The Independent (London, England)

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

Articles from September 27, 2004

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Advertising: Fighting for Attention ; the Navy's New Recruitment Campaign Stresses Aid Work over Combat. but, Asks Mira Katbamna, Does It Also Help Spin the Official Line on Iraq?
It used to be so simple - one scary-looking general guy, one accusing finger and a slogan so convincing (or terrifying, depending on how cowardly you are) that most of us can still quote it today. Everyone remembers Kitchener's "Your Country Needs YOU"...
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Analysis: A Year in Vogue: The Story Behind the Gloss ; as Editor of Britain's Leading Fashion Magazine, Alexandra Shulman Knows the Importance of a Great Cover Photograph. Here, She Recalls Her Hits and Misses
NOVEMBER 2003 COVER STAR: Elizabeth Hurley PHOTOGRAPHER: Mario Testino SALE: 202,028 YEAR-ON-YEAR: down 1% STORY: This coincided with the Fashion Rocks event that Nicholas Coleridge, my managing director, was organising. I decided it would be nice for...
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Arts Preview: Perry Potter and the Glittering Prize ; VISUAL ARTS in His First Show since Winning the Turner Prize, Grayson Perry Expands His Repertoire
"I HAD no idea of the global recognition of the Turner prize until I won. It garners great attention," says Grayson Perry, the potter. He famously collected the award dressed as Claire, his transvestite alter ego, and has since experienced a sharp rise...
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Arts Reviews: POP; Joss Stone Shepherds Bush Empire London Ooo99
SOME CRITICS of Joss Stone are a bit like the doctor in Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides. After the youngest sister slashes her wrists, he glibly offers: "What are you doing here, little girl? You're not old enough to know how bad life gets." To which...
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Arts Reviews: THEATRE: Darwin in Malibu Hampstead Theatre London Ooo99
ON THE sun-kissed deck of a Malibu beach house, Charles Darwin (Oliver Ford Davies) is knocking back banana milk shakes, tucking into a fat "fuck-a-page sandbuster" by Pat Booth and enjoying the attentions of a gorgeous blonde Californian girl (Cressida...
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Arts Reviews: THEATRE: The Anniversary Playhouse Liverpool Oooo9
FORTY YEARS on and the kids have gathered to celebrate Mum's ruby wedding anniversary. Dad has been dead for years - enjoying "a bit of peace at last" - but this is an insignificant detail which isn't going to get in the way of her ritualistic celebrations....
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Arts Reviews: Where You Least Expect It ; VISUAL ARTSLiverpool Biennial Various Venues Liverpool Ooo99
WELL, IT'S certainly not Venice (home to the most famous art biennial); and, although the opening of the Liverpool Biennial was buzzing with the London art world, none of the cabbies I spoke to knew anything about it, although one had heard something...
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ATHLETICS: Johnson's Cruise to Victory Helps Ease Olympic Pain
IT WAS A great north run for the London club, Thames Hare and Hounds, if not exactly for British distance running. While Dejene Berhanu ran away with the men's prize and the course record as the first Ethiopian winner of the Great North Run yesterday,...
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Bank Officials to Take the Stand as BCCI Case Resumes
THE BANK of England, accused of "misfeasance" in its regulation of the fraud-ridden Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), will today resume its defence in the pounds 1bn High Court case with witnesses, including the former governor Lord George,...
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Barcelona Humiliated by Costly Festival Flop
BARCELONA'S FORUM 2004, launched with much fanfare in May as a festival of international cultures and debate, closed yesterday with a EUR300,000 (pounds 204,000) fireworks display. Crowds packed in for the last few days but even the organisers concede...
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Basic Wage to Hit Pounds 5-an-Hour Next Year
COMPANIES ARE bracing themselves for the introduction of a pounds 5-an- hour minimum wage next year as independent research shows that many firms are already paying well above the current legal floor. The war of words between business and unions over...
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Bill Hagerty on the Press: There's an Election Coming: It's Time to Look in the Mirror Again
Halfway through the party season, and it's hell out there. Brighton, then Bournemouth, now Brighton and back to Bournemouth next week; reeling from hotel to hotel on the fringe, occasionally dropping in at the Conference Centre - well, the bars there...
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`Blair Will Have Blood on His Hands If Terrorists Behead My Brother'
TONY BLAIR will have "blood on his hands" if Islamist terrorists execute Kenneth Bigley, the British hostage's brother said yesterday. The Prime Minister was doing too little to secure the release of the kidnapped engineer, Paul Bigley said before he...
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Can You Spot What's Fishy in This News?
Ithink it's time to test you on your knowledge of the news again. If you are a regular participant in these quizzes, you will know I bring you a few stories from the last week's news, warning you that one of them is made up by me. All you have to do...
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Classical Music: DIARY
From poverty-stricken Georgia comes cheering musical news: the new-broom premier Saakashvili has persuaded the ballerina Nina Ananiashvili - who recently brought her troupe to Sadler's Wells - to revitalise the moribund Tbilisi opera house. As the place...
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Classical Music: The Body Eclectic ; the Classical Guitarist John Williams Loves Mixing His Genres. So If He's Called a Jack of All Trades, He's Not Going to Fret about It, Discovers James McNair
I first knew it as the theme music for the old country-pursuits programme presented by Jack Hargreaves, Out of Town. For John Williams, however, it's "Recuer-dos de la Alhambra", a 19th-century composition by Francisco Tarrega, with majestic minor-to-major...
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Classical Music: The Compact Collection ; Rob Cowan on the Week's CD Releases
LOOK UP the entry for the classical-jazz pianist Friedrich Gulda on Grove Music Online, and you'll find a reference to Austrian recordings of Mozart piano concertos with Hans Swarowsky conducting and Gulda "adding his own embellishments throughout"....
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Cricket: CHAMPIONS' TROPHY FINAL: England Eclipsed in Fantastic Finale ; by Angus Fraser at the Oval England 217 West Indies 218-8 West Indies Win by Two Wickets
ENGLAND LOST, but so what? The West Indies' remarkable two- wicket victory over Michael Vaughan's gallant side in the ICC Champions' Trophy final should have given anyone with a true love of cricket a reason to celebrate. This was a glorious one-day...
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Cricket: CHAMPIONS' TROPHY FINAL: Flintoff to Join Harmison in Zimbabwe Tour Boycott
ANDREW FLINTOFF is today expected to follow the example set by his close friend, Stephen Harmison, and inform England's selectors that he does not wish to tour Zimbabwe. Michael Vaughan's side are due to play five one-day matches in the country in late...
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Cricket: CHAMPIONS' TROPHY FINAL: Vaughan Must Forget Dispiriting Reverse and Look Forward
THE ENGLAND camp will no doubt feel depressed that their splendid season should have ended on a dispiriting note with their narrow defeat by the West Indies at The Oval. This is a natural reaction, but there is no need for them to be too hard on themselves....
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DMGT Intervenes in Radio Merger Talks
LORD ROTHERMERE, the chairman of Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), wants non-executives to make the senior appointments at the soon- to-be-merged Capital Radio and GWR group, where the newspaper publisher will be one of the biggest single shareholders...
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Does Britain Resent Successful Migrants?
Both of the main political parties are in serious trouble in the polls and for different reasons. It is time for us immigrants to put on the hard hats and insert quality ear-plugs. We know what to expect from the party conferences. The one sure way that...
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EC Competition Chief Linked to 30 Businesses
EUROPE'S NEW competition chief has revealed that she advised, or sat on the supervisory board, of 30 companies, including McDonald's, MMO2 and Volvo, in the past 10 years. Her declaration to MEPs holding hearings on incoming commissioners is likely to...
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Fashion Extra from London: A Breath of Fresh Air ; Flowers, Frills and Frothy Fabrics, Not to Mention Ice-Skating Models - Even in a Lacklustre Summer Season, London Fashion Week Displayed a Quirky Optimism All of Its Own, Says Susannah Frankel
Tonya Harding. The disgraced American figure skater is an unlikely fashion icon. At the London collections, shown throughout last week, however, that is exactly what she became. Thank Peter Jensen, the Danish-born, British trained and based fashion designer...
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Football: Allardyce Left Frustrated by Bolton's Lack of Finishing Power ; Wanderers 1 Birmingham City 1
MANAGERS ARE fond of saying that the season is a marathon and not a sprint, but whatever the length of the race, it helps to get off to a good start. As they lined up in August, these two teams were widely tipped to be in the bunch stuck at the back...
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Football: Arsenal Outmuscle City without a Card in Sight ; Manchester City 0 Arsenal 1
IT IS A year since Martin Keown rounded up a mob of his team- mates to push and jeer Ruud van Nistelrooy back to the dressing- room at Old Trafford after he had missed a penalty. A year since one of their former players, Alan Smith, publicly told his...
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Football: Beckham Hit by Virus as Real Decline Accelerates ; SPAIN by Patrick McCurdy in Bilbao Athletic Bilbao 2 Real Madrid 1
THE REAL MADRID president, Florentino Perez, had a funereal look on his face as he watched his side slump to defeat against an infinitely superior Athletic Bilbao. With every game that passes the evidence is mounting that Real are not just suffering...
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Football: Drogba Ends Chelsea's Five-Hour Goal Wait ; Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 1
NOT EVEN close: an ugly left-footed slash horribly wide, and a header directed so poorly that it went away from the goal as if repelled by magnetic force. A bit closer: desperate blocks by Gareth Southgate after wicked near post crosses from Paulo Ferreira...
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FOOTBALL: Everton Put Shirts on Cahill's Late Finish ; Portsmouth 0 Everton 1
EVERTON CAME to Fratton Park lying third in the Premiership but this win, earned in the most inauspicious fashion, told more than the League table can. On another day, with a more reliable striker than Marcus Bent, the Merseysiders might have polished...
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Football: Ferdinand Takes Lead in United Show of Strength ; Tottenham Hotspur 0 Manchester United 1
LIKE THE West End in a slow period, it was all about revivals at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Tottenham's previously well-received ensemble performance received a reality check but Manchester United's much-criticised star vehicle looked set, now its...
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Football: Fluent Performance Has Benitez Purring ; Liverpool 3 Norwich City 0
RAFAEL BENITEZ may struggle to deliver an informative press conference in his limited English but if his vocabulary does not yet allow him to offer much in the way of meaningful reflection there is clearly no problem in putting his ideas across to his...
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Football: FOOTBALL IN BRIEF CHARLTON MAY BE FORCED INTO DEFENSIVE RESHUFFLE AGAINST ROVERS
Charlton Athletic have concerns over their defenders Jon Fortune and Luke Young for tonight's visit of Blackburn - Rovers' 200th away game in the Premiership. Fortune, who has a twisted ankle, and Young (hip and groin) are struggling, but Matt Holland...
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Football: Forest's Late Flurry Brings Victory the Clough Way ; Nottingham Forest 2 West Ham United 1
AS AT Derby on Saturday, the spirit of Brian Clough enveloped everything here yesterday, casting a giant shadow over a football match that could never really hope to be equal to the occasion. But where the club at the other end of the A52 could not quite...
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Football: Johnson Verve Fosters Belief at Palace ; Aston Villa 1 Crystal Palace 1
CRYSTAL PALACE last won a Premiership away fixture in 1998 - so long ago that David O'Leary was No 2 to George Graham at Leeds United and rated unlikely management material, while Andrew Johnson was just 17 and a year away from his Birmingham City debut....
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Football: Joneses Bear the Brunt of Wolves' Growing Crisis ; Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Cardiff City 3
PROMOTION CAN never be won at this early juncture but it can conceivably be lost. For Wolverhampton Wanderers, a club well versed in the art of squandered opportunities, a crisis is looming. They have followed a close season of mis-management with seven...
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Football: Kluivert Proves Another Thorn in Megson's Side ; Newcastle United 3 West Bromwich Albion 1
THERE HAVE been worse times in the football life of Gary Megson, not least on Tyneside. Back in November 1984, he arrived at St James' Park with his pride and his playing reputation at a nadir after three months and no first-team games at Nottingham...
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Football: Novo Ends Drought on Old Stamping Ground ; Dundee 0 Rangers 2
NACHO NOVO returned to haunt Dundee yesterday by choosing Dens Park as the place to end his long barren run and score his first Scottish Premier League goals for Rangers. The small Spaniard rescued his new team, who were heading for a draw until Novo...
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Football: Radzinski Increases Pressure on Wigley ; Fulham 1 Southampton 0
STEVE WIGLEY made a hugely significant comment on Saturday evening which was lost in the welter of gloom that surrounded Southampton's defeat away to Fulham. "I feel as though it is important we get a win soon for the points per game ratio," the head...
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Former NatWest Investment Bankers to Face Enron Extradition Proceedings
THREE FORMER senior bankers from the capital markets division of NatWest will tomorrow face an attempt by the US government to extradite them to stand trial on charges that they defrauded their employer to make money for themselves and for contacts at...
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Golf Goes Underground ; from the Comfort of a Soho Basement, Members of a Revolutionary New Club Are Able to Play the Finest Courses in the World. but Can Its Owners Rebrand the Sport as Hip Urban Entertainment? by Christian Broughton
James Day takes his driver, steps up to the tee and, after a gentle practice swing, sends the ball soaring 300 yards down the fairway of the 18th at the world-famous Old Course at St Andrews. Turning back, he pauses, looking for the right words to explain...
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GOLF: Heroics of Ryder Cup Inspire Stenson to Victory
HAVING LOST four of the last five Ryder Cups, an even bigger worry for American golf should be that they have lost the last three Walker Cups. This Heritage tournament, with the hard task of following the thrilling events at Oakland Hills, merely added...
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`Green Guilt' Set to Transform Britain's Throwaway Society ; Britain Is Rubbish When It Comes to Recycling, but Now a Pounds 10m Campaign Aims to Change the Country's Attitudes towards Waste. Michael McCarthy Reports on a Revolution in the Making
What happens when the throwaway society runs out of holes in the ground to bury its waste? A great new national habit begins, that's what. At least, that's what the Government is counting on happening, as today it launches the biggest campaign yet to...
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Greg Dyke on Television: Has BSkyB Unwittingly Served Its Competitors a Free Lunch?
Television is changing so rapidly that even those in charge of running the industry are unable to fathom its future. Almost exactly a year ago the Royal Television Society held its bi-annual conference in Cambridge - the biggest management get- together...
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Hamas Plots Revenge after Leader Assassinated
HAMAS LEADERS pledged bloody retaliation yesterday after one of its senior figures in Damascus was assassinated in an attack widely read as a new departure in Israel's pursuit of militant faction leaders. Izz El-Deen Sheikh Khalil was killed when his...
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HOCKEY: Brogdon Double Helps Champions Hit Stride
THERE WAS a familiar look about the results at the top of the men's National League at the end of the opening day. The champions Cannock were quickly into their stride notching up a 7- 2 win against Guildford. It took Andy Brogdon just eight minutes...
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INSIDE STORY: Let's Do Lunch. ; Where Does Rupert Go for His Roast Beef? Which Is the Power Table at le Caprice? Why's the Wolseley Making Headlines? Ed Caesar Presents Media's Good Food Guide
1 VILLANDRY Who goes there? BBC luminaries Andy Parfitt, Jeremy Vine and Richard Sambrook; the higher echelons of the radio and music businesses. What's the USP? Sparsely decorated and staffed by periodically haughty waiters, Villandry is the perfect...
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Internet: Why Google News Signals the Death of the Online Exclusive ; the Biggest Player Is Undermining Those Who Break Stories, Says Charles Arthur
Quick: which newspaper and which journalists got the exclusives on Watergate? That's easy, of course: The Washington Post, and Woodward and Bernstein. Now a harder one: who had the first stories about the abuses inside Abu Ghraib prison? Thirty years...
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Kabul Kills Taliban Chief Freed from Guantanamo
A FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee who became a Taliban commander after his release from US detention in Cuba has been killed by Afghan forces conducting a security sweep before next month's presidential election. Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar was held at Guantanamo...
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Labour in Brighton: Blair and Brown Factions Clash over Chancellor's Election Role
THE SIMMERING tensions between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown erupted again in public yesterday when their allies clashed over the role the Chancellor will play in Labour's general election campaign.Allies of Mr Blair accused Mr Brown of going "on strike"...
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Labour in Brighton: Brown Tells Activists to Return to Party Values
GORDON BROWN will make an appeal today to traditional Labour values, calling on rank and file to build a "progressive consensus" for the 21st century. He will attempt to stamp his authority on the party in a speech containing echoes of his rousing conference...
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Labour in Brighton: CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Security strife Delegates face up to four checks before they are allowed into the Brighton Centre, with their baggage subject to closer scrutiny than ever before, with electric toothbrushes and breast pumps among the items causing suspicion. They have...
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Labour in Brighton: Prescott Promises Cut-Price Homes
CUT-PRICE HOMES will be on sale for just pounds 60,000 for first- time buyers in an effort to help low-paid workers priced out of the housing market, John Prescott announced yesterday. The Deputy Prime Minister admitted that rapidly increasing numbers...
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Last Night's Television: Terror Is Compulsive Viewing ; Thomas Sutcliffe Dirty Filthy Love ITV1 Dirty War BBC1
"WE CAN still laugh about it, can't we?" asked Charlotte, a sufferer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, after a typically disruptive meeting of her self-help group. Charlotte herself was nearly hyperventilating because there was an odd number of people...
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Last Week/this Week
LAST WEEK Capital and GWR confirmed talks: After months of rumours, the two radio groups confirmed they are in talks over a pounds 710m merger to create the UK's biggest commercial radio group. If the deal goes ahead, other radio groups could follow...
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Lawyers in Asbestos Case Agreed to Destroy Evidence
A LEADING London law firm agreed a deal to destroy documents which could be used by workers to claim compensation for asbestos- related diseases, The Independent has learnt. The City firm, Leigh, Day & Co, signed an undertaking with Cape plc to keep...
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Leading Article: An Assassination Which Does Not Make Israel Safer
THE KILLING by Israel of a senior Hamas member on Syrian soil shows that Ariel Sharon's government is taking its assassination campaign to new lengths. By acknowledging, albeit unofficially, that it carried out the car bombing that killed Izz Eldine...
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Leading Article: Gordon Brown Must Accept That Labour Needs a Radical Manifesto for Its Third Term
THE LABOUR Party's conference in Brighton has not begun in auspicious circumstances. The fate of the hostage Ken Bigley hangs perilously in the balance, ensuring that the horrors of Iraq, and the Prime Minister's pivotal role in that wretched drama,...
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Letter: Justice Is Being Done, but Fathers Must Be Prepared to Fight
Sir: One of the main successes of the pressure group Fathers4Justice and their like is that there is now a general perception of bias against fathers in the law relating to children. Even Deborah Orr's thoughtful piece "A wonderful challenge for fathers"...
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`Mail' May Not Back Tories at Election, Says Rothermere
VISCOUNT ROTHERMERE, the chairman of the Daily Mail and General Trust, has warned the Conservative Party that it cannot take for granted the support of the group's main newspaper at the general election. In his first-ever interview, Lord Rothermere said...
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Marketing: The Designers Who Dress Britain's Leading Brands ; from Cars to Chocolate Bars, Fashion Houses Are Branching Out
Fashionistas were unsure if they were sitting by the catwalk or in a sweet shop at London Fashion Week as Nestle used Sadie Frost and Jemima French's new collection to promote their latest chocolate bar. Vauxhall Motors utilised last week's show by hot...
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Mark Wnek on Advertising: The Days of Schmoozing Are over. So, Farewell, to the Men in Suits
Adland is up in arms. That is to say, not the whole of adland, but the suits who run it. They're cross that their clients are bringing in procurement specialists to squeeze fees. I've been aware of something brewing for a while, if only anecdotally,...
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Matthew Norman's Media Diary
Exactly a year after that hilarious row erupted between Philip Hensher and Tracey Emin, the traditional battle between artist and critic has taken a gentler twist. Last September, Philip made the allegation (one he later withdrew under legal pressure)...
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MONDAY INTERVIEW: Alan Milburn: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: `Tony Can Join Attlee and Thatcher as the Next PM Who Has Embedded Change in Britain'
ALL EYES are on Alan Milburn at this week's Labour Party conference in Brighton and he knows it. In the three weeks since Tony Blair appointed him the Government's policy chief and Labour's general election co-ordinator, the arch-Blairite former health...
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MOTORCYCYLING: Championship Kept Alive by Toseland
JAMES TOSELAND kept his World Superbike Championship hopes alive with a thrilling second race during the penultimate round here yesterday. The Ducati Fila rider heads into the final round at Magny Cours in France next weekend four points behind his French...
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Motor Racing: Barrichello Holds off Button in Thrilling Debut for China
WHAT DO you give people who have invested pounds 136m building their first grand prix venue in just 600 days? Well, the race that Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen put on for China's 150,000 spectators would be high on any wish list....
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Motor Racing: Everyone Races to Cash in on Shanghai's Momentous Day
THE Red Army marched again on Shanghai last night, but this was Michael Schumacher's brigade, not Chairman Mao Tse-tung's. In blood- red Ferrari shirts and caps, waving their team flags, over 100,000 Chinese motor racing fans returned to the city from...
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Ms Root's Transatlantic Voyage of Discovery ; She May Have One of the Toughest Jobs in US Broadcasting, but the Former BBC2 Controller Is in Tune with Her Audience, She Tells Ian Burrell
You might have thought that a woman who once worked as a university lecturer in film studies would know better than to move to America and buy a house on Elm Street. But Jane Root, the multi- award-winning former controller of BBC 2, appears not to be...
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My Life in Media: Trevor Beattie
Trevor Beattie, 45, has been chairman of the TBWA/London advertising firm since 2001, and its creative director since 1993. He grew up as one of eight children in Birmingham. He graduated from Wolverhampton Polytechnic in graphic design and photography....
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MY MENTOR: MAX CLIFFORD ON SYD GILLINGHAM - `He Gave Me an Unknown Band to Launch Called the Beatles'
"IT'S ALL Syd's fault. He's to blame for everything I've got myself involved with, and all the embarrassment I've caused everybody, including myself. "Until the age of 19, I was a reporter on the Merton and Morden News, and thoroughly enjoying myself....
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`Natural' Pacemaker from Stem Cells May Replace Electronics
BIOLOGICAL HEART pacemakers made from human embryo cells have been successfully tested in pigs, raising the possibility that tissue transplants could replace electronic pacemakers. Because they would be natural, the cell implants would need no power...
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Not-So-Super Sized: Sweet Makers Say Big Bars Must Bite the Dust
GRAB YOUR sack-sized packet of crisps and yard of chocolate while stocks last: sweet portions are about to be slimmed down. Food manufacturers have responded to concerns about the growing girth of the average Briton by pledging to downsize their products....
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Obituary: Alan Crompton-Batt ; Pioneer Restaurant Public-Relations Man
ALAN CROMPTON-BATT was in the vanguard of the British restaurant revolution. He was one of the people accountable for those strange features of modern life where going out to restaurants is a recreational activity and cooking is a hobby rather than daily...
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Obituary: Francoise Sagan ; Author of `Bonjour Tristesse'
IN 1954, still only 18, Francoise Sagan had her first phenomenal success with her debut novel, Bonjour Tristesse. Written in a candid, simple, but very effective style, curiously haunting and irresistibly readable, it became the dominating image of the...
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Obituary: Izora Rhodes-Armstead ; Singer with the Weather Girls
IT TOOK nearly two years for "It's Raining Men", by the Weather Girls, to cross over from the gay clubs of New York and San Francisco and eventually, in March 1984, to reach No 2 in the UK charts. But the song, with its dramatic intro, synthesized backing,...
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Pandora in America
Florida turns blind eye to Bush deadline debacle Here's an intriguing wrinkle to the great presidential election battle of 2004: the Republican Party may have missed the deadline to file candidacy papers for President Bush in the all-important swing...
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Play Revisits Tragedy of 58 Chinese Immigrants Who Suffocated in Lorry
THEY FLED China in search of a better life in Britain, but perished before setting foot in this country. Now the story of 58 illegal immigrants found dead in the back of a lorry as they were smuggled into Britain has been turned into a play. The drama,...
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Police Given Extra Time to Hold `Dirty Bomb' Suspects
ANTI-TERRORIST police were granted a further five days yesterday to question four men arrested after a Sunday newspaper claimed they were plotting to detonate a chemical bomb in Britain or the US. The News of the World investigations editor, Mazher Mahmood,...
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Politics and Sleaze Envelop Orlando ; as the Presidential Campaign Approaches Its Showdown, the Republicans in the State Run by George Bush's Brother Are Up to Their Tricks Again. Andrew Gumbel Reports from Florida's Gulf Coast
In Orlando, the Florida home of Disneyworld and a vital political battleground, the campaign for the November presidential election is getting sly, nasty and very, very personal. Normally, at this stage of the proceedings, Ezzie Thomas, a well-known...
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P&O Set to Axe 1,000 Staff as Ferry Business Struggles
P&O GROUP, the cross-channel ferry operator, is expected to announce tomorrow that up to 1,000 jobs will go, as it unveils its strategy to take the business forward in the face of increased competition and ailing demand for ferry services. The news will...
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Racing: Rakti the Last Star before Ascot Reopens
HE CAN be the horse from hell, but there is also a divine quality about Rakti, the hottest ticket in town following his sublime success in Ascot's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at the weekend. If allowed, the five-year-old is little more than a bully. He...
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Radio: White City Whoppers (or, My Beef with Five Live) ; It's Not a Level Playing Field, Says Kelvin Mackenzie, Who Cries Foul over the BBC's Football Tactics
The BBC may be in the process of being defeated creatively. It may be going backwards in terms of technology. But there is an area of life in which it is undisputed leader. In lying. In dissembling. In twisting. It employs 100 PRs within its serried...
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Rigby Union: Black Day for Saints as White Excels Up Front ; Leicester 32 Northampton 13
THERE WILL be a good deal of talk about young Ross Broadfoot, who can expect plenty of Premiership activity over the coming months, and even more chatter about the older but far from geriatric Harry Ellis, who can expect an England cap this autumn now...
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Rocking the Vote ; Steve Earle, Musician and Firebrand of the Left, Is Doing All He Can to Put John Kerry in the White House. That's Only the Start, He Tells Tim Cummings - If America Is to Rediscover Its Soul
Country singer, political activist, Texan rocker, and pariah to the shock-jock Right, Steve Earle is hitting the campaign trail of swing states right up to the American election, bringing his show to the heart of the US political process. His aim is...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Alstead Gives Leigh Edge in Perennial Final Quest ; Leigh 30 Whitehaven 16
LEIGH ARE in the fourth Grand Final of their perennial quest to get into Super League after lasting the pace of a passionate encounter better than the Cumbrians with whom they have been engaged in an arm-wrestle all season. Beaten in three previous efforts...
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Rugby Union: Biggs Seals Big Win for Leeds ; Saracens 23 Leeds 29
STRIPPED OF a sextet of highly influential individuals - Thomas Castaignede, Mark Bartholomeusz, Kyran Bracken, Cobus Visagie, Simon Raiwalui and Iain Fullarton - a half-baked Saracens were wholly incapable of engaging in the decision-making process...
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Rugby Union: Evans Left Bewildered by Winless Harlequins ; Harlequins 10 Bath 18
THE HARLEQUINS coach Mark Evans took stock of his team's dismal form and admitted: "I didn't see it coming." Quins' fourth league defeat in a row left them in 11th place with only two losing bonus points to their name. That makes next Saturday's trip...
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Rugby Union: Garvey and Gomarsall Tear Apart Newcastle ; Gloucester 31 Newcastle 17
THERE IS a new roof on the Shed, but if Gloucester ever produce anything to match the blistering try scored by Marcel Garvey in this match, they will have their hands full keeping it in place. The Shedheads, part of the record-breaking 13,000 crowd,...
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Rugby Union:King Kicks Irish Where It Hurts ; Wasps 35 London Irish 26
THIS WAS something of a cold shower for London Irish, so the unscripted intervention of a pitchside sprinkler at the Exiles' end late in the game was apposite. They had just flushed a realistic chance of victory down the drain, as Wasps recovered from...
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Rugby Union: Watkins Stakes International Claim ; Llanelli Scarlets 37 Edinburgh 16
THE SCARLETS centre Matthew Watkins turned on the style in front of the Wales coach Mike Ruddock on Saturday to put his hand up for a Test place for the autumn internationals. Watkins scored a try and had a hand in two others as the Scarlets defeated...
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Rwanda Tries to Stop Killings in Darfur
A DECADE ago, Rwanda suffered a genocide that left up to a million people dead. Now the tiny African country is sending 155 soldiers to help stop the killing in a country where, according to the US, another genocide is happening: Sudan. Charles Murigande,...
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Sloganising Won't Win Back Labour's Disaffected Activists
At the end of the Labour Party conference, I want to see our Government getting the credit it deserves and our party well placed to win the next general election. The biggest obstacles to this are the distractions the Government has brought upon itself....
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Somme Visitor Centre Opens to Honour War Dead
ON THE landing of her home, Rosalind Grey has a large, fading photograph of a man she never knew. "I think of him often," she said. "Every time I pass the photograph, I think what a terrible tragedy and waste that I never knew my grandfather and what...
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Storm Losses Could Soar to Pounds 4bn, Insurers Warn
HURRICANE JEANNE, the fourth hurricane to hit the US in just six weeks, is set to cost the insurance industry up to $7bn (pounds 3.9bn) of losses, making this year's storm season the costliest on record. According to Eqecat, the US risk-management group,...
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Swiss Reject Laws to Help Migrants after Far-Right Campaign
NEARLY A year after the far-right Swiss People's Party topped the polls in a general election, voters have again endorsed its anti- immigration stance. Despite having two ministers in the coalition cabinet, including the billionaire industrialist Christoph...
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Television: Bob Takes on Mickey ; the Makers of Britain's Most Popular Children's Cartoons Are Preparing to Pile on the Misery for Disney. Ed Waller Reports
It's like a storyline from some surreal cartoon: after surviving an attack by the evil Cable Giant, in which King Eisner was nearly overthrown, the Magic Kingdom of Disney is busy rebuilding itself. But just as Mickey, Donald and the gang think they've...
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TENNIS: Britain Face Further Year in Davis Cup Doldrums
BRITAIN'S DAVIS CUP team will continue to forage in the Euro- African Zone for another year after failing to win promotion to the World Group against Austria here yesterday. Austria won the weekend's play-off, 3-2, and will stay in the 16- strong first...
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Tennis: Interview: Goran Ivanisevic - Wimbledon Champion with a Tinky Winky Tale to Tell ; BRIAN VINER Interviews Goran Ivanisevic
Goran Ivanisevic will be flying into London later this week, although not in quite as much style as he flew out three years ago, when, as Wimbledon singles champion, he was borne back to Croatia on his friend Bernie Ecclestone's private plane. As Ecclestone...
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TENNIS: Koubek Snares Wounded Rusedski
A WEEKEND of stress and Strauss for Britain's Davis Cup team ended here in Austria with the Radetsky March blaring ironically in Greg Rusedski's ears yesterday after he lost a deciding fifth rubber that would have given the nation a place in the World...
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The French Know Politics Is Everyone's Business
I unexpectedly found myself at a three-day meeting of the Catholic laity in France last week. The first thing that struck me was the sheer number attending. Some 4,000 people had come to Lille to study social questions. For 100 years, these annual events,...
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THE INTERVIEW: VISCOUNT ROTHERMERE - the Lord of Middle England ; in His First-Ever Interview, Jonathan Harmsworth, Chairman of the Daily Mail and General Trust, Talks to Raymond Snoddy about Desmond, Dacre, and Deal-Making. and Why the Tories Can't Take His Support for Granted
The building may be new, but the office of the chairman exudes continuity. His heavy brass-bound desk is the desk of Lord Northcliffe, who founded the Daily Mail more than a century ago, and a portrait of Northcliffe, who eventually went mad, looks down...
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