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 February 23, 2009

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A Depressing Saga of Secrets, Lies and Medieval Horrors
This is Britains position on torture: we ratified the UN Convention against it in 1988 and we then passed an Act of Parliament giving authority to the investigation and prosecution of torturers no matter where they cowered. But impressive as all this...
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A Lasting Impression
Last Night's Television 30 ROCK FRI FIVE USA SOLITARY ENDEAVOUR ON THE SOUTHERN OCEAN SUN BBC2 British viewers will have been Rock-aware (as the show would undoubtedly call it) since 2007, when the first series was nominated for 10 Emmys. This year,...
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American Idols
As the international collections get under way in New York, Averyl Oates, buying director of Harvey Nichols, reports on the hottest shows of the week SATURDAYI arrive late afternoon to a glorious sunny day, and race to make the Alexander Wang show Wang...
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An Ambitious Author and a Banned Book
A week or so ago, the world awoke to news of a new literary martyr. The Observer journalist Geraldine Bedell has written a novel about one of the Emirates, shortly to be released. Where better to launch such a book than at the first Dubai Literary Festival?...
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'Are Wallace and Torode the Same Man? You Never See Them in a Two- Shot'
Women. Theyre a curse. My new flatmate has thoroughly disrupted the delicate televisual dynamic of my formerly female-free home. I used to get in from work to find one of the chaps sprawled inelegantly across an armchair, watching an episode of The Simpsons...
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A Rosy Future
Love it or loathe it, pink is everywhere this season. Harriet Walker and Gemma Hayward explain why it's just the colour for dark days - and how to wear it with panache Pink sometimes gets a bad rep, too often seemingly the shade of choice among children,...
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As the World Sees It
The unsavoury BNPGLOBE AND MAIL (CANADA)As the economic downturn deepens, with Britains gross domestic product forecast to contract by as much as 2.8 per cent this year, Mr. Brown and other Labour leaders are aware it will be a struggle to placate British...
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Bert 'Sailor' Brown
Gifted footballer whose career was shattered by the Second World War With his rolling gait and muscularly stocky build, he reminded his team-mates so irresistibly of the cartoon character Popeye that they nicknamed him Sailor. But Bert Brown was never...
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Between the Lines
With its decisive sweeps and confident flourishes, there's no mistaking Barack Obama's signature. Tim Walker deciphers the scribbles of the powerful One day, it might be stored in the same imaginary sheaf of historic American documents that contains...
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Blunkett Warns over 'Big Brother' Britain
David Blunkett, who introduced the idea of identity cards when Home Secretary, will issue a stark warning to the Government tomorrow that it is in danger of abusing its power by taking Britain towards a Big Brother state.At the 21st annual law lecture...
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Board Backs Me, Says Collier
Any prospect of resignations over the Stanford Affair receded further yesterday. Both the men largely responsible for the England and Wales Cricket Boards contentious deal reiterated that they were staying put.Giles Clarke, the chairman, said the issue...
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Bridge
Todays hand comes from the first ever World Schools Pairs Championship, (under 20) held last year in Piestany, Slovakia. In action were the winning duo from Poland, Bartlomiej Igla and Artur Machno. Here, Igla demonstrated a mature appreciation of bridge...
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Bring Back the Idea of National Service
We havent seen its like since Britain had an Expeditionary Force. Every summer an army of well-heeled young Brits fan out across the world to dig wells in Kenya, teach English in Nepal, and build hospitals in Peru. Unlike those who fought in 20th-century...
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Brown Cannot Bank on China's Stability
If matters were not so fraught, we could revel in the intellectual excitement. The world is in the grip of a contradiction. We have a crisis caused by excessive credit, fiscal laxity and asset-price inflation.So the cure might seem self-evident: fiscal...
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Brown Launches Another Bank Rescue Plan
Northern Rock to boost mortgage lending by Pounds 14bn amid dismay in Whitehall A fresh rescue package for the beleaguered bank system will be launched today with the promise of a 14bn boost to mortgage lending by state-controlled Northern Rock.It will...
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Can Tarrant's Talent Save the Day for ITV?
It may be a curious thing to say about a relatively modest 200,000-an-hour game show, but ITVs The Colour Of Money, hosted by Chris Tarrant, might well be the broadcasters most important commission of the decade. Why? If its a hit, ITV may for once own...
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Chelsea Are Driven by Hiddink Fear Factor
ASTON VILLA 0 CHELSEA 1 And so Chelseas latest regime change was the revival of an old one. The Jose Mourinho regime. Avram Grant claimed to have changed it but did not and Luiz Felipe Scolari tried, for a while, to get them to be a kind of Blue Brazil...
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Chris O'Dowd
Work: Comic and actor Chris ODowd, 29, played Roy in The IT Crowd and stars in new comedy FM, which starts on Wednesday, 10.30pm on ITV2Life: Grew up in Boyle in Ireland. Currently lives in Chalk Farm, north LondonBalance: Flower-arrangingWHAT IS THE...
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Christopher Nolan
Irish author who overcame cerebral palsy to win the Whitbread Prize at the age of 21 With the three acclaimed books he produced, Christopher Nolan proved himself a significant Irish literary figure. With his lifelong struggle against cerebral palsy he...
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Cipriani Cuts His England Odds
WASPS 9 NORTHAMPTON 5 LAST WEEK the odds against Danny Cipriani reclaiming the England fly-half berth for next Saturdays Six Nations match against Ireland at Croke Park were quoted by bookmakers William Hill as 3-1. Yesterdays lack of attacking opportunities...
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Clarke Must Pay the Price for Poor Decision Making
Comment It now appears we should not have been so surprised by the news that Allen Stanford is under investigation by US authorities. The warning signs appear to have been there from before the England and Wales Cricket Board leapt into bed with him....
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Coming Home: The Last Briton in Guantanamo
Binyam Mohamed's family warned that they may not recognise him The seven-year ordeal of a British resident held by the Americans at Guantanamo Bay is expected to end this evening when an RAF plane touches down at a military airfield somewhere in the...
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Credit Crisis Diary
Axa takes a step into the unknownIggy Pops decision to earn a few quid by appearing in adverts for Swiftcover, the insurance company, has sparked one of those debates about selling out which music fans love so much. But the campaign is also a big risk...
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Dali, Hollywood - and a Surreal Story
There are three biopics about the Spanish artist in production, reveals Jerome Taylor. But it is the adaptation of the book by a former art dealer and ex-convict attracting the most controversy With his trademark upturned wax moustache and penchant for...
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Davies Always at Home in the Discomfort Zone
BOLTON WANDERERS 2 WEST HAM UNITED 1 Gary MeGson was thinking of England but no one could accuse him, unlike Lady Alice Hillingdon who is attributed with the original quote, of lying back. The Bolton Wanderers manager has a temporary fixation about his...
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Disputes Threaten UK's Broadband Progress
* O2 chiefwarns that Britain risks falling behind rivals The chief executive of O2 UK has warned that Britain could fall behind in moving into the digital age if the industry and the regulators do not urgently settle their differences.In his first interview...
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Don't Look Back
There's so much to say about Picasso's relationship with the artists of today. So why on earth has the National Gallery gone down the tired route of linking him to the old masters? By Tom Lubbock There are two well-worn ways of telling the story of Picassos...
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England Ponder Familiar Problem
ENGLAND 268-5 (tea) PRESIDENT'S XI England have three days to work on a familiar conundrum: what their Test side should be in the absence of Andrew Flintoff. In the past 10 years the selectors have gained abundant experience of planning for life without...
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England Thrown by Missing Flintoff
ENGLAND 351-7dec PRESIDENT'S XI 49-4 England have three days to work on a familiar conundrum: what their Test side should be in the absence of Andrew Flintoff. In the past 10 years the selectors have gained abundant experience of planning for life without...
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Eurozone Is Being Stress-Tested, but It Will Not Break Apart Easily
The European leaders duly gathered in Berlin yesterday. The aim apparently was to move towards a common approach at the forthcoming Group of Twenty economic summit in London in April: what to do about the global downturn. But actually the ghost at the...
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Farah Dashes to Top of the Class of 2009
ATHLETICS Leaning against the barrier in the mixed zone at the National Indoor Arena, the area where the athletes collect their kit and the media conduct their interviews, Charles van Commenee was reflecting on a satisfying Saturday afternoon at the...
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Fearful Boro Fans Count Cost of Alves' Failure
MIDDLESBROUGH 0 WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 Middlesbroughs goalless run in the Premier League is threatening to morph from northern realist drama to gloomy mini-series and finally into a fully-blown miserable epic, one with a limp yet disastrous denouement.Supporters...
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Flying High, Again
They are one of the earth's most majestic creatures, but the fishing industry pushed them to the brink of extinction. Now a pioneering scheme in South Africa could save the albatross. By Kunal Dutta Ever since Samuel Taylor Coleridge first wrote of the...
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Forget Nuclear and Focus on Renewables
Comment Very careful analysis is still needed before going with the nuclear option. By making this choice we could inadvertently waste time and money and therefore not achieve what we could do by pursuing other options for example, through energy efficiency,...
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For the Record
Ive lived in front of the cameras and may be Ill die in front of them, cancer victim and reality TV star Jade Goody speaks out ahead of her wedding yesterday to Jack Tweed, filmed by Living TV and covered exclusively by OK! magazine for 700,000.NME on...
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'Freak' Lough Derg Fights off Rivals
THE GOOD NEWS for supporters of Champion Hurdle market leader Binocular is that their hero is in health that is getting ruder by the minute. And, should they wish to check on his wellbeing, it will be open house at Kempton first thing Wednesday morning,...
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Geraghty Hints at Becoming a London Irish Exile
BATH 20 LONDON IRISH 20 THE PREMIERSHIPS powers-that-be contend that close-run results such as this demonstrate the quality and fairness of their salary- capped competition, but not everything about league rugby, 2009 style, is so happy-clappy. London...
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Goalkeeper's Blunder Keeps Wolves Just Ahead of Pack
WOLVERHAMPTON 2 CARDIFF CITY 2 NO LONGER is it only the Championships top three clubs who are falling over themselves in the race for promotion. Cardiff City, fortunate not to be three goals down after half an hour, exposed Wolverhampton Wanderers frayed...
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Grizzled Ex-Lion Sharpens Teeth of Harlequins
Commentary HARLEQUINS 14 GLOUCESTER 9 Twenty years ago in Wallaby country, Dean Richards and Mike Teague formed two-thirds of a Lions back-row combination so magnificently intimidating in their physicality that the Australians lost both the fight and...
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How to Take Up Running
LifeSupport ______ ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR THE MODERN WORLD BELIEVE IN YOURSELFLike the haves and have-nots, the world is divided into runners and non-runners. The partition is pretty solid, but can be breached. The only difference between gym-goers and...
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If Your Club Has a Problem, and No One Else Can Help, Call ... the J- Team
Talking Football On a Californian morning in July 2007, Jose Mourinho, then Chelsea manager, held court in Beverly Hills. Have you realised, he was asked, this is the first time in your career you have started a fourth consecutive season with the same...
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Investors Hope for Better Outlook from Banks
The Week Ahead The banking sector is set to dominate the headlines again this week, with Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group due to report full-year results on Thursday and Friday respectively.The main figures have been aired already: RBS...
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Iraq Faces a New War as Tensions Rise in North
Violence between Iraqi Kurds and Arabs is threatening an all out conflict that could complicate US plans to withdraw troops A new war is threatening Iraq just as the world believes the country is returning to peace. While violence is dropping in Baghdad...
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Kane and Farhi's Upbeat Designs Lighten the Gloom
Its impossible not to feel enthusiastic about British fashion after seeing a Christopher Kane show. The Scottish designer, who unveiled his latest autumn/winter collection at London Fashion Week yesterday, has been feted from the moment he graduated...
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Late Surge Sends Teenage Lee into the Record Books
GOLF JUST THREE weeks after Rory McIlroy became only the seventh teenager to win on the European Tour, the New Zealand amateur Danny Lee yesterday overshadowed the Ulster boys achievement in becoming the circuits youngest-ever champion.Lee, who last...
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Leicester Look at Legal Action over White Slur
LEICESTER 38 WORCESTER 5 Leicester Tigers are burning bright with indignation at the lack of action by the European Rugby Cup over remarks made by Ospreys coaches about one of their players after the Heineken Cup match between the two sides last month.The...
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Liverpool in the Grip of Title Failure
LIVERPOOL 1 MANCHESTER CITY 1 It took Rafael Benitez to remind everyone that this title race is not over but even a man as icily detached from the usual instinctive emotions still looked like he needed some persuading. As for the rest of the home contingent...
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Make-Up Palettes
The Ten Best GuerlainbIf you are sporting this seasons must-have clutch bag, then space for make-up is limited. This diminutive and glamorous blusher palette contains four shades of peach and rose, as well as a dinky brush and mirror.Price: 28.3901932...
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Mel's Mad Blog Is Balm for the Anguished Soul
In these irredeemably dismal times, all I can honestly do is ask you beg you on all fours, in fact, hands grasping your knees in frenzied imprecation to take advantage of the finest non-chemical upper available to humanity. I refer, of course, to Melanie...
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Milan Notebook
Mills conviction is an anti-climaxIt was billed as the trial of the year. But in the end last weeks climax of the prosecution of Silvio Berlusconi and his British lawyer David Mills, below, for bribery and corruption was a non- event. It took place in...
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Murray Can Outline New World Order
TENNIS British No 1 and Djokovic set to take centre stage in absence of Nadal and Federer Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have stayed away but the two men who have been breathing down the necks of the worlds best players have the chance to offer a vision...
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Nationalised Banks and BBC Must Reveal Top Salaries
Pay of high-profile presenters must be disclosed, says watchdog HIGHLY PAID executives and presenters working for the BBC, and bosses of the newly nationalised banks, must disclose details of salaries and bonuses, the information watchdog says today.The...
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Nolan's Challenge Takes Moyes to Breaking Point
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 EVERTON 0 DAVID MOYES spoke in the minutes before kick-off of the opportunity to cut Arsenals five-point lead over Everton to two; but even before half-time the cuts concerning Moyes more were one to Victor Anichebe due to a violent...
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Obama May Pick Banker to Be His Man in London
Former Citigroup boss may be next UK ambassador President Barack Obama is considering appointing his biggest Wall Street fundraiser to become ambassador to the UK, according to rumours circulating in Washington.The job, traditionally seen as the most...
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Open the Books on Public Sector Pay
LEADING ARTICLE AT A time when the salaries and bonuses of senior bank staff are almost perpetually in the spotlight and rightly so, in the case of banks that have been bailed out by the taxpayer it is perverse that senior public sector salaries are...
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Oscars Hit by Absence of Hollywood's Big Stars
It was the biggest event of the year for an industry built on the twin pillars of glamour and celebrity, but last nights Oscars were overshadowed by a row over the sudden absence of Hollywoods biggest stars.Organisers admitted an attempt to build suspense...
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Pandora
Slumdog star gets Frost recognitionAnil Kapoor delighted the papers by claiming his Slumdog Millionaire co-stars Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, right, were more than friends. And from the sound of things, it seems that there will be plenty more of his colourful...
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Pompey Can Take Hart after Latest Fightback
STOKE CITY 2 PORTSMOUTH 2 In eight days time, Portsmouth will face Chelsea. It will be Paul Hart versus Guus Hiddink, the caretaker versus the interim manager, the battle of the temps. Both were appointed in their respective roles at roughly the same...
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Puletua Muscles out Giants
HUDDERSFIELD 6 ST HELENS 23 HUDDERSFIELD pushed Saints closer than the scoreline suggests in a performance yesterday that would have been good enough to beat most teams in Super League.Saints spent most of the second half clinging to a six-point lead...
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Ray Dennis Steckler
Actor and director of cult films and slasher movies who worked with Hendrix and Zappa Ray Dennis Steckler rose above most drive-in and exploitation directors with two immortally named and enjoyable cult films, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped...
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RBS to Be Split in Two under Five-Year Reconstruction Plan
* 'Good bank' and 'bad bank' to be created under radical restructuring Stephen Hester, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, is expected to admit that it will take up to five years to completely restructure the ailing bank, when it unveils a...
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Ready to Wear
Hats off to the milliner of the moment. Tomorrow, the exhibition Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum, curated by the worlds most celebrated hatter and by Oriole Cullen, the gallerys head of fashion and textiles....
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Real Prepare Perfectly as Barca Flop
SPAIN NOT content with having 24 hours longer to recover from this weekends league programme than Liverpool, Real Madrid raced into a 6- 1 half-time lead against Real Betis on Saturday and were able to give Fabio Cannavaro, Raul and Gonzalo Higuain the...
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Renewed Bloodshed Shows Peace Remains Elusive in Iraq
Killings and kidnappings in the Kurdish region threaten future of country LEADING ARTICLE The better news out of Iraq recently is not, as becomes increasingly clear, unalloyed. Provincial elections passed off peacefully last month. British forces in...
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Ronaldo Refuses a Statement
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 Inevitably the focus was on what happened to Uniteds iron chain of defence in the absence of Edwin van der Sar and, for all but half an hour, Nemanja Vidic. Indeed, it became an almost instant mess.But then surely...
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Savile Offers a Lifeline to Victims of City Squeeze
Small Talk For those living on Mars for the last few months, it might come as a surprise that people in the City are losing their jobs at a rate of knots. These once masters of the universe who apparently kept the rest of us in a job are falling by the...
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Short Shrift Drove Me out, Says Keane
Roy Keane has spoken publicly for the first time since leaving Sunderland in December and has accused principal shareholder, Ellis Short, of being the main reason for his departure. Keane has also taken digs at Dwight Yorke, Sir Alex Ferguson, successor...
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Slump in Returns Heads Insurers' List of Concerns
Insurers have radically changed their priorities over the last year, as they focus on survival amid a deepening global recession and plunging asset prices.The industry is gripped by fears of slumping investment returns, shrinking profits and pressure...
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Smith Seeks Curbs on Skilled Migrants
Britain in brief POLITICS Tough new curbs on the number of highly skilled foreign workers coming to Britain were promised by Jacqui Smith yesterday amid fears that tens of thousands of new graduates will struggle to find jobs this summer. The Home Secretary...
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So Is Labour Doomed? and What Therapy Would You Offer Brown?
Derek Draper Editor of LabourList.org and psychotherapist What is the single most important thing that Labour stands for?HARRY PHILIPSBrighouseWell, I know we hedge around it sometimes, and you can never achieve it completely, but I think equality. That...
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Something from the Weekend
The Good...Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan SamaraweeraThe batsmen broke the 52-year-old world record for a fourth- wicket stand yesterday as Sri Lanka bored the whites off Pakistans bowlers in Karachi. The pairs 437 took the record from Englands Peter...
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Sorry, Dad, This Bearded Wonder Is Virtually Hooked on Fishing Now
Weird World of Sport My dad told me never to trust a man with a beard or anyone who likes fishing. I always took this to be sound advice and have tried to live my life by these simple, yet effective rules. If I ever spotted a bearded man on the street,...
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Spirits, Sorcery and Star Quality
THEATRE THE TEMPEST Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon **** WRECKS Bush Theatre, London ** The isle is full of noises; sounds, and sweet airs that give delight, and hurt not. Rarely has Calibans description of his homeland reverberated so justly....
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Strictly Comes ... to School
Pupils to be taught ballroom dancing as Government turns to TV show to beat childhood obesity BALLROOM DANCING is set to become the latest craze in classrooms across Britain, as part of an effort to harness the success of the television show Strictly...
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The Adman with a Pounds 400m Public Warchest
Billy, Gripper, Books, Jakki, Mundy, Lupe. Regular kids. You wouldnt sweat if you found them hanging around your street corner. Even Gripper, the tough one, looks more teen heart-throb than estate vigilante.Theyre the stars of a new 22-part drama series,...
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The Big U-Turn: Greens Call for Nuclear Power
BRITAIN MUST embrace nuclear power if it is to meet its commitments on climate change, four of the countrys leading environmentalists who spent much of their lives opposing atomic energy warn today.The one-time opponents of nuclear power, who include...
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The Funny Man Intent on Having the Last Laugh - Soon
He is a co-host on the most popular podcast ever, becoming a cult comedy star in the process, and only has to work one day a month. Yet if it were up to Karl Pilkington, the online shows he presents with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant would have...
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The Green Movement Must Learn to Love Nuclear Power
This country faces a serious energy crisis. Within a decade a large fraction of the UKs antiquated power-generating capacity, both coal-fired and nuclear, is due to close. If it is not replaced, we face a nightmarish future of power shortages and blackouts....
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The 'Prisoner' versus the President
Georgia's leader faces daily criticism on a TV show he claims to adore. Could it be his undoing? As domestic pressure mounts on Georgias President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign following the short war the country fought with Russia in August last year,...
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The Real Art of Spinning: Writing an On-Message Speech for the Boss
Much has been made of the new American Presidents use of Facebook and MySpace to raise more than two million donations and mobilise grass-roots activism, but its his speeches that really inspired Obamania and are now proving popular as MP3 and mobile-phone...
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The Spanish Presidency of the EU Will Focus on Global Solidarity
Podium A multipolar world is offering Europe a whole set of new chances for leadership, but we must make the most out of them. When Spain takes responsibility for the EU presidency we will turn to Africa, a continent that is progressively becoming more...
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The Stress Test
The commute's a killer, the boss is a tyrant and the hours are exhausting. Meanwhile, the kids are a nightmare, the laundry's stacking up and the drudgery never ends. Who's under more pressure? Nick Harding and his wife let the scientists decide Its...
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The Triumph of Good over Ugliness
The Monday Book A CHANCE ACQUAINTANCE By Charles Chadwick SHORT BOOKS, Pounds 12.99 Order for Pounds 11.69 (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop: 0870 079 8897 Charles Chadwicks first novel, Its All Right Now, was a huge study of the life of a suburban...
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The World's Most Pointless Inventions
From a motorised ice-cream cone to the electronic skipping rope, welcome to... EVER wore yourself out eating an ice-cream? The constant movement of the wrist to catch melting drops and ensure the ice-cream gets in your mouth and not the floor? Well help...
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This Celebration of Ordinariness by the Media Leaves Me Bemused
This week I have to write about Jade Goody. You may not, gentle reader, be wholly sure who she is. I certainly am not. Despite being a prodigious daily consumer of newsprint, I have for the most part managed to avoid her, being only vaguely aware of...
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This Joke Isn't Funny Any More
POP ANVIL Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, London * THE CRIBS Heaven, London *** Heavy metal has had a long and tortuous relationship with humour. From its conception the genres stars seemed blissfully ignorant of the concept, convinced instead that by some...
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Thorman Has a Dream for Hull
An unlikely link with Barack Obama has helped Geordie half-back make a flying start at his new club, writes Dave Hadfield It is a different Chris Thorman this season, with a new club, a new role and a new interest in American politics.Super Leagues one...
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Tories Face Pounds 5m Black Hole after Launch of Inquiry into Ashcroft
Company's donations may have breached electoral law David Cameron faces embarrassment and the prospect of a near 5m black hole after the electoral watchdog began a formal investigation into the Tories biggest donor.The Electoral Commission has launched...
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Tourists Targeted in Cairo Market Bomb Attack
The spectre of Islamist attacks returned to haunt Egypts security services last night after a French tourist was killed when a bomb ripped through the Khan el-Khalili bazaar in Cairo. According to Egyptian police, up to 22 people were injured, including...
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Twitter Need Only Look at Facebook to See Its Future Problems
February 2009 might well go down as the month when Twitter replaced Facebook as the hottest and coolest company in Silicon Valley. First, Twitter closed a $35m (24m) round of venture capital investment at a valuation of about $250m not bad for a revenue-...
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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas
Dear Virginia, My 78-year-old neighbour lives in a house packed with stuff she's hoarded. She has no water, electricity or gas, and spends her days sitting outside shielded by umbrellas and binbags. At night, I understand she sleeps on the floor at the...
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Visual Arts
GLENN BROWN Tate Liverpool, Liverpool ***** Glenn Brown is a great painter of our time. He is a conceptual painter, but one who paints in a painterly fashion, thus satisfying both avant-gardists and traditionalists. He belongs to the group labelled appropriationists...
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Wenger Loses the Knowledge
ARSENAL 0 SUNDERLAND 0 You dont hear the old mantra quite so often these days Arsne knows. And so he does. The trouble is that everyone else seems to have decided they know better.Until Christmas Arsne Wenger had to listen to the cognoscenti telling...
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Wenger Needs to Work on His Balancing Act, Says Ferguson
United manager interrupts preparations to face Jose Mourinho's Internazionale and takes a swipe at the transfer policies of another old foe, writes Sam Wallace Sir Alex Fergusons thoughts are occupied with Liverpool and Internazionale at the moment...
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'We Will Have to Win at Old Trafford'
He has steadfastly refused to agree that Manchester United are the only team left in a one-horse title race but Rafael Benitez acknowledged yesterday that his Liverpool side would have to win at Old Trafford on 14 March to have any chance of winning...
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White Doves and Media Deals as Jade Ties the Knot
Pounds 1m payout goes into trust fund for sons JADE GOODY provided the inheritance she wanted for her children yesterday when she married her boyfriend Jack Tweed in a tightly guarded wedding yesterday afternoon.The terminally ill reality TV star, who...
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Why the Collapse of Kangaroo Is a 'Huge Opportunity' for Microsoft
Ashley Highfield is a motoring obsessive, and when he was the BBCs new media supremo, he furnished his office with a seat made specially for the Formula One racing driver Jenson Button, though he has it no longer. I suspect it has ended up on some tip...
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William Hill Set for Pounds 350m Rights Issue
Business in brief BETTING William Hill, the bookmaker, is expected to become the latest company to unveil plans for a rights issue to raise about 350m, when it delivers its annual results on Friday. The rights issue is understood to be part of a wider...
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With a Song and a Dancing Goal, Villa Left Legacy Money Can't Buy
VIEW FROM THE SOFA FROM PAMPAS TO THE LANE SUPERAGENTS ESPN CLASSIC/BBC 2 THE next time you catch Ricky Villas trademark goal for Spurs in the 1981 Cup final, ignore the Argentines slalom run and instead concentrate on Garth Crooks. As Villa jinks through...
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With a Song and a Dancing Goal, Villa Left Legacy Money Can't Buy
VIEW FROM THE SOFA FROM PAMPAS TO THE LANE SUPERAGENTS THE next time you catch Ricky Villas trademark goal for Spurs in the 1981 Cup final, ignore the Argentines slalom run and instead concentrate on Garth Crooks. As Villa jinks through the Manchester...
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