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 27, 2002

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1,000 Northern Ireland Police off Sick Every Day
More than 10 per cent of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are off sick on any given day, according to official statistics, causing major problems for the shrinking force. This means that more than 1,000 officers are unavailable for duty...
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All Together Now for a Hefty Dose of Honesty ; the IoS Interview; Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland Education Minister
It has been a busy week for Martin McGuinness. He has taken up his smart new offices at Westminster as an elected MP, qualified for pounds 107,000 from the taxpayer, and admitted to the Saville inquiry that he was deputy commander of the IRA's Derry...
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Al-Qa'ida `Hardcore' Are Boys from Tipton ; Campaign against Terror
Shafiq Rasul, 24, left his home town of Tipton, near Birmingham, to take a computing exam in Pakistan last September. Six months later, he was in Camp X-Ray; blindfolded and shackled, a suspected member of Osama Bin Laden's al-Qa'ida terrorist network....
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Andersen's Sky-High Fee from BSkyB
BSkyB, the satellite TV group, is to come under pressure from shareholders to justify its reliance on Andersen, the accountancy firm at the centre of the Enron scandal. The Independent on Sunday has discovered that in the past five years, BSkyB has paid...
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Archbishop of Canterbury `Must Have Wife' ; Church Succession: George Carey Should Be Followed by a Man of Conviction `Rooted in Tradition' Says Ex-Bishop of Liverpool
The former Bishop of Liverpool, the Rev David Sheppard, has entered the debate about who should succeed Dr George Carey as Archbishop of Canterbury, insisting that the head of the Anglican Church must have a wife. In an article for the Independent on...
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Are the Archers Now the Only Farmers with a Future?; Agriculture ; A Government Report This Week Will Shape Our Landscape for Generations to Come. Cole Moreton and Christine Miles Hear of Two Farms' Problems, and a Possible Solution
Gerry Minister and Chris Reynolds farm at opposite ends of the North Downs, in Kent. Both see rolling chalk hills and ancient hedgerows from the tractor seat. But ask these two veterans to look into a crystal ball and they offer contradictory visions...
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Arts Etc: And the Best SUPPORTING STRUCTURE Is. ; A House Plays a Vital Character in Robert Altman's New Film `Gosford Park', Says David Thomson. but It's Not the First Time a Building Has Been the Star of a Movie
As a country house murder mystery, Gosford Park has modest but genuine entertainments that put it a little closer to the emotional ethos of Agatha Christie or Clue (the 1985 film in which Colonel Mustard may have done it in the library with the rope)...
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Arts Etc: ANSWER THE QUESTIONS! My Life in a Cultural Bubble: Boy George
He is famous as the "gender bender" who burst on to the scene 20 years ago fronting the pop band Culture Club. Now 40, Boy George's most recent project is Taboo, a new musical inspired by the Eighties nightclub; music and lyrics are both by him. How...
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Arts Etc: It's All in the Batting Order ; Picasso, Matisse, Bacon - the Late David Sylvester Had the Definitive Word on Them All. but He Also Knew a Thing or Two about Cricket, Remembers Former England Captain Mike Brearley
I met David Sylvester about 10 or 12 years ago, at a party at a mutual friend's. He had, it turned out, sought me out. One of his passions in life, after women, art, music and psychoanalysis, was cricket. He had heard my Desert Island Discs way back...
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Arts Etc: Modesty Is a Virtue. but Not in a Band ; If You Haven't Heard of the Hives Yet, Says Simon Price, It's Only a Matter of Time
If you've been to the cinema recently, you may have choked on your popcorn while being confronted with the sight of Kylie Minogue riding a bucking bronco, wearing nothing but her underwear. If you noticed what was playing in the background of the Agent...
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A Saint Who Takes the Michael ; SPORT ON TV
It was a shame that the producers of Michael Owen... Close Up could not have carried their documentary examination of the Liverpool and England star into the programme that followed it on Sky One last Sunday night. Michael Owen on Temptation Island might...
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Athletics: Giant Leap for the Sisterhood ; Natasha May Will Be Boldly Going Where Fiona Has Famously Gone before. Simon Turnbull Reports
Natasha May won her first title as a long jumper last weekend. She jumped 5.78m to win the North of England indoor championship at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. In doing so, she secured ownership of a second long-jump title for the May family....
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Australia `Tortures' Refugees, Says Author
As protests by asylum-seekers spread to a third Australian detention camp, Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey has launched a furious attack on his native country - branding its immigration policy "morally repugnant". In an interview with the BBC,...
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BA's Alliance with American Would Never Have Hit the Ground Running ; BUSINESS VIEW |the Ideas Exchange
I have always wondered about the sense of British Airways' planned coalition with American Airlines. When it was first announced, back when dinosaurs walked the earth and Bob Ayling was still considered one of Britain's brightest managers, it was a merger...
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BBC in Ring with the `Bad Guy' of Boxing
At a time when professional boxing faces worldwide condemnation because of the behaviour of the former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, the BBC is negotiating with the controversial American promoter Don King to stage a series of fights in this...
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Beckett Plans Massive Change for Farming ; the Future of Agriculture: Emphasis to Shift from Mass Food Production to Conservation and More Local, Organic Produce
Ministers are preparing to draw up plans for the most fundamental change of direction in farming for 50 years, following the publication of a landmark report this week. The policy document, to be published by Margaret Beckett's Department of the Environment,...
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Berlin Stories ; the City May Be Unified but in the Arts and Football, What Still Matters Is "Which Side Were You On?"
Trouble is brewing again on the grey campus where luminaries of the Baader-Meinhof gang once learnt their sociology. Twice in the past two months, police were called out to Rudi Dutschke Strasse to sort out revolting students of the Free University....
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Big Macs, Buzzards and a Signpost to Mecca ; Inside Camp X-Ray
Some of the Afghan war detainees held at Guantanamo Bay may be returned to their homelands after interrogation to face military tribunals there, according to a US senator who visited Camp X-Ray with a group of American legislators. The 158 detainees...
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Bleasdale Quits after ITV Says He Can't Put the Devil in New Drama
The award-winning playwright Alan Bleasdale has resigned as the scriptwriter of a pounds 6m costume drama after a disagreement over his desire to open it with a moody confrontation in hell between Henry VIII and the Devil. The programme's makers, Granada,...
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Blunkett: Let Holocaust Be a Warning to Us Today
The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, has marked Holocaust Memorial Day today by warning that "bigotry and prejudice" still exist in British society. Mr Blunkett attacked the "heinous activities of extremist right wing groups" and the way that innocent...
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Books Etc: THE EAST IS READ - ALL OVER AGAIN ; Ten Years Ago, `Wild Swans' Captivated Western Bookbuyers. Peter Stanford Looks at the Lasting Appeal of Chinese Writing
Every good book inspires a host of imitators, for commercial reasons if nothing else, as publishers rush to cash in, but only the exceptional can be credited with establishing a genre. Before Jung Chang produced her three-generational autobiographical...
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Books: FICTION IN BRIEF
Sister Crazy By Emma Richler FLAMINGO pounds 12.99 Jem Weiss is a contented, playful sibling to a bunch of lolloping brothers and sisters, and daughter of a "cowboy" father and a beautiful mother. She inhabits a careless world of hand-me-down clothes,...
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Books: On the Borderline between Art and Death ; A View from the Void: Stevie Davies Is Haunted by a Forgotten Masterpiece
The name of Sndor Mrai is synonymous in Eastern Europe with human rights. His rediscovered novella, Embers (1942), has caused a sensation throughout Western Europe and America - ironically, for whereas Mrai himself was forgotten or never known in the...
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Books: Paperbacks
HH Half in Love By Justin Cartwright SCEPTRE pounds 6.99 The Prime Minister's friend Richard McAllister is a politician who seems to attract scandal. Stabbed in the neck at a football match, he refuses to identify his attacker. Convinced he offended...
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Books: Paperbacks: Violence, Pain, Poverty - Anyone Fancy a Starbucks? ; Something like a House by Sid Smith PICADOR Pounds 6.99
Sid Smith likes a joke. After recently winning the Whitbread first novel award with this novel, the first in a trilogy set in China, he explained that not only had he never been to China but was also planning to continue the joke by never going there....
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Books: Slit Trenches and Eternal Comradeship ; Mark Simpson Can Relate to an Author's War Fetish, but Not to His Fascination with Hemingway; Being a Man. in the Lousy Modern World by Robert Twigger WEIDENFELD Pounds 12.99
The jacket of Being a Man... boasts of its author winning the Newdigate Prize for poetry, the Somerset Maugham Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Perhaps this is because Twigger is very talented, or perhaps it's just that he's...
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Books: Welcome to Paradise, County Leitrim ; John McGahern's First Novel for More Than a Decade Leaves Paul Binding Speechless with Admiration; That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern FABER Pounds 16.99
`You were in paradise and didn't know it. You went and threw it away." Thus is Johnny rebuked by Patrick, an old friend if a critical one. Known in his youth as a lively actor and a crack shot, Johnny left his native lake-shores in County Leitrim because...
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Boxing: Hype, Hype Hooray for Rocky Horror Show
I fear disappointment awaits those who are hoping that Mike Tyson's next appearance will be in an orange jumpsuit in Guantanamo Bay. Indeed, three forecasts can be offered today with varying degrees of confidence following his leading role in the brawl...
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Boxing: Morality a Poor Second to Money ; Sulaiman's WBC Have Given Title Fight Their Blessing. Alan Hubbard Says Only Tyson's Incarceration Can Now Stop It
Jose Sulaiman, the Lebanese-born, Mexico City-based president of the World Boxing Council, yesterday gave the strongest indication yet that the jeopardised world heavyweight championship fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson will go ahead. Indeed,...
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Camp X-Ray Detainees May Be Tried at Home
Some of the Afghan war detainees held at Guantanamo Bay may be returned to their homelands after interrogation to face military tribunals there, according to a US senator who visited Camp X-Ray with a group of American legislators. The 158 detainees...
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Captain Moonlight
Tack! And other such nautical terms! Yes, indeed, this is your Captain speaking once again! And have I got a column for you today. I have. When I can remember it. You must have heard the conversation between the two foreign legionnaires: "Why did you...
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CashPoints
FundsNetwork, Fidelity's fund supermarket, has announced that nine further fund managers, including Invesco Perpetual and Merrill Lynch, are reducing their initial charges to 0.25 per cent or 0 per cent on 149 individual savings account (ISA) funds....
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Charts: This Week's Films
UK Top 10 While Dame Judi Dench has been tipped for an Oscar nomination for her performance in Iris (right), Minnie Driver doesn't share everyone's enthusiasm for her: "In England, we have some of the plainest actresses in the world as our greatest,"...
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Christmas Details Answers: Face the Facts
Christmas Details showed 15 profiles, tightly cropped from 15 paintings, one of them anonymous. A contestant called it "very easy". But while there were many nearly correct entries, far fewer than usual - only about 20 - got everything right. The main...
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CLASSICAL: He Likes Them Frigid, Insane and Stupid ; Don Giovanni Royal Opera House LONDON John's Earbox Barbican Centre LONDON
Few operas illustrate the clash between 18th- and 21st-century values as clearly as Don Giovanni. With the exception of the monstrous Don and his ambivalent servant, the subsidiary characters are ciphers: two cuckolds, and three women who respectively...
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Coming Soon to a Roadside near You: 1.5m Dumped Cars
A plague of abandoned cars on Britain's streets is likely to worsen substantially this year under new EU regulations. Whereas in the past councils and the occasional optimistic scrap dealer could be expected to remove some of the dangerous unsightly...
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Cornish Chuffed at the Return of the Chough
The Cornish have waited half a century for this moment. The chough, an endangered member of the crow family, has finally returned to its ancient nesting places in the county. According to legend, the chough bears the spirit of King Arthur. Once the bird...
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CRE Turns Spotlight on Race Discrimination in the City
The Commission for Racial Equality is considering launching a formal investigation into racism and racial discrimination by major firms in the City. The commission believes there is mounting evidence that many City firms have failed to promote or hire...
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Cricket: A Quiet Word about the Loudmouths
Patience is essential on this tour. It is a virtue which goes way beyond making any judgement on the England team, and it was stretched to the limit yesterday as the party travelled to - and eventually arrived in - the state of Uttar Pradesh. England...
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Cricket: Dab Hand with Towel and Drinks, but Where's the Ball?
Nothing is harder in a professional sportsman's life than not playing in the team. It is what you are paid for, what you train for, what you do. This has been a long couple of weeks for me. Missing the first three matches of this one-day series was not...
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Cricket: Slow Starter Collingwood a Quick Learner
Under previous regimes Paul Collingwood would now be contemplating a life on the county circuit worrying about what to do with his winters and wondering why the big times failed to roll. Instead, here he is with a key batting place in England's one-day...
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Cricket:Welcome to a Different England - Same as the Other One ; INDIAN DIARY
Another contest has been taking place here between India and England. It has not exactly gone the way of the English women's cricket team. Indeed, it could be said that India have driven through them like a juggernaut, which is an Indian word for 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
Please could you track down fine cotton nightshirts with short sleeves for men. My husband will only sleep in these and I am getting desperate, as I have failed to find any to replace the threadbare ones he has at present. I believe there used to be...
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Design Faults at Pounds 650m Air Centre Are `Threat to Safety'
Flaws in the design of Britain's new air traffic control centre could endanger the safety of passengers, a confidential official memorandum reveals. The memo - written by a senior Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector after a tour of the centre...
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Diary
Twenty years after the Falklands War, Sir John Nott (below), the defence secretary of the time, is to publish his autobiography. In reference to Sir Robin Day's famous remark to him on air, Nott has titled the book Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Memoirs...
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Discs Etc: DVD & Video
BOLLYWOOD EPIC HHHHI Asoka DVD/VHS rental/retail Asoka starts as the sort of simplistic Bollywood comedy adventure parodied on Goodness Gracious Me, but this early naive tone serves only to place the ensuing drama in shocking contrast. Moving from songs,...
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Discs Etc: Music CDs
DANCE HHHII The Chemical Brothers Come With Us FREESTYLE DUST/VIRGIN Orbital managed three, Underworld, the Prodigy and Fat Boy Slim two, and Leftfield just the one. So the record for the most number of groundbreaking must-buy albums produced in a row...
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Don't Burn off the Pounds, Pile Them on ; Women Will Be Poorer Than Men If Their Financial Planning Doesn't Improve, Finds Clare Francis
The battle of the sexes is slowly becoming a more even contest as women achieve greater equality in many aspects of life. But in some areas it's still a man's world, and according to the Financial Services Authority, financial planning is one of them....
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Don't Mess with the Man in the Leather Skirt; the IoS Profile: Russell Crowe ; His Edgy Acting Style Is Wowing Hollywood and He's in Line for His Second `Best Actor' Oscar. but He Couldn't Give a Damn - He'd Much Prefer a Beer
He will be a week short of his 38th birthday when the Oscars come round at the end of March, and he still carries himself with a steadfast lack of charisma that you might expect in an electrician or a manual labourer on a movie set. But Russell Ira Crowe...
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Down in the Mouth about Dental Costs
Many people already think they pay through the nose to get their teeth seen to. So they will feel that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into the cost of private dental care is long overdue. Even if you visit an NHS dentist you have to pay,...
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Driver Dies as Gales Batter Britain
Emergency services were stretched to capacity yesterday as torrential rain and gales led to a number of casualties across the country. Weather conditions deteriorated throughout the day, with gusts of more than 60mph causing particular problems on the...
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Editor-at-Large
Can you please talk me through the phenomenon that is Matthew Collings? Is it just sneery, over-educated, elitist me, or is this self-appointed commissar of the arts and popular culture a patronising twerp? His latest project is an exhibition of contemporary...
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Enron Affair Shreds the Nerves of Wall St ; the Week That Was
A frantic five days of trading took markets around the world on a magical mystery tour that ploughed into deep troughs and soared into rallies. Although London equity trading has rumbled on under its own steam in recent months, the City was last week...
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Enron Scandal Threatens Cheney ; Who Knew What?: Congress Ready to Force Vice-President to Reveal Minutes of Talks with Failed Giant
The Enron scandal yesterday threatened Vice-President Dick Cheney, as Congress said it was ready to go to court to force him to hand over documents that could show the influence the energy group wielded in the Bush administration. In an unprecedented...
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Enter the Tractor Girls as Bandwagon Rolls on ; Sport as Theatre: From Floodlights to Footlights, the Name of the Game Is Play - but Will It Run and Run?
6Certain unscripted events enacted on the stage of an old burlesque hall just off Broadway last week might be considered by some as pure theatre. Impure theatre more like it, as Mike Tyson played out his now infamous lead role as boxing's raging pit-bull....
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Everything's Coming Up Roses, and Daffodils, and Lupins, and ...; the Top Brass ; the 10 Leading Florists in Britain, as Chosen by Their Fellow Experts
David Ragg As the Interflora Florist of the Year 2000/01, David Ragg, 35, will be representing the UK and Ireland in the 2002 Interflora World Cup, to be held in Chicago in March. As proprietor of Lansdowne Florists in Bournemouth, he spends most of...
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FASHION: You've Got the Look; This Week Ruche 'N' Roll ; Our Fashion Experts Take to the Streets to Find out What Real People Are Wearing, and Show You How to Recreate Their Style
Kim Brown, 27, is a make-up artist. She lives in west London. I'd describe my style as eclectic. I'm influenced by musicians like Patti Smith and Chrissie Hynde. I'm attracted to the fact their looks are strong yet feminine rather than girly - the dark...
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Film: All the Young Dudes ; Charlotte O'Sullivan on `Big Wednesday'
Youth today don't have a draft, they don't have a Vietnam. Their idea of great adventure is extreme sports... They don't go off and do something real." So the cigar-toting, rent-a-rant US writer- director John Milius said recently. My, how people change....
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Film: ALSO SHOWING: A Mind-Blowing Essay on Love? Dream on, Tom
As every schoolchild and Dallas scriptwriter knows, there's no more convenient way to wrap up a plot than with the words, "And then I woke up and it was all a dream." Cameron Crowe, the writer- director of Vanilla Sky (15), knows it, too. In the first...
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FILM: Small Town, Big Trouble ; in the Bedroom Todd Field 131 MINS, 15
In the Bedroom comes across as a pretty ordinary American film. In fact, there's barely a conventional signifier of American ordinariness that isn't in here somewhere: the family barbecue, the junior baseball game, the grizzled coots swapping wry glances...
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FILM STUDIES: The Petite Blonde with a Voice That Did Sex
If ever you're driven to screaming point by the stupid generalisations we all make about decades, and what they meant, try this: the essential American girl singer of the Fifties was Doris Day - fresh, cheerful, decent, optimistic. She acted, too, and...
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First Up: Don't Call Me Romulus
I feel like Michael Palin this month (far better than feeling like John Cleese, whose cameo appearance in any film guarantees it instant turkey status). I was in Zermatt last week and I'm off to Rome tomorrow. I've been taking some excruciatingly dull...
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Football: Albion Roll Back the Years for Astle ; West Bomwich Albion 1 Clement Pen 80 Leicester City 0 Half-Time: 0- 0 Attendance: 26,820
A famous victory this, but hardly a shock as Albion beat their Midlands rivals and Premiership visitors by the only goal. It was their first FA Cup win against Leicester in three attempts since l960 and encouraged dreams of a repeat of the 1930-31 season...
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Football: Beware the Old Wives' Tale - It Leads You Up the Garden Path ; the Matt Holland Column
Goodness me, my life must be dull. Ever since the television show Footballers' Wives started a few weeks ago people have been joking, or at least I hope they have been joking, that they at last know what I do with my life. Paula and I keep receiving...
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Football: Blanc Expressions All Round ; Middlesbrough 2 Whelan 85, Campbell 89 Manchester United 0 Attendance: 17,624
The FA Cup was the first trophy Sir Alex Ferguson deposited in the Old Trafford trophy cabinet. It won't be the last. When the retiring knight described his team's fourth- round trip to Teesside as "a nice little break", he didn't have in mind a final...
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Football: Camara Sends Senegal into Quarter-Finals ; AFRICAN NATIONS
Senegal secured a second 1-0 victory in in the Mali capital, Bamako, yesterday, with a last-minute goal by their 19-year-old substitute Souleymane Camara, to join Cameroon in the quarter- finals. In Segou, Morocco were made to work unexpectedly hard...
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Football: Cole Pounces to Sink Toothless Lions ; Millwall 0 Blackburn Rovers 1 Cole 87 Half-Time: 0-0 Attendance: 15,004
The New Den reverberates with only a fraction of the menace that characterised the notorious original. Docklands isn't what it once was and it's almost genteel down here these days. But they still have a special welcome for any player who has the temerity...
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Football: Cresswell Kickstarts Preston Fightback ; Preston North End 2 Cresswell 53, Alexander Pen 71 Sheffield United 1 Ndlovu 14 Half-Time: 0-1 Attendance: 13,068
The half-time introduction of Richard Cresswell proved the catalyst that took Preston into the fifth round of the FA Cup yesterday. He scored the equaliser and won the decisive penalty as North End overturned Sheffield United's early advantage in a thoroughly...
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Football: Forster Fearsome as Reading Force Pace ; NATIONWIDE REVIEW
Reading are beginning to take a firm grip on the race for Second Division title. Their the 3-0 home win over Colchester United has opened up a nine-point gap at the top. Alan Pardew's side went ahead after 38 minutes when Nicky Forster tucked away a...
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Football: Gascoigne Dreams of the Grand Stage Again ; Everton 4 McGhee Og 12, Ferguson 32, Campbell 45, 80 Leyton Orient 1 Canham 36 Half-Time 3-1 Attendance: 35,851
It is always difficult to quantify FA Cup shocks but Everton in the fifth round? At the turn of the year you would have had people on Merseyside nudging each other and expressing knowing looks if you had suggested it, but suddenly they are three wins...
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Football: Gently Does It on Houllier Return ; Where Have All the Wingers Gone? Caretaker Thompson Answers the Detractors with a Defence of Liverpool's Style
If you can believe anything from a man with a nose as long as his, you have to accept that the pressure isn't exacting its toll on Phil Thompson. He's even able to laugh off all those Pinocchio jibes. "I like to think I've held myself together quite...
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Football: Gregory: The Split That Was Long Overdue ; It Was a Liaison That Was Always Likely to End in Tears. Nick Townsend Studies the Villa Fall-Out
For two men who have enjoyed the affinity of Felix and Oscar in The Odd Couple, the only surprise is that the combatants survived each other so long. On one hand, Doug Ellis: "Deadly" he says because of his lack of squeamishness when it comes to dispatching...
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Football: Kanoute Turns Back Blue Tide ; Chelsea 1 Hasselbaink 21 West Ham United 1 Kanoute 83 Half-Time 1-0 Attendance: 33,443
Apres le deluge... Following Chelsea's 5-1 victory over West Ham United in the Premier-ship last Sunday and defeat by the same score at Tottenham in midweek, Stamford Bridge's expectations of another goal-flood were denied by a much more spirited performance...
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Football: Larsson Illuminates Celtic's Challenge ; Kilmarnock 0 Celtic 2 Hay Og 53, Larsson 63 Half-Time: 0-0 Attendance: 11,269
Power cuts may bring back memories of the early 1970s, but Celtic survived one last night thanks to the man who knows when to strike. Henrik Larsson's 24th goal of the season sealed the holders' belated advance into the quarter-finals of the Tennent's...
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Football: Leitao Early to Strike in Unhappy Valley ; Charlton Athletic 1 Stuart 69 Walsall 2 Leitao 5 59 Half-Time: 0-1 Attendance: 18,573
Charlton were pitched out of the FA Cup by a Portuguese man o' war at The Valley as Jorge Leitao, an Under-21 player for his country and Walsall's top scorer last season, struck his fifth and sixth goals of this season to provide the shock of the day....
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Football: Marlet Puts Paid to Minstermen's Dreams ; York City 0 Fulham 2 Malbranque 26 Marlet 85 Half- Time: 0-1 Attendance: 7,563
If there is something awry with York City's bank balance at present, there is nothing wrong with their spirit. For long spells of an FA Cup afternoon ripe for mischief, York more than matched a side 82 places above them in the League. But goals by Steed...
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Football: McLeish Makes Old Friends Suffer ; SCOTTISH CUP
Alex McLeish dismissed any talks of hoodoos when he led Hibernian out at Hampden Park last May, but yesterday he condemned his old team to another year without the Scottish Cup. If the Edinburgh club struggled to believe that 100 years without the trophy...
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Football: Our Big Day, Just for Scissor-Kicks ; Up for the Cut: Lee Howells and Cheltenham Ready to Take Prize Scalp
When they're not doing the main day-job, Cheltenham Town's players can usually be found helping each other with the domestic chores. Need some carpentry doing? No problem, just contact the goalkeeper, Steve Book. Tiling? That will be the centre-half,...
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Football: Police to Increase Security at Cardiff Tie
Police will carry out their biggest-ever operation for a Tranmere match in an attempt to prevent violence at the FA Cup fourth-round visit of Cardiff City today. Earlier this month, riot police armed with batons were drafted in after Cardiff fans invaded...
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Football: Posh but Poor: Fry Fears for the Smaller Fry ; the Cup Can Offer Respite from a Bleak Survival Fight for a Man as Happy as Barry. Ronald Atkin Reports
Enterprising chaps that they are, the photographers had brought along their own props to Peterborough's training ground: life-size cardboard cut-outs of Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy. Requested to pose between the inanimate versions of Newcastle's strikers,...
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Football: Romance in Safe Keeping ; on the Day United Lose Interest in the Cup, Walsall and West Brom Rule in Land of Giant-Killers
Walsall's Portuguese striker Jorge Leitao and goalkeeper James Walker and West Bromwich Albion's Neil Clement were the heroes as their Nationwide First Division sides delivered the big upsets in the fourth round of the FA Cup by knocking out Premiership...
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Football: Romance in Safe Keeping ; on the Day United Lost Interest in the Cup, Walsall and West Brom Rule in Land of the Giant-Killers
Walsall and West Bromwich Albion of the Nationwide First Division delivered the big upsets in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they knocked out Premiership opposition. Groundstaff at The Valley cleared 10,000 gallons of rainwater so that Charlton's...
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Football: Spectacular Henry Happy to Score the Ugly Goals ; Arsenal's Supreme Striker Talks to Alex Hayes about His Career Change and the Skills of Owen and Anelka
Were he the type of player who worries about such matters, Thierry Henry would be entitled to wonder why he is never linked with big-money moves abroad. Thankfully for Arsenal, though, this is a Frenchman who is not interested in transfer gossip. "Maybe...
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Football:Tidy Crewe Dump Poor Millers on Scrapheap ; Rotherham United 2 Mullin 3, Warne 37 Crewe Alexandra 4 Thomas 32, Ashton 60 65, Vaughan 78 Half-Time: 2-1 Attendance: 8,477
Having pulled off one of the shocks of the third round by knocking out Premiership Southampton, the giant-killers of Rotherham were put back in their place by one of their own kind yesterday, as First Division rivals Crewe twice came from behind in a...
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Football: Turkey Tester for `Nice' Guy Sven ; Euro 2004: Eriksson Unfazed by England's Draw While Wales Count Good Fortune in Landing Italy
When Sven Goran Eriksson, having been rushed in front of the television cameras for an instant reaction to Friday's European Championship draw, opined that going to Turkey "shall be very nice", he was guilty of not only linguistic inexactitude but a...
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Football: Why the Sound of Silence Will Be Golden for Vogts
Berti Vogts was the man who drowned out "Football's Coming Home" and replaced it with "Deutschland Uber Alles" at Euro 96, but for his own homecoming nothing would be more appropriate than "Stille Nacht". If the pounds 600,000 salary Scotland are reported...
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Football: Zerouali Decisive for Divided Morocco ; AFRICAN NATIONS
Morocco were made to work unexpectedly hard to secure a 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso in Segou, Mali, yesterday to establish a two-point lead at the top of Group B. In the other Group B game, Ghana and South Africa drew 0-0, both securing their second...
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Generation Excess: Who Is to Blame for Our Fat Children? ; in 10 Years, the Number of Obese Six-Year-Olds Has Doubled. Jane Kemp Asks the Big Question - Why?
`Hungry? No, I'm not really. We've just had burger and chips for lunch, and pudding, but there's nothing much else to do at break time, so me and my friends all go over to the sweet machines. I get pocket money to spend at school so I usually have a...
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Get into a Private Bed without Cover
Many people are put off private health care because it is expensive. Unless your employer is happy to foot the bill, you could pay about pounds 1,000 a year for cover. But waiting lists show no signs of diminishing, while the interim Wanless Report into...
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Ghosts and Secrets at Mass Killer's Funeral
Was it Elie Hobeika they buried yesterday? A hero, a patriot, a philanthropist who gave freely to hospitals and charities? Lebanese ministers mourned in the rows of seats, a message of sorrow was read from the Maronite Patriarch in Rome, and - on the...
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Golf: Goosen Disappears over the Horizon
Retief Goosen, the US Open champion, continued his sparkling start to the new season by opening up no less than a 13-shot lead going into the last round of the Johnnie Walker Classic here. Not surprisingly, Goosen's massive advantage, which was secured...
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Golf: Grewal's Growing Pains Ease ; Emerging British Talent Shares Greens with a Famous Red. Andy Farrell Reports
Should Michael Owen score against Arsenal today, the Grewal family will once again be proud to be able to say they are acquainted with the Liverpool and England striker. Sandeep Grewal, a committed Liverpool fan, has played golf at Heswall with Owen...
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Great Treatment for Some. but for Those Who Ask Questions It's a Different Story ; Surgery Overseas; Operations Abroad Has Signed a Deal with a Greek Medical Centre to Carry out Up to 25,000 NHS Operations. the Independent on Sunday Gained Exclusive Access to a Private Patient the Company Has Already Sent There
The Interbalkan European Medical Centre rises up from the out-of- town shopping area like a marble-clad spaceship. Imposing flights of stairs to the entrance are flanked by granite-stepped waterfalls, while stainless steel walkways add to the feeling...
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Happy When Skies Are Grey ; Hedge Funds Offer Shelter in Falling Markets, Says Clare Francis, but Some Investors Will Get Wet
Private investors have had a torrid time in the past 18 months, with volatility in global stock markets showing little sign of abating. Against this backdrop of falling markets, hedge funds were heavily touted as a way of protecting investments. But...
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Her Outdoors: `My Cultural Credentials Are Proved Forever'
A few years ago I was given the opportunity, as part of The Word literature festival in London, to name my favourite film and introduce a screening of it at the Hampstead Everyman. Hugely tempted as I was to be honest and choose White Palace ("The story...
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He Was My Absentious Friend ; Stanley Unwin Brought a Chuckly Smilode to Millions. in the Week of His Funeral, Gobbledygook's Master Is Remembered by Martin Kelner
In 1995 I made a radiole series - four parls and six episoders - about the Beatles, or the "profundy-ho of Beatle-lyricism," as my collaborakor Stanley Unwin put it. Oh yes. Every dale, I called Stanley on the telephoto, sometimes in the early mord,...
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He Went to Heaven's Gate, Then He Bought the World ; Guy Hands Turned a Japanese Bank into Britain's Landlord. Now the Arch-Dealmaker Is Back with His Own Firm. Jason Nisse Reports; the Lowdown
There is a famous story about Guy Hands, the financier whose deals to buy Britain's trains, pubs, hotels, betting shops, soldiers' homes and (nearly) the Millennium Dome for the Japan- ese bank Nomura have made him a near-legend. It is 1980 in Oxford,...
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Him Indoors: `Her Hidden Gulleys Were Getting out of Hand'
The most powerful emotion that a man knows," my old farming friend used to say, "is his relationship with his land." That wasn't very nice, was it? His wife would roll her eyes. No, it wasn't very flattering to her. Her own rolling pastures needed more...
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How Alexander Caused a Great Babylon Inflation
Alexander the Great may have been the all-time great military genius and conqueror of much of the then civilised world, but he was also responsible for the first inflation. It lasted a decade, and for the man in the street in ancient Babylon, it halved...
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How Far Will You Go to Buy a Home? ; Buyers Priced out of the South-East Are Creating Hotspots Elsewhere. Melanie Bien Reports on the New Commuters; Property
Property hotspots, caused by house-price inflation, are unlikely to become a curse rather than a blessing despite plans by some lenders to restrict the amount they lend to buyers in boom areas. NatWest is reducing its mortgage offers to buyers in certain...
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