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 January 6, 2007

1–T T–W
1. FA's Decision to Ban Captain Morgan Leaves Me Feeling Sick in the Stomach ; What I've Learnt This Week
I am writing this column from my bed. I'm lying here with some kind of bug. I've got dodgy guts, a sore backside from where the doc gave me a jab, and a general feeling of being under the weather. So you can just imagine how much better I felt when I...
Read preview Overview
48 HOURS IN GENEVA ; Anthony Lambert Guides You through a City of Striking Architecture, Irresistible Shopping, Great Food and, above All, Winter Romance
WHY GO NOW? Geneva is a romantic place for a winter visit, with stunning views over the French Alps and even the opportunity of a fondue afloat. The ice-skating rink is open until 28 January and the city's medieval-style carnival takes place the weekend...
Read preview Overview
A Comparison Can Be like Entering a Danger Zone ; Errors & Omissions
The principle is fairly simply stated. "Like" means "similar to"; "such as" means "in the same category as". To put it another way, a set of things such as X and Y includes X and Y; a set of things like X and Y does not. Or to put a third way, by saying...
Read preview Overview
Adorable Andorra ; Stephen Wood's Got a Soft Spot for This Little Country. for a Quality Budget Destination, with Plenty of Intermediate Skiing and Affordable Designer Hotels, Look No Further
You are probably not in the habit of arriving at hotels blindfold, and I am not recommending it; nevertheless, to enter the Sporthotel Hermitage with no knowledge of its location would be an interesting experience. Because nothing about its interior...
Read preview Overview
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR LEWIS HODGES ; Bomber Pilot, Escaped Prisoner of War and SOE Commander with a Distinguished Peacetime Career
With the death of Sir Lewis Hodges the Royal Air Force loses not only one of its finest senior officers but a member of that band of intrepid pilots who undertook cloak-and-dagger operations during the Second World War. Born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1918...
Read preview Overview
Airline Boss and Minister in Emissions Row ; HOME
Vivid proof that what to do about climate change and aviation is now the toughest environmental dilemma came yesterday, in a remarkable three-cornered squabble between the Government, the airline industry and the green movement. The Environment minister,...
Read preview Overview
A Minister's Hot Air about Cheap Flights ; LEADING ARTICLE
Michael O'Leary, the brash boss of the low-cost airline Ryanair, is not perhaps the man to turn to for judgements on the environment. His response to the landmark Stern review was, after all, that it was "a report by an idiot economist". But it was disingenuous...
Read preview Overview
Australia Will Struggle to Retain Ashes If England Learn Lessons ; THE ASHES 2006-07
It may be hard to imagine it after the mother of all thrashings but it is Australia who left an emotional Sydney Cricket Ground with a far more uncertain future awaiting them than England at the conclusion of the fifth Test. Make no mistake, Australia...
Read preview Overview
A Vintage Christmas for Majestic ; Retail Detail Pays off for Tim How, Chief Executive of Majestic Wine, in the Run-Up to the G Roup's Busy Season. by Susie Mesure ++ A Day in the Life of
7am It's the Wednesday before Christmas and it is going to be a back- to-the-floor-sort-of-a-day for Tim How, who runs Majestic Wine. The wine retailer is in full flow for the biggest fortnight of its year and will need all hands on deck before it's...
Read preview Overview
Beautiful South ; the Maverick Spirit and Fifties Glamour That First Seduced Hemingway and Tennessee Williams Have Returned to Key West. Rhiannon Batten Visits Florida's Hidden Jewel
As great drives go, taking US Highway 1 from Miami to Key West is pretty undemanding. Slide into your car, push the gearstick to "drive" and sit back for the next three hours and 260 kilometres, skimming over Seven Mile bridge - along with 41 others....
Read preview Overview
BLOODBATH JAPAN'S DOLPHIN CULL ; the Nation's Annual Hunting Season Is Underway, a Tradition Stretching Back Centuries. Now, Though, Protesters from Abroad Are Trying to End This Way of Life. Reports from Taiji David McNeill ++ Culture Clash in the Far East
In Taiji, the fishermen say that dolphin tastes like venison or beef. But eaten raw with a dab of ginger and soy sauce, the glistening dark flesh resembles liver, with a coppery aftertaste that lingers on the roof of the mouth long after you've chewed...
Read preview Overview
Bluebirds Need Wide Boys to Take Flight ; FA Cup: Talking Tactics: Cardiff City V Tottenham Hotspur
Cardiff were the Championship's early-season pacesetters but have slipped back into the pack after failing to win in 10 matches. A change of competition could spark a revival, especially as Tottenham, with their poor away record, will not relish a visit...
Read preview Overview
Bombay's Bar Girls Fight for Their Jobs on Political Stage ; WORLD
The once famous dance-bar girls of Bombay are planning to stage a comeback - by standing as candidates in local elections next month. Their platform is simple: to overturn the citywide ban on their work and reopen the clubs where they used to perform....
Read preview Overview
BORIS LODZ ; Oldest Living Soviet Spy
Boris Gudz was not only the oldest living Soviet spy. He was also the last surviving participant in Trest, one of the most brilliant counter-intelligence operations in espionage history, that lured the celebrated British agent Sidney Reilly among many...
Read preview Overview
Bringing Clean Water to a Village Stalked by Sickness ; CHRISTMAS CHARITY APPEAL
Even if there wasn't a dirty foam-flecked puddle of waste water at the foot of its trunk, you would know there was something wrong with Jamal Abu Sawarha's olive tree from the tell-tale white patches on the leaves. But Mr Abu Sawarha, 51, who is a local...
Read preview Overview
Btw ; HOME
So farewell, Little Chef. Actually not quite, because while the company has gone bust, a few of these outfits have been saved for the nation. Much has been made of the failed chain's association with the failed former prime minister John Major, but without...
Read preview Overview
Bush's Reshuffle Prepares the Way for a Sharp Change of Course in Iraq ; LEADING ARTICLE
If there is anyone who still believes that US policy in Iraq is less than disastrous, the reshuffle announced by President Bush this week, and the major speech on strategy expected next, should supply an appropriate corrective. To be sure, the New Year...
Read preview Overview
Cardiff Old Boy Returns to Invoke Giant-Killing Days ; Tottenham Visit the Welsh Capital Tomorrow, Nursing a 30-Year-Old Headache in the Shape of Peter Sayer. James Corrigan Reports
Nostalgia and Sky Sports - those two great protectors of FA Cup romance - dictated that Peter Sayer travelled to Ninian Park yesterday for a teary-eyed survey of the scene of his finest moment. While looking around the ground - where 30 years ago to...
Read preview Overview
Cheered by Cup Memories ; the FA Cup Interview ++ at the Time, Pepe Reina Was Convinced He'd Played Badly in Last Year's Cup Final. but as He Prepares to Help His Side Defend Their Trophy Tonight, the Liverpool Keeper Tells Andy Hunter He Thinks He Was Being Hard on Himself
Rarely can an FA Cup winner have looked as torn as Jose "Pepe" Reina when confronting the assembled press pack deep in the claustrophobic, concrete bowels of the Millennium Stadium last May. In one hand lay his winners' medal and the performance that...
Read preview Overview
Chess ; SATURDAY MAGAZINE
A few days before the Russian superfinal came to its end in Moscow in victory for Evgeny Alekseev, their Women's Championship had also finished in Gorodets. While this was, perforce, hugely weaker in absolute terms, it was relatively at least as strong...
Read preview Overview
China Takes Fresh Steps to Stem Bank Lending ; BUSINESS
The Chinese authorities took fresh steps to rein in bank lending yesterday, warning that there was "excessive" liquidity in the world's fastest-growing economy. The People's Bank of China said that from Monday big state banks and joint-stock banks must...
Read preview Overview
Chirac Keen to Save France from Royal ; EUROPE
Will he or won't he? France yesterday contemplated with mingled astonishment and disbelief the possibility that Jacques Chirac, at the age of 74, might rise from his political death bed and run for a third presidential term. After a series of combative...
Read preview Overview
CONTINUATION: 'It Is Not Right to Punch Players in the Stomach' ; FOOTBALL
a decision shortly before the interval and was sent to the stands by Bennett for his reaction. It is at this time of the year that managers like to take a sentimental draught of "that old cup magic" but a week on from Bramall Lane and Wenger's outlook...
Read preview Overview
CONTINUATION: Support Grows for Plan to Bring an End to the Sectarian Violence in Iraq ; BLUEPRINT FOR IRAQ
co-operation and act as a guarantor of civil rights. In London, the Foreign Office said it supported opening communications with Iraq's neighbours, insisting that the Government was already working to foster relations throughout the region. A spokesman...
Read preview Overview
Crompton the Time Machine Rolls Back Years to Put Fire into Bristol Boiler Room ; Tight-Head Veteran Has Done His Time at Rugby's Brutal Coalface but, He Tells Chris Hewett, a Centre's Life Is Harder ++ the Saturday Interview
As Phil Vickery, the most ortho-paedically challenged prop forward in English rugby, was being confirmed as national captain for the defence of the World Cup in France this autumn while receiving treatment for what he politely described as a "numb bum",...
Read preview Overview
Davydenko Upset Gives Murray His Final Chance ; TENNIS
Andy Murray is in a hurry. The new season is less than a week old but the 19-year-old Scot is already through to his first final of the campaign after sweeping aside Nikolai Davydenko, the world No 3, at the Qatar Open yesterday. Despite continuing to...
Read preview Overview
Egg Firms May Have to Unscramble Merger ; BUSINESS
The merger of Britain's two biggest egg suppliers is set to be blocked after the Competition Commission concluded that it would drive up prices in the shops and damage the interests of egg producers. Deans Food Group and Stonegate Farmers, two family-owned...
Read preview Overview
Even the Wicked Can Show Some Dignity, No Matter How Much We Try to Deprive Them of It ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
My subject today is the aesthetics of downfall. I state it baldly so there will be no confusion: my subject is not Iraq, not American foreign policy, not Blair's long silence in the matter of Saddam Hussein's execution, not politics at all except in...
Read preview Overview
Fa Cup Third Round ; Football
Chelsea v Macclesfield Town Today 3pm. TV: Highlights Sky Sports 1 8pm, BBC 1, 11pm. Last FA Cup meeting: None. Best: Chelsea: Winners three times (1970, 1997, 2000). Macclesfield: Third round five times (1968, 1988, 2003, 2004, 2005). Chelsea: Injured:...
Read preview Overview
Few Mourn the Fading of Classics ; Richard Ingrams' Week
Reports that the teaching of classics is dying out in schools will get a lot of old buffers writing to the papers to say that it never did them any harm. But they are fighting a losing battle when the purpose of education nowadays is seen primarily in...
Read preview Overview
FIVE BEST BUDGET UK B&Bs ; Stylish Getaways with Slap-Up Breakfasts and Bracing Walks Don't Have to Break the Bank, Says Kitty Melrose
Eton Lodge Norfolk In 2005, children's author Stewart Lees "persuaded" wife Caren to open up their family home in the seaside resort of Hunstanton. The result is Eton Lodge, with simple but elegant, chintz and frills- free interiors. The B& B has rooms...
Read preview Overview
Flintoff Retains Dignity in Face of the Inevitable ; THE ASHES 2006-07
In his final act as England captain, Andrew Flintoff was perfectly noble. He did not hide, he did not bluster, he did not cry, although he must have been desperate to find a darkened room somewhere in which he could weep buckets and try to forget it...
Read preview Overview
Forget That Lime-Green Coat, Bag a Banking Bargain Instead ; the New Year Is Flush with Deals on Credit Cards and Mortgages. David Prosser Checks out Some Sales Offers
Have you checked out the new year sales yet? Not the meagre savings on offer from High Street retailers, but the far more valuable deals from banks and building societies. HSBC came up with the idea of holding a financial version of the new year sales...
Read preview Overview
Frank, in More Than One Sense ; the Saturday Profile ++ DAVID THRELFALL
In the three decades since his 1977 appearance in Scum, Alan Clarke's brutal expose of life in borstal, the actor David Threlfall has played everyone from outcasts to royalty. He is feted among colleagues for a meticulous attention to detail and an almost...
Read preview Overview
Games Workshop in Fresh Profit Alert ; BUSINESS
Games Workshop shares plunged yesterday as the evil eye of Sauron fixed its glare on the fantasy game and model maker, forcing a profits warning. Games has still to recover from the fall in sales that hit the company after the finale of Peter Jackson's...
Read preview Overview
Gaza Leaders Struggle to Bring Feuding Forces Back from the Brink ; WORLD
The Palestinian President and Prime Minister met twice yesterday in a desperate effort to drag their rival security forces back from the brink of civil war in the Gaza Strip. But with the rhetoric at fever pitch after the massacre of a local pro-Fatah...
Read preview Overview
Gently Does It ; We Used to Garden to Escape the Clock. Now It's All Short-Term Gratification and Instant Results. Anna Pavord Nominates 2007 as Slow Gardening Year
I usually see Stonehenge when I'm storming home down the A303 with Eric Clapton pounding in my ears and a half-eaten Mars Bar in my hand. It seems disrespectful to flash by it like this. Suddenly, there they are, the stones, and equally suddenly gone....
Read preview Overview
Ghanaian Boy's Dream Ends in a Pool of Blood ; BRITAIN AND IMMIGRATION
When Stephen Boachie arrived in England from Ghana aged 10, he missed Africa's warm climate. But the young boy whose parents came to the UK to give him a "better life" did not take long to find his feet in London, growing up to excel in his studies and...
Read preview Overview
Giles Foden ; INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER
First holiday memory? Going with my parents to Portugal in about 1969. I'm not sure whether it's an actual memory or one that has been reconstructed from a photograph. I have visions of being there in a carrycot on the beach. Best holiday? That would...
Read preview Overview
Golden Age of Home-Grown Music Fuelled by Downloads ; HOME
The music industry has hailed 2006 as a new golden age for British rock and pop after UK artists achieved their best sales figures in nearly a decade. A slew of strong-selling debuts from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Corinne Bailey Rae and a buzz...
Read preview Overview
Gordon Takes Manhattan ; Restaurants
We're in Manhattan, within panicking distance of Christmas and you can virtually smell the exchange rate in the air, like the metallic tang of ozone. "Slow down Sarah ... it's not a bleedin' marathon," mutters one bag-laden Englishwoman to another as...
Read preview Overview
Government Should Look to Mote in Its Own Eye before Branding O'Leary Irresponsible ; OUTLOOK
Ian Pearson, the environment minister, has chosen the wrong target in describing Ryanair's Michael O'Leary as the "irresponsible face of capitalism". Had Mr Pearson called the ebullient head of Europe's biggest low-cost airline an unbearable little so-and-so,...
Read preview Overview
GREN ; Cartoonist Who 'Defined' Wales
For the past 40 years if you wanted a slice of Welsh life you simply had to read a Gren cartoon - or buy a calendar, a book or one of his sheep. A collier's son from Hengoed, Grenfell Jones summed up Welsh life almost seven days a week with his prolific...
Read preview Overview
Handbags, New Jeans and Eating in Films - Just Say No ; Thrifty Living
SPEND LESS money, obviously. Save more, ditto. But that's a bit vague for a new year resolution. I am now battling a desire to read 101 Things To Buy Before You Die (New Holland), an unputdownable Christmas present from my lovely brother and sister-in-law....
Read preview Overview
Here's One Banking Giant I'll Hang on to ; PRIVATE INVESTOR
Only a few days in and already the Footsie's started its ups and downs. Moves either way in the index of about 50 points may seem alarming, but what might once have been regarded as frightening levels of turbulence are much more calmly taken nowadays....
Read preview Overview
Hogarth: True Brit ; Next Month, the Tate Gallery Is Staging the First Major Exhibition of Hogarth's Work in More Than 35 Years. Louise Jury Profiles a Very British Genius
The artist William Hogarth is the godfather of British satire, the progenitor of scathing wits from James Gillray to Ian Hislop and the Private Eye gang. When the 18th century is considered today, it is almost invariably through the biting social commentary...
Read preview Overview
Hollywood's 'The Holiday' Is Just Plane Awful ; THE MAN WHO PAYS HIS WAY
According to movie folklore, Hollywood has just two basic movie plots: someone goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town. The Holiday, the Hollywood blockbuster for this festive season, tests this maxim to the maximum with its basic premise: an...
Read preview Overview
Hotel Heaven ... and Hell ; Competition
Esther Rantzen TELEVISION PRESENTER In the Seventies, I was working on Man Alive and we were filming in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. My producer used an outof-date Good Food Guide to find a hotel. In my room, the lino was scuffed, the bed was unmade and...
Read preview Overview
'How Can We See the Real Bali?' ; INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER
Q I am Dutch, married to an Englishman and have a nine-year-old daughter. Sadly, both my parents, who were from Indonesia, died recently. We would like my daughter to experience the culture of their homeland - perhaps in east Bali or Lombok - and see...
Read preview Overview
If You Ask Me ; SATURDAY MAGAZINE
If you ask me, around this recent religious-heavy time of year the notion that there must be some form of "higher power" passes through everyone's mind. Like it or not, we are forced to consider God/Jesus/Allah/whoever's existence. Granted, that "being"...
Read preview Overview
'I Have Seen Legends Being Made' ; No One Has a Greater Appreciation of the Remarkable Qualities of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer Than John Buchanan. Here Australia's Coach Offers an Exclusive Insider's Insight into What Turned the Trio into Heroes
As I sit gazing out at one of the great spectacles of the world, the Sydney Harbour, decorated impressively by the Bridge, the Opera House and a striking blue expanse of water, I cannot help but think, a little ethnocentrically, what a lucky country...
Read preview Overview
'I Love Conflict on the Page, but I'd Do without It for the Rest of My Life' ; the 5-Minute Interview ++ Neil LaBute ++ Playwright and Director
Neil LaBute, 43, directed a new US version of the British cult classic 'The Wicker Man'. It was slated by the critics. He is currently working on a screen adaptation of 'The Danish Girl' by David Ebershoff. My 'Wicker Man' differs from the original...
Read preview Overview
Ince Hopeful Fine Form Can Bridge the Class Divide ; FOOTBALL
Can it happen? Will Macclesfield pull off an FA Cup shock to rank with anything achieved by Yeovil, Hereford or Colchester? Probably not, but on form at least the League Two side ought to start favourites against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today. While...
Read preview Overview
Inflation: That's the Trouble with Growth ; OUTLOOK
Just in case you hadn't noticed, there is an inflationary boom going on. To the delight of the Treasury, the economy is firing on all cylinders, with the service sector - which makes up two-thirds of the economy - posting its sharpest acceleration in...
Read preview Overview
In Search of the Addax ; Playboy Hunters with Helicopters and Kalashnikovs Are Driving the Sahel's Fragile Population of Wild Animals to Extinction. Stanley Johnson Travelled to Niger to Witness the Devastation
Tesker is the last village of any size in eastern Niger - that vast arid land-locked country in the heart of Africa - before the Sahel turns into the Sahara. With our small convoy of vehicles we had stopped at the local gendarmerie to pay our respects...
Read preview Overview
'Irreversible' Global Warming Claims Its First Victims of the New Year ; NEWS
A birdseed factory in Shropshire, a holy lake in China, Baltic Sea fish and new-born hedgehogs have emerged as the first tangible victims of climate change in the year which forecasters predicted would be the warmest on record this week. The CJ Wild...
Read preview Overview
It's Not Just the Upper Classes That Are Getting Away with Deadly Blood Sports ; NEWS
When a pair of Rottweilers belonging to her mother's boyfriend mauled five-month-old Cadey-Lee Deacon to death, the nation remained largely decorous about the glimpse into social chaos afforded by the tragedy. There was acceptance, in the public sphere,...
Read preview Overview
Klass Act ; Myleene Klass Is the Hear'Say Has-Been Who Became TV's Queen of the Jungle. Now She Wants to Prove She Has More to Offer Than a Nice Smile and a Tight Bikini, as Deborah Ross Discovers. Portrait by Trevor Ray Hart ++ the Deborah Ross Interview
I probably shouldn't say this, but I will anyway, what the hell. Guess what? That Myleene Klass - the "Queen of the Jungle"; the one from Hear'Say who kind of got away with it (I believe even the apostrophe is now broke and washed-up and on drugs) -...
Read preview Overview
LADY HAMLYN AND THE SELLING OF A [pound]17M DREAM ; Chateau De Bagnols ++ It Took More Than [Pound]10m, 400 Craftsmen and Years of Devotion to Turn a Derelict French Chateau into a Hotel with a Client List of the World's Glossiest Stars. Now Its Proud Parent Has Passed Her Baby on to Complete the Next Stage of Its 800- Year Life. by Guy Adams
It wasn't the end of A Year in Provence, so much as the closing chapter of two decades in Beaujolais. On Thursday, Lady Hamlyn, the widow of publishing magnate Paul, sold a 13th century French chateau for [pound]17 million. The Chateau de Bagnols, a...
Read preview Overview
Larsson to Make Debut as Ferguson Looks to Buy ; FOOTBALL
Following several abortive attempts, Sir Alex Ferguson finally gets to glimpse Henrik Larsson in a Manchester United shirt tomorrow but the thrill of the chase is not over for the Scot who yesterday revealed that Owen Hargreaves is not the only name...
Read preview Overview
Let's Get Fresh ; Reached Saturation Point after the Slothful Season? Reinvigorate Yourself with These Healthy Recipes, Says Mark Hix. Photographs by Jason Lowe
Why do we eat so much over the Christmas and New Year period? It's as if we've all been on some collective rationing for months and suddenly let loose to gorge on anything in our path. I'm not going to preach about a detox regime for this month, but...
Read preview Overview
Litvinenko Inquiry Closes in on Suspected Killers ; HOME
Detectives are close to identifying the suspected killers of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian agent, but it looks increasingly likely that the alleged assassins will escape prosecution. Scotland Yard officers are also investigating whether the...
Read preview Overview
Love Them or Hate Them, Parties Need State Funding ; THE WEEK IN POLITICS
Deal or no deal? The title of the TV game show looms large in Tony Blair's in-tray after his return from his winter break and the start of his final six months in Downing Street. Will there be a deal on restoring devolved government to Northern Ireland?...
Read preview Overview
LSE: Panel Slaps Nasdaq's Wrist over Raised Bid Report ; BUSINESS
The Takeover Panel last night forced Nasdaq to "clarify" its position on the London Stock Exchange in the wake of reports that it could either raise its bid "by a few pennies" or set up a rival exchange in London. It is understood that the statement...
Read preview Overview
Manson's 'Demons' Prove Too Much for His Stripper Wife ; WORLD
It was an eccentric marriage, even by the standards of Hollywood, involving one of the more outrageous rock musicians of his generation and a petite, burlesque performer famous for stripping in a large Martini glass. But, last night, the short-lived...
Read preview Overview
Marina Mandarin Singapore ; 24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE
When competing with a plethora of five-star Singapore hotels, you need that certain something to give you the edge. Which is probably why the Marina Mandarin underwent a S$25m ([pound]8.3m) makeover last year. The John Portman-designed atrium is magnificent,...
Read preview Overview
Maximum Breaks to Breaking Records, a Year of Birthdays and Anniversaries ; ON SATURDAY
According to a venerable tradition, this column's first outing of a new year takes a look forward to that at which, over the course of the next 12 months, we will be looking back. What are the sporting birthdays and anniversaries that might excite us?...
Read preview Overview
'Mayor of Broadway' Retires to the Great Theatre in the Sky ; BLUEPRINT FOR IRAQ / NEWS
When you are next in New York, book a table at Sardi's on West 44th Street and bask in the atmosphere of a restaurant that for decades was a point of pilgrimage for all lovers of the boards of Broadway. The food may only be so-so, but the ghosts of America's...
Read preview Overview
My Gap Month ; Circling the Globe in 30 Days Is Hardly a Relaxing Proposition. but Even Simon Calder Was Stopped in His Tracks by the Wonders He Found on a Whistlestop Tour of the World
"You'll be buggered, then." That was the instant conclusion of the (female) immigration officer at Christchurch airport. It was Day 11 of my Gap Month, and I had just flown in from Sydney. For many British travellers, a month is barely enough to see...
Read preview Overview
No Need for Spin Doctor When Warne Turns to Sledging ; SPORT ON TV
I missed the fall of Kevin Pietersen, of course, detained by a Newsnight report on the apocalyptic state of health care in Sierra Leone. After that, it was difficult to get too depressed about the fifth Test, but I found myself wanting the rest of the...
Read preview Overview
PASS OUT, CHECK IN, AND DRY OUT ; the Celebrity Guide to Detox ++ If You're Going to Own Up to Drink Dependency or a Painkiller Problem, You Might as Well Do It in Style. as Britney Spears Checked into an Exclusive Resort in Arizona with 'Exhaustion', Helen Brown Sneaks a Peek at the Rehab Elite
The Meadows SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA High in Sonoran Hills, where the cactus roam free and celebrities actually "need" their sunglasses, the Meadows' "multi-disorder in- patient facility" offers "a path to personal completeness and integrity, for those seeking...
Read preview Overview
Perce Rock's Bid to Plunder Another Big Prize for Irish Has an Expert Accomplice in McCoy ; on Racing
Hernando De Soto is said to have been the first European to set eyes on the Mississippi, and the horse bearing his name will have a pretty good idea how he felt at Sandown today. Like all the tracks racing over jumps this afternoon, the place is nearly...
Read preview Overview
Petrov Wary of Predatory Swede ; FOOTBALL
It is one thing knowing Henrik Larsson's game intimately, quite another being able to stop him. That is the warning from Stiliyan Petrov, who renews acquaintance with the former Sweden striker tomorrow as Aston Villa visit Manchester United in the third...
Read preview Overview
Place Bets on House Price Lottery ; Up Another 10 per Cent - or a Market Crash? It Depends Who You Ask, Says David Prosser
Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news. That may be why it is almost impossible to find a housing market expert who predicts a crash - or even a slowdown - this year. But don't be misled; there is increasing nervousness about house prices. One national...
Read preview Overview
Poverty-Hit Ukraine Enjoys Boom in Property Prices ; EUROPE
One of Europe's poorest countries, Ukraine, is enjoying an unlikely property boom that has delighted developers but left many ordinary Ukrainians out in the cold. Some properties have rocketed in value by 600 per cent in the past three years, and prices...
Read preview Overview
Rate Rise More Likely despite Downbeat Data ; BUSINESS
Analysts in the City of London have firmed up their bets on a rise in interest rates next month, despite a raft of data yesterday showing a slump in house prices, car sales and festive shoppers last month. More than four out of 10 City economists expect...
Read preview Overview
Sackcloth and Ashes, but Barmy Army Remains as Loyal as Ever ; HOME
To be English and to be in Australia at the present time is not recommended for those without a strong constitution. In the wake of England's five-nil drubbing by Australia in the Ashes series, the thousands of English fans who flew out to support their...
Read preview Overview
Self-Indulgent Triumphalism Exposes the Central Problem in England's Capitulation ; Sports Columnist of the Year
In all the disillusionment of England's truly shocking surrender of the Ashes we are now surely down to one last thin hope. It is that there is a grown-up reaction to the scale of the humiliation, a proper, decent, professional counter-point to the sickeningly...
Read preview Overview
Should We Move to a New Area to Buy Our Own Home? ; WEALTH CHECK
Sarah Ploughman and her husband, Peter, are desperate to buy their own home. The couple live in York and rent a flat. They'd like to start a family and buy a house with a garden. But on their teachers' salaries of [pound]23,000 a year, they are struggling...
Read preview Overview
SIMON LUPINI ; My Week ++ the Touring Services Director of Cirque Du Soleil Show 'Alegria' Helps His Staff to Settle in London
Monday I begin my day at the airport (with a New Year's Eve hangover) to collect artists who are arriving in the UK today. Back at the theatre, I have a "big top" meeting where I explain to the tour what there is to do in London but also what they shouldn't...
Read preview Overview
Some Things Are Better Left Untouched ; the Week in Arts
It must have seemed such a good idea at the time; lucrative for both writers and cast, easy programming for the schedulers. Bring back the characters from the popular and highly fashionable 1990s series This Life and take a peek at them 10 years on....
Read preview Overview
Sophie Kinsella, Novelist ; My Secret Life
Sophie Kinsella, 36, was born in London. Her first novel was published under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, when she was 24. She submitted her first "Sophie Kinsella" novel anonymously to her own publishing company, only revealing her identity when...
Read preview Overview
SPENCER CROOKENDEN ; 'Inspirational' Wartime MC
Spencer Crookenden won a Military Cross while fighting with the Eighth Army in North Africa and Italy, cheated death three times and went on to become a chairman of K Shoes. Born in 1919 in Chester, Crookenden joined the Royal Engineers and began the...
Read preview Overview
Sri Lanka: Safe or Not? ; News ++ the Best Deals, the Latest Hot Spots and What's New in Travel
Travellers to Sri Lanka who compare advice from the British and Australian governments will see a sharp and confusing difference. The UK Foreign Office warns only against travel to the north and east of the Indian Ocean island - areas rarely visited...
Read preview Overview
Stephen Merchant ; How Do I Look? ++ Writer & Actor, Age 32
I'm 6ft 7in, which is murderous for getting clothes. There are shops for big men but there's something about going into the tall men's shops that's slightly embarrassing - no one makes eye contact in there. It's a bit like I'd imagine it would be in...
Read preview Overview
Stretched to the Limit ; Urban Gardener
I can't remember having ever made a New Year's resolution, but my fitne ss has taken such a dive since I started this column three years ago that something has got to happen. The writing's been on the wall ... actually, let me re-phrase that, the slime's...
Read preview Overview
Surprise Departure Hits St James Shares ; BUSINESS
The wealth management group St James's Place yesterday shocked the market by announcing the immediate departure of its chief executive Mark Lund, sending the company's shares down almost 5 per cent during afternoon trading. His departure is all the more...
Read preview Overview
Surprise Return by Borthwick Boosts Bath and Ashton ; RUGBY UNION
If a player wants to stay fit for the second half of a domestic campaign - particularly one shoehorned into eight months rather than nine as a result of a forthcoming World Cup - he should get himself injured during the first half. Ask Steve Borthwick;...
Read preview Overview
Takeover Talk Sparks Plant Hire Group Ashtead ; MARKET REPORT
Last year, mid-cap companies outperformed the blue chips by the best part of 16 percent,astaggeringamount of outperformance given the FTSE 250 is a much broader index. The main reason for the performance of the mid caps was bid speculation, and if talk...
Read preview Overview
Take Time to Find New Blood in a Rising Market ; NO PAIN, NO GAIN
For the second New Year in succession the No Pain, No Gain portfolio is in need of new blood. But I am in no hurry to buy. At this time of year, many a Tom, Dick or Harry feels the need to indulge in some hopeful share tipping, and the stock market usually...
Read preview Overview
Tamworth's Veiga Adds Variety to Cup's Portuguese Flavour ; When Conference Side Tamworth Meet Norwich City in the FA Cup Today, Their Cape Verde Goalkeeper Will Be Firmly in the Shop Window, Writes Phil Shaw
Tamworth's manager, Mark Cooper, is hoping that Norwich City's players will get off their luxury coach at the home of the Conference's bottom club, take one look at the less than palatial dressing-rooms, the tiny stands and sloping, muddy pitch and say:...
Read preview Overview
The Best Is Yet to Come ; Wine
Take one crystal ball, add hindsight, a generous splash of wishful thinking, shake and stir, and there in a nutshell you have the world of wine in 2007. Hindsight, we know, is a wonderful thing, but in wine it's 90 per cent of wisdom for the simple reason...
Read preview Overview
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SUN-SEEKING ; Last Summer's Heatwave Is a Distant Memory, and Spring Seems a Long Way off. If You're Pining for Some Winter Sunshine, Here Are the Best Destinations to Visit. by Mick Webb
ARE WE STILL CHASING THE SUN LIKE LEMMINGS? Yes. Even if the sun has moved from friend to foe over the last 20 years, the idea of a shade-filled holiday doesn't really appeal. Despite the growth of "green" tourism in countries such as Spain and Italy,...
Read preview Overview
The Flower Farms Where Immigrants Prove Their Value to the Economy ; BRITAIN AND IMMIGRATION
For as far as the eye could see, thousands of daffodils in uniform rows protruded from the boggy ground. At a flower farm in deepest Cornwall yesterday, each stem awaited a flower picker to bend, cut it, bunch it and place it carefully in a tray, one...
Read preview Overview
The Importance of Being Ernest ; the Weasel
'If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man,"wrote Ernest Hemingway, "then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Though I also spent a while in Paris in my twenties, my moveable...
Read preview Overview
THE INSIDER ; A Weekly Guide to Spending
MENSWEAR Brogues gallery A pair of classy yet very comfortable shoes is a wardrobe must- have, and these hand-finished brogues from Grenson are set to become a menswear staple. The shoes are part of the Rose collection and the style is called Trent....
Read preview Overview
The Moral Line in Medicine Shifts Once Again ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
The international outcry over the case of Ashley X, reported in an American medical journal, shows that there are still some scenarios that have a universal power to shock. Ashley, nine, suffers from a rare brain condition, static encephalopathy, which...
Read preview Overview
Then and Now ; HOME
1997 Oasis Oasis's rivalry with Blur dominated Nineties Britpop. In 1997 the band released its third studio album, Be Here Now, which broke UK sales records in its first week, topped the chart for five weeks and sold 8 million copies worldwide. The...
Read preview Overview
The Reality of Caring for a Disabled Child ; NEWS
Whatever one thinks about "the Ashley Treatment", which involved medical intervention to stop a severely disabled child's growth and puberty, the truth is that the parents of many highly dependent children anticipate their offspring's development with...
Read preview Overview
The Whole Bloody Thing Was Obscene ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
The lynching of Saddam Hussein - for that is what we are talking about - will turn out to be one of the determining moments in the whole shameful crusade upon which the West embarked in March of 2003. Only the president-governor George Bush and Lord...
Read preview Overview