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 June 7, 2004

Afghan Children Fall Prey to Killers Who Trade Human Organs
ISMAIL IS only 10 years old, but the horrors of the past three months will be with him to his grave. He was rescued by the Afghan authorities on Friday, after being kidnapped in March with his brother Ibrahim, 6. Quietly, he told of seeing the bodies...
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America Mourns President Reagan
A MOURNING America began preparations for the country's first presidential state funeral in more than 30 years yesterday, to honour Ronald Reagan, the Republican president known to his country as the Gipper. Flags across the country were at half mast...
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ARTS: The Many Faces of Derren Brown ; He Is Well Known as a Trickster and Hypnotist. but the Self-Styled `Psychological Illusionist' Has Another Line, as a Painter of Celebrity Caricatures. He Reveals All to Charlotte Cripps
The suave psychological illusionist and magician Derren Brown has taken showbiz magic into new realms. Seemingly able to predict, suggest and control human behaviour, while claiming no psychic powers at all, he leaves audiences bewitched, bothered and...
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ATHLETICS: Lewis and Radcliffe Back on Track for Olympic Ambition
THERE WERE heartening Olympic indicators for two of Britain's premier women athletes yesterday as Denise Lewis, who will defend her heptathlon title in Athens, produced highly satisfactory shot put and javelin performances here at the Loughborough International...
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Bank Expected to Raise Base Rate amid Signs of a Stronger Economy
THE BANK of England is this week expected to raise interest rates for the second time in two months in an attempt to bring about a gentle slowdown in house prices and consumer spending. Economists believe the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee will decide...
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BBC Comedy Set in Smokers' Room Makes Cigarettes `Sociable', Say Campaigners
ONCE, IT was commonplace for participants in BBC programmes - whether an actor in Play for Today or a pundit in a studio discussion - to have a cigarette in their hands. Now, as smokers become ever more the target of vilification and pressure builds...
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BOOK OF THE WEEK ; the Longest Journey by Paul Weaver and Bruce Talbot (Sutton, Pounds 16.99)
IF SUCCESS does nothing else it generally spawns cramped, chronological plods along the route to triumph. These are usually shallow, mindless publications written with little thought and even less substance. Thankfully this particular work is an honourable...
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Classical Music: Murder and Madrigals ; the Lurid Life of the Outlandish Composer Carlo Gesualdo Has Long Exerted Its Fascination. Now, with His Music All the Rage, He Has Become the Subject of an Opera
Why is Carlo Gesualdo - multiple murderer, compulsive masochist, creator of futuristically ear-challenging harmonies - suddenly all the rage? The Hilliard Ensemble have made his sacred work their calling card, while Concerto Italiano have put out a steamy...
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Classical Music: The Compact Collection ; Rob Cowan on the Week's Best CD Releases
THE MIGHTY pronouncement of eight horns playing in unison that opens Mahler's Third has few parallels in symphonic music. A whole world suddenly springs to life, stark and unpeopled initially, then lightening gradually as jaunty marching bands mingle...
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COVER STORY: A Life Less Ordinary ; at Nearly 70, the Dalai Lama, God-King of Tibet (and Friend to the Stars), Knows He Cannot Go on for Ever. but, as Johann Hari Discovers, He Shows No Signs of Curbing His Ambition or His Opinions
It's tough being a god-king in the 21st century. The Dalai Lama is staging a press conference for Scottish radio from his hotel suite, just an hour before he is due to address the Scottish Parliament. He is scratching his shaved head and wearing a stilted...
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Cricket: A Tale of Contrasting Fortunes for the Men of Bat and Glove
TALLULAH'S TEST, as this match may be remembered in celebration of the England captain's new daughter, could also be recorded as a tale of two wicket-keepers. While Michael Vaughan and England coach Duncan Fletcher were smiling in vindication of their...
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Cricket: England's Bowlers Put Victory in Sight ; New Zealand 409 & 102-5 England 526
THIS GAME has been crying out for a bowler, or a bowling attack, to bowl properly. Throughout this fascinating Test the Headingley pitch has offered this breed continued assistance. But it was only as the shadows lengthened at the end of the fourth day,...
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Cricket: Glamorgan Inspired by Croft and Maynard
LEADERS GLAMORGAN sealed their sixth Totesport League First Division victory in seven outings when they beat Gloucestershire by 33 runs at Swansea yesterday. Half-centuries from Robert Croft and Matthew Maynard helped the Welshmen set a challenging target...
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Cricket: Jones' Display Adds to McCullum's Woe Behind the Wicket
TALLULAH'S TEST, as this match may be remembered in celebration of the England captain's new daughter, could also be recorded as a tale of two wicket-keepers. While Michael Vaughan and England coach Duncan Fletcher were smiling in vindication of their...
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Cricket: Sarwan Hits an Unbeaten 261 ; Bangladesh 284 & 66-3 West Indies 559-4 Dec
RAMNARESH SARWAN hit a career best 261 not out to lift West Indies to 559 for four declared on the third day of the second and final test against Bangladesh in Kingston yesterday. Their captain, Brian Lara, had hit a century on Saturday and Sarwan piled...
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Cricket: Sarwan Punishes Weak Attack ; Bangladesh 284 West Indies 389-4
RAMNARESH SARWAN advanced to his highest Test score as the West Indies moved towards a strong first innings lead on the third day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh here yesterday. The stylish right-hander, who raised his fifth Test hundred...
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D-Day Anniversary: In a Small French Square, Cahal Milmo Joins the Forgotten Heroes of Normandy - the Poles
WHEN STEFAN Barylak came to the small Normandy town of Potigny in 1929, he did so as an outsider - the seven-year-old son of impoverished Polish labourers seeking work in the surrounding iron mines. On a summer's day in 1944, he came back. This time...
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D-Day Anniversary: The Last March: Europe's Liberators, United in Sorrow and Remembrance
THE LONGEST day has ended at last. Of all the heart-rending moments in yesterday's 60th anniversary commemorations of the Normandy landings, the most poignant was the sight of British veterans walking away from an open-air service in Bayeux carrying...
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D-Day Anniversary: `We Were 40 When We Landed and 24 Were Knocked Down' ; This Was a Day to Mourn, and to Remember the Horror, the Heroism and the Pain, Reports Terri Judd
JACK TILLEY stood staring at the name of Sub-Lieutenant C G Perre as he struggled to find words to explain why this particular war grave among 4,165 was so important. Hampered by a recent stroke, the 80-year-old apologised for his jumbled sentences....
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Drugs Giant GSK Unveils Breast Cancer Breakthrough
GLAXOSMITHKLINE, the UK's biggest drug maker, has unveiled more details of its pipeline of forthcoming drugs, saying its new cancer treatment could halt the growth of breast cancer. The news emerged as GSK attempts to fend off allegations of fraud and...
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EQUESTRIANISM: Uncle Triumphs in Whitaker Family Affair
THE WHITAKER family left an indelible mark on this year's DFS Derby, with John Whitaker defeating his 16-year-old niece, Ellen, in a two-horse jump-off here yesterday, as the British Jumping Derby meeting reached its climax. Two Whitakers - John and...
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FLAVOUR OF THE WEEK ; Boiled Down, Condensed and Freeze-Dried: Your Guide to the Next Seven Days
This charming band Our favourite miserablist, Morrissey, takes the helm at the Meltdown Festival on London's South Bank this Friday. Despite clearing a goodly proportion of the schedule for promoting his own latest compositions, the ex-Smiths man has...
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FOOTBALL: Eriksson's Tinkering Cannot Disguise Lack of Winning Strategy
ENGLISH FOOTBALL continues to give deja vu a bad name. Consider the latest evidence: Bring on France, scream the headlines. Stick another flag on your car. "Shouldn't we be thinking of the final and winning it?" asked the Sky presenter of a panel for...
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Football: Eriksson Warns Fans to Stay out of Trouble
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON is warning England supporters of the "weighty responsibility" they face at Euro 2004. In a personal message, the England manager says that any repeat of "the violence and disorder involving England fans that has clouded past tournaments"...
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FOOTBALL: Gravesen May Be Ready to Leave Everton
EVERTON HAVE been warned they are almost certainly going to lose inspirational Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen. On the day the Goodison club distanced themselves from claims that they are in discussions with Thaksin Shinawatra over selling a stake...
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FOOTBALL: Keane Stuns Netherlands to Boost Irish Confidence ; Netherlands 0 Republic of Ireland 1
BRIAN KERR believes his Republic of Ireland fringe players will return to their clubs brimming with confidence after the impressive 1- 0 victory over the Netherlands on Saturday. A superb 45th-minute strike from the Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, which...
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FOOTBALL: Lampard Can Be the Final Piece in England's Midfield Jigsaw ; England 6 Iceland 1
IT IS NOT just the temporary euphoria of a 6-1 win over Iceland - after all, England's next opponents are France, not Sainsbury's or Asda - that prompts the argument that the national team which leaves these shores today is better prepared than any of...
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FOOTBALL: PRESS WATCH - Chelsea Rumoured to Be Closing in on Porto's Paulo Ferreira, While Barcelona's Teenage Defender Gerard Pique Is Reported Target for Manchester United
WHILE THERE is consensus among transfer tipsters that Porto's right-back Paulo Ferreira will be the first signing made by the new Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho - at pounds 13m according to the News of the World - only The People says that the club remain...
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FOOTBALL: Why All the Hype about the Dangers of Doping?
THERE WAS never any danger of football being thrown out of the Olympic Games for failing to sign up to the World Anti-Doping Agency code. Nevertheless, the love-in last month between the Wada chairman, Richard Pound, and the president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter,...
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Football: Zidane's Volley Keeps France Ticking over ; France 1 Ukraine 0
A LATE volley by Zinedine Zidane ensured that the European champions travel to Portugal tomorrow with an 18-match unbeaten record intact and without conceding a goal in the last 11. An unsurprisingly circumspect French side - anxious to avoid injury...
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GOLF: Khan Strikes Another Blow for Journeymen
THE CHARGE of the unknown golfer continues apace. For Scott Drummond at Wentworth the week before, read Simon Khan here yesterday as the Essex golfer ranked 255 in the world overhauled the seemingly impregnable lead of a quite stunned Paul Casey to win...
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GOLF: Luck Smiles on Els as Form Returns for Woods
ERNIE ELS carded a bogey-free six-under-par 66 for a two-shot lead after the third round of the Memorial at Muirfield Village. Els moved to 12-under, 204, with Fred Couples, KJ Choi and Justin Rose tied in second. "I have been in this position many times...
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GOLF: Rafferty Finds a Route from the Bunker to the Cellar ; There Are Some Golfers Who Would Willingly Swap a Round of 61 for a '61 Chateau Lafite
THE 250th anniversary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews was celebrated at the weekend. Not many sports can boast such a heritage, and it's worth considering that golf was around for at least 250 years before the R&A came into being. But...
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Golf: Rose Keeps Nerve as Els Grinds out a Victory
JUSTIN ROSE hit a final round of 71 yesterday to finish in a creditable fourth place at the Memorial Tournament here. The young Englishman was seven shots behind the winner, Ernie Els, who took only 11 putts over the final nine holes for a 6-under par...
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GOLF: Wilson Takes Long Route to the Masters
NEXT APRIL Stuart Wilson, who won the British Amateur Championship here on Saturday, will be able to match his brother Ewen in attending the Masters. Ewen made it to Augusta by getting a golf scholarship to an American university; one of the perks was...
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Green Poised to Boost M&S Bid to Pounds 10bn Cash
THE RETAIL entrepreneur Philip Green is expected to finalise details of a pounds 10bn all-cash offer for Marks & Spencer this week, adding pounds 1bn to his current offer and removing the so- called stub equity element. Mr Green is due to meet his advisers...
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HEALTH: A Question of Health - Why Do I Keep Leaking Urine? and How Can I Avoid Getting Hay Fever during Exams?
Sprung a leak At 48, I like to think of myself as a young grandmother. But recently, while playing with my granddaughter, I was horrified to find that, when I picked her up, I felt a small amount of urine escape. Since then, I have noticed that any sudden...
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HEALTH: A Sick Child or a Sick Mind? ; Some Parents Believe Munchausen's by Proxy Barely Exists, While Doctors Say It Is Hugely Under-Diagnosed. Jeremy Laurance Examines the Conflicting Claims
In 1977 a paediatrician called Roy Meadow was called to see a six- year-old girl. Her name was Kay, and she had been referred to Seacroft Hospital in Leeds with foul-smelling, bloody urine. Something about the girl's symptoms didn't add up and, after...
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HEALTH: Tales from the Therapist's Couch ; `She Began to Force Herself to Join in, but Every Attempt to Be "Normal" Left Her Feeling More of a Troubled and Lost Soul'
"I DIDN'T even want to go. I'd have preferred to have the place to myself for the evening. But when they teased me about staying in all the time, I felt I had to prove there wasn't something wrong with me. So I went along, to join in, but hated every...
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HEALTH: The Safe Way to See the World ; Malaria Cases Are Rising in Britain, but Many of Us Are Wary of the Toxic Effects - and the Price - of Preventative Medicine. So What's a Traveller to Do? Catherine Nixey Reviews the Options
Benedict Allen, the film-maker, author and dashing explorer, is something of an expert on malaria. He has had it three - or, as he modestly puts it, "two and a half" - times. On the first two occasions he was in the middle of the Amazonian jungle and...
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Hopes of UN Breakthrough for Power Handover
BRITAIN AND the United States were privately voicing hope last night that they were close to a breakthrough inside the United Nations Security Council on Iraq after receiving a letter from the new Prime Minister in Baghdad, Iyad Allawi, detailing the...
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How Big a Threat to West Is Growth of China? ; `the West Massively Over-Consumes on Energy Relative to Countries Elsewhere in the World'
WHEN IT comes to economics, you'll always get both optimists and pessimists. On the whole, the optimists seem to have the upper hand. Western society has become a lot richer over the last 100 years. Many Asian countries have done a whole lot better over...
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Humble Cup of Tea Served Up with the Magna Carta as Britain's Cultural Icons
FRANCE HAS the Mona Lisa. Italians are rightly proud of Michelangelo's beautiful Sistine Chapel. Britons, on the other hand, are being handed a cup of tea as the country's cultural icon. The humble cuppa will join the Magna Carta, Hadrian's Wall and...
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Last Night: Ramsay's Insults Give Way to Cliches in a Sickly Final Helping ; Hell's Kitchen ITV1
DOG'S BOLLOCKS don't generally come as a trio but that, in Gordon Ramsay's view, was the only way to describe the three celebrity chefs who had made it to the final of Hell's Kitchen. A little over an hour later there was only one "bollock" left, Matt...
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LAW: Trading Babies ; in Attempting to Sell Her Baby on the Internet, Moira Greenslade Unwittingly Revealed Disturbing Loopholes in Britain's Surrogacy Laws. Kate Hilpern Reports
There is little doubt that Moira Greenslade would have had to face the law courts eventually. Sentenced last month to two years in prison as a result of attempting to sell her unborn baby to three different couples over the internet, she never had much...
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Leading Article: A Creative Way of Keeping Children from a Life of Crime
POLITICIANS WHO still believe in the wisdom of Tony Blair's old mantra of being "tough on the causes of crime" should pay attention to a mentoring scheme for young people established in Essex last year. The Mentor and Peers (MAP) project, run by the...
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Leading Article: Ronald Reagan's Achievements Should Not Blind Us to the Failings of His Presidency
THIS HAS been a weekend for remembering. The 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings focused our minds on the 1940s and the great drama of the Second World War. The death of the former US President Ronald Reagan forced us to contemplate the 1980s and...
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Letter: Only We Who Suffered Communist Rule Can Appreciate Reagan
So: No Western person can realise how important Ronald Reagan's presidency was to the world. No one, apart from the people who lived in the Soviet bloc, can evaluate his contribution to history. President Ronald Reagan was my childhood enemy. My grandparents...
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Mediterranean Marvels Keep the Flag Flying
MENORCA MAY be the least well known and the most uncommercial and tranquil island in the Balearics, but it surely possesses the most beautiful cricket ground in the Mediterranean. This is in no way a legacy of English rule, which ended in 1802 when the...
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Merrill Lynch Faces Pounds 7.8m Sex Bias Case
A SENIOR female employee of Merrill Lynch who was fired last year will begin a legal case against the bank tomorrow for sex discrimination in which she is seeking $14m (pounds 7.8m) in compensation - the biggest demand to be considered by a British employment...
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MOTORCYCLING: Rossi Roars to Victory at Home
VALENTINO ROSSI took victory in the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia yesterday after a double race, caused by a brief rain shower which brought a thrilling battle for victory to a standstill six laps from the end. Rossi was leading his home race, which saw...
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Musgrave Faces New Rival for Londis after Lancelot Makes 11th- Hour Bid
THE BATTLE for Londis, the convenience store chain, is set to intensify today when a consortium led by former T&S Stores directors launches a formal offer for the business. The move may thwart attempts by Londis's management to pursue an alternative...
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Obituary: Ronald Reagan
RONALD WILSON REAGAN was one of the most original and in some respects one of the most successful Presidents of the United States of the 20th century. Few politicians have climbed to the top of the pole who turned to politics so late in life. After a...
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Obituary: Ronald Reagan ; Film Actor Who Became One of the Most Successful Presidents of the United States of the 20th Century
It is an American dream, writes David Shipman. It could only happen in America. Movie Star Becomes President. You can see the lights flashing in the news bulletin which winds around the New York Times's building in Times Square. "Movie Star Becomes President"....
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Pandora in America
The Left's last bastion falls to the corporate battalions If you ever wanted a copy of the Communist Manifesto in Los Angeles, you could always count on the Midnight Special in Santa Monica, one of those oddly old-fashioned political bookstores that...
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PREVIEW: VISUAL ARTS - Get Ready for This Year's Sensation ; Are the Tracey Emins and Damien Hirsts of the Future in the Royal Academy Schools Show?
THE ROYAL Academy Schools studios are about to be transformed into gallery spaces for the annual RA Schools Show. This year, it will showcase the work of 17 students, possible future stars of the art world, who have completed their three-year postgraduate...
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QUESTIONNAIRE: Scott Nicholls, British World No 7 Speedway Rider
The British Grand Prix takes place on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium. Where does it rank in importance for you? Every grand prix is huge because the nine races determine the world champion. For me, being British, Cardiff is the biggest one - not...
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Racing: Blue Canari Gives Bary Fifth French Derby Win
BLUE CANARI gave his trainer a fifth victory in the Prix du Jockey- Club (French Derby) after coming with a powerful late charge under Thierry Thulliez at Chantilly yesterday. The winner got up right on the line to deny Prospect Park by a head with Valixir...
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Racing: Fallon Adds Different Dimension to Derby
THE 225th was one of the great Derbys and not because North Light is likely to emerge as a wonder horse of the modern era. It was great because his jockey was, and Kieren Fallon now belongs in the sacred bracket of Lester Piggott as a man who has stolen...
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Racing: Jockeys' Verdicts on the Derby
1. Kieren Fallon - North Light "He's always been a favourite of mine and I've always thought this would be my Derby horse. He was very impressive in the Dante, he's improved since then and I just hope he can keep improving. I'm very lucky really. There's...
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Racing: Masterful Performance Sheds Fresh Light on a Single-Minded Talent
JOCKEYS ARE not expected or asked to light up a room. They get paid to win races, not because they spread sunshine. You want a song, a dance, a laugh, head for a West End theatre. We should not be bewildered by race riders - the shyness of some, the...
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Report Condemns `Torture' Regime in Iran
TORTURE, ARBRITRARY arrest and solitary confinement have grown in Iran since the Islamic state started a human rights dialogue with the European Union, according to a report issued by US-based Human Rights Watch. The report accuses the judiciary and...
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REVIEWS: CLASSICAL - Dennis O'Neill St John's, Smith Square London Oooo9
BEWARE BOUTS of severe indigestion. That was the reason given by Rosenblatt Solicitors, the disappointed sponsor of this St John's, Smith Square recital, for Decca's much-promoted Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja's non-appearance on Monday. Maybe they have...
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REVIEWS: CLASSICAL - Philharmonia / Kissin / Ashkenazy Royal Festival Hall London Oooo9
GALA FUNDRAISING concerts in public halls always have a somewhat unreal feeling. This was such a "concert with an additional purpose". A sizeable proportion of the audience had shelled out plenty to sit beside the usual punters at a gala given by the...
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REVIEWS: POP - Peter Gabriel National Indoor Arena Birmingham Oo999
UNTIL RECENTLY, Peter Gabriel has not been prolific. Now, he's back already, updating last year's Grown Up stage show, rechristened as Still Growing Up. It's a collaboration with the director Robert Lepage, performed in the round and making imaginative...
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REVIEWS: THEATRE - Sex and the Single Girl-Boy ; Much Ado about Nothing Shakespeare's Globe London Ooo99
THERE ARE actors who know how to seduce the audience at the Globe and how to charm the pants off those groundlings, and there are those who don't. Josie Lawrence has the knack in spades. She works the crowd with consummate - though never contemptuous...
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RONALD REAGAN 1911-2004: A President Whose Optimism Earned Him a Place in History ; He Was a Product of Simpler Times, but Ronald Reagan's Administration Gave Birth to the Politics of the Television Age, Writes Rupert Cornwell
IF YOU seek his monument, look around. In Washington there is Ronald Reagan National Airport and the vast Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre. Across the rest of the country, there are stretches of Ronald Reagan highway and Ronald Reagan plazas....
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RONALD REAGAN'S AMERICA: Confident of Capitalism, Unpopular in Europe - He Succeeded on Every Front ; He Came to Office with Two Big Ideas: There Was Nothing Americans Could Not Achieve; the Soviet System Would Not Endure
I once suggested to Margaret Thatcher that there was a paradox in her relations with Ronald Reagan. However much she admired him she would never have had him in her government, even in a lowly capacity, for he could not grasp detail. "Ron may not understand...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Hull Thrash Woeful Castleford ; Castleford 18 Hull 52
HULL MOVED above Bradford into third place in the Super League table with an unexpectedly straightforward victory at The Jungle yesterday. It left a sorry looking Castleford still four points adrift at the bottom. Casting aside rumours linking their...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: O'Neill Leads Widnes to Precious Win ; Widnes 31 Warrington 10
WIDNES BOUNCED back from the blackest day in the club's history to beat their neighbours with something to spare yesterday. Berated by their coach for defrauding their fans in letting in a record 70 points at Hull last Monday, the Vikings ended the week...
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Rugby Union: England Rain on Kiwi Parade
ENGLAND SECURED the London Sevens title at Twickenham with a 22- 19 win over New Zealand who retained their IRB World Sevens Series title simply by reaching the last eight. In front of a crowd of 19,000, England conceded an early try but Rob Thirlby...
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RUGBY UNION: Woodward Relishing `Ultimate Challenge' Posed by All Blacks
CLIVE WOODWARD would be the first to accept that he was caught with his pants down on his first coaching trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud in 1998 - five defeats in five games, three of them humiliations on an epic scale. So he must have been...
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SAILING: `Freak Wave' Sinks Dick's Globe Hopes
SURVIVING a death roll but losing his mast in the process, the solo French sailor Jean-Pierre Dick crashed out of The Transat race from Plymouth to Boston at the weekend when lying a close second. Near storm- force winds of over 55 knots and waves of...
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Saudi Militants Kill BBC Cameraman and Injure Reporter
AN IRISH cameraman working for the BBC was shot dead and the corporation's security correspondent was seriously injured yesterday while filming in a notorious slum area of the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. In the fourth deadly attack against Westerners...
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Sharon Wins Cabinet Victory on Gaza Plan
ARIEL SHARON yesterday secured a historic Cabinet decision in favour of withdrawing 7,500 Jewish settlers from Gaza after the most dramatic day for Israeli politics since he took office more than three years ago. After a week of turbulent manoeuvring...
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Smallbone Float to Fund US Expansion
SMALLBONE, THE upmarket manufacturer which blazed a trail in fitted kitchens 20 years ago, is to float on the stock market next month with a valuation of pounds 15m. The business, based in Devizes, Wiltshire, is one of a slew of smaller companies pushing...
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Small Companies Notebook: Wounded 3DM Looks to Results to Silence Critics
THE MOST eagerly anticipated results due from AIM are the delayed full-year figures from 3DM Worldwide, a company at the centre of an extraordinary bear raid. An anonymous dossier on the company has been circulating in the City over the past few days,...
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SPORT ON THE INTERNET: In the Search for Euro 2004 Information, the Net Can Be Spread Far Wider Than Google
USING GOOGLE to find information about upcoming sports events is a safe bet - it doesn't usually fail, and it has carved out a popular brand image for itself so that, for many users, it is virtually synonymous with web searching. Recent research, however,...
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Suicide Bomb Attack outside US Base Leaves Nine Dead
NINE IRAQIS were killed and 61 injured yesterday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a car outside a security base at Taji, north of Baghdad, part of a wave of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital. And, in a separate attack, a British security...
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Suicide Bomb Blast outside US Base in Iraq Leaves Nine Dead
NINE IRAQIS were killed and 61 injured yesterday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a car outside a security base at Taji, north of Baghdad, part of a wave of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital. The bombings and ambushes are now being carried...
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Talking about My Nicotine-Stained Generation ; Young Women Smoke to Keep Their Weight Down. Young Men Smoke Because They Are Nervous
Tony Blair is calling for a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces, and anti-tobacco zealots are expecting that the ban will have smokers coughing and spluttering indignantly. Forest, the pro- smoking lobby, has already obliged with a good amount of...
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Teenager's Drive-By Murder Raises Fears of Kosovo Turmoil
HUNDREDS OF outraged Serbs gathered yesterday in the village of Gracanica in Kosovo to protest against the murder of a Serb teenager amid fears of more ethnic turmoil in the United Nations-governed territory. UN police announced they had detained two...
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Teenager's Drive-By Murder Raises Fears of Turmoil in Kosovo
HUNDREDS OF outraged Serbs gathered yesterday in the village of Gracanica in Kosovo to protest against the murder of a Serb teenager amid fears of more ethnic turmoil in the United Nations-governed territory. UN police announced they had detained two...
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Tennis: Coria Falls to Cramp as Gaudio Wins Epic
TIM HENMAN deserves further thanks today for his massive contribution to the French Open. Not only did he take British tennis on its most amazing journey on red clay for decades, but he also drained Guillermo Coria enough in the semi-finals to help make...
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Tennis: Henman Optimistic after Achievements in Paris
TIM HENMAN'S confidence is high as he seeks a first grass court title in the Stella Artois Championship after his unexpected run at the French Open. Henman surprised even himself by reaching the semi-finals in Paris, playing some of the best tennis of...
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Tennis: Myskina Has Final Say as Dementieva Serve Falters
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA was accused of demeaning both herself and women's tennis when she took a wild card entry into the singles at the French Open here at the age of 47. On reflection, Navratilova's first-round defeat, 6-1, 6-3, by the 19-year-old Gisela...
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The Afghan Boys Who Are Prey for the Organ-Traffickers
ISMAIL IS only 10 years old, but the horrors of the past three months will be with him to his grave. He was rescued by the Afghan authorities on Friday, after being kidnapped in March with his brother Ibrahim, 6. Quietly, he told seeing the bodies of...
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The Crocs Are Biting Back ; Thirty Years Ago, Australia's `Salty' Crocodiles Had Been Hunted to the Brink of Extinction. Now They Are Thriving - and Turning the Tables by Preying on Humans. Is It Time to Start Killing Them Again? Kathy Marks Reports from the Northern Territory
Garry Lindner knows a thing or two about crocodiles. When he was growing up, his father was a ranger at Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory. "He was always bringing home crocs that he'd shot," says Lindner. "We had a big chest freezer,...
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The Difficult Child, His Mentor and a Journey from Crime
FIVE MONTHS ago, 11-year-old Bobby's prospects looked bleak. Repeatedly excluded from his primary school for bad behaviour and fighting, he seemed set to follow his five elder brothers into a life of truancy, repeat offending and jail sentences. Home...
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THE MONDAY BOOK: The Problematic Poetry of Parenthood ; Newborn Kate Clanchy Picador, Pounds 12.99
KATE CLANCHY is notable for her tightly-written lyrics that explore thirtysomething life in the post-feminist era. Newborn, her third collection of poems, depends largely on a sense of recognition. It attempts to draw on common experiences of women,...
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THE MONDAY INTERVIEW: LORD COE OF RANMORE Chairman, London 2012: No More Silver Medals for the Man Carrying Olympic Baton for London
WHEN SEBASTIAN Coe was handed the silver medal after losing the 800-metre final at the Moscow Olympics to his great rival, Steve Ovett, one commentator remarked that he "looked like he had been handed a turd". None of that disdain for second place has...
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The New Defenders of the British Empire ; the Chic Retro-Historians Claim the British Were Better Than Home- Grown Despots and Paved the Way for Modernism
Imperial revisionism is the new black, although its zealots would not care for the cliche. On the lecture circuits and the media, at literary festival hotspots, you see them, always supercilious, absolutely convinced that the British Empire was a damn...
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The Week Ahead: Brokers Tip Capita to Join the FTSE 100
CAPITA GROUP is tipped to make a return to the FTSE 100 this week after the latest review of the blue chip index. According to broker estimates, the support services group, which operates London's congestion charge, will replace the engineering group...
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The Weekend's Television: How to Accept an Empire in Denial ; American Colossus Sat, C4 the Black and White Minstrels - Revisited Sun, BBC4
TO FULLY comprehend the line of reasoning used in American Colossus by Professor Niall Ferguson, who teaches history at New York University and wrote Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, you first had to get to grips with two basic notions: one,...
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The World According To. Mark Radcliffe
Mark Radcliffe started his presenting career in 1990 on Radio Five with Hit the North. In 1993, he and Marc Riley, aka Lard, were given a show on Radio 1. His new Radio 2 solo show starts tonight. Are you lucky? My instinctive response is "no". I never...
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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas ; Carolyn's Son, David, Left His Wife of 20 Years to Marry Another Woman. Carolyn Is Now Friends with Both His Wife and His Ex. but Carolyn's Sister Won't Speak to David, and Belittles Him to Other People. Should Carolyn Challenge Her or Ignore Her?
VIRGINIA'S ADVICE IF I were the sort of person who used the word "baggage", I would say that surrounding this problem is a virtual lost-property office, piled high with suitcases, trunks, rucksacks and hold-alls. Because surely no loving, tender, understanding...
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Why Not Try Lunch on the Wing?
It is time you were tested on your knowledge of the news again. Don't worry, it's quite a painless process. What happens is that I bring you three or four news stories which have appeared in the last week or so. One is untrue, having been invented by...
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Women to Be Given Advice on Problems in Workplace
FEMALE EMPLOYEES will be allocated a personal adviser and offered legal advice by the Government under a proposed national mentoring scheme to help them to deal with problems such as maternity leave disputes and sexism at work. The scheme is part of...
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Working Visa Restrictions Labelled Racist
BLACK AND anti-racist groups have reacted furiously to the revelation that thousands of people from Africa and Asian countries are to be barred from entering Britain. Quotas are to be introduced on the numbers of visitors under the working holiday scheme...
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