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 19, 2005

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Abbas Appeal for Peace Undermined by Suicide Attack
MAHMOUD ABBAS, the new Palestinian President, travelled to Gaza last night to begin the daunting task of securing a halt to militant violence. But soon after he arrived at least six Israelis were wounded in a suicide attack close to the biggest Jewish...
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A Defining Cause for the Labour Party
There's a chunk of the British middle class that lives in a warm, comforting bath called "meritocracy". They believe that Britain is already a Land of Hope and Opportunity, where the rich get ahead by working hard and the poor fall behind because ......
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ALAN WATKINS: Singular Rugby Distorted by Effects of Complex Rules
EVERYONE SAYS, and I agree, that the Heineken European Cup is proving a marvellous competition. This season it is more interesting than ever. I therefore hope it will not seem churlish of me to raise a few questions which are less than condemnatory but...
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A Lead in a Case of Murder
Time for another complete crime thriller today, featuring Inspector Keith Braid, the Sixty Second Sleuth. Why the Sixty Second Sleuth? Because that's how long it takes him to crack a crime. Don't believe it? Then read... The Curious Incident of the Dog...
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Architecture: An Espresso with a Twist ; the Architects That Gave London Its Eye Have Now Given Birmingham Its `Shell-Like' - the Small but Beautifully Formed Spiral Cafe at the Bullring Shopping Mall, Writes Jay Merrick
They can certainly do big. And now, with the merest scrap of architecture at the Bullring shopping centre, in Birmingham, they have infused brilliant design into an incidental project. Marks Barfield Architects, which gave London the Eye, has plugged...
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Are Divorced Fathers Really Getting a Raw Deal?
In 1822, a five-year-old English girl died of fever in a convent near Ravenna. Her father, Lord Byron, had denied access to the child's mother, Claire Clairmont, whom he abused as "a damned bitch". The distraught mother could do nothing, for she had...
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ARMY ON TRIAL: A British CATALOGUE OF ABUSE
"SHOCKING AND appalling" photographs of British troops allegedly torturing and sexually humiliating Iraqi civilians were revealed yesterday. The images were produced at a court martial of three British soldiers accused of acts of abuse on Iraqis in an...
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ARMY ON TRIAL: From Round-Up to Alleged Simulated Sex Acts
THERE ARE 22 photographs at the centre of the court martial proceedings in Osnabruck. The Independent publishes 12 of them today. The picture on the right is the first of the 22, and apparently shows the round-up of Iraqis close to Camp Bread Basket...
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ARMY ON TRIAL: General `Condemns Utterly' Acts of Abuse
THE SHOCKING images from the court martial led to General Sir Mike Jackson making a public statement saying he utterly condemned all acts of abuse and pledging to examine what conclusions could be drawn from the case. Reaction by public figures to the...
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Arts: Packing Serious Beats ; the Chemical Brothers' New Album Contains Their Most Political Moment to Date. Even Dance Music Can't Ignore the Real World, They Tell Fiona Sturges
They may be the biggest thing in dance music since the mixer was invented, but you'd be hard pushed to spot The Chemical Brothers - aka Tom Rowlands, 33, and Ed Simons, 34 - in a crowd. It's probably a result of all that time spent indoors realigning...
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Arts Preview: The Fine Art of Survival ; VISUAL ARTS They Were Interned as `Enemy Aliens', but Their Creativity Triumphed
THE BRITISH had blinded themselves for so long to the growing cloud of Nazism, even after the fall of Poland, that, when reality burst upon them with the invasion of the Low Countries in May 1940, they panicked. Still denying the strength of the enemy,...
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Blair's Greenhouse Gas Policy `Scandalous'
TONY BLAIR'S commitment to tackle climate change was questioned yesterday by opposition MPs who condemned his "scandalous" attempt to block an EU-wide target to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Minutes of meetings from the Council of Ministers in Brussels...
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Brian Viner: Country Life
Jane and I have moved. Not to a different house, but to a different bedroom. Our former bedroom was west-facing, and a room that faces west in these parts also faces the onslaught of winter. Sometimes, we would stand at our bedroom window actually watching...
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Brown to Restore Trust in Labour with Guidelines over Wars
GORDON BROWN wants to prevent a repeat of the mistakes made in the Iraq conflict by giving Parliament and the Cabinet more power and the public more information before the country goes to go to war. The Chancellor is worried about the public's loss of...
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Bull Fighting Proves Gory in Tamil Nadu Hindu Festival
AS IF Tamil Nadu is not facing enough tragedy with the tsunami, as many as 13 people have been reported killed in this year's annual bullfighting festivals in the state. The Indian version of bullfighting is actually closer to the infamous bull-running...
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Can Nothing Put a Spoke in the Wheel of Tesco's Juggernaut? ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS Supermarket Giant Heads towards Pounds 2bn Profit Barrier but a Backlash Is Gaining Strength
ANOTHER STRONG Christmas for Tesco has put the supermarket behemoth firmly on track to become the first British retailer to break the elusive pounds 2bn profit barrier when it unveils its annual results in three months. Deliveries are supermarkets' specialities...
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Chess
THE FIRST "super grandmaster" tournament of the year is getting into its stride, in the Dutch seaside town of Wijk aan Zee. Sponsored nowadays by Corus, the progeny of the merger between the long-term supporter Hoogovens and British Steel, the format...
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Chirac Says Airbus Is Blueprint for Co-Operation
THE FRENCH president Jacques Chirac called on Britain and the rest of Europe yesterday to use the aircraft manufacturer Airbus as a model for future industrial co-operation in sectors ranging from energy and transport to telecommunications and pharmaceuticals....
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Clarke Drive to Lift Blacks out of Poverty
CHARLES CLARKE will promise a fresh drive against deprivation among ethnic minorities today following the Government's admission that it has failed to lift many blacks and Asians out of poverty. In his first major speech as Home Secretary, he will concede...
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Cricket: Hoggard the Hero: Why His Big Day Was a Triumph for the Fast Bowlers' Fraternity ; England's Match-Winner Talks to Angus Fraser about the Toil, Pain and Injustice That Are the Paceman's Lot
Captains and batsmen do not understand fast bowlers. They think they do, because they like to believe they are the craftsmen, cricketers who know everything about the game. Most captains are batsmen, and in their eyes the bowlers are artisans, little...
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CRICKET: Old Injury Hits Flintoff as England Count Cost
AS BREATH was drawn again yesterday after England's epic victory in the fourth Test the heavy physical cost became starkly clear. The most disturbing, but by no means solitary part of this bodily reckoning was that Andrew Flintoff, the team's precious...
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Defying Death Threats, Dutch MP Who Helped Murdered Film-Maker
A DUTCH politician who received death threats after writing a script for the murdered film-maker Theo van Gogh yesterday made a defiant return to public life. Ayaan Hirsi Ali vowed not to cave into the pressures of her critics as she was escorted into...
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Finance: Can You Afford It?
Encombe Lodge pounds 495,000 Sandgate, Kent Agent: Strutt & Parker 01227 473707 What you get: Arts and Crafts-style four-bedroom former lodge dating to the 1880s, with views of the Channel. It has been refurbished to a high standard, retaining many of...
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Football: Beckham and Gerrard to Play for Tsunami Relief
DAVID BECKHAM, Thierry Henry and Steven Gerrard are among the 50 players confirmed for Fifa's "Football for Hope" benefit match in aid of the Asian tsunami victims. Barcelona's Nou Camp will host a match between a team captained by the Fifa World Player...
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Football: Blackburn Finally Net Savage in Pounds 3m Deal
ROBBIE SAVAGE confirmed last night that Blackburn Rovers have agreed to sign him. The fee for the Birmingham City midfielder is believed to be about pounds 3m. Savage described the protracted saga as "the worst two weeks" of his footballing life. "The...
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Football: Coppell Confident Cup Winner Will Spark off Forster
THE MANAGER of Reading, Steve Coppell, believes Nicky Forster's FA Cup winner at Swansea on Monday night can spark a goalscoring burst for the striker. Forster has not found the net in four months during a season blighted by stomach and groin operations...
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FOOTBALL: FA CUP: EXETER'S BIG DAY: `As Far as the City Is Concerned, This Is the Biggest Game Ever' ; Fantasy Football Visits St James Park Tonight. Mike Rowbottom Tests the Fervour of Local Feelings
AS an indicator of the FA Cup fever gripping the city of Exeter before tonight's third-round replay with mighty Manchester United, a Debenham's perfume counter was perhaps as accurate as any. "I'm not interested," said Lorraine. "I don't want to see...
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FOOTBALL: FA CUP: EXETER'S BIG DAY: Hiley Relishes a Second Chance in Battle of Wits with Ronaldo ; Manchester United's Excursion to the West Country Offers a Rare Opportunity for Exeter's Veteran Defender. Glenn Moore Reports
AMID THE wide-eyed young men who celebrated Exeter City's remarkable draw at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round was an equally wide-eyed gnarled old veteran. At 36, Scott Hiley has seen and done most of what professional football has to offer, from...
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Football: Ferguson Decision Stifles Blackburn Delight over Savage
ROBBIE SAVAGE is expected to complete his move to Blackburn Rovers today after Birmingham City agreed to sell him for around pounds 3m. However, the good news for Blackburn was tempered by the decision of their captain, Barry Ferguson, to hand in a written...
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Football: Ferguson Sends in Big Guns as Exeter Dream of Greatest Upset
THIS WEEK had long been pencilled in at Manchester United as one for long-distance travel. However, instead of flying to Johannesburg to take part in an exhibition match in South Africa, United's players yesterday boarded another very different aircraft...
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Football: Gudjonsson's Strike Lifts Leicester ; Blackpool 0 Leicester City 1
WILD EVENINGS in Blackpool are not always confined to the centre of town, as Leicester City discovered last night, but the Championship side eventually prevailed at a wet and windswept Bloomfield Road to confirm their place in the fourth round of the...
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Football: Lawrence Has No Fear of Ewood Park Aura
THE CARDIFF manager, Lennie Lawrence, believes that Ewood Park will hold no fears for his side as they go in search of FA Cup glory tonight. Lawrence's relegation-threatened Championship battlers face Blackburn on the back of a six-match unbeaten run,...
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Football: Traore's Backheel Blunder Hands Burnley Cup Victory ; Burnley 1 Liverpool 0
THAT THE tie went ahead at all was something of a relief. The swathe of liquid mud next to the Bob Lord Stand that had caused the original match to be postponed had been relaid and the truly optimistic might have noted that it was by the same firm responsible...
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Football: Van der Sar to Extend Fulham Deal
CHRIS COLEMAN, the Fulham manager, expects his goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to commit himself to the club within the next 24 hours. The Dutch international, whose current deal expires at the end of the season, is expected to extend his stay at Craven...
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FSA `in Error' over L&G Mis-Selling ; Insurer's Success Should Lead to Reduction in Pounds 1.1m Mis- Selling Fine W Tribunal Rules Regulator Acted in Error
THE FINANCIAL Services Authority (FSA) suffered its first major defeat in a tribunal yesterday, when Legal & General won a qualified victory in its challenge against a pounds 1.1m fine for endowment mis-selling. More than a year after the start of L&G's...
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Gucci Finds Sleek-Line Tonic after Departure of Tom Ford
GUCCI'S REPUTATION was riding on the house's menswear collection being shown last night in Milan. Since the shock exit of Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford last March, Gucci has faced an uncertain future. The regime change was not smooth as John...
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Heroic Turkish Art Conquers the Royal Academy
IT IS a story of conquering heroes and courtly poetry, of nomadic tribes and legendary rulers with names like Tamburlaine and Suleyman the Magnificent that have echoed down the centuries. Turks, the new blockbuster exhibition at the Royal Academy, brings...
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Hitler's Mentally Ill Relative Was Sent to Gas Chambers
THE HOLOCAUST unleashed by Adolf Hilter even touched his own family, it emerged yesterday, as evidence was uncovered that one of the Nazi leader's relatives was murdered by the German state. The woman, identified only as Aloisia V, was the great- grandchild...
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HOT SPOT: Bradford, W Yorks ; Good Schools and a Ripple Effect from Nearby Prosperous Leeds Put This Former Wool Town in the Up-and-Coming Bracket, Says Robert Liebman
Postcode poker is played for real in Bradford. "Two identical three-bed terraces may be only 200 yards apart, but if one has a BD postcode and the other has LS, the Bradford house could cost pounds 50,000 less than the one linked with Leeds," says Richard...
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HOUSE HUNTER: `We Love Spain, but Not the High-Rise Resorts'
THE PROBLEM Jeanette Wilson writes: "My husband and I are head teachers, so we enjoy lovely long holidays, particularly in the summer. We have talked for a long time about buying a property abroad in which we can spend these holidays, so saving ourselves...
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Investment: Think Big and Buy a Block ; Chris Browne Tells How He Dared Purchase Eight Flats to Let Instead of One - and Found It Made Great Financial Sense
Solid, laid-back and ultra-conventional is how my friends usually describe me. To their surprise and shock, I suddenly stopped being Mr Stable and started being Mr High-Risk when I bought a Grade II block of flats in Nottingham. After recovering from...
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Krispy Kreme Ousts Chief Executive amid Federal Investigation
KRISPY KREME Doughnuts, the scandal-hit fast food chain, bowed to pressure yesterday and parted company with its embattled chief executive, Scott Livengood. He will be replaced by Stephen Cooper, a turnaround specialist who has restructured Enron and...
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Last Night's Television: Looking into a Private World ; Soldier, Husband, Daughter, Dad BBC1 Auschwitz: The Nazis & the "Final Solution" BBC2
THERE'S NOTHING like mortar fire for punctuating a sentence. Soldier, Husband, Daughter, Dad, a new series which follows the First Regiment of the Royal Horse Artillery on deployment to Iraq, concluded last night's episode with a high-explosive ellipsis,...
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Leading Article: Fierce Ideology, Blind Optimism and the Faintest Glimmer of a New US Foreign Policy
THE US Secretary of State designate must have known long before she arrived at the Senate for her confirmation hearing that her every word would be weighed - not only by the committee, but around the world - for clues about the direction of US foreign...
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Leading Article: The Interests of Children Must Come First
LORD FALCONER went to great pains yesterday to stress that he does not believe mothers who prevent their former partners from seeing their children in defiance of court orders ought to be made to wear an electronic tagging device. Quite rightly. But...
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LogicaCMG Reveals New Woes in Core IT Services
MORE DOUBTS have emerged over the strategy of LogicaCMG, the information technology services group, after it revealed a fresh set of problems just as it was claiming success in fixing its mobile phone messaging division, the last bugbear for investors....
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ME AND MY HOME: Staircase to Heaven ; Architect Carolyn Trevor Has Turned an Addams Family Wreck into a Stunning Family Home. by Joey Canessa
Carolyn Trevor runs her architectural practice, Trevor Lahiff Architects (aka TLA), with her husband, Pat Lahiff. They have five children and live in a seven-bedroom house in the Myatt's Fields conservation area in south London. Four years ago, we were...
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Minister Refuses to Apologise over Drugs Slur
THE LATEST doping scandal to convulse the elite game has turned out to be a storm in a tea-cup - or, more precisely, in a bottle of cough medicine. After 48 hours, the storm subsided to a minor squall yesterday, with the player in question, the US Open...
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Mothers Denying Child Access May Be Tagged
MINISTERS HAVE bowed to pressure from the campaign group Fathers 4 Justice by including a plan for electronic tagging in a draft Bill on measures to enforce access to children, despite having described the idea as "disproportionate". Under the proposal...
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Muslim Schools Hit Back at Criticism by Ofsted Chief
MINISTERS WILL face increased pressure to boost the number of state-aided Muslim schools in the wake of yesterday's comments by David Bell, the chief inspector of schools. Mr Bell, the head of Ofsted the Government's education standards watchdog, criticised...
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My So-Called Life: Take a Leaf out of My Self-Help Book
According to Amazon, the online retailer, sales of self-help books have risen by 40 per cent in the past year, which is not only astonishing, but also shows just how prepared people are to help themselves, even at the risk of being caught and asked to...
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New NHS Referral System Cost Pounds 3m for 63 Bookings
A GOVERNMENT strategy to allow NHS patients to be treated in a hospital of their choice is in disarray because of opposition from family doctors and delays to the computer system, an independent watchdog says today. Only 63 live electronic bookings,...
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North Korean Dissenters Find a Voice Inside the Hermit State
SHAKY FOOTAGE of defaced images of Kim Jong Il and calls for his overthrow have been hailed in South Korea as evidence of a growing internal opposition movement. It is one of three videos smuggled out of North Korea in recent weeks showing child beggars,...
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Norwich Union Cuts Its Bonus Payouts
NORWICH UNION yesterday became the latest insurer to hit its with- profits policyholders with another round of swingeing bonus cuts, slashing average payouts on its funds by thousands of pounds. The majority of with-profits policyholders saw bonus rates...
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NTL and Telewest Launch First Round of Fightback against Sky
NTL AND Telewest, the UK cable companies, will spend pounds 60m launching television-on-demand services backed by the production companies Sony and Walt Disney, to try to fight British Sky Broadcasting's dominance of the pay-TV market. Both cable companies...
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Obituary: Nell Rankin ; Mezzo-Soprano
NELL RANKIN started her career as a concert singer and recitalist. For some while after she had taken to the opera stage the critics, first praising the beauty of her warm mezzo-soprano voice, then commented that it was a pity she did not show more dramatic...
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Obituary: Professor David Syrett ; Naval and Military Historian
SPEEDING DOWN the Hudson Parkway in New York, the driver with foot either hard on gas or brake, hand pressed down forcefully on horn, and language to match, you might think you could only be in the delicate care of a New York cabbie. Except that this...
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Obituary: Rudolph Moshammer ; Bird-of-Paradise Fashion Designer
IN HIS heyday, Rudolph Moshammer was a fixture on the German party and chat-show circuit: with his flashy ties and outfits, his jet-black, bouffant hairdo, his moustache and make-up and improbably folksy Bavarian accent, not to mention his omnipresent...
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Obituary: Virginia Mayo ; Beautiful Screen Star of the Forties
ONE OF the most beautiful screen stars of the Forties, the blonde and green-eyed Virginia Mayo was a versatile performer who graduated from being one of the decorative Goldwyn Girls to become a top star. She danced well enough to play in several musicals,...
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Opera: Triumph of Slave over Mistress ; Turandot Royal Opera House London Ooo99
ANDREI SERBAN'S 1984 staging of Puccini's Turandot (revived now by Jeremy Sutcliffe) was money well spent. Now in its umpteenth revival, it still has the look of a show that knows its worth. From Sally Jacobs' tiered pavilion, the masked chorus watches...
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OUTLOOK: Leahy's Leviathan
THE WELTER of praise heaped by the City on Tesco yesterday after another startlingly good trading update is reminiscent of the plaudits that in the mid-1990s used to be routinely won by another well-known high street name - Marks & Spencer. As with Tesco...
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OUTLOOK: L&G's Prosser Strikes Blow for Natural Justice
WHETHER IT marks a turning of the tide remains to be seen, but David Prosser, the chief executive of Legal & General, certainly seems to have struck a blow for the long-term savings industry with yesterday's judgment from the Financial Services and Markets...
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Overseas: The Great Unknowns ; the Turks and Caicos Are the Caribbean's Best-Kept Secret - and Very Affordable, Says Cheryl Markosky
If the producers of the life-changing programme No Turning Back are eager to recruit candidates for their next series, all they need do is strike off for the Turks and Caicos Islands in the British West Indies. Take Simon Rutherford, for instance. The...
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Pandora
True blue Tony speaks out - against Howard and his `mob' Like New Labour before them, Michael Howard's Tories may be about to discover the perils of wooing the celebrity vote. Last summer - as this column first revealed - the Conservatives began holding...
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Pioneers Who Proved Women Can Do Science ; the President of Harvard Believes That Women's Genes Make Them Less Suited to the Sciences, but the Plethora of Discoveries by Women Suggests That Any Differences Are Cultural, Says Michael McCarthy
WOMEN AND science don't mix? Rachel Carson would have something to say about that. So would Rosalind Franklin. The American marine biologist who started the modern environmental movement, and the British X-ray crystallographer who perceived the true...
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Pop: Athlete Liquid Room Edinburgh Ooo99
ATHLETE'S DEBUT album, Vehicles and Animals, may always have been a rank outsider to win the 2003 Mercury Music Prize, particularly when set against such high-profile competition as Coldplay, Radiohead and the eventual winner, Dizzee Rascal. Yet with...
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Pop: Long-View Scala London Oooo9
IN THE US, they call it "dream pop". In the UK, we used to call it "shoegazing", but, what with Long-View holding their heads up high and positively embracing their dedicated fans while playing a blinder of a set, we're going to have to think of a new...
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Racing: Fundamentalist `the Next Arkle' out for the Year
A RACING fairy story ended with an injured prince yesterday. Fundamentalist, the novice who might have been jousting with the best horses in the land in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is out of the tale and out for some time. Nigel Twiston Davies's gelding...
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Rice Denies Misleading US Public over `Nuclear Cloud'
CONDOLEEZZA RICE, a prominent cheerleader of the war in Iraq and President Bush's nominee for Secretary of State, was yesterday accused of misleading the American people over the threat presented by Saddam Hussein and his alleged arsenal of weapons of...
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RUGBY UNION: Injury Crisis Overwhelms England
ENGLAND'S UNION elite always expected to play a couple of men short when they accepted an invitation to visit Yorkshire's broad acres - after all, they had travelled north specifically to test their skills against the Leeds Rhinos, reigning Super League...
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SABMiller Plans Bigger China Push
SABMILLER, THE brewing group, said yesterday it was planning to launch one of its top international brands into China to try to crack what is the world's biggest beer market. Jonathan Kirby, the finance director of SABMiller's Africa and Asia division,...
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School-Run Violence Drives Lollipop People off the Roads
EVERY DAY they step fearlessly into the path of juggernauts and family saloons to ensure the safety of the nation's children. But in recent years the ranks of Britain's lollipop men and women, taken for granted by millions of parents and often regarded...
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Schools `Are Wasting Their Time Teaching Grammar'
SCHOOLS ARE wasting their time teaching children the rules of English grammar because there is no evidence that it has any impact on pupils' writing skills, a government-funded study has concluded. Ministers should cut back the teaching of formal grammar...
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Science & Technology: Consenting to Be Conned ; Charles Arthur on Technology
So, there you are trawling a file-sharing network, looking perhaps for a favourite Simpsons episode, when you come across a promising-looking Windows Media Video (.wmv) file. Great. But when you double-click on it, you get a Windows box headed "License...
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Science & Technology: Google Is Watching You ; Hackers Who Try to Get into the Search Engine's Programs Are More Likely to Get Headhunted Than Receive a Criminal Record. Three Web Junkies Tell Alan Docherty about Their `Trials'
The last thing Jon Barker expected was fan mail from a Google vice-president, which arrived after the software programmer from Woking fell in love with Gmail - a web-mail service that finds any message an account owner has sent or received - and hacked...
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Science & Technology: I Know What You're Thinking ; Our Ability to Put Ourselves in Another Person's Shoes and `Read Their Mind' Is What Makes Us Human. but How Do We Do It?
The author Henry James once wrote: "There was an extraordinary mute passage between her vision of this vision of his, his vision of her vision, and her vision of his vision of her vision." This passage in What Maisie Knew describes an essential essence...
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Science & Technology: The Sceptical Inquirer ; India's Leading Biologist Started His Career in Wisconsin, in Cancer, with No Knowledge of the Subject
"HE GETS away with murder," proclaimed the first sentence of an article about Pushpa Bhargava in the journal Nature in 1987. But the piece was actually full of praise for the institute which he had founded, doing research in molecular biology in Hyderabad....
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Seasons in Style ; A Former Print Shop off a North London High Street May Not Seem to Have Much Going for It - Unless, as Mary Wilson Discovers, You're a Photographer with an Eye for Potential
The area of Kilburn in North West London has never been traditionally seen as one of the capital's smartest - the high street has the same mix of shops, bedsits and flats, and behind the main drag are rows of identikit terraced three bedroom Victorian...
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SHARES AND MARKET REPORT: Compass Cash Flow Concerns Stoke City Fears
ACCORDING TO the latest research from Credit Suisse First Boston, Compass Group shares are clearly overvalued and, as the Swiss broker went about the Square Mile setting out its case, investors certainly took note. The catering giant closed among the...
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Shares and Market Report: Market Movers
bSmith & Nephew 522p (up 7p, 1.4 per cent). Bullish comments from Goldman Sachs about prospects for orthopedic implants specialists including S&N excite the market. bWellington Underwriting 93.75p (up 6p, 6.8 per cent). Dealers report talk that results...
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SIX TO VIEW: Properties of the Week
A Georgian country house PENBRYN HALL Nr Offa's Dyke, Shropshire borders Price: pounds 1.25m Agent: Knight Frank Tel: 01432 273087 They say: A superb Georgian house full of warmth and charm, in glorious countryside, 22 miles from Ludlow. It has a drawing...
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Straw's `Negotiated Solution' Distances Britain from Hawks
JUST TWO months ago, after the triumphant re-election of President Bush, Jack Straw made it clear it was "inconceivable" that America would bomb Iran. Yesterday, with the latest edition of The New Yorker predicting that the Bush administration intended...
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Surprise Jump in Inflation Raises the Spectre of Further Rate Hike
AN UNEXPECTED jump in inflation last month has put the prospect of another rise in interest rates back on the table, analysts said yesterday. Official figures showed the annual inflation rate the Bank of England targets rose to a six-month high of 1.6...
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TAKE IT HOME: Glass with Class: MADELEINE LIM on the Latest in Interiors and Design
This may look like a precious crystal lamp, but it's actually made from tough, transparent polycarbonate. The Bourgie light, available in clear or black, is a design by Ferruccio Laviani, and has a Baroque-style base with three overlapping decorated...
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Tattooists' New Union to Leave Its Mark on Unregulated Trade
A GENERATION ago they were considered part of a louche underworld frequented by criminals and bikers. Now, the nation's tattooists, whose customers range from royalty to film stars, have ultimate proof of their mainstream status - a union card. The first...
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TEENAGE ANGST ; Confused by the Youth of Today? Then Let Our Panel of Teenagers Be Your Guide
My daughter, 13, has one guinea pig left from when she was seven. She would now happily let it die. What does this callousness indicate for the future? Christine Kudraj, by e-mail Holly Arup, 15: Well, I guess it could suggest that she's a really cruel...
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TENNIS: Detour Leads Henman into War of Attrition
ANOTHER SEASON, and another bucketful of pressure on Tim Henman to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam tournament since Fred Perry in 1936. This year the burden of expectation is heavier than ever, thanks to Henman's decision to abandon...
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Theatre: Powerless Barons Court Theatre London Ooo99
OVER THE course of a dozen scenes, Alice Kahrmann's play Powerless boldly picks away at the 12-step plans available to recovering addicts. Among an abundance of food for thought (the two hours' traffic of her play is packed from start to finish with...
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The Bush Boom Will End Soon - and How It Ends Will Define His Second Term in Office
Four more years of what? President Bush formally starts his second term tomorrow, a moment he will celebrate with his inauguration speech. The speech will be one of big themes: America's place in the world, its values, its efforts for peace in the Middle...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: HMV Sounds Good for More Growth
THIS WILL be the year that the mighty force of UK consumer spending finally thumps into the immovable object of pounds 1 trillion of personal debt. It has been the most common of pundits' predictions for the year and, even if the resultant slowdown is...
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`The Lovely Bones' Leaps to Silver Screen from Richard and Judy
THE LOVELY Bones, the best-selling novel about a raped and murdered 14-year-old girl who looks down from heaven on the loved ones she has left behind, is to be turned into a film by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings director. Jackson, from New Zealand,...
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The Miller's Tale ; A Mill Conversion Sounds Idyllic - but You Need to Do Your Homework Carefully. Chris Partridge Investigates the Pleasures and Pitfalls
For centuries, mills were the cutting edge of production technology, harnessing wind and water to grind corn, hammer iron and weave cloth. The arrival of cheap electricity put them all out of business, and many were demolished or converted into houses....
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THE SKETCH: How Dentists Prove Hereditary Principle Is Alive under Labour
ARRIVING A little late, the first thing I heard in Health questions was "the Chief Genital Officer". Why had we not heard of this character before? A truly national health service has to have Genital Officers. Who else sets the genital access targets?...
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THE WEDNESDAY BOOK; A Spiritual Classic for Our Cynical Times ; Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul Tony Hendra Hamish Hamilton, Pounds 16.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
HURRAY FOR America. There may be many things we bemoan about our closest allies, but if it hadn't been for their enthusiasm for Tony Hendra's extraordinary memoir, I doubt whether we would have seen it published over here - although the author is British....
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The World According To. Jenny Eclair
Jenny Eclair, 44, is a stand-up comedian and writer. She is the only woman to have won the Perrier Award for comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Should women act their age? Women should lie about their age and act consequently. I'll be walking along Oxford...
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This Strange Display of Cultural Diversity
Picking up the massive and sumptuous catalogue to the Royal Academy's new show, The Turks, I was distinctly surprised to see forewords by a pair of unusual authorities. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, and our own beloved Mr Blair...
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To Catch a Thief ; A New Crime Wave Is Sweeping America's Wealthiest Streets. Burglary Gangs Armed with Inside Information Are Targeting the Millionaire Mansions of Hollywood's Elite - and the LAPD Is Baffled
The fashion designer is in no doubt about who's to blame for the ransacking of her Japanese-modern villa. "When LAPD said they weren't going to be responding to alarms any more, they sent a signal to every burglar living within a hundred miles of this...
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Treasury Aims to Cash in on East Coast Rail Franchise
THE SUCCESSFUL bidder for the lucrative East Coast mainline rail franchise will be forced to pay up to five times more to the Treasury for the privilege of running the route, The Independent understands. The Government is insisting on a tough regime...
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Vox Prop: Would You Buy a House in a UK Flood-Risk Area?
Liz Cook, Environment Agency (www.environment-agency.gov.uk): "The last thing we want is for people to be put off living by rivers but they do have to prepare for the possibility of flooding. Before buying they should check from our flood map whether...
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Wednesday Law Report: Failure to Make Declaration Did Not Render Notice Invalid ; 19 January 2005 7 Strathray Gardens Ltd V Pointstar Shipping and Finance Ltd and Another ([2004] EWCA Civ 1669) Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justice Ward, Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice Jacob) 15 December 2004
WHERE THERE had been a failure to declare in a landlord's counter- notice served under section 21 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 that there was no estate management scheme affecting the property, that omission did not...
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