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 August 26, 2008

A Fundamental Truth: Desire Will out, Even in the Most Inhumane of Nations
The Tuesday Book THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE By Sulaiman Addonia CHATTO & WINDUS, Pounds 12.99 Order for Pounds 11.69 (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897 Sulaiman Addonia's first novel is a spirited and politically provocative romance set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,...
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Alarmed Investors Call for Legal Change in Brazil
F&C, the investment manager, has called on the Brazilian regulator to overhaul the country's legal framework, after a proposed merger that is threatening the rights of minority shareholders.The asset manager has called on the support of 14 other institutional...
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America Meets the Obamas
US ELECTION Millions of Americans got their first glimpse of the close-knit extended family surrounding Barack Obama last night as his wife, Michelle, took to the stage in Denver.Introducing her to the nation was her older brother, Craig Robinson, who...
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Anglo-Welsh Cup Revamp to Include English Second Tier
*RUGBY UNION It is not so very long since the clubs in English rugby's Second Division - National Division One, to use its latest proper name - loathed the very sight of their swanky, fully professional brethren in the Guinness Premiership, and there...
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As the World Sees It
PakistanDawn*Global pressure on Pakistan to do yet more in the war against terror compounds the crisis of expectations from democracy. The country's current crises are not a creation of the five-month-old democratic order. And while some issues could...
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Avalanche Raises Spectre of Worst Death Toll in Alps for over 50 Years
The search for the bodies of eight climbers swept down Mont Blanc du Tacul by a huge avalanche on Sunday morning was suspended all day yesterday beacause of the danger of provoking fresh slides.The four Germans, three Swiss and one Austrian are presumed...
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Backlog of US Homes for Sale Is Worst on Record
The number of unsold homes on the market in the United States is at levels not seen for at least 40 years, and prices are continuing to slide, according to a disheartening new survey.With participants throughout the financial system saying that the credit...
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Benitez Confident Reds Can Raise Game
Rafael Benitez has promised that Liverpool's Champions League form will be "much, much better" when they aim this week to reach the group stages for the fifth successive time. The Liverpool manager is acutely aware that his side's third qualifying round...
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Betty Wainwright
Wife and muse of A. Wainwright ALFRED WAINWRIGHT dreamed about Betty, long before he ever met her, and long before he became the Blessed Wainwright, sage of Kendal and writer of the best-selling, best-loved guides to the Lake District fells.In 1939 he...
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Black History to Be Taught in School as Part of Curriculum
Radical changes to the secondary school timetable will be introduced next week when England's three million secondary school pupils return to the classroom.Key alterations include more emphasis on the study of black Britons and other ethnic minority...
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Bradford Keep Hopes of Top-Four Place Alive
*RUGBY LEAGUE BRADFORD 42 HULL KR 18 Bradford overcame an 18-point deficit to keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish in the Super League and finally quash Hull Kingston Rovers' chances of making the play-offs yesterday. Justin Morgan's side had...
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Business Digest
Don't hike corporate taxes, directors urge*The Institute of Directors has warned the Government not to make business the "fall guy" by imposing higher levels of corporate taxation. The pressure group is worried that the Treasury will increase taxes on...
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Caligula Uncut
Despite a script by Gore Vidal and a stellar cast, the original version of 'Caligula' was a critical flop. Then the publisher of Penthouse got involved, but his efforts were judged too hot for the censors - until now. Arifa Akbar reports When it was...
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Chess
There may be readers under the fond misapprehension that playing chess is "fun". Certainly, this can be true of friendly chess, especially if it's played quickly. But tournament play is an entirely different animal and, while it can be absorbing, exciting,...
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Coleman Hoping for Coventry's Cup Luck to Hold
The Coventry City manager, Chris Coleman, spent the latter part of Saturday's home defeat to Bristol City in the stands after being dismissed from the touchline at the Ricoh Arena, but he will hope to have a more positive effect on proceedings tonight...
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Collingwood Happy to Be Back among Rank and File
Two games, two man-of-the-match awards, two victories, one hundred, one unbeaten 90, two wickets. The England captaincy is not exactly having a draining effect on Kevin Pietersen so far but that is just the word his predecessor Paul Collingwood, who...
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Competitive Sport Is Good - but It's Not for Everyone
The Prime Minister has announced that it is time we had more competitive sport at school, choosing the Olympic closing ceremony as a good moment to repudiate the received opinion that left-wing administrations are hostile to the divisive business of...
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Damages Claims for Jersey Abuse 'Blocked'
Claims for compensation by victims of sexual abuse at a Jersey care home are being blocked by the island's government.Negotiations between Jersey's law officers and representatives of dozens of residents of Haut de la Garenne children's home have failed...
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Dance
DORIAN GRAY King's Theatre EDINBURGH **** Matthew Bourne is now the world's most popular choreographer, an international hit since the success of his Swan Lake with male swans. The advance ticket sales for his new Dorian Gray have already made it the...
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Darling, It's Over
Mobile phones, BlackBerrys, emails, social networking... Never before has it been so easy to cheat on a partner. But has technology made it simply too difficult for philanderers to cover their tracks? With evidence suggesting that fewer people are undertaking...
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De Kock's Skills on Show with Warsaw
MIKE DE KOCK gained his second winner in Britain when his colt Warsaw swooped to win here yesterday. The reputation of the top South African trainer had failed to register with bookmakers and punters alike, however, and the colt started at the lavish...
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Democrats Divided as Rival Camps Fail to Bury Differences
US ELECTION The four-day Democratic Convention opened last night amid evidence that there is still deep unease in the party about the choice of Barack Obama as its presidential candidate.A majority of the 18 million voters who backed Hillary Clinton...
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Djokovic Revels in Return to the Roots of His Grand Design
What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Novak Djokovic came here as the bright young thing of men's tennis, fresh from his semi-final appearances at the French Open and Wimbledon and his Masters Series titles at Miami and Montreal. As this...
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Don Fox
Rugby league player famed for a missed kick in the Wembley mud DON FOX was an outstanding rugby league player, in positions as diverse as scrum-half and prop, who had the misfortune to be forever associated with the one disastrous moment of a distinguished...
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Dozens Killed as Sudanese Soldiers Attack Darfur Camp
Dozens of people have been killed and more than a hundred injured during an attack by Sudanese armed forces on a camp for displaced people in Darfur.Witnesses at Kalma refugee camp, which is home to more than 90,000 people, mainly women and children,...
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Economy 'As Bad as the Seventies'
* Dire warning from Bank of England's deputy governor Pressure is mounting on Gordon Brown to find help for hard- pressed families as the new Deputy Governor of the Bank of England warned that the financial situation was at least as bad as that of the...
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Faldo Plays Wild Cards Close to Chest ... until the US Media Called His Bluff
Europe's Ryder Cup captain may regret showing his final hand too soon. James Corrigan reports from Gleneagles It would not be the first time Nick Faldo watched one of his jokes recoil and give him a nasty bite on the fleshy bits. The newspaper world...
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Flagging Confidence Has Spread to Business Services, Says CBI
Falling profitability and flagging confidence have spread from the consumer sector to Britain's business and professional services firms, a survey of the services industry shows.Services such as lawyers, marketing, accountancy and computing reported...
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Fletcher's Golden Goal for Flair-Free United Keeps Pompey in Basement
PORTSMOUTH 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 They are still without Cristiano Ronaldo, they still look ropy in front of goal but nevertheless Manchester United have their first win of the new Premier League season. Yet for a team that scored so many beautiful goals...
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Fletcher's Golden Goal for Flair-Free United Keeps Pompey in Basement
PORTSMOUTH 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 As his prospective transfer reaches that unpleasant endgame where threats are made and conditions are set, Dimitar Berbatov can rest easy in the knowledge that Manchester United are demonstrating how much they need him...
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Fury as Paxman Says Middle-Class White Men Have No Chance in TV
A WAR of words between two of the nation's best-known news presenters has erupted after the BBC's chief interrogator, Jeremy Paxman, said it had become impossible for middle-class white men to make it in the television world.The 58-year-old presenter,...
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Go Electro Alfresco with Pop Duo
Pop ELECTRIC PICNIC Stradbally Village NR DUBLIN For the past half a decade, The Presets, who will be one of the main attractions of this Irish festival, have been partying their way around the world. Their machismo electro, with thumping bass lines...
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Hamilton and Massa Gear Up for Technical Battle on Title Home Run
*MOTOR RACING More and more, given the apparent inability of their Finnish team- mates to match their pace, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa seem set to go head-to-head for the World Championship over the remaining six races. With a maximum of 60 points...
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Here's How Obama Can Win
WHY HASN'T Barack Obama won already? A lot of people are asking this question and every time a new poll shows a tight race between Obama and John McCain, the question gets louder and more public. Elections, be damned. Many of us in the US and abroad...
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How to Be a Real Man - and a Jerk
I'm as susceptible to nostalgia as the next girl - and she probably falls short of my devotion to Cary Grant - but some things are just obsolete. Blood-letting as medicine, chamber-pots as hygiene: we've moved on for a reason. But some primitive forms...
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'How Unusual to Find Such an Old-Fashioned Sexist Lurking Inside the Bosom of the Catholic Celibate'
Tales of the City I had a shocking crush on a nun when I was 12. She was a friend of my mother's, Sister Martina, and she had china-blue eyes, peach- pink cheeks and an astonishingly pouty upper lip. You could see no more of her physical attributes than...
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How War in Afghanistan Became War in Pakistan
TALIBAN SPECIAL REPORT WHEN THE Taliban broke more than 750 prisoners out of jail this summer, in one of the most spectacular attacks in living memory, Nato's response was instant but invisible.Senior commanders scrambled every drone plane they could...
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I'm on CelebAir ... Get Me out of Here!
Nicole Mowbray finds herself an unwitting participant in the latest reality TV show Take 200 passengers, a bank holiday weekend, a Spanish airport not overly generous with its provision of air conditioning and a delay nearing seven hours and what do...
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In Helmand Province, Where Danger Comes from across the Border
TALIBAN SPECIAL REPORT "Annabel", as the British had codenamed the tiny biblical Helmand village of mud compounds, was no more. The shattered wreck of crumbling walls and a giant crater left by a 2,000lb aerial bomb bore testament to the ferocity of...
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Investors Keen for News on Imperial's Suitors
THE WEEK AHEAD Imperial Energy, the Russia-focused oil and gas explorer and producer, is due to report interim results this week and, with up to three predators on the prowl, investors are likely to look beyond the numbers for any news about progress...
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Israel Frees 198 Palestinians to 'Create Goodwill'
Israel freed 198 Palestinian prisoners yesterday amid scenes of jubilation in the West Bank. Unusually, among those released were two men accused by Israel of having "blood on their hands": Said al- Atabeh, the longest-serving inmate in custody, and...
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'It's Been Crazy. I'm Just Looking Forward to Sleeping in My Bed'
Normally our sports stars come home with red faces. Yesterday, though, a golden nose descended from the cloudy skies above Heathrow, and once again Britain's Beijing Olympic heroes made the nation forget the summer gloom.They were carried in a British...
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Johnny Moore
Co-founder of The Skatalites IT IS no exaggeration to say that the Jamaican band the Skatalites changed the course of popular music. Though they were only together for 15 months in the mid-Sixties, they helped originate the style of music known as ska....
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Keothavong Advances on Special Day with Ace
Considering she was on the brink of the first victory by a British woman on these courts for 11 years it was perhaps understandable that the moment seemed to get the better of Anne Keothavong on her first match point here yesterday. A double-fault, however,...
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Lessons from the Focus Group on the Ocean Waves
Guided as ever by a sense of altruistic duty, I spent part of my August holiday with more than a thousand floating voters. Admittedly, this was not a conventional focus group of politically undecided representatives from Middle England. My group was...
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Mugabe's Grip on Power Loosens as Rival Wins Vote for Post of Speaker
Robert Mugabe's increasingly desperate attempts to cling to power suffered a heavy blow yesterday when the opposition Movement for Democratic Change won a vote for the coveted post of speaker of parliament.Lovemore Moyo carried the vote despite the arrests...
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Murray Quick to Find His Feet with a Stroll Past Roitman
Sergio Roitman was never likely to offer a major challenge, but Andy Murray still had every reason to be more than satisfied with his first match in the US Open here yesterday. The British No 1 won 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in an hour and 35 minutes to earn a second-round...
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Olympic Boost Powers Dementieva to Victory
Their most famous compatriot may not be here, but you would still not get much of a price backing a Russian to win the women's singles at the US Open. In the absence of Maria Sharapova, who is nursing a shoulder injury, a host of other Russians fancied...
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Politicians May Bask in Beijing's Golden Glow but They're Still Failing Our Children
Behind every British triumph in Beijing, and every eloquent statement by heroes like swimmer Rebecca Adlington and sculler Mark Hunter about how it felt to beat the world, there was a scandal.It just wouldn't go away. Indeed, it grew only bigger in the...
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Politicians May Bask in Beijing's Golden Glow but They're Still Failing Our Children
Behind every British triumph in Beijing, and every eloquent statement by heroes like swimmer Rebecca Adlington and sculler Mark Hunter about how it felt to beat the world, there was a scandal.It just wouldn't go away. Indeed, it grew only bigger in the...
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Pop
GEORGE MICHAEL Earls Court LONDON **** When George Michael walked on to the stage at London's Earls Court, in one of the final dates of his two-year farewell tour, he told fans that they were lucky to see a show that he had practised 103 times. He was...
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Pounds 30m or Berbatov Will Stay with Us, Warn Spurs
*FOOTBALL Tottenham Hotspur have told Dimitar Berbatov that he is running the risk of "rotting in the reserves" for a season unless Manchester United pay the transfer fee being demanded for the striker.The stark warning was delivered yesterday to Berbatov...
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Pounds 30m or Berbatov Will Stay with Us, Warn Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur have told Dimitar Berbatov that he is running the risk of "rotting in the reserves" for a season unless Manchester United pay the transfer fee being demanded for the striker.The stark warning was delivered yesterday to Berbatov and...
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Qatari Boy, 16, Victim of Racist Murder
A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy from Qatar has died after being attacked by a white gang outside a takeaway restaurant in East Sussex in what police are treating as a racist murder.The boy, named last night as Mohammed al-Majed, lived in Hastings and had spent...
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Rain Doesn't Stop the Rave
Pop CREAMFIELDS Daresbury CHESHIRE *** Beth Ditto is sliding on her stomach in the rain, in front of the most sparse festival crowd The Gossip can have seen in years. The grim sky and near-deserted field don't augur well for Creamfields' 10th anniversary....
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Russia Twists the Knife by Voting to Give Disputed Regions Independence
Russia has raised the stakes in the political fallout over its war with Georgia, as both houses of the Russian parliament voted unanimously to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The final decision on whether to recognise Georgia's...
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Scolari Set for Business in Chelsea's Quest for Best
Luiz Felipe Scolari insists he is ready to put the finishing touches to his restructuring of the Chelsea squad this week. There have been reports of a renewed move for Real Madrid's want-away forward Robinho and suggestions that a world-record deal to...
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She Knew How to Make a Dramatic Exit
Last Night's TV THE LAST WORD MONOLOGUES BBC1 COMEDY LAB: HEADWRECKERS CHANNEL 4 MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS BBC2 We all have different ideas of how to round off a nice bank- holiday weekend, but listening to a monologue from a terminally ill woman,...
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'Shinawatra Has 10-Year Plan for City,' Says Chairman
It has rained mixed messages at Manchester City this summer and the confusion showed no sign of drying up yesterday when the executive chairman, Garry Cook, said that Thaksin Shinawatra remains committed to the club and has no intention of selling up....
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Skills Shortage in IT Leads to Rise in Pay and Jobs despite Slowdown
Despite the economic downturn, IT departments still need more staff, and salaries for mid-level technicians are rising as the perennial skills shortage continues to bite.Nearly half (49 per cent) of the IT directors surveyed by ReThink Recruitment say...
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Small Talk
EMAIL a.dawber@independent.co.ukWEBSITE www.independent.co.uk/businessBig claims from a small coal minerThe award for the most outlandish claim of the week goes to Alternative Investment Market (AIM)-listed coal miner Strategic Natural Resources (SNR)....
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So I'm at This Party. and This Guy Took My Picture
Britain's post-Games bash was full of the rich and famous. And photo-ops The myth that you can see the Great Wall of China from space is just that ... a myth. But on Sunday night, thanks to a Chinese invention - fireworks - I'm pretty sure that you could...
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Special Forces Step Up Missions in Pakistan to Halt the Taliban
Sharif withdrawal from government fuels fears of power vacuum WESTERN special forces are poised to increase their clandestine military operations in Pakistan to stop the flood of Taliban fighters pouring into Afghanistan, amid concerns that the militants...
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Ted Kennedy, 76, Arrives to Steal the Show for One Last Time
US ELECTION ONE LAST time, you just couldn't keep Ted Kennedy away from a Democratic convention. The 76-year-old Senator may be under treatment for malignant brain cancer, but word flashed around Denver yesterday that he had arrived.Last night's first...
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'Thaksin Has 10-Year Plan for City,' Says Chairman
It has rained mixed messages at Manchester City this summer and the confusion showed no sign of drying up yesterday when the executive chairman, Garry Cook, said that Thaksin Shinawatra remains committed to the club and has no intention of selling up....
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Theatre
ENJOY Theatre Royal BATH **** Alan Bennett's Enjoy was not enjoyed by the undiscerning critics, and flopped when first presented in 1980. It has since been acknowledged as a play that's not just wildly funny but also weirdly prescient of the soon-to-be-booming...
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The Day I Beat an Olympian
As Britain returns to some sort of normality after the inspiring thrills of the Beijing Games, so our thoughts turn to our own athletic endeavours and how we could and should have done a lot better. But for a select few it is not just a question of dreaming....
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The End of Tattoo Blues
Removing your body art no longer needs to be a pain in the neck, or anywhere else, discovers Esther Walker Although sometimes I did wish it wasn't there, I never disliked my tattoo - a collection of stars on my hip, done seven years ago, partly in Mexico,...
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The Entwined Fate of Two Terrorised Nations
LEADING ARTICLE Pakistan and Afghanistan face the same Taliban threat Even by the notoriously low standards of South Asian politics, Asif Ali Zardari, the leader of the Pakistani People's Party, is a compromised figure, dogged by corruption charges....
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There Is No Magic Bullet
LEADING ARTICLE Charles Bean, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, probably wishes he had chosen his words a little more carefully. No one wants to hear from one of the stewards of our economy that he and his colleagues have their "fingers crossed"...
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The Ten Best Thrillers
1 The Likeness Tana FrenchDetective Cassie Maddox, still recovering from her last case, is troubled to learn of a murder victim who's her double - and using the fake identity Cassie had used. Creepy stuff.Hodder & Stoughton, 12.992 Deadline Simon KernickKernick's...
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Toddler Shot in Head by Sister with an Air Gun
An 18-month-old boy was left fighting for his life after his five- year-old sister shot him in the head with an air gun their father was using for target practice.The family were in the back garden of their Birmingham home when the father, Bakht Zaman,...
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Trade Bodies Link to Attack HIPs
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) will join forces this week to lobby for an overhaul of the Home Information Pack (HIP) regulations.HIPs, introduced last year, force homeowners to...
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We Need to Get the Oil from the Ocean into Your Tank
Podium BEFORE THEY left Washington for their August recess, Congress failed to take action on an issue that is currently of great concern to Americans: high prices at the gas pump.The fundamental reason for high gasoline prices is that the supply of...
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Wenger Resumes Clearance by Sending Senderos to Milan
THE Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos yesterday agreed to a one- year loan deal at Milan as Arsne Wenger's remarkable clear-out continued. The Swiss defender has been told that he is now behind new signing Mikal Silvestre in the defensive pecking order...
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Wet Summers Bring Flood of Truffles
The mystical allure of the truffle spans the centuries. Greeks and Romans associated the fungi with sex and power, attributing to it therapeutic and aphrodisiac powers. Brillat Sauvaurin, the 18th- century French gourmet, once remarked that truffles...
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When the Capes Are Off
ITV is calling for better sitcoms. But is a comedy about off- duty superheroesthe answer? By Julian Hall The cast list for ITV2's first sitcom is impressive. A comedy about the personal lives of off-duty superheroes, it stars Patrick Baladi (The Office),...
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'Why I'll Never Eat a Fry-Up Again'
When Dan Roberts had the chance to watch a triple bypass on a man only a little older than himself, it provided the wake-up call he needed to clean up his own act Many of life's most profound, unforgettable experiences occur in the stark, antiseptic...
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Why Neanderthal Man May Not Have Been as Stupid as He Looks
Neanderthals were not as stupid as they have been portrayed, according to a study showing their stone tools were just as good as those made by the early ancestors of modern humans, Homo sapiens.Scientists who spent years learning how to make replicas...
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Will Iraq Disintegrate If the United States Withdraws Its Troops?
The big question Why are we asking this now?The United States and Iraq are close to agreeing a security accord under which the US would pull its combat troops out of Iraqi cities, towns and villages on 30 June 2009, and out of Iraq by 31 December 2011....
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You Write the Reviews
PIAF Donmar Warehouse LONDON **** Before sex and drugs were co-opted by rock'n'roll, they belonged to Edith Piaf. A diminutive woman whose looks were far from stunning, Piaf rose from singing on the street to become the highest- paid performer in the...
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Zimbabwe and Jamaica Run Away with the Economically Adjusted Olympics
As we preen ourselves over our Olympic achievements, it's worth pausing to consider Britain's amazing haul of gold medals in the light of the broader economic context. Relative to our nation's population and wealth, how have we done in comparison to...
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