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 July 5, 2000

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Air Passengers Face Fare Rises in Overhaul of BAA Charges
BRITAIN'S AIRPORTS regulator is set to float proposals for a radical overhaul of the way charges are levied on airlines at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted which could result in a sharp increase in passenger fares. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will...
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Americans Are Shocked by the New Faces of Urban Britain
TOM FENTON, the American television journalist, claims British cities are now more dangerous than US cities. "This is", he said, "one of the most violent urban societies in the western world." In the very week of his outburst, The New York Times ran...
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American Times - Washington: A Star-Spangled, Showbiz Brand of Patriotism ; American Times WASHINGTON
ACROSS AMERICA last night, fireworks were cracking and whistling into the skies as the country celebrated the Fourth of July. This is the day America celebrates its Declaration of Independence, its separation from us, the British. Perhaps the best way...
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A Road Map for the Future of the Orange Parades ; Podium; from the Statement Made by the Chairman of the Parades Commission of Northern Ireland on the Drumcree Orange Parade
THE DISPUTE over the Garvaghy Road parade has come to epitomise the whole public-processions conflict in Northern Ireland. It has claimed several lives. It has worsened the already dreadful inter- community relationships in Portadown and throughout Northern...
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Athletics: Britons Boosted by Ottey's Nandrolone Reprieve
THE BRITISH trio of Linford Christie, Doug Walker and Gary Cadogan have received a boost in their bid to be cleared of suspensions relating to the drug nandrolone, after the ban imposed on the Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey for failing a drugs test...
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Athletics: Jones Upbeat despite Edwards' Absence
BRITAIN'S SELECTORS attempted yesterday to make up for the withdrawal of Jonathan Edwards from the European Cup event at Gateshead on 15 and 16 July when they announced a team which they believe can repeat the success of 11 years ago when Linford Christie...
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Blind Teacher Who Was a `Burden' Is Awarded Pounds 60,000
A BLIND teacher who was made to feel a "burden" by the Roman Catholic school that employed her has won pounds 60,000 compensation in a discrimination case. Liz Abbott resigned from St Mary's primary school in Chingford, east London, because of depression...
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Book Review: An Iliad of Betrayal, Atrocity and Heroism ; Villa and Zapata: A Biography of the Mexican Revolution by Frank McLynn (Jonathan Cape, Pounds 20)
IT IS about time major credit was given to Frank McLynn. I first read his exciting account of crime in the 18th century, but, from being a specialist in Jacobitism, he has gone on to produce excellent studies on everything from Central Africa to Jung...
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Boys Enacted `Reservoir Dogs' in Brutal Murder, Court Told
THREE TEENAGERS acted out a violent scene from the film Reservoir Dogs by cutting off a 15-year-old boy's ear then beating and stabbing him to death, a court was told yesterday. Michael Moss was "lured into the darkness" of a school playing field in...
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Can Labour Weather These Squalls of Unpopularity?
KEN FOLLETT isn't the half of it. It is now officially open season on Tony Blair. It struck me, as I sat and chatted to some friends of varying political persuasions and heard them ghoulishly predicting dire ends for Mr Blair at the hands of Gordon Brown/a...
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Cannabis Researchers Find Way to Relieve Pain without the High
A NEW class of pain-relieving drugs based on cannabis, which do not cause users to get high, came a step closer yesterday. Researchers said they had found evidence that cannabinoids, the active ingredient in the cannabis plant, acted on the spinal cord...
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CAZENOVE ; by Appointment to the Queen.And the Good Old Days When Bankers Wore Bowlers and the British Didn't Sell out to Those Beastly Americans
To the tabloids, Cazenove is the Queen's stockbroker. To the City which eats its own at an alarming rate, the 175-year-old firm is an anachronism, a pinstriped dinosaur whose existence offends those who share the conventional City wisdom that only Americans...
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Corporate Profile - David Mansfield: For He's a Capital Fellow ; and So Say All of Those Who Have Followed David Mansfield's Career as Chief Executive of Britain's Largest Commercial Radio Group. Chris Tarrant and Dr Fox May Get All the Attention, but It Is Mansfield Who Has Turned London's Local Station into a Serious National Player for the Digital Age
He says: "I'm a bit of an old hippy really." David Mansfield, 46- year-old chief executive of Capital Radio, Britain's largest commercial radio group, points at the framed pictures on the walls of his airy office overlooking Leicester Square. "That's...
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Cricket: Ball Offers Some Cheer on Grey Day ; Gloucestershire 163 Worcestershire 158 Gloucestershire Win by 5 Runs
IT WAS billed as a grudge match, but grudging would have been more accurate. Very few runs - and those for the most part scored slowly - and worse for the onlookers, not so much as a crumb from the the Ladies' Pavilion, an institution famed for its high-quality...
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Cricket: Scene-Stealing England Leave Audience on Tenterhooks
THE BEST day's cricket I have seen was definitely at Edgbaston a year ago, when a World Cup semi-final between the two best teams in the one-day game ebbed and flowed like a Test match on speed before ending in a tie. The best day's Test cricket? That's...
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Cycling: Millar Gives Overall Lead to Jalabert
DAVID MILLAR'S time in the yellow glory of the Tour de France ran out yesterday as the young Scot was toppled by a man with a mission, Laurent Jalabert. The Frenchman can recall some black days over the past six years, and even yesterday could not escape...
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Dance: Grupo Corpo Sadler's Wells London
IN LONDON as part of the festival celebrating Brazil's 500th birthday, Grupo Corpo (Body Group) claims a dance style as eclectic as the melting- pot population of its country. Presumably, the performers should know - and yes, very occasionally, I recognised...
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Debut: Jane Gurnett ; THE ROLE THE MAID THE PLAY FILUMENA THE THEATRE THE LYRIC, SHAFTESBURY AVENUE
I STARTED as a dancer, and was in West Side Story in Exeter when a chap in the chorus told me he'd auditioned for a Tennessee Williams play. "You should go too," he said. I knew nothing but gate- crashed the audition anyway. The casting director was...
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Dilemma Halts Earth-Movers in Their Tracks
KOMATSU MAY not be the most famous of Japanese firms but, in its unglamorous way, it has done its bit for Britain. The company makes earth movers, the metal leviathans found on building sites all over the world, and in 1985 - towards the peak of Tokyo's...
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Doctor Is Suspended `in Interest of Patient Safety'
A GYNAECOLOGIST has been suspended because of concern about his work and his attitude to patients, in the latest in a series of cases which have damaged the image of the profession. The suspension of Ian Treharne, by Essex health chiefs, follows the...
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Elizabethan Explorer, a Cargo of Gold and the Canadian Who Cried Fraud
IN THE interests of his longev- ity, it was merciful that land and sea divided Yorkshire from Reginald Auger, a Canadian archaeologist, yesterday. He has committed a felony that would have made even the old Lancashire enemy think twice. He has branded...
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Engineers Warn of Recession as Pound Surges
THE ENGINEERING industry yesterday urged the Bank of England to keep interest rates on hold tomorrow as its latest survey showed the strength of sterling had pushed the sector to the brink of recessionOutput, orders, jobs and investment all fell in the...
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Europe Ties Aid for Zimbabwe to Real Democratic Reform
EUROPE TIED future aid for Zimbabwe to the introduction of human rights reforms yesterday after a damning official report on last month's elections confirmed reports of widespread assault, torture, abduction and rape. Confronted by the violent tactics...
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Evicted Tenants `Continue to Harass' by Moving into Nearby Private Property
NUISANCE NEIGHBOURS who are evicted by local authorities are simply moving to privately rented homes in the same area and continuing to harass local residents, researchers report today. The first national study of the way councils and housing associations...
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Fashion: Man, I Feel like a Woman ; Tube Dresses, Rhinestone Sandals, Ruffled Silk Shirts, Tight Leather Trousers, Big Hair! the 2001 Spring/summer Milan Menswear Collections Screamed: Boys, Strut Your Stuff and Show Us the Woman in You - but Make Sure You've Got a Body of Steel. by Rebecca Lowthorpe
Take a look at the men around you. How many of them are wearing metallic jumpsuits, silky shirts, diamante flip-flops and big, bouffant hair? What, none of them? You mean to say that men, after nearly a century of plodding along in dark, staid, inconspicuous...
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First Night: A Thrilling Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It ; Mission Impossible 2 Empire, Leicester Square, London
FUNNY HOW Tom Cruise started off with zero artistic credibility and has mysteriously gained it over the years, rather than the other way round. His follow-up to Mission: Impossible, which he produced and John Woo directed, stars not one but two serious-minded...
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Five Shot in Fight between Fijian Army and Rebels
FIVE PEOPLE were wounded yesterday in a 15-minute firefight between Fijian troops and coup leader George Speight's rebels holding 27 politicians hostage inside the country's parliament. And dissidents on Fiji's second largest island, Vanua Levu, have...
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Focus: Search for the Perfect Engine
FORGET E-COMMERCE and all those other buzzwords you hear about the Net. When you look at what people really do with their time online, it boils down to two things: e-mail, far and away the most popular use, and searching the Web - using search engines....
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Football: England's World Cup Bid Looks Doomed
THEY HAVE flown far enough to have gone round the moon but, when the world game's governing body, Fifa, announces the host for the 2006 World Cup this week, England's bidding team are more likely to feel sick as a parrot than in lunar orbit. A series...
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Football: Watson Aims for Recall by England
EVERTON'S SUMMER transfer spree continued yesterday when they signed Steve Watson in a pounds 2.5m deal from Aston Villa, and the new recruit immediately set his sights on rekindling his England ambitions. The 26-year-old, who has been capped at youth,...
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Football: Zoff Quits Italy after Berlusconi `Insult'
ITALIAN FOOTBALL supporters were stunned and perplexed yesterday when the national coach Dino Zoff announced he was resigning following criticism from the media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, who savaged his efforts in Sunday's European Championship final...
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French Sporting Success: A Load of Boules
I HAVE lived near Bath for nearly 15 years now and I still can't make the place out. Everyone thinks it's a wonderful place if they live somewhere else ("Near Bath? How lucky you are! Such a terrific city!") and ostensibly they're right, but the plain...
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Germaine Greer Fought off Obsessed Student for Two Hours
UNDER THE heading "Obsession", Germaine Greer wrote in The Female Eunuch: "Generally it is considered proper for women not to arrive in this state unless induced thereto by a man." Yesterday the full extent of an obsession Professor Greer induced in...
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Girl Returns to School One Day after New Treatment for Brain Tumour
A GIRL aged nine has described how she underwent a new type of radio surgery that may soon be used to treat one- third of all brain tumours. Fiona Haslam from Salisbury in Wiltshire, who has a tumour the size of a plum in the centre of her brain, is...
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IG Goes to Market with Pounds 125m Price-Tag
IG GROUP, the UK's biggest spread betting firm, yesterday priced its initial public offering at 240p a share, valuing the company at pounds 125m. IG, which is expected to list on the London Stock Exchange on 19 July, said it had raised a net pounds 1.15m...
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India Refuses to Grant Autonomy to Kashmir
THE INDIAN central government yesterday turned down Kashmir's demand for autonomy, in an abrupt U-turn apparently reflecting official concern about the potential disintegration of the country. Two weeks ago, the state assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, sitting...
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Irvine Cuts Defence Barristers' Charges by 10%
SENIOR DEFENCE barristers are to have their earnings cut by 10 per cent to bring their pay more in line with doctors and teachers, the Lord Chancellor announced last night. Lord Irvine of Lairg said he had become increasingly "concerned about the high...
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It's a Family Affair; the Main Event ; ON RAFTERY'S HILL ROYAL COURT THEATRE LONDON
YOU MIGHT think it's a big leap from the gods of Olympus to the members of a close-knit farming community in the rural Midlands. But to judge from the plays of Marina Carr, they have one significant interest in common: rampant inbreeding. As an elderly...
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I Work For.Professor Robert Worcester: Fun in the Poll Position ; Virginia Lloyd Owen Works for Professor Robert Worcester, Chairman of Market and Opinion Research International (MORI)
I'VE ONLY been here six months so I haven't had enough time to feel proprietorial about MORI. Yet when I was joining the company it was undergoing a management buyout and I was excited to see employees being invited to become more accountable and become...
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Japan Wins Battle to Prevent Whale Sanctuary in South Pacific
AFTER DAYS of emotional and frequently acrimonious debate, Japan and Norway won their struggle yesterday to prevent creation of a huge sanctuary for whales in the South Pacific. The proposal, supported by Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the United...
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`Jovial Jet Passengers Turned into Animals'
A PACKED holiday flight had to make an emergency landing after a "bar room brawl" broke out at 38,000 feet, a court heard yesterday. Petrified passengers were reduced to tears when trouble flared between a rowdy group of 12 Irish tourists and another...
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Law Report: Reporting Accountants Owed a Duty of Care to Law Society ; 5 July 2000 Law Society V KPMG Peat Marwick (Sued as KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock) and Others Court of Appeal (Lord Woolf, Chief Justice, Lord Justice Ward and Lord Justice Clarke) 29 June 2000
A DUTY of care was owed to the Law Society by an accountant who prepared an annual report for a firm of solicitors under s 34 of the Solicitors Act 1974. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the defendant firm of accountants against a decision...
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Leading Article: Don't Be So Coy, Mr Blair: The Nation Wants You to Take a Lead over the Euro
THE NOISES on the euro that we have heard in recent days are, in many respects, predictable. A leaked memo to the Department of Trade and Industry from Andrew Fraser, head of Invest in Britain, warned of possible "meltdown" unless Britain makes clear...
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Leading Article: This Tough Talk Won't Solve the Problems of Hooliganism
OH, JACK, Jack! Your intentions may be good. But you're a hopeless case, you really are. The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, was on best pompous form when he talked yesterday of the need to get rid, "once and for all", of the "obnoxious taint of football...
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Market Report: Net Funds in Spotlight as C&W Enters Fray ; Market Report
HI-TECH INCUBATOR funds looked fashionable yesterday, as Cable & Wireless piled $20m into a new pan-European internet investment firm planning a float by the end of the year. C&W, down 4p at 1,161p, has taken a 6.5 per cent stake in GorillaPark, which...
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Me and My Partner: Richard Marsden and Jess Meredith-Watts
Richard Marsden and Jess Meredith-Watts, both 29, became friendly as boys and had their first business washing cars. In 1991 they started a mobile phone dealership, Celltalk, now a pounds 28m AIM- listed company, with 230 staff and its own WAP portal...
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Media Giant RTL Details Pounds 14bn London Listing
RTL GROUP, the pan-European broadcaster created in April, is to list on the London Stock Exchange on 26 July with an estimated value of pounds 14bn. Combining the broadcasting assets of Germany's Bertelsmann, Audiofina of Belgium and Pearson, RTL will...
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Missing Maths Prodigy Had Passed University Exams
THE MISSING student prodigy Sufiah Yusof passed the exams she finished sitting on the day of her disappearance from Oxford University, it was announced last night. The results from the two advanced mathematics papers sat by the 15-year- old were posted...
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Monitor All the News of the World: American Reaction to the Mexican Presidential Elections That Put Vicente Fox and His Centre-Right Pan Party in Power
LA Times A young, urban and educated generation of Mexicans delivered the unthinkable, a changing of the guard in the presidency and the Congress. PAN's standard- bearer, an irreverent, outspoken business executive, delivered the lethal blow to the PRI's...
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More Than a Hint of Eastern Promise Left in New Japan
Other than the deflating of the tech stock bubble, the year 2000 has so far been a quiet one for investors. Most of the main markets have failed to advance, and some are well down from their levels at January 1. With hindsight, the run-up in stock markets...
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Never Mind the Statistics, Read the Bottom Line
IF THE facts don't fit the theory, junk the facts. Today the Invest in Britain Bureau will produce some sparkling figures showing that 1999 was a record year for inward investment, in stark contrastto the alarmist memo written by its chief executive...
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New Law to Stop Suspected Hooligans Travelling
POLICE ARE to be given new powers to ban suspected football hooligans from leaving the country, even if they have not been convicted of a criminal offence. Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, told Parliament yesterday that the Government was determined "to...
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No Last-Minute Wobbles as Foster Gets Planning Permission for `Erotic Gherkin'
THE SKYLINE of London is about to be changed by the addition of a distinctive 41-storey cigar-shaped office block, dubbed the "erotic gherkin", after planning permission was agreed yesterday. The old home of the Baltic Exchange, a Grade II-listed building...
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No Pain, No Gain: Drinks Industry Shares Bubble in the Old Economy ; NO PAIN, NO GAIN
THE DRINKS industry has enlivened the no pain, no gain portfolio with Allied Domecq and Scottish & Newcastle, its only Footsie constituents, achieving heady gains. Paramount, the little pubs chain, and Springwood, with bars and night- clubs, have also...
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Obituary: Harold Nicholas
THE NICHOLAS Brothers are described in Who's Who in Hollywood as "the greatest dance team ever to work in movies", and few would argue with that assessment. Harold and Fayard Nicholas were an incredibly talented pair whose artistry transcended mere tap...
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Obituary: Malcolm Fry
MALCOLM FRY was an arts administrator par excellence. First employed by the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours (now the Royal Watercolour Society) as its Secretary in 1957, he subsequently masterminded the society's move to Bankside Gallery on...
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Obituary: Professor John Lough
JOHN LOUGH, Professor of French at Durham University from 1952 to 1978, was a man rooted in the North-East of England, where he was born, where he was educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School, and where he lived, taught, and wrote for the...
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Obituary: Sir Peter Wilkinson
IT WAS when Peter Wilkinson woke up to find a line of SS jackboots in the corridor of his hotel instead of the shoes normally put out for cleaning that he knew it was time to leave Prague. Two and a half years later, as an officer in the Special Operations...
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OPEC Split after Saudis Bow to US Oil Demands
SAUDI ARABIA abruptly announced that it would increase oil output in a bid to bring down prices - apparently bowing to American pressure - in a move that threatens to split Opec. The world's biggest oil producer said last night that it would step up...
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Outlook: Rates Breather
THE NEAR unanimous view in the City is that our beleaguered manufacturing sector, and in particular those poor inward investors like Nissan, can relax ahead of tomorrow's decision on interest rates. Barring an upset, rates will stay on hold at 6 per...
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Outlook: Safe as Houses
E-MAIL To: Annabel From: Sophie@savills.loaded.com. Annabel, darling, didn't I say you just have to become an estate agent. Never mind the occasional bit of carping from Sebastian and his so-called mates. Have you seen our bonuses? We've just reported...
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Outlook: The Case for Breaking BAA's South-East Monopoly
IN MOST markets, the price of a commodity or a service is determined by the laws of supply and demand. Not so with BAA's three south-east airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Heathrow is the busiest, most congested and most popular international...
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Pandora
The spectacular public spat between Julie Burchill, celeb some- time lesbian social terrorist, and Deborah Bosley, Groucho Club waitress turned novelist and consort of Richard Ingrams (of Private Eye and Oldie fame), has entered a phase of reconciliation....
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Parliament - Commons: MPs' Visitors Get Somewhere Dry to Eat Their Lunch ; COMMONS
THE PALACE of Westminster is to drag itself into the 21st century with a pounds 1.1m visitors' centre where tourists can rest and have a cup of tea. MPs had complained that groups of visiting constituents had been expected to eat their packed lunches...
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Parliament - Diplomatic Corps: Foreign Office Knew of Risk to Athens Mission
THE FOREIGN Office was accused by MPs yesterday of failing to do enough to protect Brigadier Stephen Saunders, the British military attache assassinated in Greece. A critical report by the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee called for an urgent...
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Phew! I'm Part of the `Mobile Underclass'
FIFTY PER CENT of the country own a mobile phone and they all catch the same train as me. I used to enjoy eavesdropping on other people's conversations. Not any more. When the train slows to a halt in a siding just outside Reading, 50 per cent of the...
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PLO Raises the Stakes with Vote for Independence
YASSER ARAFAT'S government has backed his pledge to declare an independent Palestinian state by 13 September - with or without an agreement with Israel - pushing the Middle East peace negotiations into a perilous new phase. The decision by the PLO's...
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Police Chiefs Tell Blair: No Quick Fix on Crime
THE GOVERNMENT has backed down on two further crime fighting initiatives following strong opposition from chief constables who argued that the reforms were unworkable and badly thought out, it was revealed yesterday. News of the climb-down on proposals...
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Private View: Let Me Take You by the Hand. ; Private View
EARLIER THIS year a committee of MPs took evidence from an unusual pair of witnesses, Extremely Frank Jeremy and Bongo Mike, two buskers who had come to protest against proposed legislative quality control. "Busking is a form of creative art," Bongo...
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Protester Sues over Fall from Tree
A ROAD protester who broke his back in a 50ft fall from a beech tree is claiming more than pounds 100,000 compensation from the contractors employed to cut down the trees. Richard Ellis, now 48, was among dozens of campaigners who made treetop homes...
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Putin Puts Future of Siberian Tiger at Risk
THE LAST of the Siberian tigers may soon be hunted to extinction in the forests of the Russian Far East because of a surprise government decision in Moscow to abolish the two main environmental agencies that helped to protect them. There are only about...
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Racing: Godolphin Secure the Silence of Savill
THE GODOLPHIN organisation has achieved more than even Sheikh Mohammed, its founder, might have dared imagine since its inception less than 10 years ago, but his hunger to improve the quality of the royal blue roster is clearly as keen as ever. He is...
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Return of the Water Cannon in Loyalist Riot
WATER CANNON were used against rioters in Northern Ireland for the first time since the early years of the Troubles yesterday as violence broke out for the third night running. Police exchanged fire with loyalist gunmen in Belfast as sectarian violence...
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Right of Reply: Robert Paterson ; the Cowbridge Rector and Author Replies to the Philosopher AC Grayling's Argument That Religious Morality These Days Is Not Only Irrelevant but Also Anti-Moral
THEY SAY that "any stigma is good enough to beat a dogma", and there were a few stigmas in AC Grayling's piece: "religion subverts moral debate", it is "irrelevant to practical questions of an ethical life [and] modern sexual attitudes". Were I, as a...
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Rinaldo Grange Park Opera Northington
THE FIRST Italian opera written for London, Handel's Rinaldo was commissioned by Aaron Hill, the 24-year-old impresario of the Queen's Theatre, Haymarket, to show off his new stage machinery. Hill packed his scenario with special effects: characters...
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Royal Family: The World's Richest Woman Will Have to Manage on Pounds 22,000 a Day
PAY OF pounds 21,643 per day, every day, might seem a fantasy lottery win to most but that is what the Queen is paid by loyal taxpaying subjects. The British Royal Family are the most expensive Royalty in Europe with a Civil List costing nearly pounds...
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Rugby League: Versatile Smith Makes Move to Hull
JASON SMITH has joined the exodus of top-line Australian talent to next season's Super League by signing a three-year contract with Hull. Smith, the current Australia and Queensland loose forward, can also play centre or stand-off and, at 28, is still...
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Rugby Union: Robinson Takes Lions' Assistant Role
NEXT STOP, the moon. Andy Robinson, chief candidate for the bum's rush at Bath a mere six months ago, yesterday completed the fastest one- two in the history of British coaching by landing an influential role on next summer's Lions tour of Australia....
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Sailing: Walker Revels in Improved Conditions
AFTER A chaotic time in the month-long,1,000-mile Tour de France a la Voile, the Barlo Plastics team went into the lead here yesterday after the first full day of completed races. The Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker joined the party to hammer out...
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Saudi Move to Raise Output Sends Oil Price below $30
THE OIL PRICE tumbled almost 5 per cent yesterday as dealers reacted to Saudi Arabia's unexpected decision to increase production in defiance of an OPEC agreement. The price of a barrel of Brent for delivery next month - a market benchmark - slumped...
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Savills Pays Pounds 30m Bonus as House Market Booms
SAVILLS, THE upmarket estate agents, yesterday revealed that it has just paid its staff almost pounds 30m in bonus payments, on the back of a booming property market. Reporting results for the year to 30 April yesterday, it reported a bonus payout far...
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Second Minister Claims He Was a Victim of Spin
A SECOND former minister is to reveal how Tony Blair's spin- doctors undermined him before he was sacked from the Government. David Clark, the former cabinet office minister, believes he was the victim of a smear campaign in the run-up to his dismissal...
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See the Music, Hear the Dancing ; with Milton's Words and Handel's Music Mark Morris Created a 20th- Century Masterpiece. How Does His L'Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato Manage to Achieve the Sublime?
Ken Livingstone, who jokily proposes that foxhunters should hunt each other, would approve of the hunt in Mark Morris's danced version of L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. Not only does the prey get away, but it is as human as the hunters, because...
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Set the Schools Free from Daft Ideas
THE NEXT time I see William Hague, I am going to enfold him in my sinewy arms and give him a big, sloppy, unmanly kiss on either cheek. The rest of politics has become a tedious Cage aux Follettes, with hysterical hacks and ex-ministers twittering and...
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S&N Shares Fall on Poor Results and Delay of Center Parcs Sale
SHARES IN Scottish & Newcastle were the biggest fallers in the FTSE 100 yesterday after the UK's second-biggest brewer unveiled full- year results at the bottom end of analysts' expectations and said the sale of its Center Parcs division had been temporarily...
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Social Rights and Tax Harmonisation Top Chirac's Agenda for Presidency
JACQUES CHIRAC, the French President, announced a significant shift in Europe's political direction yesterday, outlining plans to promote workplace and other social rights and balance the British- backed drive towards deregulation and economic reform....
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Suicidal Lecturer Found Guilty of Killing Female Colleague
A SUICIDAL psychology lecturer was found guilty yesterday of the manslaughter of a young woman colleague. Steven Reid, 34, showed no emotion, staring straight ahead at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court in London. Then, neatly dressed in a navy blue suit,...
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Swimming: Foster Forced to Endure Hard Lesson
THE 50 METRES butterfly is a one lap race. And last night the one Lapp to bring a packed local crowd to its feet was Finland's Jere Hard, who took the title in a championship record equalling time of 23.88 sec and gave the host nation its first gold...
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Television Review
THERE'S NOTHING new about famous people wanting to show off their more compassionate, sensitive side - patting children, looking pained in the presence of poor or sick people, while the cameras are around - but there seems to have been more of it than...
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Tennis: Confident Collin Leads New British Prospects
HANNAH COLLIN delights in Michael Owen's ball skills and for that we should be grateful. For a start it shows that the 18-year-old picks her heroes carefully. "He's got his feet on the ground," said the next great hope of the British game yesterday,...
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Tennis: Court Circular; Hush Is the Word as Godwin Gets Off
NOT SINCE Marcelo Rios allegedly bad-mouthed Monica Seles in the players' canteen a few years ago has the All England Club witnessed such a volte-face concerning a previously accepted course of events. On that occasion, the Chilean player was said to...
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Tennis: Davenport Digs Deep for Victory ; Resilient Womens' Champion Overcomes Seles to Set Up Semi-Final against Confident Australian
UNLIKE PREVIOUS tennis champions from the United States, Lindsay Davenport is not one to blow her own trumpet - not even on the Fourth of July. But after her 6-7, 6-4, 6-0 victory over her friend and compatriot Monica Seles yesterday - a win sealed with...
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Tennis: Dokic Emerges from Father's Shadow
AS JOHN McENROE once proved here, the only thing more boring than a bad boy treating Wimbledon with contempt is a bad boy not being bad at all. So it was in SW19 yesterday, when we expected rants, we expected boorishness and maybe even the odd straitjacket....
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Tennis: Gambill in Awe as He Contemplates Sampras Challenge
JUST FOUR seeds have survived to today's quarter-finals of the men's singles at the Millennium championships, the second fewest number to reach this stage in the open era. Jan-Michael Gambill is the outsider to have left the greatest mark thus far, having...
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Tennis: Henman Remains Philosophical in Defeat
THERE SEEMED a certain symbolism in the way Tim Henman smashed his racket on his left foot after losing in five sets to Australia's Mark Philippoussis on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Monday night, akin to an officer breaking his sword across the thigh....
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Tennis: Popp Revelling in Big-Stage Debut
GREAT BRITAIN may be thinking about signing another import for their Davis Cup team, but Germany will not be letting go of Alexander Popp too easily. Already they are calling the 6ft 7in Wimbledon quarter- finalist the new Boris Becker. Popp has hit...
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Tennis: Taylor Still Swears by Traditional Values ; Brian Viner Interview
NOT LEAST among the many pleasurable distractions of Wimbledon fortnight is spotting former tennis heroes wandering through the grounds of the All England Club, and marvelling at how they go unrecognised by a predominantly youthful crowd. On Monday,...
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Tennis: Venus Eclipses Hingis to Set Up Historic Meeting ; WIMBLEDON Williams Conquers Top Seed in Fierce Centre Court Battle to Pave Way for Unique Semi-Final against Sister Serena
THERE IS only one certainty at Wimbledon: a Williams will be in the women's singles final on Sunday, attempting to become the first black player to win the title since Althea Gibson in 1958. If you are looking for omens, the trophy is known as the Venus...
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The Box-Office and the Armalite ; Suffering for Your Art Is One Thing. Having the Loyalist Volunteer Force Threaten to Shoot You Is Quite Another. That's What Happened to Slapstick-Meets-Politics Duo Ridiculusmus
IN 1994, Jon Hough and David Woods were made an offer they couldn't refuse. Having struggled for two years to make ends meet in London, nurturing their sapling theatre company Ridiculusmus in friends' bedrooms and other cupboard-sized spaces, they were...
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The Business World: Hard Truths That Lie Behind the Great Euro Debate ; THE BUSINESS WORLD
THIS IS a week when the great puzzle about the British economy's relationship with the euro is looming particularly large. There was the leaked memo by Andrew Fraser, head of the Invest in Britain bureau, warning of plant closures were Britain not to...
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