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 July 10, 2012

After 17 Years, Victims Who Escaped the 'Butcher of Bosnia' Confront Him in Court
Hundreds gather in Sarajevo to remember Srebrenica victims as trial of Mladic reopens in The Hague The trial of the so-called "Butcher of Bosnia", Ratko Mladic, reopened in The Hague yesterday with harrowing testimony from the first prosecution witness,...
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Author, Author! Don DeLillo Steps out of the Wings
The phrase "a play by Don DeLillo" doesn't trip off the tongue quite like "a play by William Shakespeare" or, even, "a novel by Don DeLillo". "I think of myself as a novelist first, always," DeLillo said in 2006. "I think a writer's greatness may well...
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Bopara Back in the Box Seat for Test Series
CRICKET Bairstow is stood down from today's final ODI as Gooch praises rival batsman in his 'prime' England insist they are concentrating solely on the matter in hand. They would say that, wouldn't they? But for many observers there are subjects beyond...
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BrynFest Royal Festival Hall, London ***
There could be no BrynFest (Terfel, that is) without show tunes. But the spectacle of the great Welsh bass-baritone arriving on stage sporting a wrap-around "Madonna" mic is not one I care to repeat in a hurry. He wasn't alone, of course, but such ugly,...
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'Bunting Boost' Lifts Retailers, but June Is a Washout for Sales
A Diamond Jubilee "bunting boost" for the high street saved retailers' blushes last month, but the June deluge washed out sales for the rest of the month, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has reported.Shoppers temporarily put aside fears over the...
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Button 'To Get Aggressive over Car's Slowness'
FORMULA ONE McLaren driver wants answers from his team as they lose pace with Ferrari and Red Bull Jenson Button is going to demand answers when McLaren's technical staff meet today to try and discover why their car has become so slow.The Woking team...
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Carroll Could Make Loan Move to Milan as Liverpool Go for Roma Striker Borini
Rodgers refuses to rule out striker shuffle as he closes in on possible deal for Italian Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was non-committal yesterday on the future of Andy Carroll, as his club closed in on adding Roma's Fabio Borini to the Anfield strike...
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City Scribblers Unite in Carillion Downgrading
INVESTMENT VIEW CARILLIONOUR VIEW: HOLDPRICE: 243.2P (-8.2P)How reliable are the City's scribblers and should private investors pay heed to their recommendations?It's a question worth pondering if you happen to have shares in Carillion, the support services...
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Court Kicks around Volley of Expletives as Terry Trial Starts
Former England captain accused of racially abusing rival player says he was being 'sarcastic' Crowd control barriers kept back the banks of photographers; an excited fan waited kerbside in his Chelsea shirt. The latest, long- awaited clash between titans...
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Demonstrators Disrupt Blair's Comeback Plan
Former Prime Minister forced to cancel address to Labour activists in London After more than five years of focusing on foreign affairs and his business interests, Tony Blair makes his return to domestic politics tomorrow - 48 hours later than expected.The...
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Diamond's Offer to Quit in 1998 over Russia Losses Turned Down
Barclays board 'did not want to know' about splitting investment and retail arms 14 years ago Bob Diamond offered to quit as the head of Barclays Capital 14 years ago but was turned down by the then chief executive Martin Taylor.But Mr Taylor also confirmed...
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Egyptian Troubles Cost Centamin
MARKET REPORT There is not a great deal of confidence around Centamin at the moment. The gold digger may have moved quickly to deny talk it had broken the terms of its agreement with the Egyptian government, but deserting punters still left it as one...
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Embattled Fraud Office Reopens Inquiry into Hedge Fund
SFO's new boss follows Libor move with another major investigation The new director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has performed an unprecedented U-turn by reopening a major fraud investigation dropped by his predecessor last year.David Green quietly...
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Ernest Borgnine
Actor renowned for playing tough guys who also won an Oscar for his sensitive performance in 'Marty' Ernest Borgnine first made a major impact when he played the sadistic Sergeant "Fatso" Judson, who persecutes and later beats to death an Italian private,...
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Farnborough Gets off to a Flier with Orders for Boeing, AgustaWestland and Rolls
Boeing clinched the first big deal of this year's Farnborough Airshow yesterday with a firm, $7.2bn (4.6bn) order to supply 75 of its redesigned 737 Dreamliner planes to Air Lease Corporation, the US plane leaser.The order was announced as the helicopter...
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Football in the Dock as Terry Trial Kicks Off
Ferdinand unaware of racial abuse allegation until shown it on YouTube The Premier League may have established itself as the richest game on earth but yesterday in courtroom one of Westminster magistrates' court it was looking anything like the shiny,...
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Forty-Love to Andy in the Crying Game
Public displays of emotion Murray's blubs saw him join an elite band of damp-eyed sports people. But it's not just athletes enjoying a tear-propelled popularity bounce. John Walsh grabs a hanky There's never been a post-match interview like it. Just...
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Froome's Outstanding Tour Gives Sky a Plan B
COMMENT Yesterday's victory for Bradley Wiggins and second place for Chris Froome give Team Sky a stranglehold on the race that will prove difficult, though by no means impossible, for the other Tour contenders to overcome.The time gaps Sky have already...
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How the Coalition Carved Up the Nhs
In an exclusive extract from his new book, Nicholas Timmins reveals the extraordinary details of a radical deal that left the health service in chaos and the government's reputation in tatters Twelve days after the general election in May 2010 two men,...
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Huge Majority of Peers Opposed to Plans for Elected Second Chamber
Nick Clegg's plans to reform the House of Lords could be killed off by peers even if they survive their troubled passage through the Commons.A ComRes survey of 100 peers found huge opposition to the Coalition Government's plans to replace the 800-strong...
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Hunt for Gunman after Off-Duty Police Officer Is Shot Dead in Street
Armed police were searching for a gunman at large in the Essex coastal town of Clacton-on-Sea last night after an off-duty police officer was shot dead.As a manhunt involving a police helicopter and teams of officers with trained dogs stretched into...
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'I Know How Andy Feels, Sometimes You Wish There Could Be Two Winners out There'
Champion Federer insists his beaten rival has plenty of time to break major duck As someone who has done it, got the T-shirt and wept the tears, Roger Federer had only words of sympathy and encouragement for Andy Murray, the man he had condemned to a...
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I Saw My Husband Punch Shafilea, Admits Mother
Honour killing trial hears dramatic reversal of evidence from accused parent A mother accused of murdering her daughter in an alleged honour killing claimed she was attacked as she sought to stop her husband beating the teenager.A new statement by Farzana...
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Is This an iPad Copy? No, Says Judge: The Original Is 'Cooler'
Critique of Samsung's tablet might sound like an insult - but it's actually good news in latest round of patent battle with Apple The British judiciary has often been mocked for the perception that its leading lights are out of touch with the modern...
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It's a Washout
It was meant to be a 'feelgood' summer. Then the rains came. As the great deluge continues, can Britain keep its head above water? Jonathan Brown counts the cost Back in the fabled summer of 1976, Denis Howell had only been in his job as minister for...
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'It's like Losing a Layer of Skin - You Experience Life More Intensely'
The actress Maryam D'Abo was lucky to survive when she had a brain aneurysm. Her experience inspired a moving film that she hopes will give voice to other sufferers of brain injuries, she tells Jack Watkins Maryam D'Abo describes the sensation of having...
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It's Now or Never - and It Looks like Never
Lords reform A historic milestone will be reached later today when MPs vote yet again on the latest proposals to reform the House of Lords. There is much speculation on what will happen to the Coalition if the key vote on the legislative timetable for...
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It Takes More Than a Stroke of Genius to Become a True Champion
Roger Federer When does talent become genius? We all have a view; but when asked to be precise, it's hard not to sink into the hopelessly circular argument that we know what genius is when we see it. Yet anyone who watched Roger Federer's forensic dismantling...
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I Used to Have My Doubts over Murray. Not Any More
Research is at quite an early stage but apparently there is still a large body of opinion that Andy Murray, rather than making striking progress towards finding a more comfortable place among the most formidable elite his game has ever known, merely...
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'I Wish It Had Been Me That Died, Not Amy ... You Can Help All the Kids but It's Never Going to Take the Grief Away'
Amy Winehouse's father accuses the Government of leaving addicts to die as he talks to Patrick Strudwick about the foundation set up in her name The death of a daughter would knock the stuffing out of most fathers, but one year on Mitch Winehouse's grief...
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Labour Did Not Lean on Me, Insists Bank Deputy
Tucker denies he pressured Barclays to rig rates and casts doubt on Osborne allegations George Osborne's assertion that Labour ministers were "clearly involved" in manipulating interest rates during the financial crisis appeared to be unravelling last...
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Lansley 'Was Shut out of NHS Reform Meetings'
Health Secretary's reform amendments 'ignored' Andrew Lansley was excluded from key meetings at which the Government's highly controversial plans to reform the NHS were first drawn up, a new book serialised in The Independent reveals today.Neither the...
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Lewis: Home Comforts Will Help Brits
ATHLETICS Britain's Olympians will gain an advantage from running on home soil, according to Carl Lewis, one of the greats of the Games.The likes of GB athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, both gold- medal favourites, will have to deal with immense expectation...
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Libyan Poll Favourite: Don't Call Us Secular
Alliance of moderate parties takes lead in election as voters reject Islamist alternative The first round of official results from elections in Libya after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi is expected to show that an alliance of moderate parties was...
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Mancini Beats Ferguson Again as He Signs Deal Worth Pounds 37.5m
City manager doubles his money by agreeing five-year contract which leaves rival in the shade Manchester City secured Roberto Mancini as the man to take them on their onward quest for Continental domination by yesterday making him comfortably the highest-paid...
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Mandelson's Oligarch Friend 'Was Linked to Assassination'
Accusation emerges as Pounds 700m battle over aluminium deal begins at High Court A Russian billionaire with links to Vladimir Putin and the upper echelons of British society was linked to the murder of a banker yesterday as he was accused of lying on...
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Mission Accomplished: Divorce Keeps Lid on Scientology Secrets
Cruise's swift deal heads off court case and gives Holmes sole custody of daughter It was fun while it lasted, but Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have called time on their divorce battle, agreeing to what both sides called an "amicable" settlement which...
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Murray Ponders Miami Break before Olympic Push
Wimbledon finalist anxious not to repeat mistakes of past final defeats as he prepares for busy summer schedule TENNIS Andy Murray is determined not to let the disappointment of losing in the Wimbledon final get in the way of his ambition to win an...
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My Gold Set a Standard for British Cycling. Now, We Lead the Way
OLYMPIC MOMENTS NO 8 CHRIS BOARDMAN (1992) Before the 92 Games, a Brit had not won gold on a bike for 72 years. Chris Boardman remembers how he ended the drought I was very aware, sitting on the start line of the 4,000 metres individual pursuit at...
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Netanyahu Urged to Keep Illegal Outposts
Report denying Israeli occupation of West Bank could unsettle talks with Palestinians A panel appointed by Benjamin Netanyahu has recommended that the Israeli government legitimises and maintains Jewish settlement outposts illegal even under Israeli...
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Now It's the Palestinians Who Want to Get Rid of Blair
The DIARY One reason Tony Blair misses being a British politician could be that he is not getting anywhere as a Middle East peace negotiator. On Friday, he presented the Palestinians with yet another peace plan, backed by the Quartet of the EU, US, Russia...
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Offshore Accounts Hand Obama an Easy Hit in Row over Romney's Riches
President tries to move on from economy with call to end tax cutsAs President Barack Obama's re-election campaign pushes to cast Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, as a champagne candidate bent on protecting the rich, Mr Obama yesterday...
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On the Edge of Nowhere
Once a thriving resort, the Essex village of Jaywick is the poorest place in England. But many of its residents wouldn't live anywhere else. Simon Usborne pays a visit The Brooklands estate makes up the west end of Jaywick, a village on the north-east...
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On the High Street, Bad Weather Helps Sort out the Weak from the Strong
BUSINESS VIEW Sir Stuart Rose, the former chief executive of Marks & Spencer, was famously made to eat his words when a sustained deluge followed his comment "weather is for wimps" in 2007. This is not a phrase that Marc Bolland, the current boss of...
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Opera Al Fresco? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
As she settled into the rhythm of her aria, Julia Riley, singing Dorabella in our current production of Cos fan tutte, felt something scramble on to her hand. With a thousand people hanging on her every word, she glanced down to see a small bat hanging...
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Our Paranoia Is a Victory for Terror
Security A group of outraged Londoners is challenging in law the Government's idea to place surface-to-air missiles on the rooftops of their buildings. Meanwhile, a warship has appeared on the Thames to terrify terrorists, apparently.On the M6, last...
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Out of Focus: Photography Saatchi Gallery, London ****
The first images are brutally focused - contrary to the title of Charles Saatchi's new photographic extravaganza.Beneath a fierce Californian sun, Katy Grannan's transvestites and ageing starlets are exposed: each pan-sticked pore, each ripple of skin....
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PM Blames Clegg for 'Bad Blood' and a Backlash over Lords Reform
'Incensed' Cameron told deputy that Lib Dems' tactics fuelled rebellion ahead of tonight's vote. Andrew Grice reports David Cameron and Nick Clegg clashed yesterday over the Liberal Democrats hardline negotiating tactics ahead of tonights crunch vote...
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Politics Is a Distraction from the Libor Scandal
LEADING ARTICLE There is much to justify the furore over the Libor scandal - Barclays' deliberate manipulations of its interest rate submissions, Bob Diamond's iniquities as chief executive, the possibility of collusion by the Bank of England, Whitehall,...
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Red Faces All Round as Murky World Is Exposed
A low point for football on a landmark day as foul language and embarrassed lip-readers dominate proceedings It was the moment Anton Ferdinand was asked to demonstrate to the court the "shagging gesture" he had directed at John Terry that one assumed...
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Relieve the Sporting Tension with Auntie Sylvia
If you ask me If you ask me, post-Wimbledon and pre-Olympics, I would like to offer the services of my Auntie Sylvia to all of those who feel compelled to watch competitive sport but cannot endure the uncertainties.My Auntie Sylvia will not, I think...
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Rihanna Rocks Cleopatra Look and Brings a Little Sunshine to Damp Squib
It may have some heavy corporate branding and a mainstream line- up, but London's big pop event fared much better than Bloc Weekend, which was cancelled due to overcrowding on Friday night.In fact, this was a festival dominated by strict security, noise...
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Roubles Talk in British Courts
LEADING ARTICLE Those in Britain with an appetite for intricate court cases have already enjoyed a vintage year, with the lawsuit brought by the exiled Russian oligarch, Boris Berezovsky, against Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea Football Club (and...
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Russia Cuts off Assad's Military Lifeline to Leave Regime out in the Cold
Move by Moscow is strongest signal that support for long-time ally is on the decline Russia will cease deliveries of arms and fighter planes to Syria until the situation in the country stabilises, an official said yesterday, a move that would ratchet...
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Saintly Rock Caught in an Unholy Row
It's one of France's best-known attractions - but a spiral of neglect has put its World Heritage status at risk. Now, rival camps trying to exploit the tide of tourists are locked in a bitter and costly battle over its future. John Lichfield reports...
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Sarah Finds Strength in Adversity
Taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson is dealing with the pain of losing both her parents. She tells Robin Scott-Elliot she will honour their memory in London Sarah Stevenson is lying down. "Do you mind?" she says. She lifts her legs off the ground and rests...
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Second Best Is Not Good Enough for a Bmw Chief
Ian Robertson, a former Rolls-Royce boss and a possible future head of BMW, talks to Mark Leftly about Britain's car industry MADE IN BRITAIN AUTO MANUFACTURERS Ian Robertson looked on as arguably Britain's greatest-ever athlete, Daley Thompson, held...
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Secretly, We Long for an Alien Invasion
Notebook Unwrap your foil hats: this weekend was the 65th anniversary of the Roswell landings, and it seems like a vast number of people still believe the US government is concealing information about UFO landings in New Mexico. Since there is still...
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Sergio Pininfarina
Car designer hailed for his classic Ferrari marques The name of Pininfarina is indelibly associated with the Ferrari supercar marque. The design house, which was led by Sergio Pininfarina for 40 years, created many legendary Ferrari designs, including...
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So Serious a Bill That Even Gordon Gets the Call
SIMON CARR'S SKETCH Who was that on the bridge fighting off Lars Porsena and his hordes? He and two others holding off a thousand in those days "when none was for a party and all were for the state". That's what young Nick Clegg gave us yesterday - though...
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Spain's Deficit Targets Slip as Economy Double Dips
Spain's budget deficit will only fall to 6.3 per cent of GDP this year as the eurozone's fourth largest economy shrinks faster than previously expected, the European Commission said yesterday.The Commission had previously told Spain to reduce its deficit...
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Statutory Regulation Would Not Work, Says Press Chief
Any attempt at statutory regulation of Britain's press would be "continually challenged" in the courts by the newspaper industry, the Leveson Inquiry heard yesterday.A regime of serial legal action against parliamentary involvement in press freedom was...
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Strong Suit's Stable Takes Pounds 11,000 Punt on July Cup and the Weather
RACING Even before her scare at Ascot, Black Caviar's trainer had taken one look at the undulations of the July Course and abandoned any notion of sticking around for the Darley July Cup. Moonlight Cloud, who so nearly ruined the Australian champion's...
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Student Killer: I Love Jail - Lock Me Up for 65 Years
A man charged with shooting dead an Indian student in cold blood was accused of mocking Britain's judicial system yesterday after taunting the jury with the words: "I love prison. Lock me up for 65 years."Lawyers clashed with Kiaran Stapleton, 21, when...
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Team GB Has Already Set an All-Time Record: 262 Olympian Women, Aged from 15 to 51
At 15, Rebecca Tunney - aka 'The Twiglet' - is among a bumper female contingent While most 15-year-old girls enjoy a relaxing break from school this summer, Rebecca Tunney will be taking on the world's finest athletes in front of a television audience...
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The Arab Spring Has Given Way to an Islamist Summer, but Not Here
ANALYSIS Of the countries of the Arab spring that overthrew repressive regimes, the conflict in Libya was the most vicious and prolonged. This led to the conclusion that the people who would emerge in power would be the Islamist fighters who were increasingly...
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The British Have Started to Enjoy Failure
The Way We Live This great summer of running and jumping, of kicking and hitting balls, was never going to be predictable. Some thought that London's hosting of the Olympic Games would bring out the kind of emotional, flag-waving patriotism not usually...
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The Mooo-Ton Rothschild for Madame? Cows Have a Tipple to Beef Up Flavour
The French are known to like their beef, and they also like their wine. In the southern village of Lunel-Viel, in the Hrault department in southern France, some farmers have taken the next step and are feeding wine to their beef cattle on the principle...
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The Odds Could Be against Betfair as Cypriots Plan to Ban a Losing Bet
OUTLOOK The word controversial is never far away from Betfair, the online betting exchange which allows users to act as bookies by "laying" horses to lose as well as backing them to win. It is the latter which causes a fuss, most recently in Cyprus where...
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The Weight of a Human Heart by Ryan O'Neill Old Street, Pounds 9.99
Ryan O'Neill was born in Glasgow and has lived in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. This mirrors the geographical spread of his first story collection, of pithy, tragi-comic vignettes. Several of the protagonists are writers or teachers, exhibiting...
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T in the Park Balado, near Kinross ****
When Glastonbury takes a year off, smaller festivals have a chance to mark out for themselves as much of the massive void left behind as possible. In the case of T in the Park, the largest in Scotland and one of the nation's top five, two areas were...
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Tories Plan to Axe Pensioners' Benefits
Manifesto may target winter fuel, bus passes and prescriptions Tories consider cutting welfare payments for better-off pensioners Better-off pensioners should lose their winter fuel payments and free prescriptions, bus passes and television licences,...
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Tucker Makes Spectacle of Himself in Room 101
COMMENT Paul Tucker doesn't seem to have a lot of love for the Treasury Select Committee. It seems scarcely credible, but the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England actually requested that its MPs grant him a hearing.If his facial impressions were anything...
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What Price That United Could Be the Rangers of the South?
In all the machinations of the football summer, the hawking of Robin van Persie, the impending sale of Luka Modric and the latest "project" of AVB, no one from the executive office of the Premier League - to the backstreets of Salford - can have missed...
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What's the Worst That Can Happen If You Take to the Dancefloor?
LIFE ON MARSDEN Dancing badly in public should become a less daunting prospect as you get older. The self-consciousness that blighted your youth ought to evaporate. Pay no more heed to the laughter that greets your innovative, hobby-horse-like prancing...
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Wiggins Delivers Virtuoso Display to Create Devastating Advantage
Briton claims his first Tour stage win to move nearly two minutes ahead of closest rival Team Sky delivered their second heavy blow to the rest of the field in three days yesterday as Bradley Wiggins stretched his lead with his first ever Tour stage...
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