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 February 18, 2006

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1,500 Feared Dead in Philippines as Mudslide Buries Island Village
More than 1,500 people are feared dead in the Philippines after a catastrophic mudslide buried a village. Reports said the mud submerging the community of Guinsaugon was 10 metres deep in places.The primary school was packed with children. It has vanished....
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48 HOURS IN VIENNA ; the Austrian Capital Is Alive with the Sound of Mozart. but There's Much More, Finds Simon Calder' Museums, Dancing Horses - and Superb Coffee Houses
WHY GO NOW? On a fine day in early spring, there are few cities as atmospheric as the Austrian capital. Amid some of Europe's grandest architecture, you can find echoes of the great artists and musicians - notably the birthday boy, Mozart. Best of all,...
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ANNE SACKS Dance Critic Turned Politician
For a decade from the early 1990s Anne Sacks's name appeared on the arts pages of The Independent on Sunday and the LondonEvening Standard as a dance critic, reviewing performances and writing features. But she had more recently become well known for...
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Annie's Bar, Scene of Political Plots, to Close
Annie's Bar, a historic part of the House of Commons which has been the backdrop for plotting in smoke-filled corners for decades, is to be closed by MPs. The bar was a favourite haunt of Kenneth Clarke, the cigar- smoking, beer-loving Tory MP, when...
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Annie's Bar, the Haven for Thirsty MPs, Calls Time
Annie's Bar, a historic part of the House of Commons which has been the backdrop for plotting in smoke-filled corners for decades, is to be closed by MPs. The bar was a favourite haunt of Kenneth Clarke, when he was the Chancellor of the Exchequer in...
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An Offer You Can Refuse from Barclays
Barclays Bank must think people are stupid. This week it launched a new regular savings account in a blaze of publicity, offering a mouthwatering interest rate of 10 per cent (see Deals of the Week, page 6). Naturally, the deal came with a catch - to...
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A Prisoner Britain Prefers to Forget
When Omar Deghayes and his family arrived as refugees in Britain, they thought they had found a haven from secret police and torture. As a small boy in 1980, Omar saw his father, Amer, a prominent trade unionist and lawyer opposed to the dictatorship...
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Athletics: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sex and Peak Performance ; ON SATURDAY
Chemmy Alcott skied her heart out the day after St Valentine's Day, having publicly declared her intention not to permit over the threshold of her Olympic digs any chap with romance on his mind. "No boys in my room tonight," she said. "I need to stay...
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Back to the Balkans ; Ten Years after the Dayton Accord, Simon Calder Journeys through Serbia and Montenegro, and Wonders How Such a Beautiful Region Could Have Been Riven by So Bloody a Conflict
First, you get peace: the final day of the Rome talks that finalised the application of the Dayton Accord was 10 years ago today. Next, you get reconciliation and reconstruction - though looking at some of the shattered cities in the former Yugoslavia,...
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Beano! It's Just Dandy to Have an Eagle Eye. ; Classic Comics from 'Beezer' to 'Bunty' Are Proving a Smart Investment, Says Gwyn Jones
Demand for classic comics keeps on rising. More than pounds 20,000 has been paid for a first-edition copy of the Dandy - not bad for a comic that originally cost 2d. Malcolm Phillips, who runs Comic Book Postal Auctions, was responsible for selling the...
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Bid Approach for Platinum Group Lonmin Ignites Mining Sector
News that the platinum mining group, Lonmin, had received a bid approach sent its shares soaring yesterday and hopes of further consolidation in the sector sparked a global rally in mining stocks.Lonmin, the world's third-largest platinum producer, chaired...
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British Gas Lifts Prices 22% - the Biggest Rise in History
Millions of people's fuel bills will surge past pounds 1,000 ayear for the first time after British Gas announced a 22 per cent increase in gas and electricity prices - the biggest rise in history. Britain's biggest energy supplier blamed the hike on...
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Bromley Fails to Match Girlfriend's Silver Service
Kristan Bromley has been around in the skeleton event for 12 years - a lot longer than his girlfriend Shelley Rudman, who took the silver on Thursday after less than four years in the sport. But the man nicknamed "Dr Ice" was denied his dues here last...
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The most jaw-dropping aspect of George Clooney's McCarthy-era movie, Good Night, and Good Luck is not, in fact, the spectacle of TV hacks standing up for Truth and Justice, nor is it the stark, chiaroscuro camera-work. It's the way that Ed Murrow (played...
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Champion of the Small-Fry Flier ; Sir Freddie Laker Was the Business Maverick Who First Brought Low- Cost Flights to the Masses. in His Last Interview before His Death, He Told Simon Calder about His Battle with the Big Guns
How good for air travellers was Freddie Laker? When I started work as a cleaner on his planes at Gatwick airport in 1975 (two years before he was allowed to fly them, and us, to America), the fare for a London-New York return amounted to three months'...
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Charges Take the Shine off Cut-Price Mortgages
Mortgage rates have fallen below 4 per cent for the first time in three years. Three lenders have reduced their rates in order to offer deals priced at 3.99 per cent, even though the Bank of England's base rate has remained at 4.5 per cent since last...
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CLIVE UPTTON Wartime Political Cartoonist
Clive Uptton was the last of a generation of political cartoonists working for national daily newspapers in Fleet Street during the Second World War. A contemporary of David Low, Vicky, Giles, Zec, Strube, Whitelaw and Illingworth, Uptton was the political...
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CRICKET: New Model Flintoff Hopes to Rise to Occasion on Return to Mumbai ; 'Badger' on a Losing Streak
Last time Andrew Flintoff was in Mumbai he marked a momentous England one-day victory and his significant part in it by cavorting round the pitch while baring his chest and waving his shirt above his head. The perspiring, pallid torso he exhibited to...
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Daily Mail Group Forced to Dump Sale of Local Titles
Daily Mail & General Trust has abandoned the auction of its local newspapers after the bidders were "spooked" by a sharp downturn in trading this year. It had received offers up to pounds 300m less than expected. DMGT had shocked the City in November...
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Daily Mail Places Its Bets on a Sustainable Future for Regionals as Asset Sale Is Shelved ; OUTLOOK
Oddly for a company that lays claim to such a fast-moving news operation, Daily Mail and General Trust seems to have left it too late in putting its regional newspaper titles, Northcliffe Newspapers, up for sale. The mouthwatering valuations that tempted...
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Deacon Makes a Fluorescent Pink Dress Look Sophisticated
"I went to the Ellsworth Kelly exhibition down at the Tate in St Ives," said the designer Giles Deacon backstage at his show last night at London Fashion Week. That, then, was a neat explanation for the eye-popping geometric patterns on his outsized...
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Designers Grow Up - and Look How Well They Age
As preoccupied with extreme youth as fashion is, it sometimes tries to grow up a little. This was the story yesterday at London Fashion Week, as three of the capital's best independent designers - each more usually associated with girlish, or even pre-adolescent...
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Did You Spot the Mid Caps' Potential? ; SECRETS OF SUCCESS YOU CAN GREATLY IMPROVEYOUR PERFORMANCE JUST BY GETTING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF A FEW SIMPLE TRENDS Not All Shares Are Flying
The best reason for studying the Global Investment Returns Yearbook, the annual bible of global stock and bond market performance produced by ABN-Amro and London Business School, is to keep your feet firmly on the ground. As well as updating their rigorously...
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Disgraced Meadow Reinstated by Judge
In a verdict with far-reaching implications for expert testimony in trials, Professor Sir Roy Meadow won his appeal yesterday against the General Medical Council's decision to strike him off the medical register over "erroneous and misleading" evidence...
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Editorial & Opinion: An Enervating Rivalry That Must Be Resolved Sooner Rather Than Later
Scarcely a day seems to have passed this week without Gordon Brown figuring somewhere in the news. At the weekend he was in Moscow for the meeting of G8 finance ministers. On Monday, with the Prime Minister delayed in South Africa, he not only delivered...
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Editorial & Opinion: Don't Mourn the New British Diaspora
Our political discourse tends to focus so relentlessly on the question of how many people are coming into our country that the other side of the migration equation is often overlooked. So just how many people are leaving Britain each year? The answer...
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Editorial & Opinion: From a Leading Article on the Broadcasting Ban on the IRA ; from the Archive 20 October 1988
THE PAST two decades are full of occasions when the British Government, enraged or dismayed by events in Northern Ireland, has felt impelled to do something - and done the wrong thing. The announcement by the Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd, of a measure...
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Enthusiast Sites Fight for Slice of eBay 'Community' ; the Auction Giant Is Too Commercial, Say Critics. but Are Its Rivals a Threat? Rob Griffin Reports
Online auction site eBay has been one of the success stories of the past decade. Launched in California during the dot.com boom of the mid-1990s, it has since given people the opportunity to trade everything from cigarette cards to motorbikes. At a time...
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Fight for Your Family's Right to Free Medical Care in Old Age ; People Who Need Long-Term Care in Old Age Are Often Entitled to More Than They Receive, Says James Daley
Thousands of older people entitled to financial support from the Government are not getting it. The rules on long-term care are now so complicated that experts warn many who are owed help from the State miss out on it - even if they actually apply. Last...
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FIVE BEST ISLAND RETREATS ; Escape the Everyday with a Few Nights on a Far-Flung Archipelago. by Rhiannon Batten
Fregate Island Private Seychelles A string of 16 luxury villas on a quiet Indian Ocean island, Frgate boasts tropical forests, dazzling white sand and oodles of wildlife. Named after a native bird, the resort should please nature- lovers with giant tortoise,...
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Football: Bara Hope Ronaldinho Inspires Return to Form ; EUROPE
Barcelona's recent slump has breathed life in to the La Liga title race just as the leaders were hoping to be able to ease up ahead of the resumption of the Champions' League. With successive defeats having cut their lead to six points, Barcelona are...
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Football: Bruce's Major Role for Butt
Steve Bruce has insisted that disgraced midfielder Nicky Butt still has a major role to play for Birmingham City this season - starting with tomorrow's FA Cup encounter at Stoke. Bruce has drawn a line under the incident, which saw Butt leave the team...
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Football: Crossing Swords with Chelsea Once More: The Scottish Striker with a Nigerian Name ; Colchester's Chris Iwelumo Tells Phil Shaw of His Hopes for Cup Progress, Promotion and International Recognition
Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup? Chris Iwelumo has been there, done that and got John Terry's shirt signed and framed. Now, as Colchester United's leading scorer, he is preparing to face the Premiership's best defence again (though not the suspended...
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Football: FAN'S EYE VIEW Stoke City
This week your chairman threatened to clear out all the coaching staff if they cannot settle the dispute which began in November. Is not this a bit of an unwelcome distraction ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Birmingham? Yes. We've gone from being...
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Football: Ferguson Puts Heat on Cup Referee
Howard Webb was expected to deliver a lecture on sensible behaviour ahead of today's emotive FA Cup confrontation between Liverpool and Manchester United. Instead, he received one. Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday urged the Yorkshire official to resist the...
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Football: Highbury High Point Fires Beckham
David Beckham says that returning to England to play for Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions' League tie against Arsenal will mark the high point of his career since joining the Spanish side in 2003. "I've been waiting three years for this...
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Football: Latest Chapter of History in the Making: High Noon at Anfield ; LIVERPOOL V MANCHESTER UNITED as Liverpool and Manchester United Resume Hostilities in the FA Cup, James Lawton Celebrates a Great Rivalry While (Opposite) Two Players from the 1977 Final Recall a Pulsating Encounter
As Liverpool and Manchester United do battle in the FA Cup at Anfield it is maybe time for that old wine glass test. Is it half empty or half full for the greatest clubs this football nation has ever known? Or, perhaps, when you think of the past and...
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Football: O'Neill Positive on England Job, Says Celtic's Chairman
The Football Association announced once again yesterday that they had still not made a formal approach to any potential future England managers - including Fabio Capello - a move which coincided with another friend of Martin O'Neill declaring that the...
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Football: O'Neill 'Willing to Consider Role as England Manager'
The Football Association announced once again yesterday that they had still not made a formal approach to any potential future England managers - including Fabio Capello - a move which coincided with another friend of Martin O'Neill declaring that the...
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Football: Premiership Title Is Already Won, Claims Mourinho
For two months, Jose Mourinho has not spoken publicly ahead of a Chelsea match, but yesterday the Portuguese got a few things off his chest, as if he had been waiting for his moment. Despite losing 3-0 at Middlesbrough last week, the Blues manager declared...
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Football: Rangers' European Hopes in the Balance ; SCOTLAND
Make-or-break fixtures have become all too frequent for Rangers this season as they have made a mockery of their status as defending champions. With 12 games remaining, they are fourth in the table, 21 points behind leaders Celtic, and have no chance...
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Football: The Winning Goal I Didn't Score and the Punch I Didn't Land
LOU MACARI Manchester United We'd reached Wembley the year before and my abiding memories of both finals are of how I felt on the final whistle. In '76 I just sat on the pitch, desperate to get off, and when I eventually walked to the old tunnel at Wembley...
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Football: 'They Are Going Mad about It. It's a Special Game' ; Arsenal's Catalan Prodigy, Cesc Fabregas, Is an Authority on Spanish Footbal. He Tels Sam Wallace Why Chelsea Can Beat Barcelona and Explains the Magic of Real Madrid
The audience this time was a little less hostile than Cesc Fabregas can expect on Tuesday night in the Bernabeu stadium. The Spanish midfielder was at Highbury on Wednesday fielding questions from the children in Arsenal's Junior Gunners club, who were...
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Football: United Progress Threatened by Wing Wizard of Oz ; FOOTBALL WEEKEND GUIDE TO THE FA CUP FIFTH ROUND Gerry Francis Talking Tactics: Liverpool V Manchester Utd
As Tottenham manager, Gerry Francis oversaw a notable FA Cup away win at Anfield. He examines the chances of last year's runners-up doing the same in today's fifth-round tie. It has taken a while but Harry Kewell has finally got his fitness levels back...
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Football: Vine Double Stops Reading's Clock
A week ago, having just beaten Southampton, Steve Coppell said how much he liked games on Friday night, although the Reading manager may now revise his opinion. This defeat for his Championship leaders ended the second-longest unbeaten run in the history...
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Football: What I've Learnt This Week
1. There is stil nothing that excites a Sheffield lad quite like a derby day visit to Hilsborough We've got the derby today. They are always nerve-racking highly emotive occasions, especially for a Sheffield lad like me. There's always a great atmosphere...
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Galle Fort Hotel Galle, Sri Lanka ; 24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE
Stepping through the imposing doors of the Galle Fort Hotel feels like stumbling into an intimate house party. Set in the heart of the walled Old Fort, a World Heritage Site, the hotel provides a cool respite from the vegetable carts, tuk-tuks and bicycles...
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Glenn Tilbrook ; 'On Tour I Always Take a Satellite Radio. I like to Keep Up with the News'
First holiday memory? When I was about five, I remember going to Lulworth Cove with my parents and some friends of theirs. They had a son and he and I thought it was a good idea to eat some salt and pepper - it was revolting. Best holiday? Antigua. It...
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Golf: Park Holds Lead as Lightning Strikes Malaysian Open
Welshman David Park holds the clubhouse lead in the disrupted Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. The second day's play was abandoned early following a lightning storm and heavy downpour, leaving 84 players to complete their second rounds today. The first-day...
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Government Figures Show Britain Will Fail to Meet Its Kyoto Obligations
The Government admitted yesterday that Britain will miss its global warming targets by a huge margin because of rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industry. Figures published by the Department for Trade and Industry reveal carbon emissions...
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Guantanamo Has to Be Closed - and Soon
Why, oh why, oh why, doesn't America simply shut down the abomination that is Guantanamo Bay? The argument is no longer one of moral outrage. It is one of common sense. However you approach the matter - even if you believe America is under existential...
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How to Make Money from the Green Stuff ; Smart Recycling of Your Waste Can Be as Friendly to Your Wallet as It Is to the Environment, Says Helen Monks HOUSEHOLDERS CAN OBTAIN GRANTS OF Pounds 400 TO Pounds 5,000 TO HELP WITH THE COST OF A WIND TURBINE
This week the Government launches its review into how it plans to tackle the growing problem of waste. The latest figures from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show that more of us are recycling, but the UK still has the worst...
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Ice Skating: Each Ice Age Revives Thrills and Chills of near Disaster ; SPORT ON TV
It's the same every four years: at first you think life's just too short to watch more than about 90 seconds of ice skating at any one time. Then something about it, probably the proximity to disaster, draws you in. In Monday's Olympic figure skating...
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If You Want a Police State, Holiday in Egypt
One of the advantages of being middle class and white, as the late Dr Benjamin Spock observed, is that you can go through life with "no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal". This...
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I Hate the Camera. It May Record a Moment, but It Cannot Tell the Truth of an Evolving Story
So what do we know of these squaddies we have seen kicking Iraqi men? Or Iraqi "boys" as they are described in newspapers from Syria to Pakistan, mere barefoot urchins in whose mouths butter wouldn't melt, and in whose baby fingers no stone, let alone...
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I'm Not Arrogant, Just Self-Confident' ; the 5-Minute Interview
Piers Morgan, 40, is interviewing the football referee Pierluigi Collina at Johnnie Walker Blue Label Presents, at the Soho hotel in London on Monday. At the Johnny Walker show I am... Interviewing the famous referee about his life and times in football....
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I'm Rubbish with Dosh and I Blame My Parents ; Thrifty Living
WELL, AT least I am part of a trend. According to this week's business pages, the amount of debt taken on by families in the UK has outstripped the size of the British economy for the first time. I know, me reading the business pages. It was such a novelty...
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Introducing Arthur, and Another Batch of Friendly Headlines
The couple, understandably, looked exhausted as they emerged from their front door with their new infant, apparently uncertain about what to do next. Samantha Cameron, in particular - who had been back at home for less than 24 hours - seemed not to know...
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Invest in Forests, Where Money Really Does Grow on Trees ; Returns from Timber Are Uneven, but the Tax Breaks Are Great, Says David Prosser
For a truly ethically sound investment, think about acquiring an asset where you can't see the wood for the trees. Forestry investment has impeccable environmental credentials. Not only is timber one of few renewable raw materials used by industry, but...
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Israel Mulls Sanctions as Hamas Takes Control
Israel will consider whether to impose a tough new series of restrictions on Palestinians tomorrow in the wake of today's meeting at which Hamas will assume majority control of the new Palestinian parliament. The acting Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert,...
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It's a Busman's Holiday for the Boss with Public Transport in His Veins ; A Day in the Life Of. Chris Moyes Chief Executive, Go-Ahead Group
7.00am After a breakfast of tea, wholemeal toast and banana ("It's good for your energy levels"), Chris Moyes leaves his flat in central London and makes his way on foot to the nearby Victoria station. From there he catches a train to Go-Ahead's East...
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It's a Busman's Holiday for the Man with Public Transport in His Veins ; A Day in the Life Of. Chris Moyes Chief Executive, Go-Ahead Group
7.00am After a breakfast of tea, wholemeal toast and banana ("It's good for your energy levels"), Chris Moyes leaves his flat in central London and makes his way on foot to the nearby Victoria station. From there he catches a train to Go-Ahead's East...
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'I Want to Pay off My Debts and Save' ; WEALTH CHECK
Recent graduate Ed Layt, 23, works as a marketing executive for the University of Hertfordshire. He left university with credit card debts, an overdraft, and a student loan of pounds 15,000. As well as paying these off, Ed would like advice on building...
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LSE Open to Offers as It Rebuffs 'Incoherent' Macquarie Takeover
Clara Furse dismissed the takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange from the Australian bank Macquarie yesterday as either "incoherent or disingenuous" but indicated she is open to offers from other bidders. As the LSE began its defence in earnest,...
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Man Shot by Cheney Says 'Accidents Will Happen'
A pucker-looking Harry Whittington, the 78-year-old Texas lawyer and victim of last weekend's vice-presidential hunting mishap, walked unaided out of hospital yesterday and instantly stepped before the media to declare himself fit and entirely forgiving...
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McAfee Comes under Fire from Readers ; QUESTIONS OF CASH
We recently featured a reader's letter (Save & Spend, 21 January) from MW, who was unable to get a refund from McAfee for virus protection software that she did not want renewed. McAfee had automatically charged her, using credit card information supplied...
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Meeting with 'Bush's Brain' Tops Tory Visit to US
"The British are back in town." Thus proclaimed Nile Gardiner, the UK/US specialist of the Heritage Foundation, at a reception on Thursday evening. Not Tony Blair of course, but that variety of politician rarely spotted in Washington of late: senior...
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Merger Chatter Sends Northern Rock on a Roll ; MARKET REPORT
There has been so much takeover talk in the London market over the past few weeks, it's a wonder the name of Portsmouth FC's manager Harry Redknapp hasn't been linked with a bid or two. Yesterday it was the turn of Northern Rock, as investors piled into...
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MFI Pension Scheme Gets a Boost from Pounds 150m Bank Refinancing Deal
Thousands of current and former employees of MFI, the troubled furniture retailer, were finally given some reassurance over the safety of their pension savings yesterday, as the group became one of the first UK companies to promote its pension scheme...
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My Week: JERRY KUNKLER ; Landlord of Pewsey's Moonraker Pub, Backing Olympic Medalist and Local Girl, Sheley Rudman
Monday Just a normal working day. Lots of paperwork to plough through. Watch a bit of Sky football, work the afternoon shift, then watch a film in the evening. Tuesday The apprehension is starting to build. Being a small village everyone is friendly...
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National Grid Eyes $7Bn Bid for US Gas Supplier
National Grid, the owner of Britain's gas and electricity transmission networks, is among the front-runners in a $7bn (pounds 4bn) bidding war for KeySpan, one of America's biggest gas suppliers. If National Grid were to win an auction for the company,...
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Nature Nurturers ; A Remote Resort in the Bahamas Surrounded by Orchids and Giant Lizards Offers Barefoot Luxury and Ecological Correctness. Just Don't Forget the Bug Repellent, Says Rhiannon Batten
Unless you're reading this online, you're partly responsible for the 41,000 or so trees that are felled across the world every day. So I hope you're going to recycle this paper. Where did I get this cleverclogs figure? From the literature at Tiamo, an...
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Never Mind the Ballacks. Here's the Sport and Music Quiz
1 My skin is not a football for you My head is not a football for you My body's not a football for you My womb is not a football for you My heart is not a football for you Occasionally stroppy Irishwoman establishes that she is definitely not a football....
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Nike Puts the Boot into Adidas after Sole Dispute
In any World Cup year, competition between Nike and Adidas- Salomon is always intense. But the battle between the biggest names in sports shoes has started early with a lawsuit from Nike alleging its German rival has stolen its patented design for cushioning...
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Obituaries: SIR PETER STRAWSON Distinguished Oxford Philosopher Whose Spare, Elegant Work Made Sense of Kant's Metaphysics
Encountering philosophy as an undergraduate in 1959 was a wonderful and astonishing experience. That was the year in which two philosophical works appeared whose impact on the discipline was out of all proportion to their modest size and unpretentious...
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Old-Time Variety Returns to Blackpool, with a New Face
For those who still associate the genre with soggy afternoons at the seaside, "variety" will forever mean ventriloquists' dummies, mother-in-law jokes, the occasional crocodile-wrestler and names such as Stu Francis, Keith Harris and Lena Zavaroni. But...
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Our 'Killer Facts' Prove Not to Be So Lethal after All ; Errors & Omissions
"The Killer Facts" is how we headlined our front-page coverage of the smoking-ban decision, neatly combining the lethal consequences of smoking with the fashionable term for winning an argument with a single, unanswerable assertion. Unfortunately, the...
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Pay for a Delay? No Way
One year after the rules designed to protect air travellers took effect, airlines are using legal loopholes to avoid paying compensation to them. When the new rights were introduced last February, the package was described by the EU's PR team as "a concrete...
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Pleasure and Pain ; Mary Novakovich Wanted to Ease Her Way Back on to the Slopes with Some Cross-Country Skiing in Davos. Her Coccyx Had Other Ideas
Call it mid-winter madness, but after 20 years away from the slopes I was gripped by a desire to roll about in the snow again. Not the kind that paralyses Britain with a few flakes, but the deliciously powdery stuff that makes you want to jump in and...
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Racing: Caught in Dawn Can Make Amends in Open ; POINT-TO-POINT
The recent rain has ensured that the going should be good to firm at only one meeting, today's North Hereford, so there is likely to be competive racing at all the weekend's nine fixtures. The North Hereford regularly attracts the most runners - there...
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Racing: Don't Be Shy to Help Keep Pipe Title Hopes Alive
The midwinter drought may well produce different problems by summer, but it has spared racegoers the least savoury spectacle in jump racing, when exhausted horses slug out a finish in bad ground. There is likely to be some attritional stuff on view today,...
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Record Number of Britons Move Abroad for Better Life ; in the Magazine A Tribute to Christopher Lloyd, the Master Gardener of Great Dixter
Record numbers of people are leaving Britain to live and work abroad, figures show. More than 350,000 men and women are emigrating every year, a rise of 30 per cent in 10 years. Experts are particularly concerned that the number of people in professional...
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Revenue in Climbdown after Mistake over Taxing of Tips
Revenue & Customs admitted yesterday it had incorrectly taxed tips to waiting staff in restaurants, bars and hotels, a move tax experts claim could save the industry millions of pounds. Revenue & Customs has cracked down on the industry in a huge investigation...
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Rio Police out in Force for Stones' Extravaganza
Rio de Janeiro will host what's being billed as the biggest beach party in history today, as the Rolling Stones give a free concert to an expected audience of two million people on the sands of Copacabana beach. Yet, in the city with the highest murder...
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Rudman Revels in Dream-Like Medal Moment
The morning after the night before dawned somewhat fuzzily for Britain's skeleton silver medallist Shelley Rudman as she adjusted to the effects of "a few glasses of champagne" taken when she went clubbing until the early hours. In her home village of...
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Rugby: Bortolami Backs Italy to Frustrate French Flair
The Italy captain, Marco Bortolami, has urged his side to show no fear despite admitting they face a "lethal" France side in the Six Nations next weekend. The young lock reckons the Azzurri need to emulate the strong performances from their opening two...
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Rugby: Crunch Time in Battle against Relegation
The Premiership rounds of truth are upon us - today's Northampton v Saracens fixture and tomorrow's Bristol v Wasps game are of great significance - but thanks to the fun and games on the far side of the Severn Bridge, where the credibility of Welsh...
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Rugby: Good News for Robinson as Tigers' Ferocity Pays Off
LEICESTER 28 WORCESTER 22 Andy Robinson must have left Welford Road a happy man last night. Probably the interested observer among a sell-out crowd of more than 16,000 was the England head coach, and he will have been delighted to see all his major players...
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Rugby: Hines Returns to the Fold to Boost Scotland's Options
Nathan Hines is relishing his return to the Scotland squad after declaring his availability for the Six Nations Championship game with England next weekend. The 29-year-old quit the Test arena early in 2005 after a reported fall-out with then head coach...
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Rugby: Inspired Sinfield Leads Rhinos Home in Late, Late Show
WIGAN 16 LEEDS 24 The Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield engineered a great escape after his side were 16 points adrift at half-time at the JJB Stadium. Sinfield's try and four goals edged Leeds ahead for the first time in the dying minutes after Wigan's defensive...
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Rugby: Inspired Sinfield Leads Rhinos Home in Late, Late Show
WIGAN 16 LEEDS 24 The Rhinos produced a second-half resurgence as tries from Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow edged them ahead in the final minutes of a thrilling contest at the JJB Stadium. Wigan's defensive grit and opportunism near the try line had seen...
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Rugby: Jones' Early Departure Lets Littler Waltz Past Catalans
SALFORD 16 CATALAN DRAGONS 0 After their stunning start to life in Super League with a famous win over Wigan, the Catalan Dragons came back down to earth with a bump when they were roundly defeated by an impressive Salford side on a bitterly cold night...
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Rugby: Rea Demands a Marked Harlequins Improvement
Tony Rea was uncharacteristically scathing about his side's efforts last week, awarding Harlequins "zero out of 10" for their first appearance in their new guise. Trounced by St Helens at the Twickenham Stoop, they must go to Odsal today to get their...
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Rugby: Ruddock Seeks Talks with WRU to Explain Departure
Mike Ruddock, the fallen coach of Wales, yesterday ensured a continuation of the rumpus surrounding his departure by requesting a top-level meeting with union members, who he believes have yet to be given a full account of the circumstances leading to...
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Rugby: Sale Bench Stirs Late Comeback after Scare from Tykes
SALE 35 LEEDS 24 The substance and style which has kept Sale at the top of the Premiership table for so long was missing in this dogfight of a match, which only came to life in the dying moments with a second try for Chris Mayor and a breathless final...
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Rugby: Sinderberry Searches for Resurrection at the Vicarage Road Graveyard of Coaches ; Saracens' Chief Executive Is Used to Personnel Upheavals. He Tells Chris Hewett How the Succession Must Breed Success Saturday Interview
Saracens offer many things to the rugby community: to the ambitious player, the best training facilities and the most generous benefactor of any club in the Premiership' to the potential supporter, a hard-core following renowned for their enthusiasm...
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Rugby: Touch of Class Puts Henson Back into Wales Reckoning
OSPREYS 22 BORDERS 18 Gavin Henson returned from suspension with a match-winning display to give Welsh rugby a timely boost amid its latest crisis. Welsh rugby is still reeling from the shock departure of Mike Ruddock and the subsequent blame game that...
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Simon Calder ; THE MAN WHO PAYS HIS WAY Ryanair Boss Brushes off TV Expos of Lapses in Safety
The seat 1A: on most aircraft, this is the ideal place to be. A window seat, with no other passengers in front of you. On multi- class aircraft, 1Awill be in either first or business. Even on classless no-frills carriers, the left hand seat in the front...
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Small-Fry Explorer Becomes a Nice Little Earner ; NO PAIN, NO GAIN OIL QUEST HAS NOT DISCOVERED ANY BLACK GOLD. IT IS STILL WITHOUT A BARREL OF THE STUFF Oil Quest Resources
I am not a fan of junior exploration companies. The resources business is littered with no-hopers that seem to spend most of their time destroying shareholder value. Of course, my criticism is not aimed at the giants of the industry. And any company...
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Smoking Is Just an Illusion of Pleasure
I've never considered myself to be a militant former smoker, even though I often look at smokers and find myself thinking they're awfully anachronistic. Previous, failed, miserable attempts at giving up were characterised by my habit of disguising jealous...
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