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 1, 1996

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Aerial Bombardment
"Call me on my mobile." They are all saying it - plumbers and builders, doctors and solicitors, your boss and possibly your friends. The brick-shaped monster of the 1980s, mocked as an affectation of the self-important, has become a neat, convenient...
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Allenby Shades It
Robert Allenby has a range of sunglasses for all climatic conditions, but the feeling that he had a pair powerful enough to block out the full horror of the patchwork greens here disappeared on the back nine of his final round in the One 2 One British...
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Arrival of the Flying Squad
Britain's ice hockey clubs are stocking up. All week, airport arrivals lounges have trembled to the footfalls of imported players: the inaugural Super League season is launched this week, and none of the teams wants to be caught short."They have been...
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Artmarket: Time for a Little Reflection
You do not recognise it as an artwork until you step into it. "This must be it," I said, entering a 125ft long concrete corridor that used to be - still is - part of a disused indoor car park in Hoxton, a run-down area of east London. At one end, in...
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Arts: As Years Go By
Marianne Faithfull is bloody knackered, because yesterday she had a five-hour photo-shoot, then dinner until 2am with Mia Farrow. But she is very pleased with herself for having met her. "Finally!" she exclaims. "Of course, she came to Cheyne Walk to...
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ARTS; Confessions of an Award Junkie
I am now a member of the award circuit. Leaving Las Vegas has been noticed and endorsed by groups of critics. It started at Toronto in September of last year and it will culminate in just over a week with the Oscars. I have been invited to attend most...
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Asterix out of Retirement after Five Years
By toutatis!! Asterix, the tenacious warrior Gaul, and his dim- witted companion Obelisk have returned in a comeback even John Travolta would find hard to top.The new Asterix book, due out on 10 October, is the first in five years since Albert Uderzo...
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Atletico's Dose of Worms
Atletico Madrid begin their defence of the Spanish league today at their arch-rival Real Madrid's stadium. But their opponents for the match are not their cross-city foes but rather tamer opposition in the form of Celta Vigo. Atletico have been forced...
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Auntie Ag & Uncle Ony
Speaking hypothetically, say one went into a sauna and were to sit on some semen, could one contract HIV?Gwyneth, BangorUncle Ony: How hypothetical is your question? If you have found yourself in such a bizarre situation you should contact a medical...
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Austen with Blood and Gore for All the Family
Edinburgh Television Festival. Frankly, I love Jane Austen adaptations as much as anybody. Fine National Trust dialogue, gorgeous costumes, dashing young ladies with not-so-very-discreet embonpoints, close-ups of heads blasted off by pump-action shotguns,...
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A Very Peculiar Inheritance
My annual visit to Lord's is usually pure catharsis for me. It tends to coincide with some depressing enormity in the world. This year - on the Saturday of the first Test against Pakistan - it was a grim fistful: the Atlanta bomb and the Burundi slaughter,...
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Baird Strikes Home
"We've got no home, we've got no home!" the Brighton fans sang at one stage of this match yesterday as they adapted England's joyous Euro 96 anthem into their own self-pitying lament. It isn't strictly true, but with Brighton's days at the Goldstone...
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Black Pupils Falling Behind at School in 'Cycle of Failure'
Afro-Caribbean pupils are falling further behind their classmates in exams, a government report to be published this week will reveal.New evidence to be released by Ofsted, the school inspection body, will add to fears that black boys in particular are...
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Boks Open Up All Blacks
Joost van der Westhuizen restored battered South African pride and cruelly ruined New Zealand's dreams of a place in rugby history. Van der Westhuizen popped up to score two vital tries to give the Springboks just enough breathing space to carve out...
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BOOKS: FICTION: Drafted into a Battle for the Brain
In 1991 Daniel Dennett published a book called Consciousness Explained. Its readers duly searched for Dennett's explanation of consciousness, but it was hard to find. In fact it seemed to consist of the denial that consciousness existed. Consciousness...
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BOOKS: FICTION: Secrets That Eat into the Soul
Childhood memoirs can be coy, pretending to know less than they do and cutely allowing the reader to fill in the gaps. One of the strengths of Reading in the Dark, Seamus Deane's marvellous memoir, or novel, about growing up in Derry in the 1950s, is...
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BOOKS: PAPERBACKS; Hard Cases at the Bar
This is not the first book that has attempted to make sense of the legislation which regulates our prisons, but it covers statute and case law with a dexterity and clarity impossible to fault. More importantly, it is aimed as much at prisoners as lawyers...
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Books: The Life and Opinions of; Tristram Shandy
DURING the past couple of years, when I've told anyone who's asked that I'm currently adapting (translating? transliterating?) Tristram Shandy into a graphic novel, I've received two standard reactions: either "You must be mad!" or else "Wow! that must...
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BOOKS: Treasonable Behaviour
The date is 6 November 1604, and Guido Fawkes (as he preferred to be known) has been captured and is being interrogated. The King's men are desperate to extract the names of Fawkes's fleeing accomplices. "Guido," writes the author approvingly, "stoutly...
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Brent Walker Banks Reject Pubmaster Bids
The sale of Brent Walker's Pubmaster subsidiary was in jeopardy this weekend after the debt-laden betting and pubs group's banks rejected all four bids as substantially below the price expected.The board was expecting offers of pounds 150m-pounds 160m...
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Brown's Reward
Scotland gained a valuable away point with a resolute display against an Austrian side who, though commanding possession for large chunks of this opening Group Four encounter, lacked the penetration to make their superiority tell.Craig Brown, the Scotland...
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Bruno Exits as a Winner
Sixteen years ago, Frank Bruno's future was in the balance as he lay in a darkened Bogot hotel room, a frightened 18-year-old a long way from home, waiting to learn whether the eye operation he had just undergone would enable him to meet the British...
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Bunce Centre of Attention
New Zealand's golden oldies have never had it so good. Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Jones, Zinzan Brooke and Frank Bunce are all paid-up members of rugby's senior service - a battle- hardened quartet of international players who seem to be getting better...
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Bupa Chief's Pay Soars to Pounds 623,000
The chief executives of Britain's two biggest not-for-profit private health insurers, Bupa and PPP, are taking more than half-a-million-pounds a year in pay and benefits from organisations founded to provide subscribers with mutual cover for private...
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California: Where Wealth Stretches out to Greet You
Cross the Golden Gate heading south and, if you follow the highway along the coast, the views are spectacular. Sunset over the Pacific has its own special magic, say the locals, because - across the ocean - it is already tomorrow."When we were at school,...
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Canada Learns a New Language of Protest
Quebec's long-smouldering language and separatism conflict has burst into flame once more, fanned by an advertising executive turned English-rights activist who plans next week to hit the Parti Quebecois government where it really hurts: on Wall Street.For...
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Can't Pay? Try Another Way
Barter is back. Specifically in the form of local exchange trading schemes (Lets), which enable individuals to obtain services without resorting to cash and to run up interest-free debts repayable in kind.The idea is that you use someone else's service,...
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Council Tackles Drug Abuse ... by Selling the Stuff Itself
Despite recent pledges by the government of the Netherlands that it is cracking down on drugs, the local council in the small northern town of Delfzijl is pushing the country's liberal image to the limit by opening its own shop to sell soft drugs.From...
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County Championship Results and Fixtures
2 MayLeicestershire (22pts) bt Derbyshire (8) by 6 wktsDurham (8) drew with Northamptonshire (9) Yorkshire (22) bt Glamorgan (5) by 43 runs Kent (19) bt Lancashire (4) by 64 runs Gloucestershire (21) bt Middlesex (5) by 5 wkts Nottinghamshire (8) drew...
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Dennis Ready for Life after His Divorce
The split between McLaren and Marlboro is motorsport's equivalent of the Royal divorce, except that the harmony of the relationship made it the most successful in history. The break is as much an indication of the McLaren managing director Ron Dennis's...
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Derby Keep Title in Sight
Free admission on a potentially short day tempted fate for Derbyshire but their tilt at the title was duly sustained. A thousand or so spectators wandered around, as liberated as the Queen's Park wild fowl, but the century maker Reuben Spiring and Steve...
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Derivative Markets 'Face Devastation'
European derivative markets will be devastated after a single currency is introduced, leaving the sector to be dominated by London, Paris or Frankfurt, Irish officials predicted at the weekend after their own Ifox market closed down.The Irish Futures...
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Diary: Cry Harder ... President Kinnock ... Ring Pull
No one has ever accused the Captain of not being abreast of journalistic trends. And I have noticed that the personal testimony, the unburdening of the soul in print, is popular at the moment. So today I thought I would have a bash. There was this survey...
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Director Brushes off Criticism of Collins Film
Director brushes off criticism of Collins filmNeil Jordan's controversial film about Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins was greeted by sustained applause after its first public screening yesterday at the film festival, writes Lee Marshall from...
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Dole out in the Cold as Clinton Shows His Power over Women
Scene one: A swanky Chicago nightclub. Noisy, crowded, cavernous. A young woman in a short black dress is sprawled over the lap of a young man wearing a dark suit and a loose-fitting tie. She grabs him by the back of the neck and pulls his mouth towards...
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EATING OUT; Something to Chew Over
It is one thing to review an overpriced London restaurant, which has courted attention with press releases and launch parties, then be sniffy about its timbales and sugar cages; quite another to fasten upon a lovely country pub which has been quietly...
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Edwards Refuses to Be Written Off
You write off Shaun Edwards as no longer being the game's most influential scrum-half at your peril. In the week he signed a new Wigan contract and in a season when he is likely to be overlooked for individual honours, Edwards' four tries showed that...
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Eee 'Eck Und Himmel: We Don't Understand Eutsch
You may have read, quite possibly in this column, that there have been "cultural" problems between the chaps at Rover (British) and their owners at BMW (German). Part of the trouble is that the Brits are a little too flippant for the Germans, who take...
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England Cricketers? Just Testing
It has been yet another productive summer for debutants in the England Test side. Other countries, especially Australia and West Indies, the immediate past and present world No 1s respectively, strive for constancy in selection. Not England.When it comes...
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English Language Teaching Jobs Lost
Hundreds of children from immigrant and refugee families will return to school next week to find their specialist language teachers have left and not been replaced.Ministers have failed to allocate more than pounds 50m needed to fund the teaching of...
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Etcetera: Chess
I have said it before, and I shall, in all probability, say it again: you win games by making bad moves, not good ones. Good moves maintain the balance and encourage correct replies; result: a draw. Bad moves unbalance the position and give the opponent...
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EXHIBITIONS: A Serious Game of Fantasy Art EXHIBITIONS
Late high summer is the time of year when there are few new exhibitions to review, so as a diversion I've been imagining shows I would like to see. It's quite a good game - and is also serious, for exhibitions have become an intellectual art form of...
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Exotic Bronco Enters Dreamland
The question suggested itself quite naturally this week: How many caps would Peter Gill have won, if he had been born British?The London Broncos back-row forward comes instead from Toowoomba and, before he was named in the Stones Super League Dream Team...
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Fame 'N' Fries - That's Eatertainment
Welcome to Planet Newspaper. Your waitress will be dressed as Robert Maxwell and can re-enact a scene of your choice from Citizen Kane while you choose from our selection of burgers and fries - which are all, naturally, served wrapped in last week's...
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Fancy a Shag-Pile? It's the Taupe of the Town
What better to lounge on while wearing your Gucci leather trousers than a creamy taupe leather L-shaped sofa? And to really set off those Bert Bacharach and Carpenters CDs to best effect - maybe a square or two of groovy modular shelving? Now that the...
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Flat Earth
A tough bunch . . .The fate of South Korea's former military leaders, Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae Woo, sentenced to death and 22 years respectively, must have concentrated minds elsewhere in east Asia. Shows what happens when you give them democracy, I...
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Fleming Chief Backs Fallen Star
The chairman of Robert Fleming Asset Management, Paul Bateman, this weekend mounted a strong and surprising defence of Colin Armstrong, the disgraced senior fund manager whom he sacked from RFAM's Hong Kong joint venture, Jardine Fleming.Last week, four...
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FOOD & DRINK; Olives Show Their True Colours
When is a black olive not a black olive? Answer: When it's a green olive. As they start picking the new season's green olives around the Mediterranean we should be well advised to consider this conundrum.It's not so much a riddle, as a fact of commercial...
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For a Fat Cat, He's Fast on His Feet
George Simpson is a fat cat. It may be a cliche, but it is nice to be able to apply it to Mr Simpson - because it is difficult to find anyone with anything else bad to say about Britain's fastest rising industrialist. Ten years ago, nobody outside the...
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Fortune Favours Edberg
The Stefan Edberg farewell roadshow goes on. The twice former US Open champion, at his last Grand Slam tournament, came through his second-round match thanks in large part to a hamstring injury which forced Bernd Karbacher, his opponent, to retire in...
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From Khartoum to Juba, Tapioca-Sack Class
This is the rough end of international air travel, here on the tarmac at Khartoum airport, baking in the morning sun while they load the feed-sacks.They are full of sorghum, millet and tapioca: food for the soldiers who will perch on them, all the way...
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GEC Retreats on Boss's Pay
GEC is set to back down over the most controversial aspect of the remuneration package it intends to pay George Simpson, its new managing director.The chairman of GEC's remuneration committee, Lord Rees-Mogg, indicated this weekend that the company was...
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Goodbye Road Diggers, Hello Fully Certified Highway Technicians
The list of subjects in which Britain offers formal academic qualification has long included many less common ones, from aquaculture to yacht manufacture, but never, until now, digging holes in the road.Not a music-hall joke, this: not only has the qualification...
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Go on Then, Sell Us Something
Advertising is legalised lying," says H G Wells in bold black and white on the new Guinness poster. "We don't sell dreams, we sell shoes," said Nike in last month's issue of The Face. "It's not an image, it's a drink," says Sprite.These are trying times...
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Graf Awakened by Anger
It takes a lot to get Steffi Graf angry, but just for a moment the women's defending champion contemplated retribution against the Swiss umpire Andreas Egli in her third-round match against Natasha Zvereva at the US Open yesterday.With Graf trailing...
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GRAPEVINE: Bottles of Aubergenius
Back from Greece? Turkey? Italy? The South of France? Wherever you landed around the Mediterranean, there would almost certainly be a national or local dish, simple but scrumptious, based on aubergines. The local plonk or beer would wash it blissfully...
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Health Industry Breeds Fat Cats
Britain's health sector now has its own fat cats, with the bosses of Bupa and PPP, the private health insurers, each earning more than half a million pounds a year in pay and benefits.The pay packages of Peter Jacobs, 53, chief executive of Bupa, and...
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Hello Gary and Who Knows What He Means?
So we have seen the last of Frank Bruno in a boxing ring. Let us hope, though, that we have not heard the last of him. For if his contests in the ring occasionally lacked excitement, there is nothing more fulfilling than an honest scrap between Frank...
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High Time for a Market in Heathrow Slots
The idea floated by British Airways chief executive Robert Ayling last week of a free market in take-off and landing slots at Heathrow airport may not be new, but it is now being pursued with a degree of urgency it has been denied in the past.BA has...
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Hoddle Looks for the Positive
Nothing, it seems, fazes Glenn Hoddle. Not the immediate prospect of going into today's World Cup qualifier in Moldova without a full complement of players, nor even the long-term danger of being vilified in the tabloids like his predecessors."We all...
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HOW WE MET: ROGER McGOUGH AND BRIAN PATTEN
The poet Roger McGough, 58, was born in Liverpool. In the 1960s he played with The Scaffold, whose hits included "Lily-the-Pink". His latest poetry collection, Sporting Relations, is published next month. He has four children and lives in London with...
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Ince Happy to Be a Soft Touch
He was a nasty piece of work. Always arguing with referees and brutal in the tackle. He made it worse by being surly. Today he argues a bit, tackles fiercely but laughs a lot and says he is a changed man. Paul Ince is firmly re-established in the England...
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Ireland Is Discovering That Gangsters Are Not Glamorous
I ONCE shook the hand of a man who shook the hand of Al Capone. The journalist, novelist and great trouble-maker Claud Cockburn, who moved to Ireland after the war, interviewed the Chicago mobster for the Times in the late 1920s, when prohibition was...
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Irresistible Ireland
Mick McCarthy's new-look Republic of Ireland side put last year's goalless flop against Liechtenstein far behind them yesterday when they swept past the part-timers in the stadium in which Jack Charlton's side failed so lamentably 14 months ago.That...
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Is This the Future of Opera in Scotland?
It Was on the cards that sooner or later James MacMillan would write a full-scale opera - his past work pointed the way with the progressive insistence of countdown markers to an exit on the M1 - and that it would premiere at the Edinburgh Festival (which...
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It's Pop Cuisine: The New Way to a Lad's Heart
We've had haute cuisine; we've had nouvelle cuisine; we've had lean cuisine; stand by for pop cuisine.Active interest in food, so long in Britain the preserve of society's top bit and of the chattering classes, is becoming a populist phenomenon. Foodies...
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Jumbo's Getting Fatter
Drive around Heathrow Airport on a summer day and you are sure to see an odd collection of lawn chairs, binoculars and notebooks. The plane spotters are at work, identifying flights by their livery, engine configuration and airframe shape. Most likely...
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Kelly Advocates Video Aid for Referees
FootballThe prospect of football matches being decided by video evidence will move a step closer today with the announcement of a Football Association investigation into the uses of technology, writes Glenn Moore. The move will be revealed by Graham...
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Kidnap Suspect Named
Police last night named a man they are hunting in connection with the abduction of the man's stepdaughter and two other teenage girls.He is Alan Tomkins, 33, in whose black Peugeot saloon, registration number J633 VHB, the three 16-year-olds were last...
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Knight Makes a Day of It
The heat of Test battle may singe England's nerves, but in the relatively carefree atmosphere of one-day cricket they have proved very much Pakistan's superiors. After strolling to victory in the first of their three Texaco Trophy matches at Old Trafford...
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Labour Don Says Art Needs a Rich Elite
Art, says Lisa Jardine, needs a super-rich elite to flourish: the Sainsburys, the Saatchis, and more like them. It is a proposition the writer, broadcaster and professor of English at London University's Queen Mary and Westfield College is making with...
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Labour on Attack over Atomic Sale
Labour this weekend attacked the privatisation of AEA Technology, the former commercial arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, as being against the national interest because of its key role in the country's nuclear defence.The firm publishes its path-finder...
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Labour Takes the Lid off Party Funding Mystery
The Labour Party had 17 donations of more than pounds 5,000 last year, the annual report of its national executive committee reveals today.Some were from trade unions, but a handful came from individuals, including a number of well-known "Labour luvvies"....
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Leading Article : Tomorrow the World?
Nothing seems to stop Rupert Murdoch. The more money he makes, the more he can buy. The more he buys, the more money he can make. His television interests now girdle the globe, from Sky to Star to Fox; he is a movie mogul, a publisher and, of longer...
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Leap of Faith in England
Deon Hames, the Sheffield Sharks' latest acquisition, telephoned his mother back home in Trenton, New Jersey. Outside the window of his hotel room in the small industrial town of Groningen, in Holland, the rain fell in sheets. "Hey, ma," he said. "My...
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Learning the Art of Public Speaking (the Hard Way)
When Bram Stoker's Dracula came out three years ago I was invited to chair a debate about vampires at the ICA in London. On the bill were Christopher Frayling, a woman whose speciality topic was vampire lesbians in the movies, and genial gore hound and...
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Lebed Wins over the Chechens
For all his triumphant words, Alexander Lebed, Russia's security chief, now faces a difficult task if he is to persuade his opponents in Russia and in Chechnya to accept the high-speed peace deal which he signed with the rebel leadership in the early...
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Lewis Finds the Answers
The cricketer known to himself and others as Chris Lewis has good reason to reflect on the last few days with more satisfaction than sorrow. Being reprimanded and rusticated by England has simply encouraged him to produce for Surrey the kind of form...
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Liam Gallagher Needs to Be Happy, and So Do I
The Bad News: After much breast-beating, Di has reluctantly become a divorcee.The Good News: The King of Lesotho is looking for a wife.Don't know about you but I need a breather from the Royal Family's shenanigans. I feel like I've been forced to watch...
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Lights Are Still on at the National Grid
National Grid has suffered as much as any of the utility stocks from regulatory uncertainties. But now, on a yield of 7.5 per cent - one of the highest in the sector - the shares look reasonably well supported. A tough recent regulatory review by Offer...
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Lloyds to Merge Insurers
Lloyds TSB is planning to merge the TSB's insurance business with Lloyds Abbey Life, its majority-owned subsidiary, as part of its continuing rationalisation programme.Under the proposal, Lloyds TSB would sell the TSB insurance business to Lloyds Abbey...
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Loving a Junkie Nearly Killed Me
My ex-boyfriend is a junkie, every mother's worst nightmare. He makes his money from selling drugs and he's done time in prison. We were together for two years (I left him when I was expecting his baby), but up until then I was committed to Marc, he...
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Merchant and Its Ode to Cologne
In The 1980s niche retailers like Body Shop were all the rage. Even now, after many ups and downs, the concept of a retailer rolling out a successful niche format around the country still has the power to grip investor imaginations. Merchant Retail,...
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Mexican Guerrillas Launch Attack on Soft Target of Tourism
Tamara Cardenas, a blonde 43-year-old restaurateur from Houston, Texas, was just getting into the Mexican spirit of things. "It was just after midnight," she said. "We were listening to Bob Marley, sipping margaritas on the pavement outside the Cactus...
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Missing, Presumed Undead
Nutley, New Jersey sleeps a deep summer slumber. It is not a large place, yet its streets appear widened by the sunlight, their white-fronted buildings seeming to separate ever further as the sidewalk warms towards noon. On Washington Avenue, the expected...
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Moldova in Dyer Straits
England were in clover yesterday - and they were not entirely happy about it. The under-21s, playing on the same Republican Stadium pitch the senior team will use this afternoon, found the grass more suited to rugby than football.Long and spongy, it...
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Names Named in Welsh Child Abuse Tribunal
People who have never been prosecuted may be named as child abusers in the forthcoming North Wales child abuse tribunal, which meets for the first time next week.Up to 100 alleged victims of abuse at children's homes in the counties of Clwyd and Gwynedd...
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Neill Tips Balance
You know you are approaching the Lions' Den when you pass under the bridge on which is scrawled "God bless Harry Cripps". The late full- back epitomised the Millwall fans' idea of a macho legend although, against Burnley the man who currently fills 'Arry's...
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No More Rough Trade from the Unions
As Trade Union delegates meet in Blackpool this week, there is likely to be much talk of social partnership - and the need to reach out to workers who have not yet signed up.The need is great. Union membership is at a post-war low: around 6.75 million...
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Norwich Relish Their Chance
Satisfaction is comparative for Norwich. Compared with the disillusion of last season, the new spirit inspired by the returning manager, Mike Walker, was sufficient to justify a controversial penalty win at Carrow Road yesterday. Wolves, though, may...
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Not a Very Good Year for the Roses
Everyone cheered when the Stone Roses took the stage last Sunday night at the Reading Festival. I'm not sure why. They took five years to come up with their second-rate second album, and since then they have gone from weakness to weakness. First their...
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Nothing but the Truth Writing between the Lines
The lat time Margaret Atwood read aloud in London, the theatre took 900 people and they still had to turn 200 away. The queue afterwards for signed copies of her latest book doubled back on itself four times. This was adulation of a kind rarely given...
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Open Book on WH Smith
When WH Smith last week reported its first-ever losses in 204 years of trading, it was no half-hearted effort: losses hit pounds 195m, after pounds 254m of provisions and write-offs. Yet the shares lost only a few pence, and are more than 180p up from...
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Orrell Drowned in Rusty Bath
So that's entertainment. Professional rugby shuffled on to centre stage at Edge Hall Road and just about lived up to its surroundings. Given that Orrell's ground remains as cramped, scruffy and half-baked as ever, the two sides found themselves in their...
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PETER YORK ON ADS; to Corfu with Smith's and Four Lyndhursts
NOW how do they do that in the new WH Smith ad, meaning not only having four Nicholas Lyndhursts side by side on a plane, but having them apparently touching? It can't be the old split-screen trick. And how did they shrink him? How did they make a miniature...
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Pits of Death Give Up Their Grisly Secret
History teaches that the perpetrators of war crimes all too often elude capture and get forgotten. But at least the war crimes themselves, especially when they involve the massacre of innocent civilians, are remembered and committed to collective memory....
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Pleat Whets Wednesday
From the side of the training pitch the manager of the Premier League's leading club studied his players. David Pleat watched their every move intently and it was almost possible to see him making the mental notes which he would shortly transcribe for...
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P&O Acts to Beat off Eurotunnel
P&O, the transport and construction giant, has started negotiations with its arch-rival, Stena Line, over collaboration on cross-Channel ferry routes. It has also begun talks with Brittany Ferries and SeaFrance with the aim of creating a wide-ranging...
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Police Recapture Paedophile as He Reads about Escape
A convicted paedophile who escaped during a supervised day-trip to a theme park was recaptured yesterday in Worthing, West Sussex.The escape of Trevor Holland from an outing to Chessington World of Adventures - a leading children's attraction - had sparked...
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Positive Period of Evolution
In defeat there was hope. Of course it hurt. The whole England team was hurting at the Oval last Monday afternoon. It is a miserable feeling to lose a Test series. Individually and collectively we knew there were lessons to be learned.But in the dejection...
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