The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from November 21, 2005

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A DEADLY LEGACY: British Soldier Is Killed in Basra as Bombs Claim 110 Lives
A British soldier was killed and four others seriously injured in a weekend of unremitting violence in Iraq which claimed a total of 110 lives. The British casualties were caused by a roadside bomb attack on a patrol near Basra yesterday with the use,...
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A Deadly Legacy ; This Is Part of a Cluster Bomb. It Is Feared Thousands of Bomblets Lie Unexploded in Iraq, Capable of Maiming or Killing Innocent Civilians. This Week, More Than Two Years after They Were Dropped, Britain Is Finally Being Held to Account
Tony Blair is facing fresh fury over the use of controversial munitions in the Iraq war. Campaigners lambasted the Ministry of Defence over its use of deadly cluster bombs and shells during the invasion, warning that they could contravene international...
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AGENT PROVOCATEUR ; He Made a Fortune in the Pop Charts, Then Set Fire to Pounds 1m. He Dedicated Himself to Art, but Went to Extraordinary Lengths to Hijack the Turner Prize. Bill Drummond Has Made a Career out of Turning Celebrity on Its Head. Declan O'Neill Tracked Him Down
Bill Drummond has declared that today is No Music Day. 'No hymns will be sung,' the announcement on his website states. 'No records will be played on the radio. iPods will be left at home. Rock bands will not rock. Conductors will not take to the podium...
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ANALYSIS: VIRAL GAMES: Nice Work If You Can Avoid It ; Thousands of Working Hours Are Lost While Slackers Play Viral Games. Richard Gillis Identifies the Most Addictive
Alien Hominid http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view.php?id=59593 Colourful and loud Flash animation game. Involves moving a yellow 'being' sideways to avoid being shot by the FBI. Hugely popular with young, poorly supervised first jobbers. Transports...
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Back to Nuremberg: Allied Prosecutors Recall the Horror
Former Allied prosecutors and witnesses have returned to the Nuremberg courtroom where the leaders of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime were put on trial. The reunion yesterday marks the 60th anniversary of the tribunals, which set a global precedent for bringing...
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Battle Intensifies for Cyber-World Gaming Supremacy in Singapore
'And it's a goal for Singapore!' the commentator screamed as fans leapt to their feet, pumping their fists and roaring to celebrate an equaliser against Romania. But this was no ordinary football match. Instead of playing on a field, the game was fought...
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Better to Have Loved and Lost, Even on the Internet
The online dating world has been rocked by claims in Los Angeles that dating companies have been paying women to go on sham dates with male subscribers to make the men think the site is generating results and thus renew their membership fees. A man in...
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Bird Flu at Quarantine Centre Was Discovered Only by Chance
Ministers tried to cover up the true scale of the fiasco surrounding an outbreak of deadly bird flu at a private quarantine facility in Essex. An investigation by The Independent has found that the discovery of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza at the...
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Book of the Week: How 'The Originals' Spun an All Black Cloak of Invincibility ; the Contest for Rugby Supremacy: 1905 All Blacks by Greg Ryan (Canterbury University Press, Pounds 14.99)
There are remarkable similarities between the present-day New Zealand All Black tourists and their predecessors of a century ago, 'The Originals'. Like Tana Umaga and his 21st- century mob, the 1905 tourists were big, athletic, super-fit and skilful....
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Cabinet Colleagues Join Blockheads at Mowlam Memorial
The worlds of politics and entertainment came together last night for an evening of music, comedy, poetry and speeches in memory of Mo Mowlam, the former Northern Ireland secretary of state who died in August from a brain tumour. Tony Blair, who was...
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Case Summaries
21 NOVEMBER 2005: The following notes of judgments were prepared by Kate O'Hanlon, Barrister. Sex Discrimination Hardy & Hansons plc v Lax ([2005] EWCA Civ 846); CA (Pill, Thomas, Gage LJJ) 7 July 2005 When considering whether an employer had unlawfully...
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CBI Rejects Government Plea to Promote Workers' Rights
Relations between business and the Government hit a new low yesterday after it emerged that Sir Digby Jones, the head of the CBI, had angrily rejected a secret request by ministers to help implement pro-union changes. The employers' federation confirmed...
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Celebrities Feel the Jungle Heat ; First Night I'M A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HERE! ITV, 9pm
'WITH this lot, anything, and I mean, anything, can happen" said Ant. Or was it Dec? 'These celebrities are going to be pushed to the limit", said Dec. Or was it Ant? The credits roll. A white stretch limo, of the type you see driving round Liverpool...
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Chinese Christians Step out of Shadows for Bush
China's Christians are more used to police surveillance and harassment and worshipping in secret than basking in the limelight. But a visit by US President George Bush to the Gangwashi Church near Tiananmen Square for a morning's service, offered a rare...
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Classical; Lessons in the Art of Lieder ; PIMLICO LIEDER PROJECT Wigmore Hall LONDON W1
Now making a big name for herself both as a recitalist and in opera, the soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers regards her musical start in life as providential. When she was three, her mother decided to expose her to opera, taking the infant Gwen to see The Marriage...
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Cold Drives Consumers Back into the High Street
The sudden arrival of freezing weather has driven consumers into the shops, a leading retailer said yesterday, sparking hopes that the crucial Christmas trading season is finally under way. John Lewis, the department store group, said sales at its 27...
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Collins Stewart Suitors Work on Combined Bid
Terry Smith, the chief executive of Collins Stewart Tullett, is edging closer towards a pounds 55m windfall after three of the bidders vying to take over the City broking business formed an alliance to launch a joint offer. Blackstone Group, Kohlberg...
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Countryside Alliance ; Their Only Shop Had Closed Down. So These Villagers Started Their own.Oliver Bennett Reports on How People Power Is Reviving Rural Life
At the village green at Ascott-under-Wychwood " a handsome village in west Oxfordshire, population 420 " is a sign bearing the legend: 'Fancy playing shop? We always need volunteers'. Around the corner, outside the village shop in question, there's a...
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Cricket: Afridi Let off Leash by Vaughan Blunder on England Day of Toil ; PAKISTAN 300-4 V ENGLAND
Shahid Afridi hit a belligerent and explosive unbeaten 67 as Pakistan dominated the first day of the second Test here yesterday. Afridi, whose spectacular 62-ball innings contained five fours and four sixes, ended England's hopes of bowling Pakistan...
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Cricket: Bravo and Ramdin Combine to Carry Fight to Australia ; AUSTRALIA 406 WEST INDIES 149 & 334
Undeterred, possibly even motivated, by yet another appalling decision against their most influential batsman, the two youngest members of the West Indies team combined to at last carry the fight to Australia on the fourth day of the second Test here...
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Cricket: King of Spin Tormented by Hip Injury and Hungry Batsmen
'The King of Spain' might have felt yesterday that it would be pleasant to abdicate, buy a little hacienda somewhere in Andalucia and watch the sunsets. It had to be a better option than being carted regularly into the stands here to the delight of a...
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Daughter of Former Prime Minister Joins Ex-Soap and Pop Stars in Bush
I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, the television reality show that has spawned a much-publicised celebrity marriage and revived the ailing career of many a sinking star, is back on our screens again. And five series on, despite plunging our society...
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Five Questioned over Murder of PC in Bradford
The husband of the murdered police officer Sharon Beshenivsky has branded her killers 'cowards' who had taken the life of a woman 'loved by everyone who met her'. After leaving flowers outside the travel agency in Bradford, West Yorkshire, where his...
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Football: Bernabeu Applauds Ronaldinho's Class as Barcelona Humble Rivals Real Madrid ; REAL MADRID 0 BARCELONA 3
This wasn't just a dazzling victory for Barcelona, it was also a complete humiliation of their arch-rivals. The Catalans cruelly exposed Real Madrid's galacticos in front of their own fans and proved that it is they who are the true exponents of the...
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Football: Best Faces a Crucial 24 Hours in Fight for Life
George Best remains critically ill on a life-support machine and the next 24 hours are crucial for his survival, his doctor, Professor Roger Williams, said yesterday. 'Going on like this without improving is disappointing and we're very worried about...
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Football: Cole the Showboater Joins Engine-Room to Steady Chelsea Ship ; CHELSEA 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
No Chelsea player has come on more under Jose Mourinho's influence than Joe Cole. About a year ago, Cole was berated by Mourinho for showboating after scoring against Liverpool. On Saturday, Chelsea's manager had nothing but praise for the England midfielder....
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Football: Ellington Seizes His Chance to Get Back in the Picture ; WEST BROMWICH 4 EVERTON 0
Warming the bench through the autumn, waiting for an opportunity to show why Bryan Robson splashed pounds 3m to bring him from Wigan Athletic to West Bromwich Albion, Nathan Ellington could have been forgiven for wondering whether he had made a major...
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Football: Ferdinand's Emergence Deprives Tottenham ; TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 WEST HAM UNITED 1
A towering header from Rio Ferdinand's brother ... no, sorry. Start again. A towering header from Anton Ferdinand snatched a deserved point for West Ham at White Hart Lane yesterday and underlined the defender's emergence as player in his own right,...
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Football: Hasselbaink Supplies Twist as Teesside Curse Plagues Fulham ; MIDDLESBROUGH 3 FULHAM 2
Fulham have been returning from Teesside empty-handed for more than 20 years but the journey back to London last night will have taken place with particularly heavy hearts following this pulsating contest at the Riverside Stadium. Twice Chris Coleman's...
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Football: Healy's Guile Lures Saints into Old Sin of Surrender ; SOUTHAMPTON 3 LEEDS UNITED 4
In any other walk of life, a gang of young men pulling off a heist as audacious as Leeds United did on Saturday could expect to be banged up for a 10-year stretch. Those present will be talking in hushed tones for years to come of the 'Great St Mary's...
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Football: Henry Provides Pointed Reminder of Departure Fears ; WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 ARSENAL 3
Where once the abdication of the Manchester United captain would have presented Arsne Wenger with an irresistible invitation to wallow in Sir Alex Ferguson's discomfort, now there is only an appreciation of that predicament from a manager facing a greater...
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Football: Keane Weighs Up Offers from 30 Clubs
Roy Keane will consider this week what is understood to be offers from as many as 30 different clubs who would like to sign the former Manchester United captain, but it is his opposition to joining another Premiership club that is likely to be the defining...
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Football: McAnuff Winner Puts Brighton in Deeper Trouble ; BRIGHTON 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 3
Substitute Jobi McAnuff grabbed a last-minute winner that gave Crystal Palace a much-needed victory, easing pressure on the Crystal Palace manager Iain Dowie but left Brighton one place off the bottom. The referee Mick Fletcher, who had controlled this...
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Football: Perrin's Pain Eclipses Crouch's Woes ; LIVERPOOL 3 PORTSMOUTH 0
Denial spread across Anfield after this match. Among Liverpool supporters there was a refusal to accept the truth about Peter Crouch; in the Portsmouth hierarchy there was a wall being built about the future of manager Alain Perrin. On the phone-ins,...
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Football: Phillips Resists Revelling in Sunderland's Lack of Class ; SUNDERLAND 1 ASTON VILLA 3
Mick McCarthy, the Sunderland manager, took his players out paint- balling last week in an effort to relieve the tension which has greeted their poor start to the season. After another comprehensive defeat, this time to a previously struggling Aston...
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Football: Rix's Rocket Sparks Hearts after Sleepy Beginnings ; ABERDEEN 1 HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN 1
Rudi Skacel's 11th goal of the season was enough to earn Hearts a point in Graham Rix's first match as the head coach but this result was more a case of two points dropped for the Edinburgh side. Had they applied themselves with anywhere near the urgency...
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Football: Stalemate Frustration Brings Pearce's Old Instincts into Play ; MANCHESTER CITY 0 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0
Somebody had to get hold of the ball and try to make something happen. The fact that it was Stuart Pearce, the Manchester City manager, twice stepping over the line, encapsulated the sterility of the match. On one side, Andy Cole and Darius Vassell zigged...
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Football: Strachan Has Title in Sight as Gloom Gathers at Ibrox ; CELTIC 3 RANGERS 0
Celtic are heading to the Champions' League next season, Rangers to European oblivion and Alex McLeish for the sack. Those are the easy conclusions drawn from the Old Firm derby on Saturday. As for Roy Keane, 'don't bother asking' was Gordon Strachan's...
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Football: United's Youngsters Step Up to Fill the Void ; CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3
After the week he had endured Sir Alex Ferguson turned up at the Valley with one thing on his mind: finding a television where he could watch the horse racing in private. An era had ended at Old Trafford, a momentous departure had taken place but there...
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Games: CHESS
The inaugural United States Chess League has been taking place for the last three months, and will come to its conclusion on Wednesday with the play-off finals between the Baltimore Kingfishers and the Miami Sharks. Travel is always an issue in such...
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Gastropubs Are Better Than French Bistros, Says Ronay
Fuelling our long-running rivalry with our cousins across the Channel, a new guide claims British gastropubs serve better food than many traditional French bistros. Turning his attentions to gourmet watering holes for the first time, the country's most...
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Golf: Storms Sweep Welsh Pair to World Cup Glory
Their name will for ever be adorned by an asterisk in the record books, but that was not bothering Wales one bit as they lifted the World Cup for the first time since 1987 here yesterday. 'It's the best rain I've ever watched,' said Stephen Dodd after...
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Grandmother Thief's 50-Year Career of Distraction Comes to Abrupt End
An immaculately dressed woman in her mid-seventies walked into the Neiman Marcus jewellery store in the Californian town of Palo Alto on 7 July. As usual she tried on numerous rings and chatted to the sales person with an effortless warmth and ease....
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Greg Dyke ON BROADCASTING: Why Commercial TV Is in a Spin over PVRs " and Viewers Love Them
For years now all sorts of people have been warning that the future of advertiser-funded television around the world is threatened by the advent of the personal video recorder (PVR), which enables viewers to skip through advertising breaks. I even did...
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Guilty Pleasure: John Sootheran on Classic FM
I've listened to Classic FM on and off for about three or four years but it's now more 'on', maybe because I'm getting older. I did a school exchange to Germany when I was about 14 and the family played only classical music. I got into it then, particularly...
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Have a Little Respect for Small People
I have received many letters about Sir Christopher Meyer's slighting references to our top politicians, and I would like to print some of them today, as that will give me more time to pop out and do my Christmas shopping. From Mr Winston Delatte Sir,...
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Hewitt Tells Hospitals Facing Cash Crisis to Reduce Waste
Patricia Hewitt is resisting demands to bail out NHS hospitals that are heavily in the red to avert a winter crisis in the health service. Dismissing calls for more money, she said: 'No " there is more money going into the NHS than ever before.' Tory...
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How to Be a Greener Driver. ; Can't Bear to Give Up Your Car? Then Simply Changing the Way You Use It Can Dramatically Reduce Your Impact on the Environment " and Save You Money, Too. Clint Witchalls Gives Eco-Motoring a Try
I have a confession to make. I'm one of those awful people who drive their children to school. You can tut-tut all you like, but it's simply too far to walk and there are no direct bus routes. I once tried cycling, but my son was put off by a speeding...
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Inflation Watchdogs Should Beware a Penalty of the Maradona Effect
Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, likes his sporting metaphors. One of his favourites is the so-called 'Maradona theory of interest rates', used in Mr King's 2005 Mais Lecture. Referring to Maradona's great second goal against England...
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Inside Story: All Covered in Glory ; on the Day of the British Society of Magazine Editors Annual Awards Ceremony in London, the BSME Committee Choose Their Personal Favourite Front Covers of 2005
EDITOR: Jane Bruton, Grazia CHOOSES: Vanity Fair, September issue This was the interview every magazine in the world was after and, not surprisingly, it became Vanity Fair's best-selling issue ever. The Mario Testino image is stunning and the words "...
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Japanese Probe Misses a Brief Stellar Encounter
After a two-and-a-half year wait, Japanese scientists have been frustrated this weekend as their attempt at a close encounter with an asteroid ended in a near miss. The Hayabusa probe came within a few feet of the Itokawa asteroid, which is 186 million...
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JOURNALISM TRAINING: BBC Sends Its Staff Back to School ; It's Not Just Entry-Level People Who Will Benefit from the Corporation's New Virtual Training College, as Its Head of Newsgathering, Vin Ray, Tells Jane Marlow
Getting your notebook and pen out in front of BBC deputy head of newsgathering and new director of its 'virtual' college of journalism, Vin Ray, is a bit like trying to paint a picture with an Old Master peering over your shoulder. Ray hands over a piece...
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Leading Article: After Bradford We Need Calm Debate Not Hasty Change
It is a measure of how peaceful Britain still is that the killing of a policeman or woman remains mercifully rare, and still has the power to shock. The latest case has touched a chord in practically everyone, because, rightly or wrongly, the public...
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Leading Article: The Bush Sermon and a Missed Opportunity
The sight of George and Laura Bush outside one of Beijing's handful of registered Protestant churches, having completed their Sunday worship, was on one level a heartening one. Here was the leader of the Western world daring to do what his timorous counter-...
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Letter: Destitution Will Be the Result of This Inhumane Asylum Policy
Sir: Returning a handful of failed asylum-seekers to Iraq by chartered jet (report, 18 November) might seem at first glance a hugely expensive way for a government to run an asylum policy. Such returns, however, enable the authorities to produce the...
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MARKETING P1 INTERNATIONAL: Formula for Success ; since Quitting the Grand Prix Racing Circuit, Former Champion Damon Hill Has Had to Take a Crash Course in Marketing after Founding a Luxury Car Business. Ian Burrell Reports
The former world motor racing champion Damon Hill rather bizarrely likens his fledgling luxury car business to 'Bjorn Borg's underpants'.Hill is referring to the often disastrous attempts of retired sports stars to create a second career on the back...
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MEDIA DIARY: Gordon Plays Ball with Rupert
WARMEST RESPECT to those ministers who fought so doughtily to protect Sky TV's stranglehold on live Premiership football. Admittedly Rupert Murdoch has lost his monopoly, but the deal struck in Brussels keeps Sky in a hugely dominant position. What's...
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Meyer's Book Should Have Been Stopped, but So Should the Events He Describes
John Prescott's political advisers should be more careful. Clearly, it would be absurd to allow the Deputy Prime Minister to do his own drafting. A man who can barely speak English cannot be expected to write it. Yet there are limits, and sending a letter...
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Ministers Reject Routine Arming of Officers
Calls for all police officers to be armed in the wake of the Bradford shooting have been rejected by ministers and chief constables. But more specialist firearms officers could be deployed in future. The association that represents most police officers...
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Miraculous Encounters ; an Exhibition in Oxford Features Religious Images from North-West Italy That Are Said to Possess Supernatural Powers. Tom Lubbock Can't Believe His Eyes
Take family photographs. A grandmother, say, sits in her living- room, surrounded by framed photographs that are set up on tables, shelves and mantelpiece. They show the various members of her family, living and dead. What is the point of these images?...
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News from Elsewhere: The Domino Effect and How Difficult It Can Be for Creatures Sharing the Planet with Us
Happy Monday! And welcome once again to the column which tries really hard to give today a makeover and transform it from the old grumpy, deep-sighing, foot-dragging week-pooper into a happy, jolly, can-do kind of a day! And how do we do this? Why, by...
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Obituary: CLARA JAEGER ; Secretary and Mistress to Theodore Dreiser
For four years in the 1930s, Clara Clark was secretary, and mistress, to the American novelist Theodore Dreiser. Yet the defining relationship of her life was her 56-year marriage to the Moral Re-Armament campaigner Bill Jaeger. Born in 1909 in Germantown,...
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Obituary: JEAN-MICHEL FOLON ; Illustrator and Creator of French TV's 'Blue Man'
The graphic artist Jean-Michel Folon enjoyed a lengthy career during which he went from contributing illustrations to publications such as Esquire, The New Yorker and Time in the Sixties to designing posters for Amnesty International, Greenpeace and...
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Obituary: JOHN TIMPSON ; 'Today' Programme Presenter Who Established a Formidable Partnership with Brian Redhead
The Today programme on BBC Radio 4 has been a broadcasting institution almost from the time it was launched in the 1950s on the old Home Service; but since then it has gone through several changes of personality. In the early days, with the ebulliently...
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Obituary: RALPH EDWARDS ; Originator of 'This Is Your Life'
Ralph Edwards was among the first broadcasters to realise the financial importance of a television franchise for a popular idea. Every time Eamonn Andrews or Michael Aspel surprised a subject with the 'big red book'on This Is Your Life, the credits had...
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On Advertising: Hatfield's Best in Show Citroen C3
This drives me nuts, both for its creative execution and the incessant repetition in shows I happen to watch. Sorry, I know there are some who like it, and that the agency is proud of it. Why, it even tops Marketing magazine's weekly AdWatch table for...
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ON ADVERTISING: The Seeds of This Creative Brain Drain Were Sown 15 Years Ago
In the land of the bland, the one-stop total integrated marketing solution is king. With the smaller, independent, avowedly creative and multi-disciplinary independent agencies appearing to be more attractive to even the largest global clients, many...
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One-Third Believe Victims of Rape Are to Blame If They Were Drunk
One in three people believe a woman is partly or completely to blame for being raped if she has been flirtatious, or is drunk, according to new research. More than a quarter also believe a woman is at least partly responsible for being raped if she wears...
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Online Dating Agencies 'Sending Own Staff on Dates'
If you search for a life partner with the aid of online dating services, be careful " at least in the US. That is the seeming message of two cases involving well-known match-making agencies that are being sued for fraud, either for sending their own...
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OPEC Moves to Calm Fear of Cuts in Quotas as Oil Price Falls
Opec, the oil producers' cartel, has moved to calm fears that it was poised to restrict supply output after prices hit a five-month low last week. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it would not consider cutting its quotas at a meeting...
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Opera: Flaws in the Execution ; UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Royal Opera House LONDON HHH
The title page of the programme was discreetly etched with balloons. On the inside pages, greetings from the great and the good of classical music displayed an almost competitive enthusiasm. Sir Charles Mackerras " the musicians' musician " is 80, and...
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Pandora
'Mail on Sunday' drops review that criticises PCC's Meyer The memoirs of the former ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer, have caused quite a stir in government circles, but they also offer an interesting insight into the workings of the press....
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'Perhaps I Should Have Told You This.': NEWSPAPERS: CARTOONS ; Having Missed One of the Biggest Newspaper Scoops in Recent Years, the 'Telegraph' Cartoonist Matt Pritchett Is Embarrassed to Be among 40 People Honoured for Their Impact on Modern Journalism
Matt Pritchett is, by his own admission, 'slightly embarrassed' at being included among the new Hall of Fame set up to honour the 40 people who have done most to shape the modern era of British journalism. It is not only that the Daily Telegraph cartoonist...
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Physics Could Disappear from Schools Because of Qualified-Teacher Shortage
Physics teaching in England and Wales is in crisis and urgent action must be taken to stop the subject from disappearing from schools, according to new research. The plummeting number of students taking A-level physics is directly linked to the worrying...
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'Political Earthquake' Shakes Israel as Sharon Quits Likud
Ariel Sharon threw Israeli politics into turmoil last night by deciding to leave the Likud and run for re-election as prime minister at the head of a new centre party committed to a compromise peace " on his terms " with the Palestinians. He told his...
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Pop: DEVENDRA BANHART ; Astoria LONDON HHH
If the California-based 24-year-old Devendra Banhart achieved some fame as leader of a supposed new folk scene last year, it was largely on the strength of his compelling, solo live performances. But tonight, with an album of great material, Cripple...
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Racing: Mitchell in Clover as Big Fences Take Toll
The fearsome Grand National fences showed once again they still have a sting yesterday as the Becher Chase market leaders, Forest Gunner, Juveigneur, Strong Resolve and Direct Access, all crashed out over the first three fences. A 33-1 chance, Garvivonnian,...
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RADIO: GILLES PETERSON: Hello World, This Is London ; Star DJ Gilles Peterson Pioneered International Radio Syndication and His Show Can Now Be Heard from Finland to Singapore. the BBC Radio 1 Presenter Tells Ian Burrell of His Expanding Role as a Musical Ambassador for Britain
Gilles Peterson is the alternative BBC World Service. The international version of his radio show " appropriately titled Worldwide " is broadcast in 14 countries and gives him a global reach matched by no other DJ. Listeners to his drive-time show on...
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RBS Chairman Acts to Silence Talk That Goodwin Could Quit
Sir George Mathewson, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, was yesterday forced to defend Sir Fred Goodwin's position at the bank amid reports that the chief executive was mulling an exit. A statement issued yesterday by Sir George said he was 'taken...
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Rugby League: Britain Left to Reflect on Lack of Depth
Great Britain have lost the fight to reach the final of the Tri- Nations, but they should win the battle this week to preserve the concept. The essential differences between British and Australian rugby league were all too obvious at Hull. The consequence...
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Rugby Union: Champions Pale beside the New Black Arts
Muhammad Ali once said that an opponent had dreamt he had beaten him but was decent enough to leap out of bed and apologise. You had a little sense of the need for that when the response of a few of the headquarters' faithful to Martin Corry's touchdown...
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Rugby Union: Discordant Scots Not Ready for All Black Juggernaut ; SCOTLAND 18 SAMOA 11
If Scotland were expecting that it would take little more than a skirl of the pipes to inspire them to an easy victory over Samoa they were much mistaken. The pre-match music played by the Coldstream Pipe Band was infinitely more entertaining and convincing...
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RUGBY UNION: ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND: Robinson's Rose Shows New Shoots after Taking All Blacks to the Limit
A devout vegetarian, Andy Robinson looked as though he had been force-fed one of Desperate Dan's cow sandwiches, complete with offal and a full set of hooves. The England coach accepts defeat in the way the Spanish Inquisition accepted heresy, and when,...
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Rugby Union: Habana Revels in the Freedom of Cardiff to Sink Wales ; WALES 16 SOUTH AFRICA 33
The powers that be at the Welsh national stadium have come up with the bright idea of seeing out the current year and ushering in 2006 by staging an event called Heaven and Hell on New Year's Eve. 'The main bowl will be transformed into the 'Hell' area,...
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RUGBY UNION INTERNATIONALS: Gregan Ready for Retirement as Australia End Losing Run ; IRELAND 14 AUSTRALIA 30
While this game in Dublin marked the end of a worrying seven- match run of defeats for the Wallabies, Cardiff could be the final scene in the remarkable career of Australia's captain, George Gregan. Reports from Down Under at the weekend suggested that...
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Rugby Union: Strudwick Glosses over the Defects ; LONDON IRISH 25 GLOUCESTER 10
This was a long, long game. A total of 20 minutes of injury time were played at the end of the two halves, and a healthily sized crowd felt every one of them, so lacking in ambition were both sides. On paper it was a comfortable win for London Irish,...
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Russian Steel Giant to Float in London ; Novolipetsk Could Be Valued at Pounds 6bn W LSE Poised for Its Biggest Flotation in Five Years
The Russian steel group Novolipetsk Steel will this week launch the biggest flotation on the London Stock Exchange for five years. Novolipetsk is set to be valued at about pounds 6bn when it floats next month. The deal will propel Vladimir Lisin, a little-...
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Sacked PM May Bid for Old Job as Charges Are Dropped
Ukraine's former prime minister, and the heroine of the orange revolution, Julia Tymoshenko, has been boosted in her bid to regain office after criminal charges against her were dropped. Ms Tymoshenko is best known for the charismatic and militant role...
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Sharon Considers Walking out on Rebellious Likud
Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Minister, was weighing up whether to quit the rebellious right-wing Likud Party and form a new centrist group even as negotiators agreed on a general election date of 28 March " eight months ahead of schedule. One of his...
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SHOULD THIS BE THE FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR LENIN? ; Many Russians Say It Is Time for the Body of Lenin, Father of the Bolshevik Revolution, to Be Taken from Its Red Square Mausoleum and Buried. for Others, This Is Sacrilege. by Andrew Osborn
On the fringe of a sprawling sombre cemetery in St Petersburg, an unsmiling metal-grey statue of Maria Ulyanova, mother of Vladimir Lenin, peers into the distance as if waiting for the return of her famous son. The boy she gave birth to in 1870 may have...
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Skiing: 'I Just Wanted My Career Back. Some People Still Don't Believe Me': An E-Mail Conversation with ..Alain Baxter ; Vindication Following Olympic Disqualification, Negotiated Ski Tour in a Battered Old Car, Seeing off the 'Summer Boys' in 'Superstars' Victory, Braveheart and the Highland Rebel Tradition
Your nickname " 'The Highlander'. That's just a newspaper thing isn't it? Probably " but it's not untrue. That's where I'm from. And I used to have long hair, and so someone decided I looked a bit Braveheartish. I've got the first Highlander movie at...
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Small Talk: Revealed: Colourful Past of the Baltic Barracuda
After last week's piece about Langbar International, AIM's biggest cash shell, Small Talk was inundated with calls asking for more information on the company's founder Mariusz Rybak. It was his pounds 2.5m share sale that prompted Langbar stock to be...
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Tennis: Federer Falls to Nalbandian as Exhaustion Takes Its Toll
David Nalbandian fought back from two sets down to stun the world No 1 Roger Federer and win the season-ending Masters Cup yesterday. Nalbandian's 6-7, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 victory " only Federer's fourth loss all year " ended the Swiss player's 35-match...
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The 5-Minute Interview: Pamela Cook: 'I Don't Want to Be Anything Else, It's Such a Joyous Job' ; Choral Director
Pamela Cook is the director of Cantamus, a 43-strong girls' choir from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, which is the subject of a new film planned by Our Friends in the North screenwriter Peter Flannery. Their single, 'Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime',...
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Theatre: THE BURIAL AT THEBES ; Playhouse NOTTINGHAM HHHHH
Sophocles was over 50 when Antigone, his second surviving play, triumphed at the Festival of Dionysus. In its uncompromising view of the immutable laws of gods and men, it belongs to an early age of tragedy, a era in which irreconcilable positions clash...
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Theatre: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC ; Almeida LONDON HHH
There are more quacks in this Molire comedy than there are in Ducktastic. But if anyone deserves to be exploited by medical charlatans, it's the hypochondriac anti-hero, Argan. Every phoney physician in France seems to have had the privilege of sticking...
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The Ghosts of Our Imperial Past Haunt Iraq
The end game in Iraq is nigh. Britain, the US and the Iraqi government, all now beleaguered in different ways, are scared witless by the diabolical violence in the 'liberated' country. When withdrawal happens it will be both too late and too soon. More...
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THE GREEN GODDESS: I'm the Sloane Ranger in the Great Flower Hunt
I am sitting at my desk in my urban eyrie with its glorious panoramic views of the Peter Jones haberdashery department, surrounded by bunches of exquisite wild flowers. These are not bought from some fancy florist, flown at huge environmental cost from...
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THE INTERVIEW: ANN LESLIE: Stuff and Nonsense ; She's Been Shot at, Almost Blown Up and Has Serious Health Problems, Yet She Still Covers the World's Trouble Spots with Her Trademark Stoicism. James Silver Meets the Woman Far Removed from the Macho Image of a War Correspondent
The day after cameraman Simon Cumbers was murdered and six bullets were pumped into BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner in June 2004, Ann Leslie stepped off a plane in Riyadh. It was the Daily Mail foreign correspondent's third visit to Saudi Arabia...
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THE KITCHEN CAPITALIST: I Was Trying to Blame You for This, Readers
The story so far: the author has sold his house to finance a manufacturing project in the hope of making a small fortune to finance his old age... You remember you advised me to send the prototype to Wales last week? You said it would be all right, do...
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