The Independent (London, England)

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

Articles from February 4, 1996

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A Bad Word for Computer Viruses
AT LEAST one in four large companies has been affected by a revolutionary new computer virus, Concept, which uses Microsoft's latest Word program to infect different makes of computer at the same time.More dangerous versions of the virus have also begun...
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A Booming Good Night Out
"ANDREW Waugh Thompson? No idea who he is. Anyway, the last time I was here, I was sitting all on my own - my wife'll tell you I'm right because she was ill - four bowls of caviar and some nice wine and the chap on the next table leaned across and said,...
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A Case of Very Heavy Petting
THESE DAYS, the inhabitants of the former Soviet Union have a hard enough time trying to survive extreme poverty, cramped living conditions and gang warfare. Pets, you would think, are the last thing on their minds. But their latest obsession is wildlife:...
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Acne Puts Sharks on Spot
ONE of the great mysteries of fishing is why the trout has spots. This week I discovered the answer.Sounds like one of Kipling's Just So stories, doesn't it? How the Trout Got his Spots. The answer is simple. It's because when he was young he didn't...
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Adventure and Misadventure
ENGLAND took the victory but there's no doubt who will get more enjoyment out of the inquest. Once they get over the pain of defeat, Wales will look back and see many reasons for encouragement.All England will see are problems. For all their domination...
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Adventure with a Safety-Catch
FOR SAVERS accustomed only to building society accounts, unit trusts can prove an unnerving investment.They cannot offer the steady growth of interest-paying deposit accounts, with the value of your savings forever rising and never falling. As financial...
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Advisers Give Their Pick of the PEPs
IF YOU intend to use your full pounds 6,000 PEP allowance for investing in just one unit trust, you must choose one which has at least 50 per cent of its money invested in UK or EU shares or bonds, writes Clare Arthur. The Independent on Sunday asked...
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A Field Day for Dods
UP IN mild, grey Murrayfield, far from England's unhealthy absorption in its own destiny, and whether Jack is still talking to Will, the real business of the Five Nations was being settled. Or so it seemed to us. Here, after all, were two unbeaten nations,...
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A Hero of Our Time
FRED CUNY set out from his hotel room in Ingushetia last April, leaving on the table by his bed a copy of John le Carre's latest thriller, Our Game, whose main character, Larry Pettifer, has dedicated himself to defending the Ingush people against their...
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A Hit, a Very Palpable Hit!
MICHAEL PENNINGTON has played Hamlet five times and Hamlet twice. In other words he's been in five productions of the play, in three of which he has appeared successively as Fortinbras, as Laertes, and as Claudius- doubled-with-the-Ghost. But he started...
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Aids Catches Up with Women
STANDING in a sex shop signing copies of her new book, Robin Gorna, a Catholic theology graduate, is mounting a personal crusade to turn the Aids debate upside down.In Vamps, Virgins and Victims she argues that women are in the HIV frontline but nobody...
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All Too Easy for Atours
ATOURS was cut from 14-1 to 10-1 and 8-1 by Ladbrokes and Coral respectively for the Champion Hurdle after gaining a bloodless victory in the Agfa Hurdle here yesterday. The David Elsworth-trained gelding easily beat Land Afar and three other rivals.Some...
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A Martini or Two Could Be Just What This Country Needs
WITH the television series Annie's Bar, there have been many articles about the bars in the Palace of Westminster. Though these have been entertaining enough in their way, what politicians drink in them, and in other places too, strikes me as more interesting....
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Angels Rush in Where Fools Fear to Tread
THE show Cats, conceived by Andrew Lloyd Webber, racked up its 6,318th performance last week to become the world's longest-running musical.That is good news for Eddie Jones, a retired London bookmaker who put pounds 750 into the show when it opened in...
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Apple Ousts Top Two
MICHAEL SPINDLER, the controversial chief executive of Apple Computers, was dramatically ousted yesterday, as the troubled US firm moved to revive its flagging fortunes by replacing him with a noted turn- around specialist.In a statement early on Saturday...
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Are You a Piston or a Foamer?
VOLUNTEERS are being paid pounds 2.50 an hour to smile and brush their teeth as part of a research project which could revolutionise the shape of tooth- brushes. All the accepted styles of brushing, from the aggressive "foamers", who whip toothpaste...
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Ask a Stupid Question
JOHN Major has a new trick at Prime Minister's questions which has excited Conservative backbenchers. It is to make a statement which sounds supportive of government policy and then - to roars of approval from them - reveal that the words are not his...
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A Theatre of Broken Dreams
LINFORD CHRISTIE had only just returned from his warm weather training in Australia so was excused. But for the rest who bravely turned up for sprint training on Thursday night at the modest stadium on Wormwood Scrubs named after the great Olympic and...
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A Wedding for Pounds 787 - Praise Be to God!
IF the only thing that puts you off marriage is - besides a one in two chance that it may end in divorce - the outrageous expense, then you could do worse than consult the Reverend Ron Leatherbarrow, rector of St Mark's Church in Blackley, north Manchester.Thanks...
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A Week in Business
Top of the formYorkshire Electricity sparkled as takeover fever returned to the sector with reports that New Jersey-based General Public Utilities and Houston Industries are stalking it. Estimates that a bid could come in at pounds 8 a share helped push...
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Ball Bearing Fruit
QUEEN'S Park Rangers are a side increasingly dependent on one player, Trevor Sinclair, and that is not a formula for Premiership survival. Manchester City were the latest beneficiaries of another glaring handicap - the capacity to self-destruct.Ray...
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Bergkamp's Bounty Hunt
AS THE Premiership season enters its decisive stages, one of the few certainties is that Coventry City will not bore their way out of trouble. Yesterday at Highbury they needed an untypical dose of nervousness by Arsenal's Ian Wright, who not only missed...
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Blue Chips at Harry Ramsden's
THE DIRECTORS of Harry Ramsden's had difficulty persuading hard- headed City analysts to take them seriously when they set out to float their company on the stock market. It was a fish and chip restaurant, for goodness sake. And everybody knew that fish...
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Brokers' Fees Fly Away
DISCOUNT shops are set to go mainstream in the world of investment. One of Britain's largest sellers of PEPs, unit trusts and other investments is launching a full-blown discount service offering savings of pounds 180 or more for buyers of many pounds...
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BSkyB Set for Record Profits 350 Wordy
SATELLITE broadcaster BSkyB is set to announce record first-half profits this week, as the Office of Fair Trading starts to sift complaints from cable TV competitors that may lead to a monopolies probe.BSkyB, 40 per cent owned by Rupert Murdoch, ended...
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Can't Dance, Can't See, Can't Stand It
YOU KNOW what it's like. You're in your bedroom, listening to your favourite record of the week, dancing with your reflection in the mirror, adding that vocal harmony that the track really needs. But there's still something missing. Thank goodness I...
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Cantona Gets His Kicks
A YEAR and 10 days after the moment of kung-fu madness that cost him eight months of his career and maybe Manchester United their Double, Eric Cantona returned to Selhurst Park for the first time and went through the repertoire that makes United so keen...
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Castleford Still Crave Kiwi Influence
TWO of the remaining ties in the fourth round of the Silk Cut Challenge Cup this afternoon emphasise the enduring value of New Zealand imports to the British game.Castleford, who entertain St Helens in the match postponed from last Saturday, fear that...
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Cathay Embraces the Dragon
IT IS 50 years since Roy Farrell, a Texan adventurer, paid $30,000 for a second-hand Douglas C47 transport plane, named it "Betsy", stocked up with a cargo of morning coats and toothbrushes, and flew it from New York to Shanghai.Cathay Pacific expanded...
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Celtic Keep Hopes Alive
IF Scottish football breaks with recent tradition and Celtic actually win the League, then this match will be remembered before all others this season.They had gone in from the first half, dazed by the fact they trailed to a side who had rarely attacked....
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Chase Facing Fans' Revolt
UNHAPPY Norwich City fans will deliver a 10,000-signature petition demanding the resignation of the chairman Robert Chase before today's Endsleigh League visit of Birmingham.Members of the Norwich Independent Supporters Association will march from the...
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Christie Feels Strain Again
LINFORD CHRISTIE'S first British appearance of the year ended painfully at the AAA indoor championships at the National Indoor Arena yesterday, when he pulled up midway through the final of the 60 metres with a strained left groin. Though Christie left...
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Cleco Raises the Standard
BEING A standard bearer for the British engineering industry is, Trevor Pemberton admits, "bloody hard work". Nevertheless, while many around it have failed, his company, Cleco, has prospered.Turnover has multiplied, from pounds 7m to about pounds 25m...
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Climbdown over Top Pay
THE Stock Exchange is poised to back down from its opposition to one of the central recommendations in the Greenbury Committee report on top pay.The victory for advocates of executive accountability will give shareholders the final say on incentive schemes...
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Cold Comfort for Dutch Ambition
NEARLY all the sporting talk in Holland this week will be of the Elfstedentocht, the world's largest and longest ice skating race. Almost none will be about the World Cup, the planet's largest and longest cricket tournament."Are you kidding?" Roland...
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Conscience Money
MORE than half the people who have financial decisions to make say that ethical and environmental issues are important to their investment strategy, according to opinion polls carried out by Gallup last year.It is surprising, then, that only a handful...
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Day of Reckoning
THERE was a moment when Hanson's annual meeting last week descended into farce. Lord Hanson, the chairman, was trying to silence a tiny minority of protesters who were demanding the right to ask questions immediately."Later," snapped an irate Lord Hanson."Why...
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Defence against a Tax
FIFTEEN million people have received notification of their tax codes for the coming tax year in recent weeks. If the past is any guide, a sizeable number of these codes will be wrong.Codes are used to collect tax under PAYE from employees and those receiving...
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Different Plots in a Tale of Two Trusts
INVESTMENT trusts have enjoyed a resurgence of interest in the past few years and have often commanded a higher profile than their close cousins, the unit trusts.Investment trusts may have won the publicity war but, says Philip Warland, the director...
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Divorce and Single Life Bring Back the New Town
THE new town is making a comeback. Prompted by predictions that more than four million new homes will be needed in the next 20 years, town halls across the country have agreed that new towns are the answer.The result: more than two dozen are on the drawing...
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Do We Need the Met Office?
THE long-range forecast last week was that 430 people in the Meteorological Office - nearly a fifth of its total staff - could lose their jobs within 10 years in another of the Government's attempts to inject some commercial logic into one of our public...
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Drawn to Forgery
ERIC HEBBORN, the English picture faker who died in Rome last month in mysterious circumstances - he was found lying in the street with a broken skull - has left one last timebomb ticking in the art world. It's a book that teaches other people to make...
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Eastern Blocks
THE annihilation last month by Russian forces of the little village of Pervomaiskoye, on the Chechen border, and Moscow's obvious readiness to kill the Dagestani hostages there, provided a reminder of Russia's reluctance to abide by even the basic rules...
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Emerald Isle
THE DAY before I left Montserrat, the Chief Minister, the Honourable Reuben Meade, declared a state of emergency and ordered a phased evacuation of the capital. The volcano had been acting up for months, since July 1995, and Plymouth, the island's toy-town...
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England's Great Escape
WALES, ambitious and bold - at times to the point of imbecility - were critically short of firepower and never quite approached the pain threshold of winners at this level of the game. Instead, they can take refuge in the comfort blanket of respectability...
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Evergreen
PRUNUS LAUROCERASUS, the common or cherry laurel, lacks glamour, but it was not always the evergreen that nobody chooses to plant. In the 17th century it was known as the Plum of Trebizond. John Evelyn, the diarist, suggested that it was brought back...
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Falling at the Final Fence
THE RAMBLING thatched cottage sits at the end of a Hertfordshire lane overlooking fields. It's as quiet as the grave. It is, in fact, next to the old village graveyard. The pub is a short totter away, the station, with frequent trains to London, just...
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Farewell, Turgi ... Safe Seats Update ... Lunching by Numbers
NATURE: a remarkable thing, you'll agree. I could sit and watch those programmes about the circle of life and whatnot all day, I could. I particularly marvel at the way all the camera crews on the Serengeti avoid getting each other in shot. And some...
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Ferdinand Rediscovers Goal Touch
FOR the time being at least, Les Ferdinand remains Newcastle United's record signing. The old faithful's instinct for goal also remains the main reason why Kevin Keegan's side are still nine points clear of the chaserson their lofty Premiership perch.Yesterday...
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FILM; Going by the Book as Les Mis Gets Modern
THIS week's celluloid sees a battalion of the needy, the depressed, the neurotic and the chronically spoilt; but for an outsize tale of pain and triumph, Claude Lelouch's Golden Globe-winning take on Les Miserables (12) stands alone. That the film works...
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First Virus Infects Windows 95
THE FIRST computer virus that specifically infects programs on Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system has been discovered by a British software company.Called "Boza", the virus can corrupt programs so that they no longer function, occasionally putting...
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Five Experts Select Their Fund Winners
WITH so many unit trust funds available, investors may find choosing a suitable fund confusing and complicated. As a guide, the Independent on Sunday asked five leading independent investment advisers where they would invest their money.Peter Hargreaves,Hargreaves...
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Flat Earth
Colombia gets taste for eating a la cartelPOLITICIANS and press alike have been making a meal out of Ernesto Samper's troubles over alleged contributions to his 1994 presidential campaign from Colombia's unsavoury Cali cocaine cartel. So, too, has one...
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Fragments That Span the Globe
IN Ronald Firbank's novel Vainglory, first published in 1915, a group of London literati are rendered temporarily speechless at the discovery that the (fictional) new Sappho papyrus they have gathered to honour contains only seven words: "Could not,...
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Francis Plan Frustrates Liverpool
NO BUILD-UP to a new season is complete without it. This is the one, people say, when Liverpool are going to rediscover the formula that made them the game's dominant force in the Seventies and Eighties. It happened, as usual, at the start of this season,...
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Free Ski Pass Worth Up to Pounds 328
If you have been waiting for the best deal before booking your ski holiday, you've just found it. We've teamed up with Bladon Lines to offer readers of the Independent on Sunday and The Independent a very special deal. If you book a chalet or chalet...
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French Wine Boycott 'Successful'
THE French wine boycott enacted last summer, which left bottles of claret and champagne on supermarket shelves as a mark of protest against the country's nuclear tests in the Pacific, appears to have paid off. Imports of French wine into Britain have...
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Girls with an Axl to Grind
THIS 500-page doorstop does not look encouraging. Before reading it you have to get past the pseudo-Sex Pistols cover, with its torn strips of text glued over an out-of-focus, angry young guitar-wielding woman: copyright, every second Women In Rock Book...
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Glory Days Are over at Sainsbury's
WHAT'S wrong with Sainsbury's? Our chart shows the way the shares have performed over the past five years. Clearly, the pattern of uninterrupted growth seems to have faltered. So can the stock stage a recovery? The answer, sadly, is a qualified no. Pundits...
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Grapevine
THIRTEEN days of rain last September could not wash the grins off the faces of Bordeaux wine growers. Some grapes rotted, but the lusciously ripe remainder of the 1995 vintage was fine enough to send them skipping to their cellars to pluck a celebratory...
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Green Gauges
GREENHOUSE gases, acid rain, polluted beaches and rivers, streets choked with carbon monoxide - the systematic destruction of our environment makes depressing reading, and often the problem seems too vast for most of us to do anything about it. Some...
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Group Sects
" 'WE WILL each write a ghost story,' said Lord Byron; and his proposition was acceded to. There were four of us . . . Have you got a story? I was asked each morning, and each morning I was forced to reply with a mortifying negative. . . On the morrow...
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Hailsham Joins Attack on Howard
THE LEGAL establishment's mounting anger with the Home Secretary will flare again today when Lord Hailsham, the former Tory Lord Chancellor, warns that Michael Howard is threatening the independence of the judiciary.In a TV interview to be broadcast...
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Half Pay the Cup Price
Q. What is the record number of Premiership or old First Division clubs to be knocked out of the third round of the FA Cup in one season?A. The current third round (the last 64) has been styled thus since 1925-26. From 1905-06 until 1924-25, the last...
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Hanson Breakup Leaves City Cold
HANSON'S shock decision to break itself up has been given a sceptical reception by institutional investors, while City advisers are stampeding to win a slice of the new business on offer.Dick Barfield, chief investment manager of Standard Life, Hanson's...
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Happiness Is ...Debilitating
MOST of us, at one time or another, have blamed our mistakes on "being in a bad mood". Now it appears that happiness, just as much as an attack of the blues, can throw our performance out of kilter. Psychologists at the University of Wales, Bangor, have...
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Hello Philip, Hello Mr Hawkins, Hello MI5
THERE was a time in the early 1980s when people in top positions at CND routinely assumed that their telephones were tapped. One woman I knew claimed to have heard, through some malfunction of the eavesdropping system, a recording of a conversation she'd...
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Heseltine in Debt Blunder
MICHAEL HESELTINE, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday faced a mounting barrage of criticism over private comments he made last week which endorsed the late payment of bills by businessmen.Leaders of small businesses roundly denounced Mr Heseltine's...
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Hey Girls! We're Havin' a Party
IT'S A rainy Sunday afternoon in Manchester, and several taxi- loads of young women are being deposited at the front entrance of the Granada television studios. They shriek, they giggle, they clutch hold of each other as if their gales of hilarity might...
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High Noon for Master and Pupil
TEN o'clock on a cold grey morning in Llanelli: Terry Griffiths was making a pot. "Seven, eight, nine, ten," he murmured, adding another stack of pounds 1 coins to the gleaming ranks on the bar. The previous evening had been a busy one in the Terry Griffiths...
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Hoddle Just the Job
IT LOOKS as if the footballing shout of "who wants it?" is not just confined to the field. After their meeting last week, the FA's five- man committee charged with finding the next England coach dispatched their consultant, Jimmy Armfield, to determine...
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Holiday-Makers Taken by Storm
EVER SURVIVED a direct hit by a hurricane, or wondered what it might do to you? Towards the end of last year, my wife Jacqui and I, and our 19-month-old son David, set off for the Caribbean, to St Martin, a small island not far from the British Virgin...
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Hong Kong's Wealth Resting on an Achilles' Heel
I'M JUST back from a week in Hong Kong. The changes have been dramatic since I worked there briefly 17 years ago. The very skyline is altered - the skyscrapers are twice as high and thrice as densely packed. The round-windowed Jardine Matheson building...
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How Pay Goes Up before Elections
THE Prime Minister is expected to "buy off" 1.3 million public- sector workers this week by offering most of them pay rises substantially above the inflation rate. John Major will be engaging in the practice, employed by both Conservative and Labour...
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How St John Stevas Gave a Royal the Elbow
I HAVE known and admired Sarah Bradford for many a long year, ever since the two of us took tea with the Queen Mum - bless her - at Clarence House way back in the late '50s.Unlike so many authors and "experts" (dread word!) who specialise in writing...
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How We Met
SIR JOCELYN STEVENS: I bought Queen magazine on 14 February 1957 - my 25th birthday - and not long after, John wandered into the office, suggesting that he became our first staff photographer. I said that we didn't want a staff photographer: we couldn't...
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I Forgot My Kicking Boots
LET'S deal with the bottom line first. We beat Wales and the Triple Crown is still very much on. However, our performancewas far from perfect. The mood in the changing room afterwards was very quiet. We were frustrated we did not do better.But we were...
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If You Don't Fancy Visiting an Art Gallery, Let It to Come to You
THE National Gallery has already been captured on CD. The Louvre is accessible on the Internet. Now, with the launch of the first British contemporary art gallery on the World Wide Web, the people who collect paintings need never leave home to make their...
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Iran Holds Key to Ancient Treasure Chest
THE MYSTERY of a vast ancient silver treasure found in the Middle East is stirring fascination - and frustration - among archaeologists.The spectacular find - at least 230 silver pieces, and possibly twice that number, aged between 2500 and 5000 years...
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Italy Faces Boycott Threat
AS TEAMS prepare for the new season, everyone in grand prix racing is anxious to see an outcome to the investigation into the death of Ayrton Senna, but are heartily sick of the fresh wave of speculation that Williams chief Frank Williams and designer...
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Joker Plays out of the Rough
EVEN at his lowest moment, David Feherty was ready with a line for the waiting pressmen. By missing the four-round cut at the US tour's qualifying school in November, Feherty lost his playing privileges in America. "I'd shoot myself," he said, "but the...
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Kelly Showered with Showbiz Tributes
HOLLYWOOD paid tribute yesterday to Gene Kelly, the man who transformed dance in the musical movie with a mix of athleticism and balletic grace.Kelly died peacefully in his sleep at his Beverly Hills home on Friday. His third wife, Patricia, 36, whom...
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Kitchenalia
THE OXFORD Symposium on Food and Cooking began its scholarly deliberations last autumn with a lively debate about nouvelle cuisine. Who originated it? And where, and why? We puzzled and argued, we declaimed and condemned, and at times - appropriately...
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Labour Puts Its Money on Bingo
THE Labour party wants to come to the rescue of the bingo industry, which is another victim of the National Lottery's runaway success.Roll-over fever and scratch cards have bitten deeply into attendances at bingo halls and the shadow Treasury spokeswoman,...
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Leading Article: Degrees of Cowardice
UNTIL as little as 10 years ago, Britain had the most elitist higher education system in the Western world. A small minority was selected for glittering prizes: all the expenses of their teaching met from the public purse; maintenance grants handed out...
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Leading Article: Yes, He Was a Real Figure of Speech
MERRIMENT unconfined has greeted the news that a speech by Neil Kinnock is to be used in a GCSE textbook as a model of effective English. Be wary of joining in. Guard against tired alliterations about Welsh and windbags . British reputations are strictly...
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Legal Eagle Turned Master Poacher
TO HEAR Maurice Allen speak of the big blue-chip City law firms, you would not think that until 15 months ago he was a partner in the biggest of them all, Clifford Chance. Nowadays, he is little short of contemptuous of such firms."In a sense, they make...
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Lessons of Great Import
THE flood of imports to the English game this season flows on. Some come for the money, some may come for the challenge. Some may even come for the shopping. Above all that, today's principal pair at Stamford Bridge rank among the most valuable.It is...
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Lore and Disorder
LAW or order? The right-wing mantra of law and order has gone the way of such other traditional inseparables as love and marriage: it now seems (to stand Frank Sinatra on his head) that you can't have one with the other. On one side, the bobby lobby...
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Magilton in Control
HAVING spent the first half at the Dell yesterday stifling yawns, it became increasingly difficult in the second to draw breath. On a cold, sunny afternoon Southampton and Everton went from a state of torpid indifference to one of thrilling purpose and...
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Making an Acquisition of Myself
ENOUGH. There are going to be changes round here. For too long I have wallowed in a warm stew of sullen resentment and green, bitter venom. It's too easy. No backbone required. Well: time to pull myself together.With a bit of luck and a lot of effort,...
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Moi, Je Ne Regrette Rien
i really don't know what comes over me. There I was, chatting supportively to a woman about her latest baby, a second gin and tonic in my hand. Next thing, I was snogging drunkenly with a man who, so far as I can tell, keeps body and soul together by...
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Mr C, Creator of the Notorious Ebeneezer Goode, Sees It as Hisduty and His Pleasure to 'Get People's Nuts'. but in Close-Up, He's More Trousers Than Mouth
"there is a definite magic to be found in rhythms," says DJ, rapper, club owner and part-time folk devil Mr C. "It's scientific knowledge that alpha and theta waves are altered by percussive sounds and light. And that throws you into an altered state...
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MUSIC; Samson's Show of Strength
THE loyalties of my opera- loving neighbours have been tested in recent weeks, as Covent Garden's opening nights have time and again clashed with the Tuesday-evening broadcasts of The House (BBC2). You could almost believe the Garden's management had...
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New Deal for Baresi
THE veteran Milan captain Franco Baresi can celebrate the signing of a new contract with a home win against Roma this afternoon.Baresi, who will be 36 in May, signed a one-year contract in midweek, prompting Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani to comment:...
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New Petrol Stations 'Put Women at Risk'
WOMEN drivers could be put at risk by a new breed of unstaffed petrol stations now undergoing trials in Kent and Cambridgeshire, warns a group concerned with women's safety.Shell and Q8 (owned by Kuwait Petroleum) are testing entirely automatic petrol...
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No Laughing Matter
LOOKING at art is generally a serious business, so for a diversion I quite like going to the Saatchi Gallery. There one can be sure to find lightweight work, often in great quantity. The latest display is called "Young Americans". There are in all eight...
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Not Drowning but Waving
THE INTERNET, aka the Information Superhighway, is a subject we should all know lots about. It has, after all, been the subject of as many media inches as Charles and Diana. Unfortunately, though, the whole subject is still obscured by nerdy jargon and...
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Now Is Not the Time to Grab a Fistful of Shares
THE growing band of investors who like to think very long term welcome each year the BZW Equity-Gilt Study, for this charts the returns on cash, gilts and equities since 1918. It has been published annually since 1956, in those distant days when the...
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Oats Leads the Invaders
THE Gold Cup focus switches to Leopardstown today as Master Oats and Monsieur Le Cure challenge Ireland's best on home ground in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. The home side has scored only once, through Carvill's Hill seven years ago, since the three-mile...
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