The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from August 28, 2000

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$1Bn Haul of Cocaine Seized in 12-Nation Operation
INTERNATIONAL LAW enforcement officers have seized 27.5 tons of Colombian cocaine, worth about $1bn (pounds 625m), from a port on Venezuela's eastern Atlantic coast in one of the biggest drugs operations in history. United States customs officials believe...
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A Family Affair; `I Don't Think That Dian Is a Sinner' ; until Three Years Ago, Dian Parry, 61, Was the Reverend Bill Parry, a Preacher, Father of Three and Grandfather of Nine. Then She Decided She Wanted a Sex Change. Dian's Wife of Almost 40 Years, Anita, 60, Is the Only Person to Have Stuck by Her. They Share a Home in Port Talbot
Mrs Dian Parry I always felt I should be female. I remember seeing my younger sister in a tutu and feeling very jealous. I thought she looked so beautiful. I must have been only six or seven. I tried on her dress one day when no-one was there. I still...
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After Demon Eyes, Tories Portray Blair as Big Brother
THE TORY party has drawn up plans to capitalise on the popularity of the Big Brother television gameshow, by launching a campaign portraying Tony Blair as an "all-seeing, all-taxing" embodiment of the state. The publicity blitz will accuse the Prime...
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Aloof Cheney Looks like a Liability for Bush's Campaign
WHEN THE Republican presidential nominee, George W Bush, named Dick Cheney as his running mate four weeks ago, Bush critics quipped that the ticket was the wrong way round: was not Mr Cheney, former White House chief of staff and respected defence secretary,...
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Amanda `I'm Not a Politician' Platell Defends Past Briefing from Labour
WILLIAM HAGUE'S spin-doctor, Amanda Platell, was challenged on her own political philosophy when she appeared at the television festival. It was disclosed last week that Ms Platell, when a Mirror Group executive, was briefed by the Labour Party before...
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Aryan Nations Trial: White Supremacists Face Death by Lawsuit ; Heavy Damages Sought against Thugs Who Beat Mother and Son near Race- Hate Group's Idaho Compound
THE ARYAN Nations, the white supremacist group notorious for its Nazi-uniform parades and racist rhetoric, risks being sued out of existence in a court case beginning today in which a mother and son beaten outside the group's compound in Hayden Lake,...
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Athletics: Edwards Eager to Prove a Point to Sydney Rivals
JONATHAN EDWARDS has received a little local assistance as he attempts to launch himself towards the Olympic triple jump title that would complete his career. The 34-year-old Gateshead athlete has asked for the triple jump location at his local stadium...
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Athletics: IOC Ready to Make Final Decision on Blood Tests
THE INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee will decide whether to introduce blood testing at the Sydney Games at a meeting in Lausanne today. Although certain religious groups are opposed to the move on ethical grounds, the IOC is under pressure because of...
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Australian Rules Football: Letter from Melbourne; Aussie Rules Still Rules Down Under
AUSTRALIANS CAN scarcely contain their excitement as they count down the days to the biggest event of the sporting calendar. No, not the Olympic Games; the Australian Rules grand final. Next Saturday's showdown between Essendon and Melbourne, two of...
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BBC Has `Lost Its Way with News', Warns Wheeler
THE VETERAN BBC reporter Charles Wheeler yesterday fuelled the row over dumbing down of television news as he declared that the corporation had "lost its way with news". The distinguished foreign correspondent told the Edinburgh Television Festival that...
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Bombs Cache Linked to Carnival Race Threat
DETECTIVES ARE investigating whether a cache of eight "extremely sophisticated" homemade bombs found in Oxfordshire were part of a racist plot to blow up the Notting Hill Carnival. Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist squad was yesterday on full alert after...
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Book of the Week
FC Barcelona - Tales From The Nou Camp By Jeff King (Macmillan, pounds 16.99) ALFREDO DI STEFANO is a name so synonymous with Real Madrid you can hardly imagine him playing for anyone else. But he nearly did, and for the team regarded as the natural...
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Branson Software Is Acceptable, Say Lottery Officials
THE NATIONAL Lottery Commission yesterday defended its decision to accept the US software firm supplying Sir Richard Branson's People's Lottery despite revelations that it has been fined more than pounds 1m in the United States for the late installation...
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British Family Die in Head-On Collision
FOUR MEMBERS of a holidaymaking British family who died in a head- on road crash in the Irish Republic were named by police yesterday. The dead were Eric Pickford, 45, his wife Gillian, 35, Emma Bintliff, 14 (Mrs Pickford's daughter by a previous marriage)...
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British Trekker's Fiancee and Her Son Murdered by Robbers in Himalayas
A BRITISH trekker was recovering in hospital yesterday in the Indian Himalayas after surviving an attack on Friday night that resulted in the death of his two Spanish companions. Martin Young, 32, of Hampshire, who works in Delhi as a civil engineer,...
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Briton Hurt as Robbers Kill Two in Himalayas
A BRITISH trekker was recovering in hospital yesterday in the Indian Himalayas after surviving an attack on Friday night that resulted in the deaths of his two Spanish companions. Martin Young, 32, of Hampshire, who works in Delhi as a civil engineer,...
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Brown's Nest Egg for Children in Care
CHILDREN IN care could receive a government "trust fund" of several thousand pounds on reaching adulthood, under radical plans to transform the lives of Britain's most deprived youngsters. The scheme would pay child benefit for those in foster care or...
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Captain Moonlight: How to Get Ahead by Walking Backwards
BANK! Yes, it's that time again, when tellers desert their windows to gambol happily by brook and rill, and even managers force a half smile as they don their knotted handkerchiefs and climb into the Wolseley for the long trip to the coast. Marvellous!...
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China Sets Up First National Lottery to Help Pay for Millions of Pensions
PUNTERS ACROSS China will raise money for the swelling ranks of senior citizens by taking part in the country's first nationwide lottery this week. From 1 September, people who purchase a 2-yuan ticket have the chance of becoming an instant yuan millionaire...
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Clive of India's Gold Comes Up for Sale after Legal Settlement
THE GOLD hoard of Clive of India, lost in a shipwreck off South Africa in 1755, has finally come to the surface and will be sold in London next month. The hoard of 830 coins, worth about pounds 3,000 at the time, is expected to fetch about pounds 350,000...
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Comment: Ashtray World, for the Holiday of a Lifetime
BANK HOLIDAY Monday today, and time to be out and about in Britain's countryside, joining the queues of holidaymakers looking for something to do. Look no further! Here is a list of some of the best attractions available... Great British Diseases Just...
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Comment: Bank Holiday Break? It's Easier to Get to Rome Than Pwllheli
NEWCASTLE OR Bristol: it could be you. The giant US airline Continental is checking out possible destinations for its next new route from New York to the UK. If either airport gains a non-stop link with America's largest city, it will be big news for...
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Comment: It's Been a Crazy, Lazy Summer for the Tories
AS TONY Blair returns to his desk tomorrow morning, he should ask his party officials to send a crate of best bitter to his deputy, John Prescott, who has kept the Government ticking over without any mishaps during the silly season. August has, in the...
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Comment: Paid-Up Members of the Profession of Violence
ACCORDING TO the frenzy of media speculation, the victory won by Reg Kray's supporters in persuading the Home Secretary to let him "die at home in dignity" is pretty much cosmetic. The 67-year-old former mobster, suffering from terminal bladder cancer,...
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Comment: Skirl of the Bagpipes Is Just a Load of Hot Air
GOOD NEWS for music lovers - playing the bagpipes is bad for your health. At least it is according to Dr Robert Sataloff, director of the Arts Medical Centre in Philadelphia, and he should know. Traditionally, he points out, the pipes are made from a...
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Courts Tsar to Oversee Shake-Up of London JPs Magistrates
THE GOVERNMENT is to appoint a pounds 120,000-a-year "courts tsar" to oversee the biggest shake-up of London's courts for more than 100 years. The successful candidate will be given a pounds 70m budget and will have responsibility for rooting out delay...
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Cricket: End for Tufnell as England Turn to Spin of Giles
ENGLAND ANNOUNCED their squad for the final Test at The Oval yesterday and in so doing revealed most of their hand for the winter tours as well. As the first does not include Phil Tufnell nor will the second, a move that suggests the selectors, who instead...
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Cricket: Glamorgan Win despite Late Scare
GLAMORGAN IMPROVED their chances of promotion from the National League Division Two with a dramatic one-wicket victory yesterday after bottom-of-the-table Derbyshire had looked set for their first win since 18 June. The No 11 batsman Owen Parkin hit...
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Cricket: Natwest Trophy Final - Gloucestershire Own the One-Day Game - Warwickshire 205-7 Gloucestershire 122-3 Gloucestershire Win by 22 Runs (D/L Method) ; Only Hiccup for Alleyne Is Wait for Presentation after His Side Cruise to Fourth Consecutive Success at Lord's
WHATEVER SLINGS and arrows are sent their way, and Allan Donald managed a few thunderbolts before the real thing arrived in mid- afternoon, Gloucestershire do not miss a stride. This was their fourth stroll to victory at Lord's in successive one-day...
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Cruel Britannia's Unique Humour Is under Threat from America
LAUGHTER MAY be a universal language but only the British find self-mockery and cruelty side-splittingly funny, a characteristic that distinguishes us from the rest of the world, a leading academic has said. Only in Britain are comedy writers able to...
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Day of the Flea-Pit Cinema Is Not over According to Survey
WE HAVE all been through it - the over-amorous couple blocking the view from the row in front, the discarded chewing gum left thoughtfully on an armrest or aisles strewn with litter from the audience before. Just when you thought it was safe to go back...
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`Dr Zhivago' to Be Adapted for Pounds 8m Television Drama
THE EPIC romance Dr Zhivago, which set hearts racing 35 years ago when Omar Sharif and Julie Christie starred in a major film of Boris Pasternak's book, is to be remade into an pounds 8m television drama, ITV said yesterday. The dark tale of doomed love...
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Education: England Is Not the Dunce of Europe after All
WE ARE not the dunce of Europe: it's official. The true reason for England's poor showing in international maths league tables is revealed at last - other countries enter a higher proportion of clever children for national tests. It's not that our Continental...
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Education: The Secret of School Success Lies Partly in the Pencil Case ; Experts Advise on the Right Kind of Pencil, as Britain's Standing in Europe Shows a Statistical Improvement
CHILDREN'S PROGRESS at school is determined partly by the contents of their pencil cases, a child development expert said yesterday. As thousands of children prepared to start school next week, Dr Rhona Stainthorp of London University's Institute of...
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Egrets Are Making Themselves at Home in Southern England
LITTLE EGRETS, virtually unknown in Britain 50 years ago, have made themselves so much at home here that the number of birds in their main colony are doubling annually. The first British nesting by a pair of these small, graceful, white herons was four...
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Equestrianism: Whitaker Stays `Steady' to Win Derby Jump-Off
THE WONDERFUL 20-year-old Virtual Village Welham gave John Whitaker his third emotional victory in the British Jumping Derby yesterday, after completing two foot-perfect clear rounds. The 45- year-old rider and Keeley Durham's venerable horse received...
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Ethnic Tension: Ireland to Fight Racist Attacks with New Campaign ; ETHNIC TENSION: Asylum-Seekers Lured by Celtic Tiger Economy Face Assaults and Abuse, Say Immigrant Support Groups
THE IRISH government is mounting a campaign against racism amid fears that the growing number of attacks on ethnic minorities will harm the booming economy. This month, a black Briton was driven out of Ireland by racist persecution, weeks after his father...
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European Times: Thuringia, East Germany - Schroder's Anodyne Eastern Tour Is Just What the Spin-Doctor Ordered
THE PHOTOGRAPHER is growing weary of the ridiculous requests from head office. "Demos?" he screams into his mobile phone. "There are no demos. There's nobody here." In fact, as many as 100 people have gathered on the main square of Nordhausen, a town...
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Football: All Quiet on West Ham Front Is Not Arrogance
SOME WEEKS ago in this space, for reasons I can't quite remember, I invited readers to identify the single London Underground station which contains no letters in common with the word `mackerel'. A belated thank you to Helen Cornish, Ann Kenrick, Steven...
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Football: Arsenal's Surprise Assault ; Arsenal 5 Charlton Athletic 3
FOR ONE wildly entertaining afternoon, supporters of these two diverse clubs shared the same stage again and, in many cases, the same transport to and from the drama - Arsenal retain a strong following in south-east London close to their Woolwich roots....
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Football: Beleaguered Poll Is Modern Model of the Ideal Referee
I BLINKED when I read on Ceefax that Paolo Di Canio had appeared as a 75th minute substitute for Bradford City against Liverpool. Clearly for Benito Carbone it was a classic case of guilt by association - Di Canio has entered the English language as...
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Football: Eindhoven Have Edge over Utrecht ; OVERSEAS ROUND-UP
PSV EINDHOVEN, drawn in Manchester United's Champions' League group, produced a powerful second-half display to beat Utrecht 3-1 yesterday. Utrecht led 1-0 at the break through Dave van den Bergh, but PSV's Kevin Hofland equalised. Arnold Bruggink missed...
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Football: England Injured Pair to Report for Duty
GARY NEVILLE and Rio Ferdinand will be expected to report to the England team headquarters today with the rest of the squad ahead of Saturday's friendly against France. Neville reportedly suffered a groin injury and Ferdinand a hip problem during West...
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Football: Hayles Adds Aggression to Fulham's Artistry ; Fulham 4 Stockport County 1
THE CONTINENTAL influence infiltrating Craven Cottage stretches way beyond the sound of E-type's Euro 2000 anthem Campione bellowing forth as the teams run out. John Collins, Jean Tigana's voice on the pitch and sometimes in the dressing room, transcends...
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Football: Ince Prepared to Persuade McManaman ; Middlesbrough 1 Leeds United 2
PAUL INCE intends to use his time between England training sessions this week to persuade Steve McManaman of the merits of joining Middlesbrough. Just over a month ago the Teessiders agreed a fee, believed to be around pounds 8m, for the mercurial winger,...
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Football: Inspired Cordone Strikes the Right Chord for Robson ; Newcastle United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0
AS NEWCASTLE UNITED'S early-season injury list lengthened last week, Bobby Robson remarked: "I'm beginning to think this football club is cursed." The Newcastle manager had a point - with Robert Lee, Carl Cort, Nicos Dabizas and Marcelino all out of...
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Football: Ipswich Family Thrives ; Ipswich Town 1 Sunderland 0
HOME IS where the heart is. No one-club town more fulsomely characterises that notion than Ipswich, whose animated citizens, throbbing stadium and locally-reared talent are creating an uplifting sense of "family". It may just enable the relegation favourites...
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Football: Keane's Caution Reveals Conflict with True Nature ; West Ham United 2 Manchester United 2
LET'S START with Roy Keane, which is another way of saying that Sir Alex Ferguson probably had more on his mind after Saturday's adventure at Upton Park than the careless loss of two points and a recurrence of Jaap Stam's thigh injury. Let's start with...
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Football: Leicester Draw Blank ; Bradford City 0 Leicester City 0
IF BRADFORD'S failure to reproduce the form which saw off Chelsea in midweek revealed what could be a fatal lack of consistency, then Leicester demonstrated that they are suffering from the opposite, but possibly equally debilitating, malaise. Consistency...
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Football: Nilis Brilliance Cannot Hide the Failings ; Aston Villa 1 Nilis 10 Chelsea 1 Desailly 30 Half-Time: 1-1 Att: 27,057 :PREMIERSHIP Belgian Makes Instant Impact on Premiership Debut While Chelsea Manager Complains of Xenophobia
LATE AUGUST seems a trifle early for Premiership sides to be serving up end-of-season fare, yet Aston Villa and Chelsea, sixth and fifth respectively last term, played out a soporific, staccato stalemate at Villa Park yesterday that arguably had less...
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Football: Norwich Face Tough Task against Skilled Pacesetters ; NATIONWIDE PREVIEW
FULHAM, TOP of the Nationwide League First Division, will be out to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season when they face struggling Norwich City at Carrow Road this afternoon. Jean Tigana's side have nine points following their 4-1 home win...
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Football: Owen Renaissance on an Uplifting Day ; Southampton 3 Liverpool 3
AS AN antidote to last week's outbreak of scarlet fever the weekend's Premiership football programme was just what the spin doctor ordered. Red cards and "prima donna" referees were nudged aside as the game took centre stage. Bradford City apart, where...
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Football: Royle Seeks Solidity ; Manchester City 1 Coventry City 2
JOE ROYLE is paid to be optimistic and he was. "You may laugh," the Manchester City manager said, "but we're only three points off the top of the table." Not a snigger was heard, except in several minds that were mulling over a more pertinent statistic...
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Football: Strident Sturridge Parades His Wares ; Everton 2 Derby County 2
JIM SMITH'S face is always a picture of some kind of heightened emotion, but this one was of the 1,000-word edition. The Bald Eagle of Derby was asked how it was that Dean Sturridge, quicker by a step than anyone else on the field, came to sit out the...
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Football: Sutton Strike Sparks Rout of Rangers ; Celtic Celebrate First Old Firm Derby Win over Bitter Rivals for 21 Months as O'Neill Enjoys `Immense' Performance Celtic 6 Rangers 2
AN INCREDIBLE day in the east end of Glasgow yesterday underlined why the Old Firm derby is probably still the greatest show on earth.Don't take my word for it. Ask Martin O'Neill, or better still Noel Gallagher. The Oasis man was one of the guests in...
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Football: That Was the Weekend That Was
Tired tractor persuades fans to head for the hills DO YOU think Manchester United supporters would jump to it in the following manner if their groundsman needed some new machinery? About 50 supporters of Rochdale are setting off at 8am today to walk...
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Football: Three-Pronged Attack Gives Bolton a Boost ; Bolton Wanderers 2 Preston North End 0
WHEN EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN made his inevitable trek south to sit on the sidelines at Chelsea, Bolton supporters wondered where the goals might come from this season. On the evidence of this outstanding Lancashire derby, Sam Allardyce could be almost spoilt...
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Foreign GP `Slur' Lands Tories in a Race Row
THE GOVERNMENT yesterday accused the Tories of propagating "fear and prejudice" with plans to subject all foreign doctors working in the NHS to a tough new English test. John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister, led the criticism after Liam Fox, shadow Health...
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Fourth Night of Stand-Off as Burma Blocks Aung San Suu Kyi's Convoy
THE BURMESE democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was yesterday still locked in contention with the Burmese military authorities, and preparing to spend a fourth night with her supporters in two vehicles on the outskirts of Rangoon....
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Four Trapped as Fire Rages through Russian TV Tower
FIRE ENGULFED the Ostankino television tower, the world's second- tallest freestanding structure, yesterday and firemen battled to locate an elevator where officials said four people were trapped hundreds of feet above ground. The blaze in the 1,771ft...
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Fragments from the Masters Become Art in Their Own Right
AN ART conservator and scientist who takes minuscule fragments from paintings in order to help date and restore them has seen his scientific work itself become art. Nicholas Eastaugh has worked on paintings from most of Britain's major institutions,...
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Fraser Sets the Record `Straight' for Pub Tourists
SITTING UNDER a sun umbrella in the beer garden of The Blind Beggar, the East End pub where Ronnie Kray shot George Cornell, "Mad" Frankie Fraser was putting a group of tourists straight on what led to the murder. "He didn't call him a big fat poof,"...
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Friends Pay Tribute to Murdered Arts Student as Police Seek Vital Clues
FRIENDS AND neighbours yesterday paid tribute to the murdered 17- year-old girl whose body was discovered in shrubbery near a Staffordshire beauty spot on Saturday. Heather Tell, who dreamed of becoming a professional dancer, had set off from home to...
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Fringe Prize Haul for `Jailbird' Comic
AN AMERICAN comic armed with a "white-trash" convict alter ego was preparing for fame and fortune yesterday after brushing aside home- grown talent to win Britain's top comedy prize. Rich Hall beat off challenges from four Britons to win the Perrier...
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GMC Allows Sacked Surgeon to Return to Work
A DISGRACED surgeon who was sacked last month after a two-year official hospital inquiry into allegations that he botched 84 operations and caused 13 deaths has been told by the General Medical Council that he is temporarily free to return to work on...
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Golf: Fulke Flourishes in Final Straight
PIERRE FULKE held off the challenge of his fellow Swede Henrik Nystrom to win the Scottish PGA Championship here yesterday. The pair virtually turned the event into a matchplay contest. Nystrom produced the early fireworks, but crucial errors towards...
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Golf: Van De Velde in Comfortable Lead
JEAN VAN DE VELDE fired a seven-under-par 65 to open up a two- shot lead after the third round of the Reno-Tahoe Open, in Nevada. Van de Velde, remembered for his remarkable collapse in the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie, began the day four shots behind...
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Golf: Woods Held Up by Lightning as Price Challenges
THE ONLY thing that seemed capable of affecting Tiger Woods' victory march - the weather - duly intervened yesterday after he had hit just two shots in his final round of the NEC world championship.Lightning caused play to be suspended for just under...
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Golf: Woosnam Finds Better Form by Playing Alone
AS THE final round of the NEC World Championship got under way here yesterday, it was easy to conclude that all Tiger Woods needed to do to win the tournament was get out of bed given that he held a nine- stroke overnight advantage. At the start of the...
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Government Denies Links between Deaths and Meningitis Vaccination
PARENTS WERE urged yesterday to continue vaccinating their children against meningitis C despite reports that 11 people had died following immunisation. The Government denied any link between the deaths and the vaccination, saying all those concerned...
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Hollywood Stars Set to Open in Packed Season for West End Theatres
BRITISH THEATRE is preparing for one of its busiest autumns for years with a spate of serious plays as well as musicals opening in the West End. The formidably eclectic mix sees new works from David Hare and Andrew Lloyd Webber and the return to stage...
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Independent Pursuits: Chess
IN 1749, the French maestro Francois Andre Danican Philidor in his L'analyse du jeu des Echecs made the profound observation that "Pawns are the soul of chess", an insight as utterly obvious to strong players today as it must have been shattering to...
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I Regret the Deaths but Military Campaign Was Necessary, Says the Brighton Bomber
BRIGHTON BOMBER Patrick Magee, who planted the bomb which in 1984 came close to killing Margaret Thatcher and other cabinet ministers, yesterday expressed qualified regret that five people died in the attack. Mr Magee, who was jailed for life but released...
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Israelis Feared Dead from `Friendly Fire' as Hamas Bomb Suspect Evades Snatch Squad
THE ISRAELIS are investigating whether three soldiers killed in a gun battle with Islamic militants on the West Bank on Saturday were shot by their own comrades. They were members of an undercover unit searching for Hamas fugitives in the village of...
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Jersey May Split from UK to Save Low-Tax Status
THE ISLAND of Jersey is preparing a referendum on independence amid fears that the Government will accept European Union demands to end its low-tax status. The island, which will debate the idea next month, would end 900 years of association with the...
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Leading Article: Dr Fox Is Having Great Difficulty Making Sense about Foreign Doctors
IF THE Conservative leadership seriously thinks that what they need to win the next election is a shot of thinly-disguised racism, they are in deeper trouble than anyone thought. The initiative by the shadow Health Secretary, Liam Fox, calling for a...
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Leading Article: The Swedes Are Good News for the Stock Exchange
YOU DO not need to be a day trader in stocks and shares to know that a single stock market for the whole of the European Union is probably both inevitable and desirable. In order to exploit the advantages of the single market, European companies need...
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Letter: A Graduate's Lament
Sir: The predicament of James Langridge as an unutilised graduate (letter, 24 August) broadly mirrors my own and reminds me of the adage, "It's not what you know, but who you know." I also have a feeling that the goalposts keep moving as more and more...
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Malaria Used to Be a Tropical Disease. Now You Can Catch It in the Sussex Countryside
VISITING, OR living near international airports can damage your health, according to a new report published by the World Health Organisation. The hazard does not come from the noise of jets alone; nor purely from aircraft falling out of the sky. There...
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Mandela's Role in Burundi Peace Talks May Be Catalyst for New Genocide, Observers Warn
BILL CLINTON and Nelson Mandela hope their presence today at talks to end seven years of slaughter in Burundi will create an impetus for peace. But many observers are warning that Mr Mandela's mediation tactics have polarised views and may even have...
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Men's Style: Checkout Peter Hook, Bass Player of New Order, on Flannels, 4 St Anns Place, Manchester
I'M ONE of the few men who really loves shopping and for clothes. I usually go to King Street in Manchester. My favourites are Armani, DKNY and a really good shop called Flannels, where David Beckham goes too (though I found it first). They've made me...
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Men's Style: Dylan Jones's Column
NOW THAT Tom Ford has become so ubiquitous, so unbelievably chic and a must-have member of the Hollywood uber-A-list, it is difficult to think of Gucci without him, or indeed, before him. Ford's reinvention of the label has been so successful that the...
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Monday Book: Rastas, Race and the Rhythm of Jah People ; Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King by Lloyd Bradley (Viking, Pounds 12.99)
THERE WAS a moment in Britain when reggae music and its symbols - dreadlocks, the colours red, yellow and green - were an inescapable part of inner-city areas with an Afro-Caribbean community. It was a moment personified by Bob Marley's dreadlocked,...
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Motor Racing: Belgian Grand Prix - Hakkinen Acquires Greatness in One Move ; Finn Produces `Best Ever Manoeuvre' to Pass Schumacher and Secure Victory That Puts Third Successive World Title in Sight
FORMULA ONE has grudgingly acknowledged Mika Hakkinen as world champion these past two years but now, perhaps, he will be recognised as a driver worthy of a place in the pantheon of the sport's heroes. The Finn's image has been forged by statistics rather...
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My Pliable Co-Star and I ; Software Is Increasingly Replacing Flesh-and-Blood Movie Extras, and the Exotic Locations We See on the Big Screen Often Exist Only in Cyberspace. Now That Director Andrew Niccol Has Revealed That the Star of His Next Film Will Be Be Computer-Generated, Where Will It All End? by David Thomson
These days, it is up to us what we make of the news. The internet is a field of irresponsibility that allows one to say virtually anything - because it has only been virtually said. Last week, Salon - an American internet magazine - ran the item that...
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Obituary: Bunny Austin
BUNNY AUSTIN was one of the great figures of world tennis. He and Fred Perry were members of the last British team to win the Davis Cup. Their four consecutive victories in the 1930s marked a golden era for British tennis which has never been matched...
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Obituary: Donald Barber
DONALD BARBER was best known as an astronomer who worked at the Norman Lockyer Observatory at Sidmouth, Devon, from 1936 until his retirement in 1961, but he retained his earlier interests in biophysics and he continued to look for connections between...
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Obituary: Rangarajan Kumaramanglam
RANGARAJAN KUMARAMANGLAM, the smooth-talking Indian Minister for Power, was an ideological chameleon who continually changed his party affiliations to ensure his emergence on the winning side. In a political career spanning less than two decades, Kumaramanglam's...
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Olympic Games: Samaranch Plays Down Sydney Safety Threat
JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH, president of the International Olympic Committee, remains confident about the safety of next month's Games despite the security scare over a possible plot to blow up a nuclear research reactor in Sydney. "Every day there are negative...
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ONdigital Autumn Listing Could Raise Pounds 400m
ONDIGITAL, the digital terrestrial broadcaster, is planning to seek a stock market listing as early as October, Charles Allen, chairman of Granada Media, told the Edinburgh International Television festival yesterday. ONdigital, co-owned by Granada Media...
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Pandora
There once was a time, not so very long ago, when the issue of Europe was the defining fault line through the heart of the Conservative Party. You remember, John Major banging on about the "bastards" in his midst, and John Redwood beaming himself up...
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Philippine Rebels Free Five Captive Westerners from Jungle
THE HOSTAGE crisis in the Philippines finally appeared to be nearing its end last night, as the Islamic rebel group, Abu Sayyaf, released five of its Western captives, reportedly in return for ransoms of $1m (pounds 680,000) each. A German man, and four...
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Pregnancy: Home Testing Kit Could Cut Rate of Premature Births ; PREGNANCY: Scientists Develop New Way of Detecting Infection That Induces Early Labour Which Could Save Thousands of Babies and Millions of Pounds
PREGNANT WOMEN may soon be able to buy a simple testing kit to determine if they are likely to give birth prematurely, a product that could prevent thousands of early births and save the NHS millions. The spot-colour test similar to a home pregnancy...
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Questionnaire: Larry Achike - British Olympic Triple Jumper
How confident are you of success going into the Sydney Olympics? Very confident, at least of making the final, and that's where you want to be or else there's not much point in being there. Then you go for a medal, and this year it's wide open. Who was...
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Racing: Ascension on the Upgrade towards Fillies' Classic
TWO FILLIES staked their claim for next year's 1,000 Guineas yesterday as Brian Meehan's Freefourracing won the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood and Mick Channon's Ascension landed the Prix du Calvados at Deauville. It was Channon's charge who impressed the...
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Racing: Back Pain No Obstacle for Freire
THE WORLD road race champion, Oscar Freire, defied chronic back trouble to sprint home first on the second stage of the Tour of Spain yesterday. Victory on the 167.5km run from Malaga to Cordoba was achieved despite a serious question mark over the Spaniard's...
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Racing: Hyperion's TV Tips
EPSOM 2.05: With decent odds likely, it could be worth chancing that CATCHY WORD possesses the stamina for this 1m 2f - two furlongs further than he has raced before. He can easily be forgiven finishing down the field in his last two runs (both 7f) -...
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Racing: Nicholls Has Pure Speed for Record Bid
RACING WOULD be nowhere without great lashings of naive optimism, but not even the punter who has a daily Heinz has anything on Epsom racecourse, which stages an annual assault on the world equine speed record on the Monday of the August Bank Holiday....
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RAF Crew Buried in Iceland 60 Years On
FOUR SECOND World War airmen were buried yesterday in a small graveyard near the Arctic Circle, to the sound of "Flowers of the Forest", a lament dating from the Battle of Flodden in 1513 and played by a lone piper. Their plane had crashed into a snow-capped...
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Rugby League: Long Joy but Saints Short on Substance ; St Helens 50 Salford 28
A SIXTH half-century of the campaign might look healthy enough - and Sean Long broke the points scoring record for a Super League season - but Saints will derive only limited satisfaction from a display that showed them at their worst as well as their...
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