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 September 6, 2006

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Admiral to Keep Its Premiums on Hold
The motor insurance group Admiral revealed it would not be following Norwich Union's lead by hiking its premiums yesterday, claiming that NU's move would have little impact on the overall market unless Royal Bank of Scotland followed suit. Norwich Union,...
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A New Isle of Plenty ; OVERSEAS We'll Be Hearing a Lot More of Margarita. It's Almost the Caribbean, Properties Are Cheap and the Authorities Welcome Foreign Buyers. Graham Norwood Reports
There's a new South American holiday-home location being launched this autumn to tempt Britons' demand for exotic overseas property. But despite being a classic location for locals, few in Europe have heard of it. Margarita Island, or Isla Margarita,...
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Arts: That's Our Collection ; over 60 Years, the Arts Council Has Amassed 7,500 Artworks by the Greatest Names in Modern British Art. Now the Highlights Are at the Hayward Gallery
Set up in the spirit of postwar idealism, the Arts Council Collection has developed into a potted history of 20th-century British art. It has 7,500 works by 2,000 artists, ranging from Barbara Hepworth and Francis Bacon through Lucian Freud, David Hockney...
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Australia Comes to Terms with Death of a National Hero
Amid extraordinary scenes of mourning, Australians struggled to come to terms with the death of Steve Irwin, the wildlife enthusiast and television star who died in a freak accident at the Great Barrier Reef on Monday. Irwin, whose Crocodile Hunter documentaries...
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Backlash to FDI Threatens Fight against Poverty
Mounting hostility to cross-border takeovers could slam the brakes on globalisation and choke off the flow of foreign investment that is vital in the fight against poverty, a report has warned. Growth in the volume of overseas investment will slow over...
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BAE's Mike Turner Is Doing the Right Thing in Baling out of Airbus, Even at a Cut-Price Rate ; OUTLOOK
Mike Turner, the chief executive of BAE Systems, is going to get an awful lot of flak for it, but here's why he should, and almost certainly will be accepting the Rothschild valuation and offloading his 20 per cent stake in Airbus after today's board...
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BAE to Give Go-Ahead to Pounds 1.9bn Sale of Airbus Stake
BAE Systems will give the go-ahead today to the sale of its 20 per cent stake in Airbus, marking the end of a British-owned civil aircraft industry. A meeting of the BAE board is expected to approve the sale of the stake to the majority shareholder,...
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BBC Hands over the Air Waves to Magic of Tchaikovsky
The great Russian Romantic Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is to be the next composer whose complete works will be broadcast by Radio 3. After the enormous success of previous schedules offering the entire output of Bach, Beethoven and Webern, Tchaikovsky has...
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Blair: 'I'm Still Proud of Dome' ; END OF AN ERA
A light drizzle fell upon the Millennium Dome in east London yesterday as the Prime Minister, as part of his farewell tour of the iconic places of Blairite Britain, paid a lightning visit to the site where two teams of contractors were hard at work....
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Blair THE FAREWELL TOUR 2007 ; Tony Blair Wants History to Be His Judge - and Now We Know That the Last Days of His Premiership Are to Be Marked by a Farewell Tour of the UK, How Might That Be Remembered and Recorded? John Walsh and Paul Vallely Compile a Scrapbook of Touching Moments That No Loyal Subject Will Want to Be Without
1 MAY 2007 DRIVETIME WITH CHRIS EVANS, BBC RADIO 2 1 MAY 2007 PARKINSON, ITVI 2 MAY 2007 ST ERNEST'S CITY ACADEMY, BRISTOL 2 MAY 2007 HEART OF ENGLAND HOSPITAL, WALSALL 3 MAY 2007 BLUE PETER, CBBC 3 MAY 2007 TRIMDON MINERS' SOCIAL CLUB, CO DURHAM 4 MAY...
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Boeing No 2 Flown in to Replace Ford at Troubled Car Maker
Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, is to step back from the day-to-day running of the family's troubled car maker, to be replaced by an outsider with a brief to pull the company back into profitability. Ford announced the surprise appointment...
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BUSH FEARS THE MID-TERM BLUES ; the Republicans Face Their Biggest Challenge for 12 Years, Thanks to an Unpopular President and an Equally Unpopular War. but the Democrats Should Not Celebrate Yet, Warns Rupert Cornwell US Elections
For an idea of the upheaval that may be about to overtake the US Congress, just three words suffice: Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is no denigration of the member for California's 8th District in the House of Representatives. She is as competent, ambitious...
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BUSH FEARS THE MID-TERM BLUES ; the Republicans Face Their Biggest Challenge for 12 Years, Thanks to an Unpopular President and Equally Unpopular War. but the Democrats Should Not Celebrate Yet, Warns Rupert Cornwell US Elections
For an idea of the upheaval that may be about to overtake the US Congress, just three words suffice: Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is no denigration of the member for California's 8th District in the House of Representatives. She is as competent, ambitious...
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Campaign against Taliban 'Causes Misery and Hunger'
Two international think -tanks published reports yesterday highlighting failures of US and UK policy in Afghanistan, and warned the security situation in the country was deteriorating. The Senlis Council claimed that the campaign by British forces against...
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Campaign against Taliban 'Causes Misery and Hunger' ; AFGHANISTAN
Two international think-tanks published reports yesterday highlighting failures of US and UK policy in Afghanistan, and warned the security situation in the country was deteriorating. The Senlis Council claimed that the campaign by British forces against...
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CBI Chief Warns of Growing Lack of Trust in Business
The head of Britain's largest employers' group admitted yesterday that the growing gap between soaring executive pay and rewards for ordinary workers was undermining public trust in the business community. In his first major speech since taking over...
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Chess
A tough rapidplay match took place last week in Miskolc in Hungary between the world number six Peter Leko and ex-world champion Anatoly Karpov. This is the town where Leko played Michael Adams last year in a rivet-ting battle which ended all square...
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Child Murder, Prison Suicides and the Perversity of Male Behaviour
Investigations are promised. Blame is to be apportioned. The Soham murderer Ian Huntley has for the second time managed a suicide attempt in prison, and suddenly there's an outpouring of concern about "procedure". In 2005 - by no means the most suicide-laden...
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Classical
PROM 67: PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA/ESCHENBACH Royal Albert Hall LONDON ** Fate, it seems, came knocking one day early. A small fire kept a large audience from Sunday night's close encounter with Philadelphia's finest, the reassuring efficiency of the Royal...
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Classical
PROMS 64 & 65: BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER /RATTLE Royal Albert Hall LONDON **** / ***** The second of Sir Simon Rattle's two Proms with his Berlin Philharmonic proved unforgettable. Prom 64 was not quite that, partly owing to its odd programme. It was framed...
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COLIN THIELE ; Prolific Children's Writer
One of Australia's best-loved as well as most prolific writers for children, Colin Thiele's combination of realism, broad humour and strong emotional commitment won him success with readers of all ages. Drawing on his rural roots, his over 100 books...
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Cricket: Cameras Capture Shoaib Incident ; ENGLAND V PAKISTAN
The spectre of ball tampering raised its ugly head again last night when Shoaib Akhtar, the Pakistan fast bowler, was shown on camera brushing his thumb down the side of the ball being used in yesterday's NatWest series match against England. The image,...
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Cricket: Henderson's Broken Toe Caps Miserable Day for Kent
KENT 241 SUSSEX 102-2 Kent had a miserable enough day yesterday as it was, skittled out for an inadequate total on a good pitch, only to find their attack robbed of the services of Tyron Henderson. The South African bowler chopped a ball from Sussex...
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Cricket: Younis Century Maintains Dominance
ENGLAND 271-9 PAKISTAN 273-8 Pakistan win by two wickets The spectre of ball tampering raised its ugly head again last night when Shoaib Akhtar, the Pakistan fast bowler, was shown on camera brushing his thumb down the side of the ball being used in...
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DAYS OF WINE AND ROBOTS ; Will the Invention of an Android That Analyses a Bottle of Wine with an Infrared Ray Bring an End to the Mystique Surrounding the Tasting of a Bottle of Plonk? Man versus Machine
Imagine a Dalek enunciating the following words: "buttery", "herby", "oaky". OK, now try: "sauvignon blanc" or " Valpo- licella". Now imagine it is a Japanese Dalek. You may just have envisaged the future of wine tasting, one which might have the BBC's...
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Directors Are Immune to Troubles in Their Pensions ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS
The politics of envy or a damning indictment on rich bosses getting richer at the expense of their staff? The Trades Union Congress's annual Pensions-Watch survey, published yesterday, certainly painted a bleak picture of the gaping inequalities in the...
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Dorset Tower Saved from the Sea (Brick by Brick)
It may have been built as a folly, but the plight of Clavell Tower has gradually become deadly serious. Perched precipitously above Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset, the tower is just a couple of yards from the edge of a 300ft cliff, inching nearer every year...
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Do You Know Any of Your Neighbours? ; VOX PROP
A survey by Norwich Union has found that half of us don't know the name of a single neighbour, and yet 80 per cent of us do like the idea of a local resident keeping an eye on our homes Kelly Dundaven, chairman of Longford Residents' Association, Longford,...
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Football: After the Head-Butt ; French Seek Revenge for Berlin Misery Two Months after a World Cup Final Remembered as Much for Zidane's Dismissal as for the Result, France and Italy Meet in European Championship Qualifying
"It is not about revenge. It is not about revenge. It is not about revenge." It is, of course. No matter how many times the French players and management deny it, tonight's World Cup final rematch at the Stade de France is, for the French in particular,...
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Football: FA May Press Chelsea for Evidence of Gallas Threats
The Football Association is considering contacting Chelsea to see what evidence there is that William Gallas threatened to score an "own goal" if he was forced to stay at the club. If it can be proved that the 29-year-old Frenchman, who was last week...
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Football: Marcelo and Love Hand Wales a Lesson in the Art of Finishing
BRAZIL 2 WALES 0 Brazil duly beat Wales last night - but they were made to labour for their victory. It was also laborious for supporters. Nothing wrong with the entertainment inside the stadium just a combination of travel problems and apparently not...
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Football: McClaren Calls for 'Emotional Control ' in Face of Racist Abuse
Three years ago Macedonia's fans burnt a cross of St George and the players threatened to kill David Beckham. This time in Macedonia, Steve McClaren said that he hoped for "emotional control" from his players as the spectre of racism reared its ugly...
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Football: McClaren Calls for 'Emotional Control' in Face of Racist Abuse
Three years ago Macedonia's fans burnt a cross of St George and the players threatened to kill David Beckham. This time in Macedonia, Steve McClaren said that he hoped for "emotional control" from his players. The first hint of a test for the new regime...
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Football: McClaren's Casual Style Could Turn into Emperor's New Clothes ; MACEDONIA V ENGLAND
John Terry has provoked an intriguing question in the formative days of the Steve McClaren regime: would the masterful Italian Fabio Cannavaro have made any greater contribution to the last World Cup had he travelled to Germany in a tracksuit rather...
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Football: Norway Will Treat Solskjaer with Care after Long Injury
The Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored twice for Norway in their 4-1 win over Hungary on Saturday, will start today's European Championship qualifier against Moldova on the bench, said his coach, Aage Hareide, yesterday. Frode...
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Football: Pardew 'Will Quit If Forced to Pick Argentine Pair'
Alan Pardew said yesterday that he would quit as West Ham manager if it was ever suggested to him that he had to play new signings Carlos Tevez or Javier Mascherano. "I won't accept that and I make that quite clear now, so if there is a potential owner...
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Football: Sanchez to Stick with Tried and Trusted for Spain Visit
The Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez said that he would not change his approach despite his side being jeered off the pitch last weekend after their 3-0 defeat at home to Iceland in their opening Euro 2008 qualifying match. Next up are Spain at...
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Football: Scots Face Familiar Foes in Shape of Hearts' Aces
If Scotland's journey here yesterday acts as a metaphor for what the national side will face this evening in their Group B Euro 2008 qualifier against Lithuania, then they should fear the worst but leave relieved. "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem...
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Football: Standing Up for His Team Is Heart of Terry Plan ; MACEDONIA V ENGLAND the England Captain Believes in Defending His Players at All Costs - a Trait He Learnt from Jose Mourinho, Writes Sam Wallace
The first instruction that Jose Mourinho gave John Terry when he made him captain of Chelsea was, the new England captain said yesterday, to confront his manager on behalf of the players. Coming from a club that thrives on confrontation, Terry's new...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL The new Brazilian signing Julio Baptista has been given a glowing endorsement by the World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho. "It will be easy for him to settle because his game is totally suited to the Premiership," Ronaldinho said. "I don't see...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL The new Brazilian signing Julio Baptista has been given a glowing endorsement by the World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho. "It will be easy for him to settle because his game is totally suited to the Premiership," Ronaldinho said. "I don't see...
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Golf: Bjorn Fined Pounds 10,000 for Attack on Captain Woosnam
Thomas Bjorn, whose disappointment at being left out of the Ryder Cup team descended into a torrent of personal abuse directed at the Europe captain Ian Woosnam, has been fined a sum believed to be pounds 10,000. Despite a sincere apology to Woosnam...
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Golf: Bjorn Fined Pounds 10,000 for Rant against Woosnam
Thomas Bjorn, whose disappointment at being left out of the Ryder Cup team descended into a torrent of personal abuse directed at the Europe captain Ian Woosnam, has been fined a sum believed to be pounds 10,000. Despite a sincere apology to Woosnam...
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Growth and Taxes Aren't Always Linked
Stephen Byers called for the end of inheritance tax, provoking squawks from the Labour faithful. Now a policy review set up by David Cameron is said to call for an unambiguous commitment to increase public spending, provoking squawks from the Tory faithful...
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Have Your Damp Problem Solved the Clean, Green Way
Nine years ago the Schrijver Systeem came to the UK. Since then thousands of customers have enjoyed the benefits of using the Schrijver Systeem.The clever Dutch method is different from other products available in the United Kingdom, such as chemical...
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Help! I Don't Understand RSS Feeds ; Cyberclinic
HOW CAN I KEEP MY FINGER ON THE PULSE? I've been told that I should use RSS feeds to keep up with stuff published on the internet - but what are they? And what should I be doing with them? RSS isn't a new concept, but many people remain apprehensive...
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Horse Racing: Fallon Decides to Give Up Breeders' Cup Rides
Kieren Fallon has given best to inevitability and will miss the lucrative Breeders' Cup meeting at Churchill Downs in Kentucky on 4 November. His legal team have announced that the beleaguered Irishman, banned in Britain since being charged with conspiracy...
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How Much Do We Really Know about the Causes and Incidence of Autism? ; the Big Question
Why is autism in the news again? The developmental disorder characterised by "extreme autistic loneliness" and "an obsessional desire for the maintenance of sameness", according to Leo Kanner, who first described it in 1943, exerts a grip on the public...
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Hutton Refuses to Back Brown as Successor ; LEADERSHIP DEBATE
A Blairite cabinet minister has declined to endorse Gordon Brown as Tony Blair's successor and urged the Chancellor to join a wide- ranging debate about Labour's future policies. John Hutton, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has become the first cabinet...
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'I'd like a Green Location near Victoria' ; HOUSE HUNTER
the problem NICK BROMLEY OF LONDON WRITES: I have a deposit and a full-time job, but this year I've been gazumped, had a vendor withdraw, and been run ragged by agents and sellers. Myjob is demanding, and I'm a dad who likes to spend time with his daughter....
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'I'm Not Good at Leaving Parties. I Spend My Life Thinking I'll Stay on for One More Drink Otherwise I Might Miss Something'
So on Monday I got a baby-sitter and went out. It was nothing major, just a film and pizza with a few friends. As everyone finished their American hots and got up to leave I threw a strop and told them they had to stay for one last dough ball. It was...
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'I Must Have Music' ; Julie Verhoeven Is Already a Fashion Designer and Film-Maker. Now, She's Teaming Up with Ex-Blur Guitarist Graham Coxon for a Truly Loud Multimedia Show. Simon Hardeman Hears Why
It doesn't take much to realise that Julie Verhoeven is in demand. She spans disciplines from fine art through film and children's books to High Street fashion, and has worked with names including John Galliano, Kate Moss and Dazed & Confused. In her...
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'I Was Just Thrilled at the Prospect of Selling to a Celebrity' ; Secret Agent
Occasionally, the humdrum world of the estate agency rubs shoulders with the rich and famous. Very occasionally, our poky little office is the setting for such an encounter. Last time, it was someone from Big Brother, arguably neither rich nor famous,...
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Lawn Tennis: Rain Hands Gilbert Opportunity to Bring Murray Back from Brink ; US OPEN
The Lawn Tennis Association is said to be paying Brad Gilbert nearly pounds 700,000 a year and the man who is reckoned to be one of the world's best coaches was given the perfect chance to prove his worth here last night. Gilbert's charge, Andy Murray,...
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Leading Artical: Editorial & Opinion - A Divided Nation ; MEXICO
If President Bush has anything to say on the final result of the Mexican election it should be limited to advising the new conservative leader there, Felipe Calderon, how he should manage a victory which was won by the thinnest of margins, remains hotly...
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Leading Artical: Editorial & Opinion - A Question of Timing and Tactics in a Pointless Fight ; LABOUR PARTY
Whatever one's views on Tony Blair - and this newspaper can hardly be accused of being one of the Prime Minister's cheerleaders - we should not lose sight of the fact that he is the leader of a party that won a general election only 16 months ago. He...
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Leading Article: Editorial & Opinion - A Divided Nation ; MEXICO
If President Bush has anything to say on the final result of the Mexican election it should be limited to advising the new conservative leader there, Felipe Calderon, how he should manage a victory which was won by the thinnest of margins, remains hotly...
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Leading Article: Editorial & Opinion - A Question of Timing and Tactics in a Pointless Fight ; LABOUR PARTY
Whatever one's views on Tony Blair - and this newspaper can hardly be accused of being one of the Prime Minister's cheerleaders - we should not lose sight of the fact that he is the leader of a party that won a general election only 16 months ago. He...
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Leftists Defiant as Calderon Is Finally Declared President
Felipe Calderon of the conservative ruling party was belatedly declared the winner of July's fiercely contested national election in Mexico as the country's top electoral court voted unanimously yesterday to confirm him as president-elect. The decision,...
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Let's End This Absurd Soap Opera
The Labour Party is enjoying its longest period of electoral success in a hundred years. We have won three successive general elections. We have made Britain a fairer and a more prosperous country. It is our ideas, not those of our opponents, that define...
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Letter: 'Bin Laden Is Right: They Have to Die' ; Letters to the Editor
Sir: Currently the five-year War on Terrorism is dwarfed by the three civil wars, between the Taliban and less extreme Muslims in Afghanistan, between the Sunni and Shia in Iraq and between the Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East. All those...
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London, but like New York ; Jane Wilson Travels the World with Her Sister for Their Video Artworks, and She Loves Her Corner of the East End for Its American Feel
The twins Jane and Louise Wilson, 38, were shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999. Their video installations have been shown across the world. Jane lives in Old Street with her husband. hen we first moved to London, my sister and I lived in a tiny...
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Major Oil Find Could Boost US Reserves by Half
One of the world's biggest oil companies held out the prospect that the US could increase its domestic oil reserves by up to a half after unveiling positive results from drilling in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. Chevron said it had made significant progress...
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Matalan Sales Rise Lifts Hope of Hargreaves Bid
Matalan unveiled its first rise in like-for-like sales in more than a year yesterday, boosting hopes of a 200p-per-share bid for the discount clothing retailer from its founder and chairman John Hargreaves. The shares rose 7 per cent to 182.75p as the...
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Material Worlds ; Is It Time to Ditch the Magnolia? Interior Designers Think So, Says Chris Partridge
Fashion in interior decoration is moving to lavish colour, big patterned wallpaper and more ornate furniture, but letting agents are advising buy-to-let landlords to be cautious before they ditch the safe, neutral contemporary look. Despite interior...
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Monument to Political Hubris or National Icon? ; WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL NEWSLETTER SUNDAY MAY 13TH 2007
ON Sunday, 6May 2007, the Cathedral was proud to host a special edition of 'Songs of Praise', at which the former prime minister, Mr Tony Blair, was in attendance. Here, for the benefit of parishioners who may have missed the broadcast, are some edited...
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MPs Tell Blair to Come Clean on Date of Departure ; LEADERSHIP DEBATE
Tony Blair has been hit by an open mutiny among previously loyal Labour MPs who are threatening to force him out of Downing Street unless he agrees to stand down soon. To avoid the humiliation of being evicted from No 10 by his own party like Margaret...
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Mussolini Family at War over Call for Exhumation of 'Il Duce'
Guido Mussolini, a grandson of the Italian dictator, has provoked an angry row in the Mussolini family after demanding that the corpse of the man they called "Il Duce" be exhumed. Mr Mussolini, 69, who works in a cheese factory in Rome, asked the public...
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Obituaries: ASTRID VARNAY ; Operatic Soprano Whose Dramatic Impact Could Be Overwhelming, Especially in Wagner Roles
During the 1950s and 1960s, the American dramatic soprano Astrid Varnay was widely admired, at the Metropolitan and at Covent Garden, above all at Bayreuth, as a powerful Brnnhilde and a passionate Isolde. A singing actress of great intensity, she excelled...
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Obituaries: ASTRID VARNAY ; Operatic Soprano Whose Dramatic Impact Could Be Overwhelming, Especialy in Wagner Roles
During the 1950s and 1960s, the American dramatic soprano Astrid Varnay was widely admired, at the Metropolitan and at Covent Garden, above all at Bayreuth, as a powerful Brnnhilde and a passionate Isolde. A singing actress of great intensity, she excelled...
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Obituaries: CARLOS CASTANO ; Colombian Paramilitary Leader
When Colombian officials confirmed that the DNA samples taken last Friday from a charred skeleton in a shallow jungle grave belonged to the paramilitary chieftain Carlos Castao, one of Latin America's most baffling mysteries was laid to rest. The founder...
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OBITUARIES: COLIN THIELE ; Prolific Children's Writer
One of Australia's best-loved as well as most prolific writers for children, Colin Thiele's combination of realism, broad humour and strong emotional commitment won him success with readers of all ages. Drawing on his rural roots, his over 100 books...
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OBITUARIES: PROFESSOR ALAN RAITT ; Oxford French Scholar
Alan Raitt was one of the most distinguished postwar British scholars of 19th-century French literature, particularly noted for his work on Flaubert and on Villiers de l'Isle-Adam. A Special Lecturer in French Literature at Oxford University from 1976,...
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Our Poor, Unloved Leaders Need That 'Cuddle Factor'
There has been a predictableoutcry, notably among repressed and emotionally constipated commentators, at the news that life coaches have been employed to mentor government ministers on a daily basis. Senior politicians maybe bright and achievement-orientated,...
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Period Pieces ; If You're Looking for Grandeur, Then Georgian Homes Win Every Time. and They Don't Have to Cost a Fortune, as Nick Lloyd Jones Discovers
The Georgian style of architecture is, now, more than ever, held as the epitome of good taste - beautifully proportioned, elegantly understated, much copied but never surpassed. Georgian houses were built to last, and they have. There are still plenty...
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Picture Post ; Atlantis Prepares for Lift-Off, 05/09/06
The world stood agog a few days ago as Nasa announced plans for a shiny new spacecraft charged with the giddy task of sending astronauts once more to the Moon, and possibly even to Mars. Lockheed Martin won the bidding war to build the pounds 4.3bn Orion...
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Premier Leads List of Shell Takeover Candidates ; SHARES AND MARKETS MARKET REPORT
It looks like traders are taking the scattergun approach in attempting to predict Shell's corporate strategy. The oil giant was linked to no fewer than three takeover targets yesterday Centrica, BG Group and Premier Oil. So far, Shell has only confirmed...
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Previews: There Ain't No Mountain High Enough ; Film
ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL Vue cinemas NATIONWIDE Vue Cinemas would have us all biking, boarding and braving the darkest corners of the world. New digital technology has enabled the chain to screen the UK's first Adventure Film Festival at 55 locations,...
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PROFESSOR ALAN RAITT ; Oxford French Scholar
Alan Raitt was one of the most distinguished postwar British scholars of 19th-century French literature, particularly noted for his work on Flaubert and on Villiers de l'Isle-Adam. A Special Lecturer in French Literature at Oxford University from 1976,...
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Rajastan Oil Output Delayed as Cairn Seeks to Float in Mumbai
Cairn Energy, the independent oil exploration group, disclosed yesterday that the start of production from its main oilfield in the Rajasthan region of India has been delayed by up to a year. The company had been due to start pumping oil from the Mangala...
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Redstone Axes Long-Serving Viacom Chief after Row over Cruise
Sumner Redstone, the octogenarian media mogul, has ousted one of his longest-serving lieutenants, saying that Viacom, the MTV-to- Paramount Pictures conglomerate, needs more entrepreneurial leadership. The outspoken 83-year-old made little attempt to...
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Redstone Axes Viacom Chief after Row over Tom Cruise
Sumner Redstone, the octogenarian media mogul, has ousted one of his longest-serving lieutenants, saying that Viacom, the MTV-to- Paramount Pictures conglomerate, needs more entrepreneurial leadership. The outspoken 83-year-old made little attempt to...
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Reu2359 02may 19:12 UK-Politics-Blair (Updates with New Quotes, Second Hospital Visit) ; News Wire
Birmingham, 3 May - Two dozen cheering hospital administrators yesterday lined the entrance of the Heart of England Healthcare Trust hospital in Birmingham to welcome the prime minister to the flagship of what Tony Blair boasts is the largest hospital...
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Review: A Much Misunderstood Good Guy with a Devilish Image Problem ; the Wednesday Book SATAN: A BIOGRAPHY by Henry Ansgar Kelly CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, Pounds 14.99. Order (Free P&p) on 0870 079 8897
One of the fewpositivesto have emerged from our current obsession with the threat posed by Muslim fundamentalists has been a greater willingness in the West to read, in translation, the Koran - if only to distinguish between what Islam actually stands...
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Review: Pop ; PAOLO NUTINI the Liquidroom EDIN BURGH ****
Paolo Nutini, a winsome 19-year-old from Paisley, has no problem winning a room. The boy with the face of an angel, and the voice of Otis Redding gargling gravel, shambles on to the stage of Edinburgh's Liquidroom to a hero's welcome. It is, perhaps,...
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Reviews: Ignorance Is Paradise for Peaches
THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ISLAM CHANNEL 4 DON'T GET ME STARTED FIVE In The Beginner's Guide to Islam, Peaches Geldof introduced us to the rituals and beliefs of some of Morocco's more prosperous Muslims, which was nice of her, though one couldn't help...
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Reviews: So We'll Agree to Disagree, Shall We? ; the Week in Radio MEETINGS OF MINDS Sunday, 9.30pm, Radio 3 THE REUNION Sunday, 11.15am, Radio 4
The idea of creative friction-when we're having arguments we're at our most creative and productive-is very attractive, but it's misleading. Most of the time we get more done, and more interestingly, when all are in perfect harmony. Meetings of Minds...
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Reviews: Warrior Spirits in a Dark Age ; Theatre IN EXTREMIS Shakespeare's Globe LONDON ****
Howard Brenton recently described himself as "an old man in a hurry". The Romantic firebrand of Seventies and Eighties theatre - and latterly screenwriter of Spooks - certainly seems to have hit form again after all those puerile anti-government squibs...
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Rugby Union: Shaw Joins England's Lengthening Early-Season Casualty List
Another day, another injury. Simon Shaw of Wasps, one of the second-row forwards in England's lite squad, will miss the Premiership game with London Irish on Friday night because of a broken finger. The 31st member of the party that won the World Cup...
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Science&Technology: Gene Genius ; Scientists Claim They Are Closing in on the Holy Grail - a Therapy That Could Cure Aids and Cancer. So How Real Is This New Medical Dawn?
Each of these "short-interfering" strands of RNA can be targeted to work against a particular gene, which is one of the reasons why the technique is so attractive. There is less chance of cross- reactions or unintended side effects. However, one of the...
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Science&Technology: TV? It's So over ; Rhodri Marsden on Why It's Goodbye to the Goggle-Box and Hello to a Host of New Ways to Watch Your Favourite Shows
Some people are still choosing to have giant plasma televisions whose wide screens and 16:9 aspect ratios dominate the living room, but the emphasis in many homes is now switching from the television set to the computer. Even a year ago, the idea of...
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Scientists Angry after Conference Gives Platform to Paranormal Investigator ; THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION
Leading scientists have criticised Britain's premier public forum on science for hosting a series of lectures on controversial research into the paranormal that suggests the possibility of mental telepathy and the existence of consciousness after death....
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Shot Briton's Brother Serving in Iraq
The parents of a tourist shot dead in Jordan by a gunman shouting "God is great" in Arabic feared at first it was their other son, currently serving with British forces in Iraq, who had died. Christopher Stokes, 30, traveled through Turkey and Syria...
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Shot Briton's Brother Serving in Iraq ; JORDAN
The parents of a tourist shot dead in Jordan by a gunman shouting "God is great" in Arabic feared at first it was their other son, currently serving with British forces in Iraq, who had died. Christopher Stokes, 30, traveled through Turkey and Syria...
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Six to View
A house of mystery STYLES Charters Road Sunningdale Berkshire Price: pounds 465,000 Agent: Hamptons International Tel: 01344 6275 555 They say: This attractive apartment was formed from the conversion of Agatha Christie's former home, which is mentioned...
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Strike Threat over Pounds 1.6bn NHS Contract
The German-owned company DHL is expected to face a series of strikes as it takes over a pounds 1.6bn contract to oversee supplies to the National Health Service. Union leaders predicted more than 1,000 staff at NHS Logistics would deliver an overwhelming...
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Television: WATCH ROUND THE CLOCK ; YOUR GUIDE TO TODAY'S MUST-SEE TV
BEFORE 6pm Tennis: US Open 9.30AM BRITISH EUROSPORT It's day 10 at Flushing Meadows, New York, and the defending champion, Roger Federer, is looking to win three consecutive US Open titles. With Kim Clijsters absent because of an wrist injury, look instead...
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The Best of Both Worlds ; Cockfosters Offers Green Spaces and an Easy Commute into London
Best known for its starring role in a lageradvertisement, and situated at the end of the Piccadilly Line, Cockfosters occupies a convenient family-friendly location where the city ends and the greenbelt begins. The Underground station nestles against...
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The Chaotic Conclusion of a Political Era ; LEADERSHIP DEBATE
The Blair era is almost over. It is ending in a way that echoes the fall of Margaret Thatcher. She was forced out as a result of a rebellion by the cabinet and Conservative MPs. Mr Blair is losing control over the manner and timing of his pre-announced...
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The Great Escape
Living in the country, surrounded by green open space and few obvious diversions, I still seem to spend my days in a state of peaceful distraction. I think therefore I digress, it seems. It all appears so mild and favourable out there. Just the thought...
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