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 January 5, 2009

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Days Like These VIRGINIA WOOLF, in London, writes in her diary: "We went to Hampton Court. We walked across Bushby Park, and along a raised bank beneath trees to the river. It was cold, but still. Then we took a tram to Kingston and had tea at Atkinsons,...
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Adams Still Hoping to Keep Defoe
PORTSMOUTH 0 BRISTOL CITY 0 MAYBE the booing at full-time from the Fratton faithful changed his mindset, but Tony Adams appears to have discovered new resolve to keep hold of Jermain Defoe.Content that the England striker, a target for Tottenham manager...
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Adoration All Round for Gerrard's Divine Skills
* Sammy Lee and Preston players line up to pay tribute to 'best in the world' PRESTON NORTH END 0 LIVERPOOL 2 If the pitch had turned into water Steven Gerrard would no doubt have continued to stride purposefully across its surface, providing still more...
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As the World Sees It
The credit crisisTHE SUNDAY TELEGRAPHWe cannot really blame the Bank for being stumped for a solution to the credit crisis. Nobody has one - because there is none, at least at the level of a technical manoeuvre of economic policy. At bottom the crisis...
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A Taste for Blood
Sam Peckinpah's appetite for real and cinematic violence approached the psychopathic. As a season of his films opens, Geoffrey Macnab assesses the director's career Anybody who goes on the Peckinpah trail will come back with the same confused story....
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A Test of Mind: Cricketer's 'Revelatory Read' Is a Match for Trescothick's Story
READ IT LIFE BEYOND THE AIRING CUPBOARD by JOHN BARCLAY Pounds 15.00 Fairfield Books The Marcus Trescothick autobiography, in which he went on the record to reveal his battle against depression, was hailed in some quarters as courageous (rightly so)...
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A Witty Life Mapped out from Chipping Norton to El Salvador
The Monday Book MAPS OF MY LIFE By Guy Browning Square peg, Pounds 12.99 Order for Pounds 11.69(free p&p) on 0870 079 8897 "A couple of beers and a box of Ordnance Survey maps" is Guy Browning's idea of a good time. Nick Hornby kicked off sections of...
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Back to Baroque
Jewel colours and sumptuous finery - in a recession? It could only be Dolce & Gabbana. They tell Susannah Frankel why the faded opulence of Visconti's The Leopard is their inspiration What recession? When, in Milan last September, Dolce & Gabbana sent...
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Bath Conspire to Throw Away Win in Tiger Territory
Commentary LEICESTER 24 BATH 22 There are things in rugby that bemuse and bewilder, such as England's move to drop Tom Rees for their autumn meeting with the All Blacks, and things that beggar belief: for instance, the decisions of Danny Cipriani and...
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Betsen Dominates in Wasps' Resurgence
WASPS 24 HARLEQUINS 18 WASPS DRAGGED themselves clear of the Premiership basement after a gruelling London derby against Harlequins in front of their first 10,000 sell-out of the season at Adams Park yesterday.Wasps produced their best 40 minutes of...
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Big Guns Power through to Set Up 'Cracker' of a Final
DARTS VICTORY BY the top seeds in the semi-finals on Saturday set up a dream PDC World Darts Championship final last night with Phil Taylor playing Raymond van Barneveld.Dutchman Van Barneveld had been the first to book his place with a nervy 6-4 victory...
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Boro's Boy from Brazil Finally Locates Goal Seam
MIDDLESBROUGH 2 BARROW 1 It was in Alfonso Alves' hometown that one of the greatest cup upsets took place. That was in the World Cup in 1950, when England were beaten 1-0 by the United States in the Brazilian mining town of Belo Horizonte.One newspaper...
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British Insurers' Rule Change May Produce a Rush of Rights Issues
IN A move likely to promote a slew of rights issues among listed British companies in 2009, an influential investor group lowered its requirements for such cash calls in a bid to speed up the process.Under the new guidelines issued by the Association...
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Brown Laments 'Distraction' from Survival Battle
HULL CITY 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 You would have to have spent a long time visiting several other planets not to have twigged by now that the FA Cup is not what it used to be. Yet still sometimes it is hard to comprehend the extent to which its crown has...
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Caledonian Troubadour Brings It All Back Home
POP HOGMANAY Princes Street, Edinburgh **** Attending the Hogmanay celebrations held every new year in Edinburgh can be the Russian roulette of gig-going. Despite usually commendable line-ups and one of the most beautiful wintertime city settings imaginable,...
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Call to Stop Ex-Ministers Cashing in on Contacts
FORMER MINISTERS can exploit loose and ambiguous guidelines on lobbying to cash in "with impunity" on their inside knowledge of Westminster, a Commons committee warns.Demanding tough new rules and a statutory register of lobbyists, the MPs registered...
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Capturing Che
From the streets of Cuba to the walls of student bedsits, the classic image of the rebel leader is still a bestseller long after his death. Simon Usborne reports on how a single photo launched an industry Fidel Castro nowhere to be seen, it was left...
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Cisse's Pairing with Jones Adds Edge to Sunderland
SUNDERLAND 2 BOLTON WANDERERS 1 Ricky Sbragia, the Sunderland manager, is looking forward to reaping the benefits of a fruitful strike partnership between Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones after both players scored in Saturday's third-round win over Bolton...
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City Step Up Bellamy Hunt
* Offer to West Ham for Welsh striker and midfielder Parker increased to Pounds 20m Manchester City have responded to their disastrous FA Cup third- round defeat to Nottingham Forest in the fashion expected of the richest club in the world: by raising...
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Clough Right to Bide His Time at Burton as Contemporaries Struggle in Spotlight
Talking Football As the son of Brian Clough, the popular perception of Nigel Clough is that he has seen what football management can do to a man and decided he would rather keep his sanity. He is the odds-on favourite to get the job at Derby County,...
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Commons' Touches Get Derby off the Hook
FOREST GREEN ROVERS 3 DERBY COUNTY 4 Kris Commons was the only man wearing gloves on the frozen New Lawn pitch in the Nailsworth hills on a raw day Forest Green sent a chill wind through the Derby ranks.Rovers, from the Blue Square Premier League, were...
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Credit Crisis Diary
After the credit crunch ... the comedy crunchWhat happens to "keeping the day job" when the day job goes? Well, according to reports from New York, ever on the cliff face of the credit crunch, we could soon see a slew of new stand-up comics. Take one...
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Crowd Turn on Hughes as City Hit New Low
MANCHESTER CITY 0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3 The moment despair and disillusionment turned into anger was marked by a sound. Eastlands had endured the gloating of the Nottingham Forest supporters better than most football crowds but then something snapped in...
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Cult Viewing at Last
The Weekend's Television AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 FAITHS FRI BBC2 PROG ROCK BRITANNIA - AN OBSERVATION IN THREE MOVEMENTS FRI BBC4 A HISTORY OF SCOTLAND SAT BBC2 THE ANTIQUES ROGUE SHOW SUN BBC2 I hope, of course, that we have not already seen the weirdest...
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Dominant Taylor Powers His Way to 14th World Title
DARTS PHIL TAYLOR broke his own record for a major final when producing a brilliant display to hammer Raymond van Barneveld 7-1 in the World Darts Championship and take his 14th world title in London last night.Taylor had not won the title for three...
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Donald E. Westlake
Prolific writer of mysteries and thrillers whose screenplay for 'The Grifters' was Oscar nominated Donald E. Westlake was a prolific writer of mysteries and thrillers, with a handful of screenplays (and an Academy Award nomination) to his credit. But...
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Downing Demands to Leave Middlesbrough
STEWART DOWNING will submit a transfer request to Middlesbrough this morning following a bid of around 6m from Tottenham last week but the 24-year-old winger will have to fight to leave Teesside. Using typically uncompromising language, Middlesbrough...
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England Look Set to Pander to Demands of Pietersen
* Coach Peter Moores on the brink as relationship with captain breaks down Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England cricket team, is in danger of setting an extremely dangerous precedent this week should he decide to sack Peter Moores. It is...
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EU Ceasefire Campaign Marred by Internal Discord
Diplomacy European efforts to broker a ceasefire were in disarray last night with the Israeli ground offensive striking deep inside Gaza. Diplomats said the US, which has the most influence over Israel, had not shown a "clear red light" to the Israelis,...
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Foden Revelling Role as Wandering Star
RUGBY UNION NORTHAMPTON 30 BRISTOL 8 Ben Foden joined Northampton to further his ambitions as a future England scrum-half, and Saints had said they would play him as a scrum-half.Of the 16 matches in which he has played in all competitions so far this...
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For a Child, War Means Mum Reads You Stories
Reem al-Naraib and her family have taken to sleeping by day as they try to cope with life in a battle zone. By Andy McSmith Inside Gaza IF YOU ARE under 13 years old and protected by a loving family, anything can be fun, even taking refuge from Israeli...
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For the Record
"This honour recognises the importance of radio in this country. Radio is an astonishing medium that people feel passionate about and I'm proud to have played a part in ensuring that it continues to thrive." Jenny Abramsky, the former head of BBC Audio,...
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Fury in France as Sarkozy Bans Adverts from State TV
* Journalists strike as critics claim President's plan to create 'Gallic BBC' is bid to extend influence One of Nicolas Sarkozy's most visible, and most controversial, attempts to transform the French way of life will take effect from 8pm tonight. Advertising...
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Gaza Sliced in Two by Israel's Land Assault
* Diplomacy falters as divisions widen between Europe and AmericaISRAEL YESTERDAY used tanks, artillery and warplanes to mount a massive offensive in Gaza which local medics said had killed at least 31 Palestinian civilians by dusk. The Israeli forces...
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Gaza Will Not Find Peace until Hamas Ceases to Be a Threat
LEADING ARTICLE But Israel's ground offensive holds immediate and long-term dangers The conflict in the Gaza Strip has entered a new and still more dangerous phase with the start of Israel's long-predicted ground offensive. Israeli tanks streamed into...
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Gerrard's Court Date Sandwiched by Mersey Derbies
The week starting 19 January promises to be an interesting one for a certain Steven Gerrard both on and off the football field.The Liverpool captain's seven days begin with one Merseyside derby - in the League on the Monday night - and will conclude...
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Golf Clubs Could Damage Your Hearing
IT is the sound every would-be Tiger Woods yearns for - the sweet high-pitched "thunk" as the oversized head of their favourite driver sends the ball soaring up the fairway.Yet the latest must-have titanium clubs, which can cost hundreds of pounds each...
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Hamas Is Entirely Responsible for the Israeli Invasion of Gaza
Podium OVER THE past week, I have been monitoring the situation in the Middle East closely with the members of my national security team. And I've been in contact with leaders throughout the region -- including the King of Saudi Arabia, the King of Jordan,...
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Henry's Goal Sparks Barca Surge
Spanish Commentary BARCELONA 3 REAL MALLORCA 1 THIERRY HENRY scored Barcelona's last goal of 2008 and he got their first of 2009 as they stayed on course to reach the magic 100 points total for the season - win their next two games and they will reach...
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How to Beat the January Blues
Life Support ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR THE MODERN WORLD LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONSWith so much time and energy spent ushering in the new year, it is no wonder that its eventual arrival is a bit of a letdown. While it is great to be hopeful about the coming 12...
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'I Already Have London 2012 on My Cap. I Hope I Can Make the Team'
THE BRIAN VINER INTERVIEW The most decorated Olympian of all time, US swimmer Michael Phelps, aims to rule in the pool again at the next Games, but you will not find him talking himself up Unlike most 23-year-old men in the first week of a new year,...
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'I Know the Truth about His Death'
The police in Goa called it suicide. But Stephen Bennett's sister believes that thugs controlled by local drugs gangs murdered her brother. David Orr reports from India on a violent crime - and botched cover-up - that shames a tropical paradise On 6...
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Impressive Murray Signals Intent for New Campaign
TENNIS * British No 1 begins his preparations for the Australian Open in style The tide has barely turned to signal the start of a new campaign but Andy Murray is already riding the crest of a wave. The international tennis season officially opened yesterday...
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Investors Braced for Grim News from M&S
The Week Ahead IT IS AN important week for the retailers as they assess the damage after an "appalling" run-up to Christmas. None more so than Marks & Spencer, which some fear could warn on profits on Wednesday.Ian MacDougall, an analyst at Blue Oar...
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Irish Ambition Checked by Salary Cap Talk
LONDON IRISH 48 NEWCASTLE 8 MONEY MAKES the world go around but it can also derail the best- laid plans. Toby Booth, the London Irish head coach, urged Premier Rugby to abandon thoughts of lowering the salary cap from 4m to 3.5m, partly because he would...
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Israel Is in Danger of Fighting the Last War, Not the Next One
The world wrings its hands, anxious and despairing. Israel presses on, grim and resolute. There are a number of interesting short-term questions. Would the Israelis have acted now if their election were six months away, not two, and if Mr Obama had already...
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Is Regime Change the Ultimate Goal?
Israel is playing a 'wait and see' game to test Hamas's resolve and international opinion, but it is a high-risk strategy that could backfire Analysis Israeli politicians have talked for so long about a possible large-scale invasion of Gaza to confront...
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Is the Israeli Assault on Gaza Justified, and Should We Still Be in Afghanistan?
You ask the questions Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Is Israel's assault on Gaza justified? Will sending in ground troops achieve anything?CARL BURKEPETERBOROUGHIsrael has an absolute right to defend its citizens. Hundreds of rockets...
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'I've Never Had a Go at Muslims, Only Islam'
After preparing chocolate and cinnamon French toast for his children's breakfast and before popping out to a delightful Wiltshire village pub for some lunch, Rod Liddle is explaining why he enjoys racist jokes so much more these days.Humour that he found...
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Jim Rosenthal
Work: Jim Rosenthal, 61, is an ITV sports anchor and is presenting the channel's FA Cup coverage this seasonLife: Married to Chrissy for over 20 years; they have one son, TomBalance: Recently did the Great North Run to raise money for his friend Sir...
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Jones Lays Down the Laws as Saracens Suffer
GLOUCESTER 22 SARACENS 16 Eddie Jones, who is never short of a word or a couple of thousand, was at it again after his Saracens suffered yet another defeat at Kingsholm. They find it impossible to win there and Jones, as frustrated as hell, says he is...
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Keeping out the Cameras and Reporters Simply Doesn't Work
Comment What is Israel afraid of? Using the old "enclosed military area" excuse to prevent coverage of its occupation of Palestinian land has been going on for years. But the last time Israel played this game - in Jenin in 2000 - it was a disaster. Prevented...
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Mackail-Smith Keeps Cup Success All in the Mind
WEST BROMWICH 1 PETERBOROUGH 1 Peterborough United appreciate that much would remain undone, in football as in life, if it was not for the last minute. They prevailed through Craig Mackail-Smith's 90th-minute goal at Hornchurch in the first round and...
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Madoff T-Shirts and Beach Gear for Sale on eBay
IT IS NOT going to add up to the $50bn that, collectively, they may have lost, but the clients, staff and trading partners of self- confessed fraudster Bernard Madoff are at least trying to cash in what they do have to show for their business.The online...
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Malawi Strikes Organic Gold
Peasant farmers are breaking the cycle of poverty by using ancient methods that could court Western supermarkets, says Basildon Peta Poverty and penury often push people in Africa into innovation. So it was with Jailos Kanyanga. The story began when...
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Mikael the 'Machine' Motors Home
THE TURF might stand hard as iron, with all racing over jumps in Britain again abandoned today, but there was still much to warm the cockles over the weekend. For those who did not leave the fireside, there danced before their eyes the lambent image...
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Mr Brown's Revolving In-Tray
LEADING ARTICLE DURING HIS rounds of the new year talk shows yesterday, the Prime Minister was asked to say more about two ways in which the Government might tackle the fall-out from the economic crisis. In the light of the grim outlook for the coming...
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New Powers for Police to Hack Your PC
* Civil liberties groups raise alarm over extension of surveillance without warrant POLICE have been given powers to hack into personal computers without a court warrant. The Home Office is facing anger and the threat of a legal challenge after granting...
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No-Frills Brown Could Be Carried to the Top
Scottish Commentary CELTIC 2 DUNDEE UNITED 2 CELTIC'S Scott Brown is Scotland's best footballer and will develop into a player who can hold down a starting place at one of the top clubs in the English Premier League. That is the private view of the Scotland...
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No Gold Medals for UK's Economic Performance as Hopes Turn to Ashes
Viktor Chukarin was the first Soviet sportsman to be awarded the Order of Lenin. A gymnast who won a hatful of gold medals in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, he was a true Soviet hero.As the Cold War warmed up, Stalin, Kruschev and their henchmen doubtless...
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Obama's Commerce Nominee Withdraws
* New Mexico Governor drops out amid scandal over campaign contributions Bill Richardson, the man chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to be America's next Commerce Secretary, has dropped out of the running pending the results of a corruption inquiry....
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Osman Strike Reminds Town of Gap in Class
MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0 EVERTON 1 Macclesfield came frustratingly close to being in the FA Cup's fourth-round draw for the first time as they threatened to embarrass Everton on Saturday.Their substitute Simon Yeo hit a fierce shot for what would have been...
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Pandora
At last, the fashion bible carries ColeCheryl Cole's journey towards being crowned the queen bee of football's Wag sorority is finally complete. Following her sob- filled appearances on television's recent X Factor series, the spangly pop star graces...
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PM Admits Recession Could Last until 2011
* But Brown says his plans have not failed and pledges 100,000 new jobs THE RECESSION could last as long as two years without urgent action to boost the world economy, Gordon Brown acknowledged yesterday as Britain braced itself for a surge of new year...
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Pool Forget a Century of Struggle to Stun Stoke
HARTLEPOOL 2 STOKE CITY 0 The debate among Hartlepool United fans on Saturday night centred on where this momentous victory stood in their century of struggle. Did it top winning the Durham Orphanage Cup in 1924 for example? What about the Sunderland...
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Poor Maths Skills Cost Britain Pounds 2.4bn a Year, Says Study
BRITAIN'S LACK of mathematical skills is costing the taxpayer up to 2.4bn a year, according to a report by a group of financial consultants. The study, by the KPMG Foundation, estimates around seven million adults in the UK have at best the maths ability...
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Pop
MANU CHAO The Forum, London ***** It's testimony to the pulling power of Manu Chao that within hours of the announcement of two surprise UK December dates both had sold out. Not bad for someone who has never had a British No 1 single or album, and whose...
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Pop Goes Classical in Album Cover Awards
Classical imagery is the newest idea in album cover design, judging by the winners of this year's Best Art Vinyl award. The winner and the third placed entry are both adaptions of well known paintings, both centuries old, while in second place there...
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Products Offering an Easy Detox 'Are a Waste of Time'
THOSE WHO follow up on a new year resolution to "detox" by buying products that claim to clear their bodies of toxins are probably wasting their time, a study by science students has found.Despite a lack of scientific evidence, consumers are being misled...
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Ray Deakin
Burnley captain who defended his club's place in the Football League recscued his club from the brink prevented his club's elimination from the Football League When Burnley Football Club faced its darkest hour - poised on the brink of elimination from...
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Ready to Wear
It is only rarely that a beauty look appears on the catwalk of not just one but three fashion superpowers. If Prada, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent - three entirely different brands and with entirely different new collections to match - decree that...
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Rewarded for Being Wrong
The season of predictions is upon us once more. For the past week, the newspapers and airwaves have been awash with professional experts warning of three million unemployed in Britain in 2009 or of Israel bombing Iran.It's a risky business for investment...
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Salmond and Darling Clash over New Forth Bridge
* Holyrood refuses to accept public-private partnership to fund Pounds 2.3bn project SCOTLAND'S First Minister, Alex Salmond, has hit back at Westminster's refusal to provide an advance to fund a new 2.3bn bridge across the Forth, saying yesterday:...
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Shakespeare, Dickens and Palin. Discuss
Michael Palin is a kindly and intelligent soul, but one thing I doubt he would ever claim to be is a pillar of English literature. A few years ago, at the behest of a television company, he travelled from North Pole to South Pole, and produced a spin-off...
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Small Talk
AIM stocks get off to flyer but it's likely to be a flash in the panIf the rest of 2009 is anything like the year's first day of trading on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on Friday, everyone is in for an unexpectedly good 12 months.The all-share...
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Something from the Weekend
The Good...Shane Warne and Glenn McGrathThe Aussie leggie and the leggie Aussie have been heard commentating during the current Sydney Test match between Australia and South Africa and have clearly found handling the mic as easy as handling the leather....
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Spare Me the Tears over the White Working Class
MAYBE IT'S because I'm a foreigner that I rage so when witnessing attacks on immigrants. Something stirs deep inside, not bloodlines, not tribal kinships, not even the politics of race, but a wakeful sense of history and lived experience.The same defensive...
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Spouse Schlepping, Glacial Golf or Hubcap Hurlin' - You Choose
Dom Joly's Weird World of Sport I thought that I should kick off the year by returning to the roots of what this column was supposed to be all about - very weird sports. I've decided to find the three weirdest events and then ask you, my beloved reader(s)...
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Stop Press: Old News Is Good News
Today's hefty newspapers could learn a thing or two from Mingaye Snider's Temperance Lancet and Penny Trumpet, which began life in 1841. The slogan "Quality not Quantity" appears on the masthead of the one-penny publication, which preaches temperance...
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Stores Thrown Lifeline with Falling Retail Rents
Retailers get boost in tough times with more power to negotiate rents RETAIL RENTS fell for the first time in 15 years in 2008 and will not return to growth until 2013, handing struggling retailers a potential lifeline to stave off administration.The...
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Storm Gathers for Scolari
Chelsea manager's attempts to calm concerns fail to convince after four draws in five matches. By Jason Burt CHELSEA 1 SOUTHEND UNITED 1 AMR ZAKI, Luis Fabiano, Wagner Love. The names of three strikers admired by, discussed by and, to a greater and lesser...
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Suffering Southampton Endure Nightmare
SOUTHAMPTON 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 3 DOWN TO 10 men, struggling to get the ball off Dimitar Berbatov, barracked and humiliated by Manchester United's travelling support: this was what passed as Southampton's FA Cup dream yesterday. Although at least now...
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Sydney Notebook
Something nasty in my back yardSUMMER has begun in earnest in this part of the world, and that means long days, sunshine - and marauding spiders. Sydney has an impressive array of arachnids, ranging from the hairy but relatively harmless huntsman to...
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Sylvia Wishart
Painter and illustrator inspired by the landscapes of Orkney The artist Sylvia Wishart was born in Orkney and spent most of her life there, and the landscape of the islands was her inspiration and her subject matter. Her paintings were rooted in the...
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Taylor Breaks Own Record on Way to 14th World Title
DARTS PHIL TAYLOR broke his own record for a major final when producing a brilliant display to hammer Raymond van Barneveld 7-1 in the World Darts Championship and take his 14th world title in London last night.Taylor had not won the title for three...
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The Death and Life of My Father
For The Independent's reporter in Gaza, the Israeli invasion became a personal tragedy when he discovered his father was one of the first casualties of the ground war The phone call came at around 4.20pm on Saturday. A bomb had been dropped on the house...
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The Fashion
For the fearless shopper, 2009 brings a fresh crop of must-visit boutiques, new online stores and cheerful accessories. Harriet Walker picks spring's freshest bunch The diet's abandoned, you're back on the booze, and looking for fulfilment... In the...
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The Smallest Show on Earth
It's a gallery the size of a cupboard. Portishead's Geoff Barrow is the man behind it, and his fellow musicians provide the art. Charlotte Cripps reports Portishead's Geoff Barrow has opened a tiny art gallery in Bristol the size of a large walk-in-cupboard...
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This Healthy Industry Now Has the Printed Word in Its Sights
American President-elect Barack Obama gets my award for the new media star of 2008, probably the most digitally eventful year of the 21st century. His historic achievement of raising more than $500m (306m) from mainly small donors on the internet for...
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'This Is a War That We Have to Fight'
With the troops The tiny house at Sderot was all but destroyed by the rocket which struck at 8.06am, punching a gaping hole through the roof. Diane Mosadi, a widow of 74 living alone, escaped with only minor injuries. The other homes packed around a...
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Time Will Showif the Lessons of 2006 Were Learnt
Soldier's view FOR THOSE of us who have lived through the wars of 1956, 1967, 1973 and 1982, and all the wars since, there is a strong element of deja vu as another ground campaign gets under way.Leaving aside the political rights and wrongs, any military...
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'Today's Diary Entry May Read: Drank Pot of Tea. Saw Owl - or Fat Pigeon.'
Days Like These Each year, as a child, I would be given a Letts schoolgirl diary for Christmas, and on the first of January, I would begin diligently recording the many fascinating events that made up my daily life. A typical entry might read: "Jan 8th:...
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TV Channels Put Their Faith into Tackling Religious Issues
What has happened to religion on TV? At the moment we're offered Martin Shaw as Jesuit superhero, doing battle against the Devil in the BBC One schlock-drama Apparitions but actual worship-based programmes have almost vanished from the schedules.I remember...
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Watch It
THE SEDENTARY SPORTS FAN'S GUIDE TO THE WEEK AHEAD TENNISQATAR OPENToday-Saturday, times varyChannels: British Eurosport, 2Andy Murray (below) looks to continue continuing where he left off last year following an excellent start to 2009 in winning the...
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Wenger Hunts a 'Special' One
ARSENAL 3 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 MYOPIA AT Arsenal is not confined to William Gallas, who briefly disappeared to the dressing room on Saturday to replace a contact lens. Certainly those who have accused Arsne Wenger of losing focus during 2008 might themselves...
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When Piracy Is Only Self-Defence
Who imagined that in 2009, the world's governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy - backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the US to China - is sailing into Somalian waters to take...
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When We Were Good, We Were Very, Very Good!
It was, as everyone grimly acknowledged, hardly a vintage year for British advertising. So looking back at the best ads of 2008 is not the most inspirational way to welcome in 2009, I admit it. The small group of contenders speaks more of adland's mediocrity...
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Why Home Is the New Gym
It's no coincidence that Mr Motivator is returning to our TV screens. As fitness club subscriptions decline, we are getting leaner in the comfort of our own living rooms, says Genevieve Roberts The Lycra-clad Mr Motivator, returning to television screens...
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Wikipedia to Stay Free as Readers Rush to the Rescue
* Christmas appeal by founder raises $6m to save site from adverts and charges USERS of Wikipedia have seen off a threat that the website would be forced to carry advertisements or charge for access, after one of the most successful online fundraising...
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