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 March 5, 2008

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A Camera Held Up to Racism
Television WHITE GIRL BBC2In his latest drama, Daniel Mays plays a walking invitation to an Asbo. Best known for his roles in Vera Drake, Atonement and Jeremy Dyson's black comedy series Funland, he plays Stevie, a racist thug who uses his pre-teen children...
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Age of Laptop Diplomacy Dawns as Power Moves to East and Africa
Make way for the "laptop diplomat": change is coming to the rarefied atmosphere of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.The Foreign Secretary David Miliband warned the diplomatic service of a power shift yesterday, involving a transfer of resources away...
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Another Tragedy in Backpackers' Haven as Briton Dies of Suspected Drug Overdose
There was little left to show of a life cut short in a 2-a-night hotel room just a stone's throw from paradise. There were some old T- shirts, a handful of undeveloped films and a battered journal filled with jottings and sketches. The rest of Michael...
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Anxious Clinton Knows This Could Be Day of Decision
Hillary Clinton and hundreds of cheek-chewing supporters were bound for a Columbus, Ohio ballroom last night, to await results from voting in this and three other states on a climactic day that was set to determine whether she stays in the race for the...
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Ashkelon, the New Target for Hamas Missiles
Israeli surfing shop owner Elan Biton was standing in the car park chatting to friends as he waited for his wife and three children after an afternoon at Ashkelon's marina when he heard two distant but unmistakeable booms.A few seconds later, he heard...
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Asia and Middle East Prepare for Power Shift with Influx of Diplomats
Make way for the "laptop diplomat": change is coming to the rarefied atmosphere of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.The Foreign Secretary David Miliband warned the diplomatic service of a power shift yesterday, involving a transfer of resources away...
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A Supernatural Love Affair Where Nothing Is What It Seems
The Wednesday Book THE SACRED BOOK OF WEREWOLF By Victor Pelevin, trans Andrew Bromfield FABER, Pounds 12.99 Order for Pounds 11.69 (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897Victor Pelevin's new work gives a novel twist (if not a good hard yank) to the genre of the...
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Bad Year at BP Means Hayward Misses Bonus
BP's chief executive, Tony Hayward, pocketed 2.1m in his first year at the helm of the oil giant, but failed to pick up a bonus share package after a calamitous period marked by plummeting profits, a series of industrial accidents, and lawsuits from...
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Ballack Sweating as Grant Mulls Selection
In Athens, and in the week running up to the Carling Cup final, John Terry and Frank Lampard were the ones sweating about whether or not they would be in the Chelsea team. Last night it was the turn of Michael Ballack and Michael Essien.With manager...
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Ballack Sweats as Grant Ponders Selection
In Athens, and in the week running up to the Carling Cup final, John Terry and Frank Lampard were the ones sweating about whether or not they were in the Chelsea team. Last night it was the turn of Michael Ballack and Michael Essien.With manager Avram...
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Balshaw Makes Way for England's Next Big Thing
Brian Ashton does not see him as a bright young thing - "You can't use a phrase like that to describe a rugby player," the England coach said yesterday - but there is no doubt that Danny Cipriani, the 20-year-old Wasps outside-half who will make his...
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Bell Blow Hurts England as Harmison Breaks Through
nCRICKETEngland's Test series against New Zealand got off to a painful start last night when Ian Bell was taken to hospital for an X-ray on the first morning of the first Test.Bell was taking evasive action while fielding at short leg when a full-blooded...
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Benitez Targets Crucial Victory as Game in Hand Finally Arrives
Rafael Benitez will be hoping that his team can concentrate on the crucial task of securing fourth place in the Premier League tonight.Victory over West Ham at Anfield will have to be achieved with Liverpool once again distracted by another potential...
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'BlackBerrys Behave like Vital Objects We Can't Live without. but Really They'rejust Spam Emails Following Us Around'
Take It From MeI've tried to stay off this subject because I know I'll sound like a moany old 80-year-old who just can't keep up with the times. Yet another reader will send me a brochure for stairlifts and think they're hilarious. (Thank you Mr Swift...
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Boyd Wants Clean Sheet to Set Rangers Up for Away Tie
The Rangers striker Kris Boyd has admitted his side have found it easier to get goals away from home in Europe this season.The Gers go into their Uefa Cup last-16 tie against Werder Bremen having drawn a blank in their last three European games at Ibrox,...
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Breakfast Helps Teens Lose Weight, Says Study
Eating breakfast helps teenagers lose weight, a survey of eating habits in the United States has found.The study showed that those who tuck in to a healthy breakfast - and therefore end up with a higher calorie intake - still tend to have a lower Body...
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Brown Bowls a No-Ball
LEADING ARTICLE ZIMBABWEGordon Brown is showing signs of late of succumbing to what might be termed "the Blair disease": the desire to take a stand on any issue that exercises the populist press. In recent days we've had articles on the need to do away...
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Can You Afford It?
ORCHARD HOUSE, YEOVILTON, SOMERSETPrice: 600,000Agent: Palmer Snell, 01935 814 531What you get: If you've always dreamt of owning a thatched cottage, then there's a good chance it would have looked something like this. The beautiful house has a large...
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Celebrity Drug Abusers 'Treated Softly by Police'
Lenient treatment of drug-abusing celebrities is sending a damaging message to impressionable young people, the United Nations drug control agency has warned.The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said a soft approach by police and the courts...
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CGT Hike Triggers Rush to Sell Companies
The Chancellor's "shambolic" changes to Capital Gains Tax have left those affected "under pressure", "angry" and "aggrieved", according to Britain's leading accountancy professionals. Firms large and small are reporting a rush in business as the Treasury...
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Chameleon Keeps the Chapel-Goers in Thrall
First Night GOLDFRAPP Union Chapel LONDONSo it's off with the animal outfits and glam-rock gregariousness, and on with the Wicker Man wardrobe and wistful, introspective folk. With their new album Seventh Tree, Alison Goldfrapp and songwriting partner...
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Championship
--STOKE CITY Wigan goalkeeper Carlo Nash (right) has moved to the Britannia Stadium on a three-month loan. The signing follows the recall of Marton Fulop by Sunderland last month, leaving the Potters short of cover for Steve Simonsen. "Carlo is a very...
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Cheap Laminate Is a Floored Concept
THE HOME ECOLOGIST WHY BUY NEW FLOORS EVERY FEW YEARS WHEN RECLAIMED WOOD IS ALWAYS IN STYLE?I had floor problems. When I moved to my current house, the kitchen was covered with pretty unpleasant carpet tiles. But let's face it, carpet tiles are an insane...
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Chess
Viswanathan Anand increased his lead with the minimum of effort in Linares on Monday, drawing a rather tepid game as Black against Teimour Radjabov in just 18 moves.His nearest pursuer, Magnus Carlsen, meanwhile, had a miserable time as Black against...
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Cipriani Seizes His Moment
England's brightest hope is preparing to make his first international start in the Calcutta Cup, the oldest contest of them all. Just as well, then, that he has an evident love of the limelight. Tim Glover reports Rise of a red rose shooting starDanny...
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Colombia Demands Chavez Faces Trial for Funding Farc Rebels
Latin America's war of words heated up last night as Colombia said it would take the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to the International Criminal Court, accusing him of financing Colombia's main rebel group.The US-backed Colombian President Alvaro...
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Cost of Living
HOT TUBSMaybe it's because they're so unnecessary, or that they're associated with rappers, Big Brother and Hugh Hefner. But whatever the basis for your beliefs, it's almost certain that you think hot tubs are incredibly naff.So why, when we're in a...
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Darling Has the Chance to Practise What He Preaches
COMMENTA week today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, will rise in the House of Commons to deliver his first Budget speech. For it not to also be his last Budget speech he will have to display a rather better mix of skill, imagination...
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DIC Aims to Force Liverpool Sale with Final Offer
FOOTBALLThe interminable saga surrounding Liverpool's ownership took another twist yesterday when it emerged that Dubai Investment Capital had issued a take-it-or-leave-it 400m bid for the club to the owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett. The ultimatum...
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DIC Aims to Force Liverpool Sale with Pounds 400m 'Last Offer'
The interminable saga surrounding Liverpool's ownership took another twist yesterday when it emerged that Dubai Investment Capital had issued a take-it-or-leave-it 400m bid for the club to the owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett. The ultimatum was due...
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Drax Attacks Plans for Windfall Tax to Help Fuel Poverty
The boss of Britain's largest power station yesterday attacked the Government's plan to impose a windfall tax on the energy industry, saying it could jeopardise the much-publicised effort to spur a "green energy" revolution.Ministers, responding to public...
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Economic Gloom Filters Down to Shoppers and Building Industry
A welter of poor data about the British economy was released yesterday, with the pall of gloom extending across households, the construction industry and the jobs market. The Nationwide Consumer Confidence Index fell to a new low last month, and the...
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Emigration to Australia Has Doubled in the Past Decade
The number of Britons emigrating to Australia more than doubled in the past decade, government figures show. Enticed by the country's natural charms - as well as the more material advantages of a recruitment drive aimed at attracting skilled workers...
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End of an Era as Paisley Steps Down
The Rev Ian Paisley has signalled the end of an era by announcing he will step down as leader of Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration and the Democratic Unionist Party.The news represents a huge moment in the politics and recent history of...
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Fabregas Picks Perfect Moment to Bring San Siro Tumbling Down
MILAN 0 ARSENAL 2 Arsenal win 2-0 on aggregateArrivederci Milan - the old masters undone by a young team who announced themselves in stunning style upon the European stage last night. From Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor, the goals; from Arsenal,...
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Focus on the Bigger Picture
Home cinemas look great - when they're switched on. Kate Watson- Smyth finds out how to hide your supersized screen and yards of cables DESIGNThe Hollywood film and TV writers' strike is over, so we can finally look forward to watching something more...
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Former Minister Says Government Is 'Thrashing Around' on School Reform
The former Labour education secretary, Estelle Morris, last night mounted a scathing attack on the Government's school reforms, warning there was a risk that "we thrash around from one initiative to another" with ministers and senior education figures...
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Gatland Tosses Old Head Jones the Keys to No 10
nRUGBY UNIONWhile Warren Gatland was admitting that he had to toss a coin before choosing Stephen Jones over James Hook at fly-half for Wales's Triple Crown shot at Croke Park on Saturday, Eddie O'Sullivan was revealing that his plans were also up in...
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Giuseppe Di Stefano
Tenor who sang alongside CallasGiuseppe di Stefano, with his dark, Sicilian good looks, and warm, velvet-toned tenor voice of an exquisite natural beauty, was liberally endowed with all the gifts an opera singer could hope to possess.The generosity with...
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Gordon Holds Key to Liberty's Future
OUTLOOKAs a takeover rumour, Liberty International, the shopping centres property group, is one of those hardy perennials that never seems to go away.At the right price, both GIC, one of Singapore's two sovereign wealth funds, and Westfield, with extensive...
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Government to Outline Auction Plans for Tote
The horse racing industry's bid for the state-owned Tote bookmaker is expected to be formally rejected by the Government today. Instead, ministers are expected to outline plans to put the Tote up for auction.Gerry Sutcliffe, the Sports minister, will...
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Hadden Picks Side to Come out Fighting
These are desperate times for Scotland, three games and three defeats into the 2008 Six Nations Championship. The Scotsman yesterday carried an advert for a "free Book of Bannockburn" to be issued with the national newspaper on the morning of England's...
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Hoax! the Cover Is Blown on Yet Another Tall Story
Margaret Jones's poignant memoirs told of a deprived gangland childhood and her struggle to escape her upbringing and win a place at university. The publishers loved it. But there was just one snag, reports Andy McSmith ... Literature of lyingWe all...
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Hot Tip for Year-Round Glamour
OVERSEAS Morocco has become a favourite for winter sun - now Tunisia wants in. Laura Latham weighs up the competitionA few years ago, owning a home in Morocco was the height of exoticism. Charming riads that cost nothing to buy and renovate, tucked away...
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If You Throw Down a Rug at Berwick-upon-Tweed You [Derived Headline]
If you throw down a rug at Berwick-upon-Tweed, you probably won't have to share the stretch of sand. The 100-mile stretch of coastline from Berwick to Tynemouth is Northumberland's hidden secret - but not for much longer among second-home buyers from...
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Images of Redemption
When the official Gulf War artist John Keane went to Angola, he was prepared for destruction, but not for hope. Claire Soares uncovers the human stories behind his portraitsStill-lifes and posed portraits are not John Keane's stock in trade. It is conflict...
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Is It Worth Actually Buying a Typeface?
CyberclinicHave you ever bought a font? Within minutes of this question being addressed on our blog this week, I received a stern dressing- down for misusing the word font, when I actually meant "typeface". (I blame both Windows and Mac OS for storing...
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'I Was Going to Visit Miss Whiplash the Other Day, but She Advised Me Not to, as the Police Were Coming'
country LIFEWhatever they might think inside the M25, life is never, ever dull in the country. Our neighbour six fields away was visited by detectives last week because she had seen newspaper photographs of Steve Wright, following his conviction for...
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Krakow Cracks Down on Near-Naked Stag Parties
As the possessor of one of Europe's most admired medieval centres and a list of inhabitants that stretches from Copernicus to Roman Polanski, Krakow has long prided itself as a bastion of high culture. Now the Polish city, once ravaged by Mongol hordes,...
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Laughter in the Face of Tragedy
Pop EELS Dome BRIGHTON ****Many musicians claim to have been saved by rock'n'roll but Mark Oliver Everett - singer, songwriter and driving force behind the US band Eels - wouldn't be alive without it. The death of his father from a heart attack when...
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Lessons from a Maestro
Itzhak Perlman overcame polio to become one of the world's greatest violinists. Now 62, the Israeli-American virtuoso is determined to pass on his gifts, he tells Sue FoxIt has been more than 30 years since Itzhak Perlman and the celebrated film-maker...
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Liberty in Merger Talks to Form World's Largest Mall Group
Talks are taking place that may see Liberty International, the FTSE 100 property group that owns London's Covent Garden, team up with a major rival to become the world's largest shopping mall group.Australia's Westfield Group, which has had a long-standing...
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Lights, Camera ... Gridlock
London's traffic is controlled by 20 people in a single office. Simon Usborne discovers the hi-tech art of going with the flow'Ooh, you don't want to be getting a flat tyre there," says John Tenten, watching one of the six flatscreen monitors on his...
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Livingstone's Pounds 120,000 Race Adviser Blames 'Racists' as He Resigns over Saucy Emails
By Jonathan BrownThe chief race relations adviser to the Mayor of London resigned last night, claiming he was the victim of a "racist" and "relentless media campaign".Lee Jasper stood down after fresh allegations in London's Evening Standard yesterday....
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McCombe Steps Up to Provide City's Cure for Altitude Sickness
nCHAMPIONSHIP CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1 BRISTOL CITY 1Bristol City have found a new weapon in their attempt to reach the Premier League for the first time. In the unlikely shape of Jamie McCombe, their tall centre-half, they have a player who has scored three...
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McCombe Steps Up to Provide Cure for City's Altitude Sickness
*CHAMPIONSHIP CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1 BRISTOL CITY 1Bristol City earned the point that kept them at the top of the Championship thanks to Jamie McCombe's headed equaliser, but the team from the West Country will not give thanks to at least one of their vociferous...
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Moment of Virtuosity Rescues Unsatisfactory Effort
Manchester United move on in pursuit of the second Champions League triumph that Sir Alex Ferguson craves with a growing passion, but it was the news from Milan that caused the biggest stir.Arsenal's ejection of the holders smacked of epoch-making ambition....
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Murphy Move Fuels Talk of Bid for Kingfisher
MARKET REPORTKingfisher, the specialist retail group which owns B&Q home improvement stores, was the feature of some bid speculation yesterday after news that its former chief executive Gerry Murphy was to join Blackstone, the American private equity...
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Murray Gets Powerful Backing after Federer's Broadside
nTENNISRoger Federer thinks Andy Murray has not changed his game since they first met three years ago and should play less defensively in the future. The 20-year-old Scot, who beat the world No 1 in the Dubai Championships here on Monday night, disagrees...
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Mustard Misfortune Raises Smiles on Eve of First Test
nCRICKETEngland's reserve wicket-keeper, Phil Mustard, underwent surgery on his nose yesterday after being accidentally hit in the face by Kevin Pietersen during the team's final practice session before the first Test, which started last night in Hamilton.Mustard...
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NHS Treatment Waiting Times Rise under Labour
Patients are waiting longer on average for NHS treatment than they were in 1997, despite the billions of pounds poured into the health service since Labour came to power.The NHS figures come as an embarrassing setback for the Government, which has claimed...
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Now Showing: The Titillating Nudes of Martin Luther's Friend
Friend of Martin Luther, prolific painter of female nudes and devotional illustrator of biblical scenes, the German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder led a remarkably varied artistic career. He even managed to be banned by the London Underground...
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ON THE WATERFRONT What's for Sale?
ON THE WATERFRONTThe South Hams are as hot as Britain's seasides get. At this time of year, the weather may be grey and a chill may whip across the waves, but the housing market is always simmering. Like all the coastlines featured here, this region...
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Overseas Six to View - Waterfront Special
Bay watchersSlano Bay, Slano, CroatiaPrice: from 317,379Agent: CroatiansunTel: 0844 8156456They say: A small, seafront complex in pretty, historic Slano. The town is well equipped with services and a marina is planned; the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik...
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Pandora
'Spectator' editor rides to rescue of sacked City workerThere is great kudos in having an article published by the glossy centre-right magazine The Spectator. And, as one aspiring young scribe has recently learned, there are also leaf-covered pitfalls...
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Parental Choice Means Nothing When Our Primary Schools Are Failing Children So Badly
Long ago when the concept of parental choice was introduced into the state education system, it was done under the assumption that this would somehow create a market in which schools would compete with each other and standards would be raised. A couple...
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Passing the 'Desert Island Discs' Test
The Week In RadioHow do you explain the significance of Desert Island Discs (Radio 4, Sunday) to anybody from outside these islands? I came across somebody recently, I don't remember who, who said that she had told an American friend that being invited...
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Paul Raymond
The self-styled 'King of Soho' who built a successful business empire from property and pornographyThe self-styled "King of Soho", Paul Raymond was a self-made millionaire and pioneering sex mogul whose x-rated career spanned seven decades from coy post-war...
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PM Mulls General Election for June 2009
Gordon Brown is considering a plan to hold a "double election" in June next year, with elections to Westminster and the European Parliament on the same day.The idea was discussed in the margins of Labour's spring conference in Birmingham last weekend...
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Pop
STARS Koko LONDON ***Outside of their Canada home base, Stars have yet to propel their literate, intimate melodramas in expansive song to Arcade Fire-ish levels of success. Tonight's show, then, sees the Montreal-based band occupying the territory of...
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Premier Foods Renegotiates Bank Debt and Cuts Dividend as Wheat Prices Hit Profits
Premier Foods, the Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cake maker, has slashed its final dividend and renegotiated its banking facilities as it struggles with soaring wheat prices.The group, which bought the bread business RHM for 1.2bn last year and has a debt...
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Press Gives Obama a Rougher Ride over Free Trade and Chicago Politics
One minute Barack Obama was schmoozing with the press pack and demonstrating his technique for kissing babies on the campaign trail, the next he was looking like a man whose pooch had turned into a rabid attack dog.Goaded into action by months of prodding...
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Queen of the Scene
Tomboys aren't meant to become global style icons - especially if they hail from Lancashire. But Agyness Deyn has claimed Kate Moss's crown as the the most glamorous face in fashion. Deborah Orr gets under her skinShe is a Time magazine cover girl, and...
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Quickfire Xavi Kills off Celtic's Dream of Euro Glory
BARCELONA 1 CELTIC 0 Barcelona win 4-2 on aggregateBarcelona cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Celtic but lost striker Leo Messi in the process.The Argentine forward left the pitch in tears towards the end of the first...
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Remember, Edgar - Paint Them Wide, Not Long
Miles Kington Remembered 3 NOVEMBER 1994It is normally said that the Impressionist School of painting developed as a protest against the academic conventions of the day in France, and as a new means of self-expression. But a recently discovered conversation...
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Ronaldo Nears Best Record as Misfiring United Tame Lyons
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 LYONS 0 Man Utd win 2-1 on aggregateMore historical resonance looms for Manchester United in a Champions League campaign which is already laden with it. United fans need no reminding that it was in the club's first European Cup- winning...
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Santa Cruz Targets 20-Goal Mark and Europe
Blackburn Rovers' Roque Santa Cruz believes he can break the 20- goal barrier in next season's Premier League. The Paraguay international has struck 11 times in the league and 15 in all competitions since arriving from Bayern Munich last summer.These...
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Secret Agent
MY JOB HAS BECOME LIKE A BOYFRIEND I'M NOT INTO - I ASSUMED THAT AT SOME POINT I'D JUST LEAVE'There's a rumour currently doing the rounds that head office is about to get rid of a whole lot of dead wood. When you're talking estate agents, I imagine this...
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Sixties Nostalgia That Hid the Horrors of Jersey
One striking aspect of the child abuse allegations being investigated in Jersey is that they took place in an environment of charming 1960s discipline that so many people scream we should get back to. It was a time without hoodies or political correctness,...
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Six to View
Italianate jobASHLEY HOUSERiponNorth YorkshirePrice: 950,000Agent: Knight FrankTel: 01423 530 088They say: An Italianate Victorian villa with about 4,500sq ft of accommodation divided into six bedrooms (one with dressing and shower room) a reception...
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The Art of Avoiding an EU Referendum
THE SKETCHLast week the Liberal Democrats had all my sympathy. It may be their greatest political talent - to make people feel sorry for them. Their amendment was persistently rejected by the Speaker; it was all they wanted, all they were asking for,...
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The Battle of Bear Creek
New threat in America's backyard An attack by eco-terrorists on one of Seattle's most exclusive enclaves has exposed the dark side of environmental activism. By Leonard Doyle reportsWhen developers were looking for a new "Street of Dreams" to market...
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The Comeback Kid
Charles Allen, the former ITV chief executive famed for his cost- cutting measures, has set his sights on consolidation in the radio industry as chairman of the Global Radio group. By Ciar Byrne Business AnalysisWhen he was still the chief executive...
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The Golden Age of Steam
DON'T MOVE IMPROVE BATHROOMS HAVE NEVER BEENSO GLAMOROUS. BUT GOOD DESIGN IS ABOUT MORETHANFLASHYTAPSI recently heard a designer telling his clients that "bathrooms are the new kitchens". I had to bite my lip. True, many architects like to think of themselves...
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The Great Escape
I've learnt about farming the same way that I learnt about music: by jumping in and doing it. It's the best way to learn anything. The nausea of the classroom is replaced by a different kind of anxiety, a combination of panic and unparalleled self-awareness....
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The Green Betrayal
Ministers rule out aviation curbs Road pricing shunted off agenda Big fall in environmental taxes Green lobby turns on Government over failure to curb air and road travelIt is the Great Green Betrayal. With environmental issues becoming ever more critical,...
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The Seaside Showdown
ON THE WATERFRONT They're Britain's most fought-over stretches of coast - but which has the hideaway for you? Our crack househunters went in search of sun, sand, surf and high society ON THE WATERFRONT#Looking further afield? Turn to the Overseas Waterside...
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The Squeeze on Public Spending Has Begun
Things are going wrong. We are a week away from the Budget, one that seems likely to be the most sombre since Labour took power in 1997. It is Alistair Darling's misfortune that he should be the poor chap that has to present it. What should we look for...
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The Whole Hog, Whitehall, 04.03.08
Picture PostThis little piggy went to market, this little piggy went... to Westminster. Meet Winnie, the nine-year-old sow, photographed here, who trotted into the capital yesterday to draw attention to the dire straits the British pork industry finds...
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This Gadget Rocks!
Peter Gabriel has one in his studio. Bjork takes hers on tour. But what exactly is it? Tim Walker gets to grips with theradical new instrument that's part digital sampler, part light-show - and part toyBlip. Blip. Blip. Blip-donk-blip. Blip. Blip. Blip-donk-blip-...
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Today in the Premier League
ARSENALDefender Bacary Sagna has thanked the club for their support following the death of his brother before the home match with Milan a fortnight ago. "Everyone gave me support and that helped," he said. "It's difficult to talk about but I want to...
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Travis Perkins Is Robust Enough to Cope with Slowdown
THE INVESTMENT COLUMNOur view: HoldShare price: 1079p (+9p)Travis Perkins sells over 3bn of building products a year, from bricks and timber to roofs, tiles, and plumbing. So there is nowhere to hide when Britain's housebuilding trade goes into hibernation....
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Twiston-Davies Homes in on Pigeon
When the hordes descend on Prestbury Park next week from every corner of Britain, Ireland and beyond it will be easy to forget that for some this is a home fixture. Nigel Twiston-Davies's Grange Hill Farm at Naunton is no more than 15 miles from the...
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Vietnam Opens Local Market to HSBC and Standard Chartered
HSBC and Standard Chartered are ready to expand rapidly in Vietnam after gaining permission yesterday to incorporate their businesses locally. The move will allow the UK banks to compete equally with domestic lenders in one of Asia's fastest-growing...
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Visual Arts
CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN New Art Gallery WALSALL **From the fourth floor of the New Art Gallery, you get a view of the architectural mix and match of this Midlands city: mosque, parish churches, multi-storey car park, Next, Powerhouse, Asda... Inside, as...
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Wanted: Laird to Take on the Ultimate Doer-Upper
FOCUS It could be one of Britain's finest houses. For now, it's a crumbling ruin - but the Government will help fund its restoration. Helen Brown hits the high roads with a specialist castle dealer as he looks for a buyer with a sense of adventureWith...
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We Need a Cultural Shift to Change the Way We Drink
LEADING ARTICLE LICENSING LAWSThe Government's review of the 2003 Licensing Act, which liberalised our archaic drinking laws, is admirably straightforward in its conclusions. It finds that, since the law came into effect in November 2005, alcohol consumption...
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What's for Sale?
Cornwall's rise from the provincial doldrums has been spearheaded by the creation of chichi enclaves along its coastline. Fowey, St Ives and Helford have all had celebrity associations, but the beaches and cliffs near the collars-up town of Rock and...
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When Men Weren't Afraid to Kick Butts
Last Night's TV MAD MEN BBC2Mad Men takes place in a haze of cigarette smoke and an even thicker haze of knowing hindsight. Everyone in it smokes, even a gynaecologist preparing to examine a patient. But this prelapsarian age, in which every interior...
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'Who Says We Can't Win Both Trophies?'
He had just dominated the midfield against the most celebrated team in European football and last night Cesc Fabregas laid down a challenge to his Arsenal team-mates that seems more possible with every game: to win the Champions League and the Premier...
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