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 January 30, 2006

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$7 TRILLION (and Solve the World's Problems at a Stroke) ; UN Unveils Plan to Release Untapped Wealth of
The most potent threats to life on earth - global warming, health pandemics, poverty and armed conflict - could be ended by moves that would unlock $7 trillion - $7,000,000,000,000 (pounds 3.9trn) - of previously untapped wealth, the United Nations claims...
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$7TRILLION (and Solve the World's Problems at a Stroke) ; UN Unveils Plan to Release Untapped Wealth Of
The most potent threats to life on earth - global warming, health pandemics, mass poverty and armed conflict - could be ended by moves to unlock $7 trillion - $7,000,000,000,000 (pounds 3.9trn) - of previously untapped wealth, the United Nations claims...
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A Few Home Truths about Race on BBC Radio
It is a very British brawl. Tinker with any convention or ritual and ever-watchful traditionalists rise in revolt. This time they are intolerably provoked by changes to Radio 4, initiated by the controller, Mark Damazer, who is axing Home Truths and,...
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After 330 Years of Trading in Canada, Hudson's Bay Is Bought by a US Investor
Its founding dates back to 1670, when it was incorporated with a royal charter from King Charles II that granted it a monopoly over the fur trade in what is now Canada. The power and influence of the Hudson's Bay Company grew until at one point it owned...
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Allies Tell PM to Compromise on School Reform
Close allies of Tony Blair are urging him to back down over key elements of his education reforms to avoid a humiliating Commons vote that could end his premiership. Some ministers and MPs close to the Prime Minister are worried that his determination...
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America Beware: Dollar Could Be Its Downfall
Last week was momentous in many ways. A 250th birthday for Mozart. Hamas victorious in the Palestinian elections. Chantelle triumphant in Big Brother. And the US economy slowing rather abruptly. Admittedly, the last of these is not likely to generate...
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An Ill-Timed Expedition from Europe ; MIDDLE EAST
It is unfortunate as well as ill-considered that the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, should have chosen Israel as the stage for her second significant foreign policy outing following her trip to the United States, just after the Palestinian elections...
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Arcelor Board Rejects Pounds 13bn Bid from Mttal Steel
The board of Arcelor, the Luxembourg-based steel producer, unanimously rejected the hostile EUR18.6bn (pounds 12.8bn) bid from the Indian-born steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal last night, setting the scene for a bitter struggle for control of the company....
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Artsreview: Between Rock and a Hard Place ; Pop
JOHN CALE AND BAND The Garage LONDON *** Talk about swings and roundabouts. This week, Nick Cave, a former drug-fuelled hellraiser who can now croon with stately aplomb, starts a stripped-back tour of heated halls. John Cale, meanwhile, a former drink-...
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Artsreview: Theatre
NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS Lyric, Hammersmith LONDON *** In Kneehigh's wonderfully cheeky, darkly fantastical stage version of Nights at the Circus, the celebrated magical realist novel by Angela Carter, there is a sequence calculated to unnerve any male theatre...
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A Talented Man with Simple Tastes
The death last week of the great satirist Michael Wharton (Peter Simple of the Daily Telegraph) set me thinking. He must have been one of the most unapolo-getically right-wing journalists of the past 50 years - supporting the whites in what was then...
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Athletics: Gardener Serves Notice with World-Leading Mark ; ATHLETICS
Jason Gardener reinforced his position as the fastest sprinter around this year by setting the fastest 60 metres mark of the indoor season in Karlsruhe yesterday. Britain's 30-year-old Olympic sprint relay gold medallist won his heat in a time of 6.55sec...
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Basketball: Bears Face BBL Investigation over Rodman's Guest Appearance ; BASKETBALL
The hullabaloo surrounding Dennis Rodman's appearance for the Brighton Bears in their 91-88 win over the Guildford Heat on Saturday night will intensify today when the British Basketball League investigates whether the five-time NBA champion should have...
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Boxing: Hollow Win for Khan in 75-Second Massacre ; BOXING
Two fighters from opposite ends of the boxing business won on Saturday night in two very different fights in front of over 8,000 people at the Nottingham Arena. In the real feature attraction, the fight that millions watched live on IT V1, Amir Khan...
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Bush Tried to Gag Environment Expert
One of Nasa's leading climate experts has accused the Bush administration of trying to censor him on global warming and the need for immediate cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. James Hansen, the director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies,...
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CBI Slates 'Baffling' Business Support Schemes
The Government's pounds 8bn-a-year business support network is failing to provide an adequate service to startup companies, according to a devastating report published by the CBI today. The employers' organisation says that entrepreneurs face a "baffling...
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CHRISTOPHER LLOYD ; Gardener Who Devoted His Life to Great Dixter and Wrote for 'Country Life' for More Than 40 Years
British horticulture is blessed with many inspired plants-men and elegant writers, but rarely do those qualities combine as seamlessly as in Christopher Lloyd. The inheritor of a classic English garden to which he devoted his entire life, he was uniquely...
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Class Still Rules in Britain - as the Lib Dems Should Remember When Choosing Their Leader
In the mid-1990s - quick, put "Things Can Only Get Better" on the jukebox - there was a twinset of political clichs that ruled supreme. Class was dead, and talking about politics in terms of left and right was a dusty anachronism. Britain was a shiny...
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Climate Poses Increased Threat, Admits Blair
Tony Blair has admitted that the risks of climate change may be more serious than previously thought. The Prime Minister's concern is revealed today in a book that contains compelling evidence from some of the world's leading scientists of the growing...
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Creeping Back on to the Boards ; Theatre THE CREEPER Playhouse Theatre LONDON
At 71, Ian Richardson has played many memorable television roles, from Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983), to Francis Urquhart, the manipulative chief whip inHouseof Cards (1990), and, more recently, the chancellor...
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Cricket: Pakistan Bounce Back after Pathan's Stunning Hat-Trick ; CRICKET
PAKISTAN 245 INDIA 74-4 The India pace bowler Irfan Pathan took a remarkable hat-trick in the morning's opening over yesterday on the first day of the third Test here against Pakistan. The hosts were then wobbling on 36 for 6 before fighting back to...
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Cricket: Rare Knowledge and Insight Forge a Radiant Testament ; Book of the Week My Spin on Cricket by Richie Benaud (Hodder&Stoughton, Hardback, 18.99)
Richie Benaud's view of cricket down the generations is delivered from on high and is expounded from the tallest pulpit. Those who have admired Benaud would expect nothing else from the high priest of cricket commentary, who has been without peer since...
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Cultural Desert ; It Stocks the Bags and Shoes That Are the Toast of Europe. but at the Prada Store in America's Wild West, You Can't Buy a Thing. So Why Is Everyone Flocking There?
It is a strange sight to behold: a luxury Prada boutique in the middle of the desolate west Texan desert near the town of Marfa. Just don't get out your credit card - Prada Marfa is a totally sealed art installation, complete with Prada's autumn/winter...
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Dario Fo Makes a Dramatic Play for Milan
For a man who made his name from the scathing criticism and satire that he directed at those in power, it is certainly a dramatic change of career. But then Dario Fo, Nobel Prize-winning author and 80-year-old subversive, has always loved to shock. And...
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David Cameron Has Pleased the BBC More Than the Tory Press
From 1997 until the election of David Cameron as leader, the right-wing press had an enormous influence within the Tory party. The Daily Telegraph more or less invented Iain Duncan Smith. The Daily Mail promoted and enthusiastically adopted Michael Howard....
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Disabled Campaign Seeks End to 'Daily Humiliation'
Susan Drew remembers when chip and PIN first reduced her to tears. It was not because, like others, she had forgotten her four- digit number. The cause was a shop assistant who refused to accept her disability. The 59-year-old nurse, who has Parkinson's...
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DR JOHN DUNWOODY ; Able Labour Health Minister
There is a select band of ex-future Labour prime ministers. John Dunwoody was one of them in the late 1960s when he was Member of Parliament for Fal-mouth and Camborne. For a fleeting nine months between October 1969 and Labour's defeat in June 1970...
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Firms Accused of Using Underhand Tricks to Market Food to Children
Food companies have hijacked new technology such as the internet and text messaging to promote sugary and fatty food to children, a report on junk food's "marketing tricks" claims today. An investigation by the consumers' association Which? found sophisticated...
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Football: Allardyce Bucks Cup Trend with Change of Heart about Its Value
BOLTON WANDERERS 1 ARSENAL 0 For a man raised in an era when winning the FA Cup was the common and unquestioned dream of everyone in the English game, it was hard to fathom. How could a team like his, one with realistic ambitions to boot, land a home...
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Football: Angola Miss out despite Victory
ANGOLA 3 TOGO 2 Angola defeated 10-man Togo 3-2 here yesterday but lost the battle to qualify for the quarter-finals of the African Nations' Cup by a single goal. Angola's first win of the tournament meant they finished level on points with the Democratic...
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Football: Ashton Faces Fight for Place as Pardew Juggles with Embarrassment of Riches ; FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
WEST HAM UNITED 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 2 Bobby Zamora wore the expression of a worried man as the fourth official signalled West Ham United's first substitution of the game. He tentatively cast his gaze towards the touch-line, but breathed a sigh of relief-it...
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Football: Barcelona Bounce Back to Winning Ways Thanks to Messi Double ; EUROPE
Lionel Messi scored twice and Ludovic Giuly added the other as Barcelona romped romped to a 3-0 victory over Mallorca last night to move 12 points clear in LaLiga. Barcelona, who suffered their first defeat in 25 games when they lost 4-2 at Real Zaragoza...
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Football: Beckham 'Happy' to Stay in Madrid Even after the End of Career ; EUROPE
David Beckham has claimed that he is so happy at Real Madrid that he wants to live in the Spanish capital even after his playing career has finished. The England captain is in his third season with Real and has yet to win a trophy with the club, contributing...
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Football: Campbell Puts Black Cats Down and Out
BRENTFORD 2 SUNDERLAND 1 Martin Allen is rarely lost for words. Prior to this FA Cup fourth-round tie, the Brentford manager was at his most talkative, disingenuously suggesting that he would rather have faced Chelsea than Sunderland, on the grounds...
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Football: Campbell Puts Black Cats Down and out ; FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
BRENTFORD 2 SUNDERLAND 1 Martin Allen is rarely lost for words. Prior to this FA Cup fourth-round tie, the Brentford manager was at his most talkative, disingenuously suggesting that he would rather have faced Chelsea than Sunderland, on the grounds...
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Football: Cole Breathes Joyous Life into Clichs
MANCHESTER CITY 1 WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 If there is any justice left in this world - and Andy Cole's late winner signified there just might be - Manchester City will be granted a favourable draw in the fifth round this lunchtime and so carry on giving the...
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Football: Coppell Pushes Deadly Dunn for England Call-Up ; FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
READING 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1 David Dunn for England? The usually understated Steve Coppell thinks so. "He is a quality player," the Reading manager said, "and should be on the fringes." Some, such as David Pleat, believe Coppell should succeed Sven Goran...
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Football: Curbishley Wary of Bothroyd Injury Adding to Insult for Orient
CHARLTON ATHLETIC 2 LEYTON ORIENT 1 The FA Cup fairytale for Leyton Orient ended at the Valley, a nightmare last-minute goal from Jay Bothroyd denying Martin Ling's side the chance to take Charlton Athletic back home for a replay and consign them to...
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Football: Danns Sends Woeful Rams to Slaughter
COLCHESTER UNITED 3 DERBY COUNTY 1 As the celebrations fade and hangovers are run off in training today, Colchester will bank the pounds 65,000 revenue from this well- deserved FA Cup upset and prepare to watch the fifth-round draw with an eye on the...
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Football: 'David O'Leary and Sir Alex Could Have Had a Clip to Put Them Right'
Ferguson too long in the tooth to change now' Different ways to top in referees' cut-throat world' Scapegoat for manager's wrong team or tactics' Got on with 'rogues' but didn't like the fly players Were you surprised to see Alex Ferguson in the news...
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Football: Double by Enigmatic Baros Flatters Villa and Foils Vale
ASTON VILLA 3 PORT VALE 1 There are times when the FA Cup is rather unromantic. The bigger club, in this case a sleeping giant that has won the trophy seven times, if not in recent memory, blunders around like a drunk trying to swat an insect and finally,...
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Football: Doubts over Skacel's Future Cloud Hearts' Derby Joy ; SCOTLAND
HEARTS 4 HIBERNIAN 1 Victory in the Edinburgh derby was earned by goals from Hearts' three outstanding players - Rudi Skacel, Paul Hartley, with two, and Calum Elliot - and keeps them on course for Champions' League football next season, probably via...
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Football: Faltering Form No Fear for Chelsea's Grandmaster
EVERTON 1 CHELSEA 1 Without a win since 15 January and with record club debts bearing down on his shoulders, Jose Mourinho shambled into the Goodison Park press room and mumbled an apology. Yes, and pigs were doing loop- the-loops in the skies over Merseyside....
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Football: Ferdinand Flourishes in Cameo Role
WOLVES 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 3 It was not a performance to prompt Sir Alex Ferguson to abandon his search for the new Roy Keane, but Rio Ferdinand's metamorphosis yesterday into a central midfielder of effective authority will offer reassurance for the...
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Football: Ferdinand Flourishes in Cameo Role as New Midfield General
WOLVES 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 3 It was not a performance that will prompt Sir Alex Ferguson to end his search for the new Roy Keane but Rio Ferdinand's metamorphosis yesterday into a commanding central midfielder may strengthen the Manchester United manager's...
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Football: Gerrard Subdues Pompey's Resistance as Liverpool Reveal the Need for Fowler
PORTSMOUTH 1 LIVERPOOL 2 The name of Robbie Fowler was sung once more by the Liverpool support yesterday and, as the returning hero watched from home, he will have noted that for all the progress his club have made under Rafael Benitez there is still...
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Football: Jones Propels Leicester Deeper into Vacuum ; FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
LEICESTER CITY 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1 For all the activity between now and the closing of the transfer window tomorrow afternoon, Leicester City are one club unlikely to be involved in any dealing. Last week's sacking of Craig Levein has created a power vacuum...
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Football: McSheffrey Kicks Sand in the Faces of McClaren's Beach Boys
COVENTRY CITY 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 1 Fraught Saturday afternoons in Warwickshire are what Middlesbrough's FA Cup journey is all about for now. Did I say journey? Existence more like. Thankful to escape from Nuneaton in the third round without further embarrassment,...
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Football: Parry Puts Faith in 'Great Predator' to Increase Anfield Strike Rate
The Liverpool chief executive, Rick Parry, has revealed that Robbie Fowler was "desperate" to return to Anfield. In the most surprising transfer of the January window, Fowler signed a short- term deal until the end of the season on Friday. After more...
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Football: Robson Calls for English Coach to Replace Eriksson
The Football Association's chief executive Brian Bar-wick will take the opinions of some of the most senior figures in English football before he appoints a new England manager. If he seeks the advice of Sir Bobby Robson, he will be told Sven Goran Eriksson's...
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Football: Souness Back on Track after Riding Luck ; FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
CHELTENHAM TOWN 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 Family, not football, is Graeme Souness' first priority in life. A week that started with his being summoned to face the Newcastle chairman had just ended with the Premiership side unconvincingly avoiding the ignominy...
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Golf: Stenson No Longer the 'Nearly Man' after Birdies Save the Day ; GOLF
Henrik Stenson held his nerve in challenging conditions to win the Commercial bank Qatar Masters by three strokes here yesterday but he was pushed all the way by a resolute Paul Broadhurst. It was nip and tuck all afternoon as the Swede and his English...
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IAN WEEKLEY ; Master Builder of Model Castles
Ian Weekley was a master modeller, building hand-made model buildings and castles for collectors and museums. His business "Battlements" was very successful, not least with the growing "War Games" hobby, and established him as the leading exponent of...
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I'm in the Dark about My Eco Credentials ; THE GREEN GODDESS
I'm typing this wearing fingerless gloves from the freezing, stygian gloom of my sitting-room. A scented candle flickers, providing just enough light for me to peer myopically at my computer screen. In the dim distance I can just about make out Connie,...
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'In This Business, as in Accountancy and Law, You Can Flaunt Your Ego'
SO, THE new Lowe agency is to be called The Red Brick Road, after the "other path" Dorothy chose not to take in the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. We, of course, never found out what lay that way, because those damn Munchkins popped up to tell us...
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In Which Inspector Braid Discovers That TV Has Its Uses
Time for a "Sixty Second Sleuth" story. Inspector Kenneth Braid is so called because he solves all mysteries in one minute flat. This one is called "Move Over, Lewis". "Did you seeLewis the other night, sir?" said Sergeant Comfort. "Lewis who?" said...
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It's Mr Cholmondley Warner ; ANALYSIS GOVERNMENT ADVERTS the Government Is One of Our Biggest Advertisers. Picks His Most Memorable Campaigns
Your Country Needs You PARLIAMENTARY RECRUITING COMMITTEE The army recruitment poster from the First World War is probably the most famous government propaganda advert ever. The Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, looked young men in the eye...
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It's Time to Reflect on a Year of Frustration ; THE KITCHEN CAPITALS
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 hisoldage... It's the Chinese New Year! Fireworks! Fiesta! Crawling under the bed with a bottle of gin for a week because...
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'I Wanted to Stand for Parliament but My Career Didn't Go That Way' ; the 5-Minute Interview Michael Moorcock Author
Michael Moorcock, 66, has been nominated for Booker and Whitbread prizes. If I wasn't talking to you right now I'd be... Having my breakfast and checking my e-mails. A phrase I use far too often is... I'll do it right away. I wish people would take more...
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Jill Dando Conviction May Go to Appeal for Second Time
The first reports were that Jill Dando had been stabbed by a mugger on the doorstep of her home in Fulham. It was then revealed the television presenter had been shot once through the head at close range. Within two hours of the attack on the morning...
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Labour Retains Poll Lead during Lib Dem Crises
The drop in support for the Liberal Democrats is boosting Labour as well as the Tories, according to a new study for The Independent.A "poll of polls" by John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, shows that Labour is narrowly ahead...
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Launch of Romany Language Website Aims to Save Culture
A project will be launched today to preserve the endangered language and culture of one of the world's most marginalised and maligned populations. Romany is spoken by small groups in 42 European countries but since it has a largely oral tradition and...
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Leaving Brent Behind ; Huge Success with the Office' Has Taken Ash Atala to Talkback as Head of Comedy. Ian Burrell Meets a Man Hungry to Deliver the Next Big.hit
The Talkback Thames building is modern and stylish with lots of big windows, wooden fittings and original artwork. But it seems to give Ash Atalla little protection from the January cold' he repeatedly wheels his wheelchair away from his desk in search...
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Letter: China's Oil Rights in Sudan Mean Mass Murder in Darfur Will Go On
Sir: Clare Short's article on Darfur (25 January) makes her one of a very small number of people keeping this catastrophe in the public eye. In Sudan, as in Iraq, there is "bigpower" involvement over oil. China has extensive oil rights in the south of...
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Letter: We Must Question Language of Disability
Sir: Mencap has consulted with many people who have mild and moderate learning disabilities about use of the term "learning disability". We found that most people we talked to preferred to use this term. The terms helps us to talk about people who have...
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Lies, Damned Lies and Simon Hughes
I read with astonishment the article Simon Hughes wrote in this newspaper on Saturday. Two weeks earlier, this candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, had denied that he was gay. The Independent had asked him whether he was. He replied:...
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Love in a Very Cold Climate
Kari Herbert grew up among the Inuits of Greenland. Thirty years on, pollution and global warming have forced her 'family' away Piuartoq cracks his 20ft sealskin whip over his team of 12 semi- wild huskies and urges them to stop. The dogs hold back,...
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Malaysia Launches Hunt for 'Bigfoot' Apeman after Sightings in Rainforest
The Malaysian state of Johor is organising an official search for one of its most famous and elusive inhabitants: the legendary apeman Bigfoot. Local authorities are planning to allow scientists to set camera traps deep in the rainforests in an attempt...
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Moss Still in Fashion ; MAGAZINES VOGUE Alexandra Shulman, Editor of 'Vogue', Is Concerned That Current Fashion Models Are Not Developing into Magazine Cover Stars. She Talks to Ian Burrell about Her 14 Years at the Helm of a Fashion Bible
Right next to the sumptuous entrance to Vogue House, in central London, is a clothes shop that purveys such finery as maid's outfits (the real thing, not the Ann Summers variety), stiff white uniforms for caterers and fluorescent ones for grafters in...
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MY LIFE IN MEDIA: Nick Ferrari
NickFerrari, who does not wish to state his age, is the breakfast presenter of LBC 97.3FM. In 2005 he broke the mould with a series of sell-out stageshows, re-enacting his LBC radio show for a live audience. The shows were so popular they will be restaged...
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My Mentor: 'When I Write My Columns, I Think, "Is That How My Dad Would Do It?"' ; Giles Coren on Alan Coren
My dad is the best and funniest newspaper columnist. There is nobody anywhere near as good. But when I was at university, I used to say (and people remember this), "I don't care what I do with my life, as long as I don't end up a humourous columnist....
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NEW PORTRAIT OF A PRINCESS ; Following the 250th Anniversary of Her Birth and with a Hollywood Film on the Way, a More Balanced View of Marie-Antoinette Is Emerging. John Lichfield Reports A Revolution in French Thinking
Marie-Antoinette lives again. The last great queen of France, guillotined in 1793, threatens to make us all lose our heads in 2006. She may rival, or even eclipse, her close contemporary and fellow Austrian, Mozart, as "historical personality" of the...
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New Quality Weekly for Manchester Is a Good Idea on Paper ; A Newspaper Aimed at the the North West Is Planned for Launch in the Spring. Ian Herbert Talks to Nick Jaspan, the Mastermind of the Project, about How He Plans to Capture a Notoriously Difficult Market and Make 'Stacks' of Money
It is a brave pronouncement to make at a time when the regional press is axing jobs and merging editorial functions but Nick Jaspan is adamant. There is "stacks" of money to be made from a new regional newspaper, he believes. With a publishing reputation...
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Online Retailer Ocado Delays Float and Goes for Growth
The online supermarket group Ocado will look to match the 70 per cent sales growth it delivered in 2005 rather than risk the distraction of a stock market flotation, its founders said. The company, which was set up six years ago this month by three ex-Goldman...
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On the Road to Rock'n' Roll Death with America's Nick Hornby ; THEMONDAY BOOK Classical CROUCH END FESTIVAL CHORUS Barbican LONDON ***
The Crouch End Festival Chorus is among our most adventurous choirs. In this, its latest Barbican programme - as always, under the indefatigable David Temple, and here with a band calling itself the Au-relian Symphony Orchestra - the only work they had...
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On the Road to Rock'n' Roll Death with America's Nick Hornby ; THEMONDAY BOOK Classical PASCAL ROGE Queen Elizabeth Hal LONDON ***
Now in his early fifties, Pascal Rog has long since established himself among the most consistently satisfying interpreters of French solo-piano repertoire. Indeed, his recent disc of the complete Debussy Prludes has been hailed as near-definitive, and...
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Palestinian Funding Hangs in Balance as Hamas Faces International Isolation
The international community will consider whether to continue aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) today amid strong signs that its beleaguered President Mahmoud Abbas will have the pivotal short- term role of maintaining the continuity of relations...
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Patient Power Should Start in the Doctor's Surgery ; NHS REFORMS
Anything that touches the health service touches a raw nerve in the Labour Party. So it will be instructive to watch the reaction to today's unveiling of the Government's White Paper on health, which aims to shift several million patients annually out...
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Poland Grieves as Death Toll from Collapsed Roof Hits 66
Poland declared an official period of mourning after the steel roof of apacked exhibition centre collapsed in sub-zero temperatures, killing at least 66 people. The accident in Katowice, southern Poland, was the country's worst in two decades, and was...
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Police Question Man over Death of Scientist Who Was Stabbed 49 Times
Police were questioning a man yesterday about the murder of an academic who died after being strangled and stabbed 49 times. Barbara Waldron-Johnston, 55, spent much of her career working in biomedical research in New Zealand and had become an expert...
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Private Firms to Supply GP Services in Deprived Areas
Private companies are to provide GP services in rundown areas in an attempt to close the "health gap" between the middle and working classes. In a White Paper to be published today, the Government will admit that the well off get a better deal from the...
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'Private Life Is Private. I Have Never Paraded My Wife and Children' ; the Monday Interview Chris Huhne Liberal Democrat Leadership Candidate
Chris Who? He is the other candidate in the Liberal Democrat leadership contest. He is not the old familiar figure, Sir Menzies Campbell, nor is he last week's talk of the tabloids, Simon Hughes, and he is not Mark Oaten either. Chris Huhne is the sensible...
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Racing: Brave Inca's Victory Bitter-Sweet for McCoy
Whether or not he is the best hurdler in his own stable, another frantically generous performance from Brave Inca here yesterday was enough to persuade the bookmakers there can be none better anywhere else. Colm Murphy has given up any hope of getting...
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Rio Tinto Mines Rich Seam as Commodities Surge ; THE WEEK AHEAD
The bull market for commodity stocks shows no sign of slowing down. Almost every mining-related stock is trading at or around an all-time high with a rash of brokers expecting more of the same in the near future. On Thursday Rio Tinto becomes the first...
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Rugby: Ashton Works the Oracle to Make Bath Run Hot
BATH 28 WASPS 16 It is quite something to bring together a group of strangers and ask them to bond together as one in the biggest game of the season to date, especially when this select band includes a fullback who might have considered auditioning for...
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Rugby: Falcons Make Light Work of Diamond's Rough and Unready Bunch
NEWCASTLE 21 SARACENS 16 Rugby rarely comes as dreary as this, but Newcastle and Saracens did their worst to make it a horror show. Saracens were determined from the off to spoil. It earned them a losing bonus point' anything more would have brought...
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Rugby: Hodgson Hits Bull's-Eye as Moody Targets Self-Control
LEICESTER 27 SALE 27 Martin Johnson may have retired but his spirit pervaded Welford Road on Saturday. Sale's England fly half Charlie Hodgson did his best actions-speak-louder than-words bit, while Leicester's errant flanker Lewis Moody likened the...
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Rugby: Irish Snaffle Rare Victory after Kaplan Baffles Kingsholm Crowd
GLOUCESTER 9 LONDON IRISH 13 Rugby may be a global game, but interpretation of its laws is anything but universal, as London Irish and Gloucester discovered. The Cherry and Whites in particular felt they were floored by a flawed policy, the introduction...
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Rugby: Moody in Search for Self-Control
LEICESTER 27 SALE 27 Martin Johnson may have retired but his spirit pervaded Welford Road on Saturday. Sale's England fly-half Charlie Hodgson did his best actions-speak-louder-than-wordsbit, while Leicester's errant flanker Lewis Moody likened the "enthusiasm"...
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Rugby: Ross Endures Leeds' Latest Theatre of Horrors
NORTHAMPTON 21 LEEDS 18 Each season the relegation battle has provided great theatre to Premiership rugby and Saturday's meeting of two of the bottom three clubs lived up to the nail-biting, job-losing, club-imploding tradition. The tension on the field...
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Saddam Trial in Shambles as Former Dictator and His Defence Team Walk Out
The trial of Saddam Hussein collapsed into chaos within minutes of restarting when the former Iraqi leader and his legal team stormed out in protest at the forced removal of a co-defendant from the courtroom. The case had resumed yesterday with a new...
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Saved by Morse Code ; THE WEEKEND'S TV
Lewis SUN ITV1 Wild at Heart SUN ITV1 You can just imagine how exasperated Inspector Morse would have got. Here was his sidekick, Lewis, knee-deep in Shakespearean allusions, and he didn't even notice until his deputy pointed it out to him. "Something's...
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Scotland Targets Set-Jetters ; the USA's Tourism Chiefs Are, Once Again, Using Movie Locations to Attract Visitors. but, Says Tim Luckhurst, Scotland Did It First, and Its Latest Media Push Aims to Capitalise on Harry Potter, 'The Da Vinci Code', et Al
You've seen the film, now visit the set," proclaims the US Commerce Department's latest UK marketing campaign. But it is not entirely original. Eleven years before shots of King Kong atop the Empire State Building were deployed to lure Brits to New York,...
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Scottish Power Mulls $1Bn Wind Sale ; New Chief Executive Bowman Says Energy Group May Switch Investment to North Sea Gas Fields
Philip Bowman, the new chief executive of Scottish Power, is to review the future of its US wind power and gas storage division PPM Energy in a move which could signal the $1bn plus sale of the business. In his first interview since taking over at Scottish...
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Secrets of the East ; Advertising Guru Tom Doctoroff Has Spent the Past 11 Years Living and Working in the Rapidly Changing Environment of Modern China. He Explains How to Crack the Market
Any first-time visitor to Shanghai will be stunned by the eye- popping glitter of the city's media landscape. The kaleidoscope starts to dazzle immediately after stepping off the plane' HSBC ads grace the off ramp. While pushing through Pudong International...
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Six Great Art Installations
'THE GATES' CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE For 16 days last February, a 23-mile gold-coloured stream, costing pounds 11m and consisting of saffron-coloured fabric panels hung on 7,500 poles, flowed through Central Park in New York, courtesy of the husband-and-wife...
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Special Branch 'Altered Official Log' to Cover Up Fatal Menezes Blunder
The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by police at Stockwell Tube station last July, have de- mandedapublic inquiry into his death following allegations that Special Branch officers changed vital evidence in an attempt...
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Super-Rich' Divorce Cases to Be Tested in the House of Lords
The right of a wife to a fair share of her husband's wealth will be decided by the House of Lords in two multi-million pound test cases that begin today. Two wealthy husbands have gone back to court to ask a panel of law lords to reduce the size of the...
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Tennis: Federer Puts out Baghdatis Fire in Fluent Fightback
Marcos Baghdatis, the exuberant Cypriot who charmed his way into the Australian Open final, ran into the brick wall that is Roger Federer yesterday but gave the world No 1 a genuine fright. The unseeded Baghdatis captured the first set and came close...
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Tennis: Mauresmo Happy to Collect First Slam as Last Woman Standing
Grand Slams are often about the survival of the fittest, and there was little doubt at the end of a gruelling two weeks that Amlie Mauresmo was just that. The Frenchwoman came through one of the warmest Melbourne summers on record to win her first major...
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