The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from February 11, 2005

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All-White Brit Winners Spark Fury over Lack of Diversity
WITH A roll-call of winners as varied as The Streets, Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand, the diversity of this year's Brits, the biggest night in British rock and pop, looked beyond dispute. But the diversity celebrated at Wednesday night's awards...
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Annan Backs Tough Action to Stop Congo Sex Abuse
THE UN secretary general, buffeted by the oil-for-food scandal, has endorsed tough measures to halt sex abuse at the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has banned peacekeepers from having sex with locals. Kofi Annan told The Independent...
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Anti-Semitic Attacks Rise to Record Level
BRITISH JEWS were subject to a record number of anti-Semitic attacks last year, including a huge increase in serious assaults. The increase has been blamed on "the Middle East factor", with a sharp rise in incidents rooted in hatred of Israel. Jewish...
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An Unusual Student Gripe: Too Few Exams
TENS OF thousands of French lycee students - the equivalent of sixth formers - took to the streets yesterday to protest against plans to lighten their exam burden. More than 10,000 marched in Paris, and similar numbers in Lyons, Bordeaux and other cities,...
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A One-Year Wonder ; as a Punk Rocker, JON SAVAGE Sneered at Hippie Music. So Why Has He Made a Compilation of Overlooked Gems from 1970?
The idea for the compilation came to me after an evening's free association with four of my peers, retracing the music that we actually liked as real-time mid-teenagers in the early Seventies. We'd all been through punk, when the only old music you were...
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Barclays Boss Dampens Bid Talk as Profits Hit Record Pounds 4.6bn
BARCLAYS UNVEILED a 20 per cent jump in profits to a record pounds 4.6bn on the back of a strong investment banking performance, prompting its chairman to brush off recent bid speculation for Britain's third-largest bank. The results masked a flat performance...
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Battle of Edmonton: Chaos as 6,000 Rush for Bargains at Ikea Opening
FOR 12 HOURS, Karyn Christian was among those who waited patiently at the head of the queue outside Ikea's new store in north London on Wednesday, ready to snap up the amazing offers when the doors opened at midnight. With prices as low as pounds 45...
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BBC1 Chief Set to Join Exodus over Budget Cuts
THE CONTROLLER of Britain's most-watched television channel, BBC1, is considering her future after being lined up for one of the biggest jobs in independent broadcasting. Lorraine Heggessey has been included on a shortlist as the next head of Talkback...
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BOOK OF A LIFETIME: A Poignant Memory of Lost Love ; PORTRAIT OF A TURKISH FAMILY IRFAN ORGA
"Never let anyone know that you are desperate," Irfan Orga's grandmother warned; "otherwise you will get nothing but kicks." Tragedy, grief and loss lie at the heart of Portrait of a Turkish Family, Orga's sad and magnificent family memoir, written and...
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BOOKS: A Little Learning. ; the Know-It-All by A J Jacobs HEINEMANN Pounds 10.99 (386Pp) Pounds 9.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
It must have seemed a great idea. Take a self-confessedly dumbed- down thirtysomething man, an editor at Esquire magazine, and set him to drag himself on to the high ground of learning by reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica, from a-ak to Zywiec....
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BOOKS: A Week in Books
Librarians have contributed a lot to modern literature, beyond making sure that it stands in the right place on the shelves. Think of Angus Wilson, Jorge-Luis Borges and Philip Larkin: all maestros of stock and stack. Where the author-librarians have...
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Books: Bestsellers
If gardens have inspired some of the finest writing in the English language (think Marvell, Tennyson etc), it's not particularly evident from the current gardening bestsellers. Instead, the focus is strictly practical: Alan Titchmarsh's "complete" guide...
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BOOKS: Fun, Flounces and Some Not-So-Dangerous Liaisons ; A Factory of Cunning by Philippa Stockley LITTLE, BROWN Pounds 14.99 (377Pp) Pounds 12.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
The thing that one misses most from the modern historical novel is the presence of real people. Historical fiction has been tuppence- coloured since the days of Walter Scott, but the stylisation that now attends most recreations of bygone life - high...
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BOOKS: In the Footsteps, and Footnotes, of a Grand Passion ; Twilight of Love by Robert Dessaix SCRIBNER Pounds 12.99 (269Pp) Pounds 11.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
If Martin Amis were to fall in love with Madonna, leave home and attach himself to her household for the next 40 years, it might give some idea of the domestic arrangements of the great Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev and the renowned singer Pauline Viardot...
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BOOKS: Movies + Money = Madness ; the Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood by David Thomson LITTLE, BROWN Pounds 22.50 (433Pp) Pounds 20 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
When David Thomson published the first edition of his masterpiece, A Biographical Dictionary of the Cinema, in 1975, he was living in Sussex and had never met any of the people he was writing about. Of course he hadn't. There wasn't time. He mordantly...
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BOOKS: Signal from the Isle of the Dead ; Campo Santo by W G Sebald, Trans Anthea Bell HAMISH HAMILTON Pounds 16.99 (228Pp) Pounds 15.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
WG Sebald has already received the ultimate accolade of a Private Eye satire by Craig Brown: "Strawberry or orange? It was then that I remembered that orange is the colour of the robes that adorn the corpses of women in Delhi who have died hideous deaths,...
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BOOKS: The Sea of Faith and Violence ; the End of Faith by Sam Harris FREE PRESS Pounds 12.99 (336Pp) Pounds 11.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
A holy alliance of the religious right and the multicultural left has erected a taboo at the heart of our culture. At a crucial moment in the history of fanaticism, they have ring-fenced the edifice of religion from criticism. True, they permit condemnation...
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BOOKS: The Very Busy Illustrator ; Eric Carle's Book the Very Hungry Caterpillar Has Sold More Than 20 Million Copies Worldwide. He Tells SALLY WILLIAMS about Growing Up Hungry under Hitler
In the 35 years since the children's writer and illustrator Eric Carle published The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a copy has been bought somewhere every 57 seconds. At the last count, Carle has filled the world with 20 million hungry caterpillars. His larva...
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BOOKS: Translation as Metamorphosis
Sponsored by Arts Council England, Agenda is the long- established, highly regarded international poetry journal. Each issue contains a carefully selected body of well-crafted, moving poetry, with incisive, challenging essays and reviews, and also gives...
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BT Hits Best Sales Figures for 3 Years
BT GROUP beat the City's expectations of revenue growth yesterday when it revealed that sales increased for the fourth quarter in succession, despite falling income from its traditional fixed-line business. In an aggressive move to boost further its...
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Bush Team Tried to Suppress Pre-9/11 Report into Al-Qa'ida
FEDERAL OFFICIALS were repeatedly warned in the months before the 11 September 2001 terror attacks that Osama bin Laden and al-Qa'ida were planning aircraft hijackings and suicide attacks, according to a new report that the Bush administration has been...
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Campbell Needs a Maritime Adventure ; the Truth Is That the PM's Propagandist Is Absolutely, Almost Preternaturally, Hopeless at His Job
In the back steam room of the Porchester Spa, the Turkish baths I attend in London's lascivious Bayswater where current affairs are debated with a pith that puts the rowdiest radio phone-in to shame, the reaction to Ellen MacArthur's honour was explosive....
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Canadian Regulators Withdraw Shire Drug on Safety Fears
SHIRE PHARMACEUTICALS, the UK-listed drug development group, was dealt a major blow yesterday when it was forced to withdraw its hyperactivity drug Adderall from sale in Canada after the deaths of 20 patients. The sudden withdrawal of the drug, which...
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Charles and Camilla to Marry on 8 April
LEGISLATION REQUIRED to enact the marriage of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker Bowles will be seized upon by MPs determined to question the future role of the monarchy. A Bill settling the new constitutional arrangement is expected to be debated in Parliament...
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Children's Author Tops Most Borrowed List Again
CHILDREN'S AUTHOR Jacqueline Wilson has retained her place as the nation's most borrowed author. The creator of Tracy Beaker clocked up more than 2.2 million loans from public libraries last year. In London, eight of the top 10 most borrowed books were...
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Civil Rights Lawyer Convicted of Aiding Terror by Passing Jailed Client's Messages to Followers
A VETERAN civil rights lawyer was convicted yesterday of smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed clients - a radical Egyptian sheikh - to his militant followers. The jury in New York deliberated for 13 days before convicting Lynne Stewart,...
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Clever Marketing Helps Sell the European Bourgeois Dream
IKEA SAYS its vision is "to create a better everyday life for the many people". The store has marketed itself to the middle classes as a civilised place to buy home furnishings in a family-friendly environment. But it is the clever marketing campaigns,...
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Consumers Overcharged for Renewable Energy, Says NAO
CONSUMERS ARE being overcharged for green energy such as wind power by as much as pounds 1bn - money which is going into the Exchequer's coffers, Parliament's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, discloses today. The NAO says that this back-door...
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COVER STORY: Max of the Antarctic ; at 70, the Composer Peter Maxwell Davies Has Lost None of His Spark. He Talks to MICHAEL CHURCH about Pursuing His Musical Vision to the Ends of the Earth
It has never been easy to catch the protean essence of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - performed all round the globe, Master of the Queen's Music, and musical master of his remote Orkney island - but the place to begin is his website. That's where his works...
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CRICKET: Pietersen Faces Sternest Test on Home Turf
THE QUESTION now, the only question possibly remaining about him, is when Kevin Pietersen will play Test cricket for England. It is undoubtedly a matter simply of time, as his breathtaking one-day performances in the past 12 days have confirmed. In five...
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Cultural Life: Tim Burgess, Singer
Books I have always been into books on music. Passion Is a Fashion by Pat Gilbert is the real story of The Clash, a detailed history of the band. I am also reading The Spider with the Platinum Hair about the guitarist Mick Ronson who worked with David...
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`Cursed' Hope Diamond Was Cut from French Stone, Tests Show
SCIENCE HAS proved what has long been rumoured. The Hope diamond - purportedly cursed and decidedly splendid - was cut from another stone. Experts in the United States have used computer models to show that the 45.52 carat diamond, once owned by King...
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Diversity Is the Loser at Brit Awards as Black Artists Are Eclipsed by Their White Imitators
WITH A roll-call of winners as varied as The Streets, Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand, the diversity of this year's Brits, the biggest night in British rock and pop, looked beyond dispute. But the diversity celebrated at Wednesday night's awards...
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Film: In a League of Her Own ; Elisabeth Shue Has Never Fitted the Hollywood Mould. with a New Film out, She Tells TIFFANY ROSE about Her Singular Career
Not many movie stars abandon a career in favour of college, but Elisabeth Shue has never been one to follow the Hollywood herd. "I've always been on the outside of wherever the fun was supposed to be in terms of Hollywood," says the actress. "I think...
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FILM: Staring into the Abyss ; NEW RELEASES Reviewed by Anthony Quinn
The Sea Inside (PG) Alejandro Amenabar (126 mins) iii88 STARRING Javier Bardem, Jola Duenas, Belen Rueda The Door in the Floor (15) Tod Williams (111 mins) ii888 STARRING Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Jon Foster The great Spanish actor Javier Bardem takes...
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FILM: The Dude Is Back. ; Jeff Bridges Has Never Worked Hard at Being a Star, but He's No Slouch When It Comes to Delivering the Goods. by BOB FLYNN
Jeff Bridges peers excitedly out of a window in San Sebastian's Maria Christina hotel as high Atlantic waves curl into the scimitar curve of the Basque town's beachfront promenade, the Playa de la Concha, and unleashes a room-filling, celestial grin....
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FOOTBALL: Duff Given `Cotton Wool' Treatment as Mourinho Protects Prize Asset
A HOODED figure bundled Damien Duff into a black Mercedes outside Lansdowne Road. But it was not a sinister plot hatched by Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger or even Luiz Felipe Scolari, who had just seen his Portuguese side trumped by the Ballyboden...
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FOOTBALL: England Now Best Option for Eriksson
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON is understood to be more determined than ever now to see out his contract with the Football Association until 2008 after the realisation that the England team's failure at Euro 2004, and mounting criticism, means that his stock among...
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FOOTBALL: Eriksson's Empire of Incoherence in Need of Straight Talking from FA
IF SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON was a US President he would be impeached. If he was a film director, shooting would be stopped and Steven Spielberg would be flown in. If he was a cardinal he would be ordered back to Rome: to a Vatican dungeon, that is, not his...
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FOOTBALL: Pekerman Restores Panache of Champions to Argentina
IT MAY have taken a late equaliser by Hernan Crespo to earn Argentina a 2-2 draw, but their performance in Wednesday night's friendly here against Germany underlined their status as one of the favourites to lift the game's ultimate prize in 2006. Less...
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FOOTBALL: Rooney Reluctant in New Role
WAYNE ROONEY has placed Sven Goran Eriksson's tactical tinkering for the non-event against the Netherlands at Aston Villa under even sharper scrutiny with his admission that his role wide on the left of England's attack for the 0-0 draw is not one in...
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FOOTBALL: Secret FA Study into 30 `Illegal' Gambling Cases
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION has conducted 30 investigations, most of them secret, into suspected cases of illegal gambling by players and officials involved in English football in the past 14 years, with eight of the investigations leading to formal disciplinary...
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FOOTBALL: Toshack Realistic over Future Tasks
AS SOMEONE who has twice been through the madness of managing Real Madrid, John Toshack does realism quite well. In the aftermath of Wednesday's surprisingly uplifting victory over Hungary, a team good enough to have humbled Scotland at Hampden Park...
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Friday Law Report: Guidance on Witness Familiarisation in Criminal Trials ; 11 February 2005 Regina V Momodou and Another ([2005] EWCA Crim 177) Court of Appeal, Criminal Division (Lord Justice Judge, Mrs Justice Dobbs and Sir Michael Wright) 2 February 2005
GUIDANCE ON the use of witness familiarisation in criminal trials was given by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal dimissed the appeals of Henry Momodou and Beher Limani against their convictions of violent disorder. Their convictions had arisen...
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GlaxoSmithKline Drops Anti-Obesity Drug as Profits Fall
GLAXOSMITHKLINE, THE UK's largest pharmaceuticals company, saw its profits drop 9 per cent last year after rival drugs swept on to the market, depriving the group of $1.5bn (pounds 800m) of sales. Jean Pierre Garnier, the chief executive, said 2004 was...
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Herbal Remedy `Better Than Drugs at Treating Depression'
A SPECIALLY prepared extract of the herb St John's wort is at least as effective in treating depression as the powerful antidepressant drug Seroxat and has fewer side-effects, a study has indicated. St John's wort has long been known as an effective...
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Hollywood's Obsession ; Movies Can't Leave Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Alone, Says KALEEM AFTAB. It's Become an Indispensable Character Pointer
Cinema screens are being filled with movies featuring characters that simply can't help repeating themselves. Watch The Aviator, Electra, Assault on Precinct 13 and Are We There Yet? and you'd think that most Americans were sufferers of obsessive compulsive...
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Hospitals Should Make Profits, Minister Says
NHS HOSPITALS and schools should be run on a "profit" basis to deliver improvements to patients and pupils, a Blairite health minister said last night. John Hutton, a minister of state at the Department of Health, said the Government should end the practice...
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Howard Calls for Elected Officials to Run Police
AMERICAN-STYLE elected commissioners would take charge of Britain's police forces under proposals to increase the accountability of chief constables published by Michael Howard yesterday. Powerful directly elected figureheads modelled on police chiefs...
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How the UN Was Forced to Tackle Stain on Its Integrity ; `the Independent' Was First to Reveal the Scandal. Kate Holt Defied Threats to Tell the Story
IN MARCH 1998 I was having dinner with staff from the UN in Sarajevo. The topic of conversation turned to the increasing number of bars in Bosnia, housing prostitutes from countries in eastern Europe, mainly Romania and Moldova. Someone said that in...
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In Vino Veritas? You're Darn Tootin'
I was up in London yesterday, doing my best to boost the tourist figures for the old place, when who should I bump into but my old friend Adrian Wardour-Street, the premier PR publicist. "Hi, Adrian," I said. "How's everything?" "It's outta sight, cat,"...
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Iraq Seals Borders during Festival to Prevent Suicide Bombings
IRAQ'S INTERIM government announced yesterday that it was sealing its borders to stop Shia pilgrims coming in during the religious festival of Ashura. Around 170 people were killed last year by suicide bombers in Baghdad and Karbala during Ashura, which...
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Is This Nation of Mugs Being Led Up the Primrose Path Again?
YOU'D HAVE to be stony-hearted indeed to begrudge Charles Windsor and Camilla Parker Bowles their happy ending. If marriage is what the two of them want, then why shouldn't they have it? The rules of church- and-state matrimony may have to be bent to...
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Italy Remembers Its Own Victims of Ethnic Cleansing in Balkans
IN SCHOOLS and offices they stood in silence and flags flew at half mast yesterday as Italy remembered its worst atrocity of the Second World War - a massacre that, until this week, the majority of Italians knew nothing about. What happened in the Italian-occupied...
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It's Enough to Make You Weep
There's a lovely passage in David Thomson's latest book The Whole Equation in which the author sheepishly confesses to having a crush on Nicole Kidman. Actually, I'm not sure that "sheepish" quite does justice to his tone - which is a good deal more...
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Kelly Accelerates Plans to Improve Quality of School Meals amid Rising Concern over Obesity
FATTY AND sugary processed foods served in schools are to be targeted in the latest attempt to encourage pupils into healthy eating regimes. Beef burgers, sausages and cakes are among the foods to be tackled under new government guidelines on the nutritional...
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Last Gasp Trades Send FTSE to 5,000
THE FTSE 100 index of leading British shares finally managed to cling on to the 5,000 level yesterday after a frenetic day of trading on the London market. The index closed at 5000.0 after an unsuccessful attempt on Wednesday - but only after the after-hours...
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Last Night's Television: Throne Together, Not Thought out ; JUDGE JOHN DEED BBC1; BLOOD ON OUR HANDS: THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR C4
Critics - including myself - complain that TV history is all Nazis, Nazis, Nazis, plus the occasional excursion into Tudors. In fairness, the Stuarts don't do too badly. I can come up with three reasonably lavish attempts to do the 17th century: a series...
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LEADING ARTICLE: North Korea Is an Exception That Must Not Prove the Rule on Nuclear Proliferation
NORTH KOREA would probably not claim to be in the business of winning friends and influencing people, at least not in the way Dale Carnegie meant it. This sad bastion of poverty-communism in north- east Asia threw a rhetorical fit yesterday and declared...
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LEADING ARTICLE: The Dangers of Politicising Our Police
ON FIRST inspection, Michael Howard's proposals to make local police forces answerable to elected commissioners look almost sensible. After all, in Britain, policing is done by consent. Directly electing commissioners would, in theory, reinforce that...
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Letter: Glorious Hunting Traditions: Rudeness and Broken Hedges
Sir: It is hard to remember when I have read so much pretentious rubbish as that written by your correspondents from Chalfont St Giles and Canada about foxhunting (letters; 25 January, 1 February). My personal experience of foxhunting goes back to the...
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Livingstone Likens Jewish Reporter to Nazi Guard
THE FEUD between the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and the capital's Evening Standard newspaper reached new depths yesterday after Mr Livingstone described the paper's staff as "a load of scumbags and reactionary bigots". In making his remarks after...
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Lords Ready to Scupper ID Cards after MPs Back Bill
PLANS TO introduce identity cards face a mauling in the Lords, despite winning overwhelming support last night from the House of Commons. Although the Liberal Democrats joined 19 Labour rebels to oppose the scheme and the Tories abstained, after supporting...
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Major Calls for Moratorium to End Election `Dirty Tricks'
JOHN MAJOR called for a moratorium on the release of any more papers from past Tory governments in the run-up to the general election after accusing Labour of a "dirty tricks" campaign. The former Conservative prime minister said he smelt a "fairly putrid...
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MOTOR RACING: King of Spin Mosley Laughs off `Civil War'
HAD DARCEY BUSSELL been at Max Mosley's annual pre-season lunch she would have praised the connoisseur of ballet as his verbal pas de deux and pirouettes proved a masterclass in suave huckstering. Some believe the sport is on the verge of civil war and...
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North Korea Withdraws from Nuclear Talks
NORTH KOREA yesterday sharply raised the stakes in its nuclear confrontation with the United States and its allies, publicly stating that it possessed nuclear weapons and announcing that it was indefinitely pulling out of negotiations aimed at resolving...
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Obituary: Bruce Cassiday ; Writer with as Many Talents as Pseudonyms
THE AMERICAN writer Bruce Cassiday was a multi-talented producer of popular fiction, hard-boiled suspense and espionage tales, carefully crafted Gothics (a literary sub-genre that needs a firm hand on its inevitably Byzantine plots), medical melodramas...
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Obituary: Harold Smith ; Librarian and Small-Press Publisher
"MORNING, COMRADE!" was Harold Smith's favourite way of addressing friends, his password for people who more or less shared the socialist values he maintained throughout his life. Hanging in his study was a document dated March 1936 that read: "Certificate...
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Obituary: Jackie Henderson ; Swashbuckling Centre-Forward
THE SCOTTISH international footballer Jackie Henderson was a one- man forward line. The swashbuckling, pacy raider, feted by admiring contemporaries as quick enough to catch pigeons in his 1950s heyday, occupied every attacking position in a 13-year...
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Obituary: Kate Peyton ; BBC Producer with a Love of Africa
THE BBC producer Kate Peyton was one of those rare individuals in the media world whose professional talent was matched by an extraordinary gift for kindness and friendship. Her death as the result of a shooting incident in Somalia this week has robbed...
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OUTLOOK: ERM/Railtrack
MY, IS the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, going to be a busy fellow. One of the first things on his plate will be to adjudicate on just why it was possible to publish extensive Treasury documentation under the new freedom of information act...
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OUTLOOK: Unilever's Cescau Seeks Path Back to Growth
WHEN NIALL FitzGerald gave his first interviews, all bright-eyed and bushy tailed, as co-chairman of Unilever eight years ago, he spoke boldly of transforming the Anglo-Dutch foods to detergents giant from the sluggish supertanker it was widely seen...
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Pandora
Hello, hello! Opik forgets to register a nice little earner There are several months to go until Lembit Opik marries the TV weather forecaster Sian Lloyd, but they have already been hit by the curse of Hello! This week, the happy couple, right, granted...
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RACING: Godolphin State Intent with Fight Your Corner
FORTY-ONE days and 16 runners in, the Godolphin team struck for the first time this year when Frankie Dettori and Fight Your Corner took the opening contest on the fourth card of the Dubai Carnival at Nad Al Sheba yesterday. The occasion, which instigated...
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RACING: Hughes Selects Rooster as Threat to Hardy Eustace
TWO DAYS before Hardy Eustace, the reigning hurdles champion, has his last Festival prep, his trainer Dessie Hughes, surprisingly, has nominated the previous title holder, Rooster Booster, as the main danger at Cheltenham next month. The veteran Co Kildare...
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Resolution Rejected as HHG Accepts Sun's Bid for Life Funds
HHG FINALLY closed the door on Resolution Life, the financial services group bidding for its pounds 26bn closed life book, accepting a revised pounds 1.07bn offer yesterday from Hugh Osmond, the leisure entrepreneur, and agreeing to move into exclusive...
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REVIEWS: CLASSICAL - Mark Bebbington Huntingdon Hall Worcester Oooo9
"You know, I love him more each time," Stanford remarked of the "unteachable" Ivor Gurney as he threw him out again. Mark Bebbington has recorded all Gurney's nine known piano Preludes, produced in a creative spate in 1919-20 during a period that yielded...
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REVIEWS: POP - Super Discount 2 the Sage Gateshead Ooooo
The sight of three balding producers bobbing their heads up and down as their fingers manipulate mixing keyboards, desk and computers to work up a breathtaking house-music storm may not be the most enticing proposition to many people. But for anyone...
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REVIEWS: THEATRE - National Anthems Old Vic London Ooo99
Last autumn, Kevin Spacey's artistic directorship of the Old Vic was launched with Cloaca, a play that hit the stage with all the lustre and vibrancy of a bag of stale bread. The only direction in which his regime could go was up. Now, after a pantomime...
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REVIEWS: VISUAL ARTS - A Landscape of Hidden Clues ; Pu Quan and His Generation: Imperial Painters of 20th-Century China Ashmolean Museum Oxford Oooo9
At a first, superficial glance, the later paintings of Pu Quan (1913-91), cousin to Pu Yi, the last of the Qing emperors of China, seem like a smooth continuation of everything that had gone before in classical Chinese landscape painting. On the long...
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ROCK & POP: For Mylo's Next Trick. ; He Has Resurrected Dance Music and Destroyed Rock'n'roll. Myles McInnes Talks to NOSHEEN IQBAL about Runaway Success
Let's make one thing clear: Myles "Mylo" McInnes, a 25-year-old PhD drop-out with a first-class degree from Oxford and an anorak- ish taste for French thinkers and French disco, is no nerd: "I'm not into computers and technology, not at all. I hate the...
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ROCK & POP: NEW RELEASES - Josh Rouse Nashville RYKODISC Iiii8
With Nashville, Josh Rouse continues his stylistic re-imagining of the early-1970s era that he so beautifully evoked on 2003's 1972. His retro attitude is signalled by the album's compact, quality-not- quantity size, and its division of the 10 songs...
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ROCK & POP: Rastaman Vibrations ; Fans Marked Bob Marley's 60th Birthday with a Festival in Addis Ababa. IAN BURRELL Saw the Family and Met the Faithful
"Wow, it's amazing. We dream of things like this," says a dreadlocked Teddy Dan Miller as he gazes across Addis Ababa's Meskel Square and struggles to come to terms with the vast crowds that have gathered. Having spent most of his life in Oxford and...
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ROCK & POP: STORY OF THE SONG - `CHUCK E'S IN LOVE' Rickie Lee Jones (1979)
Tom Waits wheezed a chuckle as he hung up the phone. "Chuck E's in love!" he exclaimed to his girlfriend, Rickie Lee Jones. It was a friend, Chuck E Weiss, who'd just called in from Denver. Back in 1977, Jones was a folk singer at the Los Angeles Troubadour....
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Rolls-Royce Grabs Top Slot for Engines
THE AERO-ENGINE manufacturer Rolls-Royce outsold its US rival General Electric for the first time in its history last year to take number one position in the world civil engine market. Unveiling a better-than-expected 21 per cent rise in annual profits...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Door Left Open for Farrell Code Switch
THE WIGAN and Great Britain captain, Andy Farrell, has left the door open for a possible switch to rugby union in time to play in the 2007 World Cup. Farrell and his team-mate, Kris Radlinski, were identified this week as targets for the RFU as England...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League in Debt to Cougars' Crazy Originality ; Success of Today's Competition Rests on Radical Blueprint Provided by a Club Excluded at the Game's Highest Level. as New Season Kicks off, Dave Hadfield Reflects on a Decade of Revolution
AS SUPER LEAGUE enters its 10th season tonight, the events of a decade ago begin to acquire a sepia-tinged, mythic quality. Is it really just less than 10 years ago that the merger of century-old clubs was supposed to be the key step in producing a revolutionary...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Wigan Deny Code Switch by Farrell
WIGAN AND the Rugby Football League have said they are unaware of any plans to persuade Andy Farrell and Kris Radlinski to switch codes to play for England in the 2007 World Cup. Reports suggested that the players are being targeted by the Rugby Football...
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RUGBY UNION: `Le Petit General' Cusiter Charged with Leading Scotland out of the Doldrums ; the Borders Scrum-Half Has the Hopes of a Nation on His Shoulders. David Llewellyn Believes He Has the Kind of Talent to Provide Deliverance
The French have dubbed him Le Petit General, the Scots regard him as something of a rugby saviour, but according to Chris Cusiter himself he is a just a young scrum-half trying to learn his trade. There is no doubt that while he can marshal and drive...
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RUGBY UNION: Thompson under Pressure in Insanity of Front-Row War
ENGLAND ARE still celebrating the news that William Servat, the sensational hooker from Toulouse, has been ditched from the French side for this weekend's Six Nations match at Twickenham, apparently on account of his dodgy line-out throwing. The irony...
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SHARES AND MARKET REPORT: Investors Keen to Make a Reservation at Hilton
HILTON WAS being tipped yesterday as likely to impress the City with its results later this month and when this combined with a particularly bullish note from Deutsche Bank few were surprised to see shares in the hotels group finish as one of the best...
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Shares and Market Report: Market Movers
ICI 275p (up 29p, 11.8 per cent). Posts better-than-expected fourth quarter results. De Vere Group 563.25p (up 62.5p, 12.5 per cent). Sells the Belfry golf course for pounds 186m to the Irish investment firm Quinn Group. Lastminute.com 113p (up 6.25p,...
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Sinn Fein's Leaders Gave Green Light for IRA Robberies, Key Report Finds
THE GRIDLOCK in the Irish peace process was replicated on the streets of many Irish cities last night as republicans protested against accusations that Sinn Fein's leaders sanctioned the country's biggest bank robbery. The protests came as Gerry Adams,...
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Somali Government's Exile to End despite Warlord Threat
SOMALIA'S PRIME Minister-in-exile, Ali Mohammed Ghedi, has confirmed that he intends to move his government to the capital, Mogadishu, by the end of the month, despite threats from an influential warlord amid continuing violence. The murder of Kate Peyton,...
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Stormy WEATHER ; Brolly Dollies or Serious Scientists? as Former BBC Forecaster John Kettley Lashes out at His Ex-Colleagues, Cahal Milmo Looks at the High-Pressure Area Inhabited by Weathermen and Women
When asked to sum up the work of the weather presenter, George Cowling, the nation's first on-screen meteorologist, once said: "To talk fluently for exactly four minutes 30 seconds, unscripted, inexperienced, unprompted, before critical millions could...
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THE FRIDAY BOOK: The Recreated World of a Warrior Queen ; Boudica: Dreaming the Hound Manda Scott Bantam, Pounds 12.99/pounds 11.99 (Free P&p) from 0870 079 8897
MANDA SCOTT has embarked on an extraordinary venture: re-telling in fiction the story of Boudica, that national heroine known, chiefly from 19th-century statuary, as a chariot-whirling combination of Queen Victoria and Asterix. But Scott has created...
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The Ghosts of Black Wednesday Show How Hard It Is for the Tories to Escape the Past ; Old Footage of City Traders Going Berserk Must Be Manna from Heaven for Labour Spin Doctors
Yesterday was a very good day to bury bad news. So the early morning newspaper headlines which, together with John Major's interview on the Today programme, reminded us of the horrors of Black Wednesday and the damage it did to the Tories' reputation...
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THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Steelmaker Corus Keeps Its Shine
OCCASIONALLY, A company that had appeared so troubled that it looked as if it was about to go bust can transform its fortunes. Such is the case with Corus, the Anglo-Dutch steel-maker. Yesterday there was a little more good news when the Competition...
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The Real Meaning of Tony's Banal Battle Cries ; He Is Sending a Message to Those Who Are Not New Labour That Their Services Are Not Required
`Tony has no concept of due process," a former minister wearily informed me last week. "One day it will be his undoing." Of all the observations, over all of the years, I can't think of any that is more perceptive. As Tony Blair prepares to launch New...
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The Rise and Dramatic Fall of a Corporate American `Rock Star' ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS Hewlett-Packard's CEO Comes to Terms with Her Ignominious End - and a $21M Pay-Off
AS A CHIEF executive who never minded the glitz and glamour of her position, Carly Fiorina began 2005 with her usual steely-eyed gusto. Aside from continuing to chart the future of Hewlett- Packard, she had the World Economic Forum in Davos to look forward...
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