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 18, 2012

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Addict Dies of Anthrax Caught from Infected Heroin Supply
Health experts 'unclear' whether two UK cases are linked to outbreak in Europe Fears of an anthrax outbreak were growing last night after a drug user died from injecting contaminated heroin. The source has yet to be identified but it is suspected the...
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A Deserted City, a Deserting UN, and a Storm about to Break
SPECIAL REPORT BY ROBERT FISK IN DAMASCUS "He will not survive," my Syrian friend said, and I think he was right.The man on the state television was bearded down to his chest, a self-confessed Salafist - nom de guerre "Abu Dolha", real name Ahmed Ali...
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After the Highs of the Olympics, It's Time to Come Down to Earth
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR It's been a while since I wrote in this space. I've been on holiday - to Greece (Local shopkeeper to me: "Our prices are high because they're imports and the government taxes them". Me to shopkeeper: "Do you pay tax yourself?"...
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A Hazy Night out in Prague
The Hedonist What to see and where to be seen Amid the modern stylings of Prague's 987 Hotel (00 420 255 737 2004; 987hotels.com) at 987 Senovazne Namesti, I guzzle coffee while striving to regain a normal thought process. My first notion is to glance...
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All's Quiet in the Not So Wild West
Sweden Avoiding 'glamping' on a tepee site in a Swedish forest wasn't as easy as Rhiannon Batten had hoped, but she was soon won over 'The house represents what we ourselves would like to be on Earth: permanent, rooted, here for eternity. But a camp...
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Anything Goes for Theatre Managers, but Not Headline Writers
Errors & Omissions On a December evening in, I think, 1973, the junior reporter and occasional theatre critic in the Sunderland branch office of The Northern Echo sat down to compose his opinion of the local civic theatre's latest show."Traditional pantomime...
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As an Arachnophobe, This Delivery Is Driving Me Bananas
Ordering goodies from the exciting, electronic internet is a modern joy. There's just so much to choose from! DVDs, books, beef jerky, leggings, marmalade, earplugs.Well, let me tell you: it might be fun for the buyer, but not always for those who are...
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Asia Major
WINE An invitation to judge wine competitions in Japan and China last month gave me an irresistible opportunity to take a good look at the fledgling wine industries of these two Asian powerhouses side by side. Comparisons are, as they say, odious and...
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A Verdict on Vladimir Putin
LEADING ARTICLE In a chilling passage of the verdict read aloud in a Moscow court yesterday, three members of punk group Pussy Riot were said to be "motivated by religious enmity and hatred". A reasonable response might be that those who have locked...
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A Water Shortage Is One Thing - but Can We Really Be out of Holidays?
'Post-Mo glow' and high airport duty blamed for unprecedented shortage of last-minute deals. By Simon Calder For the first time in a generation, the supply of last-minute holidays from the UK to the Mediterranean has almost run dry. The big package-holiday...
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Bairstow Seizes His Chance to Keep South Africa at Bay
Young Yorkshireman leads recovery but England have work cut out to level series SOUTH AFRICA 309 ENGLAND 208-5 It turns out that no man is indispensable. The 22-year-old Yorkshireman selected to replace the most controversial player in the game salvaged...
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Behind the Violence Is a Power Struggle for Greater Influence on the Part of Miners
ANALYSIS In the wake of the shocking killings of the Marikana protesters, a lingering question remains: how could post-apartheid-era South African officers have used such force against protesters?A big part of the answer lies hidden in the forces currently...
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Bob Birch
US bassist who became a mainstay of Elton John's band The diverse rsum of the American bassist Bob Birch included sessions for bluesman B.B. King, tenor Luciano Pavarotti and keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson. However, over the last two decades, he was...
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Born This Way - or Fashioned by the Movies and the Marketplace?
How To Be Gay By David M Halperin Harvard, Pounds 25.95 Order at a discount from the Independent Online Shop This mammoth account of gay identity defers too much to the passing fads of pop culture Thirty years ago, would-be disco diva Madonna found...
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Britain Fights to Win Friends as Assange Row Intensifies
South Americans rally round Ecuador after UK threat to storm its London embassy The acrimonious stand-off over Julian Assange's attempt to avoid extradition on sex charges intensified last night as Britain and Ecuador battled to gain international support...
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Burma's Film-Lovers Celebrate a Titanic Taste of Freedom
The latest sign of the change taking place in Burma comes in the form of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio holding each other tightly and looking love-struck on the bow of a famous but ill- fated ship.For the first time in more than a generation, film-lovers...
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Can Musical Mali Play On?
Islamism is on the march and threatening to wipe out the country's cultural heritage. Rose Skelton reports from Bamako The sky threatened to tip tropical rain on to the dancers' heads. But they moved in a circle around the open-air courtyard regardless,...
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Caught in the Net
Solar Power lights up on a brilliant returnAhead of the 3 September release of her new album, Sun, Cat Power (right) has offered up a new track from the record. The song is "Cherokee", which opens the album. It kicks off with some twanging, country-ish...
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Challenging the Ideal in a Stoppard Adaptation
Parade's EndFRIDAY 9PM BBC 2Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End - actually a quartet of novels written between 1924 and 1928 - is one of the forgotten masterpieces of 20th-century literature - and it's adapted here in five episodes by Sir Tom Stoppard, his...
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Chemring Races Up with Its Late Show
MARKET REPORT Traders with half a mind on the weekend were shocked into action late in yesterday's session by news of a possible takeover. Chemring, the military equipment maker which has been down in the dogs recently, shot up by a third after announcing...
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City.Still Fixated by United?
With the title won, the blue side of Manchester may claim to be able to forget the old obsession - but the Reds are still the ones to beat, writes Ian Herbert As they prepare to join battle with their arch foes once again, we learn this weekend that...
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Clarke Happy at Finally Reaching No 1
The new West Brom manager has made his name as an accomplished assistant to the likes of Dalglish and Mourinho. He talks to Sam Wallace about what he has learned and why he's ready to go solo He is the man who has stood alongside some of football's most...
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Crackerjack King Can Lead European Million Raid
weekend preview Given everything that has happened since - from the Breeders' Cup to Dubai, from Hong Kong to Royal Ascot - it is a significant anniversary not just for a race that dismantled so many frontiers, but for the international sport as a whole....
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Darlo Buzzing Again after the Four-League Plummet
LIFE BEYOND THE PREMIER LEAGUE They start life as a new club in the ninth tier today and their manager Martin Gray is relishing the challenge, he tells Martin Hardy Martin Gray is, for a moment at least, 19 again, driving along the A690 in his Fiesta...
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Davis' Pursuit of Lonmin Has Dug a Hole for Xstrata
JAMES ASHTON'S WEEK The price put on Mick Davis' head by Xstrata and Glencore's now troubled mining mega-merger troubled mining mega-merger suggested he was indispensable. Yet this week's strife in South Africa suffered by platinum producer Lonmin acts...
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Desperation Driven by Deep Emotion
ThursdayMother11.05PM FILM4(Bong Joon-ho, 2009) This brilliant South Korean crime melodrama is about the mother of a slow-witted 27-year-old charged with the murder of a local schoolgirl, and the lengths she'll take to prove his innocence. It has a dark...
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Di Matteo Wary over Mata Burnout
Juan Mata will be given a complete break at some point during the opening weeks of the season after Chelsea's manager, Roberto Di Matteo, admitted the midfielder was close to burnout.Mata has endured a gruelling summer, following up Chelsea's Champions...
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Does Lord Justice Leveson Read 'Grazia'? If Not, He Should
Magazines I just don't know what to believe any more. On Tuesday morning, the latest issue of Grazia landed on my desk, its cover shouting the dreaded news: "IT'S OVER? Jen's turmoil as Justin runs back to ex." That question mark, by the way, proved...
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DVD & Blu Ray Reviews
Damsels in Distress(12) Walt StillmanDVD/ Blu-ray (99mins)****"My view, handsome guys are to be avoided," claims Greta Gerwig's haughty Violet in this droll campus comedy (above) . Before Wes Anderson, there was Whit Stillman chronicling the verbose...
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Express Delivery from Africa
Music Africa Express began in a Covent Garden bar, in a mood of fury at the 2005 Live8 concert, which proposed to end African debt and poverty while finding room for only one African artist, Youssou N'Dour, on its bill. The condescension, the feeling...
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Eye-Opening Travels across Borders with the Home Help
PAPERBACKS The Barbarian Nurseries By Hector Tobar Sceptre, Pounds 8.99 Hector Tobar, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist for the LA Times, has written extensively about the Latino experience in America. Now, with his second novel, he returns to the...
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Ferguson Is Fooling Himself about His New Strike Force, Says Wenger
Arsne Wenger last night accused Sir Alex Ferguson of over- confidence in comparing his crop of strikers to that which won the treble in 1999 - but the Arsenal manager admits he has taken a "massive gamble" in selling Robin Van Persie to Manchester United.As...
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Filth, Fun and Folly among the Barbarians of Britain
Timbuctoo By Tahir Shah Secretum Mundi Publishing, Pounds 30 Order at a discount from the Independent Online Shop A Regency-era romp through decadent London hides sly lessons for the present in its plot Robert Adams is the US seaman and protagonist...
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First the Mobot, Then Kate Moss. It's like We Snatched Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Remember Norman Hackforth, accompanist to Nol Coward and the "mystery voice" of Twenty Questions, the BBC radio quiz which kept the likes of me entertained from about the age of five until... well, I would say until the age of now if only the programme...
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First-Time Buyers Boost for Flagging Mortgage Market
A surge in new mortgages to first-time buyers was the only bright spot among the latest official mortgage figures released this week. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) numbers for June were nothing to get excited about, with total lending down 6...
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French Call for Assad to Be 'Smashed Fast'
The French Foreign Minister yesterday levelled a scathing tirade at the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after meeting with refugees, calling for his regime to be "smashed fast".Speaking after a visit to refugee camps in Turkey, Laurent Fabius accused...
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Froome Takes on the King of Spain in His Own Backyard
Contador is back today after a two-year drugs ban - and there is only one man he fears. By Alasdair Fotheringham Team Sky's third and final Grand Tour challenge of 2012, the Tour of Spain, starts today in Pamplona, and it is a credit to Sky's track record...
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Goals Is Getting a Kicking but It Deserves Better
Just how much the stock market has changed since the banking crisis erupted in 2007 is illustrated by one of its minor players, a company called Goals Soccer Centres, running five-a-side football establishments.I realise many will point out that a relatively...
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Has Ian Brady Finally Revealed Where He Buried Keith Bennett?
Police are hunting a letter supposedly written by the Moors Murderer that could end a 48-year wait Detectives were trawling through a cache of documents yesterday to try to discover if the Moors Murderer Ian Brady had revealed the final resting place...
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'Health Benefits' of Cereal Bars Are Nothing but a Myth, Says Study
The image of cereal bars as a healthy snack is a myth, according to a study that found many contain high levels of fat and sugar. All but one of the 30 bars tested were high in sugar, with 16 containing levels above 30 per cent, the consumer group Which?...
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Hearing Mixed Messages in the City of Whispers
The Girl on the Stairs By Louise Welsh John Murray, Pounds 16.99 Order at a discount from the Independent Online Shop Berlin becomes the backdrop for another sinister and stylish mystery from a perfectionist Louise Welsh is a rare bird: a thriller...
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Hip European Hostels
The Big Six Oops Paris Modern facilities, bold design and budget beds - all within easy reach of the Left Bank's main attractions. Oops is close to arty Montparnasse, within reach of Notre-Dame and a stroll away from the Jardin des Plantes botanical...
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How Britain Blunted Its Olympic Edge
The man who pays his way Such was the deluge of contradictory percentages raining down on the world of travel and tourism this week, that by Thursday I was 100 per cent convinced that I needed a holiday. On Tuesday, for example, we learned that rail...
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How the Greats Published Themselves
What worked for Sterne, Proust and others is now being done on the internet by a host of aspiring authors, says Christina PattersonProust did it. Sterne did it. Luther, Whitman, and Pound did it. Dickinson, Hawthorne and Austen did it. So did Walcott...
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How the Second Day Finished at Lord's
TIMELINE 3.02pm England 72-4A fierce spell from Morkel - in which he subjected Jonny Bairstow to a barrage of short-pitched bowling - ends after the Yorkshireman takes eight from his 10th over, appearing a little more at ease at the crease.3.15pm Review;...
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Hudson's Late Strike Spares Red Faces at Cardiff
CHAMPIONSHIP CARDIFF CITY 1 Hudson 90 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 Mark Hudson's injury-time winner handed Cardiff a dramatic opening-night Championship win over newly-promoted Huddersfield Town. The club captain slammed the ball home from close range in front...
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If I'd Won Pounds 148m I'd Call for Financial Advice
I'm not sure about you, but if I'd just won 148m and change in the Euromillions lottery I wouldn't be elated, I'd be terrified. And I certainly wouldn't be doing press interviews no matter how cajoling the people at Camelot were.The first things it seems...
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'I Got to Work in Milan, New York and Korea, Which Made Me Pretty Fearless'
My life in travel Sara Cox DJ and presenter Sara Cox hosts BBC Radio 1's Sunday mid-morning show, 10am-1pm First holiday memory?The south of France. It seemed to take a lifetime to get to Dover in the coach, but I'll never forget driving through the...
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'I Listen to the Little Boy within - and He Screamed Man United'
Love-in between Fergie and Van Persie, who says he has found his 'perfect match' When showing off Robin van Persie - Manchester United's new prized asset - Sir Alex Ferguson was being watched intently by the man to his right. That man, the 24m signing...
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'I'm Good with a Water Cannon'
MY SECRET LIFE SIMON DAY, 50, COMEDIAN My parents were part of that lower-middle class that is being folded away with deck chairs and Thermoses of soup. They were decent and honest, they didn't look for short-cuts like my generation.The household I grew...
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Individuals? or Members of Society? That's What the Right to Die Is About
Morality It has become a depressingly regular ritual. Every six months or so, someone with a terrible debilitating illness who wants to be helped to die has their case heard at a High Court, the Supreme Court or the European Court of Human Rights. Sometimes,...
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Insomniacs 'Should Be Given Therapy Not Sleeping Pills'
NHS told to roll out cognitive behavioural treatment after success of research projects Tens of thousands of insomniacs could be helped to sleep better every year if NHS staff were trained to provide safe psychological therapies, according to a leading...
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Insurers Are on the Watch for Fraud from Foreign Parts
An elderly British tourist goes on holiday abroad. While away he gets a headache and it is bad enough for him to ask the local hospital for help. The medics keep him in for a few days and demand around 20,000 from him and then pursue him and his insurer...
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Island of Herbs and Honey
Greece Cretans are masters at taking a few simple ingredients and turning them into something magical, says Fiona Faulkner This is a journey inspired by a host of conversations - with food bloggers, a chef and a master of wine - each of which convinced...
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Israel Kicks out Migrants - by Changing Their Nationality and Sending Them to Another Country
Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel are being issued with documents changing their nationality, allowing them to be removed from the country or imprisoned.They have recently been issued with documents labelling them as South Sudanese - despite holding...
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Isuzu Yamada
Iconic Japanese screen actress who brought a memorable intensity to her roles The great actress Isuzu Yamada has died at the age of 95. Richly talented and totally dedicated to her craft, her long career in film, stage and television won her the highest...
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It's Not as Simple as Footballers Bad, Olympians Good
THE LAST WORD The firework smoke has drifted from the Olympic city, borne upon the fading hum of geriatric rock music. And, in its wake, a new clarity. All of a sudden, the advent of a new football season is being depicted as some barbaric congress of...
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I Was Busy Planning My Wedding, Then Paula Got Injured
Team GB marathon runner Freya Murray lets us into her diary of a special summer Freya Murray, a 28-year-old runner from Edinburgh, endured a nail- biting wait to see whether she would be competing in the London Games. Despite qualifying with a quick...
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Job Done: A Second Chance for Diouf and Three More Seasons for McCormack
WHAT I LEARNT THIS SUMMER Welcome back, everyone. I'm delighted to have signed on for the eighth season of my Independent column, only a couple of years from a testimonial! It's been quite a long break due to the Euros and the Olympics but it hasn't...
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Les Green
Goalie who made his name at Derby County Nimble and bold, if distinctly undersized by modern goalkeeping standards, Les Green played a key role in Brian Clough's Baseball Ground revolution, which transformed Derby County from perennial underachievers...
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Lonmin Appeals to Staff as 44 Die in Violence at Mine
Lonmin last night appealed to its striking staff to come back to work in the aftermath of the escalation of the violence at its Marikana mine in South Africa that pushed the death toll to 44 in the past week.The wildcat strike over pay by 3,000 workers...
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Look Back in Wonder
Contorted faces, interlocking limbs, tattooed flesh: beyond the gold medal tally, the London Games also celebrated the human body, pushed to its limit. John Walsh introduces some unforgettable images 2012 OLYMPICS SPECIAL The Olympic spirit of 2012,...
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Lost Horizon at the Top of a Tower
Room service Shangri-La Tokyo, Japan The Shangri-La Tokyo occupies 11 floors at the top of the 37- storey Marunouchi Trust Tower, which means none of its 200 rooms is without a view: to the east, Tokyo Bay and the newly built Tokyo Sky Tree tower, Japan's...
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Mancini: United's Attack Is Now the Best in the World
Manchester City begin their Premier League defence against Southampton tomorrow, with their manager, Roberto Mancini, stating that rivals Manchester United have the edge going into the opening weekend.United unveiled Robin van Persie as their star signing...
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Mary Magdalene Meditating on the Crucifixion 1664, 171cm X 52cm X 61cm by Pedro De Mena Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Art itself is a kind of prestidigitation, illusionism, magic. It cajoles us into giving credence to the reality of pretence. So when art also engages with religious themes, the plot seems to thicken. There is the illusionism of art - and then there are...
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Metroland Meets the Tropics
GARDENS In a London garden, a Kiwi man has made a horticultural homage to his native land. Photographs by Dominick Tyler The Metropolitan Line was never part of the life I once lived in London. But I had one of the classic early posters issued by the...
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Ministers Call Time on Hidden Card Fees and Rip-Off Phone Lines
Boon for consumers as Government gets tough on big business and costly tricks of the trade Excessive credit card surcharges, premium-rate telephone lines for customer complaints and hidden extra costs on online sales are to be outlawed in a crackdown...
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Minor Sports Are Alive and Kicking as the Jade Jones Effect Spreads
A post-Olympic buzz boosts clubs across Britain, as Charlie Cooper discovers Taekwondo instructor Sean Onipede is waiting for his students to arrive on a quiet evening at an unassuming sports centre in east London. "There's another new face," he says,...
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My Guide to This Season's Championship
WHAT I LEARNT THIS SUMMER Obviously, I'm hoping Leeds United are sitting top of the pile come the end of the season, but that won't stop me predicting how some of our rivals get on in this season's Championship. Word of warning, expect the unexpected...
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'My Mother Got Excellent Care When She Had Cancer. Why Is Elderly Mental Health Different?'
Dealing with Dementia Both Fiona Phillips' parents struggled with Alzheimer's before succumbing to the disease. In the last part of our series, the TV presenter talks about her loss and calls for more action. Arifa Akbar reports Fiona Phillips was one...
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'Naive' Bank Blasted by MPs over Barclays Libor Scandal
Sir Mervyn King comes under fire in Commons Treasury Select Committee report The House of Commons Treasury Select Committee has lambasted the Bank of England for its "naive" response to the Libor rate-fixing scandal and criticised the Governor, Sir Mervyn...
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No Fairy Tale Hundred for Strauss as Morkel Rips Up Script
England's captain is denied any glory in the first innings of his 100th Test as he is given a torrid time by South Africa's attack but it was a privilege to watch him. By Kevin Garside at Lord's A privileged career has taken this observer to all parts,...
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Now Viewers Have Real Stars in Their Eyes
If you listen carefully, you might hear it: the death rattle of reality television. It sounds a bit like Jessie J - with added samples of the swoosh of a thousand false eyelashes and whoosh of a thousand bandage dress zips, laid over a beat of sexting...
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Ohuruogu Beaten Again in Repeat of London 2012 Final
ATHLETICS It was the same in the 1912 Olympic Stadium in Stockholm last night as it had been in the 2012 Olympic Stadium 12 days previously. When it came to the crunch in the women's 400m in the DN Galan Diamond League meeting, just as in the one-lap...
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Older, Wiser, Angrier
The Interview: Roger McGough, hailed as the patron saint of British poetry, talks about a career that has spanned over five decades, and settles some old scores Roger McGough is making me a cup of tea with one hand and Tweeting with the other. He is...
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Old Sins Mar the New Age as Hippie Dreams Dissolve
Close Your Eyes By Ewan Morrison Jonathan Cape, Pounds 16.99 Order at a discount from the Independent Online Shop A searing novel of a cult community and its casualties captures both the thrill and the costs of escape For those with revolutionary...
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Owen Steps out of the Shadow of James Bond
The British actor puts in a star turn as a MI5 agent during the Troubles in his latest film. But he'd still prefer to be playing professional football, he tells Matt Mueller For a five-year spell in the noughties, Clive Owen's career was flamethrower...
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Painting the Past in Different Colours
Sri Lanka and Tuscany meet in a finely-crafted novel of art, memory and migration The Road to UrbinoBy Roma TearneAbacus, 13.99Order at a discount from the Independent Online ShopThe Road to Urbino, artist and novelist Roma Tearne's fifth novel, is the...
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Populist Master Sings the Blues in Defence of Rights
NEW RELEASES CD reviews Album of the week Ry Cooder Election Special Nonesuch **** Download: Mutt Romney Blues; The Wall Street Part Of Town; Cold Cold Feeling; Kool-Aid With Election Special, Ry Cooder extends the outraged political perspective...
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Premier League: The Team-by-Team Guide
Will City retain their title despite a lack of summer signings? Can Swansea and Norwich survive the loss of managers? Jack Pitt- Brooke assesses the chances of each top-flight team ARSENALA relaxing summer?No. But at least this time Arsne Wenger saw...
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Real Love Actually
A new generation of film-makers is turning the rom-com on its head with barbed and believable tales that often, at last, centre on the woman's perspective, says Nick Hasted "Everyone thinks their life's going to end up like a romantic comedy starring...
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Regulators Should Resist Temptation to Gore Google over Frommer's Move
US Outlook Google's acquisition of Frommer's is a red rag to regulators. Toreador Larry Page, the search engine's chief executive, has dropped any pretence that the company's mission is simply to "organise the world's information", as it has long claimed.Frommer's...
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Renner Executes a Ruthless Performance
New releases Film of the week The Bourne Legacy (12A)***Dir. Tony GilroyStarring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz134minsIn this fourth episode in the Bourne series, we learn that the Pentagon has a counterpart to the CIA's assassin- training programs: Operation...
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'Risk Fatigue' May Have Set in, but Investors Must Stay Alert
I saw one writer recently refer to investors as suffering "risk fatigue". It's a perfect description of today's environment. Since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008, we have had the varied afflictions of banks to contend with.Just as we thought...
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Rock Bottom
Rihanna's album is back at No 1 despite record low sales. Is the LP doomed? By Chris Mugan News that Rihanna has returned to the top of the UK album chart with a record lowest week's sales of 9,578 CDs and downloads suggests that the once-coveted position...
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Romney's Wild Card
Paul Ryan The likeable but uncompromising Republican candidate for vice-president has just lit the fuse under the 2012 election. By Rupert Cornwell Vice-presidential candidates come in many shades. Some, like Dick Cheney, have heft. Others are picked...
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Running the Real Made in Dagenham
All-American Ford chief Barb Samardzich aims to inject glamour and pizazz into Essex's car factory, says Laura Chesters A giant, grey office block in the Essex countryside near Basildon could hardly be described as glamorous. Car engineers rarely liken...
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Santander Pulled Plug on Our Guaranteed Free Banking
Q About 12 years ago, our small firm opened a business account with Abbey on the basis of what their brochure called "Free, day-to- day, business banking - not for 12 months, 18 months, or even two years, but forever and we guarantee that unless there...
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Scramble for University Places Begins as Doors Close on Those without Top Grades
Students lacking AAB grades at A-level are being left in the cold as high-flyers muscle in Universities were beginning to put up the "house full" signs to students without AAB passes or better at A-level yesterday - leaving thousands with lower grades...
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Snobbery Has Made Us a Nation of Monoglots
Education Zut alors! - as someone might exclaim who learned French in the days when O-levels still existed. Not that any French person ever actually uttered this expression. But this week it emerged that entries for foreign language A-Levels have reached...
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Stoneman Ton Sets Up Onions for Likely Killer Blow
DURHAM 194 & 301-7 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 154 Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, had an idea some weeks ago that this match rather than the two to come against Warwickshire would be what defined his side's season. Regrettably for him, the...
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Store-Cupboard Superstar
FOOD & DRINK Delicious, healthy and versatile, quinoa first impressed our resident chef on a recent trip to Los Angeles. Now, he can't get enough of the stuff I've never experimented with quinoa before, but when I was in Los Angeles over the New Year,...
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St Petersburg
48 hours in ... As summer's endless light begins to fade in Peter the Great's creation, the Russian city's arts scene goes into full swing with a new season of ballet and opera, says Chris Leadbeater Travel EssentialsWhy go now?September in St Petersburg...
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Surrey Pair Break Batting Records against Arch-Rivals
ROUND-UP In a bleak season, some beacons of hope shine for Surrey. Two left-handers, both Surrey-born, combined to set a partnership record with a century apiece at The Oval yesterday to give their side at least a chance of easing their relegation fears...
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Team GB Women Want to Keep Olympic Bounce
Leading footballers hope for increased attendances to follow London 2012 coverage Tomorrow, 20 days after playing Brazil, at Wembley, in front of 70,584 spectators, Alex Scott will return to club football. It is first v second as Scott's Arsenal are...
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The 50 Best Homes and Gardens
From ceremonial grounds and hidden meadows to historic halls and ruined abbeys, Sophie Morris unearths horticultural hotspots and family-friendly mansions East and MidlandsWollerton Old Hall"A four-acre garden for plant enthusiasts, with distinctive...
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The Bargain Hunter
BA break could cure post-Games bluesAre you suffering from the post-Olympic blues? If so, you may not be alone. Travel agents are reporting a spike in last-minute bookings from people eager to extend the feel-good factor of the Games. If that appeals...
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The Coast Is Clear for Sheer Indulgence
Cover story Mallorca, long our favourite holiday island, now boasts a property from the people who brought you Dubai's Burj Al Arab. Stephen Bayley checks in To understand the new Jumeirah Port Sller, you will need to rethink your idea of "hotel" (and,...
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The Fringe: This Time It's Serious
With stand-ups tackling subjects such as the riots, racism, activism and banking, the Festival has its political edge back, says Alice Jones Has Edinburgh lost its edge? Has the Fringe become the mainstream? Stewart Lee thinks so. The comedians' comedian...
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The Many Faces of 'London'
Inside travel London Southend Airport The Essex resort of Southend has many claims to fame, such as the longest pleasure pier in the world. But in marketing terms, its latest accolade could prove highly valuable. Its airport is now officially classed...
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