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 February 10, 2002

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Active Holidays: Into the East on a Wheel and a Prayer ; He Had Planned a Gentle Ride around the Mekong Delta. Then Chris Coplans Found Himself Cycling through the Bandit Country of Thailand
The best-laid schemes are always subject to change, particularly in the tropics. My carefully constructed plan was to cycle round the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, but unexpected heavy rains at the tail end of the wet season put a spanner in the works....
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Actively Tested: Thermal Underwear Tops
LOWE ALPINE Dryflo is a revolutionary base layer suitable for all outdoor activities in any weather, all year round. Dryflo's denier gradient structure pulls moisture away from the skin leaving you dry and comfortable. Machine washable and quick-drying....
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ADVERTISING: Mercedes Screeches into Retro Thrust
The French have a phrase for it: le style Audrey. Paris chic the Audrey Hepburn way. Paris chic seen through American eyes. Recovering Paris between the New Look and the Beatles, particularly the early-mid '50s. Anyone can visit it now, with old movies...
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Algeria Claims Ruthless Rebel Leader Is Dead after Shoot-Out
Antar Zouabri is dead. Or so say the Algerian authorities. Along with two comrades, he was reported yesterday to have been killed in a gun battle two days ago with the armed forces in the town of Boufarik, south of Algiers. Mr Zouabri was the head of...
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ANSWER THE QUESTIONS! - Jack Davenport ; This Life as Jack the Lad
Remember Miles from This Life? What a rascal. Since then, actor Jack Davenport, 29, has played numerous roles, including Steve in TV's Coupling and the gay partner to Matt Damon's character in the movie The Talented Mr Ripley. His latest appearance is...
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Are You Coping? Can You Manage? Do You Really Need Mr Blair at Home?
Shock! Horror! The Prime Minister is abroad. Worse than that, the Chancellor is out of the country as well. Tony Blair has been in Africa. Gordon Brown is in Ottawa. It is a miracle that in their absence a single train is running and that any hospitals...
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Athletics: Sonia's Cool Head for Great Heights ; Her Sport Has Changed but, Says Simon Turnbull, Her Goals Have Not
Sonia Lawrence could not help smiling at the irony at the Welsh National Indoor Athletics Centre last weekend. There were the national media, down at trackside, besieging Amy Spencer and making a big fuss about whether the winner of the women's AAA indoor...
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AUCTION STATIONS ; Mon Dieu! Les Rosbifs Lead the Bidding for Drouot of Paris, Writes Jason Nisse
Paris is up in arms. The hammer is about to come down on an auction of the city's most famous auction house, Drouot. And it is a British company that has made the highest bid. Barclays Private Equity, the venture capital arm of the high- street bank,...
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Auto Active: It Turns Corners Even Better Than It Turns Heads
Audi TT 225bhp Roadster Price: pounds 29,000 Acceleration: 0-62mph 6.9sec Max speed: 147mph Average fuel consumption: 30.1mpg Insurance group: 18 The distinctive shape of the Audi TT has made it a big hit with motorists. Few cars can boast such an eclectic...
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Beirut Stories ; Robert Fisk on the Brutal Restoration of a 12th-Century Mosque Which One Architect Says Is Being Stripped of Its Soul and the Attempts to Bring the Country's War-Ravaged Railways Back to Life
Around part of the Omari mosque in central Beirut there is a very high wall. It's not to give privacy to the faithful - the wonderful 12th- century construction is under repair and empty - but, Beirutis suspect, to make sure that simple folk don't find...
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Blair Flies in as New Crisis Looms for Sierra Leone
Tony Blair, on a whistlestop tour of West Africa, paid a flying visit to Sierra Leone yesterday to hail the role of British troops in helping end 10 years of war. The stopover was a personal vindication for Mr Blair, who was heavily criticised for sending...
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Books: Fiction; A Portrait of the Soul of Man under Thatcherism ; Rumours of a Hurricane by Tim Lott VIKING Pounds 14.99
Rumours of a Hurricane is a solid block of a novel, charting print- worker Charlie Buck's buffeted course through the turbulent swirl of the 1980s. It has a well-crafted, mournful air, beginning in a London of "clogged up streets, sagging shops and dirty...
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Books: Fiction in Brief
Dolce Agonia By Nancy Huston CHATTO pounds 12.99 Trapped by a snowstorm at a sombre Thanksgiving dinner party, Huston's collected characters reveal themselves to be willing prisoners of the past. The agony of death and disappointment is swallowed down...
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Books: Fiction; Nazi Jackboots Coming Up the Cul-De-Sac
Spies By Michael Frayn FABER pounds 14.99 Some years ago Michael Frayn made a documentary for the BBC about his wartime childhood in an outer London suburb, in which he invested this most mundane of locales with the strangeness of somewhere that might...
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Books: How to Dance Your Way out of Deprivation ; Passionate and Poignant: Simon Blow Explores the Highs and Lows of a Life That Soared So Far above the Ordinary
Isadora: The Sensational Life of Isadora Duncan By Peter Kurth LITTLE, BROWN pounds 25 Towards the end of her life, Isadora Duncan announced: "There are only two things left: a drink and a boy." Such a remark could seem refreshingly modern for a near...
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Books: Love, Betrayal and Circumcision ; A Collection of Short Stories about Self-Obsessed, Guilt-Ridden Germans Disappoints Anne McElvoy; Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink WEIDENFELD Pounds 12.99
Bernhard Schlink has suffered an irksome fate for a writer - condemned to vaulting expectations by a runaway success. British readers will know him as the author of The Reader, the haunting story of a teenage boy's erotic obsession with a woman who turns...
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Books: Paperbacks I Woke Up and Found It Was All Someone Else's Dream
The Horned Man By James Lasdun CAPE pounds 10.99 Nothing in this haunting novel is there by accident, just as no human behaviour, according to Freud, is truly "accidental" either. There is a reference to Freud's notion of parapraxis (errors and slips...
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Books: Secrets and Lies of a Cartoonish Clan ; Me Me Me by David Huggins FABER Pounds 10.99
There are three ways of reading David Huggins's third novel, Me Me Me. Firstly, as a comic examination of British luvvies in Beverly Hills; secondly, as a young man's journey from alienation to self- knowledge and familial integration; and thirdly, as...
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Books: SHIPWRECKED ON HIS GENIUS ; in Life Jane Carlyle Was Just an Appendage to a Great Man, but Mark Bostridge Believes Her Brilliant Wit Outshines All His Writings
Thomas and Jane Carlyle: Portrait of a Marriage By Rosemary Ashton CHATTO pounds 25 `Itoo am here." In these words, characteristically half-joking, half-plaintive, Jane Welsh Carlyle reminded a friend of her existence in the shadow of her husband, one...
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Boxing: Russian Gives Hatton a Run for His Money
Who says boxing is heading for the final count-out? Certainly none of the 12,000 lusty souls who crowded into the MEN Arena last night to cheer Ricky Hatton to another victory, one of the most significant of his 28-fight career, though not one of the...
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Boxing: Tyson Remains a Wanted Man World Wide
As the Mike Tyson circus, complete with its faded and tarnished main act, scours the roads of America looking for somewhere to stop and pitch tent, possibly for the last time in a 17-year career, two former world champions, Thomas Hearns and Evander...
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Boxing: Williams Has Starring Role within Reach ; with King and the BBC in His Corner Britain's Heavyweight Champion Intends Making Title a National Treasure Again
Danny Williams spends a lot of time looking in the mirror. Nothing narcissistic, mind, it's just that studying his full-length reflection at the Kronk gym in London's Kentish Town is part of his shadow boxing technique. He reckons it sharpens his movements....
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Box Office: This Week's Films
UK Top 10 Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor creep down the charts with Black Hawk Down (right), a real-life drama based on the battle of Mogadishu that took place in 1993 during the Somalian Civil War. In preparation for their roles as Rangers, both actors...
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BUSINESS VIEW: The Auditors Weren't at the Races, but Investors Might as Well Be
Trust was a big word in the markets last week. Post Enron, post Allied Irish, post Global Crossing, no one believes what they read in the balance sheets any more. Companies with controversial accounting practices - such as Tyco and Sage - were pilloried,...
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Cancer Breakthrough ; Novartis Drug to Spark Revolution in Treatment, Says Leo Lewis
Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, is on the brink of announcing a massive leap in the treatment of cancer. Although the medical world is already excited by the anti-cancer potential of the revolutionary Glivec drug, the Basle-based company is...
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Captain Moonlight
Hands off the spinnaker! Yes, it is your Captain once more, bringing you another bracing, billowing barquentine load from the wider shores of human endeavour! And I have a particularly packed programme for you, including lots of old favourites. Which...
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Cases of Mumps Rise by 800 per Cent in Five Years
Laboratory-confirmed cases of mumps have increased by more than 800 per cent in the past five years. Provisional figures from the Public Health Laboratory Service show a total of 753 confirmed cases in England and Wales for 2001 - 659 more than 1996....
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Citizenship: Asians Reject Blunkett's `British Test' ; the Home Secretary Amazed Many with His Plans for Would-Be Immigrants. in the Towns Where Rioting Broke out Last Year, the Suggestions Have Caused Real Offence
There is a message on the streets of Oldham for David Blunkett. But he had better be careful how he interprets it. Oddly enough, the danger for the Home Secretary - who announced the new measures for anyone seeking British nationality - is that he will...
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CLASSICAL: The Trials of Being a Cellist ; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Barbican LONDON Quatuor Mosaiques Wigmore Hall LONDON
Concerts of new (or, in the case of Julian Anderson's Alhambra Fantasy and Huw Watkins's Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments, nearly new) music almost always pull the listener's focus away from the performance and towards the composition. But for...
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Columnists Are Born to Annoy and Frustrate
I don't think any newspaper has ever felt the need to carry a disclaimer to the effect that the opinions expressed in it do not necessarily reflect those of the company/proprietor or whoever. Proprietors might have ways - direct and indirect - to give...
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COME AND HAVE A GO... ; There's No Messing with the New Breed of Women on the Small Screen. Veronica Lee Welcomes the Advent of Tough-Bitch TV
It's not often you get Germaine Greer and Victoria Beckham swapping notes on contemporary culture. But Footballers' Wives, ITV's new drama about the distaff side of our national game, has led to just that. While the learned professor writes animatedly...
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Cricket: Bond Quick to Catch England's Attention ; New Zealand Tour: New Fast Bowler Focuses Tourists' Minds on the Early Exchanges as World Cup Strategies Emerge
England's mood changed as soon as the players stepped on to the tarmac at Auckland Airport. They stopped short of bending down and kissing it but have done little else since to conceal their glee at being in New Zealand. This may last, at least until...
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Cricket: Pakistan Press Home Advantage
Pakistan continued to back the West Indies further into a corner from which there is no realistic route of escape on the third day of the second and final Test here yesterday. In spite of captain Carl Hooper's determined 84 not out that occupied four...
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Cricket: Shah Happy in Look and Learn Mode ; the Waiting Goes on for an Outstanding Batting Talent but Stephen Brenkley Finds He Is Using His Time Well
Owais Shah has almost made the fraught journey from adolescent prodigy to adult prosperity. It is not yet within touching distance but on clear days he can probably glimpse it round the next corner. There were not many of those for him in India on England's...
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DANCE: Life's a Beach, So Boogie ; Pina Bausch Sadler's Wells LONDON Lindsay Kemp Peacock Theatre LONDON
Does geography decide the way one sees the world? Pina Bausch, leading light of European dance theatre, long regarded as the High Priestess of Angst, has for 25 years based her large, international company at Wuppertal, a grey industrial town on the...
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Dear Wolfgang ; Your Life, Your Looks, Your Clothes, Your Every Little Problem Solved Each Week by Our Resident Lifestyle Guru. Trust Him, He Knows
Yet again it's Valentine's Day and, instead of the usual roses and champagne, I really want to spice up my sex life with my wife, but the Kama Sutra and The Joy of Sex are just too technical. Can you suggest anything to help "get us in the mood"? PO,...
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Death Becomes Her ; the Golden Afterlife of Aaliyah - the Star Who Found Success beyond the Grave
A film premiere as glittering and flamboyant as any Hollywood has seen will be held at the end of this month. Stars of the film and music worlds will be present, dressed in all their gilded finery, ready for the white flashes of the paparazzi and the...
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Death, Politics and Cake: These Are the Keys to Understanding Society ; He's a Bit of a Testy Old Lefty. So Why, Asks Jonathan Romney, Is the Italian Film-Maker Nanni Moretti Turning His Jaundiced Eye on the Private Sorrow of a Happy Family?
According to Tolstoy, all happy families resemble each other but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Perhaps the film version of this dictum should be that while all unhappy families are interesting, happy families on screen struggle to hold...
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Delia's Sales Droop as TV Tie-In Books Go off the Boil
Her choice of ingredients has provoked stampedes at supermarkets, and even earned her an entry in the English dictionary. But five years after she single-handedly saved a struggling family firm by endorsing its omelette pans on her BBC2 show, Delia Smith's...
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Diary
Greg Dyke, the BBC director-general, below, may not like the carpet in his office, but others at the Beeb like the fixings so much that they've taken them home. In fact, the corporation has suffered looting of its objets d'art on a grand scale, and has...
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Discs Etc: Music CDs
SHAKY SIBELIUS HHIII Jarvi/Estonian National Symphony Orchestra Sibelius - The Maiden in the Tower/Pelleas et Melisande/Valse Triste VIRGIN Conductor Paavo Jarvi makes a kind of magic with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra's silky strings in this...
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DVD & Video
SO-SO SEQUEL HHHII Jurassic Park III DVD/VHS retail The only one of last summer's blockbusters that wasn't crap, Jurassic Park III is a simple, streamlined 90-minute romp. New director Joe Johnston doesn't add anything to Steven Spielberg's franchise,...
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ECONOMIC VIEW: Equities Defy Ravages of Time
After two years of falling share prices British investors have a right to feel battered. But should they also feel bowed? Those two years have wiped out all the previous two's gains - the market has in effect gone sideways for four years. It is small...
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EDITOR-AT-LARGE: Janet Street-Porter
I'm a big fan of easyJet. Unlike other writers on this newspaper, I'm not going to use my column to bash Stelios over the head because now and then the planes are late. Every form of transport I use has been late over the last year, from the Circle Line...
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Every Inch a King - and a Bit of a Drip Too ; It's Raining All over the Almeida's New Staging of `King Lear'. Heather Neill Gets Elemental with the Director and Designer on Their Swansong Production
`The make-up! So much white cotton wool and my face looked as if a bicycle had been ridden across it repeatedly," recalls Jonathan Kent, the co-artistic director of the Almeida Theatre in London, of the time he played King Lear as a 16-year-old schoolboy...
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Everyone's Fantasy: To Be Judged an Idol ; Will Wins with 4.6 Million Votes. Gareth Got 4.1 Million. Philip Hensher on a TV Phenomenon
So Will, to general surprise, won Pop Idol with his smooth manner and hideously bleating voice. Strangely, he turned into the choice of the chattering classes, being articulate and educated, and charmingly admitting to loathing Abba. No one expected...
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EXPERT VIEW: The US Has Come Back off the Ropes
It's Kinshasa 1975 and Norman Mailer, covering the lead-up to the big fight, reports that George Foreman keeps his hands "in his pockets the way a hunter lays his rifle back in its velvet case". Muhammad Ali is thought by many to be nervous and out of...
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Fashion: First He Took Manhattan ; New York's Ladies Who Lunch Now Have an Unlikely Sartorial Saviour, and His Name Is Lars. Armand Limnander Meets the Swede Who Sexed-Up Bill Blass
Lars Nilsson turns the stereotype of the emerging designer on its head. Forget dingy ateliers, grungy trainers and dirty denim. When Nilsson, recently appointed creative director at New York label Bill Blass, affably greets you in a three-piece tailor-...
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FASHION: You've Got the Look ; Our Fashion Experts Take to the Streets to Find out What Real People Are Wearing, and Show You How to Recreate Their Style; This Week; Easy Does It
Russell Loughlan, 30, works as a model booker and lives in Leyton, east London. At school I had a geography teacher called Mr Singh Sandau; he usually wore a corduroy jacket and was quite dishevelled. He must have inspired me, because now that's how...
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Film: ALSO SHOWING
Ghost train to Hell From Hell is a ripping yarn about Jack the Ripper. It doesn't play as fast and loose with the period as Moulin Rouge did, thank goodness, but the trippy editing and effects aren't aiming at objective authenticity, either. The Hughes...
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FILM: FILM STUDIES the Man Who Sold His Oscar
On 6 June 1944, Harold Russell was not in a landing craft aimed at Normandy beaches; nor part of some strike behind the German lines - no matter that he had been trained as a parachutist and a demolitions expert. He was at a military camp in North Carolina,...
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Film: How to Make a Killing ; Charlotte O'Sullivan on `the Postman Always Rings Twice'
James M Cain was so taken with Lana Turner's performance in this adaptation of his dime-store thriller that he sent her an inscribed first edition. A hard-bitten bombshell with all the finesse of a clunky teen, Turner (above) is indeed perfect as itchy-groined...
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FILM: It's Clever. It's Exotic. It's Disney ; Monsters, Inc. Pete Docter 96 MINS, U
In J K Huysmans' novel Against Nature, the bible of the 1880s French Decadents, the world-weary hero Des Esseintes devotes himself to the cult of all that is artificial, unnatural and perverse in creation. He has a special fondness for plants that don't...
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First Up: Empire Strikes Back
Droving around Shepherd's Bush Green yesterday, I spotted an ugly grey plastic structure on the pavement. I couldn't figure out what it was at first and so circled the Green again wondering if, perhaps, it was another piece of hideous "art" commissioned...
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Fishing Lines: A Puff for the Healthiest Smoker I Know
Lance Forman needs only two minutes to put you off smoked salmon for life. And he ought to know. He spends his life making the stuff.I should add that the salmon created in Forman's smokery in London's East End is absolutely delicious and very good for...
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Fitness: Feel like Swapping the Saddle for the Sofa Yet? ; February Is Often the Cruellest Month for Those Who Hit the Gym after Christmas. Ingrid Kennedy Offers Some Motivational Tips
Six weeks on and those new-year health and fitness resolutions are looking as shabby as the Christmas decorations. You vowed to go to the gym three times a week and you've been three times... in total. You promised to give up chocolate and crisps and...
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Focus: Autism - Raising Jamie Hasn't Been Easy. but I Wouldn't Have Him Any Other Way ; as the Controversy over the MMR Vaccine Deepens, Parents Are Learning to Dread Any Signs of Withdrawal or Lack of Responsiveness in Their Children. but for Janice Ballard, Life with Her Autistic Son Is Still a Joy
Janice Ballard should, according to popular mythology, be a desperate woman, traumatised, racked with grief. After all, her nine- year-old son Jamie is autistic. But she is not. Not only does Mrs Ballard love her son, she would not have him any other...
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FOCUS: Education - Amy Didn't Help. Estelle Thinks She Can. but What about Kevin & Perry? ; the Amy Gehring Case Put Teenage Schoolchildren in the Spotlight for All the Wrong Reasons. Estelle Morris Aims to Put That Right. Jo Dillon and Wendy Berliner Report on a `Revolution' in the Classroom
They are the Kevin and Perry generation - bored teenagers, with mobile phones and expensive trainers, whose burning ambition is to leave school as soon as they can. They don't like school, and the last people they respect are their teachers. Long gone...
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FOCUS: Education - School Puts the Brake on His Lorry-Driving Dreams ; National Curriculum
Scott Barnes (below) is in year nine of Mark Rutherford Upper School in Bedford. He is 14 and about to choose what optional subjects to take at GCSE. He doesn't have much choice: he has to take English literature, English language, maths, at least one...
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Focus: Politics - Who Are the Wreckers and What Do They Want? ; Tony Blair Claimed He Meant the Tories but Some Union Leaders Believe He Is Spoiling for a Fight
It was a finger-wagging moment worthy of Margaret Thatcher. The target of this particular Prime Minister's ire was not moaning minnies, or the enemy within, but "wreckers", the people who Tony Blair claims stand in the way of reform of our public services....
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Focus: Rogue Trader - Rusnak: Unlucky Fall Guy or Greedy Opportunist? ; A Lowly Currency Dealer's Mislaid Millions Have Shaken the Financial World to Its Roots. Sonia Purnell on a Scandal of Nick Leeson Proportions
When he joined the Maryland-based bank Allfirst as a for- eign exchange dealer in 1995, John Rusnak knew he needed to make serious money. He intended to start a family and renovate a run-down house he'd bought with his wife Linda the previous year on...
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Food & Drink: Breakfast Special; Griddle Me This ; Lucky Seven Brings American Breakfast Staples - Pancakes, Bacon, Bad Coffee - to London. Terry Durack Asks How They Made Such a Hash (Brown) of It
You have to love a place that not only does fries, but does them French, Fat or Home style, for two quid a platter. Or do you? Brought up on the romantic mythologising of the American diner by American film and television, I was weaned off the reality...
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Food & Drink: Breakfast Special: Wake-Up Call ; the British Breakfast Is under Threat. Even Truckers Have Lost Appetite for Fry-Ups. but Your Mum Was Right - It Is the Most Important Meal of the Day. Michael Bateman Picks 20 Treats to Get You Going in the Morning
The British breakfast has been under siege for some years now. In this age of Benecol and cross-training, the traditional fry-up is seen by some as little more than a heart attack on a plate. Even lorry-drivers - perhaps the most ardent, not to say die-hard,...
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Food & Drink: My Round: Grounds for Arrest ; When Your Local Cafe Chain Palms You off with Some Mouth-Puckering Caffeine Brew, Don't Get Bitter, Get Even
The strangest thing happened to me recently: I drank a cup of Pret a Manger coffee and didn't gag. The last time I had an espresso chez Pret, a good few years ago, it was nauseating. It tasted like something siphoned out of a radiator. I vowed never...
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Football: Advocaat Can Make Juggling Act a Fine Art
A sleek Jaguar with Dutch number plates sits in the car park of Rangers' training compound on the outskirts of Glasgow but Dick Advocaat is nowhere to be seen. He is elsewhere, attending to the other love of his life. Advocaat is in Amsterdam, a city...
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Football: Allez le Bleu: Ginola Can Show He's Worth It ; Goodison's Episode of Pop Idol as the Indomitable Showman Is Given Chance to Put Villa `Humilation' Behind Him
Forget Will and Gareth, Everton yesterday acclaimed their very own Pop Idol. David Ginola strolled into the unglamorous surroundings of the club's training ground at Bellfield and confessed himself utterly committed to the cause of Les Bleus. Opposite...
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Football: Anderton Runs Rings around Fiery Foxes
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Anderton 37, Davies 61 Leicester City 1 Oakes 79 Half-time: 1-0 Attendance: 35,973 Tottenham's first Premiership win since New Year's Day was inspired by the revival of Darren Anderton's fluent skills at White Hart Lane yesterday...
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Football: Boro Benefit from Rising Influence of Carbone
Middlesbrough 2 Ince 51, Windass 88 Leeds United 2 Bakke 19, Fowler 54 Half-time: 0-1 Attendance: 30,221 Leeds United's title challenge tailed off a little further as, after twice being ahead, they too tailed off in this game and with two minutes remaining...
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Football: Cameroon Magic Can Break the Spell ; African Nations' Cup
Accusations of black magic, a goalkeeping coach hand-cuffed on the pitch, a refusal to play the semi-final and an overturned touchline ban for Cameroon's coach - who said this African Cup of Nations was a boring affair? After a third of the group games...
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Football: Curbishley, Continuity and the Old Trafford Template
When Sir Alex Ferguson and Charlton Athletic's Alan Curbishley were honoured by the League Managers' Association at the end of the 1999- 2000 season for having won their respective leagues, Curbishley suggested in his acceptance speech that the stability...
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Football: England Men to the Fore with Six ; New Pacesetters Send a Red-Hot Message to Rivals in a Triumph for Thompson's Caretaker Reign
Ipswich Town 0 Liverpool 6 Xavier 16 Heskey 43, 90 Hyypia 52 Owen 62, 71 Half-time: 0-2 Attendance: 25,608 It was a brutal, callous slaying, to which the victim simply had no defence. From the moment that Abel Xavier, of all people, scored his first...
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Football: Epic in the Making as Milton Seeks a Little Paradise Regained
The revelation that Milton and Socrates were once paired in central midfield for the South China team may leave you scratching your head in bewilderment. Whatever next: Plato and Chaucer spearheading the attack for Boca Juniors? The image may have all...
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Football: Fergie Keeps the Seat Warm for Eriksson
It was, by all acounts, a gradual dawning of the truth, probably since the sun rose on the first day of this season. Sir Alex Ferguson realised that he had made the most almighty miscalculation. The date of his own retirement. He had willingly donned...
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Football: For a Country Squire, Lee Has a Rare Passion ; FA Cup Fifth Round: Walsall's Deceptively Placid Manager Hungers for the Premiership as Fulham Battle Beckons; His Reserve Conceals a Passion to Succeed. Colin Lee, Says Nick Townsend, Just Might Be Misunderstood
About half hour through an interview with Walsall's new manager Colin Lee, when the discussion turns to antique furniture and interior design, you wonder whether the resulting article would be more suited to the pages of Country Life. He and his wife...
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Football: Gardner Harvests Reward for Battling Bolton
Bolton Wanderers 1 Gardner 38 West Ham United 0 Half-time: 1-0 Attendance: 24,342 Under the cosh for most of the second half from a depleted West Ham who might have won easily had they been able to turn possession into goals, Bolton held on to a first-half...
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Football: Good to Be Back, but Does Taylor Not like Equalisers ; Returning Manager Sees a Side Too Reliant on Merson's Skill
Aston Villa 1 Merson 28 Chelsea 1 Lampard 65 Half-time: 1-0 Attendance: 41,137 Graham Taylor returned to touchline duty for the first time in six months and, for most of a frustrating afternoon at Villa Park, must have wondered what all the fuss was...
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Football: Guardiola Intent on Clearing Name
Josep Guardiola, the Spanish midfielder, has announced that he will go to court if necessary in order to clear his name after he received a four-month ban for doping. "I want to get to the bottom of this and will take the case to civil court," Guardiola...
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Football: Hearts Undone by Classy De Boer
Hearts 0 Rangers 2 De Boer 61, McCann 82 Half-time: 0-0 Attendance: 14,128 The Dutch goalscoring renaissance has acquired a new member as Ronald de Boer inspired Rangers to victory at Tynecastle last night, under Dick Advocaat's watchful eye. Dennis...
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Football: King's Men Fire Blanks
Gillingham 0 Wimbledon 0 Attendance: 8,494 When the scout's report falls into Arsene Wenger's in-tray tomorrow morning, it will land not so much with a thud as with a resounding silence, so little is there to say about the threat Gillingham are likely...
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Football: Larsson Treble Edges Celtic Closer ; SCOTTISH REVIEW |
Henrik Larsson's first hat-trick of the season eased Celtic's pain yesterday after their midweek League Cup semi-final defeat by Rangers ended dreams of a historic, second successive Treble. The Swede dismantled Dunfermline 5-0 at Celtic Park to hoist...
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Football: Liverpool Peak with a Perfect Six ; FA Premiership: Owen and Heskey Underline the Power of Their Partnership for Club and Country While England Old Boy Shearer Maintains Newcastle's Challenge
Suddenly Liverpool are rampant. After a 4-0 victory at fellow title contenders Leeds United last week, they thrashed Ipswich Town 6-0 at Portman Road yesterday to go to the top of the Premiership on goal difference. Emile Heskey, who ended his goal drought...
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Football: Liverpool Peak with a Perfect Six ; Owen and Heskey Underline Power of Their Partnership as Eriksson Calls Up Ricketts and Vassell
Emile Heskey and Michael Owen may have further enforced the view that their affinity makes their positions unassailable for this summer's World Cup with a brace apiece at Ipswich yesterday. But even as they were on the coach home after Liverpool's 6-0...
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Footballl: Returning Wanchope Gives Keegan a Lift
The return of several players will allow Kevin Keegan to make major changes when the First Division leaders, Manchester City, today host Preston, who themselves are fighting for a play-off spot.The City manager criticised his players' attitude after...
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Football: May Day, May Day: Watson on Alert ; Tranmere's Manager Has Already Lifted the Cup. but He Tells Ronald Atkin Promotion Is a Greater Goal
Nobody could possibly begrudge Dave Watson a few moments' reminiscence at White Hart Lane next Sunday as Tranmere Rovers, the team he now manages, tackle Tottenham in the fifth round of the FA Cup. When Everton won the Cup back in 1995, beating Spurs...
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Football: Millwall Head for Sun after Robbing Paupers
Nottingham Forest 1 Harewood pen 87 Millwall 2 Ifill 7, Cahill 42 Half-time: 0-2 Attendance: 18,511 The purse strings are so tight at debt-ridden Nottingham Forest that the City Ground legend Brian Clough gave the current manager Paul Hart pounds 100...
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Football: No Hiding Place for Perfect Foil ; Holland V England: Liverpool Striker's Return to Form Is a Relief to Eriksson as New Dutch Coach Revels in Riches
If Ian Rush is right when he says that the only true measure of a striker is the number of goals he scores, then Emile Heskey might have considered himself lucky to be in the Liverpool team, never mind the England one. Ten goals in 40 games so far this...
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Football: Put Your Shirt on Grooming of Keane and Generosity of Gazza
A glorious soap opera has been played out on television screens and in the press for many months as millions of people up and down the country have gnawed their fingernails to the bone. In our droves we picked up the phone to voice our opinion while...
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Football: Reid Finds Shelter in Evergreen Quinn
Derby County 0 Sunderland 1 Quinn 80 Attendance: 31,771 The builders erecting barricades at the Stadium of Light to protect Peter Reid from supporters need not down their tools, but the weight of disappointment bearing down on the Sunderland manager...
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Football: Soaring, Scoring Shearer ; Newcastle Striker's 18th and 19th Goals of Season Keep Unlikeliest Title Hopefuls in Contention
Newcastle United 3 Southampton 1 Robert 24 Pahars 39 Shearer 29, 45 Half-time: 3-1 Attendance: 51,857 Bobby Robson's boys have 11 matches to play before they end their season of indeterminate expectation at Southampton on 11 May. In the meantime, the...
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Football: Souness Senses the Danger for Rovers
Fulham 2 Hayles 31, Malbranque 63 Blackburn Rovers 0 Half-time 1-0 Attendance: 19,580 Blackburn Rovers, promoted behind Fulham last season, were left in their slipstream again yesterday and sank beneath Bolton into the bottom three of the Premiership...
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Football: The Old School Stay Behind for Retention
Blows were struck on behalf of the old and slightly worn when Sir Alex Ferguson, aged 60, called a halt to his impending retirement from the driving seat of Manchester United and Graham Taylor, aged 57, exhumed a dead career to take a chance on the poisoned...
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Football: The Van and the Man U-Turn: How Ruud Brought a Change of Heart
At the unveiling of Ruud van Nistelrooy in the spring of 2001, Sir Alex Ferguson was asked whether a player of the Dutchman's class might persuade him to change his mind about retirement. The question was flippantly asked and gruffly squashed. But the...
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Football: Trick Stuns Not So Solid Crewe ; NATIONWIDE REVIEW
Coventry City's faltering steps toward the Nationwide First Division play-offs, which had given way to a confident stride while beating Rotherham United on Wednesday night, broke into a frantic charge during their second win in four days, a 6-1 thrashing...
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Football: Vieira Brings Much Needed Steel but Adams Is Still Rusty
Arsenal received a timely boost in their attempt to stay in contention at the top of the Premiership when their inspirational midfielder Patrick Vieira was declared fit for the visit to Everton today. Vieira, who is skippering the side in the absence...
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Forget Gareth and Will - the Real Winners Are the Judges
They were just two more star-struck wannabes who wanted to conquer the charts. But thanks to the latest reality TV sensation, they have become two of the hottest properties on the UK music scene. After four months of sharing the limelight with teary-eyed...
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GEEK OR UNIQUE? ; Wes Anderson Wears His Suits Too Small, Uses an Elastic Band Instead of a Wallet and Loves Literature as Much as He Hates Tidiness. Not Coincidentally, He Also Makes the Most Sophisticated Adolescent Films Imaginable. Marshall Sella Meets the Visionary Man-Child Behind `the Royal Tenenbaums'
On a white-sky November day, Wes Anderson is lounging in a darkened studio in the Brill Building, formerly the silvery hub of New York's Tin Pan Alley. His slight 6ft frame, all 11 stone of it, is decked out in undersize beige corduroys and an undersized...
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German Football Sweats on Kirch
The possible collapse of Leo Kirch's heavily-indebted media empire has caused panic in the Bundesliga. The German equivalent of the Premier League fears it faces financial disaster, along with many leading soccer clubs. Kirch is to pay EUR1.5bn (pounds...
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Good Gear: Snowboard Boots ; Whether You're a New Boarder or Top of the Class, There's a Design Tailored to Your Style and Skill Levels. Alex Tovey Laces Up and Rides out in Search of the Best
Snowboarding is huge. Which means that there are plenty of boot manufacturers chasing your money. Luckily, the quality of lower- priced snowboard boots is a lot better than it was - many now contain the technical features available on boots twice the...
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Hercules Keeps on Getting Stronger
Larry Lipman, chairman and founder of Hercules Property Services, believes his staff should "have fun and enjoy what they do, before focusing on making money. The company will [then] perform better and create a more positive environment." Perhaps this...
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Her Outdoors: `It's All Right as Long as I'm Being Insulted'
I am so outdoors this week: I'm out of the country, out of the hemisphere, out of my mind. Not to make you sick, but I'm writing this in Fiji - yes, the Fiji with the sparkling sands and palm trees and pineapples. It's weirdly perfect here, and I'm not...
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