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 November 11, 2005

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A Failed Succession Equals Long-Lived Success
Q: Is this the beginning of the end for Blair? A: Good Lord, no. The end began a long time ago. Q: When? A: When he changed name. Q: Changed name? I didn't know he had changed his name! A: He didn't change it. The media changed it. They stopped calling...
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Alaska Refuge Wins Reprieve as Oil Drilling Plan Dropped
Plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge have been knocked off course after the measure was forced out of a crucial budget bill on Capitol Hill. A plan that would have allowed individual states to lift a ban on drilling for oil...
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BA Sells London Eye Stake for Pounds 95m
The future of the London Eye was safeguarded yesterday after British Airways sold its stake in the visitor attraction to the Tussauds Group for pounds 95m. However, the architects who designed the Eye and also own a 33 per cent stake in the business...
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Blair Failing on Climate Change, Experts Warn
Tony Blair risks losing his claim to be a world leader on climate change because of the way the UK has lost control of its own output of greenhouses gases, a leading scientist has warned. The developed world was dragging its feet over this 'life and...
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Blair Has a New Role: Leader of the People against Parts of His Party and Parliament
Tony Blair gambled and lost. He was determined to extend the rights of police to detain suspects for 90 days and assumed that his persuasive powers would prevail. Blair took a super human risk and to his surprise it failed catastrophically. That seems...
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BLAIR IN CRISIS: Brown Dismisses Early Succession and Backs PM Backing
Gordon Brown last night ruled out the early resignation of Tony Blair as Prime Minister after his humiliating Commons defeat over the terror legislation. The Chancellor warned rebels, who are calling for him to take over power urgently, to focus on implementing...
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BLAIR IN CRISIS: Cabinet Rallies to Defiant Blair as Criticism Mounts
Tony Blair branded the rebel Labour MPs who defeated his anti- terrorism law 'out of touch' as he rebuffed their demands for him to become a listening prime minister. An uncompromising Mr Blair told the Cabinet yesterday that there was a gulf between...
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BLAIR IN CRISIS: Muslim Leaders Blame Iraq War for 7 July Bombings
Tony Blair's foreign policy has been blamed by Home Office advisers for fuelling the extremism that led to the London bomb blasts in July. Senior Muslims appointed by Charles Clarke to investigate the causes of the attacks, in which 52 commuters died,...
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Bombs Expose Weakness of Jordan's King
It was a bloody, cruel message to the Plucky Little King Mark II. Help the Americans, train their Iraqi policemen, entertain their special forces officers and you will be a new target of al-Qa'ida. Not that new, of course. A US embassy employee, Laurence...
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Book of a Lifetime: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Betty Smith
This is not the greatest book I've ever read, but the significance of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn lies in more than its technique. It was my first grown-up novel and even now I can smell its pages. I was 11. Although widely read in children's literature,...
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BOOKS: A Hero with Irony in the Soul ; Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft BANTAM Pounds 18.99 (420Pp) Pounds 17.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
I recall a Christmas Party in the council chamber of Broadcasting House in the mid-1990s. It was a pretty formal affair. All those brooding oils of former Director-Generals impelled even the more emotional guests to stand up straight and circulate. I...
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BOOKS: A Week in Books
World-class divas of popular song tend to limit their banter with the audience to the odd husky aside assuring us that it's such a privilege to be back in Basingstoke again. So to find a superstar who not only chats wittily during a long, glorious set...
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BOOKS: Floundering in Flanders Fields ; the First Casualty by Ben Elton BANTAM Pounds 17.99 (381Pp) Pounds 16.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
It would be easy to say that this book " Elton's first serious work, set in 1917 " is his best comic novel. No period clich escapes our author. The hero, Inspector Douglas Kingsley, has a wife with golden curls and shapely ankles. When Kingsley becomes...
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BOOKS: Good Day Sunshine ; Paul McCartney's Latest Quest for Creative Challenges Is an Ecological Fable for Children. He Talks to SARA WILSON about a Collaborative Crusade
Paul McCartney bursts into his dressing room and promptly unlaces his trainers. Before taking to the stage for a private concert at Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall " one stop on a recent North American tour promoting his acclaimed 20th, solo album Chaos...
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BOOKS: Theatre of Blood ; the Utility of Force by Rupert Smith ALLEN LANE Pounds 25 (428Pp) Pounds 22.50 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
Rupert Smith is an understated and thoughtful general who has very good reason to be critical of both governmental and public attitudes towards the employment of force in international affairs. He retired in 2002, and this is a distillation of his experience,...
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BPB Fires Final Salvo in Bid to See off French
The plasterboard maker BPB delivered a final public rebuttal yesterday of the unwelcome advances of the French building materials group Saint-Gobain, and unveiled a surge in profits. The BPB chairman Sir Ian Gibson again urged shareholders to snub Saint-...
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Brain Disease Woman to Be Allowed to Die with Dignity
A woman suffering from a disease which has already killed her brother should be allowed to die 'peacefully and with dignity', a High Court judge ruled. Eileen Doran, 31, is being treated at Walton Neurological Centre in Liverpool for the incurable brain...
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Bring Back the Politics of the Pork Barrel
Tony Blair needs to remind himself of the manner of the fall of Margaret Thatcher as well as the slow, painful decline of the Major administration. Mrs Thatcher fell because she refused to listen to her MPs and persisted with legislation that a significant...
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Burberry Miracle-Worker Beats Hollywood Hero to Take Top Design Award in 'Fashion Oscars'
ONE has provided Hollywood ladies with their red-carpet dresses, while the other has quietly transformed one of Britain's most traditional fashion houses into a modern success story. So it was appropriate that the designers Roland Mouret and Burberry's...
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Burke's Peerage Turns Its Focus on 3,000 of Yorkshire's Finest
The people of Yorkshire are better known for boasting about the austerity of their roots rather than crowing about how posh they are. So it may come as something of a surprise that the publishers of Burke's Peerage and Gentry have dedicated a 1,200-page...
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BUSINESS ANALYSIS: BAA Faces Fight over Pounds 1.5bn Plan for New Terminal at Heathrow
Protest groups warned that they would fight tooth and nail against plans unveiled yesterday by the airports operator BAA for a pounds 1.5bn upgrade of Heathrow's central terminal area. The centrepiece of the proposal is to demolish the existing Terminal...
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... but easyJet Ground Staff Are Poles Apart in Pay League
A group of Polish workers employed by easyJet and the distribution company John Menzies yesterday received an instant and unexpected wage rise after a union pointed out they were paid less than their British counterparts. Management insisted that the...
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Cameron Tells Party: Choose Me or Lose Another General Election
David Cameron told Conservatives last night that they either they have to elect him as their leader, or lose another election. Without naming his rival, David Davis, he warned that if the party fought another campaign based on shoring up its core vote...
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Canaletto, His Finest Work, and a Royal Exhibition
It is the Grand Canal as painted by the most famous artist to have chronicled the palaces and waterways of Venice. A series of 12 paintings by Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, are the highlight of an exhibition opening at the Queen's Gallery...
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Canary Wharf Workers Take Home an Average of Pounds 100,000
The stark inequalities within the UK job market was exposed yesterday by official figures showing the lowest paid received their worst pay rise for a decade while City traders' salaries vaulted the pounds 100,000 mark. The average pay of a male worker...
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Children's Organisations Want All Smacking Banned
Parents should be banned from smacking their children on the same grounds that adults are banned from hitting each other, a report has said. A complete ban on the smacking of children was necessary in order to give them the same protection as adults...
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Children to Take on Shakespeare as the RSC Goes Back to School
The Royal Shakespeare Company is to go into schools to make the teaching of the Bard more exciting and relevant to children. Children will be encouraged to perform scenes from Shakespeare plays rather than merely studying the texts under a new campaign...
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Coastline Faces a New Enemy " Climate Change under Threat from Climate Change Threatens Britain's Coastline
Climate change has replaced pollution and overfishing as the biggest threat to the coasts of Britain, a study by the government's Environment Agency has found. Higher temperatures and rising sea levels have changed the nature of many of the fundamental...
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Cricket: England Confident of Victory without Vaughan
Marcus Trescothick has vowed to be his own man when he leads England out to play in the first Test against Pakistan tomorrow morning. Trescothick was named as captain when England finally accepted that Michael Vaughan's knee injury would prevent him...
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CRICKET: ENGLAND IN PAKISTAN: Leader of Men with Talent to Triumph amid Heat and Dust
Marcus Trescothick made a profound early impression as an England cricket captain. The assessment of his worth did not have much to do with his tactical acumen, far more with those elusive components that make a leader of men. Without the latter the...
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CRICKET: ENGLAND IN PAKISTAN: Where the Test Will Be Won and Lost
THE OPENERS During the Ashes, Australia fancied their chances of bowling England out cheaply if they could take an early wicket, and without Michael Vaughan, England's middle order is inexperienced. Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood have...
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Cultural Life: Alanis Morissette, Singer
Books I usually have five distinct books on the go. I've just read I Need Your Love " Is That True? by Byron Katie " it's a great self- help book, despite the terrible title. Katie argues that its negative thoughts, rather than situations, that create...
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Dance: MADHAVI MUDGAL ; Shaw Theatre LONDON HHHHH
The Indian classical dancer Madhavi Mudgal stands simply, one foot crossed over the other. It's a position of extraordinary repose: head gently tilted, shoulders angled, her limbs falling into curving lines, as harmonious as classical sculpture. When...
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Days like These: 11 NOVEMBER 1841. 11 NOVEMBER 1714
CHARLES GREVILLE writes in his diary about the birth of King Edward VII: 'A curious point has arisen, interesting to the Guards. It has been the custom for the officer on guard at St James's Palace to be promoted to a majority when a Royal Child is born....
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DNA Shows First Europeans Were Hunters Not Farmers
Whisper it quietly in Brussels but Europe may not have been a continent of farmers for time immemorial after all. New DNA research suggests we are actually descended from hunter-gatherers who pre- date the arrival of agricultural techniques. The first...
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Fathers4Justice Accused of Plot to Black out Televisions
They regard themselves as a new civil rights movement campaigning for a child's right to see both parents and grandparents, launching high- profile stunts to draw attention to their cause. Now the pressure group Fathers4Justice has been accused of mounting...
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FILM: NEW RELEASES: Digging into the Dirt ; the Constant Gardener (15) Fernando Meirelles (129 Mins) Iii88; STARRING Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston
For some, the prospect of a new John le Carr adaptation is not cause for whoops of untrammelled joy. Those who have seen the wan parade of previous screen le Carrs, including The Little Drummer Girl, The Russia House and The Tailor of Panama, will know...
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FILM: The Absent Stone ; Brian Jones Made Mick and Keith Look Conventional. A New Film Shows Why, Says LIZ HOGGARD
A middle-aged man is slumped in front of The Black and White Minstrel Show. In the kitchen, his wife is frying something unspeakable in lard. Cut to a 15th-century mansion where a famous musician and his leggy Swedish girlfriend are indulging in the...
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FILM: The New Life of Weisz ; the Female Lead in the Constant Gardener Is a Part to Die for. CRAIG McLEAN Meets the Actress Who Won It, Rachel Weisz
It's the afternoon after the red-carpet sensation the night before. At the premiere of The Constant Gardener, opening the London Film Festival, Rachel Weisz had worn a nice dress. A really nice dress. A creation by designer Roland Mouret, the green,...
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FILM: Worth the Weight ; Toni Collette Put on Pounds to Make Her Breakthrough. Now She Has Done It Again to Co-Star with Cameron Diaz " but It's for the Last Time, She Tells ELAINE LIPWORTH
'I'm an actor not a movie star,' says Toni Collette, swinging her legs under the table like a child. 'I prefer it that way. I think when you watch big stars on screen; it's really difficult to look beyond that very familiar persona. As an actor, you...
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First Night: A Touch of Genius Can Get This Survivor out of a Jam ; PAUL WELLER Usher Hall EDINBURGH
Everyone has an opinion on Paul Weller. Few artists this far disconnected for the musical zeitgeist arouse such rage or rapture in veteran musos and pop kids alike. He has split opinion since he strutted out of Woking, a clutch of Who and Kinks albums...
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Football: Campbell Displaced as Prodigal Ferdinand Returns
The quickest comeback in recent English football history was taking shape yesterday when it emerged that Rio Ferdinand is set to be recalled to England's first XI by Sven Goran Eriksson five weeks after he was dumped out of the side for the World Cup...
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Football: Class May Be Permanent but Judgements Are Purely Personal
Nobody seems to know when the term 'world-class' crept into the language of sport " or who first qualified for the distinction " but I imagine it must have been more than 50 years ago, coinciding with developments in football that made it truly international....
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FOOTBALL: ENGLAND V ARGENTINA: Diego's Resurrection: How an Obese Addict Became a Football Man Again ; A Year Ago He Nearly Died. Now Diego Maradona Is Back and Helping the National Team. Neil Stack Reports from Buenos Aires
He should be dead by now. All the articles of a year or so ago read like obituaries. Accompanied by grotesque pictures of a fat, drug- addicted ex "footballer with dyed blond hair, bloated like a beached whale, who bore no resemblance to the player who...
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FOOTBALL: ENGLAND V ARGENTINA: Owen's Certainty Backed Up by Squad Strength
The enquiry was more suited to the terms of a saloon bar debate but the man answering the question was as well-qualified as anyone on the planet to give an informed and telling answer. The question put to Michael Owen was how the personnel of the England...
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FOOTBALL: ENGLAND V ARGENTINA: Robinson Plays Strong Mind Game to Feed Confidence
Paul Robinson made a solemn promise to England's football fans this week and it had nothing to do with saving penalties or making sure that he was not caught off his line by Brazilians with a tendency to lob goalkeepers. Instead he simply pledged that...
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FOOTBALL: INTERVIEWS: Jamie Redknapp: 'I've Never Understood What Sven Does.' ; Jamie Redknapp's Readiness with a Forthright Opinion Has Made Him a Natural Pundit. like, Why He Never Thought His Cousin Frank Lampard Would Become a World-Class Footballer, Why He Left the Beeb for Sky ... and Why His Dad Understood Players Better Than Grard Houllier
It is just as well that Jamie Redknapp had a top-class career as a footballer, that he is married to a pop star, that he is now a television pundit, and that he is dishy enough for many of the women in the Sky Sports offices to have crowded around the...
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Football: Robben's Injury Woe a Worry for Dutch
Marco van Basten, the coach of the Dutch national team, said yesterday that he was concerned at the number of injuries being picked up by Chelsea's Arjen Robben. He also suggested that the 21-year-old needed 'another two or three weeks' of rest to recover...
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Football: Taylor Relies on Flair to Pin Down French Strength
It is an axiom of Under-21 internationals that performance matters as least as much as the result. The aim is to develop players for the senior team, not win silverware. At White Hart Lane tonight, however, the result is everything. England are playing...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL Arsenal have signed the Mexico forward Carlos Vela for pounds 2m from Guadalajara. However, Vela, 16, will play on loan at Valencia until he turns 18. Arsenal have not had any contact with the Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, according...
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Football: Toshack Sends Thatcher into International Exile
John Toshack, the Wales manager, has signalled the end of the Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher's international career by leaving him out of the squad for next Wednesday's friendly with Cyprus in Limassol. Toshack and the 29-year-old full-back were...
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FRIDAY LAW REPORT: Judicial Review Available in Exceptional Circumstances ; FRIDAY LAW REPORT 11 NOVEMBER 2005 Regina (on the Application of Sinclair Investments (Kensington) Ltd) V the Lands Tribunal and Others ([2005] EWCA Civ 1305) Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justice Auld, Lord Justice Laws and Lord Justice Neuberger) 8 November 2005
It was only in exceptional circumstances that judicial review of a refusal of the Lands Tribunal to grant permission to appeal from a decision of a leasehold valuation tribunal would be available as a remedy. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal...
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Games: CHESS
The annual Guernsey Open took place from 16 to 22 October at the Cobo Bay Hotel, attracting a field of 52, including two grandmasters " Oleg Korneev (Russia) and Tiger Hillarp Persson (Sweden) " and English IM Robert Bellin. Unfortunately, this traditional...
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GREAT WORKS: Visual Arts: The Assassination of St Peter Martyr (C1507) Giovanni Bellini National Gallery, London
Juxtaposition is a favourite device in all the modern arts. An A and a B " remote, but remotely connected " are put together and allowed to interact. It's a trick of the Surrealists, but not theirs alone. The Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein was a...
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Hunger Hormone Discovery Boosts Fight against Obesity
The discovery of a new hormone that suppresses appetite has been hailed by scientists who said it opened a new front in the search for a treatment for obesity. The hormone, obestatin, is a sibling to ghrelin, which increases appetite, leading researchers...
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Hunter Made 'Fair Offer' to Gadget Shop Shareholders
Sir Tom Hunter, the retailing entrepreneur fighting a pounds 100m claim from disgruntled shareholders in The Gadget Shop, said he had no moral or legal qualms about buying the Birthdays greeting card chain, a court heard yesterday. Giving evidence in...
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Is This Any Way to Treat Those Who Fought for Their Country? ; British Legion Survey Shows How Millions of War Veterans Are Living in Poverty
The British Legion has marked Armistice Day by producing the first comprehensive survey of the country's 10.5 million military veterans and their dependants, uncovering a shocking picture of a community struggling to get by, financially and emotionally....
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It Pays to Be a Bad Artist
Walking round Tate Modern's Rousseau exhibition, I found myself engaged in a slightly odd mental exercise. 'What would these paintings look like,' I wondered, 'if he was a better painter?' The answer in most cases was 'absolutely awful'. Just think of...
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IT'S NOT ALL JAM AND JERUSALEM ; Posing Naked for Calendars, Indulging in Pole-Dancing: Member of the Women's Institute Have Come a Long Way. Now Comes the Ultimate Endorsement - a Satire Featuring French, Saunders and Lumley. What Is Going on? Ian Herbert Reports
The ladies of the Wythit Women's Institute in North Yorkshire seem to have overlooked the fact that this is a time of year for injecting brandy into the Christmas cake and stocking up on Victoria sponge. Shortly after lunch tomorrow, they will leave...
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ITV Plans Season of Heaving Bosoms with Austen Dramas
The success of the film version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, proved that Jane Austen is as popular as ever with viewers. Cashing in on the enthusiasm for heaving bosoms in Empire- line dresses, ITV has commissioned a season of costume...
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Jazz: Talking Jazz
There's a temptation, when looking at the programme for any jazz festival, to search instantly for the really big names. And by the big names we tend to mean the Americans. Well, they will be coming to the London Jazz Festival. Tomorrow, on the second...
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Kristin Scott Thomas Wows the West End in Pirandello Tragedy
Kristin Scott Thomas has been nominated for a prestigious theatre award after following in the footsteps of other film stars and heading for the stage in the West End. The actress has been nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her role...
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LAST NIGHT'S TV: F Is for Truly Fooding Awful ; the F Word CHANNEL 4 Spooks BBC1
It's catch-up time. Somehow I contrived to miss the first couple of weeks of The F Word, lazily assuming that it was just another Gordon Ramsay swearing-and-cooking programme. My word, though, it is so much more than that, rather as the Spanish influenza...
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Leading Article: A Departure That Heralds Another Age of Uncertainty
It is an unwritten rule of Israeli politics: every time the scene begins to look more settled, something comes out of left field to sow uncertainty all over again. Yesterday that something was the defeat of the Vice-Premier Shimon Peres in the election...
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Leading Article: An Unfolding Catastrophe
For the third year in a row, Armistice Day has arrived while British troops are on active service. Ninety-seven of our servicemen have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion. More than 800 have been wounded. Today's two-minute silence in honour...
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Lewd Jokes Were 'Carry On' Humour, Army Corporal Says
An Army corporal accused of sexually harassing a female colleague excused his behaviour as Carry on Camping banter at a tribunal yesterday. Corporal Stewart 'Spike' Milligan said he had not intended to intimidate Corporal Leah Mates when he spoke her...
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Liberia Awaits Africa's First Woman President
After decades in opposition, two stints in jail and a whirlwind two weeks on board a rented helicopter, the Liberian political veteran Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is on the verge of making history as Africa's first elected female president. With just over...
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Lloyds in Talks to Merge Widows Fund Arm
Lloyds TSB bank is in talks with the Belgian-Dutch financial services group Fortis about a potential merger of their asset management businesses. French sources said that the Edinburgh-based Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), swallowed by...
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Man Accused of Murdering Woman Is First to Face Double Jeopardy Law
A man accused of murdering a woman in 1989 has become the first person in Britain to have his case referred to the Court of Appeal following reform of the double jeopardy law. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald QC, said yesterday that...
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Man Group Wins Auction for Remains of Refco with Pounds 157m Bid
The British hedge fund operator Man Group emerged triumphant yesterday from a bidding battle for the solvent remnants of the US brokerage Refco for $282m (pounds 157m) in cash. The acquisition of Refco's regulated futures brokerage business " regarded...
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MARKET REPORT: Takeover Speculation Breathes Life into Rexam
Rexam soared to an all-time high yesterday as City punters bet that the can maker could soon receive a takeover bid from a private- equity consortium. Shares in the world's largest drinks-can maker rose 15.5p to 512p as talk of a 550p-a-share offer circled...
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Meet Godzilla, Discovered at Last in the Andes
The fossilised bones of a giant sea creature nicknamed 'Godzilla' have been unearthed at the foot of the Andes mountains in Argentina.Scientists believe that the extinct creature was a top marine predator between 65 million and 250 million years ago...
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Meet Godzilla, Found at Last in the Andes
The fossilised bones of a giant sea monster nicknamed Godzilla have been unearthed at the foot of the Andes mountains in Argentina.Scientists believe that the extinct creature was a marine predator between 65 million and 250 million years ago when dinosaurs...
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Ministers Who Campaign for Greener Roads Are Still Driving 'Gas- Guzzlers'
The Government was accused of hypocrisy yesterday as ministers pleaded for greener vehicles while being chauffeur-driven in large 'gas- guzzling' cars. Official figures reveal that the Department for Transport agency providing the vehicles has failed...
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Modern Art's New Record: A $24M Cube
The art was modern, the appetite was voracious and the prices were sky-high. A 9ft-tall stainless steel sculpture by the American artist David Smith entitled Cubi XXVIII broke the record for modern art when it sold at auction in New York this week for...
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My Life in a Column: Q: 'Do You Feel You've Given Too Much of Yourself Away?' A: Yes. and Now I Want Some Back.'
Interviewer: 'It was a cold and windy night...' Emin: 'No it wasn't, it was a warm and balmy evening, with a gentle autumnal breeze. I was standing in the Hollywood Bowl " right up front, left of stage. The Stones gyrated only a few feet away. Ronnie...
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Mystery Bidder Rings Kingston's Number
The pace of consolidation in the telecoms industry accelerated yesterday when Kingston Communications, the Hull-based group, admitted it had received an approach. However, it cautioned that the approach, from an unnamed suitor, was 'conceptual' and there...
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Obitaury: ANTHONY LEWIS ; Militant Welsh Nationalist
The nationalist movement in Wales, like its counterparts in Scotland and Ireland, has always had its share of colourful characters who have added a whiff of sulphur to the bland pottage of constitutional politics. One such was Anthony Lewis, who spent...
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Obituary: GEORGE BRUMWELL ; Construction Workers' Leader
George Brumwell, former General Secretary of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, is credited with having rescued Ucatt from oblivion during the 1990s, when political infighting and financial mismanagement had called the future of...
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Obituary: PROFESSOR TED WRAGG ; Campaigning Educationist and Tease of Government in Merciless Newspaper Columns
To thousands of beleaguered teachers either struggling against spending cuts under the Conservatives or new initiatives under Labour, Ted Wragg's newspaper columns were the tonic that kept them going and brought a smile to their faces. Wragg, Emeritus...
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Our Sneaking Regard for Life's Scrappers
It was, by all accounts, not much of a fight " less a full-blown brawl than what footballers call handbags at 10 paces. A group of Labour MPs were in the Members' Lobby of the Commons on Tuesday. Barry Sheerman, a rock-solid Blairite, was said to have...
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OUTLOOK: ITV Makes Friends, but Is It Enough?
Why doesn't ITV just stick to its knitting, many in the City have been asking in irritation on learning that the company is close to buying Friends Reunited. The last time ITV attempted to diversify away from its core franchise in commercial television...
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OUTLOOK: The Rich Get Richer in Britain's Economic Renaissance but the Poor Get Poorer
It's hard to credit if for a moment you turn your back on the gleaming towers of Canary Wharf and instead look east across the rundown wasteland of London's former docks, but according to the latest annual survey of earnings, I apparently work in the...
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Parents Not Best Placed to Advise Children, Court Told
The idea that parents are always best placed to advise their children on contraception and abortion is out of out of date, the Family Planning Association told the High Court yesterday. The charity was appearing for the Government, which is facing a...
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Political Earthquake for Israel's Labour Party Sweeps Away Veteran Leader Peres Eres Defeat Plunges Sharon Govern Ment into Crisis Adoif Adsoifh Sdaoifasodf
Ariel Sharon's hopes of continuing at the head of a broad coalition government suffered a major blow yesterday when the union leader Amir Peretz toppled the veteran Labour leader Shimon Peres in one of the biggest Israeli political upsets of recent times....
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Pop: The Return of a Soul Genius ; STEVIE WONDER Abbey Road Studios LONDON HHHH
Playing live in the UK for the first time in 11 years to an audience of Radio 2 competition winners and assorted media and celebrities (Peter Kay, Sacha Cohen), the man who was born Steveland Judkins 55 years ago makes everything seem effortless. In...
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Prosecutions of Race Crimes in Britain Rise by a Third in a Year Prosecutions Outcry as Number Prosecuted for Race Crimes Rises by Third
The number of people prosecuted for race crime rose by nearly a third last year, fuelling anxiety that British Muslims are the victims of a backlash against international terrorism. A record 4,660 defendants were prosecuted for racially- aggravated offences...
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Prosecutions of Racist Crimes in Britain Rise by One-Third in a Year
The number of people prosecuted for race crime rose by nearly a third last year, fuelling anxiety that British Muslims are the victims of a backlash against international terrorism. A record 4,660 defendants were prosecuted for racially aggravated offences...
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Racing: Pipe Shows Trust in Class of Celtic Son
It is high time someone had a quiet word with this fellow Martin Pipe and showed him where he has been going wrong all these years. One of the elementary axioms of training is that you do not rush a horse back into action too soon after its return from...
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Remembrance: The Fallen of Iraq
Corporal Stephen Allbutt QUEEN'S ROYAL LANCERS DIED 25 MARCH 2003 On one day, two soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers were killed by 'friendly fire' when their Challenger 2 main battle tank was accidentally hit by another Challenger 2 during a battle...
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Richard Whiteley, 'The Ideal TV Man', Gets a Yorkshire Send-Off
Carol Vorderman paid tribute to the 'unique' Richard Whiteley yesterday as more than 2,000 people packed into York Minster to celebrate the life of the Countdown host. At times struggling to retain her composure, Ms Vorderman said: 'We loved him not...
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Rock and Pop: Babyshambles ; Down in Albion; ROUGH TRADE Iiii8
Down in Albion is a far better album than we have any right to expect from the tabloids' favourite dissolute folk devil. Were it not for the longueurs it settles into two-thirds through " around the time Pete Doherty and chums fall back on limp white-reggae...
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Rock and Pop: Cleaning Up Grime ; Urban Black Music Is Having a Torrid Time in the British Courts. CHRIS MUGAN Talks to the Pioneers of a Troubled Genre
These past few weeks have witnessed a succession of negative news stories for the UK's black music scene. A minor figure in So Solid Crew, Carl Morgan, was jailed for life for murder, while for his alleged involvement in the same case the band's frontman,...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Horne Set for Vital Debut against Kiwis
Richard Horne will finally get his Tri-Nations opportunity against New Zealand tomorrow. The Hull half-back has been named in Great Britain's squad for the match at Huddersfield that they must win to have a chance of surviving in the tournament. The...
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RUGBY UNION: Giteau Axed in Ruse to Unsettle England
The 2005 Wallabies must be one hell of a side, rather than a side in a hell of a state, if they can afford to drop an outside-half as potent as Matt Giteau to the bench and dump a wing as powerful as Wendell Sailor from their Test squad altogether. The...
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Sailing: Disney's Pirate Ship Sets Sail into the Unknown ; Cap'n Paul Cayard Is Aiming for a Second Volvo Ocean Race Win. Stuart Alexander Reports from Vigo
The skull and crossbones will fly defiantly and a crew of pirates will be given the freedom of the seas off Vigo, in north-west Spain, tomorrow. A black moustachioed Cap'n Paul Cayard is back to try to win his second Volvo Ocean Race at the helm of The...
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Sailing: Swashbucklers, Cliffhangers and the King of Spain's Choice: The Seven Boats Racing Round the Globe
ABN AMRO 1 Choosing Argentinian designer Juan Kouyoumdjian guaranteed an individual approach and having two boats meant that all his original ideas could be tested. Skipper Mike Sanderson has gathered a crew that are experienced, talented and bullet-proof....
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ScottishPower Profits Surge Puts the Heat on E.ON
ScottishPower increased the pressure on E.ON of Germany to pay a full price if it wants to take over the company by reporting a surge in first-half profits yesterday despite a dramatic slowdown in customer growth. The electricity and gas supplier added...
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Sexual Affairs between Pupils and Teachers 'Can Be Beneficial'
Britain should drop its moral outrage over sexual relationships between pupils and teachers and accept that an 'erotic charge' in the classroom can be an aid to teaching, a Sheffield University academic says. Pat Sikes, an education lecturer, has written...
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Singer K D Lang Sues Business Manager for 'Misusing Money'
The Grammy award-winning Canadian singer k d lang has become the latest in a string of entertainment personalities to sue her business manager, accusing the woman entrusted with her money of misusing hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of dollars...
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