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 February 6, 2006

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A Female Brit from over There Who Could Do Very Well over Here ; HATFIELD'S BEST IN SHOW VW JETTA
At last, an imaginative choice as head of a top London agency. New chief executive Alison Burns, below, joining JWT London from New York is a rare example of a choice from left field that makes perfect sense Although she spent her last two years as a...
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After Shell's Profits Gusher, All Eyes Turn to BP ; THE WEEK AHEAD
It is going to be a bumper week for company reporting with no fewer than 12 FTSE 100 stocks announcing either full year or quarterly figures. After Shell broke the UK record for corporate profits last week, all eyes will be on rival BP tomorrow as it...
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Arts: Here Comes Every Body. ; without the British Documentary Tradition, How Would We Know Who We Are? an Exhibition at Tate Liverpool Traces Our Changing National Identity. by Tom Lubbock
A Punch cartoon by Pont from the late 1930s. Two figures, holding clipboards, stand dwarfed in a huge baronial doorway. One raises a calming hand. Caption: "Please don't disturb yourselves, my good people. My friend and I are only studying conditions...
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Artspreviews: Jackson Is No Longer off the Wall ; Visual Arts MICHAEL JACKSON Proud Central LONDON WC2
Michael Jackson was recently caught on camera wearing traditional Arab women's dress on a shopping trip in Bahrain. Now, an exhibition of more than 60 photographs taken by the photographers Lynn Goldsmith and Harrison Funk at Proud Central will attempt...
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Artsreviews: Jazz ; RONNIE CUBER Ronnie Scott's LONDON ***
From time to time, a band arrive in London whose virtues lie not in any significant advancement of the jazz form but in simply being great exponents of the modern mainstream tradition. They tend to be from the US, and Ronnie Cuber's are one such outfit....
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Artsreviews: More in Anger Than in Sorrow, Cartoonist Stitches Up History ; THE MONDAY BOOK
SNATCHES JONATHAN CAPE, pounds 11.99. ORDER FOR pounds 10.99 (FREE P&P) ON 0870 079 8897 Though labelled a "first novel" by the cartoonist Martin Row- son, Snatches is more like a patchwork quilt. The afterword, rather disarmingly, admits it was written...
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Artsreviews: Shakespeare at Street Level ; Dance
RUMBLE Queen Elizabeth Hall LONDON **** Street dance is the reason to see Rumble, an updated Romeo and Juliet by the German company Renegade Theatre. In one solo, Marcel "Speedy" Gebhard flips into a handstand, then moves from hand to hand - not just...
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Artsreviews: Shakespeare at Street Level ; Pop
GOLDFRAPP Guildhal SOUTHAMPTON **** It seems surprising that, of all the trip-hop bands of the Nineties, Goldfrapp have had the biggest mainstream success. Portishead seemed to implode after their second album, and Lamb never managed to capture a wide...
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Artsreviews: Theatre ; MISSING PERSONS/BELIEVE WHAT YOU WILL Trafalgar Studios LONDON **/ ***
Beleaguered masculinity is a recurring theme in Missing Persons, a series of short verse-monologues in which the Irish author Colin Tee-van puts an ancient Greek slant on contemporary cases of men at bay. The combination of Teevan, with his creditable...
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Astronomers Shed Light on Mystery of 'Dark Matter'
British astronomers have come a step closer to understanding one of the most mysterious substances in the universe - the "dark matter" which acts as a kind of cosmic glue, holding galaxies together. New research into dark matter, believed to make up...
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Authorities 'Backed' Riots
Syrian protesters who burnt and looted the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus at the weekend were encouraged to organise by the Syrian authorities, and received text messages from Islamic study centres urging them to gather, according to participants...
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Ayling in Frame to Lead Sanctuary Back to Safety
Bob Ayling, the former chief executive of British Airways, has emerged as the favourite to take the chairman post at embattled music group Sanctuary. The company will appoint a chairman after completing a pounds 110m rescue rights issue. Mr Ayling, 58,...
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Basketball: Raiders Stun Sharks to Maintain Revival
Plymouth Raiders' storming start to 2006 continued with an 87-78 British Basketball League victory over Sheffield at The Pavilions on Saturday night to record a second win in a week over the Sharks. The Raiders won only two games in the league until...
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Blow-by-Blow Account of True Boxing Phenomenon ; Book of the Week Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey C Ward (Pimlico, Paperback Pounds 8.99)
Long before the "bling" of Floyd Mayweather Jnr, the bombastic James Toney, and the primeval brutality of the younger Mike Tyson' before the mercurial and audacious Muhammad Ali and the chilling destructiveness of Sonny Liston and George Foreman. Before...
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Britain Could Start Pulling out of Iraq in May, US General Reveals
British troops could start withdrawing troops from Iraq within months, a senior American general has suggested. Brigadier-General Mark Kimmitt of the US Central Command said the American-led coalition would be happy to reduce troop numbers as local security...
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Business Survey Points to 3.4 per Cent Growth in UK
The UK economy is set to accelerate over the course of the year, according to a report published today that will strengthen the consensus view that the Bank of England will leave interest rates on hold this week. A survey of optimism among business leaders...
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Cable & Wireless Set to Lose Finance Chief
Charles Herlinger, the finance director of Cable & Wireless, could soon become the second boardroom casualty of the telecom company's poor performance. Mr Herlinger is under pressure to go after the company admitted last week that its financial results...
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Case Summaries
6 FEBRUARY2006. The following notes of judgments were prepared by Kate O'Hanlon, Barrister: Ecclesiastical law Re Emmanuel Church, Bentley' Arches Ct of Canterbury (Dean Sheila Cameron QC, Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC, Chancellor Timothy Briden) 22 Nov...
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'Confident and Original' Moss Tops Best-Dressed List Again
Kate Moss is the globe's best-dressed woman, while Jodie Marsh has earned the condemnation of the fashion world for the crime of undersized boob tubes. For the third time in a row the 32-year-old Moss, who returned from a self-imposed exile in America...
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CONGO BRINGING JUSTICE TO THE HEART OF DARKNESS ; the Mineral-Rich Country Has Been Riven by Tribal Warfare in Which Three Million Died. but Now There Is Hope That War Crimes Trials Will Bring Those Responsible to Justice
"C'tait beau ici," says a Congolese, on entering the little town of Nyakunde. It is easy to see how the town might indeed once have been beautiful. The town nestles amidst soft green hills. Banana trees and oil palms, acacia and eucalyptus grow in profusion....
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Days like Those: Matthew Has Suffered an Absolute Cataclysm: Johnny Rotten, Icon of Rebellious Youth, Is 50
According to Matthew's parents, their son's fixation with ageing goes back to his 19th birthday, when he spontaneously entered a mid- life crisis on the presentation of the cake. But while there is no question that he has for many years been morbidly...
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Design Museum Chief Forced out after Clash with Conran
The former director of the Design Museum was forced to resign after clashing with its founder over plans for an overhaul of the institution. Alice Rawsthorn, who stood down as director last week, was critical of proposals to link the Thames-side museum...
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Differences with Conran Led Museum Chief to Quit
The former director of the Design Museum was forced to resign after clashing with its founder over plans for an overhaul of the institution. Alice Rawsthorn, who stood down as director last week, was critical of proposals to link the Thames-side museum...
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DILEMMAS: Phoebe and Her Fianc Long to Marry, but They Can't Face Inviting Certain Relatives to the Wedding. They're Tempted to Do It All in Secret - but Would They Be Missing Out?
Virginia says I don't think Phoebe and her fianc have got the hang of this marriage thing at all. The days that people got married "in secret" were the days when women wore bustles and men wore top hats and watch-chains. True, there may be some couples...
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Editorial & Opinion: A Laudable Idea That Failed ; CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY
All sides are tuning up in advance of the Government's expected announcement about the future of the Child Support Agency. John Hutton, the Work and Pensions Secretary, yesterday dismissed as "speculation" reports that absent parents might have their...
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Editorial & Opinion: There Is No Crisis until All the Talking Has Stopped ; IRAN
The dispute between the West and Iran over its nuclear programme seems to be pro-I ceeding along an all too predictable course. The International Atomic Energy Agency voted to report Iran to the UN Security Council for suspected violations of the nuclear...
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Education Reforms 'May Conflict with Human Rights Legislation'
Tony Blair faced a fresh rebuke over his education reforms after an influential committee of MPs and peers warned they could conflict with human rights legislation. Members of the joint parliamentary committee on human rights said the creation of independent...
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Europe Is Sleepwalking towards a Trade War with China, Warn UK Retailers
Europe is "sleepwalking" into a multi-billion pound trade war with China on the back of a ground swell of protectionism among Continental industries struggling to compete with low-price imports, British companies are warning. In a week's time, a committee...
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Feminist Author Betty Friedan Dies on 85th Birthday
Betty Friedan, whose pioneering book, The Feminine Mystique, ignited the modern women's rights movement in the US in 1963 and opened the door to advances in sexual equality that today are largely taken for granted, died on her 85th birthday on Saturday...
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Final-Salary Pension Rules 'Risk Cash Crisis at One on Five Firms'
One in five companies that still run final salary pension schemes face a cashflow crisis because of the Government's regulation system, the CBI said today. The employers' federation said there was a "real danger" that new rules on funding schemes would...
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First They Killed the Radio Stars, Now It's the Video Stores, Next It's DVDs
Maybe the time has finally come for Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes to get together again to explain what is happening in broadcasting, assuming they are both still alive. Now, those who have been involved in broadcasting over the past 40 years might well...
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Football: Allardyce Gives Voice to His Frustrations
BOLTON WANDERERS 1 WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 While others might have them in mind for every job in football that becomes available, Sam Allardyce and Paul Jewell have enough to keep them occupied in getting a team on the field at their current clubs. Whatever...
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Football: Anger at Ibrox as Rangers Suffer Cup Humiliation ; SCOTLAND
Rangers' most realistic hope of atrophy vanished on Saturday when they were com-prehensively knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Hibernian. The 3-0 defeat led to angry scenes after the game when around 200 supporters gathered outside Ibrox to voice their...
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Football: Beckham at Forefront of the Real Revival Show ; EUROPE
Ronaldo returned from injury to score, Zinedine Zidane hit the target twice and David Beckham was given a standing ovation when substituted late on as Real Madrid beat Espanyol 4-0 on Saturday night at the Bernabeu. Guti also scored for Madrid, for their...
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Football: Benitez Enraged by Robben's Reactions
The beautiful game? Hmmm. At half-time they paraded Peter Osgood - "the king of Stamford Bridge". Next to Roman Abramovich in the West Stand boxes sat Gianfranco Zola. On the pitch Chelsea played Liverpool. A meeting of the Premiership's two most successful...
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Football: Benitez Fury at Robben after Chelsea Crush Last Title Hopes
CHELSEA 2 LIVERPOOL 0 Stinging criticism from Rafael Benitez has become about as rare as a Chelsea home defeat, but Arjen Robben was left in no doubt last night that the Liverpool manager considers him a "diver" whose theatrical reaction to a hand in...
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Football: Coppell Gives Bold Crewe Seal of Approval
CREWE ALEXANDRA 3 READING 4 Crewe Alexandra were put up for sale this week and a controlling stake is yours for just pounds 8m. For the future of this tradition-rich club, it has to be hoped that potential own-ers were watching a surprisingly entertaining...
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Football: Costly Eto'o Mistake Sends Ivorians Through
Tomorrow's first semi-final in the African Nations' Cup will be another tense, west African affair but Nigeria's game against Ivory Coast will do well to equal, let alone better, the drama involved in the progress of both teams. Both Saturday's quarterfinals...
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Football: Crespo's Crushing Form and Reina Red Card Hit Liverpool
CHLESEA 2 LIVERPOOL 0 By the time that the Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina went straight through the legs of Eidur Gudjohnsen and then slapped Arjen Robben in the face to ensure a red card, the battle for Rafael Benitez's team was already lost, the Premiership...
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Football: Defoe Hits Decisive Double to Defy Critics
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1 Jermain Defoe did his World Cup hopes a power of good as he struck twice in front of the watching Tord Grip yesterday to give Tottenham a much-needed League victory, after a three-game winless streak, in their...
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Football: Diaby and Adebayor Hint at Brighter Arsenal Future
BIRMINGHAM CITY 0 ARSENAL 2 You win nothing with kids. Alan Hansen has never lived down his damning verdict as Manchester United began the era of Beckham, Scholes and Neville by crashing at Aston Villa. Across the Second City, Arsenal's kindergarten...
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Football: Gibson the Model Chairman Faces Fans' Fury on McClaren
MIDDLESBROUGH 0 ASTON VILLA 4 Boardroom votes of confidence are usually up there with fake sheikhs and fan phone-ins in any manager's Room 101. But the manner in which Steve McClaren received his backing on Saturday night gave him a straw to cling on...
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Football: Lewis Lives off Scraps to Feed Leeds' Promotion Hunger
LEEDS UNITED 2 QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS 0 Kevin Blackwell has recruited wisely in every position in rebuilding Leeds United so astutely but nowhere more effectively than on the left wing. Not for the first time, it was the qualities of the American, Eddie...
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Football: No Regrets as Greening Lifts Baggies
WESTBROMWICH 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 If the stricken Middlesbrough manager, Steve McClaren, is looking for moral support from the old boys' network in his hour of need, he will not find it in the words of Jonathan Greening. West Bromwich Albion's Riverside-reared...
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Football: Patience Pays off for Pardew
WEST HAM UNITED 2 SUNDERLAND 0 This was Alan Pardew's 150th match in charge of West Ham United, which is a landmark few predicted he would reach after Sun- derland's last visit to Upton Park last April. Then Sun-derland won and celebrated the Championship...
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Football: Reawakening of United's Attacking Flair Rewarded by Timely Coleman Tribute
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 FULHAM 2 History shapes Manchester United. Today Old Trafford commemorates the 48th anniversary of the Munich air disaster that cost 23 lives and embedded the club into a nation's consciousness, while in times of Chelsea's inexorable...
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Football: Riihilahti's Paybackfor Palace's Support in Injury Crisis
CRYSTAL PALACE 1 CARDIFF CITY 0 With his new national team manager, Roy Hodgson, a keen spectator, the Finnish midfielder Aki Riihilahti made the perfect comeback from a four-month injury lay-off to score a goal that kept Crystal Palace in the hunt for...
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Football: Robben's Reaction Reflects a Grim Reality
At times Arjen Robben's commitment to the Chelsea cause has been questioned. The winger's mental state was even raised last season because of an apparent unwillingness to play unless he was fully fit when his teammates were turning out with lingering...
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Football: Royle in Raptures over Display by Ipswich Young Guns
NORWICH CITY 1 IPSWICH TOWN 2 Many of Ipswich Town's failings this season have been blamed on inexperience, but two 18-year-olds came to the fore to win a colourful East Anglian derby yesterday. Livewire academy graduate Danny Haynes had a hand in the...
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Football: Shearer Hails 'Special' Reaction to Breaking Milburn's Goal Record
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 PORTSMOUTH 0 Today marks the official opening of the Newcastle United Museum. For a club still rooted in its glorious past and, at the same time, facing an uncertain future, it is rather apt that the long suffering pilgrims to St James'...
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Football: Torres Ends Barcelona's Run with Double Strike
Fernando Torres, the striker Tottenham were chasing in the January transfer window, scored twice last night as Atletico Madrid ended Barcelona's 14-match winning run in La Liga with a 3-1 victory at the Nou Camp. Torres' double, which took the striker's...
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Football: Weir Winner Puts Bad Memories Firmly in the Past
EVERTON 1 MANCHESTER CITY 0 The first three months of Everton's season are beginning to feel like no more than a bad dream. A nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions since losing to Liverpool in the Mer seyside derby at the end of December has seen...
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Golf: Woods' Dynamism Denies Els in Play-Off
Of all Tiger Woods's 65 victories, none has owed more to his unique competitive instinct than this, his first Desert Classic. Indeed, in beating Ernie Els in a playoff, the world No 1 underlined that genius has as much to do with the force of will as...
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HIGHBROW ; How Porn Got Posh an Avalanche of New Erotic Fiction Is Crashing Open the Bedroom Door Left Politely Closed by Barbara Cartland. Upmarket Readers Are Hungry for 'Stimulatingly Real' Narratives - and the Publishers Are Only Too Happy to Supply It
Barbara Cartland, the grand old dame of English romance, made a career out of leaving her readers outside the bedroom door. A new breed of women writers, however, is inviting them in to swing from the lampshade and anything else that grabs their fancy...
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If d'Ancona Gets the Job, He'll Have Neil as a Very Interested Spectator
It has taken longer to find a new editor of The Spectator than it did to find a new Pope, but the wait is nearly over. Almost everyone who has followed this saga assumes that the new occupant of this great office will be Matthew d'Ancona, the deputy...
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'Independent' Christmas Appeal Raises Pounds 245,093
Pessimism is a luxury of the rich. So said one of the women set to benefit from The Independent's 2005 Christmas Appeal, which has now closed, having collected a total of pounds 245,093. The woman concerned was a human rights worker trying to stop "honour...
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Industry Fears It Will Be Hit by Fresh Drive to Cut Emissions
Electricity generators have warned that placing an even greater burden on the sector to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, under a forthcoming official plan, will threaten Britain's already struggling power network. Power stations and other heavy users...
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INSIDE STORY: Drawn into the Row ; Danish Cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed Have Provoked Anger across the Muslim World. but Where - If Anywhere - Should Political Cartoonists Draw the Line?
DAVE BROWN, THE INDEPENDENT: ARIEL SHARON The Ariel Sharon cartoon was definitely the most controversial thing I've done. There wouldn't have been half the fuss if the Israeli embassy hadn't complained. They started a campaign, and by the end people...
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'Iran Is Only Going Down the Path of Nuclear Enrichment to Make a Bomb' ; the Monday Interview Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East) Foreign Office
"Would you like green tea?" The question from the Labour MP for Pontypridd is unexpected. But green tea has become Kim Howels' beverage of choice since he took over as minister of state responsible for the Middle East, Afghanistan and South Asia last...
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Israel Hands over Pounds 30m to Palestinian Authority
Israel has handed over 250 million shekels (pounds 30m) in frozen tax and customs revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. But it insisted that further monthly payments would depend on what kind of government emerged from Hamas's surprise...
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It'll Be All Riots on the Night ; for James Brown, Founder of Loaded, the Chance to Present a Documentary on Mob Culture Was a Gift. the Reality Was Somewhat Different
The big difference between editing magazines and presenting a documentary series is the public. With magazines your readers send you e-mails, with TV the punters just burst in at every opportunity desperate to know what's going on and how the can in...
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It's What You Do on the Day That Counts' ; Britain's Chances of Winter Olympic Glory in Turin' the Inspirational Genius of Gene Kely' Dancing on Ice and a New Generation of Talent' Freedom of Expression in the Theatrical World
The Winter Olympics in Turin this month will be your seventh as a member of the BBC's commentary team. What is the most exhilarating performance you have witnessed in that time? There have been a few, not least working in the commentary box in Sarajevo...
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'I Used to Say Super a Lot, but I Eliminated That 30 Years Ago' ; the 5-Minute Interview Sir David Frost Broadcaster
Sir David Frost, 66, per-forms at the Leicester Comedy Festival on 16 February. 'An Audience With Sir David Frost'is at 7.30pm in The Little Theatre Performing at the Leicester Comedy Festival will bring back memories because... I used to do one man...
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K-19 Submariner 'Saved the World', Gorbachev Tells Nobel Committee
A disgraced Soviet submarine captain played by Harrison Ford in the Hollywood thriller K-19: The Widow-maker has posthumously been put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize for averting a Chernobyl- style nuclear explosion at the height of the Cold War....
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Labour MEPs Urged to Oppose 'Dangerous' Directive
Labour's biggest single financial donor will today urge the party's MEPs to think again about their support for the "eco JQ nomically disastrous" European Services Directive. Derek Simpson, general secretary of the Amicus union, will tell the Labour...
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Letters to the Editor: Cartoons Row Shows Both Islam and the West at Their Worst
Sir: This whole debacle over the blasphemous satirical images of the Holy Prophet of Islam illustrates the worst of both Muslim and Western culture. First we have the cartoons themselves and the decision of various European organs to publish them. A...
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LIFE&CULTURE: It's All Going Downhill ; Is It Possible to Ski without Ruining the Environment? as Millions of Us Prepare to Jet off to the Slopes, Many Resorts Are Finally Taking Responsibility for the Fragile Ecosystems They Depend on. but, as Simon Birch Reports, It May Be Too Little Too Late
With the Turin Winter Olympics kicking off on Friday, the world's media will be focussing on the events and drama unfolding on the icy slopes of the Italian Alps. As competitors try to smash as many world records as possible, off camera the Games' organisers...
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Massive Gas Price Hike Condemned by Consumer Groups
British Gas is under pressure to abandon plans for its biggest- ever price rise, that would see gas bills leap by up to a quarter. Furious consumer groups condemned the company after its plans emerged for a price hike more than 10 times the rate of inflation....
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MEDIA DIARY: Sky's the Limit for Tony's Cronies
IF THERE'S one aspect of media life that worries me to bits, it is the fear that the relationship between the Government and Rupert Murdoch isn't as close as it should be. It is months now since Tony Blair was last recorded showing the requisite level...
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Modern Life Has Turned Me into Liz Hurley ; THE KITCHEN CAPITALS
The story so far: the author has sold his house to finance a manufacturing project in the hope of making a small fortune to finance his old age... Starting a business like this, you come across an England you had failed to spot coming into existence....
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My Life in Media
When he hit 60in 2004, the veteran newsreader John Suchet retired from our screens, following a 30-year career as a reporter and newsreader at ITN. From tonight he will present Five News evening bulletins Monday to Wednesday. He is also Beethoven's biggest...
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My Mentor: Graham Smith on Paul Jackson ; 'He Gives You Freedom, Trusts You and If There Is a Problem He's Very Supportive'
Paul was already a bit of a legend when I went to work for him at Noel Gay TV in the early Nineties. Having come up through the ranks of BBC light entertainment, he'd boldly thrown his lot in with oiks and brought alternative comedy to our screens with...
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Newsquest in Pole Position to Swoop on Northcliffe Titles ; PRESS REGIONALS as the Battle for Daily Mail and General Trust's Prized Newspaper Group Hots Up, the UK's Second-Largest Regional Publisher Is Preparing a Pounds 1.5bn Bid. Ian Burrell Studies the Small Print
Two months after the Daily Mail and General Trust released the bombshell news that it was to sell off the regional newspaper arm of its business, a clear front-runner has emerged in the race to acquire some of the most famous titles in British journalism....
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No News Is Good News
The really interesting question about the cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed is why some respectable European newspapers chose to publish them while (at the time of writing) all British titles chose not to.One reason might be that our own newspapers have...
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Not All Central Banks Understand That the Conventional Wisdom on Inflation Is Redundant
All theories are simplifications of reality. All theories must, also, be potentially falsifiable. If not, they fail as theories: they become no more than acts of faith. Newtonian gravity was a simplification of reality that was ultimately falsified by...
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OBITUARIES: Last of the 'Kardomah Boys'
In his 1965 Life of Dylan Thomas, Constantine Fitzgibbon, the official biographer of the Welsh poet, writes, "Charles Fisher was one of Dylan's closest Swansea' friends of my youth'". He also claims that "Charles Fisher was more than just a journalist...
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Obituaries: Reid: Quick Wits and a Mischievous Sense of Humour
Derek Reid was perhaps the only Englishman in recent times who could go for a walk and, at least in the right season, find his namesake in the grass at every step. Hygrocybereidii, known in English as the Honey Waxcap, is an attractive orange toadstool....
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Obituaries: Spirited B-Movie Heroine
Filmgoers of the Forties will have fond memories of the actress Jean Parker as the shapely, spirited heroine of a series of vigorous B-movies. Produced by the team of William C. Pine and William H. Thomas (known as "The Dollar Bills"), they usually had...
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OC Hits TV with Hard Sell ; Record Sums Paid by Broadcasters for Rights to Screen the Turin Winter Games, Starting This Week, and Beijing in 2008 Reveal the Growing Power Wielded by Olympics Organisers over the Sector. Richard Gillis Reports
The prospect of watching snow-based manoeuvres before the spectacular Italian Alps offers sports fans relief from the traditional midwinter diet of football, football and football. Over the next two weeks the Winter Olympics in Turin will create new...
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Of Course Press Freedom Matters, but the Sacred in All Religions Deserves Respect
The Independent once published a cartoon that gravely offended Muslim readers. It happened in the early 1990s when I was editor. The artist had placed some Arabic calligraphy on to a Saudi Arabian flag. Unfortunately it was read as an insult to the Prophet...
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Oil Explorer's Investors Excited over Good News in the Pipeline ; Small Talk"
This year looks set to be a year of action at Cambrian Oil & Gas. Shares in the Kyrgyzstan-focused explorer have been actively traded over the past week and gossips reckon a positive update is on the way (possibly as early as this week) from its Beshkent-Togap...
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Oo-Er, Missus: The Top Gay Ads ; ANALYSIS GAY ADVERTS Jamie Crick of Gaydar Radio and Jason Jones of the Rainbow Network Take a Homoerotic Trip Down Memory Lane
1 CalvinKlein Al campaigns 1982-present Ever since he plastered a sundrenched, emotionally unavailable beefcake onto a Times Square billboard back in 1982, Calvin Klein has taken gay desire into the mainstream, not only making the male body unavoidably...
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Pandora: A Refreshingly Old-Fashioned Controversy
I think at this time of religious controversy we ought to eavesdrop on the gods again, so here are the minutes of the latest session of the United Deities... 1. The chairgod said that under Any Other Business someone had asked if they could discuss the...
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Racing: Loughran Redeemed by Polished House Show
A season apparently doomed by the fragility of horses could yet find deliverance in a story of human frailty and redemption. On Saturday the abrupt loss of Lingo, who broke a leg during exercise at home, prolonged a sequence of disasters that had already...
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Radio&television: Double-Click Your Fun ; THE WEEKEND'S TV the IT Crowd FRICHANNEL4 Boris Johnson and the Dream of Rome SAT BBC2
Apparently, Graham Line-han wanted Channel 4 to precede screenings of The IT Crowd with a title card warning that there would be "No strong language or violence from the start", a marker of his ambition to produce a comedy much sweeter in tone and demeanour...
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Revealed: Why the Sparrows Are Dying Out
Me old cock sparrer, we may have cracked it. New evidence is pointing at a solution to the greatest wildlife mystery of recent years - why the house sparrow, Britain's most familiar bird, has been vanishing from London and other towns and cities. Many...
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Royal Pips Sarkozy as Favourite to Lead France
The prospect of a woman being elected President of France next spring has moved from curiosity to distinct possibility, according to a poll published today. Could that woman also be, something virtually unheard of on the French Left, a Blairiste? The...
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Rugby: Dallaglio Power Inspires England Juggernaut's Message to the World
ENGLAND 47 Tries: Cueto, Moody, Tindall, Dallaglio, Dawson, Voyce Conversions: Hodgson 2, Goode 2 Penalties: Hodgson 3 HALF-TIME: 15-10 WALES 13 Try:MWilliams Conversion: S Jones Penalties: S Jones 2 The world loves a winner, except when England win...
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Rugby: Hadden Proves to Be a Man of the People
It has been not so much as a coach as in a coach that Frank Hadden has savoured the unique experience of the Six Nations. "I've been on the bus with the lads from the club to Dublin, Cardiff, Twickenham and Paris," Scotland's head coach of 10 months...
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Rugby: Hodgson's Creativity Opens New Doors for Robinson
Even with the old pin-up boy, Lawrence Dallaglio, strutting on and off the field as though he was auditioning for a remake of Gladiator, England were never in danger of becoming too sexy for their shirts. But then so what? England, maybe for the first...
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Rugby: Lamont Leads Ravenous Scots to Historic Upset
SCOTLAND 20 Tries Lamont 2 Conversions: Paterson 2 Penalties: Paterson 2 HALF -TIME 13-3 FRANCE 16 Tries: Bonnaire, Bruno Penalties: Elissalde 2 ATTENDANCE: 60,000 If all history is bunk do not tell it to Scotland, who made a tartan-wrapped chunk of...
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Rugby: O ' Driscoll Stamping Ban
IRELAND 26 Tries: Flannery, Bowe. Conversions: O'Gara 2. Penalties: 0'Gara4. HALFTIME10-10 ITALY 16 Tries: Mirco Bergamasco. Conversion: Pez. Penalties: Pez 2, Griffen. ATTENDANCE: 49,500 This should have been exciting, instead it was all citing and...
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Slick and Chic, but DKNY Is Still Solidly Commercial
Slick black tailoring for the urban woman on the DKNY catwalk and the prospect of the launch of yet another celebrity-designed fashion label - this time by the rapper LL Cool J - signaled that it is business as usual at New York fashion week, which opened...
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Soldiers Steeling Themselves for Return to Front Line
For some of the soldiers of the 20th Armoured Brigade, scheduled to go to Iraq in April and May, this will be the third and in some cases, fourth tour of duty. As speculation over a withdrawal timetable mounts, there is general agreement that the dangers...
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Stop Cringing and Stand Up for Our Own Values
The embattled Danish newspaper has performed a valuable public service. It may have caused mayhem across several continents' is this first globalised riot? But the cartoons did not create the tension. They merely highlighted it. They have forced Europe...
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Stop Draining Resources ; THE GREEN GODDESS
At this time of year I don't often venture out on my roof terrace except to tend occasionally to my worm compost bin. This is a complicated, fairly athletic procedure involving my climbing up a steep ladder and crossing onto my next door neighbour's...
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Super Bowl Bans Animal Rights Campaign on Milk
Declaring war on milk is a cause unlikely to win many converts. On the other hand, depicting nubile young women getting drunk and pulling their tops off is more or less guaranteed to hold the momentary attention of at least 50 per cent of the planet....
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The Art of Being Nicely Incisive ; RADIO 'TODAY' James Naughtie Is the Less Confrontational Half of Radio News's Great Double Act, but Interviewees Find He Is No Soft Touch. He Talks to Ian Burrell about Life on 'Today'
James Naughtie sits beside plates of cold, discarded toast on the sofa in the Today programme Green Room, the spot where his guests are left to prepare themselves before facing his interrogation. Though it has been said that Naughtie is a gentle interviewer,...
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The Dark Secret Behind the Property Boom
In Britain, the middle classes have a new narcotic of choice - property. Every swanky dinner party is dominated by incessant chatter about mortgages and garages and patio extensions. Every TV show seems to feature Sarah Beeny or Kirsty All-sop-or their...
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The Double Standards over Free Speech
This staged clash of fundamentalisms now has an audience of billions. The climax is likely to be grisly. European journalists have got the show fight they wanted, Flemming Rose, the culture editor of Denmark's Jyllands-Posten, sought out controversial...
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