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 8, 2012

A Golden Age for Dutch Masters
Low tuition fees and the quality of student life mean there's never been a better time for postgraduate study in Holland British students have been notoriously resistant to the idea of foreign study, compared with their Continental counterparts, but...
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Allardyce Laments Lack of Proven Goalscorer
CHAMPIONSHIP WEST HAM UNITED 1 Vaz Te 87 WATFORD 1 Murray 68 Sam Allardyce spent January adding strikers to his West Ham squad, just as in August, but still he fears that he lacks the firepower to secure automatic promotion in May. This game was a case...
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A Modern Outlook to Learning
Are you looking for practical professional training, personal tutoring or a more traditional academic environment? A stay in a four-star hotel, the best of new Dutch cuisine; universities in the Netherlands know how to woo prospective students. These...
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An Exotic Animal from Italy - This Panda Is a Delight
WHEELS, ETC Fiat Panda Twin Air Price: from Pounds 10,750 Engine capacity: 875cc Power output (PS @ rpm): 85 @ 5,500 Top speed (mph): 110 0-60 mph (seconds): 11.2 Fuel economy (mpg): 67.3 CO2 emissions (g/km): 99 Pandas are cute, so cute in fact that...
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Angkor's Away! India Plans Larger Than Life Copy of Cambodia's Iconic Temple
Cambodians protest as construction begins on copy that will be world's tallest Hindu temple It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Not so, perhaps when it comes to ancient Hindu temples.Earlier this week, officials in eastern...
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Antofagasta Chief Quits after Mine Let-Down
The chief executive of FTSE 100 copper mining company Antofagasta has resigned after disappointing investors with the slow progress of development of its new 1bn mine in Chile.News of Marcelo Awad's departure was something of a shock, coming just a week...
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Arsenal Offer Chelsea Vital Lessons, Even in Failure
Contrast between two clubs was writ large: one employs a manager, the other puppets COMMENT Arsenal had a kind of defeat and Chelsea a sort of victory this week but the real division between these clubs fighting for fourth place in the Premier League...
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A Voice of Reason among All the Sound and Fury
Pity the poor radio presenters required to converse with the public on air. When they wrote "people person" on their job applications, they probably imagined themselves engaging in high- minded discussions with the likes of Niall Ferguson or Germaine...
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Back to the Bad Old Days: Karzai Beats Retreat on Women's Rights
President gives support to religious edict that reads: 'Men are fundamental, women are secondary' President Hamid Karzai has backed guidelines issued by Afghanistan's religious council that relegate women to the position of second-class citizens, raising...
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Back-to-Work Programmes Investigated 125 Times
Ministers were urged last night to strengthen checks on companies running employment schemes after it emerged that there had been 125 investigations into providers in the past six years over the use of public money.The disclosure follows the controversy...
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Banks' Support Raises Hopes for Greek Rescue
Greece's 130bn (108bn) financial rescue looked on safer ground yesterday as more banks came out in support of a crucial debt swap designed to slash its debt burden and avoid default.Socit Gnrale, France's second biggest bank, and Italy's UniCredit are...
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Bielsa Not So Bonkers
Man in charge of Bilbao is known as 'The Mad One' but, as Tim Rich reports, United need to be wary of highly-regarded coach tonight As we know from the defence presented at the "trial" of Luis Suarez, South Americans have long called each other by nicknames...
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Billionaires Defy the Worldwide Turmoil - and Get Even Richer
Forbes list reveals Mexico's Carlos Slim is still top of the table with a fortune of $69bn The number of billionaires has hit a new, all-time high despite the global economic turmoil.Forbes - the ultimate publication for the world's super-rich - has...
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Britain Could Do with a Dose of US Democracy
American presidential race You are living in one of the states of the USA that is staging a Republican primary election. You turn on the television and soon the advertisements begin to roll. But there is something different about them. During the few...
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Burberry Luxuriates on Hopes China Will Ease Tax
MARKET REPORT Planning on buying your next handbag in Beijing? Well you may want to hold on a bit. As talk spread yesterday that the Chinese government could be about to slash its taxes on luxury goods, the prospect of consumer demand in the country...
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Cable Says Green Tax Must Be Cut to Save Companies
Cabinet rebel pushes Osborne to remove Pounds 740m burden of commitments to reduce carbon emissions Vince Cable is pushing Chancellor George Osborne to scrap a 740m environmental burden on British business in this month's budget. It is understood that...
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Chatroom Confidential: A Meeting of Minds with the Master Hacktivist Turned FBI Supergrass
Kevin Rawlinson recalls an interview with LulzSec's leader - just as he was switching sides "Message from Sabu", said a small bubble in the bottom corner of the screen. It sat there, flashing orange, indicating that the leader of LulzSec had finally...
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Chess
Today's action comes from Gaziantep in Turkey, where the European Women's Championship is underway.Three events are taking place consecutively: the championship itself; then after a couple of days' break, the Rapidplay Championship; and finally, on 17...
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City's Pounds 400m Etihad Deal 'Improper' - Euro Report
FOOTBALL Manchester City's 400m sponsorship deal with Etihad has been labelled "an improper transaction" by a leading European body in a report that has warned Uefa to ensure that clubs cannot find ways of getting round the Financial Fair Play rules.A...
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City's Pounds 400m Etihad Deal 'Improper' - Euro Report
FOOTBALL Manchester City's 400m sponsorship deal with Etihad has been called "an improper transaction" by a leading European body, in a report that has warned Uefa to ensure clubs cannot find ways of getting round financial fair play rules.A committee...
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City's Pounds 400m Etihad Deal 'Improper' - Euro Report
FOOTBALL Manchester City's 400m sponsorship deal with Etihad has been labelled "an improper transaction" by a leading European body in a report that has warned Uefa to ensure that clubs cannot find ways of getting round the Financial Fair Play rules.A...
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Clitheroe Looks beyond London Olympic Dream
ATHLETICS It was a picture of domestic bliss, 8,000ft above sea level on the slopes overlooking the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. Outside a modest brick-built chalet at Lornah Kiplagat's High Altitude Training Centre in Iten, two pairs of red-dusted running...
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De Gea: Liverpool Nightmare Has Been the Making of Me
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea believes his error- strewn display against Liverpool in the FA Cup has been the making of him as he gets to grips with life in England.The Spanish keeper, who comes face to face with his countrymen for the first...
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Drugs Can Help Late-Stage Alzheimer's, Says Study
More than 100,000 people in the UK suffering the "savage" effects of advanced Alzheimer's disease could benefit from drug treatment to slow its progression. Scientists have shown for the first time that drugs used to slow the disease in its early stages...
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Evgeny Kissin Barbican, London *****
Evgeny Kissin likes to disconcert people, and at this Barbican recital he nipped onstage and started to play before the audience had registered he'd even arrived. We were afloat on the smooth waters of the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata,...
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Find Your Feet on Two Wheels
From the ubiquitous bicycle to three kisses on the cheeks - how to survive student life in the Netherlands Anyone planning on being a student in the Netherlands had better get used to that ringing in their ears. It's not a surfeit of church celebrations...
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Five-Star Messi Runs Riot as Barcelona Score Seven against Hapless Leverkusen
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BARCELONA 7 Messi 25, 43, 50, 58, 84, Tello 55, 62 BAYER LEVERKUSEN 1 Bellarabi 90 Barcelona win 10-2 on aggregate Lionel Messi scored five goals as the European champions, Barcelona, last night confirmed their place in the Champions...
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Fortune Forsakes the Brave: Garrison Town Mourns before It Has Said Goodbye
Deaths of soldiers in advance party bring sorrow to Warminster. Terri Judd reports The town of Warminster had not even had a chance to say goodbye. The parcels they were preparing had yet to be wrapped and the regiment's farewell parade was not until...
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Gandy Seals Place on Nervous Energy
SWIMMING Ellen Gandy will fly home to Australia on Sunday having secured her Olympic place in both the women's fly events and put some welcome distance between her and London 2012. Gandy won the 200m last night to add to her triumph in the shorter distance...
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Get the Cheapest Train Tickets?
How do I... If offered the choice, most of us would follow the old British Rail slogan and "let the train take the strain". Only with year-on- year fare increases hovering around the 6 per cent mark and an anytime return from Euston to Manchester Piccadilly...
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Glad to Be Gay-Friendly
In the end it was a "no-brainer", according to Paddy Storrie, deputy head of St George's, a faith school in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, which today will receive a national award for the way it has tackled homophobic bullying. He had just seen some material...
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Happy Homecoming as Chekhov Tale Works Wonders in Wales
As both a great theatre director and a dramatist of extraordinarily distinctive gifts, Peter Gill is one of Cardiff's most celebrated sons. But it's only now, when he's pushing 73, that he has got round to staging a piece in his native city. Presented...
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Heynckes' Job Is Safe at Bayern, Club Insist
Bayern Munich issued an angrily worded statement yesterday attacking media speculation that their coach Jupp Heynckes' job was under threat following poor recent results."Those in charge of Bayern Munich condemn this outrageous media speculation, which...
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Hinterland by Caroline Brothers Bloomsbury, Pounds 14.99
This intensely evocative novel opens on the border of Turkey, as the snows in the distant Balkans have melted, swelling the river that two brothers must cross. Two Afghani war orphans, 14-year-old Aryan and his eight-year-old brother Kabir, are on a...
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'I Borrow the Tuition Fees and Get Full Grants'
Lower course costs and the possibility of work can help savvy UK students graduate from the Netherlands almost debt free Sam Knight, a 19-year-old student from Surrey, never thought he'd be so pleased, or well rewarded, to wash dishes. By working in...
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India's Lust for Words
NME is set to launch on the Subcontinent - and it's just the latest in a long line of Western magazine brands being embraced by a nation of voracious readers. Simon Usborne reports At Lakme Fashion Week, which ended on Tuesday in Mumbai, Natasha Khurana...
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Isinbayeva Back in Form and Bullish for Istanbul
ATHLETICS The pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and hurdler Liu Xiang are enjoying a return to form in Olympic year and head into this week's World Indoor Championships as favourites for their events but less familiar names are in contention for the sprints.Russia's...
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It Is Now Down to the Team to Keep Lancaster at the Top
MOODY VIEWS So Stuart Lancaster needs a win in the next two games to boost his chances of landing the England job on a permanent basis. It shouldn't be like this, but unfortunately it is. And the players will sense the urgency and know what is required.Indeed,...
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It's All Refreshingly Informal
Dutch universities ask for a motivation letter, CV and grades. Once you've found where you want to go, just apply directly The Netherlands is an attractive study option for UK undergraduates. With some degrees fully taught in English, high academic standards...
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'It's Just Another Reason Not to Vote for Him. as If I Needed One'
Charlie Cooper talks mansion tax with Vince Cable's constituents The London Borough of Richmond is not a bad place to live. Despite the constant drone of Heathrow-bound aircraft, the streets are green and when the sun shines the birds sing.With most...
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It's War between the Old Buffers and the Buff Boys
RETAIL US brand Abercrombie & Fitch stands accused of lowering the tone of London's Savile Row - again. Tim Walker reports There's a queue every day outside Abercrombie & Fitch's flagship London store on Savile Row. The "lifestyle concept" shop opened...
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Just Not Cricket, but the Fraudsters Will Always Be Back for Another Innings
OUTLOOK The following words by JK Galbraith should be read by every aggrieved Allen Stanford investor (the words after that are less essential, being mine). "To the economist, embezzlement is the most interesting of crimes. Alone among the various forms...
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Kick-Start the Revision Process
Today, 8 March, is results day for all those pupils who took A- level exams in January. Traditionally this was known as retake results day, as most of the candidates in this mid-winter session were resitting their papers from the previous summer to improve...
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Labour's Extraordinary Strategy to Be More Ordinary
SIMON CARR'S SKETCH Six soldiers went missing believed dead before PMQs. Total now 400. That's a lot of soldiers; there probably weren't as many MPs in the chamber even though the place was packed. Young men and women fighting, dying in a faraway country...
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Lord Coe Runs into Trouble over 2012 Ticketing 'Secrecy'
Lord Coe has been accused of "obsessive secrecy" and of running a "closed oligopoly" amid a mounting row over the lack of transparency in the ticketing process for London 2012, which has been described as "the Lord Coe Olympics".Paul Deighton, chief...
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Madonna Sets out to Reclaim Crown with a Few Blasts from Her Past
FIRST LISTEN Madonna MDNA Interscope **** With digital technology making it possible to create hits quite acceptably in your spare room, the older studios are feeling the pinch, and keen to find new ways of monetising their profile. Which may be why...
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Mancini Targets Van Persie Signing
Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, arrived in Lisbon yesterday for the Europa League tie with Sporting, but his mind was back in England and on the Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, in particular.City have been linked with a move for the prolific...
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Map out Your Future Plans
From Amsterdam to Zwolle, where to find your ideal Netherlands institution 1. AmsterdamNew Business School(0031 20 427 4286;www.newbusinessschool.nl)Amsterdam School of the Arts(0031 20 527 7710; www.ahk.nl/en)Amsterdam University College(0031 20 525...
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Mary Heilmann: Visions, Waves and Roads Hauser & Wirth, London ****
In the 1970s, Mary Heilmann, an American painter, did something to abstract painting that, at that time, seemed pretty unlikely. She made paintings of blocks, stripes and other shapes that seemed fun and silly one minute, and nightclub seedy the next....
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Mata: Torres Refused Penalty as He Wasn't Top of List
Juan Mata yesterday revealed that Fernando Torres turned down the chance to end his desperate quest for a Chelsea goal against Birmingham City on Tuesday night because he wasn't "first on the list" to take penalties.Mata missed the spot-kick, in his...
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Meet the Most Multi-Lingual Student in the Country
Hats off to Alex Rawlings, who has just been voted Britain's most multi-lingual student of the year. At a time when the UK is widely criticised abroad as the language "dunce" of Europe because of the plummeting numbers that take languages at GCSE, Alex...
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Messi Hits Five While Tiny Apoel Go Through
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Lionel Messi at his breathtaking best tore Bayer Leverkusen apart with a record five-goal Champions League haul last night as Barcelona swept into the quarter-finals 7-1 on the night and 10-2 on aggregate. Meanwhile, in a further piece...
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Minimum Wage to Be Frozen for 20-Year-Olds
Low Pay Commission advises Vince Cable that raising rate could deter employees The national minimum wage for workers aged 20 and under is set to be frozen at less than 5 an hour in an attempt to create more jobs for them, the Government will announce...
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Never Get Embroiled in a Twitter Storm on a Sunday
If you ask me If you ask me, I have decided to interview myself about where I am with the gay community and the Christians as both are calling for my head on a plate and, although I was reluctant initially, once I had promised myself hair, make-up and...
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Now Government Cuts Target Disabled Workers
Disabled to lose jobs as state-funded plants close Nearly 2,000 disabled workers are to be made redundant after the Government announced it is withdrawing its multi-million-pound subsidy from the state-owned disability employer Remploy.In a move described...
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Patrick McBride
Lawyer who enjoyed a high profile outside court Paul McBride, who was found dead in his hotel room during a trip to Lahore in Pakistan, was one of Scotland's most highly respected and prominent criminal lawyers. The 48-year-old was attending a wedding...
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Picking Winners Is a Losing Bet
Industrial policy The political fuss over Vince Cable's leaked letter to No 10 calling for a more coherent industrial policy as the basis for Britain's economic recovery masks a debate that has been going on for decades. Ever since the industrial upheavals...
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Picture Perfect: A Place Where the Mind Can Flourish
High ranking universities, more time with your tutor - and lower fees than the UK. There's a lot to tempt prospective students In his novel The Fall, Albert Camus' narrator addresses the reader with the words: "Holland is a dream, Monsieur, a dream of...
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PM: Lawrence Case Corruption Claims Must Be Examined
MPs' committee to widen standards inquiry to scrutinise allegations of police misconduct Police chiefs were urged by Downing Street last night to examine closely any fresh evidence that the inquiry into Stephen Lawrence's murder had been seriously hindered...
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Poker
Learning to play poker used to be an expensive business. Novices who strayed into casino card rooms often went broke before they had the chance to improve their play enough to hold their own.One drawback was that the stakes were so high. A couple of...
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Publishers Be Damned!
A mild-mannered Cambridge University professor is leading huge numbers of top researchers in a damaging boycott of Reed Elsevier. Stephen Foley explains why Timothy Gowers makes a habit of bringing bright people together to solve big problems. The Cambridge...
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Rangers May Not Finish Season as Club Withdraws from European Competition
The issues around Rangers' finances were laid bare yesterday. The club has been in administration for three weeks.The administrator, Duff & Phelps, released two statements, the first stating that it will be "holding discussions with prospective purchasers...
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Rangers May Not Finish Season as Problems Mount
The issues around Rangers' finances were laid bare yesterday during a day of claim, counter-claim and public horse-trading. The club has been in administration for three weeks, and the expectation was that a decision on redundancies would be announced...
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Rangers May Not Finish Season as Problems Mount
The issues around Rangers' finances were laid bare yesterday during a day of claim, counter-claim and public horse-trading. The club has been in administration for three weeks, and the expectation was that a decision on redundancies would be announced...
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Ratings Agencies Still Refuse to Say Sorry for Helping to Cause the Financial Crisis
The world's biggest credit ratings agencies came under heavy fire yesterday, as they repeatedly refused to apologise to MPs for the debacle over the toxic mortgage-backed securities that triggered the global financial crisis.Senior bosses from Moody's,...
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Redknapp Unmoved by Defoe's Double
FA CUP TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 Defoe 26, 75, Adebayor pen 55 STEVENAGE 1 Byrom pen 4 Harry Redknapp had said that Jermain Defoe needed to take his first-team chances at Tottenham, and the striker certainly did last night. Defoe scored two and helped to make...
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Redknapp Unmoved by Defoe's Double
FA CUP TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 Defoe 26, 75, Adebayor pen 55 STEVENAGE 1 Byrom pen 4 Harry Redknapp had said that Jermain Defoe needed to take his first-team chances at Tottenham. All he can do is score when picked. The striker did so twice last night and...
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Revealed: How Britain's Most Prolific Fraudster Stole Pounds 115m
'Cold-hearted' conman created illusion of success to dupe sport stars and celebrities The ringleader of Britain's biggest-ever "Ponzi" scam conned a host of wealthy businessmen, sports stars and celebrities out of 115m, it can be revealed.Kautilya Nandan...
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Rising Tiger Seeks a 17th World Title
GOLF Fresh from his superb 62 last Sunday, Woods at last looks ready to add to his remarkable WGC record Tiger Woods has already left his own mark in world golf - but history will decide exactly what it means.The number that defines greatness in the...
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Robert B Sherman
Songwriter best known for 'Mary Poppins' and 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Robert B Sherman and his brother Richard wrote some of the best known film songs of the last 40 years, including the scores for such films as Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang...
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Robert Hoozee
Curator and noted expert on British art The culmination of Robert Hoozee's long engagement with English Art, his enormously ambitious survey, British Vision, would eventually assemble over 300 works at the museum he directed in Ghent in the winter of...
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Romney's Gains Set to Bring Pain for Republicans
He triumphed on Super Tuesday - just. But doubts are growing that the front-runner can make it all the way to the White House MITT ROMNEY The Mitt Romney campaign moved aggressively yesterday to argue that victories in six out of 10 states on Super Tuesday...
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Rory V Tiger - Let Battle Commence
GOLF Woods desperate to play down rivalry but it is all anyone can think about at WGC Championship In a complex game, in a crowded scenario, it is far too simplistic to declare that this WGC-Cadillac Championship will be a case of Tiger versus Rory....
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Rory V Tiger - Let Battle Commence
GOLF Woods desperate to play down rivalry but it is all anyone can think about at WGC Championship In a complex game, in a crowded scenario, it is far too simplistic to declare that this WGC-Cadillac Championship will be a case of Tiger versus Rory....
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Secret Justice Is No Justice at All
LEADING ARTICLE It may not be the Justice Secretary's intention to undermine one of the fundamental tenets of an open legal system. But his proposal to expand the use of secret evidence in Britain's courts nonetheless threatens to do so.Granted, the...
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Sense and Sensibility - Birds Have Lots of Both
Nature Studies You think you know the world, at least the general shape of it, the way it works, yet sometimes you are struck by just how far you are from truly comprehending it in all its glorious peculiarity.For example, have you ever remotely considered...
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That's Enough Politeness - Women Need to Rise Up in Anger
International Women's Day To get into the UN Commission on the Status of Women, you have to get past several ranks of large armed men. In the foyer, you can buy UN women-themed hats and tote bags, and pick up glossy pamphlets about this year's International...
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The Bloodiest Day: Blast Kills Six British Soldiers as Toll Passes 400
Deaths in Afghanistan raise questions over safety of Warrior armoured vehicles Six British soldiers are missing, believed killed, after a massive explosion in Afghanistan. The losses mark a new and violent milestone in the war amid indications that the...
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The Book Has a Future - but What Will It Look Like?
Authors ask what happens next for publishing as figures reveal print sales are down 18%. By John Walsh "Is the book doomed?" was the blunt question addressed in the Independent Voices debate yesterday. After a blizzard of glum statistics, the surprising...
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The End of the Afghan War Must Be Accelerated
LEADING ARTICLE The news that six UK soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan was met by duly respectful and stoical tributes yesterday, first in Downing Street, then at the Ministry of Defence, and then in Parliament during Prime Minister's Questions....
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The English Lads Run Chelsea, Says Szczesny
Arsenal keeper mocks player power at Bridge, as Wenger is charged by Uefa for tantrum FOOTBALL 'If we take this form into the League, teams will struggle against us' The English players at Chelsea run the club, according to Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech...
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The Model Railway with No Anoraks in Sight: Louis Vuitton Express Hits Paris
THE CLOTHES The Louis Vuitton Express - or more precisely a turn-of-the-20th- century steam train - pulled into Paris yesterday, bathed in ultraviolet light and filled with model passengers sporting creative director Marc Jacobs' new designs.On this,...
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The Ten Best Family Games
1. Kinect Star Wars3rd April 2012, 39.99 (Kinect)Have lightsaber fights, explore locations from the films or take part on pod racing and X-wing battles. Best for early teens.2. Papo & YoOut summer, TBA (PSN on PS3)An adventure game with a twist, the...
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This Cellular Wireless Standard Goes Up to 11. Well, It's One Faster, Isn't It?
Cyber culture There's a scene in the film Spinal Tap where lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel unveils his custom-made amplifier and points out that the volume settings all go up to 11. When asked why, he says authoritatively: "Well, it's one louder." That...
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Tigers Coach Seething at England's 'Negativity'
There have been any number of conflicts between club and country down the years - most of them fought out in the boardroom; at least one on rugby's version of the picket line - and generally speaking, they have been over substance rather than style:...
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United against a Common Enemy?
As the regime tightens its grip, Syria's rebels are locked in their own feuds. Kim Sengupta reports from Brussels As the uprising against Bashar al-Assad's regime got under way, the political voice leading the dissent supposedly came from the Syrian...
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Urban Classic Barbican, London ****
Mixing classical music with the grime scene might not be something that sounds appealing, but that was the vision for Urban Classic, a mash-up of two different kinds of music and culture, attracting a younger audience to orchestral music in the process.Ms...
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Vaz Te Strike Not Enough to Take Hammers Top
CHAMPIONSHIP WEST HAM UNITED 1 Vaz Te 87 WATFORD 1 Murray 68 A late equaliser by substitute Ricardo Vaz Te was not enough for West Ham to regain the Championship summit but it capped another stirring night of entertainment at Upton Park.An opportunist...
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Vendor Offers Value in Festival Markets
At the best of times, it can be hard enough to find the lane that climbs up to the stables at Barbury Castle. On a morning when the old hangars and airfield fences loom and recede in the fog, it feels as though Nature herself is conspiring in the sequestration...
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Vendor Offers Value in Festival Markets
At the best of times, it can be hard enough to find the lane that climbs up to the stables at Barbury Castle. On a morning when the old hangars and airfield fences loom and recede in the fog, it feels as though Nature herself is conspiring in the sequestration...
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Was Putin's Presidential 'Rival' Really an Undercover Ally All Along?
Vladimir Putin suggested yesterday that when he returns to the Kremlin in May he may offer the oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov a position in his government.Mr Prokhorov, pictured, stood as an independent against Mr Putin in Sunday's presidential election,...
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We Can't Carry on Living off All This Free Money from QE
ECONOMIC LIFE It is three years since interest rates were cut to 0.5 per cent and the bank of England's programme of quantitative easing was announced: 5 March 2009. What was introduced as an emergency policy of monetary stimulus has become the norm....
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Will Wright-Phillips Pay Babestation Penalty?
The DIARY The usual complaint about the bureaucrats of Brussels is that they regulate too much and interfere too much in the free market. But Brussels is too liberal for some parents anxious about what their children are watching. Because we are in the...
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Women Have Their Own Brand of Sexist Banter
Notebook All aboard for a spot of banter-bashing! To briefly re-cap, banter or "bants" is the preferred humour of the graceless half- wit, the sort that might have bought the sexist trousers that surfaced so delightfully on the internet this week (under...
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Write an Anthem, Boys!
I think we first got wind of a possible Olympics commission late last summer. It was, "The BBC want a meeting with you." I said, "Oh really? What about?" They said, "We can't tell you - it's a secret." That was when I thought, "Oh great! They're going...
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Yates of the Yard 'Withheld Phone Records' from Police Leak Inquiry
John Yates, the former Scotland Yard senior detective who dismissed the need to re-open the police's investigation into phone hacking, refused to let other officers examine his own phone records during a leak probe because he was "very well connected",...
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