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 7, 2009

7 January 1857
Days Like These Jules and Edmond Goncourt, the French brothers who contributed greatly to the development of the naturalist novel and of social history, observe: "Humbug everywhere, even in science. For years now the scientists have been promising us...
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Abramovich Suffers Rich-List Relegation Hits Abramovich
Chelsea owner down Pounds 3.8bn, says survey, while Robbie Fowler 'spent' Pounds 2m THE FACT that Chelsea's players have had their free ticket allocation reduced from eight to four seats per game suggests the credit crunch is hitting Roman Abramovich...
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An Untypically Joyful and Triumphant Return
POP HAPPY MONDAYS Academy, Glasgow *** The past is getting closer all the time, as - just like a packaged nostalgia bill of old beat-combos or glam-rock groups - this Fac 51 Hacienda tour has reunited leading lights of the late Eighties Madchester scene...
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Arshavin in New Link to Arsenal
Russian's visit to Emirates Stadium raises speculation but cash remains a barrier THE RUSSIAN international Andrei Arshavin has visited the Arsenal training ground and expressed a desire to join the club this month but the 22m fee demanded by Zenit...
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Arshavin's London Visit Provides New Link to Arsenal
THE RUSSIAN international Andrei Arshavin has visited the Arsenal training ground and expressed a desire to join the club this month but the 22m fee demanded by Zenit St Petersburg is still proving a huge obstacle. Arshavin is understood to have visited...
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As the World Sees It
India-Pakistan relationsHINDUSTAN TIMES (INDIA)Why has New Delhi, despite knowing that it will still be listening to a stuck record from across the border, presented Pakistan a dossier of incriminating material? For one, it puts serious pressure on Pakistan...
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Bright Isle
St Lucia packs a lot into its 238 square miles and has big intentions too. In addition to its beautiful white beaches, banana plantations, coral reefs and tropical rainforest, it has grand plans for regeneration and redevelopment. This looks set to make...
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Burning Ambitions
As the cold and credit crunch bite, more and more people are turning to open fires to keep themselves warm and cut down on skyrocketing fuel bills. But it isn't only about saving money; there's something satisfying and primal about building your own...
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Can They Touch It?
The iPhone has inspired a new generation of imitators, from Nokia to BlackBerry. So just how smart are these smartphones - and should Apple be worried? Simon Usborne gets hands-on There was an anniversary at the end of 2008 you might have missed - 5...
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Cherries Hit by Inactive 'Volcano'
RUGBY UNION Gloucester face rest of season without winger Vainikolo LESLEY VAINIKOLO could not, even in his wildest dreams, have expected an England recall this side of doomsday - current evidence suggests that Martin Johnson, the national manager,...
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Clough Follows Father and Takes Charge at Derby
Could there conceivably have been a finer way of preparing for the arduous task of stepping past the European champions and reaching Wembley? On the eve of Manchester United's arrival in the east Midlands for the Carling Cup semi-final first leg, Derby...
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Cook with Gordon and David
The PM and Opposition leader are just two of the famous names to donate recipes to a church cookbook THEY HAVE battled for the hearts and minds of the British public countless times, but now Gordon Brown and David Cameron have turned their attention...
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Co-Operative Brings Hope to Waterless Poor
Two or three times a week the residents of Maharlika, one of many urban poor communities in Bagong Silang, a suburb in the Philippines capital, wait along the main street for the city government tankers to deliver water. There is no fixed time. People...
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Credit Crisis Diary
Slow progress for RyanairRyanair is fighting hard in its battle to buy Aer Lingus, issuing a string of press releases accusing its Irish rival of all sorts of failings and general naughtiness. But the campaign is so far falling short. Yesterday it said...
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Credit Crunch Claims Life of Billionaire Who Bet Big Lost in the Crunch Train Suicide
Germany's fifth-richest man throws himself under train after losing empire in VW share price squeeze HE SEEMED to be the epitome of the respectable German industrialist: a modest family man who strove to avoid publicity. But behind the scenes, the billionaire...
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CRH Is Pick of Troubled Building Sector
Investment Column Our view: Avoid for nowShare price: 20.15 (+1.29)Ordinarily, when a company says that the rest of the year will be "extremely challenging", investors should run a mile. Yesterday, however, shares in the Irish building materials group...
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Cuba's Golf Revolution
This round was Fidel Castro's way of demonstrating his scorn for the bourgeoisie. But the game he loathed survived his rule, though plans to make the island a golfer's paradisehave foundered. Leonard Doyle reports from Havana Marlene Negrene stood on...
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Dale Wasserman
Playwright who adapted 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' for the stage The playwright Dale Wasserman adapted Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as a Broadway play in 1963, and wrote the libretto for one of New York's biggest musical hits,...
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Dance
MANON Coliseum, London *** As the heroine of Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, ballerina Agnes Oaks is torn between love in poverty and life as a rich courtesan. When a prospective client drapes a fur robe around her, she snuggles into the collar - but it's...
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Dancer May Sidestep Limelight of Gold Cup
RACING Jonjo O'Neill plans Festival raid for Albertas Run AFTER NINE DEGREES of frost and a dusting of snow, the hills around Jackdaws Castle remained petrified in the sunshine yesterday. Even in the afternoon, the temperature could not fumble past...
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Defoe Completes Pounds 15.5m Move Back to White Hart Lane
Jermain Defoe was back on the pitch at White Hart Lane last night after completing a 15.5m move from Portsmouth back to Tottenham. The England striker was presented to the supporters before the Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Burnley and will...
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Defoe Seals Spurs Return for Pounds 15.5m
Jermain Defoe was back on the pitch at White Hart Lane last night after completing a 15.5m move from Portsmouth back to Tottenham. The England striker was presented to the supporters before the Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Burnley and will...
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Dependence on Russian Energy Places Europe at Risk
LEADING ARTICLE The EU must ensure that no one can hold it to ransom in future The angry stand-off between Russia and Ukraine over gas is now seriously disrupting supplies to several European Union countries. Romania has lost 75 per cent of its supply;...
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Desolation Row: The Demise of One Town
The winter sun may have shone brightly on Southend's high street yesterday afternoon but there was little reason for either shoppers or traders to be cheerful as Britain's increasingly gloomy economic situation cast its ugly shadow over the town's main...
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Dokic Rebuilds Her Career in the Green and Gold
The naturalised Australian is thriving again down under, reports Paul Newman Jelena Dokic has stumbled from one crisis to another since creating one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history with her victory over Martina Hingis 10 years ago, but evidence...
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Downturn Will Sort the Retailing Wheat from the Chaff
Outlook And they are off. The start of the Christmas trading update season has brought relatively good news from the high street, or at least news that was not nearly as bad as some had been forecasting. Debenhams was down "just" 3.3 per cent in the...
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End of the Road for Kraftwerk Founder
Dinosaur rock fans aged 45 and over will remember the pulsating, eerily monotonous yet pioneering electronic sound of the smash hit "Autobahn" that launched the German band Kraftwerk on to the popular music scene back in the 1970s.Yesterday the German...
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Euro Slides as Inflation Falls to Two-Year Low
Inflation in the eurozone has fallen to a two-year low, it was announced yesterday, news that pushed the euro sharply lower against the US dollar and the pound as expectations of sharply lower European interest rates rose.During trading, the single currency...
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Fairy Tales Prepare Children for Reality
HAVE YOU heard the story about the beautiful but poor girl who lived with her father? One day her father met a nice woman who went on to become her stepmother. She helped the girl with her homework, encouraged her to achieve all that she could and bought...
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Fed December Minutes Signalled Recession and Deflation Fears
The threat of recession and the spectre of deflation haunted members of the Federal Reserve's interest rate-setting committee, according to the minutes of their historic December meeting.Amid growing signs of weakening economic activity, the minutes...
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Gazprom and the Struggle for Power
Gazprom is now so powerful that it is capable of freezing much of Europe. Sarah Arnott reports The Ukrainian gas crisis, which escalated further yesterday and put Europe's energy supplies into greater jeopardy, is a prime illustration of the unusual...
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Hammers Gamble on Clearance Sale
'Surplus' pair Etherington and Davenport on way out to safeguard prize assets WEST HAM UNITED have agreed to sell Matthew Etherington to Stoke City for 4m and Calum Davenport to Bolton Wanderers for 3m in deals, expected to be completed today or tomorrow,...
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Hammers Sell Davenport and Etherington to Keep Their Aces
FOOTBALL 'Surplus' players go to Bolton and Stoke in bid to retain Bellamy and Parker West Ham insist Upson is not for sale WEST HAM UNITED have agreed to sell Matthew Etherington to Stoke City for 4m and Calum Davenport to Bolton Wanderers for 3m...
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Heavens Above
Coventry is in the midst of an architectural revival. The cathedral's newest neighbour is a museum - and it sets the spirits soaring, says Jay Merrick When Sir Basil Spence designed Coventry Cathedral in 1956, his architectural vision was about a resurrection...
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Hospitals Ordered to Let Patients Use Mobiles
MINISTERS HAVE ordered hospitals in England to relax their ban on the use of mobile phones as fears about their interaction with sensitive medical equipment have receded.But NHS managers warned that forcing sick patients to endure tinny renditions of...
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How to Build a Website (It's Easy as Www)
Taking the net by storm has never been so cheap, or simple. Rhodri Marsden explains the best ways to become the master of your own domain A good 10 years after we started to accept that the world wide web might have some conceivable use, the process...
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Iceland to Sue UK over Frozen Assets
Government to pay for failed bank Kaupthing's court action Iceland's government risked re-igniting a simmering diplomatic row with Britain yesterday by saying it will fight to reverse the seizure by the Government of the UK assets of two of its biggest...
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I Heard the News ... It's Time to Evacuate My Pregnant Wife
Gaza Diary Things are getting worse by the day. The streets here in Gaza City have been empty. It's dangerous to go on the balcony but if you risk looking out you can see columns of black smoke rising from the north. The sound of automatic machine gun...
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'In the Beginning, Darwin Was Soaked in Christianity'
The Week in Radio Darwin to start off the new year, and you'd better get used to it, because there's a lot more where that came from, at least between now and his birthday in February. The main event this week is four programmes following Darwin's progress,...
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Is India Right to Blame Pakistan for the Attacks on Mumbai?
The big question Why are we asking this now?In recent days the Indian government has stepped up the war of words with Pakistan that started when terror attacks in Mumbai left about 170 people dead. Yesterday, in his most outspoken statement yet, the...
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Kennedy's Stuttering Bid for Power Turns off Voters
Campaign to take Hillary Clinton's New York Senate seat shows off rough edges THE NEARLY royal aura that has clung to Caroline Kennedy from birth has dimmed abruptly as she seeks to navigate her way into the Senate seat that will be vacated by Hillary...
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Life in the Middle of Nowhere
'Chocolat' author Joanne Harris loves the fact that her house is in the country: there's silence to write, and she can make loads of noise without the neighbours complaining I'm not fond of cities: the constant activity and swarms of people. Where I...
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Massacre of Innocents as UN School Is Shelled
Obama breaks silence to express deep concern over civilian casualties UN had given co-ordinates to Israelis in bid to protect refugees from attack Hundreds of Palestinians had fled their homes for the refuge of the al-Fakhoura school, hoping the blue...
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Movies on the March
Valkyrie, Inglourious Basterds, Defiance, The Reader - more than six decades on, the Second World War is still taking Hollywood by storm. Why? It's got more to do with the modern psyche than history, argues Geoffrey Macnab Who wants to go and see a movie...
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Murray Cruises as Djokovic Crashes
2Reigning Australian Open champion loses in first round of warm- up tournament By Paul Newman Nobody should read too much into the first results of a new season but it is hard not to conclude that Andy Murray's chances of success at the Australian Open...
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My Squad Is Naive, Says Redknapp
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp last night tore into his players and branded them "naive" claiming that he has been left a "badly- balanced, badly put-together" squad by predecessor Juande Ramos and former director of football Damien Comolli.Redknapp's...
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New Cold War Breaks out after Russia Turns off Gas Supplies
Fears of a deep chill spread across Europe yesterday after a row between Russia and Ukraine over gas prices cut supplies to the rest of the continent on a day of plummeting temperatures and heavy snowfalls.The European Union said the situation was "completely...
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Next and Debenhams Defy Forecasts of Retail Meltdown
New Look and Co-op report buoyant sales Viyella to make statement today on its future Retailers' shares soared and the sector breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday, when some of the high street's biggest names unveiled Christmas trading figures that...
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Northern Rock Investors Press Ahead with Court Case against Government
Northern Rock's biggest former investor will argue in court next week that the bank's shareholders were "punished" by the Government for being the first lender hit by market turmoil.SRM Global is leading an action in the High Court in London seeking...
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One Big Snappy Family
Last Night's Television CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER CHANNEL 4 MY BIG FAT DIET ITV1 One thing we know already. It won't be very long before Lucy Pinder, glamour model and self-styled "Tory bird", gets to realise her reported lifetime ambition "to hold a monkey"...
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'On Side He's Brilliant - but If Cracks Begin to Appear.'
Kevin Pietersen has divided opinions ever since he arrived in England as former team-mates can testify. Stephen Brenkley explores a chequered record Suddenly Graham Ford is the hot favourite to be the next coach of England. Some bookmakers put him at...
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Our Victory Has Been Glorious - despite a Bothersome Neighbour
Podium NICOLAS GUILLEN'S masterly verses synthesised what the January 1959 triumph brought to our people. "I have what I was meant to have," he said in one of his poems, referring not to material wealth but to being the masters of our own destiny.This...
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Pandora
Murray finds outlet for memoirs, despite m'learned friendsOur former Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray is on the verge of celebrating a famous victory in the name of free speech.The colourful diplomat, right, who resigned from his post in 2004 after...
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Photo Finishes
Given that most of us don't live in houses with huge grand pianos on which to display serried ranks of silver photograph frames, we need to find other ways of showing off our nearest and dearest without cluttering up every available surface and turning...
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Private Viewing
A FAMILY AFFAIRTrean House,Leny Feus,Callender, PerthshirePrice: 470,000Agent: Buccleuch Town & CountryTel: 0131-220 7920They say: Detached family house with plenty of character and extensive gardens. There are five bedrooms as well as a lounge, music...
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Redknapp Conjures Revival to Put Spurs on Road to Wembley
TOTTENHAM 4 BURNLEY 1 Tottenham's second-half surge breaks poor Burnley Harry Redknapp has already demonstrated his power to transform the ailing giant that is Tottenham Hotspur, although rarely has effect been quite as instantaneous as it was last...
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Redknapp's Fury Fires Revival to Put Spurs on Road to Wembley
TOTTENHAM 4 BURNLEY 1 Tottenham's second-half surge breaks poor Burnley Harry Redknapp has brought with him the power to transform Tottenham Hotspur but never before has he done it in the space of one match. In these 90 minutes was the schizophrenic...
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Rescued in Freezing Waters of Cape Horn
Vendee Globe sailor trapped in capsized yacht is saved by fellow competitor A FRENCH sailor who was trapped in an air pocket inside his capsized yacht in the freezing, storm-tossed waters of the Southern Ocean for 16 hours was rescued yesterday after...
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Risks of Natural Killer Radon Are Ignored, Warns Study
Carcinogenic gas could be prevented from getting into homes, researchers suggest MORE THAN 1,000 people are dying every year from a poison gas which seeps out of the ground because current building guidelines are not stringent enough, researchers warn.The...
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Rural Notebook
My opportunity to walk on waterChickens on tiptoes, pig complaining, taps jammed, puddles petrified, water butts frozen solid. We're in a deep, deep freeze the likes of which I can't remember. We'd been parked inside a chilly cloud for a while, a waxing,...
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Sarkozy Goes to War with Napoleon's Legal Legacy
President accused of putting government above the law in plan to reform 1808 system President Nicolas Sarkozy will raise a political and legal storm today by pronouncing a death sentence on the "examining magistrates" who have been the linchpin of the...
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Shire Higher on Talk of Bid by Rival Pfizer
Market Report Earlier this week, the chief executive of Pfizer - the pharma giant that produced Viagra - said he could countenance a deal with rivals that were "big, small and inbetween".Yesterday the gossip was that the US giant, run by Jeff Kindler,...
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So What Will It Take for Israel to Stop Fighting?
Politicians in Jerusalem are split over the aims of the war, reports Donald Macintyre It remains to be seen whether the civilian carnage which culminated in the attack on a UN school yesterday will bring the end of the war any closer - or dent the determination...
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Suicide Inmate's Mother Warned Prison
Inquest hears staff were 'repeatedly' told of prisoner's deteriorating mental state THE MOTHER of a prisoner who was found hanged in the segregation cell of a troubled privately run prison after being placed on suicide watch told an inquest yesterday...
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Ted Lapidus
Fashion designer who brought haute couture to the high street There is often a huge discrepancy between the mediacoverage and attendant publicity generated by fashion shows and the visibility of the couturiers' designs on the street. Ted Lapidus aimed...
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Tevez Voices Frustration over Season in the Cold
Argentine striker feels marginalised at Old Trafford as Pounds 32m deal drags on A cold night beckons in Derby for Carlos Tevez in the Carling Cup tonight, but not even the depths of another English winter have chilled him quite like his own attempts...
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Theatre
WELL Apollo Shaftesbury, London ** On Broadway, where it was much praised, Lisa Kron's autobiographical play about her resentment of her mother could count on respect from the arbiters of its self-infatuated and emotionally confused culture.In Eve Leigh's...
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The Call of Common Sense
LEADING ARTICLE UPDATED GUIDANCE from the Department of Health says that hospitals in England should allow a more liberal use of mobile phones. In fact, many hospitals have already relaxed their prohibitions on the use of mobiles. But this new guidance...
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The Faces Don't Fit
Hit & Run... When a world-famous celebrity decides to endorse an insurance company, the chances are it's not because they've saved 100 quid on their home contents cover. More likely, they've been offered a considerably larger sum for approximately half...
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'The House Next Door Is a Derelict Eyesore - What Can We Do?'
Question: Our mid-terrace Victorian house is on a pleasant residential road but our neighbouring property, with countless tenants over the years, has now been boarded up and its front garden is crammed with old furniture, spoiling the neighbourhood's...
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There Are Many Modern Versions of Pamela Des Barres' Sixties Groupie
Girl About Town So here we go, another elaborate postcard from me to you. I'm still in Australia watching patient surfers bobbing along on the waves, I'm still downing mojitos and I'm still worried about the deadly-spider situation... wish you were here...
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There Wouldn't Have Been Gaza Rockets without the Blockade
Tony Blair, the Middle East envoy, reckons that a ceasefire in Gaza could be negotiated very soon, provided that the tunnels from Egypt that provide the territory with, among other things, smuggled weapons, are closed off. It's a shame that he did not...
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The Ten Best Camera Accessories
Portable hard driveEvery budding paparazzo needs one of these for storing their photographs. With 320GB of memory, this portable hard drive can hold thousands of high resolution images. It's shock resistant and plug- and-play compatible.Price: 92.31www.amazon.co.ukPocket...
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The Worst Year Ever for House Prices
Government forced to bail out housebuilder as survey reveals scale of 2008 falls BOVIS HOMES has been forced to sell hundreds of unwanted houses to the Government, it emerged yesterday in further evidence of weakness in the property market. The developer...
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Top-Flight Player Treated for Cocaine
A Premier League player who recently attended a London clinic for drug problems was urged to do so because of his club's fears over his alleged cocaine use and not because he had failed a drugs test. The Independent has learnt that two professional players...
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Toyota to Halt Production in Japan for 11 Days
Toyota will halt production at its Japanese plants for 11 days in February and March after a sharp fall in US sales.The Japanese giant suffered a 37 per cent slump in December US sales, the company's worst performance in its biggest market for more than...
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Unemployment Fears Increase Pressure on Bank for Rate Cut
Downturn expected to be worse than the early 1990s Pressure on the Bank of England for another radical cut in interest rates mounted yesterday, as the latest surveys of business confidence in the services sector signalled a further steep rise in unemployment....
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Unmasked: The Elixir of Human Bonding
Hormone that makes mothers and babies bond also helps us to remember strangers' faces, study finds It is said to be a love hormone that helps breastfeeding mothers to bond with their babies, as well as a "trust serum" secreted in the brain to inspire...
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Vincent Ford
Songwriter credited with composing 'No Woman, No Cry' Vincent Ford is listed as the composer of the most recorded and acclaimed song in reggae music, "No Woman, No Cry", although the provenance of the song remains keenly debated. The song, made famous...
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Watt's All the Fuss?
Love them or loathe them, we're all going to have to start using low-energy bulbs. They're good for the planet, but not everyone is seeing the light. Kate Watson-Smyth illuminates a domestic dilemma So that's it then. The end of light as we know it....
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We're Loving. We're Hating. We're Buying
LOVING ...HOME GYMSAfter all the indulgence of the last few weeks, January is typically a time for abstinence and good intentions for the year ahead. Flyers for gym memberships will invariably be thrust into hands, and many people will succumb to the...
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What Creationists Really Hate Is That We Emerged by Accident
CHARLES DARWIN would probably love the fact that the 200th anniversary of his birth is being celebrated with radio shows, documentaries and exhibitions, but he might not have enjoyed the way that furious Christians still despise his theories and try...
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Where Their Stories Began
Intimate portraits of the young Martin Amis and his friends, taken by his former fiancee, are being revealed for the first time. Hannah Duguid gets a sneak preview Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens and James Fenton are lined up against a balcony, high...
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Why Are We Still Hearing So Much about Twitter?
Cyberclinic There's been so much guff written recently about the micro- blogging service called Twitter that I almost feel guilty for bringing the subject up. It's been 18 months since a reader first emailed in to pose the question of whether it actually...
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Why Do They Hate the West So Much, We Will Ask
Comment So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty civilian refugees dead in a United Nations school, three more in another. Not bad for a night's work in Gaza by the army that believes in "purity of arms". But why...
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Why I'm Glad We Are Not in the Euro
Every month I receive a mortgage statement from the Alliance & Leicester, and every month I am gobsmacked. Gobsmacked, that is, because, like most people, I expect my bank to treat me unfairly at every possible opportunity - and yet they haven't. I have...
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Why Sherlock Holmes' Creator Was Away with the Fairies
The Wednesday Book THE ADVENTURES OF ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE By Russell Miller HARVILL SECKER, Pounds 20 Order for Pounds 18 (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897 Spiritualists never die. As if pickled in formaldehyde, they simply "pass to spirit" or "go to Summer...
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Zuma's Fifth Wife Set to Stake Claim for First Lady
Exactly one year after marrying his fourth wife, the ANC leader Jacob Zuma is set to take a fifth bride, swelling the ranks of what is expected to be South Africa's first family after elections later this year.Arrangements for the latest wedding had...
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