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 January 23, 2000

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12 Best European Cycling Holidays: Just Saddle Up and Europe Is Your Cycle Path
1 Saints & cyclists Cycling is taken very seriously in Italy. One of the stopovers on Graham Baxter Sporting Tours's (tel: 0113 2843617; net: www.sportingtours.co. uk) 10-day cycling trip to Italy is a visit to Lake Como and the sanctuary of the Madonna...
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A Farewell to Arms Exports Would Actually Save Us Money ; Labour's `Ethical Foreign Policy' Is in Tatters, and the Claim That Selling Weapons Is a Necessity Needs Review, Argues Rupert Cornwell
LAST WEEK was a wretched one for New Labour and its "ethical foreign policy". It was revealed that the Government - against all common sense, if not the letter of the law - planned to supply spare parts for Zimbabwean jets involved in the savage, destabilising...
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A FIGHTING CHANCE ; Women's Boxing Isn't So Lucrative as the Men's Version. but It's No Less a Test of Courage, and, for Its Bravest Exponents, No Less an Escape Route from Poverty. Could It Possibly Catch on? William Leith Met Jane Couch, Britain's Multiple World Champion
THE WOMAN WHO might or might not be the hardest woman in the world, but who knows there is at least some chance that she is, extends a tough, squarish hand. It is early on a cold January morning. Jane Couch, the holder of the WIBF and WBF World Welterweight...
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A Good Idea from ... Thomas De Quincey
ARE YOU a good lover? Not in the sexual sense, of course (this is a family column), rather in terms of managing to seduce those you fancy with panache and ease. In the popular account, good lovers know how to dress well, they keep the conversation flowing,...
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Amnesty Judge Sent 13 to Gallows
A SENIOR UK judge, who is a director of the human rights organisation Amnesty International, has made rulings that have helped to send 13 men to the gallows over the past 15 months. The judgements, by law lord Leonard Hoffmann, have caused turmoil at...
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Army Wives Mutiny over Poor Housing
THE ARMED SERVICES face a rebellion by the normally ultra-loyal families of servicemen who say the Ministry of Defence has broken a promise to refurbish their homes. A representative body also claims the MoD raided the pounds 470m service-quarters upgrade...
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Athletics: Catch-Up Time for Old Boy ; Simon Turnbull Says Mackie's Blazing Potential Is Finally near Fulfilment
THREE YEARS ago Ian Mackie was being hailed as "the new Linford Christie". Right now he would quite like to become "the new Jason Gardener". It's a sign of how swiftly time has moved on for British sprinting that there are fresher footsteps for aspiring...
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Athletics: Wami Renews Her Rule over Radcliffe
IF PAULA RADCLIFFE ran all the way to Sydney (and swam where necessary) she would probably never shake off Gete Wami. Over five laps of the Durham University playing fields yesterday, the leading lady of British athletics could not break free from the...
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BA Flies into Trouble over Voucher Offer
BATTERED by the tailfins fiasco and shaken by the non-turning millennium wheel, British Airways has hit fresh turbulence over its promise to deliver flight discount vouchers to every household in the country. The Consumers Association is investigating...
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Before the Week Is Out
Buy this IF YOU have a fabulous wooden floor but are worried about committing a faux pas with your rugs, you can now design your own. Brighton company Gaff (an anacronym for Great Art For Floors) allows you to create your dream rug for around pounds...
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Black Leaders Say Tyson Is `Moron' and Bad Role Model ; the Notorious Boxer's Visit Has Split Black Britons. Prominent Figures Condemn His Record - but Crowds Mob Him in the Streets
JUST WHEN Mike Tyson's charm offensive looked like forcing his critics onto the ropes, he is taking a pounding from heavyweight black politicians. Defying the adulation he received on the streets of Brixton, they have branded the visiting former champion...
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Blair `Ready for Mayor Ken'
DOWNING STREET has acknowledged for the first time that Tony Blair is gearing up to work with Labour left-winger Ken Livingstone as mayor of London. The Prime Minister's readiness to do business with the Brent East MP amounts to a public admission that...
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Books: A Brush with Violent Death ; Joan Smith Enters the Paranoid, Dangerous World of Caravaggio in an Extraordinary New Biography; M by Peter Robb Bloomsbury Pounds 25
Rome seems to have been, at the end of the 16th century, a singularly nasty place to live. In 1599, a young woman named Beatrice Cenci was tortured and publicly executed for the murder of her father, a vicious man who had probably raped her and had certainly...
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Books: Another Wizard Yarn for Kids ; Holes by Louis Sachar Bloomsbury Pounds 10.99
If American novels have far too easy a time of it over here, the position is reversed for their children's authors. There are now so many great British authors for children that it's easy to forget that outstanding American children's books, from Goodnight...
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Books: Bloomsday in London ; Barbara Trapido Finds a Hero Who's Never Heard of Couscous and Who Reminds Her of Mr Benn ...; Mr Phillips by John Lanchester Faber Pounds 16.99
For the many fans of The Debt to Pleasure, opening this book is a daunting experience. You are liable to think, "What if it lets me down?" It doesn't. Given that the hero spends the entire first chapter grading his erotic dreams on a scale of one to...
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Books: Crime Round-Up
Everybody Smokes in Hell by John Ridley, Bantam pounds 9.99 You can taste Ridley's contempt for Hollywood in every word that he writes. Like Chandler before him, he's been there and been burnt, so he really rips into La La Land in this tale of winners...
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Books: `Folk Tunes and Railway Journeys ; from Revolutionary to Classic FM Favourite: Christopher Hawtree on Igor Stravinsky; Igor Stravinsky: A Creative Spring 1882-1934 by Stephen Walsh Cape Pounds 30
How long does it take for the revolutionary to become quotidian, to shake off a Surgeon-General's warning about apoplexy and mutate into a drive-time item on Classic FM that does not add unduly to the casualty rate on the M25? Or, as Philip Larkin wrote...
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Books: Inevitable Break Up of Ukania ; Ben Rogers Was Prepared to Give New Labour the Benefit of the Doubt, but Time, and a Cogent New Book, Has Persuaded Him Otherwise; after Britain: New Labour and the Return of Scotland by Tom Nairn Granta Pounds 15.99
Before the last Election there were two lines you heard on the left about the prospect of a Labour government. One was the Old Labour position, which said that a Blair administration would come to nothing much - just a more moderate version of Conservatism....
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Books: J Alfred Prufrock Meets Homer Simpson ; White Teeth by Zadie Smith Hamish Hamilton Pounds 12.99
There were considerable rumbles in the literary world when 24- year-old Zadie Smith signed a six-figure, two-book deal with Penguin while still a Cambridge undergraduate. White Teeth, the first novel under that contract, will undoubtedly receive the...
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Books: Life of the English Chekhov ; Jonathan Myerson on a Biography Which Uncovers Both Loneliness and Secrets; Terence Rattigan: The Man and His Work by Michael Darlow Quartet Pounds 25
He spent all his life in disguise, burying and over-painting the true sources of his writing. In reality, he was a carefully closeted homosexual, a devil-may-care gambler, a compulsive spendthrift who earned and squandered fortunes with seemingly equal...
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Books: `Paperbacks - Sleep Lessons from Catherine the Great ; the Emigre by Joan Brady Vintage Pounds 6.99
Joan Brady won the 1993 Whitbread Book of the Year Award - as well as France's coveted Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger - for her second novel Theory of War, which became an international bestseller and has been translated into eight languages. Since...
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Books: Poetry Round-Up
The Wind Dog by Tom Paulin, Faber pounds 7.99 Paulin's advocacy of "writing to the moment" - spontaneous, journalistic (in the best sense), unstuffy - extends to these 90- odd pages of new poems, which are often a continuation of his literary-critical...
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BOOKS: THE SUNDAY POEM ; Every Week Ruth Padel Discusses a Contemporary Poet through an Example of Their Work No 53 Maura Dooley
A Celt twice over, born in Cornwall of Irish descent, she has helped encourage poetry and its audience both as Arts Administrator (at the South Bank Centre, in the Arvon Foundation), and as editor: eg, of Making for Planet Alice: New Women Poets (Bloodaxe,...
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Books: Trampling the Pope Underfoot ; Mark Bostridge on the Tudor Boy-King Whose Achievements in His Short Life Were Crucial for Anglicanism; Tudor Church Militant by Diarmaid MacCulloch Allen Lane Pounds 25
As a schoolboy I used to spend much of my spare time hanging round the National Portrait Gallery. This was partly in the hope of catching a glimpse of the Gallery's dandified Director, Roy Strong, then one of my intellectual heroes, but it was also because,...
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Books: `Well, and If It Pleases Me to Be Beaten?' ; Absinthe, Prostitutes, Knife-Fights and Letters to `Little Flossie': Matthew Sweet on the Life and Times of a Self-Torturing 1890s Figure; Madder Music, Stronger Wine: The Life of Ernest Dowson, Poet & Decadent by Jad Adams I B Tauris Pounds 19.95
On 23 February 1900, in a nondescript terraced house in Catford, the tubercular lungs of Ernest Dowson finally packed up. Dowson - major minor poet, decadent, absintheur, little girl enthusiast, and the man who ushered the phrases "gone with the wind"...
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Books: When Plot Is Second to Emotion ; Guilt by Charlotte Grimshaw Abacus Pounds 9.99
The myth of exciting and eye-catching first novels is of course that they are a hard act to follow, and the failure of the second novel to live up to the hype of the first has become a cliche in its own right. There is another story to be told here of...
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Boxing: Francis' Appointment with Fear ; Bob Mee Warns Tyson to Beware a Member of the No-Nonsense Brigade
IF MIKE TYSON'S British debut at the MEN Arena, Manchester, on Saturday resembles anything approaching a meaningful athletic contest it will be a shocking reflection of the demise of one of the best heavyweights of the modern era. Cold assessments of...
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Boxing: HAS JULIUS A PRAYER? RANK OUTSIDERS Who Overturned the Odds
DOUGLAS v TYSON KO 10TH RD, 10 FEB 1990 Tyson's infamous snort - "How dare they challenge me with their primitive skills?" - rebounded on him spectacularly as the 40-1 outsider James "Buster" Douglas rallied from an eighth-round knockdown. The image...
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Boxing: So Bad but So Bewitching ; It Was the Week Tyson Went Walkabout in Search of Acceptance and, despite the Outrage, Found It. His Self-Deprecation and Vulnerability, Couched in the Language of the Hood, Reveal a Complex Character
MIKE TYSON has been holding court in the appropriately named Court Suite in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, this past week. The ritual hardly varies. At just before 1pm, the lift doors open and Tyson emerges with his trainers, Tommy Brooks and Jay...
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Boxing: What If. Tyson Had Fought the Greatest? ; Alan Hubbard Reports from the Ringside on a Dream Fight between Two Heavyweight Giants at Their Peak
"MIKE, HAS anyone ever told you lisp like a faggot?" Mike Tyson half-leaps to his feet, sweating, snarling, seething. He is restrained by half a dozen muscled minders. But Muhammad Ali, sitting on the other side of the grinning promoter, Don King, is...
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Bridge
NORTH-SOUTH'S auction on this deal was not beautiful but it proved effective after a misdefence led to a curious ending. North opened One Spade and rebid Two Hearts over South's response of Two Clubs. South explored with Three Diamonds, but this was...
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Britain's High-Earning Surgeons
THESE ARE some of Britain's top doctors, with the highest earning power. Not all keep their private earnings for themselves. Some plough their extra income back into research or their NHS departments or charities. PROF TOM TREASURE Professor of cardiothoracic...
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British Museum to Break with Tradition - by Going on Strike ; A Former Investment Banker's Attempt to Modernise a Venerable Institution Has Made Staff Revolt, Writes Robert Mendick
STAFF AT the British Museum are threatening to strike for the first time in its 246-year history over plans to make up to one- tenth of the workforce redundant. The unprecedented action by workers ranging from leading historians to part-time cleaners...
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Business Analysis: Square Mile on the Verge of Surrender ; after Schroders, Asks Jason Nisse, Which Merchant Bank Will Sell out Next?
Richard Broadbent could hardly be described as a rogue trader. An urbane, intellectual second-generation merchant banker, he is as different from Nick Leeson as you could imagine. But in their own way, Broadbent's actions hastened the end of J Henry...
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Business Profile: Larry Ellison - They Shake before the Oracle ; Larry Ellison, the Visionary Boss of the Pounds 100bn Software Giant, Talks to Dan Gledhill
Located within spitting distance of the San Andreas fault, Oracle's sprawling headquarters 10 miles south of San Francisco are designed with the threat of an earthquake in mind. These buildings are underpinned by 80ft blocks intended to protect it against...
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Business View: A Charm Offensive from Cool Hand Luc
I confess. I do shop at Marks & Spencer. Not so long ago this was a badge of pride. But these days it appears not to be the thing to admit in polite company that St Michael is on your vetements or that Mrs Sieff is in the kitchen. But will Luc Vandervelde...
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But Do You Really Want to Chuck out the Chintz? ; Karl Lagerfeld Is Having a Pounds 30m Clear out. Why Does He Bother, Asks KATE WORSLEY
Celebrities used to be like the rest of us. They'd stick the stuff they no longer wanted out the back with the rubbish. Now having a bit of a clear out means discarding absolutely everything. Last week Cher announced that she was having a spring clean...
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Cannabis: It's Mo vs Straw
MO MOWLAM was under pressure last night to clarify her position on legalising cannabis for medicinal purposes and personal possession after reports that she was at odds on the issue with Tony Blair and Jack Straw, the Home Secretary. Ms Mowlam, who last...
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Can the Man from Shopi Do the Trick for M&S? ; John Lichfield Goes Shopping for Clues to the Style of the Belgian Executive Hired to Get the Ailing Chain Back to Basics
THERE ARE two small supermarkets near our home in Paris. One is dirty, unfriendly and not particularly cheap. The other is clean, friendly and even more expensive. We go to the cheaper, nearer, dirtier one and curse it every time. The dearer shop - the...
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CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Now Is the Hour of the Mongolian Goat
CAPTAIN CALLING! Can you hear me? Over. Can you hear me, in particular, at the BBC? Over. Good. You need, I see, a new Controller for Radio 4. May I add a runner, with riders? An outsider, yes, but an outsider who speaks boldly and uncompromisingly to...
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Classical: A Miniaturist Whose Songs Don't Last ; Kurt Weill Barbican, London
Subscribing as I do to the (unfashionable) belief that a little of Kurt Weill goes a long way, I didn't thrill to the prospect of an entire weekend devoted to him at the Barbican. And sitting through it didn't change my mind. The cumulative count of...
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Club to Get F1 Race Back
THE BRITISH Racing Drivers Club is close to striking a deal with the new owners of Brands Hatch to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Last May, Brands Hatch signed a deal with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone to host the race from 2002. However,...
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Competition: Win a City Break
WHERE IS this? Your task is to guess in which city the picture on the right was taken. The prize for the first correct answer out of the hat will be a five-night holiday for two in that very city. To enter, send your answer, along with your name, address...
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Cricket: Heroes and Villains of the Winter Safari ; Stephen Brenkley Nominates the Graduates and Flunkers of England's Latest Exam
ALL TOURS provide success and failure, triumph and disaster, fame and anonymity. England's Test series in South Africa, which ended so dramatically on Tuesday, was no different and if the success, triumph and fame were not overpowering, selectors and...
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Cricket: Hussain's Pilgrims Need Progress
ENGLAND ARE now embarking on a different ball game. The Test rubber is dead, long live the one-day tournament. If one form of cricket is still king, the other has become much, much more than a young pretender. It has developed regal virtues of its own....
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Cricket: Knight's Return to Proving Ground ; Stephen Brenkley Talks to an Opener Anxious to Make Up for Lost Time
A DAY before England began their ill-fated campaign in the World Cup the captain at the time called on his fellow opening batsman. Alec Stewart was neither discussing partnership strategy with Nick Knight nor wishing him well for the weeks ahead, the...
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Cricket: Obituary - Swanton, Doyen of Cricket, Dies ; Stephen Brenkley Pays Tribute to a Legendary Scribe of the Game
TO SAY that E W Swanton was the doyen of cricket writing in the last part of the 20th Century was to suggest that the Queen Mother was the most respected member of royalty. By the time he died yesterday at the age of 92 he had gone beyond that status....
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Cricket: Walk-On Part in Test History
BEFORE the Fifth Test is finally consigned to the record books, it deserves another nod in its direction. By any reckoning it was some match. Whatever your view on the forfeiture of innings in such a contest, and no matter if you think Test cricket should...
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Culture: The Beach Generation ; William Sutcliffe on How DiCaprio's New Movie Satirises Its Own Audience
Towards the end of the new, much-hyped film of The Beach, Leonardo DiCaprio does a strange thing. Running full-pelt through a tropical forest, his torso smeared with mud, he throws himself to the ground as if hiding from a mortal threat, picks up a twig,...
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Dance: Living the High Life ; International Mime Festival Various Venues, London
Traditionally it takes a war or natural disaster to make strangers want to talk to one another. But after the experience of Deadly, the opening event of this year's International Mime Festival, spectators departing the Purcell Room were seized by an...
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Dangerous Line of Defence ; Clinton Is Poised to Approve a New Protective Missile System. to China and Russia This Would Be an Act of Aggression
Faint cheers could be heard last week in the foreign ministries of western Europe. The interceptor missile that some propose should form the centrepiece of the United States' national defence system had failed its latest test. The missile, fired from...
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Dark Forces Strike Lombok ; A Quiet, Beautiful Island Is the Latest and Most Mysterious Victim of the Wave of Violence Racking Indonesia, Writes Richard Lloyd Parry
ON MATARAM'S Avenue of the Five Businesses, next to the ice cream parlour and the Chinese hair salon, is the crisp white bungalow where, until last week, the magazine Inilah had its editorial office. Published six times a year, Inilah - the name might...
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Deals of the Week: Holistic Holidays
If you fancy a holiday with a difference, how about choosing from one of the many holistic holidays on the market? From yoga to belly dancing, meditation to t'ai chi, holistic holidays ensure that the whole of you goes on vacation, rather than plonking...
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Debate: Is Couture Relevant to Ordinary People? ; John Galliano Shocked and Impressed at the Paris Shows Last Week
NO MARTIN RAYMOND Fashion lecturer Couture is completely irrelevant. That's what makes it compelling. It's like seeing an accident on the M1. It makes you look at it. The couture show is an advertisement for the specialists like embroiderers and beaders...
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Design: The All Clear ; Transparency Is a Symbol of the Modern Age. Buildings and Furniture, Computers and Everyday Household Appliances like Toasters and Televisions - Everything Seems to Look Better When You Can Look Right through It. Fay Sweet Traces the Irresistible Rise of See - through Design
EVER SINCE the dawn of the modern design age, the mantra has been "Less is more". It seemed impossible to beat. But now, in building and product design, technology has provoked a refinement of the idea and given us a further goal: "Transparency is all"....
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Divorced Couples to Remarry in Church
THE CHURCH of England will take the first step towards letting divorced couples remarry in church with the publication next week of a controversial report which recommends relaxing the centuries-old ban. The move will delight thousands of divorcees who...
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Easier Cuts out the Estate Agents
A TRIO of former employees of the computer services giant Misys are hoping to make an internet fortune buying and selling homes for free. Their outfit, "easier", is to be floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) next month with an expected...
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Eating and Drinking: A Slippery Customer
THERE ARE some things that you cook, you eat, and that's it. No great lessons are learnt, none of life's mysteries are explained, and you have no sense of having done anything more meaningful than quell your hunger for a few hours. Then there are dishes...
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Eating and Drinking: Drink Yourself Solvent
IS IT REALLY just three weeks ago that everyone was swigging fizz straight from the bottle? On the beach at Brighton, a post- Millennium litter-survey suggested that Sainsbury's Cava was the people's choice, while a bottle of Pommery 1990 was the most...
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Eating In: An Artist in Oils ; the Almost Magical Health-Giving Properties of Olive Oil Are Well- Known, but There Are So Many Different Varieties on Our Supermarket Shelves That It's Hard to Know Which Bottle to Buy. Michael Bateman Asked Anne Dolomore, Author of a Book on Oils, to Explain the Finer Points
A CONFERENCE to promote the Mediterranean diet was held in London last weekend by the American charitable trust Oldways - a thoroughly worthy operation, even if they were in some ways preaching to the converted. In Britain we have been embracing healthy...
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Eating Out: Raw Courage
ALL NATIONAL cuisines have idiosyncrasies that make us think "yuk!" But before embarking on a tirade of gastro-xenophobia which might lead to my being called a fascist, I would like to minimise the whiff of nationalism by pointing out that British cuisine,...
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Ecuador Ruler Fails to Quell Indian Rebels
GUSTAVO NOBOA, Ecuador's vice president, took power yesterday after the Andean country experienced one of the most volatile days in its history. A coalition of highland Indians and military officers which drove President Jamil Mahuad from office on Friday...
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Enterprise: It Isn't All Over: Old Strips Strike Back ; Two Football `Toffs' Have Thrived by Resurrecting Classic Cotton Shirts, Says Roger Trapp
At a time when just about every football fan seems to want a version of his or her team's latest strip, it does not make obvious business sense to seek to compete by selling shirts from a bygone era. But Alan Finch loves being the underdog. Turned down...
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Enterprise: Web Feet: The Firm That Booted Dr Marten into Cyberspace
The surge in interest in the internet has spawned plenty of web designers and other services out to capitalise on the e-revolution. But few can be as wide-ranging as pres.co. Based in London's Clerkenwell, it has clients as diverse as Marks & Spencer,...
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Equitable Blow Is Axa Takeover Cue
AXA SUN LIFE is eyeing up Equitable Life as a takeover target after Friday's surprise Court of Appeal ruling made the old mutual insurer vulnerable to a bid. The Court of Appeal ruled that Equitable's decision to reduce final bonuses for 90,000 guaranteed...
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Experts View: The Boneheads at the Brokers
I was having lunch in the padded comfort of St James's. Rupert is high up in one of the few British firms left in the global financial markets. "Do you think much has changed in the City, Rupert?" "The people." "Really? You surprise me. Look at your...
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Fashion: Pretty in PINK ; There's No Doubting the Masculinity of Boys Who Wear Pastels, Says Marcus Field, Who Explains Why Mauve Is a Must for This Season's Most Macho Look
HERE'S a paradox for you: gay men don't wear poofy clothes, tough guys do. If you don't believe me, consider the following typical Saturday night scenarios: while the London club G.A.Y. is filled with a throbbing mass of black leather, denim and Rottweiler...
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FIFTH COLUMN: The Grand Gestures That Raised the Spirits and the Spirit of Sport
HANSIE CRONJE SOUTH AFRICA v ENGLAND, JANUARY 2000 True, the series was dead, but South Africa were on a 14-Test unbeaten streak and had no need to offer England a jot. Three days were lost to rain; on the fifth morning the sun shone. Cronje offered...
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Film Studies: She Really Was More Beautiful Than the Other Stars
Nothing will shake me from the belief that Hedy Lamarr was simply one of the world's plucky octogenarians, pledged with steady resolve and curiosity about human nature to live on into the year 2000. That, or she wanted to see what she might pick up in...
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Film: Suspended Animation ; Limbo (15) John Sayles; 127 Mins Scarlet Street (No Cert) Fritz Lang; 103 Mins
Here's a fantasy to get your head around, as they say. Imagine, if you will, and if you can, that there exists a truly American cinema. Understand me: by that, I don't mean the Hollywood movie business such as it now operates, a multi-million-dollar...
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Film: What Is It about Music Teachers? ; Music of the Heart (PG) Wes Craven; 124 Mins Stigmata (18) Rupert Wainwright; 102 Mins
Like the 1996 Oscar-nominated documentary Small Wonders, Wes Craven's Music of the Heart is about how music teacher Roberta Guaspari transformed a heap of East Harlem school children into competent violinists. Broke and daring after her husband left...
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FIRST NIGHT MATT NEAL: Independent's Day ; A Tall, Fast and Driven Racer May Be Turning His Back on a Fortune. by Norman Fox
IN THE first round of last season's Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park, Jason Plato was driving his highly expensive Williams-Renault at the only two speeds he knows - quick and fast. Or, in Murray Walker-speak, he was "on...
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FISHING LINES: How a Salmon's Lot Can Still Be a Happy One
SOME YEARS ago, the Elliott family almost became the proud owners of a Scottish river. Well, not quite a whole river, but a couple of miles, anyway. And when I say "own", I mean that for a week in April, that little bit of water would have been all mine....
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Flat Earth
Ku Klux Kleaners Remember us telling you a few months ago about the embarrassment of the Missouri authorities after the Ku Klux Klan announced they would join in the state's Adopt-A-Highway programme? The Klan got its way. An appeal judge, citing the...
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Flying the Flag of Bad Behaviour Is, Alas, an Honoured Tradition among Backpackers
The soon-to-be-released movie of Alex Garland's The Beach, that horribly plausible account of backpackers behaving badly, will soon have us talking about moral degeneration in the digital age again. But one piece of reassurance I want to offer to younger...
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FOCUS: BLAIR'S WINTER BLUES - for Labour, January Has Been Been the Cruellest Month ; Things Look as If They Can Only Get Worse. So What Can Tony Do to Restore the Government's Fortunes?
Tony Blair, from the day he became leader of the Labour Party in 1994 right up until the start of the new millennium, looked like the infallible juggler. It was only when problems in the health service could no longer be dismissed as difficulties "inherited...
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FOCUS: BLAIR'S WINTER BLUES - for Labour, January Has Been ; First the Dome, Then the NHS, Rising Crime and Ken Livingstone - Why Has It All Suddenly Gone So Wrong?
It was in the draughty conference room of Labour's Millbank headquarters that the party plotted and schemed its first thousand days. While Tony Blair made his shrewd public pledge not to take victory for granted, he was determined to hit the ground running...
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FOCUS: HOMOPHOBIA - Is Scotland a Bastion of Prejudice? ; Outraged Morals and Old Prejudices Are Bubbling Up as Scotland's Church, State and People Tussle over the Proposed Repeal of an Anti- Gay Law
Government moves to abolish Section 28, that legacy of the Thatcherite Eighties outlawing the promotion of homosexuality in schools, have caused scarcely a ripple of discontent in England, save for a predictable spat in the Conservative Party. But north...
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FOCUS: LEISURE - the Indiscreet Charm of the Caravan ; They Blight Britain, Say Critics, but Fans at This Weekend's Annual Show Are Unrepentant
Oh! The joys of the open road! Oh, the pleasures of bank holiday motoring, with a winding country lane ahead, and a queue seven miles long behind the caravan you are towing! Oh, our sunshine-and-sands destination, row upon row of gaily painted plasticy...
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Focus: Leisure: They're a Conservative Breed, Caravanners
Caravanners are obsessive. Or, as Sue Perry, trying to market a silver caravan, puts it: "Caravanners go caravanning. They don't go walking or watching motor-racing and take their caravan along to sleep in. Caravanning itself seems to be the object of...
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Football: Balanced Kinkladze Has Pride of Place ; Derby County 0 Coventry City 0 Attendance: 28,381
MATCH UP a team that rarely wins at home with one that is unable to win away and stalemate is a reasonable bet. So it was that Derby, with three victories in 12 starts at Pride Park, failed to improve the poorest home record in the Premiership, and Coventry...
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Football: Bantams' Six-Pointer Sealed by O'Brien ; Bradford City 3 Beagrie Pen 25, Whalley 37, O'Brien 49 Watford 2 Hyde 33, Helguson 88 Half-Time: 2-1 Attendance: 16,864
IT'S DOG eat dog in the drop zone, and the Bantams devoured three points as the Hornets sunk to the bottom of the table for the first time this season. Bradford made three changes to the team beaten at Sheffield Wednesday. Neil Redfearn was relegated...
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Football: Barnsley Quartet Take Five ; Barnsley 5 Dyer 5, 72, Hignett 15 Shipperley 22 Barnard 32 Blackburn Rovers 1 Frandsen 7 Half-Time: 4-1 Attendance: 18,088
BARNSLEY'S promotion credentials were boosted yesterday with a crushing victory over in-form Blackburn. At least some of the success could be attributed to appalling performances in the heart of Rovers' defence, but it was also due to a comprehensively...
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Football: Barnstorming with Barnsley ; Barnsley 5 Dyer 5, 72, Hignett 15 Shipperley 22 Barnard 32 Blackburn Rovers 1 Frandsen 7 Half-Time: 4-1 Attendance: 18,088
DAVE BASSETT, the Barnsley manager, is a difficult man to satisfy - first his side gave Blackburn a free lesson in finishing, then he claimed his players are capable of performing even better than they did in crushing the in-form Lancastrians. "For 35...
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Football: Charlton Charge with Hunt Trick ; ROUND-UP
ANDY HUNT scored all three goals as the First Division leaders, Charlton Athletic, beat Norwich City 3-0 at Carrow Road to open up a four- point gap at the top after their closest pursuers, Manchester City and Ipswich Town, both dropped points on their...
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Football: Crozier Committed to the Magical Cause of the Cup ; `I'd like to See No Exemptions under Any Circumstances. We Have to Guard the Competition Jealously'
EVEN IN his first few days he has already dipped his fork into the smorgasbord of issues he can expect on his Lancaster Gate table in months to come. Two Leeds and England players questioned in connection with an assault on an Asian youth; the Tranmere...
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Football: Day for Taking Candy off Toffees ; Southampton 2 Tessem 47 Oakley 56 Everton 0 Half-Time: 0-0 Attendance: 15,232
HAVING PRESERVED their status in the top division for a 22nd year only by dint of beating Everton on the final day of last season, then slipping into danger again recently, Southampton might have been expected to regard yesterday's visit by the Merseysiders...
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Football: Dead or Alive: Shoot-Out at the KO Corral
IN COMMON with most other sports, football has an uncanny ability to create monsters. I don't mean the human kind particularly, although there are a few who could measure up to that description, but the operational monstrosities that at first appear...
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Football: Ferguson Rested and So Assured
DEAR ARSENE, Weather beautiful, though a little hot. Hotel wonderful. Beach and facilities excellent. Having a great break. The boys are loving it. You would, too. I'm sure you wished you were here. See you very soon. All the best, Alex. THE ARSENAL...
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Football: Five-Goal Rangers Resume in Rampant Fashion ; Rangers 5 Moore 36, Van Bronckhorst 38 Numan 43, Wallace 60, B Ferguson 82 Aberdeen 0 Half-Time: 3-0 Attendance: 50,023
RANGERS, WITH a masterful performance, secured their biggest ever Scottish Premier League win over poor Aberdeen as the winter break did nothing to dull the champions' appetite. Relegation might be a mercy for the Dons - it would at least spare them...
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Football: Identity Crisis Spurs McKinlay's Mission ; Phil Gordon Reveals Fears That Imports May Deny Scots
TOSH McKINLAY could have wound down his football career impressing the gnomes of Zurich, but instead the former Scotland player will be in rather more familiar surroundings tonight, finding himself the latest piece of foreign investment by the Scottish...
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Football: Missile Launcher of Prenton Park ; Tranmere's Controversial Record Throw-In Expert Could Be a Potent Weapon in the Cup. by Tim Collings
IN THE context of the global game, Dave Challinor of Tranmere Rovers may not have a name, or a face, that prompts much attention outside the Wirral. But, as he enjoys his anonymity while undergoing specialist treatment on a sprained ankle at a clinic...
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Football: No Way through for Weah ; Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 0 Attendance:33,704: FA Premiership: James Defies Chelsea as Villa Extend Their Unbeaten Run
GEORGE WEAH did his best with meagre rations yesterday, twice forcing excellent saves from David James in the closing minutes, but it was not enough to break the deadlock as Chelsea's cosmopolitan circus failed to put a dent in Villa's recent resurgence....
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Football: Oakley Takes Candy off Toffees ; Southampton 2 Tessem 47 Oakley 56 Everton 0 Half-Time: 0-0 Attendance: 15,232
HAVING PRESERVED their status in the top division for an unlikely 22nd year only by beating Everton on the final day of last season, Southampton might have been expected to regard yesterday's visit by the Mersey-siders as a wake-up call. A side showing...
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Football: O'Leary Becalms Tarnished Leeds ; Alex Hayes Reports on a Week of Trauma for Premier Leaders
PETER RIDSDALE, the Leeds United chairman, has admitted feeling "drained" and "devastated" by events of the past week. His comments follow the arrest, and subsequent release on bail pending further investigation, of two of the club's most prized assets,...
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Football: Owen Injured, Football Insulted Insult Added to Striker Injured, ; Liverpool 0 Middlesbrough 0 Attendance: 44,324: FA Premiership: Keegan Sees Striker Limp off and Troubled Boro Kill off Game with Nine-Man Defence
THERE WILL be few more frustrating afternoons for Liverpool than this stalemate against a resolutely unambitious Middlesbrough. "Boring, boring, Boro," sang the Kop, understandably, but when jobs are at stake, few could blame Bryan Robson for resorting...
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Football: Revival for the Old Man of Kent ; Alex Hayes Hears Wembley Despair Is History for Senior Servant
IT IS FORTUNATE Andy Hessenthaler has a thick skin. Like Danny Wilson, he has needed it. But at least Wilson, whose struggling Sheffield Wednesday team visit Gillingham in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, has endured the bulk of his criticism...
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Football: Robson Run Hits the Big Buffers ; Wimbledon 2 Earle 48 Gayle 69 Newcastle United 0 Half-Time: 0- 0 Attendance: 22,118
NOT HAVING won in nine away matches against Wimbledon, Newcastle could be forgiven a slip in their recent revival. But, having lost only one game in their previous 11, it seemed unlikely that their latest visit would offer the problems that yesterday...
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Football: Three-Point Swing to Wilson ; Tottenham Hotspur 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Alexandersson 38 Half-Time: 0-1 Attendance: 35,897: Wednesday on Message and off the Bottom
IF, AS the MP Joe Ashton asserts, his beloved Sheffield Wednesday are intent on "down-sizing" by tamely accepting their fate of relegation, evidently nobody has made Danny Wilson and his players aware of the fact. The whole of football has known all...
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Football: Time to Bring on the Brady Bunch ; Nick Townsend Finds a Highbury Icon Is Polishing Tomorrow's Gems
NOT FOR a moment does Liam Brady yearn to turn back the pages and turn out for Arsenal at Old Trafford in front of 58,000 tomorrow night. Neither would he rather be sitting, tense, maybe agitated, in the dug- out, like Arsene Wenger. Not when he has,...
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