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 May 13, 2006

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48 HOURS IN STOCKHOLM ; Swedes Don't Need an Excuse to Party, but the Long Days of May Are Just the Start of a Summer of Fun in Scandinavia's Grandest Capital
WHY GO NOW? Spring arrives in a sudden rush in Stockholm: right now you can practically see the leaves unfurling and fresh green spreading across this magnificent, watery city. What's more, the refracted and reflected spring sunshine presents Stockholm...
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A Band Now at Peace with Its Past, but Less Certain of Its Future ; First Night RADIOHEAD Empress Balroom BLACKPOOL
Radiohead arrive in the chandeliered splendour of Blackpool's old ballroom in an odd sort of limbo. The grand millennial melancholy of OK, Computer was greeted like a latter-day Sergeant Pepperin 1997. The contrary about turn of its successor KidA's...
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Against the Tide ; Cuba Is Opening Up to Mass Tourism but the Scuba Diving Set Has Yet to Discover Its Spectacular Marine Life. Kate Humble Clips on Her Mask for a Glimpse of a Brave New World
Divers are a pretty adventurous lot. When it comes to seeking out ever more extraordinary underwater experiences they'll travel to places as far flung as Papua New Guinea, Djibouti and Newfoundland. But oddly enough, very few go to Cuba, which, given...
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A HAMPSTEAD HEATH MURDER MYSTERY ; on the Scent of Trouble in the Past Month, London's Most Serene Park Has Witnessed a Spate of Dog-on-Dog Violence. and the Locals Are on the Trail. John Walsh Reports
It's 6pm on Hampstead Heath, LondonNW3. Three tubular kites are gaily flying on Parliament Hill, watched by an entranced baby in the arms of its father, a well-built athlete showing off his physique in grey cotton swimming trunks. The flattering late...
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Alan Bennett's 'History Boys' Scoops New York Critics' Awards
They are renowned as the harshest of judges' the critics who can close down a play with a sentence of finely-honed invective. But New York's scribes had almost nothing but praise for the transfer to Broadway of the London National Theatre's surprise...
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Album Reviews
The Raconteurs 'Broken Boy Soldiers' (XL) pounds 12.99 The kick of rock basics revitalised underpins this wholly integrated, band-based team-up between the roots-rock devilry of Jack White and the more 1960s-styled powerpop of the singer- songwriter...
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All That Glitters Can Be a Good Investment ; Costume Jewelery Is as Colectable as the Real Thing-And It Won't Break the Bank
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but even fake diamonds are worth becoming acquainted with. Not only has costume jewellery become respectable evening wear, it can also be a very good investment. Such jewellery has been made for centuries and antique...
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All This Talk of Equality Is Just Humbug ; Richard Ingrams' Week
I've never taken seriously the indignation which some people feel about the news that Ruth Kelly is a signed-up member of the ultra- conservative Catholic organisation Opus Dei. If that was so she would not be in the Government at all. Because the Catholic...
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Amateurs Get a Flying Start in Our Share Challenge ; Readers Can Now Also Try Their Luck in the Virtual Money Race
This year's Share Challenge competition is off to an explosive start, with the amateurs again proving they can beat the City professionals. After four weeks of trading, the Fairer Shares Investment Club, our novice stock-pickers from London, lead with...
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An Awfully Big Adventure ; A Hundred and Fifty Years Ago Sir John Franklin Died Attempting to Find the Fabled Northwest Passage. I N a Remarkable Twist, It May Soon Be a Regular Shipping Route. Andrew Buncombe Reports the Independent Magazine 27
We were homeward bound one night on the deep Swinging in my hammock I fell asleep I dreamed a dream and I thought it true Concerning Franklin and his gallant crew. With 100 seamen he sailed away To the frozen ocean in the month of May To seek a passage...
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Another England Lamb Sent to the Slaughter
Sven Goran Eriksson may have felt it was worth the "gamble", putting the inexperienced talent Theo Walcott in the England squad. But what sort of gamble is it, really, for a man who is off to pastures new in a couple of months anyway? Any price to be...
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Areyou a Techie? Win a Laptop
Enter our fiendish quiz and you could win one of 10 MacBook Pros - the fastest Apple laptop ever -worth pounds 1,400 each 1) In what year was the first email sent? a)1965 b) 1975 c) 1985 2) What is the word "blog" short for? 3) What does http stand for?...
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AREYOU A TECHIE? WIN A LAPTOP ; Enter Our Fiendish Quiz and You Could Win One of 10 MacBook Pros - the Fastest Apple Laptop Ever -Worth Pounds 1,400 Each
1) In what year was the first email sent? a)1965 b) 1975 c) 1985 2) What is the word "blog" short for? 3) What does http stand for? 4) How many text messages does the average UK consumer send each week? a) 119 b)28 c)4 5) Which of these is the odd one...
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A Slight Catch ; the Wee Ones - Whitebait, Sardines and Anchovies - Are Just Too Good to Let Them Get Away. Mark Hix Makes No Bones about His Love for Little Fishes on Little Dishes
I've always loved a fish feast. But some years ago in Barcelona a plate of pescaditos fritos gave me a nasty shock. The tiny fried fish that arrived at the table for nibbling on before dinner were exceptionally good. Until I looked at them more closely...
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ATCHOOO! ; Why Global Warming Is to Blame for Britain's Hayfever Epidemic
Global warming is to blame for the rising numbers of Britons suffering from hay fever, in the first direct impact of climate change on human health in this country. The pollen from trees and grasses that produces allergic reactions in millions of people...
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Athletics: Gatlin Sets New 100m Record of 9.76sec
Justin Gatlin yesterday became the sprinter who had it all as he added the only thing missing in his career following his world and Olympic titles - the world record. And the 24-year-old American predicted it could be the first of many for him in what...
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Beadle's Miscellany A Quiz by Jeremy Beadle (Answers on Page 49)
What's cheap about: the site of Britain's oldest horse race' a Lincolnshire National Hunt Racecourse' where Samuel Johnson was an assistant master, two miles from the site where the last English king was killed on a battlefield' Shropshire town on River...
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Bid Battle Looms as HMV Is Cleared to Buy Ottakar's
The starting gun was fired yesterday for an auction of the book chain Ottakar's after a report clearing the way for HMV to take over its smaller rival revealed that several prospective suitors had considered bidding for the group last autumn. Analysts...
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BONO: The Missionary ; the Saturday Profile
There were no fewer than four US presidents sat on the platform, in the rain, looking faintly ridiculous under a hastily assembled selection of umbrellas. This was Little Rock, Arkansas, at the opening of Bill Clinton's presidential library last year....
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Boxing: Hatton Can Make History against Collazo
It has been a difficult six months for Ricky Hatton but the frustration will end tonight in Boston. Hatton will challenge the American Luis Collazo for the World Boxing Association welterweight title at the TD Banknorth Arena in a fight that has been...
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Boy, 15, Charged with Rape after 11-Year-Old Becomes Pregnant
A boy aged 15 has been charged with rape after an 11-year-old girl became pregnant, police said. The girl, now aged 12, is due to give birth in a few weeks, which will make her the youngest mother in the United Kingdom. She told a newspaper that she...
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Brown Has Finger on Button - and He Just Keeps Pressing ; THE WEEK IN POLITICS
A senior figure at Downing Street put it concisely: "One day, Tony will come in and say, 'the bad news is that I am going. And the bad news is that you are going too'." Even Blair aides, few of whom would survive the transition to Gordon Brown, know...
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Btw
The most striking innovation in perfume circles since the unforgettable launch of Mandate (a name fatally redolent of trades unions) is this week's appearance of Eau de Stilton. The scent was commissioned by the Stilton Cheesemakers' Association, blended...
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BUYER BEWARE STAMPS THAT FOOLED A NATION ; It Seemed like a Route to Riches for Tens of Thousands of Collectors. but the Venture Wasn't Worth the Little Pieces of Paper It Was Printed on. Elizabeth Nash Reports from Madrid Fraud That Had Investors Licked
Harmless enough hobby, stamp-collecting, you might think, redolent of inky schoolboys or fusty gents in leather armchairs. Nice little earner, too, if you consider that these miniature artworks are relics of a postal age fast fading into history. That's...
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Cameron Threatens to Scrap Human Rights Act
David Cameron has threatened to rewrite or scrap the Human Rights Act if it stands in the way of deporting suspected foreign terrorists. The Tory leader accused the Government of being "complacent" in letting the Act, which it passed in 1998, undermine...
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Celebrity Square Meals ; Adrian Chiles' Pan-Fried Lime and Coriander Tuna
I enjoy cooking and eating at home. Sitting down to eat with my wife and our two little girls feels pretty fundamental to being a family - especially now they're old enough (the kids that is) to get at least as much food inside them as they spread all...
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Colombian Ruling Breaks Seal on Abortion Rights in Latin America
Women's rights campaigners pressing for more liberal abortion laws in Latin America have won a breakthrough victory following a ruling by Colombia's highest court saying women have the right to terminate their pregnancies when their lives are in danger...
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Computer Games
Me & My Katamari PSP, EA, pounds 34.99 Last month, the excellent We Love Katamari was released on the Play Station 2. Now, it is the PlayStationPortable's turn to host a Katamari title. In Me & My Katamari, players create islands for homeless creatures...
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Cricket: 1. Cool Head amid the Clamour Shows Flintoff Is Made for England Captaincy
On Monday night I went up to the Lord's Tavern, outside the ground. David English had a book launch, 'Story of an Englishman'. He's an eccentric cricket follower who runs the Bunbury XI, a mix of entertainment celebrities and professional cricketers,...
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Cricket: Harmison Set for Durham Comeback after Shin Injury ; ROUND-UP
Stephen Harmison is once again set to return from injury, for Durham against Lancashire at Old Trafford tomorrow. The England fast bowler was due to play in the County Championship match at home to Middlesex this week but was forced to miss that fixture...
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Cricket: Hoggard Ready to Take Place among the Best
England's opening bowler Matthew Hoggard this morning finds himself one wicket away from a Test cricket landmark. The Yorkshire pace bowler entered this match needing just three more victims to become only the 10th England bowler to reach 200 wickets....
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Cricket: Mahmood Enjoys Dream Debut to Leave Sri Lankans in Tatters
ENGLAND 551-6 dec SRI LANKA 91-6 England's opponents have been searching for weaknesses in Kevin Pietersen's game ever since he arrived on the international stage and yesterday, on the second day of the first Test, Sri Lanka may just have found one....
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Cricket: That Was My Best Test Innings, Says Pietersen
There was no doubt about the verdict. Kevin Pietersen reckoned he had just played his best innings. In his opinion, it surpassed his identical score at the Oval against Australia last season, when he guaranteed England the draw which won them the Ashes....
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Cricket: Warwickshire Turn to Dust under Warne's Lethal Spell
HAMPSHIRE 405 & 218-6 dec WARWICKSHIRE 217 & 213 Hampshire win by 193 runs Two down for 69 overnight, having survived half a session's worth of Shane Warne and Shaun Udal, Warwickshire probably felt they had been let off fairly lightly. A score of 407...
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Do I Lose Cashback When My Card Goes? ; QUESTIONS OF CASH
Since December 2004, I have had a More Than credit card on which I get 0.8 per cent cashback, payable annually in October. I have now been informed by the card issuer, Lloyds TSB, that the card will be withdrawn in June. My cashback will be lost unless...
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DVDs
Lady Vengeance (18) Tartan pounds 18.99 The final instalment in the Korean director Park Chan-wook's "revenge trilogy", following Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and Oldboy, finds a 33-year-old woman emerging from prison with retribution on her mind. Flashbacks...
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EasyJet Flying High in the Long Term ; THE WEEK IN REVIEW
EasyJet, the no-frills airline, this week boasted of a strong Easter having flown 2.85 million passengers during April, a 17 per cent rise on a year ago. The announcement follows last week's better than expected interim results when the airline raised...
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Editorial & Opinion: From the Archive 6 December 1989 ; from a Leading Article on a Challenge to Margaret Thatcher's Leadership
THE OUTCOME of the ballot for the leadership of the Conservative Party can be read in two ways. The Prime Minister and her supporters may choose to interpret it as an overwhelming vindication of her policies and her style of government. After 14 years...
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Editorial & Opinion: The Man Who Dared to Take on the United States in Its Own Backyard
The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, has not yet touched down in Britain, but already he has managed to provoke controversy. In a breach of diplomatic protocol, he has not requested a meeting with the Prime Minister. Instead, he will be having lunch...
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Editorial & Opinion: We Need the Human Rights Act
The case of the nine Afghans refugees who hijacked a passenger jet and forced it to fly to Britain has prompted a wave of attacks on the Human Rights Act. David Cameron, borne along by a wave of populist fury over the court decision to allow the men...
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End of the Affair? Britons Quit France for the Home Life
When Steve Howe moved to the south of France in 2000, he thought he had found the good life. He had a bright business idea and his future, he believed, was in the Riviera sun. After five years, disillusioned with both the aggressive approach of the French...
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Fear and Suspicion as St Ives Awaits HIV Results
The crude police-style body outline daubed on the road behind the harbour is accompanied by a piece of scrawled, ungram-matical advice. "Should of worn a condom," the graffiti reads. St Ives, one of England's most beautiful seaside resorts, is struggling...
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FIVE BEST ITALIAN PALACE HOTELS ; Danielle Demetriou Discovers the Grand Edifices Where You Can Live like a King
Palazzo Terranova Umbria An enduring love affair with Italy led Sarah Townsend to spend six years restoring a crumbling 18th-century property to its former glory. Today, the honey-hued palazzo is a tranquil hilltop retreat, complete with swimming pool....
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Football: A Cup Final Has to Have a Journey: Trains, Cars with Scarves and Tooting Horns ; ON SATURDAY
Much as we all enjoy fulminating at those responsible for the expensive shambles that is the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium, I for one - and the publicans of Cardiff for a few dozen more - will be a little regretful when the FA Cup final eventually...
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Football: Benayoun Can Help Hammers Nail Reds ; Graeme le Saux Talking Tactics FA Cup Final: Liverpool V West Ham Utd
It looks as if Matthew Etherington will not be I fit this afternoon but West Ham can use this misfortune to their advantage by switching Yossi Benayoun to the left. From here he can I come inside on to his right foot and cause I problems if he is not...
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Football: Benitez Must Box Clever to Stop Hammers Landing Knockout Blow
Rafael Benitez has proved impervious to most of the old sentimentality of English football, a pragmatist who deals in the core disciplines of Premiership and Champions' League - or at least he was until the FA Cup finally took a grip of his imagination...
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Football: Breaking the Stranglehold
Pardew cals on his West Ham side to end monopoly of big clubs by winning today's FA Cup final against Liverpool There is more than the FA Cup at stake for Alan Pardew today. The West Ham United manager believes his team can strike a blow for the rest...
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Football: Carragher the Perfectionist Cast in the Same Mould as Benitez
When Liverpool last appeared in Cardiff, a three-foot high, framed portrait of Rafael Benitez led supporters on a procession through the crowded streets of the Welsh capital that only came to a halt when a banner containing 11 identical profiles of Jamie...
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Football: Diarra Bait for Van Nistelrooy Deal
The interest in him from Real Madrid and Barcelona may have fallen but Ruud van Nistelrooy has a willing suitor in the French champions, Lyon, who want to bring the outcast Manchester United striker to France in an exchange deal that Sir Alex Ferguson...
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Football: EAST END VISIONARY ; for West Ham's Manager, Alan Pardew, Today's FA Cup Final Is Just the Start. as He Reveals to Jason Burt in His Only Major Interview before the Game, His Ambition Both for Himself and His Club Stretches Al the Way to the Champions' League and - Possibly - a New Home
The FA Cup Final Interview Alan Pardew takes great pride in the fact that he has "shaken up" the Premiership in his first season as a manager in the top flight. "I'm not going to be bullied by some of the managers who have fantastic profiles," he says....
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Football: EAST END VISIONARY ; the FA Cup Final Interview
For West Ham's manager, Alan Pardew, today's FA Cup final is just the start. As he reveals to Jason Burt in his only major interview before the game, his ambition both for himself and his club stretches al the way to the Champions' League and - possibly...
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Football: ENGLAND'S TROPHY WIVES ; First Ladies of Football Finally We Know Who's Going to the World Cup - and Who They'll Be Taking along. So Which of the Players' Other Halves Are Premier Division, and Who Should Be Relegated? Henry Deedes Reports
LOUISE OWEN, 25 Another tale of childhood sweethearts, Louise married Michael Owen two years ago after a 10-year courtship. She suffered a riding accident in 2004 when she fel off her horse, which then fel on top of her. Louise is a regular on Bond Street,...
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Football: Hartley Focuses Hearts Minds on Minnows' Shock Potential
There could be a shock in today's Scottish Cup final between top- flight Hearts and third-tier Gretna, according to the Hearts midfielder, Paul Hartley. "We won't underestimate them," the Scotland international said yesterday. "Our attitude has got to...
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Football: Naz Should Reflect on Floyd Patterson's Tragic Fate
The Prince Naz story p wasn't supposed to pass e through aprison cell. In the ring i it wasn't supposed to finish with m a humiliating beating by Marco p Antonio Barrera, who adminis- c tered not only a lesson in boxing ' but also style and manliness....
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Football: Pardew's Integrity Is Welcome Antidote to Chauvinism of the Managers' Association
After a week of almost surreal mishap and disillusionment in the national game there is at last something at which to rejoice at the Millennium Stadium today. It is the brave and refreshing sight of a youngish English manager offering not his coaching...
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Football: Scandal Overshadows Juve's Bid to Win 29th Italian Title
Tomorrow Juventus could win their 29th scudetto if they avoid defeat against Reggina tomorrow but any celebrations are likely to be muted after the club yesterday became further embroiled in the scandal engulfing the Italian game. Milan, Fiorentina and...
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Football: Shevchenko's Plea for Chelsea Move
Chelsea's hopes of buying Andrei Shevchenko received a significant boost yesterday when the Milan striker called a press conference to confirm that he wants to leave the Italian club. The Premiership champions will now offer EUR50m (pounds 35.7m) for...
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Gaul Force ; Forget EuroDisney. Parc Astrix Has Just as Many Rides, Better Food and, Best of All, It Can Be Done in a Day
"Mummy, where are the characters? I want to give them a cuddle." Those were the words of my five-year-old daughter on our trip to Parc Astrix, and they would have heartened me had we not just left the ferry in Calais. Instead, I began to wonder if it...
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Giorgio and Condoleezza, Edited by Bono ; THE INDEPENDENT
On Tuesday, The Independent is to turn RED, and half of all the revenues from that day's newspaper will be donated to fighting Aids in Africa. The paper will be edited by the U2 fr ontman and activist Bono, who, along with the leading American philanthropist,...
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Golf: Casey Rides His Luck with Positive Approach
As an avowed petrol-head who spent Monday driving sports cars around Brands Hatch, Paul Casey probably thinks of Henry Ford as purely the founder of a rather famous motor company and not as someone who had the answer to this English golfer's biggest...
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Gourmet Tastes Are Feeding the Growth of the Gastro Garden
Gourmets unhappy with fruit and vegetables from supermarkets, and environmentalists worried about air miles, pesticides and other modern evils are increasingly growing their own food. Although the number of amateur gardeners is not known, horticultural...
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Gretna's Journeymen Prepare for Trip M of a Lifetime from Their Fie D of Dreams ; the Smalest British Club to Contest a Cup Final Stand in Hearts' Way at Hampden Today. Nick Harris Charts Their Rapid Rise
A dog walks into the Gretna club shop dressed in a club scarf. Actually, "shop" is pushing it a bit. It's a corner of one room in the three-unit hut that doubles as Gretna's offices, aka Fairytale Central. It is packed almost to capacity: there are five...
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Horse Racing: Art Deco Builds Egerton's Designs on the Flat
After two flawless summer days, the gods had a vicious fit of jealousy yesterday. Divine weather and dresses can give mortals ideas above their station, and the men and women of Chester were punished with a furious thunderstorm before racing. Fortunately...
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Horse Racing: Whites Offers Touch of Spice at Peper ; POINT-TO-POINT
The mare Ruggtah (3.10), runner-up to the smart Rhythm King on her hunter-chase debut at Fakenham, faces an easier task in tomorrow's Panacur Championship at Garthorpe. The application of blinkers for the first time brought about marked improvement in...
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'How Can I Pay off My Debts and Get into Teaching?' ; WEALTH CHECK
Nicky Buckingham, a special needs classroom assistant from Southampton, wants to qualify as a primary school teacher, but is struggling with serious debts and can't afford the training. She cut up all her credit cards last year and now has a personal...
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How Can So-Called Experts Still Be So Clueless about Bullying in Schools?
Just when we were beginning to wonder if anything other than infighting, sulking and sex ever got done in Parliament, a Commons Select Committee has saved the day. During its researches into education, one of these highly respected information-gathering...
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How Do I Look?
Sylvie Guillem Ballet dancer, age 42 decided to go red a long time ago. My original hair colour is really nondescript. Maximum mouse! I tried blonde highlights, but that looked even more dull. I was fascinated by the idea of red and told myself, "One...
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Hugo Chavez Divides World Opinion. but Who Is He, and What Is He Up to in Britain?
Not surprisingly for a man who divides the world, Hugo Chavez is greeted as a saviour or a saboteur wherever he goes. The Venezuelan President seems immune to nuance and perfectly able to reduce the world to Chavistas or to Descualdos, the "squalid ones",...
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Hyperion's TV Tips
Ling field 2.10 Bonus has been kept for this since winning at Ling field in January off a 5lb higher mark. But he is not particularly well drawn and would not be suited by any ease in the ground. VISIONIST, another formerly smart performer, seemed transformed...
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If You Ask Me Deborah Ross
If you ask me, people who say they are going to give something "110 per cent"could be gently chastised and corrected - 100 per cent is everything, the max, the lot, the whole enchilada' there is nowhere else to go - or, alternatively, garrotted, chopped...
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It Takes Me Back through a Time Tunnel to My Youth, Staring in Awe at Cruyff and Beckenbauer ; A Personal History of the World Cup
Sixteen months ago I was invited to join Operation Bomber. This is neither a security forces operation nor a tribute to the bearded builder in Auf Wiedersehen Pet, but it will be planned as meticulously as the first and will have all the hallmarks of...
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Jogger Killed and Dismembered by Alligator
Even in Florida, nobody who heads out for an evening jog in a suburban neighbourhood expects to be attacked and killed by an alligator. But that is what happened to Yovy Suarez Jimenez, a 28- year-old biology student, who took one fatal step too close...
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Kremlin Forced to Postpone Controversial Rosneft Flotation
The timing of what is expected to be London's biggest public offering of the year was thrown into doubt yesterday when the Kremlin disclosed that the state-owned oil titan Rosneft may not come to market until the fourth quarter of 2006, instead of July....
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Leave off Your Rolexes. Naples Watches Its Visitors
Tourism officials in Naples have dreamt up a novel way of combating the city's reputation as the Italian capital of petty crime. They plan to give each visitor a Swatch-like watch to wear while touring the city, advising them to leave their expensive...
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Lords Vote against 'Right to Die' Bill after Impassioned Debate
Peers voted last night to wreck a Bill aimed at giving terminally ill patients the right to die. They backed an amendment delaying debate on the assisted-dying Bill for six months by 148 to 100, effectively preventing the private member's Bill sponsored...
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Mathewson to Become Chairman of Hedge Fund
Sir George Mathewson, the former chief executive and chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, was yesterday named chairman of Tosca- fund Holdings, a hedge fund. Sir George is responsible for overseeing and guiding the growth of Toscafund, which manages...
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Maxed Credit Card for Ryan Air Sarnie? It's a Fair Swap ; Thrifty Living
THEY GET NO better, my travails with my finances. They even went vaguely global this week. En route to Italy for a business meeting, I decided to draw some euros on my MasterCard at Stansted airport. I know, the punishing interest-rate on credit-card...
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Ministers 'Are Failing to Live Up to Their Green Rhetoric'
Tony Blair has been accused of presiding over a "yawning gap" between rhetoric and reality on green energy after a survey of the major Whitehall departments showed they were spending little or nothing generating their own environmentally friendly power....
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MP Practises What He Preaches in His Environmentally Friendly Home
When Alan Simpson gets his quarterly power bill he can expect to be paid for the energy produced by the low emissions generators in his eco-home. The Labour MP for Nottingham South has taken warnings about global warming to heart. The prominent left-winger,...
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My Secret Life Eric Schlosser, Novelist
Eric Schlosser is a correspondent for Atlantic Monthly, whose work has examined issues including the American prison system and the war on drugs. Best known for his book Fast Food Nation, which exposed the US meat industry, his new work, Chew On This,...
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My Week ; the Influential Labour MP and Chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee on a Turbulent Week for His Party
Sunday My 11-month-old son Louis wakes up very early, and I spend about three hours playing with him' then a game of squash with my older son, followed by a nice cup of coffee in Winchester with them and my partner Sue. Later we go to look at the bluebells...
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NAPF Urges Morrison Shareholders to Revolt
Wm Morrison's decision to hand its executive directors lucrative two-year contracts was attacked yesterday by an influential shareholder group. RREV, the voting arm of the National Association of Pension Funds, urged investors not to back the retailer's...
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Never Underestimate the Joy an Enormous, Mechanical Elephant Can Bring to People
We are entranced. We have not stopped smiling or looking dreamy for days. If you didn't know us better you'd say we were in love, except that we are not suffering any of love's unease. Not a condition we admit to very often in this column. As a rule...
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New Films
Time to Leave (18) Director Franois Ozon Starring Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valria Bruni-Tedeschi Romain (Melvil Poupaud) lashes out against everyone after discovering he has weeks to live. Strangely, though, he finds succour in assisting a childless...
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New York Critics Give 'History Boys Best Play Award
They are known as the harshest of judges' the critics who can close down a play with a sentence of finely-honed invective. But New York's scribes had almost nothing but praise for the transfer to Broadway of the National Theatre's surprise hit, The History...
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NICHOLAS VOLLEY ; Single-Minded Figurative Painter
Nicholas Volley was a passionate, single-minded figurative painter. For him, art was always, simply and exclusively, about painting. Since 1984 he had worked in the same London studio, in Spitalfields - where he took his own life. He was born in 1950...
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Nigerian Petrol Thieves Suspected as Blast Kills 200
A huge explosion tore through an eastern suburb of the Nigerian city of Lagos yesterday, killing up to 200, after people had reportedly gathered to collect oil leaking from a ruptured pipeline that had been damaged by villagers looking for free fuel....
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Obituaries: ALEXANDER ZINOVIEV ; Writer Who Satirised the Soviet Regime and Spent Two Decades in Exile as a Result
The one-time Soviet dissident writer Alexander Zinoviev had a love-hate relationship with Soviet Communism that wrong-footed those who tried to pigeonhole him. Although famous for his satires of Soviet life in the 1970s, he later became disenchanted...
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Obituaries: IAIN MACMILLAN ; Abbey Road' Photographer
Time was tight for the Beatles in the summer of 1969 whilst they were recording in EMI's London studios in Abbey Road, St John's Wood, and the photographer Iain MacMillan was told that he could have the group for a few minutes during a lunch break for...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: London Faces 'Extremely Tight' Timetable for 2012
The new timetable for London to be ready for the 2012 Olympics is "extremely tight", the Olympics Delivery Authority chief executive, David Higgins, said yesterday. No building work can begin on the East London Olympic Park until all the land needed...
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Performance Notes ; the Week in Arts
The Opera Cyrano de Bergerac Royal Opera House, London WC2 Until 27 May OVERVIEW At the august age of 65 Placido Domingo takes on the role of the big-nosed, noble-hearted poet Cyrano. Franco Alfano, best known for completing Puccini's Turandot after...
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PROFESSOR JAMES CALDWELL ; Oboist and Early Music Champion
Earle Dumler, principal oboe of the Los Angeles Opera, describes James Caldwell as "the greatest American oboist of my generation... Not only was his playing wonderfully elegant, he was truly a class act." Caldwell was also, from 1971, a Professor of...
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Proud to Be a 'Bigpharma' Shareholder ; PRIVATE INVESTOR
Allow me to save the animal rights extremists some time and effort. I own Glaxo-SmithKline shares. Not that many, for I am not a wealthy man, but I presume it only takes one share to qualify for vilification, or worse. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty...
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PsychoGeography Will Self in the Company of Creeps
Ralph's drawing doesn't show Cimicidae lectularius to scale' if it did, it would be pretty uninteresting to look at - really just a scattering of minute ink blots on the page. His caption is also fairly over the top, with its claim that "Nobody can escape"....
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Rate Rise Fears Send World Markets into Tailspin
Share prices tumbled across the world yesterday as fears mounted that the record surge in commodities prices would force central banks to raise interest rates. The FTSE100 was one of the biggest casualties, suffering its biggest points fall in more than...
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Red, Itchy Eyes Signal the Onset of Summer Misery
For millions of Britons, the symptoms will be familiar: red, hot itchy eyes, asorethroatand a runny nose. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a reaction to substances present in the air and this summer it looks set to bring record cases in the UK. The...
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Reflections Bangkok ; 24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE
Some hotels are hard to find' others are impossible to miss. Reflections, with its raspberry-pink facade, falls firmly into the latter category. The art hotel in north Bangkok is a celebration of all things kitsch. Pop art prints hang on yellow walls,...
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Restaurants Thomas Sutcliffe ; Lunching in True Blue Style
"If you vote Tory, Dad, I'll... " My son's threat, quite unprovoked by any electoral intention on my part, was left unfinished. He has a penetrating voice ... and though he doesn't always take account of its blast radius even he was aware that things...
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Retirement Age Will Rise to 68 in New Pension Deal
People who retire after 2024 will have to work longer to qualify for the basic state pension in return for more generous payments rising each year in line with average earnings. The state pension age will rise from 65 in 2024 to 68 by 2050, with payments...
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Rugby League: Late Gardner Try Snuffs out Warrington's Victory Hopes
ST HELENS 34 WARRINGTON 22 Warrington's long wait for a win at St Helens goes on, but they gave the Super League leaders another almighty scare with a stirring second-half fightback last night. Apparently out of it when Saints scored three converted...
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