The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from April 7, 2009

A Chip off the Old Block
Last Night's Television HENRY VIII: MIND OF A TYRANT CHANNEL 4 THE KINDERTRANSPORT STORY BBC1 Perhaps it is David Starkey's fabled rudeness that explains some rather sniffy previews for his new series, Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant. Starkey's fascination...
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Andrea Mead Lawrence
Environmental activist and only non-European to win multiple Olympic skiing gold medals Alpine skiing has always been dominated by Europeans. The first cracks in their hegemony appeared in 1948 when Gretchen Fraser of the United States won two medals,...
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A Pounds 1bn Nuclear White Elephant
Call for public inquiry as Sellafield recycling plant is costing taxpayer millions every year Exclusive Opposition MPs demand closure of nuclear plant A CONTROVERSIAL nuclear recycling plant, approved by the Government despite warnings over its economic...
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Are 'Grace and Favour' Homes for Ministers Justified Any More?
The big question Why are we asking this now?The saga of MPs' expenses rumbles on, doing no good at all for the reputation of British politics. Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, is among those who must be wishing these things could be kept secret,...
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A Spectacular Road to Hell
THEATRE INFERNO, PARADISO Barbican Theatre, London *** WAR HORSE New London Theatre, London **** I went to Hell and Paradise the other day, but skipped Purgatory, although just entering the Barbican seemed purgatory enough. The Easter week attraction...
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A Staggering Waste of Taxpayers' Money
Comment Greenpeace's long-held opposition to the Sellafield Mox Plant (SMP) is rooted in its opposition to the global trade of weapons- usable plutonium for fuel in nuclear reactors. The increased risks to global security from proliferation and use of...
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A St George's Day Festival Is Not Very British
It is becoming increasingly difficult to take the appropriate attitude towards England's patron saint - that is, to treat him as a slightly embarrassing joke. Once it was easy, when the white flag with a red cross was as reliable an indicator of English...
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As the World Sees It
G20 reactionTHE NEW YORK TIMESThe meeting certainly produced more than the usual photo ops and spin - and its participants did not go away yelling at one another as they have in the past. Where they fell dangerously short was their refusal to commit...
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A Word in Your Shell-Like
Scientists are recruiting the public to find out whether snails are changing their habits due to global warming. Yvonne Cook joins the quest It's being hailed as one of the biggest pieces of genetic research ever conducted on an animal. Across 14 European...
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Back from the Dead: Unknown Works by Crichton Discovered
LIKE THE dinosaurs he created in Jurassic Park, or the mutating virus at the centre of The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton is back from the dead. The late author will mount a final assault on the best-seller lists from beyond the grave.Crichton, who...
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'Back Then, Long Pepper Grinders Represented the Epitome of la Dolce Vita'
Tales of the City Fans of social history amuse themselves by wondering whether large historical changes had their origins in small things. Did the First World War break out because of a glitch in the 1914 Sarajevo train timetable? Was the whole of the...
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Bath Have 48 Hours to Submit New Plans for Rec
RUGBY UNION Bath, quarter-finalists in the Heineken Cup and clinging to a play-off place in the Guinness Premiership, must act within 48 hours if they are to be certain of remaining at their historic Recreation Ground home next season. They have until...
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Boateng to Return from His Post in South Africa
High Commissioner's wife had been accused of bullying staff at official residences PAUL Boateng, the former Cabinet minister and one-time rising star of the Labour Party, is to return from his post as Britain's High Commissioner to South Africa after...
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Breakthrough in Fight against Malaria
Killer bites are caused by older insects - so scientists have developed a pesticide that attacks only them THE FIGHT against malaria has entered a new phase with an insecticide specifically targeted at older mosquitoes, which scientists believe will...
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Bridge
Starting on Monday 20 April and continuing daily, Sky Arts 2 and Sky Arts HD will be airing eight 30-minute programmes called Bridge: Celebrity Grand Slam. Clive Anderson will compre, and sitting East and West on this deal will be Sue Lawley and Mike...
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Brothers Held over Attack Were in Care
Victims aged nine and eleven still in hospital after suffering vicious assault TWO BROTHERS being questioned over the alleged torture of two young boys in a disused quarry were in the care of troubled Doncaster social services, it emerged yesterday.The...
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Brown Is Preparing for a Long Battle
What is the mood inside No 10 now that the G20 has become yesterday's news, or last week's news to be more precise? I sense a subdued satisfaction that the summit proved to be a more substantial event than some in the British media had predicted it would...
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Candover Suspends Investment Activity
The Beleaguered European private equity group Candover has formally suspended investment activity for the next six months, as it looks to salvage the business smashed by the financial crisis.Candover's chairman Gerry Grimstone said yesterday, at the...
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Can the Nanny State Save Us from Our Unhealthy Diets?
Medical Life When you next take your nine-year-old to Burger King or Pizza Hut for a treat, be prepared to be challenged on your nutritional principles. "What's a calorie, Dad? And why are you having that Whoppaburger, it's got far too many..."Some will...
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Casey Confident after Tearful Win
The tears of joy had blessedly subsided when Paul Casey eventually turned up to register here yesterday for the 73rd Masters. However, the red eyes inevitably remained.At the Houston Open on Sunday night Casey had realised a couple of long-time ambitions...
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Charges Dropped against Zuma
President-in-waiting escapes corruption trial after secret tapes show case was initiated 'to hurt' ANC leader TWO WEEKS before South Africa's most important election since the end of apartheid, corruption charges have been dropped against Jacob Zuma,...
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Classical
LONDON PHILHARMONIC/PARRY Royal Festival Hall, London *** Operas of major composers are rarely neglected without some good reason - a muddled libretto, an uneven score, a lack of theatrical impetus. Yet the almost total oblivion, until recent decades,...
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Climb to the Moral High Ground
A record-breaking ascent on Everest is also a bid to expose its degradation. By Andrew Buncombe He is short, wiry and shies away from the glare of publicity. And yet this 49-year-old has placed his feet on top of the world's highest mountain more times...
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Crackdown on Expert Witnesses
Judges given new power to test credibility of specialists who testify in court cases SCIENTISTS, DOCTORS and other experts are to be stopped from giving misleading evidence in court after a series of miscarriages of justice involving unreliable testimony,...
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Credit Crisis Diary
Read all about it: inflation is backWhere better to find out about these deflationary times than in the Financial Times, the self-styled "world business newspaper"? Strange then that buying the pink paper is more likely to remind you of the days of hyper-inflation....
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Evil under the Sun
Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari reports The wide,...
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Fawcett Reassures Fans: 'I'm Holding On'
Actress tells her fans she is suffering from a minor blood clot FARRAH FAWCETT has urged fans to "hold on to hope" as she fights the latest round of her battle against cancer, denying reports she is unconscious and close to death after being admitted...
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Few Budget Options as Public Finances Spiral out of Control
Outlook It would have been hard enough for Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, to get away with announcing a new fiscal stimulus in the Budget this month after the shot across the bows delivered a couple of weeks back by the Governor of the Bank of England,...
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First Impressions Matter - That Goes for Visa Offices Too
LAST MONTH The Independent published an indignant letter from a university lecturer in Glasgow relating how the British embassy in Moscow had treated a visa application submitted by his daughter's partner, a Russian citizen.He described the service,...
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From Avon Lady to Dance Hostess to Prize-Winning Novelist.?
Korean-born author Nami Mun's long journey to the shortlist for Orange award for new writing Nami Mun took her first, ill-fated job selling cosmetics to lonely housewives as an "Avon lady" aged just 13, after running away from her family home in the...
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FTSE 100 Retreats below 4,000 Points
Market Report THE FTSE 100 eased back below the 4,000-point mark last night, as City analysts expressed suspicion about the recent bounce in equities.Teun Draaisma's team at Morgan Stanley cautioned against reading too much into the clutch of green shoots...
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Guilty: The Men Who Turned Manchester into Gunchester
Police say implications for the city of gang members' conviction are 'immense' ELEVEN MEMBERS of a criminal network that brought gun-related murder and mayhem to the streets of Manchester for 20 years face lengthy jail terms after they were convicted...
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Hey Big Spender - How's Your Hangover?
Comment Have you ever had a really bad hangover? If so you will appreciate the wave of queasiness now overwhelming the UK's public finances. As any heavy drinker will tell you, while one "cure" for a hangover may be to have another drink - a "hair of...
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Hills on Brink of Landmark
An anorak, rather than a tweed jacket or a morning coat, should really be the outerwear of choice for the racing enthusiast, for this is a sport with a long history and statistics for every occasion. Most are used in the quest for winners and, therefore,...
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HSBC Shares Jump after Pounds 12.9bn Rights Issue
Business in brief BANKS HSBC's 12.9bn rights issue received a robust response from investors, and leftover shares sold quickly yesterday, sending the bank's stock up 3.7 per cent to 450.75p. Some 96.6 per cent of shares were taken in the offer, and bankers...
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'I Don't Know Who Was Protecting Us, Why We Are the Ones Left Alive'
The survivors GUIDO MARIANI looked at his black and blue knees, turned over his grazed hands and then, almost in slow motion, let his eyes flick to his flatmate's lifeless body beside him. Watching the dead man's grieving father bent over the corpse...
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Investors Should Avoid Battered YouGov
Investment Column Our view: AvoidShare price: 37.5p (+1.5p)Even though there seems to be little to indicate the economy is improving, equity prices have quietly been on the up of late, and for those who argue that a stock market recovery is the prelude...
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Ireland Braced for Emergency Budget
Tax rises and spending cuts required to prevent economic meltdownThe Irish government will today unveil a crucial emergency budget aimed at bringing the country's increasingly dire economic situation under control and making a start on rebuilding battered...
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'Islam Helped Me Live with My Moscow Miss'
Anelka reveals faith gave him the strength to carry on after penalty agony in last year's Champions League final. By Mark FlemingIt wasn't the most passionate display of anguish to follow a famous penalty miss, and it certainly didn't score him favour...
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It's Not the Rich We Hate, but Those Enriched at Our Expense
In a boom, envy; in a bust, anger. That much could always have been predicted. What's interesting this time around, however, is who the targets of the public's anger are. Of course, Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief of Royal Bank of Scotland, has been...
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Japan Plans Huge Fiscal Stimulus as Economy Dives
JAPAN IS to inject 10 trillion (67bn) into its economy in the government's latest stimulus package to try to arrest what it has described as the worst recession since the Second World War.The new figure, which was revealed by the Japanese government...
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J.D.F. Jones
Inspirational foreign editor at the 'Financial Times' John David Francis Jones was known only to his Welsh relatives as David; to distinguish himself from the myriad David Joneses in Wales, everyone else called him JDF. At the Financial Times he set...
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Jobless Total Will Rise to 3.2 Million, Business Lobby Warns
Economy facing serious threats and recession will continue, warns BCC THE STILL fragile state of the economy is highlighted today by the British Chambers of Commerce, which predicts unemployment will soar to 3.2 million next year - levels not seen since...
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Lazio President Slams United for 'Shameful' Poaching of Macheda
Ferguson's side accused of 'immoral' cash offers to family when striker was 15 After Manchester United's rejoicing, Lazio's bitter recriminations. The Serie A side last night launched an extraordinary attack on Sir Alex Ferguson's side for the "shameful"...
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Murray Has Designs on Breaking Clay Mould
TENNIS World No 4 can reach higher ranking before Wimbledon after mastering Djokovic For a player who has won more matches in the last nine months than all his rivals Andy Murray is not exactly setting himself major goals in the forthcoming clay-court...
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Obama Reaches out to Muslim Community
President says US 'will never be at war with Islam' "I LIKE Obama because he is half-Muslim and everybody here hated Bush because of what he did in Iraq," said Kassim, a Turkish driver, as he sped past the ornate Ottoman palace on the Bosphorus where...
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Obese Nurses to Get Help to Shift Excess Weight
OVERWEIGHT nurses will be encouraged to shed the pounds in the fight against soaring obesity rates.Ministers want NHS staff to set a good example when delivering public health messages to their patients.Tailor-made programmes are to be developed to help...
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Osman Heaps Praise on 'Unstoppable' Fellaini
Everton's man of the match against Wigan on Sunday, Leon Osman, described team-mate Marouane Fellaini as "unplayable" after an impressive 11th successive unbeaten home game.Everton cruised to their biggest win of the season with a 4-0 demolition of Wigan...
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Pat Hingle
Versatile actor who appeared in the 'Batman' films and worked frequently with Elia Kazan One of America's leading character actors on stage, screen and television, Pat Hingle spent most of his career in comparative anonymity until he was cast as Commissioner...
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Pop
THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT KCLSU, London *** 'This is pretty much all we have in our lives," Mikel Jollett says near the end. He mentions once selling blood to survive, and his band's violinist Anna Bulbrook hugs herself. "You play shows, and you die...
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Rake in Line to Be Chairman as Chandler Leaves easyJet Early
Chandler said to be 'fed-up' with clashes over the airline's growth plans SIR MICHAEL Rake, the chairman of BT, was yesterday "anointed heir apparent" to Sir Colin Chandler, who is to step down early as chairman of easyJet. Sources said Sir Colin was...
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Ronaldo Declares Loyalty to 'The Right Club for Me'
Formidable alliance between Sir Alex and his mercurial striker looks strong despite Real Madrid rumours, writes Sam Wallace Like most senior citizens of 67 years old, it must be a mystery to Sir Alex Ferguson why young men these days would pluck their...
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Ronaldo Seeks to Dismiss Doubt over United Future
Formidable alliance of Sir Alex and his gifted striker could deliver once again - despite Real Madrid rumours, writes Sam WallaceLike most senior citizens of 67 years old, it must be a mystery to Sir Alex Ferguson why young men these days would pluck...
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Schindler's Lost List Found in Australia
Librarian astonished by discovery of yellowing manuscript POKING THROUGH boxes of old papers in the vaults of the State Library of New South Wales, historians were astonished to discover a yellowing manuscript containing 801 names. It was a document...
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Schumacher Made Fall Guy for Ferrari's Tyre Blunder
MOTOR RACING Michael Schumacher is said by the Italian media to have been responsible for the disastrous decision that saw Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen lose any chance in Sunday's monsoon Malaysian Grand Prix, when he was switched to extreme wet weather...
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Science Notebook
Why sexual equality is nature's idealPEOPLE OFTEN ask me if there is a biological reason for there being a roughly 50:50 ratio of males to females in the population. If one man can inseminate hundreds of women in his lifetime, surely there is no biological...
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Seaside Special
Rick Mather's stunning new art gallery in Eastbourne is just part of a brilliant architectural revival on the south coast. Jay Merrick pays a visit On a sunny spring day, it's easy to re-imagine Eastbourne as the 19th century Empress of Watering Places...
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Skinnyman Hits Hip-Hop Heights
POP SKINNYMAN Cargo, London **** It is one of the great disgraces of the state of pop music in the UK that we always look across the Atlantic for our rap stars. While any mediocre indie band that can muster a bit of a buzz will find themselves hailed...
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Smoothie Operators Sell out to Coke
Have the founders of the Innocent label compromised their ethics by taking Pounds 30m from a corporate giant? Martin Hickman investigates AS 160 Innocent staff stood on the artificial grass in the "chill- out room" of their headquarters, Fruit Towers,...
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Strauss out of Twenty20s
CRICKET Key now favourite for captaincy as England draw up 30- man World Cup squad The buzz words for the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 tournament marketing campaign seem to be "Everyone's game" but that turns out to be not quite the case as Andrew...
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Stuck in Reverse
Yet more dire figures on new car sales add to the pressure for help in the Budget. Sarah Arnott reports Thanks to the annual spring change in the vehicle registration plate, March is traditionally the big sales month for the UK car market. But not in...
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Ten-Man Birmingham Close Gap on Leaders
BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 WOLVERHAMPTON 0 Adversity coaxed the best from Birmingham as they shrugged off the first-half dismissal of their captain Lee Carsley to move to within two points of Wolves at the Championship summit through goals either side of half-time...
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The Allure of Ancient Tongues
The Tuesday Book LOST LANGUAGES By Andrew Robinson THAMES & HUDSON Pounds 16.95 Order for Pounds 15.25 (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop: 0870 079 8897 Andrew Robinson starts his story with that memorable month in 1953 when Everest was conquered,...
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The Deadly Fault Lines That Run Down the Spine of Italy
Analysis This region of Italy has a long history of earthquakes dating from long before classical times. It is one of the most seismically active regions of Europe, essentially due to the collision of the tectonic plates of Africa and Europe which pushed...
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The EU Must Not Shut the Door on Turkish Membership
LEADING ARTICLE Ankara is not yet ready, but the benefits of such a union would be great Barack Obama yesterday wrote in the visitors' book at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk of his hope to strengthen relations between Turkey and America. But,...
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The McIlroy Effect
As the world's great golfers arrive in Augusta, a certain 19- year-old is receiving so much attention that even Tiger Woods has decided to shy away. But can the Belfast boy really win the Masters? James Corrigan reports A 19-year-old golfer can be forgiven...
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The Medieval Gem Reduced to Ruins
THE CITY struggling to come to terms with the massive destruction of its ancient fabric was founded in 1254 by order of Corrado IV, the son of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. The importance to the city of the emperor's patronage is clear: L'Aquila...
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The OU, One of the Best Inventions of the 20th Century, Turns 40
Open View On an Easter Sunday in 1963, sometime between coming back from church and lunchtime, Harold Wilson wrote the outline of a proposal for a "university of the air". He recounted later that he didn't get much interest in the idea but he also said...
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The Pounds 39bn Black Hole in the Chancellor's Budget
Institute for Fiscal Studies report reveals scale of the crisis in the public finances Little room to provide much-needed boost to economy, analysis concludes The Chancellor, Alistair Darling, will be unable to deliver any meaningful boost to the economy...
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The Ten Best Notebooks
PapergrainBe stylish and ethical with this floral notebook, printed on recycled paper. The Red Leaf Rosehip pad fits easily in your pocket and has 56 blank pages to write your thoughts on.Price: 2.25www.papergrain.co.ukPulpshopWrite down your plans to...
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The Ultimate Physical Challenge
Comment MOST LAY PEOPLE know that Mount Everest is the highest in the world. What is less well known is that to reach the summit it is necessary to go up and down it about five times.The air is so thin above Base Camp that the body needs time to acclimatise....
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Think Yourself Better
Happier people live longer, get fewer infections and feel less pain. Why is a positive attitude so vital to our health? Roger Dobson investigates Forget the pills and potions, hold the tissues, and be positive. It just may be a good way to avoid a cold....
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This Fiasco Doesn't Clear Him - or the ANC
Comment ANC PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma, a man famous for easy speech and a ready song, was yesterday "emotional" and "speechless" when the charges against him were dropped. He was evidently relieved that he was finally "cleared" of the cloud of corruption...
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Tories May Scrap Public Sector Deal
A CONSERVATIVE government might scrap three-year pay deals for public sector workers in order to tackle "the age of excess", the shadow Chancellor George Osborne said yesterday.The move was attacked by ministers and trade unions, who warned that nurses,...
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Town 'Ignored Warning' of Imminent Earthquake
More than 150 killed, 1,500 injured and 50,000 homeless as disaster strikes Italy Seismologist who predicted catastrophe was dismissed by official as 'scare-monger' As Italy reeled yesterday from a powerful earthquake that killed more than 150 people...
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Turkey Is Better Prepared for Global Recession Than Many Think
Podium The Turkish economy has been very strong since 2002, thanks to stable macroeconomic policies, structural reforms and a strong financial sector.In public finance, we have gone through some crises in the past - namely in 2002 and also in the late...
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US Eases Terms of $1Trn Toxic Asset Plan amid Take-Up Fears
THE US Treasury has extended the deadline and lowered the requirements for investment firms to participate in its $1 trillion (678bn) public-private partnership scheme. It is a worrying sign that the plan to rid banks of their toxic assets is not gaining...
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Wanted: A Cultural Shift
LEADING ARTICLE IT WAS probably not the best time to promote employment reform. Just a day after the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, admitted that Britain's recession would be both deeper and longer than he first predicted, his colleague Harriet Harman...
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Wenger Faces Familiar Foe
Pires fancies his chances against Arsenal - and loves life in small-town Spain FOR a town whose entire population could fit inside the Emirates Stadium it it is a fairly big boast, but former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires believes Villarreal are capable...
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'We've Lost Our Winning Habits'
Ronaldo admits success no longer feels assured for United ahead of Porto tie, while Fergie looks to Vidic to bolster 'fragile' defence 'Porto have many good players but we are stronger' Ahead of the next obstacle to a repeat of the glories of last May,...
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'We've Lost the Art of Winning'
Ronaldo admits success no longer feels assured for United ahead of Porto tie, while Fergie looks to Vidic to bolster 'fragile' defence 'Porto have many good players but we are stronger' Ahead of the next obstacle to a repeat of the glories of last May,...
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Why I Gave My Kidney to a Stranger
Barbara Ryder is one of the very few people to have made a live organ donation to someone she'd never met. She tells Rob Sharp how she made her decision - and describes her special friendship with the man whose life she saved Some people give up their...
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Why Respect What You Have Paid For?
Deference has had it pretty rough for the last 100 years - and even rougher in the last 20. A quality that was already finding it difficult to make a case for itself in an age of universal suffrage and egalitarianism found itself undermined even further...
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Why Tiger's Aura Still Leaves Every Other Sportsman in the Shadows
Even with the sunshine on the magnolia and the pine, and Tiger Woods back in the mood to augment the astonishing proposition that a man who hits only a stationary ball and has yet to receive a left hook to his head may well be the greatest professional...
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You and Your Money
Open University courses in finance and investment are braced for a surge in interest When our leaders are having trouble keeping the nation's finances in order, we have to do better ourselves. So The Open University is planning a new Financial Services...
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