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 7, 2006

A BETTER BAROM ; INDY 100 the Independent Today Launches a New Share Index, the Indy 100, Designed to Reflect the Health of the Economy. Stephen Foley Explains Which Stocks Made It, Which Didn't, and Why Britain's New Stock Market Bellwethers
Members of the Indy 100 range in size from a company worth pounds 137bn to one worth barely one thousandth of that. Relative tiddlers such as the Harry Potter book group Bloomsbury Publishing, the takeaway chain Domino's Pizza and the funeral homes business...
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A Generation Still Trying to Grow Up
This week the television presenter Anne Diamond will admit on Celebrity Fit Club that she has reduced her weight with the help of a surgical procedure, technically known as a "sparetyrecto-my". Last week Ann Widde-combe was protesting about an NHS sexual...
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AL LEWIS ; Grandpa in 'The Munsters'
Dressed in a high-collared black cape and chomping on cigars, the actor Al Lewis found lasting fame as a 378-year-old vampire in the 1960s American television sitcom The Munsters. As Grandpa, a member of the ghoulish suburban family of monsters living...
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Amid the Squalor of Cit Soleil, Haitians Hope Elections Could Be Their Salvation
In the quiet hills above the madness that is Haiti's teeming capital, Ren Prval chooses his words carefully as he speaks of the future. Here, amid the gardens lush with bright bougainvilla and safe behind high metal gates, it is possible to stand in...
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Arts Previews: Clarinets Are So Last Millennium ; Classical
HEADSPACE The Sage GATESHEAD For his recital at Darting-ton Summer School last year, Professor John Kenny picked up in turn an alphorn, a conch, an ocarina, three recorders, three types of trombone, sundry stones and the instrument he'd brought back...
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A Sad Numbers Game
Sadly, it didn't take long to get from 100 to 101. Last Thursday, Trooper Carl Smith, right, was killed south of Basra as a result of a road accident, although his death did not receive anything like as much coverage as that of Corporal Gordon Pritchard,...
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Autonomy's Growth Story Still One to Back ; THE INVESTMENT COLUMN
In the modern world there is an amazing array of technology which helps us create, share and distribute information in electronic form. But there is surprisingly little that helps us sift through it effectively and find the parts we need. This is where...
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BBC and ITV Split Spoils in Feast for Armchair Fans
England's armchair fans can begin to get excited and Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan can start booking their hotels for the summer after the BBC and ITV confirmed their plans for shared coverage of the World Cup finals in Germany yesterday. The BBC have...
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'Big Brother Crept Up on Us. 1984 Happened, but They Did It Sneakily ; the 5-Minute Interview David Bailey Photographer
The photographer David Bailey, 68, is exhibiting at the Olympus Inheritance Exhibition which starts its national tour from 16 February at the Music Rooms, in South Molton Lane, London. For more information go to www.olympus.co.uk At the Olympus Inheritance...
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Big Man Needs Small Car ; CAR CHOICE
Brent Charlesworth has a 1.6-litre Astra estate. It has been an excellent car but he wants to replace it with something smaller and more economical to run. He also wants low exhaust emissions. The added complication is that "small" cars are a problem:...
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Blair in Climbdown over Education Plan to Buy off Rebel MPs
A climbdown by Tony Blair and Ruth Kelly on reforms to schools has bought off most of the Labour rebels who were threatening to vote against the Government over fears about a return to 11-plus selection. The main concessions included a guarantee that...
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Breaks with Traditon ; Hip-Hop Dance Has Moved Up from the Streets and into the Mainstream. So Matilda Egere-Cooper Thinks It's about Time We Knew a Body-Pop from a Pirouette
Elements of hip-hop have invaded every facet of popular culture, and hip-hop dance has now entered the sophisticated dance world, its vibrancy and adaptability changing choreography in the process. Street dance thrived in the US alongside the birth of...
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British Nuclear Group's Pounds 300m Privatisation Delayed over Dowry
The privatisation of British Nuclear Group, the state-owned company which runs the Sell-afield nuclear waste reprocessing plant in Cumbria, has been delayed until the end of the year. The sale, which is expected to raise pounds 200m-pounds 300m, had...
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Caught in the Nick of Time ; LAST NIGHT'S TV
Life on Mars BBC1 The Thick of It BBC2 Did the back streets of Manchester have double yellow lines in 1973? I doubt it. And those metal things that likely lads wore on the soles of their shoes, were they really called blakeys? About 35 miles away, where...
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Chess
The 4th Gibtelecom Masters finished in the Hotel Caleta in Gibraltar on Thursday in victory for the Bulgarian Kiril Georgiev on a magnificent 8.5/10. He was folowed by Emil Sutovsky (Israel) and England's Nigel Short on 7.5, seven players on 7/10 and...
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Creativity
Stalls, displays and curiosities at a bizarre bazaar. An exhibition of wanton extravagance: Imelda Marcos's complete lifetime shoe collection, customised Harley-David-sons, royal wedding dresses, the Taj Mahal, Kubla Khan's stately pleasure dome in Xanadu,...
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Death Toll Rises as Kenyan Tribes Battle over Water
The battle for water in the drought-hit north of Kenya has sparked tribal conflicts leaving dozens dead in recent weeks and the death toll is growing daily, aid agencies have warned. More aid is needed urgently in drought-hit areas to prevent further...
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Estonian Oil Spill Threatens 35,000 Birds
Up to 35,000 birds, including snow geese, gulls and swans, may die as a result of an oil spill in the frozen waters off Estonia's northwest coast. Also threatened are rare white-tailed eagles and eagle owls, which have ingested oil after eating stricken...
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Even Ian Paisley Has Stopped Saying 'Never'
The fog of war may be clearing in Northern Ireland as the violence dwindles, but enough mist is still swirling around to ensure that yesterday's new talks in Belfast opened amid notably low expectations. The basic architecture of post-troubles Northern...
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Five Companies That Give a Flavour of the Index
Bloomsbury Publishing One of the smallest companies in the Indy 100, Bloomsbury is the publishing house behind the Harry Potter books, one of the UK's most high-profile export phenomena. The company's other authors now include the quintessentially English...
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Football: Campbell Must Find New Dimension of Responsibility
The queue of football men lining up to tell us how we should get behind Sol Campbell in his troubles lengthens by the day. Bob Wilson, the former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper, says that Campbell is both an exceptional player and a man - far "deeper"...
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Football: Campbel Must Find New Dimension of Responsibility
The queue of football men I lining up to tell us how we should get behind Sol Campbell in his troubles lengthens by the day. Bob Wilson, the former Arsednal and Scotland goalkeeper, says that Campbell is both an excepdtional player and a man - far o...
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Football: Campbel's Return Prompts More Support from England Team- Mates
As Sol Campbell returned to training yesterday at Arsenal after taking leave for personal reasons, two of his England team-mates, Rio Ferdinand and David Beckham, publicly gave him their support. Campbell, 31, who returned to England on a Eurostar train...
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Football: Chelsea Players Unhappy at Robben's 'Embarrassing' Fall
Chelsea launched a defence of Arjen Robben last night as he faced widespread criticism for his part in the controversial dismissal of Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina on Sunday, but privately the club are understood to be unhappy at how the Dutch winger...
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Football: Chelsea Players Unhappy at Robben's 'Embarrassing' Fall ; Campbell the Hideaway Gunner Drives Back into the Firing Line
Chelsea launched a defence of Arjen Robben last night as he faced widespread criticism for his part in the controversial dismissal of Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina on Sunday, but privately the club are understood to be unhappy at the Dutch winger's...
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Football: Holloway on Gardening Leave after Leicester Link ; FOOTBALL
Ian Holloway's colourful tenure at Queen's Park Rangers looks to be over after he was placed on "gardening leave" following reports linking him to the vacant manager's job at Leicester City. Holloway's suspension is the latest in a series of controversies...
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Football: King Reigns Supreme to Stun Blades ; FOOTBALL
SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 WATFORD 4 The former Leeds coach Adie Boothroyd delivered just the result his old employers wanted when his Watford side inflicted a first home Championship defeat of the season on Sheffield United, who were forced to play for more...
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Football: Milutinovic Hovers as Unfancied Nations Look to Semi- Final
For the ancient Egyptians, the cawing of a raven was said to foretell death' these days the most feared sound in Cairo - among coaches at least - is the throaty chuckle of a charismatic Serb Bora Milutinovic, who has hardly made a secret of his desire...
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Football: Pittsburgh Deliver on Bettis' Date with Destiny ; AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Sporting destiny was fulfilled here on Sunday night, when the Pittsburgh Steel-ers defeated the Seattle Sea-hawks 21-10 to lift Super Bowl XL before a crowd of 68,000, 60,000 of whom seemed to have made the short 400-mile journey from Western Pennsylvania...
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Football: Robben's Sham Betrays a Great Talent and the Game Which Has Nurtured It
When Arjen Robben first emerged as a Chelsea superstar he addressed with some patience but admirable firmness the question of whether he was the new Johan Cruyff. To the disappointment of his BBC interrogator, he said the proposition was absurdly premature,...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for the Toulouse central midfielder Achille Emana. "My agent told me Arsenal was interested, I know they have watched me play," Emana said. "That would be great [to join Arsenal], but it is the coach...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL The club have been linked with a summer move for the Toulouse central midfielder Achille Emana. "My agent told me Arsenal were interested, I know they have watched me play," Emana said. "That would be great [to join Arsenal], but it is the coach...
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Four Die in Afghanistan as Anti-Danish Protests Rage
Four people were killed and 19 injured as hundreds of Afghans clashed with police and soldiers yesterday during demonstrations against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed. The worst of the violence was outside Bagram, the main US base,...
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Freedom of Speech in Britain Today: How the Legislation Is Applied
OMAR KHAYAM Who? Muslim protester who took part in demonstrations outside the Danish embassy last week. What he said: Gave the impression he was a suicide bomber by wearing a jacket with dynamite pouches. What happened? Apologised for his actions but...
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Germany Allows Former Stasi Spy to Head Its Olympic Skating Team
A German Olympic figure-skating coach was given the go-ahead to represent his country at the winter games in Turin yesterday despite revelations about his role as an informer for the former Communist Stasi secret police. Ingo Steuer, 39, who skated for...
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Ground-Breaking Author of the Feminine Mystique' Who Sparked Feminism's Second Wave ; BETTY FRIEDAN
Betty Friedan was the founding mother of the women's liberation movement of the mid-20th century. She was the original desperate housewife, frustrated by domesticity and limited by the traditional social mores defining women's lives, and her ground-breaking...
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HAPPY EATERS ; FEEL GOOD SPECIAL Altering Your Diet Can Help You Beat the Winter Blues. Siski Green Reveals the Best Foods to Boost Your Mood
EAT UP YOUR GREENS Leafy greens are nature's antidepressants. They're an excellent source of folic acid, a lack of which has been linked to depressed mood. While depression caused by Mate deficiency is rare, upping your intake could help to alleviate...
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Home Office Joins World's Religions ; THE SKETCH
Just now, when we need a little leadership, the Government swings into action and shuts up. We have crowds outside offering to choke the mortuaries with our English dead and the best we can do is a statement on coroner's court reform from Harriet Harman....
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How Green Can You Get? ; the Little Fortwo Is Already a Miracle of Economy, but Smart Reckons It Can Do Even Better. John Simister Goes Gas and Electric
Fact: possibly the most economical car made by a major manufacturer today isn't sold in the UK, even though it's a must- have purchase for those worried about CO2 emissions. It's the Smart Fortwo CDI, a little turbodiesel whose 799cc, three-cylinder...
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How Keith Richards and I Fell for Classic Literature in Completely Different Ways
Amid the kerfuffle about which books children should read by the time they leave school (Andrew Motion suggested Ulysses, Paradise Lost, Don Quixote and Portrait of a Lady, which is like proposing that teenagers should be expected to sit through Bach's...
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Hysteria, Hypocrisy and Half-Truths
"Publish and be damned" is a threat which any newspaper can ignore. "Publish and be stoned" is quite another matter. Naturally, the editors of our proud British newspapers have not expressed themselves so bluntly. Instead, each of them has come up with...
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'I Had Long Given Up on the Thought of Finding New Species' ; ANALYSIS
By the time the clouds closed us off from the outside world, the helicopter had dropped three loads of people and gear on to the little boggy clearing in the mountain forest. We were met with silence, but for the sound of birds, frogs and cicadas. At...
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Introducing the Happy Couple (to Each Other)
When Craig first met Rebecca he turned up in a top-hat and tails. She arrived for their first date by horse and carriage, dressed in ivory and with her father on her arm. Among the first words the couple exchanged were "I do". Craig Cooper, 30, and Rebecca...
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ISABELLE FACES THE WORLD ; the Recipient of the World's First Lip, Nose and Chin Transplant Confronted the Press Yesterday to Talk about the Operation That Restored Her Features. John Lichfield Reports from Amiens Transplant Surgery
Isabelle Dinoire showed a new face to the world yesterday. To a storm of flash bulbs and camera shutters, she appeared before a two- hour press conference, sometimes bewildered, sometimes amused, sometimes irritated, but always dignified and courageous....
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Italian Scandal Set to Claim More Scalps at WPP
WPP is expected to fire several senior staff in the next few days as an investigation into alleged corruption at its Italian arm deepens. Sir Martin Sorrell's acrimonious battle with the former head of the Milan division, Marco Benatti, turned nastier...
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It's Big and a Little Bit Clever ; THE VERDICT CITRN C8 Citron's C8 Is a Stylish Option for Those with Large Families. and It Has Some Ingenious Gadgets That Make It a Very Slick Package, Says James Daley
If you're looking for a people carrier, the Citroen C8 should certainly make it as far as your shortlist. But if your absolute priority is space, don't be fooled into thinking it's as big as its maker boasts. Although this seven- (or optional eight-)...
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It's Cold and Dark - Take a Break If You like ; the Cycling Column
KATE, FROM my local bike shop, suggests that the theme of this column should be the barriers to cycling -all the reasons why, so often, it seems easier just to hop in the car or on the bus. But there are so many barriers: the friends who say, "Isn't...
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KATIE MELUA ; Pop
Hammersmith Apolo LONDON *** At one of west London's largest venues, you would not normally bat an eyelid at material that took in child prostitution and mental disorder. Except when delivered by a music-school graduate mentored by the former Womble...
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Lawyer Killed Wife with Kitchen Knife, Court Hears
A partner at one of Britain's biggest law firms stabbed his wife to death in a "ferocious" attack after she admitted having an affair, a court heard yesterday. Christopher Lumsden, 52, used a kitchen knife to stab his wife, Alison, in the neck, face...
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Lay Down the Law ; A New OU Course Could See You in Court, Says Law Professor Gary Slapper
Judges are not like computers that use nothing but programmed logic to apply rules. Judges develop the law. In 1875, Lord Justice Mellish said that "the whole of the rules of equity and nine-tenths of the common law have in fact been made by judges"....
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Let's Get Spiritual ; FEEL GOOD SPECIAL with So Many Therapies Claiming to Improve Your Wellbeing, Which Should You Choose? Genevieve Roberts Pricked, Pummeled and Stretched in Her Quest for the Answer
ACUPUNCTURE The day before going for acupuncture, I get the fear that it will be like a trip to the doctor, traumatic for any hypochondriac. While I am not scared of needles per se, having metal spikes lingering in my skin sounds uncomfortable at best....
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Lib Dem Contest Is Wide Open, Hughes and Huhne Insist
Chris Huhne and Simon Hughes have sought to undermine Sir Menzies Campbell, the front-runner in the Liberal Democrat race, and have insisted that the contest is wide open. As ballot papers were sent out to the party's 73,000members, the three candidates...
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Look Who's Back: Daltrey and Townshend Plan New Album
Their generation may be middle-aged but this year, four decades after they burst on to Britain's Mod scene, The Who are back. With a world tour and their first new studio album in nearly 25 years, 2006 has already been branded the year of "The Who return"...
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Ministers Use Cartoons Anger to Renew Calls for 'Glorification of Terrorism' Law
A team of detectives is to investigate Muslim extremists who took part in demonstrations outside the Danish embassy in London as the Government tried to use the row to re-ignite support for an offence of glorifying terrorism. Charles Clarke, the Home...
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MUSIC OF THE TURKIC-SPEAKING WORLD ; World Music
Brunei Galery LONDON ***** Politically, this world is like a sleeping giant: stretching from the Mediterranean to Mongolia, incorporating vast, untapped mineral reserves, and home to a hundred varieties of Islam, it holds the key to all our futures....
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My Fitness Freak-Out ; It May Be Cold and Miserable outside, but There Are Ways to Make Yourself Glow. Deborah Ross, Who Gets Breathless Just Whipping Cream for a Pavlova, Hired a Personal Trainer to Knock Her into Shape. and over the Following Pages We Show You Other (Less Strenuous) Ways to Put a Spring in Your Step
SO, WHY A PERSONAL TRAINER? Um... how about, I once joined a gym but never went? Or, how about, I'm so utterly lazy that I always take the lift in M&S and it's only about eight stairs? Or, how about the fact that when I whip cream, I not only have to...
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Now in Perfect Harmony ; ROAD TEST NISSAN NOTE Loads of Passenger Room, an Ingenious Folding Boot Floor, Great Handling - the Nissan Note Is Music to John Simister's Ears. and at Less Than Pounds 10,000, You Can Pick One Up for a Song
Feeling crotchety? Me? Not at all - I had a minimum of social liquor last night, thus staving off any thick-headedness and quavery speech this morning, and I'm enjoying this new Nissan to a surprising degree. What new Nissan is this, then? Is it 4x4...
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On the Bonny Banks of the Barbican ; Folk
FOLK BRITANNIA Barbican LONDON ***** Conceived as a showcase for some of England's finest female singers in last year's City of Culture celebrations in Cork, Daughters of Albion proved to be the jewel in the crown of the Barbican's three-day celebration...
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OPEN VIEW: Digital Is Ushering in a New Age of Learning - but It Needs All of Our Support
Over 80 years ago Mahatma Gandhi said: "I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any."...
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Ou News in Brief
OU AND CRANFIELD JOIN THE ARMED FORCES The Open University and Cranfield University are to work in partnership to deliver postgraduate education to members of the armed forces. An agreement signed last November will mean up to 400 defence personnel annually...
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Paradise Found! ; Scientists Hail Discovery of Hundreds of New Species in Remote New Guinea
An astonishing mist-shrouded "lost world" of previously unknown and rare animals and plants high in the mountain rainforests of New Guinea has been uncovered by an international team of scientists. Among the species of birds, frogs, butterflies and palms...
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'Political Correctness Is Violence of the Mind' ; the 5-Minute Interview David Bailey Photographer
The photographer David Bailey, 68, is exhibiting at the Olympus Inheritance Exhibition which starts its national tour from 16 February at the Music Rooms, in South Molton Lane, London. For more information go to www.olympus.co.uk At the Olympus Inheritance...
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Qinetiq Float in Fresh Trouble as Scientists Sue for $400M
The controversial flotation of the defence technology group Qinetiq ran into fresh trouble yesterday after Cambridge University scientists launched a $400m (pounds 230m) lawsuit against the company. British Titanium, a tiny spin-off set up by a group...
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Racing: Bowen's Gold Cup Scheme Goes to Plan
Two of the 14 horses entered yesterday for Saturday's Aon Chase at Newbury have a couple of things in common. Both ran in last year's Gold Cup, and their roads to Cheltenham this time have been very different from the paths trodden last year. One campaign,...
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Rapper's Minder Shot during Video Filming
American detectives will question the rapper Busta Rhymes after his bodyguard was shot dead outside a packed New York warehouse on Sunday. The rapper was among several potential witnesses who left the scene of the crime in Brooklyn before police arrived,...
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Relatives Frustrated by Lack of News Ransack Red Sea Ferry Firm's Offices
After four days of rising frustration, relatives of passengers on the doomed Red Sea ferry, the Al-Salaam '98, rampaged through the offices of the ship's owner yesterday, destroying furniture and setting alight the signs, before Egyptian riot police...
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RONALD HOBBS ; Talented Engineer with Ove Arup
Ronald Hobbs was one of the most talented engineers and gifted leaders of Arup, the firm founded by the Danish engineer/ philosopher Ove Arup in 1946. He was a key influence in its creation and the success it enjoys today. Hobbs was educated at Nailsea,...
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Rugby: England to Face Italy without Injured Lewsey ; RUGBY UNION
Josh Lewsey, the Wasps fullback who won his 38th cap for England in last weekend's comprehensive Six Nations dismantling of Wales, did not have the most rewarding of days at Twickenham. He damaged his shoulder joint in the opening exchanges, failed to...
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Rugby: O'Driscoll to Face France after Being Cleared of Stamping ; RUGBY UNION
Brian O'Driscoll, the Ireland captain, was yesterday given the go- ahead to lead his side against France in Paris this weekend after escaping censure for alleged misuse of the boot during the narrow Six Nations Championship victory over Italy in Dublin...
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Rugby: Old Enemies Buck Tradition ; Countdown to the Start of Super League THEY WERE THE BRONCOS, BUT LONDON'S RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB HAS EMBARKED ON A GROUND-BREAKING MAKEOVER WHICH INVOLVES JOINING FORCES WITH A UNION SIDE... AND EVEN ADOPTING THEIR NAME
Professional rugby league in London has hardly walked a straight, uncomplicated path over the last 25 years. Everything so far will look like a minor readjustment compared with what is happening on Saturday. The capital's 13-a-side standard-bearers will...
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Rugby Union: England Victory Reminds Me of Famous Barb at Guliver's Travels
A friend of mine was taught mathematics at Cambridge by the late Sir Fred Hoyle, the great astronomer. Hoyle advised him never to work for more than two hours at a stretch. Anything more than that, he said, and the concentration was liable to go. I observe...
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Rumours That the Government Is in Decay Are Exaggerated. the Opposite Is True
In the highly charged atmosphere of British politics, what is happening is rarely the same as what is perceived to be happening. Frail governments are hailed as mighty administrations. Strong regimes are dismissed as weak. At certain points in the political...
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SHARE AND MARKET: Kingfisher Dives on Rumours of Poor Christmas ; MARKET REPORT
Corporate activity chatter drove markets higher again yesterday, with traders also awaiting the Bank of England's interest rate decision on Thursday. However, anyone expecting a quiet week until that decision was mistaken as another bout of takeover...
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Song of the Soldier ; Ivor Gurney (below) Bore Witness to the First World War as Composer and Poet. Ninety Years on, His Voice Is Being Heard Again. by Roderic Dunnett
When the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme is commemorated this year, there will be the chance to remember those who experienced the carnage. The poet and composer Ivor Gurney was one such soldier. Gurney has always been respected as a war...
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Stones Lyrics Censored for the Super Bowl
Having previously accepted the highly un-rock 'n' roll distinction of a knighthood, Sir Michael Jagger may be mellowing with age. The Rolling Stones agreed to have sexually explicit lyrics censored from their songs in their pre-Super Bowl performance...
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Take the Sting out of Fines ; It's Easier Than You Think to Beat a Parking Fine. Robert Verkaik Gives the Lowdown on Winning the Appeals Process
Conventional wisdom has always cautioned against challenging a parking ticket. Even if you can be bothered to fill in the paperwork and embark on a lengthy correspondence with council officials, the chance of overturning the original decision is about...
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Theatre
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING Lakeside Arts Centre NOTTINGHAM *** The title chosen by the Arctic Monkeys for their record-breaking album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was originally a characteristic piece of lip delivered by Arthur...
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The Big Cat Leaps into the 21st Century ; Jaguar Has Stopped Looking Back with Its New XK. Al You Have to Do Is Make Sure You Get the Model with the Roof, Says John Simister
This is a very rare treat. Driving a right-hand drive car at very satisfying speeds on the familiar, that is left, side of the road. It's the southern tip of the Dark Continent itself. South Africa, deeply beautiful despite all the ugliness of thought...
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THE BIG CHEESES OF CHESHIRE LIFE ; the Fake-Tanned World of the North-West's Boom Towns Is the Inspiration for a New Television Drama Series. Jonathan Brown and Genevive Roberts Report County of Conspicuous Wealth
They used to be content with two-carat solitaire diamonds in Wilmslow, the Cheshire boom-town that has become a byword for conspicuous wealth in modern Britain. Today it seems, the five- carat rock is all the rage. For those unschooled in the intricacies...
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The Choice Is Obvious. Unfortunately
Ballot papers have now gone out for the second party leadership contest of this political season. Liberal Democrats have three candidates to choose from and three weeks in which to make up their minds. Advance indications suggest that more than half...
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The Classical Collection
For this week's priority listening, I'd suggest "Qui l'augel du pianta in pianta", from Handel's cantata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, an aria about a bird in flight that cheers the flagging heart, with the soprano Natalie Dessay soaring in blissful duet...
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The Classical Diary
It was wise of Radio 3 to programme a recording of the harpsichordist Colin Booth playing a concerto as part of its Bach week, but unwise to substitute a pianist's recording at the last minute. Because, in addition to being a fine player who makes his...
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The FTSE 100 Is Neither Fish nor Fowl. Now Here's an Index That Reflects How People Invest ; OUTLOOK
Tricky things, stock market indices, as the business reporting team at The Independent has discovered in attempting to devise an index which more accurately reflects the performance and successes of the UK economy than the measures used by FTSE, a joint...
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The Index That Reflects How the UK Economy Is Really Performing ; INDY100
The Independent is unveiling a new stock market index, the Indy 100, today to track the performance of UK companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. The index, which closed last night at 3,645.4, up 0.7 per cent on the day, comes in response to City...
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The Index That Reflects How the UK Economy Is Really Performing ; INDY100
The Independent is unveiling a new stock market index, the Indy 100, today to track the performance of UK companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. The index, which closed last night at 3,645.47, up 0.7 per cent on the day, comes in response to...
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The Problem with Old-Fashioned Policing
"NICKHIM" said The Sun front page headline yesterday, over a picture of the young man who had decided to attend a demonstration outside the Danish embassy in London dressed as a suicide bomber. In just two words that blunt imperative made a much larger...
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The Quiet Londoner ; Brian Sewell Salutes the Glamorous 4.3-Litre Alvis -One of the Greatest British Sports Cars of the 1930s CLASSIC CARS ALVIS
Al for aluminium and vis, the Latin for power, energy and force, are the origin of the trademark Alvis emblazoned on a red triangle. It was devised by Geoffrey de Freville, the owner of Aluminium Alloy Pistons, a small engineering firm in Wandsworth,...
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THE TEN BEST Body Scrubs
1 Bliss lemon & sage pounds 20 (250ml) New York's hottest spa has bottled one of its best secrets. This deliciously lemony scrub works miracles on flaky skin. www.blisslondon.co.uk' 0808 100 4151 2 Dermalogica exfoliator pounds 20.80 (170g) Thick grains...
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THE TUESDAY BOOK: The Dark Side of Motherhood Explored in a Tale of Terror and Rage ; A LITTLE STRANGER by Kate Pulinger SERPENT'S TAIL, Pounds 9.99. ORDER (FREE P&P) ON 0870 079 8897
Getting on a plane for Las Vegas to escape your toddler is something that more than a few first-time mothers fantasise about. But Fran - a thirty-something Canadian, mother of almost two-year- old Louis and in a stable relationship with Nick, a successful...
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Time after Which Offer to Settle Could Not Be Accepted
An offer to settle made under Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules which was available for acceptance afteran appeal hearing had started would not be available for acceptance after the hearing had ended and the court had reserved judgment. The Court...
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Top Ten ; Mini Mpv's
Fiat Multipla (1956) "One box" shape as with today's MPVs, but this time with the pointy end at the back, with the engine. Three rows of seats catered for six, and the two rear pairs of seats folded into the floor, leaving a flat loading area. Fiat Multipla...
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Triumph's New Lean, Mean, Thrilling Machine ; Who Needs the Four Cylinders of the New Daytona's Rivals, Asks Tim Luckhurst It Packs a Punch and Has Fabulous Style
When I first saw a preproduction Triumph Daytona675 at the British Motorcycle Show last November, my thoughts turned to Jurassic Park. The slim, three-cylinder engine crouched forward in the frame, giving it a menacing stance. Twin "projector" headlights...
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Tuning in to the Nation's Point of View ; with Millions of People Unwilling to Take Up Digital TV, the Government Faces a Challenge to Turn Offanalogue by 2012, Says Peter Taylor-Whiffen
Millions of television viewers are unwilling to transfer to digital receivers and some may eventually be compelled to do so before the Government switches off the analogue signal. This is the scenario suggested by Open University research which found...
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Usmanov and Mittal in $1Bn Fight over South African Steel Group
Alisher Usmanov, the Russian tycoon who once built up a substantial shareholding in Corus, has submitted a bid to buy Anglo American's steel operations in South Africa, with an offer thought to be worth $1bn (pounds 570m). Mr Usmanov, who sold down his...
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USS 'Cole' Bombers Tunnel out of Yemeni Jail
A major international hunt is under way for 23 al-Qa'ida activists who escaped from their prison in Yemen by digging a 460ft tunnel to emerge in the woman's section of a mosque. Interpol has issued a global security alert warning that the escapers -...
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White Van Man Must Wise Up
LAST WEEK'S initiative to offer an advanced driving scheme to "white van man" was welcomed by everybody - except the people it was aimed at. Nobody likes to be told that they can improve their driving. And when the news broke, white van men in their...
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Why Do Snowdrops Fruitlessly Flower in Freezing February?
Time for another nature ramble today! Let's join knowledgeable Uncle Geoffrey, as he takes his nephew and niece, Robert and Susan, out across the frosty English landscape to look for signs of new life in the apparently deserted countryside. "Look!" said...
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Woman Denied Breast Cancer Drug Left 'On Death Row'
A mother with an aggressive form of breast cancer has launched a landmark legal action to force her NHS trust to pay for the cancer treatment Herceptin. Ann Marie Rogers, 54, has been refused access to the drug, despite evidence it could halve the chances...
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