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 November 23, 2005

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Actor Wins Ovation as He Stages Attack on Phone Offender
The actor Richard Griffiths has launched a furious tirade against mobile phones after ejecting a member of the audience from his West End play when her ringtone sounded for the third time. Griffiths, known for his roles as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter...
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Alleged Killer Had Been Freed Early from 12-Year Jail Sentence
One of the men accused of stabbing John Monckton to death and attempting to murder his wife was freed under an early release scheme from a jail sentence for attempted murder and robbery only three months before the raid on the financier's home in Chelsea....
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ARTS: Beneath the Skin ; Wildman Rock Drummer with Mtley Cre, Celebrity Ex-Husband of Pamela Anderson. and Chemistry and Literature Student? Charlotte Cripps Unmasks the Real Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee " ex-husband of the actress Pamela Anderson, maniacal drummer of Mtley Cre and all-round wild man of rock " has just rolled into town for the release of his solo album, Tommyland: The Ride. There's also the reality TV show Tommy Lee Goes to...
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ARTS: Full Metal Jacket ; Steel-Clad and Based on 'Solar Geometry', a Mews House in West London Is More to Be Admired Than Loved, Says Jay Merrick. Does Such Rigour Risk Overwhelming Mere Mortals?
Nine years in the making. Secret location. Techno-druidic geometrical calculations. Result: shimmering steel tank fit for wealthy modernist heroes, a machine for being exclusive, and terribly clean, in. The fortysomething architect Gianni Botsford thus...
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ASA Turns Up the Heat on British Gas over Ad Campaign That Highlighted Rival's Foreignness
An advertising campaign by British Gas that highlighted the French ownership of a rival company has been banned on the grounds that the connection denigrated the company in the minds of the public. The Advertising Standards Authority condemned the former...
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ASK ALICE: Do You Have an Interiors Dilemma? Consult Our Resident Specialist
Reading the article (Independent Property, 19 October) about John Pardey's home prompted me to pick your brains about sliding doors. I have seen a glass sliding door in a neighbour's Sixties house and wonder whether it would be suitable for our open-plan...
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BAD MAN TALKING ; A Mike Tyson Speaking Tour? Surely a Recipe for Chaos. His MC Steve Bunce Was Ready for That " It Was the Daily Chest-Rubs That Threw Him
It started with the Rocky theme and ended with a kiss. Mike Tyson's first talking tour lasted for seven nights, and the boxer walked out in front of more than 3,000 people in five different cities. I was next to him, lending a helping word and the occasional...
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BBC1 and BBC2 Report 6% Decline in Viewers
The BBC's share of total television viewing has fallen to about 35 per cent. BBC1 and BBC2 recorded the sharpest ratings declines this year of the five main public-service networks, of 6.1 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively between 1 January and...
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Britain's Rebate Isn't Such a Big Deal
Here is the trade. Britain gives up part of its rebate on payments to the European Union in exchange for radical reform of the project that eats up more than half of the EU's spending, the subsidies to farmers under the CAP. That, put crudely, is the...
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BUSINESS ANALYSIS: Tate & Lyle Banks on Splenda to Sugar the Pill of Falling Prices
Britain's Tate & Lyle must swallow a bitter dose of medicine: sugar prices are going to come down dramatically under proposals launched yesterday by the European Union which aim to break up protectionist trading policies introduced after the Second World...
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BUYING & SELLING YOUR HOME - A SPECIAL THREE-PART GUIDE ; the Market Is in Your Favour " but Do Your Homework First. Graham Norwood Reports
MAKING THE MOVE Buying a home usually involves the largest financial outlay of your life and is one of the greatest causes of stress. But being well prepared means half the battle is won. It is still a buyer's market (estate agents' jargon for when there...
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BUY OF THE WEEK CHELSEA: Transformed by Genius ; A Descendant of Albert Einstein Has Worked Her Magic on This Quirky, Artistic and Supremely Comfortable Home. Joey Canessa Reports
n the heart of Chelsea, a magnificent five-bedroom house has been given a uniquely artistic and personal refurbishment by a descendant of Einstein. From top to bottom, the house has been finished to a meticulous standard by Debbie Einstein, with quirky...
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Can You Afford It?
Cottage pounds 525,000 Hole Cottage, Lyme Regis, Dorset Agent: Martin Diplock 01297 445500 What you get: Detached cottage with three bedrooms, three receptions set in just over eight acres with two double garages, games room, stable block and paddocks...
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CBI Warns of Industry Shutdown as Gas Prices Spike Higher
Britain will be plunged into an energy crisis this winter if temperatures fall, business leaders warned yesterday as gas prices surged to new records yesterday. Power stations and factories revealed they were being forced to cut production because of...
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Classical: LSO / HAITINK Barbican LONDON HHH
Single-composer concerts often work well. There's a clarity of purpose and style that firmly anchors the event. With the LSO, it seems to be the favoured mode now: Gergiev with Shostakovich, Tilson Thomas with Tchaikovsky, and now Bernard Haitink with...
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Cosmetic Surgeons 'Should Screen Patients for Obsessive Disorder'
Cosmetic surgeons should question patients about their body image to screen out those with a mental disorder before agreeing to operate, doctors say. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), in which people become obsessed about perceived defects in their appearance,...
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Country Life
WITH TWO children at school just south of Ludlow, and one at school in Hereford, Jane and I are wondering whether to apply for Mastermind, specialist subject a 20-mile stretch of the A49. And were we to make it through to the second round, then our next...
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CREAM OF THE COUNTRY SALTAIRE: An Inspiration for Hockney ; This Yorkshire Mill Town Is a Perfectly Preserved Slice of Victorian History. and It's a Mecca for Art-Lovers, Too
After three decades spent immortalising the blue skies and swimming pools of Los Angeles, the Bradford-born artist David Hockney has returned home to paint Yorkshire's distinctive landscapes and mills towns instead. And one place not to be missed is...
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CRICKET: Chappell Enjoys Last Laugh as Ganguly Is Sacked
India have replaced their captain Sourav Ganguly with Rahul Dravid for the upcoming Test series with Sri Lanka. Ganguly has been out of form and has been involved in a dispute with the team's coach, the former Australian batsman, Greg Chappell. India's...
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CRICKET: Dynamic Duo's Compelling Brew Serves Up Lesson in Chemistry
They sat together at a table on the outfield joshing like a pair of chat show guests. Their viewers searched for the chemistry between them: the punk and the choirboy. Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, England's modern middle order, had presented substantial...
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CRICKET: England's Centurions Ride Luck as Pakistan Pay for Dropped Catches ; CRICKET SECOND TEST PAKISTAN V ENGLAND; PAKISTAN 462 ENGLAND 391-7
There were no explosions, no dodgy dancing on the pitch, no bans, no ludicrous run-outs and no debatable catches on the third day of the second Test here, just good, sensible batting from England's two most inexperienced batsmen. A week ago, following...
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Dance Band Days of a Teenage Trombonist
On Saturday mornings on Radio 4 Humphrey Lyttelton has been presenting a series on the history of the British dance band, and in the course of it he said that the heyday of the bands was well over by the end of the 1950s. Not quite. I was playing in...
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Dance: Bussell Gets Lost in the Amazon ; SYLVIA Royal Opera House LONDON HHH
Last season, the Royal Ballet pulled Frederick Ashton's full- length Sylvia back from oblivion. Almost 40 years after the last performance, lost choreography was pieced together from film and memory. Sumptuous sets and costumes were recreated, while...
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Diary of an Eco-Builder
THERE'S NOTHING like a wall finish to bring joy to the heart of a self-builder. I've grown so accustomed to the guts of Tree House hanging out all over the place that a perfectly plastered wall, courtesy of super- smooth Calvin, feels like an extravagant...
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Disillusioned Ukraine Marks Orange Revolution
Crowds of Ukrainians waving orange flags descended on Kiev's main square yesterday for anniversary celebrations marking the start of the orange revolution. Instead of a party, the setpiece event has become a blend of commemoration and inquest into the...
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Entrepreneur Taps Mistrust of Media for New Venture
The internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, whose Craigslist site provided a hugely successful free alternative to classified advertising, has trained his sights on the old-fashioned newspaper industry. Mr Newmark " whose craigslist.org is the seventh-most...
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Environment 'Devastated by Tax-Free Airline Fuel'
The devastating cost in global warming of tax-free fuel for airlines is laid bare in an EU report being studied by MPs. Aviation fuel is untaxed, despite the growing evidence that it is undermining international efforts to reduce the damaging gases that...
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E.ON Cuts off ScottishPower Talks ; German Giant Pulls out after Three Approaches W Scottish Company Says Offer Was Unacceptable
E.ON, the giant German energy company, broke off talks to buy ScottishPower yesterday after the two sides failed to reached agreement on price. The German utility had offered to pay 570p a share for ScottishPower, valuing the company at pounds 11.3bn,...
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EU Sugar Subsidy Change 'Will Ruin Third World Producers'
Some of the world's poorer nations have said they face ruin over reform of the EU's multibillion-euro sugar subsidies, despite new concessions offered by the European Commission. Europe's agriculture ministers were deadlocked last night over far-reaching...
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Fears for Peace Plan as Sharon Rejects Territorial Concessions
The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has rejected the 'false' concept of 'territory for peace', which underpinned Israel's negotiating strategy with the Palestinians up to and including the failed Camp David talks in 2000, one of his top strategists...
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First Night: Melodramatic Voice Unleashed to Reveal Dark, Hidden Depths
ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS Civic Hall WOLVERHAMPTON When Antony & the Johnsons' I Am A Bird Now won this year's Mercury Prize, he brought a world of outsiders into the light. His songs blur gender borders, referencing both the Eighties sex subversives he...
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Football: Absent Keane Haunts United as Euro Hopes Hang by Thread ; MANCHESTER UNITED 0 VILLARREAL 0
Their Champions' League reckoning awaits them in Lisbon next month and it will be a match that defines the future of Manchester United, the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson and the whole plan upon which the Glazer regime is founded. Lose to Benfica on 7 December...
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Football: Benitez Unmoved by Ciss's Best Shot
When confronted by the double leg fracture that almost cost him his leg last season, Djibril Ciss sought reassurance from Thierry Henry that they would, one day, rekindle their international partnership for France. A second threat, to his Liverpool career,...
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Football: Blatter Dismisses Fears over 2010 World Cup
Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, gave South Africa's preparations for the 2010 World Cup his backing yesterday and dismissed concerns over public transport problems. 'South Africa is progressing well. We are working hand in hand with the South African...
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Football: Doyle Crowns Reading's Stroll to the Summit ; IPSWICH TOWN 0 READING 3
The news that his side had just taken over the Championship lead produced very little by way of reaction from Reading's habitually impassive manager, Steve Coppell. 'I didn't know that,' he said. 'If you think I'm trying to put a damper on it, I'm not....
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Football: Houllier Focuses on Attack to Repel Real Quest for Redemption
Grard Houllier, the Lyon coach, believes his side's Champions' League match against a wounded Real Madrid will give his players the perfect stage on which to display their talents. The French champions head into tonight's game with a 100 per cent record...
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Football: Hungry Wolves Kept at Bay by Warnock's Nous ; WOLVERHAMPTON W 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0
Sheffield United relinquished pole position in the Championship to Reading last night, but as Wolves' manager, Glenn Hoddle, noted with a sigh, his opposite number, Neil Warnock, punched the air when the final whistle signalled the end of an attritional...
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Football: Juventus Lose Interest in Making Keane Bid
The hopes Roy Keane may have held of an offer from Juventus appeared to be fading badly yesterday as further communication with the Turin club failed to produce any firm offer that could be put to the player later this week. The 34-year-old's advisors...
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Football: Mandaric Warns off O'Neil's Premiership Suitors
Portsmouth have rejected a number of enquiries about their England Under-21 international captain, Gary O'Neil, one of which is believed to have come from Liverpool. The London-born midfielder has been one of few successes in a tough start to the season...
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Football: McClaren's New Four-Year Deal Gives Lift to Boro
Steve McClaren has set his sights on bringing more trophies to Middlesbrough after yesterday committing himself to the club until 2010. McClaren, who achieved the only major success in the club's history when winning the Carling Cup in 2004, has signed...
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Football: Mourinho Underestimates Chelsea's Task
For a manager as meticulous in his preparation as Jose Mourinho, his claim last night that Chelsea will qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions' League if they beat Anderlecht was more than a little embarrassing. 'The reality is in two matches...
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Football: Pires Keeps His Cool to Make Thun Pay the Penalty ; FC THUN 0 ARSENAL 1
For a long time in Berne last night the gloves were on, in a literal and metaphorical sense, as be-mittened Arsenal and Thun pulled their punches on a bitterly cold night. Even though Thun were reduced to 10 men for nearly an hour after Armand Deumi...
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Football: Raul Vows to Overcome Injury Setback for Club and Country
The Real Madrid and Spain captain Raul is hopeful he can recover from a serious knee injury in time to help his club win a trophy this season and lead his country at next year's World Cup. Real's medical team say they intend to follow a 'conservative'...
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Football: Schalke Hope to Recover Killer Instinct in Europe
The Schalke 04 coach, Ralf Rangnick, wants a more ruthless display from his forwards when the Germans host the Group E leaders, PSV Eindhoven, today. Schalke resurrected their Champions' League campaign with a 2-0 win at home to Fenerbahce last time...
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Football: So near Yet So Far for Legend in the Making
The big banner proclaimed 'Keane 1993-2005 Red Legend'. But fables are as brittle in football as most other places, as is even the hardest- won affection on the terraces. Thus it was here last night that the ritual chants of 'Keano, Keano,' died in thousands...
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FOOTBALL: The Battle for Wigan: How Footballing Success Has Divided Town ; for Decades It Has Been a Rugby League Heartland, but the Astonishing Success of Its Football Team Has Changed Some (Though Certainly Not All) Sporting Minds in Wigan. Ian Herbert Reports
If proof were needed of the mutual enmity between a town's rugby and football fans, it is to be found in the story of the high- flying Bradford Bulls' temporary move to Bradford City's Valley Parade while Odsal Stadium was being rebuilt, four years ago....
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FOOTBALL: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL With Thierry Henry's future at Highbury uncertain, the Barcelona midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst believes the striker would be an excellent addition at the Nou Camp. 'Thierry is a phenomenal player,' Van Bronckhorst said. 'He is definitely...
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Football: Unlikely Lads Help Palace Maintain Charge for Promotion ; CRYSTAL PALACE 2 COVENTRY CITY 0
The prolific goalscoring of Dougie Freedman and Clinton Morrison has fired Crystal Palace's promotion charge in recent weeks, but their sixth win in nine matches came courtesy of two players who rarely trouble the scoreboard operators. Wayne Andrews...
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Football: Virus Fear Knocks Allardyce out of Uefa Cup Allardyce Shields Uefa Cup Squad from Virus
Sam Allardyce, the Bolton Wanderers manager, has taken sick leave just before tomorrow's Uefa Cup match against Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal. Allardyce is avoiding contact with his players over the next day or two as he tries to shake off a sore throat....
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FSA Says Investors Not Being Warned of VCT Risks
The Financial Services Authority sent out its second warning in eight months to brokers and advisers who sell Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) yesterday, complaining that too many of them were still failing to make the risks of VCTs clear to investors....
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Games: Chess
I was very sorry to hear of the recent death of Grandmaster Igor Ivanov at the age of just 58. Born in what was then Leningrad in 1947, Ivanov was taught chess at the age of five by his mother, though I gather from an excellent obituary by IM John Donaldson...
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Gardeners' Taste for the Exotic 'Puts Native Species in Jeopardy'
The country's continuing love affair with gardening has opened the door to an invasion of exotic pests that is killing off our natural habitat, a leading scientist will warn today. 'If we don't change our practices, worst-case scenarios could be further...
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'Goalposts Were Moved after GPs Ordered Vaccine'
When Patricia Hewitt blamed doctors for the shortage, she sparked off a row over where the missing flu vaccine could have gone. The British Medical Association said the Government had moved the goalposts by expanding the definition of the at-risk groups...
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Home Office Fails to Hit Target for Removing Asylum-Seekers
The Home Office has admitted that it will miss a key target set by Tony Blair for the deportation of failed asylum-seekers. The Prime Minister promised last year that the number of rejected asylum- seekers would exceed the total of unfounded new claims...
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Horseracing in China: WHY 600 HORSES HAD TO DIE ; as with So Many Bets, It Promised So Much. A Massive Investment in Beijing's Racetrack, with the Hope of Making More Millions from a Gambling- Obsessed Nation. but the Chinese Government Was Never Persuaded, and Some of the Losers Had to Pay " with Their Lives
It is the Chinese year of the rooster and certainly not one of the horse, at least not at the Beijing racetrack. About 600 healthy thoroughbreds are reported to have been slaughtered in the past month in the Chinese capital as a consequence of the official...
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HOUSE HUNTER BRIGHTON: 'We Do like to Be beside the Seaside'
the problem DAVID ROSS, OF WINCHESTER, WRITES: My partner and I want to move together to Brighton & Hove. This is a clich for a gay couple, we know, but these towns are gay- friendly. More importantly, they also have a wonderful seafront and beautiful...
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Icap Predicts 'Global Exchanges' as It Posts Record Profits
Michael Spencer, the chief executive of the world's largest inter- dealer broker Icap, predicted growing competition would lead to the creation of global 'super exchanges' and hoped yesterday his company would be among the consolidators. The comments...
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I Live in a 'Horror Conversion' " and Here's Why
In most of rural Britain, there are certain phrases that will make respectable country folk squawk in alarm and rise like a covey of startled partridges. 'Travellers' site' is one; 'development land', 'animal rights' and 'John Prescott' are others. To...
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INVESTMENT RENTAL REFORMS: A Licence to Let ; Anyone in the Lettings Business Should Make Sure They Know the New Rules
The Housing Act, now coming into law, means huge changes for anyone involved in the business of letting property. It means that from the middle of next year many landlords will have to apply for licences to operate and also change the way they deal with...
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Iraqi Politicians Call for a Timetable on Troop Pullout
Iraq's rival political factions have for the first time called for a timetable for withdrawal of US-led foreign forces from their country. In a statement issued at the end of an Arab League-backed reconciliation conference in Cairo, political leaders...
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Iraq War Is No Excuse for July Bombings, Says Blair
The Iraq war does not excuse the Islamic extremism that led to the London bombings in July, Tony Blair told MPs. The Prime Minister rejected the embarrassing finding of senior Muslim advisers appointed by the Home Office, who reported two weeks ago that...
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Irving Faces 20 Years' Jail in Austria for 'Holocaust Denial'
The British historian David Irving has been charged by prosecutors in Austria of denying the existence of the Holocaust, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. Mr Irving, 67, is accused of making two speeches in Vienna in 1989,...
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Is Murder Worse When the Victim Is a Police Officer?
The murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky is an unusually horrible crime. Even these days, considering that police officers often find themselves in situations far more threatening than anything you or I will ever encounter, the murder of a police officer...
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John Lewis Upbeat in Spite of Retail Gloom
The amount of money that shoppers spend on buying Christmas presents is expected to fall for the first time in a decade, research published today predicts. Retailers' hopes that a shopping revival would salvage one of the worst years in recent memory...
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LAST NIGHT'S TV: Slugs That'll Knock You out ; Life in the Undergrowth BBC1 I'm a Celebrity. Get Me out of Here! ITV1
Here's a shot we may have thought we'd seen before. In the background, David Attenborough lolled on a carpet of leaves, avuncular and completely at ease. In the foreground, a member of the world's fauna went about its business, as unthreatened by this...
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Leading Article: At Midnight, We Can Drink to a More Liberal Regime ; LICENSING HOURS
Tomorrow is the long-anticipated D-day: D, that is, for drinking. Once midnight has struck, it will be legal for premises with the appropriate licence to sell alcoholic drinks to paying customers around the clock. This major liberalisation of our antiquated...
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Leading Article: A Vote about More Than a Constitution ; KENYA
Do not make the mistake of taking yesterday's referendum in Kenya at face value. On the surface it was about proposals for a new constitution, which has been unchanged since British colonial powers pulled out. The plan was to remove some power from an...
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LETTER: GCSE Coursework Doesn't Work Any More " Let's Just Drop It
Sir: Why not go the whole hog and simply abolish coursework at GCSE? ('Exams watchdog reveals GCSE coursework cheating', 22 November.) This from a former head of English who enthusiastically introduced the first 100 per cent coursework English GCSE at...
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LETTER: Reform of Public Sector Pensions
Sir: Your leader on pensions (18 November) confused three issues " the age that people actually retire, the Normal Pension Age (NPA) in occupational schemes and the age at which the state pension is paid. This leads you to criticise the recent public...
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Lib Dems Call for Simpler and Cheaper Pensions Plan
Anyone who has lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years or longer would receive a state pension equivalent to pounds 109.45 a week under a new plan unveiled by the Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy. The Citizen's Pension would be funded by making...
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Malone Buys 51% of AIM-Listed Fun
The media mogul John Malone took control of the online 'skill- gaming' Fun Technologies yesterday. His Liberty Media, which owns the QVC channel and controls 18 per cent of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, paid $194m (pounds 113m) for 51 per cent of Fun,...
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MARKET REPORT: London Clubs Rises on Talk of Malaysian Bid
London Clubs was flavour of the day among City traders amid growing hopes that the casino group's days as an independent entity are numbered. If you believe yesterday's gossip, a 155p-per-share bid is on the way for the company before the end of the...
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Merkel Takes over as First Woman Chancellor
Angela Merkel, the daughter of a Protestant pastor in Communist East Germany, has been elected as Germany's first woman chancellor. She takes the helm of a controversial grand coalition government that faces the intractable task of reviving Europe's...
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Ministers Accused of 'Cover-Up' over Flu Jab by Blaming Doctors
Ministers were last night accused of attempting to cover up 'gross negligence' over the shortage of flu vaccines by blaming family doctors for the crisis. Opposition MPs condemned the situation as a shambles as figures from the Department of Health showed...
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Moore's Marble: Pounds 1m for Early 8-Inch Sculpture
The single, handwritten line in a household accounts ledger, sandwiched between the purchase of a refrigerator, a sewing machine and a beige stair carpet, held little clue to the item's future value: 'November 31 H. Moore statuette pounds 18, 18 shillings.'...
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MORE FOR YOUR MONEY: ST MARY'S, EALING W5 - Park Life in a Regal Suburb
Nicknamed the 'Queen of the Suburbs' a century ago, Ealing's many large houses on spacious plots catered for the comfortably off commuting middle classes. Currently for sale in the Montpelier Conservation Area north of Uxbridge Road is a house on a half-acre...
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M&S Show That Frump Has Been Banished
Eager to prove that frump has been banished from its repertoire, Marks & Spencer threw a glossy fashion show yesterday, as the high street's invasion of the catwalk continued. Held in a suitably edgy disused building in south-west London, the first model...
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MY HOME PAUL REES: The Sounds of Stamford ; the Editor of Q Magazine Has Brought a Touch of Rock'n'roll to a Quiet Lincolnshire Town
Paul Rees lives in a four-bedroom house in Stamford, Lincolnshire, with his wife and young baby Our house is part of an old 19th-century coach house, developed in the Eighties. The building extends around a central square and we occupy the part that...
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OBITUARY: ALFRED ANDERSON - Last of the Old Contemptibles and Sole Remaining Survivor of the 1914 Christmas Truce
Alfred Anderson, who has died at the age of 109, was the last member of the British Expeditionary Force " the Old Contemptibles " and the sole remaining survivor of the 'Christmas truce' of 1914. Alfred Anderson was lucky to be born in Dundee, as his...
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OBITUARY: PAMELA DUNCAN - B-Movie Actress Who Battled Giant Talking Crabs
The 1957 B-movie Attack of the Crab Monsters was promoted with the tagline 'From the depths of the sea . . . a tidal wave of terror!' Directed and produced by Roger Corman, it grossed over $1m at the US box- office even though it had only cost $70,000...
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OBITUARY: PROFESSOR JON CLARK - Distinguished Scholar of Industrial Relations
In 2000 Jon Clark, Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations at Southampton University, was appointed Independent Chair of the Police Negotiating Board. With quick intelligence and quiet diplomacy he negotiated a path through a bureaucracy that Jack...
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'One Hundred Strokes' Is a Big Hit for Melissa in Italian Cinemas
The new Harry Potter is on the way, the March of the Penguins and Roberto Benigni's romantic farce set in war-torn Iraq still bestride the big screens. But suddenly the talk of the Italian cinema is Melissa P, the adaptation of the scandalous autobiography...
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Opening Hours: 24 Facts on 24-Hour Drinking
1.1 million " Britons officially classed 'alcohol dependent' Ninth " UK's rating in a league table showing alcohol consumption per capita 200,000 " pubs, bars, clubs, cafes, cinemas, supermarkets and off- licences applying for new licences 9 " the number...
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Opening Hours: 24 -Hour Drinking: A Sober Assessment ; Licensing Laws Change at Midnight: Is the Glass Half-Full or Half- Empty?
Binge Drinking Will 24-hour licensing laws increase it? Ministers say the move will lead to Continental-style drinking. Instead of gulping down pints towards 11pm, drinkers will be under no pressure. Police can close rowdy bars and fine licensees for...
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Opening Hours: A Bitter Divide: Will New Laws Usher in Sensible Drinking or All-Day Bingeing?
Britain begins one of the boldest social experiments in decades at midnight with the introduction of new licensing laws that ministers hope will cut worsening alcohol problems, but which have inspired gloomy predictions from doctors and police. At 12...
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Opening Hours: From Midnight, First World War Legislation Is Swept Away
What's happening to the drinking laws? All the old drinking laws are being replaced by a single liberal act " the 2003 Licensing Act. It's the biggest shake-up of drinks legislation for 50 years. So what will that mean? Broadly, pubs and bars in England...
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Our Woman in Crouch End: Marriage Failed? House Repossessed? What She Really Needs Is a Little Shrug Cardigan
I think it's about time I probably got into this eBay thing. Everyone else appears to be into it, and I don't want to be left out, just as I don't want to be left out of anything unless it's the conga, in which case I beg you to leave me out, please,...
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OUTLOOK: Can Pay, but Won't Pay, Says E.ON, Leaving ScottishPower's Russell with Plenty to Prove
Ian Russell must already have been worried enough about his position as chief executive of ScottishPower, but he'll be doubly so after the ringing endorsement he received yesterday from his chairman, Charles Miller Smith. As takeover talks with E.ON...
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OUTLOOK: London Reigns in Battle of Exchanges
Time was when the New York Stock Exchange was the only place to be when it came to international share listings. Rarely a week would pass without Dick Grasso, the NYSE's diminutive chairman, welcoming some overseas behemoth to the big board, sometimes,...
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OVERSEAS CROATIA: It Knocks the Spots off City Life ; Ginetta Vedrickas Meets a Family Who Ditched the the Grimy City in Favour of a Freer Life in Dalmatia
Stressful city-living, working all hours and having a young family is enough to make the hardiest of us dream of a total life change. For most of us it remains just a dream but Charles, 38, and Carol Southgate, 37, have exchanged their frenetic London...
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Overweight Patients to Be Denied NHS Hip Operations
Overweight people needing hip and knee replacements will be denied them on the National Health Service in east Suffolk. Rationing of operations in the region is hoped to save pounds 47.9m because of 'pressing financial problems'. Dr Brian Keeble, director...
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Palestinians Doubt Israel's Political Regrouping Will Help
Leading Palestinians guardedly welcomed the changed political landscape in Israel yesterday " while expressing deep scepticism about Ariel Sharon's willingness to use his new party to establish a lasting peace. At the same time, two prominent Palestinian...
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PM Vows to Complete Public Service Revolution
Tony Blair has vowed to push through his reforms to public services before he stands down as Prime Minister. In a two-and-a-half hour grilling by senior MPs, he offered no concessions to Labour backbenchers threatening to sink his schools shake-up when...
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Pop: NATALIE IMBRUGLIA Shepherds Bush Empire LONDON HH
If she had cause to feel let down, Natalie Imbruglia refused to admit defeat at her homecoming gig. Though the former Neighbours star has lived in London for 12 years, the audience gawped as if she were an exhibit at a zoo, and even her most vibrant...
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President Kibaki's Mandate Crumbles as Kenya Rejects New Constitution
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki suffered a major humiliation yesterday as his government lost the first referendum the country has held since independence. After a relatively peaceful polling day, the 5.4 million ballots counted by yesterday afternoon...
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Psychotic Drifter Attacked Abigail, Police Say
The hunt for the man who stabbed Abigail Witchalls and left her for dead has been closed following the discovery of new evidence against the prime suspect, who later killed himself. Richard Cazaly, 23, would have been charged with attacking the young...
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RACING: Fund Eases Pain for Riders on the Rough Side of Racing
Sub-tropical Tenerife is an unlikely place to find a National Hunt weighing-room. But for the past 14 years, each spring has seen a collection of former jump jockeys who have suffered from the rougher side of racing find refuge from the British chills...
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'Reform Must Be Humane, Fair and Equitable. We Too Have a Right to Live'
Eighty-year-old Gianter Sunyassy has just one wish: to change the mind of every European who reads this article. 'You ought to be more humane. If you remove sugar, you erase us out of existence,' he says. 'Sugar is the foundation on which this beautiful...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Australia Gamble on Wing for Final
Australia have named Craig Wing in their squad for the Tri- Nations final at Elland Road on Saturday, despite a sternum injury that could yet rule him out. The Sydney Roosters utility player was one of the main problems for Great Britain at Hull last...
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RUGBY UNION: England Turn to Varndell and Simpson-Daniel
James Simpson-Daniel is probably the most imaginative outside back in English rugby, while Tom Varndell is running in Premiership tries at the rate of one a game. In light of the Red Rose Army's obvious problems in creating and scoring the kind of five-pointers...
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