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 December 24, 2000

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2000 in Review: A Grizzly Year That Stopped the Markets in Their Tracks ; 2000 in Review: The New Millennium Promised a Brave New World; What We Got Was Shares Mauled by Bears, Dot Coms Failing to Deliver, Mutuals Heading for Extinction and a Nightmare on Throgmorton Street. Dull It Wasn't, Depressing It Was
The start of the new millennium was also the end of the bull run which has seen markets rise through the 1990s. For the first time in nine years, investors ended the year poorer than they'd started it. The FTSE 100 fell 12 per cent, the Dow Jones index...
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2000 in Review: Financial Services - Mutuals Find Their Friends Have Gone
It started in the 18th century as a well-meaning way of helping people to save for their future. But now mutuality looks so sickly that one wonders when a vet will be called to put it out of its misery. The collapse of Equitable Life could prove to be...
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2000 in Review: Investment Banking - High Street Repels the New Kids on the Block
At the start of the year, the internet was predicted to transform the way we bank. Barclays forecast that by the year-end 10 million of us would be banking online. New standalone internet banks such as Smile, First-e, and Egg, were expected to be at...
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2000 in Review: London Stock Exchange - German Tanks, Viking Invaders and Revolts
For the London Stock Exchange, the new millennium was to a brave new world. 2000 was to be the year of demutuality, when the exchange's pounds 1bn value would be reflected in a share price of its own. A heavy-hitting chairman was in the offing, in time...
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2000 in Review: Technology - Dot Coms Fly like Dodos
Ego dictates that nearly everyone in the technology world boasts they anticipated this year's spectacular downfall of internet stocks. Few people, however, can claim to have read the market quite so perfectly as Nina Brink. The founder of Dutch internet...
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2000 in Review: The Big Banks - Revolution? It Was All Mouth and No Cheque-Books
This was a year which began with a tug-of-war between Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland for control of NatWest. RBS won, a coup that was ex-pected to unleash a deluge of consolidation among UK banks. But everyone's favourite takeover target,...
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2000 in Review: Winners and Losers - Kiss Your Paper Fortunes Goodbye
If 1999 was the year when soaring technology stocks created winners galore, 2000 was a year for the losers. Geoffrey Chamberlain of Durlacher, Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman of Lastminute.com, and Bernard Arnault of LVMH all saw multi- million-pound...
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50,000 More Mobile Phone Masts to Rise across Britain
BRITAIN COULD be blighted with 50,000 more mobile phone masts in the next two years. Growing demand combined with installations needed to support the new third generation - or 3G - mobile networks mean that the present 22,000 masts will soon be unable...
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Athletics: Lickety Spit around the Sticky Pudding Bowl ; Julie Welch Finds Merthyr Is Seriously Foul in a Hardy Annual Race Built on Sand
THERE IS the easy way of getting your Christmas pudding and then there is the way they do it on Merthyr Mawr. The easy way is to buy one at the supermarket and the Merthyr Mawr way is to put on a pair of fairy wings, drape some tinsel round your shorts,...
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Babies to Get a Grand Start to Their Lives
A BOND WORTH pounds 1,000 may be paid to all babies as part of a radical strategy that will put lifting the poorest people out of poverty at the centre of Tony Blair's re-election campaign. The idea of giving every child a start in life with a lump sum...
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Battle Cries Raised over Silent Night ; A Challenge to the Long-Accepted Story of Its Creation One Christmas Eve Long Ago Has Outraged Those Who Make a Living by It
TONIGHT YOU will almost certainly be hearing it and you will probably be singing it. Silent Night remains Britain's best-loved carol. But the town where this celebration of heavenly peace was first sung on Christmas Eve 182 years ago is at war, and the...
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Beauty: Have a Big-Hair Day ; Size Counts with This Season's Styling, and That Goes for Accessories as Well. Jo Glanville-Blackburn Reports
Last summer, hair was either worn long or slicked down in the asymmetric crops favoured by the likes of Trish Goff. Now "pared down" has been replaced by "bouffed up", and hair accessories are undergoing a major revamp. The catwalk's emphasis on hair...
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Bollywood Silent as Police Crack Down on Mobsters
THE TITLE sounds a little sinister - it means Slyly, Slyly, Quietly, Quietly - but the new year's big new Bollywood film was meant to be a thoroughly harmless experience. "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke is a unique thriller for the whole family," gushed one...
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Bookends: The Lost World of Michael Bywater - A Defibrillator - the Best a Man Can Get?
Woolworths. The Gifts For Him section. Don't ask. With the exception of the vintage car trope, which seems to have entirely vanished, nothing much has changed since my childhood. Sport, cars, shaving, Useful Tat. That's it for Men, who tomorrow can look...
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Books: Bestsellers
HARDBACKS 1 A HISTORY OF BRITAIN: PART ONE Simon Schama/BBC pounds 25 Our own island story 2 RETURN OF THE NAKED CHEF Jamie Oliver/Michael Joseph pounds 20 More pukka tucker to make for your mates 3 DOWN UNDER Bill Bryson/Doubleday pounds 16.99 Amiable...
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Books: From Plums to Turkeys ; Every Year We Ask Top Publishers to Nominate a Favourite Title on Their List Which Somehow Failed to Attract Readers and Buyers. Kate Figes Cuts through the Hype and Delivers Her Own Verdicts on the Ones That Got Away
Where Rivers Change Direction By Mark Spragg CAPE pounds 14.99 Dan Franklin JONATHAN CAPE "I fell in love with this memoir about growing up on a dude ranch in Wyoming. As did everyone who read it in-house. As did Peter Straus at Picador. He and I slugged...
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Books: Paperbacks
HH The Making of the Modern Christmas By JM Golby & AW Purdue SUTTON pounds 9.99 Christmas has always been an unlikely union of pagan rituals and religion, but over the centuries it has become increasingly secularised and sanitised: our image of Father...
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Boxing: The Great Weight on Boxing's Conscience ; Alan Hubbard Hears a Former Champion Call for Safety Steps to Be Strengthened; Paul Ingle's Suffering Brought Back Painful Memories for Bobby Neill. He Had Endured a Similar Fate in the Ring
"STOP THE fight! For God's sake stop the fight!" Bobby Neill was on his feet screaming at the television screen as Paul Ingle returned to his corner at the end of the 11th round of his fateful world title defence against the South African Mbulelo Botile...
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Bush's Conservative Team Spells Trouble for Europe
CHASING TIME lost to the election fracas, Mr Bush named almost a dozen key members of his administration last week before starting his break. But if his early choices appeared to reflect the same concern with diversity and "looking like America" that...
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Caviar May Be Banned as Sturgeon Numbers Slump
CAVIAR, THE ultimate luxury food, may be making its last appearance on Christmas menus - as a result of the fall of Communism. The sturgeon that produce the "black gold" are rapidly approaching extinction because they are being over-fished by the independent...
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Christmas Candle Alert after Two Die in Blaze
BUMPER SALES of candles this Christmas have prompted a safety warning from the Government, after a candle left on a television was blamed for a fire which destroyed a three-storey house in Sidmouth yesterday, killing a man and a woman. The victims, unnamed...
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CHRISTMAS TRAVEL: Bungle Gives Railtrack Pounds 16m from Taxpayer ; EXCLUSIVE
RAILTRACK HAD a pounds 16m surprise Christmas bonus from the Government last week, because it was prevented from developing a prime site for an office block by the construction of a railway line. The bizarre windfall will be seen as an embarrassment...
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CHRISTMAS TRAVEL: Station Santas Fail to Amuse
IT WOULD have been easier to travel on a donkey. As hundreds of thousands of people tried to head off for the Christmas holiday yesterday, bus and railway stations across the country were as chaotic as first century Bethlehem at census time. There was...
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CHRISTMAS TRAVEL: Thrown off the Late Train, and Nowhere to Go ; PASSENGER POWER
IN DAYLIGHT hours, Bushey is a small town just before Watford on the main line out of London. But in the dark of 1.30am it is the middle of nowhere. At least, it felt like that for the 200 late- night passengers who tried to get home from London to Watford,...
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CHRISTMAS TRAVEL: Virgin Cancels Half Its Services
IT WOULD have been easier to travel on a donkey. As hundreds of thousands of people tried to head off for the Christmas holiday yesterday, bus and railway stations across the country were as chaotic as first century Bethlehem at census time. There was...
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Clinton and Adams in Secret Arms Talks
PRESIDENT BILL Clinton is engaged in secret talks with Sinn Fein leaders in a last gasp attempt to break the arms deadlock with the IRA. Mr Clinton, who made a goodwill visit to Northern Ireland before Christmas, has held direct talks with the Sinn Fein...
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Compassion and Respect Are in Short Supply
One evening last week, as I was leaving an Underground station in central London, I spotted a homeless man huddled in an old bedspread. This is hardly an unfamiliar sight in Soho but when I stopped to give him a few coins, I saw that he was weeping....
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Council Tax Leaps to Pay for Floods
THOUSANDS OF victims of the floods across Britain face higher council tax bills in the new year to pay for the huge clean-up operation and for emergency defences. Regional environment agencies in charge of Britain's flood defences have warned councils...
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Culture: Classical - Covent Garden's Fairy-Tale Ending to 2000
La Cenerentola Royal Opera House, London The 2000/2001 season has been a good one so far for opera companies outside London: Welsh National Opera gave us a stunning Queen of Spades and an enchanting Orpheus et Eurydice; Opera North dusted off Schumann's...
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Culture: Dance - A Smorgasbord of Sweeties and One Cracking Nut
The Nutcracker Coliseum, London Is The Nutcracker coming round sooner each year, or is it years that are getting shorter? Whatever, without calling a moratorium on Tchaikovsky's music, the dance calendar is stuck with this fixture. Despite its childish...
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Culture: Film - Look out, Hollywood - the Chinese Are Coming ; `the Ice Storm' Director Ang Lee and His Peers Believe 21st-Century Cinema Could Belong to China. Matthew Sweet Met Some Ambitious Far- Eastern Film-Makers
Chinese cinema comes in two flavours. Films from Hong Kong have dodgy dubbing, no discernible plot, gobsmacking action sequences, and - regardless of their quality - are generally found in wire baskets outside Texaco stations. Films from Taiwan and mainland...
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Culture: Film Studies - There's Snow Business like Show Business. ; LA Was Mad for the White Stuff, Even If It Meant Faking the Flakes with Breakfast Cereal and Chalk
A couple of Christmases ago, I wrote an essay for this part of the paper about the emotional significance of snow in the movies, and in the kingdom of film-making. I told a story of how, in the early 1920s when Louis B Mayer, the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,...
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Culture: Film - the Money, the Women, the Flat ... It's Not Such a Wonderful Life
The Family Man (12) Brett Ratner, 126 mins Merlin: The Return (PG) Paul Matthews, 88 mins Pokemon 2: The Power of One (PG) Kunihiko Yuyama, 102 mins You might hope that a film called The Family Man starring Nicolas Cage would be at least lightly ironic,...
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Culture: Peter York on Ads - What Does Mondeo Man like Best? His Car Mirror
No 353 Ford Mondeo They said Mondeo man was hugely important - that he'd determine the election. So where does Ford - launching a new Mondeo now - think he's at? The planners will have been up for months, profiling the target market, tailoring every...
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Culture: Radio - Who'd Care about the Plays If Wilde Had Taken the Boat Not the Lobster?
The Judas Kiss Radio 3 Christmas Story Radio 4 Let us now celebrate the life of the man who died for our sins, that we may redeem ourselves in the light of his struggle for love and beauty. This is a story of sacrifice, betrayal, and a final, significant...
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Culture: Television - A Visit to the Doom Zone at Close of Play
Death of the Dome BBC 2 Death of the Dome (BBC2) was a condensed version of the series that has subjected the great calendrical shibboleth to the pitiless glare of the television cameras, but did we need to sit through another hour of analysis, comment...
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Culture: Television - Never Mind the Width, Feel the Quality ; Robin Buss Welcomes a French TV Adaptation of Dumas' `the Count of Monte Cristo' - despite the Inevitable Abridgement
You may have been wondering what happened to Gerard Depardieu. He doesn't seem to have made a film for ages: has he retired to tend his vineyards? The answer is that he has been concentrating on television, in collaboration with a producer, Jean-Pierre...
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Culture: Theatre - Scrooge's Spooks Send Small Fry Flying
Uncle Ebenezer BAC, London The Adventures of Pinocchio Lyric Hammersmith, London Mother Goose Hackney Empire, London The Three Musketeers Young Vic, London Ebenezer Scrooge brought to you on a shoestring budget: a combination which could surely produce...
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Culture: The Listener Belief Radio 3 - Catholicism Is to His Taste - but the Sweet Hereafter Leaves Him Cold ; in This Week's Selection from the Best of BBC Radio, the Poet Laureate Weighs Up the Roles of Art and Religion and Discusses the Profound Impact of His Mother's Death
JOAN BAKEWELL Nowadays, there are more beliefs than ever before and more ways of believing. Religious traditionalists see this as a crisis, but for many other disciplines, it represents a freedom to examine new ideas and reach individual conclusions....
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Culture: Visual Art - Mysterious Wilding Proves an Evangelist for the 21st Century
Alison Wilding Dean Clough, Halifax Even by the sibylline standards of contemporary sculpture, the project on which Alison Wilding has spent the past 12 years working is deeply mysterious. For one thing, it has been a deed without a name. Odd pieces...
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Culture: Visual Art - Pick of the Galleries: Pining for a Fir Tree
Christmas Tree 2000 Tate Britain, London For a 13th year, the Tate has commissioned a tree from an artist for its Millbank reception. That the series has maintained interest is due to the choice of some subversive artists, but this year's work by Catherine...
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Design: Light Entertainment ; Forget the Lacklustre Twinklers of Oxford Street. When It Comes to Seasonal Illuminations, the French City of Lyon Puts Everywhere Else in the Shade. Jay Merrick Reports
How often in London are the edges and textures of buildings and spaces lost, under the cover of streetlit semi- darkness? We might notice the Lloyd's building, lit in blue like a limited edition espresso machine; the great ferris wheel, the London Eye;...
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Dome Staff Regret the End of `Amazing Year'
IT'S A BIT like a play coming to the end of its run. The cast sees itself as a big family, united by weeks of rehearsals and a year of daily performances. And, just as in some theatre companies, the production's abysmal reviews simply brought them closer...
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Dr Dotcom: This Week - the London Sales ; Keep Children Amused Trace a Family Tree Encyclopaedias Emergency Services
I'm eager to crack into the London sales - I'm looking for a winter coat. Any bright ideas? I'm no expert on coats (that's Dear Annie territory), but I can help you with Christmas sales. Having just contacted the reliable www.handbag.com, I have learnt...
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Equitable Members Urged to Sue Ernst & Young
EQUITABLE Life policyholders are being urged to sue the insurer's auditors, Ernst & Young, and the Government for compensation over the company's disastrous financial difficulties. Despite Ernst & Young's protestations that it is "quite happy" with its...
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Five Die as Holiday Flight Crashes into Factory
AT LEAST five people were killed when their light aircraft crashed into a Hampshire industrial estate moments after take-off yesterday. All on board the private plane, which was taking the party to a Christmas holiday in Palma, Majorca, are thought to...
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FOCUS: RELATIVE VALUES: Caring and Sharing - the 12 Ways of Christmas ; Loneliness, Resentment and Frustration. You Can Survive Them All with Suzie Hayman's Guide to the Complex World of Step-Families
1 PARENT LONELY In the middle of all the fuss and festivity, being in a stepfamily can mean isolation at Christmas. Sue is one of many parents in similar straits, on her own as her kids spend Christmas with her ex, Jack, and his new partner, Jill. Christmas...
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FOCUS: RELATIVE VALUES: `You Can Celebrate Several Times over with the People Most Important to You' ; When the Nuclear Family Explodes, Don't Panic: All Those New Partners and Half-Siblings Just Mean a Bigger and Better Festive Season
Christmas is a busy time for Jane, a 24-year-old singer. She will spend tomorrow with her mother and her mother's boyfriend and Boxing Day with her father and her stepmother. Before the New Year she will also squeeze in a visit to the home of her former...
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FOCUS: THAT WAS MY YEAR: Concorde - `I Knew Some of the Crew Who Died'
Mike Bannister is British Airways' chief Concorde pilot. Aged 51, he is married with a seven-year-old daughter and lives in Staines I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news about the Air France Concorde crash - on the gangplank about to board...
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FOCUS: THAT WAS MY YEAR: Fuel Protests - `Being in Hyde Park Was My Proudest Moment'
Andrew Spence, a 33-year-old farmer from Consett, County Durham, was one of the leading figures in the protests against the duty on petrol I had no idea, sitting here last year, just what this one would entail for us. It's been fairly out of the ordinary....
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FOCUS: THAT WAS MY YEAR: Genome Project - `This Means New Opportunities for Medicine'
John Sulston, aged 58, is a former director of the Sanger Centre in Cambridgeshire and a leading member of the Human Genome Project team. This is his account of his breakthrough year Our success in unravelling the human genome was a huge international...
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FOCUS: THAT WAS MY YEAR: Railways - `Station Staff Will Be Glad When This Year Is Over'
Gavin Smith works for Railtrack as a manager at Paddington station Looking back to the beginning of the year, the staff at Paddington had the Ladbroke Grove accident on their minds. Everyone was professional about it, but they were still deeply affected....
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FOCUS: THAT WAS MY YEAR: Right to Roam - `I'm Looking Forward to Following the Lie of the Land without Barriers'
Catherine MacKay, 53, is chair of the Ramblers' Association. She lives in Sheffield Any person is entitled ... to enter and remain on any access land for the purposes of open-air recreation." It's such a joy to see those words enshrined in statute. This...
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FOCUS: THAT WAS MY YEAR: Tate Modern - `Spontaneous Applause on Opening Day as People Came into the Turbine Hall'
George Cochrane, 45, is the development officer at Tate Modern, which opened on 11 May As years of work go, this one has been pretty special. Tate Modern's been a fantastic project to work on and all of us are immensely proud. I've always been confident...
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FOCUS: THAT WAS MY YEAR: The Floods - Behind the Headlines . . . What It Felt like to Be in the Eyeof the Storms ; `Upstairs Was the Only Dry Place'
John Prince, 41, runs the newsagent's in the small village of Robertsbridge, East Sussex, with his partner, Sue. They live above the shop with her son Bryn, aged seven We'd only had our business for three months when the floods came. Sue and I bought...
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FOCUS: THAT WAS MY YEAR: Wired World - `Only the Strong Will Survive'
Emily Spencer, 29, from London, is the chief executive of whatsonwhen.com, an entertainment listings company that provides licensing content to companies such as Lycos, Freeserve and BT. She set up the company in February 1999 It has been a really good...
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Food: Bring on the Food Paramedics ; If You Fall Prey to One of the Many Pitfalls of Christmas Dinner, Never Fear. Michael Bateman's Team of Experts Are on Hand with Survival Tips
Are you one of those cooks who sail through Christmas day without a care in the world? Or do you survey the vast array of Christmas foods with rising panic? It seemed so clear yesterday, how long to cook the bird. Have you correctly computed the minutes...
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Football: Big Spenders Fail to Bargain for Ginola Flair ; Leeds United 1 Woodgate 90 Aston Villa 2 Southgate 43, Boateng 88 Half-Time: 0-1 Attendance: 39,714
DAVID GINOLA, once thought expensive at pounds 3 million, showed the difference between value and price with a masterful display against the Yorkshire rich kids. His efforts earned him the wrath of the Leeds United following and, on his substitution,...
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Football: Brown's Long Battle for His Place in the Sun ; Jon Culley Says Perseverance Has Paid off for England's New Boy
FOR JASON BROWN, the one slight regret attached to his sudden reinvention as an England cricketer is that there will be no opportunity this winter for getting behind the wheel of a fork-lift truck. Fetching and carrying shoes in a dingy warehouse might...
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Football: Burton Confirms Derby's Fresh Look ; Derby County 2 Carbonari 33 Burton 73 Newcastle United 0 Half- Time: 1-0 Attendance: 29,978
IF CHRISTMAS is a time for seasons to be made or broken then Derby, bottom of the Premiership for six weeks in the autumn, may enjoy New Year prosperity after all. A strong performance here yesterday against a makeshift Newcastle, underpinned by goals...
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Football: Chelsea at Home in the Comfort Zone ; Chelsea 3 Poyet 22, Dalla Bona 68 Gudjohnsen 90 Bradford City 0 Half- Time: 1-0 Attendance: 33,377
CHELSEA EXTENDED their impressive League run of home matches without defeat to seven with a comfortable, if unspectacular, victory over lowly Bradford City. If only Chelsea could win on their travels, they might be challenging for the title rather than...
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Football: De Boer Decides Hostile Affair ; Rangers 1 De Boer 49 Hibernian 0 Half-Time: 0-0 Attendance: 49,993
A DAY of raw intensity was diluted, momentarily, by the total footballer. Ronald de Boer's 49th-minute header helped Rangers move to within two points of Hibernian, but the Dutchman must have felt like a voyeur among so much naked hostility. The dismissals...
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Football: Eriksson Expected for March Duty ; Nick Townsend Hears Crozier Ready for His New Man to Make an Early Start
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON, whose Lazio side defeated struggling Bari 2- 1 on Friday in their last league game before the Italian five-week mid- winter break, is likely to have his future resolved during the forthcoming hiatus. Informed sources suggest that...
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Football: Fergie's Finest Still Have Flaws ; Sir Alex Hails His Team as Old Trafford's Greatest, but How Lavish Will Be the Legacy He Leaves His Successor?
EXPERIENCED IMBIBER though he is, a diplomatic Sir Alex Ferguson has always been somewhat reluctant to name a home-produced batch of 1998, 1999 and 2000 Chateau Old Trafford as his favourite reds. The youthful product of 1958 never had time to mature,...
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Football: Ghosts Still Haunt Corridors of White Hart Lane
GIVEN THE stinging summary of his nine-year tenure at Tottenham, delivered from his holiday hideaway in Florida, Alan Sugar would hardly have been surprised to know that the biggest cheer of the afternoon at the White Hart Lane museum - not counting...
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Football: Houllier's Men to the Fore Again ; FA Premiership: Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0 Gerrard 11, Owen 62 Barmby 71, Fowler 90 Half-Time: 1-0 Attendance: 44,144 - Gerard and Gerrard Run the Anfield Show as Liverpool Make It Another Red-Letter Day
REGARDLESS OF what else might happen before the decorations come down, it has already been a good Christmas for Liverpool and their supporters. Desperate for some sign of consistency from their side, they could hardly have been presented with more compelling...
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Football: Kanoute Tunes in to Italian Wavelength ; `Paolo Often Has a Chat with Me as We Walk out. Whether He Does What He Says Is Another Matter'
IT HAS BEEN another one of those "typical West Ham weeks", according to the manager, Harry Redknapp. First there was the news that the Hammers were the only Premiership club to have made an operating profit, following the sale of Rio Ferdinand to Leeds...
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Football: King George and the French Connection
THE FRENCH connection with jump racing in this country is long and honourable; in fact it is no exaggeration to say that horses from across the Channel have shaped the modern sport. In breeding terms, the Irish were quick to realise the potential of...
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Football: Manchester United with Added Attitude
ONE OF the differences between Leicester rugby club and Man- chester United is that United have lost their unbeaten home record. Welford Road is a far cry from Old Trafford but, in the Zurich Premiership, it is the hunting ground of the Tigers and nobody...
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Football: Miklosko's One-Man Blockade Blocks ; Birmingham City 0 Queen's Park Rangers 0 Attendance: 24,311
QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS are still without an away win and were never in serious danger of breaking their duck in the mists of St Andrew's yesterday. However, their defiance against incessant attacks was a hopeful sign and a credit to their 39-year-old goalkeeper...
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Football: Pacey Facey Increases Taylor's Agony ; Watford 1 Heary Og 34 Huddersfield Town 2 Ndlovu 29 Facey 60 Half- Time: 1-1 Attendance: 13,371
WATFORD'S WRETCHED run continues. They have now picked up only one point from their last seven matches and promotion hopes look so bleak that supporters were heading home a quarter of an hour before the end yesterday. Huddersfield, in contrast, were...
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Football: Robson Frustrated by Company Rules ; Toon Army's Spectacular Advance Has Slowed to a Crawl. by Simon Turnbull
DAVID BATTY could be excused for being in a state of disorientation when he returns to St James' Park on Tuesday afternoon. Newcastle United's ground has acquired a magnificent new facade and an extended main stand since Batty's playing days on Tyneside....
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Football: Round-Up - Larsson Ensures Celtic Keep Up Pressure
CELTIC SHOWED every intention of keeping up their galloping pace from the first half of the Scottish Premier season into the second with a comfortable 2-0 win at St Mirren. Didier Agathe put the league leaders ahead after 13 minutes when the home defence...
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Football: Round-Up - Norfolk Impasse after the Turkey Shoot
THE YEAR'S most popular Christmas gift from the directors of Nationwide First Division clubs to their managers has been the attractive, personalised P45. Wolves, Barnsley and Norwich City have all dumped their managers in the weeks leading up to the...
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Football: Savage Puts Leicester on the Path to Europe ; Leicester City 2 Izzett 26 Savage 63 West Ham United 1 Kanoute 8 Half-Time: 1-1 Attendance: 21,524
ALMOST AS incredible as this result yesterday was the realisation, at the final whistle, that Peter Taylor's spirited and tenacious team had risen to third in the Premiership and, therefore, the gateway to the Champions' League. Over the 90 minutes,...
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Football: Solskjaer Bridges the Void ; FA Premiership: Manchester United 2 Solskjaer 20, 32 Ipswich Town 0 Half-Time: 2-0 Attendance: 67,597 - United Recover from Brief Stutter to Maintain Eight-Point Cushion
THOSE WHO thought they had detected signs of weakness in Manchester United ought to look again. After stuttering against Charlton and Liverpool on successive weekends they emphatically defeated Ipswich yesterday, and their hold on the Premiership title...
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Football: Stand-In Hutchison Stands out ; Sunderland 1 Hutchison 19 Manchester City 0 Half-Time: 1-0 Attendance: 47,475
DON HUTCHISON started his professional career as a centre- forward with Hartlepool United. Yesterday the Scotland midfielder played as an attacking stand-in for Kevin Phillips and duly made a striking impression. Indeed, the goal he struck from a 19th-...
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Football: Strachan Defends Thompson Switch
THE COVENTRY CITY man-ager, Gordon Strachan, has revealed that he substituted his side's goalscorer David Thompson to avoid the risk of him being sent off in the 1-1 draw with Southampton at Highfield Road on Friday night. Home supporters were angry...
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Football: Svensson Steps in to Ease Sinking Feeling ; Charlton Athletic 1 Svensson 9 Everton 0 Half-Time: 1-0 Attendance: 20,043
EVERTON'S dramatically improved second-half perform-ance failed to prevent a fourth defeat in five games as The Valley put on a happy face again to celebrate Charlton ending an equally poor run. It was a victory the London side badly needed to bolster...
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Football: Venablesquietly Makes His Point ; Tottenham Hotspur 0 Middlesbrough 0 Attendance: 35,638
LIKE A one-man Salvation Army band, Terry Venables' presence among the Middlesbrough down-and-outs continues to provide hope and the possibility of a healthy future. The renaissance of the troubled North-east team continued here yesterday with a point...
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Forget the Snow: Robins Prefer Their Winters Warm
THE ROBIN, traditionally depicted in Christmas cards as perched on a garden fence amid a white winter landscape, is flourishing because of a lack of that most seasonal of elements - snow. Most people believe robin redbreast is happiest when the snow...
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Fosh Ready to Spice Up Life at Exchange
MATTHEW FOSH, the managing director of Garban Futures, has emerged as a strong contender to become the next chief executive of the London Stock Exchange. Mr Fosh, 43, is the first candidate publicly to declare his interest in the post, vacant since the...
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Games: Bridge
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Goldman Bankers Get Help with Taking the Dog for a Walk
WHAT Christmas present can you give to 4,000 bankers who already have everything? That is the question exercising Goldman Sachs, the US investment bank which has just paid out more than pounds 1bn of festive bonuses to its London workforce. The answer,...
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Health: Eat, Drink and Still Be Merry in the Morning ; the Headache Might Only Last a Few Hours, but New Research into Hangovers Suggests Your Body Will Be Suffering Days Later. Helen Foster on How to Prevent the Damage
How is your hangover? If you're not already nursing one, it's probably only a matter of time. But it's just a headache, right? It will pass soon enough. Not according to a new study, based on 50 years of research into the hangover, which shows that the...
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Her Outdoors: Victoria Coren
I'd only seen one pantomime before, and that was through the plastic eyes of a giant lion costume. Which is to say, I was a member of the cast. It was at the Hackney Empire in 1997, my co- stars were the cream of British panto casting (Patti Boulaye,...
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Him Indoors: Simon Carr
If a peeled potato falls on the floor, do you: a) Pretend nothing's happened and pop it into the pan of boiling water? b) Rinse it under the tap and put it in the pan? c) Put it in the rubbish? Personal research has shown that the most preferred option...
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How We Met: Michael Parkinson & Michel Roux - "Friendship Is Not about Spending Days and Hours with People"
Michael Parkinson CBE (left), 65, was born near Barnsley. He left school aged 16 to work in newspapers, and has presented BBC1's "Parkinson" on and off since 1971. He also writes and presents on radio. He has three sons and lives in Berkshire with his...
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I Don't Believe but I Still Want to Share in the Mystery
As a rampant non-believer in deities, benign or otherwise, I really like Christmas. Most of the liturgical year is a bit gloomy, but this is about babies and birth and giving and love and - a particularly helpful aspect to any mother - it is virtually...
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In Ambridge, Art Meets Reality and No One Can Tell the Difference: Profile: The Archers ; on New Year's Eve, Radio's Favourite Soap Marks Its Golden Jubilee. Some Say It Portrays a Mendaciously Cosy View of Rural Life, but to Many Fans It Is All Too Believable
This may be meant to be New Britain, but it's remarkable how two different soap operas have celebrated milestone anniversaries within a few weeks of each other: ruby for Coronation Street, but golden for The Archers. Keeping a soap opera running is all...
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INSIDE LINES: McMillan and Strife
THIS IS obviously not the most auspicious time to be plugging a book on boxing, but you do not have to read between the lines of Colin McMillan's recently-published autobiography to appreciate that this is still a business in which fighters can be ruthlessly...
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INSIDE LINES: Towering Hoey Is Still Standing
SIT DOWN and shut up was the inevitable retort flung in the direction of Kate Hoey last week when she had the temerity to suggest that it might be worth opening up a debate on whether strictly limited and safely-designed standing areas could return to...
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Insight: The Long Goodbye ; Now in Its Tenth Year, the National Missing Persons Helpline Is Steeling Itself for Christmas. the Traditional Time for Families, It's Also a Key Period for People to Disappear from Their Homes. but Why Do They Leave - and Do They Actually Want to Be Found?
Are you looking forward to Christmas lunch tomorrow, or does the idea fill you with dread? Will concern about the amount of money you've spent overshadow any pleasure? Do you ever fantasise about escaping to the corner shop and, when you get there, just...
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Italy Puts Its Faith in Chips to Fight the Flab
IN A welcome piece of news ahead of the Christmas binge, a surgeon in Italy, a country better known for its cuisine than its diet tips, has unveiled a fat-fighting "stomach pacemaker". The matchbox-sized device, consisting of a metal-encased battery...
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JANET STREET-PORTER COLUMN ; Could We Cope If Everyone Who Sent Us a Christmas Card Turned Up at Our Front Door for a Chat?
When did the Christmas card get hijacked? Last year I noticed the celebrity trend to photograph one's children as angels, while this year everyone from politicians downwards is using Christmas to send not so much seasonal glad tidings but coded messages...
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Japan Reels under Onslaught of Children Who `Snap' and Kill
IN THE same month a schoolboy with a 12-inch knife hijacks a bus, holds 10 people hostage, then goes on a killing frenzy; a 16-year- old puts a sleeping commuter in a coma by striking him repeatedly with a hammer; a 17-year-old breaks into the house...
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Just Say No ; If You Want to Remember the Events of 2000, Consider the Things People Insisted Never Happened. David Aaronovitch Introduces the Year's Best Denials
Iused to believe that newspapers had it easy. All they had to do, I thought, was pick a clergyman at random out of Crockford's Clerical Directory, phone him up, and tax him with having frolicked naked in the apse. If the poor man contradicted this outrageous...
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Leading Article: A Rotten Start to the New Century
PERHAPS THE scene for this year was set just before it began. As the clock ticked towards midnight, ushering in the new century, people kept half an eye on the lights, the TV stations, the railways. Surely, after all that hype, the millennium bug would...
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Lithuania Lays Claim to Be the Heart of Europe
WHEN JOHN MAJOR set out to take Britain into the "heart of Europe", little did he know that the adventure led through a stretch of Baltic sand dunes which Lithuanians insist is the continent's largest desert. Or that the very centre of the continent...
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Massacre Heirs Rebel over Glencoe Centre
HIGHLAND VILLAGERS are threatening to blockade the scene of the Glencoe massacre in protest at plans by the National Trust to build a giant tourist complex on the site. Residents of Glencoe village, including descendants of the 38 members of the MacDonald...
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