexican authorities that gives migrants tips on how to cross America's southern border illegally. The books, denounced by some as "how-to manuals", urge...
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A Trade Unionist Is Murdered. but Where Are the Voices of the Left in Condemnation? ; A Campaigning Left Is the Only Force That Offers Real Hope on Some of the Biggest Issues Confronting the World
When he was 21 years old, Hadi Salih was seized from his home in Baghdad by Saddam Hussein's secret police and summarily sentenced to death. His crime? Forming a trade union and campaigning for decent wages and basic health and safety conditions. Amazingly,...
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A Week in Books
Two weeks ago, I planned to kick off this selection of forthcoming literary highlights with a grumble about the cosy predictability of our cultural scene. After all, everyone already knew that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Bloomsbury, July)...
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Beans, Beards and Badgers: Britain's Best Websites Chosen
SURFING THROUGH pictures of the ugliest cars in Britain may not be everybody's cup of tea but a website that provides such a list has been voted one of the best in cyberspace. The eclectic list of best websites for 2004 compiled by the search engine...
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Belmarsh: Lawyers Quit over Secret Hearings
THE CONTROVERSIAL system of using government-appointed lawyers to represent foreign terror suspects was close to collapse last year after barristers refused to take part in secret hearings, according to court documents seen by The Independent. Last month,...
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Blair Declines to Guarantee Brown's Future at Treasury
TONY BLAIR tried to ease tensions between himself and Gordon Brown yesterday by praising the Chancellor's record as "superb", but refused to guarantee that he would remain in his Treasury post if Labour wins the next general election. The Prime Minister's...
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Blow to Peace Process as IRA Blamed for Bank Heist
HOPES FOR political progress in Northern Ireland are set to receive a body blow today when police are expected to blame the IRA for a huge pre-Christmas bank robbery in Belfast. Chief Constable Hugh Orde is due to point the finger at the IRA this afternoon...
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BOOKS: A Date with Descartes on the Sofa ; Everything I Know I Learned from TV by Mark Rowlands EBURY Pounds 10.99 (282Pp) Pounds 9.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
We live in an age when, for many, questions such as "How should we live?" have been replaced by more urgent but more ephemeral enquiries such as "Where did I put the remote?". Mark Rowlands's guide to philosophy for "the unrepentant couch potato" is...
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Books: Bestsellers
More bad news for the PM as he returns from holiday to a chorus of censure. Our discontent has spilled over into the bestseller lists, with the fiercest-yet episode of comic disenchantment with the New Labour "project" from Sue Townsend (above) topping...
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BOOKS: BOOK OF A LIFETIME - an Outcast in a City of Outcasts ; THE SEVENTH GATE PETER GREAVE
I first read The Seventh Gate when it came out, nearly 30 years ago. I was struck then by its evocation of the Indian subcontinent seen through the eyes of a European child, which had some of the magic of Kipling's Kim. Further readings have brought...
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BOOKS: Chequebook Consciences ; Citizenship in Britain by Charles Pattie, Patrick Seyd & Paul Whiteley CAMBRIDGE UP Pounds 16.99 (346Pp) Pounds 16.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
This important book reports on a large-scale national two-year survey of attitudes to citizenship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as a major part of a huge "Democracy and Participation" programme. My heart fell when the authors began...
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BOOKS: Down the Mine and into a Gene Pool ; Ursula, under by Ingrid Hill JONATHAN CAPE Pounds 10.99 (476Pp) Pounds 9.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
Fusion fiction is now so mainstream that it's hard not to feel a waning of appetite for yet another story of exotic ancestry and assimilation. First-time novelist Ingrid Hill, however, has gone one step further in the culture-smash stakes with a Sino-Finnish-...
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BOOKS: How We Remembered the Missing ; the Living Unknown Soldier by Jean-Yves le Naour, Trans Penny Allen HEINEMANN Pounds 15.99 (240Pp) Pounds 14.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
There is a paradox from the First World War that haunts us still. The war perfected military slaughter on an industrial scale. It also marked a new reverence for individual soldiers - for the fathers, sons, brothers, lovers who died in their millions....
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BOOKS: If Jolly Decent Chaps Ran the Show Again. ; Speak for England by James Hawes JONATHAN CAPE Pounds 12.99 (338Pp) Pounds 11.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
Crumbs! Picture a bit of 1950s England preserved in the jungle, where young chaps called Crompton Minor and Johnson-Smithers shout things like "You Bolshevik ass" or "Pipe down or you'll all cop six". Then add a reality-TV game show. Winning means surviving...
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BOOKS: Japan's Divided Souls ; Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Trans Philip Gabriel HARVILL Pounds 12.99 (505Pp) Pounds 11.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
Although Haruki Murakami's 1987 novel Norwegian Wood sold more than two million hardback copies in Japan, it was not until the publication of Jay Rubin's translation of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, in 1997, that his international cult status was established....
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BOOKS: Miracles of Manchester ; Livi Michael, Lauded as a Novelist for Adults and Now Children, Gives a Voice to the Lost, Lonely and Outcast. She Tells KATY GUEST about Storytelling as Salvation
"There's a funny kind of map of publishing," says Livi Michael, fresh off the 6.30am train from Manchester to Puffin's offices in central London. "Someone I know wanted to set a detective novel in Chester and people said, `You can't base it in Chester!'...
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Boy, 13, Gets Four Months in Prison for Drink Driving Is Britain's Youngest Drink-Driver
A 13-YEAR-OLD boy, thought to be Britain's youngest convicted drink-driver, was given a four-month custodial sentence yesterday. Jon Smee, from Salford, Greater Manchester, looked shocked and shaken as he was handcuffed and led away at Salford magistrates'...
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Branson's Tilting Trains Are the Least Reliable on Network
SIR RICHARD Branson's state-of-the-art Pendolino trains have by far the worst reliability record on the rail network and are getting worse, according to internal industry figures. The tilting trains, which operate on the west coast main line, are between...
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Business Analysis: Jobs the Survivor as Apple Triumphs ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS Technology Tycoon Has Beaten Cancer to See through a Record Year
STEVE JOBS, the chief executive of Apple Computer, will this weekend be putting the finishing touches to Wednesday's quarterly results announcement that should prove the crowning glory to a remarkable 12 months for the 49-year-old technology tycoon....
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China Celebrates the Birth of Its 1.3 Billionth Citizen
GREETED BY national television coverage of his first bath, a baby boy born yesterday was declared China's 1.3 billionth citizen in a blaze of publicity to promote the government's controversial "one child" birth limit. The eight-pound (3.6kg) baby was...
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COVER STORY: Still Striking a Chord ; Jacqueline Du Pre Would Have Been 60 This Month. JESSICA DUCHEN Talks to Those Who Knew the Cellist about Her Lasting Ability to Captivate Audiences
They called her Smiley, for the wide, radiant glow of joy that rarely left her face. Her bow gouging into the cello string, her long, red-gold hair flying around her silk-clad shoulders, she played with an uninhibited physicality that could conjure up...
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CRICKET: Even in a Hole, Real Winners Keep Digging
A TEAM DO not go bad in the course of one Test match but they can pick up a pretty serious infection. That has to be the worry about the all-conquering England of 2004, who have arrived in the new year dishevelled and, it seems, rather sorry for themselves....
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CRICKET: Harmison's Last Stand Fails to Save Vaughan's Ragged England ; South Africa 441 & 222-8 Dec England 163 & 304 South Africa Win by 196 Runs
THERE ARE worse places for an unbeaten run to come to an inglorious end than Cape Town. Table Mountain, the beaches at Camps Bay, Robben Island and the wineland areas of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are ideal locations for a crestfallen cricketer to...
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CRICKET: `The Series Is There for Us to Win. I Have Huge Confidence in the Team'
MICHAEL VAUGHAN yesterday insisted England can bounce back from a crushing first Test defeat in more than a year to win the series in South Africa. The captain Vaughan believes his side have shown enough mettle during their record-breaking exploits of...
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Cultural Life Clarke Peters Actor
Books I have just put down Plutarch's Fall of the Roman Republic - a compilation of biographies of the main players, such as Cicero and Caesar. It is part of my research for an audition for the part of Caesar at the Lincoln Center, New York, alongside...
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`Desperate Housewives' Proves Sex Sells in Television Ratings War
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, the US satire of sex and the suburbs which has annoyed the American right, became the most successful new drama on Channel 4 since the launch of the mega-hit ER, viewing figures showed yesterday. The first night of the show attracted...
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`Desperate Housewives' Proves That Sex on TV Sells
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, the US satire of sex and the suburbs which has annoyed the American right, became the most successful new drama on Channel 4 since the launch of the mega-hit ER, viewing figures showed yesterday. The first night of the show attracted...
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EDUCATION: Call for Pupils to Face Compulsory Drug Tests
SCHOOLS SHOULD be allowed to test pupils for drugs even if their parents refuse permission, the Tories argued yesterday. A Kent secondary school began random drug-testing this week, thought to be the first state school to do so. Abbey School in Faversham...
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EDUCATION: Kelly Pledges Support for More Competition in Schools
THE EDUCATION Secretary, Ruth Kelly, last night declared herself a "parental champion", promising parents more choice of state schools. In her first speech since taking office, she pledged to bring about "an increase in the range of providers of education",...
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EDUCATION: Results `Improved Faster under Tories'
GCSE RESULTS improved faster under the Tories than under the Labour government, according to a report by an influential all- party committee of MPs published yesterday. The cross-party Education Select Committee warned that the figures undermined government...
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EMI Plays Musical Chairs in Board Shuffle
EMI GROUP added considerable weight to its boardroom line-up yesterday when it announced that Martin Stewart, the former British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) executive, was joining as finance director.Roger Faxon, whom Mr Stewart will replace, is moving...
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Euronext Raises Stakes in LSE Battle with Pledge of Cash Bid
THE BATTLE for the London Stock Exchange intensified yesterday as Euronext announced its bid would be solely in cash, ahead of talks with the London market. Deutsche Borse, the rival suitor, yesterday held its third meeting with the LSE, which last month...
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Euronext Raises Stakes in LSE Bid Battle with All Cash Offer
THE BATTLE for the London Stock Exchange intensified yesterday as Euronext announced its bid would be solely in cash, ahead of talks with the London market. Deutsche Borse, the rival suitor, yesterday held its third meeting with the LSE, which last month...
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Exam Stress Blamed after Uppingham Boy Found Hanged
A SENIOR RAF officer was devastated last night after finding his teenage son hanging at their home. Air Commodore Christopher Harper and his wife Jan are struggling to understand why their son Jason, 15, killed himself. Cdre Harper admitted yesterday...
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FA Cup Trophy's Sale to Set Football Memorabilia Record
THE FA Cup is the oldest football tournament in the world and today attracts global television audiences of 600 million. Such is the interest in the coveted trophy that the auction house Christie's yesterday predicted that the sale of the oldest surviving...
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Fifth Mafia Boss Is Killed as Gang War Grips Italian South
THE VICIOUS mafia war in Naples has spread to the city's historic Spanish quarter, where the Camorra clan boss Edoardo Bove was murdered in his fortified home on Wednesday night, hours after President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi warned of a mafia crisis in...
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FILM: A Novel Challenge for Blonde Ambition ; the Star of Legally Blonde Is about to Appear as a Classic English Anti-Heroine. Reese Witherspoon Tells LEE MARSHALL Why
Reese Witherspoon achieved stardom by playing a blonde who was not as stupid as she looked. Now, in Mira Nair's rumbustious adaptation of Vanity Fair, she gets to play a blonde who is every bit as intelligent as she looks. This is progress in Hollywood....
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Film: Global Triumph ; as the World Cinema Award Marks Its Second Birthday with a Dazzling Shortlist, ROGER CLARKE Assesses the Competition;
AND THE NOMINATIONS ARE...; Hero (Zhang Yimou, China 2002) Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano, Japan 2003) Bad Education (Pedro Almodovar, Spain 2004) The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, USA/ Germany/UK/ Argentina 2004) The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia...
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FILM: NEW RELEASES; Song of Innocence and Experience ; Vera Drake (12A) Mike Leigh (125 Mins) Iiii8; STARRING Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Alex Kelly
Mike Leigh's new film, Vera Drake, is a vivid remembrance of hard times - the ration-book austerity of war-wearied England - but it does something more imaginative, something one could scarcely have expected of this director: it forges a compelling drama...
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FOOTBALL: Benitez Retains Morientes Hopes
RAFAEL BENITEZ said yesterday that he still believes he will sign the Spanish international Fernando Morientes, despite Real Madrid's new coach, Wanderley Luxemburgo, having included the striker in his side ahead of Michael Owen for the match against...
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FOOTBALL: Comradeship of Champions Lost in Age of False Idols
THERE WAS a time - and it seems a lifetime away though it was no more than 25 years ago - when sporting idols could still be relied on for comportment that identified them as fully developed adults who appreciated the good things that had happened to...
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FOOTBALL: Cotterill Takes the Lessons of Home Turf to Breathe Fire into Burnley S ; FA Cup Countdown Ahead of the Liverpool Test Tonight, Tim Rich Speaks to Burnley's Journeyman Boss
"TRIALIST, pounds 350-A-WEEK kid, pounds 200-a-week kid, pounds 200-a-week kid. That's it, that's the bench I've got against Liverpool." But you need five to start a game. "Yeah, I know that," Steve Cotterill reflects standing against a board in the...
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FOOTBALL: FA to Rule on Share Ownership
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION is set to launch an initiative against allegations of corruption within the national game by introducing new rules that will forbid employees of football clubs from owning shares in player agent companies. They hope that the...
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FOOTBALL: Heath in the Frame as Reid Steps Down at Coventry
NO LONGER will instructions from the Coventry City dugout be barked in broad scouse. Peter Reid resigned yesterday as manager of the club lying 20th in the Coca-Cola Championship, leaving his assistant Adrian Heath with the chance to stake his claim...
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FOOTBALL: Here Today.Why the Manager's Job Has Become More Uncertain Than Ever
Peter Reid yesterday became the first managerial casualty of 2005, leaving his post at Coventry City, which he had occupied for barely eight months, with the time-worn phrase "by mutual consent". When Reid's replacement is named, he will become Coventry's...
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FOOTBALL: Savage `Sickens' Birmingham
ANY PROSPECT of a rapprochement between Birmingham City and Robbie Savage receded sharply yesterday after David Sullivan, the club's co-owner, branded the midfielder's attitude "sickening" and ridiculed his reason for wanting to join Blackburn Rovers...
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Former WorldCom Directors Pay $18M
TEN FORMER directors of WorldCom are preparing to pay $18m (pounds 9.6m) out of their own pockets to settle a lawsuit brought by bondholders and shareholders who lost millions of dollars when shares in the telecommunications giant collapsed in the wake...
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For Sale: The Modest Terrace Where a Poet Laureate Was Born
THE UNPREPOSSESSING terraced house that was birthplace and occasional poetic inspiration for the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, is up for sale. Only a blue heritage plaque and occasional cultural tourists reveal the literary significance of 1 Aspinall...
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Kelly Opens Ministerial Career with Pledge on Competition in Schools
RUTH KELLY, the Secretary of State for Education, last night declared herself a "parental champion", promising parents more choice of state schools. In her first speech since taking office, she pledged to bring about "an increase in the range of providers...
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KPMG Warns Car Firms of Overcapacity
CAR CHIEFS are warned today that they are underestimating the amount of surplus manufacturing capacity worldwide - a key determinant of profitability - mainly due to the explosive growth of the Chinese auto industry. Three-quarters of executives believe...
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Last Night's Television: Nothing to Get Smiley about ; DRUGLAND BBC2
For the last half-century, the British have supposedly been getting used to living without an empire and finding a new, more modest place for themselves in the world. Watching the last part of BBC2's Drugland, a trilogy of films about contemporary drug...
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Laura Ashley Chief in Surprise Resignation
A NEW year, a new boss at Laura Ashley. The 10th chief executive in 14 years quit the struggling fashion and furnishings chain yesterday. Ainum Mohd-Saaid's abrupt resignation follows what analysts believe was another poor Christmas for the retailer....
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LEADING ARTICLE: A Corrosive Feud That Is Dividing the Government and Drowning Its Message
THERE CAN hardly be an administration anywhere in the world, at any period in history, that has not experienced principled disagreements, spats about priorities and clashes of competing ambitions. Up to a point, such tensions can generate productive...
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LEADING ARTICLE: This Time, Nations Must Keep Their Promises
IT IS understandable that some should have regarded the scramble of the world's richer governments to outdo each others' donations in the wake of the tsunami disaster as unseemly. There is more than a hint of posturing in some of the pledges made in...
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LETTER: In Sri Lanka's Desperate Hour, British Generosity Brings Hope
Sir: I am an undergraduate student in the UK and returned home to Sri Lanka for my Christmas holidays and was in Galle town minutes before the wave struck. There is nothing left of the places I visited in town minutes before. There was a home for handicapped...
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Mandela Breaks Taboo over Son's Aids Death
FORMER SOUTH African President Nelson Mandela revealed yesterday that his son Makgatho had died of Aids, breaking a widely held African taboo which holds it shameful to openly admit deaths from the disease. Mr Mandela, one of the most prominent Aids...
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Monks of Caldey Island Break Silence over Sacking of Couple
AN ORDER of Cistercian monks in a remote island community broke their vow of silence yesterday to deny claims that they had unfairly dismissed a couple who had worked for them for 22 years. One of the reasons that 60- year-old Andrew McHardy was sacked,...
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MOTOR RACING: Williams Unveil Pounds 30m Sponsorship Deal
WHILE SIR FRANK WILLIAMS hedged around the identity of his second driver yesterday, his team - and Formula One's corporate credibility - received a boost as he announced that the Royal Bank of Scotland will be one of his major financial backers. The...
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North-Bound BBC Workers Likely to Spark Mini-Boom in Manchester House Prices
JUST WHEN they thought the pressure could not get any worse, BBC employees caught up in the planned relocation to Manchester received some uncomfortable news yesterday: they face inflated property prices in the north unless they buy early. The property...
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Obituary: Andrew Dodds ; Prolific Illustrator for Books, Newspapers and `Radio Times'
WHEN, IN 1951, the Radio Times wanted an artist to draw characters for the new broadcast serial The Archers, they made a shrewd choice in Andrew Dodds. He had been brought up on a farm and had illustrated for Farmers Weekly. Dodds created faces that...
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Obituary: George Frankl ; Psychoanalyst Concerned with Social Pathologies
GEORGE FRANKL was a philosopher, psychoanalyst and visionary thinker whose great achievements lay both in the field of therapeutic work with individuals and in his writings. His 1970s classic The Failure of the Sexual Revolution (1974), on which an international...
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Obituary: Hugh Davies ; Iconoclastic Innovator in Electronic Music
DIFFIDENT, YET obsessive; in several respects unassuming but consistently meticulous in every task he took on: Hugh Davies was probably always going to seem one of the British new-music scene's backroom boys. My initial memory of him is at the Dartington...
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Obituary: Paul Darragh ; Show Jumper Who Enjoyed a Partnership Full of Fire and Fight with the Mare Heather Honey
WITH HIS light frame and natural gifts as a horseman, Paul Darragh could have been a brilliant Flat-race jockey. But the son of a doctor from Co Kildare had set his heart on a career in show jumping from an early age and he pursued his goal with a characteristic...
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Oldest Cup Final Trophy Left to Auction for Record
THE OLDEST surviving FA Cup is expected to set a new world record for football memorabilia when it is auctioned at Christie's in London on 19 May, two days before the cup final. It is not the original FA Cup, which was stolen in 1895 and never recovered,...
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Oprah Leads Black Celebrities in Drive to Set Up African-American Museum on Washington Mall
CLOTHES WORN by protesters in the March on Washington in 1963, chains from the slave ships that came from Africa with human cargoes, and photographs of lynchings in the Deep South are among the items to be displayed in a national American museum dedicated...
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Optimistic Seeks AIM Listing with Support from TV Comedians
JASPER SMITH, a media entrepreneur, and David Brook, the former strategy director at Channel 4, will emerge with stakes together worth more than pounds 6m from a planned flotation of their television programming business on AIM. The two directors, who...
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Ottakar's Warning Sheds New Light on Knighton Exit
THE BOOKSHOP chain Ottakar's issued a profit warning yesterday just four months after its finance director quit unexpectedly. The company became the third retailer in three days to bring forward its post-Christmas trading update after two months of disappointing...
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OUTLOOK: Cash Is King as Euronext Battles It out for LSE
JEAN-FRANCOIS Theodore, chief executive of Euronext, is a wily old fox of great ingenuity and negotiating skill, but can he really afford to pay the upwards of pounds 1.5bn of cash he needs to come up with to secure the London Stock Exchange? In a regulatory...
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OUTLOOK: Tsunami of Aid
THERE IS something faintly distasteful about the "mine's bigger than yours" competition being played out among the world's richest nations for supplying the greatest amount of aid to the tsunami hit countries of the Indian Ocean. The outpouring of private...
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Pandora
Tatchell reveals there is a limit to his lust for publicity Peter Tatchell's critics have accused him of using endless human rights campaigns as a means to gain cheap and easy self publicity. So they'll be eating their cynical words at news that the...
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Police Set to Blame IRA for Record Pounds 22m Bank Heist
HOPES FOR political progress in Northern Ireland are set to receive a body blow today when police are expected to blame the IRA for a huge pre-Christmas bank robbery in Belfast. Chief Constable Hugh Orde is due to point the finger at the IRA this afternoon...
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Pounds 2.2bn Pledged: But Will the World Deliver This Time? ; UN Urges Governments to Keep Promises on Tsunami Aid; HURRICANE MITCH Central America 1998 Pledged: Pounds 4.8bn Delivered: Pounds 1.6bn; FLOODS Mozambique 2002 Pledged: Pounds 214m Delivered: Pounds 107m; EARTHQUAKE Bam, Iran 2003 Pledged: Pounds 17.1m Delivered: Pounds 9.5m
THE WORLD'S governments were urged yesterday to honour their financial pledges to countries hit by the tsunami, amid fears that the massive offers of aid will never materialise. The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, warned of a "race against...
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RACING: Passion Adds Intensity to Tolworth
WILD PASSION arrived at Sandown Park yesterday to join the line- up for tomorrow's Tolworth Hurdle which is now guaranteed to be a highly informative guide to the top novice hurdling events at the Cheltenham Festival in March. As well as the Co Meath-trained...
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REVIEWS: CLASSICAL - St James Baroque / Kirkby St John's, Smith Square London Oooo9
Time was when you couldn't turn on Radio 3 without hearing Emma Kirkby, the quintessential voice of "early music". And Kirkby's voice seemed to have come out of nowhere, because a vibrato-free soprano was an affront to everything the conservatoires stood...
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REVIEWS: CLASSICAL - the Lindsays / Padmore / West Wigmore Hall London Ooo99
Sir Malcolm Sargent was adamant in his refusal to conduct the premiere of Michael Tippett's Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli in 1953, declaring "My one interest is in removing all this intellectualism from English music!" To judge by certain...
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REVIEWS: THEATRE - the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds Ooo99
Imagine an enchanted world where it's "always winter and never Christmas", where the goodies have been turned to stone and where the White Witch rules over her evil regime with a rod of ice. Perfect festive entertainment in theory, the best known of...
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REVIEWS: VISUAL ARTS - the Colour of Emotions ; Craigie Aitchison Timothy Taylor Gallery London Oooo9
The walls of Timothy Taylor's gallery have been painted midnight blue so that Craigie Aitchison's canvases shimmer like exotic jewels. Colour defines Aitchison's paintings, along with the sensibility to perceive what is unique or even odd in the commonplace....
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Rice's Deputy Signals Conciliatory US Foreign Policy
ROBERT ZOELLICK, the US trade representative, is set to become deputy to the Secretary of State-designate, Condoleezza Rice, which could portend a more conciliatory foreign policy in George Bush's second term. According to White House officials, the...
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Rice's Deputy to Signal Multilateralist US Policy
ROBERT ZOELLICK, the US trade representative, is set to become deputy to the Secretary of State-designate, Condoleezza Rice, a move which could portend a more conciliatory foreign policy in George Bush's second term. According to White House officials,...
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ROCK & POP: A Passage to India ; DJs Bobby Friction and Nihal Arthanayake Take British-Asian Music to India. RAHUL VERMA Witnesses the Gig of Their Lives
Sean Paul's clarion call to dance, "Shake that thing!", fades into the background as his "Get Busy" video comes to an end. It is followed by an interview with the rising British R&B/hip-hop star Jay Sean, who is promoting his recent debut LP, Me Against...
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ROCK & POP: Behind the Blitzkrieg Bop ; A Long-Awaited Film Documentary on the Ramones Is Finally out. PIERRE PERRONE Meets Ed Stasium, Their Regular Producer
"The world was not ready for The Ramones. Look what happened after them. Green Day come along, and boom! Blink-182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte. Where would they be without The Ramones? And they don't even touch them. They are not even close," says Ed Stasium,...
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ROCK & POP: Leaders of the Pack ; Kaiser Chiefs Could Just Be the Next Classic British Band. but They Already Know That, They Tell CHARLOTTE CRIPPS
There is nothing remotely childish about the Kaiser Chiefs' intelligent, indie art- school pop music brimming as it does with energy. But it is hard to take this five-piece band from Leeds seriously as they gather together like schoolboys in the foyer...
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ROCK & POP: NEW RELEASES - 2pac Loyal to the Game AMARU / INTERSCOPE Ii888
I think it was the David Essex film Stardust that included the comment that a pop star's best career move would be to die - a classic piece of hard-bitten record-business cynicism that has found its ideal in Tupac Shakur. After early work as part of...
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ROCK & POP: STORY OF THE SONG `EXCERPT FROM A TEENAGE OPERA' Keith West (1967)
Like Paul McCartney and "Yesterday", Mark Wirtz had a dream. In 1967 Wirtz was a producer at EMI's Abbey Road studios: "I saw this door- to-door grocer who was taken for granted by the village and taunted by the children," he said, explaining his vision....
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RUGBY UNION: Leeds Splash out Pounds 300,000 on Marshall
LEEDS YESTERDAY confirmed they have signed the New Zealand scrum- half Justin Marshall - a deal that could well prove to be the signing of the 21st century, thus far. The total package - car, house, air fares and other incidentals - is thought to be...
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Seven US Soldiers Die as Iraqi State of Emergency Widens
MORE VIOLENCE shook Iraq yesterday as the interim government moved to renew extraordinary emergency powers it had granted itself ahead of the elections at the end of the month. Seven US soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit an explosive device...
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SHARES AND MARKET REPORT: RBS Rumoured to Be Mulling Bid for ABN Amro
RUMOURS THAT Royal Bank of Scotland is considering a bid for its rival ABN Amro were the main talking point of yesterday's session and certainly got shares of the Dutch bank moving. Quoted in Amsterdam, ABN closed EUR0.72 higher at 20.48p while, in London,...
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Suddenly, There Is Debate in Beirut: How Can Syria Keep Lebanon While Condemning Israel?
NEVER BEFORE has it happened in Lebanon. Since the Syrian army entered the country in 1976 - just a year after the start of the 15- year civil war, at the request of Lebanese Christian Maronites - there has been no public debate about the presence of...
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Swan Song of a Supreme Quartet
The farewell performances of musicians tend to be somewhat protracted affairs. One of the best string quartets in the world, The Lindsays, is to retire in the summer, and it takes its leave with a very large number of concerts over the next six months....
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THE FRIDAY BOOK: Bitter Truths before Reconciliation ; Heaven Lies about Us Eugene McCabe Jonathan Cape, Pounds 16.99/ Pounds 15.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
THE DERRY columnist Eamonn McCann once referred to "Ireland's vast reservoir of hidden misery", a remark that indicates the subject-matter of Eugene McCabe's searing short fiction. From "Victims", first issued as a novella in 1976, to the Famine quartet...
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THE INDEPENDENT BOOK GROUP: A Blurring of Fact and Fiction ; CHRISTINA PATTERSON Reveals Your Views on the Most Talked-About Book of 2004, the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
When a book becomes an international phenomenon, it seems perverse to ignore it. That, at least, was the thinking behind the selection of The Da Vinci Code as the last Independent book group choice of 2004. Everyone was reading it. Some even admitted...
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THE INDEPENDENT BOOK GROUP: As Disappointing as Its Denouement
When the world-renowned symbologist Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, is called in the middle of the night to go to the Louvre to assist the police in their investigation of the murder of a prominent curator, he...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Look for the Dogs to Have a Good Run
INVESTORS NEED to be careful to choose the right stocks in the IT hardware sector in 2005, because this is a diverse sector and, as last year, the big players could go in contrary directions. The sector as a whole was the worst on the stock market in...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Time for a Reboot in the IT Sector
IT IS five years since businesses large and small were on their Millennial spending spree. The splurge on new computer systems left IT directors sated and their bosses suspicious over whether the latest brand-spanking new technology really was worth...
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The Mystery of the British Museum's Crystal Skull Is Solved. It's a Fake
SOME SAY it has mystical powers derived from its ancient origins as an Aztec symbol of death. Others believe it is one of 13 crystal skulls that will foretell the destiny of humankind when brought together in the same place. Whatever legends are attached...
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The Scratch and Sniff Lexicon
Anew phrase has recently entered the English language: "chip'n'pin". It's all about defeating card fraud. The chip is on your debit card; the pin number is in your brain. You give the debit card to the salesperson, and you key in its pin number, or PIN...
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The Silent Majority Have Shockingly Good Taste ; at a Time When `Decency' and `Moral Values' Loom, Peter Cook Represents an Important Freedom
The process by which a public entertainer - a comedian, say - evolves over time into one of the nation's sacred cows is both mysterious and revealing. When we needed the reassurance of a funny- uncle figure, we turned to Eric Morecambe and Tommy Cooper....
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The Sketch: Anything One Can Do, the Other Can Do Better ; THE SKETCH
I DON'T know about Gordon Brown but Mr Blair certainly took me by surprise. I was in my bath when the balloon went up. Whoop, whoop, whoop! I went into action wringing wet and wearing nothing but a dressing gown. Let's not think about that too closely....
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This Dogfight Has Descended into Farce ; at a Moment of Infinite Global Distress, Mr Blair Revealed Himself as Rigidly Preoccupied with a Personal Feud
At what is always a gloomy time in the calendar, but never more so than this year, the craving for a cathartic belly laugh is especially intense. So our most sincere thanks to the Prime Minister for providing such a corker yesterday. With Gordon Brown...
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