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 15, 2012

A Little Work Goes a Long Way
Getting a job at university can make all the difference, just don't forget to study For Laura Lea, working part-time while studying for her English literature degree at King's College London was inevitable. With her student loan barely covering the high...
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An England Hero Reaches His Century
In the week of Andrew Strauss's 100th cap, Angus Fraser pays tribute to his former team-mate, a tough player with a brilliant work ethic who will not have enjoyed the Pietersen saga When Kevin Pietersen sits down to reflect on what has taken place over...
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Assad Regime 'Controls Less Than a Third of Syria', Claims Former Premier
The former Syrian Prime Minister yesterday delivered a withering assessment of the regime's grip on power, describing it as on the brink of collapse with President Bashar al-Assad's forces in control just a third of the country.In his first public appearance...
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At Last We're Correcting the Errors of the Boom Years
Economics What happens next? There is always a sense of unease in August, a feeling that there are autumn storms just around the corner, but this year all has been pushed aside by the triumph of the Olympics. So will those concerns now return with a...
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Bad News for Reuters
As far as its customers are concerned, the value of the agency's services is diminishing, reports Stephen Foley in New York It is 161 years since Paul Julius Reuter, a German-born entrepreneur whose first venture in the news business was sending carrier...
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Ball Back in ECB's Court as Pietersen Apologises
England batsman finally says sorry for rogue texts while Strauss laments 'airing dirty laundry in public' CRICKET Pietersen regret the latest turn in England's summer of discontent Kevin Pietersen last night apologised for sending inappropriate text...
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Barcelona Close to Clinching Pounds 15m Move for Arsenal's Song
The Barcelona vice-president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, flew to London yesterday to tie up midfielder Alex Song's 15m move from Arsenal.Bartomeu returned to Barcelona last night confident that Song will sign in time for their first La Liga game of the season...
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Bresnan Plays Dumb over KP but Gives Backing to Bairstow
Fellow Yorkshireman is great replacement, insists all-rounder, as Pietersen text saga apparently completely passes him by England began life without you know who yesterday. If the first day was anything to go by it might yet be fine and dandy. Of course,...
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Bridge
The Birman family from Israel were well represented at the 2012 European Championships. David and Daniela were playing together in the Seniors, while their son Alon, holder of European and World Junior titles, was playing in the Open. Sadly, both generations...
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Britain Aims for a Rio Grand Haul
UK Sport believes the potential is there for our athletes to win even more medals in four years, but first it must determine the level of support each sport will receive for 2016, writes Robin Scott-Elliot Britain's Olympic sports have the potential...
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Chechen Man to Be Extradited to Russia over Alleged Plot to Kill Putin
A Chechen man accused of plotting to assassinate Vladimir Putin will be extradited to Russia from neighbouring Ukraine, a court in the city of Odessa decided yesterday. Adam Osmayev, who was arrested in Ukraine in March, will now be delivered to Russia...
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Civil Servant Jobs to Depend on Appraisals by Politicians
Cabinet Office minister wants Whitehall review to stop officials from hindering policies Ministers are to get direct input into the annual appraisals of their permanent secretaries amid concerns that some civil servants are attempting to "pick and choose"...
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Commuters Plead with Osborne to Prevent 10% Rise in Rail Fares
Protests at stations after shock inflation rise means annual hike will be bigger than expected George Osborne was under pressure last night to step in to cap rail fare price rises after it emerged that the cost of a train ticket could go up by more than...
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Feisty Fighting Tale Packs Plenty of Punch
Chloe Jackson has just one more fight to win before she gets the chance to live her dream - to box for Team GB at the Olympics. So begins Bitch Boxer, one of five plays that have been brought up to the Fringe by Old Vic New Voices (OVNV), a new venture...
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Ferguson Confident Arsenal Will Sell Van Persie for Pounds 20m
Manchester United will hold firm on their valuation of Robin van Persie but remain convinced the player will join them before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.Arsenal's insistence on placing a 30m price tag on the 29-year- old Dutch...
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Forget the Daleks, the Doctor Is Bent on World Domination
FIRST NIGHT DOCTOR WHO: ASYLUM OF THE DALEKS BFI Southbank London **** Doctor Who has travelled galaxies since Michael Grade axed the faltering sci-fi show from BBC1 in 1989 on the grounds that it had become "rubbish". For the new series opener "Asylum...
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Groupon a Bargain? No, It's Just Another Dot.com Cock-Up
OUTLOOK It's just the sort of bargain lucky punters might root out on a discount website. Once on sale for $20, now going cheap for $6. Quick - where do I enter my credit card details?Yet Groupon, the website that promises to offer the best daily deals...
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Has Obama Just Been Handed Victory on a Plate?
US Republicans Any decision with the potential to nudge world history towards a different path, laden with infinite possible ramifications and the sort of unknowables that time alone can demystify, demands a sober, balanced and delicately nuanced analysis....
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Helen Gurley Brown
Bestselling author and editor of Cosmopolitan Helen Gurley Brown was the editor of Cosmopolitan and the author of the controversial, bestselling 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl. She was later the catalyst for the hugely popular Sex and the City series...
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Here's How to Teach Football Some Humility
Sport Chris Hoy and Steve Redgrave must be put in charge of public services immediately. Because the argument that the Government makes all the time - that essential cuts in funding won't harm the quality of whatever they're cutting - they lost their...
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Hodgson Hopes Terry Will Be 'Freed' Again over Racism Charge
Roy Hodgson reluctantly entered the debate over John Terry's Football Association race charge when he admitted last night that he hoped the independent regulatory commission sitting in judgement on the case clears the Chelsea captain.The England manager,...
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How to Do the Post-Breakup Interview
Relationships Robert Pattinson's appearance on The Daily Show on Monday was the Twilight actor's first interview since his very public split with Kristen Stewart. Host Jon Stewart's half-attempts to draw sound bites out of him involved pulling out a...
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Hunt Told: Don't Pretend Olympics Helped Tourism
Hunt under fire for claim that Games were good for tourism Small businesses have responded furiously to claims by the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that the Olympics were "a very good period" for tourism.Travel organisations and shopkeepers around...
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In the Night Market: How French Refuse to Surrender to the Recession
Notebook They do things differently in France. Even recessions. The whole of France is supposed to be face la crise, bracing themselves for economic disaster. This week premier Franois "Monsieur Normal" Hollande celebrated the first 100 days of his...
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Lampard: Comparing England with Team GB Is Unfair
Captain says team-mates should not take all the blame for game's beleaguered position It is the international friendly no club wanted to be played and football is the sport that is getting it in the neck in some quarters for failing to live up to the...
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Last Night's Viewing
Every episode of Jimmy McGovern's crime-and/ or-punishment anthology drama Accused begins with its protagonist in the dock, and then unfurls the story in flashback. We know already that things are going to end badly, because: (1) the protagonist is in...
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'Le God' Preaches New Gospel for Coaches
Matt Le Tissier has had enough of being 'patronised on rubbish courses' so he is launching his Natural Coaching school to bring on the next generation of flair players. He talks to Pete Jenson Matt Le Tissier always did do things a bit differently. Why...
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Look out, Tom Jones - the Bayfords Are on the Rich List
Huge lottery win has come after 'a really tight month', say couple with Pounds 148m to their name "It's come at just the right time," said Gillian Bayford of her EuroMillions lottery win, as if there could ever be a wrong time to have 148m land in your...
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Make Sure You're Covered
You'll miss that smartphone or laptop if they're gone - so it pays to get them insured When 20-year-old Chloe Glews arrived from her home in Stourbridge to study at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, she was looking forward to all of the excitement...
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Make Your Break a Masterpiece
A picture-perfect trip is yours for the taking thanks to a range of companies devoted to helping you explore the finest art. Kate Simon sketches out the new Grand Tours What's the attraction?There's nothing new about travelling in search of cultural...
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More Nourishing Drama from a Truly Gutsy Playwright
Britain's "most promising playwright" is considering her hopes for her work. "My main aim," she says after some time, "is to avoid working in an office." Penelope Skinner was 30 when her first play, Fucked, opened at the Old Red Lion Theatre - old enough...
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Muslim Brothers 'Abused' by Rivals' Parents on Chess Trip
A gifted young English chess player was physically assaulted and his family subjected to Islamophobic abuse by other parents during a recent competition in Austria, his father claims.The alleged fracas has plunged the sport's governing body in England...
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'My Dad Was Treated like Lost Luggage on Dementia's Carousel'
When her father was diagnosed with dementia, Arifa Akbar embarked upon a journey through an abusive and negligent care system. In the first of a four-part series on the illness, she asks why, if we're all living longer, we still treat long-term sufferers...
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NBC Rejects Calls to Cancel Show That 'Glorifies War'
Nobel peace laureates led by Desmond Tutu condemn controversial reality show The moral weight of nine Nobel Peace Prize winners is no match, it seems, for the commercial might of one of America's biggest broadcasters.NBC, fresh from shrugging off the...
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No Medals, No Money: UK Sport Plays Hardball with 2012 Failures
The cheers of the crowd have barely died away but already minority sports that revelled in their moment in the Olympic sun are facing the realities of a tough future.Britain fielded a handball team for the first time in the Olympics, while water polo...
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PIL Forum, London *****
Now that John Lydon, *e Rotten, is no longer being targeted, feared and beaten in the street as a folk devil, it's possible to see his constantly oppositional art more clearly. On a sultry night in his north London home patch, among a fine crowd with...
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Prepare Yourself to Really Enjoy Uni
Learn to manage your cash before leaving home and you'll find it much easier to balance your studies and social life Money is an international preoccupation - and never more so than in the midst of a recession. It usually follows that the people who...
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Prom 37: The Apostles/Halle Orchestra and Choir/Elder Prom 38: Spence Royal Albert Hall, London ****/***
All critics have their blind spots and mine is Elgar, so it was with curiosity rather than hope that I went to hear The Apostles. Elgarians claim this oratorio is a great work woefully neglected and, with Mark Elder conducting the Hall orchestra and...
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Ramsey Willing to Forget His in Jury Feud with Shawcross
Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has pledged to put his personal differences with Ryan Shawcross to one side in a bid to lead his country to the 2014 World Cup.Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, wants to call English-born Shawcross into his squad for the Group...
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Ramsey Willing to Forget His INJURY Feud with Shawcross
Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has pledged to put his personal differences with Ryan Shawcross to one side in a bid to lead his country to the 2014 World Cup.Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, wants to call English-born Shawcross into his squad for the Group...
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Review into Money-Off Deals for Cosmetic Surgery
Women signing up for cosmetic surgery could be compelled to wait for several weeks before having the procedure as part of a mandatory "cooling off period" being considered by the Government.The Department of Health yesterday announced a major review...
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Russian Railways on Track for Float in London
Russia's giant, state-owned railway company is eyeing a London float in a part-privatisation that would value it at more than 1.7trn roubles (33bn).Russian Railways, whose assets include 85,200km of track, 1 million employees and 1 billion passengers,...
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Sir Bernard Lovell
Radio astronomer and driving force behind the Jodrell Bank telescope Sir Bernard Lovell, who died on 6 August aged 98, built the Jodrell Bank telescope. This achievement, at a time of post-war austerity in the Fifties, cannot be over-estimated. Some...
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Standard Chartered Stumps Up $340M for Iran Links
Eleventh-hour settlement with New York regulators over sanction- busting charges Standard Chartered agreed last night to pay $340m (217m) to settle sanctions-busting allegations in the US, protecting its valuable New York banking licence and averting...
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Stelling Predicts Gloomy Seasons for Villas-Boas and Di Matteo
Presenter tells Jack Gaughan why he fears for the Spurs and Chelsea managers and advises Mancini to stop his moaning There is always a collection of sure-fire signs that the Premier League season is looming. Arsenal are trying to hold out for the best...
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Ten Tricks for Budget Balancing
STUDENT SPEAK Buy before you tryDon't leave yourself a list of things to buy when you arrive - bring as much as you can with you (preferably paid for by your parents). Your student loan can seem huge at first, but alcohol, toiletries and takeaways will...
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The Art of Never Saying Never
Leadership When it comes to political ambition - how do you say "no", when you really mean "yes"? Just change the subject, says Andy McSmith Assume that you are a deeply ambitious politician. You want to be prime minister, but you are not leader of...
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The Empress Strikes Back
If the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, keeps a portrait of Catherine the Great of Russia in her study, it is not, one hopes, because of the Russian Empress's expansionist foreign policy or the extravagance of her court let alone the string of lovers...
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The Message Is Clear: Speak Up, but Be Ready to Pay the Price
COMMENT Recent scandals at Mid Staffordshire, Winterbourne View and Royal Sussex Hospital have made the Department of Health and CQC stress the importance of whistleblowers in raising standards of patient care, emphasising the legal protection in place...
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The Original Parc Life
As a teenager, Tracey Davies's eyes were opened to the delights of the very first Centre Parcs in the Netherlands. Returning with her own children proved even more gratifying "If it's good enough for Judith Chalmers then it's good enough for us," was...
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These Elections Will Just Hold Back Police Reform
LEADING ARTICLE Three months tomorrow, voters in England and Wales will go to the polls to choose local police and crime commissioners - at least, some voters will. The prevailing impression is of widespread apathy, with a turnout perhaps below 20 per...
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They Lived the American Dream and Started to Build Their Own Palace. Then Came the Credit Crunch
Meet the King and Queen of Versailles David Siegel was living the American dream. A self-made billionaire, married to a former model 31 years his junior, he travelled in private jets and lunched on caviar. Evenings found him at Florida's most exclusive...
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'They Were Saying I Was Mad. the Lengths They Were Willing to Go to Were Shocking'
When CQC board member Kay Sheldon spoke out against the health watchdog, it immediately began a concerted campaign to discredit her, she tells Nina Lakhani The head of the health watchdog, Dame Jo Williams, cast doubt on the mental stability of a high-profile...
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'This Is Not a Trial. It Is an Attempt to Legitimise a Death Threat'
The man accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks has been detained for nine years. Now his lawyer accuses the authorities of torture and says plans for justice are a sham. By Terri Judd A US Army officer representing one of Guantanamo Bay's most notorious...
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This Week: We Fell Foul of Ryanair's Rules on Luggage. Is the Airline Allowed to Be So Strict and Inflexible?
Q&A TRAVEL UNRAVELLED Q I have just come back with my wife from a fabulous holiday in Mallorca arranged via onthebeach.com. However, the site booked us to travel with Ryanair. At Manchester airport we checked in two cases that we thought were on the...
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Time for a Re-Think on Rail Fares
LEADING ARTICLE The travelling public is, unsurprisingly, indignant at the news that rail fares in England are to rise by 6.2 per cent in January - double the rate of inflation. Indeed, some fares will increase by as much as 11 per cent. And for services...
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Troubled Eurozone Threatened by Another Recession
The eurozone is teetering on the edge of recession even as the dominant German economy continues to expand, official figures showed yesterday.Output across the 17-member currency bloc fell by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2012, having registered...
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Twice over Has First Crack at Stopping Stablemate Frankel
RACING Sadly it already seems certain that Frankel will end his career without exploring the full reach of his talent, but at least nobody will be able to reproach those responsible for their approach to his next start. For not only will they finally...
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Two British Soldiers Suspected of Murdering Kenyan Woman
Case comes to light after rights organisation expresses frustration at inquiry's lack of progress Two British soldiers are being investigated over the murder of a 21-year-old woman in Kenya, whose body was found stuffed inside a septic tank.The killing...
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Violence at Mine Hits Lonmin Shares
MARKET REPORT Following violent clashes at its major mine in South Africa, Lonmin was among the worst fallers in the Square Mile yesterday. The platinum group finished at the bottom of the FTSE 250 as fighting between unions that has claimed a number...
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We Don't Need Kevin in Our Side to Win at Lord's
VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE When we left Leeds after drawing the second Test against South Africa, there was a sense that the momentum had shifted in our favour and we were in a positive frame of mind. A lot has happened since then but I can assure you we are...
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What Did We Miss? the London 2012 Refuseniks Return Home
Not everyone was gripped by Games fever. In fact, some even left Britain to avoid it... They are the Olympics refuseniks: the people who gave the Games a wide berth and - in some cases - got out of the UK altogether. Some sought an escape route, while...
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What's Trying to Please a Man Got to Do with Feminism?
Helen Gurley Brown Sexual intercourse, said Philip Larkin, began in 1963. In America, it began the year before. Sexual intercourse began, at least for women, or at least for unmarried women, in 1962. It began when a 40-year-old woman called Helen Gurley...
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What Would You Have Done If You'd Found a Closing Ceremony Ticket.?
Bogus letters were left around London to test city's new-found public spirit. Charlie Cooper has the results Something strange has been happening in London.Inspired by the smiling army of pink-and-purple-clad Olympic volunteers who have helped overseas...
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You Can Take the Politicians out of the Office
Work shoes in Majorca? Jeans when it's 30 degrees? It can mean only one thing - Parliament's in recess. Harriet Walker reports I remember offering some style advice to David Cameron last summer - the last time he chose to go on holiday in his work shoes,...
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