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 August 23, 2005

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Animal-Loving Daughter of Multi-Millionaire Found Murdered
The daughter of one of Britain's wealthiest businessmen was found dead at her mansion in East Yorkshire yesterday. Police were investigating the suspicious death of Suzy Healey, 39, the daughter of Malcolm Healey, who has a fortune of pounds 750m. Ms...
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A QUESTION OF HEALTH: Why Do I Sleep like a Log after a Tipple? Will a Faulty Gene Affect My Children?
SWEET DREAMS Occasionally I have a small glass of Campari and ice in the evening, and it appears to coincide with a very good night's sleep. I would be interested to hear why this should be the case. I doubt if it's the ice that's helping you to sleep...
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Arts: It's the Way She Tells 'Em ; Female Comedians at Edinburgh Are Rejecting the Clichs. the Fringe's Funny Women Tell Ed Caesar Why the Joke's on the Old Boys' Club
As modern stand-up comedy emerged boisterously from its early- Eighties inception, the scene looked like a big boys club, with Paul Merton, Malcolm Hardee and Jack Dee its unofficial playground kings. The exceptions to the rule " Jo Brand, Dawn French...
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Arts: Sweet Sorrow ; A Decade Ago, the Third Symphony of an Obscure Polish Composer Mesmerised Millions. Roderic Dunnett on the Impact of Henryk Gorecki's Modern Masterpiece
In the early 1990s, few would have predicted that a message scratched on a Gestapo cell wall, a mother's lament for her dead son and a medieval prayer to the Virgin Mary would inspire one of the most moving and memorable musical experiences of the 20th...
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Arts: THE CLASSICAL COLLECTION
William Alwyn's Fifth Symphony (Naxos 8.557647 HHHHH) is action music with knobs on " a terse, forceful score that courts countless dramatic extremes (excitable one bar, serenely peaceful the next) yet keeps firmly to the point. It's also brilliantly...
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Arts: The Classical Diary
In its medieval manor in landscaped parkland, Dartington International Summer School is an enchanted place. Magic crops up when you least expect it: a wind trio materialising under a tree; a four"part madrigal erupting on a lawn. This year the customary...
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Athletics: Lewis-Francis Agrees Change of Coach to Revive Ailing Career
Mark Lewis-Francis, UK Athletics' most acute case of failing talent, announced a radical change of direction yesterday in what promises to be a vital test case for a sport needing to up its game in time for the London Olympics. With perhaps a faint nudge...
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Breakthrough on Stem Cells May Overcome Religious Objections
Scientists have made a major advance in overcoming the principal ethical objection to the medical use of stem cells derived from human embryos. They have generated embryonic stem cells " which might eventually be used to treat chronically ill patients...
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Briton 'Left Blind and Paralysed by Vioxx' Begins Legal Action
The first British legal action to be brought against the maker of the painkiller Vioxx could be heard within the next year. Christine Peckham, 53, suffered two strokes and is partially blind and paralysed after taking the drug. Documents relating to...
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BUSINESS ANALYSIS: The Pharmaceutical Industry Counts the Cost of the Drugs That Do Not Work
The decision to award $253m (pounds 141m) to a widow whose husband died after taking Vioxx might be good news for the thousands of people in the US, UK and elsewhere who suffered after using the blockbuster drug, but there remains a nasty after-effect...
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CAR CHOICE: If You Want a Great Little Bargain, Try a Used Ka
Anne Dickie has a 1997 Peugeot 106XL three-door. It has done 67,000 miles. Air conditioning is a priority, as is power steering and a decent boot. Her budget is below pounds 10,000 and she would consider a low-mileage, nearly new model. She tried a Peugeot...
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Circus: The Agony and the Ecstasy ; LACTIC ACID Bloomsbury Theatre LONDON
The Generating Circus Company, which put on the memorable Millennium Dome spectacular, returns to the UK with another unusual show entitled Lactic Acid. Lactic acid is the chemical that is released into the bloodstream after physical exertion, due to...
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Clarke Heralds Bid for Tory Leadership with Attack on Euro
Kenneth Clarke, the most ardent pro-European Tory, has confessed he was mistaken to support the single currency and has admitted that British membership is unlikely for at least another decade. The former chancellor also acknowledges that the European...
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CLASSICAL: PROM 46: NEW ZEALAND SO / JUDD PROM 47: LSO / DAVIS PROM 48: SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE / GOULD Royal Albert Hall LONDON HHH / HHHH / HHHH
A chain of Sixties and Seventies revivals linked three successive, disparate Proms, dominated by the London Symphony Orchestra's lucid rediscovery of the Symphony No 4 by Sir Michael Tippett. It is demanding to play and rarely performed. Yet it unexpectedly...
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CLASSIC CARS CITRON SM: Ugly, Slow, Small " the Ultimate French Folly ; That SM Tag Wasn't Meant to Suggest Pleasure from Pain. but, Says Brian Sewell, the Point of This Citron Can Only Be Explained in Terms of Those Who Find Suffering Satisfying
If ever a car stole a Motor Show, it was the Citron DS in 1955, in Paris " indeed, it seemed to steal the city too, for Citron was canny enough to let the few completed cars be seen, night and day, on the Champs- Elyses and in the never-ending swirl...
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Comedy: When the News Is Bad, Send in the Clown ; ANDREW MAXWELL: GRAND ROYALE Pleasance HHHH
Grande Royale is a sumptuous title for a show that, as well as nodding in the direction of Maxwell's Kings of Comedy TV triumph, suggests decadence and decoration. But this show couldn't be more simple in its execution: it's Maxwell and a mic. Last year,...
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COVER FEATURE: PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO: Behemoth with a Turbocharged Thrust ; Does Porsche's Hulking Cayenne Turbo Truly Represent a Much-Hyped Meeting of Size and Speed? Sean O'Grady Puts the Monster through Its Paces at Brands Hatch
The Porsche Club is having its festival soon,' said the PR lady. 'How's about a drive round Brands Hatch in a Porsche to set the scene?' My mind began to race as fast as a rally-prepared 911. Maybe it'll be one of the new Caymans. Or a Boxster. Or an...
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Cricket: Behind the Mask ; ANDREW STRAUSS LIKES TO KEEP HIMSELF TO HIMSELF, BUT IS FINDING IT INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT DURING AN ASHES SERIES THAT IS GRIPPING THE NATION. IN A RARE INTERVIEW HE TALKS ABOUT FAME, SHANE AND A MACHINE CALLED MERLYN
Andrew Strauss has two reasons to be grateful for the protection his England helmet offers him. The first is physical. During the Old Trafford Test he was twice hit on the head by Brett Lee. In the first innings the blow had the desired effect, and the...
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Cricket: Sri Lanka and Pakistan Sign Up for Twenty20 Jamboree
All the reigning domestic Twenty20 champions from around the world will play in a three-day, six-team tournament at Grace Road, Leicester, on 15-17 September. Leicestershire Foxes, who won the English Twenty20 Cup in 2004, will host the event. The other...
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Downing Street Reveals Britain's Worst-Kept Secret: Where Tony Blair Has Gone on Holiday
The worst-kept secret in British politics was finally disclosed yesterday when Downing Street revealed where Tony Blair was spending his summer holiday. The waiting political reporters were solemnly told the restricted information, which hitherto had...
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Each Dent Is a Happy Memory
THINGS ARE GOING very well for me at the moment. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was in the celebrity VIP enclosure at the Goodwood Festival of Speed " I was actually there as the escort of a wealthy woman who'd hired me from an agency that specialises...
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Edinburgh: Festival Diary
n The writer-director Anthony Minghella opened the 'Reel Life' series of interviews at the Film Festival on Thursday, in what even the festival's artistic director, Shane Danielsen, had to admit was an 'uncommonly strong' programme. Minghella, the man...
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FEATURE: BACK TO BIKING: A Disabled Rider's Prayers Answered ; It May Look like Science-Fiction but the Conquest 850 Is a Real Bike That Let Andrew Jeffrey Hit the Road Again
What does the number 850 mean to you? The number of steps it takes from home to the pub? The number of miles you can drive between fill-ups? A reminder of an old Mini 850? Well, to me, 850 is a number with a poignant significance. For it was the cubic...
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FEATURE: SPEED-LIMITING TECHNOLOGY: Big Brother Hits the Brakes ; David Crawford Finds out How Drivers Who Flout the Speed Limit Could Be Reined in by Cars That 'Know' How Fast They Are Travelling
Over the next few months, 20 volunteer motorists will be testing revolutionary speed-control technology as they drive around Leicester and south-west Leicestershire. They are taking part in the UK's first major trial of intelligent speed adaptation (ISA)...
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Football: Benitez Warns Eriksson Not to Risk Injured Gerrard in World Cup Qualifiers
He may be a silent general, but Sven Goran Eriksson is certainly a lucky one. Just when it seemed the England manager had no choice but to address the paradox of his central midfield following the dbcle in Denmark, an injury to Steven Gerrard has threatened...
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Football: Blues Use Hotline to Fill Empty Seats
Faced with the prospect of the one of their lowest league gates of 2005, Chelsea yesterday began selling seats for tomorrow's match against West Bromwich Albion via a general telesales hotline, in direct contradiction to stated club policy. Despite the...
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Football: Cole Attacks Poll's Denial of Penalty
Ashley Cole revealed his frustration at refereeing decisions which may have cost his side two points at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as he insisted: 'These things are killing teams.' However, Cole insisted Arsenal would not allow their 1-0 defeat against...
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Football: Everton Deny Cancer Clause Row Made Stubbs Leave
Everton launched a much-needed damage limitation exercise last night after their former captain Alan Stubbs claimed he rejected a new contract offer at Goodison Park due to the club's insistence on a clause relating to the cancer he overcame four years...
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Football: Everton Deny Stubbs 'Cancer Clause'
Everton launched a damage limitation exercise last night after their former captain Alan Stubbs claimed he rejected a new contract offer at Goodison Park due to the club's insistence on a clause relating to the cancer he overcame four years ago. The...
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Football: Football Fears for Its Crowds While Cricket Has to Turn the Fans Away
As seats to the England cricket team's Ashes matches against Australia continue to be the hottest tickets of the British sporting summer, England's highest-profile football club yesterday suffered the ignominy of having to advertise for fans and break...
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Football: Gascoigne Confirms Role in Takeover Bid for Lower League Club
The prospect of Paul Gascoigne running a football club seemed an improbable prospect in the days when he was 'daft as a brush Gazza' but it moved closer yesterday when the former England midfielder confirmed he was part of a consortium seeking to take...
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Football: Gerrard Doubt for Crucial England Qualifiers
He may be a silent general, but Sven Goran Eriksson is certainly a lucky one. Just when it seemed the England manager had no choice but to address the paradox of his central midfield following the dbcle in Denmark, an injury to Steven Gerrard has threatened...
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Football: Perrin Leads the Spending Spree as Bottom Clubs Start to Panic
Jose Mourinho may have completed his spending but the transfer market cantered on yesterday with the Premiership's slow starters who were frantically trying to complete their squads before the transfer window slams shut on 31 August. The managers of...
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Football: Souness Aim Is for New Players
The manager of Newcastle United, Graeme Souness, has shrugged off speculation over his future and is concentrating solely on signing the strikers he needs to kick-start the season. The goalless draw against the promoted West Ham sparked a fans' backlash...
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Football: Terry Moves to Quash Hints of Rebellion in Chelsea Ranks
After the crowds had left Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening and the ground sat empty, the first player out of the Chelsea tunnel and on his way around the pitch towards the stadium exit was Ricardo Carvalho, a lonely reminder that those who challenge...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL The Arsenal Under-18s made a winning start to their FA Premier Academy League campaign against Crewe Alexandra. A goal either side of half-time secured victory for the Academy side who dominated both periods and could well have embarrassed the...
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Former Anglican Becomes Spain's First Married Priest
A former Anglican pastor who is married with children became Spain's first family man to become a Catholic priest at the weekend, despite Catholicism's fervently held dogma of priestly celibacy. Zimbabwe-born Evans David Gliwitzki, 64, was accompanied...
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FSA Refuses to Publish Blair Letter to Its Chairman
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has refused a request by The Independent to publish a recent letter from Tony Blair to its chairman, Sir Callum McCarthy, claiming that public disclosure of the document could damage the relationship between the...
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Games: Chess
The American Continental Championship took place in Buenos Aires from 5 to 16 August, attracting a field of 152, including 31 grandmasters and 21 IMs, in pursuit of seven places at the next Fide Knockout World Championship (wherever and whenever that...
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Games: CREATIVITY
Twelve New Labours for a modern Hercules. Create a world where force of personality is no match for force of argument, where persuasion is preferred to coercion, where people admit mistakes, where the belief that being in authority confers infallibility...
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Gate Gourmet Says It Will Fold If BA Fails to Agree Deal Today
The company which provides British Airways with on-board meals was threatened with official industrial action as it warned that it could go into administration later today. Tony Woodley, general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU),...
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Greene King Bids Pounds 187m for Belhaven
Greene King has agreed to buy the Scottish brewer Belhaven, the group that brews the 80 Shilling ale brand, for pounds 187m in cash, although concerns over the forthcoming ban on smoking in public places in Scotland have dampened investor support for...
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Hadrian's Neglected Mausoleum 'Close to Collapse'
One of ancient Rome's most popular and important landmarks is 'close to collapse', covered in graffiti, with valuable frescos peeling away. Castel Sant'Angelo, whose parlous state was revealed yesterday by Corriere della Sera, one of Italy's most authoritative...
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Health: Prick the Pain Away ; A Busy Casualty Department Might Be the Last Place You'd Expect to See a Doctor Practising Acupuncture. but for A&E Veteran Dr Ed Walker, Needles Have a Point
People often turn up at A&E departments with headaches. And, once we are sure the pain is not a sign of something serious " like meningitis or a brain haemorrhage " they will usually be sent home with some painkillers. So when I came across a report...
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How Skimpy Outfits Caused Scandal at the Serpentine
To Londoners, the Serpentine is an oasis of calm where the raciest feature is the fleet of rowing boats. But some 70 years ago the lake was a hot-bed of raunchy impropriety, according to Scotland Yard. A Metropolitan Police file unearthed at the National...
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Last Chance to Buy. Honda Civic
When is it going? Not just yet. The all new and very funky Civic arrives in January 2006. So, after years of making OAP cat-food-run Civics, Honda has gone instead after the yoof market. Meanwhile, the current Civic still does a pretty good job on school...
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LAST NIGHT'S TV: They Were Born to Skin ; Taxidermy: Stuff the World BBC2 the Boy with Proteus Syndrome CHANNEL 4
'People think I'm addicted to testicles, but I'm not,' said Jeannette, shortly after she had itemised the startling range of animal gonads stored in her freezer. 'I just like to make my little plaques, that's all,' she continued, pulling out an example...
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Leading Article: A Postcard from the Caribbean ; MR BLAIR'S HOLIDAY
The mystery is over. The location of Tony Blair's holiday has at last been revealed. Yesterday, Downing Street announced that the Prime Minister is taking his summer break in Barbados. Many will be perplexed about why such strict secrecy was necessary...
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Leading Article: Gaza Must Not Be Israel's Last Territorial Concession ; THE MIDDLE EAST
For all the forecasts of mayhem and bloodshed, Israel's withdrawal from Gaza has been as close to a success as so anguished an operation was likely to be. The distressed faces on both sides " those of the settlers forced to uproot from a life in which...
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Letter: Vatican's Sealed Archive Hampers Christian-Jewish Understanding
Sir: By common consent the Roman Catholic Church has played a distinguished role following the Shoah in mending the historic breach between Christians and Jews. The encyclical Nostra aetate (1965) emphasised the unique place for Jews as a people with...
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Letter: When Police Have to Shoot to Kill
Sir: In your leader of 20 August you rightly criticise the police for introducing a 'shoot to kill' policy, stipulating that suspects are to be shot in the head if they are believed to be suicide bombers posing an imminent danger. You argue that it was...
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Man Group to Examine Sale or Float of Brokerage Division
Man Group, the hedge fund manager, is set to review the future of its futures and options brokerage business following the successful $3.5bn float last week of Refco, a similar US operation. Man Financial, the brokerage arm of Man Group, has grown rapidly...
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MARKET REPORT: Hedge Fund Activity Nudges Jarvis Upwards
Professional investors were busy bagging handsome profits from bear positions in Jarvis yesterday, and as they moved to close their bets they pushed shares in the beleaguered support services group 0.33p higher to 3.5p. Hedge funds were quick to take...
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Mbeki Faces Prospect of Black Opposition
Thabo Mbeki, the South African President, faces his first serious political challenge after the creation of a broad coalition, led by the country's main trade union federation, which is laying the groundwork for a black opposition party. Civic groups...
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Monstermob Enters Lucrative Chinese Market in Pounds 55m Deal
Monstermob, the British mobile phone provider of ringtones and games, has agreed to buy the Chinese content provider ATOP Century for around $100m (pounds 55.5m) in a deal that will net Yongqiang Qian, the 35-year-old founder of the Chinese company,...
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Motor Racing: Schumacher Pours Scorn on Rumours of McLaren Move
Michael Schumacher has reacted angrily to rumours doing the rounds in Istanbul on Sunday evening that he would consider leaving Ferrari in favour of the currently dominant McLaren-Mercedes team, for whom Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya finished...
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Mysterious Piano Man Is Farmer's Son from Bavaria
His virtuoso performances captivated his carers and his studied sketches of a grand piano produced in silence pointed to a tortured genius. Then, after four months in the starring role of a mystery that captivated the world, and without uttering a word,...
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Mystery Surrounds Death of Boy, 11, Found in Woods near School
Forensic scientists were carrying out a finger-tip search of woodland last night where the body of a missing schoolboy was found on Sunday. Rory Blackhall, aged 11, disappeared just a few hundred yards from the gate of Meldrum primary school in Livingston,...
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My Year with Pete Doherty ; Drugs? Booze? Supermodels? They All Played Supporting Roles When Roger Pomphrey Made a Film about Britain's Most Notorious Rocker. but as He Tells James Rampton, Behind the Debauchery Is a Sensitive Young Soul
What is life really like when you're Pete Doherty, lead singer of Babyshambles, Kate Moss's lover and celebrity junkie? Having spent the past 11 months making a film about the former Libertine, Roger Pomphrey is perfectly placed to answer that question....
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Native Americans' Favourite Delicacy Is 'Junk'
You wouldn't ask an American Indian to stop eating fry bread any more than you would rob a French person of their croissant and jam. They are just too good to forgo and, well, they are part of the culture. On the other hand, if they are really bad as...
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Nephew of School Holidays Founder Shares in Windfall
The nephew of Peter Lawrence, the man who pioneered adventurous school holidays, scooped a multimillion-pound windfall yesterday after his uncle's holiday company, PGL Travel, was sold to its management in a deal worth pounds 42m. Mr Lawrence, who started...
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New Pounds 15,000 Prize Aims to Restore the Glory of the Short Story
The short story, once the stock in trade of world-famous writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Guy de Maupassant and Edgar Allen Poe, has languished in the shadow of the novel for the past decade. Today, with the announcement at the Edinburgh International...
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OBITUARY: ANDRONICO LUKSIC ; Billionaire Industrialist
Andrnico Luksic was a Chilean entrepreneur who became one of the world's richest men, through a combination of hard work and a dedication to getting on with all those in Chile who could favour his interests. He was as much persona grata with the elected...
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OBITUARY: CLIFFORD WILLIAMS ; Theatre Director with Comedic Talent and an Awesome Staging Flair
The recent Stratford RSC staging of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, with its beguilingly eclectic comedic vocabulary, was for playgoers with longer memories a happy reminder, too, of one of the best RSC productions of a play with which it usually...
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OBITUARY: JOE RANFT ; Oscar-Nominated Writer for Pixar
Joe Ranft was the Oscar-nominated chief writer at Pixar Animation Studios and one of those responsible for the digital animation company's assembly line of blockbuster box-office hits such as Toy Story (1995), Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles...
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OBITUARY: WILLIAM CORLETT ; Author of the 'Magician's House' Novels
A leading children's writer, in his novels for older readers William Corlett constantly pushed at the boundaries still existing between teenage and adult fiction. Original but always readable, many of his stories often reached a wider audience after...
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Official UCAS Clearing Listings: Arts & Humanities: How to Use the Listings
This is the sixth edition of the only official national newspaper listing of all full-time and sandwich higher education course vacancies in UK universities and colleges. The edition has been divided into two parts: arts and humanities, and a pull-out...
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Official UCAS Clearing Listings: Arts & Humanities: Welcome: THERE WILL BE 40,000 PLACES AVAILABLE THROUGH CLEARING. THIS IS WHERE TO START
IF YOU are hoping to go to university or college in September and haven't yet got a place, this is the ideal place to start. Although Clearing might seem confusing, once you start the process you should find it easier to find the right choice for you....
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Official UCAS Clearing Listings: Science & Engineering: How to Use the Listings
This is the sixth edition of the only official national newspaper listing of all full-time and sandwich higher education course vacancies in UK universities and colleges. The edition has been divided into two parts: arts and humanities, and this pull-out...
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OUTLOOK: Risk of Over-Reaction in Vioxx Case
How bad might things get for the pharmaceuticals industry as it struggles to defend itself against a growing army of litigants? If the $253m (pounds 141m) damages awarded to the widow of a 59-year- old man who took the painkiller Vioxx were extended...
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OUTLOOK: Sir Gerry Takes a Tilt at Rentokil, but If He Wants 10 per Cent, He's Six Months Too Late
Full marks to Sir Gerry Robinson for attempting to charge back into the cut and thrust of top level executive management by taking a tilt at Rentokil Initial, yet I fear he's about six months too late. Rentokil may be down on its uppers, but the situation...
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Pandora
Natasha's nuptials go less than swimmingly for Massow & Co Natasha Kaplinsky's wedding to hunky investment banker Justin Bower has inspired so much 'bitching' that I'm starting to feel sorry for her. Last week, the BBC presenter, far right, made headlines...
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'Panorama' Was a Hatchet Job on Muslims
Being in denial has much in common with living a lie. The distorted picture in your mind becomes ever more detached from reality as it is challenged, to the extent that the two eventually bear no resemblance at all. That's an apt description of the political...
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Police and Tube Firm at Odds over CCTV Footage of Shooting of Innocent Brazilian
Police officers and station managers were at odds last night over the existence of crucial CCTV-footage of the shooting of a Brazilian man wrongly suspected of being a suicide bomber. None of the cameras at the scene of the shooting of Jean Charles de...
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POP: V FESTIVAL Hylands Park CHELMSFORD HHH
The V Festival has carved out a niche over 10 years as the mainstream, unchallenging choice, but with Kaiser Chiefs stuck on V's second stage, fans crammed in like a gig audience, rather than festival crowd. Ricky Wilson, the singer, hobbled on crutches...
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Racing: Boycott Hands the Reins to Apprentices
The only winners at Wolverhampton last night were unlikely ones. With the West Midlands track the subject of a boycott by senior jockeys, the depths of the apprentice barrel were duly scraped to fill saddles and the likes of G Bartley, A Elliott, D Caldwell...
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Racing: Jockeys Threaten to Continue Boycott
Last night's meeting at Wolverhampton, boycotted by most of the country's senior jockeys in an effort to make a point about safety, passed off, happily, without remarkable incident. The big-name riders elected not to travel to the West Midlands track...
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Rejoice That Rhyming Slang Is No Longer 'Nang'
A very interesting piece of linguistic research has shown that cockney is on the move. The old-style white British dialect is being strongly influenced by immigrant communities and, in parts of London, the local dialect of white, Asian and black people...
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Rise in Numeracy and Literacy 'Has Been Exaggerated'
Serious doubts have been cast over the achievement that Labour has trumpeted as its biggest education success story: the rise in literacy and numeracy standards in primary schools. A report by Professor Colin Richards, a former specialist adviser in...
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ROAD TEST BMW 730D SE: Magnificent Seven ; the New-Look BMW 7-Series Handles like a Dream, Sounds like a Symphony and Has More Toys Than Hamleys. John Simister Packs Up His Family and Drives to France in High-Tech Luxury
They all look a little strange, these latest BMWs. Odd enough for you never to be quite sure if what appears in your rear-view mirror is a 3-series, a 5-series or a 7-series. Get the image in context, though, and you can see that with ascending size...
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Robert Moog, Inventor of the Synthesiser and Father of Switched- on Rock, Dies of Cancer at 71
Robert Moog would not be expecting pipes or strings when friends and admirers from across the music world assemble in Asheville, North Carolina, tomorrow to bid him farewell. If there is to be Bach at his memorial service, please let it be switched-on...
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Robinson Confirms Rentokil Interest
Rentokil Initial is under intense pressure to promise a turnaround in its fortunes with its half-year results later this week, after a bid vehicle led by Sir Gerry Robinson confirmed yesterday that it was interested in making an offer for the company.The...
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Rolls-Royce Staff at Bristol in Walkout
Engineers at a Rolls-Royce factory in Bristol began an indefinite strike yesterday in protest at the sacking of a trade union official. Amicus, the union representing 96 engineers that perform final tests of engines produced at Bristol, said the walkout...
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Rugby League: Senior Battles to Be Fit to Play in Challenge Cup Final
Leeds' Great Britain centre, Keith Senior, rates his chances of appearing in Saturday's Challenge Cup final as only 50-50. Senior is thought to have damaged ligaments in his right ankle when he was tackled by Joe Vagana during the defeat by Bradford...
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Sharon Pledges to Expand West Bank Settlements as Last Israelis Leave Gaza
Ariel Sharon yesterday marked the withdrawal of Gaza's last Jewish settlement with a stark warning that Israel would continue building in the biggest settlements in the West Bank. Residents marched bearing biblical scrolls and their synagogue's menorah...
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Skandia Counts the Cost of Its UK Financial Adviser Arm
Skandia, the Swedish insurance giant being circled by Old Mutual, shocked investors yesterday by declaring an unexpected second- quarter loss. It had elected to write down the value of its UK financial adviser network, Bankhall, by more than pounds 82m....
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SLEEPING AROUND: Not All Men Have Their Down Side
Things were going swimmingly on my fourth date with John, the handsome and erudite university lecturer. We went back to his flat for 'coffee' and started discussing his dissertation on the works of Voltaire, then making out. This was the second time...
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Sleuth Tracks Down Missing Jazz Singer
The jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux may be careless in love, as the title of her new album suggests. She might also be accused of professional carelessness too. Days after vanishing from Britain while promoting her new album, she was finally found yesterday...
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Swazi Girls Celebrate as King Lifts Ban on Sex for Under-18s
At dawn yesterday, thousands of Swazi girls removed tasselled scarves symbolising their chastity, abandoning an ancient rite revived to combat the modern scourge of Aids. In 2001, King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, reinstated for five years...
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Tales from the City (of Galway): Ireland: Nice Weather for Swans. It's Enough to Send You to the Dogs. Literally, in My Case
Another summer glides past like a swan, occasionally turning its dark eyes from left to right to admire the view but never showing any signs of actually stopping. And, heigh-ho, another family visit to Ireland, to the family seat near Galway. The city...
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Tales from the City (of Galway): Logic of the Irish
The holiday featured a burst of perfect Irish conversation. No- one knows if these things are arranged in advance by the Irish Tourist Board or are authentic exchanges, but I suspect the latter. I'd driven into the city with a lady friend. She was running...
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Tall Tomes Everyone Should Read on Holiday
Still can't decide which book to take on holiday ? Worry no more! We have been through all the summer reading book lists for you and sorted out this year's sizzling 15 top titles ! And here they are! 1. Harry Potter and the Change of Name by Dave Gorman....
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Tennis: Sharapova Reaches World Summit but Loses Russian Respect on Way
While her peers in the old country argue over whether she is truly Russian or an American by adoption, the 18-year-old Maria Sharapova stands proudly and unconcerned at the summit of the women's tennis world. The WTA Tour record states categorically...
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The 5-Minute Interview: Eoin Fairgrieve: 'It Is Not Just about Catching Fish, but Appreciating the Ecosystem'
Eoin Fairgrieve, a professional angler, has launched Tweedstart, a project to halt the declining popularity of fly-fishing. Based on the Tweed, near Kelso in the Borders, it aims to offer free tuition to youngsters. Why are fewer people taking part in...
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The Case of Jack the Ripper: JACK AND PATRICIA: THE STORY OF ONE WOMAN AND AN OBSESSION ; When the Crime Writer Patricia Cornwell, Right, Identified the Painter Walter Sickert as One of Britain's Most Notorious Murderers, the Critics Scoffed. Now She Is Determined to Prove Her Case in a New Book. Terry Kirby Reports
It could be the plot of another of her massively successful novels, a brave woman fighting a sceptical and largely male establishment to finally get to the truth about a serial killer. Indeed, in many of Patricia Cornwell's books, the heroine is Chief...
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The Drug of a Nation: BITTER HARVEST ; Khat Brings a Few Hours of Pleasure for the Poor of Somaliland, and a Valuable Crop for Its Farmers. but Many Fear the Effect of the Drug's Growing Use among the Young. by Kim Sengupta
The piles of khat at Parcharafi market were of prime quality, a luminous dark green, glistening in their wrappings of banana leaves. The muzzein's afternoon call to prayer had come and gone and a queue of buyers was forming to start the long, langorous...
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THE FUTURE OF IRAQ: Another Six Months, Another Breakthrough? Treat It Sceptically
Every six months Iraq supposedly faces a challenge which, if overcome, will open the way to peace. The latest is the drive to agree a new draft constitution by last night so it can be submitted to parliament and voted on in a referendum on 15 October....
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THE FUTURE OF IRAQ: Birth of a New Iraq, or Blueprint for Civil War? ; Isolated Sunnis Warn of Backlash to Federal Constitution
Iraq's new constitution, supposedly the blueprint for a democratic future, was last night threatening to plunge the country into a brutal civil war. As Shia and Kurdish factions presented the document to the National Assembly, Sunnis bitterly opposed...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Reverse Profit Warnings Are All the Rage in Insurance
Wellington Underwriting, the Lloyd's of London insurer, became the third company in its sector in less than a week to issue a reverse profits warning yesterday " surprising investors on the upside, with the news that first-half profits are set to come...
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THE TUESDAY BOOK: An Artist's Chance to Silence His Tormentor ; THE PORTRAIT by Iain Pears HARPERPERENNIAL, Pounds 8.99. ORDER FROM 0870 079 8897 (FREE P&P)
Iain Pears's theme here is an intriguing one: an artist has the chance to fight back at a critic who tormented him. One thinks of the revenge on poetry reviewers taken on Keats's tombstone and it raises questions about the nature of creativity and the...
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