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 10, 2005

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A Case of Nepotism in the Woods
Time for another instructive nature ramble today, children! So let's join Uncle Geoffrey as he goes with his nephew and niece Robert and Susan out for a wintry walk in the Wiltshire woods. (NB: They were actually some woods in Berkshire, but I was loath...
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America Still Holds 480 Nuclear Weapons in Europe, Says Survey
MORE THAN a dozen years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, America still keeps 480 nuclear weapons in Europe, more than twice as many as previously believed, according to an authoritative new study. The Washington-based Natural Resources Defence...
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A Mouse's Nightmare: 300-Year-Old Woburn Cat Rises from the Grave Found after 300 Years - the Mummified Body of Woburn's Rat-Catcher
AFTER THREE centuries buried in an airtight brick container, the Duke of Bedford's beloved cat is to take centre stage at an exhibition of mummified animals next week. While he is undoubtedly showing his age, experts believe the cat, discovered in the...
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Answering Your Postgrad Queries ; I Am Desperate to Develop a Meaningful Career, but Have No Money. What Can I Do?
Up a blind alley I am a 38-year-old graduate who, having worked for a merchant bank for one year, 16 years ago, has been self-employed ever since. I have had some success. In hindsight, I realise that I was rudderless and that I have developed no meaningful...
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ARTS: Sexism in the Cellars ; There's No Shortage of Women Vocalists in Jazz, but Female Bands of the Some like It Hot Variety Remain a Rarity. Sholto Byrnes Laments a Latent Chauvinism
The Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho was packed out night after night recently, when a hot American piano trio made a rare visit to London. Fire, lyricism, swing, novel interpretation of tunes from beyond the jazz canon - everything a critic and a receptive...
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Average Wedding `Costs Pounds 17,000'
MONEY MAY not buy you love but you will need a lot of it if you are planning on tying the knot in the style to which today's bride has become accustomed. The average cost of a wedding has risen to pounds 17,249 - 58 per cent more than a decade ago though...
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BBC Producer Is Killed in Attack by Somali Gunmen BBC Producer in Mogadishu
A BBC producer died yesterday after being shot in the back in Mogadishu, the lawless capital city of Somalia. Kate Peyton, 39, was taken to hospital after gunmen fired at her outside the Sahafi hotel, but she later died of internal bleeding. Witnesses...
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Benefits of the Bac ; as A-Levels Lose Their Lustre, Some Teachers Think That the International Baccalaureate Will Give Their Students the Edge in the Marketplace. Steve McCormack Meets the Converted
While we all await a clear signal of the Government's plans for state education between 14 and 19, increasing numbers of schools and parents in the independent sector are voting with their feet over provision at the top end of that age span. Any hope...
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Blair Predicts Fall in Immigrants after Crackdown Numbers Are Expected to Fall after Overhaul
TONY BLAIR predicted yesterday that the number of migrants heading to Britain would drop as a result of the Government's overhaul of the immigration and asylum system. Mr Blair was challenged over whether the Government's five-year asylum and immigration...
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Blair Takes on Dirty Tricks Claims with Six Pledges
TONY BLAIR will unveil tomorrow the six pledges focusing on the economy and public services which will form the cornerstone of Labour's general election campaign. The 2005 pledge card, likely to include promises on child care, housing, health, education...
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Boy, 10, Is Youngest to Get Asbo after Reign of Terror
A BOY aged 10 who terrorised his neighbours has become Britain's youngest recipient of an Antisocial Behaviour Order (Asbo). Ryan Wilkinson, from Harehills, Leeds, has been banned from four areas of the city and ordered to stay away from 17 named youths...
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Britain's Exit from ERM on Black Wednesday Cost Pounds 4bn
BRITAIN'S HUMILIATING exit from the European exchange rate mechanism (ERM) cost taxpayers pounds 4bn, according to confidential Treasury documents released yesterday under the Freedom of Information Act. John Major, the Prime Minister at the time of...
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Chef Prints Edible Menu
IT IS an idea that could have come straight out of Roald Dahl's famous children's story Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. A cordon-bleu chef has modified an inkjet printer to create edible paper dishes that can taste of anything from birthday cake to...
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Clock Ticks on the PhD ; Universities Are under Pressure to Push Their PhD Students to Finish Quickly. but, Asks Amy McLellan, Is It Fair to Judge a Department by Its Submission Rate?
If time is money, the meter is running on PhD students. With the Higher Education Funding Council (Hefce) keen to see PhD students completing their research degrees as quickly as possible - four years seems to be the gold standard - an eight-year meander...
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Commons Party for Olympic Chiefs Ahead of 2012 Vote
THE HIGH command of the Olympic movement is to be entertained in the Houses of Parliament just weeks before the vote to decide the host of the 2012 Games. In a significant boost to London's chances of winning the bid, a "who's who" of the International...
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Congolese Boxer Overpowers Opponent with Magic Spell
A CONGOLESE boxer has been accused of using black magic to overpower his opponent and weaken the referee during a grudge match in Zambia. Lubandi Mamba Mulozi, a champion fighter from the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, walked into...
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Creston Buy Creates Six Millionaires at DLKW
SIX NEW advertising millionaires were created yesterday when Creston, the marketing group, bought DLKW Group, the agency behind the Halifax television ads starring its staff, Johnny Vaughn's Capital Radio breakfast show and Burger King, for up to pounds...
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CRICKET: Kemp Dominates in Cow Corner as England Struggle ; South Africa 311-7 V England
FOR ENGLAND, the good intentions on the road to Buffalo Park turned out to be so much bull. Instead of hauling themselves back into the one- day series last night they were confronted with the need to break records. In a blaze of unfettered strokeplay,...
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CRICKET: Pietersen's Extravagance Not Enough for England ; Y in East London South Africa 311-7 England 304-8 South Africa Win by 7 Runs
FOR ENGLAND, the road to Buffalo Park turned out to be paved with so much bull. The good intentions, the urge to turn this makeshift side into something more substantial were buried under a blaze of unfettered strokeplay and the best they can hope for...
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`Crisis for Britain If It Votes against the EU Constitution'
BRITAIN WILL be plunged into a "crisis" and become a semi- detached member of the European Union if it rejects the EU constitution in next year's referendum, Jack Straw warned yesterday.The Foreign Secretary made clear that the Government would try to...
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ETA Car Bomb Explodes in Madrid Hours before Visit by Royals
IN THE most serious Eta attack in the Spanish capital for three years, a powerful car bomb claimed by the Basque separatist organisation exploded yesterday near a business conference centre where the King and Queen of Spain were to open an international...
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Euronext Bid for LSE Offers to Double Deutsche's Cost Savings
EURONEXT UPPED the ante in the battle to take over the London Stock Exchange by offering savings more than double those proposed by its rival, Deutsche Borse. However, Euronext refused to get into a bidding war by declining to put a price on the table....
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Euronext Unveils Details of LSE Offer - but Not the Price
EURONEXT UPPED the ante in the battle to take over the London Stock Exchange by offering savings more than double those proposed by its rival, Deutsche Borse. However, Euronext refused to get into a bidding war by declining to put a price on the table....
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Europe's Largest Exhibition of African Art Opens Today
THE LARGEST exhibition of contemporary African art held in Europe opens today, with the launch of the Africa Remix show at the Hayward Gallery in London. Works by 75 artists from 23 countries across the continent will be on display in the exhibition,...
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EU Snubs Rice to Lift China Arms Embargo
THE EUROPEAN Union said yesterday it was moving ahead with plans to lift an arms embargo on China despite hearing a raft of reservations from the new American Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Ms Rice made clear her continuing objections to normalising...
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Every Living Species to Be Given a `Barcode'
AN AMBITIOUS project to take a genetic "barcode" of every animal and plant begins today in an attempt to identify and label the 10 million species on Earth. Biologists said yesterday that the plan to give every species its own barcode - made from a stretch...
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Every Species of Animal and Plant to Be Given a `Barcode'
AN AMBITIOUS project to take a genetic "barcode" of every animal and plant begins today in an attempt to identify and label the 10 million species on Earth. Biologists said yesterday that the plan to give every species its own barcode - made from a stretch...
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Fashion & Style: Been There, Worn That ; A Radical New Exhibition Reveals How Designers from Quant to Dior Have Drawn Inspiration from the Past - and from Each Other. Susie Rushton Finds That There's Nothing New under the Sun
" This season, it was all about Victorian pinafores/circus costumes/Twiggy/Schiaparelli." Ever felt as though fashion designers are constantly looking to the past? You'd be right, and even the most original thinkers know better than to claim that their...
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Fashion & Style: `In among the Sparkle-Scattered Sweetness, Designers Are Drawing on a Less Ostentatious Source: The American Sportswear Tradition'
New season, new look? Not any more. If in times gone by the whole point of the twice-yearly collections was for one mood to be unceremoniously booted out by the next, preferably polar-opposite concern, that is the case no longer. In particular, fashion's...
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Fashion & Style: We Could Be Heroes ; Military Style Came Marching Down the Paris Catwalks This Week. Even Napoleon Was There
This season's military theme was immediately apparent with Sonia Rykiel's menswear collection in Paris, softened though it was with dandy- ish bow ties. The velvet jackets had army-issue patch pockets, and even a flash of electric-blue sequins on a leather...
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Fifty Years after He Died, James Dean Is Not Just the Ultimate Rebel - He's a Very Bankable Brand
HE STARRED in only three films but his sulking, bad-boy image was immortalised the day his sleek, silver Porsche Spyder collided with another car on a quiet country road. Now, 50 years on, James Dean will be the focus of a frenzy of adulation with a...
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Fiorina Ousted from American Computer Giant Hewlett Packard
CARLY FIORINA, for years regarded as the most powerful woman in corporate America, abruptly resigned from her leadership post at Hewlett Packard, after being ousted by a board frustrated by the company's sluggish performance and the disappointments of...
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First PFI Hospital Makes Pounds 37m for Investors
THE FIRST NHS hospital to be built under the Government's private finance initiative (PFI) has earned a return of up to 50 per cent a year for its investors, a report says today. An investigation by the National Audit Office into the Darent Valley Hospital,...
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FOOTBALL: Allardyce Warns of Civil War over `Worthless' Friendlies
THE BOLTON manager, Sam Allardyce, has warned of an impending civil war between Europe's top clubs and Fifa, the governing body of world football, with no end in sight to the long-running row over international call-ups. Allardyce is furious after losing...
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Football: Bellamy at the Double as Kiraly Blunders ; Wales 2 Bellamy 63, 80 Hungary 0 Half-Time: 0-0 Att: 16,672
WHAT CRAIG Bellamy has most craved throughout his career is recognition and in his home city of Cardiff this is what he received at a time when he would most have wanted it. It is nearly a month since Bellamy kicked a football in anger, a month in which...
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Football: Brave New World Sees England Making No Forward Progress ; England 0 Half-Time: 0-0 Netherlands 0 Att: 40,705
IT WAS billed as the brave new world of 4-3-3, but so rarely has a Sven Goran Eriksson formation failed so badly, so emphatically at the first attempt. It was a system that began by making a winger of Wayne Rooney, but it finished by reducing Villa Park...
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FOOTBALL: Brazil in Rooster Boost from Crushing Hong Kong Victory
BRAZIL BEGAN their year in emphatic fashion as they crushed Hong Kong 7-1 in a friendly yesterday. The world champions put on an entertaining display in front of a crowd celebrating the first day of the Chinese New Year - the Year of the Rooster - at...
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Football: Crespo Leaves It Late to Deny Germany with Exquisite Chip ; Germany 2 Frings Pen 28, Kuranyi 45 Argentina 2 Crespo Pen 40, 81 Half-Time: 2-1 Att: 52,000
CHELSEA FANS had only fleeting opportunities to appreciate Hernan Crespo's eye for goal, but the striker treated the LTU Arena crowd to one of his specials here last night. The 29-year-old striker, who has been in excellent form during his season's loan...
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Football: Duff Inspires Republic's Knock-Out Punch ; Rep of Ireland 1 O'Brien 21 Portugal 0 Half-Time: 1-0 Att: 44,100
THE IRISH, so the saying goes, don't do friendly matches. And they didn't do last night in inflicting the first defeat on a talented Portuguese side since they lost in the final of Euro 2004. There was fire in the bellies throughout and none more so...
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FOOTBALL: ENGLAND V NETHERLANDS; Coach Defends New Boys and Bewildering Tactics
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON wrapped a consoling arm around Shaun Wright- Phillips last night after the Manchester City winger's full England debut ended in deep disappointment amid the lamentable draw with the Netherlands at Villa Park, which again gave more...
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FOOTBALL: ENGLAND V NETHERLANDS: Nervy First Start for Winger Playing All over the Place
SMALL BUT perfectly in form. That was the advance billing for Shaun Wright-Phillips, yet Manchester City's precocious 23-year-old found on his full England debut last night that the step up from fringe candidate to first-team regular in time for next...
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FOOTBALL: Lampard Better Than Rooney, Say England Fans
FRANK LAMPARD was tonight set to complete the first step in a possible individual awards treble after being handed the England player of the year award for 2004. Lampard, who won 40 per cent of the 20,000 votes cast by England fans to beat Wayne Rooney,...
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FOOTBALL: Lita Proves Perfect `Super-Sub' Stand-In
LEROY LITA proved to be the ideal replacement for Darren Bent at England Under-21 level by taking over his role as "super-sub". The Bristol City striker was brought into the squad as a late replacement for Bent, who picked up a calf injury while playing...
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FOOTBALL: Prospect of Old Firm Debut Fires Bellamy
CRAIG BELLAMY, Celtic's new loan signing, is counting down the days to his first Old Firm game, especially as the striker was brought up in a Celtic-supporting area. Bellamy is expected to face Rangers at Parkhead on 20 February in a game likely to have...
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FOOTBALL: Souness Stands by `Intelligent' Tactics
GRAEME SOUNESS, the Newcastle United manager, has promised an "intelligent" response to his tactical dilemma in a rebuke to his critics on Tyneside. Newcastle were booed off at half-time and full-time against Charlton Athletic on Saturday when a 1-1...
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Football: Spain Move Up to Second with Destructive Display
SPAIN EASED their way to an unspectacular but efficient 5-0 victory at home to part-timers San Marino in their Group Seven World Cup qualifier in Almeria last night. San Marino held them at bay for a quarter of an hour before midfielder Joaquin drilled...
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FOOTBALL: We Can Beat Everton in Europe Race, Says Baros
MILAN BAROS, the Liverpool striker, believes his side can still overtake Everton for a place in the Champions' League and is certain they will challenge for the Premiership title next season. Baros, the top scorer at Euro 2004, insists there is enough...
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From Bikini Bottom to A-List Celebrity: Why the World Loves SpongeBob SquarePants Is Taking over Ghghjg Ghghg Ghg He's Yellow, He's Square and He's over Here: Meet the New Cartoon Sensation SpongeBob
WHAT IS square, yellow, and adored by under-10s, students and celebrities? The answer is SpongeBob SquarePants, the biggest custard- coloured cartoon sensation to sweep the nation since The Simpsons. The annoyingly cheerful rectangular sponge who lives...
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GAMBLING: Toughen Up on Betting Cheats, Inquiry Urges
THE GROWTH of betting exchanges has made British sport more vulnerable to corruption according to a parliamentary inquiry, and the government has been challenged to increase "derisory" proposed punishments in an attempt to deter cheating. A report by...
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Games Anyone Can Play ; Less Sporty Pupils Are Being Given the Chance to Shine in New Activities Such as Rowing, Kick-Boxing and Ultimate Frisbee. and the Effect Shows in Their Classwork, Says Tim Walker
If the rumours are to be believed, the long-running battle between the jocks and the nerds has ended in a friendly truce. These days, in independent schools at least, every boy and girl plays sport regardless of their ability, while some of the most...
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Greek Doctors Are Cleared over Death of British Tourist
THREE GREEK doctors convicted of the manslaughter of a 24-year- old British holidaymaker were cleared by an appeal court in Rhodes yesterday. The distraught family of Christopher Rochester were left in tears after three appeal judges quashed the convictions...
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Growing Death Toll as Iraqi Insurgents Target State Officials
AS THE euphoria over the election dies away, the Iraqi resistance is seeking to eliminate anyone working with the US or the interim government. And it is easy to get killed in Baghdad. A small mistake is often enough. A convoy of Kurdish officials took...
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Growth Revised Up as Manufacturing Rises
ECONOMIC GROWTH looks certain to be revised up following an unexpected rebound in manufacturing and exports, according to official figures published yesterday. The pound rose against the euro and the dollar as the strength of the data fuelled speculation...
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GUILDFORD FOUR PARDON: Blair Finally Apologises for Bomb Convictions
THIRTY YEARS after they were jailed, two Irish families finally received a public apology yesterday after their imprisonment for IRA bombings they did not commit. Tony Blair's declaration that those jailed for the 1974 Guildford and Woolwich bombings...
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GUILDFORD FOUR PARDON: From a Middle-Aged Mother to a 14-Year Old- Boy, They Were All Victims of the IRA, Police and Courts
THE SAGA of the Guildford Four and Maguire Seven had its origins in a fierce IRA campaign which claimed more than 50 lives in Britain in 1974 and 1975, two of the worst years of the Irish Troubles. These two cases arose from two attacks in late 1974,...
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GUILDFORD FOUR PARDON: Tough Anti-Terror Laws Echo Labour's Response to Attacks 30 Years Ago
FACED WITH differing terrorist threats, separated by three decades, incumbent British governments have chosen to rush through draconian anti- terrorism legislation. Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, the civil rights group, warned: "On the day...
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Has Kevin Spacey Lost the Plot at the Old Vic? Is It All Going Wrong for Spacey at the Old Vic?
KEVIN SPACEY must be ruefully contemplating the wisdom of his choice to turn his back on Hollywood and Broadway to lead one of London's most treasured historic theatres into a new era. As he opened the papers yesterday, the Old Vic's artistic director...
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Hi-Tech Chef Produces the World's First Edible Menu
IT IS an idea that could have come straight out of Roald Dahl's children's story Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. A cordon-bleu chef has modified an inkjet printer to create edible paper dishes that can taste of anything from birthday cake to sushi....
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How about an `Immigrant Idol' Reality TV Show? ; They Could Parade Their Skills before a Celebrity Panel, Then Viewers Would Select 12 to Stay
Ellen MacArthur's lucky she didn't get 50 yards from British waters and find Charles Clarke there, waiting on a boat with immigration officials, announcing: "You can't come in this country, love, we're full up." From now to the election, Labour and the...
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How Britain Helps the CIA Run Secret Torture Flights ; Luton, Glasgow and Prestwick Airports Are Operational Bases for Two Executive Jets Used by the CIA to Carry out `Renditions' of Terror Suspects. Stephen Grey and Andrew Buncombe Report
BRITAIN'S INTELLIGENCE agencies have been accused of helping America in a secret operation that is sending terror suspects to Middle Eastern countries where prisoners are routinely tortured and abused. Since 11 September 2001, the CIA has been systematically...
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How the ERM Disaster Turned into a Triumph
BLACK WEDNESDAY. Or maybe White Wednesday. In political terms it was certainly a disaster, for there is no debate about the damage that sterling expulsion from the ERM in 1992 did to the reputation of the Tories for economic competence. But in economic...
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`I Felt Guilty, as Though I Was Indulging Myself' ; Postgraduate Lives
LUCY RUSSELL, 28, is a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she is completing her PhD on `Teaching the Holocaust in History: Policy and Classroom Perspectives' I WAS quite shocked when I saw Prince Harry wearing the Nazi...
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Inquisitor Walden Fills Void Left by Cooke as Voice of Radio 4
A YEAR after the death of the legendary broadcaster Alistair Cooke, the veteran inquisitor Brian Walden is to replace him as the "distinctive voice" of BBC radio. Mark Damazer, the controller of Radio 4, has revealed that the station is to launch a new...
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Is It All Going Wrong for Spacey at the Old Vic?
KEVIN SPACEY must be ruefully contemplating the wisdom of his choice to turn his back on Hollywood and Broadway to lead one of London's most treasured historic theatres into a new era. As he opened the papers yesterday, the Old Vic's artistic director...
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Joss Stone, the Urban Diva from Devon, Is Crowned Queen of the Brit Awards
JOSS STONE, the teenage soul singer from Devon, beat competition from rivals including the strongly tipped Jamelia and last year's most notable debutante Natasha Bedingfield to be the star of the Brit Awards last night. The 17-year-old defeated the former...
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KEN JONES: The Romantic Age Lost in a Chasm Created by Money
SPORTSWRITING HAS undergone significant changes in my working lifetime. The determined romanticism of a more innocent age has long since yielded to the harsh demands of modern journalism. This has not been a wholly unmixed blessing. The best of the old-...
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Last Night's Television: A Pleasing Portrait of the Polymath ; Absolute Rubbish with Jonathan Miller Five the Rotters' Club BBC2
WATCHING JONATHAN Miller, you don't get the impression that his mother often said "Not now, dear... go away." In fact, you suspect that she made crooning noises of bedazzlement and approval whenever he came within 15 feet of her. The result, close to...
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LEADING ARTICLE: Aid, Renewal and the Struggle for Recovery in Regions Afflicted by the Tsunami
SIX WEEKS on from the tsunami that devastated South-east Asia, international attention to the disaster has waned. Communities lie wrecked, hundreds of thousands are still displaced, and recovery will take years if not decades. Aid has poured into the...
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LEADING ARTICLE: Dirty Politics and the Perversion of a New Freedom
THE LAW on freedom of information came into force less than six weeks ago, but it has already stirred up a veritable hornets' nest of controversy. And the arguments, all too predictably, have been less about what has been released than about what has...
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Make Holidays Work ; the Pressure for Ever Better Exam Results Means That Students Are Enrolling for Easter Revision Courses to Give Them the Edge, Says Clare Hargreaves
A growing number of GCSE and sixth form students will be forsaking the ski slopes this Easter in favour of a more serious activity: attending a revision course. "This is a crucial period of revision and will play a pivotal part in a student's final grade,"...
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Migrant Numbers to Britain `Will Fall after Overhaul'
TONY BLAIR yesterday predicted a drop in the numbers of migrants heading to Britain as a result of the Government's overhaul of the immigration and asylum system. Mr Blair was challenged over whether the Government's five-year asylum and immigration...
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Mother Says Boy, 10, with Asbo Is `Cheeky' and in Bad Company
A BOY aged 10 who terrorised his neighbours has become the youngest person in Britain to be issued with an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo). Ryan Wilkinson, from Harehills, Leeds, has been banned from four areas of the city and ordered to stay away...
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`No' Vote on EU Will Create British Crisis, Straw Warns
BRITAIN WILL be plunged into a "crisis" and become a semi- detached member of the European Union if it rejects the EU constitution in next year's referendum, Jack Straw warned yesterday.The Foreign Secretary made clear that the Government would try to...
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Obituary: Derek Kartun ; `Daily Worker' Foreign Editor Who Became Chairman of Staflex and a Writer of Spy Thrillers
DEREK KARTUN was the improbable combination of leftist activist, captain of industry, Daily Worker journalist and writer of spy thrillers. Son of a Russian-French father and a Polish-English mother, he was born into the world of the cultured bourgeoisie....
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Obituary: Ernst Mayr ; Evolutionary Biologist Who Saw Himself as an `Old-Time Fighter for Darwin'
ERNST MAYR was one of the world's leading evolutionary biologists. He was the last surviving architect of the unifying "evolutionary synthesis" developed in the 1930s and 1940s, which integrated Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection with...
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Obituary: Jimmy Smith ; Braggadocio Jazz Musician Dubbed the Charlie Parker of the Hammond Organ
THE HAMMOND B3 organ is an unlovely instrument that conjures images of Blackpool, fish and chips and cinema organists who could play "Rule Britannia" using only their feet. Jimmy Smith was its finest jazz exponent and a hot property as far as the Blue...
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Oil Giants Warn DTI over Stockpile ; Ministers Reject Calls for New Agency to Safeguard Supplies W Increase Feared in Price of Petrol and Jet Fuel
BRITAIN'S LEADING oil companies will warn the Government today that petrol prices could rise sharply unless it agrees to take charge of the country's strategic stockpile of emergency oil supplies. The oil industry and the big supermarkets are at loggerheads...
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Oscar Hopes for Scorsese's `Aviator' Are Given Lift by the Critics Critics'
MARTIN SCORSESE was named director of the year by the London Critics' Circle yesterday for The Aviator, his epic about the life of the millionaire, Howard Hughes, in a vote that will cheer those who believe this is the year when he will be finally honoured...
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Oscar Hopes for Scorsese's `Aviator' Are Given Lift by the Critics Critics' Circle Award Bodes Well for Scorsese's Oscar Hopes
MARTIN SCORSESE was named director of the year by the London Critics' Circle yesterday for The Aviator, his epic about the life of the millionaire, Howard Hughes, in a vote that will cheer those who believe this is the year when he will be finally honoured...
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OUTLOOK: Nothing to Regret about Britain's ERM Debacle
SO LORD Lamont, are you still singing in the bath? The song the former Chancellor of the Exchequer is meant to have bellowed out from the soap suds shortly after standing po-faced on the steps of the Treasury to swear that he would never devalue the...
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Pandora
Chris Smith in spat with local council over gay rights bash Chris Smith's stock in the gay rights movement has never been higher, with his brave announcement last week - 20 years after he became the first MP to "come out" as homosexual - that he is HIV...
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Pants to Fashion! Virginia to Ban `Indecent' Low-Slung Jeans
LOVERS OF low-riding jeans, visible thongs and exposed boxer shorts may be obliged to avoid the state of Virginia in the future, or risk a $50 (pounds 27) fine as the cost of their exhibitionism. Long known to be one of the most conservative bodies in...
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Penguin Chief Pays Price for Distribution Crisis
THE HEAD of the Penguin book business in the UK, Anthony Forbes Watson, has been abruptly ousted from the company, following a distribution crisis last year. Mr Forbes Watson, 50, one of the best known figures in the British books industry, had been...
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Poker
A SITUATION that often occurs in hold'em is as follows. One player raises before the flop; another calls or re-raises; the original bettor calls and the pair are heads up - just two players left in the hand. Either of them could hold more or less anything...
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PREVIEW: LITERATURE - Hans across the Oceans ; the Danish Author Hans Christian Andersen Is Given a Creole Twist
"AS A storyteller, I'm constantly trying to unearth the parallels between African/Caribbean stories and European folk tales," says Jan Blake. It's appropriate, then, that she is artist in residence at the South Bank's third Imagine children's literature...
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Publish or Be Damned ; Would-Be Novelists No Longer Have to Labour over Their Work Alone. Even Oxford University Is Teaching Creative Writing These Days, Reports Clare Longrigg
Creative writing courses used to be viewed with disdain as a form of self-indulgence. Writing was not, many felt, something that could be taught, like riding a bike. The success of Malcolm Bradbury's course at the University of East Anglia (UEA), which...
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RACING: Spencer Plans to Restart Career in Britain
THE CURIOUS tale of the disappearing Ballydoyle stable jockey produced another intriguing chapter yesterday. On his first mounts since relinquishing perhaps the most high- profile riding post in world racing, Jamie Spencer outlined the great job he had...
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Rebuilding Mirissa: After the Deluge
Today, The Independent begins a series of reports that will tell the story of the aftermath of the Asian tsunami through the experience of a single community. Mirissa is a Sri Lankan fishing port and tourist resort, with a population of 4,695. Lying...
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Record Profits Boost Pay-Out at Britannia
BRITANNIA, BRITAIN'S second-largest building society, unveiled record profits and a large payout to members, despite the cooling housing market. Britannia's operating profit, before its membership reward, increased to an all-time high of pounds 140.4m...
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Restaurants Claim Victory over Tax on Tips
THE RESTAURANT industry claims it has won a multimillion-pound victory against the Inland Revenue over tax demands on tips. Tax experts believe the Revenue, which has been investigating tipping systems in more than 400 restaurants, will have to reimburse...
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REVIEWS: CLASSICAL - BBC SO / Knussen Barbican London Oooo9
A NEW piece by Oliver Knussen is invariably an exciting prospect. Unfortunately, less than two weeks before his Cleveland Pictures was due to receive its UK premiere, it was replaced by a work from his former teacher, Gunther Schuller. In the event,...
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REVIEWS: CLASSICAL - OAE / Norrington Queen Elizabeth Hall London Oooo9
CONTRARY TO myth, the output of J S Bach was never wholly forgotten after his death in 1750. Some of the keyboard music continued to circulate in manuscript; the motets, to be sung in Leipzig, where Mozart heard one. And a belated biography in 1802 sparked...
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REVIEWS: POP - Willy Mason the Enterprise London Ooo99
HERALDED AS "Dylan for the OC generation", Willy Mason cannot be blamed for feeling the weight of expectation. Still, the opening night of his UK tour was a bit early for the 20-year-old troubadour to puncture his own myth. Despite Mason's youth, barely...
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REVIEW: THEATRE - the Sins of the Father ; Man and Boy Duchess Theatre London Oooo9
IS IT coincidence or a response to something in the Zeitgeist? At the moment, you'll notice that three of the most powerful productions in the West End focus on deeply troubled father-son relationships. In Schiller's Don Carlos at the Gielgud, the eponymous...
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RUGBY UNION: From Church Mouse to Saviour, Henson Lets His Feat Do the Talking ; the Shy Young Man Shunned by Wales for Almost Three Years Now Has the Confidence to Talk and Play a Good Game, Writes James Corrigan
The lobby of the hotel tucked away in the countryside flanking Cardiff was rather busier than it might usually have been as the new week was dawning. Men in suits loitered around the foyer, speaking into mobiles to clients who never existed, checking...
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Rugby Union: Tait Pays Price for England's Defeat as Ellis Ousts Dawson
"I'M NOT here to blame Mathew Tait for the defeat against Wales," said Andy Robinson, the England coach, a few seconds after announcing his team to play France in this week's sabbath offering from the Six Nations Championship - a team in which the teenage...
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RUGBY UNION: Tait Pays Price for Wales Defeat as Robinson Promotes Barkley
"I'M NOT here to blame Mathew Tait for the defeat against Wales," said Andy Robinson, the England coach, a few seconds after announcing his team to play France in this week's Sabbath offering from the Six Nations Championship - a team in which the teenage...
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Saudis Go to Polls but Women Still Excluded
VOTERS GO to the polls in Saudi Arabia today in the kingdom's first nationwide election but no women will be among them, and no female candidates on the ballot. The ruling House of Saud, one of the world's strictest absolute monarchies, and the key US...
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Scientists Discover the Skydiving Secret of a Wingless Canopy Ant
A SKYDIVING ant has won the accolade of being the only wingless insect known to be capable of controlled flight. Scientists found that when they tossed worker canopy ants out of a tree they gracefully glided back to the same tree with incredible accuracy....
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SHARES AND MARKET REPORT: WPP Boosted by Sales Success of French Rival
WPP CLOSED as one of the best performers in the FTSE 100 yesterday, as the advertising giant received a welcome boost from its rival, Havas. London-based traders were excited by better-than- expected sales growth figures from the French group. Havas'...
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