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 February 9, 2005

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An Idiotic Law That Could Silence Free Speech ; A Law Intended Only to Be Used against White Men with Obnoxious Beliefs Is Unworkable
The other day, I was watching Luis Bunuel's splendidly offensive film, La Voie Lactee. It's probably the most virulent of his anti- clerical diatribes: it begins with a rendering of the Holy Trinity as a sinister cloaked bully, a dwarf and a bird, and...
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Architecture: Out with the Old, in with the New ; London's Skyline Has Already Undergone Dramatic Change. but Two Developments Are Accelerating the Transformation from Historic Capital to Modern Metropolis. Jay Merrick Reports
There's hard. And there's very hard. Two major architectural projects in London cast Dickens' unforgivingly "boney light" on what it takes to make acceptable modern sense of old places. In one site, master-planning was the key; in the other, architectural...
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A Revolution Dawns in the East of Europe ; I Suspect That in 20 Years' Time Newspapers Will Be Celebrating the Intellectual Influence of the Baltic States
`Thatcherismo", shouted the headline in yesterday's La Repubblica, the left-of-centre Italian newspaper. Three pages followed about the legacy of the "Lady di ferro", complete with quotes from such luminaries as Amartya Sen, Anthony Giddens and JG Ballard,...
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Arts: Clown Prince of Daft ; on the Eve of a National Tour, the Award-Winning Comedian Harry Hill Tells James Rampton Why He's Glad to Be Back on the Road - and How He Plans to Take the Audience out on to the Street
For his national tour - entitled Hooves - Harry Hill has invented a great new sport. "It's called inter-species swingball," the comedian says, beaming. "I invite a member of the audience on stage to take on Abu the Hamster - geddit? He's only got one...
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Arts: THE WEEK IN RADIO
IT'S A neat - but, I'm fairly confident, accidental - piece of scheduling that has brought Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy to the air in the same week as Proust's A la Recherche du Temps Perdu: two great novels about the difficulty of remembering,...
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Ask Alice: Do You Have an Interiors Dilemma? Consult Our Resident Specialist
Dear Alice, I'm having my kitchen redone and wondering what to put on the floors. I love limestone, but I'm worried about my child falling off his high chair and bumping his head. What do you recommend? Emilia Jones, by e-mail Avoid the cheapo laminate...
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At the Sharp End: Better to Be a Brat Than Born Again
Teenagers are in trouble. According to a raft of recent reports, they're bunking off school in record numbers to lurk on street corners and slump in front of the telly. They're rude, they're lazy and they're so fat they can barely waddle to the fridge....
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BP Turns Up Dividend Gusher after Profits Surge to a Record
BP FUELLED the outcry over bumper oil industry profits yesterday after lifting its dividend payout by 26 per cent and saying it had the potential to distribute a further $28bn to shareholders over the next two years if crude prices stayed around current...
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Bridge
THE AUCTION, which was frisky, was replicated at both tables in a teams-of-four match. East pre-empted with Three Diamonds, South overcalled Three Hearts and West tried Three Spades. North supported partner with Four Hearts, which passed to West, who...
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BT Criticised for Missing Broadband Access Targets
THE SUPPLY of high-speed internet connections to consumers is being held back by operational problems at BT Group with regulators' key performance targets being missed, according to Peter Black, the man charged with overseeing the progress made by BT...
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Catch of the Day ; as Chris Arnot Reports, Hull Is Finally Attaining Redemption through Regeneration, and Investors Are Queueing Up to Buy While Prices Are Still Relatively Affordable
Addresses don't come more whimsical than 2nd Star on the Right and Straight on 'til Morning, Land of Green Ginger, HU1 2EA. You'll find it in the middle of Hull, where there has been a Land of Green Ginger for as long as anyone can remember. Explanations...
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Charles Arthur on Technology: Why It's Time to Downsize
One's first reaction to seeing the Mac mini face to face is: surely you can't get a whole computer in that? A metal-and-white enclosure the size of a sandwich box - but far more elegant - packs up to 1 gigabyte of memory, fast Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth...
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CLASSICAL: A Soul-Searching Soundtrack ; Geoff Smith's Devilish Live Score Enlivens Murnau's 1926 Film Faust
WHAT BETTER accompaniment to F W Murnau's classic 1926 film version of Faust than the disturbing and beautiful sound of the hammered dulcimer. The ancient percussion instrument, with more than 100 strings, is struck by small, wooden hammers, sticks or...
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Classical: LSO / Colin Davis Barbican London Oooo9
TO THOROUGHLY misquote Mark Twain, rumours of the death of classical music have been grossly exaggerated. But anyone who'd listened to BBC Radio 3's Music Matters discussion on Sunday on the fate of classical music - or, more precisely, classical-music...
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Could George Bush Snr Really Be Deep Throat? ; He Was the World's Most Famous Journalistic Source and Heralded the End for Richard Nixon. A New Report Says He Is the Former President, Another That He Is near Death
George Bush Snr US Ambassador at the UN Who is he? Bush was US ambassador to the UN from 1971 to 1973 and director of the CIA in 1976-77, later serving two terms as vice- president to Ronald Reagan. In 1988, Bush was elected president, serving one term...
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Country Life
In many ways we count ourselves lucky to have a wildlife consultant as a neighbour. For more than two years, Will has been sporadically popping round to the back door to tell us that he has found a pond full of almost 1,000 copulating frogs and would...
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Cover Story: My Awfully Big Adventure ; with No Corner of the World Left Unexplored, Can the Philosophy of `Experimental Tourism' Add Spice to Our Travels? Clare Rudebeck Followed Its Rules and Went in Search of Arcadia (in Kent)
The world has run out of new destinations. We've been everywhere. Explorers are out of a job. Even Sir Ranulph Fiennes admits that there's nowhere new to go. The Rough Guide and Lonely Planet have only succeeded in making our planet less rough and less...
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Cricket but No Chess in Sistani's Vision for Democratic Iraq
CRICKET IS allowed but chess is "absolutely forbidden". Women may not shake hands with men. Music is permitted but only if it is not for enjoyment. Men cannot pray when wearing earrings. These are the views of the most powerful man in Iraq. After the...
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Cricket: Fletcher Denies Link to South Africa Post
DUNCAN FLETCHER was in a state of denial yesterday which made the ascetics of Lent look positively indulgent. He denied ignoring old friends on this tour; he denied that England in general, and Stephen Harmison in particular, wanted to go home; he denied...
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Cussons to Switch Soap Jobs to Thailand
PZ CUSSONS, maker of Imperial Leather, is to close its Nottingham factory with the loss of 160 jobs as customers shun old-fashioned bars of soap in favour of liquid varieties. The factory, which has been making soap since 1955, will shut in 2007 and...
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Dame Ellen Sails into a Different Kind of Storm as Nation Salutes Epic Voyage
THE FLOTILLA left Falmouth in a squall. Five miles out at sea, just beyond the manacles, beside the pyramidal hulk of HMS Severn, the weather was clearing and a single sail reached into the blue sky from a giant trimaran. It was heading for home. On...
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Deadliest Attack since Election Kills 21
A SUICIDE bomber killed at least 21 people and wounded nearly 30 outside an Iraqi security forces recruitment centre in Baghdad yesterday in the deadliest insurgent attack since last month's election. The blast came a day after suicide bombers killed...
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Developers May Bulldoze Britain's Oldest Velodrome
BRITAIN'S OLDEST velodrome has been closed amid fears that it has been earmarked for commercial redevelopment, ending more than a century of cycling history. The Herne Hill velodrome gates were locked last week after its landlord, the Dulwich Estate,...
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Diary of an Eco-Builder ; Even Teak from a Burmese Rainforest Can Find a Place in an Ecohouse
THIS WEEK I faced up to a job that I have been shirking for months. We have a shed-load of Bur-mese teak in need of serious TLC: dozens of bags of grubby reclaimed parquet, crammed in tightly from floor to ceiling. When I bought the lot last year from...
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Does This General Election Have to Be Such a Gruesome Right-Wing Contest? ; This Mind-Rotting Campaign Is Already Convincing Voters There Are No Choices, When in Reality There Are
Kill me now. I can't face another three months of haggling between Tony Blair and Michael Howard over who will be tougher on immigrants and disability benefits. Another thirteen weeks of flying pigs, Fagin-flaunting and "Forward, Not Back"? Pass the...
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End of the Intifada: Four Long Years of Bloodshed, Bulldozed Homes, Suicide Bombs and Targeted Killings
AN ACT of provocation by Ariel Sharon ignited the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, on 28 September 2000. On that day, the portly head of the Likud right-wing opposition bloc put on sunglasses and walked into one of the holiest sites in Islam,...
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End of the Intifada: One More Step Down the Long and Obstacle- Strewn Path to a Just Peace ; ANALYSIS
THERE WAS, in the end, no fanfare. The businesslike handshake across the table between Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas was cordial enough. But as they read their statements, the expressions of the men - the king, the prime minister and the two presidents,...
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End of the Intifada: Palestinian and Israeli Ceasefire Marks End of Conflict
A HALT to four and a half years of bloody conflict was called yesterday by Israel and the new Palestinian leadership, as both sides pledged at a potentially historic meeting to seize what Ariel Sharon declared to be an opportunity for "security, tranquillity...
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Finance: Can You Afford It?
Cliff-top apartment, pounds 325,000, Canford Cliffs Village, Poole, Dorset Agent: Tailor Made, 01202 706006 What you get: Recently refurbished three-bedroom second-floor apartment in a residential block about 50 years' old and set amid well-maintained...
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First Night: Spacey's Star Vehicle Can't Quite Get off the Ground
National Anthems Old Vic, London LAST AUTUMN, Kevin Spacey's artistic directorship of the Old Vic was launched with Cloaca, a play that hit the stage with all the lustre and vibrancy of a bag of stale bread. It seemed then that up was the only direction...
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Flamingos May Be Homeless as Lake Dries Up
KENYA'S LAKE Nakuru, one of the world's great natural spectacles and home to more than a million flamingos, is in imminent danger of drying up, conservationists have warned. The sight of the birds taking flight in a dense pink cloud has become essential...
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Football: Domenech Tips Trezeguet to Restore Fizz to French Attack
DAVID TREZEGUET is back in a France shirt for the friendly international against Sweden tonight as Raymond Domenech's side look to transform their attacking fortunes. After three scoreless draws in a row at Stade de France and only five goals in six...
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Football: England Tempted by Six-Pronged Attacking Promise ; ENGLAND V NETHERLANDS
IT SAYS something about the transformation of Sven Goran Eriksson's England team over his four years in charge that, of the three players who scored the goals against Spain at Villa Park in February 2001, the only one who actually started the game played...
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Football: Lita Too Late to Save Taylor's Men from Dutch Masterclass ; England Under-21 1 Netherlands Under-21 2
LEROY LITA, of Bristol City, grabbed a late consolation goal for England last night but Peter Taylor's side could not stop the Netherlands gaining a deserved victory at Pride Park. A best-ever crowd for an England Under-21s home fixture - the 33,184...
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Football: Militant Fans Try to Warn off Glazer Allies
OPPOSITION TO Malcolm Glazer's proposed takeover of Manchester United took a menacing turn last night when a militant fans' group issued veiled threats of violence against anyone - including United's board and Glazer's advisers - who assists the American...
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Football:Mourinho Shows Doctor the Door after Robben Dispute
THE CHELSEA winger Arjen Robben was at the centre of a dispute within the club last night after it is understood that his manager, Jose Mourinho, sacked the doctor who was treating the player. Robben, 21, sustained a broken foot in last week's Premiership...
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Football: Oval Ball Eclipses Toshack's Return
WHEN WALES were charging towards qualification for last summer's European Championship, Mark Hughes remarked that he could see the day when football replaced rugby as the principality's national sport. The roar that erupted last Saturday night in the...
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Football: Players Right to Talk to Suitors, Says Eriksson
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON was drawn into the dispute over Chelsea's alleged illegal approach to Ashley Cole yesterday when the England coach defended the rights of contracted players to speak to rival clubs about potential transfers. The Swede's comments are...
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Football: Robben Admits `Disaster' of Two-Month Spell on Sidelines
ARJEN ROBBEN, the winger so influential in Chelsea's rise to the top of the Premiership, has described his foot injury as "a disaster" after scans yesterday revealed he had broken two bones. The Dutchman will be out of action for up to two months before...
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Football: Sanchez Attracted by Eager Davis
LAWRIE SANCHEZ is demanding an end to a dismal run of home results when Northern Ireland face Canada in a friendly at Windsor Park tonight. While the team have made steady progress under Sanchez - only two defeats in 11 games - they have not won in front...
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Football: So, Eriksson Refuses to Take a Moral Line on Ashley Cole? No Surprise There, Then
SVEN GORAN Eriksson, the man who shapes the tactics and the working ethos of our national team, believes that, if it happened, it was perfectly fine for Ashley Cole to sit down, while slap bang in the middle of his contract with Arsenal and a desperate...
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Football: `Special' Duff Still Nifty at Fifty
TONIGHT WILL provide the appropriate tribute for what Brian Kerr, the Republic of Ireland manager, yesterday called a "special talent". Damien Duff, the nation's talisman, will earn his 50th cap against Portugal, the world's ninth-ranked country. It...
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Football: Toshack Puts Reliance on Bellamy to Ignite Wales
WHEN WALES were charging towards qualification for last summer's European Championship, Mark Hughes remarked that he could see the day when football replaced rugby as the principality's national sport. The roar that erupted last Saturday night in the...
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Football: Van Basten Plays Feelgood Factor Up Front
"A GREAT centre-forward, very spectacular and good to watch." The praise was for Wayne Rooney last night, but it applies even more so to the man offering his verdict on Manchester United's man-child, as England supporters who still wince at the memory...
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Football: Whistle-Blowers and Fixers: Scandal That Casts a Shadow on the World Cup ; as Klinsmann's Germany Build Up to Next Year's Tournament, the Hosts Face an Urgent Exercise in Damage Limitation
Early February sees the climax of the carnival season in Germany and nowhere marks the occasion quite like Dusseldorf, where the altbier flows as freely as the Rhine and anyone not wearing a clown's costume stands out as clearly as the gleaming glass...
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Gorgeous Georgian ; as Much a Museum as a Family Home, This Richmond House Is Likely to Appeal to Arts and History Lovers. but the Right Buyer Has So Far Proved Elusive, as Mary Wilson Reports
Although Richmond can be found in any guide to London, residents from the area consider it a world apart. "It's not part of London at all," says Jill Croft-Murray, who is reluctantly selling her much- loved Grade I listed, double-fronted Georgian house...
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HOUSE HUNTER: `I Want My Holiday Home to Be Eco-Friendly'
THE PROBLEM Catarina Lewis writes: My family is from Portugal - just outside Lisbon - but we moved to England in 1978 when my father's job was relocated to Surrey. Although I only spent some of my childhood there, I have a special affinity with Portugal...
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Information Watchdog Tests Law over Advice on Invasion
THE INFORMATION watchdog has established an expert team to decide whether advice to the Prime Minister on the legality of invading Iraq should be made public. The unit will have access to top-secret legal opinion as well as correspondence between Lord...
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Investment: It's a Woman's World ; Female Skills and Instincts Make Women Canny Property Investors. Graham Norwood Reports on a Quiet Revolution
Dealing with estate agents and tenants may, for many, be more likely to induce sleepiness than set pulses racing, but Lisa Hulyer thinks otherwise - and believes more women should follow her footsteps. "Property is sexy for women, thanks to role models...
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ITV's Allen Wins More Concessions from the Regulator ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS with Regional Obligations Eased, ITV Sets Its Sights on Reductions in Licence Payments
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ITV, the media regulator seemed to be singing yesterday as it slashed ITV's expensive regional broadcasting obligations. While ITV's chief executive, Charles Allen, has sometimes struggled to get his message across to investors, he appears...
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Last Night's Television: Far Too Many Nits and Misses ; Big Dippers ITV1 New Face, New Life? BBC1
WHEN FRANK Sinatra was once accused of being a money mule for the Mob, his defence was simple. "If you can show me how to get $2m into a briefcase, I'll give you the $2m," he said. In real life, you see, the bulk of hard cash can be a logistical problem....
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Leading Article: America Will Not Heal the Wounds of Its Rift with Europe until It Accepts Some Home Truths
OF ALL the engagements on the new US Secretary of State's travel schedule, yesterday's speech before an audience at Sciences Po (the Institute for Political Studies), on Paris's left bank, was the prickliest challenge. Less easily managed than her carefully...
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Leading Article: The Unwelcome Reappearance of Alastair Campbell
THE FOLLY of the Prime Minister's decision to give Alastair Campbell a role in Labour's election campaign team is already glaringly obvious. The latest gaffe from Tony Blair's former director of communications was to send - accidentally - an abusive...
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Marconi Warns of Price Competition
MARCONI IS suffering from intensifying price competition in the telecoms equipment market which is eating into margins, its chief executive, Mike Parton, said yesterday. He said price competition was one of the biggest issues facing the company as rivals...
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McDonalds Turns New Leaf with Salad Sales Boost
MCDONALD'S SHOWED signs yesterday that the world's largest restaurant chain was back in favour in Europe, thanks to a massive campaign to distribute discount coupons and to promote the nutritional content of its fast food. The upturn was a welcome development...
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ME AND MY HOME: It's a Container for Life ; Charlotte Cullinan Doesn't Buy Designer Stuff for Her Warehouse - She Makes It Herself. by Joey Canessa
One half of the art duo Artlab, Charlotte Cullinan lives with her husband and family in a two-storey, industrial building in Vyner Street, Bethnal Green. We moved into Bethnal Green 19 years ago. We were worried that it was too far out but it was all...
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Mining Company Charged with Exposing US Town to Asbestos
A CAMPAIGN by residents of a tiny town in north-western Montana to strike back at an international mining conglomerate that allegedly exposed them to deadly asbestos contaminants finally brought hope this week. Federal officials have announced serial...
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Narey: I Only Got Prisons Job Because Nobody Else Wanted It
MARTIN NAREY, the former director general of the Prison Service, told an inquiry yesterday that he only got the job because no one else wanted it. Mr Narey described how head-hunters approached individuals in the public and private sector, but they "refused"...
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New Police Chief May Adopt Quota System for Ethnic Minority Recruits
A QUOTA system to raise the number of ethnic minority officers in the Metropolitan Police is being examined by Scotland Yard, the force's new commissioner said. But Sir Ian Blair, Britain's most senior police officer, said the highly controversial use...
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No End in Sight to Misery of Factory Jobs Cull
FACTORY BOSSES in every region of England and Wales expect to cut jobs in the coming months to cope with a surge in their costs, the CBI warns today. The UK's largest employers' body forecast that 26,000 more manufacturing jobs would be axed in the first...
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Obituary: John Percival ; Television Pioneer
LOOKING AT today's family of reality shows from The 1900 House to Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity to Survivor, it's hard to imagine that all these programmes share a common ancestor. But as Alex Graham, the independent television producer and originator...
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Obituary: Lazar Berman ; `Super-Colossus' of the Keyboard
LAZAR BERMAN was one of the titans of the keyboard, a pianist of such prodigious musicality and technique that other players spoke of him with awe: Emil Gilels, for example, himself one of the finest pianists of the last century, called him "the phenomenon...
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Obituary: Norman Gale ; Wales Rugby Captain
THE FORMER Wales hooker and captain Norman Gale died less than 48 hours after watching his beloved Llanelli Scarlets defeat Munster in a Celtic League match. Gale, a Gorseinon boy, was educated at Gowerton Grammar School and, after playing for Gorseinon...
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Obituary: Professor Peter Sweet ; Rigorous Glasgow Astronomer
PETER SWEET, Regius Professor of Astronomy at Glasgow University from 1959 until 1982, is immortalised in the terms "Eddington-Sweet Circulation" and "Sweet-Parker Reconnection". His pioneering research on flows in stellar interiors and on magnetised...
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Opera: A Lesson in Class and Seduction ; la Clemenza Di Tito Coliseum London Oooo9
THAT COMPASSION is viewed as weakness in a world where only power rules is a subtext simmering just beneath the surface of Mozart's late opera La Clemenza di Tito. In David McVicar's majestic new staging for English National Opera, it erupts dramatically...
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Our Hopes of Peace
MAHMOUD ABBAS President OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY We have agreed with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to stop all acts of violence against Israelis and Palestinians, wherever they are. The calm that our land will experience starting today is the start...
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Our Son's Story: How Iraqi's Death Led to Murder Trial for Seven Paras
THIS IS the first picture published of Nadhem Abdullah al-Saqer, the Iraqi man seven paratroopers have been accused of murdering. Mr Abdullah, 18, was allegedly beaten to death near a checkpoint at Uzair, north of Basra on 11 May 2003, soon after the...
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Outlook: Chinese Burn for BP's Unstoppable Oil Gusher
WE'VE HAD Shell, we've had Exxon Mobil; yesterday it was BP's turn to step up to the podium and although the size of its profits put the company firmly in bronze medal position, it was a performance worthy of the gold. Some $13.7bn was returned to shareholders...
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Outlook: Madness of Crowds
IT IS a feature of global investment return year books - the latest of which was published yesterday by ABN Amro and the London Business School - that they tend only to confirm the blindingly obvious. Yet filled with fascinating facts and figures, they...
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Outlook: Strategic Challenge
CHARLES ALLEN, chief executive of ITV, may or may not be much of a broadcaster, but he certainly seems a dab hand at winning concessions from the regulator. To the astonishment of all, he managed to win approval for the ITV merger with minimum conditions....
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Overseas: The Baltic Tiger Awakens ; Is Lithuania a New European Hotspot? Christopher Middleton Discovers Fairy-Tale Views - and Great Prices
The temperature outside may be minus 10 Centigrade, but for fresh- faced young Lithuanian estate agent Marius Ciulada, the financial outlook is distinctly sunny. He's 24, he lives with his parents, and not only is he taking home a salary well above the...
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Pandora
Kilroy in a veritable pickle over his new party's name It had to happen. Just seven days after it was launched, Robert Kilroy-Silk's new political party, Veritas, is on the verge of its first legal battle. One of the world's biggest IT companies, which...
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Pentagon Spending Boosts Chemring Sales
CHEMRING, THE small UK defence contractor which specialises in countermeasures to protect aircraft from attack by ground-to-air missiles, yesterday demonstrated how far sales are benefiting from the surge in Pentagon spending. Shares in the group rose...
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Phone Masts Spread Blight ; We Love Our Mobiles, but Their Towers Can Knock Ten per Cent off the Value of a Home, Says Penny Jackson
Just the mention of a mobile phone mast is enough to send a shudder through residential communities. Feelings run high because people fear their homes will become more difficult to sell and tens of thousands of pounds will be wiped off values. Last month,...
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Politics: He's Been Back Only a Week but Campbell Is in the Soup Already
ALASTAIR CAMPBELL is back, and his old enemies are circling, desperate to settle old scores. The man who left Downing Street 18 months ago after nine years as Tony Blair's consigliere is back at his side for the general election. The Prime Minister parted...
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Politics: PM Glides Away from MPs' Snappy Questions ; THE SKETCH
THE BBC'S first prime ministerial interview - with Anthony Eden, I think - began with the brutally peremptory question: "You're famous for your knowledge of foreign affairs but your expertise in domestic matters is even more impressive. Which would you...
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Pop: K T Tunstall the Social Nottingham Ooo99
"BEING SWEATY is a good thing, isn't it?" K T Tunstall asks self- mockingly, before launching into her sassy blues track, and debut single, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree". "The single's out on 21 February, so let's make it Top 50," she laughs. Armed...
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Prostitutes' Support Group Wins Pounds 360,000 Grant from Lottery
MORE THAN pounds 350,000 of National Lottery money has been awarded to a project that gives advice to prostitutes. The award of pounds 359,291 to the UK Network of Sex Work Projects has been approved by the Big Lottery Fund (BLF), which was set up last...
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Publish, and Be Damned ; Once Great Friends with Robert Mugabe, Journalist Wilf Mbanga Was Forced into Exile. Genevieve Roberts Meets the Editor of Zimbabwe's Newest Opposition Newspaper
From a small dining-room converted into an office in southern England, Wilf Mbanga is working with his chief sub-editor, Trish, who is also his wife. Among the ordered chaos of abandoned newspapers and journals, their two computers and a couple of telephones...
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Putin Cronies Exposed in New List of Russia's Rich
RUSSIA'S POLITICAL class has amassed as much wealth as power under President Vladimir Putin, according to a new "rich list" published yesterday. In revelations which will outrage many pensioners, who have recently campaigned against welfare cuts, Finance...
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Racing: Clan Royal Elevated from Sicklist to National Favourite
IT MIGHT seem a long way from the flunkied Savoy Hotel in London WC2 to the spit and blood of shabby Aintree, but not for nothing is the Grand National the greatest of long- distance races. In sight of Cleopatra's Needle yesterday, the pointed detail...
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Rice Calls for New Chapter in Relations with `Old Europe'
THE US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, called last night for a "new chapter" in US-European relations, which would set aside differences over Iraq and push forward Washington's "freedom" agenda. In her first major policy speech since she took office...
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Rugby League: Kearney Misses First Test of Season for Hull
HULL have left their big new signing, Stephen Kearney, out of their squad for their Super League opener against Leeds on Friday night. The New Zealand Test forward damaged a chest muscle in the gym a month ago and has not recovered in time to make his...
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Rugby League: O'Neill Vows to Walk Away from the Wild Side ; Wakefield Put Faith in a New Recruit Determined to Restore His Good Name
JULIAN O'NEILL has got his name back. The trouble with Wakefield's latest and riskiest signing for the new Super League season, which starts this weekend, is that it is a name with so much baggage attached to it. O'Neill was known as Jules last season,...
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Rugby Union: Paul Back in Squad for France Showdown
IF HENRY PAUL knows whether he is coming or going at this precise point in his rugby career, he must be equipped with 20-20 vision and the pathfinding skills of Sherpa Tensing. Publicly humiliated at Twickenham last November, when he was substituted...
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Sailing: Passion and Dedication That Put MacArthur among Sailing's All-Time Greats ; She Succeeds by Grinding Problems to Death and Already Has Another Record in Sight, Says Stuart Alexander
Dame Ellen MacArthur yesterday won it all. She has conquered the oceans, conquered the beast of a boat that carried her through them, conquered the demons that could have forced others to give up, and set a stunning record for sailing solo round the...
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Sail of the Century ; While the Crowds Cheered Britain's Record-Breaking Sailor in Falmouth Yesterday, Her Sponsors Were Indulging in a Quiet Moment of Celebration. Cahal Milmo Reports on a Very Substantial DIY Deal
Seven years ago, in the spring of 1998, an unknown 22-year-old sailor from landlocked Derbyshire approached one of Britain's largest retail groups for pounds 50,000 to fund her entry in an obscure ocean race that was little-known outside France. Few...
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Science & Technology: Inconceivable? ; Soon, It May Be Possible for Any Couple - Gay, Straight, Infertile - to Create a Baby That Carries Both Parents' Genes. but, Asks Steve Connor, Is Society Ready for This?
Imagine your street 20 years from now. Your kids may have grown up and left home, but who might be living next to you? It could be a young lesbian couple and their biological daughter - created when an egg of one of the women was fertilised with the...
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Science & Technology: Small-Screen Bounty ; Easy to Find, Fast to Download and Free, It's No Wonder Television Piracy Is on the Increase - or That Broadcasters Are Desperate to Prevent It. Michael Pollitt Reports
What do Little Britain, Eastenders, Max & Paddy's Road To Nowhere, Spooks, Coronation Street and Casualty have in common? Answer: they are some of Britain's most popular pirated television programmes available on the Net. And they are among many thousands...
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Science & Technology: The Sceptical Inquirer ; `Science Can Be Beautiful, Amazing, the Best Way to Try to Understand the World'
SCIENCE NEEDS your help. We need to find a way to bring the general public and scientists closer together so that they can understand each other better, helping to lead to sensible decisions about both science and those applications of it that affect...
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Shares and Market Report: Market Movers
bBespak 555p (up 10p, 1.8 per cent). Pfizer close to filing for approval of Exubera inhaled insulin product using Bespak's technology. bRentokil Initial 156.5p (up 3p, 2.0 per cent). Hopes that new chief executive will prompt internal shake-up. bDAT...
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SHARES AND MARKET REPORT: Somerfield May Be Next Stop for Icelandic Invaders
BAUGUR, THE Icelandic retail group whose ambitions in the UK appear to hold no bounds, is planning an audacious pounds 1bn bid for Somerfield that would allow it to merge the Iceland, Kwik-Save and Somerfield chains into a new force in the supermarket...
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SIX TO VIEW: Properties of the Week
Born again chapel LOWER GROVE ROAD, Richmond, Surrey Price: pounds 995,000 Agent: Hamptons International Tel: 020 8940 2772 They say: An impressive conversion of a former chapel, now offering dramatic living space. The highlight is a vaulted, 30ft reception...
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TAKE IT HOME: Madeleine Lim Finds Tulip-Inspired Home Products for Valentine's Day
In a subtle smoke grey velvet, this Chinon Armchair is a solid oak French-inspired design and is available in brown suede and a cream cotton. It comes from Oka, the mail order furniture company which specialises in contemporary furnishings, many of them...
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TEENAGE ANGST: Confused by the Youth of Today? Then Let Our Panel of Teenagers Be Your Guide
`I am a female geography teacher and I've learnt that my clothes cause widespread mirth among the pupils. Too hippie-like, apparently. Can you offer any style tips?' Anon, Milton Keynes Leoni Bunch, 15: Either start wearing lots of black eyeliner and...
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Theatre: Wild East Royal Court London Ooo99
FRANK IS a young man with an anthropology degree from Lampeter and the interpersonal skills of a self-destructive nerd from central casting. He wants to live in Russia for romantic reasons: to be near a female fellow-anthropologist whose "archive on...
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The Guest List at Chequers When Britannia Was Still Cool
IT IS a list of stars which charts the heady days of New Labour when Britannia was cool and some of the world's most famous people flocked to Tony Blair's door. More than 300 luminaries, including major stars of stage, screen, sport and politics dined...
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The Hypnotic Allure of Landscape
Many years ago, when TV was in black and white, and I was very young, they did an interesting demonstration of the way people say what they ought to think, not what they really think. They asked a woman who her favourite artist was, and she said Picasso,...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Elan Tries to Put the Past Behind It
THE STORY of Elan is one of the great corporate sagas of the past decade. At the height of the biotech bubble in 2000, this was Ireland's largest company. But it was in large part a financial construct, built up by the accountants in charge, who recycled...
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The New Heart of the City ; MORE FOR YOUR MONEY; STRATFORD E15
It is deja vu all over again in Stratford, site of yet another major transportation overhaul. Not long ago, hordes of hard hats were extending the Jubilee Line and the Docklands Light Railway, improving an already rich rail infrastructure. Today, the...
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