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 November 10, 2005

A Day of Living Dangerously ; Bungee Jumps in Disused Mines, Ice Climbs in Derelict Steelworks, Skydives in Malls " Britain Is Fast Becoming a Thrill-Seekers Dream. Jonathan Margolis Crawls, Falls and Screams His Way Round the Country
BUNGEE JUMPING 'Detached retinas, ruptured aorta, buggered back. I can't advise you too strongly not to do this,' said Graeme. 'You're seriously going to leap into thin air from 160ft up? That's the height of a sizeable office block.' Strong words "...
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ANALYSIS; Terror Bill: Labour MPs Have Acquired a New Taste for Rebellion
Where does Tony Blair's humiliating defeat on the Terrorism Bill leave him? Downing Street insisted the issue was a 'one-off' that would not reduce his ability to drive through reforms on education, health and welfare. Labour MPs saw very differently...
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Arts: The Biggest Museum Is Falling Down ; the Smithsonian in Washington May Have a World-Famous Reputation, but Its Buildings Are Crumbling
At the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, Otto Lilienthal hangs gamely from the roof. There is a healthy smile on the face of the life-size model of the 19-century German pioneer of flight but his original glider, which dates from 1890 and...
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A Tram Journey through France's Heart of Darkness
Mamadou Omadou laughs derisively when asked whether Le Tramway has improved life in his poor suburb of north Paris. He points from one of the stops on the state-of-the-art tram system, completed 18 months ago, to an adjoining junkyard full of the freshly...
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BAA to Unveil Pounds 4bn Upgrade of Heathrow to Appease BA Rivals
The airports operator BAA will today unveil a pounds 4bn upgrade of Heathrow's central terminal area designed to give rival airlines the same quality of service that British Airways will enjoy when it moves into the new Terminal 5 in 2008. The move comes...
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Bank Poised to Hold Rates despite Economic Gloom
The Bank of England is expected to leave interest rates on hold today despite a last-minute rush of poor news from UK factories, retailers and consumers yesterday. Manufacturers failed to take advantage of the recent upturn in European demand, according...
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Bill Offers Amnesty to IRA Fugitives
Some of the most wanted men in Northern Ireland will be able to return home without fear of prosecution under a Bill published by the Government as a trade-off for the IRA ceasefire. The Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill says that anyone accused of terrorist...
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Bloody Nose for Bush as Virginia's Voters Ignore Election Plea
President George Bush " already suffering his lowest approval ratings " has received another stinging blow after voters in a crucial state ignored his last-minute campaigning on behalf of the Republican candidate. As well as sending a warning sign to...
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BOXING: Klitschko Forced to Quit with Knee Injury
Vitali Klitschko has been forced to retire from boxing because of a knee injury and now the world's most respected heavyweight champion leaves behind a sport without a leader. Klitschko, 34, has suffered a series of injuries since the early 1990s and...
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Budget Cuts Leave New Nurses without NHS Jobs
Newly qualified nurses are being forced to take bar and supermarket jobs because health trusts are too debt-ridden to employ them, experts have warned. Students who have laboured through three years of intensive training are discovering they cannot find...
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Carnage as Series of Bomb Blasts Target Tourist Hotels in Amman
A series of explosions rocked three hotels in the Jordanian capital last night, killing scores of people and sending ambulances screaming across the city. In what appeared to be a co-ordinated attack that targeted several of Amman's top hotels, at least...
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City Watchdog Drops Action against Ex-Shell Chairman Watts
The main City watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, ignored the advice of its own specialist enforcement staff yesterday by announcing that no further action would be taken against Sir Philip Watts, the disgraced ex-chairman of Shell, over the...
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Classical: A RUSSIAN SPECTACULAR ; Wigmore Hall LONDON HHHHH
It was standing-room only in the Wigmore Hall for one of those concerts that will remain the stuff of legend. The indefatigable Violoncello Society of London was behind one of the most extraordinary displays of cello playing. The cause was a sad one:...
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Collapse in Trade Talks Leaves Hong Kong Summit Deal in Doubt
Frantic attempts to inject new life into the stalled talks on liberalising world trade ended in failure and mutual recrimination yesterday. Trade ministers from the world's leading rich and poor nations admitted they would have to downgrade their expectations...
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CRICKET: Cook Wins Surprise Call from England
It is to be hoped that England's game plan for the first Test against Pakistan in two days' time is clearer than the news on Michael Vaughan's injured right knee. Vaughan twisted the knee while batting on Monday and there were fears that he had torn...
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Cricket: From Sage, to Crackpot ; an Englishman Abroad; BOB WOOLMER, THE PAKISTAN COACH, IS HOPING TO COMBINE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY WITH OLD-FASHIONED VIRTUES AND SURPRISE ENGLAND
Had England not been the worst Test team in the world in 1999 Bob Woolmer could easily have been their coach. Woolmer, having successfully coached South Africa for four years in the late Nineties, claimed he did not want the job, leaving England to employ...
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CRICKET: PAKISTAN V ENGLAND: Gooch Backs Cook to Make His Mark in Pakistan
England fans can expect not so much letters from Pakistan, as numbers " big numbers. Because Alastair Cook makes runs. Lots of them. And he is already picking up awards as well. He was voted Young Cricketer of the Year by the Cricket Writers' Club and...
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Days like These: 10 NOVEMBER 1871
HENRY STANLEY, explorer, describes the end of his quest through Africa by Lake Tanganyika: 'Well, we are but a mile from Ujiji now, and it is high time we should let them know a caravan is coming; so 'Commence firing' is the word passed along the length...
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Days like Those: Katie Price May Baulk at a Cashmere Blanket and Cardie, but I Don't See Them as Ageist
Clearly my mistake was asking Matthew not to make a big deal about the 45th birthday. I told him that while I would be happy to receive presents in the usual way and cards, and I'd be fine with dinner at Le Gavroche, I would appreciate it if there was...
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Days like Those: Surprise, Surprise
Whatever I was expecting from my husband in the way of torment (a leather Steradent dispenser from Mulberry, perhaps, or a framed receipt for a Churchill stairlift), the presents so far have been perfectly harmless. Katie Price might baulk if Peter Andre...
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De Villepin Claims Victory as Riots Start to Ease
The two week firestorm of violence by gangs of youths in poor suburbs of French cities subsided yesterday, as arrests, exhaustion and boredom took their toll on the rioters. A state of emergency, and new measures to help poor suburbs and alienated youth,...
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Dozens Are Feared Dead as Suicide Bombers Strike Jordan
Up to 57 people were feared dead and at least 115 injured last night after three bombings of Amman hotels that Jordanian police suspected were suicide attacks. The attacks " two of which were on upper-range hotels frequented by foreign tourists, businessmen...
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Ethiopian Protesters Face Treason Charge
Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, said the country's recent violence was a misguided attempt at a Ukrainian-style orange revolution and its leaders would be charged with treason. At least 42 people were shot dead when police confronted demonstrators...
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FASHION AND STYLE: Chanel's No 1 ; Pearls, Tweeds and the Double-C Logo " Sounds like Typical Coco. Only This Time It's for Men. Karl Lagerfeld Tells Iain R Webb Why He's Going Macho
Since Karl Lagerfeld joined the house of Chanel as designer-in- chief in 1983, it appears that he has been on a quest to rival the innovations made by Coco herself. Many of these caused a scandal in their time. It was Chanel who popularised the wearing...
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FASHION AND STYLE: THE TEN BEST Tights and Stockings
1 La Perla Audrey stay-ups pounds 45 If these hold-ups don't create a stir, then nothing will. From the front, they appear to be normal, rather demure black opaques, but from behind they reveal a saucy 'seam' " a fine black ribbon criss-crossing through...
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FASHION & STYLE: Mr Ab Fab ; He Was the Original Fashion Publicist Who Got Saint Laurent His First Job, Introduced Dietrich to the Front Row and Had a Dior Perfume Named after Him. Stephanie King Meets Percy Savage
The fashion PR Percy Savage's half-century of work on both sides of the Channel has produced some of the most poignant moments in fashion. He is, after all, the man responsible for introducing Yves Saint Laurent to the house of Christian Dior. Now 79,...
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Fashion & Style: Prim & Proper ; Fashion Has Abandoned Flash-Trash and Bare Flesh in Favour of Sober, Strait-Laced Victoriana. Susie Rushton Talks to the Man Behind the International Cover-Up, Olivier Theyskens
Call it neo-Edwardian, Victoriana, or 'the governess look', this autumn's most self-explanatory trend was kick-started by a Belgian designer who, at just 28, has become one of fashion's most feted names. But Olivier Theyskens, who has designed for the...
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Fashion & Style: READY TO WEAR: Low-Profile Designers? Yes, Really
They call them the Oscars of the fashion world but, to be honest, that may be stretching it somewhat. Still, the nominations for the British Fashion Awards, taking place tonight at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, are revealing. In particular,...
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FASHION &STYLE: SUITED & BOOTED: Stick Your Neck Out
Most of you will have by now realised that it's too cold to wear open-necked shirts to the office. You will have braved the elements, clutching your collar with both hands, trying to make the best of it. But you know it's time to capitulate. I have spent...
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Fashion World Unites to Help Fight against Aids
Ever wanted to own a dress worn by Rene Zellweger? Or a handbag carried by Britney Spears? You can. A collection of clothing and accessories that promises to be the biggest sale of designer goods in the world goes online today. Members of the world's...
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First Night: Painstaking Account Does Not Deserve Protesters' Placards
PAUL Cottesloe, National Theatre LONDON The National's artistic director, Nicholas Hytner, received 200 letters of objection before Howard Brenton's play about St Paul had even gone into preview, and doubtless sections of the Christian community were...
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Football: Ballack to Decide Club Future by December
If Manchester United were hoping to recruit Michael Ballack as a replacement for Roy Keane they will have to wait until next summer as the Bayern Munich midfielder is staying put during the January transfer window, his agent said yesterday. The Germany...
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Football: Bogarde, the Ultimate Bosman Era Folly, Transfers from Inactivity to Retirement
The announcement by Winston Bogarde that he has retired from football will surprise Chelsea fans. After all, they believe he gave up in August 2000 " when he signed on a free transfer from Barcelona. At Bara they claim it happened even sooner and the...
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Football: England Players Set Price for Glory
David Beckham and his England team-mates last night sealed a World Cup win bonus with the Football Association understood to be worth a record pounds 300,000-a-man pay-out should they be triumphant in the tournament in Germany next summer. The news came...
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FOOTBALL: ENGLAND V ARGENTINA - Campbell Finds Solace in Return to England Duty after a Year to Forget
By the time the FA Cup final came around last season, it seemed like the international career of Sol Campbell was finally being laid to rest. His place in the Arsenal side had gone to Philippe Senderos, his place in the England team had been lost too...
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FOOTBALL: ENGLAND V ARGENTINA: Crespo Finds Classical Virtue in Maradona's Example
Hernan Crespo, the Chelsea striker, has described matches between Argentina and England as 'international classics' ahead of Saturday's friendly in Geneva when he hopes to play a leading role. Crespo, who is unsettled at Stamford Bridge and could leave...
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FOOTBALL: ENGLAND V ARGENTINA: Holding Operation Vital as Eriksson Aims to Chart Unfamiliar Territory
When Sven Goran Eriksson and his circle of advisers plot their route through the World Cup finals next summer, there is one eventuality they will have to face at some point in their discussions: the possibility that England will have to defeat a South...
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Football: Good News for Middlesbrough as Boateng Avoids Serious Knee Injury
Steve McClaren's fears that his midfielder, George Boateng, could be sidelined for several weeks have been allayed. The 30-year-old Middlesbrough player was injured in a collision with his Netherlands team-mate Mark van Bommel during a training match...
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Football: Jerome Propels Bluebirds into the Upper Reaches in Double- Quick Time ; SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 CARDIFF CITY 3
Cardiff confirmed their potential to enter the play-off reckoning with a victory that propels them from 12th place to fifth in the Championship table. The scoreline probably flattered them a little after Wednesday's lackadaisical defence conceded three...
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Football: Liverpool Seek US Aid to Solve Stadium Crisis
Rick Parry has confirmed that Liverpool are in talks with American billionaire Robert Kraft over how to meet the spiralling costs of their proposed pounds 150m move from Anfield, although the club's exhaustive search for fresh investment will continue...
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Football: McLeish Left on the Brink by Maloney Thunderbolt ; CELTIC 2 RANGERS 0
Shaun Maloney lashed home a classy first-half goal last night to help his manager Gordon Strachan secure a first Old Firm win in this CIS Cup quarter-final, which might yet prove to be Alex McLeish's final match in charge of Rangers. Certainly, McLeish's...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL Arsne Wenger is making a regular assessment of Justin Hoyte's progress while the full-back is on loan at Sunderland. 'A move was ideal, it teaches him about playing,' Wenger said. 'We have a report about him every game and, from what I've been...
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Football: Van Persie Has Everything a Player Needs, Says Henry
The Arsenal striker Thierry Henry claims it is difficult to compare Robin van Persie with Dennis Bergkamp despite the younger man's excellent form for the club of late. Van Persie, 22, is already being tipped as the long-term replacement for his compatriot...
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Football: Venables Keen on Irish Job as FAI Takes Its Time
Terry Venables is understood to be interested in becoming the next manager of the Republic of Ireland but yesterday insisted that he had not been formally approached over taking the post. However, sources at the Football Association of Ireland insisted...
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Fortune4U as Caudwell Puts Phones Empire Up for Sale ; Entrepreneur Plans to Raise Pounds 1.6bn and Then Sail around the World
John Caudwell, the mobile phone entrepreneur, is to sell his telecoms group that could be valued at between pounds 1.3bn and pounds 1.6bn. Mr Caudwell, 53, one the country's most aggressive and wealthiest businessmen has decided to sell up and sail round...
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Fraud Claims Undermine Presidential Poll in Liberia
Liberia's Harvard-educated former finance minister Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf has taken a commanding lead over her footballing rival George Weah in a presidential run-off vote, amid claims of widespread fraud from the former FIFA player of the year. And...
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Games: POKER
Experience is deemed to be a significant factor in poker " the more you have the better. So it would appear that the old-timers who have been through the mill and round the block for the past couple of decades would have a big edge over all the new recruits...
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Governments Have Not Yet Made Good Their Pledges
As relief organisations struggle to get help to the needy, foreign governments have failed to match their pledges with hard cash for the earthquake victims. Pakistan's government says it has received just $9.5m (pounds 5.4) out of $2bn pledged by foreign...
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GRADUATE: BARRISTERS: Train for the Performance of a Lifetime ; You Could Be a Star of the Courtroom If You Choose a Career as a Barrister. Amy McLellan Reports
A barrister, it's often said, is an actor manqu. And it's not just because the job involves a costume (in this case a wig and gown). Many barristers thrive on the cut and thrust of the courtroom, where advocacy skills and quick wits ensure a regular...
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Graduate: For a Successful Law Career You Need to Have Plenty of Dedication
LAW CAREERS are a complicated business. First there's the issue of deciding which role to choose: solicitor, barrister or legal executive? Then there's the race for training opportunities, which is fiercely competitive and can be long-winded. Finally,...
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Graduates: Graduate Law News
Legal challenges Students are motivated to become lawyers predominantly because of the 'interesting and challenging' work and desirable lifestyle, according to a new survey by The College of Law. The next most popular reasons were financial reward and...
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GRADUATE: SOLICITORS: Graduates Who Lay Down the Law ; Whether You Studied Law or Not at University, You Can Pursue a Hugely Rewarding Career as a Solicitor. Kate Hilpern Investigates the Options for Inquiring Legal Minds
Want to become a solicitor, but don't have a law degree? Fear not. Your degree classification, as opposed to subject, is what recruiters will primarily look for. If you want to become a solicitor, and you do have a law degree, you get to skip a year's...
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Health Trust Reverses Breast Cancer Ruling
Controversy over the breast cancer drug Herceptin intensified yesterday with health managers agreeing to prescribe it to a woman in Staffordshire and a medical journal warning that 'hype' was leading to exaggerated claims of its effectiveness. Under...
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HOUSE OF COMMONS, 4:56PM: The Moment Tony Blair Lost His Authority ; 90 DAY DETENTION; FOR: 291; AGAINST: 322
Tony Blair's personal authority was badly dented last night when he suffered a humiliating Commons defeat over his plan to allow the police to detain suspected terrorists for up to 90 days without charge. Mr Blair's first Commons defeat since coming...
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Hunter's QC Gave Advice on Buying Birthdays, Court Told
Lord Grabiner QC, who is defending Sir Tom Hunter against a pounds 100m High Court action from fellow shareholders in the failed The Gadget Shop, was dragged into the case yesterday, when it was alleged he advised the retail entrepreneur that the acquisition...
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Ignore Science at Your Peril
With 2005 fast becoming 'the year of the natural disaster', it is time to reflect on how engineering, science and technology can play their fullest part in protecting the planet. The Government is preparing to launch proposals on energy policy next year,...
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LEADING ARTICLE: Bruised and Bloodied
Cut them up any way you choose, the results of voting across the US on Tuesday were bad news for George W Bush in an autumn that has enveloped the Republican administration in almost unrelieved gloom. True, this is a political 'off year' in America,...
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LEADING ARTICLE: Mr Blair Had No Tricks Left, and His Spell Was Broken
The Prime Minister decided earlier this week to reject any compromise on the anti-terrorism Bill that would reduce the 90-day maximum period of detention without charge he had demanded. The result was the first major parliamentary defeat of his prime...
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LETTERS OF LOVE AND WAR ; Armistice Day; Geoffrey Boothby and Edith Ainscow Once Dreamed of a Future Together. They Wrote to Each Other Outlining Their Hopes and Their Fears, Joking and Flirting in Pen and Ink. Then in 1916, Geoffrey, like Tens of Thousands of Other British Soldiers, Was Killed in Action in Belgium. Today, 90 Years Later, John Lichfield Tells the Story of Two Ordinary People Caught Up in a Horrific War
Fifteen years ago Arthur Stockwin uncovered a love affair that his mother had kept hidden all her life. This week, he will share her secret with the world. It is not a guilty secret. It is a tragic secret, a deeply moving secret, which reveals with painful...
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MARKET REPORT: Broker Backing Pushes M&S to Six-Year High
Marks & Spencer roared to a fresh six-year high yesterday, up 8p to 443.5p, as a series of heavyweight brokers backed the stock. Lehman Brothers was among the most bullish about the retailer's prospects, suggesting that M&S could achieve pre-tax profits...
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'Mastermind' and 'Millionaire' Winner Takes on Europe
Question: How does Britain's undisputed quiz king celebrate after adding the Mastermind title to his triumph on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Answer: By competing in the annual European Quizzing Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. Pat Gibson, a computer...
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Not a Second Lost in Fight against US Time Plan
British scientists and historians have united against an American proposal to change the way time is tied to the daily rotation of the earth on its axis. They believe that a plan to abolish the 'leap' second " an extra second added to the midnight pips...
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Obituary: K. R. NARAYANAN ; 'Untouchable' Who Overcame Persistent Prejudice to Become India's First 'Working President'
By any standards, K. R. Narayanan's journey, from Dalit or 'untouchable' low-caste beginnings " often going hungry as a child and borrowing slippers to walk the long distances to school and college " to becoming India's President and First Citizen in...
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Obituary: LADY SIBELL ROWLEY ; Last of the Lygon Sisters, Brought Up at 'Brideshead'
Lady Sibell Rowley has died at the great age of 98 and carries to her grave one of the last accounts of an authentic Victorian childhood. Her father was a model for Lord Marchmain in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and the house where she was principally...
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OUTLOOK: Europe's Diverging Interest Rates
Question. Would you rather hold your money in German or Greek national debt? Alright, so neither really, and with the interest rate so derisory, who in their right mind would? Yet given the fact that the rate is essentially the same, most of us if forced...
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OUTLOOK: Standard Trumpets Its Sipps Success
A 7 per cent fall in new business at a time when rivals are loading it on at 20 per cent plus may not seem like the best of backdrops to float a life insurance business against. Yet Standard Life's chief executive, Sandy Crombie, was yesterday trumpeting...
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OUTLOOK: Who Would Have Thought It? Sir Phil Watts Escapes Scot- Free from Shell Reserves Fiasco
Phil Watts is innocent, OK. I'm glad to see that tireless campaigning on the former Shell chairman's behalf has finally succeeded in clearing him of all 'charges' in connection with the mis-statement of Shell reserves. In a three liner yesterday, the...
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PAKISTAN FAILURES ON THE ROAD TO DISASTER ; the Kashmir Earthquake; Refugees from Far-Flung Mountain Villages Are on the Move in Search of Shelter before the First Snowfalls. the Relief Effort for the Homeless Is Desperately Underfunded and Disease Has Struck the Camps. Justin Huggler Reports from the Neelum Valley
Time is running out for Yassir Batt. A month on from the Kashmir earthquake, he still has no shelter to sleep under. When night falls, he and his brothers huddle together around a fire beside the ruins of their home in the mountains above Muzaffarabad....
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Pandora
Good news for Blair: his stalking horse has lost its back legs The most maverick of Labour's 'awkward squad' of left-wing MPs, Bob Marshall-Andrews, yesterday had a punch-up with the Blairite MP Jim Dowd during the run-up to the Commons vote on the Terrorism...
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'Patronising' Davis Fails to Impress Women of Tory Party
When David Davis paraded two young women wearing tight T-shirts bearing his slogan 'it's DD for me' at the Tory party conference, not everyone was impressed by his modern brand of Conservatism. So when Mr Davis faced the twin challenge yesterday of a...
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Peaches Geldof Named as Top of the Toffs by 'Tatler'
She was blamed for spoiling Pete Doherty's big moment at Live8 by pinching his bottom and whispering something suggestive in the addled star's ear. She has her own column in a national newspaper, a top modelling career beckons and she has no shortage...
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Poachers Use Weapons of War to Wipe out Hippo Population
Guillaume Kasereka once used a Russian-made rocket-launcher to kill hippos for meat in Congo's forests. But these days, he says, the competition from other poachers is too fierce and the prey too scarce. The world's largest hippopotamus population is...
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Pop: Fireworks by the Seaside ; FOUR TET / EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY Concorde 2 BRIGHTON HHHH / HHHH
It seemed a curious billing: the lumbering (if seasonably named) Texan guitar-pounders supporting a man whose cheerful electronic music was once described as 'avant-nice'. Yet it turns out that Explosions in the Sky and Four Tet (alias Kieran Hebden),...
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Racing: Jay Makes Merry as Fury Turns Serene
Racehorse trainers have to be adept in the discovery of silver linings, but it is difficult to imagine how Jonathan Jay consoled his patrons when a big black cloud settled over Tidal Fury last year. After showing a degree of promise in his first two...
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Resorts Did Not Heed the Warnings of Egypt Attacks
After the bomb attacks on hotels in the luxury Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, it was only a matter of time as to when the softest of targets would be blown up in Jordan. Guests entering the main Egyptian hotels have to negotiate concrete blocks...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Kiwis Resist Panic Measures over Scrum-Half Crisis
New Zealand believe that they will find an answer to their scrum- half crisis from within their squad, rather than having to send for reinforcements. With Lance Hohaia on his way home with ankle ligament damage, the Kiwis could have been tempted to call...
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RUGBY UNION: Jones Tries to Shift Pressure on to England
Eddie Jones stamped his irrepressibility on his English hosts yesterday with a bravura performance ahead of this weekend's Test at Twickenham, but he would have preferred to emphasise his indispensability to the Wallaby hierarchy ahead of the 2007 World...
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Sarkozy Orders Deportation of Foreign Rioters
France's Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, announced that he has ordered the expulsion of all foreigners convicted over two weeks of rioting. Four cars were torched in Toulouse last night, but the violence by gangs of youths in poor suburbs of French...
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Scientists Demand More Nuclear Power Plants
Britain must consider building new nuclear power stations urgently if it is to meet its international commitments on cutting greenhouse gases as well as plugging a looming 'energy gap', a study by more than 150 experts has found. It concluded renewable...
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Take Note, Revenge of the 4x4 Hater Is Perilous
I have received a very interesting letter from a worried correspondent, who wants to know if any 'Independent' reader can help him with his problem. I am quite happy to print his letter today, as it means I can take the day off and get on with my sudoku...
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TELEVISION: LAST NIGHT'S TV: Thanks, but No Fangs ; Natural World BBC2 Jamie's Great Escape CHANNEL 4
Anthropomorphism is prehensile; or, to put it another way, our tendency to see ourselves reflected in the natural world has a tenacious grip. But there are plenty of animals that offer little purchase for this human vanity, and snakes come high on the...
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Theatre: A Tightrope Walk on the Wild Side ; I AM MY OWN WIFE Duke of York's Theatre LONDON
As the title suggests, I Am My Own Wife is a play that deals in split personalities. It is based on the true life story of Lothar Berfelde, who renamed himself Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, and lived as a transvestite and antiques dealer through Nazism and...
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Theatre: SCROOGE Palladium LONDON HHH
Lynne Truss, the author of a brilliant new book about the utter bloody rudeness of everyday life, will be delighted to know that the big number in this enjoyably creaky old musical about a miser transformed by visions of past and future mortality is...
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The Boys in Blue ; Heard the One about the Bald, Blue-Painted Men Wowing Comedy Audiences across America? Alice Jones Meets the Blue Man Group, Who Find out Tonight Whether the Joke Works Here
Every so often, even in this age of Bush-Blair intimacy, the global village and the internet, there comes a reminder of the cultural chasm between Great Britain and the United States. Blue Man Group is a theatrical phenomenon that has been wowing American...
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The Compelling Case for More Police Powers
The proposal to detain suspects for 90 days without charge was essential in the battle to defeat terrorism, because suspects have been avoiding detention, using the technicality that they're innocent. Every day, literally millions of people slip through...
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THE DEBATE: THE TERROR BILL: MPs Berate Clarke for Refusing to Compromise on 90 Days
It was a historic defeat that came after three hours of passionate and heated debate. Charles Clarke came under ferocious fire from MPs of all parties as he made a final unsuccessful attempt to quell a wave of opposition to planned anti-terror laws....
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Hold on to Redrow as It Builds for the Future
No investor came to any harm by taking a profit, and we advised banking a 70 per cent-plus gain on Redrow when we last wrote on the housebuilder in March last year. The remainder of our investment is up a further 23 per cent since then. But play-it-safe...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Robert Wiseman Starts to Curdle
The prospects for Robert Wiseman Dairies, milk supplier to Tesco, are turning sour. Caught between the dairy farmers and the mighty supermarkets, the East Kilbride-based company is ill-equipped to deal with the rising costs of fuel and packaging that...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Software Group iSoft Can Extend Healthy Growth Story Abroad
Last year, iSoft established itself as a leading hospital software group when it was chosen as a supplier to the National Health Service's technology upgrade programme which includes a massive drive to computerise patient records. And while that has...
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THE SKETCH: He Tried All His Tricks to Persuade Them to Back Him. but Still He Lost
He reacted with a brave, slightly rueful smile. It's what public schoolboys of his generation do in moments of great defeat. It's the nicest thing about them. In personal weight and general forcefulness he's never been better. That makes it all the worse...
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THE TERROR BILL: A Day of Anger, Confusion and Frantic Wrangling
The Government's blackest day began shortly after 3.30 am British time when the British Airways flight carrying Gordon Brown touched down in Israel. Within minutes, the Chancellor had decided to return to Westminster after being warned by his political...
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THE THURSDAY BOOK: Biologist Turns Sleuth in Quest for Mystery Bird " and Its DNA ; THE CONJUROR'S BIRD by Martin Davies HODDER & STOUGHTON, Pounds 14.99. ORDER FOR Pounds 13.99 (FREE P&P) FROM 0870 079 8897
Natural history resonates with the romance of the lost: the quasi- fantastical dodo, or the Congo peacock, a single feather of which was discovered many years before the bird. Yet the Lost Bird of Ulieta, a dun-coloured tweeter, was in some ways most...
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This Is Not about the Prime Minister's Authority. It Is about His Judgement
This is a weird situation, but the one thing it is not about is the Prime Minister's authority. The test of Tony Blair's authority is whether there is something he wanted to do that he could not do, but that Gordon Brown could. If a politician lacks...
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Thousands Join Protest in Azerbaijan but Flame of Revolution Fails to Ignite
Azerbaijan's pro-democracy movement brought some 15,000 noisy, orange-clad supporters on to the streets yesterday in an attempt to kick- start a velvet revolution, but the event did not generate the momentum activists had hoped for. The rally was seen...
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Top Schools Are Accused of Illegal Fee-Fixing 'Broke Competition Law on Fees'
Fifty of the country's top independent schools broke the law by collaborating over plans for fee rises, the Office of Fair Trading has decided. The list of those involved reads like a 'Who's Who' of the country's oldest and most famous public schools...
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Treasure Trove of Ancient Artefacts Goes on Display
Hundreds of artefacts dating back to prehistoric times have been uncovered by amateur archaeologists, metal-detector enthusiasts, gardeners, farmers, builders and walkers. The items found in England and Wales over the past year include 427 pieces of...
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UK's Switch from Net Exporter to Importer of Oil Will Not Have a Dramatic Downside
The UK is no longer a net oil exporter. Trade figures from the DTI yesterday showed the balance of trade in oil was in deficit in the third quarter, the first such three-month period of deficit since 1980. So after just a quarter-century the era of the...
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US Oil Chiefs Reject Claims They Are 'Ripping Off' Customers
Senior executives from five of the world's largest oil companies were forced to defend themselves yesterday against accusations of exploiting consumers, in the wake of sky-high oil prices, and fend off calls for a windfall tax on record profits in the...
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Visual Arts: DEBORAH MACMILLAN Water and Light Gallery LONDON HH
Deborah MacMillan is a traditional figure painter somewhat in the tradition of the Old Masters. She works for the most part in oils on linen, and this invites comparison with her great predecessors: to look at the ways in which she treats the painted...
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Why Do We Neglect the Young?
Howls of outrage greeted the announcement that the Government plans to impose a compulsory national curriculum on children under five being cared for by childminders or nurseries. What's the problem? Would you send your car to a garage where the mechanics...
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