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 September 19, 2006

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Architect Dressed as a Tramp to Molest Girls
Outwardly, Anthony De Boise was a respected husband and father, an impeccably dressed architect who held a senior position with a local authority. But the man known to his friends and col-leagues as "Mr Nice Guy" led a bizarre double life. Discarding...
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Arts: Eyres and Graces ; the BBC Has Been Busy with Another Adaptation of Charlotte Bront's Epic Romance. James Rampton Visits the Set to Find out What Makes This One Different
In a recent Woman's Hour poll to find the best novel of all time, Jane Eyre won hands-down. Ruth Wilson, who has been catapulted straight from drama school into the title role in BBC1's rich new four-part serial of Charlotte Bront's classic work, admits...
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Benn Beats World Bank Chief over Corruption Policy
Paul Wolfowitz, the head of the World Bank, suffered defeat over his flagship policy to fight corruption yesterday after member coun- tries insisted they would take over control of the plan from its management. In a significant victory for Hilary Benn,...
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Better Than a Spanking ; CLASSIC CAR TRIUMPH HERALD Its Name Implied Quality. but All the Tinny Triumph Herald Heralded Was the Death of Britain's Motor Industry, Says Brian Sewell
On writing of a thoroughly nasty little car of long ago, much perverse pleasure is to be had, pleasure akin to recollection of one's first caning at school or the humiliations of the squaddie as a National Serviceman. Driving a Triumph Herald was never...
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BG Lit Up by Talk That Shell Will Pounce on It ; SHARES AND MARKETS MARKET REPORT
It may be one of the oldest rumours in the stock market, but talk of a bid for BG Group once again got punters piling into the company yesterday. Shares in BG finished 10p higher at 650p as dealing rooms were set alight by speculation that Royal Dutch...
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Bluetooth Group CSR Sees Shares Slump after Contract Loss
Shares in the bluetooth specialist CSR crashed by a quarter yesterday after one of its largest customers, a manufacturer of mobile phone headsets, unexpectedly cancelled its contract. Less than two months after saying revenue would grow by almost 50...
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BP's New Safety-First Approach Makes Its Mark with Delays to Thunder Horse ; OUTLOOK
Somewhere deep down in the bowels of the vessel there is finally an unmistakable whirring of engines and bustle of activity. In recent months, BP has seemed like a ship stranded on the reefs, unable to respond to or explain an extraordinary series of...
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Bush Blocks Campaign to Put Pressure on Sudan over Darfur
The Bush administration and big business interests have been accused of undermining efforts to exert financial pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the killing in Darfur. A bill that passed the US Congress endorsing state legislation to force...
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Campbell 'Optimistic' of Crushing Rebellion on Vote for 50p Tax Rate ; LIB DEMS IN BRIGHTON
The era of low-cost air travel will be at an end and hundreds of thousands of people will switch to smaller, less-polluting cars under Liberal Democrat tax plans, the party has insisted. Sir Menzies Campbell moved to defend the green credentials of his...
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Campbell 'Optimistic' of Seeing off Rebellion on 50p Top Tax Rate Vote ; LIB DEMS IN BRIGHTON
The era of low-cost air travel will be at an end and hundreds of thousands of people will switch to smaller, less-polluting cars under Liberal Democrat tax plans, the party has insisted. Sir Menzies Campbell moved to defend the green credentials of his...
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Chirac Calls for Threat of Iran Sanctions to Be Lifted
President Jacques Chirac has broken ranks with the US and Britain by calling for the suspension of UN Security Council action against Iran during talks over its nuclear programme. In a radio interview yesterday before flying to New York for the UN General...
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Citron Thinks the Unthinkabe ; CITRON CONCEPTS Citron's C-Mtisse Looks Set to Wow the Paris Motor Show. Sean O'Grady Is Impressed by Its Flair and Style
Nowadays the Concept Car comes in two varieties. The first is the genuinely forward-thinking project, designed to showcase a manufacturer's capability, or at least its imagination. This is what concept cars started out like, the first being a Volvo about...
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Classical ; RPO/GATTI Royal Albert Hall LONDON ****
Reaching its 60th birthday with a gala celebration, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra seems to be beating the odds once again. The struggle to survive is one of the several ills of London's orchestral scene caused originally by Sir Thomas Beecham, who...
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Collins Stewart to Return Pounds 300m to Shareholders
Collins Stewart Tullett shareholders were told yesterday to expect the return of pounds 300m in March, three months after its stock broking business is finally spun off. The group is to be split into two to avoid the need for its Tullett Prebon inter-dealer...
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Crook in Jail despite Posting $250,000 Bail
Jeremy Crook, the latest British businessman extradited to the US under a controversial treaty, has been locked up by the immigration authorities despite posting $250,000 (pounds 133,000) bail in San Diego. The 53-year-old former executive of a bust...
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Dance ; BUSH Sadler's Wells LONDON **
Ten minutes into Bangarra Dance Theatre's Bush, a group of men writhe onto the stage. Their faces and bodies are marked with paint, their hair pulled into mohicans or dreadlocks. They wear little wolf tails over their leather chaps. This, like the other...
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Debenhams Banking on 'Femme Fatale' Look
The chief executive of Debenhams is "cautiously optimistic" that this autumn's tailored Femme Fatale looks will play to the department store group's strengths, as shoppers rebel against the glut of poor quality garments on sale elsewhere. Rob Templeman,...
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Dylan Jones
Rod Stewart has seen more sex than a policeman's torch. As a modern-day Lothario he probably has no match, and although David Walliams and Russell Brand are doing a fairly good job of appearing to break Rod's records (even though no one really knows...
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Epic Power, but of Little Use ; ROAD TEST PORSCHE 911 TURBO after a Soggy Start, the Sheer Force of This Roadster Crushes Time and Space. but, Asks John Simister, What Is the Point of All That Savagery If You Can't Enjoy It?
It's a great day to be alive. Because today I get to drive a Porsche 911 Turbo, and realisations of fantasies don't come much more vivid than that. Yes, I know this car epitomises excess and ungreen transport naughtiness, but I'm still a human being...
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Even Age Can't Improve the World's Worst Novelist
As far as television is concerned, it seems as if the whole mass of literature now sits steaming in Miss Daisy Goodwin's manicured hands. Having started out with a series of wince-making programmes about poetry, reducing some of the greatest poems in...
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First Drugs, Then Terror: Now US in 'War with Spinach'
First came the war on drugs. Then the war on terror. And now - in an America more than usually prone to fear, paranoia and the beeping of colour-coded alert systems - comes the war on organic spinach. Ever since an outbreak of infections from the E.colibacteria...
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Football: Beckham Doubts England Recall despite Injuries
David Beckham has not lost the art of the dramatic riposte, as he reminded the Real Madrid coach, Fabio Capello, when he stepped from the substitutes' bench to secure an essential victory for his club over Real Sociedad on Sunday night. But the 31-year-old...
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Football: Beckham Fears England Career Is Over
David Beckham has not lost the art of the dramatic riposte, as he reminded the Real Madrid coach, Fabio Capello, when he stepped from the substitutes' bench to secure an essential victory for his club over Real Sociedad on Sunday night. But the 31-year-old...
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Football: Cowboys Lose Owens with Broken Finger ; AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Even when he is doing very little, it seems Terrell Owens is incapable of staying out of the spotlight. Having been sacked by the Philadelphia Eagles last year for spreading chaos and disharmony in the locker room, Owens was signed by the Dallas Cowboys...
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Football: Football League Update
CHAMPIONSHIP BIRMINGHAM CITY Steve Bruce has defensive problems with Bruno N'Gotty suspended and fellow centre-back Radhi Jaidi doubtful for tonight's Carling Cup game against Wrexham. However the on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner (right) is back...
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Football: Jordan's Emphasis on the Fundamentals Inspires Portsmouth's Bold Advance
Five games into their season, the miracle still holds - Portsmouth remain at the top of the Premiership and are still to concede a goal. But how have they done it, how have they shattered the received wisdom that they are the kind of club who at all...
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Football: Jordan's Emphasis on the Fundamentals Inspires Portsmouth's Bold Advance
Five games into their season, the miracle still holds - Portsmouth remain at the top of the Premiership and are still to concede a goal. But how have they done it, how have they shattered the received wisdom that they are the kind of club who at all...
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Football League Update
CHAMPIONSHIP BIRMINGHAM CITY Steve Bruce has defensive problems with Bruno N'Gotty suspended and fellow centre-back Radhi Jaidi doubtful for tonight's Carling Cup game against Wrexham. However the on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner (right) is back...
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Football: Managers Named in 'Bungs' Scandal
A football agent at the centre of the BBC's undercover sting on English football has been secretly filmed claiming that he knows "six to eight" managers who would accept bungs illegal payments in player transfers. Panorama's highly anticipated investigation...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL Despite the 1-0 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Arsene Wenger will probably not continue his 4-5-1 formation. "I don't know if I'll use [4-5-1] in all away games," said Wenger, who is known to prefer a fluid 4-4-2...
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Football: Today in the Premiership
ARSENAL Despite the 1-0 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Arsne Wenger will probably not continue his 4-5-1 formation. "I don't know if I'll use [4-5-1] in all away games," said Wenger, who is known to prefer a fluid 4-4-2...
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Football: Top Managers Identified in 'Bung' Scandal
A football agent at the centre of the BBC's undercover sting on English football has been secretly filmed claiming that he knows "six to eight" managers who would accept bungs - illegal payments in player transfers. Panorama's highly anticipated investigation...
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Football: What's Wrong with Wayne Rooney? Has He Lost His Love of the Game at Only 20?
Next month, or about half a decade since he was handed the keys not to the door but pretty much the entire football universe, Wayne Rooney will be 21. A time for champagne and untroubled contemplation of a prodigious playing career and vast earning power,...
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Football: What's Wrong with Wayne Rooney? ; Substituted against Arsenal and Displaying a Body Language Bordering on the Listless, He Appears to Be a Shadow of His Former Self. Has England's Best Player Fallen out of Love with the Game at 20?
Next month, or about half a decade since he was handed the keys not to the door but pretty much the entire football universe, Wayne Rooney will be 21. A time for champagne and untroubled contemplation of a prodigious playing career and vast earning power,...
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Give Me a Car with Lots of Toys ; CAR CHOICE the Search for a Luxury Cruiser with Plenty of Useful Knobs to Play with Takes James Ruppert to Korea and Japan
James Sykes is about to retire his Ford Mondeo Ghia X Automatic after a decade of loyal service. He wants his next car to have automatic transmission and leather seats, ideally with an electrically adjustable driver's seat with at least two memory positions,...
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Golf: Forget Sand Wedges - US Need Tortilla Chips
Some cruel observers might suggest that the American team has been carrying too much baggage for a while now, but as the Ryder Cup teams arrived here yesterday for the frenzied four-day build-up to Friday's grand tee-off, everybody was forced to agree....
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Golf: Lendl's Daughter Makes Instant Impression in Junior Ryder Cup
Isabelle Lendl showed some of the skill and tenacity that made her father such a force on the tennis court by winning her first match in the 2006 Junior Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor yesterday. Lendl, the 15-year-old daughter of the eight-times Grand Slam...
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Golf: Passion Play ; Countdown to the Ryder Cup WITH ITALIAN BLOOD COURSING THROUGH HIS VEINS, AMERICAS KEY MAN CHRIS DIMARCO HAS A FIRE IN HIS BELLY READY TO SCORCH THE FAIRWAYS
Every party needs its life and soul and if it was not already obvious who would provide both in Team Tom Lehman this week then it certainly was within the timespan of one wisecrack at Dublin Airport yesterday when they landed - tired and late - on a...
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Golf: Passion Play ; WITH ITALIAN BLOOD COURSING THROUGH HIS VEINS, AMERICAS KEY MAN CHRIS DIMARCO HAS A FIRE IN HIS BELLY READY TO SCORCH THE FAIRWAYS Countdown to the Ryder Cup
Every party needs its life and soul and if it was not already obvious who would provide both in Team Tom Lehman this week then it certainly was within the timespan of one wisecrack at Dublin Airport yesterday when they landed - tired and late - on a...
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Great Repeal Act? Start with the Party's Name ; LIB DEMS IN BRIGHTON THE SKETCH
I've got a new name for the Liberal Democrats. What do you think of this: The Liberal Party. Do you like it? I love it. A liberal party called the Liberal Party. It's a bit risky, you'll say. "The Lib Dems" has the advantage of not meaning anything....
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Great Repeal Act? Start with the Party's Name ; THE SKETCH
I've got a new name for the Liberal Democrats. What do you think of this: The Liberal Party. Do you like it? I love it. A liberal party called the Liberal Party. It's a bit risky, you'll say. "The Lib Dems" has the advantage of not meaning anything....
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Green Taxes Will Never Reliably Generate Enough Revenue to Improve Public Services ; LIBERAL DEMOCRATS CONFERENCE
Still Britain struggles to have a grown-up debate about the most important policy area in politics, how a government taxes and spends. For more than two decades, general elections have been fought around a fantasy world in which parties promised to improve...
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Handle with Care ; FEATURE DUCATI S4RS TESTASTRETTA Ducati Has Unveiled Its Latest Model of Naked Street-Bike. Tim Luckhurst Gave It a Spin, and He Loved It
Reader, I nearly lost it. I had spent the previous two hours riding a gentler model, so I climbed aboard the Monster S4Rs Testastretta primed to thrash the engine to get my kicks. The road was slightly damp, empty and beautifully twisty. I emerged from...
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Health: Plaque Attack ; Gum Disease Isn't Just Bad for Your Teeth - It Can Also Cause Serious Illnesses, from Heart Disease to Anaemia. Roger Dobson Reports
The Government's recent instructions telling us how to brush our teeth properly met with derision' another example of the nanny state gone mad. But we should listen. It may not only help to save your teeth - it could save your life. When Barbara Taylor...
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Health: 'She Wasn't the Daughter I Wanted' ; Having a Baby with Down's Syndrome Was Edward Batha's Worst Fear. Then Mia Arrived. Three Weeks after Her Birth, He Recounts His Traumatic Journey through Shock and Disappointment to Love and Acceptance
The registrar looks at the baby for a second before returning his attentions to Tash and passing our first-born to the nurses to be slapped and wrapped. For a second, I sense something is wrong. They examine for just a bit too long, considering what...
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Health: The Tyranny of THIN ; Body Dysmorphia Used to Be Rare. Now, Thanks to the Size-0 Brigade, It's Becoming the Norm. What Can Be Done? Jane Feinmann Investigates
It's a sign of the times when even a TV cartoon recognises that women with obvious signs of anorexia nervosa have become normalised. A recent episode of South Park had the fat boy telling the little scrawny girl: "I think you might have an eating disorder"...
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Higher Rates of Income Tax Won't Ensure Fairness
It would be wrong to see today's debate at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton on taxes as apolitical squabble, just as it is wrong to see it as a referendum on Sir Menzies Campbell's leadership. What we are in fact witnessing is the first serious...
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'Historically, Cannibalism Is Far More a Western Phenomenon Than an Abomination of Jungle Savages' ; Tales of the City
It's always interesting to see a roomful of experts gathered to celebrate their communal love of a subject. The Olympians of the British classical music world piled into the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on Sunday for a quiz to raise funds for the...
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Horse Racing: Dylan Faces Dirt Duel with Bernardini
You are not supposed to build a house on sand, and Aidan O'Brien intends to dig appropriate foundations when Dylan Thomas makes a new start on the same surface. As a result, the Bally-doyle trainer yesterday disclosed that Dylan Thomas is likely to have...
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How to Grow Old Disgracefully
Flirt with whoever you like - no one will take you seriously anyway. Avoid wearing white - it shows up yellow teeth. Forget about going to university - didn't you get enough of that when you were young? And whatever else you do, don't even think about...
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If Kids Are Depressed, Who Can Blame Them?
If you wanted a symptom of the mounting hysteria of our attitude to children and childhood then the police investigation into Cherie Blair's slap could hardly be bettered. Attending a school sports event in Glasgow on Sunday, the Prime Minister's wife...
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I'm 48, Is It Safe to Stop Using Contraception? ; Casebook
HAVE I HIT THE MENOPAUSE? I am 48 years old and my periods are now erratic (they used to be regular) and the blood is brown (not red). Does this mean that I am no longer fertile and can come off the mini-pill? Erratic periods as women are approaching...
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IMF Votes Decisively in Favour of Increase in China's Voting Share
China's growing power in the world economy was given official recognition yesterday as members of the International Monetary Fund voted overwhelmingly to increase the Asian giant's voting share in the institution. However, the decision also fired the...
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Johnson 'Buried Primary Test Results'
The Labour leadership contender Alan Johnson is at the centre of a row over spin in the wake of this year's poor primary school test results. E-mails showed civil servants at the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) repeatedly warned the figures...
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Koizumi's Heir Apparent Worries Japan's Neighbours with His Hawkish Agenda
Japan's most important election in years will not be especially democratic' it will be closed to the general public and we already know the winner. But, for better or worse, by the end of this month the world's second-largest economy will have a new...
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Leading Article: Misplaced Nostalgia for a More Innocent Age ; CHILDHOOD
Ever since the time of the ancient Romans old men have complained that the world is going to the dogs, that nostalgia isn't what it used to be. In recent days we have heard anxieties aired about the state of modern childhood. A sinister cocktail of junk...
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Leading Article: Time for a Thaw in the Frozen Conflicts ; MOLDOVA
Compared with the murderous conflicts being waged elsewhere in the world, the simmering dispute between Moldova and its breakaway region of Trans-Dniester might seem a mere note in the margin. And, in principle, the result of the referendum that took...
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Let's Be Balanced on Our Bikes
I'D LIKE to offer an apology. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column that ridiculed Transport for London's "you're better off by bike" campaign and criticised the behaviour of some cyclists (for jumping red lights and so on). I said cycling on busy roads...
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Let's Face It: The Pope Meant What He Said
There are only two great religions which seek to convert the entire world. One is Christianity, the other is Islam. Perhaps Islam is now alone in having the vital energy to dedicate itself to such an improbable mission' perhaps Christianity is fully...
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Letter: Emperor Was No Friend of the Pope
Sir: The row over the Pope's quoting of the words of Manuel Palaeologos has missed the context in which the emperor was speaking. Manuel presided over the disintegration of the Byzantine domain, crushed between the mercantilist adventurism of the Catholic...
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Letter: Will We Halt Darfur Tragedy, or Just Express Regret Afterwards?
Sir: With Darfur poised on a knife-edge, the international response remains confused, inadequate, timid and criminally negligent. While the UN lacks the will to intervene and the African Union lacks the means, Britain should play a meaningful role in...
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Lloyd's under Pressure as Bermuda Exodus Gathers Pace ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS
Omega Underwriting became the latest Lloyd's of London insurer yesterday to announce it was upping sticks and relocating to Bermuda - following in the footsteps of its larger rivals Catlin (which led the charge seven years ago) and Hiscox (which declared...
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London Revels in Role as Fashion Design Nursery
Although London Fashion Week, which started yesterday, may lack the big-ticket names of Milan or Paris, its reputation as a nursery for tomorrow's design stars is unmatched elsewhere. Yes, when British designers like Alexander McQueen or Hussein Chalayan...
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'New Climate' Detected as Britain Grows Ever Hotter
England has become a full degree Celsius warmer since the Beatles started playing - and human activity is the cause, according to research released yesterday. Since 1960, when John, Paul and George formed their legendary band-Ringo came later - the average...
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Now That's an Off-Roader ; the First Land and Water Car to Be Truly Effective Is British. Ful Speed Ahead, Says
Look at all the things man has achieved since we climbed down from the trees. Putting a man on the moon. Penicillin. The jet engine. Splitting the atom. Celebrity Big Brother. The scientific, engineering and inventive prowess of Homo sapiens seems boundless....
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Obituaries: DOUGLAS HENDERSON ; SNP MP and Deputy Leader
Douglas Henderson was a member of the House of Commons for only five years, between the first of the two elections of 1974 and March 1979. His greatest achievement, if achievement is the right word, is the defeat, arguably single-handed, of the Labour...
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Obituaries: ED BENEDICT ; Animator for Hanna-Barbera
The animator Ed Benedict designed some of television's most famous cartoon characters, from Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear to Fred and Barney of The Flintstones. He was noted for drawing heavily outlined figures, with unusual asymmetry and flat geometric...
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Obituaries: ORIANA FALLACI ; Journalist Who Relished Controversy, Whether in Her Interviews with World Leaders or Her Attacks on Islam
Oriana Fallaci was arguably the most extraordinary journalist Italy has ever produced. Her tough character was formed by early years helping her Partisan parents defy the Germans occupying Florence and enable Allied soldiers to escape. In person beautiful,...
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Obituaries: THE RIGHT REV DAVID SAY ; Popular Bishop of Rochester
David Say, for 27 years Bishop of Rochester and for 19 from 1969 a member of the House of Lords, kept the Church of England going through difficult times. He persuaded the Lords to admit women to Holy Orders and welcomed the women warmly when he ordained...
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Petrofac's Gushing Success Looks Set to Run and Run ; THE INVESTMENT COLUMN
Our view: Buy Share price: 315p(+27.5p) A near doubling of interim profits sent Petrofac shares surging like a Texan gusher yesterday and analysts scrabbling to lift forecasts for the full year. Before tax, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas services company...
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Picture Post ; Joining the Top Ranks of Student Pranks
British undergraduates have always prided themselves on being world-beaters in the field of student pranks. Look in any digs and, sure as you'll see a grubby sofa, you'll clap eyes on such items as traffic cones, inflatable sheep and road signs to places...
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Previews: A Filmic Feast to Make Your Mouth Water ; Film BITE THE MANGO National Museum of Photography, Film and Television BRADFORD
Bradford is fast becoming an unlikely trailblazer in world cinema. Its National Museum of Photography, Film and Television is the only venue in Europe enabled to screen every film format under one roof, and this month it plays host to the seductively...
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Pride in Space as Iran Cheers First Muslim's Journey to the Stars
From the steppes of Kazakhstan, a wealthy Iranian-American woman was blasted off into space yesterday. In doing so, Anousheh Ansari set at least two records - becoming the first female Muslim and the first Iranian in orbit. The 40-year-old millionaire...
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Revealed: Civilian Toll of a Deadly Assault That Has Ravaged Gaza ; PALESTINIAN CRISIS
Nayef Abu Snaima says his 14-year-old cousin Jihad had been sitting on the edge of an olive grove talking animatedly to him about what he would do when he grew up when he was killed instantly by an Israeli shell. He says he clearly saw a bright flash...
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Revealed: Civilian Toll of a Deadly Assault That Has Ravaged Gaza ; PLESTINIAN CRISIS
Nayef Abu Snaima says his 14-year-old cousin Jihad had been sitting on the edge of an olive grove talking animatedly to him about what he would do when he grew up when he was killed instantly by an Israeli shell. He says he clearly saw a bright flash...
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Reviews: A Powerful Leap of Faith ; Theatre SON OF MAN Northern Stage NEWCASTLE ****
It's not just the name that has undergone a transformation. Newcastle Playhouse, closed for two years for a pounds 9m development, has doubled in size and relaunched itself as Northern Stage, after the company it houses. Topped by ajagged sculpture that...
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Reviews: Oliver Keeps Asking for More ; Last Night's TV JAMIE'S RETURN TO SCHOOL DINNERS CHANNEL 4 THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PARENTING ITV1
As an experiment before watching Jamie's Return to School Dinners, I asked my 13-year-old daughter what the name Jamie Oliver meant to her. "He's, like, a chef," she said. "And he, like, stopped schools having chips, and stuff. And our school really,...
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Reviews: Pop ; TINDERSTICKS Barbican LONDON *****
As openings go, the Tindersticks' entrance tonight is a nicely teasing one. "I wouldn't shut your eyes just yet," whispers the band's violinist, Dickon Hinchliffe, taking the initial vocal on the creaking "El Diablo En El Ojo": "I wouldn't turn the lights...
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Reviews: What Problems Has the Concept of Multiculturalism Caused in Britain? ; the Tuesday Book
A HOME FROM HOME By George Alagiah LITTLE, BROWN, pounds 17.99. Order for pounds 16.99 (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897 The problem with the word "multiculturalism" is that it means different things to different people. Tony Blair abandoned the term last...
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Robson Left 'Shocked' by End of Albion Reign ; A Sudden Departure Rooted in Old Doubts over Coaching Capabilities' His Managerial Credentials Have Long Been Questioned despite His Reputation as a Great Player, Writes Phil Shaw
A "shocked and disappointed" Bryan Robson departed West Bromwich Albion "by mutual consent" a mere eight games into the new season yesterday, leaving the Championship's ninth-placed club to begin the search for a manager capable of restoring them to...
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Robson Left 'Shocked' by End of Albion Reign ; WEST BROM IN CRISIS A Sudden Departure Rooted in Old Doubts over Coaching Capabilities His Managerial Credentials Have Long Been Questioned despite His Reputation as a Great Player, Writes Phil Shaw
A "shocked and disappointed" Bryan Robson departed West Bromwich Albion "by mutual consent" a mere eight games into the new season yesterday, leaving the Championship's ninth-placed club to begin the search for a manager capable of restoring them to...
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Rugby Union: Cowboys Lose New Signing Owens with Broken Finger
Even when he is doing very little, it seems Terrell Owens is incapable of staying out of the spotlight. Having been sacked by the Philadelphia Eagles last year for spreading chaos and disharmony in the locker room, Owens was signed by the Dallas Cowboys...
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Rugby Union: Northampton Lose Stalwart Pountney after 15 Years
These are difficult days at Northampton, despite the Midlanders' bold start to the new Premiership campaign. Two days after finding themselves tangled up in a racial-abuse controversy that is causing a high level of consternation among the sharpest legal...
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Rugby Union: RFU to Warn Robinson over Future Conduct
The Rugby Football Union, operating at a pace that Rory Underwood himself might have envied, last night drew a line under the racial abuse controversy that cast a shadow over the Guinness Premiership game between Northampton and Bath on Saturday. Judge...
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RYDER CUP WABS* (*THAT'S WIVES AND BIRDIES) ; Partners in the Swing the K Club in Ireland Plays Host This Week as Europe's Golfers Defend Their Title against the US. What of the Women Who Will Watch Their Partners Battle It Out?
Emma Loferen & Henrik Stenson From a genealogist's point of view, at least, the future of Swedish golf looks bright: Stenson will marry his long-term girlfriend, Emma, a scratch-handicapper, at the end of the year. The couple have already shown that...
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Safety Fears Force Two-Year Delay to Giant BP Platform
BP warned yesterday that production from a giant oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico will be delayed for two years for safety reasons.The Thunder Horse field had been due to come on stream this summer, pumping 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic...
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Saturday's Million-Pound Jackpot Is Going for a Gong
It's funny how things sometimes slot together in life. About a month ago I read the obituary of a man called Ken Richmond, of whom I had never heard, and who turned out to be the man who struck the gong at the start of all those J Arthur Rank films....
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SEX SMEARS, DOWN UNDER ; the Prime Minister's Spouse Is Photographed in a Clinch with a Gay MP. the Opposition Leader Is Accused of Having an Affair. Has New Zealand's Politics Ever Sunk So Low? Dirty Politics
For seven years, he has been the man married to the woman who runs New Zealand, an unassuming figure at Helen Clark's side as she claimed a succession of election victories. Now Peter Davis has been thrust into the spotlight that he shuns, with the quietly...
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Share Awards Wipe Pounds 4.6bn from Profits of UK's Biggest Companies
Some pounds 4.6bn was wiped off the profits of Britain's biggest listed companies last year as a result of new accounting rules which require staff share awards to be treated as expenses. Research by the accountancy group Pricewater-houseCoopers also...
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Somali Leader Survives as Attack on Convoy Kills 11
The President of Somalia's weak, transitional government survived an assassination attempt yesterday, which killed at least 11 people, including his brother. President Abdullahi Yusuf had been travelling to his residence in the western town of Baidoa,...
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Somali President Survives as Convoy Attack Kills 11
The President of Somalia's weak, transitional government survived an assassination attempt yesterday, which killed at least 11 people, including his brother. President Abdullahi Yusuf had been travelling to his residence in the western town of Baidoa,...
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'Somebody Asked to Marry Me When I Was at Mile 17 in the Chicago Marathon' ; the 5-Minute Interview Paula Radcliffe Long-Distance Runner
Paula Radcliffe, 32, is the ambassador for Tesco Sport for Schools & Clubs, a voucher collection scheme to encourage more children to play sport. For more information and the chance to win a training session with Paula Radcliffe visit www.tesco.com/sport...
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Souter Sells Airline Stake to Concentrate on Running Trains
Brian Souter, the co-founder and chief executive of the bus and rail group Stagecoach, is clearing the decks in readiness for being handed a new 10-year franchise to run South West Trains. Mr Souter and his sister Ann Gloag sold their entire shareholding...
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Sweden Begins New Era of Centre-Right Government
Sweden was starting a new political era yesterday as its long- serving Social Democratic premier, Goran Persson, handed in his resignation, complaining that his election defeat at the hands of a centre-right coalition was unfair. Sunday's vote ends a...
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Tate Britain Prospers despite London Bombings
Tate Britain had its most successful year since the opening of its sibling, Tate Modern, despite a fall in visitor numbers to London after last year's bombings. A record 1.7 million people visited the original Tate gallery at Millbank, partly thanks...
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Telecom Italia Row Deepens as Prodi Aide Quits
The political storm over the future shape and ownership of Telecom Italia showed no sign of calming yesterday after the resignation of Angelo Rovati, a senior aide to the Prime Minister Romano Prodi, and the man at the centre of the dispute. His departure...
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THE BEAUTY OF HAVING A BEAST OF A BICYCLE ; on Two Wheels THE CYCLING COLUMN
THIS COLUMN prides itself as a judge of horse-flesh, that is to say bicycles, and I spend a lot of time looking out for exotic or elegant specimens. A few weeks ago, I was chatting on a street corner with a friend, eyeing up the bikes as they flew or...
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The Big Question: Is Europe Turning Away from the Social Democrat Model?
Why are we asking? Because Sweden's voters have thrown out their Social Democratic government after 12 years in office, striking a blow to one of the most successful political parties in Europe. Sunday's elections ended the 10-year premiership of Goran...
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The Forgotten War in the Middle East
25 June Palestinian gunmen from the Hamas-linked Izzedine al- Qassam brigades cross from Gaza into Israel and launch a raid on an Israeli military patrol. Two Israeli soldiers are killed, four wounded and one, Cpl Gilad Shalit, is captured and taken...
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'The Public Are Able to Distinguish between Real and Phoney Liberals' ; LIB DEMS IN BRIGHTON
Sir Menzies Campbell has branded David Cameron as a "phoney" liberal and said the Conservative Party could have prevented British involvement in the Iraq war if they had opposed it. In an interview with The Independent yesterday, the Liberal Democrat...
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