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 June 12, 2007

Acoustics Have Much More Clarity, but the Real Test Is Yet to Come ; First Night ++ GALA OPENING ++ Royal Festival Hall LONDON
So here we are at last. With four orchestras on stage and the auditorium packed with glitterati - not quite as many paying [pound]500 for their seats as had been hoped - the Festival of Britain's showpiece venue is back on stream, after its fastidious...
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Activism Takes on a Nastier Face ; OUTLOOK
Hats off to Anthony Bolton, one of the City's most successful and admired fund managers, for marching into the debate over whether the latest generation of activist investors perform any public service. In an article for yesterday's Financial Times,...
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A Deep Bonding Exercise? ; THE VERDICT ++ ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE ++ Aston Martins Look Better Than Anything Else and Are Marvellous to Drive. That, and Not 007, Is the Secret of Why They Are Loved, Says David Wilkins
What do you think is the most exciting car badge these days? On the basis of my dealings with Independent readers in connection with the Verdict test, I reckon it's Aston Martin. I've lost count of the number of reader-testers whose parting shot was...
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A Girl's Best Friend? ; the New Cervical Cancer Vaccine Has a '99 per Cent Success Rate'- So Surely the NHS Will Rush to Prescribe It. but Is It All It's Claimed to Be? by Jeremy Laurance
To some commentators, it is a no brainer. A vaccine with a "99 per cent success rate" has been available to protect girls against cervical cancer since last year. Despite the UK's national screening programme, cervical cancer still kills 1,100 women...
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A K-Car for the UK That Is A-OK ; ROAD TEST ++ MITSUBISHI I ++ Mitsubishi's Latest Arrival on the British Market, the I, Is Small but Beautifully Formed, and, with a Top Speed of 80mph, Is the Perfect Town Car, Says Sean O'Grady
If you're one of those unfortunate people who has got 11 points on their driving licence for speeding, then I very strongly recommend an i - a Mitsubishi i, that is. The is what's known in Japan as a "K-car" (short for kei jidosha, or "light vehicle"),...
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ALLEN TOUSSAINT AND THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND ; You Write the Reviews ++ the Anvil BASINGSTOKE
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band - what an evocative name. The band are from New Orleans, and their website shows them smiling in front of that very hall. The band are touring with Allen Toussaint. The list of songs he has written throughout his career...
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Anger at Attempt to Squeeze out Minority Arcelor Shareholders ; BUSINESS
Minority shareholders in the steel company Arcelor have urged financial watchdogs in France and Luxembourg to intervene to stop ArcelorMittal from forcing them out for a fraction of what they say they should receive. SRM Advisers, a Monaco-based hedge...
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An Unfair Reputation for Financial Barbarism ; LEADING ARTICLE ++ PRIVATE EQUITY
Private equity companies are being dragged from the shadows. The Financial Services Authority announced yesterday that it is beefing up its oversight of the sector. Meanwhile, the Treasury Select Committee has launched an investigation into private equity...
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Asset Freeze Leaves City Takeover in Fresh Doubt ; FOOTBALL
Manchester City were last night seeking assurances from Thaksin Shinawatra that his proposed [pound]90m takeover is not on the brink of collapse after Thailand's military rulers froze assets totalling [pound]830m from the former prime minister. Representatives...
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Ban Leaves Grewcock's World Cup in the Balance ; RUGBY UNION
Danny Grewcock's World Cup hopes and, indeed, his England career hang in the balance this morning after he was yesterday banned for six weeks from the start of next season. The lock was found guilty by a European Rugby Cup disciplinary panel of punching...
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Birmingham Reveal 'Preliminary' Takeover Approach ; FOOTBALL
Birmingham City have confirmed to the Stock Exchange that they have received a potential takeover approach, but stressed yesterday that talks "are at a very preliminary stage and the directors note that there is no certainty that a transaction will result"....
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Blackstone Founders to Make Windfall of $2.6Bn ; BUSINESS
The two founders of Blackstone Group are to share a $2.6bn ([pound]1.3bn) cash windfall when their mighty private equity business floats on the stock market in the next few weeks. Peter Peterson, who is retiring from the business he co-founded 22 years...
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Brief Encounters ; Publishers and Critics Denigrate Them, but Short Stories Offer Readers a Perfect Love Affair, Argues A L Kennedy
The short story - it gets a bad press. Well, mainly it gets no press at all, which is worse. But if it ever is discussed, the short story is usually dismissed as the commercially untouchable equivalent of finger-painting. In an age when responsible adults...
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Britain's First Zero-Carbon Houses - Radiators Not Included ; HOME
Sometimes it's the mundane things you notice most, and one small detail stuck in the mind particularly yesterday after viewing Britain's first two zero-carbon homes: no radiators. Other more exotic features, from rooftop wind turbines and solar panels...
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Brown Promises to Avoid the Mistakes That Led to War in Iraq ; POLITICS
Gordon Brown has promised to prevent the "party political" use of intelligence material so that he would never repeat Tony Blair's mistake in taking Britain to war on a flawed prospectus. On his first visit to Baghdad, the incoming prime minister said...
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Can Woolf Salvage BAE? Don't Count on It ; OUTLOOK
British Aerospace didn't want it to come out this way. As it is, the likely appointment of Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice, to head a new ethics committee overseeing the company's procedures and practices looks like a panic reaction to new...
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Chess ; EXTRA
The Candidates final matches are scheduled to come to their conclusion today in Elista, though it's far from unlikely that at least one of the two still going will continue to tiebreaks tomorrow. They are Alexander Grischuk vs Sergei Rublevsky which...
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China Urged to Ease Up on Currency ; BUSINESS
Pressure on China to allow its currency to appreciate more quickly intensified yesterday after figures showed the coun-try's trade surplus ballooned last month. Thanks to a surge in exports from what has been dubbed the workshop of the world, China's...
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Conservationists Fight to Keep Wind Farms off Skyros ; EUROPE
Residents on the remote Greek island of Skyros are engaged in a last-ditch fight to prevent the construction of one of the world's largest wind farms on a protected nature reserve.The plans have pitched the country's largest landowner, the Orthodox Church,...
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CONTINUATION: 'I Am Proud of the Team. We Had to Show Character' ; CRICKET
total, the West Indies remained in contention because of Chanderpaul's superb 116 not out, a brave performance that failed only because, faced with Panesar's wizardry and Stephen Harmison's renewed accuracy and hostility, he ran out of partners. Panesar...
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CONTINUATION: NHS Refuses to Fund the Pill That Offers Relief to Millions of Hay Fever Sufferers ; THE CURE AND THE CATCH
fever season at its peak, millions of people with an allergy to grass pollen are sneezing, snuffling and rubbing itchy eyes. Hay fever affects about 20 per cent of the UK population - more than 10 million people - of whom up to one million are so badly...
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Critic's Choice ; EXTRA
Between Ourselves 9AM& 9.30PM RADIO 4 The investigative reporters Donal MacIntyre and Aniruddha Bahal talk about the dangers of going undercover to get a story and the moral implications of befriending people under false pretences. George Lamb 10PM...
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Disney to Join the Magical World of Bollywood ; BUSINESS
Disney has tapped everything from German fairytales, through British colonial writers, to ancient Arabian folk stories for their ever-lucrative full-length cartoons, and now they are planning to raid Bollywood for inspiration. Only there is a difference...
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Families of Mercenaries Killed in Fallujah Sue US Security Firm ; WORLD
It was one of many grisly episodes in the war in Iraq. Four American mercenaries, sent to Fallujah in March 2004 to escort a convoy of empty trucks, were overcome by an angry mob after being ambushed by armed attackers. They were burnt in their vehicles...
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Federer Exhausted as Murray Plans Return to Action ; TENNIS
The British grass court season began in earnest at the Artois Championships here yesterday, but thoughts were already turning to the start of Wimbledon in 13 days' time. Roger Federer pulled out of the tournament in Halle, while Brad Gilbert, Andy Murray's...
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FSA Alarmed by Leverage in Buyouts ; BUSINESS
The City watchdog yesterday voiced fresh concern about potential market abuse by private equity firms and the "excessive level" of borrowing they use to buy out public companies. In a report released just a day before the Treasury Select Committee begins...
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GEORGE MICHAEL ; Pop ++ Wembley Stadium LONDON
"I'm actually here, I don't believe it," George Michael says as he stands before thousands of cheering fans at the first concert to take place at the new 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium. "Thank you so much. I have the best, most patient fans in the world,"...
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Glover Keeps Alive the First Dance-Music ; Dance ++ LIVE FOR LONDON ++ Sadler's Wells LONDON
If you were a part of the multitude that flocked to last year's animated toe-tapper Happy Feet then the chances are you already know Savion Glover; or at least you'll know the lightning skills that have brought him legend status in the US. Through motion...
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Google Takes on Microsoft in Court ; BUSINESS
After outsmarting Microsoft in the internet search business, and starting to chip away at the com-pany's hegemony in office software, Google has opened up a new front in its intensifying battle against the granddaddy of technology companies - this time...
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Gordon Brown Must Fight for the European Cause against the Massed Ranks of Sceptics ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
The sleeping issue of Europe is about to awake. Tony Blair spent much of his leadership assuming he would have a titanic battle over Europe, for once taking on Rupert Murdoch and his mighty media empire. The battle never happened. Europe slept fitfully...
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Hardcore Off-Roader with a Twist ; FEATURE ++ JEEP WRANGLER ++ the Granddaddy of 4x4s Finally Gets the Makeover It Deserves, Reports Daniel Cobbs
So the long-awaited replacement for Jeep Wrangler is finally here. Should we be moist with excitement at the prospect of yet another 4x4 to grace our roads? The answer has to be yes, undoubtedly and unequivocally, for several good reasons. The first...
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Harmison and Panesar Unite to Break West Indies' Resistance ; CRICKET
ENGLAND 370& 313 WEST INDIES 229& 394 England win by 60 runs Monty Panesar and Stephen Harmison are threatening to become a more renowned double act in Lancashire than the comedians Cannon and Ball after taking England to a 60-run series-winning victory...
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Hockney Fumes at the 'Dreary People' Threatening His Beloved Habit ; NEWS
In the background: some of the finest examples of JMW Turner watercolours ever assembled in the UK; delicate works of drama, beauty, subtlety. In the foreground: David Hockney. And an irascible Hockney was not content to talk just about the paintings....
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Honour-Killing Victim Told Police Four Times of Fears Father Would Murder Her ; HOME
Banaz Mahmod made no secret of her belief that her father wanted to kill her. She was in hospital, nursing wounds incurred in an escape from him, when her boyfriend recorded a video of her on his mobile phone, in December 2005. "It was just me and him...
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Hoodlum Hamilton? No, but This Ground-Breaker Has Real Toughness beneath the Charm ; SPORT
In the astonishing rise of Lewis Hamilton, charming young man though he appears to be, there may be a valuable perspective from John Watson, the droll Ulsterman who won five Grand Prix races in a fine, 12-year career in Formula One. While awaiting the...
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How Could a Car So New Be So Battered? ; Motoring
I READ recently that Land Rover Defenders are no longer being sold in Sudan after the US Securities and Exchange Commission asked the car-maker about reports that these vehicles may have been used by military or paramilitary organisations acting for...
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Huffer's Faith in Rebel Keeps [Pound]10m Bid on Hold ; RACING
The genus Fagus sylvatica may be an unlikely topic on a sports page but without it, one of our major arenas would be not so much the poorer as absolutely skint. Beech trees are such an integral part of the charm of the July Course at Newmarket that the...
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ICI Rises on Prospect of Three-Way Bid Battle ; MARKET REPORT
Bid stories at the paints and chemicals group ICI have done the rounds countless times in recent months, but the word in the market yesterday was that German rival BASF is considering making an offer for the company that will begin at more than 600p....
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Illegal Logging 'Will Ruin Habitat of Orang-Utans' ; WORLD
The King of the Swingers could soon find himself with nowhere to swing. Orang-utan homes may be wiped off the face of the earth within 10 years, as illegal logging demolishes rainforests in southeast Asia 30 per cent faster than previously feared, the...
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IL RE PASTORE ; Opera ++ Garsington Manor OXFORD
Garsington Manor has opened its exquisite gardens to another season of opera, and on a balmy summer evening, could anything seem more at home there than Mozart's bucolic "serenata", Il Re Pastore? As the overture chortled merrily away, our pretty heroine...
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Investors Should Back Bold Move by Rexam Bosses ; THE INVESTMENT COLUMN
Our view: Buy Current price: 494.5p Rexam is one of those big companies whose products you are likely to buy several times a week but you've never heard of. The world's largest maker of aluminium cans for the drinks industry is also in the top five makers...
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Is It a Dolphin? No, It's Supercar! ; FEATURE ++ ACABION GTBO 55 & 70 ++ It Does 342mph, and Costs [Pound]1m, but Is the Acabion the Car of the Future? Its Designer Tells Tom Stewart Why It Is
To many minds, the mere notion of a road-legal vehicle capable of 342mph on a little over half-throttle would seem either absurd or insane, or both. To others, it would seem like fantasy beyond their wildest imagination. But for that same vehicle to...
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It's Finally the End of the Sopranos ... or Is It? ; WORLD
Flags were not at half mast, but America was nonetheless a nation bereft yesterday morning. The Sopranos, the television series about a dysfunctional New Jersey Mafia clan, which for eight years has elevated standards of small-screen drama to unexpected...
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Kia Picanto ; Last Chance to Buy
When's it going? In the autumn there will be a freshened-up Picanto with a rounder front end, plus new lights, grille and air intake. There's also a bigger rear bumper. Inside there's a revised dash, but otherwise it is unchanged. So why not stick with...
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King Gets 17% Pay Rise and [Pound]500,000 Share Incentive ; BUSINESS
Justin King, the chief executive of J Sainsbury, has been handed a 17 per cent pay rise, increasing his base pay from [pound]725,000 to [pound]850,000 from March this year, to bring it further into line with the pay of his peers. He is also in line for...
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King Urges Firms to Take on More Workers to Keep Inflation at Bay ; BUSINESS
The Governor of the Bank of England last night urged business to take on more staff in order to keep inflation at bay and interest rates low. In a speech which did nothing to dampen expectations that borrowing costs will be raised at least once more...
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Koran-Carrying Bomber Strikes Nairobi ; WORLD
A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in Nairobi's business district during rush hour in the Kenyan capital yesterday, killing one other person and leaving more than 30 people injured as shards of glass flew through the air. Initial reports suggested...
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KOSHER WARS ; HOW A RIGHT-WING BILLIONAIRE IS CHALLENGING A SECULAR ISRAEL ++ Politics and Pork
With robust insouciance for the sensitivities of all three great monotheistic religions, Hermina Schlinger eyed with satisfaction her large purchase of pork frankfurters at the checkout counter of Rishon Letzion's Tiv Taam supermarket yesterday and declared:...
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Lita Misfires from Penalty Spot ; FOOTBALL
ENGLAND U-21 0 CZECH REPUBLIC U-21 0 Practising penalties after every training session and even following a friendly match last week did nothing for England's ability to convert one when it mattered here in Arnhem yesterday, Reading's Leroy Lita pulling...
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LYNNE RANDELL ; Teen Pop Sensation
Known as "Australia's first teen star", Lynne Randell shot to international fame during the Mod years of the mid-Sixties. Best remembered for her breezy pop-soul hit "Ciao Baby" (1967), she was Australia's most popular female performer between 1965 and...
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McRae Takes Charge of Salford's Rebuilding Programme ; RUGBY LEAGUE
Shaun McRae is in for the long haul at Salford, even if he cannot save them from relegation from Super League this year. The most experienced coach in the competition, with stints at St Helens, Gateshead and Hull, has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract...
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Minister: Immigration Laws Too Complex ; POLITICS
The biggest overhaul of Britain's immigration laws for more than 35 years is being planned by the Government, which has admitted that their complexity has undermined public confidence in the system. The myriad of legislation dating back to the 1971 Immigration...
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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE FOR LEGAL TOP GUN? ; BAE Is Set to Appoint Lord Woolf as Head of a Business Ethics Committee Designed to Restore the Reputation of the Battered Defence Giant. by David Prosser ++ Business Analysis
Mike Turner, chief executive of BAE Systems, had hoped yesterday might prove to be a turning point in his attempts to restore confidence in Britain's biggest defence company, which has spent much of the past six months doggedly battling accusations of...
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Mrs Beckett Has Nothing Interesting to Say - Again ; THE SKETCH
Mrs Beckett at her best. A festival of Beckett. I'd last seen her in the European Scrutiny Committee at the dead end of last week. In the matter of the amending treaty that will replace the constitution she wouldn't say anything. Why? Because there is...
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'My External Calmness Hides an Internal Rage at the Machine' ; the 5-Minute Interview ++ Denis Lawson
The Scottish actor Denis Lawson, 59, is best known for his role as Wedge Antilles in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy and as Ewan MacGregor's uncle in real life. He won an Emmy for his performance in 'Bleak House' (2005) and starred in the 1995 hit TV...
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My Flesh and Blood ; Freezing Umbilical Cord Cells Could One Day Save Your Baby's Life - but It's Not Cheap. Mother-to-Be Kate Hilpern Faces a Modern Dilemma
While I realise it's completely normal for first-time grandparents to want to buy something for the baby, I nearly choked on my roast dinner last Sunday when my dad suggested that he would like to finance the freezing of part of her placenta and umbilical...
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My GPS Says I'm Lost. Er. I Knew That Already ; the Cycling Column
I'VE BEEN trying out a GPS system for bikes, using it to track my progress while training for the Tour de France stage I'm riding in a few weeks' time. The technology is made by a US company called Garmin which, to the best of my knowledge, is the only...
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Natural-Born RACER ; Make No Mistake, Britain's Lewis Hamilton Has the Talent to Become One of the Great Grand Prix Drivers. Just Ask Moss, Stewart and Hill, Writes David Tremayne
When Lewis Hamilton scored a sensational victory in the GP2 race that supported last year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Sir Stirling Moss was an excited spectator. His wife, Suzy, sought to drag him off to an important appointment, but Moss hesitated....
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ONE NAME. FIFTEEN LIVES. ; by Next Year, It Will Be Officially the Most Popular Name in the Land - a Measure of How Our Nation Has Changed. but What Else Can Britain's Mohammeds Tell Us about the Way We Live Now?
MOHAMED ASANI, 40 PAKISTAN-BORN MUSIC TEACHER AND CELEBRATED CLASSICAL SITARIST LEEDS The "Mohamed" in my name is unusual because it is actually my first name - not a prefix, as is the case with many who have the name. Of course, I am aware of the link...
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Our Think-Tanks Are Failing the Interested Public ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
Forget the laments you hear about the death of politics. Intellectual and political discussion is thriving in today's Britain almost as much as it is in France. Pretty much any evening, you can find discussions, debates and lectures - which are open...
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OUR TOM: THE NEW KING OF BROADWAY ; Tom Stoppard's Nine-Hour Epic, the Coast of Utopia , Has Won an Unprecedented Seven Awards at the Tonys - a Vindication of His Belief in the Intellectual Capacity of His Audience. by Robert Hanks ++ A Triumph of Ambition
A few years ago, Tom Stoppard told an interviewer that whenever he received an award his feeling was, "Gosh, you know, these awards, obviously they're not what they used to be." Following that (Groucho) Marxist logic, he has presumably concluded by now...
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Out of the Shadows ; LEADING ARTICLE ++ POLITICS
There has been undeniable progress in opening up the House of Commons to Britons of different backgrounds in recent decades. There are now 15 ethnic minority MPs in Westminster. When we contrast that with the situation 20 years ago, when not a single...
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Paris Hilton Thanks God for Her Prison Sentence ; HOME / NEWS
After an inglorious public career in which she has had her sex life paraded on the internet, appeared in a TV reality show, tried and failed to launch herself as a singer and gone to many, many paparazzi-filled Hollywood parties, Paris Hilton announced...
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PETER DREW ; Pioneer in the Redevelopment of London's Docklands
Peter Drew's distinguished career in construction, housing and commercial property development culminated in three years as chairman of the Taylor Woodrow Group of companies, 1989-93. In 1969 he had helped to conceive and promote the internationally...
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Police Officer Stabbed to Death as He Tries to Tackle Mugger ; HOME
A police officer was stabbed to death yesterday while going to the aid of a man attacked during an apparent street robbery. PC Jonathan Henry, 36, had been on duty for about 15 minutes when he was called with other officers to deal with an incident in...
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Qualcomm Targeted by Counter-Suit from Nokia ; BUSINESS
Qualcomm, which develops technology used in tens of millions of mobile phones, has suffered another setback after Nokia filed a patent infringement counter-suit against the Californian company. Mobile phone technology design disputes have been rumbling...
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Rare Talent to Learn from the Past Means Vaughan's 'Apology' Must Be Accepted ; SPORT
It wasn't the apology of some smoothie-chops politician, it was hardly an apology at all. However, when Michael Vaughan became the most successful captain in the history of English cricket yesterday - in terms, at least, of Test match victories against...
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Revenue & Customs under Fire over Soaring Cost of IT Contract ; BUSINESS
MPs have criticised HM Revenue & Customs after an inquiry found that a new computer system will cost nearly three times the amount originally agreed to install, and that the department spent more than [pound]50m to cover the bid costs of companies competing...
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RICHARD RORTY ; Eminent Philosopher and Critic
Richard Rorty was perhaps the most eminent of his generation of American philosophers, certainly the best known worldwide, his work much translated, his name casually invoked well outside academic and philosophic circles, an invitation once reaching...
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Small Is the New Large ; CAR CHOICE ++ Size Isn't Everything; Not When Micro People-Carriers Work Just like Tiny Buses. James Ruppert Picks a Pair of Prime Movers
Ash Akhtar, 32, has been happily driving his 1990 G-reg 1.6 Toyota Corolla for more than six years now. It's done nearly 100,000 miles and has never ever let him down. Toyotas are like that. His wife, however, doesn't like driving it as she thinks it's...
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Step on the Gas? Sure. ; FEATURE ++ GREENER DIESEL ++ Diesel from Natural Gas Is a Cleaner Alternative to Fuel Made from Oil, Says Alistair Weaver
An optimist will tell you that the future lies with hydrogen. By 2020, we'll all be travelling in hydrogen-powered machines emitting nothing but water vapour. It is a halcyon vision, but one that might just fly in the face of reality. Hydrogen might...
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STEVEN ROBINSON ; John Galliano's Right-Hand Man
For almost 20 years, Steven Robinson was regarded as the designer John Galliano's ego, confidant and keeper of dreams. Galliano described him as "my rock, my dearest friend . . . the glue that kept all the magic together." In the world of fashion, where...
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Strictly for Kicks ; FEATURE ++ DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 1100 ++ Don't Even Think of Commuting on Ducati's Snarling, Lightweight Wild Child, Says Tim Luckhurst
'Whoopee! Yes! Oh this is magic! Expletive! Another expletive! Whoaaaaaaa! Thank you." There may have been another obscenity, actually probably six, but that is essentially what I said in the 10 seconds after I first opened the throttle on Ducati's ultra-...
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Tears All Round at Darcey's Last Dance ; Dance ++ DARCEY BUSSELL ++ Royal Opera House LONDON
For her last performance with the Royal Ballet, Darcey Bussell danced Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth with passionate clarity. Her dancing has an absolute beauty: you catch your breath to see a human being so perfect. When it was over, she cried...
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The British Are Not the Only Nation Addicted to Bad Jokes ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
Of course the British love a good pun. But they much prefer a bad pun. That's why, even today, newspaper cuttings are read out on The News Quiz which end: "The horses were not hurt badly in the accident. They are now in a stable condition." And everyone...
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The Fens Form a Foreboding Backdrop for a Deft and Very Female Family Saga ; the Tuesday Book
SALT By Jeremy Page VIKING, [pound]14.99 Flat it is, but north-west East Anglia can spark a surprisingly rugged imagination. As P D James's Devices and Desires and Graham Swift's Waterland have suggested, it's almost impossible to write a good novel...
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The Minister Must Learn the Right Lingo ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
I wonder how Ruth Kelly enjoyed her own first-hand experience of translation yesterday. On Sunday she had addressed - in judicious Politese - the question of the smooth integration of immigrant communities. It was worth asking, she said, whether council...
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There's No Need for Everyone to Buy a Home ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
Just as the Conservatives will be relieved to see the back of Tony Blair at the end the month, they will be sorry to see John Prescott go. They will miss making fun of the Deputy Prime Minister's malapropisms - even those he never said. I have lost count...
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'There's Not Room in My Daughter's Head for New Facts - Crammed as It Is with Information on Handbags' ; Tales of the City
I can't take much more of these exams. I spent last week in a fever, fretting about chemistry, French oral, English comprehension and the Conduct of the Cold War. It's not blooming fair. At my time of life, I should be with the other nostalgic oldies...
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The Story So Far. ; EXTRA
The latest trend in shopping is swapping. Having grown up in a family with a stylish mother and two sisters, I am intimately acquainted with the mysterious alchemy whereby one's favourite dress, handbag or pair of shoes is transmuted from one wardrobe...
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The Ten Best Fathers' Day Gifts ; EXTRA
1 Glide3 Land and Water Hovercraft Experience [pound]169 Bring a bit of exhilaration back into your old man's life with a great 40mph whizz across an Essex lake in a three-man Hov Pod. Full tuition and safety equipment provided. www.glide3.com; 0845...
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The World's Heaviest Seed Is Planted, 11.06.07 ; Picture Post
The Seed has been sown. At 11am yesterday, Peter Randall-Page's colossal sculpture was lowered into its new home at The Core in the Eden Project. Four metres high and three metres wide, The Seed weighs 70 tons - making it larger than any rock at Stonehenge....
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They're Clocking on, Not Nodding off ; Last Night's TV ++ CUTTING EDGE: BUS-PASS WORKAHOLICS CHANNEL 4 ++ PETER AND DAN SNOW: 20TH-CENTURY BATTLEFIELDS BBC2 ++ 24 HOURS WITH... BOBBY BROWN ITV1
Given that Eskimos turn out to have only the usual number of words for snow, and that they aren't even really called Eskimos, the chances are they that they don't really maroon old people on ice floes. Still, supposing they did, the system would at least...
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Top Ten Yank Tanks ; Motoring
1 Hummer H1 Civilianised version of the US military's High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or Humvee. A favourite of Arnold Schwarzenegger and bling types everywhere. Production due to end soon. 2 Ford Excursion From 2001 to 2005 it was the largest...
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Vaughan Humble as He Breaks Win Record ; CRICKET
Michael Vaughan has gathered critics as well as admirers during his four years as England captain and it was to his credit in his record-breaking moment here yesterday that he was honest enough to acknowledge the flaws that gave this Test its unfortunate...
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What Are the Precedents for Holding an Inquiry into War? ; the Big Question
Why are we asking this now? The Conservatives called a debate in the House of Commons yesterday to demand an inquiry into the Iraq war. They did not specify when the inquiry should take place; but they wanted MPs to agree in principle to hold one, pointing...
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What Kind of Drinker Are You? ; Whether We Have a Few Glasses after Work or a Weekly Binge, Most Boozers Have One Thing in Common - We Put Away More Than We Think. by Julia Stuart
The Middle-Class Wine Buff The type: they come home stressed from well-paid jobs and open a bottle of wine. Before they know it, they've finished it off, and will open another to numb their stress. Because they're not getting rowdy down the pub, these...
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What's in a Name? ; CLASSIC CARS ++ HILLMAN AVENGER ++ No Fewer Than Eight Carmakers Slapped Their Badges on This Cortina-Alike. That's Why Anoraks Love It, Says Sean O'Grady
Chrysler's Dodge division is trying to revive the Avenger name for its latest compact saloon. They are presumably hoping that memories of the much-maligned Hillman Avenger, one of the archetypal cars of British motoring in the 1970s, have faded sufficiently...
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When Did Reading Become a Feminine Activity? ; EDITORIAL & OPINION
A few years ago, at a book reading in Sydney, a member of the audience asked me a question I thought remarkably stupid then, and I haven't really changed my mind since. She had found out that I'd been on the jury of a literary prize which had been given...
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London The FTSE 100 reversed some recent losses to end 62.4 higher at 6,567.5, having lost 2.4 per cent last week on fears of higher global interest rates. Miners were the standout sector, helped by higher metal prices and hopes of more M& A activity....
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