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 27, 2010

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100,000 'Will Miss out on First-Choice School'
Increased competition for secondary school places caused by decade of closures ALMOST 100,000 children face heartache next week when they discover that they have not been given a place at their preferred choice of secondary school.Monday is "national...
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50 BEST Kitchenware
From funky slicers to perfect pans, Kate Watson-Smyth presents a selection of glorious tools for foodies 1 Herb KeeperAt the time of writing, my control jug of parsley and coriander on the worktop was yellow and faded, the bag of coriander in the fridge...
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A Joke That Is Wearing Thin for BA's Passengers
The man who pays his way Agreed, BA's battle with its cabin crew is the most poisonous dispute in UK aviation history. With every day that the two sides continue to accuse each other of bullying and intimidation, the damage to the reputation of both...
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'Ashcroft Money' Casts Long Shadow over Rivals
ELECTION COUNTDOWN Andy McSmith visits the constituencies the Conservatives have lavished with cash THE SLOGAN on Michael Ashcroft's official website declares that his heart is in Belize, in Central America. That may be so, but his political influence...
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Ashcroft's Election War-Chest Targets Marginals
Investigation by The Independent reveals Tory donor's strategy to clinch election win ELECTION COUNTDOWN Tories flood the marginals with millions THE TORIES have spent 6m over two years in the parliamentary seats that hold the key to general election...
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Award Success for Independent Journalists
The Independent has been shortlisted in seven categories in the British Press Awards, the national newspaper industry's most prestigious annual prizes. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London next month. Business and Finance Journalist of...
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BBC Surrenders to Commercial Pressure to Prune Its Services
Corporation responds to critics by promising drastic cuts to website and radio portfolio THE BBC is planning to cut the scale of its website in half, axe parts of its radio portfolio and sell off its magazine publishing arm in an acknowledgement of widespread...
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Beckham Hopes to Secure Old Trafford Start
Euro Zone DAVID BECKHAM will have the chance to play his way into Milan coach Leonardo's team to face Manchester United in two weeks' time when he starts tomorrow's home Serie A game with second from bottom Atlanta.Beckham's disappointing display in...
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Booze Britain? No, We're Drinking Less
Behind the numbers "Scotland is awash with alcohol," said Dr Brian Keighley this week. He is chairman of the British Medical Association north of the border, and is not alone in believing that Britain is drowning in booze.Don Foster, the Liberal Democrat...
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Brian Godfrey
Welsh international footballer who became a hard-bitten manager The Welsh international Brian Godfrey was a footballer both tough and clever, and as a manager he was a shrewd, hard-bitten operator, albeit not at the rarefied level widely envisaged for...
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Bridge Must Put out Flames of Fury before He's Consumed
The Last Word In the United States, where they are curiously fond of naming river crossings after local dignitaries, the Terry Perroncel Bridge affair would mean something quite different; a controversy in a remote county of North Dakota, perhaps, concerning...
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Brought to Book
Chris Leadbeater is impressed by the cultural charms of Sharjah Trail of the unexpected Sharjah At first glance, it looks like something you might find on the edge of Milton Keynes. It's a roundabout. A large one. Three lanes. A swirl of white lines....
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Business Diary
Remember when AIG was rolling in cash?AIG, the bust insurer currently defending a sex discrimination law suit from two female staff members, must be embarrassed by revelations in the case. One of the women claims she was told off for scrutinising the...
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Canada Driven by Tigerish Desire to Succeed in Struggle on the Ice
At a time when England's football team is rent by the repercussions of a bad case of the sweet life going wrong, you can only marvel, so far at least, at the ferociously single-minded approach of Canada's ice hockey men.As they sought in the small hours...
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Complacency Was the Tory Problem Last Year. Not Now
Inside Politics Six months ago, Lord Mandelson told the Cabinet that Labour faced an "uphill struggle" and the general election looked "very difficult". This week, the Business Secretary, who is in charge of Labour's election strategy, told his fellow...
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Covent Garden Does the Decent Thing
It was the one cast change that the Royal Opera didn't want to happen. The tenor who was to star next week in Handel's Tamerlano was taken ill with abdominal pain, and will have to have surgery. When that tenor is Placido Domingo, it's bad news not just...
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Cyclo-Therapy
Perhaps inevitably, I've become something of a cycling consultant in the offices of The Independent. Last week, a colleague asked if I would advise locking his bike around Leicester Square for the evening while he went to the cinema. "Ooh," I said. "Bit...
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Cy Grant
Pioneer for black British actors Cy Grant has died after a brief illness at the age of 90. He was the first black person to appear regularly on British factual television. He sang regular Calypso current affairs updates on the BBC's Tonight programme...
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Darling Cautious on Economic Recovery
Revision of figures shows improvement but a giveaway Budget is in doubt THE CONTINUING weakness in the economy was confirmed yesterday as the anaemic expansion in GDP for the last few months of last year was increased from the 0.1 per cent previously...
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Eastmond's Solo Revives Saints
ST HELENS 22 WAKEFIELD 16 Wakefield's unbeaten start to the season came to a shuddering halt, despite having Saints on the ropes in the first half.A brilliant solo try from Kyle Eastmond early in the second was the key for Saints as they edged out opponents...
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Egg-Sized Diamond Sold to Hong Kong Jeweller for a Record $35M
A HONG Kong jeweller paid a record price for an uncut diamond yesterday when it bought the egg-sized "Cullinan Heritage" for $35.3m (23m).Chow Tai Fook Jewellery emerged as the successful bidder for the 507-carat diamond, the 19th biggest ever found,...
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Emma Edwards
My Week Argentinian anger over British exploration for oil off the Falklands brings out the defiance in one islander MondayI'm a full-time teacher as well as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands. I teach my year seven class today...
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Evans Hopes Brother Never Plays Again
A mixture of Roman sunshine and grey clouds greeted Andy Robinson as Scotland's head coach led out his players for afternoon training at the Stadio Flaminio yesterday. There was also a sign at the top of the stand opposite which read "Welcome England".These...
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Even the Most Hard-Bitten Hack Can Get Deeply Upset
Richard Ingrams's Week THEY DON'T give many honours to journalists these days, which is probably a very good thing. For it is a sad fact that so far from being the hard-bitten, cynical old hacks that the public supposes them to be, many journalists have...
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Fans Rush to Defend Niche Radio Stations
HOWLS OF outrage accompanied news yesterday that the BBC radio station 6 Music was heading for probable oblivion. It may have an audience of fewer than 700,000 but these are passionate people. 6 Music listeners are the type of fans who make endless lists...
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Ferguson Told to End BBC Boycott
Premier League rules will force manager to call off cold war from next season IT IS six years since Sir Alex Ferguson last spoke regularly to the BBC and three years since he described them as "arrogant beyond belief", but from next season the Manchester...
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Film
New FilmsFILM OF THE WEEKCapitalism: a Love Story (12A)Director Michael MooreEach of Michael Moore's documentaries has been in some way concerned with economic injustice, but in this one he heads right to the source and attacks the entire capitalist...
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Five Best Films
A Prophet (18)A thrilling, visceral and intense prison-gangster drama, following the rise to criminal prominence of a French-Arab man while he serves a six-year sentence.Crazy Heart (15)Jeff Bridges will fully deserve the best actor Oscar for his portrait...
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Five Best London Shows
Jerusalem Apollo TheatreJez Butterworth's play is beautifully directed by Ian Rickson and stars the incomparable Mark Rylance as a vodka-swilling former stuntman. To 24 AprMeasure for Measure Almeida TheatreMichael Attenborough directs a brilliantly...
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'Flights Times Were Changed - but No One Told Us'
Q We booked a holiday in September last year through Expedia, flying easyJet. The flight from Luton to Krakow was fine. We stayed in Krakow for five nights. We were worried that heavy snow might cause our return flight to be cancelled, so we checked...
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Football's Blind Complacency
Leading Article PRIDE COMES before a fall. In October 2008 the chairman of the Football Association, David Triesman, issued a warning about the level of debt being carried by Premier League football clubs. His concerns were dismissed by the barons of...
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Frame Academy
A NEW BOOK CELEBRATES THE GLAMOROUS WORLD OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER NORMAN PARKINSON Standing six feet five in his Edwardian smoking jacket (or his Indian tunic or his favourite pyjama top) and the embroidered Kashmiri wedding cap that he habitually wore...
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'France'll Win the Grand Slam Now'
Never has a coach been so unimpressed by a team who had just put 20 first-half points on his team. Warren Gatland last night blamed Wales for being the "architects of their own demise" and claimed that the French "never stretched us".The Kiwi, however,...
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Games
ReviewsGAME OF THE WEEKAce Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 24.99Format DSPublisher CapcomCome in Phoenix Wright, your time is up. It's prosecution attorney Miles Edgeworth's turn to take the stand in the latest Ace Attorney title to hit the...
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Georgian Chic on the Cheap
24-hour room service The Halcyon Bath, Somerset In a city where the prevailing decor is chintz and hotels are the most expensive in Britain, a stylish new hotel comes like a breath of fresh air. And when that hotel's rooms start at just 99, that air...
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Gourmet Retreats in Wales
The big six Ynyshir HallMachynllethOnce owned by Queen Victoria, this country-house hotel is set amid extensive grounds and mature gardens. Today, guests sleep in rooms named after artists, each decorated with bright wallpapers and paintings that reflect...
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Governor Quits Poll Race amid Scandal
Paterson accused of interfering in domestic violence case against aide THE GOVERNOR of New York, David Paterson, has ditched his bid for re-election this November following revelations that a senior aide had been accused of domestic abuse.Governor Paterson's...
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Hammerson Left Behind as Footsie Recovers
Market Report COMMERCIAL PROPERTY came under pressure last night, with Hammerson trading lower amid worries that values may ease again next year.The concerns were stoked by a new survey which showed that property experts foresee a 0.6 per cent decline...
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House Prices Driven Lower for the First Time in Almost a Year
Property prices strengthened last year, but the latest signs are that the revival is losing momentum. A shortage of finance may make things worse, says Sean O'Grady The 1 per cent fall in house prices recorded by the Nationwide in February brings to...
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'How Can I Make My Business More Successful?'
ANGELA DURRANT, 40, gave up her job selling houses after a near- death experience convinced her to pursue her dream career: voice coaching.The mother of three from Cardiff was thrown 10ft into the air when she crashed her car while travelling at 80mph,...
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How Cup Knockout, M6 Roadworks and FA Alarm Call Make for a Grim 24 Hours
What I Learnt This Week It was a miserable journey home from Villa Park on Wednesday night and not just because we were out of the FA Cup with only an unexpected relegation battle to look forward to. It was also because some genius had decided that 10pm...
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How Money Can Distort the Democratic Process
Leading Article The Tories' use of Lord Ashcroft's millions raises profound questions Labour Party activists will be alarmed to hear not only that the Conservatives have amassed a 10m fund to fight the coming election but that they have already spent...
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How to Stop the Builder Cowboys Ripping You Off
PAYING SOMEONE to do work around the house is notoriously tricky. Time and again, undercover footage by television shows has shown how tradesmen charge a king's ransom for shoddy work.Assuming they don't turn up wearing a stetson, how do you check that...
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Hurt Locker Producer Detonates Oscars Row
Abject apology after email to Academy members breaks rules on lobbying THEIR CRITICALLY acclaimed portrayal of a bomb disposal team in the Iraq war has brought the makers of The Hurt Locker to the brink of an unexpected Oscar success. But they will...
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If It's Not Silence, It's Lead Pipe Cruelty from the Analysts
AN OLD City joke claims analysts know more and more about less and less. There is, perhaps, a grain of truth in what is a pretty brutal put-down. In years gone by it was not unusual for a researcher to be enmeshed in just one or two companies. These...
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If You Ask Me
If you ask me, which you haven't done for a while now - where have you been? - it's about time we stopped taking "A Source" and "A Close Family Friend" quite so much for granted. These two work tirelessly across all the tabloids and celebrity gossip...
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'I Hope Thom's Played His Last Game of Rugby'
Max Evans, who lines up for Scotland against Italy in Rome today, has spoken for the first time about his brother's serious neck injury A mixture of Roman sunshine and grey clouds greeted Andy Robinson as Scotland's head coach led out his players for...
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'I Love My Birthdays, but They Can Cause Logistical Problems'
So: only one month until my birthday. This, naturally, is most exciting - all the more so since this year, unlike the last, I plan to celebrate. As a general rule, I am not a fan of birthdays; they necessitate far too much spending. But mine - well,...
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Impressive ISAs from High-Street Heavyweights
Santander and Nationwide have set the early pace in the battle for ISA supremacy. The ISA market has been picking up during the last fortnight, but this week the level of competition moved up a gear as high street heavyweights launched accounts.The new...
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In Brief
Master Chief makes his debut on PS3PlayStation 3 owners have long assumed that there's more chance of Satan skiing to work than Master Chief ever gracing their console. Well, it looks like the seven circles are in for a cold snap right now following...
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In Defence of a Great Novelist
My enjoyment of the new Martin Amis novel The Pregnant Widow, and it is very good indeed, is being derailed by some or other non- drama about the novelist in the press. In fact, "non-drama" won't quite cover what is currently going on around Amis: "anti-drama"...
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India Hicks Interior Designer, 42
My secret life The house/flat I grew up in ... was a 1704 Georgian mansion with a stone pediment in Oxfordshire. My parents were ... surprisingly different for sharing the same star sign. My father led a theatrical life making bold statements and my...
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In the Beginning
GROWING FROM SEED IS AN ESSENTIAL RITE OF PASSAGE, SAYS ANNA PAVORD - BUT IT NEEDN'T BE DAUNTING... I have recently driven to Penrith with George Orwell, been on a trip to East Anglia with Julian Barnes and whiled away some time in London with EF Benson....
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Is China the Investment Opportunity of the Year, or a Bubble?
The prospectus for the eagerly awaited new fund from the legendary investment manager Anthony Bolton was published yesterday. Fidelity hopes to attract around 630m to its new China Special Situations fund, and the indications suggest that investors are...
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Italian Billionaire Scaglia Flies into Custody to Fight Tax Fraud Charges
One of Italy's wealthiest men, Silvio Scaglia, was in police custody last night after he turned himself in to face allegations of involvement in a money laundering and tax fraud ring.Mr Scaglia, the founder of Italian broadband operator Fastweb, had...
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It Takes More Than One to Make a Teenage Pregnancy
WHEN IS a result not a result? When there's a general election in the offing. Figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics showed teenage pregnancies in the UK have fallen to their lowest in over a decade. Cheers from the Left, who...
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'It Was Frustrating, but Mourinho Is Still the Special One for Me'
Shaun Wright-Phillips, out of favour when at Chelsea, returns there today with his new club at a crossroads, he tells Ian Herbert So who's been your favourite manager, Shaun Wright-Phillips? Given Manchester City's inclination to dispense with the services...
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'I've Been Having Better Sex and Longer with This Here' 'Ed Miliband', Friday Morning 'Oh Dear, I've Fallen Victim to Twitter's Latest Scam' Ed Miliband, Two Hours Later
Energy Secretary becomes latest target of hackers bent on embarrassing micro-blogging politicians IT WAS supposed to be the "cool" way for MPs to reconnect with the people, a way to persuade a sceptical public that they were "down with the kids" and...
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'I've Been Jailed, Beaten Up and Shot at When Travelling'
My life in travel Mark Carwardine Mark Carwardine is an environmentalist, writer, television presenter and wildlife photographerFirst holiday memory?The first holiday which had a really big impact on me was when I was 11. My parents took my brother...
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Jaguar Land Rover Roars Back into Pounds 60m Profit
JAGUAR LAND ROVER (JLR) returned to profit in the last three months of 2009 - the first time it has been in the black since it was sold to Tata Motors for 1.5bn in March 2008, the Indian company said yesterday.The global recession decimated the car industry...
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Join the Tatra Pack
Winter sports Low cost and high excitement: that's a skier's life in Slovakia, says Alf Alderson Jamming the revolving doors of Slovakia's newest five-star hotel is not the best way to make an impression as you attempt to stride towards reception, but...
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Labour Adds to the Collection of Notoriously Bad Slogans
Errors & Omissions The Labour Party has adopted what may be the worst slogan since the notorious "You're never alone with a Strand", the 1959 copy line that killed the brand of cigarettes it was supposed to promote.The slogan is "A Future Fair for All"....
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Like a (Donald) Duck to Water
Disney cruises try hard to appeal to all ages, but at heart they still rely on theme park magic, says David Usborne It is not long after my daughter and I have boarded the Disney Wonder at Port Canaveral in Florida - a moment made memorable, or possibly...
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Little Master
The Saturday profile SACHIN TENDULKAR He is an adored symbol of the new India who this week rewrote cricket's record books yet again. Only Don Bradman outranks him as a batsman, and his astonishing career is far from over Sachin Tendulkar's story is...
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Local Hero?
Restaurants I've been accused, once or twice, of being an unadventurous traveller. "Is there any danger of your reviewing a restaurant outside the immediate environs of south London," asked a recent, sarcastic email, "where, I understand, you were born,...
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Making the Breast of Things
IN THE SECOND PART OF HER MOVING AND PAINFULLY FUNNY MEMOIR CHRONICLING HER BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER, THE COMEDY ACTRESS DEBBIE CHAZEN FINALLY FACES THE DAY OF HER BIG OPERATION PART 2 Last November, Debbie Chazen was diagnosed with breast cancer while...
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Mali
Travel by numbers A trip to the fabled city of Timbuktu really is possible, says Peter Harmer. And while you're at it, head into the Sahara for an overnight trek 1960The year in which Mali, along with Nigeria and 15 other African countries, achieved...
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Mallinder Urges Saints to Redeem Themselves
Jim Mallinder, Northampton's director of rugby, believes his side will have to "improve massively" if they are to beat Leicester today in a contest that combines East Midlands rivalry with the added kudos of being a meeting between the top two clubs...
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Material World
Lady Gaga isn't really one to follow trends. As far as I remember, cloaks made from Kermit puppets weren't that big when she wore one last year. However, her outfit for the Brits chimed with one of this season's key looks: lace.The good news - for the...
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Matterson Looks for Big Response
Terry Matterson, the Castleford coach, is expecting a massive improvement from his players after their below-par performance at Bradford when they entertain Hull KR in the Super League at The Jungle tonight.Matterson was delighted with his side's win...
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McCoy Unhappy at Pace of Change
Inside Track Its authors were always going to be vulnerable to cheap shots. With that in mind, perhaps their first mistake was to name the project Racing For Change. Far from suggesting a dynamic transformation, to many professionals this instead represents...
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MI5 Can't Be Trusted to Tell Truth, Senior Judge Suggested
Paragraph removed from judgment in Binyam Mohamed case published THE CREDIBILITY of the Security Services was severely damaged yesterday after it emerged that a senior judge had suggested MI5 officers could not be trusted to tell the truth.In a ruling...
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Motoring
Perceptions change slowly in the car market. If you're not particularly interested in cars, there's a chance you may not have heard of Kia, or have only a vague idea about its products. But in the industry, Kia has been a hot story for three years now,...
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Mountain of Bad Debt Leaves Lloyds Pounds 6.3bn in Red Again
Part-nationalised lender cuts losses by 6% but refuses to reveal bonuses A MOUNTAIN of bad debts forced Lloyds Banking Group to announce annual losses of 6.3bn yesterday - but the part-nationalised bank refused to reveal details of its net lending or...
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Mystery of Dead Briton and the Right-Wing Cult
Erica Duggan hopes a second inquest will finally establish the truth about her son's death. By Jerome Taylor It was the kind of phone call every mother dreads. At 4.24am on 27 March 2003, Erica Duggan was woken by her son Jeremiah, a normally ebullient...
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Nervy Johnson Admits Irish Test Is 'Huge'
Manager denies that today's Ireland game is a defining point in his regime England 'a work in progress' he insists Two years ago, England put three tries and 33 points past an Ireland side who would go on to win a Grand Slam the following season. According...
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O'Driscoll Test Is Make or Break for 'Quiet Guy' Tait
Jury still out on England centre but, he tells Chris Hewett, today's Irish match will help settle verdict The strange case of Mathew Tait, still being heard in the court of rugby opinion five years after the opening statements, is finally reaching its...
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Oh, the Joys of Cold Water and Exercise
The Outward Bound Trust will celebrate its 70th anniversary by asking former students to share their experiences. Jonathan Brown took his own journey into the unknown It had been a challenging night for the girls of Flixton High School long before they...
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O'Neill Is Desperate to End Villa Drought
CARLING CUP FINAL Managers excited by Wembley date as they know Cup may offer best hope of silverware Arsene Wenger may deride the Carling Cup as a "non-trophy", but one of the tasks facing Aston Villa and Manchester United tomorrow is not simply to...
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On the Town
MARK HIX OFFERS A SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEW DISHES ON THE MENU AT HIS LATEST LONDON RESTAURANT. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JASON LOWE Since I left Caprice Holdings two years ago last December, I've kept myself pretty busy, what with my various restaurant openings. Well,...
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Parks Recovers from Roman Circus
The last time Dan Parks was in the Stadio Flaminio was on the Ides of March 2008. He departed with a hail of critical daggers being thrust between his shoulder blades. They might have been of a metaphorical nature but they were painfully to the point....
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Parks Recovers from Rome Circus
The last time Dan Parks was in the Stadio Flaminio was on the Ides of March 2008. He departed with a hail of critical daggers being thrust between his shoulder blades. They might have been of a metaphorical nature but they were painfully to the point.The...
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Petrov Holds the Line for England's Future
CARLING CUP FINAL The Bulgarian had to curb his attacking instincts to rescue his Villa career, he tells Phil Shaw. Now he's captain of a side full of native talent The last Aston Villa captain to lift a major trophy was Home Counties born and bred...
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Posh but Poor: The Perils of Middle-Class Poverty
A middle-class couple would normally be seen as a success if they had their own large, detached home, two cars in the driveway, nice holidays, a golf course lifestyle and children lined up for private school. But when he handles middle class divorces,...
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Rafael Battles Second-Season Syndrome
CARLING CUP FINAL The Brazilian found his feet in no time at United but has since been caught diving in. Tomorrow, he can begin to restore his standing, writes Ian Herbert At least the manager knows which one he is now. Only when Rafael da Silva's twin...
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Redgrave out to Play Williams Gold Card
Skeleton star makes case for investing in future, urges Britain's greatest Olympian Britains's greatest Olympian, Sir Steve Redgrave, had a message of defiance on a morning when the team's yield of one gold medal from these 21st Winter Games severely...
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Scenes from a Busy Beirut Correspondent's Notebook
Robert Fisk's World It's back-of-the-book time again, those little funny, sad stories that don't quite make it from the reporter's notebook into a fully fledged dispatch but which shouldn't be thrown away.So...* I am in Hebron, on Macintyre Tours (see...
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Senior Ready for One Last Shot at His Favourite Foe
The Leeds man enjoys taking on Australians. Tomorrow's World Club Challenge could be his final chance, he tells Dave Hadfield Keith Senior has been lining up for big international events for so long that when he started he still had hair and discretion.The...
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Singapore
48 Hours The city-state may be changing at the speed of light, but it remains a metropolis of one million menus, discovers Simon Calder Travel essentialsWhy go now?While Britain shivers, Singapore is permanently hot - and, this spring, loosening up with...
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Something for the Weekend
It's squeaky bum time for...Manfred Amerell and Michael KempterAmerell, the German Football Federation's refereeing adviser, has stood down after being accused of taking too much of a hands-on approach to his job by whistle-blower Michael Kempter. "He...
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Something to Declare
Warning of the weekMexicoPopular day-trip border-hopping destinations from the US could take you to some of the most dangerous places in Mexico. A new Travel Alert issued this week by the US Department of State is aimed at American travellers, but contains...
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Standard Life's Matrix Picks the Winners
I HAVE often berated insurance companies and banks for the dismal performance of their unit trusts, but there are exceptions to the rule. Standard Life Investments is one, and its range of UK equity funds has been particularly impressive. I have covered...
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Staying in Films on Television
TODAYThe Ladykillers 7.25am ITV3 *****(Alexander Mackendrick, 1955) Ealing Studios' blackest comedy is a thoroughly delectable moral fable with a precision plot, in which Alec Guinness plays a criminal mastermind whose best-laid plans are inadvertently...
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Storrie to Go as Cuts Begin at Portsmouth
Administrator promises to save club with range of money-saving measures AVRAM GRANT is staying as manager, but Peter Storrie is going, and the chief executive will not be alone. That was the immediate fall-out of Portsmouth's slide into administration...
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Suicide Can Be a Rational Choice
There's something odd about the debate surrounding assisted suicide. On the face of it, the issue is quite clear: is it morally justifiable to help someone who is terminally ill to a death of their choosing? However, most of what most people are actually...
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Super 14's Fearless Creativity Makes It a Joy
Tackling The Issues I am not a person who needs much of an excuse to watch Super 14 rugby, or to return to my northern roots by casting an eye over the latest happenings in top-class rugby league, so I did not exactly struggle to fill my time during...
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Taliban Strike at Heart of Kabul, Killing at Least 16
Indians believed to be targets, but Italian secret service officer and French film producer also dead Militants trying to prove they are still a potent force, even as they are overwhelmed in south by Nato troops WITH SUICIDE bombs, grenades and gunfire,...
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Team-Mates of Terry Send Bridge Texts of Support
Five Chelsea players give City defender their backing for today's confrontation John Terry may not even have the support of the Chelsea dressing room following Wayne Bridge's retirement from international football after it emerged yesterday that the...
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Ten Best Comedy Gigs
Nina Conti FriTip-top ventriloquist gives voice to some (no doubt) toilet- mouthed new characters in Talk to the Hand. Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2Laura Solon tonight, Sun & FriAnother chance to see the character comedian in Rabbit Faced Story...
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Ten Best Dance Events
Richard Alston Dance Company Wed & ThurAlston's Movements from Petrushka draws parallels between Nijinsky and the puppet character Petrushka. Plus Overdrive and Martin Lawrance's To Dance and Skylark. Sadler's Wells, London EC1Gala Flamenca todayGrand...
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