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 October 15, 1995

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A Farewell to Arms - but for How Long?
"I THINK it's time to get out of here," said the UN mediator Cedric Thornberry, bustling out of the Holiday Inn. "A bullet's just come through my window," he added, indignantly.It was the afternoon of 6 April 1992, seconds before the Bos- nian war began....
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A Forceful Way with Pensions
TAX up by 10p in the pound. That's not a Budget prediction. It's certainly not something that would have been suggested at either of the just finished party conferences.But it's a prospect that both the main parties are increasingly being asked to face...
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A Gym for Faces
weights, step, slide, stretch, tums 'n' bums, hips and thighs, aquarobics, there's a workout for everything these days. Or nearly everything. Pumping iron or sweating it out in the gym in a neon lycra leotard might do wonders for flabby buttocks and...
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A Matter of Life and Death
British anti-abortion activists have so far shunned the violence of US pro-lifers. But their disturbing presence is ever more insistent."pray for doctors and nurses, many of them abandon their standards. They fail to appreciate the patient in the mother's...
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A Modest Proposal for Our Cheats and Scroungers
DON'T YOU just love this idea of booting all the scum out of sight? All the drunks and whackos, the inadequates, the sociopaths and the addicts? Yes? So do I! And to hell with where they go, or what happens to them when they get there, or what drove...
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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down
ALMOST all of England's drystone walls, for generations one of the main glories of its wildest and most beautiful countryside, are crumbling away. Yet the Government has refused to protect them in newly passed environmental legislation, and is about...
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An East Side Story
THE DOCKLANDS Light Railway, which swishes out from the City of London to East London's new Docklands developments, has been trying to persuade its passengers to call it the "D", which sounds kind of hip and New Yorkish. The passengers, though, most...
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A Party of Old People Heads for Defeat, Eating Pudding
RARELY have I seen ministers in such a jolly mood as they were in at Blackpool last week. They laughed loudly, made jokes, accepted a third glass of wine and said that, yes, on this occasion they would break the rule of their middle years, and have some...
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Are They Still Fit to Govern? Exhausted and Incapable
RECALL those faces on the platform at the Conservative Party conference last week, and then consider: are they the faces of people fit to govern, or are they the faces of people putting their mental and physical health at risk under the stress of doing...
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A Short History of Income Tax
INCOME tax was introduced by William Pitt the Younger nearly 200 years ago to finance the struggle against Napoleonic France. Subsequent wars have brought big changes in tax.The schedules of the new tax listed sources of income. The list began with property,...
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Asset Juggling Spiced with Adventure
WITH just a few thousand pounds, you could earn 6 per cent from a better-paying building society account, perhaps a little more. But be a bit adven- turous, and you could do better.Once basic-rate tax is deducted, the 6 per cent rate falls to 4.5 per...
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Athletics: The Hard Sell and Hard-to-Sell
THE International Amateur Athletic Federation's luxurious headquarters are in Monte Carlo. Where else could their rich, autocratic Italian president, Primo Nebiolo, feel at home, apart from Rome? Under his supervision the sport continues to give the...
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A Thousand and One Nights
When Robert Mapplethorpeturned his camera on friendsand lovers, the results wererevealing in more ways thanthe photographer intended.Tim Hilton assesses an iconROBERT MAPPLETHORPE's life is interesting for a number of reasons, even if you haven't got...
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A Week in Personal Finance
The number of home-owners with negative equity rose by more than 90,000 in the past three months, reversing the downward trend of the first half of the year. More than 1.1m households have mortgages greater than the value of their homes, according to...
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A Word about Our Sponsors: How the Money Men Benefit from Sport
CricketSunday league cricketCricket attracts the male AB audience that the insurance company seeks, and portrays the right image. AXA Equity & Law provides Family Awards to reward those counties that do most to promote attendance of families - they feel...
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Basketball: Dream King on a Global Mission
THE plastic covers told the story. They had been put on the lockers of the home dressing room at The Summit arena in Houston, and when the Rockets arrived before what turned out to be the last game of last season, it was clear that they were expected...
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BBC Privatisation Begins
THE BBC is preparing for the sell-off of its transmission service, the first privatisation of any part of the corporation. An internal document accidentally passed to the People newspaper shows that the BBC has examined privatisation options and will...
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Big, Bold and Extremely Loud
SOHO is so gay these days, in the Nineties' sense, and so bursting with gorgeous young people enjoying themselves that the few remaining middle-aged men in raincoats must arrive at busty models' staircases feeling too traumatised to perform. Sir Terence...
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Bosnia Calls Halt to Big Push
THE guns may finally fall silent this weekend along the front lines of north-western Bosnia, after intense international alarm that fighting in the area, perilously close to the Serb rebel stronghold of Banja Luka, was jeopardising the peace process...
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Boxing: A Savage Night of Violence
DOCTORS last night told the parents of the bantamweight James Murray that he was "clinically dead", according to the fighter's manager, Alex Morrison. He was speaking less than 24 hours after the fighter had a blood clot removed from the left side of...
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Boxing: Inquiry Reopens Security Debate
THE DANGERS that lie in wait for the men who ply their trade in the ring are well chronicled. But a more sinister side of the sport of boxing and its followers - in the form of the violence seen outside the ring - needs now to be dealt with swiftly and...
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Breathless in Mexico
MEXICO City's main artery, Reforma Avenue, boasts an historic or religious statue at each of its many roundabouts. Two take a classical subject in Modernist cast: Cybele and her lions (as per the fountain in Madrid) and Diana, classical deity of the...
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Chess
By the time these words appear in print, it will all be over. As I write, Viswanathan Anand trails Garry Kasparov by three points, and his dream of winning the world title has turned into a nightmare.The play of the young Indian has been a great disappointment...
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Claes Due to Quit as NATO Chief
WILLY CLAES, the Nato Secretary-General, is expected to resign following the Belgian parliamentary commission ruling yesterday that he should face trial on charges of corruption.The scandal comes at a terrible time for Nato, which has just begun the...
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Darkest Secrets of the Wide Awake Club
The night worker is a mysterious and ghostly figure - and also a lonely one. Coming in to work in the dark, when everyone else has long gone home, means he or she knows colleagues only from the debris on desks abandoned in a silent, gloomy office. The...
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Ding Dong, It's the Avon Man Calling
AFTER Piltdown Man, Stone Age Man and, more recently, New Man, the latest evolutionary branch of the male line is upon us: Avon Man.He joins the Avon Lady, who, since she came to Britain from the United States in 1967, has become part of direct-selling...
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Dossier Hits at Regulator 'Ideologues'
A BITTER clash of ideas has erupted between the privatised utilities and the gas and electricity industry regulators, Ofgas and Offer.Instead of the usual company-versus-regulator battle, this dispute has become intensely personal, focusing on the private...
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Dutch Ravers Can Mellow out as Official Tests Make Ecstasy 'Safe'
THE RECENT death of a teenager after taking Ecstasy at a "house" party in Blackpool was greeted with resigned dismay by Safe House, the Dutch drug-testing scheme which has virtually eliminated the dangers of taking the designer drug.Picture this: 10,000...
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Enlightened Age Needs a Free Market
Last week Labour's Frank Field called for compulsory pension saving. Now the right wing respondsAGREEMENT is breaking out between left and right that the welfare state is not doing its job properly, that its future costs are unsustainable, and that radical...
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Eternal Youth Takes Its Turn
UNLIKE the swallows that also head south at this time of year, relative newcomers to England's touring parties have usually beenfledglings rather than wise old birds; cricketers with youth and spark, rather than tough minds and weary bodies. But as Joey...
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Fair Shares in Investment Trusts
EVERY month, regular savers tuck away nearly pounds 7m in investment trust savings schemes. Since the schemes were introduced in 1984, more than pounds 1bn of investment trust shares have been bought through them.The savings schemes grew out of a concern...
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Fey by Name Feay by Nature
WHAT'S in a name? What's in my name? Mother rang up the other night, and I couldn't work out why. You don't ring from Canada just for a spot of how's-your-father. Or, as it turned out, that's exactly what you do do."What are you ringing for," I ask pleasantly,...
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Film Posters Draw the Collectors
FILM POSTERS sell films. But some of those for old movies now have a blockbuster value of their own. Collectors who paid pounds 12 for an original poster of the 1935 film The 39 Steps in 1978 could now sell it for pounds 7,500. That has to be classed...
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Fishing: Confessions of an Imposter
TURNING down a fishing invitation this week brought me a dozen new ones. This was a bit of a mystery because I'm not usually swamped with landed gentry begging me to have a bash at their trout. Eventually I twigged that it was down to the old school...
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Fittler the Creator as Roos Roll over Fiji
Australia 66Fiji 0AUSTRALIA duly advanced into the semi-finals of the Halifax Centenary World Cup, beating Fiji even more decisively than England had done in midweek.It was a measure of Fiji's decline from popular heroes to cannon fodder in the past...
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Flat Earth
Keating and the good colonialsTHAT SHRILL babbling in the air last week. . . I know that sound. . . Oh yes, of course, that's the noise of a guilty Aussie conscience. It turns up quite regularly in fact - whenever the Australian government justifies...
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Football: England Long on Shortcomings
IF OSLO '93 was the beginning of the end for Graham Taylor, then Oslo '95 probably represented the end of the beginning for his successor as the England coach, Terry Venables. His was a week that saw his head prepared for the gallows by one noosepaper...
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Football: Raith Ready to Roar at Bayern
HE IS not actually in the Reebok advert but at times you can almost see Jimmy Nicholl roaring at the midfield just out of frame behind Steve Coppell. Shirt tight, neck straining, not one of the United greats perhaps, but a greatly evocative player all...
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Football: Ronaldo Foils Euro-Sceptics
BEFORE the arrival in the Premiership of Middlesbrough's scoop signing, Juninho, there could be an early opportunity to assess the wisdom of bringing another of the new generation of young Brazilians. Leeds United's Uefa Cup opponents, PSV Eindhoven,...
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Football: Scholes Is the Sole Provider for United
Manchester United 1Scholes 4Manchester City 0Attendance: 35,707THE expected outcome, but from unexpected performances. Manchester United duly condemned their neighbours to an eighth consecutive Premiership defeat, their fifth in a row in Mancunian derbies,...
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Forgetting Is the Best Revenge
"BURY me standing," a Romanian gypsy leader once said to Isabel Fonseca, "I've been on my knees all my life."It's an affecting remark, but not an especially characteristic one. To judge from the rest of Isabel Fonseca's fascinating account, most gypsies...
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For the Good of the Party
When Caroline Waldegrave gives a dinner, she keepspoliticians to a minimum. A mix of guests is bestand trouble-free food is what matters most, she tellsMichael Bateman in our series on entertaining stylesAS THE Conservative Party conference ends in Blackpool,...
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Fresh Call for Ban on Boxing as Fighter Collapses
BOXING'S reputation is under fierce assault once more: Scottish bantamweight James Murray was last night declared "clinically dead" after a title fight that ended in a riot.The twin spectres haunting the sport - grave injury and crowd misbehaviour -...
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Generalissimo in Search of a Spot of Bother
LET'S BEGIN with a little test. Who said the following? "There was a lot of noise and it was a heat of the moment comment, which I did not mean to say . . . I didn't mean to exaggerate in the way I did." In case you haven't guessed the source of this...
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Get by with a Little Help from Your Friendlies
MORE THAN 8 million people pay regularly into friendly society savings policies, many of which are tax-free and can be taken out on top of PEPs, pensions and other tax-free investments.Friendly societies were established in the 16th century. Now totalling...
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Global Warming Is Leading to Climatic Upheaval, Say Scientists
THE world's top scientists have at last reached agreement on global warming - and their message is just about as alarming as it could be for humanity. The world really is warming up, the scientists agree, and pollution is at least partly to blame.They...
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Golf: Lofty Els Is Langer's Torturer
EVERY professional golfer has putters in his loft. The clubs are consigned there as outcasts, a punishment for having missed an important three-footer somewhere along the line. Yesterday Bernhard Langer, whose history on the greens is as gory as anything...
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Grapevine
NORMALLY, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is one of those wines you can rely on to be good to brilliant, whoever the producer, whatever the vintage. Not so the 1995 Sau-vignons, which are just about to arrive in Britain. They were sabotaged by the weather....
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Happy Days
"BIOGRAPHIES of writers, whether by themselves or others, are always superfluous and usually in bad taste," wrote W H Auden. Even more dismaying for his biographer, he declared: "I object in principle to biographies of artists, since I do not believe...
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Hard to Believe, but in One Small Sector of the Property Market Prices Are Actually Going Up
THE big-time property market may be moribund, but business in the land of Lilliput is booming. The doll's house is popular as never before - with adults - and becoming one of the fastest-growing leisure pursuits.Collectors have been piling in by the...
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Home for a Superboy from Brazil
YOU CAN see the Cellnet Riverside Stadium from a long way away, almost as soon as you leave the centre of Middlesbrough and head east towards the huge expanse of run-down dockland which once reverberated to the sound of shipbuilding, but is now alive...
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Housing Benefit under Attack
BIG CUTS in housing benefit have been threatened by the Treasury, as ministers battle to pave the way for a pounds 5bn, three-year tax-cutting strategy.William Waldegrave, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has identified the pounds 12.3bn budget as one...
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How Master Howard Cracked the Whip at School
HOW very pleasant to see my old friend and quaffing partner Mr Michael Howard so firmly in his stride at one of the most enjoyable Conservative Party Conferences in years.Michael and I go back yonks. We were both educated at Basters Academy for Boys...
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How the Deal Was Struck
BRYAN ROBSON had just taken over as manager of Middlesbrough when, in the summer of last year, he received a letter from a fanatical Boro supporter who had been living in Brazil. Ian Wilson wished him well in the job and listed a number of players in...
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How to Steer the Wheel of Fortune
LOTTERY winners can ignore this survey. However, saving regularly is a necessary evil for many people - something that you have to do to build up a financial cushion, and a way of reducing the pain of some big- ticket purchases, whether expensive holidays,...
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How We Met; Susan Crosland and Therese Lawson
The novelist and journalist Susan Crosland was born in Baltimore and moved to London in the 1960s. In 1982 she wrote a biography of her second husband, Anthony Crosland, the Labour minister, who died in 1977. She has two daughters and lives in London....
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If We Could Keep Our Heads
HAS any poet ever been so misunderstood as Rudyard Kipling, and has any poem been so traduced as "If. . ."? It has just been chosen in a somewhat dubious poll as the most popular poem of the British public. This produced predictable snorts of derision....
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In Darkest Piccadilly
SOMETIMES the Royal Academy works best as an exhibition space when you don't feel that you're in Burlington House. "Africa: the Art of a Continent" is successful in many ways, but the first triumph is its installation. Walking through the crowded and...
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Jackie O Goes Up for Auction
SOTHEBY'S in New York is gearing up for a one-day auction that may generate even more public excitement than its sale of the Duchess of Windsor's jewels back in 1987. It was the royal connection that caused the stir then. This time there is no royalty...
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Lamb Lies Down on Banks
SHAREHOLDERS of the TSB, subject to a pounds 15bn merger proposal from Lloyds Bank, face lobbying from an unusual source - a student campaign group. The Lloyds and Midland Boycott group (Lamb) aims to persuade those with TSB shares to extract a more...
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Leading Article: Proud to Be Stupid?
HOW will they pay for it all? This is the question that Tory politicians traditionally ask of Labour when they denounce it as the party of high taxation and high spending. But high taxation and high spending at least have a logical consistency. The Tory...
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Leading Article: Raith Rovers, Part Three
IMPORTANT THINGS are afoot at Raith Rovers Football Club. You will perhaps remember that Raith Rovers is this newspaper's team. Our support became known after Andrew Neil, who was then editor of the Sunday Times, likened us to Raith, and his organ to...
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Learn to Play Your Cards Right
PRINTING cards is like printing money. They are the ultimate in "instant collectables", fancy goods mass-produced for a few pence and retailed at premium prices, just for collectors.Canny makers of fancy goods have understood the value of collectability...
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Led Up the Shining Path
THIS powerful novel is Nicholas Shakespeare's second shot at exploiting the Peruvian terrorist movement Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) and its monstrous leader, Abimael Guzmn, as the raw material of fiction. One can see the reason. The bloody history...
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Letter: How Abuse Investigators Separated Fact from Fantasy
IT WAS with a certain amount of agreement that I read "Out of the mouths of babes" (8 October) questioning the reliability of some witness testament in so-called "ritual abuse" trials.However, my sympathy took a dent when I read that the Nottingham child...
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Log on to the Relaxation Secrets of the Ancients
WILD FLOWER Cottage is deep in the heart of the Devon countryside. Rain drips from the apple trees in the garden, which slopes down to three ponds where ducks are gently quacking. A fire crackles in the grate and the tinkling strains of New Age music...
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Lump It and like It
A PENSION plan where regular monthly payments are deducted automatically from salary probably suits most people's requirements for simplicity and convenience.But convenience can also be costly, so deciding whether to save for retirement with regular...
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Lured by Eastern Promise
Investors are more bullish about Japan than they have been for some time. But be wary, says Steve LodgeBIG investors are more positive about making money from Japan than any other stock market and are pouring money into its shares. Smaller investors...
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Made in Bosnia
For centuries, Kenya's Samburu warriors enjoyed a simple, harsh,unchanging existence. Then some of them went to former Yugoslavia,and found wealth - and savagery - beyond their wildest dreamsIT'S SATURDAY morning in Bara-goi, 400 miles north of Nairobi...
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Make the Most of Your Youth
"HOPE I die before I get old," sung by the Who's Roger Daltrey with such apparent conviction, may ring a bell with many twentysomethings. Who wants to even think about pensions before hitting middle age? But the young generation are now "talking 'bout"...
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Middle England May Host Millennium Party
AS THE race to host the millennium festival moves into the final furlongs, an unexpected frontrunner for first choice has emerged - Derby, in the East Midlands.The possibility of Derby being chosen as the home of the extravaganza, planned by the Millennium...
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More Top Firms Halt Donations to Tories
TWO MORE of Britain's leading firms have cancelled their contributions to the Conservative Party, deepening the party's cash crisis and raising further questions over how much it will have to fight the next election.The engineering giant Lucas Industries...
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MOTORING:Family Planning
CHINESE children are soon to be taught a version of the Green Cross Code - and they had better be paying attention. For China, already the most terrifying country in which to walk, cycle, drive or be driven, is about to fill its treacherous roads with...
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Motty's Bons Mots and the Curse of Sitton
WEDNESDAY night's international between Norway and England, Football Live (Sky Sports) brought the usual grumbles from Skyless fans about the satellite station's exclusive right to show the game live. But for once it was appropriate: you need a dish...
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Mourning Glory
WHEN THE Germans used to write Britain off as "das Land ohne Musik" they spoke false: music follows money, and London has always been rich enough to attract performing musicians by the boat-load. But creative musicians are another matter; and it's unfortunately...
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Next Weekend
PRAGUE IS the most romantic city in Eastern Europe, according to the Martini Brut Guide to Romantic Weekends (Good Books, pounds 6.99). That's a good reason to go any time; a good reason to go soon is the series of concerts the city will be hosting as...
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One Man's Three for All
NICK KENYON curls up on his sofa, his fingers playing arpeggios on the venetian blinds behind him. It is a newish, maroon sofa, its care instructions still swinging triangularly from a corner, but he has covered it with a lumpy strawberry-bedecked rug:...
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Paperbacks
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, Bloomsbury pounds 5.99. When a novelist calls a place Amity you can look forward to a deal of feudin' and fightin'. Amity Harbour is an island fishing town in the north Pacific, where the slow-burning distrust...
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Patients Abandoned under Two-Tier NHS
THE clearest evidence to date of a two-tier National Health Service has emerged in Salisbury, where only private patients and those from GP fund-holders are now getting routine operations.Everyone else can wait. The Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust hospital...
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PEPs Bring Power to the People
THE obvious advantage of regular savings plans offered by companies running unit trusts, investment trusts, and PEPs is that they allow investors to enjoy the benefits of stock market returns without needing thousands of pounds to begin with.The introduction...
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'Perfect Couple' Fall out over Top Authors
A TUG-OF-LOVE has broken out between one of London's leading literary agencies and Scotland's newest returning hero. Giles Gordon, literary luvvie and legendary gossip, has been issued with an injunction by his former agency in a bid to stop him approaching...
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Peter York on Ads
IF THEY revived that Brentford Nylons commercial with Alan Freeman now it'd be done in a knowing way, with a sub-text of comment on all that gloriously hammy below-stairs advertising. Creative folk have gentrified and clevered-up advertising no end,...
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Philosophy for Right Gays
AS THE editor of the New Republic, America's smartest right-wing periodical, Andrew Sullivan makes an unlikely gay activist. Indeed, he is probably a reluctant one, complaining that in order to gain rights which heterosexuals consider basic, homosexuals...
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Presenter Tense
I AM sitting on a sofa with the woman known as the Queen of Sofadom, the doyenne of daytime television: except that we're not on a brightly coloured television studio sofa, but a muted chintz one in the lobby of an anonymous motorway hotel; and Anne...
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Press Gang Up on the Nation's Fall-Guy
GARY LINEKER and David Gower have been reminding us recently that, even in retirement, dignity is not always available to our sporting heroes. They star jointly in a television quiz show called They Think It's All Over . . . which is a programme of...
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Property; Ideal Homes
LOCATION: Because I am Italian, it's got to be Italy. Before I came to London at the age of 10 to attend ballet school I was brought up in Italy. Then I spent more childhood holidays on Sardinia and that is where I would choose to have my dream home....
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Property's Prime Movers
A MORTGAGE is the biggest financial commitment that most people ever make. One of the most important considerations is how you intend to repay the capital sum of your loan. Unless you opt for a repayment mortgage, which will give you the security of...
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Put Your Trust in Regular Habits
REMEMBER the stock market crash of 1987? Regular savers were cushioned from much of its pain.The dilemma of when to go into the market is taken away by the discipline of regular savings plans. Putting a small amount of money into a unit or investment...
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Quiet Anti-Nuclear Crusader Who Made the World Listen
LUNCH on Friday at the French Foreign Ministry must have been a sour affair. "Who is this Joseph Rotblat?" bitter diplomats will have asked each other. "And what is this Pugwash?" Just when they thought they had suffered all the slings and arrows of...
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Racing: Mann of Substance
YESTERDAY at Kempton, Charlie Mann was heartily glad to have his feet firmly on the ground as he legged Richard Dunwoody into General Rusty's saddle before winning the Charisma Gold Cup, the jump season's first feature race. Yet only a week before, the...
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Racing: Spectrum Shows His True Colours
SPECTRUM won his colours in the autumn sunshine here yesterday with a sparkling victory in the Dubai Champion Stakes. The Irish 2,000 Guineas winner came back to his best to take the 10-furlong Group 1 contest with a scintillating burst of speed up the...
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Records; New Releases
Suggs: The Lone Ranger (WEA, CD/LP/tape, out tomorrow). Bearing in mind that his former band was nicknamed the Magnificent Seven, that this album is called The Lone Ranger, and that it is co-written and co- produced by Tonto (Mike Barson, Madness's piano...
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Rugby League World Cup: Enter Inga the Singer
AN extraordinary sound - a thunderous stampede punctuated by laughter - has pervaded the Posthouse hotel outside Cardiff during the past two weeks. It is caused by the Western Samoan rugby league team, a new team learning a new haka, and then laughing...
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Rugby League World Cup: Flying Fittler Floors Fiji
Australia 66Fiji 0AUSTRALIA duly advanced into the semi-finals of the Halifax Centenary World Cup, beating Fiji even more decisively than England had done in midweek.It was a measure of Fiji's decline from popular heroes to cannon fodder in the past...
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Rugby League World Cup: Reward for Russian Resolution
THE very idea of Russian rugby league players might appear unlikely - not least in Liverpool, where they took up residence yesterday in preparation for the Emerging Nations World Cup - but back home they are men in demand.Although the code was only launched...
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Rugby Union: Bath Put on Vivid Show
Bath 52Bristol 19AT LAST, some club rugby to shout about. Admittedly, the best of it only lasted half an hour, but by then Bristol had been so comprehensively beaten that their game was lost and with it the competitive element to the match.By then Jeremy...
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Rugby Union: How Bristol Are Raising the Stakes
A FADED, blotchy, black and white photograph hangs in the corridor under the old grandstand at the Memorial Ground, home of Bristol rugby club. It was taken on 24 September 1921, the day the ground opened, and it is a group portrait of the club's committee,...
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Rugby Union: Lee Drops in Late
Saracens 31West Hartlepool 30IT MIGHT only be October but this match had all the passion and tension of a late-season relegation clash. In the last two minutes, the lead changed hands twice with Saracens snatching victory with a drop goal bang on the...
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Rugby Union: Leicester Lean on Liley
Leicester 22Orrell 3THE all-too-familiar pattern was unfolding: a tryless first half in which 17 penalties were awarded, five of them converted into points. John Liley had kicked four for Leicester to Orrell's one by Simon Morris which was if nothing...
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Rugby Union: Newport All at Sea
Swansea 78Newport 6NEWPORT, who have not won at Swansea for 19 years or a Heineken League game against yesterday's opponents, ran into an all-white blizzard at St Helens to suffer one of the heaviest defeats in their history. In the process, Swansea...
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