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 July 10, 2008

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'Academically, I Didn't Shine'
PASSED/FAILED An education in the life of Carol SmillieCarol Smillie, 46, presented Wheel of Fortune, Changing Rooms, Dream Holiday Homes and Smillie's People. She currently presents STV's Postcode Challenge. She also hosted A Brush with Fame, the ITV...
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A Cold, Bitter, Vindictive, Swindling Bully? Surely Not, Gordon
The PM is intense, and by God he can brood to Olympic levels, but we must hope the comparisons with Heathcliff cease there. For the latter is one of the nastiest pieces of work in literature. He may have been impersonated on screen by beetle-browed hunks...
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'After Years Dreaming of Music Festivals I Finally Organised One'
The 5-minute Interview Mark Chadwick SingerMark Chadwick, 41, is the lead singer and guitarist of The Levellers, a British folk-punk band with a reputation for championing green and anti-capitalist issues. The band celebrates its20th anniversary this...
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A Good Read for a Journey through Time, but Don't Expect to Arrive at a Conclusion
The Thursday Book THE SUSPICIONS OF MRWHICHER By Kate Summerscale BLOOMSBURY, Pounds 14.99 Order for Pounds 13.49 (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897Victorians loved "Shilling Shockers" from station bookstalls, but when a murder story is thin, a book needs padding,...
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A Grimm Tale That's Not Just for Children
Opera HANSEL UND GRETEL Glyndebourne Festival EAST SUSSEXProductions of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hnsel und Gretel are like London buses: you vainly wait decades for one, then along come two at the same time, courtesy of Covent Garden in the autumn and...
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A&L Rises after Hiring Ulster Bank Chairman to See It through Turmoil
Alliance & Leicester has hired Alan Gillespie, a tough Ulsterman, as chairman to guide the bank through the financial turmoil.The former building society announced the arrival of the veteran banker yesterday. Mr Gillespie will join in September from...
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Anheuser-Busch Files Lawsuit to Hit Back at Suitor InBev
The American brewer Anheuser-Busch came out fighting yesterday in response to InBev's hostile move to oust the group's entire board.Anheuser, which makes Budweiser, is trying to derail the $46bn (23bn) takeover approach from the European brewer InBev...
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Annual Food Price Inflation Hits 7% as Retailers Pass on Rising Costs
Food cost 7 per cent more in British supermarkets in June than it did in the same month last year, a survey showed yesterday. The annual rate of food price inflation jumped from 6 per cent in May to 7 per cent last month, as shops passed on the continuing...
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Apax Founder Cohen Backs $4.3Bn IAM Management Buyout
Sir Ronald Cohen, the founder of private equity house Apax, has emerged as a backer of the management buyout of a $4.3bn (2.2bn) hedge fund business, which has been divested by Fortis in the wake of the ABN Amro takeover.International Asset Management...
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Arsenal Close to Accepting Barca's Pounds 15m Deal for Hleb
Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal to sign Arsenal's Alexander Hleb for a fee that could rise to 15m. The Spanish club hope to make an announcement in the next few days with the 27-year- old, who has been offered a four-year contract, being presented,...
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Arsenal Close to Accepting Barca's Pounds 15m Offer for Hleb
Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal to sign Arsenal's Alexander Hleb for a fee that could rise to 15m. The Spanish club hope to make an announcement in the next few days with the 27-year- old, who has been offered a four-year contract, being presented,...
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Arsenal Tell Barcelona to Increase Hleb Bid to Pounds 18m
Arsenal have rejected a bid of 12.5m, plus add-ons, from Barcelona for Alexander Hleb but have told the Spanish club that they will sell the midfielder if the offer is raised to 18m.It is unlikely that Barcelona will offer quite that much for the 27-year-old...
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Bid for Tea with Nancy - and Help Labour Clear Its Debts
It is billed as the "chance of a lifetime" for the Labour faithful to meet their heroes, from Tony Blair and Sir Alex Ferguson to Joe Calzaghe and Ruth Rendell.With debtors circling, party bigwigs hope that the 600 well- heeled supporters trooping into...
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Briton Faces Jail for Sex on Dubai Beach
A British businesswoman is facing six years in an Arab jail after apparently being caught having drunken sex on a beach in Dubai.Michelle Palmer, 30, was allegedly found in a compromising position on Jumeirah beach with a British holidaymaker, named...
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BT Expands Online Directories Business with the Pounds 20m Acquisition of Ufindus
BT is beefing up its online directories business with the 20m purchase of Ufindus, an online classified advertising company with more than 1.9 million listings in its portfolio.The acquisition, from Iomart Group, is part of BT Directories' plans to expand...
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Business Digest
US reopens $35bn air tanker deal*The US government last night reopened a bitter $35bn (18bn) aerial tanker contest after the selection process that picked European group EADS over Boeing was found to be flawed. It said mistakes had been made when the...
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Busta Rhymes to Rap for Peace on London's Streets ... ... but Will He Be Allowed to Enter Britain?
Having been fined $100,000 (50,000) for attacking a fan, warned for drink-driving offences, accused of keeping a machete in his car and sentenced to three years' probation for beating up his driver, Busta Rhymes knows about modern urban life.So the American...
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Cavendish Sprints out of the Tangle to Rare British Triumph
*CYCLINGFor the first time in over 30 years, Britain can celebrate a Tour de France victory in a bunch sprint as Manx fastman Mark Cavendish took an utterly convincing victory at Chateauroux yesterday. It is also the first British stage success since...
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Chambers Grasps Last Chance to Have Olympic Ban Lifted
Dwain Chambers will learn on Wednesday whether his bid to earn an Olympic place has been successful - always assuming he comes up with the required performance in the British Olympic trials which start in Birmingham tomorrow.Chambers, who is challenging...
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Contamination Fears after Leak from French Nuclear Waste Plant
Nuclear authorities in France were scrambling to calm fears yesterday following a leak from a nuclear waste processing facility near the town of Bollne, in the Rhne valley.Officials immediately enforced an emergency contingency plan in three villages...
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Cyclotherapy
It's Tuesday night, and I'm off to see a gig in west London (Band of Horses, in case you're interested). But as I leave work, rather than getting excited about going to see one of my favourite new bands, I'm stressing about where I might chain up my...
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Dettori and Nahoodh Brighten Johnston's Day
As he returned to the winner's enclosure after the big race here yesterday, Frankie Dettori must have been tempted to abandon the usual flying dismount in favour of a half-twist and pike. As it was, not even he could restore much frizzante to an afternoon...
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Dettori and Nahoodh Lift Gloom for Johnston
As he returned to the winner's enclosure after the big race here yesterday, Frankie Dettori must have been tempted to abandon the usual flying dismount in favour of a half-twist and pike. As it was, not even he could restore much frizzante to an afternoon...
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Diary
This week it was announced that Shakespeare will soon become a headache for children as young as five, as part of a government education package for primary schools. Still, youngsters should thank their lucky stars that Barry Sheerman won't have his...
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Do Not Play into the Hands of the Hardliners
LEADING ARTICLE IRANThe drumbeat for a new military confrontation in the Middle East is growing more insistent. Iranian state television yesterday screened images of the military test-firing of a Shahab-3 rocket, a missile reportedly capable of striking...
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Do They Need This Masterplan?
POSTGRADUATE The Government wants teachers to take Masters. A nice idea, but tricky to pull off, finds Geraldine HackettLouise Northey, an English teacher in London, has just completed a Masters degree in teaching her subject, but does not think most...
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Editor Defends Decision to Run Expose of Mosley Orgy
The editor of the News Of The World has defended the paper's allegation that Max Mosley had engaged in a "sick Nazi orgy". Colin Myler claimed while being cross-examined at the High Court that the 68-year-old Formula One boss had instigated a "crime...
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England Seek Inspiration from Presence of Flintoff
Will England's decision to allow Andrew Flintoff to participate in the team's final practice session before this morning's first Test against South Africa inspire or inhibit those players whose future in the team he is placing under pressure? Flintoff...
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Festival-Goers Set for Washout after Month's Rain Falls in One Day
Britain saw more than a month's rain in just 24 hours yesterday, as organisers of this weekend's open-air summer concerts and festivals prepared for yet more dismal weather.South-west England and Wales bore the brunt of the bad weather after forecasters...
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First Lady.Of Schmaltz
Carla Bruni is a self-styled femme fatale. So it's a pity that on her new album, the French President's wife comes across as simpering and weedy, says Andy GillSometimes, a confluence of celebrity circumstance reaches such a critical mass of PR fluff...
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Global Net Closes on Mugabe's Gang
The net was tightening last night around the leading figures in the Mugabe regime as the United Nations identified the key individuals it blames for the current crisis in Zimbabwe.A draft UN resolution named Robert Mugabe and 13 of his henchmen as the...
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'Goodbye from the World's Biggest Polluter'
* After rejecting global climate-change targets, George Bush's parting shot to the G8 summitPresident George Bush signed off with a defiant farewell over his refusal to accept global climate change targets at his last G8 summit.As he prepared to fly...
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Have Sanctions Ever Worked, and Should They Be Applied to Zimbabwe?
The big questionWhy are we asking this now?Because the leaders of the G8 richest nations have announced sanctions on Zimbabwe this week in an attempt to end the bloodshed and restore democracy to the country.What are sanctions?Restrictions on trade and...
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Healthy School Dinners Still a Turn-Off for Pupils
Schoolchildren are still turning their noses up at healthy school meals despite the efforts of the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and government ministers, who are set to miss their targets for school meals uptake, according to figures released today.But...
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'Help! after a Year at Secondary School, Our 12-Year-Old Daughter Has Become a Rebel Whose Work Is Going Backwards'
EDUCATION QUANDARYHilary's adviceI can see many readers saying, "So what? That's normal." But adolescents don't inevitably turn into antisocial monsters. To assume so is very damaging.Teenagers can be moody and difficult, but basic social codes must...
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He Must Not Be Allowed to Shape Sport to His Needs
COMMENTARYBryn Vaile remembers very clearly the emergence of the British Olympic Association's byelaw. It was initiated by competitors, not administrators, and he was one of them.As a member of the formative BOA Athletes Commission, Vaile - a gold medallist...
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Holes in the Accounts
LEADING ARTICLE LABOUR PARTYIt would take a heart of stone not to smile at the plight of Gordon Brown and those others left to bale out the Labour Party ship. Tonight's fundraising dinner at Wembley promises to be a rather desperate affair, after last...
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How Do I Learn about Software for E-Commerce? What's the Best Route into Estate Agency and Property Developing?
POSTGRADUATE QUERIESHow to get into e-businessI think I have the ideas and the dedication to be a successful internet entrepreneur, but my degree was not related to business or computing, so I have little technical know-how. Is there a postgraduate course...
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'I Am Always under Pressure. Everyone Always Said I Was Not Good Enough'
The run-out controversy against New Zealand last month has capped a difficult year for Paul Collingwood but, out of form and with his Test place under threat, he tells Glenn Moore that he is confident he can respond in typically belligerent fashion...
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'I'm like Bronte's Heathcliff': PM Reveals His Passionate Side
Gordon Brown has likened himself to Heathcliff, the brooding, intense character in Emily Bront's Wuthering Heights.The Prime Minister is normally at pains to avoid being compared with other figures but his guard dropped in an interview with New Statesman,...
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In 2050 the World Will Be Run by a New Middle Class - Based in Asia
One of the difficulties of economic commentary at the moment is that the noise from the economic cycle is drowning out the signals about the long-term structural shifts in the world economy.That is understandable and inevitable. This is, after all, a...
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Interserve Looks Tasty as Recession Fears Grow
THE INVESTMENT COLUMNOur view: BuyShare price: 440p (+13.5p)Interserve, the outsourcing group, is not the most exciting company given its business, which includes running services for schools, prisons and hospitals. However, outsourcing is one of the...
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Investors Switch on to ITV before BSkyB Decision
MARKET REPORTA market-wide bounce and bid speculation helped ITV and Yell recover from early lows yesterday. The broadcaster and the directories group have been hit hard in recent weeks as investors worry about the impact of an advertising slowdown on...
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Iranians Test-Fire Missile Capable of Hitting Israel
A day after threatening to "set fire" to Israel and American targets in the Gulf, Tehran test-fired nine ballistic missiles yesterday, including a long-range one capable of hitting Tel Aviv.Iranian state television said the "highly advanced" missiles...
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It's Not Fiction, but It's Still Creative
POSTGRADUATE The hottest new writing degrees are in specialist non-fiction. Nick Jackson takes a lookIt sounds like a piece of Orwellian doublespeak, but creative writing (non-fiction), which started in January at City University, is in fact the new...
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It's Only Right That We Suffer for Our Shoes
A woman named Sophie King has been awarded 7,200 compensation for injuries she sustained when her stiletto heel broke, pitching her on to the ground and breaking her ankle. I've sprained my ankle more than once while wearing silly shoes (yes, I know...
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J'accuse! Segolene Links Sarkozy 'Clan' with Break-In at Apartment
A vitriolic political row has exploded in France after the defeated presidential candidate, Segolne Royal, accused President Sarkozy's "clan" of being "linked" to a break-in at her flat.Mme Royal's words, on the main nightly news programme of the state-owned...
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Judge Who Sentenced Animal Rights Activist Was Fan of Blood Sports
A man found guilty at the end of the longest animal rights trial in legal history has launched an appeal, claiming the judge should not have heard the case because of his interest in blood sports.Sean Kirtley, 42, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years...
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Lampard Set to Threaten Chelsea with Walk-Out
Frank Lampard is considering walking out of Chelsea and signing for Internazionale after receiving legal advice that, despite their threats, it would be impossible for the club to hold him to the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. It would...
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Let's Cut Our Paper Footprint
Each of us throws away, on average, a quarter of a ton of paper every year. Vicki Hill meets a woman on a mission to slash our waste and save the forestsFirst came two great bales of flattened cardboard then a tower of 1,500 catalogues, magazines, reports...
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Levi's Profit Plunges 98 per Cent as Young Shun Its Jeans
Levi Strauss's second-quarter net income plunged 98 per cent because of weak sales of Dockers and Levi's. The company - which began making its famous jeans in San Francisco in 1853 and which is one of the world's largest brand names in clothing - is...
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LSE Shares Up 10 per Cent as Revenue Figures Beat Forecasts
The London Stock Exchange shrugged off fears that its revenues had slumped with a better-than-expected trading update, which sparked a 10 per cent jump in its share price. Yet analysts are still nervous as the prospect of competition looms and economic...
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Mickelson Makes Light of Tiger's Absence
*GOLF"Will it really count?" That is the question everyone who is anyone in golf will hear in the run-up to next week's Open at Royal Birkdale and yesterday at Loch Lomond two rather important competitors were pressed for their opinions.Ernie Els and...
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Mortgage Shortage Leaves First-Time Buyers Further Away from Owning a Home
Home ownership has become even more inaccessible to first-time buyers despite the prolonged fall in house prices, figures released today by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors will show.Rics said that, while this year's falls in house prices...
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Mothers at Risk in Care Crisis
*Shock report attacks lack of maternity beds and midwife shortageA devastating report on the state of Britain's maternity services has concluded that they put the lives of women and their babies at risk.The first national inquiry into maternity care...
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New Lease of Life for a Classic
Theatre SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF ANAUTHOR Minerva Theatre CHICHESTER ****There are more layers and coups de thetre that you can shake a gold-topped cane at; the smell of artful red herrings is pungent; and towards the end there's a suspect accumulation...
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Not Restraint of Trade - Just No Invite to World Party
COMMENTARYBryn Vaile remembers very clearly the emergence of the British Olympic Association's byelaw. It was initiated by competitors, not administrators, and he was one of them.As a member of the formative BOA Athletes Commission, Vaile - a gold medallist...
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Obama a Fashion Icon? Hardly, Say His Daughters
To the casual eye Barack Obama may look like one of the most polished political operators in a generation - but that's not what his children think. Malia, aged 10, and Sasha, seven, have cut loose on what they think of their dad's dress sense.In an interview...
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Ombudsman's Equitable Life Findings Are a Further Blow to Public Finances
OutlookThe problems just keep on piling up for our beleaguered Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. The Government has repeatedly managed to delay the publication of a damning report on the demise of Equitable Life from the Parliamentary Ombudsman, Ann Abraham,...
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O'Neill Clears Way for Barry to Complete Liverpool Deal
Gareth Barry is set to finally secure his 18m move from Aston Villa to Liverpool in the next few days after the two clubs re- opened negotiations yesterday. The impasse was broken following a letter submitted to Liverpool by Villa manager Martin O'Neill...
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O'Neill Letter Clears Barry's Way to Liverpool
Gareth Barry is set to finally secure his 18m move from Aston Villa to Liverpool in the next few days after the two clubs re- opened negotiations yesterday. The impasse was broken following a letter submitted to Liverpool by the Villa manager, Martin...
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One in Four M&S Shareholders Fails to Support Rose
Angry investors send signal they want improvements * Rose pledges to turn around food unitNearly one in four Marks & Spencer shareholders refused to back executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose at the eagerly anticipated annual meeting yesterday, sending...
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Opera
CARMEN Glyndebourne Festival EAST SUSSEX ****It is significant that the curtain is already raised and we spend Bizet's festive prelude gazing at Michael Vale's grubby, industrialised set. This back passage of Seville is about as romantic as Bizet's opera...
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Parents Pay Tribute to Stabbed Son, 14, Who Wanted to Change World
The parents of a 14-year-old schoolboy stabbed to death in London have told how their son had wanted to become a politician and change the world.David Idowu became the youngest victim of knife crime in the capital when he died on Monday, three weeks...
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Pop
BRETTANDERSON Mermaid Theatre LONDON ***At the helm of deviant wannabes Suede, he reignited interest in English eccentricity and paved the way for Britpop. Now without a record contract, Brett Anderson points the way in the post-label age for fortysomething...
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Pop
GUILFEST Stoke Park GUILDFORD ****The founding fathers of the 1960s counter-culture scene that gave us Woodstock and Knebworth would have regarded the bankers, lawyers and accountants of Guildford as the ultimate squares.Yet nearly 40 years after we...
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Poverty Has a Cause We're Not Confronting
Proper Conservatives are at last warming to David Cameron, after he tipped up in Glasgow East and informed some of the fattest and laziest and poorest people in Britain that it was time they recognised that it was their own fault that they were fat and...
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'Put Yourself in Someone Else's Shoes'
MY WAY David Braben, of Frontier Developments, on how to become a success at workDavid Braben, the video-games programmer, is best known for co- writing the classic space trading game 'Elite' while still an undergraduate. He is the founder and chairman...
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Recycling Their Way to the Top
UNIVERSITIES The green league table is making universities think again. Lucy Hodges on the saints and the sinnersStudents who care passionately about the environment should make for the South West. That's the message of this year's green university league...
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Seabird Born in Summer of Love Still Breeding in Wales
A seabird that hatched in the Summer of Love - 1967 - is still breeding on the Welsh cliff where it was born, 41 years later. Hippies were wearing flowers in their hair and the Beatles were singing "All You Need Is Love" when the bird, a razorbill, emerged...
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Security Firms Lose Immunity in Iraq Deal
The Iraqi armed services are likely to target widely-hated American security contractors when they lose their immunity to Iraqi law under a new agreement between the US and the Iraq.The main American concession, during prolonged and rancorous negotiations...
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Serial Killers Likely to Be Family Men, Not Freaks, Says FBI
Forget Hannibal Lecter. Hollywood's portrayal of serial killers as deranged loners with unusually high IQs is dangerously wrong and can hinder investigations, according to the FBI.The agency warns that efforts to track down serial killers are often impaired...
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Seven Peacekeepers Killed in Darfur after Ambush by Gunmen
At least seven peacekeepers have been killed and more than 20 injured after a horde of 200 gunmen on horseback and in jeeps attacked the United Nations and African Union force in Darfur. It is the worst attack the new peace mission (Unamid) has suffered.A...
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Skin-Whitening Adverts Ignite Race Row in India
The actors are beautiful, the sets are stylish and the message could not be clearer - the woman with the paler skin gets the man.In recent weeks, Indians have been treated to an eye-catching television advert "mini-series" featuring three of Bollywood's...
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Smith Hints at Late Change by Spinning Decision to Play Harris
The best laid plans of South Africa were yesterday gurgling down the drains here. After insisting that they had finalised their Test team in the second and final warm-up match against Middlesex at Uxbridge last weekend, the Proteas have been forced into...
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Stand-In Harman Beaten by Hague's Stand-Up Skills
THE SKETCHHarriet Harman was standing in for the Prime Minister. He was at the G8, pledging to reduce carbon emissions to zero by the year 3000, along with one-to-one obesity counselling for every African child. Noble aspirations indeed. Well and good....
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Sunderland Offer Pounds 4.5m in Attempt to Get Back McCartney
Sunderland are understood to have offered 4.5m for their former left-back, George McCartney, who they sold to West Ham United two years ago for 1.5m. The London club have rejected the offer and do not wish to sell the 27-year-old Northern Ireland international.McCartney...
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Symbol of Rome Found to Be 1,000 Years Too Young
Mussolini cherished her as a symbol of the "new Rome" he was bringing into being; and 60 years on, the bronze she-wolf with the gaping eyes, heavy udders and mouth half-open in a growl still says "Rome" as eloquently as the Colosseum.But to the chagrin...
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The Divided Legacy of Black Power
Forty years ago Tommie Smith and John Carlos risked everything to stand together and deliver the salute that shook the world. So why are they no longer on speaking terms? Guy Adams reports The 1968 OlympicsTo a country that invented the Hall of Fame...
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The Hunt for Doctor Death
It is a race against time: can 94-year-old Aribert Heim be brought to justice before he dies? Now, as Cahal Milmo reports, Nazi- hunters believe they may have found him - in Chile War crimesIn September 1962, detectives arrived to arrest a wealthy...
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'The Ideal Night out Is Sitting in a Pub Garden Watching the Sunset'
The 5-minute Interview Mark Chadwick SingerMark Chadwick, 41, is the lead singer and guitarist of The Levellers, a British folk-punk band with a reputation for championing green and anti-capitalist issues. The band celebrates its20th anniversary this...
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The Man Behind the Wall
His conquests were spectacular, his genius for PR unrivalled. But his contradictions were legion. Who was the real Hadrian? As the British Museum prepares for a major exhibition on the life of the Roman leader, Boyd Tonkin looks for answers in the ruins...
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'Then I Get the Phone Call Every Mother Dreads.'
DIARY OF A PRIMARY SCHOOL MUMDust is being wiped off baby toys for the summer fete when the phone rings. "Hello, is that Claire's mummy?" It's the call no mother wants to receive. Claire's at school, this sounds like Miss Perry, bad news is clearly coming....
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The Nutty Professor
Chris Addison is swapping satire for sitcom. Julian Hall hears why the actor and comedian is leaving 'The Thick Of It' behindEvery comedian, it seems, has a sitcom inside of them. Chris Addison is in the enviable position that he has now acted in one,...
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The Oldest Skills Are Coming Back Again
RECRUITMENT A National Lottery Bursary scheme is transforming the lives of aspirant artisans. By James MorrisonMatthew Hodgkinson realised that he'd carved himself out a worthwhile niche the day he was asked to design his first gargoyle. Less than six...
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'The Priest Had Really Bad Halitosis and He Kept Leaning in towards Me. I Nearly Threw Up All over Him'
He's Out ThereI couldn't go through with the wedding. We got to the moment when the priest asked me whether I would take her hand in marriage and I kicked off. I said no, I wasn't prepared to do anything of the sort, and then punched him in the face...
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There's Going to Be a Bit of a Domestic
Last Night's TV PERSONAL SERVICES REQUIRED CHANNEL 4 TRIBAL WIVES BBC2After applying the principle of the blind date to personal growth (Faking It), domestic relationships (Wife Swap) and the deserving poor (The Secret Millionaire), the production company...
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The Student Professionals
POSTGRADUATE Distance learning is helping workers' careers - and their pockets, too. By Liz LightfootIn the competitive workplace where the curriculum vitae is king, ambitious workers are falling back in love with the Masters degree. Graduates who turned...
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The Ten Best Mirrors
INDEPENDENT.CO.UK/BEST1 Purves & Purves 325 (80cm diameter)One of the easiest ways to bring more light into your home is to hang a mirror in a strategic corner. The colourful mosaic on this version will also add a splash of brightness.www.purves.co.uk;...
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The West Still Isn't Taking the Iraqis into Account
Within the next week - or so we are told - the Prime Minister will be delivering a statement of firm intent about the future of our troops in Iraq. The ground has been prepared, the journalists invited out to see the security progress made in Basra....
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This Government Must Find a New Direction
COMMENTIt was once a world leader in inventing the Third Way, but this Government has now well and truly lost its way. Tony Blair wrote a pamphlet on the Third Way, and the LSE director, Anthony Giddens, became its theoretical guru. This policy is now...
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Thomas M. Disch
Poet and writer of death-haunted science fiction who won plaudits for 'Camp Concentration'The death of the American writer Thomas M. Disch, by his own hand, on the Fourth of July, was the last act of a drama that had been unfolding in public for several...
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Tony Melody
Star of the TV series 'Rule Britannia'The slightly sad-looking face and receding hairline of Tony Melody were familiar to television viewers in dozens of programmes over half a century, particularly sitcoms and soaps. He was a prolific character actor...
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Treasury Faces Pounds 4bn Bill for Equitable Fiasco
The Government's reputation for financial competence is set to be dealt another hammer blow next week, as the Parliamentary Ombudsman publishes her long-awaited report into the regulation of Equitable Life, accusing the Department of Trade and Industry,...
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Two More Housebuilders Cut 40% of Their Workforces
Redrow and Bovis Homes piled further misery on the housebuilding industry yesterday, cutting 850 jobs, reviewing their dividend policies and warning that the property market was in its worst state in living memory.Redrow said it had no choice but to...
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Vaughan Licking Lips at Chance to Tuck into South Africa Feast
For England the hors-d'oeuvre is over. New Zealand provided Michael Vaughan's side with the occasional dose of indigestion during the last six months but overall they were consumed with little fuss. It is now time to get rid of your side plate and move...
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Viva la Beaver!
They were hunted to extinction many centuries ago. But now, thanks to conservationists, they will soon be spotted in the wild again. Esther Walker explains their history and habitsWHY THEY ARE BEING REINTRODUCED NOWThe European beaver was hunted almost...
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We Need a Leaner Testing System
The Government is hoist by its own petard over the delay to delivering this year's national curriculum test results. It cannot pretend that the delay, caused by the new system which led to the papers being collected centrally and then farmed out to markers,...
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Whatever Happens in Glasgow East, It's Not Going to Be the End of Gordon Brown
A wild political year moves towards a gory climax. All eyes are on the Glasgow East by-election, which takes place at the end of this month. Never before has a contest in a single constituency had such an intoxicating advance billing. Parts of the mighty...
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Why the Care of Small Animals Can Be a Legal Minefield
Miles Kington Remembered 24 OCTOBER 1996Today I am devoting the whole of this space to the care and maintenance of small household pets. I know nothing about the care and maintenance of small household pets, so I have had to hire the services of an expert....
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