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 November 21, 1999

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192-Part Guide to the World Part 29 Burma
OFFICIAL NAME Union of Myanmar. The name "Burma" has never been used by the Burmese themselves; we use it here for ease of recognition. MOST FAMOUS CITIZEN Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate who, through her dignified resistance to the military junta...
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21 Best USA Desert Holidays
1 Canyon escape Travelbag Adventurers (tel: 01420 541 007) offers 14-day canyon hiking tours ending at the Grand Canyon. From pounds 999 per person, including flights, camping and hotel accommodation. 2 Mountain biking Exodus (tel: 020 8675 5550) does...
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A Cyclone of Speculation ; the Claim That EgyptAir Flight 990 Was Downed by a Suicidal Pilot Has Soured Relations and Obscured Other Causes
AMERICA'S FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation is being accused by officials and diplomats in Washington of deliberately leaking information on the EgyptAir crash, some of it incorrect. The agency, which has been the focus of previous tensions in airline...
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Ads Try to Make Scotch Cool
ONE OF the world's leading manufacturers of Scotch whisky is ditching its "Tartan" image in favour of a more funky approach in an attempt to boost sales and attract a younger generation of drinkers.Gone are the kilts, the heather and the tartan. New...
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All No 10's Spin Fails to Blow Away Ken
ll governments attract myths which are unrelated to what is going on - even, sometimes, its direct opposite. An example of the latter is this Government's public relations. We are, so we are constantly told, being spun out of our minds. It is all done...
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... and Newt Kept Muzzled over Clinton
THROUGHOUT the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton, there was always one puzzle: why was Newt Gingrich, the tousle-haired, pugilistic champion of the American right and Speaker of the House, keeping such a distance from the allegations of adultery and...
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And Now, the Sweater Boys ; STYLE POLICE; the Season's College-Kid Fashions Are Not Just for Girls and Geeks, Says JAMES SHERWOOD
There's a lingering smell of testosterone clinging to menswear this season. Blame it on Brad Pitt in Fight Club and Mr Bond in The World Is Not Enough. Brioni-clad Pierce Brosnan may be a little ahead of himself with the return to tailoring, which is...
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Anxiety Trigger No 2: Good Boy, Go and Boil Your Head ; THE FRIARY NEWSLETTER
This week: Graham Tosterone, the Friary's special consultant for Very Confused Sportsmen, writes Hi there, sports fans. Those of you who haven't visited the Lillywhites special unit on the fourth floor are in for a treat. As you know, we get a lot of...
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A Perfect Scoop, or Was It? the Press Certainly Said So
f Cherie Blair hadn't got morning sickness already, the papers might just have brought it on. Blooming Cherie clutching a tabloid's bouquet, pages and pages of baby bliss, fashion advice for mothers- to-be ... everything bar a cut-out-and-keep guide...
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Archer Quits in Disgrace ; N Perjury Plot over Prostitute Exposed N Mayoral Candidate Disaster for Tories N He's Let Down the Party, Says Hague
LORD ARCHER faces the possibility of criminal charges after he sensationally quit the race to be London mayor last night amid revelations that he asked a friend to lie for him in court. The author was forced to admit that he had asked a friend, Ted Francis,...
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Archer's Statement in Full
"THIRTEEN YEARS ago, I asked a friend of mine, Ted Francis, to cover for me by saying that we were having dinner together, on the evening of September 9th 1986, when in fact I was having dinner with a close female friend at a restaurant in Chelsea. This...
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Art Plunders Life in Rather Too Many Episodes ; Collected Stories Haymarket, London the Glass Menagerie Theatre Royal, York the Chiltern Hundreds Vaudeville, London Hymns Lyric, London
Donald Margulies's Collected Stories is about two women: Ruth Steiner, an author and academic, and Lisa Morrison, Stei-ner's student, then assistant and friend. It's set up as a dialectic between mentor and protege, experience and youth, cynicism and...
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Athletics: A Nation Reaching out to Hired Hands ; Alan Hubbard Sees How Lottery Cash Is Luring Cream of Coaching
WAIMARAMA TAUMAUNU is a big name in any language. To those who follow netball - a major sport in her native New Zealand - it is the equivalent of a Pele, a Sobers or even a Lomu. The former Kiwi captain, who led her team to the world championship over...
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AUNTY AG UNCLE ONY ; Scared That Your Boss Will Read Your E-Mails? or That You're Uglier in the Flesh Than in Cyberspace? Never Mind, Aunty Ag and Uncle Ony Are Up with All the New Technology - They Can Help
I saw a really scary TV programme last week about how bosses can keep track of your e-mails and check on what you've been writing. I'm really worried now because I send lots to friends, just catching up and making arrangements to meet. There's nothing...
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Barclays and BT to Launch Talking Website
BARCLAYS and BT are set to add another dimension to the ever expanding world of e-commerce with the advent of an Internet Enabled Call Centre (IECC) - a website you can talk to - writes Clare Francis. After the successful recent pilot scheme with Barclays...
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Bean-Bag Jugglers Head for Canterbury ; THE DIARY
J ust back from a weekend relaxing in Malta and trying to recoup my energies without succumbing to an inevitable cold. It's hard to come down after the opening of a play. (I've been directing Four Nights in Knaresborough at the Tricycle Theatre in London.)...
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Beautiful Budgerigars and a Meridian Lined with Birches
Today is the second and last day of the Budgerigar Society World Championship Show. More than 4,000 people have already flocked to the Doncaster Exhibition Centre - to join them call 01604 624549. There is also one last opportunity to indulge any spooky...
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Before the Week Is out
say this blobject the victory of ergonomics over aesthetics in cases like the Nissan Micra and ibook SARTORIAL ELEGANCE doesn't come cheap, but it can come easy. The latest clothing site for men is www.dressmart.com, which aims to recreate the traditional...
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Best-Sellers
Hardbacks 1 Fifth Elephant Terry Pratchett/Doubleday pounds 16.99 Werewolves and vampires in the 24th Discworld yarn 2 Adrian Mole Sue Townsend/M Joseph pounds 14.99 Nerd becomes a celebrity chef and a single parent 3 Disgrace J M Coetzee/Secker pounds...
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Blair Makes Call for Vodafone ; PM Presses German Chancellor over Bid for Mannesmann
TONY BLAIR last night asked the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, to tone down his anti-Vodafone rhetoric in an attempt to defuse the growing political row over the UK company's bid for Mannesmann. The Prime Minister made the request at a dinner in...
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Blairs Swell Numbers at `Third Way' Event
CENTRE-LEFT political leaders converged on Florence last night for a navel-gazing seminar with a title that studiously avoided mention of Tony Blair's Third Way. The navel most closely under observation, however, was that of Cherie Blair. Before leaving...
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Body Shop Faces Lawsuit
THE High Court will decide this week whether Body Shop has breached European law for failing to supply companies that control more than half its franchises in Austria. The court will be asked for an injunction, forcing Body Shop to supply products immediately...
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Book Review: A Beachcomber in the Footsteps of Blake ; Derek Jarman by Tony Peake Little, Brown Pounds 25
Whatever you think about Derek Jarman - and he wasn't one to discourage dissenters - there's no denying that he pursued his aesthetic with passionate conviction. The man is inextricable from his work, for in his day-to- day life, as in his art, he went...
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Book Review: Love and Death in the War of the Roses ; the Rose Grower by Michelle De Kretser Chatto Pounds 10
The Rose Grower is a meditative tale of unrequited love and changing identity set against a backdrop of the first five years of the French Revolution as it progresses from scattered disturbance to the storming of the Bastille and full-scale totalitarian...
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Book Review: PAPERBACKS
Roger Fishbite by Emily Prager Vintage pounds 6.99 From the very first cute-kid witticism, Prager makes it clear that this is a child's-eye view of Nabokov's Lolita. Lucky Lady Linderhof is the unlucky girl with the abusive stepfather and the wilfully...
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Book Review: Self-Help for the Lazy Singletons ; the Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding Picador Pounds 12.99
Bridget is back. Vg for Helen Fielding's enthusiastic readers, who so adored her comic alter ego that Fielding is now listed among Britain's 20 most popular writers. That we remain a nation of book- lovers is cited as a central piece of evidence by those...
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Book Review: The Boy Whose God Preyed on His Mind ; A Life of Jung by Ronald Hayman Bloomsbury Pounds 25
The night after I finished this engrossing biography, I had a strange dream. The founder of analytical psychology, Carl Gustav Jung, was standing among the reeds at the edge of a pond. He was only six inches tall and struggling to fling a fish twice...
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Book Review: They Knew Their Station in Life ; Railways and the Victorian Imagination by Michael Freeman Yale Pounds 25
There are some things a don has to keep dark, in order to retain an air of academic authority. You can't be taken seriously as a Ruskin scholar, for instance, if it gets around that you dress up as him at weekends. Michael Freeman's illustrated survey...
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Book Review: Torn Curtain ; Never Mind the Moon by Jeremy Isaacs Bantam Press Pounds 20 in House by John Tooley Faber Pounds 25
Jeremy Isaacs, the man who brought us Channel 4, had never failed at anything before he became general director at the Royal Opera House. This confident, clever but prickly Glaswegian ran Covent Garden for nine years before it closed for redevelopment....
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Book Review: Wait, Do Nothing, and Lay off the Nudes ; the Penguin Book of Art Writing Edited by Martin Gayford and Karen Wright Penguin Pounds 12.99
What is art writing, ask the editors of this 600-page anthology of art writing. It comprises "histories, theories, anecdotes, epigrams, how-to-do-it manuals, recorded conversations, fictions and poems". Which explains the inclusion of an imperious Margaret...
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Borders, Bluefins and the Basques ; Lilian Pizzichini Reviews Two Books on the Nature of Nations in the New Europe. and If That's Too Heavy - Try a Spot of Fishing
Along the Wall and Watchtowers: A Journey down Germany's Divide Oliver August (HarperCollins, pounds 17.99) For centuries, Germany has been defined by its ever-shifting borders and the struggles they have ignited. As German-born Oliver August states...
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Boxing: High Quality of a Reticent Ring Hero ; Bob Mee Says Lewis Has Earned the Right to Be Lauded
IT HAS BEEN a tumultuous week for boxing. The achievement of Lennox Lewis in becoming the first Briton this century to hold the undisputed world heavyweight championship has provided the sport with a desper- ately needed way forward. Logic suggests that,...
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Box Office
UK films THIS LAST WEEKS GROSS WEEK WEEK IN CHART TO 14 NOV 1 (1) The Sixth Sense (15) 2 pounds 5,229,978 Joel Haley Osment is the new Linda Blair 2 (2) Fight Club (18) New pounds 1,177,219 Somebody's gonna get a smack in the Ed Norton 3 (3) Tarzan...
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Brands Hatch Deal in Danger
A GROUP of conservationists is threatening to throw a spanner in the works of the pounds 120m takeover of Brands Hatch, the leisure group that owns the eponymous motor racing circuit in Kent. The Woodland Trust has teamed up with the Forestry Commission...
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BUSKING TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA ; Still Beating off Pilgrims from around Every Corner, Our Intrepid Busker Finds That the Natives Are Also Bewildered
3 NOVEMBER Pilgrim fever! St James' day was a Sunday this year, so the pilgrimage is doubly holy. Fifteen thousand pilgrims have passed through Pamplona since the spring. The staff in the pilgrims' hostel still look stunned when I arrive. Their bewilderment...
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Campaign to Beat Violence on the Wards ; the Government Will Not Tolerate Any Abuse of NHS Staff, Writes Alex Watson
The sight of a traffic warden being abused by an irate car owner is such a common occurrence that it scarcely warrants comment. You would not, however, expect to see a nurse receiving the same treatment. Yet there are around 65,000 violent incidents...
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Cards with Cachet ; Gold and Platinum Are Devalued in the Plastic World. Now It's Black, Says Isabel Berwick
Y ou're no one if you haven't been asked to take out a credit card "by invitation only". And that doesn't include a junk mailshot offering a free clock. The seriously rich are approached by word of mouth or via carefully written, personalised letters....
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Cash for Combat ; Tim Spicer, the Mercenary Chief Caught Up in the Sierra Leone Affair, Says Ethics and Warfare Can Mix. Jason Nisse Reports
im Spicer is unhappy. Or, to be more exact, Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Spicer OBE, a former British army officer who served in the Falklands, Ulster and Bosnia and is now the head of the modern day mercenaries Sandline International, is "pissed off". Sandline...
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CD Reviews: Dance
CD REVIEWS: DANCE HARDWIRE: FUSED (Kingsize) Hardwire is the combined production talents of Nigerian prince Ade Bambo Adenihun and Londoner Dan Shay, with added scratches from DJ Wisdom. But Bambo is not only heir to the throne of the Ife region of Nigeria,...
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CD REVIEWS: DISC OF THE WEEK BECK: MIDNITE VULTURES (Geffen)
CD REVIEWS: DISC OF THE WEEK BECK: MIDNITE VULTURES (Geffen) How on Earth do you follow Odelay? If a record fulfils every possibility of its sound, then it doesn't leave much room for manoeuvre. And if the record's sound relies on the listeners not having...
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Changing Banks? Prepare for Chaos
W e may be moving into the age of e-banking but some things are still stuck in the primordial mud. It's all very well getting us to put all our finances on computer - 10 million of us could be banking online within a year, says Barclays - but the banking...
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Children's Dentists at Odds in Battle of the Braces
PARENTS WHO take their children to the dentist because their teeth are crooked are not being warned that orthodontic treatment could permanently alter the shape of their faces. Research shows that three-quarters of patients, many of them children or...
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Cloud of Pollution `out of Control'
THE NOBEL prize-winning chemist who first predicted that man- made chemicals would damage the world's ozone layer fears that vast pollution clouds over the Indian Ocean are a sign the earth's atmosphere is losing the power to clean itself. Clouds hovering...
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Cold Showers Are Good for You - Official
COLD SHOWERS and cold baths, which were part of the regular regime of Edwardian gentlemen, may be set for a comeback. Later generations have dismissed cold showers as a masochistic fetish designed to control sexual appetite. But now German doctors have...
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Columns: A Good Idea From. Theophrastus
A FEW DAYS ago, I met a woman who told me, "I know someone just like you." "Really," I said (offended). "How do you mean, just like me?" "Well, you know, little hair, a bit gauche, into books. He even wears a big grey coat like yours in winter. It's...
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Columns: And Another Thing
I know what you want. You want a coherent narrative: beginning, middle and end. You want it to start with a particular observation ("I saw this old geezer coughing his blubber up in the gutter"1), move through general animadversions on life ("We must...
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Combat Gear and Daggers ; Macbeth RSC Swan, Stratford
There are many ways to do Macbeth modern - I've seen the expressionist version, the Hare Krishna version and the one without the witches - but the way Antony Sher did it at Stratford last week stands out as the best. Through the sheer intelligence and...
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COMPANY OF THE WEEK; Vodafone AirTouch
VODAFONE AIRTOUCH, the world's largest provider of wireless services, offered 133bn euros (pounds 77bn) for Germany's Mannesmann in what would be the biggest takeover ever. The offer is 18 per cent above Vodafone's first proposal, that Mannesmann rejected...
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Competitors Go to Court over Email Innovation
H ard-pressed businesses struggling to keep up with the deluge of data from fax machines, emails and voicemail messages are being fought over by two companies claiming to offer the answers to their problems. So valuable is the prize that this week the...
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Cricket: Atherton's Advantage Squandered
IT WAS all progressing so swimmingly. This is an unfamiliar state of affairs where England are concerned which alone made it more pleasant. Still, those who took the advice to enjoy it while it lasted made the right decision. The third day of the final...
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Cricket: Colour Still Clouds South Africa ; Stephen Brenkley Finds the Hosts Are Still Troubled by Their Past
THESE ARE contentious times in South African cricket. The country may possess one of the most formidable sides in the world but, as England came into Johannesburg last week, it swiftly became obvious that there exists profound unhappiness both about...
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Cricket: In Search of the Lost Chord ; Stephen Brenkley Says Mark Butcher Is Ready to Lead from the Front
IN THE nostalgically reflective way of these matters, most of the attention during the long countdown to the First Test this week will be on an England opening batsman. This will not be Mark Butcher. The name of Michael Atherton will be hither, thither...
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Cricket: Opening Exchanges: Four Memorable First Tests
1906, JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA WON BY 1 WKT South Africa's first Test victory at the ninth attempt was achieved amid unbearable excitement. England led by 93 runs after the first innings and then left South Africa requiring 284 to win, the highest score...
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Cricket: Relaxed, and as Ready as We Can Possibly Be
THE TOUR has begun at last. England have been in South Africa for three weeks, of course, but the feeling that matters were about to start in earnest was unmistakeable when we returned to Johannesburg.It has been important to journey round the country,...
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Cricket: Self-Belief Quickly Put to the Test ; England on Tour: In-Form Old Guard Provide Foundation but New Boys Must Find Their Feet as Flak Flies
THERE ARE reasons - more than might have been expected - to imagine that England's cause in South Africa this winter is far from being hopeless. Considering that the last time they appeared in a Test match this was a heady category into which only their...
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Currencies
THE POUND is expected to keep this month's 1 per cent gain against the euro amid expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates again as economic growth picks up pace. Expectations for higher rates got a boost last week from reports...
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Dance: Star-Cross'd Soap ; ON DANCE Romeo and Juliet Sadler's Wells, London Tribute to the Art of Football ICA, London
There are many reasons why a ballet company would want its own version of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. It has a plot that every audience knows in advance; it has the most glorious score ever written for ballet; it has four meaty solo parts for boys...
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Deadliest Bug Is Coming Back to Life
SCIENTISTS PLAN to recreate the influenza virus that killed more than 20 million people in 1918 in a dramatic experiment to bring back life from the dead. Fragments of genetic material extracted from the bodies of victims of the global epidemic will...
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Deals of the Week: Millennium Winter Skiing
Keen skiers and snowboarders can find unprecedented bargain basement prices this season as tour operators begin to launch cuts in the face of a serious slump in advance bookings. Some operators are quietly confessing that reservations are as much as...
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DEBATE; Is the New Wembley Design Rubbish? ; the Plans for the New National Stadium Were Unveiled Last Week - to an Immediate Storm of Criticism
YES NIGEL COATES Architect I find the design a little confused. The arch is too visually separate from the roof structure. It's a bit of a cliche, replacing the Twin Towers with something that just comes across as brand iconography, just too McDonald's....
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Dome's Beautiful People under Fire
AN EMACIATED-looking model with a well-publicised drug habit and a French footballer famous for shampoo adverts have been chosen to represent "beauty" in the Body Zone of the Millennium Dome. Kate Moss and David Ginola, it is revealed today, will join...
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Drag Queens Outrage Africa ; the Miss Gay SA Contest Is Challenging Bitter Homophobia across the Rest of the Continent, Reports Alex Duval Smith
AS THE sound of slamming closet doors echoed all across the African continent, Nelspruit, arguably the most conservative town south of the Limpopo River, gave homophobes a little more to think about yesterday when it hosted the first official Miss Gay...
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Eating & Drinking: Drinking Your Greens
FOR REASONS of no interest whatsoever, this column is suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder. But that doesn't matter, at least to me. Three miscellaneous items need airing, and this is the time to air them. Beginning with an addendum to last week's...
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Eating & Drinking: The White Way to Recover
I HAD BEEN throwing up for three days. All my longed-for dreams of La Grande Bouffe in Lyons were going down the drain. It had taken me years to get there, and many hours spent planning meals in the local bouchons, bistros, and three-star Michelin restaurants....
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Eating In: Choc till You Drop ; Few of Us Need Any Encouragement to Indulge Our Love of Chocolate but, for Some Unusual Treats, You Shouldn't Miss the International Festival of Chocolate, Writes Michael Bateman
IN RURAL Carmarthen, an hour and a half out of Swansea, is the country's only chocolate farm. The Welsh Chocolate Farm, as it styles itself. This summer no fewer than 90,000 people made a pilgrimage to this unlikely temple, an otherwise ordinary farm...
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Eating Out: The Wykeham Arms: Inn Heaven ; 75 Kingsgate St, Winchester, Hants, 01962 853834. Lunch Mon-Sat Noon- 2.30pm. Dinner Mon-Sat 6.30-8.45pm. Three-Course Dinner Pounds 20. Service Not Included. All Major Credit Cards Accepted
DON'T BLAME me. Blame Richard the Lionheart. Until the middle of the 12th century there were just as many good restaurants in Hampshire as there were in London. That was in the good old days, when compilers of restaurant guides were expected to travel...
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Eleven Asides
Talking of Euro 2000... Jeepers keepers: David Seaman, England's No 1, let one in against Boro, although the Gunners ran out comfortable 5-1 winners. His nearest rival, Nigel Martyn, continued his imperious form when Leeds defeated Bradford 2-1. Kevin...
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ETHICS MAN ; Peter Singer's Ideas on the Ethical Treatment of Animals Have Made Him the World's Most Influential Living Philosopher. He Also Thinks That It Is Sometimes Right to Kill Newborn Babies. Michael Specter Met Princeton University's Newly Appointed Professor of Bioethics
IT HAS BEEN more than 10 years since the disaster at Hillsborough football stadium. Ninety-six football fans were crushed to death that afternoon; yet the final victim, 17-year-old Tony Bland, didn't actually die there - at least, not technically. He...
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Every Author's New Best Friend ; the Literary Agent Used to Be a Silent, Unglamorous Figure - but No Longer. DJ Taylor Explains
In the end, of course, practically any human situation or career path can be turned into a fit subject for drama. Even so, it comes as something of a shock to learn that someone has converted the life of Margaret "Peggy" Ramsay into a stage play. Philip...
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Exclusive: Ben Johnson in Comeback ; THE DIARY
THE DIARY can reveal that Ben Johnson will be challenging for the coveted New Year Sprint title in Edinburgh next month. In an exclusive interview, Johnson revealed that he will be making his debut as a professional runner in the traditional handicap...
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Fashion: Sea Change
It's been a long time since anyone called the Liberty label chic. But now the tide is turning, thanks to a radical reinvention that mixes modernity with old-fashioned individualism LIBERTY, in Regent Street, London, is about as far as you can get from...
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Fashion: You Shall Go to the Office Do;
The Christmas party season is almost upon us, which traditionally means panic stations in the frock department, but this year I've done the work for you. Pictured here are the 10 best- value-for- money dresses from the high street, so whether its an...
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Film: That Was Me There, Fighting John Wayne ; David Thomson Meets Richard Farnsworth, Who Started out with Howard Hawks and Is Now the Star of David Lynch's `the Straight Story'
Here's a question for movie buffs: this man was vital to Howard Hawks's Red River; he was also in Fort Apache, by John Ford; The Tin Star, by Anthony Mann; and in Robert Aldrich's Ulzana's Raid. If you are groping, I will throw in appearances in Gone...
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Flat Earth
London calling To remind denizens of the French capital that they are only a short train ride from Britain, Eurostar has a witty poster campaign in Paris. One ad shows grinning men in turbans in an Indian restaurant and declares that "Bombay" is only...
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Fooball: Hero of Hampden to Wally of Wembley
IT MAY seem impudent but the unavoidable question of the week is why a clapped-out old sporting nation like England is spending so much time and energy bickering over the size and shape of a pounds 475m super stadium? To put it another way, have they...
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Football: Albion Victims of Gorre Ending ; ROUND-UP
THE YORKSHIRE challenge at the top of the Nationwide First Division moved up a gear as narrow home wins for Huddersfield Town and Barnsley against Midlands opposition kept them handily placed among the pacemakers. Huddersfield, in fact, moved up to second...
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Football: Alive and Free-Kicking as Albertz Hounds Hibernian ; Rangers 2 Johansson 32, Albertz 46 Hibernian 0 Half-Time: 1-0 Attendance: 49,323
JORG ALBERTZ has just brought out a video of the ferocious free- kicks which have illuminated his three years at Ibrox, but the German will have to launch another compilation now to showcase the one he struck yesterday. No doubt there will be plenty...
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Football: Beckham Proves England Have Only One Leg to Stand on ; Inability of Homegrown Players to Make Passable Stab at Kicking with Their Left Foot Is a Big Worry; Andrew Longmore Assesses the National Dilemma That Is Threatening to Undermine Kevin Keegan's Grand Design
IN HIS search for a footballer who can kick with his left foot, Kevin Keegan might not have noticed a fixture in the First Division of the Meadowhall League in Sheffield this weekend where, according to local reports, a tasty left-winger has been recruited...
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Football: Beenhakker's Bouquet for Luca ; Nick Townsend Talks to the Dutch Master Chasing a Final Dream
LEO BEENHAKKER has the driest of humours and one of those booming laughs that seemingly emanates from the belly to accompany it. Broaching the name of the Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli, whose team the Feyenoord coach endeavours to overcome at Stamford...
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Football: Brent V Bates Is Big Wembley Fight ; Council Say They Will Not Be Pushed around as Conflict over New National Stadium Deepens. Alan Hubbard Reports
KEN BATES thinks it's all over. He has kicked the Minister for Sport into touch and told athletics to take a running jump over Wembley's putative arch of triumph. But the game of two halves may well be heading for extra-time, and penalties. His sniffy...
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Football: Butler Breaks Bridge Resistance ; Cambridge United 1 Butler Pen 71 Bamber Bridge 0 Half-Time: 0- 0 Attendance: 3,303
A LITTLE over a decade ago they were strictly amateurs, playing on the local park pitches of Preston, but yesterday only a disputed penalty decision robbed Unibond League part-timers Bamber Bridge of taking their Second Division opponents to a deserved...
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Football:`Cartoon of a Team at Rock Bottom' ; Alex Hayes Surveys Criticism of Keegan's Qualifiers
ENGLAND MAY have breathed a collective sigh of relief at 9.45pm on Wednesday evening, but the 2-1 aggregate victory over Scotland - secured in spite of the 1-0 home defeat at Wembley - in the two- legged Euro 2000 play-off, has done little to appease...
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Football: Cautious Brown Must Give Youth Its Chance ; Phil Gordon Believes the Scotland Manager Has Won the Battle for Respect
CRAIG BROWN has been around long enough to recall that old adage about a week being a long time in politics. When Harold Wilson was claiming what a capricious business he was working in, Brown was discovering an equally harsh truth of his own in the...
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Football: Celtic Fate Sealed by Beckett ; Stalybridge Celtic 1 Scott 8 Chester City 2 Cross 45, Beckett 69 Half-Time: 1-1 Attendance: 3,312
THE FA Cup may sometimes be the great leveller, but most of the time it merely serves to demonstrate that the intricate English class system is alive and well at every level. Chester City are propping up the Nationwide League but, despite the advantage...
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Football: Cottee Double Offers Welcome Relief ; Leicester City 2 Cottee 22, 58 Wimbledon 1 Gayle 21 Half-Time: 1-1 Attendance: 18,255
SOME OF the stares exchanged in the hospitality rooms must have been as icy as the wind whipping across Filbert Street as another explosion of hostilities rocked strife-torn Leicester, but Tony Cottee continues to warm the cockles. Two goals from City's...
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Football: Derby Day Is Gregory D-Day ; Tim Collings Fears Time Is Fast Running out for the Villa Chief
CRUEL, BUT true. When the internet search engine Yahoo! is asked to find anything connecting football to the words Aston Villa, it comes up with just one suggestion - an out-of-date Mark Bosnich site which now diverts all surfers towards Old Trafford....
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Football: Enfield Gain a Second Chance
FOR NON-LEAGUE clubs, the second round of the FA Cup is as tantalising a prospect as a semi-final is for Premiership teams. The bait of a money- spinning tie against Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea, the chance to pit your wits and skills against a Sol...
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Football: Flo the Leveller Leaves Everton Stunned ; Everton 1 Campbell 15 Chelsea 1 Flo 90 Half-Time: 1-0 Attendance: 38,225
CONQUERING THE Continent is one thing. For Chelsea, at the moment, thriving on the home front appears more complicated altogether. Feyenoord visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, joining Gianluca Vialli's side at the Champions' League gourmet feast to...
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Football: Goater Opens Up the Class Divide ; Charlton Athletic 0 Manchester City 1 Goater 48 Half- Time: 0-0 Attendance: 20,043
A MANCHESTER CITY team whom their manager, Joe Royle, described as "down to the bare bones" because of illness and injury, showed their pedigree for the Premiership by fighting off - sometimes literally - the energetic challenge of Charlton to confirm...
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Football: Goodbye Cascarino, Hello to a New Breed in Green ; Steve Tongue Sees the End of a Remarkable Ireland Career
IT WAS somehow appropriate that Tony Cascarino's final strike in a Republic of Ireland shirt was not the goal that would have made him the country's joint leading scorer, but a wild right-hander thrown in a combination of retaliation and self-defence...
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Football: Harte Breaker for Bradford ; FA Premiership: Leeds Rely on Disputed Penalty to Upstage Derby Rivals; Leeds United 2 Smith 54, Harte Pen 80 Bradford City 1 Windass 90 Half- Time: 0-0 Attendance: 39,937
TO THE more telegenic qualities of Leeds' fledglings add the priceless commodities of persistence, patience and good fortune. A deflected shot by Alan Smith 10 minutes after half-time and a dubious penalty, converted by Ian Harte, 10 minutes from the...
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Football: Keeper of Values Slips on Golden Gloves: THE INTERVIEW NEVILLE SOUTHALL ; the Man Safeguarding Torquay's FA Cup Interests Knows All about Life at the Top and Bottom
MAYBE THE pundits were right when they said that England v Scotland overshadowed everything else last week. Maybe Torquay United's visit today to Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup does not hold the appeal that it ought. Whichever explanation fits, it...
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Football: Lethal Leonhardsen ; Southampton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Leonhardsen 81 Half-Time: 0- 0 Attendance:15,248
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, in attacking terms anyway, have something of a dilemma. At White Hart Lane, George Graham's side cannot stop scoring. Away from home it's a very different story, with the return of just seven goals from seven Premiership games. Yesterday...
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Football:Nation Must Back Keegan's Passion
ANYONE WHO turned up at Wembley on Wednesday night after full- time would have struggled to work out just who were the winners and who were the losers. It was the Scotland fans who were celebrating, while England's just seemed relieved. Maybe that is...
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Football: On the Move
THIS WEEK'S FOOTBALL TRANSFERS Free transfers or undisclosed fees unless stated Stern John (forward) Columbus Crew (US) to Nottingham Forest (pounds 1.5m); Andy Todd (defender) Bolton Wanderers to Charlton Athletic (pounds 1m); Jo Tessem (defender) FC...
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Football: Ostenstad Ensures Forward Movement ; Blackburn Rovers 2 Ostenstad 11, Duff 90 Fulham 0 Half-Time: 1- 0 Attendance: 18,543
WITH THE wannabes waiting in the wings, Tony Parkes' rejuvenation of beleaguered Blackburn continues apace. Both Colin Todd and Colin Hendry watched from the stands, each having expressed a desire to be part of the rebuilding of Jack's dilapidated house....
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Football: Overwhelming Overmars ; FA Premiership: Case of Double Dutch Trouble as Wenger's Men Restore the Lustre; NORMAN FOX AT HIGHBURY Arsenal 5 Middlesbrough 1 Overmars 26,61,78 Bergkamp Ricard 68 40, 49 Half-Time: 2- 0 Attendance: 38,082
SO ARSENAL have lost direction and confidence along with self- control? Not on the evidence of this well-directed, buoyant and disciplined destruction of Middlesbrough yesterday, when Marc Overmars scored his first goal of the season and then helped...
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Football: Owen Shines in Stadium of Light ; Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2 Owen 63, Berger 85 Half-Time: 0-0 Attendance: 42,015
MICHAEL OWEN may have fired conspicuous blanks in the battle of Britain but the 63rd minute shot he struck on target at Sunderland yesterday added momentum to Liverpool's emerging championship challenge - and helped to earn Gerard Houllier's side a place...
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Football: Powerless Toshack Falls on His Words ; A Coach Can Never Really Be in Charge at Spanish Giants Such as Real Madrid
IT WAS a crisp and sunny morning in the little town of Nyon, on the shores of Lake Geneva, where the thoroughbreds of Real Madrid Football Club gather every July for the start of pre-season training. John Toshack, the club coach, was refereeing a six-a-side...
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Football: Redknapp Covets Premiership Prize
HARRY REDKNAPP said yesterday that it is the dream of winning the Premiership which drives him on at Upton Park. In his five years at West Ham, Redknapp has turned his side from strugglers into a European outfit. "I want to win trophies now," said Redknapp...
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