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 September 19, 2000

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Allergic Reactions `Now Affect One in Three Britons'
A RECORD one in three people suffers from an allergy, according to a report published today by Dr Amolak Bansal, a consultant immunologist and allergist at St Helier Hospital in south London. Thirty years ago, some 15 to 20 per cent of the population...
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Fielder Thrives in the Spotlight
IT WAS supposed to be Dan Marino's day, but the Miami Dolphins' legendary quarterback of yesteryear was upstaged by his successor, the less-illustrious Jay Fiedler, who gave an assured performance in guiding his side past the previously-unbeaten Baltimore...
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Arts: Bodies at Rest and in Motion ; Ten Years Ago His Photojournalism Documented Club Culture. Today He Is the Favourite to Win This Year's Turner Prize. Niru S Ratnam Meets Wolfgang Tillmans, the New Face of British Art
"I don't believe in the art-fashion cross-over thing," states Wolfgang Tillmans bluntly. "Lots of people talk about it, but it just doesn't really happen. There are only a couple of people who have currency in both worlds." And he's one of them. Tillmans...
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Arts: Classical: CHRISTIAN BLACKSHAW COLIN STONE ; WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
TWENTY YEARS ago, Christian Blackshaw was given the audience prize at the prestigious Rubinstein Competition in Israel - there was an outcry when he wasn't outright "winner". You'd expect the audience in Tel Aviv to like a pianist with a bit more temperament,...
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Arts: Once upon a Time in the West. ; the Choreographer Javier De Frutos, Most Famous for Performing Naked, Has Teamed Up with the Artist/film-Maker Isaac Julien. Judith Palmer Hears about Their Homoerotic Western Fairytale
A long desert road, the colour of amber, spills out from the horizon, under a blue Texas sky. The faintest crunch of a boot on the dirt track, as a lone man approaches, lean and taut, from the distance; striding slowly down the road, into the camera...
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Arts: Opera: RAPPRESENTATIONE DI ANIMA E DI CORPO ; SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL LONDON
AS IF to upstage the opening yesterday of ENO's budget-busting 10- opera celebration of the first 400 years of Italian opera, Opera Italiana - a plucky little outfit that has been reviving rarities for almost 40 years now, and on even tighter budgets...
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Arts: Pop: ROY HARPER ; ERRIGLE INN, BELFAST
RELEASING HIS 36th album, and still best-known to the world at large as a bloke who once sang on a Pink Floyd record ("Have A Cigar"), who inspired a song on a Led Zeppelin album ("Hats Off To Harper") and who had all sorts of outrageous goings-on attributed...
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Arts: Pop: URUSEI YATSURA ; THE GARAGE, LONDON
URUSEI YATSURA begin in no uncertain terms: with the super-fast chords of a new song, "Faking It", accelerating forward until it's suddenly cut dead. With guitarist/ vocalists Graham Kemp and Fergus Lawrie and bassist Elaine Graham lined across the stage,...
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Arts: The Main Event: The Shock of the Noir ; THE WHITE DEVIL: LYRIC HAMMERSMITH, LONDON
POETRY FLOWS like blood through the betrayal and savagery of The White Devil, whose villains are as likely to stun us with a gorgeous phrase as with a dagger's thrust. Director Philip Franks has narrowed the gap between Webster's time and ours by setting...
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A Toff's Guide to the Russian Empire ; Tuesday Book: Empire: The Russian Empire and Its Rivals by Dominic Lieven (John Murray, Pounds 27.50)
THIS IS a strange, brave, opinionated and profoundly ambitious book. It swings between enlightening interpretations and assertions that some might dismiss as arrogant. Rarely, moreover, can the author of an academic work have burdened readers with so...
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A Village of Myths That Dreams of the `Teddy' Hughes Experience
IN THE West Yorkshire village of Mytholmroyd, it is something of a legend that the local boy who became poet laureate once put a live frog down Betty Lumb's back. Villages with a richer cultural past will consider the story to be of little consequence....
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Backyard Burial Upsets Family's Neighbours
A FAMILY has upset neighbours by burying a relative in the back garden of their house. Abu Bakar Ahmed Suleman was buried in a garden in Lansdowne Road, near Luton town centre, in an Islamic ceremony last Thursday night. People living near by have now...
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Belgrade Begins Show Trial of NATO `War Criminals'
THE "ALICE in Wonderland" trial in absentia of 14 Western leaders - including Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Jacques Chirac - opened in Belgrade yesterday. The leaders stand accused of war crimes against Yugoslavia carried out during the 11-week Nato bombing...
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BT Cast into Turmoil as Broadband Future Looms ; NEWS ANALYSIS While Tension Mounts over a Possible Tie-Up Abroad, Oftel Is Keeping Up the Pressure at Home
TWO RELATIONSHIPS, one commercial, the other regulatory, are at the heart of the increasingly tense battle being waged over the future of BT. The first concerns its growing strategic ties with AT&T, the biggest US telecoms and cable operator, with whom...
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Bush Goes Flat out for Blue-Collar Supporters
STRIVING TO make up the ground he has recently lost to Vice- President Al Gore, George W Bush set off yesterday on a six-day, nine-state, 12- city tour designed to counter three persistent criticisms of his campaign: that he is weak on issues, insufficiently...
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Cadbury Acquires Snapple for Pounds 1bn
CADBURY SCHWEPPES, the Dairy Milk to Dr Pepper company, yesterday said it was buying the US-based Snapple Beverage group for a cash consideration of $910m (pounds 645m). The acquisition, which is Cadbury's second biggest, will also involve the assumption...
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Chancellor Splashes out for Party
HIS WEDDING could not have been a more frugal affair - conducted in his front room with the curtains drawn and Sainsbury's champagne for the guests. But yesterday the Chancellor drew back the curtains, tossed prudence to the wind and held a lavish party,...
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Creativity
WITH THE new university year about to start, we wondered what unusual clubs and societies will be strutting their stuff and touting for custom at the Freshers' Fair? Bog-Snorkelling and Tightrope inline-skating (Karol Szlichcinski). The Petrol-Siphoning...
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Cricket: England's Perfect Antidote to Sleaze
TWO HUGE events book-ended the 2000 cricket season which, as autumn approaches, will give it a distinct bitter-sweet flavour. The first, of course, was England's well-deserved victory over the West Indies for the first time in 31 years. But, if that...
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Cricket: First-Class Cricket Averages 2000: Batting
Qualification: Six innings. Includes fielding statistics M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 C St M G Bevan (Sussex) 12 18 3 1124 174 74.93 5 1 2 0 M H Richardson (NZa) 6 11 2 642 212* 71.33 1 4 1 0 S Chanderpaul (WI) 5 9 3 418 161* 69.66 2 1 3 0 D S Lehmann (Yorks)...
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Cricket: First-Class Cricket Averages 2000: Bowling
Qualification: 10 wickets Overs M Runs Wkts Ave 5w 10w BB C A Walsh (West Indies) 242.2 106 457 40 11.42 3 1 6-74 R J Sidebottom (Yorks) 134.2 46 300 24 12.50 4 1 6-16 G D McGrath (Worcs) 415.4 132 1057 80 13.21 6 3 8-41 M Mbangwa (Zim) 211.5 86 428...
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Cricket: Hoggard Drafted into One-Day Attack
THE YORKSHIRE seam bowler Matthew Hoggard was yesterday named as replacement for the injured Alan Mullally in England's one-day squad to play in Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka this winter. Hoggard has been drafted into the party, which embarks for the...
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Dresdner to Pay $190M to `Handcuff' Wasserstein Staff
DRESDNER BANK is to set aside $190m (pounds 135m) to fund golden handcuffs in an attempt to stop staff at Wasserstein Perella, the American investment banking boutique, walking out of the door following its agreement to pay $1.37bn in stock to buy the...
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EMI Submits Warner Offer to Brussels
MARIO MONTI, the European Competition Commissioner, yesterday said that rapid consolidation among media and internet companies could mean that regulators have to change the definition of market dominance. Mr Monti's comments came shortly after his eleventh-hour...
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First Night: Agony of a Poet's Marriage Is Played out as an Underweight Greek Tragedy ; Alcestis Viaduct Theatre Halifax
WITH Birthday Letters in 1998, most people thought Ted Hughes, the former poet laureate, had delivered the final word on his relationship with Sylvia Plath, the estranged wife who committed suicide in 1963. But this production of his posthumous play,...
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Football: Celtic Lifted by Larsson's Skill ; Dunfermline Athletic 1 Celtic 2
HENRIK LARSSON came to Celtic's rescue at East End Park last night to maintain their perfect record and send his team back to the top of the Scottish Premier League. The 100 per cent success rate of Martin O'Neill's side seemed destined to be ended by...
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Football: Chelsea Shocked by Savio Rejection
CLAUDIO RANIERI, the new Chelsea coach, had a less than ideal first day at the office after it emerged that Savio, the Real Madrid striker whose proposed pounds 9m move to Stamford Bridge was cited as one of the factors that brought about Gianluca Vialli's...
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Football: Dynamo Rest Regulars and Surrender Double ; around the World
Ukraine THE CHAMPIONS, Dynamo Kiev, passed up on the chance of another league and cup double at the weekend, when they rested their first team prior to tonight's Champions' League game with Manchester United. Ukraine's top club decided to field a second...
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Football: Ferdinand Sets out for Repeat
LES FERDINAND is hoping history repeats itself when Tottenham travel to Brentford for tonight's Worthington Cup second-round first- leg tie at Griffin Park. The teams met at the same stage of the competition two years ago, with the Premiership side winning...
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Football: Ferguson Puts Faith in United Maturity
EUROPEAN AIR CHARTERS had two planes taking off from Manchester Airport yesterday morning, one containing passengers hoping for a miracle, the other knowing they should not need one. While its sister jet was heading for Lourdes with a cargo fuelled by...
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Football: O'Leary Looks to Capello for Cheer
FABIO CAPELLO'S ears must have been burning yesterday as David O'Leary searched for an inspirational example of how his injury- ravaged Leeds United team might spring a seismic surprise on Milan when the Champions' League comes to Elland Road tonight....
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Football: Owen Aiming to Book His Place
JUDGING FROM recent events in Paris, the name of Michael Owen is clearly not the first one which Kevin Keegan writes down on his team- sheet, but it was certainly the one uppermost in the mind of the media yesterday as hardened hacks patiently waited...
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From Cornwall to Braemar, Du Maurier to Wesley, Literary Britain Is on the Map
THERE IS not, as yet, a sign outside Brixton bus garage in south London announcing "Welcome to Magnus Mills Country". But judging from the way that Britain's literary connections are milked by the tourism industry, it cannot be long before the Booker-shortlisted...
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Geldof Can Care for Orphan Tiger Lily, Court Rules
PAULA YATES'S daughter Tiger Lily, who apparently discovered the television presenter's body, was yesterday in the temporary care of Bob Geldof, who had divorced Ms Yates. Mrs Justice Hogg said the four-year-old - the turbulent presenter's child by the...
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Government's Secret Deal to End Fuel Crisis Condemned by Unions
SECRET CHANGES to safety regulations to allow truck drivers to remain at the wheel longer each day were made at the height of the fuel crisis in a bid to bring it to an end, it was revealed last night. The move was introduced by the Government as the...
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Hague Backs Pounds 10bn Spending Cuts
WILLIAM HAGUE and his Shadow Cabinet drew up new proposals to cut Labour's spending plans yesterday in an attempt to bolster their campaign to promise tax cuts at the general election. Mr Hague is backing demands by Michael Portillo, the Shadow Chancellor,...
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Hidden Commerce Is Booming on Tax and Red Tape ; There's No Such Thing as a Stealth Tax ... People Organise to Escape an Unacceptable Burden
IT IS the dog that doesn't bark in most discussions of the economy, but the petrol tax protests have at last made it impossible to ignore a muffled yelping. The "shadow" economy, that is. In the developed countries we tend to dismiss a big underground...
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ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Break Through
BELFAST GIANTS chose the perfect stage to record a historic first victory as they seized a dramatic 6-5 success at Bracknell Bees on Sunday. Coach Dave Whistle, along with six of his players, were in familiar surroundings, having guided the Bees to the...
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Investment Column: Ricardo Geared for Rough Motor Trade Ride
Ricardo geared for rough motor trade ride WE MAY not have much of a car manufacturing industry left in Britain these days but at least we are still a major force in the supply of automotive services. Ricardo has been supplying technical expertise to...
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It's True - Halifax Really Is Another Los Angeles ; `in the US, Stuff Costs the Same in Dollars as It Does in Pounds Here, but Then Even Their Pets Carry Guns'
PSSST... NO, don't turn your head, I said, don't turn your head! Keep looking directly at me. OK, now he's not looking, he's just smiling vacantly, so slowly look to your left, all casual, like. All right, see that bloke over there, on the opposite page?...
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Law: Briefs
The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, has issued advice to judges who are interviewed on television so that they can make the best of their appearances. A new media guide for judges tells them to wear business clothes rather than something "disarmingly...
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Law: On Trial: The Courtroom Drama ; with Jury Exemptions Running at 66 per Cent, Could Public Screenings of Twelve Angry Men Be the Answer? at a Season of Classic Legal Dramas at the National Film Theatre, Prominent Lawyers Will Look at the Way Law Movies Influence Our Perception of Justice
In the past 50 years the law has proved fertile ground for film- makers. Now the National Film Theatre, in the first season of its kind, is to show some of the best and get lawyers to talk about their favourites. The screenings begin next month, in the...
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Law: Whose Brief Is It Anyway? ; in Today's Global Market, Conflicts of Interest Are a Burning Issue. the Gentlemen's Agreement Is No Longer Adequate to Protect Client Confidentiality. the Time Has Come for Formal, International Guidelines
LAWYERS FROM around the world met yesterday in Amsterdam to review an issue that cuts to the heart of the legal profession in the 21st century. On the subject of conflicts of interest, how far should today's business of law be subject to the rules of...
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Leading Article: Mr Kennedy Has Shown the Way on Gay Rights
A GUST of fresh air from Bournemouth. At least one party in Britain is not afraid to inject a dose of common sense into the discussion of gay rights. The overwhelming vote at the Liberal Democrats' conference to recognise gay partnerships shows that...
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Leading Article: The Only Hope for the Serbian Opposition Lies in Uniting against Milosevic
THIS IS a crucial week for the Balkans. Sunday's elections in Belgrade could prove historic. The opinion polls are running strongly against Slobodan Milosevic: they are giving his main challenger, Vojislav Kostunica, around twice as much support as the...
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Letter: Lewis and the Nazis
Sir: What makes Paul Trewhela (letter, 14 September) think that Wyndham Lewis's attitude to Nazism must be "the central fact in [his] working life"? That wasn't how his contemporaries saw it, as Trewhela himself indignantly admits - bizarrely hinting...
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Lib Dem Conference: Delegates Back Legal Status for Gay Partners
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS made political history yesterday when they became the first main-stream political party to support legal recognition of gay partnerships as part of their campaign to achieve greater equality before the law. Delegates overwhelmingly...
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LIB DEM CONFERENCE: Kennedy Demands Freeze on Fuel Taxes ; OIL CRISIS
THE LIBERAL Democrats moved to exploit the Government's troubles over the petrol crisis yesterday with a call for a windfall tax on oil companies and a five-year freeze on fuel duty. Charles Kennedy, the party's leader, said that such radical policies...
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LIB DEM CONFERENCE: View from the Moral High Ground: How the Party Gave It Away ; Conference Sketch
THE INDEPENDENT was far and away the most read paper in the conference hall. But then it had been distributed according to the central tenet of Liberal Democrat economic philosophy. We were giving it away. As we say every year, the party has changed....
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Lottery Regulator `Abused Power' in Dismissing Camelot Licence Bid
THE NATIONAL Lottery regulator was accused yesterday of making a "manifestly and grossly" unfair decision to start exclusive talks on a new licence with Sir Richard Branson. Lawyers for Camelot, the present operator, told the High Court the National...
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MANDELSON THE PEACEBROKER ; in These Exclusive Extracts from Donald Macintyre's Newly Updated Biography of Peter Mandelson, He Reveals, for the First Time, What Really Happened When Mandelson Succeeded Mo Mowlam in Northern Ireland - and How Tensions Almost Tore the Peace Process Apart
PETER MANDELSON appears to have had no inkling, when he received the summons to Downing Street at his Holland Park flat on 11 October 1999, that he was to be appointed to the Northern Ireland Office. If he was going to take part in the reshuffle at all,...
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Market Report: Tate & Lyle Slumps as Fears Grow of a Third Profit Warning This Year
THERE WERE growing fears yesterday that Tate & Lyle, the mid-cap sugar producer, could be heading for its third profits warning this year. Dealers heard that house broker ABN Amro had circulated its clients with a note highlighting a profits warning...
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Media: History Is Back in Fashion ; the BBC Is Putting Its Weight Behind a 16-Part History Series. It's a Return to Tradition That Amounts to Radicalism in Today's Climate
The BBC is preparing to step back in time with its new blockbuster, A History of Britain. There an echo of the past, not only in the subject matter of the 16-parter starting later this month, but in televisual terms, too. For the series, which traces...
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Media: How Andrew Neil `Resigned' Me over Lunch ; Life as an Ex-Editor Is as Fraught as Bringing out the Paper. since Leaving the Scotsman, with a Little Encouragement from His Publisher, Tim Luckhurst Has Found That Spending More Time with the Children Can Have Its Downside
IN HIS 1998 Booker Prize-winning novel, Amsterdam, Ian McEwan describes the agony of a newspaper editor abruptly sacked from his job. The fictional Vernon Halliday contemplates a plethora of vindictive revenges, stares moodily at his last edition and...
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Media: Is This the End for Elstein's Channel 5? ; Channel 5's Diet of Sex, Films and Football Has Been a Resounding Success for the Fledgling Company. but That Is Not a Formula That Pleases the New Owners. Are Heads about to Roll?
Over the next few months, executives at Channel 5 will be meeting to discuss whether the station should shed its tacky image and replace it with a broader and more grown-up approach to programming.In its early days, the director of programmes, Dawn Airey,...
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Media: Poles Apart: The `Perverts' and the Right-Wing Press ; the Polish Press Has Worked Itself Up into an Anti-Gay Frenzy. and Criticism of the Pope by Gay Campaigners Seems to Be the Last Straw
IN JULY this year, when the campaign for the Polish presidential election opened, Marcin Libicki, an MP from the Christian People's Union, sent a letter to prospective candidates, asking: "What is your attitude to the legalisation of so-called `homosexual...
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Media: The Word on the Street
ROSIE BOYCOTT, editor of the Daily Express, must be having nightmares about a Sun-style boycott of her paper by Liverpudlians. In his column last week, John Diamond said he had a solution for Scousers who wanted some of the new Marks & Spencer gear,...
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Media: This Time It's Personal ; What Has Andrew Marr, the BBC's Political New Boy, Done to Deserve the Daily Mail? and What Can Possibly Be the Cause of the Paper's Venom towards Him and His Reporting?
IF THE BBC's new political editor, Andrew Marr, had time in the middle of the fuel crisis to study the Daily Mail last Wednesday, he might have felt a frisson of alarm. The Ephraim Hardcastle column contained a snider than usual paragraph which asked...
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Mentally Ill Killer Was `Let Down' by Agencies
COUNTLESS ERRORS were made by social workers and charities in the care of a deaf and mute mentally ill teenager who battered to death a good Samaritan, an independent inquiry report concluded yesterday.Jane Mischon, the barrister leading the inquiry,...
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Merchant Bank Will Advise on Dome Sale
THE SALE of the Millennium Dome is to be co-ordinated by a city investment bank which will be expected to find a new buyer for the beleagured site. David James, the chairman of the Dome, is understood to have asked Lazard Brothers to organise the deal,...
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Ministers Clash over the Future of LEAs
A CABINET dispute has broken out over the future role of local education authorities amid warnings that the Government is putting its survival at risk by channelling money directly to schools. David Blunkett, the Secretary of State for Education and...
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Monitor: All the News of the World - Comment in the Spanish- Speaking Press on the Decision by the Peruvian President to Stand Down at the Next Election
El Mundo After a decade of power and political turmoil, Alberto Fujimori yesterday announced his surprise decision to relinquish the presidency of the country. In a televised message to the nation, Fujimori assured us that he is going to summon general...
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My Name Is Ben Elton. Sorry If I Offended You
FIFTEEN YEARS ago, I was working on a book that was to become one of the biggest sellers of the Eighties. It was called Bachelor Boys, I was its editor and the three authors with whom I was working were Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer. We have all...
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New Films
THE CELL (18, 110 mins, right) Director: Tarsem Singh Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Marianne Jean-Baptiste Lopez, working on a project to access the mind of a billionaire's comatose son, must enter the cranium of a madman....
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Obituary: Cliff Bruner
CLIFF BRUNER was a pivotal figure in the development of Texas music, his work forming a vital bridge between two of its finest forms, western swing and honky-tonk. An amalgam of hillbilly, conjunto, cajun, pop, jazz and delta blues, western swing was...
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Obituary: Desmond Zwemmer
DESMOND ZWEMMER was one of the most reticent as well as far- sighted and adventurous of English publishers. According to the architectural historian David Watkin, "But for the accident of his generosity and devotion, the dissemination of architectural...
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Obituary: Lord Harmar-Nicholls
HALF IN jest and wholly in earnest, Harmar Nicholls told Nicholas Winterton and me in the tearoom of the House of Commons one evening, "I walk along the corridor from the Lords on my two sticks slowly; and three times a week I hear either MPs or their...
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Obituary: Professor John C. Harsanyi
THE 1994 Economics Nobel Prize was the first to honour work in game theory, the formal study of conflict and co-operation. It was awarded to John C. Harsanyi from Berkeley, John F. Nash from Princeton, and Reinhard Selten from Bonn, for their pioneering...
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Ogoni Nine Hanged as indifferentWest Failed to Respond
"WHETHER I live or die is immaterial. It is enough to know that there are people who commit time and energy to fight this one evil among so many others predominating worldwide. If they do not succeed today, they will succeed tomorrow. We must keep on...
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Oil Firms `Allowed Protesters a Free Run'
OIL COMPANIES allowed protesters "free run" of refineries and petrol depots during the fuel crisis, says the tanker drivers' union. It called yesterday for a public inquiry into the "inaction" of the police and management, and said it would pass a dossier...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: Archer and Goode Chasing Gold ; Olympic Update
SIMON ARCHER and Jo Goode became the first British badminton players ever to reach an Olympic semi-final yesterday - and promptly set their sights on the gold medal. The duo, seeded No 5, beat Chris Bruil and Erica van den Heuvel of the Netherlands 15-12,...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: Conviviality at Quay of Convicts ; Sydney Citizens Epitomise the True Spirit of Games
SOME 12,000 miles across the globe, it will be somewhat difficult to picture the scene. At Circular Quay, the precise spot at which Britain dumped its colony of convicts 212 years ago, the residents of Sydney, the permanent and the temporary ones, are...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: CYCLING - McGregor's Bronze Sets Target for Pursuit Team
THE UNION JACK flew once again at the velodrome here last night as a 39-year-old Yorkshirewoman who did not take up the sport until the age of 30 added a bronze to the gold and silver won by Jason Queally and Co over the weekend. Yvonne McGregor does...
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Olympic Games: Equestrianism - Stark's Brave Gamble Ends in Soaking
THE BRITISH team cling to second place as they enter today's show jumping, following a tense day on the cross-country of the three- day event in which the Australians gave no quarter. The home side had put up an outstanding performance and were the only...
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Olympic Games: Fight for Equality Is Nearly at an End ; Women Are Competing in More Olympic Events This Year Than Ever Before
FRANCA GBODO passed some smelling salts under her nose, dipped her hands briefly in a bowl of flour and, crouching down, grasped the 105kg bar. Features contorted with pain, she lifted it first to shoulder level and then above her head, letting out a...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: GYMNASTICS - Collective Good Pays off for China
WITH TYPICAL precision and seldom-seen emotion, China yesterday claimed their first Olympic men's team title to wipe away decades of frustration. "China has worked hard for this for several generations," said the team's coach, Huang Yubin. "We fought...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: HOCKEY - No Points and Little Hope
IT WAS a bleak day for British hockey here yesterday as both teams finished their second round of games pointless. The men were humiliated by Pakistan, losing 8-1 to suffer their worst Olympic defeat in history, while the women were beaten 1-0 by Argentina....
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OLYMPIC GAMES: JUDO - British Women Floored
BRITAIN'S ATTEMPT to wipe away the medal-less disaster of Atlanta has begun to look ever more desperate as, after three days and great expectations from the women's team, not one fighter has got within sniffing distance of a medal here. Cheryle Peel,...
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Olympic Games: No Escape from Obscenity of American Hype
A LARGE American, wearing white plastic shades that looped back over his head in the fashion of a Sci-Fi warrior, was whiling away a few hours before his heroes, the Dream Team, cruised by huge but callow China at basketball. He was watching the United...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: ROWING - British Eight Has Luck of the Draw in Repechage
A FAVOURABLE draw for tomorrow's repechage has given Britain's men's eight renewed hope of reaching their final and taking a medal, after failing to qualify automatically by winning yesterday's heat. They have avoided the United States, who would also...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: SAILING - Barker, Hiscocks Hit by Wind Shift
IT WAS colourful, the spinnakers emblazoned with national flags, it was popular, crowds lining the beach and headlands of Neilsen Park, and the British pair of Ian Barker and Simon Hiscocks were blisteringly fast. However, at the end of the Olympic debut...
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Olympic Games: Swimmer `Sinks' Sydney Stock Market
AS AUSTRALIA'S teenage swimming sensation, Ian Thorpe, was narrowly denied his third Olympic gold medal yesterday, the host country's share dealers abandoned their trading screens for television screens and provoked a stock market slump. On the day a...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: SWIMMING - Palmer and Salter Boost Relay Hopes
GREAT BRITAIN had something to cheer about in the greatest 200 metres freestyle race of all time yesterday as Paul Palmer lowered his British record to 1min 47.95 sec in finishing in fifth place and Jamie Salter came home in sixth to lift hopes of a...
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Olympic Games: Swimming - Thorpe's Defeat Stuns Australia ; Van Den Hoogenband's World Record Wins Gold and Explodes the Myth of Host Nation's Wonder Boy
FOR A little while it wasn't so easy to say who was the more stunned - the man with the gold medal dangling from his neck, the Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband, or the entire Australian nation.But Van den Hoogenband, who beat the instant Aussie icon...
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OLYMPIC GAMES: TENNIS - Ivanisevic Displays Right Kind of Feeling
TRY TELLING Goran Ivanisevic that tennis has no place in the Olympic Games and, to use the vernacular, you will cop a growl of dissent. Eight years ago, as civil war erupted in Croatia, Ivanisevic carried his newly independent nation's flag in Barcelona,...
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Olympics Games: Medals Table
G S B Total US 6 5 2 13 France 4 6 2 12 China 4 1 5 10 Australia 3 5 5 13 Italy 3 1 3 7 Netherlands 3 1 0 4 Japan 2 3 1 6 Turkey 2 0 0 2 Germany 1 3 2 6 Russia 1 2 3 6 Great Britain 1 2 1 4 Cuba 1 1 2 4 Bulgaria 1 1 1 3 Switzerland 1 1 1 3 Ukraine 1...
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Olympics Games: Results from Sydney
ARCHERY MEN'S INDIVIDUAL Last 32 (selected): S Needham (GB) bt K Uprichard (NZ) 160-155. Last 16: I Arias (Cuba) bt Needham 164-164. BADMINTON MEN'S SINGLES Last 32 (selected): R Vaughan (GB) bt R Wengberg (Swe) 15-8 15-4; E Hock Ong (Malay) bt P Knowles...
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Orphaned Tiger Lily to Be Looked after by Geldof
PAULA YATES'S daughter Tiger Lily, who apparently discovered the television presenter's body, was yesterday in the temporary care of Bob Geldof, who had divorced Ms Yates. Mrs Justice Hogg said the four-year-old - the turbulent presenter's child by the...
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Outlook: New M&S Regime, but Will It Make a Difference?
SINCE THE roof fell in at Marks & Spencer less than two years ago no fewer than a dozen directors have walked the plank as the good ship St Michael sinks lower and lower in the water. But none has spent so long walking it as Peter Salsbury, the chief...
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Outlook: Oftel Shambles
DAVID EDMONDS, director general of Oftel, seems to be suffering from what in the US is sometimes called "regulatory capture". The term refers to when the regulator becomes beholden to the company he is meant to be regulating. Rarely is this self conscious....
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Outlook: Smiths/TI Merger
ONCE UPON a time, Smiths Industries and TI Group were individually big enough to be constituents of the FTSE100 and both had something to be proud about. Keith Butler-Wheelhouse, chief executive of Smiths Industries, enjoyed a premium rating for his...
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Pandora ; Pandora@independent.Co.UK
When it comes to string-pulling, it doesn't come a lot better than having HM the Queen swinging a bat on your behalf. So it is not surprising that the headmaster of St George's School, Windsor Castle, is said to be feeling the heat somewhat after a missive...
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PM and Brown Accused of Ecclestone `Lies'
TONY BLAIR and Gordon Brown were yesterday accused of lying over a pounds 1m donation to the Labour Party by the head of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone. A new book claims the Prime Minster was so convinced the donation would end his career he said to...
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Pounds 100m Plan to Guarantee Access for All to NHS Dentists by Next Year
EVERYONE WHO wants treatment from a National Health Service dentist will be guaranteed access to one by September 2001 under an ambitious plan to rebuild one of the most neglected areas of the NHS. The pounds 100m plan, to be launched today by a health...
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`Premier League' Drugs Baron Could Have Made Up to Pounds 640m
A "PREMIER LEAGUE" drugs baron who detectives estimated could have pocketed pounds 640m during his career was jailed for 20 years yesterday after being convicted of dealing in cocaine and cannabis. Andrew Billimore, 34, of Little Downham, Cambridgeshire,...
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Racing: Brittain's Mission Is to Stretch Causeway
VINCENT, the champion police horse, will jump through a hoop of fire to entertain the crowd at Ascot this weekend, which sounds like quite a trick. It is not nearly so impressive, though, as the one which Giant's Causeway will attempt to pull off in...
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Rail Safety System Is Behind Schedule
RAILTRACK ADMITTED yester-day that the nationwide installation of a vital safety system to prevent trains going through red lights was way behind schedule. John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, was said to be "furious" after Railtrack disclosed to...
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Right of Reply: Trevor Brooking ; the Ex-England Footballer and Chair of Sport England Responds to an Article by Philip Hensher, Who Argued That the Nation's Interest in Sport Is Vastly Exaggerated
APATHY IS not a word Sport England would use to describe the nation's attitude to sport ("I am going for an Olympic gold medal in apathy", 15 September). This country offers one of the widest ranges of sports in the world, and there is no shortage of...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Teenager Walker Steps Up in World
CHEV WALKER, with just 17 years and 17 first-team appearances behind him, is the most startling inclusion in England's squad for the World Cup next month. Walker has been named in a 24-man party despite his youth and inexperience because, as the England...
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RUGBY UNION: Bristol Sign Contepomi as Salter Is Cited
GOOD NEWS days have become something of a rarity down Bristol way, so the fact that yesterday's developments at the Memorial Ground were not all bad came as a blessed relief to Dean Ryan's chastened band of Premiership underachievers. Felipe Contepomi,...
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