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 April 7, 2008

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35 Protesters Arrested as Olympic Torch Is Paraded through London
If you were on the snowy streets of London yesterday and were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of an Olympic torchbearer carrying the sacred flame of Olympia, then count yourself lucky. Most spectators saw little more than a blur of fluorescent-yellow...
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A Force to Be Reckoned With
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is notorious for ordering films to be recut, but a rebel alliance of 'Star Wars' aficionados has him on the run over a cherished project. Kaleem Aftab reports on the fans' fightbackHarvey Weinstein isn't usually one to back...
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A Legend Who Was Never Dull, Ordinary or Safe
ADVERTISING TRIBUTE Dave Trott remembers Paul Arden, the maverick creative who rose to become one of the British advertising industry's great talentsPaul Arden's death came as a shock. I'd got used to Paul ignoring the normal little everyday rules that...
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Amanda Platell
MY LIFE IN MEDIA 'I am 50 now, and from when I first arrived in Britain, all I have ever wanted to do was work on the Daily Mail'Amanda Platell, 50, is a columnist for the Daily Mail. She started her newspaper career in her home town of Perth, Australia,...
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Ask Questions First and Shoot Later
LOUIS THEROUX'S AFRICAN HUNTING HOLIDAY SUN BBC2 TIGER - SPY IN THE JUNGLE SUN BBC1 The Weekend's TVIn Louis Theroux's African Hunting Holiday, several endangered species came face to face with a famously invasive one: the American tourist. Louis, one...
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Attempts to Nail Political Zeitgeist Just Don't Ad Up
ADVERTISING POLITICS It's 30 years since the Saatchis snatched the political initiative for the Conservatives. But the current Tory media onslaught isn't having the same effect, argues Mark SellekIt may pass as a mere footnote in the history of political...
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Banning Boris-Ing Is a Waste of Time
Large numbers of folk tales, not just Rumpelstiltskin, attest to the primitive power invested in a man's name. There is a terrific power and intimacy involved in the act of naming. Not so very long ago, it was quite a rare thing for most people to use...
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Behind the Scenes, a War Is Being Waged to Seize 'The Independent'
ON THE PRESSThis column tries to be as even-handed and dispassionate as possible in a fallen world. I do my best not to spare the newspapers I write for. But the piece that follows is not cool and objective. It is partisan, one-sided - and right.An Irish...
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Boothroyd's Men Keep Cool Heads to Reheat Push for Promotion
WATFORD 2 COVENTRY CITY 1Never mind the quality, just feel the points. Despite an extremely poor performance, this win lifted Watford to within one point of second place in the Championship and given their recent run, Aidy Boothroyd will take victory...
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Boycotting the Beijing Olympics Won't Work, but Here's a Proposal That Just Might
On the streets of London, the Chinese dictatorship has just learned with a painful jab that their Olympic Slogan - "One World, One Dream" - is true. In every city the Olympic torch sashays through on its world tour, its greeting is the same. Tibetans...
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Bridge
Sensible bidding and sensible play, taking all inferences into account, led Glyn Liggins and Peter Crouch of England to the right slam, doubled to boot, at the 2008 Camrose Trophy home internationals, held in Dublin.West, with that explosion at the coal-face,...
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British Energy 'Will Be Foreign Owned'
Utility group Centrica all but conceded hopes of keeping nuclear power generator British Energy in UK hands over the weekend when details emerged of the firm's preliminary discussions with foreign companies about taking a minority role in any takeover...
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Brown Allies Join Rebellion over Scrapping of Lowest Tax Band
Allies of Gordon Brown have joined a growing Labour rebellion against one of his flagship tax policies, and he now faces a showdown with his MPs later this month.In a report published today, the Labour-dominated Treasury Select Committee warns that Mr...
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Bruce Senses Safety at Last
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 BIRMINGHAM CITY 0Short of pulling on a No 4 shirt and scoring the two goals himself, it could hardly have been a more satisfying Saturday afternoon for Steve Bruce.Fifteen years on from the April day when a dramatic late brace of Bruce...
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Can Tiger Win the Grand Slam?
Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie think so and as Woods prepares for the season's first major at Augusta this week various experts tell James Corrigan why the world No 1 could make history in 2008 Quest to win the big four in a calendar yearWhen Nick...
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Casey Hopes Fans Will Flock to Support Irish
LONDON IRISH 20 PERPIGNAN 9Having emerged victorious from the biggest game in his club's 110- year history, Brian Smith was looking forward to an even bigger occasion, a Heineken Cup semi-final at Twickenham later this month.Smith, London Irish's director...
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Charlton Heston
Film actor who won an Oscar for 'Ben-Hur'and played Moses in 'The Ten Commandments'Charlton Heston was one of the iconic film stars of the 20th century, a tall, rugged actor with patrician features who became associated with epic spectacles in which...
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Charlton Heston as You Won't Remember Him
Charlton Heston, who has died at the age of 83, became known for his reactionary views on gun ownership as much as his film roles. But it wasn't always that way. By Andy McSmith and Ciar Byrne Death of a rugged frontiersmanThe actor Charlton Heston,...
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Colchester Prepare to Fall Happily through Trapdoor
COLCHESTER UNITED 2 IPSWICH TOWN 0When you are rooted to the bottom of the league table, with eight defeats in your last nine games and just five wins all season, survival becomes a relative concept. A deserved win over local rivals Ipswich thanks to...
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Comply or Die Provides Overdue Reward for Pipes' National Pursuit
Racing is unique among international big-bucks sports in that it regularly offers the chance for romance. In football, only the knock- out nature of the FA Cup can have the same effect, though the fun of a Portsmouth v Cardiff final tie has been carped...
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Crouch Back in the Wings after Shining in Part Two
ARSENAL 1 LIVERPOOL 1The filling in the sandwich between two Champions League encounters provided plenty of food for thought: the confirmation that Arsenal's league title challenge was over, that Liverpool are strangely vulnerable to set-pieces - and...
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Davydenko Puts in the Effort to Earn 'Crazy' Victory over Helpless Nadal
*TENNISNikolay Davydenko became the first Russian to win the Sony Ericsson Open men's title when he hammered Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2 in last night's final here.The title was Davydenko's first this year while playing under the cloud of an ATP investigation...
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De Rossi Rides to Roma's Rescue as Inter Win Again
*EUROPEDaniele De Rossi's penalty 10 minutes from time helped Manchester United's Champions' League opponents Roma beat Genoa 3-2 on Saturday, consolidating second place in Serie A behind Internazionale.The Genoa forward Marco Borriello needlessly brought...
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Drama Becomes a Public Convenience
At least when I visited Studio 54 a few years ago to see a revival of Cabaret, it still had faint echoes of its years as the city's most infamous nightclub. Nowadays, as home to the latest production of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George,...
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Elissalde Ensures Blues Are Doomed to Lose
TOULOUSE 41 CARDIFF BLUES 17The scoreline may have been harsh on the Cardiff Blues but the message from Toulouse to the rest of Europe was crystal clear.The three-time European champions will face London Irish in a semi-final at Twickenham. The Blues...
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EON Set for MoD Showdown over Controversial Wind Farm
EON is set for a showdown with the Ministry of Defence after it submitted a planning application for a 700m offshore wind farm despite objections from the ministry.The energy company's move to push ahead with the Humber Gateway wind farm, which would...
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Foster Leads Games Team for Fifth Time
*SWIMMINGMark Foster, who will swim at his fifth Games, led the way when the British Olympic Association announced a 35-strong Great Britain squad for this summer's Olympics in Beijing.The announcement came at the conclusion of the British Championships...
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French Navy in Pursuit of Yacht Seized by Pirates
A luxury French tourist yacht, seized on the high seas, was reported to have docked yesterday in a notorious pirate haven on the northern coast of Somalia.French and Canadian naval vessels and aircraft were closely monitoring the progress of Le Ponant,...
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From Pope Pius VII to the Credit Crunch, Market Failure Lives On
Early in the 19th Century, Pope Pius VII decided to clean up bits of Rome. In particular, he took exception to the squalid nature of the Piazza della Rotondo. In a modest way, his ambition can still be seen today. Opposite the Pantheon, there's a plaque...
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Games with Fizz
Inside Story The Olympics are the biggest marketing opportunity in the world of sport - and Coca-Cola has been capitalising on its involvement with the event for 80 years. Chris Green reportsThe blazing Olympic torch, paraded through London yesterday...
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Ghost of Sacked Coleman Haunts Fragile Fulham
FULHAM 1 SUNDERLAND 3When Fulham are relegated from the Premier League - and it is surely now a matter of when rather than if - Mohamed Al Fayed will no doubt reflect on their demise. In particular the chairman might consider how fortunate he had been...
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Grant Still Lining Up Mourinho as Fall Guy
*PREMIER LEAGUE MANCHESTER CITY 0 CHELSEA 2"What answer can I give to that... ?"Avram Grant's indifferent standard of English is one of the lesser appreciated reasons why his public image still leaves much to be desired but he was struggling for diplomacy,...
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Halal and Kosher Meats 'Should Carry Data on Slaughter Methods'
Halal and kosher meat should be labelled when it is put on sale so the public can decide whether they want to buy food from animals that have bled to death, the Food and Farming minister says. Lord Rooker said all meat from animals killed by slitting...
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Hill Climbs the Heights Again to Put Ospreys in a Fatal Flap
SARACENS 19 OSPREYS 10A funny thing, adversity. It brings out the worst in the weak, but when the strong get a whiff of it there is no more powerful motivating force on earth. Richard Hill is one of the strong ones: of all the England players who won...
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Hometown Hero Ledley Books Cardiff a Return to Wembley
BARNSLEY 0 CARDIFF CITY 1It was an old-fashioned FA Cup fairytale for Cardiff City and their matchwinner Joe Ledley yesterday, an improbable story of heroism as timeless as the Cup itself. Yet as Cardiff City improbably won a place in the FA Cup final...
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How a Famous Court Case Became a Soup Opera
Miles Kington Remembered 4 NOVEMBER 1999Today I bring you the last extract from the sensational High Court case in which an ordinary diner-out, Ernest Thesaurus, is suing the celebrity chef Oskar Louis Polo. In an unexpected twist yesterday, counsel...
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How Film Idol Held the Nation over a Barrel
In America, the career path from silver screen to public office has been well-trodden. It is not even necessary to be a particularly good actor to succeed, as Ronald Reagan showed the world. But if you happen to be a rugged, handsome performer who has...
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Hughes Refuses to Rue Setting His Sights High
BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1Blackburn's chances of playing in the Uefa Cup next season began to recede when Tottenham's Carling Cup success took one of England's three automatic places. They took another blow when it became clear that the FA...
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'I Have Had a Taste of Augusta. It Is a Great Experience'
An E-mail Conversation With... Golfer Martin Kaymer Preparing for the Masters with Fanny; Bringing youth to the world's top 50; Lounging about with the mighty Tiger By James CorriganYou are playing in your first Masters this week. What did you make of...
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'I Know What Happened to George, Julian, Dick, Anne and Timmy the Dog - What Anyone Else Says Is an Indecent Lie'
At the Sharp EndSo, the Famous Five has been made over by Disney. What a rotten trick to play on our country by a lot of rough, low-down sorts. Doubtless criminals, smugglers, strange scientists and spies are behind this queer event, working away at...
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Imitation Is Sincerest Form of Mockery
First Night HEADCASES ITV1Headcases follows on from where Spitting Images left off, except that latex puppets are so yesterday. Last night, we were treated to high-class computer animation normally only seen in children's films, turned out at twice the...
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It's Time for a More Nuanced Approach to the Kremlin
LEADING ARTICLE RUSSIAIt would be easy to conclude that Nato's 20th summit in Bucharest and George Bush's follow-up visit to Sochi have widened the gulf between the West and Russia. Easy, but not necessarily correct. True, the list of subjects over which...
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'I Won't Get 1927 Rammed Down My Throat Anymore'
Standing in suit and tie deep within Wembley stadium, his hair still damp from the shower and a bottle of champagne stowed under his arm for being voted man of the match, life looked sweet indeed for the young man whose goal had earned Cardiff City a...
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Keegan Kick-Start Trick Has Newcastle Dreaming of Star Signings
NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 READING 0Before leaving a most satisfied stadium, Kevin Keegan's last words on Saturday focused on turning such satisfaction into anticipation. Asked about names that are floating around his head for recruitment in the summer, Keegan...
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Kidney's Men Deliver Another Gutsy Victory
GLOUCESTER 3 MUNSTER 16The notion that Munster are the best team in Europe might amuse a few folk down Toulouse way, and if you listen carefully you'll hear some quiet scoffing in Lawrence Dallaglio land, but the first official ranking table compiled...
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Labour Asks for Lib Dem Help to Beat Johnson
Labour is trying to forge an informal "Lib-Lab pact" to head off the prospect of a victory by the Tory candidate Boris Johnson over Ken Livingstone in the election for London mayor.Senior Labour figures have told the Liberal Democrats they will have...
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Levein Proud of Terrors despite Rangers Surrender
*SCOTLAND DUNDEE UNITED 3 RANGERS 3Dundee United manager Craig Levein praised his players despite three times losing the lead to Rangers in a 3-3 draw at Tannadice.Christian Kalvenes put the home side ahead after 37 minutes but Davie Weir equalised with...
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Lita Fuels Pardew Hopes of Late Run for the Play-Offs
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 2Both managers described this Home Park meeting of play-off hopefuls as a must-win match and at the close Paul Sturrock's Plymouth lost out. Alan Pardew's 10-man Charlton rekindled their slender chance of breaking...
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Lucketti's Flying Visit Leaves City Feeling Dizzy
SOUTHAMPTON 2 BRISTOL CITY 0Chris Lucketti took one of the hardest decision of his life on Friday and it may have resurrected his professional career after he helped Southampton rediscover some dignity the following day.Lucketti had not played since...
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Market Awaits Clues on ENRC-Kazakhmys Link
THE WEEK AHEADThe Eurasian Natural Res-ources Corporation, or ENRC as its better known around the market, has fast become one of the most watched mining stocks in London. Its share price has soared, from an offer price of 540p at the IPO in Dec-ember...
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Massa Earns Redemption in Style While Hamilton Suffers 'Disaster'
Felipe Massa desperately needed a win here and all weekend he looked like a man determined to get it. When the red lights went out at the start, he set off from the front row of the grid, and that was pretty much all anyone else saw of him as he dominated...
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McCain's 19-Year-Old Son 'Does a Prince Harry' in Iraq
Newspapers in the United States have revealed that John McCain's 19-year-old son, Jimmy, has been serving in Iraq, prompting a furious response from the Republican presidential contender's aides after months of effort to keep his son out of the public...
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Memoirs Ingeniously Disguised as a Children's Book Bring the Balkans to Life
The Monday Book THE LAST WINDOW-GIRAFFE By Peter Zilahy, trans. Tim Wilkinson ANTHEM PRESS, Pounds 12.99 Order for Pounds xx.99 (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897Memoirs about growing up in Hungary attract eccentric titles. Last year, Adam Biro gave us the...
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Microsoft Lifts Stakes in Battle to Win Control of Yahoo
Microsoft has dramatically raised the stakes in its attempt to buy the internet group Yahoo, threatening to lower its $44.6bn (22.4bn) offer and oust the board unless negotiations proceed immediately.After 26 April, the Redmond-based software giant will...
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More Children Are Watching Junk-Food Adverts despite Ban
Government attempts to fight childhood obesity by banning adverts for junk food is being hampered by such programmes as The X Factor and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, the Prime Minister's adviser on obesity has admitted.A ban was introduced...
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Mugabe Demands Vote Recount as 'War Veterans' Arm for Battle
Zimbabwe's ruling party has demanded a recount of votes in the country's presidential election, a move dismissed by the opposition as a tactic calculated to buy more time for Robert Mugabe as he arms his militant supporters for a "war" aimed at winning...
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Navy Sonar Blamed for Death of Beaked Whales Found Washed Up in the Hebrides
Anti-submarine sonar may have killed a group of whales found dead in the Hebrides in one of Britain's most unusual strandings, scientists believe.Five Cuvier's beaked whales, a species rarely seen in British waters, were discovered on beaches in the...
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New Cloning Technique Raises Fears of 'Designer' Babies
Fears are growing that a form of cloning that is easier to carry out than the technique used to create Dolly the sheep may be used on human embryos to produce "designer" babies. Scientists have already used the procedure to create mice. It saw them inserting...
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Odejayi Miss Echoes Past Calamities on Historic Day
The twisted logic of the FA Cup dictated that it should be the man whose goal did for Chelsea in the quarter-finals, the Barnsley forward Kayode Odejayi, who missed a chance - a glorious chance - to keep his team in with a shout of reaching the final.When...
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Osama: The Musical? You First, Ben
MEDIA DIARYNo less than nature does the media abhor a vacuum, and in the absence of Cold War Kreminology it is the activities of the family Murdoch on which we lavish Byzantine analysis in the search for the underlying message.Take the Barack Obama fundraiser...
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Osman Rekindles Everton Hopes of Snatching Fourth
EVERTON 1 DERBY COUNTY 0All is not yet lost for Everton in their bid to overhaul Liverpool in the race for fourth place and Champions League football. Leon Osman's second-half goal gave them this thoroughly expected victory and secured a two-point weekend...
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Pandora
email pandora@independent.co.ukinternet site www.independent.co.uk/pandoraBiryani for Blears: minister is offered a ticket to LahoreFetch the helmet and goggles, Carruthers! Hazel Blears, the Cabinet's motorcycling Oompa Loompa, has been invited to Pakistan...
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Party on AIM Is over, Warns Grant Thornton
Small TalkFor the last few years, companies hoping to list on the AIM market have had a whale of a time. The majority of listings have been successful and generally speaking, firms have managed to raise the cash they were hoping for.But small caps beware....
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'People Think I'm an Old Hippy and That I Smoke Dope All the Time'
The 5-minute Interview Mike Oldfield MusicianThe multi-instrumentalist and composer, 54, is best known for his ground-breaking concept album, "Tubular Bells". He lives in Spain and has just released a new album, "Music of the Spheres".If I weren't talking...
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Pop
JOSH RITTER Bloomsbury Ballroom LONDON ***In a recent interview, the rising folk-cum-middle-of-the-road rocker Josh Ritter described his mantra for performing thus: "You're like a bird that's going from telephone wire to telephone wire, and when the...
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Power and the People
It's all about big personalities and even bigger budgets - with bendy buses, bikes and bitter vendettas thrown in for good measure. With just 24 days to go until Londoners cast their votes, John Walsh gets under the skin of the three contenders for the...
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Radio 1's Annie Finally Gets Her Place in the Sun
RADIO ANNIE MAC Amid the fake breasts and muscles of a spectacular Miami pool party, the rising star of the Radio 1 schedules has come a long way from working in a supermarket. Ian Burrell reportsThe girls are in scraps of bikini, their upper bodies...
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Rampant Villa Leave Megson's Trotters with Mountain to Climb
*PREMIER LEAGUE ASTON VILLA 4 BOLTON WANDERERS 0Only Gary Megson knows whether he truly believes in his shell- shocked Bolton Wanderers side rallying over the next month and avoiding relegation.If he is to stir his players into one last telling push,...
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RBS Rank and File Braced for Further Job Cuts
Royal Bank of Scotland is set to announce the third tier of job cuts in relation to its takeover of the Dutch bank ABN Amro in the next two weeks. The third phase will affect rank and file bankers after most management positions were settled in previous...
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Ready to Wear
It's April. It's raining. As Jeremy Paxman once said (and his famously grouchy weather reports can be viewed on YouTube): "What do you expect?" Where fashion in particular is concerned any inclemency only begs the question, trench coat or parka?The trench...
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Real Title Defence Boosted by Robben's Mazy Magic
*SPAIN REAL MALLORCA 1 REAL MADRID 1Arjen Robben is finally beginning to pay back some of the 24m Real Madrid invested in him last summer. He brilliantly made the goal that helped the champions to another precious point in their battle to retain the...
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Reform in the Wrong Direction
LEADING ARTICLE INCOME TAXThe prospect of Labour backbenchers revolting over the Government's decision to scrap the 10 per cent income tax band is a miserable business for Gordon Brown, and for a party committed to the redistribution of wealth. It is...
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Robben Proves Worth While Henry Pays for Barca Woes
*SPAINArjen Robben is finally beginning to pay back some of the 24m Real Madrid invested in him last summer but for Thierry Henry the Nou Camp misery continues.Robben brilliantly made the goal that helped ten-man Real Madrid draw with Real Mallorca but...
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Rooney Saves United from Falling in Snow
MIDDLESBROUGH 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 2A 10th league title under Sir Alex Ferguson remains Manchester United's to lose, but they came close to doing just that yesterday during a frantic, breathless match on snowy Teesside that returned some dramatic tension...
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Ruddock Sees His Chance to Chase a Place at Europe's Top Table
*CHALLENGE CUP WORCESTER 36 MONTPELLIER 26Patience has been the watchword at Sixways since Mike Ruddock, the former Wales coach, took charge in the summer.Worcester made a shaky start to the Premiership, going 10 matches without a win. They have turned...
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Sarwan and Chanderpaul Secure Series Draw for West Indies
*CRICKETA century from the vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan alongside Shivnarine Chanderpaul's impressive 86 secured West Indies victory over Sri Lanka in Port of Spain yesterday in the second Test by six wickets.It was West Indies first Test win at the...
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Serene Progress to Fifth Miami Title Shows Williams Is Focused Again
*TENNISSerena Williams once fancied herself an actress or fashion designer and often seemed to be more focused on those aspirations than on her tennis. But after winning her fifth Sony Ericsson Open title with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Jelena Jankovic...
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Simon Armitage
MY WEEK IN MEDIALast week I watched...I've been in Cornwall and Paris this week, which has slightly skewed what I normally do. I have watched both episodes of the new series of The Apprentice [featuring Alan Sugar, right] and they've been fantastic....
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Sri Lanka Rock West Indies but Sarwan Steps Up to Steady Ship
*CRICKETThe West Indies vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan steadied his side yesterday after they lost three quick wickets chasing 253 to defeat Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the second Test. At lunch West Indies, seeking to level the two-Test series, were...
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Steve Sinnott
General secretary of the NUTSteve Sinnott, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, was the first product of the comprehensive education system to head Britain's biggest teachers' union. He was immensely proud of that fact and dedicated his...
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Telling Children What to Do Is Not the Best Way to Protect Them
ON NEW MEDIALet me be unfashionably authoritative and award grades for the Byron Review's Safer Children in a Digital World report. It gets an A+ for its schmooze, an A- for its wisdom about video gaming, a B+/ C- on its understanding of the internet...
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Terminal 5 Fiasco Turns the Dairy Milk Trucks into an Ad for Our Times
ON ADVERTISINGTrucks. Trucks, trucks, trucks. I know: the ad's been out for days. It should be old news. Let's move on. But Dairy Milk's new campaign will not lie quiet. It commands debate. Is it any good?It's Cadbury's successor to the drumming gorilla....
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The Credit Crunch Will Be with Us for Years to Come
To understand big events such as the current credit crisis, you need both horizontal and vertical knowledge. By horizontal knowledge, I mean taking into account a wide range of factors that might bear on the situation.Professionals in the financial markets,...
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The Devil and the Deeply Blue
Theatre THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT Almeida Theatre LONDON *** PARK AVENUE Lilian Baylis Theatre LONDON **Part Jerry Springer, part Inherit the Wind, this courtroom drama, in which a passionate attorney tries to get Judas released from Hell, is lively,...
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The Next Big Thing
When a Paris graffiti artist found a camera on a train, his ambitions grew big. Now he plans to cover Tate Modern with the biggest photograph ever made. John Lichfield reports The art of making peaceJR started very small but went on to become the "biggest"...
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The Ten Best Dining Chairs
INDEPENDENT.CO.UK/BEST1 Laura Ashley 280 eachThe high street store is expert at traditional English furniture - and now they're tackling the French look. This upholstered "carver" style chair has bags of Provenale chic.www.lauraashley.com2 Next 99 for...
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The World Is Not Enough for This Show
Exhibition FOR YOUR EYES ONLY: IAN FLEMING AND JAMES BOND Imperial War Museum LONDONDaniel Craig's blood-stained shirt from Casino Royale and Q's travelling-case from A View to a Kill will go on show in the first major exhibition dedicated to the life...
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Tommy Smith: Anfield Iron by Tommy Smith (Bantam Press, Hardback, Pounds 18.99)
Book of the weekTommy Smith hobbles around the Anfield press room these days, living with the consequences of osteoarthritis as much as those of his punishing career. But the sharpness of his memory makes this the biographical equivalent of Life on Mars....
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'To Start with, I Was an Appalling Presenter. He Should Have Let Me Go, but Didn't'
DIANE LOUISE JORDAN ON LEWIS BRONZE MY MENTORI first met Lewis when I interviewed for Blue Peter in 1990. It was odd because I was probably one of the few people in the country who didn't get what a big deal Blue Peter was. I'd always been a Magpie girl,...
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Tragic Comeback for 2007 National Runner-Up
The return of McKelvey to the Grand National a year after vets advised he might never race again was supposed to be one of those stories of equine triumph over adversity for which the steeplechase is known. Instead, the horse - unable to stand after...
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Trickster Works His Magic for Pompey
*FA CUP WEST BROMWICH 0 PORTSMOUTH 1Harry Redknapp was in his element: holding court in the bowels of Wembley, talking football, cracking gags, and reminding everyone what a basket case Portsmouth were before he rescued them six years ago.He should not...
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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas
Dear Virginia, I have been seeing a psychic for some time now - not very often, about once every three months or so. The last time I went, she told me that I should give up my boyfriend. I had confided in her that my boyfriend and I weren't getting...
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Warm Words to End Summit as Leaders Vow to Heal Divisions
Seven years of personal summitry between George Bush and Vladimir Putin ended yesterday as it began: with much bonhomie, but deep divisions on policy - above all the US plan, approved by Nato but bitterly opposed by Russia, to build parts of a missile...
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Warren Plans Khan World Title Route
*BOXINGFrank Warren will sit down today in his office surrounded by boxing record books and paintings of fighting legends and look for inspiration to help him plan Amir Khan's next fight.On Saturday night at the Bolton Arena, Khan somehow ended up with...
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We Must Learn More about These Murderous Men
I am haunted by the faces of the eight British Muslim men currently on trial at Woolwich Crown Court, accused of plotting to blow up several transatlantic airliners. Prosecutors allege they contemplated the possibility of taking their own wives and children...
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We Should Applaud Russia for Its Successes
George Bush is not always right. Last week, there was a strange event. For once, the European Nato leaders displayed greater geopolitical wisdom than the American President. Mr Bush wanted to press ahead with Nato membership for the Ukraine and Georgia....
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Westerman Is Too Strong for Saints in the Snow
*RUGBY LEAGUE CASTLEFORD 30 ST HELENS 24Luke Dorn's late try gave last-placed Castleford a richly deserved victory in what might prove to be the most dramatic game of the whole Super League season. The scores were tied in the snow at The Jungle when...
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Westwood off as Wolves Fail Again
WAKEFIELD 16 WARRINGTON 2Wakefield produced a performance full of character and grit as they inflicted Warrington's second defeat in eight days after starting without eight first-team regulars.Ben Westwood was sent off for the visitors midway through...
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What's in a Name?
It may be a dancer, or a UFO: without the title you'd never guess the subject of a Howard Hodgkin painting. And Tom Lubbock likes it better that wayIs Howard Hodgkin a conceptual artist? Well, as every Hodgkin- lover learns, his paintings encapsulate...
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What Was Your Biggest Regret as Party Leader? and How Many Sexual Partners Have You Had?
You ask the questions ... Sir Menzies Campbell, former Liberal Democrat leaderDid the party behave badly when they ousted you as leader?Rebecca Collinsby emailAfter Gordon Brown decided not to call an election, I reached the conclusion independently...
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