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 June 27, 2000

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`A Discovery That Will Touch the Life of Every Person on the Planet'
IT IS a staggering achievement. For the first time in history, we are able to read our own draft set of genetic instructions. We may be more than a collection of mere genes, but without them we would not exist. From today we have the tool-kit to investigate...
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A Fresh Start for Humanity, Perhaps
IT'S ALWAYS quite something to see a project come in ahead of time and under budget. And so, on this rather prosaic level at least, we must all raise our faces in wonder at the mapping of the human genome. However dubious the doubters and the scaremongers...
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Anti-Addiction Drug for Smokers `Twice as Effective as Patches'
A DRUG to help smokers give up the habit, launched today, might also be used to treat heroin and cocaine addicts. Zyban, the first non- nicotine therapy shown to be effective against smoking, is claimed to be twice as effective as nicotine patches. The...
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Arts Review Classical: Peter Warlock Chelsea Festival London
PETER WARLOCK aficionados are serious drinkers. They need to be. Warlock (1894-1930) frequented more pubs round Chelsea than the dozen- plus Chelsea addresses he clocked up between leaving pre-war Eton and his probably self-inflicted Christmas demise...
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Arts Review Theatre: York Millennium Mystery Plays York Minster
THE DEVIL in the pulpit at York Minster? The word "bollocks" intoned with unmistakable clarity in the nave? There are, you'd have thought, safer places in which to tempt fate. The last time the Almighty allegedly showed his hand as a reviewer (over an...
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Arts Review: Westminster Cathedral Choir/Westminster Abbey Choir Spitalfields London
WESTMINSTER ABBEY and Cathedral are within easy walking distance of each other, and fortunate Londoners can hear glorious choral singing in both churches virtually any day of the week. But they rarely hear two such magnificent choral feasts on consecutive...
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A Strange Choice of Friends for a Moralist, Mr Blair ; `He Cannot Expect That His Associations with High Rollers Will Not Be to His Ultimate Disadvantage'
"TO SUCCEED in English public life it is necessary to conform either to the popular image of bookie or clergyman; Churchill being the perfect example of the former, Lord Halifax of the latter." Malcolm Muggeridge, voicing this diagnosis in 1973, could...
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Baseball: McGwire Sparks as Ball Theory Disproved
EACH OF the last few years has seen an assault on the home run record books, and this season has been no different, with an average of more than 2.5 per game. Conspiracy theorists, as is their way, see shady manoeuvres behind the phenomenon. Some players...
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Blighted Sheffield Plans to Be a Born-Again City
FOUR MORE IN NEED OF A FACE-LIFT? BRIGHTON Brighton might have become the media world's latest chill-zone of choice, but the laid back atmosphere cannot paper over a town centre whose core, around an unimpressive clock tower, remains an aesthetic head-butt...
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Blighted Sheffield Plans to Be a Born-Again City
SHEFFIELD, A city plagued by dire Sixties architecture, a mystifying traffic system and the legacy of regrettable Eighties planning decisions, yesterday revealed plans for a reincarnation. It is bringing in the creators of the Canary Wharf riverside...
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Boxing: How Two Clerks Changed Boxing History ; Muhammad Ali Escaped a Prison Term as a Conscientious Objector to the War in Vietnam - but Only Just
MIKE TYSON'S despicable behaviour in Glasgow last Saturday night is bound to prompt a comparison with Muhammad Ali, who captured many hearts when becoming the 20th century's outstanding sports personality. But what if Ali had lost his appeal against...
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Boxing: Tyson Facing British Board's Censure
BRITISH BOXING officials will today launch a full inquiry into the unsavoury incidents that happened during and after Mike Tyson's latest visit to these shores. The American heavyweight's antics on Saturday night, when he managed to put the referee John...
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Brown Ally Attacks Chancellor for `Stifling' Euro Debate
A CLOSE ally of Gordon Brown criticised the Chancellor yesterday for trying to suppress a public debate on whether Britain should join the single currency. Alan Donnelly, former leader of the Labour group in the European parliament, raised the stakes...
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Candover Sells Brannigans Bars for Pounds 67m
CANDOVER INVESTMENTS, the venture capital group whose assets include Earls Court and Olympia, yesterday sold its 14-strong chain of Brannigans bars along with six other pubs for pounds 67m, just months after acquiring the outlets from First Leisure....
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Carphone Warehouse Pitches IPO Price Range at 170p-220p
CARPHONE WAREHOUSE, the mobile phone retailer planning to float next month, said yesterday that its initial public offering, scheduled for 14 July, would value the group at about pounds 1.6bn, below some analysts' expectations. The company, which prides...
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China Now Leading Source of Those Seeking Asylum in UK
CHINA IS now the leading source country for asylum seekers coming to the United Kingdom, according to official figures released yesterday. The Home Office report, which comes only days after 58 Chinese people were found dead in a lorry at Dover, shows...
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City Life: Pristina - the Only Thing That's Organised Here Is the Crime
THE FIRST thing you notice in Pristina that tells you something has gone badly wrong is the crowd. Then you see the red and white United Nations police Toyotas, then the yellow and black plastic tape marking off the area. Finally, there is the prowling...
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Cricket: Condon Hired by ICC to Clean Up Global Game
IT MAY not seem the most natural step, after a career clearing up the streets of London, but Sir Paul Condon will spend the next three years attempting to do the same for cricket. Appointed yesterday by the International Cricket Council, as director...
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Cricket: Local Clubs Play Straight Bat to Change ; ECB's Efforts to Raise Standards at Grass-Roots Level Have Received a Mixed Response in Game's Traditional Heartlands
ASK ANY random group of Englishmen or women, young or old, from almost any social background, to describe half a dozen mental images of an English summer's afternoon and it could be confidently predicted that a cricket match would be among them. Not...
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Cricket: S Africa Awaits Cronje Findings
JUDGE EDWIN KING brought the match-fixing commission to a close in Cape Town yesterday and will release his interim findings on Friday. After sitting through two weeks of damning evidence against Hansie Cronje, the disgraced former South African captain,...
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Disbelief as Voters Stand Up to Mugabe's Thugs ; from Bulawayo and Victoria Falls to the Harare Townships, Overwhelming Support for MDC Leaves Government Facing Humiliation
IN BULAWAYO, they did not wait for confirmation of the ruling party's crushing defeat. "Rest in pieces, Zanu-PF," shouted a crowd carrying a makeshift coffin through Zimbabwe's second city hours before the announcement. But in Harare and its townships,...
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Doctors Condemn `Dogma-Driven' NHS Initiatives
TACKLING POOR doctors by sending them to "boot camps" for correction is not the way to raise standards in medicine, the leader of Britain's doctors said yesterday. Although British medicine has had one of its worst years ever, with one scandal after...
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Drug-Linked Rise in Hepatitis Is a `Public Health Time Bomb'
DRUG WORKERS warned of a "public health time bomb" yesterday when Government advisers said hundreds of thousands of drug users were carrying the potentially fatal hepatitis C virus. The estimated 228,000 hepatitis C-positive cases presented a problem...
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Drugs Kill Up to 60 Users a Week, Say Official Advisers
UP TO 60 people a week are dying drug-related deaths in Britain, an official report warned yesterday. As the Government promised action to cut the toll, it was warned of a new "public health time bomb" in the form of thousands of drug users infected...
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Dutch Operator to Take Telewest Stake
THE DUTCH-BASED cable TV operator United Pan-Europe Communications yesterday said it would take a 25 per cent stake in the UK cable group Telewest Communications, marking its entry into Britain. The all-stock deal, part of a complex arrangement with...
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EMI Shareholders Approve $20Bn Warner Music Deal
SHAREHOLDERS OF EMI, the music group, approved its $20bn (pounds 13.3bn) merger with Warner Music, the subsidiary of the US group Time Warner, after an 11th hour counter-bid for the group failed to appear. EMI's chairman, Eric Nicoli, yesterday told...
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European Reform: Chirac Dodges the Hard Questions as France Takes Helm ; A Sophisticated Power-Play Is Unfolding over the Future of EU as Berlin Attempts to Put Its Stamp on the Unwieldy Institutions
PRESIDENT JACQUES Chirac is an expert at telling his audience what they want to hear without saying anything very much. Even he, however, will have difficulty in squaring all the domestic and European circles faced by France in its six-month presidency...
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First Night: Rich and Arresting Ritualism Leaves Audience in Shade as the Poor Relations ; Pericles Ludlow Festival Shropshire
THERE'S ONE big advantage to staging Pericles as an outdoor summer attraction. However cold and damp it is for the audience, you can rest assured that it will be worse, weather-wise, for the folk in the play itself. The main characters in this Shakespearean...
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Football: BBC to Show Liverpool's Uefa Games
LIVERPOOL'S HOME games in next season's Uefa Cup will be screened live on BBC1. The deal was announced yesterday and represents the first negotiating involvement of Granada Media Group, who took a stake in the Anfield club last season. The contract also...
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Football Euro 2000: Raul Finds Few Supporters Back in Spain
SPANISH NEWSPAPERS shed tears of disappointment on their front pages yesterday over Raul's missed penalty in the final seconds of Spain's 2-1 defeat to France in the Euro 2000 quarter-final in Bruges on Sunday. "Raul made Spain cry," said the sports...
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Football Euro 2000: Shame of Old Pro's Untapped Knowledge
THE TWO old pros were working out in the top floor gym of a big hotel here in Brussels this week. Naturally, the conversation turned to the bewitching quality of the football now carrying Euro 2000 towards a climax which some are saying might just signal...
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Football Euro 2000: Stam Hails Quality That Inspires Dutch Progress
THERE IS no need to translate the headlines which acclaimed the Netherlands' rout of Yugoslavia, led by what was confirmed yesterday as a Patrick Kluivert hat-trick rather than the tournament record of four goals with which he was originally credited....
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Football: European Championship - France's Fluidity Emphasises Size of Keegan's Task
JUST WHEN he thought it could not get any worse, Kevin Keegan woke up on Sunday, read the papers, and watched television. Given what he read and saw, it is a surprise he had not resigned by midnight. Keegan's ordeal began with the Sunday tabloids, which...
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Football: We Must Learn Lesson of How to Develop Talent
FROM SCANDINAVIA and the British Isles we look on enviously and vicariously as the "flair teams" progress to the Euro 2000 semi- finals. Just as statistics can be manipulated to suit the preferred point of view, so the cynics and critics can try to extrapolate...
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Freeserve Shares Plunge as T-Online Drops Bid
SHARES IN Freeserve, Britain's biggest internet service provider, fell 17 per cent yesterday after the company confirmed that bid talks had ended. The stock closed 73.75p lower at 365p as the City reacted to the collapse of talks with German rival T-Online,...
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Golf: Dowling Proud of Team Spirit despite Curtis Cup Loss
GREAT BRITAIN and Ireland came to the party too late to regain the Curtis Cup, which will remain in American hands for another two years, but they did so in time to give the 31st match a tense climax. With 8,000 spectators having turned up at Ganton...
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Governors Caught Up in Wave of Prison Scandals
THE PRISON Service is reeling from a series of scandals involving governors who have been dismissed, suspended or transferred following a succession of raids and investigations at jails across the country. They face accusations of allowing prisoners...
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Granada Media Launches Pounds 7bn Float with Offer to ITV Rivals
CHARLES ALLEN, executive chairman of Granada Media, yesterday extended an olive branch to its ITV rivals Carlton and United News & Media, when he said that the companies could still reach a compromise on the network's future ownership structure. That...
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How to Survive Big Brother ; the Contestants on C4's New Game Show Will Be Watched by Cameras 24 Hours a Day. Kate Craven Asked Two Old Hands What Tips They'd Give the New Players
IT'S EMBARRASSING enough being in the loo when there's a queue of people waiting on the other side of the door. Image the horror, then, of being caught, underpants at half-mast, in front of the Great British public. Such is the prospect for 10 volunteers,...
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Independent Pursuits: Creativity
STONEHENGE REVISITED. Whatever can we do with that load of old stones? Export them to Estonia (John O'Byrne). Return the stones to Wales, and the Elgin Marbles to Greece (Mike Gifford). Recommence the sculpture evening class last run in September 2500...
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Industry with GSOH Seeks Acceptability Stigmatised Industry Seeks New Image
DESPITE A nationwide value of pounds 50m, 40,000 customers and the support of the Foreign Secretary's ex-wife, Britain's dating industry is apparently still suffering an image problem. The largest agency, Dateline yesterday joined forces with rivals...
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IRA Arms Dumps Are Opened Up to the Inspectors
THE IRA said yesterday it had opened up several arms dumps for inspection by international monitors for the first time. The news that some of the Provisional IRA's arsenal had been inspected by Cyril Ramaphosa and Martti Ahtisaari was hailed as a breakthrough...
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Law: Briefs
THE HUNT continues for the illusive barrister whose participation in last week's Euro 2000 riots so angered Jack Straw. But the Bar Council has no information about any of its members misbehaving on the Continent during the tournament. And the British...
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Law: Help for Fathers Who Want to Do Their Bit ; New Legal Protection for Part-Time Workers Looks Likely to Benefit Men Who Wish to Fit Family Commitments around Work. but the Regulations May Prove Difficult to Enforce. by Alison Clarke
LAST YEAR Kevin Wright was sacked by his employer for refusing to work full-time because he wanted to be with his four children. He is now one of an increasing number of professionals who makes up Britain's six million part-time workers. Although he...
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Law Report: Evidence of Previous Complaints Is Admissable in Rape Trial
27 June 2000 R v Z House of Lords (Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord Browne-Wilkinson, Lord Hutton, Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough, Lord Millett) 22 June 2000 PROVIDED A defendant was not placed in double jeopardy by being prosecuted on the same facts or substantially...
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Law: Whose War Is It Anyway? ; the Hunting of War Criminals Has Become a Passion for the Human Rights Movement. but Are International Tribunals the Best Way to Secure Peace and Justice?
Nato snatch squads are proving to be an effective weapon in the battle to make war criminals answer for their crimes. Over the weekend the SAS seized another Bosnian Serb, General Dusko Sikirica, 36, who was in charge of a PoW camp where 140 Croats and...
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Leading Article: Punishing Offshore Havens Won't Solve Tax Problems
IT IS difficult to find the likes of Nauru, Nieui and Vanuatu on the map, let alone treat them as serious threats to the health of the global economy. But, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), representing the...
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Leading Article: We Can't Rely on Private Firms to Exploit the Full Potential of the Genome
COMPARISONS WITH putting a man on the Moon were hard to avoid yesterday as a key stage in the unravelling of human DNA - the Human Genome Project - finally arrived. In truth, as the project is only 90 per cent done, it could be more accurately compared...
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Letter: The English Disease
Sir: Parents who foster the must-win attitude undoubtedly contribute to football hooliganism (Terence Blacker, 23 June). The roots of general hooliganism lie deeper in an older sub-culture. Women watching small boys who are noisy, demanding, hyperactive,...
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Lord Levy Received Pounds 160,000 Tax-Free
LORD LEVY received pounds 160,000 free of income tax in 1998 from an investment company he owns and controls, the company's accounts show. The revelation appeared to settle a mystery surrounding how the Labour peer came to pay just pounds 5,000 to the...
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Lords: Peers Demand Reassurance over Rural Post Offices ; Parliament
THE GOVERNMENT is facing an embarrassing defeat in the House of Lords today over its failure to resolve the future of rural post offices this week, despite radical plans to turn them into banks. An alliance of Liberal Democrat and Tory peers will intensify...
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Market Report: Genome Revelation Is Shot in the Arm for Biotech Hopefuls
THE BROUHAHA surrounding the successful mapping of the human genome spilt into the stock market yesterday, lifting the companies that develop the revolutionary treatments now becoming possible. Investors focused on the potential financial benefits to...
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Massive Rise in Credit Card Fraud Blamed on Crooked Restaurant Waiters
RESTAURANT WAITERS linked to organised crime gangs are contributing to a staggering increase in credit card fraud in Britain in the last 12 months, a major government report has found. Staff working in Italian, Chinese and Eastern European restaurants...
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Meanwhile, Brits Able to Concentrate on Their Natural Game - and Lose
WIMBLEDON STARTED with a traditional first-day upset yesterday, when the British number two, Greg Rusedski, went out to a player who began the match with the longest losing streak in history. Vincent Spadea, of the United States, had not won for 21 matches...
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Media: A Woman's World According to Jane ; It Has No Diets, No Leg-Lifts and No PR-Driven Celebrity Puff Pieces, but Women Love the Quirky, Hip New York-Based Jane Magazine. It's a Success Story That Many British Women's Magazines Would Do Well to Take Note Of
To the cynical, British women's magazines can easily blur into a parade of identikit blandness. At their worst, they deliver a glut of formularised advice - "Look one size smaller just by changing your hairstyle", "the cheat's way to losing weight"....
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Media: How the Internet Distorts My Father's Reputation ; Naomi Gryn's Book about Her Father's Holocaust Memories Inspired One Bad Review and 19 Glowing Ones. but Guess Which Is the One Preserved for Eternity in Cyberspace. in the Age of Information Technology, Mud Sticks
LAST SUNDAY, 25 June, would would have been my father, Hugo Gryn's 70th birthday, but his death from cancer four years ago prevented him from reaching his biblical allotment. He was a powerful preacher and, as his literary executrix, I might have published...
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Media: How to Get Ahead in Advertising: Get Caught Up in the Net ; A Decade from Now, and the World of Advertising Will Be Unrecognisable. Agencies Will Have to Adapt to Survive
WITH ALL those deep-pocketed dot.com start-ups eager to persuade us to remember their names you'd be forgiven for thinking adland has never had it so good. You'd be wrong. True, the so-called "digital revolution" has created new advertisers, but the...
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Media: Nice Stunt - Never Mind the Story ; A Good PR Can Sell Ice to the Eskimos - and Did. Mark Borkowski Has Gathered Together Some of the Century's Craziest Public Relations Tricks for a New Exhibition
The history of the publicity stunt throws up some unwitting heroes. My own researches for a new exhibition on The Art of the Publicity Stunt have revealed a bizarre selection of characters. Take Anthony Comstock, the crusading head of the anti-vice league...
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Media: The News, and Nothing but the News ; Stewart Purvis Is Credited with Having Saved ITN Once Already. Now He Plans to Reinvent the Service to Compete in the Digital Age, Bringing Constant Hard News to Your TV, Mobile, Lap-Top or Palm Pilot, 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week
Stewart Purvis has travelled a hard road over the past year. As chief executive of ITN, he has had to stomach the scrapping of his company's most prestigious news bulletin, News at Ten, while publicly supporting ITV's decision - to the newspapers, to...
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Media: The Sleuths Behind the Scoops ; Private Eyes Are the Media's Most Secret and Most Dubious Weapon. and They're Not Just for Tabloids
THE SUNDAY Times's disclosure of Lord Levy's tax records has sparked rumours that this information was obtained by private detectives. Whether these "private eyes" were working directly for the Insight team or for other parties who want to see Lord Levy...
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Media: The Word on the Street
THAT WANNABE New Labour organ, The Express, is rather dismayed at some of the results of its reader research. It turns out that its two most popular columnists are not to be found in the ever- increasing ranks of right-on New Labourites. Peter Oborne,...
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Meet Britain's Richest Family ; Is Your Surname Patel? Congratulations - You Are Officially More Likely to Be a Multi-Millionaire Than Anyone Else in the Country. and If You Aren't Yet Wealthy, You're Likely to Become So. So What Is It about This Lot That Makes Them So Much More Successful Than the Rest of Us?
For many, the name Patel is synonymous with the corner shop, that emergency port of call that has saved many a person's bacon when the supermarket is shut. But forget Patel the shopkeeper, and step forward Patel the self- made millionaire. For if your...
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Miaow!
Is this woman a) the ex-`Queen of the Groucho Club' who held court in the Eighties or b) `a fat bird in a blue mac who used to sit in the corner'? Well that depends if you're a) Julie Burchill, the claws-out columnist and former patron of the `famous...
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Monarch Should Leave Palace, Says Mowlam
MO MOWLAM, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, sparked Tory outrage last night when she called for radical changes to the monarchy to fit the 21st century. In an interview with Saga magazine, Ms Mowlam admitted that she was "not a great fan of the monarchy"...
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Monitor: Japanese Comment on the General Election Which Returned Yoshiro Mori and the Liberal Democratic Party to Power ; ALL THE NEWS OF THE WORLD
Asahi Shimbun Sunday's election results may be described as symbolising the turbulent end of a century. In the 42nd Lower House election, the Liberal Democratic Party lost many seats and failed to garner a simple majority in the Diet chamber. It is,...
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Mori Vows to Battle on after Poll Setback
LEADERS OF Japan's Liberal Democratic Party did their best yesterday to put a brave face on the results of Sunday's general election, which left them in control of the government but uncomfortably dependent on the goodwill of their two coalition partners....
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Mugabe Humiliated as Results Show Big Gains for Opposition
IN A HISTORIC election challenging 20-years of dominance by one party, Zimbabwean voters early this morning appeared to have left President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF humiliated, although not defeated.Most significantly of all, they proved that the ballot...
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My Blueprint to Make London into a Great World City Once Again ; `If London Is to Survive as the Great Economic Centre It Is, Globalisation Must Be Built into Its Foundations'
NEXT MONDAY, 3 July, sees the final transfer of powers to the Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority, and their related bodies such as the London Development Agency, Transport for London, and the new Metropolitan Police Authority. This, therefore,...
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News Analysis: OECD Takes Aim at `Harmful' Tax Havens ; Threat of International Sanctions Could Spell the Beginning of the End for 35 Regimes' Special Status
THE CHANNEL Islands, Belize and a number of British territories such as the Virgin Islands and Gibraltar were officially named as harmful tax havens yesterday, in an international move that almost certainly marks the beginning of the end of their special...
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`News at Ten' Will Return on Digital
ITN ANNOUNCED yesterday that it is to bring back News at Ten, but the programme will be broadcast on ITN's new digital news channel, not ITV. Senior executives say the new bulletin, to be fronted by Julia Somerville, "will be recognisable as the former...
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New York Is First State to Sue the Gun Makers
THE LEGAL assaults on the American gun industry moved up a gear yesterday as New York prepared to become the first state to sue manufacturers and wholesalers in the footsteps of 32 cities and counties which have already taken them to court. The state...
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Obituary: Eric John
ERIC JOHN was an eminent and original historian of Anglo-Saxon England. His most important contributions to his subject came in his Land Tenure in Early England (1960) and Orbis Britanniae (1966). In these he advanced powerful and connected arguments...
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Obituary: H. S. Bhabra
THE NOVELIST and broadcaster H. S. Bhabra was a brilliant, mysterious, flamboyant, intoxicating and infuriating man, whose prodigious literary and intellectual gifts ultimately materialised in one outstanding first novel, two pseudonymous thrillers and...
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Obituary: Ian Davie
WHEN IN May 1960 Siegfried Sassoon received the typescript of Piers Prodigal from an unknown poet seeking his opinion, he reacted positively. "This young man Ian Davie," he wrote to a friend, "is a very good poet. I read all his poems with admiration...
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Obituary: Jerome Richardson
WELL AWARE of how difficult it was for a black musician to get a job in the almost exclusively white New York studios where television and radio programmes were recorded, Jerome Richardson taught himself to play as many instruments as he could. Work...
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On the Net, She Is a Match for Anyone. Tennis Is a Bit Trickier
PUNTERS COULD back Anna Kournikova at odds of 4-1 with the bookmaker William Hill yesterday - not to win her first-round match in the Wimbledon tennis championships, which she did, but to strip down to her Berlei sports bra (slogan: "Only the ball should...
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Outlook: Freeserve
THINGS HAPPEN fast in internet time but even by the frenetic standards of the digital age, Freeserve's brief history has been more frenzied than most. In just 20 short months the internet service provider has gone from launch, to high-profile spin-off,...
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Outlook: ITV Mystery Drama Should Not Foil Granada Float
ORDINARILY, IT would take a charismatic Irishman brimming with self-confidence to persuade investors to stump up pounds 1.5bn without telling them what he planned to spend the money on. A Gerry Robinson, in fact. But in fact the chairman of Granada-Compass...
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Pandora
In the end, it seems, there will be no pot of gold for "Rainbow" George Weiss from his hotly disputed 100 hours of tape-recorded drunken chats with former neighbour Peter Cook. A series of three radio programmes featuring this previously unheard material,...
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Podium: Is It Fair to Lock Up Potential Criminals? ; from a Lecture Given at Southwark Cathedral by the Director of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King's College London
THE HOME Secretary has put forward proposals for compulsory detention, in the interests of protecting the public, of those who have the diagnosis of severe antisocial personality disorder, and who are also predicted by psychiatrists to be dangerous....
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Police Get a Lesson in Welsh Speakers' Raw Nerves
NORTH WALES Police was in a dispute about the its officers' capacity to speak Welsh yesterday. The force has been pilloried over the past 18 months by some in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, over its decision to appoint a non-Welsh speaker as a local police officer....
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Racing: Jarvis Weighs Up Options over Playing Court Card
THERE WILL be some anxious faces in the main office of the Curragh racecourse at around 11.55 this morning, most of them probably puffing hard on a Carrolls Major, and all staring intently at the telephone, willing it to ring with good news. Depending...
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Right of Reply: Pam Giddy
WE HAVE been called whingers, the chatterers, the great and the good, the anoraks and worse, but never, as Donald Macintyre described us, "relentlessly trendy"! While, on the one hand, those arguing for reform of British democracy are dismissed as irrelevant,...
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Royal Engagements
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, opens the new Wellcome Wing at the Science Museum, London SW7; The Duke of Kent, Trustee, the National Museum of Science and Industry, attends a lunch before the opening. The Duke of Edinburgh attends...
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Rugby League: Hetherington in `Dream' Broncos Deal
THE LONDON BRONCOS, next to bottom in this year's Super League, have begun their ambitious rebuilding for next season by signing the current Australian hooker and bringing back one of the sharpest young centres in the game. Jason Hetherington, who also...
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Rugby Union: Woodward Disagrees with Choice of Henry
CLIVE WOODWARD insists that he is not remotely miffed at being overlooked as Lions coach for the tour of Australia next summer. "I wasn't asked, and I probably wouldn't have taken it on if I had been," he said yesterday. But the Lions issue is bugging...
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Sleek New Union Would Leave UK Behind
BERLIN AND Paris have agreed in recent weeks to push for plans allowing closer co-operation among groups of European Union countries, raising British fears of being consigned to the slow lane of a two-speed Europe. France is also backing German calls...
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Solway Harvester Raised from the Sea Bed Six Months after Tragedy
THE FISHING vessel Solway Harvester was lifted from the sea near the Isle of Man last night, raising hopes of discovering why it sank suddenly, with the loss of all seven crew, five months ago. All the men who died were from small villages in the south-west...
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Spice Islands Ask UN to Intervene as Death Toll Rises Carnage
CHRISTIAN LEADERS in the Indonesian Spice Islands appealed for intervention from the United Nations yesterday, as the religious conflict that has already left 3,000 people dead reached new levels of violence and chaos. "We asked the United Nations to...
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Standards: One Code for Both Houses Won't Work, Neill Told ; Parliament
SENIOR PEERS rejected the idea that they should be subject to MPs' rules yesterday as the Government's standards watchdog launched an inquiry into the House of Lords. Lord Richard, who was Leader of the Lords between 1997 and 1998, told Lord Neill's...
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Summer Dining for Pounds 10 ; the Independent and the Independent on Sunday Promotion
Enjoy a two-course lunch or pre-theatre dinner at a selection of Britain's finest restaurants, recommended by Marco Pierre White The Independent and Independent on Sunday have teamed up with Marco Pierre White to offer you a two-course lunch or pre-theatre...
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Summer of Chaos for Rail and Air Passengers
HOLIDAYMAKERS and commuters faced a summer of disruption on several fronts yesterday as striking French air-traffic controllers brought flights to and from France to a virtual standstill. The leaders of Britain's biggest rail union threatened to bring...
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Tennis Wimbledon: Court Circular
Sir Cliff chimes in on fatty issue SIR CLIFF RICHARD has launched a fundraising campaign, called "Kids on Court", to raise pounds 1m to encourage young people to get off their sofas and head for their local tennis courts. The press release accompanying...
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Tennis Wimbledon: Dalek-Impersonating Williamses on Brink of Even Stranger World
IT IS not a usual approach to the building of life in the Williams household. Dad Richard had his daughters Venus and Serena banging tennis balls virtually from the time they could walk. But now he thinks it's time for a change. Richard Williams comes...
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Tennis Wimbledon: Hingis Erases Dokic Memories
MARTINA HINGIS took the first step towards exorcising last year's ignominious first-round exit from Wimbledon yesterday by breezing through to this year's second round with a straight-sets win over Angeles Montolio of Spain. The Swiss teenager, who is...
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Tennis: Wimbledon - Kournikova Answers Doubters by Taming Testud
ANNA KOURNIKOVA defied her critics and the Wimbledon formbook yesterday to eliminate the No 10 seed, Sandrine Testud of France, and progress to the second round. The Russian teenager, playing in the 75th singles tournament of her career but still without...
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Tennis: Wimbledon - Krajicek Has Scare on Way to Easy Win
RICHARD KRAJICEK, the only man to have got the better of Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in the last seven years, had a comfortable start yesterday with a first-round victory over Michael Kohlmann of Germany. The 28-year-old Dutchman, who beat Sampras in the...
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Tennis: Wimbledon - Latimer and Lee Fly Flag for British Hopefuls
A MERE drive past Wimbledon, apparently, is enough to give Tim Henman a funny feeling in his stomach. So how did the opening day of 2000 Wimbledon affect his fellow Britons? Well, plenty of butterflies, but at least two cases of taking flight. There...
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Tennis Wimbledon: Sampras Criticises `Childish' Spaniards ; Record-Chasing Six-Times Champion Attacks Late Withdrawal by Clay- Court Specialists as He Cruises into Second Round
PETE SAMPRAS, who opened his defence of the Wimbledon men's singles title yesterday with a comfortable win against the Czech Jiri Vanek, 6- 4, 6-4, 6-2, accused the Spaniards Alex Corretja and Albert Costa of being "childish" in withdrawing from the...
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Tennis: Wimbledon - World's Biggest Loser Rolls over Rusedski ; American Ends Record Run of 21 Successive Defeats with Marathon Five- Set Victory over British No 2 and 14th Seed in First Round
HIGH DRAMA is marvellous if you triumph in the end, and not even the nation's disappointment at losing Greg Rusedski on Wimbledon's opening day could stifle Vince Spadea's exclamation of relief as the American finally ended a record run of 21 consecutive...
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