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 April 5, 2011

Abner Stein
Literary agent who championed American writing in the United Kingdom For more than 30 years Abner Stein was one of London's most successful but least visible literary agents; this despite the fact that he worked with a select group of American agents...
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After the Fall: Ex-Leader's Daughter Bids for Power
Keiko Fujimori is among the frontrunners in Peru's presidential campaign, overcoming allegations of corruption and her father's tainted legacy. Simeon Tegel reports from Lima A decade after the disgraced president Alberto Fujimori fled Peru amid an election-rigging...
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Aggreko Has Some Powerful Attractions
Investment Column Our view: buyShare price: 1,678p (+84p)The earthquake and tsunami in Japan were so horrific it feels wrong even to recognise that there may be beneficiaries. But as life goes on, and the recovery swings into action, beneficiaries there...
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Agony for City Fans as Cup Tickets Are Stolen
Manchester City's ticket allocation for the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United may be reduced by 900 after that quantity of tickets was stolen from a Royal Mail van near the club's stadium.The tickets - all for City fans - were inside two bags...
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A History Lesson That Hits Home
Last Night's TV Timeshift: Crime & Punishment - the Story of Corporal Punishment / BBC4 My Brother the Islamist / BBC3 Bored to Death / Sky Atlantic In 2002, shortly before he took up his new job as Archbishop of Canterbury, I interviewed Dr Rowan...
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Alterian Boss Quits on Profits Slump
The chief executive of Alterian has left the marketing software group after it warned on profits yesterday. Analysts believe it is now more vulnerable to a takeover approach.Alterian's shares plunged 19 per cent to 154p as the board revealed profits...
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An Ambridge Too Far? an Everyday Tale of Rebranding
'Archers' fans are agog for the new youth-oriented version of their favourite series, which starts today. Paul Vallely reports Five million Archers addicts will find out at 10 o'clock this morning whether the dumpty-dumpty-dumpty-dum signature tune of...
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Anger over Plan to Close Small Maternity Units
Small NHS maternity units face closure to improve safety standards and help economies across the health service.Experts said yesterday that those maternity units lacking access to specialist expertise should be closed to protect the lives of mothers...
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Arts Community Unites to Call for Release of Dissident AI Weiwei
A global campaign was gathering pace last night for the release of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who was detained by authorities on Sunday while attempting to board a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong. Tate director, Sir Nicholas Serota, and the...
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A Sad Symptom of How Badly We Treat Disability
Katie Price, Frankie Boyle and Channel 4 in storm over Ofcom ruling on 'joke' Katie Price has attacked the media regulator Ofcom for failing to demand that Channel 4 broadcast an apology for remarks made by the Glaswegian comedian Frankie Boyle about...
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As Western Leaders Look for an Exit, Here Is an Option That May Prove Irresistible
Analysis The emergence of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi as a player in the current, if opaque, moves to end the Libyan crisis poses some sharp questions for the Western powers - including Britain.That he convinced several people in the previous British government...
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Ayerza and Marler Banned over Stoop Brawl
RUGBY UNION Loose-head props of a high calibre are rare beasts indeed: France, for instance, are in a panic over the knee injury suffered by Thomas Domingo, perhaps the number one No 1 in the game, while playing for Clermont Auvergne at the weekend -...
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Bale Not for Sale Unless You've Got Pounds 80m Spare, Says Redknapp
Tottenham manager worried that loss of winger would lead to break- up of his side Harry Redknapp said last night that if Real Madrid wanted to buy Gareth Bale they would have to pay the same kind of 80m figure it took to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo as...
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Bale Not for Sale Unless You've Got Pounds 80m Spare, Says Redknapp
Tottenham manager worried that loss of winger would lead to break- up of his side Harry Redknapp said last night that if Real Madrid wanted to buy Gareth Bale they would have to pay the same kind of 80m figure it took to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo as...
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Bale Not for Sale Unless You've Got Pounds 80m Spare, Says Redknapp
Tottenham manager worried that loss of winger would lead to break- up of his side Harry Redknapp said last night that if Real Madrid wanted to buy Gareth Bale they would have to pay the same kind of 80m figure it took to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo as...
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Bank Customers at Risk after Details Are Hacked
Customers of many of the world's biggest banks and numerous other companies are being warned to expect fake emails trying to lure them to part with their log-in details, after what could be one of the biggest data breaches of the internet era.The company...
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Bank Holidays That Just Spell Trouble
If you're reading this on the way in to work, your heart heavy at the prospect of another day slaving away for The Man, it could be worse. It could be a Bank Holiday. By this time next month, most of us will have enjoyed four extra days off work. Whether...
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Biofuel Targets Could Undermine the Environmental Benefits
COMMENT Greenhouse gas savings are a key reason for the European Union's target for 10 per cent of transport fuel to come from renewable energy by 2020. Member states' renewable energy plans indicate that nearly all of this quota will be in the form...
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BP Still Battling to Save Its Pounds 10bn Rosneft Deal
BP remained locked in confrontation with its Russian partners last night as the tribunal tasked with ruling on the oil giant's share-swap plans was forced into a second day.The judges are to decide whether BP's proposed $16bn (9.9bn) share-swap with...
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Brenda Moon
University librarian who had a clear vision of the transformative effects of digitisation In 1980 Brenda Elizabeth Moon was appointed chief librarian of the University of Edinburgh, so becoming the first woman to hold such a post in Scotland, and one...
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Business Diary
Nomura ignores a nasty precedentWas Nomura, the investment bank, tempting fate by asking George Osborne to open its new European headquarters in the heart of the City yesterday? After all, the last high-profile headquarters opening of this type by a...
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Call Waiting: Colao Has Yet to Make the Big Decisions at Vodafone
OUTLOOK It's a marathon not a sprint. That might be the best way to characterise where Vittorio Colao, chief executive of Vodafone, now stands with his plans to refocus the telecoms giant. The sale of Vodafone's minority stake in France's SFR amounts...
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Charlotte Hogg Executive Director, Santander
The business on... Do I know her?You may be more familiar with her parents. Her father, Douglas, was an MP for more than 30 years, stepping down at last year's election. He may be best remembered, in the end, for claiming the cost of moat cleaning on...
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China Cuts off Its Nose to Spite Its Face
Leading Articles Ai Weiwei THE ARTIST Ai Weiwei vanished at Beijing airport two days ago on his way to board a flight to Hong Kong. His assistant said he was taken away by border guards; since then there has been no word of his whereabouts. It must be...
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Classical
Noriko Ogawa: Tsunami Appeal Kings Place, London **** Opening her piano recital with "La Cathdrale Engloutie", Noriko Ogawa brought out the majestic pathos of Debussy's submerged edifice: the perfectly-weighted chords created a heavy swell, and the...
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Clegg Targets 'Who You Know' Culture of Work Experience
Nick Clegg will today call time on the "who you know" culture that prevents many young people from modest backgrounds securing work experience and internships.The Civil Service will ban "informal" internships or work experience lasting more than a week...
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Cracks Show in Flat Family Portrait
The Tuesday Book DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW By Joanna Trollope DOUBLEDAY, Pounds 17.99 Order for Pounds 16.19 (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030 In recent years Joanna Trollope's fiction has been rooted in the smart urban enclaves of Hoxton,...
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Cross-Channel Deal Puts Bid Spotlight on Croda
Market Report A multibillion-euro deal on the Continent helped to drive Croda International to a new all-time high last night, while hopes were also raised that the speciality chemicals group could be on its way to becoming a blue-chip company.It touched...
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Cutting Down on Cases of Mistaken Identity
Yvonne Cook examines the methods being used to improve the accuracy of eyewitness evidence The phrase "I saw it with my own eyes" can sound convincing in a court of law. But eyewitness identification has been responsible for serious miscarriages of justice....
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Defence Cuts Hit 2,600 Army and Navy Staff
Swingeing cuts to the Army and Navy were announced yesterday at a time when many are already complaining that operations in Afghanistan and Libya are leaving them stretched.Yesterday 5,000 soldiers were told that they were in a perilous situation and...
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Digital Digest
THE BEST OF THE WEB MUSICRock band's final farewellAt the weekend, LCD Soundsystem played New York's Madison Square Gardens in what was billed as the band's final show, throwing what frontman James Murphy called "one big last party". The show was packed...
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Djokovic Closes in on Nadal at Top of World Rankings
TENNIS Rafael Nadal still had a commanding lead of 3,170 points at the top of yesterday's updated world rankings list, but the Spaniard might soon start looking over his shoulder. Novak Djokovic is closing on Nadal after extending his winning run to...
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Donald Hones His Killer Instinct at the Right Time
Briton well placed to win Masters after World Match Play victory Luke Donald, the assassin. It's an image which is hard to accept, no matter how coolly the Englishman pulls the trigger on the fairways nowadays.After all, the 33-year-old is a national...
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Donald Hones His Killer Instinct at the Right Time
Briton well placed to win Masters after World Match Play victory Luke Donald, the assassin. It's an image which is hard to accept, no matter how coolly the Englishman pulls the trigger on the fairways nowadays.After all, the 33-year-old is a national...
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Don't Believe What You Read in Headlines
Social Studies Look up about an inch and a half. I don't know what the headline on this column will read (I rarely do until I see the paper next day). But I do know that the handful of words up there will exercise a disproportionate sway over the 900...
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Edward Stobart
Businessman who established the family haulage company as one of Britain's most popular brands Edward Stobart turned a small, family-run Cumbrian haulage business of eight lorries and 12 employees into the country's largest independent logistics company...
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Era-Defining Rock from a Deadly Duo
POP The Kills Heaven, London **** "It's not a good look, a guy playing with a girl," reckons Jamie Hince, a few songs into The Kills' set at Heaven. But it's actually a great look, when the girl looks as great as Alison Mosshart. Hair like a bird's nest...
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Everyone Knew He Was in the Wrong, but No One Managed to Say Why
SKETCH Andrew Lansley stood up to that special cheer from his back benches. It was the sort of angry lowing that meant, "He may be a tosspot but he's a Tory tosspot so shove off." Naturally it produced sarcastic counter-cheers from Labour.They all acted...
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Faking It: How Mafia Bosses Bribe Doctors to Escape Justice
Italian mobsters feeling the heat know that it's not a good lawyer they need to call when facing justice, but a pliant doctor.A new book by Corrado de Rosa shows how some of Italy's most notorious gangsters have faked everything from mental illness to...
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Fears over Middle East Unrest Send Oil to Pre-Recession Highs
The oil price shot through the $121 per barrel mark yesterday, returning to heady levels not seen since August 2008. In London, Brent crude prices rose nearly $2 to a two-and-a-half year high, while in the US, West Texas Intermediate rose to nearly $109.Oil...
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Has Cameron Forgotten about Thatcher and the Poll Tax?
NHS More than any other issue, the proposed revolution in the NHS tests the strength and unity of the Coalition. This is not because senior ministers disagree over the changes, but the precise opposite. At the top of the Coalition they are united in...
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High Street Ken's Diary
Rossi's refrain for Richard"Bloke sandwich" may sound like one of Jeremy Clarkson's special moves; in fact, it refers to any event requiring a Top Gear host to be in the same room as Status Quo.Such an event was last week's Rock Ball 2011, to raise money...
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How to Keep Up with the Letwins
In this anti-elitist age, snobbery seems ridiculously outmoded. But, argues John Walsh, there's an awful lot of it about ... Like a duchess unwarily revealing her pants to the world's gaze, Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office minister, reportedly let slip...
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Hughes Hopes for Change of Luck at Aintree
So many hazards lie beyond the control of even the most nimble horse or rider in the John Smith's Grand National that it may well make sense to seek safety in numbers at Aintree on Saturday. Certainly, odds of 9-4 against an Irish winner look a very...
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'Ideological' Is Labour's Empty Insult
Politics Readers of a certain age may recall Maureen Lipman's character of the Jewish mother Beattie in a series of advertisements for BT. In one episode she refuses to share in her grandson's disappointment at passing only two GCSEs, the second of them...
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If Tiger Is to Recover His Zip, He Should Remember How Nicklaus Relocated His Genius
More and more it is being said that Tiger Woods is lost. It has turned into a clamour. Wherever he turns, there is discouragement.In Augusta, where he separated himself from the rest of the golfing population as a 21-year-old 14 years ago, he gets some...
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If You Can't Be Good, Be Careful
Health You're hooked on junk food, regularly drink more than your limit and prefer the sofa to the gym. What can you do to limit the damage? By Kate Hilpern Drinking alcoholMuch is made of the benefits of red wine and one 175ml glass a day has been proven...
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IMF Forced to Deny Greek Default Talks
European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials arrived in Athens yesterday as rumours swirled around the markets that the IMF now favours a "restructuring" of Greece's crippling national debt - in effect a default. The IMF has denied...
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In the Ghost Capital, It's Best to Walk with Your Hands in the Air
View from Abidjan The people emerge to reclaim the streets of the ghost city from first light. The safest time is between 7am and midday, but even then, they say, it's best to walk with your hands in the air."We are becoming more bold, people are tired...
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'It's OK When They Kill a Cop, but Not When They Shoot Us'
David McKittrick finds poverty changing attitudes in a Catholic ghetto of Belfast The two young men on the north Belfast street corner approved of the bomb which killed young Catholic police recruit Ronan Kerr on Saturday. "Aye, that's good stuff, aye,"...
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'I Was a Medical Mystery'
Health For months, fitness trainer Imla Hazaiah struggled with a crippling illness. Doctors diagnosed flu - then terminal cancer. But the reality was something much rarer No one knows how I caught it. I could have walked by somebody while they were coughing....
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Manager Still Struggling to Prove His Worth
Despite taking Spurs to historic Real tie in Spain tonight, Redknapp feels undervalued For a man who was about to face the most expensively assembled football team in history, Harry Redknapp was in a convivial mood yesterday. He joked with a television...
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Mixed Messages Heard on the Grapevine
A biopic of Marvin Gaye is set for the screen, but the singer's family are not happy about it, discovers Geoffrey Macnab Janis Gaye was at home in Rhode Island last month when she read a story about plans to shoot a film in Belgium about her late ex-...
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Obama U-Turn over Trial of 9/11 'Mastermind'
Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-described mastermind behind the 9/ 11 terrorist attacks on Manhattan, will be tried by a military tribunal and not the US courts, the Obama administration conceded yesterday, in a capitulation to opponents and a reversal...
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Plastic Fantastic: The Croc Snaps Back
The former 'one-trick pony' is back in profit with a diversified range, says James Thompson After it was founded in 2002, the rise of Crocs, the retailer of brightly coloured beachwear foam-resin clogs, was simply meteoric. Around the time of its initial...
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Pop
Japan Disaster Benefit Brixton Academy, London **** Boasting a line-up more suited to the Glastonbury main stage than the Brixton Academy, Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller and Primal Scream were among the cream of British rock acts who performed a one-off...
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Poverty Is Fuelling the Violence, Says Minister
Disaffected young people are playing a key role in the increase in violence by dissident Republicans that resulted in PC Ronan Kerr's death, the Northern Ireland Secretary warned last night.Owen Paterson conceded that the "old Provisionals" opposed to...
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Ramos: 'Madrid Have the Stars but It's Still Too Tight to Call'
Spanish coach, who knows the teams better than most having managed them both, gives his verdict on the tie Juande Ramos is more qualified than most to pass judgement on Tottenham's finely balanced Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid, having...
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Ramos: 'Madrid Have the Stars but It's Still Too Tight to Call'
Spanish coach, who knows the teams better than most having managed them both, gives his verdict on the tie Juande Ramos is more qualified than most to pass judgement on Tottenham's finely balanced Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid, having...
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Ramos: 'Madrid Have the Stars but It's Still Too Tight to Call'
Spanish coach, who knows the teams better than most having managed them both, gives his verdict on the tie Juande Ramos is more qualified than most to pass judgement on Tottenham's finely balanced Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid, having...
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Record Pay-Off of Mortgages by UK Households
In an ominous development for house prices and spending on the high street, the Bank of England says that record amounts of money are being used by families to repay mortgages and to pay off other debts secured on their homes - with little new lending...
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Relatives Walk out of Inquest as Tomlinson Officer Gives Evidence
Relatives of the newspaper-seller who died after he was pushed to the ground during the G20 protests walked out of his inquest yesterday after the police officer responsible for the shove said he wanted to provide answers to "help the family".Speaking...
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Relief for Real as Ronaldo Passed Fit - but Ozil Could Be Danger for Tottenham
German has had a wonderful first season in Spain and may ease pain of a string of injuries that has left Mourinho short of optionsAs Harry Redknapp suspected when he first heard Jose Mourinho ruling him out, Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Real Madrid...
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Relief for Real as Ronaldo Passed Fit - but Ozil Could Be Danger for Tottenham
German has had a wonderful first season in Spain and may ease pain of a string of injuries that has left Mourinho short of optionsAs Harry Redknapp suspected when he first heard Jose Mourinho ruling him out, Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Real Madrid...
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Relief for Real as Ronaldo Passed Fit - but Ozil Could Be Danger for Tottenham
German has had a wonderful first season in Spain and may ease pain of a string of injuries that has left Mourinho short of optionsAs Harry Redknapp suspected when he first heard Jose Mourinho ruling him out, Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Real Madrid...
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Returning Rangnick's Plan of Attack Threatens Inter
Adrift in 11th place in the Bundesliga, Schalke 04 might be the weakest remaining side in the Champions League. But, since the return of Ralf Rangnick last month, they might have the most interesting coach. Rangnick is one of Europe's most imaginative...
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Revolution Finally Gives Way to Pragmatism
Leading Articles NHS The Coalition's revolutionaries appear to have gone into reverse. In recent months we have had a comprehensive retreat from the Government on its forests policy, embarrassing disarray on tuition fees, and now ministers are signalling...
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Routledge Strikes Twice to Edge QPR Closer to the Promised Land
QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS 3 Routledge 29, 66, Faurlin 52 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 As Queen's Park Rangers ease ever closer to the Premier League, attention has begun to focus on how they might fare in the top flight, in particular how Adel Taarabt will do. Rangers...
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Routledge Strikes Twice to Edge QPR Closer to the Promised Land
QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS 3 Routledge 29, 66, Faurlin 52 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 As Queen's Park Rangers ease ever-closer to the Premier League, attention has begun to focus on how they might fare in the top flight, and in particular how Adel Taarabt will do....
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Saif Gaddafi Tests Water with Approach to Rebels
Middlemen make case for Libyan dictator's son as 'reformer' committed to power-sharing and elections. Kim Sengupta reports Representatives of one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons are said to have stressed his support for sweeping reforms and democratic elections...
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Sarkozy Woos Far Right as Divisions Grow Deeper within His Party
World Focus Twelve months before presidential elections, President Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right party is threatening to dissolve into a poisonous, three-way civil war.The tensions, created by the advance of the far-right National Front in local elections...
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Shareholding Nuns Put Goldmans on the Run over Bonus Culture
Four orders of nuns are demanding that Goldman Sachs overhauls its pay for top executives, in the teeth of public fury over excessive bonuses and after it was revealed that Lloyd Blankfein, the investment bank's chief executive, took home $19m (11.7m)...
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'She Cannot Move or Speak - Yet She Is Funny, Thoughtful, Positive'
Medical life Last week I visited a patient with locked-in syndrome. Propped up in a specially adapted wheelchair, Marini McNeilly was funny, provocative, thoughtful, but above all positive and optimistic, despite being unable to move or speak since suffering...
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Smith Challenges Rangers to Go on Unbeaten Run in Defence of Title
Rangers manager Walter Smith has challenged his players to go through the rest of the season unbeaten and boost their hopes of retaining the Scottish Premier League title.The Scottish champions squandered the opportunity to move top of the table for...
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Solved at Last ... the Problem of My Body
If you ask me... If you ask me, you should beware M&S and their promise of "body solutions," as they appear to solve diddly squat. Here is what happened: I was mooching through Marks the other day, as you do when all the other high-street shops frighten...
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Study Reveals How Bees Reject 'Toxic' Pesticides
Bees can detect pesticide residues in the pollen they bring back to the hive and try to isolate it from the rest of the colony, the American government's leading bee scientist revealed in London yesterday.They "entomb" the contaminated pollen in cells...
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Theatre
Smash! Menier Chocolate Factory, London *** In these days of non-stop cross-disciplinary adaptation, here's a genuine first: a stage play about the making of a flop musical based on a television drama that is actually a coded analysis of the flop musical's...
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Three Years On: All Pointers Say Chelsea
United's injuries and inconsistency make their big-spending rivals favourites... but under Ferguson you never know. By Ian Herbert Who better than the best player on the planet to assess whom we should favour as Chelsea and Manchester United prepare...
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Tressed for Success
Alice Anderson's colossal installations made of red hair are at once comforting, suffocating and scarily realistic, says Alice Jones - and very much an extension of the artist herself Today Alice Anderson's long red hair is held back from her face by...
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United Shock as Rooney Faces Two-Game FA Ban
League leaders consider options as striker set to miss Cup semi- final against City Redknapp criticises Rooney but ban has very few precedents Manchester United were astonished to learn last night that Wayne Rooney is set to miss next weekend's FA Cup...
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United Shock as Rooney Faces Two-Game FA Ban
League leaders consider options as striker set to miss Cup semi- final against City Redknapp criticises Rooney but ban has very few precedents Manchester United were astonished to learn last night that Wayne Rooney is set to miss next weekend's FA Cup...
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UN Moves to Stop Another Bloodbath
Helicopter strikes in Ivory Coast 'We can no longer condone these reckless attacks on civilians' THE UNITED Nations and France joined the offensive to dislodge Ivory Coast's presidential pariah Laurent Gbagbo last night, launching air strikes against...
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Virginia Ironside Dilemmas
Dear Virginia, I recently confided in my brother that I thought his wife was too strict with their children, and ever since, they've both refused to speak to me. I told my brother in confidence but obviously he passed it on to her, and the result is...
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Vote Reform Would Create More Marginal Seats, Says Study
A switch from the current first-past-the-post system to the alternative vote (AV) would give more power to the average voter, according to an independent study published today.The nef (new economics foundation) think-tank, which is remaining neutral...
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We Have a Duty to Look after Our Soldiers Better
Comment Talking to close friends still serving, I sense that one message has not been penetrating to the most senior officers and MPs, and this may come as a surprise: a lot, an awful lot, of those former colleagues are hoping that they will be selected...
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We're Saved by Having Nothing to Do
Boredom It is not, on the face of it, the most encouraging claim to be made for a new novel: not only does it have boredom as its theme but its author was himself so bored while working on it that he committed suicide. Although the book in question,...
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Westwood's Plane Makes Emergency Landing after Cockpit Fire
Lee Westwood was relieved simply to be here yesterday after enduring a frightening ordeal on his journey across from the Houston Open. The world No 2's private jet was forced to make an emergency landing when smoke billowed through the cockpit."We were...
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What's the Story?
The Tuesday Essay Journalists get a bad press in fiction - they're usually hard-faced hatchet men or bumbling fools. Is the newspaper industry really so bad? John Walsh argues that hacks make for great literary heroes They've been portrayed, over the...
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Why a Lack of Empathy Is the Root of All Evil
Science From casual violence to genocide, acts of cruelty can be traced back to how the perpetrator identifies with other people, argues psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen. Is he right? By Clint Witchalls Lucy Adeniji - an evangelical Christian and author...
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