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 March 26, 2008

Activists Urge Torch-Bearers to Speak out on Tibet Oppression
Tibetan activists have vowed to keep up their protests during the Olympic torch relay and called on British athletes participating in the event to speak out against human rights abuses by the Chinese government when the political and sporting jamboree...
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Africa's Version of Democracy Is in Deadly Crisis
Unless African ruling elites overcome their obsession that regular elections - where the winner takes all - is the main measure of democracy, the orgy of violence such as that over disputed elections in Kenya will be repeated elsewhere on the continent.Western...
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Alonso Linked with Move to Ferrari for 2009
*MOTOR RACINGOnly two races into the 2008 Formula One season, rumours are connecting Fernando Alonso to a drive with Ferrari in 2009."I always try to be in the best car," the former champion said in Malaysia, where the second grand prix took place on...
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A Mickey Mouse Milestone to Cap Beckham Fantasia
Appropriately or not, David Beckham's 100th cap will be achieved here in the northern suburb of St Denis, home of the Stade de France, and not up the road in Disneyland. This is just a little sad for Mickey Mouse, who may have fancied a run-out himself...
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An Arresting Story in Any Language
Last Night's TV TRUE STORIES: A SMALL TOWN MURDER MORE 4 HORIZON BBC2One argument in favour of the CCTV cameras that are sprouting like mushrooms across the nation is that, for all their limitations, they are more or less objective witnesses. Human beings,...
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Another Illusion Is Shattered
LEADING ARTICLE IraqWhen British troops handed over power in the province of Basra to the Iraqi government in December, we were told that the withdrawal was confirmation of the growing stability in the south of the country. Now we see just what nonsense...
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A Partnership That Could Reshape the Continent
LEADING ARTICLE France and BritainThe state visit of President Nicolas Sarkozy to Britain will be marked by much ceremonial glitter. Over the next 48 hours, the president and the almost equally famous Mme Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will take tea with the Queen,...
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Art under the Microscope
The abstract artist Mondrian's last work - 600 tiny squares of paint and card - is proving a real test for conservators. Rebecca Armstrong discovers whyChambers filled with lasers and X-rays sound like they belong in a laboratory rather than an art gallery....
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Bad Signals on Mobile Phones
With Motorola under pressure from investor Carl Icahn as its sales fall and Sony Ericsson warning on profits, the signs are that market saturation is taking its toll on the mobile phone industry. By Sarah Arnott Business AnalysisIt looks like choppy...
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BP Keeps Staff off Work in Russian Visa Row
Fresh doubts have surfaced about the security of BP's business in Russia after its subsidiary TNK-BP told nearly 150 workers not to go to work after Russian authorities warned that their visas were no longer valid.The development is the latest in a string...
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Brown Launches Labour's Local Election Campaign on Safe Ground
Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman walked across a playing field, flanked by a policeman on one side and a policewoman with a bicycle on the other. "It looks like he is under arrest," quipped one onlooker.Mr Brown gave a prime ministerial wave, but two...
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Brown's Climbdown Fails to Satisfy Ministerial Critics
Gordon Brown's tactical retreat on the hybrid embryo question followed strong attacks by Catholic Church leaders during the Easter weekend over his refusal to allow his MPs a free vote. Although ministers are now confident the Bill will be approved,...
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Burley Full of Praise for Fletcher Passion
Darren Fletcher was singled out for extravagant praise by his national team manager yesterday as George Burley prepared for his debut match in charge of Scotland. Croatia, who humbled England in Euro 2008 qualifying, are sure to prove testing opponents...
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Cabin Fever
OVERSEAS The Swedes love their lakeside retreats - and with prices as low as Pounds 30,000, it's easy to see why. Now a new agency is spreading the word. Laura Latham reportsTucked away on the edge of a forest, just a few yards from the shores of a crystal-blue...
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Cambodian War Crimes Trial Begs for More Cash
Officials from the Cambodian war crimes tribunal are involved in a desperate fight to ensure the court retains its credibility and the funding it requires to bring justice to the "killing fields" crimes of a generation ago.Three members from the UN-backed...
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Can't Make Money from Property or Shares? Try Violins
Throughout the 1920s stock market crash, the Second World War and the oil crises of the 1970s, there was one stock which remained steady - fine violins.As global financial uncertainty strikes again, investors shy of the FTSE and put off by property may...
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Capello Punishes Terry by Making Ferdinand Captain
Fabio Capello's rule of iron continued last night when the England manager suggested John Terry had lost the chance to captain his country against France tonight because of his behaviour towards the referee Mike Riley at White Hart Lane last week. The...
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Classical
ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC / HOLST SINGERS / LAYTON St John's, Smith Square LONDON ****Growing up in solidly Christian South Wales half a century ago, I got used to the streets going quiet on Good Friday, with the three- hour midday service spreading its...
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Clinton 'Misspoke' over Claims of Sniper Fire in Visit to Bosnia
Hillary Clinton has been struggling to downplay suggestions that she deliberately tried to exaggerate the role she played in world events in her years as first lady after admitting she "misspoke" in a recent description of a 1996 trip to Bosnia by claiming...
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Cracking Up: The Ice Shelf as Big as Northern Ireland
It is one of the biggest in Antarctica and, for the past century, the massive Wilkins ice shelf appeared to have escaped the ravages of global warming. But now, enormous cracks have appeared in this floating ice platform the size of Northern Ireland....
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Crunch Time for Tech Start-Ups as 3i Quits Sector
The Government's effort to establish Britain as an "innovation nation" has been dealt a fresh blow after 3i, one of the country's biggest private sector backers of technology start-ups, decided to abandon the sector.The timing of the move by the former...
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Curlin Adds Shimmer to Sheikh's Desert Classic
There seems to be a dirham for every grain of sand in Dubai, and it is perhaps not surprising if perspectives on the ruling family's racing empire tend to focus more on means than ends. Only yesterday it was reported that Sheikh Mohammed had spent 200m...
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Dee Dee Finds a Bridge to Her Roots in Mali
World music DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER Barbican LONDONDee Dee Bridgewater performs Red Earth live for the first time in London, complete with a full jazz ensemble and a troupe of leading Malian musicians. Evoking the spirit that made the blend of Western pop...
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Dubai Steps Up Global Shopping Spreeby Grabbing Australian Racing Empire
The biggest player in the Australian racing industry has sold his entire thoroughbred operation to the ruler of Dubai for a reported $500m (250m), making it among the largest sales of its kind in the world.Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai's...
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EU to Call for Ban on Canadian Seal Imports
The European Union is considering trade sanctions against Canada in what would be the most significant challenge yet to the country's annual seal cull, due to start later this week.Stavros Dimas, the EU's commissioner for the environment, has said he...
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Expro Is Well Placed in Oil Sector despite Exchange Rate Risks
THE INVESTMENT COLUMNOur view: BuyShare price: 1180p (-20p)The management at Expro, an oil sector services company, does not want the man in the street to buy the company's shares. "We don't want a retail following," stresses Mike Speakman, finance director.The...
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Fake Death Theory in Case of Missing Millionaire
Latvian police are investigating the possibility that a millionaire backer of a free London newspaper, who mysteriously disappeared from his villa in Latvia a week ago, may have faked his own death.Leonid Rozhetskin, a Russian-born American citizen,...
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Family of Baha Mousa Closer to Compensation Deal with the MoD
LEGAL OPINION Nearly five years after the killing in Basra of an Iraqi hotel worker, Lord Woolf has agreed to help mediate the case. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, reportsThe killing of Baha Mousa has left a deep scar on the reputation of the British Army...
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Far-Out Pavilion
Picture PostThe good news is that these pictures herald England's very first Frank Gehry building. The bad news is that it will be dismantled after three months.Canada's finest "starchitect" is making his debut on these shores as the designer of this...
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FSA to Expose Own Failings over Rock Crisis
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) will publish the long- awaited findings of its internal investigation into the Northern Rock crisis today, shining the light on its failings and identifying ways to ensure such a situation cannot take place again.The...
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Gasp! Middle-Class Parents Lose Their Sense of Humour
First Night GOD OF CARNAGE Gielgud Theatre LONDONImagine the most supremely awkward social situation you can and multiply it tenfold. No, not today's state meeting between President Nicolas "Bling-Bling" Sarkozy, his new, erstwhile nude model wife and...
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Gavaskar's Media Outburst Prompts ICC to Ask for Explanation
The International Cricket Council has summoned Sunil Gavaskar to explain an apparent conflict of interest between his roles as a cricket committee head and a media pundit.The 58-year-old former India captain, who was the first batsman to score 10,000...
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Ghana Call on Essien to Quell Mexicans
Several players from the Premier League will be in action when Ghana meet Mexico at Craven Cottage tonight.Leading the African nation's challenge will be midfielder Michael Essien, fresh from helping Chelsea surge back into the title race with a 2-1...
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Great Dane Creates a Rambling, Playful Novel of Wit, Flair and Invention
The Wednesday Book THE DREAM MAKER By Mikka Haugaard DEDALUS, Pounds 8.99 Order (free p&p) on 08700 798 897Rachel and Tina are best friends. They write a novel and, although Rachel does most of the work, the book appears with Tina's name on the cover,...
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Hassan Sheikh Mumin
Poet, reciter and playwrightThe mid-1960s to the mid-1970s has been described as the golden age of Somali theatre, and one of the major forces behind this was the poet and playwright Hassan Sheikh Mumin.Born in the coastal town of Zaila in what was then...
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House Price Slump in US Dashes Hope of End to Credit Crisis
Declines in US house prices are continuing to accelerate, according to surveys that signal there will be no quick end to the credit crisis.The price of the average home was 11 per cent lower than a year ago, the S&P Case-Shiller index showed yesterday,...
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How Angry Are You? by John Walsh
1. Your next-door neighbour reverses his knackered Peugeot into your new Bentley Convertible and smashes a headlight before driving off. Do you:1) Post a sternly worded letter through his front door, insisting he asks his insurance company to pay for...
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Idris Parry
Scholar of German literatureIdris Parry was a noted scholar of German literature, writer and broadcaster. After 15 years as a lecturer at Bangor, he was appointed to a Chair in German at Manchester University, where he stayed until his retirement in...
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Is This a Clump of Cells? or a Living Being with a Soul
Embryo research has pitted scientists against bishops, caused a cabinet split and divided the country. Religion, politics, medicine and ethics all collide in a debate that boils down to one question...Is this bunch of cells just that: a bunch of cells,...
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'It Is Possible to Protect Yourself against Spring Bedding Syndrome - before You Overdose on Pansies and Primulas'
CITY LIFESo you went to the garden centre at the weekend (snow permitting), loaded up your car with bedding plants and trailing things, and perhaps a hanging basket or two, along with a couple of pots. And then you got home and asked yourself the inevitable...
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It's Crunch Time
FOCUS The credit crisis is hitting everyone from first-time buyers to buy-to-let investors - but do you understand exactly how it's affecting you? Helen Monks provides answers to the big questions we are all askingAre people who remortgage in for a shock?...
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'Jamie Cullum Could Be the Smallest Person on the Planet. If You Go out for Supper, Does He Use a High Chair?'
Take It From MeIn an interview this week Sophie Dahl admitted to being "bewildered" and "horrified" by the media obsession with her boyfriend's height. She says the fact he's shorter than her is no big deal and that we should look past it. She says:...
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Johnson Move Set to Upset Ashton
RUGBY UNIONOne way or another, the Barbarians are about to gather at the gates of Twickenham for Brian Ashton. The question is: will they be the 14 men in suits convening at red rose headquarters for the Rugby Football Union's management board meeting...
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Labour Revolt in Vote on Inquiry
Gordon Brown's majority was cut by more than half last night after he suffered his second rebellion in a week as Labour MPs joined opposition parties demanding an immediate inquiry into the Iraq war.The Conservative call for an inquiry was defeated but...
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London Calling
MY HOME In his last flat, Brian Paddick was besieged by the media. Now the mayoral candidate has moved onwards - and upwards - to some rooms with a viewI'm currently training for the London Marathon, and if I become mayor, I'll be able to run along the...
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Mind the Bach
As classical music is piped into 40 Tube stations to reduce antisocial behaviour, Jessica Duchen asks if we really want rush hour symphoniesTrundling through the packed ticket hall at Vauxhall Tube station, I and several hundred other travellers recently...
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M&S Supplier Uniq Abandons Dividend
Uniq, which sells ready meals and sandwiches to supermarkets including Marks & Spencer, has been forced to scrap its dividend following "significantly harsher" market conditions and admit its turnaround plan has hit delays.The food group's shares slumped...
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'Ogre of Ardennes' Stands Trial for Girls' Murders France Grits Its Teeth as the Ogre of Ardennes Goes on Trial
The grotesque relationship between a merciless, sexual predator and his wife will be at the centre of a serial murder trial that begins in France tomorrow.Michel Fourniret, 66, is accused of seven murders of girls and young women and seven sexual assaults...
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O'Hara Shines but England Fail to Break Polish
ENGLAND UNDER-21 0 POLAND UNDER-21 0Fabio Capello would no doubt settle for a similar result from England's seniors in Paris tonight, but the country's next generation of players will probably view yesterday evening's friendly international as only a...
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Oxford Prepared to Pull Weight amid Choppy Waters
*ROWINGOxford weighed in 12lb per crew member heavier than Cambridge for the 154th Boat Race, giving them a slight edge statistically if all other things are equal on Saturday at 5.15pm. But all other things seldom are equal in the great tussle from...
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Pandora
Wilde response to Mike's plans for new Oscar showFew can doubt Mike Read's ability to pick himself up off the canvas, following news that he hopes to resurrect across the Atlantic his much-derided musical about Oscar Wilde, but it seems not everyone...
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Panesar Thwarts Fleming's Parting Flourish
CRICKET England 253 & 467-7 dec New Zealand 168 & 222-5Stephen Fleming, New Zealand's finest captain and highest run scorer, accepted that his Test career finished as it should on the fourth afternoon of the series-deciding third Test here in Napier...
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'People Expect Me to Be a Real Princess. I'm Not'
The 5-minute Interview Jacques Azagury Fashion designerThe Moroccan-born fashion designer Jacques Azagury, 52, graduated from Central Saint Martins to design his first collection for Browns and in 1987 opened his flagship store in Knightsbridge. His...
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Pop
CHUCK BERRY 100 Club LONDON ***Chuck Berry doesn't need a dressing room. He jumps out of his car at the back of the 100 Club and runs straight on to the stage, and he disappears in a similar fashion, whisked off into the night while the audience is still...
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Pop
1XTRA LIVE Ricoh Arena COVENTRY ***1Xtra's inaugural urban music event blings with a middleweight line-up of R&B and hip-hop stars, but it seems to be missing something. Perhaps it's the emptiness of a venue in the frosty Midlands at merely 10 per cent...
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Pounds 10bn Private Equity Takeover of Radio Giant Clear Channel Close to Collapse
The $19.5bn (9.7bn) private equity takeover of the US radio giant Clear Channel Communications, one of the biggest buyouts of the credit market boom, was last night teetering close to collapse amid disputes over its financing.The deal was first announced...
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Premature Babies Face Lifelong Health Problems
Premature babies face a lifetime of potential health problems, imposing a huge burden on parents and threatening a public health crisis, researchers have warned.A long-term study of more than one million men and women has found that those born prematurely...
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Revolution! Another Coup in the World's Most Unstable Country
Revolts and renegades According to legend, the Comoros islands have always had an explosive history. Claire Soares reports on the latest eruptionAfrica's One-Day War had been coming for weeks. And just in case the renegade colonel digging in his heels...
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Sarkomania
YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE STATE VISIT OF THE YEAR All the President's menage Will Nicolas and Gordon hit it off? Can Carla and Sarah find anything in common? And what will the Queen make of France's first couple? Andy McSmith reportsTHE POLITICSGordon...
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Scientists Must Try Harder to Win This Debate
Australia is currently wooing tourists with a brazen, and briefly banned, series of adverts that combine langorous shots of deserted beaches with an indignant vernacular voiceover. "So where the bloody hell are you?" it asks. I recalled this advert a...
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Seeing Red
Britain is in the grip of an anger epidemic,with a quarter of the population now struggling to keep the lid on their feelingsof rage and resentment. What's making us so cross? And what can we do about it? Virginia Ironside takes a deep breath...Anger...
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'Shocked' Ferdinand Puts His Turbulent Past Behind Him
Guaranteed his place in the teamO playing for the club who are set to win another Premier League title, in the form of his life, respected by the rest of the squad and a natural communicator. Rio Ferdinand as captain of England would appear to be one...
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Six to View
Scottish pileKILMENYEttrick RoadEdinburghPrice: 3.75mAgent: Knight FrankTel: 0131-222 9600They say: Less than two miles from the city centre, this substantial detached Victorian villa has seven bedrooms, two conservatories, an orangery, guest cottage...
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So Tibetans Have Been Brainwashed by a Rogue
Surely no one with a fragment of humanity can fail to be moved by the protesters in Tibet, not so much because of their courage and optimism, but because in one clip on the news they were on horseback. That's how to arrive at demonstrations. Imagine...
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Spitzer Successor Admits Drug Use
Two weeks after the former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, was caught with his pants down in a high-class prostitution ring, his successor keeps voluntarily flashing his past indiscretions.On the day he took office last week, David Paterson unburdened...
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Tata to Announce Pounds 1bn Deal to Buy Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford
The Jaguar and Land Rover brands will be sold by their American owners, Ford, and taken over by the Indian group Tata Motors in a 1bn deal that will be announced today, industry sources said last night.Though widely expected, the move ends months of...
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Teachers Threaten to Strike in Protest at Academies
Teachers vowed yesterday to step up their opposition to the Government's flagship academy programme with a ballot for local strike action against the creation of more schools.Describing such schools as the "most serious threat" ever faced by the education...
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The Accidental Birth of Plastic Bags
We can thank a chance discovery by a German scientist for the carriers that have become the scourge of modern life. Rob Sharp reports on an anniversary the world won't be celebrating Polythene's storyIt was at the end of the 19th century when a German...
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The Banks Deserve a Day in the Sun, but This Sub-Prime Winter Isn't over Yet
OUTLOOKThere won't be too many people who begrudge Andy Hornby and his fellow directors the large paper profits they made yesterday as HBOS shares surged along with the rest of the banking sector. Mr Hornby suffered last week at the hands of speculators...
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The Great Escape
I remember the trees were just coming into blossom and there were gypsies camping on the roadside at the top of the drive. It is five years to the week since we first laid eyes on the farm and we bought it on our honeymoon a month later. It's hard to...
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The Latest Craze in Hi-Tech Heating Sounds Great - but the Figures Simply Don't Add Up
THE HOME ECOLOGISTAt last month's Eco-build show at Earl's Court, a few stands were promoting ground-source heat pumps. Heralded as a planet-friendly way to heat homes, they work by harnessing heat energy under the ground. But the figures don't always...
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The PM's Constitutional Renewal Bill Is Just PR
THE SKETCHWe better get this over with; I don't want to dwell on constructive suggestions. It gets habit-forming. Then I'll start wanting to make the world a better place, and by some very precise if obscure mechanism, that will start World War Three.I'm...
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The Sounds of Scorsese
As the veteran film-maker releases his concert movie on the Rolling Stones, Nick Coleman applauds a director who's always put music at the heart of the actionMartin Scorsese has made a concert film of the Rolling Stones. Shine a Light is a record of...
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Thomas Tuohy
Windscale manager who doused the flames of the 1957 fireOn 10 October 1957, at the age of 39, Thomas Tuohy was deputy to the general manager at the Windscale and Calder works of the Ministry of Supply (now known as Sellafield) when one of the "piles"...
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Today in the Premier League
ARSENALBrazil international Kaka believes Cesc Fabregas is "the prototype of the modern midfielder". "He influences everything on the pitch," the Milan player said. "He's an amazing talent because of how he plays and how he controls how others play....
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Trio Face League's Wrath over Rare Cases of Tripping
nRUGBY LEAGUEThree players will face disciplinary hearings tonight accused of the relatively rare offence of tripping.Huddersfield's Luke Robinson, Jon Wilkin, of St Helens, and Darrell Goulding, of Wigan, have been charged on video evidence after games...
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Violence Erupts in Basra as Iraqi Forces Battle Mehdi Army
IRAQ: THE AFTERMATHThe Iraqi army is fighting the Mehdi Army Shia militia in the streets of Basra after the government launched its most serious offensive to gain control of the southern oil city.Clouds of dark smoke rose over Basra, 340 miles south...
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What Does the 'Kaplinsky Effect' at Channel Five Mean for TV News?
The big questionWhy are we asking this now?Five announced yesterday that the "Natasha Effect" had been the cause of an upsurge in the station's news ratings, giving a 72 per cent increase in audience share, albeit from a low base. Since Kaplinsky began...
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When Tortoise Beats Hare, It's Time for the Drug-Testers
Miles Kington Remembered 27 FEBRUARY 1996Today - old stories retold for our times!The Fox and the GrapesA fox sat and looked up at the juiciest, most luscious grapes he had ever seen."I would give anything to have those grapes," he said.So he jumped...
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While the City Speaks, the Listeners Sleep
The Week In RadioWhat baffles me is that when I first heard about The City Speaks (Thursday and Friday, Radio 4), at the tail-end of last year, I thought it sounded a rather interesting idea. What was I thinking of? The best explanation I can come up...
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Who's Behind All This Spam I'm Receiving?
CyberclinicAccording to a report whizzing around the net, 40 per cent of spam comes from just one source - which might make you wonder why a few police don't just get in there and unplug the damn machine. But they'd have a job doing so - the source is...
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World Markets
LondonThe FTSE 100 rallied 3.5 per cent as banks led gains after a raised offer for Bear Stearns from JPMorgan Chase soothed market jitters about the embattled financial sector. The FTSE 100 closed up 193.9 at 5,689.1. HBOS topped the leaders, soaring...
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Yell Makes a Big Noise on Last Day in FTSE 100
MARKET REPORTThe Yellow Pages publisher Yell enjoyed a positive send-off from the FTSE 100 yesterday. After a torrid week, when it slumped from an opening price of 161.7p on Monday of last week to 138p on Thursday, Yell soared to an intra-day high of...
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You Can't Blame Teachers for Quitting When Entire Families Are Hostile to Education
The problem is "spoilt little princes and princesses," who are influenced by a "materialistic society" and a "culture of immediacy", says the National Association of Schoolmasters, Union Of Women Teachers (NASUWT).The problem is "incidents increasingly...
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You Write the Reviews
VANTAGE POINT (12A, Peter Travis, 89mins) NATIONWIDE **Vantage Point is not a movie of words. It is no Lions for Lambs. And Dennis Quaid is certainly no Tom Cruise. Yet, much like another post-9/11 picture, Rendition, the film's major event (a terrorist...
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Zimbabwe Arrests British Pilot for Flying Opposition Leader
A British helicopter pilot hired to fly the Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on the campaign trail was under arrest last night in a Harare police station with a notorious reputation after being detained on the runway of a city airport.Brent...
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Zodiac Signs Help Domenech Spot His Shooting Stars
Scorpios and Leos will not be over the moon as the French national coach lets astrology play a part in his squad selection. Glenn Moore reports The game plan from out of this worldRio Ferdinand's elevation to England captain may have been a surprise...
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