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 April 17, 2004

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10 Questions: A Quiz by Jeremy Beadle
What links the following: 1. A large buzzing fly; the enemy who took his falls with Holmes; a flaky pastry cake filled with fruit and named after an area of Greater Manchester; and the miler often seen on the stairs? 2. Edward II, Richard II, Henry VI,...
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24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE: Hotel la Fuente De la Higuera, Ronda, Spain
While the Costa del Sol does have three good points - sun, sand and sea - it's depressingly short of Andalucian charm. But perched on a cliff-top, an hour's drive from the coast, Ronda holds an irresistible lure for the beach-weary traveller seeking...
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48 HOURS IN MUNICH ; Great Shopping, Ancient Churches, Stunning Parks and Some of Europe's Best Museums - Munich Has It All, Says Margaret Campbell. and Don't Forget the Bavarian Beer
WHY GO NOW? To feel festive. The frenzy of the Oktoberfest is still months away, but the Bavarian capital is celebrating its 40th Spring Fair: the ubiquitous beer tents and fun rides fill the huge Theresienwiese park (1) from today until 2 May. The "Auer...
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After Decades in Legal Limbo, France's Collection of Nazi-Looted Art May Finally Be Sent to Israel
THEY ARE all important pictures in their own right, hanging in the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay, and leading regional galleries in France, but an assemblage of 14 paintings, including works by Monet, Renoir, and Sisley, have taken on a diplomatic, symbolic...
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Athletics: Ethiopia's `Beckham' Draws Strength from Impassioned Support
IT WAS NOT protocol for Gezahegne Abera to sit centre-stage earlier this week as he and two of his closest rivals for tomorrow's London Marathon title, Kenya's Sammy Korir and Morocco's world champion Jaouad Gharib, faced the press. but it seemed entirely...
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Athletics: Radcliffe Back on Olympic Track after Operation
PAULA RADCLIFFE revealed yesterday that she required a hernia operation three weeks ago in order to keep her Olympic ambitions on track. Radcliffe, who chose not to defend her London Marathon title this year but will be at tomorrow's race to watch both...
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Audubon in Liverpool ; He Was America's Greatest Wildlife Artist, and the Creator of the World's Most Valuable Book. but What Is John James Audubon's Link with Liverpool? and Isn't It Time the City Celebrated a Unique Connection?
Even as small reproductions in books, you can see that they're special: the rare loveliness of the colours, the unsurpassed vitality and movement of the subjects, and sometimes, indeed, the dramatic violence all mark them out as different. Look at the...
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Berlusconi Faces the Judgment of a Milan Court, and Increasingly Disgruntled Voters
AFTER NINE months on ice, the trial of the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of bribing judges got under way again in Milan yesterday. Mr Berlusconi was not in court, but the proceedings immediately ran into trouble when the prosecution...
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Beware the Dangers of Going for Broke ; Students in Debt Are Risking Their Future by Plumping for Bankruptcy, Says Ross Davies
RECORD NUMBERS of people, many of them new graduates, are expected to declare themselves bankrupt this summer to shrug off credit card, student loan and other debts. But many of these voluntary bankrupts will be jumping from the frying pan into the fire....
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Blair's Misunderstanding of His Chosen Ally Is Dangerous for Us and the Americans
Should we really be surprised, as some have been, that Tony Blair has not dissented publicly from President Bush's endorsement of Prime Minister Sharon's new policy towards Palestine? There is nothing unexpected about the fact that Tony Blair has made...
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Bonuses Push Up UK Average Earnings
AVERAGE EARNINGS are rising at their fastest rate for almost three years, thanks to bigger City bonuses and continuing falls in the level of unemployment. Government statistics released yesterday painted a rosy picture of the labour market, with Britons'...
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BP Opens the Gap on Shell
THE VALUATION gap between the haves and the have-not of the FTSE 100 oil and gas sector has never been wider. The haves - BP, the UK's largest company, and BG Group, the exploration and production rump of the old British Gas - are raking in cash and...
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`Brand Awareness Is Fundamental' ; easyJet Founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou Talks to Simon Calder about the Internet Revolution and His Plans for Expansion
When did you first become aware of the internet? In 1995, when I started researching the project that was to become easyJet. I was trying to understand my options of selling tickets. I understood that there was something called the global distribution...
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Bridge over the Ethnic Divide: A Symbol of Hope Is Reborn in Mostar ; after 12 Years and Pounds 7.5m, the Famous Old Bridge at Mostar - Destroyed in the Bosnia War - Has Been Rebuilt. but Is It Too Late to Close the Divide between the Town's Muslim and Croat Communities? Marcus Tanner Reports
After the passage of so many years it is not the sight of Mostar's Old Bridge that I remember so much as the touch of it. In the summer of 1988 I was in Mostar on holiday with my mother. "Feel the stones!" I remember calling out, as I padded across in...
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Britain's Secret Profits from the Seal Cull
BRITISH RETAILERS insist they do not stock their products, fur traders claim they are a mere sideline and a Welsh fashion designer caused a national outcry a few years ago by using them on the catwalk. But the seals whose slaughter has turned the Canadian...
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BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE: Teenagers Adopt Soap Stars' Model of Verbal Aggression
BITCHY CHARACTERS and scenes of backbiting in television soap operas are leading to aggressive behaviour by teenagers in playgrounds, a study has found. Researchers concluded that children who watched scenes of non- physical, indirect aggression on television...
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Btw
Posters and a ghostly light show have gone up in the middle of London's Cambridge Circus to advertise Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical of Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, which will open in September. Not to be confused, of course, with Susan...
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Bundesbank Head Quits after Gifts Controversy
BUNDESBANK'S PRESIDENT Ernst Welteke resigned in a furious row with the German government yesterday after two weeks of intense pressure to quit for letting a top German bank pay an expensive hotel bill. In a statement that reflected his anger with the...
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Bush and Blair: Things Can Only Get Better ; Sistani: Stay out of Iraq's Holy Cities; Sadr: I Will Not Disband Militia; Rumsfeld: 20,000 US Troops Must Stay On
TONY BLAIR and George Bush mounted a show of solidarity over the Iraq crisis yesterday, insisting that Britain and America were determined to bring peace and stability to the country despite the escalating bloodshed. Following emergency talks at the...
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BUSH-BLAIR SUMMIT: ANALYSIS - `A Historic Moment' to Smell the Roses
WHAT A rosy view of the world there is from the Rose Garden. Never mind that the great plan for Iraq is going down the pan. Never mind that thousands of civilians have lost their lives or that hundreds of young soldiers have been killed, those good pals...
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BUSH-BLAIR SUMMIT: Fine Words, but What Do They Really Mean?
Michael Ancram, Shadow Foreign Secretary "This was an indication that the special relationship in relation to the fight against terror and the restoration or order in Iraq is still on track. If the date in June for the handover of power in Iraq is set...
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BUSH-BLAIR SUMMIT: White House Hopes to Strike New Deal with UN over Iraq
THE WHITE House is hoping to strike a new bargain with the United Nations over Iraq, giving the world body full control of the country's political transition - so long as the Security Council approves the continuing American command of Allied forces...
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Canary Wharf Bidders Revise Their Offers as Battle Draws to a Close
THE CANARY Wharf bid battle entered its final phase last night with Morgan Stanley apparently ahead but with its rival, Brascan, claiming to offer more to those willing to take only shares. The Takeover Panel set a deadline of 5pm yesterday to wrap up...
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Changing Rooms
You book a bed well ahead, and you're prepared to be flexible to get the lowest hotel rates. Or, you are willing to take a chance on finding a room at the last minute. In most areas of travel, from air travel to package holidays, either strategy is likely...
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Children: What to Do This Weekend
The Sealed Knot Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, Wales (01691 777701) today & tomorrow, 11am-4pm, adults pounds 6, children pounds 3, National Trust members and under-fives free Children can get a lesson in life at the time of the English Civil War at this...
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Chioldren: What to Do This Weekend in London ... and Beyond
Cartoon Sundays The Waterloo Sunset Pavilion, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, SE1 (0870- 169 1000) tomorrow (and every Sunday until 16 May) 2.30pm- 4.30pm, free Children can create their own Pop Art at these Sunday drop-in sessions to tie in with...
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Computer Error Brands Job-Seekers as Criminals
THE VETTING system at the heart of the Criminal Records Bureau was criticised yesterday after it emerged that nearly 200 people applying for jobs had been wrongly branded as having a criminal record. The errors, which took place over a 13-month period,...
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Computer Games
PAINKILLER Format: PC Publisher: DreamCatcher Developer: People Can Fly Price: pounds 29.99 Daniel and Catherine are on the way to dinner on a dark, stormy night when they have a fatal accident. Catherine ends up in heaven, while Daniel languishes in...
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Corus Resists Demands for a Board Seat from Russian Investor Usmanov
THE BATTLE lines between Corus and the rebel Russian shareholders amassing on the share register of the steel group were drawn up yesterday when the company rejected the candidate they want on the board. Jim Leng and Philippe Varin, chairman and chief...
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Credit Card Launched That Saves for University
A NEW loyalty card is launched today, aimed at saving money for children to go to university. The Children's Mutual friendly society, Lloyds TSB's Accucard credit card, Bank of Scotland and iPledge, a financial adviser, have come together under the iPledge...
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Cricket: Gough Lends Experience to England's Tyro Attack
A FAMILIAR FACE from England's past was there to greet them yesterday as the metamorphosis from crack Test team to unknown one- day unit began to take place. It was slightly more furrowed than in days of yore and its owner was a little less ebullient,...
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Cricket: Kumble Spins India to Historic Series Win ; Pakistan 224 & 245 India 600 India Win by Inns & 131 Runs
INDIA'S PLAYERS wrote themselves into cricketing history by clinching the country's first-ever Test series victory in Pakistan. The India captain, Sourav Ganguly, took the winning catch off the bowling of Sachin Tendulkar to wrap up an innings victory...
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CRICKET: Law Resumes in Style to Ensure Sun Shines on Lancashire ; Lancashire 306-4 V Northamptonshire
HAVING FALLEN back on the traditional excuse of bad weather in accounting for their failure to deny Sussex the 2003 title, Lancashire could have no complaints yesterday. While rain interrupted most of the opening-day offerings in the County Championship,...
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Cricket: Surrey Demolished by Ruthless Martin-Jenkins ; Surrey V Sussex
THINGS WERE not so much Oval as pear-shaped for Surrey yesterday. They came up against the champion county, Sussex, and were found wanting. If it had not been for the lower order hustling and muscling the back end of the innings, the Brown Hats would...
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Deborah Orr's Column: It Might Sound Absurd, but Scots Have an Affinity with Palestinians
There is, a Palestinian friend informs me, an affinity between the Palestinians and the Scots, who tend to identify heavily with the Palestinian struggle, seeing parallels with the travails of the Scottish nation. Possibly, this sympathy could appear...
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Errors & Omissions: Mortal Errors in the Signposting of Death
There are moments when words spoken by ordinary people in extraordinary situations are more eloquent than any that professional writers put into the mouths of politicians or fictional characters. "Vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano." (I will show...
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EVENTS PLANNER: Maritime Moments ; Sail the Seven Seas, from the Caribbean to Taiwan
ANTIGUA Antigua Sailing Week 25 April-1 May This is one of the most popular dates in the international sailing calendar, with equal measures of competition and rum- fuelled revelry. The competition warm-up takes place with the Guadeloupe to Antigua yacht...
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Expletives Not Deleted: King of F-Word May Top Charts
HE IS being billed by some as the new Eminem. True, Eamon Doyle has a hit record about his failed love life that includes 20 f- words and 13 s***s. But the latest young music star to emerge from New York City is very different to Marshall Mathers III....
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Faith & Reason: President Bush's Views on `Civilisation' Are Distinctly Pagan
A RECURRENT phrase in the present rhetoric of Western leaders, not least President George W. Bush, is "the civilised world". We are regularly told that "the civilised world" is pitted against the "forces of darkness" in Iraq, and in the ongoing conflict...
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Fashion: Beauty Queen
I HAVE lately been suffering from a longing for false eyelashes, great big fluttery ones. I reach out to them whenever I see them in the shops, a part of me convinced that they are the key to transforming me from Crouch End housewife who has signed petitions...
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Fashion: Style Notes
Vintage stuff Freedom, the jeweller that supplies Topshop with affordable, trend-led pieces, is now going vintage. In addition to its familiar styles, the basement of Topshop's flagship store on London's Oxford Circus will feature affordable treasures...
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FIRST CLASS: CARLISLE TO WHITEHAVEN - Industrial Cumbria
A CENTURY ago, passengers awaiting their Furness Railway train from Carlisle to the coast would have enjoyed a spectacle of unimaginable colour as the elaborately liveried carriages of seven railway companies met at Sir William Tite's handsome Tudoresque...
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FIVE BEST BATHS WITH A VIEW ; Soak in the Tub While You Soak Up the Sights. Hotel Bathrooms Don't Necessarily Come without Windows, Says Sarah Barrell
Taj Exotica Resort, Maldives Located at the end of a long jetty, which juts out into the Indian Ocean, the palm-thatched villas of the Taj Exotica appear as if they are adrift at sea. The castaway theme continues with the guest rooms; built on stilts...
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Flight of the Globetrotting `Telecommuters' ; A New Breed of British Worker Is Keeping Ahead in the Business World While Catching a Tan, Says Nick Clayton
Escaping to a sunny rural idyll used to be the preserve of a small group of people: those who had made big bucks quickly in the City or in advertising; pensioners or those who could make a living from holidaymakers at bars and small restaurants. But...
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Food & Drink: Celebrity Square Meals #33: Jason Flemyng's `Sweet Potato Cottage Pie'
I cook quite a lot, in fact I love it, and this is what I'll be eating after the marathon tomorrow. It's a bastardised version of a traditional cottage pie recipe - I've adapted it, adding the sweet potato. I cook it a lot - too much, probably - but...
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Food & Drink Notes
Child's play Last month, at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Barcelona, Heston Blumenthal's Family Food was crowned Best Book in the World. Did the judges chant `Heston, Heston, he's the best 'un'? Who knows, but it's been a good year for the British...
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Food & Drink: The Big Cheese ; Forget the Pretenders That Pass for Parmesan. Mark Hix Pays His Respects to the Prince of Italian Cheeses
PARMESAN IS one of the world's hardest, greatest and most famous cheeses. When you buy it in thick wedges, you know you're getting the real thing. That's because Parmigiano Reggiano, to give it its real name, is, like Champagne, protected from imitation....
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Football: Berkovic Stands Up for Stylists in the Fight against Relegation
"FOOTBALL," SAYS Eyal Berkovic as he sits in the first-floor canteen gazing out over Portsmouth's training ground, "is all about survival. It maybe looks easy to you but it's very difficult to perform at the top level and for a lot of years. Competition...
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FOOTBALL: Brilliance of Henry Puts Title in Sight ; Arsenal 5 Leeds United 0
ARSENE WENGER chose to describe the continual demise of Leeds United as akin to that of a runaway train. Well, last night Puffin' Billy was derailed by the TGV - the Thierry a Grande Vitesse. Scoring four goals in just 30 minutes, either side of half-time,...
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Football: European Preview
INJURY PROBLEMS could force the Real Madrid coach, Carlos Queiroz, to remodel his much-maligned defence as the team attempt to restore their morale with a win against Atletico Madrid tonight. The centre backs Ivan Helguera and Alvaro Mejia are struggling...
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Football: First Division Team News
TODAY BRADFORD v W'DON Bradford's Danny Cadamarteri (leg) should return from injury. Wayne Jacobs (hamstring) is a doubt. Ben Chorley is suspended for the Milton Keynes side. Mark Williams (virus) is a doubt. CARDIFF v BURNLEY Rhys Weston (hamstring),...
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Football: Fuming Ferguson Accuses FA of Bias against United
THE MANCHESTER UNITED manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has launched another attack on the Football Association as he prepares to lose Paul Scholes for three Premiership matches. Scholes faces an FA disciplinary hearing on Monday to answer the violent conduct...
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Football: Kipling Offers Consolation for Ranieri at Chelsea
CLAUDIO RANIERI, the Chelsea manager, has revealed how he has drawn unlikely strength from the poems of Rudyard Kipling during the nine testing months since Roman Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge. Ranieri disclosed that the Russian billionaire...
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Football: McCarthy's Men Prepared for Vital Promotion Match
WITH A clutch of games in hand and a building head of steam, Sunderland have been shaping up to challenge for automatic promotion to the Premiership ever since they advertised their credentials by dumping Birmingham City out of the FA Cup in February....
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Football: Referees Work Hard for Right to Be in a League of Their Own
IT WAS A sight Alex Ferguson would have given his right-back to witness: a dozen referees attempting to play football. There was Dermot Gallagher producing a body swerve that left Mark Halsey, who claimed to be a goalkeeper, on his backside; Rob Styles...
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Football: SCOTTISH PREVIEW: O'Neill Looks beyond Title to Building Squad for Europe
CELTIC WILL secure a 39th Scottish title if they win at Kilmarnock tomorrow and their manager, Martin O'Neill, is already looking to strengthen his squad for next season's Champions' League.The unbeaten Premier League leaders hold a 16-point advantage...
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FOOTBALL: SECOND AND THIRD DIVISIONS: Plymouth Seek Elusive Away Win to Ease Doubts
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE travel to Oldham today attempting to avoid a third consecutive away defeat but the chairman, Paul Stapleton, denies that the drawn-out process of finding a new manager has undermined their chance of clinching automatic promotion. Argyle...
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Football: Simpson out to Conjure the Ultimate Great Escape
ONE POINT in the first month of the season, only five by mid- December yet suddenly they are on the verge of pulling off the greatest escape in the history of the Football League. Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri may be among the front-runners for manager...
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Football: Sorensen Tunes Up for Latest Round of Duel with Shearer
WHO SAID they are reluctant to flash the brass at Aston Villa? From the dressing-room at their rural retreat comes the unexpected refrain of The Pink Panther Theme, as played by the trumpet of Nolberto Solano. Right on cue, as if it were his signature...
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Football: Souness Happy to Forsake Style in Rovers' Fight for Survival
GRAEME SOUNESS, the Blackburn Rovers manager, will instruct his side to forget about playing attractive football if they want to avoid relegation from the Premiership. Blackburn are two points above the bottom three and entertain fellow strugglers Leicester...
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Football: Standings and Forthcoming Fixtures
SEQUENCES GAMES SINCE DEFEAT: Arsenal 34, Middlesbrough 5, Aston Villa 4, Manchester City 4, Manchester United 4, Portsmouth 4. GAMES SINCE DRAW: Blackburn Rovers 6, Southampton 5, Leicester City 3, Liverpool 3. GAMES SINCE WIN: Wolverhampton Wanderers...
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Football: Weekend Guide to the Premiership
Portsmouth v Manchester United Kick-off: 12.30pm. Last season: no fixture. TV: Live: Sky Sports 2. Highlights: ITV1 10.30pm. PORTSMOUTH GO in search of their first win over Manchester United at Fratton Park in nearly 50 years with several injury problems....
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Four Officials Imprisoned for Italy's Worst Aircraft Crash
A COURT in Milan convicted four airport officials of manslaughter and negligence yesterday after Italy's worst aircraft disaster, in which 118 people died when a Swedish airliner and a Cessna executive jet collided on the runway at Milan's Linate airport...
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FROM A TO BIBA AND BACK AGAIN ; It's 40 Years since Barbara Hulanicki Started the Label That Transformed Britain's Drab Fashion Scene. in a Rare Interview, She Talks to Alix Sharkey. Portrait by Andrew Kaufman
ANDY WARHOL was right. We live in an age of instant fame, where anyone can become a household name overnight. Even if you're not famous, you can behave as if you were. Dozens of glossy celebrity- driven magazines urge us to imitate the lifestyle, informing...
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FROM LEFT FIELD: Is Bannister Sliding Down List of Greats?
IT'S TIME to disclose a piece of information I have kept to myself for more than 40 years. As a five-year-old, I ran a sub-10 second 100 metres. Or it might have been yards. Anyway, it was the distance between our house and the corner of Hillside Road,...
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FROM THE INDEPENDENT ARCHIVE 26 April 1994: From a Leading Article on South Africa's First Multiracial Elections
IT IS rare that something momentously important yet wholly good happens in international life. The end of Communism as we knew it was one such event. South Africa's first multiracial elections, which start today and finish on Thursday, are another. True,...
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Gardens: It's Showtime, Folks ; Spring Is in the Air - and the Garden Centres Are Full to Bursting. Anna Pavord Offers a Few Tips on Planning for a Summer of Delights
A GREAT surge pushes us irresistibly towards garden centres around Easter, and it's tempting to pick up masses of plants already in flower. They will provide a fine show for spring, but what happens after that? In the best planned gardens, there is always...
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Gardens: Urban Gardener: One of Those Cooler Water Moments
THE CLUMPS of Verbena bonariensis I left languishing in a pail of mud and water all winter are still alive. Well, some are. I don't suppose a survival rate of about 30 per cent gives me the right to describe them as aquatic. Surviving a dormant period...
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Gardens: Weekend Work
TO DO A man with a broken nose of heroic grandeur turned up at the door last week with a trailer load of mushroom compost that he wanted to get rid of, so I know what my weekend work is. Mulching. You cannot expect mulches of this sort to sort out bully...
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Germans Said to Be Leading in `Telegraph' Race
GERMAN MEDIA reports have claimed that the country's Axel Springer group has taken the lead in the bidding war for the Telegraph newspapers. Executives from Axel Springer, including chief executive Mathias Doepfner, flew into London on Thursday for a...
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Glamour Comes to Dartmoor ; Bovey Castle on Dartmoor Is the New Luxury Hotel of Peter De Savary, the Multi-Millionaire Whose Scottish Mansion Was the Venue for Madonna's Wedding. Fiona Sturges Is among Its First Guests
As soon you clap eyes on the large iron gates and long, winding drive that lead to the newly-opened luxury bolt-hole Bovey Castle, you know that a fat wallet, Louis Vuitton luggage and, if possible, a title will be necessary to blend in. A second set...
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Gold Coast Curses Qantas Switch to `No-Frills'
WHEN IT comes to booking a flight, the cheaper the better. Unless, that is, you live on Queensland's Gold Coast, where locals are complaining that air fares to major cities in Australia are insultingly low. Residents of the Gold Coast, a string of gaudy...
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Gordon Ramsay Creates `Hell's Kitchen', Another Celebrity Reality TV Show
GORDON RAMSAY is to unleash the full force of his famously abrasive manner on 10 celebrities whom he will train to become chefs in a reality television show. The triple Michelin-starred chef, renowned for his liberal use of four- letter words, will have...
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Greenspan Rounds on Corporate Corruption as a Threat to America's Financial Markets
ALAN GREENSPAN, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, yesterday called upon corporations to work harder than ever before the restore public trust following a series of scandals that have rocked the US. If trust was not somehow recovered, he predicted,...
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Heroes & Villains: Jean-Paul Belmondo ; Geoff Dyer, Writer and Novelist, on a (Chain-Smoking) Villain
I'VE CHOSEN Jean-Paul Belmondo as my villain, but this is not really about him. I could just as easily have chosen Paris. I've got nothing against Belmondo. He's a great actor, a sex symbol, an icon. That's why I picked (on) him: because in the aptly...
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Hockey: Heberle Hands in Her Notice and Retires
TRICIA HEBERLE, the England women's chief coach since 2001, has resigned and announced her decision to quit hockey. The Australian, who offered her resignation to the Great Britain Hockey Board following the disappointing failure of the women's team...
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How Do I Look? Emily Woof Actress, Age 35
MY HUSBAND, Hamish, jokes that I'm looking more and more like my mum. She has always worn a lot of hats and now, bizarrely, so do I. I particularly like warm ones as I really feel the cold. I've got this fabulous fur creation, but I wear tea-cosy hats...
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How I Lost My Husband to the Marathon
This seems an appropriate moment, with the London Marathon looming on tomorrow's horizon, to share with you a passionate conviction I have held for some 20 summers that men who run marathons are mad. Yes, of course I'm generalising. I don't mean all...
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Inside Football: Financial Clouds Cast Gloom over Manchester City's New Dawn
MANCHESTER CITY made an announcement this week, but it was not the mooted one about a Russian oligarch taking over the people's club. No, it was a new kit, sponsored by Thomas Cook for pounds 2m per season - decent money, but a mere pocketful of holiday...
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Inside Travel: The Downside of the Cashless Society
Ignoring the bills for the mobile phone (useless to me) and a few letters from the cable TV company (wouldn't yield anything), I went straight for her credit card statement. I suppose I could have picked any, but I really wanted the most up-to-date....
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Interview: Graeme Hick - England's Prototype for Lara Settles for Life in the Slow Lane
ONLY ONE man in the history of cricket knows what it feels like to score 400 runs in a Test innings, but he is not the only one to reach that remarkable milestone in other forms of the game. Graeme Hick's 405 not out for Worcestershire 15 summers ago...
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Investment: Sun, Sea, Sand and Some Highly Seductive Shares ; European Stocks Are De Rigueur Growth Engines for the Recovery, Says Jenne Mannion
Europe offers far more than warm weather, sparkling seas, bountiful shopping and exotic food. If you are looking to improve your financial returns, the Continent offers plenty of opportunities as long as you are optimistic about global economic recovery....
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IRAQ IN CRISIS: America Quietly Sacks Its Prize Witness against Saddam
ONCE HE was a prize witness before congressional committees, arguing that the US must invade Iraq immediately because Saddam Hussein possessed a fearsome arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. Given a top job in Baghdad after the war, he has now been...
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IRAQ IN CRISIS: Kidnapped US Soldier, 20, Paraded on TV by Captors
AN AMERICAN soldier kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents was paraded in front of masked gunmen on a video broadcast by the Arabic al- Jazeera television network last night . On the tape, which was also sent to US military commanders on the ground, a white man...
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IRAQ IN CRISIS: Militia Free British Women on Aid Mission to Fallujah
TWO BRITISH women were freed yesterday by gunmen in Fallujah who had held them for nearly 24 hours. A total of five foreigners, including a Mexican, a Palestinian and an Australian, had been kidnapped by forces proclaiming themselves to be mujahideen...
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IRAQ IN CRISIS: Rebel Leaders Warns US: I Am Ready to Face Martyrdom
MUQTADA SADR, the Shia cleric whom the US army is trying to arrest, warned yesterday that negotiations to end the stand- off in Najaf were near collapse. Sadr, wearing a white shroud to show he is willing to face death, appeared in the mosque of the...
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Jakarta Restarts Work on `World's Tallest Tower', despite Subsidence Concerns
AN INDONESIAN consortium has recommenced work on what it says will be the world's tallest tower, despite concerns that the site is sinking into the sea. The Jakarta Tower, which is being built on an old airfield in the centre of the national capital,...
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James Lawton's Column: Media Frenzy Puts Beckham's Role in Jeopardy
DAVID BECKHAM, we are told, consulted good-taste guru Sir Elton John before coming up with the atonement/birthday present for the aggrieved Victoria: a million-pound pink diamond. This, we have to suspect, will produce another glassy smile from the anguished,...
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Jazz & Blues
Katia Labeque (above) has packed a lot into a few short years. Having recorded a number of classical albums in a range of styles with her sister Marielle, the pianist has turned to jazz. Her new album, Unspoken (Unspeakable Records), reveals some of...
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Jewellery That Reflects a Facet of the Past ; the Exquisite Artistry of Antique Jewellery Is Winning New Admirers, Says James Sherwood
The survival of antique jewellery has always been at the mercy of a three-headed beast: fashion, familial greed and insolvency. Respect accorded to fine art was rarely extended to family jewels that were repeatedly reset as fashions changed, dissipated...
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Judges Go Ape over Status of Darwin's Village
WITH ITS carefully tended gardens, neat cottages and two pubs offering "full Sunday lunch", the commuter village of Downe would seem to have little in common with the grandeur of the Taj Mahal or the pyramids of Giza. But thanks to its 162-year association...
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King Needs That Goldilocks Touch to Keep Housing Market `Just Right'
IT IS a rich irony that, while more and more people are looking to the value of their homes to get them out of debt and give them a pension, we now know less than a jar of fresh air about what is going to happen to house prices. This week Tony Dye, a...
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Land of Shifting Sands ; after Years in the Wilderness, Libya Has Re-Emerged as a Tourist Destination. Tony Wheeler Explores the Dunes and Historical Treasures of Gaddafi's Land
Take Nigel Mansell. Now imagine him rather taller, with a deep suntan and a rather more substantial moustache. Now picture him utterly calm, serene, even dignified. And with a voluminous ashaersh or turban swathing his head. That was Hassan Sharif as...
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LA's Sex Business Grinds to a Halt over Aids Scare ; the Hollywood Porn Industry Is the Biggest in the World. It Also Prides Itself on Being the `Cleanest'. but This Week One Actress's HIV Test Came Back Positive. Andrew Gumbel Reports on a Film Community in Crisis
The Canadian porn performer known as Lara Roxx started working in the industry just three months ago, but her career is already over. Sometime last month, the sultry-eyed teenager was hired to fly down to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley - the epicentre...
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Leading Article: A Criminal System Failure
COMPUTERS MAKE our lives easier in a multitude of ways, but they can never safeguard our liberty. This has been starkly demonstrated by the technology failure at the Criminal Records Bureau. The CRB was set up in March 2002, and enables employers to...
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Leading Article: Fine Words on the White House Lawn, but a Vision Removed from Reality
"TONY BLAIR," said George Bush, standing with his friend on the White House lawn yesterday, "is a `stand-up kinda guy,' as we say in Crawford." To which one might add a country saw from back here: "Kind words butter no parsnips." Of fine words there...
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Letter: WHO Is Helping Update Malaria Treatment Strategies in Africa
Sir: Your article, "WHO failures led to hundreds of thousands dying from malaria, say medical experts" (8 April), rightly draws attention to the unacceptable burden of malaria. However, it does not adequately reflect the current trends or the efforts...
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Luxury on the Hoof ; If You like Walking but Also Enjoy the Finer Things in Life, Why Not Take a Cruise to Scotland's Western Isles. Anthony Lambert Sets out to Sea
"Is this a holiday?" asked the chief wag as we huddled in the lee of some rocks, munching mackerel and horseradish sandwiches and catching the edge of a squally shower moving down the glen. As if in answer, shafts of sunlight broke through the cloud,...
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Mbeki Takes Victory Salute with Pledge to Fight against Poverty
PRESIDENT THABO Mbeki vowed yesterday to fight chronic poverty, Aids, and high unemployment as he celebrated his party's election landslide in South Africa's third democratic election since the demise of apartheid. But although Mr Mbeki's ruling African...
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Militant Indonesian Cleric Kept in Custody as New Case Linked to Bali Bomb Is Opened
THE INDONESIAN police yesterday named the militant cleric Abu Bakr Bashir as a suspect in a new case, a move that will allow him to be kept in prison despite being cleared of charges of terrorism and treason by Indonesia's Supreme Court. The case is...
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