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 December 7, 2009

Adidas V Nike: The Battle over Football's Big Prize
The first big clash of the 2010 World Cup finals has already kicked off, not in South Africa but alongside the grachts of Amsterdam where some of the best creative minds in advertising are involved in an intense struggle.On one side of the contest, representing...
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Africa's Schindler
In one of the continent's bloodiest battlegrounds, one man has saved thousands from the clutches of lethal militias. Claire Soares launches this year's Christmas Appeal from Butembo, Congo In the Democratic Republic of Congo, blessed with an abundance...
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Are You a Red, Green, or Blue Tory? and Why Don't You Get a Windmill?
You ask the questions Greg Clark MP Tory spokesman on Energy and Climate Change Don't the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia show that dissent on climate change is crushed whenever it appears?STACEY PURNELLBRIGHTONScience should always...
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Ashcroft's Taxes Nothing to Do with Me - Cameron
He tells us he is 'meeting his commitments', Tory leader says on TV show DAVID CAMERON says it "is not a matter for me" whether Michael Ashcroft, the Conservative Party's billionaire deputy chairman, pays any tax in the UK.The Tory leader insisted that...
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As the World Sees It
American JusticeSLATE.COMWhat we have seen since 9/11 is a slow erosion in the certainty that our justice system is worth defending. We got ourselves into the current legal mess by blaming the US legal rules. Now we claim that American legal processes...
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A Time for Inspiration
LEADING ARTICLE The strong point of newspapers lies in keeping their readers informed about significant, dramatic and important events.What we are less good at is reporting on chronic rumbling situations that ought to scar the world's conscience but...
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At the Sharp End
Its fans claim that it can relieve back pain, allergies, insomnia and depression. But as Simon Usborne finds, this new take on the 'bed of nails' is just as painful as you'd expect It would be churlish not at least to try something that, according to...
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Banahan's Red Card Muddies Water for Bath
NORTHAMPTON 15 BATH 13 "WINNING games in the Premiership," decreed Steve Meehan, the Bath coach, in the immediate aftermath of this malevolently claustrophobic contest at a packed Franklin's Gardens, "comes down to personal pride - to a willingness to...
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Barbarians Win Just the Ticket for Roberts' Father
BARBARIANS 25 NEW ZEALAND 18 Jamie Roberts hopes his role in the Barbarians' second-ever victory over New Zealand will help his dad come to terms with missing a match billed as the greatest of all time.Victor Matfield's Barbarians took their place alongside...
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Beckham Must Be Selected for 2010 on Merit, Not as Gratitude for 2018
Talking Football Watching David Beckham in Cape Town last week going on about what is now his chief role in life, namely the business of being David Beckham, a thought occurred. If he could get back all that time spent signing autographs and posing for...
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Best and Worst of British
The Weekend's Television SMALL ISLAND SUN BBC1 BEING ALAN BENNETT SAT BBC2 Small Island opened with an illusion that we knew - within just three or four words - was doomed to be shattered. "Put the word 'mother' in front of 'country'," said a male voice,...
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Business Diary
Getting hot under their wigsCheck out this week's issue of Legal Business magazine if you want to know what it's really like to work in a City law firm. It's Christmas quiz asks about the indentities of senior lawyers involved in some racy escapades...
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Cannibals' Mass Grave Discovered
Bones found in Germany show ancient society skinned and ate children Evidence of mass cannibalism in which even children and unborn babies were on the menu has been uncovered in Germany by archaeologists.Analysis of 7,000-year-old bones dug up at Herxheim...
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Central Role Suits Reluctant Arshavin
ARSENAL 2 Arshavin 26, Ramsey 79 STOKE CITY 0 THE World Cup's loss could be Arsenal's gain if Andrei Arshavin can regularly produce the sort of attacking threat that gave Stoke City's defence the run-around.Wenger has said he expects his players to...
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Championship Fan Zone
Every game - by the people who care most BLACKPOOL 1Adam 72 penBARNSLEY 2Hassell 85, Gray 88 penWas it a fair result?Not at all. You can see why Blackpool were unbeaten at home. They created a host of chances but we pulled off a perfect smash-and- grab...
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City Find Their Feet to Win the Class War
MANCHESTER CITY 2 Adebayor 37, Tevez 56 CHELSEA 1 Adebayor og 8 Weaknesses in Chelsea armour exposed in significant victory for Hughes' men MARK HUGHES suffered a touch of hubris but then why wouldn't he? It came with his declaration that City had been...
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City Find Their Feet to Win the Class War
Weaknesses in Chelsea armour exposed in watershed victory for Mark Hughes' side MANCHESTER CITY 2 Adebayor 37, Tevez 56 CHELSEA 1 Adebayor og 8 MARK HUGHES suffered a touch of hubris but then why wouldn't he? It came with his declaration that City had...
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City Find Their Feet to Win the Class War
Weaknesses in Chelsea armour exposed in significant victory for Hughes' men MANCHESTER CITY 2 Adebayor 37, Tevez 56 CHELSEA 1 Adebayor og 8 MARK HUGHES suffered a touch of hubris but then why wouldn't he? It came with his declaration that City had been...
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Clinton Offers Knox Hope as 26-Year Jail Term Begins
US Secretary of State says she will listen to concerns about trial, writes Michael Day AS AMANDA Knox and Raffaele Sollecito completed their first weekend behind bars as convicted murderers, the arguments about their trial and the quality of Italian...
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Copenhagen Diary
* After all the talk, the talks begin in earnest today, with a carbon footprint big enough to squash a small Pacific island. By boat, bus, plane and train (but mainly by plane), 20,000 delegates, campaigners and journalists are arriving in Copenhagen...
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Crunch Time Has Arrived, Admits Zola
WEST HAM 0 MANCHESTER UTD 4 Scholes 45, Gibson 61, Valencia 71, Rooney 72 West Ham fans, more than most, know a team is never "too good to go down". Six years ago they were relegated with a side that included Paolo di Canio, David James, Jermain Defoe,...
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Cut-Price Ads Will Bring Us Festive Turkeys
The advertising industry always approaches Christmas with a sackful of trepidation. For its clients, Christmas is a do-or-die sales period, and you can bet there are more than a few boardrooms clinging on to the hope that the next few weeks will revive...
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Davies Building a New Monster in the Midlands
Forest's manager uses every trick in the book to dampen down expectations, writes Ian Bayley NOTTINGHAM FOREST 5 Earnshaw 12, 32, 49, Anderson 54, Adebola 77 LEICESTER CITY 1 Waghorn pen 64 BILLY DAVIES has a twinkle in his eye when he suggests he may...
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Days of the Library Stinker Are Numbered
Stuart Penman, 27, is a keen user of his local library in Wigston, Leicestershire. Unfortunately, he also pongs. Librarians this week took the unusual step of banning Mr Penman from their premises after receiving numerous complaints from fellow users....
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Decision Time: Face the Facts or Give Up
It is not possible to overestimate the global significance of the next two weeks of intense negotiation. Copenhagen is unprecedented; it is not an updated Kyoto and even Bretton Woods is little more than a footnote when compared to the magnitude and...
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Dick Berg
Writer and producer who helped pioneer TV movies and mini-series The writer and producer Dick Berg played an important part in the evolution of television entertainment in the United States. He was one of those who inaugurated the television movie and...
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Dindane Bolsters Grant's Optimism
PORTSMOUTH 2 Hreidarsson 65, Dindane 84 BURNLEY 0 The Premier League, when it is boiled down, is all about points and money, although the relationship between them is not always as straightforward as it should be. Look at Burnley. With the smallest operating...
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Dress Code
GIZZI ERSKINE PUNK CHEF What are you wearing right now?I want to say my new bloodred velvet Sixties shift dress with cream lace collar and cuffs, but I'd be lying. I'm sitting here in my nautical navy and white striped jumper and my pants!Who's your...
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Elusive and Fragile Recovery Threatened by Soaring Deficit
Business leaders warn of potential economic relapse as Chancellor prepares report As the Chancellor adds the final polish to his pre-Budget report on Wednesday, some of Britain's leading business organisations have warned that the recovery will be fragile...
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England Seek the Benefit of Gooch's Experience
The game's all-time leading run-scorer is in South Africa to give his batting wisdom to his younger compatriots ahead of their tough Test series. By Stephen Brenkley For the next fortnight, England's batsmen will have at their service the heaviest run-scorer...
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Forget Me Knot
Ties are cool again, whether skinny, knitted or bow. Harriet Walker presents the long and the short of it Remember the maths teacher who matched his ties to his socks? Or perhaps yours sported a keyboard number. Musical instruments in general - particularly...
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Forgive Bercow His Past Indiscretions
TO ADDRESS every layer of farcical silliness which has been, and continues to be, thrown up by the John Bercow affair would take more space than either this paper has, or you and I have patience for. His stupid pieces about how to pick up women from...
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For the Record
"We do not steal content," Google UK chief Matt Brittin responds to accusations of copyright theftBBC is so 'selfish'Poor Luke Johnson still hasn't forgiven Mark Thompson, pictured, for the way he walked out on him to join the BBC five years ago. In...
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Get Shorty
Prada is known for its ingenious and whimsical take on wardrobe classics. This season, the focus is on shorts - and the briefer the better, says Susannah Frankel It's a bit nippy. Just the type of weather for chunky rib knits in Christmassy reds, big...
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Greenhouse Gas Cuts Just 'Token Gestures'
Copenhagen won't prevent disaster, warns top scientist THE Cuts in greenhouse gas emissions being proposed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which opens today, are completely inadequate to stop dangerous climate change, one...
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Greg Ladanyi
Grammy-winning record producer noted for his work with Jackson Browne and Toto The American recording engineer and producer Greg Ladanyi helped make some of the biggest records of the Seventies and Eighties, by such California-based acts as Jackson Browne,...
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Have a Break - Have an Ethical Kit Kat
Nestle are to convert the cocoa supply for its iconic bar to fairtrade producers NESTLE, the world's biggest food company, is to pay poor cocoa farmers more for their beans by switching its best-selling Kit Kat chocolate bar to Fairtrade.Emrbarking on...
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Howard Claims Early World Cup Edge
EVERTON 2 Saha 78, Cahill 86 TOTTENHAM 2 Defoe 47, Dawson 59 American keeper saves stoppage-time penalty from England striker Jermain Defoe as Everton fight back to deny Spurs victory at Goodison Park Harry Redknapp was so astonished by what he had just...
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Howard's Spot on to Rescue Everton
Tottenham squander two-goal lead and then see keeper save Defoe's stoppage-time penalty to leave bemused Redknapp lost for words at Goodison EVERTON 2 Saha 78, Cahill 86 TOTTENHAM 2 Defoe 47, Dawson 59 Harry Redknapp was so traumatised that he couldn't...
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How China Is Putting the Skids under Western Economic Revival
In recessions past, the Western economies exported their problems to countries elsewhere in the world. As the US and European economies tripped up, so their demand for raw materials would drop. Commodity prices would plunge. Raw materials producers,...
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Hull Focus on Welfare of Bullard after Injury
ASTON VILLA 3 Dunne 13, Milner 29, Carew 88 pen HULL CITY 0 It might be stretching it a bit to say the nation is sweating on Jimmy Bullard's latest knee injury but there is no doubt he will go into his scan this morning backed only by good feeling. As...
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Inquest on Baby Who Died in 'Unsafe' Hospital
Coroner set to examine 'disturbing parallels' with the death of another newborn after an emergency Caesarean in the same maternity ward at Milton Keynes Hospital two years earlier The safety of Britain's maternity services will be challenged this week...
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Is This a Magic Formula to Attract Young People Back to Television?
Angela Jain is frank enough to admit that she doesn't read newspapers much these days. Just as well. The same day we meet, the Daily Telegraph describes the E4 network that she has run for the past two and a half years as "a channel that chiefly churns...
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Joncol Heads New Cast for the Lexus
Paul Nolan's charge shows plenty of guts to win Durkan Chase at Punchestown IF Boxing Day at Kempton has a familiar look to it, with Kauto Star going for his fourth King George VI Chase in a row, the festive season fencing feature in Ireland two days...
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Kashmir Notebook
A sure way to lose hearts and mindsWHY, one wonders, if the Indian Government wants to win over the hearts and minds of the people of Kashmir, does it act without bothering properly to think? In what the authorities in Delhi said was a move to hamper...
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Khan Takes Quick Step towards Greatness
Rapid-fire victory over Dmitriy Salita can only enhance the credentials of Britain's WBA world light-welterweight champion in the US AMIR KHAN'S cornerman had not even backed down the steps before he put a cold end to Dmitriy Salita's ambitions inside...
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Lacklustre Liverpool Fire Blanks without Torres
BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 LIVERPOOL 0 SAM ALLARDYCE'S return to work carried a reminder of how badly one man's absence can affect a club.Blackburn have managed tolerably well without their manager during his enforced break for heart surgery. Not so Liverpool...
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Lesbian Bishop Sparks New Church Row
Archbishop warns election of Mary Glasspool could divide Anglicanism in two THE EPISCOPAL Church in the US has elected its first openly lesbian woman to serve as a bishop in the diocese of Los Angeles, instantly sparking fresh tumult in the worldwide...
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Liddle under Fire over 'Racist' Blog
Abrasive comments on ethnicity and crime spark fury with fellow 'Spectator' writer threatening to quit in protest ROD LIDDLE, the former BBC journalist turned magazine columnist, was at the centre of a race row last night after suggesting that London's...
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London Met Warned That It Could Be Closed
Governors' refusal to resign over university's Pounds 36m 'scam' could lead to funding being withdrawn THE UNIVERSITY accused of a 36m scam involving false funding claims for thousands of students was told by ministers last night to take "urgent" action...
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Lord of the Dance Reclaims Majesty
DANCE CARLOS ACOSTA/AKRAM KHAN AND NITIN SAWHNEY Sadler's Wells, London ****/*** Carlos Acosta is back on form. As one of ballet's biggest stars, his name is enough to fill theatres, but his recent solo ventures have been a very mixed bag. In this latest...
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Marines Launch Their First Post-Surge Operation
Operation Cobra's Rage aims to take back the city of Nawzad from the Taliban. By Kim Sengupta THE ATTACK came just 12 minutes after leaving the base - short, staccato bursts of Kalashnikov fire hitting the open-top, seven-ton truck. A shot went through...
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McLeish Revels in Rapid Rise of Rejuvenated Birmingham
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 N'Zogbia 33, Gomez 89 BIRMINGHAM CITY 3 Larsson 61 72, Benitez 66 No manager trying to stay afloat in the treacherous waters of the Premier League would turn down the kind of transfer funding promised by Birmingham City's new owners...
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Milijas Draws on World Cup Promise to Fire-Up Wolves
WOLVES 2 Craddock 3, Milijas 63 BOLTON WANDERERS 1 Elmander 79 Nenad Milijas'S name does not lend itself to Black Country songs of praise and he may never join Steve Bull and Billy Wright in having a stand named in his honour at Molineux. Yet he played...
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Mitchell's 'Lesson' Raises Profile for Tilt at World Title
Dagenham fighter sees off Khan's conqueror Prescott with superb technical display Kevin Mitchell dominated Amir Khan's conqueror Breidis Prescott over 12 rounds on the undercard of the Khan-Salita fight to send out an emphatic message about his own...
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Oh Mandy, You Gave without Taking
If heaven truly loveth a sinner that repenteth, the celestial choir must be singing endless hosannahs today in adoration of Peter Mandelson. His lordship's declaration of war against Rupert Murdoch is as convincing an act of penitence as any since Jonathan...
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One Diamond Is a Mine's Best Friend
Small Talk There are some companies on Aim that like to keep a low profile, and others that have a low profile even if they do not want it. Others, its seems, cannot avoid getting into the public eye. Petra Diamonds, the Aim-listed miner, last month...
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Our Men in a Mess
The new British Embassy building in Algiers is a striking piece of modernist design. But cutbacks mean it could well be the last of its kind, warns Jay Merrick The new British Embassy in Algiers is an outstanding piece of diplomatic architecture. But...
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'Pensions Holding Back Recovery'
Some of Britain's biggest firms are being impeded in their attempts to prepare for economic recovery by large deficits on their final-salary pension schemes, according to research published today by Watson Wyatt and the CBI today.The actuarial consultancy...
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Pop
THE HEAVY Relentless Garage, London ***** Genre-bending voodoo rockers The Heavy produce the kind of raw, infectious, down-and- dirty sonic assault that your mother warned you about. And judging by this storming gig at the Garage, the West Country four...
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Professor Eric Wilkes
Physician whose 1980 report into the care of the terminally ill transformed social policy Eric Wilkes, one of the country's most eminent experts in palliative care, was a physician whose interests and impact were wide-ranging. His 1980 report into the...
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Ready to Wear
To coincide with the long-awaited, much-anticipated nationwide launch of Dogs In Vogue - A Century of Canine Chic, by the estimable Judith Watt, here are a few fashionable dog anecdotes of my own. Dogs and fashion - they go together like a horse and...
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Ronaldo Red Card Leaves Pellegrini on Defensive
Euro Zone FERGIE would have been furious. First came the failure to celebrate with Karim Benzema, who had scored the rebound from his saved penalty... he was still too upset about having missed it. Then when he did score came the ripping off of the shirt...
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Rowan Williams Cannot Now Prevent an Anglican Schism
Comment Rowan Williams bought himself time for a while in his attempt to hold the Anglican Communion together in its row over gay bishops. But yesterday it looked like that time was running out.He had appealed to the liberal church in the United States...
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Saha Proves Unlikely Source of Advice on How to Save a Penalty
David Moyes just about resisted the temptation to say he hopes Jermaine Defoe finds himself up against Tim Howard from the penalty spot when England play the USA in their World Cup opener in Rustenburg next June, having watched his goalkeeper save an...
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Saull Excels to Maintain Sarries' Unbeaten Run
SARACENS 15 SALE 13 The turn of the year will be doubly pivotal for Saracens, the leaders of the Guinness Premiership, who go to London Irish in their last match of 2009 and host Leicester in Watford in the curtain- raiser for 2010.If they can sustain...
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Save the Bankers! Only They Can Deliver Economic Growth
It is alarming when economics starts to sound like Buddhism. Yet the British economy is now beset by paradoxes worthy of a Buddhist sage. The banks must increase their lending, but also improve their balance sheets. The Government has to cut its deficit,...
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Simpson Dazzles as Wasps Defy Convention
Livewire scrum-half sets up two tries to press home his England credentials WASPS 24 LEICESTER 22 During the middle years of this decade, Wasps took mischievous delight in turning rugby orthodoxy on its head by winning trophies without the benefit of...
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Simpson Dazzles as Wasps Defy Convention
Livewire scrum-half sets up two tries to press home his England credentials WASPS 24 LEICESTER 22 During the middle years of this decade, Wasps took mischievous delight in turning rugby orthodoxy on its head by winning trophies without the benefit of...
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Slowly but Surely, America Is Emerging from This Financial Crisis
Podium WE'VE GOT to do more than manage our way through this crisis, because long before the recession hit, many of our communities were struggling even when the economy was doing relatively well. Plants were closing. Jobs were leaving, especially in...
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Something from the Weekend
The Good...Carlos TevezA heavy pitch, a sky teeming with rain and a turbo-charged scrap against the Premier League leaders brought out the best in 'El Apache'. Tevez been the target of some criticism after failing to score in the league for over two...
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Spaniards Complete Davis Cup Rout
TENNIS Spain completed a 5-0 Davis Cup final victory over Czech Republic with Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer enjoying easy singles wins yesterday.Nadal, who set Spain on their way to victory by winning the first rubber against Tomas Berdych early on Friday,...
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Still the Most Class-Ridden Country under the Sun
A NEW You-Gov poll finds that a majority of voters (52 per cent against 31 per cent) still believe that David Cameron and his pride of glam and louche Tories favour the rich and are too distant from the commoners beneath them. Gordon Brown's attack on...
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Tesco's Pre-Christmas Surge Trumps Rivals
The Week Ahead Tesco is expected to post a strong third-quarter update tomorrow, with the numbers expected to confirm the supermarket giant's strengths ahead of the peak Christmas trading period.Analysts at Shore Capital anticipate a like-for-like sales...
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The Age of UNCERTAINTY
Beginning a four-part series of essays to mark 10 years since the dawn of the 21st century, Rupert Cornwell argues that America's response to 9/11 spelt doom for the world's only 'hyper-power' - and paved the way for a turbulent new era HOW WILL the...
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Theatre
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Lyric Hammersmith, London * It's been 30 years since a traditional pantomime was put on at the Lyric Hammersmith, and the theatre has marked the occasion by commissioning four playwrights: Richard Bean and Che Walker, both alumni...
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The Big Squeeze
New research reveals middle classes and the rich face biggest fall in their living standards for decades Exclusive High earners hit by rising cost of living Next year, Britain's middle classes and the rich will face the biggest squeeze on their living...
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'The Contestants in Saatchi's Show Aren't Made to Seem like Sociopaths'
The Couch Surfer Before long, every profession under the sun will have been subjected to a reality-TV contest that both celebrates and debases its practice. Just like the restaurant business (Raymond Blanc), the music business (Simon Cowell), the design...
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The Express? More like a Crawl to Copenhagen
Sketch It was worthy. It was green. In fact, it was carbon-neutral. But it was a tad on the slow side.The Climate Express, a special one-off train put together by the combined efforts of Europe's railways, took environmental campaigners from all over...
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The Fashion Audit 07/12/09
We loveChanel Metier d'ArtChanel's annual Metier d'Art collection is known for being sumptuous and spectacular. A showcase of the prestigious and prodigious talents of the seven specialist Paris-based ateliers and artisans that are involved with the...
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The Secrets of Tutankhamun's Decaying Tomb
Scientists mount inquiry into how millions of visitors to Egyptian boy king's chamber are destroying the wonder they came to see, reports Guy Adams Given the peace and quiet Tutankhamun enjoyed for three millennia, it has been a rough 87 years for him...
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The Ten Best Fashion Books
Nick KnightA visual feast by the groundbreaking British fashion photographer Nick Knight. The book features collaborative work with Bjrk, Gareth Pugh and Massive Attack, and memorable editorial shoots fromVogue.Price: 59Amazon.com100 Years of MenswearWith...
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Timely, but Not Earth-Shattering
VISUAL ARTS EARTH - ART OF A CHANGING WORLD Royal Academy of Arts, London ** What an agreeable day for a dandified stroll up the Burlington Arcade!' I am thinking to myself as I stroll up the Burlington Arcade, that bit of narrow Regency splendour,...
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Transparency Alone Will Not Prevent Deaths
Comment The NHS is going through a torrid time. The death of baby Ebony Rose McCall-Comley means more bad headlines, only days after the shocking report on conditions at Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust, the sacking of the chairman of Colchester NHS Trust...
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UK Economy to Drop out of World's Top 10
Britain seems doomed to be relegated from the "premier league" of international economies over the next few years - with serious implications for its diplomatic status and international "clout". Stagnation at home and rapid economic growth in developing...
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Umpire Walks out on Test Match after Referrals Row
CONFUSION and distrust continued to plague the contentious referrals procedure in Test matches yesterday amid suspicion that it had claimed its first official victim. Mark Benson, the highly- rated English umpire, was on his way home after abandoning...
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US Admits It Has No Idea of Bin Laden's Whereabouts
THE UNITED STATES has no real idea where Osama bin Laden, the al- Qa'ida leader, may be hiding, and has not had the benefit of any substantial intelligence on his possible whereabouts "for years", the US Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, conceded yesterday.On...
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Victory on the Menu: Virgin Keeps Its Electronic Programme Guide
Few television viewers think twice about the on-screen programme guide they use to change channels, but it has been the subject of a fierce court battle which could have repercussions around Europe.A High Court judge ruled in favour of Virgin Media less...
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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas
Dear Virginia, My boyfriend has no friends other than the people he's met through me. So he wants to stay in touch with his "only friends" - two ex-girlfriends. One uses him to boost her ego, and the other is in an unhappy marriage and contacts him constantly...
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Was Russian Secret Service Behind Leak of Climate-Change Emails?
FSB accused of paying hackers to discredit scientists after stolen correspondence traced to server in Siberia. By Shaun Walker THE NEWS that a leaked set of emails appeared to show senior climate scientists had manipulated data was shocking enough. Now...
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Watch out for Miss Joly's Hockey Stick
Dom Joly's Weird World of Sport I'd been getting a lot of stick from my daughter, Parker, about not attending any of her school matches. She is captain of the under- nine hockey team and was very keen that I should see her in action. Normally, all I...
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When Did Jonathan Pearce Undergo Charisma Bypass?
VIEW FROM THE SOFA WORLD CUP DRAW BBC 2 Remember Jonathan Pearce? The towncryer of the airwaves who could make a Southend equaliser in the 22nd minute of the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy sound like the 1990 penalty shoot-out. Whatever...
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Wiggins Douses Talk of Move to Sky
CYCLING THE Triple Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has played down persistent speculation that he will move to new British outfit Team Sky in 2010.The 29-year-old Londoner broke weeks of silence on the subject to empatically state that he will be staying...
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Will the World Finally Wake Up to the Scale of the Challenge?
LEADING ARTICLE The Copenhagen summit must focus attention on an unfolding disaster The Copenhagen conference is hugely important. Indeed, it is not far-fetched to say that it could mark a critical point in world history. In the words of Nicholas Stern,...
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Would the Press Have Reported Tiger's Sex Life If He Were British?
Anyone who reads a newspaper will know rather more about the sex life of the golfer Tiger Woods than he or she bargained for, or perhaps wanted. Every newspaper, with the exception of the Financial Times, gave the story wall to wall coverage. Readers...
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Writer's Life Has Mystery Appeal
The Monday Book TRUTH OR FICTION By Jennifer Johnston REVIEW Pounds 14.99 Order for Pounds 13.49 (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030 The absence of a question mark in Jennifer Johnston's title removes a teasing or playful element....
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Zamora Scores Then Rages at His Own Fans
FULHAM 1 Zamora 7 SUNDERLAND 0 BOBBY Zamora scored the goal that moved Fulham up to eighth place, but he was not a happy man. At the final whistle he sprinted from one end of the pitch to the other to leave the scene without joining in his team-mates'...
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Zamora Scores. Then Rages at His Own Fans
FULHAM 1 Zamora 7 SUNDERLAND 0 BOBBY Zamora scored the goal that moved Fulham up to eighth place, but he was not a happy man. At the final whistle he sprinted from one end of the pitch to the other to leave the scene without joining in his team-mates'...
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