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 August 2, 2003

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24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Rouge, Washington DC
What was once a tired, East Coast apartment block has had a scarlet- hued makeover at the flamboyant hands of West Coast designer Mike Moore. And, while Rouge's nearby sister hotel, Topaz, is all about wellness (yoga mats are provided on request and...
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50 BEST ESSENTIALS FOR THE HOME OFFICE ; Hester Lacey Has Some Hot Tips for the Ever Increasing Number of People Who Now Work from Home. Illustrations by Jason Cook
1 THE TELEWORKING HANDBOOK The home worker's bible, and ultimate reference work on the subject, the handbook covers the gamut from the individual worker's needs through to company schemes, technology, legislation, statistics and research, and self-motivation....
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Activists Condemn `Barbaric' Hunt of Young Gannets by Scottish Islanders
FOR CENTURIES the men of Lewis in the Western Isles have scaled the cliffs of Sula Sgeir island to harvest young gannets for the gourmet's table. But this year, along with high seas and howling winds, they face a new challenge - the animal protection...
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A Government in the Dock ; LORD HUTTON SPELLS OUT THE QUESTIONS HE WANTS ANSWERED; TONY BLAIR: What Was Your Role in the Handling of the David Kelly Affair?; GEOFF HOON: Were There Threats to Strip Dr Kelly of Security Clearance?; ALASTAIR CAMPBELL: Did Downing Street Facilitate the Leaking of Dr Kelly's Name?
LORD HUTTON spelt out yesterday that his inquiry into David Kelly's death will be wide-ranging, making it inevitable that the Government's case for war in Iraq will be scrutinised. Tony Blair, the second prime minister to appear at such an investigation,...
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Athletics: Hansen Remains Hungry to Make the Great Leap Forward to Athens ; THE BRIAN VINER INTERVIEW: Trials and Tribulations of Life and Athletics Have Given One of Britain's Great Champions Strength to Take on World Again
WE ARE talking bottoms, Ashia Hansen and I. In an interview she once did with The Independent magazine about self-image, she said that she considered hers to be her best feature. So although we have more important things to discuss, not least the forthcoming...
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Athletics: Mayock and Thomas Walk Fine Line between Hope and Despair
FOR THOSE 37 British athletes selected this week for the World Championships, the period between now and the start of competition in Paris on 23 August represents something of a phoney war. Other than Friday's meeting at Crystal Palace, there is no obvious...
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Athletics: Rawlinson Targets British Record
CHRIS RAWLINSON has set his sights on breaking the 11-year-old British 400 metre hurdles record at the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace next week. Rawlinson possesses a career-best time of 48.14sec, but the man from Rotherham is determined to improve...
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Badminton: Defeat of Robertson and Emms Ends Hopes
ENGLAND'S LAST hope of a medal at the World Championships ended yesterday when Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms lost in the mixed doubles quarter-finals here at the National Indoor Arena. The European silver medallists, who reached the world No 1 spot...
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Barrister Rejects `Lost Childhood' Claims of Damilola Trial Witness
RADIO 4 is again at the centre of controversy after giving a platform to the young witness whose flawed evidence was responsible for the collapse of the Damilola Taylor trial. The station, already under pressure over its journalistic standards after...
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Baseball: Bonds Angry at Zambrano's Celebration
BARRY BONDS wants another swing in a big spot against Carlos Zambrano. The 22-year-old Chicago Cubs pitcher retired Bonds with the bases loaded on a soft liner back to the mound in the fifth inning on Thursday, then caught San Francisco's attention with...
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Being Janet ; Janet Street-Porter Has Had an Extraordinary Life and Career - Making Some Famous Friends and Foes along the Way. Now She's Turning That Experience into a One-Woman Show. Here, She Explains Why
I HAVE tried psychotherapy and failed. I've tried marriage and failed at that too. I've also failed at yoga, dieting, being tactful and not gossiping. Undeterred, I have now written a one-woman show for the Edinburgh Festival about my favourite subject...
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Blood Clot Victim Awarded Pounds 310,000 for Police Blunder
A MAN who was mistakenly arrested for being drunk when he was suffering from a blood clot on his brain has received pounds 310,000 in compensation from a police force. David Powell, 44, from Headingley, Leeds, was left severely disabled because of the...
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Bomb at Russian Military Hospital Kills at Least 20
A VEHICLE exploded outside a Russian military hospital near Chechnya yesterday, destroying the building, killing at least 20 people and wounding 30 others. A four-storey red brick hospital building was completely destroyed in the blast in the city of...
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Books: A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy ; Barbara Trapido Finds Love's Labours a Little Too Laboured in a Tuscan Romance
Love in Idleness Amanda Craig Little, Brown pounds 12.99, 352pp pounds 11.99 (plus pounds 2.25 p&p per order) from 0870 8001122 THIS IS Amanda Craig's holiday book. It's her good-fun poolside read. As readers will have come to expect from this author,...
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Books: A Week in Books
PEOPLE WHO know nothing else about the Chinese leader know that Deng Xiaoping, when asked about the long-term effects of the French Revolution, reputedly replied that it was far too early to tell. History's hindsight needs distance and detachment. Even...
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Books: Interview - Angel of the North ; Julia Darling Recently Won Britain's Biggest Literary Prize. Christina Patterson Talked to Her about Poetry, Cancer and a Healer Called Doris
JULIA DARLING grew up in the house in Winchester where Jane Austen died. Surrounded by tourists peering in at the windows and by "boys and gowns and clever men", including a father who taught physics at the College and three brilliant, swotty brothers,...
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Books: Oh What a Lively War! ; an Awkward Squad of Historians Is Attacking the `Blackadder' Cliches of First World War Incompetence. Gary Sheffield Welcomes a New Recruit to the Ranks
Mud, Blood and Poppycock Gordon Corrigan Cassell pounds 18.99, 431pp pounds 16.99 (plus pounds 2.25 p&p per order) from 0870 8001122 THE FIRST World War may have been fought nine decades ago, but it is still a live topic. Many cling with almost religious...
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Books: Paperbacks
LONDON CALLING "London fails to look splendid because it is a hard place, as hard as nails," says V S Pritchett in London Perceived (Penguin, pounds 12.99), a wonderful meditation on London in the early Sixties, reissued this week. Pritchett's amble...
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Books: The Country of the Bland ; D J Taylor Is Mildly Amused by an Anti-Blairite Satire That Lacks Bite
Hard Choices Carole Hayman Aurora Metro pounds 10.50, 272pp pounds 10.50 (plus pounds 1.99 p&p per order) from 0870 8001122 IF NOTHING else, Hard Choices has an arresting pre-publication history. Turned down in apparently mysterious circumstances by...
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Books: Travels with Their Art ; Margaret Busby and (below) Geraldine Cooke Enjoy Remarkable Literary Journeys to Africa and Spain
The Factory of Light Michael Jacobs John Murray pounds 17.99, 274pp pounds 15.99 (plus pounds 2.25 p&p per order) from 0870 8001122 MIRACLES DO happen, and Spain's peaceful transition to democracy is one of them. Perhaps, then, smaller miracles might...
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Books: Travels with Their Art ; Margaret Busby and (below) Geraldine Cooke Enjoy Remarkable Literary Journeys to Africa and Spain
Bay of Tigers: a journey through war-torn Angola Pedro Rosa Mendes, trans. Clifford Landers Granta pounds 12.99, 321pp pounds 11.99 (plus pounds 2.25 p&p per order) from 0870 8001122 WHAT PROMPTED the writing of this account, which comes garlanded with...
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Books: We Don't Know How She Does It ; Immigrant Skivvies on Poverty Wages Now Service the Affluent Urban Lifestyle. Melissa Benn Asks If This Relationship Harms the Mistress as Much the Maid
Global Woman: nannies, maids and sex workers in the new economy Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild (editors) Granta pounds 8.99, 328pp pounds 8.99 (plus pounds 2.25 p&p per order) from 0870 8001122 ONE OF the beauties of this book is that...
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Britain's `Queen of the Stratocaster' Rocks the World at 17, While at Home She's Just a Girl
WHEN THE mayor of the Texan capital, Austin, recently proclaimed three days in July to be "Zoe McCulloch Days", one might have imagined that the McCulloch in question was a local girl who had performed some valiant act during the Iraq war. But this Zoe...
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Chechen Suicide Bomber Kills 33 at Russian Hospital
A SUICIDE bomber drove an explosives-laden lorry into a hospital at Russia's main military base near the border with Chechnya yesterday, killing at least 33 people and injuring 76. It was the latest in a chain of bloody suicide attacks, blamed on Chechen...
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Check into a People's Palace ; If You've Ever Experienced a State-Owned Hotel in the Former USSR, You Might Run a Mile at the Idea of Government-Controlled Holiday Accommodation. So the Paradores of Spain Are a Revelation - Beautiful Buildings in Stunning Locations Offering Visitors a Warm Welcome. ROBIN LUSTIG Pays a Visit
Say the words "state-run", and I'm afraid I immediately hear the disapproving voice of Margaret Thatcher. Images of the Gas Board, the National Bus Company, and British Steel pass across my brain. It's not quite what you have in mind when you're looking...
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Chemicals Ban Is Leading to Recovery of Ozone Layer
SCIENTISTS HAVE found evidence that the Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to heal after the enforcement of an international treaty banning CFC chemicals. Measurements from three satellites and three ground stations have confirmed that the rate...
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Children: What to Do This Weekend
Victorian Circus and Street Market Shugborough Milford, near Stafford (01889 881388) tomorrow, 11am- 5pm, adults pounds 3.50, children pounds 2.50 Give the kids a history lesson without them even noticing. There's costumed merchants and street entertainers,...
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Children: What to Do This Weekend in London
Summer Saults The Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2 (020-7638 5403) today & tomorrow, Sat 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm Sun 11am & 2.30pm, pounds 5 Trainers, shorts and bags of energy are required for these workshops for families, led by teachers from The Circus...
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Connecting the Whole Family ; Phone Companies, Including BT, Are Targeting the Family, Says William Kay. but Are They Good Value?
The BT Group, the UK's phone giant, this week made its pitch for a place in the pounds 13bn-a-year mass market for mobile phones with its family- friendly Mobile Home Plan, but found itself under fire for producing a package that was high on hype but...
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Corus Gains Lifeline with Pounds 830m Loan Agreement
THE EMBATTLED Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus yesterday bought itself some breathing space after securing a new three-year, pounds 830m loan facility with a syndicate of banks. The facility replaces an existing credit line, due to expire in January, and...
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Cricket: Bowlers Match the Batsmen as England Hit Rock Bottom
IN ALL honesty, it was too ghastly to contemplate. After winning a couple of what one must now feel were entirely irrelevant one-day competitions in the first part of the summer, England have now reached the stage when the batsmen do not know their backsides...
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Cricket: England Mauled as Smith Joins Bradman in the Record Books ; England 173 South Africa 412-2: FIRST TEST South Africa's Captain Devastates Limp Attack to Score Second Double Century of Series and Further Undermine Vaughan's New Reign
DONALD BRADMAN is the greatest batsman cricket has ever seen, but never, even in his remarkable career, did "The Don" score more runs in three consecutive Test innings than the South African captain, Graeme Smith. The best Bradman managed was against...
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Cricket: Keedy Adds Urgency to Lancashire Equation ; Leicestershire 259 and 128-2 Lancashire 479
LANCASHIRE'S TILT at the Championship may have been undermined by the weather, but should they fail to win here they will be able to blame no one but themselves after attempting to bat Leicestershire out of it yesterday. Generally, this is not a bad...
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Cricket: Pollock Leads Praise of `Incredible' Smith
THE NAME is common enough, but Graeme Smith is an uncommonly good cricketer, good enough to earn praise from the great and the good in the South African game. Graeme Pollock, himself a left-handed batsmen of renown, could not find enough superlatives...
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Cricket: Ramprakash's Long Vigil Rescues Surrey ; Sussex 429 and 69-2 Surrey 355
MARK RAMPRAKASH'S 65th first-class century dragged Surrey out of trouble here yesterday and once more convinced their coach, Keith Medlycott, of his international class. Ramprakash dug in to rescue the County Championship leaders from 126 for 6 in reply...
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Cycling: Fired-Up Ullrich Goes Home to Face Zabel
JAN ULLRICH returns home for the World Cup race tomorrow, a week after crowning a remarkable comeback with second place in the Tour de France. Ullrich's return to form in the world's greatest cycling race, after a career-threatening injury break and...
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Design: Grade A Material ; New Hall, Cambridge, Was an Instant Design Success of the Sixties, but Time Took Its Toll and It Fell into Disrepair. Enter the Architects R H Partnership Who Have Revived the Spirit of the Original
TOURISTS MIGHT flock to Cambridge to see the rising spires of the University's oldest colleges, but few know that outside the city centre, up the Huntingdon Road, there is a cluster of little buildings that attracts a smaller, more dedicated band of...
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Driving-Test Swindler Used Mobiles to Help Candidates Cheat on Theory Section
THE STICKING plasters and strange hats and headscarves alerted staff in the theory section of Palmers Green driving-test centre in north London. So they called police, who uncovered one of Britain's biggest detected driving-test scams. Yesterday the...
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Equestrianism: Hoy Relieved Following Doctor's All-Clear
BETTINA HOY spent an anxious hour or so at the Festival of British Eventing yesterday before she heard that she will be allowed to continue in the first advanced section of the meeting in which she held the lead after the dressage on Woodsides Ashby....
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Eurofile: Barometer Highs and Lows of the Week
Embarrassment of the week A Salzburg museum is at odds with the city over a statue of a man with a 2ft erection that had to be covered to save the blushes of Prince Charles (right) and Camilla Parker Bowles. The Mayor claims the statue doesn't correspond...
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Faith & Reason: The Slur on John Leslie's Reputation Diminishes Us All ; Our Society May Have Lost Faith in God but We Still Believe in Judgement. Sadly We Often Root It in a Bogus Notion of Desert
JOHN LESLIE has left court with his reputation restored in the face of the charges brought against him, which have now been dropped as having no substance. The development throws into stark relief just how the story of the accusations against him have...
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Family Travel: Does Going Away with Another Family Mean Double Trouble? ; Is a Joint Holiday a Way of Sharing Fun Times or Will It All End in Tears?
The first key to a successful joint family holiday is to pick the right family with which to share it. And by that, I really mean the right parents. Don't worry about whether the children will get on: it's far more important to know that both sets of...
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Family Travel: Does Going Away with Another Family Mean Double Trouble? ; Is a Joint Holiday a Way of Sharing Fun Times or Will It All End in Tears?
It always sounds like a good idea - friends with very young children invite you and your very young children to go on holiday with them. You think it makes sense: there will be other kids for your children to play with (so you don't have to provide all...
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FAMILY TRAVEL: THE INDEPENDENT PARENT: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED ; What's the Best Way to Explore Ontario; and Are There Any UK Rental Cottages Still Available for the School Holidays?
QWe are going to Toronto in late August for a family wedding with our two children who are three and seven. We intend to make this family occasion our main holiday and want to explore Ontario, with perhaps some camping in one of the state's national...
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Fashion: Me, Myself and I ; Just Three Years after Her Debut Collection, Veronique Branquinho (below) Has Made a Name for Herself with Her `Autobiographical' Approach to Clothes. Jo-Ann Furniss Met Up with Her in Paris
IN THE middle of the hustle-bustle of her Parisian sales office is the Belgian fashion designer Veronique Branquinho. As buyers whip hangers off rails, purposefully jot down notes and place orders for her second menswear collection, you can tell she's...
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Fast Forward: Grab a DAB, Oh Do ; Radio with Knobs on, from DAB Digital to Recordable Hard Drives. David Phelan Tunes In
THE LATEST radio models range from the supremely portable to the highly featured, from old-fashioned analogue to new-generation digital. Don't be fooled, however, by radios that claim to be digital when this only relates to the display and not the signal...
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FIRST NIGHT: Charismatic Robbie Hypnotises Fans with Group Therapy Session
LET HIM entertain you. After a warm-up in front of 70,000 fans in June at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Robbie Williams - super- confident star on stage, but apparently fairly depressed off- stage - plays the first of three nights here at Knebworth...
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Food & Drink: A Liberal Dose ; Hampstead Has Always Been One of London's Most Comfortable Quarters. but Only Now Does It Have a Restaurant to Do It Justice, Says Richard Johnson
HAMPSTEAD IS a living museum - a Hollywood version of Merrie England, with red phone boxes and cobbled streets. But it can be a tiresome place to live. Because, despite its pleasant situation, salubrious air, and chalybeate waters, Hampstead has nowhere...
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Food & Drink: Bites
Hampstead's all very well for stretching your legs in London, but if you're further afield, where's a good place for a pit stop? The Drunken Duck Not your typical hikers' inn, but there's fabulous walking nearby for those who go easy on lunch. It's off...
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Food & Drink: Crazy about the Crayfish ; the Americans and Scandanavians Love Them, While the Brits Overlook Them. Mark Hix Gets His Claws into the Delicious Crayfish
THEY LOOK beautiful and taste so good when they're properly cooked. Our ponds, lakes and rivers are overrun with them. But probably the only time you'll come across crayfish is in a Pret A Manger sandwich. And theirs are imported from China. Meanwhile...
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Food & Drink: Drink
SHOULDN'T ALL market traders look like Richard Dinwoodie - more George Clooney and less Ray Winstone? He is declaiming in detail, the properties of Ventnor Oyster Stout. His potential customer, a lawyer from Dorset, has driven more than 100 miles to...
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Football: Bayern Munich Open with Stroll against Newcomers Frankfurt
BAYERN MUNICH started the defence of their German title with a comfortable 3-1 win over promoted Eintracht Frankfurt last night. The Bundesliga season opener was as one-sided as expected, Bayern showing their class and Eintracht displaying their limitations....
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Football: Beckham Faces Baptism of `Dragon' Fire
DAVID BECKHAM'S debut for Real Madrid is likely to be the most widely watched sporting event China has staged, with almost one billion people in the country having access to today's game. Real will meet a select squad of players from four Chinese A League...
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Football: Duff Is Jewel in Crown of Chelsea Silverware Hunt
ARRIVE EARLY at Stamford Bridge and the staff will direct you to one of the many restaurants found within Chelsea Village these days. The need to accrue as much of the punters' spare change as possible is a habit garnered from the past three, debt-laden...
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Football: Iversen Joins New Recruits at Wolves
DAVE JONES signed his third player in two days for Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday, bringing the Norway international Steffen Iversen to the club on a one-year deal. Iversen had a year left to run on his contract with Tottenham, but they agreed to...
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Football: Kaiserslautern Deducted Three Points for Licensing Rule Breach
KAISERSLAUTERN, the four-time German champions, are at the bottom of the Bundesliga before playing their first game of the season. The German Football League (DFL) issued a statement yesterday to clarify the situation after they had three points deducted...
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Football: Kewell Happy with Liverpool Return
HARRY KEWELL, recently signed from Leeds United, played on the right wing for Liverpool last night as he returned from injury for the 0-0 draw against the hosts, Ajax, in the Amsterdam Tournament. The Australian international was injured on his debut...
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Football: Makoun Scores on Debut as Lille Sink Champions Lyon
THE MIDFIELDER Jean Makoun scored on his debut as Lille kicked off the French season with a surprise 1-0 home victory over the champions Olympique Lyon last night. The 20-year-old converted a fine cross by Gregory Tafforeau to beat Lyon's international...
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Football: New Paris St-Germain Coach Aims to Revive Former Glories
PARIS ST-GERMAIN and Marseille set out to regain some of their former lustre when the French league season kicks off this weekend. The Parisians had a season to forget when they finished 11th in the 20- team league last term, their worst performance...
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Football: Veron Praised as Juventus Are Outclassed ; Manchester United 4 Juventus 1
MANCHESTER UNITED produced their most impressive pre-season performance at the Giants stadium, beating Juventus 4-1 in front of 79,005 - a venue record for football. A spectacular Ryan Giggs free-kick and a sublime volley from Ruud van Nistelrooy may...
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Football: Villa's Debts Spiral to Pounds 12m
DAVID O'LEARY called on Aston Villa to make money available for new signings yesterday despite the announcement of an almost 30- fold increase in pre- tax losses for the club's plc. The figures released to the Stock Exchange yesterday made grim reading,...
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Formula One Team Boss Drops Pounds 150m Suit against Vodafone
EDDIE JORDAN announced yesterday that he was abandoning his pounds 150m lawsuit against Vodafone, just hours before the judge's ruling was due to be made public. The head of the Jordan Formula 1 team had accused Europe's largest mobile phone company...
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Fresh Profit Alert from New Chief at MyTravel
HOPES THAT MyTravel had turned over a new leaf were dashed yesterday after the embattled travel company issued its first profit warning under its new management team. The warning took the gloss off the news that the debt-laden company had reached a crucial...
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Gardens: Midsummer Murders ; in a Quiet Northants Garden a Pair of Bullies Terrorise Their Neighbourhood. When One Is Brought Down, It Is Only a Matter of Time before the Other Is Brought to Justice. Anna Pavord Comes to the Rescue with a Friendly Creeper
"TWO JUNIPERS, approximately 20ft high, and touching each other, were until recently growing in our garden, about 40ft away from the house. Although fine trees, we found them becoming oppressive and had one felled. We were warned that the remaining tree...
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Gardens: Weekend Work
TO DO E Baby beet, French beans, carrots and courgettes all need harvesting regularly. All are better young than mature. Globe artichokes planted as slips this May should be cropping well now. E Deadhead flowers frequently. This will stop them wasting...
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GM Crops Do Harm Surrounding Flora and Fauna, Farm Trials Likely to Reveal
GM CROPS can be more damaging to neighbouring flora and fauna than ordinary strains of sugar beet, maize and oilseed rape, the Government's farm trials have shown. The experiments have disproved the theory that GM plants would interact with other species...
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Golf: Bowie Calls Tune as Field Make Hay in the Sun ; WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN Italian Model's Horrendous 95 the Blot on a Day of Low Scoring as Park and Ochoa Set Course Record
ON THE only previous occasion the Women's British Open was played over these links in 1998 the scoring would have disgraced the club's monthly medal. Sherri Steinhauer shared the best round of the week with a 69 on the final day, but then the American...
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Golf: Open Winner Curtis Returns to Action with 68
MIKE SPOSA, with just one top-10 finish to his credit this season, hit form here on Thursday when using the back nine to seize the first- round lead at the Buick Open. Sposa shot a six-under-par 30 over the final nine holes for a seven-under 65, one...
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Government-Run Hotels around the World from the Colonial Palaces of Ethiopia to Accommodation for Business Travellers
CHINA The Jianguo Hotels group is a government-run chain of four-star hotels found in the major cities in China, including Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou and Beijing. The Jianguo Hotel Beijing (00 86 6500 2233; www.hoteljianguo.com), pictured below, is in...
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Great for Jennifer, Bad for Slim-Fast. A Hit with Minnie, but Bakers Miss Out: Winners and Losers in the Atkins Phenomenon
THE SOARING popularity of the Atkins Diet has seen 2 million Britons declare war on their waistlines. But it is not just flab that is feeling the pinch. The slimming industry, food manufacturers and beer brewers are all seeing their profits slimmed down...
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He Is Perhaps the World's Most Celebrated Fashion Photographer. but in between Immortalising Supermodels, Celebrities and Royalty, Mario Testino Has Also Been Busy Capturing Icons of a Very Different Kind - in Catholic Churches around the Globe
HEAVEN KNOWS what life for Mario Testino must be like. Surrounded by supermodels, celebrities and assistants, flitting between hotels, airports and A-list parties, chasing a combination of sunshine and commissions around the globe, and orchestrating...
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Hodson's Version in America Was Interesting, but Not Quite Convincing
THERE ARE two things everyone knows about ballet. One is that Tchaikovsky wrote Swan Lake; the other that there was a riot on the first night of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Most of us have seen Swan Lake; very few saw the original Rite of Spring (eight...
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How Do I Look?: Brendan Gleeson, 48, Hollywood's Favourite Tough Guy
I'M ALWAYS described as a burly redhead. I remember once saying to a friend, "I wonder if that girl actually knows who I am because of the red hair." And he said brutally, "All the girls I know don't like red hair." The first time I went to see an agent...
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In Foreign Parts: Elders of Pakistan's Apricot Orchards Show Life Is Sweet after 100 in a Real Shangri-La
NIAT SHAH rests in the shade of an apricot tree after his morning chores. "I guess my age to be around 102," he says. Up until five years ago, when his eyes began to cloud, the old hunter bagged quail and partridge high in Pakistan's Hunza Valley to...
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INVESTMENT-COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: `Switch on to a Quiet Pioneer of In- Car Entertainment Systems'
IS STEVEN Cunningham going to become the next Alan Sugar of consumer electronics? The short answer is that it is far too early to tell. But Mr Cunningham's AIM-quoted Centurion Electronics is potentially as well- placed in a rapidly growing segment of...
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INVESTMENT: One Man's Bear Market Is Another's Bull Market ; SECRETS OF SUCCESS
One thing I have learnt over the years to be cautious about is the distinction between the phrases "bull" and "bear" markets. The phrases are bandied about with such abandon they have almost ceased to have real meaning in common parlance (yes, I plead...
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Investment: The City View Brokers' Reports
SMITHS THE AEROSPACE industry analysts at SG Securities popped in to see Smiths Group, the aeroplane parts manufacturer, this week and came out reassured enough to reiterate their buy recommendation on the shares. Smiths looks on course to meet market...
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Investment: The City View Brokers' Reports
VSMITHS THE AEROSPACE industry analysts at SG Securities popped in to see Smiths Group, the aeroplane parts manufacturer, this week and came out reassured enough to reiterate their buy recommendation on the shares. Smiths looks on course to meet market...
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INVESTMENT-THE PRIVATE INVESTOR: `Down Bromley Way, the Euro Is a Non-Starter. Sorry, Mr Blair' SEAN O'GRADY ; Rolls-Royce Is Making More of Its Profits from Maintenance and Repairs NewsCast
ON 9 JUNE, two days late you may recall, the Chancellor of the Exchequer got up in the House of Commons and made a long and entirely predictable statement about the euro. He also published a vanload of supporting studies about everything from the long-term...
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INVESTMENT- THE WEEK IN REVIEW: Now the Future's Weak for Orange
Unilever The Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant has had a slow start to its financial year, when leading brands such as Dove soap, Flora margarine and Hellmann's mayonnaise grow by barely 3 per cent. But the good news is that the bad news is already...
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Jazz & Blues
Festivals with some jazz in their line-ups are common at this time of the year, but few have the stature of the Brecon International Jazz Festival, which begins on Friday. Artists appearing include Cuba's Sierra Maestra, trumpeter Guy Barker, saxophonists...
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Leading Article: An Inquiry into the Facts Must Not Divert Us from the Central Question of the War
A GREAT deal is riding on the results of Lord Hutton's inquiry into the death of the government weapons scientist, Dr David Kelly. Not only are many personal reputations at stake, but perhaps even the fate of the Prime Minister. So the unpretentious,...
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Leading Article: The Railways Face Tough Times and Tougher Choices
IN THE words of Richard Bowker, the Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, "We have reached an important milestone in the transformation of Britain's railway." That is certainly one way of describing his proposals for future investment in the railway....
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Leslie: I Contemplated Suicide Last Year
JOHN LESLIE said last night that he had contemplated suicide after losing his job last year in the wake of sex assault allegations and the publication of pictures of him taking cocaine. The former television presenter told the Daily Express that he was...
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Lloyds Profits Hit but Dividend Intact
LLOYDS TSB underlined the problems facing the entire UK banking sector yesterday when it revealed that profits fell by nearly a fifth in the six months to the end of June. Headline profits crept up 5 per cent to pounds 1.67bn. However, Lloyds' shares...
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Lottery Winner Dies after Giving Away His Fortune
DOUG WOOD could afford to indulge the odd whim as befitted a man who banked pounds 2.65m from the lottery during one celebrated Saturday night seven years ago. One of those was expected to be completed on Thursday night with a trip to Musselburgh racecourse...
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Lottery: WINNERS AND LOSERS
JOHN ROBERTS This former security guard, right, won pounds 3.5m in 1998 but ended up living in a caravan with debts of pounds 20,000. His marriage failed, his pounds 300,000 home was repossessed, and after buying 40 top-brand cars he is now left with...
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Manchester United Caught Offside by OFT for Fixing Prices on Replica Shirts
MANCHESTER United, a leading sports kit manufacturer and eight retailers were fined a total of pounds 18.6m yesterday after being found guilty of colluding to fix the price of replica football shirts. After a 14-month investigation, the Office of Fair...
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Man's Inalienable Right to Walk the Coastline Where His Ancestors Strode ; the Preservation of Rights of Way Is Becoming a National Cause, One That Goes to the Heart of How New Ireland Defines Itself
The swallows have been busy here in Ardmore while I've been away. I spotted the nest last night, a little fort of mud and straw tucked in under the eaves of the porch. As the years progress I have become less of a swirling dervish and more like the narrator...
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Market Movers: Bid Talk Circles Crest Nicholson + Tbi Issues Trading Alert + World Sports Purchase Excites + Placing Sends Griffin Mining South
bCentrica 181.5p (up 4.25p, 2.4 per cent). Sells its 70 per cent stake in Goldfish bank joint venture to Lloyds TSB for pounds 112m. bCrest Nicholson 294.5p (up 14p, 4.9 per cent). Talk of a bid for the house builder continues to circle City dealing...
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MARKET REPORT: Deutsche Toasts Bowman's Successful Remake of Allied Domecq
ALLIED DOMECQ was back in the vogue yesterday as Deutsche Bank published a hefty piece of research on the drinks group in which it upped its rating to "buy" from "hold" and set an ambitious 400p price target for the stock. "[Allied Domecq's] valuation...
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Mea Culpa: Would You Let Your Daughter Marry a Sub-Editor?
My father-in-law is a fair-minded man, but he is also a reporter by trade (in his day, a distinguished Westminster lobby correspondent). But even after all these years, I am not quite sure that he is quite reconciled to his daughter's having married...
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Motoring: Car Giant Shows off Its Jewels of History ; A Trip Down Memory Lane with General Motors Reveals Its Old Models of the Future That Stayed in the Museum
DESPITE THE tidal wave of American culture that has continued to sweep the globe for the past century, there are still curious anomalies from out west that have failed to capture the enthusiasm of the Europeans. American football springs to mind, as...
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Motoring: `Getting Round the Rules of the World's Roundabouts '
ONE OF motoring's unsung pleasures is non-motorway driving in France. Everyone who's in a hurry uses the autoroutes, which are constantly jammed. The rest of us are left to speed down thousands of kilometres of excellent, straight and almost empty roads....
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Motoring: Here's a Car That Will Raise the Roof ; ON THE ROAD MERCEDES CLK CABRIOLET
THERE HAS been a spate of new convertibles this year, which should please British drivers who buy more of them than any other Europeans. Clever interpretations with solid, segmented, folding roofs will soon be on sale from Renault (Megane) and Peugeot...
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Motoring: The Top Ten Triumphs
1Dolomite Sprint (1972) BRITAIN'S BEST SHOT at a BMW-basher, at least until the MG ZT came along. The Dolly, as it is affectionately known to its fans, was every bit as fast and exciting as the contemporary German and Swedish competiton, something parent...
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Motoring: Very Impressive, but for Pounds 250,000 Why Not a Bentley? ; THE VERDICT ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM; BMW Gives Birth to an Ultimate Status Symbol, Says Michael Booth. It Reminds You of Mausoleums
N ormal procedures simply do not apply to iconic, pounds 250,000 limousines, which is why today readers have been replaced by three of The Independent's senior writers on our verdict panel (truth is, there were insurmountable insurance problems in letting...
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Motoring: Which Car? `Forget the Van. Buy Yourself a Camper'
Michael Stephenson, 68, a retired manager from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, wants to travel to Germany to buy a left-hand-drive van, bring it back and hitch it to a home-built trailer before going on an extended tour of Europe with his four dogs. Is this...
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Motor Racing: Wilson Sets `Awesome' Time on Jaguar Debut ; FORMULA ONE British Driver Recovers from Heartbreak of Minardi Experience to Put World Champion Schumacher in Shade during Qualifying
BY CONTRAST to what he had to go through just to get into a Formula One car, yesterday's effort to match Jaguar team-mate Mark Webber's performance was a doddle for Justin Wilson. A year ago, Britain's only Formula 3000 champion could have kick- started...
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Mouse in a Hole as Slump in Tourism Hits Euro Disney
THE STORY of Mickey Mouse's emigration to Europe is beginning to take on all the thrills and spills of a cartoon. Euro Disney, at first a disaster, then a runaway success, has fallen on its face once again. The company that owns Disneyland Paris - the...
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