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 September 16, 2009

A Dangerous New Chapter Opens with Boots on Ground
Analysis The spectre of a foreign enemy has been al-Shabaab's most effective recruiting tool over the last three years. The presence of an occupying force from Ethiopia enabled militant leaders to cast the fighting as a holy war and in the process drive...
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A Growing Trend: The Rise of Shared Green Space
Urban gardens are disappearing fast, leaving millions of us without access to nature. But are new developers offering horticultural hope for city dwellers? By Jonathan Christie Despite the non-arrival of the promised 'hot and long barbeque summer', thoughts...
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A Hint of Oz Magic amid All the Fluff and Nonsense
First Night Last Night of the Poms Albert Hall, London ** Having shrunk dramatically from 13 tour dates to only five, one wonders if there was ever a likelihood that tonight could have been Barry Humphries' first and last night of the poms. Fortunately...
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Aliadiere Keeps Boro on Pace
Europa League will have an additional official by each goal to spread the workload By Brian Homewood IN ZURICH SHEFField WED 1Varney 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 3Purse og 19, Aliadiere 49, Johnson 85 Middlesbrough did not scale the Championship summit last night...
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An Act Born from the Burning Hatred of Foreign Occupation
Comment The image of an Iraqi journalist hurling his shoes at President George Bush at a press conference will be remembered long after the war in Iraq is over. It is right that this should be so because the shoe-throwing by the Iraqi journalist Muntadhar...
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Anelka Fires but Chelsea Miss Drogba
CHELSEA 1 Anelka 48 PORTO 0 Didier Drogba shook the hands of a few supporters at the final whistle and took his leave down the tunnel - which was a good deal more dignified than his last Champions League exit on this ground. The first big game without...
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ArmorGroup Sacks Murder Suspect
Security contractor with mental health problems faces death penalty in Iraq THE PARENTS of a British military contractor with a history of mental health problems who is facing the death penalty in Iraq after shooting dead two colleagues said last night...
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Artists Go to War over Illegal File-Sharing
Lily Allen accuses established stars of holding back new talent DEEP TRENCHES are being dug within the music industry as artists battle each other over how they might best deal with the advances in file-sharing technology.The extent to which musicians...
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Ashmore Emerges from the Maelstrom
Investment Column Our view: Hold for nowShare price: 225.8p (-5.7p)As part of the rather unloved fund management sector, Ashmore has suffered huge share price swings in the past two years. Yet it believes the new weight of emerging market economies on...
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A State in Need of Rebuilding
LEADING ARTICLE IT IS easy to see why the Americans are pleased at their success in killing a top al-Qa'ida suspect in a helicopter raid on a village in Somalia. Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was on the FBI's most wanted list because they believed he was behind...
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As the World Sees It
Public secretsHAARETZ (ISRAEL)Winston Churchill once said that during wartime the truth is so precious it is necessary to guard it with a wall of lies. But no one has ever said that a person who is supposed to be working toward peace has to surround...
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Banks Shamed as Customer Complaints Are Made Public
BARCLAYS and Lloyds are the most complained-about banks, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) revealed yesterday as it published the complaints record of major financial institutions for the first time.A total of 8,283 complaints were made about Barclays...
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Belt-Tightening Will Happen Later
Analysis It was the most inevitable political U-turn in recent years. Yesterday, Gordon Brown finally bowed to pressure from Cabinet ministers led by the Chancellor Alistair Darling to admit that public spending cuts were coming.Before his summer break,...
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Bridge
The opening event of the annual Brighton Summer Congress is the Swiss Pairs Championship for the Harold Poster Trophy. Alex Hydes, a former England Junior international, demonstrated his talents on this deal. The one and only winning defensive opportunity...
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Brown Tells TUC: Public Spending Cuts Are Coming
PM targets 'low-priority' budgets, insisting NHS is safe GOVERNMENT PROJECTS will have to be scrapped and some budgets slashed if Britain's record debt levels are to be halved over four years, Gordon Brown said yesterday, as he admitted for the first...
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Business Diary
Three lords-a-flyingNo one can accuse the trio of lords who now run the Department of Business of holding back in their mission to scour the globe for opportunities for Britain. As Lord Mandelson was arriving back from a trade trip to China, Lord Hunt,...
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Buyers Spare the Whip at Keeneland
Recession bites in the bloodstock market as prices of yearlings tumble THOUGH he has felt obliged to scold Wall Street for its renewed complacency, President Obama has little need to counsel austerity elsewhere in the union. The September Yearling Sale...
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Buy Jailed Goodman's Silence? Nooo
Sketch The story so far (I'd forgotten everything except that there was a story). Major news organisation pays hacker to get into the phones of princes and celebrities. They then publish the rubbish they find in scoops and spreads and exclusives. The...
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Citigroup Plots Rights Issue to Move beyond Treasury Reach
Talks proposed over how to repay taxpayer bailouts CITIGROUP, the giant financial conglomerate that was twice bailed out by the US government last year, has floated a plan to raise new money from the stock market to help it repay taxpayers.The company's...
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Clinical Anelka Proves Right as Rain to Fill Void Left by Drogba
CHELSEA 1 Anelka 48 PORTO 0 Life without Didier Drogba will not be easy, but then when Chelsea have a match-winner like Nicolas Anelka there is always a good chance that Plan B will work just as well.It was the French striker who won this game for Chelsea...
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Could Cameron Be Addressing the Unions Next Year? Perhaps
AS GORDON Brown addressed the TUC yesterday, one whispered question going around the Liverpool conference centre was: "Who will be up there this time next year?"Union bosses have enjoyed 12 years of access to the heart of government. Each year, the highlight...
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Crack the Title, Crack the Code
THANKS to two completely unassociated geeky millionaires, who have made their fortunes by hypnotising a willing public, this has been a good week for the viral email, aka the youtube clip that everybody watches at work because it is clever and therefore...
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Daggers Drawn over Stilettos
A TUC vote to ban high heels in the workplace has won support from doctors - but derision from women Few women can resist the allure of a pair of high heels - and few men can ignore the results. By throwing the pelvis forward, the bottom backward, tightening...
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Dark Side of the Loom
Last Night's Television TWEED BBC4 RUNNING IN HEELS E4 Watching Tweed you can't help but fear that you're looking at a dying artisanal craft, a proud tradition of craftsmanship and culture that will find it hard to survive in an increasingly mercantile...
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Day Three: From Psycho to Taxi Driver
THE 100 BEST FILMS Anthony Quinn, our award-winning film critic, continues his five-day journey through cinema's timeless classics with another selection of 20 movies that everyone should see 60 Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)You know it too well by...
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Debenhams'designers Boost Its Performance
Fourth-quarter sales hit by changes to trading space Debenhams said the biggest change to floor space in its history had given it greater control over its "own destiny", after it forecast a rise in annual profits.The department store, which has 154...
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Del Potro Comes of Age after Year of Rapid Progress
Powerfully-built Argentine aims to consistently challenge the best after making the most of his height and strength in epic US Open victory over Federer. Paul Newman reports from New York He speaks surprisingly softly for a man who stands 6ft 6in tall,...
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Deregulated Bt to Cut Fixed-Line Costs
BT is set to offer customers more competitive fixed-line telephone deals after Ofcom relaxed its pricing rules citing the rise in competition.The communications regulator yesterday announced plans to deregulate the retail telecoms market, in effect loosening...
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England Raise Game in Search of Pride
ENGLAND 299 AUSTRALIA IN a long-forgotten but marvellous spoof disaster movie called The Big Bus the flawed hero hides the obligatory dark secret from his past. When it transpires that in a previous accident which left the passengers stranded he inadvertently...
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Fiery Stuff at the Gates of Hell
The Wednesday Book PANDAEMONIUM By Christopher Brookmyre LITTLE, BROWN Pounds 17.99 Order for Pounds 16.19 (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030 Christopher Brookmyre has always been - to his credit - a bloody- minded contrarian. He...
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Flat Lives and Bright Sparks
OPERA/THEATRE ACTUS TRAGICUS/EXPERIMENTUM MUNDI Festival Theatre/ Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh **/**** If you've ever wondered about the humdrum existences of people cooped up in a block of tiny flats, the late Herbert Wernicke's artistic vision of life...
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Floyd's Last Lunch Was a Typically Liquid Affair
Britain's most outrageous celebrity chef, who died yesterday, spent his final afternoon indulging his life's passion - wine. By Jerome Taylor Keith Floyd defied his doctors' warnings by quaffing champagne cocktails and a fine bottle of Cote du Rhone...
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Freelance Fred Opts to Chase Game's Riches
Andrew Flintoff's decision to turn down England's offer of a one- day contract opens the door for other players to follow suit ANDREW Flintoff last night became the world's first freelance cricketer by declining England's offer of a contract. His decision...
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Freelance Fred Opts to Chase Game's Riches
Andrew Flintoff's decision to turn down England's offer of a one- day contract opens the door for other players to follow suit ANDREW FLINTOFF last night became the world's first freelance cricketer by declining England's offer of a contract. His decision...
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Insurgents Vow to Avenge US Attack in Somalia
Daring commando raid kills top terror suspect and changes rules of engagement AID workers in Somalia have been put on high alert after the US killed a senior member of al-Qa'ida in a dramatic raid on the Horn of Africa nation.Militants from the Somali...
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'I Was Tortured' Claims Iraqi Who Threw His Shoes at Bush
Sheep are slaughtered and jubilant supporters gather in honour of the release of the unrepentant journalist THE IRAQI journalist who hurled a shoe at George Bush during the former president's final visit to Baghdad last December emerged from prison...
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Jilted Eto'o out to Prove Barca's Love for Ibrahimovic Is Misplaced
Inter and Barcelona's star strikers go head to head tonight with doubts remaining over the wisdom of the swap. By Pete Jenson It was the old "it's not you, it's me" routine that Pep Guardiola pulled on Samuel Eto'o back in July when he jilted the Cameroon...
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Keith Floyd
Television cook who paved the way for the modern generation of celebrity chefs Keith Floyd was a television cook who enjoyed and profited from a large audience despite having no outstanding talent, either as a cook or as a TV presenter, no great knowledge...
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Land of the Truly Warm Welcome
Hit & Run... You can sort of see what the suits at the Danish tourist board were trying to achieve. They recruited a beautiful actress, created a bit of a story and sent their ad viral, saving big money on shoots and TV spots. But by suggesting Denmark...
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Lucas No Longer Fears the Jeers
Maligned midfielder given key role in Liverpool line-up against Debrecen tonight HE HAS blond hair, blue eyes and at 19 he was the best player of his age in Brazil. In both marketing and footballing terms, Lucas Leiva should have been Liverpool's answer...
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Lyons Are on Song for Europe Bid
Lopez has given French club flying start to season despite loss of star players Competing in the Champions League for a 10th consecutive season, Lyons are hoping to maintain their excellent start to the season when they open their campaign against...
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Man Group Rises on Barclay Bid Rumours
Market Report IF MERGER mania is not exactly back in vogue just yet, then we certainly had rumour rage in the markets yesterday. Man Group was back on the FTSE 100 leaderboard, up 3.2 per cent at 305.6p, as gossip centred on speculation that Barclays...
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Ministers Fear Recovery Will Fail to Reduce Unemployment
Government draws up plans to try to stave off 'job-lite' return to growth Ministers are urgently drawing up measures to try to prevent a "job-lite recovery" in which unemployment continues to rise even when the economy starts to grow again.Official...
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'Miracle' Ops for Breast Enlargement Won't Last, Say Surgeons
Experts deflate claims of US specialist who uses thigh fat for cosmetic enhancements A USEFUL adage in Harley Street, as it is in the City, is that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Medicine's golden mile is populated by the world's finest...
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No Escape in New York for Under-Fire Smokers
2 1,700 parks and 14 miles of beach may become cigarette-free zones NOTHING SEEMS too draconian when it comes to discouraging the populace from puffing on tobacco. Seven years after New York instituted its ban on smoking inside clubs, bars and restaurants...
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Not Much of a Welcome for ITV's New Boss
Outlook First, an apology. Contrary to the impression given by this newspaper and all others, ITV is not the sick man of broadcasting, brought low by a combination of the recession and poor programming. No, it is the dominant force in commercial broadcasting...
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Opera
THE OPERA SHOW Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire *** The setting is so extraordinary you wouldn't want the show to upstage it, and this quirky operatic cabaret triptych - a Venetian carnival; an Italian 1940s verismo with a blind girl in the family...
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Our Divorce Laws Are Unfair to Men and Degrading to Women
Podium It is surprising that feminists have remained silent on the issue of divorce, where one might expect a clear and demanding female voice. There has not been one since Baroness Summerskill opposed the 1969 divorce reform.Presumably it is because...
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Our Recovery Is a Race against Time
When politics and economics clash, economics eventually wins. And so it was yesterday when the Prime Minister acknowledged that public spending would have to be curbed in the years ahead.We have been living in a strange dreamland, a phoney war, where...
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Pandora
He's back: Davis joins the after-dinner circuitIt's been just over a year since David Davis resigned his Shadow Cabinet post in protest against the detention of terror suspects for more than 28 days - and, so far, he has kept a relatively low profile.Indeed...
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Paranoia That Sexualises Childcare
I have a confession to make. In the past, I have had frequent, intensive contact with children. There were boys, sometimes as young as eight. There were primary schoolgirls. Over a period of a couple of years, I would drive to the White City estate in...
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Patrick Swayze
Actor best known for his roles in 'Dirty Dancing' and 'Ghost' Most actors are fortunate to get one signature role, one part for which they are fted or idolised. Patrick Swayze, who has died aged 57 from pancreatic cancer, found two. His career may have...
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Patrick Swayze and Me
In 1987, a Texan trained in classical ballet became a star overnight, with a role as a holiday camp dance teacher who awakens love in an awkward teenager. And to millions of movie fans, the actor, who died this week, will always be Johnny Castle - the...
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Power to the People
The graphics are simple and the visual effects are non-existent. Yet ultra-basic 'casual games' have an irrestistible appeal that's giving the blockbuster console titles a run for their money. Toby Green investigates For years now, the battle between...
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Referees Handed Extra Help
Europa League will have an additional official by each goal to spread the workload FOOTBALL will undergo one of its most radical changes this week when the Europa League's group stage kicks off with five-man refereeing teams.The rebranded Uefa Cup competition...
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Rural Notebook
Farmers go at it all guns blazingI've spent the entire morning - plus a couple of evenings over the past week or so - going through the longlist of candidates for the BBC's "Farmer of the Year 2009". My fellow judges and I need to agree on three finalists...
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Scholes Defies Laser Treatment
BESIKTAS 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 Scholes 77 If Sir Alex Ferguson wanted a place to come to think, analyse and try out his new side on Europe then this was the last place on earth to be. The bear pit of the Inonu Stadium rocked and bounced and whistled...
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Scholes' Laser-Guided Goal Cuts Away Rooney Rage
BESIKTAS 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 Scholes 77 If Sir Alex Ferguson wanted a place to come to think, analyse and try out his new side on Europe then this was the last place on earth to be. The bear pit of the Inonu Stadium rocked and bounced and whistled...
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Shadowing the Storm
THE CRUNCH one year on A professional economist as Chancellor of the Exchequer? Sean O'Grady talks to Vincent Cable about how we got into this mess, and how the Liberal Democrats would get us out of itThe collapse of Lehman Brothers may have caused vast...
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Shambolic but One of the Greats
Comment Floyd's last lunch was at my restaurant in Lyme Regis. He'd visited some of my London restaurants before but I'd never seen him down in Dorset. He ordered grouse and the boys delivered him partridge by mistake; though I think he saw the funny...
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'Shocking' Sickness Rates in Social Work
Stress blamed for absence rate that is 60% higher than national average SOCIAL WORKERS are taking "shocking" levels of sick leave - far higher than the national average - prompting protests they are being subjected to intolerable pressure.Freedom of...
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Shooting Star Percy Shines
SAILING Olympic gold medallist combines with Simpson to take lead after difficult day Windy Weymouth set some testing conditions for the second day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Olympic regatta yesterday. Lifejackets were compulsory, racing for the high...
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So Has Anyone Really Been 'Islamified' against Their Will?
THERE'S something touchingly innocent about the argument put forward by many people that the BNP should be allowed space in the mainstream media as this will "expose their ignorant ideas". Because history doesn't necessarily prove this to be the case....
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Superb Ponting Dashes England Hopes
ENGLAND 299 AUSTRALIA 302-6 Australia won by four wickets IN a long-forgotten but marvellous spoof disaster movie called The Big Bus the flawed hero hides the obligatory dark secret from his past. When it transpires that in a previous accident which...
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Theatre
KURT AND SID Trafalgar Studios, London ** Plays which the audience knows will end with the main character putting a shotgun into his mouth might seem to be an acquired taste, but the producers of Kurt and Sid have certainly acquired it. Last July they...
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The Debate Must Focus on the Human Cost
Comment The doctors are right about the scale of the health catastrophe that will result from a failure to deal with climate change. So far, the public debate on climate has focused mainly on the science and the economics. We have been made very aware...
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The Family That Plays Together
POP WATERSON FAMILY & THE ELIZA CARTHY BAND Royal Festival Hall, London **** Eliza Carthy led her deft ensemble through a mariachi-flavoured ode about a lecherous sleazebag who gets his comeuppance thanks to a pair of French hitchhikers. A strange way...
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The Fashion Industry Imposes a Cruel Burden on Women
When did it die? When did our collective disgust at the sickness and sicked-up stomach juices that fuel the fashion industry get replaced by an oh-so-ironic appreciation? When did even most liberals and feminists stop snubbing it and start wrestling...
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The Hi-Tech Refuseniks
Phones and TVs are 'obsolete' the moment they hit the shops, to tempt us with newer models. But now consumers are fighting back. Nick Harding reports Once upon a time, Radio Rentals was the way the average person could afford their electronic entertainment....
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The Legacy of Leonard
As the Southbank Centre prepares to celebrate the work of Leonard Bernstein, Boyd Tonkin reflects on the impression left by the composer - and recalls a memorable encounter with the great man himself In spite of the endless weekends and evenings lost...
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The Phoney Political War on Spending Is Now Over
LEADING ARTICLE But both the Government and the Tories have flawed economic policies If this was a turning point, it was remarkably well signposted. The ground had been thoroughly prepared for Gordon Brown's speech at the Trades Union Congress in Liverpool...
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The Ten Best Portable Media Players
HiFiMAN HM-801Definitely aimed at the niche audiophile market, the audio-only HiFiMAN promises to deliver the very best digital listening experience. Although it is supplied with a high-quality pre-amp, it is easily removable so that the discerning listener...
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The Untold Story of Obama's Mother
The President's formative years are well documented, but only now are his mother's exploits in Indonesia coming to light, reports Judith Kampfner The shadow puppeteer flicks his wrist as he beats a stumpy stick against a wooden box and begins a dramatic...
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UK Economy Is Returning to Growth, Says Governor
Bernanke also says recession is over in the US THE GOVERNOR of the Bank of England told MPs yesterday that he believes the recession may soon be over, at least in the technical sense of the term. "Falls in output have broadly come to an end and we...
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UN Says Israel Should Face War-Crimes Trial over Gaza
Report also censures Hamas but accuses Israelis of punishing entire population of the Palestinian Strip ISRAEL TARGETED "the people of Gaza as a whole" in the three- week military operation which is estimated to have killed more than 1,300 Palestinians...
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US Retailers Plan for a Bumper Holiday Season as Consumers Start Spending
AMERICAN CONSUMERS hit the shops in higher-than-expected numbers last month, raising optimism among retailers planning for the holiday season. Economists already knew the US government's $3bn (1.8bn) vehicle scrappage scheme had boosted car sales last...
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Warning: Climate Change Will Damage Your Health
World's doctors unite in challenge to politicians over 'biggest health threat of this century' Countdown to Copenhagen 82 Days to go Climate change is the biggest health threat, warn doctors Human society faces a global health catastrophe if climate...
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Watchdog Stands Firm on ITV Adverts 'Straitjacket'
Rules governing how much advertisers are charged cannot be removed ITV faces a three-week battle to convince the UK's competition watchdog to remove the straitjacket on its ability to charge for advertising after what analysts called a "disappointing"...
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Wenger Forced to Rely on Mannone to Repel Liege
Vito Mannone will be Arsenal's last line of defence as they embark on their latest quest to lift the Champions League. The rookie goalkeeper, 21, but with only three senior appearances behind him, is pitched into the cauldron of the Stade Maurice Dufrasne...
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Wenger Fury at Adebayor and Hughes over 'Stamp'
FOOTBALL Blistering attack by Arsenal manager as Man City striker is charged with violent conduct 'You wouldn't say thank you and turn the other cheek' "Adebayor's challenge on Van Persie looks very bad. You ask 100 people, 99 will say it's very bad...
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What's Gone Wrong at Channel 4, and Where Does It Go from Here?
Why are we asking this now?Channel 4's chief executive, Andy Duncan, is on the verge of quitting after five years in the post, effectively admitting defeat in his long-running campaign to put the broadcaster on a sound financial footing beyond 2012,...
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Why Do Cables Have to Be So Cripplingly Expensive?
Cyberclinic It was with a phenomenally heavy heart that I handed over 10 quid in a high street store late on Saturday afternoon for a ridiculously over-packaged cable to connect an iPod to a stereo. What can I say - it was an emergency (of sorts). I...
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'With Wayne's Energy He Wants to Play All the Time'
Wayne Rooney revealed once again that his temperament is not one that can be tamed last night as he threw down a boot in anger at his substitution in Manchester United's 1-0 Group C victory at Besiktas and proceeded to remonstrate with Turkish fans behind...
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