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 10, 2010

A Family Portrait That Hits Home
Last Night's TV Grandma's House / BBC2 Inn Mates / BBC3 Identity / ITV1 Remember the Labour Party's "special adviser", Jo Moore, who spin- doctored her own political downfall by suggesting that 11 September 2001 was a good day to bury bad news? The...
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All Smiles. Little Did They Know What Happened the Night Before
Ivan Fallon joined the luminaries for a train ride that has become central to the trial. These are his memories of it The mise en scne was the railway station in Pretoria, early morning 26 September 1997. Nelson Mandela was three years into his presidency,...
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Anfield Deal May Be Done by Weekend, Claims Kirdi
Football The consortium fronted by Yahya Kirdi, the Syrian businessman, last night appeared to move into pole position as the race to buy Liverpool gained momentum.As the Merseyside club revealed it wanted at least two firm offers on the table by the...
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An Inquiry into a Problem the Banks Say Does Not Exist
OUTLOOK Stephen Green, the cerebral chairman of HSBC, chose an odd moment to launch his taskforce on bank lending into the public consciousness yesterday. By publishing a lengthy list of issues worthy of investigation in the hope that more can be done...
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AstraZeneca Faces $198M Bill for Seroquel Litigation in US
PHARMACEUTICALS Astrazeneca tried to draw a line under the growing number of claims against its anti-psychotic drug Seroquel yesterday when it paid out $198m (124m) to claimants in the United States.The agreement, which settles 17,500 claims against...
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Bowled over by Cricket's Comic Side
The Tuesday Book SLIPLESS IN SETTLE By Harry Pearson LITTLE, BROWN Pounds 12.99 Order for Pounds 11.69 from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030 When John Major talked about long shadows on cricket grounds, he was probably imagining a lazy, pastoral...
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BP Pays Pounds 3bn into Escrow Fund as Spill Claims Add Up
BP yesterday paid the first $3bn instalment into its $20bn escrow fund, which was set up two months ago to meet liabilities stemming from the Gulf of Mexico oil leak.The embattled energy giant is likely to face huge claims and fines as lawyers set to...
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Britain Urged to Use Influence to Get Tough on Rwanda
Aid payments must be used to pressure regime over civil rights abuses, says charity British ministers are under growing pressure to use the UK's substantial aid budget in Rwanda as a lever to end the civil rights abuses that are tarnishing the reputation...
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British Households Set to Suffer after Deadly Russian Summer
A spike in food-price inflation over the coming months is set to hit household budgets and pile the pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates, an influential research firm has forecast.Grocery-price inflation is on track to jump from 2...
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Business Diary
BP still feels the love back homeSome good news at last for the beleaguered oil giant BP: its Gulf of Mexico crisis may have seen consumers boycott its American petrol stations but people here don't seem too bothered. A survey from the opinion pollster...
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Capello: World Cup Squad Must Face the Fans' Anger
Old guard will be picked for first half as manager urges them to take responsibility and shield younger players Fabio Capello said yesterday he would make his England World Cup players face the anger of the Wembley crowd tomorrow by deliberately picking...
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Capello: World Cup Squad Must Face the Fans' Anger
Fabio Capello said yesterday he would make his England World Cup players face the anger of the Wembley crowd tomorrow by deliberately picking a first-half team made up of individuals who were in South Africa this summer.The England manager said that...
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Chess
The summer is always a very busy time in the chess calendar and while we were concentrating last week on Michael Adams as he cut a swathe through the British Championship, a number of other events were also taking place. Today we go to far off Ulan Bator...
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Classical
BBC Proms: National Youth Orchestra/ Bychkov Royal Albert Hall, London **** Looking over the massed ranks of the National Youth Orchestra one might easily imagine that The Sorcerer's Apprentice had worked some of his magic on the proliferation of instruments....
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Come on in, the Wildlife's Lovely
As the Million Ponds Project gains plaudits from the Environment Agency after just 18 months, Gillian Orr dips a toe into the nature sanctuary at the bottom of the garden Rare amphibians nestle cheek-by-jowl with seldom-seen insects. Shy mammals swim...
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Crowd-Pullers England Are Still More Popular Than Their Rivals
Tickets for England's match against Hungary tomorrow night will be sold on the gate at Wembley, but the attendance should still be larger than for any other friendly in Europe this week and only the visit of the world champions Spain to the 105,000-seat...
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Digital Digest
THE BEST OF THE WEB LITERATUREGranta.comThis week, A L Kennedy reads a humorous piece on the "joys and neuroses of love" from an unpublished manuscript. Next week, Elizabeth McCracken will be reading from her story "Property". Both recordings were taken...
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'Dingo Baby' Jury Notes Shed Light on Australia's Most Famous Trial
Lost Lindy Chamberlain papers prove the 1980 verdict was anything but unanimous It was the case that gripped Australia, triggering a 15-year legal saga, spawning a Hollywood film, a television docu-drama, a mini-series and an opera.Now fresh light has...
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'Dirty Dancing' Lake Resort Loses Its Magic
There are still a few dusty corners in which you could put a stroppy teen called Baby and the hotel bar continues to offer nightly "Time of My Life" karaoke events. But visitors looking for waist-deep water where they can practice tricky dance manoeuvres...
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Drogba Fit and Firing after Hernia Surgery
It is an alarming prospect for Premier League defenders; Didier Drogba was not fit as he plundered his way to the golden boot last season, scoring 29 times in 32 games - this season he will be.The backlines of West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea's first opponents...
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Easy-Going Favourites Are Hot Stuff
POP The Big Chill Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire **** "Get any more chill, this place is gonna be a mortuary," grumbles ex-Faith No More man Mike Patton. But really, the Big Chill remains a healingly relaxed, eclectic festival. Even Sunday's...
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England Need Capello More Than Ever - and Italy Could Use a Dose of His Brute Realism Too
There is a story, much cherished on the Turf, about the day Lester Piggott was beaten on a horse trained by Snowy Wainwright. "That's it, Piggott," raged Wainwright, as the champion dismounted. "You will never ride for me again." Lester was in his pomp,...
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England Wrap Up Win but Cook's Form Begins to Cause Concern
Opener in need of a big score at The Oval next week with Ashes on the horizon PAKISTAN 72 & 296 ENGLAND 251 & 118-1 England win by nine wickets Most things in England's garden were rosy as they left Birmingham yesterday. In straightforward fashion -...
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England Wrap Up Win but Cook's Form Begins to Cause Concern
Opener in need of a big score at The Oval next week with Ashes on the horizon PAKISTAN 72 & 296 ENGLAND 251 & 118-1 England win by nine wickets Most things in England's garden were rosy as they left Birmingham yesterday. In straightforward fashion -...
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Exercising Britain's Nuclear Options
Chris Huhne insists Britain's new nuclear power stations will be built on time, but scepticism remains. Sarah Arnott reports Britain's nuclear renaissance is "on course" and the first new reactors for nearly two decades will hit the grid in 2018 as planned,...
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Former Agent and Farrow Line Up to Contradict Campbell
Naomi Campbell's description of how she came to be given "blood diamonds" by an African warlord was flatly contradicted by her former agent yesterday.Testifying at The Hague, Carole White said that the supermodel knew she was going to be given diamonds...
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From Source to Mouth of the Amazon - on Foot
Adventurer risked death by disease and machete on epic journey. By Terri Judd Six thousand miles, 859 days, 50,000 mosquito bites and dozens of death threats after he set off, an exhausted British former army captain stumbled on to a Brazilian beach...
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Google Lays out Its Compromise Deal on Net Neutrality
Google has published details of its controversial compromise deal on "net neutrality", which will hand new influence over web traffic to the telecoms and cable firms that provide access to the internet.The search engine giant last night issued a "joint...
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Hampshire to Ignore Pietersen Again in T20
CRICKET County round-up Somerset and Hampshire may meet again in the Twenty20 Cup final on Saturday but the announcement that Kevin Pietersen will be available to play for Hants need not worry the home side here nor Hampshire's semi-final opponents,...
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Hampshire to Ignore Pietersen Again in T20
CRICKET County round-up Somerset and Hampshire may meet again in the Twenty20 Cup final on Saturday but the announcement that Kevin Pietersen will be available to play for Hants need not worry the home side here nor Hampshire's semi-final opponents,...
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High Street Ken's Diary
Regrets, he has a few ...Forget The A-Team (it's hard, I know, but try). Masculinity is alive and well and appearing in Sylvester Stallone's new film, The Expendables, along with Willis, Schwarzenegger, Lundgren, Statham, Li, Rourke, Roberts, Couture...
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Honour Killing Britons Refused to Let Daughters Marry Nephews
A British couple were shot dead in an apparent honour killing in Pakistan after they refused to let their two daughters marry their nephews, a friend said yesterday.Gul Wazir and his wife, Niaz Begum, were visiting relatives in Salehana, a remote village...
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How the Cracks Grew to a Chasm at Villa Park
O'Neill's relationship with club owner was destined to end this way. Phil Shaw reports Martin O'Neill's resignation as Aston Villa manager was a bolt from the claret and blue. Yet the bigger surprise, given the dark hints he made over his commitment...
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I'm with Michelle All the Way
The President's wife When did holidays metamorphose from straightforward stretches of R&R into highly politicised statements? I ask this because Michelle Obama's jaunt to Spain with her youngest daughter, Sasha, and a few friends is being attacked by...
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It's Not the Players, It's Their Followers
Social Studies As from this week, the word "shame" is likely to be appearing with increased regularity in the national newspapers. The Premier League football season starts on Saturday, and the national team will be in action on Wednesday. Already the...
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'I Was Trapped in the Wrong Body'
Public acceptance of transsexuals has never been greater. But for some the issue remains fraught with shame - as Delia, formerly David, tells Deborah Dooley A tall, slim figure clad in a stylishly pretty blouse and skirt, with carefully styled hair and...
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Knocked out by the New Lords of the Ring
Edinburgh Festival THEATRE Beautiful Burnout Pleasance Courtyard **** Typical, you wait years for a play about boxing and then two come along at once. The similarities between Roy Williams's Sucker Punch, which has just finished its run at the Royal...
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Let's Light a Bonfire of Official Vanities
Not so long ago, I wanted to comment on the care of a relative at a particular hospital. More recently, I had something to say about a GP service. So as not to implicate the patients concerned - and perhaps prompt reprisals (oh yes they do) - I wanted...
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Let Them Eat Tapas? Mrs Obama Faces Holiday Fury
First lady returns from trip to Spain in midst of economic strife to find Republicans painting her as a modern Marie Antoinette If an ordinary mother took her daughter on a sightseeing trip to Spain, the most contentious issue might be how much they...
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Markets Bet on New Stimulus from Fed
Sterling is flirting with its highest levels against the US dollar in six months, as financial markets await today's latest ruling on interest rates from the Federal Reserve.While the days of the $2 pound, which sent British shoppers scurrying to New...
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Mark Papermaster (Ex) Senior Vice-President, Apple
The business on... Ex?Afraid so. Until last week, Mr Papermaster was Apple's senior vice-president of devices hardware engineering. But no longer.That's an awfully long job titleWell it was, anyway. All you need to know is that he was the bloke in charge...
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Monk on a Mission
He has set up an eco-friendly village and is a best-selling author. Tomorrow, this green crusader will fill the Hammersmith Apollo with fans. But Thich Nhat Hanh is no rock star - he's a Zen master. Nick Harding meets him As a vision of the future, the...
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Murdoch Cedes Control of Chinese TV Channels
Rupert Murdoch has sold a majority stake in three of his Chinese TV channels to a private equity fund backed by the government in Beijing.The decision marks a shift in News Corporation's strategy in the country and fuelled speculation yesterday that...
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Muslim Accused of Raping Wife Becomes Symbol of Sarkozy's Burka Battle
The strange case of a man called Lies is the perfect summer story for President Nicolas Sarkozy's government. Too perfect, perhaps.Lies (pronounced Lee-Ess) Hebbadj shot to prominence in April when his wife - or rather one of his four "wives" - was fined...
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My Edinburgh
Edinburgh Festival I've been coming up to Edinburgh for almost 25 years - with a seven-year gap in the middle. The Fringe has totally changed in that time. You used to turn up on the day and do your show. Now you're doing interviews about your show in...
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Mystery Rise in Children Suffering Food Allergies
Hospital admissions for food allergies among children have risen by 500 per cent in the last 20 years but doctors do not understand what is driving the increase.Reactions to food can be severe, affecting the skin, the lungs or the gut, and are recognised...
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Netanyahu Fuels Fears of Flotilla Inquiry Whitewash
Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday defended as lawful a deadly assault on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla amid concerns that a domestic commission of inquiry will whitewash Israel's conduct.Giving evidence to a state-appointed panel, Mr Netanyahu...
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Nighthawk Threatens to Sue 'Libellous' Internet Critics
Nighthawk energy said yesterday it was considering taking legal action against people who discussed the company on online message boards, after discovering the real identities of those it alleged had defamed the company.The small-cap oil and gas exploration...
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Now No MP Will Accept Cuts
Cameron's U-turn Open government took on a new meaning as David Willetts, the Universities minister, was caught on the hop during a TV interview on Sunday. With the Cameroon political antennae sharper than ever, Downing Street moved quickly to quash...
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O'Neill Quits over Transfer Budget and Milner Sale
US coach Bradley is favourite for Villa job after Lerner refuses to back manager's spending plan Football 'It's a wrench to leave such a magnificent football club' Martin O'Neill's difficult relationship with the Aston Villa owner, Randy Lerner, finally...
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On Trial, 'Child Soldier' Who Grew Up in Camp Delta
In the second of his dispatches from the US prison camp, Robert Verkaik witnesses Guantanamo's legal process in action INSIDE GUANTANAMO The full-bearded man, tall and well-built, who shuffled into a military court in Guantanamo Bay yesterday hardly...
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'Opening the Batting in Test Cricket Can Be Tough at Times'
Alastair Cook can breathe easily about retaining his place for next week's third Test. The selectors do not meet until Friday, but Andrew Strauss has already given his opening partner a vote of confidence that will not be overturned.Or at least he has...
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'Opening the Batting in Test Cricket Can Be Tough at Times'
Alastair Cook can breathe easily about retaining his place for next week's third Test. The selectors do not meet until Friday, but Andrew Strauss has already given his opening partner a vote of confidence that will not be overturned.Or at least he has...
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Patricia Neal
American actress and former wife of Roald Dahl who won an Oscar for her performance in 'Hud' Patricia Neal's career started on a high and she won an Oscar for Hud. Later, despite being buffeted by tragedies, including failed love affairs, the death of...
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Patricia Neal: A Life of Drama on Screen and Off
An affair with Gary Cooper and an abortion; a 30-year marriage to Roald Dahl culminating in the author's two-timing with her friend; three strokes, a three-week coma and enough chutzpah to compete with any of the malcontent men sharing her on- and off-screen...
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Property Prices Will Drop for the Next Two Years, Surveyors Warn
A fall in house prices later this year and in 2011 is becoming increasingly likely, according to the latest survey of the property market from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.The RICS's July poll of estate agents found more members saying...
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Queues to Vote in Kigali but Change Is Not on Ballot
Voters queued from dawn to cast their votes in the mountainous central African nation yesterday. But the Rwandan poll is the latest in a series of African elections where the outcome has been carefully pre-arranged.In Sudan the result of April's vote...
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Rescue Teams Struggle to Reach 600,000 Pakistan Flood Victims
Record water levels were pressing down on a crucial flood barrier in Pakistan's Sindh province last night as monsoon rains showed no sign of easing - adding to the vast surge of water bearing down on towns and villages.As officials said the amount of...
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Robin Matthews
Leading economist and Master of Clare College, Cambridge Robin Matthews was an economist of renown who spent a lifetime in the upper reaches of British academia, lecturing for decades at Oxford and Cambridge, with almost two decades as Master of Clare...
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'Slowflation' - the Combination the Bank of England Fears Most
Comment We used to call it "stagflation" - a lethal combination of rising inflation and stagnant output last seen in the 1970s. Then inflation hit 27 per cent a year, fuelled by commodity price hikes and a wages explosion. But the economy was far from...
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Stock Up in Morrisons's Bargain Basement
Investment Column Our view: BUYShare price: 278.5P (+6.1p)Some members of the Morrisons board will have used August to get away from work. But Dalton Philips, the supermarket's new chief executive, has had to ponder the long-term direction of the UK's...
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Stuttering High Street Sales Fuel Fears of Double Dip
A poor performance by footwear and homewares retailers led to lacklustre sales on the high street last month, reinforcing warnings of a spluttering recovery in consumer spending.Homewares shops suffered their biggest decline since spring last year, as...
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Support for Lib Dems Slumps as Voters Fear Party Has Lost Its Way
Liberal Democrat support has slumped to its lowest level since the start of the general election campaign as voters protest that the party has lost its voice in the coalition government.A ComRes poll for The Independent finds that backing for Nick Clegg's...
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The Actress Who Brought Down a Wall Street Star
Hewlett-Packard boss falls victim to a sex-and-expenses scandal - and sees $10bn wiped off the value of his company With her model good looks and a blonde-bombshell style that leaves people stunned when she admits to being 50 years old, Jodie Fisher...
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The Battle's on for Vintage Architecture
Norman Foster's latest creation is a winery outside Madrid. It puts him in direct competition with his greatest rival, Richard Rogers, says Jay Merrick You could not pick two more violently opposed subjects than, on the one hand, yin and yang, and,...
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The Beige Revolution
The Tuesday Essay Something shocking has happened on the catwalk. After years of excess, next season's shoes are wearable, skirts are sensible and camel is the hot colour. Susannah Frankel explores the radical return of real clothes Fashion moments come...
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The News in 140 Characters
We follow them, so you don't have to mrchrisaddisonI am wearing the single most hilariously ridiculous costume any wardrobe dept. has ever given me. I love Skins.(Chris Addison, comedian)campbellclaretRe free milk . . Suggests they are slightly making...
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The Prospects Bleaken
Leading Articles Unemployment JUST SIX WEEKS after the Chancellor delivered a Budget designed to inspire confidence and induce the private sector to invest and create jobs, the signs are that it has had precisely the opposite effect, at least so far...
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The Silent Killer in the Countryside
Some of our best-loved beauty spots conceal a deadly hazard: radon gas. Who's at risk? By Jeremy Laurance Driving across the border from Somerset into Devon you pass a sign by the side of the road. "Warning: You are now entering a radioactive area,"...
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The Sin of the Rich Is to Seem Happy
Charitable giving Verily, it is said, no good deed goes unpunished. In this country, at least, the news that a group of the world's richest men, including Microsoft's Bill Gates, have agreed to give at least half of their 150bn total fortunes to charity,...
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The Stolen Brides Turned into Stepford Wives
Lucy Ash reports from the Chechen medical centre claiming to 'cure' depressed women Crowds thronged the pavement, desperate to get through the metal gates. In the courtyard, women were filling plastic bottles and jerry cans with water blessed by the...
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The UK Has Influence. We Should Use It
Leading Articles Democracy in Rwanda While Britain has been busy accepting its diminished influence on world affairs recently, this new humility should not be falsely extended to Rwanda. The UK remains the largest single donor to the government in Kigali,...
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The Vulnerable MPs Who Are Beginning to Feel the Heat
Analysis Seventeen Liberal Democrat MPs - nearly one-third of Nick Clegg's parliamentary party - will be looking over their shoulders as Labour support recovers. Among those suddenly appearing vulnerable are the party's deputy leader, Simon Hughes, and...
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Tiger and the Pounds 1m Tax Bill: How British Law May Scare off Woods from Ryder Cup
Tiger Woods' reluctance to accept a Ryder Cup wild card may be as much to do with a potential 1m tax bill for playing in Britain as the price his country might pay for his wretched form at Celtic Manor.The American World No 1 Woods, who is reportedly...
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Tiger and the Pounds 1m Tax Bill: How British Law May Scare off Woods from Ryder Cup
Tiger Woods' reluctance to accept a Ryder Cup wild card may in part be due to a 1m tax bill he could face for playing in the event, which pays no prize money. Aside from any sporting price his team- mates might face because of his wretched form, the...
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Traders Look to the Fed for Holiday Season Boost
Market Report Financial stocks dominated the blue-chip index on what one trader called a "pathetic day for the market" as the silly season continued to drag. The FTSE 100 ended the session 78.1 points higher at 5,410.5. Volumes were weak - less than...
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Unfinished Business Is Manager's Motivation
After his side's dismal World Cup, the Italian is driven to restore his reputation. By Sam Wallace It seems an illogical question to put to a man who is paid up to 6m a year but yesterday it felt natural to ask Fabio Capello why, after the summer's World...
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World's Top-Rated Horse Harbinger Is Sent to Stud
Owners decide not to risk four-year-old winner of last month's King George VI as a stallion's life calls The curtain came down officially yesterday on a career that was, at the top level, as brief as it was brilliant. It was confirmed that last month's...
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