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 December 14, 2006

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A Bad Case of Constricted Conscience ; Last Night's TV ++ BODIES BBC3 ++ THE FAMILY WHO VANISHED CHANNEL 4
Some surgeons work to a background of Baroque music and some prefer adult-oriented rock, but Roger Hurley, the consultant obstetrician in Jed Mercurio's Bodies, conducts his operations to a soundtrack that goes something such as this: "Oh, shit! Suction!......
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Academy Struggles to Justify High Fees ; SPORT
Andrew Flintoff 's Test side are not the only England team that could do with a win in Perth. England A, masquerading as the National Academy squad, have had a pretty grim time of it in Australia too, losing each of their matches to a Western Australia...
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A Donkey Is for Life. ; This Year's Must-Give Present Is Farm Stock to Help the World's Poor. but Which Animal Will Do the Most Good? by Julia Stuart
They are the festive season's most talked-about gifts: goats, donkeys, camels, alpacas, even bees. The idea is that if you buy one of the animals up for sale this Christmas from a wide range of charities, you will help to improve the lives of the world's...
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Airline Mergers Become All the Rage ; OUTLOOK
Few industries have consumed as much capital over the decades as airlines. They seem only ever to eat the stuff. Even in today's boom conditions with airline travel at peak levels, airlines collectively struggle to produce anywhere close to a decent...
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Amec Chief Orders Radical Overhaul ; CEO Says 'No Progress Made in 10 Years' Disposals and Buy-Back Prof It Warning Issued
Amec's new chief executive yesterday unveiled a share buyback, disposals, and a promise to more than double margins, as the engineering and construction group continues to resist a [pound]1.5bn takeover bid. Announcing the results of a strategic review,...
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Anatomy of a Manhunt ; Home / Ipswich Murders
Hundreds of police officers, analysts, profilers and forensic experts are trying to catch the Suffolk serial killer before he strikes again. They are drawing on skills learnt from investigating crimes such as the Soham murders and the Fred and Rosemary...
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Anderton Back in Love with the Beautiful Game ; Darren Anderton Is in Fine Fettle Now He Has Returned to the South Coast with Bournemouth. Just Don't Ask Him about That 'Sicknote' Nickname. by Jason Burt ++ Home Is Where the Heart Is for Southern Star
If Bournemouth had not offered Darren Anderton a one-year contract last summer, he would have given up on football. "It almost came down to that," Anderton says. "And I'd have gone to live in Spain or somewhere. It really got me down that much last season."...
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A RACE OF YOUNG SLAVES ; Young Boys from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan Are Still Being Sold as Camel Jockeys, but Thanks to Anti-Slavery International the Cruel and of Ten Life-Threatening Trade Is Finally Being Tackled ++ CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2006
Amir is a victim of the trade in child camel jockeys. But he cannot tell his story. When he opens his mouth, he can only make incomprehensible sounds. Sold by his parents at just five to take part in races in Dubai, he fell off the back of a camel in...
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Betrayed by a Reckless Civilian Leadership ; LEADING ARTICLE ++ ARMED FORCES
The rumblings of discontent from the armed forces are growing louder. Earlier this year, the Chief of General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, breached the informal code of silence that binds serving generals, to warn that the "covenant" between service...
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Bid Rumours Buoy Whitbread as It Rejoins Blue Chips ; THE INVESTMENT COLUMN
Our view: Buy Share price: 1652p (+45p) Shares in the pubs and budget hotel group Whitbread have soared in recent months on takeover speculation, as investors rub their hands at the prospect of a bidding war. The US property investor Starwood Capital...
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Branson to Receive [Pound]1.4bn Subsidy to Keep Running West Coast Franchise ; BUSINESS
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Rail is to receive [pound]1.4bn of taxpayers' money in return for operating services on the West Coast Main Line between London and Glasgow. The massive public subsidy over the next five years stands in stark contrast to...
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Broadband Firms Face Fines for Failing to Help Customers Switch ; BUSINESS
Ofcom has threatened to punish broadband companies that make it difficult for consumers to switch supplier after setting a series of ground rules for providers of high-speed internet. The rules come into effect from Valentine's Day next year. Suppliers...
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Broadway out of Tune with 'High Fidelity' ; HOME
High Fidelity, the story of a list-loving music anorak, was a bookshop bestseller that lost none of its charm when transposed from Britain to America on the big screen. But the [pound]5m musical version of Nick Hornby's popular novel has proved less...
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Calls Grow for Reform of Laws on Prostitution ; IPSWICH MURDERS
Plans to get prostitutes off the streets by allowing two or three to work in "mini-brothels" are still being considered by ministers almost a year after they were first floated by the Government. The delays provoked anger in the Commons yesterday as...
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'Can I Study Economics at University without the A-Level? How Do I Get into Web Design?' ; THE CAREERS ADVISER
Economics outlook Could I do economics at university with A-levels in English, business studies and psychology? Possibly development or international economics? What other subjects could I take to ensure a good career ? It is certainly possible to study...
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CARDINAL SALVATORE PAPPALARDO ; Anti-Mafia Sicilian Priest
Salvatore Pappalardo, former Archbishop of Palermo, was the first Sicilian churchman to break the local omerta, or code of silence, to speak out against the island's powerful Mafia. His condemnation of the Cosa Nostra which effectively ruled Sicily through...
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Chess ; EXTRA
The 56th Greek Championship took place in Thessaloniki from 27 November to 5 December. Greece has 10 grandmasters, the strongest of whom is Vasilios Kotronias. After various ructions, Kotronias changed chess federations for a few years to represent Cyprus....
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Classical ; LONDON SINFONIETTA / KNUSSEN Queen Elizabeth Hall ++ BBC SO / HONECK Barbican LONDON
There was music by Hans Werner Henze in both these concerts. Under Oliver Knussen, the London Sinfonietta offered Kammerkonzert 05, the latest of several revisions to his First Symphony of 1947. An awkward combination of Hindemithian earnestness, some...
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Clough, Best, Greaves: A Glance at How Football Heroes Used to Behave ; CHRISTMAS BOOKS ++ It Is Easy to Avoid the Bland Autobiographies This Christmas. Phil Shaw Unearths Tomes That Rival Shakespeare for Their Gravitas Right Down to Old Favourites Such as Shoot!
Public indifference to the bland, self-serving autobiographies of Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and company has been a heartening feature of sports publishing this year, though never let it be said that the stellar talents present a sani-tised version of...
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CONTINUATION: Desperate Measures Pay off for Gambler Mourinho ; FOOTBALL
they were run perilously close again. A night of brave decisions started with Mourinho relegating Andrei Shevchenko, Drogba and Claude Makelele to the bench and ended with all three on the pitch and, for a while at least, the diminutive Frenchman at...
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CSA Will Not Be Replaced until 2013, Hutton Says ; POLITICS / HOME
A new system of child maintenance that will replace the ill- fated Child Support Agency (CSA) will not be up and running until 2013. The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (C-Mec) will be set up in 2008, but will not accept applications under...
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DENNIS FARR ; Energetic Director of the Courtauld Institute Galleries and Propagandist for 20th-Century British Art
Dennis Farr was one of the relatively few museum curators whose career spanned directorships in the regions and in the capital. From 1980 to 1993, he was Director of the Courtauld Institute Galleries in London, following 11 years as Director of the Birmingham...
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DIANA JUST A CAR CRASH OR A MURDER MYSTERY? ; Former Scotland Yard Chief Lord Stevens Will Today Reveal His Long- Awaited Report into the Death of the Princess of Wales. but Will It Silence the Conspiracy Theorists? Guy Adams Reports ++ A Decade of Unanswered Questions
Let's get straight to the point. There was no cover-up, no murder plot, and no sabotage. No secret service hit-men were involved, and any half-Muslim baby was but a twinkle in Dodi Fayed's eye. That, at least, is the likely verdict of Lord Stevens of...
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Diary ; Education
As winterval approaches, bringing with it the promise of much non- denominational festive cheer, lovers of traditional Christmas celebrations may be glad to hear that 91 per cent of parents feel that schools should retain the standard Christian Nativity...
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European Parliament, 13/12/06 ; Freeze Frame
Plus ca change Another day in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and another piece of legislation to vote on. Here members are passing "Reach" regulations, which govern the use of hazardous chemicals. Wilkommen Like many MEPs, Germany's Karin Jons...
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Experts Profile Murderer as White Male, Aged 25-40 ; HOME / IPSWICH MURDERS
Profiling could prove to be a vital weapon in the hunt for the Suffolk serial killer.Detectives have been given a profiler, also known as a behavioural investigative analyst, from the National Centre for Policing Excellence at Bramshill Police College...
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Family at War over Where to Bury Billy Graham ; WORLD
When Billy Graham is dead, historians will argue about the influence of America's most famous evangelist. Yet while he is still alive, his family are arguing about where to bury him. In an unseemly dispute that has pitched the 88-year-old Rev Graham's...
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Fear, Hope and a Thunderous End ; Classical ++ MARIINSKY THEATRE ORCHESTRA / GERGIEV ++ Barbican LONDON
On a good night, there's nothing quite like them. But make that three good nights and it's hard to contemplate substitutes. Valery Gergiev fielded his own Mariinsky forces for the climax of his Shostakovich cycle at the Barbican and in so doing took...
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Fresh Fish Is Taken off Spanish Menus after Parasite Alert ; EUROPE
Britons who go to Spain expecting to enjoy an essential ingredient of the famous Mediterranean diet will be disappointed: fresh fish is off the menu. Freshly caught sardines and hake will no longer be dish of the day. Diners will have to make do with...
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GEORGIA GIBBS ; Singer of 'Kiss of Fire'
Although Georgia Gibbs had several hit records during the 1950s, history has not been kind to her, with the feeling that she was exploiting black performers by recording their songs for the white market. After she had covered both "Tweedle Dee" and "Jim...
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Hamas Judge Shot in Front of Courthouse in Gaza ; WORLD
Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian Prime Minister, cut short a lengthy foreign trip yesterday to return to Gaza after Palestinian gunmen shot dead a senior Islamic court official prominent in Hamas's military wing. The internal tension in Gaza continued...
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Happy Bach Day to You, Mr Pinnock ; Classical ++ TREVOR PINNOCK 60TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT ++ Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall SHEFFIELD
Even young meteors grow old: it's hard to believe that Trevor Pinnock - who has scarcely changed since he first hit the scene as a boy with a harpsichord - has turned 60. But with 100 discs to his name he's celebrating in style, beginning with a concert...
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Huge Placing Strikes a Jarring Note for HMV ; MARKET REPORT
HMV extended its weeklong losing streak yesterday as a series of bearish factors combined to leave the music and books retailer one of the worst performers in the FTSE-250 index. The most pressing issue that shareholders of HMV had to contend with was...
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Idle Conversations Can Have Unforseen Consequences ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
People sometimes say that there are no fables which apply to our own times. Nonsense! Here are three, for a start. The Condor and the Pigeon Once upon a time there was a condor which circled lazily above the Andes, flying upwards on thermals and never...
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Indian Haven Buy Set off Incredible Run of Success ; Owner Peter Gleeson Has Hit the Jackpot with Every Bloodstock Investment He Has Made as Sue Montgomery Finds Out
It is always said that to succeed in racing you need, as well as all the practical, prosaic ingredients, to have luck along for the ride. But luck is one thing; what Peter Gleeson seems to have slung in the saddle is a black cat with a horseshoe round...
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In the Crucial Battle for the Green Vote, Labour Is Losing out to the Other Parties ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
Stand back and consider two tiny mini-elections that took place in recent days. Last week Labour lost a local by-election held in Kentish Town in north London. It did not lose by a tiny margin. The party was slaughtered. The Liberal Democrats won. The...
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Irish Gangland 'Bloodbath' Feared after Leading Criminal Is Killed ; EUROPE
Police in the Republic of Ireland are struggling to cope with a rash of criminal underworld killings which has reached record levels. This week's killings of a major drugs baron and an innocent bystander in Dublin mean that a total of 23 people have...
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Is Stapling Children's Stomachs a Step Too Far in the Fight against Obesity? ; the Big Question
Why are we asking this now? The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), the Government's watchdog on new treatments, yesterday recommended that surgery be offered to grossly obese children to control their weight, but only when...
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It Won't Help to Demonise Iran at This Stage ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
A week after James Baker and Lee Hamilton recommended getting Iran and Syria on board for a solution to the Iraqi disaster, both President Bush and Tony Blair are doing the exact opposite. President Bush has made it clear that he's only interested in...
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'I've No Sympathy with Young, Lazy People. That's Why I've No Children' ; the 5-Minute Interview ++ Toyah Wilcox ++ Actress, Singer, Presenter
Toyah Willcox is appearing in Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, from today until 14 January. If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be... Reading through the scripts that have come through. This morning I got two musicals, a radio soap and...
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'I Was Gobsmacked to Hear My Granddaughter Was Dead, but the Anni I Knew Died Years Before' ; IPSWICH MURDERS
Fresh details emerged yesterday of the victims of the Suffolk serial killer. The grandmother of Anneli Alderton, whose body was found on Sunday, recalled how the once contented girl's life changed after the death of her father. Joan Molloy, 81, said...
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'I Was Too Unusual for School in Iran' ; PASSED/FAILED ++ an Education in the Life of Camila Batmanghelidjh, the Founder of Kids Company
Camila Batmanghelidjh, 43, is the "children's advocate" who founded two charities and was voted by Saga readers as last year's "wisest of the wise". Kids Company (www.kidsco. org.uk) offers support to 11,000 children and is providing 800 Christmas lunches...
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Jewell's Misery as Adebayor Seals Smash-and-Grab Raid for Arsenal ; FOOTBALL
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 ARSENAL 1 It may have been London pride that prevented Arsene Wenger conceding the title race at Stamford Bridge but, despite conceding the initiative to Wigan, the Arsenal manager still emerged victorious from the JJB Stadium last...
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Kalahari Bushmen Win Ancestral Land Case ; WORLD
The Botswana High Court has given more than 1,000 Kalahari Bushmen the right to return to their ancestral hunting grounds by ruling they were wrongly evicted by the Botswanan government four years ago. Campaigners said the landmark decision will advance...
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Keats House Will Be Restored to Original 19th-Century Condition ; HOME
It is the house where the English Romantic poet John Keats composed Ode to a Nightingale and fell in love with the girl next door. And now, because of a [pound]424,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, it is to be restored in the style of the early...
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KENNY DAVERN ; 'Hot' Jazz Clarinettist
'Louis Armstrong can say something with one note, but then there are others who take an hour to rev up and wind up with a fart in a bathtub," Kenny Davern once said. Although Davern became one of the most effective jazz clarinettists of the last 50 years,...
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Lapland Can Only Dream of White Christmas ; NEWS
It should be a winter wonderland; instead, it's just piles of slush. British holidaymakers travelling to Lapland for a pre- Christmas holiday got a shock when they arrived in Santa's traditional home this week: no snow. Rovaniemi, a town on the Arctic...
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Legal Aid with a Difference ; UNIVERSITIES ++ the TV Show Is Being Dropped, but Student Projects to Overturn the Convictions of Prisoners Are Flourishing, Says Nick Jackson
After six years in prison, Alex Allan felt that he had nowhere left to turn. Wrongfully convicted of robbery, he had been repeatedly passed over for parole. Finally free, his legal aid was exhausted and he had already lost one appeal. Despairing of ever...
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Letters ; Education
BLAIR'S LEGACY Alan Smithers is right to identify education policy as well- intentioned but lacking coherence ("Blair's legacy is a mess; how can we clear it up?" Comment, EDUCATION &CAREERS, 7 December). However, I do not share his optimism that Mr...
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Like or Loathe Them, Big City Bonuses Keep London at the Top of Its Game ; BUSINESS
It is City bonus time again. To most people outside the world of financial services the idea that anyone should get a multiple of their salary just for doing their job seems a strange aberration. That these bonuses in the case of Goldman Sachs should...
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Liverpool Will Not Be 'Rich Man's Plaything' ; FOOTBALL
Liverpool's chief executive, Rick Parry, is insistent the club will not become a "rich man's plaything" if the prospective takeover by Dubai International Capital goes through.The firm, an investment company for Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid...
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Lloyds TSB Faces FSA Capital 'Bombshell' ; BUSINESS
Lloyds TSB faces a capital "bombshell" that could put its huge dividend under threat, one of the City's leading analysts yesterday warned. The company, which boasts the best dividend of any of Britain's major banks, could face a major hit because of...
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London Travel Card Links with Barclays to Extend Reach ; BUSINESS
Barclaycard will next year begin offering debit and credit cards that incorporate an Oyster card account, the pre-paid tickets widely used in London to pay for bus and Tube journeys. Britain's biggest credit card provider yesterday announced that it...
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Mapletoft Earns England Call for Academy Post ; RUGBY UNION
Rob Andrew has bigger fish to fry, but the Moby Dick business can wait another few days. Yesterday, the man with hiring and firing rights over English representative rugby's entire professional wing, appointed two relative minnows to the Twickenham staff....
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MARIINSKY RING CYCLE ; You Write the Reviews ++ Wales Millennium Centre CARDIFF
Along with other enthusiasts from all over the UK, I travelled to the magnificent new hall in Cardiff Bay for this acclaimed production of Wagner's massive creation. This Ring was compressed into four consecutive nights, so it placed tremendous demands...
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Merchant Beats Gervais to Comedy Prize ; HOME
Stephen Merchant, co-writer of The Office and Extras, has been showered with awards for creating the highly successful comedy series. But last night he received his first accolade for performing in front of the camera. Merchant was named best comedy...
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MERRY WIVES - THE MUSICAL ; Theatre ++ Royal Shakespeare Theatre STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
There's a point early on in Merry Wives - the Musical when Judi Dench, as the Cockney housekeeper Mistress Quickly, bustles on and does a double-take at one of the dinky half-timbered houses that dot the set. Because it's in perspective, she is a head...
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Miliband Tells Brown to Go Green or Lose Next Election ; CLIMATE CHANGE
Labour could lose the next general election unless it raises its game on green issues, the Environment Secretary, David Miliband, will warn today. He will predict that credibility on the environment will be a "threshold issue" to rank alongside national...
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Modern Art or Knitting? the Choice Is Yours ; NEW YEAR, NEW YOU ++ Places Are Filling Up Fast on Courses Starting in the New Year. Why Not Join in the Fun? by Nick Jackson
There's nothing like the intellectual milk thistle and nettle tea of playful curiosity to purge your system after festive excess. There is civilised recuperation to be had in colleges and universities across the UK, and now is the time to think ahead,...
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'Mrs C Is a Serious Babe. There's Something Wild about Her I Can't Pin Down, but It Drives Me Crazy' ; He's out There
It's Christmas party season and, luckily, the Coopster is at the very top of most thinking hostesses' guest lists. This week alone I have 19 different events to attend and it very much depends on the party as to whom I go with. For the big Preppie marquee...
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Museums Prove a Bigger Draw Than Football ; HOME
More people visited museums and galleries than attended all of league football including the Premiership last year, according to a report by the respected analyst Tony Travers. He estimated the annual economic benefit of the UK's major museums and galleries...
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'My Firm's Online, but I Am Real. Honest.' ; RECRUITMENT ++ Setting Up an Online Company Can Reap Rewards - but It Has to Be Properly Planned, Says Hazel Davis
There are a few among us who would balk at the idea of using a company that exists entirely online. We have enough problems dealing with those based outside the UK, let alone floating around in cyberspace. But, says the PR guru Arlo Guthrie, this is...
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Nationalist Fears Spark EU Split over Mladic ; EUROPE
Moves to relax the pressure on Serbia to deliver General Ratko Mladic, one of the world's most wanted war criminals, have divided European heads of government before a summit meeting scheduled for today. Worried about the risk of Serbia lurching towards...
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Neill Builds Bridges with Table-Topping Strike for Rovers ; FOOTBALL
BLACKBURN ROVERS 1NANCY 0Blackburn Rovers fans have been questioning Lucas Neill's commitment to the cause, but they cannot question his sense of timing.Three minutes of stoppage time had almost expired when the defender, whose Ewood Park future remains...
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Oh No, Not Another Big Charity Concert ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
Today sees the publication of Lord Stevens' report into the circumstances surrounding the car crash which killed Princess Diana, and yesterday her sons announced a memorial service and a pop concert at Wembley next summer to mark the 10th anniversary...
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'Our Daughter Has Asked for a Good Book on Parenting. She Seems to Be Struggling with the Demands on Her' ; EDUCATION QUANDARY
Hilary's advice This is a minefield in which you need to tread very carefully. By all means honour her wishes and make sure that she finds something helpful under the Christmas tree, but avoid like the plague anything that sounds even remotely bossy...
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Pay Demands May Push Up Rates as Earnings Show Surprise Jump ; BUSINESS
Fears of big pay claims in the new year wage rounds were sparked yesterday by official figures showing that average earnings rose by more than expected in November. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit also fell unexpectedly, painting the...
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Pill Promises an End to the Pain of Periods ; HOME
A contraceptive pill that promises to end the misery of menstruation for millions of women has been proved safe and effective for the first time. The medicine, called Lybrel, was taken every day for a year and halted periods in more than half of the...
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PLACEBO ; Pop ++ Wembley Arena LONDON
Back in the late 1990s when they emerged as young goth-punk rockers, Placebo's gigs spawned hundreds of lookalikes, each sporting Brian Molko black hairdos and thick Kohl eyeliner. Tonight you can count the lookalikes on one hand, and even Molko has...
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PlusMarkets Raises [Pound]25m to Rival LSE ; BUSINESS
Plus Markets - formerly the Ofex stock market - unveiled plans yesterday to raise [pound]25m as part of a bold project to create a genuine rival to the London Stock Exchange. The capital raising - by the issue of 178.5 million new shares at 14p - was...
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Poker ; EXTRA
English players almost had a clean sweep of the European Poker Awards in Paris on Sunday, picking up prizes in four of the five categories. The nominees, chosen by a panel of industry experts in a dozen countries, gathered at the Aviation Club de France...
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Police 'Breached Rights' of Anti-War Protesters ; HOME
Peace protesters and civil rights groups celebrated an "enormous victory for free speech" after the House of Lords condemned the police for preventing a demonstration outside an airbase used in the Iraq war. Hours before American B-52 bombers took off...
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Police Fear All Women Are at Risk from Killer ; IPSWICH MURDERS
In what has rapidly become the biggest and most intensive murder investigation in Britain for many years, the manhunt for the Suffolk serial killer has intensified amid growing anxiety over whether the attacker will strike again. Criminal psychologists...
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Pollytics: Real Life as You Always Dreamed It ; THE SKETCH
The divide between the Polly Toynbee school of governors and the one advocated by my lot (by which I don't mean the Conservative Party) is wide. Her manifesto is based on the idea of an active state reliably able to do good things: let's call it Pollytics....
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Pryce Given Green Light to Play Again after Horrific Leg Injury ; RUGBY LEAGUE
Wakefield's Waine Pryce has been given the all-clear to go into full training and resume his career at the start of the new Super League season in February. Pryce has not played since an apparently career-threatening double fracture of the leg which...
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Public Loses out as Private Buyers Outbid Museums for UK Artworks ; HOME
A medieval bronze jug and two paintings of London by the renowned Venetian painter Canaletto were among [pound]8.3m worth of treasures saved for Britain by the use of a temporary export ban which gives museums the chance to bid for them. But efforts...
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PwC Receives [Pound]1.5m Penalty for Involvement in TransTec Affair ; BUSINESS
Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) was landed with a [pound]1.5m penalty for its involvement in the Trans-Tec affair yesterday, after an accountancy tribunal found it guilty of failing to adequately carry out its auditing responsibilities. TransTec, the car...
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Ramsay Expands Culinary Empire to Asia and Europe ; HOME
Gordon Ramsay's plans for culinary world domination are proceeding apace with expansion in Asia and the opening of his first restaurants in mainland Europe. Britain's most ambitious chef will launch eateries in Paris, Prague and Amsterdam next year and...
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Revolution Is on My School-Meals Menu ; COMMENT
Chairing a Gov-ernment quango gives rise to some predictable responses: "How can you stand the bureaucracy?", "Talking-shop is it?", "You'll never achieve anything. It's just a fig-leaf," and so on. The more informed ask: "It's one thing banning junk,...
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Sales on iTunes 'Have Fallen by 65 per Cent' ; HOME
Apple has experienced a short shock in its dominance of the online music business according to research that reports a slump at its song shop, iTunes. A report from the US company Forrester Research says that an analysis of almost 3,000 purchases at...
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Sleeping around ; EXTRA
Last year, my office party was relatively well-behaved, despite the presence of a mechanical bucking bronco. But secretly, I've always wanted to experience the thrill of the bacchanal Christmas bash. For once, I want to be the one who disappears into...
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Smouldering Depths of Supercool Swedes Are Exposed on Murder Island ; the Thursday Book
UNSEEN By Mari Jungstedt, trans. Tiina Nunnally DOUBLEDAY, [pound]10.99. Another Swedish writer arrives on the crowded Scandinavian crime- fiction scene, and this one is certainly worthy of her place on the ice floe. Mari Jungstedt's first novel is...
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'Squirrel' Was First Mammal to Fly 125 Million Years Ago ; HOME
A squirrel-like mammal that lived 125 million years ago appears to have discovered flight at about the same time, or even earlier, than the first birds, scientists have found. The mammal went extinct without leaving any living descendants, but its preserved...
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Thanks Gordon; We'll Do the Maths ; EDUCATION
You could almost hear a whoop of delight from Hamilton House, the headquarters of the National Union of Teachers, as Gordon Brown announced his [pound]36bn windfall last week to refurbish the nation's schools over fouryears. The union is noted for being...
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The Call of the Wild ; I WANT YOUR JOB... ZOO VET
Tai Strike (right), 37, is a zoo veterinary officer for the Zoological Society of London, working mainly in London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park. What do you actually do? We take care of wild animal health, dealing with any problems or situations...
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THE FIRM ; Inside Goldman Sachs ++ It's City Bonus Season, When a Lucky Few Pick Up an Outrageous Wad of Cash - on Top of Their Already Huge Salaries. but at One Investment Bank the Pay-Outs Dwarf All Others. So What Makes Goldman Sachs So Special? Who Works There? How Do They Generate Such Riches? and Can They Really Justify Heading Home with an Extra Few Million Quid in Their Pockets? Dan Gledhill Reports
The City bonus season is traditionally a time of goodwill - but not to all men, as I learned first hand. After a (fairly) successful year trading US Treasury Bonds for an American investment bank a few years ago, there I was, quietly hoping for a vast...
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The Green Goddess ; EXTRA
The festive fury has truly kicked in now. I really love Christmas, despite the orgy of waste and consumerism. I live next to Peter Jones in London so I witness the frenzy first hand. In fact, perched on top of my worm compost heap I'm eyeball to eyeball...
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The Musicals Are A-Changin' ; in New York, Paul Taylor Finds a Broadway Scene Revitalised by a New Breed of Show in Which Anything Goes. Shame about the Bob Dylan Production, Though
"And what is the business that brings you "to New York?" asks the guy in passport control at JFK Airport. "I'm here to review some Broadway shows," I tell him, adding ingratiatingly, "if you can call that 'business'." The face of this kindly official...
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The Neglect That Reduces Girls to a Life on the Streets ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
Much has been made in the last few days of the link between drugs and prostitution; of how a middle-class teenager can end up as a red light district murder victim because of an all-enveloping addiction to heroin or crack. The discovery of the bodies...
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The Shape of the Coming Wage Round Will Determine the Bank's Next Move on Rates ; OUTLOOK
The prospects of another interest rate rise grew sharply yesterday after data showing that earnings growth is accelerating again while unemployment is once more on a declining trend. Coming so soon after the latest inflation figures, with prices rising...
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The Ten Best Christmas Puddings ; EXTRA
1. Waitrose [pound]4.99 (454g) Panettone as a Christmas pud seems a popular trend this year. One of the best out there is this rather tasty tangy orange, amaretto and glace cherry combo. www.waitrose.com; 0800 188 884 2. The Village Bakery [pound]6.99...
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'The Worst Job Was Lifting the Crates' ; MY FIRST JOB ++ Raymond Briggs, Creator of 'The Snowman', Worked a Bleach-Bottling Factory
What inspired the foul, slimy world of Fungus the Bogeyman? Could it have been its creator's holiday job? "I haven't thought of that," answered a bemused Raymond Briggs, the great children's author and illustrator. He accepted that both shared a common...
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To Catch a Killer ; A Massive Manhunt Is under Way to Find the Murderer of Five Women in Suffolk. What Clues Have the Police Unearthed So Far?
Forensics Gemma Adams and Tania Nicol were left naked in a stream, making DNA recovery difficult. But the other victims, although also naked, were dumped more quickly. Any DNA recovered can be matched to database of offenders. CCTV Experts are scouring...
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Today in the Premiership ; FOOTBALL
ARSENAL The midfielder Alexander Hleb believes that Arsenal's poor finishing is the main reason why they find themselves so far behind the league leaders Manchester United. "Of course we're the ones to blame for missing from unthinkable positions, though...
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To Have and Have Not ; Dominic Savage's Star-Studded New Film Looks at the Enormous Gulf between the Rich and Poor Who Live Side by Side in London. James Rampton Reports
Born Equal, a potent, yet bleak new BBC1 drama about the plight of the homeless, was originally to be titled To Have and Have Not. That sums up the divide that is at the heart of Dominic Savage's film. Boasting an unusually stellar cast for television...
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Uefa Cup Is Right for Spurs, Says Jol ; FOOTBALL
Martin Jol would prefer the glory of winning the Uefa Cup this season to qualifying for the Champions' League and then struggling in Europe's top competition.Spurs were pipped by Arsenal to fourth place in the Premiership last season but the consolation...
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United in Talks with Continental over $9Bn Tie-Up ; BUSINESS
United Airlines, the second largest carrier in the US, has opened up merger talks with its smaller rival Continental, in a move that could create a $9bn airline industry giant and trigger a round of consolidation amongst the pair's rivals. Shares across...
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Wanted: Landlord for Pub at Far End of 500-Mile Desert Road ; WORLD
For more than 100 years, the Birdsville Hotel has been an icon of the Australian outback and a rest stop for travellers crossing the forbidding desert interior. Now the hotel, one of the world's remotest pubs, is up for sale, and its most loyal customers...
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'We Are Horrified. This Has Always Been a Nice Place' ; HOME
It was an unceremonious end for a woman whose life was cut short by the serial killer who has brought fear to this quiet corner of Suffolk. After more than 24 hours under a white forensic tent in an oak copse close to the A14 where she was dumped by...
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West Ham Is My Life and Family, Says Curbishley ; FOOTBALL
One of the managers at Upton Park this Sunday may regret the phone call they shared on Tuesday. Alan Curbishley, pondering West Ham's offer to him to succeed Alan Pardew, rang Sir Alex Ferguson for advice. The managerial Godfather told him to grab the...
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