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 9, 2006

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48 HOURS IN BEIJING ; IN ASSOCIATION WITH Emirates Visit Buddhist Temples and Sip Tea in the Park to Get a Taste of the Old China as Soon as You Can, Because This Ancient City Is Changing Fast, Says Martin Mulloy
WHY GO NOW? Home to the forthcoming 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing is the epicentre of China's history and its future - and is changing so fast that now is the best time to catch the transition from an Imperial and Revolutionary city to world-class capital....
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A Hut above ; Rolling Hills, Deserted Beaches, an Insight into Traditional Village Life in South Africa Which Benefits the Poor. Holidays Don't Get Much More Rewarding, Says Jenny Lunnon
Do you know 'The Click Song'?" I asked Zithulele, the sea- fishing instructor, as we sat by the Bulungula river grilling two huge mussel-crackers which he had helped some Belgian tourists to catch earlier. Of course he did, because Miriam Makeba's popular...
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Album Reviews ; POP
The Walkmen: A Hundred Miles Off (Warner Bros) pounds 10.99 These New York-based art-rock grumps go roaming on their third album. Their Dylan-meets-the Velvets staples remain - bleary and bellowing vocals, echoing guitars, raw drums - but the tipsy,...
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Appeal Body Attacks OFT over Curbs on Metal Exchange
The Office of Fair Trading was ordered to pay costs to the London Metal Exchange yesterday after the competition watchdog blocked plans to extend trading hours in March. The size of the award was undisclosed, but the LME had sought pounds 250,000 to...
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ART & DESIGN: Living Colour ; Clare Woods Is One of Britain's Brightest Young Painters, and Also the Subject of Our Latest Exclusive Art Offer (See Overleaf for Details). Words by Clare Dwyer Hogg
Dense undergrowth, exposed roots entwined with brambles, dark cut through with light' Clare Woods paints what is tangible - leaves and twigs, mud and rot - while being mindful of what cannot be seen. In her stark woodlands and seascapes, the imaginative...
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ART & DESIGN: The Way We Live Now Peter York ; #44 Pillow Proliferation
Time was, after you pulled the short bedroom curtains (sensibly cut to the windowsill' waste not want not), you'd retire to a bed furnished with just enough pillows to nestle your head asleep. There'd be one thin one in a child's or guest room and two...
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Austin Reed Snubs Pounds 42m Bid Approach from Dawnay Day
The fashion chain Austin Reed yesterday rejected a pounds 42m cash offer from the activist investors Guy Naggar and Peter Klimt, who already hold a large minority stake in the business. A statement from the clothes retailer said that a 131p-a~share offer...
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Best Advice Is: Don't Trust Advisers
There comes a time with certain financial services scandals when people just stop being surprised by what should be shocking news. So it is with endowment mis-selling. And, now, so it is with the outrageously poor quality of financial advice in Britain....
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Bilingual School Is a Lesson in the Entente Cordiale
"Au revoir, lundi," one four-year-old tells her new friend in the playground, as the opening week at Britain's first bilingual state school draws to an end. The 28 pupils, aged between four and five, are covering the French and English national curricula...
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Bocelli Strikes Wrong Note with New York Critics
Andrea Bocelli, the blind and popular Italian tenor who, since making his stage debut in 1994, has sold millions of CDs worldwide, visited New York last week for a four-concert engagement and duly conquered it. Never mind that he is "not very good" and...
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Body Art Made Its Mark 300,000 Years Ago, Scientists Claim ; BRITISH ASSOCIATION
The use of coloured pigments in early forms of body art may have begun many tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to a study of artefacts found at an ancient archaeological site in Africa. Scientists working at the Twin...
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Bridge: Maureen Hiron
Pitted against the top American quartet, winners of numerous World Championships, the English trio of Tom Townsend, David Gold and Tony Forrester, augmented by Mike Moss of the USA, showed fine bidding judgment at both tables, on this hand from the Rosenblum...
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British Troops Increasingly at Risk ; AFGHANISTAN: THE REAL WAR
The mother of one of the soldiers killed during heavy fighting in Afghanistan this week has spoken of the last moments she shared with her son on his deathbed. Violet Claydon flew to be with her son, L/Cpl Paul Muirhead, 29, after he was injured when...
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Britons Commute from Abroad as House Prices Soar
Soaring house prices have bred a new generation of international commuters. A growing number of Britons are commuting to their jobs in the UK from their permanent homes abroad. Property experts say the lower cost of houses in Europe combined with cheap...
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The Royal Bank of Scotland showed admirable caution when it found a customer was trying to close her account. Edna Woolstenhulme, from Anglesea, asked the bank to hand over her life savings of pounds 7,000, assuming it would be transacted with a quick...
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Bush Officials Cleared as Powell's Former Deputy Admits Unmasking CIA Agent
Who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, glamorous not-so-secret CIA agent and Vanity Fair cover girl? For three years, the mystery obsessed Washington, the liberal media and Bush-haters around the world. The tale was always convoluted, with a plot line...
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Campbell Puts Tax Reform at Heart of Vision for a Lib Dem Britain
Sir Menzies Campbell declared that tackling global warming and economic inequality were at the heart of his leadership as he mapped out the future direction of Liberal Democrat thinking ahead of his first annual conference as party leader. He published...
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'Can We Find Gap-Year Trips Closer to Home?'
Q Our 18-year-old son is about to embark on a gap year. However, presented with the hundreds of trips available, he has been unable to decide which approach to take. As funds are somewhat limited, so are his options, particularly as many schemes are...
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Chess: Jon Speelman
The 9th annual Open took place from 17-24 August in Banyoles in Catalonia - a lakeside town which was the venue for the rowing events in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The festival started with the 2nd Lluis Muratet Rapidplay on 16 August, won by Sergey...
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China to Be More 'Progressive' over Setting of Yuan's Value
China responded to accusations by the US and Europe that it is running an artificially weak currency by pledging yesterday to be more "pro-active and progressive" over the yuan. Jin Renqing, the Finance Minister, said the markets were already playing...
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Clarke Savages Brown to Scupper Fragile Truce ; LABOUR'S 'CIVIL WAR'
Gordon Brown faced accusations from senior Labour figures of deliberately inflaming the party's crisis as suggestions grew that a heavyweight "stop Brown" candidate would attempt to thwart the Chancellor's leadership ambitions. Charles Clarke, the former...
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Computer Games
Ninety-nine Nights Xbox 360, Microsoft, pounds 44.99 Ninety-nine Nights, Microsoft's tactical action title, features lush graphics and Lord of the Rings-style advancing hordes that are easy on the eye, but the artificial intelligence in the game leaves...
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Cricket: Pakistan's Late Blitz but Yardy a Star Turn
PAKISTAN 235-8 ENGLAND Michael Yardy proved yesterday that you do not have to be a pretty cricketer to succeed at the highest level. Yardy could hardly be described as a stylist. When he bats he shuffles around the crease like a crab, and his horrible...
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Cricket: Sidebottom Stars to Leave Middlesex on Brink ; ROUND-UP
Middlesex face an almost impossible task to avoid defeat against the champions Nottinghamshire today, and Scott Styris' men are in serious danger of relegation from the First Division of the County Championship. On day three of four at Lord's yesterday,...
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Cricket: Strauss Shows Way as England Win at Last
PAKISTAN 235-8 ENGLAND 237-2 England win by two wickets It just wouldn't be cricket if an England versus Pakistan match passed without incident, but last night's spat, when Inzamam-ul-Haq claimed a catch that was turned down by the third umpire, was...
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Curb Your Enthusiasm for Using Both Incorrectly ; Errors & Omissions
Explaining exactly what "both" means is a heartbreaking task. This column tackled it once and has no intention of trying again. Fortunately Andor Gomme has saved us the trouble. He writes in to draw attention to the following, from last Saturday's profile...
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Cycling: Doctors' Notes Gave 12 Tour Riders All-Clear to Take Drugs
Thirteen riders tested positive for drugs at the Tour de France this year, and all except the winner Floyd Landis had medical certificates allowing them to take banned substances. Of the 105 riders tested, 60 per cent had the certificates, the head of...
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DAMIAN LEWIS: Class Act ; Damian Lewis Is an Intense Chap, Capable of Conveying a Huge Range of Emotions with the Smallest Gesture. He's Hotly Tipped for an Oscar for His New Film. and He's a Real Gent. Just Don't Call Him Posh, Whatever You Do
"Ask him about that intense thing he does with his eyes," a female journalist suggested when she heard I was interviewing the actor Damian Lewis. What's striking about Lewis is how much he manages to convey by doing so very little. There is stillness...
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DVDs
Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room (15) Fox pounds 19.99 Alex Gibney's chilling autopsy of the collapse of the energy giant, which was once valued at $70bn, is now a by-word for corporate corruption. The rot started at the top with the bosses, Kenneth...
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Equestrianism: Hoy Sails Moonfleet towards Likely Pay Day
Australia's Andrew Hoy made the best possible start in his attempt to collect the $250,000 (pounds 134,000) Grand Slam as well as the pounds 45,000 first prize when he rode Moonfleet to the outstanding dressage test of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials...
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FARRELL HETTIG ; 'Fabulous' High-Wire Artiste
For a few brief years, Farrell Hettig and Richard Schmitt gave the circus world one of the most death-defying high-wire partnerships it had ever seen. But, despite a career spent dicing with death, Hettig died at home in bed. He was born in St Petersburg,...
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FIVE BEST CITY PADS IN SAN FRANCISCO ; from Warehouse Chic to Flower-Power Nostalgia - Rhiannon Batten Picks the Hippest Apartments
Edwardian Flat Upper Haight-Ashbury If you wear flowers in your hair this is prime nostalgia territory, close to the epicentre of the city's flower-power era - the junction of Haight and Ashbury Streets. This 1904 apartment is in the gentrified Upper...
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FOOD & DRINK: Game on ; Their Robust Flavours Are a Highlight of the Autumn - So Don't Be Daunted by the Idea of Cooking Game Birds, Says Mark Hix
This is the time of year when serious foodies with sophisticated, fearless taste buds get really excited about the robust tastes of game birds and meaty fungi. Those girly, summery salad leaves and vibrant soft fruits are almost behind us now, and it's...
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FOOD & DRINK: Restaurants John Walsh ; Chain Reactions
A life-size plaster cow stands outside the new Black and Blue restaurant in Borough Market, calmly surveying the impatient queue that forms every night at 8pm. Advertising an eating-house that's heavy on beef, the cow is itself a slightly bovine touch...
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FOOD & DRINK: Wine Anthony Rose ; Game, Set and Match
A lot of people just can't quite stomach the whiff of game. The pioneering Australian winemaker, Dr Max Lake, makes this quite obvious in his book Scents and Sensuality: The Essence of Excitement. He says: "the hanging of grouse for weeks, until it is...
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Football: Carrick Spurred by Debut against His Old Club
Michael Carrick will make his full Manchester United debut against his former club, Tottenham Hotspur, at Old Trafford today. Carrick joined United from Tottenham in July for a fee that could rise to pounds 18.5m but is yet to start a match after sustaining...
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Football: Cole Unwilling to Look Back ... for a Day or Two, at Least ; Chelsea's New Boy Mounted a Somewhat Confused Defence of His Position, but Will Play It by the Book from Now on, Writes Sam Wallace
For 20 months it had been the most embittered, vicious and divisive transfer saga in the Premiership's history, yesterday it was supposed to reach a kind of resolution. But Ashley Cole's arrival at Chelsea from Arsenal was not an ending, it was hardly...
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Football: D Consider Yourself at Home the Foreign Footballers Who Came, Saw and Were Conquered
JAN MOLBY (Denmark) Only 21 when he arrived from Ajax in 1984 to play for Liverpool, he quickly grew to sound more Scouse than many locals. A spell in jail for drinking and driving did not deter him from settling in the United Kingdom' nor have mixed...
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Football: Essex Boys Stage 'Deliverance' on Wheels for Jordan Gang ; SPORT ON TV
Being old and senile, when I first heard the title Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers I heard in my head Eddie Irvine's Bad Boy Racers, which suggested the ex-Formula One lad-in-residence mentoring a pack of party animals as they roister their way round the...
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Football: Gallas Finds Offer Easy to Refuse from a Family More Corleone Than Von Trapp
Though more or less everything about Chelsea's official website denouncement of William Gallas beggared belief, one phrase was particularly mesmerising. It said: "When Jose Mourinho generously offered him a way back into the 'family' this was thrown...
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Football: 'Give Them Time and like Ossie and Me They'll Be Sensational' ; FOOTBALL ARGENTINES IN LONDON
A lot of people in both England and Argentina are comparing the double transfer of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham with that of mine and Ossie Ardiles to Tottenham back in 1978 and I agree there are a lot of similarities - two young Argentine...
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Football: Hammers Must Feed the Nimble Feet of Tevez ; Glenn Moore Talking Tactics: West Ham V Aston Villa
Carlos Tevez, West Ham United's new Argentine striker, may be unveiled at Upton Park tomorrow. How will his inclusion change the nature of Alan Pardew's attack? Pre-Tevez: The Anglo attack West Ham have a reputation for playing attractive attacking football...
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Football: How the Footy Revolution Was Televised Many Years before Its Time Had Come ; ON SATURDAY
Today's is an auspicious date. Or maybe an inauspicious one, I'm not entirely sure. For it was on 9 September 1960 - also a Saturday - that a Football League match was first televised live, and the seeds sown that would grow into multimillion pound deals...
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Football: Johnson Is Everton's New Derby 'Weapon'
Everton v Liverpool has been more bruising than Blair v Brown and more rancorous than McCartney v McCartney in recent years, but the home manager in today's 204th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, David Moyes, believes that Andy Johnson's scorching...
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Football: Juve in Good Shape for Long Haul Back
Juventus begin the long haul back to respectability today with a visit to the Adriatic seaside resort of Rimini, where the Turin club, founded in 1897, make their SerieB debut after being sent packing from SerieA for match-fixing. Rimini finished 17th...
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Football: Keane Bristles with New Ideas to End Losing Mentality
It should be the kind of tame inquiry that allows a manager to relax into an interview, but Roy Keane had an unexpectedly terse reply when asked about the number of good luck messages he had received ahead of his Sunderland managerial debut today. "Yeah....
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Football: PREMIERSHIP TEAM NEWS
Everton v Liverpool Today 12.45pm. Last season: 1-3. TV: Live PPV' Highlights BBC111.05pm Tickets: Sold out Everton Leading scorer last season: Beattie 10 Subs from: Wright, Beattie, Davies, Stubbs, Anichebe, Weir, Pistone, Van der Meyde. Injured: McFadden...
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Football: Pride and Passion of the Man Who Wants to Be English ; Dejan Stefanovic Was Born in Belgrade, Has 19 Serbian Caps and Still Speaks His (Perfect) English with an Accent. but in Two Years' Time He Hopes to Have a British Passport. Portsmouth's Captain Talks to Jason Burt about Nationality, Pompey's Transformation and What Alain Perrin Could Learn from Harry Redknapp the Premiership Interview
Two meetings held with Portsmouth managers last season spring to Dejan Stefanovic's mind. The first was with Alain Perrin' the second with the Frenchman's successor, Harry Redknapp. In both meetings Stefanovic was asked to voice his opinion. In both...
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Football: Romanov Admits Taking Charge of Hearts Team Selection Process ; SCOTLAND
Vladimir Romanov, the multimillionaire owner of Heart of Midlothian, has finally made the sensational admission about what has long been suspected about his role at the club: he tells his managers who to select. Asked the direct question, "Do you pick...
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Football: The Power of Two How Tottenham Captured Their Own Dynamic Duo ; FOOTBALL ARGENTINES IN LONDON
HOW THE DEAL CAME ABOUT Within days of starring for Argentina in their World Cup victory in 1978, Osvaldo Ardiles was offered to Tottenham Hotspur by Harry Haslam, the manager of Sheffield United and friend of Spurs manager Keith Burkinshaw. Haslam was...
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Football: The Power of Two How Tottenham Captured Their Own Dynamic Duo ; FOOTBALL ARGENTINES IN LONDON
HOW THE DEAL CAME ABOUT Within days of starring for Argentina in their World Cup victory in 1978, Osvaldo Ardiles was offered to Tottenham Hotspur by Harry Haslam, the manager of Sheffield United and friend of Spurs manager Keith Burkinshaw. Haslam was...
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Football: What I've Learnt This Week
1. Missing out on signing tasty Polish striker leaves me struggling on the restaurant front Apologies for not doing a column last week but by the time the transfer deadline closed I was wiped out. It must have been my longest day in management. My secretary,...
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Football: Zahavi 'Linked' to New Deal to Own Argentine Players
The trend by which promising young South American players are owned not just by their clubs, but partly or wholly by separate companies, appeared to be taken a step further yesterday when the debt-ridden Argentine club River Plate announced the sale...
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Forget the Freebies and Look for the Largest Overdraft Going ; Forget the Free Gifts, a Good Student Account Will More Than Payoff in the Long Run, Says David Prosser
Britain's biggest banks love students. They may not make much money from them straight away, but the banks know most customers signed up in Freshers' Week will stay with them for many years to come. That makes students a prime target for the banks' marketing...
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Foyles to Sell Books outside London in Selfridges Tie-Up
Foyles, the iconic London bookshop, unveiled plans yesterday to sell titles outside the capital for the first time in more than 100 years. London's largest independent bookshop, which was founded in 1903 and still remains in the Foyle family, is to open...
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GARDENS: Buried Treasures ; Bulb Catalogues Are One of Life's Guilty Pleasures - but You Need Good Advice If You're Not to Be Disappointed Next Spring, Says Anna Pavord
On the hottest days of August, I retreated to our new hammock house and, gently swaying in the shade, read bulb catalogues. "Sad," said one of the children, as I tried to describe the extraordinary pleasure the pages give. She'll get there herself one...
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GARDENS: Urban Gardener Cleve West ; Sumach the Better
Marcia and Gerald's sumach has come up blind this year. A shame, as I was hoping to cut one of the flowers for an experiment. Their garden was, I think, the last one I built before design work became more regular, and I have flagrantly taken advantage...
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Go-Ahead Gains after Recovering from Fuel Cost Hit
Go-Ahead, the bus and rail group that took over Southeastern trains from a government-backed operator earlier this year, said yesterday fare collection on the franchise had improved markedly. The improvement in revenues was one reason why Go-Ahead ended...
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Golf: Sponsors Still Win as Wie Finishes Last
Michelle Wie finished dead last in the European Masters yesterday. She added a 79 to her opening 77, to be 15-over-par and it might be thought that embarrassment would have broken out all round, given a performance that resulted in her missing the projected...
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Grow Eat ; BRITISH ISLES Crispy Mackerel and Pancakes with Wild Strawberries - Rhiannon Batten Gets a Taste of What Nature's Kitchen Has to Offer on a Gourmet Survival Course in Wales
What would you do if the world as we know it suddenly collapsed? If petrol pumps ran dry and supermarket shelves were empty? Back in 1998 the excellent Canadian film Last Night explored several lines of action, the most memorable being a man who spent...
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Head for the Hills ; Wilderness Doesn't Get Much More Wild Than Northern Sweden with Its Pristine Forests, Icy Lakes and Thousands of Reindeer, but, Says Kate Humble, Keep It to Yourself
Here's a quandary. What do you do when you find a place that has managed to escape the onslaught of human development and is still relatively undiscovered? Do you tell people about it, wanting them, too, to experience being somewhere truly wild? Or do...
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Head of Colombian Army Accuses Own Troops of Bogota Bombing
The head of the army has accused his troops, including two officers, of participating in a deadly car-bombing on the eve of President Alvaro Uribe's swearing-in ceremony last month that was originally blamed on left-wing rebels. The revelations come...
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High Energy Prices Mean Wood Group Is Well Oiled ; THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The oil services player Wood Group not only reported a 30per cent rise in first-half earnings this week' it added that its full-year results would beat City expectations. Wood unveiled a pre-tax profit of $75m, up from $56mfor the same period a year...
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Hirst's Tribute to St Bartholomew Takes Centre Stage in Pounds 15m Collection of Art at Chatsworth
Classical Greek or Roman statues may be more common in the gardens of the stately homes of Britain. But in the grounds of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, yesterday, the Duke of Devonshire unveiled a striking more-than-life-size sculpture by Damien Hirst...
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Horse Racing: Dettori Marshalls Sergeant
There is no denying the yeoman nature of the present crop of stayers, Yeats apart, but none is more hardy than Sergeant Cecil, who yesterday won the second Group prize of his career just 17 days after the first. The transfer of the GNER Doncaster Cup...
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Horse Racing: Dylan and Fallon Can Bring Ouija to Earth
The journey from heart to breast pocket is a short but dangerous one in betting. However short the odds, many wallets will be unfastened today as an instinctive gesture of allegiance to Ouija Board, the mare who makes her own commitments with such epic...
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HOW BORAT CONQUERED AMERICA ; It's a Long Way from the West Staines High Road to Sunset Boulevard. but the Man Who Gave Us Ali G Has Become a Huge Comedy Star Stateside. Andrew Gumbel Reports on the Meteoric Rise of Sacha Baron Cohen. Respect! A Funny Business
Of all the stunts Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled off in his short but seemingly blessed career as a comedian, this is surely the weirdest: he and George W Bush have both been spotted this summer dabbling in the same work of French existentialist literature....
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How Do I Look? ; Ann Widdecombe Politician, Age 59
In the Sixties, I was at a Roman Catholic convent for my senior education, just when everything was beginning to get a bit more daring. Our skirts, bless my soul, were one inch above the knee and the nuns, who insisted they should all be on the knee,...
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How Middle America Made Me Feel Safer
Every time I enter the United States, I wonder what the lads in Homeland Security have in store for me. But last week, Chicago was a piece of cake. I was arriving from Lebanon, I told the young man at the desk, and I was to address a Muslim conference....
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How Two Racists Faced Each Other in Court, Then Shunned Prejudice to Become Friends
As teenage gang leaders Shaahid Latif and Ricki Elliot spent years fighting each other. The only thing they had in common was mutual hatred and the two young men, who hail from opposite sides of Peterborough's ethnic divide, eventually ended up in court....
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If You Ask Me Arabella Weir
If you ask me - and judging from the junk emails awaiting me when I got back from holiday - there's a whole bunch of you out there mad keen on penis enhancements and stronger ejaculations. Now, quite why anyone other than a porn star would require a...
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Indian Bombings Kill 31 Muslims at Mosque
A pair of bombs rigged to bicycles ripped through the crowded streets of Malegaon in western India as Muslim worshippers were leaving afternoon prayers, killing 31 people and injuring 100. The authorities declared a curfew in the city in Maharashtra...
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Investors Look to the Far East to Counter the Growing Gloom about the US Economy ; OUTLOOK
Nothing should be read into the coincidence in timing between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meeting, which begins in Singapore next week, and the fifth anniversary of 9/11, which is also on Monday. Yet it none the less provides a useful...
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Israeli Military Stops Cycling Peace Activists from Entering Jenin
Twenty-three peace activists cycling from London to Jerusalem to get wheels turning in the Middle East peace process will make a second attempt to enter Jenin in the West Bank today, having been denied entry by Israeli officials for the past two days....
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It's the Adults Who Need the Cycling Lessons
Pity the nerdy knock-kneed children of England and Wales. The Cycling Proficiency test is back. The new version - renamed Bikeability with a website full of yoof- tastic primary colours and exclamation marks - is intended to be more modern and relevant....
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'I Would like to Be an MP So I Could Use the Lovely Patio on the Thames' ; the 5-Minute Interview Timothy Spall Actor
Timothy Spall, 49, plays Albert Pierrepoint, the title role in the film about Britain's last hangman. "Pierrepoint" is now available to buy onDVD. At the moment l am filming... Death-Defying Acts. It's a feature film, about Hou-dini. It's a lot of fun.It's...
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JAMES HAWTHORNE ; Genial BBC NL Controller
The emollient personality of James Hawthorne, a tall and genial figure, was at first sight not well-suited for controversial and hard-fought firefights at the intersection of journalism, terrorism and politics. Yet for a full decade as head of the BBC...
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Joanna David ; MY LIFE IN TRAVEL 'I Love Walking along the Cliffs at Kimmeridge in Dorset'
First holiday memory? Going to Nevin in North Wales when I was about four. On the way, we all got out of the car to have a pee in a field and when we went back the car wasn't there because the handbrake wasn't on! Best holiday? Staying with my friends...
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Johnson Sparks Diplomatic Row over 'Cannibalism' Gibe
After grovelling to the people of Liverpool and muttering excuses for a messy extra-marital affair, the Tory MP Boris Johnson has added the people of Papua New Guinea to his long list of public mea culpas. The gaffe-prone shadow Higher Education minister...
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Lawn Tennis: Federer Nominated as 'Athlete of Our Age'
Roger Federer is moving so far ahead of his rivals that any assessment of his standing now goes beyond tennis. The talk at the US Open has been of his similarity to Tiger Woods and the comparison was made again after the world No 1 beat James Blake in...
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Leading Article: Personal Attacks and Backbiting Will Only Alienate the Electorate
Of all the misjudged and damaging interventions of this tumultuous week in British politics, Charles Clarke's highly personal attack yesterday on Gordon Brown was - by some distance - the most foolish. The former Home Secretary was scathingly critical...
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Little Italy ; Leros Shares More in Common with Milan and Miami Than Other Greek Islands. Matt Carroll Investigates Its Italian Links and the Faded Grandeur of a Real-Life Cinema Paradiso
At a glance, Leros looks like any other Greek island. When you arrive on the ferry at the fishing village of Ayia Marina, the first thing you notice is the pastel-coloured plasterwork of the small cafs that line the harbour. Clusters of elderly locals...
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'Male Warrior' Effect Makes Men More Likely to Support War ; BRITISH ASSOCIATION
Men have a built-in tendency to pull together in the face of a common enemy, which might explain why they are more interested in wars than women, a study has found. A series of laboratory-controlled trials appear to support the belief that men are innately...
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MARTIN STITT ; the British Director Premieres His Film 'What Does Your Daddy Do?' at the Venice Film Festival
Sunday I wake up staring at three hoodies trying to break into my neighbour's place. Our estate's wall has collapsed, so they were able to get in. I spend my day talking to lawyers of the leaseholders to solve the problem. I also send out a bulk of letters...
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Masseria Torre Maizza Italy ; ROOM SERVICE
Five years ago the big question was: is Puglia the new Tuscany? Now it's: is Puglia over? Not according to Vittorio Muolo, who opened his fourth hotel in the area at the end of July. "Our guests couldn't ask for more," he tells me, with a confident look....
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Mbeki Demotes Aids Minister Who Urged 'Garlic' Treatment
Faced with mounting pressure to rethink the South African government's policy on fighting Aids, President Thabo Mbeki has finally agreed to sideline his Minister of Health who achieved notoriety through her promotion of homegrown HIV treatments. Although...
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Merrill Pulls the Plug on Radio's GCap Media ; SHARES AND MARKETS MARKET REPORT
Things have been grim in the radio advertising market for a while, and they could get worse before they get better for GCap Media, down 8.5p to 200.75p, after the broker Merrill Lynch published a very bearish research note on the company. The US investment...
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Motorcycling: Practice Fall May Prevent Pedrosa Pursuing Hayden in Malaysia
Spain's Dani Pedrosa may have to withdraw from the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix after a fall in second free practice yesterday.The Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa, 25 points behind his American team-mate Nicky Hayden in the title race, had just set the fastest...
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Motor Racing: Schumacher Gears Up to Drive off into Sunset
The only question anyone wants an answer to right now in Monza is whether Michael Schumacher really is going to announce his retirement from Formula One after the Italian Grand Prix tomorrow. He is. Ferrari are now expected to confirm at the same time...
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My Secret Life
Felix Dennis founded his own magazine-publishing company in 1973 - and made millions with the sale of Personal Computer World and MacUser in the mid-Eighties. He has homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and Mustique, and his interests...
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New Language Qualifications Help Put 10,000 Students on 'Ladder of Learning'
Ten thousand students - including children as young as eight - have taken innovative new courses which aim to reverse the decline in language learning. The qualifications - called Asset Languages and run by the Oxford and Cambridge exam board OCR - aim...
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New York Is Stronger and Safer after 9/11, Says Mayor Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg, the New York mayor, has hailed the economic recovery of the city as it marks the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Centre towers. A recovery in the office market of the city's financial district,...
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No Frills Reaches Malta
Aristocrats and restaurateurs in Malta have welcomed the news that their island is the latest battleground for Britain's leading no-frills airlines. This week, the Maltese government announced it would allow easyJet and Ryanair to launch flights from...
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Palestinians Forced to Scavenge for Food on Rubbish Dumps
The Israeli military and economic siege of Gaza has led to a collapse in Palestinian living conditions and many people only survive by looking for scraps of food in rubbish dumps, say international aid agencies. "The pressure and tactics have not resulted...
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Patti Smith Rails against Israel and US
The singer-songwriter Patti Smith has produced an emotional indictment of American and Israeli foreign policy in two new protest songs she will premiere in London next week. The American singer takes the Israeli bombing of Lebanese civilians and the...
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Pay Me Based on My Success - ITV Contender
Roger Parry, the highly regarded media executive who would like to be the next chief executive of ITV, would take a "low" salary if offered the job, with the possibility of making "a few million, not tens of millions" if his tenure is a success. Mr Parry...
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The Opera Gaddafi: A Living Myth The Coliseum, London WC2 Until 16 September OVERVIEW With a score composed by Asian Dub Foundation and a libretto by Shan Khan, ENO's opening salvo this season is no ordinary opera. Gaddafi: A Living Myth spans 80 years...
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Peugeot Chief Quits after Profit Warnings
The chief executive of Peugeot, Jean-Martin Folz, is to step down after three profits warnings from the French car maker in the past 12 months. Shares in the company, Europe's second biggest car maker, rose strongly on the news, recording their biggest...
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Poll: Labour Split Is Worse Than Tories under Major
Labour is now seen by a majority of people as more divided than the Conservatives during the government headed by John Major, according to an opinion poll for The Independent. The survey by Communicate Research found that 56 per cent of voters see Labour...
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PROFESSOR VERNON INGRAM ; Molecular Biologist Who Uncovered the Secrets of Sickle Cell Disease
Vernon Ingram discovered the chemistry of the gene for sickle cell disease. It was the first disease gene to be analysed, and Ingram is therefore known as the father of molecular medicine. It was a brilliant, ingenious and sublime discovery, and it was...
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