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 May 19, 2008

'Act Now to Save Our Natural Environment or Britain's Most Precious Wildlife Will Be Lost for Ever' HELEN PHILLIPS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NATURAL ENGLAND
* Investigation into the state of our countryside delivers salutary warning * Simple measures could reverse declineEngland's green and pleasant land is in catastrophic decline, with some of its most precious wildlife at risk of disappearing for ever,...
Read preview Overview
After 75 Years, Dog Track Has Finally Run Its Course
For 75 years, the pink and green neon-lit sign that crowns the entrance to Walthamstow Stadium in east London has stood as one of greyhound racing's most iconic symbols.To fans, the venue is one of the finest in the country to watch the sport. For animal...
Read preview Overview
Aikines-Aryeetey Relieved to Escape Clutches of Graham
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey maintained his winning form here yesterday which has already seen him post an Olympic "A" standard 100 metres qualifying time this season and then expressed relief that he resisted the invitation to throw in his lot with Trevor...
Read preview Overview
A New Woman Climbs aboard Redwood Stage
MAGAZINES CUSTOMER PUBLISHING Sara Cremer has left the news-stands behind to focus on producing multi-platform titles for the likes of Harvey Nichols and the Royal Mail. Ian Burrell talks to her and finds out moreIt must be one of the finest jobs in...
Read preview Overview
Ankle Injury Puts Cipriani out of Tour
If Danny Cipriani is to be the new Jonny Wilkinson, it seems the poor young chap is going to have to do it the painfully hard way.After 48 minutes of Wasps' 21-10 Guinness Premiership play-off semi-final victory against Bath at Adams Park yesterday,...
Read preview Overview
At Last, Indiana Jones Rejoins the Raiders of the Old Joke Cupboard
First Night INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL Cannes Film Festival **The first new chapter in the Indiana Jones saga for 20 years starts with a bang before the director Steven Spielberg's penchant for schmaltz and the supernatural leaves...
Read preview Overview
BAE Chief Detained as US Turnsup Heat in Bribes Case
BAE Systems admitted yesterday that American authorities investigating corruption claims over an arms deal with Saudi Arabia had issued a series of subpoenas to senior executives, as the investigation continues to gather pace. Two bosses of the defence...
Read preview Overview
Battered and Bruised Wasps Earn Dallaglio One Final Hurrah
WASPS 21 BATH 10Some people thought it might be over for Lawrence Bruno Nero Dallaglio at Adams Park yesterday. It's not yet. By the final whistle, the place was more like the set of MASH than the scene of a Guinness Premiership play-off semi-final -...
Read preview Overview
Battle Begins on French Left as Royal Seeks to Lead Party
The struggle to become the Next Big Thing on the French left wing exploded into open warfare at the weekend as the defeated presidential candidate Segolne Royal announced a bid to become the First Secretary, or leader, of the Socialist Party.On Thursday,...
Read preview Overview
Battle to Save the Mount
The home of America's first lady of letters, Edith Wharton's estate is a site of national importance. But now its proprietors face the same fate as so many other homeowners - foreclosure. David Usborne reports Literary heritage in perilTake the gravel...
Read preview Overview
Big Brown the Only Show in Town on Derby Day
As if Epsom did not need another blow to its prestige it now faces a near impossible task in wresting the eyes of the racing world away from a competing, compelling Classic on Derby day, 7 June. At Belmont Park, New York, Big Brown will attempt to become...
Read preview Overview
Bondi Surf Club Is Victim of Labor Class War, Says MP
The iconic Sydney neighbourhood of Bondi prospered when its MP, Malcolm Turnbull, was a member of the federal government. Among other things, it was allocated a $1.7m (830,000) grant to upgrade its surf lifesaving club, one of the oldest in the world.Mr...
Read preview Overview
Breast Cancer Survival Linked to Vitamin D
Women with a vitamin D deficiency when they are diagnosed with breast cancer have an increased risk of dying within 10 years, research has found.Patients whose levels of the vitamin are below average are twice as likely to see the cancer spread, and...
Read preview Overview
Britain Obstructs Global Ban on Use of Cluster Bombs
The British Government is accused of being the chief obstacle to the signing of a treaty to ban cluster bombs, which have maimed and killed thousands of civilians worldwide.Countries that have suffered the impact of the bombs, humanitarian groups and...
Read preview Overview
Broad Shows Promise to Answer Captain's Call with Innings of Maturity
The pressure could not have been greater - it was his fourth Test, his home debut for England at Lord's and he was coming out to bat with the opposition bowler on a hat-trick.But was Stuart Broad intimidated? Did he back down? Did he hell. He fronted...
Read preview Overview
Bush May Have Given Up Golf, but I Won't
So President Bush has given up the noble game of golf, reversing the Nero principle; he can't be knocking the little white ball all over the fairways of the United States while parts of the world are burning.What is it with American Presidents and golf?...
Read preview Overview
Cameron Promises to Tackle Causes of Rising Public Spending
David Cameron will promise a squeeze on public spending if the Tories win the next election to allow them to deliver tax cuts.The Tory leader has consistently refused to offer immediate tax cuts, a move which has angered his party's traditionalists....
Read preview Overview
Campbell's Chance for Closure
MEDIA DIARYOF ALL THE countless words expended on Cherie Blair's self- effacing Speaking For Myself (Fill That Trolley Till The Designer Gear Spills Over The Sides Press, 16.99), my eye is particularly caught by an astute piece by Kelvin MacKenzie in...
Read preview Overview
Cardiff Hope to Use Cup Run as Springboard to Premier League
Winners celebrate, losers move on. The talk around the defeated Cardiff City contingent at Wembley was of looking forward, to next season and to launching an assault on the Premier League. After years of drifting around the lower divisions Cardiff have,...
Read preview Overview
Cipriani's Horror Injury Casts Shadow over Wasps Victory
WASPS 21 BATH 10Some people thought it might be over for Lawrence Bruno Nero Dallaglio at Adams Park yesterday. It's not yet. By the final whistle, the place was more like the set of MASH than the scene of a Guinness Premiership play-off semi-final -...
Read preview Overview
Creative Risk Rewarded
INSIDE STORY The finest pieces of creative work from the media were honoured last week at the famous D&AD Awards. Simon Waterfall, D&AD's President, selects his 10 favouritesFor 45 years, D&AD has promoted excellence in all areas of design, advertising...
Read preview Overview
Diamond Tops US and UK Charts for First Time
Neil Diamond's new album, Home Before Dark, has gone straight to the top of the UK and US charts, the first time he has had a No 1 hit with original material in either country.The singer-songwriter's double success comes 42 years after he released his...
Read preview Overview
Dickinson Goal Signals Change in Fortune for Stockport
STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 0 Stockport win 2-1 on aggTwo seasons ago Stockport County appeared destined to fall out of the Football League while striker Liam Dickinson was playing part- time for local non-league club Woodley Sports.Fittingly,...
Read preview Overview
Domino's Savours Its Move to the Main Market
Small TalkDomino's Pizza must be one of the best-known names on Alternative Investment Market, but not for much longer. The group once famous in the US for its 30-minute delivery promise is growing too big for AIM and will move to the main market today.The...
Read preview Overview
Energy Firms Braced for Summer of Protests
Britain's leading power generating companies have put rivalries aside to draw up plans to counter the expected wave of protests against a proposed new generation of coal-fired power plants.More than 40 security and media executives from the "Big Six"...
Read preview Overview
England Rising Star Forced out of Tour
If Danny Cipriani is to be the new Jonny Wilkinson, it seems the poor young chap is going to have to do it the painfully hard way.After 48 minutes of Wasps' 21-10 Guinness Premiership play-off semi-final victory against Bath at Adams Park yesterday,...
Read preview Overview
Fantastic by Design
The Belgian city of Antwerp is home to some of the world's most radical designers. But none is more daring than Walter Van Beirendonck, says James AndersonA tendency towards restrained elegance, and an appreciation of unabashed luxury, have been at the...
Read preview Overview
Firms Await Verdict on Pounds 2bn ID Cards Project
The technology industry will next week learn who the Government has awarded contracts to supply the 2bn biometric identity card programme, the last and among the most secretive of the recent crop of major public-sector IT schemes.The framework deals...
Read preview Overview
Girl Power: The Shared Loves of Three Musicians Who Shaped a Generation
The Monday Book GIRLS LIKE US By Sheila Weller EBURY, Pounds 18.99 Order for Pounds 17.09 (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897Rock is a macho phenomenon. So, too, is its chronicling, which makes Sheila Weller's look at Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon,...
Read preview Overview
Goode's Last-Gasp Drop Goal Breathes New Life into Tigers
GLOUCESTER 25 LEICESTER 26As the mighty Mr Springsteen has been known to sing: "Trust none of what you hear and less of what you see." Leicester, routinely dismissed - not least by themselves - as being no better than average, yesterday became the first...
Read preview Overview
Grant's Future Up in the Air as Chelsea Fly to Moscow
*FOOTBALLChelsea fly to Moscow today for the biggest game in the club's history with the future of Avram Grant still shrouded in uncertainty. The manager appears to have failed to receive the assurances he has sought from the club's hierarchy - namely...
Read preview Overview
Heard the One about the Tone-Deaf Professor?
Miles Kington Remembered 25 AUGUST 1999There are plenty of books giving advice to journalists and reporters, but not many telling editors how to do it. In fact, I had never come across one at all until this week, when I met a reference to a book called...
Read preview Overview
He's Got the Right Stuff
Dennis Quaid rocketed to fame playing an astronaut, but fell back to earth with a bump. Now he's riding high again and loving it, he tells Lesley O'TooleIt was probably not a coincidence that Dennis Quaid, famously a purveyor of effortless masculinity...
Read preview Overview
'He Thought I Had Potential and a Personality That Could Translate Really Well on Tv' Tasmin Lucia Khan on Kevin Bakhurst
MY MENTORI was freelancing when I met Kevin Bakhurst in September last year. I was working as a sports presenter on Five and as a correspondent for PTV, an Asian channel, as well as running a production company when we met at a networking event for aspiring...
Read preview Overview
Hill Inspires Fightback to Leave Hull Mountain to Climb
HARLEQUINS RL 34 HULL 26As a young man, the Hull FC coach, Peter Sharp, had plenty of fun playing amateur rugby league in London but he cannot have enjoyed yesterday in the capital. His struggling side lost a 16-0 lead to succumb to a defeat that leaves...
Read preview Overview
Hip Injury Could Rule Radcliffe out of Olympics
*ATHLETICSPaula Radcliffe's husband and manager Gary Lough offered an insight yesterday into his wife's anxiety and frustration as she struggles to recover from the new hip injury which has left her Olympic ambitions in jeopardy.The 34-year-old world...
Read preview Overview
Holland Fears Shell May Leave over 'Fat Cat' Pay Law
The Dutch government has provoked uproar among the country's business leaders by proposing laws to curb large bonuses and golden handshakes for company bosses.The Finance minister Wouter Bos launched the "fat cat" crackdown following a series of recent...
Read preview Overview
How to Safeguard Our Natural Heritage
LEADING ARTICLE THE ENVIRONMENTAs any walker will know, it is often necessary to climb to higher ground to get a true impression of the lie of the land. The same applies in the field of conservation. We can chart the decline or resurgence of a single...
Read preview Overview
Human Fertilisation Bill Has Been Hijacked, Says Health Minister
Dawn Primarolo, the Public Health minister, has accused MPs campaigning for a stricter law on abortion of having a hidden agenda which aims ultimately to prevent all terminations.As the Commons begins two days of debate on the controversial Human Fertilisation...
Read preview Overview
Hunt Is on for Bank Deputy to Replace Lomax
The Government has six weeks to find a new deputy governor of the Bank of England, after the Treasury confirmed yesterday that Rachel Lomax would not seek reappointment when her term ends next month.The Independent on Sunday revealed yesterday that Ms...
Read preview Overview
I Came to Bury Journalists but in the End I Could Only Praise Them
ON NEW MEDIARather than marching for international brotherhood, I celebrated a belated May Day this year by burying journalists. Fortunately, the dead hacks were all imaginary. I came to London for the Unesco World Press Freedom Day debate "Is New Media...
Read preview Overview
Inter Claim Crown as Ibrahimovic Strikes Twice
*ITALYNobody can accuse Internazionale of not making things interesting. After dominating Serie A for most of the season and building an 11-point lead by February, Inter stumbled and almost fell before clinching their third straight title yesterday with...
Read preview Overview
'It Wasn't Easy to Decipher the Questions Because the Fencing Helmet, Worn throughout, Acted as a Voice Muffler'
Days Like ThoseFew things are quite so spirit-crushing as Matthew on a bright summer's day. While others stand, faces skywards, sighing happily at glorious weather and enhanced leisure opportunities, Matthew gets all antsy about wasps.He is convinced...
Read preview Overview
I Was Tortured to Confess, Pervez Tells Appeal Court
Pervez Kambaksh, the Afghan student sentenced to death after being accused of downloading internet reports on women's rights, yesterday pleaded innocent to charges of blasphemy. He told an appeal court in Kabul that he had been tortured into confessing.Mr...
Read preview Overview
James Whale
MY LIFE IN MEDIA 'Ken Livingstone had 70 media advisors. Boris Johnson only needs me. I'm ideal. I know what the ordinary man or woman on the street thinks'James Whale, 57, is a radio host and television presenter who hit the headlines earlier this month...
Read preview Overview
Kanu Is Crowned King of Portsmouth by African Contingent
After his golden goal to win the FA Cup for Portsmouth, there was Nwankwo Kanu's silver tongue. "He knows what I can do and says, 'King, go out and do your stuff, do your magic, you're the best'," the striker claimed when asked what manager Harry Redknapp's...
Read preview Overview
Local Boy Lawrence Punishes Rovers for Lacklustre Effort
RUGBY LEAGUE HUDDERSFIELD 50 HULL KINGSTON ROVERS 16Huddersfield ended a run of six Super League games without a win and reversed last week's Challenge Cup result by taking full advantage of an error-ridden Rovers performance.A relieved Jon Sharp paid...
Read preview Overview
Major Lapses in Nuclear Security Are Routine
Do you know the story of the grizzly bear that nearly destroyed the world? It sounds like a demented fairytale - but it is true. On the night of 25 October 1962, when the Cold War was at its hottest and Kennedy and Krushchev's fingers were hovering over...
Read preview Overview
Make Time for Some Monkey Business
The Weekend's TV WILD CHINA SUN BBC2 MAD MEN SUN BBC4Despite the fact that it is a medium that puts a premium on watching, most television is irredeemably literary in its approach. Even sporting events, which you might take as an epitome of dumb spectacle,...
Read preview Overview
Making a Giant Leap of Faith
BROADCASTING DISPATCHES Documentary-maker David Modell reveals how he gets 'extremist' subjects like these Christian fundamentalists to open their hearts to himThere's a scene in tonight's Dispatches in which we see a parliamentary lobbyist persuading...
Read preview Overview
Man-for-Man Marking
CARDIFFPETER ENCKELMAN 4/10Utaka's cross was at a difficult height, but it was catchable and the on-loan goalkeeper had already given his defenders cause for concern.KEVIN McNAUGHTON 7Suffered from cramp in the closing stages, hardly surprising given...
Read preview Overview
Merrill Looks to City for Capital Markets Chief
Merrill Lynch has handed its most senior equity capital markets role to a London-based banker, highlighting the importance of the City to the Wall Street banks and proving that foreign appointments no longer have "stigma" for US institutions.The investment...
Read preview Overview
Microsoft Rekindles Its Interest in Yahoo
Microsoft has raised the possibility that it may make a new bid for rival Yahoo, less than two weeks after walking away from $46bn (23.5bn) takeover talks.The software giant said last night that it had proposed a broad marketing alliance between the...
Read preview Overview
Modesty Blaze
Grayson Perry has curated a new touring show that makes a virtue of British self-effacement. So let's hear it for the quiet man, says Tom LubbockUnpopular Culture is a mysterious and surprising exhibition. It's curated by the artist-potter-transvestite,...
Read preview Overview
Most Wanted, Very Collectable
INTERVIEW FIONA BRUCE The newsreader Fiona Bruce is about to switch from presenting 'Crimewatch' to 'Antiques Roadshow', and hopes the new role will reveal her softer side. She also has a new book out to help girls about town enjoy safe dating. Sophie...
Read preview Overview
Music Born of Car Parts and Traffic Jams
World music KONONO NO 1 Tate Modern LONDONThe opening night of Tate Modern's three-day bank holiday celebration, The Long Weekend, brings together the work of two influential African artists.Dissonant polyrhythmic dance grooves are provided by the Congolese...
Read preview Overview
Nadal Completes Clay-Court Set in Hamburg
*TENNISRafael Nadal beat defending champion Roger Federer 7-5, 6-7, 6-3 yesterday to win the Hamburg Masters and add the only major clay- court title missing from his impressive collection. It was a reverse of last year's final, when Federer won his...
Read preview Overview
Nature Is a Necessity, Not a Luxury
The richness and diversity of England's natural environment is under threat. Wildlife is being squeezed into ever-diminishing spaces as we seek land for housing, for roads, for agriculture, for energy and for recreation. Our population continues to grow....
Read preview Overview
Never Mind the 'Good Society' or the Truth - Mr Brown Will Do Anything to Stay in Power
On Saturday, Gordon Brown was telling the Church of Scotland about his "personal commitment" to the "vision of the good society". Over the past few days, the inhabitants of Crewe and Nantwich have been learning a lot about the nature of that commitment....
Read preview Overview
Nights That Made United
With just two days to go before Manchester United take on Chelsea in the Champions League final in Moscow, Sir Bobby Charlton and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tell Ian Herbert how Europe's premier club competition was won in 1968 and 1999Sir Bobby Charlton recalls...
Read preview Overview
Now We've All Signed Up to the Freak Show
This'll do for an amusing final item on the ITV news, they must have thought. A painting of a fat lady with no clothes on had sold for $33m, and, guess what, here's the fat lady herself to be interviewed. "Fat Sue, as she's affectionately known," gushed...
Read preview Overview
Pandora
email pandora@independent.co.ukinternet site www.independent.co.uk/pandoraRamsay's run-in over the school bus F-wordCup your ear and you may hear pots and kettles clattering to the flagstones in Gordon Ramsay's top-spec kitchen.The excitable chatter...
Read preview Overview
'People Say I'm Not a Real Beach Boy'
The 5-minute Interview David Marks MusicianKnown to many as the "forgotten Beach Boy", David Marks, 59, was the band's rhythm guitarist and sang vocal harmonies until 1963. He rejoined the group in 1997 until a hepatitis C diagnosis forced him to quit...
Read preview Overview
'People Want to Be Seen Reading a Paper'
PRESS NEW MARKETS Print media might be a struggle here. Not so in the developing world, says Heather TimmonsNew newspapers - some backed by governments, others by business moguls and international conglomerates - are springing up from Rwanda to Tajikistan,...
Read preview Overview
Plan to Oust Brown as MPs Claim He Has Lost Support
Backbench Labour critics of Gordon Brown plan to try to oust him by declaring he has lost the support of his MPs if he fails to revive his party's general election prospects.But as the Prime Minister enters a crucial week in his increasingly embattled...
Read preview Overview
Pompey in Fight to Keep Diarra and Kranjcar
While Harry Redknapp confirmed he wants "two or three signings" and Portsmouth's chief executive, Peter Storrie, said the manager would be given the funds to "strengthen the team" there were indications that the FA Cup winners will have to fight to hold...
Read preview Overview
Pop
CAMILLE Koko LONDON *****Camille Dalmais is an avant-garde, French, a cappella chanteuse. Which is the sort of sentence that should make you want to punch something. But see her perform live and the only thing you're likely to punch is the air. The songs...
Read preview Overview
Portraits of an Interior Sadness
Visual arts CLAERWEN JAMES Flowers Central LONDON ****Being a famous man's daughter can never be easy; particularly if you are clever, creative and your own person, as is the case with the painter Claerwen James, daughter of the TV personality, wit and...
Read preview Overview
Pounds 10m Campaign to Make Drinkers Aware of Limits
Three out of four people do not know how much alcohol it is safe to drink, according to research for the Government.Although 82 per cent of people claim to know what a unit of alcohol is, the pollsters YouGov found that 77 per cent do not realise how...
Read preview Overview
Power Unleashed by Emerging Markets Threatens to Upset West's Economic Plans
The force is extraordinary. The gravitational pull is almost irresistible. Yet our understanding of the black hole which threatens to upset all our best-laid economic plans is remarkably poor.The black hole stems from the power now being unleashed by...
Read preview Overview
Professor Wilfrid Mellers
Musicologist and composerWilfrid Mellers exerted an enormous influence on several generations of British musicians at their most impressionable phase - as university students. He started the Music Department at York University in 1964 and it quickly...
Read preview Overview
Rangers Lack Vital Spark on the Run to Title Winning Post
MOTHERWELL 1 RANGERS 1So here we are, the last Monday of what will be a 68-game season for Rangers. Three games remain, two in the SPL, the first at Love Street against St Mirren tonight, then away at Aberdeen on Thursday before a Scottish Cup final...
Read preview Overview
Ready to Wear
Trust the Daily Mail to helpfully point out Anne Robinson's "unsightly hairy armpits" to the world. The lady in question stepped out at "an exclusive party at London's Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel" earlier this month. "With her once feathery pout looking...
Read preview Overview
Redknapp Basks in Relief after Pompey Secure Just Reward
CARDIFF CITY 0 PORTSMOUTH 1Harry Redknapp never got his wish for a quiet FA Cup celebration. He said that he wanted to get away from Wembley as soon as was polite and head home with his wife, Sandra, to the little Italian restaurant around the corner...
Read preview Overview
Rick Edwards
MY WEEK IN MEDIALast week I watched...The Inbetweeners, the newish sitcom on E4, which is funny if you can remember being a 16- or 17-year-old boy because it nails their pathetic banter perfectly. The group of four boys are going into sixth form. They...
Read preview Overview
Right Track, Wrong Speed
LEADING ARTICLE RAIL TRAVELIt is impossible not to welcome the principle of a simpler rail fare system, the first stage of which was introduced yesterday. Since privatisation, the system of charges has been a hopeless mess with little consistency across...
Read preview Overview
Robert Dunlop
Motorcycle road racing championThe death of Robert Dunlop in practice for the North West 200 is a grievous blow for motorcycle road racing, the variant of the sport that takes place on closed public roads - as opposed to purpose- built tracks known as...
Read preview Overview
Robert Mondavi
Vintner whose innovations in the vineyard and the cellar transformed the California wine industryNothing about Robert Mondavi was small except his physical stature. As one of the driving forces of the 20th-century California wine industry, he was a towering...
Read preview Overview
Rochdale Ready at Last for 'Giant Leap'
*LEAGUE TWO ROCHDALE 2 DARLINGTON 1 Score at 90 mins 2-1; Aet (agg 3-3); Rochdale win 5-4 on pensThe world had still to see the first man to step foot on the moon the last time that Rochdale experienced the joys of promotion from the Football League's...
Read preview Overview
Roman's Empire
Shopping habits of the super rich Houses, jets, yachts, cars - and now paintings. As Abramovich is revealed to have bought Pounds 60m of art, Ciar Byrne uncovers what the oligarch spends his billions onTHE ARTRoman Abramovich has been revealed by The...
Read preview Overview
Royal Seeks Second Chance in Battle to Depose Sarkozy
The struggle to become the Next Big Thing on the French left wing exploded into open warfare at the weekend as the defeated presidential candidate Segolne Royal announced a bid to become the First Secretary, or leader, of the Socialist Party.On Thursday,...
Read preview Overview
'Test Cricket Must Be Protected - It Is the Greatest Form of the Game'
An email conversation with New Zealand cricket legend Sir Richard HadleeWhat are your predictions for the Test series? I would like to see an even contest as we did in New Zealand recently. The series deserved a positive result and England were good...
Read preview Overview
The Billion-Dollar Question of M&S's Profits
THE WEEK AHEADWill Marks & Spencer post pre-tax profits of 1bn? Analysts, wary of the impact of tougher trading conditions on the high street, have been laying their bets in the run-up to the retailer's final results tomorrow.Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander...
Read preview Overview
The Boy from Chingford Who Puts the Bite into Apple's Iconic Design
ON ADVERTISINGLined up in Jonathan Ive's studio in Cupertino, California are four chunky Black Pencils. That's capital B and capital P, because these are no ordinary pencils. They are incredibly rare D&AD Black Pencils. There are few creative awards...
Read preview Overview
The Great British Tradition of Media Piracy
REGULATION PIRATES The swashbuckling plunderers who operate beyond the arm of the regulator can be a force for creative good, argues Matt MasonWhen a young Irish entrepreneur named Ronan O'Rahilly founded pirate station Radio Caroline in 1964, he also...
Read preview Overview
The Prisoner
After 34 years behind bars, the man labelled Britain's most dangerous inmate claims to be a reformed character. In an exclusive interview, Robert Verkaik comes face to face with the sinister, defiant - and charming - Charles Bronson'On the day you come,...
Read preview Overview
The Resurrection Men: Wales's Grand Slam 2008 by Paul Rees (Mainstream, Pounds 16.99)
Book of the weekFew authors have mastered the art of the quick turnaround book, producing a review of a triumph within weeks of the event. But Paul Rees has not only mastered this art, he is the master of it. Not for Rees an easy "cuttings job" or, in...
Read preview Overview
The Ten Best Picnic Baskets
INDEPENDENT.CO.UK/BEST1 Biome Lifestyle 60A bamboo hamper for four, this is packed with recycled plastic cutlery, plates and beakers, a fair trade blanket (red or teal) and a Frisbee to burn off those cocktail sausages.www.biomelifestyle.com; 020-7254...
Read preview Overview
The UK Has No Ethical Foreign Policy If It Battles to Keep These Munitions
This is make-up-your-mind time on cluster munitions. Right to the eve of the Dublin conference, the British Government is arguing with itself. Either it takes the lead, with other and mostly smaller nations, against these engines of death, and consigns...
Read preview Overview
This Week, I've Been Ashamed to Be a Woman
In 1988 I was on BBC TV debating politics with an all-female audience. For most guests, the 1979 election of Margaret Thatcher had marked an optimistic turn of history. I disagreed vehemently. Our leaderine made me biliously ashamed to be a woman.Today...
Read preview Overview
Train Firms Accused of Using New Ticketing System to Raise Prices
A new pricing system for Britain's rail network has been criticised by unions and passenger groups, who accused train operators of introducing fare increases "by the back door".The new system, partially introduced yesterday, was supposed to make buying...
Read preview Overview
Vaughan Recovers Touch but England Fail to Seize Initiative
NEW ZEALAND 277 & 40-0 ENGLAND 319If only England's cricket was as bright as their clothing. In the pre-match hype England talked a good fight, promising to play an aggressive, vibrant and adventurous game. Peter Moores, the England coach, even suggested...
Read preview Overview
Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas
Dear Virginia, I've employed a lovely woman to clean and iron for the family. She's worked for us for 15 years. Now she's 68 and has become so arthritic that unfortunately she has to retire. Normally, I pay her Pounds 30 a week, and I know losing the...
Read preview Overview
Wembley Rivals Roll Back the Years to Make Final One for Knight to Remember
When Sir Bobby Robson, the guest of honour, entangled his feet in the red carpet, when you saw, as you did in a west London banqueting suite two days earlier at the latest coronation of Cristiano Ronaldo, that the very act of walking was a great effort...
Read preview Overview
'Will You Feel Any Responsibility If Labour Loses the Next Election?
You ask the questions ... Frank Field MPWhy did it take so long for the 10p tax row to emerge? Because Brown is a weaker leader than Blair?Linda Nordamby emailOne of the reasons is that the media were totally uninterested in this topic a year ago. I...
Read preview Overview
You Write the Reviews
THE INBETWEENERS E4 *****At first glance, The Inbetweeners doesn't seem like very much. In the current climate of comedies and comedy-dramas meant to appeal to the adolescent college-graduate-in-waiting, headed by the effervescent Skins, it comes in...
Read preview Overview