The Independent (London, England)

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

Articles from February 22, 2008

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A Bipartisan Tale of Two Wars
Homesick By Eshkol Nevo, trans. Sondra Silverston Chatto & Windus Pounds 12.99 (374pp) Pounds 11.69(free p&p) from 0870 079 8897Eshkol Nevo's first novel takes place in Castel, a hilltop village between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is an overlapping,...
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Academy Aims to Open World of High Finance to Young Londoners
It is, says the official invitation to the launch of the latest flagship new academy, "just a stone's throw from Canary Wharf".That was the trouble. In the past, that was the nearest youngsters from the Tower Hamlets area ever came to the multibillion-...
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Accusations about Lobbyist Are a Smear, Says McCain
John McCain, the near-certain Republican nominee, has flatly denied suggestions of impropriety, either romantic or professional, in his dealings with a female lobbyist and her clients eight years ago - a charge that if substantiated would strike at his...
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A Feast of Art in Israel but on Whose Walls Do These Works Really Belong?
Masterpieces by some of the world's greatest artists went on show in Jerusalem this week. They have one thing in common: they were seized from Jewish owners by the Nazis. By Donald MacintyreEven if this was an ordinary exhibition, it would be well worth...
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Alec Wildenstein
Art dealer and racehorse owner who divorced in a blaze of publicityAlec Wildenstein was one of the two heirs of by far the richest family in the world of art. Until 1997, he was known only within art and racing, where the family were major owners and...
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Also Showing
My Blueberry Nights (12A)Wong Kar-Wai*Wong Kar-Wai, director of the sublime In the Mood for Love, has made his first film in English, though from the stiltedness of his script you may wish he'd stuck to Mandarin. It's basically a series of connected...
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An Epicure Goes to New Zealand
Going as Far as I Can By Duncan Fallowell Profile Pounds 12.99 (279pp) Pounds 11.69 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897Lucky readers will already know Duncan Fallowell's travel books - though to call them such seems misguidedly familiar. His two to date...
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An Exciting Example of What Consumers Can Achieve
COMMENTThe difference between what consumers are offered by each of the major fuel companies is marginal. Depending on your opinion, this is either a sign of a fiercely competitive market or one in which there is little competition. It's probably the...
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A University Drop-Out Is a Sign of a Wider Failure
It isn't meant to be like this! Students dropping out of university are defying all efforts and expenditure to persuade them to stay. What's going wrong?The move to becoming a university student is one of life's most momentous shifts: it is a significant...
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A View from Both Sides
In fiction, as in life, Nancy Huston crosses oceans and languages. But her new novel, a French prize-winner, met rejection in the US. GERRY FEEHILY meets her in ParisYou can't help noticing that, while this cafe in the Latin Quarter is beautiful, boasts...
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A Week in Books
Whoever makes the teary speeches at the Oscars on Sunday, this year - as every year - fiction will win. With the Best Picture category staging a tussle between Ian McEwan (Atonement), Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) and Upton Sinclair (There...
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BMA Demands Crackdown on Alcohol Misuse
"The British Medical Association is not a killjoy," declared Sir Charles George, chairman of its board of science, at the launch of a package of proposals amounting to the most draconian assault on beer, wine and spirit drinkers in a generation.As Tesco...
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Bolton's Determination Blunts Atletico Assault
ATLETICO MADRID 0 BOLTON WANDERERS 0 Bolton win 1-0 on aggregateAn admirably resilient defensive performance in Madrid last night prolonged Bolton's European adventure, a hard-earned goalless draw dumping Atletico Madrid out of the Uefa Cup and setting...
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Bookies Dream of New Edge at Festival
There was no obvious sign of a smug smile from the bookmakers yesterday when they opened betting on one of the major handicaps at next month's Cheltenham Festival. But a certain amount of self- satisfaction would have been justified by their fond memories...
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Book of a Lifetime
A Moveable Feast Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast is Hemingway's memoir of his life in Paris in the 1920s, and I read it while I was living in Paris in my twenties. It is a short, perfect book. Hemingway wrote it when he was a successful man, about the...
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Brilliant Yakubu Has Brann for Breakfast
EVERTON 6 SK BRANN 1 Everton win 8-1 on aggregateEverton's passage into the last 16 of the Uefa Cup could not have been much easier. Justifiably pleased with themselves after returning from Norway with a 2-0 lead last week, David Moyes's team dismissed...
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British Defence Budget Squeeze May Harm Big Projects, BAE Chief Warns
Mike Turner has used his last full-year results as chief executive of BAE Systems to call for action from the Government over its constrained defence budget."They may save some money in the short-term, but there comes a point when it comes to affect...
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Can Oscar Raise a Smile?
Despite strikes, cancellations and controversy, the 80th Academy Awards aim to bring back the glitz, says ANDREW GUMBELSomewhere in the bowels of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, a team of writers has spent the past few days frantically brainstorming for jokes...
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Centrica Warns Carbon Targets Will Push Bills Up Further
British Gas's owner Centrica has warned that the Government's ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions mean that energy bills will continue to rise as the industry is forced to invest in cleaner, more expensive generation such as wind and nuclear."Looking...
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Cheap Drink, Violence, and an Outbreak of Moral Panic
LEADING ARTICLE ALCOHOL ABUSEThe debate about alcohol has become shrouded in moral panic. Barely a day passes without drink being demonised in the media. A succession of terrible stories of people killed in acts of drunken violence has been seized upon...
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Chelsea 'Bigger Than Arsenal' despite Pounds 74.8m Loss
Chelsea losses over the past four years are a vast 384m after the club announced an annual loss of 74.8m yesterday, but they still claim to be bigger than Arsenal with a turnover that exceeds that of their London rivals. The warning from Stamford Bridge...
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Cover Stories
The LiteratorMost of us remember the childhood excitement of the weekly arrival of a favourite comic. Perhaps technology has made kids blase, but publisher David Fickling thinks not for, in May, he will launch DFC, a new weekly comic for boys and girls...
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Dresdner's Bail-Out of K2 Adds to Worries over SIVs
Dresdner Bank has been forced to step in and rescue its $18.8bn (9.6bn) structured investment vehicle K2 - just the latest nail in the coffin of the ailing SIV industry.The German group, which is owned by Allianz, has offered the K2 board a support facility,...
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'Ee Bah Gum', Regional Accents Leave Capello Lost for Words
Fabio Capello has been in the England manager's job for less than two months but yesterday he showed the first signs that he is immersing himself in English culture. The Italian admitted that he is paying more than 2,000-a-week rent on his apartment...
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Empire's Days Are Numbered
The Indian Clerk By David Leavitt BLOOMSBURY Pounds 16.99 (478pp) Pounds 15.29 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897Srinivasa Ramanujan was an exceptionally gifted mathematician who died at 32 in 1920. Born in Erode, now the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Ramanujan...
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England Set to Opt for More of the Wright Stuff
--CRICKETLuke Wright was about to repeat Andrew Flintoff's memorable celebrations in Chennai in 2001 after he had bowled the final ball of Wednesday's thrilling one-dayer against New Zealand in Napier. From 22 yards away he believed that he had bowled...
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Even in Stalemate, Arsenal's Fluid Ambition Surpasses Liverpool's Laboured Triumph
The week was Liverpool's, but who owned the future? It was surely Arsenal. It belonged to them in the way they played, in the scale of their ambition. Final execution was lacking, yes, but this is something that can sometimes elude the best of talent....
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'Everything I Do Is to Make My Mother and Father Proud'
From rugby league to union, Lancastrian coach has drawn on strength instilled by his parents to succeed - now Wales, flying in the Six Nations, are benefiting BRIAN VINER INTERVIEWS Shaun EdwardsTwo thoughtful Lancastrians will look at the Six Nations...
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Exam Watchdog: Media Studies Is Easiest A-Level
Media studies and sociology make easier A-level options than traditional choices such as English, history and biology, an analysis for the Government's exam watchdog has concluded.Sixth-formers can achieve A-grades in media studies with "less impressive"...
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FA Rejects 39th Game but Keeps Options Open
The Football Association said yesterday that the Premier League's plans for an "international round" (IR) of matches overseas are unsustainable in their current format, with its chairman, Lord Triesman, unequivocal in citing four major reasons why a...
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Fiction's Secret History
Anonymity By John Mullan faber & faber Pounds 17.99 (374pp) Pounds 16.09 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897In the 20th century, anonymity fell into disuse, John Mullan concludes in his "secret history of English literature". Yet in the last third of the 18th...
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Focus on Tests Is Blamed for Obesity in Primary Pupils
Primary schools have presided over a "shocking" increase in obesity among children as young as four, health campaigners warned yesterday.Nearly one in four children (22.9 per cent) are obese or overweight by the time they start school aged four or five....
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From Chains to Couches
Mad, Bad and Sad By Lisa Appignanesi VIRAGO Pounds 20 (541pp) Pounds 18 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897Lisa Appignanesi's richly reflective new "history of women and the mind doctors from 1800 to the present" opens with an emblematic moment in the history...
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From One African Legend to Another
The Malian kora master Toumani Diabate won a Grammy for his collaboration with Ali Farka Toure. In Spain for a rare solo show, he tells tim cumming about his new CD, dedicated to Toure and others, and explains why he never plays a piece the same way...
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Gascoigne Sectioned after Hotel Incident
The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne is receiving medical treatment after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.He was arrested on Wednesday night after an incident at the Hilton hotel in Gateshead. Gascoigne, 40, who has a long history...
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Gavin Bridson
Bibliographer and librarianAs the son of a book-collector and grandson of an antiquarian bookseller, Gavin Bridson had bibliophily in his blood. His bibliographical output in graphic art printing and natural history illustration was prodigious. A Guide...
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Germany's 'Red Oskar' Set for More Electoral Success
The Factory, an "alternative" venue in Hamburg's hip Altona district, was so full that police had to stop more people entering. Inside, crimson-faced and in front of a banner of the same hue, "Red Oskar" Lafontaine, the undisputed king of Germany's radical...
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Gordon Just Needs a Good Night's Sleep
As Ken Livingstone's defence to the charge of breakfast boozing reminded us a few weeks ago, the mandatory yardstick for any politician in trouble is always Winston Churchill. We'll come to Winnie in good time, but the first point of reference I wish...
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Great Works
Noctes Ambrosianae (1906) Walter Sickert Nottingham Castle MuseumAn audience has great pictorial potential. Artists such as Hogarth, Daumier and Beardsley have made much of audiences. So have cartoonists such as Pont, Fougasse and Bateman.An audience...
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Guilty: The Forklift Truck Driver Who Murdered Five Vulnerable Women
IPSWICH MURDERSMore than a year after Ipswich was paralysed by fear, the man accused of being one of the most brazen murderers of recent history was convicted of killing five of the town's young women.After less than six hours' deliberation, the jury...
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Halle Hits a High Note with Its First Female Conductor
Ewa Strusinska, a 30-year-old musician and a rising star in the predominantly male world of conducting, had her "glass ceiling" breakthrough yesterday to become the first female assistant conductor with the oldest orchestra in Britain.Although the Halle...
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'I Look Forward to Working with Paul Weller'
The 5-minute Interview Souad Massi Singer and songwriterSouad Massi, 35, is a singer songwriter who lives in Paris. She has just released her new album 'Acoustic' and will be one of more than 35 African and Western acts, including Damon Albarn; Baaba...
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It's on Your iPod, but It's Not Telly
I took Keeley Hawes to bed the other day and, without wishing to be ungallant, the experience didn't entirely live up to my expectations. Her husband, Matthew Macfadyen, has no need to worry about this confession, incidentally, because Ms Hawes wasn't...
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Microsoft 'Opens Up' Its Products but Brussels Remains Sceptical
Microsoft, the American software giant, failed yesterday to head off a major confrontation with the Euro-pean Commission despite unveiling a shift in policy it claimed would bring it fully into line with European Union laws.The company said it would...
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Ministers Face Revolt over Rights for Agency Workers
The Government today faces its biggest backbench rebellion since the ban on foxhunting in support of a private member's Bill that aims to give agency workers the same rights as other employees.The exploitation of temporary and agency workers, exacerbated...
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Mort Blames Takeover Stories on 'Malicious Rumours'
The Newcastle United chairman, Chris Mort, yesterday dismissed recent speculation about the club being sold by Mike Ashley less than a year after he bought it. Mort described reports, including one about the Dubai International Capital (DIC) group, and...
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Mystery of the G Spot Explored
It was 1950 when man first stumbled upon the G spot. The discovery was made not in a Hollywood lothario's bedroom - in fact, not between the sheets at all - but in the laboratories of a rather eccentric German scientist.When Ernst Grfenberg claimed to...
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New Releases
Duffy Rockferry a&m iii88North Wales siren Duffy is the latest of a formidable crop of female singer-songwriters to be overloaded with the desperate expectations of an industry in decline, and the most directly comparable, in terms of sound and style,...
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Nothing Grim about This Trip Up North
Last Night's TV JONATHAN MEADES: MAGNETIC NORTH BBC4 THE SMOKE HOUSE BBC1"To be northern," Jonathan Meades declared near the start of Magnetic North, "is to be for ever ill at ease with oneself." Is this true? Like so much that Meades proposes, it won't...
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Novo Strikes Late to Send Rangers into Raptures
PANATHINAIKOS 1 RANGERS 1 Agg: 1-1; Rangers win on away goalsNacho Novo's late strike earned Rangers a place in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup thanks to a dramatic away goals victory over Greek club Panathinaikos, as the second-leg match in Athens ended...
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Novo Strikes to Keep Rangers Firing on All Fronts
--ROUND-UPThe day after Rangers chairman David Murray praised Walter Smith for restoring the club's "Scottish identity", it took a goal from a Spaniard to earn them a place in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup. Nacho Novo's timely finish nine minutes from...
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Off Course
HOW THE US FELL OUT OF LOVE WITH GOLF The spacious, manicured golf courses of the US are the envy of the world. Unfortunately for their owners, they face a problem: Americans are deserting the game in their millions. Stephen Foley reports Mystery of...
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Official Apology after CIA 'Torture' Jets Used UK Base
A British territory in the Indian Ocean was used for American "torture" flights, despite categorical denials of Britain's involvement from both Tony Blair and Jack Straw, the Government admitted yesterday.The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, had to...
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Ofgem Reluctantly Decides to Investigate
OUTLOOKIf you must have an investigation, then we had better give you one. That broadly summarises last night's grudging announcement from Ofgem, the energy regulator, that it is launching yet another inquiry into the electricity and gas supply market.This...
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Opera
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Gielgud Theatre LONDON ***Peter Mulloy's feisty period stagings of the Savoy Operas have proved beyond reasonable doubt that you don't need elaborate and gimmicky stage values to raise the necessary chuckles with these well-worn...
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Pandora
Bonking Boris: 'Miss GBH' claims another victimA sharp intake of breath sucked the oxygen from the rarefied air at yesterday's Parliamentary Press Gallery lunch, as the Tories' London mayoral candidate, Boris Johnson, took a flurry to the kidneys from...
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Paperbacks
You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This By Terence Blacker Ebury Pounds 7.99 (342pp)Most writers would sell their souls for the apparent success of the late Willie Donaldson, who notched up two bestsellers, The Henry Root Letters...
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Pentagon Hits Bullseye on Spy Satellite
The Pentagon has claimed a bullseye hit on an out-of-control US spy satellite over the Pacific Ocean - a mission officially aimed at preventing the satellite's dangerous fuel falling on a populous area but which critics say was a deliberate test of the...
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'People Talk about My Crazy Style'
From a south London soul collective to a newcomer award: Tawiah talks to MATILDA EGERE-COOPER"From my experience, as soon as you say you do soul music and you're from the UK, it's like a dirty word," says the bubbling newcomer Tawiah, with a shrug. Odd,...
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Philosophy and Revenge: Ingredients for a Children's Story
Miles Remembered 28 JANUARY 1988I am told that there is an enormous demand for children's stories with intellectual rigour, as well as an exciting story, so I have devised a series based on famous thinkers of the past, which I am convinced will make...
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Pilots' Dispute Threatens to Ground BA
British Airways agreed to emergency talks with pilots yesterday in a last-ditch effort to avoid a strike that would ground the airline for the first time in nearly three decades.The conciliatory move from BA's chief executive Willie Walsh came after...
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'Players Allow Agents to Live Lives for Them' Says Ferguson
--FOOTBALLSir Alex Ferguson's mounting frustration at Manchester United's failure to agree a new contract with Wes Brown has led him to launch a trenchant attack on the role of agents in the game.Ferguson has made no secret of his irritation with the...
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Podolski Leaves Outclassed Dons Down and Out
BAYERN MUNICH 5 ABERDEEN 1 Bayern win 7-3 on aggregateBayern Munich ended Aberdeen's Uefa Cup adventure in emphatic style last night as Jimmy Calderwood's side endured a trying 90 minutes after holding the German giants to a draw in the first leg at...
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Pop Artist Attacks 'Disgraceful' Price Inflation
One of Britain's most eminent artists has criticised the "distasteful" trend for ever-rising art prices - just days before a leading auction house launches a sale that could fetch more than 72m, smashing all records for the contemporary art market.Even...
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Power to the People
Victory for consumers as regulator launches inquiry into gas and electricity suppliersThe UK's energy companies could be fined billions of pounds after a wide-ranging inquiry was launched yesterday into claims that consumers are being ripped off.Armed...
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Pure Genius
This spring, America's National Inventors' Hall of Fame will confer its greatest honour on the men and women whose ingenuity has changed our lives. The creations may be familiar, but how much do we know about the people who gave them to us?Walter HuntSAFETY...
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Put It on Fast Forward
FILMS OF THE WEEK Be Kind Rewind (12A) Michel Gondry (100 mins) ** STARRING Jack Black, Mos Def The Edge of Heaven (15) Fatih Akin (121 mins) *** STARRING Nursel Kose, Tuncel KurtizDirector and music-video maker Michel Gondry walks a wobbly tightrope...
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Reed Puts Magazines Up for Sale to Focus on Online Businesses
Reed Elsevier continued along the restructuring path yesterday by putting its New Scientist and Farmers Weekly publishing wing up for sale as it snapped up the US risk management consultancy ChoicePoint for 2.1bn.Over the past two years, the publishing...
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Revenue Launches Crackdown on Buy-to-Let Landlords
HM Revenue & Customs has launched a crackdown on the buy-to-let market, doubling its efforts to track down amateur landlords who are not paying tax on earnings from their second property.This week, HMRC sent hundreds of letters to individuals who it...
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Robinson Returns to Save Insipid Tottenham
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 SLAVIA PRAGUE 1 Tottenham win 3-2 on aggregatePaul Robinson completed a journey from zero to hero last night as he produced two top-class saves that allowed a Tottenham team increasingly distracted by the prospect of Sunday's Carling...
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Rock Nationalised after Peers Back Down
Northern Rock is set to be nationalised today after peers abandoned their last-minute opposition to the controversial move.The emergency Bill bringing the ailing bank under state control ran into trouble last night after the Government was defeated three...
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Rogue Trader and Credit Crunch Prompt SocGen to Slash Dividend
The beleaguered French bank Societe Generale slumped to record losses in the fourth quarter, as it suffered the worst rogue trading scandal in history and the ongoing effect of the credit crunch.The results announcement came as an internal investigation...
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Running Blind: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days
The day Dave Heeley fell down a hole in the road, he realised that he badly needed a guide dog. Until then, he had done his best not to draw anyone's attention to the fact that the world was darkening around him because of a degenerative eye disease.His...
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Scouse It's the New Black
Forget Paris, London and Milan: yesterday saw the launch of Liverpool Fashion Week. The WAGs were out in force but, reports Ciar Byrne, the style world is taking it all very seriously City of culture, city of style?At Liverpool's ber-fashionable Kingdom...
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Second Thoughts
Michael Haneke is remaking Funny Games in English. He's just the latest director to revisit his work, as leigh singer discoversMichael HanekeFunny Games (1997) / Funny Games US (2007)Michael Haneke claims he always meant his merciless meta- thriller...
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Seeking Truth in an Age of Dodgy Dossiers
We Are Now Beginning Our Descent By James Meek CANONGATE Pounds 16.99 (298pp) Pounds 15.29 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897James Meek's new novel is obsessed with how to tell the truth. Its self-absorbed Scottish protagonist, Adam Kellas, Afghanistan war...
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Should the Media Stop Reporting the Suicides in and around Bridgend?
The big questionWhy are we asking this now?Grieving parents of the 17 young people from the south Wales town who have taken their lives in the past 13 months have begun blaming media coverage for fuelling the deaths. Despite official denials of a link...
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Sky Appeals against ITV Share Sale Order
BSkyB will launch a formal appeal today against the Competition Commission's ruling that it must sell more than half of its 17.9 per cent stake in rival broadcaster ITV at a cost of hundreds of millions of pounds.The satellite broadcaster will ask the...
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Some People Can Protect Themselves against Mohamed Fayed's Attacks. Others Cannot
Sometimes people involved in the world of intelligence display remarkably little of it themselves. Yesterday, Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee appointed by the Prime Minister, called for the inquest into the...
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'Sometimes I Think That We Are All Victims of the Evil Mystery of Where Time Disappears To'
My Life In A ColumnI shouldn't be writing this. I should be in my studio, painting. I should be wearing my really tight, stretchy shorts with my white apron and my legs splattered in acrylic pink and white and a Wall's vanilla colour.I should be listening...
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Songs of Love and Hate
Cat Power has just released a hymn to Bob Dylan. She's by no means the only musician to reference another. By NICK HASTEDWhen Cat Power wrote her steamy open letter to Bob Dylan, "Song for Bobby", for her new covers album Jukebox, she was following a...
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So, What's an Aussie Rules Player to Do When a Girl Gets Drunk?
Imagine being a leading footballer and finding yourself in a nightclub one evening with a girl who is intoxicated. Should you fetch her a glass of water? Call her a taxi? Or take her back to your place and have sex with her?This is the type of moral...
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So Why Do We Ignore All These Murders?
On Tuesday, another London teenager was killed. Fifteen-year old Sunday Essiet was walking through the Glyndon Estate in Plumstead when six youths kicked and stabbed him. Like Damilola Taylor, Essiet was Nigerian. He was an orphan. He was studying for...
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Strachan Pessimism Built on Firm Foundations
Gordon Strachan said he would not put his house on Celtic reaching the Champions League quarter-finals. And even with a potential return of 35 more houses if the bet came off (35-1 is on offer), it will be hard to find many people believing that offers...
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Strong Castorama Results Help Offset Weaker B&Q Figures for Kingfisher
A slowdown in consumer spending has taken its toll on the home improvement company B&Q, which saw a near 2 per cent drop in like- for-like sales in the fourth quarter.However, a strong performance from Castorama in France and Poland helped offset weaker...
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Strong Retail Sales Ease City Fears of Slowdown
Surprisingly strong retail sales figures for January suggesting that the slowdown in the economy is still some months away have been released by the Office for National Statistics.The ONS reported that retail sales rebounded to grow by 0.8 per cent during...
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Takeover Talk Pushes Xstrata Past Pounds 40 Mark
MARKET REPORTXstrata's shares, driven by renewed speculation concerning Vale's intentions, swung past the 40 mark - to 4,060p, up 113p - at which the Brazilians were believed to have pegged an early, indicative offer to take over the company.At the time,...
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Tamara Desni
Stage and screen star of the 1930sTamara Desni was an exotic, brunette actress, singer and dancer of Russian descent, who had a measure of success on stage and in films. Her peak year as a movie star was 1937, when she was romanced by Laurence Olivier...
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The Alarming Spectre of a New Arms Race
LEADING ARTICLE MISSILE DEFENCEThere are two distinct versions of the operation mounted by the US Navy to shoot down a crippled military satellite over the Pacific. The official version, expounded in mind-numbing detail by Pentagon officials yesterday,...
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Theatre's Reluctant Hero
Emotional complexity is the key to great drama, and there's no finer exponent on stage today than Simon Russell Beale. The actor talks to DAVID LISTER about his careerThe greatest stage actor of his generation is practising an ultra- deep voice when...
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'The Excuse That America Didn't Tell Us Doesn't Wash'
Nearly three years and three foreign secretaries on from Liberty's first call for an investigation into UK involvement in extraordinary rendition flights, the Government has admitted that US rendition flights did stop on UK territory.While I welcome...
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The Lonely Village That Has Found Itself in the Line of Fire Once More
Cabra, in the rolling hills a short drive north of the divided city of Mitrovica, may be the loneliest village in Kosovo; it is certainly the most vulnerable. Though inhabited by ethnic Albanians, it is entirely surrounded by Serb villages and farms....
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The Next Credit Tidal Wave
Credit default swaps (CDSs) are the latest financial instruments to be hitby market turmoil. By Sean Farrell Business AnalysisThe rocketing cost of protecting corporate bonds has shone a light on another arcane corner of the financial world - the $45trn...
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This Arturo Is All Too Resistible
Theatre THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI Lyric Hammersmith LONDON *Say what you like about Robert Mugabe, you can't fault his contribution to contemporary theatre. In 2006, the hoary old despot was compellingly portrayed in Fraser Grace's Breakfast with...
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Time to Stop Making Excuses, Vickery Tells Stuttering England
Phil Vickery, an England captain with the happy knack of saying the right thing in the right place, hit the nail square on the head once again yesterday when he told his colleagues to stop pointing fingers at other people and point them at themselves...
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Tim Lott Writer
CULTURAL LIFEFilmPractically everything I see is good, much of it is brilliant. A special mention to Tilda Swinton's remarkable performance in Michael Clayton, and also to Junebug, a paragon of indie film-making. Otherwise, The Darjeeling Limited, Charlie...
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Today in the Premier League
ARSENALEmmanuel Adebayor hopes to atone for his injury-time header that hit the crossbar against Milan in the return leg in Italy on 4 March. "I cannot even explain what happened," the Togo forward said. "That is football, and is what we are made of....
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Tomkins Blown off Course by Strong US Headwinds
THE INVESTMENT COLUMNOur view: BuyShare price: 189.5p (+3.75p)Tomkins was a bit of a conglomerate hotchpotch best known for making guns and buns before exiting to concentrate on supplying components for the motor and construction industries. A pity,...
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Travels with Polo the Drug Addict
Marco Polo: from Venice to Xanadu By Laurence Bergreen quercus Pounds 19.99 (415pp) Pounds 17.99 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897Like God, it seems that Marco Polo is one of those figures fated to be continually reinvented in our own image. The 13th-century...
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TV Executive Faces Jail in Dubai for Barely Visible Cannabis Speck
A London-based television executive is facing four years in jail after an amount of cannabis weighing less than a grain of sugar was found in his bag at Dubai airport.Cat Le-Huy, 31, a German national and head of technology at the TV production company...
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