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 August 9, 2008

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16-Year-Old Who Murdered Boy Was on Supervision Order
A 16-year-old boy stabbed a younger teenager to death in the street while under a supervision order for kicking a shopkeeper unconscious. Joseph Chin stabbed 14-year-old Martin Dinnegan four times in the back after a chase near his home in Holloway,...
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48 HOURS IN Florence
Europe's capital of Renaissance art is a great weekend break destination in late summer - and the fine Italian food on offer will fuel your quest for cultural nourishment. By Frank Partridge WHY GO NOW?The greatest concentration of art in the world:...
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Act Natural
Ben Ross and family discovered Cornwall's wild side by staying in a luxury log cabin in magical woodland and then a tipi set beside a lake. Now all they needed was a fire... It turned out to be our lucky duck. After a nerve-jangling five- minute slalom...
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After the Jury's Verdict, the Backlash Begins
Richard Ingrams' Week WE'RE NOT looking for anyone else. That used to be the traditional police response when a convicted murderer was proved innocent and shown to have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.It was repeatedly said after a judge...
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A Housing Slump Is the Perfect Time to Reform the Market
What now for the dream of a property-owning democracy? The Council of Mortgage Leaders announced yesterday that home repossessions are up 48 per cent on this time last year, and that there were 18,900 repossessions between January and June. Many people...
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Album Reviews
The Walkmen: You & Me (Gigantic) 13.99As Leonard Cohen knew, "It's hell to pay when the fiddler stops." Still in the choppy middle ground between Dylan, the Velvets, Harry Nilsson and the bar, these DC-via-New York art-rockers conjure typically crack...
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Alice Glass Singer, Age 20
How do I look? My look is more grandmother's leftovers than heroin chic. Besides, I don't talk about drugs. This skirt was my grandma's. It's kind of too big on me. She didn't leave me any of her cool clothes from the Forties, just her cheap polyester...
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A Moving Story
War left it scarred, but now Vietnam is booming. Rory Ross encounters challenging gastronomy, military relics and chic hotels in a country where getting around means hopping on a scooter and hoping for the best Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam is...
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Anti-Gun Crime Movement May Close after Loss of State Funding
ONE OF Britain's most successful anti-gun crime projects is in danger of closure after the Home Office refused to continue its funding.The Don't Trigger project, which has been acclaimed by senior politicians and the police, was supported last year by...
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Apple Pulls the $1,000 Program with No Function
IT IS surely the world's most ostentatious and pointless electronic accessory - an application for Apple's iPhone which costs $1,000 (520) to download and has no practical use.The appropriately named "I Am Rich" program, created by a German iPhone software...
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Arcachon Bay Oysters Banned after Health Scare
In another blow to the beleaguered French shellfish industry, authorities have banned for up to two weeks the sale and consumption of oysters from the beautiful Arcachon Bay in south-western France.The ban - one of a series of scares in the past three...
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Archipenko to Block Mount Nelson Ascent but Plan Offers Ballydoyle a Different Route
Chris McGrath on Racing CHICAGO BEGAN the week with such an operatic tempest that even this proud, virile metropolis seemed to tremble feebly in its path. At Arlington Park, out in the north-western suburbs, 2,500 thoroughbreds cowered in their stalls,...
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Avoid Cliche like the Plague? Never
We are all guilty. To my distress, I find that I thrice used the word 'iconic' in my book. Ye Gods! Opposite my apartment in Beirut there used to live an American- born English teacher called Marion Lanson. When she departed Lebanon, I inherited her...
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Bad Weather Hits Disabled Sailor's Attempt to Circumnavigate Britain
THE QUADRIPLEGIC yachtswoman Hilary Lister looks set to run out of time in her quest to sail solo around Britain, after enduring a series of technical difficulties compounded by the summer's poor weather.As she prepares to round Land's End next week...
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Benitez on a Collision Course with Board over Barry Funds
Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, was back on a collision course with the club's American owners last night when, amid growing doubts about their ability to raise the 18m needed to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, they appeared to question his...
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Benitez on Collision Course with Board over Barry Deal
Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, was back on a collision course with the club's American owners last night when, amid growing doubts about their ability to raise the 18m needed to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, they appeared to question his...
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Best Cellars
Wine Just because you're not intending to scale K2, drive a Maserati Quattroporte or conduct the LSO any time soon doesn't mean you're not interested in mountaineering, fast cars or classical music. By the same token, argues Neil Beckett, the editor...
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Better by Design
A golden generation of cyclists looks set to mount Britain's strongest Olympic Challenge. Paul Newman reports on what could be a fortnight of unparalleled success On the opening day of the Olympic Games the rest of the cycling world would be advised...
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BG Group Finds Six of the Best Oilfields off Coast of Brazil
BG GROUP has found yet another oilfield in the deep waters of the Santos basin off Brazil, taking the tally of successful explorations in the region to an unprecedented six out of six.The Iara well, which lies 2,230m under the South Atlantic and has...
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Boardgame Judged an Enemy of the State
Police haul from climate protesters include satirical game, banned because it includes a balaclava. Jerome Taylor reports IT MAY NOT be fun for all the family - well, not in the same way as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit or Mousetrap, say. The themes of empire...
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Bottom-Fishers Beware: Net ITV at Your Peril
PRIVATE INVESTOR I don't remember the last time I watched a programme on ITV. I think it would have been some forced consumption of Coronation Street, upon finding myself in the same room as an addict, of which I agree there are plenty. Actually, come...
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Briton Dies after 'Heart Attack' during Skydive
A BRITISH holidaymaker died from a suspected heart attack during a 12,500ft parachute jump in Spain, it was revealed last night.Andrew Bearne, 39, was on a course at a parachute school in the town of Ocana, south of Madrid, when the accident happened.He...
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Btw
The human and animal denizens of Hamburg Zoo are in mourning after Leila, a much-loved orang-utang, drowned in a water enclosure while trying to retrieve a piece of bread thrown by a visitor. The orang-utan hails from the rainforests of Indonesia and...
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Business Digest
Dudley escapes ban from Russian court*Robert Dudley, the chief executive of BP's troubled Russian venture TNK-BP, escaped a possible three-year ban on his post yesterday in a Moscow court that said he broke the Russian labour code. Mr Dudley is remote...
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Captain Fantastic Transforms Historic Trio into Quartet
At 3.47pm yesterday Kevin Pietersen hit a ball from Makhaya Ntini through wide midwicket and into a little bit of cricket history.It was the 15th boundary of his magnificent innings and it not only brought up his century, but it elevated him into a select...
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Carrick, Neville and Nani to Test Pompey's Sense of Community
The last time they met last month, the crowds shut out of the stadium in Abuja in Nigeria embarked on a full-scale riot with the local police. Tomorrow at Wembley, it is unlikely that passions will be running quite so high between Manchester United and...
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Chateau De Bagnols
24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE Rhone-Alpes, France Chteau de Bagnols is, to me, one of the most beautiful places on earth. It's a 13th-century chateau on an enormous scale and as such should be stiff, imposing and a little bit too grown-up. It's got a dry moat,...
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Chess
If necessary, play-offs will be held today for the British Championship in Liverpool.The British is an extremely venerable event now in its 95th year, but its counterpart in Scotland is even older with annual tournaments since 1884, making it the world's...
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Computer Games
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor DS, PS2, Vivendi, 24.99As the latest Mummy movie lumbers on to our screens, it's with a heavy heart that I fire up this title. Where to begin? The hideous camera angles? The arbitrary and logic-free puzzles? The...
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Conditions Set to Test Ainslie's Confident Bid for Golden Return
*SAILING The open-air sauna that is the Olympic sailing track faces its first big test today as two of Britain's brightest medal hopes, Ben Ainslie in the Finn singlehander, and the three-woman team of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson in the...
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Cork and Chapple Ensure Sussex Face Tricky Task
LANCASHIRE 206 & 285 SUSSEX 316 & 14-0 Next to bottom a little over three weeks ago, Sussex, the defending champions, could leap to third place in the First Division table should they win here. Yet they face a trickier task than looked to be on the cards...
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Creature from the Deep
The Weasel though "sporty" is the least likely adjective that might ever be applied to the Weasel, my daily exercise draws comments from impressed observers. If you happened to be strolling on the promenade of a Yorkshire seaside resort around 9am in...
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Cunningham Set to Lead Saints on Record Run
*RUGBY LEAGUE ST HELENS stand on the brink of collective and individual milestones as they face their favourite Super League opposition today.Saints have dominated Warrington throughout the summer rugby era, winning all 14 home games against them, and...
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Daley's Golden Smile Prepares World for a Feast after Breakfast of Champions
Only commercial pressures threaten the diving prodigy making a global splash. James Lawton reports from Beijing Made in Britain - the youngest Olympian Tom Daley, aged 14, admits that maybe it is too soon to expect to step up to the Olympic podium here,...
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Ditching Shares Is Understandable, but Is It Wise?
NO PAIN, NO GAIN The No Pain, No Gain portfolio has endured some punishing reverses. They tend to underline the sad state of the stock market and the increasingly fierce recessionary influences that are forcing the nation into an old-fashioned slump.Thankfully,...
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DVDs
We Are Together (PG) EMI TBCPaul Taylor's documentary about the children of the Agape orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, highlights the plight of Aids orphans. Focusing on the sensitive, stoical 12-year-old Slindile, whose brother Sifiso is dying...
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Edwards Admits Affair as Wife Battled Cancer
Putting an end at last to months of rumour, John Edwards, the 2004 and 2008 Democratic Presidential contender, admitted yesterday he had had an affair with a campaign worker while he was running for the White House and while his wife was suffering from...
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Estate Agents: Home Buyers Getting Cold Feet over Stamp Duty
UNCERTAINTY over the future of stamp duty is having a distorting effect on the housing market, with some sellers wavering over agreed deals, a survey of estate agents has found.Just days after rumours circulated over the future of stamp duty, agents...
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Exam Boards Refuse to Mark School SATs
Two of the country's biggest exam boards have made it clear they are ruling out taking over the marking of national curriculum tests next year, placing a major question mark over the delivery of next year's results.Both the Assessment and Qualifications...
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Fannie Mae Admits It May Need Fresh Capital
The possibility of a US government takeover of Fannie Mae, the mortgage finance giant, moved a step closer yesterday after the company said it may not have enough capital to make it through next year.The company plunged to a larger-than-expected $2.3bn...
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Felicity Ashbee
Memoirist of the Arts and Crafts era FELICITY ASHBEE, daughter of the designer and artist C.R. Ashbee, was probably the last close link with the inner circle of extraordinary creative talents fostered or inspired by William Morris. Though long studied...
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Fireworks by Pietersen but the Spark Has Gone from Tourists
FOR SOME of the afternoon, Jacques Kallis stood at slip wearing a floppy, wide-brimmed hat with a green cap perched on top of it. It looked as though he was in the early stages of planning for a fancy- dress party.Since last Saturday, when they clinched...
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From a Leading Article on the Olympics in China
From the Archive 13 July 2001 IF THE bookmakers are right, China will today be awarded the 2008 summer Olympic Games. Appropriately, the International Olympic Committee will take its decision in Moscow, which in 1980 was the last venue to arouse comparable...
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Game On
Real food Like so many things, it all rather depends on your viewpoint; if you're looking forward to tucking into a roast grouse, then the Glorious Twelfth of August may indeed be glorious, but if on the other hand you're a grouse ... The red grouse,...
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Get Cracking
Don't limit the egg to fry-ups and picnic staples. Be more adventurous with those yolks and whites, says Mark Hix. Eggs are one of those staple ingredients that most households can't do without - and without which many great recipes simply wouldn't...
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Gig of the Week
The Green Man Festival Fri to 17 AugThis modestly genre-stretching festival consolidates its friendly, inclusive identity even as it broadens its folky remit. Thus, besides folk-ish sorts such as Pentangle, Laura Marling, Iron & Wine and Richard Thompson,...
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Give Us Drugs and Babies - with No Strings Attached
ON MONDAY, a friend of mine had a baby. Not the most momentous event in the world, you might think, except that this baby was beginning to feel as elusive as a stable economy, as elusive, in fact, as peace in the Middle East.Like many attractive, successful...
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Growth Industry
After decades of declining interest, allotments are now seeing a comeback all over Britain. Anna Pavord charts their popularity and meets the people who are digging for victory One of the lesser-known acts of Harold Wilson's government in the 1960s was...
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Hills Joins Tasmanian Influx to Take Batting Coach Role
The Tasmanian Devil, the Antipodean carnivorous marsupial, has been classified recently as an endangered species, but over the years natives of that Australian island state have thrived in English cricket, to the extent that they are now earning themselves...
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Home of the Speed Freaks
North Carolina seems a laid-back, gentle place - until you encounter the 167,000 people watching Nascar races. Rob Crossan jumps in for a 165mph trip around the circuit 'That breakfast bloody Mary was definitely a mistake," was the last coherent thought...
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Hope of European Unit Sale Boosts DSG
MARKET REPORT DSG International was the main feature in the retail sector yesterday after rumours suggested a disposal may be in the offing.Traders cited speculation that the owner of PC World was seeking to offload a European division in a bid to cut...
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How the Government Spun Itself into Another Mess
ANALYSIS It began on Monday as a piece of diversionary spin that by the end of the week had backfired spectacularly and created a fresh crisis in an already turbulent housing market.With an increasingly frantic Downing Street desperate to distract media...
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If You Ask Me
If you ask me I never thought I'd be staring at my TV screen and nodding appreciatively at Kevin Costner. But there I was, watching The Tonight Show with Jay Leno the other night, on one of the many hundred satellite channels I didn't know I had, watching...
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In at the Deep End with the Synchronised Crying
SPORT ON TV It's been an emotionally soaking week. It began with Michael Vaughan's tear-strewn farewell before the dam burst with Olympic Dreams (BBC 1), the last of an endearing series.In years to come Tom Daley is going to experience the pressures...
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Indian Tribe Loses Fight to Stop UK Firm Building Mine on Sacred Land
INDIA'S highest court has ignored the pleas of tribal people fighting to protect a sacred mountain by allowing a British company to establish a bauxite mine across a vast swathe of the area.Despite months of protests by campaigners who say the mine will...
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Investors Turn to Stamps as a Way to Lick Credit Crunch
Investors spooked by falling stock markets, plunging house prices and concerns about the security of their cash savings have found a new safe haven in postage stamps, Stanley Gibbons, the world's largest philatelic dealer, claimed yesterday.Announcing...
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Is Investing in Russia Still a Risky Game of Roulette?
Sceptical about investing in Russia, James Daley visits Moscow to hear the sales pitch Just over a year ago, I sat down to lunch with one of Britain's leading investors in Russia, Robin Geffen, who tried to persuade me of the merits of investing in the...
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It All Adds Up for Scotland as Prudence Pays Dividends
The SPL is in rude health after years of belt-tightening and, Phil Gordon argues, some of Europe's bigger leagues are starting to take notice NOT THAT long ago, the Scottish Premier League had all the hallmarks of a project built on quicksand. Now, it...
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It's Certainly Big, and It Is Quite Clever
High spec, low price and neat touches make the i800 a useful minibus, says David Wilkins. What do the panel think? A few weeks ago, when our panel tried out the Golf-sized Hyundai i30, I took the opportunity to explain how Hyundai is trying to position...
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It's No Joke Confusing the Actor with the Character
Errors & Omissions One of the most embarrassing incidents in the history of this newspaper occurred some years ago when we ran a story about Mahatma Gandhi. A headshot of the great man was required to illustrate it. A no-doubt harassed picture desk procured,...
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'I've Had a Few Texts Asking Who Writes My Scripts'
At 3.47pm yesterday Kevin Pietersen hit a ball from Makhaya Ntini through wide midwicket and into a little bit of cricket history. It was the 15th boundary of his magnificent innings and it not only brought up his century, it elevated him into a select...
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'I Was Desperate, Hopeless, but I Wasn't Going to Give Up'
A survivor's story in the week that 11 climbers died on K2 Marco Confortola had a bad feeling from the moment he first approached K2. "The soul of the mountain was not going to let us succeed," he says with a sigh, his eyes closed at the painful memories....
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Jennifer Hilary
Actress who found early success in the West End and on Broadway BEAUTY, IT can transpire, may be a decidedly mixed blessing for an actress. Jennifer Hilary was strikingly beautiful, blonde and luminous when young - Milly Theale, the trustingly innocent...
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Jewell Can Return to Top Table with Ram Raid on 'Sweet Shop'
It is, once again, the perfect antidote to Premier League predictability; the division in which 11 points separated the top eight sides last season and any of 14 can fancy themselves for a top- six place this time around. But though the Championship...
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Judy Collins
The folk music legend performs to acclaim in Cambridge, but has a setback at home in New York My week SundayToday I play the fantastic Cambridge Folk Festival. I've wanted to go for years and waited for my invite, so it was wonderful. The audience is...
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Keith Shadwick
Critic, broadcaster and musician THE WRITER, broadcaster and musician Keith Shadwick, who was a music critic for The Independent and a leading contributor to Jazzwise magazine, was a rarity among jazz journalists. In addition to numerous jazz books and...
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Kremlin Has Its Work Cut out to Avoid a New Defeat
The outbreak of military hostilities between Russia and Georgia in the tiny, mountainous region of South Ossetia might seem to have come out of the blue. But the prospect of open war between the two countries has been feared for years.South Osseita,...
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Luxury Serviced Apartments
Just like home, but with all the comforts of a good hotel. This is the life, says Fiona Griffiths LA RESERVEParisLive the Parisian dream by taking up residence on the place du Trocadero, where La Reserve's 10 apartments all overlook the Eiffel Tower....
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Making Waves
Restaurants You couldn't accuse Mark Hix of resting on his laurels. Running hell for leather on his laurels, more like. Since he parted company with Caprice Holdings, owners of Scott's and The Ivy, barely a year ago, he's now opened three restaurants....
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Master Strokes
SHU UEMURA TRANSFORMED THEWORLD OF COSMETICS. AND HIS LEGACY LIVES ON... High up on the 52nd floor of the Mori Arts Tower, in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, members of the world's press are assembled to view the future of make-up. It is 9pm one late-June evening...
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McGuire and Ablett Put Leeds Level at Summit
*RUGBY LEAGUE LEEDS 28 BRADFORD 18 Opportunist second-half tries from Carl Ablett and Danny McGuire pulled Leeds out of their mini-slump as they continued their dominance over their local rivals.The Rhinos went back level with St Helens at the top of...
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Moss Bros Chief Must Move Quickly to Keep Pace with High-Street Fashions
Philip Mountford, like his Vespa scooter, must be adaptable and nimble to deal with today's challenging retail scene. By James Thompson A day in the life of ... 4.45 amAfter the alarm goes off, Philip Mountford has a quick flick through the retail sales...
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Mr Darling Is Making a Bad Housing Situation Worse
LEADING ARTICLE Hinting at stamp duty changes is an irresponsible thing to do Even by the devalued standards of this Government, it has been a week of dizzying incompetence. The Brown era, the "age of change", was supposed to be one of less spin. What...
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Musharraf's Day of Reckoning
LEADING ARTICLE For the past seven years, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has been supported by the West on the basis that, whatever his weaknesses within the country, he was still a bulwark against terror in the post-9/11 world. Better the dictator...
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My Life in Travel
MYLO 'The bed was soggy, but cost only $6. I actually had a great night's sleep' FIRST HOLIDAY MEMORY?Hot car journeys through France with four of us kids in the back. My youngest brother, Simon, suffered from the most incredible car- sickness, it was...
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My Team for the Season
Neil Warnock knows success is not just about the 11 men on the pitch. As he prepares for today's big kick-off, the Crystal Palace manager makes the introductions, convinced the club is poised for a memorable campaign A football team is not just about...
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New Films
Elegy (15)Director Isabel CoixetStarring Ben Kingsley, Penelope CruzIn a book narrated in the first person, you can get away with having a solipsistic protagonist for whom others only exist to reflect back his own failings and desires. In a film, it's...
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No Medals for Taking Moral High Ground
ON SATURDAY Dominic Lawson, not a name that regularly kicks off a sports section, raised some pertinent comparisons in this newspaper yesterday between the hosts of this year's Olympic Games and the hosts four years hence. Lawson made the point that,...
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Omagh Families to Boycott Anniversary
The families of some victims of the Omagh bombing, in which 29 people died, have announced that they will boycott a ceremony to mark the tenth anniversary of the atrocity.The decision introduced a note of discord to attempts to provide a dignified commemoration...
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One Year on, the Crunch Wrecking Ball Is Playing Havoc in the Real Economy
Outlook One year old today, the credit crunch is finally starting to make its full consequences felt in the real economy. When the crunch began a year ago, it was hard to figure out what all the fuss was about. The economy, and even the housing market,...
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Organics Anonymous
Urban gardener An allotment committee member made the politest suggestion recently that my plot was getting out of hand. "You can't expect those with full-time employment to keep on top of their allotment," he said. "Well, can you?" It was in between...
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Philippa Gregory Author, Age 54
My secret life The house I grew up in ... was a tall Victorian town house in Bristol. There were very big rooms, which were under-furnished and always cold.When I was a child I wanted to be ... a vet. I'd come home with "lost" kittens and dogs. My mother...
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Pietersen's Dominant Display Puts South Africa on Back Foot
SOUTH AFRICA 194 & 37-1 ENGLAND 316 Kevin Pietersen does not like being upstaged, least of all by an event as inconsequential as the Olympics, so it came as little surprise to see him focus his mind, hone his skills and post a majestic hundred in his...
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Production of Airbus and Boeing Planes Goes Down the Pan
Production of some of the world's most popular aeroplanes has fallen behind schedule because suppliers are struggling to keep up with demand for basics such as coffee makers and toilet seats.Analysts on Wall Street and in Europe are becoming increasingly...
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RBS Posts First-Ever Loss after Pounds 5.9bn in Write-Offs
NatWest owner books Pounds 691m loss for first half * 'No regrets' over ABN buy Sir Fred Goodwin, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, said yesterday he intended to stay in his job after announcing a first-half loss of 691m that had left him...
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Readers' Letters
COOKING UP A STORM*** Further to J Martin's email (Readers' Letters, Save & Spend, 2 August); those seeking an alternative to Miele products might consider my experience with Siemens. I have a dishwasher, two top- of-the-range undercounter ovens, one...
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Repossession Levels Soar to 12-Year High
With the housing market heading for its worst crash since the 1990s, and amid more ministerial confusion about a "stamp duty holiday", the Council of Mortgage Lenders reported yesterday that the number of people losing their homes has risen to a 12-year...
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Ronaldo Is in Long-Term Plans, Says Ferguson
Cristiano Ronaldo still harbours long-term thoughts of life on the Iberian peninsular but Sir Alex Ferguson - who made it quite clear yesterday that he had laid down the law to his prodigal player - believes he may sign a new contract and even settle...
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Rose's Grit Can Grind Down the 'Monster'
*GOLF Justin Rose has been down many times in his career but he has never yet been counted out. And when he produces performances of sheer grit like his 67 in the second round of USPGA Championship yesterday, it is easy to understand how he has always...
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Royal Flash
The Profile Prince Philip It never was a good idea to fall foul of the Duke of Edinburgh. And at 87, his willingness to take on those who upset him is undiminished. By Andy McSmith LITTLE STORIES can leave behind an indelible impression of a person's...
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Sandwich Chain Supplier Linked to Outbreak of Salmonella
A fatal salmonella outbreak across the British Isles that has infected 90 people may be linked to sandwiches sold by Subway.Laboratory tests have shown a link between cases of illness and one of the US sandwich chain's ingredient suppliers. Cooked beef,...
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Save Money and the Planet: Generate Your Own Power
The latest energy price hike is a good incentive for us all to find alternatives, says James Daley Last week, British Gas announced it was putting up its prices by another 35 per cent, piling yet more financial misery on families who are already struggling...
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Shop till You Drop
DENISDARZACQ TAKES HAUNTING PICTURES OF FREE-FALLING FIGURES IN FRENCH HYPERMARKETS. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? JOHN LICHFIELD FINDS OUTA young man dressed in white floats limply in the wrapping paper department of a supermarket. A young woman in a brown...
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Small Can Be Beautiful for Teams, Too
THE ANALYST We often give most of our attention to the companies best placed to demand it, through advertising and brand awareness. Sometimes, though, if we are looking for something a bit special we have to go off the beaten track.This can be just as...
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Something to Declare
Where to go, how to save, what to avoid WARNING OF THE WEEK TURKEYLast month's bomb blasts in Istanbul, in which 17 people died, were the latest in a series of terrorist attacks in Turkey stretching back seven years. In 2001, the day before September...
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'Starfish House' Plans Are Left Dead in the Water
WHEN THE Royal Institute of British Architects announced a competition to build "the country estate of the future", it was enthusiastically welcomed by the architectural community as a chance to build a contemporary luxury mansion that would redefine...
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Staying in Films on Television
Throw Momma from the Train 9pm ITV2 ***(Danny DeVito, 1987, left) Strangers on a Train is replayed here as an uneven but sporadically hilarious black comedy of errors, with unexpected pathos. Danny DeVito stars as a dimwit who misunderstands the intentions...
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Teenage Climber Plunges 160ft to His Death in French Alps
A BRITISH teenager who described climbing as his "demon" and his "cure" plunged 160ft to his death in the French Alps after a mix up with his equipment.Ian Jackson, 19, died while abseiling down Les Gaillands, near Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc...
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Television
Britain from AboveSun 9pm BBC1Anyone who has flown into a British airport will know the fascination of looking down on a familiar landscape revealed in a new light, with the road networks, railway lines, towns, golf courses and woodland laid out below...
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Tennant Shows That Stars Sell Shakespeare
The Week in Arts David Tennant has triumphed as Hamlet this week. OK, the universally good reviews (see Performance Notes below) are of the "very, very good if not quite great" variety. But great Hamlets don't come along that often. And Tennant's debut...
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