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 July 28, 2005

A Metre of Rain in One Day Shuts Bombay and Leaves 200 Dead
More than a third of Bombay was under water last night after the city suffered the heaviest rains recorded in India. More than 200 people have been killed in a catastrophic two-day deluge across Maharashtra state. Parts of suburban Bombay had almost...
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A Metre of Rain in One Day Shuts Bombay and Leaves 99 Dead
More than a third of Bombay was under water last night after the city suffered the heaviest rains recorded in India. At least 99 people have been killed in two days of a catastrophic deluge across Maharashtra state. Parts of suburban Bombay had almost...
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ARTS: Double Exposure ; Tom Hunter Is the First Photographer to Get a Solo Show at the National Gallery. Simon Tait Assesses His Reworkings of Old Masters
For the first time, the National Gallery is to give a photographer, Tom Hunter, a one-man exhibition. This completes a process whose beginning was identified in 1839 by the narrative painter Paul Delaroche. 'From today, painting is dead,' he is reported...
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Arts Projects to Lose out as Lotto Money Goes to Games
Arts and heritage projects, which have in recent years benefitted hugely from lottery largesse, are set to lose out on tens of millions of pounds which will be diverted to help fund London's 2012 Olympic dream. Camelot, the lottery organisation, said...
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Arts: The Skye's the Limit ; It's Theatre, but Not as We Know It. A Scottish Group Has Installed Coloured Lights and Performance Areas around 30 Square Miles of Beautiful Island Rocks. Paul Taylor Takes a Guided Tour
'I'm not sure if it's laudable or certifiable. I haven't quite decided,' Angus Farquhar says, laughing, as he drives me up to Trotternish Ridge, in the northern part of Skye. He's talking about the extraordinary effort " logistical and political, physical...
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Attacks in London: Family of Brazilian Victim Says Police Have Learnt from His Death
As Jean Charles de Menezes' body was flown back to Brazil last night, his family said they believed that police had 'learnt a lesson" from the mistaken killing. They said it had acted as 'training' for police, who were now using stun guns instead of...
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Attacks in London: HOW BIG WAS THE TERROR PLOT? ; Police Arrest Suspected Bomber as Evidence Emerges of Wider Campaign
The terrorist cell that killed 52 people in London may have been planning to throw nail bombs into a nightclub or a football crowd. A cache of 16 bomb components, including one nail bomb and enough parts to make several other bombs, was left by the 7...
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Attacks in London: 'I Felt the Surge of the Shock. It Was Incredibly Painful'
The effectiveness of the Taser stun gun was put to the test when Britain's second most senior policeman agreed to be a guinea pig. Michael Todd, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, volunteered to be a 'victim' to show how its 50,000 volts could be...
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Attacks in London: Taser Gun Strike Ends Suspect's Escape from Law
Only their battered maroon Nissan car, parked erratically in the street outside, had drawn attention to the Somali inhabitants of 63 Heybarnes Road in recent months. However, the air of normality in this unprepossessing tree-lined street in Birmingham's...
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Attacks in London: The Bombs Found in Luton
NAIL BOMBS These are the lethal nail bombs designed to 'tear into flesh' found in the arsenal of the group that committed the 7 July attacks. The devices, made from bottles packed with explosives and nails, were found in a Nissan Micra rental car used...
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Bank Hawk Says Housing Downturn Has Hit Consumers
The slowdown in the housing market has hit consumer spending, one of the 'hawks' at the Bank of England said yesterday as figures showed the number of people facing the loss of their home had hit a 13-year high. Sir Andrew Large, a deputy governor at...
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Beauty & the Blog ; Nadine Haobsh Had a Glamorous Job on a Glossy Magazine. Then She Began to Dish the Dirt on Her Colleagues and Her World imploded.Or Did It? David Usborne Tells a Cautionary Tale for the Internet Age
Nadine Haobsh did everything right and everything wrong. At the age of 24, she was a beauty editor for a women's magazine in New York. When she wasn't at work " or on an all-expenses-paid trip to some spa or swanky resort " she, like 8 million of her...
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Blair to Allow Rolling Two-Week Detention Periods to Fight Terror
The Government is ready to give police the right to detain terror suspects for renewable periods of 14 days, after police recommended that they be allowed to hold them for up to three months. But Tony Blair has been embarrassed by remarks by his lawyer...
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British Energy Eases Performance Targets for Bonus Scheme
British Energy, the nuclear electricity generator that was rescued from collapse earlier this year through a massive debt-for- equity swap, is proposing to amend its executive bonus scheme to make it easier for the top management to hit performance targets....
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Brown Bear Returns to the Swiss Alps for First Time in 100 Years
Brown bears, hunted to the verge of extinction in Switzerland's mountains more than 100 years ago and not seen in the country since, may have made a comeback in their traditional Alpine habitat. Eyewitnesses report having caught a glimpse of a bear on...
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China Halts Rise in Yuan and Warns off Speculators
China's central bank has intervened to stop the yuan rising against dollar for the first time since it announced plans to liberalise its currency regime. Yesterday's move came as the ruling Communist Party issued a fresh warning to speculators not to...
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China's Revaluation Is an Unstoppable Process
There are two possible outcomes for the world economy following the Chinese revaluation of the yuan last week. Unfortunately they cannot both be right. They share the same starting point. While the revaluation is tiny " a mere 2 per cent " this is the...
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CRICKET: Sarwan Upstaged in Damp Welcome ; SUSSEX 191 GLOUCESTERSHIRE 127-8
The South Coast has given Ramnaresh Sarwan, Gloucestershire's latest overseas batting hope, an extremely damp welcome to county cricket. The West Indies batsman has seen more rain than runs in his first two days. And when he did eventually make it out...
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CRICKET: Vintage Ealham Rolls Back Years ; SURREY 136 & 93-3 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 226
Mark Ealham will be 36 next month, yet continues to offer full value as a county all-rounder. The puzzle is how Kent failed to appreciate it. Two years ago, Ealham sought to extend his 14-year stay with Kent but was offered only a one-year contract,...
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Eccentric American's Neverland of Sporting Greats
Sky Television's search for the 'World's Greatest Sporting Legend' culminated last Sunday when Muhammad Ali, predictably you may think, emerged from a short list of 10 to stand supreme above such notables as Pele, Lester Piggott, Steven Redgrave, Ayrton...
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EQUESTRIANISM: Whitaker Is Forced to Pull out of British Team
Ellen Whitaker has had to withdraw from the Great Britain team for the Royal International Horse Show here, where the International classes begin today. Her stallion, AK Locarno, is making good progress after the fever that prevented his participation...
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Fashion & Style: SUITED & BOOTED: Stock Up on the Basics - and Fill Your Suitcase
At this time of year you're lucky if you can still find a shop selling summer stock, as they're either on sale (and have already flogged most of the good stuff), or they've started selling overcoats, gloves and mufflers. The sales seem to come earlier...
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Fashion & Style: Summer Sales: The Insiders' Guide - READY TO WEAR - Look to the Sixties for Inspiration and You Can't Go Wrong
Anyone still contemplating the dregs of sale shopping should only do so with the greatest of care and with the forthcoming seasonal shift in mind. The good news is that fashion designers are not so prone to radical about-turns as they used to be. Instead,...
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Fashion & Style: The Romance of Africa ; the Safari Suit Has Been Given a Sexy Twist on This Year's Catwalks, Where Tailored Shorts and Gold Accessories Have Spiced Up the Big- Game Look. Susie Rushton Charts the Revival of Savannah Chic
'We are in Africa,' announced Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana at a press conference shortly before their spring/summer 2005 catwalk show. If you're actually in a showroom in Milan, of course, 'Africa' evokes not troubling issues of debt relief, civil...
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Fashion & Style: THE TEN BEST: Last-Minute Bargains
1 Net-a-Porter Luella Gisele bag " was pounds 495, now pounds 346.50 The idea of joining the carnage on the shop floor in order to bag a few sale items can make even the hardiest shopper blanche. Avoid the elbows and log on to the world's No 1 fashion...
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Football: Andrade's Smart Strike Takes Revenge on Newcastle ; DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
Newcastle kept their hopes of winning a Uefa Cup place alive with a battling performance against Deportivo La Corua at the Riazor Stadium last night. Graeme Souness, the Newcastle manager, said his side had 'kept the tie alive' after Lee Bowyer's fine...
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Football: Barton Fined Eight Weeks' Wages for Hotel Fracas
Joey Barton has been fined eight weeks' wages and told he is one final warning away from being sold by Manchester City following the hotel altercation that saw him sent home in disgrace from the club's pre-season trip to Thailand last week. The 22-year-old...
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Football: Best Team Proves Elusive for Mourinho
Less than three weeks before Chelsea start the defence of their Premiership title, their manager Jose Mourinho said he still does not know his best team. The former Porto coach feels he has assembled such a strong squad he has two teams capable of winning...
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FOOTBALL: Claridge Stunned by Sack after Just 36 Days
Yesterday, the Millwall manager, Steve Claridge, went to ask the board to confirm that Colin Lee would be joining his back-room staff. He left the boardroom as the former Millwall manager. His successor? Colin Lee. Claridge, 39, was in charge for 36...
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FOOTBALL: Gill Admits to United's Fragile Grip on China
David Gill has promised to investigate why less than 25,000 fans turned up for the second match of their Far East tour, but the Manchester United chief executive said it is not a sign the Red Devils' popularity is on the decline. Although United's four-match,...
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Football: Humiliating 5-0 Defeat in Bratislava Could Cost Shambolic Celtic Pounds 10m ; ARTMEDIA BRATISLAVA 5 CELTIC 0
Gordon Strachan made a disastrous start as the Celtic manager last night after watching his new-look side slump to a humiliating five-goal Champions' League qualifying drubbing in the Tehelne Pole Stadium. The Scot watched in horror as his defence fell...
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Football: Jewell Hits Back at Critics over Lack of Signings
The Wigan manager Paul Jewell has hit back at criticism of his activity in the transfer market as he remains on the lookout for four more players. Jewell completed his fourth signing of the summer on Tuesday in the experienced Switzerland international...
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Football: Moyes in Fear of Liverpool 'Play-Off'
The Everton manager David Moyes believes the achievement of claiming the fourth Champions' League qualifying place last season will be devalued if his club's ticket to the lucrative group stage rests on an all-Merseyside play-off with Liverpool. The...
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Football: Moyes in Fear of 'Play-Off' with Liverpool
The Everton manager David Moyes believes the achievement of claiming the fourth Champions' League qualifying place last season will be devalued if his club's ticket to the lucrative group stage rests on an all-Merseyside play-off with Liverpool. The...
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Football: Newcastle Refuse to Increase Bid for Anelka's Services
Newcastle United are poised to call off their move for the Fenerbahce striker Nicolas Anelka after refusing to meet the Turkish club's valuation of him. The Newcastle manager Graeme Souness expressed an interest in attracting the Frenchman to St James'...
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FootFall Flotation Could Deliver Pounds 12m Windfall
A company that produces figures on shopper numbers that have become vital for economists since the bombings this month, is considering a stock- market flotation next year. FootFall, which uses hi-tech devices to count the number of people entering shopping...
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Forgemasters to Sign Up to Pensions Protection Fund
Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering (SFE) was on the verge of becoming the second company to strike a deal with the new Pensions Protection Fund yesterday, as its management announced plans for a buyout, dependent on the group's pension liabilities being...
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Games: Chess
The 2nd Amsterdam Chess Tournament took place from 16 to 24 July. Like other great cities, Amsterdam has been home to numerous chess events, perhaps most notably the Interzonal of 1964 (which ended in a quadruple tie between Vassily Smyslov, Bent Larsen,...
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Games: Poker
Poker players plan their travels on the basis of where the money is " and this week it is in Paris, where the only European leg of the World Poker Tour is taking place. The Grand Prix De Paris is even more expensive than the championship event at the...
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GOLF: Wie Should Go Back to School, Says Sorenstam
The vexed question of how to regard Michelle Wie " sensational success or promising but unproven " got yet another airing at here yesterday. The 15-year-old Hawaiian is in Lancashire, along with the rest of the world's best women golfers, to play in...
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If Only I Were Prince Charles
There are few times when I feel my age " possibly when I enter the bathroom and see a woman with a couple of suitcases under her eyes first thing in the morning, but that's about it. Recently, however, I was advised by experts that, given my years, it...
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Iranian President Intervenes in Bid to End Jailed Journalist's Hunger Strike
Akbar Ganji would be a most embarrassing corpse. Iranian authorities are so concerned about political fallout if the country's most prominent jailed dissident dies from a hunger strike " becoming a martyr to reform " that the President has intervened...
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It's a Tough Life in the Public Relations Business
I had to go to London this week in order to do some business and show solidarity with our London cousins by getting home again as fast as possible, but just as I was walking through the back streets of Westminster, looking fearfully for a taxi, who should...
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LAST NIGHT'S TV: Far from Elementary ; the Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle BBC2 Stepkids: Don't Ruin My Big Day CHANNEL 4
The death of Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, as told in Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Adventure of the Final Problem', shook Victorian society to its core. A memorial was installed next to the 'dreadful cauldron' into which Holmes and his nemesis,...
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Leading Article: End These Royal Tax Breaks ; THE DUCHY OF CORNWALL
Prince Charles is unlikely to thank the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee for shining a forensic light on his finances. But the rest of us should be grateful, since the investigation raises the important question of how Britain ought to finance...
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Leading Article: Farewell to Arms - and to All Criminal Activities ; NORTHERN IRELAND
In this terrorism-plagued world, with the immense tribulations facing London, Leeds and now Birmingham, it is a small but distinct relief to hear of one conflict that is winding down rather than escalating. The news from Belfast is that the IRA is now...
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LETTER: Support the Muslim Community in Confronting Extremism
Sir: The Board of the Trustees of the Maimonides Foundation, a joint Jewish-Muslim inter-faith organisation, unreservedly condemns suicide bombing as an aberration of the universal principles of Islam. We express our sympathies with all the victims of...
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LETTER: The Real Threat to Our Way of Life
Sir: Although I find commendable 'the spirit of the Blitz', or possibly 'the Dunkirk spirit', in the people of London, I believe that we are experiencing a number of Pyrrhic victories on our way to losing the war on terror. History teaches us that there...
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Malawians in Deportation Blunder Get New Date to Go
A family of asylum-seekers who won huge public support in their campaign against deportation have been told they will be forced to leave the country in two weeks. Verah Kachepa and her four children had been ordered to catch a flight back to their native...
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MARKET REPORT: Bulls of O2 Mauled by Bumper Share Disposal
Bulls of O2 suffered a setback yesterday after the mobile phone group's biggest shareholder cashed in on a significant chunk of its stake. O2 dropped 5p to 137.75p after Goldman Sachs sold 380 million shares on behalf of Capital Group. The placing, completed...
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Ministers Must Remain Rational and Ignore These Silly Rows and Outbreaks of Hysteria ; This Crisis Has Nothing to Do with a Minister's Holiday or the Need for the Government to Be Seen to Act
I continue to read and hear that the response to the bombs in London has been marked by a rational calm. This observation is in itself irrational. A superficial calm hides a series of actions and declarations in which reason plays no part. The lack of...
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Morrisons in Turmoil as Sales Decline Continues
Wm Morrison sparked fresh concern that its top team is overstretched by announcing a further drop in sales at its core Morrisons chain. Relief that yesterday's sales update had not included a sixth profits warning turned to dismay, as the City digested...
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Motor Racing: Button Will 'Pay to Stay at BAR' and Snub Williams
Jenson Button last night said he wants to stay at BAR Honda rather than move to Williams " and he is so determined to remain with BAR that he is ready to pay up to pounds 2m to buy his way out of a contract with Williams. The two teams were embroiled...
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New Pru Chief Promises No More Bloomers and Reviews Egg Stake
Mark Tucker, the new chief executive of Prudential, made a pledge yesterday to better the performance of his predecessor Jonathan Bloomer, promising to turn the life assurance giant from a 'good company into a great one'. After Prudential's share price...
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OBITUARY: GEORGE D. WALLACE ; Broadway Musical Baritone and Cult Sci-Fi Film Hero as Commando Cody
George D. Wallace, a virile actor with a strong baritone voice, had a long and varied career which encompassed playing leading man to such Broadway stars as Mary Martin and Gwen Verdon, starring in the cult sci-fi serial Radar Men from the Moon, and...
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OBITUARY: KEVIN HAGEN ; Kindly Doc Baker in 'Little House on the Prairie'
As a child, Kevin Hagen often accompanied his uncle, an Illinois doctor, on house calls in an old Ford car. His life turned full circle when, after years of playing villains in screen westerns, he was cast on television as the kindly Dr Hiram Baker in...
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OBITUARY: PAVEL DOSTAL ; Playwright and Minister of Culture
During the final six months of his life Pavel Dostal, the Czech Republic's Minister of Culture, emerged as his country's most popular politician. Dostal's huge popularity and his impending death were in some ways connected. After he announced last autumn...
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OBITUARY: VIOLA TUCKER ; Grittleton Chamber Music Course Organiser
Viola Tucker was a remarkable woman who gave her life towards helping others to make the most of their musical talents, especially in the field of chamber music. As a pianist and cellist, she held many important posts as a teacher, but will be best remembered...
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OUTLOOK: PPF Forges Another Rescue Deal
Not all levies are a bad idea. One that has a great deal more going for it is the Government's new pension protection fund which yesterday came to the rescue of Sheffield Forgemasters. The company is best remembered for its supporting role in the Iraqi...
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OUTLOOK: The Nuclear Option: If the Board Can't Hit the Targets, Change the Targets Not the Board
It's a strange old world is the nuclear power industry. The UK's biggest producer of the stuff dare not speak its name and has only survived because the Government relieved it of pounds 4bn in nuclear liabilities and helped engineer a debt-for-equity...
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OUTLOOK: The Passenger Levy That's Plane Daft
The demise of EUjet has predictably led to renewed calls for some kind of levy to protect passengers of failed low-cost airlines. The current proposal, which for some insane reason has the support of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department for...
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Pandora
Toby, Boris and a rather tricky bit of party politics The repercussions of Toby Young's much publicised fringe play about The Spectator have begun. Both Young, left, and his editor at the magazine, Boris Johnson, right, protest that they are on good...
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Performance Targets Eased for British Energy Bonus Scheme
British Energy, the nuclear electricity generator that was rescued from collapse earlier this year through a massive debt-for- equity swap, is proposing to amend its executive bonus scheme to make it easier for the top management to hit performance targets....
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PREVIEW: Pop - Hitman Comes out of Hiding ; BA ROBERTSON: MY LIVING YEARS Gilded Balloon Teviot EDINBURGH
The last time that the prolific Scottish songwriter BA Robertson performed in public was for a 1983 duet, 'Time', with Frida from Abba. That was after appearing opposite Elaine Paige in Abbacadabra at the Lyric Theatre in London. 'One of the reasons...
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Racing: Proclamation Announced as the Fresh Prince of Miling Division
Proclamation did the fast running here yesterday to capture the highlight of the racing year on the West Sussex downs. He was gone in 100 seconds. As significant though was the swift thinking of his rider, Michael Kinane, who, if he did not steal the...
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RACING: Proclamation Heralds New King of the Milers
Proclamation did the fast running here yesterday to capture the highlight of the racing year on the West Sussex downs. He was gone in 100 seconds. As significant though was the swift thinking of his rider, Michael Kinane, who, if he did not steal the...
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REVIEWS: Classical - PROM 8: BBC PO / NOSEDA/MACMILLAN PROM 15: BBC SO / STORGARDS Royal Albert Hall LONDON HHHH
Fairy tales and beasts were the main thrust of this programme with the BBC Philharmonic. Marshalling an almost perfect cast, conductor Gianandrea Noseda directed a deeply touching performance of one of Stravinsky's greatest scores, The Nightingale. Based...
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REVIEWS: Theatre - THE GRUFFALO Criterion Theatre LONDON HH
Every time somebody adapts a literary classic for another medium, the same question crops up: how much of what made it work on the page can be preserved in a new form? That applies whether you're Andrew Davies putting Middlemarch on television, Philip...
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REVIEWS: Visual Arts - Beaubourg Gets the Theming Bug ; BIG BANG Pompidou Centre PARIS HHH
As much as being the title of this exhibition, Big Bang is the term chosen by the Pompidou Centre (aka Beaubourg) to describe what it has done with its huge collection of 20th-century art. As at Tate Modern, the chronological method of presentation,...
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Rival Airlines Offer to Fly EUjet Customers Home
EasyJet and Monarch yesterday offered to fly home thousands of passengers left stranded across Europe after Tuesday's collapse of the budget airline EUjet, for a flat fare of pounds 25. An estimated 5,400 EUjet passengers were still abroad when the airline...
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ROYAL FINANCE: MPs Demand Review of Tax Paid by Charles
The large country estates used by the Queen and Prince Charles to generate pounds 20m in personal income each year should be reviewed for tax purposes and open to proper parliamentary scrutiny, an influential committee of MPs is claiming. In a far-reaching...
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Royal Finances: MPs Demand Review of Tax on Prince Charles' Pounds 20m Income
The large country estates used by the Queen and Prince Charles to generate pounds 20m in personal income each year should be reviewed for tax purposes and open to parliamentary scrutiny, an influential committee of MPs is claiming. In a far-reaching...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Cooke Renounces Sin for Battle with Saints ; Challenge Cup; A Momentary Lapse of Discipline, When He Was Sent off for the First Time, Almost Cost the Hull Player His Place in Saturday's Challenge Cup Semi- Final against St Helens. Dave Hadfield Reports; N Semi-Finals (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield) Saturday: Hull V St Helens (3.15) Sunday: Leeds V Toulouse (1.45)
Paul Cooke had some explaining to do when he put his Challenge Cup semi-final place in jeopardy. Hull's stand-off or loose forward showed a woeful sense of timing when he was sent off for the one and only time in his career two weeks before the date...
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Shire Bill for TKT Might Rise as Court Battle Looms
Shire Pharmaceuticals faces the prospect of having to pay more for its pounds 900m-plus acquisition of a US biotech company after more than a third of investors in Transkaryotic Therapies demanded a court review of the deal. TKT shareholders approved...
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Sisters Overturn Father's Will to Inherit Stud Farm
Two sisters who lost a 250-acre stud farm when they were disinherited by their father have won a legal battle to have his will overturned . Grace and Emma Adam had expected to inherit their father's business when he died aged 70 after a long battle against...
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Sixty-Two Convicted in Child Sex Abuse Case That Horrified France
After the largest, longest and most horrific child abuse trial seen in France, 62 people have been convicted of raping, prostituting, molesting or failing to protect 45 children as young as six months old. The four-month trial in Angers, on the river...
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Swimming: Cook and Marshall Miss out on Medals
Great Britain's Chris Cook missed out on a bronze medal by just 0.22s in the 50m breaststroke final at the World Championships here last night. The 22-year-old finished fifth in the breaststroke sprint, 0.37s behind winner Mark Warnecke. The German powered...
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SWIMMING: Hard Race Schedule Takes Toll on Cooke
Rebecca Cooke trailed home a disappointing seventh in the 1500 metres freestyle final at the World Championships here. The Glaswegian swimmer took the fastest qualifying time into the final but despite holding third position in the early stages of swimming's...
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Tales of the City: I'd Go out and Celebrate My New-Found Wealth, except for the Fact I'm Worthless
How much are you worth? I'm not asking about your self-esteem, nor how much you charge by the hour (fascinating thought the replies would be). I'm asking how much money you represent. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average worth...
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The Art of Seduction: SO WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? ; A Survey Advises Men against Wooing a Partner with Expensive Gifts" and Instead Pay for Fine Meals and Exciting Trips. Is This the Right Advice? and How Do Men like to Be Pursued?
Jilly Cooper Novelist My first date with my husband, Leo, couldn't have been more perfect. He asked me to come to the theatre to see Billy Liar, with Albert Finney in the lead role, I think. It was wonderful, and we then went to dinner at a restaurant...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Time to Take Profits at Highly-Valued BG
Why is BG Group hoarding its cash? The gas and oil exploration company raised pounds 1bn from the sale of its stake in a Caspian Sea oil field back in the spring, but it hasn't paid back any of its long-term debt with the cash, and it was refusing again...
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The Rise of the Yuan Is an Unstoppable Process
There are two possible outcomes for the world economy after the Chinese revaluation of the yuan last week. Unfortunately they cannot both be right. They share the same starting point. While the revaluation is tiny " a mere 2 per cent " this is the start...
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THE THURSDAY BOOK: Inspiring Life and Work of a Haunted Visionary ; I AM ALIVE AND YOU ARE DEAD by Emmanuel Carrre, Translated by Timothy Bent BLOOMSBURY, Pounds 17.99. ORDER FOR Pounds 16.99 WITH FREE P&P FROM 0870 079 8897
One of the purest of devotions is that of a reader to an author whose books they once loved. The writers who helped to form your taste helped to forge your soul. Emmanuel Carrre's 'journey into the mind' of the science-fiction writer Philip K Dick is...
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THURSDAY LAW REPORT: Coroner Should Have Decided to Reopen Inquest ; 28 JULY 2005 Regina (on the Application of Hurst) V Northern District of London Coroner ([2005] EWCA Civ 890) Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justice Buxton, Lord Justice Sedley and Sir Martin Nourse) 21 July 2005
Section 11(5)(b)(ii) of the Coroners Act 1988 was, by the operation of section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998, to be read and given effect in a way that was compatible with the United Kingdom's international duty under article 2 of the European Convention...
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Triathlon World Cup: Blatchford Exchanges Exotic Past for Exacting Quest on Streets of Salford ; the Resolve of an Adopted Briton Will Be Tested at the Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. Mike Rowbottom Talked to Her
Given that Salford Lock is neither tidal nor shark-infested, Liz Blatchford will be operating at something of a disadvantage when she takes the plunge in Sunday's International Triathlon Union World Cup event. This 25-year-old was born in the city where...
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Tucker's Pledge to Make the Pru a 'Great' Business Pleases the City
Mark Tucker, the new chief executive of Prudential, made a pledge yesterday to better the performance of his predecessor Jonathan Bloomer, promising to turn the life assurance giant from a 'good company into a great one'. After Prudential's share price...
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UK Airship Maker Flies into Money Troubles
Britain's top airship company, Advanced Technologies Group, has run out of money and gone into administration. The aerospace company, which has developed plans to build huge airships " the size of a large cruiser " yesterday appointed Tim Dolder and...
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Unions in Fury over Time's Collapse
Unions have called on the Government to investigate the collapse of the Tiny computer business, as 1,500 staff discovered they had lost their jobs. Graham Coxon, of the GMB in Lancashire, said yesterday: 'The GMB is angry that the management has let...
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US Announces Plan to Cut Iraqi Troop Deployment after Election
The United States military says it is hoping to make a substantial reduction in its forces in Iraq, beginning next spring and summer. General George Casey, the senior US commander in Iraq, said that if political developments continued positively and...
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We Have Forgotten the Lessons of History
The VE celebrations earlier this month were overwhelmed by the bombings on 7 July. The 60th anniversary of the first test of the atomic bomb in New Mexico was pushed into the inside pages of newspapers. Heaven knows what will happen to the anniversary...
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You Cannot Divorce Iraq from the Terror Equation ; We Removed a Cruel Dictator and Substituted a Scene of Carnage and Anarchy
Each time ministers dream that they have escaped from the Iraq question, it surfaces again and hits them hard on the back of the head. For a couple of days after the bombings in London, it was thought bad taste to mention Iraq. Then, first Charles Kennedy...
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Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Icon: HOW DID YURI DIE? THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF A SPACE-AGE HERO ; the First Man in Space Gave His Name to Countless Russian Streets and Schools. but His Death in 1968 Fuelled Just as Many Conspiracy Theories " and Now a New Petition Demands That the Case Be Reopened. by Andrew Osborn in Moscow
Stock Soviet icons such as Lenin or the improbably productive Stakhanovite workers that his successors dreamt up are old hat in today's Russia. Their statues lie scrapped or neglected. Their achievements rubbished. And their life stories are forgotten...
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