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 January 30, 2009

'30-Year Rule' on Secret Records Should Be Halved, Says Inquiry
Earlier release of documents to the public 'would result in better governance' THE LENGTH of time confidential government records remain secret should be halved to 15 years as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of the rules that control the release of sensitive...
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Also Showing
NICK AND NORAHS INFINITE PLAYLIST (12A)Peter Sollett (90 mins) ***STARRING Michael Cera, Kat DenningsThis small teen romance has the snap and crackle of early Doug Liman movies (Swingers, Go) and a charm all its own. Set over a single night, it's about...
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As the World Sees It
The French protestsJASON PLANT BLOG (FRANCE)With businesses failing and unemployment mounting, many workers fear they will be made to pay the price for a crisis they blame on the greed of bankers and a failure in market capitalism. Sarkozy's government...
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A Timely Challenge to the Culture of Official Secrecy
LEADING ARTICLE Thirty years is too long to wait for the release of confidential documents It is one of the curious features of British public life that those whom the system supposedly serves, the taxpaying public, are often only allowed to peek behind...
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Barclays Reinstate Sark Staff Sacked after Poll
Happy ending for workers who fell victim to tycoons' election setback Workers on Sark who were laid off by the billionaire Barclay brothers six weeks ago have quietly had their jobs reinstated, in an apparent U-turn in the newspaper magnates' investment...
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Behind the Scandals Is the Shadowy Figure of the Lobbyist
The four members of the House of Lords, who face allegations that they are prepared corruptly to sell their influence on legislation, are minor players in a very big operation, the lobbying industry. Lobbying is not well understood. Its practitioners...
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Book of a Lifetime
Four Quartets By T S Eliot Some books, like some pieces of music, works of art, conversations, people, change everything: once experienced, nothing is ever the same again. From many such before-and-after books I have chosen Four Quartets by T S Eliot...
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Broadband for Every Household by 2012
Government action plan sets target for improved internet connection A new era in which the entire population of Britain will be connected to broadband internet within three years has been unveiled by the Government. But the vision emerged amid growing...
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Cameron's Solution Doesn't Add Up
The Arctic wind of a depression is colder with each passing week. There's still an air of unreality: can dole queues really swell and economies really shutter like they did in the history books? Is there a way out? It is here, in the falling darkness,...
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Can Capitalism Ever Adopt a Conscience? Perhaps It Will Have To
Outlook Can capitalism ever be socially responsible, or is that simply not part of its DNA? There are lots of fine words and good intentions being expressed here in Davos about the need to make free markets work for the public good - as there always...
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Caught in the Middle of a Biblical Plague
Eyewitness You could have mistaken them for snowflakes, had the mercury not been at 35C. In fact, what was hurtling towards the car windscreen was a flurry of tiny, winged insects. After weeks of anxious waiting by Dakar's inhabitants, the locusts had...
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Caught in the Net
In mid-January, at about 10am on a Tuesday, the Los Angeles- based radio station Indie 103.1 played the Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious versions of "My Way" followed by a recorded announcement that the station was ceasing its FM broadcast and would in...
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Challenge to Karzai's Right to Rule after Poll Date Is Delayed
Afghan opposition groups call for caretaker government to take over from president Afghanistan's presidential elections have been postponed until 20 August, three months after Hamid Karzai is supposed to step down, raising the possibility of a power...
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City Ready to Make Their Move as Tevez Considers His Options
FOOTBALL Hughes linked with audacious bid while Argentine's frustration grows 'United know what to pay if they want me to stay'Carlos Tevez's advisers are preparing escape routes from Manchester United for him, with at least one club chief executive...
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City Tempted by Tevez
Hughes turns to new targets as Pounds 18.5m bid for Santa Cruz appears doomed Carlos Tevez is seeking escape routes from Manchester United, with at least one Premier League club having already been alerted to the player's possible availability this summer.It...
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Copper Market Key to Kazakhmys Shares
Investment Column Our view: Cautious holdShare price: 233.75p (-8.25p)The good news from the Kazakhstan-based copper miner Kazakhmys yesterday was that production in 2008 hit targets.This is a creditable performance, especially since the group had a...
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Crackdown Ordered on Food Label Loopholes
Supermarkets must stop suggesting cheaper foreign meat comes from Britain Supermarkets 'ruining the drive to buy British' SUPERMARKETS HAVE been told by ministers to stop selling processed food containing cheaper foreign meat with labels suggesting it...
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Crazy Days Take over in Benitez's Private War
The Liverpool manager has form when it comes to getting his own way at a club, but has he lost the plot this time? Ian Herbert analyses the struggle for power at Anfield Hard to believe that the nickname Rafael Benitez's team-mates had for him during...
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'Dancing Is My Wife, My Woman'
Beneath the sex-god image is a shy, sweet man who only wants true love. Best not mention the string of supermodel liaisons, then... THE BIG INTERVIEW JOAQUIN CORTES It's always a bit scary interviewing a sex god. And when Elle Macpherson describes a...
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Danger on the Slopes
Skiing has been called 'the last death-or-glory sport'. After a run of high-profile crashes in the build-up to next week's World Championships, Nick Harris details how top-level events have become even more dangerous - and competitive Daniel Albrecht,...
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Darling and Miliband Miss Davos Summit
Senior bankers and US officials also withdraw from economic forumTHE CHANCELLOR, Alistair Darling, and the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, have pulled out of visits to the World Economic Forum in Davos, it was confirmed last night.The Treasury said...
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Davos Diary
No backsliding from Boris JohnsonTo dinner with Barclays Bank atthe Schatzalp Hotel, a formersanitarium high above Davos made famous as the scene of Thomas Mann's classic novel The MagicMountain. In typically rumbustious form, the guest speaker, BorisJohnson,...
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Dorothy Porter
Poet who won international acclaimfor her verse novel 'The Monkey's Mask' I never knew poetry / could be / as sticky as sex," observes the narrator of The Monkey's Mask (1994), a smooth-flowing, book- length, noirish verse thriller which brought an international...
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Dvd Reviews
ROCKNROLLA (15)Guy Ritchie (114 mins) ***RocknRolla was marketed as a return to form for Guy Ritchie. It certainly recaptures the spirited style that made Lock, Stock... and Snatch so watchable, with arguably a touch more substance thrown in. Kudos to...
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England Fire Blanks in Shoot-Out for Test
CRICKET Harmison and Anderson fail to impress in final game before facing West Indies WEST INDIES A 155-1 V ENGLAND The cricket became a bit more serious yesterday. Not top drawer, jaw-jutting, sweaty-palmed serious but authentic stuff after the festival...
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Fair Oil Price Would Be Twice as High, OPEC Says
A "FAIR PRICE" for oil is between $60 and $80 a barrel, the secretary general of Opec, Abdullah al-Badri, told participants at the World Economic Forum yesterday, up to twice as high as the current price in the market.Mr Badri warned he believed that...
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Fat Is Now a Global Issue
Bodies By Susie Orbach PROFILE Pounds 10.99 (182pp) Pounds 9.89 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897 It's been almost 30 years since Susie Orbach, as a young psychotherapist, picked up on the problems with eating and body image she was encountering in her work,...
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Given Set on City Move
Newcastle goalkeeper submits transfer request as club battles injury crisis Shay Given last night submitted a written transfer request in order to help break the deadlock stalling his move to Manchester City. Given was at Newcastle's training ground...
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Great Works
UNTITLED, OR FIGURE IN FRONT OF CITY BUILDINGS (1920) George Grosz KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, DUSSELDORF A great reduction: that's one of the effects of early modern art. The world is redesigned, planed and simplified and geometricated, as if...
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Grown Up and Mystical
Their second album takes The View in a new direction, and musicals may be next, as Nick Hasted discovered, when their singer was fit to talk The house-to-house search of his old haunts in Dundee has been completed, and here comes The View's singer Kyle...
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Hollyweird
BEHIND THE SCENES We know Hollywood is where fantasy meets reality, but it's on the movie set where some of the strangest goings-on can be found. Here's a choice selection.First up, Gone With the Wind. In 1938, producer David O Selznick faced the difficult...
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How Serious Is the Political Unrest on the Continent, and Can It Be Calmed?
The big question Why are we asking this now?As the economic consequences of the credit crunch rumble across Europe, producing soaring unemployment rates and falling wages, protesters are taking to the streets in more and more countries to voice their...
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'I'd Be the First to Admit If There'd Been Cock-Ups'
Amol Rajan meets the man who must deliver the Olympics on time, on budget - in a recession John Armitt is a man with the weight of expectations on his shoulders. As chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), he is responsible for building London...
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Illinois Governor Kicked out of Office
Rod Blagovevich found guilty by state senate trial of abusing his power The governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, has been convicted of abuse of power in an impeachment trial at which he was accused of trying to sell President Barack Obama's empty...
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In Acting, Size Isn't Everything
THE WEEK IN CULTURE The physicist Richard Feynman once gave a famous lecture called "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", in which he sketched out the possibilities of nanotechnology, long before the term itself had been invented. Sitting in the theatre...
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It May Only Get as Bad as the Early 1980s - but That Was a Stinker
At what stage will the mood lighten? The annual Davos forum always provides a snapshot of conventional economic and financial wisdom - what thoughtful people currently feel about the world economy. But it is not a lead indicator, for it exaggerates the...
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It's OK, Angelina. We've All Done It
FROM SPEAKING to friends who have young children, I know that getting dressed to leave the house in the morning is not necessarily an easy feat once you are a parent. Not only do you need clothes that have escaped any bodily fluids coming out of your...
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John Martyn
Pioneering singer-songwriter who blended folk with jazz and played with Eric Clapton and Dave Gilmour Before he passed away this week at the age of 60, the singer and guitarist John Martyn had cheated death many times. A former heroin user and lifelong...
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JPMorgan Chase Faces Lawsuits after Pulling Cash from Madoff
JPMorgan Chase, the banking giant, is bracing itself for lawsuits over the Madoff affair, after admitting that it pulled its own money out of hedge funds linked to the Wall Street swindler while leaving hundreds of European clients exposed.Those clients...
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Lives of Quiet Desperation
FILM OF THE WEEK REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (15) Sam Mendes (119 mins) **** STARRING Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Shannon This film tells a terrible story of disillusionment. Based on Richard Yates's magnificent first novel, Revolutionary Road opens...
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Lives Remembered
Hazel CrutchleyMy wife Hazel Crutchley was an inspiring and motivating school teacher who had a huge influenceon the children she taught, on parents who met her, and colleagues who worked with her. She was also a devoted wife and dedicated to animal...
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Love and Jazz in Hackney and Brooklyn
Love Me By Gemma Weekes HATTO & WINDUS Pounds 12.99 (312pp) Pounds 11.69 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897 This debut novel, with its coquettish title, might have been confected for the teen market. Parts of it indeed read like a photo- story romance ("I've...
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Man Throws Daughter, 4, off Bridge
Witnesses watch helplessly as father gets out of car and drops girl 190ft into river COMMUTERS WATCHED in horror as a man pulled up on a road bridge in Melbourne during yesterday's morning rush-hour, removed a four- year-old girl from his car and threw...
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McIlroy Is 'Better Than Young Woods,' Claims O'Meara
GOLF Rory McIlroy has received many compliments in his short but staggering time so far as a professional but none have glowed as brightly as that issued by Mark O'Meara here last night. "At 19, McIlroy is better than Tiger Woods was at that age," said...
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Moors Village in Shock at Lossof 'Heartbeat'
Tourism under threat as ITV ends filming IT HAS been a difficult week for Goathland, the picturesque North York Moors village known to millions as Aidensfield, home of the nostalgic ITV1 series Heartbeat.On Tuesday five people had to be taken to hospital...
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Moses Is TV Manna
The BBC's police drama is gripping and violent, set in a noirish London of fearful immigrants and warlord 'dons' - with a touch of Doctor Who and Dennis Waterman... By Gerard Gilbert In the same week that the "new" revamped Minder hits our TV screens,...
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My Terror as a Human Shield
As battle raged in Gaza, Israeli soldiers forced Majdi Abed Rabbo to risk his life as a go-between in the hunt for three Hamas fighters. This is his story ... After yet another fierce, 45-minute gun battle, Majdi Abed Rabbo was ordered once again to...
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Nature Notebook
The first green shoots of optimismGREEN SHOOTS are as yet no more visible in thenatural world than they are in the world of economics, with one major exception: snowdrops. The flowers that the French call snow-piercers (perce- neiges) have pushed their...
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Newcastle in Turmoil after N'Zogbia Sparks War of Words
FOOTBALL Frenchman draws riposte from Joe Kinnear over vow 'never to play' for him again 'We don't have the equipment to fight battle to stay up' A night of fast-moving drama at Newcastle United ended with manager Joe Kinnear responding to Charles N'Zogbia's...
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New Crackdown on Pounds 4bn Loan Insurance Abuses
Competition Commission takes action after campaign by The Independent Banks and building societies are to be banned from selling sickness and unemployment insurance alongside personal loans following a string of complaints about mis-selling andother...
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New Releases
ANDREW BIRD Noble Beast / Useless Creatures Bella Union **** All of Andrew Bird's CDs sound as if they need a lyric sheet, the better to decipher his convoluted songs. But in the case of Noble Beast, the booklet provided (along with a bonus disc of instrumentals,...
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Next Time Angelina, Do Check the Label
SHE IS ONE of the most glamorous women on the planet, whose every red-carpet appearance is scrutinised by an army of photographers and tooth-sucking style commentators. But Angelina Jolie stands accused of an extraordinary fashion faux pas.The actress...
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Nolan Set for Pounds 4.5m Newcastle Move While Given Heads for Exit
FOOTBALL Bolton midfielder on way to Tyneside but stalwart goalkeeper requests move 'We are not adrift but we need players, we need help' Newcastle United's hitherto dormant January burst into life last night when within the space of a few hours the...
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Not So Innocent Abroad
Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams tells Lesley O'Toole that although she's genetically happy, she is nothing like the wide-eyed naif of her roles Art does not often imitate life, except in the case of double Academy Award nominee Amy Adams. Her biggest...
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Observations
All decades of Madonna are now the height of fashionBY CAROLA LONG*** If you couldn't spare 160 to see Madonna thrusting her crotch in concert last year, don't despair. A new exhibition of her film and stage costumes arrives at the Old Truman Brewery...
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On the Horn of a Serious Dilemma
The Natural History of Unicorns By Chris Lavers GRANTA Pounds 18.99 (258pp) Pounds 17.09 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897 "For most of recorded history people thought the unicorn existed,", says Chris Lavers. From Christian Europe to Tibet, from Lake Chad...
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Paperbacks
Without Prejudice By Andrew Rosenheim ARROW BOOKS Pounds 7.99 (345pp) (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897 Homecoming is a recurring theme in Andrew Rosenheim's fiction. His latest thriller, a heartfelt story of race and mixed motives, is set in Hyde Park on...
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Parents of Rhys Jones 'Disgusted' by Sentences
Prison terms for gang members convicted over killing of 11-year- old The parents of Rhys Jones, the 11-year-old boy shot dead in Liverpool in August 2007 as he walked home from football practice, spoke of their "disgust" last night after a judge ruled...
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Passion and Paranoia with the Pre-Raphaelites
Desperate Romantics By Franny Moyle JOHN MURRAY Pounds 20 (340pp) Pounds 18 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897 The Pre-Raphaelite story has much of the soap opera about it. A cast of central characters, with bit players, interact in dramatic episodes that...
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PM's Plan for 'Britishness' Museum Consigned to History
Withering criticism of Gordon Brown's bid to promote national identity has seen the project shelved. By Simon Tait Gordon Brown's dream of creating a permanent museum of Britishness appears to be over after being savaged by sceptical curators, The Independent...
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Politics Starts at Home for New Wave of Protest Singers
It is a novel way of encouraging music fans to engage with politics. Collar an MP, party leader or newsreader, and you get a gig played in your home by leading indie stars. Jonathan Brown reports from a sofa in Sheffield A Friday night gathering in Worrall,...
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Pressure on UK to Find Shelter in the Euro
EC looks for coordinated action to tackle crisis Barroso warns states cannot face challenge alone The President of the European Commission has hinted again that the pound should now join the eurozone. Jose Manuel Barroso said that "even the biggest states...
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Republicans May Choose a Black Leader to Head Comeback
Desperate search for figurehead to challenge Obama's star power BANISHED TO the wilderness, the embattled US Republican Party could choose its first ever black leader today as a first step in reinventing itself for the new political era.In the House...
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RFU Rejects Top Clubs' Plan for 28-Game Season
RUGBY UNION Governing body warns Premiership that expanded fixture list is 'unrealistic' England's top-flight professional clubs say they want a six- match expansion of the Premiership fixture list because the economic downturn has left them with "no...
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Roddick Can't Stand Federer Heat
On an outside court here yesterday one enterprising cameraman, keen to illustrate Melbourne's hottest day for 70 years, cracked an egg over the playing surface and photographed it as it fried. Over in the Rod Laver Arena, meanwhile, Andy Roddick was...
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Sarkozy vs the Street
More than a million people in a dozen French cities protest at the government's stewardship of the economy In the biggest demonstrations seen in France for more than a decade, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets yesterday to protest against...
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Screen Talk
Drawing in talentHollywood loves a comic book adaptation. After all, storyboards don't need drawing, just printing out. Feted British director Edgar Wright (right) of 'Shaun Of The Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' fame is embarking on a big screen adaptation of...
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So, Henry, What Did You Do to Earn Pounds 36,000 of Taxpayers' Cash?
Derek Conway forced to return Commons money used to pay members of his family DEREK CONWAY, the Tory MP who used his office allowance to pay generous salaries to his two sons during their student days, has been told he must hand back nearly 4,000 and...
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Sonic Cathedrals Carved out of Ice
Sigur Ros's glacial soundscapes are all over British television and tomorrow The Independent is giving readers an exclusive collection of their best tracks. Andy Gill examines their soaring popularity and explains why he is mesmerised by the hypnotic...
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Spaced out and All at Sea in Canada
Nikolski By Nicolas Dickner, trans Lezer Lederhendler PORTOBELLO Pounds 12.99 (270pp) Pounds 11.69 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897 Canada, for all its bad rep as the Switzerland of North America, is a fascinating place. It seems to rattle around in its...
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Spurs End Keane Deal
Tottenham Hotspur have resigned themselves to not bringing Robbie Keane back to the club this month. They were told yesterday that Liverpool want their 20.3m fee back in full if they were to let the striker go back to White Hart Lane and Spurs are not...
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Stem Cells Used to Reverse MS
Bone marrow extracts used to 'reset' sufferer'sown immune system A NEW technique for transplanting stem cells into patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has successfully halted and even reversed the disease, researchers report today. The results are...
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Still Crazy after All Those Beers
LAST NIGHT'S TELEVISION SKINS E4 VODKA, HOMEWORK AND ME BBC3 Though it often feels as if all of television is aimed at people under the age of 21, in some respects the "youth" audience - a laughably prissy phrase - can feel with some justice that it's...
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Suddenly Every Party Is in Favour of a High-Speed Line
Something quite bizarre has happened, so counter-intuitive and unexpected that few seem to have noticed. Suddenly all the main political parties are committed to a high-speed rail line. Britain has waited decades. Now three commitments come along at...
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Swiss Village Fights Back after Invasion of Naked German Hikers
Nudists had been advised to visit because of the region's 'lax' rules OFFICIALS IN the Swiss Alpine village of Appenzell have been forced to take firm action to stave off the threat of an invasion of German nudist hikers, instituting a hefty new fine...
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Taxpayer Faces Bigger Bill for 2012 Olympics
TAXPAYERS MAY end up paying to build every major venue in London's 2012 Olympic Games because private finance has dried up, the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority said.John Armitt admitted yesterday that it was possible no private sector money...
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The Diary
Spirited Scripture?The author Sebastian Barry (right) has revealed that he did some soul-searching before using the memory of a beautiful great aunt who had been sectioned for "terrifying moral reasons" (a child out of wedlock, perhaps?) as the inspiration...
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The EP Is Back (Again)
The heyday of the four-track mini-album was the 1960s, but it has never gone away, says Chris Mugan Zach Condon faced a quandary as he planned the follow-up, set for release next month, to his second album, The Flying Club Cup. As leader of US band Beirut,...
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The Top Ten Books
HARDBACK FICTION1 The AssociateJohn Grisham (Century) 18.992 Run for Your LifeJames Patterson (Century) 18.993 The Secret Life of Evie HamiltonCatherine Alliott (Michael Joseph) 12.994 Fire and SwordSimon Scarrow (Headline Review) 12.995 The Girl Who...
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The Top Ten Films
UNITED KINGDOM1 (1) Slumdog Millionaire (UK)Danny Boyle 2,806,9962 (-) Valkyrie (US-Ger)Bryan Singer 1,848,4993 (4) My Bloody Valentine 3D (US)Patrick Lussier 11,182,5144 (2) Seven Pounds (US)Gabriele Muccino 1,089,1295 (-) Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans...
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The Wild Man of Folk Dies Aged 60
Tributes paid to John Martyn, hellraiser whose haunting music was loved by millions JOHN MARTYN, the folk- blues singer whose extraordinary voice and virtuoso musicianship beguiled a generation by speaking directly from the dark pit of his soul, has...
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Time to Turn off the Aid Tap?
BOOK OF THE WEEK Dead Aid By Dambisa Moyo ALLEN LANE Pounds 14.99 (188pp) Pounds 13.49 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897 Dambisa Moyo is to aid what Ayaan Hirsi Ali is to Islam. Here is an African woman, articulate, smart, glamorous, delivering a message...
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Topsy-Turvy Day for Xstrata after Rights Issue
Market Report Companies were fighting for their rights yesterday, and the issuing frenzy - as well as the rumours of more to come - played merry hell with the markets.After one mining giant, Rio Tinto, had admitted for the first time it was considering...
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Tories Target Troops' Mental Health
Annual health check plan to deal with rise of psychological disorders MILITARY VETERANS would be offered annual mental health checks under Tory plans to combat soaring numbers suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and drink problems.The...
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Tracts for Our Times: Fiction in Suburbia
THE WEEK IN BOOKS It diminishes the late John Updike to classify him merely as the supreme anatomist of Middle America in its spreading suburbs and snug commuter towns. Yet every artist needs a canvas, and this former student of drawing (and lifelong...
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Trust between Nations Is the Key to Tackling Global Problems
Podium THE WORLD has lately come to face an unheard-of surge of violence, such as Georgia's adventurous sortie in the Caucasus, recent terrorist attacks in India, and an escalation of violence in Gaza Strip. Although not apparently linked directly, these...
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Updike's Work Outsmarts His Critics
John Updike once wrote that a person's collection of books comes to symbolise the contents of his mind. "Books preserve, daintily, the redolence of their first reading - this beach, that apartment, that attack of croup. This flight to Indonesia."By an...
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What a Prize Mess
The award-season shenanigans surrounding Kate Winslet's multiple nominations reveal a flaw at the heart of the system, says Kaleem Aftab Red carpets, tearful acceptance speeches, ugly little trophies - yes, the Oscars are coming. Kate Winslet has a best...
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When Parliament Turns Its Guns on a Man, Life Isn't So Equitable
Sketch IT'S NOT TOO late to get interested in this. The thing's been four years coming and it'll be four years going. It's full of material for those who like to consider the efficacy of regulation, the ethical superiority of government to the market,...
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When to Reach across the Aisle
LEADING ARTICLE THE SPEAKER of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, allowed herself a broad smile, after announcing that Barack Obama's $819bn economic stimulus package had been passed by the House of Representatives. But there was never really...
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Whip Ban for McCoy after Victory
RACING TONY MCCOY was at his brilliant best to win on his only ride of the day at Wincanton yesterday, defying two late challenges to prevail on Stradbrook in a three-way photo-finish. The champion jockey's hard-fought success took him two victories...
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Xstrata Launches Pounds 4bn Cash Call to Pay Down Debts
Gearing of 40 per cent no longer considered apt New funds will also pay for $2bn coal mine purchase XSTRATA, THE Swiss mining giant whose shares are listed on the London Exchange, wants to raise $5.9bn (4.1bn) in order to pay off debt and buy a coal...
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