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 January 7, 2012

1–T T–W
100 Not out - but Is the Ancailing?
Against all odds, the party of Mandela has reached an historic milestone. But despite its achievements, many South Africans say it has not done enough to help the poor. Alex Duval Smith reports from Mangaung The paint fumes hit your nostrils. But in...
Read preview Overview
A Democracy Where Money Doesn't Always Talk - but the Press Is Kept on Its Knees
US election diary Rick Santorum, not my favourite politician, congratulated a group of voters in the Rising Sun Cafe in Polk City, Iowa, early last Monday for a job well done putting all the candidates for the party's presidential nomination through...
Read preview Overview
Ageing British Rock Bands Never Die. They Just End Up Performing in the Kremlin
The Week in Arts It was New Year at the Kremlin. Russian president Alexander Medvedev was presiding over a splendid dinner. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was present, along with other key officials in the Russian government. And to set the seal on one...
Read preview Overview
A Good Year?
WINE Imagine it's a year from now. The turbulent events of 2012 seem so obvious with the benefit of a rear-view mirror. True, we'd already seen wine sales starting to spiral downwards, but isolation from Europe coupled with yet another above-inflation...
Read preview Overview
All Change at RSH as It Prepares for the Switch to AIM
Dramatic changes could be afoot at Rivington Street Holdings (RSH) the financial and software conglomerate which is arranging to switch its shares from the fringe Plus trading facility to AIM, the Stock Exchange junior market.The group, recruited to...
Read preview Overview
Alone in Paris
FIVE-MINUTE MEMOIR I had never understood the real meaning of loneliness until I lived in Paris. Or, more accurately, until I attempted to live in Paris. I had also never experienced quite such a clanging disjunction between fantasy and reality.I had...
Read preview Overview
Apprentice Winner Accuses Partner of Running off with $1M Prize Money
What do a female plumber from Somerset, an Arab property magnate with a fondness for buying English football clubs and an eco- friendly Los Angeles architect have in common? They all feature in an intriguing legal battle over just who gets a share of...
Read preview Overview
At the Heart of Hamas
As prime minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh is one of the world's most controversial politicians. He talks to Evgeny Lebedev about the Arab Spring, suicide bombing, the Israeli blockade - and the elusive prospect of peace From Jerusalem, the drive to...
Read preview Overview
Avalanche of Insurance Scandal Claims
Record numbers of consumers are predicted this year to have problems claiming on payment protection policies (PPI), with the result that many will make a formal complaint and even take their case to the Financial Ombudsman Service.Despite a widespread...
Read preview Overview
A Very Honourable Defeat: Ex-Olympus Boss Walks Away
Japan's closed shop would never allow me to rescue Olympus, Michael Woodford tells Jim Armitage The Olympus boss turned whistleblower Michael Woodford has launched a blistering attack on the "closed shop" in Japanese big business after abandoning his...
Read preview Overview
Balinese Beach Retreats
The big six Jiva PuriCemagiThis luxurious and private residence opened this week, with five whitewashed villas overlooking a black, sandy swathe of beach on Bali's south-west coast. Perfectly primed for a family or group holiday, each villa is self-contained,...
Read preview Overview
Balls May Be Right - but the Voters Just Don't Care
Inside Westminster ''I've been waiting to do that response for a year," Ed Balls said after the Chancellor George Osborne confirmed his growth and borrowing targets were way off track in his Autumn Statement in November. "To have a moment when George...
Read preview Overview
Begin Your Homage to Patagonia
The Lonely Planet Journey Argentina's Patagonian Highway Known officially as Ruta Nacional 40 (RN40), the Patagonian Highway runs nearly the length of Argentina, a distance of more than 5,000km. In the north of the country, it begins just south of the...
Read preview Overview
Bekele the Legend Does Not Fear Farah - or Anyone Else
ATHLETICS Kenenisa Bekele, the little Ethiopian with the big claim to being the greatest distance runner of all time, has been venturing to these shores for 10 years now, ever since he emerged victorious from the mud of Newcastle's Exhibition Park in...
Read preview Overview
Bellamy Ends Liverpool's Early Scare
LIVERPOOL 5 Bellamy 30, Gerrard pen 45, Shelvey 68, Carroll 89, Downing 90 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 Simpson 28 The FA Cup was where the affair began again for Kenny Dalglish. Flown home from a cruise in the Arabian Gulf to an England besieged by a bitter winter,...
Read preview Overview
Bob Holness
Broadcaster and actor treasured for his role as the avuncular host of 'Blockbusters' The television game show Blockbusters gave Bob Holness a cult following amongst younger generations after he had already clocked up almost 30 years in broadcasting....
Read preview Overview
Brian Viner's Christmas Quiz Answers
The winner of Brian Viner's Christmas Quiz is Andy Parlett of Cheam in Surrey, who will be receiving a year's supply of Spitfire Ale from master brewers Shepherd Neame.To remind yourself of the questions, go here: tinyurl.com/ ccqdq69.The answers are...
Read preview Overview
Britain 2012 How Everybody Can Enjoy the Games
Thousands of us haven't got tickets - but training camps around the UK mean you don't have to miss all the action. Anyone left frustrated by the latest glitch in the ticket sales system for this year's London Olympics can instead look forward to seeing...
Read preview Overview
Can Khan Regain Belts over Hat-Gate?
Presence of mysterious man at ringside alongside title fight supervisor adds to Peterson win doubts BOXING Amir Khan could get a late Christmas present of his world title belts back if the role of a mystery man in a hat sat at ringside during his defeat...
Read preview Overview
Can Khan Regain Belts over Hat-Gate?
Presence of mysterious man at ringside alongside title fight supervisor adds to Peterson win doubts BOXING Amir Khan could get a late Christmas present of his world title belts back if the role of a mystery man in a hat sat at ringside during his defeat...
Read preview Overview
Can You Guess Whose Daughter This Is?
Meet Jess Mills - rising star of British music, and offspring of some very well-connected people. Nick Clark reports She has been called cooler than Ellie Goulding and shares a record label with Florence and the Machine and Jessie J but while she stands...
Read preview Overview
Chhokar Case Must Be Re-Examined, Says Former Top Policeman
Advances in forensic science could reinvigorate the inquiry into the death of Surjit Singh Chhokar who was stabbed to death by a white gang.Just as improvements in forensics techniques helped prove Gary Dobson and David Norris murdered Stephen Lawrence,...
Read preview Overview
Clinics Told to Pay for Removal of Substandard Breast Implants
Health Secretary says NHS will help women and private sector has a 'moral duty' to do the same Private clinics were ordered yesterday to pay for the removal of sub-standard breast implants from women worried about the risk of their rupturing.Health...
Read preview Overview
Confessions of a Traffic Warden
A Chelsea parking attendant claims he has been sacked - for being too nice. But is he just the exception who proves the rule? Rob Hastings gets his notebook and joins a warden on patrol... The caring traffic warden? Now there's a rare epithet for such...
Read preview Overview
Convicted Lib Dem Fraudster Is Arrested in Dominican Republic
The convicted fraudster who gave the Liberal Democrats their biggest ever donation has been arrested in the Caribbean after more than three years on the run.Michael Brown was detained in the Dominican Republic earlier this week and his arrest, and possible...
Read preview Overview
Curtain Comes Down on Liberal Hungary
An economic disaster may be averted, but as Tony Paterson reports, a cultural crisis looms large in Budapest In the centre of Budapest yesterday, the number 26 stood picked out in big red letters above the magnificent blue and gold Art Nouveau facade...
Read preview Overview
Eleven Die after Hot Air Balloon Hits Power Lines and Bursts into Flames
Eleven people were killed last night when a hot air balloon on a pleasure flight burst into flames and plunged 500ft to the ground in New Zealand.The balloon, which is thought to have hit power lines, came crashing to the ground on farmland about a mile...
Read preview Overview
England Call for Mighty Finn to Set the Pace
Chance for quickie to stake his Test claim as Strauss insists they will hit the ground running A year ago today, England completed an epic victory against Australia and a nation rejoiced. They will mark the anniversary not by a parade in either open...
Read preview Overview
Failed Online Credit Check Has Left Me out of Pocket
Q I applied online to obtain my credit status, using quickcreditscore.co.uk. But nothing has happened - the report would not load. I have not received confirmation of registration and my account has been debited twice. I have logged a complaint, requested...
Read preview Overview
Festive Spain
Traveller's guide Whether it's flinging ripe tomatoes at each other or burning political effigies, the Spanish know how to party. Mick Webb runs through a year of fiestas Britain has rather more than usual to celebrate over the coming year, with the...
Read preview Overview
Film
New Films FILM OF THE WEEKThe Iron Lady (12A)Director Phyllida LloydStarring Meryl Streep, Jim BroadbentWhen it fades up over the image of a doddery and senile present- day Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), hunched over a boiled egg at the breakfast...
Read preview Overview
Five Best Films
The Artist (PG)A wittily self-aware new black-and-white silent film about the arrival of the "talkies" in Hollywood, so joyous and expressive that it makes one wonder if we didn't lose something in the transition.Margaret (15)Anna Paquin plays a New...
Read preview Overview
Five Best London Shows
Matilda: the Musical Cambridge TheatreThis RSC makeover of the Roald Dahl tale about the infant prodigy explodes on to the stage in Matthew Warchus's colourful riot of a production. To 21 OctReasons to Be Pretty Almeida TheatreMichael Attenborough directs...
Read preview Overview
Fly Takes Wing in Racecourse Gallop
They say the man on top of the horse seldom has a reliable opinion of its chances. This reputation was corroborated, curiously enough, by one of the owners recently disqualified for 14 years after being found guilty of a conspiracy with riders to lay...
Read preview Overview
Foden Fires to Cut Quins Down to Size
NORTHAMPTON 24 HARLEQUINS 3 Harlequins, masters of all they surveyed until mid-December, have now lost three of their last five games. Equally to the point, given that the England caretaker coaches Stuart Lancaster and Graham Rowntree were at Franklin's...
Read preview Overview
Full Steam Ahead for High-Speed Rail
PM risks confrontation with MPs after backing new link between London and Birmingham Tories risk enraging the shires with green light for rail link A 32bn high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham that would cut through some of Britain's most...
Read preview Overview
Games
2012: the year ahead The Last of UsFormat PS3Release date TBA 2012/13Having taken Nathan Drake through three adventures and supervised a fourth in PS Vita's Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Naughty Dog has finally found time to move on to brand new territory...
Read preview Overview
Get Back to Basics If You Want to Sort out Your Finances
Many people will have made a new year resolution to sort out their money matters - it's probably among the top three 2012 promises, alongside losing a weight and doing a bit more exercise.With the Christmas credit-card statements set to hit the doormat...
Read preview Overview
Global Security Zone
The recent crises around the world mean demand for armed guards is soaring with the UK leading the way. Lucy Tobin writes Somalian pirates, earthquakes, Arab uprisings, fresh rumblings from the eurozone crisis. They all trigger the same effect in the...
Read preview Overview
Harry's Heading to Jamaica, but Grandma Is Not Welcome
Caribbean island's Prime Minister says time has come to remove the Queen as head of State A visit by Prince Harry to Jamaica this summer has suddenly become political, after the country's new Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, used her swearing in...
Read preview Overview
Henry: Don't Expect Me to Be the Player I Was
Veteran striker confirms his return to Arsenal on loan until next month - and says Giggs and Bergkamp will be his role models Amid all the emotion, both Thierry Henry and Arsne Wenger admitted last night that Arsenal's leading goal-scorer would not be...
Read preview Overview
Holiday Costs Set to Soar - Even If You've Already Paid
Travel giant to levy extra charges on travellers to cover the costs of currency fluctuations Britain's biggest holiday company yesterday trumpeted "another year of record profit growth" but research by The Independent reveals that the same tour operator...
Read preview Overview
How Love Can Be Torn Apart
Stephen Lawrence's murder destroyed his parents' relationship so utterly that they endured his killers' trial without sharing a word. Nina Lakhani onwhy such bitter tragedy is so toxic The emotional gulf between Neville and Doreen Lawrence outside the...
Read preview Overview
How Roberto Fell in Love with Manchester
For Mancini, it is just like Milan - he even likes the weather. Now his remaining ambition is to knock Sir Alex off his perch - starting with victory in the FA Cup tomorrow. By Ian Herbert Some of Roberto Mancini's memories of the 6-1 demolition of Manchester...
Read preview Overview
How Thatcher's Election Win Launched Secret War on CND
An army intelligence unit was used to infiltrate civil rights groups and protest organisations after Margaret Thatcher came to power. Former soldiers claim that they were ordered to undertake the spying missions by a senior officer in the Ministry of...
Read preview Overview
How Tunisair Put a Spanner in the Works
The man who pays his way Lesson one, I imagine, in the airline maintenance engineers' course, goes something like "It's much easier to fix a fault in the cabin when the passengers aren't on board".The unfortunate engineer with more than a passing resemblance...
Read preview Overview
Hungary Retreats from Democracy
LEADING ARTICLE The Italian physicist Enrico Fermi once asked: Given the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, why haven't they made contact? "They are already among us," came the reply, "but they call themselves Hungarians."The thrust...
Read preview Overview
In Ferguson's Hour of Need Rooney Has Let Him Down
Manchester United yesterday officially relegated the Wayne Rooney affair to the status of a piece of passing discipline, something earned by their best and most rewarded player and swiftly delivered by the club.Now the principals, Sir Alex Ferguson and...
Read preview Overview
Insurance May Not Cover Wild Weather Damage
Householders' claims for storm damage could be turned down if they don't have the right cover, insurers said this week. The warning came after firms were hit by record numbers of claims for weather damage following the extreme winds and rain across the...
Read preview Overview
In the Heart of Seoul
South Korea The South Korean capital has plenty of surprises for an urban adventurer. Boyd Tonkin explores "I want to show you something," said my guide. "It's very Korean, and a little bit strange. You'll probably think it's silly." We were walking,...
Read preview Overview
'I Often Feel My Holidays Start at St Pancras'
My life in travel Alistair McGowan Alistair McGowan is an actor, comic and impressionistFirst holiday memory?Pontins in Somerset. It was 1969 and I remember the Bluecoats performing. Before all the children went to bed, they would sing a song called...
Read preview Overview
Iran Increases Hold in Iraq as Shia Militia Enters Politics
An Iranian-backed Shia militia in Iraq, which once killed US soldiers, has agreed to give up its weapons and join the political process. The move is likely to fuel US paranoia about growing Iranian influence.Asaib Ahl al-Haq, which split from the Mehdi...
Read preview Overview
It's a Win-Win Situation for New England Set-Up
TACKLING THE ISSUES It is with keen anticipation - keener than usual following Martin Johnson's resignation as England manager and a clear-out of the coaching staff - that the rugby public await next week's announcement of the new Elite Player Squad...
Read preview Overview
'I Wanted to Be a Deep Sea Diver'
MY SECRET LIFE GOLDIE, 46, MUSICIAN My parents were... not the best.The household I grew up in... I didn't grow up in a household - I grew up on the streets.When I was a child I wanted to be... a deep sea diver.If I could change one thing about myself......
Read preview Overview
JD Sports Set to Snap Up Ailing Blacks after It Goes into Administration
JD Sports Fashion is expected to buy the troubled outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure on Monday after it enters administration.The operator of 208 Millets and 98 Blacks stores is appointing the accountancy firm KPMG as administrator, but suitors are likely...
Read preview Overview
Josef Skvorecky
Writer who championed dissident Czech authors Josef Skvorecky, one of Czechoslovakia's leading novelists, gave voice to that country's sardonic optimism, wryly surveying the horrors and compromises that attend life under totalitarianism, whether of...
Read preview Overview
Labour Seeks to Trump Cameron with Curbs on Excessive Pay
Miliband's tough talk could help Lib Dems as Coalition prepares to release its proposals Labour outflanked the Government last night by announcing sweeping plans to curb excessive pay in the City of London and Britain's boardrooms.Ed Miliband promised...
Read preview Overview
Leicester Need Twelvetrees to Ease Flood Pain
England's No 10 is out for a month but the Tigers can still muster a winning back line WEEKEND PREVIEW Leicester v WaspsThere will be no Toby Flood at Welford Road this afternoon, just as there will be no Toby Flood at Murrayfield on Calcutta Cup day...
Read preview Overview
Leicester Need Twelvetrees to Ease Flood Pain
England's No 10 misses Six Nations start but Tigers can still muster a winning back line WEEKEND PREVIEW Leicester v WaspsThere will be no Toby Flood at Welford Road this afternoon, just as there will be no Toby Flood at Murrayfield on Calcutta Cup day...
Read preview Overview
Liverpool Hit by More Race Controversy
LIVERPOOL 5 Bellamy 30, Gerrard pen 45, Shelvey 68, Carroll 89, Downing 90 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 Simpson 28 The spectre of racism and the Luis Suarez T-shirts once more overshadowed Liverpool as a fan sporting the top worn to support the banned striker confronted...
Read preview Overview
Long Gone Are the Bricklayers, Giant-Killing Is a Full-Time Job
THE FA CUP DOSSIER The last time a top-flight side were knocked out of the FA Cup by non-League opposition, it was a bricklayer who scored the winning goal. Sutton Town's Matt Hanlon, who despatched Coventry City in 1989, was following a distinguished...
Read preview Overview
Man Trips Again - and Falls to Its Lowest for 10 Years
MARKET REPORT "Man down!" was the cry from the Square Mile last night. Having already had its share price cut in half since last summer, Man Group could have been forgiven for feeling it deserved a break, but yesterday it was smashed back to its lowest...
Read preview Overview
Metal Exchange Will Not Be Able to Resist the Pot of Gold
OUTLOOK The London Metal Exchange is the City's belle of the ball, with just about anyone with any interest in exchanges falling over each other to offer gold-plated dowries. Sale details have been forwarded to a treasure chest full of suitors, with...
Read preview Overview
Mind over Matter How Stephen Hawking Defied Motor Neurone Disease for 50 Years
His work spans the whole of time, but our greatest theoretical physicist is as remarkable for reaching his 70th birthday, writes Jeremy Laurance The cream of Britain's scientific establishment will gather in Cambridge tomorrow to celebrate the 70th birthday...
Read preview Overview
Mines a Rich Seam as Gold Looks Set to Keep Its Glow
Last year was a volatile one for the gold price. It reached a high of more than $1,900 per ounce in September but fell back to less than $1,600. Over the course of the year it was up 8 per cent. The recent falls seem to be caused by concerns about eurozone...
Read preview Overview
Mirko Tremaglia
Fiercely nationalist Italian politician Mirko Tremaglia was the last remaining human link between Italy's present-day political world and the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. Born in the prosperous and robustly independent northern industrial city...
Read preview Overview
My Lifelong Love for the Cup Has Always Gone Unrequited
WHAT I LEARNT THIS WEEK I fell in love with the FA Cup as a boy, but the competition has not been kind to me. As a player I never got past the fourth round; as a manager, in nearly 30 attempts, I've reached one semi-final, two quarter-finals and five...
Read preview Overview
My Side of the World Cup Story
Coach Brian Smith was heavily criticised in the infamous leaked England player review. For the first time he gives his account. By Chris Hewett The moment Martin Johnson announced his resignation as England manager in mid-November, the attack coach Brian...
Read preview Overview
Nobody Is Bigger Than the Boss - Not Even Rooney
Ferguson has parted with dissenters before in spite of their stature - or because of it From Paul McGrath and Norman Whiteside in the early days, then, as his authority was cemented, to Paul Ince, David Beckham, Jaap Stam, Roy Keane and Carlos Tevez,...
Read preview Overview
Nobody Is Bigger Than the Boss - Not Even Rooney
Ferguson has parted with dissenters before in spite of their stature - or because of it From Paul McGrath and Norman Whiteside in the early days, then, as his authority was cemented, to Paul Ince, David Beckham, Jaap Stam, Roy Keane and Carlos Tevez,...
Read preview Overview
One-Armed Banquet
Michael Caines has overcome disability to become Britain's top chef - and still found time to trace the parents who gave him up for adoption. By John Walsh It's fair to say that there probably aren't many one-armed, adopted, Anglo-Caribbean men from...
Read preview Overview
Performance Notes
The GigPrimal Scream: Concert in the Gardens Princes Street Gardens, EdinburghMusic festival and fireworks combined in Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations. Acts watched by 80,000 included Bombay Bicycle Club and art-rockers Wild Beasts. Headliners Primal...
Read preview Overview
Personal Assistant to Rebekah Brooks Arrested over 'Deleted Emails'
Cheryl Carter is latest News International employee to be questioned in phone-hacking inquiry The longstanding secretary to the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has become the 17th person to be arrested by police investigating...
Read preview Overview
Pipe Dream
RESTAURANT The flotilla of nightlights on the tables outside the Pipe & Glass - a welcome sight after much peering at the map and several U- turns on dark, narrow lanes - formed an infinitesimal reflection of the glittering constellations arching over...
Read preview Overview
Prawn Stars
FOOD & DRINK Keep a packet of good-quality prawns in the freezer - they are the ideal ingredient with which to whip up a quick, delicious and easy meal Considering that they are scavenging sea insects, prawns and their relatives are wonderful things....
Read preview Overview
Recommended
WHAT TO DO, SEE & BUY VA - VA VOOMJean Vigo's heart-stopping 1934 masterpiece, L'Atalante, starring Dita Parlo and Jean Dast as a newly-married couple, set the precedent for the French New Wave. It continues to influence film- makers from Franois Truffaut...
Read preview Overview
Redknapp Relishes Title Fight
Tottenham Hotspur have their best ever chance to win the Premier League, according to manager Harry Redknapp. Spurs play Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup this afternoon, but it is their position at the halfway point of the League which has so obviously...
Read preview Overview
Relax If You Feel Left out or Deformed: The Super-Boob Is Officially Over
Breast augmentation If dross like Celebrity Big Brother is any indication of social mores and cultural trends - and believe me, it is - then the edict from the tastemakers is this: boobs are over. You heard me. The inmates of this year's televisual peep...
Read preview Overview
Report Claims Santorum Used Senate Contacts to Earn $1M Contacts to Earn $1M
The heat in winter in New Hampshire is set to rise sharply for the front-runners in the race for the Republican presidential nomination with Rick Santorum facing charges that he has used Capitol Hill contacts to turn himself into a millionaire and Mitt...
Read preview Overview
Rogue Payday Lenders Must Be Closed Down to Protect the Hard-Up
Hardships are continuing for families this year. Housing charity Shelter reckons some seven million vulnerable folk have turned to expensive credit just to pay their rent or mortgages.Borrowing to pay off other debt is a clear sign that finances are...
Read preview Overview
San Diego
48 hours A mild and sunny winter awaits in California's second- biggest city. Simon Calder reports Travel essentialsWhy go now?"Winter" in southern California means mild temperatures and sunny days. The state's second city (after Los Angeles) perches...
Read preview Overview
Scotching Those Canny Tartan Stereotypes Can Be a Bit of a Shock
Following last week's myth-debunking revelation that we Scots are no better or worse with money than any other demographic in this kingdom of disparate races, your hands may have flown to your mouth in shock; your eyes as wide as digestive biscuits;...
Read preview Overview
Snow Patrol
Are you dreaming of powder, pristine slopes and authentic apres- ski? Lois Hechenblaikner's photographs reveal a seamier side of peak season in the Alps. Interview by Holly Williams Every year, the Tyrol region of Austria is transformed into the ultimate...
Read preview Overview
Something to Declare
Warning of the week MaldivesForty years after the first tourist facility opened in the Maldives - the Kurumba Island Resort - the government, judiciary and people of the Indian Ocean archipelago are debating whether to proceed with a ban on spa operations,...
Read preview Overview
'Sometimes I Just Sit on the Bathroom Floor and Burst into Tears'
She's beautiful, in demand and, thanks to those Chanel ads and a blockbuster or two, richer than she cares to tell. But as Geoffrey Macnab discovers, being Keira Knightley isn't as easy it looks. Portrait by James White It's a cold winter morning and...
Read preview Overview
Squadron Can Enjoy Victory Parade
INSIDE TRACK The January blues are not hard to explain. There is the reluctant return to work, or school; the anxiety or regret prompted by the turn of another year; and, of course, that bloody great credit card bill. For those who depend on the Turf...
Read preview Overview
Staying in Films on Television
TODAYDuel in the Sun 1.40pm BBC2 ***(King Vidor, 1946) Intended as his next Gone with the Wind, and dubbed "Lust in the Dust", David O Selznick's Western melodrama cost $5m, and was helmed by seven different directors. Accordingly it is something of...
Read preview Overview
Sun, Sea, Souks and Solitude
Cover story The Arab Spring dawned in Tunisia a year ago, yet tourists have been slow to return to this multi-faceted North African country Ice-cream and fine wine: the bosses of the Swiss conglomerate, Mvenpick, may be wishing they had stuck to those...
Read preview Overview
Taxi for Abbott! Cabbies Call on MP to Quit in Twitter Row
The DIARY You wonder whether Labour MP Diane Abbott will use Twitter again. She spent Thursday morning fending off the news media after a badly- phrased tweet about race was spotted hours after it was posted, sparking a Twitter frenzy in the middle of...
Read preview Overview
Teenage Runaway on a Mission to Change Young People's Lives
The passionate advocate now lectures politicians on the problem of desperate children, says Jonathan Brown Sitting in the lounge of his apartment in one of central Manchester's more prestigious mill developments, Carl Hillier could be just another of...
Read preview Overview
Ten Best Comedy Gigs
Phil Wang MonExpect very good stuff very soon from Phil Wang, winner of Comedy Central's Funniest Student Award last year and Chortle's student gong in 2010. Currently doing the biz as a member of Footlights, his deadpan, smart natter is incredibly assured...
Read preview Overview
Ten Best Events
Bagpuss today & SunLast chance to catch this stage version of the Seventies cult children's television show starring a saggy pink and white cloth cat. Soho Theatre, London W1Swallows and Amazons today to 14 JanSet sail for Wildcat Island in this musical...
Read preview Overview
Ten Best Gigs
Nat Birchall Group WedWith a new album, Sacred Dimension, just out, the saxophonist plays soulful, spiritual, Coltrane-inspired grooves. Vortex Jazz Club, London N16Andy Cutting tonightThe great English melodeon player performs an intimate solo set....
Read preview Overview
Ten Best Gigs
Lanterns on the Lake Wed to FriChamber-folk dreamboats light the way out of the dark and into 2012. Shivers of strings and breeze-soft vocals should soothe all known seasonal hangovers. Touring York, London & CambridgeWolf People FriLupine Brits stick...
Read preview Overview
Ten Best Talks & Festivals
Abi Morgan WedAfter a screening of part of the BBC's new adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong, the screenwriter is joined by director Philip Martin and actor Clmence Posy for a Q&A session. Bafta, London W1The Case for a Shorter Working Week WedA...
Read preview Overview
Terry Baffled by Di Matteo's Talk of Knee Trouble and Eager to Face Portsmouth
The Chelsea captain, John Terry, has dismissed fears that he has a troublesome knee injury and is determined to face Portsmouth in the FA Cup third round tomorrow.The London club's assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo said yesterday that the 31-year-old...
Read preview Overview
Terry Rejects Di Matteo's Talk of Knee Problems
The Chelsea captain, John Terry, has dismissed fears that he has a troublesome knee injury and is determined to face Portsmouth in the FA Cup third round tomorrow.The London club's assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo said yesterday that the 31-year-old...
Read preview Overview
Thatcher's Disciples Do Her No Favours by Covering Up Her Illness
For the first time, the British public can see in graphic detail on cinema screens throughout the country why the woman they elected three times as Prime Minister was unceremoniously bundled out of office by her fellow Conservative MPs. Meryl Streep's...
Read preview Overview
THE 50 BEST Spas
From sublime day breaks to wonderful weekend escapes, Sophie Morris finds luxury retreats for every budget NORTH1 The Devonshire ArmsA unique hideaway in stunning North Yorkshire. This traditional and stylish former coaching inn is known for a warm welcome...
Read preview Overview
The A List
GARDENS Every gardener knows about making a plant list. The tricky thing is what to put on it - with so much choice, it's a struggle to get through the alphabet Choosing plants for the garden is not always the well-regulated affair that it ought to...
Read preview Overview